Hey people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we are going to discuss an amazing musician whose unique sound will instantly grab your attention, and not let go. I found out about this artist after she followed me on Twitter (once again thank you twitter!!!), and I have to say that I have become completely addicted to her music. She has already made a powerful impact on the music scene, and will very soon be inescapable (and trust me when I say that you wouldn’t have it any other way). So now that you’re all excited, I guess you want me to tell you who I’m talking about right? Good, I’m glad you asked! I am talking about the amazing pop/rock/alternative singer/songwriter Victoria Watts. If for some crazy reason you don’t know who this amazing musician is, then be prepared to meet one of the fastest rising stars in music, and your favorite new artist.
Victoria Watts is a singer/songwriter who is originally from San Diego, CA, but currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Victoria discovered her love of music at a very young age, and thus was able to perform all over the US and abroad before entering college. Upon entering college, she moved to the east coast to attend the Contemporary Music Center (which is an artist colony, where qualified applicants are invited and are able to work on their music skills such as: live performance, studio work, and songwriting). Later on, Victoria moved to Nashville, TN, and then finally to Philadelphia, PA. Currently she performs both as a solo artist, and as the front woman and multi-instrumentalist for the band Element K. Victoria has been featured on the read up stations, Radio 104.5 and WSTW 93.7, as well as appearing on countless podcasts and in numerous publications. Along with this, she has also topped the Philadelphia Pop charts on ‘Reverbnation’, and was also named one of ‘Rock on Philly’ Magazine’s finalists for artist of the year. On April 23rd, 2013 Victoria released her EP ‘Songs for the Sidewalk’ 9which I HIGHLY suggest that you purchase after you finish reading the bog post…or you know you can download it while you’re reading the blog too…yay for multitasking!). Now that you know all about Victoria, let’s dive into the music!
The first cover video that Victoria posted on her YouTube page was a cover of ‘The Dog Days are Over’ by Florence + the Machine on February 12th, 2013 (Victoria Watts performing “Dog Days are Over” on Radio 104.5 Philadelphia). I really love Victoria’s take on the track, because she slowed it down, and really allowed her vocals to take center stage. I could also really hear the rock influences in her vocals, which truly made her give off the vibe of a rock star. I also liked that the song did pick up towards the end, and which made that part reminiscent of the original. However, what I enjoyed most about this rendition was the fact that Victoria was able to put her own mark on the song, and make it sound like an original song. I really like that Victoria was able to find a happy medium between adding her own style to the song, and not straying too far from the originally vibe of the song that fans love. This cover truly showed that Victoria is not only a great musician and vocalist, but also a great artist. The next cover that we are going to discuss is Victoria’s cover of ‘Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty, which was uploaded on July 22nd, 2013 (Victoria Watts performing “Free Fallin” – YouTube). I am so in love with this cover I have honestly been listening to it nonstop! I really love how the originally feel of the song is still intact, but Victoria is able to use the unique tone of her voice to make the song sound completely new. ‘Free Fallin’ is definitely one of those songs that can be hard for an artist to cover because it is well known and loved by fans that span various generations and musical genres however, Victoria will quickly make anyone a fan of her rendition of the song. The last cover that we are going to discuss is Victoria’s cover of Torn’ by Natalie Imbruglia, which was uploaded on August 3rd, 2013 (Victoria Watts performs an acoustic cover of “Torn” – YouTube). This is definitely my favorite cover on Victoria’s channel, because her performance is not only vocally amazing, but further proves that she knows exactly who she is as an artist. The sound and vibe of the cover is very cohesive with the unique sound that Victoria has crafted for herself, and once again she is able to take a song that is well known and loved, and turn it into a song that sounds completely new and unique. I also loved that although Victoria was singing and playing the guitar live, she still moved around and gave a performance. In the video you can really see how passionate Victoria is about the song she is singing, and that, makes you want to watch her even more. Needless to say, I am VERY excited for everything that is ahead for Victoria, because her cover videos alone show that she is a talented, well-skilled musician, whose unique sound and passion instantly captivates viewers.
