outsideOUTSIDE: Unveiling Sonic Art In A Comatose World
outsideOUTSIDE is the ecstatically creative duo of Kali and Tali, unveiling their sonic art within the realm of a comatose world. Recently signed to Warner Brothers Records, the band is on the verge of releasing their first EP entitled This Town Killed All My Friends under the banner of the esteemed major label. There is a staggering amount of emotion and imagination to be found within the outsideOUTSIDE experience, with deeply personal lyrics and vibrant melodies translating exceedingly well into their always gripping video presentations. Based out of the highly diverse Los Angeles music and art scene, outsideOUTSIDE is destined to enrapture all types of fans seeking a stimulating adventure in sight and sound. Highwire Daze Online recently caught up with Kali and Tali of outsideOUTSIDE to find out a whole lot more about their inspiring auditory journeys. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in outsideOUTSIDE, and how long the project has been in existence?
The project started last October after we both met for the first time. We bonded over our mutual love for older alternative/emo bands like Brand New, My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park etc, and started attending a ton of shows together which eventually turned into us making music together, starting with ‘Habits’. We write most of the music together, but Kali does all of the production. He’s the master of translating what we’re feeling into different sounds and he’s able to provide the exact energy needed for every song.
Where are you both based out of and what is the local music scene like there?
We’re based in LA, and the music scene here has basically everything in it. We’ve been to a ton of different shows together and our friends are all talented producers and songwriters themselves. It’s immersive, there’s so much creativity out here that it just pushes you to be better yourself, and to be honest. That’s what always shines through, not just making music to ‘make it in music’, but to create it from a place that’s authentic.
How did you wind up signing to Warner Brothers Records?
Our manager had been friends with our current label rep there for a few years, and he met Kali a few years ago. We ran into him at this private event last fall, and when we showed him what we were working on. It all just clicked.
Is there any overall story or concept behind the lyrics of your latest single Comatose?
Comatose is a song that Kali wrote about the person he was becoming through destructive habits that had been developed through hardships. It’s about feeling literally comatose, stuck in a place where everything’s just numb with no idea of how to get out of it.
Who directed the music video for Comatose and what was it like working with them?
Oliver Ford is our creative director, he takes all of our pictures and films/edits basically all of the content that we release. It’s amazing working with him because we all live together, so he’s really in the middle of all of it and really understands what the musics about, he lives it with us.
What was the most difficult part or aspect of filming the video for Comatose?
It’s a very emotional song for us, so allowing ourselves to feel that while filming but also staying focused and on task. All of our music is created from a place of very intense vulnerability, which is exactly why it’s our outlet, but sometimes listening to it again can trigger the feelings that it took to create it. So it’s a two way street.
Select any other outsideOUTSIDE song and what inspired the lyrics?
‘things got so much harder on the west coast / when I got here I realized that I needed you most / but I was concentrated on the underground / and dreaming of sadistic ways to pull you down’
Our next release ‘Drip’ is about the process of Tali moving out to LA and us both getting lost in the wave of art, life, and all the destructive fun you could possibly imagine. We found ourselves consumed in it quickly, while simultaneously needed each other but dragging each other deeper into the ‘drip’.
Any chance of an EP or full length coming out soon?
More than a chance! Our debut EP ‘This Town Killed All My Friends’ comes out end of July.
What could one expect from a live outsideOUTSIDE show?
A place to feel like you aren’t alone within your own darkness. A huge range of emotion. People can go crazy and be happy and angry and sad and nostalgic and vulnerable. Our goal for our shows is always to create a real spectrum of emotions, that’s what makes anything memorable. Not just the ups or the downs, but the combination of them. That’s what we really want to do with our music and our shows, give people a place to go where they can feel comfortable with things they normally feel uncomfortable with.
If outsideOUTSIDE could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Oh boy. Now or the past? I don’t think we can pick just one…but Linkin Park, Lil Peep, twenty-one pilots, Juice WRLD, or Brand New would all be a dream.
What would you like a listener to remember the most after hearing the music of outsideOUTSIDE for the first time?
We’d like for them to feel like they aren’t alone. Like there are other people going through what they’re going through, and that they shouldn’t be ashamed of it. We want to bring lights to the negative habits that people have and give them a space to be open about those coping mechanisms with themselves and others instead of hiding from them. Repressing things is destructive, expressing them is therapeutic.
What’s up next for outsideOUTSIDE?
‘Drip’ comes out June 15th, some music videos, our EP, and then playing shows throughout the summer and fall. Launch a merch line of custom clothing, we’re both really into fashion so we’re excited to make some really dope and interesting clothing that feels like the music does. And just making more music, we’re always making more music.
Any final words of wisdom?
Speak up, silence is deadly. We need to all be having a conversation about the problems that we have and how we deal with them. That’s one of the most important aspects of what we’re trying to accomplish, we need to open up the conversation.
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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