After taking his guitar skills on the road with the Ready Set tour earlier this fall, Cameron Walker has announced new projects of his own! The former Weatherstar frontman will be directing his focus on pop quartet 1985, as well as brand new side Brothers with real life brother Julian. Buzznet got the scoop on what's up with Cameron's newest ventures and what it's like touring with the Ready Set.
Buzznet: Cameron, can you tell us how you got involved with music?
Cameron Walker: In 2009 I started the band Weatherstar which lead to a lot of touring and the start of my musical career as a singer/songwriter. These days I'm try to stay as busy as possible. I love touring and being on the road but I feel most at home in a studio or in my room with an acoustic guitar and a pen and paper. I'm working on a few different projects at the moment all of which I'm really exited about.
BN: One of your projects is with your younger brother Julian...aptly named Brothers. How did that come to be?
CW: Brothers is sort of an extension of what I was doing in Weatherstar. My younger brother Julian is insanely talented and had been playing guitar for Weatherstar for some time. When I started working on new music he was there writing with me 100% of the time. I really wanted to be in a band where we were represented as equals since he's such a crucial member not to mention my best friend. As the musical direction shifted to a more organic sound I took this as a opportunity to change things up and keep things fresh.
BN: Can you tell us about the first single, "12 Degrees?"
CW: I wrote 12 Degrees about my ex-girlfriend. We were in an 8 year long relationship that took some crazy turns and I definitely wasn't ready for it. The last few years were really emotionally draining for me and this song pretty much sums it all up. The feeling of losing some one who you loved more than anything, the cold nights alone in your room - wondering how two hearts that seemed inseparable could suddenly beat so out of sync. The fact that we never really had any closure was tearing me apart and I felt really confused. The only thing I could do was write. 12 Degrees was my way of saying I will always love you but goodbye.
BN: Your other project, 1985, had coverage on ABC and ESPN during the Little League World Series. What was it like to be apart of this experience?
CW: The ESPN/ABC stuff was an incredible experience that I'm very grateful for. 1985 landed an initial song placement on ESPN with our song "On My Way." They said they were into our sound and asked us to record a version of a theme song that was written for The Little League World Series and was to be released on Disney/Hollywood Records. The other singer/co-founder/songwriter in the band Tom DeGrazia is an incredibly talented producer and I think we really did the song justice. After we recorded the song we went out to the LLWS field and shot video clips which aired throughout the series along with our version of "Summer Forever." The whole thing was a blast and I would like to take this time to publicly thank everyone involved who made it possible for us. The single "Summer Forever" and our self titled EP are both currently available on iTunes.
BN: You're just wrapped up a tour with The Ready Set. Anything you'd like to share about that?
CW: Jordan is one of the most generous, giving people I know and when he gave me the opportunity to join his touring line up as his bassist/backup vocalist I couldn't turn it down. We were out with Boys Like Girls and The All American Rejects and it has by far been the best tour I've ever been a part of. Jordan, Travis and Deryck are all incredible musicians and we have a lot of fun on stage. All of the other bands are really nice and there's good vibes all around!
BN: What can we expect from you over the rest of 2012 and going into 2013 with Brothers and 1985?
CW: You can expect another EP from 1985. A debut release from Brothers and more of me on the road with The Ready Set. I'm in a really good place right now and I'm honestly equally exited for all of these projects and I can't wait to see what the future brings.
Sounds like Cameron has got his plate full! Check out 1985's most recent song "A Beautiful Life" below (you just MIGHT be able to hear it in your local hollister too!)
What do you think of Cameron's new projects? Did you see him on the Ready Set tour?
Happy 20th Birthday Nick Jonas!!
Although Nick is no longer a teen, we're very sure he made good use of his younger years. How's being an international pop star, having a couple number one records, a starring role on Broadway, starting a charity and most recently having a reality show, at just 20!? And we're pretty impressed and pretty excited that Nick J and the the older JoBros Joe and Kevin are making new music and will be taking their show back on the road in next year.
Until then, let's celebrate Nick's birthday in true Buzznet fashion: GIF PARTY!!
Oohhh I get it now...so THAT'S how he's fit so much into 20 years!!
Rock on Nick J!!
Will you be checking out the Jonas Bros on tour next year?
On August 14th, So-Cal solo artist Daniel Sumstine released Hello Highway's latest EP Timeless. The five song album features not only Daniel's voice but also a variety of instruments he played himself. His passionate pop-rock sound produced inspirational anthems such as his single 'Hope In Tomorrow.'
"When people listen to my songs, I want them to feel hope. I want them to feel like they should never give up doing what truly makes them happy," Sumstine said of the single. "For me, that's music."
Sumstine went on to discuss the meaning behind Timeless.
"I want this album to be a collection of memories, or rather a collection of stories we can make memories through," said Sumstine of his EP.
"I feel like I have captured the past two years of my life, in these 5 songs. By documenting the hardships, the relationships, and friendships I have built through all this, I hope you can take something away from my words."
