Interview With:: Intergalactix


We sat down with multi-instrumentalist production duo, Intergalactix, to discuss how they came about their sound, their decision to create a double-sided EP, and how the music scene differs in the United States versus in Australia. You can read our full interview with the band below!

LOL: Your sound is really
unique, you guys call yourself electronica, pop punk kind of thing, but you
guys have been working together for a while, right

Serg Dimitrijevic: Yeah, we’ve been working together for a
long time. We’ve known each other for over fifteen years from back home in
Australia…we’ve been friends for a really long time and have played music
together as well

LOL: So when it came to
creating [Intergalactix] did you guys decide what your sound was going to be
like beforehand or did it just come naturally?

Kristian Attard: Yeah, it just sort of came out however. We
had a lot of different bands over the years – some sort of rock bands, some
with different singers and stuff like that

LOL: Yeah, you guys have
worked with a bunch of people from so many different genres.

KA: Yeah but that’s the way we kind of like it because we
like so many different styles of music. So I guess for us when we decided to do
our own thing that just comes out, all of the different influences, but there’s
definitely a strong funk-soul influence. And my vocals are more of an indie
sort of thing so it sort of is what it is. We’re influenced by so many
different things

SD: Yeah, absolutely. It wasn’t really like a conscious
thing like ‘hey, now we’re gonna do this thing,’ we do a lot of productions for
people and stuff like that and so we started working by just producing a lot of
stuff and we’re like ‘hey, this kind of sounds cool, we should sort of keep
this stuff for ourselves.’ From there it just kind of developed and our whole
thing is that we just want to have fun with music and make it accessible
without it being pop pop, but at the same time have that sort of sensibility
where people just hear it like ‘okay, I get it.’ I think it’s a good blend and
we’re happy with it.

LOL: Yeah and I hate using
the word ‘different’ but when people hear you they’ll know who you are. They’re
not gonna be like ‘this is so and so’ or ‘this is so typical,’ it’s so
different that it’s intriguing to see what else you guys would put out.

SD: It is and even this tour that we’re on, you know we’re
getting a lot of new fans and friends just from playing with Strange Talk and
that’s kind of a common thing now, you know, ‘oh you guys are so different’ –

KA: Yeah and there’s definitely a few people that they say
we sound like. We got one guy from San Francisco who said we sound like a
mixture of Chromeo, Prince, Tears For Fears and the theme from Seinfeld
[all laugh]

LOL: That’s incredible!

SD: We’re like, okay we’re going with that [laughs]. It was all positive, we just
went, ‘the theme from Seinfeld?’ That was unexpected [laughs]

So you guys are
coming out with a double-sided EP, how did you plan that? Why not a full

KA: I think because we just had…we took a different
approach. The first EP we put out it was just like the first four songs that we
wrote for this project and that’s all we kind of had, you know? On this one
we’ve been a bit more selective and chosen two songs we’re really comfortable
with and I think we have a bunch of other ones that we maybe want to put out later.

LOL: So what can fans
expect to hear from this? Are you guys doing anything new stylistically?

KA: Yeah, I think the first EP showcased a bit more of the
indie side like the more electronic vibe. This definitely has a lot more funk

LOL: Which definitely played
into the session we did [check it out here!]. It sounds weird to say sometimes,
but –

SD: I know, but
that’s just because it’s used by so many things when you think ‘funk.’ We’re
big fans of Prince and the classic old school sound like that and we’re trying
to really keep those sounds into some new sounds and vocal things. We just want
people to dance, basically, to hear tracks and have a good time. And the
lyrics, on this particular release, are a bit more specific …where as soon as
you hear it you’re like ‘okay, I know what’s going on.’

KA: Yeah, they both have a story

SD: And that’s something we’ve been trying to focus on, the
stories and the things we’ve experienced and just to make them a little bit
more dominant in the music instead of not having anything there.

KA: Well I think the first EP definitely had a lot in it,
but I think it wasn’t as literal, you had to maybe guess what it meant.

SD: Yeah, or read between the lines.

