[AMP Exclusive] Foreign Firecracker Fawni Offers Fresh, Fierce Perspective On Dance-Pop
When one thinks of a fawn, they think of dainty limbs; large, piercing eyes; pure, sublime beauty; and a timid, unstable footing. Austrian-born, European-raised, Los Angeles-resident and international dance-pop diva, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Fawni[/lastfm], definitely qualifies for three out of the four descriptions.
What she isn’t is timid. While Fawni is tiny, her luminescent presence takes up the entire room and her smile is as bright as the California sun that’s she’s come to fall in love with.
[pullquote quote=”We were actually lucky enough to go there with DJ Sammy to Pacha–which is the biggest club in the world–and that was phenomenal…I’m hoping [the dance culture] is going to transcend. That’s what I want to bring to the states. ” credit=”Fawni”]
While interviewing artists can sometimes be nerve-wracking, no matter how much you do it, Fawni immediately put me at ease with her firm handshake and her friendly energy. She is intense without being overpowering, a beacon of good-natured warmth, while maintaining tha air artistic eccentricity that it takes to be a huge artist. Born Stefanie Jamaica Pschill, Fawni has been traveling the world and performing since the tender age of seven. While she has lived all over the world, her innate heat seeking gene (both of success and sun variety) brought her to Los Angeles. Oh, and her middle name might be a mitigating factor:
“I want to be! My middle name is Jamaica. And I’m from Austria, which is super cold. It’s like Siberia. So, my first gut feeling was that I need to go to sun. Since my middle name is Jamaica, that was something to do with it…I just need the sun…In Hollywood, I’m expecting sun. I wanna jump in the pool.”
While I described her as seeming like a quintessential beach babe, Fawni elaborated on how the patient, perfectionist process of making her first full-length record on major label EMI–and how it took her to Majorca, Spain:
“I’m taking it step-by-step because I want it to be really good, so now I’m just focusing on this single coming out, “Ready When You Are,” because it’s my new single and it’s recorded with DJ Sammy in Spain. In Majorca.”
It was so easy to imagine the wavy-haired blonde beauty frolicking along the shores of Spain in a gold bikini that I retorted, “You and your hot weather again! You could move to Ibiza.”
[pullquote quote="Musically, I would say Madonna. And like Kylie. People say I look like Kylie and Shakira. " credit="Fawni"]
Fawni laughed and winked mischievously, “The foam parties? Oh my god, have you ever been? No? Don’t go! Honestly, because it’s actually kind of disgusting. Because you don’t know who’s been in this nasty a** foam…the only thing is that I’m a total hypochondriac, so I keep thinking, ‘Foam; what kind of soap are they using; who are the people there?'”
“But, Ibiza is the best place to party. We were actually lucky enough to go there with DJ Sammy to Pacha–which is the biggest club in the world–and that was phenomenal…I’m hoping [the dance culture] is going to transcend. That’s what I want to bring to the states.”
Her single out now “Ready When You Are,” is one of those dance tracks that upon hearing, you’d imagine it to blow up at clubs like Pacha at Ibiza, but it also has enough pop danceability to eventually transcend to mainstream radio. I asked her if all of her tracks on her upcoming, work-in-progress album would be dance tracks. The future pop starlet replied, “You know what? I don’t really know right now! I am just kind of going with it, playing with it…I was supposed to something with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Richard Vission[/lastfm] who did [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Luciana[/lastfm]. So, we’ll see. I don’t want to pinpoint anything. When it comes, it comes, it just kind of happens and magic happens.”
[pullquote quote="I love my art, I'm very proud, it's like my true passion. If I didn't have that, I don't think I'd survived. " credit="Fawni"]
But Fawni is not just another dance pop-tartlet with a pretty face. This girl has real personality, a devilish sense of humor, and a wide range of musical influences that influence her life, if not necessarily her music. Fawni explained some of her musical influences to me: “I think definitely Madonna. I love her. You know, she’s just an icon that you can’t avoid. I mean, it’s so funny because I have such different tastes in music.”
“I have an older brother, way older brother and he loves [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Who[/lastfm]. So he kept on telling me all about bands like that, like the classics, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Marianne Faithful[/lastfm], you know, so that’s like the whole rock energy was born. You know, like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sex Pistols[/lastfm]. I love that. But that’s not something that comes out in my music, so it inspires me as a human. And like, when I am painting.”
“Musically, I would say [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Madonna[/lastfm]. And like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kylie[/lastfm]. People say I look like Kylie and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Shakira[/lastfm].”
Which is true. Fawni has the rock ‘n roll, bohemian edginess of Shakira and the perfectly symmetrical facial features of Kylie Minogue–while still being an incredibly accomplished painter. “That’s like a huge passion of mine. [My art is] pop art. I’ve been compared to–I’m almost embarrassed to say, humbly enough–Lichtenstein, Warhol, Basquiat…these are absolute icons of mine,” says Fawni, blushing for the first time that afternoon.
“I love my art, I’m very proud, it’s like my true passion. If I didn’t have that, I don’t think I’d survived. And the music is fun and it’s like playing characters and getting into a different world…we’re actually trying to–I don’t know if it’s this month or next month–put up some pieces at Bloomingdale’s in Soho.”
Her artistic sensibility definitely seeps into her music as well as her everyday life. I noticed that she had been casually sucking on a lollipop during the interview and asked, “Do you always carry around a lollipop with you?”
Fawni grinned, “Always. I usually like having a blue tongue. I don’t know. I think it’s kinda sexy. Like a bright red tongue or a blue tongue. It goes with the outfit.”
I laughed and replied, “A lot of pop stars have been doing that blue lipstick lately. But you could start the blue tongue.”
Her beautiful face lit up angelically, while her eyes got a hint of what I would soon discover to be an intrinsic quality of impish playfulness that makes her so easy to get along with, “I’m gonna do that. Blue tongue, or like a turquoise. The orange is probably not as pretty. I need blue or really fiery red or pink. Like the devil.”