BROTHERS WILL AND KEVIN Bush, who create electronic pop under the moniker Immortal Girlfriend, are ending the year strong, recently opening for Thievery Corporation at the Pabst Theater and winning a Backline artist grant. We spoke with them about the healing power of music and the magic of live concerts.
The full interview with Amelinda Burich of 88Nine is available at radiomilwaukee.org.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN MUSIC?
Kevin Bush: Our family was always musical, on both sides. My musical journey started when I was 11. I wanted to play drums, out of the blue. I wasn’t even inspired by anybody; I just
wanted to do it.
Will Bush: I got into the music game kind of late. I was the art school dropout. I’m like, “I’m not going to make visual art anymore, but I’m an artist. What do I do?” I started playing guitar.
WHAT KEEPS YOU MAKING MUSIC?
Will: Music can really elevate and lift the spirit. We need more of that in the world.
COULD YOU EXPAND ON THAT?
Will: For me, going through my cancer situation and still dealing with some of the stuff currently, it can elevate you and take you out of your circumstance. … There’s a reason why people still go to shows and listen to music, even in the streaming age where you can listen to a song over and over. There’s an energy with it live – you’re getting something that might get lost in streaming.
I LOVE THAT.
Will: For sure. It can even go beyond us sometimes. We’ll come up with a song, and sometimes it feels like we’re just channeling it.
Kevin: Like it already existed. We’re just bringing it earthbound.
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