GRRL015: Band chemistry, creating a fanbase, and Asian American stereotypes featuring Tracie

Thanks to all of you for sticking around during my unexpected anxiety-induced hiatus!

For episode 15, I interviewed Tracie Loo of Sir Coyler and His Asthmatic Band. Despite being based in Seattle, they recorded their upcoming EP at a San Diego studio, and I had a chance to see them play at local venue Tower Bar. Tracie joined me right before her flight back to Seattle. Good thing I live 5 minutes away from the airport!

Tracie contributes, records, and plays as drummer with Sir Coyler & His Asthmatic Band. In this episode, we talk about the importance of band chemistry when it comes to creating music together, stereotypes we have to deal with as Asian Americans, and how to (theoretically) build a fanbase as an indie band.

If you liked this episode, please:

Listen Here

Download here. [~27 mins, 26MB]

Shownotes

  • [1:25] Messing up during their sets
    • “We just look at each other and laugh… We have so much trust.”
  • [3:15] History of the band leading up to Tracie joining and musician crushes
  • [5:30] Being vulnerable in a collaborative band environment
  • [6:45] Sir Coyler & His Asthmatic Band – Invincible Blues – A Grrl on Grrl exclusive from their upcoming EP
  • [9:15] “How do we take the next step to make non-musicians give a shit?”
    • Fans listening just for the hits
    • The importance of word-of-mouth
  • [11:30] The Gooch Palms – Tiny Insight (Website) (Facebook)
  • [14:15] Being treated differently (or not) as a person of color
    • “I’ve had more weird experiences on the street than in a venue or in the scene.”
    • Asian American stereotypes and comments
  • [15:30] Tracie’s history in and reasons for choosing percussion over other instruments
    • A personal choice vs. parental choice
  • [16:30] Artist and podcast news
  • [17:00] Being on stage, being proud of music
    • “I don’t love being the center of attention.”
    • Bringing other musicians on stage
  • [18:30] People approaching the “boys” instead of Tracie to ask about her
  • [19:45] Acapulco Lips – Everything’s Gotta Go (Facebook) (Twitter)
  • [22:45] Thank you to everybody!
  • [23:00] Sullen Ray – Get Up Got It

Where to Find Sir Coyler & His Asthmatic Band’s Music

Other Notes & Thanks!

Thank you to Tracie for interviewing with me right before her flight back to Seattle!

Intro and outro music is “Get Up Got It” by Sullen Ray, off their album Blue Minor.

Mixing provided by Gary Hankins.

Audio hosting costs covered by Greg Guiliano of Wait Think Fast Productions.

And to all my friends who have been so supportive of this project, I love you!

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