How is your solo work different from Hunx?
Hunx to me is a punk band. A group effort. Each person had their instrument and their role. This solo album mostly starts from me making songs in my bedroom with a guitar, keyboard, and laptop. And then taking them to my friend Cole [M.G.N.] who transforms them and turns them into pop hits. I kinda think I might never go back to the old way—being in a band. Although I was kinda craving it the other day.
I've always wanted to do a song with Kathleen and have known her for years from when my old band, Gravy Train, toured with Le Tigre. She is one of my favorite singers. I heard Tavi sing and was kinda blown away by her voice and think she's pretty amazing in general, so I thought it would be fun to have her on a song. Chela is someone I didn't know but was a giant fan of her music so I just contacted her and it worked out. Clementine [Creevy]'s band, Cherry Glazerr, played their first song with Hunx at a skate park in Orange County. I always thought she had such a cool voice and it seemed like a good idea to have a teenage girl play and sing on my album because she would probably do something cool and unexpected—which she did. Jeremiah [Nadya], who sings on "Lubed," is a good friend of Cole's and I'm obsessed with his voice. There was literally a list of 20 people I wanted to work with. Hopefully, I will get to collaborate with a bunch more on the next album.
What was the process of putting your new album together?
Cole and I worked off and on on it for over two years and didn't really stop writing songs till we felt like we had 12 that made sense together. In the past, I always recorded an album in five days or less, so this was a totally new way of working for me.
The music video for "Eating Makeup" looked very crafty! Are you generally very hands-on when it comes to the creative aspects of your work?
Yes, always. The creative aspects are my fave parts. I also collaborate with a lot of people. For instance, my friend Christine Stormberg and I did all the sets and props for "Eating Makeup" together. And Peggy Noland did the costumes.