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DR. MARTENS SPEAKS TO REIN

REIN is one of Sweden’s most unique and inspiring up-and-coming music stars. Already nominated for two P3 Gold Awards, one of the most prestigious Swedish music awards, REIN is off to a stellar start in her career. Her blend of electronics, ballsy vocals and a strong female-positive message make REIN one to watch. We caught up with the singer to talk music, beliefs and Dr. Martens. 

Rein wears the Coralia 3-Strap boots. Styled by Alice Lönnblad. Photographed by Jasmin Storch.
REIN wears the Coralia 3-Strap boots. Styled by Alice Lönnblad. Photographed by Jasmin Storch.

How would you describe your music?
Energetic, powerful & raw.

Which musicians influence your musical style?
It’s a big mix of what I like! M.I.A, Justice, Atari Teenage Riot, Leila K and loads of punk energy…
I hope I will become as big as The Prodigy were back in their heyday, except that with Rein it´s just me and my drummer Lea. Two girls kicking ass on stage with hard electronic beats, questioning today’s society.

Rein wears the 1461 shoe. Styled by Alice Lönnblad. Photographed by Jasmin Storch.
REIN wears the 1461 shoe. Styled by Alice Lönnblad. Photographed by Jasmin Storch.

What’s been your favourite gig you’ve played?
I would say the first time that I saw a big crowd dancing passionately to my music. It was back in Rockefeller, Oslo. Fantastic! The energy I got from the crowd was breathtaking.

You’ve got a unique fashion sense, have you always dressed this way?
Yes, it’s similar to my musical background. There are so many different sounds and styles that influence me.

What are your hopes for 2017?
I’m releasing a very important E.P. in the spring. It is the the manifest of REIN; how I became myself, what I´ve been through and what I don’t believe in. It´s about the pride of being a minority or an outsider basically. As a bisexual left-wing anarchist I have always struggled for my beliefs. Today I think it’s even tougher for our new generation. Europe is going backwards. I feel that an increasing number of people have no empathy for humanity anymore, which is frightening. We’ve got to make a change. I hope my E.P. will inspire people to do so.

Rein wears the 1461 Mono shoe. Styled by Alice Lönnblad. Photographed by Jasmin Storch.
REIN wears the 1461 Mono shoe. Styled by Alice Lönnblad. Photographed by Jasmin Storch.

Do you remember your first pair of Dr. Martens?
I saved up for my first pair of Dr. Martens when I was 16, my early punk years. I still love those boots!

And finally, what do you stand for?
As Emma Goldman used to say: Liberation from the shackles and restraint of government. Social order based on the free grouping of individuals.

Find out more about REIN on Instagram and Facebook.