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Music Tea w/X Ambassadors

Whether throwing down a hard-hitting electronic pop groove or blessing us with their incredible stage presence, New York based X Ambassadors--Sam Harris(vocals),Casey Harris(keyboards)and Adam Levin(drums)–certainly know how to keep it musically moving in all directions.

Just ask their many legions of fans who’ve followed these fine music gentlemen since their plugged in debut almost a decade ago. Tonight, their Philly fans are certainly in for in a treat when they put it all on display at The Fillmore for a show that’s guaranteed to be a truly rockin’ good time. However, this evening’s X Ambassadors affair is someone of a special night for the guys the as it marks the first official U.S. stop for their latest road venture, The Joyful Tour (it officially kicked off in Montreal last night), in support of their soon-to-be released set, Joyful, which will be dominating headphones across the globe later this spring. 

But what it really comes down to when it concerns X Ambassadors is that they’re simply ready to straight up give it to all of their fans with their upcoming tour and what better place to light it all up other than in Philly, right? Absolutely.

Before they own The Fillmore tonight, they were gracious enough to stop by Philly Mixtape for a spot of music tea, breaking mugs about what fans can expect from their latest stage spectacles, their words of wisdom for all aspiring musicians and whether or not they’ll be able to check out Philly while they’re here. 

Hint–they will…..so, read on and get to know X Ambassadors below.

Oh, and go see them on The Joyful Tour this spring in your city! 

Hey guys, thanks so much for taking the time to chat with Philly Mixtape. First up, how have you been feeling leading up to the big tour kick off? A lot of the dates are already sold out, so it must feel pretty awesome. Feeling good! We had like a month off for the holidays, so we’re all itching to get back in front of our fans. To know that a lot have already sold out is pretty amazing too.

What can fans expect from your upcoming shows? We’re so excited to be playing a bunch of NEW material for our fans… songs from our upcoming album that haven’t been released yet, in addition to the couple that have already come out.

Which musical artists inspire you guys the most? Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Mavis Staples and Drake.

Any pre-show rituals you do before hitting the stage? SH-I always warm up my voice for about 45 minutes, then I use a steam inhaler for about him 20 minutes, then pick out an outfit, then hit stage. I’m pretty regimented when I’m on tour.

Are you guys going to be able to check out Philly while you’re in town? We love Philly so much. We always stop by Tony Luke’s– we’d always stop there on our way back to Brooklyn when we were touring in our van & trailer– and I personally love to run up the Rocky stairs. I don’t know how much time we’ll have to explore while we’re in town, but hopefully we will.

Lastly, what words of advice would you guys to any aspiring musician in this crazy world right now? Whatever you do– don’t stop. Perseverance is key. And never forget that, as the artist, you have all the power. This is a very tricky industry to navigate and there will be a lot of people who will pretend like they know what’s best for you… but no one is going to be as passionate, or know what’s best for you and your career, than YOU.

For much, much more with X Ambassadors, get down with their official website right here. 

Cover photo courtesy of AXS.com 

 

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Music Tea w/Chase Atlantic

With their mix of deep and delicious tribal influenced beats, sexy, synth-laced rhythms and undeniable vocal prowess (see:their lavish new E.P. Part Three) Australian based trio Chase Atlantic is hitting everything and everyone in all of the right places with their distinct one-of-a-kind groovy as f@ck sound. 

Consisting of brothers Mitchel Cave, Clinton Cave and music bestie Christian Anthony, the boys from down under aren’t just wowing their overseas critics and fans, but gaining a quick stateside following as well, much in part as being locked and loaded as the opening spot on rock/punk band Sleeping with Sirens current U.S. tour, which is about to bulldoze its way to The Foundry at The Fillmore Philly later tonight. (get those tickets here). 

But before Chase Atlantic wows all of Philly–and that they will do–they stopped by Philly Mixtape for a spot of fresh brewed music tea, where they broke mugs about life on the road, how they would personally describe their unique sound and what words of wisdom they would give to any aspiring performer who decided right this second to enter this bat shit crazy business. 

Take a seat and take a tasty sip with Chase Atlantic below…you’ll certainly be glad you did. 

Okay, first up…how are you guys feeling leading up to the big show tonight? We’re super excited! We’re only half way through the tour and we feel like we’ve never been more in-sync as a band. It’s gonna be wild!

Is this your first time in Philly? If so, are you going to be able to hang out a bit and check out the city?  This will be our first time in Philly, just like most places we’ve performed on this tour. We’ll definitely try our best to do a little exploring and get up to no good!

Let’s spill about your unique sound. I personally would describe it as pure baby makin’ goodness. Now, how would you guys personally describe it?  Haha! Surprisingly enough that’s actually what quite a few people say to us when we meet them. We struggle to describe it ourselves sometimes, but I like to look at as an interesting fuse of genres that just emits waves of energy.

Shout out some of all of your musical influences…. Shout outs……. The Weeknd…..Tame Impala…….Travis Scott……Lil’ Uzi Vert….Sticky Fingers…..all y’all!!! 

What’s been maybe the hardest part of your journey so far? What’s been the biggest highlight?  The hardest part is definitely having to deal with sickness on the road. Because we’re in close quarters; if one gets sick we all get sick.  But there have been far too many highlights, so they definitely outweigh the cons.

So, what’s next after the tour? We’re jumping straight back into the studio and doing what we do best, produce music that the world wants to hear….in the humblest of ways! 

One last sip, what would you guys personally say to an aspiring musician who just stepped foot in the industry right this very second?  Nothing comes easily. It may seem that way sometimes, but it’s absolutely crucial to put in hundreds of hours of hard work and dedication. You have to hone your craft and dedicate your life to this shit. Give it your all or go home, simple.

For much, much more with Chase Atlantic head to their official website right here. 

Cover photo courtesy of Warner Brothers Records 

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Groove of the Day/Drake/Rihanna/”Too Good”

Because life and because you know you absolutely cannot wait for So Far Gone:Dreezy Night at The Fillmore tonight. 

So, let’s ride and enjoy this f#$king weather, shall we? Yes. 

Go…..right here to iTunes or Spotify to listen…YouTube apparently took the day off today. 

Are you an entertainer, promoter or event planner who’s lifting up everybody’s spirits with your talents in the city of Philadelphia? Then Philly Mixtape wants to hear from you! For questions, comments and everything else in beat-tween (everyone’s welcome here, so don’t ever be shy), become a fan on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and/or email Patrick DeMarco at iluvbeatz96@gmail.com and let’s promote it ALL up proper!

Cover photo courtesy of Just Jared