The setup for reality singing competition is as engrained in our culture as Coca-Cola at this point, but on the off-chance you’re blissfully unaware, allow me to break it down: potential contestants appear the by the thousands, a select few make the show, and the best of the worst make it on TV anyway, because America Loves Trainwrecksâ„¢.
With that in mind, allow me to turn your attention to a 6-year-old girl who appeared on America’s Got Talent last night. For her audition, the young lady performed a screamo song. Yes, you read that right. A tiny girl performing the most abrasive style of music out there awaits you at the end of this post.
Though a few have attempted similar acts in the past, none have made it beyond the initial round. Will America ever see the talent in screams? (more…)
If you’re anything like the scores of music-lovers whose teenage years were branded by the full-scale commercialization of emo in the early 2000s, it’s hard to forget the name Hawthorne Heights. Since releasing their 2004 debut studio album, The Silence in Black and White, the Ohio band has gone through some trying times, which included the accidental death of their guitarist Casey Calvert, and disputes with their label, Victory Records. But with every challenge, the band comes back stronger than ever”releasing albums and even forming their own independent label, Cardboard Empire, through which they self-released their new string of EPs. We caught up with drummer Eron Bucciarelli to talk about their new indie route, touring in Europe, and why he thinks the music industry should be single-centric.
OS: You’re going to be featured in a reality documentary series that chronicles the band’s challenges and successes, and will air in France and Germany. What has it been like to be part of that?
EB: It’s a lot of work because we’re filming it all ourselves. It may seem like a trivial matter, but it really takes some initiative to constantly film yourselves and be conscious of instances that might make for good video footage.
In addition to scoring Wreck“It Ralph, Disney’s new computer animated movie about the lives of arcade video game characters, Skrillex will also reportedly portray himself in an animated cameo role within the film. The former screamo frontman“turned“EDM megastar is slated to appear as a DJ at a party in the video game world. While Skrillex has stated that there will not be any “dancefloor bangers” on the soundtrack, we can’t help but hope that his DJ cameo lets some of the film’s video game characters get their “whomp” on.
Wreck“It Ralph depicts the existential career crisis of an arcade video game villain who tires of his unappreciated work as a digital bad guy. Similarly, Skrillex probably got sick of people making fun of him for fronting a post“hardcore band that wrote songs about designer jeans. Watch the trailer below.
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Widely known for his breakthrough single, Fireflies, Owl City has mentioned the possibility of recording a “screamo rock” album in the future. The electronica act, whose real name is Adam Young, told BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat that he grew up wanting to do nothing else except that. I haven’t had a chance to do it, and do it right. Young is releasing his fourth album on Aug. 21 titled The Midsummer Station, featuring collaborations with Carly Rae Jepsen, Katy Perry/Kelly Clarkson producer Dr. Luke, and Rihanna/Ne-Yo co-writing team Stargate. Growing up I was really into the whole underground, obscure, artsy, heavy, screamo, chaotic, angry angst music. I love it. That was my thing “ that’s what I identified with.
Young expressed concern with whether or not his fans would take to the new project and the drastic change in style. I feel like I could do it right. Do it all myself and record it all and make it sound good. It’s tempting. It might go over the heads of my fans but it might open some new doors and that’s what it’s all about. Every now and again I need to put on one of my old records [that] make me feel that same thing. There’s a place for that.
There’s no word yet on whether the Owatonna, Minnesota multi-instrumentalist would pull a Snoop Lion and take on a fiercer animal name (though our vote is for ˜Pterodactyl Town). You can watch Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen’s video for Good Time below.
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Ever wonder why certain bands are signed and others are overlooked? Besides having some musical talent that can produce marketable music, most likely their name and look had something to do with it. The unfortunate truth is that nowadays many labels don’t look for groundbreaking sound anymore (remember the ’70s and ’80s anyone?). Instead labels seek out a marketable group that has not only a good sound but also a good look ” like anyone looking for the perfect date, they want the whole package!
This week we’ll visit different ways to create an overall look for your group, how to get a great press photo, as well as developing a persona.
As always, research different artists in your genre as well as different stores that cater to your style of music ” urban outfitters for those of you in the indie rock scene, karma loop for those of you in the pop/hip hop scene, etc. If you want to make an impact with your look, try and get yourself ahead of the curve by getting ideas of what the next big thing may be. For instance, a band that really brought forth the skinny jean, blank t-shirt look back in 2003/2004 was NJ screamo/rock band Thursday. It was different enough to catch attention of large labels and high up execs ” the uniform look has always been given a thumbs-up from the record industry, but it should be revamped to fit personal tastes. You have to be comfortable in your own skin, as well as the clothes that cover it up.