Hazy Weekends & ThBenj Returns!

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Le Café Music Podcast #7: Hazy Weekends & ThBenj Returns

Featuring:
Hazy Weekends – Chloroform
ThBenj – nananana

Hazy Weekends -Chloroform

Magnus Sörensen and Marcus Bohm are the two guys behind the brand-new duo Hazy Weekends. Both of them have a background with other projects; Marcus comes from the indie band Kyte and is still active with the Swedish group Marcus Bohm & the BANG! Magnus was the lead singer of Suburbia and can also be heard in his solo project Magnus Sörensen & the Captains Inc. The two of them started writing music together in the trio Crossing Memory Lane and that’s where the idea of Hazy Weekends was born.

It started as they discovered writing together led to a whole new creative process and the result sounded like nothing they would’ve come up with on their own. They decided to occupy a secluded cabin in the woods without any disturbances such as internet, phones, neighbors or telly, but with only the peaceful silence of the nature surrounding them… and of course a couple of instruments.

The result is the freshly released EPs “Hurricane” & *Chloroform”

Hazy Weekends on Spotify
Hazy Weekends on Instagram

ThBenj – nananana

If you are a regular listener of the show, you’ve heard ThBenj before with his singles Flip It and Slip In Th Mud. This is his 3rd time on Le Café Music, and we will continue to support this dude! Check out the new release, nananana!

ThBenj on Spotify
ThBenj on Instagram

Music News

Aaron Carter and his fiancé split up one week after the birth of their son…because Aaron Carter is, and always has been a little douchebag.

After one follower asked if he was battling addiction, Aaron replied with…

“I’m not suffering from any addiction problems that is very appalling and rude of you to say I expect an apology,” the 33-year-old man child replied.

Three days after the horrible crowd surge at Travis Scott’s Astroworld that left 10 people dead and hundreds of others injured, the rapper publicly announced he would pay for victims’ funerals.

As Rolling Stone reported Monday, the family of nine-year-old Ezra Blount, the youngest victim, told Scott’s legal team they wouldn’t accept his money. Attorneys representing four other victims say they have also declined the offer.

A family member of one victim stated, “It’s bullshit. If you gave a shit about these families, you wouldn’t have to put out a press release for everyone to see saying he’s willing to pay for a funeral,”

Travis Scott played on for almost 40 minutes after ‘mass casualty incident’ was declared at Astroworld.

Officials declared a mass casualty event at 9.38pm, but the rapper continued to perform until around 10.15pm.

RIP Little Man

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Indie Artist Interview: The Fiasco

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Today, the Le Café Music Blog’s Indie Artist Interview Series brings us across the pond into the UK.

If you enjoy pop-punk from the 90s and 2000s, bands like Fall Out Boy and Yellowcard…you’ll definitely enjoy these guys.

Introducing: The Fiasco!

Intro

Ryan: What’s up, dudes? Welcome to Le Café Music Blog’s Indie Artist Interview Series. Let’s get this thing started. How about a self-introduction?

Adam: We are The Fiasco. Tim is the Lead Singer, Adam is the Lead Guitarist, Jack is on Bass and we have Matt on Drums. We’re from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Tim & Adam have been best friends and in a band since our teens in high school. Jack and Matt have been part of the band for around 4 years now.

Ryan: Right outside of Leeds, nice. I hear the rhubarb there is the bomb. Tell me a little about your upcoming release.

Adam: Our next single is called Played Me At My Own Game. It’s a high energy Alt-Pop/Rock track. It’s about a young man who is playing the field when it comes to dating, being a bit of a Jack the lad. But then falls in love with someone who then plays him. Hence the title Played Me At My Own Game.

Ryan: “A bit of a Jack the lad” eh? For our American readers, that means he’s a cocky little shit. Played Me At My Own Game drops this Friday on all streaming platforms. A new music video for the single will also drop on YouTube.

Influences and Collaboration

Ryan: I’ve heard you tunes. Takes me back to my angsty teenage years, getting tickets to Warped Tour and being angry at my parents for loving me. Good times. Who are your biggest musical influences?

Adam: Without a doubt, my biggest musical influence was The Offspring. They were the first band I really loved and the entire reason I picked up and started learning guitar. In fact, I’m so excited to hear that they’re releasing a new album in 2021. Nowadays, I’m hugely influenced by artists such as Daughtry, Luke Combs and bands such as All Time Low and You Me At Six.

Ryan: I love The Offspring. Can’t wait for the new album! If you guys could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?

Adam: I think it would be really cool to go on a tour with All Time Low. We have been to see so many of their shows, and they are always super high energy, lots of fun and sound incredible! Plus they seem like a fun group of guys to hang out with!

Ryan: I’d buy tickets to that, for sure. What’s your collaboration process like?

Adam: We are open to lots of different ideas. We have collaborated with country singer, Lauren Faye Moss on a single where we wrote a song, and turned it into a duet. She came to the studio, recorded her vocals and we all shot a music video together. That was a really fun project. We’re always open to new ideas, so if you’re interested in linking up on a project – get in touch!

