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.

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!

Holiday Tours

Happy Holidays everyone! I can’t believe it’s already that time of the year, so for this post I want to reminisce on the past two Sammy Adams holiday tours. Over the years, Sammy has done holiday tours after Christmas, which are usually all on the East Coast, and lasting only a couple days. Some of the shows will be back to back, or have a day in between for a break. I’ve attended his “Home Alone for The Holidays” tour in 2016, and this past holiday tour. 

Home Alone for the Holidays tour, which was back in 2016, was my first holiday tour of Sammy’s! It was such an experience seeing him perform at the House of Blues in Boston. He had Huey Mack and INDY Raps open up for him, and Huey had brought out Cam Meekins. When Sammy came on, it was amazing just seeing him perform, and singing along with him to his songs. I love seeing and hearing other fans sing along, and enjoying the presence of Sammy too. He sang some older songs that tour like “Only One,” “L.A Story,” and some songs off Boston’s Boy. I never heard Only One live before, so hearing that was amazing, I basically got the whole thing on video! He always ends his shows with All Night Longer, and he had a special guest appearance by Mike Stud at the end, and they sprayed water on everyone from the water bottles on stage. Huey Mack, Sammy’s friends, and family came on the stage at the end to enjoy the moment with him. The show ended and we all went to get merchandise from the table and headed home afterwards.

Sammy’s last holiday tour I attended was in 2017, being last year! I went to three shows that tour, with the first one being in New Jersey. It was a crazy week, with having to be up at 5am to head to Boston to meet up with my friend, and then drive to New Jersey together. We met up with my other friend, and we all got ready together quickly to head to the venue in time. We were in the back just chilling, and watching the opening acts and dancing to the music. Sammy finally came on opening to “Thunderstorms,” and we tried moving closer, squeezing through the crowd. We were about three rows back, and decided to just stay there for a bit, until we saw Andie side stage, and headed over there to talk to her. We all sang and danced listening to Sammy perform, and watching him do his crazy dance moves to each song. It was interesting since he didn’t end the show with All Night Longer, but instead I Hate College.

The next day we saw Sammy in Boston, and met up with some more friends! After VIP happened, we all went to the barricade to talk about our pictures, and watched everyone else take theirs. It was the same setlist again, and opening song to start out with after the openers performed. After that show ended, we all were going home the next day, when last minute, my friends and I decided to go see him Rhode Island! We ended up getting free VIP, where I was bugging Sammy to sing Just Love Here next tour. (We’ll see about that one.) After VIP, we went to the barricade to secure a spot and did the same thing as the past two shows, sang and danced.

His venues were smaller this tour, like every other holiday tour he’s done. Sammy likes to have an “intimate” setting for the fans, and making it all about the connection he has with us. I’m sad to say I won’t have any upcoming holiday shows this year, but we all know I’ll see Sammy soon in the new year!

HWH 2018 Pt. 2

Hi everyone! Here is my final part of the Hanging With Hoodie Tour, enjoy!

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The last show of the tour was in New Jersey on November 8th, and of course we went. We couldn’t miss the last show, and we had to get another cake for it saying, “Love Boston Hoes.” We only had General Admission, so we chilled in the hotel getting ready and ate before going. Arriving to the venue, we gave Nicky C, the bass player, our cake and talked with him for a bit before getting in line. Watching Super VIP go in, we were counting down until General Admission was going to go in. Inside the venue was a bowling alley as well, so it was interesting seeing people bowling when we walked in to get pictures with Hoodie. Ending the show in New Jersey, there’s always pranks happening for the last show of the tour. When Gianni & Kyle come on, they’re about to sing one of their most popular covers, and Hoodies crew comes on stage, and starts singing a completely different song throwing Gianni and Kyle off. All fun and games and they laughed and got back on track to their setlist. Hoodie then gets pranked when it comes time for the Trivia/spinning the wheel time. The crew changed all of the sayings on the wheel to negative sayings towards Hoodie. A fan landed on Hoodie having to kiss Alex, his lead guitarist, and I must say it was pretty funny.

Wrapping up the show with No Interruption was bittersweet  because I don’t know when the next time I’ll see Hoodie will be. It’s always a fun time seeing him and watching him living out his dream, so I can’t wait until the next time he tours again. Hoping sometime soon because I miss him already, but I know he’s busy, and needs this break before the Europe tour. Also, I can’t wait until he drops some new music of course! Hope you guys enjoyed reading my Hoodie Allen concert experiences and decide to go see him sometime!

 

 

HWH 2018 Pt.1

Hi everyone! As I stated in my last post, I was going to write about the Hoodie Allen shows I previously went to, so here’s part one of my Hanging With Hoodie Tour experience!Hoodie_HWH_Tour-_FB_Banner_Name_Only_1400x

On November 3rd, my friends and I all saw Hoodie at the Middle East for night one of his two Boston shows. The majority of us had his Super VIP, where you go in before General Admission and get some cool items like a polaroid and drawstring bag. After we all took our pictures, we lined up at the stage to get ready for the show to start. The openers were Gianni & Kyle. They are two guys called Gianni and Kyle, who sing/rap together. They were pretty good, and I must say I’ll definitely see them on their own tour sometime soon! Once they were off stage, Hoodie comes on and gets the crowd going crazy, like always. He played one of his new songs and then some off The Hype, and older albums. He always finishes with No Interruption, and that’s when we all know the shows over. The next day was Boston show number two. My friends and I had just GA, but the rest had his Super VIP. We chilled in the back after we took our photos with him to just have fun and dance around! After the show ended we got some merch and headed to get food before our drive to NYC.

November 5th was the New York City show. We got up early in the morning to drive down. We stopped in Connecticut to get a cake for “Cake Boy,” of course, and had the bakers right “F*** the Yankees.” Once we got the cake and some snacks, we headed to the hotel to get ready for the show since we had Super VIP. Once all of us were done getting ready, we headed to the venue to wait in line with everyone else who had VIP. VIP was another good time seeing Hoodie and giving him a letter I always write for him, and just talking about New York. Gianni & Kyle killed it like always opening up before Hoodie, and getting the crowd going for him. They always interact with the audience which is amazing, and call people out for going hard or what not. Hoodie comes on and it’s just a great time seeing him performing in his home state, and just seeing how happy he is that his dream really came true. Such a sentimental time for him, his family, friends, and of course fans. After the show was over, we were waiting outside to see Hoodie and the crew, but the rain was making it cold and wet, so we decided to get some pizza and head back to the hotel.