Last month, we had the opportunity to interview Henry Allen and Preston Walker of the electronic outfit Virtual Boy before a show. While their music is outside of our usual demographic, their stylistic hybrid of classical melody and harmony in a chiptune bass heavy setting has found itself occupying a large spot in each of our respective libraries the past few months. We talked about everything from Coldplay to Back To The Future, and learned how a homework assignment turned into a touring band.
Virtual Boy interview with Preston Walker and Henry Allen.
Virtual Boy Audio Interview
Preston Walker: I’m Preston, and I’m from Virtual Boy.
Henry Allen: I’m Henry. I’m the other half.
Islander: How long has Virtual Boy been in existence?
Preston: We started this project about a couple years ago. We actually took a music technology class at the university we go to; Chapman University. We actually started it in class; we started writing songs together because our homework assignment was to do a song a week using electronic instruments and programs and stuff like Ableton and Logic. We ended up pairing up and by the end of the semester we had a unique sound. Our professor has a lot of connections with the industry, his name is Nalepa. He’s signed to 1320 Records and he really liked our sound so he sent our stuff to a bunch of labels and we ended up getting signed to 1320. The next we knew we were touring and playing shows. Continue reading
Los Angeles’s FYF (FUCK YEAH FEST), was fantastic this year. The Islander got the opportunity to Interview both Wavves and Best Coast (first joint interview ever), along with many other artists. So here it is, the only interview Nathan Williams agreed to do at FYF..
Wavves and Best Coast Interview with Nathan Williams (Vocalist and Guitarist of Wavves) and Bethany Cosentino (Vocalist and Guitarist of Best Coast).
Wavves and Best Coast Audio Interview
Islander: First of all, what was your perception of the way that the show went today?
Nathan Williams: It was fun, I had a lot of fun, yeah. There was a dust storm –
Islander: There was.
Nathan: – and the instruments didn’t work but, uh, it was fun, I had a good time.
Islander: How was the production on this album different and how did you feel about sort of going to a legitimate studio, as opposed to Garageband?
Nathan: It was really… it was a lot different, obviously, cause you’re in a studio.
Nathan: Uhh… yeah I don’t know, the biggest difference is probably that there is an engineer and the production manager there, and uh, it took a lot longer to do.
Islander: Which did you like better?
Nathan: I don’t think I liked either better, they were both really fun.
Islander: What have your favorite moments been of today that wasn’t your set?
Nathan: My favorite moments of today?
Nathan: Uh… It was fun watching Best Coast play.
Islander: Best Coast: How do you think your set went?
Bethany Cosentino: It was fun. It was very fun. A kid punched a security guard in the face while we were playing. He got arrested!