Swifties, are you sitting down? Good, now make sure your breathing.
Taylor Swift’s first recorded album has dropped, and I couldn’t be more excited.
The 31-year-old singer-songwriter dropped a rerecorded version of her second studio album, Fearless. The re-recorded version is titled “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”.
The re-release is swift keeping her word to re-record her music before the “Lover” album. In the event, you’re not up-to-date on the Scooter Braun-Taylor Swift battle here’s the low down.
Scooter Braun purchased her masters which ignited a heated public battle between Braun and Swift over music ownership. And, swift made the announcement she would rerecord her first six studio albums, to call them her own.
She shared on Good Morning America “I just think that artists deserve to own their work, I just feel very passionately about that.”
Swift re-recorded “Fearless (Taylor’s Version) in late 2020, the first re-recording released.
The new release provides fans 27 tracks and includes incredible talent like Keith Urban and Maren Morris: All the songs from the original and platinum of “Fearless”, six unreleased songs, and a bonus track.
You can stream Fearless (Taylor’s Version) right now on platforms like Spotify or Apple Music.
Let me know what you think about “Fearless Taylor’s Version” by connecting with me on Twitter or Instagram.
I got to sit down last week with Beauty School Dropout to talk about their music, working with Lauren Sanderson, Cole’s boyfriend Harry Styles, their clothing brand Dropout, and so much more.
You can watch the video here, but below is the lovely interview!
I am so excited today because I am here with Beauty School Dropout! How are you all doing today?
Cole : We’re doing great!
Bardo : Excellent.
Brent : Waking up.
Cole : Kinda in a frenzy. I just got back from the beach, literally we all just walked in just before this meeting.
Perfect, perfect. So let’s just start this off by individually introducing yourselves and your role in the band.
Cole : I’m Cole, I sing and play guitar.
Brent : Ok, I’ll go second.
Bardo : Save the best for last!
Brent : I’m B, or Brent and I play bass.
Bardo : I’m Bardo and I’m a producer and I play guitar.
Cool! I’m not musically talented whatsoever. I played the drums when I was ten, but I gave up because I kept learning the basics and I wanted to learn songs. So my mom sold my drum kit.
Bardo : I sat through lessons my whole life and I just always end up quitting or like getting kicked out because I never actually did practice. I would just write songs or manipulate the teachers into opening up GarageBand and writing songs.
Brent : See I’ve been nasty since I was born.
My drum teacher, it was like this very tiny room, and he had very strong smelling arthritis cream that he would put on like right before we started every time. This room would be 2×2 and just smell like arthritis cream, so now you understand why I quit.
Cole : Yeah, that’s pretty funny. Just BENGAY stinking up the room.
Brent : Ah BENGAY.
It made no sense.
Cole : Wow, fire.
Cole : I’m so sorry.
But how did you get into making music together?
Cole : Oh, together? It’s kind of a long tale. It’s serendipitous how we all met. Our story is a little bit funnier. There was this girl I had a crush on and I saw that her friend was in my hometown, so I hit her up when I was going home to San Diego, and I was like, “Wanna hang out?” and she was just like, “Can I bring my boyfriend?” And I was like, “Yeah! I would love to meet your boyfriend!”
Brent : I’m the boyfriend.
Cole : And this was the boyfriend and we ended up becoming boyfriends too.
Brent : Yeah! My favorite part is imagine you’re the boyfriend that’s showing up. And I just bought him coffee because I wanted to swoon him. I was like, “wow this dude is so hot, I’m gonna make him my boyfriend.”
Cole : Yeah, it was pretty mutual. And then we met at a show. I used to help co-produce events at this spot called Winston House. We had a mutual friend who was performing and he showed up. At that time it was still kinda a solo project / we were just starting to figure out that we wanted to play shows together, and so we ended up kind of forcing him into the corner. And we were like, “No, no, you’re joining this band.”
