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Gig Photos: Didirri at Hotel Café, Los Angeles (November 2018)

Hey guys!

Whether we attend shows in massive arenas or small venues,
they are always special.

Arena shows stand out because of how energetic it feels to be in a crowd of thousands,
celebrating the same music.
Small venues provide so much intimacy and character,
allowing us to understand the art so well.

Either way, concerts let us dive into the worlds the artists have created,
and that's brilliant.

Our LA based photographer Melissa recently got to dive into the sound world provided by Didirri,
an exciting and excellent artist from Australia.

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Date: 20th November 2018
Venue: Hotel Café, Los Angeles (US)

Headliner: Didirri

Didirri is a musician from Melbourne, Australia.

Ever since starting out, Didirri has managed to achieve big things, such as selling out two headline tours in 2017, supporting acts like Tash Sultana, Vance Joy, The Jezabels and The Temper Trap, and he sold out his first ever show in London at Shacklewell Arms.

Besides all of that, the young musician also played Fairgrounds Festival, Grampians Festival, Boogie Fest and NYE On The Hill.

Didirri switches between playing with a full band and playing solo shows. The latter providing a lot of intimacy, while the full band shows hit you with all the depth his music has to offer.

His debut EP, "Measurements", was released in July of 2018 and has convinced music fans all over the world of Didirri's talent.
Whether it's the dreamy "I Can't Get Last Night Out Of My Head" or the historical "Formaldehyde",
these songs quickly became staples for playlist.

Didirri recently played a show at LA's Hotel Café and today we get to share the photos our photographer Melissa took for you.

Didirri online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Spotify | YouTube | Instagram


Whether you've just found out about Didirri or you've been following his music for a while,
we hope you'll get to see him live very soon.

Thank you for your visit!


Credits // Words: Vanessa Jetwash | Photography: Melissa Rodriguez

Interview: Gabriel Black

Hey guys!

We believe that interviews are perfect ways to introduce you to artists.

Whether you already know them, or are just finding out about them - being able to learn more a person and their views can help you connect with their art on another level. 

And because we love getting to know artists better, doing interviews for this website is always an absolute joy.

Today we're thrilled to share our chat with Gabriel Black.

Gabriel Black is an artist originally from Pennsylvania, now based in Los Angeles, US.
His own description is as follows, "I sing songs poorly and draw shitty cartoons".

Well, we see it differently.
We're really digging Gabriel's sound and his creative way of animating his music.
And we're not alone; his track "jump" has racked up more than 800.000 streams on Spotify and over a million views on YouTube.

Describing his sound can be a bit tricky, fellow music critics have used alternative rock, postpunk and hiphop.
And they've kinda nailed it.

However, you should definitely check it out yourself.

Gabriel Black online: Twitter | Facebook | Spotify | YouTube | Instagram

Check out HITS founder Vanessa's chat with Gabriel as they chat about stereotypes, texting fans, ABBA and a lot more.

This interview was held via phone on August 29th.

Gabriel Black: Hey, how are you?

house in the sand: Hi there, I'm good! How are you?

GB: Pretty good, how about you?

HITS: It's a really rainy day over here. Hope it's better in LA!

GB: Yeah, it's sunny. Really sunny. Palm trees are swaying.

HITS: That's brilliant! Sounds gorgeous!

GB: Honestly, it gets a little old. I could use a little rain, it never rains here and I miss the rain.

HITS: I get it, but sunshine doesn't hurt, does it?

GB: No, it's cool.

HITS: So how's your day? What have you been up to so far?

GB: Today I'm doing a few calls but other than that, just hanging out and making music, that type of stuff. It's kinda earlier here, I just woke up a little bit ago.

HITS: So, I wanna talk a bit about this stereotype that artists sit around all day and that songs kind of drop from the sky. And I kinda wanna end that stereotype because we all know it's not true.

GB: No, it's not true.

HITS: So I was wondering how much time you put into your music? How long does it take you to finish a project?

GB: To finish a project? It takes me time. Part of the stereotype- okay, without a doubt you have to endlessly be working, you know?
Because you'll go through waves to make something, just waves of stuff that you don't like, is not good - and you have to work through it to then have the breaking point where you get something good. So you always have to be working but to the opposite of that point, I do think, at a certain point a song will kind of come to you. You know what I mean?

HITS: Yeah, that totally makes sense.

GB: You can't just sit around, because then you're never going to improve. The whole thing is, you have to work through the bad moments; the uninspired, the not really productive moments to get to the gold.
So yeah, I probably work.. I work, I don't know. See, I do the art shit as well, so I do a few hours of the art shit a day and probably five, six hours of making music. Something like that. It's off and on, it's scattered. I've also got Netflix playing in the background, it's a mix of it.

HITS: That's totally cool. So you also animate your videos yourself - so I was wondering, when you write your music, do you already envision what the video is going to look like at the same time? Or does that just happen later on?

