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who·lee·ah: an interview

All words and artwork by Julia Rocha, a senior in high school. Scroll below for an exclusive interview. Self Portrait Along the Borderline between Mexico and the United States Daughter of Frida Daughter of Diego Thought to have been born a mess of mangled appendages, Years later, she reassembles herself. Sewing together baby arms baby legs She emerges fractured and triumphant. Digging herself out of the ground– Her skin covered in chocolate dirt, Finding herself in a desert, She takes after the cacti that grow around her: Never succumbing to thirst. For five years she walked Tiny feet encrusted in burning sand She did not plan to stop walking Until one day, a fence sprouted like a weed: Wrapping itself around her. A metal barricade Tear streaks of rust engraved on its surface She finally stops walking Curled up in the shade of the wall She sleeps for the first time. The first few nights she dreams of sunflowers, Dreams of yellow petals towering over her Covering her like weightless blankets. One night she dreams of …

Remnants: a music video by Psycho Lilac and Katie Carson

By Somi Jun Remnants Music Video: 141 seconds of Psycho Lilac’s psychedelic, dream pop instrumentals, complemented by super 8 film footage from Katie Carson. A serene yet stimulating walk through green and pink-tinted shots of Tiarna Armstrong’s (Psycho Lilac) face, under a projector and in fields. Gentle movements and saturated yet simple colors create an experience akin to meditating while in a hallucination. KATIE SPEAKS What was your role in creating this film? Was there anyone else involved? Creating visuals for Tiarnas song, ‘Remnants’ was kind of a one man operation – I wanted to create something completely on my own and experiment with new techniques I hadn’t explored. What medium did you use? I used a Super 8 camera with 500T film for the entire video. Tiarna and I wanted to create visuals which compliment the psychedelic feeling of the song and so I suggested using this type of camera to create a weathered, aged look. How do you think the medium affected the overall feel of the film? I think and hope that …

Janelane and the rise of the DIY band

By Somi Jun All photos courtesy of Janelane. The first time I interviewed Sophie Negrini about Janelane, the power pop band’s lineup had just solidified: Negrini on vocals and guitar, Alex Hardy on bass, Jake Levy as lead guitarist, and Lucas Cereijido on drums. As a result, Janelane’s  SoundCloud featured demos and live recordings, and the group had never performed a live show. 10 months later, Janelane’s body of work has grown to include its Peaches and Cream EP and cassette, 12 live shows, and tentative plans for an album release by the end of the year. Janelane has also become a bragging point for its hometown of South Pasadena, and integrated into a network of DIY music, populated by independent musicians and distributors. And it all started with bedroom recordings and free apps. Janelane’s homegrown sound perfectly captures the nostalgic, aching tones of adolescence and distant love. The lyrics are powered by a female experience, but remain accessible to any number of genders, age groups, or backgrounds. The band achieves this delicate mix of languor …

Maeve McPherson: a voice for working class teenage girls

Maeve McPherson is a multi-talented 18 year old student from Belfast who creates music that can be described as ‘bedroom pop’. Her voice has a beautiful, almost husky tone, which compliments her piano and guitar melodies. Maeve discusses her music, inspiration, musical progress and more. Reporting, interview, and transcribing by Managing Editor Katie Carson. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never listened to your work? Both a celebration and repulsion of life as a working class teenage girl in the 21st century. What is your musical process, do you begin with lyrics or chord progressions? Not only do you play music, you also write poetry, do you find that you write a poem and then put it to music? I find writing lyrics probably the easiest thing in the world, its always trickier trying to find a chord progression that compliments the message you’re trying to convey. And definitely, whether its a poem or a song it always starts from the same germ, which is usually just scraps of lines that have been culminating in my notebooks for ages until …

MUSIC HIVE: Miles Knight + HOT by groundfloor

Welcome to a special edition of the staff HIVE, where Tunnel staff each profiled a local musician or music event. Included in this HIVE: – An interview with yung fresh rocker Miles Knight + a lil’ music sample – An overview of HOT, a mysterious music event hosted by Groundfloor, featuring 10 different artists at the edge of DTLA Miles Knight by Amelia Anthony Miles Knight talks genres, software, and collaborations. Quick facts about Miles: plays snare in high school drumline 15+ finished songs (“I never really cared too much for completing songs until a year ago”) has been writing music as long as he can remember Lil’ SAMPLE: What genres do you listen to, and which do you like to produce? I listen to almost everything from rock, jazz, electro, to classical. I mainly produce alternative, electronic, and rock. What instruments do you play? I play the drums, guitar, and bass. What instruments and software were used to produce this piece? The song titled “Demo”, is a song written by me, I play everything on …