Bardo : At the time, I was producing for other artists and just doing the whole songwriter producer thing. The first session we did it was just like these two guys came over and we just started making stuff. We’re like, “Oh OK, cool.” At first I was like I’m not going to be part of this.
Brent : “I’m just going to produce.”
Bardo : I’m just gonna watch this thing.
Brent : And you never left.
Bardo : And here I am. Cole never left.
Cole : That was also on the decline of my last relationship, so I like started staying on the couch or something. It was hectic.
Bardo : Everyone left the session one time, and I was literally about to go to bed. It was like 3 in the morning and for some random reason, I just decided to walk back downstairs. My phone was dead or some shit, and I hear this banging on the outside door. I look outside, I thought it was a homeless man. It’s Cole, back from his house, and he’s like, “can I sleep on your couch?”
Cole : My girlfriend kicked me out.
I mean hey, it all worked in the long run because here you are! Cole : Yeah, yeah. Definitely. It all happened for a reason.
Wild stories, but great stories. Probably one of the best I’ve heard honestly.
How did you come up with this name Beauty School Dropout?
Cole : So, I’m so OCD about naming things and when this was still technically my solo project, I was running through various different monikers that I was trying to figure out what I wanted to go under. One day, I kinda just popped this one into my brain, and threw it in my bio. This was probably like 6 months before we even started doing anything together, any of us. Then at the time when we started working, I was like I think this is what the name should be. And everyone has been really kind and loving about it, so we kept it.
Catchy, but if you do search your name on Google the first thing that comes up is like stuff from Grease.
Brent : Wait so we have a new metric for ourselves. Once we’ve beat that, we’ll know we made it.
That’s like Of Mice & Men, the band, the same deal, the book comes up. But now they come up, which might just be my Google.
Cole : It definitely does. I grew up listening to them too.
Bardo : I get scared when people search on Spotify. Does like Grease come up or do we come up?
I think you do on there thankfully.
Brent : We got Frankie Avalon on there.
Cole : I don’t mind all too much because I love that movie and I feel like somehow people will remember it. Even if they don’t find us, or are intending on finding us, or vice versa like, it just sticks. They’re like, “oh! Beauty School Dropout, that band!”
Bardo : I saw this cover, or someone was covering Beauty School Dropout Grease, the other day. I looked on YouTube and I’m like what?? Then I was like, oh.
Wrong one, wrong one.
Cole : Like wow people are covering our songs.
Bardo : But it’s cool because I mean like certain people aren’t necessarily going to remember, a lot of younger, Gen Z kids, aren’t going to remember Grease. They may not have seen the movie or they just ya know. So Beauty School Dropout will just be this thing that is more of a saying, which is kind of cool.
I honestly forget that there are people younger than me out there.
Cole : We watched a video last week of what, kids or teeenagers reacting to Nirvana and Paramore.
Cole : Being like, “Oh what is this?” Like what? Who raised you?
Brent : They’re like, “Oh I’ve heard this song before.”
It’s like this song recently, Potential Breakup Song, because Aly and Aj just did a revamp of it and made it explicit. But I have two little sisters, they’re 18 and 16. They’re like, “Oh yeah that’s the song from TikTok.” I looked at them and I was like, “that’s not a song from TikTok, that’s my childhood.”
Bardo : That song slapped. I remember buying it on iTunes.
You gotta get the explicit version now because it makes you even more mad.
Bardo : So good!
Brent : Oh, I know that song.
Bardo : The Cowbells movie.
Oh my gosh! I talk about that all the time and my sisters won’t watch it with me! It’s a classic!
Let’s talk about this year already for you all, since you started off by releasing a song with Lauren Sanderson called over again. So how did that collaboration even happen or come to be?
Cole : I met Lauren a while back, also when I was throwing shows at that place called Winston House. She did a showcase there and that was kind of the initial step of us meeting. There was another showcase like two or three days later that we went to and she was performing, also hanging out with one of our friends at the time. So like, when quarantine started we kinda hit the ground running and sent our producer pack out to a bunch of artists that we admire, wanted to work with, whatever, just to see who would come back. And she was one of the first people and we’ve kind of ended up getting our hands on just about all of her songs since. But that being said, because we were producing a lot of her music, we got a feature on her re-release, which was pretty special to be able to share with her.
