Originally from a small town in Michigan, Hope now lives outside of LA pursuing music full time and getting into the water every chance she gets. Her raw and raspy voice sounds like the best cup of strong coffee you’ve ever tasted. Her debut EP, Wonder, is out now.



Hope Waidley: So, my sister and I traveled around the country and stayed in our station wagon. We just lived in parking lots and stuff and street performed. So that was sick, because what we made street performing paid for our whole trip and travels from coast to coast. We lived in our car for a few months, basically that whole summer, and did that. Then when we got back, my station wagon was actually completely rusted out underneath and we had no idea. So we did East Coast to West Coast the first however long, and then we went out again. That first trip was in May, and then we went out again in August and did all the Northern East Coast. Both times getting back from those trips my tire blew up the second we got in Michigan. At first, I was like, “Okay, whatever.,” you know? But I took it into the shop, because it blew up again, and they put it up on the stilts thing, and there’s holes everywhere. Like really gnarly. So, of course they said the last thing you should do is travel around the country and so I thought, “Well, we might as well ride it out.” So we went into the Northern East Coast and then I got back from that and the tire blew up again. So then I got a van and then I lived in that college, but I would go back and forth between home and school.


Tommy Moore: Is that going to come back to Michigan with you or are you just going to fly?


HW: So little update about my current car situation. Fun fact, I did win worst driver in high school. In my defense, I bought piece of crap cars my whole life. But, we got this van for $800 and no one really knew much about the van. It was in very good condition in terms of the interior, but it’s running on five cylinders. I don’t know how much longer it’s gonna last. Personally, I would be willing to take it across the country because I don’t care, but everyone else seems to think it’s a bad idea. 


TM: Yeah, that 2500 miles might be a bit of a stretch.


HW: My sister and dad actually drove out here because they didn’t know it was running on five cylinders. When they took it out It was just having a tough time. Anyone who knew me growing up was like, “Alright, well Hope will be here unless her car breaks down.”


TM: So did you end up taking the same Third Coast boards out to California with you? 


HW: Yes, I still have them. One, I let a friend borrow which I should probably get back, because it’s been a while, and then we have our six foot one here. 


TM: That’s so cool. You have that touch on Michigan and touch of the lakes out there.


HW: You know, I miss it a lot. To be honest, I still think the biggest waves I have ever surfed were in Michigan. It was a day two falls ago, and it was gnarly. I think a few people died that day. I actually got swept off the pier twice. It was really big and powerful that day and still bigger than what I’ve surfed in California. I miss it. In Michigan, can you still go to the beaches?


TM: I only I drove back there for something about a month ago, but I haven’t seen a lot of my old friends on the beach so I don’t know how much they’re open. I know here in Milwaukee we were trying to go out yesterday and all the main beaches are closed off. There’s still all the little  kind of hidden ones you can get to, but thing nothing that’s easy to get to. It’s such a weird time.

HW: It is, it really is. It hits me different every week. With music, it’s like shows--that’s such an important part. I think I was just thinking I’ll wait until everything’s passed, but no one really knows. And so this week I’ve felt more like, “Okay, Hope you need to start your mindset over, step into this time, and understand this is what it is.”


TM: With that EP just coming out I’m sure you were expecting to ride a different kind of wave coming off of that. 


HW: Yeah, I didn’t know what to expect. As you know, we’re from Michigan, so our family’s out there. We love our family, but we’re here. We moved here for music, but there’s not really anything going on. It’s like that sort of feeling of what am I doing?


TM: I know with a lot of different forms of art and design there’s a certain amount of burnout once you get close to finishing a project or once you finish a project. Is it the same with your situation? Are you burned out from that last record that just came out or do you still have enough energy?


HW: Yeah! I wish I could record every day to be honest. I started writing songs when I was six. It was always a coping thing. Probably monthly I’d write between like 20 to 30 songs. So I’m super stoked to keep recording and to do another project.