Interview: Modern Whale talk new single and what’s next

Robbie from Modern Whale answered some questions about the band’s expectations, their recent single, and more. Check out the full interview below.

When Modern Whale first started, what were your expectations for the band?

I make my living as a record producer and typically compromise for the sake of the artist. Modern Whale was simply something I was doing for myself, something that was freeing from my normal creative environment.

Has it exceeded those expectations?

Modern Whale has certainly exceeded my expectations! Initially I had no plan of releasing anything as it was just something I was doing for myself. It has been amazing to be featured on Vevo and Spotify playlists and reach a larger audience.

For your music video for “The Dirt,” you worked with Raviv Ullman, Martin Spanjers, and John F. Beach. What was that experience like?

Raviv, Marty and John are a very talented team and their work speaks for itself. I’m thankful that they were available to make time to share their creativity. I think the video is wonderful. 🙂

You just played a show at The Bowery Electric, how did that go?

The Bowery Electric show felt like a family reunion. Modern Whale shared the bill with War Twins, Micky James and The Worst Humans – all friends of ours. The show was a success and thankfully packed.

Your sound can’t really be pinned down to one genre. Who are some of your biggest influences?

I really love Phoenix, Led Zeppelin and Fela Kuti. My taste is pretty wide.

How would you say the band’s sound has progressed over the years?

Modern Whale is technically not even a year old yet! With this said, the live shows and each single release have taught me valuable lessons about everything form production to how a song can evolve outside of the studio.

Any plans you can tell us about for the rest of 2018?

The plan is to release at least 3 more songs this year!

Thank you for your time! Where’s the best place to keep up with the band?

Modern Whale on Spotify and @modernwhalemusic on Instagram.

Interview: Josh Wheatley talks Nottingham music scene and new single

Josh Wheatley took some time to discuss his new single, the Nottingham music scene, and more with us. Check out the interview and his new single “I Know You.”

When did you first get into music? How did it all start for you?

I started playing music because I was bored with college. My first ‘gig’ was Acoustic Rooms at Rescue Rooms in Nottingham. As first gigs go it was pretty good. Band of Skulls were playing in the main room, when the gig finished many people came out and stayed to watch my set.

What is the music scene in Nottingham like?

The music scene is great! Very diverse, with many different genres. It’s a fantastic place to build relationships with fellow musicians.

Where is your favorite spot to play a show?

Undoubtedly the Bodega in Nottingham. I’ve supported some of my favourite artists there.

Who are some of the other local artists we should check out?

Definitely Felix M-B. He’s just released a brilliant EP. Daudi Matsiko. Beautiful sounds! Big fan of Silver Wilson too. Their new song Let It Go is excellent. Also, my good friend George Gretton. He’s releasing new music soon (I hope).

What was your writing and recording process like for “I Know You”?

Writing-wise it happened pretty quickly. Recording was a little longer, but still a smooth process. It’s a song I’ve sat on for a little while.

What can we expect from the rest of the upcoming EP?

More songs like “I Know You.” I had the absolute pleasure of working with Josh Rumble (from Anteros) on Worry and Saviour, and they’re great fun to play live too.

What has it been like getting the attention of people at places like BBC and Clash Magazine?

Absolutely mad! I’ve read a lot on Clash, so to see my name featured was just a little bit cool for me.

What else can we expect from you in 2018 aside from the EP?

I’m heading on tour with New York Tourists in May. Very excited about that. That and just working on more music.

Thank you for your time! Where is the best place for our readers to follow you?

Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud – @joshisok
Facebook – Josh Wheatley

Interview: Capital North Talks Hobbies, Recording Process, and More

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Anthony of Capital North took some time to discuss their new EP, the recording process, hobbies, and much more. Check out the interview below.

How did you two go from Lights In The Sky to making music together as Capital North?

When LITS ended we took a good 2 year break and when we decided to come back together, so much had changed. The idea and concepts that made up LITS were almost too far gone. The new music was a different style and the band members except for Jonathan and myself, were totally different. It was time to reinvent ourselves, and we decided a name change was in order. The transition honestly seemed seamless enough because Jonathan and myself had always been the primary songwriters and the new songs,to some extent,  are just a reflection of our lives and growing up. Capital North is really just another chapter in our lives, Chapter one was LITS and now chapter 2 is CN.

