INTERVIEW – Bondax Return From Three Year Hiatus, To Release Debut Album

After a 3 year hiatus, Bondax returned with new music in 2018 and just completed a run of U.S. tour dates. The UK production duo of Adam Kaye and George Townsend recently released the new track, “Neo Seoul,” with an accompanying video which was shot while they were on tour in Seoul last year. The duo is gearing up for their full length artist album set for release later this year. 16045

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Wrecks Talk ‘Panic Vertigo’, Formation

The Wrecks burst onto the scene in 2016 with the three-song EP, We Are The Wrecks, which features the breakthrough track, “Favorite Liar” that garnered mainstream alternative radio airplay and 6+ million streams on Spotify. The five-piece originally from the East Coast is led by chief songwriter Nick Anderson (Vocals/Guitar), who formed the band with other members Aaron Kelley (Bass), Nick Schmidt (Guitar), Westen Weiss (Guitar), and Billy Nally (Drums). The band recorded their debut EP on a whim, alongside friend and engineer Andrew D’Angelo, when they were surprised with the news that a friend had been granted

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Aces Talk Debut Album, Perform “Fake Nice”

The Aces much anticipated debut album, When My Heart Felt Volcanic is set to be released via Red Bull Records on April 6th. The full-length has been in the making for some time as the quartet most recently released their EP, I Don’t Like Being Honest. Consisting of sisters Cristal Ramirez(lead vocals/guitar) and Alisa Ramirez(drums) and childhood friends McKenna Petty(bass) and Katie Henderson(guitar), the band formed in 2008 in Provo, Utah, initially known as The Blue Aces. The group started at a young age performing at school rallies and events, eventually elevating to city events and local

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Kimbra Talks ‘Primal Heart’, NYC Influence

After some time away from the public eye, Kimbra released a couple of tracks in late 2017 “Everybody Knows” and “Top Of The World”(co-produced by Skrillex) that are from her third full-length album, Primal Heart, which is out April 20, 2018 via Warner Bros. Records. Having moved to New York City from Los Angeles a couple of years ago, the native New Zealander, Kimbra also worked with other producers in Los Angeles and New Zealand. Her voice is no stranger to many, as she’s recognized for her duet with Gotye on "Somebody That I Used to Know," which garnered

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – 3LAU Talks ‘Ultraviolet’, Bitcoin Guide

Over the past few years, DJ and producer 3LAU has grown as an artist and influencer, eventually starting his own record label in conjunction with philanthropy. Born Justin Blau, the artist started playing piano as a child and would go on to teach himself guitar, bass, and drums. It was during a trip to Sweden while still in college that Blau was exposed to electronic dance music and inspired him to create his own music. While majoring in finance at Washington University in St. Louis on a full scholarship, Blau experienced early success as a DJ/producer with numerous sell-out club

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – HAWAI Talk Return From Hiatus, Personal Evolution

Formed in 2015 by longtime friends, Jake Pappas [vocals, guitar], Jesse “Bumper” Dorman [drums], Jared Slaybaugh [bass, vocals], and Matt Gillen [keyboards, synths], HAWAI built a loyal following from their 2016 debut EP, Working All Night, where the tracks cumulatively totaled 1 million Spotify streams. The band took a hiatus to focus on their personal lives as some members had babies and got married. As the band’s main songwriter, Pappas continued writing during the time off and started putting together what would become the band’s follow-up EP, Hide in the Ocean. The first single “I’m Not Dead”

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – LP Talks International Success, Forthcoming Coachella Performance

The fourth full-length studio album from LP, Lost On You was released in May of 2017 and the most successful for the singer/songwriter, thus far. Originally from New York City born Laura Pergolizzi, LP has had a series of ups and downs as a performer, having released two solo albums in the early 2000s and garnered interest from various record labels. Success during that period as a performer was elusive for LP but the opposite held true as a songwriter. LP experienced great success as a songwriter, having written for artists ranging from Cher and Rihanna to

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Wombats Return With New Album, Murph Talks Newlywed Status

The Wombats fourth studio album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life was released on Feb 9, 2018 via Kobalt Music Recordings and in addition to their headline tour in January, will be joining Weezer and The Pixies for a run of dates this summer. “I wanted to make an album that had more swagger, was a bit more laid back, something that wasn’t punching you in the face every time you listen to it,” frontman Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy said of the new music. Although the album was written from three corners of the globe – drummer Dan Haggis

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Grace Mitchell Talks Going Independent, Focusing On Music Style

As soon as she burst onto the scene, Grace Mitchell wow’d audiences and critics with a variety of music styles and sounds. “We’re always trying to innovate and make pop music sound fresh,” she stated. “It’s never standard or formulaic. It’s experimental, and I’m telling stories.” The Oregon native worked with Richard Swift, known from his work with indie rock band, The Shins, as well as a member of The Arcs, which features the guitarist and vocalist of the Black Keys, Dan Auerbach. Living in the same neighborhood as Swift, Mitchell got to work with him on

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Wafia Talks ‘VIII’, Songwriting

