Vinyl Theatre, MisterWives, and Twenty One Pilots at Upstate Concert Hall

These past few concerts have been pretty crazy for us over here at Music Beards. A few weeks ago we attended a show at the Upstate Concert Hall in Albany to see Vinyl Theatre, MisterWives, and Twenty One Pilots. Personally for me, it’s  been about a month since seeing a live performance so I was pretty pumped for this show.

Vinyl Theatre started off the night with some amazing jams that consisted of a rock alternative sound, complemented by synth beats. It’s definitely something you would hear at a CMJ festival. They had a lot of energy and were very consistent with their sound throughout the night. My favorite song that they performed was their track entitled,  Breaking Up My Bones. Vinyl Theatre reminds me a lot of the band Small Pools. They both have that alternative rock sound with a nice added touch of synths and some pretty incredible vocals as well. Breaking Up My Bones is super catchy, upbeat, and I can’t stop singing it, and that’s not a complaint.

After their set ended, MisterWives took the stage with their upbeat-indie-alternative sound, which included trumpets, saxophones, tambourines and more. The band is primarily composed of Mandy Lee, William Hehir, and Etienne Bowler. The lead singer Mandy Lee has extremely impressive vocals and her voice reminds me of Melanie Martinez and the lead singer of Wild Mocassins. Her vocals are very soulful sounding, but still holds an upbeat energy in the songs. The band also reminded me a lot of the following artists: The Hush Sound, Brika, and Zella Day. The bands latest hit Reflections is so much fun to listen to, especially the “oooohoooohoohhoooh’s” in the chorus.  Check out their latest hit, Reflections below!

Twenty One Pilots started off their set in an extremely unique way. They had a narrator, “Nigel”- an eighty year old man’s voice recored in different bits and was then played throughout the show. Nigel introduced Twenty One Pilots, and then the band started their set with one of their favorable fast driven songs, Guns for Hands. The lead singer Tyler Joseph, had an incredible amount of energy throughout the entire set. He was jumping off of the drum riser, running back and forth on the stage, and was even singing while standing on a security guards hands while in the crowd. The drummer Josh Dun, was the same way. He even played some parts of a few of the songs on top of the crowd. They actually had a back up drum set that was placed on a board and then they placed it in the crowd while fans held it up. It’s crazy, I know. Then the drummer hopped on and started playing. At the end of the the show, both Tyler and Josh were on top of the crowd, each playing a single drum. Although crazy in the best possible way, it really made the show that much more intense and memorable. Not only did the band play new songs off their latest album Vessel, but they also covered a few pop songs as well. They played Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness”, DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win”, and Elvis’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”. The night was filled with incredible vocals, synthesizers, piano, drums, ukulele, and they even brought out the keytar! If Twenty One Pilots are ever in your town, go to their shows and check them out! It will definitely be a great time and the openers are just as fun to watch too. Listen to their new album Vessel and watch Josh Dun drum on top of the crowd below!

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Beard Jams: Girls by Slow Magic

Hello there! This is Dan and I found a really cool, vibrant, and chill electronic song. It’s entitled Girls and it’s by Slow Magic. This track is off of their newly released album, How to Run Away.

There are some great sounds in this song. I really enjoy the vocal samples. Even though the vocal samples are the same throughout the whole song, it’s really catchy and I love it every time I hear them. It doesn’t get old and it will definitely be stuck in your head for a while.

Another aspect to this song that I enjoy is its simplicity. There’s not a lot of crazy time signatures going on and not a overwhelming amount of instruments. Slow Magic manages to keep everything enjoyable and catchy while maintaing a simplicity to the song and overall sound. It’s a great song to get lost in or have on in the background while you’re just hanging out.

I’m really digging the overall sound of this song. There’s something about this song that feels empowering to me. It’s that feeling you get watching the sun come up in the morning and feeling like anything is possible. This song just makes me happy and makes me want to actively dance.

Check it out and see what you think! Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone! Be sure to check out Slow Magic on their fine social media links listed below.




