THE BATTLE TO PLAY WARPED TOUR – Includes Commentary From Jara, Opt Out, Essex Class, And The Casualists

Article by Kyla Wyllie

Photography by Annika Cimas

Warped Tour (n.) – A summer rock festival, circuiting the U.S. since 1995, making it the longest running music festival in all of North America. It is also the biggest traveling music festival in the U.S.

Eight fantastic bands got the opportunity to battle for a chance to play Warped Tour 2k16 on the night of May 27. Only one came out on top but all eight acts left everything, and then some, on stage. From the punk, head-banging vibes of Amaya Light to the killer vocals and harmonica solo brought by The Casualists, there was definitely a wide spectrum of talent displayed. Continue reading

“Going Sky High” – Insight Into The Local Scene, An Interview With Effe Emme

Article Written by Kyla Wyllie

Photography by Annika Cimas

There’s nothing more “California dreamin'” than being on the open road, traveling from beach town to beach town, perusing the much sought after dream known as rock and roll. However, not many people know what it’s like to just be at the beginning of a musical journey, because the fans only see the silver lining of the artist’s struggles. Before they were the legends we know today, our favorite musical icons started out as local bands/musicians.

But what does it mean to be part of the “local scene?” We asked a local San Diego band, Effe Emme, to answer these questions for us. Continue reading

“The Melody That Gives You Chills”- An Interview With Indio Romero

Article Written By Kyla Wyllie

“I think a successful song is one that’s able to connect with people. Whether it be the melody that gives you chills, or the lyric that makes you think.”

Indio Romero is a 19 year-old musician from San Diego CA, born and raised. At the age of 10 he received his first guitar, took his first lesson, and shortly after, played his first show at a local coffee shop. Realization hit him hard, knowing from then on what he wanted to spend the rest of his life pursuing. Following up on his dreams, Indio is currently collaborating with some other local personalities and planning his first EP, set to record in the near future. Continue reading

“No Breaks” – The One Year Anniversary Of The Band Essex Class

Article written by Kyla Wyllie

“It’s kind of crazy to think that Essex Class only started a year ago. The anniversary of our first show is on Monday,” says Ross Martin, lead guitarist of local band, Essex Class. He talked with us and opened up about his band, and the journey they’ve been on since it first started.

Ryan Merrill and I met in a music class during my freshman year of college at USD,” little did he know that this friendship was going to completely change the direction of his career, and his imamate future. “Ryan and I decided to start writing together, and Essex Class was born. Later we found Lance, the drummer, and Lance knew Andrew, the bassist.” Continue reading

“A Little Extra Zinger” – An Interview with Arigato Amigo

Article by Kyla Wyllie

“Arigato Amigo was kind of a joke between Ryan Frailich and I. I’d always end my texts with that, and I had been looking for a name for a long time. This just seemed to fit perfectly. Ironically, all of the songs on my EP are based off of former friendships and relationships, so being called ‘Thank You Friend’ is a little extra zinger.”

Playing music since the ripe age of eight, Cameron Burt has officially entered the local music scene under the alias, “Arigato Amigo.” (See one of our previous articles, reviewing his debut  music video for the song, “Bless Your Cosmic Heart.”) Continue reading

Bless Your Cosmic Heart – By Arigato Amigo

Passage Written by Kyla Wyllie

Can we take a moment to appreciate raw talent? Because that’s all I hear when I listen to the new song by up and coming artist Arigato Amigo (AKA Cameron Burt). I can’t tell what genre of music this falls into, but that just makes it even better. A perfect song to space out to, this track is full of the smooth jazz style guitar and percussion that people love, yet it can’t be classified as “smooth jazz.” Whatever it is, I really dig it and hope you will too. Continue reading

“Spiritual Pop” – An Interview With Ryan Frailich

Article written by Kyla Wyllie

Interview conducted by Kyla Wyllie & Autumn McDonald 

On May 3rd Autumn and I chatted with Ryan Frailich, a member of The Aquadolls, and asked him a few questions about this new solo career he’s pursuing.

“I hope that my fans can take away a deeper, more natural and spiritual nostalgic vibe,” says Frailich, enlightening the listeners through the lyrics and instrumentals. When asked to put a name on his style of music, a back and forth going’s of “pop production” and the “real instrumental sound,” he claimed it’s “spiritual pop.” You can expect a lot of acoustic/electric guitar, tambourine, and reverb vocals in his new sound. Continue reading