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Monday, January 25, 2016

Hanging Out Backstage With Electro-Pop Duo XYLØ

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 4:15 PM

Chase and Paige Duddy - MICHAELA WISSEN
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  • Chase and Paige Duddy

It’s been over three months since the last (and only) time I met with the brother-sister duo XYLØ back in their Woodland Hills studio outside of Los Angeles. Tonight, I’m traversing through a sea of excited, anticipatory concertgoers as I trail behind the band’s manger, Dylan, to the back stage area of the Rickshaw Stop. In approximately one hour, the pair will take the stage as the headliner for the Friday night show, but for now, they’re lounging on an over-stuffed maroon couch, sipping on water and fiddling with their phones.

“See? I can’t get the Snapchat filters on my phone,” says Chase Duddy, the band's producer and drummer. “I don’t have the ones Paige has.”

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Notes From The Green Room: Hanging Out Back Stage With Kat Dahlia Before Her Show

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 5:30 PM

CREDIT: JESSIE SCHIEWE
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I’m finally at the point in my career as a music journalist where I’m interviewing the same artist more than once. Miami crooner (and occasional rapper) Kat Dahlia is one such artist. I first talked to her a year ago on the cusp of the release of her debut album, My Garden. At the time, the 25-year-old had just finished a grueling year of recording and recovering (she had a cyst on her vocal chord that required both surgery and the cancellation of her first tour). But when I spoke to her last week, things were different.

2015 has been a good year for Dahlia who is on her first West Coast tour since her surgery last December. She’s traveled a bunch and has taken a break from the arduous songwriting and sequestering that preoccupied her so much last year. “I took a little time off to live and just wake up in the morning and be like, whatever,” she said on the phone last week. “I didn’t want to force myself to get back in and try to create, so I took some time off.” Her voice is also doing “fantastic,” she says, despite the fact that she’s been consuming everything she's not supposed to eat (i.e. dairy and sugar). Usually, the singer sticks to a strict gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free diet, but she decided to loosen up and live a little the past month as she traveled through Europe with a friend. As she told me on the phone, “I just had my last piece of bread and butter and now I’m done. I was like, ‘Sorry, guys,’ and we parted ways.”

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