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CHIRP's exclusive artist interviews, conducted on-location and produced entirely by CHIRP volunteers. Subscribe to the feed to receive new interviews with local and national acts every week.

Artist Interviews Fire-Toolz Interview

Angel Marcloid is the producer and visionary behind the boundary-pushing and Chicago-based electronic music project Fire-Toolz. She spoke with Features Co-Director Mick R. about her latest album Eternal Home and how it ended up being her longest release to date, as well as how she manages to maintain such a relentless work ethic, and the role empathy plays in the writing and performance of her music. 

Eternal Home is available from Hausu Mountain Records

If you're not trying to see the full perspective, then you're doing yourself a disservice... and that's something that Fire-Toolz is all about... that sort of non-duality and trying to see all the shades of something... all angles, because that's that's the wisest thing and the healthiest thing that we can be doing for ourselves when we are interpreting our experiences. - Angel Marcloid

Production by Mick R. 

Photo Credit: Lyndon French

CHIRP Radio · Fire - Toolz Interview

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Artist Interviews Phillip-Michael Scales Interview

This week, Features contributor and CHIRP DJ Mike Nikolich speaks with Nashville-by-way-of Chicago artist Phillip-Michael Scales. Scales speaks about how losing a role in Hamilton pushed him to work with a vocal coach and reach the true potential of his range, his relationship with blues powerhouse and family friend B.B. King shaping his guitar artistry, and creating his new LP, Sinner-Songwriter, in relative isolation in a cabin in Wisconsin.

Produced by Mike Nikolich.

Photo Credit: Bryan H. Iglesias

CHIRP Radio · Phillip-Michael Scales Interview

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Artist Interviews Dos Santos Interview

The Chicago-based Latin fusion band Dos Santos wants their city stay connected with the international community that helps it maintain its local character. For this episode of the CHIRP Radio's Artist Interview Series, bandleader Alex Chavez spoke with Features Department Co-Director Mick R. about the philosophy of Dos Santos's music, the legacy of Latin rhythms in popular music within the United States, and the making of their second album for International Anthem, City of Mirrors

Buy City of Mirrors from International Anthem. 

I think the thread that unites what we do is just a deep appreciation and therefore desire to continue to be inspired by Latin American rhythm... and an approach to those ideas that we subsequently experiment with. - Alex Chavez

Production by Mick R. 

Image Credit: Victor Duarte

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Artist Interviews Gosh Diggity Interview

This week, Features Department Co-Director Mick R speaks with Joe Marshall, Cheryl Höglind, and Conor O’Donovan of Chicago-based "Midwest kitchen techno" group Gosh Diggity. They discuss the exclusion of a drummer in their band, their tough-to-self-describe music genre categorization, their chiptune, punk, bedroom pop, and indie influences, keeping things upbeat, and their genuine friendship. Their most recent release, Runaway Rocketboyis available on Bandcamp.

"Being in a band, I think it's all about the vibes that you give each other, and it's hard to describe when you find something that really fits well. I think it's kind of like a really good friendship when you find people that bring something to the table that you really enjoy working with, [...] making music, but also just being pals." - Joe Marshall

Produced by Jessi D.

Photo Credit: Joslyn Vosta

CHIRP Radio · Gosh Diggity Interview

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Artist Interviews Hausu Mountain Records Interview

Doug Kaplan and Max Allison run the Chicago-based experimental record label Hausu Mountain. They talked with Features Department Co-Director Mick R about the origins of the label, what kinds of artists they like to work with, their opinions on psychedelic music, and their unique approach to avant-garde art. 

Featured Tracks (in order of appearance): 

"Steam Room Sauna Holla" by Sharkula x Mukqs

"Help Desk" by Wobbly 

"Rhododendron pt. II" by d'Eon 

"Fungal Abundance" by Prolaps 

You can check out Hausu Mountain's catalog online on their site. 

[We're interested in] musicians that are able to... convey excitement and fun, but also maintaining a dedication to total experimentalism [and] genre recombination... [T]here's a whole group of people that have just associated experimental music with listening to a fan for an hour... they're just like "Peace! I don't want to deal with that. That sounds really, really boring to me." [W]e want to work with the people that are [experimental] but able to make [it] fun and engaging for musicians and non-musicians alike. 

Produced by Mick R. 

Photo Credit: Doug Kaplan & Max Allison 

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