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Beard Jams: October by Del Paxton

What’s going on everyone?! This is Dan, and I found some sweet music coming out of Buffalo, NY. This one is entitled October and is by a band known as Del Paxton.

   This is a really nice track. I’m really enjoying the overall sound of this song. The guitar parts are interesting as they speed up, and then come together to form a cohesive sound, and then speed up again. It’s the same tempo throughout the song, but the way the guitar parts play, it sounds like a change in tempo. Anyways, it works and it’s really fun to listen to. This song reminds me of skating or cycling during the fall and going through all of the leaves that are falling. (I’m super excited for the fall.)

   The vocals are really solid in this track. The lead vocalist has a great tone in his voice and has just the right energy in every part of the song. His voice blends in well with the band to create a delicate, but powerful, vocal part in this song. The harmonies are great as well.

   This is a really solid song that gets right to the point! It sounds great and I’ve been hooked on this song ever since I first heard it a few days ago. Del Paxton reminds me of The Front Bottoms and Man Overboard mixed together. Has the song structure and coolness of The Front Bottoms, and the emotional appeal of Man Overboard. What’s also awesome is that they’re opening up for The Front Bottoms on September 20th in Ithaca, NY! Solid music and a solid show! It’s only a matter of time before you start hearing these guys more and more. I’m enjoying everything about them. Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone!

   Check out Del Paxton at these fine social media sites:



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Beard Jams: Smokey Lungs and Dirty Puns by David Craft

What’s going on everyone?! It’s been a long time since we’ve had some folk on here. Today, we break that streak by bringing you a song entitled Smokey Lungs and Dirty Puns by Australian artist David Craft!

This song is pretty sweet. It’s simplicity is refreshing and easy to listen to. The guitar accompaniment is beautiful. It’s delicate and crisp. It reminds me of walking through the woods on a brisk autumn morning. (I think I have autumn on my mind as it is almost that time of the year here in the USA.) It’s a very enjoyable guitar part and maintains it’s pleasantness after listening to it multiple times.

David Craft has a tremendous voice. It’s really awesome to hear a vocalist with a lower voice register. (Meaning that it’s nice to hear a vocalist who sings at a lower pitch.) His voice cascades over the beautiful guitar part and adds a chilling quality to the song. His voice is full of emotion and energy, even though his vocal part is delicate. He has a great voice that I think a lot of people will find very enjoyable.

The music video is also unique as well. It captures the emotion and delicateness of the song perfectly. The performer in the music video, Lily Roberts, moves so elegantly through this song. I really enjoyed when the confetti started falling down as well. It definitely delivered that crisp sensation I got when listening to the song. A nice, simple, and effective music video.

Overall, this was a great song! The vocal part was beautiful, the guitar part was beautiful, and the music video was beautiful! Beauty all around in this effort by David Craft. I really enjoyed listening to this song and I’m excited to see where he goes from here! He’s doing pretty well at the moment as he is currently on tour in Australia! If you’re in the Melbourne area, check him out! If you liked what you heard, share this article and/or share the song! Be sure to check him out at a fine social media link provided below:




Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone!

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Interview with Telekinetic Walrus!

What’s up everyone?! Here is some new material for you all! (Finally!) This is an interview I did with Telekinetic Walrus at the 2014 Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance in Trumansburg/Ithaca, NY last month.

Telekinetic Walrus are a great group of people. They were super friendly, funny, and overall just a cool bunch of people to hang out with.

Listen, share, and enjoy! Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone!

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Musicbeards Update

Hey everyone! This is Dan once again. If you’ve noticed recently, it’s been a little dead around here. There certainly has been great music in the world, and we’ve been enjoying it. Viewers of this site have also been sending us recommendations, which is great! We’ve just haven’t had enough time as we would like to have to post about everything.

We’ve also just graduated from college and are trying to get used to the grown up world. Aka the land of little fun. Val and I are both working jobs and are trying to deal with life as it comes our way.

