t4L in a Nutshell- March 2016

3/31/2016 tunes4loons 0 Comments


OMMITTED DITTIES 

Cause we can't blog every amazzzing track that crosses our path. 
(We do have lives the new SnapChat and Instagram updates to complain anonymously
over the internet about, yah know?)

Raleigh Ritchie- Cowards


*SUBMISSION* MORLY- Plucky


LANY- Where The Hell Are My Friends


*SUBMISSION* BROOKFIELD- Kaleidoscope

Skizzy Mars- Hit Me Harder (ft. Jaymes Young)

3/30/2016 tunes4loons 0 Comments


What's not to love here? Skizzy's rhymes are as smooth and fluent as ever and Jaymes Young's choral appearance is pure bliss. I would take this muy caliente pairing anywhere: on a track, on stage, in my bed, you name it. The whole song reminds me of the collab album Ed Sheeran did before he made it big and became Taylor Swift's Ron Weasley ginger bestie. Yeah, I know I sound like a tool for saying I listened to Ed before he was famous, but I LISTENED TO HIM BEFORE HE WAS FAMOUS LOoOoSERS. Suck my non-existent dick and bask in the glory that is my pop culture knowledge!! JK, I didn't even know Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale were an item let alone they have a kid together, so my knowledge isn't as IMDB-extensive as I like to think it is. womp womp.

Skogsrå - Out Of Time

3/30/2016 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments


Happy Hump Day people. Instead of celebrating with a box of Girl Scout cookies at your cube (which I am sadly guilty of. Damn u Tag-A-Longs), enjoy the audio sugar Skogsrå provides in his new jam "Out Of Time." Seeing as this dude is Swedish, crafting a scientifically-pleasing pop song is basically in his blood. Perhaps he is a descendant of ABBA? Although, personally, if I had those Mamma Mia royalties, I would never get out of bed let alone produce my own music. He also looks like a hot cousin of Skrillex in that pic, so there's that. Anywayssss, the point is "Out Of Time" is an infectious pop jam, and I hope one day it graces Top 40 radio stations everywhere. Or at the very least some amazing Spotify playlists. T4L out.


Unlike Pluto - Waiting For You (ft. Joanna Jones)

3/29/2016 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

 

There's probably an origin story about the Unlike Pluto moniker, but I couldn't uncover it. If the artist himself would like to shed light, he's welcome into this forum. I did discover he was a biology major at Emory though, so there's something for us all to feel inadequate about. Indie music prince AND science wizard?!? Same. Jk, I have 14,000 unread emails and no credit card. But regardless of your success level in life, we call all appreciate this song. "Waiting For You" sounds like a James Bond theme on molly. It's got horns, a sultry female vocal, and ambiguous lyrics about pining for a romantic love interest. Paging Daniel Craig. We LOVE.


Gorgon City- All Four Walls (ft. Vaults)

3/28/2016 tunes4loons 0 Comments


Now, if you're not up to snuff on the UK garage music scene, you probably think "Gorgon City" is the name of some dystopian novel's metropolis. Or a Pokemon town. But "Gorgon City" is actually an electronic duo consisting of two London-based lads who—if you couldn't tell by their fully-buttoned, fly-AF, patterned shirts—are wayyyy cooler than you, yah science-fiction-reading, Pikachu-loving NERD*. "All Four Walls" SCREAMS contemporary, Brit-pop so much that somewhere Jess Glynne is kicking herself for not snatching it up for herself like a greedy biotch. This shit is right up the alley for a powerhouse vocalist such as Ms. Glynne, but the honor of fronting this funky, tropical-tinged little slice of electro-pop goes to our homegirl, Vaults. We loved her a couple years back when she released her haunted, quasi-morbid "Cry No More" and we love her even more now that she's decided to team up with these two goons. Forget the 1992 US Olympic basketball squad, these three are the real Dream Team.

