When I was growing up here, there was more of a small town feel. My grandmother was a Seahawks season ticket holder in the Kingdome days. Ken Griffey Jr. and Gary Payton were heroes to me. Seahawks games are where you get the old Seattle vibes.
Making music here is awesome. The tools and musicians are accessible. You just have to go and get it. The city does influence my music greatly because being from a city like Seattle, you always feel like you’re working toward a greater purpose, which is RESPECT. With Champagne, people respect the musical/rock part because we are from Seattle, but when it comes to rapping you must fight for it. It’s changing now. Seattle hip-hop is making noise for sure.
When not playing I just chill with Linus the dog and my fiancée Laura. I take Linus to Volunteer Park. We try to walk there from our crib on Bellevue Ave. twice a week. I really love the grey sky and drizzle. It seems like I’m immersed in a movie.
I always love playing The Comet. It’s ground zero. These shows are special because for a home show it’s really small and all the homies can always get in. The last time we played at Barboza before our recent European tour started was hands down my favorite Seattle show of all time.
Dicks! Of course. I love Dick’s because it is quintessential Seattle street food. The first. Wherever I am in the world I always go there as soon as I get home. It gets no more Seattle than the tartar sauce between the patties of a Dick’s Deluxe. The Broadway location is a landmark. The best thing about Dick’s is the reliability: it will never change and the prices only go up by 5 cents every two years. HEAVEN. Taking the 14 up Jackson is full of memories. I took that bus home from school every day until I went to college.
I want people to still think there is nothing here. It’s rainy, and we are all green insane people. This way I can afford a house.
Interview by Jess Van Nostrand, 2012.
Photo taken at Bumbershoot.
Champagne Champagne performs an acoustic session at the Plexus Records store.