- Dress cute, but comfortable. At the end of the day, no one is going to remember what you're wearing, the band especially. Unless of course you plan on taking full body photos (why? just take a selfie). The reality of a concert is that you're going to be standing around for a while waiting for either to be let in or for the band to start. Wear shoes that are comfortable and anything but canvas/cloth. Liquids tend to get spilt more often than not.
- Buy/Bring water. Staying hydrated is key. It's usually hot in the pit, so either bring a water bottle with you (some venues don't check) or buy one from concessions before going in. Trust me, it will make a world of difference.
- Don't put all of your money in one place. You can thank my mother for this tip. In the case that you get pick pocketed (it's never happened to me but you can never be too wary) having your money spread out through your pockets will ensure that you don't lose it all. I would also recommend not bringing too much money with you in the first place.
- Bring ear plugs. But Viv, aren't I going to the concert because I want to listen to their music? Yes anonymous blog reader, you are, but you shouldn't have to sacrifice a life of hearing for one night of good music. This is especially important if you're in a venue that is known for bad acoustics. And trust me, if the music is so loud and ear drum piercing that you need ear plugs, you'll still be able to hear the band/artist perfectly fine with them in.
- Make sure your phone is charged. I CANNOT STRESS THIS MORE. It sucks when half way through the show and you're already at 8% battery. It then becomes a game of "which song should I sacrifice recording" and "I guess I'll have to live with only taking 10 photos of the really hot lead singer." You should never have to look back on a concert and think "wow I really would have had fun if I wasn't so concentrated on my phone." A solution to this is buying one of those on the go chargers like this one. They're small, inexpensive, and pretty efficient.
In the past year, my life has consisted of eating, sleeping, studying, and basically living at the Filmore. As a person who goes for fun as well as to cover concerts as press, I've amassed 5 tips that will help you have an enjoyable time.
As Iggy Azalea's summer hit chants "I'm in the fast lane, from LA to Tokyo", the lyric pretty much wrapped up what my summer had been like. From Miami, to LA, to Tokyo, To Kyoto, to then all over Australia, in all of three weeks, I was soaking up all the culture and vacation hotspots I could while dealing with very sketchy wi-fi.
What everyone tells you about Tokyo is true. The clean as can be streets and harmonious people are what make up Tokyo, not to mention the millions of vending machines at each corner and crazy cool fashion. My favorite spots had to have been Shibuya - a Japanese take on NYC's Timesquare - and Harajuku known for the infamous Harajuku girls and diverse shopping scene. My next and final stop in Japan was Kyoto, infamous for its Geisha girls - which I was lucky enough to spot one.
After Japan I flew down under to Sydney, Australia and was I in for an adventure. I climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge, held a koala, fed kangaroos, went white water-rafting, dived in the Great Barrier Reef, and ziplined through the oldest rainforest in the world. I may have been on my feet - or fins - for most of my time in Australia but it was well-worth it. The culture may have been almost identical to the British but did have a twist that made it unique.
Now I'm back home, ready to conquer senior year with my koala key-chain and hello kitty erasers.
Based out of Homestead, Florida is the up and coming local indie band No Compromise. The members include Damian Gutierrez (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Dustin Diaz (Lead Guitar), Luke Faulkingham (Drums), and Jordan Johnston (Bass). They’ve been together for three years and have lately started to come out into the music scene of South Florida.
So how did you start No Compromise?
Damian Gutierrez: Well Dustin and I had known each other back in middle school and played for some bands. It wasn’t until 8th grade when we started to seriously talk about being in a band. We knew that we wanted to start a band but we didn’t know who would be apart of it. I played at a church band with Luke and I asked him if he wanted to be apart of the band and he said yes. Then we just needed a bassist. Dustin said he knew a bassist and that’s how Jordan became apart of No Compromise.
Jordan Johnston: I met Dustin four years ago in school and at the end of the first year he asked me to be a bassist in his band.
DG: That’s when we started. We were lost when we first started. At the first practice we were strangers and it was just kids making noises with instruments. But until two years later did we start to make our own unique sound. For the past three years, we’ve become very close through No Compromise and they’re a family to me.
How did you come up with the name No Compromise?
Dustin Diaz: It kind of just came to us. One day I was just ‘hey guys we’re No Compromise’ and we all agreed with it and just stuck with it.
DG: We threw it on an Instagram and a Facebook and after that there was no turning back. We’ve come to grow with it and we like it a lot.
Why indie costal?
DG: In the beginning we tried a bunch of things. We tried punk rock for a little bit and then ambient. Now we’ve settled on the indie coastal rock genre, and we’re really comfortable here, we love it. It’s something that is now being explored by other bands like Wavves and Best Coast.
How long have you been actively playing gigs?
DG: Since about 2012, that’s when we started taking things more seriously. Last year  was a big year for us. We started playing more, we started recording our songs in more organized manner, and we started getting a more defined sound and we started playing at house parties and other functions.