*takes one to know one

Sara Hartman- Two Feet Off The Ground

3/26/2016 tunes4loons 0 Comments


WoW wee WOW! This song rocks. It's the type of self-assured, catchy, fem-pop anthem that your boyfriend will say he hates but that he secretly croons to his dog when he thinks no one is around. It's the type of song that you'll SCREECH in the shower until the sun goes down—or until your landlord gets so many noise complaints that he is contractually obligated to tell you to STFU—whichever comes first. That isolated kick drum, those uplifting choral vocals, that jittery guitar pattern: everything just fits together so effortlessly in Hartman's latest ditty. And the lyricism here must also be noted: the whole song is basically just a string of relatable sensations described with more eloquence than I ever could muster. For instance, "keep walking all I feel is pins and needles" is just a classier, more poetic way of saying "I shouldn't have fucking worn heels out tonight." And "chemicals they spin me round," is just another way of saying "rolling FACE." Which reminds me, only 70 days until Gov Ball, hollaaaa!

Solidisco- Get In Love

3/21/2016 tunes4loons 0 Comments


Mondays are hard. Sliding into a full week of work can be tough:


Like dog-getting-his-face-stuck-in-a-box tough:


But Solidisco has created this infectious, upbeat banger to get you through your case of the Mondays, thank GAWD:


So press play and scroll, fools:


The vocals start and that slow-build synth hits and I immediately feel like a boss feminist and tenacious sex kitten all wrapped into one:


Srsly, has the intro to a song ever made you feel so FIERCE!? It makes me feel like Gigi stomping on the runaway:


Or like Lebron in a wig:


And then that addictive verse transitions seamlessly into a percussion-fueled build perfect for soundtracking even the sloppiest of dance floor makeouts. It's the type of build that has me wanting to flail every limb in every direction:


And finally, the drop hits and the song transforms into pure funky, electo-dance BLISS. You'll be bopping along to this whether you're jamming alone:



Or rocking out with your bestie in matching, tacky outfits:


Even Hillary's vibin', guys:


So thanks, Solidisco, for making my Monday bearable. On a day where I usually feel like this:


Today, I feel like a confident, cool, & collected KWEEN:


Doesn't get much better than feeling like Queen Bey herself, ami-riiiight? t4L, OUT!









Falqo- Across the Sea

3/20/2016 tunes4loons 0 Comments


Welcome to the funk-infused, indie version of Bobby Darin's "Beyond the Sea," my loons. A weird observation with which to start a post, but everything adds up—Laid-back vibes: check. Crooning male vocals: check. An underlying oceanic motif that has me craving sunshine like I'm craving the Pad Thai I just ordered on Seamless: fucking check. Or maybe I'm finding these two songs oddly similar because I pregamed to Finding Nemo last night* and Darin's swanky tune closes out that film... who's to say really?

"Across the Sea" is the latest from Aussie-native, Falqo. With it's swirl of shimmery synth, groovy guitar riffs and mellow piano slabs, this song truly is the chillest in the land. If you're wondering who is responsible for those A+ vocals sailing over Falqo's summery production, credit must be given to a dude by the name of Kamaliza Salamba (which honestly sounds less like a name and more like my 3-year-old cousin trying to say "Condoleeza"—y'know, when she's discussing the delicate intricacies of mid-2000's politics—but 'tevs).

*Nothing goes better with a kids movie better than hard alcohol, just ask any parent of a 6 year old and they will agree with me.

*RELEASE* Kill J- Coda

3/18/2016 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments


I need a T-shirt that says "I'm the realest fucking thing you'll ever hate" and I need it like, yesterday. That is lyricism at it's finest in my book. I just love that whole bitter-pop vibe Kill J always manages to bring to her stuff. If her ethereal Janet-Jackson-meets-MØ voice doesn't draw you in, her idiosyncratic production style definitely will. Not to mention that in her promo photos she always looks impeccably modern and trés chic, like she's President Snow's dystopian mistress or something. Homegirl has personal style for dayyyyys, y'all!

Our wispy-voiced, Nordic nymph has this to say about her most recent electro-pop ditty:
“[Coda is] a song about taking power back. I chose the title 
because it is a musical term which describes a passage that 
brings the piece to the end—an after play or finale. You always 
know what you should have said after it’s over and too late—
‘Coda’ is my way of getting the last word.”



Mura Masa- What If I Go?

