On August 24, the Facebook page that I often am updating, and talking about on here is turning two years old! Its rather hard to believe that I have had the page nearly two years already, and we only just this year started really getting members.
At the beginning of the year, we were still under three hundred. In just seven, nearly eight months, we've recieved over five hundred new members. That's mind boggling to me! I came up with a new goal today, that I need everyone's help on!
My goal is to get 1,000 people on the page by August 24. As of this very second, we only have 836 people on the page, so we need 164 people, but if several people help out, this goal won't be impossible.
I am going to be going into advertising overload, but I alone can not do this. If you view Immortal Music, and you are NOT on Music = Life, please follow the link at the bottom of this article to the Facebook page and 'like' it. I post constantly, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
We play games, post pictures, songs, lyrics -you name it, we do it! Its a lot of fun, and there's a lot of interaction. Trust me, you'll enjoy it.
If you already liked the page, here's what I want you to do. Simply share it on anything you've got. Your profile, website, Facebook page, whatever. Also, go and share it with Facebook pages, but don't spam! I don't want to get in trouble, so just post it one time on pages.
If we get to this goal, I'll be incredibly thrilled and grateful! Thank you guys for helping me get this far, and thank you in advance for helping me get further. I couldn't do it without you. I know, anyone with fans says that, but its true. Nobody who has fans can really do what they do without them.
After all the hype I've always heard about Warped tour, I was expecting one of the best days of my life. I knew it'd be hotter than Hell, and I knew there'd be conflicts, but it feels like that's mostly all I got.
Not five minutes after getting to the venue, we were sweating our asses off, along with thousands of other music lovers. That was tolerable, clothing got stripped off, handheld fans got pulled out, and water bottles got poured onto heads. I had some nice conversations with some really awesome people -I felt at home just like I do at every concert. That's when the problems started.
I knew I needed to go to one certain tent to get my press and photo pass, and I had no idea where to go. I talked to several people, and the only semi helpful answer I recieved was that there was a meeting currently being held about where to put the tent, and it would be up shortly. That seemed fair, it was only 9:30AM. So, we went over to the Feed The Children tent, turned in our old cell phones, and cans of food so we could get our 'skip the line' passes, and then rejoined the crowd.
I checked back several times, with various people about the press tent, as well as when the official announcement about where the line for the "skip the line" area would begin. That was never announced, but luckily I happened to ask someone about it right as it opened.
We were in, and thought it was so cool for about five minutes. It looked either like a theme park when it first opened, or a carnival. Crowds everywhere, various tents with merchandise, food, and drinks, and of course the stages. We knew we had to get me checked in, so I could be all set for my interviews, so we borrowed a friend's map, looked at it, and tried to figure out where we had to be. We still had no idea, and since I had to be at the Vans Guest List tent, it only made sense to ask the people at the Vans tent.
The guy tried to help, and explained where he thought we were supposed to go. We did get lost, but with that set up, it wasn't surprising that we ended up making a big circle back to the Vans tent. We asked him again if he could possibly explain to us where it was, because clearly we missed something the first time. He did, and we went where he told us to. That's where the wild goose chase began.
From there, we were told to go to the other side of Warped tour, and of course we did. We went back and forth, across the entire place at least seven times. We were hot, and I was getting seriously frustrated, to the point that I actually started bawling, just from sheer frustration.
After about an hour and a half of this bullshit, and getting sent back up to the will call center for the second time, a very nice lady was able to tell me where the tent was. For some reason, nobody was smart enough to tell me that it was set up just outside the gate to the venue, and apparently had been since the doors opened. I finally got that done and over with, and got nearly instant access to the press area.
I was relieved, and actually fighting tears of relief at this point. (I was very emotional, in case you couldn't guess.) I thought everything was all good, until I got to the press trailer. Come to find out, I actually wasn't guarenteed interviews like I was led to believe, or at least not with anyone I wanted. I had to have pre-approval for bands like Mayday Parade, and Pierce The Veil, and even though I had tried to get that, I was told to only talk to the Warped tour people.
