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Skate And Surf Interview: To Write Love On Her Arms

Chances are, if you had a MySpace or went to a rock concert in high school, you might remember To Write Love On Her Arms(TWLOHA). I know I remember seeing my favorite band members rockin’ their t-shirts to spread awareness for the organization’s cause. Intrigued by the shirts, I did my own research on the organization that so many bands seemed to support and instantly fell in love with it. I still have my first To Write Love On Her Arms shirt in my dresser, and it’s still one of my favorite shirts I own. In high school, I even helped organize a dance that raised money for TWLOHA (I still have the thank you postcard they sent me on my bulletin board after we sent in our donation!).

To Write Love On Her Arms has been around as long as I have been involved in my music scene, so this organization always had a special place in my heart because I feel like I grew up with it. When I found out I had the chance to catch up with one of the TWLOHA guys, Chad Moses, at Skate and Surf I made sure to grab an interview!

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit organization meant to give hope and offer an outlet to people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicidal thoughts. Moses had been with the organization for quite sometime, and explained how the organization in itself is honest and combating isolation.

“It’s more than the issues of depression or suicide, it’s about not talking and not getting how you feel out in the open,” explained Moses.

The cool thing about TWLOHA is that they got involved in the music scene from the start of their organization. For me at least, it almost goes hand in hand to associate TWLOHA with the punk rock music scene. Moses talked about how the organization has had a tent at Warped Tour for the past seven years and Bamboozle for the past five. This was the return of Skate and Surf so this was TWLOHA’s first time at this festival.

“People, whether they’re struggling with something or not, turn to music as an escape,” said Moses “Music is the perfect example of community at its best.”

The purpose of having TWLOHA tent at festivals like Warped Tour, Bamboozle, and Skate and Surf is really to spread awareness of the organization and their efforts to the tight knit community that is the punk rock music scene. They also sell merch, where the profits go directly towards the organization.

In 2011, TWLOHA received a $1 million grant from Chase at the first-ever American Giving Awards (AGAs). This was a huge honor for the non-profit, and when I asked Moses what the organization did with the grant he explained the HEAVY AND LIGHT tour.

“HEAVY AND LIGHT started as one night in Florida, where we’d connect music and community,” said Moses. “But it’s sometimes difficult to get to Florida, so once we received this grant we wanted to take HEAVY AND LIGHT across the country.”

The HEAVY AND LIGHT tour offered a unique evening of songs, conversation, and hope to all its attendees. Each night was special in its own way, and I was lucky enough to attend the Philadelphia date. I left the Theater Of The Living Arts completely inspired and totally made the drive home from Penn State the same day worth it.

In closing, when we got to talking about State In The Real and the Penn State community, he expressed how lucky college students are right now. He explained how college is a bubble where you can do whatever you want and make your voice heard. Moses even had some words of advice to Penn State.

“Penn State has always been so kind to us and thank you for doing all you do,” said Moses “Regardless of what organization you’re passionate about or even just school in general, remember why you’re doing what you’re doing.”

For more information on To Write Love On Her Arms and how you can get involved check out their website here: http://twloha.com

Outsource Interview: Electro Pop Artist Mkaio Brings Warmth Of Hawaii With Bright Chillwave

Infusing warmth and life into otherwise cold electronica, independent electro mastermind Mkaio brings the bright sunlight of Hawaii into his music, adding layers of emotion to the beautiful symphonic nature of his tracks. He’s as homegrown as homegrown gets, crafting these golden records from his own bedroom, producing work that rivals the talent of some of the best ambient pop heavyweights. His debut album A Far Off Horizon is an amazingly impressive piece of work, a hazy ride through the experiences of a man who’s lived his life in his music, and he wields his keys and loops like a seasoned author wields a pen and paper.

Take for example his track “Summer Heart,” an instrumental epic that uses subtle electronic flourishes and a blissful tone to paint a soft and serene picture. The song plays like baby blue skies and lazily drifting clouds, golden beaches and gently swaying palm trees. Mkaio’s work may be ambient, but there’s structure to it; it evokes discernible feelings and images instead of dwelling in ambiguous musical purgatory. It’s indie music with mainstream mentality, and it’s what’s going to help him climb the ladder to stardom.

