Interviews

2015 Artist Survey: Julien Baker

Baker on 2015's Best Albums, the Election, Justin Timberlake, Star Wars, and Sexism in the Music Industry

Mar 08, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Julien Baker. Baker released her acclaimed debut album, Sprained Ankle, last fall via 6131 Records. More

2015 Artist Survey: EL VY (and The National and Ramona Falls)

Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf on 2015's Fantasy Best Albums, the Election, Being Fired, Taylor Swift, and Disastrous Dates

Mar 07, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf of EL VY. Berninger is also in The National and Brent Knopf also records as Ramona Falls and was previously a member of Menomena. More

2015 Artist Survey: Baio (Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend)

Chris Baio on Music Streaming, the Election, Disastrous Dates, Cats, and Star Wars

Mar 03, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend. In 2015 Baio released a solo album, The Names, put out simply under his last name on Glassnote. More

2015 Artist Survey: Dutch Uncles

Duncan Wallis on Music Streaming, Taylor Swift, Trump, Early Musical Memories, Disastrous Dates, and Haunting Moments

Mar 02, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. More

2015 Artist Survey: Sondre Lerche

Lerche on 2015's Best Music, Justin Bieber, Getting Fired, Breakups, and Misogyny in the Music Industry

Feb 29, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Sondre Lerche. The Norwegian singer/songwriter's last album, Please, was released in 2014 via Mona Records. More

2015 Artist Survey: Tamaryn

Tamaryn on 2015's Best Albums, Music Streaming, Donald Trump, Outrageous Tour Requests, and Gun Control

Feb 29, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Tamaryn (aka NYC via New Zealand songwriter Tamaryn Brown). Her latest album, Crane Kiss, was released in 2015 via Mexican Summer. More

2015 Artist Survey: CHVRCHES

Lauren Mayberry and Iain Cook on 2015's Best Albums, Music Streaming, the Election, Star Wars, Venue Security, and Disastrous Dates

Feb 26, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Lauren Mayberry and Iain Cook of CHVRCHESMore

2015 Artist Survey: Surfer Blood

John Paul Pitts on Music Streaming, Bernie Sanders, Guided By Voices, Star Trek, Puppies, and Disastrous Dates

Feb 26, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from John Paul Pitts of Surfer Blood. Surfer Blood's latest album, 1000 Palms, was released in 2015 via Joyful Noise. More

2015 Artist Survey: Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips

Coyne on Earliest Childhood Memories, House Fires, the Disappointing Future, and Getting in Trouble as a Kid

Feb 25, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Wayne Coyne of The Flaming LipsMore

2015 Artist Survey: Cullen Omori

Omori on 2015's Best Albums, Music Streaming, Outrageous Tour Requests, and Star Wars

Feb 25, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Cullen Omori. Omori is the former frontman of Smith Westerns. The singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist is releasing his debut solo album, New Misery, on March 18 via Sub Pop.

2015 Artist Survey: Father John Misty

Josh Tillman on 2015's Best Albums, Indie vs. Mainstream Pop, Childhood Memories, and the Life Goal He Has Yet to Achieve

Feb 24, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Josh Tillman, who records as Father John Misty. Father John Misty's excellent February 2015-released sophomore album, I Love You, Honeybear, was Under the Radar's #1 album of 2015More

2015 Artist Survey: Benjamin John Power of Blanck Mass and Fuck Buttons

Power on 2015's Best Albums, TIDAL, Getting Fired, and Jim Carrey's The Mask

Feb 24, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Benjamin John Power, who records as Blanck Mass and is also one-half of Fuck ButtonsMore

2015 Artist Survey: Will Butler of Arcade Fire

Butler on 2015's Best Albums, Music Streaming, the Election, Disastrous Dates, and Early Childhood Memories

Feb 23, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Will Butler of Arcade Fire. Butler also released a solo album, Policy, in 2015 on Merge. A shorter version of this interview ran in the Best of 2015 print issue, which is still on newsstands now. More

2015 Artist Survey: Telekinesis

Michael Benjamin Lerner on 2015's Best Albums, Getting Fired, and Early Childhood Memories