Obviously, I didn't get those and I was not surprised when I was told that Falling In Reverse was not doing interviews. They're one of the biggest bands on Warped, and I know at least Ronnie doesn't venture into the crowds of Warped tour much. What I was very disappointed, and upset about was the fact that I was told the only band that I might be able to get an interview with that I had asked for, was We Are The In Crowd. Even they were filling up fast.
I was told Blood On The Dance Floor, Blessthefall, Sleeping With Sirens never wanted to do interviews today, AND All Time Low came into her office this morning apologizing and saying that they wanted to decline all interviews for today. Myself, and several other people were very disapppointed, and wanted to know why. Come to find out, ATL took part in the infamous Warped tour parties that we all know happen last night, and now all had hang overs. I was kind of angry and upset, but I brushed it off, even though I was highly displeased.
I was debating on just saying, "Thank you, but no thank you." to all interview then, since I was not going to be getting anyone I really wanted, but after I said that all the ones I wanted were not doing interviews today, Bethany (the publist) asked if I'd be willing to interview smaller bands. I didn't want to pass up interviews, so I said I would.
That's when this guy that was standing by the door spoke up and said he and his friend were part of a smaller band. He told me that they were part of Mighty Mongo, and were from St. Pete, FL, and would love to do an interview with me, if I wanted. I agreed, and we actually did the interview moments later. They were honestly, the highlight of my day, and their interview is the first one I ever got to film.
The set times were stupid, too. None of the bands we wanted to see were playing until after one o'clock. With the exception of We Are The In Crowd, we managed to catch a song and a half of theirs, but only because we were lost and happened to stop near their stage to figure out where to go next.
We decided to wander, and look at a few merch tents, and ended looking only at the tents for Falling In Reverse, Mayday Parade and All Time Low, as they were all three together. We sat down and debated on whether or not to stay until bands we liked started playing. It was only going to be one more hour, but the heat was really getting to us, there was no cold water in the refill stations (even though they claimed their would be), and we honestly didn't know how much longer we'd survive. It just seemed smarter to call it quits, so I bought a Mayday Parade poster, and we left.
I'm not sure if it was Warped tour itself that is crap, or if its the venue, but regardless something needs to be re-examined and fixed. This is actually the first concert I've ever been to that I had more fun talking to people outside than I did inside the actual show.
You're always hearing of fans going on these epic journeys for concerts, so maybe my story is no different. That being said, I feel like its impressive, regardless of how many people have done the exact same thing.
I have been working my ass off making my plans for Warped tour, and tomorrow I will be making the journey with a couple people. All day today, I am making final preparations, such as thinking up questions for eight bands, and making sure my "survival pack" is fully put together.
I am bringing a full survival pack complete with water bottles, granola bars, gatorade, a mini fan, notebook with questions, spare batteries for the camera, and a few extra things just in case. My questions are mostly thought up, and as soon as I finish them, I have to design a couple graphics to bring with me so I can get autographs from bands.
I may be a "professional" but I still want autographs and photographs for my own enjoyment. I was a fan first, and a professional second.
Everything is planned, my friends that are coming with me are coming to my house tonight so we can all just get up and go early tomorrow morning. When I say early -I mean early! We are getting up, and leaving at three o'clock in the morning, driving three hours across the state, just to make sure we're there early. I'm hoping to be at the venue at least two hours early, as I do have to find a place to check in.
The full report about my Warped experience will be posted sometime next week, after I recover from Warped. This is going to rock!
Yes, yes, I know, Warped tour has BEEN here, what the fuck is this girl talking about? Right? That's totally what you thought when you saw the title, isn't it? I say that because tomorrow the Vans Warped tour will be in West Palm Beach, Florida and guess who's going?
