SOFFI TUKKER Interview by Mercedes Silva

1. When did you decide that making music was the career you wanted?

During our senior year of college, actually during the final week.

2. Who are your musical influences?

Sophie brings the Brazilian influences (Tom Jobim, João Gilberto, Gilberto Gil…) and West African influences (Habib Koite & Bamada, Amadou & Miriam…). Tucker brings the house influences – but also grew up listening to all sorts of music, from rap to rock.

3. How would you describe your sound?

“World influenced dance music”? But “world music” is a very broad term… it just means using sounds and making production choices that aren’t usually in the dance music lexicon.

4. Do you plan on going on a nationwide tour anytime soon?

Yes but we aren’t allowed to talk about it yet haha.

5. What is your favorite part about making music together?

We love being in the studio, we love being in the club, we love being on stage… we’re just happy to be doing what we’re doing, we love it all.

6. I understand that you two met while in college. Has making music together strengthened your friendship?

We were making music together before we were really friends. Luckily we ended up liking each other.

7. If you had to describe your EP/music in one word, what would it be?


8. What music are you currently listening to on your iPod?

Sophie is only listening to Rodrigo Amarante right now. Tucker is on a strictly SOFI TUKKER diet.

9. What was the inspiration behind your song ‘Drinkee’?

The lyrics come from the Brazilian poet, Chacal, who Sophie had just met and collaborated with. The guitar riff happened one day in the studio, actually the first day Sophie held an electric guitar. Drinkee was the first song we made together; it’s our genesis song.

10. What do you want new fans to know about you as a group, or your music?

When you are listening to our music, we would like you to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves (thanks, Mary Oliver)

11. Where do you see yourselves and your career in 5 years?

Peaking, somewhere in the world.

Tucker would also like to add: when he was on the basketball team at Brown his freshman year, he scored 26 points against you guys. But you still won.

Crooked Colours Interview by Jessica Maricich

1. How was/is New York? What did you guys do

New York is amazing. We’re pretty busy playing shows, but we’ve had a little bit a free time to wonder around and soak up the vibe. We’ve been spending most of our time in Brooklyn though which we really like. The vibe is pretty unique here, with something different around every corner.

2. Of all of the places that you guys have visited, which place has been your favourite and why?there?

Probably New York. Its just the most iconic I think.

3. What does everyone is the group do to prepare themselves before a performance?

Nothing too crazy, Liam likes to do some push-ups, but other than that we kind of just relax as much as we can and try to get focused. Going into a show with a positive mind frame is probably the most important thing.

4.  How did the group form and decide to become “Crooked Colours”?

We’re all from the same area in Western Australia and just met each other through mutual friends who knew we made music. It’s quite a small music scene down there so it was only a matter of time I guess. It wasn’t too long after that, that we decided to start the band officially.

5.  Speaking of, who came up with that awesome name?

To be honest, there’s not a lot of meaning behind the name. We knew we wanted to be ‘Crooked ..something’ so we just played around with that for a while until we landed on ‘Colours’. Nobody hated it so it stuck.

6.  What do you think you would be doing if “Crooked Colours” never happened?

We would probably be making music in some other capacity. I think the drive to create would still be there.

7.  How do you get inspiration when writing songs?

Basically just by listening to a lot of other music. We find ourselves picking little ideas out of whatever we’re listening to at the time. That and moving around. A fresh space does a lot for creativity.

8.  Which song would you say is your favorite and why?

Out of our own music? At the moment probably ‘Step’. Maybe just because its the newest, but it feels like it’s a track that is reflecting where we want to go musically at the moment.

9.  How do you guys spend your time when you’re not working on your music?

There’s not a lot of time when we’re not working on the project in some way, or busy touring so we don’t really get up to much else. We’re away from home quite a lot so mainly just spending time with friends and family.

10. Do you have any advice for the young artists at Quinnipiac?

Be really sure about what you want to do. Once you know exactly what you’re goal is, it’s a lot easier to find the channels to make it happen.

High Tyde Interview by Cullen Ronan

1) What lead you guys to choose “High Tyde” as your band name?

We live by the sea and collectively liked the name… Its just always stuck with us!

2) When did all of the members of the group meet?

We were all in a pub in Brighton for the great escape one year and Connor was caught pouring his own pint over the bar! We all found it hilarious and got chatting shortly after getting kicked out… i thought they were a bunch of jokers and we instantly became mates

3) What moment in High Tyde’s career did you decide to fully commit to your music?

I think when we first started playing shows… it was sick! All of our mates would come down and go crazy on a regular basis. We all had such a good time and didn’t want to stop.

4) What is the inspiration behind some of the new material you have released?

Doing what you want! As any 18/19 year olds do… we love going out, drinking and partying too much. The song is about those moments in life, where you get the lucky opportunity to literally do what you want. For us, that was this summer as we just finished college.Some of the new material we are releasing is about the situations us or our friends get into, whether it be on tour/ out in the town or relationships.

5) Which venue on your upcoming tour are you guys most excited for?

BARFLY is the one! Can’t wait for that… London’s always such a good vibe and we’ve wanted to headline Barfly for a while. Were just all buzzing to get back on the road.

