Brittany Lee's Blog
Hey Fellow 1D Fans,
I am speaking to you all because I know you also fell in love today when you watched the video for "Steal My Girl" Am I right? Well, aside from it being perfect and the song being catchy and incredible...can we talk about Harry's outfit?
Because he looks cooler than ever, it got me thinking "How can we get this look?". Well luckily for you I decided to do some research...Here is how YOU can get the look of Harry Styles in their video for "Steal My Girl"
You can get this amazing jacket at Nasty Gal HERE!
You can get any simple black button up or get this cute girly one from Monki HERE!
Any black jean will do but you can buy this cute pair from River Island HERE!
You can be creative here but I think a cute black bootie or a plain black shoe would look best! Buy this cute black ankle bootie from New Look HERE!
And TADA! Here is your fashionable look:
Would YOU rock this look?
Hey Music Buds,
I recently had the opportunity to interview Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire! He just so happens to be one of the nicest people I have ever met and that same passion shines through in his music. Seeing them live was what really hooked me. You can see the fans feels the love they radiate and they know how to keep their crowds entertained with their powerful lyrics and incredible stage presence.
Check out their newest video anout their tour with Yellowcard as well as the interview we did and let me know what you think of them in the comments below!
You've said that the sound on the new album is much more mature. What facilitated that growth as artists?
First & foremost, we're always growing as people. Along with that comes maturity with the music we write. Both lyrically & instrumentally. If we ever write a record that we're not more proud of than the last, we'll be done.
What was the best part of the process in creating the new album?
My favorite part of the recording process is getting to spend time with Cameron Mizell. He's great at what he does & he's such an awesome dude. I'd like to track all my vocals with him for the rest of my career.
What's it like being on the road with Yellowcard? How is it different from past tours?
No one ever expected us to tour with a band like Yellowcard, & that's the best part! We love them as people & we grew up listening to their music so it's an honor for us. We're so proud of how this tour came together!
What are you most looking forward to with this tour?
The opportunity to give our fans a different type of concert experience. I love putting our fans & Yellowcard's fans in the same room & watching the magic happen. It's truly incredible.
What's next on the agenda for you guys?
We have multiple tours planned! Nothing that I can announce quite yet though ;) STAY POSTED!
What is your favorite song from Memphis May Fire?
Hey music lovers,
We have some new music for you to check out from Bryce Vine! Bryce is premiering the Youngblood Hawke Remix of "Where The Wild Things Are" right here with us on Buzznet! If you are looking to be put in a good mood...this song is exactly what you need!
"My influences growing up were alternative rock, punk and grunge so it's great when I get a chance to dip the tip back into that world just to see how it feels. It's really satisfying to hear this song translated in that direction so successfully by Youngblood Hawke, of whom I am a big fan." - Bryce
We have had the song on repeat but we want to know what YOU think! Tell us in the comments below!
I got to interview one of my personal favorite musicians, Kenny Vasoli! We talk about fans, challenges and of course all things Vacationer! Enjoy!
I've got to know, where would be your top choice to take a vacation?
Since getting to shoot the video in Costa Rica, I can't wait to return there. The air is so thick with moisture it feels like getting a warm massage at times. It was by far the most lush and beautiful place I had ever been.
When you are touring, do you get lots of chances to explore the cities your in?
We do explore as much as we can. I always bring my skateboard to get me quickly around a city. I usually hunt down the best record stores, looking for buried treasures. We also make frequent stop overs in parks and trails to hike and chill. We've found it's a good move for morale to set aside some leisure time.
You use lots of looping in your sound, where does the inspiration for this come from?
That production comes from Grant Wheeler and Matt Young of Body Language. We came together through a common love of electronic music. They've schooled me on deeper level of influences since I'd started working with them. I'd always loved Four Tet and Caribou, but they were the first ones to show me J-Dilla "Donuts" and that opened the door to instrumental hip hop for me.
How do the lyrics to your songs come about?
To be honest, I try to get as relaxed as I can and then I just mumble along with the music. I usually record that once I've locked into a melody I like. Then I listen back and write down words that I think resemble my mumbles. It starts out with a lot of blanks, but if I have a few words to start with then it seems to shake complete thoughts loose. I try not to second guess my lyrics. A good friend and fellow musician once said to me "I ask myself if my lyrics are embarrassing." If not, then they stay.
Your band name, the name of your new album all have a mellow-beachy vibe. How do maintain such a chill outlook?