Personally, I’ve also been dealing with family issues while trying to get used to everything. My dad has been sick for quite some time now and he just had surgery a few days ago. I’ve been helping my family take care of him, and am continuing to help them take care of him as he recovers. We’re looking forward to a tremendous recovery with him and can’t wait to see him healthy again.

From working at my job, to helping out my family while my dads been sick, I have had little time to work on this site. There’s no excuses. I’ve just been occupied with life. It’s not a bad thing, but it explains why this site has been quiet lately.

Don’t worry though! We’re not calling it quits. We still love music, we’re still trying to go to shows, and we still want to bring you guys some great music. Posts will just be on an irregular schedule. We might not be able to post every single day. Honestly, that’s okay. It gives us all time to listen to these great bands and artists and do actual things with our lives.

I’ve got some great footage coming your way from the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance pretty soon. For now, check out photos from the festival over on our flickr here:

As always, keep supporting the bands and artists we showcase here on the site by sharing their work or liking them on their social media pages, or by actually buying their music. Don’t forget to share this site with everyone you know that loves music. Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone.

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Getting to Know: Wild Adriatic

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Beard Jams: Gotta Walk by Sophistafunk



   What’s going on everyone?! This is Dan again, and today I’m going to look at another band who is playing at this years Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance. They are known as Sophistafunk and come from Syracuse, NY! Here is their song entitled Gotta Walk. 

   The intro is awesome. I love the 8-bit electronic synth melody. I love synth, and I love 8-bit sounds, so this is a perfect beginning to a song. Once the verse comes in, you realize that this is a really unique blend of funk and hip-hop mixed with electronic music and instrumental post-rock. It’s a nice blend that will make you dance. Even if you don’t want to, you will find yourself dancing and grooving to this track.

   Every part about this song is great! All the parts meld together to create a really great, high energy track. The synths are amazing, the drums have great fills, and the vocalist has just the right tone in this song. The vocals are so smooth and definitely are on a mission. 

   Overall, this is a really great track that will easily be stuck in my head for days to come. I enjoyed every aspect of the song and thought it all melded together very well. Definitely check this and out, and see what you think! Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone! 

   To check out more of Sophistafunk, head on over to these fine links:






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Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival Preview: Grey Gary


   What’s going on everyone?! Dan here, and I’ll be at this years 24th annual Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance! Let’s get the previews rolling with a band from Ithaca, NY known as Grey Gary!. Here’s their song Mama Don’t Mind.

   I really like the intro to this song. The riff on the guitar is really nice and has a nice sound to it. The octave effect on it sounds sweet. [If it’s an octave effect I’m hearing.] The riff continues throughout the song, but I didn’t mind it at all. It never felt stale to me because of the little breaks such as the organ sound and the verses. 

   There’s also a great moment in the song when the song really flourishes and opens up. This moment in the song sounds dreamy and smooth. You can easily get lost and absorbed in this moment of the song. We are quickly grounded back to reality when the repeating riff comes back in. Vocals are nice in this song as well! Lead vocals have a great tone to them and definitely gives this song some character. The backing vocals compliment the lead vocal perfectly. They are smooth, cool, and helps tell a story. 

   Overall, this is a really nice song. It’s a simple song that is really catchy. The guitar riff has been stuck in my head the whole time I’ve been writing this article. Grey Gary is an awesome band to check out, and will be a great addition to this years Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance. Check this one out and se what you think! Fans of the Arctic Monkeys and Dirty Projectors will especially love this track and band. Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone! 

   To check out more of Grey Gary, follow these wonderful links! 





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Getting to Know: The London Souls

A few weeks ago, I (Dan) was able to hang out with The London Souls and watch them perform. This video is a little bit of my evening with them.

They are awesome dudes who have awesome beards and facial hair. A big thank you to them as they took time out after their set to talk with me. Additionally, another thank you goes to their management who helped set up our awesome hang out session.

If you like their music you hear at the end of this video, check them out at If you liked the video, share it and tell your friends about The London Souls and Musicbeards! Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone!