GB: Yeah, totally. I think that visually when I make music, I always kind of have an image in my head.
Whether it's just a guitar loop that I've done, I'll even start thinking what kind fits it visually. But especially once I start adding words, then it really comes together. I think about videos from the very start.

HITS: You seem to be pretty open about dark moments in your life through your music. Does that ever feel scary to you?

GB: Yeah!! That's kind of why it started out as a cartoon, to hide me, so I could be open about it and not show people who I am. I mean, yeah, putting yourself out there is very scary.
I've always been kind of shy to be honest. In High School would never play the talent shows or whatever, because I was very shy.
It's easier to be more open with people that don't know you than with people that do know you. So putting on a mask and being able to have a little bit of separation has been a really good thing for me.

HITS: That totally makes sense and it's really relatable. You seem to be really active on social media - and nowadays it goes hand in hand with music. And I've seen that you've put out your number online - so how did you come up with that?

GB: To be honest, I just thought it would be cool to have a way to talk to people directly. I mean, you can still dm me on Instagram and shit like that. But I just thought it would be cool to be like "let's just text.".

HITS: Amazing!

GB: And then that just happened. And to be honest, I'm not a big fan of social media. I know I'm on there a lot, or I'm trying to be. But really I hate how important social media is to music.
So texting was kind of a way of I didn't have to go on there but I could still talk to people. Being able to text feels closer than dm-ing someone.

HITS: Oh yeah, absolutely. So have any funny stories come out of that? Have you received any weird or strange texts so far?

GB: Weird or strange texts? Not really. Most of the texts honestly are more emotional.

HITS: Oh really? That's nice!

GB: I think by making music that is very true to myself, it has resonated with people in some way, so people will hit me up and tell me what's going on in their lives and how a song has helped them in some type of way.
It's gotten very deep at times, sometimes overwhelming to be honest. And I don't always know how to handle it, but I'm honoured that people will open up as much as they do. It's cool! I feel like I have a real bond with a lot of these people.

HITS: That's really beautiful actually, wow. It guess that also makes it a bit easier for you to be open, in return, because you know there are people who are willing to do the same.

GB: Yeah! I supposed it's true, I really haven't thought about it that way but I guess that's true. That's what I think, my supporters, that's what they expect from me now. It's just honest lyrics and shit like that. And then when we talk, I just try to be myself.

HITS: Of course, and that's always how it's meant to be, I guess.
To switch it up a bit and get into a bit of a lighter mood around here - I've seen your Spotify playlist and one band I was not expecting to see on there was ABBA, which is incredibly cool. Would you say your taste in music is pretty wide ranged?

GB: Oh yeah, for sure. To me, a good song is just... you just have to feel it, above anything. And I feel ABBA songs, witout a doubt.
My mom used to play a lot of ABBA when we were together. I went to the Broadway and saw Mamma Mia! and stuff like that. And literally whenever we were driving around, my sister, my mom and me would play ABBA in the car.
You just feel the music. To me the writing isn't that poetic, it's very upbeat, which is different to my kind of stuff. But like I said, when you feel it, you feel it and that's all that matters.

HITS: Brilliantly put. If you could form a supergroup with three of your favourite acts - who would you pick?

GB: Kid Cudi, Kanye West and do I get to pick one other or am I the third?

HITS: You can pick one more.

GB: Kid Cudi, Kanye West and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, something like that. I don't know.

HITS: I feel like you've now manifested it, so one day we'll have that.

GB: Yeah, that would be crazy.

HITS: For sure! So what's next for you?

GB: Put out more music. It might take a second, but put out more music. I have ideas for crazier stuff in the works, I wanna make a TV show with the cartoon. I think that would be really cool. But yeah, that's really down the line. But next is really more music.

HITS: So we've got a lot to look forward to.
There is one question we ask everyone before we finish the interview: we have built a house in the sand, if you could build a house anywhere in the world, where would you build it?

GB: Anywhere in the world? Whoa, that is hard! I honestly think about this a lot because I love dreaming about my future and shit like that. Geez, it's really hard. I often dream about three houses.

HITS: Fair enough!

GB: I don't know. I think I'd like to live outside San Francisco, in Marin County, it's super beautiful there. It's still pretty close to know, you know, I live in LA so it's only six hours away. But I think it's one of the most beautiful places. And it rains a lot, as we were talking about. It rains!!!

HITS: Whoa, it's coming full circle! Amazing!

GB: Exactly, exactly!

HITS: Cool! So thank you so much for taking the time to have this little chat - that was cool, I really enjoyed it.

GB: Thank you for having me!

We hope you enjoyed our chat!

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Words (Intro & Questions): Vanessa Jetwash | Image & Answers: Gabriel Black

Gig Photos: Tom Walker at LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart (December 2018)

Hey guys!

