Posts tagged indie
Feature Friday: Karly Driftwood

Every artist has a story - whether you’re a writer, musician, or some other sort of creative, you hold your own unique story near and dear to your heart. In the case of singer-songwriter Karly Driftwood, her breezy blend of indie-country is laced with her unique story of making it in Music City. We chatted with Karly Driftwood about pursuing her music career, relocating to Nashville, favorite horror movies, and more!

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FEST Feature Friday: Cold Wrecks

FEST is six weeks away, and we’re so excited to bring you this week’s Feature Friday interview with Cold Wrecks, an indie punk band that will making their way down to Gainesville, FL this November for the three day festival. In addition to having a packed lineup with new and old artists spanning from acoustic to hardcore / metal, FEST is a three day celebration of everything alternative, and includes stand up comedy as well as wresting!

Cold Wrecks is based out of Brooklyn, and is made up of vocalist / guitarist Mike Vizzi, guitarist Matan Uchen, bassist / vocalist Craig Shay, and drummer CJ Dunaieff. With New York City being known for churning out fast paced, authentic punk rock, Cold Wrecks capture that trademark, East Coast authenticity full force on their latest album, This Could Be Okay.

We chatted with Mike Vizzi about the importance of mental health in music, Brooklyn’s local music scene, and FEST essentials! Continue reading below to check it out.

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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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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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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: 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: 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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Rebel Kicks // Interview

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.

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Sun Brother // 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.

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Last Wild Lion // 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.

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Grant Duncan // Feature Friday

Singer songwriter Grant Duncan has been playing music since his high school days, and has fronted the indie rock/experimental band Pavement Candy since 2005. In addition to Pavement Candy, Grant also releases music as a solo artist and records at his home studio in Inagi, Tokyo. 

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Cloudmouth // Feature Friday

Dark Energy is the latest release from dark folk trio Cloudmouth. The album was released in May of this year, and features vocalist / guitarist Kyle Numann delivering delightfully ominous lyrics, Amoretta Taylor on drums + percussion while providing gentle backing vocals, and Chris Wilson lending a hand to cello, bass, and synth.

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Pumpkinseed // Interview

With Pumpkinseed's new album release approaching (it drops on June 15th, ya'll!), I had the opportunity to chat with vocalist / guitarist Daniel Gardner about how the album came together, influential artists, tour plans, and more! 

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Darth Nater // Feature Friday

Buffalo based singer-songwriter Nate Noworyta has been releasing music under the clever name Darth Nater for the past seven years. A Century Ago, aptly titled due to entire album revolving around events that happened (you guessed it) a century ago, is an indie folk fueled trip through time that proves to be a guide of the most detail oriented sorts that was released at the end of March. I had the opportunity to chat with Noworyta about the local music scene in Buffalo, his favorite artists, and how A Century Ago came to be. 

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Young Rising Sons // Interview

Young Rising Sons, an alternative indie rock trio from New Jersey, have stepped back into the spot light after their hiatus. Comprised of vocalist / guitarist Andy Tongren, bassist Julian Dimagiba, and drummer Steve Patrick, the band has recently released two new songs, "Noise" and "Whiskey," with the promise of an EP in the very near future.

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Milo Duhn // Feature Friday

Incongruity, the full length album from upstate NY based acoustic emo artist Milo Duhn is a ten track trip through the ups, downs, and in-betweens of growing up, growing apart, and learning that it's all a part of the process.

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Zach Leon // Feature Friday

Sailawayheart, a 13 track album from Nashville based indie pop artist Zach Leon, was released this towards the end of 2017. While each track has its own unique sound, the entire album flows together to create a varied offering of Zach Leon's musical capabilities.

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Nilka // Feature Friday

Nilka is a Nashville based alternative indie pop artist whose debut EP, Year of the Escape, is a six track project that was steadily released over the course of 2017, with one track having been released every two months. While released in individual pieces, the full, complete project is an intricate, personal account detailing self discovery, perseverance, and rising above fear and doubt to chase your happiness, all while extracting the bitter venom that your past left you with.

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