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You may know actor Finn Wolfhard best for his role in the mega-hit Netflix series Stranger Things, but the 14-year-old star is gearing up to be part of a whole new project. Finn is going to be hosting Sweet Relief Musicians Fund’s upcoming inaugural benefit concert called "Strange 80s," which will take place on Sunday, May 14tat the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. To celebrate, TWIST caught up with the actor to get the story behind the event, hear about his favorite music, and find out why he's proud to be part of the cause. Check out our exclusive Q & A below.
TWIST: Can you tell us all about the Sweet Relief Strange 80s concert?
Finn Wolfhard: It’s going to rock the Fonda Theatre in LA on May 14!! There are a lot of bands and band members that people love and we are all going to play tunes from the ‘80s. Weird Al is going to melt your face off, and my own band Calpurnia is playing, and I’m also playing host. BE THERE OR BE L7.
TWIST: Can you tell us about the cause, and why it's important for you to be involved?
FW: Sweet Relief helps musicians in need of help for medical and related expenses. I’m from Canada and medical is available for everyone at either no or low cost. We don’t have to worry when we travel or move or change jobs or anything, but I know lots of people who struggle in the US because of the amount of money you guys need for coverage. It's actually quite insane, so Sweet Relief is really, really important for musicians in desperate need of help.
FW: It means a lot to know that I’m helping people out – and, even better, helping out musicians.
TWIST: Which performers are you most excited to meet and work with while hosting?
FW: The D for sure. Silverman. The Master Weird Al - and way too many more to mention.
TWIST: Which artists are on your own personal playlist?
FW: Every day is different but the mainstays lately are PUP, Twin Peaks, Jeff Rosenstock, the Front Bottoms, SWMRS.
TWIST: Do you have any advice for our younger readers who may want to get involved in causes they care about, but don't know how to start or where to make an impact?
FW: Whatever makes you mad or sad, get even by organizing your family and friends and then reach out to other people on your own block or school or community. Whoever you or your parents think can help make change for the better, they are an ally – let them now you are an agent for good and you want to get stuff done.
Ask them if they will help – and don’t give up until you find someone who will. We're kids and have psycho energy so we can really deliver.
TWIST: What do you think of the huge following Stranger Things has gained and how that has impacted on your own life?
FW: It's so awesome that people have responded to the show and that they like it. The biggest impact is that I get stopped a lot when I go out, but if they like the show, that's cool. It's also generated other opportunities for me and other people that I’m working hard to make happen. I don't take any of that for granted.