Life Outside of Music


Ryan: What do you guys like to do outside of music?

Adam: I’m a music producer and work with loads of other Alt-Rock and Country artists, helping them get great sounding records and traction with their careers. I also have a 1-year-old Cocker Spaniel puppy who is completely crazy, so spend a lot of time out walking trying to burn some energy from him!

Ryan: Man, I feel that. I rescued a German Shepherd puppy in Thailand at 3-months-old. He’s 18 months now and completely insane. So, if music wasn’t an option for you guys, what would you be doing?

Adam: Both of us are fully qualified teachers…. so that haha! I studied Biochemistry and trained to be a Science teacher, Tim did a Maths degree and became a Maths teacher!

Ryan: Well damn, a couple of smart-ass musicians. I don’t think you’ll have to worry about going back to teaching. You guys have a bright future in music. What’s the weirdest day job you’ve ever had?

Adam: Not so much weird, but I was a bartender in a hotel when I was 18-19. My hours were 7pm – 3am Friday, Saturday and Sunday and I hated it. One day, my P45 came through the post. I don’t really know if they just didn’t need me anymore or I got fired because they didn’t tell me haha. Anyway, I wasn’t disappointed. I didn’t have to turn up any more!

Tim: I was a waiter and hated it whilst at University. One day – I had enough, so just decided to never go back. Didn’t even tell my boss I wasn’t coming back, so I’m pretty sure I lost out on some wages…but thats how much I wanted out haha.

Ryan: Oh man, I’ve had jobs like that. The worst. What were you guys like as kids?

Adam: Music mad! We were those kids at parties that would always find the acoustic guitar and be like ‘Anyway, here’s Wonderwall‘ haha!

Ryan: Haha you were that guy, huh? What about you, Tim?

Tim: I was a super annoying as a kid, probably still am very annoying. haha couldn’t sit still.

Ryan: That’s what us singers do. We were born to annoy people. No shame in that. Alright, you get a date with one musician. Who are you taking out?

Adam: I would LOVE to go on a man-date with Jack Black. He is seriously the coolest guy in the world and everything he does has me in stitches! His TikTok is the best thing in the world right now!

This is what you do in the studio, huh?

Getting Back To Reality

Ryan: What are you guys doing to stay connected to your fans during the pandemic?

Adam: We have been posting every day on our socials, doing a few live streams, and have also created a bunch of new merch for our online store including trucker caps and beanies. It’s currently -2 in the UK right now so the beanies are well appreciated. We are going to be giving away a merch bundle when our new single drops on 19.02.21.

Ryan: Nice! New merch AND a new single this Friday! If you could play that new single in any city in the world today, where would it be?

Adam: Vegas! We spent a week in Vegas for Tim’s stag do! Incredible place, so much to do, loads of energy. I think it’d be incredible!

Ryan: Vegas is dope. I did karaoke with a really bad Elvis impersonator there. I had a little too much to drink that night. Speaking of drinking, what keeps you guys going?

Adam: Passion! You don’t do music unless it’s something you’re deeply passionate about and there’s an innate ‘need’ to write, perform and put yourself out there!

Ryan: Absolutely.

Dominoes and Tiny Horses


Ryan: If you had one day left to live, how would you spend it?

Adam: I’d love to get everyone I know in a huge warehouse, tons of beer, play a bit of a gig and just have the best time ever with all my friends, family and loved ones. That would be the ideal way to see out the end of the world in my opinion.

Ryan: That sounds like fun. I’ll bring my wife. We’ll see you there. How about food? What if you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life?

Adam: Pizza. Dominoes or ASDA Pizza Counter…I’m not fussy between those – they’re the best pizzas around.

Ryan: Dominoes is on the top of your list? Damn, we are spoiled here in the States. The thought of Dominoes being the best pizza anywhere keeps me awake at night. What keeps you awake?

Adam: Not feeling fulfilled later in life! If I try and fail at something, that’s fine and I can live with that! But I’d hate to get towards the end of my life and wonder ‘what if?’….. yeah that got kinda deep haha!

Ryan: It’s okay to get deep. It’s always better to try and fail than to not try at all. Okay, enough with getting deep. One of you has to fight. Who is it? Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?

Adam: I’m nominating Tim for this challenge!

Tim: Yeah I’ll give this a go! I’m the kind of ambitious type to say ‘I’ll smash them both’ and then realize I’ve bitten off more than I can chew haha.

Ryan: My god. could you imagine the chaos? One horse-sized duck and a flock of duck-sized horses.

Coming Soon…


Ryan: What’s next for you guys?

Adam: We have loads more singles ready to release, so we are planning on releasing music every 6-8 weeks moving forwards. As soon as COVID rules allow, we will be out gigging, making music videos, and we also have secured a publishing deal for our music, which we are really excited about!

