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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 Wild Belle

Siblings Natalie and Elliot Bergman are Chicago's Wild Belle. CHIRP's Cher Vincent met with the duo before their sold out show at Lincoln Hall at the Tomorrow Never Knows fest, where they talked about how their parents' taste in music influenced their style, Elliot's duty to defend his sister's honor, and stealing ideas from Tom Tom Club. Wild Belle's debut album, Isles, releases on Columbia Records on March 12th.

(produced by Bri O'Reilly)

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Topics: cher vincent, chicago, wild belle

Artist Interviews Palma Violets

Palma Violets is a four-piece indie/garage rock group out of Lambeth, London. Before their Chicago debut on their first North American tour, Palma Violets sat down with Katie Owens for their first Chicago interview. Conversation went from Chipotle mayonnaise, to the quest for true love, and getting “friend-zoned.”  Palma Violets full-length album, 180, released on Rough Trade Records on February 25. Palma Violets will be back at Schubas Tavern on May 1.

(produced by Jenn Rourke)

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Topics: 180, jenn rourke, katie owens, london, palma violets, rough trade, schubas

Artist Interviews Supreme Cuts

Electronic duo Austin Keultjes and Mike Perry are known throughout Chicago's hip-hop scene as Supreme Cuts. After their live set at Schubas for the Tomorrow Never Knows fest, CHIRP's Cher Vincent talked with the post-dubstep producers about their collaborations with underground rappers and Maroon 5, having their shout-out to King Crimson shot down, and why Chicago is the realest city in the world.

(produced by Eugene Cabanban)

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Topics: cher vincent, chicago, eugene cabanban, local music, supreme cuts

Artist Interviews Other Lives

On the last date of their 2012 headlining tour of North America, Other Lives gave an exclusive interview to CHIRP's Alex Dziura before their show at Lincoln Hall. Singer Jesse Tabish expressed how it felt to tour with and also be remixed by Thom Yorke, shared some Lebanese Maronite family history, and talked about the thing that gives his life purpose.

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Topics: alex dziura, other lives, thom yorke

Artist Interviews Chandeliers

Chandeliers are an electro-krautrock band from the south side of Chicago known for treating their audiences to immersive audio/visual experiences. After their show at Saki, Chandeliers' Chris Kalis and Cameron Brand explained what it means to be a live synth-rock band that doesn't just press buttons, ruminated about the support system of Chicago's art scene, and talked about the benefits of working from home.

(produced by Justin Savage)

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Topics: chandeliers, chicago bands, justin savage

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