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Austin City Limits 2017 Weekend One: Recap

On Friday morning, masses of brightly-colored individuals took over Zilker Park to mark the start of Austin City Limits Music Festival. However, unlike previous festivals, ACL 2017 held a deeper meaning of fearlessness, resilience and unity.

It is impossible to talk about ACL 2017 without bringing up the heartbreaking events that occurred just days before. In fact, many artists throughout the weekend addressed the Las Vegas shooting. Earlier in the week, festival organizers announced that they would give full refunds to anyone who did not feel safe or comfortable coming to the festival. However, fear did not shake festival attendees, and the crowds at the six stages were as large as usual.

Many artists also addressed the recent passing of rock-legend, Tom Petty. Performances throughout the weekend included covers of Tom Petty songs and shout-outs to the Florida native. The most extreme tribute was when the Red Bull Air Force Skydiving team leapt out of a plane while the PA system and stage screens played Petty’s 2006 ACL performance of “Free Fallin.”

Although the week’s earlier events undoubtedly impacted the festival, the overall vibe was as upbeat as it has been for the past 16 years. We laughed, we cried, we danced and we sang until our throats hurt. ACL always showcases the best of Austin, so here are some of the best things we saw this weekend.

The Best at Crowd Engagement — Vulfpeck

At the beginning of the show, each band member was introduced as if they were athletes. This comedic, feel-good tone continued throughout Vulfpeck’s mid-afternoon set. The band’s infectious funk jams had the whole audience grooving. While their music alone was enough to make for a great set, the band went above and beyond with fun antics that set them apart from other sets at the festival. Some highlights include the guitarist parading through the crowd on the shoulders of security, an impromptu “Ted Talk” and a crowd singalong to Smash Mouth’s “All Star.” Vulfpeck definitely earned some new fans this weekend.

The Best Encore — Jay-Z

Encores by closing artists was a trend this year. And, while each band’s encore was great, no one could touch Jay-Z. At first, many people thought the rap-legend’s show ended early. But, after a few moments, Jay-Z returned. He instructed parents in the audience to cover their children’s ears, then he launched his famous banger, “99 Problems.” Upon hearing those iconic opening lyrics, the crowd went crazy.

The Best Proof of Music’s Universality — La Femme

La Femme oozes cool. This French rock’n’roll band captivated the audience. It did not take long for La Femme to have the whole crowd dancing and cheering to songs that most of them could not understand. La Femme proved that good music can be enjoyed by all, despite language and culture barriers. 

Best Mosh Pit — Alison Wonderland

The air was thick and sweaty at the Tito’s stage on Saturday evening. People began packing into the tent hours in advance to catch one of the rising names in EDM. Once Alison Wonderland took to the stage, the crowd forgot about the heat, and the tent became a nonstop party. During “I Want U,” the crowd was so loud you almost could not hear the actual song. And, when Alison Wonderland’s remix of Dua Lipa’sNew Rules” dropped, the crowd opened up a rowdy mosh pit. Everyone left the set with sweat-soaked clothes and smiles on their faces.

Best Bassist — Flea

Flea is one of the most entertaining bassists to watch. On Saturday night, the talented bassist bopped out onto the American Express stage in the greatest pair of flow-y, multicolored, patchwork pants. From the moment he stepped onstage, Flea never stopped moving. In many bands, the lead singer is often the star of the show. However, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, there really is not a single star. Instead, it is the band’s cohesiveness and chemistry that makes watching the Chili Peppers so much fun.

Best Place to Watch the UT Game — Barton Springs Beer Hall

After the closing sets on Saturday night, Longhorn fans rushed over to the Barton Springs Beer Hall to catch the end of a very intense University of Texas football game. The areas near the giant screens were flooded with burnt orange. Once fans realized UT won in double-overtime, cheers could be heard from across the festival grounds. The Barton Springs Beer Hall was the spot to grab a beer and catch a football game throughout the weekend.

Best Way to Lose Your Voice — “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers

Mr. Brightside” is just one of those words you know all the words to, and that was very apparent at The Killer’s show on Sunday night. Upon hearing those acclaimed opening guitar notes, the crowd went crazy. The audience sang every lyric and the top of their lungs. 

Best Day to Try One of the Frozen Food Vendors — Sunday

Sunday was easily the hottest day of the weekend. With almost no clouds in the sky, the sun beat down on festival goers. Sunscreen was a necessity, and so was water. While the Hydration Stations, complete with misting fans, provided solace for sweaty attendees, the best way to cool off was with a cold treat. Vendors like Amy’s Ice Cream, Bananarchy, Good Pop and Sno-Beach were popular stops on such a hot, sunny day.

Best Shade — Barton Springs Stage

One of the big changes this year was expanding the festival to allow for more open room. Now, the Barton Springs stage is located on the South side of Barton Springs Road. This stage hosted some of the most exciting artists at the festival, including Zhu, Tove Lo, Solange and Louis the Child. The stage was conveniently situated in a way that blocked the sun and created a shady area for attendees. This area was complete with food and drinks, too.

Now that we’ve seen the best of Weekend One, we’re stoked to see what’s in store for Weekend Two!


The Festival Fistful: Boo! Arizona 2017

Halloween is coming in HOT and things are getting all sorts of weird in Phoenix next weekend.  On October 14th, Boo! Arizona will be returning to Rawhide Events Center with enough bass to blast away the ghouls, goblins and into some next level partying.  We bring you the Festival Fistful to highlight our top 5 picks you can’t miss! You can also follow our Boo!AZ Spotify playlist to jam out to the Boo! Arizona lineup on the go!


12th Planet

The veteran bass-peddler and head honcho of SMOG Records is going to be bringing his OWSLA supported filth to Rawhide, making sure you’re ready to turn UP!  Having recently played Excision’s Lost Lands festival and released the 5-track Let Us Pray EP and single Send It all on top of launching a new sub-label called Disciple Round Table, this man is on a mission for madness and we can’t wait to see him at Rawhide!



Austin’s very own will be traveling to Phoenix this Halloween to turn the heat up way past 10 in the desert.  The king of Crunkstep will be dropping bombs on the crowd just like he’s done at Electric Daisy Carnival, Escape From Wonderland, Warped Tour, and Lollapalooza.  His latest release ‘HITS’ on Bassrush records absolutely SLAPS and we can’t wait to catch him going b2b with 12th Planet to headline this one.


Laidback Luke

Little has to be said about the longtime legend of Laidback Luke to make you excited about seeing him.  Completing the climb from graffiti artist to worldwide superstar, his loose, super live, off-the-cuff DJing style finds him playing Red Hot Chili Peppers at the world’s biggest raves, scratching on CDJs like it’s the 90’s on vinyl and upkeeping both a producer forum and a successful dance music label in Mixmash Records.  In 2012, Laidback Luke was nominated for the best European DJ award from the 27th Dance Music Awards and he’ll be bringing the house down next weekend!


Valentino Khan

The LA based behemoth of bass is back in Phoenix for another round of madness at Boo! Arizona this year.  His style’s range from the deep bassline house sound that gave rise to his majorly successful single Deep Down Low, to the sexy sounds of the demobow riddim and moombahton, which caught the eye of OWSLA head honcho Skrillex as well as Mad Decent’s Diplo and catapulted this mustached monster to the forefront of the world’s largest festivals.



This UK dubstep heavyweight has been a mainstay of every bassheads library since he burst onto the scene in 2011 with his track Organ Doner being licensed out to major compilations by Warner and Ministry of Sound.  Zomboy has played the world’s biggest festivals and his most recent release on Never Say Die records received huge reviews and is sure to turn you upside down.

The Festival Fistful: Austin City Limits

After going Bottoms Up on Austin City Limits and even giving a way a pair of FREE Austin City Limits tickets, we’re grabbing a healthy handful of jams in our Festival Fistful! We’re going to be sharing our top 5 picks for this weekend at Zilker! Be sure to follow our Spotify playlist highlighting the best artists you can find this weekend


Bottoms Up: Austin City Limits

While we often buy tickets to see our favorite musicians, festivals offer the perfect opportunity to broaden our music schemas and fall in love with new artists. Festivals feature both the biggest names in music (and on the lineup) and artists that are on the brink of greatness (and just a little bit further down the poster). Here are our picks for up-and-coming artists that you might have missed if we had not looked at the lineup from the bottom, up!


Weekend One

Spencer Ludwig

Spencer Ludwig does it all. He is a singer, he is a dancer and he is a trumpeter. His sound could be described as poppy-funk that is super danceable. In 2012, he toured with Capital Cities, and he has also appeared alongside other artists, such as Foster the People, St. Lucia and Fitz & the Tantrums. Earlier this year, he opened for rising pop star, Bebe Rexha. Ludwig is full of star quality, and his music radiates fun. With Ludwig’s exuberant energy and funky trumpet, it is impossible not to dance.


Electro-pop duo, CAPYAC, bring a funk-infused dance party whenever they perform. The band is known to create a party-like atmosphere during their performances, complete with costumes, balloons and other surprise props. Since forming CAPYAC, Delwin Campbell and Eric Peana have toured consistently throughout the United States and at various venues in Austin, their hometown.


While the Austin scene is dominated with indie-rock music, Mélat Kassa breaks the norm with her smooth, passionate R&B. Kassa is from the Austin area, and she attended Cedar Park High School and the University of Texas. However, her family immigrated to the United States from Ethiopia. This identity can be seen within her artistry, especially in the song “Negn (I am),” which is sung entirely in Amharic.

Weekend Two

The Bishops 

Cara, Troy and Luv Bishop combine aspects of electronic, hip hop, R&B and pop music to create wavy, mellow grooves, and they keep it all in the family. Each sibling is bursting with talent. Troy’s beats are creative and versatile. Luv’s rapping is skilled and purposeful. And, Cara’s vocals are silky and sweet. The siblings performed on JamBarge earlier this year, and they are massive force in the Austin hiphop scene.

Okey Dokey

Okey Dokey’s debut album, “Love You, Mean It” is a southern, psych-rock dream. Although the band is officially the brainchild of frontman Aaron Martin and guitarist Johny Fisher, they brought an assortment of other musicians for the album, including members of Houndmouth and Desert Noises. The Nashville-based duo spent part of the summer touring, and they performed at Stubb’s in August. Be sure to catch their return to Austin at ACL Weekend Two.