What was your writing and recording process like for Sea To Sky?

We wrote the album over the course of almost two years – from coming up with concepts, demoing, pre-production, recording, and post-production. It definitely was not a quick process and as far as the songs go, we just wrote what we were feeling and what was relevant to us at the time. There was no grand plan for the album. It is merely a reflection of our own lives and what was going on around us. I think that a lot of bands use a kind of formula when it comes to these things and honestly, it shows. They say you have your whole life to write your first album and I think that is apparent in so many of my favorite bands growing up. I won’t name names, but how many times have you heard a debut album and thought to yourself “oh my god this album changed my life” just to be let down with follow-ups. I once wrote a long-winded email to one of my favorite post-hardcore bands growing up BEGGING them not to release their newest album because in my eyes it was so anticlimactic that it would discredit the albums that made them timeless. Needless to say, they released it anyway and I’m pretty sure they didn’t even read the email and, with all of that being said, it flopped so hard. For reasons like that, I try not to have some set predetermined process because I feel it takes away from how genuine the music is or should be.

The video for “Glass Houses” is great. Who did you work with on it?

Jesse Lynch from the band Alistair Hennessey, who really does amazing work and is an awesome friend of ours. We really enjoyed working with him and definitely plan to again many more times in the future! The video also features our friends Joseph Biagas from “Setting Sunrise” and Andres from “Andrés”, as well as a bunch of our friends and family.

What has the lead up to the release been like? Are you excited for people to dive into the new music?

SO SO SO SO busy and so expensive lol. From getting our live stage set and all of the goodies we have for you guys that just add to our aesthetic, to getting CDs pressed and merch made, we are certainly busy and broke haha. We have also been planning our release schedule and working with PR to make the biggest splash we can! Honestly, we have been non-stop busy, but in the best way possible. I’m so excited to hear what people think of the album as a whole piece of work. I think that people will really relate well to it and that makes me excited to see that hopefully. I can’t wait for people to really pick the music apart and try to apply the themes to their lives. It’s always fun when people ask you what something is supposed to mean or what it refers to and you tell them to figure it out on their own. Not because it’s some great secret, but more because we write it in such a way that we really want it to apply to the listener’s own life in some capacity.

With the EP coming out in the early half of 2018, what are your plans for the rest of the year?

I would say a few tours should be in order and you should definitely keep an eye out for that! When we took our break to write the album and to start getting everything geared up for the new project, we sold our van (RIP Bernie) so it wouldn’t just be collecting dust as well as costing us a bunch, and I think it’s about time to get a new one and put it to good use. Other than that, we don’t like to rest and I wouldn’t count out some new music. We also have a few really exciting/interesting projects going on right now with this music that will be a lot of fun to share with everyone.

Aside from music, do you have any other hobbies or jobs?

We both love hanging out with our dogs, road trips, traveling, camping, going to shows, cooking (you’ll often find us barbecuing on tour instead of eating fast food), getting lost, exploring dangerous places, hanging with loved ones, and having unique new experiences. I love working on cars and has been known to do oil changes in the middle of the parking lot at Walmart on the van at 2 AM as well as surfing. Jon loves to work out and do Yoga and Pilates. But overall, we really like to just have fun and enjoy life and make the most meaningful memories we can! Ultimately, that is what we draw our songs meanings from ☺.

Thank you for your time! Where can our readers keep up with the band?

All of the usual suspects! Twitter/Instagram/YouTube/Facebook (@capitalnorthca). <3

Interview: Kylie Hughes Talks Plans for 2018 and More

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Kylie Hughes took some time to tell us about her plans for 2018, filming a music video, and much more. Check out the interview below.

When people think of the LA music scene, they largely think of Hollywood venues. What is the scene like in other areas of Southern California? Is it a totally different vibe from the beach to downtown to OC and everywhere in between?

I think you bring the vibe with whatever kind of show you present. The crowds can be different but it’s all about capturing people’s attention and being honest on stage. Giving a good show and sharing the music rather than just going through the motions of performing.

How do you prepare for a live show?

