Sages Interview

Sages is a Rock band from Sacramento, California who pulls inspiration from legends like Metallica, Deftones, and more. Their current single, “Matter of Time” is out right now, and I had the opportunity to chat with member Dino about the song and what’s in store for Sages’ future.

What is the song, “Matter of Time” all about?

It’s inspired by what is going on today. There has been a lot of truths coming out lately and a lot of people are waking up to these truths. I’ve just noticed that people, myself included, are picking up on all of it as well. And it’s only a matter of time until sh*t goes down, basically.

Do you do most of the writing or is it more of a collaboration with all the members?

I did most of the writing in the first couple of years. But “Matter of Time” and a few songs before that have all been collaborative efforts.

Will we be seeing these songs on an EP or full length soon?

We are actually going out to Vegas on the first of next month to work on a few songs. And hopefully putting out an EP in the first quarter of next year.

The song “Matter of Time” is being played in fitness gyms throughout November and December, how did that transpire?

I’m not sure. Our publicist, he just hit us up one day and said “Good News!” and it’s being featured in like 4,000 gyms across the country. I have no clue how he landed that but we are all pretty stoked about it.

Tell me about the music video, who directed it and where was it shot?

We shot the music video in our rehearsal studio. My buddy, Kelly Smith, who is a jack of all trades and does everything, just came out and did it himself. His production company, Eye45 Productions, produced it and we had some lights and fog machines and it was super gnarly. It was in the middle of summer and there was no AC in there, it was a crazy experience. We did it in a day and it was pretty cool.

I see you’re doing a lot of one off shows here and there, are there any plans for a tour?

Oh yea! I can’t say right now exactly what is in store. But it is pretty massive and the tentative plans we have right now looks like end of April/May we will be out on tour. We are kind of prepping right now to get all this wrapped up and done by spring time and hopefully be out on tour.

If you could craft the perfect tour line up, who would be on the list?

Oh gosh! For me personally, and I say it all the time, definitely Metallica and definitely the Deftones. Right now, a band that I’ve been listening to forever would be Story of the Year. They are about to drop a new record and I’ve been listening to some of their stuff and all their singles they’ve been dropping are awesome! But 30 Seconds to Mars would be cool too, and Periphery.

Do you believe that it’s important to listen to different genres of music to absorb different technics or should someone just stick to one lane?

I think its absolutely, for me, a better situation to take inspiration from all angles. There are certain progressions in our music that are pulled from inspirations from all over. I can take stuff from meditation music and jazz fusion music and make it something that is Sages. But definitely, being diverse in that helps you grow as a musician.

You signed to We Keep Rocking Productions, how did you land that deal?

The owner of the company is out of Sacramento area and he was at a Sages show. He really like the band and we were talking for a year and a half. We kind of lost touch a little bit from being busy on both ends. But some time later we got back in touch and we signed with him and we are all really excited to see what will happen. There are a lot of really cool things in store and I wish I could just spill the beans but I can’t! A typical story, but really cool and we are excited to be working with Rob Snyder.

What is the plan right now other than going to Vegas to record?

Basically we are just working on new songs. We do have one show before the end of the year. But we are just preparing to hit the ground running after the start of the year.

What is something you’ve learned since starting your journey in music?

After being about knee deep in the industry for about 12 years, I’ve learned a lot of things. But one thing is that I’ve learned is that yes there is a lot of bullsh*t, but there is the flip side that is true. There are genuinely good people who care about you and your band and who are here to help you. Not only to help make money, but they are there to help inspire people too. There is a lot of music that is manufactured to sell and not inspire, and its just soul crushing. But a lot of artists don’t care, they’re like just put us on tour. There’s a lot of bad people and there’s a lot of good people out there too.

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You can listen to Sages’ song “Matter of Time” here.

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Chris Hornbrook Interview

Chris Hornbrook is a professional drummer whose works include Poison the Well, Senses Fail and recently Dhani Harrison. I had the opportunity to chat with Chris about his career.

How did you get started with drumming?

I grew up around it. My dad was a bass player so there was tons of music around the house. At about 7 I started playing guitar, it was cool but I just didn’t like it that much. I then messed around with other instruments like alto saxphone. Then when I was in 12 I had a friend that was selling a drumset and I just kind of messed around with it a bit and just fell in love. So I convinced my parents to cough up $200 to buy it for me. Then from there I just started learning as much as I could.

