Brittany Lee's Blog
In case you missed it, one of our Buzznet favorites has released a new video and we got an exclusive interview to go along with it!
Lights has released a new video for her song "Up We Go"...
The song is SO catchy and the video makes me want to ride in an elevator more.
What was your main inspiration behind the concept of your video?
The initial idea I had was to do something in one take that involved a lot of chaos. I felt that would be a good representation of the daily battles of life and how we kind of just power through it and keep looking forward, which is what the song touches on. I let the director take it from there. Alon took a basic idea and brought it to life, almost to the point that I thought it would be almost impossible to pull off. But we did it!
What was it like working with Mike Stent?
Spike Stent mixed a few of the tracks off Little Machines (including "Up We Go") from his studio in London actually, so unlike our first time working together on The Listening when we were able to pow wow in person, the collaboration happened from quite a distance. He is such a talent, he brought a life to the songs that I wouldn't have even pictured when I was creating them. Some of his changes took me aback at first because I'd been so close to the songs for so long, but after a couple listens it was hard to imagine them any other way. That's how you know you've got the right mix!
Was it challenging having to go back and forth from LA to BC to record?
The only reason we didn't complete the album in LA, where the producer Drew Pearson is based, was because I wanted to have my baby in Canada and when we were three weeks away from the due date we moved the sessions up north. So other than the fact that it was physically hard to maneuver around at that point, the change of scenery was actually nice. It ended up working out great being in Vancouver because it took us a little longer than originally planned to finish, and I was able to get back in the studio three days after giving birth to finish the record.
In your video there are so many crazy things going on around you, was it hard to keep a straight face while filming?
Aside from knowing the general activities and stories, I had no idea what was going on behind me. All of the set changes, choreography, and comings and goings happened behind my back so it was actually pretty easy to keep a straight face. All I could see were the cameras. What was challenging was making sure I was nailing a captivating performance every time so that when the moment came that every single thing went as planned, we'd have a good take.
In the video, there are a many characters coming in and out. Did any of these have any particular meanings?
Most of the scenarios were invented by the mind of our killer director, Alon Isocianu. Some were references pulled from moments we loved out of movies or other videos, e.g. Wes Anderson was a big influence and there are even some sci-fi moments. The point was just to have a lot of varying and entertaining little situations to make what is ultimately a lifeless set seem super entertaining.
Was it awkward trying to film the scenes with the couple?
The couple was totally not awkward at all. They are engaged to be married in real life so they had no problem getting right in there. Between takes we all just sat around and laughed.
What part was it hard not to laugh at?
When I was standing between the two wrestlers it was hard for me to maintain seriousness for the first little while. They were really nice dudes and the scenario was just so dorky, two big guys getting in a scrap over something one sees on his little phone. Also, when the shirt hit me in the head I was just praying my hair wasn't messed for the rest of the take.
What was your favorite part to film?
I loved when the band came in with me for the choruses, it felt like a natural performance and was a lot of fun. Also loved the party scene with the twenty fans we invited out. They were such troopers and the moment had so much energy.
Which part was the most difficult?
The most difficult part was the fact that I had to sing the song over and over again! Just lip syncing while filming is never convincing so to get a natural appearance you need to actually sing along. The song is at the top of my range all the way through so my voice was really tired afterwards.
At the end of the video you break "forth wall" which is something that hasn't been done before, what made you decide to do that?
This was another of Alon's ideas, which turned out spectacularly because there is actually so much more going on behind the scenes than the video lets on. When the camera pulls back and you realize it isn't actually a real elevator, you kind of get a glimpse of how many moving parts and how much work was involved in pulling a video like this off.
Besides this great track, what else can we look forward to when your album is released?
Aside from the Little Machines Tour this fall, we have so many goodies to release over the next little while, including in-studio videos of making the album, more music videos, bonus tracks and other goodness.
Lights Fall 2014 US Tour Dates:
10/24 Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
10/25 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
10/29 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
10/31 Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
11/01 Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
11/02 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
11/04 Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
11/05 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
11/07 Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall
11/08 Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
11/11 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
11/13 San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom at Regency Center
11/14 Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
11/15 Seattle, WA - Showbox At The Market
What are your thoughts on Lights and her new video!?
