In 2013, I spent my summer on the road with Vans Warped Tour and Kia Motors, where I got introduce to Five Knives by a friend who was working with them.
Let's just say that most of my free time from filming videos was spent dragging my friends to their stage to watch their high engery set. I mean, Anna was crowd surfing and 'All Fall Down' was my summer anthem.
Just chatted wtih Anna, the kick-ass lead singer of the group, about their new record due out Feb 2015.
Gabbie: Your new record has a lot of different elements bleeding throughout each track (Hip-hop, Pop, Electronic). Which I would say is a Five Knives staple.
Anna:We haven't been a band super long. We've kind of spent this past year coming into our own. I think we know now who we truly are now. We wanted to keep the dark side to our music, but there's a lot more elements of pop in this one. We still got the punk-edge that you're all use to.
Gabbie: I was pleasantly happy to see 'Sugar' and 'Rattatat' make this record as they were crowd favorites during your run with The Vans Warped Tour. But, they didn't make your past EP, "The Rising".
Anna: 'Rattatat' was one of the first songs we ever wrote as a band. It's a fun one, but we felt it wasn't really ready for our last EP, 'The Rising'. I love this song. The feedback from 'Sugar' has been really good. There's been a bunch of remixes, already charted on Billboard's Electric Dance chart. We just filmed a music video for it, which is coming out in December. It's a great video, I can't wait.
Gabbie: 'Wild Ones' could be a radio single.
Anna: You're tugging at my heart. Whenever I hear it, I cry because it has so much potential. I'm proud of this one. This is one of my favorites, but with this record, I think there's a song that everyone can relate too. Everybody can have their song. For me, it's this one.
Gabbie: I think 'Take My Picture' is going to be a cheeky girls anthem
Anna: Yes, this one could be great for movies. Another one that has a lot of potential. It's fun and fits in with the selfie craze world we're living in now.
Gabbie: What are some stand out songs for you on this record?
Anna:'Wild Ones'..'Shake My Bones'. This record has a lot of 80's influence and really affects you. I want my fans to know that what I'm saying in each track, is really just coming from me. I'm singing from my heart. Also, the drops in 'Money' are really fun too!
Gabbie: You were saying earlier how you feel this is the best representation of who Five Knives is today. What are three words that fit you and the band.
Anna: Oh, these are always really hard. Energetic, Unstoppable, Edgey.
Gabbie: With a new record usually comes a new tour. What can we expect?
Anna: Tour is in the works. Everyone on our team is kind of looking into everything right now. Hopefully in 2015, we can get back out there!
Make sure you guys pick-up Five Knives new record out in Feb of 2015. It's an edgy punk princess's anthem.
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My morning typically starts with me listening to The Bobby Bones Show on the way to work! It gives me that little dash of Nashville, even though I'm in Vegas.
I first heard of Kelsea Ballerini on Bobby's show. He's always promoting up-and-coming country talent and I was impressed with her voice and style! She's usually on the road with him and The Raging Idiots, his charity band.
Check out the future of Country Music with Kelsea singing Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'. Bobby Bones challenge the young singer to make their chairs turn like The Voice.
She for sure gets Buzznet's chair to turn around!
Her EP will be released on 11/24 so keep an eye out for that!
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I've been nothing short of busy... and I mean busy. The kind where you only stay in a city for less than 24 hours.
It started with the second to last week of October, where I managed to attend Life Is Beautiful Music Festival, hop on a plane the next day and fly to L.A for our TINhouse party, back on a plane to Vegas to finish the magical festival.
This was my first year attending LIB and I was lucky enough to be able to snap some photos of the artist playing for StageRightSecrets.com. The line-up was bagging, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, Outkast, Foo Fighters, etc.
There were plenty of selfie opportunites, every corner was a unique wall of graffiti, or piece of art, always a unique photo moment. Some of the highlights included watching Echosmith, who I work with on Warped, have one of the biggest crowds. Full circle moment for them and me. Also, Switchfoot- OMG, The Weeknd, and watching Dave Grohl show us what Punk truly is.
Saturday, I skipped LIB to head to our TINHouse Beverly Hills party. The mansion was beautiful and overlooked the hills of L.A. There was even an arcade room where I spent most of my time playing Ski-Ball and Bowling.
A week later, I spent some time snapping photos of Chase Rise. A song-writter who is starting to make it big! Chase wrote Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise'. His current single is making it's rounds on radio, 'Ready Set Go'. I love when someone brings a new element to club tours. He made it seem like his production was a part of an arena tour! Brilliant.
On Sunday the 9th, I turned 22. Happy Birthday to me. No, I didn't play T-Swift's '22' once! But i did remind myself that this past year has been a battle against fear and a journey towards bravery. I'll touch more on that when I write my end of the year wrap-up.
Tuesday, I hopped on a flight to San Fran with one of my clients. We were headed to spend the day with Garth Brooks and Entertainment tonight traveling to all the social media HQ's. Garth was joining 2014's idea of communication.
