Dayglow Talks Forecastle 2022, Bucc-ee’s, and Harmony House Tour Tuesday, May 31 2022 

By Tate Luckey

Sloan Struble’s first foray into music came in 2018 when he recorded Fuzzybrain entirely in his bedroom during his senior year. Now, touring as Dayglow, he has amassed a surprisingly dedicated following through social media sites like Tiktok, breaking through with his single “Can I Call You Tonight?”.

His set at Forecastle included songs from his 2018 album, Fuzzybrain, and his 2021 album, Harmony House. They also covered Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”. “Louisville! At least, that’s how the lady at the airport told me to say it. You guys are great! Maybe bring us back again sometime?”

Before his performance, Dayglow talked with The Louisville Cardinal.

 

Dayglow by Pooneh Ghana for Forecastle

 

I’m going to start by asking you the most important question that I can ask you, as a Texas native: is Bucc-ee’s really that good?

‘Oh yeah, man. It’s great. I currently reside in Austin, but there’s one when I drive to Dallas to visit my parents. It’s a big store, with very good food.”

I see I see, I was curious. Moving on to your music, I would describe your sound as sort of softer in instrumentation, but still energetic in rhythm. How do you translate that feeling into a live performance like at Forecastle?

“I think it’s all just about bringing that energy but having lots of fun. I love interacting with the crowd. I think that’s kind of the idea.”

Speaking of that level of interaction, it’s very interesting that you post videos on your YouTube channel of you breaking down the production of many of your songs. What made you decide to do that?

“Yeah! I find it’s fun to both analyze it and perform it. I know that there are plenty of songs that I hear that I wish were broken down, and I would find it a little bit upsetting if a person I listened to didn’t do that for me.”

 

Dayglow by Pooneh Ghana for Forecastle 2022

 

Your newest album, Harmony House, came out last year, and you’re here at Forecastle today. Can you talk a bit about what you have planned next?

“Well, for starters, there is more music I’m going to announce soon this year. But for right now, it’s mainly just a lot of touring, having fun.”

If you’d like to see more of Dayglow, you can check out their channel here, and site here. Their newest album, Harmony House, is out now.

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KIRBY talks Forecastle 2022, Sis, He Wasn’t The One, and Stax Records Monday, May 30 2022 

By Tate Luckey

R&B and Soul artist, KIRBY

“We don’t funk with racism, we don’t funk with gun violence, and we damn sure don’t funk with the law telling women what to do with our bodies,” KIRBY said to the Forecastle crowd before moving to her next energetic song.

Mississippi native KIRBY opened with an empowering performance during Day 3 of Forecastle Festival, showcasing her groovy R&B sound from 2018’s Sis and 2021’s Sis, He Wasnt The One. After her show, The Louisville Cardinal sat down with KIRBY.

How is it being here for Forecastle? 

“I had some good vegan food. Any city that has a southern vegan place, I’m already thinking ‘Alright well I feel welcome,’ but the crowd was so nice! Even being earlier in the day, they were just in it ready to eat it up. I know [Louisville] is technically not the south, but to me, it felt like the south.” 

Yeah, it’s a pretty big topic of debate, especially with Louisville being so close to Indiana. The rest of the state has more of a southern identity.

“Yeah, and Indiana is literally across the river, that’s the wild!”

What did think of your show specifically? Were you kind of nervous to go out?

“This is my first time with musicians, but they killed it. We did a tour with John Legend last year, and Pink Sweats, and so I normally use both of their dancers. ”

I would agree you did great! In doing a bit of research about you, I was surprised to learn you helped co-write 2015’s FourFiveSeconds with Ye, Rihanna and Paul McCartney. Can you talk about what it was like to share the songwriting process with them?

“Sure, it was really a lot of 1 on 1 experience. The song wasn’t too good for Ye, but it was good for Ri Ri. I didn’t even know that was going to be the end result, but she killed it. As a songwriter, you kinda dream of moments like that. Kanye was part of the reason why I’m doing what I do now, and so to give back to someone who gave so much to you, and for Rhianna to put out a guitar-driven song, it was dope to be a part of. I’ve never done a live cover of it, and everyone was singing their asses off! The whole crowd! I remember thinking ‘This is what it must feel like’. I was ready for them to sing just the hook, but they started off at the first verse.”

The aesthetic of your show; it gave off very heavy Soul Train vibes. Can you talk a bit about translating the sound of your records to the stage?

“Choosing the little things, that’s the most fun part, especially like the choices of what to play in the back. You don’t want to exactly make it a copy [of soul], but I find you need artists to, in a way, pay tribute to a dying art. You need to in some ways make it seem fresh.”

Definitely. I found it very empowering for anyone listening.  

