Artist Q&A

Q&A with Atoka Chase


What was the first concert you attended?As the two of us, the first show we saw together was CocoRosie at the 9:30 Club. It's actually how our whole relationship began.

Where and when was the first show you played? The last show we played was at the incredible Cristina's Cafe in Strasburg, VA

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What is your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experience? It was probably inviting the guys in Shawn James and the Shapeshifters back to our place after a show at the Velvet Lounge and then spending two days making food and getting weird before they hit the road back to Arkansas.

Which of your songs is your favorite and why? We're thinking "Lessons in Blue" when all of a sudden things change in the middle and at the end, because people start to freak out a little.

If you could open for any artist in the next year, who would it be? If somehow we could land in front of The Devil Makes Three or Little Dragon, we'd probably lose our minds...

What 3 artists have you listened to obsessively in the last month? Tinariwen, Fläskkvartetten, and Sparklehorse

What did you want to be when you were growing up? Maya wanted to be a marine biologist and Jared thought he'd be playing professional baseball until a motivational speaker told him to not set his sights so high.

What is your most embarrassing moment? The loss of all bowel control when it is least expected. Ask us in person if you want more details...

What is your favorite phrase? Jared - "Let it go." Maya - "Copacetic. And yes, I'm aware it's just one word."

Cat person, dog person, or both? Definitely dog people. Ellie the Poot is our small furry child.

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Books or movies? Books. Preferably anything by Tom Robbins, Kurt Vonnegut, or Gabriel Garcia Marquez

What would most people be surprised to learn about you? We don't worship Satan and we like dark beer way more than we like whiskey despite the obvious hypocrisy...


Check out Atoka Chase as they compete in the 12th Mid-Atlantic Band Battle FINALS on February 27th at Jammin’ Java!