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Madeline Spooner (Interview)

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Madeline Spooner is a young songstress who just released her new EP, NAUTILUS, which conjures a swirl of ravishing mood pop within every track. Photog Anna Maria Lopez recently caught up with the singer to shoot some portraits and ask some questions.

You’re a native of the Midwest. How did you come to move to Los Angeles?

“I romanticized living on the West Coast all throughout my high school years. So many great bands that I was influenced by, like The Doors, came out of L.A. and I just knew this was where I needed to be. My parents insisted I go to college and with very little thought or research I set my sights on CalArts and got in. I came out in 2009 to study music and was shell-shocked when I realized The Valley was not the beach and 2009 was not 1969. There are so many redeeming qualities to the city but I do miss thunderstorms and that simple Midwestern lifestyle.”

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How did you choose the title of your new EP NAUTILUS?

“The name chose itself. I saw a spiral shape in a bunched up blanket on my couch in a sort of subconscious flash. I knew it was the title of the EP at the moment I saw it. The nautilus and its divine proportions is the mathematical formula that makes up creation. NAUTILUS revolves around themes of life, death, rebirth and transformation. At the time I was writing it I was having dreams in which I was dying of a terminal illness and was also present with my friend and CalArts music mentor who was dying of cancer. And all of that influenced the music. I also finished the record with the song that I started with before meeting my producer, Ethan Allen, which is titled ‘Into The Womb.’ So it really came full circle, just like a spiral.”

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Was there a catalyst which made you decide to incorporate electronic production into your acoustic songwriting?

“Yes. Absolutely, there was a catalyst. For most of my life I only listened to classic rock and then in my early teens I listened to various female folk-pop artists. When I discovered CocoRosie’s electronic freak folk album Grey Oceans, it turned my world upside down in a good way. I started hearing electronic music in my head before going to sleep at night. It was totally clairaudient because the sounds I was hearing were so visceral. It was as if I was an antenna picking up radio waves from some distant place or time. There is no way I could ever record or notate what I was hearing because it is far too complex. But from then on, I knew I wanted to incorporate more in my music.”

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How did you come to work with your producer Ethan Allen?

“I was working at a coffee shop in Silver Lake called Mornings Nights and Ethan was a customer. A coworker told me he was someone very special that I should know. It turned out to be very true. At that time I was still self-producing and about a year later I sought Ethan’s help. After just one meeting I knew he was the guy to work. NAUTILUS was a true collaboration and co-production. When I brought the songs to him it was as if he had been there from the beginning of the original idea. That’s when you know you’ve got a true collaborator because it feels like you don’t need to verbalize much.”

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What is the overall lyrical theme of this EP?

“There are a lot of deep, heady philosophical ideas but there is a fair amount of playfully facetious and provocative naïvete to the lyrics. Words like ‘let’s make a porn out in the corn’ and ‘I am the whore, lucky you are’ are covertly executed in the way they are sung and snuck into the rhythm of the melodies. They are lyrics that aren’t necessarily the focus of those songs but flavors of the human experience that can’t be ignored. I mean, you can’t have life or death without sex in the mix.”

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You use projections in your live shows. How do you curate the images?

“I have been leaning towards a more modern look with clean lines and shapes where the function of the projections should serve to heighten the experience and enhance a trans-like state. The projections are there to support the experience. I want people to get a feeling like they are lifting off the ground.”

Have you gotten your nautilus tattoo yet?

“Who said I was getting a nautilus tattoo?”

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Saint Motel at Bonnaroo (Interview)

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Saint Motel performed at Bonnaroo this year.

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So photographer Mallory Turner shot some pics while Free Bike Valet asked frontman A/J Jackson some questions.

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You’ve never played Bonnaroo before. What did you expect?

“We expected a good ole time and that’s exactly what we got.”

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What’s your go-to outfit for summer music festivals?

“Heat is definitely a factor. If we were on the outdoor Midwestern winter festival circuit we’d be wearing nothing but triple fat goose down jackets. Bonnaroo is all about the least amount of clothing you can wear.”

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What did you want your audience to take away from your set today?

“Take away some new lifelong friends. A smile. Maybe they met a lover. Maybe they met God. Or maybe they just grabbed the setlist.”

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As a band founded by two former film school students, do you mainly agree or disagree on your favorite movies?

“Mainly agree. Very different tastes though. So when we all agree it must be a damn good movie.”

Any plans to direct more music videos?

“I always have a good time directing for Saint Motel. Not sure what the cards hold for these next couple videos but we know where to find me.”

