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A Talk with Tennyson: From Weezer Covers to Bollywood Inspiration

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Alas, my favorite electronic jazz, experimental, pop duo Tennyson. Luke and Tess have been together… Well, since birth. They're brother and sister, and their music has infected many in a "playful" way. They utilize sounds you'd find from all over: car alarms, cats, sprinklers, laughter, you name it. To witness some of their past stops at EARMILK, check here.

They're playing live at the What the Festival on June 17th, so we thought it would be fit to share some more intimate information before the big day. I got a chance to speak with Luke and Tess in our exclusive EARMILK interview below:

EARMILK: Luke and Tess! One of my favorite duos out there today. Give me just a general background of how Tennyson came together…
Luke: It feels like it slowly put itself together. We started playing music together when we were 7 and 9, doing Weezer covers and stuff. And since then all the decisions have sort of made themselves.
EM: CANADA! What’s it like being an up and coming duo in arguably one of the best places to be a musician right now?
Tess: Canada is great. Growing up here is amazing, and cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal have been especially fun for us to play in.
EM: Before we dive deep, how would you describe your music to someone on the street? If you had two sentences to give them, what would you do to represent in the best way possible?
Luke: Oh, I never know what to say when people ask. It’s intricate, playful? Hopefully pleasant? Haha.
EM: One of my favorite parts about your guys’ music is how you seem to use a variety of random noises incorporated into each song… Cats, car alarms, etc. How do you find the right sound and is there a purpose behind them?
Luke: The sounds usually start as a normal instrument but then later after thinking about how much it sounds like a sprinkler just, changing to a sprinkler.
EM: Who are some of the influences behind Tennyson? we hear so many different forms of music it’s difficult to pinpoint.
Luke: I didn’t realize until yesterday but the years of learning only Chopin pieces on the piano have influenced the music perhaps more than anything else.
EM: I find you both very intriguing. I can’t truly put another name in the hat when someone asks me to compare you, I’m honestly at a loss. Who do you guys feel that way about? Is there anyone you follow today who interests you in that way?
Tess: Luke and I have been watching a ton of Derren Brown videos. He's a mentalist from the UK who actually reveals at the end of his show how everything was done.
EM: The “XYZ” cover is hilarious… How did that come together? The reaction to the single has been nothing but positive…
Luke: The idea came from a Bollywood movie called Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. We took turns taking photos of each other at Value Village.
Tess:  I'm not even sure how the pictures turned out so identical to the original poster but we had a such a hilarious time making it.
EM: What can audiences expect to see/hear during your set at What The Festival? Perhaps, new music?
Luke: We’re adding a lot of details to the show. Our goal now is to create something for the audience that’s engaging and unforgettable.
Tess: I love the idea of recreating the ambience of an orchestra tuning before a performance.
EM: This is a loaded question… But what’s the end game for Luke and Tess? Why do this in the first place?
Luke: Death. Birth.
Tess: Gosh, that's a weird answer from Luke. I'm not even sure what he means but I'll go with it.
EM: Lastly, if you had one time period to live in, when would it be and why? This genuinely interests me from you guys more than others.
Tess: I think it would be cool to go back to the 1920s or something, when you could only hear music through scratchy radio speakers. Any earlier I just start thinking about how uncomfortable going to the bathroom would be. I think it's best to just stick where we are.

Take a listen to Luke and Tess' most recent project, the Like What EP:

Connect with Tennyson: Facebook | Twitter

If you're in the Mt. Hood area in June, I simply urge you to go see these guys live. Here's a look at the entire lineup for the weekend:

What The Festival Complete Lineup (Alphabetical) :

abouÁv

AceMyth

Alix Perez

Ardalan

Area 54

Banzai

Barisone

BC Dubcats

BELI3VER

Bennyrox

Bogl

Bonobo (DJ Set)

Buku

Caçadora

Champagne Drip

Chanti Darling

Chase Manhattan

Christopher Worth

Claptone

Claude Vonstroke

cLurk Kent

Corduroy Xavier

Danny Corn

Darius

Dimond Saints

Dixon's Violin

DJ Anjali

DJ Kitten

DJ Pan Am

DJ Professor Stone

DJ Silly Syl

Djemba Djemba

Drexler

EASTGHOST

Ekali

El Papachango

El Suchi

Evan Alexander

Festival The Show (LIVE)

Filastine

FKJ

G Jones

Gangsigns

Gibbz

GlobalRukus

HÄANA

Heartbeat Sound Systems

Hermitude

High Step Society

Hippie Sabotage

HUMANS

J.Phlip

Jacklndn

Jai Wolf

Jerry Folk

Josh Pan

JP Rigaud

Kasbo

Kepi

Kirtay

Le Youth

Lettuce

Lido (Live)

Lil Clark

Lila Rose

Lola Bizzkill

Louis The Child

Love Gigantic

Luz Elena Mendoza

Lunice

Lynx & The Servants of Song

M!NT

Mafu

Masego

Matt Wax

MiHKAL

Mikos Da Gawd

Monique Trinity Rose

Montel Spinozza

Motez

Mr. Carmack

Mr. Wu

N.O.X.

Nathan Detroit

OCTABÄN

Pacific Patterns

Paranome

Penthouse Penthouse

Phutureprimitive

Pomo

POPgoji w/Rejoice! Dancers

Pressha

PRSN

Random Rab

Releece

Sam Binga

Sepiatonic

Shades (Eprom & ALix Perez)

Shiny Things

Shovelman

SignalPDX

Solovox

Soohan

Spekt1

Stellamara

Sugarpill

Tah Rei

Takimba

Tennyson

The Perfect Cyn

The Saloon Ensemble

Thievery Corporation

Tom Kha Soup

Tourist

Trashcan Joe

Tuck in Tyler

World’s Finest

X&G

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