PARROT DREAM

CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your music, what would it be and why?

KA: It would be dream pop – the melodies are based in pop, but the structures of the songs are often expansive and non-linear. We’ve also been described as ‘cream pop impressionists’.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

KA: From music, from poetry, from science fiction, from the city, from relationships, from injustice.

CH.89: What made you want to start a band and how did you come up with the band name?

GG: Kiki and I were doing various creative projects together, and started playing music together in our room in Santiago, and then eventually formed the band with two friends. Our first name was A Pile of Birds, but somehow there was a similarly named band in Santiago, so we changed it. ‘Parrot Dream’ was the name of the color of a marker that I was drawing with.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new album?

GG: Our creative process up until now has been to make space for us to experiment and create new songs, and pursue sounds that are forming but haven’t fully taken shape.

CH.89: What would you want people/ the listener to take from your music?

KA: Just that they enjoy listening, and that they connect to the songs either through the melodies and/or the lyrics.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

GG: Don’t think there’s one better way to do any artistic task. For us, impulse and to play often generates ideas and beginnings, and then we work out which ideas to develop through experimentation.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist?

GG: To be flexible- not every idea needs to be fully developed. And to believe that the process of creating itself is valuable and doesn’t need to produce something concrete and finalized. Patience and discipline can also be really important because it’s easy to become frustrated when you don’t get immediate results.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

KA: Not at all: style is individual & taste is constructed. I appreciate personal style – it can be really fun and visually interesting.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

GG: I love being able to create something to share with others and that it can be used as a platform for social & political expression.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

GG: The ability to record, produce and release independently is extremely useful and has democratized the industry to an extent.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

KA: If one is fortunate enough to be able to travel, it’s the absolute best. My favorite city in Chile is Valparaiso, a magical port city built into coastal hills.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

KA: One of my favorite authors is Octavia Butler- one of the songs on our upcoming album is inspired by and dedicated to her.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your music?

GG: We already have a bunch of new songs, so we hope to record again soon – probably an EP in the winter. Stylistically we’d like to incorporate more synths.

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