KA: And this one is a bit more…

LOL: It’s basically laid
right in front of you

SD: Yeah, but they’re cool stories

KA: I think people
like a story. They don’t want to guess too much, sometimes

LOL: Yeah, sometimes. But
so, you guys are originally from Australia and your tour-mates are from
Australia. How do you think the music scene differs there versus here? Do you
think there’s any sort of difference?

KA: Yeah, definitely. There’s definitely an Aussie sound in
a lot of bands you’ll hear like Strange Talk, Empire of the Sun – they
definitely have a sound and I think we have a bit of that in ours too. But I
think as far as the scene goes over there, it’s like being in a small city. For
a lot of artists, there isn’t a big platform for them. There’s a few radio
stations like Triple J and then there’s main stream. Triple J has been
responsible for a lot of bands coming out of Australia like Tame Impala and
even Strange Talk. But they also have a very direct line of what fits into
them…so if you don’t fit into with what they do, which we probably wouldn’t, I
don’t know, because we’re in between two things and maybe it wouldn’t work over
there. But over here there’s room for everything over here…[In Australia] you
have to direct it towards certain things instead of being creative

LOL: You have more
creative freedom here

KA: Yeah, I think so but I think it’s great over there.
There’s a lot of great musicians and a lot of great music.

SD: Australia’s always had a great export of great music…but
I think it’s like a numbers game like 23 million people as opposed to 350 or
whatever, so unfortunately record labels over there tend to look at what’s
going on over here and want to try and do that. So there are the guys that slip
through the cracks and end up becoming their own, like The Griswolds who we
played at Firefly with, but it’s definitely that and like he’s saying, there’s
a lot more freedom in the fact that there are so many more people and the
tastes are so much more varied and you have options, you know what I mean?

KA: A lot more opportunity here though as well.

SD: Yeah, and opportunity on a global level.

LOL: So speaking of
Firefly, since you brought it up, do you guys prepare differently for playing a
festival versus playing a regular show? Or is it kind of the same thing?

KA: No, we definitely prepare differently. Just before we
did Firefly, I saw one of my favorite artists D’Angelo and just like, the whole
set was fluid. It’s not dance music, but it just flows so well and that was
awesome. It kind of inspired us to sort of make our set flow and I think at a
festival people don’t want to keep stopping if they’re into it, so now we talk
on top of music, which I think is cooler because you’re still listening to
something. It’s not just dead silence.

SD: We do prepare differently, even with this tour that
we’re not using a drummer on this particular tour when normally we have been.
It was just one of those things where Strange Talk’s set was more elaborate –

KA: They have a big lighting rig that takes up half a stage
and I mean, it’s been cool.

SD: Yeah, it’s been great.

KA:Yeah, we’ve seen a couple bands that do it too and it was

SD: And we also don’t like to just stand there, we like to
interact with the crowd as much as we can, so that is still definitely there.
It’s just slight changes like not having a drummer so you have to think of the
approach differently to make it flow a certain way. We’re still working stuff
out and we’re always writing and always trying new ideas and seeing if ‘hey
that’s a cool song, lets play it and see what people think’ and just get a
reaction like that. I always feel like we’re sort of trying to develop or keep
changing things up, otherwise we get bored and if we’re bored, you’re gonna be
bored, you know? If I’m going to a concert, I want the band to look like
they’re excited or having a good time

KA: Yeah, they should look like they’re having a good time,
or they should actually be having a good time
[all laugh]

LOL: I ask this question
every now and then when we do interviews. Everyone has a different way of
defining success – radio play or having a sold out show, etc. How do you
measure success?

KA: I think, as an artist, being successful is just being
able to write what you want to write and create the art and music that you
want. To have people appreciate it too and get something out of it. You know,
sometimes after shows people put stuff on Twitter like ‘I’m still so excited
about that show I saw of you guys.’ That to me, when you see people who
genuinely get into something like a show or it really meant something to them,
that’s what success is for me personally. Not so much like being a massive
band, not that I’m against it [laugh]. What do you think?

