Hello there! Chances are if you're seeing this, I either sent it to you, asking for assistance with a band, or you are a fan of my website. Either way -hello and welcome! Second, let me apologize for looking obnoxious via social media. Please know its for an exceptionally good reason, and will be over soon enough. Third thing, I wrote this article to get all the details out there, so everyone can be in the loop. I've been using Twitter to promote them, and Twitter does not have enough characters to explain much of anything. So, this felt like a good alternative.
Just in case you don't care about the details of this in the slightest, and just would like to help out, right here is the link to their Warped tour page, Facebook and Twitter. You can vote once per day, per email address you have -and for as many bands as you'd like every single day. You do not have to like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, but it'd be appreciated if you did. Thank you very much for your love and support. Its highly appreciated by myself and the band.
Twitter - Twitter.com/needtheremedy
Now, let's get into this, because I really don't think you want to read a jumbled tangent about good intentions and such. This is about the Warped tour Battle Of The Bands, and I have been working extremely hard to get one particular band on Warped. This band is Remedy X, and I am their manager. You probably don't have a clue who they are, but that's the thing about music...every band is once unknown to you and the rest of the world. All of the greatest musicians out there once were nobodies.
Everybody deserves a chance.
Not to mention, new music is always awesome. You might not like them -and that's fine. You also might love them, and you will not know unless you give them a chance. So, what I am asking in a very long, convoluted way, is if you could check them out and vote for them to be on the 2014 Vans Warped tour. Hold on, there's some details you need to know.
-Yes, the tour has started already. But this Battle is for all the dates, but bands do NOT get to play the entire tour.
-The cut off for each band depends on the date they are trying to play. Ours is July 11, because we are trying to play on July 25.
-We might not be coming near you, but that is NOT a reason not to vote.
Here's the thing -Warped tour has been where so many musicians got their start. Their first real chance at the lives they dream of. It only takes one person getting interested to make or break someone's career. We might only be trying to play one date, but it could be a life changing day! Who knows what could happen in that day. This could possibly open doors for us that will one day bring us to your neck of the woods. Doesn't matter where you are -it could happen one day! We just need to be given our chance.
Another very confusing thing is we're not sure if we're in or not as of June 22, 2014. It appears at first that its the top 200 bands get onto Warped tour. So, we've been working toward getting in the top 200 on the Battle Of The Bands list for over three months now, and today we got in. Remedy X as of about 10 AM on Sunday, June 22 was at the 199 spot. We need to get into a safe zone, of at least 180 to be guaranteed a spot. OR SO WE THOUGHT. Today, the bassist of the band, Patrick, noticed that while the main part of the website says the top 200 bands get in, the rules say its the top 100. Some messages have been sent out to Warped tour, and bands that should know one way or the other if they will be playing now (due to their cut off dates.) to find out, but nothing has been acknowledged yet.
There's a lot of unknowns, but we're not giving up now. Until we're told votes no long count, and time is up, we're going to keep going. Its been a long, stressful process, but its worth going for. I hope someone out there understands.
Once again, you can vote for them here, and you can vote once per day, per email you have. Voting for them does NOT effect you voting for another band, you can vote for as many bands as you'd like every single day, as far as I am aware. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter, if you're interested.
Thank you so much for your assistance. Its appreciated more than I think anyone out there understands. If they get on, everyone will know, because I will post something here about it, on their Facebook page, and probably will be contacting people who voted through Twitter. Thank you once again!
Hey everyone! I hope you guys are all well, and if you aren't, please accept a virtual hug from me. I hope you know that things will get a lot better, if you're not okay. I can't tell you when it'll happen, but keep holding on, it will!
Anyways, I actually wanted to give you guys an update about everything that's going on right now because of a few reasons. The main one is just because I am extremely excited about all of this, and really want to share it with you guys. The secondary reason is because I've talk about it some on the page, but its only been statuses here and there. I have a lot of things going on, most of which directly involved Immortal Music, but some of it also includes the band I manage, Remedy X. Its all very exciting, and as I said there is a lot, so I will quit rambling and just get into it.
Immortal Music will be going to Uproar 2014, and is working on several interviews! Only one has been confirmed so far, and that is with Within Reason. Surprisingly enough, their press person remembered me from when he contacted me in 2012 for an interview. I am very excited to do this because I have actually never gotten to do a second interview with someone! It sounds very strange to say, "This is my first second interview." But it is! Its the first time a band has agreed to work with me for a second time. I am still waiting on replies for several more interviews at Uproar, and away from Uproar!
