Alison Wonderland hopes to find ‘Peace‘ on this heartbreaking new track

Peace‘ is the catchy and emotional new tune from DJ, Producer, and Singer-Songwriter Alison Wonderland. Released today with an equally stunning video from Venice, California based creative duo Cue the Bird who helped bring her vision to life, along with Jake Kasheta who produced it. The visuals capture the song well. The struggle to find solid ground after a relationship goes wrong and ends. It’s an intense internal journey, the juxtaposition of light and dark, and hope and despair. Alison Wonderland takes the listener on a strong emotional journey on “Peace” hoping we all come out in the end with at least a little bit of it. Check out the video for “Peace” below and link to stream and buy. Also links to Alison Wonderland socials and official website.

Stream Alison Wonderland // “Peace” here: https://alisonwonderland.lnk.to/Peace

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I spoke with Sacramento Indie Rock band Keys and Vices. We chatted about their latest and highly emotional release “Chronic Nostalgia”, songwriting and influences, and music traditions. Check it all out below …

Photo Credit: Jennifer Valdez

Photo Credit: Jennifer Valdez

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Pancakes or Waffles?
ALL: Waffles 100%!

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Can you tell us how you guys got started as a band?
KEVIN: We were in a band prior to Keys and Vices so we were already family and synced up with
each other. After the split, Jenn created Keys and Vices as her solo project then slowly pieced it
together by first adding Kris, then reached out to me a while later. We knew we had something
after our first practice as a trio.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Can you tell me more about the recording process for this EP “Chronic Nostalgia”?
JENN: I recorded 5 of the songs myself which is where you’ll hear some difference between all 8
of them. The songs I recorded on my own took a lot longer having to write all the parts myself, but the 3 songs recorded with Kris and Kevin were so much faster since we could bounce ideas off each other.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: How was the writing process for this EP? Having come from a place heartbreak did you feel this was a cathartic experience?
JENN: Absolutely! Writing music has always been therapeutic and helps me to move on. Sometimes I’ve come to discover things about myself during the writing process that I hadn’t thought of before, and it’s simply because i’m searching for a different way to explain the story.
KRIS: For me it was more on feel. The songs Jenn and I wrote together came from locking ourselves in a room for hours and just playing together till something felt right, and we just knew.

TRB: Being not only musicians but creatives where do you normally draw your inspirations and influences from?
KRIS: I draw inspiration from the talent my bandmates bring to the table. It’s hard not to see and
hear them play and not become inspired to be the best I can be.
JENN: My personal experiences, and collaborating with musicians like Kris and Kevin. Just like Kris said, it’s so much better writing songs with people who know where you’re going with the music before you even get there.

TRB: Do you guys have a lyric that you’ve written that has the most meaning to you or is a favorite?
JENN: Wow that’s a very hard question! I love all the lyrics I write because they all have a lot of
meaning to them. If I had to pick a favorite lyric, I would say one of the lines from the song “Ghost Love”. The lyric, “trying hard to hold back the water in my eyes, I don’t want to show you the wake you’ve left behind”. A way to explain how much you’re hurt that you feel the effect isn’t a small ripple in the water, it’s a wake. I think that’s very relatable for anyone who has been hurt.

TRB: If you had the chance to cover any song and give it the ‘Keys and Vices’ treatment what song would you pick? And why?
JENN: My favorite song to play as a cover is “Jolene” by Dolly Parton. I’ve always loved that song, and now I give it a different feel with the way I sing/play it.
KEVIN:Won’t back Down” by Tom Petty. I think the song speaks for itself!
KRIS: Any song by Hall and Oates. I loved that band as a kid and I still do.

TRB: Are there any current artists that have been “On Repeat” for you as a band lately? What music have you been digging?
JENN: I listen to a lot of different artists (old and new), but the artists I always have on repeat is Sam Cooke and Elton John’s album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. At my house we have “Sam Cooke Sunday” where we listen to my Sam Cooke vinyl albums every sunday, it’s become a fun
tradition along with cooking a big breakfast. A few months ago I found Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road vinyl album buried in a sea of old vinyls at a shop. I couldn’t believe it was only $3.99, and in amazing condition! It’s one of my favorite albums and every other Friday night
you’ll hear it blaring throughout my house!
KRIS: Lately I’ve been listening to Chris Stapleton’s Traveler album. It’s the perfect mix of blues, and country but it’s also surprisingly soulful too. The man has a great sound.

