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Interview: The Mowgli's stop by Tomorrow Daily to talk about using tech to connect with fansWe found kindred spirits in Katie and Andy from The Mowgli's, so we sat down to discuss being good humans and how they use social media to keep in touch with family and fans alike.
[MUSIC] Welcome back to the show everybody. Our guest today, we are very excited to welcome to the set. Their previous album, Kids in Love, is one of our favorite records. I don't know about you guys. And they have a third studio album coming out Not yet titled, not yet announced, in September. They're also going on tour this summer. We're very pleased to have two guests with us. Two. Andy Warren, Katy Earl, the Mowgli's are here. Woo! Hello, thank you so much for having us, we're excited. Thanks for joining us, yeah. We feel like we're kind of kindred spirits, because we like to say be a good human. On the show, and you guys really put out a message of positivity in a lot of your music. Yes! It's so fun and it's so, you just want to go out and hug random people when you're listening to it. [LAUGH] My god, I love that, you should, and be good humans is So totally our message, we try to drive that as much as possible. We're all about that love. All about that love. Keep it alive. Yeah, I love that we saw a little taste of your video on the way back from break. Thank you. And you guys have very positivity in the videos too. Yeah, well we try to make people feel good. We hope that if people leave a show or turn off the record feeling better than they did before Before they put the record on and they came to the show. Literally the same exact goal that we had. Yeah. Yeah. You feel happier after watching this tomorrow. Really you are, we've accomplished our goal. Our jobs are cool. Yeah, we have coll jobs, we all have cool jobs. We are like Voltroning right now so it should be double the positivity. Yeah we do. It is there is so much. Yeah. There's positivity in the studio right now. It's almost like a gas leak I'm concerned nobody should light it. Any matches or any sparks. I'm all about that kind of fire. You guys are a legit L.A. band right? Yeah. We talked about this right before we came into the studio. You guys have known each other forever. Valley kids. Long time. Yeah we grew up in the Valley with a handful of the other boys in the band. Two midwestern transplants in the van but mostly we all grew up together. We did theater together when we were super young. Amazing. Very la story. Musicals? Musicals. Musicals. [CROSSTALK] Okay so you have to tell me what you guys did. Well one was called Cedric Sharp and the case of the Missing Dalmatian. Very original ones. Also they were grading. Riveting stuff. This year. [CROSSTALK] Cedric Sharp and the case of the Missing Dalmatian. [LAUGH] We were also in five phony fairy tales. Uh-huh. And phobia. [CROSSTALK] Did I tell you. All these plays sound like super great band names. I know right? Really good. A musical festival full of plays. Yeah. Full of bands named after plays we've done. I love that. That's how you know it's LA because it's not like you did Grease. It's people wrote original stuff. Totally. The kids who were writers, they were really into being writers too. No totally, and they were actually Pretty good. The songs were good. Very good. I still remember the songs so they must have been decent, you know? Okay so from all of that when you were younger to what you guys are doing now. You're recording full length studio albums. This'll be your third one. Yes. In September, you guys are really excited about that. Yes. Did we hear it correctly that you guys Just finished recording. Like yesterday. Just finished. Well, congratulations. Thank you. We're very excited about it. Yeah, third record. A lot of bands don't even get to make a third record at some point so we're just really excited to be building our collection. [CROSSTALK] Living the dream. Yeah, it's great to be a real working touring band where, and you guys have a really Strong and connected fan base. Thank you. Like I think that that's a thing a lot of people are you know maybe separated a little bit from their fan base. Like, you know, Beyonce, like you feel like maybe, you know, we are fans of Beyonce but Beyonce maybe not such fans of us. Right. I hear ya. You guys are fans of your fans. We love our fans. We have a really special relationship Relationship with them and like, the things like Twitter these days, we can go to sa show, and it's Super Indie Kid. Right. We don't even know his real name, we just know his Twitter handle. Well, we know his name now. It's an interesting way for us to make connections with people that you can't Couldn't do ten years ago even. Yeah, we live in this day and age exactly where we can meet and contact directly these people who