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Meet Collin Schupman and Paul Laughrige of No Exits in Chinatown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Collin Schupman and Paul Laughrige.

Paul, Collin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
No Exits officially started around mid-2018 when we put out our first couple of demos. Before then, we had originally intended to form a four-piece band to pursue our musical blend of quirky drum-patterns, catchy guitar riffs, and moody synths. Much like the classic movie The Commitments, we auditioned a colorful entourage of musicians and dreamers in a fun montage-like sequence. Unlike the film, however, the perfect member didn’t roll in at the last minute. Ultimately, we resolved to move forward as a two-piece, which worked out for the best as we were already writing all the parts of our songs anyways. Over the past year, we’ve enjoyed playing our first couple of shows, meeting some supportive buds around town and putting out our first few songs.

Congrats on your first few successful shows.  Has it been a smooth road so far?  Can you talk to us a bit about some of the difficulties you’ve faced?
We had some difficulty, in the beginning, finding people (especially drummers) to play with. A lot of people came in with strong vision for how they wanted to play/work together, but at the end of the day, we had a strong vision as well and found it was best for us to focus on our songwriting and discover how we could play shows as a two-piece. Since then, it’s been a great ride getting out into the scene and playing with other bands around LA.

What else should we know about No Exits?
We’re a band based out of Los Angeles. Our music blends a multitude of genres including post-punk, industrial, shoegaze and experimental synth-pop but always maintains a strong sense of songwriting and a touch of quirky unpredictability. We play shows regularly in the greater LA region. We’re currently in the process of writing our first EP and have our latest single, Shapes, available here https://noexitsla.bandcamp.com/track/shapes.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
It’s hard to say but I’d wager that technology will slowly replace a lot of musicians and producers. Lots of extremely formulaic music and performances will be algorithmically generated, sold and at some point, a casual listener won’t be able to tell the difference. As a musician, you’ll need to stay original and develop a strong connection with your audience to stick around!

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Alejandro Restrepo, Paige Emery

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