Relationships between lovers and those between musicians are not all that different. Unless you’re on the inside, you’re as clueless about what’s really going on as Wiz Khalifa at a Taylor Swift concert (a.k.a. pretty damn clueless). Wedding photos, curated social media posts, magazine covers just don’t tell the fully transparent story that the curious are craving, but don't worry. we’re here to help because we’re nosey like that.
Based out of Venice Beach, CA, electro-soul duo KANEHOLLER consist of Chelsea Tyler and her bandmate Jon Foster, who also happens to be her husband (they’re newly wed). While you might expect the young couple to keep their lives sequestered and private—especially when one of them is Steven Tyler’s daughter—they’re happy to break down the barrier, chipping away at the disparity between a band’s image and reality.
Premiering today is KANEHOLLER’s video “A.S.N.Y (Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet).” Musically it's a nostalgic-sweet, yet the-future's-still-super-bright slice of euphoric synth-pop. Meanwhile, the video's made up of behind the scenes footage from their recent tour with the Ting Tings. Fast-paced visuals melt glaring show lights into the bursts of color one sees while driving through the American landscape, balancing the reality of touring both on and offstage. It’s a blur of painfully over-packed suitcases, graffitied backstage walls, indistinguishable hotel rooms, and video games to kill time. The grind of the road can be monotonous, sure, but these two are clearly be having the time of their lives. Touring must be pretty sweet when you’re traipsing the world with your other half.
In keeping with the behind the scenes theme, we also asked Tyler and Foster to share some photos of themselves growing up, allowing us to analyze what might have brought this up-and-coming musical powerhouse together (thus far, we’re thinking a mutual love for Eminem). Check out their snaps below—it's a two days early #tbt charting their music and style evolution—as well as the premiere of ““A.S.N.Y (Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet),” lifted from the duo’s forthcoming debut LP.
Cheslea Tyler: This one pretty much sums it all up. The little monkey on the right is my brother, Taj. I’m around seven years old here, in our childhood kitchen probably mixing cookie dough. This was a very normal occurrence in our household. My mom and her twin sister (who also lived with us) are clothing designers and my dad, being the colorful bird he is, made my childhood a dress-up wonderland. Our soundtrack: Nat King Cole, Etta James and lots Patsy Cline (my mom's favorite).
Jon Foster: My brother and best bud (on the right), always made sure I was close by. I was four years old, in Iowa where we grew up. I had a thing for palm trees, still do, hence the killer sweatshirt. I most definitely wasn't buying music at Tower Records yet, so I'd listen to what my folks listened to. Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, The Beatles, and Sergio Mendez were on constant rotation. Because these artists were my roots, I always try to mix it in with this new era of sound we're in now.
Chelsea: Ahh the wonder years. I clearly peaked at 12. The man is my uncle, Mark. The chunky pink highlights, overalls, and stacked chokers is me. And those headphones definitely connect to my beloved silver walkman that could be playing anything from Destiny’s Child’s first record to The Offspring album Americana (which was the first CD my mom ever took away from me… devastating).
Jon: Fishing with my great Ggandfather in Maryland, age six. I was really into wearing bright colors. Apparently I would insist on wearing different colored socks… every day. I vividly remember my brother giving me Michael Jackson's Bad on cassette. I’d listen to that and Kris Kross religiously on my walkman. It was the first time I'd ever heard an electronic beat set to a metronome. I was never the same again. Chelsea: And here we are, the whole sibling clan. From left: Mia, Liv, me, and Taj front and center. Taking a stroll in the woods behind our house. This was one of my more rebellious phases. Cornrows, ripped jeans, oversized jackets with big hoods and Eminem playing pretty constantly (Slim Shady LP and Marshall Mathers EP were big in my life).
Jon: I'm 12 in this one. Still in Iowa. No sense of style. None at all—all about function. This was a few years into my Mom insisting I play the piano and the drums every day. She always wanted me to have rhythm and be able to hold a tune… and dance… which I wasn't all too pleased about at the time, but now thinking back on it, that was probably one of the most important things that happened in my life. So, thanks Mom! Sorry for being a brat. I was listening to a lot of Pearl Jam's Ten, Green Day's Dookie and OutKast's ATliens. I was really inspired by Eddie Vedder's lyrics and OutKast's instrumentals. This was the year I first started making beats on "Fruity Loops," now called "FL studio." I only had the demo so I wasn't able to save my instrumentals until I upgraded a year later. I'd give anything to hear some of those ideas again. Chelsea: When I was around 13 my dad taught me how to play “Dream On” on the piano. From then on I always played but didn’t take it very seriously, which is clearly shown in this photo of high school me playing a mini-piano at my best friend Leila’s house. Shortly after this photo was taken I got my first keyboard for Christmas and wrote my first song.
