VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Alison Wonderland At Austin City Limits 2017

Alison Wonderland is the stage name of Alex Sholler, a DJ and producer from Sydney, Australia, who was classically trained as a cellist growing up. She always knew she wanted to work in music at some level, but wasn’t sure how to make that happen. After studying in Europe for the cello, Sholler returned to Sydney and began playing bass in various punk bands. It was after attending a show featuring Swedish group, The Knife that gave Sholler a clear sense of direction to perform and slowly started to write her own electronic music as well as

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Wild Now at Austin City Limits 2017

A dream-pop duo from Austin, Texas, The Wild Now consists of singer Taylor Baker and producer Drew Walker. The two met each other at a Local Natives show during SXSW 2013, where they bonded over their mutual love of the band. Baker had been performing as a solo artist, but after meeting, Taylor and Drew began to perform songs that Taylor had written, under the name Taylor & the Wild Now. As a soulful folk band, Taylor & the Wild Now became a popular local fixture in the Austin music scene, having released their self-titled EP in

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – R.LUM.R. at Austin City Limits 2017

R.LUM.R. is the stage name for Reggie Lamar Williams Jr., an R&B-crooning guitar player quickly rising in the music scene. Williams Jr. grew up in Florida, listening to old school R&B in his mother’s house, but exploring anything he could find on his own time. He remembers when "I got into Linkin Park, and everyone else was into rap and basketball. I was fat and couldn't play basketball and I wanted to listen to Linkin Park and only the white kids at my school wanted to do that stuff and it's kind of like that Earl Sweatshirt line:

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Washed Out Talks ‘Mister Mellow’, Hip-Hop Influence

Solo act Washed Out is one of the original artists whose music was discovered on his Myspace page! The stage name of Ernest Weatherly Greene Jr., Washed Out has been pushing out chillwave EPs since 2009, when he was first discovered on the now-diminishing social network. Greene began producing music in his parents' home after he couldn’t find a job as a librarian, his original plan after graduating college. Soon, his ambient, drowsy dance pop caught the ear of Sub Pop Records, who released Washed Out’s debut album Within and Without in 2011. Its follow-up, Paracosm further raised his profile,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Cuco Talks Rising Attention, Early Beginnings

Recently turned 19-year-old Cuco only began releasing music late 2016, but has been playing music his whole life. The performer, born Omar Banos, has lived his whole life in the Los Angeles district of Hawthorne and began playing guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and horns at the age of 8. This summer, his crooning love-songs that blend both English and Spanish verses together has caught the big time and Cuco is performing in front of sold-out crowds for the first time in his life. Key to Banos is writing of his feelings. “It’s cool to be in your feelings and

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – SHAED Talk Beginnings, Writing New Album

SHAED has garnered a growing fan base and attention after the release of their debut EP, Just Wanna See, last September via Photo Finish Records. The trio from Washington, DC, comprised of twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst and lead singer Chelsea Lee met during high school and embarked on individual music projects before forming the band last year. Lee has been singing since a young age and signed a record deal with Atlantic Records at 18 years old. Meanwhile, the Ernst brothers had a publishing deal while performing as The Walking Sticks. In less than

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Mondo Cozmo at Outside Lands 2017

It's been a banner year for Joshua Ostrander, aka Mondo Cozmo. After spending the majority of 19 years just on the cusp of recognition, radio play and attaining a consistent sound, the track "Shine" catapulted Mondo Cozmo to the forefront in early 2017. Mondo Cozmo was Ostrander's new project, formed almost immediately after his previous band Eastern Conference Champions ended. "Shine" was released with almost immediate radio airplay and Mondo Cozmo was suddenly in the throws of getting booked for the 2017 festival circuit. His debut album, Plastic Soul, which features "Shine" was released on the

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood at Outside Lands 2017

Royal Blood has been one of the fastest growing bands in the international music scene today. Formed just four short years ago in 2013, the hard-rocking duo of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher have launched from nothing into playing to sold out shows at large venues and prime scheduling to huge audiences at major festivals from Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Glastonbury. Kerr and Thatcher had known each other for years, but one day decided to start a band together and won over members of Arctic Monkeys before their first single was even released! In 2014, Royal Blood,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – MUNA at Outside Lands 2017

MUNA is a Los Angeles dark-pop trio who formed in 2013 after all meeting at a party at USC, where Katie Gavin (vocals), Josette Maskin (guitar), and Naomi McPherson (guitar) all attended school together. They began to jam as a trio and a catchy brand of pop laced with dark lyrics emerged. The band all identify as queer and see themselves as role models for their community. McPherson describes how, “It would have meant a lot to me when I was, say, 12, to know of someone in a band and think they were cool and know

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Party Favor Talks Comedy, Collaborations at ID10T Festival

Party Favor is one of the fastest rising names in the electronic dance music circuit, as his edgy style helped pioneer the festival trap genre. Born Dylan Ragland, Party Favor has garnered as much attention for his original records such as “Bap U” (Mad Decent) and “Booty Loose” (Mad Decent), as well as remixes for familiar names such as Dillon Francis, Diplo, Flosstradamus, and Major Lazer. His latest EP, Party and Destroy includes collaborations with Dillon Francis, Gucci Mane, Sean Kingston, Rich The Kid, Gent & Jawns and Georgia Ku. The EP hit #2 on iTunes album

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Ten Fé Talk American Tour, Songwriting

The humble beginnings of Ten Fé started with friends Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan busking in London Underground stations. The duo took the experience for good and bad to formulate the music which would eventually be recorded as Ten Fé. Lead single, "Elodie" has garnered much attention and brought the band to the U.S. for their first North American tour that includes a performance at Bonnaroo this June as they support their debut album, Hit The Light that was released in February 2017. The album has been well-received and is noted for its optimistic perspective to the

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Circa Waves Talk ‘Different Creatures’, Songwriting

With the release of their debut, Young Chasers in 2015, Circa Waves made a strong impression with their energetic, catchy indie rock music that was paired up with their engaging live shows. Playing numerous festivals that included Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Governors Ball, Reading & Leeds. The Liverpool-based band came back in March 10, 2017 with the release of their second album, Different Creatures, with lead single, "Fire That Burns" getting much attention, especially with a cameo by Issac Hempstead Wright(actor from "Game of Thrones") in the music video. Comprised of Kieran Shudall, Sam Rourke, Joe Falconer and Colin

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Magic Giant Perform “Set On Fire”, Talk Writing Debut Album

LA-based alt-folk trio, Magic Giant, released their debut album, In the Wind on May 19, 2017 via Washington Square/Razor & Tie. The band has been a fan-favorite at numerous festivals over the past couple of years but the track "Set on Fire" has brought a new broader audience to the band, as the song has gotten exposure via radio airplay and online streams. Magic Giant, comprised of Austin Bisnow (lead vocals), Zambricki Li (banjo, violin, harmonica), and Zang (acoustic guitar, cello), welcomed nature into the fold as their unofficial fourth member, as they converted a shuttle bus into a

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Diet Cig Talk ‘Swear I’m Good at This’, Songwriting

Swear I'm Good At This is the debut album that was released on April 7, 2017 via Frenchkiss Records. The lead single, "Tummy Ache" has been gaining recognition and attention to the band. Of the single, Diet Cig mention that the track "is all about unpacking the feeling of approaching punk with radical softness, and the struggle when it's not always read as powerful or cool or whatever enough. Its the shout into my pillow when what I'm saying isn't being heard, and a big old I FEEL YA to all the femme folks creating space for themselves