It’s been an enormous yr for California trap-meets-chillwave duo Hippie Sabotage. They toured throughout Europe within the spring for his or her Path Righteousness tour they usually hit the competition circuit with a vengeance this summer time, making appearances at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and HARD Summer. Later this month, brothers Kevin and Jeff Saurer will hit the highway to tackle some a lot smaller venues. Hippie Sabotage will embark on their Lost California tour later this month and we bought the prospect to speak with the duo a few selection subjects main as much as this particular set tour dates.
While L.A. and San Francisco get most the eye, locations like Chico, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz even have their very own distinctive attraction. The Lost California tour seeks to spotlight these venues which might be hidden gems within the nation’s most populous state. As a California native myself, I've a deep appreciation for some these hidden spots alongside California’s coast. The Santa Barbara cease guarantees to be a spotlight because the brothers might be joined by Juice WRLD and Yung Pinch. The guys have additionally added a small slate vacation reveals in December as effectively. Check out our interview with Kevin and Jeff beneath because the brothers talked touring, making new music, and rising up in California.
It’s been a really busy summer time for you guys, inform us in regards to the tour stops and festivals like Lollapalooza and HARD Summer? What was that like with all these totally different and numerous crowds?
Kevin: “Honestly, it was my favourite competition season that we’ve carried out so far. It felt just like the vitality was fairly subsequent degree for us all summer time. So, in phrases momentum and, simply vitality we’ve been returning from the individuals, I really feel incredible about it.
Jeff: “Yeah, time goes so quick, however you achieve this many issues if you’re on the highway, and also you be taught so many new issues about performing. Like Kevin mentioned, this yr has been probably the most satisfying so far as actually, like taking our critiques and issues we have been vital about and will change and placing it on the market”
I wish to ask you guys about HARD Summer. The day you guys carried out, it was unficially the Soundcloud rapper stage. Tell me somewhat about what that was like, what the group was like?
Kevin: “Honestly, it was precisely what we wished. Unfortunately, Trippie Redd was speculated to headline, however Sheck Wes stepped in on the final second, and that dude’s fuckin’ sick. So the truth that we went proper earlier than him, and we have been chillin’ afterwards, we bought to see his set, for me that was nice!”
Jeff: “We love Soundcloud rap, it’s all younger youngsters, the crowds. Wherever the younger youngsters go and wish to have the largest events, we love performing, so the Purple Stage was excellent for us.”
You guys put out a couple of songs over the summer time, an authentic referred to as ‘Cfee’ and flips Billie Eilish & Khalid’s ‘Lovely’ and Herizen’s ‘Social Jungle.’ The vibe may be very chilled out, what was the method behind these songs, what have been you making an attempt to place forth.
Kevin: “For the Billie Eilish one ‘Lovely,’ I feel we have been identical to, rattling, that’s a extremely lovely track, let’s put our personal spin on it, we had been sitting on that one for some time. And then for the Herizen flip that we did, I feel that once they despatched us the unique document, we beloved it, and we felt just like the flip we did, the 2 beats went effectively collectively. So, we wished to place them out inside shut proximity, so individuals may get that very same listening expertise that we have been personally getting the songs again to again. And then, so far as ‘Cfee,’ Jeff was like try this wonderful guitar beat I simply made in two-and-a-half hours. And I used to be like, man, that is nice, let’s put this on the web, and that’s what we did.”
Jeff: “It’s so sporadic. The method we take into consideration is like each single day we’re like stressing, we’ve bought to make the most effective track ever. But in actuality, out like 365 days, you place out 10-15 songs, if even. And then we put out two in per week, and none in two months. We’re making an attempt to construct up a library the place we may be extra in line with it.”
I’ve heard you guys go tremendous exhausting in your reside units, however you even have reside guitar and vocals, how do you discover a method to mix these chilled out vibes with a heavy hitting, excessive vitality reside present?
Kevin: “I feel we’ve discovered a cheerful medium lastly. When we bought again from Europe, taking part in extra intimate environments frequently, it actually improved, even simply our physique language. In a extra intimate surroundings you be taught when to work together with the viewers, when to not, when to let, simply the beats make the vibe the night. I feel that’s what we’ve been making an attempt to work on as a lot as attainable, not over-talking and simply letting the present progress ahead properly.”
Jeff: “And we just like the units to be wavy. I like going exhausting, however once we’re chilling, we’re utterly chilling. I’m like within the guitar jam simply sitting there, and once we’re exhausting, Kevin’s like screaming on the mic. But you'll be able to’t go exhausting, that loopy, for 60 minutes, we attempt to do like 10-15 min, go exhausting, chill it out for somewhat bit, after which come again.”
Tell me somewhat about your upbringing right here in California, what are some your favourite locations, what has introduced you again right here to L.A.?
Kevin: “We have been born and raised in Sacramento. Jeff went to high school in San Diego, and I lived in San Diego for a time. I lived in Reno, whereas I used to be working a job, for a time. I lived all up and down the state at totally different factors after I bought again from faculty at Arizona State. So I feel that actually simply influenced us general. And being absolute, die-hard San Francisco Giants followers. We would go to San Francisco on a regular basis on weekends, day journeys. I feel it simply form formed who we're. I positively suppose going to Giants video games is one my favourite issues to do in California, whether or not it was Candlestick or the brand new park.”
