Every four years, the Gregorian calendar adjusts to a total of 366 days to account for the Earth's solar orbit. Well of course that meant the VAVA team yearned to answer the hot (albeit rare) question...what leap year music should you listen to?Well technically, there aren't many leap year songs bumpin' on the radio today...
Music WellnessAvid music listeners can agree that the beautiful, eclectic, fun - or even emotional sounds coming from music can transport us to another dimension. While amazing songs can definitely set the mood, research has proven that the experience of listening to music can actually provide health benefits, strengthen memory retention, and increase your levels...
With International Women's day falling this Tuesday, we're kicking off this Music Monday with another sweet playlist and the scoop on the cool ladies behind it. From sultry to experimental, and chill-funk to electro -- these women are upping your playlist game and having all your homies beg you to "send me this song!" Follow us on Spotify...
With International Women's day falling this Tuesday, we're kicking off this Music Monday with another sweet playlist and the scoop on the cool ladies behind it. From sultry to experimental, and chill-funk to electro -- these women are upping your playlist game and having all your homies beg you to "send me this song!" Follow us on Spotify at vavasound and get the weekly update on these artists (and more) on our playlist "Wavy Women's Month".Some songs are considered NSFW Kiiara via Idolator Midwest native Kiiara debuted her glitchy, vowel-stressed track "Gold" on the Fader last year and the song now has over 40 million Spotify plays. With a relatable impatience and straightforward lyrics, "Gold" makes young love humorous and even more so when you think about Kiiara's background. This 20-year old artist made beats on the low while working as a hardware store clerk! We imagine she might be humming her next hit near the power tools aisle. Grimes via The Fader Probably the most recognized artist on this list, Claire Boucher or Grimes has been heavily praised in the past few years by media and blogs alike since her debut album of Visions. With the Juno Award for 2012's Electronic Album of the Year and a slew of "best of" nominations under her belt, Grimes' newest project Art Angels trumped everything by snagging her a No. 1 spot on Billboard's Alternative Album Chart. Her range of influences (Mariah Carey to Marilyn Manson) are a clear reflection of how UN-clear her music really is. Like a goth-fairy queen, Grimes brings back the punk-ethereal, Björk-esque sound this generation seriously needs. The Internet via Vibe Well technically The Internet is not just one woman. Comprised of Odd Future members Syd Tha Kyd and Matt Martians, as well as members Jameel Bruner, Patrick Paige, Christopher A. Smith, and Steve Lacy - this neo-soul band has been making waves on the internet (ha) for their jazzy and chill funk songs. Despite Odd Future being known for their explicit and horror-core rap style, lead vocal woman Syd Tha Kyd's airy voice doesn't try to stand out against her band's music. Syd's voice simply blends like another instrument in each song...and damn does she play it well. The Internet's current hit is "Girl" featuring DJ/musician KAYTRANADA. Anne-Marie We can't handle all the talent coming from our neighbors across the water. Sam Smith is done touring? Adele got us! Now she's on hiatus? Look at that sweet Ed Sheeran. Want those raw pop vocals? Come at me Jessie J! All aboard the train to Great Britain! Anne-Marie is yet another talented act to come from London town. RnB, electro, or pop - her voice fits it all. She's bad a$$ and her funny narratives (in "Boy" she's into a guy but can't tell if he's more interested in her or his bro besty) are reminiscent of the cheeky Lily Allen. While Anne-Marie isn't on tour with multi-platinum band Rudimental, she's busy being a three-time world KARATE champion. That's right, her super sick song "Karate" is actually sort of literal. DUA Lipa https://youtu.be/coYCDufkfPM The deep clarity in DUA Lipa's voice has made her a huge emerging artist in 2016. Her mature sound brings a warmth to her synthpop singles and upbeat dance tracks. She may be only 20 but DUA Lipa is no stranger to the adult world. While her mother and father resided in Kosovo, the teenage DUA Lipa worked nightclubs as a hostess while finishing up school in London - which makes for some pretty colorful song lyrics. Watch out for this rising artist and check out some of her most popular songs including "Be The One" and "Last Dance". Did we mention she rocks at live singing? Peep her BBC Radio 1 performance below. Kacy Hill https://youtu.be/aRBkpwlHtkA If you got the Travi$ Scott Rodeo album you may recognize Kacy Hill as the only female featured artist amongst notable acts such as The Weeknd, Schoolboy Q, Future, 2 Chainz, Chief Keef, Juicy J and Toro y Moi. Are we forgetting someone? Oh right, the man Kanye West himself. The former Yeezus tour dancer turned G.O.O.D music rookie caught the attention of Mr. West after releasing her single "Experience" (a collab project with Akon's "Beautiful" Songwriter). The single's video was reportedly shot in just ten minutes. Watch it here: Tink Tink teeters on that edge of smooth 90's RnB singer and the quick rap stylings of Azealia Banks and Da Brat. The Chi-town native has released several mixtapes over the years but is most recognized for her and Timbaland's sampling of Aaliyah's hit "One in A Million". Her comparisons as a new age Lauryn Hill or TLC member are just the right people you'd want to be compared to. Now that she's working with mega-hit maker Timbaland, we can't wait to hear what her silky vocals will do over those beats. Watch out for Tink's meteoric rise this coming year. Enjoy our playlist! Let VAVA be a part of your listening experience by visiting our website and Amazon listing. -VAVA nation
This week kicks off the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas - arguably one of the biggest and most anticipated events of the year. The week long affair will have you dancing, crying, and in awe of all the amazing musical acts taking over the stage. With such an extensive lineup, it was difficult to...
This week kicks off the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas - arguably one of the biggest and most anticipated events of the year. The week long affair will have you dancing, crying, and in awe of all the amazing musical acts taking over the stage. With such an extensive lineup, it was difficult to choose just a few performers we can't wait to see. Therefore, you'll find all 12 of these artists and more at our SXSW 2016 with VAVA playlist.
Allan Rayman From : Toronto, Canada Sounds like: Deep dark tones with raspy blues and smoky RnB vocals. Don't miss : His raw, live performances make him an easy favorite for live concert go-ers. https://soundcloud.com/allanrayman/beverly
Anderson .PaakFrom: Oxnard, California Sounds like: If James Brown and Kendrick Lamar were a super hybrid, we'd have Anderson .Paak. "P-Dot"? Don't miss: There's a reason his unique voice was featured on six songs for Dr. Dre's Compton album, and an impressive list of guest features for Dumbfounded, Domo Genesis, The Game, BJ the Chicago Kid, Tokimonsta, Tiron Ayomari - the list goes on. https://soundcloud.com/andersonpaak/come-down Boogie From: Compton, California Sounds like: Nasal-rap stylings reminiscent of Chance the Rapper Don't miss: Not quite underground, not quite crowd-pleasing - but definitely high quality. Boogie's had favorable reviews on his mixtapes and can only get bigger from here. https://soundcloud.com/hip-hop/boogie-oh-my-prod-by-jahlil-beats
From: Sydney, Australia Sounds like: The perfect chill-electro, hip hop addition to your Majestic Casual playlist Don't miss: Twin producers/DJ duo putting a fun experimental spin on their musichttps://soundcloud.com/cosmosmidnight/cosmos-midnight-walk-with-me-feat-kucka
CLOVESFrom: Melbourne, Australia Sounds like: Heart-tugging , heavy sounding "Birdy" ballads Don't miss: She's young (19!!) but this singer-songwriter pours emotion into her songs that are comparable to any mature artist https://soundcloud.com/clovesdot/frail-love
Day WaveFrom: Oakland, California Sounds like: Beachy indie rock without the synth-pop Don't miss: It's hard to believe he's a one-man production show. Listen to the talent below. https://soundcloud.com/day-wave/day-wave-drag
GallantFrom: Columbia, Maryland Sounds like: Uplifting yet emotional alt+RnB, "future-soul" Don't miss: One of the most talked about artists to watch on this list https://soundcloud.com/gallant/weight-in-gold
HONNE From: East London, England Sounds like: Clear "electric-soul" Don't miss: This duo is building a following with over 1M Spotify monthly listenershttps://soundcloud.com/hellohonne/all-in-the-value
Le1f From: Manhattan, New York Sounds like: Underground New York with a drag sub-culture Don't miss: Full of energy with a distinct 90's flair, Le1f brings slicker raps to "pump the jam" vibeshttps://soundcloud.com/le1f/wut-5kinandbone5
Sevdaliza From: Iran/Netherlands Sounds like: A layered, sultry alternate dimension Don't miss: Her music and music videos (check out "That Other Girl") are an experience in themselves. The beats are minimal yet undeniably strikinghttps://youtu.be/IUt3zm6W2yc
Tigertown From: Sydney, Australia Sounds like: Indie-pop with each song appealing to a different crowd Don't miss: This relatively new family band (sibling & spouses) will start touring with St. Lucia this year and now shares the SXSW lineup with themhttps://soundcloud.com/tigertownband/lonely-cities
Yuna From: Alor, Setar, Kedah, Malaysia Sounds like: Light and airy RnB, indie-pop Don't miss: Yuna has been featured on NPR and The New York Times, worked with Pharrell and Usher, and performed on numerous late night talk showshttps://youtu.be/HGY2MBdv9Y0 Let VAVA be a part of your listening experience by visiting our website and Amazon listing. -VAVA nation
You and your friends will be festival ready with our list of 17 MUST-HAVE items for the seasonal concert-goer. Portable gear, gadgets, and even playlists are essential to your packing list. With our handy guide you'll feel right at home at the biggest music events of the year!1. A Gazelle Pop-Up Tent [caption id="attachment_341" align="alignnone" width="748"]...
