Jessica Fleming

An Interview with Fickle Friends


On Sunday night before they took Liverpool’s Arts Club by storm, I had the pleasure of chatting to Natassja and Jack, 2/5 of the fabulous indie pop band that is Fickle Friends.

Jess for Ellipsis: How did you all meet?

Natassja: We all met at music school and it was boring, then we started the band and we got to ditch it.

J: Where abouts was it?

Natassja: In Brighton, kind of went because you get your student loan and then you can just do what you want but don’t let them hear that.

J: You seem to be travelling all over the place recently, how’s that going for you? I saw that you’ve been in LA.

Natassja: It’s a bit weird, it’s kind of like you don’t know what time zone you’re living in, but I love travelling. It just makes going home for a few days like “ahhh this is so nice!”

Jack: It makes you appreciate doing nothing I miss just being at home doing nothing. I slept for like 2 days.

Natassja: You know when you’re at school and it’s the last week of the summer holidays and you’re just f***ing bored like “I wanna go back to school now”, we don’t have that, ever.

J: Have you had any favourite places that you’ve visited?

Natassja: New York. We went to New York last month, which was awesome. Texas was pretty cool when we went there, bit mad. Paris, we like Paris.

J: I saw on your social media that you’re recording your album at the moment, how’s that process going for you?

Natassja: It’s long, it’s a lot of work and a lot of back and forward.

Jack: And it’s almost finished now.

J: Do you have a release date yet?

Jack: no, next year.

Jess: Do you find that you prefer recording/writing or performing live? Or are they on par?

Natassja: You can’t do one without the other, you know what I mean. I love to write but it’s like you don’t get the same rush as when you’re performing; well you get excited when you’re writing.

Jack: Its different, we’re really excited for this tour because we’ve been doing a lot of recording, and when you’re on tour you get loads of ideas for songs and you want to go home and write them, so it just works both ways.

J: Who would you say is your musical inspiration?

Natassja: For the band it’s who we were listening to when we wanted to start bands…which was like this guy

*Jack pulls out a Michael Jackson CD*

We were listening to Two Door Cinema Club, Bombay Bicycle Club, Phoenix, Friendly Fires and all of that kind of stuff. It’s just like Fickle Friends is a combination of all of that, all of the old stuff that we love.

J: If you had to design a festival line up who would you put on it?

Natassja: Can they be resurrected from the dead?

J: Yes, anyone, dead or alive.

Jack: Fickle Friends opening.

Natassja: Because it would be fun for us.

Jack: Then Friendly Fires and Mutemath, then the Beatles come on for a little bit.

Natassja: Then Michael Jackson come on and does a bit. Then Paul McCartney comes on, and then they do a couple songs together and that’s it, you just sort of die of happiness.

J: If you could collaborate with anyone, who would that be?

Jack: It changes all the time, who do you want to work with?

Natassja: Pharrell, Max Martin, Daft Punk, Mark Ronson

Jack: That’d just be fun. Just be a bit different.

Natassja: It would be great.

J: If you had to listen to just one band/artist for the rest of your life, who would you pick?

Jack: Is it one artist or one album.

Natassja: You’d have to pick Coldplay!

Jack: You’d probably have to pick Coldplay because the amount of hits they have.

Natassja: And as music changes they make records that are relevant in each era of music, so they’re always going to be relevant, you’re always gonna love at least 2 or 3 of their songs off a record because they’re just good.

Jack: I was gonna say if you think about it, the record Let Go by Avril Lavigne, the album is great and I could listen to it on repeat…but for the rest of my life? That album wouldn’t be it. It would have to be someone like Coldplay or maybe Michael Jackson because there’s a lot of different stuff, there’s mellow songs, dancey songs.

Natassja: Michael Jackson – BAD.

Jack: If it’s just a record or one album its different, but one artist: Coldplay.

J: And finally, if you had to describe Fickle Friends in a singular word, one word, what would it be?

BOTH: Gallant!

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