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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2019 Artist Lineup Unveiled!

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2019 Artist Lineup Unveiled!

Superfly and A.C. Entertainment has revealed the initial lineup for the 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 18th annual four-day multi-stage camping festival will take place June 13 – 16, held as always at Great Stage Park, the spectacular 700-acre farm and event space located just 60 miles southeast of Nashville in Manchester, TN. Tickets – including General Admission (4 Day), VIP (4 Day), Platinum (4 Day) and more – will go on sale Thursday, January 10, at 12 noon ET/11 am CT, exclusively via www.bonnaroo.com/tickets. Bonnaroo has never been more accessible with GA ticket layaway plans available for just $47.

The 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will see a truly extraordinary range of artists performing around the clock across more than 10 unique stages over the four-day event. Friday, June 14, will feature Phish (Late Evening Set), Childish Gambino, Solange, The Avett Brothers, Brockhampton, GRiZ, RL Grime, Beach House, GRiZ SuperJam, NGHTMRE, Gojira, Courtney Barnett, Girl Talk, AJR, Catfish And The Bottlemen, K.Flay, Anoushka Shankar, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Liquid Stranger, Deafheaven, Parquet Courts, Rival Sons, Ibeyi, Jade Cicada, Las Cafeteras, Cherry Glazerr, The Teskey Brothers, Medasin, Tyla Yaweh, Ducky, Monsieur Periné, Mersiv, and Crooked Colours.

Saturday, June 15, will include Post Malone, Odesza, Hozier, Kacey Musgraves, The National, The Lonely Island, ZHU, Juice WRLD, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Gucci Mane, John Prine, Jim James (Full Band), Maren Morris, Gramatik, Shovels & Rope, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Quinn XCII, Clairo, Bishop Briggs, Hippo Campus, Space Jesus, Tokimonsta, Chelsea Cutler, The Record Company, SNBRN, Ruston Kelly, Whipped Cream, Rubblebucket, Little Simz, Memba, Deva Mahal, and DJ Mel.

Sunday, June 16, will see Phish (2 Sets), The Lumineers, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Illenium, Walk The Moon, Mac DeMarco, King Princess, Lil Dicky, G Jones, Trampled By Turtles, The Wood Brothers, Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers, Princess (Featuring Maya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum), The Soul Rebels, The Lemon Twigs, Two Feet, AC Slater, CID, Dombresky, Bombino, Faye Webster, Ripe, Kikagaku Moyo, and Igloohost.

In addition, the lineup for Thursday, June 13, includes Grand Ole Opry Featuring Special Guests, Saba, Space Jesus b2b Eprom b2b Shlump, 12th Planet, Sunsquabi, All Them Witches, Magic City Hippies, The Nude Party, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, The Comet Is Coming, Jack Harlow, Eprom, Caroline Rose, Donna Missal, Peach Pit, Hekler, and Dorfex Bos. The complete Bonnaroo 2019 lineup is below.

Bonnaroo has continually sought new ways to enhance the fans’ onsite experience and the 2019 event will emphasize this with an array of remarkable new features and improvements. In 2018, Bonnaroo made significant upgrades to the site’s communal areas, known as Plazas. Strategically located and well-lit public places throughout the campgrounds, Plazas include shade, free public Wi-Fi, showers, activities, charging stations, Clean Vibes Trading Post redemption centers, misting stations, medical, safety stations, information and portable restrooms.

NEW FOR 2019
This year’s event features a “Sanctuary of Self-Love” campground experience curated by Hayley Williams of Paramore. Also, “The Yes Barn” presented by House of Yes and Little Cinema will once again feature jaw-dropping circus acts, mind-bending immersive cinema shows, wild theme parties, and Bonnaroo’s first-ever Pride parade. And, located at Plaza 7, The Ville – presented in partnership with Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. and local maker-space Fort Houston – will showcase Music City’s most creative, most entertaining and most delicious food with surprise performances, interactive and illuminated art installations, and late night fun. The ever-popular Grove, also at Plaza 7, will return in 2019, offering a shaded retreat during the days with art installations, hammocks and more. The evenings will see the beautiful tree-filled space transformed by Nashville’s Fort Houston with more lights and inventive musical experiences than ever before. For more information, please visit www.bonnaroo.com/experience/camping-plazas. In addition, a pristine new wooded hangout is also being installed in a section of Bonnaroo’s Eastern woods that has never been publicly available to fans before.

