Boston’s Boy

Everyone has that one artist they’re head over heels for. Myself on the other hand, has a couple artists who I would always drop anything to see. One artist in particular that has impacted my life a lot is musician Samuel Adams Wisner. Sammy is born and raised from Boston, Massachusetts. He attended at Hobart College originally, and then transferred to Trinity College to study Political Science. Everyone always asks why you choose the particular major, and for Sammy well, “because poli sci to get by baby !”

“Musician, writer, composer, producer, lyricist,” is how Sammy describes himself. He isn’t just your ordinary musician, he also likes to create, write, and produce his own music. Music spoke to Sammy early in life, “I was always drawn to music at a young age cause my parents were always playing vinyl records…it was kind of fascinating to me as a kid and as I grew up I just kept pursuing it.” “Honestly a piano piano teacher Tyson Rodgers inspired me to pursue music,” when asked who was his inspiration for getting into music. “- had me throw my music theory books out and play with my heart and soul. He taught me how to improvise and it changed my life.”

A lot of artists will say they wish things could be different with their music, sound, or the way being an artist is portrayed. Sammy has a different perspective on this question with stating, “There’s a million changes I’d make to my job but I’ll just name a few. Pay us more for streaming… no one (especially the public) realize how much goes into a song let alone a full album or project…its time consuming.” Understanding how social media is another big impact for an artists career, Sammy brings up, “I wish social media didn’t effect music as much…it dumbs down people’s tastes and allows clowns to become famous and release poor music, while the real ones slip through the cracks.”

Music has a big impact not only fans but the artists themselves. “It’s impacted my life cause it is my life. It’s how I make a living, pay rent, support my fam, my girl, my homies!” Sammy says how music has impacted him throughout the years. Artists usually express their feelings through songs and like to give advice, so when asking Sammy if he had any advice to give this is what he says. “Trust your gut. Intuition isn’t just a thought or an idea – that’s a higher power talking to you. Make music you want to perform for the next 5-10 years and music that you love….no one loves playing their homies a single that they know are cringe worthy.” Writing music is another personal way artists get their thoughts, feelings, or expressions out in music. “When writing music everyone does it differently some people write and then hear a beat they love that fits… and sometimes you hear that perfect beat and think “this is it.” Some producers start with drums and then write the melody and Vice versa so it all depends. As far as tips, write what you feel not what’s current or what’s popular everything fades… something you don’t want to do… ever.”

Making music since the age of 7, Sammy’s been in this business for quite some time. “I landed this career w one of my best friends / managers (at the time) Alex Stern. We hit every college in the Northeast. Bought a 500 dollar system and mixer from money saved up at college and started playing basements, frats, anywhere that would pay us travel $ to perform. Then it just took off.” Record Labels are usually a major way for artists to get their talent out, and a way for better marketing. When it comes to asking Sammy about being signed he mentions, “Nah I’m indie.” For those who don’t know Sammy isn’t signed, and isn’t against being signed. “Potentially if the right deal and partner comes along in the future. For now I got a vault of songs and I want to put on em all.” Fans of Sammy Adams, like myself, better be ready for this vault of songs about to be released. We all know how crazy fans can get, and the things they do at concerts, or even for the artists. Sammy says his most craziest fan experiences is a tough one to narrow down. “A lot of them are NSFW(not safe for work), but I had a kid caravan with four of his friends from Michigan to San Diego to hit every show that was pretty wild to see that happen! I was like “YOOOO this dude really roadied it!””

“Enrique Iglesias, Pharrell Williams, Baby E, Vinylz, Method man, Styles P, Mike Posner, Travis Mills, Fat Boy SSE,” are some of the most recent artists Sammy Adams has worked with. Sammy mentions how he would like to work with “Flume, Daytrip, Flight School, Young thug, J.I.D, J. Cole, Mabel, Octavian, and Rosalia,” all in the future sometime. In the near future, five years from now Sammy talks about where he sees himself in his career. “I see myself still working in music, producing, writing, rapping, singing, etc…maybe a little less road life but we’ll see ! I’ll always be in music – can’t get rid of me !”

