Artist You Should Know: Beca

Dance-pop diva Beca just released “Future Foreigner,” the magical first taste of her forthcoming EP ‘Precious Gold.’ We caught up with Beca to learn about her musical background, collaborative recording process, recent sync placement, and more.

Hi Beca! Thanks for being part of our series! How are you doing today?
Hi there! Thanks for having me. I’m great and about to rehearse with my dancers for a show. We’ll be getting everyone dancing and having a good time!

We read that you graduated from The Juilliard School. What was your experience like there?
It was pretty incredible. The program and teachers really challenged me and pushed me to my musical edge, while inspiring me to explore different genres and try different sonic spheres. My goal was to gain as big a sound palette as possible. That was my main focus there. Not to mention the students could easily sight read nearly all of my scores.

At what age did you know music was your path?  
I wanted to do music for as long as I can remember. Around age 5, I picked up songs on the piano at friends’ houses then my parents got me a piano and signed me up for lessons. I was always singing, dancing, playing, and getting my sister and friends to harmonize with me. I also liked to pretend I was the snow queen in the wintertime, just to throw that in.

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Artist You Should Know: Future Thieves

With a haunting new single that just premiered on Team Coco, a live album due out in January, and a slew of shows coming up, Nashville-based rock band Future Thieves belong on your radar. We chatted with the guys to get the 411 on what it was like to record their live album at Blue Rock Studio, their evolution as a band, and more.

Hi Future Thieves! Before we get into it, can you introduce yourselves?
Well first we have Elliot Collett from Eastern Kentucky on guitar and lead vocals, Austin McCool on guitar and Nick Goss on bass, both from Southern Indiana, and Gianni Gibson from Los Angeles on drums.

Congrats on premiering “Ghosts” on Team Coco (Conan O’Brian)! What’s the story behind the track?
Thank you! What a thrill to be on his website, we’ve always loved Conan. The track came from a riff Austin had on guitar and it evolved into a poppy, groovy song. The lyrics mention a bit about some darker subjects, such as the “early ghosts” bit. But overall we wanted a clean, well put together song that floats around for the most part and punches in the chorus.

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Artist You Should Know: Owen Bones

Chicago-based producer Owen Bones recently premiered his latest single “Mach One” on Pigeons and Planes who described it as one of his finest displays of production. Read on to get the lowdown on the collaborative process behind “Mach One,” his upcoming debut album Dive Club, Spotify experience, and more.

Hey Owen Bones, thanks for be part of our series. Can you tell us a little about Owen Bones and is that your real name?
Thanks for inviting me! My real name is Owen *Jones* (clever, I know). Owen Bones is a bit like my alter ego. He does things I might not.

Pigeons and Planes just premiered “Mach One” the lead single off your debut album Dive Club and described it as one of your finest displays of production. Tell us about the track.
The beat was made earlier in the year in one sitting, and I knew right away that it had some special qualities. A close friend of mine was sitting in while I made it, and we imagined it might sound a bit like the inside of a spacecraft during intergalactic travel…the theme stuck, and the name was saved. When picking beats for the full project, I had been listening to a lot of Tunji, and I thought his voice fit. Same with Aaron – he was actually the first person to hear the beat.

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Artist You Should Know: Del Caesar

We caught up with Brooklyn trio Del Caesar to get the lowdown on their new single “Like They Always Say,” upcoming EP, 60’s garage/psych rock sound, and more.

Hey guys! Introduce yourselves – who are the forces behind Del Caesar?
We’re three dudes living around Brooklyn that love old school garage rock and the new psychedelia stuff coming out.  I’m [Aaron Lloyd Barr] on vocals/guitar, the rock solid Eric Arikian is on bass, and the animal Ben Reynolds is on drums.  

Describe your sound in ten words or less.
Del Shannon covering Ty Segall’s song “Caesar”

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Artist Session: Yacht Punk

Long Beach-based post-punk alternative band, Yacht Punk just debuted their first single "Radar" on IMPOSE. Read on to get to know the band, find out what they’re working on, and more.

Hi Yacht Punk! Let’s start off with — who are the forces behind the band?
Graham Bockmiller – Vocals/guitar, Michael Pozzi – Lead guitar/vocals, Tricky – Drums

Where did you guys come up with the name?
A group of our friends were at party or something and for some reason almost everyone in our group was wearing denim jackets. So someone in the group was like “You guys look like you’re all in a gang or a punk band or something”, to which one of our friends sarcastically said “Yeah right, more like a YACHT punk band”. Kinda made me go hmmm, Yacht Punk, that would be a good band name. So basically we stole it. And no one will get the credit that they deserve. But I also think it’s kind of a good analogy for the music. It’s got some grit but it’s definitely not punk, and it’s got some polished hooks but its not nice enough to belong on a yacht either. Maybe we should’ve called it Shit Yacht instead.

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On Tour: Thee Phantom

Described as “part b-boy, part Beethoven,” Thee Phantom uniquely combines hip-hop with live orchestration. Read on to get the 411 on his upcoming College Tour that kicks off this week with a SOLD OUT show at the University of Texas, the advice he’d give someone who’s trying to break into the business, and more.

Hey Thee Phantom, thanks for being a part of our series! Introduce yourself – who is Thee Phantom?
Thee Phantom is the combination of all my childhood inspirations. Hip-Hop, Classical Music, Comic Books, Sports & of course my favorite Broadway musical, Phantom of the Opera. I am a Composer/MC/Producer who combines the raw energy and passion of Hip-Hop, with the beautiful melodies of live orchestral accompaniment.

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Artist You Should Know: Well Well Well

Described as “Easy Listening for Uneasy People,” San Diego-based band Well Well Well just released their debut EP ‘What Do We Have Here?” Read on to meet the duo, get the deets on their debut show on September 29th, and more.

What’s up guys? Before we get into it — can you tell us a little about Well Well Well?
WWW is myself on guitar/vox and Dan Nichols on bass/synth/drums. Dan has this crazy unique ability to play drums one handed and play the bass keyboard and synthesizer with the other hand simultaneously. The music came quite naturally once our band Barbarian went on hiatus.

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Artist You Should Know: Dave Thomas Junior

As a producer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist songwriter, Dave Thomas Junior’s music has been featured on Vampire Diaries, The Muppets, and more. Read on to learn about his new album ‘Pieces’ that just premiered on PureVolume, his collaboration with Don Diablo, and experience with sync placements.

Hey Dave! Who is Dave Thomas Junior?
He’s this dude who makes music all the time.

Give us the breakdown of your new album ‘Pieces.’
Pandora recently added me and they said my music has ‘folk roots, mystical qualities, a subtle use of vocal harmony, acoustic rhythm piano and mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation.’ Which is just about a good description of the new album as I could hope for.

I’m really interested in the technological singularity, so (along with love which I pretty much always write about) a lot of the songs are about the concept of time in some way or another. The idea that things are moving exponentially faster is something that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about – it seems so amazing and exciting and terrifying to me – so that always makes its way into the songs. Except ‘We Belong Together’ which is purely about Drake’s unrequited love for Rihanna. I saw the video for ‘Work’ and pretty much straight away had the idea for that song. It’s such a tragedy, he’s got it all except the one thing he wants more than anything.

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