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We got the lovely chance to talk to Adam Jensen about his new EP, touring and more!
Read what Adam had to say below:
For anyone that hasn’t listened to your music before, how would you describe it? What makes your sound unique?
Hmmm thats a tough question at the moment because I purposely went for a totally different sound on this new record. I approached the writing and production in a different way than I usually do. I was specifically looking to make an album that didn’t sound like any of my other albums. I always say that I would hope my music can mostly simply be described as: Good Songs.
How did you become involved in music?
I started taking classical piano lessons around 8 or 9 from an old lady that lived around the corner. Louise was her name and she was awesome. According to her I was the next Bach. My parents got me an old piano from the Salvation Army but it was so shitty and old that I had to keep out back in the machine shop. So I’d be out there practicing in the freezing cold winter with fucking gloves on. Dedication man!!
Your new EP, Behold the Man, released last week. How has the reaction been so far?
The reaction has been really good, which is a relief because of the aforementioned different sound. It debuted at #7 on the iTunes Singer Songwriter charts so thats cool I guess.
For fans who haven’t picked the EP up yet, what can they expect from it?
They can expect something that sounds different than my past records. That being said the same songwriting and vocals are still there at the core. Also they can expect to be aurally entertained for 21 minutes.
Any specific influence or story behind any of the songs?
For this record I solely wrote about myself and my past experiences.
What’s the story behind the music video for “The Kid”?
I had this idea for a Charlie Chaplin type video that acts as a narrative for the lyrics to the song. I think when you listen to “The Kid” there is an obvious literal and figurative story being told so I just needed someone to capture that. We posted my idea on a freelance website and the director Max Webb/Tiny Epics sent me a pitch with a narrative about a vulture who robs a store. He makes all the sets and the characters himself so it adds this creepy dark feel to the video. I was really happy with the end product.
Any plan for a winter tour?
YES. I hope to be on the road a lot in 2014. See you soon America.
Anything else you would like to add?
Thanks so much to all my fans who have supported me over the years and for making both my EPs this year (Behold the Man EP and Head on a String EP) both of them hit #7 on the iTunes Singer Songwriter Charts. I FUCKING LOVE YOU. SERIOUSLY.
Thanks Adam for the interview!
Thanks I appreciate it!! Hope you like the album!!
We got the chance to talk to Viv and the Revival. In our interview we discuss their new record “The Introduction”, a tour, and more!
Read what Viv and the Revival had to say below:
- How would you describe Viv and the Revivals’ sound? What makes your band stand out from all of the rest?
It’s a mix of modern rock and pop with some hip hop influence thrown in as well. It’s all about the songs in this band, it’s all I care about, writing and performing songs that connect with people.
- Where did the name ‘Viv and the Revival’ come from?
I was about to go in and record a new EP about 3 years ago, and I was having a tough time with the music business aspect of things and I needed a change. I decided to change the name of the project to Viv and the Revival because to me, it signified a rebirth and a fresh start to the whole situation. It felt like a weight taken off of my shoulders.
- What can fans expect from ‘The Introduction’ set to release this winter?
They can expect authentic songs written about every universal aspect of life. They can expect to connect and see themselves in the lyrics.
- Is the album influenced from anything in particular?
It’s influenced by a million things. It’s influenced by normal everyday things and also by extraordinary things that we all reach and hope for.
- How was it working with Rick Friedrich on the record?
It was great! Me and Rick had an easy time creating together. He’s extremely talented and he taught me a lot about songwriting and producing. Also Scott Bricklin produced a few songs with me and he’s amazing as well. He’s a true musician who really knows his craft.
- 6. Your music has been featured all over television. What was it like to hear your music for the first time on TV?
It was absolutely surreal, but so cool at the same time! It was insane to think that
millions of people were hearing my songs, and were being affected emotionally
by them in some way.
- Any plans for a tour this winter?
