Thursday, August 27, 2009
Chapter Sixty Three: FEFE Dobson is Back!!! Finally an Interview with Honey Magazine
This was a refreshing and honest interview...I'm like you Fefe I'm addicted to love too :) Check out the whole interview here , she finally speaks about the Rihanna situation (yes I believe Def Jam handlers referenced her whole image to riri def), Love, the devastation of the split with DJ, her sound, and her new album "Joy"...also the pics are KILLER
Honey: How you would describe your sound?
Fefe Dobson: There is a fusion. I am so influenced by different types of artists that I don’t really know exactly what genre I’d be put in. There’s guitar so you know that’s rock and the melodies are pop because it’s repetitive. But it’s just music to me.
Did you grow up wanting to be a rock star or just wanting to be a musician?
I loved rock and roll. There were tons of different types of music in my house. My mom played Lionel Richie and The Bee Gees and Michael Jackson was huge in our house. But then my sister would be playing Nirvana and Guns and Roses-type stuff. I gravitated more towards my sister’s stuff. I love guitars. There’s just so much angst and so much aggression and passion in one guitar, its crazy.
Rock and roll and hip-hop are very similar. They both get really political. They are very passionate and they spit the truth a lot of the times. It’s rebellious. It’s becoming trendier, but appreciated. When I first came out it wasn’t embraced as much, you know, a black girl doing rock and roll. Now things are different. People are more open to it. I heard it all the time when I first came out like, ‘You actually think this is gonna work — a black girl doing rock?’
When did you really realize that you wanted to go back in and go hard with this third album?
I always knew it. Even when LA and I parted. I never said to myself I don’t think I can do this anymore. It just never came out my mouth. I’ve said a lot of stupid shit but I never said that. If it’s your passion you have to get back up and do it.
How has your sound evolved?
I like to have fun so that comes across. It's just this time its actually an album I would put on and listen to. I had a really hard time listening to the first record. The things I talked about were emotional, like "Unforgiving," about my father. Now I want to celebrate a little bit more.
You were already on Def Jam when Rihanna signed, right?
I was first I was signed to Def Jam in 2003. I think she was signed in 2005
First of all, what happened when you left the label?
It was just musical difference. It was a mutual breakup. Things weren’t working out the way we had wanted and it was time to part ways and let me create some things. Is Rihanna rock and roll? I don’t know. I mean I think that term is used really loosely.
Basically, her career did not affect yours whatsoever?
I wasn’t associated with it anymore, but do I get comparison… all over the place. To me, again, we are different. It’s like Avril-syndrome. You ask me now, and yes, we are both black but it’s not the same music. She might have some guitars on her thing but what is that? It doesn’t make it the same music.
That’s my point. The image thing — to go so extreme, from dancehall reggae queen girl to cool, punky, rocker-chick. People say Rihanna bit your style.
I mean, for sure I question that, but who wouldn’t. She is supposedly a fan of mine. I try to take it as a compliment. It gets a little much when she starts getting the same tattoos as me but overall I just want people to separate the image and listen to the music. It’s about the music. Its like Prince and Michael Jackson, totally different artists. Or its like Kanye West and Jay-Z. So what? They are both black men, they sound different. So they both wear jeans, they are different. And why would you want the same type of artist?
People are definitely doing an image comparison.
To me, dressing is like an expression. You don’t have to be crazy or whatever. Just wear whatever you want to wear.
I think you can tell when it’s contrived and when it’s authentic.
I agree. I do have to say one thing though, her songs are well written. I know Ne-Yo writes some stuff and he is an amazing writer but we’re just different.
Have you guys met?
Yeah, I met her when she was the dance hall queen with the long hair. She was a nice girl but very quiet.
So now your home base is Toronto and you have an apartment there. Do you have a boyfriend?
I do have a boyfriend. He is a great boyfriend. I love him dearly. We live together in Toronto.
How long have you been together?
We’ve only been together for four months. It’s really recent.
Had he been following everything about you since you all were apart?
Well, he was my base player and then I fired him.
So you were together when he was in your band?
Yeah, and it was tough because we ended and that’s when the label thing happened and I was broken from that. I couldn’t give him what he wanted because I was too broken.
So is he going be in your band again?
I don’t know. It’s really hard to mix business and pleasure. At this point we just need to focus on our relationship and not bring the business into it.
This is a really romantic story. How old is he?
He’s 21 and it really makes me believe in love. Honestly, that's what I meant about the label thing too. Once you don’t have it anymore, you learn what you appreciate. I’d rather have him.
Do you have any vices?
I’m addicted to love. When I wasn’t with him I was just addicted to attraction.