Spend less time setting up, and more time enjoying your campsite with this no-frills gear. This tent springs into position almost immediately - just toss it in the air from its carrying bag and watch the magic happen. You can find it here ($49.99).2. Solar Powered String Lights [caption id="attachment_343" align="alignnone" width="547"] Lighting EVER / Amazon[/caption]
Create the perfect ambiance for your campsite with these Lighting EVER string lights ($9.99). While you're running from one music set to the next, these lights will be soaking up the sun and staying lit for your festival after-party. Find them here.
3. Toiletries[caption id="attachment_339" align="alignnone" width="523"] Charmin / Target[/caption]
Never underestimate the importance of toilet paper rolls. You can't expect the music festivals to be fully stocked in each stall. Get a 12-pack for you and all your friends at Target ($10.29). You can thank us later!
4. A Camelbak for All Your Thirsty Needs[caption id="attachment_345" align="alignnone" width="545"] Camelbak / Amazon[/caption]
Getting water FAST at a music festival can be daunting. If you're nowhere near a watering station, or if you're right in the middle of a sick DJ set - your Camelbak (which can hold up to 2 liters of water) will save the day. Get it here ($59).
5. Zip Ties[caption id="attachment_347" align="alignnone" width="559"] Cable Matters / Amazon[/caption]
Securing items like lights, bags, or your canopy tent is made easier with a bundle of zip ties. Order a pack from Cable Matters here ($7.99).
6. Cheap Sunglasses[caption id="attachment_349" align="alignnone" width="470"] Forever 21[/caption] [caption id="attachment_350" align="alignnone" width="452"] Forever 21[/caption]
Don't let your favorite pair of Ray-Bans become a casualty to your awesome weekend. You and the squad can still be stylish AND feel a little more secure with these sunglasses from Forever 21 ($5.90). Shop more styles for both women and men on their website.
7. Hats for Sun Protection[caption id="attachment_352" align="alignnone" width="467"] Forever 21[/caption] [caption id="attachment_351" align="alignnone" width="494"] Forever 21[/caption]
Heat exhaustion can creep up on music festival go-ers and knock them out by mid-day. Keep the sun's rays at bay with these trendy baseball caps( $9.90 ) which you can find here.
8. Lawn Chairs[caption id="attachment_355" align="alignnone" width="586"] Coleman / Amazon[/caption] This Coleman Oversized Quad Chair with a Built in Cooler ($21.79) is perfect for on-the-go travel and makes for easier unpacking from your festival caravans.
9. A RavPower Portable Charger[caption id="attachment_357" align="alignnone" width="569"] RavPower[/caption] [caption id="attachment_356" align="alignnone" width="559"] RavPower[/caption]
Staying connected at a music festival is 10 times easier with the RavPower Luster 6700mAH ($12.99)and the RavPower Luster Mini ($9.99) . Pocket sized and full of power - these portable battery backs can charge an iPhone 6 once (for the mini) and twice around (for the 6700mAH). Order here and go forth on your adventures without fear.
10. No Fuss Hair Accessories and Products[caption id="attachment_359" align="alignnone" width="936"] Urban Outfitters[/caption] [caption id="attachment_360" align="alignnone" width="496"] Urban Outfitters[/caption]
With a cordless campsite, there's really no time for complicated hair styles that can only be achieved with straighteners, heat, and hairspray. Add these Urban Outfitters hair accessories (starting at $8) to your messy buns, or braids and make your simple look seem totally groomed. If you want effortless texture and style, try this light, Bona Fide Fiber Pomade ($14).
11. A Strong Sunscreen[caption id="attachment_361" align="alignnone" width="439"] Sun Bum[/caption]
You are a festival (let-alone life) noob if you haven't realized the importance of sun-screen. Even when the sun isn't out, harmful UV rays can still penetrate your skin and cause premature aging, inflammation, and make you more susceptible to skin diseases. Get a spray-on sunscreen like this Sun Bum Premium SPF 70 Moisturizing Sunscreen Spray ($15.99) for a simple, mess-free application.12. A Portable Shower [caption id="attachment_362" align="alignnone" width="623"] Coghlan's[/caption]
If you don't want to wait in long lines for a shower, this Coghlans Solar Heated Camping Shower ($8.88) carries 5 gallons of water and is a quick and easy way to wash off all that festival grime. If your group is large, try this Docooler 10 Gallon Shower ($14.72).13. A Foldable Cooking Grill [caption id="attachment_364" align="alignnone" width="646"] Fancy[/caption] According to its Fancy posting, this portable cooking grill "folds flat for unmatched portability" is "less than 1 inch thick when folded" and "unfolds to 17 3/4" L x 13" W x 13" H" " ($39). Do away with your cup noodles and treat yourself to some freshly grilled BBQ. 14. A Collapsible Garbage Bin [caption id="attachment_372" align="alignnone" width="749"] Camp Chef / Amazon[/caption]
Make your campsite clean-up easy by geting this Camp Chef Collapsible Garbage Can ($14.99) or make your own by lining a laundry hamper with a garbage bag.15. Tapestries for Your Canopy [caption id="attachment_366" align="alignnone" width="628"] Urban Outfitters[/caption]
If you want to zest up your canopy, tying decorative tapestries around your campsite will make your area a little easier to find and provide privacy from your neighbors (if that's your thing). Plus, they make great photo backdrops for all your Snapchat and Instagram needs. You can find tapestries like this on the Urban Outfitter's Website ($19.99).16. A VAVA Voom Portable Speaker You may be at a music festival, BUT away from the stage, your campsite could be suffering some major music withdrawals. Be the hero your friends need by bringing a boomin' wireless speaker to your camp spot. The VAVA Voom Portable Speaker (now on Amazon for $82.99 ) isn't just shockingly loud - the depth of sound beats its pricier competitors by a landslide (see these awesome comparison videos here and here ). Take the concert with you wherever you go - get it here ! Visit our website for more information on these premium , bluetooth speakers.
17. The Perfect Festival Playlist[caption id="attachment_374" align="alignnone" width="743"] Vava Speaker / Spotify[/caption] What's a wireless speaker without some amazing music to blast on it! Get an awesome playlist ready like this Ultimate Coachella 2016 playist by the VAVA team and set out to your next adventure! Festival season is just getting started! - Team VAVA
It doesn't matter what occupation you are. Whether you're an A-list celebrity, or a struggling artist - the unconditional support of your momma can give you the strength to accomplish anything! The following musicians are giving big ups to the inspiring women in their lives through these classic pop and hip-hop singles. This Mother's day, show your...
It doesn't matter what occupation you are. Whether you're an A-list celebrity, or a struggling artist - the unconditional support of your momma can give you the strength to accomplish anything! The following musicians are giving big ups to the inspiring women in their lives through these classic pop and hip-hop singles. This Mother's day, show your mom some love by playing her these beautiful (and sometimes hilarious) hits!
Meghan Trainor - "Mom" "No" and "All About That Bass" singer Meghan Trainor has racked up quite a few accolades since her 2014 debut. In these two years alone, the pop songstress has already received a Grammy Award for Best New Artist and two Billboard Music Awards. On her newest album, Meghan's mother Kelli Trainor features on the super sweet song "Mom".
Drake - "Look What You've Done" In "Look What You've Done" from his second studio album, Drake tells us of the trials and tribulations behind his claim to fame (even referencing his Degrassi acting days) and how accomplished he feels finally giving back to his mom - "checks bounce but we bounce back/ I put all the money in your accounts back."
Backstreet Boys - "The Perfect Fan" Oh boy bands. Some of us think we're a hardcore One Direction-er because we know their favorite restaurants and pet peeves - information we could all learn just from picking up an issue of "J-14". No, the real fanclub president goes to the ladies who've been here since the beginning...literally. The boy band sensation Backstreet Boys recognized this in their single "The Perfect Fan", of which they sweetly dedicated to their moms.
Christina Aguilera - "Oh Mother" Not all "mom" songs are about the support women have for their child's career. Some get real personal about issues mothers are facing in their marital life. In "Oh Mother," The Voice host and former pop princess Christina Aguilera takes us through the story of how her mother left an abusive relationship with their father - affirming that Christina and her brother are "stronger from all the tears you have shed."