How do you record your songs?
DD: We record them all ourselves.
DG: At Dustin’s house we have a little room that we use to make music and record it.
DG: The thing that’s awesome about this band is that we all have pretty diverse tastes in music. For me personally when it comes to vocals and guitar cords Glen Hansard is a big inspiration as far as passion. As far as other bands,I like are Local Natives, Two Door Cinema Club, Surfer Blood. Bands like that.
Luke Faulkingham: I listen to electronic music more than indie. I actually make some myself. I also listen to Arctic Monkeys and stuff like that.
DD: For me definitely San Cisco, Local Natives, Surfer Blood, basically anything. Too many to name
JJ: The 1975 and Banshee are my favorites right now.
What do you think is your demographic?
DG: Definitely girls
JJ: Not that we’re complaining or anything.
DG: We’re lucky to have a really devoted group of local fans.
So, recently, I started watching a show called Greek on Netflix. Greek, as some of you might have forgotten, was an original ABC Famliy series about a couple of college kids attending the fictional (but awesome) university Cyprus Rhodes University, or CRU for short. The characters are all in sororities and frats, learning to end feuds, build relationships, and pass final exams. Before I decided to watch this show, I had just watched the Pilot episode of Blue Mountain State for the first time (and the last). You can say I was rather disappointed.... BUT, due to Netflix being convenient as hell, the suggestions underneath provided another selection of college- based TV shows and movies. My eye was drawn to the big red solo cup with people coming out of it, also known as Greek's cover. I decided to give it a shot and before I knew it I was hooked. Being an incoming high school senior, I would be lying if I said the thought of college didn't scare me. HOWEVER, after watching 6 amazing seasons of Greek, I find myself not only excited, but no longer frightened for what college might bring me. Yes some shows make things seem perfect and wonderful, but the thought that I might have to chance to rush a sorority and become a pledge is thrilling to think about...am I right? I learned from watching this show that fraternities and sororities are not just about drinking and partying, but about sisterhood and brotherhood, and having people on your side no matter what. I also learned that college is nerve racking, but you eventually get the swing of things and before you know it, the real world is calling your name. Greek is definitely my new favorite show ever, and it is definitely a show that I would recommend to all my soon- to- be senior friends. #KTT #KappaTauGamma #OmegaChiDelta #ZetaBetaZeta (You'll understand once you watch the show)
Home (n.): The physical structure within which one lives, such as a house or apartment.
Technically speaking, my home is in the city Miami within the state of Florida, which is apart of the United States of America. But home doesn’t necessarily have to be the place where you live.
To me home is not the place where your possessions lie, but where your soul lies. A place where all slows down and a person can just be. My home is 133 miles off the coast of Florida, a little island within the cluster named Berry Islands. I may not own even the slightest piece of property or know every single native on the island but what I do know is that that island is where I feel the most at peace and simultaneously alive.
Crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches are what first made me fall in love with this island. I step outside my house to the gorgeous Sugar Beach and goose bumps fill my body every time as the thoughts roll through my mind, “am I really in paradise right now?” But as I got to know the island and its people, the most beautiful characteristic it obtains is simplicity. The people seem to always be so friendly and full of joy even if they don’t have a nice car or a big house. It’s quite inspirational actually; it gets you to think that there is more to life than the latest car or new iPhone or what picture you post on Instagram. And ever since my first trip to this glimpse of perfection in the summer of 2013, that attitude has been with me everyday. When I’m there I am most happy and when I’m not I miss it terribly.
My home may not be the most advanced in the world, it may only be 7 miles long and 2.5 miles at the widest point and may seem broken to many people but in my eyes, it is complete bliss.
My home is Great Harbour Cay.
So, we all know going back to school means homework, group projects, finding loop holes around rules, finding ways to make your school uniform look not- like a mail man, and coming up with all new excuses to get out of doing your school work. Tis very exhausting to be a student now a days, huh? Well I asked myself, "what is something I actually look forward to when it comes to school?" Logically, my answer was very simple. I really like shopping for school supplies! However, with this being my Senior year (aka my last chance to shine), Office Depot and Staples are just not going to cut it. Below, are the back- to- school goodies I've picked out for myself. With these little trinkets and tools for both my desk and backpack, I know my school year will be absolutely fabulous (unlike the school lunch!).
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So, not too long ago, one of my closest friends Emma Ortiz, and her friend, Sofia Ayala, started a fashion blog on Tumblr. Let me tell you, Em's fashion sense is pristine and spot on 24/7. Her style is casual chic, and she has the power to make flannel look amazing with anything. Emma and Sofi's blog is called "Behind Clothed Doors," clever, right? They're about showing off their style and writing about fashion related topics. It's fun and fresh, and simply posh to the max. This dynamic duo is one to look out for. Who knows? Maybe they'll give Alexa Chung a run for her money?
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