I just started listening to The xx, so I recently bought their xx album from 2009! (vinyl version)
What is the best part of being in a band?
The guys in the band – hands down the greatest part is doing what I love with the coolest guys on the planet
If you could tour with anyone who would it be?
All Time Low and We the Kings in Once Upon a Time, but my favorite band is Mumford & Sons, so if I ever played alongside them my life would be complete :)
If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life what would it be?
Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons
Are there any people who have been extremely influential in your music career?
My guitar/vocal/piano teacher named Steve – he has always been the aspiration and the motivation that got me wanting to play music and play in a band
If you could have any super power what would it be?
The ability to freeze time – some moments are too good to just experience once! And I could take long naps at any time without anyone noticing haha
If your life was a movie, who would you want to play you?
Tom Hardy – he is the coolest actor and almost as swole as I am ;) Or Liam Neeson because he is the man.
What do you like to do when you’re not making music?
I love snowboarding, surfing, hanging with friends, drifting (in cars), and doing anything spontaneous and fun like cliff jumping or running through sprinklers
Are there any bands your fans would be surprised you listen to?
Probably my true side of me that loves Indie/Folk music, and I am a fan of classical music played by string quartets. Also, Hannah Montana is my life.
Has being in a band changed your perspective on musicians as a whole?
I realized that being in a band is even more of a team than the team I was on when I used to play basketball. On the court, everyone has to be working together, but if someone isn’t doing the right thing here or there, it usually isn’t a big deal. In a band, if one person is messing up, it ruins the entire song. Everyone has to be on the same page and be able to communicate with our instruments on and off stage
Has anything about the music industry really surprised you?
In the music industry, anything can happen. Nothing is for sure, plans change, people change their minds, and nothing seems to be set in stone. It has a lot of disappointment, but just as much as it does that, it is full of happiness, fun memories, and lots of people coming together to share in one passion
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?
I want to be an architect that designs buildings and structures that help progress our society (schools, hospitals, education centers, etc.). I’ve always been fascinated with the construction aspect of art, and I know a lot of architects who are also musicians. That creative side of the brain for music relates to all forms of art, and that’s why I believe I find it so interesting. It’s just like a band coming together to write a song – it’s a bunch of guys coming together to build something and using all of their talents to create something amazing.
Thanks to all for everything, I feel so blessed every day of my life.
What’s your name and which instrument do you play?
My name is Petter and i play one of the guitars in the band
How did you come up with the name for your band? We don’t really remember where it came from but it’s in an old poem about the American Civil War. Maybe that’s where it came from.
Where do you get your inspiration from your songs and music? From everyday life and just hearing lots of music everywhere you go. Like on the bus, stores, TV, whatever really. Everything is inpiring of you just let it.
What are you planning on doing in the future? (Goals? Plans? Music collaborations?) We’re going to release a record this fall and hopefully tour like crazy. Other than that we want to put out as many music videos as possible to make our fanbase grow. Also we’re planning on a small documentary about the recording of the album in America.
What is your favorite song from your music? Probably Shake U! I was very happy about how that song came out and it means alot to me personally.
Who would you like to tour with? Any band that pulls a big crowd and are nice dudes! But i mean, Taking Back Sunday would be nice. Or Foo Fighters.
What was the last CD you bought? I think it was Rotten Apples by The Smashing Pumpkins. It’s like a Best of. Get it if you haven’t heard The Smashing Pumpkins.
Have you ever gone on tour/who would you like to go on tour with? Yeah we’ve been touring alot but this last year has been all about the writing!
Who is your celebrity crush? Taylor Swift probably! Sexy and cute at the same time! Can’t beat that.
What is considered your perfect date?
Just a natural conversation throughout the date i suppose. Getting a bit tipsy and end up doing something crazy!
How did your band form? Back in the day we used to go to all the local shows in our hometown and that’s how we met. Everybody knew what other people where into so it all came together pretty smoothly.
