OEB’s 5 SXSW Qs – Chaos Chaos
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
OEB 2013 SXSW Review
Brooklyn electronic pop duo Chaos Chaos will be swinging through SXSW in support of their debut EP, S. Lucas reached out to Asy from Chaos Chaos to discuss how the sibling connection shapes their songwriting, moving to NYC, and using SXSW to break away from what she normally listens to.
As a sister duo, this is your second incarnation in band form. What is it about being siblings and, considering your siblinghood, do you share any extra sensory links as musicians?
Being sisters, we definitely have a connection as musicians. I think this can also happen if you’ve been playing music with somebody for a long time. It’s great that during rehearsal we can talk and work out the parts of songs without feeling self-conscious about any ideas. We’ve heard each other say our ideas suck millions of times, and we’ve learned to be totally okay with it. We both feel that our writing environment needs to be a completely open one. The bad thing about being two sisters in a band is that you can feel you don’t have your identity, but we’ve been lucky to be able to collaborate with different musicians on our own, and from this we each gain our own personal experiences to bring to Chaos Chaos.
You’ve been in the city for a minute now. How does the city influence a musician in contrast to your previous environs?
It’s funny, I was just talking to someone about how in New York it can feel like home after living here for a week, but after two years you still won’t feel like a ‘complete New Yorker’. So I think we are at that stage. We have been here for a while but it doesn’t feel like HOME home. I suppose that is what’s great about it. Being a musician here is also like that. Feels like there is not time for sitting and doing nothing. You can dip your feet in the music scene but once you jump in, the city kind of sucks you in. That is what you want to happen — you have not experienced New York if you have not felt sucked in to an out-of-control whirlwind. There is so much music and culture that it is almost too much inspiration. You have to decide on a clear idea for what you want to create and then get away to organize your thoughts and channel your inspiration into something!
SXSW is in Austin, Texas. Do you realize what you’re getting into with SXSW? Will you drop down in any other Texas towns during your stay in the Lone Star?
We probably won’t visit any other towns except for whatever town we happen to find a hotel in — probably one that is about 40 miles away from Austin. Haha.
Do I know what I am getting into? I am a vegetarian going to Austin, but I’m sure I’ll be getting into some brisket. Other than that we want to do as much as we can in Austin, we love the city and the adventurous/free-spirited attitude, and we’re excited to spend a week there!
Ok, time to play what will Chaos Chaos be up to in 2013. I’ll flip a coin. Heads means touring in cities you’ve already visited and didn’t especially enjoy. Tails means ______. Fill in the blank.
The blank would be ‘playing in cities we love on a smart-car sponsored caravan tour.’ It would work if we had trailers on the smart cars, right??
Finally, in this order, who is in your record player right now? Who are you excited to see in Austin during SXSW? Any types of music you haven’t heard lately but want to get back in to?
Last question - always the hardest! I don’t have a record player anymore. On my Spotify list is Minutemen, Odd Future, Beans, Gorillaz, Ty Seagull, Pinback, and The Do. I haven’t looked at the SXSW roster. I’m gonna look right now. But without looking, I know I’m excited to stumble upon random bands I’ve never heard of that are amazing! I would like to get back into really electronic music and also music with emotion and feeling bursting out. Sometimes I choose the easy road and listen to music that is easy to listen to and zone out to and just think about things, but I feel as a musician I must challenge myself to listen to music that is out there and requires my full attention.