The Deli Philly's Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner: Blushed

By: Alexis V.

July 07, 2017

Philly’s Blushed seems to have come together the way many bands do in burgeoning DIY music communities. Fledgling artist (Missy Pidgeon) moves to the city, and meets like-minded musician (Matty Klauser) at a local show, who eventually introduces her to another classically-trained music friend (Alyssa Milman). They “gel nicely,” and start a band. With merely two released demos under their belt, we look forward to hearing what they’ll do with their free mastering and recording studio time prizes from our generous and supportive sponsors APS Mastering and Sleepless Sound. However, before that happens, feel free to learn more about our recent Featured Artist(s) Poll Winner below.

The Deli: How did you start making music? 

Missy Pidgeon: I took a couple guitar lessons, and started writing songs in my bedroom cause I was living in Alabama at the time and it seemed like everybody was a musician. And now that's even more true living here in Philly. I met Matty at a show and Alyssa through Matty, and we gel nicely. Matty has been a musician, I think, forever, and at one point was an opera singer. He's been in a bunch of bands, and currently plays in Secret Nudist Friends.

Alyssa Milman: I took piano lessons from age 6 or something, until I was in middle school, and always liked singing. I picked up guitar and bass around the end of middle school, and took voice lessons in high school; then went to college for music with a classical voice concentration. I also wrote songs throughout college, but didn't play in a full-on band until about a year ago. Everything before that was a cover band or school of rock style band.

TD: Where did the name Blushed come from? 

MP: I was going for something kind of 90s and femme.

TD: What are your biggest musical influences?

MP: Probably The Shangri-Las, Hole, The Breeders, Wavves. Is it lame to say Nirvana?

AM: Honestly, a lot of my friends, who make music, really influence me and how I write! I can't really think of any like well-known or famous artists who I can pinpoint as big inspirations, honestly. I guess the artists who I put down as the people I currently listen to would count (especially those who I've been listening to for a while, like Tigers Jaw). 

Matty Klauser: For this project, everything from the Beatles and the Beach Boys to Wavves and Ty Seagall...The Coathangers...La Luz.

TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

AM: Tigers Jaw, Title Fight, Alvvays, Best Coast, Tombo Crush, Kississippi, Nervous Dater, Sorority Noise, Hop Along, Harmony Woods, Coping Skills, Brand New, Now Now, Frankie Cosmos, Death Cab for Cutie, and so so many more it's hard to name all of them!

MK: Mild High Club, Madam West, Darkwing, Hop Along. 

MP: The Paranoyds, Grimes, Vanessa Paradis, Darkwing, Full Bush.

TD: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

AM: First concert was Kelly Clarkson, and first album was maybe like a Britney Spears CD. (lol) I don't really remember. 

MK: My parents took me to a lot of music as a kid, but the first show I went to on my own behalf was Rage Against the Machine at Nassau Coliseum. And Magical Mystery Tour.

MP: I think I went to a John Mayer concert with my friend and her mom. And Aaron's Party. 

TD: What do you love about Philly?

AM: It just feels like my home, honestly; I feel like I belong here.

MK: I think Philly is the most livable city for artists that I've encountered, while having everything you'd want...food, music, theater. I like that its small enough that the community is strong, but large enough that there's a lot going on.

MP: Endless vegan food, walking around, and strong aesthetics. 

TD: What do you hate about Philly?

AM: How hot it gets in the summer and some of the cosmetic changes that are happening (not because they're ugly or anything but because it feels like aesthetics are being prioritized over things like the issues the school systems are having). 

MK: Not enough parks in the different neighborhoods and people need to pick up their trash.

MP: Needs more mountains/beaches.

TD: What are your plans for 2017?

AM: Do this whole post-grad DIY music thing. I just graduated, I'm moving in a month, started a new job, and am looking for a second one, so it's a transitional period right now! But I'm gonna keep making music and saving up money for tattoos and stuff. 

MP: As a band, our plan is to record and put out some new music and go on our first tour. :)

TD: What was your most memorable live show?

AM: If this is about the most memorable Blushed show I've played, then it would probably be when we played day 2 of Good! How Are You? fest (a DIY fest that our very own Matty put together). We had a lot of people watching, and my other band, Past Life, was there, and they finally all got to see me play bass (a running joke was that they didn't believe I could even play bass). If it's most memorable show I've played in general, then probably the last night of Past Life's recent tour when our friend who runs the venue, Devon, asked us to play all 9 of our songs and a lot of people were dancing and singing along! The most memorable show I've seen was probably last November when I saw Brand New in Allentown and they played The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me straight through. 

MP: For me, it was playing Northside Fest, as that was my first fest with an artist wristband. 

MK: G0od! HOw Ar3 y0u? Fest.

TD: What's your favorite thing to get at the deli?

AM: Those big black and white cookies are fun! Or if it's at the deli I grew up with on Long Island, I like to get an everything bagel, toasted with cream cheese, and an iced coffee.

MK: A tofu banh mi with extra daikon. 

MP: Cigarettes.