Chelsea Tyler And Jon Foster Of Kaneholler On Surviving Tour With The Ting Tings

Coming off a nation wide tour with the Ting Tings, a show at NYFW with BCBG, and getting ready for a tour with Rae Srummurd, Galore talked to electro-soul duo Kaneholler about life in a band. For Chelsea Tyler and Jon Foster, their band is a labor of love, one that keeps them writing and producing until 3 AM and seizing every moment to work on their newest album. But before they can get excited about their Spring release, they’ll be embarking on a five show tour with Rae Srummurd. We wanted to know more about life on the road, so Kaneholler opened up about killing time, staying sane, making memories and of course tearing up the stage. You get a taste of their tour life in their newest music video, A.S.N.Y (Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet). Young, in love, and hustling towards impending world domination, it’s just another day in the life of Kaneholler.

Stephanie Janetos: What was your favorite city you visited while touring with the Ting Tings?
Chelsea Tyler: Oh man, we played New Orleans for the first time.
Jon Foster: That was really cool. We also played Washington DC, a place called 9:30 club, it’s just such a cool club. When we stop in cities to do shows, we’re only there for four or five hours. You stop there, do the sound check, and then you leave.
CT: So you really don’t get to experience it as a city.
JF: That’s the unfortunate part of it all. So we get to kind of base our opinions on the location around how the venue was.

SJ: It seems like a lot of time on the road.
JF: It was five weeks, and we did 13,000 miles.
CT: It was awesome. We got to drive the full perimeter of the country which none of us had ever done.

SJ: What was the best and worst part of touring?
CT: Honestly, on this one we were staying in the, you know, the cheapest, highway, middle of nowhere motels. Sometimes it’s adventurous and exciting, and sometimes it’s creepy, with truckers everywhere who smell like cigarettes, and you get in at 3 AM, and that kind of thing. It also adds to the romantic element of the whole thing, but that was a little tricky.
JF: It was just weird because you’d finish the show at midnight, start driving at 1 AM, then drive til 4AM when you start seeing double, and you’d pull off the road at whatever place said “Vacancy”. It was just such a gamble.
CT: And peeing in gas station bathrooms? Horrible! I would choose the side of the road over a gas station bathroom, any day.

JF: My favorite part was that we got to show up in a city and go to a place that Anthony Bordain had told us to go through his show. We would land in a city and immediately go to a place we had heard about through him.
CT: We kind of routed our drive through things we had seen on his show, like amazing resturaunts, like up in Vancouver there’s a place called Jamma Dogs, which is Japanese-style hot dogs.

JF: If you don’t know who Anthony Bordain is, you need to get on that. He’s on Netflix, so it’s easy to do. He’s an amazing accomplished chef, author, and world traveller. He has a bunch of shows.
CT: No Reservations, the 24 Hour Layover.
JF: He’s just a really smart guy whose connected with a bunch of people who are integrated in the “locations” culture. He’ll go somewhere and get to vibe out the culture, get to eat local food, talk about how it came to be that way. He’s one of our favorite things to watch.

SJ: What else do you like to watch?
JF: Everything.
CT: Yeah, we’re nerds for Netflix for sure. We just watched Narcos. So good.
JF: That, and one of our number ones is called Peeky Blinders.
CT: It’s about a 19th century Mafia-style family that owns horse racing situate. I don’t even know how to explain it, you just gotta watch it. It’s amazing.

SJ: When you met, was it a musical relationship, or was it a personal relationship that then evolved into music?
CT: Well, we met and started hanging out right away. It kind of happened at the same time: we were sharing music and falling in love…. It was very simultaneous. Obviously making music together is very romantic, and so it worked hand in hand. It wasn’t like one before the other.

SJ: Is it hard to have your emotional and professional relationship so entwined?
JF: I think it would be hard for anyone, regardless of romantic relationship, because you’re coworkers. In any relationship there are trials and tribulations, but that helps your relationship grow. Those elements that people might call “problems” are just tools you need in order to get better at what you do. Its an important process to balance it all.

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