Seattle Acoustic Festival Spotlight #6

Tekla Waterfield

Tekla was born for music. Her father was an opera singer in college, her mom a master of the strings (cell, guitar, violin) and sang. Growing up, she and her sister were always out at parties and shows to see their mother’s various bands – which quickly taught them how to harmonize. As an avid writer and lover of music, songwriting was a natural transition as she became more involved with music.

Influenced by the likes of Gillian Welch, Wilco, Phosphorescent, Courtney Barnett, The Velvet Underground, and the live music scene, she delivers an uncanny blend of indie, Americana, folk, and soul. As her songwriting has evolved, her lyrical content has expanded beyond relationships and emotions, encompassing the greater human experience.

After she wows you at today’s Seattle Acoustic Festival performance – 8:30pm on the Sanctuary stage – be sure to mark your calendar for October 11th where she’ll be playing the Tractor Tavern to celebrate the vinyl release of her new album “The Curtain Falls”.

Where you can enjoy her music:

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Seattle Acoustic Festival Spotlight #5

Warren Dunes feat. Julia Massey

Ever since college, Julia Massey has been honing her songwriting craft. Inspired by the records of Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones (Thriller), and Joni Mitchell (Blue), her songwriting explores the current political/environmental landscape to the mysteries of nature and the cosmos.

Formed in May 2017, Warren Dunes featuring Julia Massey combines the songwriting prowess of Julia and her partner / songwriting collaborator Jared to deliver heartfelt, Calypso-inspired songs about how to be human. What excites them about the Seattle Acoustic Festival is the rarity of a festival setting that features acoustic music and “the intimacy that these kinds of sets offer on a larger scale”.

Their new single “What Did You Find Out” is coming soon, so keep your ears to the ground. You just may be able to catch a sneak peak during their set Friday, August 24th at 8:30pm on the Sanctuary Stage. We’ll see you there.

Where you can enjoy their music:

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Seattle Acoustic Festival Spotlight #4

Sunflower Sutra

This band has quite the story of perseverance. Originally formed in 2002, visa issues caused one member to leave the country. 12 years went by before they got him back (2016), but they’ve been playing ever since.

Their eclectic sound is derived primarily from 60s and 70s rock and roll, often with a dash of jazz, R&B, and/or classic country. From Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, to Grateful Dead and Steely Dan – if you’re musical interests lie in this spectrum, they’ve got something for you!

At the SAF, you’ll get the privilege of newly arranged songs to translate the band’s electric (rock) tracks into an acoustic setting. Their live set will be unlike any other – as Sunflower Sutra is a very visual band. With live dancers and painters, they bring a festival-like atmosphere regardless of the set-type or venue.

You certainly won’t want to miss them – Saturday August 25th, they’re closing out the Sanctuary stage at 10:30pm sharp.

Where you can enjoy their music:

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Seattle Acoustic Festival Spotlight #3

Kristin Chambers

Returning to the Seattle Acoustic Festival, this songwriter has an uncanny ability to blend folk, blues, and pop. After cutting her chops in the New York theatre scene, she returned to Seattle after the events of 9/11 to deliberate and recover. Since then, she has released 4 recorded works – painting vivid pictures for her listeners and continuously inspiring hope.

Her new EP “Unravel Me” is set to be released September 14th, featuring a slight departure from her folk/roots sensibilities and leaning more heavily into pop and R&B. The album release party will be the following night at the Fremont Abbey with Tekla Waterfield and Lenore. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait that long to see her!

You can witness the magic that is Kristin Chambers Saturday, August 25th at 4:30pm on the Sanctuary stage – which she’s referred to as “a really spiritual experience”.

Where you can enjoy her music:

Kristin’s WebsiteSpotify | iTunesYouTube

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Seattle Acoustic Festival Spotlight #2

Tyler Edwards

This week’s spotlight singer-songwriter has done it all. He got hooked on touring with a his college band and he managed a radio station in South Carolina.

