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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Meet Savannah Lynne, Winner of the Marriott Rewards® Card Battle of the Bands

We’re so excited to announce Savannah Lynne as the Winner of the Marriott Rewards® Card Battle of the Bands! After weeks of fan voting, Savannah was selected through an exclusive ReverbNation opportunity to open for country music star Tyler Farr! Read on to learn about her experience.

Hi Savannah Lynne, congratulations on winning the Marriott Rewards® Credit Card Battle of the BandsYou grew up on the islands of Hawaii and moved to Nashville when you were 14. How did both environments influence your music style?
Growing up on Maui, I was surrounded by many different types of music which also included country.  I found I was drawn more to country than the other genre, however I did listen to many other genres during this time as well which is reflected in my first EP “Aloha Nashville.” After living in Nashville for the past 3 years, the other genres still make their appearances in much of my writing even though I would classify myself as a country-pop artist, I don’t only write country-pop songs. I like many of my songs to straddle so many lines that depending on the producer who cuts the song, they could fall into more than just the country-pop genre.

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Artist You Should Know: Gundelach

Norwegian producer and artist Gundelach has been making heads turn since the release of his soul-drenched electronic single “Spiders” late last year, and has been featured by the likes of Pigeons and Planes, NYLON, and The 405. We caught up with him to get the lowdown on the Oslo club scene, the success of “Spiders,” his creative process, and more.

Hey Gundelach, thanks for being part of our series. Before we start, can you tell us about yourself?
Hey! My name is Kai, and I am an artist/producer from Norway.

We read you immersed yourself in Oslo’s club scene at the age of 16. What drew you into that specific scene? What was the Oslo club scene like back then and how has it evolved?
Yeah, that’s true. The music is what drew me into the scene! The club culture in Oslo is great, it was back then and still is. Now all the best clubs in Oslo have great soundsystems which is cool, the bookings are also better than ever.

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Artist You Should Know: TRACE

Synth-pop singer/songwriter TRACE has been on everyone’s radar for her warm vocals, electronic sounds, and effortless mix of pop and R&B. The likes of Stereogum, Pigeons and Planes, and Indie Shuffle can’t get enough of her and she just premiered her debut EP ‘Low’ on Spotify. Read on to get to the lowdown on Trace.

Hey TRACE what’s good? Thanks for chatting with us! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
It’s my pleasure. And yes. Let’s see. I’m from Southern California, born and raised. Currently call Los Angeles home and want to kind of live everywhere one day. I enjoy personality tests, really good wine and when the weather is somewhere between gray and really gray. That’s probably a good start.

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Artist Session: Thaddeus Anna Greene

We’re no stranger to Cleveland powerhouse Thaddeus Anna Greene. After being a part of ReverbNation CONNECT’s The Watch List and premiering their single “Heart Out” on The FADER earlier this year, the band has been busy in the studio working on new material and playing as many festivals as possible. Read on to catch up with the band to learn about their new track “In Vein,” upcoming album, and more.

Welcome to our series! Before we get into it, can you guys introduce yourselves? 
Thanks for having us. We in this thang. We’re Thaddeus Anna Greene; TJ on lead guitar and lead vocals, Anthony on drums and vocals, Ryan on guitar and vocals, and Matt on bass.

You recently unleashed your soul-drenched groove “In Vein” on The 405. Tell us about the inspiration behind the track. 
LOL @ “soul-drenched”. Drenched is such a visual adjective. I like it! First off, thanks to The 405 for liking us enough to premier our music. “In Vein” is a triple entendres of sorts. (TJ) I actually knew a girl who was a junkie, ya know? She was addicted to heroin. Without getting too descriptive, I would see her change when she was high, ya know; but she was so damn pretty! I had never seen drug addiction with a face like that. So the song is kinda from the point-of-views of God and/or higher consciousness and the drugs themselves. Both of those things sort of disgrace this girl and promise her love like no other… Like a tug-of-war, and I’m just sort of watching… in awe.

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Gear Talk: Dave Raymond of Hidden Hospitals

In our latest Gear Talk we caught up with Dave Raymond, front man of alt rock band Hidden Hospitals and who was recently endorsed by Jericho Guitars, to find out how he uses digital gear to bring consistency and quality control to live shows, how technology has influenced his production style, and more.

What was your first piece of equipment and how old were you?
Fender, Squier Stratocaster + Bullet amplifier. I think I was sixteen. Distortion makes any teenager feel like a god.

What do you take on the road?
We use 2 speakers, 2 mic stands, 2 small pedal boards, a trigger module and drums that are all connected to one small rack. Inside that is our MIDI I/O, interfaces, my KEMPER PROFILING AMP, a bass guitar chain and our in-ears boxes. A Macbook Pro runs our digital mixer and ABLETON LIVE. LIVE is our clock and source for all programming: MIDI control changes / program changes, samplers and all of our audio effects (vocal, bass, guitar, drums).

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Artist You Should Know: AYER

With a luscious new single with Christofi that’s already hit over 200k listens on Hype Machine and ethereal vocals that we can’t get enough of, we chatted with electro-pop artist AYER about his musical upbringing, current projects, and more.

Hey AYER! Thanks for chatting us. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? We can’t help but fall in love with your ethereal vocals. Did you have a professional musical upbringing?
Thank you very much, and yea, I did have a very musical upbringing. Lots of voice lessons, voice-over recording gigs, and throughout my school years and into college, training in classical, choral, music theatre and studio recording. What allowed me to learn the most, though, was dissecting and trying to understand pop songs. For the longest time I couldn’t make sense of how a pop song got from point A to point B, let alone to a bridge or ending – and harmonies, forget about it. The voice has always just kind of been there, but at this point in my life I am so proud of just you know, training myself in how to write pop music, and not losing patience with my curiosity.

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ReverbNation Announces Finalists in Marriott Rewards® Card Battle of the Bands Contest

After weeks of fan voting, we’re excited to announce the three finalists of the Marriott Rewards® Credit Card Battle of the Bands who will be competing for the chance to open for Tyler Farr later this week. Read on to meet the finalists.

We’re so excited to announce the three finalists of the Marriott Rewards® Card Battle of the Bands: Savannah Lynne, Zach Linley & The Rebel Daredevils, and Courtney Dickinson! We received over 3,000 submissions for this exclusive opportunity to open for country music star Tyler Farr, and these three artists made it to the semi-finals where fans voted for their favorite act out of 10. The three finalists will travel to Austin, TX to perform on September 2 where the audience will pick the winner to open for Tyler Farr at an Exclusive Marriott Rewards® live music event the following night.

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