Hoops Talk “Tapes #1-3”

Drew Auscherman discusses the songs that helped create his sonic identity

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Earlier this year, Hoops released their debut LP, Routines. Now the band has delivered a vinyl release of their early works, Tapes #1-3, which were self-recorded and self-released by singer/guitarist Drew Auscherman before Fat Possum signed the band in 2016.

Hoops began as a solo project from Ausherman, who created ambient, beat-driven music from his teenage bedroom. Now joined by his friends Kevin Krauter (vox, bass) and Keagan Beresford (vox, keys, guitar), the bands form some of the most-chilled out and exciting lo-fi indie of today.

ARTISTdirect caught up with Drew Auscherman to discuss the songs that helped create his sonic identity, the tracks that he is most proud of, and the music meant to be played at his funeral.

First single I bought…

Probably “Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers – My older brother and I were really into this song together so I bought it on itunes and put it on my first ipod.

First live show I attended…

Some Christian band I think, my parents took me.

First song I learned to play…

“Smoke on the Water” i think?

The song that encouraged me to learn my instrument of choice…

“Sara” by Fleetwood Mac – the bass line in this song is really sick and I was really into it around the time I started picking up the bass guitar.

The song that reminds me of home…

“Three Birds” by Mei Ehara (may.e) – Mei is a Japanese artist and friend I met on soundcloud whose music I really love. I listened to her music a lot one summer while I was living at home so this song always takes me back I guess.

My guilty secret track…

“Vultures” by John Mayer – The dude’s kind of a f***er but this track is really groovy, except the melody on the verse is s***.

The song I wish I wrote…

“Yesterday’s on My Mind” by Chris Cohen – This is just like a perfectly crafted song in my mind.

The finest song from my all time hero…

“Trihilos Urbanos” by Caetano Veloso – This song is the reason I started whistling.

The song I’ve written of which I’m most proud…

I wrote one recently that I’m really proud of but its not released yet 😛

The song that should be played at my funeral…

“Funkytown”

My favorite track from my most recent project…

“Sun’s Out” from Routines – wrote this song a few years ago and I really like how it came out on the recording.

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