They Did What? – Jonas Brothers

A series dedicated to what the media does not broadcast about your favorite musical artist. Now, I present to you the Jonas Brothers.

The infamous Kevin, Joe, and Nick. The Jonas Brothers are back together in 2019. If you were to ask anyone a year ago if this band would reunite no one would have guessed it.

Where did the brothers come from?

The Jonas Brothers have had an interesting ride to success and their career is unlike any other musical group to ever exist. Coming from a small town in New Jersey with a family that does not have much money, to signing a record deal, then getting dropped, to get a gig with Disney channel, to prove themselves as artists, to breaking up, to reuniting as a band. It has been a bumpy ride for the band but they could not be in a better state than they are in today. Happiness truly begins with this new era.

Disney Days

Becoming famous from Disney Channel can have its negatives in this day and age. The brothers even admit on Carpool Karaoke with James Corden that they were robots back in the Disney days. They were afraid to be themselves because Disney was a clean-cut “machine,” as Nick says, that was giving them this opportunity to be performers while also controlling their actions in a way. Artists who come from Disney are often viewed as artists who only appeal to younger audiences who don’t have real talent. Because of how fast their life changed from Disney, the boys were scared of it leaving just as quick as it came; they were afraid to be themselves. This was all a part of the Disney management, as they were expected to keep a squeaky clean reputation.

What people may not know is the reason the Jonas Brothers were even considered by Disney was that they were already a band putting out music. In the documentary, which was released on Amazon this past year, Nick says that many people think they were a manufactured group put together by the Disney, but in fact, they were signed to a record company before Disney and started writing and performing songs together at a very young age.

Did you know that the Jonas Brothers write all of their own lyrics?

In the new documentary, it revealed that one of their most famous songs, “Lovebug“, was written by Nick in response to his first real love with co-Disney star Miley Cyrus. Not only can the brothers perform, but they are also all songwriters. Their newest album, Happiness Begins, was all written by the brothers themselves. This album reflects where they are in life showing love and happiness to the world.

The Jonas Brothers worked very hard to be where they are today.

They were dropped from a record label after their first album release.  At the same time, their family was living in a two-bedroom apartment because their dad lost his job at a church. The family began to receive judgment from the church due to the brothers not singing Christian music. This was one of the lowest points for their careers and also their personal life. However, the brothers kept pushing towards their dreams; they had no other choice but to keep trying. Then one day… Disney called and changed their whole life.

Never give up.

Disney may have helped them skyrocket their fame but they are always performers and talented young men. They prevail through the hard times and reach the light at the end of the tunnel. The brothers wrote the majority of their self-titled album in that one apartment basement during the most difficult time of their life.  They never gave up on their dreams. In life, you cannot appreciate the happy times without going through the hardships. One thing that people need to understand is how the brothers represent hard work and dedication and to never give up on what you want in life.

The Jonas Brothers always thank Disney for what they did for them but in the documentary, they all agree that they regret doing the second season of their show, Jonas, because it was not who they were anymore. It felt too young for them and feel like it stunted their growth as a band. They were young adults wanting to continue on with life but were stuck in a show for children playing a 14-year-old at age 23, as Joe says in the Bazaar interview from this year.

The Music

The Jonas Brothers produce catchy music that people jam to all the time. However, what people do not notice is the deeper meaning behind these songs. The brothers are just normal human beings from a small town who happen to write songs and perform. Have you ever stopped and actually listened and processed the lyrics you are so energetically singing? One big hit song they have is called “Hold On” which is about how you have to keep pushing through the hard times life throws at you. It is not the happiest of songs lyrically, but the brothers paired the words to an upbeat tempo that makes for a great anthem to sing when one is feeling down.

“There’s more to life than just to live, ’cause an empty room can be so loud
It’s too many tears to drown them out, One single smile a helping hand
It’s not that hard to be a friend
So don’t give up stand ’til the end.”