VIII, the latest EP from rising vocalist and songwriter Wafia, and features singles “Bodies,” “Only Love” and “83 Days.” Named for the atomic number of oxygen, the new music explores themes of transparency, necessity, simplicity, and intangibility through the lens of Wafia’s experience as a young, queer, Muslim in today’s world. “Writing this EP, I got really obsessed with the realization that nothing I ever make will be tangible,” says Wafia. “Even my voice, the only instrument I use, is intangible but so are any feelings and emotions that I write about. VIII is an exploration of

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Whiskey Shivers Talk ‘Pitch Perfect 3’, Perform “Reckless”

Whiskey Shivers have made a name for themselves from their energetic and engaging live shows featuring their genre-pushing “trashgrass” sound. Based in Austin, TX,  their punk-influenced style stands out from the traditional bluegrass world, as evidenced in their latest and fifth album, Some Part of Something. The five-piece recently made their major film debut last year, with the national release of Pitch Perfect 3, which features returning cast members Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld. The band appear as “Saddle Up” – a country inspired band who compete against the Bellas on a USO Tour. “Whiskey Shivers isn't just the

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Ashe Talks Beginnings, New Music

Northern California-native singer/songwriter Ashe has garnered recognition and praise for her collaborations with electronic artists Louis the Child, Whethan, Shaun Frank, Ben Phipps and others. As a graduate in composition and production from Berklee College of Music, Ashe gained international exposure as a songwriter and jazz vocalist. 2017 saw the emerging artist perform at Coachella with Big Gigantic, tour on a run of dates during The Chainsmokers arena tour alongside Shaun Frank and touring with electronic artist Whethan at numerous large venues and the SnowGlobe Music Festival. Ashe recently debuted a new track, “Girl Who Cried Wolf”,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – White Reaper Talk Touring, Gaining New Fans

White Reaper have been on a roll since the release of 2017’s The World's Best American Band. The Louisville band performed at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and just completed a support tour with Spoon. With their second studio full-length, the bold statement of the title is also the band’s credo. “Because we are the best,” says guitarist/vocalist Tony Esposito. “Just like Muhammad Ali was the greatest, you gotta say it out loud for people to believe it.” The band had worked on the material with producer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Young Widows) and

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – San Holo at SnowGlobe 2017

Dutch artist/producer San Holo has been established as one of the fastest growing talents in electronic music. Having started his own label, bitbird, San Holo gained increased exposure over the course of 2017 with releases “Light” and “The Future”. During that time, San Holo toured extensively with numerous sold-out shows and festival appearances that included Bonnaroo, Electric Daisy Carnival and SnowGlobe Music Festival. 2018 will see San Holo perform at Coachella, Shaky Beats, Hangout Festival, Firefly and Electric Forest. 15950

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Lane 8 at SnowGlobe 2017

Three years after his debut album, Rise, Lane 8, aka Daniel Goldstein, is back with his second album Little By Little via his own imprint, This Never Happened, released on January 19, 2018. Lane 8 has been responsible for one of dance music’s most unique word-of-mouth success stories in the past 18 months; specifically his no-phones, no-filming event concept This Never Happened. His new album features emerging vocalists including, Patrick Baker, Fractures Solomon Grey and singer-songwriter J.F. July. The album’s first single “No Captain,” was released late 2017 and features Channy Leaneagh of POLIÇA. Lane 8

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Justin Jay at SnowGlobe 2017

During his first year at the University of Southern California in 2011, Justin Jay was a producer on the rise, garnering the attention of Dirtybird Records, who would sign them to their label. Following the success and critical recognition of his debut album Fantastic Voyage, the producer and DJ experienced serious anxiety and stress, which caused him to cancel tour dates and regroup. During this period of time, Jay took a different approach to music, opting to write songs instead of composing tracks via software programs. The result was his latest album, Home, where instrumentation is at

INTERVIEW: KRANE Talks ‘Fallout’, Touring

Northern California based producer and artist KRANE caught the ear of the electronic music world with his collaborative project 'SESSIONS' where he accepted submissions from any artists and chose his favorites to collaborate with. His attempts to connect with as many artists as possible revealed his exploratory and communal approach to songwriting, allowing anyone regardless of success to collaborate and network through the 'SESSIONS' project.  We had a chance to steal a few moments away from his busy schedule to discuss his upbringing and new album Fallout, released October 27, 2017. 15908

VIDEO: The Beaches Perform “Money”, Talk Formation, ‘Late Show’

For The Beaches, it all began as a family affair. Sisters Jordan and Kylie Miller started playing music together at ages 6 and 7, respectively, and once they moved to grade school they recruited drummer Eliza McDaniel to join their ranks while walking to school one day. Leandra Earl was the next to join when the band was still in high school in the Beaches area of Toronto. Growing up, the band were all fans of fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne, and when crafting their own musical identities they made sure to carry over her swagger and punk

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – BØRNS Talks Sophomore Album Inspirations, Cooking

"Faded Heart" is the latest single by BØRNS, and a glimpse into the sound from his forthcoming sophomore album due in January 2018. The follow-up to his successful debut, Dopamine, is highly anticipated and is inspired by the singer/songwriter's experience with success, touring and acclaim. BØRNS recently told Billboard magazine, “there are sounds from music that I don’t really think are very prevalent in the way people write music right now,” he says. “There are some [instruments] that have fallen into this mysterious space that I wanted to bring them back onto my record." Almost immediately upon its release

