For this Halloween we interviewed Marian Hill, an American songwriting duo consisting of production artist Jeremy Lloyd and vocalist Samantha Gongol who are playing at Hulaween for the first time ever.
Hulaween started as an evolution of The String Cheese Incident's notorious tour Halloween events and has grown into one of the East Coast's most creative camping festivals.
It fuses a weekend of diverse music with Burning Man inspired art, workshops, and yoga - mirroring the West Coasts transformational festivals and the mid-wests Electric Forest.
Hulaween is notorious for booking one of the most diverse lineups in the festival world, with guys like The String Cheese Incident, Ween, Portugal. The Man, Run The Jewels, Nick Murphy (Chet Faker), Bassnectar, Vince Staples, RL Grime, GRiZ.
J (Jeremy): Jeremy and Sam of Marian Hill, we just got back to our homes in NYC after a Euro-tour, we grew up together outside of Philadelphia and did musicals and choir together for many years.
J: First time! Hype to see Vince Staples, LOVED Big Fish Theory.
S (Sam): Run the Jewels, Noname , The String Cheese Incident.
J: Probably gonna do my old standard, a spandex immaculately detailed Superman costume that my aunt bought me in high school.
S: To be honest I haven’t really given it much thought :/ We’ve been travelling so much and I don’t really have extravagant halloween plans this year. But maybe I’ll scrap something together really quickly :)
J: My roommate and I have a tradition of listening to Thriller front to back on Halloween for obvious reasons.
S: Idk why but Mad World always conjures Halloween for me, haha. But Idk if that’s solely a Halloween thing.
J+S: Funnily enough we have a new song that would be PERFECT for halloween but we can’t share it yet ahhhhh. But of all of our songs released, “Thinking” would be the vibe.
J: Not a movie but I’m a big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer so it’s always a Halloween go to.
S: Hmmmm, when I was younger I used to love that Disney flick Halloween Town hahah. But now maybe The Birds. Hitchcock. Noir. Scary.
J: Big shout out to Almond Joys rn, most underrated and often-hated candy, they are delicious and I love them.
S: This is a very difficult question. Some may know that I have really intense sugar cravings and I can down some candy when in the mood. But I love a good milky way. Only on halloween. Or sprees. Why? Because they’re awesome.
J: Pitch black in a basement. Yeezus and Thriller playing on loop, lights flash on every 10 minutes revealing everyone’s costumes and also amazing surreal art installations on the walls.
J: I did a haunted house with my experimental theater group in college and our current art director Zach Bell dressed in drag and put way too much peanut butter on a sandwich and then took forever to chew and swallow it while the audience watched.
S: Have you ever seen Sleep No More in New York? That is the perfect haunted house. Interactive, totally immersive and detailed. Probably hard to set up on my own without a massive budget and a huge space, but totally awesome :)
J: Carving pumpkins with my family as a little one.
S: Honestly one of my favorite things about Halloween is not even the candy, but my mom’s homemade pumpkin seeds. Those are bomb af. Carving pumpkins and eating those pumpkin seeds are one of my favorite Halloween memories. There was also a time in college my roommate and I scaled a roof in heels dressed as insects. I think a bee and a ladybug respectively. Shocking we lived to tell the tale.
J: Yesterday on the flight home from Turkey when I thought for about 30 seconds that I had lost my passport.
S: Mmmmm. I don’t even know. I feel like something scares me all the time lol I’d have to think on it. Losing your passport after a 10 hour flight back from Turkey kind of takes the cake tho.
Themes of death, skulls, evil and the rising dead are common symbol for Halloween. They serve as some sort of memento mori, reminding us the transience of life.
J: Yeah I see that - I also think it helps to make a joke/party out of the things we’re most scared of so we’re not as scared of them, ya know?
J: It means seize the day. To me specifically it reminds me of high school idealism and cliche, but the idea behind it still rings true I suppose - do what you wanna do with your life and don’t wait around for it to happen.
S: Do it. Do it all. Don’t take no for answer, throw your fists in the air and grab life by the milky way.