What can you tell us about your sophomore album?

“We will tell you everything super soon. Couldn’t be more excited!”

And will any of the songs feature more beer bottle percussion?

“We have upgraded to entire six and twelve packs. One song even features multiple kegs which have a steel drum sort of tone.”

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Marian Hill at Bonnaroo (Interview)

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Neo-soul jazzsters Marian Hill performed at Bonnaroo this year.

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So photographer Mallory Turner shot some pics while Free Bike Valet asked some questions.

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You’ve never played Bonnaroo before. What do you expect from the experience?

Samantha: “We expect it to be hot, dusty, and wild. We’ve heard great things about Bonnaroo from artists who’ve performed and people who’ve gone, so we’re super excited to play. It’s also awesome to play at night at these big festivals and we have a perfect set time. So that’s an added bonus.”

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What can we expect from your set?

Samantha: “You’re going to hear a mix of old songs from our Sway EP and new ones from ACT ONE –both released and unreleased. We want the audience to be transported. To forget about everything else and vibe and dance with us. One of the best things about writing music is getting to perform it for people. So we hope they love it.”

Jeremy: “We want them to lose themselves in the music –shoutout Eminem! We want them to see how live electronic music can be.

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What’s the story behind the title of your forthcoming album, ACT ONE, which drops on June 24th?

Jeremy: “The thing this album is, more than anything else, is the beginning of Marian Hill. We pushed ourselves to explore all the facets of our style and in doing so establish the first chapter of our sound. Our name is also derived from when we met doing theater in middle school and there is a theatricality to our songwriting style. This is its first act.”

Its first leaked single, “Mistaken,” features jazz musician Steve Davit who you frequently collaborate with. How did you find him?

Jeremy: “Steve is another friend that dates back to middle school. We’d already incorporated sax into our music but didn’t know how and if we would use it live. It just so happens that Steve is a damn sexy and talented sax fiend so for our first live show we asked if he would play with us. It was pretty clear after the first performance that he would become an integral part of our live show.”

You’re playing a slew of music festivals this summer. Any survival tips?

Samantha: “Always bring a change of clothes. I’ve now lost clothes to rain and dirt. Stay hydrated and take it all in. Not just the music, but the setting and the weather and the rides and the crowd. When it downpours at Governors Ball and water is collecting in your pockets and mascara is stinging your eyes: just lean into it and love it. That and bring a snack. Something candy-ish. I find I crave candy at like 2:00 AM only after shows. Very bizarre.”

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Judah & the Lion at Bonnaroo (Interview)

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Folk-hop rockers Judah & the Lion performed at Bonnaroo this year.

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So photographer Mallory Turner shot some live pics while Free Bike Valet asked drummer Spencer Cross some questions.

You’ve never played Bonnaroo before. What do you expect from the experience?

“Judah [Akers], Nate [Zuercher], and Brian [Macdonald] have all been before as volunteers and attendees and have talked to me nonstop about what an incredible experience it is –the sweat, the mud, the long hours, the new music you discover. It’s such a bonding experience. As a first-timer, I’m stoked to be able to experience both as an attendee: camping and seeing as many shows as possible. And as an artist, playing Bonnaroo is definitely on our band’s bucket list. So it’s incredibly humbling to see this dream come into fruition.”

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As a Nashville-based band, how does it feel to represent Tennessee at Bonnaroo?

“We’re always proud to represent Tennessee wherever we go and Bonnaroo is no exception. Knowing that there’s so many people here that have traveled far and wide to get a taste of Tennessee and hear some music that is influenced by living and growing up here, it’s an honor that we get to represent that to people.”

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What do you want your audience to experience during your set?

“We just want people to let go and have a blast. We feel like this is the perfect place to let loose so get ready to go crazy. We’re playing songs from our new album and older songs as well but all focused around the audience having the best time possible. Be ready for some surprises too!”

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What’s the story behind the title of your new album Folk Hop N’ Roll?

“The four of us have a myriad of influences. We draw inspiration from hip-hop, bluegrass, and punk rock. You name it, we listen to it. So we just didn’t want to hide our influences on this album. We wanted to break down any limitations and barriers we or anyone else had set on our music. We think the title does a good job of explaining this quest.”

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How did you find your producer Dave Cobb?

“We first met Dave when he mixed our Sweet Tennessee EP and then decided to do a whole album with him for our debut Kids These Days. We love the way Dave pushes us and his work flow. It can be challenging but he ultimately pushes to be our best possible self. We wanted to work with him again on FH&R because we knew he would be able to help us achieve the vision we had and we love working with him. He’s a beast.”

