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Monday Memos: Interview with Signal City…the band on the brink of fame, fortune, and YOUR summer playlists

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ I have another exciting interview for y’all. Last Monday I introduced you to the AMAZING new indie pop band Signal City (which you can read here: Monday Memos: Signal City…the new band whose AMAZING music is our new found Fortune | celindareyesblog). I was recently able to interview Cameron Boyer from Signal City, and we spoke about that band’s musical influences, what to expect with their upcoming debut EP, who would be on the band’s dream tour, and so much more! So please read on, and remember that Signal City’s debut single ‘Fortune’ is available on ITunes NOW.

 

Celinda: Hi Cameron. I really love the band’s name, how did you guys come up with the name Signal City?

Cameron: Coming up with the band’s name was literally the hardest thing we’ve ever had to do. We came up with so many names, probably over 200 in total. One thing we were all sure about though was “Signal”. At first we were just going to be called “The Signals”, but then we found out that like 6 bands already had that name. So after a while we decided to just put “City” after it. We still weren’t sure if we liked it, but it started to grow on us so we decided to stick with it.

 

Celinda:  So what/who inspired you to pursue a career in music?

Cameron: For me it was my dad mostly. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have started this career. He forced me to do a musical when I was a kid. I was asked to do it by some friends but I declined, then my dad said “no you gotta do it”, and so I decided to try it, and that’s how it all started. I met Justin doing musicals, but the musical scene wasn’t really for us, so we decided to form a band.

 

Celinda: That’s a really cool story, so what bands or artists have influenced your band’s musical style?

Cameron: Once the band was formed, Green Day, Muse, The Killers, The Black Keys, and similar bands became our main influences. Green Day is what first influenced me, but I wanted to go further so I started listening to SOO many different genres of music. With all of those influences, we started to form our own sound, which is very broad and hits lots of different styles

 

Celinda: That is so interesting; I love to see bands that are well versed in various styles of music. So, what bands or artists have influenced your music that would surprise your fans?

Cameron: Well we were also influenced by classical stuff like Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, etc. We also listened to jazz, blues, ska, reggae, and indie. The fans would probably be surprised with the classical influences, and the blues and jazz stuff. Not too sure what would surprise them though.

 

Celinda: What’s your songwriting process like?

Cameron: We tend to write when we feel like it. It’s just that simple. When an idea comes we just go at it and don’t stop unless we can’t continue. Sometimes we write with all 5 members and sometimes we write with just 4, 3, 2 or by ourselves. We will do whatever it takes to write a good song.

 

Celinda: Very cool, it sounds like you guys are really creative. So speaking of writing good songs, what’s the story behind your debut single ’Fortune’?

Cameron: ‘Fortune’ is a song driven by the experiences that the band has encountered. We all have been through so many hard times, and have done so much hard work just to be in this band. Some of the sacrifices we have made have even forced one of us to move houses, lose friendships, and many more hardships. But we have always kept at it and take the opportunities that come along, so that we can get the best possible “fortune” out of them.

 

Celinda: That’s a really inspiring story. So what can you tell me about your upcoming EP?

Cameron: For the upcoming EP we worked with Simon Katz from Youngblood Hawke, which was awesome because he really helped us and took our music to new levels, which really opened up our minds and made us think. The new EP is very different from what we are used to writing, but we love it and are super excited to get it out there. Like ‘Fortune’, the whole EP has the theme of trying to stay alive and do your best in anything you do. Hopefully it inspires others the way it has inspired us.

 

Celinda: Now I’m really excited about the upcoming EP! So, what’s one thing that you wished you had known about the music industry before entering it?

Cameron: Definitely how to make it using an easier path. Hahaha, it’s been really hard, so I wish I knew everything I needed to make this process easier. But then again, I also don’t wish that, because it has made us who we are. So I appreciate the process, even though it sucks. Haha.

 

Celinda: Very true.So, if you could put together and go on a dream tour, who else would be on it?

Cameron: Our band, Muse, The Killers, The Black Keys, and Green Day.

 

Celinda: That would be an awesome tour! Ideally, what do you want Signal City’s legacy to be?

Cameron: I really want our legacy to be that we are a band that people remember in the best way possible. I want people to listen to our music and feel good about themselves and about everyone and everything around them, even those things or people whom they may not be fond of. I want people to say “Because of Signal City, I became a better person in whatever way”. I want people to see us in a positive light. I also want people to seriously rock out like crazy and have crazy fun too while listening to our music, haha.

 

Celinda: I definitely see that becoming Signal City’s legacy. Your music is so amazing and upbeat, that people can’t help but rock out and have fun while listening to it. Lastly, is there anything else you’d like to add?

Cameron: Just that I really hope that we make it, because I’m dying for more to hear our sound.

Celinda: I definitely see you guys making it far in the music industry, I am so excited about what’s ahead for Signal City. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer the questions Cameron!

 

So as y’all can see, Signal City is definitely a band on the rise. I HIGHLY suggest that you all stay on the lookout for Signal City’s debut EP, which is dropping later this year (and don’t worry, I will make sure you ALL know exactly when the EP is released). If you’re looking for a band with infectious, upbeat music to jam out to this summer, then look no further. I anticipate that very soon, Signal City will no longer be LA’s best kept secret, and will instead be the band that EVERYONE is obsessed with. Now don’t you want to be ahead of the curve? That’s what I thought!

