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Hey Music Buds,
We have a fun new single from the talented guys in Rixton! The new single "Hotel Ceiling" came out today and we are so into it...of course we will share it with you all :)
"Following on the success of their debut platinum hit single and U.K. No. 1 “Me And My Broken Heart” and their U.K. Top 10 follow up “Wait On Me” — British sensations Rixton have announced their next single will be “Hotel Ceiling.” The track is the third single from the Manchester band’s eagerly anticipated full-length debut album Let The Road, which will now be available in the U.S and around the world on March 3rd, 2015 via School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope Records. Those who pre-order Let The Road will receive “Hotel Ceiling” as an instant download. A video for the track, which is co-written by the band, their producer Benny Blanco (Katy Perry, Maroon 5), and Ed Sheeran will be released in January. Rixton will perform their new single live on Good Morning America on January 6th on ABC."
What do YOU think of the new single?
Hey Music Buds,
We got a chance to sit down with Young Rising Sons and chat about their music, Songwriting and The 1975!
In "High", you sing "Without a low, there ain't a high". What have been the lows that you've had to experience to get to the highs in your career?
We have been a band for about 5 years now. In that time a lot of what we tried didn't work. It was discouraging to pour everything we had into something only to be kicked around by the music industry and not be taken seriously. We were made a lot of empty promises and sent on wild goose chases to find 'the right sound,' or write 'the big smash.' only to be rejected. However, we always knew that this is what we were going to do no matter what happened to get in our way.
"High" was featured in the movie, "This Is Where I Leave You". What's it like hearing your song in movies o on the radio?
It's similar to that scene in That Thing You Do, when they first hear their song on the radio. It's a very surreal experience that I don't think will ever become old to us.
Your sound reminds me a little bit of fun. Where do you get your musical inspiration from?
We listen to so many different things and individually we all grew up listening to a pretty diverse plethora of music. Queen, The Supremes, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and even Rancid are a few different artists we derive inspiration from.
How do you write your songs? What is the process like?
We all write our songs together in a very open, democratic process. Someone will come in with a melody, lyric, or riff, and we will bounce ideas off each other until we have something we can all stand behind and be proud of.
Right now you're touring with the 1975, what has it been like on the road?
We've been on the road for a while now, and everything tends to become a bit of a blur. However, this tour is certainly different from anything we have done in the past. The kids that come out to the shows are truly music fans and are at the front of the stage as soon as doors open. The 1975 has a passionate and rabid fan base, and it's been an honor and pleasure to share the stage with them.
The lovely and talented Shawn Mendes has released his official video for "Something Big"! Shawn has been on my rader but I've never heard his music until now and honestly I am extremely impressed! I love the catchy lyrics, the upbeat vibe and the concept he chose for the video. It's always so rewarding to see people go after their dreams at such a young age! Enjoy...
What do you think of Shawn Mendes?
Be sure to go see Shawn Mendes live at a city near you!!
HEADLINING TOUR DATES (SOLD OUT)
11/15 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
11/26 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
11/30 - Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall
JINGLE BALL DATES
12/5 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
12/8 - Minneapolis, MN - Xcel Energy Arena
12/10 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Arena
12/12 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
12/14 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
12/15 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
12/18 - Chicago, IL - United Center
12/21 - Miami, FL - BB&T Center
12/22 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum
TAYLOR SWIFT DATES
5/22/15 - Baton Rouge, LA - LSU Tiger Stadium
5/30/15 - Detroit, MI - Ford Field
6/6/15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Field
6/13/15 - Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field
7/11/15 - East Rutherford, NJ - Metlife Stadium
7/13/15 - Washington, DC - Nationals Park
7/18/15 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field
7/24/15 & 7/25/15 - Foxborough, MA - Gillette Stadium
8/1/15 - Vancouver, BC - BC Place Stadium
8/8/15 - Seattle, WA - Century Link Field
8/15/15 - Santa Clara, CA - Levi's Stadium
8/29/15 - San Diego, CA - PETCO Park
10/2/15 & 10/3/15 - Toronto, ONT - Rogers Centre
10/18/15 - Dallas, TX - AT&T Stadium
10/24/15 - Atlanta, GA - Georgia Dome
10/31/15 - Tampa, FL - Raymond James Stadium
According to the new song "Kick Me" that Sleeping With Sirens released today on Epitaph Records, "We don't know sh**t about them" BUT we do know this song is incredible. As I mentioned, it was released on Epitaph which means they are now signed to them...how exciting?!
We are big fans and supporters of SWS here at Buzznet so we are so proud and excited to share this new video with you!
What do you think of this new song?
