The Queen of Pop is back to take her throne with her new single ‘Stupid Love.’
The last the world heard a new Lady Gaga album was in 2016 when she released soft rock album, Joanne. In early 2017 we got the surprise drop of “The Cure” when she stepped in last minute to headline Coachella.
We then of course got shook by A Star is Born, where we dove off the deep end into the shallows because the soundtrack was that good. Even then, the music was curated for Ally rather than Gaga.
Since then…nothing. Three years of no Gaga and the fans have been begging and begging. There was a brief leak of the song back in January, but today we have the full song AND an (inter)stellar music video to go with it.
In the video we see Queen stop an alien war with a bop of a song. And if you ask us… seems legit. But that’s not what you should be fixated on. Notice at the end we see a still of a jacket that says “Kindness Punk” and then a screen that says “Chromatica.”
I think it’s safe to assume that her upcoming 6th studio album is called Chromatica. We’re also assuming that ‘Kindness Punk’ is an upcoming song.
Either way, we have one way to explain this new Gaga era…
You can get tickets to see Lady Gaga at her Las Vegas residency show here.
Offering the perfect vibes for windows-down cruising through LA, Alt Bloom’s newest single “West Coast” definitely needs to be put on your Chill playlist this year! We got a chance to catch up with him between his traveling and music-making to learn what went into producing “West Coast.”
Hi Ethan! Thanks for talking to us today. Congrats on your new single by the way! “West Coast” is definitely in our vibes playlist here at MDRN. We have a question we want to ask first. We noticed you’re traveling quite a bit recently, where are you at this very moment?
Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk about my project! I have been traveling but currently am back in LA. For the last 10 days I’ve been doing live acoustic videos for each song on my EP across national parks in California. It was a blast of an experience and I can’t wait to share it!
Are the sights and places you’re visiting inspiring you to write new music? If so, how is it inspiring differently than other writing sessions?
I’d say stepping out of the studio always inspires new music. Living life is the only way to find new material and honest stories to write about. Being outdoors and out of LA keeps me in my own space artistically and makes me realize how vast the universe is which reminds me to keep on my path as we are all making it up on this little dot in space.
Now on to your new single, which is honestly so amazing. What about the west coast inspired this song? A person, a moment, a sight?
Thank you so much! Lyrics for me are always something that is bursting to be realized in my life and I just let them flow. “West Coast” is in that vein. But what really inspired the song was my roommate and producer Devin Damato. I was about to leave the house on a trip and heard him working on a track. The groove caught me and I started hearing the chorus melody and lyric right away. So I popped my head in his room and asked if I could write over what he was working on. About 20 minutes later the whole thing was written. I recorded a voice memo of it and when I got back from the trip, myself, Brian Phillips (producer), and Devin hopped in the studio and finished out the recording.
Your “October Eyes” video and “Stay” lyric video have some amazing visuals and really catch the feel of the song? What can we expect for the “West Coast” music video? We hope there’s a lot of driving with the roof down.
Thank you! For the “West Coast” video we wanted to capture parts of LA that people who don’t live here don’t recognize but locals see all the time. LA river, Crenshaw, downtown, etc… It’s funny the original idea was to be driving in all the locations but the director, Erica Eng, knows that I am a big longboarder so she suggested I do that for the video instead to ground it to who I am. It ended up being a blast of a day just doing two things I love to do, sight see and skate.
If you had to put “West Coast” in a vibes playlist, what other songs would you include? Can be more of your own, as well as other artists? What would you call that playlist?
“Biking” Frank Ocean, “Morning” Marc E Bassy, “Habit” Still Woozy, “Small Worlds” Mac Miller, “Make It Better” Anderson Paak. I’d call it PB and Jam.
What is your usual method of attack when writing music? Do you have a certain order you like to work in?
I usually like to start with a palette of chord and groove. Whether it’s in my head or on a seed track. That helps me dive into a flow. Writing for me is a zen space. When I am in it I am in it 100%, committed to whatever the next few hours hold. It’s a ride every time. After that initial burst the song is either done or I spend the rest of the day or months putting the rest of the pieces together like a sudoku puzzle with a producer.
