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Photo by Shervin Lainez

Los Angeles “brat pop” duo HOLYCHILD will perform an all-ages set at the Monroe Street Stage at 9 P.M. on March 7 for Viva Phx.

Read The Spec‘s Q & A with HolyChild…

Very first concert you attended and a memory from it.
Louie Diller: Saw the Rolling Stones when I was five, I don’t know if you can beat that.
Liz Nistico: Went to a punk rock show when I was 12 and learned what moshing was.

If you could have any musician (dead or alive) as a mentor, who would it be?
Louie: Thelonious Monk.
Liz: Fiona Apple.

Very first concert you played and a memory from it.
Liz: My first show was a house party in DC in 2011. The place was packed and the entire house was shaking. We did like, four HOLYCHILD songs and the rest were covers of Lauryn Hill and some badass R&B.

Artist you would most like to collaborate with or have produce your music?
Liz: I really want to collaborate with Kimbra, but we love co-writing and doing projects with different people, so this is pretty open!

Personal truth that fans would be surprised to know about…
Liz: HOLYCHILD is my first band, and pretty much the first time I’ve ever been the lead singer. I’m learning so much!

How do you spend a typical day when you’re not touring or busy recording?
We are pretty creative/busy. So we’re either writing or working on HOLYCHILD in some way, taking care of the business side of things, or working on artistic collabs.

One artist or album you could never get tired of listening to?
Liz: TV on the RadioDear Science

Earliest music-related memory you have?
Liz: I was pretty obsessed with Kylie Monogue when I was like two, ha.

Nicest thing a fan has ever said, or given, to you?
Liz: I’m pretty much smitten when anyone is into anything we do, but we once received a really sweet handwritten letter from a fan in San Francisco. It had some awesome drawings and notes. It really made my day.

Interesting fact about your newest release.
Liz: I wrote and directed the music videos that accompany our EP Mindspeak!

Xperience you will never forget.
Liz: This is my first major tour, so as it’s not over yet, I’m soaking a lot of it in.

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