It has been a while since I wrote a deeper, heartfelt blog on here. I have been really working on myself inside and out and am trying to pass on the knowledge and amazing feelings that come along with doing that to anyone who wants to listen. Once you are happy with yourself, everything else seems to make sense and good people are drawn to you. I sat down and listened to music the other day after a long walk and started writing down my thoughts...enjoy.
- Love can and always will be more powerful than hate.
- ALWAYS act from a place of love.
- Don't get mad when you don't get what you want from a situation. There is alway a reason that it's unfolding the way it is.
- Try to walk in the shoes, even for a second, of the person you are conflicted with.
- Spend more time within yourself and less time "in your head".
- Money is cool but it is just a perk oh and it's literally a piece of paper. True wealth comes from everything else. Money later rewards you for seeking what you need and love.
- Happiness has no face value.
- You have way less control than you'd like, EMBRACE it!
- If you wanted to settle, you would have by now. Keep moving.
- Keep your class. You will cherish it later. Great men and women will treat you right only if you set a high standard for them to match up to. Set your goals.
- It's OK to cry, do not abandon a natural emotion just because of your ego.
- If they pull away...let them go.
- The truth is...you define what matters to you. You create conflict and stress in your life by how you respond to situations.
- Age IS just a number.
- Kids give the best advice.
- Laughter will seriously heal you.
- Take care of yourself, wellness is vital and it is more than just what you see on the scale.
- Friends are meant to mirror the best qualities you project out to the world. Never take them for granted.
- Don't party as much as you did when you were younger. Successful adults need sleep.
- Dreams can and will be the answer to alot of your questions in life, write them down!
- Open a book at least 2 times a week. Let yourself absorb other worlds, thoughts,ideas and educate yourself.
- Do not EVER lose yourself in anyone, they connected with you because of who YOU are. If they wanted to date themselves they would.
- Even if you think you have it all figured out, you don't. There is always room to crash, burn, survive, grow and get even stronger.
- Travel as much as you possibly can, trust me!
- Smile as much as you possibly can, trust me!
- Tell yourself how beautiful you are every single day.
- Be grateful especially "the easier" things get. Gratitude is the base of all success and happiness.
What is one thing you love about yourself?
We have some new amazing music for you from Deleasa! We listened to his newest song "Good People" and were instantly hooked! You can order the song on iTunes HERE! Another personal favorite is this song...
"Michael Deleasa is no stranger to the road, having previously toured in direct support to Olly Murs, Lawson, Jason Castro and The Jonas Brothers. This time around, Deleasa is set to kick off his "GranTourismo" Fall Tour alongside Nick Thomas (formerly of The Spill Canvas) and Cassio Monroe. Starting November 6th Deleasa will be traveling throughout the northeast, playing 9 cities along the way."
Here is our fun interview we did!
When and how did you know that you wanted to pursue music?
Well I have always loved music from a young age and would dream of being in a band. I then joined my first band in 6th grade and was hooked and just didnt stop playing and touring. Before I knew it I was living in LA realizing oh damn I am a full time "artist"
What inspires your sound?
There is a lot of amazing music out there that inspires me, I definetly fall into the category of a old soul and love Al Green, Earth Wind and Fire and Steely Dan to name a few but then there are all these new artist that are interpreting the things I love with today's technology so I'll get turned onto a new artist like banks and hear snakeships remix of warm water or hear a Mayer Hawthorne cut and just get all amped up and it inspires me to push my sound.
How do the lyrics to your songs come about?
It may sound cliche but just life.... Some times im driving and hangin on a thought so I start humming and it snowballs.... I also just makes notes of titles or jot down a few lyrics when ever. Sometimes it hits right when I'm about to fall asleep or in the middle of being out.
What is your favorite song to perform live, and why?
Right now its the new single good people for the sole fact its a straight jam
Who would you like to work with in the future?
There are quit a few but to name a few Q-tip, Raphael Saadiq, and I think a real dope collab would be with this band Cherub.
If you area music junkie like myself, chances are you have heard of and even own most of the 'Punk Goes...' albums right?
Well, today they released a video of Tyler Carter of Issues and Luke Holland of The Word Alive covering Paramore's song "Aint It Fun" and it is incredible!
"Ahead of its November 17th street date, the reveal of Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6 rolls on with the release of vocalist Tyler Carter (Issues) and drummer Luke Holland's (The Word Alive) rendition of Paramore's "Ain't It Fun." The creative collaboration is available now on iTunes and is accompanied by the premiere of the music video for the track."
Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6 Track List:
1. Tyler Carter (Feat. Luke Holland) "Ain't It Fun" (originally performed by Paramore)
2. August Burns Red "Wrecking Ball" (originally performed by Miley Cryus)
3. We Came As Romans "I Knew You Were Trouble" (originally performed by Taylor Swift)
4. Upon A Burning Body (Feat. Ice-T) "Turn Down For What" (originally performed by DJ Snake & Lil Jon)
5. Set It Off "Problem" (originally performed by Ariana Grande Feat. Iggy Azalea)
6. Crown The Empire "Burn" (originally performed by Ellie Goulding)
7. Oceans Ate Alaska "Drunk In Love" (originally performed by Beyonce Feat. Jay Z)
8. Youth In Revolt "Royals" (originally performed by Lorde)
9. Volumes "Hold On, We're Going Home" (originally performed by Drake)
10. Knuckle Puck "Chocolate" (originally performed by The 1975)
11. Slaves "Sweater Weather" (originally performed by The Neighbourhood)
12. State Champs "Stay The Night" (originally performed by Zedd Feat. Haley Williams)
13. Palisades "Happy" (originally performed by Pharrell Williams)
Hey music lovers,
I feel like most of you have been fans of David Schmitt and Breathe Carolina since the start. If so, here is an interview I did with David recently that you will love...we talk tour, fans and he even empties his pockets.
For the people who have not checked you out, describe your music in 3 words!
Fast, Melodic, Energetic!
You guys have evolved over the years, what is the hardest part of adjusting to changes in the industry?
I think everyone adjusting to us is the hardest thing, like we're entering new platforms and a new world and we just hope everyone hangs on for the ride!
You just started The Friend Zone Tour, are there any dates in particular that you are stoked for?
Always love playing the hometown ( Denver) New York and L.A. are always up there as well as Texas!
What is one song you heard this year that you wish you wrote?
Duke Dumont "waves"
If you could design your dream tour bus, what would it look like?
The bus that's in the spice girls movie where everyone has their own big rooms!
Pick one song off 'Savages' and tell us what it means to you and what the writing process was like!
"Shots Fired" about going through letting someone in the life go and how it affects you. Anytime you lose someone to anything, it's hard and the process is emotional.
What is running through your mind the second you first hit the stage? Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I just get pumped! Seeing everyone out in the crowd is a feeling like no other. We don't really have any more show rituals, to be honest... we just get hyped up!
Empty your pockets…what's in them?
Phone, wallet, crumpled receipts!
What advice can you give the kids reading this who are trying to follow their dreams?
Make sure you stay true to yourself and be careful who you trust along the way. Don't forget why you started doing it in the first place!
Fast forward to one year from today, where do you see yourself and the band?
We want to be playing all the major festivals; we want to be every where we can be. Still having the time of our lives!
Catch Breathe Carolina in a city near you on the Friends Zone Tour!
Happy Monday Buzznet!
I got the pleasure of doing a phone interview with the talented Gavin Degraw recently! I have been a fan of his music from day 1 and have always been so impressed with how powerful his lyrics were, his songs would be on repeat daily. He has managed to uphold that reputation and his fans are still supporting him over 10 years later! Whether you are a new fan or someone who has been singing along to his music for years, I hope you enjoy this interview and be sure to check out his newest album on iTunes HERE!
You just released a new album, can you tell us a little about that?
I released an album yesterday, my latest. It's called 'Finest Hour: The Best Of Gavin Degraw'. It's essentially a greatest hits type of album but it's my selection of songs that I want people to hear who haven’t herd my music before to give them a good overview of my music so far. I’ve put out five studio albums and this is me hand picking songs from those albums and going “here check it out, see what you think”. It was a really good time to put out the song fire which I just wrote with a couple of guys I know and we were so excited about this song we were like we gotta get this thing out there immediately so I thought how I could get this out there immediately and I spoke to people I knew and they were like well you know you could put out a best of album because there’s enough material here and we can use your new song "Fire" as part of the way to promote it this way you get to get this song out there to the world.
You have some new songs on the album, whats the process in creating a new song for you?
Well it's pretty much all over the place you know you have an idea for a melody or lyrics and they start leading the way for each other but ultimately it all has to fit into the frame work of what you think that melody is. The melody is the important thing first and then of course coming up with that lyric. The melody is the design to make you think oh that’s catchy or that’s pretty or that’s fun but the lyric is really where you get the opportunity to allow people to know you and allow the audience to feel like they know you and so the power of a lyric is very special some people can just write a lyric so great that everyone feels like they know them for thirty seconds. The song writing process is always an interesting one and is always fun because you can make something really good or you can really ruin something and you know when you're done which way you’ve gone. That’s one of the fun things about it, it's an imperfect system.
