Adam's World Weekly 4/30 - I'm An Interviewing Machine!
Welcome to the new week everyone. I had a nice busy week of setting up six interviews, and prepping for five of them well in advance. Thankfully, unlike the previous week, I was actually able to score some much needed sleep, as well. There's no sleeping on all the great features I have for you in this week's update, though. I have three interviews for you this week - my Q&A w/ Greek/Australian pop singer Vassy, my very fun session w/ New Jersey hip-hop artist Justina, and an old clip I just noticed had been placed online, my sit down w/ Jesse Barnett of Stick To Your Guns. In addition to those features I have an in-depth review of Lights' recent Danbury, CT, show that takes a look at her evolution as an artist, a brand new Pop Shots, and a great Vid Pick from Kidd Russell.
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Vassy - She Wants To Make You Smile.
Vassy is quite the musical mixture, but that makes sense for a woman of Greek descent who was born and raised in Australia and now lives in Los Angeles. Pretty much everything about her has a litany of influences. Her debut album, Beautiful Day, has a vibe that’s one part Colbie Caillat, one part M.I.A., and with musical placements in shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Human Target (RIP!), as well as a new Victoria’s Secret campaign, that vibe is being spread far and wide.
With Beautiful Day due out tomorrow I caught up with Vassy to find out more about her music, the complications of recording while being deaf in one ear, and where all the happiness that’s so evident in her album comes from.
The most welcome problem an artist can face is adjusting to success. When it hits, a fan base grows, but figuring out how to alter the previous relationship one had with their fans, make it work for the larger fan base, and keep all the original fans happy, is a challenge. It’s a challenge Lights is proving, on her current tour, she’s up to the task of handling.
Justina - New Jersey Hip-Hop's Latest Femme Fatale
If you’re a TV addict, chances are you’ve already heard the music of Justina, you just didn’t know it was her. Justina’s work has been featured on a plethora of shows, including VH1’s Mob Wives, MTV’s True Life, and NBC’s Smash. The New Jersey native has higher aspirations than simply being in the background, though, which is why this spring she’s releasing her first official mixtape, titled Route 80, and will be on select dates of this year’s Warped Tour.
Currently sporting a co-sign from Cam’ron, and having just dropped a video for her single “Bubblegum,” Justina is well on her way from going from the background to the limelight, which is why this week RapReviews caught up with the rapper/singer to find out more about her music, the emergence of white female rappers, and how she plans on handling potential critics. Justina also revealed a little bit about an oral fixation she just can’t get over.
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from the passing of Dick Clark, to a virtual Grateful Dead experience, to Paul McCartney’s major faux paw. Don’t worry, there’s still some non-AARP related news in here, too, with shots on Kim Kardashian and the Billboard Music Awards, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
I just noticed my very fun interview with Stick To Your Guns' lead singer Jesse Barnett was posted a month ago on Substream's site. Apologies for the lateness in getting it to you! Enjoy!
It’s a mild winter day in Orange County, California, but Stick To Your Guns lead singer Jesse Barnett is huddled in the studio, hard at work on the band’s next album and preparing for the Substream/HK Army Tour. Well, the latter is only in theory. As you’ll see, Barnett knew he was going on tour, but it wasn’t until this interview that he knew which tour he’d be on.
Barnett and his bandmates, guitarist Chris Rawson, guitarist Ron Friesen, bassist Andrew Rose, and drummer George “Schmitty” Schmitz, spend the majority of their time touring, which is why when I caught up with Barnett I asked him about his tour essentials and some of the most inspiring moments he’s experienced while on the road. Barnett also revealed why he gets the occasional dirty look while exiting international flights.
In an internet exclusive, Barnett also discusses his extensive charity work, his thoughts on the public school system, and the band’s frequent lineup changes.
MP3: PremRock & Willie Green - "Diary of a Dreamer (Man Mantis Remix)"
PremRock & Willie Green are happy to share with you the second single off the Remix album "Reassembled." This one comes courtesy of MidWest phenom on the rise, Man Mantis, as he re-assembles "Diary of a Dreamer."
Six has a project with DJ Skee coming out next month called “80’s Baby” and we wanted to get you the first single from the mixtape, “Michael Myers”. Six’s buzz has been building and we’re at a tipping point, so please join the movement, give this a spin and let us know what you think.
Extract from "NY Minute", first album of Dj Low Cut, also featuring: Ruste Juxx, Guilty Simpson, Reef The Lost Cause, Journalist 103, Jojo Pellegrino, BAM, King Magnetic, GQ aka Nothin Pretty, Fran-P, Shaz Illyork, Praverb, Randam Luck, Dirt Platoon, The Opposition, Smiley The Ghetto Child, Banish,Dontique, Dj Nixon and Dj Djaz.
Detroit native and fellow RLES member, Willy J Peso is gearing up to releasing his forthcoming debut project, "Destination Cloud 9" this may. He's continuing the campaign leading into the release by delivering a new song & visual off the project entitled "High Life". The video was Directed and Shot by Scolla & Allan Cozart and edited by The RLES media team, SCKNOWS.