June West makes music as an exploration of soul. On her lonesome, she plays a white Jaguar guitar and backs herself up with a collection of beats. Other times she is accompanied by her band of talented Tucson musicians (Connor Gallaher, Grant Beyschau & Adan Martinez-Kee). For three special nights at SXSW, her performances will feature DJQ, a producer and poet of Tucson’s legendary Ojalá Systems collective.
West usually finds herself at home in 90s R&B, Motown Soul, Psych Rock, Freak Folk and World Pop music. Her songs are informed by a curiosity in a diversity of spiritual practices and Jungian psychology, as well as other frameworks that deal with the intangible difficulties of modern life. West sings about relationships as if they are a mirror for the Self, harnessing reflection as a tool for self-evolution and transformation.
Observing the world through a design lens, West practices music as a self-made ritual for intentionally experiencing and remembering stories of both deep loss and fulfillment. She has made roots in many places--from Montana Big Sky Country to the Sonoran desert, from living in Tokyo to studying design in New York City, from touring Europe to wandering America’s backroads. No matter where she finds herself, West is doing her best to design a good life.
Check out June West on Spotify, stream on SoundCloud.