3/16/2016 tunes4loons 0 Comments


Damn. This kid just knows how to create good, contemporary music. Everything he creates seems to immediately receive praises from all sides, he's basically the Shonda Rhimes of the indie music scene. His latest laid-back ditty comes in the form of "What If I Go?" and I can't decide if I want to dance to it or trip balls to it. The ever-changing synth, that shimmery harp and the unexpected (yet totally welcome) presence of that steel drum have me totally enamored with this 19-yr-old wunderkin. Aka I feel like a cougar for the first time in my life. I never thought I'd be okay with feeling like Demi Moore, but I'm 100% okay with it at the moment. Credit must also be given here to Bonzai, who is the chica responsible for those silky vocals gliding over all of Crossan's intricate production work. Fun fact: Bonzai, the first person to be signed to Mura Masa's very own label, Anchor Point. TBH that name sounds more like a craft brewery based in Nantucket, but the label will probably find more success in its first 6 months of business than I will during my entire professional career so I guess I should stop dissing it and just STFU.

Kali Uchis- Ridin Round (ft. Troy Lanez)(Oshi Redo)

3/15/2016 tunes4loons 0 Comments


I'm confused, but flattered: why did this Oshi use a sketch of yours truly for his cover art?? That curly, disheveled, auburn 'do looks way too similar to what I see in the mirror when I wake up every morning. Or I guess it could also be a sketch of Shawn White considering the oh-so-unfortunate likeness we share. Getting to the point of this post: this jam and a-fucking-half of a song. I feel like it is the type of bo$$ bitch anthem that the ladies of Broad City would vibe to. (<--- Basically the highest praise we can give TBH.) Big ups to Oshi for reworking the original so seamlessly that I couldn't even tell this track was a remix at first. That's not to say Oshi's additions are the only thing that makes this the ultimate joyride jam. Kali Uchis' relatable and blunt lyricism as must be noted. It flows effortlessly over that perfect combination of light, melodic house piano and distorted, heavy synth. Also, I want to own a T-shirt with the phrase "Fuck Me Or I'll Fuck You Worse" printed on it STAT... who do I e-mail about obtaining that, Ms. Uchis?

HAWAI - In My Head

3/08/2016 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments


Happy International Women's Day! To celebrate, I will be writing about a bunch of boys. HAWAI is a five piece rock group, and legit every blog who posted about their song made a joke about them not being the state. Cool!*** Since I'm a #rebel, I won't here. But I will say that their tune "In My Head" is the only thing I listened to at my cube today. Which is high praise, because I usually spend my days listening to a combination of Dixie Chicks, Matchbox 20, and "How Bizarre" by OMC. I guess you could say my music taste is "Lite FM radio." But HAWAI's tune broke me out of my shell with their shimmery guitars and perfect harmonies. The vocals remind me a little bit of Alt-J. Basically what I'm trying to say is I dig this band, and I will await their next release with the same anticipation I have for the new Game of Thrones season. JON SNOW LIVES.


***tbh I would have too if I didn't do that investigating. Bullet dodged suckas!!



INTERVIEW- The Chainsmokers

3/08/2016 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments


Starting this interview off by throwing out an overwhelming TY to The Chainsmokers. They are in the middle of a humungous nation-wide tour and yet they pulled themselves away long enough to answer a couple questions from us, the Helena Bonham Carter and Bernadette Peters* of the indie music blogosphere. Whereas I can't even pull myself away from binge-watching Damages long enough to text my mom back (sry mom, I am alive, but Glenn Close is the only post-menopausal leading lady I can have in my life at the moment.) We caught up with Alex and Drew about their latest EP, Bouquet, how they handle being on the road, and the dedication of their fans, which sounds like it could be giving "Locks of Love" a run for their $$$:

*our unfortunately spot-on celebrity dopplegangers

T4L: Tell us about Bouquet. How long a period was it written over? What is your favorite track off of it and, in addition, what is your favorite track to play live so far?
The Chainsmokers: Well Bouquet as an EP wasn’t really conceived until about 5 weeks before it came out. We just felt like it would be a cool idea to bundle our 5 releases together with our final release of 2015, New York City. It might bring more attention back to our other tracks and help Roses. That EP though was conceived between January of 2015 until about September of 2015, and, c'mon, our favorite is a no brainer: Roses!

T4L: Can you write/create music on the road or is it too demanding?
The Chainsmokers: We are lucky in the fact we can do that and it doesn’t bother us. We can conceive ideas and really close out tracks for the most part, before needing to get in a studio and work on the mix. It allows us to keep our busy touring schedule but we also think we pull a lot of our inspiration from the road.

