Bring It Bring It Back

Seven months ago, I moved to L.A. so I could pursue a career in the music industry. I’ve always had a dream of running my own festivals, but wasn’t exactly sure which entry-level job would set me on that path. I interviewed at a number of places and met with a lot of people to get advice on where to begin. It seemed like I just needed to get my foot in the door at some entertainment company and let the rest fall into place over time, but it didn’t feel right to settle for a position that wouldn’t teach me how to get where I wanted to go. Luckily, I found an opportunity to be an assistant at Danny Wimmer Presents, a festival production company that specializes in hard rock. While it may not be the genre most up my alley, the experience I’ve gotten is invaluable. I’m learning the ins and outs of what it takes to put on a festival, and getting to touch a little of each department, which is helping me figure out exactly what I like and don’t like.

On top of work, I’ve also tried to focus on networking and getting involved with more live music. In the Spring, I volunteered for BrokeLA (a day fest for those of us who can’t afford Coachella) and got to meet the guys behind Brownies & Lemonade, an awesome production company focused on showcasing SoundCloud’s best. More recently, I’ve been volunteered for SoFar Sounds, helping put on gigs for Mt. Joy, Noah Cyrus, BJ The Chicago Kid and tons of other cool artists from all over the world. Of course, I’ve also been hitting a ton of concerts, but I’m starting to realize how much I love being part of live music in intimate settings.

Working and volunteering in the music industry have not only opened a lot of doors for me, they’re also teaching me more about my passions and steering me toward and away from all the right things. Unfortunately, they have consumed a lot of my time, and I’ve definitely slacked on finding new music and writing my blog. There is still a lot of stuff I want to share with my friends, though, and I’ve been itching for a creative outlet, so I’m going to start making an effort to prioritize this again. In the meantime, here’s a playlist with all of my jamz over the last few months:

Process — Sampha

At the beginning of February, British musician Sampha released his debut album, Process. Most people would probably recognize Sampha’s voice from his features on Drake’s “The Motion” and “Too Much,” or from SBTRKT’s “Hold On” and “Never Never.” His talent has also been noticed by a number of other great artists like Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Solange. Needless to say, this guy’s got talent.

Process will probably go down as one of my favorite albums of all time. I’ve listened to it at least three times a week for the last month and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. I love the way his raw, soulful vocals contrast against the trancelike, electronic instrumentals. He creates something that is both real and surreal at the same time. My only wish is that I was listening to it on vinyl. Also be sure to check out his NPR special, “Tiny Desk Concert.”

 

Winter Setlist

Since graduating college in December, I’ve been busy traveling, moving and trying to find a job. I didn’t have a ton of time to dedicate to finding new music this winter, but still would love to share some of my favorite finds over the last three months:

2017 Spring Festival Guide

My favorite part about the new year is that it’s like an instant refresh on all of the festivals. I wish it was my job to attend them all, but even though I can’t, I still love looking at all of the different lineups and seeing what artists are playing everywhere.

Next weekend kicks off my first festival for the year at Air + Style, but so far that’s all I’ve got planned. I spend so much time looking at lineups that I thought I’d make it easier on some of my friends and put together a comprehensive, chronological list of all the lineups I’m stoked on this Spring. I’ve got all the prices and locations listed for you, plus some of the acts I would want to see at each one. This only covers from now until April, so I will definitely be posting a summer lineup guide once more of them are out.

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Poppin’ Katy

As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed one day, I came across a sponsored article from YourEDM.com titled Finally, an All-Natural, Legal Party Pill That’s Actually Good for You [Review]. Of course, I clicked on it because if I wasn’t going to, Facebook’s algorithms wouldn’t have put it there. I read the review, scanned the page for any advertorial disclaimers and double-checked the site’s credits before deciding the source seemed legit.

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Artist to Watch: ye.

One of my favorite Soundcloud discoveries this year is ye. (pronounced “yeah”). I first found his song “iwantuu” over summer and smashhheddd that download link. The drop is similar to Sam Gellaitry’s “Long Distance,” but it goes way harder. It uploaded to iTunes with no artist listed, so I had no idea who the genius behind the beat was until I came across another one of his songs a little later. I checked out his profile and was completely sold—homie has some epic sounds. Check out some of my favorites below, but definitely go check out ye.’s Soundcloud and show him some love.

Voodoo Fest 2016

Two weekends ago, I went with my friends to VoodooFestival in New Orleans. If you haven’t ever been to a festival there, put it on your bucket list. The city is the best place to be if you want to have a good time, and festivals like Voodoo and Buku never fail to impress with their lineups (plus, tickets and hotels really aren’t too pricey). This year was even more special because the festival fell on Halloween weekend. I really couldn’t have thought of a better place to spend my favorite holiday, and I was not let down at all. I figured I’d share who I saw, what I wore, and how it was each day.

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Throwback Thursday: Kids These Days

My freshman year of college, I discovered one of Chicago’s many hidden treasures: Kids These Days. The band is unlike anything I’ve ever heard, mixing a sultry blend of rock, rap, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Their musical talent and capabilities are so apparent in their sound that you know it’s the kind of band you have to see live. Unfortunately, their prodigy was short-lived. After four years and one album, the group split up in 2013.

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