Chloe Perrier and The French Heart Jazz Band // Interview

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CHLOE PERRIER AND THE FRENCH HEART JAZZ BAND // INTERVIEW

INTERVIEW BY: Emily May

French-born and NY-based jazz singer Chloe Perrier has been making her mark on the NY jazz scene. Perrier started acting, singing and playing the violin at a young age and after years of acting, she decided to make music and singing her priority. She attended the Bill Evans Piano Academy in Paris for 3 years, studying under Sara Lazarus for vocals and Joe Mackholm for piano and composing and began writing and composing her first songs while attending the academy. Having always dreamt of NYC, Perrier moved to there about 6 years ago and has adapted to life in NYC, relishing in the wonderful and culturally diverse jazz scene within the city. These days, she performs at various spots in both Paris and NYC as a duo, trio and quartet with her French Jazz band, performing a variety of styles including great jazz standards, bossa nova, French songs and her own compositions. Perrier released her first album, Coeur de Francaise (heart of a French Girl) in 2012, which was a mix of famous French songs and original compositions. She is currently working on releasing her second album with her new band, French Heart Jazz Band. The new album will consist of French chansons and American jazz standards from the ‘20s to the ‘40s. Although Perrier is currently focusing on music, she does plan at some point to return to acting. She currently has a residency at one of her favorite jazz clubs in NYC, Club Bonafide, at which she plays Fridays and some Sundays. You can stay up-to-date with Perrier and all of her upcoming music and tour dates, as well as stream and purchase her music, via the following links. You can check out a video of the band performing below.

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You started acting, singing and playing the violin at a young age. Was music always a part of your life growing up? What led to your love for and focus on jazz music? What led you to decide to focus on making singing your priority?

Music was always a part of my life.

When I grew up we had a record player and I was listening to the same albums over and over again, until I eventually got my own CD player. Jazz came later on for me. The first concert I performed was a compilation of songs from my favorite movies. It is not common in France to start a music career as an actress, but for me that was very natural. A few years later, I was singing more and more jazz, and I decided to go back to school to learn more about it. I chose the Bill Evans Academy Jazz school, and followed singing classes with the great Sarah Lazarus, and composition with Joe Makholm. This is where I composed my first song « Si » which is on my first album « Cœur de Francaise ». And my Jazz life began...

When I moved to New York five years ago without speaking almost any English, it was common sense to focus on the singing first. When I sing nobody complains about my accent, it’s quite the opposite! ;)

You studied at the Bill Evans Piano Academy in Paris and while there, you started writing and composing your first songs. What is your process for writing and composing music? What inspires your lyrics when writing your original compositions and how often do you write your own material?

I don’t really have one process. Sometimes a song pops up in my head when I wake up, sometimes while walking on the street, sometimes when I decide to focus on finding something. Usually the melody comes first and then I sing and record it on my phone so that I don’t forget it. Then I write down the melody and look for chords to go with it on my keyboard.

Then the teamwork begins, I ask a musician friend to play it, to see if the chords works with the melody, and I’ll try it on stage with my band.

And for the lyrics too, it comes directly from my life. What I feel, live and see around me.

To be honest, I don’t write enough yet. I wish I had more time to do it. For now it’s on and off... taking advantage when it comes. But my plan is to create more time for this in my crazy schedule.

You perform these days as a duet, trio, quartet and sextet in clubs around NY and Paris. What do you enjoy about performing with different line-up configurations? What do see as some differences between performing in Paris versus the US? How are the jazz scenes and audiences different?

Duets and trio‘s are more intimate, which perfectly suits my first band « Cœur de Francaise ».

Quartet and higher are more festive and are appropriate for my new band « French Heart Jazz Band » which encourages more people to dance.

Personally I love both, I just don’t sing exactly the same way depending on how many musicians I have. I adapt my singing to the band I’m playing with.

I’m dreaming of playing with a big band some day. I sat in with Vince Giordano big bands a few times and it was amazing!

You have relocated from Paris to NY and currently reside in Brooklyn, deciding to make the move to NY almost 6 years ago to follow your dream. What was it about NY that lured you there as opposed to a different place? What do you love about the NY jazz scene and who are some of your favorite jazz musicians in NY right now?

