wego, we went, we conquered

interviews with the apps' secret show kickoff artists

Sex, Drugs, Wonk & Roll | Emily Langlois | April 6, 2016

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Last week I published an article about a new and improved app called wego that’s changing the game in the social sphere of concert-going. They kicked off their secret show series at Georgetown University last Thursday, and it definitely lived up to the hype.

Despite some technical difficulties with the lights and a few boring Georgetown students who refused to get out of their seats, the energy put out by the artists and everyone who was getting into the music made for a truly unique experience. They haven’t officially announced the next one yet, but keep an eye out by downloading the app and checking for an upcoming event near AU!

I got a chance to interview SHAED and Lyrx, two of the three performers at the wego show.

SHAED

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Photo credits: https://soundcloud.com/shaedband

Just by talking to them, I knew that SHAED was really something special. The indie-electronic group consists of Chelsea Lee, Max Ernst, and Spencer Ernst. Chelsea is a doll and I high-key want to date her, and Max and Spencer are twins which automatically makes them twice as cool as anyone else. 

Their performance as headliners for the show seriously brought the house down. They were able to make just about everyone dance and each song had a unique energy that the entire crowd immediately picked up. Their music is like sexy time machine meets sunny meadow.

Q: What’s the story behind your name?

Max: We got the name SHAED because we loved the dual meaning of the word, like shadows cast from the sun and also just all of the different shades of color. We thought that kind of vibe fit with the music that we’re creating.

Q: Was there any specific moment that it came to you?

Chelsea: We got the actual word and its spelling from a famous novel that we all have read. We loved the meaning, and we were like this is it.

Q: What is your spirit dog?

M: Mine is a pitbull. I had a pitbull.

C: Mine would be a dachshund, like something that’s really small and doin’ its own thing.

M: That made me sound really aggressive, but I had a pit bull and she’s really sweet. They get a bad rap.

Spencer: Pitbull for sure. 

Q: What is your craziest live performance story?

M: The most surreal performance we’ve had was playing Sweetlife Festival with Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris, and the Weeknd. It was our first time playing a huge festival, so that was definitely a crazy experience. 

Q: What drug best matches your music?

C: I feel like the psychedelic type.

M: A little bit of pot with a tinge of shrooms… we have a few songs that sound more like drinking or getting ready to go out too.

Q: So just like a mixed bag of drugs.

C: Yeah, every song is a different drug.

Q: Who are your inspirations, musical and nonmusical? 

C: We love tame impala, Sylvan Esso, Kurt Vile…

M: It would be hard to name all of them, but those are really cool artists we’re interested in now.

S: Non-musical I would say Willy Vlautin, he’s one of our favorite authors.

Q: How has your music grown since you first started out?

C: We’re getting better at writing and the whole process is getting faster, like making the music and getting everything produced.

S: We’ve definitely improved at working together. We’re going to be releasing singles every month and starting a routine where we’re able to put things together more quickly.

M: We’ve played in all types of different groups growing up, but I guess we just discovered this sound when we came together as a group; Spencer and I are twins so when we started working with Chelsea is when the sort of electronic sound started coming out. 

Q: If you could make out with anyone, who would it be?

C: Bruce Willis, definitely, for me. From 5th Element. 

S: I think making out with Nicki Minaj would be… interesting. Oh no wait, Bernie Sanders. 

M: Ooh, that’s a good one. I would probably go with Barack Obama then. 

Q: How do you want your music to impact your listeners?

C: We just want our music to make people feel good. As long as they’re having a good time listening to our music then it’s doing its job.

M: I think it’s important for our listeners to really make a connection with our music and what we’re putting out in terms of emotion. 

Q: What is your favorite conspiracy theory?

C: Probably the one about the supervolcano in Yellowstone that’s going to blow up half of the U.S.

M: I’m pretty sure that’s just like a fact.

C: Oh yeah I guess, it’s still pretty scary though.

S: Mine would be that Bernie Sanders is a bird whisperer. Did you see that video? Amazing. 

Q: Is there anything coming up in the future that you’re particularly stoked about?

S: We’re really excited about our next single that’s coming up, and a video that we’re releasing.

M: Yeah right now we’re focusing on releasing content, and then we will start working on concerts. 

C: We have a performance at Rock the Blocks in Virginia and a New York show that should be really fun.

LYRX

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Photo credits: https://soundcloud.com/lyrx

Lyrx (also known as Cameron Kaminski) is a totally rad guy from the west coast who got his start in music when a Christian prophet in Europe told him he had a gift for rapping. Eight performances in Europe, 4 schools (including AU), and a production job with ‘I’m Shmacked’ later, he’s here in DC working at an artist management company and rapping.

