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Humble & Hungry Rockstars: A Dialog With Indie Rock Band flipturn

Humble & Hungry Rockstars: A Dialog With Indie Rock Band flipturn


The younger rock stars in flipturn sat down with Atwood Journal at Hangout Music Pageant 2023, to inform us about their love of Paramore and Phoenix, their “Tour Uncles” in Wilderado, and rising confidence on stage. 
Stream: ‘Shadowglow’ – flipturn

Originally from a small city in Florida, the indie rockers in flipturn are a scorching commodity within the reside music scene.

Opening reveals for bands like Mt. Pleasure and acting at main festivals like Governors Ball, Lollapalooza, and Hangout, flipturn are, no doubt, a band on the rise. The band consists of frontman Dillon Basse, bassist Madeline Jarman, lead guitarist Tristan Duncan, guitarist/synth participant Mitch Fountain and drummer Devon VonBalson.

Whereas attracting a lot fanfare and pleasure, the band has managed to remain humble. Atwood Journal had the pleasure to talk with them for a couple of minutes and was pleasantly stunned to see how all the way down to earth they had been.

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The primary query I ask each artist is, “What sort of music do you guys hearken to outdoors of your individual? And, who’s on aux once you’re on the street touring?

By their reply, I can inform that they clearly hearken to music all day, every single day, with nothing however love for his or her craft.

With fervor, they defined, “Effectively, clearly it’s like whoever’s driving sort of will get to dictate or whoever’s within the passenger seat of the driving force. And we’ve got a buddy system. So, it’s like rolling pairs. Like when Mitch and I are buddied up, we like listening to Bobbing, a freaking wonderful producer and artist. However I believe collectively all of us actually love Phoenix and Radiohead. I imply all of us have very particular person tastes. Just about something new, like we had been listening to the brand new Paramore album when it got here out. So excited to see them play tonight, we’re big followers!”

Paramore, by the best way, completely crushed that set, however I digress.

Flipturn have been on the street for some time, touring throughout the nation. It is sensible that they’ve time to discover a variety of new music.

On the subject of touring, I requested the band in regards to the story of certainly one of their songs, “Chicago.”

It’s the basic story of small-town youngsters seeking to stretch their legs and discover the world.

All of us play faux
Prefer it’s one thing that’s actual
Like we need to get away
Find out how we will really feel
Effectively, totally different air
From what we already breathe
So we inform ourselves we’ll go, go, go
However we by no means, ever depart
Woah, I’m going to Chicago
Someplace I don’t actually know
See the solar rise on the east coast
See it set in San Francisco

“We come from a small city in Florida, so I believe a variety of the individuals, like the children our age on the island at the moment, are all the time sort of desirous to get out, you recognize. It’s a small-town vibe so that you simply need to see extra you recognize, you need to get out. Chicago was actually only a metaphor for simply going out and seeing the world, making an attempt to increase the individuals you meet and the experiences you might have.”

We began speaking about another indie bands, and I needed to point out the truth that they opened for a few of my heroes, Wilderado and Mt. Pleasure.

It looks like we share the identical admiration and love for the indie veterans.

“I imply, us too, we love them. They’re all so candy and all the way down to earth and accommodating. Like I bear in mind with Wilderado, I saved saying they had been like our tour uncles. it was like touring together with your cool uncles, instances 5. Nevertheless it was actually cool to love to attract inspiration from once you do their reveals and listen to their music. And in addition identical to how they had been as individuals like they’re tremendous cool. So yeah, we’re extraordinarily grateful and fortunate to tour with them and we bought a pair extra reveals with them this yr.”

flipturn © Amanda Laferriere
flipturn © Amanda Laferriere

The band brings a lot power to their reside performances, it’s no shock to see how passionate they’re in regards to the little issues surrounding tour life. Getting to hang around together with your musical idols is superior, however opening for them is an entire different kind of journey.

We chatted somewhat about future excursions, and who flipturn would need to hit the street with subsequent. Their reply was fairly to the purpose. No mincing phrases on their love of 1 particular artist.

“Phoenix, Phoenix. Yeah, freaking love them. We technically opened for Tame Impala final yr – like the primary stage at a competition earlier than them,” chuckled lead singer Dillon Basse, “However I imply, yeah, Phoenix, proper? We love them, they’re superior.”

I needed to learn about what inspiration, if any, they’ve drawn from whereas on tour, and if they’ve plans to take their music in any new instructions. I’ve discovered to simply accept nothing, however an ecstatic response stuffed with ardour from these younger musicians, and for that, I thank them.

Mitch Fountain and Tristan Duncan jumped on the alternative to reply this one.

“I believe we’re all the time sort of creating what feels pure for the time being. Like if there was a cool riff or one thing which will really feel a sure approach we sort of lean into or put our personal spin on it. So like I’m certain all of us have some motivation someplace. Yeah, undoubtedly. Yeah, by no means actually know till you’re making it. It’s much less of like, okay, what can we need to sound like, extra like, let’s simply, let’s simply do, let’s simply go feed off of one another’s stuff, like carry one another’s materials collectively and let just like the 5 of us kind it into no matter. And naturally there’s like totally different vibes strolling in, like some stuff sounds extra like funk at first or jam band-esque or rock. We simply sort of let it’s a pure course of.”

flipturn © Amanda Laferriere
flipturn © Amanda Laferriere

Talking of jam bands, I needed to commend the band on their morning efficiency on the Shein Stage, a pair hours previous to our interview.

They introduced an insane quantity of power, and the gang ate up each second of it. It was the jolt of power that the gang wanted to thrust back the sleepy Alabama solar. However, throughout their spirited efficiency, the band determined to sluggish it down somewhat.

It appeared like for a couple of minutes, they had been simply riffing off each other, feeding off one another’s power and simply merely jamming. They introduced the tempo down, however the pleasure was nonetheless at 100.

I needed to know the place they discovered such superior stage presence and crowd management.

“You study from these smaller reveals. The larger the stage will get, the extra you’ve discovered how to do this. Undoubtedly I believe we’ve gotten higher at it. Since we’ve performed just a few greater levels opening for bands like Mt. Pleasure, simply attending to be on that facet of the stage and seeing how they do it, I don’t know, like, after we go to festivals like this, like seeing the Chili Peppers enjoying final night time you sort of study from all of it. And there’s additionally a confidence factor too. If you don’t really feel assured on stage it’ll translate. The extra reveals we play collectively the extra assured we get for certain.”

flipturn © Amanda Laferriere
flipturn © Amanda Laferriere

We completed off by speaking in regards to the insane performances all of us noticed that weekend. The band advised me in regards to the pleasure constructing of their tour bus for Paramore, and in regards to the new Thundercat document.

In the direction of the tip of our chat, it actually felt like a bunch of music followers all sitting collectively gushing over a lineup, fairly than a bunch of rockstars speaking about their friends.

Whereas flipturn is a scorching commodity with hundreds of thousands of streams, they’re nonetheless passionate followers of music and humble twenty-somethings having fun with the epic experience that they’ve discovered themselves on. I want nothing however the perfect to flipturn, and I’m assured that they’re going to change into a family title quickly sufficient.

Catch flipturn on tour all yr lengthy with acts like Mt. Pleasure, Shakey Graves, Bendigo Fletcher, Susto, and Proxima Parada.

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