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Middle Kids Talk Early Success, Debut Album

Australian rock trio, Middle Kids centers around the husband and wife pair of Hannah Joy and Tim Fitz, rounded out with drummer Harry Day. All three members of the Sydney-based band have varying musical backgrounds with Joy having started in classical piano and working with string and symphonic orchestrations, while Day started out in jazz drumming. Individually, the trio spent time experimenting with dance and folk, before collaborating together to form the band in 2016. Their first single, “Edge of Town,” broke out in a big way when Elton John played it on his Beats 1 radio

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Atlas Genius Talk ’63 Days’, Baseball

Australian duo Atlas Genius recently released their first new music in two years with the single "63 Days". The track is the band's most intimate yet, bringing the listener through the story of accidental heartbreak, with the accompanying music video painting the picture of becoming more and more isolated until a moment of love brings clarity. The single ties into the campaign the now LA-based brothers Keith and Michael Jeffrey created to inspire fans and the public to participate in, as the pair stated on their website, "We’re not just a rock band, we’re citizens of the world and

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Dan Croll Performs “Bad Boy”, Talks ‘Emerging Adulthood’, “Dial Dan”

UK artist Dan Croll emerged in 2017 with the album, Emerging Adulthood, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Sweet Disarray, that was released in 2014. For Croll, his dream was not to be a professional musician— it was to be a pro rugby player. Unfortunately, a broken leg at the age of 17 forced him to look elsewhere, and he enrolled in the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts at the age of 18. It became clear he had quite the knack for songwriting, winning his school’s Songwriter of the Year award and a meet and greet with the

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Milky Chance Talk ‘Blossom’, Expectations, Fatherhood

The sophomore album by Milky Chance, Blossom, has amassed over 160 Million streams since its release earlier this year and the album’s lead single “Cocoon” has graduated to Gold and/or platinum status in countries including Australia, Canada and the band’s native Germany. The band recently teamed up with British singer Izzy Bizu for their latest single “Bad Things”, which lead singer Clemens Rehbein described, “The inspiration for ‘Bad Things” came from a feeling of finding yourself repeatedly stuck in the same kind of situation.” - explaining further, “It’s a tiring, going-around-in-circles-tragedy. In the end it‘s always up to you

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Alison Wonderland At Austin City Limits 2017

Alison Wonderland is the stage name of Alex Sholler, a DJ and producer from Sydney, Australia, who was classically trained as a cellist growing up. She always knew she wanted to work in music at some level, but wasn’t sure how to make that happen. After studying in Europe for the cello, Sholler returned to Sydney and began playing bass in various punk bands. It was after attending a show featuring Swedish group, The Knife that gave Sholler a clear sense of direction to perform and slowly started to write her own electronic music as well as

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Cut Copy at Austin City Limits 2017

While some bands burn fast and quickly fade away, Cut Copy have employed the opposite approach over their now 16-year history. Formed in 2001 by Dan Whitford, the electronic music band now includes Tim Hoey, Ben Browning, and Mitchell Scott. The Australian band just released their first proper studio album in nearly four years, Haiku From Zero, in September via Astralwerks, which was produced by Ben Allen (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Neon Indian). “When we first started in Australia, there wasn’t really a scene for live electronic music,” recalls Whitford, “You were either someone that would go to

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Wild Now at Austin City Limits 2017

A dream-pop duo from Austin, Texas, The Wild Now consists of singer Taylor Baker and producer Drew Walker. The two met each other at a Local Natives show during SXSW 2013, where they bonded over their mutual love of the band. Baker had been performing as a solo artist, but after meeting, Taylor and Drew began to perform songs that Taylor had written, under the name Taylor & the Wild Now. As a soulful folk band, Taylor & the Wild Now became a popular local fixture in the Austin music scene, having released their self-titled EP in

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – ROMES at Austin City Limits 2017

ROMES are an up-and-coming band that describes their sound as “2 cups of raw energy with 1 cup Pop; a pinch of electronics, infused with 2oz of soul; garnished with some RnB.” The Toronto-based band consists childhood friends- Jacob Alexander, Nicolas Amadeus, James Tebbitt, and Andrew Keyes, who met while attending St Gerard’s School, Bray, in Ireland. Originally from Canada, brothers Jacob and Nick moved to Ireland when their parents decided to move "across the pond". The brothers eventually made friends with indigenous Irish students, bassist Andrew Keyes and guitarist James Tebbitt. The friends would experiment with

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – R.LUM.R. at Austin City Limits 2017

R.LUM.R. is the stage name for Reggie Lamar Williams Jr., an R&B-crooning guitar player quickly rising in the music scene. Williams Jr. grew up in Florida, listening to old school R&B in his mother’s house, but exploring anything he could find on his own time. He remembers when "I got into Linkin Park, and everyone else was into rap and basketball. I was fat and couldn't play basketball and I wanted to listen to Linkin Park and only the white kids at my school wanted to do that stuff and it's kind of like that Earl Sweatshirt line:

