You guys have such an interesting sound. What are your musical influences?
Dua: "Vocally, for me, it’s a mix of Sly Stone, Cee-Lo, Michael Jackson, Prince!"
Graham: "For me, when I was in high school I listened to a lot of punk music and rock like Pearl Jam, Sound Garden, Smashing Pumpkins. My parents played a lot of Stevie Wonder, Harvey Day, Michael Jackson."
Dua: "It was like this. Me and Salim met at a party. Salim said, ‘We should start a band.’ It was me and Sheel. And Sheel introduced me to Graham and Santi. I begged for him to be in the band. He was like, "Eh I dunno.’ Because he didn’t like me at first. We went to school together. We partied a lot together and went out in Boston and became friends."
Dua: "Our House!"
Graham: "Good Life is the bar for me!"
Graham: "It feels amazing. It’s an honor, really. For us to be on the lineup is incredible. It’s a testament to the will of the city." Dua: “I’m not gonna talk s**t about other cities, but Boston is protected. We definitely aren’t scared. It’s a city with a lot of pride. People really rally around the city.”
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