I had the opportunity to interview Mkaio about his fascinating life, musical upbringing, and promising future. Check it out below, and head over to his bandcamp page to stream A Far Off Horizon in full!

SITR: How would you describe your musical background?

My parents are both music educators, so I was raised in music. My mother gave me piano lessons from a young age, and my dad taught me studio production and electronic music engineering when I was about ten. I have always been writing and recording, and decided to finally get my music out there to share with anyone willing to give it a listen. I am insanely passionate about music. Obsessively. Insufferably passionate about music.

SITR: What sparked the idea behind “Summer Heart”?

Living in Hawaii, I used to live for sun-drenched Saturdays at Kakela beach. Blazing sun on bleached sand and blue green seas. I wanted to write a piece that felt like those afternoons. I wanted that hot, saturated, rich and breezy atmosphere to translate to a track. So I started putting together sounds, samples, loops and layers upon layers of audio together to try and produce the feeling of being on the beach on one of those sunny Saturdays.

SITR: What has been your most enjoyable live performance?

Unfortunately, I do not have any live experience with my material yet. My only live experience is DJing, which is thrilling, and I cannot wait to perform my own material at some point. Seeing the crowd react to my mixes, watching the hands in the air rocking out to something that I have spun and worked, it’s awesome. I really am excited for that opportunity.

SITR: Describe your planning, writing, and recording process, particularly behind A Far Off Horizon.

I was working on an experimental instrumental record during a crazy time in my life. I started writing lyrics and the record became something different entirely. I was raised Mormon and left that religion. It became a song. I was raised straight and realized I was gay. It became a song. I went through relationships, lost my best friend to cancer, found true love. Those became songs.

Sometimes I will start a track with music. Sometimes it will start with a melody. Sometimes it will start with lyrics. I don’t have a specific formula, but sometimes will just start playing around on the keyboard or with samples. I write with a consumer-grade software I picked up at Circuit City, called Sony Acid. I have purchase a TON of loops and samples and use those as the construction base for the tracks. I bought a USB mic on Amazon for $80. I also use Cool Edit Pro, which became Adobe Audition.  I got a bunch of freeware audiotools from fellow geeks. And I mastered the record on iZotope Ozone. I recorded the whole thing in the spare bedroom of my apartment. I tacked up blankets on the walls and over windows to try and create a little sound booth for myself. I recorded thousands and thousands of takes, but since I was doing the recording and mixing and editing myself, I could really take my time and do whatever I wanted.

The longest process was the engineering – tweaking and adjusting levels and trying to get the record to sound at least a little professional. That took several months, and I remember the night I finished mixing I walked up to my partner and just about collapsed, crying that I had finally finished. All together, A Far Off Horizon took about three years to put together from my spare bedroom.

SITR: Why did you choose chillwave/electronica as your overall sound?

I have always recorded electronic music, and always loved the 80s and 90s, my childhood years. I started crafting the record’s sound before I even ever heard ‘chillwave’… and actually used that style to try and hide the mistakes in my recordings and the fact that I am not the strongest vocalist. It just happened that I found and used as reference the many great chillwave artists that have come out as I finished my record – artists like M83, Toro Y Moi, Neon Indian, Washed Out, CFCF and The Golden Filter all had elements of the sound I was looking for.

SITR: Describe your biggest influences, musically and otherwise.

My biggest musical influences are Ulrich Schnauss’ early records, David Bowie, M83, Brian Eno, Depeche Mode, Sigur Ros and Grace Jones. I also have insane respect for inventive, original, experimental artists – people like Windy & Carl, Eluvium, The Field, Active Child, Planningtorock, Tycho, Sparklehorse, Robyn, Octopus Project, Slow Magic and Nick Drake all come to mind as artists I listen to A LOT as well.

SITR: What are your thoughts on M83’s “breakout hit” “Midnight City”?

I love it! I love M83, caught their show a few months ago and loved it. I’ve been a fan since Dead Cities. I love the way Gonzalez will do instrumental pieces or lyrical songs. He will do drone and textures, then do a more traditional verse-chorus song like “Midnight City.”  The production was so slick, his distorted vocal sample so catchy, and any song that has a saxophone solo? Sold.

SITR: If you had to choose your favorite song you’ve ever written, what would it be and why?