Since you were a fan of the 90s music scene in Seattle, and Dave Grohl being one of your inspirations, would you say you are a Nirvana fan?

Yea, Nirvana was kind of the band that did it for me. I think that’s common for people my age and hearing Nevermind was pretty cool for me. But I really fell in love with In Utero that was the record that I heard and was like “whoa what is this?” It was so dark and everything was live. Like Kurt Cobain’s guitar was a scratch track. I just really liked how it was all put together.

When did playing in bands start for you? Was there anything before Poison the Well?

There was. There was a punk band that I was in, and that was my first real band. Before that it was just jamming with kids from high school and friends. Then I joined Poison the Well in the end of 1997/1998 and I was in it until hiatus in 2009. But, yea I was with Poison the Well during most of their entire incarnation.

So then what was the timeline of bands since Poison the Well?

As Poison the Well, our old guitarist started a band so I did some session with him and recorded some stuff. Then after that I moved to California and started jamming with friends here but never got anything going. Then I met a guy that was doing the final pressing for a band called Big Black Delta. Just really great, well done electronic pop music and I did some touring with them. But when that cycle ended that’s when I started doing Senses Fail. But between then I did some odds and ends stuff here and there, but now from Senses Fail I went into playing for Dhani Harrison. But I’m still jumping back and forth from Sense Fail and Dhani Harrison, its just that Senses Fail isn’t doing stuff right now.

While working with Dhani Harrison, who has a different style than your previous work, how did you work with that change?

It was taking a lot of queues off of what he wanted. So he had programmed some stuff and then other people programmed some stuff and so it was a lot of layering. When he played me the tracks it was just learning what he wanted from me. There were 4 or 5 tracks going at the same time and as a human, I couldn’t do that…I only have 2 arms and 2 legs. So it was taking what he gave me and turning it into something I could play and still being what he wanted. It was more so, “What are you looking for?” Every band is different, some want it exactly how its written and some don’t mind if you add a bit of yourself into it.

Luckily for me he just lets me do what I want. Because he knows I’ll stay within the perimeters of the song. We would just kind of sit down and work on some stuff because it was just a matter of taking an electronic record and putting into a live setting, which I had a lot of experience doing.

How long did you have to prepare for this tour with Dhani Harrison?

We did a bunch of stuff leading up to this tour. So we had a few weeks of rehearsal to play around and get the songs to where we wanted them for those shows and then when we came back I had like a week off. Then we went back into rehearsals do so a radio show and we went back in and started preparing again. Then it was just some shows here and some time off. Until we came back and started preparing for this tour. So we have been in and out for the past 2 to 3 months. And each time we came back and tweaked some things and everyone in the rehearsal room would add something. And Dhani would be there and add some things and just kind of guide it a bit, but he trusts all of us.

What is in the future after this tour ends?

When this ends, there’s talk about some more stuff with Dhani and then there’s also talk about some stuff with Senses Fail. But, nothing is certain yet, its just all up in the air. So I will have some time off to just kind of recollect and handle some personal affairs. But its also one of those things where I’m always on my toes because I could get a call either Dhani or Senses Fail and so its like I’m starting to relax but not too much.

Do you think in the future you would continue jumping between projects or do you think you’ll stick with one group?

Ideally I would like to balance back and forth. But realistically it makes it difficult because sometimes conflicts come up where I have to choose one on priority. So in an ideal world I would stick with one band that could support be financially and keep me in a position where I’m happy and musically challenging. I don’t know how realistic that is because of the way the world works. So the realistic response is that I will be bouncing back and forth between a few things.

You’ve been staying in the same lane musically with your drumming. Is there a genre of music or artist that you would like to drum for?

Well that’s a tricky question. I don’t want to say that I’m closed off to the ideal of doing something else, but I’ve come to the realization that I’m a fan of songs. I like being a song crafter, I like being with people who have a story to tell. That is the most appealing thing to me. I don’t like jazz, it doesn’t appeal to me. Same with Latin, there are elements of those genres that I like and maybe one day will implement those but I like really great songs. Whether it be in a pop format or another, I just really like songs. Maybe that’s why I stayed in the lane I did because I like crafting songs. Like with Dhani its more of his scoring. Then you have elements of The Beatles, because of the obvious, but then it has the electronic element because he really likes a lot of electronics. So at the end of the day he writes really cool songs, and that’s what I like.