I recently got to meet one of the cutest actors in the world...I was honestly nervous and felt like I could burst from happiness and disbelief that something could truly be so adorable.
That actor is Jiff the most adorable pomeranian. If you haven't gotten to see him before...get ready to fall in love.
I am not alone, Katy Perry is his biggest fan! She even has him in her "Dark Horse" music video!
Did I mention he can skateboard amongst other incredible talents??
And to top it off, he made the Guiness Book Of World Records 2015!
Now that you have a new obsession to dream about on the daily, head on over to his website to keep up to date on all things Jiff HERE!
I am such a big fan of both Iggy Azalea and the movie Clueless. In honor of everyone going back to school I wanted to see who YOU think wore it better!
A. Cher Horowitz- The Classic
B. Iggy- The New Classic
Who do you think wore it better? Share in the comments below!
It has been a hot minute since I did a "Get The Look" blog! Tyler Carter is always one to step out in either great fashion or some amazing hair style. In honor of that here is how YOU can be just as fashionable as Tyler :)
T Shirt: Tyler is rocking a bold graphic tee which is easy to find at ANY name brand store or even a vintage store to get the classics!
Flannel: The flannel has been popular since the 80s to go around your waist or over a tee as a light weight cover up! These can also be found at most name brand stores and especially the great hidden gems at a vintage store ;)
Pants: Tyler is rocking and amazing colored pant that truly makes the outfit complete. It is daring and more challening to rock colored or patterned pants but when done correctly it is a look that people envy. Afterall, fashion is all about standing out and being different right? You can find pants like this at stores like Forever 21, H&M and 7forallmankind to name a few!
Sneakers: I am personally such a sneaker head, I love crazy out there sneakers as well as Vans and Converse. Tyler is rocking some sick sneakers in this look. If you want eye catching sneakers like that head over to Adidas, Nike and Creative Recreation!
Sunglasses: The brigther the better with this look, reflective lenses are also a fun touch! You can get sunglasses at stores like Forever 21 and American Apparel or higher end stores like Sunglass Hut and Ray Ban!
Unicorn: If you find one, call me!
The Final Look:
What do you think of this look?
Get Kellin Quinn's look HERE!
Last night I got the opportunity to cover an Austin Mahone show which I never could of imagined myself doing...but I had the best time ever!
We got to L.A Live downtown and saw the endless crowd of "Mahomies" circling the area so we knew we were in the right place. I decided to go around and ask everyone the first word that comes to their minds when they hear "Austin Mahone"...we got some great respones!
We finally made our way inside and got to see the talented gals in Fifth Harmony do their thing! These girls really do show off what it means to be a "BO$$"...pun intended!
After the crowd settled down for a few minutes, I kept hearing SCREAMS and of course because as much as I hate to admit it, I am no longer a cool 14 year old in the crowd. I guess another Buzznet favorite, Cameron Dallas, who is a Vine superstar was making his rounds in the audience taking pictures with his fans!
I was pumped to finally get to see a band I have heard about recently called The Vamps! They took the stage and were filled with endless energy. They interacted with the crowd so well and got everyone hyped and out of their seats!
Drum roll please...bring on Austin Mahone! I dont even think he stepped on stage before the roar of the audience picked up. It felt like I was back in 1997 getting ready for my favorite boy band, which was such a rad feeling!
I feel like I learned every word to his songs thanks to the crowd singing along. I however DID already know the lyrics to this song...
Once Austin lifted his shirt I was certain that every girl in the audience was going to collapse and/or cry.
He kept playing his hits and let his dancers take the spotlight for a bit and then serenaded us all on guitar. le sigh.
Needless to say, I went to this show for work and ended up leaving with a smile on my face and a lot of respect for all of these young, talented performers! I also got to enjoy a moment in time when everyone in the room was truly enjoying themselves for all of the right reasons. Does this make me a #mahomie?!
Are you a fan of any of these performers?!
The Johnson Brothers are at it again with a beautifully orchestrated medley of Sam Smith songs, featuring Chantry (The Cab) Clayton (Stereo Skyline) ands recent Columbia University grad and youngest brother Connor. Enjoy!
What do you think of this video?
