I’ve mentioned how I like things that are just a clusterfuck of ridiculous? Well I do.
Chilldren, the local band made up of Dustin Farris, Kristin Wallace, and Hannah Joffray, are exactly that.
And I love it.
Intimidated? You should be.
I’m kidding. These guys are totally hilarious and personable. They’re wacky and eclectic and know how to put on a show. So much so that they have themed shows.
That one up there? A Hard Day at the Office. They mixed Vodka and coke and put it in a coffee pot which they poured into mugs and drank throughout the entire show.
What. The. Actual. Hell.
Is this not the most fantastic thing ever?
They’re those adventurous kids in that Perks of Being a Wallflower or any fucking John Green novel that you envy and want to be friends with that do these borderline offensive/fantastic things and you make great memories with and you don’t care that your parents hate them. Essentially, they just don’t give two shits about anyone else’s opinion.
So how did you guys meet each other?
HJ: Me and Dustin knew each other through mutual friends during high school since we were both from here. Then we all kind of just collectively became friends freshman year.
KW: Yeah, the first time we hung out was at Voodoo.
[ Laughter as we mock each other. “~~The music brought us together!~~” “~~We joined the ritual together~~” Remember kids, self-deprecating humor is the best humor. ]
DF: But Hannah and I had funny connections to each other like VIA Myspace. Back in high school. She was really big on Myspace and I would be like jealous of her and be like, “God, she looks like she has so much fun.” Literally I thought she was the coolest person ever.
HJ: I had GIF profile pics, so…I’m afraid that my life had peaked at that time.
You’ll obviously never get back to that point again. Myspace was the big time. So, how did the band start?
HJ: It was a joke at first.
KW: We took pictures before we even did anything.
DF: The three of us became friends and were always hanging out and then we just made a Facebook Fan page for the three of us. Just so we could all have one page. It was such a huge joke but then Kristin had the music background and started writing raps and stuff and she was kind of like the springboard for everything.
HJ: And our friend Adam Stewart, who made most of our music and did the producing, was first friends with Kristin. She told him about our project and we became good friends with him and he eventually became our DJ.
So the music you make is a little electronic?
HJ: It’s quirky electronic.
DF: There’s never really any singing involved. It’s mostly rapping but we will each write our own verses and do our own little rap things over the beat.
What kind of equipment do you guys have?
KW: Just the mics. We’re a little stupid about the technology aspect of it. Adam knows everything. He sets everything up.
HJ: In the past, what we’ve done is just go over to his house and brainstorm with him. It’s really fun because we get to be one-on-one with him while making things.
DF: It’s great because we could tell him that we want something that sounds drippy but upbeat and a lot of bass and he would know exactly what we mean and completely create it!
When did this all start?
KW: We recorded our first single February 2011.
HJ: We are so lazy. We’re all friends and we all just hang out and don’t really pressure ourselves to do anything.
JF: We all kind of make things on our own time. We aren’t really pressured by this “Oh, we need to put out another song.” We just do it when we have time.
Where do y’all usually play at?
KW: We’ve done most of our shows at Siberia. We’ve played at Tipitina’s, Ampersand, and Cafe Prytania when it was still Cafe P. We did an office theme. We always do themed shows.
DF: We’ll pick a theme and then we’ll plan our outfits along with that and have little dance breakdowns that go along with the theme.
HJ: It’s the performance of it all. It’s definitely a full package deal. You have to see us live to really get it. We definitely don’t take ourselves too seriously.
JF: Not at all.
That’s not obvious at all.
KW: Kreayshawn came out around the same time that we did and we were so mad because she was doing a bad version of what we were trying to do.
DF: It kind of ruined it for us because we just kept getting the association of ripping off Kreayshawn even though our first song came out before she put out anything ever!
HJ: We’re still bitter about it.
KW: We kind of just saw ourselves as the pioneers of this sort of new, cool tumblr-rap kind of thing and we were like, “Who is this bitch?”
Besides Kreaybitch, your ridiculousness is probably why people like you guys.
DF: We do have some severe haters. Not gonna lie.
KW: For like no reason. It’s just the people that don’t get it.
HJ: In the Loyola crowd there are some very serious musicians and I guess some people got a little mad that we were getting so much attention…
JF: Yeah, we played an official showcase at SXSW and then we had this group of people at Loyola, like serious musicians, being like “they don’t even deserve it” and “they’re not real musicians.”
HJ: We just have fun and our performances are really fun and we put a lot of work into our shows.
KW: We actually do put a lot of thinking into what we are wearing, how we are going to be uniformed on stage, cause the aesthetic–I feel–is the most important part of the performance.
So it’s been three years that y’all have been together. Do you want to continue this for a while?
DF: We just take it as it comes.
HJ: We definitely have all the resources to be a nice, well-rounded group though. We had some of our creative friends make a nice music video for us. It came out in like May. I was a completely free music video. They supplied all the stuff. We got to brainstorm with them on what we wanted to do and it was such a fun experience.
DF: Yeah, we went to City Park in the middle of the night and they had this huge set up already prepared. They’re part of this thing called the Everything Collective. It’s a group of Bywater artists and they completely DIY everything that they do. They can put on huge productions but have very little-out-of-pocket costs for them. They have a bus that they converted to their energy source with like a generator on it and stuff.
HJ: It’s for our song #Sweat. Look it up on youtube. Hashtag Sweat.
KW: We also started the hashtag song trend and then everyone started coming out with them.
DF: Yeah, like Justin Beiber and the video for Blurred Lines had Hashtag Blurred Lines…
Well people need to stop stealing your shit.
HJ: Let’s set the record straight.
KW: We have online documentation. We’re going to sue you, Robin Thicke.
What do you want to do with your life?
HJ: Be famous.
HJ: Anything creative, really.
KW: If this took off I would love to do this forever. I definitely want to rap or front a rock group. That’s like my ultimate dream.
DF: Like the rock band from Freaky Friday.
Like their facebook page and check out their shit. My favorite song is None of It. You can check out their soundcloud here.