Taking influence from everything from palm trees, beaches and burgers to the style of Tyler the Creator and the music of Best Coast, Norweigan garage-pop duo FLTY BRGR GRL are a band fighting for diversity and equality in their ever evolving industry.
Equally overjoyed by both their music and their ethos, we sent Beatrix and Sarah some questions to find out more about their music, gut instincts and longing for touring to come back around.
Tell us a bit about yourselves and how long you’ve been making music for?
We’re Beatrix and Sarah from FLTY BRGR GRL and the idea behind this project was born about two years ago.
Beatrix: I used to play guitar and synth in a band called Level & Tyson before, but this is the first project where I write my own lyrics and work with the entire process of music making from start till end (unless you take my very first project, a performance band where the main things was us wearing bodytight golden suits, seriously).
My approach has been quite punk, while for Sarah music was part of her education. She has been making music for as long as she can remember.
Sarah: I’ve been writing music since I was a kid and started my first band in High School. Since then I have played in several bands and projects.
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
Sarah: I have always known that all I wanted to do in life is to play music. So most of the decisions in my life have been based on that. My parents have always encouraged me to follow that path and given me that support I needed. Even though it doesn't always make sense money wise. But let’s be frank, what’s more fun than playing in a band? I can’t think of anything!
Beatrix: I actually haven’t thought about this until recently, or even now I think that this should first of all be fun! I started playing music pretty late, even though I’ve always wanted to play instruments. Growing up there weren’t that many options, and I didn’t know anyone who looked like me who played in a, like, rock band. So I didn’t think I could, or that it was a possibility. I also had this idea in my head that you had to be “perfect” to be an artist, like sing pretty and look pretty in a way… Later on though, I learned about riot grrrls like Poly Styrene (a riot grrrl before her time) and Kathleen Hanna, and I was so inspired! I bought my first guitar and then a bass guitar, and it was on!
What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
A lot of things inspire us, we can talk about everything from the beach to burgers, but the main source of influence is love, or unrequited love to be precise. Beatrix is lovesick and a romantic – and one of the things that we bonded over when we first met were these stories of unrequited love that we shared with each other. It’s funny how crushing on someone could be cute, but the minute you kind of crush on someone “too much” it can turn creepy. We just want to capture that essence. Not necessarily in all of our songs, but yeah.
What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music?
We’ve learned that we fall in love with people too often and too easily.
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
To trust your instinct, and follow your gut. Because when that gut tells you that something is fishy and too good to be true, it probably is. It is good to learn how to do things on your own, but never be afraid to ask for help.
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in?
We could mention a bunch, but one band we’ve really been fangirling on is a lo-fi pop band called Ē. Excellent musicians, cool music.
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
Ouff. We would of course have a fluffy pink little caravelle to get around, our dream rider would consist of rose petals falling from the sky raining down on people. Sarah actually wants there to be literally pink rain, but Beatrix isn’t so sure about that.
And if we ever do a UK tour (which we hope we can do soon), we would stop by Sarah’s aunt in Croydon to eat her famous chicken curry and to listen to all her funny and crazy stories.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
Probably the film Juno.
What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist?
Honestly, right now it’s to actually be able to tour and to do concerts. But if we’re thinking after this pandemic thing is over… well, we still just want to play all around the world and meet amazing people!