Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter is on the hunt for America’s next new talent! Aspiring, unsigned artists from around the country have the chance to enter to win recording an E.P with Grammy Award-winning producer Don Was, perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, take home new gear and $25,000 cash. Colbie Caillat, a new addition to the contest, will be mentoring the artists along the journey.
We caught up with Callait to get her thoughts on being involved in this project!
How did you get involved with the Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter program?
Not only have I worked with Guitar Center in the past - I appeared on Guitar Center Sessions and recently shot a commercial with them - but I've always admired their commitment to supporting musicians. Most of the employees at Guitar Center are musicians themselves, so it's a company that shares my belief that playing music is the greatest feeling on earth. I'm honored to be able to work with them to help share that joy with the world.
Why do you think it’s advantageous to have a nation-wide search for new talent?
You can find new talent everyday. People grow up and develop their talents, people also are constantly improving themselves by practicing and learning their crafts everyday.
What are some of your favorite aspects of the mentoring process?
I like to give advice to people that I wish was given to me when I was starting out as a young musician/business woman. Hopefully [this] help[s] their process & career flow as smooth as possible.
In your opinion, what makes a good song?
Honest, relatable lyrics. Memorable lyrics as well, catchy melodies. Either gorgeous or fun, genuine vocals, quality recordings and amazing musicians.
What are you most looking forward to about being a mentor?
Helping someone strengthen their talents and develop a career with longevity.
What are some of the challenges in transferring a song out of an artist’s head and into the studio? How do you overcome them?
The hardest part is finding the right production for the song. You also have to factor in if that style represents the artist appropriately and if the sound is current to where people will instantly wanna keep listening to it. Sometimes you have to record a song multiple times, with different producers and musicians, in different keys and tempos, possibly different genres, to find the perfect sound for that 1 song. It can take a lot of time and a lot of money.
What is your approach to addressing new artists?
Advice is always good; sometimes we can get complacent with our work and our ideas. It's good to get input from others because it will benefit the work. It's important to not let ego get in the way. It's also important to know what you want so you don't get strayed too far away from it by others. That can be the most difficult part.
What do you think the artists you mentor will learn from this experience? What will you learn from this experience?
They will learn teamwork, new techniques and work methods by working with others. They will be inspired.
I will learn to truly be a hands-on mentor, patience, and teaching skills. And I'll also be inspired.
Beginning on September 1st through November 2nd, artists will be able to enter the contest by submitting original music videos at www.guitarcenter.com/songwriter. All submissions will be ranked on their social media engagement and fan growth. The top artists will be reviewed by Don Was who will then handpick 5 finalists to perform live at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, where one winner will be named.
Good luck, everyone!
WE ARE SO EXCITED! After teaming up for this summer's sold-out rock arena show, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Linkin Park will be broadcasting their September 15th show at the Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl exclusively on VyRT. Vyrt is a live broadcast platform where artists can share events with fans around the world in real-time.
“This is the one and only broadcast of what could be some of the best shows we have ever played. Spending this summer with our friends in Linkin Park has been epic, amazing and insane," says Jared Leto. "For anyone around the world that wants to see Linkin Park and MARS share the stage, this isn’t just your chance, it’s your ONLY chance. We hope you come join the madness!”
BUZZNET will be thre tonight and we can't even control our excitment.
Is The Carnivores Tour coming to your city?
The Carnivores Tour RemainingDates:
Sept 5 The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sept 6 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sept 8 Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Sept 10 Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
Sept 11 Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sept 13 Quincy, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre
Sept 15 Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Bowl
Sept 16 Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sept 18 Wheatland, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sept 19 Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
Digital tickets for this one-time only event are available now on https://beta.vyrt.com after setting up a free account. Tickets for remaining The Carnivores tour are available via LiveNation and the band's websites.
Echosmith just premiered the brand new video for their Gold certified single "Cool Kids"!
We are OBSESSED! Watch below and tell us what you think!
They are also going on tour in the fall! Are they coming to your hometown?
Echosmith Fall Tour
09/25 Tobin Center - San Antonio, TX
10/01 Knitting Factory - Reno, NV*
10/02 House of Blues - San Diego, CA*
10/03 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA*
10/04 Club Nokia - Los Angeles, CA*
10/05 The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA*
10/07 Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR*
10/08 Vogue Theater - Vancouver, Canada*
10/09 Showbox at the Market - Seattle, WA*
10/10 Knitting Factory - Spokane, WA*
10/11 Knitting Factory - Boise, ID*
10/13 The Depot - Salt Lake City, UT*
10/14 Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO*
10/16 Uptown Theatre - Kansas City, MO*
10/17 Granada Theatre - Dallas, TX*
10/18 Warehouse Live - Houston, TX*
10/19 Mohawk - Austin, TX*
10/24 Life is Beautiful Festival - Las Vegas, NV
10/27 Aztec Theater - San Antonio, TX^
10/28 Civic Theatre - New Orleans, LA^
10/29 Florida Theatre - Jacksonville, FL^
11/02 The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC^
11/03 The Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY
11/04 Iron City - Birmingham, AL^
11/05 Track 29 - Chattanooga, TN^
11/06 Tennessee Theatre - Knoxville, TN^
11/12 Jammin Java - Vienna, VA
11/13 The Barbary - Philadelphia, PA
11/14 Marlin Room at Webster Hall - New York, NY
11/15 Higher Ground - S. Burlington, VT
11/16 The Middle East (downstairs) - Cambridge, MA
11/19 Schuba's Tavern - Chicago, IL
* Honda Civic Tour w/ American Authors
^ Neon Trees tour
Ariana Grande has just announced her first headlining North American tour. The Honeymoon Tour, supporting her #1 Billboard album My Everything, is due to kick off on February 25th, 2015 at the Independence Center in Kansas City, MO. The tour will make stop at 25 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Will Ariana be coming to YOUR hometown?
