Interview: Pop Singer Neyva Talks New Music

IMG_7789 Pop singer-songwriter from Southern California, Neyva, recently began sharing her music. Even though she just began putting her own music out for the public to hear, she has always been surrounded by it. “I started making music about six months ago during the summer, but I’ve always been a musician,” she says. “I’m a bassist/guitarist, but primarily a bassist since I was 12 and a singer since I was 14.”

Many musicians start their journey with some type of inspiration; for Neyva they were female artisIMG_8129ts. “Female artists are what empowered me to start making music, as well as real life experiences, which led me to writing lyrics,” she said. Some of her favorite female artists include: Charli XCX, Sky Ferreira, Gwen Stefani/No Doubt, HAIM, The Runaways, and Lorde. When asked to describe her inspirations Neyva says they are “ in general, kick-ass women in the music industry, thoughts in my head and people surrounding me.”

The idea of touring the world is also one of the things that keeps NeyvaIMG_7935 going and keeps her inspired in her musical career. She sees herself touring in many places as she can and hopefully one day, worldwide. “I’d love to play in London or Tokyo. I’ve never been to either of those places and they both fascinate me,” she says. Neyva has recently made her first music video –Technicolor–  with help of the Aquadolls. I wish her the best of luck with her musical career and hopefully we’ll be listening to her music on the radio some day. Make sure to check her out!  

NEYVA – Technicolor (Music Video)

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Can Maroon 5 Crash My Wedding?

So I’m pretty sure you’ve already heard about Maroon 5’s brilliant idea of crashing real weddings for their ‘Sugar’ music video. How awesome does that sound? I wish I had known sooner and I might have made up a fake wedding just to meet this incredible band and of course the beautiful Adam Levine.

Just by looking at the reaction of the bride and groom you can see how fun and exciting it must have been for them. Even the guests were having the time of their lives. This was definitely a cool idea for Maroon 5 to do. There is a never a dull moment with this band.

I’m dying to go see them here in Dallas. They’ll be performing at the American Airlines Center on February 16th. If you have the opportunity to go, don’t let it pass.

Here’s the video:

Interview: Melissa Brooks from The Aquadolls

Singer10361508_606755306102825_7789317122447005558_n-songwriter Melissa Brooks has come a long way starting with the idea of being in an all-girl punk band in high school to now being the only girl in an all-male band. Brooks, together with her guitarist “and muse” Ryan Frailich, Josh and Colin all form part of the psychedelic surf punk band, “The Aquadolls”.

“I had been writing music all my life, but never recorded anything or shared my music with anyone, so when I met my guitarist Ryan1902724_600579230053766_987624803638429956_n Frailich, he helped record all of my early demos and I put them online as ‘The Aquadolls’,” said Brooks. “Once people started listening to my music and I started getting offers to play shows, I was like ‘Oh crap, I need to actually get a band together’,” she continued.

So what inspired the name of the band? Brooks explained how it was made up by an old friend of hers. “The name just stuck. That’s when I was trying to make the all-girl band thing happen, which is funny, cuz my bandmates are boys. I guess I’m the doll,” she said.

Kate Nash In Concert - San Francisco, CAThere have also been rumors that Brooks will no longer work under the band name “The Aquadolls”.  She will be transitioning as a solo artist and she goes into details about it: “The Aquadolls is essentially my solo project already, since I do all of the writing. The name is misleading, and for my next album I’m going under my own name because it seems silly for me to hide behind a band name when it’s my music!” said Brooks.”I’m still playing shows as The Aquadolls and our studio album ‘Stoked On You’ is seeing an official release December 2nd! she continued.

How will Brooks be different from The Aquadolls? “I’m focusing more on expressing myself through lyrics. The Aquadolls is more of my silly 10646747_645650952217043_535551748164374145_nside, not really to be taken too seriously,” Brooks said. She continued by explaining her new album and how it will be more reflective of herself and all the things she’s been going through in her life. “It’s really expressive and really beautiful, yet still has all of the same fun vibe as the older stuff,” she concluded.

What can fans expect from your upcoming work? “Wold domination!! I want this new music to reach as many people as possible, as it has more of an accessible sound and I feel like a lot of people could relate to the thing I’m singing about”. Brooks further continued, “…two demos that I put online a while back are going to be on the album, including ‘Teen Dream’ and ‘I Hate School’. I am starting to play some new songs at my shows as well, tumblr_nd72m0pY1u1raar9ro1_400and it’s been seriously fun”.

I concluded the interview by asking Brooks some personal questions about her music preference. We all know everyone loves learning about the artists our favorite artists admire. Brooks shared  she loved Gwen Stefani, Courtney Love, and Grimes. Lately she’s also been listening to Charli XCX when not working on her own music.

