Category Archives: Interviews

KEXP Exclusive Interview: Josh Rawlings

From a patio overlooking the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Leavenworth, WA, Seattle musician, Josh Rawlings, prepares himself for a month-long writing session with famed Seattle music producer, Ryan Lewis. Rawlings, who has toured with the golden-voiced Allen Stone and is one-fourth of the award-winning neo-jazz band, Industrial Revelation, has grown into a covetedRead more…

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Music Heals: KEXP Exclusive Interview with Phantogram

During the recording process of Phantogram‘s third album, Three, members Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter experienced a devastating loss. Barthel’s sister and Carter’s close friend Becky died by suicide. While the electro-pop duo has always explored dark themes in their songwriting, they weren’t prepared to face such trauma head-on. Since the tragedy, Barthel and CarterRead more…

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We Just Want to Play Shows: An Oral History of Redmond’s Old Fire House Teen Center (Part 2)

By Dusty Henry and Sharlese Metcalf In part one of the Old Fire House oral history, we talked with some of the people who worked on creating OFH and building a space for the youth. Equally as valuable to understanding why OFH matters so much is the people who were there experiencing these shows. WhenRead more…

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We Just Want to Play Shows: An Oral History of Redmond’s Old Fire House Teen Center (Part 1)

By Dusty Henry and Sharlese Metcalf How old were you when you went to your first show? A better question – how old were you when you went to your first show without your parents? In the Seattle area, we’re truly lucky to have spaces where young people can experience and create music on their ownRead more…

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: DoNormaal

Seattle emcee DoNormaal offers surprise after lyrical surprise in the tightly packed, staccato rhymes brimming on her latest LP, Third Daughter. The rapper, who burst on the Emerald City scene in November 2015 with the release of her beloved first full-length Jump Or Die has maintained status as one of Seattle’s most sought-after spitters. WithRead more…

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: SOFI TUKKER

If you’re wondering about the irresistibly funky house track behind the latest iPhone X ad, we’ve got you covered. KEXP recently spoke to Grammy-nominated, New York-based duo SOFI TUKKER, whose new song, “Best Friend,” soundtracks the new Apple ad out last week. Before their Saturday night set at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival earlier thisRead more…

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The Music of Twin Peaks: The Return: Julee Cruise

  [ SPOILERS AHEAD ] We can’t believe it’s over. Over the past weeks, Showtime’s Twin Peaks: The Return has enthralled us, and featured some pretty excellent musical guests. Most of the episodes end with a band performing at the Bang Bang Bar aka The Roadhouse, the local bar in the city of Twin Peaks.Read more…

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OFF Festival 2017: Interviews w/ Silver Apples, Kikagaku Moyo, Bastard Disco

Day 2 of KEXP’s visit to the OFF Music Festival in Katowice, Poland was a perfect reflection of what founder Artur Rojek is aiming for: diversity not only in sound but in origin. KEXP’s DJ Morgan spent time chatting with musicians from around the globe: up-and-coming Warsaw band Bastard Disco, Tokyo psych-rockers Kikagaku Moyo, andRead more…

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The Music of Twin Peaks: The Return: Eddie Vedder

  [ SPOILERS AHEAD ] David Lynch’s love for music is almost as strong as Agent Cooper’s love for coffee (welcome back!), and it’s reflected in the soundtrack for Showtime’s Twin Peaks: The Return. Most of the episodes end with a band performing at the Bang Bang Bar aka The Roadhouse, the local bar inRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Industrial Revelation

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we’re featuring Seattle fusion quartet Industrial Revelation, who play Concerts at the Mural this Friday, August 25, with The Maldives and Emma Lee Toyoda. It really wouldn’t be much of a hyperbole to say the four members of Industrial RevelationRead more…

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