With tickets purchased in all 50 states and over 40 countries around the world, Bonnaroo is a truly universal event. Since its very first day, Bonnaroo has lived up to its responsibility as one of the planet’s principal musical congregations by constantly pushing forward in its efforts towards environmental friendliness and sustainability. The only major event in the world with its own permanent solar array and compost waste on site, Bonnaroo has twice been recognized by the state of Tennessee, winning the Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award as well as the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Pursuit of Excellence Award. Complete details, as well as Bonnaroo’s annual report to the fans, can be found at www.bonnaroo.com/experience/sustainability

In addition, the Bonnaroo Works Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit organization serving as the philanthropic division of Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, recently announced $236,000 in grant awards from its 2018 cycle. Formally established in 2009, the Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF) – administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee – supports nonprofit organizations that spearhead Tennessee-based initiatives with a mission of advancing arts, education and environmental causes. Since the inception of the festival in 2002, Bonnaroo and the BWF have generated more than $7 million in support, largely benefiting Manchester, TN, Coffee County and surrounding areas. Forty organizations received funding in 2018, including Musicians on Call, Notes For Notes, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Children’s Theatre, National Museum of African American Music, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation, the Nashville Food Project, and more. For more information, please visit www.bonnaroo.com/information/get-involved/bonnaroo-works-fund.

Grand Ole Opry Featuring Special Guests
Space Jesus b2b Eprom b2b Shlump
12th Planet
All Them Witches
Magic City Hippies
The Nude Party
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
The Comet Is Coming
Jack Harlow
Caroline Rose
Donna Missal
Peach Pit
Dorfex Bos
Phish (Late Evening Set)
Childish Gambino
The Avett Brothers
RL Grime
Beach House
GRiZ SuperJam
Courtney Barnett
Girl Talk
Catfish And The Bottlemen
Anoushka Shankar
Nahko & Medicine For The People
Liquid Stranger
Parquet Courts
Rival Sons
Jade Cicada
Las Cafeteras
Cherry Glazerr
The Teskey Brothers
Tyla Yaweh
Monsieur Periné
Crooked Colours
Post Malone
Kacey Musgraves
The National
The Lonely Island
Juice WRLD
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Gucci Mane
John Prine
Jim James (Full Band)
Maren Morris
Shovels & Rope
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Quinn XCII
Bishop Briggs
Hippo Campus
Space Jesus
Chelsea Cutler
The Record Company
Ruston Kelly
Whipped Cream
Little Simz
Deva Mahal
DJ Mel
Phish (2 Sets)
The Lumineers
Cardi B
Brandi Carlile
Walk The Moon
Mac DeMarco
King Princess
Lil Dicky
G Jones
Trampled By Turtles
The Wood Brothers
Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers
Princess (Featuring Maya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum)
The Soul Rebels
The Lemon Twigs
Two Feet
AC Slater
Faye Webster
Kikagaku Moyo

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Activision To Unleash Guitar Hero® Live In Fall of 2015!

Activision To Unleash Guitar Hero® Live In Fall of 2015!


Guitar Hero Live

Guitar Hero Live

Guitar Hero, the pop culture phenomenon that exploded onto the scene and brought a new way to interact with music, is back, with true, breakthrough innovation that will re-ignite your dreams of becoming a rock star. Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. today announced Guitar Hero Live, introducing a brand new generation to Guitar Hero, which upon its release became the quickest console franchise in video game history to reach one billion dollars in sales in North America and Europe, and was played by over 40 million players. Developed by FreeStyleGames, the studio behind the critically-acclaimed DJ Hero and DJ Hero 2, Guitar Hero Live introduces two powerful ways to play, including GH Live, a first-person point of view where you are up on stage as the star of the show. A quantum leap forward in immersion and realism, GH Live is a live-action experience that delivers the full emotional roller coaster of being on stage and performing in a real band, in front of real crowds, who dynamically react in real-time to how well or poorly you play. As the lead guitarist, you play an array of songs that span the changing musical landscape, in a variety of venues, from the smallest club stage in front of a hundred people, to the massive main stage of an outdoor festival in front of a hundred thousand people.