That's right! Yours truly, Ariel. I could not be more excited, but I'm actually sort of nervous at the same time. This is huge for me, like all around a new experience for me. I'm traveling three hours away, with two friends -no parents-, to go to Warped tour! I hear Warped is an experience all its own, so this should be fun.
On top of getting to see these amazing bands in their element, I am getting interviews. I got the confirmation email this morning, saying I have to get there early to check in with one certain person at the press tent, and that the bands usually start doing interviews around noon.
I still do not know who all I get, but the email was just vague enough it looks promising that I may get everyone I asked for. That list, once again, just in case you haven't seen me mention it several times between the Facebook page and posts on here is below.
All Time Low, Blessthefall, Blood On The Dance Floor, Falling In Reverse, Mayday Parade, Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens, and We Are The In Crowd.
I know some of you did submit questions for various bands, but unfortunately, Facebook is stupid and has been deleting comments lately. So, most of the questions you guys asked, have been deleted. I'm sorry about that. :( If you can remember your questions, or just have any for the bands listed above, please post them here or on the Facebook page. Preferably on Music = Life, as we all know I'm more likely to see that faster.
I currently have sixteen questions for All Time Low, ten for Falling In Reverse, fourteen for Blood On The Dance Floor, fifteen for Pierce The Veil, thirteen for Blessthefall, and ten for Sleeping With Sirens.
As you can see I am pretty much good on questions for All Time Low, Blood On The Dance Floor, Pierce The Veil and Blessthefall. I would like a couple more for Falling In Reverse, and Sleeping With Sirens, and I severally need questions for Mayday Parade and We Are The In Crowd.
I will be on YouTube on and off all day today watching interviews in hopes to get more questions thought up, but if you could post questions too, I'd be genuinely happy.
All interviews will be posted here on Immortal Music throughout next week, and will be in text form as I was informed I am not allowed to film at this venue.
Something else that will be posted will be a full report about Warped tour. That means I will be posting my full experience of Warped tour. Expect that sometime next week, along with pictures. All pictures will be posted on Music = Life.
The Uproar Festival, sponsored by Rockstar energy drinks has been going on for years, and its swiftly approaching for this year. The tour begins August 17 in Bonner Springs, Kansas and ends on September 30 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The tour features many bands such as Papa Roach, Shinedown, Adelita's Way, Thousand Foot Krutch, former Hollywood Undead member, Duece, and many more. Despite what the rumors have said, there is currently no proof that Asking Alexandria is in any way, shape or form part of Uproar 2012.
Why am I talking about this, you may ask? Well, that is because yourse truly is currently working on going to the festival. Not only for the thrill of a concert, but to get interviews and photographs! Nothing in set in stone just yet, but I was fortunate enough to recieve a press form, along with a list of contact information for all the bands on Uproar. It is truly an honor to have just been given all this information, and the possible chance of being face to face with these incredible rockstars.
Here's where you guys come in. I want you to help me out with questions. I have formerly requested interviews with Shinedown, Papa Roach, and Duece. The main one I need help with is Duece, but all fan questions are welcome. Please don't hesitate to submit a question! As long as I do get these interviews, your questions will be answered.
Thanks again guys. You are the best, and I can't wait to hear you're questions.
In light of someone passing away at Warped tour yesterday, I feel it is about time I talked about this. I have been privately discussing the dangers of Warped tour with a friend of mine and I have said many time that they need to revamp Warped tour.
I get it. Its supposed to be like the 'punk rock summer camp' so of course a lot of it will be outside, but that gets dangerous! With most of the country experiencing weather of over 90 degrees, I'm surprised only one person has died at Warped tour this year. I was thinking about it, and there's other ways to set up Warped.
I was thinking that if they had it in arena's or stadiums, it'd be far less dangerous. My local arena is a perfect circle, and I was thinking what they could do is set up two stages on the floor of the arena, and have one setting up while a band is playing on the other stage, so they can just alternate all day. Merch tents in the hallways. If they wanted other stages, then they can take a section of the parking lot and just set up a couple out there. That way, people have easy access to air condtioning. That alone could save lives.
