State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Author - Misun Lee

The Chainsmokers New Track and Remix

Producer and DJ duo from from New York, Drew Taggart and Alex Pall, are The Chainsmokers and they have come out with a new track!
This song is a song you must listen to, why?
Here are 3 reasons why: 
1) The track is original
2) It’s about Selfies, more to the point girls in the bathroom taking them, and everyone loves selfies…
3) The track is Melbourne bounce influenced and its almost the weekend and nothing says party like the Melbourne style …
 Now here are 3 reasons why they made it: 
1) They are playing LIV, Miami this Friday. It’s a hugely important show for them and they wanted to celebrate it by making a song to commemorate the night…  ** BUY TICKETS HERE**
2) They Love selfies, duh…
3) They love to party, also, duh…
Come check out the song:
The Chainsmokers – #SELFIE (LIV at Midnight Edit)
Along with their new track they also made a remix with The Colourist!
 Here is the official remix VIA Universal Republic:
The Colourist – Fix This (The Chainsmokers Remix)
 A little bit on the making of it:
The Colourist have a really unique playful vocal melodies which is what attracted The Chainsmokers to them the most,  and they like to consider one of their bigger production strengths to be their melody work as well, so they were excited to pair the two against each other. Thus, in the production it was great to create a composition for this track that ping pong’d between The Colourist’ vocals and their production as they add and subtract instruments to increase the energy and emotion into a joyous wave of synths for the drop that keeps that as their signature style 🙂

Alexa Ferr New Album Release



Alexa Ferr from Toronto, ON/Los Angeles, CA first gained her start in the music industry with the release of her single “Fell” which features Mathew “M dot” Finely who’s predominately known for his role in Disney Channel’s Camp Rock 2. A triple threat, who not only sings but also dances and acts. For the past few years, Alexa has been in Los Angeles working with The Invaders who produced her debut EP Lipstick In The Glass. Developing her sound from the release of “Fell,” Alexa has been able to captivate a “rugged pop” sound that not only shows her maturation but also her potential as an up and coming artist.

Not long ago, Alexa released her debut EP Lipstick On The Glass on September 4th, 2013.  The EP features the self-titled lead single, as well as Alexa’s second single “Rum Cake.” Lipstick On The Glass is currently streaming on UMusicians and was premiered on Mr. D Rock Star. On Quiet Storm, it’s the EP’s only ballad which showcases Alexa’s voice. The EP’s layered vocals is known to give one shivers as they listen to the track. After the EP’s release, Alexa has also released a music video for “Lipstick On The Glass/Rum Cake.”

Below is her “Lipstick On The Glass/Rum Cake” music video, check it out!

Lipstick On The Glass/Rum Cake by Alexa Ferr

Lipstick On The Glass Track List:

  1. Lipstick On The Glass
  2. Rum Cake
  3. Quiet Storm
  4. Tug of War
  5. Can’t Get Enough
  6. Stripped
If you would like to check out more of her music, come check out her website, follow her on Twitter, watch her Youtube videos, and listen to her music!

Mike Wallz' New Album: The Free Life

Former Penn State student and football player, Mike Wallace also known as Mike Wallz, has just released his new album, The Free Life.

He has performed in the past opening for Big Sean, Huey Mack, and Mac Miller. During his time at Penn State he has made three mix tapes with his group Primary Element. He then faced an injury which allowed him to focus more on his music career and to launch his solo music project, The Free Life.

This album consists of 15 tracks including a bonus track!

Here is the track list for The Free Life:

1. The Spirit

2. Bibio

3. Chosen Generation

4. The Free Life ft. Dave Joyce and Crystal Seth

5. Pretty Green Eyes

6. The Cypher (Interlude)

7. Magnum Opus ft. Stephen Spottswood

8. L4 (Live, life, love, live it)

9. Girl You Got It

10. Cool Kids Chillen

11. Ivy League ft. MadeNOCents

12. Preach

13. Way Past Go ft. Detz

14. The Spirit pt. 2 (outro)

15. PE Story (Bonus Track)


Check out his new album right here below!

The Coda Conduct's Kickstarter!

