Up & Coming 17 year-old indie artist Em Rossi released her latest song and video ‘Earthquake‘. The video has clocked a million+ YouTube views and is still climbing to new heights. I wanted to know more of this California songstress and I her asked her questions, exploring the world of creativity and inspiration.
Did you grow up in show business?
Em Rossi: I was always surrounded by music growing up. My father played guitar, sang, and wrote. Music was played in my house all day and I naturally found a great love for the art. I began taking vocal lessons when I was eight years old training in Classical and Musical Theatre. My passion grew from there as I began singing at recitals and performing for family and friends. CONTINUE READING
Who is Anthony Rankin? He is an up & coming Nashville-based pop singer & songwriter. His latest radio-ready song and video ‘Phoenix In Vegas‘ demonstrate his musical chops. What does Rankin want to say through his music? It was one of the many questions I wanted to explore….
Can you elaborate on your background?
A: I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My father was a professional drummer for much of his life and my mother a giant music fan for as long as I can remember. They always encouraged my creative pursuits. I grew up performing with my dad in blues bars, school talent shows, summer fairs. After cutting my teeth on many stages as a teenager, I attended college and received a Bachelor’s degree in music and studio recording from Duquesne University. In the years that followed, I self-released a handful of albums and performed throughout Pittsburgh and the northeast before I moved to Nashville in 2011 to broaden my career pursuits. CONTINUE READING
Jeffery has worked with major artists in multiple genres. He co-wrote Echosmith’s pop hit and multi-platinum-selling single, “Cool Kids”, is multi-platinum around the world. Jeffery has had over 350 syncs (Monday Night Football, MTV, VH1) and also written many songs for TV shows, including The Voice, Glee, American Idol, The Biggest Loser and ESPN. Additionally, he has scored fifteen worldwide commercials for brands including Guess, Southwest Airlines, Victoria Beckham and Lamborghini.
You’ve worked with a lot of artists like Seal, Zedd, O Town, Christina Grimmie and Echosmith. What was it like working with Seal?
That was a lot of fun. It was one of the highlights of my career for sure. His publisher reached out to me about him working with me and I didn’t hear anything for a few months and then all the sudden he emailed me directly and was raving about a song I wrote. I didn’t believe it was him at first and thought for sure it was a friend playing a prank.
We worked for 6 weeks straight and wrote something like 14 songs. He was at my house every day and we’d go to movies and get ice cream between sessions. My wife would make these amazing meals everyday and Seal was loving the food so much he’d serenade her while she cooked lunch. It was hilarious. He’s one of the most gifted singers I’ve ever worked with and his vocal range is really impressive. His writing is really special and once he trusts you musically he’s willing try anything. I appreciated being able to experiment and push him in new ways. He’s become close to my entire family and we just adore him. CONTINUE READING
UK folk-pop band Flight Brigade have almost completed their debut album, co-produced by Gavin Monaghan (The Editors, Kings of Leon, Robert Plant) and mixed by Donald Clark (The Knife, Noah & The Whale, Muse) at Artillery Studios. The album is due for release in early Autumn. Flight Brigade have released the official music video for their upcoming single ‘Housefire’ which is set in the Welsh mountains and follows the story of a girl fleeing the haunting influence of her past. They have been confirmed for Bestival and Glastonbury Festival. Housefire has a haunting atmospheric vibe with a singable anthem.
Twin sister duo Good Graeff are making noise with their unique indie pop sound. The duo is comprised of Brooke (guitar, lead vocals) and Brit Graeff (cello, backup vocals) who started in a Hanoi, Vietnam living room winning their high school “Battle of The Bands” competition. You’ll hear wide range of influences from The Pixies, Tegan and Sara and Andrew Bird. They just premiered their new music video for single “I Want That” off their upcoming record, ‘Good Job Go”. Baeble Music says “Blending sugary guitars, bouncy keys, and luscious cello, “I Want That” has a distinct chamber pop feeling that couches Brooke Graeff’s infectious melodies that can get stuck in your head all day.”
Kevin Lyman is best known as the producer and creator of the extremely successful Vans Warped Tour, the longest running traveling music festival in the world today. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the tour has played to over millions of fans. Kevin has founded many other highly successful tours including the Rockstar Mayhem Festival and Down from the Mountain Tour. When not curating giant festivals, he sits on the Board of Directors for Saint Archer Brewery and the LA County Fairplex. He also has his hand in the record industry as co-owner of Side One Dummy.
A trendsetter for youth branding, Kevin has established creative partnerships with brands such as Vans, Kia, Journeys, Fuse, Ernie Ball, and Monster Energy Drink. Kevin was an honoree at the Grammy/MusiCares MAP Fund 2011 and received the Billboard Touring Awards Humanitarian of the Year in 2009. Recently he has founded The Entertainment Institute to revolutionize music business education utilizing his 35 years of experience.
You are best known as the creator of the Vans Warped tour, the longest running traveling musical festival in the world today, as well as the Rockstar Mayhem Festival. Are you content with your achievements or do you feel there is unfinished business?.
KL: No there is always stuff out there to do. I’ve always felt there is more out there to be done. People have asked me what was the best Warped Tour. I say “it’s the one that is going to happen, I hope.” You can’t live on status quo. I think what we are doing now , especially with The Entertainment Institute (TEI), some of the other branding things like speaking engagements, are pushing in the direction I want to go. I thought that education was going to be my calling and maybe the music thing was going to be a passing thing and I would get on with my life.
When you founded The Entertainment Institute, what sparked that idea? KL: A few reasons are that I speak at colleges and universities quite a bit. I firmly believe in the education process but sometimes kids come out of school not quite up with everything that is going on. They are not keeping current. I thought that maybe we could create a supplemental education program to teach them real time. Not to replace anything that one is doing in education, but to keep it in real time. CONTINUE READING