An Evening with HALA in the Heart of Queens: An Interview and Artist Spotlight
By: Erin Christie
HALA, the pride and joy of Detroit-local Ian Ruhala, is composed of the 21-year-old alongside Jake LeMond on bass, guitarist Austin Blicher, and John Kick tying everything together on the drums. Recently signed to Biker Gang Booking and just off touring with label-mates, BOYO, Ian noted how surreal it felt to be part of a label alongside acts such as Bane’s World and Innerwave: “Working with Biker Gang, booking shows has been really cool! Hopefully one day Hala will get the chance to play with some of our other roster-mates. Playing with BOYO was incredibly fun, each and every night we were with them.” Based on the atmosphere within the small café turned music venue on the night that they played, I can safely say that the audience, myself included, had just as much of a good time!
Mica Kendall interviewed Nick Rattigan from Current Joys outside the Lovegoat in Austin, TX during SXSW. We talked about his latest album "A Different Age", his thoughts on playing SXSW for a few years, and the Trevor Project.
Chantal Claret: On Fear, Power, and Creation
I had the pleasure of having a little chat with Chantal Claret, ex-frontwoman of early 2000’s band Morningwood, current solo artist, and actress from Love on Netflix. We dove into her experience as a woman in the entertainment industry, talked about how fear mixes with creativity, and touched base on why supporting Planned Parenthood is important to her.
A conversation with John Eatherly behind the creative process of their sophomore album, Street Safari.
By: Mica Kendall
Since their 2016 debut album, Never Enough, containing their hit track, “End of an Era,” the 4 man New York City band, Public Access TV, has fine tuned their retro-seque sound and brought a sense of sonical reemergence to the genre of rock and roll in their brand new sophmore album, Street Safari. On a cold and rainy evening before their 21-plus show at the Great Scott in Boston (thanks John for braving out the frigid Boston weather outside), I had the opportunity to talk to lead singer/guitarist, John Eatherly, about some of the musical influences and connotations that were lyrically integrated in their new album to the growth of PATV since Street Safari seen in their SXSW and music festival showcases over the years.
Ramisha Sattar, Violet Krause, and Hassan Seoudi interviewed Spendtime Palace on their tourbus at SXSW in Austin, Texas. We talked about their upcoming album, their music video for "Sonora", and Children's Oncology Services.
A conversation with Triathalon: The band that is redefining R&B into their own unique sound that is Online
By: Mica Kendall
From the entrancing instrumentals that encapsulated the entire venue to vocalist Adam Intratror’s soothing vocals putting the crowd at ease, Triathalon had the entire crowd swaying to every song on the set which debuted their newest album, Online. After their first sold out show at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, I had the opportunity to talk to Adam Intrator and guitarist/keyboardist Hunter Jayne about the R&B elements on their album, the inspiration behind the album's artwork, and what the internet means to them.
An Experience of Bliss
Timing is everything, and good things come to those who wait. That’s what the members of Bliss embody with their recent resurfacing back into the Dallas local music scene, and oh have they been missed.
Bliss is back and more formidable than ever, after kicking off 2018 with their second performance of the year at Denton’s treasured Killer Tacos. Bassist/Guitarist/Vocalist Justin Peil and Lead Guitarist/vocalist Gabe Thompkins were able to catch up with Alt Philanthropy a few hours before they took the stage.
A Conversation with Gus Dapperton: The Passionate 20-Year-Old Dream Pop Artist from New York
Although Gus Dapperton began making music at the age of eight, he emerged as a prevalent artist in the alternative scene after the release of his song “I’m Just Snacking.” With millions of views on YouTube and a look that mirrors popstars of ages past, his calm and humble demeanor caught me by surprise. I had the chance to speak with Gus in Chicago at the very first stop of his first ever tour. Through the course of our conversation I found that Gus is a passionate and successful musician, but that he refreshingly continues to have the same hopes and fears as any other twenty-year-old.
A Conversation with Tyler Cole: The Young Black Rockstar Making Art While The World Is Ending
In late November, Tyler Cole announced a set of free tour dates that would be taking place in public parks across America. I had the pleasure of chatting with him on December 6th at his Dallas show, about his new album, first tour, and a charity that is special to him, School on Wheels.
Mica Kendall interviewed Tommy Midnight in New York City during the "This Old Dog" tour for Mac Demarco. Check out limited edition signed polaroids, t shirts, and vinyls from Tommy! All proceeds will go to Saint Jude's Children's Hospital.
Filmed by: Tarra Boroumandi and Edited by:Mica Kendall.