are responding to our music, or buying our music, or coming to our shows, and form our own relationship with them. It's a really special thing that's happened, too. And you're able to be musicians in the digital age in a completely different way because you have a one-to-one relationship with your audience, right? There's no middleman between you. Yeah, it's really special, totally, we We can tweet out, hey what songs do you guys really wanna hear on this next tour, and they can help us write our setlist, which we've needed help with so many times. And it's great, and it'd be like, you know what, a lot of people on Twitter wanna hear this song so let's make sure we put it in the setlist. It's awesome. That's a really interesting way to use social media. Like something I wouldn't Necessarily think of if you were in a band, but then something that makes so much sense once you kind of really think about it. Yeah, well the show is theirs as much as it's ours. We wanna make sure that they're getting what they want out of it. And direct communication is a really great way to accomplish that. And it helps us gauge what songs people are into. Sometimes we might have our favorites and what we wanna do and play, but it's nice to see what songs people are responding to through our socials. That's awesome. That's really cool, so beyond Twitter because obviously that is one of the biggest. What are some of your favorite social media platforms out right now in terms of, are you finding different types of fans in different places. Sure, I'm always Snapchat life. I mean you were snapping three times when we walked in here. Call me Katie Scorsasie because I like my little snap story movie. Katie snap sazie. Katie snap sazie, and. I can't call you that. You should, he will. [LAUGH] But yes, truly fun such as kind of putting something out there and know that there's an audience out there who's following your story, who's engaging with it And it gives it them this way to kind of see behind the curtain. To look into our lives and to say like okay when they're not on stage this is what it looks like. This is what life on the bus looks like and this is what life back stage looks like. Or like a preview of our new music. Like we've been snapping just like someone's recording a guitar solo, they can hear a little snippet of it but then it goes away. [CROSSTALK] I want to hear more. You want to know what it's like to have your new song sung by a tiger person. Right. Right [CROSSTALK] Totally, exactly. You might want to face swap and just pretend that you're one of your other band mates for the day. Totally. Not to mention when it's early and you're just Feeling like you haven't gotten that morning glow going yet. You just throw a filter on that. Morning glow. You're good. No I hear you. Morning glow filter. Dog filter. Everyone looks good on the dog filter. Everybody looks good. Everyone looks great. And you guys are called the Mowgli's? Yes. We are very geeky and we love the reference. Cool. How did you come to that name? So many reasons. We often joke that if we had known that our lives were going to revolve around this project at some point, we probably would have thought twice about the name, but I'm kind of glad we didn't because it just fits us, and it works. Because nobody can feed you after midnight now? Right, ya. Well we were very inspired by a By the story by Rudyard Kipling, and by the kind of energy of this dog we knew. [CROSSTALK] Jungle Book, I know, and Gremlins. Yeah! [LAUGHS] It's all of it. It's a double-entendre, I like it. It's all of it. It all works. As long as you think of a crazy weird little critter when you hear the name. That's what you want. It works. No and it's sort of that, again, like that sort of, it really does kind of play into that character in the jungle book and also in Gremlins cuz it's like these sort of carefree like. Yeah. Fun, like they really just want to live their life. Fun if they're adorable. Raised in the jungle. Little while. [CROSSTALK] Totally. Speaking of young wild and free, you guys are about to embark on a tour. Yeah. You start in Santa Barbara, right? Yes. What is the days and weeks before a tour like? How do you prepare to go on tour. Is it- Well you never feel like you're prepared first of all. We've been touring for about four years. Pretty consistently for four years straight. We never feel prepared. But, We will rehearse, and you want to get some family time in before you go, and see your friends and stuff. You have your family make all your favorite dishes, like the things you are going to miss, And I need to get my girl time in. Gotta get that girl time in Yeah So it's fun. It's a lot of just soaking up home. Once you're out there you kinda just get in the grind of it. And all of the sudden it's kind like a well oiled machine, and you can't really prepare for