Last weekend at Florida Music Festival, we were lucky enough to have Kevin Lyman, the founder of Warped Tour, roaming around the festival and appearing at conference sessions. Lyman is the kind of person everyone hopes to be if they become famous—approachable, kind, and down to earth.
The 2017 Vans Warped Tour Dates were announced this afternoon and it looks like most of the U.S. is in store for some more insanely hot rock. The line-up is still a few months away, but at least you can start planning your calendar now…
The Vans Warped Tour still has another three weeks of killer shows planned, but we are all out of material. This year was our first Warped Tour, and we loved it, as you can see in the attached links. Interviews, Photos, Tips, Reviews, and more…
“The Army’s been great and I would never try to subtract this chapter from my life, and it’s been a really great chapter…”
There are not many groups of individuals who I generally have more respect for than aspiring musicians, but one of those groups are the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces. When I learned about Dash Ten and their blending of both traits, I was instantly drawn to the band. Before their fun pop rock set at Vans Warped Tour, I sat down with lead singer and bassist Corrin Campbell to learn more about the band, the US Army, her mentors, and purple hair… shocking, bright, purple hair…
It’s weird; it’s almost like hearing our record for the first time because we don’t often play live with an organ player.
I mentioned earlier that the Warped Tour’s practice of scrambling their schedule every day caused me to miss Ghost Town, while I conducted an interview with Kevin Bivona, guitarist for The Interrupters. Well, as fate would have it, earlier in the day I missed The Interrupters to chat with Ghost Town. Fun interviews for sure, but on the downside, I missed this talented, distinctive ska band from Los Angeles who are quickly establishing themselves as a fantastic live band.
When I saw the Vans Warped Tour lineup reveal a few months ago at Full Sail University, one of the bands I was most interested in seeing was GHOST TOWN. As luck would have it, the quirky last minute scheduling practice on the tour cost me that opportunity, as I was committed to interviewing another band at that time, but a few hours later, the tables were reversed and I got a chance to talk with singer Kevin McCullough and guitarist Alix Koochaki about their friends on tour, their Ghostly fans, and their distinctive marriage of visual and audible art.
“Good music isn’t quantifiable by how many people are watching, it’s quantified by how good the music is.” – Gustav Wood, Young Guns
A few hours before they took the stage for a late afternoon set at the Orlando Vans Warped Tour stop, I had a chance to sit down backstage and chat a little bit with frontman Gus Wood from Young Guns. He’s a super-friendly artist with a refreshing outlook on the music scene. Check out the second of five Warped Tour conversations, in our week of Warped Tour interviews.
“I feel like the art of being a DJ is dead; no one cares anymore.” Tyler Szalkowski, State Champs
At this year’s Orlando Vans Warped Tour stop, we snuck backstage long enough to snag a few interviews with this year’s most compelling bands. Over the next five days, we’ll feature a different band from those sessions, starting with the red hot State Champs from Albany, NY.