Who doesn’t enjoy some well-deserved skin lovin’? I love interviewing indie business owners! Each person has a moment in their life when they’re forced to make a decision and they choose the path most difficult – simply because they dream bigger than they live. Anastacia’s Skin Studio is Nashville’s best known hot-spot for organic spray tanning, waxing, micropigmentation (aka microblading) and more! Stace (Anastacia) and I have been friends for almost 5 years or so and I’ve seen her business grow incredibly well. She’s an amazing business woman and friend..plus she totally knows what she’s doing. She literally geeks out over the science behind skin and the cosmetic aspects of it..I mean, I trusted her to microblade my brows! You don’t just let anyone do that! ;)
I am so excited to be debuting this new series that I will be featuring on my blog every so often called “Inspiring Interviews“. I’ve always been so intrigued, impressed and completely inspired (see what I did there?) by what fuels the men and women in the clean beauty world – heck, in the world, period. Whether it be makeup, skincare, body care, haircare, writing, photography, music, art, fashion, health, fitness, faith and more…I want to share with everyone the amazing people I get to connect with on a daily basis! I have met some wonderful humans through social media, and sometimes I get lucky enough to meet them in real life!
So, typically, I don’t post on Thursdays – but, seeing as how I didn’t post anything yesterday and my good friends in LANY posted a couple of rad new tunes yesterday, I just HAD to share with you their infectious new songs.
I posted back in April, a short little article about the boys and shared with you some of their tunes around that time. But, here’s another recap for ya. LANY is comprised of Leslie Priest, Jake Goss and Paul Klein – a trio to be reckoned with. The smooth, 80’s dream-pop, almost r&b like sounds created by these three are so chill and effortless, you’ll be feelin’ the groove in no time.
I recently had the chance to do a fun little interview with Les Priest, (a close friend of mine now for almost seven years! CRAZY.) so, if you’re in the mood to get to know LANY a bit better – read on:
AMM: Soooo, wanna give me a bit of background on the band? How did you guys come to be?
Les: Jake and I were experimenting with WRLDS last year and then Paul thought it would be rad for the three of us to do something. So in March we created LANY.
AMM: Neat! Why did you want to make this kind of music particularly and what style or genre would you place yourselves under?
Les: I guess we’re landing somewhere between pop and r&b. and maybe sprinkle in some nostalgia. I don’t think we decided to make a certain sound exactly, but we’re definitely getting a feel for what LANY is or isn’t now.
AMM: Who does lead vocals? Is it you, cus I’m pretty convinced it is…
Les: I haven’t done vocals yet for this project. That’s all Paul. It’s interesting that you hear me.. most people that know my voice are saying the same thing. I guess we have similar timbres.
AMM: WHAT! It’s all Paul!? Holy moly. Yeah, you do! Okay, so, now that that is out of the way…..where do you see LANY in the future? Or, what do you wish to accomplish?
Les: Yep pretty crazy. We wanna do big things and make great music. I love creating with Jake and Paul. We’re ready for a lot of people to know LANY.
AMM: That’s awesome. Would you say that your styles are super similar, making it effortless to work with Jake and Paul? Or do you clash at times?
Les: Somewhere in between.. we all come from a slightly different direction musically and I think that’s why this is working well. It’s not always super easy but when it comes together it’s unique.
AMM: That’s really great. Unique is always the best, in my opinion. So, other than LANY’s Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter…are there any other social media outlets or links you want to provide your fans with so they can share away?
Les: We have Instagram! It’s a little bare right now but once we’re all in LA I’m sure it’ll be more active.
AMM: Ooh! What’s the handle to your Instagram? And yes, I can’t wait for that!
So pumped for today’s featured Interview! My good pal from Nashville, Julian Dente recently started up his own solo musical project called YØUTH and it is truly amazing! I have had the privilege of knowing Julian for about 4 years now and the kid is seriously talented! Had the chance to reconnect with him – since my move from Nashville to Charlotte – and ask him a few questions about this awesome new project he’s taken on. Here’s the exclusive interview, enjoy!
Where are you from?
Nashville, TN born/raised.
How long have you been playing music?
My first memory of playing music is in the back of a tour bus with an acoustic guitar when I was 7 years old, I’m 22 now so I guess 15 years. Wow.
How did you form YØUTH and how long has it been?
I originally was playing music just as Julian Dente, released an EP in 2012 and did a few east coast tours with my good friend Jesse Denaro in 2013. This year I decided I wanted to set myself apart from the singer-songwriter scene and brand myself in a new way. So it’s really only been a few months!