So if you guys have been rising up collectively, what was the purpose you guys bought began making music collectively, and also you realized you each wished to pursue music as a profession?
Kevin: “I feel there’s been varied phases, as a result of we’ve been doing it so lengthy. And it began f as one thing we thought was cool, and we clearly nonetheless suppose it’s wonderful, after which we turned obsessive about it. And then you definitely undergo totally different phases, like Jeff went to music faculty, in order that took it up one other notch. I used to be ending up at ASU, and as soon as I graduated, that took it up one other notch. So it simply form escalated over time as we turned increasingly critical in regards to the factor that we had constantly carried out for enjoyable for therefore a few years.”
Were your mother and father encouraging you guys pursuing a music profession or have been they skeptical at first?
Jeff: “They helped us get into and have been encouraging to start with. As a profession path? That took a minute. But, after we went by it on our personal and did every part, now they find it irresistible.”
Kevin: “Once they noticed a present and a bought out crowd, like, it actually clicked of their heads, so it makes excellent sense to them now, so it’s nice to see.”
How do you obtain a steadiness between placing within the work and discovering to time to sit back or go to a baseball sport or do a fantasy soccer draft?
Kevin: “We’re fairly obsessive, I’m not going to lie, so we’re fairly horrible at work life steadiness.”
Jeff: “It’s exhausting, as soon as your there you gotta hold it going, and music is such a fast factor. You’re come and gone so shortly, you actually need to hold individuals’s consideration so that you gotta hold working.”
So when you guys had damaged by, what was the factor that motivated you to maintain it going?
Kevin: “I feel we all the time conceived Hippie Sabotage as like a steady artwork undertaking that would go anyplace it wanted to, so I don’t actually suppose it as like a starting and an finish. I simply wish to contribute extra concepts to this factor that we’ve created and I want to have individuals have the prospect to take heed to it and to see what their ideas are. Curiosity retains me going, I’m actually simply curious.”
Jeff: “Hell yeah, likewise.”
Kevin: “We have an viewers, we make beats on a regular basis, I actually wish to know what the individuals suppose, good, dangerous, up, down, no matter.”
Do you discover that producing comes naturally and you've got a knack for it, or do you ever encounter author’s block and aren’t positive what to do with a observe?
Jeff: “We make stuff on a regular basis, we positively overthink shit, like method an excessive amount of”
Kevin: “We argue about tril particulars I feel in all probability an excessive amount of, that individuals don’t essentially even hear within the remaining product. But it’s all only for the development what we’re making an attempt to current. I feel our largest drawback is being overly vital…like Jeff mentioned, we simply attempt to keep inventive, keep writing, and if we really feel the spirit that morning, then one thing’s occurring.”
Jeff: “And it’s what you want doin. It’s like should you play a sport, you wish to play with the professionals, you wish to play with everyone else. So if you hear new music that evokes you, that’s what retains you going, you wish to keep within the sport actually.”
Tell us in regards to the idea the upcoming Lost California tour, what can the followers anticipate to see, what’s new and totally different?
Jeff: “We’ve bought a bunch new visuals, some extra new music we’ve added from the Path Righteousness tour and the Europe reveals and festivals since then. And actually the premise it's, since we’re from California and we’ve all the time performed San Francisco, L.A., San Diego, the larger cities, we actually wished to hit all of the hidden cities we’ve been to. That not many individuals get to play.
Kevin: “Especially having the ability to do Sacramento and doing a hometown present, a minimum of every year. It was necessary.”
There’s additionally going to be one other tour within the Spring?
Kevin: “We love touring. We’ve actually hit a groove, I really feel like, during the last yr in phrases our present, and simply having the ability to work on it and do cool issues musically that retains us each entertained…You be taught a lot with every tour, simply in phrases studying what you wish to do with the present you’re presenting…every tour we’ve been capable of rehearse increasingly and extra, go even deeper into the visuals, and the way the visuals match the music and the general atmosphere the night. I feel it’s going to be dope.”
In all of your experiences touring, do you've gotten a favourite place to go to?
Jeff: “We like Amsterdam”
Kevin: “I actually like New Orleans, simply enjoyable individuals, and each time we’ve gone there, it’s simply been a enjoyable time.”
What was the place you have been most shocked to go to?
Kevin: “Missoula, Montana. So dope, coming again on the unnamed spring tour.”
Jeff: “It was like a Tuesday, in a snow storm, it was cool. Eugene, Oregon too, we did somewhat 700-person present in a room like this, there was like 5 individuals on prime one another always.”
What’s your favourite L.A. habits?
Kevin: “Postmates good meals. It’s horrible, I do know.”
Jeff: “We moved in and bought an XBox from Postmates earlier than.”
Kevin: “This was within the early days Postmates, I don’t know in the event that they’ve up to date.”
What recommendation do you've gotten for upcoming producers?
Kevin: “I'd say use YouTube as your platform, make beats on a regular basis, and benefit from the course of life.”
Jeff: “Yeah, simply don’t cease, hold making music. Live-streaming, visuals and music collectively, work in the direction of that.”
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