The combination of Minneapolis’ finest four piece Polica, and Berlin’s orchestral collective s t a r g a z e already caught Mahogany’s attention with their first single release How Is This Happening. The combination of political misery and dramatic instrumentation – all accompanied with Channy’s stunning soprano vocals made for a collaborative track that was truly of its historic moment.

Last week saw the release of the video for the second track Agree to be taken from their collaborative album Music for The Long Emergency on Transgressive Records. The album is the result of an 18 month long process across the Atlantic to create something truly unique for all the artists involved. So to celebrate we asked Drew Christopherson and s t a r g a z e to sit down and give us their answers to the burning questions of Mahogany Minute.

It all started when…

Drew Christopherson (POLICA): Ryan picked me up and we drove around listening to demoes He and Channy had made. I asked him “What’s this for?” and he answered, “Its your new band.”

s t a r g a z e: … the universe was born but I only got aware of that when my father gave me a telescope.

Music has…

DC: directed my life more than anything else. It formed my politics, guided me away from religion, built my entire community of people, and provided me with dreams.

s t a r g a z e: … everything to do with the harmonies of the spheres

My music…

DC: is a place where I can manifest my ridiculous philosophical and idealistic motives into tangible product.

s t a r g a z e:… inspires to make shoegazers look up to the stars

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt…

DC: it’s that there is no model to compare your path to. Success can be measured in many ways. Your career will ebb and flow so don’t let the turkeys get you down.

s t a r g a z e: …a Blackstar is a theoretical star built using semiclassical gravity as an alternative to a black hole

If I’m not in the studio or on stage…

DC: I am maybe building something, but more likely I am slacking off with friends and need to call Ryan.

s t a r g a z e: …I’m stargazing.

I can’t perform unless…

DC: there are others on stage with me. Really not into the solo thing.

s t a r g a z e: … the stars are aligned.

I’ve never been…

DC: a good singer. I’m a “fun” singer, but not good.

s t a r g a z e: …V774104. V774104 is a trans-Neptunium object (TNO) with a radius roughly half that of Pluto or somewhat smaller. Currently it is approximately 103 AU from the Sun, a distance of 15.4 billion kilometres (9.6 billion miles).

I wish…

DC: I could sing well.

s t a r g a z e:… you would, this crying and grieving won’t do me no good (David Bowie)

I can’t live without…

DC: a decent amount of social time with friends. I start to lose my purpose if I don’t get quality time with friends in.

s t a r g a z e:…knowing that the earth is orbiting around the sun

I find it very easy…

DC: to play to a click track. Its weird way, it frees me from having to listen too closely to anything.

s t a r g a z e: …to explain quantum-mechanics

If there’s one song…

DC: I could sing forever it would be Cold Blooded Old Times by Smog

s t a r g a z e: it must be star man by David bowie

In twenty years’ time…

DC: we will look back at this stupid era of late-capitalism and wonder why we let our beloved music and art communities fail so hard.

s t a r g a z e: we’ll be driving tesla’s around the sun

Polica and s t a r g a z e are performing the album live at London’s Oval Space on the 27th February 2018. Tickets are available here