What’s your driving force?
Connection. Music has helped me through so much anxiety and confusion, knowing people my age and older were struggling with the same things and understood. I want to convey the brokenness we all feel, and the hope/redemption that’s available to everyone.
Who are your main influences?
My parents for sure. Both of them are Berklee grads and had/have a very successful career in music. They’ve always been completely supportive and encouraging of everything I want to do, I don’t know where I’d be without them.
What do you think sets you apart from any other artist or band?
Probably the main thing is that I play all the instruments on all of my recordings.
How do you shut yourself off and focus to rehearse or record?
I usually just sit on my back porch with an acoustic guitar and record voice memos of ideas until my phone dies.
How did your name “YØUTH” come about?
My name (Julian) means “Youthful” so I just took that and rolled with it.
So, for those readers who haven’t heard your stuff yet, what can they expect from the tracks you put out?
Songs about the confusion of growing up, hope in something bigger than me, and a lot of breakup songs.
Happy Saturday everyone! I hope your weekend is faring well. I am really excited for today’s post! I recently had the opportunity to interview a new, up and coming band by the name of Colours. Kyle Tamo, the lead vocalist of this group, has been a long-time friend of mine (going on almost 7 years now) and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just a tad bit proud of all he has accomplished musically. They truly are nothing short of incredible. The Florida-based capture the sheer essence of emotion in every song they have written so far. The band carries alluring, smooth, yet powerful vocals and effortless, fluid guitar-tones with the occasional charming piano break – Colours is utterly compelling, a musical black hole – unique and subtle instrumentation that will engulf all your senses.
Please read on for the short interview we recently had.
Please list all of you band members and their roles in the band.
Kyle Tamo – vocalist
Morgan Alley – drums
Matt Favero – bass
What are your hometowns?
I (Kyle) am born and raised in Colchester, CT. While the other two members grew up together in Sarasota, FL
How did you get together? And how long has it been?
Morgan and I once played together in the past, Morgan and Matt also played together. These connections with one another and an equal vision for music brought us together in 2013.
What’s the bands driving force? The groups driving force is to make Colours a brand separate from ourselves. We want to music to speak for itself and influence on a level further than casual listening. We’re lucky enough to be a part of something that we see so much potential in.
Who are your main band influences?
The band in its short life has already shifted directions due to influence and contagious passion from artist like Crosses, Lana Del Rey, Lykke Li, The XX among many many others.
Who does what creatively in the band? And what sets you apart from any other band?
We all have a strong hand creatively in the band, even separate from the music. Branding personal image, graphic design, photography and video is all done through the band collaboratively. We don’t claim to be innovators or pioneers that separates us from other bands. What sets us apart is our passion for doing what we do right, and well. The details matter in this, we look at it as art over just music.
How do you shut yourself off and focus to rehearse or record? Sticking to the idea and brand we have as a band is important. We have been strategic in our movement and in our presence and find it important we don’t forget that. We try not to sacrifice the value we see in Colours and often that means not settling for something seemingly “good”. I suppose it comes down to diligence and discipline.
How did your name “Colours” come about? And why the choice of spelling it the English way with the “u”? The name Colours sat well with us in the respect of our personalities and approach to music. We all have a strong pallet creatively and found ourselves bringing a lot of variable or color to the table. Adding the “u” was just another attempt at keeping a name so simple more memorable. Also…we like Canadians.
So for those readers who haven’t heard it yet, what can they expect from the EP and other new songs put out? The EP was our “stranger at the party”. We made the music together without knowing what was going to come out or how it was going to be received. While we are proud of the music that came of it, we held ourselves back creatively to get a feel for what we can do. Were now working on a full length that will represent us more accurately. We are now comfortable and ready to have a substantial presence. Expect hip hop and rhythm influenced music with controlled and flowing vocal melodies.
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD? https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/skin-bones-ep/id674107426, this link will bring you to 6 songs that will give you an understanding of the abilities in Colours.
Contact us with any inquiry at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anything else you wanna add? Thank you so much for the questions, and stay tuned for a full length that will be clear of creativity and passion.
Welcome, everyone to what will be the first of (I hope) many awesome bands-that-I-dig interviews!