Guitar Hero Live also introduces GHTV, the world’s first playable live music video network. GHTV is a 24-hour mode that lets fans play along to a continually-updated collection of official music videos – across a wide variety of genres – from the newest releases to favorite hits. Fans can pick from multiple channels and themed shows, discovering new songs as they play, and can also choose songs to play on-demand. In GHTV, fans can also play with their friends in the same room and against players from around the world to see who has the highest score on a given song, while completing challenges along the way. GHTV is a living, breathing platform that serves as an ever-growing source for new music discovery while further bringing the party atmosphere back to the living room.

The breakthrough innovations in Guitar Hero Live also extend to mobile. Both GH Live and GHTV arefully playable both on consoles as well as tablets and mobile phones. More exciting details will be announced in the near future.

“Guitar Hero is a franchise that so many people love. Figuring out how to bring it back with true breakthrough innovation has been years in the making, and a labor of love,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. “Guitar Hero Live lets people rock real crowds with real reactions. Our goal was literally to give people stage fright. And with GHTV, we have created the world’s first live, playable music video network. All of it is playable on consoles, or mobile devices. Guitar Hero is back and better than ever.”

Guitar Hero Live enhances the gameplay experience by introducing a modern, redesigned guitar controller, featuring two rows of three buttons that better reflects the way people naturally play. The new format ensures fun for players of all abilities. For beginners, you can feel like a rock star by mastering play with just the bottom three buttons. Medium-level players don’t have to stretch their fingers down the neck of the guitar controller anymore and can instead skillfully play two-row combinations that mimic real chords. Experienced players have a new challenge in creating complex chord-like shapes and finger combinations that will bring new thrills to veterans. This simple innovation makes it easier for beginners to play and harder for veterans to master.


Music variety is at the heart of the game. Guitar Hero Live takes the approach of the modern music festival, with rock, folk, EDM, hip-hop, country and pop acts sharing the same stage. The game will feature hundreds of playable songs from a diverse array of artists, including The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Gary Clark, Jr., Green Day, Ed Sheeran, The War on Drugs, The Killers, Skrillex, The Rolling Stones, The Lumineers, Carrie Underwood, Pierce the Veil and Blitz Kids, with many more bands to be announced in the coming months.

“We are pleased to support the launch of Guitar Hero Live, building on one of the most successful music video-game franchises of all time, and providing our artists with a fun and interactive experience for their fans,” said Bruce Resnikoff, President of Universal Music Enterprises.

Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy and Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance are joining Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg and Jamie Jackson, Creative Director and Co-Head of FreeStyleGames, on-stage at the Best Buy Theatre on April 14th to showcase their songs featured in Guitar Hero Live and celebrate the reveal of the game.

“Guitar Hero changed the game – literally,” said Chris Koller, Vice President of Gaming for Best Buy. “And we are excited to bring Guitar Hero Live to consumers on April 18th at Best Buy stores in New York City and Torrance, California, where fans will be able to play the new game for the first time in North America.”

Eager fans can test out their skills at the following Best Buy locations:

April 14, 2015: Best Buy Theatre, New York City, 6pm – 9pm

April 18, 2015: Best Buy Store, Union Square, New York City, 1pm – 5pm

April 18, 2015: Best Buy Store, Torrance, CA, 1pm – 5pm

Guitar Hero Live will be available Fall 2015 on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Wii U™ console and select mobile devices to be announced soon.

Starting today, fans can begin pre-ordering their copy of Guitar Hero Live at select retailers worldwide.

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CBGB Music & Film Festival 2013: Original CBGB Interior To Be Reconstructed for MTV President Van Toffler And Duff McKagan Keynote Addresses

CBGB Music & Film Festival 2013: Original CBGB Interior To Be Reconstructed for MTV President Van Toffler And Duff McKagan Keynote Addresses

CBGB-2013-wallsOn October 10, 2013; the original CBGB walls, the original sound system and more from the historic venue will be reunited with two longtime friends of CBGB; Van Toffler (MTV God) and Duff McKagan (Rock God) at the Landmark Sunshine Theater on Houston St. in lower Manhattan for the CBGB Music & Film Festival 2013’s Keynote Addresses.

