We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Halligan and Marty LoFaso and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Katie Halligan and, how do you think about risk?
We view taking risks as a necessity in life for multiple reasons. We’re originally from the Great Lakes region, and we witnessed a lot of de-industrialization that left people jobless and without pensions right before they were about to retire, and these were people who had taken the “safe route” in their careers. Seeing that really helped us be bolder about taking risks; after all, if the “safe route” can blow up in your face, why not just take a chance? “I wish I’d taken more risks” is also a common refrain from people who are reaching the end of their lives, so we try to keep that perspective in mind; we’d rather look back and say “oh well” than “what if”. Also, taking risks is just more fun! We’re here to live life to the fullest; that can’t happen if you’re too afraid to take chances.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It has been a journey to get to where we are artistically and professionally. We’ve had to overcome many hurdles and barriers along the way. As a romantic and professional couple, we first had to take the time to develop our private relationship before even considering creating art together. Once we found a creative workflow together, we still had to contend with the many hurdles that exist in creative careers, such as financial & time constraints and personal/mental barriers. Overcoming our own perfectionism by accepting ourselves and embracing our imperfections has allowed us to move forward personally and professionally. We want to share with others our message of self-acceptance, having fun, and seeing how all life is connected and that all people are the same. We want our music to be a source of joy, relief, and unity for our listeners.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’re avid hikers, and Phoenix has no short supply of great hiking spots. We’re partial to the area near the Usery Mountains to the east of the city, there are some amazing panoramic views without too much effort for out-of-towners on the way up. We love to go to 12 West in downtown Mesa, or to some of the venues in downtown Phoenix such as Valley Bar or the Crescent Ballroom. The valley also has some amazing museums, like the Musical Instrument Museum, the Arizona Museum of Natural History, or the Desert Botanical Garden. Lastly, no one can pass up a sunset at Dobbin’s Lookout on South Mountain!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Our parents and families have been invaluable in their support over the years. Some producers we’ve worked with over the years, including Justin Passamonte and our current producer Jake Kodweis, have also been so essential to our progress and growth as a band and as musicians. We also owe a lot of thanks to various professors we had while we were in school, including David Shaw, Anton Machleder, Matthew Robey, and Donald Brown.

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