That is such a great song, and I love Lauren Sanderson. So I found out about you all, and then that song was released, so my mind was just not being able to comprehend.
Brent : That’s sweet!
Cole : That’s amazing. Yeah, she’s fantastic. In fact, she just underwent surgery on her vocal chords. I tracked her vocals on Sunday, the day before. It was like the last thing she could do before, she did a one take and then left and was like peace and I was like OK.
That works! See the transformation after surgery.
Bardo : Yeah, we gotta wait a couple weeks and then we’ll get her voice back. But, it’s gonna be kind of gnarly. Like, the transition back into singing after intensive surgery.
Cole : Yeah for real, it’s gonna be weird, but she’ll be fine!
Bardo : It’s a character builder.
The live music video for this song is probably my most watched video on YouTube yet, which is really bad. I think the day it came out, I was replaying it and my roommates were probably very annoyed. But, was that video a collaboration between you all and Lauren or how did you come up with that idea?
Bardo : She came to us with it actually. She was like, “I wanna do a live video.” Basically, she wanted to do a live music video for it but her whole style and aestchis is like retro, mtv, kind of vibes.
Cole : Camcorder, VHS vibes.
Bardo : It was cool because we actually shot that all on VHS. Her guy does all her stuff 88 mm, or is it 8 mm?
Cole : 8 mm. Clint. His name is Clint.
88 would be very interesting, but 8 yeah.
Bardo : I don’t know anything about the mm.
Cole : Super medium format.
Bardo : But 8 mm. Clint is fucking rad. Point is, his name is Clint. He’s dope. He shot it all on VHS. It was sick, because we had a camera behind the drum set and like all these other like old skate video cams around everywhere. And then I was laughing when we got the video back because I thought they just put filters on, like to make it look all VHS. Turns out, he actually like went and bought a bunch of used TVs and just filmed the TVs. Like played it through the VHS, then filmed the VHS TV. That’s how they actually did it and I’m like oh that’s really cool. So he’s like all about it. He’s like really really cool.
That’s insane. I thought it was just a bunch of filters too till now.
Bardo : That’s legit.
Brent : Like rock vibes.
Bardo : So that was actually recorded live too.
That’s the version I played on my radio show because that’s the version for me.
Cole : Oh sick! That was kinda I guess where it became collaborative because we brought all our gear, band had to set up and do the whole mix on it. And we sent that back, and they did the video and kinda spliced that together.
I don’t know how she danced around in those shoes. I wear platforms all the time but those were like higher than I’ve ever worn.
Cole : My ankles would have been snapped.
Me too, I’m very accident prone. I fall walking with nothing around me, so that would have been a disaster.
What is your songwriting process or creative process normally like and has that changed during covid?
Cole : To be honest, it didn’t change all too much. My background is songwriting for other artists, as is his, as he is too but more on the production side as well. So when we met, we kinda just had this synergy creatively where we were like, “OK, we can apply this to people outside of just our project.” So, when covid hit, we were probably 6 to 8 months into already being in the studio, like day and night, just writing through and through. I guess nothing really changed, if anything it was kind of a silver lining for us because then our friends stopped hitting us up, so we were actually allowed to just work and not have to be putting people off. Yeah, we just kept our heads down and hit the ground running and we ended up working with Lauren and a few other great artists that I don’t even think we can necessarily talk about yet, but there’s some really cool ones on the backburner right now.
Well I’m excited for those!
Cole : Yeah, top secret!
Top secret! Guess I can’t find out yet, it’s fine.
Obviously you’re a newer band having only started really in 2020 and you have only a handful of singles out. Personally, my favorite is Make It Through the Night with Die For You in a very very close second. But, what is your favorite song that you have all made together and why?
