I’m soooo excited about this post! Remember that trip to Nashville I took a couple of weeks ago?! Well, it was nothing short of incredible! Not only did I spend time with family and see friends…but on that Friday, I had the pleasure of co-hosting the launch of Kjaer Weis‘ line at Nashville’s green beauty shop Lemon Laine. Laura Lemon, the lovely owner of Lemon Laine and I dreamed up this event for the past few months and it was incredible seeing it all come together! Thanks to Kjaer Weis and their gorgeous organic, clean makeup line, I was able to do two beautiful makeup looks on a model (the beautiful Jessica) – transitioning a day makeup look to a night look. The ever-so-loved (and gorgeous, might I add) Cafe Roze catered some delicious little bites and we had some tasty wine by Tavola Wine. The invited guests weren’t left empty handed, they each received curated Kjaer Weis goodie bags and were offered a divine Elements Truffles chocolate bar. (You’ve GOT to try these chocolates if you haven’t! They’re Ayurveda inspired, sweetened with honey, incredibly beautiful and so decadent!) Seriously, this event was beyond what I could have even imagined. Thank you to everyone for coming out! Can’t wait to host more like these in the near future!
Back in April I did an interview with my buddy and Nashville native, Julian Dente of YØUTH. We chat a bit about his roots, influences, what inspires him, and more. I highly suggest you all read it and get to know Julian better, if you haven’t already! This kid is talented beyond measure. Every time he opens his mouth to sing, I’m in awe. His sound, his instrumental capabilities, vocals…all of it – pure, unfiltered talent.
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.
Hey guys! We made it to the middle of the week, finally! Well done. (Also, how awesome is this print of Nashville?! You can find it here and more awesome city prints as well!)
I’m pretty stoked to share this rad new band on my blog today! Before I share what I love so much about this trio, let me go ahead and give you the (very brief) lowdown on how they became LANY, and who it consists of.
LANY is Leslie Priest, Jake Goss and Paul Klein. Les and Jake also have another project by the name of WRLDS. They freaking rule. Not too long ago, Les and Jake decided to join forces with Paul to create LANY. Smooth, happy, dance-y music…with vibes for daaaaays. For real….just take a listen to their two new tracks and ENJOY! Don’t forget to share with friends! :)
You can find LANY’s two new singles on Spotify or iTunes!
Where do I even start?! So many amazing things I could say about this insanely talented, all-girl band. For starters, one of the members is one of my closest friends…(I promise though, I’m not biased) but it doesn’t stop there. Along with a set of musical skills, these girls have above and beyond what it takes to not only perform exceptional rock music, but entertain in the process. Truly, and naturally. Moseley is Suzie Chism (vocals – middle), Abby Hairston (drums – right) and Christy Callaway (bass – left). Three of some of the best gals I know.
The band started off as an idea, one that Christy thought would be awesome. I remember having her over during the summer, for porch hang nights and she would excitedly speak about her dreams of starting up a girl rock band. Something so rad that it would boldly stand out, aside from just being an all-chick ensemble.
“Let’s jam, let’s jam! I know a chick drummer!” Christy would say to the girls whenever she’d see them around.
“I thought the idea to be cheesy” says Chism. “But I was going through some things, and it was my birthday. Long story short, I bumped into Christy and Abby again one night at a bar in Nashville and the rest is history!”
Now, I could totally give you a bit of background on how the band was formed…but here, watch this video explaining it instead! (It’s way better than more words on a page, haha.)
The first time I ever heard Moseley play a show – which was in a rad, graffitied, dingy basement venue in a house (picture below) – I was crazy impressed. I mean, I already knew they were going to be mind-blowing just from what I knew about each of the individual girls talents…but gosh, their sound was so refreshing. Anyone with any bit of talent can form a band nowadays – especially in Nashville – but it isn’t typical you hear of really great all-girl bands. So, this was a big deal for me – like, in a nostalgic 90’s girl-band kind of way. Upon my first experience with Moseley, I described them (and still do) as a blend of Hole, Veruca Salt, Smashing Pumpkins and a bit of No Doubt. Seriously, HOW COULD YOU NOT LIKE THAT?!
Chism’s vocals are girly, but fierce. Sassy, but mischievously smooth. With such nonchalance, she belts out lyrics that tear your heart apart and then vigorously piece it back together. Christy’s gutsy, prominent bass lines make your heart flutter, giving each song an extra badass tone; and then the drums, well, the drums just pull it all together. Abby is one of the most talented female drummers I know. The majority of the songs are dripping with so much emotion, you can’t help but stand there and soak it all in…while still maintaining a solid head bang. Oh, and believe me, you will absolutely be seeing hair flyin’ around and lots of body motion; it’s inevitable.
The girls have been avidly touring and playing a myriad of shows since the beginning of last October. Since then, they’ve toured all the way from the top of Michigan back down to Nashville! They continue to melt faces everywhere they perform, and will be in Kentucky March 15 if you live in that area and want to check ’em out! I highly suggest you do! (I’ll post more info on tour dates below)