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Getting To Know: White Sea

By Morgan Kibby, Of White Sea; Photo by Craig Stubing on June 19, 2014

 

Getting To Know: White Sea

 

OUR BAND'S SPIRIT ANIMAL

 

Lee Miller. She’s an icon and Renaissance woman, a muse and a fearless inspiration. She’s a woman who doesn’t apologize. I strive to be all of the above.

 

OUR LEAST FAVORITE THING IN THE UNIVERSE

 

People who are one or all of the following: not compassionate, hypocritical, “holierthan- thou.” Also: cooked carrots, being a prude and life without champagne (not worth living).

 

ON THE ROAD

 

Our bus got stuck in a pot hole on a backroad in Poland in the middle of winter. When I say it was “cold,” this is neither an exaggeration nor an overstatement. We promptly gathered all the wine on the bus and stuck it in the snow, bundled together and patiently waited for someone to rescue us. Eventually, in the distance we heard blaring techno music coming closer and closer… Two gutted mini-vans with plywood seats, no seat belts and very gruff drivers threw their doors open and whisked us in. Two hours of bumpy, loud and freezing drive time later, we arrived in Warsaw. I started one of my songs on In Cold Blood drinking our snow-chilled wine. I’ll never forget that night.

 

DREAM COLLABORATION

 

I would love to work with Prince.

 

BEST SHOW EVER

 

Getting to open for Phantogram this year was pretty fantastic. They are dear friends and their crowds were so welcoming. Every second of getting to be on their stages was a blast.

 

WORST SHOW EVER

 

The first show is always the worst show.

 

IDEAL SITUATION FOR SOMEONE TO LISTEN TO OUR MUSIC

 

Blaring, driving up the coast of California.

 

WE'LL KNOW WE'VE MADE IT WHEN...

 

When you’re successful, I believe you’re never satisfied and you never think you’ve “made it.” Celebration makes me uncomfortable.


 

3 ARTISTS THAT INSPIRED MORGAN KIBBY OF WHITE SEA TO MAKE MUSIC

 

Joni Mitchell
I was totally enamored with her voice when I was child. I would go for road trips with my father and learn to sing harmonies to Blue. When I became an adult, I finally understood her lyrics and I knew I would be a lucky artist if I could channel even a fraction of her depth in my own work.

 

Nine Inch Nails
I discovered NIN as a teen, so there isn’t a specific album but a collection of songs from various albums that affected me. Trent’s music introduced me to sounds I never knew existed. I think his soundscapes are what made me fall in love with rock and roll. All of a sudden, I knew I would never be content just writing on a singular instrument—I needed to produce my music as well. In truth, I think it was his work that made me realize on some subconscious level, very early on, that I wanted to be a producer as well as an instrumentalist and a writer.

 

Outkast
Growing up in the Bay Area, hip-hop managed to be a big part of my adolescence. André 3000 and Big Boi never ceased to amaze me with their vision, their skills and their production. Conceptual as well as personal, their body of work furthered my internal notion that I didn’t just want to be a songwriter—I wanted to produce in a plethora of genres. I love hip-hop and these guys will always reign supreme for me.