Feb 23, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Michael Benjamin Lerner, who records as Telekinesis. Telekinesis' most recent album, Ad Infinitum, was released last year via Merge. More

2015 Artist Survey: Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen

Leithauser on Streaming Music, the Election, Gun Control, Getting Older, and Listening to Pop Music with His Daughter

Feb 22, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Hamilton Leithauser. Leithauser's band, The Walkmen, may be on "extreme hiatus" (as they announced in November of 2013), but in 2014 Ribbon Music released the singer's debut solo album, Black Hours. More

2015 Artist Survey: NZCA Lines

Michael Lovett on 2015's Best Albums, Outrageous Tour Requests, and Almost Being Fired from Metronomy

Feb 22, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Michael Lovett of NZCA Lines (who has also played with Metronomy). More

2015 Artist Survey: Field Music

David and Peter Brewis on 2015's Best Albums, the Election, Getting Fired, Star Wars, and Earliest Musical Memories

Feb 19, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from brothers David and Peter Brewis of Field MusicMore

2015 Artist Survey: How to Dress Well

Tom Krell on 2015's Best Albums, the Election, and Star Wars

Feb 18, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Tom Krell, who records as How to Dress Well. His latest album, What Is This Heart?, was released in 2014 by Weird World/Domino. 

2015 Artist Survey: The Dears

Murray Lightburn on Music Streaming, Mainstream Pop, the Election, Being Fired, and Star Wars

Feb 17, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Murray Lightburn of The Dears. The Canadian band released their latest album, Times Infinity Volume One, in 2015 via Dangerbird. More

2015 Artist Survey: Low

Alan Sparhawk on Music Streaming, Childhood Memories, Star Wars, and the Genius of Taylor Swift

Feb 16, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Alan Sparhawk of Low. The band's latest album, Ones and Sixes, was released in 2015 via Sub Pop.  More

2015 Artist Survey: Mew

Jonas Bjerre on 2015's Best Albums, Music Streaming, the Election, the Paris Terror Attacks, Star Wars, and Childhood Memories

Feb 15, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Jonas Bjerre of Mew. Mew's latest album, +-, was released in 2015 via [PIAS]. A shorter version of this interview ran in the Best of 2015 print issue, which is still on newsstands now.

2015 Artist Survey: Everything Everything

Jonathan Higgs on the Election, Being Fired, Disastrous Dates, Gun Control, Getting Older, and Childhood Memories

Feb 12, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Jonathan Higgs of British four-piece Everything Everything. The band's third album, Get to Heaven, was released last year in the U.K. and is finally getting a proper U.S. release on February 26 via Big Picnic/RED. More

2015 Artist Survey: Natalie Prass

Prass on Music Streaming, Flower Arranging, Star Wars, Getting Fired, and Terrifying Dates

Feb 11, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Natalie Prass, whose self-titled debut album was released last year via Spacebomb/Columbia. More

2015 Artist Survey: Ryley Walker

Walker on 2015's Best Albums, Music Streaming, and Getting Fired

Feb 11, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Ryley Walker. Walker's latest album, Primrose Green, was released last year via Dead Oceans.

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2015 Artist Survey: Dan Deacon

Deacon on Music Streaming, 2015's Best Albums, Mainstream Pop, and Childhood Memories

Feb 10, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Dan Deacon, whose latest album, Gliss Riffer, came out last year via Domino. A shorter version of this interview ran in the Best of 2015 print issue, which is still on newsstands now.  More

2015 Artist Survey: EZTV

Michael Stasiak and Shane O'Connell on 2015's Best Albums, Indie vs. Mainstream Pop, Disastrous Dates, and Battlestar Galactica

Feb 10, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Michael Stasiak and Shane O'Connell of EZTV. The band's debut album, Calling Out, was released last summer via Captured Tracks. More

2015 Artist Survey: Youth Lagoon

Trevor Powers on 2015's Best Albums, Music Streaming, the Election, Disastrous Dates, and Early Childhood Memories

Feb 08, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Trevor Powers, who records as Youth Lagoon. Youth Lagoon's most recent album, Savage Hills Ballroom, was released last September via Fat Possum. More