SD: No I agree, I totally agree. They’re the rewards of
having people appreciate your art and I think that’s definitely a success
because you know, when you’re writing you’re not thinking about ‘we’re gonna
make millions,’ it’s none of that stuff

KA: I think there are certain managers and they try to get
you to do that and I think music just ends up sounding controlled. We have a
manager now that’s really aware of those things, so sometimes I think it’s good
to have someone from the outside cause we can get in our own world and it can
be too much

SD: ‘This is the best song we’ve ever written’ and then
they’re like, ‘it’s really not’ [all laugh], so then it’s just like ‘okay,

LOL: Anything else you
guys want to add? What are you guys planning after this tour?

KA: We’re gonna go back to Australia and just chill out with
our family

SD: Yeah, maybe do some shows and continue just lots of
writing songs and producing stuff

KA: Yeah, we want to put out a record next year, like a full
length, so we just have to get into doing that.

SD: Yeah, we just got a lot of tracks and we’re sort of just
writing and writing and seeing which ones are gonna stick. The first EP was
four songs, five songs we had to pick from and now what we’ve realized is that
we have a lot more to choose from so now we’ve got to be more selective. But
that’s pretty much what we’re gonna be doing, going home and relaxing a bit and
still working

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Interview With:: Have Mercy [Warped Tour Edition]


Interview conducted by
Kara Kokinos.

Sitting down wih the Have Mercy boys is always a blast and
this Warped Tour was no exception! Andrew Johnson and Nick Woolford sat down
with us to discuss tour grind, recording their last album A Place Of Our Own and their recent split with Somos!

LOL: Hiya! So how’s Warped tour shaping up for you guys?
Andrew Johnson: It’s good!
Nick Woolford: It’s hot.
AJ: Some days are really hot, today and yesterday weren’t
that bad temperature wise but it’s good. I’ve been noticing that the crowds are
getting bigger and bigger for us and the sets are getting better and better.

LOL: It definitely seems like Warped Tour is a time to
expand a fanbase. Have you guys been hitting that hard, meeting new people and

AJ: We try. Todd, our drummer, and I try to walk the line
every morning but I’ve noticed that there are certain areas where we’ll start
walking the line and we’ll see Attila shirts and we’re just like, “okay, let’s
just turn around”.

LOL: Has your first run on Warped Tour met your expectations
in terms of the grind?
NW: I mean, it’s hard. It’s definitely the most grueling
thing. I used to play professional baseball and this is worse.
AJ: I was talking to my friends yesterday, they came and
visited and they asked, “what do you do all day?” and I was like, “Well I wake
up at seven, I push snooze on my alarm like fifteen times then I wake up again
and we set up the merch tent, get everything ready. Go to production, find out
our set times, sometimes I get breakfast and sometimes I can’t. Then we walk
the line, come back, we play or we don’t play and just walk. It’s a lot of
walking and not knowing what to do.”
NW: It’s a lot of doing nothing!

LOL: What’s the biggest difference between a giant festival
like this and a smaller, club tour?
NW: There’s a million different things. It’s completely the
opposite of any other club tour that you’re going to do.
AJ: For example, we wake up and we’re here, we’re at the
venue. While on a club tour we’ll stay in that city that we played in or a
little outside of that, wake up at a friend’s house and then start driving and
load’s normally at three or four. Load in here is at 8AM and then load out is
at 8PM. It’s literally polar opposites.

LOL: Warped kind of puts everyone on the same playing field
in terms of artist and fan, have you guys had any jarring experiences with that
or is it kind of the same as you typically operate?
NW: Well no one knows I’m in the band, ever, so people
always ask me to take pictures with me and their mom with Andrew but it’s
LOL: Awww!
NW: Nah, it’s fine.
AJ: I mean, it’s cool. I got really star struck when I met
Jona from I Killed The Prom Queen because I grew up listening to them. I got
hammered at this bar and when we were all coming home I ended up sitting next
to their tour manager and I mentioned the only band I wanted to see was I
Killed The Prom Queen and he was like, “oh, you wanna come meet them?” and I
was on the bus, shaking and I went back to our band and for like forty minutes
I was just telling the story over and over.
NW: Yeah, I did tell him to shut up.
AJ: Yeah, he did.
NW: Everyone was trying to sleep.

