This is a perfect day to swim in Los Angeles, but Sarah Tudjin is struggling to relax. The woman in front of the Illuminati Hotties is trying to find her balance in an inflatable tube at the deep end of my pool and failing, holding her sunglasses in one hand and a ticket can in the other. “Wait, wait, I’ve got it,” he said as it spread around the 91-degree afternoon of June. Although the more he kills, the more the float wants to cooperate less like the aquatic, bocking rodeo bull. She’s tilted back so much that she’s almost turned upside down, the ends of her thick black hair starting to get wet. “Don’t put it in your article that I couldn’t do it. It’s off the record! ”
Balance is something that the 29-year-old has never been able to master in water or in life. He’s a textbook workaholic – while not investing time and effort into his band, he spends hours and hours in the studio as a producer and engineer, working with artists like Sad 13 and Weiss Blood. And at the top of his work schedule, he is unable to send an invitation to have fun after work. “I think my most favorite and least favorite quality about me is that I can’t say no to hanging,” he said. “Being neutral makes me really nervous. When I’m not feeling very excited or very low, it feels wrong, like I’m floating in a luminous space. This can be a dangerous quality. I want to be in a world that is both fun and serious.
Carefully arranged schedule blocks on her calendar make her weeks like a game of Tetris and she swears she never took the right vacation in her adult life. But June is her “rompspring month,” as she puts it, and she’s trying to force a rare and much-needed break on herself until she’s somewhat balanced in her professional and personal life. Looks like it’s working. Tudzin had some shed tanners a month earlier than him (he had just traveled to the Bay Area to visit the family), and he was going for a long morning walk with Maibi, the epidemic he had taken at the beginning of the epidemic. It was quiet before the storm just months before the release of the third album by the Illuminati Hotspots in October, Let me do one more.
It’s a little embarrassing that Tudjin can’t relax in the pond today. Two weeks ago, he released a video for “Pool Hopping,” a record-breaking summer jam. In it, he moves like a neglected human cannon, sprinkling and crushing beer with friends through a montage in the swimming pool. This is the whole Illuminati hottie vibe – party punk that laughs from ear to ear. Tudgeen works like most things, though, with a lot of effort put into making the video so airy.
“It was a lot of work!” He says “pool hopping” “It was a weekend when it was degrees0 degrees in Los Angeles. We started at 8am in the morning, and it rained when I got there. The pools weren’t hot, and I was freezing all day. It was intense and weak. I was trying to sink my lips and at the same time my mouth was not watering.
Prior to “Pool Hopping”, he released a video for the single “MMMOOOAAAAAYAYA” for D’Angelo’s legendary “Untitled (How It Feels)” video, where the R&B singer showed off his shiny torso. In the Hotties version, Tudzin makes a responsible rearrangement, but spends the second half soaking wet in the green slime, an experience that was not as enjoyable as showing Tudzin on screen.
“I didn’t wear a lot of clothes,” she recalls. “My pants were rolled down so everyone was staring at my hips all day. The lime was so thick and visceral. It smelled and looked crazy. I have a lot of fear around throwing content, and it triggers more than I thought. In the middle of his first attempt, he slipped, fell and ruined the tech. She then had to take a bath, dry, re-do her hair and makeup, and soak herself again in the colorful-green mixture of oatmeal and applesauce.
Although her sly-durable, pneumonia-skirting efforts seem fruitful. “Pool Hopping” has recently risen to No. 1 on the college radio charts, thanks to a big push from Illuminati Hotties ’new label Home Hopeless Records. The band also plans to open a fall date for Death Cab for QT, whose music is picked up from Tudjin Grade School. It should be a thrilling time, yet he has a careful restraint in his voice whenever he speaks. It’s hard for him to get excited about releasing an album these days. After what he spent last summer, releasing a new record could never hold the same wide-eyed excitement for him.
This happened last July, when Tudzin was preparing to release his second album, Free IH: This is not what you are waiting for. It was a contentious issue to promote. The record was considered a contract-fulfilling thrower to come out of his contract with the indie label, Tiny Engine. But the freedom to create a zero-stack record is hurt which makes him accidentally proud of a distinct kitchen-sink batch of rush rush-work songs that forces him to experiment more and lower second-guesses. With ragging hardcore rippers throwing noise tracks against Calypso beats, he has been sandwiched into hook-heavy indie pop songs for which he is best known. “I was making it very fast and not thinking about quality,” he says. “It was this intuitive, strange gem that I unveiled.”
Last night Free IH Although his mother was about to die of cancer. Tudjin handed over his social media passwords to his managers, who turned the promotional machine around while mourning with the family. “I logged out for two weeks and let them do everything,” she says. “I checked in occasionally, but I didn’t really think about it at all. It was a bit uncomfortable with the celebration. ”
Today’s life finally started again, but the feeling of discomfort never really went away.
“When my mother dies, the magic disappears from everything,” she says. “I wasn’t so enthusiastic about the songs when I started composing them. I felt like I was doing the motions. ”The fact that he never got a chance to act didn’t help to break the emotional connection Free IH Material life due to the cancellation of travel plans due to the epidemic.
Even now, with a brand new album for promotion, she’s still having trouble making the spark reign. “With these new units coming out, I have no way to get involved with it. It feels like another part of my day, ”he says Let me do one more. “My friends are like, ‘Don’t you pump so much?’ But it’s a strange thing to be involved because I didn’t make the last record at all. “
Although the album’s early solo has been well-received by fans and honored the press as a long feature Rolling stone And the best new music titles intended Pitchfork, Tudjin still feels “a little numb” about everything. “When an injury happens and you get close to it in a sensitive way, it gives you thorns in a weird way. Your day is coming to an end,” he says. “You’re like,‘ Why am I so upset? Everyone is saying something nice on the internet and the number of streams is increasing and the videos are doing well. ‘But your defense is firing because it happened next to the trauma.
“I don’t want to feel ungrateful or unused. I am very stocked, ”he continues to check himself. “It really feels like the next level of the band. Yes, I want to celebrate, but it’s a reality in the lives of musicians. You have to find your own way to celebrate it. I don’t think I can celebrate anything without thinking about my mother. But I think, step by step, I’m moving forward. The farther I go from it, the two things will be separated forever. ”
For today, at least, one of those annoying blocks in the record-breaking Tudzin calendar. He also promised a friend that he would write a new song with them, as well as kick a cover song for a compilation record, and mix an album that was hired by him. But those are all problems for next month. At the moment, it’s still her rompspringa, and she’s finally found her balance in the pool. She sinks to the float, takes a huge sip from her beer can and adjusts her sunglasses to look at the scorching sun in California. “This float is giving me life right now,” he says with a sigh. “I want it on record.”