T4L: How is creating a remix different from writing an original song? What is your creative process like in general?
The Chainsmokers: Well a remix isn’t always an original idea, we are building on a song that already has some feeling. It's also not ours, so while we certainly work super hard on them, we don’t hold onto them too tightly. And that’s also what makes them so fun to do. Our original songs, especially now, are written, produced, and in some cases, even sung [by us]. Creativity for us, though, is fleeting. It comes and goes, and you never know when. We have learned you cannot force it, so we have just tried to figure out ways to capitalize on it when it does come.

T4L: What has been your favorite collaboration so far? And what is your dream collaboration?
The Chainsmokers: They have all been great. Roses was probably the most exciting looking back on it just because of how we all came up with the track and how natural it was. But she is amazing, and honestly so are Waterbed, Tritonal, Tiesto and Great Good Fine Ok!

T4L: What were you listening to when you recorded Bouquet? What are you listening to right now? 
The Chainsmokers: Haha shit we have no idea, our musical tastes change every 2 weeks. If we had to guess probably Grouplove, Taylor Swift just had dropped, and maybe some Drake. At the moment we are on a major Bon Iver kick!

T4L: Musical influences and inspirations?
The Chainsmokers: Well we sorta touched on it above but our tastes change quite frequently! Growing up at different points we passionately went through all the genres from metal to rap and we feel like we have a very eclectic taste as a result, which has benefitted us a lot, we think, in our productions. That said, some of our biggest influences are Daft Punk, Dave Matthews Band, Death Cab for Cutie, Cut Copy, David Guetta, and so on.

T4L: What's next for you guys? What does the rest of 2016 look like for The Chainsmokers?
The Chainsmokers: We have no idea. More music is probably the smartest move. We have some cool side projects we are developing with our videographer, Sam Kolder, and our team that could be really interesting. But it's too early to get into that. As for 2016, it's busy, lots of amazing festivals, more releases…

T4L: Weirdest fan/show experience?
The Chainsmokers: A fan once shaved her head in the front row and then threw her hair at us.

(T4L sidenote: That is fucking EPIC. Homegirl who did this, you are batshit, ergo 
you are kinda my idol. Insert infinite praise-hand and girl-getting-her-hair-cut 
emojis here.)

T4L: If you were trapped on a desert island with another musical artist, who would it be? (you do not have to like their music, this is based off personality)
The Chainsmokers: Dave Matthews or Rachel Platten.

T4L: How much do you value social media as an artist? Do you like how big of a role it now plays in the industry or do you find it more of a hindrance to deal with?
The Chainsmokers: To each their own. There are definitely times when we feel burnt out on social media or frustrated by it, but at the end of the day it's our choice to use it a little or a lot. There are many successful artists who barely use it and then there are those who use it as a huge tool. Most importantly we feel like it's great because it allows our fans to really get to know us, and develop a more real and intimate relationship. That’s why we enjoy it and while we are still getting better, we think it has benefitted us greatly!

If you haven't already, check out The Chainsmokers' EP, Bouquet, here! & buy a ticket to their show if you live in one of the lucky few places these boys haven't yet visited!

Marian Hill- Down

3/08/2016 tunes4loons 0 Comments


If you've never heard of Marian Hill before, they're the type of artist that Wednesday Addams would vibe too. I mean this as a great compliment, seeing as Ms. Addams is chill as a fahking cucumber in my book. "Down" is the latest from this Philly-based duo and it's the kind of track I don't feel cool enough to listen to. But I will anyway because I love that combo of the simplistic, addictive piano and Sam Gongol's wispy, mystic vocals so damn much. When I listen to this, I feel as though I just ingested a dose of acid and then walked into a jazz club. Straight up, no one does experimental electro-indie ditties like this pair. What starts off as a low-energy, jazz-infused melody evolves drastically into a mellow, quasi-trap jam. I didn't even think "mellow trap" was a genre that could exist, but here it is and it is glorious.

DMA's - Delete

3/08/2016 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

These boys have been drawing a lot of comparisons to Oasis. I feel that, but honestly when I heard this song I thought of The Libertines (the depressing tracks) and Ryan Adams. There's a raw energy to this that pulls at all my heart strings. Especially because "Delete" starts off casual. When I first pressed play, I expected nothing besides a throw-away Hype Machine track. Nothing to see here!! Then it creeps up on you and explodes into this beautiful chorus, complete with poetic lyrics such as "in the quiet of nothing." I feel like I'm watching the sun rise and coming down off a lot of molly. In a great way. There's some really nice low-key harmony too! Ultimately, I want to chug Red Stripe and scream into the night when I listen to "Delete". Well done DMA's.