If you could pick any moment(s) throughout your career, what would be the ones that stick out to you?

Favorite moments would be first with Poison the Well, doing our first major label release. It was extremely exciting, we drove from Florida to California and tracked the record with people we respected and then went to Sweden to finish the record. And after that we jumped right into our first European tour. I just remember that entire time just being really exciting and just being on the edge of everything you imaged just manifesting.

Playing with Dhani is super cool. I was a big Beatles fan and a fan of his father’s. And just getting to know him as a dude and getting to know his music has been a really rad experience. You just see past what other people see, like I know him better and I know what makes him tick musically from spending hours with him in rehearsals.

Another one is playing with Big Black Delta. Even though they might not have much name recognition, but John is one of the most talented songwriters and musicians that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. So with being around him I feel like I absorbed new ways of approaching music and crafting music.

A lot of my highlights are with Poison the Well because it was a lot of firsts with me. Not saying that everything else diminishes, but the overall experience with Poison the Well is a highlight. They were most of my firsts that represented the accomplishments of what I wanted to do and dreamed of doing. That band led to everything else that I’ve done, it was the root of it all.

Looking back, what is something that you learned?

The biggest thing, and the general misconception, is that just because you get signed to a label, you automatically become rich. Some of them stick and some of them don’t, and you hear about the ones that stick and go on to have successful careers but you don’t hear about the ones that don’t. And with tours, yea you’re making money by playing to a bunch of people, but just like any other business there are operational costs. People just don’t realize the cost involved with doing it, and I was the same way. Some of it I learned from my dad and some of it I had to learn the hard way. But that was the biggest thing that I learned.

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Chris Hornbrook is currently on tour with Dhani Harrison until the end of November.

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Stay Away | Boy Hero

I always get excited when an unsigned band releases new music, especially a band as good as Boy Hero. They are a group to definitely keep on eye on.

In the past I’ve reviewed their EP “Boy Hero” which you can check out as well. Recently Boy Hero has been releasing songs over the past month and its getting me excited for the release of their upcoming EP.

Their single “Last One” was released for Halloween and now they are back with an acoustic song “Stay Away” and a beautiful video to match. Dan’s voice has always been a unique one that I’ve enjoyed listening to and this acoustic song really emphasizes the vulnerability in his voice.

If you are a fan of alternative or even pop punk bands, please check out Boy Hero. But for now, check out their new song because it is definitely one that will be on repeat for me.

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*Disclaimer. All Reviews are my opinion and interpretation of the songs/album. You might think differently. Please be respectful.

Ghost of Me | Andrew Carter Song Review

If you want a song to take you back to a 50’s sock hop, then “Ghost of Me” by Andrew Carter is the song you need to listen to.

Andrew Carter is a county rock artist that has a unique blend of the two genres of music that is reminiscent to Lynyrd Synyrd. If you want to learn more about Andrew, you can read my interview with him here.

“Ghost of Me” will be Carter’s new single off his self-titled album. Going into this review I thought I was going to hear a timeless country song that tells a story of a man looking back on who he used to be and the journey he took to be where he is now. Just a classic song reflecting on the changes we go through as humans. But I was wrong.

Yes, the song does talk about how he used to do “this” or “that” but that is now the ghost of him. But it is not the typical country sound that I would have expected to hear. It starts off with this be-bopping bass line that just moves effortlessly up and down the scale.

Then the bluesy guitar kicks in and takes you on this journey back in time where bands dressed in suits and during the guitar breakdown the guitarist slides to the front of the stage on his knees and just shreds.  The overall feel of this song is one that you would typically hear at a 50’s sock hop with greasers and ladies in poodle skirts; but still keeping his country roots strong.

If you are anything like me, someone who is not usually a country listener, you should really give Carter’s music a chance. He is country, but true country. His music is not like your radio pop country today, he is a breath of nostalgia both in the country genre and the rock genre.

“Ghost of Me” is a fun, energetic song that takes you back in time and Andrew Carter is an artist on the rise that everyone should keep an eye on. I am looking forward to seeing where he will go next with his music.

You can follow Andrew on the sites below and hear his song “Ghost of Me” on his website.

