After trying to get an interview with Bay Area soft boy Day Wave since February, I finally succeeded in getting to have a chat with the man behind the music, Jackson Phillips, last week while he was in Australia. I was here though, wishing I was seeing Day Wave in Australia on his Australian tour. Luckily for us here in the United States however, he’s going on his first headline run this spring, and playing multiple festivals this summer. I got to ask him a few questions before his show here in Seattle at Barboza on April 28th.
Q: I actually saw you open for A Silent Film as part of Carousel back in 2013. Talk about major re-branding from then to now. What caused the change from electro-pop to alt-rock?
Day Wave: Carousel happened on accident, and at that time I only knew how to produce songs using piano/synthesizers. I think doing that project for a couple years helped me realize what music I really wanted to make. I feel Day Wave is much more me.
Q: How do you think your music has progressed from the Headcase EP to the Hard to Read EP?
DW: I produced both EP’s in a very similar way, but I think the second one really solidified the sound that I was searching for on the first.
Q: Are you still producing and playing all the instruments yourself on Hard to Read?
DW: Yeah I made both EP’s completely by myself, from the writing and recording to the mixing and mastering.
Q: Are you interested in doing more music videos, either to the likes of “Drag” or with Mark Hoppus?
DW: Yeah I’ll definitely be making more videos in the future, it’ll probably something different than what I’ve done already.
Q: What are you most excited for that’s happening this summer?
DW: I’m really excited to play Lollapalooza, that’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing. It’s crazy to me that it’s actually happening.
Q: What band/song are you currently obsessed with?
DW: I’ve been digging Car Seat Headrest a lot. I’m looking forward to his upcoming album.
Q: What are your plans for the rest of 2016/when can we expect an LP?
DW: I’ll be touring a bunch this year, and the album is in the works, but I can’t say for sure when it’ll be released.
Tickets are still available for Day Wave’s Seattle show on April 28th at Barboza here.
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