A couple days of rehearsal. I was just explaining to someone how if me and the band haven’t played in a while, it usually takes at least one sacrificial Rehearsal to shake the rust off. I usually come home from the first one like, “idk, we sound pretty off… I hope we can pull it together, no one knows their parts…we’re gonna get boo’d off the stage” (very dramatic, I know). Then after the second rehearsal, it’s all smooth sailing and everyone eases into the material and we sound amazing. It’s a vicious cycle haha. And then I like to keep my “day of” before a show pretty light schedule-wise. Maybe get a workout in and be alone for a little bit to conserve energy but also get my nervous wiggles out.

You released your self-titled album last year. What was the inspiration behind those songs?

Two years of livin’! I was inspired sonically by musicians and co-writers in LA and Nashville, so that album has a spectrum of pop to country to folk.

The music video for “Leave It Alone” clearly has some Halloween influence. Is Halloween one of your favorite holidays?

Coincidentally, no. I wasn’t even allowed to celebrate Halloween when I was little so I think I now seize every opportunity to dress up! And maybe be the villain for fun.

Who did you work with for the video?

My fiancé DP’d the video and I directed which was really fun as my first stab at directing. I also enlisted my cousins to help out, too! They did the choreography, helped with the set design. It was a family affair. Gotta pull those favors when you’re indie, but I think it makes the video even more special because it has all those personal touches.

You’ve shared the stage with The Beach Boys and have quite the list of accomplishments. Is there anything you’re aiming towards next?

Radio charting would be really really nice.

What’s your plan for 2018?

2018, I’m still promoting my album but near the end of this year I will begin the next big project. I’m also doing lots of promotional giveaways to bring awareness to a couple songs, mainly sending people free pizzas. You know, the gift that keeps on giving. 🍕 But there should be maybe one more video in between. 🙂

Thank you for your time! Where can our readers keep up with you and your work?

Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook at @misskyliehughes.

Also, check my website for updates.

Interview: Whale Bones

Nathan Kane of Whale Bones recently answered our questions about the music scene in Indianapolis, their music video for “Backyard,” and much more. Check out the full interview below.

Being from Indianapolis, Indiana, what type of music scene did you grow up with?

I didn’t grow up in a music community, really. The majority of my exposure to music, when I was younger, came from my parents. They showed me a lot of grassroots folk, which I think had a strong influence on my songwriting and my choice to take acoustic guitar lessons. I’m also grateful to have grown up in the internet era, because I was exposed to a lot of alternative and emo bands from the early 2000s. I had a few friends in high school who showed me cool bands that I wouldn’t have otherwise learned of, but I never experienced an overarching community of music in Indianapolis.

What led to starting Whale Bones?

I’ve been writing music since I was in high school, but only started taking it seriously in college. Once I moved to a town where I didn’t know anyone, I began spending time writing alone in my room. At the time, it was only meant for my ears, and I used it to focus my energies on something productive and positive. Once I met my friend, Paul, we immediately connected through our mutual love of various bands, and our love of playing music. We started playing on the street in order to make a little money. Over Spring Break one year, we took a road trip to Florida and spent the week relaxing and playing music. I wrote five songs during that week that later developed into being The Seaside EP. It sort of just fell into place, and Whale Bones became the vehicle for those songs to come out.

The Seaside EP was inspired by a trip to Florida. What inspired the band’s upcoming release, Island Fire?

My grandfather built a cabin on a lake in the middle of nowhere, Canada. The closest sign of civilization is a 30 minute drive away. My family goes up there every year to get away from the world and to reset. There’s no electricity, and we use propane in order to light the cabin at night. Paul has been up with my family before, and we had a blast exploring islands and enjoying the solitude. A few of the songs on the new record were written up there.

One summer, we saw smoke on the horizon, and took a boat out to see what was happening. There was an island that had caught on fire due to a campfire that had not been properly doused. The embers slowly ate away at moss in the rock and eventually spread to cover the whole island. There were firefighters that were able to stop the fire. After they had taken care of most of the island, I climbed on to take a few photos, which ended up being the album art for Island Fire.

Who did you work with for the “Backyard” music video?