Let me tell you about Garth, he's the real deal. He's the most humble person I've ever met. He took the time to connect with each of us in our own way. Of course, we spent the day talking about fashion and how he want's me to send his Daughters/ Trisha my pants. I grew up listening to him, so getting to know him on a personal level was a dream.
When spent the morning at Facebook/ Instagram HQ's. I wanted to move in! Garth had a Q & A where things got real. So many people have been touched by his music, and that's something social media will never be able to touch.
Next, Twitter HQ, for another Q&A/ mini performance. Garth announced a secret pop-up show and I got drink out of a bird mug! We headed to The Independent music hall where we headed backstage for the show. Getting to hang in his dressing room with him and some of my favorite people was incredible. He's all fun!
I've been super busy! But these past few weeks has inspired me. I'm living proof, that if you work, stay nice, you can do anything you set your mind too. I'm learning that slowly.
I would like to take a moment of silence for the death of music reporters.
Where to begin, where to begin. If you haven't noticed already, music reporters are popping up everywhere. And no, it's not a good thing. What use to be a truthful and honest rare breed of insight, has now become an industry of girls just wanting to meet bands. The internet has given the tool to anyone by allowing them to create their own websites and ask generic questions to a band they just wanted to meet, but didn't feel the need to pay the 50 bucks for the Meet and Greet.
This has caused three major problems.
One: The hard working reporters are no longer taken seriously.
Let me define the hard working reporter: Someone who puts hours into researching the band, writes their own questions, books their own interview, and genuinely wants to give insight into the music.
Today: We show up and they already begin to size us up. Can we get this one to sleep with us? Should we just take a picture and call it a day? I wonder if she/he will ask us about how our band name came about?
There's a stereotype for music reporters! Not, the kind where they worry if we will write a bad review about them. This is my passion, dream, and career I've been personally chasing for 5 years now. It's sad when I get complimented on how refreshing and professional my interview style was. All interviews should be professional. I shouldn't be receiving these comments EVER.
Problem number two: We no longer get the credit/ pay we deserve. There's so many girls who will work for free just to get the backstage access. There's also a dime a dozen sites popping up dragging down viewership/profit. I work for three different music sites currently and receive no pay. I have a 10-6 job (it's still a cool job :), just so I can afford to pay the bills and travel to shows for them. Don't get me wrong, I would do what I do for free because I love it, but at some point, you deserve credit and payment.
Problem number three: Most correspondents, reporters, host for major music sites all have a few things in common. They have an agent or they know someone. Since when did you need an agent to talk about music? Also, since when did being someones relative, or having a ton of followers land you a job? These things do not equal a good reporter.
There's still hope that one day I will land a gig with MTV, CMT, VH1 or AXS. I will continue to prove the
stereotype wrong, and bust my A$$ to show how valuable my style is. I encourage you to do the same in your careers.
I wanted to share somes new tunes with my Buzznet pals! We all started this journey for the love of music, right? Let's bring back the tune talking blogs! My dear aussie fan-girling pals, For King and Country, just released their new record on Tuesday. Holy smokes is it the greatest record of 2014.
I'm always impressed with them. They know how to change the game in an industry that puts out mimcs of melodies. I first met these guys in 2012 when they were just getting ready to release their first record. Their style might of evolved, but they're still the same charming gentlemen now.
Run Wild Live Free Love Strong is an anthem of brilliant story telling. From the heart-felt 'without you' featuring Luke's wife Courtney (it will leave you in tears). To the highly-danceable 'Run Wild'. The spectrum of emotion is covered front to back. We can't forget about 'Fix My Eyes', a modern-day spin on how you should be living your life.
For King and Country are hitting the road this fall, and I can only imagine how well crafted the show will be. These guys are not only musicians, but dreamers and creators. They take the story right off the page and turn it into a living cinematic moment. You will leave the show craving to see it a million times again.
Run Wild Live Free Love Strong speaks to your soul. Purchase the record to see what I'm talking about here: http://smarturl.it/rwlfls.
When we were little kids, all we ever wanted to do was be cool. We wanted to hang with the "cool kids", do really awesome things that in return would make us cool. That's all our little minds aspired to be. Cool was just something everyone strived for.
2014: Welcome to the generation of cool.
I know a lot of us pretend to not care about being cool. But, deep down there's still every little bit of you that wants to be. We try to get "cool" jobs. We brag to our friends about the "cool" opportunities we have coming up. We say we're friends with "cool" people. We're so busy with these "cool" adult things. We have thousands of followers and that makes us "cool". America has became glossy people, who only care about that four letter word.
Gosh, I'm so sick of everyone trying to out-do each other. Trying to one-up each other. Buttering up our friends so they still think we're cool. Writting reviews of records so the artist will think you're cool and want to become friends with you. Pretending to be friends with people, who in realitly have no idea who you are, or are not truly your friends. What happend to just doing you.