Day Wave

It’s hard to imagine that the mellow, indie-rock tunes of Day Wave were created by one person. Day Wave is truly Jackson Philips’ baby. In fact, he plays every instrument necessary to the production of Day Wave’s songs. Philips cites his new setting of Oakland, California as inspiration for the project. This is translated through prominent guitar riffs and delicate vocals, which create a nostalgic, beach-y feeling.

Both Weekends

MUNA is a queer-identifying, all-female trio that combines atmospheric pop with meaningful lyrics. Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin and Naomi McPherson met at the University of Southern California and began making music in their dorm rooms. Now, they are bringing their inclusive songs to massive crowds around while on tour with Harry Styles. They will be in Austin both weekends of ACL, and they will be performing at ACL Live with Styles on October 11.


Often described as post-punk, Ought is a Montreal-based quartet bursting with epiphany, energy and existentialism. Juxtaposition is a big part of Ought’s music, especially on their sophomore album, “Sun Coming Down.” Vocalist Tim Darcy often comes across as dry and sarcastic. Yet, the melodies and rhythms can sound optimistic. By combining seriousness with lightness, Ought produces meaningful, interesting music.

Raging Fyah

Reggae-Rock group, Raging Fyah, are bringing their island grooves over to the United States.Raging Fyah’s celebrated brand of reggae focuses on various topics, from personal significance to widespread issues.  The band is from Jamaica, but their reach extends across the globe. They have toured in Europe, Siberia and even New Caledonia, a small island in the South Pacific. Now, Raging Fyah are breaking into the American scene, which is primarily dominated by other Americans. 

Resonant Frequency Releases Video Interview Prior to Opening for Pretty Lights

It’s been about 3 years since Resonant Frequency jumped on the music scene with their unique blend of funk, soul, hip-hop, and electronic music.  The trio has been making waves all over Central Texas the last couple years, and 2017 has been one hell of a ride for them so far.

They started off the year with a STS9 after show, opened for RJD2, and played sets at Euphoria Fest and Float Fest. Now the band is gearing up for their biggest announcement yet – they are set to open for Pretty Lights Live this Saturday at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, TX.


We recently sat down with Resonant Frequency in their home studio in Austin where they create, record, and produce a lot of their own music.  All three band members are musicians and producers and have their own solo gigs, but when they combine to create Resonant Frequency, a very unique blend of future funk and soul comes out to create an epic live show for music fans.

We were able to take a dive into the bands history as well as each individual artist in the group.  More importantly, we got to discuss how important this upcoming Pretty Lights show was for them, and what it means for them to open for one of their greatest musical mentors.

Make sure you follow Resonant Frequency on JamFeed for all upcoming music news and updates, and make sure to grab your tickets to see them open for Pretty Lights at Whitewater this Saturday 9/30!


Bottoms Up: Imagine Music Festival

Imagine Music Festival always boasts a diverse lineup, and this year is no different. The 2017 lineup features multiple genres of music by artists from around the globe. While some of these artists are the biggest names in music (and on the lineup), others are on the brink of greatness (and just a bit further down). Here are five up-and-coming artists that you cannot miss, or maybe you did until we looked at the lineup from the bottom, up!


Nugz Bunny

Atlanta-based Nugz Bunny acquired a following through his original productions and remixes. His popularity increased after placing runner up in the Pretty Lights remix contest a few years ago. Since then, Pretty Lights has dropped Nugz Bunny’s remix in Atlanta and cities around the world. Nugz Bunny has been voted Atlanta’’s best DJ for over two years, so this is a show you for sure should not miss!


With elements of live guitar and drums, Lyftd produces electro-funk that is sure to get your grooving. The Denver-based duo has played many notable festivals, including Electric Forest in Michigan and Summer Camp Music Festival in Illinois.

Stranger Candy

As one of Atlanta’s forerunners in dance music, Stranger Candy has stayed true to an Electro and Progressive House. Despite coming onto the scene when heavier bass genres were popular, Stranger Candy’s dedication to perfecting his sound has allowed him to play some Atlanta’s hottest clubs, which includes a residency at The Iris.

Nora En Pure

Nora En Pure has proven to be a force in the electronic music scene after her club-ready hits like, “Come with Me,” “Saltwater” and “U Got My Body.” By flawlessly combining aspects of indie dance music with deep house, Nora En Pure has earned spots at some of the biggest festivals, including Coachella, Elements Festival and Tomorrowland, where she played the main stage for three hours.

Boogie T

With Boogie T’s infectious dubstep sound, it is impossible to stay still. Recently, Boogie T has a feature on GRiZ’sGood Will Continue,” which is a collection of remixes of tracks on his 2016 album, “Good Will Prevail.” Imagine Music Festival is just a stop on a current tour, which includes stops and festivals all over the United States, so catch him while you can.


Imagine Music Festival: Independent, Adventurous & Genuine

We got the chance to speak with the founders of Imagine Music Festival in Atlanta, Madeleine and Glenn Goodhand, about the festival’s roots, growth & challenges, the future, their favorite IMF moments and even their favorite artists on this year’s lineup.  The electronic/funk camping music & arts festival is one of the few gems of the American festival scene that is still independently owned and operated.  Happening September 22nd-24th, this is guaranteed to be an incredible year for the ATL team and for everyone who will be jamming at Atlanta Motor Speedway!


How did Imagine Festival get started?

Imagine had always been in the back of our heads, as we would see the momentum of our events as Iris Presents start to grow. While Imagine is a unique concept unto itself, the popularity of our club nights and the growth of the scene on the whole is why you have something like Imagine.

Why Atlanta?

Atlanta is home for us. While we have had our hands in events up and down the east coast this is where we maintained our roots over the years. It is a cultural and creative goldmine, intersecting ideas and personalities from all over the country and world. While Imagine is showcasing Atlanta, we are very much using Atlanta to showcase Imagine. Not many cities out there that can rival what is going on here and now.

How has the festival grown in the past few years?

Besides expanding from a two-day, non-camping, city festival to a four-day, camping festival, that takes over an entire speedway? Ha. I guess you could say we’ve grown a touch. Seriously though- the biggest way in which we have grown is in our ability to evolve into a major festival, without losing touch with the fans who have been with us since the beginning. And we’ve done this, by listening and surrounding ourselves with a team that can support and nurture our growth.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced with operating Imagine Festival independently?

As with almost any independent- it is a matter of resources. That being said, we work with some of the best in the industry- from the team booking our monstrous lineup to the VIP crew to our safety team and our product managers. We are not only getting it done and done well, we are able to maintain that creative freedom that continues to attract fans.

Where do you see the future of Imagine Festival?

Imagine will be constantly be evolving. I think what you saw this past year when festivals were canceling was a lack of interest because a lack of diversity. Putting on a festival is hard work and it is easy for it to become formulaic, but it is those festivals who provide an experience and evolve much in the same way as music does that will succeed. We want Imagine to always be a work in progress, so to speak.

What is one of your favorite experiences with this festival?

It is super rare that we get a minute to do this, but we like stepping out into the crowd to try to experience Imagine as a fan does. See their reactions… what they are responding to and how we can make it even better. It is a true honest response to Imagine, when the fans don’t know it is you that put it on.

Who on the lineup are you most excited about?

I think we both have our favorites. Maddy loves Tiësto and Deadmau5, whereas I am pretty amped to see Pretty Lights and Tiësto. I would say as a piece of advice to not just go after the obvious players. Some of our best received sets last year came from artists that were just starting to come up. Go out and discover something you haven’t heard yet.

What inspired the aquatic theme?

Maddy’s love for mermaids, more than anything else. That and no one else was doing it. Music is such a fluid thing, you never know where it is going- whether it will go around you or blow you over. We want fans to immerse themselves in the experience of Imagine.

Can you describe Imagine Festival in five words or less?

Independent, Magical, Adventurous Genuine, Innovative… and Exciting!

Imagine Music Festival 2017 Lineup

Blood, Sweat, and Beats – The Story of Austin’s Hip-Hop Trio ‘The Bishops’

In early April 2017 I stood at Carson Creek Ranch waiting for The Bishops to kick off Euphoria Music Festival on Thursday night. I had listened to their music before but had never seen them live. This family trio consists of 2 brothers and a sister: Luv (Chris) Bishop (24), Troy Bishop (20), Cara Bishop (19).

The young family took the stage and introduced the Euphoria crowd to their unique blend of Hip-hop, R&B, and Electronic production.

The Bishops put on quite a unique show. It’s clear they are siblings, and they have an amazing on stage chemistry with one another. Even though they are young, they are mature and grounded in their music. Their lyrics and personalities blend together perfectly on stage for a great live performance.

I introduced myself after the show and a couple months later I was fortunate enough to sit down with The Bishops before their set at the Mohawk for Solstice Fest 2017.

This local Austin family is young, hungry, and humble. They have already had twp singles take off on Spotify, and they are getting ready to release more new music.

Check out our interview with The Bishops below as well as their live version of ‘Scatterbrained’ performed at Solstice Fest 2017.


How long have y’all been making music together, and independently?

LB: Well I’m 24, and I’ve been making music since I was 16. Me and Troy started as a duo, like a rapper and beats duo. Cara came along and joined us a few years later.

Cara, were you singing much before you joined them in the group?

CB: I would sing around the house and in the shower, but I saw my brothers form a group and I was kind of jealous that they were in a band together, so I made it a thing to learn how to sing.

What do you mean by made it a thing? Did you teach yourself?

CB: Ya, I thought myself in a way. I really just wrote a lot and worked on perfecting my craft. I know I still have a lot to learn, but its much better than it was when I started.

LB: For me it was pretty surprising, because it wasn’t like she grew up doing it her whole life.

Wow, I would not have thought that you picked up singing so late, you sound like you’ve been singing your whole life, and your voice sounds a lot older than a girl who just turned 19.

CB: (Laughs and blushes) Thank you.

So were all of you born and raised in Austin?

CB: I was born here.

CB: Me and Troy were born in Houston. Our families are from Houston, but we moved here when I was 4, so we are Austinites. Been here for a couple decades now.

Has Houston hip-hop been a big influence on your music?

TB: Ya Zero is DOPE!

(everybody laughs and agrees)

LB: Our family kind of knows Zero actually. They housed him for a little bit and have some good stories about him.

That is super awesome. Are your parents musicians, or where did yalls early music influence come from?

TB: Ummmm, Soulja Boy Tell Em!

(everybody laughs again and agrees)

CB: Seriously though…he is the reason.

LB: We were already hip hop fans at that point, but that was it.

TB: the point where we were like, “We can do make this. We can be YouTube stars, haha.”

How old were all of you when that song came out?

TB: I was 11.

