BESTiE‘s influences are “summer, ice cream, the beach, girls, floating down a river in an inner tube, high fives and heart break”. With such interests, how could we not create some fun questions for this Vancouver four-piece? The band deliver sun-kissed, fresh pop tunes with a clear influence of summer. A Music Blog, Yea? dives right into their beach-pop vibes in this interview where we speak with BESTiE’s Tristan Orchard about their debut EP, passion of film-making, and dogs eating ice cream.
AMBY: Hello Tristan, thanks for speaking with AMBY. What’s the band been up to?
BESTiE: Were at The Peak Performance bootcamp right now. It’s the beginning of BC based talent development and challenge that we made it into the Top 20 of and are learning about all sorts of aspects of the music industry and being better artists. The winner wins $100k to further their career. Were having so much fun. Going zip lining today :)
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
BESTiE: I’d say it’s indie pop / rock music. People label it as summer’y / tropical with reggae and afro pop influences.
AMBY: Where did the name BESTiE come from?
BESTiE: We had a few name options and it was one we all agreed on. Slang for best friend, it’s about love, having fun, breaking down barriers and making new friends.
AMBY: Your debut EP will be released this fall. What should fans expect to hear?
BESTiE: I think a lot of our songs are somewhat unique from one another. It will have our currently released songs, our tongue and cheek, Pineapple, a T-Pain inspired song, Fell In Love With A Stripper and Sriracha and song about the beach. We’re recording with Howard Redekopp who has worked with Tegan and Sara and Mother Mother who was our dream producer to work with that we’re really excited about.
AMBY: How did you come up with the concept for the new Asleep on the Bus video?
BESTiE: Really it was centred around the song meaning. It’s about the journey through the work week, from the pain of Monday to the elation of Friday. I wanted to make the painful part kind of slapstick getting pie’d in the face type of stuff and then pure joy when we arrive at Friday with dogs eating ice cream and twerking and such.
AMBY: We know that one of your other passions is film making. So if you could choose to have your music featured in any movie or show, which would you choose?
BESTiE: It’s no longer on but “The Hills” is a show that I LOVE that had great music in it. Having it in a Wes Anderson film would be amazing but I would also be excited to have it in a cheesy summer teen comedy.
AMBY: Who would be in your ultimate concert line-up?
BESTiE: The Rifflandia Festival were playing in Victoria in September is pretty amazing. Courtney Love, Mykki Blanco, Danny Brown. I think I would be most excited to play with acts in completely different genres.
AMBY: Has there ever been a song you wish you wrote? And if so, which song?
BESTiE: Definitely. Miguel’s “Sure Thing” is currently my favourite song and it’s absolute perfection, I want to cover it but the rest of the band aren’t as into Rnb so it’s a tough sell. The Neighbourhood’s –Sweater Song is such a beautiful song lyrically.
AMBY: What would the fortune teller predict about BESTiE down the road?
BESTiE: We’re going to have the most fun ever and make some new friends. We want to travel and tour, that’s the dream, that and write a song that connects with people all over the world.
AMBY: What’s your favourite song of the year so far?
BESTiE: The Flume remix of Disclosure’s “You & Me” gives me the absolute chills every time.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about BESTiE that nobody knows yet
BESTiE: How grateful we are to be able to make music and have people like what we do and getting to speak to awesome people like you.
Thank you BESTiE, for giving us your answers!