Jon: I'm 17 here. My family moved to LA when I was 13. I ended up following my brother's footsteps into the acting world. This was my head shot for auditions. My style sense was completely driven by whatever project I was shooting at the time. So I was all over the map. Music I was listening to was Mos Def, Common, D'angelo, Chemical Brothers, N.E.R.D., Crystal Method, and Eminem. This is when I really started diving into the technical side of recording electronic music. By this point I was hooked and simply trying to make every style of music I could. But I found I always wanted a thick drum kit behind it. That's been a main driving point of our music. The more punch, the better.
Jon: Twenty-two years old. Up in Northern California. I got really into survival stuff for a while. I attended Tom Brown's Tacker School and started going out into the woods with as little as possible as often as possible. Been a while since I've done that. At the time I was wearing anything that suited that type of environment. Flannels, tough Dickies, and boots. Listened to a lot of Morcheeba, Gorillaz, Thievery Corporation, DJ KRUSH, Beck, and The Flaming Lips. This era really started to becoming the sound I wanted to dive into and has most definitely influenced the music we make as KANEHOLLER. Chelsea: This is 18-year-old college freshman me in all my glory. I went to a little school in Chicago and studied music theory and vocal performance for a year. I also had dreadlocks, banned bras, and makeup, and was a Guitar Hero MASTER. This is when I discovered the psychedelic music world and fell into a rabbit hole of Janis, Jimi, and The Beatles. I know, how cliché of me, but that’s how it went.
Jon: I'm 25 in this photo. Midnight arrival at Burning Man. Threw some pillows in the trailer and slept in it that night. Was there for 16 days building a camp with 100 hammocks. Style was a lot like this, button ups with a tank top and a pair of Doc Martens. I was listening to a lot of RJD2, Portishead, Little Dragon, Kings of Leon, and The Black Keys. I had been recording on and off by this point but ultimately decided I needed to give music my all before it was too late. I moved to NY and met Chelsea a week later. We were making music together 48 hours into knowing each other. We had Little Dragon playing on repeat that summer
Chelsea: My college years were a bit scattered, traveling a lot and not settling long. Finally, I ended up back in my hometown Boston at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I studied photography, sculpture, and painting. I loved the patience and peace it required. I rediscovered all the oldies like Etta James, Billie Holiday, and Miles Davis. I spent most nights, music playing, painting pictures of different objects in my apartment. It was also here that I fully embraced my "function over fashion" style. In art school you're always getting dirty, dusty or splattered in something so I mostly wore ratty t-shirts, old Levi's and my trusty tortoise shell glasses. But that didn't stop me from occasionally girly-ing it up with a dress. In this photo I'm 22 at a museum in Boston sketching taxidermy animals.
Photo by Christopher Hall Jon: This was two years ago at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn. Still one of the best shows we ever played. It was hot that night so I was wearing my usual uniform, camo shorts, a cut off t-shirt, and backwards hat to keep the sweat out of my eyes for when we go nuts. We were listening to a lot of Feed Me, Flume, Loudpvck, Tame Impala, M.I.A. and Major Lazer. These guys were all such great influences. We started out making much more down-tempo tracks in the beginning. But when we began playing live we realized quickly that we wanted to make everyone dance. So we went back into the studio and started going a bit harder to be able to get the crowd goin'. Now it goes off!
Chelsea: About a year before this, I fell in love with electronic music. I had never been a fan of techno, so I always wrote off that kind of music. But this new stuff was different. Artists like Bassnectar, Rusko and Pretty Lights. The thrill of those live shows changed everything for me. I can see now that going from Billie Holiday to Big Gigantic was one of the elements that influenced KANEHOLLER the most. This photo is from a show in Miami in 2012, back when we called ourselves badbad. My leopard pants are one of the many gems my mom has passed down to me from our dress up days; it all comes back around.
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