Saturday, July 4, 2015

Interview with Singer/Songwriter
Meghann Wright

Musicians are dreamers, believers, entrepreneurs, and many times humanitarians. They've a deep sense of appreciation for the work they've put into their passion, and in turn they want to share it. To be successful in this business requires a tenacity to keep pushing the boundaries, but it also entails a sense of awareness. In a sense to view the world as from behind a camera's lens, and at times to find oneself in the middle of it is where singer/songwriter Meghann Wright has unquestionably found her home.

Interview with Singer/Songwriter Meghann Wright
04//07/2015- Song River
(Vents Magazine)

Song River: Meghann you've lived, loved and breathed life. From empty apartments, to double shifts... places from your own 'hood' you've drawn inspiration from. In order to create good stories do you feel we have to walk through fire? 

Meghann Wright: To create good stories, yes, I believe you have to experience life, but to tell good stories I don't think it's necessary. For instance I was at a Jason Isbell show recently and he explained his song, “Decoration Day,” was based on stories he had heard from other people, but he was sensitive and clever enough to understand and carve out a great piece of art even though he hadn't lived the story.

SR: Where does life’s best education come from? 

MW: Other people. Especially those who are older or more experienced than you.

SR: Which books must sit upon your shelves or lie stacked by the bed? 

MW: Anything by J.R.R. Tolkien, Michael Chriton, or Pema Chodron.  

SR: Laugh at life? Or brood philosophically over its predicaments? 

MW: This is great. I do both pretty regularly. I grew up on comedy (stand up, movies) and sad songs alike. I think people need art to cope with things. If you can find humor in the worst parts of life, you will make it out OK. 

SR: Can solutions ever be found in a bottle or destructive form? 

MW: Anything we reach for to comfort us is usually bad for us if we can't control our appetites whether it be sex, drugs, shopping, gambling, whatever your poison may be. I've found that my vices usually increase my suffering in the long run. But they do make for good stories.

SR: Do you believe music and the arts can be another outlet by which to save us from ourselves? 

MW: Like I was saying before, they can be positive coping mechanisms. As someone once said, 'we have art so we don't die from the truth.' 

SR: Is it faith that moves you forward into something other than yourself?

MW: I have faith in humanity and the inherent goodness that lives in all beings. I believe it is important to start small and just try to do as much good as you can. Others can learn from you and benefit from the good things you do.

SR: You walk into coffee shop. Robert Smith, Tom Waits and Morrissey are sitting conversing. Deep into conversation, Waits looks up and blows his cig smoke your direction. He motions for you to come over and join them. What would you do, and what would you contribute to their philosophical life discussion? 

MW: Honestly, I would just love to listen to them all talk and learn as much as I can from them. If I contributed anything it would be a playful joke here or there to make them laugh. 

SR: I was watching your cover of “Summertime” in your tour van. How often do these moments of, I haven't even had my coffee yet, but let's go ahead and burst into song? 

MW: Especially on Warped Tour it's almost every day (laughed). But yeah, I usually wake up with music in my head. If I wake up singing, it's going to be a good day. 

SR: I had to laugh at the sheer enjoyment the three of you have together, watching the videos at each stop along the covering America tour, and the improvising of car doors, etc... you seem to really have fun with what you're doing. 

MW: We love music, life, and each other. What more could we ask for!

SR: Do you have a favorite song to cover?

MW: I really don't have a favorite song to cover. I think it used to be “Wagon Wheel,” but that guy from Hootie and the Blowfish kinda ruined it for everyone. Now I just like playing whatever strikes my fancy at the time.

SR: Talk a bit about your current album, the writing process and mixing to production, title, producer? 

MW: I worked with a couple of friends, Rocky Gallo at Virtue and Vice and Riley McMahon at New Warsaw, both in Brooklyn. They are both super fun and creative and easy to work with and they love classic analog gear and production which lends itself to the sound I was going for on the new full length, "Nothin' Left To Lose." It came out on Blacktop Records Tuesday June 30, (which was the last Tuesday ever for record releases. After that week, all new releases come out on Fridays).​

SR: “The City & The Heart,” a project you began. Chat with us about this project, why you began it, what is in it for you, its drive, and organizations it has been affiliated with? 

MW: I started TC&TH about 2 years ago to create a supportive community for independent female singer-songwriters in New York. We started to do showcases to raise funds for, a non-profit organization dedicated to benefiting victims of domestic violence. We just released our second compilation album featuring 16 artists and any donations we receive will be given to SafeHorizon. 

SR: Could TCTH expand beyond NYC? 

MW: I would absolutely LOVE for that to happen. It's really up to the artists in other cities to take it to that level if they are interested.

SR: Warped Tour so far, what do you think?

MW:  It's great! I'm having a blast. I am humbled and honored to be a part of a 21-year-old tradition that has showcased the talents of my punk rock heroes from “Bad Religion” to “Saves the Day.” It's inspiring to see that kids are still passionate about music. It's really one of the greatest tours ever. I'm endlessly grateful to be a part of it. 

