Bullet Music Artist Spotlight’s February artist, Soda Jerks sat down with Bullet Music to talk about DIY clothing and the challenges of being a two piece band.
Amelia’s empowering presence is going to make her a force in the music world. From the fierce determination she has shown since she was a child, to her calm, understanding view of anxiety and the pressures of modern life, Amelia has the ability to make you feel simultaneously comfortable and restless.
The Vans Warped Tour has been a summer staple for 23 years, but like all good things, it’s finally coming to an end. In recognition of the loaded lineups that Warped Tour is known for, we’re taking a look at five of the artists playing at the Atlanta Warped Tour stop that could be the next big thing.
Hawk is a Central Illinois-based group whose members have played with the likes of R.E.M. and Elvis Costello, and they are using that experience to give us a taste of modern nostalgia with their brand new music video for “Allison’s Gone.”
With a lineup that sounds like an early 2000s boy band, Jake, Jason, Joey and Kevin, better known as HUNNY, are taking on their first headlining tour after supporting runs with fellow Newbury Park, CA such as Bad Suns (check out our interview with Bad Suns here) and the Neighbourhood in recent years. Coming from such a talented town, HUNNY has large shoes to fill, and the energy they bring to a live setting is big enough to fill them. Talking with drummer Joey Anderson after the show, he mentioned that this tour has been spent “wearing lab coats,” so to speak, as they test the national waters as a headlining act.
Along with HUNNY on this run are Buffalo, NY-based Made Violent, who put on an equally impressive set, getting the crowd of unfamiliar faces moving, dancing and ready for more. If you’ve spent much time shopping at Vans stores, Made Violent may sound familiar as they are heavily featured in the retail chain’s in-house playlists.
Apart from their musical prowess, the guys of HUNNY have a deep appreciation for anime that has bound them together and inspired not only their sound but their process. Despite differing over the fourth member of their “Anime Final Four” brackets, both Jake and Jason have the “life-changing” anime FLCL as their ultimate champion. Part of the reason for this is because of a Japanese band called The Pillows that Jason says, “basically scores the whole show FLCL,” going as far as to call them “a Japanese Weezer.”
From anime to surreal moments to the indescribable top Google image result for “HUNNY” (Click this link with caution!), we had a great time talking to Jason and Jake before their first headlining set in Atlanta at the Masquerade’s Purgatory stage. Listen above or on the Bullet Music SoundCloud.
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Photos by Sidney Spear for Bullet Music
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It’s all about soul for Chantae Cann, the Cleveland-born jazz-soul singer who now calls Atlanta home. Chantae moved to the city in her teens after growing up in Cleveland and Chicago and quickly embraced the “Southern Hospitality,” saying, “We take our time, but we still get it done.”
In 2016, the singer’s Journey to Golden found itself on top of the iTunes Jazz charts, proving that the rest of the world loved her unique vocal timbre just as much as Atlanta. Before long, Journey to Golden the Re-WERC by Atlanta’s own WERC Crew truly cemented Chantae’s spot in Atlanta’s musical landscape – a versatile artist that is both in touch with the great jazz vocalists of old as well as the producers of today.
Moving into the latter part of 2017, Chantae’s sophomore album, Sol Empowered, featured 12 tracks that uniquely captured her musical journey. While still pushing a familiar jazz-soul sound that fills each song with a comforting, familiar warmth, elements of other genres that have crossed Chantae’s path are littered throughout. Chantae calls herself “an inspiration junkie,” and that shows as she gleans inspiration from every life event and musical collaboration.
One apparent influence on her newest album is that of the WERC Crew and other electronic artists. Atlanta’s electronic music scene permeates almost every aspect of Atlanta music, and Chantae Cann deftly weaves subtle aspects of electronic music into some of her songs to give Sol Empowered an added texture. Whether it comes from the clever breakdown in “Hey Whatcha Say” or the acapella beatboxing on “Sol Glo,” Chantae is demonstrating a side of jazz that many have never seen before.
In a live setting, these powerful songs come through in an impressive way. Chantae’s goal is for her listeners to feel “inspired, uplifted, motived, encouraged [and] empowered,” and these songs encapsulate those feelings of hope, inspiration and motivation perfectly. Whether it’s through your headphones or through the PA at Smiths Olde Bar, the stylings of Chantae Cann’s Sol Empowered will leave you feeling just that.
Watch the full video interview with Chantae Cann.
Producer + Photographer: Grace Rose Kelly
Film Editor: Tanya Wise
Designer: Elyssa Velez
Writer: Tayler Newman
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Executive Producer: Liz Turcotte