TRB: If you turn any book into a song what would you choose? And why? KRIS: The Count of Monte Cristo.
The idea of waiting so long to get revenge is crazy and would make for a great song.
TRB: And what’s next for Keys and Vices?
ALL: Although we just released “Chronic Nostalgia”, we have a lot of new music ready to get out there within the next year, and if listeners love our current album, we can’t wait for them to hear the next one!

TRB: Anything else you guys would like to add? 🙂
ALL: Thank you for taking the time to listen to the album! Please hit us up on social media and let us know what you think of the music!

You can follow Keys and Vices on their social media links below as well as listen to their current release “Chronic Nostalgia” (embedded above).

Facebook: @keysandvicesband
Twitter: @keysandvices
Instagram: @keysandvices
https://www.keysandvices.com/

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I want to introduce you to New York based gender-fluid musician and artist Areté. The concept-pop singer-songwriter and producer has released a scorching and futuristic Electro-pop number, ‘Trip’. With chilling yet fierce vocals atop a cool stuttering beat. ‘Trip’ tells the tale a dark tale of making bad decisions of which could only end in disaster. Yet it being one of the best feelings in the world. Areté says of the track “It’s a sci-fi road trip fantasy – like the beginning of a futuristic lesbian Thelma and Louise or Bonnie and Clyde – you know it will end with the deaths of its thrilling rebel protagonists, but you want to go on the ride anyway. It’s about the danger of being an adrenaline junkie and jumping in when you don’t know where you’re going.”

Areté by Alicia Fischmeister

Check out more from Areté and hear the daring song ‘Trip’ below.

Stream ‘Trip’ on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/aretespace/trip-1

Areté Socials:

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/arete.space/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aretedotspace

Instagram: https://instagram.com/arete.space

Until then,
Brittney x

My favorite British Alternative Pop band Bastille made their return to Los Angeles last night (September 24th). Taking The Wiltern stage by storm (pun intended) with a new and quite colorful lively stage setup. Bastille played to a *sold out* house performing many fan favorites and new songs, which of course included the bands’ current mega-hit ‘Happier’ a collaboration with Marshmello which is also set to be included on the bands’ upcoming mixtape Other People’s Heartache PT 4. The release date was announced at the show and is in less than two weeks time!

The band is more sprightly than ever, the Wild World days are now gone having been replaced by a new stage setup and backdrop in preparation for the bands’ forthcoming album ‘Doom Days’. It’s bright, it’s colorful and it’s very ‘Bastille’.

The opener was a singer-songwriter named Fletcher was lovely and showcased some killer vocals. It was a great way to kick off a night of fun music. If you haven’t heard of her I would definitely check her out.

Bastille took to the stage promptly at 9:15pm opening up with Wild World’s lead single ‘Good Grief’. The night proceeded with the band playing 20 songs, rocking The Wiltern way up to the balcony (where I was). Highlights from the setlist included crowd favorites ‘The Draw’ where the band goes absolutely insane and rocks out, crowd participation fave ‘Of The Night’, ‘Flaws’, ‘Warmth’, (where self-proclaimed “bad dancer” Dan dances like no one’s watching … when everyone is) and of course the three newest songs, ‘Happier’, ‘World Gone Mad’ and a ‘Quarter Past Midnight’. Bastille like always ended the show with their debut ‘Pompeii’ and everyone in attendance left the venue ‘Happier’ (pun very much intended), looking forward to OPH 4, ‘Doom Days’, and whenever the next Bastille show happens in Los Angeles.

View the photos I took below using #Hujicam #Huji #Bastille #Happier #bastilledan

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Brittney W.

I recently introduced you to a new Pop artist named Lenay and her song LA LA LAND. Today at The Reclusive Blogger we feature an interview with her which you can view below!

1. Quick question … Are you an Early bird? Or Night Owl?

Lenay: Definitely night, but that can count as early morning too, just whenever it’s dark!! I used to stay up until 5am and edit or work on music. Now I’m trying to reverse it and wake up at 5:30 and get the darkness before morning and I’m equally loving it, it’s just harder to do sometimes and actually get out of bed haha. But once I do, I love it, as well as the feeling that the whole world is sleeping and I have it to myself.

