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Session Date: March 21, 2011
Artist Hometown: Jacksonville Beach, FL / Dallas, TX / Seattle, WA
Links: Model Citizens, Astronautalis Wikipedia, Facebook
Recorded by: Michael Briggs
Originally hailing from Jacksonville, FL, Bothwell now calls Seattle his home. And he can often be found performing in the Dallas area, where some of his roots and close friends still exist. Bothwell began performing solo, with only a laptop at his side, and he continued to tour that way for seven years. But his recent tour includes rapper Sims and a backing band, and he is extremely happy with the new direction.
For this session, Bothwell speaks about his old tour days compared with the new tour as well as his place in the ever-changing music business. He and his band play “The Wondersmith and his Sons” and “The Case for William Smith”, from 2008’s Pomegranate, and his new single “Midday Moon”, from a yet-to-be-titled album that will be produced by Pomegranate producer John Congleton.
– Jesseca Bagherpour
Michael: Do you ever see yourself doing a solo show again?
Andy: I mean, I’ll definitely have to do the solo show again. I’m doing a couple of one-off shows during the summer, and it’s still not quite financially feasible to bring the band to Europe – yet. My goal is, by next year, to pretty much be done with doing the solo show. So, I’ll be doing a couple odds and ends shows by myself, but for the most part, once I can afford to never do it again, I will never do it again.
A: Yeah! Yeah, I’m done – so done! I’ve done two thousand shows by myself and I’m ready to have some friends on stage!
M: Two thousand?!
A: Yeah! Seven years! That’s a lot of shows man. That’s a lot of shows.