I always dreamt about NYC. As an actress, I always had the wish to be part of the Actors Studio, and NYC was featured in most of my favorites movies. Also, I don’t know why, but I feel home here. I feel that I can be 100% myself. Music is everywhere, and when I went to my first Jazz Club and began to discover the Jazz scene here, I became convinced that I had to make it my home. I love the fact that musicians come from all around the world. Each one of us brings his/her own culture to the music, it’s a unique mix. And I love that you can find any kind of Jazz.

The list of my favorite musicians here can be long. All the musicians I am playing with are amazing, I also love to listen to Marianne Solivan, Camila Meza, Vince Giordano, Tatiana Eva-Marie, Jon Batiste, Saul Zebulon Rubin, and a lot of others!

How did you meet and come to perform with your dream team- Aki Ishiguro (guitar), Jim Robertson (Bass) and Rodrigo Recabarren (drums)? You have since formed The French Heart Jazz Band with them! What can you tell me about the band?

I met Aki first when I was doing a documentary about artists in NY a few years before I moved here. After I moved I was looking for a guitar player and a friend advised me to call Aki. I realized that I knew him already and how great he was! Aki introduced me to Rodrigo and Jim afterwards.

The band is like a family. I really consider those guys as my brothers from another mother. We know each other so well that I don’t really need to direct them as a band leader. They totally understand my universe and got my back at any time. Our complicity is part of the music and I love that. For my new album, I added to the band Jon Hunt on clarinet and Caroline Bugala on violin (who recorded her part in France and sent it to us). They are two wonderful musicians and human beings as well and are a perfect addition to the band. I love playing with them and it was wonderful to be able to record an album with them.

You are currently working on your second album and started indiegogo and crowd funding pages to help fund the record. What was the response like? Did you meet your goal?

It was amazing: 154 people participated and between the Indiegogo and direct support we did reach the goal. It feels great to be supported like this.

Your second album will be made with your new band, The French Heart Jazz Band, and will feature a mix of French chansons and American jazz standards from the '20s to the '40s with continental flair. Your first album, Coeur de Francaise, was a mix of famous French songs and your own compositions arranged with a jazz rhythm. What led you to change your focus for the second album?

It’s a different band. I love both of them, and I am still playing with the two bands. I do plan recording an album with my « Cœur de Francaise » too when I will have more original scores. But right now I decide to focus on « French Heart Jazz Band » who also received great success in Jazz Clubs.

What are your thoughts on the status of jazz today? It attracted a younger crowd in recent years. Do you feel that has helped to transform the genre, in a sense, in helping to make it a bit more mainstream?

Jazz used to be popular music and I am glad that a part of the Jazz scene returns to those roots. I don’t like the idea of Jazz being exclusively an elite. I like to play songs that everybody can understand. Even people who don’t have a Jazz background, because music is music… I don’t believe you have to understand what’s going on to appreciate it. It has to be instinctive for me. Natural. And I am happy that a younger crowd comes to it. But I also think that it is good to keep different styles of Jazz, because everyone is different and diversity is good.

What would you consider to be your favorite era(s) of jazz? Do you like to include a wide array of jazz sounds and influences into your compositions, recordings and performances or do you prefer certain eras of jazz over others?

I have a slight preference for Jazz between the 20’s and 50’s but I do love a lot current Jazz too. For my <<Coeur de Francaise>> band I like to mix different eras and different styles (French chansons, Bossa Nova, compositions). For my « French Heart Jazz Band » I focus more on 20’s to 40’s with some 50’s in it as it is a vintage band, but I like diversity, we are not a traditional hot jazz band.

You have done acting in the past, as well. What have some of your favorite acting experiences been? Do you have any plans to do more acting in the future or has music taken center stage for you lately?

I believe my two favorite acting experiences were two plays, which it is strange because I like the camera a bit better ;). My first play (when I was 13 years old at the Festival D’Avignon) was a dream for a kid. I was the only kid and we were playing at midnight and I discovered the “saltinbanque” life style and I loved it! The other play was an amazing experience with director and actor Jacques Bonnaffé named “Display”. I love his universe and he is a amazing director. He pushes you to your optimum potential and I love it!

For now I focus on my music, but I will come back to acting. It was my first love... And actually... I do have a small part in which I also sing in the movie of a French director I love, but I’ll tell you more about it soon...

You currently have a residency at one of your favorite jazz clubs in NY, Club Bonafide. How did the residency come about and what makes this particular club so special to you? Do you have any other residencies in NY at the moment? What are some of your other favorite places to play in NY?