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Beard Jams: Over it by This Wild Life



   Hey everyone! How’s it going? We’ve both been super busy with life, but we’re doing the best we can to keep on bringing you some great music! To carry on with great music, here is an awesome band Val and I watched a few days ago. They’re known as This Wild Life. Here is their song entitled Over It.

   I love the unprocessed sound to this song and this band. If there was an organic category of music, This Wild Life would be among the purest in this category. It’s really nice to hear such a great song with only acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, and vocals. 

   Speaking of vocals, they are amazing in this song. You might not expect such sweet and delicate vocals coming from a guy with a huge beard, but alas that is what you get. He has a great tone as well as great emotion in this song. I could definitely listen to this band all day long.

   Their live show is just as great as their recorded music. It’s probably even better then their recorded work because you are watching them in person perform equally as well as the recordings. Surprisingly, with their live show, it’s just the two people you see in the music video. No back up musicians. I think that’s awesome and makes their music that much more great. I think it’s great that such awesome music is being produced from two people and two instruments. I’m definitely a new fan. 

   Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone! To check out more of This Wild Life, check them out at the links below and check out their latest album entitled Clouded. 





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Musicbeards at the 2014 Insomnia Music Festival

Hey everyone! This is Dan and I don’t know what you were doing on June 20th-22nd, but I was attending the 2014 Insomnia Music Festival. This video was some of the footage I captured while at the festival. I had a really great time and met some wonderful people and made some new friends.

The festival had a very fitting name. The festival literately took place from 12am-6am. Even though it had an uncommon start time from other festivals, it was still a great festival. Hundreds of people were there, [Setting attendance records this year to my knowledge] and everyone was in good spirits. I do have to admit that it was pretty cool covering this festival and seeing the sunrise directly behind the festival stage.

There were some excellent dj’s and producers who performed at this festival, including the artists we did previews on before the festival started. All of the dj’s were very nice, warm, and welcoming. Most importantly, they literately melted faces with their mixes. I was really impressed with the quality of the mixes these artists showcased.

The crowd was pretty good as well. Sure, there were some occasional instances of people drinking too much and rowdy festival goers, but what festival doesn’t have that? Even with those people, the rest of the audience was great. They were full of energy and participated frequently with the artists on stage. They also sported their festival gear in their own unique way. Some people had glow in the dark teeth, while others opted for glow hula hoops and glow sticks. The crowd looked like they really enjoyed this festival.

Overall, it was a really cool festival to attend and to cover. Artists performing were awesome, the crowd was good, and the stage had a lovely light show. Check out the footage we captured and share this post if you enjoyed it or were there and want to show your friends what this festival is all about.

You can also check out photos from this event on our flickr account.[]

Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone!


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Beard Jams: OctaHate by Ryn Weaver

Stop what you are doing and listen to this amazing summer jam that is on the rise! The song OctaHate by Ryn Weaver is full of life and will have you dancing to the energetic beat all day long. The thing that I love the most about this song is that there are a lot of little things that grab my attention. The finger snapping, the light xylophone that plays in the intro leading into the powerful chorus, and the short breathed vocals in the transitions between verses and choruses, as well as the beginning and end of the song.

Ryn Weaver has recently hit number one on the billboard chart of emerging artists! Not only are fans all over the world loving this new track, but so are well known artists. This song has been receiving praise from artists such as, Charlie XCX and Jessie Ware. This song has also been produced by the lead singer of Passion Pit, Michael Angelakos, who had some help producing the track from Cashmere Cat and Benny Blanco.

You may have actually heard of Ryn Weaver’s music before and not know it. Before she changed her name, it was Aryn Wuthrich. Under this name, she appeared on the song “With Me” by the Cashmere Cat’s. She has also put out a really cool cover as well as other music under the name FemFemFem. I really enjoyed listening to the cover of the Peach, Pear, Plum, which is originally by Joanna Newsom. Weaver did a beautiful cover of this song and the vocals are absolutely outstanding and wonderful to listen to. If you have a moment, I would definitely check out her earlier work as well as her new song.