 

 

Make sure to go like both Melissa Brooks and The Aquadolls  on Facebook. And also follow both their Twitter accounts: Melissa Brooks and The Aquadolls.

Sky Ferreira at The Belmont in Austin

Processed with VSCOcam with h1 presetGoing to a Sky Ferreira concert has been something I’ve been waiting to do for about three years. I finally got to see Sky this past Sunday for Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX. It couldn’t have been better. Sky Ferreira performed at The Belmont, which is one of my favorite venues in Austin. When she announced she would be playing there instead of the actual festival, I knew it would still be a good show.

The Belmont is a venue that gives a more personal vibe between both the audience and the performer. For us music lovers that’s a very cool feeling. I’m not going to lie, the sound could’ve been better, you could hardly hear her voice because of the sound system, but it’s still a day I will never forget.

Processed with VSCOcam with p5 presetSky started her performance with “24 hours” one of her most recent songs from her album “Night Time, My Time”. She continued to play songs from the album, but she also didn’t forget to play some old school Sky songs. The crowd was very excited when she sang both “Lost in My Bedroom” and “Everything is Embarrassing”. “You’re Not the One” and “I Blame Myself” where also some of the audience’s favorites.

Her show was not only about good music, but also about her personal fashion style. Sky was wearing a vintage Mickey Mouse tee paired with Processed with VSCOcam with b1 presetstraight black and white patterned pants. Sky’s style is one of my favorite things about her. It seems like she always wears what she feels comfortable in and the best part is that she knows how to pull it off. And of course,how to forget her classic ankle black boots and her hooded green bomber jacket.

Overall Sky Ferreira’s performance was unforgettable. Hopefully I’ll get to see her again sometime in the near future. But for now, i’ll have to wait for her new album.

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Spotify Playlists

I recently started doing playlists on Spotify and it’s really changed my life. Spotify playlists are now my go-to when I hit the gym or just on a daily driving basis. I thought I should share these with you.

I’ve enjoyed doing playlists and listening to songs I hadn’t listened in years, so there’s all kinds of music in them. The different playlists symbolize the different moods I tend to be, but I do have my two favorites. These I’ll share with you and hopefully you guys can enjoy them with me.

 

This playlist has more house electro underground type of music. Music that makes you want to dance.

This one is called “WATERS.” just because it has more calm and soothing songs. It also has more variety and different types of music genres.

Lollapalooza 2014

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I’m happy to say that I’m officially done with my Business minor. I’ve been very busy this summer the reason I haven’t really posted anything. However, I’m back and with a great story!

I  finally took off Lollapalooza from my To-do list. I had the amazing opportunity of finally attending this music festival in the beautiful city of Chicago. Not only was it my first time going to the festival, but also to the city.

So, even though Lollapalooza was not what I expected –huge and exhausting– it was very fun. I attended this event with three other friends from Dallas. We arrived a day before the festival to have at least one day to explore the city. I do wish we could’ve stayed longer since I feel there was still so much more to see.

However, back to Lolla and its music, I have to say that Arctic Monkeys and Kings of Leon were definitely the best sets out of all the others I saw. I may include Lorde in there too. I haven’t stopped listening to her album after seeing her live and I would love to see her again.

One of the things I loved about Arctic Monkeys’ set was the fact that they started with my favorite song –Do I wanna Know?– which I thought would be played at the end. Plus, Alex Turner’s hip movements are to die for.

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However, I didn’t stay for their entire set since Eminem played at the same time –literally on the opposite side. And this is definitely one of the things I hate most about music festivals. They always schedule the best artists at the same time making you choose between one or the other.

So even though I’m more of an Arctic Monkeys fan I felt some kind of necessity to go see Eminem, since we do go way back –to middle school. And I’m really glad I did. Surprise guest from Rihanna was one of the best parts of my Lollapalooza experience. Running as fast as I could to the other side of the park was worth it. Plus, let’s just say I have some history with one of their songs.

So overall Lollapalooza was a lot different than I thought it would be. I was not mentally or physically prepared for that amount of people, walking, running, rain, food, and booze. Yet, I do recommend it! I do wish I could write more, but this post would be more tiring than what the actual festival was, so attend Lollapalooza next year and see for yourself!

Other Artists I Saw: Iggy Azalea, Martin Garrix, Joywave, NONONO, Gesaffelstein, London Grammar, Outkast, Chromeo, GROUPLOVE, Foster the People, The 1975, Childish Gambino, Rebelution, and Young the Giant.

 

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