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Part-time jobs - Will from Lilac

Kirsten Knick and Will Ivy from Lilac

I learn so much about bands and their part-time jobs every week. While chatting with Will Ivy from San Francisco-based band Lilac, I found out that the only way to get a job is by standing around Trader Joe's and looking "interested in art." But promoting yourself as a "nice person" on Craigslist doesn't help at all. I also learned that all of these weird people who work at the LUSH soap shop are forced into their weirdness by instructing them to mimic certain movie characters. Who could know? While Will and his bandmate Kirsten hide in the Different Fur Studios to prepare for the new album (the follow-up album to Christine, which was released just two weeks ago), they find creative ways to make ends meet, in ways that have so far been unsuccessful at all.

You can watch the record Christine snap right here. Before we get to the interview, quickly click on the little play button to stream the entire record.

Noisey: Hey Will! How are you?
Want: Well.

Tell me - what do you do for a living?
Well, I haven't done anything particularly crazy to make money. I used to work at Trader's Joe. One day this crazy old couple came in and started talking to me. For some reason, at one point we talked about my need for money. They said, “Oh, that's great! Are you an artist? ”I was like,“ I guess so? ”They asked me if I can make a color palette and I said,“ No…? ”But they just said,“ Of course you can. You are perfect. You are the perfect man for the job. "

For which job?
So I wrote down her number, drove to her house, and became her color advisor. The man used to work for the railway and talked about it non-stop. They asked me how much salary I want and I just said $ 500. Then he told me that he inherited a million dollars. It really only cost me one trip to the hardware store and then I just walked through the house, pointed to things and told them what color to paint it in. The man always said, “Wow! I am so impressed. You're so good at it. "

(laughs) Why did they think you were such a good color advisor?
Yes, basically nothing at all. I just stood there. It was so weird. I guess I looked interested in art. I also said, "I can't do this," but they urged me to do it.

Well, apparently you're pretty good at it. You were lucky.
Yes, sometimes I think, “Did they set me up? How did I get you to pay me so much money to do something so simple? "

So you basically pointed to walls and said what color they should be painted?
Exactly. It was a little difficult because they lived in an old linoleum house, but they wanted me to turn it into a palace. There wasn't much I could do.

I think it's great that he's a millionaire but hires some amateur from Trader's Joe.
The cool part is yet to come: when I first got there, there was a guy sitting on the porch. He had a super long beard, was thin, and looked completely worn out. The man introduced him as Hank, the guy who does all the work on the house. I said "Hi" and he said in a shaky voice, "Hey, how are you?" Otherwise he didn't say anything. The second time, Hank wasn't there so I asked where he is. The man told me, “Hank has a few problems. He was in the Vietnam War. That's why he's still upset. He's homeless, drinks in the park and it's hard to get him to work because he's always drunk and just falls over. "

(laughs) And he supposedly does all the work around the house?
Yeah, Hank could build a whole house. He just doesn't.

You really had it out there to hire good people. I heard that you guys have gigs on Craigslist.
Yes, we wrote something like “Nice people want to help you decorate your home” or “Nice people want to take care of your pet,” but we had little success. My personal favorite ad was when I had the idea to be a kind of mini-caterer and we wrote "We'll come to you and cook you dinner!"

Ha! Has anyone got in touch?
Unfortunately, no.

I also don't trust people who refer to themselves as "nice people" on Craigslist.
Yes totally. I thought it would be cool for people to have strangers come up to them and hang out a bit, but apparently nobody thinks that is cool. If they knew me, it would be different. Then they would absolutely pay me for it.

(laughs) I think so too. Tell me about your new album Christine!
We recorded it a long time ago. We were lucky to be able to record it at Different Fur Studios. The owner and manager Patrick Brown took a liking to us, so we were able to spend a lot of time on the record to make it sound good. I'm really happy how it all turned out.

You're already back in the studio working on your next album, aren't you?
Yes! The new one will be more poppy. Before, our sound was more grunge, but we've just moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles and the weather is so nice it's hard to be grim.

But the weather is nice in San Francisco too.
Yeah, but it's so depressing. I came back today and when I got there was a street parade and I couldn't even get across the street.

So you make grim music when you're here

Since your music seems to be influenced by the places you go, where would you like to be next?
Since I'm new to L.A., I want to enjoy it first. But New Orleans attracts me too. I would also like to travel and record in many different cities.

And make world music.
Ha! Yes exactly.

Are you going to continue your career as a color consultant?
I don't think so, but I should get some photos of the couple's house and hope that one of their friends will call me. Then I'll quit my job. I'm not made for a steady job.

And finally, what was the worst job you ever had?
I once worked in the LUSH cosmetics store. It was terrible. I hated putting stuff on customers ick hair. And if they hire you, they'll show you high fidelity as an example of how to deal with customers.

In earnest? Do you sit down and let you watch the movie?
Yes. They want you to be weird and weird, like the role of Jack Black. They say, “We want you to have fun. Show people your idiosyncrasies. Force them to buy things they don't want. "

(laughs) That sounds terrible.
It was. And every day when I left the store, I smelled like a mixture of all the products in the store.

Well then, I wish you all the best with the band. I'm looking forward to the next album.
Thanks. It will be ready soon.


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