Glass Mansions Interview

We had the opportunity to talk with a band that should be on everyone's radar, its just a matter of time before you start hearing them everywhere you go. That band is Glass Mansions an Electro-Pop/Rock band from South Carolina. Check out their video for "Nightswimming" below.

Josh: For those that aren't aware of you and your history can you tell a little of your backstory? 

Jayna: We formed a few years back when a previous band that Blake and I had been in dissolved.  I was introduced to Patrick through another local musician and we all hit it off.  Fast forward several years later, several tours later, and several drummers later - the three of us have stuck together in making our little electro-rock dreams a reality. 

Josh: You've been able to work with a number of different people, who has had the biggest impact on your life?

Jayna: Without a doubt, working with our producers Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount has been a life changing experience.  They are the most down to earth guys and have always motivated us to be more confident.  I always come out of the studio feeling more sure of what I'm doing and always proud of what we create together.  They are also some of the most positive and encouraging people we've ever met in the music industry and truly care about their work and artists.

Josh: Having had the opportunity to do tours such as Warped Tour and SXSW, what has it been like to be able to tour with bands similar to yours, and drastically different and being in front of those crowds?

Jayna: Warped Tour was an incredible experience because you're playing in front of such a young crowd who is going to be incredibly loyal to the bands they discover and fall in love with on that tour.  SXSW is very similar - but with SXSW, maybe even moreso than Warped Tour, you've REALLY got to make sure your hustle game in ON POINT.  Playing both of these festivals is something I would recommend for any band, because it truly pushes you to make sure you are standing out amongst the other bands out doing the exact same thing as you.  Playing with similar bands (or even different-sounding) becomes less of a competition in that atmosphere and more of a bonding experience because you're all in it together as musicians working for towards the same goals.  We've been able to network and make some incredible friendships with some other bands that we still tour with and personally talk to nearly every day!

Josh: What can fans expect from you through 2017?

Jayna: More music to be released, more visuals, more music videos.  We want to make sure we're making a more intimate, personal connection with our fans and will be posting more content that shows more of our lives as DIY artists behind the scenes.

Josh: The site is called You Make The Scene, for me it came from the idea that the fans are really in control of their music scenes, they decide who will make it and who won't. They control how their Scene is viewed. What does the scene mean to you?

Jayna: A music community's scene should be about support.  All national bands started out as local bands some way or another and it was because of their scene that they were able to make a larger splash.  The scene in our home state has been a bit frustrating for us as an electro-pop band, to be honest.  We've had local tastemakers tell us they don't want to see us succeed because we "don't sound like South Carolina" - which is total BS.  That is not what a scene is supposed to stand for - you want to see anyone hustling their asses off succeed, and we've been very fortunate to have a very strong support scene behind us of fellow underdogs in our scene - almost a rogue scene growing along side the more obvious one.  And SC fans have become aware of this and are going where the authenticity is - that is what a scene is all about. 

 

MC Lars interview

Some of you may be familiar with MC Lars already, if we are friends than I know that I have forced you to listen to him at some point. I found out about Lars a few years back and I've worked with him on a number of occasions. The dude is insanely talented and legitimately loves to make music and perform. The guy is always putting work in, working on a new album, releasing new music monthly, and touring. 

Josh: How has tour been?

Lars: Last year we did 55 shows - headed out again later this month.  I still can’t believe I get to write nerdy raps for a living, life is good!

You've been traveling with Mega Ran, what's the show response been like? 

Lars: Really good.  He’s the perfect tour-mate and we’ve been creating a new album together, dropping later this year.  We have a different audience, but at the same time, our fanbase intersects in a really cool way.  That dude is one of the all-time greats and I’m lucky he didn’t kill me last tour when I made horrible jokes on stage.

Josh: You're social media presence has been much more involved over the last year or so, you really seem to be happy. How's life treating you?

Lars: Thanks man!  I’m trying to stay focused and put more material out.  I was in the studio for a long time when we did “Zombie Dinosaur”, but now I feel more active.

Josh: The kids show has been a work in process for a long time now. Any updates you'd like to share?

Lars: Not at the moment, but stay tuned!

Josh: Creating music never seems to stop for you, what can fans expect this year from you?

Lars: Thanks!  A new record with Mega Ran coming later this year - stay tuned.

Josh: The site is called You Make The Scene, for me it came from the idea that the fans are really in control of their music scenes, they decide who will make it and who won't. They control how their Scene is viewed. What does the scene mean to you? 

Lars: I think the idea of a “scene” is always changing, it’s more about friendship than anything. With the democratization of the music industry, fans definitely decide what sticks around and what doesn’t, but creative bands also determine that with the quality of their output.  It’s a two-way street.

Josh: Lastly, shamelessly plug anything you'd like. 

Lars: Dropping two new songs a month on Patreon.  Any support by your readers would be awesome!!  http://patreon.com/mclars

Jessica Vaughn interview

Recently I was able to connect with Jessica Vaughn, some of you may remember her as Charlotte Sometimes, others may remember her competing on The Voice. And others still will be finding out about her for the first time. We did a short interview and here is how it went.

Josh: I personally first found out about you way back in the day as Charlotte Sometimes when you were performing on Warped Tour. And I think at that time I knew that there was something special about you, but there was a quality to your music and performance that was destined to become more. Having seeing you evolve your music over the last several years have been inspiring. (thank you!)

For those that aren't aware of you and your history can you tell a little of your backstory?

Jessica: I've been singing since before I could talk (they never could figure out how to shut me up!). At around 13/14 I started writing music and made a decision that I wanted to be an artist. I remember googling "how to be an artist" and seriously went from there. In an odd turn of events by the time I was 15/16 I had landed a big time manager and got a spread in Elle Girl magazine. The only draw back was I had to have a jaw surgery (I have this weird condition) so it kind of slowed things down. I eventually got signed and dropped and have been making mediocre music ever since (hahaha jk kind of...)

Josh: Your career has taken a lot of turns and twists, ups and downs. Through all of this you've pushed forward and change sound and direction. Of your different projects, Charlotte Sometimes, Laces, BRZY, and simply Jessica Vaughn, what has been your favorite project?
 

Jessica: Honestly, writing music is my favorite part of being a musician. I love all my little projects for different reasons. They allow me to access different parts of myself. If I had to pick a favorite it would just be Jessica Vaughn, because that's who I am every day and she writes all the music anyways!


Josh: You've been able to work with a number of different people, who has had the biggest impact on your life?
 

Jessica: What a great question! Hmmm... I know it sounds cheesy, but my husband! He has such an amazing creative brain and his ear for music always impresses me. He continually pushes me to be a better artist and a better person. I think I would have quit music a long time ago if it weren't for his dedication to the craft and journey.


Josh: Creating music never seems to stop for you, what can fans expect this year from you?

Jessica: I'll still be releasing music through all my projects - so you can always expect new music from me in some shape or form. I am mostly behind the scenes these days, but I promise I am working on a website where you'll able to find out everything I'm up to. Hopefully more shows!