Friday, September 18, 2015

Pure Magic: An Interview With Voodoo Boogaloo

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 5:22 PM

click to enlarge Voodoo Boogaloo's Stephanie Cardona and Logan Woodyard. - COURTESY
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  • Voodoo Boogaloo's Stephanie Cardona and Logan Woodyard.

Double, double toil and trip-hop? Hill Country duo Voodoo Boogaloo is a spiritual experience comprised of lovers/conjurers Stephanie Cardona and Logan Woodyard. 

On their debut record, Yawny. Yelly. Glowy. Floaty. Voodoo Boogaloo casts a spell as they explore sultry, incense-burning chants and instrumental breakdowns straight out of a nightmarish acid rainstorm.

Voodoo Boogaloo and I discussed chemistry, magic and music.

Yawny. Yelly. Glowy. Floaty. is a hell of an album. What's the process of writing songs like for the both of you?

It all begins with meditation. We sit, shoulder to shoulder, give the theme of our song our attention, and let whatever comes out be from the best parts of us. For YYGF, there was a lot of celebration going on at that time. We had just met and let our excitement for our new relationship come through in the lyrics and accompaniments. The songs really took shape when the mediation involved the use of tarot cards. Intention, plus theme, plus tarot card gave us songs like "Strength," "Empress," and "High Priestess." All in all, the songs want to point to celebration for life lived. That is the Voodoo Boogaloo way.

Do you think that being partners in crime, both professionally and personally, is what gives your music and performances a supernatural dynamic?

We were both deep into the supernatural before we met two years ago. It was one of the qualifiers for us getting the VB thing going. But yes, you're absolutely right, now that we're together, our presentation is greater than the sum of its parts. The fact that life is enjoyed and appreciated off stage helps us to enjoy life on stage. And it doesn't stop with the two of us. There is the Trinity. Stephanie, plus Logan, plus Source gives us everything we need to accomplish exactly what we want to on and off stage

Speaking of chemistry, have you thought about channeling that magic into a music video?

Absolutely! We're currently working on a new album and deciding which single will become our first music video. We're very particular about who we work with. Vibe is oh so important. We're biding our time until the perfect team or individual wants to connect and make something magical. To help us, they'd have to know us. 

Can you give me a little more insight into your new album if it's not completely top secret?

No secrets! More Voodoo. More Boogaloo. It took us these two years to really figure out our sound. It took a 10 week East Coast tour, and a move to the Austin/San Antonio area, but we figured out what we're best at and we're going hard in that direction. No hesitation. No fear. You'll recognize this presence in our new album "Get in There". It materializes as true expression. It gives way to more creativity and originality. We're giving ourselves permission to be who we want to be, both as individuals, and as a couple. And it's not just the song writing process, it's also the quality of living. That's conscious living on all levels, especially diet.

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