Last weekend, the Boise Weekly A&E team dove headfirst into Treefort Music Fest. We ate, drank, danced and got up at the ungodly hour of 10 a.m. to write all about it. While you can mull over our staff's top Treefort moments on Page 16, we're dedicating this space to some of the band interviews and videos we did from our Modern Hotel base camp--aka, the BW Treefortress--all of which can be found at treefort.boiseweekly.com.
Bright and early March 22, Death Songs' Nick Delffs swung by the Treefortress to have a bowl of Life cereal and discuss, well, life.
"I've just realized after I've almost finished my bowl that it goes soggy too fast," noted Delffs, after dishing about relocating to Boise. "Like, immediately it was too soggy, and it's way too sugary."
Later that afternoon, BW's Josh Gross sat down with electronic musician Steve Marion, aka Delicate Steve. Though Marion has a delicate touch when it comes to playing the guitar, we wanted to test just how delicate it was. So we set up a game of Jenga and let the questions fly, something which quickly turned problematic.
"I'm not a great multi-tasker," Marion said.
Also on March 22, BW's Harrison Berry and Andrew Crisp took Alex "ManCub" Anderson, the Denver, Colo., indie dance musician extraordinaire, for a tour of Zoo Boise. Anderson identified ManCub's power animal (the red panda) and demonstrated what the ManCub looks like as a dance.
In the early afternoon of March 23, Seattle psychedelic folk rockers Rose Windows piled into the Treefortress to discuss how they compensated for lead singer Rabia Quazi's absence at the band's Neurolux performance March 22, signing to Sub Pop and just how "fucking nice" Boiseans can be.
"We were walking around trying to find one thing wrong with this town, but we were like, 'We can't.' Everyone's nice; the service everywhere we go is great," said flautist-percussionist Veronica Dye.
Later that night, Detroit musician Zachary Saginaw, better known by his stage name Shigeto, wrapped audiences up in his performance at China Blue.
After his sweat-drenched set, Saginaw caught up with Crisp in an alleyway off Sixth Street. Having recently dropped a new mixtape, Beats 4 Dilla, Saginaw told BW why he chose to dedicate those tracks to the late Motor City rapper J. Dilla.
Before her Reef set March 23, Bay Area hip-hop luminary Kristine "K.Flay" Flaherty also stopped by Boise Weekly's hotel-room headquarters. Flaherty talked sandwiches and Treefort 2012, before answering the question: "Is your music more popular with a male or female audience?"
"You know, it's interesting. I was talking about this with my manager recently, and most of the shows are like 50-50," said Flaherty.
Watch all these videos--including a mash-up of every band we interviewed performing Roger Miller's "King of the Road"--and read the full interviews at treefort.boiseweekly.com.