Thursday, October 23, 2014

Interview with Mitch Goudy

“This is the second album I’ve ever released; I’m 19 years old now”. While it takes most artists decades to release two albums and have two songs in the top 75, it has only taken a few short years for Mitch Goudy. #ROWDIE, which was just released on Tuesday, is written and produced by the Iowa native, and every song contains a different feel and story. As a fellow 19-year-old, I was fortunate enough to talk to Mitch on the phone the day his album was released about his music, his recent partnering with the fashion label STRUT, and more.

1. Congratulations on the release of your album! What has today been like for you?

It’s a hard thing to explain really. It’s very exciting, but it’s also nerve-wracking. Oddly enough, you’re always being a creative person; I’m already thinking about what I want to do creatively next. But I’m also very, very excited. It’s so cool seeing all these tweets about these songs. On this album, I produced all the music and played a lot of the instruments. I was part of the engineering, and I wrote all the songs on the album, too, so I was heavily involved. When you write an album, you’ve known about the songs for a year or so, so it’s funny when it’s released because everyone’s like “Oh, all this new music!” and you’ve heard the songs a 100,000 times, but it’s something that is so overwhelming to feel.

2. How does #ROWDIE compare to your other album Wild?

It’s completely different, I’d say. This album is called #ROWDIE, and I started playing the songs when I was out on radio tours. So I’ve gotten to travel all over the place. My thing was, when I was going to these country concerts – I love them, I love country music – but if you look at my iPod, I’ve got everything on there. You would think I like country music, but you’ll see everything from reggae to screamo to dubstep. I like it all and that really rubbed off on my music. I’ve gone to a lot of country concerts, and to me they all started to sound the same, and that was okay – they all sounded great and I’m definitely the opposite of a hater – I love all country music. But for me personally, I didn’t want people to get into a few songs on my album, and go, “I’ve heard it all”. I want every single song to be a different page and a different flavor. So that was where we went, which is kind of unheard of in country music, and what country radio started calling it is hybrid country. I’ve never heard it called that before, but if it becomes a thing, I’ll be pretty dang excited. It really was just something that came from my imagination; it’s what I love.

3. What made you want to pursue music as a career? Did you always know that’s what you wanted to do?

No, not really. I’m pretty young, so I’d say I found out pretty quick. I used to be real big into sports, but I got a knee injury when I was younger, and that’s when I really couldn’t play sports anymore. So that week I was on the couch and I really couldn’t walk around because my knee was hurting so bad. My dad brought home a guitar and said, “You’ve been dancing and singing Garth Brooks since you were three years old; now maybe you can make some noise with this”. So he brought home a teach yourself guitar book, and it sounds so old fashion, but I turned on the radio and just started playing along. That’s how I learned, by just hammering it out and that’s why when I go down to Nashville, they’ll say the way you play guitar is really unique, and that’s because nobody taught me. But I will say for anybody out there, sometimes a tragedy turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to you.

4. What has been the most memorable moment of your journey so far?

That’s tough, but I’d say this album has probably been the most memorable moment. It’s just been a huge learning experience, and it’s also been a test of my endurance and how bad I want it. I was involved in every single aspect, and I had to learn as I went. The album is truly me; every single note on that album, I was a part of to help pick out and to help play. It’s just a really cool moment for me. I’ve had some other awesome things happen; I’ve met some great people, and I’m not taking any of that for granted, but just to have an album that is exactly what I want, to put my talents to use, and to push myself has been really awesome for me.

5. I know you recently partnered with the fashion label STRUT. Have you always been interested in fashion?

You know, when you grow up in southeast Iowa, there is kind of a certain way you dress. But I was always kind of ‘that kid’, and I always liked fashion. Now, was I going to go to fashion school? No. But I’m a very creative guy, so I always had ideas about fashion. So when this opportunity came and I met Rachel, it was one of the coolest moments because she was like, “What do you want?” And I’m sitting there like ‘I have no idea’. So we just sat down and I started hammering out some of the craziest ideas, and then it took a few months. Then, all the sudden, she came with this whole rack of clothes, and it was just a surreal moment because what I had imagined was exceeded. She took some of my ideas and made them way cooler. Modeling for her has been awesome, and I am jacked for the clothes because I like to do things completely different, and nobody owns these clothes, and hopefully soon they will.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

My Dorm Room

It took some time, but here are some pictures of my dorm room this year! I'm really happy with the way it turned out. My bedding is Kate Spade, the monogram "L" is from Swoozies, and the rest is from Target! Let me know what you all think in the comments!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What to Wear to a Fraternity Semi Formal

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     Fall means cooler weather, riding boots, sweaters, scarves, and endless amounts of pumpkin everything. In college, it also means fraternity semi formals! And that means an excuse to go buy a super cute dress. But dress shopping can also be stressful if you don't know what to wear, so here are some tips!

1. Keep it classy: You want to make a good impression in front of your date and his brothers. Wearing something that doesn't reveal absolutely everything is a good idea.