Worrying never helps me, so I try to never do it. Life is so enjoyable if you can just remember to relax and enjoy it. I love the no-worries message in reggae music. I try to relay that with this not so reggae band. I love chill people. LOVE them! I truly want to be one myself and want to attract them to hang out at our shows.
What was the biggest challenge of making the album? What are you most proud of?
It can be an intimidating feeling going back to the drawing board and facing a blank page. The biggest challenge was returning to the well for inspiration. It took me quite a while to get the juices flowing. I owe so much to Grant and Matt for constantly sending me instrumentals to work with. It's very inspiring writing to their tracks. I'm glad that we didn't rush it. I couldn't be happier with how this album sounds and the message that it holds. It's a very good reminder for how I'd like to aim my outlook on life.
What are you most looking forward to for fans to experience with the new album?
I try not to form too many expectations about how people will react to this record. You can just bet on seeing a very excited individual performing these songs when there are people there enjoy them. I love seeing a connection from the people, I hope they feel the vibe.
What is your favorite song to perform live, and why?
I like playing “Shining" a great deal. It's got enough breaks in the vocal so I can dance and we've been locking in together on the performance. It's a dance number, so it works well anywhere in the set. We've recently started playing “Glimpse." That one is a welcome change of pace. It's such a different arrangement from the rest of songs.
Who are some of your OG's, or people that have inspired you by being so good at their own craft?
David Byrne and Thom Yorke are both guys that continue to blow me away throughout their lives. They both have magnificent minds that definitely motivate me to improve and hone my own work. The brilliant records from some of the greats really light the fire under me as well. Albums like Astral Weeks, Pet Sounds, Pinkerton, Vespertine. Those can break my heart at times because they are so good.
Who would you like to work with in the future?
I'd love to work with James Murphy, in any capacity at all. If he's not available there are lots of artists I'd love to collaborate with; Classixx, The Avalanches, Orna. Please, give me a call for a top-line.
What do YOU think of Vacationer?
We got to sit down with Benji and Joel of The Madden Brothers to discuss their new music, tattoos, Pharrell and more...ENJOY!
You both have multiple tattoos. Are any of them especially significant to you?
All of them are significant (Joel.)
All of the tattoos I got first. All the bad ones. (Benji)
The music from your debut album as The Madden Brothers is stylistically distinct from the music previously released with Good Charlotte. How has the creative process been different now that it is just the two of you?
We have a little bit more freedom to do what we want. (Benji)
Pharrell Williams co-wrote a couple of songs on Greetings from California. What was it like working with him?
Pharrell is an awesome guy to work with. Really fun and creative. (Benji)
Who are some of your favorite artists right now?
Ryan Adams, Echosmith, Vampire Weekend. (Benji)
Joel just finished being a judge on Season 3 of The Voice Australia. Benji also made an appearance as a coach on the show. Can you tell us what that experience has been like working with upcoming talent?
It’s really fun encouraging new artists to go for their dreams. We had a blast. (Joel)
Recently fans were asked to post pictures on Instagram with signs telling the world what they are done with using #WeAreDone. What would you guys say you are done with?
We are done with any of the things that have held us back from being creative and happy. (Benji)
What made you guys want to join forces as a new group rather than doing your own solo projects?
We love working together. There’s nothing like hanging with your brother. (Benji)
If you had to describe your latest album in 3 words what would they be and why?
Creative, musical, fulfilling. (Benji)
You have been touring in Australia in support of Greeting from California, are their any plans for an American tour?
Yes – doing a few dates this year. Much more touring to come in 2015. (Joel).
The Madden Brothers just released a new album so be sure to pick it up on iTunes HERE!
We got to sit down with Metro Station recently to discuss all of the exciting things they have in store for you all. We talk their reunion, music, tour and much more...check it out!
Be sure to check out the tour dates HERE to see Metro Station on The Outsiders Tour at a city near you!
What are your thoughts on Metro Station's reunion?
I got to sit down with the talented lady herself, Julia Sinclair! She has some incredible music along with an inspiring story that I know you will all love.
Your sound is so unique, like a mash-up of rock and country sounds. What would you call your sound?
That’s a tough one. I grew up playing classical and jazz guitar but was heavily influenced by bands like The Police, Oasis and Chicago. I play what I like and I like a lot of different things.
Who inspires you?
