You have a chance to leave a music footprint on the people around you. Everyday I try to share new tunes with the people I surrond myself with and the lovely people who follow me on my twitter and of course on here. The footprint i choose to leave on people changes all the time. My taste is very well rounded.
Today's music footprint I want to sink into your brain is The Wet Secrets. They're from Canada and describe themselves as a five-piece rock'n'roll dance band that plays the kind of music you could expect to hear if The Stranglers piggybacked Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass through the Rose Parade.
This video and song is so outrageous, but orginal, creative and a stand-out tune. Similar to something Prince would create. The video was actually directed by Trevor Anderson, the bands drummer!
Check the band out on all those good social sites. Also, check them out at SXSW!
I've said multiple times that my blog on here is all about giving some shine to the next generation of fashion, music and entertainment leaders. This week I'm showing you a wonderful brand called, Knot Sisters. I think for me, I always love up and coming brands because they usually make clothing that are cool, trendy and something you won't see everyone wearing, but everyone will be asking where you got it.
Knot Sisters say they're fueled by a shared love of fashion, music and art.
I love that and can relate a whole bunch to that one little statement. I was browsing and wanting to immediately put everything into my online cart. Their tee's are cut in a hip style and I could create any outfit out of them. I wanted to cry over how perfect the, who needs a boyfriend when you have a record collection. I think it's me in a tee.
They seem to nail everything. From the sweaters, to the skirts, to the rompers. I wanted to play dress up and create outfits with every single article of clothing.
If you're looking to update your wardrobe with some cool pieces, support Knot Sisters. Shop the collection here! P.S, if you join their mailing list you get 20 percent off your first order (BONUS).
As a 21 year old lady trying to gently push her way ( more like tap on the shoulder) through her dream career with as much class, gracefulness and dignity, I have come across one thing. I'm pretty sure everything I just listed is dead in the world of professionalism. Is any career professional anymore? I've spent countless months interviewing, hunting, talking and trying to work my way up in any job that stands for exactly what I do. I learned that I have no idea what is happening in any industry.
I'm a firm believer in a courtesy email. You send an email, you respond appropriately and thank them for reaching out, even when not interested. You have an interview with a company, a thank you email or rejection letter would be wonderful. With as much time as we spend on our phones and with technology you think this would be something pretty standard to any company. It actually rarely happens.
I want to carry myself in a professional way. I make sure that I'm dressed correctly, nothing dis-tasteful is on the internet and that I'm the same girl on paper as I am outside of the office. Trust is something that has gone M.I.A. Trust that you represent the company well. Trust that while your out on the job, you'll act correctly. Trust that no matter what happens you handle yourself in a proffesional setting... I've seen so many people get hired because of their wonderful interview and act completly different (unexperienced) while they're on the job. They continue to work their way up and I'm still sitting at the bottom.
Giving someone your word use to mean everything. Now, it's one of those guessing games. A guessing game where you have to continue to check up on people. Make sure they follow through and continue to question if they meant what they said.
What happened to good.. honest.. respectful people? Do people not care anymore and will say and do anything to get to the top? Is it all about who you know and hiring each others friends? Is America a sell out? Gosh, I'm so clueless.
I strongly suggest to any respectful lady trying to make a name for herself, that you continue to do you. Continute to be the breath of fresh air. You one hundred percent will feel defeated and burned out. Hold that head high with your beautiful pair of heels.
Stay classy BUZZNET
I feel as music fans, it's always important to share. Share what you're listening to. Share what you discovered. Share a new tune. I always love getting suggestons on Twitter from my follwers or even on Spotify. Jason from Smoke Season shared his latest tune with me and it was so good that I had to share.
The song is called "The Crown" and it's produce so effortlessly. Not to mention how poetic the lyrics are. A real art form. Gabrielle's voice is so raw. Loving this sound.
You can check them out in San Diego on March 13 and April 10 at Bar Pink. SmokeSeason.com for all the details.
Keep Sharing those tunes.
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Hey Buzznet readers,
You know how much I adore, The CO! Well, they were kind enough to let me pick their brains about all things... them of course. Here's my exclusive interview with a great pal, Troy!
- Give BUZZNET a sentence or two that describes who The CO is.
Our music is genuine and we, in turn, are as well. Everything we are about induces and encourages hope from within yourself to propel you—and that is open to anyone and everyone. There is universality in that.
- What do you guys hope someone takes away from listening to your tunes?
That the specific song they were listening was made for them. I always like to say that once a song is written and recorded and put out—it, from then on, is the listener's. Whether it's about hope, love, sacrifice, anger, sadness or dancing...our music is for who needs it. Not the other way around. We don't "live for the applause" as some other pop stars proclaim.
-For someone who has never heard of The CO, what song would you suggest they check out that will get them hooked?
Over the last five years, ever since it has been written, "Keep It Together" has been our anthem. It has reached as far across the globe as we can think of. It started trickling out years ago when we did a version of it with Tyler Ward. The following month, I was searching for it on YouTube and found a video of four kids covering it in a packed auditorium for their talent show. I couldn't even pronounce the country they lived in. It was pretty amazing. That's when I knew we had a song that would stick around. It is one that fully encompasses us; the best example.
