The VU Backstage entered a new era on Sunday night as I, DJ Jack, took over the show from DJ Blumy. For my first guest, I had the wonderfully talented Jamie Cohen perform songs from her EP True Blue, as well as a couple of unreleased songs. Take a listen below for some soothing ukulele tunes, and to hear Jamie talk about 3d art instillations, music as a hobby and west coast road trips.
I can still remember the first post I ever wrote for this website. An audio recording of a novice interviewer and his talented guest, with a sentence describing the recording. Simple, to the point, but also unimaginative.
Two and a half years later, that same guest returned with a different name and a vastly improved song catalog. And the hour she spent on the air, and the website where the recording of that hour will reside forever, seem like a completely different endeavor. Lena Stone’s music and personality shone through the microphone and left me gaping in wonder at the strides she has taken. I hope The VU Backstage’s progress has matched her growth.
Harry Chapin once sang, “All my life’s a circle.” Never has that phrase felt truer to me than it did this past Sunday. I’ll be handing off the reins of The VU Backstage to my successor, Jack Sentell, before the month is over. It was only fitting for me to bring my stewardship of the Vanderbilt music scene’s voice to a close with Lena. You can check out the full recording of the show below.
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Callie McFee ought to be listed as the casting director of The VU Backstage.
Once again, Callie bailed us out after an eleventh-hour cancellation, and we ended up with Alex Nicole in the studio last night. And Alex wowed us with her superb songwriting, beautiful voice, and positively bubbly demeanor. If you met Alex on the street, you’d be best friends with her within two minutes–and then, after listening to her music, you’d be her new biggest fan.
Our conversation spanned everything from Breaking Bad to deep-dish pizza to Alex’s love for telling stories. You can check out the full interview and performance below.
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Callie McFee has been the behind-the-scenes MVP of The VU Backstage this semester. On occasions when Vanderbilt’s community of student musicians has been unable to provide us with a guest, she’s gone fishing in the Belmont pool and come up with gems almost immediately. Last night was no exception. Andrew Tullos was charming, authentic, and a great storyteller–not to mention a fabulous singer/songwriter. Check out the full episode below to hear us talk about his favorite English word, his upcoming Best of the Best Showcase performance, and his love for Springsteen, among other things. And of course you’ll get to hear five of his best songs!
We’re back, folks! I spent spring break in London seeing the city’s historic sites, learning about Harry Potter and other British children’s literature, and having a jolly good time with some close friends. But as fun as that all was, I was licking my chops to get back in the WRVU studio last night. It’s the best way to end one week and begin another, an entertaining and enlivening conversation with a creative mind.
This time the creative mind on the air was Julia Seales, who brings her music to the arena of video production–many of her songs were written for her web series University Ever After. We chatted about the impact of improv comedy upon her writing, her fantasy and fairy tale influences, and her skill as a harpist, among other fascinating topics. Catch the full episode below!
Ryan Stowe may not have had his band Mile 26 with him, but he still gave a scintillating performance this week on The VU Backstage. He’s only a freshman, which gives me high hopes for the continuing development of the Vanderbilt music scene. Check out this video of his song “It’s a Feeling” below!
Last night was one of the liveliest shows I can remember hosting–and a good thing, too, because we won’t be on the air again until March 15th. Among the topics Ryan Stowe and I discussed were the Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways project, the nascent rock scene in his native Houston, and the summer recording plans of his band, Mile 26. Check out the full episode below!