MEB staffer Heather Allen got to meet up with electro-pop duo Heiress To Atlas to chat about their debut single “Alien Boy,” how Craigslist brought them together, and all the things they would do if budgets wasn’t a factor.
MEB: So I wanted to ask you guys about your debut single “Alien Boy” On a scale from one to ten how stoked are you that you released your first song?
Vidya Sethu: Fifteen! (laughs) I’m such dork.
Marc Thomas: The optimist! (laughs)
V: I am, yeah, such an optimist (laughs), yeah you know we’ve been really stoked, and we’re really stoked about the video for so long too. We’ve been working on this EP for a while, so it’s really exciting to like find that first taste…
M: Finally figure it out…yeah absolutely, I mean, you’re always excited to do…you know release anything. Sometimes you get worried that it’s just not going to be…
V: Like what you thought?
M: Right, right! I guess there’s a finale to actually releasing something. You’re always working and working, then when you release it, it’s final. You know when it’s on iTunes, you know? I showed like a couple of friends like a piece of “Alien Boy” and they’re like “Oh you should do something like that!” and, “It’s done!” (Vidya laughs) There’s no more creative input, and that part is kind of scary. Yeah, but we’re super excited.
MEB: That’s really exciting! Describe your single in three words!
V: You’re better at this (points at Marc).
M: Well, you wrote the words, all the words.
V: But you’re better at describing the sound.
M: Well, yeah, I mean, I was wondering the sound itself, the single…I came up with ‘hopeful”,”dreamy”, something to give it like that edge and I could find that…
V: That third word?
M: Yeah that third word for it.
V: “Hopeful”, “dreamy”…
M: Dreamlike you know, but like um…
V: Like “nostalgic”? Because that’s kind of what like I’m going for now.
M: I hated that question, it’s like, I struggle.
V: (giggles) No, it’s a good question it’s just we’re struggling with it. “Hopeful” is definitely in there, because even lyrically, “hopeful”…
M: There’s definitely something “dreamlike” about it, you know what I mean? That’s even within the lyrics, like when we were doing the video you know? We go on tangents, that’s why.
V: (laughs) Oh god, I’m so sorry. Is it cool that we didn’t give you a third word? I know that these are supposed to be short answers.
MEB: (laughs) That’s totally fine!
M: Yeah I don’t really have like a third word, I wanted to come up with a word that like sort of like [got] the feel of the song. The song actually makes you feel good. And I want more than just “hopeful”.
V: But it’s not like motivational.
M: No it’s just happy.
V and M (together): “Happy”, “hopeful”…
V: and “dreamy”
M: Happy, hopeful and heartbroken, I don’t know…
V: You know I like that more! Because there used to be some kind of sadness in it too. Happy, hopeful, and heartbroken (laughs) sorry…
MEB: That’s okay . I love hearing people’s answers for that. Sometimes it’ll be like a lot more than three words, “It’s like this…but kind of like this…but also this, but like a splash of this…” (laughs) Going to your music video, did you guys want the video to completely match the vibe of the song as well as the lyrics and the musicality and everything?
V: If not completely, then pretty close. We definitely wanted to get across with the lyrics like it’s a happy song, but there’s kind of like this melancholic undertone to it. It’s not a completely happy song, and with the theme of the video…
M: With a song like that, too, when you’re like directly dealing with like a chorus that kind of calls out something like a person or a place or a thing, you can like contrast it in a video. But sometimes it’s almost too hard to go to that opposite side. The song was like it was in one the ones that like you can put other things and it still works. It seemed like it needed a story relative to that, sort of thing. Maybe somebody else’s take on it might have been different.
MEB: That’s how it usually is.
M: For sure.
MEB: Everyone takes the song in a different way.
V: It all kind of evolved over a process, of “Alien boy”.
M: She (Vidya) just wanted to be painted.
V: Yeah, that’s actually the truth (laughs).
M: To be honest, that’s like the biggest thing. I met her, and we were in a band and she was like, “At some point, I need to be painted” (Vidya laughs).
MEB: I have this conflict in me and we have to do it! So, we might as well do it for the first thing (laughs).
