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PledgeHouse: Spotlight Interview with Mt. Joy

This year we’re excited to partner with PledgeMusic and Kenneth Cole to bring you, from Austin, TX, PledgeHouse – FOUR DAYS of day parties with over 40 bands across two stages. Taking place March 13th through March 16th at The Blackheart, we’ll open doors at 11:30am each day as we welcome 11 artists across two stages, with our friends at The Current live streaming our indoor stage performances each day.

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To help get you ready for the musical melee of PledgeHouse, here’s our PledgeHouse Spotlight interview with Mt. Joy (playing Wednesday, 3/14 on the indoor stage).

NoiseTrade: There’s already been an incredible amount of anticipation and excitement surrounding your forthcoming self-titled debut album (out March 2 on Dualtone). Tell us a little bit about your journey from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and how it informed your new collection of songs.

Matt Quinn: I think when you grow up in the Philadelphia area you’re sort of exposed to a blue-collar mentality. It’s an underdog city and I think that rubs off on the people from Philly. It makes you aware of how hard it is to win or be successful at anything. So, I think Philly taught me hard work. Moving to L.A. was a major adjustment just because of how different it is in comparison to most east coast cities. I think that sort of discomfort I felt being in a new place informed a lot of what the record was about. I was trying really hard to “make it” and the enormity of L.A. made me feel like I never would. That’s definitely a thread throughout the record.

NT: You recently made your television debut on CONAN where you played “Silver Lining.” What did the experience mean to you and do you have any cool memories of the day?

Quinn: Playing Conan definitely meant a lot. We actually played Conan exactly one year after our first show. That first show didn’t exactly go as planned. So, as a band, we definitely took a moment to reflect on how hard we’ve all worked and how far we’ve come in 365 days. The day itself was amazing. We got to walk around all the different studios and getting to talk to Conan after the show for a bit was pretty surreal.

NT: If this is your first SXSW, what are you most looking most forward to? If it’s not, what are you looking forward to experiencing again?

Quinn: This is our second SXSW. We are all really excited just to enter the madness of it and to challenge ourselves. Someone said to me the other day that their band refers to SXSW as “Band Olympics,” which is a pretty perfect analogy. It’s definitely a test of your endurance to play that many shows, but you get put in front of incredible people and fans and it’s an extraordinary opportunity. So, I guess we are just hoping we can take home some medals this year.

NT: Are you altering your normal setlist/show in any way for the SXSW audience? What song of yours are you most looking forward to playing live for the SXSW audience?

Quinn: Yeah, a lot of the sets are very abbreviated, so you definitely have to cut your normal club sets pretty much in half or maybe more. In terms of which song I’m most excited to play – probably either “Astrovan” cause it’s so goofy or a song we have on our record called “Bigfoot” which is a fun one to play.

NT: Are there any bands or panels at SXSW that you are planning to check out yourself?

Quinn: To be honest, there are so many bands I haven’t been able to comb through all of them. I did hear that Lucy Dacus would be in town and we are big fans so hopefully we can we can catch a set from her. Other than that it’s just always fun to run into old friends unexpectedly, it’s like any other festival in that way. We’re excited!