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – A R I Z O N A Perform “Oceans Away”, Talk Origins

The band A R I Z O N A is a New Jersey-based trio comprised of Zach Hannah[vocals ,Nate Esquite[guitar] and David Labuguen [keys]. Although they’ve never spent much time in the state, the band states that the name was inspired by a joke Dave made about Nate’s “Arizona” hat in the studio. The origins of the band started in 2016 but all three had friends during their college days in Boston and were already been working in the industry as songwriters and producers. Hannah stated, “We had all been through the ringer with music. We

INTERVIEW: Jaymes Young Talks Songwriting, Humbling Moment While on Tour

Jaymes Young takes pride in being a songwriter first than being considered a singer and performer. Early on, Young spent countless hours holed up in his bedroom piecing together compositions, penning lyrics, and exploring various sounds. In 2013, Young independently released the critically acclaimed mixtape, Dark Star, leading to much praise and an eventual signing to Atlantic Records. The EP, Habits of My Heart, spawned viral hits such as the title track and “I’ll Be Good,” which both surpassed 20 million Spotify streams. Young topped that in 2015 with his collaboration with Phoebe Ryan on “We

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Washed Out Talks ‘Mister Mellow’, Hip-Hop Influence

Solo act Washed Out is one of the original artists whose music was discovered on his Myspace page! The stage name of Ernest Weatherly Greene Jr., Washed Out has been pushing out chillwave EPs since 2009, when he was first discovered on the now-diminishing social network. Greene began producing music in his parents' home after he couldn’t find a job as a librarian, his original plan after graduating college. Soon, his ambient, drowsy dance pop caught the ear of Sub Pop Records, who released Washed Out’s debut album Within and Without in 2011. Its follow-up, Paracosm further raised his profile,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Cuco Talks Rising Attention, Early Beginnings

Recently turned 19-year-old Cuco only began releasing music late 2016, but has been playing music his whole life. The performer, born Omar Banos, has lived his whole life in the Los Angeles district of Hawthorne and began playing guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and horns at the age of 8. This summer, his crooning love-songs that blend both English and Spanish verses together has caught the big time and Cuco is performing in front of sold-out crowds for the first time in his life. Key to Banos is writing of his feelings. “It’s cool to be in your feelings and

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – SHAED Talk Beginnings, Writing New Album

SHAED has garnered a growing fan base and attention after the release of their debut EP, Just Wanna See, last September via Photo Finish Records. The trio from Washington, DC, comprised of twin brothers Max and Spencer Ernst and lead singer Chelsea Lee met during high school and embarked on individual music projects before forming the band last year. Lee has been singing since a young age and signed a record deal with Atlantic Records at 18 years old. Meanwhile, the Ernst brothers had a publishing deal while performing as The Walking Sticks. In less than

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Sir Sly Talk ‘Don’t You Worry, Honey’, San Francisco References

It's been three years since Sir Sly burst onto the scene with their debut album, You Haunt Me, in which the title track, along with “Ghost”, garnered the trio from Southern California much attention and a growing fan base. During the time in between albums, however, chief songwriter and lead singer Landon Jacobs went through a tumultuous time in his personal life. The loss of his mother to brain cancer and the process of going through a divorce took a toll on Jacobs, leading to the band’s extended hiatus. The highs and lows of going through those experiences brought

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Sofi Tukker at Outside Lands 2017

If there is a single band that the collective music scene(and their fan base) is holding their breath for a proper album from, it is Sofi Tukker. The indie-dance-pop duo consisting of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern was founded only a few years ago when the two met as students during their senior year of college at Brown University. Tucker had been a basketball player his whole life but picked up making music while he was recovering from a severe injury that ended his career, and Sophie had accepted a job to teach yoga in Brazil the following year. The

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Dawes at Outside Lands 2017

On Valentine’s Day this year, Dawes premiered their video for “Roll With The Punches,” which features Mandy Moore, from their latest album We're All Gonna Die, that was released in 2016. On the same day, as a surprise gift to fans, Dawes released their streaming-only live album, We’re All Gonna Live. UPDATE: the album was recently officially released for purchase. The band recorded the fifteen-song release during the first four shows on their, “An Evening With Dawes” tour, and contains live versions of audience favorites and new originals including ‘When The Tequila Runs Out,” “Roll With The

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Mondo Cozmo at Outside Lands 2017

It's been a banner year for Joshua Ostrander, aka Mondo Cozmo. After spending the majority of 19 years just on the cusp of recognition, radio play and attaining a consistent sound, the track "Shine" catapulted Mondo Cozmo to the forefront in early 2017. Mondo Cozmo was Ostrander's new project, formed almost immediately after his previous band Eastern Conference Champions ended. "Shine" was released with almost immediate radio airplay and Mondo Cozmo was suddenly in the throws of getting booked for the 2017 festival circuit. His debut album, Plastic Soul, which features "Shine" was released on the

