joan On Their Creative Identity And Upcoming Music

If you take nostalgic 80s and 90s sounds, mix them up with a fun, modern twist, then you’ve basically got joan. The alt-pop duo from Little Rock, Arkansas has only been around for less than 18 months, but their infectious tunes have earned them spots on national tours with major alternative acts. The band will be playing songs from their recently released EP portra on October 18th in Dallas. So, we chatted with the band to find out more about their sound, style, and what they're up to next.

Recently, you guys have played shows with awesome bands such as COIN, Courtship and Misterwives. What have those experiences been like and what have you learned from them?

Love all those people you just mentioned! The experiences we had with them were amazing. Our touring experience overall really has been phenomenal. We’ve already been able to play all over the United States as well as Europe, and with each new city, you never really know what you’re going to get. But, we come out of that city better people and musicians than we were before we got there. I think that’s all you can really ask for. We learn so much from everyone we tour with, and we’re good friends with some of them still. We can’t wait to tour so much more!

Your music is this fun, creative mixture of 80’s and 90’s pop. Who are some of your musical influences that shaped this sound?

Thanks! Yeah, when we started joan, we wanted it to be influenced by artists we grew up listening to, while also giving our own modern feel to it. Legends like Prince, Michael, even Usher, Boyz II Men, many more... All artists we really look up to still and influence us.


Your debut EP portra came out earlier this year, is there a full length album in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it?

We honestly don’t really know. When we released portra, we immediately got back into the studio to see what was next for us. We write every single day, and we’re currently just loving writing songs that stand individually. We will one day write an album, but I think we’re just writing and releasing songs we love more than any other agenda.

Outside of the music, you two have a very quirky and nostalgic sense of fashion style that matches the vibe of your sound. Would you say the music has inspired your sense of style or was it just a natural style that has evolved into your overall image and branding?

Yes! So, we’ve always loved fashion. That was one of the things that brought us together before we started joan. We were in two different bands at the time and really wanted to start something together. We actually seriously talked about starting our own line. Anyway, all that to say, our sense of style was totally natural before and has just been multiplied through joan. The visual side of joan has been very important to us since the beginning. We do it all ourselves, and it really just feels like an image of our natural vibe.

Take a listen to their EP below, and don’t miss joan at the Cambridge Room at the House of Blues on October 18th.

Mariah Estran