The “Suite for Jen” is my favorite, it’s the last three tracks of A Far Off Horizon. The “Introduction” was something I was working on when my best friend, and biggest supporter of my musical endeavors, passed away suddenly. I was devastated. I missed her so much. I decided to write a song for Jen, that then became three pieces. “Sunsets” is the kind of song we would jam out to, a throwback to days of PM Dawn and The KLF. Some have criticized my “white-boy rap” on it, but it’s not rap and I am white. Oh well. All I can say is that I wrote it for my best friend, I felt the song come to me watching a beautiful sunset and feeling like she was with me. And the adagio at the end was inspired by the calm night that followed that sunset, just watching the stars slide past the sky on that warm summer night. That was my soul’s “Adagio For Jen.”

SITR: If you could collaborate with any artist and/or producer, who would it be?

I would love to work with Alanis Morissette, Charlotte Gainsbourg, or Grace Jones. And if I could ever do a collaboration with Brian Eno or Ulrich Schnauss, I think I would die of geek overload.

SITR: What’s next?

This year I will be trying to get the music out there. Performing if I can. Leaving copies of the record everywhere I go. And I have also begun a follow-up record for 2014, and it’s going to be HUGE. Huge… and from my bedroom.

Interview with Chrissy from Dangerous Ponies and a new EP from the band

Every Friday at noon, the Student Programming Association has a band come and play in the HUB for their Noontime Concert Series. Two Fridays ago (the last Friday before break), the band Dangerous Ponies came to play. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I sat down to watch the seven-piece, but I’m glad I went. Before even playing their set, singer and guitarist Chrissy Tashjian complimented me on my comsic cat t-shirt. The band’s casual, friendly, and easy-going nature continued from here. The set was full of fun, happy sounding songs. The band’s two keyboardists/hype man and woman danced side-by-side with tambourines during keyboard breaks. The band’s male keyboardist, Brooks, even went into the crowd and picked a random audience member to tango down the aisles with. The band gave off a great energy, and all the members seemed to be really connected. After the show, Chrissy was nice enough to interview with me. Unfortunately, I lost the original interview. Lucky for me, she was nice enough to interview with me A SECOND TIME. Big thanks to Chrissy and the band for their kindness. Check out the interview below, and the one of the band’s new songs below!

Please introduce yourself.
Chrissy: We are Philadelphia band Dangerous Ponies

Tell me a little bit about your band/your music.
Chrissy: We play dance/surfy/psychy indie music that we spend a lot of time crafting. We have been playing together/touring for a little over four years now. We self released our first EP! Our first full length was put out by the now disbanded ‘Punk Rock Payroll’. We are about to put out our brand new Tender Heart 7”! The 7” is 1 B side, and 3 songs from the upcoming full length!

You guys seem like you like to have a lot of fun. Could you elaborate on that?
Chrissy: We do have a lot of fun, and we love each other for sure! Mikey the drummer is my little brother, and Sarah the keyboard player is my girlfriend. We have all known each other for a long time: Evan and Kyle are roommates, as well as Sarah and Brooks. Andy is our BRAND NEW BASS PLAYER! We went to college together. We try and create a pretty inclusive vibe when we play.

What’s an interesting story that you have from the road?
Chrissy: One time Mikey fixed the van with a drum stick! We were in the middle of nowhere in Georgia, and we pulled up to a gas station, shut the car off, and when we went to start it again it just wouldn’t start. The gear shifter was completely loose and moving up and down like it wasn’t catching anything. Mikey looked under the car, realized what was up and got it back in place with his drum stick.

You guys still press some of your albums and EPs on vinyl. Is that something that’s important to you?
Chrissy: I personally think vinyl sounds better. It’s also way easier to sell. I feel much better selling someone something with a little weight to it: it feels like we are actually giving someone something with some substance. There is also something to be said about the experience of listening to music on vinyl. It takes a lot more effort to skip around a record than it does a CD, and I know when I end up listening to vinyl, I end up hearing a body of work instead of just skipping around to what I’m familiar with.

What can we expect next from you guys?
Chrissy: We are about to head out on a short tour to and from SXSW! We will be touring back with our buddies Norwegian Arms, which we are super excited about. Then we have our Vinyl Release Party in Philly, and we are going out on a month long support tour that we are super stoked about!

Check out the band on their Facebook here, check out/download their new EP here, and listen to their new songs below!