If anyone reading this is a day one Sammy Adams fan, you know how far he’s come with music. From mixtapes like Party Records, WIZZY, to studio albums Bostons Boy, and The Long Way. “My latest music is just an upgraded version of me.” Sammy states on his music through the years. “I’ve taken vocal lessons, piano lessons, and been in endless sessions where I’ve learned so much. Better producers because I produced most of my shit before and now I have people that are literal professionals. So it is much more polished clean…less auto tune and more substance. BUT FIRE!!!!!!!” A day one like myself, can’t express how excited I am for all this new music to drop.

Wrapping up the interview with Sammy, asking him the most infamous question of “If you didn’t have the job you have now, what do you think you would be doing?” He responds with, “I get asked this all the time and I have no idea probably try to be in design or something w graphic design…I’m an art guy not an office guy. Never have been never will be.” Which is a typical answer for every artist, no one wants that 9-5 job when you’re creative and can write music. Samuel Adams Wisner is one special artist that I believe everyone should check out if you haven’t already. Whether you know his famous singles, I Hate College or All Night Longer, he’s one creative and talented human being.

 

 

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4 The Homies

For the second time, I saw Mike Stud on Friday, February 8th, with my friend at Paradise Rock Club. The show started around eight with the first opening act. We weren’t really paying attention because so much was happening around us. There were people getting kicked out left and right, and guys just being drunkenly annoying. The Honors were the next act on, and they are a band from Canada. I thought they were pretty good and good looking. The crowd on the other hand started chanting “we want Mike.” I think they were just all too drunk and wanted to get on with seeing their idol I get. I don’t blame them, but Mike was once an opener too, so give the band a chance.

After the second opening act, Mike finally came on around nine thirty. He opened with a classic, Swish. The crowd went insane for that song. He played some old songs like Boys of the Summer, Batter Up, and more. My favorite off his new album that he performed was 21 Sadness. Goody Grace is on that song, and the two of their voices together is perfect. Another favorite was Mirrors on the Ceilings, about his ex Josie.

Interacting with his fans in the crowd and chugging beers, it’s never a dull moment seeing Mike Stud live. His fans always go hard with him, and scream his famous saying “Uh-Yuuh.” I never get bored seeing Mike because he does know how to interact with the crowd, and Boston always goes crazy when he comes to the city. His crew is always on stage with him having a fun time. The show ended with These Days and let me tell you, everyone in that crowd knew word for word, myself included.

I definitely can say I’d see Mike Stud again, or should I say Mike. He called this tour of his “The Final Mike Stud tour,” aiming for changing his name to just Mike. I think his next tour will be something else, and to top off this previous tour will be interesting to see.

That night was something I’ll always remember, and I can’t wait for the next concert I attend to write my experience on.

Bryce Vine

On Wednesday, February 6th, my friend and I had tickets to see Bryce Vine. The concert took place at the  Brighton Music Hall in Allston, Massachusetts. We grabbed dinner at Five Guys down the street, and chilled a little bit waiting for doors to open. When we arrived at the venue we stood in the back, drank some red bull, and danced to the openers 7715 and Kid Quill. Bryce finally came on and opened with some good throwbacks.

The crowd was hyped when he sang his popular songs like Glamorama, The Fall, Where the Wild Things Are, Drew Barrymore, and of course Sour Patch Kids. Singing along to all the songs and dancing with my friend, and others in the crowd, was a fun night. Bryce always puts on such a good show and gets everyone hyped to new or old songs he performs. The last time I saw him was back in 2016 when he opened up for Moosh & Twist, so it was nice seeing him again live on his own headliner.

He ended the night with his most popular song, Sour Patch Kids and everyone was singing along. I was sad when the show ended because I didn’t want to leave without saying goodbye. Unfortunately, we left without meeting up with him, but we headed to go get ice cream instead. The weather was a little crappy. It was down pouring, and I didn’t have a jacket, but I managed. After we got ice cream, my friend and I ubered back into the city, and we said our goodbyes. The goodbyes weren’t entirely “goodbye,” since we were seeing each other again at Mike Stud Friday.

Stay tuned to hear about how our experience with seeing Mike Stud, Friday February 8th went.

