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Sun Opus Curated Playlist

By Kristyn Potter

Sun Opus Curated Playlist

It's still March you guys which means we are still featuring the awesome bands featured on our Ear buds mixtape (what mixtape you ask, this one). But if you're tired of reading interviews, the guys in Sun Opus curated this sick playlist. But first, a really quick/short interview. Read on ... you can do it.

Shout out to Charlie for dealing with my ridiculous schedule to put this together.

How did you guys meet/get started?

 The three of us have have been in different bands in the Philadelphia area forever so we kinda knew of each other just from going to shows and stuff.  We all ended up in the rhythm section of the band Person L in 2006.  Brian and Ryan played drums/ percussion and I (charlie) played bass. We recorded a couple albums and toured non stop for about 4 years straight.  During that time, we really synched up and connected on another level musically.  Since then, we have been in bands and projects separately and with each other.  Some time in 2014 the three of us decided to jam as a 3 piece with Brian on guitar, me on bass, and Ryan on drums.  We didn't really have actual “songs” at first.  Just hours and hours of improv jamming.  We didn't want the project to have any rules or expectations.  We all had other things we were working on so we just got together whenever we could and let it grow and progress on its own.  After a while, we decided to take a bunch of the reoccurring jams and make a legit recording.  We locked ourselves in our friends warehouse studio for two days and came out with 7 songs. 

How long have you been making music?

Forever.  

Sun Opus- what’s the meaning behind the name?

A band name was pretty low on the list of priorities for this project.  Once we were done mixing the record we figured we needed a name if we were going to release it. After throwing around different ideas for a while, I (charlie) was listening to a podcast Brian does called Volcano Vinyl.  He referred to an album as a bands “sum opus” and i really liked the sound of it.  We messed around with a few different variations and landed on Sun Opus.  

 Listen to the Spotify playlist that Sun Opus created—they each chose 5-6 songs that influence their playing, tracks that remind each other of the other’s styles, and some that are just cool tunes that they have been rocking lately.  

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FEBRUARY F*CK YEAH! Ditz Interview

By Kristyn Potter

FEBRUARY F*CK YEAH! Ditz Interview

We are closing out this awesome month with another interview from one of our February cassette all-stars — the post-emo band Ditz. The Wrightstown, NJ four piece chatted with us on how they met, how being bug boys led to their name, playing on cruise ships, and Aerosmiths CDs. Of course. Go on, check it out ... 

How did you guys meet/get started?

Todd and Luke played together in high school as  when Todd moved back to Jersey from California, they started playing together again. Soon after they recruited long time friend and door-to-door salesman, johnny, to join forces. We then asked Keith to design our logo, we thought it was cool so we just asked that cute art boy to hop on board.

 

What did you grow up listening to and how much would you say that influences your sound now?

Todd: growing up i was classic rocking boy, my dad gave me Pink Floyd and the Aerosmiths CDs. Steven Tyler is a huge influence on my voice as I’m sure you can tell. so from there it was game over as soon as i learned to “walk this way”

 

Johnny: I listened to me daddy’s music. then I really listened to Backstreet boys and that song “I’m blue abedebab di.” then i became able to pick my own music and i liked the get up kids and the fall of troy and all that stuff. yes i play exactly like that so yeah it influenced me style big time.

Luke: My dad told me to listen to Steve Vai and thats what I listened to.

Keith: My dad told me to listen to bluegrass and country so I listened to everything but that. 

 

Nice work Keith. So, the name Ditz … how did you land on that?

Well Todd was really pushing “bobby and the Menthols” for a while … that wasn’t cutting it. We then settled on the name Ditz because we’re bug boys and all of us are scared of bugs.

 

 

Any hilarious (or awkward) fan or show stories you want to share?

We have an on again off again Facebook relationship with a Nigerian woman named Goodluck who friended and messaged us. She’s been with us since the very beginning.

 

Your go-to snack/drink during band practice?

Bud light Limes, Ripits Energy and bugs.

 

Gotta have the bugs. If you could play anywhere in the world where would it be?

We wanna go on a cruise ship tour.

 

So, tell us, why do you make music (this might be a little heady, but what keeps you going?)

We make music because its good and fun. we all love each other and were all in love with each other.

 

What does success look like to you?

When the crowd goes “sing!”

 

Speaking of, what's your favorite track to play live/why?

The majority of the band prefers Spanish subtitles over the others because its a fun crowdpleaser.

Johnny is more of a Big Bug guy and Todd is more into Crudwieser. 

 

Your day jobs? 

Luke is a big daddy truck boy, he gets em greased up and back on the road. Johnny is a student who also cooks food at a place. Keith is a student and does video production. Todd is a mold remediation specialist.

 

Told you these guys were rad. Check out their music on our February cassette and stay tuned for some new music from them and a video. enjoy the last 2 hours of February guys.

 

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NEW: Ear Buds Mixtape

By Kristyn Potter

NEW: Ear Buds Mixtape

As a kid I remember sitting by the radio with my sister, finger on the record button of our cassette deck trying to snag our favorite songs from the radio. For us, the hunt was real... trying to time it just right, punching in between commercials and DJ banter. afterward i'd take paint markers and design my own art for them... those mixtapes went with me everywhere.

Today, everyone has a playlist right?... i mean, I'm not knocking it, even we have one. it's easy. you hear a song like, tap a few times on your phone and it's there to pull up anytime. They're great, but to me there's just something about it lacks substance. 

So as a throwback those days with my sister, we've started the Ear Buds Mixtape, showcasing a few bands each month that are doing big things and we feel deserve a little more than just getting lost in the shuffle of a playlist. Each cassette will also feature artwork from a new artist to promote and encourage continuous creativity in all forms.

Our February Mixtape has already been curated so check out the artists that we have on the cassette below:

El Americano  From the Television
Latewaves : Jezebel
America Part Two : Hoedown (What Do You Know?)
Ditz : Spanish Subtitles

Stoked? Confused? Waxing nostalgic? Cool. Order yours here.

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HOT $HIT // Staff Picks

By Kristyn Potter

HOT $HIT // Staff Picks

October has been the f*cking longest month. So in honor of it ending, we are serving up some sounds for this last day (if you've just gotten home from trick or treating, you'll really appreciate this). Check out some artists/bands that we've been listening to this month (some new stuff, some old stuff).

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Ear Buds Weekly Playlist

By Dan Marter

Ear Buds Weekly Playlist
we're all friends here right? i thought, why not to share some tunes with our buds? here's a weekly collection of songs that hit our ears and made the week

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