“I always want [my live shows] to come off as people empowerment. I want people to leave feeling like ‘I’m bad as shit.’ Sis, He Wasn’t The One was me detailing the whole truth. I felt like for me not to tell that part was me not telling the whole story. It’s a bit of a transitional record. I really really feel my best on stage. If you don’t leave and feel like you’re the baddest or feeling the best version of yourself, or seen; I want to give people that.”

Well, what’s next?

“We’re still working on a project, and I’m excited to make a bigger sound. I feel like I still don’t have a record where people are like “Ugh, it made me cry;’ I’m ready to lean more into emotionality.”“We also have a tour with Leon Bridges coming up, in Europe. I know that’ll change me as an artist, performing those songs in front of those kinds of crowds.”

 

Kirby by Roger Ho for Forecastle

 

The theme of Forecastle Festival 2022 this year was to “be naturally awesome“. In what ways do you embody that, or how can others try to be their most naturally awesome?

“I put myself out there when it seems like no one’s clapping. I feel like in some ways younger people these days feel kind of suffocated by social media. ‘If my video doesn’t get a million views, why even post it,’ right? Being naturally awesome is just being persistent in whatever your truth is and not wavering because people aren’t responding. It sounds cliche, but there is not another you! I can interview with 10 other people, and the interview won’t be the same. You’ve gotta know that that has value.”

‘I met a dude from Tame Impala, I couldn’t quite identify if it was Kevin [Parker], but he asked me what time I performed. I said I opened today at 2:30, and he told me he headlined last night! Regardless, we both shared the same elevator.”

That’s a really good perspective to have, especially right now.

“Right!”

I do want to ask- you also aren’t currently signed to a label, right? Are there any struggles with being a more independent artist? 

“The biggest thing about having a label is having the money, period. The money and the marketing. Nowadays marketing is all TikTok, but it’s mainly just about the bank. Like saying “I want a sound guy or pay my dancers the top rate.” it’s less about me. My whole team is black and I want to pay them the top tier. When you’re independent it’s hard. Sometimes you can’t give them what a label artist can give, and that’s why it’s important to support your independent artists. They want to get the best and also pay them the best.”

Can you elaborate a bit more, as to how your team was assembled? Was it kind of through people you knew, or?

“No no no. I found my manager before Pink Sweats really blew up- I was trying to get on the Spotify playlists, and I saw Pink was on the cover of the R&B playlist, and at the time he had maybe 9000 listeners. This is back when Honesty has just come out. I said to myself “This guy- he’s a black guy, only 9000 followers and is on the cover– he has to have a team.“ I found his manager through some research and DM’d him, sent him my discography, basically asked if he would be willing to have a meeting with me. I’m not ashamed. Even on my tour with John Legend I had just tweeted asking “Somone tell him to let me open for him!” A lot of being independent has been the hustle of just asking for help.”

Well, if you have an opening on your press team…

“[Laughs] Well, then we’d have to pay you!”

Right. Well, let’s pivot back to your music. It has an incredible energy and groove; how did you go about capturing that?

“I grew up in Mississippi, but similar to Indiana’s proximity [to Kentucky], I just would drive to Memphis, near Stax.”

Oh ok, very very cool! I’ve been to their record museum. 

“Yeah! So when you think of my costumes and hair, that’s all from [artists like] Isaac Hayes, Carla Thomas. They would come out in bright colors, sharp. It’s this Black afro-futurism. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the documentary for WattsStax, but I’m heavily influenced by Black artists from that period. I feel like just being a kid growing up in that area, too, it’s kind of in my blood.”

I get that. Moving to the present, what artists have you been listening to currently?

“Man, my brain is completely engulfed in Kendrick Lamar right now. Still trying to process that album. Sam Dew is one of my favorite artists. I gotta get into IDK; I just saw his Tiny Desk. There’s this girl called Layah. Fire. She does all her videos and designs. Fire.”

Being more noteworthy on sites now like Tiktok, and starting from your A Song a Day’s you used to post on YouTube, does it feel weird to be that close to interacting with your audience?

“I think I need to be more live. I can’t just hang out and talk, like on Instagram Live, you know? I’m very 1 on 1 and try to be engaging. I’m the friend in my friend circle who people call to tell about their problems.”

You’re like a sponge!

“Yeah, I’m the listener, I soak it all up. I think it’s a lot of pressure to make something like a Tiktok Dance, and it’s a bit abusive to artists to make it seem like that’s the only way to get big. There are more than one ways to try to get to the top.”

You can check out more of Kirby here on her Instagram and Twitter. Her newest record, Sis, He Wasn’t The One, is available now.

Photo Courtesy // Forecastle Festival //

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The Homies talk about the “Louisville Sound”, Shake, and their “Louisville Mount Rushmore” Monday, May 30 2022 

By Tate Luckey

Some consider Homies the 502’s next big rap group. They have close ties to Jack Harlow who headlined May 26, having opened for him during his “No Place Like Home” tour back in December. They have steadily built up a following with the locals, opening the first day of Forecastle Festival.

