Full Sail students may have jumpstarted their Hall of Fame 7 last week with the Grammys viewing party but 3300+Climbing officially started celebrating that Sunday on Valentine’s Day by tuning in to local college radio station WPRK’s “Biscuits, Bacon and Blues” (hosted by Full Sail Concert Management and Production instructor Jerry Waller).
The resident Sunday morning DJ of the award-winning station was so kind enough to interview Stephanie Berlanga (via phone) on his show. If you missed the interview, we got you covered. Think of it as spending a late Valentine’s Day with our artist!
We'd like to give a huge shout out to WPRK and Jerry for supporting Stephanie and our initiative here at 3300+Climbing and we hope to have many more 3300+Climbing artists on his show on Sunday mornings in the future.
To listen to the full interview, check it out here!
Tucked away in a quiet part of Sanford, Florida on a Monday night, West End Trading Co. was buzzing with open mic night music, bar glasses clinking, and laughter. The stage lights were slightly dim (as if inspired by a Pinterest board) and a soft scent of cigarette smoke, beer, and delicious fifty cent wings blanketed the air, creating a very typical local bar atmosphere. The bar wasn’t too packed but just enough for guests to have to wait in line to grab a drink and yell to their friends right next to them as they enjoy casual conversation. Again, it was a very typical atmosphere. But what stood out amidst the smoke, wings, and noise was a soft spoken artist with a very big and angelic voice.
Stephanie Berlanga, fresh from a few days’ worth of Hall of Fame performances, appearances, photoshoots, and a two day recording session at TSM Studio, hopped on stage with her guitar, smiled at the crowd, and introduced herself. A large crowd filed into the bar from outside (that crowd being 3300+Climbing interns and Stephanie Berlanga fans) to support Stephanie. The rest of the crowd – the local Sanford guests – continued to have fun amongst themselves, almost oblivious to the fact that such amazing talent just stood up in front of them. But by time Stephanie reached the chorus of her song “No Fool,” the rest of the bar had quieted down and refocused their attention on Stephanie and her amazing voice.
Three songs in and people, who never even heard of Stephanie, whipped out their phones to record her performance. Despite the loud crowd, when Stephanie sang a few covers from artists that inspired her over the years, guests could be heard mentioning, “she is so good! She sounds just like the the CD version...even better!”
But alas, Stephanie’s open mic night performance at the West End Trading Co. was finished. Or so we thought. Guests wanted an encore. People raised their bar glasses, clapped, and cheered for another song. Stephanie smiled at the crowd and strummed her guitar. For Stephanie, to have a crowd of complete strangers cheer for another one of her performances, this must have been one of the best feelings in the world. For 3300+Climbing, this was a huge success. To watch our artist grow over the past few months has been a whirlwind of creativity and success that definitely gives us bragging rights around campus. It was an awesome night over all. Stephanie was able to show off her pure talent and 3300+Climbing interns and Stephanie Berlanga fans were able to mingle together over a casual night of music.
Huge opportunities are coming Stephanie’s way. Those dim lights that surrounded Stephanie as she walked onto that stage in the middle of an amazing local bar will only get bigger and brighter from here on out over the course of her future and successful career.
Written by Claire Contevita
Our second 3300+Climbing artist, Stephanie Berlanga will be flying into Orlando exactly one week from today! Upon her arrival she will be greeted by a few fellow Full Sail students who will document her arrival for a behind the scenes video we have in the making. The day after she lands we kick off the third day of #fullsailhof with Stephanie speaking on the panel Making the Connection: New Media and Content Distribution on Friday, February 19th 9am-10:30 in FS3B-113.
Right after that panel Stephanie will be joining us for 3300+Climbing: Behind Full Sail's student-run artist development initiative in the same room as the first panel at 11am. Shortly after the second panel, Stephanie will be performing in the back-lot so come say hello!
Saturday and Sunday are booked for Stephanie, for she will be recording her second studio EP at TSM Studios, which is owned by Full Sail grad and entrepreneur Jason Ross. We can't wait to get Stephanie in the studio and we thank Jason and his colleagues for investing time in this project!
After a long two days in the studio, Stephanie will be on campus Monday discussing music video ideas, posing for a photoshoot and interviewing with AudioPress.
Stephanie will be featured on WPRK 91.5 with Jerry Waller THIS SUNDAY at 11:15am. Be sure to tune into this radio show, and tell your friends! Follow this link to listen.
That's about all I have for now, but keep checking our blog because there are exciting things happening!
Written by Michelle Susan
The 3300 + Climbing crew has been hard at work developing the career of our second artist, Stephanie Berlanga. But with the month of January coming to a close, we thought we’d check in with our first artist, January May (see what I did there? Ok ok…). We have been closely following what has been happening with KG, Matt, and Adam, and the successes they have had since becoming 3300 alumni.
Since coming to the end of working with 3300, January May have been hard at work continuing to create buzz for themselves. In February of last year, the band was a winner of Belk department stores, Southern Musician Showcase. As part of the deal with Belk, the band played showcases all over the country and even went on a full summer tour; all sponsored by the North Carolina based department store.
Along with touring through the summer, January May have played festivals such as, Red River Revel in Shreveport, Louisiana. They even had their first live television performance on Fox 2 St. Louis, in late December of last year. During this appearance, the band interviewed with the morning crew and performed their single “Geraldine,” which they had previously made available for free to fans.
Recently, January May teamed up with socially conscious filmmakers, Project Thirty Six. January May’s new single, “Ropes” was written for, and will be featured in the company’s latest short film called “Special Flavor,” released on February 5th.
Currently, January May is touring in and around their home state of Texas. Along with touring, the band has been teasing fans with photos and posts from the studio, hinting at a new album (fingers crossed). The band will also be making their return to Orlando the weekend of April 30th, to play at Moonstone Music Festival.
As you can see, January May has been hard at work continuing to build upon the work of 3300 + Climbing, and there is no shortage of talent among KG, Matt, and Adam. We’re glad to see January May doing such great things, and we cannot wait to see what they have next for the music industry.
Written by Holly Walny
This is a blog following the students' work at 3300+ Climbing.