Cole : Your face right now. Nothing that is out unfortunately. I think we were still very very much still discovering ourselves throughout that whole process. I think in that, we were kinda just like, “oh, let’s put stuff out!” Which we did, and it did a lot of great things for us, it was definitely perfect for what we were trying to achieve at the time.
Brent : We were in the womb, we’re ready to give birth now.
Cole : Yeah, the trial phase. But now, the new music that we are waiting on, or I mean finishing, about to put out hopefully later this year, depending on what kind of happens between now and the next couple months, is far FAR more better than anything we’ve put out.
Bardo : Far more better.
Cole : Far much. Very excellent. Super great. Brent and Cole : As far manys.
Cole : Much better.
Just another thing I have to wait for!
Bardo : But, it’s more in line with what we wanna actually be making. Not like the songs we have out aren’t us, because they are us. That was just us in that moment. Like Last Time Was the third song we ever made and we just like put it out. So we had to go write a hundred songs to figure out 5 songs that really define us. And we also write so much for other people that it’s this thing like you kinda pick up along the way like, “Oh, wait we did that thing in their song, we should do that for ours.” We kinda steal things, but we’re stealing from yourself, you know. It’s cool to like go through the process and we have to learn, and we’re always going to evolve. The EP we’re finishing right now is probably going to be different from the second EP we put out, but it’s all going to be us. We’re doing it, so.
I like that description of it. That’s just like you in that time, that was your sound in that time. I really like that.
Cole : If I had to choose one, I’d probably say Last Time or Die For You.
Brent : I would say the same.
Bardo : Probably Last Time.
Make It Through the Night isn’t a popular one over here I guess.
Bardo : I think there’s just a lot of…I don’t know.
All your faces tell me everything I need to know.
Bardo : You should hear the original version of that song.
I would love to! We could make it a KCR exclusive, play that on air.
Cole : It was Make It Through the Summer originally. Yep. Trust. That was just a crazy evolution.
Brent : There’s some residual trauma from that.
I can see it in your eyes even through the screen.
Cole : Only because again, at that time we were still so young, and what we were doing and there’s this thing that a lot of artists face of the emotional attachment to a song, like a sentiment. That specific song saw so many different changes and evolutions and it was kind of jarring for us to try and accept those changes. But at the end of the day, we’re always trying to achieve the best song possible. I think it was kind of this weird, frustration of going back and forth between, like, Ah is this really better? Or is this just a change? Like what and if it is better or like I like this old thing because of what intention was there.
Bardo : We’ve always heard this song so many times, it’s like hard for us to have a clean opinion on it.
Brent : There’s also 30 versions of it.
Bardo : There’s 30 versions of this song. And also, it’s really tricky because when you listen to all the new things you’re doing, you get so attached to those. All this new stuff that we’re working on right now is just like, in my opinion, so much more mature and advanced.
Brent : It’s elevated.
Bardo : Yeah, it’s elevated. So much cooler, in my opinion. Something like that, it’s like almost hard to listen to the old stuff, because you’re like, “dang, I wish we had done this differently.” But you can’t beat yourself up about it. You had to get there.
Brent : We’re older and wiser now.
Bardo : Yeah, 6 months older.
Yeah, that’s how I feel. I’m turning 22 this year, I’m young.
Cole : I just turned 23 and I feel young.
I feel so old already, so.
Brent : I turn 25, and so does he.
I don’t even want to think about that, that’s scary, I’ll have a breakdown.
Cole : We’ll *buzzer noise* skip that subject.
No, cut off.
I think that even though you only have a few singles out, you have a very distinct and unique sound. How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never listened to your music before?
Cole : That sound or the new sound?
New sound, you can do new sound.
Cole : Diesel. It’s just diesel.
Brent : I forgot who said it, but I really like it. It’s like the Neighbourhood produced by Skrillex, with hip hop influences.
Bardo : Blackbear, the Neighbourhood, Skrillex collab.
