Music Monday: Strange Talk Interview

Somewhere between indie pop and electronic dance music sits the stylings of Melbourne based band Strange Talk who just so happen to be our featured act this lovely Music Monday. We sat down with the multi-talented Gerard Sidhu to chat about the band’s formation and how they met. Get to know more about Strange Talk’s unique live show after the jump. And be sure to check out their new record, “Cast Away.”

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Strange Talk. Photo Credit: All Things Go Music.

AEO:  Did you guys all meet in Australia?

GS:  We all met in Melbourne. Steve, myself and Travis, our drummer, are all from a country town about two hours outside of Melbourne. And Gillian is originally from Tazmania. But everyone, after school, moved to Melbourne and we’ve all been based there for the last six or seven years, I think.

AEO:  Can you tell me a little bit about how Strange Talk was formed?

GS:  So basically, Steve and myself were more of a production duo. So I had a studio and was doing a lot more, kind of, dance tracks and remixes. And Steve and I met out one night while I was DJing at a club. And we just kind of got along at the same pace in music. We started chatting and he is actually a classically trained violinist.

So we got to talking. And I’ve always had a love for strings in an arrangement. So I asked him if he’d come in and record some live strings on a remix I was making. So he came in and we got along really well. And from that point, we just started working together on different projects and that just turned into Strange Talk.

We put out, like, five songs on Facebook, ahem, Myspace [laughs]. And we had a great response from labels that we didn’t expect. And all the sudden they were asking for a live show that we didn’t have. And that’s how we met Trav and Gil.

AEO:  That’s really interesting that it started out as a production duo and then you took it to a live show. What was your strategy there?

GS:  Having produced and mixed all the original music, we knew it inside out. And we knew what we could play live, and what we could put on a backing track. And because of my history with studios, I figured out how to set it all up.

So we just kind of went backwards, everything that we could play live we took out; all lead vocals, guitar, bass, snare, etc all came out. And anything that we can’t humanly play live, just because you know, you need 20 people on stage to do it, we put on a backing track.

AEO:  So what was your first live show like?

GS:  It was a long time ago now.

AEO:  How long ago?

GS:  It would’ve been like five years ago. And we were nervous as anything! I was feeling sick to my stomach, I think we all felt that. But it went really well. We were obviously nervous. We weren’t engaged as much with the crowd like we are now. And we were just focused on a playing a perfect show. And we did. There were no mess-ups.

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about Strange Talk, shop their #AEOStyle.

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1: Varsity Tipped Polo
2: Clarks Originals Desert Boot
3: Denim Workwear Shirt
4: Slim Jean
5: Legend Crew T-Shirt
6: Canvas Sneaker
7: Denim Jacket
8: Relaxed Straight Khaki
9: Legend Colorblock Pocket T-Shirt
10: Camo Sneaker
11: Slim Jean
12: Plaid Button Down Shirt
13: Suede Boat Shoe

Bonus! Coming to an in store playlist near you on September 23rd.  We’ve got an amazing remix of Strange Talk’s “Morning Sun” Dillon Francis.

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AEO X Budweiser Made In America: Blogger #AEOStyle Roundup

This past weekend, as the official fashion partner of Budweiser Made In America, we celebrated great #AEOStyle, fantastic music and good vibes in L.A. and Philly. Check out some of our favorite blogger festival #AEOStyle in this weeks roundup.

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Crocheted Babydoll Dress

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Hi-Rise Festival Shorties
Baby T-Shirt

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Short Sleeve Favorite Shirt
Jegging

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Sky-High Jegging

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Destroyed Boyfriend Short
Graphic Babydoll T-Shirt
Boyfriend Jean Vest
Don’t Ask Why Babydoll Dress
Striped Backpack

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Destroyed Boyfriend Short
Graphic Babydoll T-Shirt
Boyfriend Jean Vest
Don’t Ask Why Babydoll Dress
Striped Backpack
Plaid Button Down Shirt
Pleated Slip Dress

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Hi-Rise Festival Shorties
Plaid Button Down Shirt
Rugged Lace Front Boot
Neon Heart Graphic Tank

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Don’t Ask Why Side Pocket Dress

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Pleated Slip Dress
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Signature Eagle Graphic T-Shirt
Slim Jean
Canvas Sneaker
Plaid Button Down Shirt

Describe your festival #AEOStyle in the comments below.   We’d love to hear what you rock out in at your favorite shows!

