Q: Was there a pivotal moment in your life when you decided to follow your path as a musician?
It just sort of happened! Music is something I feel is a very innately human thing, and I’ve always been drawn to it. There wasn’t necessarily a particular moment, I just started to jam on my own songs some more with some really amazing and talented friends, and Grooblen kind of came to be more of a fun, goofy musical entity!
Q: In your own words, how would you describe the music that you typically create?
One of my buddies described Grooblen as “cabaret dream punk-psych” which I find very fitting! Sometimes when I do solo music, I like to shift this to “cabaret dream-psych folk”, heheh 🙂
Q: I love that “Escher Girl” is so unique and quirky! What was your creative process in making “Escher Girl”?
Thank you tons! It was a fun process with lots of moving parts. I started with the piano and vocal lines and took the acoustic version into the studio with my friend and excellent producer, Jim Greer, who encouraged me to sprinkle in some Wurlitzer, percussion, and synths. He laid down some really cool bass and electronic drums and we worked together on making “Escher Girl” the way it’s out there now!
Q: Who would you most like to collaborate with, if it could be anyone in the world?
Someone who I’ve idolized since I was little and would like to continue to collaborate with to this day is Fiona Apple. She is such a huge songwriting inspiration!
Q: What is coming up next for you?
Grooblen just finished a tour up to the Pacific Northwest to play two slots at Freakout Festival, we also toured Portland and Tacoma while we were up there with our tour-mates Rose Haze. Next up, we’re playing a local festival called Hazefest and playing a couple more local shows in the Bay Area to close out the year!
Q: What do you do when you AREN’T working on music?
When I’m not Grooble-ing around, I work as an artist management assistant and teach vocal and piano lessons to kiddos. I also really enjoy doing drag and puppetry, which I do sometimes in my spare time as my alias Mike Strapon
Interviewed by Alina Tran