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Video: See Our Exclusive Interview with KAMI

posted by Oscar May 28, 2017

Take a look at our interview with SaveMoney’s own KAMI, held down at SXSW 2017. The artist formerly known as Kami De Chukwu talked about the name, adopting the New Wave sound, and his production partnership with Knox Fortune.

In our “Speed Round” he let us know about the first album he bought, his favorite music video of all time, and his latest favorite food spot in Chicago makes him look like a basic thot. Peep that below. Continue Reading

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See The Aces Talk About Being More Than A Girl Band, Ruling the World in Our Exclusive Interview

posted by Oscar May 22, 2017

Utah band The Aces gave us some of their time while we were all down in Austin and we had a nice little chat. Sisters Cristal and Alisa Ramirez, Katie Henderson, and McKenna Petty talked to us about coming up in their local scene, how their influences helped them pave their own way, and how they’re letting their music do the talking for them. See that above.

Below you’ll find them participation in our “Speed Round,” in which we find out the first album they each bought, their favorite music video, and more. Continue Reading

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Video: Check Out Our Exclusive Interview with Marian Hill

posted by Oscar May 16, 2017

Another one!… The latest POD interview we’d like to share with y’all was one of the 10 we held down in Austin, TX, this time being the Alternative Pop group Marian Hill.

Our conversation took us many places, including discussing the making of their video for “Down,” the added value in having their music featured on an Apple commercial, their appreciation and use of Jazz, and why they’ve partnered with the Plus 1 for their latest tour.

For the “Speed Round” they answered our signature questions like first album they ever purchased, fave music video, and the ATX-specific pulled pork vs. brisket debate. My favorites were their take on “old Kanye vs. new Kanye” and Samantha’s response to my cheeky question that references their “One Time.” See that short clip below. Continue Reading

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Video: See Our Exclusive Interview with Joey Purp

posted by Oscar May 4, 2017

Joey Purp was easily one of our favorite artists to interview down at SXSW 2017. The man took his own approach when speaking to Pursuit Of Dopeness on iiiDropsforthcoming EP Quarter Thing (which he previewed at the festival)and his love for Sean Paul and Lupe Fiasco. You can see the mega entertaining interview above.

Purp also participated in our “Speed Round,” answering questions like what was the first album he ever bought, his favorite music video of all time, and which SaveMoney member needs to be around in case shit goes down. See that below. Continue Reading

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POD Exclusive Interview: The Shelters

posted by Oscar August 31, 2016

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For our latest interview we hopped on the phone with guitarist and vocalist for The Shelters, Chase Simpson. During our talk we uncovered some things about the rising band and their self-titled debut LP, including what it was like having Tom Petty co-produce the record, how they developed their dope vintage LA sound, and what fans can expect at their live shows.

We also conducted a speed round with Chase to get an insider look at his personal tastes, in which we learned which was the first record he bought, his favorite songs to play live, and more.

The Shelters LP is available now on iTunes. Check out our exclusive interview below. Continue Reading

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POD Exclusive Interview: Omen at SXSW 2016

posted by Oscar March 30, 2016

Here’s another one of the interviews we conducted down at SXSW this year. This time around it’s another Dreamville member and Chicago rapper, Omen.

In our talk we discussed his current projects, touring in support of Elephant Eyes, the evolution of SXSW, and the importance that a fest like this one has on the careers of up and coming artists.

Peep our interview above.

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Recap: Highly Suspect Live at the Double Door + Exclusive Interview

posted by Oscar March 4, 2016

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Last Friday night we had the unique chance to not only witness, but also interview the Grammy-nominated band Highly Suspect at Chicago staple venue the Double Door.

The Brooklyn-based group composed of Johnny Stevens and twin brothers Ryan and Richard Meyer hit our city as part of their headlining tour and they sold out their show at the Wicker Park venue. Fresh off an appearance at the Grammys, Highly Suspect hit the stage with an energy that absolutely lit up the place and they played every hard song with such fury and intensity that you could feel why fans were compelled to hop around, hoot, and throw their fists in the air. The slower tunes were performed with as much conviction as the foot-stompers, but these hit you in just the right spot.

