Q&A with Sons of an Illustrious Father (INTERVIEW)

Their first show outside North America was last month even though they’ve been a band for a long time now, Sons of an Illustrious Father came back last week for an intimate concert at the famous (and packed) Old Blue Last. The 3-piece is formed of the two solo artists Lilah Larson and Josh Aubin, and Ezra Miller, mostly known for his artist career.
They replied to our few questions and here is the full Q&A.

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UpKoming: You all have different personal projects; how did you end up together being Sons of an Illustrious Father?  

Ezra – Well in hindsight it would appear We were pulled by fate into this arrangement of our three minstrel’s life bond. This project dates back as far as most of our other known works. I’ve known Lilah since I was 11 and Josh signed on for a one month tour the better part of a decade ago.

Josh – A decade ago? What am I doing with my life…?

Do your own experiences (Lilah and Josh your solo musical projects and Ezra your acting career) influence the music you create?

Ezra – I would say yes because everything is in symbiosis with everything else and especially when you’re making various works and those works are bringing you into explorations and lines of inquiry that extend into your broader life. I feel those themes and questions are bound to affect other works and be affected by them in turn.

Josh – I feel like for a lot of people the creative process is a giant chain of cause and effect. If not impossible, it’s incredibly difficult to remove what you create from what you experience.

If each of you had 2 words to describe your sound, what would it be?

Ezra – Gossamer baby

Lilah – Vibrating objects

Josh – Dad rock

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Do you have a usual creative process?

Ezra – No

Josh – Sometimes

Lilah – Always

Who would you define as being your main influence(s)? Is that what you listen to at the moment?

Lilah – Right now, I mostly listen to Alice Coltrane. But there have been other times.

Ezra – Mozart and Death. I mean the band Death. They were arguably the first punk band. Look them up if you don’t know them! And by the way, Mozart, if you’re unfamiliar, is also worth a listen.

Josh – The answer to this question changes often.  Currently, I’ve been listening to a lot of Bjork, Kate Bush, and Perfume Genius.

Lilah – I would argue that death, the thing not the band, is also a big influence.

What are the themes you mainly talk about in your songs? Does the actual situation of the world have an influence on it?

Lilah – I can’t see how it wouldn’t… Unless we lived in an isolated hyperbaric chamber with no access to media and other people. And were sociopaths. Or lobotomized. (All of which we should potentially discuss…) But even then, I think things would permeate.

Josh – I try to stay as far removed from real life as possible.

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Your first headlining gig outside of North America was last month. Did it feel any different from where you are used to play?  

Ezra – Everywhere is different. Venue to venue, town to town, night to night. No two crowds are alike. Its a part of the joy of live performance. we have deeply relished the experience of playing for a couple European audiences this past month. Both the Uk and Sweden really turned up for us and the energy of the shows has been exuberant and engaged. We’re real thankful to everyone who participated in those experiences. They were special nights for us.

Josh – Nothing feels different to me. Not after the accident.

If you could go back in time to any musical period, when would it be?

Lilah – The early days of jazz in New Orleans.

Ezra – maybe the Illegal Rebetika clubs in 1930s Greece.

Josh – The advent of electronic music.

What is your point of view on the link between bands and Social Media?

Josh – Myspace top friends is a really useful place for finding new bands. Or was. Until the accident.

Lilah – The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. But if you throw them at the house they might scuff up the paint job.

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