Q&A: Kiid Spyro

First off, I personally do not hear about hip-hop artists from Australia often. What is the scene like there? Who and what inspired you to start making music?

Kiid Spyro: The scene in Australia is drill, and I don’t make drill. People don’t really listen to this stuff I make. People really don’t make it. I grew up listening to American music. Kid Laroi was the only person from here making American style hip-hop. He was getting seen a lot because his style wasn’t popular down here. It was different, and people were like, “Why is an Australian making American music?” What’s popular here is, like, pop, EDM and whatever is on the radio. I’ll play a trap song, and people will be like, “What was that?” If people do listen to rap, it’s mostly drill.

ACRN Prom 2020 Q&A: Jeremiah Hayes

By Taylor Linzinmeir, Staff Writer  Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director Q&A with Athens-based R&B artist Jeremiah Hayes at ACRN Prom 2020.  Tell me about where you’re from.  JEREMIAH HAYES: I’m from Columbus and moved here [Athens] about two years ago to study music at Hocking [College] and then eventually transfer over to OU….

Q&A: Hope Davis

By Anna Birk, Contributor [Photo by Noel Davis] Q&A with Hope Davis following a performance at Donkey Coffee in Athens, Ohio.  You grew up in Athens, Ohio—what made you leave? Hope: Well, I was suffering from an eating disorder in high school, and I was extremely depressed. I also have rheumatoid arthritis, so during the…

Q&A: Bat House

By Liz Partsch, Contributor [Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director] Q&A with Shane Blank and Emmet Hayes of Massachusetts-based “neo-punkadelica” outfit Bat House. How did the band form?  SHANE: We met in school. So the four of us are all from different places in the country. I’m from Florida, Emmet here is from California…

Q&A: Inoculous

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor [Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director] Q&A with bassist Jake Evans, drummer Bryan Sheets, and guitarist and creative force Demetri Wolfe of Athens math-rock trio Inoculous. You guys played this same venue last weekend—does that contribute to a sense of comfort or familiarity? DEMETRI: It’s a good time, you know….

Q&A: Something Else

By Evan Gallagher, Contributor Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director Q&A with frontman Aidan Hall of Columbus-based post-pop quartet Something Else. So, how’d you guys meet and form as a band? Aidan: I’ve known Colin [McMillen] (bass) since he was five—his mom used to babysit my sister. I met Landon [Gruszewski] (guitar) when we…

Q&A: Bewarewolves

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director Q&A with guitarist and vocalist Noah Gfell, drummer Ben Gfell and guitarist Aidan Matney of Bewarewolves. How was your trip down to Athens? Aidan: It’s not bad, I haven’t made it in a long time. Noah: I came down here a lot over the…

Q&A: Harlot

By Taylor Linzinmeir, Contributor [Photo by Harley Wince] Q&A with vocalist Bret Anderson, drummer Kenny Sevier and bassist TJ Tumblinson of Cincinnati alt-pop trio and Skyline Chili lovers, Harlot.  Tell me the brief history of the band. How did you guys get started? Bret: I went to Hocking College and met our drummer Kenny there, and…

Lobsterfest 2019 Q&A: Machine Girl

By Josh Pettis, Staff Writer Photo by Joey Medlen Q&A with Machine Girl (Matt Stephenson) and Sean Kelly post-Lobsterfest over hashbrowns, coffee and other 2 a.m. breakfast foods. As a fan of some of your earlier works like Gemini and Jet Set Radio Remixes 1, I was really curious what it feels like to move…

Lobsterfest 2019 Q&A: galen tipton

By Kiah Easton, Columns Editor Photo by Joey Medlen  Q&A with galen tipton, Columbus electronic dance and experimental artist.  Can you tell me about your upcoming project on Orange Milk? galen: I’ve been working on this project for almost three years now alongside other things I have already put out. This project has kind of…

Lobsterfest 2019 Q&A: Lung

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director Q&A with Cincinnati’s Lung with Kate Wakefield on electric cello and vocals and Daisy Caplan on drums. How was playing Lobsterfest? Kate: It was awesome. We had a lot of fun. Daisy: A blast is a good word. Have you played here in Athens…

Q&A: Machine Girl

By Kiah Easton, Staff Writer [Photo Courtesy of Machine Girl] After only a week off from their mini-tour in Mexico, Machine Girl is back on the road promoting their most ambitious album yet. The Ugly Art combines elements of several genres including house, breakbeat and punk, creating a futuristic, apocalyptic, ear-rupturing experience. After seeing the…