Posts tagged interview
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: 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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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: 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: Cassie Wilson, founder of Half Access

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!

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Feature Friday: Five Things You Need To Know About Anchor Publicity

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.

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SavageLuke // 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!

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Skyward Story // 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.

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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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Tigers and Monkeys // 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.

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Ivey // 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.

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No/Hugs // 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. 

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Letters To Part // Feature Friday

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.

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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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Sam Cooper & The Sleepwalkers // Feature Friday

Having spent six years being carefully crafted by songwriter + producer Sam Cooper, Apophenian was released earlier this year. This 11 track album takes its time and pays attention to detail as the robust piano and rich instrumentals mix with Cooper's smooth vocals to stir up a mixture of both beautiful and haunting melodies that draw you into the most ethereal of fever dreams.

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FELICITY // Feature Friday

FELICITY hit the Florida scene in 2013 and have continued to deliver well crafted melodic pop punk jams while pushing their limits and perfecting their signature style ever since. Continue reading to learn about their latest releases, watch FELICITY's music video for "The City Beautiful" and to read an interview with vocalist Damien below where we talk about their upcoming EP, making it in DIY, and more! 

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