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood at Outside Lands 2017

Royal Blood has been one of the fastest growing bands in the international music scene today. Formed just four short years ago in 2013, the hard-rocking duo of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher have launched from nothing into playing to sold out shows at large venues and prime scheduling to huge audiences at major festivals from Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Glastonbury. Kerr and Thatcher had known each other for years, but one day decided to start a band together and won over members of Arctic Monkeys before their first single was even released! In 2014, Royal Blood,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – MUNA at Outside Lands 2017

MUNA is a Los Angeles dark-pop trio who formed in 2013 after all meeting at a party at USC, where Katie Gavin (vocals), Josette Maskin (guitar), and Naomi McPherson (guitar) all attended school together. They began to jam as a trio and a catchy brand of pop laced with dark lyrics emerged. The band all identify as queer and see themselves as role models for their community. McPherson describes how, “It would have meant a lot to me when I was, say, 12, to know of someone in a band and think they were cool and know

INTERVIEW: David Nance and the Good Vibes of Negative Boogie

David Nance has dove into the jagged pool of heavy rock and wicked grooves. Powered by roaring instruments and lyrics that are unshackling, an urge for freedom and life is brought up with his enlivening flair. David is a Grand Island, Nebraska native. He has previously spent time living in L.A., but found himself winding up back in the city of Omaha, Nebraska with his wife and beloved dog. He feels that Nebraska is an ideal environment for sending creativity out into the world and watching it grow. Just this past July, David has released his second album, a burning

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Party Favor Talks Comedy, Collaborations at ID10T Festival

Party Favor is one of the fastest rising names in the electronic dance music circuit, as his edgy style helped pioneer the festival trap genre. Born Dylan Ragland, Party Favor has garnered as much attention for his original records such as “Bap U” (Mad Decent) and “Booty Loose” (Mad Decent), as well as remixes for familiar names such as Dillon Francis, Diplo, Flosstradamus, and Major Lazer. His latest EP, Party and Destroy includes collaborations with Dillon Francis, Gucci Mane, Sean Kingston, Rich The Kid, Gent & Jawns and Georgia Ku. The EP hit #2 on iTunes album

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Ten Fé Talk American Tour, Songwriting

The humble beginnings of Ten Fé started with friends Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan busking in London Underground stations. The duo took the experience for good and bad to formulate the music which would eventually be recorded as Ten Fé. Lead single, "Elodie" has garnered much attention and brought the band to the U.S. for their first North American tour that includes a performance at Bonnaroo this June as they support their debut album, Hit The Light that was released in February 2017. The album has been well-received and is noted for its optimistic perspective to the

INTERVIEW: The Modern Bluegrass Revival – A Conversation with Mipso

Mipso are the real deal when it comes to Southern Bluegrass, Folk, and Country music. The quartet of college friends grew up in North Carolina studied the local roots music, and immersed themselves in it... Eventually making records that shied away from conventional modern songwriting, instead focusing on telling stories with a unmistakable, and infectious,  vocal harmonization. The group's third record Coming Down the Mountain, showcases Mipso's growth from string band, to something a bit more contemporary without throwing away the grit. The record is fabulous and so is the band. B-Sides was afforded some time to speak with Mipso guitarist

INTERVIEW: B-Boys Discuss Their New Record “Dada”

B-Boys could best be described as a cross between Fugazi and Katy Perry. The Brooklyn based band recently released their first full-length album with the appropriate title, Dada. Dada is a unique mixture of fast riffs, fat drums, and an attitude not found in popular music. That and the album coasts in just around 30 minutes of unrentless energy. B-Sides caught up with chief songwriters Brendon Avalos and Britton Walker to discuss the new record, philosophy of song lyrics, and their economical songwriting style. 15203

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – ZZ Ward Talks ‘The Storm’, Collaborations

Critically acclaimed artist and multi-instrumentalist ZZ Ward has been steadily releasing new material the past few months ahead of her forthcoming album, The Storm, which will be released on June 30, 2017 via Hollywood Records. Ward has amassed a strong following since the release of her full-length debut, Til The Casket Drops in 2012, which was highlighted by the infectious “Put The Gun Down,” along with her standout collaborations with Kendrick Lamar and Freddie Gibbs. The Storm continues Ward’s exploratory journey into the trials and tribulations of past relationships and introspection. As in her previous works, Ward

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Circa Waves Talk ‘Different Creatures’, Songwriting

With the release of their debut, Young Chasers in 2015, Circa Waves made a strong impression with their energetic, catchy indie rock music that was paired up with their engaging live shows. Playing numerous festivals that included Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Governors Ball, Reading & Leeds. The Liverpool-based band came back in March 10, 2017 with the release of their second album, Different Creatures, with lead single, "Fire That Burns" getting much attention, especially with a cameo by Issac Hempstead Wright(actor from "Game of Thrones") in the music video. Comprised of Kieran Shudall, Sam Rourke, Joe Falconer and Colin

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Magic Giant Perform “Set On Fire”, Talk Writing Debut Album

LA-based alt-folk trio, Magic Giant, released their debut album, In the Wind on May 19, 2017 via Washington Square/Razor & Tie. The band has been a fan-favorite at numerous festivals over the past couple of years but the track "Set on Fire" has brought a new broader audience to the band, as the song has gotten exposure via radio airplay and online streams. Magic Giant, comprised of Austin Bisnow (lead vocals), Zambricki Li (banjo, violin, harmonica), and Zang (acoustic guitar, cello), welcomed nature into the fold as their unofficial fourth member, as they converted a shuttle bus into a

