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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: Signal City…the new band whose AMAZING music is our new found Fortune

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’, I am going to introduce y’all to an amazing indie pop band that you will soon be listening to non-stop. If you love the energetic sound of pop bands, and the unique vibe of bands such as FUN and Passion Pit, then you will become addicted to Signal City (formerly called Above Seclusion).  With a fun, catchy single currently on ITunes, and a much anticipated EP scheduled to be released later this year, I suggest that you become familiar with this amazing band before everyone else jumps on the bandwagon.

 

Signal City formed 3 years ago in 2011, when Cameron (vocalist/rhythm guitar) and Justin (vocalist/lead guitar) met. They became friends, and soon found that they shared a love of music, and were both influenced by artists such as: the Black Keys, Muse, Green Day, Journey, etc. Cameron and Justin soon added vocalist/bassist  Brennen to the band, and the final pieces of the band fell into place with the final additions of CJ (vocals/rhythm guitar), and Cole (drums). Once assembled, the band quickly began creating hits, and their meticulous dedication to their craft began to pay off when Signal City caught the attention of Simon Katz (of the band Youngblood Hawke), and later iconic engineer Mark Needham (a Grammy nominated producer, mixer, and music engineer, who has worked with artists and bands such as: Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, The Killers, Stevie Nicks, P!nk, Shakira, Imagine Dragons, and many more notable stars). After being thoroughly astonished by the band, Simon soon signed on to produce their debut EP. After they began working with Simon, the band began to collaborate amongst themselves, and in the words of Justin, “…discovered that working together drastically improves the music [they were] creating and solidifies [them] as a band”.

 

Well now that you know all about the band, let’s get to the music! If you love fun, energetic songs that will make you want to get up and dance (or bob your head for fear that your dance skills might emotionally scar your friends), then Signal City is the band for you! Their sound is great for the summer time, because they have crafted the perfect blend of indie meets mainstream pop/rock. Their new single Fortune is a very strong introduction for Signal City, which will definitely become a fan favorite very soon. Fortune is a fun, high energy song that is reminiscent of bands such as Fun, and Echosmith, but still has a vibe that makes the track feel completely original and new. I found myself constantly replaying this song, and finding something else to fall in love with each time I played the song. I have said it before, but I believe that the #1 mark of a great band/artist is if they have the ability to make songs that not only instantly grab your attention, but keep you spellbound in such a way, that it is impossible to get tired of their songs. I definitely see in greatness in Signal City’s music, and I know that you all will too. I am VERY excited to see where this band ends up, and am even more excited to hear the INCREDIBLE music that they will release along the way. So, please check out Signal City’s music video for their debut EP Fortune (Signal City – Fortune (Official Video)), and stay on the lookout for their new EP, which will drop later this year.

 

So as y’all can see, Signal City has been able to use their passion for music, natural talent, and years of training, hard work, and dedication to make great strides in the music industry. With a growing, loyal fan base, and amazing mentors at their side, this band is truly on the verge of becoming ‘the next big thing’.  With a unique sound that will make their music instantly recognizable on the radio, and the ability to captivate an audience’s full undivided attention, Signal City is on a powerful upward whirlwind. I anticipate that they will very soon become an inescapable name, and because of their ability to cross genres, will find fans in any and all music lovers. It’s very seldom that you find a band that is truly special, but once you hear Signal City, their specialness becomes apparent, and can only be described as magical.

 

 

Keep up to date with Signal City:

Website: Signal City

Twitter: Signal City (SignalCity) on Twitter

Facebook: Signal City | Facebook

Instagram: signalcitymusic on Instagram

 

 

 

  • All photos and information used in this blog belong to Signal City, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Fun, Passion Pit, Black Keys, Muse, Green Day, Elton John, Journey, Echosmith, Fleetwood Mac, The Killers, Stevie Nicks, P!nk, Shakira, Imagine Dragons, all of the labels, managers, corporations, businesses, and any and all others associated with the before mentioned bands/artists, ITunes, Simon Katz, Youngblood Hawke, Mark Needham, 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.

YouTube Wednesday: Late Nite Reading, the band that’s music will keep you singing all day and night!!!

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ blog, I want to introduce you to an amazing up and coming pop-punk band called ‘Late Nite Reading’. I recently discovered this band on Twitter (thank you Twitter!), and I have to say that they really impressed me because of their superb artistry, musicianship, and catchy songs. I am really excited to share this band’s music with you all, and I know that you will quickly become as obsessed with this band as I am. I apologize before hand, because you will definitely make a lot of purchases on ITunes after reading this blog (but on the upside, you will also have a lot of awesome music to add to your collection, so the end justifies the means). So are you ready? Ok, let’s begin then!!!