The band has already hit the road with up and comers Paradise Fears and shared producers with the likes of All Time Low and The Ready Set. Hello Highway has big plans for the future, hoping to bring his music to an even greater audience. He's paved his own way by following tours to promote his music, holding private house party shows and collecting an online fanbase. With his drive, determination and talent, it sure looks like he's on his way!
Timeless is available now on iTunes: http://bit.ly/HHTimeless.
Will you be picking up the Hello Highway EP?
Up and coming rapper Mason is ready to make his debut to the music scene, in a big way. After creating buzz in his hometown of Philadelphia and opening for major artists like Lupe Fiasco, his debut mixtape on Doghouse Records titled When Pigs Fly is released today. And if that isn't enough, later this week Mason will release a sampler with Glamour Kills that features tracks he wrote in collaboration with Jordan of The Ready Set.
Mason talked exclusively with Buzznet about his upcoming mixtape...
"When Pigs Fly is a mini mixtape with yours truly ripping some of the sickest electro and house beats around," Mason explains. "It’s different than anything else out there right now. It’s smart and edgy while still feeling melodically pleasing if you just want to listen and not think."
Mason told us that his favorite track on the mixtape was single 'She's Like Rain.'
"It brings back fond memories but also because I sing on this track more than the others and in this song it really works. I’m proud of where my singing has gotten because if you would’ve told me that I’d eventually be singing like this on my work, I probably would’ve said “when pigs fly.”
He went on to talk about working with Jordan from The Ready Set and releasing the sampler through Glamour Kills.
"One aspect of working with Jordan that really blew me away was his versatility. When I first heard the production for “See You Naked” I couldn’t believe that Jordan had produced the track. I had no idea that he had such a large range in production. When he sent the track for my album afterwards it confirmed, Jordan’s a monster in production," Mason told us.
"The songs with Jordan just came out really well and really different from each other. We’re from very different backgrounds and make very different kinds of music...These songs together paint a brilliant picture of unity and chemistry through music."
Additionally, on Tuesday pop rock group Hollywood Ending will release their EP Forever 18 which features Mason on their single "Don't Let Me Down." The album will be available for download on iTunes.
Make sure to check out Mason and The Ready Set's free Glamour Kills sampler later this week. While you wait, download a free copy of Mason's When Pigs Fly mixtape HERE!
What do you think of The Ready Set teaming up with Mason?
This past weekend Island Def Jam's Burnham announced they will be hitting the road on a headlining tour later this summer with friends Pop! Fiction. The 9 date mini-tour will take the groups across the East coast and mid-West, playing to both of their devoted fan bases and will be the first ever tour for Pop! Fiction.
Burnham will be taking the chance to showcase a variety of their new music, which they have been writing and recording for much of this past spring. Check out their Soundcloud to get a sneak peak! Pop! Fiction will also be jamming out to new music, as they released their self titled album earlier this month.
To kick off the tour, Burnham is headlining a sure-to-be-epic show in New York City with Brookline Drive, Call Me Anything and The Assembly Line. To top it off, if you pre-order tickets to the show, you're entered to win a dinner date with the guys of Burnham!
Check out the tour dates below:
7/11 NY, NY: The Studio at Webster Hall
7/20 Vienna, VA: Jammin' Java
7/28 Cambridge, MA: The Middle East
7/29 Long Island, NY: The Vibe Lounge
7/30 Stanhope, NJ: Stanhope House
8/01 Westport, CT: Toquet Hall
8/03 Terre Haute, IN: THMV The Venue
8/04 St. Louis, MO: Cicero's
8/05 Nashville, TN: Rocketown
Want to WIN TICKETS to Burnham's headlining show in at the Studio at Webster Hall in NYC? Simply re-tweet THIS TWEET to be entered to win a pair of tickets to the show! Winner will be announced at 12 PM EST on July 11th through Twitter. Tickets will be at will call. Good luck!
Will you be catching Burnham and Pop! Fiction on the road this summer?
Up and coming pop-rock group 1985 is starting to make waves on the music scene. This past week, the group not only inked a publishing deal but was also featured on primetime television!
The four piece, which is comprised of members of several different bands including Weatherstar and Fast Times, signed with SONGS Music Publishing late last week. The company has helped publish songs by artists that range from Owl City to Sleigh Bells to Katy Perry!
The following evening, the band was featured in their first ever on air sync when their song "On My Way" was played during a montage on ESPN. Check out there song being played HERE!
It's certainly an exciting time for the group, who plan to release an album of their infectious throw back pop jams later this year. Stream their ESPN featured song "On My Way" below and then head over to their Purevolume page to get a FREE DOWNLOAD. They're definitely on their way to bit things!
What do you think about 1985?