While I can’t find any dates of her currently performing, I encourage you to keep an eye out  for her. Ryn Weaver has a beautiful voice, an amazing new single, and I can’t wait to see where her career takes her. Hopefully she’ll be in the area and I’ll be able to cover one of her shows! Until then, check her out on some of these sites below!





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Beard Interview: Davino at the 2014 Insomnia Music Festival

Hey everyone! This is Dan. Remember that awesome preview we did on Davino before the Insomnia Music Festival? Well, we met up with him at the festival and talked about his music, other people’s music, and food! Check it out and share it if you like it! 

Additionally, this starts the release of our own YouTube channel! We will be doing more interviews in the future. I’ve been on “tour” essentially meeting up with some cool bands and interviewing them lately! More videos will come out in the near future. 

The interviews and videos will always be on our main site,, as well as all of our other platforms. 

Anyways! I had a lot of fun interviewing and hanging out with Davino at this years Insomnia Music Festival. Oddly enough, he reminds me of Jack White when I look at him. It’s neat. Davino was really cool and fun to hang out with. Be sure to check out more of his work and until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone! 

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Beard Jams: Teen by Jaylis



   What’s going on everyone?! This is Dan once again. I’ve had a pretty sweet summer so far filled with some pretty cool shows and people! I’m back though with another great song you should check out. It’s entitled Teen it’s by a group known as Jaylis! This group comes from Switzerland! 

   I really love the intro. The whistling with the acoustic guitar sounds great. The whistling is soft and distant. When I hear the intro, I feel like I woke up in a peaceful forest and the sunshine is glistening through the trees as the day starts. It’s a nice feeling to have. It’s great that this song makes me envision a picture literately seconds into the song.

   I also enjoyed the bass in this song. It doesn’t really come in until the middle of the first verse, but I like that it doesn’t come in until then. It helps to keep the energy fresh and helps develop the song. It’s a catchy bass line. I found myself humming the bass line while writing this. I love bass lines. 

   Sandra, the lead singer, has a beautiful voice. It’s very sweet and relaxed. It reminds me of Lauren Mayberry’s voice; the lead singer of the indie pop band Chvrches. If you imagine Lauren Mayberry singing folk and soft acoustic pop, that’s what I picture when I hear Jaylis. Sandra’s voice is sweet and adapts to whatever mood is being conveyed through the song. It also has a soft and storytelling quality to it. I really enjoyed Sandra’s voice. An acoustic Jaylis show in a peaceful forest would be wonderful.

   Overall, I really enjoyed this track. It’s a peaceful sounding track that is great for any time of the day. The intro is one of my favorite parts of the song with the acoustic guitar and the distant whistling. You can even hear the whistling in-between the verses as well. The bass line is catchy and helps the song develop. It’s not too flamboyant though. It fits in perfectly and has just enough action to it to keep it interesting. The vocals help pull the peaceful feeling together by having a soft and focused quality to them. If you like acoustic pop, indie pop, or folk, this song is for you. Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone!

   To check out more of Jaylis, follow these wonderful links below!






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Insomnia Music Festival Preview: Tension (Original Mix) by Barnzy



   Hey everyone! This is Dan once again and for the next Insomnia Music Festival Preview, we have Barnzy with his track entitled “Tension.” (Original Mix)

   I love the intro! It’s filled with a vibrant energy that instantly makes you want to dance. This track actually reminds me of when I went to Mysteryland USA a few weeks ago. Great bass and synths that will make any EDM fan smile and dance. I also admired the build up to the drop. While it’s building up, the melody is still going on in the background. A very unique approach to a buildup. I loved it.

   Another part of the track I really enjoyed was the piano part! It was a chilling break from the bass and synths. It created a chilling atmosphere that also felt unique. The synths and bass do come back in with the piano part and help carry the song to one last danceable moment. The piano part provides a great contrast from the rest of the song. It provides the listener with a nice, relaxing break. It also helps keep it fresh and enjoyable throughout the duration of the song. 

