Home' LOTL : Jan 14 Contents How did you meet?
Yoda: School days. Although we didn’t go
to the same school, we took part in several
musical theatre workshops together.
Emma: We met through a girl band and
it was an instant connection. We would
spend most of our weekends together from
Yoda: It is really embarrassing, but we used
to get together, and you know, sing in front of
the mirror, as you do. [Laughs]
So how long have you known one
Yoda: Oh, wow, way over 10 years. Emma and
I were never an item, never together-together
but Emma was the reason I knew I was gay.
You fool around at a young age, right? She
was my first-ever lesbian encounter. We
really connected; she helped me get over
my heartache that I had experienced in my
heterosexual relationships. The things my
body was doing I couldn’t even believe, I had
never known anything like it. Emma never
judged me, I could just be me and I never had
that freedom with my family.
Emma: At the time I had a boyfriend, so
technically Yoda and I were having an affair;
we were around 20 when we both felt
physically attracted to each other.
Yoda: I didn’t know whether or not I loved
Emma as a friend or as my lover, but time
made me realise that she was far more
important to me as my friend to carrying on
having this affair and fuck up any chance of us
remaining so spiritually and musically bonded.
Emma: Yoda and I have a complete,
So, how do you identify?
Yoda: I’ve been gay since way back—I just
love women. I am not against men but
when I am single—and I am single now—it
is always women I flock to, and they are
the attraction. I just love women so much.
It took me years to finally accept I was gay,
and coming from a Greek Cypriot family,
this made—and still makes—things very
difficult. You can’t be openly gay, not all my
family knows and to be honest, they don’t
need to. The family that do know are OK
with it. My grandparents are my breath, I
wouldn’t want to hurt them at such fragile
ages by exposing who I am. They don’t
particularly like my style or tattoos, but hey,
I’m working on it.
Emma: I am actually with a man; I would
say I am bisexual. Yoda accepted me and
encouraged me when no one else did, so it
was easy to identify as myself.
It sounds as though you make a
Emma: We have the same aspirations and
ideals in life. We are very different but
very similar too. There is a mutual respect
between us. This is why we are named
RednPink, because they are strong, fiery
colours. We have been told they clash, but
when you have such a tight friendship, it
can only work well together.
Yoda: When I first met Emma, essentially
what made me want to work with her was her
talent. Our lives opened each other’s eyes.
There was genuine respect and love for one
another. Creatively we fill the gaps in each
other’s lives and we share the same values.
Our friendship is my rock. There is no
relationship that can quite honestly
Do you ever fight?
Yoda: Emma is straight to
the point; the thought
of upsetting her makes
me feel sick. It takes so
much for me to speak
Emma: If her
behaviour is not
reflecting who she
and I discuss it with
her immediately. When
we used to argue, we
would sit there for hours
and discuss it with a bottle of
red; it’s not
good for me to harbour things
when she is the most important
person in my life.
Yoda: My first girlfriend couldn’t handle my
friendship with Emma. People find it tough
because we are so, so close.
Emma: Oh, we have had people desperately
trying to get between us. My man totally
understands who we are and loves Red.
Who are your musical influences
Yoda: Our friends all make music and they are
a big inspiration. I would also have to say Amy
Winehouse, Bob Marley and Michael Jackson,
No Doubt too; they have all inspired the hell
out of me.
Emma: Prince is my number one. Tina
Turner too! It’s all about the funk.
What have you got in the pipeline?
Yoda: Germany tour. The Germans love us
and they are so free and open over there.
We are starting on the new single and on the
album really soon, and our new stuff won’t be
so urban; definitely more alternative. We are
in L.A. this month and have some studio time
Emma: We are going to be working on
our next single now that our first single
“Badman” was released in August and is
now on iTunes.
What inspired your first single and
who wrote the lyrics?
Yoda: Emma was pissed off about something
one day, came in to the studio and bam! She
[a poem that] became “Badman.”
Emma: If you have a negative mind-frame,
it is creating a reality. Be aware of what you
say because it can be perceived in all kinds
Yoda: If you think negatively, you attract
negativity. If you think positively, positive
things come. You can choose to change your
life. If you hang around with good people,
they will introduce you to good people. That
pretty much defines the lyrics.
Finally, what do you do to chill out
Yoda: Our chill time revolves around yoga
and meditation, taking in nature and talking
with friends about each other’s lives.
Emma: Good food and friends is definitely a
big one for us. (rednpink.co.uk)
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