We gathered some of the biggest names in film, podcasting, art, activism, music, and media for Patreon Assembly, an afternoon of storytelling and performances. Through personal stories from their own creative journey, our guests shared how they leveraged entrepreneurial spirit, artistic control and their relationship with their audience to build successful, durable creative careers.
As part of the creative community that was gathered for the event, the Los Angeles indie rock band Local Natives performed an acoustic, stripped-down set of songs from their 2019 record, High Violet, their fourth full-length album and second release with the independent record label, Loma Vista.
Sharing their song “Café Amarillo”: Kicking off the set around the 0:50 mark with their track, “Café Amarillo,” the five-person Silver Lake-based band brought their signature harmonies and reflective, story-song style, which sounds even more silvery and sweet when stripped back, to the Assembly audience.
On being home in Los Angeles: Sharing a little bit about the stories of the songs in between each track, the local band also shared how happy they are to be home after a long few months on the road. “We’ve been on tour for a really long time, and we’re home in Los Angeles,” guitarist and vocalist Nik Ewing shared around the 4:50 mark. “It feels so good to be here… this next song is a fun song about the apocalypse, which we think is appropriate for the moment,” he continued, introducing their second track, “Megaton Mile.”
Sharing the song “Megaton Mile”: That song begins around 5:10 mark and is a lot more meandering and complex than the first, and quite literally contemplates how it would feel to face down the end of the world, but with a really great bass line involved.
Sharing “When Am I Gonna Lose You”: “Now we’re going to play a song that kind of has a very sad, depressing-sounding title,” Ewing said around the 8:50 mark, introducing another new song off their latest record, “When Am I Gonna Lose You.” “But there’s a story behind it, and it is that when we were making this song I was dating this woman and thought there was no way it was going to last… but we were married last year and are expecting our first baby. Anyway, it’s called “When Am I Gonna Lose You,” but it could be a very hopeful love song as well,” he concluded. Beginning around 9:40, this mournful, darker song definitely leaves room for hope and light around the edges.
Plugging Patreon “I just want to plug Patreon,” Ewing said at the end of “When Am I Gonna Lose You”, before the group headed into their final track of the set. “Because, friends of mine discovered it years ago and are independent artists and making a living off of it, and I think it’s just the coolest thing in the world.”
Sharing the song, “Wide Eyes”: Concluding their set was “Wide Eyes,” which begins around the 14:10 mark, this song was dedicated to longterm fans who have been following the band across their decade-long career, since their debut Gorilla Manor back in 2009. As the first song on their first album, and a beloved fan-favorite, this stripped back version was a subtle nod to their own long term supporters, who have helped this indie band make a living and build their own legacy over the years. Watch the full set above.