   Overall, this was an awesome track. I found myself saying the word unique a lot while listening to this song. There is a great attention to detail to this song that will make any EDM fan happy. I enjoyed all of the layers present in this song, and how those layers mingled with each other during the song. In my opinion, this was Mysteryland USA caliber material right here. I’m really excited to see Barnzy perform at this years Insomnia Music Festival.

   Before we go though, let’s see what Barnzy himself thinks about the song and the festival! Enjoy.

Musicbeards: What was your inspiration behind this song? What made you write and record it?

Barnzy: “As far as my inspiration for the song goes… I just wanted to make something heavy yet still bouncy. Something Hardstyle fans can get down to along with progressive house fans.”

Musicbeards: Describe the writing and recording process for this song. 

Barnzy: “The process was quite simple actually. [I] just pretty much made a heavy synth with some punch to it that would drive most of the tune. Listened to a lot of Bigroom house and Hardstyle to get some inspiration and figure out how I was going to arrange it. Throw a big distorted kick on it, and boom boom boom boom.  Sounds simple, but this tune took me a very long time regardless lol.”

Musicbeards: What are you looking forward to at this years Insomnia Music Festival? 

Barnzy: “What I look forward to most is what I look forward to every year we play this festival; friends and fans i’ve yet to meet. There is nothing better in this world than meeting new people with such a common interest in music. It truly is like being on a camping trip with your closest friends and of course, the music. I know most of the artists personally and have played shows with them before. They kill it to say the least. Can’t wait.” 

Musicbeards: Can you tell us anything about your set at the festival? What can we expect by seeing you at the Insomnia Music Festival?

Barnzy: “This year, the only goal I have for my set is to keep people jumping [and] singing along with the lyrics. Even laughing and the occasional ‘did that really just happen?’ lol. Dropping edits of tunes you haven’t heard since the 8th grade is one of my favorite things to do for sure, so be ready for that lol.” 

   Be sure to check out Barnzy’s set at this years Insomnia Music Festival in Owego, NY on June 20th and the 21st. It’s going to be a blast, and I hope to meet some new faces there! I’m looking forward to all of the sets as well. Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone. 

To check out more of Barnzy before the Insomnia Music Festival, follow the links below and be sure to share this post!




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Insomnia Music Festival Preview: Unleaded by DJ Feel Real



   Welcome back everyone! This is Dan once again. For our second preview for the Insomnia Music Festival, we bring you a track entitled “Unleaded” by DJ Feel Real!

   This song is pretty cool. The beauty in this track comes from the simplicity demonstrated in this instance. There are different layers to this song that develop over the course of the entire track. It starts off with a echo-y voice sample paired with a light drum sample part. The more you listen to this song, the more layers get introduced, and this song blossoms into a sweet and simple EDM track. 

   The drop in this song is huge! Literately the equivalent of doing a cannonball into a pool in the summertime. This was one of my favorite parts of the song. The bass sounds great. It’s big and makes you move. I also really loved the synths that were present during this drop/chorus. It was a unique texture that paired up really well with the bass. 

   Overall, I really enjoyed this track! The verses were spacey and mysterious, while the drops/chorus parts were big and unique. There are some great sounds present throughout the whole track. As I mentioned before, my favorite moment comes with the bass drop paired up with the synths. It’s a beat you just can’t help but love! Definitely take a dance break with this song. 

   I like to hear from the artists or bands themselves for a preview post. Especially since I’ll be seeing DJ Feel Real this upcoming weekend. I like hearing another voice talk about the song and the festival. I reached out to DJ Feel Real and he was very kind to take some time out of his day to answer some questions for you all! Enjoy. 

Musicbeards: How did you come up with this song? Was there any inspiration for making the track, or did it just come to you?

DJ Feel Real: “There really was no inspiration behind the track. I just wanted a fun and interesting track that had a different kind of feel to it.”

Musicbeards: Describe your writing and or recording process behind this song.

DJ Feel Real: “I just sat down one night and played around with a vocal sample I had and “Unleaded” was the final result.”

Musicbeards: What are you most excited about for the Insomnia Music Festival? 

