Person of Interest: The Stellars

. September 1, 2017.
Persons-of-Interest---stellars-2

How long have you two known each other?

Erez: Since summer after fourth grade.
Dan: We met at a rock band boot camp hosted by the Ann Arbor Music Center, which is the place where we now work. They held rock band day camps for a week for local high schools through rec and ed, and that’s how we met. We ended up going to Tappan Middle School for sixth grade and reconnected and started playing music together.
Erez: I used to beg Dan to come over and jam with me, and he’d be like, ‘I’m too cool.’
Dan: Yeah, I was too cool for him for a while.
Erez: He was too cool. I said, no, you’re good at guitar, c’mon. Let’s rock!…But now I’m the cool one.
Dan: Sure.
Erez: Let the record show that…that is definitely true.

How old are you guys?

Both: Both 22.

Are you both in school right now?

Dan: I just finished.
Erez: I’ve got a semester left.

At U of M?

Dan: Both at U of M, yeah.

How did you come up with the name of your album [Interthestellars]?

Erez: That was Ben Factor’s idea. We laughed and went, ‘oh, that would be hilarious and stupid if we did that,’ but we decided it was hilarious and stupid in a good way.
Dan: We like the aesthetic of space, and it really worked out. I mean, I don’t think the artwork was entirely influenced by the name Interthestellars. That’s the image that the songs gave us anyway.
Erez: And it just shows the sense of humor that we have as a band. We’re pretty much Tenacious D, so –
Dan: But stupider. [laughs]
Erez: But worse. Also, more crass.

You have a song “Jamie, I Want My Book Back” – did you ever get your book back?

Erez: Well, that song came out and I was in the car with my girlfriend and Jamie called me, and it was just a very funny moment. She said, ‘oh my god, do you want the book back?’ And I told her, no, you have to keep it, it’s funnier this way if you keep it. Let’s keep it intact. She was really gracious about it. She got a kick out of it, I think. She’s a sport, which I’m very grateful for.

What book was it?

Erez: That will remain a secret forever. I like the actual details about Ann Arbor we put in our album, like “Four Quarter Pool” is just all about places in Ann Arbor where we grew up hanging out … “Jamie, I Want My Book Back” has actual Michigan local references… and I really like having the album be very geographically Ann Arbor.

It feels very “Ann Arbor?”

Erez: Yeah, I like Ann Arbor. [both laugh]
Dan: We’re both very Ann Arbor. We grew up here, we were born here and we never left.

Trending

Domino’s Farms Aids Ann Arbor’s Need for Office Space

Domino’s Pizza and Arbor Research are both launching new office building projects at Domino’s Farms. Domino’s Pizza is creating a 33,000-square-foot building on the north side of Domino’s Farms, expanding to their current space. Arbor Research is creating a new 49,500-square-foot headquarters building on the east side of Domino’s Farms. Both buildings should be completed

A Physician’s Perspective on Legalized Cannabis

On Tuesday, November 6th, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize cannabis for recreational use. Ten years ago, we had become the 13th state to legalize Cannabis for medical use. I voted for the medical cannabis law years ago because, in my view, cannabis is not a dangerous product, and too many people were being imprisoned for its use. At that time, however, I did not subscribe to the argument that there were legitimate medical uses for cannabis. How things have changed.

Tiny Expo at Ann Arbor District Library—A Curated Holiday Gift Fair with Flair

The Tiny Expo is a gem of an indie arts and crafts fair for vendors with original and unexpected products that make wonderful gifts but may not be an obvious fit for Ann Arbor’s mainstream art fairs. Shoppers who crave artistic, high quality products with diverse price points will find a rich variety of unique, handmade products to choose from.

New Tenants in Downtown Ypsilanti

Formerly long-vacant buildings in Downtown Ypsilanti are experiencing revitalization as small businesses and nonprofits are rapidly filling up spaces. Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP), a nonprofit organization that, “provides access to the justice systems for those that need it most,” recently purchased the Smith Furniture building at 15 S Washington Street which became their headquarters. Decode