Swedish EDM Duo Galantis Says, 'We Have Complete Freedom': Interview

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Galantis performs at Creamfields Hong Kong on Dec. 15, 2017 at Asia World-Expo. 

Best known for their hit singles "Runaway (U & I)," "Peanut Butter Jelly" and "No Money," Swedish EDM duo <a href="/music/Galantis">Galantis</a> (Linus Eklow and Christian Karlsson) sat down with Billboard Radio China at Creamfields Hong Kong backstage to talk about creative freedom, how performing live is "like a drug" and why they love Asia.

"As dance music completely opened up … it was perfect timing for Galantis to do what we want, and we have complete freedom," the duo explained.

Previously, they had been experimenting with different genres and writing and producing for other artists, but they said, "There is always some type of being put in a box."

Performing live is "like a drug," they shared. "It's a direct line of communication between us and the crowd. We notice what they like, what they want to sing back. We need to listen to them. Managing energy is important: It's an on and off thing that just happens. It's like a switch, a minute or two before the show. If you turn on that switch too early, you are gonna be overwhelmed when you get onstage."

And, to their many fans in Asia, Galantis says, "We love Asia. We are just enjoying ourselves and trying to do as much as possible. It's amazing how much (EDM) has been booming here lately -- (we) had no idea it was going to be this big. It's an amazing journey."

Check out the full interview with Galantis on <a href="http://www.billboardradiochina.com/bb2/19-February-2018-Galantis-We-Love-Asia-10-questions" target="_blank">Billboard Radio China</a>. And, watch the interview highlights video here: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6NixubdDLG0" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>