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Interview: Dounia on Kehlani, snacking on Taki’s and performing at the Buku Music and Art Project in New Orleans

The 21-year-old singer Dounia took on the Buku Music and Art Project this weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dounia is a part of the Revel’s Music Group which includes artists such as Anthony Russo and G-Eazy. Continue Reading

Interview: Arlie on rock stars, spirituality and Soundcloud rap myths

With the amount of traction that Arlie has gained in the alternative music scene, I expected them to be gaudy and polished – a stark contrast to the endearingly goofy three-person trio I had sitting in front of me. Nathaniel, Carson and Adam don’t take themselves too seriously and neither does Arlie. It was a true pleasure to experience their high-energy set and understand that the passion they have for their work exists independent of acclaim. Continue Reading

Interview: Yoshi Flower talks collaborations, life on the road and “AMERICAN RAVER”

Yoshi Flower is a fresh new addition to the Interscope Records family, and it’s definitely a welcome one. With an aura of honesty, he covers topics that are important to him in a way that not many others can do. Nothing he does is for popularity or attention. The love of music and creating is all Yoshi Flower needs. Continue Reading

Interview: Jeremy Zucker on his headlining tour, playing UNO and his new EP “summer”

Jeremy Zucker is a powerhouse artist – he sings, writes, and produces. Last time Jeremy was in Seattle he was opening up for Lauv. This time, he’s dropping by on his first headlining tour. Every single date sold out. Jeremy has been gaining traction quickly after his single “all the kids are depressed” went viral. We caught up with him before his show in Seattle. Continue Reading

Interview: The Regrettes talk recording in Nashville, favorite songs and comfortable Reeboks

The Regrettes are sitting together like the cool punk kids you see in all the movies. It’s natural for them to lead a crowd; they held the attention of their audience at Bumbershoot like seasoned pros. Fronted by Lydia Night, The Regrettes are taking the punk rock scene by storm. We got the chance to chat with them at Bumbershoot. Continue Reading

Interview: Carlie Hanson on her upcoming tours, “Sierra Burgess is a Loser”, and moving to Seattle (maybe)

Carlie Hanson drips confidence. Her effortlessly cool demeanor naturally draws people’s attention. She’s incredibly herself for a young, budding pop sensation in the making. We were lucky enough to chat with Carlie before her set at Bumbershoot. She whispers “Hello, it’s Carlie.” as I slide the mic her way. Continue Reading

Interview: Jade Bird talks about her roots as a musician and her favorite shows backstage at Bumbershoot

Jade Bird beams rays of sunshine as she greets us with a warn, cheerful, “Hello!” after her set at Bumbershoot. Energy abounds from the young British singer while the day winds down around her. Continue Reading

Interview: pluko talks road trips, his musical origins and debut album “sixteen” (coming August 17)

pluko sits in a chair with bright white hair and freshly tanned skin. He looks calm, even after the many obstacles that came his way earlier that day. The 18-year-old is getting ready to release an album, sixteen. We caught up with Sam after his short set at Capitol Hill Block Party. Continue Reading

Interview: Quinn XCII on the origin of his name, Mutual Friends, and his favorite snack foods

Stepping out of the elevator dipped head-to-toe in FILA, which he officially has a brand deal with now, Quinn XCII has the demeanor of a cool older brother. We take some photos and then sit down for a quick talk before he gets ready to perform at Capitol Hill Block Party. Continue Reading

Interview: Sloppy Jane talk recording in caves, PF Chang’s, and how to organize a tour with 11 members

Sloppy Jane are somewhat of an enigma in New York, playing shows at most of the Brooklyn’s venues with a variety of instruments and an ever-changing lineup. Somehow, things always come together, perhaps thanks to vocalist Haley Dahl, who coordinated an eleven-person interview following the band’s recent show at Rough Trade opening for Cherry Glazerr. She has a flip phone, and gathered her merry band of Brooklynites via a group message.

Seeing Sloppy Jane live is sort of like seeing experimental theatre. Haley certainly leads the group, and she’s been the focal point of most of the band’s press due to her atypical fully nude performances and artificial blue “vomit.” This show built on the band’s shows I had previously seen, with a new song about shampoo as well as a new bit where Haley conducted her on-stage symphony. The 45-minute long performance largely felt like a more thought out production of what I’d seen before, featuring songs from their album Willow, released in March.

