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!

 

 

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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.

From GOOGLE to Recording Artist

With all of the music artists there are in the world, and whether they’re upcoming musicians, not as known, or world known, they all have a story to tell. Most of these artists who are known globally are signed by a superior record company to get their music out; however, there are some artists who are not signed and doing their work independently. An artist who stands out is Hoodie Allen, and here’s why.

Steven Markowitz who goes by his stage name “Hoodie Allen” is from Long Island, New York. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a degree in Finance and Marketing. Allen chose those two majors based off of how they interested him and were a challenging combo. In his interview with Mashable, Allen speaks on how he worked at Google as an AdWords associate for the company START (Standardized AdWords Reseller Training) program. A year later, leaving the company to pursue his “dream and passion” of music,  Allen had taken the opportunities for live shows to get a jump start in his career of being a rapper.

Making music at the age of twelve, Allen knew he would be much better off making music instead of working at Google. “I love creating, and writing was my first form of creative expression that I took a liking to.” Allen says on how he decided music would be a full-time career for him. He defines himself as a “rapper, singer, songwriter and business owner.” Most musicians have other artists they look up to from listening to them when they were young, or getting inspired by how they make their music and putting it all together. Allen talks about how “Mos Def, Outkast, Beastie Boys” were his favorite artists growing up, but also his inspiration of becoming who he is today.

Starting out in the music industry can be challenging, from either having little to no experience with performing, or not enough fans to broaden across the world. Most independent artists have a tough time with this since no record label is promoting their music for them, or helping them by broadcasting their music everywhere. As an independent artist, Hoodie Allen mentions how he started out in this career by having “made a few songs that people started sharing and playing a lot on the internet” and how he “used that as a spring board to build more fans around the world.” Independent artists typically will try and promote their music like Hoodie Allen does by uploading on websites, or being active on social media. Allen discusses how “it’s a slow process but built organically,” which means nothing is forced, but just found naturally.

Majority of artists will look for a record label to sign them, but Hoodie Allen is one who says he’s “not currently interested in a record deal.” He doesn’t feel the need for a record label to help him further himself anymore than he already has all by himself, and with the help of his fans of course. This career choice can impact a lot on an artist’s life and be full time. Allen mentions how “my career is not a traditional 9-5. I’ve dedicated my life to my job and my job is a very public thing, so I think it has impacted me in multiple ways.” Given a chance to make any changes in his career, Allen says, “I’m my own boss, any changes I want to make to how I work, I can do it.” Interpreting, if he were to make any changes in the way he’s promoting himself, his music, or anything in general he’d do it. An important milestone that Allen had reached early on, was having a number one album on the iTunes charts and selling out MSG Theatre in his hometown. That gave him more self-assurance that he’s on the right track for becoming bigger and better. Continuing with making music and starting to get features, he’s worked with some other independent artists and well known artists. Out of the several mixtape and or albums he has, Allen has collaborated with Jared Evan, Ed Sheeran, G-Eazy, Chance the Rapper, State Champs and many more. Fans of his have always reached out asking for certain artists to be featured on upcoming songs or album. He brings up how he would like to work with certain artists like, “Logic, Jeremy Zucker, Jon Bellion and Alessia Cara.”

As an artist starts out to where they end up several years later, their music always tends to change for the good of their career. A change in an artist’s music would be how they alternate different beats, details in the lyrics or even the way the artist re-designs themselves. “I just make what the music inspires me to write, so based on where I am at in my life I am sure that plays a big influence.” Allen explains on how he sees his music from The Bagels and Beats EP, to latest album The Hype all differs. When an artist grows and matures their music changes from life events happening, and how they express it all in a song. Writing music is a way for most, if not all artists, can escape from what’s going on and put it all down into a rap or song. Allen describes how he writes and states, “let it flow naturally, don’t try to force it. Creativity is a fickle beast.”

