Interview: Keath Mead – Charming Authenticity and Being in the Right Place at the Right Time

Persons of Dialogue:
Keath Mead: Musical Prodigy
Lucas Amick: Wannabe Journalist

The timid yet genuine nature of Keath Mead’s “Sunday Dinner” transcends the audio files. In person his soft spoken authenticity can only be described as disarming. The morning following his Friday night Tir Na Nog performance, we shot the shit in the pool room of a Raleigh bar. It was an absolute pleasure discussing an array of topics with him as he leaned against a pool table sipping a beer.

LA: In all sense of the matter we are going to avoid any talk regarding waves of chill.

KM: Haha, alright – sounds good.

LA: We’re going to play a game of true/false. Spotify tells me that you were inspired to become a musician by the Beatles film Hard Day’s Night. Continue reading

Interview: Astronauts, etc. – Tape, Toro, Hypothetical Treats, and How Ten Minutes Turn into Twenty.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Anthony Ferraro, the once sole member of Berkeley CA’s Astronauts, etc. We talked about the direction of Astronauts not-so mystical but surely unnamed fall 2015 release and whether or not it would be in line with the R&B infused bedroom pop heard on previous cuts Supermelodic Pulp and Sadie. Anthony, a classically trained musician, turned potential negatives into positives as arthritis ignited his interest in popular music and reinvigorated his interest in practical computer programming. In this redirection, Ferraro provides a humble presence as the touring keyboardist with pop-funk-anythingers Toro y Moi and in the world of generative music. It was cool talking with Anthony about his upcoming project, working with Toro, and his latest creation – Hypothetical Beats. Check out the conversation below.

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Album Review: Toro Y Moi, ‘What For?’

Toro Y Moi What For?
(Carpark Records – April 7, 2015)
(Indie, Rock, Nostalgia, Funk)
 

Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, Chaz is back with yet ANOTHER album release, marking one of the busiest years of his musical career thus far, From constant touring, contributions to other artists (See Chromeo), contributing to GTA, releasing his first album under his side-project LES SINS, recording the stellar Sunday Dinner by Keath Mead, and recording what could be one of the more ambitious albums of Toro Y Moi’s lifespan as a band (bandspan).

Toro Y Moi has a real knack for remaining consistent while bringing foreign sounds to the table. He possesses the ability to progress his music into different territories and genres while retaining his own individual footprint. One foot grounded in the familiar nostalgic warm sound that has always worked in his favor, while letting the other venture into different genres hip/hop, electronic, and indie rock.

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