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POP INTERVIEW: Josh Caterer “Smokes” Up the Music Scene

Josh Caterer tahas built a life around his passion.

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Josh Caterer“I love old movies. I work full time as a worship leader at my church. My daughter and I have the same birthday. I hate cats.” All little known facts about Josh Caterer, the singer and guitarist of the Chicago punk band Smoking Popes.

“Several years ago, my wife and I went to see Willie Nelson in concert at the House of Blues in Chicago. After the show, we went around to the back of the venue and waited by his bus for him to come out and greet people. When he finally did come out, we got to meet him, and I said to him, ‘You’re my musical hero,” and he said ‘Thank you,’ and then I burst into tears and walked away,” he said over e-mail of his favorite singers. “I love so many different kinds of music, it’s hard for me to pinpoint specific artists who influence me more than others. But I am constantly inspired by the following people: Iggy Pop, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello, Judy Garland, and George Gershwin.”

“The sound of my Christmas EP is different from anything else I’ve done. I’ve never played all the instruments on a recording before. There’s a brightness to these recordings that is new to my music. I usually write songs alone. I write the music first and then the lyrics. It takes me about two weeks to write a song. When recording, we usually track the drums first, then guitars and bass, maybe keyboards, and finally vocals. When I was younger, I wrote mostly about my own relationships with girls I was dating. That’s what I was thinking about all the time so it’s all I could write about. As I got older, I started writing about other things, and I even started creating other characters and writing from their point of view. I think it’s because I find myself less interesting as time goes on. I started playing piano when I was 6, switched to bass when I was 9, guitar when I was 10, and wrote my first song when I was 11. There’s nothing else I’ve ever wanted to do with my life, so being in a band was really the only choice for me.”

For more information, visit the band’s website at SmokingPopes.net.

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LISTEN: Tina Turner And Kygo Collaborate On A Fun Remix Of ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’

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You must understand how this remixed up jam makes my pulse react.

Did you wake up today thinking “man, what does love really have to do with it?” Then you’re in luck because after 36 years from its original debut, Tina Turner’s mega hit song “What’s Love Got To Do With It” has been remixed and released by the Norwegian DJ and producer Kygo. And let me tell you, I may not know what love has go to do with it but I do know this remix is fire!

You might remember Kygo from his previous remix of Whitney Houston’s “Higher Love” and just like he did with that bop, he turned Turner’s classic into a surefire dance floor hit. In a statement about the exciting collaboration the 28-year old said “I couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with Tina Turner, who is an icon that I grew up listening to. ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ is one of my all-time favorite songs so to have a chance to rework it has been a very special moment in my career. I love working around timeless vocals and although it’s challenging to preserve elements of the original track and adding my own touch, I’m extremely happy with how it turned out!”

The updated song is also accompanied by a new music video directed by Sarah Bahbah and starring Laura Harrier and Charles Michael Davis. The sexy duo portray a pair of star crossed lovers who have all the makings of a perfect couple but just can’t seem to dig down deep enough to make the relationship last. And while the subject matter might be heartbreaking, the video is beautiful and pairs perfectly with Turner’s iconic voice.

Check out the music video below!

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Pentatonix’s Cover Of Billie Eilish’s ‘When The Party’s Over’ Will Give You Chills

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We could all use a bit more harmony these days…a 5-part harmony that is.

Billie Eilish is known to have a bit of a darker tone to her music but this cover of “When The Party’s Over” by Pentatonix will absolutely send chills down your spine.

The a capella quintet is known for their amazing covers and unique arrangements and this one is no different. Collaborating from a distance, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee perform the somber tune with an individual closeup in front of a simple white background before being edited together to create perfect harmonies. The Eilish song is already a fan favorite with the original music video being viewed over 500,000,000 times and I’m sure this cover will rack up the views as well.

The track is featured on the a capella group’s latest EP, At Home, which was release back in June. Check out the music video for “When The Party’s Over” below!

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Just Shared The Original Demo For ‘Moana’ Hit Song And It Features A Big ‘Hamilton’ Star!

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Another gem from the wonderful world of Miranda.

If there are two things musical lovers are forever grateful for it’s Disney and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Disney scooped up Miranda to write songs for the 2016 hit film Moana which told the story of a young princess chosen by the ocean to reunite an ancient relic with a powerful goddess. Unsurprisingly, the film’s standout song “How Far I’ll Go” won the Oscar for “Best Original Song” because everything Miranda touches turns to gold. What’s even more exciting than the award winning content Miranda creates, however, is the glimpses into the creative process he often shares with fans. After Hamilton became a smash hit, Miranda shared countless original demos and compositions of songs from the musical just to show fans the growth of his creativity. Well, moments ago Miranda took to Twitter to once again give us a peek into his process but this time it’s for the hit Disney film.

While Hamilton was still in it’s pre-Broadway run, Miranda was writing songs for Disney. He enlisted the help of his costar Phillipa Soo, the original Eliza Schuyler, to record the demo for “How Far I’ll Go” from their dressing room at the Public Theater. Finally after all these years, Miranda has decided to share the demo with us and it’s enough to make any theater geek freak out! In his tweet he apologizes for making the demo so “high” but applauds Soo because she “can sing ANYTHING.” And by the sound of this demo she really can!

Check out some Disney magic…or Miranda magic…or both(?) by listening to the original demo below!

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