For Uproar, I asked for a total of nine interviews. That's also a first! I have never asked for so many interviews at one event ever. Most of them probably will not be granted, but it did not hurt to ask. As I said, I will be interviewing Within Reason, and I am waiting to hear back from Godsmack, Skillet, Escape The Fate, Seether, Buckcherry, Redlight King, and New Medicine. I also asked for Pop Evil, but they passed upon this chance for now. However, I am not too disappointed because their press person was very nice and told me to keep in touch, so perhaps an interview would be possible in the future.
So, if you have questions for any of the bands listed above, please do not hesitate to send your questions to me on Facebook. Just message the page, and please make sure you tell me which band you are asking the question for, and tell me if you want your name included or not.
I also heard back from Redlight King's press lady this morning, and she said she is busy at the moment, but will get back to me as soon as possible. Through her though, I found the press contact for Demi Lovato. After some debating, I went ahead and requested an interview with her for September 15. I'm aware this isn't the normal kind of interview I normally ask for, but frankly, I am sincerely hoping to get this. I have been a fan of Demi Lovato since I was thirteen years old and I have a lot of respect for her. Not to mention, getting that interview would just be incredible for my career, because she has over thirty-five million fans, and to get my name connected to that, could prove to be amazing. I'm not exactly holding my breath for that one, but I decided it was worth trying to ask for. Not to mention, a very random and cool fact: Camp Rock (Demi Lovato's 'debut' as we all know her.) was released on Disney Channel exactly six years ago today. For some reason, I find that to be extremely cool.
I will be reviewing Adelitas Way's new album, Stuck a month before its release on Monday! I will be attending a show with them and The Pretty Reckless on September 21 in Fort Lauderdale, FL and requested my second interview with them. Their press person responded by asking if I'd be willing to do it over email, not in person, and I said yes, but stated I was greatly hoping to ask some questions about the new album, but since it is not out yet, I cannot ask much about it yet. She was nice enough to send me the album a month early, so I can come with with some questions. As of the moment I was typing this out, I had not heard any of it, but you guys will hear what I think closer to the release date. I was told I can definitely review it, but she'd prefer I wait to post it until closer to the release date. The album, Stuck, will be out on July 29, so I will try to post the review sometime around then, if not on that day.
Now onto Warped tour -there's a lot to do with this. I will not be doing interviews at Warped tour 2014, except for one, if he follows through with it. YouTuber DeeFizzy told me one day last week that he was "down" to do an interview with me at Warped tour in Saint Petersburg, FL. However, before I really accepted that I would not be getting the needed credentials, I decided to contact a few bands about potential interviews. This was because in 2012, I was told by Warped tour not to contact the bands before hand requesting interviews, just to get to the show and be told I should have. So, I decided to just cover my ass entirely and ask ahead of time. I'm realizing now that Warped tour is going to deny me this year, but I went ahead and messaged the two bands that had answered me saying if I got my credentials to let them know and they would set things up. Those two bands were ATTILA and Bayside. ATTILA has not answered me yet, but Bayside as soon as I get the questions sent to them, to feel free to email them to their press person. So, if you have questions for Bayside, please let me know! I am going to be trying to send them soon, so please be quick about it. I hope to do the same with ATTILA, but who knows if they will answer me.
As many people know, I have been working extremely hard on pushing Remedy X to get on Warped tour. We're still not quite there yet, but its so close, I feel its not a jinx to say that its going to happen. They need to be in the top 200 to get on Warped tour, and they are as of today at 204. They need a minimum of 89.4% buzz rating and 200 on the list to get on, and they have 89.3% and are at 204, as I just said. I am still pushing it extremely hard, and will keep at it until the time is up. We have to get up to the top 200 and stay up there until around July 11, I believe. The website says that the cut off date for each band to get promotion is two weeks prior to the show they are trying to play at and we are trying to play at the July 25 show. That show is in Saint Petersburg, FL, and while I wish we were playing more dates, that is not the case.
The entire time I have been promoting, I have told certain people when they asked that fact, and have said that I am hoping Warped tour will open many doors for them. This hope, is proving to be totally logical as today they got an offer that was simply incredible. Someone came to me today, asking if they'd be interested in playing some shows in Hollywood. I thought they meant Hollywood, Florida, which is close-ish to Tampa, FL, but some research showed that this man went Hollywood California. He was asking if they'd be interested in several dates, spanning from June 21, all the way through August 31 at the LA House Of Blues, The Viper Room, and a couple others. Alas, we cannot accept this offer for the time being due to funds, but the offer is incredible! This was their first out of state offer, and then to have it at one of the biggest venues in the country? Simply incredible. No other word is there to describe it. I emailed the man back and told him we appreciated the offer but could not afford to do it right now.