V: We had the song and we knew we wanted to do a video for it, and pretty much I was like “Can I be the alien, so I can be painted?” And then we kind of went from there and crafted the whole thing.
M: Our very, very, first idea for it was to have this [office round table space] and she was a human and worked at a place where they were like debuting a toy. The robot was like interactive, like, whatever that word…
V: So that robot thing was gonna be the Alien boy–
M: You (Vidya) were going to be the big love interest, and stuff. Instead (…) takes the thing, highjacks it during this corporate interview or whatever.
MEB: You could always save it for a different video!
V: I know, for sure!
MEB: And you can tweak it a little.
M: I wanted to ask you did you formulate that question or did somebody else?
MEB: Oh I wrote down all of these questions.
V: Oh cool! (laughs).
M: (directed at Heather) You know, it’s interesting because I get to ask, was it (the music video) a direct representation? Because, for you, nobody’s really said it, it wasn’t a word for word video but did you feel like it was like too much of a close representation?
MEB: I mean, with me I always love videos that are relatively close to what the subject matter is, goes along with it kind of thing.
V: Me too.
MEB: If it’s too far off from like “okay, how did you get this video from this song? It doesn’t make sense”. It’s almost like they said “I want to make this concept and I don’t care if I have to use this song” kind of thing.
V: Yeah, I agree, we probably feel pretty similarly.
MEB: I always think it’s cool when the music, and the video, and the lyrics are cohesive.
M: Right, right, I agree! Especially with like, you know I feel like popular music when the singer is singing something? I saw a really great video, I wish I could remember who did it the artist, or maybe…the actress is also big, and if I had one of the people’s names it would be so much easier. But the video was like this orb and she like becomes obsessed with the orb in the subway station. Have you seen it (directed at Vidya)?
M: And it takes a needle out and it shoots her in her eye? But anyway, this song is conducive to that, like it doesn’t really make sense, but the video fits SO well. But they’re not really saying things, like, things loop, there’s a lot of samples in and things going on, but it fits the music.
MEB: You also knocked out my next question. What I was going to ask you if there were any other concepts about what you were going to do with the video…But you guys already went into that! But in terms of stage performance if you could do like anything with the stage for this song, what would you do? And you had no budget!
V: Crazy ensemble. We always like the idea of having a lot of people on stage with us, almost as if it were a theater show? Like a stage, like a theatrical thing? It’d be really cool to have a really elaborate set, for sure. I always love when I go to shows and the set is themed around the album, or the song. I’d love to have like to have an elaborate spacey kind of set, and it would be cool if like had musicians or people dressed up in an extraterrestrial kind of way. And projections worked into it somehow. I always liked the idea of down the line with us having projections with each song. I think it’d be dope.
M: I’d really like to have [a choir] doing harmonies, everyone in a onesie wearing wigs. Most people like that, or even for just the performance, like everyone have that thing. Including myself, maybe? Something goofy.
V: Yeah, something random. (giggles)
M: Well that’s tough to say, you know? Those questions are just really fun. Because we’re really practical people, so when you say [no budget], we’re just not there yet. We try to keep our dreams contained. Even in like “Alien boy” we were brainstorming projects for our videos, it’ll be like, “we’ll do this, we’ll do that, we’ll do that”, yet we’ll have to cut them back because, we only have this amount of money to do this. So we dream big and we dream realistically too. So this question is a hard topic, it’s tough to [answer]. It’s like you give the poorest kid in the world like 10 million dollars, and he goes and buys a bicycle. He has no idea how to spend the rest of his money. He needs like a second to digest.
V: I guess between us and high tech people in crazy outfits and an elaborate set. Spacey, very futuristic.
M: Colors, neon lights, smoke. Which will be our set later on the road.
MEB: Speaking of stage, you guys got to play at some really cool LA events! What are two your most memorable shows that you look back on?
V: Pancakes and Booze would be one of them, for sure. It was just a really cool event. It was pretty early on when we were getting our set up sorted, but a lot of people were there, fun, just being in that atmosphere surrounded by all the art all the different bands, I would love to play at kind of event again.
