Beats, boards and burgers? We’re game. This year, we’re setting up Shack at Air + Style, a global Big Air snowboard competition and two-day music festival that combines world-class sports, music, art, community and culture, in Downtown LA on February 18th & 19th. Making stops in Beijing, China, Innsbruck, Austria and Los Angeles, California, Air + Style features a 16-story snowboard jump where world-class snowboarders compete and show off their best tricks. Even cooler? Artists like Flume, Chromeo, Major Lazer, ZHU, Marian Hill and more perform alongside the Big Air ramp.
To help us get even more psyched for the festival, we sat down and chatted with Brooklyn-native, pop electric band POWERS.
How did you guys meet and start making music together?
We met back in NY from playing in a few different projects and as soon as we got a chance to hang out we started making music. We would always end up sharing whatever ideas we had come up with on our own and were always inspired to create when we were around each other. But it wasn’t until years later and a move to the west coast that we formalized everything and decided to start playing out as POWERS.
What artist(s) are you most inspired by?
One of our biggest inspirations, while there are many, are the Beatles. Mike and I both sing, write, and play so we always wanted to have a band like that where we could trade off singing and playing as we pleased, and to be able to create whatever feels good without being concerned about it fitting a certain sound. The Beatles really did that right… Each of them had their own individual style and every record had its own unique evolution of sound.
What steps do you both go through to write a song?
There’s never one way for a song to happen. Sometimes we’re sitting in the car and the rhythm of the turn signal triggers an idea, or watching a movie or a TV show or even the news. We both are writers by nature, it’s our way of processing what’s going on around us, so we’re always recording ideas on our phone and trying to hash them out as soon as we get together. Sometimes we combine totally different ideas from voice memos and they end up working perfectly together. Other times one of us can start playing something on guitar or piano and it will just come out however it’s supposed to be. At the root of every song is capturing whatever feeling is moving us to sing or play in the first place… and then we go back in and try to make sense of it.
What fuels your creativity?
Fun and curiosity. As long as we’re breathing we’ll be creative whether we want to or not. It’s just how we function. No matter what is going on in life, it feels so good to see an idea out of your head and into the world. And if we didn’t chase down these ideas, whether they be a simple melody or a lyric or beat we would go absolutely insane wondering what could’ve been.
Why do you think there’s so much overlap between passions for food and music?
They both go hand in hand in almost every aspect from the creation to the consumption. Chefs and musicians, we all create with the intent to share something that brings us joy in hopes that others will find joy in it as well. And the power of a good meal or a good song is just amazing… The moment you hear a song from your childhood or smell something that reminds you of your mom’s home cooking, it takes you right back to that moment time. They’re both very special in that universal ability to connect us all.
What’s your favorite meal to cook?
Hands down, Thanksgiving. We both love cooking and rarely have time to all year so that’s the 1 day we get together with all our friends that have moved to LA from different places and make them the best damn meal we can. Mike’s stuffing and my sweet potatoes should be something that we challenge Bobby Flay with one day.
We know you both are from BK! How does Brooklyn/NYC shape your music?
Brooklyn is actually where we first started making music together. The beauty of being in BK/NYC is that you are immersed in tons of different styles of music and cultures from each decade. So ultimately all those different sounds and influences come out in our writing and production.
Think fast: West Hollywood Shake Shack or Madison Square Park Shake Shack? Why?
Madison Square Park! That’s the first time either of us had Shake Shack so it’s got a special place in our hearts.
What’s your go-to Shack order?
A Shroom burger and a vanilla shake with fries.
How excited are you both to play at Air + Style?
So excited! The whole concept is wild. We love snowboarding so the idea of getting to watch people do this crazy drop in middle of Downtown LA with a sick lineup is pretty bad ass.
Press play and bump to POWERS’ current faves! You can catch ’em playing at the Winter Stage on Sunday, February 19th at 3PM. Want to score tickets for you and a burger bud? Head to our Twitter to enter to win!