What I Learned at Bandcamp: Dust on the Radio
L.A.-based art rockers Dust on the Radio released Halfway to the Stars on Jan. 20. The five piece is heavily influenced by post-punk and new wave, but creates a modern sound with danceable guitar and synth harmonies.
Halfway to the Stars is available to stream or purchase on Bandcamp for $8.
Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Dust on the Radio’s vocalist Chris Williams…
Tell us a little about yourselves…
We’re a band from Los Angeles, but we come from all over the country: Alabama, Wisconsin, Vermont, New York and Washington.
How long have you been making music?
The current lineup has been together for about two years. I’ve been making music since I was 12 years old, but when I wrote my first song at age 14, I knew that was why I wanted to play guitar.
Who/what are your influences?
Some of my top influences, ancient and modern, range from Iggy Pop and Bowie, Wilco and Radiohead, to Tame Impala and The War on Drugs.
The band has pretty diverse tastes. David [Kane] is more about ’90’s anthemic rock. Ross [Hooper] – classic rock, Wes [Procino] metal and funk and Morgan [Raven] goes from Cloud Nothings to Katy Perry.
What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
“The Camera Loves You.” It captures the darkness and hopefulness of our sound and lyrics. Everyone brings a lot to the party on that song.
Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We’re about to shoot a video and play a bunch of shows to promote our new record. I’d like to play more bigger shows, of course.
We’d also like to turn this EP into a full-length record. Working with Ethan Allen has brought out the best in us and we’d like to do more of that.
If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
I am drawn to technology because the learning curve is always steep. I need do something with all this extra brain power. Also, writing.
What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Wilco and Radiohead have carved an inspiring path. They now control their musical destiny and create music with authenticity that stretches musical boundaries. Bowie has an admirable shape-shifting career.
Why do you make music?
I like songwriting because you can carry it with you, refining it while you drive, walk or lay in bed not sleeping – because the song is not right yet!
Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
David is not just a great drummer but is also responsible for our artwork, photos and visual identity. Morgan brings the fashion style. The rest of us are props.