September 2011 Ask Tegan

Date: November 12, 2011
Author: Tegan Quin
Headline: September 2011 – Ask Tegan

Skyy writes:
Hey Tegan!
First off, I’d like to say that you and Sara are amazingly talented and beautiful women.
I was wondering, what are some of your favorite 80′s movies?

Hey Skyy!

We loved the 80′s! Most of the movies I love from the movies I grew to love later on in life..but…here they are anyway!

The Empire Strikes Back
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
The Shining
The Princess Bride
This Is Spinal Tap
Fast Times At Ridgemont High
Back To The Future
Rain Man
Phantom Of The Paradise
Bugsy Malone
Neverending Story
The Last Unicorn
Stand By Me
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Breakfast Club

I could go on and on. These are the ones that made the biggest impact! Enjoy!


Allison writes:
Hey Tegan!
Its just the start of September, but in a few months it’ll be the new year, so I was wondering what’s coming for Tegan and Sara in 2012? Do you have any projected time frame for when to expect a new album, the DVD, possibly an American tour? Thanks for taking the time every month to answer questions from the fans!

Hey Allison!

We are releasing a new DVD and Live Record in November. The date will be announced soon! Sara and I also have 2 songs on the new Morgan Page record which comes out next year. Sara and I are also hard at work on our 7th full length record. I would guess that it will be coming out…in the fall of next year (2012). I also wrote a few songs for Lisa Loeb’s new record! That is coming out next year too I think…um…I think that’s it..? No touring right now. Just songs. Songs. And more songs. Ha. Soon!


Michelle writes:
Hi! I was just wondering, is it hard to write music? Do you sometimes run out of ideas, or run out of things to write about? I’m so excited for a new record of yours to come out. I can’t even explain how much I adore you girls!

Hey Michelle!

Thank you! That’s sweet of you to say. I do not run out of things to say. Sometimes I get really busy and I don’t sit down and write for a long time and it feels hard when I return to it. Its a muscle (or so they say), song writing, and so it’s important to keep working at it. When I haven’t written in a while, the first few songs that come aren’t ever very good. I try to remain inspired by chaining my perspective, not rehashing too much. I find my life is very up and down and emotional and intense so I never run out of things to say or feel! Don’t worry we won’t get bored and not write ever! ha.


Nikita writes:
My question is about merch…I would like to know how you feel about fan made merch?…do you feel excitement when you see all the ideas your fans come up with knowing that you inspired them to create something?.. or do you feel about it the way you feel about people downloading your music as opposed to going out and buying the record…do you feel that they should buy what you ladies have had made or are you ok with them creating their own?… thanks in advance (i hope) for answering my question

Hey Nikita!

Thanks for writing in. Sara and I would love it if everyone bought our record, but understand some people can’t afford to, or would rather spend the money on merchandise or concert tickets and we get that. With sales down so much it IS affecting budgets at record labels. The label gives us a fraction of the marketing dollars that they would have 10 years ago because they just don’t project a lot of sales for a band like us. Which is tough. BUT we aren’t sticklers, or dinosaurs and mainly just hope a system that is fair for all gets worked out. I love the concept of paying for a subscription to ALL music on your phone bill or internet plan. I think that’s cool! Perhaps THAT is the future of music. Anyway. Regarding merchandise…same same. If you can buy a shirt, or pin or poster, awesome. If you’re inspired to make your own, awesome! When fans use images that we don’t own (taken by other photographers) and try to SELL the items, we do ask them to stop. But when people show up with awesome home made shirts I am TOTALLY inspired. I’ve even seen shirts that I thought were so cool I’ve emailed our art director to do something similar! Ha!


Hanna writes:
Hi Tegan!
My name is Hanna im 14 years old and i want to say thank you. You and Sara are both beautiful, without even trying! And your music is amazing! I was wondering what were your favourite things to do when you were 14 like favourite activities, hobbies, interests, etc.?

Oh man. I LOVED My So Called Life. So we’d sit and watch that over and over on VHS. Sara and I had a big group of girl and boy friends. We were always very co-ed. Lots of roaming the streets and getting up to no good but mainly just sitting around laughing and story telling on the weekends. We were in drama and piano lessons and very active in music at that point. So we did that a lot. We also loved riding bikes and playing basketball. Our family is very important to us, so we spent a lot of time with them too. Mainly, music. Laying around listening, lip syncing in our rooms after school, writing our own music, driving around with our step dad BLASTING music. MUSIC! Ha.
We also got really into 80′s movies then! One summer before grade 8 we probably rented every 80′s movie from our Blockbuster! I guess that’s not very exciting. ha.

Thanks for writing in!

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