Hold On – Jonas Brothers

The brother dynamic and connection that they bring to their songs and performances is undeniable. In their most recent performances since their reunion, their presence oozes happiness. They brought together the band because they missed the magic that was the Jonas Brothers. All they were craving was to be happy together again and playing music.

I can say from personal experience that the Jonas Brothers are incredible live performers. The feeling they bring to their concerts is something that only brothers can create. Happiness truly begins at the start of their shows.

Break up?

You may or may not know that when the band broke up it was not at all a happy moment for anyone, including Kevin, Joe, and Nick. It was not a mutual break up, as Nick was the one to say that the Jonas Brothers should be no more. In their new documentary, you find out that the brothers did not even talk after they called it quits for the time being. I cannot imagine not talking to your best friends for more than a day. They went through a rough patch as a family but it was much needed for them to come back even stronger. What makes the Jonas brothers so relatable is that they do not hide anything in regards to their journey as a band and family.

Diabetes Turned Positive.

At the beginning of the Jonas Brothers journey, Nick was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 13. This was a hurdle in his life that he has now found a way to help others who have the same chronic diagnosis. He is the co-founder of Beyond Type 1 which is an organization that uses social media to educate young people on how to live with type 1 diabetes. Nick has been vocal about how he knew no one with diabetes and felt alone when he was diagnosed. He uses his platform to help others not feel the same way he did. Nick even posted on Instagram that it has been 13 years since he was diagnosed and he is now a happy and healthy man.

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He vocalizes that it can be hard but you can live with this disease as long as you take care of yourself. Out of all that, Nick wrote a song called “A Little Bit Longerback in 2007 that was about his diagnosis. He embraced his sadness and fear in the song and hopes that it can help people living with the same disease. That is what music is all about.

I am so happy the Jonas Brother are back together. When they were younger, the media was so caught up in the purity ring “scandal” that they were not focused on the music. Side note, if you don’t know what the purity ring scandal is, then watch this interview here where the brothers explain it. It was a running joke that every media platform loved to talk about. People began to question the Jonas Brothers for no reason. Nick expresses what it felt like back then.

“The very simple answer is that it was incredibly annoying. And then it became a defining factor of who we were as a band, which was disappointing. I was just trying to navigate love, and romance, and what sex even meant to me, at a sensitive age. The question should have been: Is it appropriate for people to talk about a 16-year-old’s sex life? It’s absolutely not—and it wouldn’t necessarily fly today.”

Nick Jonas – Bazaar, 2019

This Happiness begins album is the start of a new era for them.

The Jonas Brothers stand for those small-town kids who may think they cannot go anywhere in life. Never stray away from your dreams no matter what happens. Keep pushing for what you believe in. In the spirit of the Jonas Brothers, chase the happiness you are so longing for in life. Happiness is what matters in life and the Jonas Brothers have now shared that with the world.

Written By: Adrienne Murdock

Winter Music Festivals

Looking for a last-minute music festival to attend this winter break? There are many festivals going on to bring in the New Year. Check these out!

It’s always the best to attend music festivals with your friends, especially after finishing a long and busy college semester. You just can’t beat listening to your favorite music with the people you love the most.

There will be many music festivals going on the west coast this winter break, and they contain mainly electronic dance music artists. Electronic music is very diverse, so you will get many different genres at once. These festivals are coming up close, but it’s not too late to buy tickets–especially if your favorite artists are on the lineup!

In our very own city, OMFG! NYE 2019 will be taking place at the Pechanga Arena San Diego from Dec. 30 to Dec. 31. This is the festival’s ninth year in San Diego. Tickets vary in price as you can purchase single-day tickets (around $150) or a 2-day bundle (around $270). If you are staying in San Diego for the new year, this is a must. The lineup looks amazing and I’m sure it will be awesome!

On Dec. 28, Audiotistic SoCal 2019 will be taking place at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino, CA. Tickets are not too expensive (about $70) since it is a one-day event, so if you are looking for a cheaper event this is it. The lineup looks pretty good as well, so I’m sure it will be very fun!