I like that!
Brent : But like definitely not just like dead-on, but it’s a cool starting point!
Once again, excited!
Brent : More rock, more rock.
Bardo : Definitely have a lot of rock.
Cole : The new stuff is hard as fuck honestly.
That’s what I’m needing. I’m having a very hard time finding new music that I actually want to listen to. I’m like thinking of a very specific sound, because I’m not really a person who likes pop music, my radio show is called Everything But Country. So no country.
Brent : I love it.
So, no country for me. I’m like all rock, that’s how I’ve always been, so trying to find new music right now is hard.
Cole : We’ll have to after this send you some of the unreleased demos so you can vouch.
Please! I could write about it a little bit and be like, “I can’t tell you much, but this is good!”
Cole : Yeah, we love that!
So I saw on your Instagram that y’all are making clothes, a brand called Dropout. Do you want to talk about that a little bit?
Cole : Yeah, we would love to! It’s kinda the extension of us. We treat it more as a clothing brand than it is merch. I don’t even think we’re really thinking of it as our touring merch, it’s more just this other entity that we’re running. We just did the official launch of the hoodies! We had the hats out for a little bit, but I think that was kind of just to test the waters , see what people were really interested in. Also for us to be able to see how many people are actually going to actively buy and support this small business of ours that’s starting. Yeah, the hoodies just dropped, we’re about to start doing vintage tees. We got a plug on a vintage wholesaler, so we’re trying to keep it as sustainable as possible because that’s a huge thing for us as well. Gonna start dropping more clothes pretty actively here in the summer, so keep an eye out! Go buy a hoodie now!
I’m excited. I just keep saying that, “I’m excited, I’m ready!”
Brent : It’ll be like a wave and will just hit.
I know! That’s seriously what it’s going to be. One day, everyone’s gonna know your name because you drop it all at once.
Cole : Yeah, that’s what we’re going for!
So out of all of the releases from 2020, besides your own songs because obviously already described how much you love those, but what was your favorite release from 2020?
Bardo : We only listen to our music, that’s why we hate it so much.
Brent : Probably the Nothing But Thieves album. That slaps!
Cole : That was really good! Oh! Amo by Bring Me the Horizon. Or was that before? It was, god we’ve been in such a black hole. I don’t even remember.
That was a great album. I was listening to it in my car one day, I heard Evanescence singing, and I was like, “this kind of sounds like Evanescence here!” And I’m driving, so I wasn’t looking at my phone. I was being a good driver that day. So then I like got home and looked at it and I was like, “wow okay this is sick!” The whole reason she’s on the song is because she actually sued Bring Me The Horizon for a song on their last album because it sounded similar to an Evanescence song. So that’s how they got her.
Cole : So they got her to feature? That’s awesome. Oh god, now I’m gonna hit my Spotify real quick, I playlist all day, so I know that I’ll have something.
Brent : Yeah, I’ve been super about this artist glaive. He released a lot of cool stuff last year, this year too.
I think one of my favorite releases last year was Glue by Boston Manor. That was one of the best ones, I love that album. There’s this artist that I actually found on TikTok called Brakence.
Brent : Oh! I was just about to bring it up!
Cole : Brakence is great!
Punk2 is so good! Cole : Yeah, Brakence is fire! Yeah he was definitely one of my favorite artists that I found from last year. Also, Brent Faiyaz. He is one of my favorites, hands down.
Brent : We just all bring out our Spotify’s.
I know. Everyone’s sitting there scrolling.
Cole : And I’m a basic bitch, but Drake. I love Drake. We love Drake. If you couldn’t tell by all the Drake. That was like a big troll at first, then we were just like, “No, let’s actually do it!”
That’s OK, I’m a One Direction fan. I know I like look more emo and everything, but I was a Belieber and a Directioner back in the day, so that shaped me into who I am. I’m like One Direction always.
Cole : My boyfriend used to be in that band.
