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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Have you ever had one of those dreams where it was just brutally honest. When I say honest, I mean, it was so intense that it almost felt real. The emotion was high, you knew the people, and it was almost too life like. I woke up from one of those today. I don't think I've ever experienced anything like it before. I had to sit up and take in everything that just happened while I was sleeping.
My dream featured only one familar face. A face I hadn't seen or spoken to in almost a year. Sometimes your story just ends with people.... even without a THE END. That's pretty much how our story ended up on the floor. Of course there's always a part of you that just keeps saying "It isn't over, It still isn't over".
Anyways, while I was sleeping this dream appeared. I usually have a hard time remembering them, but this one stuck with me. There we were sitting face to face, our foreheads touching as he honestly stated everything I had wish to hear. It was a first honest moment I had ever experienced with him. I NEVER had one in real life. I could smell his cologne, which made it so real. He laid everyting on the line as he spoke the truth, or what I subconsciously thought it was. He even shed a tear (I guess men cry in my dreams when they do wrong). He then said the 3 letter word. TWICE. It was weird and scary. I was so shaken by it, that I quickly woke up.
When I was seeing him, I thought everything was perfect. I don't know why, but it all felt right. Me + him. It was like we were on this level that I couldn't often find words to describe. It was all a secret, that most figured out because they weren't blind. In my dream he called me out for sharing it with 12,000 people. A weird number to say the least. Especially when you only told your close friends, and they still didn't even know the full story. I guess when you think you're so Rock and Roll, you often think people care about silly things. Who you're seeing being one of them.
I never truly been honest with myself or people about how hard it was to deal with a story just ending abruptly. It's still a sore topic today, that I hide pretty well. The words, "you sunk my ship deep" will never come out of my mouth. Even if given the chance to lay everyting out on the line, I don't think I could do it. I mean, I think that is what this dream was about. Me wanting him to just tell me what he was thinking, feeling. Dreams can always appear life like. Sometimes life can almost appear like a dream. I just wanted to know that it was real. He's trying so hard to hide/ forget something was a part of his life. I sometimes go back and watch videos of me dancing on a couch singing his songs right back to him. The way he looked at me cuts deep, because he'll never look at me the same way again. He use to read these lil post I use to write on here. Maybe, he'll discover this one. I have to constantly keep reminding myself that if it was love, it would of made him stayed.
There were questions that I needed answered, that would forever be unanswered.
Dreams are just dreams, but can open up a whole new life perspective. They can secretly tell you what you're craving, missing, and hoping for.
When your on the path to achieving your dreams, you learn a few things. Your eyes become more clearer once rejection becomes a word that frequents your vocabulary. That word rejection...has kind of a harsh sound to it. Sure, it can throw your life off track, but I kind of look at it as a blessing. I mean, everyone has a time when they hear that word more than others. When a big door opens, you should always take a step back and look back at all the doors that close. You truthfully start to see the path become less dusty. You understand why your path unfolded the way it did.
Last August, I was on an emotinal high. I got off a tour I used to dream of being a part of. I met some of my best friends and felt like I could take on the world. Once the magicalness wore off, I realized how hard it is to find a job similar yearly. In a perfect world I would be touring 24/7 and interviewing. That perfect world doesn't exist. At some point, you have to grow up. When I got my current job, I was truthfully unsure of it. I thought I was meant to go back out on the road, but my path shifted. I took a step back and realized that I was suppose to be on this path. While I was in Nashville, I had the chance to catch up with some of the pals I made that Summer. We were all on the same path, growing up from touring and moving on to bigger and better things. We all had a little hesitation and truthfully wouldn't admit how different this Summer was about to be for all of us. Your path will always shift, but never completly. We're all in new careers that realte to what we love.. Music + Good People.
Some of you are searching for jobs and feeling like nothing. Rejection is your least favorite word.. Right behind NO Thanks. You have all the talent in the world and could never figure out why you never get the same chances as other. Dreams take time. Be patient and look everyday for something that makes you happy. Trust me, when you least expect it, the door will open. Don't compare yourself to others. I used to be really bad at this, especially when it came to this very blog. Your path will shift multiple times, but as long as you trust it, things will come full circle. Before I got my current job I interviewed with Free People to run their blog (Gabbie might of actually cried), Cirque Du Soleil, and got asked to interview for a spot on a reality show. None of those worked out.... I can see why now. I was meant to be doing what I'm doing.