M: Yeah, it was definitely the most vibey. For me honestly, the most memorable, and you’ll probably say this too (to Vidya), because it’s not what you thought of. That open mic?
V: At the Cork?
M: That one! I’ll never, ever forget that!
V: Memorable, like a terrible way?
M: Basically we played a Monday night open mic, this is probably our third show. We’ve been a band for nine weeks, and we went on the first couple of Mondays and everything worked, but then football started to start, and it’d be Monday night football. So it was a three song open mic and we got up and played it and literally we were done with our set, and there’s like, twenty five people in the room, not one person clapped. Not one person. It was like our second or third [show].
V: It was a defining moment,
M: It wasn’t so much that we sucked, you know? We probably did…
V: I think we did though…
M: It was our third time playing live, what band is great? But, the crowd just wasn’t into it. The guys were watching Monday night football, focusing on the game, and we end our set in the corner of this room. (Vidya laughs) Like you can hear the television’s volume in the bar (Vidya laughs).
V: Wow (laughs)!
M: That’ll stick out to me as probably the most memorable.
MEB: Have you guys started touring yet? Or have you kept it kind of local?
M: Kept it local, for right now. Probably go like mini-ish like some sort of, something towards the end of the year.
V: Yeah, like, at least like a couple other places in SoCal.
M: Yeah, or at least in California, maybe like Arizona, you know, that type of area. And really, more towards the end of the year we’ll make a push for South By, next March. We’re just not there yet, fanbase wise.
MEB: Say that you guys got a huge funding person, which three artists would you take with you, and what would you name your tour? It’s dreamland, and they can be dead or alive.
V: I think Years and Years would be dope.
M: I think Sia would be be f*cking rad.
V: Oh f*ck yeah! Like she doesn’t really tour much, but like if she was like…
M: I don’t know, it’s different, you ask these questions. For me, my personal musical influences, what would be good for the band, you know? Sia, Florence + the Machine, those would be great bands to be behind.
V: I’m gonna revise my answer. Sia, Years and Years, and Marina and the Diamonds. My picks.
M: Really? Years and Years?
M: We also like this band Phantogram a whole lot. We like this band, Holy Child, a lot, they’d be cool. (at Heather) Do you know Holy Child?
MEB: Yeah, I heard of them.
M: (at Vidya) You do you want to say for that? Just say, Sia, Tove Lo…
V: And Marina.
M: That’s like all three of yours!
V: Ok then! (laughs)
M: I want one! Sia, Tove Lo, and Phantogram.
V: No then, Sia, Marina, and Phantogram.
M: Sia, Marina, and Phantogram, final answer!
MEB: (laughs) and what will you guys name your tour?
V: I always think it’s cool when it’s [named] after an album or project. Not that I want to call it the Spark tour, but I’m trying to think.
M: Well this is random, I thought about the Debris tour. You know? Just the random artists, just the leftovers.
V: Remember the song that we worked on for a while, and then just put down? But it could work if we were doing like a spacey, futuristic, thing too, you know?
M: Honestly it’d be something like Spark or something like that. It makes sense, it was sort of the idea of the album, you know, our first sort of go, there’d be like something behind that. Spark. Final answer. (Heather and Vidya laugh).
MEB: So for this “Spark” tour with Marina, Sia, and Phantogram if you could create your own tour bus, what would you put inside of it?
V: It’s funny because right now our visions are so different, I can already tell, (to Marc) you wanna go first?
M: I’m all about functionality, not simplistic. But you know budget-side of money, kind of thing for the most part. I think it’d be cool for something futuristic, if money wasn’t a real thing. Have you ever seen Steve Jobs’ boat that he has like secret crazy Apple…
M: Well if your iPod could turn into a boat, that’s what it would look like.
V: Oh well that’s cool!
M: It would be kind of square…I would want that designer to make my tour bus. Clean, fresh, sleek, super fictional.
V: I would be down with that!
M: And vibey as f*ck. Final answer (Heather and Vidya laugh).
MEB: But what’s on the inside?