What was one of your favorite experiences performing and where was it? Have to say our release gig in our hometown. It was alot of people there and many of them were old friends. Meant alot actually so yeah.. that’s it.
If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why? Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl believe it or not. Kind of awkward but hey..
Is there anything in particular that you guys would like/have backstage at venues? A private carnival or something like that. Video games and all kinds of weird arcade stuff.
Favorite way to spend a rainy day? Xbox 360.. or sex. Or both.. simultaneously
Hey Guys! We’re doing an interview with JD Styles from Strong Island, NY. He just released his mixtape titled “Best of Both Worlds”. He did collaborations with hit artists Jay Sean and Akon among others. So check them out and I hope you guys like his songs! Just CLICK on the link above.
This guest blog post and interview was done by my sister Ari. This is a fun sort of interview so enjoy!
What is your full name? Luca Giorgi
What is your best friends name? Jader
What is your favorite food? Pizza With Mushroom
What is your favorite band? 30 Seconds To Mars
Do you like math? NO! ahahahah
What is your favorite academic subject? Psychology
Which do you like more: Cake OR Pie? ICE CREAM CAKE
Have you heard of the band Hollywood Undead? Sure i did!
Pepsi or Coke? Coke
Favorite soda? Lemon Soda
When is your birthday? December 17th 1987
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Egg
Dogs or cats? Both
What do you like about your best friend the most? Sincerity and make me laugh
Do you have a favorite social network? Facebook (i’m a vip LOL)
What is your nickname? Lee
What do you do for fun? I CREATE LOVE (Music)
What is your favorite movie? Donnie Darko
Are you a joker? YEAH!
Favorite Joke? Scare to death my friends
Favorite tv show? The Sopranos
Do you have any hidden talents? I love to hear what people have to say, and being myself at 100%
Do you have any pets? Yeah, 4 cats and 1 Dog
Tea or coffee? COFFEEEEEEEEEEE 4 LIFE!
Where do you work? I got 3 works, my recording studio in my own house, im owner of an international booking agency working in EUROPE & UK as public relationship with bands and manager, and My Band is a full work for me!
Where are you from? Imola - Italy
If you would perform in a circus what would you do? The menthalist
Are you in college? Which one? No college for me, no time for that!
What is your favorite video game? Assasins’s Creed Saga
How many languages do you speak? 2, Italian and English
What movie do you want to see? Mmmmmm, i really don’t know at the moment! Maybe Matrix!
What is your favorite saying? LIVE TO FIGHT, FIGHT TO DIE and NEVER GIVE UP and FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!
Dream date? my death!
Single or in a relationship? eheheheh, wishing about a relationship!
What is the most difficult job for you? mmmmm, ahahhaah non ne ho idea ahahhahaha
What is the most difficult job for you? being a president of a state!
Last digit of your number? 1
Favorite song? This is War - 30 Seconds to mars
Best teacher you have ever had? My soul
What time is it? 4.16 Am Italian Time
Have you ever heard of “Vocks Magic”? Go onto soundcloud.com and search “VocksMagic”, then click on the person, and hear the sound called “Open Ocean” LINK ME!
How many concerts have you played/been to? I think over 5000 in my all life
Do you say what is on your mind? Everything and nothing
Do you like chicken? Not so much!
Do you consider yourself fashionable? Yes, why not!
What time do you sleep and get up? I use to go to sleep at 4 am and awake my ass up at 1 pm (media) What a vampire!
Are you a vegetarian? I’m trying but it’s hard for me!
Do you like writing? Yes, a lot!
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars
What did you eat for breakfast? Breakfast? What the hell is breakfast?
Are you bored easily? If i answered to all your Questions, i think… NO!
Me (Louis) and Chris have been playing in bands for fun together since we were in middle school. Around almost 3 years ago we both decided that we wanted to start making something that had hole hearted meaning behind it, something we could take seriously, and something we could devote most of our time too. Mason and Danny both came to us after their previous bands had broken up. Everything fell perfectly in to place and here we are!