Before their show, The Homies sat down with The Louisville Cardinal to answer questions about their upcoming work and the pride they have for their city.

The group consists of Shloob, rapper/artist; Quiiso, the designated singer/songwriter for their hooks/melodies; Ace Pro, who takes on more lead visual creator roles, and 2forwOyNE, lead producer and engineer.

When you think about typical hip hop city “sounds”, they all are pretty defined. You have the East Coast with groups like A Tribe Called Quest, West Coast with producers like Suge Knight, or even Atlanta with groups like Outkast and TI. What defines the “Louisville Sound?”

Ace Pro – “It’s kind of funny, you mention collectives like Tribe. What the ‘Louisville sound’ is just kinda getting started, steadily evolving. You have artists like Bryson Tiller, EST Gee, and Harlow; With us, it’s more borrowing inspiration from lots of different places. We do have an identity, and try to color outside of the lines a lot.”

The Homies by Nathan Zucker for Forecastle

What is it about Louisville as a city to you that is so special?

2forwOyNE – “The city of Louisville is based on a sense of pride- we originally come from the home of Muhammad Ali, so it’s just the natural-born philanthropy and having the pride of being somebody from not that big of an ego city. It’s rare for someone to come here, make it to where we’re heading, we try to put the city on our back.”

Shloob – “Everybody here knows everybody. Everyone has groups of friends/cliques; we represent the group/brotherhood culture. I feel like we’re gonna make it catch on, it’s pretty cool.”

Let’s pivot to your newest music video that dropped, Shake, and your newest album. Can you detail a bit about the songwriting process? Do the verses come first, then the melody? Does someone in the group lead more of the creative control?

Ace Pro – “The Shake video was comprised of the vibe that we feel the song gives. It has that early 2000s bounce. We wanted to reflect that with a Hype Williams-esque video. So we have the fish eye, we have the light tunnel, and we built that up from scratch. We had a good team around us that helped build everything, but everything else comes straight from us.”

Quiiso – “The recording process for that song, we were winding down during a recording session, and wOyNE just started making a beat and I put that first verse out there. As far as our recording process for that song, it’s pretty organic, but sometimes some of us write before we hear anything, and sometimes we’re rapping as the beat is coming out. We’re trying to get more in a process of fluidity. As things are being made, hooks are written, someone’s doing this…everyone’s doing something.”

Do you guys get nervous at all performing? What’s next after Forecastle Festival?

Shloob – “I feel like it’s situational. For me, I’m used to performing, it’s like muscle memory, but if it’s winging it, I’m a bundle of nerves. Some people take shots, or meditate/pray. It’s situational.”

The Homies by Nathan Zucker for Forecastle

Last question for you guys: If you had to make a Louisville Mount Rushmore, who’s on it?

Ace Pro – “Well I mean, it’s gotta be Quiiso, Ace, Shloob, and 2fo.”

2fo – “Facts, haha.”

Ace Pro – “No, but, if we weren’t being biased, we’d say Static Major, Bryson Tiller, Jack, and… then the Homies, again.”

No Muhammad Ali?

Ace Pro – “Oh! I thought you were just talking about music. My bad, then uh, York (Lewis and Clark), Ali, Static Major, and Jennifer Lawrence. Diane Sawyer.

Shloob – “Charles too man, shoutout Charles Booker.”

More about The Homies can be found here. Their latest album, Honest Living, is available to listen to now.

Photo Courtesy // Forecastle Festival //

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Photos: Highlights From The Final Day Of Forecastle 2019 Monday, Jul 15 2019 

The 18th annual Forecastle Festival wrapped up at Waterfront Park on Sunday with performances by Louisville favorite Carly Johnson, New Orleans rapper Big Freedia, and headliners the Avett Brothers. Check out photos below of the final day of the festival. (Friday highlights can be found here. See photos from Saturday here.)

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A crowd gathers in front of the Ocean Stage at Forecastle Sunday.

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Singer Carly Johnson performs on the WFPK Port Stage Sunday at the Forecastle Festival.

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New Orleans rapper Big Freedia was a relatively new addition to the Forecastle lineup. The festival announced this past week that she would replace Denzel Curry at the Ocean stage.

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Big Freedia works the crowd Sunday during the Forecastle Festival.

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Louisville group Bendigo Fletcher performed on the WFPK Port Stage Sunday during the Forecastle Festival.

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Forecastle attendee Dan Blackford said he might pay the price for wearing a glitter beard to the music festival. “The whole hotel room is covered in glitter,” he said Sunday. “We’re not gonna get our security deposit back.”

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Volunteer Hattie Clark got to work in the shade Sunday during the Forecastle Festival.