INTERVIEW: MAYBIRD Talk Writing, Working with Patrick Carney

Maybird just wrapped up their tour through the States and what better way to end it than in their hometown of Rochester, New York. In 2013, Maybird made their recording debut with an ambitious independent album, Down and Under. As Maybird developed a growing following on the East Coast, they were approached by producer Danger Mouse, who had heard and enjoyed the record. Danger Mouse asked Maybird to sign with his new label, 30th Century Records, and the group's first project for 30th Century, the EP Turning into Water, was released in April 2016. The group is due for another

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Weeks Talk ‘Easy’, Longevity

Nashville-via-Mississippi band, The Weeks, played packed shows at SXSW 2017, have toured with Kings of Leon on their arena tour, The Meat Puppets and many more, amassing a huge fan-base over the past 10 years. Their latest album, Easy, is a full evolution of the band's southern rock sound and tells the story of the band leaving their Mississippi roots and making a name for themselves in the Nashville music industry. Comprised of identical twins Cyle (lead vocals) and Cain Barnes (drums), Sam Williams (guitar) and Damien Bone (bass), The Weeks grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and formed

INTERVIEW: FOXTRAX

You may not have heard of them yet, but in light of their recent "The Cabin EP," FOXTRAX is sure to be popping up on your Spotify "Discover Weekly" playlist in no time. The aptly named EP was recorded over a six month stint while the boys were holed up in a cabin in the woods of North Carolina. They're currently at the beginning of a west coast tour with Barns Courtney, and singer Ben Schneid was gracious enough to answer a few questions for us before taking the stage last Friday evening. 14946

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Diet Cig Talk ‘Swear I’m Good at This’, Songwriting

Swear I'm Good At This is the debut album that was released on April 7, 2017 via Frenchkiss Records. The lead single, "Tummy Ache" has been gaining recognition and attention to the band. Of the single, Diet Cig mention that the track "is all about unpacking the feeling of approaching punk with radical softness, and the struggle when it's not always read as powerful or cool or whatever enough. Its the shout into my pillow when what I'm saying isn't being heard, and a big old I FEEL YA to all the femme folks creating space for themselves

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Sundara Karma Talk Early Beginnings & More

UK band, Sundara Karma formed while the members were friends during their childhood with big ambitions. They’ve steadily grown their reputation as an energetic and captivating live band over the years, as well as garnering praise from NME, The Guardian, Harper's Bazaar, Annie Mac at BBC Radio 1 and numerous other outlets. The band made a splash with the tracks “She Said” and "Loveblood," which lead singer/songwriter Oscar Pollock said is ”inspired by Oscar Wilde's short story 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime.’ The story is a mystery about the unexplainable, and that theme has a huge inspiration in

INTERVIEW: Coast Modern and the Sunny Vibe of Los Angeles

Coast Modern

Coast Modern are an eclectic mix of hip-hop, rock, and just about everything you can think of. It’s a modern take on what pop music can and sometimes should be. Their light-hearted and fun style is certainly a byproduct of their hometown of Los Angeles, and they continue to take left turns with each of the  singles the band has released to the public. No two songs from the band sound the same. Their journey continues with their most recent release “Pockets Full of No”. B-Sides sat down to talk with the band about their hometown, major influences, and constantly

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – DREAMCAR Talk Formation, Influences, Debut Album

DREAMCAR may be comprised of familiar faces but their sound is fresh and different than the material they may have been associated with. Featuring members of No Doubt - Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont - and dynamic frontman for AFI, Blaqk Audio and XTRMST, Davey Havok, Dreamcar will release their self-titled debut on May 12, 2017. The union of Kanal, Dumont, Young, and Havok can be traced to 2012 when Blaqk Audio supported No Doubt and Havok was the first and only artist considered by the three No Doubt members to collaborate with. As various

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – POWERS Talk ‘Alpha’, Relationship with New York Artists

The duo of POWERS has been steadily on and off the road touring during the past 12 months and is set to release their highly anticipated debut album, Alpha, in June via Republic Records. Cutting their teeth playing in various bands while in New York City before making the move to Los Angeles, Mike Del Rio and Crista Ru are no strangers to the music business, as individually, they’ve carved out a reputation for writing and producing many an ear worm having worked with the likes of Kylie Minogue and Selena Gomez. Most recently, Del Rio had a

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – HONNE Talk Festivals, Aminé Collaboration

In a short span of less than two years, UK duo HONNE have achieved some notable triumphs, having sold out numerous U.S. shows and amassed millions of streams for their music. HONNE, comprised of co-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist James Hatcher and frontman Andy Clutterbuck, met during the first day of University and wound up finding out that they had grown up around 45 minutes from another in the South West. Hatcher stated: “On your first day at college, you arrive nerve-wracked about what’s going to happen. Am I going to make any friends? Will they be alright? I instantly