Is there a specific line or lyric that you wrote that you are super proud of? Which one?
In “West Coast” there’s a lyric, “Got a firework face, light up the whole place.” Not sure why I like that line, probably because I’ve only met a few people who can take out a room with a look and it reminds me of them when I sing it.
If you don’t mind, we’d like to get a bit deep. What made you create Alt Bloom? We know that it’s your stage name. Is Alt Bloom a completely different version of you? Or is he an extension of yourself?
Alt Bloom was a new step for me. I had so many things associated with my name that I wanted a fresh start. AndI didn’t want the pressure of anything I had done before to fall on this new place for me. I wanted to feel free to take this music wherever my heart wanted to, folk, hiphop, pop, rnb, rock, and by switching my name it gave me that space to let go of whatever had been holding me back from doing just that.
We’re dying to know, do you have an album or EP in the works?
Right now there is so much music I have in the stash but the first step for me is an EP which we do have done and are planning to release a track at a time. Just waiting on those mixes ! An album for sure in the future, but for now I want to keep releases to EP’s so I can keep releasing at a quick pace.
Since you love traveling so much? Can we expect a tour soon?
As soon as I can get out I will! Right now the focus is building and making the music I will be touring on. I’m hoping to get out a bunch this year and am keeping my fingers crossed for the opportunity. I do love traveling and singing. Especially if I can find new nature spots to explore and climb. On top of that the band is gonna be a kick to play with! Good people.
What is your take on the MDRN day fan and how important they are to the industry right now?
Fans are everything. Without fans there isn’t an industry. Everything great that happens in this world takes a lot of people. Every success is do to the fact that masses are involved. DaVinci wouldn’t be remembered if millions of people didn’t reflect on and save his work. Even NASA wouldn’t be able to explore the worlds beyond without tax dollars from the masses. Every success is more that of the people and less the person. Though a person can stimulate the people it is the people that make the music connection so special.
What can Alt Bloom fans look forward to in 2020?
Lots of new music, lots of new visuals, lots of new places to explore, live shows and a presidential election.
Okay last question and it’s an important one… What do you call your fanbase? If you don’t have one yet, what would you like them to be called? (May we suggest Bloomers?)
Haha bloomers sounds a lot like boomers I’d have to be careful. We actually call ourselves tribe. Tribe means a lot to me because it’s a heavy part in human existence, finding your tribe. My base is about connecting with each other and I love to watch them slowly growing as this project begins. It’s only really been six months !
Thank you for talking with us, Ethan! MDRN Mag wishes you the best luck! We can’t wait for all the new music! If there’s any last things you’d like to tell the fans, please do!
Thank you so much for taking the time. I’d like to tell people to get outside anyway you can. Staring at the stars, some trees, and getting fresh air does so much more the soul than any other thing in this world. Get out tribe!
Sheila E., aka the Queen of Percussion is looking to drum with YOU!
Just to catch you up to speed, Sheila E. is a pioneer for women in the music world. She has toured and recorded with legends like Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, George Duke and Lionel Richie. Oh and she helped create some of Prince’s biggest hits like “Let’s Go Crazy.” That’s not even including her ground breaking solo work!
She’s quite literally considered the greatest female drummer alive. And is just one of the greatest drummers ever, period. So this is kind of a big deal.
Recently Sheila E. put out her latest single, “No Line” ft. Snoop Dog and is encouraging fellow drummers and percussionists alike to share their covers!
You can enter the contest by uploading your cover of “No Line” to Facebook, Instagram or Youtube and using the hashtag #NoLineDrumLine. You then must register your video with this link.
Your cover will be featured on the #NoLineDrumLine contest page! The winner will be decided by Sheila and a panel of celebrity judges selected by DW Drums as well as the public.
Winners will receive the following:
• Grand Prize Winner will receive a SKYPE PRIVATE DRUM LESSON WITH SHEILA E. and an LP® E-CLASS SIGNATURE TIMBALE SET. • Second Prize Winner will receive a LP® E-CLASS CONGA and TUMBA. • Third Prize Winner will receive a LP® E-CLASS BONGO SET • 5 Runners-Up will receive a One (1) Year membership to DRUMCHANNEL.COM
The #NoLineDrumLine contest is produced by Total Assault and Stilettoflats Music, Inc. and sponsored by LP, DW Drums and Drum Channel.