Ariana Grande The Honeymoon Tour
Feb. 25, 2015: Kansas City, MO (Independence Event Center)
Feb. 28, 2015: Milwaukee, WI (BMO Harris Bradley Center)
March 01, 2015: Saint Paul, MN (Xcel Energy Center)
March 03, 2015: Chicago, IL (Allstate Arena)
March 05, 2015: Cleveland, OH (Quicken Loans Arena)
March 07, 2015: Detroit, MI (Joe Louis Arena)
March 08, 2015: Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)
March 10, 2015: Pittsburgh, PA (Petersen Events Center)
March 12, 2015: Philadelphia, PA (Wells Fargo Center)
March 14, 2015: Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)
March 15, 2015: Boston, MA (DCU Center)
March 17, 2015: Washington, DC (Patriot Center)
March 20, 2015: New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
March 24, 2015: Atlanta, GA (Philips Arena)
March 26, 2015: Orlando, FL (Amway Center)
March 28, 2015: Miami, FL (American Airlines Arena)
March 31, 2015: San Antonio, TX (AT&T Center)
April 01, 2015: Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center)
April 03, 2015: Houston, TX (Toyota Center)
April 06, 2015: Phoenix, AZ (US Airways)
April 08, 2015: Los Angeles, CA (The Forum)
April 10, 2015: Anaheim, CA (Honda Center)
April 12, 2015: San Jose, CA (SAP Center)
April 14, 2015: Seattle, WA (KeyArena)
April 16, 2015: Vancouver, BC (Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena)
Tickets for the Honeymoon Tour will go on sale September 20th via LiveNation. But, if you just can’t wait to get your hands on those tickets, pre-sale will be available to fans who download her fan club app, Fahlo, as well as VIP nation members. Pre-sale will run from September 15th through September 19th.
Make sure to check her out performing on September 27th at the season premiere of Saturday Night Live!
Fall Out Boy have released “Centuries,” the first single off their upcoming SIXTH album.
The boys have been teasing us on Instagram and Twitter for days now and we were so excited to finally take a listen. No surprise here, the song is awesome and the wait was worth it. Take a listen for yourself below. You’re guaranteed to have the chorus stuck in your head for centuries....you see what we did there ;)
Brian Logan Dales says this is one of his favorite FOB songs EVER!
What are your thoughts on “Centuries”?
Eeep! After breaking off their enagagement and going their separate ways, wild child, Miley Cyrus has come out to Australia's Sunday Night TV show that she still has affection for The Hunger Games actor, Liam Hemsworth.
"I love Liam, Liam loves me," she said.
The pair, whose relationship as scrutinized by the press and followed obsessively by the public came to end soon after Miley's music career and image overhaul took off and Liam became a big box office draw.
Just don't start thinking the two are going to get back together anytime soon. Her song "Wrecking Ball," which won Video of the Year at the MTV VMAs, was a form of healing for the 21-year-old super star and moving forward.
"It's about finding yourself," she said. "I had to set myself free."
Do you think Miley and Liam will end up being friends?
"The Buried Life" has recently partnered with Contiki Vacations in order to spread some love and give young people experiences that are bound to change their lives. These young people have agreed to be documented as they set off to travel certain parts of the world for an online video series called “What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?”. With already two hit episodes that recently surfaced Youtube earlier this year, "The Buried Life" phenomenon seems to be truly making people’s dreams come true!
For those who are unfamiliar with the MTV series “The Buried Life” - four guys named Ben Nemtin, Jonnie Penn, Duncan Penn, and Dave Lingwood, began this movement in 2007 by putting together The List Of 100 things they wanted to do before they died. It soon spread across the globe and became such a success that these four men began helping strangers do the same! How incredible!
Check out some videos showing exactly what “The Buried Life” is all about and let us know what you think!
What are some things you want to do before YOU die?
Demi Lovato is on fire! Her recent Facebook post reflecting on her past MTV VMA looks and body image has sparked a discussion about today's standard of beauty!
Demi no longer chases the dream of being a bone thing model type. She credits stars like Kim Kardashian and Beyonce for flaunting their fuller figures.
"I really credit women like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian. [They] completely revolutionized our generation's view...of what beautiful is," she spilled to Access Holywood. "You can think whatever you want about the Kardashians, but they really did help tons of women feel comfortable in their own skin, and I like to carry that message on."
She also has nothing but love for her own body, which she is more than happy to embrace.
"I look back at that and I think, 'You know what? I may have been thinner, but I am so happy that I am healthy today and I have curves, which are a lot sexier than what I was aiming for,'" she added. "I think curves are beautiful and I feel great."
What positive message do you like to send?
In the real world, we'd never put Ariana Grande and "serial killer" in the same sentence, but the 21-year-old admits she scared her mom when she was little by some questionable behavior!
Music's current hotness recently answered Us Weekly's 25 Things You Don't Know About Me and spilled on her creepy childhood habit.
Check out the rest of Araiana's secrets here!
What's your silliest secret?
We are officially in love with Alex & Sierra’s newest ballad, “Bumper Cars” off their debut album, “It’s About Us”.
The song is so captivating, you feel the emotion and can totally relate in so many different ways. It’s the perfect song to drown your sorrows and have a good cry to. LISTEN:
We have so many feels after listening to this on repeat, but that’s what makes it so perfect. Alex & Sierra have an amazing sound and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them!
“It’s About Us” will be released October 7th! Pre-order here!
What do YOU think of "Bumper Cars"? Comment below!