On day two of Treasure Island Music Festival, I was excited because I had added Neon Indian to my list of artists to interview. I’ve been obsessed with his songs Annie and Polish Girl, and when I watched his 80s-infused videos I was even more stoked to interview him about his style.
He suggested I go backstage and look for him, but even though I had literally six wrist bands, none of them got me backstage. Eventually, though, we found a security guy who was not 100 percent clear on which wristbands did what and said, “I’m sure it’s fine.” So we started wandering around backstage. There was no sign of Alan Palomo, A.K.A. Neon Indian. But as we were wandering around, a voice came from inside an airstream trailer: Wanna take some photos from inside our studio? TBH I was a little nervous but we went inside and found this magical set up created by Notes for Notes, a non-profit organization that provides kids with totally free access to instruments, instruction and recording studios “so that music may become a profoundly positive experience in their lives.”
Turns out this is a really rad organization with some talented folks involved. We heard some of their recordings while we were chatting and taking photos and were blown away. It was quite serendipitous… and I have a phone interview set up with Neon Indian so it’s all good!
Where are you Neon Indian??
There was a farm-like feel with workers spreading hay over the mud. My hair got super curly from the rain!
A very big thanks to SKYY Vodka for getting us to and from the festival in style!
[Photos by Sofala Knapton]