“We’re gonna keep on making music even if the crowd gets smaller. We’re doing it because we love to do it, because we have to express ourselves, because that’s who we are. That’s what we’re going to keep doing and to have people who are excited about and love it and want to hear what you’re doing and are curious, that’s just an extra kick”
- Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon.
This is Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon. She sat and talked to us in a sweaty little container behind Roskilde’s Orange Stage while Kaizers Orchestra were playing. We had to stop the interview a couple of times when the bass drowned out her voice, but somehow our editor Handsome Pete managed to salvage the sound so it’s not totally terrible. Thankfully she was wonderful and answered my questions and didn’t kill me when I made some embarrassing mistakes.
Little Dragon are an electro-pop outfit from Gothenberg in Sweden who have just released their third album, ‘Ritual Union’. Their collaboration with Gorillaz (Yukimi made a guest appearance when they played last year’s Roskilde Festival) brought them some serious mainstream attention but I’ve loved them since hearing Constant Surprises from their eponymously titled album, late one night on BBC Radio 1. On their music, our favourite music editor Fergus Murphy says, “There are the repetitive riffs of muscular dance music, James Brown, Duke Ellington and house music and then the gorgeous default improvisation of guitars, the promise of pop and young bands chasing something down.” It’s also really great to dance to.
My live shots of their show were terrible, so here are some shots of the crowd – young women staring jealously up at Yukimi work the percussion and dance about.
Interview/photos – Stanners
Camera – Anton Kjær
Editing – Peter Skov Nielsen