CBGB owner Hilly Kristal and club talent booker Louise Staley carefully dismantled the interior of the famed CBGB & OMFUG in 2006 after being evicted by their landlord. The original CBGB stage walls and the original CBGB sound system haven’t been seen in public since then. “Hilly wanted them to live on. He saved them for exactly this type of occasion,” said Staley.

CBGB Festival 2013

CBGB Festival 2013

Delivering the keynote speech on the state of the music industry in 2013, Van Toffler is a pioneer and visionary in the ever-changing media landscape. Overseeing a collection of the most successful and vibrant brands in music and entertainment as President of Viacom’s Music and Logo Group, Toffler is responsible for all of Viacom’s music services, including MTV, MTV2, CMT, VH1, VH1 Classic, Palladia and CMT Pure; their affiliated screens, businesses and online sites; and Logo, the network originally created for the LGBT audience which celebrates one-of-a-kind personalities, unconventional stories and discovering what’s coming up next on the cultural spectrum. His speech will begin at 4pm on the 10th.

As the driving force behind some of the most successful rock bands in history, the festival is honored to have Duff McKagan deliver the Musicians Keynote Address at 1pm on October 10th at Landmark Sunshine Theater. Duff has been leading the charge in music for decades (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, Loaded, Walking Papers).

When McKagan isn’t killing it on stage, he effortlessly morphs into a respected journalist (SeattleWeekly.com, Playboy.com,

ESPN.com), an actor (Dead Pool, Sliders), a New York Times best selling author (It’s So Easy (And Other Lies)), a feature film producer and a dedicated husband and father. Outside of the arts, he founded Meridian Rock, a wealth management firm aimed at musicians to help educated them about their finances. His versatility and his impact are the epitome of what it means to be an artist today.

“Duff’s career should serve as an inspiration to anyone who wants to exercise their creative spirit and he is one of the f#cking coolest guys in the world”, said CBGB Festival executive producer Tim Hayes.
The CBGB Music and Film Festival 2013 will take place on October 8-13 in New York City and will feature hundreds of artists in venues all across Brooklyn and Manhattan.
The CBGB conference will also feature panelists including Guitarist Earl Slick, Mick Management’s Michael McDonald, Creation Records’ Alan McGee, Pledge Music’s Benjie RogersJeff Jampol from JAM Inc., and a total of more than 125 participants.  Panels will feature industry experts in agencies, record labels, digital marketing, songwriting, publishers, promoters, club bookers/owners, journalists, managers, and other music business veterans.  A simultaneous series of panel discussions about the film industry will also take place, with a keynote delivered by Magnolia Pictures’ Eamonn Bowles.  (Details about the film festival conference are available HERE.)
Among the 20+ panels at the music conference are:
Lumineers Case Study: The Lumineers’ debut album sold over 1.5 million albums worldwide, reached platinum status is multiple countries, peaked at #2 on Billboard’s 200 chart, and had massive airplay, all without the support of a major label.  Hear how one of the biggest breakout stories of the past 18 months came to pass by some of the people that made it happen.  The panel will be moderated by the Lumineers’ label President Paul Roper of Dualtone Music Group, as well as the group’s manager, agent, and will detail the story of how this Americana act on an independent label became one of the biggest success stories of the year.
Social Media Marketing – Turning ‘Likes’ Into ‘Cash’:  In a constantly evolving media and marketing world, the advent of social media has created a level playing field for more to compete and many to reach a target audience directly.  Focusing on the most effective methods of marketing music via social media, this panel will discuss how to take advantage of content and truly engage with fans and target consumers.  This panel will be moderated by Cornerstone’s Jon Cohen.
How To Get Your Name On A Guitar!  The Inside Scoop on Artist Endorsement Deals:  The ultimate honor for a musician is to have their signature on an instrument produced by a top company.  This panel will discuss ways young musicians can scale to that height and get invaluable road support, ranging from free picks and strings to scoring guitars, amps, and other goods at discounts designed for working/up-and-coming artists.  Brad Tolinski, editor-in-chief of Guitar World, will explore this topic with other industry professionals.
Fan Funding – Pursuing The Independent Path:  Is crowdfunding forever?  This panel will tackle the particular attributes, strategies, and potential drawbacks of crowdfunded music projects.  Billy O’Connell of Cash Music will moderate and will be joined by other industry leaders.
A full list of music conference panels is accessible HERE, or via the CBGB Festival app, available from the iTunes App Store and Google Play.
Visit CBGB.com and CBGB on Facebook for constant updates.