2. Can you tell me a bit about the songwriting and recording process for “LA LA LAND” for you?

Lenay: Sometimes I just follow my cat around all day until he starts rapping and then I steal the words for myself and that’s how “La La Land” happened. I just had coffee. And that didn’t make sense on so many levels – not just the cat one. But for real I was jamming to the instrumental track in my car (that Disco Fries made – shout out to Disco Fries!!!) and I chose it and loved so much. I started singing the “la la la la la la la la land” part (in the middle of the verses) and loved the idea and feel of the “las” extending into its own melody so much, and then just went from there!! I wrote the verses while driving as well and would have to pull over to record them on my phone to not forget haha.

3. Who has been the biggest influence on you as a musician and singer?

Lenay: A lot of different styles and artists for my music style, but definitely Lights and Selena Gomez for my vocal style. I love the way Lights enunciates her words and then dives into high parts suddenly with so much feeling. I do that a lot in songs, especially if I write them myself. And I love how Selena’s vocals are so saturated and surround you, as well as the fact that her songs have dark, moody vibes, which I love!!

4. What are your fondest musical memories?

Lenay: My first concert was for a band called Go Fish, which is a Christian-Acapella band. I used to love them so much and went to their concert I think when I was 12 and it was the best thing ever lol. Also my very first show was in Argentina last year at Club Vorterex and 800 people went!! It was SO crazy seeing my names on signs and hearing people sing songs I had written. Something I’d seen only on Taylor Swift concert DVD’s haha, I was like, “OMG OMG I have a sign”.

5. Do you have any fun rituals you do before a performance?

Lenay: Nope, haha not yet! I should though and I’m sure I will eventually. I’ve only had 4 shows so far, and right now I just adapt the rituals of whoever is around me and do what they are doing before I go up. One time, my band was stretching so I was like, “ok, I’ll stretch now”.

6. Who are your dream collaborations? They can be dead or alive.

Lenay: Taylor Swift + Ed Sheeran!! I would love to write or collab with them SO much.

7. Can you remember the first time you wrote a song? Can you describe it for me?

Lenay: I grew up playing classical piano, and reading other people’s music. But when I was little, I kind of didn’t register that someone had once created these songs … They just kind of existed for me. Then one time I sat down and was messing around and accidentally wrote a melody I liked on the piano and kept playing it once in a while. I never thought of it as me writing a song, and I stopped playing it and forgot eventually. But I wish I could remember what it was, because that was technically the first song I wrote.

8. What was the transition like of being a MTV VJ to being a Singer? Did you always want to be a Singer-Songwriter?

Lenay: I didn’t even realize I was writing songs at first or that it was even a talent! My dad would show me his songs he wrote on his guitar while he was growing up but never released anywhere or showed anyone. And my ex was in a band and was always writing songs and I started chiming in with melody ideas and eventually started writing entire songs for his project. I didn’t even realize what a big part I was playing in all of that and never asked for credit or anything, I just got excited about the ideas and melodies. Now looking back I’m like, “oh yea – I wrote that and it’s pretty darn good” haha!

9. Who was favorite guest when you were a MTV VJ?

Lenay: Macklemore, Ariana Grande, Ken Jeong, Ashley Benson + Selena Gomez. Haha, too many to count and I want to keep adding more but everyone was so nice! Ariana kept singing really cool random melodies. I could listen to her sing all day!! And I expected Macklemore to be like AAAAHH but they were super chill (which is cool to see both sides of people) and when they walked in I started rapping their song to them like, “walk into the club like what up”, and then we just kind of looked at each other for a bit and they were trying to figure me out and eventually we all started laughing. It was funny.

10. How has your life growing up and living in so many different places inspired or influenced your songwriting?

Lenay: Yea for sure! Some songs I have coming out have some Reggaeton beat influences mixed with dark pop I can’t wait for you to hear!!

11. How did the collab with Zara Bash on the song “LA LA LAND” come about?

Lenay: I actually had a bridge written at first but after a few weeks realized I didn’t like and then we were like, “hmmm … How about a rap collab? That would be so cool!!” So my manager Justin (Bieber) (jk) (hi Justin) asked a few potential people and Zara sent an idea back so quickly and it was such a PERFECT fit for the song!!

12. What artists or bands have been ‘On Repeat’ for you currently? Who have you been listening to lately?

Lenay: Well funny you ask, I just made a Spotify playlist with all of my favs!!

