GOLDEN BOY PRESS Interview #91
HOLYCHILD is comprised of Los Angeles based duo, Liz Nistico and Louie Diller, making brat pop.
Could you introduce yourself?
Louie: Louie and Liz here from HOLYCHILD, basking in the Southern California sunshine!
How did you two meet and decide to form HOLYCHILD?
Liz: We met in college and the decision to form HOLYCHILD was definitely out of our hands! We started jamming and writing together almost immediately and the songs had so much behind them that we really couldn’t deny them. Even when I was in NYC and Louie was in DC, all we could talk about was the music. Finally we recorded the songs and ran away to LA to focus on the project. It’s been a whirlwind.
What was your journey to music initially? When was the moment you knew that music wasn’t just something you enjoyed, but something you had to create?
Louie: My journey to music began when I was five. My parents took me to a Rolling Stones concert and I realized then and there, that is what I wanted to do with my life.
Liz: Yeah, and for me, I guess I think of music, art, and expression as synonymous. Therefore I always knew that I was an artist, or someone who was compelled to create art. I would spend hours writing or playing around on a piano or painting, but my initial journey to music was just scanning the radio as a 7 year old in New Hampshire. From then, the obsession started and it was pretty much all downhill. :)
What do you want your listeners to experience when they listen to your music?
Liz: I want people to be attracted to some familiarity in the form or melody and get down with the pop aspect, and then I want them to think. Think about the lyrics, about the chord progression, about the rhythm, about some weird production choices. We love making art that draws people in with something pretty and nice, but then makes the audience a little uncomfortable, or uncertain, or feel somethingggg. That’s the ideal experience, but who knows! There’s so much that happens when you give the music to the public. I can’t dictate the experience, it’s unique to every person.
How do you feel the experimental pop culture is growing in LA this year?
Liz: I think there are a lot of artists in LA who have something to say and are keen on using the pop platform to get their messages across. I’ve been so lucky to make friends with a bunch of these inspiring people: Misun, Moses Sumney, Mereki, Chela.. we’re all in LA fueling one another and everyone has something badass to say.
If you had to pick your favorite song off “Mindspeak”, what would it be, and why?
Louie: Our favorite is probably “Pretend Believe,” since we find it to be the most experimental and out there.
Liz: Yeah, Pretend Believe represents the hedonistic aspect of our culture that I both embody and hate. It’s a hypocritical plea for love.
How would you describe your style in three words?
Louie: Sarcastic brat-pop
What inspired the visuals for the three part video series for “Mindspeak”?
Liz: Those visuals were definitely inspired by the lyrics of the EP, which all essentially deal with the role of the female from different standpoints. I really wanted to create a film of sorts that embodied the messages of the EP, and that’s really what the video trilogy aims to do. Essentially it’s looking at objectification of a human, and the simultaneous power and pain that can result from being objectified.
What is coming up for you guys musically?
Liz: We’re working on our album! We’re so excited because we’ve been writing a lot and we feel like we’ve grown so much, even since we recorded our EP over a year ago. We’re still recording, but it looks like our first album will be out in 2015. In addition to that, we’re very excited to be on tour in the fall with MØ all across the US + Canada. We really like spreading our art in the live setting with new people.
What makes you happy?
Louie: People treating themselves and others with respect + honesty.
Any closing comments?
Liz: Not too much! Just thank you for chatting us! We really dig the aesthetic of Golden Boy Press and we appreciate you helping to spread the word of HOLYCHILD. It’s so nice to have great questions to answer. :)
Interviewed by POI