Feature Friday: Ellie Hart of LEAD DIY
Feature Friday: Sereena Shares How She Switched to Music Full Time
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.
Feature Friday: Networking Tips From Colleen Lippert of Anchor Publicity
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.”
Feature Friday: Whitney Woerz
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.
Feature Friday: Del Schueler
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!
Feature Friday: Marcin Bela -- Musician, Producer, and Educator
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”!
Feature Friday: As It Is
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!
Feature Friday: Cassie Wilson, founder of Half Access
UK pop/punk group As It Is recently put out their third album, The Great Depression, and are currently on a tour supporting the album. The Great Depression follows three main characters through their journey with mental illness. While other bands have written a song or two about the topic, As It Is delves into each tiny crevice of mental illness and talks about it in a way that does not romanticize it, but rather brings light to a difficult subject.
We had the opportunity to interview lead vocalist Patty Walters and guitarist / vocalist Ben Langford-Biss before the show. Continue reading below to check out the interview where we talk about The Great Depression, touring the US, how the band has evolved over time, and more!
Feature Friday: Five Things You Need To Know About Anchor Publicity
Cassie Wilson is the founder of Portland based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Half Access. The organization’s mission is to make live music accessible to all. Their online database allows users to browse a plethora of venues to learn just how accessible each venue is. Continue reading to check out an interview with Cassie where we talk about how Half Access was formed, the 2017 Sub City Alternative Press Music Awards Grant, how to spark change in your local community, and more!
SavageLuke // Feature Friday
We’re so happy to have the opportunity to introduce ya’ll to Colleen Lippert! She’s the hardworking owner of Anchor Publicity, which is a PR company based out of, you guessed it — Music City. Although based out of Nashville, Anchor Publicity takes on clients nationwide, as well as in Canada.
Skyward Story // Feature Friday
Andrew Lange, AKA SavageLuke, is a Nashville based solo musician. His Outlaw Country mixed with Americana vibe combines modern themes with tried and true elements of classic artists like Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
Continue reading to listen to “My Friend” and to check out an interview with SavageLuke where we talk about live vs. studio recordings, go-to venues in Nashville, and more!
Guitars 4 Gifts // Feature Friday
If you attended one of the many dates for the last full country run of the Vans Warped Tour last summer, there’s a good chance you encountered local, and small bands in full-grind mode, trying to persuade people to watch their sets. One of these incredibly hard working bands is Skyward Story. The Baltimore based, pop/rock trio wowed attendees and left them wanting more. They certainly left their mark and gained new fans along the way.
Misty Eyed // Feature Friday
Happy Friday, ya’ll (or whatever day of the week it is where you are when you’re reading this)! Today, I’d like to introduce you to Anna Clark. Anna lives in Nashville, TN, and she’s making moves in the music scene, although not in the way that you might think. While Anna is a singer-songwriter, she’s also directly involved in the local community when it comes to making music accessible to all.
Rebel Kicks // Interview
The new EP, Eurydice, from the hard rock quartet Misty Eyed dropped today! We’re excited to share our thoughts on the tracks, along with an exclusive interview with the band in today’s Feature Friday.
Having recently shared the stage with big name artists like Lamb of God and more local acts like The Funeral Portrait, ATL based Misty Eyed are busy laying a solid groundwork on which to build their career.
Sun Brother // Feature Friday
Stepping down into the lower level of Bowery Electric, I was impressed with how many fans filled the space. People chatted in groups eager to hear the band, as t-shirts were handed out. This was the band’s first performance under their new name, Rebel Kicks.
Last Wild Lion // Feature Friday
Sun Brother, the brainchild of singer/songwriter Billy Toulson, has been a solo project for the better part of a decade. Following Toulson’s recent move from Delaware to Music City, Sun Brother has found community in the close knit music scene that Nashville has to offer. This resulted in Toulson joining forces with bassist David Estes, keyboardist Bobby Steinfeld, drummer Andrew Rahm, and backing vocalist Grace Bates. Sun Brother falls loosely within the indie folk genre, with key tracks spanning beyond the grasp of genre’s confines and sitting comfortably in the outfield.
Tigers and Monkeys // Feature Friday
Last Wild Lion are coming to you all the way from Edinburgh, Scotland. The band released their debut album at the end of last month and are preparing to play their very first show on November 24th. Their album, They’re Not Secrets Anymore, is a bold offering that builds a sturdy bridge between late 80’s synth pop and modern alt rock.
Ivey // Feature Friday
Have you ever found yourself lost in a day dream about giving up your 9 to 5 in order to pursue your wildest, most exhilarating and fulfilling dreams? Of course you have. We all have. In the case of Tigers and Monkeys, vocalist Shonali Bhowmik did just that. After leaving law school to purse a music career, Shonali has been in the music world for over a decade and is the lead vocalist for the NYC based rock band Tigers and Monkeys.
No/Hugs // Feature Friday
Ivey, a Nashville based pop punk group, recently released their debut album Take This To Heart, which includes the leading single “Through the Keyhole.” Ivey recorded the album at the famous Dark Horse Studio and released Take This To Heart earlier this month. The band’s members, Ivan Ayala, Lyle Wagner, and Christian Murre, pull their musical influences from late ‘90’s and early 2000’s pop punk bands and emo / alternative rock artists, which reflects in both their writing style and overall instrumental landscape on Take This To Heart.
Letters To Part // Feature Friday
No/Hugs released a music video for their hard hitting single "Your Satisfaction Is Fake" on July 21, following the 2016 release of their first EP, In Between. This Boston based band consists of two core members, Narcissus A-Ngel on vocals and drummer Kat Dukeshire. Blending classic theater aspects with charismatic, powerhouse vocals and mature pop punk undertones with a dash of melodic riffs, No/Hugs recently performed at the Mansfield, MA Vans Warped tour and are gearing up for shows in September.
Letters To Part began in 2012 with the release of their first EP and found their full makeup in 2015 with the addition of their second drummer. Letters to Part are an alternative ambient band based out of Orlando, Florida with their hometown being Coral Springs, Florida. The band is made up of Y’shua Ortiz Escobedo, Dustyn Murphy, Hunter Gelsen, and Chris Ramos and they're signed to Wilhelm Records.