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Van's Warped Tour Behind the Scenes 2015
Mesa, Arizona

Vans Warped Tour 2015

Behind the Scenes
With Song River and O.M.

The youth grow up, evolve and change, it is inevitable and in the music industry you're either moving with the flow, or forgotten. In reality since its start back in 1995, when Kevin Lyman began the Warped Tour, the longest running music festival in North America, he created something that refused to stand still. With the sounds and drive during '95 skateboarding across the waves with punk/ska music then winding its way into captivating a whole new audience with The Black Eyed Peas, and some hip hop, towards metalcore and thrash to today’s, 2015 Vans Warped Tour, what we all have, not just the youth anymore is something iconic, a mix to contain multiple genres from all period and fan raves.

Keeping It Fresh

Each turn of Warped brings with it some nuance of change. Sometimes monumental like taking the show overseas, to something small but highly significant the addition back in 2013 when Kevin decided to let parents in with their child for free and offer “reverse daycare” for parents. These are only a few things that morph, as anyone who follows the tour around, knows each set up at each site is different on any given day. Keeping the show 'fresh' is what makes Warped a living and breathing music happening machine!

American Opera Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography 

Danielle Most Awesome Warped Tour Media Queen! 

3 PM Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography 

The Relapse Symphony Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography 

Bouncing Off the Diving Board

With many bands getting their first shot and being projected across fandom mayhem, Warped Tour, has opened so many doors for musicians bands like; My Chemical Romance, No Doubt, Katy Perry (to just name a few) placing them all solidly in the spotlight! Now tell me what band wouldn't want that kind of opportunity? Yes, the tour can be long, hot, little sleep, broken down vehicles, on the road diets, strained vocals, sore muscles, but what this is really about, the heart and crux of it is- the soul of rock n roll- bands getting to connect with their fans, making new fans and a lot of personal one on one time with their fans. PLUS, they get to hang out and meet other musicians, and one never knows what collaboration could form from a colliding of ska meets core meets hip meets pop! Think of the babies!!!!!

Bret Von Dehl O.M. JC Charles 

Grey Gordon Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography 

Juliet Simms Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography

Kosha Dillz Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography 

Being An Ocean Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography 

Drama Club Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography 

It's All About That Mix, About That Mix, About That Mix

This years mix of music brings on some old, some new, some who can only be at certain dates/times/places and others who are on the road for the duration. With bands like: Black Veil Brides, TAT, This Wild Life, The Relapse Symphony, Alive Like Me, Kosha Dillz, Meghann Wright, Juliet Simms, Night Argent, 3 PM, American Opera, SayWeCanFly, Drama Club, Alvarez Kings, Being As An Ocean, New Years Day, Emarosa, Sumo Cyco, The Karma Killers... along with the Comedy Tent and YouTubers and lest we forget the classes that many of the musicians are offering.  Without hesitation there is something for everyone’s musical needs!

In truth, after attending multiple festivals over my lifetime- Vans Warped Tour is an experience. An experience that even in 100 plus degree weather in the middle of dirty dusty fields is worthy each year to go back for. With an organization that sees the value in music, bands, fans and the character building of connecting with worthy causes: "To Write Love on Her Arms," "Keep A Breast Foundation" and the activism involvement- Warped brings to everyone in attendance together.  Two of the coolest things I noticed were parents taking time to be involved with their children, (and the parents were enjoying themselves too), and the young people having to learn how to manage their money to buy a variety of 'merch' from their favorite bands. Good lessons, valuable and worthy? Yes, I saw and heard so with my own eyes and ears.

Ashley Purdy and O.M. Hanging Out Backstage Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography 

Make A Wish Foundation Moment w/ Juliet Simms Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography 

Make A Wish Foundation Moment w/ Black Veil Brides Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography 

Make A Wish Brought  NYSSA KIKUYU To The Rock N ROLL Heights! Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography 

Juliet Simms Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography 

Karma Killers Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography 

Braden Barrie of SayWeCanFly Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography 

Tatiana from TAT Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography 

Night Argent Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography 

This WildLife

Emarosa Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography 

Can Music Really Save Lives? Probably Not the Cure All... But It Is A Darn Good Place To Start!

Music is the collective force. Bringing together all cultures, ages, social standings, and most importantly human kind. The 21st anniversary of Vans Warped Tour delivers, and each year is not to be missed. And we at Vent's Magazine salute all involved across the globe with Vans Warped Tour, but most of all we shout out APPRECIATION for all the music fans who tirelessly embrace the pulse of rock n roll.- Song River and O.M. for Vents Magazine Thanks to all of the Warped Tour Staff and Musicians for making some EPIC rock!

Never Shout Never Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography

Being As An Ocean Photo Credit: CowGirlZen Photography 

Photo Credit for all the above: CowGirlZen Photography
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