Meet The Broad Street Music Group

Penn State musicians, need to get your music heard? Check out the Broad Street Music Group and book your own performance venue.

Today’s music scene is filled with incredible, passionate artists, just ask the Broad Street Music Group’s Dave Silver.

“People don’t realize how many undiscovered artists there are,” says Silver.

Silver, the group’s founder, has been building a company since January of 2012 that works with local artists and provides venues and opportunities they normally would not have.

“We have a basement that holds 300 people; we have plenty of nights during the week when we’re not doing shit. I figured, you know for our fraternity sake, not even for my own sake, but for my fraternity’s sake, let’s throw events bring people in, not for money, but to shed a positive light on our fraternity,” the senior at Temple said. “Lets have open-mic nights; never did I think that by hosting open-mic nights on a Thursday night, would anything turn out of it.”

Much to Silver’s surprise, a lot came out of it.

Broad Street Music Lounge was born and it took off. Just 10 weeks after launching the lounge, they had eight sold out shows. Artists from all over the Philadelphia music scene came out to show off their musical skills. The lounge slowly became the place to be on Thursday nights for local music. Whether it was hip-hop, rock or techno you could find it at the lounge.

“I started putting some artists together, started putting this idea together, and about three weeks later after pitching the idea, we had our first show. We had five musicians come out and we had 150 people show up. We had five different sponsors giving away free pizza, free soda, free giveaways all this stuff and everyone had a great time.”

The lounge was a hit. What started as just an idea, was slowly becoming a legitimate business.

Unfortunately, the fraternity house that Broad Street Music Lounge was created in was no longer a legitimate option as a venue, so Silver had to branch out.

“I decided that I would go to another venue and see if they would pick it up. Turns out a lot of venues were interested in staging these kinds of events. Now today, we have a venue every Monday and every Thursday for the entire 2013. We have meetings lined up with tones of others venues for the same thing, to throw bigger shows, to get better talent.  I’ve recruited about 11 team members who are helping me in a different ways.”

The Broad Street Music Lounge had become the Broad Street Music Group. The group was specializing in booking venues for up and coming artists and letting them showcase their talents. They began working with local acts like Ground Up and started to see their business grow.

“Our whole mission is [to] throw these shows to get undiscovered musicians in the Philadelphia area, give them an opportunity to perform in front of a crowd.”

The music scene today is filled with what seems to be thousands of new artists and songs emerging each day with no outlet.

Silver’s group changes that. They give these up and comers the opportunity to get out in front of crowds.

“We’re looking to get as many venues on board and as many artists on board as possible,” said Silver.

“Our goal in a year is to set up a Broad Street Music Group tour.  We would have venues booked with artists, even headlining artists, undiscovered artists, booked at those venues. A list of 20 different shows already booked of undiscovered artists all brought to you by the Broad Street Music Group.”

What started as a lounge is on its’ way to becoming a traveling music group, talent agency and even perhaps a record label. Silver has not ruled out anything and for good reason, the sky is the limit. Although Broad Street Music Group originated at a Temple fraternity, they aren’t limiting themselves to just Philly artists.

“We are working with anyone and everyone who wants an opportunity to perform. When we hit all of our venues and when we’ve done shows at all the venues we have done in Philadelphia, we will start looking into the tri-state area. From there, the East coast and hopefully in a few years we are the Broad Street Music group representing artists form the United States.

The group is in its’ early stages, but they’re gaining more and more notoriety everyday. They have shows set up twice a week for the rest of the year, as well as some major concerts coming up. All the links to their Twitter, Facebook and Website can be found below. Ground Up will be at the original Broad Street Lounge on February 22. The rest of the February events have 10+ artists already booked, so make sure you reach out soon. Enjoy.

Contact Info:

Email : broadstmusic@gmail.com

Twitter: @BroadSt_Music

Instagram: @BroadStMusic

Facebook: /BroadStreetMusic

 

 

Outsource Interview: Deniz Koyu and Danny Avila from the Generation Wild Tour


Above: Danny Avila on the left, Deniz Koyu on the right

If you read my review of the Generation Wild Tour, then you know it was one big party. But before the show, I was lucky enough to sit down with the two biggest DJs on the tour: Deniz Koyu and Danny Avila. Both of them are from Europe, and they’re really enjoying their time here in the US. Both Deniz and Danny were extremely nice guys, and they really seemed to love what they’re doing. Even when I went to meet them on their bus, Danny was coming up with a new intro for his set in less than an hour. The two DJs were nice enough to sit down and talk with me just before their sets.

