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2013 Artist Survey: HAERTS

Christina "Nini" Fabi on Her Favorite Word, First R-rated Movie, and the Worst Thing She's Lost on Tour

Mar 06, 2014 Artist Surveys 2013 Bookmark and Share

For Under the Radar‘s 11th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to the important issues of the last year, as well as some quirkier subjects. Check out our current print issue and digital issue for surveys from My Morning Jacket, Foals, Amanda Palmer, Local Natives, Wild Nothing, These New Puritans, Lanterns on the Lake, Xiu Xiu, and Summer Camp.

Here are answers from Christina “Nini” Fabi of HAERTS.

Top 10 Albums of 2013

1. Kanye West: Yeezus

2. Rhye: Woman

3. The National: Trouble Will Find Me

4. Phoenix: Bankrupt!

5. Arcade Fire: Reflektor

6. Daft Punk: Random Access Memories

7. CHVRCHES: The Bones of What You Believe

8. Washed Out: Paracosm

9. HAIM: Days Are Gone

10. James Blake: Overgrown

What was the highlight of 2013, either for you personally or for the band?

The highlight was touring with Shout Out Louds and Washed Out. These have been our first tours and the first introduction to our new circus life. Playing our songs live has been an incredible experience.

What was the low point of 2013 for you?

As Bob Ross says, “Without the darkness, there cannot be light.” We are very much at the beginning as a band and most of the low points have really been an education in trusting our instincts and in never compromising our vision for the music.

What are your hopes and plans for 2014?

We will be in the studio finishing our debut album and hopefully back on the road. We also can’t wait to go overseas.

What are your thoughts on the passing of Lou Reed? Did his music influence you at all and in what way?

We sometimes ran into him in the city. The last time we saw him was when we were having coffee next to him at a cafe in the West Village. His body seemed weak but he looked very peaceful. To us he will always be a true icon and inspiration.

Do bad reviews bother you and which negative review has affected you the most?

We have not read any bad reviews so far, but we also don’t have much time or interest in reading many of them in general. We know who we are, and while it’s great that people write about us, we are aware that it’s all personal opinions and everyone is free to judge and speak about us as they like. In general, you learn more from the bad reviews than the good ones, and as our music reaches a wider audience they will surely be coming in. If they don’t, it’s not a good sign. If you will be loved, you will be hated.

What is your favorite word and why?

Picking a favorite word is as impossible as picking a favorite note. Both only exist in context, and as that context changes, so does their meaning and effect. Any word can be the best or worst at any given moment.

What was the first R-rated (17+) movie you remember seeing and how old were you?

Kids, at age 10.

If you could redo the theme song for any TV show, which one would you pick and how would you approach it?

Twin Peaks. It’s perfect as it is. We would play it live.

What is the worst thing you’ve lost on tour? The best thing you’ve found?

The worst we lost was our minds in Tennessee. The best we found was FIKA in Minneapolis. Everyone should go eat there when they’re there.



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September 6th 2014

Great interview! They seem like such a chill band to hangout with. I’ve been telling everyone to follow them on Spotify to listen to Giving Up. So good.