The Los Angeles band shares with us what inspires them, the story behind their newly released album Au (Alternate Universe), where you can find them now and what they do when they aren’t on stage.

Now let’s meet Ashi and Spooki from Hott MT. @HottMT @Hott_MT

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Tell us who is currently in your band and what everyone does.

Currently, we are working as a duo (Spooki and Ashi). For live shows Spooki plays guitar and sings back-up vocals, Ashi plays bass and sings lead vocals.

The creation of your band. What’s the history. Where did Hott MT originate?

The two of us have been together for a long time and started a band in 2011. It was made out of our mutual interests and fascination with conspiracy theory, and fantasy. We recorded the first album I MADE THIS as a song for song geographical map of an island. The ocean, beach, jungle, mountain and village all represented in song form and as our first act drove to Wayne Coyne's house in Oklahoma to give it to him. We are part of the collective Non Plus Ultra which has helped us to connect with many other amazing friends and artists here in LA. In the last few years the live band lineup has undergone several changes and re-workings with friends becoming involved in other projects. We recently released our sophomore album AU (Alternate Universe) and will be touring the new material in the Fall.

Describe the band's creative music-making process.

Invoke trance, have fun, keep everything. Simple, fit and smart.

Lets get to know those instruments.

Spooki has a 5 dollar guitar called the sellout. No one else seems to be able to play it but him. Ashi has a shortscale tiny no-brand bass named Jackie Chan Jr.

The band recently released a new album, Au (Alternate Universe). A few of your favorite tracks from the album?

All the tracks have their moments and memories. Ashi's favorite is The Many Colored Death. Spooki enjoyed re-working Tranceforming. There's another version of it on his solo record Tetragrammaton.

What inspired the making of this album? Were there any specific elements that influenced its creation?

We were inspired by Micheal Ende's The Never Ending Story, that gave us the structure for the album. That and all the stuff going down in our lives at the time.