DJ Feel Real: “I [am] most excited to be playing alongside Dj Marbles together as TR!CK D!RTY this year. I met him in person for the first time last year at Insomnia 2013 and we decided to join forces and create the duo TR!CK D!RTY as a chance for us to bring a different vision to the way we DJ and Produce.”

Musicbeards: Anything you can tell us about your set for the Insomnia Music Festival? What can people expect from your set? 

DJ Feel Real: “I can’t really describe what my set at Insomnia is gonna be like since I don’t even know. I usually start off with creating a familiar but different live edit to raise the energy and work from there. I’m a huge fan of trippy sounds in my sets, so there will definitely be a weirdness to it. I do know I’ll be dropping some new tracks I’ve been keeping to myself.” 

      The 2014 Insomnia Music Festival takes place this weekend, June 20th and 21st at the Champion Speedway in Owego,NY. Each night starts at 12am and goes until 6am. [A very fitting name for a music festival at night]. If you’re in the area, definitely come on out to the event and see some great DJ’s and producers perform, including DJ Feel Real! We will be there covering the festival and we are very excited for it. Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone! 

   In the meantime, check out more of DJ Feel Real at these fine links listed below. 





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Insomnia Music Festival Preview: Soul Searcher (Original Mix) by Davino



   Hey everyone! This is Dan. I’ll be at the 2014 Insomnia Music Festival in Owego, NY on June 20th-22nd! I’m really excited about the festival. If you’re going to the festival, find me and say hello! Anyways, I thought it would be cool to preview some of the artists who will be at the upcoming Insomnia Music Festival. The first artist is known as Davino. Here is his song entitled Soul Searcher!

   This song starts off in a unique and interesting way. The intro is simple, but sounds really cool. It almost reminds me of a warning alarm due to the repetition of the synths and drum pads on the down beats. You could also look at it as it sounds like a warning alarm because the song is about to develop and blossom into EDM bliss. It builds up very quickly and then drops into a pleasant piano and synth part. This piano/synth part is really nice and relaxing. It’s a great little melody and it is catchy! 

   As the song progresses, the intro is combined with this pleasant piano/synth part. It made me think of how you can have something that relaxes you, but at the same time have something that’s crazy that coexists with everything else going on in your life. In simpler terms, I like the contrast of the intro with the piano/synth part. 

   Overall, this song was really cool. There are some unique and interesting dynamics in this song that will have you dancing. Each part sounds great and the song gains even more dynamics and energy when these parts are combined! I also think that this track would be a cool intro track for a live set. This is a great song to listen to at night. Perfect timing because I’m writing this at night, and the Insomnia Music Festival is also at night! 

   I wanted to know Davino’s thoughts about this song and the upcoming festival as well, so I reached out to him and asked him a few questions! Enjoy! 

   Musicbeards: Describe how you came up with the song and the inspiration behind it.

   Davino: “Hmmm, inspiration huh? Well… I was at a local park in Johnson City, [NY], while it was raining one day. I sat on a mildly damp bench listening to some ambient electronica, (The group Royksopp to be specific.) I began to just let loose a lot of stress and tension I had built up from living in this convoluted world when I started humming to myself this quite entrancing little melody. I sat home in the pouring rain and some of the pitter patters of the rain started to resonate with me. I remembered the days I would sit among the planty atmosphere deep in the woods meditating. The memories, feelings and sounds sort of spelled the track out for me and in a way used me to write the track that was never meant to be a hardstyle track, until a friend of mine suggested it to me. I think I remember him saying ‘you should use the kick from your last track (memories) over this and crank up the BPM’…. The rest, well, is history as they say.”

   Musicbeards: Describe the writing and recording process for Soul Searcher.

   Davino: “The process for me is always the hardest to describe… I like to think of myself as a chaotic producer but with an organized method. Writing Soul Searcher was a voyage. It began with some piano that became recorded guitar that I then copied the harmonic structure over to form a nice guitar/harp combo. Keep it fluid is what I always say. Then I thought some nice pads would do great. To be quite honest, it was intended to be an ambient piece… I think I sat there hand crafting bits and pieces for this track on and off for four to five hours a day. After a friends suggestion of cranking the BPM and adding the kick, I moved some stuff around and the arrangement came to be before I added a quick pre master and sent it in to my label.” 