After the band dissolved, he quit his job, wrote and recorded some new songs, and moved to Seattle to start over. Bridging rock, folk, and country, he creates songs that “go past a one-dimensional experience” that show listeners pieces of themselves and take them somewhere they’ve never been before.

The beauty of the Seattle Acoustic Festival, in his eyes, is that there is “minimal fluff”. Great songs will truly standout. Better yet, the festival is comprised of a fantastic community where people come together for the love of music and each other. To catch his genius at the Seattle Acoustic Festival 2018 5th Annual, make sure you’re at the Sanctuary stage at 10pm – Friday, August 24th.

Where you can enjoy his music:

Tyler’s Website | Spotify iTunesYouTube

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Seattle Acoustic Festival Spotlight #1

Devin Sinha 

This seasoned songwriter got his start with music in the first grade when his parents signed him up for piano lessons (who can relate?). Hailing from the Midwest, Devin delivers a mixture of contemporary folk and indie rock with elegant instrumentation and lyricism.

He burst onto the Seattle scene in 2014 with the first of his three studio albums, The Seventh Season, and performed at the inaugural Seattle Acoustic Festival (which he’s played every year since)! He noted the SAF “always feels like a reunion to see all our friends in the music community”. Be sure to check out his set Saturday, August 25th at 3:30pm on the Sanctuary Stage at Seattle Acoustic Festival 2018 5th Annual.

Can’t wait that long? We’ve got you covered. He’s performing at Marymoor Park July 28th for Angry Orchard Rock the Roots: Seattle, WA, and headlining Barboza August 9th.

Where you can enjoy his music:

Devin’s Website | Spotify iTunesYouTube

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Episode 5: Nightpulse

Hailing from San Diego, she traded piano for drums at age 11 and hasn’t looked back since. She was the drummer, co-vocalist, and songwriter fro Bad Things, which toured with the likes of 30 Seconds to Mars and Phantogram, played Lollapalooza, and appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Since then, she’s launched her own solo artist career, releasing three singles and two music vidoes. Say hello to Nightpulse (aka Lena Zawaideh).

We chat about everything from self-producing, her upcoming EP, her latest music video for “The Rush“, compared the LA and Seattle music scenes, and plenty more! You can view both music videos we discussed, “Delirious” and “The Rush“, as well as a host of drum covers on her  YouTube channel . 

Be sure to listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here!

If you want to hear the different artists we talk about, check out our Spotify playlist here.

About

Made for Music is a podcast that explores how to navigate the Northwest music scene, the resources available, and most importantly, the stories behind the people making things happen.

The podcast is hosted by Duncan Byargeon, the lead singer / guitarist of Deify – a hard rock group hailing from Seattle, WA.

Contact Information

Duncan Byargeon, Host of Made for Music Email: mfm.podcast@outlook.com

Episode 3: Evan Johnson

Hailing from Minnesota, this man has become a pivotal piece of the Seattle scene on both the local and national level. He kick-started his career in music as an intern at KEXP in the programming department. Shortly thereafter he moved into booking, and is now theTalent Buyer for Neumos. Say hello to the man every local artist wants to be recognized by (and on good terms with), Evan Johnson.

We discuss everything from how he got into the business side of music, best practices for booking shows, the best shows that he’s book, and much more!

Be sure to listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here!

If you want to hear the different artists we talk about, check out our Spotify playlist here.

About

Made for Music is a podcast that explores how to navigate the Northwest music scene, the resources available, and most importantly, the stories behind the people making things happen.

The podcast is hosted by Duncan Byargeon, the lead singer / guitarist of Deify – a hard rock group hailing from Seattle, WA.

Contact Information

Duncan Byargeon, Host of Made for Music Email: mfm.podcast@outlook.com

Highlights of Sasquatch 2017

Sasquatch is a fantastic festival for many reasons. The Gorge Amphitheatre has phenomenal scenery, as the main stage overlooks the Columbia River Gorge. Frankly, I’m not sure if there is a more beautiful place to go see a show. The festival’s eclectic mix of artists ensures that there will be something for everyone.