Beyoncé - "Ring Off" Talk of Beyoncé's visual album Lemonade is hard to escape on the interwebs these days. The buzz is well deserved, and the Queen is sending all her Beyhive fans in a frenzy. But let's not forget her FIRST visual album, with hits like "Pretty Hurts" and the song "Ring Off" - a personal track that pre-cursored the hugely personal album "Lemonade." In "Ring Off," Beyoncé tells her mother Tina Knowles that she understood the difficulty in leaving her father/former manager Mathew Knowles (Mathew is notorious for cheating on Tina Knowles and fathering children to multiple women).
The Beatles - "Let It Be" The "Mother Mary" of which The Beatles sing about actually came to Paul McCartney in a dream. No, it wasn't the "Virgin Mary" but Paul's actual mother, Mary, who died when he was just a young teen. Inspired by her otherworldly appearance, Paul wrote a song about how life works itself out if we just "Let It Be."
Kanye West - "Hey Mama" Despite Kanye's confusing antics over the years (being dubbed the genius "Villain" in today's music world and constantly beefing with musicians like Taylor Swift and Wiz Khalifa) - he undoubtedly had a soft spot for his late mother (Donda West passed away in 2007 after complications during surgery). "Hey Mama", from Kanye's sophomore album Late Registration hears him beautifully comparing his mother to other strong women - "can't you see, you're like a book of poetry/ Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, turn one page and there's my mommy."
Fountains of Wayne - "Stacy's Mom" Although not the most sweet or appropriate "mom" song, Fountains of Wayne made an infamous dedication to all the hot mamas out there who definitely still "got it going on."
2pac - "Dear Mama" With a new biographical movie in the works, and a hologram appearance at this year's Coachella, Tupac articles have been popping up everywhere. Unfortunately, this week's Tupac related news are about the recent death of Shakur's mother, political activist Afeni Shakur. Listen to "Dear Mama", one of the late rapper's most beloved songs.
Justin Bieber - "Turn To You" Before Justin Bieber was egging homes, getting roasted on Comedy central, and apologizing for his antics to Ellen Degeneres, little Biebs made a song about his former mom-ager Pattie Mallete. Although their current relationship is known to be rocky, "Turn To You" details the work Pattie put into raising him as a single mother.
Jimi Hendrix - "Angel" A few years before his mother died, rocker and famed guitarist Jimi Hendrix dreamt that Lucille Hendrix visited him to bid him farewell. This experience would inspire the song "Angel" and is included in many of his greatest compilation albums.
LL Cool J - "Mama Said Knock You Out" Mama knows what's best right? The story behind one of LL Cool J's greatest hits doesn't actually involve his mother, but was a reference to his hugely supportive grandmother. When critics were commenting on LL's washed up career, his grandmother told him what any supportive person would say - ignore the haters and "just knock them out"!
To check out the rest of VAVA's Songs About Moms playlist, make sure to follow VAVA Speaker on Spotify here . At VAVA we want to be a part of your total listening experience. Our specially curated playlists sound even better on the VAVA Voom wireless speaker. Details on how to order your own VAVA can be found here .Happy Mother's Day weekend! -Team VAVA
If your graduate is entering college, traveling the summer, or soon to start at their dream jobs - these 20 unique gift ideas will have them ready to go for the next exciting chapter in their life.1. Under The Sea Decomposition BookThese 100 percent recycled "Decomposition Books" are perfect to jot down your to-do lists, business...
No Ties Here! Get your dad something different this Father's Day with these 19 gift ideas. Cool dads, geeky dads, chefs you name it. They all have their own interests and dad-jokes - and they deserve a gift that reflects that. Cheers to dads everywhere!1. The AudiophileThe sleek VAVA Voom premium speaker contains a booming...
All our favorite music stars will grow older some day. This probably means more kid-friendly music AND some cute additions on the red carpet. See how your favorite music stars have grown up with our top ten list of pop star dads!1. Justin Timberlake (NSYNC)Embed from Getty ImagesWe all remember JT from hit singles like...
With the release of Overwatch and The Witcher 3 DLC, this summer may be one of the best times to get into gaming. E3 has also announced some new titles from classics like Final Fantasy and Pokémon. With so much hype surrounding these new releases, it's no wonder gaming has become one of the most popular forms of...
The end of the year is all about warm fuzzy feelings and showing appreciation to ones we love. That's why we decided to put a twist on last month's speaker giveaway - asking people to nominate ANOTHER music fan to win the VAVA Voom 20! The rules were simple: tell us why you're thankful for...
Musicians come in all colors and stripes, yet this highly creative field is charged with individuals and bands that walk on the wild side and a few that even walk on the weird side. To celebrate our Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children giveaway, we’ve found the most peculiar musical artists in all of music....
1. SiaPick any popular song of the last few years and you’re likely to find several names behind the magic. We guarantee one of them will be Sia. And after years of shirking the spotlight and celebrity, Sia has emerged as a solo artist in all her peculiar glory. Sporting a giant blonde wig that looks like she’s balancing a haystack on her head, Sia has never let go of her shyness. Sia is so averse to the spotlight that when playing concerts, she’ll perform with her back to the audience, or she’ll cover her face with paint or a paper bag (or maybe both). Yet her talent as a solo artist, and her work with other artists (she wrote Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ in only 14 minutes!), means she’ll frequently be in the public eye for years to come.
2. BucketheadFrom his creepy mask to the KFC bucket that sits on his head, Buckethead has an unmistakable look that just screams weird. With music spanning just about every genre imaginable (from metal, to bluegrass, to ambient), 256 studio albums under his belt, and features with more than 50 other artists, Buckethead is both progressive and peculiar. Besides, only a man like Buckethead would do the robot and wave nunchuks when performing.
3. Frank ZappaIf you’ve never heard Zappa’s music, you might know him for two others reasons – his crusade against parental advisory warnings in the 80’s (and civil liberties as a whole) and for naming his kids Dweezil, Ahmet, Diva, and Moon Unit Zappa. But if you’re familiar with his catalog, you’ll know it’s singular and peculiar. With nearly 100 albums ranging from guitar pyrotechnics to symphony orchestral masterpieces, Zappa has a dense catalog admired by stoners, nerds, and anyone looking to freak-out.
4. PrinceWith his untimely death in 2016, Prince has come under renewed appreciation for his rich catalog, except that’s a catalog that’s largely been unheard! Prince literally has a vault of unreleased music going back to his heyday that he refused to release. Who wouldn’t want to hear that? Prince is even more famous for changing his name to to get out of contractual obligations with his label. With big heels and a big sound, the flamboyant musician definitely has a place on our peculiar list.
5. The ShaggsChampioned by their father who - after following a palm-reading prophecy from his own mother - pushed his daughters into a music career, the Shaggs have become (in)famous for their sheer ineptitude and lack of music ability. With a lot of heart, and not a lot of musical chops, the Shaggs have become much loved over the years despite (or maybe because of) their musical talent. Even Nirvana front man, Kurt Cobain, loved them.
6. The ResidentsWho are the Residents? Since the 1970s when the Residents first became active, no one knows who is behind an impressive number of music and art pieces. All that people know of the Residents is how they appear in public – as costumed eyeballs wearing top hats and tails. With an obsessive fan base that devour everything from this prolific art project/band, the residents are real odd-balls.
7. BjörkIs there anyone that doesn’t love Björk? From Iceland – which in itself seems like a peculiar place for a superstar – Björk is a master of nearly all musical styles that includes pop to experimental music, alternate rock to the avant-garde. Typically sporting elaborate costumes that veer into full blown art pieces, Björk makes Lady Gaga look normal. With a wide-ranging talent that doesn’t just include music but also acting and art, and blessed with a beautiful yet otherworldly look from her Inuit heritage, many have wondered if the superhumanly talented Björk is even from Earth!
8. BeethovenYou might laugh at seeing Beethoven’s name here, but he was a weird guy. After waking up at dawn and working in the morning, Beethoven would prepare his morning coffee. Nothing peculiar about that, right? Except each morning Beethoven would count every coffee bean. All 60 of them. Every time. But it was afterwards that that Beethoven would engage in his most unusual habit – bathing. For Beethoven, bathing was of paramount importance and he hated to be interrupted. When bathing, Beethoven would pour large jugs of water over his body while humming very loudly. He would spill so much water onto the ground that it would seep through the floor into the rooms below angering his landlord. Very peculiar.
9. Sun RaNot even David Bowie’s alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, can claim to be the first extraterrestrial musician, that honor goes to Sun Ra, the jazz composer and bandleader. Crafting an impressive mythology around himself and his band, the Arkestra, Sun Ra would play mind-bending jazz while adorning Egyptian headdresses and regal gold robes. Whether or not his claim that he is originally from Saturn holds any weight, Sun Ra has created an entire cosmic universe around himself and his music that will live on.
10. Autopsy Report of Drowned ShrimpMiss Peregrine Giveaway where you can get $5 off Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children with the purchase of the VAVA Voom 20 or VAVA Voom 21, or VAVA Flex. #StayPeculiar !
It’s that time of the year again - everybody’s scratching their heads trying to think of the perfect Christmas gift. You know how it goes: different strokes for different folks. But when in doubt, remember what 1970s American folk singer-songwriter John Denver once said: “Music does bring people together”.When it comes to music, VAVA is...