I began to play at Club Bonafide since almost the opening of it. The sound is amazing there which is one of the reasons I love to play there. Since the beginning they always believed in me. And seeing that the room was getting more and more packed, they offered me a residency. We play there at least 4 times a month with my two different bands (usually with « French Heart Jazz Band » every Friday and with « Chloe & friends » some Sundays). It’s an amazing chance to be able to play in a space where people attentively listen every week. It makes you grow faster! We also will be at City Vineyard Pier 26 on Dec 28th. And If you desire to see the other places I am playing you can check my website http://chloeperrier.net . My favorite places in NY beside Bonafide are Zinc Bar, Iridium, Cornelia Street Café, and I would love to play at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Birdland, Village Vanguard, Small’s, Mezzrow and more!

What's next for you?

The release of my new album with my « French Heart Jazz Band » at beginning of next year. We just finished mixing. I am really happy about it! And I am looking forward to sharing it with you!

Luciana Zogbi // Interview

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Luciana Zogbi // Interview

INTERVIEW BY: Emily May

Brazilian-Lebanese singer, songwriter and artist Luciana Zogbi first rose to fame with her cover of John Legend’s critically acclaimed song “All Of Me”, having released many covers since then on her YouTube channel TempestinWhite. The channel has over 1.9 million worldwide subscribers, offering her unique covers of songs such as Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and Indina Menzel’s “Let It Go”. Zogbi has embraced social media since launching her music career, garnering a legion of fans from all over the world. In Zogbi’s words, "Social media helps artists like me transcend geographical borders and connect to communities through music, which I believe to be a universal language." She developed her passion for music through her father, a musical person himself, whom Zogbi said always encouraged her to sing and play music. She started out in musical theatre at the age of 10 before fully transitioning her focus to music. Although she is known for her covers, Zogbi has begun writing her own original music and has released two songs, “Could We Be” and “Where We Belong”. You can stay up-to-date on all upcoming tour dates and new music and can stream and purchase her music via the links below. Check out her video below for “Where We Belong”.

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You grew up in a musical household, with your father singing and playing guitar. What kind of music did he play? Have the two of you ever played music together? What kinds of artists did you listen to growing up and who would you count as your musical influences?

He played mostly classic rock. I remember he used to put me to sleep as a baby with “Stairway to Heaven”. I thought it was a lullaby like “twinkle, twinkle little star” until I heard the original on the radio. We always jam together and classic rock definitely influenced me. Some of the melodies I compose are reminiscent of 80’s rock even though the final arrangement of completely different.

You started singing in musical theatre when you were 10. What kinds of productions were you in? What do you love about the theatre and is that something you are still a part of?

I absolutely love acting & theatre and it was through musical theatre that I solidified my passion for singing. The director at the time discovered that I could sing and he slowly forced me out out my shy shell to sing in front of a big audience. The productions were original creations that changed every year and involved a lot of singing and dancing. I’m not actively engaged in theatre anymore, simply because I decided to concentrate on music fully.

You have mentioned that you have been composing since you were very young but never imagined being able to do music professionally. If you weren't focused on music now, what would you have done for a career?

That’s a though question. I’d probably be working an office job. Or maybe I’d go do something crazy like move to Jamaica and open an ice-cream shop.

You rose to fame in 2014 with your cover of John Legend's "All Of Me", which has 80+ million views worldwide and have since gone on to post many other covers. How do you decide which songs you want to cover?

Sometimes I decide to cover a classic like "Zombie" by the Cranberries or "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley. These are songs that everyone knows and loves. Other times I record my own rendition of trending songs like "Despacito" - That's always a lot of fun!

You have mentioned how the internet is like a magical stage that allows you to perform to millions of people around the globe. How do you feel that the opportunities the internet has afforded you to perform to such a wide and diverse audience has changed your life? What has been the most rewarding part of this experience so far?

The internet has definitely democratized music. 20 years ago, independent artists having a large following was something unheard of. Only artists in big labels were heard by millions of people. Now, with the internet, music is accessible and anyone can upload their songs for everyone to hear. Many lives (including mine) have been changed because of this. The most rewarding part is being able to to reach and connect with people from all around the world and hear their feedback.

Aside from singing covers, you have recently begun writing your own original songs. What can you tell me about the two songs you have written, "Could We Be" and "Where We Belong"? Do you have plans to keep doing both covers and original songs?