Another incredible thing is that a man I contacted via Twitter works with several radio stations in the UK, and will be playing their music all week! They're getting air time in the UK! I posted all the details on their Facebook page, so please go check that out. That same man also will be doing a review of them on a magazine he works with sometime soon. All sorts of updates on what happens with them will be on their page, so please be sure to go check that out.
So....I think that's everything! Did I forget something? Let's recap, mostly for my own brain. I have requested interviews with Redlight King, Godsmack, Seether, Escape The Fate, Within Reason, Pop Evil, Skillet, Buckcherry, New Medicine, Demi Lovato, Adelitas Way, 5 Seconds Of Summer, The Pretty Reckless, Bayside and ATTILA recently. I've heard back from Pop Evil, who declined, Redlight King and The Pretty Reckless have both acknowledged me but not said yes or no yet. Adelitas Way and Bayside said yes to email interviews, and the rest are ones I am waiting to hear back from. I will definitely be at Uproar 2014 on August 30 in Saint Petersburg, FL, and Adelitas Way and The Pretty Reckless in Fort Lauderdale, FL on September 21. I will more than likely be at the 2014 Vans Warped tour on July 25, but as I've stated before all depends on Remedy getting on Warped tour. They're basically there, but the real key is getting up there and staying up there until the cut off date.
Other concert dates that are in question for Immortal Music are Demi Lovato on September 15 in Orlando, FL, 5 Seconds of Summer (Really, its One Direction's tour but I want to go for 5SOS) on October 3, and Five Finger Death Punch on October 14. I'd also really like to attend The Dead Rabbits show in Orlando, FL on July 20, and A Day To Remember on either October 10 or 11 which is also in Orlando, but I do not see that happening at all. I just cannot swing the money.
I think that's it....and I am thrilled for it all to be happening! Thank you so much, all of you, for supporting me, and the band, and just being there! I appreciate it a lot, and this is just amazing to me. Its so nice to see things starting to fall into place, and its amazing. Oh! One more thing, I am so excited to see that my website has gotten about 13,000 views in the past month! So, thank you for that.
I am going to stop rambling now. I am sorry you had to read for so long, I told you I had a lot to say! By the way, before I go, yes, I will be vlogging Warped tour, Uproar, and probably some of Adelitas Way as well. And Demi's show if I get to go. Basically, expecting some exciting vlogs in the next few months! Thank you for reading all this, and all your support. I'm going to go now. Have a good day/afternoon/night! I love you, goodbye.
The term 'fangirl' is used quite often in this world. Whether its refering to the fanbase of musicians, comic books, movies, YouTubers or something entirely different, I think it cheapens a lot of things. By definition a fangirl is, "A female who has overstepped the line between healthy fandom and indecent obsession." Assumably the term fanboy, means the exact same thing, only with male instead of female. The definition alone though does not sound good.
Now, its fine if you wish to call yourself a fangirl/boy of someone, or something. It doesn't have to bother you or cheapen anything. You know how much you love that thing, and what it means to you. A word might not make a difference to you in the slightest. For myself though, its almost an insult. Let me explain, I realize that sounds a bit strange to say.
Music journalists, such as myself, start doing what they do simply because they are a fan of music. Obviously, there's going to be some artists they favor, and even adore. A lot of the time, someone can't express a great love for any 'fandom' as the internet calls it, without getting called a fangirl. And when I hear someone call me nothing more than a fangirl, I feel that takes away from what I do. It goes from a passion for something, to nothing more than a silly obsession. Not saying obsessions are silly, in fact, they're quite fun to have. Its just....I am trying to build a reputation, in a world where I'm already not taken seriously by many. I try to be 'professional' even though I actually have no idea what it means to be professional. I just write about what I love -which is music.
When I think of a fangirl, I picture someone who's crying and screaming just at the sight of the celebrity they love. That's fine, and they have reasons to be crying and screaming. There's nothing wrong with being a fangirl, just...that's not me. Only celebrities I have ever cried and screamed over are the Jonas Brotehrs. I was younger though, and I admit, if Nick Jonas got in the same room with me, I cannot guarentee the fifteen year old JB fanatic would not come out of me. I'd try to contain it though because I want to be remembered, not as another crying, screaming fan, but as me.