Recently, two pictures were posted on Music = Life. Both we t-shirts, clearly designed in Photoshop. One was simple, white, and said, "Music is Immortal" with a small heart, and the other was a bit more complicated. Its black, with white headphones, says, "Music is my religion", with white music notes going across the bottom.
There's a few minor snags. I will be making these, but I currently am still figuring out all the details. I'm figuring the all out as I go along, as I just decided in the past few days to actually start selling shirts.
The reason the shirts were designed in the first place was honestly out of sheer boredom on my part. I shared them on Music = Life, because I figured someone would want to see them. The response I got blew me away. I didn't expect anyone to say they wanted one, let alone a few people say so.
I went to Walmart, bought myself a plain white t-shirt, and made myself a "Music is Immortal" shirt. I showed it on the Facebook page, but still figured no one would want one. I made it just because I want to wear it to Warped tour and give myself some shameless self promotion for Immortal Music.
People wanted one. So, I looked into it, and am still looking into it. I have a good idea, I just don't have all the information. So far, I'm guessing the shirts will be about $20, if you're international, and $15 or so, if you are not. That of course, includes shipping and handling, but I'm not positive on that. I also have to take the materials into account.
Once more is known, I will let everyone know, and then hopefully get you guys your t-shirts. I am beyond stoked on this idea, like this is just crazy to me. Between the responses I've been getting here on Immortal Music, and now this, I finally feel like I'm getting somewhere with my dream. Dreams can come true, you just can't give up. You can't give into the temptation to quit, because you never know where life may take you if you stick to something.
Meanwhile, I still want people to let me know if they want shirts. I am writing down orders, and keeping them in mind as I search for stuff. More designs keep swirling around in my head, so they may be brought up to you guys in the near future.
I'm serious about this, and I really hope you guys do too. It puts a huge smile on my face knowing that people like what I'm doing, because there's that doubt in everyone's mind about someone actually caring what they do.
I feel like I'm pretty close to figuring this all out. I've figured out the store thing, and for the most part, the payment plans, but I still need to figure out how to get all the materials, and then price everything. I promise I'll get all of that worked out soon, I'm working on it very hard for you guys.
Thank you for showing your support, it means more to me than you probably realize!
Many of you have already gone to Warped tour in the past, or this year, but many have not and are going to this year. I've been advised by someone who went to Warped tour for two years in a row now, how to survive. I figured it only made sense for me to share it with you guys, as I know many of you are planning on going to the 2012 Vans Warped tour, and it can get quite dangerous out there.
Get a backpack. Preferably one of those see through ones you get a small child because you think they look cool. They're inexpensive at Walmart, and since its see through the security guards won't have to go through your bag when you get to the venue.
Make sure to put your wallet where you can get to it, but it's unseen by everyone else. You'll need the following supplies to properly survive Warped tour.
This is a must! You will be sweating your ass off, and you will get dehydrated. The website says they only allow one, unopened water bottle per person that can be refilled at their refill stations, but I have heard that a lot of venues will permit more. If you run out, do not hesitate to go to the refill station. It will be crowded but you'll need it.
Bring something healthy to eat, that won't melt. Like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or a protein bar. You will need it, and in the summer heat, you do not want to have something too heavy. You don't want to end up throwing up, because if you do, not only is that disgusting, but you'll feel worse afterward.
Its an all day, outdoor concert. Chances are you will not be in the amphitheater all day, so you will probably be exposed to the sun a lot. Do not forget the sunscreen, and to apply it frequently.
-An umbrella/ umbrella hat
You may look a little silly if you have an umbrella attatched to your head, but you know what? It'll create instant shade for yourself. It might be very helpful. I'm not sure if an actual umbrella would be permitted, as it could be seen as a weapon. I'm not sure why anyone would use it as a weapon, but then again I also don't see why people would beat someone with the chain from their Tripps.