6 Rings

For those of you who don’t know, the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl this year! Super Bowl LIII took place in Atlanta, where the Patriots took on the LA Rams. The game ended in the fourth with Patriots leading 13-3. My friends and I were at a friends watching the game where we then headed back into the city to rally for the win. The parade took place in Boston on Tuesday February 5th, at 11am all throughout downtown. We went to City Hall, where the parade typically ends, to watch. We’ve done that for the past two years now, but luckily, the weather at this years parade was hitting sixty degrees.

My friends and I took pictures to document where we were, and to be able to post on Instagram later. When the parade started, everyone was cheering, and screaming for the players going by on the duck boats. Tom Brady, Edelman, Defensive players, Robert Kraft, and of course Belichick. Everyone was on separate duck boats, even the cheerleaders and mascot. Confetti filled the air and the sun shining down made the city feel warm. Everyone high fiving each other and screaming “Beat LA” and more chants.

I definitely can say I’m heartbroken I didn’t see Gronk once again, from being on the opposite side of his float, but I saw pictures and videos from friends. When the parade ended, we all ran to the ending to see if we could see or meet the players. None of us met them, but I did see Gronk in his bus sitting down rocking his Super Bowl Champion sunglasses. I was fangirling because he saw me in my Gronk jersey screaming with joy.

It’s always a good time seeing the Patriots team come home to Boston, and celebrating with their fans and family in the parade. It’s also bittersweet when it ends  because you have to leave that happy place. I know there will be more parades with the duck boats and what not, but until then let me just say one more final thing, “Super Bowl Champions baby!!!”

Lamp City Family

For this post, I wanted to talk about a certain artist I interviewed recently. His name is Cam Meekins, and he’s from Boston, Massachusetts. He identifies himself as a “Rapper/Entrepreneur,” who has been making music for the past ten years. While finishing his senior year of high school, he had gotten an offer from a record label to pursue his music career. He chose to do music full time, and decided that college wasn’t really for him. Cam is signed with the record label Lamp City Records, which he is also a founder of.

Everyone always asks artists what made them pursue music, and for Cam, he speaks personally. “I grew up loving all types of music,” he says. “My brother played in a band when I was younger, so I used to go downstairs and play around on all the instruments they had lying around. I taught myself how to play every instrument and started writing random songs. Then once I got a little older I fell in love with making hip hop beats on the computer, then started rapping on my own beats and put it out on Youtube/Facebook and started actually growing a fan base.” Meekins says he’s inspired by artists like “Kanye, Jay Z, and Wiz Khalifa,” which gave him a reason to pursue the career he has now.

Talking about his music today, he’s collaborated with similar artists like Cousin stizz, Skizzy Mars, Sammy Adams, and more. Meekins also says he would like to work with Wiz Khalifa in the future. A lot of artists’ music changes over the years, and for Cam Meekins, he mentions how, “my music is a reflection of what I’m going through at that time, so naturally the sounds and subject matter tend to change. I think I have a different level of maturity in my music now vs when I was younger.” Asking Cam of all the songs he’s made, which one would be his favorite, he said “Hmmm… probably this song I have that isn’t out yet.” For any fans reading this, be prepared to hear that one.

“I’m just incredibly thankful that I’m able to do what I love and make a living from it. I feel blessed to wake up and call this a job.” Meekins says when asked how his career has impacted his life today. “I recently moved to Los Angeles since most of the people I work with live there. It has really helped my productivity and it’s a great vibe in general.” A powerful transition for a lot of music artists, like Cam, is heading to Los Angeles or New York. “I would tell anybody who’s trying to be a professional artist to trust themselves and come up with a plan and stick to it. A lot of people want to tell others how to do something but unless they’ve done it before, their advice isn’t worth much,” Cam speaks on his advice he would give to upcoming musicians. Writing music is a big factor for artists and how they write their own songs. Cam briefly talks about his advice for writing music, “I think a lot of the writing process has to do with confidence. Confidence to expand on a thought, or idea that comes up very quickly. Learning to say “yes let’s try that” instead of “no that won’t work.””

