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The Oh Hello’s is the dynamic duo of Tyler and Maggie Heath, an independent self-producing brother-sister eclectic-folk-rock duo from San Marcos, TX. They released their stunning debut album Through The Deep, Dark Valley on October 30th 2012 and with what little press they may get, they deserve much more.

 

To read more about the band’s history, the origin of the band name and more, check out our review of the album here.

 

For Fans Of: Sufjan Stevens, Of Monsters and Men, Seryn, Mumford And Sons

 

And we can’t forget the mention to that their album is available at the wonderful NAME YOUR PRICE option!

 

 

Lets get started!

 

What’s the story behind the theme of the ‘Valley’? Between the album title and the first and last track, what’s the significance?

 

TYLER: That’s really the kind of question we want listeners to answer for themselves! What we intended when we wrote it isn’t necessarily more valid or more meaningful than what you get out of the album when you listen to it.

 

Is there one song on Through the Deep, Dark Valley that you’re particularly attached to right now?

 

TYLER: I have a hard time picking a favorite song. If I had to pick though, right this minute it’s probably the Reprise.

 

MAGGIE: I’mma have to second that– The Truth Is A Cave/Reprise combo is probably my favorite, although if you ask me again tomorrow, I might day something else.

 

What kind of pros/cons come with self-producing your own music out of a home studio?

 

TYLER: On the one hand, we have total control over how we record our music, which is great. Our production value is probably lower than what you’d get from a professional studio, but that doesn’t bother me very much.

 

MAGGIE: Honestly, I feel like our style and method of production is what makes up half of our sound. Were we to record with a producer, we would probably sound completely different.

 

Being siblings and both having your own side projects, is there every a power struggle through the writing process?

 

TYLER: Not really! We’re pretty laid back, and we can usually resolve our disagreements amicably. It does tend to take some time, though, because neither of us will speak up immediately if something’s bothering us.

 

What has been the biggest challenge for you so far?

 

MAGGIE: For me, the biggest challenge was sitting still in the studio. There were far too many pen-caps to pop and instruments to fiddle with in that room.

 

TYLER: Yeah, one question ago I was talking about how good we are at dealing with conflict, but there were several times while we were recording where we stalled completely – Maggie and I each have a very wide (and very different) taste in music, so finding common ground can be challenging. We’ve always come around eventually, though!

 

What do you think you biggest break or greatest opportunity has been in your career so far?

 

TYLER: We got the opportunity to be a part of Bandcamp’s licensing catalog, which is totally awesome and for which we are extemely grateful.

 

What are you working on now, and what can we expect from you in the coming year?

 

TYLER: I’ve got plans to record a few songs on my own now that the album is finished.

 

MAGGIE: I’ve got a few designs I’ve been hashing out which I’m planning to print soon. Most of them are unrelated to the band, but I might look into using a couple of them for shirts or posters.

 

Favorite things to do NOT musically related?

 

TYLER: I like to read, and drink coffee, and watch movies. Sorry, I’m not very interesting when I’m not working on music.

 

MAGGIE: I like to travel and explore new cities. I also really like to cook for people, and give really big hugs. I’m a tea person myself, and love to catch up with friends/make new friends over a good pot of tea. I like to draw and cut linoleum block, but honestly I’m not a fan of the printing part. And I guess this is still music related, but since its probably my very favorite thing to do, I’m going to say that I love going to shows and watching live music (the more dancing, the better).

 

What are some of your favorite bands you are currently listening to?

 

TYLER: I’m late to the Sufjan Stevens party, but wow, he is very, very good at what he does.

 

MAGGIE: I’ve been listening to The La De Les’s album Carlo since I saw them this summer, and will probably forever continue to tell people to check them out. Also, a lot of Maps & Atlases, Sufjan circa Illinois, What We’re Afraid Of, and Willie Stratton.

 

Thanks so much guys! We all hope you great success and can’t wait to hear what’s next!

 

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Also:
Check out Tyler’s solo project for more great tunes!:

http://tylerheath.bandcamp.com/

 

Maggie had toured with another band called Those Know-It-Alls & Their Mighty Causes. Check them out here:

http://thoseknowitalls.bandcamp.com/

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