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Andrew Carter Interview

Andrew Carter is a true son of the south that is bringing back good ol’ fashioned Southern Rock to the forefront of country music. His self-titled album “Andrew Carter” tells a story and brings the feeling of home and nostalgia wherever you go. A few days ago I got the chance to sit down and chat with Andrew about his music and more.

What was the music scene like for you growing up?
In Stockbridge, where I grew up, it was okay; we really grew up on Atlanta’s music scene. But in Jacksonville, the music scene has always been here, although its hard to get people to come out to shows and support you. Once the world knows who you are, Jacksonville just starts to listen to you.

What music did you listen to growing up?
My mom would trick us into cleaning the house by turning on the radio and cleaning to classic rock. So a lot of Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd. But as I got older, I really got into punk rock, really anything Discord Records was putting out. But I kept listening to Classic Rock and I had a step dad that had every country vinyl ever so that was fun listening to that.

I read that you started out as a drummer. How did you get interested in drums?
I had three brothers and one was a natural born musician. He taught me how to play the drums. He would set it up and it was just a snare, high hat and kick drum. And for the longest time I could only hit the snare and high hat. I couldn’t quite get my foot to kick that pedal. But one day it happened and I made a beat and I was hooked every since. However, I don’t have a kit right now, but I do go to the Guitar Center and play the kits they have set up.

Who are your biggest musical influences?
What I’m pulling from right now with this last album and the next two to come, I’m pulling from those classic southern rock bands. I went on tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd and worked as an assistant to their piano player. I learned a lot of from them because they are great performers. You have to be a true professional to be in that band, because they are true professionals. They are an amazing rock and roll blues band and I pull from them a lot.

I am all about the show. Anyone that you talk to that have seen me perform, they will tell you that I am all about the show and Lynyrd Skynyrd puts on a show. So who wouldn’t want to emulate that?

How would you describe the vibe of your self-titled album, “Andrew Carter”?
They have a sense of nostalgia. They sound like sounds that your parents might have listened to, and I like that. I think that some people will be refreshed if it was on the radio and I think people will appreciate the air that it is familiar to. People will recognize the familiarity.

Talking from one musician to another in Nashville, people are ready for this. They are angry with what is on the radio right now because its almost more pop than country. Nothing wrong with pop or rap, I listen to that and love it, but make a pop song and don’t call it country.

What would you say is your favorite song on the album? What is it about?
Long Road Home. Its the slowest song on the album. The story about is that my friend was going through a hard time in Nashville. Her brother offered her this RV, but she had to pick it up in California and drive it back. It was the best time for her to go out there and get the RV and drive it back and think. I was talking to her back and forth while she was doing that and I wrote down what she was telling me. I just put it together and I really like the instrumentation of it and the story of it. Its the only story song, it doesn’t have a chorus, just three verses. But all the songs are my favorite.

What is the highlight of your musical career so far?
Performing with my band The Bumbs. Being able to play and tour together has been the highlight so far. They are the band that is on the album and they put all that music together because I couldn’t have done that all by myself. That band is just amazing and being able to work with them is the highlight.

If you had to choose a concert line up, open for or headliner, who would be on the bill?
I would like to open for would be two of them. Lynyrd Skynyrd or Tom Petty. I think it would be amazing to open for either of those bands. If I did a headlining tour, I would like to form a band behind me so The Bumbs could be my opener.

Plans or goals for the future?
I got two new albums in the works. One I will release pretty early in 2018 and the other one will be out in late spring of 2018. But 2018 is full of touring, my label is working on getting me out on the road a lot for hopefully all of 2018. Festivals are in the workings for being booked, but nothing confirmed yet.

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You can listen to Andrew Carter’s self-titled on his website. You can stay up to date on all events and current news for Andrew Carter by following him on his social media sites, linked below.

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Top 5 Christmas Songs

‘Tis the season of warm and cozy activities, quality family time and general giving and receiving. Like most people, the winter holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. One thing about the holiday season that I love the most are the holiday songs.

Just a warning before I get started listing them, I celebrate Christmas. I know not everyone celebrates Christmas and therefore might not appreciate the list being solely Christmas music. I am not as educated as I could be in other religious holiday music, so it wouldn’t be truthful of me to include them.

