[SXSW INTERVIEW] SPEAK fill us in on SXSW wisdom & their hometown of Austin

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Austin’s very own SPEAK came by the RV and welcomed us to town with some tips on SXSW, stylin Texas-style, and what they have coming up soon.

We partnered with the awesome local clothing company California Limited on an adventure to Austin, Texas for the 2014 SXSW music festival. The Burning Ear spent the week having breakfast with some of our favorite bands. We discussed music, touring, SXSW, California, and most importantly, we ate breakfast tacos.

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[SXSW INTERVIEW] Strange Talk & The Griswolds tried to annex my RV for Australia

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Please forgive the guys in Strange Talk and The Griswolds for being awesome. Its probably not their fault. Gotta be something to with the ozone or something down under. Luckily for us I got to cram all 9 members of both bands into the RV at SXSW for a bit of political debate and a few gardening tips.

Strange Talk’s awesome album Cast Away is out on April 29th.

We partnered with the awesome local clothing company California Limited on an adventure to Austin, Texas for the 2014 SXSW music festival. The Burning Ear spent the week having breakfast with some of our favorite bands. We discussed music, touring, SXSW, California, and most importantly, we ate breakfast tacos.

Subscribe to The Burning Ear YouTube page for interviews with RACJoywaveBasecampStrange TalkHunter HuntedThe GriswoldsGemini ClubWild CubGoldroom, & Speak.

[INTERVIEW] Pomepya talk about SXSW, Compliments, Satellite radio, and make an awesome picture for TBE!

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Get to know my favorite Russian tropical indie band Pompeya before they play The Spare Room tonight with Beginners! Its their last show in LA so we are going to celebrate their tour, SXSW, and most importantly the awesome piece of art they made for me…

TBE: Where are you right now? Paint us a visual picture!
(They painted a literal picture! Awesome!)

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Pompeya: LA is busy. There is a lot of commotion, it’s very bright. But it is also inspiring, and we enjoy working here. Unless we are stuck in traffic. Well actually, traffic is fine because there is KCRW.


How would you describe your music to my grandma?
Melodramatic popular music.

How was your recent experience at SXSW?
There definitely was a lot to learn from this experience. The shows are very quick, no time for sound check, and the venues were not that nice all the time. A lot of stress, but also a lot of opportunity. For the first time – we feel good!

What is the best AND worst compliment your music has received?
The best is when people from unexpected demographics love our music. Something like “My daugheter is only 4 years old, and her favorite bands are Depeche Mode and Pompeya” or “My parents like Pompeya, and usually hate everything I listen to.” The worst compliment? Probably when people try to put inappropriate tags like “chill wave” with our music. These are very specific and we feel our music is of much broader influences and tastes than just one sub-genre that was popular for two years.


What is your proudest moment as a band so far?
It is still being here as the band — making a band, being in a band. Every step we reach, every new height, every new adventure, reminds us why we do this.

What is your next big dream or milestone as a band?
There are no dreams, only plans!

What is your dream collaboration?
We would like to collaborate with Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music.

What other bands are you guys listening too in the tour bus/van/boat right now?
We’re listening to the radio! On the road from Phoenix to LA we found a really nice station on Sirius XM – 1st Wave. They play cool 80’s like Duran Duran, Roxy Music, etc. This is our favorite type of music.

What is your favorite food/snack when touring?
Thai and steaks here in U.S. We are really miss the Russian food! We miss borsch!

What can we expect from your upcoming EP?
You can expect 4 new songs! Well, actually 3 (“Satellite” you’ve heard already). Generally, the sound is fresh, but still the Pompeya the fans know. It’s a nice introduction of what to expect from the LP, too.

Twitter Interview with Caught A Ghost

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I’ve been in love with Caught A Ghost’s “secular gospel music” since I first heard it back in 2011. Then I laid eyes & ears on their amazing live set during their LA residency and I knew they were going places. Its been a long wait  but their debut album Human Nature is finally out and the world is a better place because of it. I caught up with Jesse and Tessa yesterday on Twitter and talked about our mutual home base of LA, collaborators, and staying healthy on tour.

