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Artist of the Week: Aline & Wes

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

Seattle Refined: How long has the band been around/writing together/performing?
We have individually been around Seattle for about five to ten years. We have performed all over Seattle. We have been writing and performing together for about a year. We also individually lived and performed in different states prior to living in Seattle.

Tell us about the artistic process and the different stages that work into it.
We share our song ideas and write about the themes that inspire us. Sometimes it begins with a riff. Sometimes it begins with a sentiment. We finish a song every time we start one but our work is never done. We love to develop harmonies that compliment each song.

Where does your inspiration come from?
Our inspiration comes from what we observe and experience as well as the experience of friends and family. We’re always seeking inspiration from other musicians, poets, and writers.

What other musical artists do you take inspo from?
Aline: Artists that inspire us are the White Stripes and Black Rebel Motorcycle. I’m inspired by artists that are unequivocally themselves such as Grace Jones.

What kind of genre is your music?
We would describe our music genre as soulful rock.

What kinds of things do you write about?
We write about societal challenges such as homelessness, racism, and lack of fulfillment. The title of our debut EP is derived from the Color Purple movie/book's theme of being grateful despite life's challenges and the idea that lemonade can be made from the most bitter of experiences.

Do you have one song that means more to you or is extremely special to you?
Aline: One of my favorite songs on the EP is "Still Want More." It sounds rousing and captivating. I also love the tone of our voices on this song.

What experiences in your life have shaped your music/art?
Aline: Our life experiences and observations have shaped our music. Being a woman of color and being a social activist to some degree has shaped how I write.

If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find? What about upcoming shows?
Our upcoming shows are the Seattle Acoustic Festival on October 12 and our EP release in studio performance at Hollow Earth Radio on November 15. For more information on us visit our Facebook, Bandcamp and Instagram. Follow his link to check out our music.

What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
We are looking forward to our EP release party at Hollow Earth Radio. We enjoy working together and are so excited to see what the future holds, as we’ve already started writing new songs for the next release. You can look for more performances and more original music.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee?
Aline: I like espresso with cream
Wes: Americano with cream, honey, and cinnamon