But please note that I am aware of the other holidays celebrated during this time and if you celebrate something other than Christmas and have song suggestions for me please let me know and I will love to listen to them and include them in future holiday music posts.

So, to stop rambling, here are my Top 5 Holiday/Christmas songs…

5. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
This is on my list as one that started off as joke but turned out to be an absolute MUST listen to during the holiday season. My friend Cherry and I sing this to each other all the time, especially now that we are apart. We even played it during the summer, max volume, driving around with the windows down. It’s just one of those songs that you’re not sure why you love it, you just do.

4. Mistletoe – Justin Bieber
I threw this one in here simply for the inside joke I have with my friend Cherry. All I’m going to say is, Cherry..if you’re reading this…”hey love!” She’ll get it. But, again this is one of those songs that I have no other reason why I have to listen to this song during the holidays I just do.

3. O Holy Night 
The next ones will be traditional songs that I have always loved for more than one reason. “O Holy Night” is one of those songs that, when arranged right, can be absolutely breath taking. I always imagined a huge choir singing this song and taking away the instrumental and just doing a cappella. The sound of the different voices just filling the room and sending shivers down your spine..OH LORD! Beautiful. But it can also be just very subtly with just one voice and more intimate and still be beautiful.

2. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland version
If you know me, you know I love Judy Garland and everything she does. Her rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” is so hauntingly beautiful that you forget what the actual meaning of the song is. The scene in the movie when she sings this song your heart just aches. I’m not going to say what the scene is about, but if you haven’t seen the movie “Meet Me In St. Louis” please do! I could honestly listen to this song any day of the year.

1.Blue Christmas
My favorite Christmas movie is “A Year Without A Santa Claus” and towards the end a little girl sends a letter to Santa about how she will miss him this Christmas. The song that plays during that scene is “Blue Christmas” and ever since I saw that movie I loved this song. For some reason the song makes me appreciate what I have every year. I couldn’t pick a version that is my favorite so I will link the most popular one by Elvis. I get emotional every time I listen to this song and for that reason its my favorite.

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New Releases | November & December

A few new releases have been flowing into my inbox at the same time. So I’m going to take this opportunity to talk about them all in one space.

Silk Cinema

The first is from a group that I’ve previously reviewed, Silk Cinema. They releases their new song “Magic” on December 1st, 2017. Silk Cinema is a London based duo who describes themselves as “Sade in Space.” Magic is an upbeat electronica song that expresses the need to find a little magic within our lives. I feel that with everything going on in the world an that might be going on for anyone in a personal aspect, this is a great song to listen to to lift up your spirits. You can listen to “Magic” and their other songs on their SoudCloud, Spotify, and find them on iTunes.

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Next up we have Nokay, a Pennsylvania based pop/indie artist who released his debut single “Fear” last week. This song is what I would describe as an electronica version of George Ezra and similar artists. “Fear” was self-produced and mixed by Daniel Martin and will be featured on his 2018 EP “The One I Feed.” You can listen to the song on SoundCloud, Spotify and Apple Music.

 

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Finally we have Vacances with their new single “Don’t Go.” Formally from Brooklyn, this LA based group who have been given critical praise in 2017 with their single “Never Give Up” reaching over 140k plays on Spotify’s Indie Playlist. Their new single “Don’t Go” was produced and co-written in partnership with Alex Fitts of the Kickdrums. This song reminds me of a 80s Brit-Pop song with a modern twist to it. You can listen to Vacances song on SoundCloud and watch the music video here.

The Truth About Music Stereotypes

Just like with any aspect of life, music brings out some stereotypes that are simply ridiculous. What is a music stereotype? A music stereotype is a stipulation or an assumption of a person’s character or personality based off the music that they listen to.

Yes, music is an expression of who we are and should mirror our character and personality, but it does not define who we are. And vice versa, who we are doesn’t necessarily determine what music genre we are fans of. I have compiled a list of music stereotypes and my reasoning as to why they are not true.

All metal heads are satanists.
It has always been a misconception that people who listen to metal worship the devil. This is a misconception that I have wanted to debunk for a long time. Metal music does not have devil worshiping rituals in their lyrics nor does it have any subliminal messaging. In fact, there are many metal heads that attend church on a weekly basis. Most of the metal heads that I’ve met throughout my life are some of the kindest and smartest individuals. And to flip it over to the other side of this stereotype, not all satanists listen to metal music. They could listen to Pop music for all you know.