2. Are their any bands that your fans would be surprised that you listen to?
A lot of people don’t know this but Danny’s old band was actually a Post Hardcore/Metal band, so he actually has a lot of heavier music as an influence. But as a group we all listen to basically every genre of music you can think of. I am sure a lot of people would be surprised at some of the things on our playlists.
3. What is your favorite memory from any show you’ve played?
Playing Warped Tour last year has definitely got to be the best show we’ve played for yet. It was a dream come true in it self to be able to say we were there, but the crowd we played for, the friends we made, and the money we made on merchandise definitely topped it off for us.
4. If you were having a movie made about your life, who would you want to play you?
Johnny Depp would play Chris. Brad Pitt would play me. Tom Cruise would play Danny. And Justin Bieber would play Mason.
5. Do you guys have a specific process when you’re writing your music?
There is definitely no set process, we don’t like to force anything. We all have creative input when it comes to song writing, and all of our songs go through many many stages of demoing and re-demoing before we finally get to a point where we think the song is perfect. A song can take months to be completely finished.
6. If you could have any super power what would it be?
I want to be spider man, he is the coolest super hero in my opinion.
7. If you could put together your ideal tour lineup who would it feature?
A dream come true would be open up a tour for Blink 182. I think a more realistic idea would be for us to be on tour with some of our favorite bands like The Dangerous Summer, Fireworks, Motion City Soundtrack, just to name a few.
8. How did you come up with the name for your band?
We wanted to have a name that had meaning, and not just a fancy sounding name. Dear you, to us, is a reminder for us to stay true to ourselves as musicians and as people. It is basically like precursor to ourselves like, “Dear You, this is who we are.”
9. What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you in front of a girl?
I am such an awkward individual I think there is too many situations to pick from.
10. How has being in Dear You changed you?
It has definitely changed me and my life in so many ways. It makes me want to be better as a musician and as a songwriter. It has made me focus more on the business aspect of the music industry and it has challenged me to make something that is very important to me better with every single day.
11. What are your main goals as a band that you hope to accomplish in the future?
To continue to write more and better songs, and grow as a band musically. To tour and meet new friends as much as we possibly can, and to just make Dear You as big as we can possibly make it. We can’t wait for the future.
Biography We are a band, originally from New York and now based in LA since 2008. We’ve toured nationally with Jonas Brothers and Timbaland. We’ve been named a breakout band by Rolling Stone & MTV Buzzworthy. Our first record ‘Fashionably Late’ reached #18 on Billboard. We are currently supporting our latest indie release ‘A Tale of Risky Business Part 2’. Come see us on tour! Band Interests
When Cody first entered the music scene, he was compared to Justin Bieber and called “The Justin Bieber of Australia”. His music and looks are much like the popular Justin Bieber but he continues to show that he is different. He recently released a new EP. It is titled “Coast To Coast”. It was released on September 20th, 2011. Fans automatically reacted to the EP with much love. The tractlist is- Good As It Gets Crazy But True On My Mind Not Just You All Day Angel The album is a Pop, R&B, Dance feel. My personal favorites are “Good As It Gets” and “Not Just You”. Review written by Julia Mason and Debbie Ghosh
Youtube sensation, Greyson Chance has released his debut album, titles “Hold On Til’ The Night” The track list includes-
Waiting Outside The Lines
Home Is In Your Eyes
Hold On Til The Night
Heart Like Stone
Little London Girl
Take A Look At Me Now
Greyson’s album is a pop/R&B sound. The songs are about different things. For example- Home Is In Your Eyes is about Greyson’s home in Edmond, Oklahoma. Hold On ‘Til The Night is about when something is going correct, you can always hold on and the next day will come. My personal favorites and Take A Look At Me Now because I feel like it’s empowering to anyone who does their best, but nobody sees it. Also, Little London Girl because I love the beat!
