Super starÂ volunteer and celebrity interviewer Olivia Wood dazzles us withÂ another insiderÂ look at a local band, this time featuring LA’sÂ own Celebrity Crush!
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Jesse: Our names are Jesse, Nick, Yali and Violet. Nick and I live in Valley Village, Yali lives inÂ Mar VistaÂ andÂ Violet is from Sunland.
We started playing music together in fall of 2013. It originally started out as Soma, a project between Nick andÂ I. I started seeing him at shows, and he told me he was in the band Slow Hollows and invited me to their nextÂ show. I went, I saw them and was blown away by how talented he was. I asked if we wanted to jam and he wasÂ down. We had this strangeÂ shoegaze jam and both loved it.
Yali:Â Usually Jesse writes a cool bassline or lead part and then I’ll play along, often using my own looper atÂ home to come up with harmonies.
Jesse: Well, I’m a big fan of bands that use interlocking single note guitar harmonies, so when I write I alwaysÂ keep that in mind. I usually start my writing process by using my looper and seeing what I can get out of it.Â But also it’s just whatÂ comes out naturally when we write together. Yali isÂ always creating these wonderful guitar harmonies.
Jesse: It has been really fun working with Danger Collective because they’re just all of our friends who haveÂ similar goals in mind. It’s really comforting being around people you know.
Another thing I love about Danger is how they really nourish each band they take on.Â They really pay attention to how things are going with everyone and they benefit from that becauseÂ their managementÂ honestly works for everyone.
Nick:Â It’s great, all the dudes are nice and talented musicians and hard working guys and they do their stuff well.
Jesse: Some of my well knownÂ influences would be Smashing Pumpkins, My Bloody Valentine, Elvis Depressedly, American Football, Alex G,Â New Order, Teen Suicide, Joy Division, Slowdive, The Wake, Owen Pallett, The Drums, Atlas Sound, TheÂ Smiths, Sonic Youth, The Velvet Underground and especially Arcade Fire. I’m also influenced by bands aroundÂ here in Los Angeles like: Michael Vidal / Abe Vigoda, Ghost Noise, Current Joys, R.L. Kelly, Slow Hollows,Â Roses and Moaning. The list could go on and on.
The thing with the local bands is that not only have they inspired me musically but they’ve really inspired myÂ standards for being an artist. Seeing these guys grow their bands and work so hard makes me want to pushÂ myself and support them.
Arcade Fire more recently inspired me with Neon Bible. I could relate to many of their concepts dealing withÂ ethics, truth, being a good person, trying to help humanity and solutions for all of the big picture insanity in theÂ world.Â If our band could ever inspire someone to go out and do something about theÂ world I would consider us a success.
Jim Smith and The Smell play a very importantÂ role in our music. The Smell supports so many young artists in LA and is a huge influence on our band. JimÂ really puts his all into that place and it’s just because heÂ cares about what it stands for.Â There’s no status or clique to The Smell, just music, and that’s beautiful.
The last thing is probably one of the most important inspirations for my music: actual life events!Â I feel that if songwriters only write about music it’s like pointing two mirrors at oneÂ another so the concepts of the songs get lost. You kind of actually have to live a little bit of life to writeÂ something good and relatable.