Written By: Josh Davis
Doctor Greg Graffin is a 52-year-old who double-majored in anthropology and geology who went on to receive a Ph.D. from Cornell University. Dr. Graffin also a science professor, has been the primary Bad Religion songwriter alongside the original background singer and guitarist, Brett Gurewitz. From the classroom to the stage, Dr. Graffin is the voice of the 30-year-old iconic Los Angeles punk rock band, Bad Religion. Bad Religion has been signed to Gurewitz record label, Epitaph Records for most of their career, due to the labels unexpected success from then-current acts, The Offspring and Rancid, Gurewitz decided to depart from Bad Religion in 1994. Even after all the years being dismembered from the band, Gurewitz has still played a significant role in the Bad Religion family.
Written By: Vitor Bourguignon
Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, singer/songwriter Rowan Joseph moved to Orlando, Florida, in the fall of 2016 to pursue a degree in Music Business at Full Sail University. On March 22, 2017, Rowan performed at her school in the Social Scene event at The Treehouse; where she performed covers of “Riptide” by Vance Joy, “Stay” by Sugarland, and “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse; as well as performing for the first time a new, original song called “Back Home Boy”. She can play the piano, guitar, and ukulele.
Written/Photo Approval By: Manuel Pachamoro
Politics and Musical Revolution
Today, the notion that politics and socioeconomic environments have a direct influence in some, if not most (if not all even), of the music created in a determined period is more than common knowledge. Bands like Black Sabbath, Rage Against the Machine, System Of A Down, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, (the list goes on), have and are continuously developing metal to be a musical genre that’s not only characterized by its dark themes, tones and blast beats that head-bangers mosh to, but that also serves as a channel to voice relevant facts and perspectives on global issues.
Just as punk and metal was born in a blue-collar world existing around the whole world and has grown and shifted to narrate and denounce such world problematic like genocide, war, corruption, tyranny and more throughout our history and our very present. There seem to be spikes and drops on the relevance and strength of these messages as we as an audience, tend to quickly dispose and renew the information we consider important due to the constant data overload we’re exposed to all the time, and everywhere we go. As of right now, it also seems that a spike on the sonic riot is long overdue given everything that has struck the world as astoundingly grim news.
Perhaps we are now desensitized to tragedy and use entertainment as a means to ignore the impending doom that humanity is getting closer to each day, but, at the same time most look the other way, there are plenty who choose to become the voice of those without one. This voice comes in the form of big Marshall rigs, large drum sets and a brutal blast of what a dying generation is used to call “just noise.”
In today's media-content-flooded era, the concept of bad publicity has become too broad for it to adequately describe a positive or adverse impact to an artist's career. We have to take into account, in my opinion, three different aspects: the magnitude of the transgression, the stage of development an artist is in and general audience perception.
So for example, if a little-known artist violates social norms in any way substantial enough for the transgression to gain attention, this could be categorized as useful bad publicity since the young act has, first, obtained his/her first wave of audience attention and second, has no previous audience perception on which to be judged upon so a chance for vindication and a shift in social reputation is very possible. In this case, one could argue, bad publicity is better than no publicity at all.
Written By: Isabel Alzate
The Pointer Sisters have been a staple of American music since the early 1970s, with hits like “Automatic,” “I’m So Excited,” “Slow Hand,” and many more. The Pointer Sisters can be compared to the likes of The Supremes and other female vocal groups of the late 50s and 60s because they are a trio women with exceptionally good voices that get better with age. The Pointer Sisters were originally made up of Ruth, Bonnie, Anita and June Pointer, but the group didn’t hit mainstream success until the 1980s, when Bonnie had already left the group. The group appeared on multiple tv shows like “The Carol Burnett” and “Soul Train.” Their song “Jump (For My Love)” was even featured in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. In 1994, the group was given a star on Hollywood Boulevard in front of a massive crowd.