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You’ve toured with talented artists such as Mat Kearney and Parachute. What makes a good tourmate?

“Being able to hang well honestly. There’s only a short amount of time you’re actually on stage but there’s 23 other hours in the day so being able to get along with people is key. We’ve been fortunate to tour with not only talented artists but incredible people. People like Mat Kearney and Ben Rector who will take the time to get to know us, take us under their wing, and also attempt to take us on in a game of Spikeball!”

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What can you tell us about your next release?

“We’re in the very, very early stages right now. We have some down time this summer so we’ll spend some time writing and dreaming. I don’t know exactly what the next album holds but I can promise that we won’t ever stop pushing ourselves so we’re excited to see what songs arise as we continue on this journey.”

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POWERS at Bonnaroo (Interview)

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Popster duo POWERS performed at Bonnaroo this year.

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So photographer Mallory Turner shot some pics while Free Bike Valet asked some questions.

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You’ve never been to Bonnaroo before. What do you expect from the experience?

Mike: “Bonnaroo is one of those iconic festivals that we’ve always dreamed about playing. There’s this sense like it’s a reincarnation of Woodstock or at least the spirit of it in some way. We expect it to be hot, dirty, and kinda wild –a beacon of good vibes. What else could you ask for in a festival?”

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What’s your go-to outfit for music festivals?

Crista: “When it’s 90 plus degrees out the only suitable option for me is a bikini and a massive brimmed sun hat. I did however just pick up this glittery Donna Summer-esque kimono that I plan on rocking for the weekend.”

Mike: “I’ve been really into jumpsuits lately and have found them incredibly comfortable to play in. Maybe I’m just living out my childhood Ghostbusters fantasy but there’s something about putting them on that makes me feel like I’m wearing my superhero gear.”

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Do you make a special set list for music festivals?

Crista: “Absolutely! We’ve been finishing up our album in between playing these summer festivals so it’s been great to try out all this new material before it’s released in the fall. There is in fact a special guest collaboration on one of the new tracks and we’re hoping to perform it together in the very near future. Might have to wait till it’s out to tell you who it is or maybe not. We’ll see.”

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What can you tell us about your tour peeps?

Mike: “The two other people we tour with, Sarab and Luke, are like family to us. Luke is our road warrior, tour manager, and front of house wizard. Sarab, our drummer, is one of the most gifted and creative spirits we’ve ever met. We never wanted this band to be a revolving door of faces and energies so when we met them through a mutual friends it felt like the universe had meant it to happen. We adore them.”

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Your music is very energetic and danceable. What’s the secret to get a crowd moving?

Crista: “When the two of us are writing we’re always conscious of how a song is going to feel and translate live. We pay a lot of attention to different tempos and how they make us move. We have to love it before anyone else can. It’s been helpful to try out new material before it gets released to see how a crowd a reacts. There’s no better way to know.”

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You’ve been on tour with talented artists such as X Ambassadors and Seinabo Sey. What makes a good tourmate?

Mike: “A good hang, good vibes, and good music make for a great tour. It’s a lot of work without much sleep traveling around in a van for months so having everyone on the same positive wavelength is key. We’ve known the XA guys for years so it was just an amazing experience to be out with friends and to witness their success happening. We couldn’t be happier for them or more grateful to have been a part of it.”

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What made you decide to release a remix version of your recent EP Legendary?

Crista: “We always feel like a good song can stand on its own without relying on a production to define it. So with the prospect of a remix EP we were so excited at the idea of someone else’s take and perspective on what we had written.”

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How did you recruit the DJs?

Mike: “Some reached out to us and our A&R [representative] Jared at Republic [Records] –who has an amazing understanding of the DJ/remix universe– reached out to some of his favorites. We were fans of Lincoln Jesser and Lenno for a while.”

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You’ve helped write songs for pop stars such as Kylie Minogue and Selena Gomez. Are they fans? They better be!

Crista: “(Laughs) We haven’t asked! But we’d have to assume that some of the artists on our credit list would dig the band if they felt so compelled to sing other songs we’ve written.”

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Your music video for “Hot” is rad and rapturing. What can you tell us about the next one?

Mike: “That is a very secretive question. Can’t give you too much info but we have a lot of ideas in the works and aren’t sure which will come out first. We’re very excited to show people the visual counterparts in our heads that go with all the new music.”

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What can you tell us about your next release?

