Interview: Lovelytheband talk band origins, Instagram and Dave + Busters backstage at Hangout Festival

Lovelytheband formed in Los Angeles in 2016 and quickly burst onto the scene with “Broken,” which racked up over three million streams on Spotify. Led by former Oh Honey member Mitch Collins, the band also consists of guitarist Jordan Greenwald, and drummer Sam Price. At Hangout Festival, we caught up with the band to hear their origin story, roots in music, and advice for fellow musicians. 

Our full coverage of Hangout Festival is here.

What is your first musical memory?
Mitch:  Hmm… first musical memory. I saw Alan Jackson and Shania Twain when I was a kid. That was cool.
Jordan: My first is going to see U2 when I was about seven or eight with my dad.
Sam: I didn’t go to many concerts, but I vividly remember my dad playing CDs and stuff in the car as a kid.
Mitch: Yeah, I guess before my first concert, my first memory is I would come down and my grandma would just be sitting at the piano every morning.

You guys formed back in 2017 and you already have a huge hit song on the radio.  What’s that like so early on in your careers?
Mitch: Pretty surreal. Really just crazy. You know we are so thankful to be where we’re at.

How did you all meet?
Mitch: I met Jordan through some mutual friends and we met Sam on Instagram.
Jordan: Yeah, Mitch slid into his DMs.
Sam: He sent me a DM just like, “You up?” (laughs)

How did you come up with the name Lovelytheband?
Mitch: So, we’re from LA, we jumped in this old car, drove down to Joshua Tree, took a whole bunch of ayahuasca, went on this spiritual journey, and when we were coming back to I was like, “Oh, lovely.”
Jordan: And just by coincidence I like saw “the” when I woke up.
Sam: And I said, “band,” (laughs) so we were like, “thebandlovely? No. Lovelytheband. Yeah.”
Jordan: But actually, we thought of the name at Dave and Busters.
Mitch: We were eating wings and we were like, “Oh, the word ‘lovely’ is pretty cool. Is that available on Instagram? No, okay, what if we added ‘the band’ to it?” and that was available so we went with that.
Jordan: We have lots to thank Instagram for.

What is your favorite song to play live?
Mitch: Other than “Broken” because that one just goes off obviously; I’d say our new single “These Are My Friends” is a lot of fun. I think “Coachella” is my favorite song that we play.
Jordan: Yeah, I think the new single “These Are My Friends” is very fun. I mean, I definitely dig in a little harder. I broke a string on that song today actually.
Mitch: You were just rocking too hard.
Sam: I like playing the cover we do of “My Pony” because just like “Broken” it kind of goes off. I love “These Are My Friends,” too. Jordan will come over to me during that one and just kind of gets in my face and Mitch will too.

What’s been the craziest moment onstage or backstage at one of your shows?
Jordan: On stage that bug kept flying in your eye.
Mitch: Yeah, I was getting attacked by a bee. That wasn’t fun. That was in Saint Augustine. Umm, Jordan and I almost collided in North Carolina. I was trying to get back to my microphone and he’s like, a lot taller than me, and I was just like jumping up trying to get my mic-
Jordan: So, then I went to the middle and Mitch was like I’m too tall so we switched. It just, it was a whole thing. I slip a lot. It’s like I’m a giraffe. I’ll always trip over things and-
Mitch: Your long neck. (laughs)
Jordan: (laughs) -my long neck.

Did you always know that you wanted a career in music?
Mitch: Totally. I never went to college, never did anything else. I knew this was it.

What advice would you give to people wanting a career in music?
Mitch: Don’t give up. Focus on the songs, get the songs right. Everything else will fall into place.

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Interview: Lovelytheband talk band origins, Instagram and Dave + Busters backstage at Hangout Festival

Lovelytheband formed in Los Angeles in 2016 and quickly burst onto the scene with “Broken,” which racked up over three million streams on Spotify. Led by former Oh Honey member Mitch Collins, the band also consists of guitarist Jordan Greenwald, and drummer Sam Price. At Hangout Festival, we caught up with the band to hear their origin story, roots in music, and advice for fellow musicians. 

Our full coverage of Hangout Festival is here.

What is your first musical memory?
Mitch:  Hmm… first musical memory. I saw Alan Jackson and Shania Twain when I was a kid. That was cool.
Jordan: My first is going to see U2 when I was about seven or eight with my dad.
Sam: I didn’t go to many concerts, but I vividly remember my dad playing CDs and stuff in the car as a kid.
Mitch: Yeah, I guess before my first concert, my first memory is I would come down and my grandma would just be sitting at the piano every morning.

You guys formed back in 2017 and you already have a huge hit song on the radio.  What’s that like so early on in your careers?
Mitch: Pretty surreal. Really just crazy. You know we are so thankful to be where we’re at.

How did you all meet?
Mitch: I met Jordan through some mutual friends and we met Sam on Instagram.
Jordan: Yeah, Mitch slid into his DMs.
Sam: He sent me a DM just like, “You up?” (laughs)

How did you come up with the name Lovelytheband?
Mitch: So, we’re from LA, we jumped in this old car, drove down to Joshua Tree, took a whole bunch of ayahuasca, went on this spiritual journey, and when we were coming back to I was like, “Oh, lovely.”
Jordan: And just by coincidence I like saw “the” when I woke up.
Sam: And I said, “band,” (laughs) so we were like, “thebandlovely? No. Lovelytheband. Yeah.”
Jordan: But actually, we thought of the name at Dave and Busters.
Mitch: We were eating wings and we were like, “Oh, the word ‘lovely’ is pretty cool. Is that available on Instagram? No, okay, what if we added ‘the band’ to it?” and that was available so we went with that.
Jordan: We have lots to thank Instagram for.

What is your favorite song to play live?
Mitch: Other than “Broken” because that one just goes off obviously; I’d say our new single “These Are My Friends” is a lot of fun. I think “Coachella” is my favorite song that we play.
Jordan: Yeah, I think the new single “These Are My Friends” is very fun. I mean, I definitely dig in a little harder. I broke a string on that song today actually.
Mitch: You were just rocking too hard.
Sam: I like playing the cover we do of “My Pony” because just like “Broken” it kind of goes off. I love “These Are My Friends,” too. Jordan will come over to me during that one and just kind of gets in my face and Mitch will too.

What’s been the craziest moment onstage or backstage at one of your shows?
Jordan: On stage that bug kept flying in your eye.
Mitch: Yeah, I was getting attacked by a bee. That wasn’t fun. That was in Saint Augustine. Umm, Jordan and I almost collided in North Carolina. I was trying to get back to my microphone and he’s like, a lot taller than me, and I was just like jumping up trying to get my mic-
Jordan: So, then I went to the middle and Mitch was like I’m too tall so we switched. It just, it was a whole thing. I slip a lot. It’s like I’m a giraffe. I’ll always trip over things and-
Mitch: Your long neck. (laughs)
Jordan: (laughs) -my long neck.

Did you always know that you wanted a career in music?
Mitch: Totally. I never went to college, never did anything else. I knew this was it.

What advice would you give to people wanting a career in music?
Mitch: Don’t give up. Focus on the songs, get the songs right. Everything else will fall into place.

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