Not to mention, I am quite strange I think, when it comes to band members or other celebrities. I don't put them up on pedistals. I see them for what they are -human beings. I'd say 'normal people', but nobody is normal, so that doesn't work in the slightest. I can even be a huge fan of someone, and even be super excited to be meeting them, but the second they walk up, something comes over me. The nerves and excitment just go away the moment they are within earshot of me, and its just like walking up to any random person in Walmart. I hope that feeling isn't just something I experience.
I don't know....I just don't like being called a fangirl, because as cocky and pretentious as this is going to sound, I'd like to think I'm more than that. Yes, I let down my professional walls and talk about band members as if they're my friends, and practically drool over pictures and fanfictions now and again. Its an escape! Music is an escape and there's a time and place to be a fan, and to be professional. Regardless of if I get paid for this, this is my work. A lot of people don't realize that. They see what I do as a hobby, as something I just do for fun, but its so much more to me. Its my life.
Perfect example of why I really don't see myself as a 'fangirl', and how it apparently is not obvious. As many people who follow my work know, I am a very big fan of All Time Low. I saw them for the first time in 2012, and a friend of mine came with me for this show. He hardly had a clue who ATL was, but I needed help getting to the show, so he helped out. At the show, we met Jack Barakat, and my friend apparently was expecting me to freak out over him. Jack walked up, he talked with another friend of mine (who has met him many times before), about various things, including an interview with me. I probably looked like I was being shy, because I wasn't saying a word, but I actually was just trying to be poliet. Those two knew each other, Jack didn't know me. When he was asked about my interview, he looked almost pained because he had to say no. I said it was fine, and actually ended up shooing him away not long after that because he admitted he was late for his meet and greet, after agreeing to take a picture with me really fast. He hesitated to say yes to the picture, and I saw that, so I asked if he was late for something. (This was partly because I had seen their tour manager running around, clearly stressed out and had told us he was trying to get the meet and greet situated.) I admit, I did wait an hour after the show to get that picture, and do also have almost all of All Time Low's signatures on a copy of Don't Panic. I am a fan, I freely admit that.
But what amuses me , is just a few weeks ago, the same friend of mine used the word "fangirl" and I said, "I don't fangirl." He responded with, "Bullshit! All Time Low." I feel like I might have been slightly insulted and taken aback by him saying that, so I probably a bit defensively responded with, "No. You were there when I met Jack." (Just throwing this out there, I am only talking about meeting Jack Barakat because I only half met Rian and Zack and have yet to actually meet Alex still.) His answer surprised me, because I thought he knew that show was my first All Time Low show, and that moment when Jack walked up was the first time I had even seen him in person. He responded with, "What about the FIRST time you met him?" He didn't know how to respond at all when I said, "That was the first time!" He hasn't said I was a fangirl of anything ever since.
I don't know. What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you mind being called a fangirl/boy of things? Do you think it cheapens things, or is it just a word? Clearly, I don't think its just a word, and kind of went on a rant about it all.
Warped tour has now begun, and many more are underway. Worldwide there are a ton of music festivals, which are all just outdoor, all day concerts. In theory, that sounds amazing, no matter which one we're talking about. Some are better than others though. Some say Warped tour beats all, others say its Download, Soundwave, Coachella, SXSW, Lollapalooza, or Uproar. Or some other one!
Personally, as for experiences Immortal Music has been through, Uproar Festival beats all. When I went, it was perfect. It wasn't too hot, or too windy, and there was no issues what so ever. It was just get in there, and get to experience the music, along with the behind the scene part of the music instantly. Warped tour, so far, is probably the worst, in my book. Its proven to be quite disorganized, though its brilliant in theory. Most people disagree with me, and for fans, its almost perfect. It would be perfect, if they did not decide to have it in the dead of summer when it was hotter than Hell just about everywhere.
That being said, though I have never been, and have no chance of going while being more or less broke, I think Download Festival in the UK or Soundwave in Australia always sounds the best. The lineups every year are incredible, and I hear the experience is always awesome as well. Alas, I am on the wrong side of the ocean for Download, and on the wrong side of the world for Soundwave.
What do you think about festivals? Do you like the very idea of them, or would you prefer normal concerts? If you do like festivals, what one is your favorite?