2015 Artist Survey: Doldrums

Airick Woodhead on 2015's Best Albums, Music Streaming, Pop vs. Indie, Star Wars, and Getting Fired

Feb 08, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Airick Woodhead, who records as Doldrums. Doldrums' most recent album, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, was released last April via Sub Pop. More

2015 Artist Survey: Ultimate Painting

Jack Cooper (also of Mazes) on Disastrous Dates, the Paris Terror Attacks, Streaming Music, and the End of the World

Feb 05, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Jack Cooper of Ultimate PaintingMore

2015 Artist Survey: The Bird and the Bee

Inara George on Streaming Music, Being Fired, Childhood Memories, Star Wars, and Bad Dates

Feb 04, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Inara George of The Bird and the Bee. The Los Angeles-based duo (which also features Greg Kurstin) released their latest album, Recreational Love, last summer via Rostrum/Polydor.

2015 Artist Survey: Lanterns on the Lake

Paul Gregory, Oliver Ketteringham, Hazel Wilde, Bob Allan, and Angela Chan on Star Wars, Gun Control, and the Apocalypse

Feb 02, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Paul Gregory, Oliver Ketteringham, Hazel Wilde, Bob Allan, and Angela Chan of Lanterns on the Lake. British quartet released their third album, Beings, on Bella Union last November. More

2015 Artist Survey: Quilt

Anna Fox Rochinski and Shane Butler on Disastrous Dates, Star Wars, Tour Riders, Childhood Memories, and the End of the World

Jan 29, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Anna Fox Rochinski and Shane Butler of Quilt. The Boston-based four-piece are releasing their new album, Plaza, on February 26 via Mexican Summer. More

2015 Artist Survey: Briana Marela

Marela on Streaming Music, the Election, Bad Dates, Star Wars, and Gun Control

Jan 28, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Briana Marela. After self-releasing two small albums, in 2012 Marela was emailed by frequent Sigur Rós collaborator and producer Alex Somers, who had been passed some of Marela's material by one of his friends. Somers produced and recorded Marela's latest album, All Around Us, in Iceland.

2015 Artist Survey: The Veils

Finn Andrews on 2015's Best Albums, Venue Security, and Childhood Memories

Jan 26, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. Here are some answers from Finn Andrews of The Veils. More

2015 Artist Survey: J Fernandez

Fernandez on Music Streaming, Ben Carson, Star Wars, Lame Breakup Excuses, and Childhood Memories

Jan 25, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from J Fernandez, whose debut album, Many Levels of Laughter, is out now via Joyful Noise. More

2015 Artist Survey: Coves

John Ridgard on Music Streaming, Dating, Star Wars, and the Presidential Election

Jan 20, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from John Ridgard of Coves, whose debut album, Soft Friday, came out in 2014 via Nettwerk. More

2015 Artist Survey: Shearwater

Jonathan Meiburg on 2015's Best Animals, Streaming Music, Being Fired, and Star Wars

Jan 15, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Jonathan Meiburg of ShearwaterMore

2015 Artist Survey: CocoRosie

Sierra Casady on Being Naked and Afraid, Childhood Memories, and Outrageous Tour Requests

Jan 14, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Sierra Casady of CocoRosieMore

2015 Artist Survey: Frankie Rose

Solo Artist and Beverly Member on Modern Pop Music, Being Fired, Taylor Swift, and Star Wars

Jan 12, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Frankie Rose. More

2015 Artist Survey: Johan AngergÄrd of Club 8, Eternal Death, and The Legends

AngergÄrd on His Favorite 2015 Albums, Streaming, the Election, ISIS, Star Wars, and More

Jan 11, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Johan Angergård, who is in a multitude of bands (including Club 8The Legends, and Eternal Death, who all released new albums in 2015). More

2015 Artist Survey: Jacco Gardner

Gardner on Streaming, Mainstream Pop, Cover Albums, and the Being Fired

Jan 08, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Jacco GardnerMore

2015 Artist Survey: The Thermals

Hutch Harris on Streaming, the Election, Dating, Star Wars, and the Apocalypse

Jan 07, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Hutch Harris of The ThermalsMore