How do you guys go about choosing songs for your CDs. Do you try to keep it fair and have the same amount of "Tegan songs" and "Sara songs", or do you just choose whatever song best fits the record, despite of who wrote it?
We generally pick the best songs. So on some of our first few records it was a little uneven. Sara used to write a lot less than she does now, so often times it was just that I had written SO many more songs than she did. But now its a lot more even. Obviously we want things to be as equal as they can be but not so much so its "fair" but so we don't have an unbalance in the set list live or on record. It feels more "fair" to not have to play every song on stage! Ha.
Brianna Diane asks:
As I was scrolling through my Twitter, I saw that you posted some photos of yourself in a convince store, and I began wondering, "Can Tegan actually go into a store without fans following her?" So, do you get recognized by fans a lot. If so, do you mind being approached in that way? Or would you rather stay incognito?
I definitely can go anywhere I want, anytime I want. Sometimes at certain concerts or at the mall or something a gaggle of teenagers will follow me or come up and want to chat, but I don't mind. I think its sweet and its nice to see T+S fans for the most part. When Sara and I are together I find people recognize us more. When I'm alone I think some people just assume I'm a T+S fan who looks a little like Tegan or Sara! Ha. I definitely don't go out of my way to be recognized but when it happens its usually fine by me. I can't imagine what its like for a real celebrity. I imagine it would be very hard to live a normal life being followed. That is not my life currently. ha.
I was just wondering as you grow as artists and your fan base expands, what new goals do you and Sara try and set for yourselves on each new album, tour, etc? Or do you have any new goals?
YES! We absolutely write out our goals at the start of every new record cycle. This next few years Sara and I want to see our fan base grow and we would like to sell more records. A lot of people are downloading our music for free and we'd like that to change. We also haven't had a song on radio in years (Walking With A Ghost was our last charting hit) and so that is another goal. People think radio is terrible or don't want to hear their favourite band on the radio but is a great way to get your music out to new people and as women (gay ones at that) we want to conquer as much territory as we can! The more fans of T+S mean more people in the world with us in their life. We like that idea. We also hope to write amazing songs, tour more countries we haven't been able to yet and experience more of life on this next record! Its going to be a busy few years and we are super excited for it all!
I saw an interview that you did in Australia in 2008 on beattv, it looked like you wished you were anywhere else. I was wondering has there ever been an interview that you've had, that was just terrible or that you wish you had of said no to? If so, how do you deal with things like that and keep the interview going?
We often times run into questions, interviews, people or situations that are not ideal when doing press but we always model through it. I don't remember the specific interview you are asking about but I imagine there was some scenario making us wish not to be there! ha. But we are professionals and respect the process of doing press very much, so we always continue! Sometimes life on the road can be exhausting and soul sucking. There isn't much time for sleeping, eating well or alone time and it gets you down. I like playing, that's why I do what I do, but sometimes the other stuff can be a bit much. That being said, I do have more days where I LOVE talking to the press and running around crazy busy doing a billion things and meeting people..so I take each day as it comes and do my best to enjoy the most of it!
I recently noticed that Metric is doing this flashback thing on Twitter with all these great pictures en memories of their past tour. I was wondering (since it's the start of a new year), what are some of your personal highlights from 2010? It can be career wise or otherwise, like a movie or a concert you saw, thing you achieved in terms of music, or outside of your career. Any great moment you'd like to share with us? Thanks for taking the time to answer,
Wow! That's tough! I mean, the whole year was incredible. We really enjoyed touring in India and New Zealand. Both were so different and both battered us in different ways! Highlights in addition to that... hmm, well the show we did in Chicago earlier in the year with Steel Train and Holly Miranda was was of the most amazing and favourite shows I've EVER played in 12 years. I still get excited thinking about that crowd. The Paramore tour was incredible. We grew as performers and artists a lot over that tour. It was such a challenge but such good fun too. The audiences were amazing. I'm really proud of all the collaborations we did! I hope to do more. I think that's it!