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Artist Interviews Chaepter Interview

This week, Features Co-Director Mick R speaks with Chicago-based R&B and pop artist and producer, Chaepter. They discuss his midwestern roots, his new and first full-length album where he does it all, Kicking the Cat, his desire to create "Midwest Gothic" aesthetic in his work, how his Catholic childhood shapes him as an artist and person, and of course, what "kicking the cat" means.

"I think I've always really liked Gothic literature as a whole and then how it pertains to the region, like Southern Gothics. [...] I kind of wanted to create something that could be categorized as a "Midwest Gothic." Something that pulls from our geography and our region. What it feels like to live in, kind of like a wasteland. I think a lot of people can relate, especially growing up in central Illinois, there is nothing out there. A lot of it is just gone. It used to be this big beautiful prairie, which is such a cool ecosystem, just got turned into a monoculture. Corn and soybeans. And it just feels empty sometimes. And I wanted to create something that kinda reflected that feeling and how geography can reflect how we feel inside. [...] And some of those midwestern values; honesty, vulnerability, I wanted that to be in there..." - Chaepter

Produced by Mick R.

Photo Credit: Vanessa Valadez

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Artist Interviews Iceage Interview

This week, Features contributor Lee Gomez speaks with Dan Kjær Nielsen, Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, Jakob Tvilling Pless, Johan Surrballe Wieth, and Casper Morilla of Danish post-punk band Iceage. They discuss their recent release, a compilation album of b-sides and outtakes, Shake the Feeling, touring in America, and their favorite things to eat and drink when visiting Chicago.

"I was really talking in broad strokes about humanity as a whole. I think that's just a reference to the headspace that I was in when I was writing lyrics for it." - Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, in repsonse to Iceage's headspace in creating their 2021 LP "Seek Shelter."

Produced by Adalyn Staats.

Photo Credit: Soren Lynggaard

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Artist Interviews Discussing the Sun Interview

Discussing the Sun is an emo pop group that combines the talents of Chicago-based singer/songwriter Mars and Cleveland hip-hop producer (Leave) Nelson B. Features Co-Director Mick R catches up with them to talk about their new album Feel It All, as well as how the band came together, how they pushed each other to break new ground through their collaboration, and the personal nature of the project's lyrics. 

Feel It All is out on Lonely Ghosty Records. 

"[Discussing the Sun] lead me into being able to see all of [my emotions] as valid and necessary and crucial for my survival. And at the end, I got to this point where [I was] like, 'Okay, I'm just gonna feel this because I need to...'" - Mars

Produced by Mick R. 

Image courtesy of the artist. 

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Artist Interviews Jordan Reyes Interview

This week, Features Co-Director Mick R speaks with Chicago-based artist Jordan Reyes. They discus his new album, Everything Is Always and how an antipsychotic drug led to an overwhelming obsession with death, how zen, zaza meditation and drone metal helped, and his collaborators.  

Jordan Reyes will be celebrating Everything is Always at a release show held at the International Museum of Surgical Science on November 4, 2022.

"I talked to my general practitioner about everything that I was doing and we did a bunch of tests. He said, well, you're physically fine but there's something going on there. It's advice you wouldn't expect from a doctor, but he just told me to make music every day. So I was like, this guy's pretty smart and I know that music has helped me in the past, and I'm trying to wrangle all of these ideas, so I started working on Everything Is Always and what would be Everything Is Always." - Jordan Reyes

Produced by Mick R.

Photo Credit: Katherine Squier

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Artist Interviews Liska Interview

Liska is a Chicago-based singer and songwriter with a fun and bright DIY sound. She talks with Features Co-Director Mick R about her latest EP La Boom, her greatest influences, and what it was like growing up in a family of professional musicians. 

Liska will be playing a special Halloween show at Golden Dagger in Chicago with Modern Nun and TheUpDowns on October 30, 2022. Tickets can be found at goldendagger.com.

La Boom was self produced and released. 

"I like to think of myself as super badass, but I know that I do not come off that way. Because I'm always thinking like, 'Wow, I'm really giving like 'Scorpio Rising' death glares,' and then everyone's like, 'You're so cute!' ... So I've now leaned into that." - Liska

Produced by Mick R. 

Image Credit: Matt Allen

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