This Saturday at Vans Warped Tour, Richie T and his team of expert producers recorded 5 straight hours of interviews - that's around 25 artists FYI. Over the next few weeks, we'll be releasing videos of these interviews on the daily: bands like Less Than Jake, Real Friends, We Are The In Crowd, The Ready Set and tons more!
Our first installment includes Echosmith - the family band behind the summer hit "Cool Kids", and local Warped Tour competition winners Sea Swallowed Us Whole. Clips of the interviews are below.
Head over to MeetTheBands.com to see the full interviews!
— This ain’t your typical family road trip —
Jamie: I think people get in their mind the idea of a family road trip, like what we’re doing is an endless family road trip. The big difference for us is that we’re all working and we’re not just being forced to be in a car together. We’re all doing it by choice and working towards a common goal, so it’s a different aspect than being on a 2-year road trip. We’re all actually working. When we’re all working, we’re all working together. When we all want to relax, we’re all relaxing together.
Sea Swallowed Us Whole
— Inspiration from the Provo Music Scene —
Chris: We recorded our last EP – the one that’s coming out on August 16 – we recorded it with our producer, Stetson Whitworth, and he’s actually pretty good friends with Quinn [from The Used]…So I have actually gotten a few chances where Quinn’s been in the studio – cuz they’re friends – and he’s sat down with me a few times and honestly has inspired me, in terms of being a musician. Especially coming from Utah, he helped realize that Utah bands can make it. You just have to be The Used or better.
Monday (Memorial Day)
Tuesday – Killer Homo Impulses Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro discussed on air with Dr. Robi Ludwig the idea that Elliot Rodger (the UCSB Killer) went on a rampage because he was gay. (Read Full Story Here)
Wednesday – Your dead kids don’t trump my constitutional rights Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, insisted the deaths of innocent people "don't trump" his constitutional rights to a gun. (Read Full Story Here)
Thursday – Modest is Hottest A group of female high school students in Wasatch County say their school took "modesty" standards too far when their yearbook photos were digitally altered to cover up skin, without their knowledge or permission. (Read Full Story Here)
Friday - Isla Vista shootings? I blame the gays. In a discussion with Tony Perkins, president of the hate group Family Research Council, FRC senior fellow Ken Blackwell blamed gays and the acceptance of them for Elliot Rodger's mass shooting. (Read Full Story Here)
Every year it seems that we get this whole Sundance Film Festival coverage to be that much better.However this year has seemed to be particularly stressful. I don't know why. We aren't doing more interviews than normal, the weather isn't any different than it has been, even the location that we are broadcasting from has stayed the same. But if you would have asked me yesterday if our coverage of Sundance would end up being ok I would have told you NO WAY. AND it's been way better than ok. We have had some really awesome people through the door (podcasts coming) and we still look forward to many more great interviews.
While Kerry Bill and Gina are actually the ones who are interviewing the filmmakers and casts, I am behind the scenes, making sure people run on time, coordinating schedules and photos, trying to find a coffee or water bottle for those "Hollywood" folks to be comfortable.
The thing I love the most is that every year we have interns return to help with SFF. Some who I haven't seen for years and years. Others who just left me last semester. But SUNDANCE is just another huge reminder to me of how much I love my job and the really awesome opportunities that it affords me.