Click here to view the complete contest rules. The contest ends on January 10, 2020.
Be sure to download Sheila E. “No Line” ft. Snoop Dog here so you can get all the practice in to win this contest!
Harry Styleshas yet, once again, delivered with his sophomore album, Fine Line. This album melodically takes us back to the 60s and 70s with its soft rock and retro feel. Lyrically, it takes us on a whirlwind of emotions as we follow Harry through the rise and fall and acceptance of his past relationship. We’ll break it down track by track for you.
If there was ever a musical ode to Fleetwood Mac… This is it. This is a song that you just want to sway and twirl to. You want to drive down the coast with the top of the car down at sunset with the wind in your hair.
“Golden”, we wrote on day two of being in Shangri-La […] as soon as we’d done it, it was like, ‘Oh, this is track one’. I used to drive from here to the studio and listen to it. “Golden” was like the perfect PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) song. It’s like driving down the coast, that is what the song is for. It feels so Malibu to me.
– Harry Styles, during his November 2019 interview with Zane Lowe
Lyrically, this song sets the listeners up for the rest of the album. “I don’t want to be alone when it ends” quite literally foreshadows the story told throughout the album. Paired with the upbeat music, this is the perfect way to start this album.
The second song on the album and also the second single released. “Watermelon Sugar” gives us the perfect summer feeling of romance. The one that we know will end quick so we dive in deep to enjoy the moment. The harmony, the bluesy guitar, the EVERYTHING.
“Adore You” is the third single off of Fine Line and probably the most intricate. This single literally started out as a whole mystery of this mysterious island popping up but Harries quickly figured it out. “Adore You” is a beautiful song about unconditional love and doing anything to make them safe and happy. We stan. And this video probably had the most amazing marketing in the history of music videos.
“Light’s Up” was the first taste of Fine Line that we got. Paired with a steamy music video that just dropped out of nowhere… We were shooketh. “Light’s Up” is a heart wrenching song with upbeat music. The fear of having people find out who your partner is, having to deal with the light’s up and on that person. The lyrics make us want to give him a really really big hug and never let go.
This is when the album starts to slow down and get real. This song is obviously about an ex of his. They’ve broken up, she’s moved on, and Harry isn’t taking it very well. “Don’t you call him what you used to call me,” and the french voicemail at the end that is actually from his ex Camille Rowe talking. The voicemail translating to:
“Hey! Are you asleep? Oh, I’m sorry…” “Well, no… Nope, it’s not important…” “Well then… We went to the beach and now we—” “Perfect! Let’s go!”
Musically the song reminds us of “Little Things” from Harry‘s 1D days. Just him, a guitar, some harmony and a whole lotta feels.
We could call this song the climax of the album. This is all about the grief and heartache he is going through from the end of his relationship. He lost control of the relationship as well as her trust with his “wondering hands.”
This is definitely the fan favorite of the album. The ballad, the most emotional.
To Be So Lonely
This song is genius. This song blends so many different aspects from different genres that in theory shouldn’t go together… But yet they do. We have an Italian style ukulele with a blues-y plucked bass along with trumpets, cello’s and even a violin accompanied by swing-like lyrics.
“To Be So Lonely” is just really like articulation of Mitch’s brain. Even when Mitch plays to himself, he’s got the swing.
In this song, Harry has accepted his grief and he fact that the relationship is now over. He knows he’s messed up and she’s with someone else. She wants to be friends but he doesn’t think he can right now because he still loves her. He doesn’t want to be given any false hope, even if she doesn’t mean for him to feel that way.
“She” is the older sister to “Woman.” This song is pure genius. It’s a fantasy, it’s sexy and wow that guitar solo. The beginning of the song sounds almost identical to “Meet Me In The Hallway” but quickly turns into her own thing.
“She” is a beautiful blues ballad that listeners subconsciously play over and over again on repeat. The song features a fantasy love that a man would rather day dream about than face the real world.
