Evan recently covered the Fight The Fury, The Protest show at RocHaus. Check out his amazing photos and his interview with The Protest - HERE
Bluesy hard rock duo 100 Watt Vipers has released their official music video for "The Bell Tolls Heavy", off of their newest LP Holy Water - WATCH
In Flames unveil 2 new tracks off of their upcoming album I, The Mask due out March 1. Check out "(This Is Our) House" and "I Am Above". The band also announced a new Tour - Check it out HERE
Papa Roach delivers their next single called "Elevate", off of their upcoming album Who Do You Trust due out on Jan. 18 - LISTEN
We recently talked with Hawaii based frontman CAMU and discussed many topics including the single "The One You Leave Behind" - Read it all HERE!
BY: Lauren Dix
Inspiration can take us on trips we had never imagined. Its when we decide action though is the only way we are going to make it and we begin to live it.
Lauren Dix: Number 2 of your single/video trilogy has landed. What inspired this structure of releasing?
CAMU: Once I decided to start releasing music again after 8 years I wanted to do it in a cool way I would dig myself. I wanted to make videos for every song, awesome videos that fit the actual track, that follow a story so when it's all said and done you get it on yet another level. When I write and record I also compile the synopsis simultaneously, I wanna tap into a feeling.
LD: You have been on a journey. Do you recall when it became more than just a thought and that you needed to take action?
CAMU: I go with the flow, can't fight the universe. I go where ever life leads me, whenever it does. I remember listening to Rick Springfield while flying over Helsinki thinking my life was never gonna be the same, little did I know. When it came to releasing music again and not being a hermit in the jungle the idea struck me at 11:11 while laying on my couch. I wanna achieve things I wanted since I was 4 years old.
LD: With your first single/video you took us on a nostalgic trip to a part of your life in NYC. "The One You Leave Behind" bares the soul a little bit further. Was it you, 'the one' in the song that you were leaving behind?
CAMU: Precisely, one can grow without losing the essence of oneself, we all go through life figuring it out, life changes every day.
Just be awesome, don't be a dick unless you have to of course. I wanted to strip away the elements I usually use and tell more of a personal thought story.
LD: As you wrote this song. What did you learn? What did your family take from it as well?
It was fun to write and record the track, and the video as I hadn't previously done anything like it really. It all started with being at Tom Petty's last show in LA. Once I got home and heard he had passed away I picked up the guitar my friend had given me for Christmas in hopes I would write again. I started to play the opening riff. I liked it. So then I started working on it at night between 1-3AM only. I'd play the demo while working on it to friends to see if I was still within the right vibe parameters. Had more technical issues with this track than any ever. When it came to the lyrics I wanted to sing to myself, which I haven't done before either, it came out great. A lot of the vocals are my actual "Scat vocals" from just singing something to find melodies, now I know to always keep some original recordings in there. My family thought it was cool, most of them anyway.
LD: Can we go back home ever, truly?
No, we can't as my "Home" isn't there anymore. Finland is but it's not the Finland I grew up in. It was a very different time.
LD: The cinematography of the island was spectacular! Who did you work with on filming?
Early on it became apparent to me that I had to learn how to make music videos while starting this project. Empire was my first video I ever made and this was the second, so I had to learn everything. I have visions in my mind of how I want the videos to be and then I make it happen somehow. For this video, I wanted to have epic drone footage of the island and several drones later got pretty good at it. I had help from a friend who hadn't work on any videos before so I directed him when he filmed me, he did great. Had another friend film me in Finland. Then I edited it together.
LD: Any exciting tidbits or surprises occur during filming?
I almost died when I fell into the river on top of a waterfall. The current took me and I had 2-3 seconds to do something. There was a rock on the edge of the waterfall and I was able to grab it, collect myself, then I realized I couldn't swim left or right or I would be done while realizing the water was about to pull me off the rock. I exhaled all the air and kicked the rock and dove straight back as hard as I could and somehow managed to dive through the undertow. While this happened the drone that was supposed to film the epic shot crashed. Needless to say, we found a different waterfall to film at after that and had to get another drone. Very lucky that day. I have huge respect for waterfalls.
LD: Ever thought this video actually should be sent to Hawaii tourist and commerce? What is it about Hawaii and the island lifestyle that breathes CAMU?
Hawaii has so many amazing local artists who represent Hawaii far better than me. I wanted to showcase this beautiful place for people back home. Hawaii has had a profound impact on me, took me about 4 years and making this video to really understand how much. I am very fortunate to get to experience living here in my lifetime. It's a trip to be from Finland and have your kids grow up in Hawaii.