Still, talking with Sloppy Jane on Friday night felt like joining a group of friends. The heirarchy only existed becuase Haley was where my mic happened to be pointed. After the whole group was gathered, we talked about touring with a dozen people, former Sloppy Jane member Phoebe Bridgers and recording in caves.

You’re about to head out on tour. How do you organize a tour with 11 people and a bunch of instruments? How does it come together?
Haley Dahl: I’ll say that it’s pretty much the same honestly as with a smaller band. Everybody in the band is pretty game which is cool. But I mean it’s a nightmare logistically [Laughs].

How many vans are there?
Haley: We have one van.

That you all fit in?
Lily (violin): We have a clown van 1:00
Haley: Yes, it’s a clown car. It’s I really want to get a school bus.

Do you have a tour manager?
Haley: No.

And you don’t have a publicist either.
Haley: [Laughs] No, we don’t. I get a lot of emails.

Do you like doing that side of things?
Haley: No. [Laughs] But it’s one of the things where even if I delegated that, I would still have to answer those questions about scheduling and doing press. But I mean I would rather have somebody else do it. Is there anybody out there? Hello? It’s me Haley and I’m wondering if there is anyone else out there who wants to answer my emails.  

Would you describe your role as a band leader, a mother-figure…
Haley: Father! The mayor of drink tickets, I guess. But a father figure absolutely.

Before the show you lead the band in a sing-a-long?
Haley: We do vocal warm-ups.

Yeah, we could hear it coming from backstage.
Haley: You could? [Laughs]. We always do it for a couple reasons. Mostly to warm up, but then also it’s just helpful to have everybody do something together right before going on stage. It’s a really large group sometimes. Some people have been there since like 4 p.m. at soundcheck and like some people came in at like 7:00 right before the show. It’s good I think to kind of all come together and do something like that real quick.

Do all of you live in Brooklyn?
Haley: Yes.

Do all of you live together?
Haley: No. [Laughs].

But at one point didn’t you live in a big house in New Jersey?
Haley: [Laughs]. Underneath PF Chang’s. In New Jersey. No, I need to clear this up right now. To be honest, I made a joke once, but then it turned into a lie. You know it was a joke, but then people thought it was true and therefore it became a lie. But I never lived underneath a PF Chang’s in New Jersey. What happened was I lived in a house venue in Bushwick, and I wrote that in a interview answer but it sounded stupid so I changed the words to something that I thought sounded more funny. House venue in Bushwick became PF Chang’s basement in New Jersey. It’s followed me, and I feel bad. I’ve been meaning to clear it up.

So, this is my third time seeing you and I feel like in the past year the show has become more scripted. Not necessarily in a corny way but it almost feels more like a play. Do you think that’s true and how do you go about adding new things into what’s already an full-length show?
Haley: I mean it sort of is in a corny way. But I think that I’d really like to keep it the same, but develop it so that the music there is very high quality. Like it’s important to people to be putting out a lot of content and be seen as prolific, and have a lot of different content and a different show every day but I would like to just take this and make one perfect thing. Ultimately, I think it will become sort of like a symphony-format show. Right now there’s only one record but there’s two other ones that are being planned.

You’re making the next records now?
Haley: Yeah, we’ve been going to caves.
Jack: The next record we’re recording all in caves.
Haley: Me and Jack just spent a week in Kentucky. We were dragging pianos into caves. And then me and our friend Mika were in Virginia for a week in caves.

I also want to clear up two more thigns. I don’t want this interview to be about Phoebe Bridgers but she was in Sloppy Jane at one point.
Haley: [Laughs] Yeah, she played bass.

Okay and the second thing, a few articles say Sloppy Jane is singular, like Haley is Sloppy Jane.
Yeah, some people think that it’s my name, but it’s not.

But you also have said that Willow is a character that you play? Or is that something that’s kind of up in the air.
Haley: That’s confusing to explain and I don’t want to explain.

Last question. What’s your favorite book by Roald Dahl?
Haley: My favorite book by Roald Dahl? Probably Big Friendly Giant, or Matilda. 

Sloppy Jane is:
Jack, guitar, loves lavender
Lily, piano and flute
Lily (or Violily), violin
Tamar, vocals and “guitar for 30 seconds”
Noor, backup vocals, likes milk
Bailey, vocals, trumpet, and percussion, allergic to milk
Katie, bass, is excited to learn how to tap dance
Al, drums and vocals, wants to learn how to cartwheel
Lucas, cello
Kate, vocals
Haley, mayor of drink tickets
More at sloppyjanemusic.bandcamp.com.

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