 

 

Keep up to date with Signal City:

Website: Signal City

Twitter: Signal City (SignalCity) on Twitter

Facebook: Signal City | Facebook

Instagram: signalcitymusic on Instagram

 

 

 

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Monday Memos: Interview with rising pop/jazz superstar Macy Medford

 

Hello people of the internet!!!  On today’s ‘Monday Memos’, I have an exciting interview with rising pop star Macy Medford.  In the interview, Macy and I discussed her musical influences, her debut album and new music, advice she has for aspiring musicians, and so much more. (You can learn more about Macy’s music and career in my past ‘YouTube Wednesday’ blog post here: YouTube Wednesday: Macy Medford, an entertainer that you will soon be “Crazy ‘Bout” | celindareyesblog.) Macy also made a special announcement…are you ready? On July 15th, 2014 she is going to perform the national anthem at ‘Minute Maid Park’ in Houston, TX in support of the Roger Clemens Foundation (which according to the foundation’s official website, “exists for the purpose of carrying on and supporting educational, charitable, literary, scientific, and religious activities for children, with a special emphasis on underprivileged and at-risk children, and children with special needs”). Please spread the word about this performance, and if you live in or around the Houston area, please go and show Macy some support

 

Celinda:  Hi Macy! My first question for you is what bands or artists have influenced your musical style?

Macy:  Well a lot of artists like Colbie Callait and Duffy, but I also love older artists like Etta James, Stevie Wonder, and a lot of people who have a lot of jazz influences in their style. I also really love artists who have amazing voices such as Celine Dion. I really try to put a lot of jazz influences in my music, because my voice isn’t necessarily pop.

 

Celinda:  Yeah, and that adds a lot of uniqueness to your voice, and it makes it interesting, and draws attention to your music. So, you mentioned Colbie Callait, Celine Dion, Etta James, which are artists whose influence I can hear in your music, but which artists have influence you that may be surprising to your fans?

Macy:  Well of course I love artists like Michael Jackson, because he had so much control in his voice. I don’t think that people would necessarily think of him when they think of my pop/jazz music. His voice and his range were amazing, and the fact that he was a perfectionist, is one way that we’re really similar. Whenever I go into the recording studio, we will do one line over and over, which is unusual, but if it just doesn’t have the right energy, or just doesn’t sound exactly the way that I want it, then we will repeat it until we get it perfect.

 

Celinda:  That’s really cool, I like that level of dedication in an artist, and I definitely think that that’s going to be something that’s going to help you get really far in your career. Michael Jackson has definitely been an influence on just about every musician, so that’s a good one to emulate. I read your bio the other day, and I noticed that you’ve been performing for a long time, is there a specific moment early in your career that made you realize “I want to be an entertainer  for the rest of my life, this is what I want to do”?

Macy:  Well I’ve always kind of known ever since I was involved in a production of Annie in the 2nd or 3rd grade. I had a week to memorize all the line, all the music, all of the blocking, and put the whole show on. I just remember that I came home and I sat down with the music, and I was like “here we go, let’s do this’, and I just memorized all of it. I think that after the performance, I just knew how hard I had worked, and how dedicated I had been to the show, and I just realized how much I wanted to do it. But in terms of what is one of the moments when I just really felt like “wow, I love this’, was definitely my debut album release party. I had that in January of 2012, and so many people came, I think that it was over 500. And to be able to show people what I had been working on, and to finally be able to perform it in front of everybody was so amazing for me. I just knew that I wanted to continue recording, and continue performing, just because it was such an amazing experience, and everyone was so supportive of what I did.

 

Celinda:  That’s a really good answer actually. I love to hear about artists or bands who, at a young age, have that kind of dedication and passion for what they do, and I can definitely hear the results of all of that hard work in your music. You mentioned that the release party for your debut album ‘Crazy ‘Bout You’ was in January of 2012, and two years later in January of 2014, you released your latest single, which I am obsessed with by the way, called ‘I’m Done’. I noticed that there is a lot of musical growth that occurred within those two years, so what was that journey like for you?

Macy:  Well throughout the two years, I kept writing, because I’m always writing. I write the song lyrics as poetry first, and then I go and do the music. So I continued writing, and in school I started taking college English classes, and because of things like that I noticed that my writing was maturing. And also as I was getting older, my experiences were more maturing, and my voice was also maturing, so as all that was happening, I knew that I wanted to write something that was more mature. I wrote the songs on my CD in 7th and 8th grade, and even though I still love those songs, but it’s been almost 4 years, so I knew as an artist where I wanted to go was even more jazzy than I had been in the past, so that’s what that song ended up being like.

 

Celinda:  Yeah, honestly I had no idea that you were so young when you wrote the songs on ‘Crazy ‘bout You’, because I love them, and I’m a little older than you were at that age. It’s awesome that you already had really great writing skills at such a young age, and that makes me excited about what you’re going to be writing in the future. So since you’ve been performing for a long time, how do you prepare for a performance?

Macy:  I prepare for a performance by going through the songs, blocking out what I want to do on stage, not so much that everything is robotic, but to at least have kind of a game plan on how to get the crowd going, and what I want to say about each song between each song.