- Does being a Nashville band bring any challenges or pressure to live up to the hype that comes from music city?
Everyone here in music likes to flex their muscles. You learn quickly what that looks like and push through the muck only to realize your best bet is to just do what you do. Everyone has their own plan and in reality pursuing music has NO blueprint in Nashville. You can't be jealous of others' achievements, only proud for them. Most of all—keep your eyes and ears to the ground. With Nashville getting more and more attention, if you want to have anything to do with keeping the genuineness of your band in tact, you have to carve your own road. It doesn't matter what anyone else in this city is doing. That's not being a prick, that's just being honest.
- Some of your songs have been featured on ABC Family + The CW. What goes through your head when you all find out about something like that. Do you guys actually tune in to see it?
Actually, it's always pretty surreal to see it. Since we are all usually doing other things, we usually don't get the time to see every one of them. If anything, we catch a clip online. There have been a few that we were really thankful to the supervisors like Jon Ernst. We made sure to watch a series of episodes that he had locked a lot of songs from the new record on his ABC Family show 'The Vineyard.' Even if you aren't following the show, it's pretty cool to see how they saw that certain song fit into the scene. We spend a lot of time in LA hanging with a lot of the supervisors. And it's not to schmooze. A lot of them have become our close friends. We go out with them. We jump on hotel beds (yes.) And have played house shows in their houses, like our buddy Chris Mollere's (The CW's 'The Vampire Diaries') place. Heck, our gal Madonna Wade-Reed is my go-to for girl advice. Always. She's working on this show I am addicted to on The CW called 'Reign.' We've also had a long-running relationship with ABC Family and the ladies up there. Others include Alex Patsavas and the Chop Shop folks. Once you realize music people are people just like you it kind of makes all this hype and rat race seem irrelevant. A lot of music is just about the hang; everything else can fall into place pretty easily after that. You have to put the work in. Getting a song on a movie, commercial or show is always a great surprise. It's not something you can pine over thinking about; but when it happens it's a lot of fun.
- The CO will continue to tour this year. How are you crafting your setlist.
Most of it will be from the new record 'Keep It Together' but we have also added a few new incredible songs like our current favorite "Try to Try." It's pretty much the most introspective song about wanting someone to love you when you know they can't. Another that people seem to be latching on to in the crowd and singing to is an epic one we call "Unstoppable." It's all about being all out there—not caring and running towards it.
- Guilty pleasure tour snacks?
Nothing would ever be guilty with snacks. Nate loves those neon gummy worms. He and I will pound those on the late drives back; we're the only two who can actually handle driving that late so we do whatever we can do to stay awake. Collin loves Combos...we used to eat those a lot when we were in college.
- What else can we expect to see from you guys this year?
More music. We don't just write a record and then stop. There's plenty of material we haven't even shared. So expect that. As for other things...you'll just have to wait and see. That will be coming soon. XO
You can check out all things, The CO below.
Love is a beautiful thing when you know exactly what it is. That four letter word is so foreign to me and I'm pretty okay with that. You're suppose to spend your life uncovering it. Some people dig frantically. Some want to leave it covered. Others dig and then cover it back up. Some people think they know what it is, but some of those people are wrong. Can love be trusted?
The years we spend on earth is normally spent looking for "The Who". Who am I going to date. Who am I going to marry. Am I looking at who now? When is who going to come into my life? We are constanly seeking. You might walk into a coffee shop and say, "Okay, this is gotta end now. The next guy that comes in and orders a black coffee... He is the one." And of course that guy comes and he doesn't meet your standards and you say, "Okay the next one that does." Or maybe you're into Pizza and that's where you're seeking.
You are probably like, "Gabbie, why am I not meeting him?"
All I can say is, you want to find someone who values the same things as you. So, you might want to not be seeking in a club or at bar, if you like respect and a classy man. Put yourself in a situation and surrond yourself with others who value what you do. I spent way too much time seeking love in a music setting and they all crashed and burned. Why? Because I wasn't putting myself in a setting with the things I wanted. Maybe, just one thing... but not the whole package.
You only go through three stages of love your whole life. The Lovers,The In-betweeners & The Lonely.
To the lovers: we go off feelings and emotions and the brain freaks out for 18 to 24 months. That is the butterflies (I FEEL THE BUTTERFLIES... OMG). During that time, you don't function properly. After it fades, and it will. You are stuck with each other. Looks aren't everything.... even Ken ages. Our culture has it boiled down to apperience. What you're actually stuck with at the end of the day is character. You should be asking yourself these questions.
Do they treat other people well and with respect?
Do they act the same around you as they do around others?
Do they encourage others?
Do they follow through?
Do they hold a grudge or do they forgive?
