Farm life and music – a DogHouse Banana Interview

Farm life and music – a DogHouse Banana Interview
9th February 2022 sandra
Dog House banana interview

You’ve been raised on a farm. How do you think this influenced your music?

I think you can hear a lot of country influence in my music, which stems from growing up raising cattle and bailing hay in the summers on the farm. When I was a child, my dream was to become a cowboy (it still is), and I think a lot of that western influence is apparent in my songs.


You recorded your demo on a Tascam 4-Track Cassette tape. Could you tell us more about that?

I bought this little blue tape recorder when I first started making music for fun. It only records four tracks of music onto a cassette tape, but if you’re clever with it you can bounce down multiple tracks into one track, freeing up the other remaining three again. The sound of tape gives the recordings a really vintage crackly sound, and the more you record over it, the more vintage it sounds. I love the distortion and crackling that tape gives to a song, so recording the EP demos onto tape was a fun way to give the songs that Daniel Johnston sound that I love.


What is the inspiration behind your lyrics?

Mostly it’s capturing a feeling or mood in the most succinct and clear way that I can come up with. I love songs that convey a huge meaning or emotion using simple lyrics, and that’s always what I’m trying to do: capture the universe in a glass of water, as John Mayer quaintly puts it. When you write out lyrics they can tend to sound a bit corny, so I try to refrain from dissecting anything I write too closely. I think that song lyrics should be heard to be felt, not read.


What are the biggest influences behind your sound?

Musically, my biggest influence is Paul & Linda McCartney’s Ram album. Everything about that album screams fun and creativity to me. I want to make songs that sound as colourful as the opening track, Too Many People. Other than that, I love James Taylor, Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile… the list goes on. Recently I’ve been listening to the song Loading Zones by Kurt Vile, I think there will be a lot of that sound in my future songs.


If you were a type of…musical instrument

Kazoo…easy to play


❤️‍🔥 What’s your favorite movie?

At the moment it’s the movie, Columbus (2017). It resonates with me in a very personal way.

A part of your body you can brag about

my skinny arms with undeniable farmer strength.


How do you see yourself in 10 years?

Married with children/ English Al Bundy


🎧 What is your current favorite / guilty pleasure / go-to playlist? ( no pressure, it doesn’t have to be in Indiemono haha)

Guilty pleasure is movie musical soundtracks, e.g Tick Tick Boom soundtrack


📢 Give us 5 emerging artists that you want to highlight for everyone to discover right now

Anything you want to add before we finish?

Thank you & go vegan!

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