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YouTube Wednesday: Dylan Gardner…the music industry’s newest triple threat

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’, we are going to discuss Dylan Gardner, an INCREDIBLE singer/songwriter/producer, who is on his way to taking the music industry by storm! Dylan is from San Tan Valley, Arizona, and according to his website’s bio, “…has spent the last 10 years of his life obsessed with the art of songwriting…”. The bio also says that Dylan is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, and Pro-Tools producer (doesn’t this guy make you feel like you’ve wasted your life on Netflix…yeah me too). In 2013, he was signed to Big Deal Music Publishing, and recorded his debut album ‘Adventures in Real Time’, which was co-produced with John Dragonetti of the indie rock band ‘The Submarines’. I first heard his music when he performed as a guest star on Shane Dawson’s podcast, and from the minute I heard Dylan sing, I was COMPLETELY obsessed with his music, and knew that I had to let you all know about him (if you were already a fan, then you know why we have to make sure EVERYONE knows about him). So please read on to see why Dylan Gardner’s music is what you should be thankful for this year.

 

Dylan uploaded the first video (a cover of the entire second side of The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ album, with each song performed in 15 second intervals) on his YouTube channel on April 9th, 2014 (you can check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIfb4BuTL1A&list=UUBRDzAp5-vMtxPz3ZlE8J4g). I really enjoyed this cover because it was creative (I mean who else would think to cover an entire side of an album), and it really showed what an incredible musician he is. In this video we got to not only see Dylan sing, but also play numerous instruments such as: the piano, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and ukulele. The cover really flowed well, and felt like one big song of Beatles awesomeness. The next video we are going to discuss is Dylan’s cover of Vampire Weekend’s song ‘Diane Young’, which was uploaded on June 18th, 2014 (you can check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZrfTd_7p1s&list=UUBRDzAp5-vMtxPz3ZlE8J4g&index=6). This was a really cool cover because it kept the vibe of the original song, but also added a special energy that Dylan’s fans have come to love. Another thing that I really liked about this cover is that it was an acoustic cover that Dylan performed live in his bedroom. This felt really special, because it takes you back to when your favorite YouTube artists would make similar covers in their rooms. This cover definitely holds a nostalgic vibe because of this, which just adds another layer of cool to this video. Next up we have Dylan’s mash-up of alternative rock band Ben Folds Five songs, which was uploaded on June 25th, 2014 (you can check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EaUF95V2Hk&index=5&list=UUBRDzAp5-vMtxPz3ZlE8J4g). This is definitely one of my favorite covers that Dylan has done (even though that’s sort of hard to say because their all awesome). What makes this cover stand out a bit, is the fact that he performs a mash-up of snippets of Ben Folds Five songs, that start with different letters of the alphabet (by the end he’s covered songs that have titles ranging from A-Z). I just found this idea to be not only very creative and cool, but it also shows the type of meticulous dedication Dylan has in his work when it comes to his craft. I can’t imagine how long it took to find the songs, arrange them so they sound like one big song, learn to play the music on the piano, and then actually film it. This video should make us all really excited, because if Dylan puts this much hard work into a cover video, imagine how much hard work and creativity he puts into his own music! The last video that we are going to discuss is his ‘Let’s Get Started (through the Decades)’ video, which was uploaded on July 7th, 2014 (you can check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FL_6s6U0b4&list=UUBRDzAp5-vMtxPz3ZlE8J4g&index=4). I decided to add this as a bonus video on this blog post, because it was just too awesome to leave out. The video plays the first 1min 40sec of his debut single ‘Let’s Get Started’ (off of his debut album ‘Adventures In Real Time’, which we talk more about in the section below). The song is divided into 9 sections, and each section shows the sing performed in the style of a different decade of music, ranging from the 1930s-2014. I LOVE this idea so much I honestly can’t even tell you guys how much! I have never seen a video like this, and it’s definitely a really fun promo piece for the single, and shows that no matter what style of music it’s performed in, ‘Let’s Get Started’ is a great song. This video also cements the fact that Dylan is a very creative and talented musician, and makes me REALLY excited to see what he releases in the future.

