We are SO excitied to tell you guys about this! Our favorite Canadian cutie Lights has announced that she will be going on a US tour starting mid February with X-Ambassadors to promote her new album Little Machines.
Recently, Lights has been participating in Rdio's Rdio Cover's series. The series features up and coming stars doing their own versions of 2014's biggest hits, you can check out Lights performance of Seasons over here
Check out the video for one of our favorite songs, Up We Go, from Light's newest ablum below and check out the tour dates below.
Tickets go on sale Friday, December 19th at 10AM ET so be sure to grab yours here before the sell out!
Lights tour dates feat. X-Ambassadors
2/14 Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights
2/15 Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
2/17 Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose Tap House
2/18 St. Louis, MO - Ready Room
2/20 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
2/21 Austin, TX - Emo's
2/22 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
2/24 Orlando, FL - Beacham Theater
2/25 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
2/27 Atlanra, GA - The Masquerade
2/28 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
3/01 Nashville, TN - Rocketown
3/02 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
3/04 Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
3/05 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre
3/06 Columbus, OH - Skully's Music Diner
3/07 Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe at Old National Centre
3/09 Cleaveland, OH - House of Blues
3/10 Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
The cold weather has arrived and that calls for holiday traditions. Some of us like to leave out gifts, some of us have quality time with family and some of us have our funny ones that only people closest to us know about.
Kelsea Ballerini shares her personal favorite tradition with us right here exclusively on Buzznet!
What is your funniest holiday memory?
One of our family traditions is to stay in PJ's all day on Christmas Eve no matter what, and last year we went to our church service in Christmas footie pajamas. Everyone was laughing, we thought it was hilarious.
Do you have a favorite Christmas movie?
Elf!! "I just like to smile. Smiling is my favorite." Classic.
What was the best thing you asked Santa for?
When I was younger I asked Santa for a dollhouse with magic dust that I could sprinkle on myself and shrink down to doll size and live in the house. I didn't get that.
If you could get anything this year as a gift what would you pick?
A bigger closet! Ha!
What is your favorite Christmas song?
"Oh Holy Night" always gives me chills, I think it's so beautiful and captures what the heart of the holiday is. And and of course "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"...I even recorded my own version this year!
How cute was that? What is YOUR favorite holiday tradition?
Want more from Kelsea?
EP link: http://bit.ly/kelseaballerini
'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' link: http://bit.ly/KBchristmas
In case you missed it the talented guys in Issues recently released their long awaited video for 'Mad At Myself'! We have had the album on repeat and are obsessed with how good the concept of the video is! We can't wait to see what the boys have in store for us for 2015!
And last but least here is the exclusive Behind The Scenes video we got on set while they filmed "Mad At Myself"
What is your favorite Issues song?
What better way to celebrate the holidays than with some new music from Spencer Sutherland!? Spencer did his own cover of Chris Brown's "This Christmas" and we are so in love with it!
“I love how the song “This Christmas” is all about enjoying the magic of the holiday traditions and spending time with family which is VERY important to me!” -Spencer Sutherland
Watch this video and let us know what you think of it in the comments below!
We have a new obsession and their name is Mini Mansions. Mini Mansions are a band from Los Angeles California consisting of Zach Dawes, Tyler Parkford, and Michael Shuman (who you may know from Queens of the Stone Age)
Mini Masions released their first single, Death Is A Girl, from their upcoming album back in October but they just dropped the video for it and we are SPEECHLESS! The best and only way to describe it is by quoting the band themselves who describe it as "a neo-noir mix of sex, death, and psychedelic interrogation techniques, only used in purgatory facilities disguised as 1970's police holding tanks."
Aside from releasing their new CD and working on their album, Mini Mansions have been on tour since the beginning of December and will be well into next year.
Check out the video for Death Is A Girl below from their debut album, The Great Pretenders, coming out early 2015 and catch them on one of their tour dates below!!
