Psychedelic surf rockers L.A. WITCH will perform at the 4th annual Desert Daze on May 2nd…
…so Free Bike Valet and MINIVAN Photography recently visited the band to shoot some pics and ask some questions about the upcoming music fest as they recorded a new single with producer Joel Jerome.
What can you tell us about this studio?
Ellie English (drums): “The studio is called Abbey Road West. We met Joel [Jerome] through Lucy [Miyaki] from Tashaki Miyaki. They recorded our first EP with our original drummer. This is our third recording session with Joel for our first full-length cassette which is coming out this year. Joel is a talented musician, producer, and engineer. He records a lot of rad L.A. bands.”
You performed at last year’s Desert Daze. How was that?
Ellie: “We were really excited.”
Irita Pai (bass): “We’d never been a part of any Moon Block Party event so when Phil [Pirrone] invited us to play we were super stoked. We played really early in the day. It was super hot but the sound was amazing and there was a great crowd there.”
Sade Sanchez (guitar, vocals): “We got the chance to play with bands we grew up listening to which was cool.”
Joel Jerome, Ellie English, Irita Pai
Joel Jerome, Sade Sanchez, Ellie English, Irita Pai
To you, what has Desert Daze grown to become?
Sade: “It’s inspiring to see a small group of people with not a lot of funds create and put together a festival of that scale. And bringing bigger bands and smaller bands together on the same stage.”
Ellie: “People get introduced to new music and get to see really big bands they’ve listened to before.”
How do you feel about playing again this year?
Sade: “We’re excited to be a part of it again. It’s gonna be a cool way to kick off our May tour.”
Ellie: “I’m looking forward to playing again this year. Camping and hanging out with friends is a lot of fun too.”
Irita: “It’s always a good time.”
Sade Sanchez, Ellie English
How are you preparing yourself?
Ellie: “Last year we packed my ’95 Honda Odyssey with six people, camping gear, band equipment, and overnight bags. This year we upgraded to a bigger van and we finally have t-shirts!”
Sade: “They were designed by our friend Clay Cavender who we met at one of our shows.”
Sade Sanchez, Irita Pai
What can we expect from your set on May 2nd?