Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 5, 2013
The Mowgli’s, an eight-piece California band, bring uplifting songs inspired by love, peace and good times to ACL. Their blend of folk, pop, country and rock make for great end-of-summer festival music.
We had a chance to chat with three of the band members about their music, inspiration and two adorable dogs who travel with them (Abby and Suki). The Mowgli’s play Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Bud Light stage. Catch them again next weekend. In November, The Mowgli’s launch their Random Acts of Kindness Tour.
First tell me about these adorable dogs you have with you. Why did you decide to bring them on the road?
Katie Jayne Earl (vocals/percussion): It’s definitely a taste of home to have them here, since our life is on the road now. We put a little Austin Pets Alive shirt on Abby because we just found out that Austin is a no-kill city.
Josh Hogan (guitar/vocals): We have a 15-passenger van, so we have plenty of space for them. And it also gives us a reason to wake up early, so we can walk them.
Colin Louis Dieden (vocals/guitar/percussion): I was taking a nap in the van the other day, and Abby licked my face. They just lift our spirits.
How do you make sure the sound is cohesive with eight of you in the band, all with different musical styles and influences?
Colin: That’s a tough question. I don’t think it’s about making it cohesive necessarily. We all push each other to want to be better on our own, and because of the talent that surrounds us we make better music.
Katie: Having so many members also gives us the opportunity to learn when someone should take the spotlight or step back.
You all were here during SXSW earlier this year. What do you think of your Austin festival experiences?
Katie: If you’re a musician, you have to stop in Austin at some point. We had the amazing chance to be on “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen during SXSW. I feel like SXSW is a rite of passage for musicians, but ACL feels like it’s a rite of passage for established musicians. So we’re excited to be here.
What do you enjoy about playing in an outdoor festival like this?
Colin: The energy is exponentially higher, and we have to match their energy.
Katie: At a venue people come especially to see you. But at a bigger festival like this they could just be passing by, and it’s your job to win them over.