To the in-betweeners: my least favorite stage of potential love. We often expect too much from love. You have to be realstic with yourself. Are we going anywhere?..... Or are we going to be in this not sure what we are stage. Some people are okay with this term... You shouldn't be. You're only wasting time. I often iike to view this as the "USER" point in life. One person in the realtionship is using the other. Playing with emotions, using for sex, not being respectful. The other is often wanting to change them. Repeat after me, "You can't change anybody." Please escape at all cost.
To the lonely: it's better to be lonely, than to be in a realtionship because you want to. Most people jump into things, because they are lonely. They need to feel wanted, loved, deserving. That term, need. You don't need anything besides food( Pizza), air and water. You want it. Stop craving and take a hot minute to really search for something pure and honest. Take a minute to just do you. Surrond yourself with things you love.
Single...Dating...Marriage. They aren't easy. Love is not just a human connection with somebody. It's the things that you enjoy. You could love hiking or dancing or singing. Channel that love into things you enjoy when you're in the single stage.
Remember: Serendipity, Fate and Chance all are on your side.
So Ladies, STOP hating on Valentine's Day because you're single. I find comfort in being in this season of life. Yes, season of life. No, you won't be in this state forever as we all like to express on social media. I always view being single as a learning process to better understand myself. I really needed it this year. I like to think I know what I want out of realtionships and life, but I really truly don't. I want a relationship to be rare and not an every month or year occurrence.
Happy Valentines Day To The Lovers, The In-betweers, & The Lonely.
I spent my summer playing Parable vs. Mac Soto in the Kia Warped videos. I loved their tune 'Carousel' and the vibe is just so unexpected. Singing and Rapping is such a cool twist, especially when it's unplugged. You might recognize Parable as the wonderful DJ in the Kia Soul Lounge. They just released an acoustic performance and I thought I would share some new tunes!
I would like to say that I'am an expert on boho. I praticaly live in everything associated with this style of fashion. The only downside to this trend is how expensive it can be. I'm looking at you Free People, For Love and Lemons and Sugar High Love Stoned (I LOVE YOU and My Bank Account HATES YOU). Spring and Summer is when this trend really starts to pickup and everybody wants to rock it. Here's your style guide for all things Boho and hopefully your wallet will be happy.
Hats On Hats On Hats: These are the staple pieces for anyone wanting to play the part. You can go basic with just a floppy hat or add some life to it and accessorize it with some feathers or belts. I love playing with the colors as well. These normally range from 10 to 20 bucks at Forever21, Loveculture or H&M.
You are The Crown: Chain Head pieces are going to be the biggest trend of 2014. I'm so excited, because I've been trying to make people believe in it since 2011. Get rid of your flower crowns. These chain pieces are the conversation pieces of your outfit. Anyone and everyone will ask you where you got it from. If you shop well, you can find them for 5 to 10 bucks. You can also create them for super cheap. Check Youtube for how to guides.
The Not So Basic Maxi: Maxi's are so free and easy to just throw on when you're not feeling like doing anything. The trick is finding one's that are not basic. The trend I'm loving with this is the see through overlay. Pac Sun and Forever 21 are my fav places to shop for these.
Teach Me How To Shimmy: Fringe is another trend that is coming into play this season. It's beautiful and fun.... WHEN DONE RIGHT. Sometimes they look cheap. Look for the real deal and not fabric cut to make it look like fringe. Fringe on the sleeves of dresses are everything, but SUPER pricey. I wish they weren't.
Velvet..Yes Please: The Rocker Side To Boho. I want anything and everything Velvet in my closet. Urban Outfitters has some great pieces that are little on the higher end (50 Bucks..Gasp). ASOS has some great pieces as well for around 20 bucks. You really just have to play around with this one. I say invest in anything velvet. THRIFT SHOPS are great for this one as well.
Jumpsuits: Another trend I've been trying to make happen for a long time. I love how free or dressy they can. This one is going to big for Spring and Summer as well. The fit is what's going to make it a hit or miss. If it looks dressy... Go for a tighter fit.
It's Friday and that means another Freebie Friday for all of you lovely Buzznet folks! Volcom, was so nice and sent me an extra pair of these cool socks to giveaway to one lucky reader! I love mine and they scream me! They are lacey and almost see through with a rad print. So cool, right! I love socks. I showed you below how I wore mine!
I say keep it simple with a pair of shorts and a simple tee and let the focus be on your socks!
How To Enter:
Keep Tweeting and I'll pick a winner on Monday!
This Monday I'm sharing with you the lastest single from one of my favorite bands on the rise, The CO. I adore these Nashviille guys and think they are what music is all about. Every single piece of what they create is carefully crafted and authentic and real. Let's talk about all of the crazy success they have been having. You might have heard them on ABC Family.
"Frequency" is the newest single, and first track from, Keep It Together. This tune is funky, heartfelt, a little dark, with a great upbeat tempo. So many great elements happening throughout the song. One of my favorite songs from the album along with, " Two Against One". It's perfect for your Monday! Take a listen below.
You can purchase the song from itunes now! (Buy Me)
The CO is currently out on the road, so you can catch them live! Don't worry if your city isn't listed. They are announcing more dates soon! Check out thecomusic.com for more information.