LB: I was in early high school

CB: Elementary school

LB: That kind of got us our media influence.

TB: Ya, the way he did everything all on a cell phone. That whole do it yourself thing.

LB: That’s why we ended up forming the group.

TB: The dude is a legend. He’s still going.

(I figured it was necessary to post the ‘Soulja Boy Tell Em’ video for everyone to watch again and reminisce on the good old days. You’re welcome.)

Alright, lets talk about Euphoria Fest this year. That is where I met all of you for the first time, and the first live set I saw you play. The set was a great start to the Euphoric weekend, and I was very impressed with your show, especially for how young yall were. Was Euphoria the first festival yall played?

LB: No, we actually played Solstice Festival here in Austin last year, and we played Oaktopia Festival in Denton, TX too.

Congrats on playing all of those. Getting plugged into the festival circuit is huge for upcoming artists.

Lets talk about some of yall singles out. Lets start with Blood Ring – was this the first song y’all officially wrote together? Chorus is catchy, but its also personal about you and your family, which I love. Was that the goal of the first single, to introduce The Bishops to the music world? Tell us the story about how the first single took off on Spotify, and the making of the video?

TB: It wasn’t the first song we made together, but it was the first one we released. We had a bunch of ‘test trials’ I guess you’d say before this. We had been working on stuff for about 2 years. We didn’t release anything, but just passed around each other and were really honing our sound.

LB: Once we made Blood Ring, we were like yep, thats the introduction right there. Then we made a video for it too.

So how many singles have you officially released as The Bishops?

TB: Only two. But we all have some solo stuff too.

LB: Ya, because we all started solo. The Bishops is kind of like a super group in a way, but more like a family group.

Tell us about the Spotify growth on Blood Ring? Over 500,000 streams as of now.

CB: Literally one night we got a bunch of streams, and that got us on Spotify’s Viral 50. Once that happened we got even more plays and got on a couple other Spotify playlists as well.

TB: We got on an Urban Outfitters playlist or osmething too.

LB: We had a little bit of buzz locally in Austin going on before this, but once we hit that Spotify Viral 50 playlist, our managers were hitting us up about how quickly the number was escalating. One thousand, five thousand, ten thousand, one hundred thousand. It just goes to show that if you put anything on the internet, it might pop up. The right person at the right time can get your sound out quickly.

That’s incredible. Congrats on that success so far. Definitely is a good feeling when you know lots of people are listening to your music you created. So did you only have Blood Ring out at the time. Or was your other single Scatterbrained up there as well?

LB: Scatterbrained was up there as well.

I love this track as well, and really felt like it just validated your sound after Blood Ring. I can’t say I like it more than Blood Ring yet, but it’s creeping up there. The more I listen to it, the more it’s becoming my favorite Bishops song.

(Troy nods his head with a big smile confirming his views)

LB: Troy’s like yaaa, haha.

It’s got more unique production, smooth vocals by both Luv and Cara. I love how y’all switch off on the verses in the song and join each other. Tell me where this song came from and what its about to you?

CB: When I wrote Blood Ring, we were trying to write a song that would speak to everyone and that would be for them to enjoy. When I wrote Scatterbrained, we just did what we felt.

LB: Ya it was more about us.

CB: Ya we experimented with this one a lot more, and tried going back and forth with our voices and stuff. We tried some new things on that one.

Your production style and sound is unique on that track as well too. Troy, where did your production style come from? Who influenced you growing up?

TB: Well, its hard to put it on just anyone, cause I have a lot of different influences. I listened to mostly hip hop growing up. So guys like Kanya, J Dilla, and all of them. The samplers…I just really liked sampling.
But then electronic music started coming out more, and so those DJ’s started influencing me more now. Like Flume and shit.

Very cool. I love the mix of electronic and hip hop and I think that fusion of music is starting to happen more and more. I’ve seen Chali2na of Jurassic 5 doing some awesome stuff with The Funk Hunters, and Big Boi’s ‘Big Grams’ with Phantogram is an awesome show as well.

Lets transition into talking about independent music. You guys are currently still independent right?

LB: Ya we are.

How has someone like Chance the Rapper influenced your approach on wanting to sign with a label vs doing it your own way?

CB: I think he’s incredible.

TB: He did a lot of other stuff too though, like working with a PR firm before. An artist like Chance is kind of hard to compare to, just because its not normal. But what he represents as far as independent is awesome.

LB: Ya, its great for artists.

TB: At the same time, if there was a right label that was a good fit, it could definitely work.

CB: Ya, definitely.

LB: Absolutely.

Totally, there’s nothing wrong with a good deal.

TB: Ya, imagine f Kid Cudi came around…

CB: Ya! Kid Cudi we would definitely jump on that.

LB: Ya Cudi is the man…

Ok, we only have a few minutes left, but can you tell us if there is any new music coming out soon from The Bishops?

LB: Ya, definintely.

Singles? Album? EP?

LB: Singles for sure. And an EP on the way.

Can we get any dates or numbers on these yet?

LB: Na, not yet, haha. (smiles and laughs)


I guess we will have to wait and see what new singles The Bishops with drop soon. Make sure you follow The Bishops on the JamFeed App to get real-time updates with they drop their new music!

Also keep an eye out for their upcoming Studio Session with Austin360 on July 6 at 12pm CST!

The Wild Now Talk New Music, New Tour, and How SXSW Started It All (Interview)

The Wild Now have been making waves in Austin over the last few years, and they are about to embark on some of the most exciting weeks of their musical careers. They are getting ready to follow up their first EP ‘Tides’ with some new music and new tour dates across the country. The Austin duo consists of Taylor Baker and Drew Walker who met at a show here in Austin and the rest is history.

I Met Taylor and Drew at this year’s 2017 SXSW during their Austin 360 Studio Session at the Ticketcity event. I was blown away by their music, and even more so with their approachability and willingness to converse with fans after they were done.

I recently sat down with Taylor to discuss their upcoming EP release followed by a tour across the east coast. We also dive into how they met and became The Wild Now as well as the role that SXSW has played in their lives.

This local Austin band has a very unique sound, and they have great personalities on top of it to match their music. Unfortunately Drew was unable to make it due to work schedule conflicts, but we were able to hear Taylor’s story of how this wild ride began.


When and where did you and Drew meet?

Taylor: We met in 2013 during SXSW. We had some mutual friends, and we were at a Local Natives show at the old original Lustre Pearl (RIP). Loved the original one…I miss the old Rainey St. Oh the good old days….

Anyways we met at the show, and we naturally started talking about music. He offered to buy me a drink, and I introduced him to a Moscow Mule, haha. Later on he ended up filling in for my guitar player at the time, who was going on tour with another band. We playd this show at Cactus Café. KUTX was doing a contest, and we ended up winning. Then we got to play on the radio for KUTX, and so we just decided to keep playing together, and it all snowballed from there.

I love how things happen like that…were you playing as The Wild Now at that point? Or was this a solo project you were doing?

Taylor: No, we were not The Wild Now until Drew came in. At that point, it was just me and my name as a solo show.

How long had you been playing solo gigs for at that point?

Taylor: About a year, maybe two. It’s hard to remember exactly, but it was a lot more singer/songerwriter and folky. I just started playing at coffee shops and open mics in Austin. I met a bunch of great people, and I was just writing a lot of music and playing around town. Austin is great because it is not that hard to go out and build a community here.

Ya, even though Austin is a growing city, it still has that small town vibe here which is great.

Taylor: Ya, I love that about Austin.

So did you start playing solo gigs right after college?

Taylor: Well I actually just graduated from St Eds in Austin a year ago. I started college a lot later because I took a few gap years after high school and traveled around the world. I brought my guitar with me and I just traveled around and was working on my craft. Being in places like the beautiful New Zealand countryside, it’s hard not to be inspired.

Absolutely, I can imagine.

Taylor: Ya, it all started there. Then once Drew came in, our sound became more indie, electronic, with a little bit of rock, which I really liked. It created something really unique. It took my lyrically focused mind and combined it with Drew’s musical inspiration from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was just a great collaboration. That’s why we decided to change the name and make it our own thing.

Another thing is, after we started playing together, that same year we won another contest with Durango and American Songwriter Magazine. We won $10,000, and they sent us all over the US for a whole year. We were constantly traveling and playing shows. We had all this money, so we kind of jumped the gun, and made an EP. We definitely spent too much money on it.

I can relate to that with my business too. The first go around in any business is usually too much money being spent. But that is how you learn.

Taylor: Absolutely, we have no shame, and we definitely learned from it.

So when did it become more than just you and Drew? When did yall add the rest of the band?

Taylor: It was probably around 2015 that we started having the full band play all of our shows with us. We have 5 members. We really only do duo stuff for corporate events and other things like that, but we always prefer to play with our full band.

Very cool. So how did you guys come up with the name The Wild Now? And what does it mean to you personally?

Taylor: Well in this day and age I feel like its hard to find a band name that isn’t already taken, so that was the tough part. I’m not exactly sure when and where it came about, but it’s all about being in that moment, in the now, and we really wanted it to reflect our music. I know some people associate wild with being crazy, and our music isn’t really loud and crazy, but we really wanted to express that feeling of the present moment. Plus no one else had already taken that name, which is great, haha.

So you mentioned that Drew’s inspiration came from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I can totally relate to that since they are one of my favorite bands, and the book Scar Tissue changed my life. But what music inspired you to want to create and be singer/songwriter?

Taylor: I always listened to a weird mix of hip-hop, Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, and Bon Iver. Bon Iver is my favorite. He’s like a chameleon musically, and his lyrics really hit home with me.

Tell me about you and Drew’s creative process.

Taylor: Our writing process is really us creating the basic tracks and demos at home, with a make shift microphone and Logic. Then we have a couple different producers that we have worked with to help us finalize them.

So lets talk about SXSW 2017. I met you and Drew at the TicketCity party doing the Austin 360 Studio Sessions set, which was great by the way. But you guys also had an official showcase this year right?

Taylor: Yes this was a big year for us. We played 9 shows. The year before we did 12. The official showcase at Continental Club was sold out and it was amazing. That venue is great, and the people and atmosphere was just incredible. It was one of my favorite shows we have ever played. I just love South By.

Me too. It’s one of the most unique music festivals around, and I feel like I have discovered some of my favorite bands at a very early stage in their career at SXSW. Tell me more about your new music coming out soon. I know you guys released Tides in 2016, and it sounds like you have a new EP on the way?

Taylor: We are calling it ‘Afterglow’ which is the name of one of the singles single we released recently. We also just released another single off the EP called ‘Tongue Tied.’

