JWD: Are you still writing new material?
AS: We’re constantly writing new stuff.
JWD: What were your influences growing up?
AWD: The first band I ever got into is The Beatles and was obsessed. It’s all I wanted to listen to as a kid. When I got older, I really became obsessed with Ozzy Osbourne. I went to an all-girls Catholic school, so finding him during that period was crucial.
“I’ve been pretty obsessed with
Jack White since second grade.”
— Henri Cash
HC: I’ve been obsessed with Jack White since second grade. I once waited seven hours before his show at The Fonda Theatre to be right in front. Later on, I got into more experimental stuff like Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa. I like anything weird. I really love this band called Morphine. They play two-string bass, baritone saxophone and really small drums with a high-pitched sound.
AS: I have classic rock roots. I listened to Led Zeppelin when I was a kid, but as a teen my music morphed into metal and hardcore punk, like Cro-Mags and Bad Brains. From there I got into garage rock and more noisy experimental rock.
TF: As a kid, my mom would play the greats like Bob Seger, Billy Joel, The Beatles, Scorpions and Led Zeppelin. As I grew up, I got into super indie stuff and started a band with a friend. He turned me on to bossa nova and jazz. Then I got into Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman.
JWD: How would you describe your musical style?
HC: Right now it’s a mixture of everything.
AS: We want people to come to a show and decide for themselves what our music is like, because we feel weird when a band says, “We are this.” We have our influences and what we play is what we’re influenced by. Come see for yourself!
JWD: Who primarily writes your lyrics?
AWD: Henri and I do most of the lyric writing.
HC: I’m really good at writing riffs. I always have a guitar in my hand. But when it comes to the band, we mesh well because there’s something that each player can do uniquely. Starcrawler wouldn’t be anything without all of us.
JWD: So you are still pretty young—is this what you want to do?
HC: Of course.
AS: For all of us.
HC: I feel like playing music is almost as if you know the secret [to life].
AWD: Yes. I wasn’t one of those kids who was always musically inclined. My dad is a drummer and my mom photographed bands, so I was always around music. But I didn’t really know that I wanted to play music until 9th grade. I was more into visual art.
HC: I’ve always wanted to be a musician because everyone in my family is musician. I’d see my uncles when they were playing in LA and then on Conan or whatever, and I wanted to do that. I wanted to jump around and be like them. It seemed fun.
AS: I’ve been playing drums since I was a kid. I didn’t think it was a career path; playing the drums just made me happy. Initially, it was more of an artistic outlet.
TF: I started playing music over the past three years. Before that, I had no real interest besides video games. It’s all recent, but I’m taking it very seriously and learning new stuff every day.