Sunflower, Vol. 6
This is our beautiful 60s surf rock anthem of the album. Here he is reminiscing of the good times in his past relationship. He wants to immortalize their memories together through this melody.
All in all this song is just a feel good song. You smile and sway to it. You can feel the sun on your face and can practically feel and smell the ocean breeze.
“Canyon Moon” is another track that reflects back on the happy times of their relationship. Also noted as Stevie Nicks favorite track of the album, “Canyon Moon” is a ballad to 60s & 70s soft rock.
You can quite literally visualize yourself driving through canyons and hills.
Treat People With Kindness
60s 60s 60s. This song is so retro, with an Austin Powers flare. Sure Harry doesn’t sing the chorus but let’s look past that. This song is an ode to Harry‘s mantra “Treat People With Kindness.” This is something that he’s always preached in some way, shape or form throughout his whole musical career.
“Treat People With Kindness” is all about wanting to go somewhere where we can all just be nice and love one another. A place where we can feel happy and safe, and even if something bad happens, we know we’ll be okay.
The closing song on the album is also the namesake of the album. “Fine Line” as stated in an interview with Harry, “was always gonna be the last song on the album. It felt like it described to me the process of making it and how the album felt in terms of the different kinds of songs on it.”
This is a stripped song filled with emotions in-between the lyrics. Being that there’s not many lyrics to the song, Harry relies on the accoustic guitar to tell his story. And if you listened to the album from top to bottom as intended, in those pauses with no words, you know exactly what he’s trying to say and how he feels. He’s found balance with love and life, and acceptance and grievance. And of course, he closes the album out with an epic outro in a beautiful Harry-like fashion.
Well that’s it for Fine Line. An epic album from an epic person. What were your thoughts on Fine Line? What’s your favorite song and why? Let us know in the comments below or tell us on Twitter!
This world was left in awe when early this week, we were left with the unfortunate passing of Jarad Higgins, known mostly by his stage name Juice WRLD.
Higgins passed away at Chicago’s Midway Airport after suffering a medical emergency, later revealed as a seizure. Happening less than a week after his 21st birthday, the talented young rapper was said to suffer the seizure after deplaning from a private jet on an early morning flight from California back to Chicago. The reports state that he had blood coming from his mouth, and was later transported to a local hospital, but was soon after pronounced dead.
Born December 2nd 1998 in Chicago, Illinois, Higgins, like many of us, experienced heartbreak at a young age when his parents divorced in 2001 – leaving him and his older brother to be raised by their mother. Higgins was left so emotionally wounded that when asked once if he could have a conversation with anyone throughout history, it would have been his estranged father; revealing how scared he was from the dissolve of their relationship, and that it was always at the forefront of his thoughts. In June of 2019, Higgins‘s father passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack. He was left with no real closure, which had a huge impact on both him and his music.
“Something Ain’t Right With My Mind So I Lost It”
Rapper, singer, and songwriter, Higgins lived a life of love for music. Learning to play piano at a young four years old, he continued his passion for music following guitar and drums. In fifth grade he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. At the request of his mother, he was prescribed Ritalin, Vyvanse, and other mind-altering drugs. Though he was normally supportive of his mother, he disagreed with her decision to medicate him at such a young age. This had a large influence on him, explaining that he believed mental health is neglected as a whole in the Black community; a topic he felt passionately about and tirelessly tried to change.
He drew a great deal of inspiration from life experience, but also from video games, such as everyone’s favorite Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, and other classic Guitar Hero. From these influences was a strew of rock and pop, including Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Falling In Reverse, and hisfavorite, Billy Idol.
His sophomore year in high-school was the time when Higgins began to take his rapping to the next level. Coincidentally, it seems, during this time was a period of heavy drug use for him. From Lean as early as 6th grade, to Percocet’s, and Xanax well into 2016. Whether it was depression, a chemical imbalance related to the ADD medication, or a combination of all these factors, Higgins ultimately ended dropping out of high school in 11th grade due to deteriorating health from heavy drug use.
"In Love With All Your Flaws & Sins. Your scars are really gorgeous."