Ryan: That is great news. Congrats! Before we wrap this up, is there anything you’d like to say to our readers?

Adam: To our fans that follow us and listen to our music – we love you and appreciate you so much. You’re the reason that we do what we do and get so much enjoyment out of it. To anyone who hasn’t heard our music yet… if you like high energy Alt-Rock music with good catchy melodies from a group of guys who have below average banter and love Dad jokes, then we are EXACTLY what you have been waiting for!

Ryan: There you have it! Great tunes and dad jokes. Doesn’t get much better than that. Thanks for joining us today and good luck with your release on Friday!

The Fiasco

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Listen to The Fiasco here, and get ready for their new release on Friday, Played Me At My Own Game.

Thanks again for joining us on Le Café Music Blog’s Indie Artist Interview Sessions. I really need to come up with a shorter name for that. If you’re an indie artist and would like to be featured, Contact Us today!

6 Socially Distant Side Hustles For Musicians

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Let’s face it…being a musician isn’t easy during a global pandemic. We haven’t been able to play live shows in over a year, so what do we do?

We are creative people. it’s time to get creative and make some extra cash. Here are 6 socially distant side hustles for musicians:

1. Create and Sell Online Music Courses

What are you the most knowledgeable and passionate about? If you’re a musician, it’s likely music. Are you a singer? Teach vocal lessons. Are you a DJ? Teach a mixing course. Are you a music theory expert? Create a course and make a passive income. There are so many great platforms online to create and sell courses.

My favorite platform to learn new skills on is SkillShare. It’s a subscription based platform where you can learn just about anything. You can also create and place your courses on the platform. SkillShare reports that the top teachers can make around $40,000 a year. Not bad for not leaving the house.

Other platforms that I’m less familiar with, but are very popular include: Udemy, Teachable, and Thinkific.

2. Teach on Zoom

Along the same lines as above…freelance as a teacher over Zoom. These are live classes that you can do 1-on-1 or with a group. Teach what you know the best and make some coin!

3. Freelance on Fiverr

You can provide pretty much any service you want on Fiverr. Voiceovers, write a jingle, play a guitar riff for someone’s song, build websites, design a logo…the possibilities are endless. The best part is, you can set your own prices. The market is a bit oversaturated, so you have to know how to market your services.

4. Trade Stocks

The newest trend is screwing Wall Street by making volatile stocks go skyrocketing, like Gamestop, Blackberry, Dogecoin, and AMC. I don’t know anything about how this works, but 10-year-olds are banking off of this…so I’m assuming you can too. Check out this article on ABC News to learn what’s going on there. Also check out the Reddit group that started it all, WallStreetBets. Go ahead. Stick it to the man!

5. Go Live

You are a performer, right? You have a fanbase, right? Set up a weekly gig on Facebook, IG, YouTube, or even TikTok live. You can set-up a virtual tip jar simply by using PayPal or Cashapp. If you have a strong fanbase, this has potential to be quite profitable.

6. Translate

Speak two or more languages fluently? You can make some great money translating documents. One great site to start with is Translator Cafe. Lots of my friends in Montreal and Hong Kong could take advantage of this.


I hope this article was helpful for some of you. If you know of other ways musicians can make money during the pandemic, comment below and share this post if you think it might help someone!

TikTok Sensation and American Idol Contestant Jax signs with Atlantic Records

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If you are a fan of American Idol, you may know of Jax. She was the 3rd place contestant on season 14 at just 18-years-old. She auditioned with this beautiful rendition of I Want to Hold Your Hand by The Beatles.

After the show aired in 2015, Jax signed with Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records. Yes, the same Scott Borchetta and Big Machine Records that feuded with Taylor Swift over ownership of her music…but that’s another story.

Needless to say, that contract didn’t work out and Jax went on to release music as an independent artist. In 2016, she released La La Land, a track undeniably throwing shade at American Idol and its entire process.

It ain’t our call, it’s America’s honey
It’s not our decision, but your time is our money
We need more energy. We need more ratings
Dance for the camera. America’s waiting

Listen to the whole track here:

The insanely popular social app, TikTok launched in September of 2016. Jax joined TikTok, where she has posted parodies of popular songs, like Sia’s Chandelier from the Housekeeper’s Perspective.

These parodies brought her 1 million followers and over 15 million likes on her videos. Her fans urged Jax to release some original music…and she did just that. Her track Ring Pop, which she posted on TikTok, caught the attention of executives at Atlantic Records who offered her a deal she couldn’t refuse. Jax posted the news in this video:

@jaxwritessongs

I can’t believe I’m saying this…but I signed a record deal with @atlanticrecords. YOU GUYS made this happen #fypシ #foryou #songs

♬ original sound – Jax

Big congrats to Jax! She put herself out there and it paid off.

There’s a lesson to be learned here: KEEP POSTING CONTENT! You never know who’s watching.

Check out Ring Pop by Jax, right here:

Jax, if you happen to see this…I’d love to interview you about your experience!