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reLaunch Party Spotlight: Touch Vinyl // POP UP

"I opened Touch Vinyl in 2012 after traveling in Scandinavia and realizing how great record shops can be for community building! Selling new and used records and hosting in-store shows and DJ sets has helped us build a great community in West LA. The sight of my favorite customers brings a smile to my face each and every time!"

- Sebastian Mathews // Founder

Touch Vinyl will be setting up their pop up shop at our reLaunch Party on January 30th! Come hang out, connect with Jenay, and support local brands!  More info here.

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reLaunch Party Spotlight: Hours Lost // POP UP

Hours Lost is an online clothing brand managed in Los Angeles. As its founder and designer, I aim to encourage people to navigate time, an intangible system, without letting it go to waste. I believe it’s important to find time for things that personally matter. I started Hours Lost while I was in college, because I craved a passion project. I had a desire to create something with a concept that would inspire others as much as it inspired me. I love making simple designs with thought-provoking messages for HL items, and discussing my work with people is what I enjoy the most. I love connecting with people, and I’m always inspired by their own ideas and acts of perseverance to do what makes them happy. - Jenay Ross // Founder

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Hours Lost will be setting up their pop up shop at our reLaunch Party on January 30th! Come hang out, connect with Jenay, and support local brands!  More info here.

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INTERVIEW: Elijah and The Grapes

NYC-based electro pop artist Elijah & the Grapes have released a new single entitled “Now or Never". The track is the follow-up release to “Sleep in Trees,” which debuted in early 2015. 
 
The project began when talented vocalist & songwriter Elijah Greene migrated from LA to New York in 2013, and quickly connected with KBV Records founder Tony Verderosa after performing a handful of solo shows around the city.

Take a listen to the new tune and read our interview below!

Why the move from LA to NYC?
LA is great but I wanted real seasons--some change.  Also, the whole LA traffic thing was starting to take it's toll on me.  Besides that, I like the pace in NYC.  At any time, there's always something to do and someone to do it with.  NYC also has no tolerance for laziness and I like to stay busy.

Do you think the scene change has had an effect on your sound?
I'm not sure if the scene has impacted the sound.  Williamsburg reminds me culturally and artistically of Silverlake.  Bushwick is a bit like Echo Park.  LA and NYC are still the two big American cities for entertainment and music so there are a lot of similarities in regards to 'scenes.'  I do think the people I've met in NYC have had an effect on the sound.  I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing without the people I've met here.  Also, I think timing had a lot to do with the sound. 

How has been collaborating with KBV Records?
It's been great and liberating in a sense.  It's nice to have a label that is on the same page with you.  When I started working on the songs, I didn't really know what to expect or where it would go.  It's been great to grow together and I hope that we can even go further.

How you do you hope your music makes listeners feel?
I guess that's up to the listener, but I'd like this to feel like an escape for people.  I want people to dance and have fun, even if it's at their desk at work;)


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NEW MUSIC: FutureFeel- Orion

words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

FutureFeel is an LA-based duo that's been creating electro-infused indie-rock. Today they released their third single "Orion". The track is consistent with their uplifting vibes that sounds like OneRepublic with a 2015, synthetic twist. The chorus lines beg you to sing along, windows down, chasing dreams: "With you I'm a fire / I'm lighting up the sky/ Burning like the stars of Orion"

Their music is fun, light and bound to put a smile on your face. Take a listen to the single below and stay tuned for more form these dudes!

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NEW MUSIC: Parade of Lights- Feeling Electric LP

Words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Parade of Lights was one of the first bands I interviewed when I started this blog, back in the summer of 2013. It's been really cool to see these guys grow since then. From signing to Astralwerks in 2013, to recording in Nashville in 2014, I've been following their journey through and through. Now they've just released their first official LP and I'm still in love with their sound, if not even more now!

Each track is an electro-pop anthem that pulls you up on to the middle of the dance floor, stomping your feet,  singing to the top of your lungs, feeling hopeful, feeling alive, feeling electric. 

We asked the band some questions about the record, so read on and listen to the title track, "Feeling Electric" below!

(Answers by Ryan Daly)

Beating Lights first interviewed you during the summer of 2013. Tell us about some of your highlights and favorite moments of the past 2 years. 
 