Are you guys sick of me mentioning this yet? I'm assuming you actually know what I'm talking about. Just in case, I'll explain. If you do know what I'm talking about, feel free to skim this part, so I don't bore you with the details. I shall get to my point shortly.
This Battle Of The Bands thing I am talking about is through Warped tour and its thousands of up and coming bands competing to get in the to 200 of a list. The top 200 is special because those bands get to play selected dates on Warped tour. I stated in a separate article that Immortal Music was directly involved with the BOTB this year. While, saying that sounds extremely cool, as if Immortal Music is sponsoring it or something, its actually more involving the person behind Immortal Music.
I manage a band called, Remedy X, and we have been pushing exceptionally hard to get them on Warped tour. Its been an extremely long road, and the road has not come to an end just yet. We need your help extremely badly. The goal is to get them on the lineup for the July 25 date, which is in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Now, I'm aware that this date will not be one that everyone can go to, but hear me out on this.
Everyone has to start somewhere.
I believe in these boys a lot, not just because they're my friends but because I see their talent. We're all hoping that getting on this date for Warped tour could open up a ton of doors. Promoting them alone has gained them so much. Radio stations across the country have noticed, and a few magazines from across the globe have acknowledged them. Doors are already open, and getting on Warped tour could be the step in the right direction.
Everyone deserves a chance to see their dreams become reality, right? I think everyone can agree with that. Something else everyone can agree on is how much is sucks to get so close to a goal that you can almost taste what you're working so far, just to have it not work out.
That's the point we're at. Remedy X is at 233 on the list, with 88.3% (As of June 13, 2014 at 2:29pm EST. When you see this, who knows where they'll be.) and as I said before bands need to make it into the top 200 to get on Warped tour. We're so close and I'll be honest, its stressful as hell knowing we're this close and might not get it still.
That's where you guys come in. If you don't want to vote, fine. You don't have to, you don't have to do anything if you don't want to. But know this, it'd be highly appreciated and this could make a band's dreams come true. Every single band you know and love right now once started at the bottom. Where nobody knew their name, and hardly anyone cared. It took people caring and showing interest, and helping them to get them to the level they are today. You can vote for as many bands as you wanted, and its the top 200 that get in, and not every is direct competition for one another.
Cut offs for each band is two weeks prior to the shows that they're trying to play for, which is more than likely the cities closest to them. Ours, once again, is July 25. Our cut off date (I think, this is simply guesstimated.) is July 11. We have four weeks exactly to this day to go up at least thirty four more spots. We need your help a lot! Please come help. If nothing else, come and listen to them. That alone will help greatly!
A lot of people are using excuses not to vote. I've seen many people say, "Well, I've never heard of them." or "I've never heard their music." You once didn't know what your favorite bands sounded like either. To add to that, new music is always awesome, and there is music on the Warped tour page. There's also a link to more music (Their Reverbnation page), and social media sites. Its all there, its just up to you to care. Other people are saying to me, "Sorry, but I've already voted for so-and-so." You can help a ton of bands dreams come true.
So think about this, wouldn't you want someone to help you make your dreams -your dedications- come true? You wouldn't want your hard work to go to waste, right? Its just something to consider. Please keep that in mind, and come check them out. Hell, don't even just come and check them out, come check out some of the other bands also competing. There's a ton on the list that are really talented, and none are known. Except SayWeCanFly, he shouldn't even be on the damn list. He should have just been accepted on Warped tour.
It'd mean a lot to not only myself, but the band to get to play Warped tour. So many bands have gotten their starts at Warped tour, and I want them to get their chance.
You can come check out Remedy X, and vote here. By doing that, you will receive virtual hugs from Immortal Music, and Remedy X, and you've discovered new music! Its a win-win situation there.
I do a lot of thinking about the future, and I have made it clear that I have a lot of plans. One of those ideas is to have a tour, much like the AP tour that happens once to twice a year. That's how I'd like to start, anyways. Now this is very far off, and what you are are about to read is simply me daydreaming. I just thought it'd be fun to share with you guys. I would like to start with a tour one day, called the Immortal Music tour, or something like that, and then have an entire festival that is better than Uproar, or Warped tour.
Its still many, many years down the line, and will certainly not be like this at all. Like I said, its simply just a daydream, but hey, anything can start from a daydream, right? I've actually thought about the details of a festival and such, but for personal reasons, I will not be sharing those with you. This is simply the lineup, and basic set up of what my dream festival would be. Daydreams can be anything you want, so this lineup is not exactly realistic, as it mixes many genres, and includes bands that are no longer together. This is nothing serious, its just fun.
