Cities #3: Los Angeles (Allison Weiss)

allisonLos Angeles. Die Stadt der Filmemacher und Musiker. Die Stadt des Betons und des scheinbar immer guten Wetters. Es gibt so einige Stempel, die die zweitgrößte Stadt der USA aufgedrückt bekommen hat. Grund genug also um im dritten Teil unserer Reihe mal bei einem Einwohner nachzuhaken wie das Leben in der „Stadt der Engel“ wirklich ist.

Allison Weiss hat im vergangen Jahr ihr mittlerweile drittes Album „Say What You Mean“ auf No Sleep Records veröffentlich und ist in Kürze auch hier wieder live zu sehen (siehe unten).Auch wenn die 23-Jährige erst seit November in Los Angeles wohnt, hat die Sängerin schon einige Eindrücke von der Großstadt gesammelt, die sie uns in unserem kurzen Interview nährer bringt.


Since when do you live in Los Angeles?
I moved to LA in November 2013.

What should everyone know about Los Angeles?
It’s beautiful here. I used to think LA was all concrete and traffic, but not if you live on the outskirts. So many New Yorkers talk shit about this city, but the longer I live here the less I understand it. I’m in the East side, in an up-and-coming neighborhood. I live in an old little house on a hill. There’s an insane view from my deck and I have a studio in the house. There are trees all around me. I grew up in Georgia so after so much time in Brooklyn I missed being able to enjoy the outside.

Is there a thing that totally annoys you about the Los Angeles?
Not yet! The traffic is bad I guess, but when I lived in Brooklyn I had a car and it was a nightmare. People from NYC who complain about LA traffic have probably not spent much time driving in NYC. Plus, on tour, I will sometimes spend upwards of 15 hours on one drive. Driving doesn’t bother me.

What is the greatest thing about living in Los Angeles?
The weather, the hills, the parks, the space.


How does the city reflect itself in your music? Does it influence you in any way?
I’ve only been here a couple of months, but it’s so much more conducive to writing. I’m able to relax more and focus. 

Whats your favourite venue to play in Los Angeles?
So far I love Bootleg Theatre the most. I haven’t played around a lot yet though.

What’s your favourite place in the city?
Hugo’s Tacos on Glendale in Atwater Village. Best tacos I’ve ever had. 

Do you have a favourite song or movie about Los Angeles?
Volcano, starring Tommy Lee Jones.


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If you would not live in Los Angeles, which city would be your favourite to live in? Why?
I’d love to live in Austin, TX. I’ve got a huge crush on that part of the country.

Als Support von Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids) kommt Allison Weiss im Februar auf Deutschland-Tour:

26.02.2014 Köln – Blue Shell
27.02.2014 Hamburg – Prinzenbar
28.02.2014 Berlin – Privatclub
02.03.2013 München – Strom
04.03.2013 Wiesbaden – Schlachthof