We turn to social media sites to make us feel better. You can have a horrible day, run home and take a selfie, upload it to instagram... BAM hundreds of likes or comments saying "You're so pretty".. "I want to be you". Those things reassure us that we are still in-fact cool. Those thing have no depth.
Have a spine... do you.. stop thinking you're cool... you're not. Those colorful macaroons are cool though. I mean, Almost Famous did predict the future of our generation. Cool is just a filter we add to our life. Don't use it.
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Hello Buzznet, we've been friends for a really long time and I thought that I haven't been showing you no love. My bad, I've been super busy with all the things that make life so great!
Just wanted to share some cool things I've been up to! One of them being............ I'm now a guest blogger for Natural High! You know, the non-profit that I love and gush over so much on here. The team over their are some of my favorite people to work with. They really care about inspiring our next generation of youth with dreams, the same way I do! Keep checking back on NaturalHigh.org for some of my monthy post!
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I've also been chatting about tunes with some really cool musicans for Stage Right Secrets!
It was nice getting to reunite with Cameron and Zach, along with getting to know the rest of the guys in Tragic Thrills. I've spent the past two summers with Cameron and Zach (Summer of Love + Touring with them on Warped Tour). They always bring me good juicy gossip.
One of my new favorite bands is Stages and Stereos. I can't tell you how amazing they are. One of those bands that will soon be blowing up!
I've been super busy as you can tell! Lots more projects in the works!
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Young Rising Sons have all the components to be the next great band you'll fall in love with. What can get better than smooth vocalings, up-beat tunes, and good looking dudes? It's feel good music with a touch of classiness and a hint of gentlemen meets bad boy. Oh, you can't forget the soulful sound.. the kind that leaves goosebumps for days.
They group is hitting the road this fall, a perfect chance to get to hear some new tunes. Young Rising Sons is about to be a house-hold name... Don't you want to say you jumped on the train before hand?
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During my stay in Chicago, I managed to leave the Warped Tour grounds and make it in time to see Dan + Shay again thanks to the wonderful folks at Warner Nashville. They always treat me so kindly! I've seen Dan + Shay a couple times while I was covering ACM Festival/ CMA Festival for a site I've been working with. They are always a privilege to see.
I think the reason why I enjoy them so much, is the fact at how versatile they are. They're country, but they can also jump on the pop or 80's rock train. I'm an 80's music lover at heart, so I got to hear Guns 'N' Roses' + Def Leppard, I was more than thrilled. Two of my all time favorite bands. I was also swooning during the 'Just The Way You Are' cover. Holy heart eyes emoji.
Being a new band on the music scence can be hard, esp when you're signed to a major record label. Warner always tends to keep their artist busy, but these guys seem to handle it well. The show started at 12 am and ended around 2 am. The duo had been up since 8 am performing all over Chicago. We got the same exact energy level, if not more, during the show. The signs of a true talent.
I think my favorite part of the night was hearing 'Stop Drop and Roll', 'First Time Feeling' or 'Show You Off'. Two songs that have completly unexplainably medlodies and rifts. You want to grab the love of your life, and just run through a field of daisy's in an old chevy truck. It makes you feel like you're falling in love all over again. I mean, I also enjoy '19 You + Me'... mostly because i can swing my blonde hair back and fourth. An anthem to all the legally blondes out there. Also, always lovely to see the journey of former A Rocket To The Moons members, Justin and Andrew doing their thang.
I'm excited to cover a few more of their shows in October in Vegas. They always add another level of excellence every time I see them.
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I made my return to Vans Warped Tour this weekend! I was so excited to be able to head Chicago for the weekend to spend a great time with tour family and some special people! I actually ended up attending the Vegas date, but due to my work party the next day, I made a quick pop in and pop out. It was great to be able to get some quality hang time with people I hadn't seen since we packed our bangs to head home from last years tour.
Two companies you should support in the non-profit world of Warped, my pals at Natural High and The Canvas Foundation! I'm so happy I could help Natural High end up on the full tour this year along with partnering with Echosmith. They are impacting the youth this summer in a postive way! Make sure to stop by and see my pal, Ally at The Canvas Foundation. Paint yourself and have a good time.
Fav sets of the day..hmmm. The Summer Set, Issues, Yellowcard and Echosmith! I was super bumped that I missed Bayside, but sometimes spending time with people is better than seeing any band!
Man, Warped is changing or maybe I'm just getting older! I felt it was a little hard to get into some of the bands this year. I fully support those who push their new stuff during the performance, but a lot of us come to hear the classics. Maybe it was just me. I truly love what Kevin Lyman does each and every year. Happy 20th Birthday to a magical tour that brings people together. S/O to everyone who spent the day with me and danced silly to tunes! I love you all! Also, I took some snazzy photos, so watch out for them this week!
SIDE NOTE: My Pals Fellow Threads Join The Tour This Week! July 25-27, Stop By Their Booth and Grab CUTE! CLOTHING! Tell Them I Said HI. Tour Besties For LIFE!
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