V: A huge wardrobe full of glittery, bright, sparkly clothes, and planet anchors, and cool pop art, and bright things, bright colors, bright lights (laughs).
M: I’d probably have a desk this big (gestures), to produce on and then the rest would just be all bed. And I’d have a hole in the roof so I could just jump in!
V: And a kitchen! Just a star hotel on tour (laughs).
M: No, it’d be like every tour bus, you know? I just want it to be clean.
MEB: Since we’re already kind of talking about Spark and how you guys want to incorporate it in touring and stage presence and everything, I know you guys are releasing the EP in April right? Do you guys want to give us a little sneak peak about the songs and the music?
V: None of the songs are like downright sad, but they’re not like…they might feel happy and uplifting, I like writing in that way, but lyrically, they’re not happy. So that is like a common theme between every song that’s on the project. And I didn’t write them intending that they would all be part of the same project in a certain order or anything. But then we were wanting to put out a project and thinking about songs that we had, these four just really fit together, kind of chronically from the start and end of something. That’s why call it Spark too, not really the full thing…
M: “Sonic” I would say, like “Alien Boy,” none of them are really like “Alien Boy”.
V: “Bullet” is the closest, I guess.
M: Each one is definitely a little bit of different. One’s high energy, one is a little bit more of a…
V: There’s like a vampy one?
M: Vampy kind of R&B, moody sort of feel, there’s kind of a ballad, like a feel good, sort of orchestrated, just big ballad. So we kind of just bounced around a little bit, we tried to keep it within us. Because when we very first started this band, we were all over the place. I had her (Vidya) rapping and dancing (Vidya laughs), we were having to do that, it was just so (…) as long as we could (…) each had their own elements. It was catchy, but we had to streamline something.
MEB: If you pick any song off of Spark, which one was your favorite to write, and record?
M: For me “Alien Boy” was probably the best to write we really bounced that one around and you could watch that song evolve. It started into something, then send her a thing, send it back, send her this, do that chorus, do that, no let’s change these chords, send that back, put that in my end, try that, try that. And it really started to get this thing. For me that was probably the most fun run to write for the EP. But to record, “Bullet” was my favorite. There’s a lot of vocals, synth, layering there.
M: It’s unfortunate, and this for all music, the people don’t get to hear sometimes your favorite song without the singer on top of it. Or without the synth line or that bass line. And sometimes you’re bringing, and you’re just adding things in. Because sometimes there’s like a lot of beautiful things underneath, and a lot of us tend to focus on drum beats, bass drums, and lead vocals. But “Bullet” has a lot of layering going on, so it was really beautiful hearing. Coming in the booth hearing her do her vocals, doing that, it was like, “Oh sh*t! Oh sh*t!” it was starting to grow. Kind of like “Alien Boy “did when we were writing it. Writing and recording is different because the songs are half recorded by the time we get to the studio, they really just need to be mixed, and have her vocals mixed in with them. We don’t do any live synth tracking, we did it on the CD.
V: At that point it’s just harmonies and vocal stuff that we do in the studio. “Bullet”, definitely the most fun. I liked recording “Well Enough” as well. Recording the bridge in “Well Enough” was the best part of all of it. But I guess mostly “Bullet”.
MEB: I wanted to ask you (Vidya) a question. I know you were off on your own for a while, how’s it like being a part of a duo instead of being a solo performer?
V: This is actually my first project that I have written for…
M: Yeah, Vidya was going to be a lawyer six months ago.
V: Well not six months ago! (laughs) Well, I mean I always sung while growing up, and I sung covers, and in High School I was in a cover band, but this is my first project of any kind. So, (laughs) this is kind of all that I know! When I decided that this is what I wanted to do, I knew I wanted to be in a group of some kind, I didn’t like the idea of it just being me, by myself. I like working with other people, and having someone to bounce ideas off of, and just having that flow is just is so good and important for me. So I always saw myself in a band or some kind of duo, or something like that. I prefer it because, since there is the two of us, we both have a lot of creative control, versus it was like seven people or something. And it’s just nice knowing that you’re part of a team of some kind, and it’s there.
