By: Kaia Femenías
PHASES is an indie-pop band originating from Los Angeles. The quartet is comprised of Jason Boesel, Alex Greenwald, Michael Runion, and Z Berg. The band, known for their upbeat sound, has been creating music informally since 2007, and formally for 2014. Scene caught up with them to ask a few questions before their upcoming performance alongside Maroon 5 and Tove Lo on Thursday, October 6th at the Pepsi Center.
How would you describe your sound?
I’ve learned how helpful it is to have an answer to that question. I spent years and years being asked that question about my previous bands and just kind of looking blankly into space and saying… Uhhh…. Like… Music?? When asked about phases I say: Funky dance pop…or like if Blondie made Thriller.
How long has the band been together?
A couple years in this incarnation, but we’ve been playing music together for fun for about a millennium?? Or in real time, since 2007? We’ve been friends for longer than that, so at a certain point we realized our time hanging out, playing video games, and talking shit, MIGHT in fact be better spent making music!
Where do you want to be in five years?
Truthfully I’m just hoping to still be alive. Every time I have a birthday I’m kinda like, “wow, really??” So keep your fingers crossed for me!
What’s been your best experience as a band so far?
Making the video for I’m In Love With My Life was definitely a huge highlight. Such a totally surreal experience. Stressful, magical, seemingly impossible, and it all worked! One of those times was before a shot you just had to PRAY nothing went wrong. When you have one long shot in the desert with a whole band moving backward, jumping over cars, and flying into the air while acrobats and dancers and skateboarders and fireworks all have to do their thing and go off at the right time—I think I held my breath the whole time.
What do you want your audience to experience when they hear your music?
I’d love you to go from laughing to crying in the space of a half hour. Really get that whole spectrum of human emotion. But mostly fun.
Why the name “PHASES?”
Jason took Ayahuasca in Peru, and let’s just say the rest is history.
What’s been your favorite part about touring?
Being in a different city every day. Meeting new people every day. Being forced to live with a sense of urgency, to experience as much as you can out of a place as you can in a limited amount of time. It makes you have to work hard to be present and to do all you can. Never be complacent or lazy or it will all pass you by. And also playing shows, having to (at least try to) make an audience fully connect with you and see the world in the same way as you do even for just a moment. When it works it’s as euphoric and addictive as anything I’ve ever experienced.
Be sure to check out PHASES October 6th at the Pepsi Center. Tickets can be found at http://www.pepsicenter.com