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Zara Larsson Talks ‘So Good’, Early Beginnings

Swedish artist, Zara Larsson knew early on that she wanted a career in music and at the age of 10, wound up winning Sweden’s Got Talent competition show. Within the next four years, she would garner attention from record labels, a growing fanbase and critical acclaim. Larsson landed two back-to-back multiplatinum singles in 2015 with “Never Forget” with MNEK and the platinum-certified “Lush Life” and was featured in TIME magazine’s coveted “30 Most Influential Teens of 2016” list. On the road, she closed the UEFA Euro 2016 with David Guetta and shared the stage with Beyoncé for

INTERVIEW: Close Talker on Playing Weddings and Their Tremendous New Album “Lens”

Close Talker are an intriguing band from the province of Saskatchewan, Canada that meld the likes of blues, jazz, and hip-hop into a highly original sound all their own. We were afforded some time, with lead singer Will Quiring, recently to talk about the bands origins, how seriously cool the music scene in Saskatoon is, and their new record Lens out April 21st on Nevado Music.   So you guys were  literally in the middle of practicing when I called? Will Quiring - “We’ve pretty much since January we’ve been putting everything else on hold, preparing for the album

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Portugal. The Man Talk ‘Woodstock’, Band Chemistry

Portugal. The Man’s John Gourley and Zach Carothers originally began playing music together while attending Wasillia High School in Alaska in 2001. Realizing how tough it would be to make it in the industry while living in Alaska, they moved to Portland, Oregon in 2004 and began recording demos as Portugal. The Man. Their debut album was released on Fearless Records in 2006 and for the next decade, the band worked tirelessly, releasing six more albums. 2013’s Evil Friends included the single “Purple Yellow Red and Blue,” along with a partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo to protect the endangered

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Vera Blue Talks Origins, ‘Fingerprints’ EP

Emerging artist, Vera Blue is the moniker for Celia Pavey, who started out as a singer and acoustic guitarist in the small town of Forbes, Australia before adopting Sydney as her home. Gaining recognition as a contestant on the 2nd season of The Voice Australia, Pavey was brought up listening to folk music and played the violin from a young age. After completing her studies in music at the Australian Institute of Music, Pavey continued experimenting with various sounds and Vera Blue was born with a amalgamation of the music she’s long loved with lush, sultry electronica.

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Warbly Jets Talk Formation, New Music

Garage-rockers Warbly Jets have had to fight and scratch to get where they are today, on the cusp of the release of their forthcoming debut album. The group was founded by Julien O’Neill and Samuel Shea, who met and began writing music in New York. The two moved to Los Angeles in 2015 chasing what they thought was a guaranteed record contract but the contract fell through and hard times set in, with Shea getting into a motorcycle crash that left him doubting whether he could ever play an instrument again. Their debut single “Alive” was released

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Phoebe Ryan Talks Songwriting During Divisive Times, Touring

Growing up in New Jersey and attending college at NYU, Phoebe Ryan couldn’t decide whether she wanted to pursue a life as an artist or a songwriter. She began writing songs for others, including hit tracks by Britney Spears (“Glory”), Bea Miller, and Melanie Martinez. But soon she reckoned that she was ready to unleash her own voice. “I just really felt like I had the confidence to start telling my own story,” she says. “I just was like, ‘O.K., I’m super-ready for this. I feel very confident about it. Let’s do it.’ Being able to push

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Regrettes Talk Formation, Debut Album

Not many bands that blast onto the Southern California music scene are fronted by 16 year-olds, but that doesn’t stop The Regrettes. “I'm not scared of anyone judging me,” says lead singer Lydia Night. “I don’t care. I don’t give a f*ck if someone doesn’t like what I have to say. For every person that likes you, there’s a person that doesn’t like you.” This sort of punk rock attitude is what defines The Regrettes, who met while attending musical classes at night in Los Angeles. The rest of the band, rounded out by Genes Gariano, Sage Chavis, and

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Mondo Cozmo Talks 19 Year Process Towards Success, Upcoming Debut

Singer-songwriter Josh Ostrander has gone through many, MANY, changes in style over his nearly 20-year career before settling on the Mondo Cozmo moniker. Originally from Philadelphia, Ostrander moved to Los Angeles to pursue his musical dreams. In the early 2000s, he fronted the alt-rock band Laguardia, then later led Eastern Conference Champions who released three albums before disbanding in 2015. He began recording under the name Mondo Cozmo in 2016, and the single “Shine” rose to #1 on the Billboard charts in January 2017. Jokingly, he had promised his wife that he would only need 20

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – MAKO Talk ‘Hourglass’, Formation

Mako made a splash with their track “Beam” in 2013, garnering much recognition and acclaim. The electronic producers toured extensively and worked with numerous established artists including Avicii, Steve Angello, Sander Van Doom and many others. The duo consisting of singer/songwriter Alex Seaver and producer/songwriter Logan Light came together from nearly opposite directions where Seaver attended The Juilliard School on a full scholarship and played with some of the world's elite classical artists. Whereas, Light had beginnings in the DJ world, having opened for the likes of Tiesto and Avicii. Hourglass is the duo’s debut album