“We’re wrapping up our debut album that will be released in September and it’s shaping up to be what we believe is the best music we’ve ever made. For the most part it’s been self-produced in our studio in Hollywood but we recently started tracking with Rich Costey at the legendary Sunset Sound to finish it. It’s full of color and life. We couldn’t be more excited about it.”

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Cardiknox at Bonnaroo (Interview)

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Popster duo Cardiknox performed at Bonnaroo this year.

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So photographer Mallory Turner shot some pics while Free Bike Valet asked some questions.

You’ve never played Bonnaroo before. What do you expect from the experience?

Lonnie: “We’re incredibly excited to be here. Neither of us have been before and it has such an awesome history and is really known for being focused on the music rather than the “scene.” We’ve been told the people and audiences are amazing so we’re really excited to feel it in action.”

Do you make a special set list for music festivals?

Lonnie: “We switched up our normal set list for tonight based on the time we’ll hit the stage. We play at 12:30 AM so we figure anyone that’s out and about is looking to dance and party. We’ve frontloaded the set with some uptempo songs and we’ll also be playing two songs never before heard at a festival: ‘What Do I Do Now’ and ‘Supermodel.'”

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What can you tell us about your touring band?

Lonnie: “We have the pleasure of playing with two other great guys: Greg Garman on drums and Chris Castellino on keys. We’ve been playing with Chris since our first show in NYC and added Greg to the mix about a year ago. We met both through friends in the industry and love having them on board. We also travel with a kickass sound guy, John Troxell, who is the sweetest dude and best FOH in town.”

You’ve been on tour with amazing artists such as Betty Who, The Knocks, and Carly Rae Jepsen. What makes a good tourmate?

Lonnie: “Being nice and kind! Having good energy and fun people around is what makes touring so special. We’ve been really lucky to tour with lovely people and by the end of tour it always feels like a daily party with one big quirky family.”

Tomorrow, you go on the road with Phoebe Ryan, FRANKIE, and Secret Weapons for the Boyz n Poizn Tour. What can we expect?

Lonnie: “You can expect a killer dance party! We’re big fans of Phoebe’s music and when her management reached out about touring together, we were stoked! FRANKIE and Secret Weapons share the same management company as us so it was a natural fit to have them on board too. [The tour’s slogan] ‘Make America Dance Again’ is a play on Trump’s ridiculous campaign slogan. Who knows, maybe he’ll come out to a show. It should be an awesome tour. We can’t wait to get back on the road again.”

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You recently moved from NY to LA. What prompted the move?

Lonnie: “In terms of logistics for us, LA is really where most of our ‘work’ is. Our entire team is based in LA: management, label, publishing, booking, etcetera so it’s amazing to have face time with everyone regularly. It’s also where our producer is based and we recorded the entire album with him at Henson Recording Studios. As much as we hated leaving NYC –we’re actually still heartbroken about it– LA is a great home for us right now.”

What will you miss the most back home while on tour?

Lonnie: “My French bulldog Sumo.”

Thomas: “Playing soccer ever week. I’m on a team and I live for our weekly games.”

What’s the story behind the title of your debut album Portrait?

Lonnie: “We wrote songs that really paint a picture of who we are. These are our stories and our experiences so Portrait felt very appropriate. When we recruited Tristan Eaton to create the cover art –which is a portrait of Lonnie– the title felt even that much more perfect.”

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The album art is stellar. How did you recruit the artist Tristan Eaton?

Lonnie: “Thank you! We were both huge fans of Tristan for quite some time and would take breaks during the recording process to geek out on street art with our producer John Shanks. We introduced John to Tristan’s work –John’s quite an art collector– and the idea of having him paint our cover came about. It felt like a pipe dream but all of a sudden a couple phone calls were made and Tristan was in the studio with us listening to songs, hanging out, and totally on board to create our cover art. We totally flipped out.”

How did you find your producer John Shanks?

Lonnie: “Similarly, we’ve both been fans of John’s work forever –as is most of America, whether they know him by name or not (laughs)– and we got set up by our respective publishers to do a writing session. Two days turned into six months and he produced the entire album in addition to becoming a dear, dear friend.”

Your music videos are very creative and fun. What can you tell us about the next one?

Lonnie: “Thank you! We actually just shot the video a few days ago for ‘Wild Child’ and it was a fucking whirlwind. David Kalani directed and we shot in a large studio space at YouTube LA. Without giving it away, the video is about the making of music videos; four of them in one to be specific. It was a real labor of love and we’re so excited to see it and share it!”

