Icona Pop relishes 'positive chaos'

Icona Pop (WENN.COM file photo)

Icona Pop (WENN.COM file photo)

JASON MacNEIL, Special To QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:57 PM ET

Swedish dance pop duo Icona Pop have spent the last few weeks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur promoting their new album This Is...Icona Pop. And in 2014 singers Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt - best known for their infectious international hit I Love It - support Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry on portions of their respective headlining treks.

Living out of suitcases and in hotel rooms (or on buses) will continue to be the norm.

"I don't know where to start," Jawo says. "I would say it's been absolutely the busiest, most fantastic year we've had so far. It's been a positive chaos. I've always been prepared for working because both me and Caroline are workaholics. But when you work with something that you love like we do you put extra energy into it."

Jawo says the new record attempts to make Icona Pop - who performed Saturday in Toronto as part of The Big Jingle -- more than just a flash-in-the-pan act critics might view them as.

"We've been writing so many songs and we wanted people to get to know us a bit more and not just for I Love It," she says. "It's so hard to try to explain who you are on just one album. We go into the studio and go mental, go crazy in the studio. Then we do pop and we call it Icona Pop."

Icona Pop recently shot a video for the single Just Another Night showing an exciting evening in Paris. Jawo says the French capital is a home away from home.

"Icona Pop was kind of born in Paris, one of the first places we went to outside Sweden," she says. "For us we thought it was symbolic to go there and do a real video with a real thought behind it. I thought it was nice making it. It was nice making out with guys."

The band also landed on the charts globally largely thanks to I Love It. Jawo says they've probably played their signature tune 300 times in the last year.

"The weirdest part is that when you perform I Love It you don't get tired of it," she says. "The amount of energy you get from all the people is crazy. I'm not tired of it. Maybe I won't say the same thing in ten years."

What they can say is landing the plum spots on both Cyrus' Bangerz trek and Perry's Roar tour next year has an incredibly huge upside.

"We met Katy a couple of weeks before (the announcement) and said, 'We love you and you're amazing,'" Jawo says. "We respect both of them. We were kind of bugging them and our people talked with their people. We are super, super excited. I think it's going to be a helluva party and a lot of fun, it's going to be a girl power tour."

The scale of those tours might be challenging for Icona Pop, something Jawo is prepping for.

"We're use to playing in small clubs and festivals where people are drunk," she says. "I think as long as we're Icona Pop there's something charming with a Swedish band that are a little lost on the other side of the world."


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