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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Soundtrack Artists And Tracklisting Revealed

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Soundtrack Artists And Tracklisting Revealed

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Lionsgate and Republic Records today announced a powerful, star-studded lineup for the soundtrack to the motion picture The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, mixing established music icons including seven-time Grammy® winning band Coldplay, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Patti Smith, and Grammy Award winning Christina Aguilera, along with some of the hottest Billboard chart topping newcomers in the music business.

Also top-lining this exceptionally talent-rich collection are The Lumineers, whose self-titled debut album achieved platinum sales status in the US, Canada (3x), UK, Ireland and Australia and Gold in Germany and France, with their hit single “Ho Hey” selling over 4.5 million single downloads in the US. Lorde, whose debut single “Royals” just made her the first female artist to top the Billboard Alternative Songs chart since Tracy Bonham in 1996, will also be featured on the soundtrack.
Multi-platinum alternative rock band Imagine Dragons, whose 6x platinum selling song “Radioactive” was dubbed “the biggest breakout of the year” by Rolling Stone magazine; UK singer / songwriter Ellie Goulding whose recent release Halcyon Days includes platinum singles “Anything Could Happen” and “I Need Your Love;” Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Sia, whose recent collaborations “Titanium” with David Guetta and “Wild Ones” with Flo Rida were both featured in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hits; pop indie duo Phantogram, who have collaborated with Big Boi, graced the cover of Filter Magazine, and who will release their debut album this fall; and platinum-certified Icelandic folk collective Of Monsters and Men, which became an international presence with the ubiquitous single “Little Talks,” contribute tracks as well.
Acclaimed Brooklyn rockers The National, much buzzed about Nashville-based artist Mikky Ekko, the artist The Weeknd, and award-winning singer-songwriter Santigold round out the white-hot The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, which has already seen its first release, Coldplay’s “Atlas,” debut at #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart. “Atlas” marks the first-ever motion picture soundtrack contribution written and recorded by Coldplay.
The soundtrack will be available in stores and through all digital retailers on November 19, 2013 just before the film opens worldwide on November 22, 2013. Right now, the album can be pre-ordered via the film’s official online store. Those who pre-order the soundtrack by October 27th will have an opportunity to have their names printed on an exclusive The Hunger Games: Catching Fire poster (while supplies last). All pre-orders unlock an instant download of Coldplay’s “Atlas” as well.
The unveiling of the film’s soundtrack today celebrates the 9-week mark in Lionsgate’s “TickTock” countdown campaign which reveals exciting new developments each week through The Hunger Games Explorer leading to the worldwide release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Fans are encouraged to engage online to join the countdown excitement leading up to the highly anticipated second film not only by visiting The Hunger Games Explorer but also by using #TickTock9 across all social media this week.
1.     “Atlas” – Coldplay
2.     “Silhouettes” – Of Monsters and Men
3.     “Elastic Heart” – Sia (ft. The Weeknd & Diplo)
4.     “Lean” – The National
5.     “We Remain” – Christina Aguilera
6.     “Devil May Cry” – The Weeknd
7.     “Who We Are” – Imagine Dragons
8.     “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” – Lorde
9.     “Gale Song” – The Lumineers
10.  “Mirror” – Ellie Goulding
11.  “Capital Letter” – Patti Smith
12.  “Shooting Arrows At The Sky” – Santigold
13.  “Place For Us” – Mikky Ekko
14.  “Lights” – Phantogram
15.  “Angel On Fire” – Antony and the Johnsons
The first Hunger Games partnership between Republic Records and Lionsgate yielded the Grammy Award-winning, chart-dominating The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond executive produced by T Bone Burnett.The album hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 on its release with sales over 175,000, making it the first soundtrack to top the chart since November 2009. It was the best-selling soundtrack of 2012, the fastest selling soundtrack ever at iTunes, and was certified gold by the RIAA shortly after its release. The album earned a Golden Globe Award nomination and three Grammy Award nominations, and its first single, Taylor Swift’s “Safe & Sound” featuring The Civil Wars, won the 2013 Grammy Award for “Best Song Written for Visual Media.”