LOL: Have you guys made any new or unexpected friends on
this tour or has it been people you already know?
AJ: Well we’re usually pretty easy to get along with.
NW: We also already know a lot of people on the tour.
AJ: I think one of the most unexpected things was that the
bass player from Jule Vera, we were just drinking with him the other day and
found out that he was the only one who was 21.
NW: I think they’re all like fifteen!
AJ: And then we were just talking about gear and stuff, it
was pretty cool.

LOL: You guys have been touring since you put out your album, A Place Of Our Own last year on
Hopeless, how’s that record label switch been?
NW: It’s been great!
AJ: They’re awesome. Toby was there today. We had to ask
them if it was okay if we could sign to Fueled By Ramen… It’s just a joke! But
yeah, they’re awesome.

LOL: The record definitely had a very organic, Hopeless
Records/pop punk feel to it. What was it like having a veteran like Paul
(Leavitt, producer) on your team for that?
AJ: It was awesome!
NW: I mean, I recorded with Paul when I was about twelve but
he is…well he’s weird. He’s a really cool guy, he becomes your best friend.
He’s got a really good ear for what he’s doing and he’s smart and knows how to
write a song. He can be intimidating but he means it in the best way.
AJ: Yeah, the one example I can use for “intimidating in the
best way” is that we were doing pre-production for the last album and there was
this one part that we couldn’t get down and he came storming in and was like “I
THOUGHT I TURNED THE FUCKING STOP BUTTON OFF!”, goes back in and slams the door
and we were just “uhhhhh…”

LOL: I love that you guys are still producing splits with
other artists! What was the process behind your recent one with Somos?
AJ: Uh, they asked us and we said yes haha

LOL: You guys did an acoustic version of one of your tracks
and then a cover? What was the selection process like for that?
AJ: Yeah, ‘Somebody’s Baby’.
NW: Well we all thought of a bunch of different songs and
that was the only one that we all agreed on.
AJ: Yeah, and No Sleep was like, we’re doing an acoustic
version and a cover so maybe if you guys want to do that, that’d be cool. And
then when we heard their tracks, it was two new ones and we were like oh…okay,
here ya go!

LOL: What are your plans after the summer, anything on deck
in terms of touring or new material?
NW: We have two tours for the fall.
AJ: I don’t think we can talk about them yet.*
NW: That just comes out later.
AJ: I can tell you one thing, we are going international
NW: That’ll be our first international tour.
AJ: And then we are doing a fun tour after that in the fall.

Have Mercy recently announced their fall tour with Transit,
Somos, and Microwave before heading to Europe! Check out the full list of tour
dates here and be sure to grab your tickets ASAP!

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Interview with:: Mizgin

recently sat down with Mizgin, to discuss her musical influences, her remix EP,
her music video for “Get You Off,” and what we can expect to see next! You can check
out the interview below!

off, thank you so much for taking some time to chat with us! Can you introduce
yourself and tell us a little about yourself?

Thanks so much for having me. My Name is Mizgin, I’m a recording artist and I
love to tell stories through my music.

You were born and raised in a small town
in Sweden and played as many shows and events that you could from school shows
to small venues. How do you think the music scene differs in Sweden versus
the US? Do you think you were limited with what you could do with your music in

I was definitely limited by growing up in a small town when it comes to music.
I mean the biggest thing you could do was to perform at the school show and the vision
I had for myself was way bigger than that. 

Where did your passion for music and
performing come from? Some people have family members who played and inspired
them to start performing while others just felt like it was their calling
in life. What inspired you to begin your singing career?

I simply can’t function without music in my life. It’s just something that’s
always been a part of me, I’ve always felt that way. I remember being a little girl
and imagining myself on stage performing, dancing, just being an artist. I
think it’s been in my blood since birth. The funny thing is that no one in my
family was very musical so I don’t know where it all comes from.

Your single, “Get You Off,” is a super
catchy and high-energy track and your vocals on it sound incredible. You
recently released a remix EP for the track on February 12th. Where did the
idea come from to release a remix EP?

Thanks so much! It was really a team effort. We shared some great ideas and
that’s what ended up turning into the remix ep. The original record is such a
good song, it was interesting to flip in different ways.