it. It's something that That you do and that all of the sudden it's just it's part of you and you're crushing these shows and going along with it. It's like building a muscle or something that everyday you're doing the show and getting more comfortable with it. Yeah, and we spent a lot of time trying to promote the shows and get in touch with the fan base. That are in the cities we're going to, so. We know we're going to Portland. We want to reach out to our friends and fans in Portland and let them know we're coming, and a lot of prep like that goes into it. Are you going all across the country. Actually, it's kind of the middle of the tour. Left coast. Yeah, so- Mm. We just came back from a crazy all across the country sort of thing. Okay. Exactly. And then we came back, and we're finished We just finished the record and we just started the west coast branch. So it's actually some really great cities we get to go to like San Francisco and Portland. And Seattle. We have an LA show coming up in the Truebidor which is hometown show. awesome. Always the best. Yeah Home town show I mean You love your fans but when you are in a band, it's always great to have a hometown show. Yeah! Exactly, yeah. Cuz all of your family, people that don't necessarily get to come to your shows- Yeah! Get to come to your show and watch you do what you do. We're gone most of the year working on this thing and for them to finally see what we're working on and the show that we're putting on around the country is Really rewarding. That was that girl I was in the musical with! That's right! Yeah. I was in that musical with her. Or stopped what they've been doing when they weren't at my birthday party. Totally. Well and also I think that's an interesting point to make in terms of Technology is not only used by you guys to stay connected to your fans, but also really used to stay connected to your families because you guys can be on the road for a really long time. I cannot imagine how people kept in touch with their friends and And there partners and their families before we had- Headphones or something. Telegrams. Postcards? Postcards there you go like wish you were here. But it must have been really hard You know we get the gift of FaceTime and Snapchat. Yeah sure Face timing is so fun on the round. Yeah so it's really fun and it fells really good to see these people back home. I like hijack her Facetimes and she'll come back on the bus. I know and she is talking to her friends. He's like is that Tara and Jen give me your phone [LAUGH]. Well yeah and see you have known him for so long I'm sure all her friends and family are her friends and family. Yeah Definitely. That's very cool you guys. So how can we find more of your music and find out about your tour dates and stuff? We're all over the internet. The Mowgli's dot net is our website. The Mowgli's dot not. We're on iTunes. Twitter. Spotify, Title, Pandora, all those great platforms. All those. We'll have some info. instagram, Snapchat. We'll have some website info. On a ninth lower third for all of you at home. Yeah, and any social media that you use, we use and you can connect with us directly. Yeah, say hi. Come say hi. So guys, the tour starts May 25th. West Coast tour if you're in the US. Don't miss it. Go have a good time. And check out those videos and music online as well cuz it's good stuff. It's positive and fun. It is! It is really fun. [UNKNOWN] for record three because we are very excited for it. Untitled record three, it's coming. I'm looking forward To the name of the record. [CROSSTALK] Come on that sounds really good guys. I would listen to Jeff. I think that there's a huge demographic of Jeff In the country. That's true. that would Maybe some. Effect them directly. Maybe some that you have not actually grabbed yet. No there could be a whole new fan base. Yeah well we thought all the straps on the country on lock. There you go. Moving on the Michael I've always says it starts with a Jeff And it ends the world. Yeah. So they say. He's got that tattooed on his shoulder. That's really amazing. So, Katie Early, Andy Warren, thank you so so so so much for coming by. Thank you for having us. Have a wonderful tour, we hope it is full of Of happiness and good energy and good vibes. Yes and I hope that we see you guys dancing at the troubadour. Yeah, we might have. [CROSSTALK] I think you might have to see us dancing a jig. June 8th. June 8th. Right before E3. It's a pre E3 show. We could have fun there. There you go. Yeah, come hang. All right, that's it for our guests. Thank you again to the Mogleys for stopping by the studio. We will be right back and when we do we're going to talk about a back it or hack it where you could fund. The first robot in the UK, and also what we're into this week, which includes a Jeff life hack. So stick around, it's Tomorrow Daily.