I have a love/hate relationship with writing and recording on the road. It always seems like such a great idea from home, like some miracle answer to all of my writer's block woes. Exploring new cities, field-recording as you wander through the streets, and churning out your best songs from cramped seats on planes, trains, and automobiles…
Kate Ellwanger’s career is the stuff young music nerds dream of: She interned for Daddy Kev and partied at Low End Theory, runs her own label Unspeakable Records, records and produces as a solo artist and is a member of artist collective Team Supreme. The Olympia-born, LA-based Ellwanger, AKA DOT, calls into the studio to discuss her latest single “So Far Away,” a whimsical pop tune that takes you to the hazy summers of yesteryear. Written, recorded, mixed and mastered entirely by Ellwanger, the track is exactly what people have to come to expect from this rising west coast multi-hyphenate.
"This song is about my struggle of being an introvert, but also an artist and performer in today's world where everyone and everything is so exposed because of the internet and social media. I know that I have all the tools I need, but I don't know how to get out of my own way and be ok with feeling vulnerable. It's something I'm always working on because my nature is to be more private and conservative, but music is made to be shared."
"Chak-heh. It’s a Korean word that means good, well-behaved, nice, polite; often used to describe a young woman who keeps quiet, who listens to her parents, who follows customs. A good girl." Read more about the newest single from Kelleia in her own words, and listen to the release here.
Two days ago, a man broke into my home and stole $8000 of cash that I had worked my ass off earning as a dancer. He wrenched open the bug screen on my second story bathroom window with a crowbar, walked through my home, went into my bedroom, and took money out of my drawer. He walked out the front door.
The follow-up to last year’s “Retrofuture” debut, Ellwanger says her new album explores the concept of freedom, “and our many different paths or methods of trying to obtain what we already have within us. We are so free that we build cages (limitations) and lock ourselves in.”
Sonic Summer is nearly here! Beginning this Friday, June 22nd, Dot will be leading a select group of artists from around the world in an online program to create new music, develop business strategies for independent artists, and amplify each creator's authentic voice.
Through every decision we make, we have the opportunity to choose love over fear. Courage and bravery aren't traits that a few chosen people are born with. They are like muscles that can be exercised and developed over time with consistent practice.
We sat down with the Andorra-based engineer Jared Leopard (founder/lead engineer at Club Can’t Hear) to talk plugins, common mixing mistakes, and healthy workflow practices. Read the full conversation below!
"Sex is sacred. It wants to be delightful. It wants to be healing and pleasant; it is creative and expansive. I pray that this is all possible for people who do it and that we keep learning from each other, owning our voices, speaking our truth, and staying open."
Dot recently teamed up with Lucky Brand to share her influences, the stories behind her instruments, and new music video for "Silence Is Golden." Read the full feature and check out her style picks for this season here.
It’s 3:28 AM on one of those restless nights, and your chattering mind doesn’t seem to care about the fact that you have to be awake in a few hours. Just as you finally begin to slip through the edges of consciousness into dreamland, BAM. You’re hit with an idea for the most epic song hook of all time (or at least of the past few weeks of writing attempts). Now you find yourself facing the age-old decision...
In an age of uncertainty within the music industry and beyond, an artist’s ability to effectively manage their finances is of greater importance than talent or ability when building a stable career or future of long-term success...
This month, we interviewed Alpha Pup / Dome of Doom artist Huxley Anne to learn more about her influences, pre-show rituals, and her original score of Radka Salcmannova’s LAFW show this Fall. Read the full conversation below!