Some people have said your sound is
reminiscent of Rihanna & Skrillex. What artists have influenced you and
your song writing?

I love and respect a lot of great artists out there, but I try to build a sound
that’s more my own. Of course as an artist you’re always going to be influenced by
what’s around you, not just music, but I think creating something that’s unique
to who I am is what inspires me the most.

Speaking of song writing, you’ve been
sharing tons of photos and posts about being in the studio. Can you tell us a
little about what the writing and recording process has been like?

People might think that you just go in the studio and sing and that’s it. But
it’s much more than that.  One of my goals is to break down the segregation
in music and to create music that’s influenced by everything. I want to
make music that dominates pop culture.  I spend days sometimes with the
producers working until every word and line evokes the emotion we want it to.
As a singer, you need to bring the truth, the emotion, the story of the
song so that is what I try to do.

The video for “Get You Off” is
definitely edgy and a little scandalous, but it works really well with the
track itself. The video actually went viral within only a few hours, which
is amazing! What was your reaction to that?

It was surreal! It feels great to have so many people liking the song and
video… I am really thankful for the support.

I know in the past you’ve said that this
video was something you are proud of because it’s something you wanted and in
the end it’s your vision. What would you say to people who are afraid to
be a little more edgy because they are afraid of what people might say about

I would say that it doesn’t matter what people might say about you. You have to
believe in what you’re doing, otherwise you’re living someone else’s life. I
think it’s a really powerful when young people can stand behind their ideas and
be like…’this is what is good’ and if someone else has a different opinion
it really shouldn’t matter in the end. Some people will love you for you and
others will judge, in the end you have to believe in yourself.

What can we expect next from Mizgin?
Maybe a full length?

I have a new single coming out in the next few weeks and I am in the studio now
finishing up the album which is dropping this Summer. The records we are doing are
really exciting and I can’t wait for the world to hear them. This album
will be like nothing you have heard before.

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Interview With:: Eagles In Drag


Please introduce yourself and tell us what you do in the band!
My name is John O’Callaghan and I am moral supporter and attempted empower-or of weirdness  the individuals that are a part of EID. I’d like to think of this as more of a creative project than as a band. 

Eagles In Drag seemed like a project that appeared out of the blue, but you guys actually formed back in 2012. Why did you guys decide now was the right time to release your debut EP?
I really wanted to wait for a time when 8123 had a clear plate and no other artists were really pushing any new material. It seemed like the right to release it and we did so without much (if any at all) marketing to reiterate the idea that this project was simply an outlet for expression and not something to get hung up on.

How did the name Eagles In Drag come about?
I remember hearing it while watching some Willem Dafoe movie. He called some front lawn flamingos by that name and I thought it was sort of clever.

This project has a completely different sound than that of previous projects that you guys have worked on (This Century, The Maine, A Rocket To The Moon). When writing the EP, did you guys know what kind of sound you wanted to go for or was it just something you played around with to try and create something that was unexpected?
I definitely brought a vibe to the table while writing and that laid the basis for the tunes. We all pulled from our subconscious inspiration and created what you hear now. The writing and recording all happened so fast that we didn’t have time to think too hard about what we were doing. In retrospect, if we had spent more time I’m sure things would have come out differently but that’s the beauty of making music. 

I’m personally a huge fan of the EP (which our site rated a 4.5/5), One Four Six being a favorite track of mine. Which song is your favorite and why?
Thank you! Hard to really pick just one because it all came about so quickly, but I suppose if there were a gun to my head I’d say the first tune Pretty Girl Monster. That track feels like one that went from vision to reality in the most seamless fashion, not much changed from the writing to recording with that one. 

Can we expect a giant collaborative tour of This Century, The Maine, and Eagles in Drag sometime in the near future? For instance, Max Bemis recently went on tour under his own name, but also performed as Perma (a project with him and his wife), Eisley (his wife’s project), etc.
It’s not in the cards. I’m sure if demand were to grow to a point we couldn’t ignore then something like that could happen, but for now we’re all still too involved with our respective groups. It would be a blast though. 

Thank you for your time! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for your time! It’s great to be alive. The Sun is shining where I am, and that is nice.
Talk soon.

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