Well, the Bands I mentioned above and actually, in terms of The Police, I’m inspired by Sting’s entire career. Pretty amazing. As far as contemporaries, The 1975, Muse and Haim have been in my rotation for the last couple months.
What is your songwriting process like?
A song can come from anywhere. Sometimes I start with a guitar riff or melody. Sometimes I start with a story or a couple words. Whatever works. I will say I hate doing the same thing over and over again. When I get bored I change instruments or locations.
Do your songs come from a personal place, or are they more your observations on things? How do you put that to music?
A bit of both, but the songs off my upcoming EP come from a very personal place. “The World is ours” is a story about meeting my wife in Nashville. “This too shall pass” was inspired by my own self-discovery and the light, however dim, at the end of every tunnel. It feels good to be vulnerable.
Are there ever any challenges in translating what you've composed over to a recorded version in the studio?
There are. The biggest challenge is allowing other people’s creativity to expand upon what you’ve already created.
What can we expect from the album?
There are some reflective, painful moments but overall, it’s a good time. If the album’s an indicator of where my head’s at, I’m in a pretty good place.
What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far? What has been the biggest challenge for you so far?
The biggest highlight of my career may have been making this EP. I got to work with some incredible producers. John Alagia, Nolan Sipe, Brian West, Daniel Heith – Thanks guys! Finding the right team isn’t easy and has been a challenge in the past. I feel pretty lucky.
What are you most looking forward to?
People hearing the songs and attaching their own experiences to them. That’s when music becomes something bigger. I also love my band and can’t wait to get back on the road. Lots to come.
Stay in touch with Sinclair HERE!
I got a chance to interview one of our favorite British sensation...RIXTON!
Your music videos are so cute and funny! Do you guys keep a good sense of humor between you all? Do you ever play pranks on each other?
We try to make sure we don't take ourselves too seriously and keep everything light hearted! We play pranks on each other from time to time but nothing too severe!
What was it like working with Benny Blanco and Ed Sheeran on the album? How do you like collaborating with other artists for projects?
Working with Benny an Ed was a dream come true for all of us! Were all huge fans of Benny's work and getting in the studio with him you realise how he is one of the biggest producers of our generation! Ed is the definition of a superstar and on top of being an incredible artist and writer is the nicest guy!
Lots of your music centers around heartbreak. Does this come from personal experience? Does writing music act like a kind of therapy?
We try to write about universal relatable topics! It just so happens that a few of the topics are about broken hearts!
Jake has said that some of the songs on this album have survived six years. What message would you want to give fans who are working hard to pursue their own dreams, just like you guys are?
Just do it for the love of it! You'll have 100 people that won't give you a chance but there will be someone out there that shares your vision!
What are you most looking forward to about touring with Ariana Grande?
Were looking forward to getting to see all the states in the US, meeting all the fans! Were also playing some prestigious venues around America that will be incredible!
They recently did a secret show with Myspace and you can watch the FULL SET HERE!
What is YOUR favorite Rixton song??
I am always looking for new bands and artists to check out and share with my fellow music junkies! I found another one that I know you will love, they are a bad called Priory!
This band has such a fun sound, it puts you in a good mood and makes you want to hear more. Does it get any better than that?
1. Your music has a great electro-pop sound. What inspires the sound?
Brandon- We are gear heads and have a large collection of weird synths and percussion instruments in our recording studio, LOUDWAR. The electro elements essentially come from messing around for countless hours.
What was the process like in creating your album?
Brandon- Kyle and I are both multi-instrumentalists that record, engineer, produce and perform mostly everything ourselves. Our process is very organic. We don‘t set out to make our music sound a specific way. We work the songs until they feel right and don’t worry about fitting them into a specific genre or structure. We love creating new sound pallets from scratch. We will often spend a whole day figuring out a drum sound or guitar tone. We live for extreme contrasts. If a verse is simmering, we want the chorus to knock your head off. Live we are a very guitar-driven band. We put out on stage. We tour as a five piece and I have to say our rhythm section is crushing right now.
What has been the biggest obstacle for the band so far? What would you consider your biggest success?
Kyle-Brandon and I gave up any form of a income or regular life to start working on this record. We found funding to build a studio so that we had a place to create everyday. We clocked long days and odd hours to make something that we are very proud of. This decision was definitely tough. Brandon had to give bass lessons and odd constitution jobs for cash and I gave plasma 2 times a week for grocery money.
