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The Airborne Toxic Event + Happy Hollows Interview

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Mikel of the Airborne Toxic Event (on the right)

One of our favorite magazines, Interview, has this thing where they get actors to interview other actors or singers to interview other singers. We think it's cool, so last week we did it with The Fuxedos and Renfield, and today we get to do it with Mikel of the Airborne Toxic Event and Sara of The Happy Hollows.

The Happy Hollows play tonight at the Santa Monica Women’s Club w/ Earlimart, and the Airborne Toxic Event rock Sunset Junction on Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm, but this morning they are here together, virtually, for your edification.

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Mikel, Airborne Toxic Event: Hi Sara, how are you today?

Sarah Negahdari, Happy Hollows: Great! how are you dearest?

Very good. I just want to start by saying I love your band. You guys are one of my two favorite bands (the other is Radars to the Sky) and we talk about you everywhere we go. It's really an honor to be in the same scene with you...

Oh Thank you so much Mikel! You dont know how wonderful it is to have your support, it really makes my day when I hear you sing my wet tongue, Oh Mikel, thank you SO much!

I've seen you guys live a bunch of times and I always wonder what’s going through your head when you sing at a show...

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umm, oh man, I try and be totally know...Its like, the goal is to pretend as if I am singing every song for the very first time, and feeling just the way I felt it the firt time I wrote it. I honestly dont think about the audience or being on stage, it's just the release of emotion, the honesty of that moment. I can't think about how there are people watching.

what about you?

It's basically the same thing. I tend to think about what I was thinking about when I wrote the song, try to connect to that moment. And I'm with you on people watching. I can't make eye contact. I try to look to the back of the room and sing to people I can't see. Also, I'm usually trying not to fuck up the guitar parts...