Upon my trip back “home” (it’ll always be home for me) to Nashville a couple of weeks ago, I discovered this radical lil rock band: Sad Baxter. Rearing the end of my trip, I had just gone to see a movie that night, on a double date, – which ruled by the way – and afterwards, the guy and I decided to head to The Stone Fox for a night cap. The Stone Fox is a great little venue/bar/food spot in West Nashville – I highly suggest visiting! It was there that we stumbled upon this band absolutely killin’ it on stage.
Immediately, our attention was turned to their style of music. The girl vocals and kind of garage rock tone completely sucked me in. I was boppin’ my head, humming along, and most of all feeling good. After all the oohing and ahhing, discussing who they musically resembled (Best Coast, Veruca Salt, Weezer) and checking “Like” off their Facebook Page, I immediately went up to the lead singer, and started chatting with her. Sweet, funny, with such good vibes and so much originality was what I’d describe her with. Not to mention, the other band member, Alex was also super cool! We both instantly clicked and I asked if I could do an interview with them at some point, and this is what came of it!
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Deezy Youngdahl – Vocals, guitar, songwriting
Alex Mojaverian – Drums, vocals
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
Alex: Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Deezy: Summit, New Jersey
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
Alex: Deezy and I met in college because we lived on the same floor of an apartment building. This was in 2007 so I guess over 6 years? We have been friends ever since. We grew up listening and liking a lot of the same music so we clicked musically right off the bat.
Deezy: We actually began playing together in Alex’s roommate’s band, and then shortly after that started working on a band that played my songs. Alex was pretty much my first real friend at college. I left a note on the door of his apartment saying we should all hang out, and one night we did. The rest is history.
How has the band grown since you’ve started?
Alex: Deezy hadn’t been in a band before we started playing together and I had been in hardcore punk bands in high school, so we were both doing something different in the beginning. Basically I feel like the band has grown a huge amount. Sad Baxter is a relatively new chapter for us and it’s definitely the closest to what I think both of us wanted to do from when we started playing together.
Deezy: Sad Baxter is basically the kind of band I’ve always wanted to be in, playing the kind of songs I’ve always wanted to write…Alex and I have a clear focus on this band, and when we started playing music together years ago I think everything was a lot fuzzier. We just knew we wanted to keep playing music together back then.
What sets you apart from other bands?
Alex: Not really sure how to answer this one. I think Deezy and I have been playing together long enough that we have a pretty good chemistry on stage. I don’t think we focus too much on trying to set ourselves apart from other bands. We just try and play music that we think is really awesome and do it really well.
Deezy: We’ve known each other a long time and been through a lot together, so maybe our close friendship sets us apart. We never have issues because our transition from friend-time to business-time is pretty much seamless.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
Alex: Playing music that I really like with people that I really like and sometimes more people that I really like come and watch us do what we really like to do and then sometimes they really like it.
Deezy: Everything. I’m always having a great time, whether we’re rocking out hard live or I’m getting a text from Alex at 1 AM with what he wants our next setlist to be. Also we’re really goofy together, maybe that’s the best part.
More often than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re creating?
Alex: The first four Weezer albums, The Pixies, Early Foo Fighters.
Deezy: Tons of Nirvana, Foo Fighters… getting into bands like Visqueen and Wavves. Also found a lot of inspiration from Saves The Day and Jessica Lea Mayfield. Very melodic music that still rocks out.
What would you say the band has already accomplished and what do you have your eyes set on next?
Alex: On paper, we haven’t accomplished much. Having said that, we are finally in a place where we are making music we’ve always wanted to make. I think that is an accomplishment in it’s own right. Next thing is to get it out to as many people as possible.
Deezy: We’re also about to start recording our first full-length album, so that’s exciting.
Thus far, what’s a favorite memory or something quirky that’s taken place with the band (in-studio, onstage, or elsewhere)?
Deezy: My friend’s dad was at our last show, and when I went over to meet him he immediately launched into all this talk about my passion and energy. It was very sweet, and very funny, and we ended up agreeing to simultaneously lick our televisions at 1 AM later that night. That was my favorite time meeting someone after a show, for sure.
Alex: When we write out set lists for Dagan Crews, our friend who plays bass for us, we sometimes change the song names so they all have Dagan in them. Like “Prove that you are Dagan” instead of “Prove Your Worth”, and “You Blew It, Dagan”, instead of “You Blew It”. Basically, Dagan.
Deezy: Dagan is our favorite band moment.
Is there anything specific that you’d like people to take away from listening to your music?
