BURGERAMA!!!! Interviews! Ariel Pink, FIDLAR, Aquadolls, Guantanamo Baywatch, ++ More

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Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti PLAY SATURDAY FROM 1140- Whenever @BURGERAMA

PHOTOGRAPHER/EMMA KATHAN courtesy of LADYGUNN MAGAZINE

Some of your music was not intended to be performed live; what then would be the best way to listen to your music, tapes, vinyl or digital?
Well, ‘not intended to be played live’ is not the best way of putting it. Its really just to say the writing and recording are one and the same process, where as playing live, for me, is a basic recital of the songs on record more ‘stripped down’ arrangement better suited for a live ensemble. music is music but only to the listener- the format and the means of transmission are irrelevant to me
Haunted Graffiti’s material steps away from your former lo-fi recording, is this intended for commercial audiences? Is it created with live performances in mind?
No. And i always have to clear this up: Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti is not a new, commercial take on ‘Ariel Pink’; the new material may be cleaner, more palatable for audiences than the older material, but thats a natural progression. Everything ive ever done should be filed under the APHG banner.
How do you feel about what the “critics” are saying about ‘Mature Themes’ Do you ever take feedback into consideration for your next albums?
Depends. Whats the general consenus? Im sure some like it more than others. Some people prefer Before Today. I dont know. Im happy for those who are happy with it.
How has the process of producing and composing your own music evolved, is it something you will keep on doing?
I hope so. Getting ripped off by people so often can be pretty exhausting. This industry thrives on exploiting artists like me, who work year-round for relatively little pay, making new fans, if not losing older fans. It is fickle and it can get to u sometimes. But u just gotta enjoy the ride, it may all end tomorrow…
What’s the craziest thing you guys have done and/or seen on stage?
Thats a tough one. Lemme think about it…
What is the grossiest thing you ever did at a festival?
I french kissed a man in the audience with blue hair…
What has been your most exciting live performance so far?
That’s a REALLY hard one….most exciting for me?- impossible to say. Most exciting for the audience? Ask them!!!
Tell us your craziest experience at a festival.
Coachella, 2009, standing next to sasha grey waiting in line for chris and cosey autograph
What bands do you have crushes on?
Violens, azealia banks, the allah las, dam funk, geneva jacuzzi, puro instinct, john maus, sky ferreria, tame impala, gary war, richard ross, coL, fancy space people, greg gomberg, regal degal, pnp, crooked cowboy, part time, babes, the babies, friends, nite jewel, julia holter, cleaners from venus, mac demarco, peaking lights, rsm, harry merry, diiv, diva dompe, ducktails, inc., secret circut, black lips, etc, el farmony, sunshine majesty, crystal stilts, avi buffalo, chelsea wolf, rtx,soko, warpaint, deerhunter, beachhouse, broadcast, too many others…..
What is one thing you want to say to Burger Records?
Id like a double dell burger, hold the cheese, hold the pickle, hold the ketchup and hold the sauce…..

FIDLAR PLAY SATURDAY@BURGERAMA

PHOTOGRAPHER / Mark Kremer courtesy of LADYGUNN MAGAZINE

What has been your most exciting live performance so far? Our 2nd record release show at LA Fort with Pangea and Meat Market in downtown LA.  Our buddy Michael Morin came straight from work at purgatory pizza and muscled through the crowd to deliver us a pizza on stage.  It was perfectly in tact and amazing. Tell us your craziest experience at a festival. The first time we went to SXSW we had a lot of contraband with us and didn’t know about the notorious Texas border check.  We all started panicking and decided to bury our goods off the side of the road.  We made a note of the exit and on the way back to LA we dug them up and had a great van ride home. What bands do you have crushes on? Meat Market and Metz. If you had to choose, would it be to play in festivals/stadiums or small venues? House partie.  Name your favorite music festival and why? BURGERAMA because its at an awesome venue (the observatory) instead of outdoors and the sound is great and the bands are rad.  it’s also  way more affordable than any other festival. What is the best way to listen to your music, tape, vinyl or digital? Whatever gets you off, man. What is one thing you want to say to Burger Records? Keep on rockin in the free world.
 