Oh boy! Was Vans Warped Tour 2017 Kick-Off Party a rush, or was it a RUSH. We had metal bands, we had Ska bands, we had CIRCLE PITS. Yes, I said circle pits! This is the year of Vans Warped Tour going back to their roots. There are multiple bands coming back from the past to guide the bands of the future. With bands like Anti-Flag, Hawthorne Heights and GWAR leading bands like Bad Seed Rising, Trophy Eyes and Neck Deep. This is also the year of discovering new music, and supporting women in the music industry! There are multiple female bands on this tour (Barb Wire Dolls, Courage My Love, Jule Vera, New Years Day, Sarah and the Safe Word, Tillie, Save Ferris) just to name a few!
Jule Vera, Stacked Like Pancakes, Bless the Fall (and a short on-stage appearance by Lights and Rocket) and Memphis May Fire graced the Full Sail Live Venue. There was also a few special on stage guest; such as, Beebs from Beebs and Her Money Makers, Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed and Fronzilla of Attila.
Written By: Austin O'Bryant
Pictures Approved by: Anykar
Anykar is a 19-year-old Latin pop, R&B, reggaeton, and dancehall singer in the Orlando, FL area. She began studying Recording Arts at Full Sail University in the fall of 2016, to take her music to new heights. Anykar takes inspiration from artists like Mariah Carey, Ricardo Arjona, and Selena Quintanilla.
Anykar was given the opportunity to collaborate on a song called “Ven Ruah de Hashem” with an artist named Camilo Perez. Many citizens in the U.S. may not have heard the song, but in Columbia the record made the top 10 most listen to songs in the country. "Ven Ruah de Hashem" made it to numerous radio stations across the country; and, for the first time, Anykar heard her voice being played back on the radio next to other famous musicians.
Anykar’s hope is that by attending Full Sail, after graduation she will be self-sufficient with her music; and, her ultimate goal is to earn a Grammy award and leave a mark on her generation.
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Written By: Ariel Riley
On March 3, 2017, 3300+ Climbing interns and coordinators worked hard to complete buttons and CDs (cover art by lion the lion) in time for Ray Acevedo’s debut Latin Night Concert held at Full Sail’s very own venue, the Treehouse. Ray’s merchandise table also included posters made by Ariel Riley and t-shirts made by Mychal Fakir.
Photo By: Ariel Riley
The hip swaying show was opened by Full Sail graduate, Claudio Matta, followed by current Full Sail student Mariana Segura of Morena. The Latin Music Night went out with a bang with Ray Acevedo's set. He played his original songs, while live streaming to his dedicated fans from all around the world. To wrap up the night, Ray signed autographs and posed for pictures with students and fans. It was a dance inducing show to remember.
Latin Night Photos By: Austin O'Bryant
Ariel: First thing's first. Does the name Hoyle have a specific meaning? And while we're on the topic of meanings, what does Massa Peccati [the name of Hoyle's first record] mean?
Nathan: Hoyle is a family name. Originally, I used it to release hip hop instrumentals online. In college I started tooling around on the guitar and writing some songs. One of my demos got out and I was requested to start playing out. Band names are hard to choose, so I just stuck with the moniker I used while releasing instrumentals. Massa Peccati is a phrase used by the philosopher Augustine. It is in reference to how humanity is prone to cause trouble. It plays into general concepts that tie that first record together.
On January 13, 2017, Jody HiGHROLLER, aka, Peach Panther, aka, RiFF RaFF, dropped by Full Sail for an hour long interview. RiFF RaFF claims he got his start in the music business because of his entrepreneurial childhood, work ethic, business mind-set, and limitless, let’s do it now, mindset.
Because of RiFF RaFF’s limitless mind-set, he has delved into many projects. These projects include: Freestyle mixtapes, studio quality recordings, reality shows, being a guest on a comedy show, directing and creating his own music video, creating a movie that will go to theaters, creating 100 YouTube videos in one year, and modeling fashion lines.
This is a blog following the students' work at 3300+ Climbing.