ID Chamber by Minu Jun

Minu Jun’s latest film, ID Chamber. Commentary from sister Somi Jun: Minu asked me to write this commentary, maybe to give an outside perspective on what the film is about, or maybe because he has done several Tunnel pieces before and was not down for another interview (see more of Minu’s work here: Minu on Tunnel) I watched Minu work on this film for over 3 months. He spent about $300 producing it, a remarkably small sum for a 9 minute film, but relatively high compared to Minu’s other works. He creates unforgettable films that are fleshy, colorful, disgusting, beautiful, visceral, from a budget of almost nothing, because he makes it all himself. The masks, the giant genitalia, the corn syrup blood, the robe of dismembered stuffed animals– Minu spent late nights and weekends making it all by hand. It’s not always easy to live with, and it’s never easy to work with (especially for the actors), but somehow, he pulls all these pieces together to create something crazy like ID Chamber. And when this happens (it almost always does), part of me …

Textural Music by Romeal Strong

Interview and transcription by Perah Ralin Managing Editor Photo by Romeal Strong ROMEAL, A TWO PART INTERVIEW Romeal Strong (aka Corvus/Crow Beat/Linius Pallitax) is a musician and photographer based in Los Angeles. He doesn’t get creeped out, nor does he need your validation. Read below for the full interview. PART I You sent me the link to the Soundcloud for Crow Beat, but you have your other moniker, Linius… Oh, Linius Pallitax? Yeah. LINIUS PALLITAX:  Yeah, Linius Pallitax! Do you think you’re moving away from dance music? You haven’t posted anything on there for like, a year. [my mistake!! it was 2 months] I make a lot of music, but I don’t really like to post things in general. I think I have like a thousand songs. I just don’t really like to put stuff out. Yeah, I thought I put something on it recently, on the Linius Pallitax? I don’t know. Do you feel like not wanting to post things is an emotional kind of thing or do you just feel like “This is …

RED – technique & connotation

Marion Wood mixes the technical and the abstract in her series of collages, centered around the color RED. She talks ART CENTER, TECHNIQUES, and mixing SCIENCE with ART. Read on!   MARION (the Contrarian) SPEAKS: So you gave me about 12 pieces. Are they part of a series? Yeah, I made them a while ago in art class. I did a class at Art Center College of Design, and we started off the class, and we had to choose one color that we wanted to incorporate in each piece. So we had 5 days and we were supposed to make 3 pieces of art a day. So I chose red, that was my color, so all of them used red. And also, each one was supposed to incorporate a different technique. So we used packaging, and we used cloth, and, like, used, I don’t know… there was one where you had to rip paper, and tear it, or whatever.  So each different piece uses a different technique. Cool. So it was a summer program? Yeah. Did you choose red for …

Psycho Lilac Speaks – an exclusive interview with “a one-girl-band on a psychedelic mission”

  Psycho Lilac, originally named Ramona Has A Pulse, is an up-and-coming artist from Northern Ireland. Tiarna Armstrong, aka Psycho Lilac, talks about her new project, her live shows, the Belfast music scene, and being a literal one man band. Reporting, interview, and transcribing by Managing Editor Katie Carson. TIARNA SPEAKS: Describe your sound? “This is a tricky one. I would say it’s quite psychedelic, but, I listen to a lot of punk music, so there’s a little bit of punk in there. But, it’s also quite dream-poppy, sort of… It’s really hard to explain, because I try to incorporate so many different genres that it’s hard to exactly pinpoint what mine is.” So, who would some of your influences be? “I would say some of my main influences would be, like: DIIV, Warpaint, The XX. At the moment, I am obsessed with Grimes. I can’t get enough of Grimes; everything she does is immaculate, and I just  adore her.”  That’s cool. OK, so. I was listening to your music, and Remnants (Demo 2) really …

The Gringo EP – four original tracks and one exclusive interview

  The Gringo EP is Samuel Hoadley-Brill’s original, four track, hip-hop + rap + reflection project. Sam, aka Lez Majesty, talks about his recording process, his love for the Spanish language, and bridging the mainstream with the underground. Read on for the potential voice of a generation!!! LEZ MAJESTY TALKS: Can you describe how “The Gringo EP” came to be? Walk us through the process of writing, recording, publicizing, etc. I decided on December 9, 2014 that I would drop an EP on my birthday, December 17th. So I did. The Gringo EP was essentially a full year of thought, life experience and perspective manifested into a ten-minute project and recorded over the span of six days. I’ve been rapping about a year now, and I’ve been creating so much material and not releasing it. I originally intended to drop a full length mixtape but I realized most of the tracks were not at the same caliber as my more recent work, so I decided on two tracks written in the Spring, and I wrote two tracks a …