Deezy: I guess the only thing I can think of is that there is nothing wrong with feeling your feelings and being yourself. Sometimes people tell me I am intense, or I think they worry about the abundance of emotions I go through, but I use everything I feel and think to fuel my songs and my passion. I’ve never been more honest, prouder of the music I’m turning out, and I’ve never been happier. Be true to yourself.
If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Alex: I’m having a hard time figuring out what exactly the music industry even is. There is no set format anymore so I don’t even know what I would change.
How did your band’s name “Sad Baxter” come about?
Alex: Our friend Tim refuses to call Deezy’s dogs anything but Baxter. One was Baxter and the other one was Sad Baxter.
Deezy: Their names are Barkley and Linus. I think Tim thought “Barkley” was “Baxter”. Linus constantly looks panicked or sad, hence him being the sad one. It works out nicely, because anyone who knows me knows that I’m a crazy dog person.
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?
Alex: Deezy writes all the songs. On a rare occasion I will offer up a song idea that Deezy tweaks and puts words to.
Deezy: All my songs are about relationships. Relationships with people, and my relationship with myself. Death is kind of a reoccurring theme, and inner-battles. I doubt my topics will change that much, but who knows. I write about myself a lot more than I ever used to.
What’s the biggest mistake someone’s made while playing?
Alex: The biggest mistake I made while playing was playing in this band.
Deezy: A couple months ago I started a song in the wrong key by accident. I only realized right before the rest of the band was supposed to come in, and I turned and gave Dagan a panicked look. He somehow knew exactly what the look meant and played the entire song in the “new” key with me. It was a miracle. Besides that, the biggest mistake has been not firing Alex.
Do you have any pre-performance rituals?
Alex: Ritualistic fan sacrifice to the music gods for a good show.
Deezy: We realize not everyone will be okay with the fact that we do this, but we hope our fans will be distracted by our charm and good looks and not let the sacrificial aspect of our band get to them.
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
Happy New Year! Welcome to the start of what I hope will be a fun, knowledgable and music-filled blog.
“Sammie, why now?” For quite a long time I’ve had one ‘blog’ – it’s a Tumblr – which wasn’t really specific to much except re-blogs of stuff I liked. That’s all cool and whatnot, but I was consistently being asked to share my music choices, top artists, bands, etc. Whenever I’d have music playing, I’d text a friend, or my sister (we share music 24/7) to check out whoever I was listening to. I’d tell them my favourite track off the album, their genre, who they resembled, and so on and so forth. I’d go over to a friends house and ask them if they had heard of this band “____” and when they responded no, I’d immediately want to fill them in. It seriously is about dang time I do this.
“Why a solely a music-focused blog?”
I want to reach a similar demographic of people that want to discover, educate, listen to, and thoroughly enjoy music. I personally, cannot live without it. Even as I sit here typing, I have music playing in the background. It fuels me, gets my creative juices flowing and even helps me focus. (Back in my school-days, I could never get homework done without it.)
“What should I expect?” That’s a good question. A journey you’ll be embarking on with me. I am chalk-full of ideas, words, photos…and yes, duh, music! My goal is to post at least three times a week. That may look like a post about my favourite artist that week, in addition with a playlist. Or, it may just be a cool music video, or some album artwork I find truly inspiring, or plain cool. Like I said, it’ll be a journey; one I hope you’ll want to stick around for.
“Can you explain your “Shows” category more in depth?” “Shows” is a little something special for you. Prior to me moving to Charlotte, NC, I lived in Nashville for almost 5 years. “Music-city” and let me tell you, it’s everything and more you think it is. Constantly surrounded by it, it was so great! I also grew up in a musical family, playing, singing..typically at a show, concert, or musical event quite often. So, this category is for you show-thirsty folk. I will try and post my favourite (or remotely likable) bands/artists that are playing in the Charlotte, NC or surrounding areas. Sound cool? I hope so.
“Interviews? As in, band interviews?“ Yep. This will be a new venture for me, as I have never actually “interviewed” a band or artist before. I have a lot of talented, musician friends. Some who are in bands, some who tech for them, some who manage them… I will do my best to get any information, critique, public response – other than my own – relating to that specific album, tour or overall band/artist to the best of my ability!
“Okay, okay. So, this is leaving us expecting a lot. Will you come through?” I promise, I will try my absolute best! I mean, we all know, as human beings we have real life going on. Real work schedules, school, family, friends to hang with, things to do. However, I love music, and I love to share about it. So, hopefully it won’t be a hassle for me. But hey, life is life. Be easy on a gal.
Thanks for reading this lengthy intro! Hope to see you back real soon!