The crazy part is as a listener you can take so much from that and create a completely different scenario in your head...
100% exactly, you know music is a way to either escape or be part of something so it's always interesting to see all the different ways it can be used. For something invisible it's really quite special you could be in a restaurant listening to one artist but if they put on a different artist it feels like your in a completely different place.
Aside from song writing and all the different challenges that comes from that, what has been one of the biggest obstacles for you as an artist over the years?
Obstacle wise I think has been a couple of years ago I finally decided co-writing and my biggest obstacle was me. I'd get in the way of certain things; I'd be married to a particular idea and it has to be this way so I should just always write alone and these are the things that in my opinion stunted my growth for a while and when I finally decided to try it improvements happened immediately and things changed exponentially for me and improved for me. The biggest thing was getting past some of the restrictions I created for myself because of whatever reason. I had to get past certin ideas.
Do you write for other people as well?
I do but it doesn’t mean they’ll cover the song sometimes I'll write things and end up doing the song. For me when were in the studio and I was thinking to myself awe man I want Tom Jones to do this song but he’s never even herd the song I wrote it myself . I was thinking about Tom Jones when I wrote "Leading Man" and when I wrote "Follow Through" I was thinking about Paul McCartney and so sometimes you write a song for someone but not necessarily because their gonna sing it, you write it and think about what someone like that would do or like to do without them even hearing it
You have some amazing fans that have stuck with you over the years since the beginning; whats the best thing a fan has ever done for you that stands out in your head?
Fans have done some really great things. If your lucky enough to have a fan base they’ll really change your life. Years ago when I was out on tour living in a van and things were rough a fan came up to me and she gave me a Starbucks gift card and getting free coffee and a snack here and there was very helpful to me, it was a big deal. Fans making scrapbooks and putting together photos of you over the course of your summer tour or your album cycle or if they’ve been coming to your shows for years and they have a book made of them and another fan that they became friends with by listening to your music or online, its very special to see how you can become part of a community and it's very flattering and sometimes when your writing music you don’t think about that stuff or the residual affects that are really quite inspiring . Things like that are just so cool. When we first started touring wed do a show and wouldn’t have any money to stay at a hotel and people are like hey man you can shower at my house and just stuff like that. The early part of your career it’s a really special thing because people are trying to help you and a lot of those people stay with you your entire career if your lucky. And they defend you and promote you and tell their friends about you and its really a special thing.
Fans don’t even realize they are half of the magic, you could sit there and play all your amazing songs to yourself but the whole point is you want other people to be inspired by them so it's great...
Exactly, and everyone wants to feel special. Everyone wants to feel at the end of the day that they are appreciated and music is one of those lucky jobs were you get done with your work day and people clap for you. There’s not too many jobs where at the end of the day people start clapping.
Because you are someone who has clearly followed their dreams do you have any advice for anyone that’s struggling trying to follow their dreams right now?
I guess a couple things, you have to be completely dedicated to it, if your pursuing your dream you still have to go to work concerning that thing. If it's your dream you have to put the hours in. If your doing that thing that’s your dream but it only feels like work then that’s not your dream, it shouldn’t feel like work. You're going to work but it shouldn’t feel like work, if it does that’s not the dream it, can't be, it has to be fun. Music is always fun for me.
It's one of those things that once it sparks you, you should always be inspired and excited to continue it...
Exactly, you know my brother just lost a very close friend who was a master carpenter and artist and he said to him "I never worked a day in my life." ...and he was a man who went to work everyday.
It's so true and its one of the most challenging things...
Yea but you know some people they have different dreams, they don’t necessarily dream of doing what they love they just dream of being famous or rich or have the person who teased me in high school work for me. There’s totally different dreams and different versions of what people consider to be a dream so its hard to give advice. I just say if it is your dream it should be something you love and it's possible for anybody. If I can be here doing this for a living anybody can.
Since you did use to travel in a van, if you could design your dream tour bus and have some of your essentials that you’ve just dreamt up in your head, what would your dream tour bus look like?
My dream tour bus would be a jet with a hotel in it, hahaha. That would be my dream tour bus. It's actually a plane that is a hotel.
If you could no longer do what you were doing right now what impact would that have on you?
My life would be nothing similar to what it is now because it's my favorite thing to do. I don’t know, that’s hard for me It would defeat me, I cant think of anything that would make me feel more defeated than not being able to do what I love.
Any last words for your fans?
I wanna tell them thank you and you’ve changed my life and I love you for that and I hope to see them soon.
What do YOU guys think of Gavin Degraw? Do you have a favorite song?
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?