Mickey Davis, 21, is an electronic music artist performing as Is Home Is at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St.
Q: What inspired you to make music?
I’ve always been interested in music, but it was just about a year ago that I started playing my own material. I taught myself the basics of a lot of instruments in middle school and high school, but it wasn’t until I went to college and took music history that I realized how important it was that I started really learning music. I wanted a way to show people what I was doing without hiring 16 chamber musicians to do it, so I started working on compositions with electronic music.
Q: You just got back from a tour. Is that something you’ve done before?
I went on a couple with previous bands I drummed for in Minneapolis, but I’ve never gone on tour with this project. It’s hopefully the first of some recurring tours.
I’m playing SXSW in March.
Q: You were previously performing as Olsen Twinns before getting a cease and desist letter. How did you settle on Is Home Is?
I needed to pick something a bit nonsensical because I didn’t want another cease and desist, and there are so many bands and brands in the world. I was torn between two names, Is Home, because when I’m making music, this is home. On the flip side there was the idea of creating what your home is. I was talking about it with a friend and she said “Why not use both?”