People make a big deal of bucket lists these days.
The Top 100 Desserts You Have To Eat In Your Lifetime…You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Knitted These 8000 Items…Don’t Leave This Mortal Coil Before You Do These 72 Things With Snails.
Really. It can all get a bit…distracting.
Except when it comes to the things you’re truly passionate about. Then it feels like there aren’t possibly enough ways – in our mockingly short allowance of years from the cradle to the grave – to express your passion adequately and leave behind a record of a life lived well, a hell of a ride, and a worthy pursuit for those who will follow.
So we make little mental notes and lists of things we want to do with our arts, our sports, our quests…to remind ourselves there’s still A LOT to see and do. And then we compare notes, to see how our aspirations stack up.
We asked five artists who will be playing the youbloomLA 2015 Music Festival to tell us what they won’t be happy until they’ve accomplished from the only standpoint that matters: music.
1| Write a song with Fiona Apple.
2| Tour abroad.
3| Perform at The Grammys.
Joining the ranks of powerhouse music industry women – the kind who know exactly what weapons they wield in the form of vocal might, presence, and prowess – comes Felice LaZae, a blaze of a thing; confident, sharp as nails, and already racing her way to the top. Which is right where she belongs. For fans of: The Black Keys, Betty Davis, Imelda May, Tarantino movies
Menlo Black (vox/raps/guitar/piano, Crvscxnt Moon)
1| I want to travel the world and see the way people of different cultures and backgrounds respond to my music. I want to experience new cultures and I would be honored to have any of my songs included in another world culture, even if only for a short time.
2| Another music goal would be to earn the respect of producers and technicians who practice at the professional level. I want to create a sound (both in the studio and live) so sonically unique that I inspire a plugin that becomes a standard on every DAW and is taught to new technicians for years to come.
3| Finally, I want to share my faith and personal passions through my music in a way that is both relatable and true to myself. I want to say at the end of my career that I did it my way and didn’t compromise my values for money or fame. I want to keep and maintain my integrity as an artist and as a man.
Whip smart and acerbic, yet feel-good and uplifting, this is a group with cunning musical abilities and a tangible desire to venture beyond the well-tread environs of intellectual hip-hop. Crvscxnt Moon blend soul and gospel into a refreshing helping of music with something to discuss. Miss them to your detriment. For fans of: J. Cole, Blackalicious, Mr. Lif
Carlos (drums, Feli and the Lemonshakers)
1| To play in the main European and American summer festivals with my indie tropical band Feli and the Lemonshakers. Playing at youbloomLA 2015 shows that I’m on the right track!
2| Be a studio drummer in LA and in Madrid (Spain).
3| For Feli and the Lemonshakers (to become a) very well-known band worldwide!
They sound like sunshine and cocktails, and have no shortage of musical chops, with caressing vocals, dreamy pop guitar melodies, and infectious, hip shaking rhythms. Even the empty spaces have style. One to watch. For fans of: Goodbye Chanel, Bombay Bicycle Club, Blondie
Calah Mae (vox/tambourine, Quietly Kept)
1| One of my biggest goals would be to write a song that really gets to people; something that resonates with them. Last time we were in Santa Monica, we played “Failure Overture” at a little coffee shop, and this guy came up to us and told us that the song was exactly what he needed to hear in that moment, that it really touched him. That meant the world to me.
2| Another goal would be to play to a really huge crowd just to touch a lot of ears. A lot! Like… a thousand people. That would be so cool.
3| (My) last goal would probably be to collaborate/tour/play with a group or artist that I really love and respect. It would be so awesome to be on stage with the girls from First Aid Kit or Waxahatchee. They’re my current faves.
It must be that independent New Mexico streak running through the music like an unidentifiable fascination that keeps you hooked. Managing somehow to blend punk stylings with introspective acoustic americana and the clear, sweet vocals of pop, the duo behind Quietly Kept aren’t about to be put into a box and labeled; instead, they’re turning heads and winning fans everywhere they go. We can’t wait to have them in LA. For fans of: Blackbird Raum, Brook Pridemore, Lynched
Maddie & Peter (Polaris Rose) Our initial response was to talk about touring overseas, and although going triple platinum, selling out Wembly (Stadium), and rubbing elbows with the greats sounds AMAZING, the more we thought about it, we just have one real goal: to inspire and empower others like our favorite artists did for us. Because at the end of the day, sometimes all we have left is the music we love.
Instantly friendly and infectious, with precise vocal harmonies, and an uncanny understanding of what makes a hook do its best work. (Seriously, how did you write those??) At times epic, other times unexpected, the group have alt-pop sensibility coming out of their ears, and they gel so well it’s hard to imagine they’ve only been on the scene two years. For fans of: 90’s stuff, Elvis Costello, The Black Keys