My friend Joe Etemadi filmed the music video. He approached me about working on a music video together, and after a year of talking, we finally started working on the project. We collaborated on storyboard and executing the shoot. After it was shot, we both worked on editing and coloring the final product.

My friend John agreed to be our character for the video. He once spent time traveling the US and living in the back of his van, so he felt like the perfect person to take the role.

What is your focus leading up to the album release?

Right now I’m focusing on making a new music video, and getting everything else ready for the release. Doing booking, management, and press on your own is tough, but it gives me control over the whole product. I’m trying to set aside time for writing and creating, because that’s what gives me fulfillment.

What are your plans after the release? Are you heading out on tour?

We have a short tour being planned for right before the release, and my intent is to tour the record with some frequency throughout 2018. I plan on doing some solo stripped down tours, and also larger tours with the full band. Traveling is such a fulfilling experience. You get to meet some of the kindest and most interesting people on the road. It’s also great to reconnect with old friends!

Do you have any hobbies outside of the band?

I’m really interested in hand-painted signs and other forms of visual art. While I wouldn’t consider myself a visual artist, I do enjoy making art and discovering other artists. I also like hiking and exploring state parks that are near me. there than that, I like trying different beers with my friends!

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers keep up with the band?

Thank YOU!

You can keep up with what music we’re listening to on our Spotify Playlist.

Interview: Con Etiquette

Con Etiquette

Con Etiquette took some time to answer questions about their latest EP, what comes next for the band, and more. You can check out the interview below and listen to The Company We Keep over at Bandcamp.

When the band first started, what were the expectations?

Consistently write good songs and fun. We lucked out, Antonino had an ep that was released a few months prior to the original lineup. We used that as a platform and sculpted our sound from there.

You released The Company We Keep in December 2017. How was the EP received?

TCWK has been getting overwhelming positive feedback. Excluding ourselves, there have been approximately 8 people who have listened to it, 7 are direct relatives. Some of the responses have been, “cool”, “aight” and “not bad!”.

Who did you work with on the EP?

We worked with Greg Thomas and Chris Yeti at Silver Bullet Studios in Burlington,CT.

You’re playing a show with Fossil Youth in February. How did that opportunity arise?

One part internet and one part luck, we got an email and we’re stoked, that entire bill fucking shreds.  We’re also playing with Have Mercy and Household March 12th at the Webster Underground in Hartford.

What are some of the band’s goals for 2018 now that the EP is out?

Play as many shows as possible.

What’s the favorite show that the band has played so far?

Probably our record release show last December with Such Gold and Wess Meets West. Every band had a ton of energy, and we all thrive off that, it gets us high, with the assistance of marijuana of course.

Do you have any hobbies outside of the band?

Yes! Vin enjoys meatball subs. Antonino paints pictures of cats in outer space. Wes enjoys fantasy basketball leagues. Dan excels at enjoying the San Diego sun while we answer these.

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers keep up with the band?

SoCal Spotlight: Glaare

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Glaare took some time to answer our questions for our SoCal Spotlight. The band released To Deaf And Day in October 2017, which you can check out on Bandcamp. They’ll be playing a show at the Resident on January 17. Grab tickets for the show here and check out the feature below.

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
When the band formed: Late 2012
Members: Rex Elle (live bass/synth), Cameron Carlin (guitars, programming), Brandon Pierce (drums, programming), Rachael Pierce (vocals, merch-maker extraordinaire)

When did you first know you wanted to be in a band?

Sometime between The Downward Spiral and Antichrist Superstar.

How did the current lineup come to be?

Misery loves company.

With all the little pockets of music scenes in SoCal, how do you go about checking out the local scene and finding new bands to listen to or even perform with?

I can’t say that I actively seek out new bands. They seem to appear when they’re supposed to.

What’s your favorite thing about the SoCal scene? What’s one thing you wish you could change about it?

Southern California/Los Angeles is home to a lot of immensely talented people, some of which I get to call friends. This is something I try to remember when I’m on the hate side of my love/hate relationship with this part of the world. That being said, we need more venues and I wish the sun would go out.

There’s no doubt that this is a crowded place. So do you ever find it difficult to build up even just a solid local following? How does the band go about doing that?