Did you know that a night light is as beneficial to the kids as it is to the parents? While the main function may be to emit a soft glow that delicately illuminates the surroundings without preventing sleep, the latest models of LED light for babies come with a vast range of features that make...
If you’re still using old-fashioned, incandescent light bulbs you’re doing neither you nor the environment a favor. While these might have been a revolutionary invention at the end of the 1800s when Edison filed a patent for the first practical light source of this kind, the more recent iterations of LED light outclass the standard...
If you thought that a higher price tag unconditionally equals a better Bluetooth speaker, you could not be more wrong. Featuring solid hardware, an array of convenient, built-in features, and allowing the users to fully customize the audio experience to their liking, the award-winning VAVA VOOM 21 Wireless Speaker sets itself as a valid option...
To top off our celebration of International Women's Month, the VAVA team sat down with Illinois native and current city chick dpeshMo to talk about women, tech, and how her passion for DJing fits into all of this.The tech and start-up route is a career path that seems to rub elbows with every other occupation out...
"My first gig was at a friend’s party. I never DJed before that and nobody knew I was less experienced. I was fearless!”“Fearless” is unabashedly fitting for Mo. As a woman in the male dominant world of tech and DJing, you really have to be. That’s not to say there hasn’t been any progress. The DJ weighs in:
"I think there’s definitely been more conversations about female issues. Lots of artists like Alison Wonderland showed their support for Ke$ha. I’ve experienced sexism as an engineer but I think the problems are definitely talked about more.”Another contributor to her headstrong attitude might be accredited to Burning Man, a week-long festival rooted in self-expression and reliance.
"Going to Burning Man was life-changing. When you’re walking around and exploring all the art and music, you become super motivated and it’s just magical."All that self-empowerment and appreciation amongst “burners” contributed to her big career move. After four great years at Twitter, Mo Kudeki decided to join on as the lead iOS engineer for VINA, a start-up app empowering women and bringing them together through shared interests. Sort of like a super cool “Tindr” for girl friends. When she’s not busy bringing the ladies together or playing at your favorite SF spots, Mo loves hiking, watching beauty tutorials (yass) and kicking it with her besties.
Every week, VAVA is bringing you the latest on the newest talent. To hear the songs that move them, visit our Spotify account by searching VAVA SOUND and click on Featured Artists. You'll find dpeshMo's favorite jams and more!-Team VAVA
Not everyone is fortunate enough to love his or her day job. You might be sitting there right now, thinking about Chipotle lunch, where you’ll apply to next, or if this career is even for you. Meeting people like singer-songwriter Peter Su will inspire you to make that big move. As a former investment banker...
“I realized I was blindly ambitious.”Music has always been a major part of Peter’s life. He’s trained in a number of classical instruments and in his first year at UC Berkeley, he was the “I want to start a band!” guy. But with societal pressures pushing many college students into a “conventional” future, Peter would soon be joining campus organizations that were designed to be more “career” friendly and halt the idea of living a musician’s life altogether.
“After I got the job at Goldman Sachs, everyone was congratulating me. Even though it was supposed to be a happy moment, I couldn’t help but feel a little empty. It just didn’t feel that great.”It wasn’t until he was staring down from the “top floor of the tallest building in SF” that he table-flipped (metaphorically) and decided to fulfill his true passions. Peter’s newfound drive for music pushed him to leave San Francisco and start anew. What better place to relocate to than the entertainment hub of Los Angeles? The bright-eyed hopeful packed his bags and set off to L.A, destined to write a gazillion songs (mostly bad) and find the gems in between. Those gems became diamonds. His successfully funded album Lions on the Beach was named a Kickstarter Staff Pick and was even recorded in the famed Sunset Sound studio (think Beach Boys and Prince ). Despite so many great opportunities coming his way, Peter still keeps a humble, ride-the-waves attitude about his purpose in life.
“Don’t think about what your gifts are doing for your life internally. Think about how you can use your talents to contribute good to the world around you. This is how you’ll find fulfillment.”
Over the course of a few years, powerlifting champ and Myprotein sponsored athlete Cynthia Leu has accumulated an Instagram following of 55k+ users. Well she’s not just another beauty with tons of adoring fans. Cynthia’s Instagram account attracts a unique mixture of fitness gurus, foodie lovers, beer connoisseurs, and self-love pioneers. Meet the newest VAVA...
“My worth is not tied to my physical appearance. I have a mantra that I live by tattooed on my body. It states 'In a mirror we find a reflection of our appearances, in a heart we find a reflection of our soul'.”To get the best recommendations on staying fit, great brews to try, or even some cooking inspo, make sure to follow Cynthia Leu on Instagram @cynthialeu or check out her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cynthialeu Need a workout playlist? Follow VAVASOUND on Spotify and you’ll find awesome playlists from every Featured Artist Friday post. -Team VAVA
Let’s kick off the last weekend of Coachella Valley Music Festival with our favorite, electro-acoustic boys of summer! Life of Dillon sat down with us to talk about the song that brought them from the Queen’s land to the U.S., why their totally opposite music tastes makes them whole, and why they can’t wait for...
“Figure out what you want to do by figuring out what you would do for free. You’ll do it a thousand times over and love it.”Joe smiled and agreed:
“There’s a thousand other things you can do besides what you ‘think’ you should do – but people are just scared.”These realizations would strip them from a traditional work path and have LOD perfecting their craft full-time. The hardest part was getting discovered. For the longest time, David and Joe were writing songs for other artists while Robert was the man behind production. When “Overload” (a song they hadn’t intended to keep) fell into the hands of a major American label, the excitement behind the song catapulted them from the U.K. to the U.S. – not just as the songwriters behind the hit, but also as the stars. [caption id="attachment_410" align="alignnone" width="640"] Life of Dillon with the VAVA Voom[/caption] After an awesome tour with “No” singer Meghan Trainor and becoming the first artists to be signed under Adam Alpert's (manager of popular DJ duo Chainsmokers) label , the pair is currently working on an album they hope will be a more “true reflection” of Life of Dillon.
“David’s influences stem from artists like John Mayer and my favorite artist is Michael Jackson. David is more into country and rock and I’m more into R&B and soul. It’s really great that we have different music tastes and it makes for a well-rounded sound.”VAVA can’t wait to hear this perfect combo of styles. To check out more music from Life of Dillon and follow their daily musings, peep them on social media at: Website: lifeofdillon Twitter: @lifeofdillon Facebook: @lifeofdillon Instagram: @lifeofdillon Snapchat: @lifeofdillon Want to be a part of the VAVA Nation? Check out our @Spotify page to learn more!
The Vegabonds are giving away a VAVA speaker to a lucky fan! For contest details, click here Check out their music video for "The Hammer"7 years ago, six friends attending Alabama's Auburn University started playing at frat parties all over campus. Describing themselves as an Americana/Southern Rock/ Rock 'n' Roll band, The Vegabonds have come a...
VAVA: With five members in your band, you must all have varying tastes in music. How does this influence the ultimate "Vegabonds" sound?
Daniel: We all come from different musical backgrounds but we're all Southern guys. In my hometown, all they played on the radio was Country music or Rap. I didn't actually get into "music that moves me" now until I got to college. Once I was on my own, I researched what I thought was good music. Ya know, everybody starts with The Beatles. Now I like guys like Jason Issbel, Sturgell Simpson, Chris Stapleton - Country artists who are more edgy and teetering on Rock 'n' Roll. Paul likes more 80's Rock 'n' Roll and Richard grew up liking Southern Rock like Pink Floyd and The Allman Brothers Band. Brian likes more hard rock - (being a drummer I'm sure you can understand that).
VAVA: It's kind of crazy how Beau joined up with you guys, right? Tell us about that.
Daniel: We had six guys in the band...two of them dropped out two years ago. We were looking for a new keyboard player and we actually didn’t want to break the band up. We put out a Craigslist ad in Nashville and Beau was the first one to answer the ad. It was just a blessing and we definitely wouldn't have been able to put out this record without him. VAVA: How would you describe the evolution from your earlier albums to your most recent recording?
Daniel: We were really jammy when we were playing for Frat and Sorority parties, but when we got to Nashville we wanted to become better Songwriters and tell a story - unlike our earlier albums. We wanted to use money from our cover-song gigs to be able to fund our own projects. Thankfully, Dear Revolution had a great response and Kickstarter backing. One of our singles, "Shaky Hands", even went to number 1 on the independent charts list. Something good was definitely happening. That’s when we hit up the touring company in Europe. They accepted us on the condition that we came up with some new material...so we wrote Southern Sons!
VAVA: What are the fans like in Europe?
Daniel: In Europe they think you're huge because we made it over to their side. They get into the music more and let themselves feel free. They love Rock 'n' Roll. It's hard to find a huge Rock 'n' Roll fanbase here (the U.S). Now-a-days, there's so many different genres out there. We've had to create our own genre which is part Americana, part Southern Rock, part Rock 'n' Roll, and part Singer-Songwriter. When we got back from Europe, they wanted us back again and that's when we released a special EP.