Beachwood Sparks PLAY SATURDAY 850-930@BURGERAMA

What is the grossiest thing you ever did at a festival?
A crazy drug called The Apostle at Bennicasm in Spain. It nearly killed me. What has been your most exciting live performance so far? Probably playing to 8,000 at Bennicasim Festival with Primal Scream and the Cure in Spain Putting on a skateboard demo with Ben Knight in the veledrome after the show OR playing in Golden Gate Park at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival. Tell us your craziest experience at a festival. Having so much fun after our show at the Reading Festival in England we missed our train to the next day to Leeds and spent the day stuck on a train in the English countryside What bands do you have crushes on? Tomorrows Tulips  Summer Twins Allah-Lahs Abigails Gap Dream, crushes on their music…What band of this line up would you rather share the stage with? All of them by this is one of the best line ups EVER! When is the next album coming up? Nothing Planned. We still haven’t played around much for. The Tarnished Gold our last album. If you had to choose, would it be to play in festivals/stadiums or small venues? Small Venues Or outdoor festivals at sunset. Name your favorite music festival and why? Hardly Strictly Bluegrass fest because its free to the fans. What is the best way to listen to your music, tape, vinyl or digital? Either way stoned or in love. What is one thing you want to say to Burger records? Thanks for all the killer music and don’t ever sell out!

Dixie Band (featuring Drooks from The Growlers, Father John Misty, etc) PLAY SATURDAY 7-740

@BURGERAMA

What is the grossest thing you ever did at a festival? Pass. Can I pass?
What has been your most exciting live performance so far? In front of my mirror practicing my sexy dance moves for this psychedelic freak show! Tell us your craziest experience at a festival. Um this is our first festival…so anything could happen…What bands do you have crushes on? Tehehe I don’t kiss and tell silly! What band of this line up would you rather share the stage with? More country acts like The Abigail’s. When is the next album coming up? It’s coming out on YouTube right after burgerama…it’s called Dixie Band @ Burgerama II! If you had to choose, would it be to play in festivals/stadiums or small venues? Hmmm maybe more barns. Name your favorite music festival and why? Haven’t been yet but I really wanna to go to a gathering of the  juggalos…looks like a swell time. What is the best way to listen to your music, tape, vinyl or digital? Omg vinyl duhhh! What is one thing you want to say to Burger Records? You guys wanna party? Like right now!?
 

Aquadolls 5-530 PLAY SATURDAY@BURGERAMA

What has been your most exciting live performance so far? Our last show in El Monte where everyone was crowd surfing & dancing on stage Tell us your craziest experience at a festival. Watching Warpaint at FYF. What bands do you have crushes on? Bleached, The Growlers, The Audacity. What band of this line up would you rather share the stage with? Bleached! When is the next album coming up? June, holla. If you had to choose, would it be to play in festivals/stadiums or small venues? Stadium to experience it. Name your favorite music festival and why? Burgerama because it is the first festival we are playing and Burger rules. What is the best way to listen to your music, tape, vinyl or digital? Stoned or on acid or when you are feeling inspired What is one thing you want to say to Burger Records? We look up to you and we just want to be your friends.

Guantanamo Baywatch PLAY SATURDAY 9-930@BURGERAMA

PHOTOGRAPHER / Tyler Dickey

What is the grossiest thing you ever did at a festival? WE ALL DRANK 6 JÄGER BOMBZ EACH LAST YEAR AT BURGERMANIA & PUKED IN A BAG IN DA VAN AND FORGOT IT UNDER THE SEAT OVER NIGHT.What has been your most exciting live performance so far? EVERY NIGHT ON TOUR WITH THE MEAN JEANS BECAUSE WE WOULD DRINK IN DA VAN TILL WE COULDN’T SEE STRAIGHT AND SEE WHO WOULD PASS OUT ON STAGE FIRST. Tell us your craziest experience at a festival. LOOKING FORWARD TO BURGERMANIA AND BURGERAMA THIS YEAR!! Roky Erikson and the pharcyde! Duuuuuude! What bands do you have crushes on? Our BABIEZ SHANNY AND DA CLAMMYS & OUR SWEET SEX SLAVES COSMONAUTS! What band of this line up would you rather share the stage with? ARE THE EVERLY BROTHERS PLAYING? When is the next album coming up? Hope to release some 7 inches and some new tapes this year! If you had to choose, would it be to play in festivals/stadiums or small venues? WE LOVE FESTIVALS CUZ WE GET TO HANG OUT WITH SO MANY FRIENDS ALL IN THE SAME NIGHT IN THE SAME PLACE! Small venues are rad too! The divier the better! Name your favorite music festival and why? SXSW IS GREAT! ALL OUR FRIENDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD COME OUT TO PARTY FOR A WEEK STRAIGHT! Aaaaaaand breakfast tacos What is the best way to listen to your music, tape, vinyl or digital? TAPES AND RECORDS. What is one thing you want to say to Burger Records? WE LOVE YOU GUYS! SEE YOU AT DA PARTY!

