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Style Counsel: Eli Maiman
The guitarist of pop phenoms Walk The Moon wears whatever he can keep his hands on. Which is not easy.
Since your band signed with RCA Records in mid-2011, you’ve been touring a lot. Picked up anything good on the road? I think my favorite piece is a leather Members Only jacket that I bought in Portland, though I’ve probably worn these Silver jeans I was given at Lollapalooza in 2011 more than anything else. I got two pair and both have holes in the crotch now.
Do you still wear them? Absolutely. I wear them as if I have nothing else to wear.
What clothing do you need for life on the road? It’s best to take a variety of things. Layers are the way to comfortably go from New Hampshire to Los Angeles in a day. And you’ve always got to have a bathing suit with you. Just in case.
Do you have special outfits reserved for performing? I have a couple things that I go to over and over again. A lot of it is dependent on chance. When you’re in and out of hotels as often as we are, you tend to lose a lot of stuff. What you wear is partly dictated by what you don’t leave at a Holiday Inn in Scranton, or backstage at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, or in a drying machine in Austria.
What have you lost while on tour? Very early in the band’s career, we played the Sweetlife Festival in D.C. and I lost a pair of pink pants. It was my first pair of brightly colored women’s pants and kind of my induction into Walk The Moon and the colorful style of the band. I miss those pants every day. I also lost my favorite flannel shirt. It was a bad day. No, it was a good day. I just lost a lot of clothes.
Originally published in the August 2013 issue
Photograph by Annette Navarro