Talking to him felt like chatting with an old friend because he was so friendly and hilarious. All of his answers to my questions kind of spoke to my soul too. Cameron (Lyrx) in a word: vibey.

Q: What is the story behind your name?

Lyrx: So, originally, I was a Christian rapper and my name was “Lyrically Acceptable”.  I decided that I didn’t want to be a Christian rapper anymore, but I still wanted everything that I wrote to be unique and different. So I shortened it to Lyrx, and I felt it in my own way. I grew up not being allowed to listen to rap or hip-hop–anything that wasn’t conscious or political northwest culture. So for me, being able to take the lyrics that I grew up with and use that as a central concept of what I wanted to do was the basis. I just realized that I was fluid and flowed well, and it fit.

Q: What is your spirit dog?

L: Can I have a spirit cat? I just got a new cat.

Q: If your spirit dog is a cat…

L: My spirit dog would be a Saint Bernard. Actually, that’s not true. A Bernese Mountain Dog is what I meant. A big fluffy dog that wants to be a lap dog but is clearly not.

Q: What is your craziest live performance story?

L: Opening for Chance the Rapper. I got to do that at American University like 2 years ago, and that was crazy because it was the most amount of people I got to perform in front of. There have been a couple of frat parties that I’ve done that have been way too ratchet…I’ve definitely been sick and had to go and throw up in the middle of my set. When you’re in the basement of somewhere and it’s so hot and there’s so many people it’s just like…I can’t take this.

Q: What drug best matches your music?

L: Weed. Pot. I would also say LSD, but mostly weed. It’s like you can kick back, relax, vibe out, groove to it. I’ve had some spiritual journeys that I’ve taken on–my album is going to be based on things that I’ve learned while I was on LSD: it’s called “Me and this Lemonade.” It’s about the realizations I’ve made and finding that I was okay by myself.

Q: Who are your inspirations, both musical and non-musical?

L: Musically, I grew up listening to Blue Scholars, Macklemore, Mos Def, Nas, Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar. As you grow up you adapt to new flows from new people and mold them to your own style. My whole thing has been molded by newer type artists rather than old school because I wasn’t allowed to listen to hip-hop growing up. My knowledge of hip-hop is from 2008 forward. Everything I should know from before then I’m learning now. For non-musical I’d say Gary Payton, a point guard for the Seattle SuperSonics. I grew up playing sports, so in high school basketball was my thing. I grew up with this quiet intensity, and he always talks a little bit of trash but has to be able to back it up.

Q: How has your music grown since you first started out?

L: I was awful when I started. I was not good. It has evolved into me writing my personal experiences and not trying to tailor it to somebody else’s wants. When I first started writing I felt like I needed to fit a mold because I was a white rapper. That’s why I released the project titled “Not a Rapper” because I don’t feel like that’s me. On a normal day to day basis I’m Cameron, and days I get booked for shows I’m Lyrx.

Q: If you could make out with anyone in the world, who would it be?

L: I could really do like Alison Wonderland, Scarlett Johansson, or Rachel McAdams.

Q: How do you want your music to impact your listeners?

L: I want each listener to devise their own thoughts from what I’m writing. I write for myself and it’s my creative outlet, but hopefully that can benefit anybody in any way it works for them. Everybody works in different ways and everybody has their own path and their own journey, so if my music can be a step on that journey to where someone is supposed to get, that’s alright with me.

Q: What is your favorite conspiracy theory?

L: I think the ultimate conspiracy theory is that we have zero privacy. No matter what I do and how secure my line is, there is no privacy. I’m already an anxious person, so I don’t want anyone knowing my shit unless I tell you my shit. It’s my shit.

Q: Do you have anything coming up in the future that you’re particularly stoked about?

L: I’m working on a project with my friend, and we might call it “Smoke Break”. We’re working on a 5-8 song EP, we’ll perform a couple of songs from it tonight. This summer I’m going to release an album called “Me and this Lemonade,” but right now we’re focusing on this project.

Q: Is there anything you want to include/words of wisdom?

L: Do what you want to do. It took me a long time to do what I wanted. I went out and did my own thing and established myself in the community so I can do what I want to do, so it’s just a matter of how much time you want to put into it. Oh, and smoke weed every day.

 

Basically, the whole experience was lit. Thanks to wego for such a great time!

Look out for more shows by downloading the wego app here.