Destinee & Paris: "Britney like our outfits"
The Swedish pop duo produced Destinee & Paris, consisting of American sisters Destinee and Paris Monroe, has been touring around Europe as opening act for Britney Spears. This weekend they were in Stockholm and improveme.se got an exclusive chat with the girls.
**************************************************You are the sisters and work together, but what are your differences?
Destinee: We definitely have different personalities. I play tough, but just the sensitive of us. Paris pretend to be nice, but ...
Paris: I do not pretend! I am nice to everyone, but when it comes to business, I am certain.
Destinee: That's right, she is Miss a businesswoman. Naturally I listen to most, but I can say no if it is something that is important to me.
I read on your Twitter that you were a part of Stockholm before.
Destinee: Yes, we recorded our debut album here two years ago along with Swedish producer RedOne. He is an amazing producer and has really an ear for music. He is the best!
Paris: He has become as our brother and mentor, so it's great to be here again.
But you have also worked with other Swedish producers, right?
Destinee: Yes, our first single, "True Love", was produced by Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia. Then we have also worked with Carl Falk and Rami (Yacoub), who is also Swedish. You Swedes can really pop!
Do you have any favorite places in Stockholm, perhaps a restaurant or store you like?
Destinee: Stockholm is like our second home. Vapiano is great, they need to open a restaurant in Los Angeles.
Paris: And we love the mall, with Top Shop and H & M.
Have you had a chance to hang out with Britney Spears during the tour?
Destinee: We see her often in the corridors. She smiles always against us and how cute any time. The other day when we were in Helsinki in Finland, she stopped us and actually said, 'Oh my God, I love your outfit! " She is very down to earth.
How would you describe her?
Paris: I would say she is iconic. She is always at the forefront of that of the pop music and she has done for many years. The first concert we went to was Britney Spears, in 1998 or 1999. We were completely overwhelmed by the dance and the costumes and music production, that's when we decided to focus on music as a profession.
I saw your show in Paris in early October and noted that you are in really good shape, which I assume is a must when worn so tight costumes. How are you doing to stay fit?
Paris: Thank you! We try to eat very healthy and 'clean' food, and we train a lot. Dancing is also a good way to keep fit.
Destinee: Then we run very well. We do not want to be out of breath on stage.
Do you have any special beauty routine?
Paris: We have straight hair, so we can not go anywhere without our curling iron. Then we like make-up from Make Up Forever.
Destinee: We also have a really good skin care system that we run every night before going to bed. It takes a lot of part cleaning to remove all the stage makeup.
Make up your own selves?
Paris: Well, when we are touring we make up ourselves, but when we do shoots and music videos we use makeup artists.
How important is appearance as a performer?
Destinee: When people come to a show, they want to be entertained, so we have a little fun with your hair, makeup and clothes. We want them to reflect our music, which also is about having fun.
How would you describe your music?
Paris: It's fun and energetic pop with an edge. And very dance-friendly.
How long have you been doing now?
Paris: We were designed five years ago, but we have been doing music professionally since we were 7-8 years old.