In the early 2000’s, pop-punk was in its golden age, and Drive-Thru Records was the hub of all the big activity. Home to bands like New Found Glory, Something Corporate and The Early November, Drive-Thru found further success when it released The Starting Line‘s debut album, Say It Like You Mean It. The Starting Line became poster children for the Warped Tour scene and were even able to accomplish the difficult task of avoiding the sophomore slump and going on to write an even stronger third record.
In 2008, the band went on hiatus, as frontman Kenny Vasoli and keyboardist Brian Schmutz pursued their experimental side project, Person L. The band released two LPs before going silent for a few years, but Vasoli hasn’t stopped making music. Joined by members of Brooklyn-based Body Language, he now fronts the dreamy indie pop band Vacationer. We had the pleasure of chatting with Vasoli about his newest project, their creative process, and why he’s looking forward to The Starting Line’s upcoming 10th anniversary tour for Say It Like You Mean It.
OS: Give us the backstory behind Vacationer and how you met the members of the band.
KV: I started making Vacationer music in the summer of 2010. For awhile, I’d been wanting to get into an electronic project. Something I could set up more simply than a full, live rock band. I also wanted to do something that wasn’t so heavy on the volume. I reached out to my friend and former bandmate Matt Watts and asked if he knew of anyone up in Brooklyn that might want to try collaborating with me on something in the electronic realm. He sent me some links, and on that list was a band called Body Language. He said that there were two guys, Matt and Grant, that produced electro stuff, they’d worked with Passion Pit before. He set up like a blind date kind of session for us. I came up there and played them a few things that were inspiring me at the time, and we managed to come up with a loop and a beat that first session. Eventually that song became “Great Love,” which made it on to the record.
KV: Usually those guys will have a short idea, anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute long. They’ll send me a skeleton idea for me to work off of. I’ll go through a few ideas that I have, cut up their stuff a little and rearrange it, and then send it back to them. They’ll send me notes on it and then we set up a session. It’s a pretty quick process, how the songwriting goes. We just bounce it back and forth to each other and then lay it down.
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Christina Aguilera & Cee-Lo Green – “Make The World Move”
Okay, so it’s not a music video, but there’s no denying how catchy Christina Aguilera’s newest single is. The pop diva celebrated the release of her new album, Lotus, yesterday, crown and all. And what better way to promote the album than to perform a song live on your hit television show? The bedazzled XTina enlists the help of the incomparable Cee-Lo Green, who casually strolls around with a scepter. Does it make sense? Not really. But that’s Cee-Lo for ya.
Azealia Banks – “Atlantis”
Speaking of wacky performers, Azealia Banks’ new video for “Atlantis” looks like a crazy and colorful ode to screensavers from Windows 95. No flying toasters, but there’s plenty of Word Art and cartoon dolphins to last you a lifetime.
Wiz Khalifa (feat. The Weeknd) “Remember You”
It’s the oldest story in the book. Girl meets girl, girl takes girl to creepy contortionist party, there’s lots of crying…well, anyway, it makes for an interesting music video!
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P!nk is known for having badass pop chicks (or chick-fronted bands) open for her, like VV Brown, Nikka Costa, and The Ting Tings. Today, she surprised us all by announcing that the bands supporting her on her upcoming The Truth About Love Tour would be acoustic/folk solo artist City and Colour and Swedish garage rockers The Hives. While we’re still scratching our heads at the choices, we have to admit that P!nk has some pretty great taste in music.
Known for her stellar live vocals and acrobatic stage antics, P!nk is one of the most impressive performers out there. Make sure you check out The Truth About Love Tour when it comes to your hometown! Find your local tour date here.
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Do you brush your teeth to Downtown Battle Mountain? Do you have an autographed Dance Gavin Dance poster hanging on your wall? Do you practice screaming like Jon Mess in your car? Then we’ve got good news for you: We’re giving away free tickets to every stop of the Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour, featuring DGD, A Lot Like Birds, and more!
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Mumford & Sons – “Lover Of The Light”
It’s hard to tell exactly what Idris Elba is thinking in this video, but it sure is nice to look at. The clip shows a blind man (Elba) who is seemingly thrilled by the sunrise, talking to himself at breakfast, and almost running to his death off the cliffs of Wales. Elba co-directed the intimate video, and does a great job telling a somber story backed by an uplifting song.
Kid Cudi – “Just What I Am” (feat. King Chip)
Don’t be fooled by the frame: This video isn’t quite fine art. Cudi claims “all my videos will be in a baroque frame. I create art, so it will be presented as such. ART IN MOTION.” Um, okay. Unfortunately for Cudi, the visual companion to “Just What I Am” is nothing we haven’t seen a million times before – red solo cups, crowded party, toasting to the good life. Oh well, the song’s not bad.
Swizz Beatz – “Everyday Birthday” (feat. Chris Brown & Ludacris)
Chris Brown wakes up in bed with a “crazy” girl, Luda wakes up in a shower, Swizz is chillin’ on a yacht in Cannes. So begins “Everyday Birthday,” a whirlwind visual feast of bottles poppin’, club hoppin’, and some very evil French girls.
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OurStage has once again joined forces with Tr3s to find the next big Latin superstar. This time, we’ve enlisted the help of celebrity guest judge Sohanny, and she’ll know the real deal when she finds it.
The emerging Latin artist who is crowned “El Headliner” will receive exposure on Top 20, Music My Güey, Descubre y Download, and Blogamole. Only one artist can come out on top, and the competition is sure to be fierce. Be sure to enter by December 23rd for your shot at some career-changing exposure!