Company is also crucial to the success of one’s festival experience, and I was fortunate to go with my best friends for the weekend. While hanging out together was the best part of the weekend, I’ll remain focused on the music acts themselves.

Me and Kayla with Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis of July Talk

Favorite Act: July Talk

July Talk was the band I was most excited to see going into the festival. Not only did they meet expectations, they smashed them. The chemistry between the two singers, Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis is unmatched. Not only that, but they seem like they’re truly having a blast up there. Moreover, they know how to get a crowd going. Peter didn’t stop moving for a single moment throughout the hour-long set, banging his head while bent over the keys and while wailing on his guitar. Leah engaged most with the crowd, hopping up on the barrier, coming into the crowd for the limbo, and standing on crates in front of the stage to get up close and personal with the front row.

The entire July Talk experience, from soundcheck to getting to meet them after the show, was the highlight of my festival experience.

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Awesome picture I took of July Talk that I feel obligated to share.

 

Favorite Stage Setup: LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem – Standing Stage Right

LCD Soundsystem was a last-minute headliner to replace Frank Ocean, but they certainly delivered a high-octane performance. The stage was set up like an industrial mad-house, reminiscent of Oingo Boingo. Each section of the stage was used to create different sounds, live. This sounds redundant, but with today’s EDM culture, most electronic/dance music is simply a DJ mixing on a turntable. LCD Soundsystem plays every single sound live, and it’s fascinating to watch the band bring the songs to life. For the LCD fans out there, the singer announced during the set that their album was just finished. Other news outlets are reporting that it could be out in as little as six weeks. Keep you eyes and ears peeled!

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Favorite Song From a Superhero [Anti-Hero] Movie Performance: Heathens – Twenty One Pilots

95% of the reason I was excited to see Twenty One Pilots was because of their song “Heathens” which was written for Suicide Squad. The song itself was the primary reason I wanted to see the movie, though I have yet to see it (though I found out today that it’s on HBO, so I’ll be watching it this weekend). The band drew a massive crowd, nearly filling the Gorge Amphitheatre to the brim. This set was only rivaled (if not beat out) by Chance the Rapper. The performance was aesthetically pleasing, and the two guys had some entertaining gimmicks – drummer performed on a platform being held up by the crowd, and the singer ran over the crowd in a giant hamster ball.

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Saturdays are still for the Boys

Biggest Surprise: Vulfpeck

These guys are FUNKY! I have to admit, I’m very hit-or-miss on their recorded material. I saw that they essentially had a headlining spot on the second stage (Bigfoot) on Saturday, from 9:30pm – 10:30pm. The band may have been the most musically gifted group at the festival, with members switching instruments throughout the set. The guys were funny, tightly knit, and knew how to throw a dance party. This is a band that I will certainly go out of my way to see when they come through town, from now on.

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Honorable Mentions:

Chance the Rapper:

No one can deny that this man has soul. His hits were a blast and he seemed truly grateful to everyone who came out. I really dug the gospel vibe that he brought to close out the Sasquatch (main) stage for the weekend. No labels will be stopping this guy any time soon.

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Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires:

This fella has some PIPES! Having only heard his recorded music, I was taken aback by how soft-spoken of a man Charles was. Like Chance, he was extremely grateful to the crowd and delivered one of the most inspired performances of the weekend.

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Boogie: I didn’t know any of their songs (and still don’t) but the crowd was one of the most hyped ones that I witnessed throughout all of Sasquatch. I was just there to snag front row for July Talk after the crowd dispersed. I wouldn’t be surprised if this group quickly works its way up towards the top of future festival lineups.

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Advice to Artists:

  1. Don’t cut your set 30 minutes short to go “hang out with [your] sorority sisters”. Or just don’t tell the crowd that’s why. You know who you are.
  2. Get a lawyer (see blog posts 1-3)