To get where Hoodie Allen is now in the music industry, takes a lot of hard work as explained earlier, and devoting to promoting music all on the internet. Promoting is a big factor for artists because it’s how one gains their audience’s attention, and to make appearances on music charts. In the same interview with Mashable, he talks on how he markets his music through the online space and takes a unique approach to social media. Where Allen use to work at Google, he expresses that there’s no other job he would want in the world today. Speaking to other artists in the music industry, whether they are upcoming or already working on their image, Allen breaks it down, “my advice is that it is nearly impossible and therefore you have to not only get lucky but you need to work very hard for a very long time to break through at it.” Allen’s advice isn’t necessarily saying to give up if you can’t make it to where you want to be in a couple years, but more so to work hard and devote your life to where you want to be. He didn’t get to where he is today in the industry by marketing his songs here and there, or promoting himself on social media once in a while. It takes time for an independent artist to become known in the world, let alone internationally.

A popular question every artist will get asked is where they see themselves, as well as their career in five years. “Doing all the same things, touring and putting out music. Hopefully extending into other avenues as well,” Allen says. Given all the information with Hoodie Allen and how he describes himself, it tells a lot about him as an artist. With a wide fan base all over the U.S and Europe, he’s definitely getting up there to becoming well known. Fans are an important factor of being an artist, where they support you and your music. Getting Allen to where he is now, it’s safe to say he has a strong and well built fanbase. On top of having done multiple interviews, radio shows and podcasts, his opportunities for other career avenues are increasing. Working at Google may have given him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to technology, making him a different kind of artist than the typical “Hip Hop.”

#TBT

Since you all know, I’m a fan of Hoodie Allen, so I wanted to throw it back to the first time I ever saw him live. In honor of seeing him several times this upcoming tour of his, Hanging With Hoodie, I’m doing this small TBT.

Back in 2015, when Boys of Zummer came to my city, I immediately got tickets to it. I was dying to see Hoodie live, so when I got my hands on PIT passes and his VIP package, I was so happy. I have been a fan of him since 2012, so being able to meet him for the first time that day was everything to me. June 20th was the day Boys of Zummer came to Bangor, and when everything changed for the better. I wouldn’t change anything about that day because meeting Hoodie has made my life so different. The VIP experience included some merchandise of his, a polaroid picture with him, and a regular Meet and Greet photo. After meeting Hoodie and seeing him live, I was just too excited and couldn’t wait to see him again. Meeting a celebrity you love and look up to is everything you could ever ask for. The lineup for the show was good, the backdrops were amazing, and just being in my hometown was perfect. That tour was definitely one for the books. Personally after that day, I’ve become a lot closer with Hoodie, and have met some incredible people who I call my best friends to this day all from liking his music. I can’t thank him enough for everything he does for his fans, and I can’t wait to see him on this upcoming tour in November.

P.S I’ll definitely have a post about this tour of his, so be ready!

#MCM

Alright, so since today is Monday, I figured I’d do a little “Man Crush Monday” post. Usually people will post on social media celebrities they have a crush on, so I figured I’ll share mine in a blog. These two guys have impacted my life in such a positive way. I wanted to dedicate this post to Hoodie Allen and Sammy Adams. Ever since 2012-2013, when I first started listening to their music, I’ll always support them. Their music is one I depend on for hard times in my life, or even just a small pick me up on my way to work. The music calms me down, and is a way for me to tell myself that everything will get better, and to not give up. My love for them is huge and will never stop. I’ve done crazy things like camp out for thirty hours on the streets of two cities, and fly to a whole other state just for one show on a tour that didn’t come to my city. Both of their music is something I’ll always listen to, and I’ll always sing my heart out to their songs during the shows.

 

To sum up this post, let me just say one last thing. Support your local artists, and support your friends who want to be an artist, and lastly just support any artist you love! This doesn’t mean spend thousands of dollars on traveling for them, but just buy their music. Tell everyone about this artist, and to give their music a listen. Buy their merchandise and help support their name in the world. Go to shows if you can with friends and just have a good time. These little things go a long way for the artists you’re supporting.