 

Celinda:  Do you have any industry secrets that you use for your voice, or to get mentally prepared?

Macy:  Drink a lot of water , that is always number 1. And make sure that you get plenty of sleep. I always get a teeny bit nervous, but it’s an excited nervous, I can tell that my adrenaline is pumping. So instead of using that as nervous energy, I try to focus it towards being excited and it usually helps me be even more energetic on stage.

 

Celinda:  I know that you just turned 17, again happy birthday, how do you balance your personal and professional life, and what suggestions would you have for other teens and kids who want to pursue a career similar to yours?

Macy:  It is not easy, especially with school. This past year, my junior year, was so hard because I was taking college classes, I was performing all the time, and trying to keep a social life on top of that. The best thing that you can do is just try and have good time management. Make sure you know what your schedule is in advance, so if you have to cancel something, you can tell them ahead of time.

 

Celinda:  Those are really good suggestions, because I know that you have to maintain some sort of personal life for your writing.

Macy:  I mean, it’s always good just to have a little free time to relax and have experiences that you can write about.

 

Celinda:  So do you have any dream projects that you’d  like to do that may surprise your fans?

Macy:  Well of course I’d love to win a Grammy, that would be awesome. I’d also really love to perform at the ‘Hollywood Bowl’. But I’d also really like to do some stuff oversees for charities in different places, I’d really love to sing and be able to raise money for things like that. I do a lot of charity events here in Houston. I’ve sang for breast cancer associations, and many different charities to help raise money, but I think that it would be amazing to have an even bigger impact.

 

Celinda: Well you winning a Grammy isn’t a dream, it’s definitely going to happen for you, it’s just a matter of when. But getting back to the charity work, is there a specific cause that you’re really passionate about, that you’d like to dedicate all or most of your time to?

Macy: Well my grandmother died of cancer when I was in first grade, so I’ve always felt really passionate about helping foundations that deal with that, and my dad also had a heart attack, so I feel passionate about raising awareness for that, because I know that that’s affected a lot of people. It’s just a great way to have people come together for a specific cause that so many people have been affected by.

 

Celinda: Yeah that’s really beautiful, I ‘m sorry about your grandmother and father by the way, but it is really beautiful that you want to be a part of raising awareness for those issues. So what’s one thing that you wished that you had known about the music industry before entering it?

Macy: Let me think about that one really fast. I don’t know, because it’s really been quite an experience just jumping into it. I think that the most important thing that I wish that I had known, even earlier, was how to find exactly who you are as an artist. Whenever you come in as an artist, they’ll be like sing me something, what type of an artist are you. And you’re not like “well I can do country and pop”, so you really have to kind of find a label for yourself, so other people can relate to that. So finding myself as an artist has been really fun, and I really knew who I was when I was younger, but even back then when I was doing competition in elementary school. I found that really sticking to your one style of music is really important.

 

Celinda: Yeah, I definitely agree with that, because you see all of these mainstream and rising artists who seem to have a hard time balancing growing as a person, and growing as an artist.

Macy:  Exactly. So if you know exactly who you are, and where you want to be, it’s much easier to grow as an artist.

 

Celinda: Yeah, and I definitely think that judging by your new single, you seem to be doing a really great job navigating that. So we’ve spoken about your future a little bit so far, and you’ve spoken about wanting to be really involved with charities, one day winning a Grammy, and playing the ‘Hollywood Bowl’, but what do you want your overall legacy to be. When people look back, and they think of ‘Macy Medford’, what do you want them to think of?

Macy:  What I want my legacy to be, is a music artist that was popular, but yet made good decisions that people could look up to. Of course today, we have people like Taylor Swift who is amazing, and is a great  role model, and I definitely want to be like that. I don’t want to be one of these artists that little girls look up to, that are making bad decisions so then other people follow that. I want to have songs that are clean, but make you feel good, and definitely have a message to them.

 

Celinda:  Yeah,  I can definitely see that happening for you, because your music is really catchy and radio friendly, and anyone will enjoy it. A little kid could love it, as well as someone older, my dad is 56 years old and he was rocking out to your music the other day when I played it for him. So is there anything else that you want to add, maybe any new projects that you can talk about or something that you want your fans, or people who are just discovering your music to know?

Macy:  Well, a very big upcoming event that I have is that I’m singing the national anthem on July 15th at ‘Minute Maid Park’ in Houston, TX in support of the ‘Roger Clemens Foundation’, so I really want to get the word out about that. I have a lot of stuff in the works; I’m hoping to work on some new music videos soon, which are always so much fun to film. And of course I have that new song (I’m Done) on ITunes.

 

Celinda:  Ok, well I will definitely tweet excessively about that upcoming event. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me.

Macy: That would be great. Thank you for doing this.

 

Celinda:  No problem, I’m really excited about everything that is going to happen for you in your career, I can just tell that you’re going to be something really big and special.

Macy:  Thank you so much, and hopefully I’ll talk to you again soon.

