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and where we want to go next. It
influences who we choose to have produce
the record as well. With each new record we
try to cover new ground, explore new sounds
and challenge ourselves and our audience.
No reason to re-create past records! Always
What was the creative process like for the
It was similar to our process in the past. But
we did collaborate a lot more than we have
typically. We wrote over 40 songs
for Heartthrob. It became clear right away
that both of us were interested in reflecting
more of our 80’s and 90’s musical interests
and both challenged each other to use a new
voice. To push ourselves and create music
that was different than we had in the past
was a big goal for us. Our intention was to
create something fresh and new. So our
process was very experimental.
What comes first music or lyrics?
Depends on the song. It changes.
How would you describe Tegan and Sara to
I think we’re a indie pop band. Although our
records tend to be catchy and full of hooks
there is incredible depth to the songs. We
pride ourselves on telling stories that connect
our audience. We tr y to create music that will
be the soundtrack to people’s lives.
You’ve been more involved with the
production of the album this time around –
why don producer’s hats – how did it affect
We actually didn’t ‘produce’ produce
Heartthrob. But we always take a very
heavy-handed role in the production of our
records. Our demos are quite extensive. We
like to think of ourselves like architects. We
draw the plans, but hire the right people to
So much of Heartthrob seems to be about the
breakdown of relationships – how much of
your real life finds its way into the lyrics?
I think our songs are very much influenced
by our personal experiences. But Sara and I
typically write about the past. Our current
situations are very stable and happy. Looking
back is often more interesting to us than
spending too much time obsessing over the
How do you think fans will feel about the
So far they seem to love it! Our fans have
come to us from a million different avenues.
A lot of our new fans have found out about
us through our collaborations with Tiesto
and David Guetta. I think our fans love pop
music. And I don’t think our poppier sound
takes away from the heartfelt, classic,
quintessential T+S songs on the record!
You recently picked up a Grammy nomination
– how important is it to get recognition from
In the past it wasn’t that important to us.
Our relationship with our audience was and
will always be the most important
relationship to us. But it definitely feels good
to be acknowledged by our peers. The
Grammys have a big reach and it’s been good
for our band to be nominated. I think it adds
to our story. But no matter how many awards
you win, it’s your audience that defines you.
So we focus most of our energy there.
You’ll be heading down under for Groovin’ the
Moo and your own tour dates – what are you
looking forward to about visiting Australia?
We LOVE Australia. GTM is our favourite
festival because it visits so many smaller
places. It’s allowed for us to see so much of
your beautiful country. We absolutely look
forward to coming to Australia each time we
do as it’s a friendly, exciting, absolutely
beautiful country! Our Australian fans are
As out performers you are an inspiration to
many in the LGBTI community – was there
ever a question of coming out? And how has
it affected /impacted your career if at all?
We never questioned coming out. It wasn’t
an option. I ’m proud we’ve always been out.
I’m sure at some point it did hold us back or
affected how people saw us, but over the
years it seems to be less and less relevant. Our
intention is to always be honest and open in
our music. I don’t imagine we’d be able to sell
our music very well if we were hiding who we
were. We pride ourselves on honesty and
transparency. I feel happy to know that so
many people are able to connect to us and
look up to us. There were many years where I
really felt a lack of role models when I was
growing up. I ’m glad to be that for so many
of our fans.
Heartthrob is out now through Warner
Music. Tix for Groovin’ the Moo are on
sale now. Tix for Tegan & Sara’s side
shows are also on sale.
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