The Coda Conduct is Penn State’s contemporary coed A Capella group!

You may have seen them performing during football weekends outside of The Family Clothesline and they have also competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella (ICCA)

They are planning to record their very first single next semester and are launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money to cover the costs. They need to raise $1000 by the end of November to make the Kickstarter successful. They are really hoping for the PSU community to help out!

I interviewed one of the Co-Founders to get a little more information about it!

Here it is below:

1. How did the Coda Conduct start? The Coda Conduct was founded over the summer of 2012 by two friends, Ricky Jabarin and Trevor Johnson.

2. What are your favorite songs you sang as a group? Lately, we’ve been singing Radioactive by Imagine Dragon, Wings by Little Mix, a mashup of Holy Grail and Mirrors by Justin Timberlake

3. What kind of music do you guys usually sing? We like to sing pop, hip-hop, rock, and electronic

4. What kind of music do you plan to sing in the future? We have some pretty fun songs lined-up: My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark by Fall Out Boy, A mashup of Clarity and Stay the Night by Zedd, and Breaking the Habit by Linkin Park

5. How did you get the name Coda Conduct? The Coda Conduct is a pun derived from “The Code of Conduct”. Coda is a musical term for the ending of a musical piece.

6. When did it officially start up? Fall semester of 2012


Here is the link to their Kickstarter!

They are an amazing and talented group of singers, make sure you visit their Facebook site and check out the link above to help out!!

Check Out Penn State Student and Singer/Songwriter: Sarah Szostak!

I met up with Penn State student and singer/songwriter, Sarah Szostak, and got a lot of information about her music as well as a short Q&A with her! Check her out!

Sarah Szostak, from West Windsor, NJ is a senior at Penn State majoring in Ad/Public Relations and Strategic Communications while trying to also pursue a career as a singer/songwriter. It all started when her dad saw Marc Muller, Shania Twain’s former guitarist, play. He then got in contact with Mueller, and Muller brought her in to the studio. That is also when she had finished up her songs to be recorded. She is very talented and here is a short Q&A I had with her:

Q: What type of music do you like to sing?

A: A combination of country, mellow acoustics, and covers.

Q: What made you start singing/songwriting?

A: My dad taught me the guitar when I was 12 years old and I’ve been singing in the choir until the end of high school.

Q: What are your favorite songs that you wrote and covered?

A: My favorite songs that I have written are “Black and White” and “Shadow In The Rain.” My favorite cover is “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons.

She occasionally plays at the Upper Room in Downtown, State College and at open mic night at the Phyrst on Mondays with her friend, Joanna Zeigler, who is also a senior at Penn State majoring in Nutritional Science.

Coming up soon, she will be recording for a local children’s album right outside State College, PA and is in the running for the Grammy’s in the children’s album category! She will be filming a music video for it very soon and it will be up once it comes out! Griffin Boustany, a senior at Penn State majoring in Management Information Systems will be the one filming it.

Be on the look out for her music video and a status on the Grammy’s! Meanwhile check out her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, and YouTube channel where you can listen to her covers and originals!

Also, check out her feature in the newspaper back at her home in the West Windsor and Plainsboro News:

The Masquerade's New EP Home Is Where You Make It

A local band called The Masquerade based in Erie, Pennsylvania is a Pop Punk band made up of four guys, Geo Martinez, Brandon Eaton, TJ Hess, and Dakota Valerio. This past summer they released their debut EP, Home Is Where You Make It, on June 18th, 2013 consisting of 5 tracks.

The Masquerade is a very catchy band that people could definitely rock and sing to! With meaningful messages carried out throughout the songs, it combines their stories with a great sound and vibe. The instrumentals could be compared to Fall Out Boy’s, “Sugar, We’re Going Down,” with the mix of drums, guitars, and vocals. They are an awesome band with music that’s relate-able and can lift your mood anytime!

Here is the tracklist of the EP Home is Where You Make It:

1. The Weekend

2. Best Day Of My Life

3. Back Up Plan

4. Set Your Mind To It

5. All My Life


Their EP is now available on iTunes so go check them out! Click HERE!

Below is a lyric video of, “Best Day Of My Life”