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Music in SF® provides interviews with some of the biggest names in the live music scene in San Francisco, the Bay Area and Beyond. Music in SF® features interviews, Q&As and portraits with both Bay Area, San Francisco bands as well as National musical acts.

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Local Artist: Aya Safiya

How did you come up with the name of the band?Aya Safiya is my stage name. Aya is my given first name, and I chose Safiya as the second part of my stage name because it’s the perfect middle ground between my two middle names. Sonically it sounds like the Arabic version of Sofia, the… Keep Reading

Q&As/SF Local Bands

Local Band Spotlight: Ha Vay

How did you come up with the name of the band?It is the Chinese name my grandmother gave me when I was born. I’m half Chinese, but grew up in a majority white town and did not share much of my cultural background with my peers. So in making music I wanted to take ownership… Keep Reading

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Q&A: Jared Harper

How would you describe your sound?My signature sound is one that transpires from the influence of The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, The Beatles, and John Mayer. It is a little bit Indie-Rock mixed with Pop-Rock. It’s a silky-smooth husky voice layered over a fresh yet familiar sound. When did you first become interested in playing… Keep Reading

Q&As/SF Local Bands

Local Artist Spotlight: TREASVRE

How did you come up with the name of the band?We wanted something simple, memorable, poignant but unique. How would you describe your sound?Atmospheric rock. It’s a little postrock, a little shoegaze, with prog rock and electronic influences. We draw from a wide swath of musical styles for inspiration, so it’s hard to pin us… Keep Reading

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Q&A: The Quilters

How did you come up with the name of the band?Our drummer’s dad, Joe Cunningham, is a world-renowned quilter. We also liked the retro way band names with “The _____ers” sound. Also, capital Qs look really good written out! How would you describe your sound?We identify as “West Coast Americana”, although that may not be… Keep Reading

Q&As/SF Local Bands

Q&A: Aaron Halford

How would you describe your sound?Drawing influence from artists like D’Angelo and Anderson .Paak. I’m trying to create an organic R&B/soul sound that withstands the test of time. When did you first become interested in playing music?My dad is a musician, so I great up around it constantly. Just about since the day I could… Keep Reading

Q&As/SF Local Bands

Q&A: Nenci

How did you come up with the name of the band?It took several iterations and a lot of time sitting with each iteration until I found the right one. A lot of the previous band name ideas were a play on Vietnamese words (because I am Vietnamese) but none of them ended up sticking. In… Keep Reading

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Q&A: Keldamuzik

Bay Area Hip Hop artist and female rapper, Keldamuzik, is pushing to increase the visibility of black women in Art and as part of her work, she will be appearing in the 2021 Sundance film, First Date. The film, which is filled with mostly Bay Area actors, is set to debut at Fort Mason Center… Keep Reading

Q&As/SF Local Bands

Q&A: Ty Cassutt/Almost Barely

How did you come up with the name of the band?It’s a play off of how I don’t really consider myself to be a musician. I’m “almost barely” a musician. Almost Barely could be translated to “not quite.” How would you describe your sound?I would describe it as Indie Pop with subtle influences from several… Keep Reading

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Q&A: ALIX

Tell us a little about your new video for “Spoiled.”The “Spoiled” video is a self-directed, filmed, and edited sort of experiment I made during the first months of the pandemic – quarantine style. The video is for track nine off of my album Feel Better featuring Rozee. Since we were locked down, I wanted to… Keep Reading

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