Swedish popstar Raindear [also known by her pseudonym, Rebecca Bergcrantz] is a name that needs recognition. The dark-synth superstar released her latest album Embers in April of this year and served as a collection lluringly enchanting, Eastern-styled and emotionally-charged, trippy dance tunes, graced by lyrics focusing on life, death, destructive love, war, cults, greed and living ‘inside the box’. Performing in the UK this past month at the VICE House Party alongside the likes of John GrvyL Ø S T  C U L T U R E caught up with Raindear to discuss the influences behind her music, why she loves Natalie Portman and an insight into the underground scene in Sweden.

Apart from music, what are your favourite hobbies?

Parties, socialising, cooking, yoga [although I’m pretty bad], hanging on the beach, wild nature. Those things are hobbies I guess. To me, music is a lifestyle and an addiction.

What is the Swedish scene like and who else should we be listening to?

I don’t have a huge amount to do with the Swedish scene because it’s mainly Stockholm based and I’m from Malmö where they have more of an underground thing going on, but that’s kind of cool. People should visit Malmö instead of Stockholm next time they’re over. You should listen to my sister Iris Bergcrantz, she makes beautiful music.

What would you say were some of the strongest musical influences on your music?

Jazz and classical music combined with all the pop stuff and dance music I heard through the years. For example I was hugely influenced first time I heard Little Dragon in 2009, they really inspired me to start doing what I do today.

You recently played at the latest VICE House Party alongside John Grvy and Plaitum. What was the experience like and how do you like the UK crowd?

It was so much fun! The crowd was great! VICE is a such an appreciated publication that it brings so many people without me having to try. It’s awesome.

Who would play you in a film about your life and why?

Natalie Portman. She’s my favourite and played a character that is kind of like me when she was in Garden State. That’s what I’ve been told anyway.

Favourite track/album of yours right now?

I actually don’t have one right now. But I just know it will be Radiohead‘s newest one when I hear it, That’s why I’m still waiting for the right moment to buy the vinyl and sit down and meditate to it.

Favourite movie and why?

Fight Club is one of my all time favourites. It’s just such a cool script. First time I saw it years ago, I was absolutely blown away. It just takes turns you don’t expect. And it would still be a great film even if it wasn’t so screwed up. So the fact that it’s that screwed up just makes it brilliant and one of a kind. Love those kind of films. Great acting too.

What makes your music different than other artists of the same genre coming out of Sweden?

My music is just different. I’m not really a big part of any scene here. I’m a weirdo and if my music is a result of a lot of things I’ve done in life. For example I’ve lived in many different places so I just couldn’t sound “typically Swedish” if I tried. Also the best stuff from Sweden right now is in my opinion the more mainstream stuff and I don’t really have anything to do with that world.

You described your latest track ‘Feathers’ as being “about feelings of such an indifferent kind that they become overwhelming and passionate”. How much do you believe that emotions develop the music you write?

It’s all emotions that develop everything in my life. I can’t really write by routine even though I’m trying to learn because that could be really productive!

How would you describe your album, Embers?

World music vibes, heavy beats, harmonies and strange melodies!


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