Los Angeles is proving itself as a never ending source of great music. Enter Pyyramids, the LA-based duo who have us nodding our heads and tapping our toes to their dreamy space-like scores and quirky, catchy tracks. Tim Nordwin leads on guitar and had a previous life as part of the quirky-video-making Ok Go whereas the striking Drea Smith previously offered up her grainy yet gorgeous vocals for He Say She Say. Needless to say this is a team who knows the score when it comes to music. The sound itself is a combination of sway-inducing electronic moments, languid vocals and African-inspired drumming which, simply put, feels fresh and exciting.
We spoke to the stunning Drea Smith about making sweet music, what’s on her playlist and getting booed off stage.
What inspires the music you make?
Growing up I had an obsession with female fronted rock bands and post punk . As well as the trip hop coming out of Bristol in the early ’90s . I’m super inspired by all of those things.
When did you know that you wanted to go into music?
I was in 9th grade and I made my stage debut at my high school’s talent show. The kids at the high school I was attending at the time weren’t the most open minded, so they kind of booed me when I stepped out on stage, guitar in hand . By the time I’d made it through my song, I had won them over. I knew right then that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?
We just played Mercury Lounge in New York last week and I must say that one was my favorite thus far. The audience was into it and we just got out there and had fun! Those are the best kind of shows.
What have you been listening to recently?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Sade lately. I grew up on Sade, and recently I’ve become obsessed with her all over again. I’ve also been listening to The Slits, Nina Simone, Luscious Jackson, Portishead and The Smiths.
What current music have you been listening to?
I’ve had Kendrick Lamar’s album on repeat since it came out. I love him. I also love our good friends, IO Echo’s record. I think Twin Shadow is amazing, I’ve seen him live a few times and “Forget” is one of the best albums to come out in last few years in my opinion. He’s great live! Tim and I both are into Tame Impala, their e.p. and both of their album are super solid.
What artist most excites you?
Karen O!! She’s a goddess! That woman puts on an amazing show. I’ve been a fan for years and I’m so excited that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs put out a new record! Everything they do is brilliant.
If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
I think Twin Shadow and PYYRAMIDS could make something really great . I would love to collaborate with him .
How would you describe your style?
’70s New York punk meets Denise Huxtable.
What are your touring must-haves?
My make-up bag, books and an iPod full of music.