w/ The Raveonettes
Dec 10 Debaser Stockholm, Sweden
Dec 11 Vega Copenhagen, Denmark
Dec 12 John Dee Oslo, Norway
Dec 13 Train Århus C, Denmark
w/ Royal Blood
Jan 10 Live Music Hall Cologne, Germany
Jan 11 Mojo Club Hamburg, Germany
Jan 12 Postbahnhof am Ostbahnhof Berlin, Germany
Jan 14 Palladium Warsaw, Poland
Jan 15 Arena Vienna, Austria
Jan 16 Theaterfabrik Munich, Germany
Jan 17 Komplex 457 Zurich, Switzerland
Feb 22 Barrowlands Glasgow, United Kingdom
Feb 23 Barrowland Glasgow, United Kingdom
Feb 27 Pavillions Plymouth, United Kingdom
Feb 28 Spa Bridlington, United Kingdom
Mar 02 Guildhall Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Mar 03 Newport Centre Newport, United Kingdom
Mar 05 Uea Norwich, United Kingdom
Mar 06 Empress Ballroom Blackpool, United Kingdom
Mar 08 Ulster Hall Belfast, United Kingdom
Mar 09 Olympia Dublin, Ireland
Mar 10 Olympia Theatre Dublin, Ireland
Mar 11 Civic Hall Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Mar 13 Brixton London, United Kingdom
Mar 14 Rock City Nottingham, United Kingdom
Mar 16 Paradiso Grote Zaal Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mar 17 L'Olympia Paris, France
Mar 18 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium
Mini Mansions headline shows
Jan 19 The Lexington London, United Kingdom
Jan 24 The Bunkhouse Las Vegas, NV
Jan 28 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
We recently had the opportunity to interview one of our latest obsessions Scars On 45. Scars on 45 are a group consisting of Danny Bemrose, Aimee Driver, David Nowakowski, and Chris Durling from Bradford, UK. If their name doesn't sound familiar to you, odds are their music will because it's used all the time on hit TV shows such as Grey's Anatomy, CSI, and more.
Check out their amazing single Crazy For You followed by our exclusive interview below!
You guys achieved over night success when you song Beauty's Running Wild was featured on an episode of CSI: New York, how did you handle the instant fame?
Haha I'm not sure how "famous" we got, but it was definitely a shock, and not something we were prepared for. We didn't even have time to get the song on iTunes. All we had was our little MySpace page (yes, MySpace)!! We would check it every few hours and just freak out how many people were listening to the song. It definitely gave us a little confidence boost and instilled some self-belief that we were doing something right. That sync in turn helped us to get our first deal so it really was a massive turning point for us, even if no-one could actually buy the song!
How did it feel to have your track 'Heart on Fire' picked to be the main song for the sound track for season 8 of Grey's Anatomy?
That was a great moment, to be featured on an album with all those other acts that we love and respect so much. This was also before our first album had been released, so it was actually the first chance we could walk into a store and buy something with our name on it. Very cool. Needless to say, all our families got a copy for Christmas that year!
Your music is constantly used in top TV shows around the world, do you think this exposure has helped you get to where you are today?
It's almost like an extension of radio for people these days. So many people find new music through film and TV, so it's a great way for us to hopefully be introduced to new fans. We've always wanted our music to be heard by as many people as possible, so anything that enables that is great for us. It can also be really interesting to see how laying a song over a scene can add new meaning or emotion to a song, almost like a music video. The other reality of TV syncs is that for a growing band like us, the money from placements can be vital to keeping a band on the road.
What was the song writing process like for your newest album Safety in Numbers?
After we finished touring the last record, we didn't really know what to do with ourselves, so we just went straight into the studio to put down some tunes. Turns out that wasn't the best move... Everything we recorded in those sessions was bloody awful!! After that, we took some time and just kept writing and writing. In truth, I don't think we really knew what record we wanted to make for a while. The turning point was probably when we recorded the songs "Golden" and "This Is Not Your Love Song" in the same week. From that point, everything just seemed to slot together and the songs just kept coming. Most of the songs that actually ended up on the finished record were recorded in the last few months of the process. We just needed to find our stride!
What was the inspiration behind your single Crazy For You?
It's a story about two mutual friends of ours. They were best friends for years but secretly had massive crushes on each other. We all knew but they never had the guts to tell each other how they felt. One drunken evening, they finally got it together, and they've been inseparable ever since. They actually got married last year!
What was the most memorable moment from your last tour?
Wow that's a tough one. We're a band that always try to find something memorable in everything we do, so picking an individual moment is hard. I suppose something that we'll remember for a long while is playing 'Live In The Vineyard'. It's an industry weekend that's set in Napa Valley and it always has incredible artists participating. We dreamt of playing the main stage for the last 4 years, and this year we finally got the opportunity to do so. That along with the wine made it a pretty unforgettable weekend!
You guys are known for your interactions with your fans on social media, how important is connecting with your fans to you?
Connection with the fans is a huge part of why we love doing what we do. We spent such a long time in England working our asses off with the hope that one day we'd have people wanting to buy our records and watch our gigs. We don't take the fans for granted at all and we never will. That's why we're completely happy to drive 15 hours to play a house show or stay behind after a show until the last person has left. Social media has made it so much easier for a band like ourselves to have that direct contact with fans and vice versa, and from our point if view that's only a positive thing as we can give the fans more content than we normally would.
If you could collaborate with any artist or group, who would it be?
I think we'd have to say Adele. We're all huge fans.
Who is you're biggest inspiration?
I think we'd all have to say our parents to be honest. We come from a really working class, Northern English upbringing, and I think the values that we were installed in to us as we were growing up have so far held us in good stead. We try to be as hard working as possible and set very high ambitions for ourselves, but we also try to be as polite and honourable as we can. It's important not to get ahead of ourselves and keep our feet firmly on the ground.