*RELEASE* Satellite Mode- Fair

3/07/2016 tunes4loons 0 Comments


YAAAS, KWEEN! Those vocals are perfection, Ms. Carvo. How is it that ladies with curly manes are more often than not able to sing like a complete and total BAWSS? For instance, Jess Glynne, Whitney, and Mariah (referring to her glory days—aka pre-Nick-Cannon years—only here) just to name a few. And WHY did I not inherit this trait along with my unruly locks? My natural hair is equivalent to that of Shawn White—that is to say frizzy, thick, and as ginger as the devil's chinstrap*—and yet I have the voice equivalent to that of a tone-deaf Furby. Talk about life not being "Fair", am I right? Speaking of "Fair", I'm loving everything here from the cathartic house piano to the soulful saxophone near the end. And that interlude in the middle where Carvo breaks her warblings to straight talk for a second is so B. Spears circa 2001, the millennial in me can barely handle it.

*'cuz you know Lucifer rocks the chinstrap like he's a die-hard Red Sox fan from 2004, fucking douche that he is.

Show Clothes- Pool Party (ft. Gavriella)

3/02/2016 tunes4loons 0 Comments


This song has been out for well over a month now so I'm shaking-my-DAMN-head at the fact that I didn't discover this enchanting electronic ditty sooner. Hype Machine, you failed me! My inner musical voyager, you failed me! You mean to tell me that I could have been listening to this smooth, fresh little slice of experimental indie music a month and a half ago? That's fucked up. But I guess all that should matter is that I now have this delightful track in my life. Gavriella's sacchrine vocals slink effortlessly over the warm synth hits and infectious percussion provided by ChiTown-based Show Clothes. I feel like this is the perfect song to soundtrack a xanax-infused trip to the tropics. So if you have that scheduled in your calendar this one's for you (and I'm also SUPER jealous of your vacation plans—can I stow away in your suitcase please?? Let a ginger know.)

INTERVIEW & RELEASE- Paperwhite

3/01/2016 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments


Alas, it's a rather dismal day in America as we are slowly watching Donald Trump win the Republican nom on this not-so-Super Tuesday. But Paperwhite is here with a new single to make everything better! "On My Own" is the most recent track, released today, by BK-duo, Ben and Katie Marshall. It's dreamy, it's infectious and it's the perfect song to listen to as you scroll through our interview with the chillest bro-sis pair in the land.




T4L: Did you guys grow up in a musical family?
Ben: Neither one of our parents wanted to do music as a career or anything like that, but they can both play the piano, sing, and play guitar. So they were always playing good music when we were growing up. The Beatles and Tears for Fears and all sorts of stuff that I think maybe in some ways sneaks into Paperwhite.
Katie: We have an older brother too who's a musician. I'm the youngest so I was always just watching what the boys do, and they kind of started taking music more seriously. They both ended up going to Berkeley College of Music and I ended up going there as well.

T4L: When did you guys decided you were going to work together professionally?
Ben: I was always kind of helping produce Katie's [stuff] since when she was first starting to write songs and make music. She'd come up with an idea for a song and then we'd work it out over the internet. But I guess it was about 2 and a half years ago.
Katie: It was almost a year after that when we started actually taking it seriously.

T4L: When you write a song now do you write the melody first? Or the lyrics, or do they sort of just organically come together and flow?
Katie: My songwriting process has completely changed in the past year. I used to write sitting at the piano, and usually in that case the chords and melody came first and then the lyrics. And that still happens sometimes as Paperwhite, but lately we've been calling the songs little "nuggets." And it'll just be a verse, sometimes it won't even have any chords yet it will just be drums and an interesting pattern. And then that kicks off a complete inspiration and we go from there.

T4L: What song are you most proud of right now?
Katie: I think it's a tie. "Galaxy" has a special spot in my heart, and then "Magic" is actually probably my favorite song because it was such a turning point for us. It felt like the beginning of something.
BM: I think my favorites are probably "Galaxy" and "Get Away."

