Quinn Christopherson, winner of this year's Tiny Desk competition hails from Anchorage, Alaska and is currently on tour with Portugal. The Man. Performing at the Criterion on Friday, July 19, Quinn spoke to Matthew Viriyapah over the phone while he arrived in Oklahoma City for the very first time alongside his musical partner, Nick Carpenter.
In this interview, Quinn Christopherson talks about being on the road and how being indigenous informs his music while Nick can be heard occasionally chiming in and laughing along.
Listen above and read some highlights below.
On the touring and being on the road
Its been really interesting playing for different crowds cause I'm from Anchorage and I've just been playing for the same crowd... Having to be vulnerable for a whole bunch of different people has been a real learning experience...
The more you tour around the more you fall in love with where you are from, at least in my case.
On how being indigenous informs his music
Being indigenous is a big part of me making music. My grandmother was a storyteller and I just grew up listening to her tell stories. And I just tell stories through my music.