“Could We Be” is a song about regret, unspoken words and how isolating pride can be. It’s a song about that “what if” feeling you get when you think about all the things you could have said, but you didn’t. I feel like it’s a song thats very easy to relate to... Almost everyone has things they wish they said to a person, but didn’t for whatever reason.

“Where We Belong” is a song about questioning your place in society and breaking free from the shackles of social expectations that tries puts us all into boxes depending on your age, social class, gender… etc. We’ve been sold this lie that we have free will, but we don’t realize how much of our life path is decided for us, sometimes even before we were born. We have much less agency than we think we do and this is a song about that realization.

What message do you hope to convey with your music?

My songs are characterized by introspective/existential lyrics. Every song has a different message, sometimes about love, sometimes about free will... etc. But at the end of the day, if someone hears my song and stops to think about something in a new light then mission accomplished!

I read that you love to travel and read. Where have some of your favorite travel destinations been? Where have you not yet been that you would love to travel to? What are some of your favorite books and authors?

I love to be anywhere by the sea. It relaxes me and puts me in a creative state of mind. I’d love to visit Southeast Asia someday and learn more about cultures at the other side of the globe. I like reading about philosophy. It’s become a hobby of mine and it helps a lot with creativity and ideas for lyric writing. I have too many favorite books to list lol!

You were recently in Las Vegas for the JBL Fest. How did you become involved with the festival and what were some highlights?

They have been long time supporters of mine and vice versa. So I was invited to participate in that beautiful festival. The highlight for me was meeting Quincy Jones. He’s so nice, humble and has so much experience to share. True legend!

What's next for you?

Lot's of new covers and originals coming out. Can't wait to share them!

The Penny Serfs // Interview

The Penny Serfs // Interview

INTERVIEW BY: Emily May

Indie pop/rock band The Penny Serfs are a band on the rise. The band, comprised of Mikey Loy, Stu Tenfold, Kyle Lewis and Aiden Landman, released their sophomore album, Politics In The Time Of Heroin, in January of this year. The four men all work in different capacities as backline techs for various bands, most recently for The National. In 2012, they decided to form the Penny Serfs and begin playing music themselves on the side. In February of this year, the band faced it's toughest fight so far when Loy, who was working to convert an old church in LeClaire, Iowa into a recording studio, fell 15 feet onto the hardwood floor below, sustaining multiple serious injuries. Weeks of recovery forced Loy to take a step back from the band and his workaholic tendencies and allowed him to spend quality time with his family. The injury made him determined to make every moment count and to no longer take his life for granted. Although the band is currently scattered between Iowa, California and Michigan, they are able to coordinate writing, recording and touring schedules and make it work with the band. They are in this for the long haul, though, determined and focused to keep the band going for the foreseeable future. With plans next year for more touring (their goal is 100 shows a year!), festivals and EPs, The Penny Serfs are forging ahead, having faced a crisis and emerged on the other side stronger then ever! Emily May spoke recently to the band and discussed the new album, the formation of the band, the perks of being involved in both sides of the industry and what's next for the band. You can stay up-to-date with the band and all upcoming music and tour dates, as well as where to stream and purchase their music via the links below. Check out the track "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared" from the new album below.

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Your sophomore album Politics In The Time Of Heroin was released earlier this year. What can you tell me about the inspiration behind the album? How did making this album differ from your first album, Like Eating Glass?

STU: After Like Eating Glass, I joined the band (Stu) and I think brought some of my influences with me... As we toured supporting Like Eating Glass, we started jamming out new songs and I think the addition of a keyboard player opened us up to some new sounds... The record just kind of evolved from where we were all at mentally at the time. It's funny but the political climate at the time wasn't anywhere near as crazy as it is right now, but I think we all saw the direction things were headed which I think heavily inspired and influenced the songs...

You recorded this album and your first album with producer Rick Beato in Atlanta. What led you to record again with him for the new album? What do you feel that he added to the process? I read that you arrived there with only a basic idea for a lot of the songs and only gave yourselves a week to finish writing and recording. What prompted those decisions?

Mikey- I have always been involved with music for over 20 years. From garage bands to being in chronic future and then teching for bands has kept music very much in the forefront of my life.

