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!!!”

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!

Hello 2019

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Years Eve and New Years! I know I did, and this is post is going to break down how I spent the last day of 2018!

My friend and I headed to Boston for the last day of 2018, and we stayed in downtown Boston at the Found Hotel. We walked around after checking in with the hotel, and got Shake Shack on Newbury Street. We shopped a little as well, and then decided to go back and get ready for our New Year’s Eve plans. Once we got back into our room and started getting ready, we ordered Nicole’s pizza in Boston to have for when we got back later that night.

When we finished getting ready, we took some selfies of course, and got ready to head out around 8pm. It was raining a little a bit outside, nothing too major, but walkable to the train station weather. The weather had changed when we arrived at our stop, Dean road in Brighton, to go to my co workers party. It was down pouring and we were, I guess you could say soaked, arriving at her party. Drying off we had some drinks, and talked with everyone there having a nice time. More people started to arrive, and the room got smaller with everyone coming in and dancing in the living room area.

The clock was ticking down to the last hour of 2018, and people were buzzed off Champagne and beer, but excited to ring in the New Year. Once the clock struck midnight, and the ball dropped in Times Square, NYC, everyone started cheering and saying “Happy New Year.” The confetti poppers went out, selfies were being taken, and high fives were going all around the room. I can say it was an interesting end of 2018 and start of 2019, but I’m glad I’ll have those memories to look back on!

Can’t wait to see what this New Year brings!

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!