I just recently listened to Tongue Tied and I really like it.

Taylor: Ya me too, that one is my favorite on the new EP I think.

Tongue Tied was the one you guys just announced right after you got accepted onto the 2017 ACL Lineup right? Congrats on that by the way!

Taylor: Yes, and thank you! I’m really excited. I was really surprised honestly. They let us know before the official announcement, but it really wasn’t on my mind. We hadn’t been talking with them or anything, and all of a sudden they reached out and let us know.

Too cool…and this is your first time to play ACL as The Wild Now.

Taylor: Yes! We are very excited.

Congrats again. Lets go back to the EP, how many songs are you guys putting out on Afterglow?

Taylor: We have 5 songs. We’ve released 3 singles so far, and we will probably just let the other two come out with the official EP.

And you guys are having an EP release party soon too?

Taylor: Yes, we are playing at 3TenLive under the ACL Live Moody Theater.

That’s a great place for an event like that.

Taylor: I love it! It’s my favorite venue. Bob Schneider is also playing a separate show there before us at 3Ten. So we like to tell our fans that Bob is opening for us that night, even though it’s a completely different event, haha.

It sounds like The Wild Now is going to hit the road on tour after this EP release party too, is that right?

Taylor: Yep, we are really excited to get outside of Texas since that is mostly where we have played so far. We are going to the east coast and hitting places like New York, Nashville, Chicago. We got the whole band coming and we are renting a van and everything. We also got a great deal to do some private duo shows in Chicago too, which should be a lot of fun.

How many shows are yall playing on the road?

Taylor: We are playing about 20 shows in 3 weeks.

That is very exciting! Just a few more personal questions for you…what has been your favorite live show that you have played?

Taylor: I think it’s probably 1 of 2 shows. The first would be the our first official SXSW Showcase at Continental Club…it was epic. We also played the after show for Young the Giant at Stubbs in Austin. We played the indoor venue, and it was packed as well. We wanted to open for them, but they let us play the after show and it was great.

What do you think is unique about The Wild Now? What do you want people to remember about you?

Taylor: I think the main thing we hear from people is that our sound is really unique and it doesn’t really sound like anyone else? We aren’t trying to imitate anyone else and we are really just trying to pave our own way and make our own sounds.

I always like to ask a question about giving back at the end, so what would be your advice to a new musician who is trying to break into the music industry and create a name for themselves?

Taylor: I would tell them to say ‘Yes’ to everything because exposure is golden. You never know who is in the room. Even if it’s an open mic with 5 people, you never know who is going to hear you and help take you to the next level of your career.

I love that. Taylor, thank you for your time. Please tell Drew hello for me, and I can’t wait to see yall play again at your upcoming EP Release Party!


Make sure you check out The Wild Now’s newest single ‘Tongue Tied.’ It’s been on repeat all day for me today, and I can’t seem to get enough of it. For local Austin fans, make sure you get tickets to their upcoming EP release party at 3Ten ACL Live! For those of you outside, make sure you catch them on their upcoming tour across the east coast.

Family, Music, & Love – The Life of the Peterson Brothers (Interview)

As many Austinites do, I grew up on some amazing blues music. Stevie Ray Vaughn was one of the first artists I remember listening to. Unfortunately he passed away shortly after I was born in August 1990. The one thing he left was an imprint of blues in the city of Austin. His statue at Auditorium Shores and Austin’s famous Antones Blues Bar downtown are just a few examples of how Stevie made Austin known as a place that fosters blues music.

Many people today know of Austin’s Gary Clark Jr. He has emerged from his 10-year grind in Austin to become one of the most famous blues musicians in the world. Gary currently bounces back and forth between headlining his own shows and opening for legendary acts like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

Now there is another generation of blues coming in behind Gary. In fact, they have opened for Gary and he has joined them on stage at Antones. Their name is the Peterson Brothers Band, and they are some of the most talented musicians I have seen come out of Austin.

Brothers Alex (18) and Glenn (20) Peterson have been playing music together for almost a decade. They have the stage presence of seasoned veterans and a unique chemistry that is hard to describe unless you see them live.

I was fortunate enough to meet their parents during SXSW at their Rattle Inn show this year to get this interview set up. Immediately you could tell how involved and supportive their parents were of their music.

I am glad we met because this ended up being one of my favorite interviews in a long time. These kids may be young but they are incredibly focused and passionate about the music they are making. I could’ve talked to them both for another hour if they didn’t have a set to play. Getting to know them made me appreciate their music and their story even more.

We hope after reading this you will be able to see the incredible connection these brothers have with each other. Make sure you come see one of their free shows every Monday at Continental Club. They are also hitting the East Coast soon with tour stops in Maryland, D.C. & New York as some of the stops. You can check out their full tour here.


I know you guys are from Bastrop, but were you born in this area too?

Glenn: Ya, born in Austin, raised in Bastrop.

Alex: We still live in Bastrop.

How old were you both when you started playing guitar (Alex) bass (Glenn)?

Alex: I picked up violin when I was 9, and started playing bass when I was 10.

Glenn: I started playing guitar around 11 or 12.

Where did your musical influence come from? Were yalls parents musicians?

Glenn: We’re the only ones in the family that are musicians. It’s something we always wanted to do when we are young. We have an older brother too, and our whole family was always supportive of everything e did. We did the whole youth basketball, baseball, and soccer thing. Once we started playing music, that’s what really stuck. Everyone I saw playing sports had something on their hand, figure, wrist. They had all sorts of injuries. So we decided to focus on music.

Do either of you produce at all?

Alex: A little bit, we are learning every day.

Glenn: Ya, still learning. We have been working on this live album that we are getting ready to release in a few weeks.

Have yall always played music together? Did yall learn together?

Glenn: Ya, we were always playing together since the beginning. We’ve always gotten along well too so its worked out well.

I met your mom at Rattle Inn during SXSW. It appears you guys have a family band business going on over here? Who all is involved with The Peterson Brothers Band?

Glenn: Mom and Dad. They do everything.

Alex: Everything.

Glenn: Dad is driving us to shows, marketing at the shows. Mom’s helping out with social media and booking shows. They do a lot. All the support means everything to us.

Why the blues? Who influenced you musically at a young age?

Glenn: Ya, its everything…blues, its soul, its funk, it’s everything. We grew up listening to BB King, The Isley Brothers, Earth Wind & Fire, Brothers Johnson, and more.

Did you discover this music from your parents playing it or on your own?

Glenn: We discovered it on our own. We started playing it around the house really liked making a lot of noise, and then after a while our parents started being like “what do yall know about this music?”

What was the first live show you remember seeing that made you want to be on stage?

Alex: That’s tough, because by the time we were old enough to go to shows, we were already playing shows.

Glenn: Ya we started playing shows at about 8 years ago. The one show that really stuck out to me wasn’t live, but I saw it online. It was a video of Jimi Hendrix Live at Woodstock set.

How old were each of you when you played your first gig?

Glenn: Not to long after we started playing really.

Alex: Ya, right when I started playing bass, that’s when the band really kicked in.

Glenn: Ya, I was 12 or 13.

Alex: I was 10.

So how long have yall been playing shows?

Alex: About 8, maybe 8 and a half years.

You can tell because you guys look incredibly comfortable on stage for how young you are. You are younger than your crowd almost every show.

Glenn: I think the reason we are so comfortable is because we are able to do whatever we want to do on stage. We don’t have anyone telling us how to do it, even our parents. We have the creative freedom to go at our own pace and do our own thing, which is great.

Are you guys currently in school? Or are you playing music full-time?

Alex: I’m a senior at Bastrop High School.

Glenn: I’m in school at ACC, Northridge campus, where they have the whole music business and audio engineering courses.

What’s coming up next for the Peterson Brothers?

Glenn: We’ve been writing a whole lot. Learning a lot about production side with this live album. Working on some original content. Then it’s really about getting outside of Austin and getting on the road. We got some shows in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio. Outside of Texas too, we just want to build our audience.

Alex: We’ll be playing in New Orleans for Shortyfest at the House of Blues in May for Trombone Shorty’s Foundation. We’ve played a bunch of festivals like ACL 3 years ago, Texas State Fair, and Minnesota State Fair.

You guys have an amazing connection on stage…you can tell its more than just music. Do you guys always get along well?

Alex: Haha we’ve always gotten along.

Glenn: Ya, all 3 of us. We have an older brother that’s 28 too. Sounds kind of crazy, but its true. We just always got along.

What was the craziest experience you have had playing a live show together?

Glenn: For me personally, this year we started off with a great show at Sam’s in San Antonio. It was our first gig of 2017, and we really weren’t expecting a big crowd because we hadn’t played there in so long.

Alex: We hadn’t done a show in San Antonio, like our own show, since back when we started. So it had been a long time.

Glenn: For us to go back, and just have that kind of reaction from the crowd was amazing.

Panacea Collection – The Austin Company Behind the Euphoria Fest VIP Experience (Interview)

Music Festivals like Euphoria Fest have several teams involved in order to make sure fans have a great experience. From food trucks and vendors to art installations and VIP experiences, there are many puzzle pieces that need to work together for these festivals to be successful. It can be quite a challenge to make everything come together.

Few people know these types of events as well as Lisa Hickey, the Co-Owner and Designer of Panacea Collection. For those of you who don’t know Panacea, you have probably seen their beautiful furniture layouts at one of your local Austin music festivals. At Euphoria, they were responsible for decking out the VIP and Artist Lounge areas pictured above.

Lisa’s extensive background in marketing music festival brands for over 10 years with C3 Presents gave her a unique perspective of these events. After many years in the business she and her business partner, Autumn Rich, recognized a problem. Many of the events they were around lacked the style and comfort that they envisioned. Lisa combined her marketing talents and her passion for design to change the VIP experience at music festivals. This is what entrepreneurs do best. They recognize problems, and come up with creative solutions to solve them.

Since launching Panacea in March 2015, they has worked with Euphoria Fest, ACL Festival, Lollapalooza, Voodoo Music Experience, Old Settlers Music Festival, and Free Press Summer Fest. This is already an amazing roster of clients, and festivals are only a part of Panacea’s growth strategy. Panacea also does home staging, weddings, styled shoots, corporate events, parties and more.

We were able to sit down with Lisa after Euphoria Fest to talk about her journey starting Panacea. I’m fortunate to have known Lisa for three years now. She has been an amazing mentor to me and to others I have introduced her to. I’ve watched her start and build her company as I was building JamFeed. Lisa is the kind of person who will take time out of her life to help others. She will likely buy you a glass of wine too.

