Discover: LuxTides

As we continue this journey of supporting up-and-coming artists, I have another new artist for you to discover. Independent artist LuxTides launched her project in September. After lots of hard work and deliberation, Danni Bouchard, of Oh Honey, poured her heart into music and created the project she had always dreamed about.

“Shadow” was the first single Danni released to the world as LuxTides.

She previously worked with Mitchy Collins as Oh Honey, but this project is 100 percent Danni, and the impact she wants her music to make on her listeners.

LuxTides is a whole new side of Danni that exposes raw and real talent. She touches on deeper issues in her music such as anxiety, depression and toxic relationships.

Anticipation was high for  her second single, “Flickered,” because she released teasers for almost two weeks prior to the debut date of Friday, Nov. 10.

Danni takes to Twitter to communicate with her fans and express what this music and project means to her.

In a tweet about the meaning behind “Flickered.” Danni said, “To anyone who has ever been lied to, cheated on, or manipulated by the person you loved most: this song is for you. Know your worth and don’t ever settle for love that makes you feel small.”

These songs have more to offer to the world than just a fun song to pass time with. I fully condone blasting them 24/7, but don’t ignore the lyrics and deeper meaning there.

Her platform may not be as big as Beyoncé’s, but Danni uses the power she has to exude positivity and show people they are not alone. Life is full of hardships, but many people experiences those same feelings and experiences in one way or another.

Her new name is derived from her love for the sea and the moon.

Before the release of Flickered, Danni tweeted “being an independent artist is so insanely tough, but also so rewarding. I’m allowed to release my music based on the phases of the moon cause I f*ckin wanna and nobody can tell me otherwise.”

And that is exactly what she did. When the moon was in it’s last quarter, the world was given “Flickered.”

All those popular artists on the radio aren’t given this freedom. That’s what makes LuxTides so unique; she pours meaning into every aspect of her career, whether it’s her lyrics or the reason behind a release date.

LuxTides has so much to offer the music industry. Please don’t let her talent go unnoticed. Show her some love on social media and your favorite streaming service!

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Discover the Up-and-Coming: Rad Horror

Calling all “Stranger Things” fans! Rad Horror is a talented up-and-coming band from New Jersey that brings a twist of late ’80s and early ’90s music and film to their individualized sound. I had the pleasure of interviewing the band over the summer and they’re aiming to bring the era they grew up in back to 2017.

Lead singer, Dylan Scott, was the bass player for Young Rising Sons until he decided to pursue his own musical endeavors. He got a group of friends together and they started Rad Horror. The band released their first album, “Before You Got Too Cool,” in December 2016 despite critics from the industry advising them to wait.

The album has sadly been removed from Spotify. Until their full works are released again, their latest single “Dark Times” will be released Nov. 10 along with a music video. See the trailer here.

Although the band hails from New Jersey, Scott made the big move to the West Coast. Now, the group has an array of Los Angeles and New Jersey members. The band made their debut in L.A. in March and continued to play various shows on the West Coast.

“Benzos and Cigarettes” is their first single as Rad Horror, and it’s available on Spotify. The band set themselves a budget of 20 dollars and decided to do as much as they could to create a music video for it. As a broke college student, I give props to Rad Horror. I understand the struggles of making the most out of a small amount of money. And, let me tell you, the video does not disappoint and perfectly depicts Rad Horror’s essence.

“Sad Boy” is another single that is accompanied by a music video. The band addresses an issue that society very often ignores – men and their emotions. Men do have emotions and should be allowed to openly express these emotions, rather than being frowned on if they stray from the socially acceptable stoic, strong male image.

Rad Horror released a handful of show dates on the East Coast in about two weeks. If you’re from the East Coast and have some free time while visiting home for Thanksgiving, try to catch a show. The band’s stage presence is flamboyant, unique, and sure to get you dancing.

Rad Horror brings a diverse sound to today’s music industry and address deeper issues through their music. I hope you find a connection to their music and love it as much as I do.

Check out Rad Horror on Twitter and Instagram.

And, check back next week for another up-and-coming artist to add to your favorite playlists!

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Up-and-Coming Band: LAYNE

Up-and-coming bands need our support. So, if you’re in search of new music, look no further. Layne is an indie-pop duo that deserves your full attention. They have taken their love for music to the next level by creating their own.

The two-member group consists of Layne Putnam and Alexander Rosca.

2017 has been a big year in music for LAYNE. “I Want More” and “Fog” were singles released earlier this year. Following these, an EP titled “Wednesday” was released, which features both singles. My favorite song from the EP is “The Andes.” The song takes you right into that state of mind and makes you feel those raw emotions of love and wanting nothing more than that one person. I love the vibes from the EP. It makes me want to jump in my car late at night and blast it as I drive around…

Music has always played a significant role in Putnam’s life, which I’m sure many of us can relate to. Putnam’s songs are clearly marked by personal experiences. She is a very talented songwriter and their music instantly builds a connection with their listeners.

Putnam is real and open in her music, which should not be overlooked. The lyrics bring you to the state of mind she was in during those moments, and that is a powerful thing. This is rare, because sadly, today, lots of artists are in it for the money rather than the music.

I couldn’t help but think of Stranger Things when she touched on the concept of the “In Between.” I thought of the Upside Down and being trapped between the two dimensions…. ANYWAY, emotions can be a scary part of reality. There’s stereotypes and expectations of how you should behave, when you should or shouldn’t show emotion. Music is a powerful way of capturing those emotions and bringing to life the things we struggle to express.

I know we all have those days when emotions come raining down on you, so next time this happens, listen to Layne and remember you are not alone.

If you want to learn more about Layne’s music, you can find more here.

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Explore Music Beyond the Radio’s Favorites

Do you ever get tired of hearing the same songs playing on the radio? Don’t worry I know we all still sing along no matter how old they get, but what about the millions of songs not played on the radio?

Up-and-coming bands are vital to the music industry and they don’t get nearly enough credit. Some of my absolute favorite bands are underground indie bands.

Now you’re probably wondering, why would I shift from the popular music to listen to music no one has ever heard of?

That’s the exciting part. You can discover these artists before anyone else and watch them grow as individuals and through their music. Music is always changing and evolving as artists grow and have new experiences.

Every artist must start at the bottom and work their way up, so it’s time to start supporting these artists as they do so.

Not only are these up-and-coming bands incredibly talented, but they allows listeners to take the music to another level. You can get to know the person behind the music rather than just focusing on the lyrics you sing along with. The venues of their concerts tend to be small and intimate, such as House of Blues. These bands love feedback and meeting fans before or after their shows. This is how they build a fan base and it allows fans to really get to know the people behind the lyrics.

My all-time favorite band, Young Rising Sons, came to San Diego last year. I wasn’t able to catch their show being under 21, so I was out of luck until the band decided to do a pre-show at a park in San Diego. A small group of fans met up with the band and they performed an acoustic set at the park. We bonded over cute dogs in the park and talked about their future endeavors in the music world. What big-time artist would take the time to make sure all their fans got the chance to see them free of charge?

These moments make the music even more meaningful as you begin to build a connection with the artist. Next time you click on your favorite music streaming service, don’t go straight for the popular artists. Look a little deeper and find a playlist with up-and-coming bands. You may be surprised by the talent you find.