Side Project Sundays is excited to have Night Glitter back on the stage this week. You may recognize LouLou Ooldouz Ghelichkhani from her work with Thievery Corporation, Midnight Kids, and Bonefur, while John Michael Schoepf plays with Roky Erickson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Hayes Carll, and The Happen-Ins. They are currently working on their newest synth pop , trip hop, psychedelic rock and roll project: Night Glitter. They recently recorded a single with Adrian Quesada at his studio, with a few surprise guest appearances that is expected to release May 16th.
Born in Hockley, Texas, John Micheal moved to Austin in 2003. LouLou came to Austin nearly a decade later after living in California, Iran, Paris, and Washington D.C. "We moved a lot because of my dad's soccer days and politics," she says. Both musicians started playing in their late teens.
LouLou looks to Brigitte Fontaine, Brian Eno, David Bowie, James Brown, Neil Young, the Beatles, StereoLab, and Broadcast for inspiration. For John Michael, creativity is drawn from Brian Eno, The Rolling Stones, Poly Rythmo, Chuck Berry, and George Harrison. "We could go on ...we love music, and there are so many incredible heroes out there," says LouLou.
What is your song-writing process like?
We write separate or all together... it all depends on the inspiration..if its words or melody first. We have had a really great time blocking off a whole day/ night to jam in our home studio and record everything...then you can go back and see if you really like anything a few days later...if there are any real songs hidden in hours of spaced out jams.
What lyrics, or songs would you like to be remembered as playing/writing? Or what have been some of your most popular songs over the years?
LouLou: I think with Thievery , my most popular song has been Sweet Tides, which I wrote about the changes I went through with motherhood and my faith in general.
John Michael : the Happenins: Let you go :)
Do you have advice for other musicians who are just starting out?
Take your time, Follow your instincts.
What is your favorite place to eat in Austin?
John Michael: Tacodeli ( and at home, LouLou is an incredible cook )
What is your birthday/zodiac sign?
Night Glitter is a perfect blend of Sagittarius, Taurus and Gemini's.
Where do you see yourself musically in 5 years?
Touring all over the world, with an incredible team <3