 

Stay Connected with Macy:

YouTube: Macy Medford YouTube

Twitter: Macy Medford (macymedford) on Twitter

Facebook: Macy Medford Facebook

Website: Macy Medford

‘Just Me and You’ Video: MACY MEDFORD – ‘JUST ME AND YOU’ – OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

IMDB: Macy Medford – IMDb

 

 

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Monday Memos: My exclusive interview with Cameron Walker from the rising indie rock band Animal Fiction

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’, I have an exclusive interview with Cameron Walker from the PHENOMINAL indie rock band ‘Animal Fiction’. Last Monday (May 12th) I introduced y’all to the band and their newest amazing song ‘Walk In The Sunshine’. In this interview, Cameron and I spoke about how ‘Animal Fiction’ formed, the artists who have influenced the band’s sound, ‘Animal Fiction’s’ future plans,  ‘Walk In The Sunshine’, and so much more. So please read on to learn even more about ‘Animal Fiction’, I promise that you won’t regret it!

 

Celinda: First thing I noticed about your band is that you have a really cool name. How did you come up with ‘Animal Fiction’?

Cameron: It’s kinda of an interesting story. I came up with the idea of using something with the word animal in it. I wanted the band to just be called ‘Animal’, but there was already a band called that. Then Eben our guitar player came up with the name ‘Fictional Animal’, and then I thought “wow that’s really cool”. Then I thought about all of the great stories, in particular I thought of the book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, which is what our album art is loosely inspired by. From there somehow we arrived at the name ‘Animal Fiction’ which is what we went with, and I like the name a lot too, so thank you.

 

Celinda: Yeah, I found it really unique, and I love the story ‘Where the Wild Things Are’.

Cameron: Yeah that’s a great book. The movie came out a while ago, but I remember reading the book when I was a kid, and I always keep coming back to that. I think all of the ‘Animal Fiction’ art will in some way inspired by that book actually.

 

Celinda: How long have you guys in the band known each other?

Cameron: Well, I’ve known Julian (who plays Keyboard and Guitar), his whole life because he’s my younger brother. Eben, I’ve known, man I’ve known him for a long time.  I’m 25 now, and I met Eben when I was 19, I think. So I’ve known Eben for 6 years.

 

Celinda: That’s great that you guys have had so long to build your band chemistry. What inspired you guys to come up with this new band?  Because I know that you’ve had a few previous bands that you’ve been a part of.

Cameron: Yeah, I started out playing in a band called ‘WeatherStar’, back in the day when I was 19, 20. Then I joined a band called ‘The Ready Set’ for a while, and I did a lot of touring and it was cool because I played Bass in that band, and I got a lot of cool experiences through that. I started writing in a band called ‘1985’ with my buddy, and we still do that, but we don’t really play shows. So I think ‘Animal Fiction’ is almost a result of me getting antsy, and wanting to go back on the road, and wanted to do things that bands do. So I think it didn’t really make sense for me to continue, ’WeatherStar’ because the style of my music has evolved so much since then, so I think that this is just a natural evolution of everything I learned in ‘WeatherStar’, and ‘The Ready Set’, and ‘1985’, and kind of my new musical personality is now ‘Animal Fiction’ which is great.

 

Celinda: Yeah, I really like your sound, I find it really unique. Are y’all all from L.A.?

Cameron:  The 3 of us are actually originally from Connecticut, but I live in L.A. now, and Eben lives in L.A. now. My brother actually lives in New York City now, which can be interesting at times because he’s flying back and forth for stuff now when we’re recording and whatnot. I see Eben regularly in L.A., so we’re a bi-costal band technically.

 

Celinda: So growing up in Connecticut, what or who inspired you to become a musician?

Cameron: That’s an interesting question. I remember being a kid and my mom had these old Beatles records, and it sounds kind of cliché but its true, I grew up listening to bands like ‘The Beatles’ and ‘The Beach Boys’, which I think got me into Rock n’ Roll and Pop music at an early age. Really I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t playing in some capacity, I think I started playing drums when I was 10, and I just kept doing that, and when I got into high school I got really into pop punk and punk rock bands, and I started playing in band in high school. Really I can’t remember a time where I didn’t play music, it sounds crazy but it was definitely those early years where I got into ‘The Beatles’, ‘Elvis Presley’, ‘Elvis Costello’, and ‘The Beach Boys’, and  that kind of started me on the path to rock n’ roll.

 

Celinda: Did you always sing?

Cameron: Yeah I always sang. I actually did a lot of theater growing up, my mom ran a children’s theater company, so I would always participate in that, and I think that might be a big reason why I enjoy singing so much now.

 

Celinda: So it sounds like your mom was a really big influence in you becoming involved in music and staying in it?

Cameron: Oh absolutely, she’s my #1 supporter and my #1 fan. She’s been there the whole way and she’s still supporting me today, so I’m really grateful for her.

 

Celinda: Yeah I love it when the parents of artists and actors are supportive of their children, because it’s a hard business and it’s hard on the parents as well.

Cameron: Oh absolutely yeah. I think I had my entire band in ‘WeatherStar’ living with me at one point, so she puts up with a lot and I’m eternally grateful for it.

 

Celinda: So you mentioned in your last answer how ‘Elvis’, ‘The Beatles’, and ‘The Beach Boys’ influenced you as a child. Are there any other bands that you’ve picked up along the way that you feel have influenced your sound?

