We had the good fortune of connecting with Migrant Motel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Why did you pursue a creative career?
I think we honestly see a hole within the rock scene for the music we make… We love artists like K Flay, Royal Blood, Oliver Tree, etc but there’s also tons of stuff that sounds dated, isn’t very innovative, and just straight up bores us. We’re honestly just trying to create the music that we wish we could listen to, and can’t find elsewhere.
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.
I think we focus on making rock music that feels fresh and new again while maintaining it’s roots. It’s a bit of a thin line because we come from such strong titans: everything from Led Zeppelin and ACDC to Sum 41 and Green Day. That being said, we’re constantly inspired by modern artists like Billie Eilish, Kings of Leon, Blinker, 21 Pilots, and the like. So I think what sets us apart is that we’re constantly mixing and matching inspiration to make our listeners feel sexy, be it grabbing old school riffs and slapping crazy synths, or maybe doing modern grooves and vibes through a classic rock distortion; anything is fair game as long as it’s creative.
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.
That the best thing about being a multinational band – we got you covered in both LA and Mexico City! In LA we love hanging out on Sunset, so much history at the Viper Room, Whiskey A Go Go, Rainbow Room for pizza, beer and a pic with the Lenny statue. Also some great hikes in the area, pasta in Culver City and always finishing with the best ice cream in LA at the one and only Mashti Malone’s in West Hollywood. In CDMX, Chava is the expert but when we’ve gone, we’ve been all over Zona Rosa, had blue pizza, fantastic micheladas and if timing is right, a trip to see the Chivas play.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There’s almost too many to thank but first and foremost: our fans, in the US, in Mexico, in Peru, and the rest fo the world. Every time we play live, see ya’ll posting, read the comments, we’re reminded of how much we love you and can’t wait to make more music for you. We’ve amassed an incredible team over the years of managers, producers, engineers, photographers, videographers and people who believe in us and want to work along side us and we can’t thank them enough either.
Whitney Otte Ernesto Stewart