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Art & Life with Migrant Motel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Migrant Motel.

Migrant Motel started in Boston in 2012 with a few friends who came from different parts of the world and all loved rock n roll. David Stewart Jr, Peruvian-born/US-raised frontman teamed up with Mexican drummer Chava to begin writing and performing together within the Berklee College of Music scene. After several years of playing out the northeast, in 2017, Migrant Motel put out their very first album, “Volume One” with their single “New Religion” reaching over 400k streams on Spotify and flipped coasts to arrive in California that same year.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Migrant Motel is a 2 piece rock band whose focus has always been making rock n roll that makes you wanna dance; sexy, groovy and loud. Being a two-piece has provided its challenges but Chava and I (David) worked out a really fun system along with our producer, Peder Etholm Idsoee. We didn’t want to feel limited by what we can make in a live room, which is where Peder’s hand came into play. We explored the world of Top 40 production with him and all the things that can be added in post-production and fell in love with the freedom of it all.

Later on stage, it would have been simple to just play on top of click tracks like everyone else does, but we felt super limited and tied down to this. We created a system of loops, triggers and layers to recreate the songs live every night, so if I wanted to take another bass solo, I could. If we wanted a longer intro to talk to the crowd, we could. This, along with my bass being split and sent into both guitar and bass amps, makes for a lot of fun on the road. Our set is always changing and always sounding like way more than 2 people.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I think artists are, and always have been, on the frontlines of social change and cultural awareness. We as artists have direct access to the hearts and minds of so many people around the world, giving us a great responsibility of what we put out and share. We have to always be mindful of the significance of our actions and art.

Especially with the US being as polarized as it is today, art is equally important to give light to certain issues and help begin a discussion as it is to maybe draw people away from politics and give them a break to relax and enjoy art for its simplicity. Where an artist lies in that balance is crucial, maybe now more than ever.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Follow us on all social media and be on the lookout for our shows and new releases! We have some very exciting things coming up that we’d love you to be a part of.

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Image Credit:
Zavaleta Photography, Ernesto Stewart

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