Published on September 4th, 2019

Currently in L.A. finishing up tracks, WINTER hail from all over the globe — a fact that informs their art just as much as their musical influences. They are the brainchild of Samira Winter, who has lived all over, and they take inspiration from Brazilian pop, shoegaze and bands like the Clash to create garage-y, spacey fun with a touch of noisy psychedelia.

You have a very eclectic background, from Brazil to Boston and now L.A. How do you think that has helped to inform your music and your creative process?

I’ve definitely felt inspired by all the different places I’ve lived. Boston was crucial because I really fell in love with dream pop, shoe gaze and noise music while living there and that’s where I began Winter. In LA my mind has expanded to other genres and subtleties on being a performer and living a creative lifestyle.

WINTER’s new video “Bonsai” has been described as “dreamy pop for staying in your room” and it gives off a Julie Ruin meets Lisa Frank vibe.

Yeah I could see that! For me it was naturally just the vibe of the song and working with director Ambar Navarro. We both were envisioning a really cute kind of kawaii music video at Marina Fini’s house which is entirely rainbow decorated.

Who was the first artist/person to inspire you to be creative?

That’s a hard question. I listened to a lot of Rilo Kiley and Liz Phair in high school and I would say both of them really inspired me musically and vocally. I think my love for music had been building up in middle school and high school and by the time I got to college my friend Tyler Taormina really gave me the motivation to start a band. A lot of times it comes from people that are close to you that believe in you and make you believe in yourself.

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