T4L: Do you ever get writer's block?
Ben: Not really. In moments we'll get stuck and not know how to finish the verse. I also think that a lot of people view creativity as thing uncontrollable essence that comes to you and then it comes out. But the word is just "to create" something. Even if you're feeling stuck. There are so many times that I'll start a track that I'm totally not feeling at all but I'm just like "I have to finish this." Just to get the idea out there all the way and then maybe I'll never use it for anything but at least it was finished and I pushed through that.

T4L: Does being related help with honesty in creating songs? You know, being unafraid to say: "That's garbage" and move forward?
Ben: Today was a little like that. We were recording vocals and I realized after the fact I was probably being kind of mean about it...I didn't mean to be, but I was critiquing the vocals. It has nothing to do with Katie's ability, it's just a thing of "how do we do it so that it works?" Since we're so comfortable with each other we can get down to that and not have to tip-toe around it.
Katie: And I think instead of fighting about the things we don't like, we just work on the things that we do. If something doesn't work, we just don't do it. Say Ben puts something on the track, and I don't really love it, but I don't say anything, because I have a feeling Ben's not going to love it in 5 minutes. 99% of the time, he takes it out.

T4L: You have a cohesive, Paperwhite vibe that we feel really comes through in the music. Have you guys always had that same sound or was it something you had to find?
Ben: Definitely something that we found. But it's interesting to go back and realize that there were a couple songs on the first EP that already had that sound in them, we just didn't know what to call it yet.
Katie: It's interesting, yeah, because we feel as though Paperwhite sounds fairly different from the first EP.  It's really exciting for us to keep pushing and keep evolving and hopefully we'll find an audience that wants to join us on this journey. We're just so ready to get these tunes out there so we can continue because it finally feels like we're getting somewhere.

T4L: Over how long a period of time did you write all 6 songs for your upcoming EP, Escape?
Katie: "Getaway" is probably the oldest and that was pretty much finished in June or July. But it took us a lot longer to get a music video together than anticipated (laughs). And then once we had it we were like "I guess we should wait [to release it] until we have some other stuff as well to go with it."
Ben: But then the other songs we wrote in between then [July 2015] and now. Two of the songs that are going to be on the EP we just started writing about a month ago. Which is nice too to have some fresh ones. The song we've been working on today is one we've been working on for a while and it's like "I know what's wrong but I don't know how to fix it." And I've heard it 3000 times.
Katie: Literally.
T4L: It's like Groundhog Day Syndrome.
Katie: Yeah sometimes I just have to stop listening for a while. And then I re-listen and I'm like "Oh, this is why we like this song."

T4L: Did you always know it was going to be this combination of 6 songs for Escape or did the track list evolve over time? Have you had the chance to play all of them live yet?
Ben: It changes all the time.
Katie: Originally the EP was going to have 4 songs that aren't on it. And we've pretty much played all of them live. 4 of the 6 songs at least.
Ben: We added two of the new ones to the set at the show you guys saw at the Knitting Factory [in January].

T4L: So that was your first headliner show, right? How did it feel?
Ben: I thought it went really well.
Katie: Yeah, a nice surprise.
Ben: That was a fun night because the other bands are our good friends. IYVES is a friend of Katie's and Alan [Markley] plays keys in Paperwhite and Plastic Cannons is his band. So it was fun. A little family night.

T4L: Do you ever get stage fright? Or are you in love with performing? I guess it can be both, the two are not mutually exclusive.
Katie: Yeah, both. I get really nervous the day of, usually sometime in the afternoon. Like I can't eat lunch. And then by the time I'm at the soundcheck and I'm at the venue I kind of snap out of it.
Ben: I don't really get nervous just because I'm so used to performing in shows. I'm more worried about the logistics of the night. Whether people are going to come, whether everything's going to work, stuff like that.

T4L: Do you find the social media thing more of a hindrance? To see people's reactions?
Katie: It's not very natural.
Ben: It's nice when people like it! And even when it's negative, usually people will stand up for you.
T4L: Trolls, they're so scary. And it's like: "What's going on with YOU that you need to visit a Youtube video and comment that you hate these people?!"
Katie: I think people forget that we read these comments! We read almost every single one. We care about the audience and we try and see the reactions, and kind of go from there.
Ben: Honestly it's mostly funny though. They're so ridiculous.