It's been a busy couple of years. We've had the opportunity to do things we never thought we would, and met lots of great people along the way. I think the highlights of these past two years, at least for me personally, were playing festivals (Firefly, Bonnaroo, etc.), and living in Nashville while we wrote and recorded our debut LP.

What's inspired your sound and how do you stay inspired?
 
We are into many different forms of art such as photography, design, film, etc., and I think the marriage of all of those different mediums helps inform what we do. I feel the best way to sum it up, at the risk of sounding cliche, is "larger than life". As far as staying inspired, we're always looking for new music and new art, as hearing something fresh is always a great way to jump start creativity.
 
What are you most excited about releasing this album? 

We've been a band for a long time and have never released a full-length. It's been a long time coming and if it resonates with people and can help someone in one way or another, it makes all the time and hard work we put into it worth it.

How do you hope this album leaves listeners feeling?

Hopeful. Even though there are somber moments on the record, there is a common thread of positivity and an encouraging narrative that we hope helps people find or reinforce what they love about themselves, then channel it to live life to the fullest. That being said, if it's as simple as wanting to dance, that's cool too.

Buy the Feeling Electric album on iTunes!


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NEW MUSIC: Alexa Melo debut LP

Words by Shabnam Ferdowsi

Alexa Melo is a 20 year old singer and songwriter currently based in LA. She's been in and out of record deals since the age of 14 until finally deciding to go indie. She's just released her first official LP that's filled with soulful rock and wispy angst. 

Read our little interview and listen tot he full LP below!

 

Your debut  self-titled album has such a raw, rock-influenced sound, something that's harder to find these days in new music. How do you think you've been able to hone in to and maintain your distinct sound?

While I was signed for almost my entire teenage hood, I was constantly being challenged to prove myself. There was this echoing criticism that kept being brought up- that I didn't know who I was as an artist. especially in my younger years, I was constantly experimenting with my sound and trying on different genre DNA. Nothing ever stuck. I would enjoy the process of creating something new but then immediately feel the urge to move on again and create something completely different. This obviously annoyed the label as they had no idea how to market an indie/experimental teenage girl, so the label didn't spend a lot time on my project and for even 6 months at a time I wouldn't even hear from them. I was homeschooled and being ignored by the label, so in those pockets of spare time I'd basically spend my days writing new songs and producing. I honed my sound by writing and producing in a constant state of transformation. I've recorded 13 albums by myself in my room from age 13 to now and each one wears its influences loudly. You can hear that i was obsessed with Bob Dylan when I was 14, and you can hear my Pixies phase clear as day on an album I made when  I was 16. I still don't feel I've settled on a sound. That's one of the reasons why I left the record label- so I can be in an environment that will allow me to continuously evolve as an artist. 

You've been in an out of so many different places and phases of the music industry. What's been your biggest take-away?

Never to trust anyone in this industry. I know how cynical that is but it's true. You got to go with your gut and trust YOURSELF whole heartedly. You got to make a best friend out of the voice in your head and move forward knowing that whatever happens, whoever fucks you over, you still have yourself and your love for music and that will always allow you to prevail and move along. Being a female and an artsy fartsy type has made me an easy target for some because I'm very vulnerable at times. I've learned to NEVER make myself an easy target. I have to believe with all my heart and soul that I'm the shooter and they're the targets. 

How do you want to leave your listeners feeling with this album?

That's tough to say. I want listeners to feel the way I feel after I listen to a piece of music that I relate to and thoroughly enjoy. Just fulfilled, inspired and intoxicated. Thats a stretch and quite a lot to hope for but if I could choose how people would feel when listening, it would be those things.


If you could collaborate with any current artist,who and why?

AH! My head just exploded. This question could give me an anxiety attack! Jack White or Thom Yorke. I'd say that those two are the biggest current rock stars of our time, alive today and I think i would learn a million new things by simply being in the room with them.


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NEW MUSIC: The Wailin' Smithers

Who: The Wailin' Smithers

Where: San Diego, CA by way of Bloomington, IN

What: sun soaked indie rock

I was introduced to the Wailin' Smithers a couple weeks ago and fell for their music a few seconds into their debut album that was released earlier this month. The surf rock tunes sway like Weezer and shred like a lo-fi tape recorder.The album was written over the course of the past four years and recoded in Bloomington, Indiana last summer. 