Lenay: Hope you enjoy!!

Stream “LA LA LAND” here: https://spoti.fi/2MzDsY0

Lenay’s Socials below:

IG: https://www.instagram.com/lenaychantelle/

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/Lenayiskindofcool

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: https://www.lenaychantelle.com/

Until then,
Brittney W.
– Written by Brittney Williams with additional writing from Contributor Jessica Clemente

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At some point every photographer makes a post like this. I have been trying to avoid it realizing that maybe it’s best not to as my photography tips, tricks and editing style is definitely a bit different than most and might be of some interest. So here goes, these are my favorite and most used apps in my pursuit in the art of photography. I hope you enjoy! 🙂

CAMERA SETUP: Canon Rebel EOS T3i EF-S 18 55 IS II Lens Kit with Nifty Fifty lens & MOTO DROID TURBO 2.
My Baby!
Canon Rebel EOS T3i EF-S 18 55 IS II Lens Kit

1. Snapseed – It’s a app I use at a bare minimum and only for tiny more exact edits. I also use it more for my Concert photography than say my fine art photography work.

2. VSCO – Again, another app that most photographers use but one I that agree is essential. Great for small and big edits, fantastic filters (you can even make your own with the VSCO + feature), the ease of use is what I love best though. Definitely a fave!

3. Adobe Photoshop ExpressAdobe Lightroom CC – First off I’m not the biggest fan of Photoshop to begin with but it’s helpful when used lightly and I mean with a deft hand on my Concert or Editorial work. It can get out of hand real fast. But when I use it, I prefer to the IOS and Android app versions as it’s much easier to control. Other than that I prefer other apps.

4. Pixlr & Phonto – I grouped these together because they’re not are not my go to photography editing apps but rather I use them a lot in my artworking and graphic design projects when my photography is present. Pixlr and Phonto are just more fun and easier to use and add a bit of pizazz as well. Speaking of graphic design …

5. Canva & Desygner – These two are my favorites for more advanced design work using my photography (or not) instead of using programs like Adobe InDesign. They are also much cheaper as well. I do love Adobe InDesign so I recommend it as well but for photographers and designers who can’t afford or just don’t want to it’s a great alternate.

6. Trigraphy – You know those photos of mine that look like old style paintings and very dreamy? Well part of that process (albeit a tiny part) involves the Trigraphy app. As most of it though is just my super weird brain. And yes I repeat it starts out with a photo.

7. A Color Story & A Design Kit – Both are really fun easy tools I use in my fine art photography. Since my fine art photography leans towards nature, still life and abstract variety. A Color Story allows for perfect simple editing and saving of the steps as a recipe. The other app A Design Kit allows you to take your photos or art further adding cute and kitschy designs, lettering and other flair. Making designing for your brand or just cute designs that much easier.

8. Huji – I know it’s pretty new (at least to me) and I know all of cool kids use it. But I still love the kitschy factor to it and unpredictability you get with each photo. Since the app is minicking a disposable camera, it’s basically just fun and fits into my aesthetic quite well.

9. PRIIME & PRIIME COLLECTIONS – Another great app with the perfect filters and editing features that allow for just enough. It’s also very photographer centric. Showcasing filters you can use by other photographers and how to use them. The VSCO and A Color Story apps do that as well. Plus the app let’s you edit photos in RAW form which is always a major plus!

10. DARKROOM & FILMBORN – This my favorite app for recreating analog and black and white photos. I don’t solely use the app to achieve this look but finishing my photos I shot digitally in one of these apps makes the photos come as close to old school vintage and black and white as I can without using a film camera. I also keep my aesthetic in the process. It’s a win-win.

11. PIXELMATOR – I use this app to edit all of my photography at some point in the process. So it’s great for simple edits and even bigger ones. Also for artistic photography and more editorial or commercial imagery. I even use it for some graphic design projects. It’s a powerful tool that gets the job done.

So these are my favorite apps I use in my photography and graphic design work. I use the apps whether I shoot in RAW on my Canon or shoot on my Moto Droid Turbo 2 Android phone. I hope this article will be of use to some photogs out there. As there are different types and styles of editing and photographers out there. The key is to find your true style by finding what works best for you. I’ve included a list of the apps below and clickable links above for you to get them on iOS App store. But most (if not all) of the apps are also available on Android and the Google Play Store.

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– Brittney W. 🙂 xx