Yes, we’re going to play everywhere! We can’t wait to get out there and have people hear these songs live. That’s truly where you can connect with your fans.
- Thanks for the interview! Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you so much for having me on this interview! You guys are awesome! And to our fans, we can’t wait to see all of you at the shows!
California band, Lost in Los Angeles just released a re-release of their track “Because of You”, along with some B-sides.
Read below to find out more!
For anyone who has not listened to Lost in Los Angeles before, how would you describe your sound? What makes you unique?
The three of us have such a wide range of influences. While we share a lot of common ground with artists we listen to (U2, Air, Deftones, Depeche Mode to name a few), each of us has our own musical space that we tend to live in. While Eddie Deering (guitars, synth, beats) is really into classical piano, movie soundtracks (i.e., Drive, Blade Runner) and 70’s R&B, Danny Klein’s (vocals, piano/synth, beats) tastes span between Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Flock of Seagulls, DJ Kaskade and Naked & Famous. Clark Souter (bass, backing vocals) is really into electronic based internet radio (chill out, progressive house, drum & bass), Goldfrapp and M83.
What made you guys decide to re-release your single “Because of You” from. The Hovering EP?
We recorded and produced The Hovering EP just before our summer US tour, so after playing Because of You live in nearly 30 cities in 35 days, the song started to take on a bit more energy. When our radio promotions team pegged that track as the radio follow-up to the single Hovering, we knew we wanted to make a few modifications to the beats, song length and overall production.
What can fans expect from the “Because of You” music video that you recently filmed?
Ahhh we are so stoked on this upcoming video. Staying true to the song, it’s a love story between a guy and girl who are separated by circumstances, and only know each other through a daydream. Gonna be really hot. We teamed up with director Steven Lippman again - he directed our award-winning Million Stars video which got rotation on MTV and vh1, so we are really excited to get this one out there.
You guys are also releasing some B-sides along with “Because of You”. Any influence behind any of those tracks?
Yeah, these B-sides reflect our love for the ambient instrumental side of things. We were in the middle of mixing the radio edit one day, and for fun Clark switched the BPM to half-time. We all looked at each other and said, “we are SO doing that!” Over the next few days we dove into producing two instrumental tracks as part of the release. We think our fans are really going to appreciate them. As far as influence, perhaps there’s a bit of Boards of Canada and Air in there. Maybe even a little Black Moth Super Rainbow…
Do you guys have plan for a fall tour?
No plans for anything major for fall - perhaps a west coast tour. But our sites are definitely set on 2014.
Even though The Hovering EP was released in May, for the fans who haven’t listened to it yet, what can they expect when listening to it?
The concept and name of The Hovering EP came from a period when we had just split from our label, we had just locked in our US summer tour, and there was this sense of freedom, kind of like we were flying high above our destiny, hovering over what was to come. That’s the spirit we were writing from. The push and pull of that whole experience, and the sense of dropping into our future.
How did Lost in Los Angeles come to be?
This is Danny — Eddie and I had a band prior to Lost in Los Angeles and had been apart for a couple years doing alot of writing on our own. When we came back together we were really motivated to bring our newfound creative energy to life. After a few iterations of different band members, we finally met Clark and we knew we had a really powerful trio. We are all voracious writers and we speak the same language. We have all become best of friends too, so it’s really awesome to be on this journey together.
Is there a story behind the name, Lost in Los Angeles?
It’s really open to interpretation - there’s the literal take on what it’s like to be alone in a big city. Perhaps a metaphor for any situation in life where you feel like it’s you against the world. We like to think that there’s nothing you can’t do, so we hope that expressing this through our songs motivates our fans to take on any situation life brings them. The other side of ”getting lost” might refer to the feeling of giving in and embracing life - like when you’re lost in something and it’s like floating down a river. There’s a sense of peace and lack of predictability all at once.
Anything else you would like to add?
