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Haunted Summer formed in 2013 after Los Angeles natives Bridgette Eliza Moody and John Seasons fell in love and began playing music together. That same year brought the release of five-track album Something in the Water. Currently, the band is working on Spirit Guides, which will be released later in 2015. See the dream pop duo perform live on March 14 at Viva Phx—Grace Chapel 11:15 P.M..
Read our interview with John Seasons of Haunted Summer below and purchase Viva Phx tickets here…
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Very first concert you attended and a memory from it. James Brown, Brenton Wood, and more at The Greek Theatre LA. I was about 10 at the time and was taken by some older friends to the Observatory hills to watch this show. Hearing Brenton’s voice through the tall trees and seeing James give it his all (as he always did) will always be a beautiful thing I remember.
If you could have any musician (dead or alive) as a mentor, who would it be? John Lennon.
Very first concert you played and a memory from it. A house party in Highland Park, Calif. when I was 14. I had just started playing guitar a few years back by this point and randomly got asked to do a impromptu set right after some party goods were consumed. We played “House of The Rising Sun” for 45 minutes with five long guitar solos.
Artist you would most like to collaborate with or have produce your music? Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips or Bjork..some interesting beautiful things would come from this, if it ever happens.
Personal truth that fans would be surprised to know about you. I’m a gear junkie, I am always pushing to work with new music technology but keeping the human aspect of true feeling within these grounds. I could never have too many pedals, Earthquaker Devices especially… they make amazing pedals.
How do you spend a typical day when you’re not touring or busy recording? With family and the cats, writing music, or working (the work never ends).
One artist or album you could never get tired of listening to? Camera Obscura.
Earliest music-related memory you have? Listening to the Beatles‘ “In My Life” for the first time. It puts many things in perspective, even for a young kid like me at the time.
Nicest thing a fan has ever said, or given, to you? Hearing people respond to the music is always a treat. Fans tell us all the time about their connection to our songs. We have this one fan named Dan who is super cool and comes to a lot of shows and records the audio and later gives us CDs of these recordings.
Interesting fact about your newest release. We have a new reissue of our EP Something in The Water coming out in the next few months on red vinyl through Ninkasi Brewery/Records. The vinyl will have bonus artwork and a new remix done by our friends De Lux signed to Innovative Leisure. Apart from this, look out for our new record Spirit Guides, coming soon.
Xperience you will never forget. Headlining Crescent Ballroom, touring with Polyphonic Spree and eating NYC pizza for the first time, are some unforgettable epic moments.