Rick Beato is a very good friend of mine, and even though he doesn’t produce bands anymore due to the intense amount of interest in his music information videos. He simply doesn’t have the time. However Rick and I go way back. He’s one of my best friends and I love his family. We have dinner with with his wife and kids when we are in Atlanta it’s a very homey atmosphere. I hope I can keep convincing him to work with me. He is a magician with a distressor and a 1073. Most of all, Rick believes in me and helps me find the proper confidence (that I sometimes struggle with) to be the best I can be.

When it comes to making songs in the studio, I wanted us to all have to be on our toes for this record. I came up with a bunch of song shells on my acoustic, and just wanted to see where we took it as a band and if we could rise to the occasion. And I think we did and it helped flush out some nice melodies and song structure that I would have never thought of. It was a true collective effort and I’m still very proud of that.

The 4 of you are techs for touring acts and met while touring with national acts such as The National and Regina Spektor. What made you decide to form a band together? You guys work behind the scenes as techs but are in the spotlight, so to speak, as a band. Do you feel that the two compliment each other for you, being a part of both sides of the industry?

KYLE- I started working for Regina Spektor in spring of 2012, and by end of summer 2012 Mikey was added to our crew. Mikey and I are both “backline techs” dealing with the artist’s instruments (Aiden is as well). Naturally we had that and our own desire to play music in common. Over months of touring and toying with the idea of creating music, Mikey put together an LP’s worth of songs, booked a couple shows and we just went for it. As musicians, the strive to play music while touring as a crew member for a large established band was something neither of us could deny. It connected Mikey and I and pushed the creation of this band.

Working in the industry definitely has a plus side for us. From the obvious connections and personal relationships made with artists, management, and promoters to knowing the “run of show” top to bottom in all departments. There so much work involved in putting a show/tour together at that level and the average person has no idea. Having respect and interest for each person in the industry has taught us a lot. For instance, when we head into a club for load in and soundcheck our own show (Penny Serfs), we know to look for the promoter or club staff and find the house sound engineer...and to NOT piss them off. They are there to make things run as smooth as possible and are ultimately in control of your sound.

Did the 4 of you always want to have a career in music from a young age? How did you get your starts as techs and how do you juggle your tech jobs with the band? What have you found to be some of the more challenging aspects of the job?

STU: We all wanted to be in music, but I don't think any of us thought we'd end up making a living from the service side of things... It's a little like being a golf caddy or something... Sometimes you recommend a 9 iron and they go with a wood and shank it. I don't know if that means anything, I don't play golf, but it sounds right. It's not really a field that you can so easily just decide to go into. More than anything it requires being in the right place at the right time and not being afraid of joining the circus. It can be challenging watching other bands on stage every night, when you'd love to be the ones up there playing, but we're all fortunate enough to work with some really great bands and people, and it can offer us some unique opportunities, like the ability to be a band despite the fact that we're scattered across the country.

You guys are located in Iowa, Michigan and California. What kinds of challenges does that present when trying to schedule writing, recording and touring?

Mikey - oh man. Many challenges. We plan shows months in advance and everyone flies to Iowa to rehearse and prepare. Same with recording. We use our saved up airline miles from the touring business to get us all in the same city. I do feel that it is a positive thing in our lives bc we really have to make choices on big item issues. We don’t view ourselves as a local band, and for a few of us, planning and making every moment count helps us strive to become a better band.

Between your jobs as techs and the band, it seems that you are all on the road a lot. What do you like to do when you are home for a bit? How do you re-adjust to life off the road when you are home?

KYLE- It’s pretty crazy how different “work life” is from home life. For me personally, I come home to a fiancé and a 3 year old. Obviously I miss them like crazy when I’m on tour and it makes work life so much harder being away from them.

Re-adjusting is basically just being tossed back into reality and family time. Instead of staying up until 2am from loading out a show, I’m usually in bed by 10pm at the latest and awake the next morning by 5:30-6am. Instead of eating 3 square meals that have been prepared by a catering company, I’m back to cooking and fending for a family of three (My lovely fiancé does 90% of the cooking for which I’m so grateful for because I’m not the most creative in the kitchen). Almost everything I do at home revolves around my son. Lots and lots of little adventures. I try to find time to play my drums every now and then but time usually seems to slip away. Next thing I know I’m back on the road with totally different gears operating the mind.

However, every few months or so The Penny Serfs plan meet ups on our “off work time”. Weather it be for shows, recording sessions, or writing sessions. Writing and recording sessions are becoming more frequent!