 

This band originated in the summer of 2009 in Indiana when former band mates Brady Szuhaj (a bassist), and Dalton Wixom ( a vocalist/rhythm guitarist) decided to start a new project together. After several member rotations, the final missing pieces were finally put together when Drew Cottrell ( a drummer), and Clayton Collins ( a lead guitarist)were added to the band. With the missing members in place, Late Nite Reading began their journey towards world domination. The band released their first EP ‘Cycles and Sounds’ in June of 2010, and has a very 90s punk feel to it. Their songs are well crafted, interesting, and definitely could have been heard on the radio in the 90’s to early 2000s. In the band’s debut, you can hear influences of great bands such as Semisonic, Green Day, and bands similar to these. The influence on the record’s overall sound comes full circle with the bands track ‘Nostalgia’, which includes lyrics about the band “missing the 90s”. Upon hearing this EP, I couldn’t help but applaud Late Nite Reading for paying homage to the bands that obliviously had a huge impact on their music. It was a truly a memorable debut.

 
The band’s next EP ‘Dedicated to Deadlines’ (which was released in November of 2011)once again shows not only how amazing Late Night Reading is, but also their meticulous attention to every detail that goes into the production of their music. With this EP, you really saw the band’s growth as musicians. The overall sound of the album was very modern and fun, the only thing that I wish was different about the record is the length…it definitely should have been a full length album. Every track on this album is amazing, and the entire EP leaves you in great anticipation for more music. Obviously Late Nite Reading’s fans agreed, because they have given the album amazing reviews on ITunes (with every review giving the EP 5 out of 5 stars as of January 9th, 2014.

 
The band’s newest EP ‘Walls’ was released in April of 2013, has to be my favorite EP from the band this far. This record definitely shows that Late Nite Reading has finally perfected their sound. This album combines the vintage punk sound of their debut EP, with the modern vibe that dominated their second EP. The marriage of these two distinct sounds leads to a very unique product, which only solidifies Late Nite Reading’s bright future in music. I love how this band is continually growing as artist, but have never lost sight of their music roots and influences.

 
The band has performed and toured with numerous highly successful bands, such as All Time Low, The Summer Set, and Taking Back Sunday. Late Nite Reading has also released numerous covers, which are so well reconstructed that you would never know that these tracks are covers. Their first cover (a song entitled ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ by Foster the People) was released in May of 2012. This cover of the popular track is very different from the original, but is still an amazing track; which further shows the artistic depth of Late Nite Reading. The band has also covered ‘One Thing’ by British boy band superstars One Direction, ‘Here’s to Never Growing Up’ by Avril Lavigne (this cover also featured fellow pop-punk band 7 Minutes in Heaven) and ‘Die Young’ by Ke$ha. My favorite cover that they’ve done is their Die Young cover, due to the way the band took this pop/rap track, and reshaped it into an amazing rock song. Late Nite Reading’s ingenuity takes center stage with this cover, and demonstrates that they have a strong enough sense of artistry and individuality to be a marketable band.

 
Upon exploring this band’s repertoire, I found that Late Nite Reading’s biggest strength is their ability to quickly grow and evolve as artists, their meticulous sense of detail in their work, and their amazing skills as musicians (seriously these guys are astonishing with their instruments). I would certainly recommend that everyone check out Late Nite Reading now, because very soon you will hear them blowing up your local radio airways. I anticipate great things for this band in the future, and am anxiously anticipating their next project.

 

Keep in touch with the band!!!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/latenitereading

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/latenitereading

YouTube: LateNiteReading – YouTube

Instagram: http://instagram.com/latenitereading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*All photos and information used in this blog belong to Late Nite Reading, YouTube, Twitter, ITunes, Brady Szuhaj, Dalton Wixom, Drew Cottrell, Clayton Collins, Foster The People, Columbia Records, Startime International, Mark Foster, One Direction, Syco Music, Avril Lavigne, Martin Johnson, Chad Kroeger, David Hodges, J. Kash, Epic Records, 7 Minutes in Heaven, Timmy Rasmussen, Ke$ha, RCA Records, Kemosabe Records, Kesha Sebert, Lukasz Gottwald, Benjamin Levin, Henry Walter, Nate Ruess, Dr. Luke, Cirkut, MCA Records, Benny Blanco, showclix.com, Fearless Records, Lookout! Records, Reprise Records, Hopeless Records, Sony Records, Warner Bros. Records, Victory Records, 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.