Even 'professionals', as I pretend to be, step back and enjoy the music. Anyone in this business started doing it because they were a fan of the music and musicians first, and it spiraled into more. Without further ado, let's get into my dream festival lineup.
This festival would feature all of the following: All Time Low, Mayday Parade, Pierce The Veil, Papa Roach, Fall Out Boy, Adam Gontier, Art Of Dying, Adelita's Way, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Sick Puppies, A Day To Remember, Of Mice And Men, Bring Me The Horizon, Escape The Fate, Demi Lovato, The Veer Union, Sleeping With Sirens, Memphis May Fire, State Champs, Escape The Fate, Halestorm, The Material, Disturbed, Simple Plan, Pop Evil, Nickelback, Stone Sour, Get Scared, Cavo, Daughtry, Boys Like Girls, Black Veil Brides, Avril Lavigne, Asking Alexandria, Avion Roe, and probably more that have been accidentally left out! (Some of the left out ones may be added to the festival ideas below.)
I would also insist that My Chemical Romance, Breaking Benjamin, DRUGS, and the Jonas Brothers all reunited just to play this show. I have no idea how I could manage such a thing, but this is a daydream -just go with it. By some magical force, I am making this happen, dammit.
Clearly, I like too many bands to have a simple, one day festival, and since they don't all mix well, maybe I should come up with more than one festival? I was trying to blend them all together, so it was just a variety of bands. That wasn't working too well though, because I really do not want to scheme out a four day festival. As badass as that would be, think of how exhausting just one day festivals are! So, below are a few different ideas for festivals, that might appeal to different people. The possibilities are endless, and frankly, I am having far too much fun thinking of them all.
The first one is more for those into pop punk, not its not all just pop punk. Just read on, you'll see what I mean, hopefully. The mix might still be a bit strange, but strange can be awfully fun sometimes!
The show would be opened up by Malaya, and A Gentlemen Army, and they would be opening up for all of the following.
The Material, State Champs, Life On Repeat, Avion Roe, Demi Lovato, Boys Like Girls, Avril Lavigne, Mayday Parade, The Maine, Sleeping With Sirens, Pierce The Veil, D.R.U.G.S, Get Scared, Escape The Fate, Asking Alexandria, Black Veil Brides, A Day To Remember, Simple Plan, All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, and whether people like it or not, the Jonas Brothers would be headlining.
The second would be more for those into alternative rock, or something along those lines. There's also some heavier and lighter bands in the mix too. Have I ever mentioned I am awful at naming genres of music? I just like what I like, I really do not care what genre they are.
This one would be opened up by Remedy X, and Sunshine & Bullets, and of course, the acts to follow them are as follows.
Cavo, Art Of Dying, Adelita's Way, Sick Puppies, The Veer Union, Pop Evil, Halestorm, Daughtry, Nickelback, Stone Sour, Memphis May Fire, Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice And Men, Five Finger Death Punch,Disturbed, Papa Roach, Shinedown, Adam Gontier, Breaking Benjamin and My Chemical Romance.
Personally, I'd actually want Shinedown and Adam Gontier to co-headline, BUT let's be honest, if My Chemical Romance and Breaking Benjamin made a comeback on the exact same night, it'd be a big deal. So, they'd probably be the headliners.
Now obviously, these festivals are not really possible, and if they were, they'd be extremely long days. Even if a Warped tour was pulled, and multiple bands were onstage at the same time, it'd still be a long, music filled day. I would not want to have more than one band on at once, just because its not exactly fair to make fans choose between bands! Some would say that is like choosing which one of your children you love more. You might have a favorite, but you refuse to admit it.
I considered adding other bands into the mix, just because I know many would love them. Such as Paramore, Man Overboard, Yellowcard, and Panic! At The Disco to the first list, or Chevelle, Evanescence, and 30 Seconds To Mars to the second, but this is mainly what I'd like to see. I see lineups quite similar for festivals such as Download Festival, Reeding Festival, or Soundwave, but I cannot go to such things. I live on the wrong side of the ocean for Download and Reeding festival, and the wrong side of the world for Soundwave.
If only they would accept monopoly money to get to such shows, I'd love to attend. One day it shall happen!