Could you please introduce yourself and tell me a little bit about yourself?
Deniz Koyu: My name is Deniz Koyu, DJ and producer from Germany. I started DJing two years ago and I’m just having fun.
Danny Avila: Hello, my name is Danny Avila and I am also a DJ and producer from Madrid, Spain. I’ve been DJing for almost six years now, producing for about 3 years now, and I’m also having fun.

So since you guys have been DJing for a few years now, how long have you been into music and playing instruments?
Deniz: I started playing piano when I was a kid, when I was six years old. I got lessons in a music school for a couple of years, and then it took me a while until I got my first keyboard, synthesizers and music software. But that was when I was a teenager, about 15 years old. I got into the music industry when I started making music for fashion brands for websites when I was sixteen. I got some contacts and made some lounge music. But lounge music has roots in house music, actually. Like chilling, easy house music, y’know? Easy beats. So that’s how I got into it. Then I started listening to music from Eric Prydz, Steve Angello, and of course Daft Punk. I got hooked on it, so then I tried to produce that kind of music. That’s how I got into it.
Danny: So my story, like Deniz, is that I started playing piano when I was 7 years old. I played for four years and then I changed, after deciding I didn’t like classical music, and I played the guitar for two years. Then, I bought a very simple and super cheap controller. Super basic. I didn’t even know how to mix two tracks. But I just liked it so much and spent so many hours on it that I bought better equipment, which was a Pioneer CD J800, and I started to DJ with that. Then I started to do my own work with my brother because we were living in the south of Spain. So that’s basically how I started. Then we were a group of five or six friends and we were all DJs. We were all playing the same parties, and since they were producing, they taught me a little bit about how to mix music. So yeah that’s basically how I started.

So since you guys are both from Europe, how do you like it here in the States and how do shows here compare to shows back home?
Deniz: Basically, I think that the scene here in the States has been blowing up for about two years now. Before that, everything was based in Europe. So for us, I think that three or four years ago, we couldn’t even imagine being able to come to America and play here at all, because it wasn’t interesting at all.

Yeah, it just got really big here pretty recently.

Deniz: Yeah definitely. I remember the first time I came to the States, about six years ago, I went to Las Vegas with a few friends for vacation, and we couldn’t find a single club where we could go out and have fun and enjoy music we like. It was impossible. Now, it’s just the other way around. At the moment, it’s basically that here in the States, you have the real raver culture. That’s what’s happening here in the States. In Europe, to be honest, we don’t have that. It’s just turnover. So it’s very cool. It’s very exciting for us to play here in America.
Danny: Especially in the college market. All the raving culture is blowing up. To be honest, I didn’t know when I started DJing that I would be able to play in the States. It was like impossible for me. So when I started, my goal was basically just to play in Spain. Then somehow, everything was going better and better and I got the chance to go around Europe. And you know, things were going good and I got the chance to play in America, and you know, EDM is extremely big in the States. Before I played my first gig in the States, friends were telling me, “Man, EDM is so big in the States, and there’s this buzz because electronic is huge.” But you don’t even realize it until you come here. This is definitely the place to be.

So with all of that, how’s the tour going so far?
Deniz: It’s crazy. This is our seventh show so far now I think. We basically just started, but it’s amazing. We’re going to these colleges basically, which is also new for me. I didn’t play college markets before. But it’s fun. It’s really cool. You have all the raver kids at these places. They bring all the energy to these shows and it’s really wild. Our photographer, Kirill, is with us, and we’re having so much fun. It’s a special show. He’s doing his stuff and we’re doing our music and it’s a great combination.
Danny: Yeah everything together is really cool. The tour has been great. The shows have been perfect. The music that I play I think fits better in the college market. For example, if you play dubstep music or drum n bass- because I like to play a little bit of everything: a little bit of electro, dubstep, trap, some hip-hop, I try to play a bit of everything- it doesn’t work as well with an older crowd. For example, if you go to a club in Europe, you play a lot for an older crowd, like 30 or 40. It doesn’t work as well, because they have a different perspective on music. So now we’re playing in these college markets, and they go nuts with these music genres.

