INTERVIEW : HALLWAYS X DREW VICTOR
Chris Tucci is our friend. He also curates a Sunday night live music residency at Ace Hotel New York — normally, one band reigns supreme for a whole month, but March is an anomaly in that each Sunday we’ll host different talent, different noise and different minds. So we decided to put them all together here through a series of Round Robin interviews between all of these good people.
This Sunday, March 3, Hallways plays in the lobby with Drew Victor, and they interview each other below. Keep an eye out here for interviews between Melaena Cadiz, Ryann, Lightyear and The Curious Mystery (April).
What four bands or songwriters are you most excited about right now?
Grant: Active Child for their haunting falsetto, M83 for its soundtrack anthems, Antony & the Johnsons for its beauty and artistry and Josh T Pearson for its honesty and lyrics.
Steph: I heart Jenny Lewis and always look forward to her projects. I’m excited to see what the Head and the Heart will do next as their Joy-mo (Joy-emo) sound is so uplifting and their rise to success has been so inspiring to watch. I’ve been listening to Black Mountain daily as of late. Also, Midlake is working on a new record and I’m looking forward to it.
Who are your biggest influences?
Nick Drake (which folk musician 40 and under doesn’t study him?), R. Kelly — getting into his discography made me excited about listening to music again, early Bob Dylan — needs no explanation, and Bill Callahan — best living songwriter.
Does “Nothing Compares To You” by Sinead O’ Connor make you cry, and if so, why?
Grant: Without a doubt. Every time. Waterfalls. Because I am a softy.
Steph: I don’t cry. Unless there is a kitten present.
Who must you see play live before you die?
Band I need to see live — Radiohead. I haven’t seen them yet, must see before one of us goes.