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One Take on Lollapalooza + Photos

To say Lollapalooza was special is an understatement. Music, on the whole, brings strangers together, and live music lets them live life’s most precious moments on the same fields and venues. Those locations have been stomped on for years by music-lovers, scuffed by black boots in the 90s and 7-inch electric blue heels in the 80s. They’ve been pranced on by barefoot ballerinas with their partners wearing fringed vests. Confetti has fallen, love has been sparked, and eyes have met on and off the stages.

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Skyward Story Interview with WRSU

On Wednesday, August 8th, WRSU’s Bri Born had the chance to interview the up and coming pop rock band, Skyward Story. Both Scott Montgomery (guitarist) and Aaron O’Connor (Vocals) called in to chat about their background in music, tour life, and more.

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Weezer LIVE at PNC Center

Green Day is slowly fading into obscurity, Oasis suffered an explosive breakup, and Nirvana was pre-maturely disbanded in tragedy. Of all the 90’s alternative innovators, only one remains. Ironically, it’s the same band that was considered critically “dead on arrival” by the 21st century and commercially unviable by 2008. Weezer.

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Yungblud Interview with WRSU

Photo by Bri Born

On Friday the 13th, WRSU’s Bri Born had the chance to sit down with the punk prince of Northern England, Yungblud. The two chatted about the adventures of Warped Tour, the death of Rock N’ Roll, and the rise of art created by a new generation.
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Crashing Hotels Interview

 

WRSU’s Jon Varghese chats with New York ‘Dark Pop’ kings Tony and AO from Crashing Hotels. Tony and AO explain their backstory, inspiration, intent on their latest album, Exploration Exploitation, and more!
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Smokey Brights Interview

Photo by Andrew JS

WRSU’s Jon Varghese chats with Seattle-native Ryan and Kim from the Smokey Brights. Ryan and Kim explain their backstory, inspiration, message on their latest EP Come to Terms, and more!
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WRSU’s Interview with VHS Collection at Governors Ball 2018

Declan Intindola / Photo Editor, The Daily Targum

WRSU’s General Manager Dante Intindola sat down to chat with the New York City based music project, VHS Collection, at Governors Ball 2018 in New York City, after their performance.

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WRSU’s Interview with Confidence Man at Governors Ball 2018

Declan Intindola / Photo Editor, The Daily Targum

 

WRSU’s Bri Born sat down to chat with the electronic dance duo, Confidence Man, at Governors Ball 2018 in New York City, after their performance Sunday Morning. The band discussed their outrageous dance moves, how they met, and upcoming projects.

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WRSU’s Interview with The Regrettes at Governors Ball 2018

Declan Intindola / Photo Editor, The Daily Targum

WRSU’s Bri Born sat down to chat with the punk rock band, The Regrettes, at Governors Ball 2018 in New York City, after their performance. The band discussed their onstage presence, personal music picks, and more.
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WRSU’s Interview with Mikky Ekko at Governors Ball 2018

WRSU’s General Manager Dante Intindola sat down to chat with singer Mikky Ekko at Governors Ball 2018 in New York City in advance of his performance.

 

Declan Intindola / Photo Editor, The Daily Targum

DI: How do you like this festival so far?

ME: I’ve been here for approximately 47 minutes and counting, and so far, so good.

DI: Have you been to Gov Ball before?

ME: This is my first time, actually.

DI: How are you going to set the stage for the whole day tomorrow, you’re on first.

ME: A lot of energy, we’ll be in the crowd. I mean, for me, if I’m the opener, the way I like to see that: I’m there to open people up, so I gotta get people ready and bring it for the rest of the day. That’s the way I view that.

DI: So, you worked with Rihanna, and that got you a ton of visibility. Then you had a lot of individual success. What’s life in the studio for you like right now?

ME: Life in the studio for me right now is almost nonexistent because we’re doing a lot of touring right now– really, really heavy touring. But I will be back in July and August going into a headline tour this fall. When I’m there, honestly, it’s like I got a s***load of toys. I mean, it’s really just get back and experiment. I’ve got some new tracks I’m working on, but I bring in a lot of friends and a lot of other artists just to come hang and play for the day and drink and do whatever until you kinda find that rhythm, you know?

DI: What’s your favorite thing about living and working in Nashville?

ME: Oh, God, Nashville’s the best! My favorite thing about Nashville is the people, first and foremost. I think that’s why so many people move to Nashville. What I tell everybody I meet, if you come to Nashville for a week, and you hang with me for three nights, by the fourth night my work will be done, because I’ll be like “Hey, what you up to?” And you won’t be texting me back because you’ll be having dinner with all my friends. You’ll already have that scheduled for the rest of the week. It’s literally like that!

DI: That sounds like a great way to live.

ME: It is a great way to live.

DI: Not many guys like you working with hip-hop artists have a gospel background. How has that shaped you musically?

ME: I think growing up in the church, you learn a reverence for music, and learn how to appreciate community. Regardless of what you believe or if you’re religious or not, what’s interesting about that kind of community is there’s something about music like that that’s asking you to say something important. Which, I think translates into a lot of what I write lyrically, because I’m not writing that kind of stuff. I think what I learned from my time in that community was you want to say something that makes people feel something. Because, when people are all there really having a moment, there’s something special about that.

DI: I agree, the feeling of being in a church and having really good music hit you when you’re getting a really good message, that translates well to the general public. It’s a good type of mindset to be in. Small world, it turns out Clams Casino is from my town and went to my high school.

ME: No way! He’s amazing. He’s one of the most down-to-earth human beings you’ll ever meet. The very first time, I was like “Damn, this motherf***er’s music is really cool.” When he put out the Rainforest EP, there was stuff before that even, but that was the first s*** I really dug into, and like Gorilla on that one always stuck with me. When we were meeting for the first time, I was really nervous that he might just be like immediately like, “this dude is not cool”. What I enjoy about being in the room with people is, you get to know their true selves within about the first ten seconds. Within the first ten seconds, I was like, “This dude is amazing”. He’s like so down-to-earth, super humble, really chill. He’ll just be slightly bobbing his head to the craziest beats I’ve ever heard.

DI: Was it tough at first to work as a singer with hip-hop people?

ME: What I think was interesting about that whole situation was the amount of time that i was able to spend with Clams. I’ve got a lot of old instrumentals that I’ve done, that’s very similar to what Clams does– in a way that’s very DIY and backwards and “wrong”. But you don’t know it’s wrong until you learn how to do stuff the right way. Then, you basically wind up saying, “thank God I know how to do it the wrong way”, because I don’t know how I would sound like myself if I didn’t know how to do it that way. So, my big thing with Clams has always been, as a vocalist and as somebody who like maybe their songs are slightly more traditionally formatted than hip-hop,  was just looking for a way to combine our powers to create something that’s accessible in a different way than hip-hop is.

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