On October 15th, Radio Disney held a concert at the Hollywood and Highland center featuringthe season 4 N.B.T artists along with a special guest. Several people turned up for the event to see these upcoming artists. First up, was 14 year old, Zack Montana! He performed two of his new songs, “Serious” and “Shorty is With Me,” as well as a cover of a by Michael Jackson who is one of his biggest inspirations. Zack definitely got the crowd to get up and start dancing! Next, was 13 year old, Shealeigh! You may have recognized her from the Ellen DeGeneres Show. She sang a “Shark in the Water” by V.V Brown, as well as two of her own songs, “What Can I Say” and “Spotlight.” Then, 16 year old, Ladina Spence took the stage. She sang two of her songs, “Invisible” and “Social Network.” One of her inspirations are her parents, who areboth in the music industry. Then, Hollywood Ending came on stage! The guys sang two of their songs, “I’m So Over You” and “You Got Me.” They definitley impressed the crowd. Then the moment everyone was waiting for…the special guest…Allstar Weekend! They performed songs off their new album, All The Way. These guys were hilarious and everyone in the crowd has a blast! That was definitely a great concert — filled with laughter, games, and most importantly…the music! Make sure to vote for YOUR favorite N.B.T artist! You can vote here: www.radiodisney.com
Hey Everybody! It’s Lydia here! As you may’ve heard SFTS is looking for 2 new interns to help us out and join the team this fall. We’ve had such a great time working with our last additions to the team and we’d love to get 2 more! The announcements been up for one night and we already have a few applications so we’re super stoked! On that note, if you’re interested in joining fill out this application - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dF9nRW41MTR1aW9LUS1BWE02S3prOGc6MQ
Greyson Chance- Hold On 'Til the Night Album Review
Most of you are already familiar with the adorable dynamite singer from Edmond, Oklahoma, but for those of you who’ve yet to discover him, we here at SFTS would like to introduce you to Interscope/Eleveneleven recording artist Greyson Chance.
Greyson was first discovered by Ellen De Generes after posting a cover of Gaga’s Paparazzi on YouTube. Since then he’s signed with Ellen and become an inspiration to thousands of girls worldwide. In fact, at Greyson’s concert in May I asked the girl next to me in line why she loved Greyson. Her response was simple, “He’s talented. He’s cute. And he understands everyone of us,whether we’re fans or not. And he speaks to everybody through his music.
On June 28, I was lucky enough to attend a VIP listening party in which Greyson revealed his debut album, Hold On Til The Night, to his fans for the very first time. When the CD started to play the crowd was immediately awed by not only the talent of Greyson, but of the depth and overall message that his music conveyed.
The CD opened with Greyson’s first single and biggest hit- Waiting Outside the Lines. Waiting Outside The Lines is a song that everyone can relate to. in it Greyson explains that you should go for your dreams and “get rid of all the hesitation”. Aside from the meaning The song holds, it has a catchy tune, killer instrumentals, and in my opinion it shows exactly what Greyson is all about- following your heart and letting absolutely nothing get in your way while on your journey to the top.
The rest of album was a definite hit with the fans. Among the tracks included were Greyson’s newest single, Unfriend You, Summer Train, and Greyson’s personal favorite, Cheyenne.
The album as a whole was fantastic. Though I’ve tried repeatedly to describe to you Hold On Til The Night, the truth is it’s nearly impossible. The reason being, when music is that genuine it touches everyone in a different way so that only the person listening can describe it, and even then the music still seems to speak for itself.
On that note, everyone here at SFTS encourages you to check out Greyson’s new album when it drops on August 2. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
Eben - 21 Lead Vocals/Guitar Cyrus - 22 Bass/Vocals/KeysLJ -22 Drums Brian - 23 Lead Guitar
2. How’d you guys form the band and the band name?
Move Out West was a name Eben had thrown around for a few years, and often released some solo material under when he was in his older bands. Eben and I (Cyrus) were introduced through a mutual friend within the music scene. I had him come and audition for my band at the time, and as the band dissolved I continued writing with him. LJ was off touring with a band called Holiday Parade and Brian was running his own business. After they had heard some demos we had done they became very interested and began working with us on our debut releases.