Now that we’ve discussed Victoria’s AMAZING YouTube covers, let’s move on to her original music (everybody say it with me…YAAAAYYYY!). The first song that we are going to discuss is Victoria’s official music video for her song ‘A Thousand Miles Between’ (which was uploaded on YouTube on December 13th, 2013 and can be found on her EP ‘Songs for the Sidewalk’ Victoria Watts- A Thousand Miles Between Official Music Video – YouTube). This song definitely has a very early Paramore meets early Flyleaf sound that will appeal to rock fans however, the song also has a certain something about it that automatically let’s you know that it is a Victoria original. I could definitely see this song getting radio airplay, and I really love that Victoria has been able to create a sound that her fans instantly recognize. Often times an artist can have a hard time initially discovering where they fit, but Victoria has been able to prove that her voice exceeds boundaries. The next original song that we’re going to discuss is Victoria’s song ‘Waiting on the Sun’ (the official music video for the song was released on YouTube on June 23rd, 2014 and can also be found on Victoria’s EP ‘Songs for the Sidewalk’ Victoria Watts- Waiting on the Sun (Official) – YouTube). I am absolutely in love with this song (yes I know that I say this a lot, but trust me, it is very true and you will soon agree too)! This song integrates more genres of music than ‘A Thousand Miles Between’ does, and gives off a very alternative rock meets jazz vibe. I really love that Victoria proves with this song, that although she might experiment with her sound, at the its’ core, all of her music has that same little stamp that let’s fans instantly know that it is a Victoria original. Sometimes when you hear an amazing artist covering songs on YouTube, their original music might leave you a bit let down. However, Victoria’s original music is just as good as her covers, if not better. I love that every performance that Victoria gives is heartfelt, and leaves you hanging on every note.
See, I told you that she was AMAZING! I am honestly so excited for everything that is ahead in Victoria’s career, because I feel that her unique sound and natural talent will definitely make her a standout act in the music industry. I always love to hear artists who are genuinely unique, and I truly feel that Victoria will create her own lane in the music industry, which will make her impossible to ignore. I also love that Victoria’s sound is so unique and diverse, that she will not be sorted into a little genre box, and as a result will appeal to a wider range of fans. I am definitely a fan of Victoria now, and I know that you will all be too once you hear how amazing she really is.
Click here to keep up to date with everything Victoria is doing!:
YouTube: Victoria Watts – YouTube
Facebook: Victoria Watts | Facebook
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’, we are going to discuss a band that is quickly taking the music industry by storm. This band has already toured and worked with some big names in the music industry, and they are on their way to quickly becoming a HUGE name in the industry. I’ve been listening to this band’s music for years now, and their growth throughout that time is amazing. Now who is this band you say? Honestly you’ve probably already heard of them, but if for some insane reason you haven’t (drum roll please) it’s…Action Item (cool name right?). So if you’ve been a fan of this band for years, or you’ve never heard of them but want to , then keep reading…go on you know you want to!
Action item is a 4 piece band from New Jersey that consists of Brian Cag, Anthony Li, Dan Brozek, and David Buczkowski. They originally began as a 5 piece band with vocalist Joe Politz, and began posting songs on Myspace. They eventually parted ways with Joe, and Brian and Anthony began lending their vocals to the songs. In early 2008, they recorded the tracks for their 1st EP ‘The World And I’ (y’all can read more about that in the next paragraph). In the past few years, Action Item has opened for acts such as: Hot Chelle Rae, Andy Grammer, Allstar Weekend, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez & Boys Like Girls. Action Item toured extensively on the east coast, and played the New Jersey date of the ‘Warped Tour’. In October of 2011, Action Item went on their ‘The Stronger The Love’ tour with fellow pop/rock bands Burnham, Hollywood Ending, and opening acts Days Difference and Katelyn Tarver. On January 4th, 2013 they toured in support of their latest EP ‘Resolution’, which charted at #9 on the Billboard Independent chart and #72 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The tour included Pop/Rock band Before You Exit and Hello Highway, with special guests Max Schneider, Deleasa, and GOLDHOUSE. Action Item’s music video for “Last Day of Summer” reached #1 on MTV.com, and their latest collaboration with YouTube superstar Kurt Schneider (“Brave” – Action Item), which featured a new rendition of their song for their most recent single ‘Brave’. In late 2013, Action Item supported Hip Hop/Pop artist Jake Miller on his first nationwide sold out headlining tour.