My favorite track off the record is "Ocean Song". It leads you in with the sound of waves and a fuzzy melody, putting you in a lazy haze under blue skies, on a remote beach with your best friends. Needless to say, it puts me in a real wonderful mood  If I were to tell someone what the Wailin' Smithers sound like, I'd play them this song. 

I decided to ask the vocalist a few questions to get to know them a little better. Listen to the album and read our interview below!

Why the name 'Wailin smithers'?

 Everyone loves the Simpsons.   

How do you want to make your listeners feel with this debut album?

 I don't want to make anyone feel anything. I can answer how this album makes me feel I guess. Young. Stupid. Naive. Crushed out. Optimistic.  

Where have you been drawing your songwriting influences from over the years?

A healthy fix of really sappy pop rock. Teenage Fanclub, Big Star, Weezer, and The Beach Boys. Lyrically it's a mix of personal narrative and anecdotal account. People huffing and crashing cars, stalking, casting curses, falling for someone, suicidal cults, gender transformation. Normal stuff.

What's been your favorite show you've ever played and why?

I have a few shows in mind that really stand out. One time we played in a huge skateboard half-pipe at a party. It felt like it was something out of some early millennium teen movie (think American Pie or something in that vain). 

Another time that sticks out is when we played a huge house show in our drummer's basement. It got unbelievably rowdy with people chanting and jumping around...acting like wild animals. My friend's girlfriend got punched during the frenzy somehow and had to leave with a bloody nose. All of the jumping around somehow lead to people grabbing the water pipes that were hanging down from the ceiling causing them to bust. Water started going everywhere. Fun time. Videos somewhere.


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PREVIEW: My Double, My Brother @ The Satellite 1/12/15

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My Double, My Brother is an independent band based in LA who's  sound I was hooked on to instantly when I heard them for the first time last week. Perfect timing too, since they're playing a free show at The Satellite here in LA tomorrow 1/12/15!

To preview the show, I was able to ask the band a few questions about 2015 and their new album coming out next month. Hit play below and read on. 

For new ears, describe your music in  a few words:

Percussive indie alternative rock.

What's been your favorite show you've ever played so far?

We've played a few shows that have been really fun for us. One that sticks out is several months back we played at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa (before it was renovated into the Wayfarer) and a bunch of people came out who knew all the songs from our first album and were singing along super loud and acting out all the drum parts. It was a ton of fun to see everyone enjoying the music in a very honest and raw way. It made us feel like we were offering something really special to those people as it was a palpable example of people appreciating something that we care about so much.
 

What can you tell us about your upcoming album? 

We put a lot of work and effort into making it sound how we thought it should sound. It's pretty different from the last album, as I've learned a lot about song writing and poetry within the past few years, and we have all grown as musicians. The songs sound more refined and more honest, in some senses, and I think because of that, this album is a lot more effective in conveying a certain ethos. The album has a certain arc to it so that the songs, both in lyrical and musical content, function to play off of each other and contrast each other, not in the sense of telling a story, but more in a sense of creating a space where ideas and emotions become merged together; ideas and emotions that I hope people will be able to feel and think. 
 

How has your sound changed since the band formed? 

I think our sound has had a sort of consistency to it since we started writing music several years ago, but I think throughout the years we've developed more of a sensitivity to pop sensibilities and writing music that is fun to listen to and easy to digest. We've always been very critical with our work and have tried to create music that is interesting and pleasing, but our roots are kind of in more esoteric forms of art and music. I think in the past we really praised more avant-garde forms of art and our music was an attempt to flesh out those ideals, but recently we've attempted to primarily operate under the notion of writing for accessibility and for enjoyability, then expanding on that in the most creative and interesting ways that we see fit.

What else can we look forward to from My Double, My Brother in 2015?

Well, first and foremost, the album comes out February 10th, but then after that we plan to do a series of mini-tours up the coast and what not, and possibly a tour in the summer.


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You're invited!

Dear LA!

You are cordially invited to our first showcase event ever! On Thursday January 23, 8:30pm, at a local coffee shop in the University Park area, called Nature’s Brew. We will be showcasing 5 very talented musicians, all current students at USC 

It’s a free show, all ages, and food and drink will be served!

Hope to see you there :)

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