Last year I was invited to interview a promising up and coming artist,
his name was Tom Walker and after hearing just one song of his, I knew I wanted to chat to him.

The interview was definitely one of my favourites because of how relaxed and fun it was.
In case you've missed it, you can check it out here.

So when we I saw Tom annouce his tour dates, I definitely wanted to photograph the show for you.
I'm super sure you either already know and love Tom's sound, or if this is your introduction, you'll end up finding a new favourite artist.

Feel free to say hi on social media:
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Date: 4th December 2018
Venue: LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart (GER)

Support Act: Maisie Peters

Maisie Peters took the stage together with her backing band mate Tina who played the keys, violin and sang backing vocals.

From the first chord on it was obvious that the crowd was excited to hear Tom Walker's support act.
A lot of fans in the crowd were already familiar with Maisie's sound and we heard them sing along proudly.
Maisie made standing on stage look so easy and natural, giving off the vibes that she's done this millions of times.
Her songs told the stories of broken hearts and of personal struggles, allowing the fans in the crowd to identify with the honesty and vulnerability of her songs.

The cheering and singing was loud enough to surely say that the crowd loved her.

 Maisie Peters online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Spotify | YouTube | Instagram


Headliner: Tom Walker

We have seen many Stuttgart crowds over the years,
but this particular one definitely stood out.

At your usual gig, you'll always find a bunch of people who will be chatting during songs or when the acts are tuning their instruments.
Not at this Tom Walker show though - instead, everyone in the room was so quiet, you could've dropped a pin - which is very impressive for around 800 people in one room.

But of course this doesn't mean that everyone stayed quiet during the songs, because that wasn't the case. The fans had the best time singing and shouting the lyrics back at Tom and his band.

Tom took the time to chat about the title of his upcoming debut album, "What A Time To Be Alive" (out on March 1st 2019), which overall was a positive speech - but of course nobody can ignore today's political state, so the crowd was asked to shout "Fuck It" during his track "Rapture".

If you are somewhat familiar with Tom's sound, you'll know that his voice is one hell of a remarkable instrument; he's got so much control and technique, and during the parts in which his voice goes raspy, you just end up speechless.
But we  n e e d  to mention Tom's band as well; each member was on top of their game and made the night incredibly enjoyable for fans of instrumentals and solos.

The crowd was on fire during "Leave A Light On" and it might've given us goosebumps as we experienced the show instead of just observing it.
What more can reviewers ask for?

Tom Walker online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Spotify | YouTube | Instagram


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Credits // Words & Photography: Vanessa Jetwash

Gig Photos: The Struts at Wooly's in Des Moines (November 2018)

Hey guys!

One could definitely say that we are making the most of gig season.
With members all over the world, we've got gigs lined up all over the place and sometimes even are simultaneously photographing shows for you - which honestly is the coolest.

I guess it would be a cool thing to ask you lot which gigs you'll be attending this month?
Let us know via any of our social media channels and maybe one of us will see you at a show.

Last week Janet Eckles went to photograph The Struts for us all to enjoy.

Below you can read her little review and see the photos she took that night.

Before you dive into the post, please make sure to say hi to Janet and follow her on Instagram:
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Date: 26th November 2018
Venue: Wooly's, Des Moines (US)

Support Act: The Glorious Sons

The English rock band The Struts, supported by The Glorious Sons, took the stage in Des Moines on Monday evening. The Struts are touring in support of their second studio album, "Young and Dangerous", released one month prior.

The Glorious Sons, a group from Ontario, began the evening with intense energy despite enduring multiple technical difficulties during their set.

Their songs, which mostly came from their most recent album and an even mix from their previous two, touched on themes of substance abuse, heartbreak and emotional vulnerability. They also covered The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter".
The crowd eagerly shouted each lyric and jumped along with front man Brett Emmons.

The Glorious Sons online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Spotify | YouTube | Instagram


Headliner: The Struts

The Struts launched into their most recent single "Body Talks" as soon as they hit the stage.
Lead singer Luke Spiller re-defined the role of the typical front man that evening. He made it clear that the most important aspect of his role is to provide the audience with an interactive experience.
Glamorous and wild, he rarely stayed in one place (or outfit) for long. He even joked that the band didn't have a budget for fireworks or confetti canons because he had spent that money on his theatrical costumes.

Halfway through their set, Spiller invited a fan onstage during their rendition of Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark". He encouraged her as she assisted in leading the audience in a venue-wide sing-along.

The Struts performed an even mix of hits from both of their albums, which had the audience in a dancing frenzy their entire set. They closed the night with their first single from their debut record, "Could Have Been Me".

The Struts online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Spotify | YouTube | Instagram


We hope you've enjoyed the review!
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Thank you for your visit!


Credits // Words (Intro): Vanessa Jetwash | Words (Review) & Photography: Janet Eckles