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Til The Casket Drops: ZZ Ward Discusses Her Album, Touring And Much More!

Til The Casket Drops: ZZ Ward Discusses Her Album, Touring And Much More!


An artist born with music flowing through her veins, ZZ Ward comes fully equipped with an amazingly soulful voice that truly sets her apart. By all accounts, 2012 was a banner year for the up-and-coming blues-hop/soul singer. Releasing the mixtape ‘Eleven Roses’ in February, the ‘Criminal’ EP in May and her full-length debut ‘Til the Casket Drops’ in October proved she was nothing if not prolific. Ward’s hard work and tireless dedication to her craft have established her as an artist to watch in the coming years, alongside note-worthy peers such as Allen Stone, Gary Clark Jr., and Alabama Shakes who are making old-school blues and soul their own. Since her debut release, she has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, had her music featured on ABC Family’s ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ MTV’s ‘Awkward’ and in promos for ABC’s hit series ‘Nashville,’ and completed a 50-date headlining American tour with sold-out dates in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Denver and Nashville. Ward is still in awe of the buzz that has continued to build around her and her music this past year and looks to keep it going throughout festival season in the US. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with ZZ Ward to discuss her musical roots, the creative process involved in bringing ‘Til The Casket Drops’ to life, life on the road and much more!

Thanks for taking time out to talk to us today. We are very excited to spread the word on your amazing music.

My pleasure!

Tell us a little about your first memories of music and how it came into your life?

My Dad was always into music, so that was probably the main reason I got into it. He was always singing and listening to music. He really appreciated music and it was something that was exciting. To see that growing up, it made me respect music a lot and develop a love for it. My parents would always listen to blues and my brother listed to hip hop. I just got into it all through them and discovering all types of different music. I loved listening to authentic, sincere artists. I guess that is what inspired me to start with.

ZZ Ward

ZZ Ward

What was it about music that made you pursue it professional, as opposed to taking a different path?

I don’t know. To say that music is a huge part of me seems like a huge understatement! Music is everything to me, so there wasn’t really anything else I ever wanted to do. If I would have always been into medicine or something like that, maybe I would have gone another route. For me, I went to school every day by an hour bus ride because I lived in the country. I would listen to music and look out the window, thinking about how much I wanted to be a famous singer, which is hilarious considering where I lived! [laughs] I was staring off at cow fields! [laughs] How the heck am I going to do that? It is what I have always wanted to do.

Who were some of the artists or people in your life who kept you inspired through the years?

I was very blessed to have people around me that were really supportive of what I was doing. People who were in my family and close to me would see me sing and recognize that I had a very big voice. The power I have in my voice today, I also had when I was twelve or thirteen. I am definitely much better now but even back then, I did have powers! [laughs] I feel my voice really touched people around me. I think I felt that and it is what got me going at first because people around me started to act like I was talented and started to say I was a good singer. I don’t think it is something I would have recognized if they hadn’t said anything. It’s jot something you say to yourself, ya know! “Oh my gosh! I am really great at this!” [laughs] I think it is something other people have to tell you.

You released ‘Til The Casket Drops’ in October of 2012. It is truly a remarkable piece of work. How has your life changed since that release?

Thank you. I have certainly been on the road a lot. That is the biggest change! I have gotten to see the country in a way I have never gotten to see it before, so that has been really cool. I have been able to visit a lot of cool places and having fans is really wild! After putting out a record, I now know I will have people listening to my music for the rest of my career. That is an amazing feeling because up until this point, I was always writing for me. Now I know when I write, other people are going to hear it. That is really cool and the biggest change overall.