Am I the host of MTV yet? No, but I'm walking in the right direction. I still interview bands, maybe not as frequent as I like, but it's enough to still keep me in the grasp of music. I currently get to hang out with a bunch of viners, youtubers, instagramers etc. It's pretty cool, they teach me a lot everyday. So your homework tonight: Choose a small dream. Your small dream is something you can accomplish in under 3 years. Next, choose a big dream. This dream you can accomplish in 5 + years. This will keep your head from exploding.
Gabbie's Small Dream: Get credentialed for more interviews!
Gabbie's Big Dream: Become a host for MTV or Late Night
We're halfway through 2014. Let's start taking names and kicking some major booty! I really like comments, so leave your dreams below :)
Dream big, work hard, and surround yourself with people that make you better.
I've been running around none stop since Nashville preparing for TINHouse EDC! My new job is super cool and I'm so proud of everything we've accomplished this weekend. We had three trending topics on twitter, two number one world wide trends over World Cup and EDC and a feature on Entertainment Tonight.
Hanging with one of my influencers Chris Collins and my TINHouse team mate Elizabeth.
Loved getting to spend time with Jessica Vanessa. One of the sweetest Viners ever!
The Stafford Brothers and Crystal Heffner were our Guest DJ's for the weekend.
On Saturday we took some of our influencers to the Voodoo Zipline! It was so fun, but a little scary.
Hijacking Alx James' YouNow
All Smiles while hanging out with Chris Saint and Crawford Collins
Hello Buzznet, I've missed you and so sorry I haven't been updating. But, I've been super busy and just got back from 10 days in one of my favorite cities, Nashville. I travled to the beautiful state that represents all things music May 31 and came back June 9. I miss it everyday.
On June 1st I was invited to be on the carpet for Stage Right Secrets for The Klove Fan Awards. I love nothing more than interviewing people, but getting to get dressed up is always a dream. I chatted with some old pals like, Newsboys, For King and Country, Royal Tailor, and became obsessed with Finding Favour and Colton Dixion.
We kicked CMA Fest off quickly and hit the ground running shortly after that. Being in Nashville during CMA Fest is one for the books. Tons of interviews, shows, carpets, and FUN. This year I got to chat with Tyler Farr (CMT Nominee", Mike from American Pickers, Billy Ray Cyrus, Maggie Rose, and a bunch of up-coming artist. One of my favorite people to chat music with was Jonathan Jackson of ABC's Nashville. When you get to talk to someone who adores music just as much as you, it's always a fun time.
On the last night of my trip, a lovely friend gave us extra tickets to LP Field, where the nightly concerts were happening. Lady A, Hunter Hayes, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and my fav, Thomas Rhett were all playing. I was in heaven and coundn't believe that I got to dance to some of the biggest acts while on Titans field.
I also, got to meet Dan + Shay and capture some cool photos of them while they played a few shows. I'm in love and swooning over them. The next big thing I tell you!
If you want to see more of my interviews head over to stagerightsecrets.com
I will be writting a bunch more on here soon! So much to chat about, but for now enjoy your weekend! P.S EDC Next week, bye.
Hello Buzznet pals, we need your help! As you know, I'm one of the brand ambassadors for the nonprofit Natural High! Well, I've helped mesh Echosmith + Nautral High+ Vans Warped Tour all together for an epic summer of music. Going out on tour cost A LOT of money, and when you're a nonprofit, you don't get a lot of funding. I want to help spread the message of living Natural High to the Warped crowd with the help of Vans Warped Tour and Echosmith! Support these pals of mines indiegogo campaign and win cool prizes!
They have a small goal of 5,000 dollars and of course need your help! You can win the VIP treatment at Warped, along with also getting to hang with Echosmith!
Natural High inspires everyone to live happy, healthy, drug-free lives. Help us reach 10 million this year by supporting our nationwide outreach efforts!
Help some of my pals out!
