Adult Mom began as the solo project of Stephanie Knipe in a Purchase College dorm room in 2012. Adult Mom now falls between the playful spectrum of solo project and collaborative band with beloved friends and musicians Olivia Battell and Bruce Hamilton. Through reflections and explorations of the personal and hidden, the crux of the writing produced by Knipe is focused on excavation. The dredging out of secrets, putting it all in a pan, waiting for the gold to rise. Honesty and intimacy form as Knipe writes clever pop songs that offer a glimpse into the journey of a gender-weird queer navigating through heartache, trauma and subsequent growth.
With their debut LP, Momentary Lapse of Happily, Adult Mom bravely shined a light on the darkness and allowed the listener to experience and feel those moments along with them. Soft Spots, the project’s sophomore LP, is an exploration into the physical and emotional acts of opening up, the vulnerability that produces love, and then ache. With this record, Knipe proclaims that everybody has soft spots. Spots that get cared for and tended to, that grow and fade, that produce feeling that can linger for years and years. Knipe shares with us their process of learning how to cradle and understand their own softness without finality, a story without an end.
Derek Ted is a California native songwriter. Growing up in the Bay Area, a region rich in music history, Derek discovered a deep appreciation for the art of songwriting. During his teen years, Derek immersed himself in the sounds of emo rock and punk music drawing influence from the dark and honest lyrical content of bands like Circa Survive, Copeland and Radiohead. After studying audio engineering at SF State, Derek spent the better half of the past decade refining his music recording and writing skills. He developed a low-fi, heartfelt folk sound with roots in classic rock and roll, and the DIY emo scene. While living in San Francisco, Derek and fellow song-writers created Sunroom Recordz & Salon, a DIY label which has released twenty five albums since 2015. Since moving to Los Angeles almost two years ago Derek has been sharing new songs and performing alongside acts like Anthony Green and Waxahatchee. He has toured the West coast and performed at SXSW. In June, Derek will be releasing his first studio EP “Hourglass Sand’, venturing out of his usual lofi bedroom soundscape to a richer larger arrangement. He will be releasing this EP via Sunroom Recordz & Salon and touring the East Coast.