Why You Should Consider Listening To A Variety Of Different Music!

I probably spent way too much time on figuring out what to call this blog entry. At first I was going to title this entry as, “Why you should consider listening to a variety of different music and attend shows outside of your preferred music genre!” However that title is too long BUT that is exactly what you should be doing!!

Before I go on my little rant I want to further explain why I am writing about this topic and spoiler alert this blog entry isn’t about opening up your third eye, try meditating!

1. Have you ever had “writers block?” You know where you spend 4-6 hours trying to force yourself to come up with a banger of a track only to get burnt out and contemplate blowing your head off?

2. Have you ever found your self BORED TO DEATH (please for the love of god someone use that as a band name) listening to the music genre you love the most? Or maybe you are tired of hearing the same ole up an coming bands sound like a mini version of a well known established band. *insert stupid band name + Jr. at the end*

3. Do you ever find yourself going to the same old shows, seeing the same bands play, interacting with the same people? It gets old, it’s no longer refreshing right?

Trust me I have been there. It’s easy to stay within your comfort zone. Yeah it’s nice to run into the same people but your living in auto pilot. *hits joint* Your stuck in a fucking loop man and your going to miss out on things in life if you stick within your comfort zone!

I have to admit that I struggle with not only listening to different music genres but also struggle with venturing out and seeing bands I have never heard before. Most people think I just love to listen to metal music all day but the truth is I don’t! I’ve been keeping up with all types of metal music since I discovered Metallica/Korn/Disturbed as a young kid and now I’m to the “oh god I’m getting old” age of 25, I’m just not too impressed with that many bands these days. Thats not to say the band’s music is bad, I’m just saying if I hear something that sounds like something I have already heard before then chances are I’m not going to be into it.

Which is why it’s nice to explore new/different types of music, It keeps my mind feeling fresh!

Some odd ball bands/artist I’ve been listening to:
– Sunflower Bean
– Japanese Breakfast
– Ólafur Arnalds
– Sleep Token
– Turn Over
– Zeal & Ardor
– Phourist & The Photons (Louisville natives!)
– TheSecondSex – In A Mood
– Mogwai
– Caleborate
– Endless Heights
– Modern Error
– Galleries

“Why should I go to random shows?”
IN MY MOST HONEST SHOW GOING OBSERVATION OPINION, It is cool as fuck to see different bands and to see how their fan base interacts with their music! Also if you want to grow your fan base you may need to engage different crowds. As uneasy as it makes me some times going to shows, mainly by myself, I always find something of value. Whether it’s catchy guitar riffs, intricate singing patterns, or how the band interacts with their fans. I usually leave with a few mental notes of things to do and not to do!

The dreaded writers block!
So many musicians face this nightmare of a condition called “writers block” and I have seen so many people asking in forums, “How do you get yourself out of writer’s block!?”

My suggestions:

1. Stop listening/playing music for a few days. Go outside. Go do something un related to music so you can experience different feelings. Hell maybe go on a hike, workout, or read a book! Change up your daily routine and you might find a new source of inspiration to start writing again.

2. Listen or attend shows that are polar opposite of what genre you prefer to write. Discover new sounds, let your ear’s taste buds experience new flavors. If all you do is listen to Slayer 24/7 no wonder you are in a fucking writer’s block…

3. Co write with someone! Find someone you can bounce ideas off of. You don’t always have to be the main writer all the time. Open up a bit and let other people provide third party input, you might come up with something cool.

Overall be more opened minded when it comes to different music genres. You will enjoy life more when you can appreciate different music for what it is. Also you will easily draw inspiration from all types of music which will help you become a better song writer!

Thanks for reading! If you have any artist/bands I should check out please send me a message or a link to their music!

Do cool shit, with cool people, live a cool life – Willis

The Ego Trippers

Happy Friday everyone! I was able to work through my breaks at work and get off early, not a bad day! Now if only the match matching in Clash Royale would quit being complete garbage that would be greeeaaattt…

One thing that cheers me up, nearly instantly, is listening to The Ego Trippers!

The Ego Trippers are a 3 piece “garage rock” band from Louisville Kentucky! Made up of Zac Anderson (guitar/vocals), Izak Cirillo (Bass/vocals), and Donnie Haines (drums)! They formed early on during high school and they are still rocking out even with a hectic college schedule! you can fit them in nearly any sub genre of rock n roll but I’d like to think they are the love child of Cage The Elephant and Weezer!

I saw them the first time at Magbar and I’m not going to lie I was like, “Ok this is just some lame filler band that will play 3-4 songs and dip”. However I was quite impressed! Not only is their music catchy but they are very entertaining to watch, they definitely still have their youthful spirits in peak condition!

The second time I saw them was at Zanzabar and it was eeevveeenn better than the first time I saw them! When you have the whole crowd roaring with cheers and whistles you know your doing it right!

Once again major shout out to Daniel Cartledge for not only reaching out to them to see if they wanted to be on the Whatcha Recording Willis Podcast but also thank you for being a great host and co host for the interview! It’s safe to say we all ate our weight in pizza, no regrets!

NEXT THURSDAY AT ZANZABAR!!! The Ego Trippers and Legs Akimbo are playing with The Empty Room for their album release show, which your’s truly did the full production! You should totally come out and see what all the hype is about 😉

CLICK HERE for more details!

In this interview you will hear the songs “All Night Long” and “Holidays (I Can’t Take It)” off their self titled album which you can purchase HERE! We discussed the origins of The Ego Trippers, how the recording process went down, we went on a tangent about some goofy music based movies, how the songs come about, some of their musical influences and much much more!



MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THE EGO TRIPPERS ON ALL FORMS OF SOCIAL MEDIA:
– Facebook
– Instagram
– Twitter
– Spotify
– Bandcamp

 

 

VILLA MURE

If mother nature could chill with all this pollen that would be great… Allergies are currently kicking my ass! How ever I was fortunate enough earlier this week to interview Colin and Kendra of VILLA MURE! Of course special thanks to my good friend Daniel Cartledge of The Empty Room for being my co host!

VILLA MURE was founded by husband/wife singer songwriter duo Colin (bass/vocals) and Kendra Lamure (guitar/vocals). Later they added Jordan Hubbard to play drums/percussion, which helped complete their sound and make them a full on band! On their Facebook page (who ever wrote all the info 10/10) they say they are a blues rock, alternative, psychedelic band. Which is a fair statement but I like to think if you are a fan of classic rock like Pink Floyd/Jimi Hendrix/Led Zepplin, then VILLA MURE should be your go to indie-rock, blues-rock, psychedelic music!

I remember seeing Kendra and Colin play as just a duo before but I had no idea who they actually were, in fact I remember Kendra playing open mic gigs as a solo artist and thinking, “holy cow she is too good to be playing at these gigs!”

Colin and Kendra are the perfect pair! Complementing each other very well when it comes to their vocal harmonies and when they are playing their respected instruments the groove is never lost. Rarely ever do you find an acoustic duo that will make you fall in love with their music, but some how I am hooked!

In this sweet and charming interview we talked about how Colin and Kendra met. We talked about how VILLA MURE started, the process of recording their debut EP Stay With Me”, a little tangent about Pokemon, the meaning behind some of the lyrics, and much much more!



MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW VILLA MURE ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS:
– Facebook
– Instagram
– You can find their debut EP “Stay With Me” on Itunes/Spotify/Google Play/Amazon/Youtube! I highly encourage you to buy a hard copy from Kendra or Colin! Or you can buy it at Better Days Records, Guestroom Records, and Matt Anthony’s Record Shop!


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