Cameron: Oh absolutely. Those were kind of my early introduction to Pop music and Rock n’ Roll, but I think as I grew up, I was really into bands like ‘Blink-182’, and I still love that band. I’m really into this band called ‘The Exploding Hearts’, which you should totally check out. ‘Animal Fiction’ is definitely influenced by ‘The Exploding Hearts’.

 

Celinda: What bands or artists’ have influenced you that would surprise your fans?

Cameron:  That’s a tough one. I don’t know if this will be that big of a surprise but there was kind of a surge of pop-punk boy bands in England. I was really into this band called ‘McFly’, and they’re still a band today, and at the same time there was a band called ‘Busted’, they’re both pretty much boy bands from the U.K. but they’re kinda pop-punk influenced so I don’t know if it would be that surprising, but yeah I’ve listened to some boy bands. I love the new ‘5 Seconds of Summer’ track, I think it’s awesome. I wouldn’t call it a guilty pleasure, but I love my Pop music for sure.

 

Celinda: So how do you prepare for a performance?

Cameron: It depends. I think there’s a certain pressure that comes with being a primary singer in a band. So like in ‘The Ready Set’ I sang quite a lot, so I wasn’t a concerned about vocal warm-ups and my voice as much, because I knew that I could handle it, I was really playing Bass and having fun. In ‘WeatherStar’ and ‘1985’, I was really conscious of my voice and drinking a lot of tea and water. Because if you don’t warm up, you’re going to sound bad, and you can also kind of hurt your voice like that too. I also do some jumping jacks, because it keeps your adrenalin up and it gets rid of the jitters.

 

Celinda: Do you listen to any type of music before you go on, or do you like it quiet?

Cameron: I don’t know. I guess if there’s music playing it doesn’t bother me, but I guess I prefer just a very chill, low-key atmosphere, but I’m not super picky about that stuff.

Celinda: I noticed on the band’s Facebook page, that your song ’Walk In The Sunshine’ [here’s a link to ‘Walk In The Sunshine’ Walk In The Sunshine] just got featured in a ‘Red Lobster ‘ commercial and on NBC’s ‘About A Boy’, so that’s really cool.

Cameron: Yeah it’s funny because those features happened a couple of weeks ago, I think the ‘Red Lobster’ commercial was a month ago, and that happened before we even put our record out. I didn’t really want to say what the song was for, and I really didn’t want to announce it anywhere, but once the song actually came out, I felt like it was ok to post about it, and we were really excited about it. We’re always open to getting our music out there in any way, whether it’s in a television commercial, or anywhere. We always welcome it, and we really appreciate.

 

Celinda: How were you approached to have your song on ‘About a Boy’, because you’ve written for NBC haven’t you?

Cameron: Yeah, to tell you the truth that stuff just kind of goes through our publisher. I actually wrote that song with a guy named Blake Healy, he was the Keyboard player for ‘Metro Station’, and we write stuff together on a regular basis now. I think ‘Walk In The Sunshine’ was placed on that show through his publisher. So to be honest I wasn’t even in communication with them.

 

Celinda: So did it take you by surprise?

Cameron: Yeah, that stuff always takes me by surprise. We did a lot of television commercials and stuff with ‘1985’ too, and sometimes someone at the publishing company will let you know, but other times you just turn on the TV and hear your song. It’s always a great feeling, but it’s really funny when you don’t even know about it. It’s almost better when you don’t know about it and you’re just like “oh wow!”.

 

Celinda: I know that you said that you hadn’t planned to have the song out yet when it was on the commercial and on the show, but was it still exciting?

Cameron: Absolutely! It was definitely really exciting, and it’s honestly a total blessing to have your music presented in that kind of way, and it always is. It’s very flattering, and it’s a good feeling to hear your music in a way that other people can hear it too.

 

Celinda: So you told me that you wrote ‘Walk In The Sunshine’ with Blake Healy, what’s the story behind that song?

Cameron: I think we were just trying to write a really fun, upbeat song about having a great day and rocking out. I don’t think that it’s one of those songs where there’s a really epic story behind it. I think it’s more like we were trying to create a vibe that we felt good about, and hopefully it would make other people feel good too when they heard it.

Celinda: So do you have release date yet for the music video?

Cameron: Well there’s a video for our song ’Everyday is New’ [here is the link to the ‘Everyday is New’ video Everyday is New] , which is out now. It’s up on YouTube, and I think a website called ‘Baeblemusic.com’ premiered it too. I think we’re going to shoot another video in the next couple of months but I’m not sure which song it’s for, but we’re excited. What’s cool about this project is that we can really do whatever we want, there’s no label or anything, it’s totally independent. So obviously we don’t have an enormous budget that comes with being on a major label, but what’s cool is that we can put music out whenever we feel like it. We can do a music video with our friends, and put that out. So it’s just kind of cool to have a really loose, flexible schedule, and too work around everyone’s schedule and do whatever we want, and make cool art. That’s really the goal of the project.

 

Celinda: So all of the songs that I’ve heard off of you EP and ‘Walk In The Sunshine’ are all really upbeat and fun. How do you stay so positive?

Cameron: I feel like I’ve always been a pretty positive person, I’m  a firm believer that if you try to have a positive mindset even through the worst of times, then that positivity is going to be all around you. I think positive music is rare. I think lots of people feel that they have to write about heartbreak, and I’ve absolutely written my fair share of music like that, but there’s something to be said about making music for the sole purpose of making people happy. That’s definitely a driving force behind the band, just trying to send a positive message. If I can make people happy with music, even if I can make one person happy, then I feel like it’s a success.

