Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Electric Youth

Electric Youth
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Electric Youth (Austin Garrick and Bronwyn Griffin) are childhood loves who grew up together and are now touring in support of their debut record Innerworld. Adorable, right? Ahead of their hometown show on November 18th in Toronto at The Hoxton, A Music Blog, Yea? spoke with the electronic-pop duo’s Bronwyn to discuss larger than life characters, tour prep, stray cats, and their new album Innerworld. Here’s what they had to say:

AMBY: Hey Electric Youth! Currently on your North American Fall Tour, where does our interview find you today?

Electric Youth: Hey! We are driving across Nebraska in a snow storm at the moment, on our way to Brooklyn, NY for a show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. It’s a loooooong drive but I’m really enjoying it.

AMBY: You’re touring in support of debut album Innerworld‘s release. What have been some of the highlights for this tour?

Electric Youth: Playing at the Roxy in Hollywood was a highlight, that place has so much history, it was an honour to play there. It’s like you could feel the energy of all the Greats who’ve stepped foot on to that stage… Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp played a show there just a few days before us, generally I don’t feel affected by stars but Johnny Depp is my favourite and my sister listened to Marilyn Manson in 8th grade and he was always a super cool/scary, larger than life character to me.

Vancouver was also a highlight for me because the crowd was incredibly welcoming (making our performance extra fun) and it felt good to be at home in Canada. The city of Vancouver is also breathtaking. The first half of our music video for ‘Innocence’ is shot in Vancouver.

This is also the first time we’ve toured with a full length album out so it was the first time I’ve seen people mouthing the words to all the songs. A lot of firsts:)

AMBY: When it comes to prepping for being on the road, which items are quintessential to have with you?

Electric Youth: Lots of music, tons of movies, my iPhone, in-ear monitors, and microphone…And a really big comfy sweater and scarf for traveling.

AMBY: What’s the significance of calling the album Innerworld?

Electric Youth: Innerworld is the world inside… the place in which the album came from:)

AMBY: What was the most exciting and challenging aspect of making this record come to life?

Electric Youth: There’s nothing like the feeling of seeing a vision through the way it was intended. It was exciting to spend time making the best music we can make, being honest with ourselves by not compromising creatively. The end result was the best reward I could have imagined. At times it was challenging to get our vision across to the few naysayers but the music spoke for itself and we can honestly say that when we listen back we wouldn’t want to change anything on the record.

AMBY: If you could be a fly on the wall at any given time or event, where would you want to be?

Electric Youth: It would be cool to be present on set in 1946 when Ingrid Bergman was making the movie Notorious (one of my favourite movies). They depicted the late 1940’s as such a sophisticated and glamorous time. The women are witty, beautiful and headstrong in those films… They possess such strong character. It would be awesome to witness Ingrid Bergman in action.

AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Electric Youth that nobody knows yet?

Electric Youth: A stray cat walked into our house 2 and a half years ago and now he is part of the family, reverse adoption, I was soooooo happy about that:)

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Thank you Electric Youth, for giving us your answers!

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Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout

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