“More Than a Millionaire, I Wanna Change the World”
Higgins took on one of our favorite genres; a combination of emo-rap music. He started his venture into the music world when he recorded his first song “Forever” on his cellphone, and published it to SoundCloud under the name “JuicetheKidd”. Soon after, he changed his name to “Juice WRLD,”an ode to Tupac‘s part in the movie Juice. To the young Tupac fan, “Juice Wrld“signified “taking over the world”.
And, that he did. In 2017 after releasing a three-song EP Nothing’s Different, he gained attention from major music blogs and other outlets.
He had his first mainstream hit in the summer of 2018. “Lucid Dreams” found its way to the top of the Billboard charts, followed by the remix to “All Girls Are The Same,” featuring Lil Yachty. The success of the song broughthim to sign a multi-million dollar contract with Interscope Records, where he delivered his first studio album Goodbye & Good Riddance. In March 2019, Juice released his second studio album Death Race for Love, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard hot 100, followed by multiple hit singles from the album.
A pioneer to the emo-trap world, like our homie Lil Peep, it’s no surprise that Juice WRLD paid tribute to the late rapper with a 2-track EP titled Too Soon. Featured on this EP was the song “Legends,” where he spits the line, “What’s the 27 club? We ain’t making it past 21,” breaking our hearts to feel that even he knew, similar to talents before him, he wouldn’t spend much time here.
But instead of focusing on the death of Juice, we’d rather talk about the impact that he made on his fans, and the world around him. He made it clear, that he wasn’t in it for the fame and money. Rather, he had plans to change the world, and to a lot of us, he did; blowing the doors off the hinges when it came to male depression and the stigma that surrounds it. Juice taught us to embrace the fact that we are all ‘perfectly imperfect,’ and that it’s okay to talk about these sensitive topics.
“Being Emotional Is One of The Toughest Things”
Juice used the rawest parts of his life for the entire world to see, just to show us that there is no shame in mental problems, addiction, or heartbreak. On the darkest days, Juice was the voice in our ears, validating the feelings we have are real, and we aren’t alone in them. He touched tortured souls in ways that have never been done before, like the great artists that came before him, he changed the world forever.
It was apparent that Juice WRLD‘s career was just about to begin. Working with well-known artists, topping Billboard charts, and even being named in the top five male artists streamed on Spotify in the U.S. this year. He evolved the creation of rap to come, and the view towards emotional vulnerability in Hip-Hop. He was a beautiful soul with a huge heart, that will live in ours forever. Changing lives at the cost of his own. Rest in Power.
Linkin Park has mentioned some “talk” of new music since the untimely passing of Chester Bennington.
This is exciting news. FOR ALL OF US. Cuz’ no matter what type of genre you cling to the most, everybody can appreciate Linkin Park for everything they are.
An American-rock-nu-metal sensation, Linkin Park started their trek into the music scene in 1996. Founding and current members included Mike Shinoda (vocalist/rhythm guitarist), Brad Delson (lead guitarist), Dave Farrell (bassist), John Hahn (DJ/Keyboardist), and Rob Bourdon (drummer). Reaching almost immediate international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory, This group coined radio-friendly genre-breaking music.
Linkin Park: Best Selling Band of the 21st Century
Referred to as the Best Selling Band of the 21st century, Linkin Park holds Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards. All of which, we understand, considering they have such a unique sound, and a wide variation of music.
The last time we heard new music from Linkin Park was “One More Light”. The band’s seventh studio album, released in May 2017. The world, shaken by the death of co-frontman Chester Bennington, who tragically took his own life two months after the release. After a constant battle with depression. Ultimately, his death, sent the band into hiatus, canceling their tour, and allowing them to mourn the loss of Chester.
In December of the same year, the band released live recordings of their final tour with Bennington. The last of the new music we would hear for quite some time. The group took time to focus on family, friends, mental health, and music. All the things they love.
During this time, the band continued to be a support system for one another. Enjoying each other’s company and working on side projects. In June 2018, Mike Shinoda even went on to release a debut solo album.
The good news is that the first time since Bennington‘s tragic departure, Linkin Park has actually confirmed the idea of recording new music. In a recent interview withYonhap(a South Korean newspaper), Joe Hahn said that the band has considered the possibility of creating together again.
