All this week, Behind the Setlist is previewing Volume, a music festival in Spokane, Washington, which features 100 DIY and indie artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond (put together by our friends at the Inlander). Our Spokane team will be on the ground during Volume on June 2 and June 3, but we wanted to dive into these artists ahead of time.

Who are they, where do they come from, and what can we expect? We turned up the Volume on each artist for a little preview palaver.

Soul Ipsum @ Red Room Lounge, 6/2, 10:45 pm

Where are you from and how did the project come together?

Soul Ipsum comes from Portland, Oregon via Tucson, Arizona. I was a session drummer for most of my music career, [but I’ve] been composing synth-based music with drum machines for four years. This project came together after finding consistency in dance music after dabbling in different styles of electronic music.


What’s your favorite song to play live?

My favorite song to play live is probably “Charity Stripe,” because the audience always gets down, the bass is wet, and it’s an ode to my favorite sport in the world. Usually the songs people get behind were the easiest to write, and this one feels like walking on clouds.

What goes into the making of a great setlist?

In making an ideal setlist, it’s crucial to open with some kind of airy ambience that warms the crowd before you go in with any kind of driving beat or melodic progression. I save my heavier songs for the middle of the set, when the crowd is clearly pumped, and I’ve introduced people to my sound and try and close out with go-to party jams.

While at Volume, who are you most excited to see perform?

I’m stoked to hopefully see Chastity Belt live, my homie designed their album cover way back for Help Yourself Records and it’s clear they’ve influenced a whole scene of music for the better. Proud that I was able to get my bestie D. Tiffany on the bill too, she’s a key player in Vancouver, B.C.’s dance music underground, and just so happens she was born and raised in Spokane! Also, lie from B.C. should not be missed, heavy vibes for sure.

What are your plans for the rest of the year? Writing, recording, touring?

After Volume I’ve got shows lined up in L.A., NYC, Chicago and other East Coast cities. Just found out I’m featured on the PDX Pop Compilation, so maybe I’ll get to play that this summer too. But after tour, definitely time to record. I’ve got a few 12”s calling my name, which need to be realized before the year is up.

Answers by Wyatt Schaffner. Follow Soul Ipsum on Facebook. Get Volume tickets here. Photo by Laura Moreau.


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