3.Future plans? (Goals?Touring? Collaborations?)
Touring is the big plan right now. We’d love to get all over the US. We’ve spent a lot of time hitting parts of the midwest and eastcoast. we definitely want to traverse the country with some bigger artists and hopefully do some international touring! We’re always writing and working with different people but nothing confirmed/we can announce yet for the future of collaborations and/or releases!
4. What are your favorite songs from your music?
I personally like them all so I can’t specifically say one song. I’m in love with our debut EP “On The Run” and feel strongly about all 5 songs. From our old songs I’d have to save my favorite, however, is “Long Island Iced Tea”
5. Describe your music in 4 words.
Energetic, Witty Rock & Roll ;)
6.Last CD you bought?
The last single I bought was Nicki Minaj’s Super Bass haha!
7.How long is the average song writing process?
Completely depends on each song. They are all crafted differently and end up taking on lives of their own. Funny enough, with every living things comes it’s own wants and needs haha! Our songs fall into this and certain songs get worked out a lot longer than other ones.
8. Where do you get your inspiration?
I personally get inspiration from my job back home, books and of course other music.
9. What’s your favorite part about being in the music business?
Writing music is probably one of the most important things to my personal psyche. But besides that traveling all the time is a huge part of why I chose and continue to play music.
10. When did you decide you wanted to be musicians?
Not sure where everyone else stands on this. I personally wanted to be in a band after the first time I heard mmBop by Hanson. However, it was just a fleeting dream/idea for me at the time. It wasn’t until I was about 16 and joined a band LJ was in that I seriously considered music as a full time endeavour.
11. Who writes most of the songs?
We all write a lot of material. Every person has something they typically do the most of. Eben does a majority of the melodies and lyrics. I spent a bit of time playing around with a bunch of the lyrics and melodies as well as some of the major arrangements on our newest record “On The Run”. Brian writes all of his leads and brings a new guitar riff to practice everyday that as of recently have sprung into multiple different song ideas and LJ is pretty much our on hand producer that is in charge of the majority of our dynamics of our songs.
13. If you weren’t musicians what would you be?
I personally don’t know. I went to school to be a MD and was pursuing attempting to be a Trauma Surgeon or ER Doctor but was heavily reconsidering before diving in full time with Move Out West.
14. What music do you listen to as individuals?
I personally listen to a lot of different stuff. My favorite band that nurtured me into playing music is called Thursday. Besides that as of recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Third Eye Blind, Friendly Fires, Frankmusik and a bunch of others.
16. If you were to do an international tour, which countries would you like to go to?
17. Where are you guys from?
We were all born and raised in Connecticut! Except for Brian, who was born in Florida and moved up here in high school.
18.I Phone or Blackberry?
Android OS ftw
19. Who do you want to win the superbowl?
Patriots, we’re New England boys come on now! (Eben will however strongly disagree)
20. Best advice for someone who wants to be a musician?
Never stop writing and trying to expand/differentiate your sound. Find like-minded friends who have the same level of drive that you do. Two head, if they’re on the same page, are a LOT better than one.
SUMMER IS HERE! And with that brings pool parties, slumber parties, BBQ parties and video chat parties!
Yes! You heard right! VIDEO CHAT PARTIES! We are going to have live video chats with some of the up and coming bands. We’ll have them at the end of each month of the summer, on the last Saturdays. So June 25, July 30 and August 27! We will have them at 7 pm EST. We’ll be using stickam.com/behindthemusic We already have some bands who have RSVP’ed and we know more will come! We will be having a contest a few days before the chat for you to get a camera spot alongside us and the band! Make sure you click “attend” on our facebook event page http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=223138567705823 and “like” our page, too!