Ohio native Benjamin James is no stranger to the music scene. Before he was even out of high school, his band had gained a coveted spot on Warped tour, signed a major record deal and was touring the world. When creative differences sent his bands in separate directions, Benjamin created Pluto Revolts, a solo project which allowed him to delve into the raw pop rock music he felt a calling to make.
Two EPs later, Pluto Revolts has evolved from a small eclectic side project to a creatively inspired musical adventure with a vision to share what he deems "unconventional pop" music. His single "Closure" has been remixed by fellow artists across the globe and Benjamin has big plans for the future. After perfecting his group's lineup, Benjamin and company mastered the Ohio scene, playing headlining shows across the state.
Earlier this year Pluto Revolts released new single "Lightning," a more rock sounding song with a catchy chorus, which can be heard HERE. The entire track was written, performed and produced by Benjamin.
Check out the video for "Closure" below!
What do you think of Pluto Revolts?
After a successful run on their first ever headlining tour, South Dakota natives Paradise Fears have released their very own music video for new single "Home."
Since the guys have recently been on the road and away from their home state, it's a pretty fitting song for their situation. The song is a "homesick anthem" that the band wrote after being away from friends and family while touring for several months.
"I think that's the natural push-and-pull of any dream you chase -- you want to go off and live that new life, but you have to be comfortable with leaving some other parts of your old life behind," said lead singer, Sam Miller.
The video was filmed in close to home Minneapolis, MN and follows the band as they perform in an open field and an abandoned cabin. It's great cinematography to back up a powerful song. Watch the video below!
Although Paradise Fears is "home" right now, they're gearing up to hit the road with Forever the Sickest Kids later this summer. Check out the dates below and head out to a show near you!
7/11/12 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's
7/13/12 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
7/14/12 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
7/15/12 - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
7/18/12 - Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
7/19/12 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
7/21/12 - Frisco, TX @ Rock City Hall
7/22/12 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
8/4/12 - Centreville, VA @ summerjamfest
8/8/12 - Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
8/10/12 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
8/14/12 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
8/15/12 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
8/16/12 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
8/17/12 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
What do you think of the video for 'Home?'
On May 26th, young Hollywood turned out for Disney star Ryan Ochoa's 16th birthday bash. Hosted by Beverly Hills Housewife Adrienne Maloof and her husband Dr. Paul Nasiff at their Beverly Hills mansion, the Polynesian themed party was a hit amongst the teen stars. Birthday boy Ryan entered the party in style, pulling up to the home in a jet black Lamborghini, met by applause from friends like Cody Simpson, Kylie Jenner, Nolan Gould and Mitchel Musso.
The party continued in the backyard with delicious cupcakes to nosh on and plenty of Coca Cola for attendees to drink. Guests were also treated to a buffet that included Dr. Nasiff's own Blizz Frozen Yogurt, with every topping imaginable! Afterwards, party go-ers could hit up a fun photo booth or screen print their own Junk Food Clothing tee.
Guests danced the night away and were awed by Polynesian dancers and a fire show. Ryan gave an impromptu performance and was joined on stage by friends including Cody Simpson. Marshmallow Fun Co. provided marshmallow shooters, which were a hit, as evidenced by the mashmallows that flew through the backyard all evening. Ryan and friends also brought out go-karts which they raced around the perimeter of the house!
After singing "Happy Birthday" to Ryan and he blew out the candles on his island-like cake, guests left with goodies that included their own mashmallow shooter and Adrienne Maloof's incredible new OMG iPhone cases that light up and change colors!
It was an fantastic evening and quite the 16th birthday party! Happy birthday Ryan!!
Check out what the celebs had to say on the red carpet before hitting up the party:
South Dakota may not be known for its music scene, but up and coming band Paradise Fears is aiming to change that. With All Time Low and The Cab tours under their belt, a rapidly expanding fan base and a slew of trending topics on Twitter, the band is ready to take over the pop rock scene.
Earlier today the group released the music video for 'Sanctuary,' a reworked version of the song originially seen on their debut EP Make Them Believe. The song carries a powerful message of acceptance, conveyed not only through the lyrics, but through a speech made by lead singer Sam Miller halfway through.
"I decided that I wanted to basically explain the purpose of the song, and what it meant to me. So I took some of the lyrics I had written that didn’t make the song, took some of my favorite lyrics and put them together into what ultimately became a pretty powerful slam poetry section," says Sam. "It feels like preaching a sermon."
The video was shot in the church sanctuary that the song was written about. It tells a relatable message of a teenage girl dealing with the pressures of school and family like. Something "everyone struggles with at some point or another in their life," Sam explains.
Check out the video below!
May 31 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
June 1 – The Barbary – Philadelphia, PA
June 3 – Studio @ Webster Hall – New York City, NY
June 8 – iLounge @ Clutch Cargo’s – Pontiac, MI
June 9 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
June 10 – Firebird – St. Louis, MO
June 16 – The Lodge – Robbinsdale, MN
June 17 – The Eagles Club – Vermillion, SD
What do you think of Paradise Fears' video for Sanctuary?