VAVA: What changes were happening that led up to your latest record?
Daniel: I lost my grandfather December of 2014. It was a big change and I was really close to him. 2014 was also the year that two of the guys left the band (who were also our close friends) and we were in a slump. Then we got Beau and it reignited the passion we had for the band.
VAVA: Was there a big moment where you were like "Hey … this is our career. We're doing this and we're really seeing our hard work being paid off"?
Daniel: When our song "Shaky Hands" hit number 1 it was great, but I didn't appreciate it. I was thinking "Well of course it went number 1, it's a bad a** song." Whenever we got on a plane to go to Europe however, that’s when we thought we really made it. Another proud moment was when we went in the studio for 7 days and put out this record.
VAVA: So now, you've toured the world for 7 years, what has been some notable places?
Daniel: Orange Beach, Alabama. We love playing by the beach. As far as favorite shows, we got to play at the House of Blues in Chicago. There's gold just everywhere and I'm like "what in the hell, like where are we at?" Kind of intimidating haha, I think we're in the wrong spot.
VAVA: What's been the most difficult part of your journey so far and what has been the most awesome?
Daniel: Most difficult part is probably just the energy to keep going. Having your bandmates and good friends saying "I can't do this" and moving on ... we're going to ask ourselves "Should we keep doing this?" We had a meeting after they quit and we agreed to keep going. Obviously another downside is never having any money...but it always seems to work out!
VAVA: Have you guys already given thought to your next album?
Daniel: Once I'm done with a record, I'm over it. We play it so many times I'm over it, but going on tour reignites the passion for the album. We've actually written 9 songs already for a new record.
VAVA: What do you and the band like to do outside of music?
Daniel: I actually just got engaged so I'm planning a wedding every second! As for the rest of the band, we like to go downtown and watch other bands and if we're not making music, we're always doing something related to music. We're also big family guys so we like to go home and visit our folks.
VAVA: Any advice for up-and-coming musicians?
Daniel: Support your fellow musicians. Give love to everybody around you. Keep your head down and work on your craft everyday. If you're songwriter, write every day. Don't be afraid to take opportunities. Don't say you're not ready for this because this chance came to you and you are ready.
Want to know what The Vegabonds are listening to? Click Here to find all our featured artist playlists, including our Southern Rock friends. To find out if The Vegabonds are touring near you, check out their homepage for touring dates, album information,and more at www.thevegabonds.com. The album What We're Made Of is available now on iTunes!
Jack Novak is a busy gal. In a little over four years, the Chi-town native has already shared stages with notable EDM, Hip-Hop and Pop acts (Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Snoop Dogg, Rihanna), toured with musician Pharrell Williams', and been marked by Thump and Vibe Magazine as one of the hottest emerging DJ's to lookout for. Even more impressive is...
Jack Novak is a busy gal. In a little over four years, the Chi-town native has already shared stages with notable EDM, Hip-Hop and Pop acts (Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Snoop Dogg, Rihanna), toured with musician Pharrell Williams', and been marked by Thump and Vibe Magazine as one of the hottest emerging DJ's to lookout for. Even more impressive is the fact that the Chi-town native learned her DJing chops from a combination of YouTube tutorials, a production tutor, and hard work. It's safe to say that the fruits of her labor are booming. Jack Novak's singles "Driving Blind", "If it Kills Me", and "Oceans" has racked up millions of plays on Spotify and Youtube and her own world tour (Lollapalooza, Barbarella, Tomorrowland) has been well received by fans all over. For her newest single release, we caught up with our favorite DJ to get the lowdown on her wild 2016.[caption id="attachment_485" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Jack Novak before her Disctrict 30 show in Sacramento, CA[/caption]
V: How and when did you start producing your own music?
J: About five years ago, I got a lot of tips from friends & YouTube. I learned to produce because I was already DJ’ing, loved music, and wanted to give it a shot on my own!
V: How does it feel to move from New York to L.A, to ultimately touring all over the world? What city has been your favorite place to tour so far?
J: It’s a dream come true and not a day goes by that I’m not thankful for it. It's so hard to answer that question! I meet so many amazing people wherever I travel so it’s so hard to pick a place that is my favorite.
V: Could you tell us a few challenging things that occurred when you first started getting involved in the music industry? How did you overcome them?
J: Learning production was challenging then and it still is now! I’m constantly learning new things. It’s always challenging when you’re building something from the ground up. Never stop believing in yourself and keep pushing and doing what you love because it will all pay off.
V: How do you get into the creative process of making a song?
J: I usually just vibe off whatever mood I’m in! I don’t have a specific way of doing things; sometimes I start with a vocal and sometimes I start with a beat.
V: Who are some current artists you've been diggin' lately?
J: Stravy, JOYRYDE, MALAA[caption id="attachment_489" align="alignnone" width="1080"] Jack Novak at Lollapalooza (Chile) . Picture taken by Nicole Sanchez (facebook.com/nicolesanchezphotography)[/caption] Her remix of Tori Kelly's "Hollow" is out now! Download it here https://www.hive.co/downloads/download/482534/spotlight/ To enter Jack Novak's fan giveaway of the VAVA Voom wireless bluetooth speaker, visit her Twitter account for instructions. social: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram website: www.jacknovakmusic.com Can't wait for a giveaway? Buy the VAVA wireless speaker on Amazon here! -Team VAVA #soundthatmovesyou
Trevor Brown is a professional baseball player for three-time World Series champions San Francisco Giants, playing with players such as MVP catcher Buster Posey and “Baby Giraffe” first baseman Brandon Belt, as well as catching All-Star pitchers like Madison Bumgarner. He went from flipping burgers and eating his favorite "Double Double" 4 times a week during...
If you're one to dabble in music production, this may be the next biggest thing for discovering the newest music producing sensations! Mixathon48 is a 48 hour music competition that focuses on the music of producers either looking to share their music or test out their musical skills. The first competition of its kind, Mixathon48...
VAVA: First things first, what is mixathon48?
Nicholas Yiu: Mixathon48 is a music technology education organization that helps young music producers around the world. We started the organization in 2015 and we base our education model off the software/hardware hackathons, and creating unique 48-hour music production marathons. We’ve held 2 global events so far reaching producers in 60+ countries!VAVA: How did you come up with the idea of mixathon?
Matt Hong: Nick pitched this idea to me in summer 2015 and we slowly molded it over time to be what it is today. We both saw the need for a program like this and quickly acted to address the issue; within 3 months we went from inception to our very first event.VAVA: How did you all meet?
Nicholas Yiu: A friend sent me a track produced by Mr. Hong, and I liked it a lot. I looked him up and realized he was a Berkeley student, so I sent him a Soundcloud message asking to write music together. He agreed, and that was how we met! Nickki Nguyen: I worked with Nick at our former startup last summer on the design team. He approached me with this great idea and asked me to design for them and I’ve been a part of Mixathon48 ever since. Even though we all have different backgrounds, I find that we all get along very well.[caption id="attachment_836" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The mixathon48 team. From left to right, back row: Nickki Nguyen, Matt Hong, Kunwoo Hong, front row: Nhan Vu, Nicholas Yiu[/caption] VAVA: What makes mixathon48 different from other music competitions?
Nicholas Yiu: Firstly, all our events are 48 hours long. In my opinion, I’ve found this to be arguably the most effective (and caffeinated) way of learning, and really emphasizes “practice by doing”. The second is that we get unique sound files from different people that are less commonly found in mainstream music to really try and throw producers a curve ball. For instance, we used beatboxing files in our last event which people found to be really interesting. By using our own sound files, we open the opportunity for limitless boundaries of what kind of music can be made, and more importantly, how the music can be made.VAVA: What about you guys and music? What are some of your favorite artists/bands/musicians?
Nhan Vu: Kaskade is one of those artists that get better over time. Kaskade somehow manages to produce music that simultaneously expands his impressive repertoire while sticking to the melodic roots that gave way to his rise in the music industry. He represents what I look for in an artist.VAVA: Do you produce your own music? How do you go about making your own music?
Matt Hong: It usually starts with some sort of melody that stems from somewhere; I love to freestyle in the shower or when I’m commuting to work or school. From there, it’s all about translating those ideas onto Logic, slowly tweaking and recreating what is on my mind.
Nhan Vu: My favorite kinds of music transcends traditional genre boundaries. Good music is good music. I like that feeling when you’re listening to a song and you can’t quite figure out which genre to place it in. Matt Hong: For the most part: hip hop, R&B and electronic; however, similar to my colleagues, genres don’t play a large part in how I listen to music; if it makes me feel a certain way or I want to get into a certain mood, it works.VAVA : We know a little bit about your music background, What do you enjoy doing aside from music?