I was curious to learn from where the title of the album originated and what it means to you personally.

“Til The Casket Drops” basically means going to war for someone you love. It is an album about a relationship and the ups and downs of that relationship, that there is no relationship that is perfect and there are many different sides to it. That is really what the album is all about.

zz-ward-1-2013What can you tell us about your songwriting process and how they came together for this album?

My songwriting process usually brings with me writing something that means something to me in terms of a storyline. I usually try to write about the things I am going through, that is the main thing. That makes it easier for me to be really authentic in my work. I think anybody who writes songs, whether it is Jay Z, Nas or Willie Dixon, the people who write songs that I grew up listening to were genuinely feeling these things they went through and writing about. I think that is the most important thing. I was really fortunate to work with a lot of amazing producers on the record — Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, Neff-U Ron Feemster, who did over half the record, and Ryan Tedder also produced on it. It was a really wonderful process.

Looking back on the process, what do you consider the biggest challenge in bringing it to life?

Honestly, finding the right team of people to work with was the biggest challenge. You probably wouldn’t think of it as the biggest thing but it is. Finding the right people to work with, especially with creative stuff and being able to respect each others talents, can be challenging. I say that because not everyone is on the same page with what you want and not everyone has the same ideas. That being said, I worked with a lot of people before I found the right people to work with on this album.

I imagine working with this very talented group of people was a great experience for a young artist. What did you take away from the process?

I think the biggest lesson learned was that everyone is different and it is an art to work with other people. A lot of the people I worked with taught me that it is possible! They were all fun to work with! Neef-U, for example, is an incredible producer and is so inspiring. He is so positive and makes the process a lot of fun. Even having people like Kendrick Lamar or Freddie Gibbs in studio, you see that everyone has a different process. If you are able to learn from other people, then there are so many other people to learn from in this industry!

You mentioned some of those terrific guest spots. How did those originate? Where the planned early on or something that came about during the process?

It definitely happened through the process. I have been a big fan of both Kendrick and Freddie. They both liked what I was doing, so I asked them if they would like to be a part of my record. I was definitely very excited by that! I look forward to collaborating with more people in the future!

You are getting ready to hit the road in support of the album but where are you in regard to new material. Are you an artist who is always writing?

Yeah, I am definitely writing, when I am into it. Right now, I am a brand new artist and I just put the album out in October. We have only released the first single from the record and I know there will be more songs. It is interesting because sometimes I think “Gosh, these people who have heard my record have been my fans for a year but a lot of people have still not heard my record. We are definitely going to go out and promote this record a lot. I will be hitting a lot of the festivals this summer as well. Getting the word out on the album is definitely a priority for me right now.

Absolutely! Speaking of your live show, what do you have in store for fans when it comes to a live performance?

You know, what I tell people about my live performance is that me and my boys, we have fun! That is the main thing we really enjoy playing! I think that is what it all comes down too. When you watch bands at peak of their success start to fall apart because they aren’t getting along anymore, I think that is when the live shows start to go downhill. It is a little different for me because I am a solo artist but my guys and I really get along well. We are all friends, we have fun out on the road and we love playing! It is amazing! Touring can be hard because it is such a different lifestyle and a new hotel room everyday. At the end of the day, you get to go out there, see fans, play your music for people and we all love it! Every time you come to see us play, you are going to see an energy, a great energy you can feel. It will be an experience!

With such a heavy duty tour schedule ahead of you, are you doing anything differently to cope with life on the road?

The biggest change for me is that I will be bringing my dog this time! It is going to be really different! [laughs] That is the biggest change for me — the new addition to my family! She is pretty wild. Her name is Muddy Waters and she is a Border Terrier. She is so full of energy!

ZZ Ward

ZZ Ward

Do you think the road will take a little bit of the puppy out of her? [laughs]

I don’t know! I don’t know! [laughs] The cool thing is I have played a couple of shows where I have brought her along and she has been on seven plane rides already, she is only 16 weeks old! Everybody loves having her around. I always thought people would be like “Oh Gosh, not a dog!” That is not the way it is at all. People are so excited and people can’t wait to come off-stage and see her. It is really funny!

