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. Advertisements
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.
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.
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.”