LD: When can we expect Number 3 of this trilogy and what is to come from that point?
February-March. It will perhaps be the never-ending conclusion of the Trilogy or it will be the end.
We'll find out soon enough.
LA synth/rock band Them Guns recently performed and filmed a stripped down version of their song "Heard It All Before" performed by the band in bed in solidarity with critically ill children who are unable to leave theirs as a part of the BEDSTOCK se
LA based Synth/Dance Rock band THEM GUNS recently performed and filmed a stripped down live version of their song "Heard it All Before," performed by the band in bed in solidarity with critically ill children who are unable to leave their's as part of the BEDSTOCK series.
Bedstock is an annual, one-of-a-kind, life-changing music festival, where artists played from bed for sick kids stuck in theirs, helping to raise funds and awareness for the Children’s Cancer Association’s flagship MyMusicRx program that delivers the healing power of music to kids and teens with serious illness.
Papa Roach announce "Who Do You Trust" tour for late summer along with Asking Alexandria and Bad Wolves - See the tour dates HERE
Papa Roach "Who Do You Trust?" Summer 2019 Tour Dates
July 27 – Dallas, Texas @ Southside Ballroom*
July 28 – Houston, Texas @ Smart Financial Center*^
July 30 – San Antonio, Texas @ Sunken Gardens Amphitheater*^+
Aug. 2 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Roxy*^
Aug. 4 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater*^
Aug. 7 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Metropolitan Opera House*
Aug. 9 – Asbury Park, N.J. @ Stone Pony Summer Stage*^
Aug. 16 – Detroit, Mich. @ Freedom Hill Amphitheater*^
Aug. 20 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ 20 Monroe Live*^
Aug. 23 – Chicago, Ill. @ Aragon Ballroom*^
Aug. 28 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Union Event Center*+
Sept. 1 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Downtown Event Center*^
Chicago Open Air is back for 2019 and will be headlined by System of a Down, Tool, Ghost, The Prodigy, Gojira and more! - See the full lineup HERE
Chicago Open Air is back for 2019 and will be headlined by System of a Down, Tool, Ghost, The Prodigy, Gojira and more!
Now a 2 day festival at the newly named SeatGeek Stadium (formerly Toyota Park) in Bridgeview, IL will be held on May 18 & 19 but will be in direct competition with Sonic Temple Festival that same weekend in Ohio.
Friday night is headlined by the returning System of a Down, Ghost, Meshuggah, Beartooth, Code Orange, Knocked Loose and Vein.
Saturday night will be capped off with metal giants Tool along with The Prodigy, Gojira, In This Moment, Fever 333, The Black Dahlia Murder and Alien Weaponry.
Tickets go on sale Dec. 14 at ChicagoOpenAir.com
Slayer announce their 5th leg of their farewell tour with 16 North American dates in 2019 along with them will be Lamb of God, Amon Amarth & Cannibal Corpse - Read it HERE
Leg Five: North America (Lamb of God, Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse to support on all dates)
May 2 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ak-Chin Amphitheatre
May 3 - Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Amphitheatre,
May 5 - El Paso, Texas @ UTEP/Don Haskins Center
May 7 - Edinburg, Texas @ Bert Ogden Arena
May 8 - Dallas, Texas @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
May 10 - Tampa, Fla. @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
May 11 - West Palm Beach, Fla. @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
May 13 - Huntington, W.V. @ Big Sandy Superstore Arena
May 14 - Columbia, Md. @ Merriweasther Post Pavilion
May 16 - Noblesville, Ind. @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
May 17 - Bonner Springs, Kansas @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
May 19 - Clarkston, Mich. @ DTE Energy Music Center
May 20 - Youngstown, Ohio @ Covel Centre
May 22 - Ottawa, Ontario @ Canadian Tire Centre
May 24 - Camden, N.J. @ BB&T Pavilion
May 25 - Mansfield, Mass. @ Xfinity Center
Godsmack announce 2019 headlining tour with Volbeat, see if they are coming to your city - HERE
Godsmack 2019 Tour With Volbeat
April 16 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
April 18 - Evansville, IN @ Ford Center
April 19 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
April 20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
April 22 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
April 23 - Omaha, NE @ Baxter Arena
April 26 - Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford Centre
April 27 - Penticton, BC @ South Okanagan Events Centre
April 29 - Medicine Hat, AB @ Canalta Centre
April 30 - Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Resort & Casino
May 02 - Dawson Creek, BC @ Encana Events Centre
May 03 - Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
May 05 - Saskatoon, SK @ Sasktel Centre
May 06 - Winnipeg, MG @ Bell Mts Place
May 09 - London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
May 10 - Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
May 11 - Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre
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