So, what’s the craziest show you’ve played and what happened?
Deniz: This is always a tough question. I can never pick out one favorite show. I can only say my favorite ones in 2012. Those for me were Ultra Music Festival, the Cosmic Opera show with Axwell in New York was a really good one, then one show I did in Ushuaia was really good. Then I played 3 Sensations. All of them were amazing, especially one I played in Istanbul in Turkey, which is my home country. I came there for my first time to play, plus I played back to back with Fedde la Grand, so it was double the excitement. Then, I had a couple of really great shows at the end of the year. I play on New Year’s Eve with Dada Life in New York, in Brooklyn, in a warehouse to 8,000 people. It was really sick. Just the night before that I played in Chicago, and I think that show maybe was my favorite show of 2012. I played with Porter Robinson and Hardwell at the Congress Theatre. I think this was my favorite.
Danny: Yeah, that venue is sick. So yeah, I would say the most special gig for me last year was probably Ministry of Sound with Fedde la Grand. Ministry of Sound is such a legendary club. Every single DJ in the world wants to play there. So it was really special. Then, the shows at EDC have been very good as well. I did EDC Puerto Rico and EDC Orlando. Then I did one show at Pacha NY with Martin Solveig. That was really, really, really incredible, because I didn’t expect to crowd to be that good. They were literally crazy. So yeah, those would probably be the best shows.

So Deniz, I hear that you were on MTV’s 2012 “EDM Rookie to Watch” list. What was that like?
Deniz: It was sick. First, when I saw it, I didn’t realize what had actually happened. I saw it on the website, and then I saw my twitter blow up. I looked at it, but I didn’t really realize it at first. It was really good for me. It was great.

So Danny, I hear that you are 17 years old. What’s it like to be 17 and touring the world and having people really want to come out and see you?
Danny: It’s crazy. It happened so slow, yet so fast at the same time. I’ve been doing this for almost six years. I started when I was 12, which is super young. I was playing at underage parties. Now I’m 17, and I’m playing all over the States and all around the world. It’s crazy. I mean, I think it’s a dream for every 17 year old guy in the world. Especially since there are so many DJs and producers trying to make it, it’s a dream come true for me.

I’ve heard through the grapevine that Tiesto is a fan of both of your music. He said that Danny was up and coming and he also plays Deniz’s music at his shows. What’s that like?
Deniz: It’s like one of my dreams coming true. It’s one of the biggest goals of a DJ: getting respect from Tiesto, or someone like him. That’s amazing. It’s one of the biggest goals.
Danny: Yeah, I mean, he’s a legend. He’s been doing this for what, twenty years? I don’t think there’s someone bigger or with more knowledge about this music than Tiesto. Tiesto, Erick Morillo, I mean, these guys have been doing this for so many years. So, if these guys say that you’re a good DJ or a good producer or they play your tracks, it couldn’t be better.

So, obviously, you guys are going to grow more, but was there a point where you felt like you had made it? Or a point where you stopped and said, “This is awesome, I never expected this.” Was there a specific point?
Deniz: For me, one turning point was when I released “Tung.” Before that, I was actually working towards that point for maybe three years already. I had some releases before that, nothing special, but I was trying and working hard, and trying to make a better sound and better tracks. So I was working really hard, and it took me a while, but after “Tung,” there was a turning point for me and I realized how things started going really fast.
Danny: Well, for me, I mean, you never know what’s going to happen in the future: if it’s going to work, if it’s not going to work. The only thing that you know is that you have to work hard every single day. One of the best things that happened to me was probably the last summer season. I had three difference residencies: I had one with Tiesto. He invited me to play at his opening party, and he liked it so much, that he invited me to play like 10 more shows. This was really cool, y’know? Then I signed with AM Only, one of the biggest agencies in the States. Then, you realize that you’re going to play a lot in America, so it gets better and better. So yeah, it would probably be that.

