Whats up Sure was born on the street whereas guitarist Mitch Bell and saxophonist Aaron Leibowitz had been touring with digital artist ZHU, with whom they’re at the moment packing stadiums with in assist of Swedish Home Mafia. The sound is novel, conjuring Mitch’s smokey, but refined guitar and Aaron’s gut-jerking saxophone into compositions that may very well be described as indie groove meets electro membership.
Now, they’re out with their latest EP on Gravitas, Misplaced Sign.
This new EP brings in groovy home vibes blended with their signature guitar/sax parts for an ideal mixture. After their debut reside present at Lightning in a Bottle, followers have been wanting to get their fingers on these unreleased dancefloor anthems, and Whats up Sure is able to share these with the world.
Pay attention beneath and preserve scrolling for our interview with the duo.
So far as I can keep in mind, it’s not that frequent for the band of an artist to afterward kind their very own group. How and when did the concept for Whats up Sure first take form?
Ya, I believe you’re proper. Bands like The Wailers or The Heartbreakers shaped because of Bob Marley and Tom Petty beginning and being part of their respective bands. Nonetheless, the Eagles had been born from being the backing band for Linda Ronstadt. So, ya… Whats up Sure shaped within the downtime between festivals and excursions with Zhu round January 2018. We had been already collaborating on music with Zhu, so the artistic power naturally flowed into a few of our personal concepts.
Your sound is clearly influenced by ZHU, however by no means sounds prefer it’s imitating him. How did you navigate that line between inspiration and imitation?
We’ve discovered lots about digital music and the scene by merely being round Z. He’s a real grasp at what he’s doing. His type is exclusive, and it could be fairly apparent if we tried to repeat his sound. Our experiences with him have helped form what Whats up Sure at the moment is, however we even have years of expertise and influences exterior of digital music. We love connecting all of those items of knowledge and inspiration that resonate right into a sound that’s “Whats up Sure.”
With a lot of your music utilizing reside devices, did you discover it exhausting to document/write/produce on the street or was most of that saved for if you had downtime?
Songs like “Out Of My Thoughts” and “By no means Trusted Me” began as concepts whereas on the street. One was in Tennessee, and the opposite was in Montana. We recorded a bunch of voice memos melody concepts after which completed them again residence later. We began “The Lesson” from scratch and just about completed in Ronny’s LA storage studio. “Peace Of Thoughts” began as a laptop computer beat on a flight to Denver, then we labored out the sax and vocal concepts at my home in Oklahoma. Different occasions, I’ll ship Ronny a guitar loop to mess with, or Ronny will ship me a demo to rearrange and add sounds to. Finally, one of the best concepts rise to the highest, and we fiddle with them till we really feel like they’re full.
How did you find yourself going with Gravitas for the discharge of your Misplaced Sign EP?
Misplaced Sign can be our 2nd EP launch with Gravitas. Grav has been within the bass area for a minute now with artists like Clozee and Beats Vintage. They actually get the tradition behind the sound greater than most and have been an excellent first accomplice. It’s so necessary, particularly early on, to have a accomplice that believes in what you’re doing and sees the larger imaginative and prescient for it so they’re able to assist nudge it the appropriate route, which they’ve been in a position to do.
Do you foresee a time when Whats up Sure opens for ZHU on tour, otherwise you guys tour by yourself aside from ZHU? You’ve already collaborated with artists like THEY, Tame Impala, and Jason Mraz.
We love touring with everybody on the Zhu staff and are excited for future excursions. Everybody on his staff is a category act. As Whats up Sure, we’d like to play exhibits in any capability and are working to construct that a part of our world. So preserve a watch out for us in 2023! And yeah, if Kevin Parker ever desires us to leap on tour with Tame Impala…we’re able to go 🙂