Our biggest success has to be being paid to play music. We struggled for such a long time that having people care about of songs is fantastic. We were able to go to London and mix the album with one of the greats (Spike Stent), as well as have a song in the top 20 Alternative Billboard. The fact that we get to play music and create art every day is unreal.
What has it been like to tour with The Kooks? What have the highlights been?
Kyle- We have had such a blast touring with The Kooks and Halsey so far. A big highlight for us was a sold out show at The Wiltern Theatre in LA. When we started playing the intro to Weekend and the crowd started cheering and immediately sang along. It is an indescribable feeling when a song that the song you wrote in your own studio (LoudWar Studios) in Portland has become accessible to everyone via radio and online streams.
What is the best thing a fan has ever done for you or given to you?
Kyle- A few years ago a fan in Sweden contacted us via email and asked for the lyrics and music to one of our old songs “Kings of Troy.” We said okay and sent a reply asking what he wanted it for. He told us that he wanted to play it on acoustic guitar right before he asked his girlfriend to marry him. Pretty bad ass!
Do you guys like the video and their music?
Whether you have been a fan of Finch from day one or you are just hearing of them for first time, you will LOVE this interview! The band has reunited and has some great things in store for you all...like a new album that comes out TOMORROW!
Pre-Order the album HERE!
For anyone who has yet to check Finch out, how would you describe the band in 3 words?
I guess I would say… ear shattering freaks
What do you feel has been your most legendary song?
You’d have to say "What It Is To Burn", that song is responsible for a large part of the bands success and one we’re proud of and have fun playing every night. That being said, I feel like we are looking towards the future and there are songs on the new record that have that kind of weight to them, what ends up translating to the listener is not really up to us… we’ve got some real epics in our catalogue from "Ender", to "Chinese Organ Thieves". To me it comes down to what songs feel great to play and right now we’re really enjoying rehearsing and playing a big chunk of the catalogue.
What is the best advice you can give to anyone trying to follow their dreams?
It comes down to practice and honing your craft, whether it’s music or anything else. There are no short cuts, you have to get good at what you’re doing and dedicate your entire life to those dreams. Don’t be afraid of failure, anyone that has ever reached a goal or found success with their craft will tell you that there is much more failure along the way then maybe they anticipated. To me, failure is a motivator… how can I do it better next time? What is it that I’m not doing well? Finding the answer to those things and pushing through is a big part of following your dreams and hopefully achieving what you want to achieve.
What is the most challenging part of being a musician?
Dedicating enough time to learn your instrument and learn how to write a song or put arrangements together is the first hurdle I guess, after that it’s a challenging lifestyle of being on the road and being a freak to the outside world… but all that is actually quite enjoyable after a while!
You guys have a tour coming up in October, what can the fans expect from your live performance?
We’re going to be playing new songs off of 'Back To Oblivion' and a bunch of songs off of 'What It Is To Burn' and Say 'Hello To Sunshine', I’m really looking forward to playing what will probably be the most comprehensive Finch set ever! We’re putting some production stuff together as well… but honestly the best part of a finch show is the people that show up and sing ever word, that always surprises me and
What inspired you all to rally up the troops and be a full-time band again?
Our manager Andy Harris got us back together to do the anniversary tour last year, and just the power of those shows and the songs really motivated us to start writing and really dedicate ourselves to a new record, the songs that came out of us and how it felt to be playing new songs together that we were really proud of… it makes it pretty easy to say ‘yea let’s do it for real’
If you could design your dream tour bus, what would it look like?
It would absolutely look like the inside of the Millennium Falcon, but with a hot tub.
What is your favorite song to perform live?
For me, it changes almost every night, I’m always surprised by old songs that have new life breathed into them. On our last tour through Asia and UK I guess my favorite song was our new song “Two Guns To The Temple” it’s got great energy.
Pick one song off the new album ' Back To Oblivion' and tell us what inspired the lyrics!
I can’t totally speak to the lyrics because Nate writes all his own lyrics, but I know that he was working off of the idea of Oblivion, and what that is to him or to other people. I think that song ‘Back To Oblivion’ sparked a lot of ideas for him and he was able to create a little world for himself to dream up ideas and stories he wanted to tell.
Any last words for your fans and readers!
Thanks for all the years of support, we would not be doing what we’re doing without our fans! Make sure and grab the new album and a ticket to one the upcoming shows, come find us and say hi!