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September 19, 2012

Lo-Fi-Fnk, Photo by Daniella Midenge

Here at 12 Questions, we have an unapologetic fixation with Swedish pop music. Whether it’s chilled out new Italo-disco, or glitchy techno-pop, you can catch us chair dancing in the office pretty much any day of the week. Which is why we’re super excited to feature electro-pop duo Lo-Fi-Fnk. Their 2011 release The Last Summer is a shimmering, irresistible confection, consisting of equal parts sing-along choruses and compulsive beats.

Lo-Fi-Fnk are Leonard Drougge (we like to call him Leo) and August Hellsing. Despite their fresh-faced Swedishness, these handsome boys have been making music together for over a decade. They released their first EP, “…and The JFG?” in 2005, follwed by the album Boylife (2006), and a handful of singles.

Their latest outing is “Taking U 4 Granted”, a collaboration with Friendzone that promises good things to come from these boys. Give it a listen while you check out their answers. You’ll be dancing by Question 3.

1. What is your hometown?

Stockholm, Sweden

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

With Hello Kitty. A bit mysterious. She looks so innocent and seems kind of stupid and shallow but still you’re not sure if that’s the case or if she actually is a real clever cat just wanting to enjoy herself and fuck with peoples mind.

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

That would be Josh Hartnett. We think he’s a hell of a good-looking fellow and we would need that to make the mistakes we made look beautiful instead of awkward.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

Must say Purple Rain by Prince. It’s just gets under your skin whether you want it or not. No matter how simple it is and spite of all the thousand times you’ve listened to it – when those first intro chord drops you drop your guard and just drown in that song.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

Hmm IQ84, the first book (haven’t read the other two yet) by Haruki Murakami was the last book we read which we really would advise other people to read. It’s as intriguing as most of his novels but taken to an even more epic level.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Been listening a lot to that Unicorn Kid remix of Blood Diamonds feat. Grimes – Phone Sex.

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

Think it was Do The Right Thing by Spike Lee when I was a kid. (leo)

Movies almost never makes us cry.

8. Cat person or dog person?

We are both cat-persons.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Truth. Cause it’s most of the times more kind to be truthful. And if you can’t be both kind and truthful…well noone forces you to speak your mind at all times…

10. How do you define sin?

Sin is when you do something that goes against your values.

11. How do you define virtue?

When you’re livin according to your values.

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

It should look like a rotated cube and say “here lies Leo and August, google them plz!”

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Jon Kabat-Zinn



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