We’ve been very lucky to have friends and family that have supported us from day one. A lot of blood and tears were put into this and I don’t think that goes unnoticed. Don’t play a show if you’re not going to try and shake people up a bit.

How do you handle the band’s social media presence? Where can the readers follow you?


Do you have a favorite SoCal spot to play? What makes it your favorite?

Zebulon is a fantastic, newer venue. I was thoroughly impressed with the sound, both onstage and off, and their fine selection of snacks.

What is the band working on right now?

Not losing our minds while preparing for tour and remembering to drink lots of water.

Interview: Mason Summit

Mason Summit
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Mason Summit recently released his new song, “Catch & Release.” He took some time to answer questions about his music, what’s next, and more. Check out the interview below.

When did you first get into music and what made it appeal to you?

It’s difficult to pinpoint when I got into music… I’ve been singing along with stuff in the car for as long as I can remember. I come from a very musical family and music was always around, and then one day when I was about eight I think my dad decided it was time I learned to play guitar.  I started writing soon after.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself outside of music? Do you have any other hobbies?

My main hobby outside of music is camping. My family went camping a lot when I was little, and I got back into it a couple of years ago. I make a point to try and get a few days outside of the city with some friends a few times a year. In fact, I just got back from the Mojave desert today (the 30th)!

Your music video for “Catch & Release” is out now. What went into the making of the video?

That was a blast, by far the most fun I’ve ever had making a video. It was a low-budget affair, except for the fish costume, which cost like $80. My friend Kevin, who directed it, his girlfriend, my girlfriend (who’s in the video) and I just went down to El Matador beach and I flopped around in the sand. Definitely made a lot of people’s Snapchat stories that day. There was also a couple getting engaged while we were filming, so I might have spiced up the proposal a little.

When you were writing and recording Summer Cold, what was your process like?

Home recording has been an important part of my songwriting process ever since I started writing — a song just doesn’t feel finished to me until I have a demo of it. This time around, I started getting really attached to the arrangements and performances in the demos, and decided it would be kind of counterintuitive to try and recreate them in a studio.

With the album coming out so early in the year, what do you have planned after the release?

Good question! I’m not really sure. I’ve been writing a lot, but I’ve been making a conscious choice not to think too hard about arrangements and production, because I want the next record to be a live-in-studio kind of vibe with my band, a lá Neil Young’s “Tonight’s the Night.” And I’ve got a lot of shows coming up.

Do you have any albums that you’re anticipating this year?

I’m producing an EP for my girlfriend and collaborator, Irene Greene, which I’m really excited about. I’m also dying for a new Margaret Glaspy album; I heard her do some new songs at the Troubadour a few months ago and would love to hear them again.

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers follow you?

Thank you! I’m @masonsummit on Facebook, Instagram and Soundcloud, and themasonsummit on Youtube. Also check out my website,, for tour dates, etc.

SoCal Spotlight: Pacific Radio

Pacific Radio is up next on our SoCal Spotlight. Find out all about the band below!

Hometown:  Los Angeles, CA
When the band formed:  2015

Joe Robinson:  Guitar and Lead Vocal
Joe Stiteler:  Bass
Kyle Biane:  Guitar
Hyke Shirinian:  Drums

When did you first know you wanted to be in a band?

JR:  I’ve been in bands since high school but I’ve never been the singer, too much pressure, always the guitarist. One day I wrote some songs, put on galaxy tights and gold chains, and I’m the singer of Pacific Radio…what the f.

JS:  That’s a great question.  I got the itch when a buddy of mine started showing me songs he’d written, then later asked me if I’d play bass for him.  I looked at it as a fun and creative way to hang out with friends.

KB:  I was probably about 12, and an obsession with Nirvana kept growing and growing. Next thing I knew I had convinced my best friend to play bass and we scoured the middle school for anyone with a drum kit. We wrote 4 songs and started looking for gigs. Not to much has changed to this day.

HS:  hmm in a way it was never even a thought for me. I grabbed an instrument the second I could and asked my best friends in 5th grade if they wanted to start a band.

How did the current lineup come to be?

JS:  Me and JR knew each other from past bands.  When we started to play these songs we decided to record a demo, and were introduced to Kyle.  He engineered and produced our first batch of songs and when we decided to play live shows, we asked him if he’d be our guitarist.  Hyke descended upon us from the heavens a few years later.