And one day. maybe there will be something like my imaginary festivals, with the Immortal Music name attached. The world today will never know, but maybe the future world will. I had fun with this post, so much so that it took me over an hour to write it. Let me know what you guys think about my line up ideas, and what yours as well! Its fun to daydream, never stop doing that.
So, for once, I was extremely late on something. Pierce The Veil released a documentary back in November 2013, called This is A Wasteland. I've wanted to see it ever since, but hadn't gotten the chance. I could not find the DVD anywhere in stores, and a close friend of mine said she had bought it for me for Christmas, so I never ordered it online. I only just got it in the mail the other day, and of course, I had to watch it right then and there. Of course, that also set off the writer and music lover in me. However, it took me a couple of days to figure out just how I wanted to word everything.
I wrote a proper review, if you're interested in reading it. This is simply my extra thoughts on it that were not appropriate for the review. Some of this isn't even relevant to This Is A Wasteland, just was sparked off of it. That's just how my brain works. It might not seem relevant sometimes, but somehow, it is.
This documentary both surprised and inspired me. I was not actually expecting a full blown documentary in the slightest. I knew what it was about, but I was expecting something along the lines of All Time Low's Straight To DVD. Where they talk some, but we mostly are seeing a concert. Concert DVDs are great, don't get me wrong, but this was so much better. I explained fully what it was in the review, so please go read that for details.
Warning: This point on is going to contain spoilers. Not too many, but enough that I do give that warning now. There will be references to some things -though probably not much- below as I talk about some of my thoughts that were inspired by this documentary. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.
Now that you have been warned that spoilers for This Is A Wasteland will show up from this point in, I shall continue on with what I wanted to say. As I said, this DVD was most certainly not what I was expecting. In fact, it exceeded all my expectations. Every band out there should do something like this. Whether they release a full blown documentary on DVD, or simple just 'vlog' for YouTube. (For those unfamiliar with the term 'vlog', it is simply a video blog.) Everyone needs to do this because fans often forget, I think, that being a rock star is actually a lot of hard work. Every tour has its up's and down's, and frankly, if bands keep up the pretense of leading lives of luxury, that will never be shown.
Something like this proves that they are real people, and that touring is not all fun and games. Yes, you do get to see the world, and meet thousands upon thousands of adoring fans. All of that while you are doing something you love, but there's also hours and hours of traveling in a bus or plane, very little privacy, and that does take a toll on you. Yes, over all, its an incredible journey, and they are indeed fortunate to get the experiences they do, but there is always two sides to the story.
Not to mention, that showing the struggles of touring the world, actually is proof that they're not lucky to have what they have. They (whoever they may be) say that good things come to those who wait. This is a bold faced lie. Okay, its not an entire lie, good things do come to those who wait. But its not the lazy version of 'the waiting game.' Good things come to those who work their asses off to make their dreams become a reality. By the way, when you work for your 'dreams', they're no longer dreams. They are dedications.
Plenty of things frustrate me, especially in this business, but not much frustrates me more than hearing, "Aw, you're so lucky to get to do that!" I hate to be the one that contradicts that but at the same time, I will say it. Its not luck, its hard work. I've had people still respond with, "Well, I think you're lucky." And I freely admit, some of it is sheer luck, but I also have asked a few people, "So, what? Its luck that I decided to work my ass off?"
What we all heard when we were younger is true. You can do anything you set your mind to. You might even teleport if you try hard enough! Don't try that though, it usually just ends up in a mess. So many people talk themselves out of things. I hear so often, "Well, I would do it, but I can't. Just because so and so can do it doesn't mean I can. I have no luck, and no skill." Or something along those lines. I don't think anyone has ever actually said that flat out to me, just some variation of it. Use your imagination to come up with actual quote.
Don't count yourself out of things before you even had the chance to start! So you don't have luck -make your own luck! Start doing something, and keep doing it. If it doesn't work, don't give up. Figure out another way to do it, and keep up that cycle. Eventually, something will work and you'll be so relieved that something worked -and proud that you stuck to your guns and worked through the struggles.
Life is full of trial and error, and anything worth having is worth working for. Think about this. In the documentary, Pierce The Veil had a show get totally canceled -during their set. They had flown across the world to play a show, just to be told to go home. That's disappointing as hell, right? They were just as upset and confused as the fans that paid to see them play. So, they had a disappointing night that was followed by a twenty-two hour long flight back home. That's quite discouraging and slightly depressing, right? Its like you wasted your time, along with thousands of other people's time.