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#AEOBMIA Photo Diary Recap

Last weekend, we celebrated great music from coast to coast at the Budweiser Made In America festival. Check out the photo diary below and watch the video created by Tobruck Ave. Want more sound? Listen to our Spotify playlist to recap the weekend and relive the awesomeness of the Budweiser Made in America festival.

Festival goers love their drawstring bags

Festival goers love their drawstring bags

Trop Rouge looks top notch in #AEOStyle.

Trop Rouge looks top notch in #AEOStyle.

Director of Styling, Preston took over our Instagram accounts this weekend to bring you live coverage.

Director of Styling, Preston took over our Instagram account over the weekend to bring you live coverage of the event.

Americas #1 couple, Jay-Z and Beyonce having  a blast.

Americas #1 couple, Jay-Z and Beyonce having a blast.

Grimes delivered a knockout performance in Philly.

Grimes delivered a knockout performance in Philly.

Pharrell's performance was amazing.

Pharrell’s performance was amazing.

Hey there, Jaden Smith!

Hey there, Jaden Smith!

 

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7 things we love…

After an exhausting (but amazing!) weekend at the Budweiser Made in America music festival, we’re back with another roundup that we put together just for you of all the things inspiring us right now, from what we’re reading and eating to what we’re wearing and listening to. Let us know what you think about our picks in the comments—and give us yours, too!

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WHAT WE’RE WEARING: DR. MARTENS
They’re been a cult classic for decades… and for good reason. Docs, as they’re more colloquially known, bring together every subculture from emo to punk. We’re super excited to be featuring them on our site for the very first time, and we’re totally digging the iconic 1460s in bold floral for girls and rugged leather for guys.

WHAT WE’RE EATING: COCONUT OIL, HONEY AND SEA SALT POPCORN
Is there anything better or more delicious than a bag of freshly popped popcorn? We think not. Snuggle up on the couch for a movie marathon with a bag of this tasty treat, which is not only super easy to make but perfect for savory and sweet lovers alike with its mix of coconut oil, honey and Himalayan pink sea salt.

WHAT WE’RE READING: DOROTHY MUST DIE BY DANIELLE PAIGE
The Wizard of Oz is one of those stories that seems to pop up in everyday conversation at least once. Think about it. Well, this book spins the story into a whole new tornado with its lead character, Amy Gumm, whose sole mission after being recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked is to—you guessed it—make sure everyone’s favorite Ruby Slippers-wearing heroine, well, dies.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: CANDIDLY NICOLE
We’ve been fairly obsessed with Nicole Richie ever since she first appeared on The Simple Life with Paris Hilton. And ever since, her various clothing and accessory lines have catapulted her into fashion super stardom (not to mention the fact that she constantly sets beauty trends). But it’s this show, with gems like her dad (yes, the one and only Lionel Richie) trying to teach her how to parallel park, that has us loving her more than ever.

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: THE B612 APP BY LINE
Let’s “face” it… everyone takes selfies. Well, this app, which uses only your phone’s front-facing camera, is out to change them for the good, better, best. You can take a photo by touching any part of the screen and perfect it with 43 different photo filters. Oh, and it doesn’t make a shutter sound, so no one has to know what you’re really up to while you hold your phone in front of your face. Now come on, #letstakeaselfie.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: ANOTHER STORY BY THE HEAD AND THE HEART
Melancholy. Sweet. Romantic. Endearing. This song is all that and more. You know the quirky love story, Juno? That’s what this indie folk band from Seattle makes us think of every time we play it.

WHERE WE’RE GOING: THE JERSEY SHORE
Summer may be officially over, but we’re pretending it isn’t with one last trip to the beach. Whether you want to party like your favorite (least favorite?) friends from MTV’s now-kaput show or not, the Jersey Shore offers a little something for everyone. Spend a day at Six Flags Great Adventure, take in a minor league baseball game, visit a lighthouse, go out to the clubs, stroll up and down the boardwalk, just relax on the beach… it’s pretty obvious you’re bound to have a good time no matter what.

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AEO X Budweiser Made In America Highlights

While you were celebrating the last weekend of summer with hamburgers and hot dogs, we were getting down in LA and Philly at the Budweiser Made In America Festival. As the official fashion partner of Made In America, we had access to great style, good vibes and insanely fun times. Check out some of the highlights below.

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Sad the weekend is over? So are we! Keep the music vibe alive and check out our Budweiser Made In America playlist on Spotify.

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Music Monday: MKTO

Back in August, the talented Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller from MKTO performed at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, Pa. We were lucky enough to sneak onto their tour bus to grab an exclusive AEO interview, behind the scenes photos and enjoy an out-of-this-world concert. Check out the interview below and keep it classic!

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