M: When you strip it down, it’s funny, two is two, when you go down to one, it actually turns out to be seven. You’re so innovated by other people. If you’re just a solo artist, nothing’s going on. But if you’re more interesting when you have more hands in the hat, and there’s only one person you have to “manipulate”, you know, because not all labels are bad. But more and more you see people breaking off.
MEB: I wanted to ask you (Marc) how different it is to be part of a duo instead of just producing.
M: Yeah similar! You probably don’t get the variety of creativity, like I said, you have to streamline things a little bit. Bands have images, bands have songs, bands have sounds. And a band covers that, people want to hear that, their favorite band doing that. There’s things that the band “promises” to meet to your audience. When you put out a certain brand, you can’t go out and switch it…
V: I mean, you can…
M: You can, but usually when an artist [incorporates] another artist, “stop that, change the name”, it become that group…
V: When it starts going off and off?
M: Yeah. I thought about this question, it’s sort of like the idea of being on Tinder every day, or being married to someone (Vidya laughs), you’re in love with.
M: There’s a lot you can’t do, and there’s a lot you can do that you get out of working with somebody.
V: (chuckles) me on Tinder, that’s great.
M: It’s just like being in a relationship, it’s just hard work. Sometimes the sum of what two people can do is greater than their individual parts. And that’s I think is the allure of being in a band, when you’re really connecting with somebody on a creative level it’s almost on a love level. It’s been really gratifying, because we do, we connect that way, we are in love creatively.
MEB: Creative relationship!
M: You see it, in a lot of people that work with each other. Take any band that’s been together for thirty years, we might have that kind of longevity, we might not even make it. But we have that same element and it’s super important to have a working band that’s going to go for any sort of end. And if I didn’t have her I would just be kind of bouncing around looking for someone for that. But when you find that person, [you go], “Sh*t, I want to find out where this goes in 3, 4, 5 years”.
MEB: I think that’s what makes the difference from like a band and a band that still has their same original lineup, kind of thing. Because musicians are so easy to replace all the time and everybody just pays attention to just the singer, like no one really notices all of the rest of the band members, kind of thing.
V: Yeah really, which is sad.
MEB: If they’re willing to fight for the relationship to stay, and to say that, “I don’t care if I have this huge career I just want to make sure that the people that I’m with in the band connect with me”.
M: Right, I think art, just in general, would be better if people just listened to those things, because it’s easy to get caught up in just anything. It’s definitely that something that I wouldn’t trade for the world.
V: Me neither!
M: I’m sure that down the road we’ll end up doing other things, we both want to.
V: We both like working with people in general, it’s not like a thing were, “You can’t do this and you can’t do that”.
M:I still think we still have a little bit to do with those projects though. Inevitably. The harmonies on something. We won’t just be completely out of each other’s creative lives. But I don’t want to change a lot out of our band where we do a whole R&B record or something like that. I’d rather bring on another producer, call it something else, and the three of us do an R&B record. But right now, you have to build your brand.
MEB: Since you guys are talking about how you guys connected pretty well almost right off the bat and you spark musically, you guys have an interesting formation story.
V: Yeah we met on Craigslist on the summer of 2014. He (Marc) put up an ad which I wish that you kept! I should have screenshotted it or something, because now it’s lost! I remember [it said] “Producer looking for singer for electronic project” and he lists some influences I remember Phantogram was on there, and I was just starting to get into them. And I think The XX was on there too. What made out was totally different, but that was our initial kind of bonding musical thing I guess. So I emailed him some old demos that I had from high school and he emailed me right back and was, “Hey, can you come over tomorrow?” and I was like, “Yeah sure!” so, I went over and we got along. It’s funny because I don’t remember anything that we talked about on the very first time we met. I remember we sat outside, and I told you (Marc) that I might move to Boston, that’s all I remember.
M: We kinda talk like this though.
V: It was the second time we met when we talked about our lives and our beliefs and shit.
M: It was weird, but we clicked like really, really, soon.
V: Yeah, nothing ever felt forced or uncomfortable, it was like we knew each other. It was cool. And then, I went home and sent him some demos, and then, cool, we’re a band now (laughs)!
