Musician Indigo De Souza's Day Off in Asheville Includes Thrifting, Legendary Donuts and Dog-Parks
“There's this room where there's huge bins and everyone's ravaging through them, looking for things to wear.”
By Sadie Bell and Indigo De Souza
Published on 6/02/2022 at 3:00 PM
Indie rock singer-songwriter Indigo De Souza | Photo by Charlie Boss
Indigo De Souza is an indie rock singer-songwriter based outside of Asheville, North Carolina. After self-releasing her debut I Love My Mom in 2018, she released her sophomore album Any Shape You Take via Saddle Creek Records in 2021 to critical acclaim. This summer, she will be on tour in support of the new release and playing across the festival circuit.
I moved to Asheville when I was 16 and I was a junior in high school. The current place that I live is slightly outside of Asheville. It's pretty common for people to do that in Asheville because a lot of the city has been taken over by tourism and it's become a lot more expensive to live in the main parts of Asheville. I think mostly what draws me there is the support—the feeling of diversity and love within the creative community. Also, nature is really, really inspiring here. I like being surrounded by people who understand nature and are working with it to grow food and to raise animals.
My ideal day off starts at Hole Donuts. Hole Donuts is really special because I feel like before I [went there], all of the donuts I'd had before are nothing compared to Hole Donuts. Normally, I get their basic glazed donut or they have a special donut every week, so I'll try that one, too. They make it in front of you and then drip the glaze over; it's all so fresh and fluffy.
Hole Donuts | Photo by TKTK
“Normally, I get their basic glazed donut or they have a special donut every week, so I'll try that one, too. They make it in front of you and then drip the glaze over; it's all so fresh and fluffy.”
Later on in the day, I usually make my rounds through the Goodwills in Asheville. There are other places that are more expensive or picked through, but I like to go to the Goodwills because I like to do the picking myself. It's really meditative and fun. There's one in Asheville that has bins— before the staff have gone through all the pieces and hung them up. They have a room where there are huge bins and everyone's ravaging through them, looking for things. It's really, really cheap. So I like to do that if I'm in the right mood. Once I found one of my favorite things I've ever found—this really long, heavy coat that I actually wore in the pictures for my Pitchfork Rising article. That piece is really cool and I get complimented for it a lot.
For lunch, I find Purple People Feeder. They're a really good hibachi food truck. It's not located in a specific spot—they just post on their Instagram about where they will be. I usually get the tofu hibachi, which is just vegetables, rice, tofu, yum yum sauce. I'm obsessed. I feel like I'm their biggest fan. I really caught them off guard one day when I bought their T-shirt, because I think that people don't normally buy them or something and they only had one left. Another favorite lunch spot is Gypsy Queen. I usually get a hummus plate there, which is baba ganoush, rice, vegetables, and normally I'll get seitan. I ordered a bunch of Gypsy Queen when we were filming my music video "Hold You." I think I got a little bit of everything—a few different salads, pitas, hummuses, rice, and quinoas.
Falafel Salad | Photo by Rachel Pressley for Thrillist
Barksdale is a kind of divey bar that I like. It's a very chill and dog-friendly spot. It's really nice because I can bring my dog there—his name is Winston, he's a golden retriever and lab mix—and he can actually come into the bar with me and hang out. I remember the first time I brought him there. It was warm outside, so everyone was hanging outside in the backyard area. He just had a lot of fun running around the patio, hanging out with everyone there. He's extremely social, so I like whenever he can interact with people and bring light into their day.
Another reason I like Barksdale is because I'll often see someone that I know there. I went there a couple nights ago with my boyfriend and it was really warm and cozy, and it had just snowed a lot. There weren't that many people there, but there were a couple people that I knew. We played pool, which is one of our favorite things to do. The bar is really nice because that pool table for some reason is normally open. I don't have to feel impatient. I can just play for as long as I want.
I'm obsessed with pool—actually, my whole band is obsessed with pool. I would not say that I'm the best in the band. Everyone in the band is so good at pool. I think it just depends on the day, who's really, really the best. Maybe our guitarist Dexter is the best.
French Broad River Park | Photo by Rachel Pressley for Thrillist
“The nature in the area has been extremely impactful during the pandemic, because we had a space to gather and have fires and dance and swim and be with the dogs and do creative projects, and just gave me the freedom to explore. Living here, it feels really good to be able to get involved with nature.”
Because I live outside of Asheville, when I go into the city, it's normally a day that I'm going to pack in a bunch of activities. I try to go to the dog park at French Broad River Park. It's right next to the river. You can pretty much see the river from the dog park when you're standing inside, then all around it there's a lot of grass and little hills. People will normally be playing fetch outside of the dog park in this big green area, as well, and a lot of people take their dogs swimming, too, in the summertime. One of my friends has gone with me a few times with his poodle—but most of Winston's friends are dogs that live out in the country.
The nature in the area has been extremely impactful during the pandemic, because we had a space to gather and have fires and dance and swim and be with the dogs and do creative projects, and just gave me the freedom to explore. Living here, it feels really good to be able to get involved with nature.
The area has influenced me a lot. I had a really a hard time in my past with mental illness and with community, and feeling lost. The past couple of years have been extremely life changing for me. The community that I now have surrounding me. It's extremely supportive and validating. They really have taught me so much about relationships and love and just being close with one another and raising each other up.
None of the people in my friend group or in my community are doing a job that they don't believe in, or that they don't want to do. Everyone around me is following their heart and is pursuing the thing that they actually want to be doing in their life—and that's extremely inspiring for me, because that's what I did with my life.
As told to Sadie Bell.
Places to Eat & Drink
Things to See & Do
Shopping at Goodwill/other thrift stores
Pool at Barksdale
2 Banks Avenue, Asheville, NC
508 Riverview Drive, Asheville, NC