A couple days later on Dec. 31, Countdown NYE 2019 will also be taking place at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino, CA. I am attending this festival so I am very excited! Tickets are a little more expensive than Audiotistic (GA is around $130), probably since it is on New Year’s Eve. If you are looking for a NYE event, this one looks very exciting to go to!

Moving to NorCal, MTV’s SnowGlobe Music Festival will be taking place in South Lake Tahoe, CA from Dec. 29 to Dec. 31. Tickets for this festival are almost gone, and they vary in price as you can get a 3-day pass (around $250) or a single day pass (depends on the day). I have heard only good things about this festival and wish I could go. I heard it was very cold though since it is outside, so make sure to bundle up!

Moving east, Decadence Arizona will be held on Dec. 30 and 31 at the Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, AZ. Tickets vary in price, and there are 2-day passes (around $250) as well as single-day passes (around $150). I attended this festival last year with my two best friends and I had an awesome time! It was very cold and packed with people though, so make sure to bring extra layers of clothes. There are a lot of really good artists performing this year.

Decadence Colorado will be held on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 at The Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Tickets are available in 2-day passes (around $280) or single day passes (around $150). This lineup looks better than Arizona’s in my opinion. I wish I could go since I have not seen many of these artists. This festival looks very fun to be at!

Make sure to dress warm if you are attending a music festival this winter break. If you are looking for last minute New Year’s plans with your friends, definitely attend one of these music festivals!

Written by: Alexandra Gex

21 Questions: Angela Juat Campos

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Inspired by Humans of New York, this is 21 Questions; a fun way of getting to know the students, faculty, and staff of SDSU. This week is Angela Campos.

“My name is Angela Juat Campos and I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, but I grew up in Patterson, California as known as the central valley (or the butt crack of California, however you prefer).”

How do you feel about the question, “Tell us about yourself?”

“It depends on the context and who is asking. It used to be more of a daunting question, for example, if you asked me this about 4 or 5 months ago, I would have stumbled and been more unsure. Now I feel more confident in answering. Mainly because it is something that I have been practicing in my head and in real life. I want to be seen as someone that is confident enough to know who they are. While sometimes it can be a daunting question it can be empowering—and that’s on period.”

So, tell me about yourself?

“I am a first-generation, American college student and a fourth year at San Diego State University. I am a queer, Filipinx artist, radio personality for KCR college radio, and Creative Director at Egalitarian Magazine. Currently, studying Communication and Art with the aspirations of becoming an educator or working in media or for a company that has morals that I can support. I want to help others realize their own potential in any setting. I want to be someone that can encourage others to be authentically themselves despite people that may want to tear them down or tell them that something is not the standard or norm.

Some people think that I am out of pocket. People tend to react to me in a way that I find humorous and they find me humorous as well. Mostly because I am different and react to things so genuinely it is hard to hide how I am feeling. So, people can see what I am thinking or how I am feeling just from my facial expressions. As much as I hate to admit it, I would say I am a people person, and people make me happy. I want people to know that I am honest, open-minded, and I love hearing people’s opinions and stories. Also, doing my best to learn from other people and my own experiences. I love listening to people… and… I am a clinical Pisces!”

What is something that people usually get wrong about you?

“Damn… I feel like people think I am oblivious to things. When in reality, I am quietly observant. I am very attentive, sometimes too attentive, to the point where it may bother or distract me.”

What brought you to San Diego? 

“Hot ladies’… cool weather… just kidding, but I wanted a change of pace, change of environment, and the possibility of meeting a wide array of people, like-minded or not.”

Are you family-oriented?

“Damn, I don’t know… I want to say yes, but a lot of my opinions and views stray away from my family’s traditional, normalized ideas, but I do think about them a lot. I owe it to them for helping me get to where I am today, and I do appreciate them to an unfathomable degree.”

Do you believe that struggles make you stronger?

“Yes, every struggle that I have overcome has made me a stronger person and from those experiences, I have been able to learn from myself and help others based on what I have gone through—period.”

