An interview with Elliot from Alestorm at Vans Warped Tour ’17

OCML was at this year’s Vans Warped Tour ’17 and we had a chance to interview Elliot from the band Alestorm! OCML’s own John Safari chatted with Elliot in regards to the touring life, their creative process on music videos and whats planned for the band in the upcoming year! Stay in tune and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and as always #enjoylocalmusic

5 Ways To Be a Professional Band While Playing a Show

1. Get to the show before the first band goes on.  Load in and support their set. You want them to stick around for yours, right?

2. Load out and get back inside the venue to support the other bands. The scene is only as strong as we make it. If you don’t support each other, why would anyone else?

3. Encourage your fans/friends to stay and watch the other bands with you after your set. The other bands brought people to watch you as well. After all, they paid to get in. Get their money’s worth!

4. Mingle with the other bands, become friends, buy merch from touring acts and help the promoter create the fun environment that people want to be a part of. Support starts from within.

5. Stay until the last band is done with their set. We all have day jobs and have to wake up early. This is Rock n Roll, you have to be able to stay up late.

In closing, if all the bands were at the show from beginning to end, it would keep the other people there to watch more of the bands. We are all working our ways up, and we will all get there faster if we work together. Shed the ego at the door and support the other bands in the scene.

Zach is Back with a new video! | Fresh Tracks

After a successful tour the band and Zach Alwin came back with more inspiration than ever! Here is a new music video directed by Matthew Young, who he met while getting a Lyft through Hollywood. His fantastic idea brought together the whole band and the team to make it a reality and it stars, a 13 year old roller skating prodigy.

Zach Alwin and the band have a few upcoming shows, catch them on these dates:

September 15 At the Top –  Long Beach Ca.

September 16 Grizzly Rock Cafe – Turlock

September 21  1st Street Bar – Encinitas

 

Check out more Zach Alwin music and photos by clicking here

An alternative to what? The use of the word Alternative in music. | Articles

Bands, I have to get something off my chest. It’s about a word. Yeah, I know you’re probably shocked that a writer has a beef with a word. Predictable maybe, but what can you do? Writers get hung up on words. You might be wondering what word could have me so wound up that I need to blog about it. Well I’ll tell you. I have a beef with the term alternative – particularly as it applies to music.

I know that alternative is mostly a radio designation. Once upon a time, it might have had a little (and I stress little) more meaning. My question whenever I see a band that is categorized as “alternative” is “An alternative to what exactly?” I know. It means an alternative to pop.

Trust me, I am all for alternatives to pop music that is made with machines and sung by computers. But think about this. Norteno music (you know, the music that sounds like a Mexican polka) is also an alternative to pop. Black metal is an alternative to pop. But you know something? People have at least a vague idea of what norteno music and black metal sound like. Alternative is a generic term that doesn’t really give any description of the music. It doesn’t do anything to make a band stand out.

Think of it this way. If you send me your press kit, and you categorize yourself as an alternative-rock band, what are you really telling me? That you sound like every rock band that had one hit in the 90s (and a lot of others that weren’t even one-hit wonders)? Now ask yourself this. Why would you choose to give yourself a label that provides nothing distinctive about your band? I get it. Radio would identify you as alternative, and it helps you target the radio shows that might give you airplay. Airplay is always a good thing for a band – even if it’s on a station that can only be heard in a small town in Wyoming. But you should be able to distinguish yourself from other bands that are also looking for airplay at those same stations.

The term alternative is etched deeply enough into the music business that it’s likely not getting phased out anytime soon. In that regard, it makes sense to leave the term alternative in your press kit. Here’s my challenge to you though. Keep alternative in your press kit, but also try to come up with a term that is more unique to your band. (I can tell you from all the press kits that I see that many bands list themselves in multiple categories.) I’ll give you an example.

The Zambonis is a band that lists itself as hockey rock because all the band members like hockey, and they do a lot of songs about hockey. How many bands do you think fall into the hockey-rock category? Exactly. The Zambonis stand alone in that category. Plus, I didn’t have to look up The Zambonis. I was once contacted about the band, and I remember it because I’ve never heard of another band that plays hockey rock. If you do come up with a category which is unique to your band, then guess what. You’ve automatically given prospective interviewers something to ask you about when you do an interview. You’re not making music to lump yourself in with a million other artists. You’re doing it to stand out. So stand out already and at least try to come up with some enhancement to the overused and generic term alternative.

Here’s a link to a Los Tigres del Norte video if you want to link it to the term Norteno music. 

And a link to a Goatwhore video if you want to link it to black metal.