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Jarryd James at Bonnaroo (Interview)

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Neo-soulster Jarryd James performed at Bonnaroo this year.

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So photographer Mallory Turner shot some pics while Free Bike Valet asked some questions.

You’ve never been to Bonnaroo before. What do you expect from the experience?

“Well, I’ve never been before. But all my friends who are in bands who have played it say that it’s one of the best in the world and that the vibe is really great.”

How do music festivals differ in the US versus your homeland of Australia?

“I actually can’t tell you that yet because this will be my first time playing a festival in the US –something that I’m very much looking forward to.”

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You’ve been on tour with Meg Myers and will soon join Broods again for their Conscious tour. What makes a good tourmate?

“The best people to tour with are the ones who understand the concept of personal space while at the same time being down for a drink and a hang after a show. I know that sounds painfully obvious but you’d be surprised.”

What can you tell us about your touring band?

“Okay. So on drums I have Benny Barter. He’s from New Zealand but now lives in LA. He [also] plays for Lorde. If you like David Brent from The Office, then you’ll love Benny. On keys I have Ray Suen. He’s from San Diego but is also living in LA. He’s one of the most talented musicians I know. I believe he’s currently [also] playing for Childish Gambino and Passion Pit and has previously played for bands like The Killers and was in a band called Mariachi El Bronx. He looks fantastic in a mariachi suit. And then on bass/synth I have Aaron Folb. He is actually helping me out big time as my previous bass player had to bow out. He also plays for Passion Pit and Ray asked him if he’d be keen to have a jam. He picked my stuff up so fast. It’s amazing. Sorry Passion Pit! I’m not tryna steal your people.”

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What will you miss the most back home in Brisbane while on tour in the US this summer?

“The same things that I always miss when I’m away: my own bed, driving on the left hand side of the road, and meat pies.”

What’s the story behind the title of your debut album Thirty One?

“My dad died when he was 31 and I turned 31 last year. The same year I put out the album. He was a musician.”

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How did you come to collaborate with producer Joel Little?

“I had been randomly asked to perform an interpretation of my mate Matt Corby’s ‘Resolution’ at the APRA awards in 2014. They are the publisher/songwriter awards in Australia. Joel and his manager Ashley Page were in attendance and they both just came up to me after the night was done and said that they were really keen to work with me. From there it was a pretty natural progression really.”

What else can you share about your upcoming album release?

“I’ve just kept writing over the last six to eight months since the album came out in Australia, so there’s gonna be some new additions for the US release that I’m really excited about. I worked with some really cool people.”

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Lael Neale at Bonnaroo (Interview)

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The majestic folkster Lael Neale performed at Bonnaroo this year.

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So photographer Mallory Turner shot some pics while Free Bike Valet asked some questions.

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You’ve never played Bonnaroo before. What do you expect from the experience?

“I went as a guest once in 2012 which was overwhelmingly fun. I feel exhilarated and bewildered and grateful to get to actually play it this time around.”

What’s your go-to outfit for music festivals?

“A light, bright mini-dress. I never wear them otherwise, but they take up no space to pack and make for an easy, cool outfit.”

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What do you want your audience to experience during your set at Bonnaroo?

“The experience I seek when I go hear someone perform is resonance; that small bell that rings in your chest when you hear something true. Something that you have felt but never put into words or sound. For the audience to connect in that way, that is the best I could hope for.”

How did you choose the title for your latest album I’ll Be Your Man?

“It sounds good. It feels good to say. It is standing behind Leonard Cohen, but never touching.”

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How did you find its producer Marlon Rabenreither?

“His band was playing at a bar a few years ago and I heard his voice cutting through the loud, obnoxious crowd. I got tunnel vision. I knew I had to know him. We connected on many levels. Music being a huge part of that. It is special and rare to record with someone with whom you share a mutual respect and understanding.”

Your sound is often melancholic yet simultaneously beautiful. Can you explain how your songwriting is able to capture this dichotomy?

“I don’t think there is a dichotomy between beauty and melancholy. They are perfectly linked. Beauty is often fleeting and there is a pang of sadness even at the moment that we see or hear something beautiful because we know it won’t last. More than anything else, my songs are trying to cope with this knowledge that nothing I am or have will stay. The best I can do is to celebrate and mourn simultaneously.”

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What can you tell us about your next release?

“Maybe we should ask a magic 8 ball.”

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Doe Paoro at Bonnaroo (Interview)

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The ravishing songstress Doe Paoro performed at Bonnaroo this year.