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Hippo Campus Talk ‘Landmark’, Touring

Hippo Campus hail from the up-and-coming indie rock scene of St. Paul (and its sister-city Minneapolis), MN. The band consists of Jake Luppen, Nathan Stocker, Zach Sutton and Whistler Allen, who all met while attending the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. Their first EP, Bashful Creatures, was released in the fall of 2014, and another EP, South, released in 2015. Following up on the growing attention and acclaim, Hippo Campus released their debut album Landmark in early 2017 and have been touring worldwide since then. Recently they performed outside U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis before the city's football team,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Marian Hill Talk Recent Success, performing at SnowGlobe 2016

Songwriting duo Marian Hill, comprised of of producer Jeremy Lloyd and vocalist Samantha Gongol, first met each other while in middle-school in Philadelphia. They didn’t start playing music together until college, combining the names of the two protagonists in the musical The Music Man to reach the name Marian Hill. Together with saxophonist Steve Davit, they found their signature R&B and electropop sound, releasing their EP, Play, in 2013 and Sway in 2015. Their debut album Act One, was released in 2016, but their big-break really came when their song “Down” was featured in a popular iPhone 7 commercial. Gongol

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Surfer Blood Talks ‘Snowdonia’, Songwriting

The fourth studio album by Surfer Blood, Snowdonia, was released in February 2017 via Joyful Noise Recordings. It's their first release since 2010's Astro Coast that lead singer John Paul Pitts has written and mixed alone and finds the band tackling heavy themes like mortality and aging through longer, more complex songs, while still incorporating plenty of their signature pop hooks. Previous singles have included "Six Flags in F or G", which is one of the darker songs on the album, and "Matter of Time," a classic Surfer Blood pop song. Snowdonia features the most narrative and

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Mating Ritual Talks Debut Album, Inspirations

On the heels of a critically-acclaimed EP and much attention online, Mating Ritual recently released their debut album How You Gonna Stop It? on January 24, 2017. Mating Ritual's Ryan Marshall Lawhon has been involved with music since an early age, having been influenced by a variety of music from classical and new age music to post punk and emo. Lawhon established a reputation for creating complex yet catchy songs with his prior band Pacific Air and even moreso now with Mating Ritual. How You Gonna Stop It? was recorded over a two year period in apartments,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Satchmode Talks Debut Album, Formation

LA-based dream pop band Satchmode released their highly-anticipated debut album Love Hz on February 7, 2017, which features lead single “Happiness”. The Los Angeles quartet comprised of Gabe Donnay, Eric Downs, Bo Jacobson, and Sam Skolfield have had a growing fan base from their previous releases that includes 2014’s Collide EP and the Afterglow EP in 2015, helping the band garner over 4 million cumulative streams. Over the past two years, lead singer/songwriter/producer Donnay pieced together the songs that would become Love Hz as sonic skeletons in his home studio to expand them with the band in tow.

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Big Wild at SnowGlobe Festival 2016

Big Wild has unveiled an official video for his new single, “Invincible (feat. iDA HAWK),” which is out now via ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective. With his profile growing, Big Wild (aka Jackson Stell) puts on an eclectic live show consisting of a hybrid drum set, a keyboard, and whistling that has built a passionate following spanning all types of music lovers. Having toured with acts such as Tycho, Pretty Lights, and Bassnectar, Big Wild has also lit up festival performances at Coachella, Decadence in Denver, and Snowglobe that have bolstered his reputation as a must-see act. “I

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Night Moves Perform Live, Talk Prince, Skateboarding, ‘Pennied Days’

Formed in 2009 in the Twin Cities, Night Moves is composed at its core of John Pelant and Micky Alfano. The two have been friends since high school, their bond solidified when Alfano lent Pelant his copy of George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, a luminous classic of turn-the-page melancholy that echoes through their latest album, Pennied Days. The band spent three years writing and recording the album after successful tours with Father John Misty, Lord Huron, Django Django, and Polica, in support of their debut album, Colored Emotions. Speaking about Pennied Days, Pelant stated, “A lot of

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Amber Bain of The Japanese House Talks Touring, Songwriting

The Japanese House is the moniker of 20 year old Amber Bain, who over the past 10-months has been one of the most-promising artists from the U.K. Learning how to play the guitar from her father, who taught her a range of classics from AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, Bain also taught herself to make music on her laptop and recorded her first song "My Little Secret," about a school crush when she was 12 years old. It was when she and her friend attended a gig for The 1975 that Bain would actually consider a professional

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Wild Wild Horses Perform ‘Secrets’, Talk Formation

Named after the Rolling Stones song, Wild Wild Horses is comprised of a group of musicians whose experience working as session musicians, have collectively worked with numerous well-known and respected artists in the past half-a-decade, including Pearl Jam, Adele, Mumford & Sons, Amy Winehouse and Jess Glynne. The four-piece band, who recently toured with Rooney, recently released their debut EP, Ordinary Life, which charted in the Top 50 on iTunes and the music video for “Demon Days” (directed by Once Upon A Time’s Jennifer Morrison) rapidly reached 1 million views on YouTube. Wild Wild Horses comprised of Jack