At this years Burgerama, we were lucky enough to grab Soko, La Luz & Colleen Green from all the chaos for a quick conversation! Read below to gain some knowledge on their opinions, lives & inspiration!
Q: Do you enjoy playing to festival crowds or are you more about intimate settings?
Soko: I get a bit overwhelmed with festivals to be honest, especially now that it’s 100 degrees out there. I feel like we’re all being roasted in a BQQ and we’re all going to be turned into a burger by the end of the night. That will not be vegan and I will not be able to eat them.
Q: Who are you excited to see at this years Burgerama?
Soko: Well, Bleached is on stage right now and they’re my friends. Jessie & Bosh were both in my last music video that I directed called “Love Trap”.
Q: You directed?
Soko: Yea, I directed and the song is with Ariel Pink and he didn’t want to be in the video so I play Ariel Pink in the video. And myself too, which was really fun. I think it’s the most complex video I’ve ever directed because there were so many people.
Q: Were you an actress first or a singer first?
Soko: I guess an actress, yea. But then I got really bored with it and wanted to be a little more self-content with my art.
Q: It sounds like artists these days have a lot of control over all aspects of their music. Is that something you enjoy?
Soko: Well I love making everything myself because I really enjoy every single challenge on the way. I love making my artwork and I love making my merch. I just think it’s really fun. I also think, because it’s my solo project, no one knows better than me what I want, so I might as well just do it because I don’t want my whole image to be in the hands of someone else who has no idea what I’m about.
Q: It seems that music and especially rock and roll has always had a strong influence on pop culture and fashion. How would you describe your style and what fashion trends from the past would you like to see make a comeback?
Soko: I only buy stuff at vintage stores so I feel like every era has its place in stores like that. I have a bunch of 70s stuff and 80s punk stuff and 90s acid washed jeans. I love high waisted mom jeans and I love creepers and I love crop tops. Everything I wear is from different eras and it works, I don’t think there are codes. I feel like fashion transcends codes and I feel that everything is mismatched and weird.
From left to right:: Alice - keyboards, Lena - bass, Shana - guitar & Marian - drums
Q: If you could work with any artist, living or dead, who would it be?
Lena: I’m going to go with Beck.
Marian: Oh I got it! M.I.A.
Alice: The Drifters
Shana: Fats Domino
Q: Wow, those are all different musical tastes. Do you think this dynamic helps the band out?
Marian: Yes, absolutely. It makes everything really eclectic. We’re still facing the same direction but taking from different areas.
Q: There’s a lot of boundaries that are being broken by women. It seems like a tolerable and very supportive scene.
Shana: I guess I kind of feel like that was going on in the 90s too with Riot Girl, like “Oh anyone can be a band!” You know? And really encouraging women to start playing music.
Alice: I don’t know if there is a connection but I’m also seeing in education a lot more female focused camps or education groups. So maybe there’s some kind of alignment there, some feminist movement going on.
Marian: I feel like even in the 90s if there were female bands they were facing a lot more repercussions or backlash from it. Where as now if you are a female musician you don't necessarily feel… people throwing shit at you on stage.
Q: Yea, it’s a better environment for these girls to do it.
Marian: I think it’s just more enlightenment in general. There’s a strong generational understanding that this is a good thing and it’s necessary.
Q: What are some of the favorite cities that you’ve played at?
Shana: We really like this area, Southern California. Also Austin is usually really great, Florida was cool. All of the south is pretty sick.
Marian: Oh yea, Florida killed it. They just totally blew me away. A lot of other bands told us that people are so starved in Florida for music that when a band finally comes along that they’re just so stoked on it.
Q: Do you prefer a more intimate setting or a big festival like this?
La Luz: Both. There are ups and downs.
Marian: Like today we usually don't have this huge of a crowd so its nice to have that built in. But it’s also really fun to play shows where you’re just playing for like 100 people or 50 people.
Alice: Like that show in Texas where there was just a campfire and a little outdoor stage.
Shana: It just depends on what the crowd is like, if people are giving off good vibes, then it doesn't matter if there are hundreds of them or only 2 people.
Q: What song do you most remember from your childhood?
Colleen: Probably a French children's song that my mom used to sing to me when I was little. It goes… “Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, violette en bicyclette.”
Q: If you were to sit under a table and listen to two people speak, who would they be?
Colleen: Hmmmm, let’s go with Sandy Bullock and Ryan Gosling. I bet they’re chill, you know? I bet that they would just kick it. I’d want to see what they would talk about.
Q: How would you describe your style and what fashion trends from the past would you like to see make a comeback?
Colleen: I would say my style is like...sporty, casual, cool? As far as fashion trends from the past…. No, I kind of like it now. How anything goes.
Q: We’re seeing a big movement of young and rocking girl bands in what has predominantly been a boys club for decades and we think it’s awesome. Why do you think this is?
Colleen: I think that with the internet it’s made it a lot easier for young girls to not have that fear of being written off for being female. As a society we’re more open to the idea of equality. It’s starting to become more of the norm.
Q: When you’re not on tour or writing music, what do you find yourself doing on your down time? Hobbies.. etc…
Colleen: I’ve been trying to draw more lately, because I’ve always been interested in art and drawing and have always done art projects and stuff like that but I really want to make a real go of it now.
Q: Lots of DIY bands these days have total control over all aspects of their music and image. Do you find that to be a good thing?
Colleen: It feels good to have control over everything but it ends up being a sort of defense mechanism for me sometimes because I get scared relying on other people. If I did everything myself and it sucked then at least it was my responsibility. I’m kind of private with my stuff i guess. It is nice to let go of control though. It lets me worry about less and focus more on writing good music.
Q: If you could collaborate with any artist living or dead, who would it be?
Colleen: Akon! I always wanted to make a really good dancey pop song. Super poppy and melodic. He’s really good at that kind of stuff.
Q: Burger Records (and other independent labels) have had an amazing year. With an audience reaching around the world, big business and major labels will undoubtedly be knocking at its door. How do you think this could affect such a DIY grassroots movement?
Colleen: Well I think it all depends on who’s running the label. For Burger Records specifically, I can see them partnering with bigger brands and sponsors but I think they’ll only use it for good. They’re such good guys. They have good hearts and I feel like they would never do anything to tarnish Burger Records and the true spirit of it. More money can help these festivals exist and that’’s a positive thing.
Posted on 04/07/15