Friday night is our second event in our Coachella alternative series! And Angela Cross is our first artist on the bill. 

photo by Austin Chee

photo by Austin Chee


 How do you hope your listeners feel with your music ? 

You know when you’re driving around past midnight with someone you love and trust, whether it be your best friend or significant other, and you just talk about life for hours? It’s so simple, but for some reason it’s always really special. That’s what I want my music to feel like to people, intimate and honest. I think people talk about their feelings because it makes them feel human and normal. That’s really all I want. I just want my music to be that simple conversation that we all need. 

What's been your favorite live show you've ever seen and why?

I recently saw Kimbra, and it still feels like a dream. Not only is she an amazing songwriter, she’s also an incredible performer. She has this way of expressing vulnerability but also be whimsical at the same time. Her band was also amazing. Holy crap, they pulled off some really difficult moves and everything was so clean. I was also with one of my favorite people and we danced so violently, everyone around us just hated us. 

If you could collaborate with any current artist, who would it be and why?

Ideally, I would want to collaborate with musicians that I’m close to. I have a million well-known artists I look up to, but songwriting is a really personal experience for me, so I’d like to share that with people I love. But if I had to pick someone that’s not a friend of mine, I’d choose Frank Ocean. I love his sound and he is just an amazing storyteller. 

Why do you think local music matters?

A lot of mainstream music is tainted by industry and as much as I love mainstream music, I am always searching for something more real. I’m also going to state the obvious here: there are tons of talented, passionate musicians out there to be discovered. Often times, it’s difficult for a sold out show in a gigantic venue to capture the same intimacy a local show can. 

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