The alt-pop trio take us through their latest release with Outkast’s Big Boi, and their career so far.
What we would give right now to be able to sit poolside with a cocktail in hand and our worries left somewhere far away on a dusty shelf. Luckily, Dreamers are letting us live our fantasy vicariously through them as they have just dropped their sun-filled music video for “Palm Reader”. Featuring Outkast member Big Boi and alt-pop disruptor UPSAHL, the tune boasts an uplifting melody as the group go verse for verse on how love is addicting and full of endless surprises. Dropping boisterous bars at the two-minute mark, Big Boi switches up the flow and channels a more old-school hip-hop feel with a head-bop worthy bassline and echoing melodies.
“Big Boi is a legend and has been a personal favourite in hip hop since I was in high school,” lead singer Nick revealed. “We really just asked him and got lucky that he liked the song. We knew he had done collabs in alternative before, and it really just came together. Not only that, but we were stoked on the ideas he brought to the song, talking about the pineal gland, and social and corporate manipulators trying to take control of your brain. He really got the song and brought it to a whole different level philosophically.”
Comprised of Nick Wold, Nelson and Jacob Wick, the group are not newcomers to the ever-growing alt-pop scene, as they have shared stages with the likes of The 1975 and 00s indie-rock favourites Weezer over the years. With an album and an array of electro-sprinkled EPs under the belt, the group are back at again with another project titled “Palm Reader” which was released earlier this month. Riding the wave of the release, we caught up with the eccentric trio talking their spiritual story, creating a far-reaching sound and life after non-stop touring.
Check out the interview below…
Hi Nick, Nelson and Jacob – how have you been during this uncertain time? How has it impacted your music and creativity?
It was a crazy experience going from touring non-stop for 5 years and just getting over to do shows in the UK – which has been a lifelong dream – to going full-stop. But honestly, it’s been a rare and special blessing, to be home, to pause and reflect. And really we’ve kept as busy as ever, just shifting to setting up my home studio, releasing more songs than ever and honing our craft. It’s a rare chance to be home. My heart goes to people that this has been tough for, but it’s been fun for me.
You’re based in Los Angeles-via-Brooklyn – how have these various places influenced your sound? Who are your biggest musical inspirations? Your latest single “Palm Reader”, which is a love song but also a spiritual story – what was it inspired by?
Every place we’ve lived has had a huge influence musically. I grew up in Seattle before moving to New York, and grunge rock from the 90’s is still my favourite. And then New York was a whole world where I fell in love with punk rock history. ‘Palm Reader’ is very much an LA song, written for an LA woman, all adorned with crystals, herbs and mystic iconography. I’m very much a secular scientific rationalist, but now living in the land of sacred intuition.
And it’s so sick that it features Big Boi – how did this collaboration come about?
It’s truly amazing for me, Big Boi is a legend and has been a personal favourite in hip hop since I was in high school. We really just asked him and got lucky that he liked the song. We knew he had done collabs in alternative before, and it really just came together. Not only that, but we were stoked on the ideas he brought to the song, talking about the pineal gland, and social and corporate manipulators trying to take control of your brain. He really got the song and brought it to a whole different level philosophically.
And the single was taken from your five-song EP of the same name – what ties of all of the songs together as a body of work?
This is an EP about life, death, and everything. Rock and roll is a philosophy to me, and this EP is our first which really embodies that idea. In every song, we are trying to figure out the meaning of our lives, in a global time of reflection. And also, it’s the first time we’ve really collaborated with other artists and every song, except one is a feature song, and I love that because it’s new for us, and it makes it a conversation.
Mortality, gratitude for existence, and the need for knowledge – the themes of the EP are really far-reaching. Did any events in particular inspire them?
Do you have a favourite song or a lyric that you think will really resonate with listeners?
So many events inspired them directly, from romance to the death of loved ones. But mainly, it seems like these last few years has made people in our culture more ready to talk about deep things. I’m always going off on some philosophical topics like free will and mortality, it just seemed like suddenly when I wrote about that stuff this year, everyone around me wanted to hear it. “Heat Seeker” is my mission statement as an artist, artists exist to think and dream, to spend time thinking about the things others don’t have time to. So that’s definitely a fav of mine.
You’ve spent the last few years touring non-stop and have played festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, Firefly, Reading and Leeds – what’s been your biggest pinch-me moment so far?
There have been so many pinch-me’s, from first playing my dream venue in Seattle. the Paramount Theater, to having a full crowd of our own fans at Lollapalooza in Chicago, to our first show in England at Reading Fest last year. Life is but a dream. It’s been a wild journey though, going from feeling like the market doesn’t really care about rock and struggling to be heard, and then also being extremely grateful for all those who care and say we’re their favourite.
What do you hope your music brings at such a time of uncertainty?
Music has already brought me everything. It’s brought me the ability to live a life of dreaming and creating, thinking and growing, and that’s all I’ve ever wanted. And I wouldn’t consider this time more uncertain that any other, we’re always teetering on the brink of collapse or change, it’s just been a rare time in which everyone is recognizing and appreciating that.
What’s next for you? What are you looking forward to in 2021?
More and more! We’ll be releasing more songs and video than any year before, and getting ready for whenever the time comes that we can get back on the road.