T4L: Dream collaboration?
Ben: There's a band called Kate Boy. But the first one that came to my mind was Robyn.
Katie: St. Lucia.

(The audio becomes screechy as we express our great love of St. Lucia. It's 
like tweens with Harry Styles. St. Lucia is T4L's 1 Direction if you will.)

T4L: What are you listening to right now?
Ben: I was just listening to Chairlift.

T4L: If you were stuck on a desert island with any musician, who would it be? You don't have to be obsessed with their music, this is a personality thing. And they can be dead.
Katie: I guess I have to say Beyonce, because ...if there's any moment to be with her at any time....
Ben: What if she's just like...awful?
T4L: Then you could kill her with a rock. Lord-of-the-Flies-style.
Katie: We'd bond and work through her issues and we'd come out of it even closer.
T4L: And you'd be able to figure out why Solange attacked Jay-Z in that elevator.
Katie: I'd learn a lot.
Ben: In this scenario, will I ever get off the island?
T4L: Well maybe if you're with a more famous person, you are more likely to get off. Like, people are more likely to look for Beyonce. So that's another thing to factor in.
Ben: Well I was gonna say Max Martin, to absorb everything and pick his brain. But if I'm never coming back, then it doesn't matter.
T4L: You'd make a studio with coconuts and rock out.
Ben:  I think I'm going to actually go with Jack Black. Is that cheating? He's a musician.
Katie: That's so random.

T4L: Song that you heard and said "I wish I wrote that."
Ben: A song I love for the melody and production, is that song by Hailee Steinfeld "Love Myself." To me, that is just the perfect pop song.
Katie: "Elevate" by St. Lucia. I wish I wrote that song, oh my god. The first time I heard that, it was one of my favorite songs.

T4L: First concert you saw?
Katie: The Who.
Ben: Korn and Staind.
Katie: Tho Who our parents took us to (bow down to the Marshalls, the coolest 'rents in the game), but my first real concert was Avril Lavigne.

T4L: What is it like having your own Wikipedia page? And has anyone ever hacked into it and written lies?
Katie: Kind of.
Ben: We have a Wikipedia page?
Katie: We do. We were up there as Ben and Katie Mitchell, and so I hacked in and changed it to Marshall, cause I was like, we are not the Mitchells!
T4L: Like, props to whoever fucked that up. You'd think if you were going to get something wrong it wouldn't be your last name.

T4L; Anything else to add?
Ben: Oh here's something you can talk about: that we didn't name our single [their newest before today] after Sia's single [Unstoppable]. This happens to us almost every time. When we released "Magic", Coldplay released "Magic" and that band Magic released "Rude" around that time.
Katie: Then there was "Gold" too. Gold was just like a trending word at the time. Chet Faker's "Gold", kiiara's "Gold"... So it's called the Paperwhite curse, expect it about every other song.

WOULD YOU RATHER ROUND:


Own an elephant sized puppy, or a puppy sized elephant?
Ben: Elephant sized puppy for sure.
Katie: And we would ride him around.
T4L: Go into mid-town.
Katie: I would love that.

Have a time machine that only goes back in time or forward in time?
Ben: Future I think.
Katie: Yeah, I think because if you go back in time you probably wouldn't be able to spend time with the people in your life now—but if you go forward, you can still be with them
T4L: And if you go back in time, and the machine breaks, there's no way to escape. Whereas if you go forward in time, they could definitely fix it.
Ben: And you could probably go back!
T4L: You did it! You solved it!!
Katie: It was a riddle right? 

Live in the house of your dreams with no internet, or live where you are forever?
Katie: Live in the house of my dreams.
Ben: Live where I am forever for free?
T4L: No. But you have internet.
Ben: Got it. Yeah I guess I'll say dream house.
Katie: Is it weird that we're answering every single one the same?

Be the famous author of Twilight, or the author of every Nickelback song?
Katie: That's the hardest one.
Ben: Whichever one made more money. Probably Twilight.
Katie: I'll have to go with Twilight.


Thanks again to Paperwhite for the Blue Moons, great chat, and for introducing us to the silliest puppy in all of BK! While most dogs dream of T-bone steaks, all Hudson wanted to do was binge-eat tissues. I think that's what they call the Gwyneth Paltrow diet...