Lisa has combined her love of entertaining and events with her passion of design to create a sustainable business and create a better life for her and her family.

We hope you enjoy learning more about Panacea Collection.


1. When was Panacea Collection founded?

Panacea Collection is a boutique event styling, home staging, and furniture rental company, and was launched in March 2015.

2. Who is your partner, how did yall meet?

Autumn Rich and I have been friends for almost 20 years. We met in 1999 when Charlie Jones started his company, Middleman Music (which would eventually become C3). I started working for Charlie, and he and I shared a room in the office of Autumn Rich’s events company. Autumn would eventually join C3, and ran all of the VIP festival operations and private events. I was Marketing Director. We spent over a decade working closely on all of the C3 Festivals and many private parties. Once we had both left C3 for new adventures she approached me with the idea of a furniture rental company. I was immediately in.

3. What problem were you trying to solve?

There is a lack of unique, design-driven furniture for events. Up until pretty recently, you would see the same furniture over and over. We wanted to offer something new and different – furniture with a story that would better reflect the art and design-based culture of Austin.

4. When did you discover your passion for furniture?

Autumn and I have both had a hobby of refinishing furniture, and making spaces beautiful, but I never imagined it would turn into this. Even though I really had no idea what I was doing when we started Panacea, I just loved the way it felt, so I kept going. Being creative, reimagining an old piece of furniture, putting looks together, designing spaces for clients – its very satisfying.

5. How did you get involved with music festivals?

By accident. I worked my first festival when I was 18, and that’s when I realized I loved events. I worked on smaller events and mini festivals for about a year before Charlie Jones hired me as his assistant. He was developing his idea for a music festival in Zilker Park, similar to the ones he experienced in Europe. In 2001, Middleman was acquired and became Capital Sports & Entertainment. We launched the first ACL Festival in 2002, and I given the task of promoting the festival so tickets would sell. We were hoping for 20,000 per day, and we had double that. Thankfully it was a success and we were able to do it again! In 2005, we took the destination festival model to Chicago and launched a re-imagined Lollapalooza.

6. Where else does Panacea do furniture rentals outside of music festivals?

From VIP Lounges at music festivals to corporate events, weddings to backyard parties – we serve all all types of clients and events.

7. Where do you see Panacea in the next 3-5 years?

Last year we launched our home staging division to offer staging that is thoughtful and high impact. That has been lot of fun and we see a lot of growth in both events and staging. We have some other pretty big dreams for Panacea and feel we are just beginning our journey.

8. What advice would you give to a young aspiring entrepreneur who wants to start their own business?

I recently heard a Rumi quote that I thought was pretty spot on: “When you start walking the way, the way appears.” We also say: “Just say yes and figure it out.” Don’t let fear or inexperience hold you back. When I started producing events, I didn’t have experience but figured it out and asked for help. When I started marketing music festivals, I didn’t have a marketing degree or much experience, but I just gave it everything and figured it out. When we started Panacea, I had no idea what I was doing, but we just started and figured it out. Don’t pay attention to what others are doing or how it was been done before. Just do it your way and figure it out.

Behind the Stage with Magna Carda at Euphoria Fest 2017 (Interview)

Magna Carda has steadily become one of Austin’s hottest hip-hop acts. They proved it again at their first Euphoria Fest set on Day 1. They started at 5pm on a beautiful Friday afternoon at the Dragonfly Amphitheater Stage and left fans feeling grateful that Euphoria had expanded its lineup into more hip-hop.

Megz and Dougie Do, the founders of Magna Carda, have brought together an amazing band to create a hip-hop group that rings similar to The Roots. Megz humble yet confident swag speaks through her lyrics, and syncs up beautifully with Dougie’s unique production style.

We were fortunate to catch up with Megz and Dougie after their Euphoria Set to talk about their new album, their first show at Euphoria, and how Magna Carda became the band they are today.

After meeting them my passion for the band grew even more. They were genuine, humble, and extremely passionate about making their own music. This young duo is paving their way through the music industry and they are doing it their own way.

Check out some of their show at Euphoria, and take a few minutes to learn more about this unique duo making waves in Austin hip-hop. Also, make sure you follow Magna Carda on JamFeed to stay up to date with everything they are doing in music!


For those new Euphoria Fans who just discovered Magna Carda, how did you guys form the group and begin making music together?

Megz: We met at St. Edwards University in Austin.

Dougie Do: Ya, we met at school and started making music after.

Are yall from Austin originally?

Megz: I’m from New Orleans

Dougie Do: I’m actually from Houston

What made you want to come to Austin?

Dougie Do: Well I was living abroad, but from Houston, and I wanted to come back to Texas. Then I got to Houston and realized that I don’t really want to be in Houston anymore, so Austin seemed like a dope spot.

Megz: Ya, it just seemed like a great place to live.

Do yall plan to stay in Austin as your homebase?

Dougie Do: We’ll see…we kind of have done everything here already. We’ve done almost all of the festivals, and Euphoria is the last one on our list to hit in Austin.

Megz: Austin is a dope city to be in, but we are exploring options.

When did Magna Carda become a full band beyond just the two of you?

Dougie Do: Pretty much in 2013 it all came together.

Megz: Ya, we were making music just us two for the first year, then we added in the rest. But it started with us. After that first year, we slowly added in people, one instrument at a time.

We noticed yall put out an “Epic Playlist” just before Euphoria Fest w artists ranging from Kendrick Lamar to A Tribe Called Quest. What artists have influenced you the most?

Dougie Do: It’s Tribe Called Quest for me. It was the first hip-hop album I fully picked up and understood was Tribe…I love that group.

Megz: Mine is not really a rapper…but ‘Baduizm’ by Erykah Badu. I was exposed to that album at a very early age. It almost felt like it was my first experience with a real songwriter…it made me want to write songs, ya know? You could just kind of feel the authenticity. She was just doing her thing, and nobody was doing it at the time. And even as a young kid, I could recognize that, and it’s always been a big influence on me to do my own thing.

Let’s talk about your blues/soul sound surrounding the hip hop. Is this influenced by the two of you, or did your other band mates bring that vibe in?

Megz: From my experience, it’s kind of everybody bringing their own little style in, which is kind of how we work in general. We don’t like to tell people what to do or create. I mean, if I’m playing music with you, obviously it means I already respect you as a musician, so I am going to respect your opinion and your way of working. I’m always into the whole feed off you, feed off me thing.

Dougie Do: I definitely agree.

Is Magna Carda currently signed with a label or independent?

Megz: We are currently independent.

Dougie Do: Right now we are really just trying to build our own brand. If the right partnership comes along, then we will definitely look into it.

What is the next step / goal for Magna Carda to get to the next level?

Dougie Do: We have our 2nd album (Sophomore Album) about to drop, so we are getting that ready right now. We are hoping to drop it early summer.

Megz: Ya, the way things are going now probably late spring or early summer.

Dougie Do: We also want to try to get on the festival circuit too, especially outside of Austin.

Can you tell us more about this new album you have coming out?

Dougie Do: Ya, it will definitely be an album. Our sophomore album. With our first album, we just kind of threw whatever we had on there and put it together. This time though, we are being more picky about which songs are going to make it or not. It will probably end up being around 8 or so tracks.

Any upcoming shows that yall are excited about?

Megz: Yes, we are headed up to the east coast to go play in NYC soon.

Megz, when did you start writing music and deciding on pursuing your career as an MC?

Megz: It was always like second nature for me. It’s just something that I have always done, just writing in general. I’ve always loved writing and story telling.

How old were you when you first starting rapping over beats and wanting to make music?

Megz: Really young. I was probably like 7 or 8 years old. But it wasn’t until later when I decided I wanted to rap. You hit those spurts when your like damn, I really wanna be a rapper…but then you come down to earth a bit. I think once you get the real momentum going after making something and putting it out, and can back yourself up with it, then you can really start looking at it as a career. And that didn’t really happen until I met Dougie, but I have always been writing.

Ya it helps to have someone on the grind with you doesn’t it?

Megz: Ya for somebody like me, I am more motivated when I have people around me working with me. Not saying I always want to be around people, but feeding off their energy and having someone to hold you accountable definitely helps.

What about you Dougie? When do you start producing / playing music?

Dougie Do: I started doing music in 5th grade in school, playing in the school band. But I was playing Saxophone and it was classical music, so not producing yet. That came later and picked up even more when I met Megz.

Let’s talk about your blues/soul sound surrounding the hip hop. Is this influenced by the two of you, or did your other band mates bring that vibe in?

Megz: From my experience, it’s kind of everybody bringing their own little style in, which is kind of how we work in general. We don’t like to tell people what to do or create. I mean, if I’m playing music with you, obviously it means I already respect you as a musician, so I am going to respect your opinion and your way of working. I’m always into the whole feed off you, feed off me thing.

Dougie Do: I definitely agree

If you could get on tour with any artist, who would you like travel and play with? Who puts you in front of the right audience / fans that you think would dig your show?

Dougie Do: Man…I’d probably have to go with two. I think it would be The Roots and The Internet

Megz: Haha I don’t want to say the same thing, but The Internet and The Roots would definitely be good. I’d also say something like Oddisee.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians who might’ve been in your shoes 3-5 years ago? What have you learned?

Dougie Do: Um….You can ask for anything. I’ll say that.

Megz: Ya, always ask for anything. And it sounds cliché, but always keep trying to get better each day. Never be content with where you are. I’m not saying don’t be satisfied or grateful, but there’s always something else you could be doing to get better.

Oliver Heldens at Euphoria Fest 2017 (Interview)

I first saw Oliver Heldens at Lollapalooza this summer in Chicago, IL. A good friend of mine had turned me onto his music a few months before and mentioned that I needed to see him live.

Oliver’s live show is as good as it gets for dance music. The Dutch DJ always has a smile on his face, and keeps you in a constant state of Euphoria through his set. His build ups, old pop remixes and massive bass drops makes Oliver a perfect fit for Austin’s best electronic festival.

We caught up with Oliver about his visits to Austin, his early hit ‘Gecko’ that got him on the radar, and other interesting questions about his musical career. Check out some videos of his Euphoria set, and learn more about this unique DJ who is taking the dance culture by storm!

Make sure you follow Oliver Heldens on JamFeed to stay up to date with everything he is doing in music!

Interview with Oliver Heldens:

What other artists have influenced your musical sound?

When I was 16 I was mostly listening to UK deep house, which inspired so much. Stuff like Julio Bashmore, Disclosure, Shadow Child Influenced my sound a lot.

