No. 4

CLASS OF 2020 is a limited spotlight series that showcases the best emerging talent of the year.

Who Are Peach Tree Rascals?

Name: Peach Tree Rascals
The Cast: Dom Pizano (Production and mixing), Issac Pech (Vocals), Tarrek Abdel-Khaliq (Vocals), Joseph Barros (Vocals), Jorge Olazaba (Creative direction) 
Hometown: Bay Area, California
RIYL: Dominic Fike, Clairo, Role Model, Gus Dapperton, Rex Orange County, Snail Mail
Most Likely To Soundtrack:  A summer beach party, cross-country roadtrip, or a chill nature walk with someone you love.

Bay Area collective Peach Tree Rascals first met in high school and started releasing music in 2018, blending elements of alt-jazz, funk, and hip-hop into an eclectic summer sound. The band is self-made and proud; drawing on their first-generation American backgrounds, the group writes, records and produces their own music, and even conceptualizes and films all of their music videos. 

They have funded their projects through various jobs — like Red Lobster and their local print shop —- and their hard work and DIY attitude is certainly paying off, bringing them millions of streams while still staying true to their roots.

“We’re the Rascals and we do the best with what we’ve got, even if it’s not much.”

What Should I Listen To First?

In the past few months alone, Peach Tree Rascals have released three phenomenal singles — “Things Won’t Go My Way,” “Not Okay” and most recently “Deer.” We recommend listening to those to get a sense of their evolving sound, as well as older cuts “Mariposa,” “Mango” and “Plus” for that classic nostalgic summer vibe.

Meet Peach Tree Rascals.

Where are you guys right now? 

We are currently in the garage of our new home in Studio City. We have little to no furniture at the moment and are hanging out planning world domination. – Everyone 

What is your favorite drink? 

Philz Coffee. Enough said. We regularly go out of our way to get Philz. We had many back home in San Jose, so it reminds us of home and is also just the best. Our manager Alex specifically helped us find this new house that is next to Philz on Ventura… it’s an essential. – Issac 

What is your favorite food/meal/dish? 

That is a tough one, I will take one for the team and collectively and say any sort of Shawarma…but it has to be authentic. – Tarrek

What would be your dream collaboration? 

I think I can say for us collectively that a dream collaboration would be with Frank Ocean. There’s something incredible about an act like Frank that walks to the beat of their own drum and creates a new path in music that no one else is doing. – Tarrek 

I’d also love to work with Fleetwood Mac. The whole band… they are some of the best writers hands down. – Joseph 

What was your last food order?

Last order: 2 Chicken Shawarma, 1 Lamb Shawarma, 2 French Fries. From a new place in LA we tried called Gaby’s! – Issac

Screenshot your “Recently Played” on Spotify. 

“Daydreamer” by Adele – Joseph 

“Adore You” by Harry Styles – Tarrek 

“Ivy” by Frank Ocean – Jorge 

“Self Care” by Mac Miller – Dom

“WHOLE WORLD” by Earl Sweatshirt – Issac 

What was the last thing you texted your manager? 

Last thing we texted our manager Alex in our group chat was from Dom and it was the below meme with no context – Joseph 

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Who will play you in the movie about your life?

Jamie Foxx – Dom 

Jackie Chan – Tarrek

Jim Carey – Joseph 

Salma Hayek – Issac 

Brad Pitt – Jorge

What Peach Tree Rascals Is Listening To.

Check out our Class of 2020 playlist below to hear what the collective has had on repeat lately.

You just released a nostalgic video for the acoustic version of “Mariposa” that features old clips of the band. What changes were you going through when you originally wrote the song?

I think we were at this interesting place of taking music seriously and still doing it for fun. We had just got Alex as a manager and were building out the rest of the team. We hadn’t moved out from San Jose yet either. It didn’t really become totally serious as a career until right after we moved closer to Los Angeles in August. – Joseph 

You’ve kept busy during quarantine, releasing three brand new songs. How has this period impacted your creative process? Do you approach songwriting differently now?

I think we still approach songwriting the same way. It’s a very collaborative process and we’ve been working on perfecting our craft daily. I think that more than anything this has allowed us to experiment more. We’ve found a really great blend of genres for our EP. We’re excited. – Dom 

All of your songs are accompanied by beautiful cinematic music videos. Which has been your favorite to make and why?

I think my favorite was actually “Mariposa.” It was organic and the epitome of what we want Peach Tree to look and feel like. Nostalgic, happy, colorful, etc. We didn’t have much to work with at the time, but we made it work and it still feels great. – Jorge

Nature imagery pops up repeatedly through your work. What influence does the natural world have in your creative process and personal lives?

It’s huge. We love working in Yosemite for instance. The idea of separating from the outside world to create the truest form of music that speaks to us is a huge part of what we want to represent as artists. – Issac 

You mentioned in previous interviews that “Things Won’t Go My Way” is about fighting moments of self-doubt. In what situations do you experience self-doubt? How do you cope with that feeling?

I think it’s sort of a constant thing. Comparing to other artists, and seeing where we are. We try to block it all out. I think we cope with that feeling by remembering that everyone is just trying their best. – Tarrek 

 

In another interview you mentioned “not ok” being about “wanting to escape from a moment because you’re feeling too bad to actually be in the present.” Where is that happy place you go to escape?

I think for all of us, that’s home. We aren’t big LA people. We are sort of recluses to be honest. We love creating and working from home in San Jose. – Issac

 

We’ve read that your latest single “Deer” is about “celebrating happy moments that feel too good to be true.” What moments have you been celebrating lately?

We’ve been celebrating our move to our new home in Los Angeles! It’s the first “real house” so to speak that we’ve ever had together. We’re super excited and grateful we were able to make this happen. It’s a small accomplishment, but I’m just lucky we were able to do this. – Dom 

What can we expect next from Peach Tree Rascals?  

World domination. Also…a single a month for the rest of the year, as well as an EP and album at the top of next year. We’re hoping that touring is back up and running, because we’re ready to meet fans! More than anything, we want to continue on this path of growth. We’re so grateful for everything that’s happened so far. – Jorge

What Fans Are Saying.

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