KB:  I joined up after recording the band’s first demos. My original role was to play all the extra guitar parts we put on the record. It was not long after that group of shows that I became a full member.

With all the little pockets of music scenes in SoCal, how do you go about checking out the local scene and finding new bands to listen to or even perform with?

JR:  There’s always something happening in this damn place. You gotta pull yourself up and see the scene or you’re going to be left in your little box of self importance wondering why nobody comes to your shows. It’s rewarding to support other bands because I know their fighting the same battles.

JS:  It’s tougher than it seems.  We’ve had to scour the local music scene to find bands we wanna share a bill with; venues and bills change from night to night and it’s tough to find a consistent rock night.

KB:  I think it is pretty common that musicians gravitate to each other in cities. LA was that story for me. Having all my friends be musicians exposed me to all sorts of scenes. I also have to give the network most of the credit for me discovering new music here.

HS:  Being in the scene you get to meet a ton of cool players and bands. It just happens organically.

What’s your favorite thing about the SoCal scene? What’s one thing you wish you could change about it?

JR:  Favorite: Neverending stimulation. Change: I know social media numbers are important but I really wish “they” would listen to a damn song before passing judgement.

KB:  I love the amount of talent that is in this scene. In my opinion it is the most talented scene in the world. I do wish that the audiences were slightly more open to exploring musical tastes instead of coming for their one friend’s band and leaving right after.

HS:  My favorite thing is that there’s a ton of music. That’s also my least favorite thing.

JS:  I wish I could give the SoCal scene a hot beef injection of rock & roll.

There’s no doubt that this is a crowded place. So do you ever find it difficult to build up even just a solid local following? How does the band go about doing that?

JR:  So many options, you gotta give em a reason to pick you. Great songs and an exciting show is our angle.

KB:  I don’t have a simple answer. For one, I try to keep posting on social media at a consistent pace. You are totally right, with so many musicians and bands, it can be hard to break through the noise.

How do you handle the band’s social media presence? Where can the readers follow you?

JS:  I gotta shoutout my man Kyle for keeping our social up and running with cool, funny, interesting posts.

KB:  Thanks JS, but I’d say we share the responsibility of coming up with the content and try to keep it fun. Check it out! Insta: @pacificradio Twitter: @PacRadBand Facebook: Pacific Radio Band

Do you have a favorite SoCal spot to play? What makes it your favorite?

JS:  We played a School Night last February at Bardot and it was buck wild.

HS:  I love the Troubadour. Good on stage sound!

KB: Troubador for sure.

What is the band working on right now?

JR:  Pushing this album, shows shows shows, and writing number 2.

JS:  Trying to get my bass to the next level.

KB:  Tour planning and laying out the battle plans for record two!

Interview: Buster Shuffle

Buster Shuffle recently released I’ll Take What I Want. Jet Baker (piano, vocals) took some time to answer a few questions about the album, their latest music video, and more. Check it out below.

With the band being around for a decade now, how do you continue to develop and come up with new ideas for the music?

We write all the time, on the road, in hotels, wherever we can and so that helps keep pushing it forward and keeping it fresh. That helps.

What was the process like when you were working on I’ll Take What I Want?

We took a good while writing it about 2 years off  and on as we were touring so much. The recording part we did fast. We cut the album in two days, vocals we did in a week and we mixed in just two days. We did it all fast so we captured the energy and rawness of the songs.

With a sounds that can’t be defined by one genre, which artists would you say have influenced the band the most?

The Clash, The Specials Ian Dury and the Blockheads are our home influences and also the likes of Little Richard and Fats Domino

Is there anywhere you’d like to tour that you haven’t made your way to just yet?

Yeah. Japan, South America and Australia.

Who do you work with on the music video for “I Don’t Trust A Word You Say”?

A friend of the band who offered to help out. We cut it fast one Sunday morning.

What can we expect to see from the band in 2018?

Lots of touring… we ‘ve just been announced for Punk Rock Bowling 2018 and we cant wait! See you there. Oi!

Thanks for your time. Where can our readers keep up with Buster Shuffle?