Nicholas Yiu: Outside of music, I’m a techie. I’m a fan of 3D printing and I recently started a tech x art project which aims to explore the intersection between modern materials science and digital photography. I’m also a big swimmer, and was a former member on the Hong Kong national team, and I hope to one day swim the English channel from France to London! Nhan Vu: I’ve been involved in youth development programs for the past 7 years of my life. I hope to combine my passions of youth empowerment and music someday in the future. Be on the lookout! Nickki Nguyen: I’ve been designing my whole life so I’m just happy that I can combine my love for music with my love for design. Matt Hong: Personal coding projects, economic research (mostly in the privatization of public goods), video games and badminton. Also food -- always interested in finding the good bits and trying to recreate them.[caption id="attachment_784" align="aligncenter" width="400"] The mixathon48 Event 3.0 promotional image.[/caption] VAVA: Music seems to inspire all of you and what Mixathon is about. What do you see as the future of Mixathon48 and what do you hope to achieve?
Nicholas Yiu: Mixathon48 currently holds online competitions which can take place in anyone’s bedroom to a professional recording studio. We’ve hosted 2 global events so far, and we’re going onto our third. In the future, I want Mixathon48 to hold in-person live competitions, where producers can gather together in a giant exhibition hall filled with the latest music production gear [...] and instruments. It would be something of a big festival, a magical gathering of musical minds sharing ideas together. I hope Mixathon48 becomes a world leader in music production education as well as a creator of numerous new online innovative community events.
The digital phenomenon of viral videos has completely altered how we interact, share, and voice our opinion on social media. Grandma used to email funny pictures to all her grandkids. Now her favorite past time is sharing videos that mock this year's presidential candidates - all for your friends and family to see. In the mass of World Star...
The digital phenomenon of viral videos has completely altered how we interact, share, and voice our opinion on social media. Grandma used to email funny pictures to all her grandkids. Now her favorite past time is sharing videos that mock this year's presidential candidates - all for your friends and family to see. In the mass of World Star videos, Tasty food recipes, and Go-Pro vacation cuts, human interest stories that uplift and bring awareness to causes are some of the most widely shared and talked about videos on the internet. Why is this? When we can "all relate" or empathize with a story, when it causes us to look inward and start a discussion - this is what a powerful film is all about. Jason Y. Lee is the founder and executive director of the Jubilee Project. Along with his brother Eddie and best friend Eric, they set out to combine their passion for philanthropy to tell stories that, as Jason put it, were "close to our hearts." Although Eddie and Eric are no longer active on the Jubilee Project, Jason and his crew continue to make videos that inspire and humor people of all ages.[caption id="attachment_811" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Jason Y. Lee - Founder and Director of the Jubilee Project[/caption]
VAVA: Jason thanks for speaking with us today! Of course the work you're doing today with the Jubilee Project is simply amazing. What impact, if any, did your upbringing as a Korean-American in Kansas have in shaping your films and organization as a whole?
Jason: As a Korean-American or even as an Asian-American, there wasn't a lot of diversity in Kansas. There was however a small church community and I grew up in a nice, safe suburban neighborhood. Honestly I can't complain. My faith and my parents taught me from a very young age that we should always be giving back to the community. When my brother and I were kids we'd volunteer at the library or give out cookies during Thanksgiving - this was all super normal to us. I think because I've spent a lot of time and energy into loving others, that my life was always steering me into creating something like the Jubilee Project.
V: How did you start the Jubilee Project with the other founders and have your stories always been human interest related?
J: I started the Jubilee Project with my brother and one of my best friends Eric. It really started as a hobby, we were making videos for fun on the side (Jason comes from a business background) - we just wanted to do it because frankly it was something we enjoyed. The more we did it, the bigger it got and it's become something much larger than any of us had expected.
Our projects are usually a mix of stories but we choose what's close to our hearts. Usually our stories are human justice projects, education based, or involve global health. To be honest there wasn't really a rhyme or reason for these projects except for the fact that we were interested.#IAmComfortableBecause campaign collaboration with iNature Skincare NBC Asian America collaboration on #BlackLivesMatter
V: What has been your most notable project to work on?
J: Love Language was one of our first viral films and then we did a couple films with Jeremy Lin which was a lot of fun. Now we're doing a lot more non-fiction docu-series style films versus narrative fiction.
V: Speaking of Mr. Linsanity , how did the Jubilee Project and Jeremy Lin link up for a collaboration?
J: Actually, Eddie and Eric went to undergrad with Jeremy Lin so we met him before he was the "NBA" Jeremy Lin. He's got a great personality so it has been awesome working with him.
V: Did anything funny or interesting ever happen on set?
J: Well when we did The Last Pick with Jeremy Lin, there's an opening scene where he's running through his Palo Alto neighborhood. We were a small crew but somehow word got out that we were filming something with Jeremy and all these neighbors and kids stood outside their houses to watch. We could only do one take so it was kinda funny to shoot.
V: What role does music and sound play in your projects?
J: Music is essential for telling a great story. Even if you have the perfect story, the perfect cast, and the perfect acting - you need music to enhance the experience and your feelings. So, we tend to use music a lot based on how we feel and what we want to say in the film. Music is an awesome tool we have to tell a better story.
The Jubilee Project is an awesome organization, but what's Jason doing on his off time?
V: What are some of your favorite types of movies?
J: The movies that are most moving to me are one's where you see genuine human experiences and drama play out.
V: When you're not producing or writing for the Jubilee Project, what are you doing in your free time?
J: I like to surf, especially because I live in L.A now. I read a lot of books. I read a ton of fiction because it's good way for me to unplug from work-mode and I read a lot of non-fiction books. I also do a lot of yoga
V: The team would love to know how you're enjoying the VAVA :)
J: We're using it around the house already and my roommates and I are already fighting about who gets to connect to it!
V: Can you tell us about anything your'e working on currently?
J: We have a couple projects in the works and another docu-series about life (haha the most generic answer but the best way to describe it).To learn more about the Jubilee Project and their inspiring films - you can visit www.jubileeproject.org and www.youtube.com/jubileeproject
B-boying, or more commonly known as breakdancing, is the hip-hop dance filled with crazy flips, tricks, and poses that has made its mark in society. It's become a rather popular art form as seen in recent dance shows and movies showing off the style. And no one else felt the effects of the rise and...
Find the reason why you love what you do. From there, take a step back and plan. Especially in the long term. If you think small, your outcomes will be small. Don't be afraid to think big. Think big, plan big, make it happen.Vincanity still continues making YouTube videos today. Outside of YouTube, he is an avid photographer but also a coffee enthusiast, experimenting with different styles of brewing coffee.
Trevor Wentworth, vocalist of the self-described "New Found Glory meets Rise Against" band, is busy preparing for Our Last Night's Face to Face tour. The metal band will be hitting all the major U.S cities in mid-November including San Diego, Chicago, Orlando and New York. It's without a doubt that Youtube covers brought more exposure to OLN and helped expand their fanbase...
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The Mixathon48 competition sees entries from all over the global music sphere, pushing artists to flex their music chops and creativity for a chance to win awesome prizes ( *cough cough* VAVA Voom anyone? ) and gain some much deserved recognition. This year's battle for DJ street cred ended in an exciting win for the Czech...
School's In!The schoolyard was one of the best places to discover your creativity, meet your future bandmates, and find your purpose in life. Or what I remembered it as - the land of awkward puberty and bad lunches. All joking aside, hopefully most of us can look back on it with an overwhelming feeling of...
School's In!The schoolyard was one of the best places to discover your creativity, meet your future bandmates, and find your purpose in life. Or what I remembered it as - the land of awkward puberty and bad lunches. All joking aside, hopefully most of us can look back on it with an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia that made Pokemon Go and boyband reunions the best things to happen in 2016. In this VAVA Nation special, members of the dance and music community shared their most memorable moments of going back to school.
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To learn more about these artists, visit their social sites here:Caleborate - Trevor Wentworth - Vince Horiuchi - dpeshMo - Wuz Good - The Vegabonds - Jay Stone
Walk up songs have become a crowd-pumping, game hyping tradition in major league baseball. Personal walk up songs weren't even made popular until Charlie Sheen's 1989 sporting role in "Major League". Now, these songs have become an exciting extension of each player's time on the infield. In recent years, musicians like Drake and AC/DC have come...
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Based in Oakland, California (arguably one of the greatest hubs of culture and music) the non-profit organization Bay Area Girls Rock (BAGR) has been teaching young girls and teens about music and vibrant self-expression since 2008. Since then, the organization has grown to host over 50 awesome camps throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and South...
"I was born and raised in the Bay Area, and even in such a progressive, creative, diverse place, there wasn't much support or visibility for girls (especially brown girls) interested in rock or working in music."[caption id="attachment_1118" align="aligncenter" width="720"] by Katie Schwarz[/caption] With so much to learn about music (working together in a band, reading notes and sheet music) BAGR offers a multitude of programs for girls ages 8 to 18. Sabrina explains that their programs are a tool for greater life lessons.
"Campers learn an instrument, form bands, write original songs, and perform those songs at a showcase at the end of each program. Through music, we teach collaboration and communication, encourage creativity and expression, and build relationships between people with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. "[caption id="attachment_1123" align="aligncenter" width="752"] by Katie Schwarz[/caption] From the months of January through March, BAGR holds the Girls Rock After School Program or GRASP where students attend workshops and band practice. The Summer Camp is often their most exciting program which includes music lessons and a huge musical showcase at the end of the camp session. That's not all - there's even a 3 day Rock camp for adults who still want to live out their Rock 'n' Roll dreams!