-Camera PLUS SPARE BATTERIES
You're going to want to be taking pictures, and possibly video. Which means you may kill your camera more than once. Make sure you bring enough batteries.
Wear comfortable fitting shoes, and clothing. Its the middle of the summer, you can just wear a bathing suit! If not, stick to light colored things, like a white tank top, and shorts. If you wear all black, and skinny jeans, you're pretty much asking for a heat stroke. Be smart about this.
Also remember sunglasses, if you have them, your cell phone, of course your ticket, and stuff for bands to sign! You can buy stuff, but if you already have a CD for one of the bands going, do not forget to bring it, because you might find them, and if you do, chances are they'll sign it for you.
I hope this was helpful! If there's anythng I
I've talked about this in previous blogs, and all over Music = Life, but I feel like I didn't fully explain myself. I have a Youtube channel that I am now using in connection to Immortal Music and Music = Life. The Youtube channel is MusicVamp527, and I've actually had it since September 2010. That's just after the creation of Music = Life.
For the longest time, I only used it to make lyric videos of songs that I like. I have 70 videos currently up on the channel, and most of them are lyric videos or live videos from concerts. A couple videos are promotional things that I was asked to share by bands like Lower Lands or We're All Virus. I have some other random things on there as well, but I recently started making my own videos!
They're all on different topics, I have one about why Immortal Music exsists, various update videos for Immortal Music, a rant about the wilderness, and a few others. They're not the best quality videos, I'll admit that, but as long as you either have earbuds on or your volume up somewhat high, you'll be fine. I'm trying to post them more and more, but due to Youtube's uploader being a pain in the ass most days, they unforunately do not get posted all the time.
That is also where any interviews I get at Warped tour will be posted. That is assuming I am permitted to film it.
I am supposedly a 'Youtube Partner' now, so that should mean Youtube will pay me. However, I have yet to get enough views to get paid! I think the only reason they offered it to me is because I recently got over one million views on my lyric video for "Not Strong Enough" by Apocalytpica featuring Brent Smith of Shinedown.
If you're at all interested, please go check out the channel. Like the videos, subscribe, and do whatever you want, I'll be happy with it. Thanks for checking it out!
Everyone is well aware that some people cut. Some say its a way to release your stress and forget, but I don't understand that at all. I've always said its the exact opposite. If you cut, you might leave a scar, and then what? You'll just remember why you did it. Like my favorite song says, "Our scars remind us that the past is real."
Cutting is not cool. If there's anyone out there who does it, they should probably try to get some help before they do some serious damage to themselves. The reason I am talking about this is because I stumbled across a picture that may or may not be real.
I'm not sure if this is a real thing, but the only time you should have fake scars is for Halloween. This is just promoting such God awful things. They're making it sound like its cool, but even the people that do cut don't claim its cool. Or if they do, its because they have something seriously wrong, and need help.
On top of that, why the hell would you fake being depressed to the point of self harm? That just is screwwed up more than I can even fathom.
I'm not certain that this product is real, but I certainly hope its not. Cutting is no joking matter, and if there's anyone out there that cuts, please stop. There's better ways to deal with the stress of lives then cutting yourself up. To keep yourself from cutting, do what is called "The Butterfly project". Draw a butterfly on your wrists, and every time you look at it remind yourself why you put it there in the first place.
Also, talk to people. The right people, like a very close friend or family member. Even a therapist, if you feel that'll be more help to you.
Remember this: Life is a bitch, because if it were easy it'd be a slut. Even then, it still would not be easy because there'd be STD's. Life always is going to have its up's and down's, but that's because one without the other wouldn't make sense. We wouldn't be able to appreciate the other, because we wouldn't know the difference. Also keep in mind that no matter how much you think your life sucks, it could be a lot worse, and will get a lot better.
No life problem is worth harming yourself, or killing yourself earlier. Nothing in life is permanent, so why leave a permanent mark on yourself over it?
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