Friday, August 29, 2014

INTERVIEW WITH | Local Natives

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I got the chance to chat with a couple of the guys in Local Natives, a cool indie-rock band from Los Angeles. I saw down with Ryan Hahn and Nik Ewing, who gave insight into the touring life, working with each other and what's coming up (the group also includes Taylor Rice, Kelcey Ayer and Matt Frazier).

Here's a little bit from the interview:

On stage at Osheaga, you guys mentioned that Montreal has a special place in your hearts – what is it about the city?

Ryan: For one, we’ve had some really good shows here. When it came time to make our second record, we wanted to get out of LA and this was one of the first places we thought about. We ended up doing most of the record at this studio in Montreal called Mixart and we lived there for a few weeks. It was a lot of fun.

Favourite city to perform in?

Ryan: Atlanta. It sounds unexpected, but every time we play there, it’s the best show of the tour.

Nik: L.A. I think is selfishly great, because it’s our hometown.

Ryan: Outside of the US, Paris is always really fun for us.

Nik: I love Tokyo. They are so respectful.

What’s it like working with each other?

Ryan: It’s crazy because we’ve known each other for so long now. We’ve been playing music together since junior high school. Our friendships and music relationship is so intertwined. We can push each other’s buttons and know how to navigate. We know how get the best out of each other and try to not drive everyone crazy. We can trust everyone’s opinions as musicians too. It’s a very collaborative process.

What pushes you to keep making music?

Nik: It’s just something that’s in us. We’re always going to be working on stuff and being creative. When you have spells of not doing anything, you kind of go a little crazy.

Ryan: You just have to keep pushing forward and trying to do stuff that excites you. There’s that feeling you get when you play music with the rest of the band and you come up with something that everyone feels the excitement about at the same time. And I feel like you’re always chasing that feeling, like this is something special. It doesn’t always happen but I think that’s what we’re always chasing, the feeling that we’re doing something cool and unique.

What advice do you have for aspiring musicians?

Ryan: Try to do everything yourself and don’t rely on other people to get to where you want to go. In this day and age, there’s so much you can do on your own and control.

Nik: Slug it out. It’s so easy to be discouraged, but you have to push through and keep going.

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- Christina
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