There were many highlights there throughout the night, many of which were spearheaded by the antics of lead singer Johnny Stevens. I must also point out how much it really helps when a band has such a diverse catalog to pull from, and Highly Suspect’s pool has a little of everything to satisfy all kinds of fans, from the headbangers, to the dancers, to the drinkers and everything in between. Some of the best performances of the night came during songs like the crunchy “Fuck Me Up,” the emotive roller-coaster that is 70’s Rock anthem stylings of “Serotonia,” and of course the hit song everyone sang along to, “Lydia” (below). My favorite moment of the night came as the show was coming to a close, and the group played a song that I still can’t figure out what its name could be. The lyrics featured the lyric “down in Georgia,” with a structure that loosely reminded me of Delta Blues. During that song the band really showed what they’re made of, playing with guitar pedals and tripping us out with the effects, manipulating the feedback like a snake charmer. At one point Johnny and Rich switched guitars-bass, mid song, allowing Rich to show off his flair on the 6-string, like how MJ would dish it to Scottie, and he would show you he’s a killer too. Spectacular stuff

We also got to interview Ryan and Rich before the show, and in our conversation we talked about the band’s early days, where they go now after being nominated for a Grammy, and what covers they would like to play in the future. Check that out, along with pictures taken by Rosario Edwards for Pursuit Of Dopeness, below. Continue Reading

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POD Exclusive Interview: Turn To Crime

posted by Oscar September 24, 2015

Turn To Crime

Very early on this year I was pitched a song by Detroit group Turn To Crime and in just seconds I was sold on this Motor City outfit’s sound. The minimalist approach to production, the DIY mentality, the perfectly executed use of repetition, and the beautifully Pop-y hooks were more than enough to make us fans.

The group will be coming to Chicago to play a FREE show at The Empty Bottle on October 5th so we got band leader Derek Stanton on the phone to talk to us about all sorts of topics surrounding the band’s sound and their approach to being a band in today’s environment for music consumption. So hit the jump and read what we learned about this awesome band. Continue Reading

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POD Exclusive Interview – ShowYouSuck

posted by Oscar December 12, 2014

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We recently sat down with long-time POD favorite ShowYouSuck to finally get an interview that was long overdue. Show is coming off a highlight-filled 2014 that saw him tour Europe and play the massive, critically-acclaimed festival Riot Fest.

To cap off the big year, Show will be having his homecoming show tomorrow night 12/13/14 at Sub T. As you prepare for that free pizza party, read our interview with the raddest DudeBro we know, below. Continue Reading

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POD Exclusive Interview: Twin Peaks Talk About ‘Wild Onion’

posted by Oscar August 4, 2014

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Chicago outfit, Twin Peaks are set to release their latest work (Wild Onion) tomorrow and they took some time to open up about the making of the album for our readers to have a more in-depth look at album number 2. In our interview, Twin Peaks lead singer Cadien James lets us know about the inspiration behind their sound on Wild Onion, the significance of Chicago to them and the new album, tour shenanigans with The Orwells and more.

It’s definitely always interesting to see how these projects come together and the story behind Wild Onion sure delivers plenty of good info for fans of the band to learn about. Read our full interview below. Continue Reading

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POD Exclusive: Interview – Mic Terror on ‘Fresh Prince of Darkness’

posted by Oscar March 2, 2014

Mic Terror The Fresh Prince of Darkness

Mic Terror, one of the key players behind Chicago’s illustrious Treated Crew, is set to release his debut album on March 4 via Closed Sessions. During the week, Mic gave us a call to talk Fresh Prince of Darkness and gave us some insight on the making of his latest project and what’s to come from its release.

Read our full exclusive interview below. Continue Reading