Do you think that there’s a line you have to walk when dabbling into hip-hop culture to avoid that kind of backlash?
Amy: We did feel like that a little bit with the last record. There were producers who were like, can you rap more girly? And I’ve even had producers—I’m not going to say any names—pull my pitch up and we’d get these mixes back, like, what is this? This doesn’t even sound like us. So it’s definitely like a male/female thing happening in the industry. And that’s why the Miley thing is sensitive to me. Like, she’s a girl. Robin Thicke was grabbing everybody, too. Why is there a double standard? She was really just dressed like the girls in his video. That was the whole creative.
What do you think about the overall state of pop music? And is your mission to disrupt that, bring your own sound or try to fit in?
Nick: Our mission right now is to find our lane. There aren’t a lot of male female duos out right now on top 40, not the way that we have it. It’s pretty unique.
Amy: We just don’t want to have to compete with anybody. Most of the charts that we’ve been seeing in the past year or two have been really interesting. Like, here’s an indie rock hit, and here’s Macklemore, and here’s Rihanna doing a ballad with some guy you’ve never heard of. It’s amazing, the door is wide open for creative music right now where I don’t think it was a couple years ago. Like, if you weren’t doing four-on-the-floor dance pop, you didn’t have a spot. So we’re ready to grab the bull by the horns. You never see a guy singing and a girl rapping and they’re in the same group and they’re a couple. So the goal isn’t necessarily to disrupt what’s going on, I love what’s going on. I love that Pharrell’s back. He’s one of our favorites of our entire lives.
Nick: He was one of the biggest influences, probably. You’re going to hear the acoustic scratches, there’s live instruments on every track, we always have a band come in and play bass drums and guitar. So we want to kind of get that feel way more than the first EP.
Do you guys know what the next single is going to be yet?
Amy: We do, but we can’t tell you or we’d have to kill you.
Nick: I’m singing through the verses, she raps. It’s kind of like a duet feel. I definitely have some of that throwback—almost like a punk rock energy into it.
Amy: And the lyrics compare being in a relationship to being in prison. It’s Nick’s introduction to the world.
Is there a song that came out this summer that you wanted to cover?
Nick: Oh, yeah, there were a lot dude.
Amy: On Instagram, we do Karmin mini covers. We did “Blurred Lines.”
Nick: “Get Lucky” would’ve been a lot of fun. Any of the Pharrell stuff is always fun because it’s so musical that you can go so many different genres with it.
Amy: Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody,” I thought that was a nice song. It would be fun to remix that and rap on it.