You and your band seem pretty tight at this point. Do you guys have any pre-show rituals you take part in? I know a lot of people do.

Yeah, we have this one little cheer we do before we head out to the stage. We all put our hands in, I say something specific about where we are playing to get everybody into the right head space and we say “L7’s!” Which means “square”. L7, if you hold your fingers up and make L and 7, it means your square. At the end of the day it means you are a good person. That is what we always try to remember before we go onstage — we are all good people and shit happens! [laughs]

Speaking of shit happening, have you had a Spinal Tap moment yet?

Yeah, I have definitely had some of those moments! [laughs] I have played live so much through my life, I think those moments kind of add something to a live performance!

How do you feel you have evolved as a musician since your early years?

I think I am a lot more comfortable on stage, for sure. That just happens with time. Also, I think the more you go, the more you realize what your sound is and what kind of artist you want to be. That is a really nice thing that starts to happen. I couldn’t have had that after my first record. There are so many people you meet that are trying to help decide what you should be or what you should sound like. At some point, what I did with this record, was decide I was just going to sound like me. That was it. Now, I feel that way even more!

ZZ Ward

ZZ Ward

What is the best piece of advice you can pass a long to aspiring artists looking to you as an influence?

I would say to try to do as much on your own as you can. Write your own songs. I think the biggest mistake that people tend to make is waiting around for someone to make a career happen for them. There are so many things you can do to get your music out there and off the ground. There are so many music websites and even sites like Kickstarter where you can get people to help fund your project. There are so many things you can do on your own. That is the biggest thing I would tell people because you have to believe in yourself before other people will believe in you.

What else do you have in store for us for 2013?

There is probably going to be a new music video. That would be pretty cool. There are definitely going to be a lot of live shows coming up. I would definitely encourage people to come out and see me in your city! If you can’t see me in your city, make a road trip out of it and feel what it is like to be on tour! [laughs]


There are always new things coming up and it is quite a ride!

Great! Thanks for your time today ZZ! We look forward to talking with you again soon and we will be spreading the word on your music!

Thank you so much!

For the latest news, information and upcoming tour dates, visit ZZ Ward’s official website at www.zzward.com!



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The Lumineers To Perform On Saturday Night Live On January 19th

The Lumineers To Perform On Saturday Night Live On January 19th


Grammy-nominated band The Lumineers will be the musical guests on Saturday Night Live on January 19, hosted by Jennifer Lawrence.

The band’s Grammy-nominated self-titled debut album (nominated for Best New Artist and Best Americana Album) continues to gain momentum on the charts, finally cracking the Billboard Top 10 last week with over 61,000 copies sold. The album has sold almost 700,000 copies since its release last April by Dualtone, almost always selling more records each week than the previous week.

The album is anchored by the band’s popular first single “Ho Hey” which has just gone double-platinum, and is quickly moving towards triple platinum with the band selling over 300,000 copies last week alone with a running total of nearly 2,400,000 copies sold. This accomplishment comes only weeks after the song went platinum, which was just over 6 months in the making, with the band selling on average 50 thousand copies of the song every week since its release.

The Lumineers are the first independent label artist to have a debut single reach #1 at three separate formats–Triple A, Alternative & Hot AC. “Ho Hey” spent eight weeks at #1 at Triple A radio and two weeks at #1 at Alternative Radio. The song is currently #1 on Billboard’s Rock Chart and #4 on the Hot 100. The debut album and “Ho Hey” were both #1 at Spotify for some time in December, and are currently sitting at #2 on the music streaming service.

The band’s second single “Stubborn Love” is following in the footsteps of its predecessor. “Stubborn Love” is currently sitting at #1 at AAA Radio, and is Top 20 at Alternative radio.

The band are preparing to hit the road in the US for some dates on the east coast, all of which sold out almost instantly. World-wide, the band is selling out every date they play. See below for complete itinerary.

Upcoming Tour Dates

January 30 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall

January 31 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre

February 1 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

February 2 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

February 4 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

February 5 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

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