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So photographer Mallory Turner shot some pics while Free Bike Valet asked some questions.

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You’ve never played Bonnaroo before. What do you expect from the experience?

“I went to the festival 12 years ago when I was 19 so it’s a trip to be back performing. Last time I was here I saw James Brown and I remember one of his backup dancers had a sling on her arm but was still slaying all her moves. It’s great to be here. All these memories are coming back.”

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What’s your go-to clothing item for music festivals?

“Bathing suit top cause you just never know.”

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What do you want your audience to take away from your set?

I love performing outside and I don’t get to do that so often but I feel like that’s where I’m most inspired and that’s where the music seems most at home: in nature. I hope people hearing me for the first time will experience that resonance and I’m also excited to play a new song we are premiering in two weeks: ‘Voice.'”

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What’s the story behind the title of your new album After?

“The record is a meditation on time. It’s about the experience of knowing something is over but remaining in a limbo state waiting for the next door to open.”

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How did you recruit its producers Sean Carey and BJ Burton?

“I had collaborated with Justin Vernon [of Bon Iver] on my song ‘The Wind.’ Through that experience, I met other people he worked with and one thing led to another and we decided to make the record in Wisconsin at his studio with S. Carey and BJ producing. They are both so talented and such great people. It was a dream.”

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What was it like to record in Justin Vernon’s studio?

“Like summer camp for musicians. We all slept in bunk beds and worked all day in this great space and would hang outside when we needed breaks. The studio used to be a veterinary clinic and I had some crazy dreams there about animals.”

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The album is chock full with collaborators such as Adam Rhodes, Supreme Cuts, Max Hershenow, and Peter Morén. What’s the secret to recruiting superb talent?

“I’ve had a lot of luck! I made the record before it was ever signed to a label so I had a role in reaching out to most of those people. I think the key is never to wait for anyone to set things up for you and to make it happen on your own. If you make something you wholeheartedly believe in, that will resonate and other people being open to collaboration will happen naturally.”

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Sympathetic Frequencies (Interview)

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Sympathetic Frequencies has evolved into a solid, melodic indie rock act via sharp pedal effects, thick driving rhythms, and a very passionate edge. We believe they’re on the rise and wanted to know more about the band so we interviewed frontman Trevor O’Neill while photographer Mallory Turner shot some portraits.

Is there a story behind your moniker?

“Our name comes from the harmonic phenomenon known as sympathetic resonance where the vibrations of one object cause another object to vibrate. You’ve probably seen this happen when your stereo is cranked and something in the room starts to vibrate with certain tones. I always feel like I’m doing a Bill Nye impression when I talk about this. I came across this concept years ago when I was super into jazz and it always felt kind of magical to me. I love the idea of putting a sound out in the world and letting it resonate with everything that it comes in contact with. Plus it fit my habit of giving my bands unnecessarily long names.”

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You worked on your forthcoming sophomore EP with producer Eric Palmquist. How did you recruit him?

“We met Eric through a label that we worked with briefly. They brought him out to a show we played at The Satellite last year and he liked what we were doing. We had a couple of meetings and decided to work together and we are all so glad we did. Eric really dove in with us and helped us tear apart our tunes to get to the core of what we wanted to be as a band. His studio has an incredible vibe. It’s the kind of place where the outside world just falls away and you can really focus on the music. It can be hard to find that when you’re recording in your home town with all the distractions of real life. He’s just amazing all around and we are hoping to be back in his studio very soon.”

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How do you think your sound has evolved?

“This band has changed a ton since we first got together. It began as my solo project at a time when I was pretty unsure of what exactly I wanted to do. I was experimenting with a lot of electronic elements, trying to figure out where my main instrument fit in with the music I was making, and learning to sing on the fly at that point. We went through quite a few band members in the early days but once our lineup solidified we were really able to hone what we were doing. We spent a lot of time just playing together, the four of us, in a room trying things and taking risks. A lot of things we tried didn’t work but the things that did helped us reach a really clear vision of what our music is. That process also just helped us get to know each other’s playing and figure out how our parts can work together to best serve the song. Overall we feel so much more focused now and it has really lifted our writing to a new level that we are all super excited about.”

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What can we expect from you next?

“We are booking some local dates in the next couple months to try out some of the new tunes on stage before we record them. The new EP will be out this summer. We are also in pre-production right now for a video for our most recent single “Wake Up.” We made our first video, “Wasteland,” ourselves with the help of some super talented friends. We loved the process so much so we’ve decided to make this one too. It’s looking super cool so far so keep an eye out for it.”

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