FEST Feature Friday: Protagonist

Punk rock five piece, Protagonist, will be performing at FEST this coming November. FEST, a three day music festival taking place in Gainesville, FL, has been happening annually since 2001, making this the 18th year of what can be best described as a punk rock family reunion. With the recent addition of both stand up comedy and wresting, this is a weekend for the books.

The band has released two new singles over the last few months, with the most recent, “Generation Lost,” having come out last Friday. The former, “The Killing Fields,” kicked off a series of re-worked tracks that the band had been holding onto for more than a decade! We had a chance to chat with vocalist Peter Marullo about revisiting unreleased material, his favorite FEST memories, and more! Continue reading to learn more about Protagonist and to stream “The Killing Fields.”

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FEST Feature Friday: Timeshares

For this week’s FEST Feature Friday, we’re happy to introduce you to Timeshares! This self-described post college rock band are from New York, and this November will mark one full decade of performing at FEST in Gainesville, FL. This three day music festival hosts bands and attendees from all around the world, starting in the afternoon and continuing into the early morning hours from Friday - Sunday, November 1st - 3rd.

We talked with Mike Natoli (bass / vocals) about FEST’s evolution over the past ten years, daily FEST essentials, what artists are on his “must see” list, and more! Continue reading to check out our interview and listen to Timeshares!

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FEST Feature Friday: Little Teeth

Happy Friday! We’re back again for our third installment of our FEST themed Feature Friday series. For this week’s interview, we chatted with Cory Call, the vocalist / guitarist of Munich based punk rock band Little Teeth. Continue reading to learn more about the band’s formation, favorite ways to enjoy music in a digital age, tips for first time FEST attendees, and more!

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FEST Feature Friday: Mike Llerena & The Nerve

If you’re a fan of punk rock and rock and roll, then you definitely don’t want to sleep on Mike Llerena & The Nerve. Hailing from Gainesville, this Florida three piece are part of FEST 18’s lineup for this November, and they’re sure to pack a punch. Continue reading to check out our interview with Mike where we talk about the band’s latest album, the FEST community, and more!

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FEST Feature Friday: Machinist!

This Friday, we’re happy to introduce you to Machinist!, a metal band from Valdosta, GA. They’re part of this year’s incredible lineup for FEST 18. If you’re unfamiliar with FEST, just know that it’s a weekend long music festival that takes place in Gainesville, FL that’s heavy on punk, rock, and everything alternative.

I chatted with Jeff, the vocalist for Machinist!, about touring the west coast, favorite FEST venues, and tips for attending a music festival solo. Continue reading to learn more!

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Feature Friday: dnny

If you’ve been following us for a hot minute, you’ll know that we absolutely love to highlight artists in Nashville. For this week’s Feature Friday, we chatted with pop artist dnny about getting a start with music at an early age, balancing passions, standing out in a growing city, and more!

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Feature Friday: Josh Olsen

Texas native Josh Olsen is certainly no stranger to the music industry. Olsen began his career writing music for other artists, and eventually found himself on X-Factor back in 2012. From there, he started writing his own music to perform himself and made the huge move out to L.A. to follow his dream.

I had the chance to speak to Josh Olsen about growing up in Texas and moving to the West Coast, what his inspiration is for his upcoming EP, and more! Continue reading below to learn more about Josh, and to watch the music video for “Bad Things.”

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Feature Friday: Silver Relics

Alex Sepassi and Justin Alvis combine forces to form Silver Relics and to create an infectious brand of indie rock. With heavy influences spanning from the ‘60’s, ‘70’s, and ‘80’s, the pair recently released their debut album, generic., followed by a run of shows in the UK and Ireland.

Originally from Austin, TX, Silver Relics are now based out of NYC, which is the perfect place for a duo with such high art-rock energy. I recently chatted with Alex and Justin about finding balance when writing together, touring overseas, setting yourself apart in the city that never sleeps, and more. Continue reading down below to learn more about Silver Relics, and to give their new album, generic., a spin!

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Building Your Brand In A New City: An Interview With Colleen Lippert Of Anchor Publicity

So, you want to move to Nashville to kick start your music career…but you’re not sure where to start. Whether you work behind the scenes to make sure that everything runs smoothly for artists, or you’re pouring your heart into your debut album, having a plan is one of the most important steps in order to achieve your goals.

Continue reading for an interview with Colleen Lippert of Anchor Publicity where we talk about relocating to Nashville, crucial steps to take in order to establish yourself in a new city when building a brand, how to connect with people in the music industry, and more!