They could have just taken the low road and gone, "Well, that's probably just going to happen again at some point. Fuck this, we're done." and just thrown in the towel, and gave up on trying to tour the world. They didn't let it stop them though, they just flew home, grabbed a burrito and some extra supplies and hopped on a plane again to play yet another show in another land.
Shit happens, okay? It happens to everyone, even those who appear to live the life of luxury. You just have to learn how to take the bad with the good. Its not always easy, and you do sometimes get a bit tattered and beaten down from the up hill battle that life is. The thing is to always keep your eye set on the prize, and to remind yourself of it often. Things are going to go great, and things are going to go bad. Roll with it, it makes life a lot easier.
This was an unexpected tangent, and I'm still not done. So, if you're still here, thank you for that. I hope I am not boring with with my early morning drivel. If I am boring you, well, you probably already clicked away from this blog post.
Anyways, not only did this documentary apparently inspire me to become a motivation speaker (erm...blogger?) once again, but it really got me thinking about some other stuff as well.
For those who don't know, I manage a band called Remedy X. Lately, our big project has been getting them on Warped tour 2014, and I'll be totally honest here -its been stressing me out. Its been consuming my life, and taking its toll on not only me, but the website, and the page. I've found myself more than once asking, out loud even, "Why am I doing this? Its all for nothing! I'm getting nothing out of this, they're not going to make it here, so the proper start is going to still be somewhere far out of sight, and I just don't know why I am bothering anymore." For some reason though, perhaps sheer stubbornness, I kept going. Complaining as I went, but I didn't give up.
This documentary reminded me why I wanted to help them out in the first place. They have the talent, and I have the behind the scenes know how to help get that talent out there. Well, okay, maybe that's not true. I might not know what I'm doing half the time, but I am willing to try my best with everything that I do. I want them to get to experience standing in front of crowds of hundreds, and thousands of people, screaming for them. Because they're friends of mine, and frankly, while yes, its stressing me out to no end now, one day, it'll be an incredible journey for us all filled with music, fun, friends, a lot of culture, and it'll be something none of us would ever experience on our own. Together we may just be able to do this. Also, how cool would it be to say you helped book a full tour across the globe?
It might be a far fetched dream, and it might be a dream that's shared by millions out there, but that's the cool thing about dreams. They don't only have to exist when you're asleep, and your wildest dreams might just become your reality. I found myself thinking of how incredible it'd be to step off a plane, with three of your friends, on the other side of the world. Of all the photographs I could get, and the stories that'd go with them. Or simply, the things that could happen. The fact that one day, they might be able to say that their favorite bands know their names, and that I could be right there with them.
I also thought of the future of everything I want to do that doesn't involve them. While venting and bitching to one of the members, I mentioned that I thought I was going to fall through the cracks, because I was so busy helping them out. By me, I mean Immortal Music, this very website. In case you weren't aware, this website, and all that's connected to it, mean far too much to me. I guess that's what happens when you dedicate your life to something, and keep it that way for three years solid, and plan on going strong for the foreseeable future. In response to me saying that though, he said that one day, everything will be working great for both the band, and myself. Where nobody has to worry about being broke, or not having the right connections. I kind of blew him off when he said that, just thinking to myself, "Yeah right, keep dreaming. This is impossible." But, that was just the discouragement talking.
My attitude totally changed while watching This Is A Wasteland, it went back to how it normally is. I did make it a point to text him while I watched this to say that if they ever get to tour, they're going to deal with having a camera on for everything. That I'd want the footage not even just for us, because its memories, but for others. Because who knows who you can inspire just by sharing your experiences. Both good and bad, they all can help.
I think honestly, the reason my tune totally changed because of this documentary was because they kind of made you feel like you were along with them on the journey. Like you weren't just watching them tour the world, but that you were right there with them, touring the world as well. It really is something everyone should watch, whether or not you are a fan of Pierce The Veil. I want to see more bands release content just like this, and I want people to realize that the people we all admire, are just normal people living extraordinary lives that they worked hard to get. Bands often aren't given enough credit for all they do. This Is A Wasteland is simply a reminder of what bands do for people, and what fans do for bands.
I could keep going on, but as you can see, I have rambled quite a bit, so I will shut up now. Thanks for reading, and remember these five things. Stop blending in, start speaking out don't miss your opportunity. Keep your hopes up high and your head down low. Dedication takes a life time and dreams only last for a night. Never give up.
Darling, you'll be okay.
No matter what. I promise.
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