Atomic Walrus

Tell us about yourself.

Atomic Walrus is a Los Angeles-bred band best known for their high-energy shows and their unique blend of indie rock, funk, and hip hop. Formed in 2013 when the band’s guitarist and drummer met at a house show at UCLA, Atomic Walrus cut their teeth playing house parties before expanding to venues all over LA. Since then, the band has self-produced and released a wide range of music, toured California and performed in front of 10,000 people at the Hermosa Beach Summer Concert Series.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

Atomic Walrus originally drew most of its inspiration from Classic Funk, Old School Hip Hop, and Ska, but has since grown to embrace and incorporate elements of Indie/Psych Rock and Jazz. AW has managed to meld this vast range of influences into a sound all its own, which it continues to grow and develop.

Lyrically and thematically, their songs are pretty bipolar and tend to be about partying, loving life, and not giving a f*ck, or about being completely depressed, self-conscious, and disillusioned with the world around them.

While producing recorded music is an ever-growing priority for the Walrus, much of the Walrus experience revolves around their live show, which they will assure is lit AF.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

Indie Rock/Funk/Hip Hop w/ Jazzy elements and an occasional hardcore punk song— basically a clusterfuck of everything we enjoy and your Daddy doesn’t.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

Originally entitled “Advil and Lightbulbs”, a funk/dance track that sounded like “Who’s That Lady” by the Isley Brothers, “Blue Morning” got an artsy-ass makeover before it entered its final form.

Once the tempo was slowed down and 7ths were added to the chords (you know, artsy shit) the song was primed for some overly personal lyrics. On a foggy day in Santa Monica after Max the guitarist and Joe the singer shared a heart-to-heart while walking down Wilshire, the two penned the lyrics.

On a sunny day in the heart of Van Nuys, Nivedan Nayak the drummer laid down some simple yet tasteful drums to complete the recording process.

The song was mixed by Brian Rosemeyer at Mant Studios (Beck, FIDLAR, Kurt Vile etc.) and mastered by Mark Chalecki (Sublime, NWA, X).

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Tell us the challenges you are facing as a musician.

We make very little money and are forced to drink meal replacement products rather than food, which make us super skinny and unappealing to the opposite sex.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

We recorded the song at Max’s apartment AKA the Aquarium of Happiness and Understanding. We then appealed to the MIDI gods for dank synth bass tones inspired by DRAM’s “Broccoli” and they answered our prayers.

Finally we asked Brandon Rauch (of FIMM and JUGGS fame) to add a few synth layers and the song was complete.

The song was mixed by Brian Rosemeyer at Mant Studios (Beck, FIDLAR, Kurt Vile etc.) and mastered by Mark Chalecki (Sublime, NWA, X).

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Tell us the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

MTV, Buzzbands LA, The Beat Matters, Bristol Funk, That New Jam.

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goal.

AW is continuing to grow in ways that we never thought possible (ED really sucks, but it is apparently treatable).

We love playing shows, winning contests, writing songs and body-shaming celebrities. We hope to do more of this in the future and hope to get famous doing it so people can body-shame us.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Memes.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

If we knew that, we’d be gearing up to play Coachella 2018 right now. 😉 We’re still figuring that out, but we’ve found that best songs usually happen by accident. So the trick is to write a lot and not put expectations on the outcome. But also Memes.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Success in music (and anything) is not determined by how badly you want a certain outcome, but by how much you enjoy the process.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

We had our music on MTV this year. We have an EP coming out in March… we haven’t decided on a title yet, but we think it’s going to be called “Inappropriate Funeral Music.”

We toured California back in 2015, and once this EP crushes the Billboard Charts we are probably going to tour again (except in stadiums/arenas instead of crusty dive bars).

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Our songs used to start as live jams in our practice space, which we’d then structure and workshop into songs. Recently, we’ve been writing more at our houses or on Logic (production software), which is a fresh change-up on our creative process.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

The Cranberries

Mac DeMarco

The team behind the Space Jam soundtrack.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

We’d love to collaborate with Anderson .Paak. He’s killing the game.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for the purchase of your music.

http://www.atomicwalrus.com/

https://soundcloud.com/atomicwalrus

https://open.spotify.com/artist/54kvoR1MG2WbPk6Kl6qf21

https://www.facebook.com/atomicwalrusofficial

IG: @atomicwalrusofficial

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happiest day – Playing for 10,000 people at the Hermosa Pier Summer Concerts in 2016

Saddest day – Every day after that.

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