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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Heatwarmer

Heatwarmer, Bandcamp, interview, Trunk Space

Heatwarmer began in Seattle in 2008 and performed its first show alongside Tune-Yards. The five-piece, comprised of friends involved in the jazz program at University of Washington, has only continued to rise.

This year, the group embarked on its first tour and released a debut, self-titled album on Sept. 10. The digital album is available for $8 on Bandcamp and $12 on vinyl. On Saturday, Sept. 21, Heatwarmer will release its album on tape at day two of Rubber Brother Fest at Trunk Space in Phoenix. The festival features over 20 bands with almost half of them releasing music on tape.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Heatwarmer frontman Luke Bergman…

Who/what are your influences?
We like lots of stuff. I like songwriters like Elliott Smith, Leonard Cohen, Joanna Newsom, Bill Callahan and jazz musicians like Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Lennie Tristano, John Coltrane, and classical composers like Ravel, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Stravinsky. I also love 80’s-90’s R&B, and lots of “world” music. Other people in the band are into different stuff too. I think all that stuff makes it into Heatwarmer’s sound one way or another.

What is your favorite song off the new album and why?
I like “You Move” the best, because, for whatever reason, it’s the most fun for me to play. Maybe because you can dance to the same beat the whole way through it. Makes me think we should do that more often.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
Everybody in the band is in other projects like Thousands, The Wand, Small Face, and Chemical Clock (to name a few) when this band isn’t active, everybody is working on their other projects. With this band, we’ll keep touring and putting out more albums.

What inspires your music?
Having fun is the biggest inspiration and goal for the music. We like to make music that people can freak out to. But also to make music that continues to challenge us and broaden our palettes.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Anybody who keeps changing through their whole career, and doesn’t get stuck with one approach.

Why do you make music?
Partially because I have music ideas that I think people will like, and partially because I always think that I can get better at making music, and expand upon what I’ve already done. It’s kind of addictive.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Thanks for reading!

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