There's no irony in the fact that this pop trio, Hot As Sun
, actually met in the desert sun of Joshua Tree. So they may have been hanging with whimsical gypsies surrounded by crystal balls and cacti, but if that's what it takes to sound this youthful and unique, we won't pass judgement. The trio of Deborah, Jamie, and WAZ have molded a whole celebration of youthfulness in their colorful new album Night Time Sound Desire.
Constructed with a heavy diet of catchy pop synth, echoed vocals, and an all-around brightness, Hot As Sun's latest effort, Night Time Sound Desire
is the album we need as we bid farewell to a cold winter. We caught up with all three members, Deborah, Jamie, and WAZ about adventures in the desert, leopard-printed megaphones, spelling dance with an "H", and Showtime's Shameless
So can you guys start off by telling me the story of how you guys came to: how you guys met, and where it all started?
I'll take that one. Well we met at the Integration in Joshua Tree. We got back to LA and Jamie had a batch of music that she'd been working on and she had written lyrics for and she read some of my work and asked if I wanted to write for her. And I was intrigued, so I went over and listened to the music she had and I was so blown away and inspired and that's how it all started. We threw down an EP and WAZ was there and he helped write it and it was this really fast and furious collaboration that turned into something.
So this "Integration" is described as a "fusion of art, science and magic." Can you describe that a little to me?
[Laughs] Well, I mean it's this place people go and some bands record there and it's a place people go and you could have go a sound bath. This woman who runs it she plays you these crystal balls and you lie on the floor it's kind of this magical thing that happens to your body. Everybody has a different experience. And you know, it's in a desert that has a magical, mystical, very other worldly thing about it. So it's definitely a kind of a place where you go and enter another world.
Deborah, I also noticed that in addition to songwriting you're the megaphonist? How did that come to be?
I don't know! It was something I was really fascinated with - putting my vocals through you know, guitar and a lot of distortion. And I just love that sound for a voice. We realized that the megaphone is the perfect thing to use as an instrument on stage to help capture the vocals live that are in all of the recordings.
We got Deborah a megaphone and wrapped it in leopard skin and she threw it in on stage.
I also noticed that you guys have some pretty flashy style to ya, is that the artistic side? I noticed a lot of the artistic stylings you guys have included in your videos and live performances. What inspired you guys to incorporate stuff like that?
We're very inspired by visuals, so we see things when we listen to the music and create the music. We like our audience to be inspired visually at the shows and we incorporate things like videos and Deborah projects some cool images on stage live and it's almost like remixing - it heightens the experience with the music.
So with your debut LP, can you name some of the influences that went into it? You don't have to stick to musical influences, maybe visual influences as well?
I think sometimes it's hard for a musician to listen to other music when you're making a record because you're so consumed with your songs and trying to get the production finished, and so I find it really frustrating to be influenced by other things. I mean of course, you know, we all have those musical influences but we were also inspired by this artist who has a short film about these five guys who go nude snowboarding.
So Night Time Sound Desire was released yesterday. How are people generally receiving it? What are your fans, and new fans saying?
It's fun because I feel like everybody likes the different songs. We had this feeling that this was the kind of record where there's a portion for everyone, and a wide scope of things and it's just fun to see how some people can love a song and some people can hate it. But there's a song for everyone on there. The response has been really positive. We're really starting to build a fan base now and there's been a lot of great, great support from all our fans so we appreciate it.
And your last music video, that was "Dahnce to the Beat" - am i pronouncing that right? There's an "h" in there.
[Laughs] You can say Da-hance to the Beat" if you like that.
Can we expect any more videos coming out of the album?
Yeah. We have a video for the song "When We Fell" it's our bittersweet- well, maybe breakup maybe not breakup song. It's for you to decide. It all takes place in a bed and we have these amazing actors Jeremy Allen White and Emma Greenwell - they're on one of our favorite shows, Shameless
. A friend of ours introduced us. It's so thrilling to watch them perform. We aren't in the video because it felt so intimate, you know, their work, that we just felt like it should just be the two of them.
So, do you guys have a tour coming up that I can share with everybody?
We have something in the works, but we can't announce it yet! But we will be playing some shows in the near future, we just can't say what yet. You will see us on the east coast.
Watch the "When We Fell" music video, starring Jeremy Allen White and Emma Greenwell:
Night Time Sound Desire
is out now
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