How much did growing up in Holland influence your musical career?

It definitely influenced my musical career. Dance music has always been around in Holland, so I got in touch with it really early in my life.

Did you grow up on house music? Or did it evolve with you as you grew older?

When I was 15 I really got into progressive house and electro. I was even really inspired by hardstyle for about a year. Besides that, my father was really into music when I was little and he would play a lot of different stuff. He was really into techno, funk, disco and drum and bass.

Did you think your single ‘Gecko’ would be the song that really launched your career?

No, I totally didn’t expect it to blow up like it did. ‘Gecko’ was basically the combination of all my musical influences like UK deep house and the 2006-2009 club sounds. The success it had resulted in people seeing me as a pioneer of this whole new house wave, which is really crazy to me.

Have you ever been to Austin, TX before this year’s SXSW / Euphoria Fest?

Yeah, I’ve been to Austin loads of times. I’ve played Life in Color there in 2015 and had my own show last year during my US bus tour.

Are there any other places you want to live in the near future?

I actually just bought an amazing house in Amsterdam! Although, I also really like Los Angeles. When I’m there I’m always really productive because of all the crazy studio sessions with the insanely creative people that live there. So maybe in the future I will move to LA.

How old were you when you got into producing music?

I’ve been making music since I was 12, but it wasn’t until I was about 15-16 before I started to get really dedicated to it. When I heard dance music at my high school parties, I knew I wanted to make music like that for people to dance to.

Is it tough to find balance between touring / playing shows and also creating new music? How do you balance the two?

For me it is no problem. I try to produce a lot on tour, because I get a lot of inspiration when I’m on the road. Besides that, I plan in studio blocks at home, like one or two weeks. Although I’m not day and night in the studio on those days. I just make music when I feel like it.

How did you get connected with Tiesto / Musical Freedom?

When I made ‘Gecko’ Spinnin’ Records told me it was too hard to be considered deep house and too soft for big room. So, when I noticed that Tiesto was playing more deep house in his podcast I sent the song in as a demo and he responded within 15 minutes that he wanted to meet because he thought the song was something special. That was big ‘wow’ moment for me.

What made you want to sign with Tiesto / Musical Freedom? vs a major label / being independent?

Because Tiesto immediately wanted to sign ‘Gecko’, I thought that it would be a really noticeable track in between all the big room house he usually signs to Musical Freedom. That’s what made me decide to do it.

Where do you see the future of House music / EDM in the next 5 years?

There are so many new sounds and genres being discovered and explored, which is a good thing. So I definitely think EDM will still be going strong in 5 years.

What do you want to accomplish (as an artist) in the next 5 years?

My goal is just to make music that excites my fans and myself, that makes us happy.

What other artists do you listen to for inspiration / creative ideas?

I listen to almost everything for inspiration. For example, I love how Sander van Doorn keeps his sound fresh, but lately I’ve also been listening to some old school hip-hop. Stuff that’s really different.

If you could bring anyone on stage to play live with you, who would it be, and why?

It would be Throttle. Actually we did this a couple of times in the past already. Where Robbie joins me on stage with his guitar. We did a track together, Waiting, and he just plays along with the melody on his guitar. Really cool!

What is the coolest / wildest crowd you’ve ever played in front of?

The coolest crowd was in Scotland in December 2016. I did my own show and with 10.000 tickets sold it was sold out, and everybody went crazy. This was a very special night. I still have fans texting me about this night, how they wish to experience this again, and when I will be back.

What software do you produce your music on? Have you always used it?

I started out with FL Studio and still use it to this day.

What advice would you give to an aspiring musician on the grind to make it big?

Find your own sound that feels personal and don’t blindly follow trends.

How do you want to change the music industry for the better? What do you want to be remembered as by your fans?

I hope to keep on inspiring other producers and I hope to be remembered as that always laughing bearded Dutch guy, haha.

Blunt Force Talks New Music, New Tour, and Their 4th Euphoria Festival (Interview)

JamFeed recently sat down with Brian Gustafson and Deniz Baykal of Blunt Force, one of Austin’s hottest up and coming electronic duos. The two 24 year olds jumped on the music scene quickly after meeting at St. Edwards University in Austin and have already opened for well-known acts such as Savoy, The Floozies, Opiuo & Sunsquabi.

After spending an hour with them, these guys not only impressed me with their music, but also their personalities and overall passion for what they do. They are approaching one of the most exciting times in their career, including their fourth year performing at Euphoria Music Festival, a multi-state tour with Bass Physics, and some new singles being announced amid all the traveling.

Even with all the excitement, these guys remain humble and very determined to network their way to the top of the electronic music scene by giving their music away for free and getting people to support them through tours and merch like many of their idols. The next 30-60 days could be some of the best months yet for Blunt Force, and you can guarantee they are going to have one hell of a time on this ride.

Make sure you follow Blunt Force on JamFeed to know first when they drop these new singles in the upcoming weeks, and make sure to catch them in Austin this weekend at Euphoria Fest!


Where did you guys meet? And how did your musical career begin together as Blunt Force?

Deniz: We actually met in Austin. We both went to St. Edward’s University and had some mutual friends that introduced us. My girlfriend at the time was friends with his roommate, and they were like “Hey, y’all both make music, y’all should meet.” And we ended up getting this place to jam because we really had nowhere outside the dorms to chill and make music.

Brian: Yeah, I was making house music at the time, complete opposite end of the spectrum, and Deniz was making some shitty dubstep.

Where does your funk influence come from?

Brian: So I first started Blunt Force by myself. It was just me, and then I asked Deniz to come on board later. Like I said, I was making house music at the time because I had just gotten into electronic music. Then I went to my first camping festival, Electric Forest, and was lucky enough to catch Big Grizmatik (live trio of GRiZ, Big Gigantic, and Gramatik). I was definitely a fan, but not a die-hard fan at the time, and I was absolutely blown away. I had a full house music EP ready to go at the time, and I had a complete change of heart because of my experience at Electric Forest. This led me into all of that old-school funk, like Parliament Funkadalic, and then some newer funk bands like Lettuce, and The Motet, and I just loved the groove. Then when Deniz came on board full-time, you could hear our sound start to from to more of a mix of funk, glitch hop, and something a bit darker and heavier.

How did you guys come up with the name ‘Blunt Force’?

Brian: I was in a pretty crappy reggae band in high school. We played maybe two or three shows. I wouldn’t even call it a band really… more like a collection of friends just being idiots and thinking we were Slightly Stoopid.

How old were you when you got into producing music?

Deniz: I was playing drums in high school, for this punk rock band. We were just like some white boys getting drunk and thinking we were the shit. [Laughs]

Brian: Yeah, you guys were probably way better than we were back then. [Laughs]

Deniz: We played some different shows in Austin and San Antonio and then we kind of all just went our separate ways. I went to Nocturnal Fest my senior year without telling my parents. I just like left. It was incredible! I miss it. That festival was amazing. The first year was the best, with the upside-down stage. That was when all the big dudes we know now, like The Untouchables, Bassnectar, and Zeds Dead, were on the come up. That’s when it all just came together for me. Pretty Lights and Zeds Dead were when I realized that I like the heavy stuff, for sure, but also that funk/soul sound with it.

Do you guys plan to continue living in Austin?

Brian: For the unforeseeable future, yeah. We’ve been here about 5 years and both have jobs here now.

Deniz: I’d really like to move, though. I mean I love this city, but I also want to just try something new.

Brian: Yeah, definitely. But we have no plans to go anywhere yet.

Deniz: Yeah, nothing in particular. I just want to see something new.

I’ve seen you guys open for Sunsquabi at Stubb’s Indoor, and also the Floozies. How did you get connected with All Good Records crew?

Brian: Our booking agent, Kevin Woods, was good friends with Kevin and Chris from Sunsquabi, and I remember him introducing us when the guys came down to play a show here in Austin. A few months later, I had a few dates lined up in Colorado and Kevin had the idea to ask Chris [from Sunsquabi] to play drums with me for a few of the dates. That kind of got our foot in the door with the Squab boys. Then we all became good friends, and I think they came back down and we played another show with them at Holy Mountain. Eventually, they reached out to us about playing support for them on a few dates on their Odyssey Tour and we were like “alright, let’s do it!”.

Are you guys looking to sign to a label like All Good Records or something similar? Or are you trying to stay independent?

Deniz: There are a couple out there that we would definitely get on board with.

Brian: That’s true, but I think we are both have the same kind of overall view that we want to give our music away for free and make our money off touring, merch, all that kind of stuff.

Deniz: Absolutely. You make that music for your ears obviously, but it’s also meant for others to listen to. You want it to be in people’s ears and not have to be like “shit, I don’t have another dollar or two to buy this music”.

Brian: Exactly. If you want this song on your iPod, then I want you to be able to have it on there no matter what. That’s the way we have seen GRiZ and Gramatik do it, and it works.

Deniz: That’s a big difference in the way we started. For example, last year we didn’t have any new music besides Dreamer. We went out on tour and just played before making anything, and people loved it. We just kind of did it backwards. Most people put out an album and then tour, and we were just like “fuck it, lets just go and do it”.

Brian: We already had some music, but it was just from a while ago, ya know?
Deniz: Yeah, but now it’s time to put out some new music. We have two new singles coming out in the next month that we’re really excited about.

Who all is a regular part of the Blunt Force team outside of you two?

Brian: There’s three of us. Our manager Kevin Woods, and us. We’ve been doing all the managerial stuff on our own, but we are starting to get to the point where we can’t do it as well. We may be making some changes sometime soon.

Deniz: We are kind of diminishing the amount of time we could be working on music when we have to handle all this stuff, on top of working full-time jobs. Hopefully that will change soon. We can feel it coming.
You guys are about to start a tour with Bass Physics, right?

Brian: We actually met him at Euphoria on the Thursday night pre-party. We’ve always been a fan of his music, with that hip-hop sound. He played right after us, and we ended up just talking back stage afterwards. His manager came up to us after our set and said he really liked our show and that maybe we could find a way to tour together. It’s funny that was only just an idea over a year ago and we just played our first few dates of the tour.

Deniz: Yeah, we just kicked it off this past weekend with 2 dates in Arkansas, and 1 in Dallas. Then we come back for Euphoria, and then head back out on tour starting out in Colorado. We’ll play around 16 shows till the 29th of April. We get to play some places we’ve never played before, so that is definitely exciting.