I have some new music for you ears from an amazing band called Starset! When I first checked them out, I was hooked! They channeled some of the best parts of 30 Seconds To Mars that I love so much yet they put their own unique twist on it of course! Now its your turn to check them out...
Check out the interview I did with Dustin Bates:
For the readers who have yet to check you out, describe yourself in 3 words!
When did you first discover your passion for music?
I fell in love with my mom’s Phil Collins album when I was like 8. I’m pretty sure that the epic drum fill in “In the Air Tonight” was what inspired me to start playing my first instrument: drums. Later, I discovered Metallica, which made me want to be in a rock band, and Weezer’s Blue Album gave me the itch to write songs.
What is one song you heard this year that you wish you wrote?
Chocolate by The 1975.
What is your favorite song to perform live currently?
The Future Is Now. It slams live, and just when people think it is over at the bridge, we furn our amps to 11 and we do our best to blow minds.
If you could tour with anyone who would it be?
I might say Pink Floyd with Gilmour and Waters, but that is pretentious for a number of reasons, one of which being they would make us look like idiots. Other bands that would be amazing to tour with for various reasons would be Sigur Ros, Muse, NIN, 30 Seconds to Mars, Deftones, Karnivool, and Linkin Park. My dream tour of newer bands would be with Bring Me the Horizon and Nothing More.
Describe your dream tour bus!
Anything that isn’t the van that we currently sleep in. Oh, and it would have to look like a space shuttle.
What is the best advice you can give someone who is trying to follow their dreams?
Actually “go for it”. Don’t just follow the dream, but bust your ass towards achieving it. Find out what you need to do to get there, including the peripheral less-than-fun things that are required to pull it off. Following dreams is hard work. Do an honest evaluation of where you are in relation to the dream and formulate your plan based on that, possibly tempering your expectations based upon that. Everything is possible, but painting the Mona Lisa came natural for da Vinci, whereas a lifetime of work wouldn’t get most of the rest of us there. But that isn’t to say we shouldn’t try. Practically every day I hear a new song or see a YouTube video that makes me feel incredibly inferior, but that doesn’t stop me.
Have you had any fan experiences that really stand out to you?
It is awesome and humbling to hear fans give their personal experiences of how a song has helped them. I’ve seen a couple people cry in the crowd while singing the lyrics and it has given me a lump in my throat. It is hard to sing with a lump in your throat. Oh, and someone bought us like $50 worth of tacos. That touched my heart!
What are your tour necessities?
We sleep in a van in Walmart parking lots and shower at Planet Fitness. So. like, I guess those two places are necessary.
Any last words for your fans and our readers?
If you haven’t checked out our debut album, 'Transmissions', do it!
What do you think of Starset?
Buy their latest album on iTunes HERE!
Hey Music Lovers,
Today is your lucky day. A Buzznet favorite, Jesse McCartney, has released a brand new album called 'In Technicolor'! I got to get a first listen and honestly had it on repeat all day at my desk. I got to see Jesse live WAY back in the day and more recently on tour with The Backstreet Boys and he still gave off the same energy from when we were kids. Jesse has ALWAYS been a fantastic songwriter but this album shows off his growth and a side of him I feel he has never shown before which I appreciate.
To get YOU hyped for his new album I am going to share my 3 favorite songs!
1. "Back Together"
This was his first single and it had me hooked for days! I was so into the retro, dancy aspect of it and how it was such a fun uplifting song! Seeing him perform it live in a blue suit defintiely tied it all together!
2. "The Other Guy"
This song is last on the album but it surely is not least. This song has strong raw vocals that hit your heart, plus the piano is a beautiful touch. This one takes you back to that one specific, relatable situation in your life...definitely is a "blast this in your room when you're alone" kind of song. le sigh.
I loved this one because it makes you feel exactly the way it wants you to...Superbad. Whether you're a girl strutting her stuff in new clothes or the man getting to watch it happen, you feel good in all the bad ways ;)
The rest of the songs are all just as good so if you like what you have heard so far be sure to pick up 'In Technicolor' on iTunes HERE!
Ok so we have the battle of the big dogs in here and it is the battle of the crop top and abs!
Britney Spears was everyone's "ab idol" at one point and I feel like as of now Miley Cyrus is my current "ab idol" SO I wanted to hear YOUR thoughts on this!