Check out an awesome showcase from their GRASP program below!https://vimeo.com/184893721 BAGR is a fun and challenging program - but the lessons don't stop when it's over. Sabrina agrees -
"BAGRC is important to me because it's a space where we are actively creating the world we want to see--a world where marginalized voices are amplified, where art and expression are valued, where collaboration and creativity replace competition. Misogyny is still rampant in the music industry and most music scenes, and Rock Camp is a super powerful place to build skills and community."Together we can help Bay Area Girls Rock continue their mission of breaking stereotypes and creating positive spaces for young girls everywhere. Learn how you can make a donation to their end-of-the-year fundraiser at https://bos.etapestry.com/fundraiser/BayAreaGirlsRockCamp/bagrc16/aboutEvent.do and www.bayareagirlsrockcamp.org
It's no secret that students with better resources and opportunities have a greater chance of succeeding. New books, elective classes, and the latest computers? These aren't just better learning tools - these resource give students the CONFIDENCE that they can achieve anything they want. At VAVA, we believe that everyone should have access to the greatest...
TOWNE is the next exciting act to come out of the Nashville pop scene. Members Jon Decious and Steevie Steeves met one faithful day at a songwriting seminar (both were 2 of 40,000 people who applied for the workshop!) and since then have become inseparable as a music duo. Their debut EP Games We Play released...
TOWNE is the next exciting act to come out of the Nashville pop scene. Members Jon Decious and Steevie Steeves met one faithful day at a songwriting seminar (both were 2 of 40,000 people who applied for the workshop!) and since then have become inseparable as a music duo. Their debut EP Games We Play released earlier this year and the two will be playing at the 8th annual 30A Songwriters Festival alongside fellow newcomers and music veterans. TOWNE were awesome enough to test out our soon-to-be released VAVA Dash cam - a new dash camera designed for the everyday driver (coming to Kickstarter on January 17th). See their carpool karaoke jam below:Like the perfect harmony, Jon and Steevie play off each other's strengths and weaknesses to create an incredibly resonant album that instantly connects listeners to their EP.
Our favorite track is “The One I Love”. I can’t begin to count how many people talk to us about that song. They all swear that it’s “their story” and they all have such different interpretations of what it’s about. It’s the first song we’ve ever written that has completely taken on a life of its own and we each just feel fortunate to have been a small part of it…it’s definitely bigger than either one of us.
Watch the music video "The One I Love" by Towne Games We Play is full of heartbreak and complicated relationships. Why such a heavy theme? TOWNE explained the inspiration of their album was actually the pair's own relationship.
When we decided to make this album we said, right or wrong, that we were going to tell OUR story because it felt like one that no one else was really telling. Undoubtedly, it’s that blatant honesty that’s been the catalyst for the record connecting with so many people.The competition is high in Nashville. One of the biggest musical capitals in the world is home to a flock of aspiring musicians trying to make it big. When we asked TOWNE to name their top two moments this year - it was clear that being in Nashville has been an amazingly positive and humbling experience.
Our top 2 moments are 1.)Signing publishing and artist development deals and being able to quit our day jobs to completely focus on making music..and 2.) Recording, releasing, and hearing our album for the first time. We put all of our hearts and souls into it and to see it all paying off and connecting with people is just really overwhelming and, honestly, the greatest reward.You can catch TOWNE live at the 30A Songwriters Festival from January 13th to the 16th in Florida's South Walton coast. Get the lineup and schedule info for Towne below. www.townemusic.com http://www.30asongwritersfestival.com/ [caption id="attachment_1263" align="aligncenter" width="688"] Towne using the VAVA Dash - launching January 17th on Kickstarter[/caption] To see more amazing footage from the VAVA Dash cam like TOWNE's carpool karaoke - support us on Kickstarter by reserving a VAVA Dash of your own. Visit www.vava.com/dash to learn more.
Everybody loves music -- it's something that's intrinsic to who we are, long before MP3s, iTunes, CDs, or even cassettes (remember those?). Regardless of age, it's a hobby that people from all backgrounds and walks of life have incorporated into their lives. However, what most people may not realize are the amazing benefits that music...
Lmao when "2 phones" comes on while you have your 2nd phone playing your music on your @vavasound speaker 😏 (1 for the boo and one for the dough 😂) Deficits in my "deadlift til you puke" shirt from my girl @blondebeautybri who went viral when she projectile vomited mid-competition-pull and still finished clean. 3 white lights even though she puked on the head judge 😂😂😂 hi @boozyfox @myprotein_us @myproteinuk
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Fruity Loops, Ableton, Logic... you may have heard of these before floating around the music world but what are they even? To music producers, it's a matter of which of these software are the best for them but to someone who is just entering the music scene, it's very daunting (I know it was for...
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Most importantly, all DAWs need some way to create a finished product. Each piece of software has different modes of production that allow producers to take their creation and preview how it can be used in different settings. Consider what you will use your music for. Background music? You can figure out different echos change the feel of the scene you're producing. Making some stems to mix around for a DJ set? Consider the different synthetic sounds you can layer on top. Just making the hottest new track for your friends? Consider your speakers limitations or strengths and cater to its features.
Now, if you're like me, you'll see some of these products and immediately think "I can't afford this..." And sadly enough, licenses to these products can go for $700 or more! For someone who's just learning music production or wants more options for audio editing than their phone's voice memo app, these prices are a bit much. For the producers, you have the starter versions of FL Studio ($90 for the basic edition) and Garage Band ($15 on the app store). These are just like their advanced versions, made simple for the beginning music producer (given some limitations in power). However, if your alley is more along the lines of simple podcasts or making covers, Audacity is one the best. Not only can you do all of your recording and music making with some small editing, it's FREE!
Want to test out your producing skills? Learn about Mixathon48 where you could win your very own VAVA VOOM bluetooth speaker!
Today, we’re proud to announce the VAVA Dash camera, our latest product — and a whole new category for VAVA. The VAVA Dash is a camera designed to make driving a safer and more social experience, and will be launching on Kickstarter next month — on January 17. In the past 10 months, we’ve had the...
The VAVA Dash is meant to overcome all limitations in terms of usability that affect your ordinary dash cam.When it comes to car DVR, a poorly-engineered car camera with a lens set that produces grainy, indistinguishable shots or simply can’t keep up with the car’s speed defies the purpose of getting a dash cam in...
When looking for a car dash camera that really rocks, one feature will keep coming up: a G-sensor. Besides recording in 1080p HD resolution, having a 360° swivel camera, and shooting videos even when the engine is off, there’s little use for a car camera without a built-in G-sensor.This blog will tell you everything you...
In an era of smartphones, smartwatches, and even smart TVs, VAVA brings car DVR to the next level with a dedicated camera app that lets you control all functionalities of your dash cam directly from your smart devices.The VAVA Dash app’s intuitive, user-friendly interface allows you to view your snapshots / recorded footage, sort these...
Have you ever wished you could simply pull up the car and take a picture of what’s in front of you? Depending on where we are driving at a given time, this not always feasible. The consequence of taking a wild shot with your smartphone while driving comes with a series of risks both for...
Some dash cams are just hard to use, and not everybody was born tech-savvy. In a time where mobile devices, home appliances, and even vehicles are labelled as smart, the real smartness lies in adjusting to the users’ needs while minimizing any learning curve on their side. This principle applies to car DVR as well.The...
Whether you’re looking for a dash cam to gain some extra confidence on the road, or you need it for your delivery driver private business to make sure things go smoothly, the VAVA Dash packs quite a few tricks up its sleeve in terms of both the hardware and the software that’ll make it worth...
Since launching on Kickstarter just three weeks ago, the VAVA Dash Cam has 1,300 backers globally -- with more than $193,000 in pledges. Daily commuters and roadtrippers alike have rallied around this Kickstarter for the "modern dash cam". Read on for a recap of the FAQs that the amazing VAVA Dash Cam community have raised...
The VAVA Dash Cam comes with a proprietary car charger that doubles as a 2300mAh powerbank in order to keep the dash cam up and running even when the vehicle’s engine is off.By virtue of this innovative design element, the VAVA Dash Cam provides the users with an enduring parking mode that lasts up to...
In an age of incredible gadgets, portable Bluetooth speakers rank high up on that “incredible” scale and takes the music listening experience to a new level. Among its plethora of benefits are:The primary advantage of Bluetooth speakers is its portability, which makes it easy to share music and makes listening to music a social experience with...
With the launch of our portable Bluetooth speaker, the VAVA team also wanted to give back to a charitable organization that is doing great work out in various communities.Since the VAVA speaker exemplifies the power and spirit of music, it was a no-brainer for us to look into a music organization that promotes music education.There...