Yeah, haha, I already know about that. I have the Watermelon Sugar vinyl and [a mutual friend] grabbed it and was like, “wait, is Cole on the back of this?” And you’re literally on the back of my vinyl.
Cole : I’m immortilized in that fucking speedo.
Bardo : You’re really immortalized.
Brent : You’re gonna go down in history as the dude in BSD and the one on Harry Styles’ Watermelon Sugar Vinyl.
We actually should talk about that. I don’t know why I haven’t brought that up. How did you even get into [the Watermelon Sugar] video?
Bardo : I’m surprised no one’s made more of a bigger deal about it, like on TikTok.
I don’t think anyone’s made the connection!
Bardo : We’ve had some people comment like, “that looks like the guy who’s in the Watermelon Sugar video.
You could go viral on TikTok, just post like a TikTok of you, and just be like, “yeah this is me! I’m actually in a band.” And you’ll blow up!
Cole : I love that! We were thinking of doing a Watermelon Sugar remix in the speedo.
You should do it.
Brent : it’s undeniable.
Exactly, everyone would know it’s you then.
Cole : But that was a fun time.
That’s insane to me, I can’t believe that. It completely left my mind, I forgot that you were in that for a second.
Cole : Yeah it was super random. I have a casting agent friend who hit me up the night before. He was like, “Hey, need a male for a Harry Styles shoot. They already said they want you.” Or whatever. I was like, “Oh, sure!” Then it turned into a whole ass thing that I was just so not ready for.
I can’t imagine getting an email that says, “Yeah so Harry Styles says that they want you in the video!”
Cole : I don’t know if it was Harry or his team.
It’s Harry. Just pretend.
Cole : It was Harry. Harry actually called me up the night before and was like…
There, I’ll edit that whole part out [his team], don’t you worry!
Bardo : I think Harry had a crush on Cole.
Brent : Yeah, yeah. Like I thought you guys were dating.
Besides music, and now your clothing brand, what else are you all passionate about? *silence* I’m sorry to ask that in the middle of a pandemic.
Bardo : We like crypto-currency! We’re like really into investing and stuff.
Brent : We do!
Cole : We’re like actual finance nerds. It’s pretty funny. Music and finance.
Look at the new Stock Market here.
Cole : We gotta invest in ourselves.
Brent : Gotta get those gains!
Cole : I don’t know, I think we’re passionate about a lot. I love to skate and make art. I’ve picked up tattooing over the last year, which has been fun and kind of brought me into a bunch of cool situations. I know you guys got some crazy ass talents too, so don’t hold back.
Brent : I just like anything that’s fun. Besides music, I like tattoos too. I’m a nerd, I like video games.
Cole : I feel like anything creative, we’re all pretty down to take on.
Bardo : Mountain biking.
Cole : God, fuck that.
Brent : NO! Not mountain biking.
Cole : This man took me mountain biking. I hadn’t ridden a bike in maybe a year, let alone ever a mountain bike. His dad and him took me electric mountain biking through the outs of slough and I almost died four times. We made it up the hill, which was fine, like, “Oh sick! You made it! Cool!” No one told me how to go down the hill on the bike, so of course we start sending it and I got thrown off the bike into the bushes, over the handlebars at least three different times.
Bardo : We were at the bottom of the hill and we’re all there and I’m like, “Where’s Cole?” And this dude comes ripping down the mountain, and he’s like, “Oh, your buddy’s back there, he’s in the bushes.” He’s like, “He’s fine! He’s just in the bushes.”
Cole : Have you ever seen those bad motorcycle crashes where people like fly over the handlebars and like ragdoll? That was me.
Bardo : I don’t know, we love hiking and nature and shit. We don’t have a lot of time right now.
Brent : Ping pong! We love ping pong.
I am so good at ping pong and I have the worst hand-eye coordination possible, but somehow ping pong and pickleball are where I thrive.
Bardo : Pickleball is super super fun.
I think at Big 5 they have a pickleball set that you can buy for like $20, I have been thinking about it.