M: When we first started our music was a lot different than when we came up. A little more rocky, and we just sort of switched gears. We’re happy all around with the sounds and the way we’re going, and I just think, we’re getting more people. But yeah, get on Craigslist!
V: Yeah, got a lot to thank Craig for! For sure!
MEB: Do you think that would be a good outlet for people that are seriously trying to break into this industry?
V: Craigslist? I don’t know. I mean, there’s a lot of shit to wade through on there. I’ve used it for a lot of stuff, but I’m also really picky. It’s funny that you said that, it makes me sad because when I would go on Craigslist after, or go on and check the gig’s section, or the music section, and I see ads that have been up for months, the same band is still looking for a singer, still looking for a drummer. I recognize those ads and go,”Aw you haven’t found your person yet?” So I guess it can be hit or miss. I’ve met some, I’ve had some cool sessions and we (points to Marc) met through Craigslist. I’ve met cool people like roommates through Craigslist. So it can be magic it can also be complete sh*t.
M: Right, right, and I feel like at the end of the day, you’re putting at least the most amount of people in front of you. You can go to a show, you can talk to a guy and say, “Oh I play drums, I play keys, I’m a singer” and you get their card, then you go home, maybe you look them up, maybe you don’t, but still. It took you twenty four to scope out this one person.
V:There’s definitely an ease of access, I mean in terms of what you (Heather) said, like seriously breaking in the industry, like no. I think it’s a cool place to connect with other people and start something creatively. I wouldn’t go on Craigslist and go, “My big break is here!”
M: I definitely say check it out –
V: And it definitely depends on where you are in the world. I think it’s (Craigslist) is a thriving online community in LA because there’s so many creative people. But in other cities, I don’t know what their Craigslist situation is (laughs). Might be a dead end.
M: The question is, how else do other people break out? But not just so much break out but –
V: Meet each other?
M: But like start a beginning thing–
MEB: Kind of like networking a little bit.
V: Yeah, and like you said can [find] shows and stuff, you know? It works for us!
M: Yeah, it’s funny, when you do something and it works for you, it’s hard to say anything bad about it. (Heather and Vidya chuckle) Everybody should try it! Like she said (Vidya) I remember I was looking for six weeks on and off –
V: Oh I didn’t realize it was that long!
M: Maybe? Or maybe not. I remember that there was this one girl who I worked with, to be honest she just wasn’t that great. It just sucks, the heartbreak of it, sometimes you wonder, “Am I that person? Am I not that great?”
MEB: Everybody’s great in their own way! Everybody has that spark!
M: (laughs) I see what you did there!
MEB: (laughs) So what is the meaning behind your band name? And what was the process of trying to pick a name?
V: (Points to Marc) This is you, you’re the best at explaining
M: The band name itself, we actually didn’t pick it. In a really short thing, I misheard a lyric of a song, and realized that it wasn’t the lyric of a song. But I always thought it was rad. The meaning of it was sort of obvious. I was like a play on words because every time you hear the word, “Heiress” you thought about and assumed “riches, fortune, gold,” never is like an heiress that inherited something so awful, and shitty. And if you follow any Greek mythology, you know the story of Atlas, being banished to forever hold the heavens. The idea of being inherited that, but with this sort of glamorous sort of name, it intrigued me. I came up with this name a really long time ago.
V: So glad you misheard that lyric! (laughs)
M: I always thought it was cool, but I always wondered if it was too emo, but I think it’s rad.
MEB: Yeah! I think it’s thought provoking, and everyone is drawn to the word “Heiress”. Everything that has to do with, “Oh, I’m interested because their name is Heiress to Atlas, I wonder what kind of music they play?”
M: We’ve been asked “What does your name mean”, or “What is that?” or “Are you Heiress?” (to Vidya).
V: And he’s Atlas? What does he even look like? (laughs, Heather joins) He’s just holding me up in the air! That’s not what that is. He’s (Marc) actually the heiress (all laugh)!
M: I’m a princess!
MEB: And she’s (Vidya) Atlas! She’s holding you (Marc) up!
V: Yeah, I’m real strong!
