Fefe Dobson Interview
She burst onto the pop-punk scene in 2003 with her self-titled debut album. Almost two years later, this Canadian rocker is back with a more mature sound and a brand new disc, Sunday Love. Sindy sat down to chat with Fefe Dobson about her latest musical project, boys, dating and a whole lot more. Check it out!
Sindy: Congratulations on the new album - how was making this album different from making your debut album?
Fefe Dobson: Well, I'm older now. I was 16 when I recorded my debut album and I'm 20 now so I've been through a lot more. I have a lot more life experience to write about.
Sindy: Is there a difference in the sound?
Fefe Dobson: It's just more mature. It's got more rock - there are still pop influences but it's a bit edgier.
Sindy: How many songs did you actually write for the album?
Fefe Dobson: I wrote about 35 songs for the album before I decided which ones to include.
Sindy: Your album is mostly about love and heartbreak - do you ever want to keep some of your more personal experiences to yourself and not write songs about them?
Fefe Dobson: I'm very comfortable sharing my experiences through my music. Everyone has been through the same situations - they are obviously unique to them but the basics are the same. As a musician you have the opportunity to talk about these things and so I'm happy to do it.
Sindy: What did you enjoy the most about recording Sunday Love?
Fefe Dobson: The thing that I enjoyed the most about recording this album was just all the great people that I got to work with. Joan Jett was right there in my hotel room and I go to work with Matthew Wilder, who was the producer on No Doubt's Tragic Kindgdom. I also got to work with John5 who was the guitarist for Marilyn Manson.
Sindy: Who has been the coolest person you've collaborated with on this album?
Fefe Dobson: Joan Jett was pretty cool. I was sitting there talking to her and it was just really amazing.
Sindy: Who would you love to work with that you haven't yet had the chance?
Fefe Dobson: I'd love to work with Billy Joe Armstrong from Green Day. He's an amazing musician who really knows what he is doing. He mixes rock and pop and punk together and that's what I'm trying to do. He would be a great guy to collaborate with.
Sindy: What's playing on your iPod/CD player right now?
Fefe Dobson: The Ramones, Sex Pistols, My Chemical Romance. I listen to a lot of different music.
Sindy: Growing up, who were your musical influences?
Fefe Dobson: Madonna, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Bangles. I had a big range of influences.