Fletcher C Johnson PLAY SATURDAY @BURGERAMA

What is the grossest thing you ever did at a festival? I was at a festival with my parents and Ke$ha was about to play so I told my dad we couldn’t miss this! I was rocking pretty hard and my dad was confused and then Ke$ha played “Dinosaur” and I looked at my dad and I looked at myself and I looked at the entire crowd of 15 year olds and I realized that song might be about me.  What has been your most exciting live performance so far? One time I was playing a basement show in Lawrence Kansas and there was a tornado in the distance that had just completely destroyed a nearby city. I was freaking out because I could see it from the window of the house. I asked them if we should cancel the show and they said, “We’re already in a basement.” We went to the liquor store before the show and I saw a homeless guy sleeping under a slide in a playground. Tell us your craziest experience at a festival. I rode with my brother’s band on tour once to sxsw selling their t shirts and what not. When we got to Austin I had all their money in my pocket. I started drinking thunderbird hobo wine because there’s a Townes Van Zandt song advising you not to drink it and I wanted to test my luck. The last thing I remember was drinking Sparks with some Jamaican guys in an alley. I woke up the next day on an unfamiliar couch with strangers asleep all around me and a frying pan on my chest. All the money was gone!!! Something like $500! It took me almost 2 hours to walk back to downtown Austin and, in that time, I learned that I had spent all my brother’s savings at a strip club treating some friends to the kind of things that happen there. I prayed that this information had not reached my brother. Maybe there was some way I could hide it until we got home and I could earn enough to pay him back! I wasn’t downtown for more than 5 minutes when my brother came running up to me yelling, “Did you spend all of our money at a strip club!” What bands do you have crushes on? I’m in love with every girl that plays music. I can’t stop it.  What band of this line up would you rather share the stage with? I do not understand the strange wording of this question. But, if you mean “who am I most excited to play with?” BEACHWOOD SPARKS!!! So excited. I used to be in a country band but I loved pop music. I would ask myself, “How can I combine country and the Beatles?!?!” Then I got the first Beachwood Sparks record and realized, “Shit. It’s already been done. And it’s more beautiful than I could have imagined!” When is the next album coming up? I wrote a new album this winter. I recorded demos for most of the songs and they already sound great! One of them is about how I want to go to sleep but then my girlfriend comes over with a six pack of Corona and makes me drink them all. I don’t know when I’ll start recording the final versions of the songs. Sooooooon.  What is the best way to listen to your music, tape, vinyl or digital? Vinyl + headphones + laying on the floor (or your bed if you’re smart enough to put your stereo within a headphone-cable’s reach of your bed).

Wyatt Shears PLAY SATURDAY @BURGERAMA

What is the grossest thing you ever did at a festival? Ate a beaver. What has been your most exciting live performance so far? I had a banana thrown at my head during The Garden’s set and it knocked me out. Tell us your craziest experience at a festival. I ran into a goose at the family values tour during Limp Bizkit. The Blue Man Group. Absolutely no one else. What band of this line up would you rather share the stage with? Probably Buckcherry. If you had to choose, would it be to play in festivals/stadiums or small venues?Either one would be nice. Name your favorite music festival and why? I don’t have a favorite. Maybe the Family Values with Korn, Biscuit, Trapt ,etc. What is the best way to listen to your music, tape, vinyl or digital? I don’t think that there is best way. Whatever makes the listener comfortable. What is one thing you want to say to Burger Records? Thank you for everything.
 

SATURDAY!!!!!!!!!
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, WHITE FENCE, King Tuff, FIDLAR, Hunx & HIS Punx, Beachwood Sparks, Allah-Las, Shannon & The Clams, Summer Twins, Soft Pack, Dixie Band,  Natural Child, Gap Dream , Cosmonauts, THE MEMORIES ,Sam Flax, Fletcher C. Johnson, Tomorrows Tulips, GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH, Hindu Pirates,  THE AQUADOLLS

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