So, what kind of music do you guys listen to in your spare time?
Deniz: I actually listen to very different music. I like to listen to music that is more relaxing. I like to listen to indie pop, especially when I’m in the car. I don’t want to listen to banging electro music all the time. I’m listening to it so many times when I play. I like to listen to indie pop bands like Coldplay. They’re probably my favorite band. Then I like Miike Snow, MGMT, and that kind of music.
Danny: Well, to be honest, I listen to house music pretty much every day. I don’t have the chance to play it first of all, because it’s not really my style, but I like this kind of deep house, like Maya Jane Coles. It’s super uplifting and very mental stuff. When I’m just at home I play that kind of music.

So what can we expect next from you guys? Is there anything coming up or any plans for the future?
Deniz: Yeah, of course. I just had my release with Dirty South called “Halo,” on this label Phazing Records. It just got released.
Danny: It’s #10 on Beatport!
Deniz: Yeah, it just reached #10 on Beatport today. I released it 4 days ago. So it’s going really well. Then, my next release is going to be “Rage” on Refune Records. It’s coming out mid-March. Then I’m working on some other collaborations, and some solo records. I’m working on one track with Otto Knows from Refune. Then, there’s one or two big collaborations, but it’s a bit too early to talk about them yet. But it’s going to be really exciting. Then, I’m working on some more solo stuff.
Danny: Well, I have a couple of residencies for this year. And yeah, as he said, there are some things that you cannot really talk about. But yeah, there are some really cool residencies, like the biggest festivals in the States. I played Ultra Festival, in the States, which was incredible. It’s great. Then I’m playing Coachella, which was a big goal for me. Also, I have a new track finished. I don’t know the label or the name, but I have it finished, and I’m looking forward to the release. I’m testing it out on this tour, and then I’m just going to keep working on stuff.

That’s great. So, to close, are there any shout outs you’d like to make? Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
Deniz: We’re having a lot of fun on this tour, and it’s great to see all the nice feedback and all the people coming to the shows. We’re having a great time, so we’re looking forward to all the next shows. We’ll see you there!
Danny: Basically, we have received a lot of good mentions on Twitter about State College. We were really excited to play here, because this is a young market, and it’s going to be a lot of fun. We’re really excited, and to be honest, I would love to repeat this tour in the next couple of months, because it’s been so much fun.

Well, that’s all I have. Thank you very much guys!

Outsource Interview: Billy Patrick, The Next Big Country Star

Country music has it’s next big star; it’s Billy Patrick. The Pennsylvanian-turned-Nashville music star has been putting out critically acclaimed music for over 5 years now. In 2007, he moved  in hopes of becoming a famous country musician, and isn’t too far off. His live shows have been called “dazzling.” He has performed with big-time country performers like Josh Thompson and David Nial. Patrick just released a new music video for his hit record, “Pretty Girl,” and that has started to turn heads yet again. He took some time to answer a few of State In The Real questions, so check them out.

How did you first get into country music? 

I loved Kenny Rogers as a kid. Always connected most with the country element in rock music. Whether it was The Smiths, The Beatles, Zeppelin.. All very much encompassed by country music. Then a little later was introduced to the Mavericks and Dwight Yokum. But I guess what really took me down the path of country music was Hank Williams Jr.

What is the story you’re trying to tell through your music?

I am an extremely honest singer songwriter. Very personally driven in the way of a Billy Joel or a John Lennon. I express my desires, idealisms, and sense of an anything goes attitude (musically speaking) through my music. Which in turn, people can relate to.

When can we expect new music from you?

I have a new single and video out right now entitled, “Pretty Girl” on iTunes with a full length disc entitled,” what I’m talking about” due in late March 2013.

What was the musical transition like going from Pennsylvania to Nashville? 

An inspirational / growing one. My harshest critics were my most beneficial. I learned to hone my craft, and hear through a listeners ears instead of just my own.

Who are some of your country music inspirations?

Hank Williams Jr., Dwight,  all the writers in Nashville.. And as of late.. Eric Church. I also admire Kid Rock for his exploration of his whims.

Your bio says acoustic based, have you ever thought about branching out?

My music is very eclectic, but what I mean by that, is that at the base of it, it’s always driven and could even be broken down to just a guy and a guitar and sound just as good.

Where will Billy Patrick be this time next year?

Writing, Playing, and recording. It’s what I’ve done since I’m born, and will till I die. It’s more than just what I do, it’s who I am.

Billy Patrick continues to make strides in his country music career. With new music on the way, the world won’t have to wait too long to hear more from this up and comer. Enjoy his latest music video, “Pretty Girl”.