2. Darker colors: Since semi formals are held in the fall, neons and florals should probably be saved for another event. That being said, wear what you feel the most comfortable in.

3. Short and sweet:  Semi formal dresses are normally kept above the knee - save those floor length gowns for formal! 

4. Heels: As far as shoes go, most women wear heels. That being said, make sure you are able to walk and dance in whatever you choose. You want to be able to have a good time and not focus all of your energy on not tripping or getting blisters.

Like I mentioned before, you ultimately have to wear what you feel the most comfortable in! As long as you feel good about yourself, you will be sure to have a good time. I am going to one in two weeks and still don't have a dress, so let me know which one you like in the comments!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Interview with Chris Lane

           When the phone rang, my voice was nearly gone from being sick and having formal recruitment the night before. But when I it picked up on Thursday morning and heard “Hey, is this Laur-Laur?” I realized that Chris Lane was synonymous with a good time. He then proceeded to let me know that if he needed to step in and hold down some sorority events, he was all for it.
            For as much personality and humor as he possesses, Chris has the talent as well. He has had huge success with his single, ‘Broken Windshield View’, and spent this past summer on tour with Florida Georgia Line. He is heading out on tour again this fall with Jerrod Niemann, as well as finishing up his record. I was fortunate enough to talk to him about his music, career, inspiration, and future plans.
 1. What made you want to pursue music as a career? Did you always know that’s what you wanted to do?

I did not know that music was something that I wanted to do until 5 or 6 years ago. I played sports my entire life; that’s honestly all I ever do. My dad drilled that into my head – football and baseball – my entire life. I ended up playing college baseball, and I thought I would move on to play professionally, but I had a few knee surgeries that kind of put me back a little bit. When I graduated from college, I moved home, and that’s when I started learning how to play the guitar and got my love for singing. Even though I loved singing along to the radio my entire life, never did I ever want to sing in front of anybody. It’s pretty wild how it worked out; to make a long story short, I went from playing baseball, to on tour with Florida Georgia Line at baseball stadiums, so it’s pretty wild.

2. How would you describe the style of your music and where do you get your inspiration?

I’ve always been a huge fan of George Strait, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and those guys for awhile. I think like most artists, you go through different phases as you’re growing up. In high school, I listened to some hip-hop, even going into college and stuff like that, but you know, listening to country music in the meantime through all of that. I think that’s how a lot of people grew up, with mixed in pop. I feel like my music has influences from all of that; it’s just pop/rock kind of stuff. But that’s my style, and I have always been a huge fan of Jason Aldean as well. I feel like ‘Broken Windshield View’ kind of has that, not an Aldean feel, but it has similarities in the lyrics and stuff like that.

3. What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?

Well, I am a huge Atlanta Braves fan and one of the coolest things I’ve gotten to do is, well I am a huge Chipper Jones fan too, and the coolest thing I’ve gotten to do was go to the Atlanta Braves stadium on Chipper Jones’ retirement night. It was the most people that have ever been in Turner Field in history, and I got to go out on the field and play 3 songs, and they gave me a jersey, and it was a real Braves jersey with my name on the back of it. It was just awesome.

4. Broken Windshield View has had so much success on the charts and with airplay – did you know it was going to be a hit right away?

I knew it was a great song, I can’t say I knew it was going to be a hit by any means. I knew it was a great song and it had three amazing writers on it. This was one that I did not write, but just some of the lyrics and the demo of the song, I felt like it would be a great song, and that was one of the main reasons I wanted to cut it.  I’m super excited that it’s done as well as it has so far and I just hope that it will continue to grow from here.

5. I know you were on tour with Florida Georgia Line this summer and now you are going on the road again with Jerrod Niemann this fall. What is your favorite part of being on tour?

Just playing to a packed house and a lot of different people every single night, and even the camaraderie on the road between the bands that you’re with. Just getting to hang out and just getting to know everybody and meeting so many new people; I love that, you know, I love talking to people.

6. Do you have any pre-show rituals or anything you do to get ready for a show?

We usually have a dance off in the band room. We talk about the show right before we’re about to take the stage and do a prayer, and then we just jump around and hit each other, and get pumped up that way. It’s kind of like a football game.

7. Is there anyone in the industry today that you look up to or that you would like to model your career after?

Absolutely – I’ve always been a fan of George Strait, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and Kenny Chesney. But if I can say there is one person that had a major influence on me wanting to learn how to play the guitar, it was Keith Urban. I’ve always been a huge fan of him and his music, and I always will be. I would say he’s been a major influence on even my life now in a way. Not every song, but some of the first songs that I wrote, I was like “What would Keith Urban say?” When I sat down to write, I would be like “What would Keith Urban write?”

8. Is there going to be a new album or single that fans can expect in the upcoming future?

I’m working on finishing my record right now with Joey Moi, who did Florida Georgia Line and Jake Owen. We’re going to start out with six songs and then finish the record. So I’ll put out six songs first, and ‘Broken Windshield View’ will be included in there. We have a lot of songs right now that I am very, very excited about, and I cannot wait for people to hear it.

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