Mikey- You were badly injured in a fall earlier in the year while working to convert an old church in Le Claire into a recording studio. How are you doing? Having been forced to take a step back from touring both as a tech and with your band, do you feel it changed your perspective on things? I saw that the studio has since been completed. Are you guys planning to record your own albums, or those of other artists, going forward?

I am very thankful to say that I am doing 100% better. After twenty some broken bones, mostly in my head haha, I have regained strength in my wrists again and it now feels like it never even happened. It definitely changed my perspective on a lot of things. With the band I’m more concerned with making every moment count since I managed to live. Also with my family it allowed me to take a step back as a workaholic and make sure I spend quality time with my wife and kids. I guess I’ve always taken it for granted that I’d be alive... and now I learned the hard way to really cherish and live every day like it is my last.

The studio was such a large project. I did most of the work myself with the help of my brothers, and good friend of the bands Nick Goetsch. We’ve spent thousands of hours in there and I am so proud of it. I hope that we record our next EP there and I get a chance to produce it. I’m actually sitting at the desk right now. Stu just picked up a NEVE console from Pat Stolley, the original Daytrotter sessions engineer. I hope that it can be an art space for many people. It was such a collective effort that I have no intentions of making a business, just somewhere where good people can make fun music.

I read that you guys love pizza and that Aiden and Mikey are pizza obsessed! What is your favorite kind of pizza? What is you favorite pizza place in the US, as well as abroad, and do you find that pizza made abroad is different in any significant way from pizza made in the US?

STU: Well firstly, you have to understand that for us, pizza is less of a food and more of a way of life. I say that only half jokingly. After we load out all the gear after every show, there is pizza waiting for us (what we call Aftershow Food). I would say we end up eating it at least 50% of the days we're on tour. We can't give away any of our secret pizza spots, but I will say definitely NY Style over Chicago Style. And I will say that if you aren't from the midwest and haven't heard of Taco Pizza, it definitely deserves your attention!

You have mentioned being able to lead very healthy lifestyles due to the fact that modern touring has accomplished giant leaps and bounds. What do you do to stay healthy on tour? How do you feel that touring has changed/evolved over the years?

KYLE- There’s no hiding the fact that living a road life can be super unhealthy if you let it be. It’s a slippery slope and an easy habit to fall into. Backstage provides endless amounts of booze, snacks, candy, PIZZA! Add very little rest and all of those unhealthy things daily during a 6 week tour and you’ve basically taken months off of your life. Fortunately modern day touring usually provides us with just as many healthy options. Hotels have gyms, venue catering always has at least some kind of healthy option (usually a salad or juicing station), and our dressing rooms will have healthy food options sitting directly next to the 5 lbs bag of fun size candy bars. It’s just a matter of where the mind and will power places the hand! I try my hardest to go to the gym on days off in hotels and eat at least 2 healthy meals of 3 throughout the day.

I think that the most important tool that has evolved and really has been a game changer in touring life is the current modern cell phone. Being able to always answer emails on the go, using GPS to find your way around hundreds of cities throughout the year, and FACETIME! I can actually see and talk to my son every day. I can’t even fathom how bands toured and survived before the internet and cell phones. But that’s coming from a millennial’s perspective haha!

What have been some of your most memorable moments as a band so far? Have you accomplished any major goals that you set for yourselves? What kinds of goals have you set for yourselves going forward?

Mikey- I would say Aiden joining the band is one of my most memorable moments. I’ve known Aiden since first grade and somehow we’ve managed to get back into each other’s lives. Kyle is easily my best friend and I’m proud to say that I trust everyone of the Serfs and I’m in a band with my three closest friends.

Opening for EL VY in Europe was a major accomplishment. We love The National Folks and Brent Knopf is a musical mastermind. We hope to start touring 100 dates a year and really taking our band to the next step. We are all very focused and intent on keeping this going and going.

Who are you listening to right now? Are there any bands that you feel people should know about?

STU: There are two new records that aren't out yet, one by Heather Woods Broderick and one by Sharon Van Etten that I've been listening to on repeat. Really excited for those releases! There's also this killer band called Wolf Alice that has been blowing all of our minds!

What's next for the band?

Mikey - We are hoping to hop on the SXSW in Austin TX in 2019. From there it will be a feel good EP to prep for summer time. We are going to make a few EPs this year. And personally I am going to make some crazy crazy videos. I love to dance haha.