Category Archives: Interviews

KEXP Exclusive Interview: Beck

After a several year gestation period, Beck finally released his long-awaited album Colors. Written and produced with Greg Kurstin, Colors (out now via Capitol Records) is the most upbeat, relentlessly danceable album he’s made in more than a decade. The shapeshifting artist recently talked to KEXP about why music is vital to life and someRead more…

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KEXP Presents: Videoasis at Northwest Film Forum 10/25

For generations of music fans, the invention of the music video was a landmark moment. Being able to associate your favorite songs with equally exciting visuals was such an obvious combination, it’s a wonder it didn’t break through earlier. Whether it’s gluing your eyes to old-school MTV or getting lost in a YouTube wormhole, music videosRead more…

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: Darto Finds Hope and Lose Themselves on Human Giving

When Darto‘s Nick Merz was 21 years old, he found himself crossing a bridge. Not a metaphorical bridge, but a literal one. As he walked with his friend, the man gave him some sobering criticism. “In all your music, you only ask why,” the man said. “You’re not saying anything. You’re just asking why.” “That stuckRead more…

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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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