Zayn Malik’s solo career since leaving the confines of One Direction has been a mixed bag, a display of massive potential mixed with some notable letdowns. The best tracks from his 2016 debut album Mind of Mine (mostly the ones produced by frequent collaborator Malay) adeptly drew inspiration from moody R&B stars like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean, while showcasing a phenomenal vocal ability and tinges of Zayn’s own Pakistani heritage. However, Zayn has occasionally let his aesthetic slip into generic pop-R&B background noise… while the Taylor Swift duet “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” was a massive hit, it perhaps best exemplified how Zayn could potentially have his uniqueness watered down by the major label pop machine, and slip into pop star anonymity.
What do you do after experiencing overnight and meteoric success in the music world? How would you proceed, knowing that your band became widely known for a cover of a Taylor Swift song? If you’re Michigan rock band I Prevail, you continue exactly on the path you’re going – touring all over, keeping up with fans, and gearing up for the release of an upcoming full-length album. The crazy thing is, the band achieved much of this success independently, without the help of a label. They garnered millions of views on the aforementioned cover of “Blank Space”, thousands of copies of their debut EP were sold, and multiple tour dates sold out enabled them to snag a place on the Fearless Records roster. How does a band deal with this kind of fame, though?
Talking to vocalist Brian Berkheiser, though, you’d never know he was famous. In the span of 30 minutes, I did learn that he loves hockey (awesome), and is really good at social media (even more awesome). The band generally knows how to channel that success into even more achievements, which is pretty cool. You can check out that conversation (in 2 parts, thanks bad phone service!) below, in audio format. Be sure to check out all the tour dates they’re doing this July/August below, and guess what? The band has a full-length album coming out…soon. Stay tuned.
PA alt-rock quartet Relic Hearts has released a new music video for their single “Halfway to Paradise” on their PLAY Warped Tour page. The track comes from their debut album Volatile, which will be released on July 11th and was produced by Jesse Lawson (ex-Sleeping With Sirens songwriter/guitarist) and Stetson Whitworth (Chelsea Grin, Get Scared). The band rose to online prominence over the years with YouTube covers of Lorde, Taylor Swift, and their version of Nico and Vinz’ “Am I Wrong” that earned them the spot as iHeart Radio’s #mostrequestedlive Web Celeb of the Week. Continue reading →