 

Celinda: This next one is going to be a bit of a tough question but I think you can handle it. What’s your favorite song to perform?

Cameron: Off of the EP, I really like playing ‘London, London’. That song actually is cool, because it does have a story behind it. It’s about being with the person that you love, and just wanting to run away, and just keep moving.

 

Celinda: So where do you see ‘Animal Fiction’ in the next few years?

Cameron: I don’t know, I hope that we’ll have some touring under our belt, I hope that we put out another EP really soon, and maybe a full record. I hope that our sound continues to change too, because I like when bands change with every album.

 

Celinda: Yeah, I really love the sound you have now. I feel that it’s really unique, and is a sound that’s missing on today’s radio circulation. I would definitely like to hear ‘Animal Fiction’ on the radio someday.

Cameron: Absolutely, that would be a dream come true. But ultimately even if we can just have a few people playing our songs, we’ll be happy.

 

Celinda: Yeah, and right now is really the time of the “unique bands”, because you have ‘Foster the People’ from a few years ago, who I know you’ve been compared too.

Cameron: Yeah somebody compared us to ‘Foster the People’ and ‘Vampire Weekend’, which is cool because I love both of those bands, so whoever started that comparison thank you. It’s crazy right now because there is so much different music on the radio. A couple of years ago, it was really dominated by dance music and urban music, and now some Rock n’ Roll is creeping back in there, and a lot of great folk bands.  I think that it’s a really exciting time to be a band right now, and I’m grateful for that

 

Celinda: So is there anything else you’d like to add?

Cameron: The biggest thing right now is our video. You can find it on YouTube, just search ‘Animal Fiction Everyday Is New’ and it will probably be the first thing to pop up. Please check that out, and thank you so much for reading and listening, and we’re going to make a lot more music so please keep an ear out.

 

Celinda: Thank you, it was really nice speaking to you.

Cameron: It was really nice speaking to you too, thanks a lot for writing about us.

 

 

Here are some links so you can keep in touch with ‘Animal Fiction’:

Animal Fiction’s Facebook: AnimalFictionOfficial

Cameron Walker’s Facebook: CameronWalkerOfficial

Cameron Walker’s Twitter: cameronwalker

Julian Walker Twitter: https://twitter.com/julian_walker

Julian Walker Instagram: julianwalker on Instagram

Eben Wares Twitter: https://twitter.com/ebenwares

Eben Wares Instagram: ebenwares on Instagram

 

 

 

 

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Monday Memos: Rivers Monroe Interview

Hello people of the Internet!!! Last Thursday (January 16th, 2014), I had the pleasure of interviewing the amazing band Rivers Monroe (cue the clapping….ok let’s continue!). I already knew that these guys were phenomenally gifted musicians, but my experience interviewing them led me to find out that they are also really funny, cool guys. The band was very enthusiastic to share details about their music, memories of past tours, and future dreams with all of their fans. So, if you’ve just joined the “Rivers Monroe Family” (a term the guys use to describe their unwavering supportive fans), or if you’ve known about these guys for years, please allow me to help you become better acquainted with Mat, Mike, Doc, Kirby, and Dan, the masterminds behind music’s newest sensation. Also, remember to pick up their album, which drops digitally on February 18th, 2014.

 

Celinda: I noticed that you guys are signed to a label now, so that’s exciting right!? How did that happen?

Rivers Monroe: A girl named Jenny that was a big fan of our band,worked at a jewelry store in Philadelphia, and Pat (O’Connor, Rivers Monroe’s manager) walked into the store to buy his wife a necklace for their anniversary, and he mentioned something about working in the music industry. So Jenny said “you gotta check out this band Rivers Monroe, they’re really awesome”. So when he came back into the store to pick up the necklace, she reiterated the fact, and I guess after that he did check us out. So Jenny gave us Pat’s number, and we reached out to him at that point, and that’s how everything got started. That’s the story of how we got our manager, but as far as how we got a deal, it’s really been a lot of hard work over the past few years. We’ve just been able to gain enough traction to release the album through the label. We’ve really just tried to hit the social media as much as possible, and we try to reach out to a lot of people who we think might be interested in checking out our music.

 

Celinda: Yeah they say that it takes 10 years to be an overnight sensation, so I think that you guys are a little ahead of the curve.

Rivers Monroe: Yeah, that’s pretty accurate. We’ve heard before that if you were locked in a jail cell, and you had a very dull spoon, and you basically dug your way out through the wall with the spoon, that’s basically what it’s like. There’s no quick way from point A to point B, you just gotta chip away little pieces at a time, and if you’re patient enough then you’ll get there.

 

Celinda: Now I know that your new album is going to be released on February 18th through The Phosphorylative Entertainment Group, Inc. (with digital distribution through Universal Music Group), but is that just a digital release or will it be in stores as well?

Rivers Monroe: I think we’re really going to try to push the digital, because everything is digital. I mean we might do some physical copies that we can sell at the shows, and we may get some in stores.

 

Celinda: What’s the theme of the album?