What’s To Come?
We don’t want you to lose your mind quiet yet. Considering that Shinoda said that although the band loves to hang out, be around each other, and make music, that they don’t want to put pressure on it. They want it to happen naturally. So, this music could come in the time frame from a week to a decade. And as painstakingly hard as it is, we will be patient and let it happen in its own time.
The band has made it clear that though there is the possibility of a new singer alongside Shinoda, that their intention is never to replace Chester. Both because they never want to, and they know they never could. Chester provided Linkin Park with emotion-evoking power vocals paired with death screams that were untouchable. Though Tobi Duncan of Trash Boat did our boy proud in his rendition of “Given Up” for the compilation Songs That Saved My Life. A compilation album by Hopeless Records to honor suicide prevention. Such a fitting ode to Bennington.
We can’t imagine a Linkin Park without Chester, but we are certainly hopeful for what’s to come. The future is bright, and we know that Linkin Park will make all of us and, most importantly, Chester proud. Stay tuned for any new news on Linkin Park breaking ground in the studio.
Two years ago, Gustav Elijah Åhr, better known under his stage name Lil Peep, tragically passed away. Our Emo-Trap Heart Throb left us all to mourn his untimely death profoundly. Peep left behind a legacy that was larger than he could have ever imagined, ever dreamed. A pioneer, a revivalist to the emo-rap-rock combination of music, Peep was an artist with a uniqueness that was all his own.
American rapper, singer, songwriter, and model, Peep knew how to make us fall in love – using his lyrical dishes, samples that bumped through the speakers perfectly, and a smile to swoon over.
Holding a close bond with his mother, it’s only natural that his name Lil Peep steams from her as her nickname for him was “Peep,” stemming from his big brown eyes. From a young age, he was always interested in music and fashion. He played the tuba and the trombone for most of his childhood. He was a smart kid who did well in school but had little interest in attending. Instead, spending his time focusing on and making music.
The Debut of Lil Peep
Lil Peep began his career posting his music to sites SoundCloud and YouTube. He started to produce a following after releasing several mix-tapes, including Hellboy (2016) and collaborations with Lil Tracy. Naturally, he began to gain a cult-like following of fans. And can we blame them? Nope, we are them. Peep continued to work towards his goals of making music that was relatable and unique to his style debuting with Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1 (2017). Like any proper multiple part release, Come Over When You’re Sober Pt. 2 exceeded all expectations and landed him with his first US Top 10 Album. He delivered us tracks that he wished would give a voice to the misunderstood like him, those who struggle with depression, relationships, anxiety, suicide, and bullying.
Peep was just like us in many ways, a fan of My Chemical Romance and Panic! At the Disco. His songs, including samples from some of the best to ever do it such as Blink-182, Underoath, Brand New, and Peirce the Veil.
Just in time to celebrate his life this year, on the second anniversary of his death, a documentary, Everybody’s Everything, aired in select theaters. The documentary began with a heartfelt message from Peep’s mother Liza Womack, remembering his life and the effect it had on her, and all of us. Artist like T. Mills and Ghostmane remembered the times working with Peep, and the impact he had on them. It showcased Lil Peep’sroad to success, highlighted his goofiness and his gigantic heart. It embraced the eternal love from his beloved grandpa, who always had his back. He loved everyone and just wanted people around him; he wanted to uplift the people he loved with him. Peep believed that everyone deserved it all. He gave and gave until he had nothing left.
Lil Peep was on the verge of star-level fame at the time of his death. His fight with his mental health was the cause of his demise. Sadly, his struggles encouraged his drug usage and his heartbreaking battle. He continually advised his fans against drug use, but he couldn’t seem to stop himself. Exactly two weeks after his 21st birthday, Peep died on November 15th 2017, from an accidental overdose of Fentanyl and Xanax.
Peep saved many with his music, even though he couldn’t save himself. We can only hope that someone will help to carry on his legacy and continue the future of emo. We will remember Peep today and always. The 1975 said it best “Rest in peace Lil Peep; the poetry is in the streets.” We miss and love you, Gus.