DFM: Where are you guys from?
ROYAL AUDITORIUM: We are based out of Los Angeles
DFM: What’s the origin of that name?
ROYAL AUDITORIUM: We have had a few iterations of our band name since the time we started making music together. Royal Auditorium was one those names that seemed to fit our style and the music we were making.
DFM: Have you changed the group’s name before?
ROYAL AUDITORIUM: Our name has changed many times.
DFM: What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
ROYAL AUDITORIUM: Electronic soul garage pop R&B.
DFM: Who are your major influences?
ROYAL AUDITORIUM: Tape funk and RnB, Timmy Thomas, Missy. Anything that you can dance to.
DFM: How long have you all known each other? How did you two meet?
ROYAL AUDITORIUM: We’ve known each other for about 10 years. We met working together on different artistic ventures. Music was always something we just did. Eventually we decided to start a formal group.
DFM: When did you form your group?
ROYAL AUDITORIUM: 2013
DFM: What inspired you to make music together?
ROYAL AUDITORIUM: We have always had a strong musical connection in terms of taste and aesthetic, we started out making music for ourselves that we enjoyed and last year we decided to begin the process of sharing the music we make.
DFM: Where have you performed?
ROYAL AUDITORIUM: We did a few shows in Hollywood to start out, but Hollywood freaked us out and we recoiled back into the garage.
DFM: What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
ROYAL AUDITORIUM: We have no least favorite venues. There are some great venues here in L.A. like The Bootleg, Spaceland, Hotel Cafe and others. We are working on our live show right now and we are very excited to perform once our EP is released in June.
DFM: Who writes your songs?
ROYAL AUDITORIUM: We both write our songs.
DFM: What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
ROYAL AUDITORIUM: The themes and topics of our music vary quite a bit, but mostly they are about intimacy, relationships, tanks summertime and
DFM: Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
ROYAL AUDITORIUM: Songs emerge from improvisation. We like to experiment with a framework on computers or on looping devices and then slowly add layers.
DFM: What has been your biggest challenge as a group? Have you been
able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
ROYAL AUDITORIUM: The biggest challenge so far has been translating our live sound to the studio. We have been working with an amazing producer named Nick Block and have been very happy with what we’ve been able to create so far for our EP. The challenge is in capturing the original depth and passion of the music and finding a way to translate that to our recordings. We feel we have been successful in this and find it very refreshing to bring in a talented producer to fully realize the music.
DFM: What’s your ultimate direction for your group?
ROYAL AUDITORIUM: Our ultimate direction is to continue to make the music that inspires us, and whatever comes from that is all the better.
DFM: What advice do you have for people who want to form their own group or bands?
ROYAL AUDITORIUM: We don’t really feel we are in the position to give all that much advice. But something that has worked for us so far is giving ourselves the time and space to cultivate the sound we want to create, and have the openness and willingness to try new things.
DFM: What projects are you currently working on?
ROYAL AUDITORIUM: Finishing our EP, making music videos, and refining our live show. We are so excited to share more material with you in June.