We just wanna say hi to our fans. You mean the world to us and you’re the reason why we exist. If we haven’t played in your town yet, let us know. If your local radio station isn’t playing us yet, let them know. We are always on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, so hit us up, we want to meet you. …And we can’t wait to share all of the new material that’s to come. Hope to see you at the next show!
Check out the dates below:
September 13 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
September 15 Philadelphia, PA XFINITY Live!
September 19 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
September 21 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
September 22 Boston, MA House of Blues
September 23 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
September 25 Charlotte, NC Amo’s
September 26 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
September 27 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
September 29 St. Louis, MO Soldier’s Memorial Park Festival (no BLG)
October 1 New Orleans, LA Mahalia Jackson Theatre
October 2 Houston, TX House of Blues
October 3 Dallas, TX House of Blues
October 5 Austin, TX Emo’s
October 16 Indianapolis, IN The Egyptian Room
October 21 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
October 25 Blackfoot, ID Club Centenario
October 27 Seattle, WA Showbox SODO
October 28 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
October 31 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
Read the full story below:
“We were in Malaysia, and there was a guy who was required to take us from Point A to Point B – that was his only job. And he took us from the hotel over to the venue, and he was sounding kind of crazy, but he got us over there. And then at the end of the show, we got down to the car with him, and I’m pretty sure that was the day that we were supposed to die. He took us in the car, and I don’t know what he had done within the three hours, but he was out of his mind. He was driving 60mph over the speed limit. He pulled down the wrong offramp because he didn’t know where he was going, and instead of doing what a normal person would do and just trying to turn around, he started reversing on the onramp. People were swerving to avoid him. And he was trying to cover for himself like, “Don’t worry about it man, this is normal driving over here, and anyway, I’ve been up for five days. I haven’t been able to sleep.” And it was like, “What, dude? You haven’t slept in five days? What’s wrong with you?” And he was like, “I don’t know man, there are some crazy drugs in the world.”
So he pulls in reverse, slams on the brakes and does this fishtail out on the highway. He passes the hotel and we’re like, “Hey, hey, you passed it,” and he was like, “Oh, don’t worry about it.” He swings over the median, and the first car that was coming in the other direction swerved and hit all of the median poles and crashed into the median. The other car swerved into the ditch. It was in the later part of the night, and all of a sudden the car in the ditch turned on their blue lights. It was a cop. He swerved and cut off a cop. So he decides that he’s gonna try to outrun the cop in the van, so he’s swerving in and out of cars and it’s like a movie. So he pulls over right in front of the hotel. I think half the guys in the van were crying. The cop comes up to us and he starts yelling in their native language, and they’re yelling at each other and the cop says, “Passports.” And we’re like, “Oh my god, we don’t have our passports with us right now. They’re in the hotel room.” But he wouldn’t ever believe that. So our driver, who’s insane and out of his mind, grabs his wallet and pulls out all the cash that he has. It was like the equivalent of $500. And he hands him the money, and the guy drives off. And we’re like, “…did he pay off the cop? Did that really just happen?” That was the most illegal thing I’ve ever been a part of. I was like, “Dude, we’re done with this, get us out of the fucking car.” And so he was like, “You’re right, we should ditch the car,” and pulls down some back alley. He breaks through this overhead security rail and parks the car, takes the keys out, chucks them into the ditch, and runs away.
So we get out of the car and start walking back to the hotel, and the promoter was there at the hotel and he was like, “What took you guys so long?” And we were like, “We got pulled over cause we had an asshole for a driver.” We were really upset. And he was like, “Sarah didn’t take you?” And we were like, “No, we didn’t see Sarah, we just saw a van that said We The Kings on it.” Apparently we got into a car that had nothing to do with us. [The promoter] didn’t know who he was or what he was doing, and better yet, the cops were searching for him all night around the hotel. We were almost kidnapped. But the cops saved our lives by being shady cops. It was the craziest thing that has happened to us in our touring career.”