Where will you be this Sunday night, September 22nd? Hopefully you'll be at Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francsico, where Doe Eye will be performing not only a set of original tunes, but also Arcade Fire's acclaimed album Funeral in its entirety -- kicking off a series of shows produced by Radio Silence featuring local performers paying tribute to their musical heroes.
Doe Eye, fronted by bay area native Maryam Qudus, stopped by to answer 10 questions ahead of this weekend's show. Maryam is so sweet, so grateful for everything she's experienced and made happen for herself; the interview, as you will undoubtedly agree, is a delight.
AG: You're playing Arcade Fire's Funeral in its entirety this weekend -- it seems amazing to be able to pay tribute to a band you love, so I have to ask: how do you feel? Are you excited? Nervous? How special is this opportunity for you?
MQ: I love the Arcade Fire - 'Funeral' is probably one of my favorite albums of all time. When Radio Silence gave me the opportunity to cover an album by one of my favorite bands, I HAD to this. I am very very excited.
AG: How's recording your debut LP going (and working with John Vanderslice)?
MQ: It's been such a blast working on the record. Me and JV work so well together and had such a strong team of musicians recording on this album. I am really excited for everyone to hear it.
AG: What local bands are you totally digging right now?
MQ: There's Talk is a really cool band from San Francisco - I really love them. The Family Crest is an amazing band also out of SF who just signed a record deal with Tender Loving Empire. Recently, I went to see Lucius at Brick & Mortar Music Hall and a SF based band Social Studies opened - they were so great too! Am also in love with Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Bay Area music is so awesome right now.
AG: I read that you grew up going to local shows at some of the bay area's best venues (Bottom of the Hill, Slims, etc) -- what is one show that sticks out in your memory?
MQ: I remember being around 16 years old and watched an all-ages show at Bottom of the Hill. Anthony Greene was playing and I was a big fan of his music at the time. There was a moment where I was like - "man, it would be a dream to play here one day". That felt like such a far off goal at the time - but little did 16-year-old-me know that only a few years later I would play some of my first bay area shows at Bottom of the Hill.
AG: What is in heavy rotation on your iPod (wait, is that dated? iPhone?) right now?
MQ: Lately, I've been listening to Lucius, Jessie Ware & Black Moth Super Rainbow. Also, I've been listening to Arcade Fire's new song 'Reflektor'……a lot.
AG: What is coming up for you for the rest of the year?
MQ: I am going on tour next week - playing in San Francisco this Sunday 9/22 and then off to Boise, Omaha, Des Moines, Cincinnati and Chicago. After that, I'll probably be preparing for the release of my new record.
AG: Tell me about your "golden moments" as a band.
MQ: I think these last 2 years of being a band has felt pretty amazing. From radio rotation, to MTV and Billboard Magazine features, playing festivals, recording my debut album with John Vanderslice, going on tour - it's all been a dream. I never imagined things to be this way. Mainly because I recorded my first ep as a demo to give to professors and musician friends in music school. I had no intentions with it - I did it mainly to be like 'hey look guys, i can sing, and it doesn't suck…..*at least I hope not*". I feel pretty lucky. 16-year-old-me is stoked.
AG: Any words of advice for your fans?
MQ: Eat cake for breakfast.
(Thanks to Maryam Qudus of Doe Eye for the great interview. Doe Eye plays this Sunday, September 22nd (doors at 7pm, show at 8pm; $8 advance, $10 at door, 18+). Purchase tickets by clicking here).