Christians only list to K-Love Radio and Church Hymns.
Just because of someones religious views, doesn’t make them the type of person who only listens to Christian Radio or Church hymns all day long. Most Christians (in fact probably 98 % of them) listen to your Top 40 radio, Rap, Rock, etc and you wouldn’t even know it. Just because someone believes in God and practices the faith weekly doesn’t mean they listen to worship music 24/7.

Rap fans are criminals and have short tempers.
Rap fans tend to get a bad reputation for having short tempers, getting into fights, hanging out in dingy places and for being straight up criminals. This is brought on by the image that is portrayed by the rap artists by the media. People who are fans of rap music are fans of the beat and for the most part, rap music tells a story and the fans like to hear that type of story. Even if the story is about something negative, the artist themselves are not telling the person to go rob a bank. And there is no evidence stating that listening to rap music will turn you to a life of crime; thats all in the upbringing and the mental chemistry of a person.

All pop fans are crazy fangirls.
Let set the record straight on what a crazy fangirl is. To me, a crazy fangirl is someone who goes above and beyond to get closer to their favorite artist. They obsess over them so much that it turns into stalking the artist (which is never okay). But, being a fan of someone and being a huge fan of someone is not being a crazy fangirl. AND you are not a crazy fangirl just because you like One Direction. I love pop music. Its music that I listen to when I want a fix of something sweet musically. And yes, I do follow pop artists on social media and see them in concert but I am not a crazy fangirl. Nor are half the people you are claiming to be crazy fangirls. They are just fans who love the music. Just don’t stalk people…please!

Classical and Opera fans are old snobs. 
Really? I’m a fan of classical music because it helps me focus and relax. I wrote a whole post on the benefits of classical music and mental performance. But that does not make me a snob, nor does knowing the theory behind the classical music make me a snob. What would make someone a snob by listening to this music would be if they told you flat out that your music sucks because its not written by Bach.

Country fans are uneducated hillbillies.
Now I grew up in the definition of a hick town where 99.9% of the people lived and breathed country music and rode their tractors to school (this is not a joke it really did happen). But these people were not uneducated. Not all country music fans talk like the Clampett family. In fact, there isn’t one genre of music that can make someone uneducated, educated, christian, non christian, criminal or perfect record. All of that is based off your upbringing, who you choose to surround yourself with and how you carry yourself.

All music does is express how we are feeling in that moment in time. It sets the tone, mood, atmosphere of where we are and not one person listens to solely one genre of music. I listen to multiple genres of music and I feel like that is because I want music to match my mood and listening to strictly one genre is not going to do that.

Don’t judge a person based off their music preferences and don’t base someone’s music preference off their appearance. Except each other who they are as a person and drop the music stereotypes. If there are any music stereotypes that you want to crush just leave them in the comments.

 

Disappear | Silk Cinema

Silk Cinema is a London based electronic pop duo who describes themselves as “Sade in Space” and they are currently promoting their new single, “Disappear.”

First listen, the song is definitely an electronic pop song. Its got a mellow ambiance to it with a beautiful vocal that floats over the top of the synths. The ‘clap’ effect really sets the beat and pulls everything together to keep it all in line.

I wouldn’t go into this single thinking its going to be some EDM, house music song. Go into thinking a relaxing electronic song that can tell a story and express a certain emotion.

The airy breakdowns were perfectly placed to break up the repetitive beat that lays underneath the melody. I can see this being a soundtrack to a montage travel video that you see on YouTube.

Not my typical cup of tea, but Silk Cinema has composed a beautiful song that could easily be liked by any music lover. However, I do highly suggest Silk Cinema for anyone who is into electronic pop because they would be right up your alley without being a carbon copy of everyone else in that genre.

You can listen to “Disappear” on Silk Cinema’s SoundCloud.
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Forever Warped

It was recently announced that the Vans Warped Tour will be making their final run in the summer of 2018 and with that announcement came some mixed feelings. As I scrolled through my twitter timeline, artists were expressing their thoughts and memories of the tour.

For many artists, the Vans Warped Tour was one that launched their career. Artists started out on little stages, walking around the festival grounds passing out fliers and CDs, meeting fans, just to get noticed and build a base. Many of these artists then gained a fan base which lead them to come back the following year and to bigger stages throughout their career.

