When I was 12, I decided that if I was ever going to make music, I wanted to work under a pseudonym. I scanned through an English-Swedish dictionary and found the name First Aid Kit. When I started performing live with Johanna, we decided to stick with that name. For us, our band name means that our music is a sort of consolation, a comfort. Call it a plaster for the soul, if you like.
Are you excited about playing SXSW?
We are extremely excited to play at SXSW. This will be our first time at the festival, and also our first time ever in America. Playing in America has always been a big dream for us since we're in love with American music and culture. We're so happy about this!
What's in your festival survival kit?
The three most essential things to bring are a poncho, a pair of Wellington boots and an umbrella. Instruments can also be useful to bring if you play at a festival. And a First Aid Kit, of course. Bad joke. Sorry, couldn't resist.
Do you have any plans to tour America in 2010 besides SXSW?
We're doing a two-week US tour in June. We're thrilled. I believe it's going to be our biggest adventure yet.
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