Happy Monday Ya'll, we made it another week in life! Today my little BUZZNET blog turns 5, and I'm so grateful for everything you've brought into my life. I've been able to do some pretty cool things because of you all on here. Some of my favorite Buzznet memories include interviewing, Warped Tour, having musicians takeover my blog while on tour, and reading your comments! Instead of talking about how much this blog means to me, which I do every year, I wanted to do a MASSIVE GIVEAWAY as a thank you for all your love, support, encouragement, buzzes, views and magicalness you've brought into my life. This giveaway wouldn't be possible without the folks over at Poof Apparel. I discoved them randomly one night and couldn't stop staring at all of the clothes they offer. They're truly unique pieces for the fashionista at heart. I love the pink boho lace top and white joggers. I'm going to be wearing the crap out of them this summer! You can see below how I styled some of the pieces!
Two lucky readers of mine will win a NEW WARDROBE from Poof Apparel! Yes, multiple pieces to add to your ever changing life.
Thank you again for everything you to for me through this blog. I wish I could hug each and everyone of you! Cheers to another year of buzzworthy blog post!
My head has been running a million and one thoughts through my head recently about a certain topic.... Shady people. Over the past 2 1/2 years I feel as though my life has been surronded by these types of humans. I get it, I work in the music/entertianment industry, and people are little less than authintic. But, lately I feel as though I'm the only one having this problem. I could name a good 15 people who have used, abused, acted shady, and tossed to me the curb. People only come to me when they want something, and quickly leave after they get what they want. These types of folks assume I can offer them something. Something that will boost their career, get them a new job, fill a whole in the relationship department, use my contacts to build awarness for their brand. They always come to me wanting help, but yet to return the favor. I don't expect anything EVER. I work REALLY hard for the things I have accomplished in my life and havent asked for help from nobody. It would be nice to just make an honest friend who didn't have any hidden agendas.
Anyways, I feel totally clueless (a lot like Cher). I just have a lot of questions that I wish could be answered.
- Do I attract a certain type of people?
- What do people think of me?
- Do they think I'm some navie lady? ,
- How can I find good people?
- If people screw you over, does it fall under the category of holding a grudge?
- How long does it take for you to realize that a person is no good for you?
I've been quoting Miss Penny Lane A LOT lately, "I'm only interested in what's real". In this day and age, what is considered real? Words are dishonest. Feelings are dishonest. People are dishonest. How can I figure out who's fully authentic? A certain scent, outfit, carreer does not make you a good person. There's going to come a point in your life when you just want to change your name and move to Moracco. You're going to be so disquisted with people, wanting to poke your eye out over your life, and hoping that everything changes. Well, why not just toss everything you've ever known to the curb. Throw away what you think makes up a good friend. Toss the ideas of who you think is perfect for you to the curb. And chuck what makes you feel horrible out the window. Stop spending so much time worrying about why people are being so shady. You can just end everything with the delete button on your phone.
Myself, Gabbie Brown, hopes to never encounter a shady person again... or at least let them enter into my life. Good people do exist, you just have to uncover them. They're a lot like diamonds, they stay hidden until the perfect moment.
Darkness tends to embolden haters to have a voice. They will find every dark corner, every crack in a wall, or shady spot under a tree to spread lies or put you down. If you shine a light where all the noise is coming from, they will scatter in search of another dark spot to hide.
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Well, after spending the weekend doing press at ACM Festival and headed back to CMA Festival next month, I'm pretty sure I'm on country music overload. I've been catching myself flipping to those stations on the way to work, when I typical go for the pop tunes. One of my new favorite bands is Dan + Shay (Google and you'll heart will explode).
I've known about these magical gents for a while now, and was blown away by their live performance! Your in a trans when you watch them, you can't stop smiling, dancing, and singing a-long. It does help that they are pretty good looking. Now you're probably asking, "Gabbie, why are talking about country music on BUZZNET"? One, I think you should share about whatever you find good. Two, they have a connection to our wonderful site. Remember the band A Rocket To The Moon? Two of it's former members have joined Dan + Shay. Justin Richards and Andrew Cook are now playing for them! See, it all ties together.
April 1 marked the debut record for the duo. I feel as though 'Where It All Began' captures the perfect summer time record. Some of my favorites include '19 You + Me', 'Show You Off', and 'Stop Drop And Roll'. The whole album is gold though, and I'm sure you will be seeing these guys all over the place SOON!