Bardo : It’s like a smaller tennis ball right?
It’s like a plastic ball with the holes in it, wiffle ball maybe. Then it’s a really short net, but with similar rules to tennis with a smaller court. I played it in middle school, that’s all I know.
Cole : That or tether ball.
Brent : Or that thing that’s like the trampoline in the middle.
Brent : Yeah, I wanna try that.
Do you know what Kan Jam is? It’s a northeast thing. It’s a frisbee game but you have two literal cylinder cans, and there’s a little slot. You have to throw the frisbee and you can either hit it, the other person hits it into the cylinder. Or, if you get it in the slot, it’s an automatic win. That’s our spikeball in the northeast.
Bardo : Yeah! I’ve played Kan Jam!
Cole : Have you ever been larping?
No, I have not! Brent : You should larp. I love larping!
I would do the makeup for it, I could do that.
Bardo : I used to work at Red Bull when I lived in Nashville and we’d go deliver Red Bull to people at events and things. We pull up to this park one time, at a Larp Festival. Literally for the entire day that we were supposed to be working, we parked the car and just larped.
Cole : That’s so fire.
Bardo : We still just gave them Red Bull and they gave us like swords and stuff. Larping is pretty cool. They’re really into it. I really respect it.
Brent : I respect it too. It’s hard to do.
Bardo : I was into airsoft when I was a kid, that’s kinda like larping.
Brent : Me too!
Cole : I wanna play airsoft.
Brent : I want to go paintballing.
Bardo : I’ve never been paintballing.
I’ve never been paintballing. I’ve shot a gun once in my life, a pink pistol when I was 12, in the woods. That’s it. It was with an adult, don’t worry.
What are your plans for the rest of 2021? New songs? I know you mentioned possibly an EP.
Cole : A lot. We got a lot. Plotting right now. First and foremost, shows. We’re about to start playing shows again. Well, we have a show that we are about to plan for like a month from now. After that, probably preparing to launch. Put out some music and visuals, hopefully by the end of the year. Again, that kind of depends, we’re in the middle of a few different opportunities that are on the table right now, so I guess it’s kinda just like navigating which one is the most appropriate for us, what allows us the most creative integrity because we do literally everything from designing, to the music, to the creative, to like even packing the orders. Literally everything, we do it. For now, we’re gonna kinda continue building from the ground up and probably in the next 6 months start really thinking about what songs we want to come out with first.
I’m excited again! I hate that I keep saying it, but I’m excited.
Cole : Yeah, we are too. It’s gonna come faster than we think. We’re just really scratching the surface now, waiting for what we’ve been trajecting for. Keep your eyes and your ears open because it will be happening sooner than later.
Anything else you want to add? Where can people find your music?
Cole : Do you know Josh Gunther?
Why does the name sound familiar?
Cole : I don’t know. We had this whole thing, joke, but like there’s this movement now, “Joshua Didn’t Pay.” Just in case you didn’t know, I figured you should.
Brent : #JoshDidn’tPay
Cole : #JoshDidn’tPay, brother diesel. We were robbed.
Bardo : That’s a whole other story.
Brent : But on another note, we’re on all streaming platforms.
Cole : Yeah, we’re on all streaming platforms. So if you want to reach out and talk about life or anything, we’re here. We love other people, so.
Bardo : And watch our TikTok videos.
Brent : We remix songs.
Thank you all so much for sitting down and talking to me!
Aly & AJ are back and heading down a new path with new music and a new sound with “Pretty Places”
On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, the sisters Aly, 31, and AJ Michalka, 29 announced the released date of their latest project, “a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun” is scheduled to drop on May 7. This makes it the first time in 14 years since the sisters released an album.
For those who don’t know, Aly and AJ grew up in the Disney universe. Between 2005 and 2007, they released three albums, Into the Rush, Acoustic Hearts of Winter, and Insomniatic, which has their smash hit “Potential Breakup Song” which became a TikTok hit in 2020, talk about a blast from the past.