Do you have an idea of where you will be at the end of this year? 

“I will be feeling more accomplished and more mature.”

Who are you listening to right now?

“Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys (older), Alton Ellis (classic reggae), Yellow Magic Orchestra. Also, some of my favorite concerts have been Vampire Weekend at Cal Coast Open Air Theater and Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals at Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands 2019.”

Do you like who you are now?

“Yes, I love that bitch. I hate her but I LOVE her.”

Do you have anyone to thank for where you are now?

“Yes, multiple people. Both of my parents, my cousins Erin and Lynn, my godmother Adele, and a big one to the friends that have stayed with me to this day—period.”

If you could tell your younger self something what would it be?

“Stop worrying about things that don’t matter, because nothing matters—period.”
– Angela Campos, pronouns: She/Her/Her’s
  • You can listen to Angela’s radio show Angela vs. the World Wide Web on KCR Wednesday mornings at 10am!
  • If you want to keep up with Angela via social media, you can follow her @acjuat and @digitaldater on Instagram.
Written by: Jasmine Alexander
Photo by: Jasmine Alexander

A Four Album Collective

Through the hot San Diego fall, I’ve been searching for new music that fits my “fall mood.” This week, I’ve decided to do a collective of four albums that I’ve had on repeat during these autumn months.

1. Time & Space – Turnstile

Time and Space, released by Turnstile in 2018, is one of my favorite albums of all time. The transitions, powerful color, and aggressive liveliness of this record is something that brings me back for more every time I listen to it. I could best describe this album as Hardcore, but with a mix of garage, post-punk, and sometimes jazz. Brendan Yates has one of the most powerful voices, and this, combined with Turnstile’s catchy chants and riffs, is the powerhouse behind this band. Two of my favorites are “I Don’t Wanna Be Blind” and “Can’t Get Away.” The ballad-like singing in the background mixed together with the gritty, distorted guitar, and the screams of Yates make Turnstile one of the most energetic and bold bands I’ve listened to.

2. Drunk Like Bible Times – Deer and the Headlights

Drunk Like Bible Times is a new discovery to my music collection this fall but one that I haven’t been able to put down. Released in 2008, Deer and the Headlights have been around for quite some time and have established themselves since then greatly. The instrumentals on this record are refreshing and flow well with the vocal performance coming from the very talented, Ian Mertzger. This whole record is a beautifully emotional, pop-rock 12-song listening experience. “I’m Not Crying, You’re Not Crying, Are You?,” “Carl Solomon Blues,” and “Talk About” are three songs that especially stand out to me due to the blend of classic ballads and rock chords mixed with experimental hand claps, piano, and different time changes and tempos. Overall, I would recommend this album to anyone who loves a mix of alternative, rock, and pop.

3.Favorite Worst Nightmare – Arctic Monkeys

The Arctic Monkeys are always a classic go-to for fall music. Favorite Worst Nightmare, released in 2007, is one of my personal favorite albums of theirs and has been for years. It’s a bit more gritty than some of their earlier releases but not as sharp or mood-elusive as the four albums after it. Songs such as “Old Yellow Bricks,” “Only Ones Who Know,” and “505” give the album different contrasts between more upbeat songs and melancholic slower grooves. The lyrics of the songs on this record are real and the catchy tunes keep you listening for more. 

4.Chroma – Mt. Eddy

Chroma, released in 2017, is a ten-song record that is a mix between garage rock and alternative punk. Chroma has energetic guitar riffs and impressive, fast-paced drum beats and fills. The almost surfy-tone and pace of this album is a great indie rock record to listen to any time — whether you’re on the road, at a concert, or just need background music. Mt. Eddy, consisting of four members, including frontman Jakob Armstrong, is now a newly formed band called Ultra Q. They have just recently released an EP, “We’re Starting To Get Along.” A favorite off of Chroma would be “Working Title”

These 4 albums are going to keep me going through midterms and finals this fall semester. I highly recommend them to any experimental alternative rock lovers. Happy November!

Written By: Jesse Miller