Whats next? any new music or tours in the works?
We hope to continue to be out there playing our music to whoever wants to listen. In terms of new music, we always have a few ideas we're working on.
We recently had the opportunity to talk with the amazingly talented and beautiful Jasmine Villegas. Jasmine is an incredible R&B and pop singer who has been singing since she was only 12-years old. Less thank 10 years later, Jasmine has relased a smash hit with the amazing Kendrick Lamar and is preparing to release her much anticipated album.
Check out Jasmine in her hit song That's Me Right There ft. Kendrick Lamar followed by our exclusive interview!
You recently released your new EP with your single featuring Kendrick Lamar; did he give you any words of wisdom and if so what were they?
Well Kendrick didn't really give me any words of wisdom, i think when he was writing his verse I went to the studio and I sat with him and he was just like so how do you want me to approach the record? How do you want me to attack it? And I was just like honestly your amazing and I love your music so just do what you do and when I herd the record I loved it.
Who is an artist that inspires you and that you would like to work with on future collaborations?
I am really inspired by Alicia Keys. I love her and I think one day ill be able to do a song with her, I’m praying, because I have always been hoping for that since I was 13.
Well congratulations your first album is coming out in 2015, what can you tell us about the sound and/or track?
Well right now were still in the process of recording and getting the collabs but its definitely always going to be relatable to my fans and have them be able to relate to what I’m saying but its not just going to be slow songs. My EP was a lot of slower songs and its gonna be more up beat and dance songs. Just a little bit of everything but it’s all going to make sense and tie in together.
Writing and releasing an album I’m sure is really cathartic, what for you goes in to creating a new song or a new album?
Well for me when it comes to stuff like writing a new song I’m not comfortable writing by myself so I usually have a song writer come with me and we go in the studio and I just kind of lay down and vent to them what’s going on in my life and I just talk to them as if their my friends and most of them are really close to me so I’m able to vent and tell them what’s going on in my life and that's how we make a song, its a subliminal message of the things that are going on in my life.
You started your career when you were really young, how and when did you decide a career in music is what you wanted to pursue?
I started super young, I’ve always loved to sing but it wasn't my dream initially. I love animals and I always wanted to be a vet when I was younger so that was always my thing. When I found out I wanted to choose singing as a career was when I was 11 turning 12 and some guy herd me singing down the street and it was somebody besides my family telling me I was good at singing. Somebody that had no ties to me and didn't know me and that's when I kind of though yay I’m kind of good enough and I gave it a shot and 10 years later I’m here.
What’s one song that came out this year that you wish you had written or that was your own?
Probably the Taylor Swift song Blank Space, I love that song. She killed that one to a T in the video.
One of your fans asked who would you love to do a collaboration with? Any one besides Alicia Keys?
Yea I would love to do a song with August Alsina or Trey Songs and I know Beyonce is really far-fetched because its Beyonce or Rihanna.
When can we hear a new duet?
I actually just did a duet with Adrian Marcel so hopefully once that is all done you’ll be able to hear it soon.
Will that be a single or on the album?
I think it’s going to be on his album.
Are you going to go on tour any time soon?
We're working on it now. It’s kind of up in the air at the moment but I think were going to be doing it soon
Calling all music lovers! We have a new artist for you to check out called The Reasn! He has been described as...“A classic old soul with a modern edgy mind". Sounds awesome right? Well, we have an exciting premiere for you all to check out right here on Buzznet. Here is his newest video, that has some impressive visuals, for his song called "Better"! Also, Be sure to pick up his upcoming EP called "25 Till Empty" out early 2015!
What are your thoughts on this video?
Check out the trailer for his upcoming EP "25 Till Empty" out in early 2015!
Kat Dahlia, The Reasn
Thursday, December 11, Los Globos in Los Angeles
Get tickets Here!
The Reasn Official Sites
Just in time for the Holidays the talented Stefano has released his new song called "Last Lonely Christmas". I love this song because it got me excited to be running down the stairs on Christmas to see what Santa brought me ;) Enjoy!
Last Lonely Christmas" is the new, original song written and performed by Stefano, and produced by DMadd for SpeakerMind Productions for the Holiday Season! The song will be available on iTunes December 15th. This is the first of 3 Holiday songs Stefano will be releasing for the season.
What did you think of this song?
Today we have an exciting new video premiere from the talented Kelsea Ballerini! This fun lyric video not only has catchy lyrics but the video itself is adorable.
"I love the fun energy in this song and lyric video. The bright colors match the poppy vibe and country lyrics. I'm excited to share it!” -Kelsea
What do YOU think of Kelsea's new video for "Yeah Boy"?
Be sure to get her new EP HERE!