Rivers Monroe: Lots of colors! I don’t know if there’s a general theme, we would say we’ve just kinda been writing about what we’ve been going through the last couple of years, you know relationships, being on the road, struggling, the good and bad of life.

 

Celinda: Awesome, so what’s your favorite track on the album?

Rivers Monroe: Moments is a good one. We love playing ‘Moments’ live. But honestly when you choose, it’s kinda like saying which one of your children you love the most. It’s like you don’t wanna choose, because you know one of them is a brat, and one’s an honor role student, and you know one of them is just definitely going to make enough money for you to retire on them.

 

Rivers Monroe: Celinda I have a question for you, what’s your favorite song?

Celinda: I’m glad you asked that, no body mentioned my favorite song.My favorite is ‘Chasing Sunsets’. I was hoping somebody would say that one. I guess that’s just the child left alone in the dark, that you’re like “oh yeah you’re here too!”

Rivers Monroe: That’s a good one. We love that song, the intro is really cool. You know we spent like a month writing the music for that song, and we went back and forth hating each other every night, but to actually write the lyrics, it only took like under an hour. Yeah, but we still hate each other! We wrote that song when we had just gotten off tour, so we had a lot to write. That song is definitely all about the first east coast tour that we did, which was a very cool experience.

 

Celinda: I saw on your Facebook page that there are a lot of really cool rock bands that you guys look up to. Are there any bands or artists that influence you that may be surprising to your fans?

Rivers Monroe: I would say Prince for Mat Rivers. I think people would be surprised at this, but a big influence for Mike is Barbara Streisand. Kirby what do you got man? Well what I’m listening to right now, is Parachute, Coldplay, The Script, anything with the world “the” in front of it could possibly be on my iPod right now. But I’m definitely listening to a lot of slower songs, getting ideas for the next album. I’ll then pitch all of the ideas to the band, they’ll say that they all suck except for one, and we’ll proceed from there, and I’ll be great. Michael Jackson is another surprising influence on our music. Outside of the rock genre I would probably say Eminem.

 

Celinda: How have you evolved musically throughout this whole process?

Rivers Monroe: Well we’ve definitely become better musicians than when we first started. We practice a lot more, and we’re a lot more focused. Focus is huge because when you’re not out on the road all of the time doing shows, sometimes when you’re at home, you can lose focus because there’s so much other stuff going on in your life. If you can stay focused every day, and keep practicing as a band, then you get better. Now that we’re signed and we don’t have day job, all we have to worry about is making music, and going on tour. I think we’ve really learned a lot from each other as far as songwriting, and writing as a unit. We know who has strengths where, and we know each other so well that we’ve become a family of brothers.

 

Celinda: You guys have opened on tour for a lot of bands such as Paramore, Fun, All Time Low, Relient K, etc., are there any bands or artists that you’d love to go on a dream tour with?

Rivers Monroe: I think Jimmy Eat World would be awesome and maybe 30 Seconds to Mars. I would also say Anberlin; I’m a huge fan of them.

 

Rivers Monroe: Let me ask you this though, if we were gonna go on tour with any band, what band would you match us up to go with? Counter Question!

Celinda: Let’s see, well I know that you’ve already opened for them, but selfishly I would love for you to go on tour with Paramore, just because I love them. This is a really obvious answer but Fall Out Boy would be cool. I do have one that may not be so obvious; I would really like you to go on tour with Switchfoot.

Rivers Monroe: Yeah, I will tell you one thing though, if we could go on tour for any band we’ve played for, it would be All Time Low. We got to play a really cool show with them a couple of months ago, and they were awesome. They were literally the nicest, coolest guys.

 

Celinda: Is there anybody that’s already dead, that if they were alive, you guys would like to tour with?

Rivers Monroe: The Beatles and I would say Michael Jackson as well.

 

Celinda: Personally I see a lot of the same characteristics in you as successful bands such as; Fall Out Boy, 30 Seconds to Mars, and We The Kings, musically is that the direction you would like to go in eventually?

Rivers Monroe: Yeah, definitely! All of those bands that you mentioned are bands that we listen to, and it’s not like we try to write music that sounds exactly like them, but that’s the kind of music that we listen to, so naturally we write music that sounds like that.

 

Celinda: Ok, here’s a fun question. What’s your favorite memory of past tours you’ve been on?

Rivers Monroe: I think the first stop we had on the first tour was like one of those things were you’re out of your element, and you’ve slept on a bus all night long, and you wake up in a funk, and you’re like “Oh my god where are we?”. It’s hard to explain it, but it’s like a good and unfamiliar feeling. We’ve had a lot of really great experiences, I mean every place that we went was cool and unique in its’ own way, because we were in so many different towns, and the culture in those towns is very different. We had a really good time in Nashville, and I think one of the reasons for that was because we actually stayed there a little bit longer than some of the other places, so we were able to kind of get out and explore the town a little bit. Here in the northeast when you go out they have cover bands that will play Top 40 music, but down there, it’s all country, and they all had on their cowboy hats and boots so that was cool. That was definitely one of the more fun experiences on tour. Everywhere we went into, everyone was so nice. Even the bad stuff that happens when you’re on tour is good stuff, because you can look back and laugh. One time we ran out of gas, and we were like “did we seriously just run out of gas?”, but looking back on it now, it’s pretty funny.

