Interview with Pollination Population

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When I booked Pollination Population I was intrigued by the uniqueness of the sound and I wanted to know more.  Kate Ersing was kind enough to provide a free download of her single Summer Sending (see Box Samples) and answer a few questions:

What instruments do you play?

As of right now I play a parlor guitar, sometimes a casio, and use delay and samples via tape players.

Where are you from?

I grew up in South Buffalo, New York and lived in various parts of New York until I came to Denver.

What were your favorite bands growing up?

Of Montreal and Destroyer were big influences growing up. When I was younger in the 90s, of course it had to be; No Doubt, Ben Folds Five, the Cranberries, 7 Seconds and Weezer.

Do you have a favorite old-time song?

Well, there is a weak spot in my heart for John Prine and Elizabeth Cotten’s “Freight Train.” She was self-taught, playing left-handed, upside-down guitar.


What’s your favorite venue?

I have good memories of the Bug Jar in Rochester, NY, but i really like house shows. They are personal and intimate and are perfect for face painting and cookies.

How do you like to past the time when you’re not playing music?

I spend a lot of time reading up on food politics, women’s health, and feminist zines. There are such beautiful bands in Denver, and that come to Denver, so I’m out at shows a lot, too. I love to bake and write love letters and then send those baked things with love letters to far places. I love pen pals, and guessing birthdays.

Do you have any exciting plans coming up?

Yes! I am looking to start a health collective that gives free lectures on specific topics that are open to the public.  I am in school for nutrition therapy and love talking about health issues. In a time when health care is dwindling, the rich and mindless keep consuming, and sick people are feeling powerless, something must be done to empower the masses to understand their bodies and take the initiative to learn to respect themselves and their environments through knowledge; to take control and make change.  I want to support free education in any way necessary. I’m also starting a sound project with my friend Stephen Wagner called “Cicadas.” I’m really excited about that.

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One Response to “Interview with Pollination Population”

  1. kdraves Says:

    The Pollination Population show has been changed to Feb 10, 2010.

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