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Dabs Myla

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Dabs & Myla are artists from Melbourne currently based in Los Angeles. The duo mix and match both of their skills, creating whimsical and chromatic pieces, whether it's on canvas or on walls. Infusing both letters and characters, their pieces turn blank walls into exciting and colorful interruptions in between the mundane. Here, Dabs & Myla discuss a bit about all things art!


1. How did you first get interested in art and how did you veer towards street art and murals?

DABS:I had been interested in art and drawing since i was a young kid. I would always be drawing and making little comics and cartoons. When became a teenager I started hanging out with some kids in my neighborhood that where all bombing a lot. I started tagging with them and paying attention to the culture of graffiti and noticing pieces on the train line. I loved it and started sketching letters a lot!! I was lucky enough to have a few people around me who where older and where already pretty e…

Morley

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Morley is the guy putting up wheat-paste posters with phrases plastered on them, along with his own image, around the LA area. His posters are thoughtful, curious and almost evoke a sense of feeling like things don't have to so bad. Whereas many street artists choose to remain an anonymous mystery, Morley does the opposite. Not only does he include an image of himself on each poster, but takes to his blog to further discuss the process and even lists the location of each piece. Here, Morley discusses further some different aspects about street art.


1. How did you first get interested in art?

I suppose I got interested in art the same way as everyone else, through the things that entertained me as a child. Anything that gave my imagination fuel to explore the various recesses of my mind and the worlds that exist within them, would be quickly devoured by my young eyes and ears. Films, music, cartoons, comics- they were and still are a sort of relief from the drudgery…

LIGHTS

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Lights is a singer, songwriter, synth, guitar and keytar player based out of Toronto. With her mix of pop hooks blending and falling into place with a bit of razor-edged electro beats, Lights creates a dynamic combination of sounds on her new record, Siberia. Here, she explains and gives some insight into the world of Lights.


1. How did you get involved with music and what made you want to pursue it?

When I was younger and my dad used to play his acoustic guitar while I was trying to fall asleep, I realized the power of music to change your state of mind, and put me at peace. He started teaching me the basics on guitar when I was eleven and I went from there.


2. What's your earliest memory of music?

I used to have these tapes, these musical stories, about a songbook and his family that went on adventures. I believe it was called Psalty the Singing Songbook. I used put on my huge headphones and listen to the tapes and sing along. Those are probably the first songs I …

Marksmen

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Marksmen are a four piece from Tampa. The band includes Matt Segallos - guitar and vocals, Chris Brickman - guitar, Glenn Espinoza - bass, and Reed Murray - drummer. Recently, Marksmen brought their blend of indie-alt-rock sound out on the road with Eisley. Here, Reed discusses a bit further about the band known as Marksmen.


1. What made you decide to start a band?

It was never my intention to start a band. I had always wanted to be a part of a project that I believed in and enjoyed playing drums for, but at the same time, the idea of being in a band left me feeling skeptical - it's rare to find other musicians who you completely connect with as people and also have the same musical vision as yourself.
Then Matt and Chris came along. They had been writing together for a short time and had the drive to start this band - a band they wanted me to be a part of. At first I declined due to my other commitments of school and work, but then I listened to various acoustic demos a…

Geographer

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Geographer are a 3 piece based out of San Francisco. The band consists of Nathan Blaz on cello/electronics, Brian Ostreicher on drums/vocals, and Mike Deni on vocals/guitar,keys. Recently having wrapped up a tour with Ladytron, Geographer brought their blend of indie-synth-pop sound. Here, Mike gives a bit of insight into the band called Geographer.


1. Who or what are some influences for the band?

Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Arthur Russell, Prince, Kate Bush, and Terry Riley are heroes of ours.


2. How do you think being San Francisco based benefits or maybe hinders being in a band?

Touring on the west coast is kind of rough. We've gotten used to 8 to 10 hours between shows being a routine drive. But as far as the scene itself, it's been very good to us. The blogs are very genuine out here. They seem to just want to bring people good music, rather than try to find something no one else likes so they can remain cutting edge. And the community …

Raw Geronimo

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Raw Geronimo is at the core of it Laena Geronimo. Having been a part of various bands, she got together 5 friends and began her current journey as Raw Geronimo. Here, Laena goes in depth and gives some insight into all things Raw Geronimo.


1. How would you describe this project and would you describe it as a solo effort, that turned into a full band?

The closest I've come to summing up our sound is: Jungle-Punk-Soul-Surf-Goth-World-Avant-Pop-Wildness... and I could keep adding hyphens for hours. Basically It's a very eclectically inspired, high energy set. Everyone has a different description for it. I haven't been sold on one yet. I suppose initially it was a solo effort- only because it was just me writing songs and recording them by myself with no specific purpose for years; I was reeeeally shy as a songwriter and kinda just kept it hidden away. Then something just clicked; I basically experienced a totally abrupt about-face early 2011 and suddenly became c…

L'Altra

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L'Altra are a duo made up of Lindsay Anderson and Joseph Desler Costa. Formed in Chicago and now based in Brooklyn, their sound is a blend of guitar, keys and a bit of electronic elements. Here, Joseph gives some background on the band.


1. When/where did the band meet?

--- Lindsay and I met the 1st day of college and began talking about putting a band together. We spent a lot of time just sitting around listening to music before the band became a reality in Chicago in the year 2000.


2. What was the inspiration behind starting the band?

--- There was so much music happening in Chicago in the late nineties and 2000's that it was impossible not to get swept up in the fever to make it. We began playing in our bedroom and I think that contributed to our softer sound. We also deliberately did not want to be come a math rock kind of group. Our focus has always been expressing what we feel and our obsession with this kind of 'romantic' idea... We always w…