Buy Human Nature here.

[SXSW INTERVIEW] Wild Cub talk SXSW strategy, remixes, and… aand… achoo!

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I sat down with the guys in Wild Cub during SXSW to talk about the value of free food at SXSW, the short attention span of music fans, and the value of the remix (something Wild Cub has always used well).

We partnered with the awesome local clothing company California Limited on an adventure to Austin, Texas for the 2014 SXSW music festival. The Burning Ear spent the week having breakfast with some of our favorite bands. We discussed music, touring, SXSW, California, and most importantly, we ate breakfast tacos.

Subscribe to The Burning Ear YouTube page for interviews with RACJoywaveBasecampStrange TalkHunter HuntedThe GriswoldsGemini ClubWild CubGoldroom, & Speak.

[SXSW INTERVIEW] BASECAMP talk Nashville, hats, and what it means to be an elusive snow leopard…

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We sat down with the guys in BASECAMP during SXSW to talk about their home base of Nashville, hats, and the best compliment their music has ever received.

We partnered with the awesome local clothing company California Limited on an adventure to Austin, Texas for the 2014 SXSW music festival. The Burning Ear spent the week having breakfast with some of our favorite bands. We discussed music, touring, SXSW, California, and most importantly, we ate breakfast tacos.

Subscribe to The Burning Ear YouTube page for interviews with RACJoywaveBasecampStrange TalkHunter HuntedThe GriswoldsGemini ClubWild CubGoldroom, & Speak.

[SXSW INTERVIEW] RAC & Joywave talk collaborations, touring, and the art of the remix

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RAC is one of my all time favorite remixers who is finally coming into his own with a solid set of original jams. Joywave is one of my all time favorite bands who evolve in fantastic ways with each release. Needless to say, sitting down with both artists was a big honor. We talked about touring, remixing, and how all of them ended up collaborating recently.

We partnered with the awesome local clothing company California Limited on an adventure to Austin, Texas for the 2014 SXSW music festival. The Burning Ear spent the week having breakfast with some of our favorite bands. We discussed music, touring, SXSW, California, and most importantly, we ate breakfast tacos.

Subscribe to The Burning Ear YouTube page for interviews with RACJoywaveBasecampStrange TalkHunter HuntedThe GriswoldsGemini ClubWild CubGoldroom, & Speak.

[SXSW INTERVIEW] Hunter Hunted on band roles, touring,

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Hunter Hunted have fought a long and winding road to their current position as rising stars of feel-good indie pop. We let them rest their road-weary behind in the RV and got some stories from the road as well as dirt on who is the “tour dad” and who writes their infamous Instagram captions…

We partnered with the awesome local clothing company California Limited on an adventure to Austin, Texas for the 2014 SXSW music festival. The Burning Ear spent the week having breakfast with some of our favorite bands. We discussed music, touring, SXSW, California, and most importantly, we ate breakfast tacos.

Subscribe to The Burning Ear YouTube page for interviews with RACJoywaveBasecampStrange TalkHunter HuntedThe GriswoldsGemini ClubWild CubGoldroom, & Speak.

[SXSW INTERVIEW] Goldroom on collaboration, friendship, and growing up on a boat

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Besides being one of the best sources of excellent music in recent years, Goldroom pretty much perfectly embodies the California Limited spirit of living our dreams under the sun. We hung out for Breakfast tacos on the Saturday morning of SXSW (ouch) and talked about his time spent on a boat as a kid, the move from the East Coast to his new home in Los Angeles, and making music with his friends.

We partnered with the awesome local clothing company California Limited on an adventure to Austin, Texas for the 2014 SXSW music festival. The Burning Ear spent the week having breakfast with some of our favorite bands. We discussed music, touring, SXSW, California, and most importantly, we ate breakfast tacos.

Subscribe to The Burning Ear YouTube page for interviews with RACJoywaveBasecampStrange TalkHunter HuntedThe GriswoldsGemini ClubWild CubGoldroom, & Speak.