Brian: We’ve only done one other tour and it was mostly the Southeast, so we are excited to hit the Midwest with cities like Chicago, St Louis, Kansas City, and some other awesome cities.
And you guys are playing Euphoria again this year. How many times have you played Euphoria Fest?

Brian: This will be number four. Euphoria has become like a second-home to us and we couldn’t be any more thankful for the opportunities they’ve given us over the past few years. Each year always finds a way to top the year before. You could say we’re pretty excited for our set there this weekend.

Are you guys going to be releasing your new music as singles, an EP, or what?

Deniz: They will be singles. It’s looking like two new singles in the next month. We’re really excited to share what we’ve been working on with everyone.

What other artists / type of music do you listen to for inspiration or when you aren’t working on your own music?

Deniz: I think Zed’s Dead is a big one for me. Obviously Pretty Lights and Gramatik have been a huge inspiration, as well. I grew up on a lot of indie and punk rock… like Blink 182. I actually just saw them last week in Austin, and Travis Barker is my true inspiration- my number one right there. He is a true robot. [Laughs]

Brian: I actually listen to a lot of Reggae music. Obviously, I love a lot of other types of music, but I honestly listen to reggae music more than electronic music when I’m just hanging out. I love that white boy reggae music like Sublime and Slightly Stoopid.

What is the coolest / wildest crowd you’ve ever played in front of?

Deniz: I think Opiuo was pretty sick. It was a two years ago at Empire Control Room, the show was completely sold out. I think capacity there is something like 1100. It was incredible. Hands down one of the best shows we’ve ever played to date.

Brian: I would say mine would be the Euphoria Denali show in Alaska. It was during the summer solstice and our set was at like 11pm and it was still fully light outside. It was the coolest experience just because it was so beautiful out there. They had the old bus from Into The Wild right next to the stage. It was amazing!

What software do you produce your music on? Have you always used it?

Brian: Ableton Live.

Deniz: Yeah, Ableton. I’m a huge fan of Native Instruments’ Massive VST as well. It just is so powerful and can create some of the fatter, beefier sound that I like, and it’s super intuitive. It’s my go-to.

So you guys both produce?

Brian: Yeah, but when we first started off it was more of Deniz just playing drums for me, and I was making more of the production decisions since I had started Blunt Force before he came in. But you can definitely see a difference in our sound and our live sets when Deniz came on-board as a contributing member of the group. Once Deniz came in, we kept the funk and hip hop sounds in there, but it definitely got a little heavier.

What advice would you give to an aspiring musician on the grind to make it big?

Deniz: To keep going to shows, keep listening to music, and stay inspired. Going out to shows is like therapy, and that’s where all the creative ideas flow. There’s always the cliché of saying “just keep at it, keep going, work hard”, but I really think that going to shows and seeing live music is what really gives you the inspiration to say “I can do that, and I’ve gotta keep learning and working on this”. In my opinion, live music makes you want to go home right away and just start making more music.

Brian: I would say once you start trying to make your own music, that seeing something through and finishing a project is huge. Because, just like anyone else who creates music, I have a ton of unfinished projects on my computer. I’ve realized that managing my work-flow and understanding that I need to do X,Y,and Z to finish this project. Once you get that feeling of completion, you’re like, “oh damn, I can do this”! And I feel like that’s the most important thing to keep your motivation and creativity flowing as an artist.

Deniz: Honestly, when it comes to production, it’s a lot of trial and error. When you are teaching yourself and you get stuck on something, don’t scrap it- save it. Just put it somewhere for later and start something new. There was a big writer’s block point in my life where I would start something and just throw it away because I didn’t like it. You have to just keep creating, and you can come back to projects and finish them.

Brian: Some days are tough, and then other days the music just comes out and you pump out a whole song in a single day. Those are the best. Those songs are the ones that are the most fluid in terms of composition, and you don’t feel like you’re forcing anything.

Deniz: Absolutely. And learn from artists who share the production techniques online. Artists like illGates and Slynk. Watch their videos, tutorials, see what they’re doing with their business, their marketing, etc.

Brian: When you’re coming up in the music scene, you think it’s you against everyone else and that there’s this big competition. But that’s not how it actually works. Everybody is in this together, and if you network with other musicians and artists I think that is your best way to succeed.

Interview With Yael Meyer

If you’re looking for happy, uplifting, joy-filled tunes to carry you through all the madness in the world, look no further: Yael Meyer delivers just that.

Derived from the Santiago, Chile, Meyer has been playing music since the age of 6. She left her home country to continue pursuing her passion for music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ma. Since the release of her debut album in 2004, Meyer has since debuted 2 more albums, with a 4 on the way.

We were able to sit down with Meyer and talk about her past, music, and where she is now.

So I’ve seen you attended Berklee, did that have any impact influencing your music?

Yael: Yes, it’s impossible that it wouldn’t. There is a difference between having 5 colors to paint with and having 50 colors to paint with. Before I went to Berklee, my musical pallet was smaller and after, I had a lot more tools and languages to create different sounds. I got to communicate with other musicians and professors and have them help push me into the musician I am now.

Did you enjoy it?

Yael: I did, I loved going there. I don’t know if going to art school is the best way to become an artist but, in my case, it gave me more tools.

You’re making new music, and it’s a lot different from your old work?

Yael: It’s not a lot different, it still sounds like me. It’s still my song, it’s still my voice. It’s different. I’m older. The music is more mature, its a natural evolution. I don’t want to do the same thing again. I’m experimenting with different sounds, and different sound quality I want for this record that’s more cinematic and more epic. It’s a little bit darker than I’ve done before but it’s still me.

You can’t do that same thing forever.

Yael: Nobody is the same person forever. If they are, there’s a problem! (laughs)  Life involves change and growth involves change. You can’t grow without change and you can’t change without growing. So, I think as an artist, you create with the experiences you have. If you’re truly an artist and really expressing something, you’ll change as you grow.

I’ve notice most of your music is in English, do you not enjoy singing in Spanish?

Yael: I do like it. Spanish for me is not an easy language to write in. I also spent almost all of my adult life speaking english. You begin to develop a new sense of vocabulary as you grow with the language and it had just became easier to incorporate english in my songs.

And any songs we’ll hear on the new record that’ll be in Spanish?

Yael: Most the songs are in English but I do have one in Spanish.

Where do you think you’d be if you weren’t doing music?

Yael: I’d be very frustrated probably! (laughs) I do have a lot of other interests. I have an interest in graphic design, I design all of my own stuff. I also have an interest in the environment, I would be active with that but music is a huge part of my life!

Would you continue doing music forever?

Yael: I don’t know, is anything forever? It’s part of who I am. It’s not only who I am, but a big part. I’m also a Mom. I have two kids and I love spending time with them. I also enjoy traveling and learning as much as I can. At different times in my life, I’m going to go in and out of things that are inspiring me and eventually, I’m going to go back to music. I’m very sensitive and I’m always picking up stuff around me. Music will always be my outlet. I push my emotions towards that, and it’ll always,I hope, be a part of my life.

With just our small interaction, it was easy to match her bubbly, dream-pop tunes to her sincere, loving personality.

Stay connected with Meyer and look out for key new music debuting later this year!

Spencer Ludwig Gets ‘Diggy’ with JamFeed at Emos Austin (Interview)

Friday night was a special night for me in Austin.  Its been almost 2 years since I first met Spencer Ludwig, and my co-worker Yunus and I picked him up at the Austin airport just before SXSW.  Spencer and I spoke on the phone prior to this, and he was always very supportive of JamFeed and our mission to connect artists and fans.  We interviewed Spencer in the car on the way to his friends house where he was staying, and to this day, it was one of the most interesting interviews of my career.  Spencer has become a good friend, a mentor, as well as one of my favorite artists and entrepreneurs in the music industry.

It’s not just his music…its his personality, his drive, his commitment to his craft, and his willingness to leave a global touring band to try and break into the scene as a solo artist.  As an entrepreneur myself, this is what I admire most about Spencer.  His willingness to take the risk, and put everything on the line for his own solo record.

I feel very fortunate to have watched Spencer go through this process as JamFeed  covered the making of his first solo album through our ‘Taking Life by the Horn‘ series.  This weekend I got to watch the live version of these last 2 years in the making, and it couldn’t have been much better.
I have seen Spencer play before with Capital Cities, but this was different.  This was everything Spencer had to offer…not just his trumpet.  He sings, dances, and has an amazing group of talented back up singers and musicians supporting this new era of funky pop music.  To me, he’s my modern day Prince…the dancing, the singing, the swag….and the trumpet.

Spencer is now on his first solo tour, and his first single ‘Diggy‘ already has millions of streams online, but the real beauty of Spencer Ludwig lies in his live show.  He’s an entertainer, and a talented musician who is dedicated to perfecting his craft.

We sat down with Spencer after his first solo gig in Austin at Emo’s to discuss his first tour, the transition from big band to solo artist, and how he is trying something new and different with Warner to break into the music scene.

You can check out a live video of Diggy below at his show at Emos in Austin, TX.

I sat down with Spencer after the show at Emo’s in the back of their van.  It was only fitting to interview him again in the car considering that is how we met 2 years ago.  This time around though, he was on his own tour, and seemed more confident and excited about his music than ever.


It’s been almost 2 years since we first met in person, since Yunus and I picked you up from the airport and interviewed you in the car…You were just about to sign with Warner, and now here you are on your first tour as a solo artist…really awesome to see how far you have come, so first off congratulations!  

Thank you, I really appreciate it!

Throughout this process…what has the experience been like of transitioning from big band to solo artist?

The grind is as interesting as it is challenging.  It’s a complete mystery and puzzle on how to break an artist, but we are all trying to figure it out, even the industry veterans, because everything is changing so fast.  Breaking a new artist is an incredible, incredible challenge, but its also a really fun one.   I am really proud to be a part of this challenge.  I wanted something new cause I was bored, I was tired of just being a hired gun.  I really wanted to be a part of the entire spectrum of being an artist.

You went from being known as a trumpeter but now you sing, dance, and still play trumpet…how long have you been wanting to sing and get your voice out.  Was singing something you’ve been doing before going solo or was the trumpet always the focus?

I sang, you know, in my own spaces, but never really in public.   There was a couple times in high school that I sang, but professionally, once I got to college, it was all about the trumpet, and after that it was all about making money playing the trumpet or teaching the trumpet.  Singing I didn’t even really think about really…but back in high school I did perform a few times , you know like talent shows and played with a small band in high school and sang a little…but that was that.  To me, as long as its music, I’m going to be happy you know?  And the trumpet was what allowed me to stay in music professionally, so I went with it.   But ya, it’s always been a passion of mine to entertain, I love to entertaining.  That’s what I love doing…curating a moment.

