Los Angeles-based Deradoorian on collaborations and stage style

When Tina Fey left SNL to get in front of the camera with 30 Rock, we didn’t realize we could love the woman even more. But there’s something kind of awe-inspiring about a rad, talented woman striking out on her own for the first time and killing it. Ahem, Queen Bey. One of our favorite indie artists Angel Deradoorian hit the road for her first solo tour this year after five years with The Dirty Projectors and working with some amazing artists like Bjork, David Byrne and Animal Collective’s Avey Tare with Slasher Flicks. The multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter hails from Los Angeles and left home to pursue a music career at age 15. It takes more than classical piano training to get the courage to do that. We’ve got music on the brain with the Grammy Awards coming up this Sunday so we had to get inside hers. Angel talked to us about working with others, being the boss and her stage style.

YOU’VE COLLABORATED WITH SO MANY COOL MUSICIANS AND PRODUCERS OVER THE YEARS. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THAT? I feel like I have been singing on songs for producers/friends more than I would call it a collaboration. There is definitely some creative back-and-forth between us, but I consider a lot of those experiences serving their artistic goal. I really enjoyed working with Rostam Batmanglij, Ariel Rechtshaid, Flying Lotus, and Kindness. They’re all very unique artists with very interesting visions. No favorites in particular because they’re all so cool.

As far as what I would consider a collaboration right now, I have a small improv band with my friend Butchy Fuego who plays in the Boredoms and Liars. He plays drums and I play synthesizer. I also recently participated in the Redbull Music Academy in Tokyo and collaborated on a song with my friends Dorian Concept and Nightfeelings. That was a fun experience to record a song and have multiple contributions on it.

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO TOUR ON YOUR OWN FOR THE FIRST TIME? This is my first full US/Canada tour as a solo artist and it feels great! I’m on the road with my sister/best friend, Arlene [on drums and backing vocals]. It’s the most chilled out, laid back tour I’ve ever done. Traveling in a car is sometimes my favorite way to tour. It’s been quite different in the sense that I am tour managing and leading this operation, but I like learning more directly how all of this works. The shows have been really fun to play as well because I’m finally getting to show others what I’ve been working on for the last few years. I feel a different connection with my music and like the freedom of expressing it however I choose.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR STAGE STYLE. We call this the uniform tour since we are traveling in a car and can’t bring a full-on cabaret wardrobe. We’ve got the sleek black look with black boots, the spiritual dashiki look with black boots, and finally the gas station attendant jumpsuit look with black boots.

WHAT’S NEXT AFTER THE TAIGA TOUR WITH ZOLA JESUS? I’m trying to figure that out now. It would be great to continue touring and go overseas with this music. I’m living day to day right now, and it feels right.

Check out Deradoorian’s music on Sound Cloud here.

Photo by Chad Kamenshine.