The sisters are back though in 2021 with new music. On January 15, we were rewarded with “Listen!!!” to kick off the new year and most recently on Friday, March 5 with “Pretty Places”
“Pretty Places” (predicting song of the summer) I love and if this is a preview of what is to come with the new album I am excited. “Pretty Places” is the perfect song to roll down your windows as your driving along the coast, with your ray bands on, and radio full blast on a Saturday afternoon. The music video definitely compliments the song with a coastal indie vibe, which I am here for.
While this song along with “Listen!!!” is not the sound your use to with “Potential Break Up Song” or “Rush” it is a new type of sound that I love. Music is evolving and it is important for the artist the evolve with the music too that is exactly what Aly and AJ are doing.
My favorite line “I’ll go anywhere / Let’s go right now / Go anywhere /doesn’t matter how far…” I relate to this line more than ever. After being in quarantine for a year due to the pandemic, this song gets me pumped to get out and explore again. I am ready for an adventure. You can stream “Pretty Places” right now on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, and watch the Music Video for Pretty Places on YouTube. Be sure to check out their new album when it drops on May 7.
What a year it’s been. Can you believe it’s almost over? Despite the world plummeting into a global pandemic, at least we have music to keep our spirits afloat. While I’m bummed I won’t get to experience live concerts for a while, I’m glad I get to soak in all of the exciting releases from these up-and-coming female artists. Here’s who to look out for going into 2021:
Refusing to be confined by one genre, Coi Leray brings her versatility to any track she hops on. Her EP Now or Never was released this year in August and features the likes of Gunna, Fetty Wap, Kiana Ledé, and Sevyn Streeter. I appreciate her ability to diversify her style–with some songs being explicit hard-hitters and others featuring smooth, laid-back melodies. Aside from her artistry, Coi has an interesting and lively personality outside of music. Her fashion, social media presence, and charisma are a few factors that have propelled her fanbase and success; she’s just an effortlessly cool person. I only see her stardom growing in the coming year. Listen: “The Hills”
With a deep and raspy voice, Rubi delivers a gritty sound that inherently screams “IDGAF.” In the age of Megan Thee Stallion-esque music that pushes for women controlling the reigns of their sexuality, Rubi Rose perfectly caters to this niche audience. Coming off an already large social media following, she has boosted her name both as an influencer and artist. Even though her first single was released in 2019, Rubi has since then collaborated with Wiz Khalifa, Rico Nasty, K Camp, NLE Choppa, and Yella Beezy. She is still in the early stages of her career, but I’m excited to see what she does in the future. Listen: “Big (ft. Rubi Rose)”
I honestly didn’t hear about BIA until recently–and boy am I glad that I did. I first heard her on the “Perfect” remix with Cousin Stizz and Doja Cat (which is arguably better than the original). Something about her cadence and delivery sparked my interest in researching the rest of her discography. She first signed to Pharrell’s I Am Other label in partnership with RCA back in 2014, but later signed a new deal with Epic Records. While she is best recognized for being featured on songs with Russ and J Balvin, BIA is evolving into a unique solo act of her own. Her debut project Rich Tiers is scheduled to release in 2021, so make sure you’re tuned in. Listen: “Same Hands (ft. Lil Durk)”
It wouldn’t feel right to not include THE Flo Milli on this list. The Alabama rapper came swinging out the gates when her debut mixtape Ho, Why Is You Here? peaked at number 78 on the Billboard 200. At only 20 years old, Flo Milli has positioned herself as a force to be reckoned with in the industry. Her consistently clever verses and catchy hooks over bouncy, bass-heavy beats give her a signature sound that is hard to replicate. She isn’t afraid to dish out insults in the process and can switch up her flow in a matter of seconds. Having already received a taste of commercial and critical acclaim, Flo Milli definitely isn’t going away anytime soon. Listen: “Send The Addy”
Written by: Nathalie Lum
Cover Photo Source: Paper Magazine
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