Elsa Carmona and Ebba ‘Cuntrie’ are highlighting sensitive subjects in their debut song “Dear Sadness”. Further on they talk about their personal style and thoughts on sustainability. Can you start by telling us a bit about yourselves and your background. Elsa: I’ve been a singer/song writer for as long as I can remember and I’ve also been writing pop music for other artists for many years. At the moment I’m I am focusing on a DIY-approach(Do it yourself), where I learn how to produce my own music. Cuntrie: I’ve been working in music and visual content as long as I can remember as well. I started releasing music when I was 21 years old, together with my husband as the duo Wy. Cuntrie is my first solo project and that was not something I originally planned for. After an epiphany last year, I suddenly had four songs that I loved too much, so I just had to make a solo-EP and release them. You’ve been talking about how natural it was for you to do this collaboration, why do you think that was the case? Elsa: At first we talked about touring together. And around that same time Cuntrie asked me if we should do a song with her as well. And as we started writing the song, it was almost like it wrote itself!Cuntrie: We found each other via our record label Feverish, and we were very inspired by each other’s visual aesthetics. I have never done a collaboration with another artist like this before, and Cuntrie felt like my perfect match to explore the option to do so. As soon as we started talking about the collaboration, it really felt like it was meant to be. How did you find the inspiration to your music video? Elsa: There is a polarity in the title ’Dear Sadness’. I wanted to mix pink dreams with tears and anxiety. For me, it reflects on how it is to grow up as a girl, especially as a teenager. Cuntrie: We met each other for the first time when we were shooting the music video for Elsa’s song X-lover. I think our ideas were planted there, even though we had not started our official collaboration yet. We clicked aesthetically and it was extremely easy for us to understand one another. There was no lack of ideas when it came to ‘Dear Sadness’, we almost had too many ideas and the hard part was to tie the bits together. Do you think people can relate from the message in the song during the strange times we are now facing? Elsa: I am thinking about what social media shows us today, but also on icons like Marilyn Monroe who was feeling really anxious inside herself, but looked perfect on the outside. In these weird times I hope people can be inspired to let themselves be themselves and cry openly if they need too. Cuntrie: The song has definitely given me a reminder on how important it is to let your feelings out, to cry and to talk openly about the hard stuff. It is something I’ve been quite bad at doing during certain times. When you spend a lot of time on your own it is easy to let your inner thoughts go on and on, and it can become very destructive. In today’s society we talk a lot about mental health among young people, and it feels like you are touching that subject with this collaboration, do you have any advice to younger people who needs some cheerful words? Elsa: Anxiety is something I have been suffering from myself. What saved me has been to find the things that makes me want to leave my bed every morning. And that is music to me, to express myself in a free and open way. To be able to put up boundaries and to say no to things and destructive relationships, is also a factor to make me feel good.Cuntrie: A big part of my own mental illness comes from having extremely high expectations on myself, which I think a lot of young people have today. What helped me the most is going to therapy. When you talk to someone else about your own destructive thinking, it becomes clear on how mean you can be to yourself, and then it becomes easier to change that bad mindset. I also agree with Elsa when she says that finding the things that makes you genuinely happy, big or small, helps a lot, because then you have little glimpses in your everyday life that you highly value and that is comforting even though you might feel like crap. How would you describe you own personal styles?Elsa: I look at my own style as playful and a bit nostalgic. I appreciate things that are “ugly-pretty”, a bit odd and kitsch. The 90’s, the 00’s and the Victorian era is some of my favourites, but it varies. At the moment, I am completely into light pink and pigeon blue.Cuntrie: All right, there will be a lot of words in a row now, but maybe punk-cute clown from the 70’s? I love to mix masculine and feminine, and I also love statement garments. I, like Elsa, love the concept “ugly-pretty”. I want to have fun with my clothes, and I use my style to express myself. Checks, spotts and floral are my favourite patterns.In your own wardrobes, is sustainability something you have in mind?Elsa: I only do my shopping in second hand stores, where I also find new inspiration. I think second hand is a sustainable way of using the resources that already exist without having an impact on the climate, which I care about a lot.Cuntrie: I am also a big fan of second hand clothes and I hardly ever buy new clothes. Sustainability is super important for me when it comes to fashion, not only is it a huge interest, but also because the industry is so dirty and wasteful. It is so much more fun to build up a unique wardrobe that no one else has, rather than buying everything that is new and trendy right now. I was given a sewing machine for my birthday last year (also second hand!), and with that came a whole new world of possibilities. Now I can remake and pimp stuff that I buy second hand or clothes I already have at home.If you only could wear ONE outfit for the rest of your lives, which one would it be?Elsa: Wow that’s a hard one, right now it would be a light blue night gown with a white blouse underneath, my favourite boots and a thin leather jacket in burgundy.Cuntrie: Super hard question! I’m addicted to change and dress according to my mood. A safe card though on a regular day is a white shirt, wide corduroys and my burgundy Dr Martens Jadon (which for the record is my best purchase on Tradera ever).Will we see more from the two of you together in the future? Elsa: We have not written another song together yet, but it’s a big chance that might happen. Cuntrie is an amazing photographer and video maker, so we will definitely be working together again, especially since she is my record label-sister!Cuntrie: Absolutely! Both Elsa and I have our own songs coming up, but I hope we can tour together, or at least a concert! But I guess that will have to wait until everything that is going on in the world has settled.