   Musicbeards: What are you most excited about performing at this years Insomnia Music Festival? 

   Davino: “What aren’t I excited about? Insomnia is such a fantastic collaboration of music, people and atmosphere. I have some massive things planned for my performance there this summer and I assure anyone who is a fan of my music and performance will not be disappointed. Of course, I am just one entity in this crazy collective of local talent so be sure to catch all of the performances on each night because I am positive that no one is gonna disappoint.”

Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone! The Insomnia Music Festival takes place in Owego, NY from June 20th-22nd! See you there! 

   To check out more of Davino, check him out at these fine links listed below, and be sure to watch him at this years Insomnia Music Festival! 





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Beard Jams: Look Alive by Yabadum



   Hey everyone! This is Dan and I have an awesome song for you all today and for this weekend! It’s called Look Alive, and it’s by a band known as Yabadum! Look Alive comes off of their latest album entitled Careful Kid

   This song is really nice! The song really picks up after the first 30 seconds with a catchy and fun verse. All of the instruments sound great together during the verse. The bass line with the piano and drum part make for a relaxing and enjoyable verse. It’s nice and light but also very fun. It makes me think of a nice stroll through a park on a Sunday afternoon. It’s nice.

   Things get even nicer when the chorus comes along in this song. If you liked the verse, you’re going to love the chorus. It’s filled with a fun, light, bouncy and vibrant energy. The drum part sets up the energy and all of the other parts help develop this fun sound to it. There’s even some synth thrown in as well that sounds great. A really nice chorus. 

   The vocals are nice as well! The vocalist has a really nice tone to his voice. The verses fit right in with the rest of the instruments, while the chorus vocal part provides the energy to push the chorus over the edge, [In a good way of course.] There is also some background vocals that sound cool as well! 

   Overall, this was a really nice song! I really enjoyed everything about it. The verses have a great story-telling quality to them, while the choruses are filled with a vibrant fun energy and sound. All of the instruments sound great with each part having unique qualities to them. Vocals sound great and provide just the right amount of energy in each section. Definitely check this one out if you need some fun indie rock and indie pop that’s filled with summer fun. Until next time, have fun and stay safe everyone! 

   To check out more of Yabadum, find them at these lovely links below! Be sure to check out their latest album entitled Careful Kid!




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Beard Jams: Mustard by The Toothe


The Toothe is an indie folk band that consists of members Myles Holy, Ben Melton, and Paul Blackwell. If you like The Decemberists, Mountain Goats, The Avett Brothers or The Last Bison, then you’re definitely going to want to check out The Toothe’s new self released EP entitled, Talons. If you’re a big fan of college radio artists, then this is right up your alley. Seeing as how they are an upcoming band, keep your eyes on the CMJ line up for the fall because I can definitely see this high energy, folk trio playing there this year.

The Toothe has a great blend of acoustic guitars and folk instruments in their songs. The vocals sound great and at times reminds me of the lead singer of The Front Bottoms. Their song Mustard, is filled with the amazing sounds of banjo, mandolin, harmonica, acoustic guitars, tambourines and more. The song has a lot of  high energy and catchy lyrics that will be stuck with you all day, in a good way! If you like what you hear, you should definitely check more of their music on their bandcamp page.

This indie folk band has a lot going on in their songs that makes them each unique. My two favorite songs that I have gotten my hands on are Mustard and Talons. Mustard is upbeat, catchy, and has a nice vibe to it where you can listen to and it fits to any mood you may be in. Talons starts out slow with acoustic finger picking and then slowly picks up while gaining some energy to the song. It has a nice build throughout the song and ends beautifully with a few chord progressions to finish it off.

Take a few minutes of your day to check out this band, they’re definitely worth it! Check them out below on some of their social media sites!




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