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Feature Friday: Bucky Covington

If you’re a fan of the show American Idol and have been watching since the start, there’s a pretty good chance you’re familiar with the name Bucky Covington. This young country music artist caught the attention of millions on the show back in 2006, and has continued to make a name for himself ever since. Major releases such as “A Different World” and “I’ll Walk” shot Covington to the top of the charts. Recently, Covington had the opportunity to work on an upcoming movie, Brother’s Keeper.

Continue reading for this week’s Feature Friday interview where we talk about this amazing opportunity, how moving to Nashville has inspired Covington’s songwriting, his upcoming single, and more!

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Feature Friday: Luke Seymoup

It’s not uncommon for those who work in the music industry helping others achieve their goals to make some noise of their very own. Luke Seymoup, an Australian based artist, is doing just that. Luke has experience behind the scenes from working with the record label Whisk & Key, and is pursuing his own exciting endeavors.

Check out our interview with Luke where we cover everything from his next EP release, where he finds inspiration for his music, and his upcoming UK show. With much much new music coming out constantly, don’t sleep on Luke’s tunes - his creative personality allows him to create music that most, if not all, people can enjoy with his releases ranging from a ukulele EP, to a ska EP, and an assortment of mixed genre singles. If you live in London, check out Luke’s
first show overseas on June 30th!

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Feature Friday: Zach Vinson

Love songs - we all know them. Songs about falling in love, breaking up, getting back together, and the one that got away. But what about songs about staying in love? You don’t hear those too often. Indie pop artist Zach Vinson’s new album, And Yet, is a wonderful exploration of a long term relationship, mulling over the highs, the lows, and everything in between.

I recently spoke with Zach about his upcoming album release show at The High Watt in Nashville (snag tickets
here), the local music scene, writing from the heart, and more.

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Feature Friday: Daisy Maude

Arizona based solo artist Daisy Maude released her new single “Volcano” on March 22nd, and has another song, “Pretend,” coming out the end of April. Maude uses her unique surroundings and upbringing as inspiration for her music, taking the world around her and mixing it into her songs.

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Feature Friday: Elisabeth Beckwitt

Elisabeth Beckwitt, AKA Nashville’s Pansexual East Side Queen, has been hard at work in the studio. She has a brand new single, “Free Fall,” coming your way on May 3rd which is the leading single off of her upcoming EP titled Indigo.

I recently chatted with Elisabeth about her upcoming EP, the music video for “Free Fall,” owning your sexuality as an artist, and her monthly music showcase Sad Girl Night.

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Feature Friday: Ellie Hart of LEAD DIY

LEAD DIY stands for “lighting & epilepsy awareness development” and is an organization based out of New Jersey that works to educate both artists and venues on the harmful impact of strobe and flashing lights in order to create a safe environment for all show-goers.

I spoke with Ellie Hart about how LEAD came together, tips for approaching an artist / venue about the impact of intense flashing lights at shows, how to get involved with LEAD, and more.

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Feature Friday: Sereena Shares How She Switched to Music Full Time

Nashville by way of Ohio artist Sereena shared with us how she made the transition from PR to doing music full time, how she unplugs from social media, local artists that inspire her, and more! Continue reading to check out our interview and to listen to her new single, “Vibes.”

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Feature Friday: Networking Tips From Colleen Lippert of Anchor Publicity

We chatted with Colleen Lippert of Anchor Publicity in January, and we caught up with her again to talk about being a woman behind the scenes in the music industry! We talked with Colleen about powerful role models, tips for networking, and more! Check out our interview with Colleen down below to learn more about the driving force behind Anchor Publicity and how to get started with networking in your own city.

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Feature Friday: Whitney Woerz

New York City’s Whitney Woerz wrapped up a recent tour as direct support for pop icon Jesse McCartney earlier this month. I spoke with Woerz about her tour with Jesse McCartney, her breakthrough single “Ghost Story,” finding balance between being a student and musician, and more. Continue reading to learn more about Whitney!

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Feature Friday: Del Schueler

Songs are born from ideas and memories, be it a passing daydream, real life experience, or story passed down from generation to generation. In any case, having a solid foundation to base your writing off of is crucial. In Del Schueler’s case, storytelling is essentially second nature as she grew up in a musical family and has been writing since childhood.

We chatted with Del about her upcoming EP, the inspiration behind her new single, performing with Hunter Hayes, and more. Continue reading below to learn more about Del and to listen to “Kiss You At The Red Light”!

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Feature Friday: Marcin Bela -- Musician, Producer, and Educator

For some people, following their passion takes them on a clear, direct path. For others, they are a jack of all trades, lending their hand and knowledge to a plethora of fields. For Marcin Bela, it took him into the music world, while allowing him to create a space for both his personal creative endeavors as a musician and the opportunity to help others pursue their musical passions as a music educator and producer.

Continue reading below for our exclusive interview and to give his new single a spin!

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