 

The first song off of Dylan’s debut album that we’re gonna talk about is the lead single ‘Let Get Started’ (you can see the official music video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-ZvVm2d5a8). I think that this was an excellent choice to kick off Dylan’s career, because the song is fun, upbeat, and incredibly infectious. It has a very indie rock vibe, and will definitely have you singing along and dancing. I am honestly so obsessed with this song that I have had it on repeat ever since I first heard it (I promise you’ll feel the same way once you hear it!). Honestly this song does everything a good lead single is suppose to do, it brings the audience in and leaves you excited to see what else is on the album. I definitely give this song 5 smiley faces (because smiley faces are more fun than stars). Next up we’re going to discuss another AMAZING song on this album called, ‘Heroes Tonight’. This song has a very Coldplay meets The Lumineers kind of feel, that I think will quickly become a fan favorite. The song has a very “young and free” vibe to it that makes it the perfect song to jam out to in the car, listen to while you’re working out, or have a hairbrush karaoke session to (release that inner rock star people of the Internet!). The final song that we’re going to talk about is the song ‘With a Kiss’. I really love the lyrics in this song, because they really show off Dylan’s talents as a storyteller. One of my fav lines has to be in the hook when he says, “Love’s just a life, we all start with a kiss”, this simple sentence perfectly sums up every love story we’ve ever heard, and is a really interesting take on the classic love song. Although I wish I could have reviewed all of the songs on this album (because they’re all awesome), I picked 3 that I felt really showed off Dylan abilities as a singer/songwriter & producer. I would definitely suggest that you all check out the entire album, because all of the songs will blow you away.

 

 

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YouTube Wednesday: Seventeen Magazine YouTube Edition!!!

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we are going to discuss Seventeen Magazine’s newest issue. What makes this particular month so special? Because it’s the magazine’s first ‘YouTube Edition’!!! Yes, our favorite YouTubers are coming off screen to take center stage in one of the most popular magazines among pre-teens, teenagers, and young adults. I feel that this is an extremely smart move for Seventeen Magazine to take, because their audience is the same as the audience that the YouTubers featured in the magazine have. I definitely see other popular magazines following this lead, which means that we will get to see a lot more of our fav YouTube stars on our fav magazines (yay)! Now, I promise that I will try not to ruin the magazine by giving away to many details, for any of you who haven’t bought/read it in the store yet (no of course we don’t do that…why would we…moving on). Ok, let’s dive in!

 

First off, let’s discuss some of our fav stars that are included in the magazine. I was really excited to see that Shane Dawson did an advice segment in the magazine, because honestly you know that his advice is going to be blunt, helpful, and VERY hilarious. I think that he was the perfect choice for this column, because he has always given serious (and not so serious) advice on his channel. There were also segments that included Joey Graceffa, Tyler Oakley, Zoella, Marcus Butler, and MANY more. I also liked that the magazine features up and coming YouTubers who are ones to watch out for (and they may also appear on the blog, so stay tuned!). Although a lot of really great YouTubers were featured in the magazine, we have to spend some time talking about the cover star, Bethany Mota (you can find a blog post about her here YouTube Wednesday: Bethany Mota, the beauty guru who proved that positivity is always in style | celindareyesblog). In the interview that Seventeen did with Bethany covered topics such as: what it’s like to grow up on YouTube, how she’s dealt with bullying, the importance of finding and pursuing something that you love, and how to succeed in anything you do (I mean obviously Bethany is winning at life, so I am definitely taking her advice).

 

I don’t know about you, but I will definitely be rereading this edition of Seventeen over and over again (I’ve already taken a look at it, and it is AMAZING… just in case you didn’t know). With the partnership of popular YouTube channels with major TV Networks: AwesomnessTV, and TheFineBros ( who both partnered with Nickelodeon), Epic Meal Time (who partnered with FYI, which is a new TV channel related to A&E), and all of the YouTube/other internet themed categories that were included in this year’s broadcast of the Teen Choice Awards this has been a BIG year for YouTube, and the internet in general (even though some YouTube categories have been included before, I think that this is the first year that any winners were announced on-air…btw you can find a recap of the show here Monday Memos: 2014 Teen Choice Awards Recap!!! | celindareyesblog). Other YouTubers such as Tyler Oakley and iJustine have also done hosting, and correspondence work for numerous entertainment news shows. Additionally, popular YouTubers Shane Dawson, Zoella, and PointlessBlog have/are releasing books, and Shane Dawson also runs a popular podcast, and is in the process of releasing a movie and a TV show in the future. Also, ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ author John Green (you can find a review of the book & movie here: Monday Memos: The Fault In Our Stars…a star crossed love story with no faults | celindareyesblog) also initially gained fame as a popular YouTuber and one of the founders of VidCon (a popular YouTube convention where fans can meet their favorite online stars). Honestly the list goes on and on, but in short…the internet and its’ stars are quickly taking over the entertainment business that extends offline. I am really excited to see how the entertainment industry will change, as a new generation of stars are continued to be ushered in.

 

 

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