i currently live in baltimore, maryland but
grew up in dallas, texas and spend part
of the year there.
instruments you use:
baritone ukulele, dulcimer, a variety of
casiotones, a microkorg, LSDJ, cynthcart,
style of music:
i started writing songs when i was about 12 and started working with electronics when i was 14. i was in a few bands that ended and finally settled as 'talk to animals' right before i turned 17, in 2007. i've released two splits- one with tiger islands (formerly destroy it) and one with unicorn kid, and i've played shows in tons of places with a ton of great people such as bark bark bark, nullsleep, unicorn kid, and covox.
what's your message?
i guess i just write about my life and the people i know and things that are important to me or things that inspire me, and ultimately i guess i want to write music people can relate to when they are sad or melancholy or happy or whatever. if my music helps someone when they are sad or brightens someone's day, that's really all i can ask for.
do you play shows and how do they look like?
i play a lot of shows and they're usually me screaming into a microphone in a crowd of weird art kids. sometimes i'm on stage pretending to do something interesting, though.
what was the craziest show you've ever played ?
probably the show i played with nullsleep and covox. it was in baltimore, so it was automatically pretty crazy but add alcohol and the crowd was really wild.
what was the worst and why?
when only my roommates showed up and no one stood up to watch me was pretty awful.
what are your future plans?
i'm releasing a five song EP really soon, and i'd really love to find a good label and tour with some great people.
are you going for the big deal or are you more the d.i.y. type?
i think a little of both would be really interesting. there's a big soft spot in my heart for d.i.y. and the underground scene. i think that as an artist, if you're never a part of it, you miss out on a lot of things. but, i would really like to play bigger shows and release a proper album.
your 3 favorite bands:
i can't name just three! some of my favourites are bright eyes, now,now every children, lemuria, carissa's wierd, tender forever, and cursive.
your 3 favorite colors:
light gray, mint green, and lavendar, but not necessarily together
your 3 favorite dishes:
whatever i can find in my kitchen, mostly!
your 3 favorite movies:
hook, the secret garden, kids
your 3 favorite records:
at the moment:
* "rearrange beds" by an horse,
* "i before e" by carissa's wierd, and
* "the noise made by the people" by broadcast
your 3 favorite venues:
* the hexagon in baltimore,
* 1919 hemphill in fort worth, texas, and
electric circus in edinburgh was insanely nice
your 3 favorite hobbies:
most of my time is taken up with art school, but whenever i'm not doing that, i'm either working on music, napping, or petting cats.
your 3 favorite animals:
anything majestic and cheesy, like wild mustangs or bald eagles. the type you would find on bad t-shirts. i really like foxes, especially arctic foxes, and cats.
3 things you totally need:
i like surrounding myself with good people, like my friends and my family, especially when they have bad taste in good things. i also need lots of coffee because i never sleep much. i also find long car rides or trips to new places to be really refreshing.
i really wish that everybody could be friendly to one another, and that no one was rude for no reason. i also wish i could just do nothing but travel and meet new people and experience new places.
what do you fight?
i think the things i'm most against nowadays are just generally mean or inconsiderate people. i hate impoliteness!
what's your best song eva and why?:
i wouldn't say i have a best song, but 'wolves' is really intriguing to me. i think that song opened a lot of different things for me, and i was able to go to a lot of different directions because of it. also, people seem to like it! so that's always a good thing.
mp3 (tell something about the song):
i guess this song is about losing someone that you really care about, whether that's because of death or just drifting apart.