SXSW: Easy Life’s Infectious Energy Always Gets The Crowd Moving

emilytreadgold #8, Features

Easy Life has so much energy when they perform; it’s insanely contagious and despite how tired everyone at SX is, we couldn't help dancing along to the music. I chatted with the guys in an alley behind the Palm Door, and they alerted me to a giant roach that was crawling on the wall behind me and directed me away from the wall before I started to cry. Standup guys. We talked about their incredible live show and genre-defying songs.

How did y'all come together?

Sam: Me and Murray played together in bands for a long time; jazz bands and swing bands. We started writing music together and we needed more people, so we recruited Louis and Cass. Then we realized we needed one more set of hands and Jordan was the answer to that.

How has your sound developed overtime?

Sam: It’s been quite a long time in the making, a maturing process of learning how to write properly and learning what you enjoy, what you enjoy changes frequently. We went from what we were writing six years ago to what we have now. It’s a cliche but it’s been a journey.

How did the blending genres happen?

Murray: When we write the music we just create it and don’t worry about the final destination about ow the production is going to sound and that makes us quite free. We don’t have sonic restraints.

And y’all have a new mixtape?

Murray: We wrote that in a month and produced and did everything in a month. We decided to just put it out and document that specific moment in time.

Any specific memories of recording?

Ollie: There is a special moment where Murray put a cowboy hat on to get a really deep voice. It was a highlight because Murray was brought to tears.

Murray: If you need a deep vocal you need to put a cowboy hat on.

Tell me about your live show, how do you keep up the energy, especially in SX when there are so many shows.

Ollie: You just ride through it, you can’t let anyone down. You have to give the same performance as the last crowd. We vibe to the music we’re playing and your natural instinct kicks in.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced?

Sam: The hardest thing is getting over the idea that we were writing for anyone but ourselves. The moment we started writing because we were enjoying the music was the moment people started listening.

What’s your best piece of advice for musicians?

Jordan: You be you you do you, you write for you, and whatever comes will be for you.

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