Victoria and Jacob are an epic and ethereal electronic pop band who are currently touring the UK and launching their new album Victoria and Jacob. They’ve enjoyed radio play from across BBC 6music and garnered critical acclaim from NME, Artrocker and TimeOut. After composing a remix for the band, I decided to catch up with lead singer Victoria to hear more about their music.
Tell us about your musical style?
Electronica with warmth and Indie pop song structures. Perhaps for fans of bands such as The Knife, Lykke Li, Bat for lashes and Beach House.
How did 'Victoria and Jacob' come together?
We met at university studying Creative Music and Sound Technology. We collaborated on a couple of projects which involved software programming and sound design and soon realised we had a good working relationship so we began writing music together. We started writing folk songs originally and played open mic nights around Cambridge, and then gradually we started incorporating more electronic elements into the music. We released a couple of early EP's in this electro-folk style and then moved to London and released our first single on Voga Parochia Records.
You have a new self titled album coming out soon, tell us about it?
We are very excited about this release as its our debut album and its been a long time coming. We’ve been busy in the studio the last couple of years and it will be great to be out and about promoting the album. Its out on the 5th of August on WIAIWYA and Fika Records and it will be released on CD and as a 12” on heavyweight vinyl in a gorgeous die cut sleeve.
Wonderful! Your single 'Cry Baby' is out on July 15th, what is the concept of this song?
The song is about allowing yourself to be yourself when you're with someone. I also cry a lot because I’m a massive wuss!; Its about crying in front of someone and feeling comfortable to do so!
When creating a song, how do you go about it? Do you have a set procedure?
Haha good question. This album has been about learning our songwriting process so each song has been through many stages and much experimentation. I don’t think there is one way in particular we have written but in general Jacob sends me a beat and I lay some vocal ideas down. Then we structure it together and Jake writes the instrumentation. We also experiment with samplers and synths and find interesting melodies and hooks and ways to distort my vocal!
Who are your influences?
So many - I love interesting electronic music whatever that means! Bjork, Imogem Heap, Four Tet, Burial. Also loving all the 80’s stuff that’s around at the moment like Kavinsky, Chromatics. The Drive sound track rocked my world!
What is the highlight of your career as Victoria and Jacob?
Supporting the Mystery Jets and Com Truise. Releasing an Ep with Voga Parochia Records and now releasing our album with WIAIWYA and Fika Records.
What do you think of the 'Sazrah remix' to 'Cry Baby'?
I love that you have taken a new angle on the track, leaving lots of space for the song to come through, with a cheeky finish!
You can hear the Sazrah remix by clicking on the player below...
You can order Victoria and Jacob's album here or listen to the original of their new single Cry Baby here
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Sazrah is a UK music producer who has composed music for BBC 1xtra, Film, Catwalk and famous artists. Her blogs are about upcoming artists, music industry tips and general chit chat!