College isn’t for everyone in the long run, but thankfully Drea Smith gave it a try anyways, because that’s where the 24 year old met her musical partner in crime, wunderkid DJ Million $ Mano. Together, the two make up the rising, and largely undefinable, group He Say, She Say. While Mano is known primarily as an influential part of the Chicago hiphop-house Renaissance (shoutouts to Kid Sister!), a remixer galore, and as M.I.A.’s touring DJ, he also has a deep affinity for a diverse array of electronic-based sounds such as Daft Punk and Kraftwerk. In contrast, Drea is inspired by the holy tenants of the glam women who rock–one of her favorites is Blondie, while she also cites Depeche Mode and Chrissy Hynde as influences. Her influences are a far cry from the clubs that Mano typically rocks (in fact, I very recently danced my culo off to a recent set of his at Sway in NYC–the boy’s got skills!), but when the two combine their Wonder Twins Activate! powers, the result is a seamless blending of electro beats, glamrock sensibilities, a dash of Industrial, and Drea’s no-holds-barred NewWave-esque lyrics. He Say, She Say’s breakout hit, the emotionally sadistic “Crash Test Dummie” inspired Lupe Fiasco to sign the pair to his label, and has been catapulting the two to notoriety ever since.
M.I.S.S. TV caught up with He Say, She Say recently in Miami, as they prepared to perform at the grand re-opening of Club Cinema. Drea and Mano clued us in on what motivates them to make music, why they are so far outside of the box that the box isn’t even in sight anymore, and the importance in life of Teen Witch! Check out our interview and live performance from He Say, She Said below, and a special bonus webisode that pits Drea against Mano when it comes to some very important issues!
And check out our webisode with the two Wonder Twins, “He Said, She Said”!
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