One month and dozens of perfect reviews later, the VAVA Voom has claimed the titles of Amazon’s #1 New Release in Bookshelf Speakers and #1 New Release in Surround Sound Systems. Although our journey here at VAVA has just begun, we’re overjoyed to see the debut of our first Bluetooth speaker go so smoothly. Thank...
The VAVA Voom has impressed many with its sound, but its perfect unity of art, design, and quality has also garnered attention and praise. We’re glad to see our immaculate craftsmanship and down-to-the-last-detail efforts pay off. But none of this would be possible without the help of its designer, Wai-Loong Lim.With over 20 years of...
Searching for "Portable Speakers" on Amazon will return over 100,000 results. With a sea of choices out there, how can you tell the difference between them, other than their looks? How do they sound different (or the same)?For all the audiophiles out there, you probably already know what to look out for. But if you...
Bluetooth-enabled devices are all around us and you’ve probably encountered at least one product that has it. From smartphones, tablets, and laptops, to speakers, headphones, and even bathroom scales, Bluetooth is everywhere. Your VAVA speaker even has it. But for something so ubiquitous, a surprising few of us know anything about how it works... so...
Only a few months ago, the VAVA Voom became Amazon’s #1 New Release in Bookshelf Speakers and #1 New Release in Surround Sound Systems. Well, we’ve been keeping busy and now we’re proud to announce our Bluetooth speaker’s most recent accolade: winner of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016!None of this would have been...
Congratulations! Including the VAVA Voom, this is now the third time you’ve won a Red Dot Design Award. How do you feel?WAI-LOONG LIM
It’s always an honor to win such a prestigious award! As you know there are thousands of competitors so for us to win is very cool, especially since this is a first for us: the Voom is VAVA’s first product, and it’s the first product I designed for VAVA! I can only hope this win will also be the first of many to come.TEAM VAVA
What is different / special about this win with the VAVA Voom?WAI-LOONG LIM
The win for the VAVA Voom is especially significant because I also helped create the brand and model name, so you can say I’m very integrated into the product development process.TEAM VAVA
What are some challenges you faced when designing the VAVA Voom?WAI-LOONG LIM
The integral part of our design process, which we call Culture-driven Design, is that we look beyond the user to focus on the surrounding environment and lifestyle in order to deliver a solution that is Useful, Beautiful and Meaningful. For the VAVA the particular challenge is to deliver high audio quality at a value pricing while maintaining great design. Working with the factory and management team, we went through many iterations and realized that, like many successful products, less is really more. If you look at the Voom, you can see that it’s a timeless design consisting of very few parts, and those few parts work together in tight harmony to deliver an experience that fits the fluid lifestyles of the user culture we are targeting. We really didn’t try to add too many details and instead took away a lot of the pointlessness that you typically find in competing products. I believe the design succeeds and we have the sales number to prove it. I also believe this is why we won a Red Dot. Going back to our philosophy, I hope that the user will find the Voom very Useful and Beautiful and ultimately find his/her relationship with it a Meaningful one.TEAM VAVA
What are you working on now?WAI-LOONG LIM
It really feels like we are living a golden age of hardware development; we are working on a lot of exciting projects! For VAVA we will launch a new model of Voom very soon, even as we are collaborating on a third one.TEAM VAVA
Do you have any final thoughts or advice for budding designers?WAI-LOONG LIM
Well it sounds very cliché'd but design is hard work! I get jealous when other designers say they can do it in their sleep. Really? After 20-plus years in the business, I still lose sleep over design!! As a designer you need to be aware of everything around you because I believe curiosity breeds creativity. You cannot be looking at one thing only. You need to look at what I call the ABCDE: Art, Business, Culture, Design, and Environment. Another thing: hardware is hard in an increasingly tough marketplace. Your design has to compete for eyeballs as people are now accustomed to looking at products online. The opportunity for people to touch and feel your product is very slim so your design needs to tell the story virtually. Everyone is still trying to figure it out. You, the Young Budding Designer, might just be the one to do so!!The VAVA Voom was chosen as a winner for the 2016 Red Dot Award in Product Design by 41 jury members, who assessed a record number of 5,214 products from 57 nations. Learn more about the award-winning VAVA Voom Bluetooth Speaker at: http://www.vava.com/voom_bluetooth_portable_speaker.html .
When choosing a speaker, the little things can make a big difference. EQ happens to be one of these "little things", which can turn your normal purchase into an audio-modifying machine. If you're asking yourself what EQ is, then read on and be prepared to discover a whole new side to music.What is EQ and...
<<Learn More: The VAVA Voom Bluetooth Speaker with 3 EQ Modes>>So, EQ manipulates sound but... what exactly is sound? Try to imagine sound as a series of vibrations that travel through the air within a given space (like the ripple effect you get when you throw a stone into the lake). The waveforms that reach our ears are perceived as sound. Yet, human ears cannot hear all of these frequencies (yes, it is different in the X-Men movies...) and will mostly perceive what falls in the range from 20Hz up to 20,000Hz, where 20Hz represents the low frequencies and 20,000Hz is the high frequencies. It's a different matter when it comes to other animals, though. Dogs, for instance, hear a way much wider range (it is not only the X-Men, you see...), and that's why Spot gets a bit...energetic, at times.
<<Learn More: What Determines the Quality of Speaker Sound?>>So, where does EQ stand in all this? EQ plays an important role in listening, recognizing, and modifying all frequencies. Imagine you're listening to Friday, but you find Rebecca Black's voice just a bit too high-pitched... simply set your speaker's EQ mode to low and tune the high-pitched sounds down a notch. And if you fancy Rebecca Black just the way she is, there's still plenty of reasons to use EQ:
AptX is the latest trend for Bluetooth audio. But how does it “deliver pure wireless sound that doesn’t compromise on audio quality”?When transmitting music over a Bluetooth connection, say between a phone and a Bluetooth speaker, the original music signal is compressed, transmitted to the destination device, and decompressed again to be played. The compression...
Summer is here! And with the new season, we're excited to invite YOU to join the inaugural VOOM SQUAD (take two minutes to apply!). What does that mean? We'll give you all the gear you need to document, capture, and experience this summer -- you'll share your stories. Are you a photographer? Video blogger? Writer? Just plain excited...
Summer is here! And with the new season, we're excited to invite YOU to join the inaugural VOOM SQUAD (take two minutes to apply!). What does that mean? We'll give you all the gear you need to document, capture, and experience this summer -- you'll share your stories. Are you a photographer? Video blogger? Writer? Just plain excited to share some of your summer moments? VAVA is looking for you![embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxNWveL6_HQ[/embed]
Add your moments and join the #VOOMSquadFrom June to August, VAVA will be teaming up with RAVPower and Taotronics to give members of the Voom Squad the ultimate summer survival kit to show the world #WhatMovesYou. Each member of the #VoomSquad will be armed with: a VAVA Voom Bluetooth Speaker, a RavPower 22000 Charger (this will charge up your phone and electronics in no time!), a camping lantern, selfie stick, AND fish eye lens kit. As you go about your summer adventures, we'd love to help you tell your story and ask each squad member send or post at least one video, photo, and snippet of how you've used your gear each week. Want to tell your story, score some awesome gear, and join the #voomsquad? Applications are due on June 11th! Everyone has a story and VAVA wants to help you share yours.
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VAVA is excited to announce the ten members of our inaugural #VoomSquad! Each squad member will receive the ultimate summer gear pack -- including a VAVA Voom bluetooth speaker, Taotronics Selfie Stick, Taotronics Camping Lamp, Taotronics Fisheye Lens Kit, and RavPower power bank. Check back often to see how members of the #VoomSquad are using their...
[promosimple id="a47b"]It's summertime -- and what better way to relax and soak in the sun than with your very own VAVA Voom. This summer, we're giving away a VAVA Voom each week to one lucky winner! Entering is simple -- simply sign up for our e-mail newsletter filled with exclusive content, deals, and more and that's...
A modern yet timeless design featuring huge sound,astonishing power, and 10 hours of battery life. SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital-audio designers VAVA (www.vava.com) recently launched the Voom 20, a powerful, portable Bluetooth speaker with dual 8W drivers, two passive subwoofers, and an amazing 10 hours of battery life.With the Voom 20, VAVA seeks to...
Summer calls for sunshine, good times, good company, and ... celebrating new additions to the VAVA fam! To celebrate the launch of two new VAVA products, the Voom 20 splash-proof speaker and the VAVA Flex - VAVA nation held its first showcase event titled Summer with VAVA. Since the brand draws inspiration from the dynamic culture of San Francisco, it was...
Your Guide To VAVA New Products In 2017It’s a new year and we’re a new VAVA. While 2016 was a big year for us, it looks like 2017 will be HUGE with plenty of great products coming up on the horizon. For what you can expect this year (and so you can start saving), here...
Wai-Loong Lim, along with his hard working crew at Y Studios, are the designers behind some of the amazing products you know and love from VAVA (like our flagship VAVA Voom 21 speaker and highly anticipated VAVA Dash Cam). Their work can also be seen in brands like Unilever, Intel, Sonos, Activision, and TiVo. Wai's work...
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