Happy Presidents Day. Hope you’re all having a great day as we launch into our eighth edition of the Monday Mashup for 2017.
Indie artists have been hard at work, acting as the voice of our generation. In particular, artists are speaking out about the current political tensions, as well as standing with causes that have become near and dear to many hearts. Let’s see what’s happening this week.
Trapdoor Social stands with Standing Rock
Local Los Angeles group Trapdoor Social has released an official music video for their song “Never Stop Listening” that supports the ongoing struggle between the United States and DAPL and the Native American Standing Rock tribe. The cinematography is breathless and the message is the heart of the video. Check it out and let us know where you stand on this issue.
Here’s what Trapdoor Social and songwriter Skylar Funk had to say about the video:
“Last fall I helped organize a donation drive and trip up to North Dakota from LA to support the water protectors in the Oceti Sakowin camp, at the center of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. We spent a week there working in construction, in the kitchens, chopping wood and shoveling snow, and felt incredibly welcomed and honored for the chance to participate in something so powerful and historic.
One thing they asked of us in orientation was to “Bring It Home” – to share what we learned at camp and to make sure folks back in the communities we’d return to were aware that the struggle to protect that land and water continues. Of course with the recent executive order, the challenge is even more urgent… So we created a video about the people we met at camp paired up with a song I wrote and released with Trapdoor Social last year to share what we saw and hopefully inspire more action.” – Skylar Funk
The video was shot by acclaimed director Alexandra Velasco.
Blue Élan Records artists release new music videos
Two of the artists signed to Blue Élan Records have new music videos.
The first, See, released a live acoustic version of her song “Closed Eyes Open” last Monday. Her smoky and heavenly voice brings back memories of a cross between Stevie Nicks and Adele, and will serve this up and coming artist well. Her debut EP, Ties, was released last July, and the debut single, “Potions” has received more than three million hits. This is definitely an artist to put on your radar, because we firmly believe she will soon be a household name as she skyrockets to the top of the charts. Let us know what you think.
The second is Cindy Alexander, one of the strongest advocates for indie music in Los Angeles. This official music video, which is debuting today on YouTube, is for her song “Deep Waters,” the title track of her latest album. The song was co-written and produced by long-time legendary musician Colin Devlin, and is a powerful vision. We love the cinematography and more importantly, the message, which is a beacon of hope for our troubled times. Let us know what you think of this gem.
Alexander is also preparing to hit the road this summer, using the Road Nation program to plan her tour. This amazing program allows fans to choose the itinerary, and allows Alexander to support cancer research, a cause near to her heart since she is a cancer survivor. Check out her campaign and bring her to your town this summer.
The Thrillseekers and Shannon Hurley release new video
Last but certainly not least this week is the latest video from the ongoing collaboration between The Thrillseekers and indie guru Shannon Hurley (one-half of the award-winning band Lovers & Poets). We think you’ll love the upbeat message and sound of “Stay Here with Me.” Let us know what you think.
That’s it for this week. Gonna be a busy one with volunteering for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival here in Missoula. If you have the time, definitely check it out. Keep those emails and music referrals coming.