Well you sure know how to do that well with your combination of singing, dancing, and also busting out trumpet solos…I feel like you really know how to work with and engage a crowd, and that is what entertainment is all about.  You didn’t look like an artist on his first solo tour, you looked like an artist who was on his 3rd solo tour.  You looked super comfortable up there and just excited to be playing your own music for people.  Let’s talk about the last song you played, your newest hit single ‘Diggy’ – 1.5M streams on Spotify alone…congrats!  When did Diggy come about in the process of this album?  Did you know when it was done that it would be your lead single?

It started off in the very early stages, but with a different chorus.  I re-wrote the chorus with a friend and that was towards the middle of the process (pre-production) but we were just continuing to play with the demo.  But once we finally had the melody and the lyrics right, we felt like we could build around it however we wanted.  That’s when I went in with RedOne, and Red when he heard it, he immediately was like “thats a single!” and I was like “ya? ok…” and then we started working harder on it.  It’s still a focus track, and I think it will another take a year or two until Diggy has reached its full potential.  You gotta let songs breathe and put a lot of love into them by promoting them, sharing them.   The goal is to take it to radio at some point this year.

Well it turned out to be a hit, and I think it is only going to keep growing as more people see you play live.  It’s got all the elements of a great single.

I also want to talk to you about another new song you wrote called ‘Good Time People’ – it’s one of my favorite songs you’ve written so far.   I could especially see the passion in your voice and your body when you played it live.   We all know these type of people that want to be around you when your buzzing, but never seem to be there through the struggle…when we really need people.  I’ve seen this happen with me and my life, and my company, so tell me about your experience in the making of this song.

Well it happened right after I got a record deal….certain people starting showing up and making claims to me about what they thought they deserved from me, and people starting to be over-friendly with me, and it didn’t feel real.  It was kind of the heat of the moment when I got the record deal, just so many people contacting me.  And these are people that I wouldn’t want to work with you know?  And it was just funny to me that people would think that I would just let them back in because of my new status or something…and really one day I was just tripping on some texts and emails I got, and that is how most of my songs start off, just conversationally when I am working in a room with someone on a concept.  This particular song, I had just gotten this disgusting phone call, and I almost couldn’t believe it, almost to the point where I was just laughing about it….and it was just one of those moments where I just hit record, put on my headphones, and this song just wrote itself super fast.

Sometimes you just have to speak what is truly on your mind, and let it out.

Ya, exactly.

I think that usually makes for the best songs too.  They are usually the ones people can connect with most in my opinion.  I love the name ‘Good Time People’ too and I could see and feel you letting those emotions when you performed it live.  

So, for someone who has never seen or heard of you before, how do you describe the sound of Spencer Ludwig?

Well, I feel like words don’t work very well in describing music in general.  But I just kind of say its kind of ‘Funky-Pop Music.’ The goal for me is I want people to feel the funk, feel the musicality, but also feel the pop sensibility and being able to sing along with it.  I feel like that might describe a lot of music, and that might not really help separate me, but really you just gotta see it live.  Since day one, this album was really meant to just be a calling card to the live show.  It’s just flavors you know?  Flavors of my live show…That’s why I wanted to go solo, thats why I’m doing this.  It’s because I love entertaining and I love going through the process myself of the growth of an artist through live music more than anything.  Obviously there was incredible growth in creating the music itself, but performing live is where I feel the most growth because I just love it.

I agree that seeing you live does change everything, especially for a show like yours where your doing so many different things musically, and have a band to support you now.  

Are you still living in New York?

Yes, still in New York.  Love it…love it, it’s great.

I also heard you announce tonight that the album is coming out this summer?   

Yes!  THE album.  It will have the 6 singles that are out, and we are also doing a remix package for Diggy.  We are very excited to put it out to our fans.

How did you decide to release your single / albums this way?  Obviously we have all seen the industry change a lot over the last few years, and it continues to change so fast.  Was this your idea to release singles, then tour, and then release the album?  Or was this something that Warner brought to the table?

It was really the leadership of my project manager, who is brilliant.  Her name is Lynn Scott.  She said “you know what, your different, so we need to approach this differently.”  And she took approach to the label, and the label agreed.  And that is what is great about Warner, and working with their staff on how to break an artist.  They understand how much everything is changing and they know we have to be adaptable to the changes.  We know that we are starting fresh without any familiarity around me.  Even with my tours with the Capital Cities, those weren’t necessarily MY fans.  I mean, I had some fans of my own, but this was basically like starting over for me, starting from scratch.  We needed to create that story, and so we are building that story right now.

Alright Spencer, I’m gonna end on one fun questions for the fans.  When did the hat begin?   And are we ever going to be able to see these Ludwig hats in the future?

Ooo…that’s an interesting idea.  Definitely an interesting idea.  One time I put this hat on when I was playing capital cities…I think my mom got it for me or something.  I put on the hat, and in the pictures that people were posting, I was like “that looks sick!”  There was just something about the silhouette and the trumpet, and it made me look so much more mysterious.  I felt like at the time, without the hat, I looked very young, and I wanted to become a character and not just a kid playing trumpet. I wanted to create my own character, something to be remembered by.  I also wanted to come into the character and build that character, so when I step into it, I am almost like another person or a different version of myself.

Yes I definitely see that, and you continually took it on and off based around different parts of your show.  The hat always seemed to be on during those trumpet solos though…

Ya, you know, I want people to know the person under the hat as much as the person wearing it.  I want them to know both.  The hat to me kind of gets me into character and amplifies the character a little bit, but I want them to know Spencer too.

I feel lucky to know both sides of Spencer Ludwig, and both of them are genuine, driven, and very passionate about music.

Make sure to follow Spencer on JamFeed to be the first to know about his upcoming shows and his new album release this summer!


The Unlikely Candidates Discusses Music, Song Writing In The Shower and The Band Today (Interview)

Before an incredible performance at Stubbs in Austin Texas, JamFeed sat down with lead vocalist Kyle Morris and discussed all things music, song writing in the shower, and how the band transformed to what it is today.

From Forth Worth, TX. The original two piece duo (now expanding to a five piece) has been around since 2013, with the release of their first EP ‘Follow My Feet’. The band is back in the spotlight with their newly release EP ‘Bed of Liars’.

Upon arrival at Stubb’s BBQ Friday night, I was instantly taken to the back where I was greeted welcomely by the band. We all exchanged names while lead vocalist Kyle and I informally distributed a secret handshake upon first meeting. We sat down on one of the couches that hugged the wall and began chatting. Our conversation remained casual, as we spent the first 15 minutes just talking about one another. Within first impression, I was able to foretell how genuine of a soul Kyle is and how his personality shines write though his lyrics and music.

It wasn’t until about twenty minutes in when I decided I would finally record our conversations and construct an actual interview.

So, it was you who started the band?

Kyle: Yes, it was me and that one.

(Points to Cole eating at the table. He gives a head nod)

Kyle: We met in Keller and started the band. We basically were just an acoustic duo and had no clue how to play music. We were only seventeen and this was our first band. We had NO clue what we were doing but for some reason, we decided we were going to take it all the way. We basically were like, “Lets get huge, and make this happen!”

Did you even know how to play guitar?

Kyle: (laughs) No, we were SO bad! We didn’t know anything about time signatures. We would create songs that would slow down then speed up and then slow down again. It felt like nothing I was doing really connected. It wasn’t melodic. It was just terrible. But for some reason, there was something good enough that we kept investing 4-5 hours a day for years.

What would you do if you weren’t in music?

Kyle: Ah, I don’t know. I started out trying to go into business. I then switched to psychology and then to english. Eventually, I just dropped out to pursue music. It’s a tough question. I just honestly don’t know what I’d do without music.

(Kyle and I grew a little deeper (and a little off topic) with our conversation. He shared with me, his sister’s career path and how she’s helping the world by contributing to projects that build schools in undeveloped parts of India. We talked about all the beautiful, empathic people in our world that dedicate their whole life to helping humanity. This then drafted the next question.)

Do you feel your music helps the world?

Kyle: Yeah, I think so. I can’t remotely compare it to what some people do. I feel more like I can help people on a day to day basis by texturizing the emotions in their own life. Music is extremely cathartic to almost everybody.

Has anyone ever mentioned how your music helped them?

Kyle: Oh yeah. On my first EP, I wrote stuff that was extremely relatable about what it meant to be a human being. I asked a lot of extraterrestrial questions that individuals responded to. I had some pretty intense fans. A lot of them would have issues in their own life and always responded with a positive remark. I once had this big, biker guy approach me in Philly and say: ‘I just wanted to tell you, I was about to end my life but then I heard ‘Follow My Feet’ and I’m still here’ And he then shook my hand and just disappeared.

I was awestruck. The song I wrote in the shower in 15 minutes changed someones life!

Wait, you wrote it in the shower?

Kyle: (laughing) I did, yeah! I ran naked from the shower, sliding on the wood and tile, trying to get it recorded and written down. Only time that’s ever happened.

And do you think it’s the best song you’ve written?

Kyle: I think so. It was just the best advice I gave myself and I still come back to it all the time.

So, I noticed you currently only have two EPs. Do you not like full length albums?

Kylie: Music is just consumed at an exponentially rate now. Ep’s are almost just like fodder for singles. I’d rather just release little pieces that people can really dig into and love. Then, move onto the next thing.

Your new EP is different Were you reaching for a different style? Is there any style of music you’d like to write?

Kyle: We don’t have a genre really. We pretty much do whatever we want. We’ll write any song that sounds good. I don’t like putting anything off limits. If I like a genre and I write a song that sounds good, I’ll probably use it. A good song is a good song. I don’t want to write one song over and over because that would be the smarter thing to do. That gets boring and people can tell. I’d rather write something I like. We were just trying new things out on the new album and enjoyed what we produced.

(The rest of our time talking became totally informal as we just talked about life once again​​​​)

When 10:30 hit, the band hit the indoor stage at Stubbs. They opened their set with their hit single off their new EP ‘Your Love Could Start A War’. The packed room was spiked with energy, as they danced and sang along. The rest of the evening followed with a jumping mix of songs from both EPs before closing up with ‘Follow My Feet’; the fifteen minutes shower- made song that has found a place in everybody’s heart.

It was a sad departure but fortunately, Austin’s SXSW music convention will have the band following their feet back in town for six more shows before they depart on a cross country tour.