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Exclusive interviews with Hostage Calm & O Pioneers

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Interview with Hostage Calm

Brian: What is the meaning of the words “Hostage Calm?”

Hostage Calm: The term Hostage Calm comes from an unreleased Quicksand song. More specifically it deals with a moment of tension and period to be set free, and having an adrenaline rush as if you were captive. The other aspect of what Hostage Calm mean involves the world taking you at hostage.

Brian: What would you say about the theme of your music and the writing of your music?

Hostage Calm: We don’t write to the name of our music. However, we do have songs that involve various chord changes that depict the horror of the music that we try to illustrate.

Brian: Why did you guys make the change from hardcore to a new scene?  It appears that your current album is much different from what you guys have done in the past.

Hostage Calm: We found that we rds grew up on a punk scene,and it was something that we were very comfortable with. However, we tried to create and shed something that we liked , froma medley of music, but still growing strong to a Punk Scene.

Brian: What are your insights towards tonight’s show?

Hostage Calm : I like the fact that there is a mixed bill tonight, it shows that different people can come here tonight to enjoy various forms of music.

Brian: What is your advice to getting your music out there?

Hostage Calm: Give out your music to as many people as possible, and speak to what is important to you, and try to play where people listen.

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Interview with O Pioneers

Brian: What would you say about the name O Pioneers and where did it come from?

O Pioneers: There was not any purpose to the name O Pioneers, but it actually refers to a music scene that has been outdated, just to be catchy.

Brian: What would you say about your music, writing, and style?

O Pioneers: The common theme with the writings of the songs that we write involve an understanding of what darkness and the boring aspects of life.

Brian: What would you say has been one of your biggest most recent accomplishments have been?

O Pioneers: Being able to collaborate with a Canadian band called Junior Battles. They were able to work on some music and also we would like to work on having the same acknowledgement as a band such as Streetlight Manifesto .

Brian: What are your insights towards Tonight show?

O Pioneers: We feel that this is a pretty normal house show, seems like the people here are very welcoming and open to hearing new types of music.

Brian : What is your advice to any amateur musician?

O Pioneers: Follow your heart .

A review of Street Light Manifesto and Go Go Gadjet

Streetlight Manifesto and Go Go Gadjet review and video of their Penn State musical performance on 2/7/11.  Read and view on.


So maybe you couldn’t attend the Streetlight Manifesto show or you just didn’t want to, but you should have.

First off, Go Go Gadjet opened up for Streetlight Manifesto, and what a terrible job they did.  Go Go Gadjet proceeded to play covers of all frat songs.  They must have come to Penn State thinking their crowd was going to be a bunch of bros and frat rats stopping by before their highlighter party.   Go Go Gadjet proceeded to play; Pink – Raise Your Glass, Taio Cruz – Dynamite, Neon Trees – Animal, and many others.  They eventually threw out glow sticks to the crowd, which resulted in the crowd throwing them right back at the band.  There were many middle fingers and “boos” being exhibited.  The crowd was as stiff as the hairs on the back of my neck after a near death experience. I was soon relinquished from death thanks to Streetlight Manifesto reviving me with an outstanding performance. Not saying they are a bad band… but Go Go Gadjet should have reevaluated who they were going to be playing for so they could cover more relevant songs for the concert.

Thanks SPA for Streetlight Manifesto, they were terrific. The band played song after song without the slightest let up.  The crowd was insane, finally letting loose having a chance to endure an exceptional performance.  The band played in amazing unison and constantly acknowledging each-other with smiles and gestures as if they were best of friends, who finally were at a show they had been waiting a lifetime to play.  The energy they gave off was in such high spirits, which is exactly how the crowd felt in return.  You honestly had to be there to truly understand why this band had turned down interviews from the Collegian and Radio 94.5. Since you couldn’t be there… I brought back some video footage for everyone to enjoy.

An exclusive interview with Young Brizz

Young Brizz

Rap artist and Penn State student Young Brizz is on the rise. He has opened up for Juelz Santana, Fat Joe, Lloyd Banks, and many other big artists. Keep a look out for Young Brizz, a truly talented individual. Check out the exclusive interview with Young Brizz and

What major artists have you opened up for? I have opened up for Juelz Santana, Mac Miller, Afroman, Fat Joe, Noreaga, Lloyd Banks, just to name a few. But i definitely have some more shows locked in so this year definitely gonna be a fun one!

What accomplishments have you made with your music and are there any places you’ve been recognized of your music? Well for me being an underdog in Philly, I feel like i haven’t accomplished a lot but at the same time I feel like I accomplished more than a lot of artists where I’m from. I will admit that i am blessed to have fans that show so much support when they see my songs all over the internet, and other crazy places! It makes me feel that I’m doing something right because I’m getting emails and messages from people all over the world thanking me for picking up a mic (haaaa). It can get over whelming at times because I feel like my music isn’t where it is suppose to be yet, but I thank god I have great listeners that support my music!

Would you like to go major in the music industry, and what is to come for you this year? I would like to go major, but I like to feel comfortable, and I like to call my own shots, so I think I’m sticking with the Independent route. But just know that my label will soon be launching officially later this year “Team Absolute Music Group” and the first cd will be my new Mixtape “A’z Up Til My Day’z Up”. Shout out to Young Elz which is my partner, we are doing a lot of big things beyond music as well so be on the look out!

Things to come for your music? A’z Up Til My Day’z Up mixtape will be in stores this spring! We are working on our clothing line Team A Gear, and actually after “A’z Up Til My Day’z Up” drops I’m going to be focusing on my production. I will be producing a lot for other artists, so look out for that!