Action Item release their debut EP ‘The World And I’ on May 20th, 2008. I really love this EP, because it the songs are full of energy and fun to listen to. ‘The World And I’ is definitely a great introduction to Action Item as a band. I really like their sound on this EP, because it is definitely reminiscent of early Fallout Boy infused with Papa Roach. I definitely suggest that you all pick up ‘The World And I’ (I mean it’s only $4.95 so c’mon…your favorite playlists will thank you trust me). On April 27th, 2009, released a 3 track acoustic album entitled ‘Acoustic’, which featured stripped down versions of ‘Dressed for the Weather’ and ‘Loved and Looked After’ from their ‘The World and I’ EP. ‘Acoustic’ also featured a demo track of the song ‘A Way With Words’. On June 26, 2009 Action Item released their ‘Boy With The Microphone’ EP. The EP consisted of three versions of the track ‘Boy With The Microphone’, including the demo version of the song. The EP also contained the demo version of the track Atlantic
After two years of carefully crafting their songs, Action Item came back stronger than ever with the release of their first full album ‘The Stronger The Love’ on August 17th, 2010. I really loved that they experimented with their sound within the pop/rock genre for this album, resulting in a great and diverse record. One of my favorite tracks on the album is ‘Without You’, which has a very jazzy meets pop feel that is a fun addition to the overall record. Although most of the songs have a different feel to them, I really like that they’ve incorporated their original sound in tracks such as ‘Some Days’, which has a very throwback sound to their ‘The World And I’ EP. Action Item re-released their track ‘When Everything Falls Back Down’ (Action Item ft. Chelsea Kane – “When Everything Falls Back Down” – YouTube) on February 8th, 2011 as a duet featuring Chelsea Kane (formally Chelsea Staub who is also an actress and has starred on shows such as ABC Family’s hit show ‘Baby Daddy’ and Disney Channel’s popular show ‘Jonas’, etc.). I really love the themes of love, friendship, and the importance of being there for the ones you love that are present in this track. Also, I like the way that the two voices on the track blend perfectly with one another and produce a very cohesive track.
In 2011 Action Item released their ‘Learn To Fly’ EP with the lead single ‘Learn To Fly’ (Action Item – Learn to Fly – YouTube which was co-written and produced by Nick Jonas), which was released on August 4th, 2011. The single ‘Learn To Fly’ shows that the band is continuously cultivating their sound, and exploring the musical spectrum of genres (unfortunately I couldn’t find the rest of the EP on iTunes, but I really loved this single). They released a single entitled ‘Winter Rolls Around’ (Action Item – Winter Rolls Around [OFFICIAL VIDEO] – YouTube) on December 16th, 2011, which is the perfect for hanging out by a fire during the winter time with your favorite person and/or cup of hot chocolate.
On April 3rd, 2012 they released their love song ‘Marching Band’, which is the perfect track for the spring, because you know they say that love is in air and all that (it’s also a fun song to listen to if you’re in the “forever alone club”…it’s ok…be strong). On August 9th, 2012 Action Item released their next single ‘Last Day of Summer’, to accompany their EP of the same name (I couldn’t find this EP on iTunes either). ‘Last Day of Summer’ is definitely one of my favorite Action Item songs, because the track is high energy, fun, and the perfect song for summer (not just the last day!). The band’s latest EP ‘Resolution’ was released on January 1st, 2013, with the lead single ‘Brave’. I really enjoyed this album, because the tracks were diverse, making the album enjoyable and relatable from beginning to end. From the emotionally driven songs (Where We Left Off’, ‘Good or Bad’ Action Item – GOOD OR BAD [Official Music Video] – YouTube), to the high energy fun songs (‘Better Than Perfect’, ‘Lucky’, ‘Bad for You’), and the inspirational tracks (Brave’ and ‘Moments’), this album just gets better and stronger as it continues. Action Item’s latest single ‘The Start of Something’ was released on December 10th, 2013. This upbeat track has a much more alternative vibe to it than anything Action Item has released, but the track is a PERFECT addition to any spring/summer playlists you have.
If you haven’t already, I definitely suggest that you check them out. Currently, they are on a 4 date mini-tour in select cities, as part of their ‘An Intimate Night With Action Item’ tour, so if you are able to make it out to one of the remaining dates; I definitely suggest that you invest in tickets! If you love fun, energetic music that will make you laugh, inspire you too be great, and keep you entertained then Action Item is the band for you. Whether or not you’re a fan of Pop or Rock music, you will certainly become a fan of this band once you listen to them. I promise y’all that Action Item will quickly become your favorite new band.
Here are some links so you can stay in touch with Action Item:
Facebook: Action Item | Facebook
Website: Action Item
Instagram: actionitem on Instagram