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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Northern Hustle

Northern Hustle, Bandcamp, Phoenix , Interview, Forgether

A little over a year ago, Drew Dunlap met Jonathan Malfabon at Solo Cafe in Tempe and they hit it off instantly. Northern Hustle was formed shortly after and Bradley Kleeman and Max Barrazeuta were added as percussionists during live shows.

The group recently recorded its debut album Forgether and recently completed a Kickstarter campaign that raised $3,098, which will be used to help print and distribute the album.

Catch Northern Hustle live at Long Wong‘s in Tempe on Friday, Aug. 9, with Where Are All the Buffalo?, Owl and Penny, Sundressed and Dylan Pratt.

The Spec interviewed the Phoenix-based band, read what it had to say below…

Who what are your influences?
Our musical tastes are all over the place but that probably causes the odd mixture of sounds that is Northern Hustle. Some of our favorite bands include Owen, Joanna Newsom, Converge and Primus.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We’re already writing our next album as a full band, and we’re trying to plan a short-run tour through the Southwest.

What inspires your music?
Northern Hustle is a concept band, our music is all following a single character and his story. The story is loosely based off of books that we like, but more so, our own personal life experiences.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Dustin Chaffin, from Jivemind in Glendale, produced our album and is by far one of the best musicians we know. We’ve considered him a member of our band since our first day of recording. He made our music what it is and is largely responsible for the sound that we’ve developed. We’ll never stop looking up to him.

Who are some of your favorite local bands?
The list could go on and on… but we LOVE Instructions, Playboy Manbaby, Where Are All The Buffalo?, The Balcony Scene, Dylan Pratt, Sundressed and Underground Cities. Arizona is so fortunate to not only have good bands but great people who call the Valley home.

Why do you make music?
“I guess I’ve got to keep creating or I’ll just die.”

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