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!