Hey BTM keeper-uppers! It’s Lydia! First, let me just say this update is marking the beginning of our real career as Behind the Music. It’s only been 6 months and yet we have people emailing us ASKING for interviews. And all of this is because of you guys! so thank you SO MUCH! Secondly, this summer we will be doing a new thing called Behind the Music Summer Chats, it’s pretty much going to be an online party with up to 5 of your favorite musicians! We’ll even have contests where one of you lucky fans will be able to be on camera right beside the musicians (virtually of course). It will be the last Saturday of every month at 7PM Est. starting June 25! Lastly, I’d just like to thank our 3 new interns because they have been such a great help to us!
We have an interview with the awesome band Capra coming up soon, so we thought we would give you some background info about them! This group of guys consist of members Kelly Blatz, Shelby Archer, Michael Johnson, and brothers Jeff and Paul Laliberte. AND YES, that’s right, the lead singer, Kelly Blatz was the star of hit show “Glory Daze” and “Aaron Stone”! You might’ve heard their most popular song “Low Day” and if not, definitely check it out! These boys have witty humor, a GREAT edgy “space bound” rock sound, and a long awaited new album coming out summer 2011! Check their youtube, twitter, and facebook for information on the band and their music! Stay tuned for our exclusive interview with the guys!
Whats your name, how old are you and where are you from? - My name is Justin Chapman and I play in the band Our Lives In Motion. I am 21 years old and am from Cape Cod Massachusetts
Which instruments do you play? - My primary instrument is guitar, but ive also played bass for bands before as well
Where do you get your inspiration from your songs and music? - Inspiration comes from everything. I listen to all sorts of genres, so a lot of things tend to spark ideas. We’ve had some very unusual and unexpected influences during the writing of Stages, Fleetwood Mac even being one of them.
What is your favorite song from your music? - My favorite from our first ep Salvation In Secrets was Race Against Time. Thats always been the most fun to play live for me. My favorite off of our new ep Stages would probably have to be Strangers of the Night. What do you like to do when you are not making music? - When im not making/playing music, im working 30+ hours a week trying to keep up with lifes expenses. But when im off from everything i enjoy riding my bike, going to the beach, watching movies, stuffing my face with burritos, dirtbiking, bar hopping, video games, and social networking. I used to be a lot more adventurous and did so much more exciting stuff in high school, but as blink 182 always said “well i guess this is growing up”. What’s your favorite vacation spot? - The only place ive ever really vacationed to was florida. my whole family lives there so i go pretty often, and usually end up at bush gardens or universal studios each time. its always a good time. I really want to go on a cruise! I also love visiting montreal quebec, ive met a lot of great people there and its my favorite city to visit
Do you have any bad habits? - Biting my nails, eating unhealthy 24/7, and getting distracted by everything while driving causing me to crash my car frequently If you were a superhero, what superpower would you want to have? - Id have the ability to see through wooden doors, and turn to liquid like alex mac. true qualities of a hero What’s your dream car? A nice time traveling Delorean
What is your astrology sign? Cancer (i think?) i never really followed astrology and the zodiac
Do you have any favorite movies or books? - Most of my favorite movies are classics like heavyweights, happy gilmore, waynes world, and the sandlot. Some of my newer favorite movies are forgetting sarah marshall, anchorman, sex drive, and the town. my favorite book is most definitely james and the giant peach
At what age did you realize what you wanted to do? - Im almost 22 and I still have no idea haha. My goal for after music is firefighting
How did your band form? - Tony and dave wanted to start something, a little different from what everyone else was doing in the area. They picked up our old bass player cody once his old band split up, and then cody messaged me once he found out I left my old metal band Vallon. At that point i wasn’t looking to do another band, but somehow he convinced me and im very glad i decided to do it. not only do i enjoy what we’re doing, but they’ve also all become my best friends. After a year or so our old drummer decided his heart wasn’t in it anymore and we picked up one of my good friends Jeff after he left his old band Phone Calls From Home. We’re pretty much the product of members from past bands haha
Here is where you can get music and keep updated on this band: