Music Monday: Interview with Aer

For this week’s Music Monday, we called up David von Mering and Carter Schultz of the band Aer to chat about life-changing albums, puppy parties and what kind of jeans they live in. The reggae/hip hoppers just released their first full length album this year and have been on the road a lot. Between the tour bus and the stage, these two have stories to tell. Get to know after the jump!

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AEO:  People usually want to know what any artist’s influences are. But we’re going to make you narrow that down to the one album that truly affected your path in music.

David:  Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Carter:  For me, I’d say, The Mixtape “A Kid Named Cudi” by Kid Cudi. It just opened my eyes to the possibilities of genre melding.

AEO:  Being a musician means traveling to a lot of different cities and playing to a lot of different crowds. Which place was your favorite and why?

David:  Dallas, because the crowd showed way too much love for us not being from there.

Carter:  We should say Boston, ‘cause that’s our most love. But besides that, Dallas. Just to clear that up.

AEO:  Where was your first show together and what was it like?

Carter:  The first show we ever played together, we were on Newbury street. My older brother was running a pop up shop on Newbury St, he was selling backpacks. And they were having a launch party one Friday night. So there was probably about 40 people there. And we set up two speakers, plugged in our laptops, pressed play on the instrumentals and performed in front of 40 people there at the party.

So it was awkward. It was fun. It was an icebreaker. And it was definitely a learning experience.

David:  It was a pretty embarrassing, but also like, groundbreaking moment. I’ll never forget that experience

AEO:  If you could bring just three things on tour, other than your equipment, what would they be?

David:  C lean socks. Chapstick. Probably like, I dunno, my money. Yeah, my identity and my money, I guess.

Carter:  Metal chopsticks. Fresh shorts. And my mini plastic skateboard.

AEO:  Anyone who’s seen any movies about rock bands knows that the tour bus can be like an extension of a wild backstage party or a place for band antics. Tell us the craziest or funniest tour bus story to date…

Aer:  After some shows, depending on how we feel, we’ll have a party on the bus afterward. And one night we decided to have a party, and we had a bunch of people on the bus. And this one girl was like, hold on, I’ll be right back. She left, and when she came back she had four puppies with her and she just let them loose on the bus and everyone just lost their minds.

AEO:  Describe a day in your life in five words.

Aer:  Always trying to move forward.

AEO:  At AEO, we love our denim. What’s your favorite fit or wash and how do you style them?

Carter:  Dave, I’d say you’re like a regular fit. And I go for more of that slimmer fit. Preferably, in terms of wash, I like it to be like darker jeans and maybe like waxed. And I don’t like to cuff unless the cuff has something cuff-worthy like sometimes the denim will have a funky patterned cuff. So I’ll cuff that. I really love jeans that just fit really well that you fall in love with and are like, damn, these were made for my body.

AEO:  Mountain Dew or Dr. Pepper?

David:  Dr. Pepper

Carter:  Dr. Pepper

AEO:  Saturday or Sunday?

David:  Saturday

Carter:  Saturday

AEO:  Scrambled or fried?

David:  If he’s making them, scrambled. If I’m making them, fried.

Carter:  Depends on my mood.

AEO:  T-shirts or tanks?

David:  T-shirts

Carter:  T-shirts

AEO:  Sweet or Savory?

David:  Sweet

Carter:  Savory

AEO:  Stones or Beatles?

David:  Beatles

Carter:  Beatles

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Music Monday: Rusted Root

Being that our HQ is located in the black & yellow city of Pittsburgh, we thought we’d show locals, Rusted Root, a little love. So we sat down to chat with the band’s guitarist and lead vocalist, Michael Glabicki to see if he had any juicy backstage stories to tell us. Read on to find out.

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AEO:  Name the one album that truly affected your path in music.

MG:  I would probably say the Beatles St. Peppers.

AEO:  What was your favorite place to play and why?

MG:  It’s a tough call because normally my favorite place to play is the last place we played, ‘cause I always have a really fresh experience. So that’s always what I’m into. But, I would say, the Grassroots festival in upstate New York in Ithaca. Just because it’s a really great community there and the people are truly into the music. It’s a really good time.

AEO:  Where was your first show together and what was it like?

MG:  It was at the Electric Banana in Pittsburgh. And I think we opened up for a high school band. And it was funny because, the guy who owned the Electric Banana – it was pretty much a punk club, a famous punk club for Pittsburgh – and prior to that, I had worked in a music store for about 3 days in high school and Johnny Banana walked in and said, “Keep workin’ on your music, kid. And someday you’ll play the Banana.” And so the first thing that came true in my career was that I got to play the Electric Banana.

It kinda went by really quick because we just kinda played a short set. And I think there was maybe like 3 people there.

AEO:  If you could bring just 3 things on tour, other than your equipment, what would they be?

MG:  Probably a really great pillow, and I haven’t found that yet. And a portable recording rig, because I’m recording all the time. And my family…and my dog.

AEO:  Tell us the craziest or funniest tour bus story to date.

MG:  Most of those I can’t tell.

AEO:  Haha! We can say that you plead the fifth.

MG:  Yeah, let’s do that.

AEO:  Describe a day in your life in 5 words.

MG:  Walking and drifting into the mystical.

AEO:  We love our denim, here. What’s your favorite fit or wash and how do you style them?

MG:  I used to wear these jeans and they were like the most comfortable jeans. But then I wore these black pants over them and they were like loose, free-flowing black pants and you could see the denim out of the bottom. There was a certain way that the black pants were cut that they worked over the jeans. And I don’t know if you guys wanna take that idea and run with it or not. But it was really cool looking with like a denim vest or just a vest.

AEO:  Mountain Dew or Dr. Pepper?

MG:  Dr. Pepper

AEO:  Saturday or Sunday?

MG:  Uuuuh…midnight.

AEO:  Scrambled or fried?

MG:  Fried.

AEO:  Skinny jeans or straight leg?

MG:  Straight leg.

AEO:  We might know the answer to this one already but, Stones or Beatles?

MG:  Beatles…and Stones!

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Music Monday: El Ten Eleven Interview

We called up LA post-rock duo, El Ten Eleven, to chat about Star Wars, cell phones and skinny jeans. Their song “My Only Swerving” was featured in our in-store style videos and our American Beagle Outfitters campaign. Get to know the double neck guitarist, Kristian Dunn, after the jump.

 

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 Kristian and Tim of El Ten Eleven

AEO:  People usually want to know what any artist’s influences are. But we’re going to make you narrow that down to the one album that truly affected your path in music.

Kristian Dunn:  The soundtrack to Star Wars. I’m not joking. That’s one of the most influential records of my life. It still holds up too. I was actually listening to it today because it was Star Wars Day. And it’s just really brilliant. It’s hard to hear it with fresh ears because you’ve heard it so many times before. But even as a film score, it’s really different from all other film scores.

AEO:  Being a musician means traveling to a lot of different cities and playing to a lot of different crowds. Which place was your favorite and why?

KD:  It’s hard to pick one. Austin, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, LA. We just went to Europe for the first time and that was cool because we went to a lot of places that we wouldn’t have really chosen to go like Moscow, Athens, Croatia, Slovenia. So that’s kinda one of the cool things about being in a professional band – you end up going places that you wouldn’t expect.

AEO:  Where was your first show together and what was it like?

KD:  It was at a place called the Whistle Stop in San Diego, it’s a bar. And we were nervous. We didn’t know if we were quite ready. We only played 4 songs. We were opening for, actually, we were opening for ourselves. We were in another band at the time and we were opening for them.

I was pushing us to play. Tim, my drummer, was thinking, “I don’t know if we’re ready for prime time.” There were about 40 or 50 people there or something and they reacted really positively. And that kind of vindicated the feelings I was having that we were onto something that was kinda cool.

AEO:  If you could bring just 3 things on tour, other than your equipment, what would they be?

KD:  Laptop. Phone. Actually, I guess I could live without laptop. Clothing. I was going to say toothbrush but you can get those on the road. Phone is the most indispensible thing. I remember touring – this is how old I am – without cell phones because they didn’t exist at the time.

My main thing is I miss my daughter and my wife and that’s what the phone’s for. I can Facetime with my daughter.

AEO:  At AEO, we love our denim. What’s your favorite fit or wash and how do you style them?

KD:  I like skinny jeans. I don’t like them as skinny as I used to like them. I look back at pictures of me from 2, 3, 4 years ago and those jeans are so freakin’ tight. And I’m like, ohmygod what was I thinking? But I still like the cut – the tapered cut. Right now I’m barefoot, but I just got some high tops that I wear with them and I’m wearing a collared shirt, untucked. But El Ten Eleven is pretty much a t-shirt and jeans kind of band.

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