More than 10 years strong on the LA music scene – the guys of MOVING UNITS are no strangers to the fame, stardom, and everything else that accompanies being a rockstar in LA. However, one of the most awesome things about our neighbors to the north, is that they’ve managed to stay true to their roots by putting their fans first and are still delivering top-notch tunes.
When we first got confirmation that MOVING UNITS vocalist Blake Miller was up for doing the interview with us, it honestly felt a bit surreal… But once the feeling of “shellshock” had run its course and ultimately subsided, we couldn’t wait to get the inside scoop from Blake.
Both the temperatures and performances are going to be blazing hot on the Empire polo fields of Coachella this weekend, so start getting warmed up the right way by checking out this final edition of the Coachella Weekly Feature Series! Hopefully it will curb your insatiable Coachella cravings and hold you over for the next three days until the magic begins on Friday.
Name: Blake Miller
Place of Residence: Los Angeles
Current Jam: Boysenberry
Favorite Food: Pride
Mode of Self Expression: Linguistic (Vocalist for MOVING UNITS)
Ark: Hi Moving Units. Thanks for taking the time to do this interview with us! Could you please begin by telling us a bit about yourselves and how influential the city of Los Angeles has been on your music?
Blake Miller: I consider Moving Units to be one of the most consummately professional musical entertainment acts of the modern age. Serving as the cradle of our group’s origin, the city of Los Angeles has carved a most profound impression upon our whimsical craft. As I’m sure you must already know, industry experts commonly refer to this unique epicenter as the “Entertainment Capital of the World“. Consequently, in a spirit tempered equally by humility and conviction, I feel compelled to assert the results of our sophisticated Italo-singed disco and humanistic innovations (as demonstrated by earlier proto post rock rumblings) only further underscore my previous declaration with a ring of genuine authenticity.
Ark: Moving Units has been a part of the Los Angeles dance-rock music scene for over a decade now, and I’m sure you’ve all seen more than a few things change within the community over the years. What would you personally consider to be the most significant change that has taken place since the band formed?
Blake Miller: Indeed, time has ravaged the once youthful decor of our imagined dance-rock community with its grizzled wand. I consider this to certainly be one of the most significant and inconsequential changes to have occurred since musical history began recording itself.
Ark: We think it’s awesome that Moving Units has a strong affinity with your fans and followers. What are a few of the ways you like to connect, stay in touch, and share experiences with the fans?
Blake Miller: We adore our fans and relish each and every opportunity to reward their loyalty. Most recently, we have begun to utilize the wizardly utilities associated with the information superhighway. Or, as some industry analysts have now dubbed it, “The Web”. By employing such a device, we find that our fans are experiencing ourselves on a much more intimate and metaphysical plane. One might even go so far as to suggest we have enabled our followers to literally go “In Through the Out Door“. Proverbial success at last.
Ark: What are the names of a few musicians, people, places, or things you have looked to for inspiration over the years?
Blake Miller: I’m afraid the vow of secrecy we have taken as sacred keepers of the eternal flame requires that we reveal no name nor place nor thing behind which the veil offers anonymity. Please forgive this coincidental impediment to the earnest nature of our reply.
Ark: What is the strangest, most memorable, funny, awkward… (fill in the blank) moment the band has experienced while playing a show or on tour?
Blake Miller: If I recall correctly, the most memorable, funny, awkward, fill in the blank moment may have taken place the precise instant after we first murmured our sacred vows, swallowed the sword of truth and christened our namesake at the altar of indie rock. And yet even now, while I reminisce over all the memorable shows and awkward tours, I sense that moment may return itself to us again.
Ark: Back in February of this year you guys released Tension War-EP. We wanted to let you know we absolutely love it. After all the music had been recorded and it was time to pick a release date. Why did you choose/what is the significance behind releasing the EP on Valentine’s Day?
Blake Miller: To put it simply, we’re merely a world weary trio of harlequin clowns overdosed on tragic romantic parody and half remembered schemes. The least we could do was pay homage to dear Cupid by releasing our perverse digital rendering of wry musical meanderings on Valentine’s Day.
Ark: Could you shed some light and explain what goes into the creative process for writing and recording an album? Is there some form of routine you tend to go through, or does it vary form album to album?
Blake Miller: We apostatize the creative routine. Our formula for imagined success has always been based upon one simple notion: There exists no formula for success (real, imagined or otherwise). There is only variety and chance. Celebra vairedad. Embrace a chance.
Ark: Now it’s time for the “lightning round”. If you could please answer as quickly as possible we’d appreciate it.
*Blake Miller’s answers are in RED
- Digital or analog? – Yes
- Studios sessions or Live shows? – Definitely
- Venice or Hollywood? – Absolutely
- Ski or snowboard? – Both, constantly
- Touring by plane or bus? – Astral plane
- Apples or bananas? – Cranberries
Ark: With SXSW (South By Southwest) and Ultra last month, then Coachella starting up at the end of this week- many people consider this time of year to be “festival season”. Aside from Moving Units’ upcoming performance at Coachella on Friday, April 15th, what else are you looking forward to for the 3-day festival?
Blake Miller: Luxury and rejuvenation.
Ark: What words of wisdom or advice do you have for all of the aspiring musicians that are reading this interview?
Blake Miller: Don’t spend all of your trust fund in one place.
Ark: Thanks again for taking the time to do this interview Moving Units. We really appreciate it. Any last words for the readers?
Blake Miller: We will always love you a wee bit more than you love yourselves.
Get pumped on this video of Moving Units playing Between Us & Them off their 1st album Dangerous Dreams at the Glass House in Pomona. No matter how many times we listen to this song it STILL never gets old!
And make sure you don’t miss their Friday performance at Coachella where we can almost guarantee you’ll be hearing this auditory gem titled Liquid X off the new Tension War- EP :
If you’d still like to find out more about Moving Units just click on the links below and you’re good to go!