 

Celinda: If you had a crystal ball, where would you see Rivers Monroe in 10 years?

Rivers Monroe: Wow 10 years, that’s a long time. I would like to say that we’re playing on Top 40 radio stations, we’re doing national tours, and we’re playing with some of the bands that we previously spoke about. Maybe we could have one or two “Best Of” albums. We hope for that, but at the same time we see that happening, because we know how hard all of us have worked to be successful, and we know that we’re gonna do it. I think a lot of bands don’t see the bigger picture, and we want to be very successful, to just write and record, and just reach out with our music to as many people as we can.

 

Rivers Monroe: Let me ask you a question, where do you see Rivers Monroe in 10 years?

Celinda: I see you guys as a really huge band being played all over the radio, with shelves and shelves of Grammys and all of those awards. I see a lot of supermodels in your future. I just see a lot of success for you guys, and I’m excited. Honestly I don’t see a reason why in 10 years, you guys aren’t a household name. When I first heard your music, I downloaded it, and have had it constantly on repeat. I actually played your songs for my dad who was a DJ in the 80s and he played with MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, and a lot of other acts that were popular in the 80s, and when he heard your music, he said that if he was still on the radio your music would definitely be the kind of stuff he would put on rotation.

Rivers Monroe: That really means a lot! It’s really cool to get respect from an older crowd that might be into other genres. I think we definitely are influenced by a lot of classic rock, even though you may not hear it in our music.

 

Celinda: I can definitely hear in your music how dedicated and meticulous you are with your work. I think when you listen to different artists; you can tell how dedicated and involved they are in the process, just by the sounds that they come up with, how each track differs, and how they grow over time. Especially with a band like you guys, where each member is playing an instrument or lending vocals, you can predict the ones who are going to make it, and the ones who are just around for now.

Rivers Monroe: We agree. There’s a lot more to it when it comes to songwriting, than just getting together in a room and playing a lot of loud music for an hour a week. I mean we do that a lot, but there’s also a lot of different songwriting, producing, and recording that we do on our own. The way that we put different tones together, I don’t think we’ve ever written two songs the same way. You definitely have to be able to write in different ways in order to be a successful band.

 

Celinda: I think that this mentality is something that sets you guys apart from other established bands, and some bands that are up and coming. You can hear differences between each of the tracks on your album, and I think that when someone can buy a band’s full album and listen to it from start to finish without feeling like they’re listening to the same track over and over, then that’s what gives you staying power.

Rivers Monroe: We definitely appreciate you saying that! That was actually one of the things that I thought was really cool when I read your original write-up, the fact that you said that you could listen to the album from start to finish. I think that it really shows how much effort we put into the production and songwriting. As far as the production and stuff goes, Mat Rivers has really gotten good at producing and recording at home. Because of this, when we write songs we don’t just go and practice them, we get the guys together, record some stuff, and Mat will add a lot to make the music different, and this extra effort really sets us apart.

 

Celinda: Is there anything else you’d like to add for your fans, or for people who are just discovering your music?

Rivers Monroe: We would encourage fans to reach out to us, because we love to take time for fans and people who want to be a part of what we’re doing. First and foremost, we appreciate everyone who supports our music, because the fans and family are the basis of any band. Anyone who knows us knows that we’re positive guys, and you have to surround yourself with positive people, because there are so many negative people out there who are jealous of what you’re doing, or are just haters. The crazy thing about some bands is that some of them aren’t super social, and we’ve different, we’re all really outgoing and we just love talking to people. It’s all about being able to interact with your fans, and we take a lot of pride in reaching out to people and making them feel like they’re a part of our breaking out, because they are a part of it.

 

Celinda: Yeah, just speaking to you guys for a little while now, I can tell that you’re all really nice guys. I really appreciate that you took an interest in the write-up I posted about you, and I think that this shows that you are really nice guys who care about their fans. I definitely see you guys becoming a huge, widely known band, and I’m just excited that I was able to talk to you just when everything is about to change for your band. I’m really excited for you guys!

Rivers Monroe: Yeah we’re really excited too, because we feel that this is finally our time to really shine. This is just the start of everything, so we’re really excited to drop the album, and get it out to as many people as possible.

 

Celinda: I think that this is all of the questions that I have for you guys, but thank you for taking the time to talk to me. I’m really excited that I had the opportunity to meet you guys. Are there any last minute things you guys want to add?

Rivers Monroe: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us! We don’t have anything else to add, we just hope that everyone loves the album, and continues to support our future projects.

 

Here are the links to stay in touch with Rivers Monroe, and PLEASE remember that their album drops digitally on February 18th, 2014:

Website: Rivers Monroe

Facebook: Rivers Monroe | Facebook

Twitter: Rivers Monroe (RiversMonroe) on Twitter

Instagram: Instagram

YouTube: RIVERS MONROE – YouTube

 

 

 

 

* All photos and information used in this blog belong to Rivers Monroe, Mat Rivers, Mike Monroe, Doc, Kirby, Dan, any and all managers, labels, lawyers, and publicists involved with Rivers Monroe, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, bistroonbridge.com, and all other original owners. I do not own anything in this blog. All opinions expressed in this blog are my own. I wrote this blog for entertainment purposes and no copyright infringement is intended.

 

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