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 – 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 – 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 – 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

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Frenship Talk Formation, Selling Spandex

Columbia Records artist, Frenship, was recently named Spotify’s #2 Breakout Artist of 2016, thanks to the overwhelming success of the track “Capsize,” which features Emily Warren on vocals. The Los Angeles-based duo consists of James Sunderland and Brett Hite, who met while both worked in the same retail store in Los Angeles. Although they both had musical aspirations, the two didn’t embark on a music career off the bat, instead would become good friends and bond after work hours during late night parties and social events. The duo realized they could complement each other’s strengths and

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Kickback Talk Formation, Perform “Fanger”

Chicago-based band The Kickback formed when founder Billy Yost had moved from his home state of South Dakota in pursuit of his goals of meeting like-minded musicians. Through a series of Craiglist ads and lineups, the band settled in and built a strong local following. Their debut album, Sorry All Over the Place was produced by Jim Eno of Spoon and garnered strong reviews, as their engaging live shows entertain the band’s growing fanbase. The video for the lead single, “Fanger” is a stop-motion visual that used over 2,500 photographs that was created by local Chicago animators

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Lemaitre Talk ‘Afterglow’, Collaborations

Lemaitre has been on a roll since their Coachella debut this year, having racked up millions of Spotify streams, garnered a growing fanbase and just released their new EP, Afterglow. Afterglow features guests The Knocks, STANAJ, and Phoebe Ryan (she’s on the new Chainsmokers single, “All We Know”). The lead single “We Got U” ft. The Knocks is featured in the FIFA 17 game + soundtrack. The Norwegian-bred, LA-based electronic duo consists of members Ketil Jansen and Ulrik Denizou Lund and formed in 2010, having met as schoolmates. Their self-released 2012 EP "Relativity 2" shot to

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Matoma Talks Hakuna Matoma Evolution

Norwegian producer/DJ Matoma released his debut album Hakuna Matoma in late 2015, but new tracks continued to be added to it through 2016 via its online version. The music of Matoma is has a strong foundation in the tropical house sound but with hip-hop sensibilities and influences, as evident with his remix of "Old Thing Back" by The Notorious BIG ft. Ja Rule. Subsequent tracks released garnered numerous plays on various streaming sites and the release of his debut album, which would become an evolving and "living" album, as Matoma would add new tracks to its online version.

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Bishop Briggs Talks Success, Growing Up In Japan, Hong Kong

2016 has been a banner year for Bishop Briggs, breaking through with the success of her first two lead singles, "River" and "Wild Horses". Catching the singing bug at a young age while attending karaoke bars as a youth in Japan, Bishop Briggs was born to Scottish parents, raised in Japan and Hong Kong and attended college in Hollywood while honing her craft as a singer and songwriter. It would be a steady process of establishing her on-stage presence in the meantime, as she performed non-stop at small bars in town until getting discovered by a former A&R