A special question that always gets asked is about the fan interactions, and the craziest memory. Meekins wasn’t sure on the craziest fan experience but he did mention, “I love meeting anybody that supports my music! Always try and make time for that at shows, especially as an independent artist, they truly are the reason I’m able to succeed music wise and financially.” That’s the most important thing for any artist, is making time for fans, and it’s clear Cam does that. In the future, Cam sees himself “doing what I’m doing now but just bigger and better,” in the next five years. He also says there’s no changes he would make to his job, and if he didn’t have this career now, he isn’t sure what exactly he would be doing. “I know I would be doing something creative and something entrepreneurial,” he said.

This interview I did with Cam shows a lot about his professional artist side. He knows what he wants, and how to go about getting it. For anyone who doesn’t know of Cam Meekins, you do now, and I suggest looking into his music! His new music will definitely be one to look out for, and I know I’ll be supporting it. Links to his social media sites are down below!

https://twitter.com/CamMeekins

https://www.instagram.com/cammeekins/?hl=en

https://www.facebook.com/cammeekins/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/0wNuUG1alVKXEEiwEypprs

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/cam-meekins/383024065

Warped Tour #TBT

Hi everyone! I wanted to do another concert throwback from summer 2017. I’m going to recap how I went to the Vans Warped Tour, and saw Sammy Adams with friends!

July 12th, 2017 was when my friends and I went to Mansfield, Massachusetts, at the Xfinity Center, for our first Warped Tour experience. It was around 90 degrees when we got there, and the sun coming in and out of the clouds. The forecast was rain, but we prayed it wouldn’t. Once we got through the gates, we looked around the different stage settings to kill time before Sammy went on. When it got closer to Sammy’s performance time, we went to the main stage and tried to find a good spot on the “Left side,” where Sammy was going to perform. It of course started to rain, but luckily we were all under the coverage of the stage.

Sammy was up and ready to come perform at his first ever Vans Warped Tour, and we were so excited for him. It was fun watching him give his all in a “hometown” show being from Boston, and just seeing new and old faces. He sang some good, new, and old songs while jumping all around on the stage. Singing to some fans and taking their phones recording the audience. He finished his set with All Night Longer, and told everyone to meet him at his merch table, so of course, we booked it out to see him. We got in the line for his “meet and greet” and it was pretty long. It started down pouring while we were all waiting in line, and we were soaked by the time it was our turn to say hi and such.

We took pictures, and some candids of seeing Sammy, and it felt good to just talk to him like a friend we haven’t seen in awhile. He asked us how we were, and how our summer was going. We told him we only came to this tour to see him, and he called us crazy for always seeing him everywhere we can. I can honestly say, I’ll always try my best to see him wherever because he deserves it. We finished with our meet and greet from being rushed out. We all said goodbye and I handed him this t-shirt I got him, and he was in awe of it. He hugged and thanked me for it as I was walking out of the tent.

Warped tour was definitely one for the books, and I’m sad to say Vans Warped Tour is done touring because it was such a fun time. I can’t wait for the next two concerts I have lined up in February, so stay tuned for those posts!

A Letter to my Future self

Dear Future Me,

I hope in five years I’ve accomplished all the things I say I want to as of right now. Writing this letter, in my living room on winter break, has me thinking five years is far away, so why am I writing this?

I’m writing this letter to tell my future self that anything can happen within these five years, and to just go after my goals one at a time. If nothing is accomplished by then, I won’t have regret and sorrows about it. I know that I tried, and still am, fighting for what I want in the world and to be successful is going to be hard. By then, I’ll be 26 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, with a minor in Communications and Media Studies. I hope to be working at Victoria’s Secret Headquarters or office running their social media. If not Victoria’s Secret, then MTV working as their Marketing Manager.

I’ve always seen myself still going to concerts in the near future, and hoping to work with some artists by then too. I see myself as the type of person to run an artists social media when it comes to promoting, or recording their performances at their own headlining tour for the fans. Working almost 24/7 with either social media or marketing/advertising for some company, or an artist, is a realistic goal for myself. I see any of these goals coming true with hard work and dedication to get the job I want.

Finishing up this letter, I just want my future self in five years to be happy, and to not let anything get to me. Realizing there’s more to life than holding grudges or regrets in life. Hopefully, to be still focusing on myself and goals for the perfect career choice, and to be happy doing it. Hoping to the friends and family I still have in five years, and to the love I may/might have found.

Here’s to five years, and wishing everything is what I wanted it to be, or to what it will become.

Love,

Victoria