6) Do you plan on touring the US at any point in the near future?

Definitely would love to tour in the US… maybe not for a little while yet, as we want to tour and dominate our home ground first but it’s definitely one of our ambitions for the future!

7) How has touring with other bands such as Little Comets and Bad Suns & Peace helped you guys better understand the business, taking into consideration you’re are such a young band?

I think its matured us a lot as a band… we’re always working on making our live show better and more cool. Having the chance to play these slots really threw us in the deep end and pushed us to be better/ tighter as a live band.

8) What’s the most memorable show you’ve ever been a part of, on stage or in the audience?

We played London KoKo early this year which was an incredible experience… seeing that many people vibing out to our music was such a good feeling and we were all buzzing as it was halfway through a UK tour.

9) How did you all initially react to finding out BBC Radio 1 would be a part of premiering your new single ‘Do What You Want’

So so ecstatic!! We were soaking wet going to play a gig in London for MEC with all our equipment getting rained on, when we got the news, which instantly lifted our moods! We love Radio 1 and there wasn’t a better place to premier our new single, so we were all overwhelmed that they wanted to air it!

10) With the release of your debut EP “Fuzz” how was it to have such strong feedback, which included over 500k streams

Maddd as it was our first proper release… I think we were all so humbled that people were investing into our band that we all put our heart and souls into. It was so nice to see that our work was starting to pay of.

11) What do you guys consider to be the best album of 2015?

Either Wolf Alice ‘My Love Is Cool’ or ‘What Went Down’ by Foals… both of these are awesome albums which really put a stamp on indie music for 2015… They are always played in the van!

12) How have your friends and family reacted to the band’s newfound success?

Really supportive! All of our families love the band and are always down to our local shows in Brighton… Most of our friends are massively into Indie/Rock music so all dig it massively.


Interview with WQAQ Rap Battle Winner Rah-C

1. Why did you make the decision to take up a stage name?

I originally just went by my last name, Rossi. I was always on the fence about that and felt it was way too plain and just weird to me. My close friend actually came up with the spelling of Rah-C one day and I was so set on changing it and keeping it to that.

2. At what moment in your career did you decide to fully commit to your music?

Sometime around spring of Junior year it hit me that this is what I want to really do with my life. Before that it was a clear passion but I didn’t have half the drive. I did a senior project called WISE that allowed me to really focus on my music and that alone escalated it a new level.

3. Who do you consider to be your biggest hip-hop influences, especially on your new mixtape?

I am heavily influenced by other artists. Many say I have resemblance to the storytelling ability in classic Slim Shady tracks. I also am very heavily influenced by Earl Sweatshirt, Kendrick Lamar, and Mac Miller.

4. What inspired some of the new material you have released?

A lot of my new material has been a lot deeper into my head than usual. A lot of the current work has been very deep and dealing with the new level of change coming into a new environment. Confusion and aggravation seem to be very common elements of my more recent work.

5. What do you consider to be the best Hip-Hop album of 2015?

This is a wild hard question… only because there’s about 5 albums I thought were amazing this past year. Joey Bada$$’ B4 DA $$ was terrific, but I think Summertime ’06 by Vince Staples was the most well-rounded and personal album of the year.

6. What album are you most excited for in the future?

I’m extremely excited for a new Earl Sweatshirt Album, whenever that ever decides to happen. He just recently dropped a new joint but from his live performances I can tell he’s got something awesome coming.

7. How is the rap scene different in suburban Connecticut, than it was back home in New York.

The taste in rap music is much different here than a lot of my people back home. Neither area is too familiar with traditional hip-hop roots, but New Haven on the other hand thrives in that department so I’m trying to make connections in the New Haven area. A lot of the rap music in the school is very specific and moves away from the type of rap I enjoy.

8. What was the favorite show you ever played?

I haven’t played enough shows to have a huge selection, but my last performance at The Space in Hamden CT was awesome because of how personal the venue was. It was also a personal best because of the energy and intensity I brought to the table.

9. If you could collab with any artist, dead or alive, who would you choose?

That’s almost impossible. If I had two I could name you 3 artists and even THAT would be crazy still. I’d have to go with Nas, 97 Slim Shady, and Mobb Deep. That would be a dream but there’s so many other artists I could name.

10. What are some of the primary themes you like to write about?

I often speak about many components of society. I speak heavily about tragedy and loss as well, and many times bring up race and the fact we are still surrounded in a racist world unfortunately.

11. How great was it to get up in front of Quinnipiac and prove to them your the best freestyle rapper on campus?

As exciting as it was, there’s so much more to be accomplished. I hope the people who were there gained an appreciation of what I bring to the table, but that was only a very very small step in the right direction. I want to be a common household name in every dorm of this University. That was only a small stepping stone of what I know I will accomplish in time.

Rah-C wins Rap Battle




Rah-C took the stage Wednesday night and definitely didn’t hold back. The kid blessed the crowd with his presence and we definitely hope to see him again in the Spring with even better content. He beat out three other kids and the crowd went wild every time Rah-C took the stage.

Take a listen to his post win interview as well as links to his music below.

Rah-C Website

Rah-C Soundcloud