Written by Sam Craft ; PC: The Mowgli's
Alt Philanthropy had the opportunity to interview Katie Jayne Earl, of the indie-pop band known as The Mowgli’s on October 15th, the eve of their show in Dallas. We talked influences, homesickness, Tina Fey, and a host of other topics over our email correspondence.
Alt Philanthropy: The music industry is constantly changing; is there a certain aspect of it that you would never want to change?
Katie Jayne Earl: I hope people keep coming out to see and enjoy live music.
ALTP: What is the meaning behind Where’d Your Weekend Go’s album art?
K: We wanted the imagery to somehow depict time flying by, and all of the positive and negative emotions and experiences that make it go by so fast. Colin had a vision of a child right before its balloon popped so we worked with this great photographer to try and capture all of those things.
ALTP: If you could make any well-known song your own, what song would you choose, and how would you put your own spin on it?
K: Maybe imagine by John Lennon. I love how it somehow blends the confrontation of real world issues with optimism. I don't know how we could spin it to make it different or better though, because it's kind of perfect.
ALTP: What do you miss most about home, and do you have any remedies for homesickness?
K:I miss having a regular schedule and the freedoms to do what I please, when I please. I also miss long showers, my own bed, and cooking. Having dogs on tour with us definitely helps keep us grounded. Having your own sheets and pillowcases and decorating the bus with homey things like scarves and fan art helps too.
ALTP: Has the music you were raised on impacted your current sound in any ways?
K: I remember listening to a lot of oldies in the car with my mom. Since we lived in Los Angeles, we spent a lot of time in the car, and oldies always made us feel good. I definitely think the sounds of the 50's-70's are embedded in our music, but I think our music will keep evolving with us and a lot of other influences will shine through.
ALTP: If you could go back in time to the past to see one band live, who would you choose?
K: The Beatles, because they have influenced all of this.
ALTP: Have you ever considered another band name?
K: Every day.
ALTP: What charity did you choose to draw awareness towards?
K: This tour we are raising money for Save The Children. Originally we were inspired to help them help flood victims in Louisiana, because it is a domestic disaster that continues to need help, but there has been much more damage to many different areas since, so we are even more inspired to help them right now.
ALTP: How did you find out about the Save The Children?
K: We saw how bad the floods were and how many lives were affected by the disaster, so we felt inclined to help. We look into different charities all the time and review their scores on charity watch dog sites to find where our help is needed most..
ALTP: Do you have any personal role models that you look up to either musically or simply as an inspiration?
K: Tina Fey and RuPaul are my queens.
ALTP: In what ways do you hope to use your platform as music artists to help others?
K: Hopefully we can show through our actions that love is easy, and even a little bit of effort goes a long way
The Mowgli’s recently released their new album Where’d Your Weekend Go?, on September 30th, available for streaming at https://play.spotify.com/artist/6AGUQK1EWK6nvN4pLIDQDQ. To find out more about Save The Children, visit http://www.savethechildren.org. If you would like to help Save The Children, keep an eye out for signed merch available for purchase coming soon!