MEB: You guys were talking about your influences a little bit, and the types artists that you would consider go on a tour with. Are there any other influences that you guys can think of?
V: Yeah, I guess talked about Sia, and for me Marina, and for me Tove Lo. Phantogram is a big one that brought us together, we both still really dig ’em. We both really like Holy Child too. Florence, FKA Twigs, Robert DeLong, really, really, sick.
M: When we’re asked about those musical influences, we come from such different backgrounds. I come from Tool, Deftones, and Smashing Pumpkins. My favorite bands. All guitars, all rocky, sort of thing. I like a lot of music within that. But it’s weird, our music, I don’t know what we sound like now. I’m having a tough time with those questions.
V: Because individually it’s so different. There are stuff in common that we do like-
M: Right, right, so we try to stay within those bands, but it’s not like the defining moments in my career to like a lot of these bands.
MEB: Everyone has their taste in music and you try to incorporate it, but not really at the same time. What do you hope your audience takes away from your music?
V: We were in rehearsal earlier talking about this.
M: This is the one pre-fabricated answer that we’re pulling out. (giggles)
V: You say it!
M: You say it, because I invented it!
V: (both laugh) Ok! We want the sad people to feel happy, and the happy people to feel sad!
M: Full stop!
MEB: Should be in your guys’ merch.
M: (laughs) Do you need a job or anything? Homie? Wanna be part of the club? That would kill, wouldn’t it?
MEB: You’re going to be releasing your EP next month, hope to do many tours in the near future, are there any other big plans that we should expect from you guys?
M: Yeah, if you saw us live before, our shows are going to be a lot different. We’re adding a drummer, he’s definitely increased what’s going on. So it’s a lot more fun. You know, (drummer’s name) is just more energy, just better as a band. We’re both really motivated, we both work very hard, and when we met each other…
V: (chuckles) We get over-excited very easily.
M: We do! Sometimes it’s just an overshoot.
V: But that’s what we’ve been focusing on a lot as of recently. After we recorded, and did the video and stuff live. You know, what is our lives gonna look like? How are we gonna scale it up and down, and what kind of image do we wanna–
M: We’re in the live music capital of the world. Undeniably, we’ve been here, you grew up, and been here. But people forget it, but people do die in a play, like in the Viper room. Even though it’s all pre-sales, like it’s still a music hub.
V: And there’s still a scene out here that’s separate from all that stuff. Like I really want to play eastside a lot. And add more of those shows and stuff, the art shows I mean.
M: So yeah, we’ve been working on that a lot. Make it big, make it awesome to really just rile people up.
MEB: Have you guys met any local bands that you wanted to collaborate with?
M: No, not yet. There’s ones that we want to play, but they’re more of the Holy Child types, they’ve just been signed. And it’s time to find a band that, it’s hard to say…we work really hard and we want to find people that they have the similar types of music. There’s a friend, his name is Van Adams, we have a couple of bands that are in the same level as us. But it’s also kind of nice to like…you want to attach yourself to someone who’s a little bit bigger. Try to springboard off of that. But we’ll take anybody who is just nice and cool. And their music is cool–
V: Vibey and yeah, exactly.
MEB: Overall, chill people.
M: Yeah, that’s really important. In the city of egos (Vidya laughs).
MEB: Which venues are you guys trying to go into?
V: Ooh, I love The Satellite a lot. I really, really want to play there. And then down the line, for bigger shows the Echoplex would be the dream. And Harvard and Stone I like a lot too, they do more Indie-rock. I’ve seen a lot of stuff at Satellite, but Harvard and Stone, so I don’t know…
M: Hotel Café?
V: Hotel Café I love. Mrs. Fish? I think I told you (Heather) about it, it’s got the aquariums. Have you heard about it?
MEB: No, I have not.
V: It’s in Downtown LA, it’s literally a bar with fish tanks everywhere, and it’s super trendy, and super cool and the crowds are cool. When that band came down from Connecticut, Mission Zero, that’s where they played.
M: Oh really?
V: Yeah, good sound and everything. (laughs)
The music video for “Alien Boy” is now available on YouTube!