Interviews

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MAXO: I’LL MAKE IT HAPPEN

January 28th, 2019

Maxo is one of those same-time type people. There’s a duality in his art and general conversation—a bifurcation. He’s at once open and shut off, eager to share but hard to reach. This is, of course, irresistible. It doesn’t hurt that his output thus far has been a sanguine and stupendous outpouring of intimate burners, a quiet storm of rage pushed down and processed. His new single “Time” is a crash course in Maxo, a summation of the desire and distance woven throughout his catalogue. We talked about his upcoming album, food and death. This interview by Tolliver.

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INTERVIEW: TERRY AND LOUIE + THE EXPLODING HEARTS DOCUMENTARY

January 17th, 2019

In 2003, with their Guitar Romantic setting the U.S. and Europe on fire, the Exploding Hearts embarked on their first west coast tour. They were set for world domination, but on an overnight drive back from a triumphant debut in San Francisco, a car accident killed three out of four members of the band. Only guitarist Terry Six survived. After nearly ten years of musical silence, Terry Six quietly got together with longtime friend and former Exploding Heart confidant “King” Louie Bankston and they decided to record some songs together. Now Terry and Louie will perform two sets—one of Exploding Hearts songs—at the 7th anniversary of Cretin Hop alongside a special screening of the Exploding Hearts documentary trailer on Sat., Jan. 19, at Zebulon. This interview by Justin Maurer.

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TASHI WADA: I LIKE THE ROAMING

December 17th, 2018

Tashi Wada is the son of the renowned composer and Fluxus member Yoshi Wada and a master of minimal and microtonal music in his own right. Now father and son have joined forces with a cast of collaborators that includes Julia Holter and Simone Forti to produce a 10-track release for RVNG’s FRKWYS series. Nue pairs synthesizers with acoustic instruments and human voices to produce abstract aural textures and explore the subtleties of sound. Tashi met with L.A. RECORD to discuss his compositional process, family dynamics in the studio and growing up Fluxus. This interview by Joe Rihn.

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KATZÙ OSO: HOW CAN I SAY IT?

December 10th, 2018

Paul Hernandez is a lover boy—not an audacious casanova, but a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic who simply falls in love too fast, poeticizing the women who make him stumble headfirst into desire and devotion. From hitting a million streams on Spotify to dropping his debut EP Pastel and playing Tropicalia—the quintessential music festival for LA’s most committed indieheads—Hernandez’s 2018 has been as dreamy as his music itself. At sundown in Exposition Park, the 24-year-old artist ponders his early beginnings, defying expectations, and being a proud cheeseball. He performs his first headlining show at the Echo tonight. This interview by Sydney Sweeney.

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GØGGS: THERE’S NO “COME TOGETHER”

December 3rd, 2018

GØGGS is Ty Segall, Charles Mootheart, Chris Shaw and the until-now-never-discussed Michael Anderson, and together they make a post-apocalyptic kind of sci-fi punk that relocates Black Flag's bleakness to Chrome's (or Hawkwind's) alien soundscapes. Their recent Pre-Strike Sweep (out now on In The Red) is a record at the edge of overload, delivered with determination by dudes who seem totally undisturbed by the metal melting all around them. Singer Shaw—also of Ex-Cult—discusses life, punk and the way the internet turns bands into cartoons. GOGGS plays an early-ish all-ages show at the Echoplex on Wed., Dec. 5get tickets here!

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YOUNG FATHERS: IT JUST COMES

November 7th, 2018

Young Fathers aren’t superstars, but they should be. They’ll be doing Drake-like stints at Staples if it’s up to singer Alloysious Massaquoi. Ahead of the band’s Friday, Nov. 9, set at the Fonda, he talked about their pop-leaning, course-altering latest album Cocoa Sugar, L.A.’s oblique influence on their music and the thrill of collaboration. This interview by Tolliver.