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Kidsday reporters Rachel Schier, Nicole Rocco, Casey Goldstein

Kidsday reporters Rachel Schier, Nicole Rocco, Casey Goldstein and Nicole Russo, ages 13 and 14, from West hollow Middle School in Melville with members of the band Icona Pop Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo, at the Music Choice offices in Manhattan on April 24, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

We met the group Icona Pop -- Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo -- when they were appearing at Music Choice studios in Manhattan recently.

How much time do you spend on social media and interact with fans?

Caroline: A lot.

Aino: We basically live Twitter, Instagram and Facebook because we travel so much. We spend most of our time on the Internet.

Caroline: Also it's very important for us to keep up with all of our fans and see what they have to say about stuff and like for us to show people what we're up to all the time. Most of the time, we're spending a lot of time waiting in cars or waiting for stuff. So then it's the perfect time to be on social media.

If you wrote a book, what would you call it and what would it be about?

Aino: "The Tour Life." I would probably write a lot of fun stories that's been going on during our little adventure would be fantastic.

Caroline: The crazy stuff.

Where did you first get the inspiration for "I Love It?"

Aino: It is about ... it's a heartbreaking story. It's about a love of course.

Caroline: Bad when you're so sad but then it comes a time when you start feeling a little bit stronger again and you're not sad anymore. You're almost a little bit angry instead and you know what I just got better.

If you were a T-shirt what color would you be and why?

Aino: I probably would be red today. Happy and creative.

Caroline: Maybe I would be a green one. Wood, like forest green.

We watched "The Vampire Diaries," and saw that you were featured in it. Do you like having your songs featured on TV?

Aino: I think it's amazing to have it featured on TV because I think it was just out for so many different kinds of people and not just people watching music channels or listening to radio and it fits into programs. I think it's an amazing combination to kind of combine good music with good TV.

What's it like working with each other and do you guys fight a lot?

Aino: It's amazing to work with each other. We're so creative and together we kind of get into our own little world and I think we don't fight that much.

Caroline: I think it's because we have such huge respect for each other. It never builds up to a fight. We talk about stuff and we can discuss stuff.

Aino: Kind of boring in that way. We're so honest with each other.

Caroline: Yeah, but I think also when it comes to I think we complement each other very good. That's a really cool thing.

Did you get into a lot of trouble when you were younger?

Aino: A little bit but I was a pretty nice child.

Caroline: Me too. I got away with a lot. I think it's very important to use your head and be smart, but then of course you have to try your wings and have fun. But try to be smart. It's important.

Before you became a duo did you record any songs separately?

Aino: We had a lot of different projects before. I played in a band, the blues and it took us a long time before.

Caroline: Yeah me too. Working with so many different producers and having different projects and writing and stuff. But when you find the right thing you just know it.

What is the best gift you've gotten from a fan?

Aino: A necklace with an A and Caroline had a necklace with a C. And I know that we have a fantastic fan she bought the whole have you seen "X-Files"? She bought all the "X-Files" episodes for us, which is amazing.

Caroline: And then also we got a teddy bear because we have this thing before we go on stage we do like yeah e yeah, we have to do it otherwise it's cursed. And they made a teddy bear for us and when you press it is says yeah e yeah. That was very cool.

Is it weird hearing your songs on the radio?

Aino: It's always weird

Caroline: I'm like I know this song. It's our song. You get very flattered and I never think I'll get use to this is our song and they're playing our song.

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