“The Warped Tour introduced me to the counter-culture, the music and the DIY dream that inspired me to create and perform. Without it, I probably would not be where I am today. Honored to have been a part of the legacy. Thanks & everyone involved over the years.” – Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low

The Vans Warped Tour was a place where there were no boundaries between artist and fan. Everyone was equal and mixed together.

Warped Tour always felt like there was no gap between fan and artist. As soon as you walked in, you knew you were there WITH the bands not just for the bands. For that day you were apart of “the dream”. Extremely thankful to have been a part of it.” – Cameron Hurley

As for me, Warped was a place where I felt the most at home. It was a place where you could go and not feel like the odd one out, or be looked down on, you were just like everyone else. It was the one time out of the year you could see all the bands you love in one place and actual sit down and talk to them while eating a pizza slice the size of your face.

I have so many amazing memories of the Vans Warped Tour from seeing bands I love play live, to meeting them in person, to meeting new friends and more. I even remember being front row for some bands who only had 20 people in the crowd and then later that year seeing them all over social media and selling out venues. I think that is what made Warped so special to so many people.

If I had to narrow down my favorite moments to being just 3 they would be the following (in no particular order):

  1. The year my friends’ band played Warped as part of a Battle of the Bands event. They brought me along to help them set up their equipment. They were the last band to go on and right after them was Hot Chelle Rae. I remember being in the wings and Hot Chelle Rae came walking right up next to me and told me my friends’ band was awesome. Even though it would have meant more to my friends, it was still a surreal experience for me. After their set, HCR congratulated them and told us to stick around until after their set. When HCR was done we all went and got pizza from one of the venders and sat in some shade and talked for almost an hour.

2. Mayday Parade was in the prime of the pop punk era and I went to see their set at Warped. I was so far in the back of the crowd and being short, I couldn’t see a thing. Standing right next to me were two tall, bulky boys, probably in college. When they saw me struggling to see, they asked if I wanted a lift. I assumed they were going to just pick me up and put me on their shoulders (since we were towards the back of the crowd). But instead, they picked me up and threw me into the crowd and before I knew it I was crowd surfing. Now mind you, I was probably 15 at the time and I was barely 5 feet tall (I looked like I was 10) and here I was floating above the crowd. I got to the front and Derek Sanders looked at me and smiled. When the song was done he said that I was the smallest person he had ever seen crowd surf and that it was amazing. Just being mentioned by a member of Mayday Parade was enough for me to make my year. (And yes, the college dudes that lifted me up found me later and asked if I was okay since I was so tiny haha)

3. Finally, only a few years ago, I was volunteering at my university’s booth, Full Sail University. I had brought some snacks to munch on throughout the day and then was planning on buying some food there for dinner. Our booth was doing a signing for Blessthefall and I was in charge of the lines, making sure they were in order and out of the way of other festival activities. At the end of the signing, Beau Bokan was talking with the members and the other staff at my booth about grabbing food. One of the FSU staff members said that they were going to order out some food while everyone else went to catering. They asked me what I was planning on getting for food and when I mentioned that I was going to purchase some festival food they all looked at me like I murdered someone. Beau said that he wouldn’t allow that and that I should come back to catering. He didn’t know that I wasn’t a staff member for Warped and only a volunteer. So the FSU staff that wasn’t getting catering gave me their card and I went back to catering with Blessthefall. I went through the line, got a huge plate of food and sat at a table with them and just chatted. I got to know them a little more as people and they learned a bit about me. This was my favorite memory of the year.

These memories are my favorite because they broke the boundary of artist and fan. These moments stick out in my mind because it was the artist going out of their way, in one way or another, to make the experience one to remember for the attendees.

The Vans Warped Tour was one event of the summer that I always looked forward to attending. Yes, the attendance has been decreasing, and yes the line ups have been less to be desired in recent years. But, just like they say, all good things must come to an end, and the Vans Warped Tour has definitely left its mark in the hearts of artists, fans and music history.

You can read Kevin Lyman’s full statement and final tour dates here. Also, please share your favorite Warped Tour memories and feelings about the announcement in the comments. Make sure to read my other other post about the Vans Warped Tour.

-Stefanie