PHOTOS: Highlights From Day 2 Of Forecastle Sunday, Jul 14 2019 

Festivalgoers withstood temperatures in the 90s during day two of the 2019 Forecastle Festival Saturday. Among the performers were Rapper Nelly, singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers, and headliner Anderson .Paak and his band, the Free Nationals. Check out highlights from Saturday below. (For highlights from the opening day of the festival, click here!)

Photos by J. Tyler Franklin and Elizabeth Carrigan.

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A cloudless sky and 90-plus degree temperatures didn’t deter the crowds at Forecastle Saturday.

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Festival attendees enjoy the music Saturday at the second day of the Forecastle Festival at Waterfront Park.

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Maggie Rogers works the Mast Stage (and her scarf) during her set Saturday at the Forecastle Festival.

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Cautious Clay performs his blend of R&B, hip-hop and experimental indie Saturday during the Forecastle Festival.

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Trevor Terndrup, the lead singer of Moon Taxi, performs Saturday during the second day of the Forecastle Festival.

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Crowds pack into the area in front of the Boom Stage to see Nelly perform Saturday during the Forecastle Festival.

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Rapper Nelly performs songs spanning nearly 20 years during the Forecastle Festival Saturday.

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Anderson .Paak and his band, the Free Nationals, close out the the second day of Forecastle.

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Anderson .Paak performs during the Forecastle Festival Saturday.

PHOTOS: Day 1 Of Forecastle Festival 2019 Saturday, Jul 13 2019 

The 18th annual Forecastle Festival is underway at Louisville’s Waterfront Park. The three-day festival will feature more than 70 acts ranging from The Killers to Big Freedia to Louisville’s own Carly Johnson.

Below, check out photos from the first day of the festival taken by J. Tyler Franklin and Do502 intern Elizabeth Carrigan. (To see highlights from day two of Forecastle, click here!)

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The 2019 Forecastle Festival kicked off at Waterfront Park in Louisville on Friday, July 12.

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Lucius, a duo known for their sharp harmonies, perform on the Boom Stage during the Forecastle Festival at Waterfront Park Friday, July 12.

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The band Jungle take the Ocean Stage (located under the expressways that hug downtown Louisville) during the Forecastle Festival Friday.

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Judah & the Lion, a Nashville-based band, play as one of the featured acts on the Boom Stage Friday at the Forecastle Festival. Artists perform across five different stages at the three-day music festival.

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Artists work on a painting by the Port Stage at the 2019 Forecastle Festival.

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Portugal. The Man on the Mast Stage Friday night.

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Liz Cooper on the WFPK Port Stage

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Frances Quinlan of the group Hop Along performs on the Mast Stage Friday at Forecastle Festival.

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Chromeo on the Boom Stage

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Cold War Kids on the Mast Stage

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The Killers closing Friday at Mast Stage

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Editorial: Why We Aren’t Covering Forecastle 2019 Friday, Jul 12 2019 



For over a decade 37FLOOD has had the privilege of being the longest running web-based  independent media outlet to cover  Forecastle. We were never afforded the flashy backstage and photo passes that larger media outlets got; but we held our own covering the ever changing, ever expanding Louisville summer festival. We covered the good, the bad, and everything in between, from the move from a free fest to a ticketed fest at the Great Lawn, to the addition of Party Cove.

In the early years rumors of journalists getting their press passes revoked for criticizing logistical problems surfaced; but despite that, when we felt the need to voice concern for the safety of the patrons we did. In 2010 we wrote about the lack of mist tents, the no re-entry policy, as well as not allowing people to bring in water bottles. And the following year the policies changed, making it safer for music fans to enjoy the fest. 

Last year we saw the expansion of Party Cove, but remarked that their wasn't a medical tent or police officers like at the other stages. We also talked about the large amount of passed out teenagers baking in the sun without getting medical attention. We also wrote about how myself and a 37FLOOD photographer were bullied and thrown against a fence by some teenagers who demanded we erase photos we had taken of a crowd dragging a limp boy covered in vomit.

We had been told by some other members of the press that the rumor was we wouldn't be allowed back; even though we were only reporting on issues that put ticket holders in danger. That said, we were not even going to to apply for press passes this year, but a month ago we received an email from Forecastle asking us to apply; which we saw as an amazing gesture on their behalf.  But our confirmation never came; thus ending our 12 year run of covering Forecastle.

We very much enjoyed our time working with Forecastle, and we are saddened that such a line in the sand could be drawn because we raised our voice about issues that we felt needed addressing; and would rather speak up when we feel people are in danger, rather than be pressured to keep quiet under threat of not being asked to return.

Even as such, we would consider returning to Forecastle if the event organizers are willing to let hurt feelings aside and realize we all want the same thing: a fun and safe summer in Louisville, and we hope all of readers who are attending Forecastle this year also have a wonderful and safe experience.