Hello everyone, I’m Ryan: Kisstern and social media junkie. Let me tell you something about myself. I spend way too much time on YouTube. Do you know what that site has an absolute LOAD of?
Because of this, I have developed a near-obsession with finding the newest of new artists, along with listening to some of the veteran Tubers you may not have heard of. That is what I’ll be writing about here, enjoy!
What's up Kiss listeners?! I'm Brandi one of the infamous Kissterns. I absolutely love all things music and hope one day my voice will be on the radio. Until then I'll be working on this blog to give you some advice for your internships in the future!
Hello my fellow people! I’m Mindy: Kisstern/student by day, superhero by night. Let me tell you a little about myself, I’m ridiculous; I believe everything looks better with a mustache, social media is a way of life and I like music…a lot. Oh, and cupcakes!
My final and ;possibly the best piece of advice that I can give to you is to just be yourself during your internship. You want to show your supervisor that you are a hard worker and dedicated to your work no matter what task you are given. It's important to be genuine because you don't want to be caught being someone who you're not…it's as simple as that!
Well here goes nothing. This will be my final post as a Kisstern.
*thunderous applause from the sobbing fans*
My original plan was to write about Eppic, another rapper on YouTube, but how about you just go listen to him yourself. I'm going to write about writing this blog.
I guess we have to start when I applied to be a Kisstern. I had sent out applications to a few different radio stations to intern at them. Kiss was one of my top choices, and I was really hoping to hear back from them. I found myself in a situation a few weeks later where I had not yet heard back from any of my top choices. Then out of the blue I got an email from Jud basically saying "Hey, come work for me" and I took that immediately. Before I knew it, Brandi, Mindy, and I had our own blog on the site. That was pretty cool.
Getting to write weekly about musicians I love is such a great thing, and I sincerely hope that some future Kisstern picks up the torch some day. It's a lot of fun gushing over YouTubers
Now I shamelessly promote myself! Follow me on Twitter @TheRyLyfe and watch me vote for the exact same song every single day for the Hot 4 At 4 (they'll play it eventually) and all of my other antics. Do it, you'll only regret it a little bit, I promise!
I've realized I've only written about vocalists on this blog so far; today I'm going to change that. Kurt Hugo Schneider is a YouTube-based music producer primarily. I say primarily because he can and does sing, but the vast majority of the videos he posts to his channel KurtHugoSchneider are videos in which he is seen playing instruments and otherwise providing everything but the vocals to the song.
Kurt got his start on YouTube as the producer for cover artist Sam Tsui, a title he retains. He and Sam have performed a great number of covers, acquiring a subscriber count of over 2,300,000 and the respect of just about every other YouTube artist. On top of that, he and Sam have worked together on an independent film titled College Musical.
Kurt Hugo Schneider is not your regular internet-based musician, as he does not limit himself to one or two types of music. He has produced everything from classical piano to modern dubstep. He is part of a nerdcore music parody group called Nerd Alert which consists of himself and famed eSports commentator HuskyStarcraft. The parodies, include Banelings (Baby by Justin Bieber) and Nerdy and I Know It (Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO) to name a couple.
Recently, Schneider released a music video of himself, Chester See, Tyler Ward, Dave Days, and Sam Tsui singing Kiss You by One Direction and teased that more music from "Not Another Boy Band" could be on the way.
Remember Chrissy Costanza from Against The Current? (You should, she's awesome.) Here's a video Kurt made with her and Sam singing Heart Attack. He's the one on the tiny piano and guitar.
Hey kiss listeners!!!! Yes, it’s almost the end of the semester. Some of you may be graduating and have a bad case of senioritis or some of you may have sunshine and lounging by the pool on your brain. At this time of year it is critical to stay focused, you’ve worked so hard to get this far why ruin a good thing. So for this post I wanted to give you some tips to get through these next few weeks.
Really Manage Your Time- If you’re like me, chances are you have procrastinated throughout the semester and are now frantically trying to get everything done at once, but this is NOT the time to procrastinate. Look at your due dates for your assignments and exams and plan accordingly. Your social life may have to be put on hold for a little while- but that’s ok, it’s almost summer vacation. Just think of the beach and sunshine and flip flops and fun you’ll have in a few weeks.
Sleep! I tend to tell myself “if I don’t sleep as much, I will have more time to finish all that I need to do”. Well, clearly I’m wrong. Not having enough sleep will make you feel exhausted throughout the day and not to mention you’ll be less productive and motivated. Also make sure you eat, you need to be alert and on top of things during these last few weeks. You’ll need at least 7 hours of sleep to function normally especially if you have to kick your body and mind into overdrive for a few days.
Ignore The Celebrating Students- I have always been one of those “lucky” ones to have my last final on the last day of final week at the last hour while everyone I know was done days ago. Yes, it sucks but you have to keep focuses- then you can reward yourself after getting through the stress and craziness. Just try to ignore the ones who are celebrating, don’t let them distract you (too much) and focus on your goals.
Good luck to everyone on your exams/finals/projects; whatever it may be. You can do it!!!!!!!!!
Hello Kiss listeners!!!
Ok, so I’m guessing most- if not all of you- know about Instagram. Take pictures of things happening in your life and make them look sweet. Pictures are great and all but don’t have the same effect as a video. Video sharing has been rejuvenated by the lovely folks at Twitter. I was introduced to this app by a friend who is all about the latest technology, and instantly fell in love with it. Like Viddy and Socialcam, Vine focuses on creating short clips- six seconds long- that can be more easily uploaded and viewed on mobile devices. Unlike Viddy and Socialcam, Vine has a simpler approach. Users must hold a finger to the screen to record and can pause a recording by taking their finger off the screen, this allows them to cut away to include something else in the six-second clip. It’s a fun way to share what you’re doing in your life; check it out (if you haven’t already!)
*The App is only available for IPhone and IPod touch as of now, but you can view the videos on Android supported devices.
Alex G is one of YouTube’s top female singers. Since she opened her channel in November 2010 she has uploaded 75 videos including 8 original songs. She currently holds just over 500,000 subscribers and her videos have been viewed 70 million times. She’s kind of a big deal.
What exactly can we call Alex, though? Well, she matter-of-factly refers to herself as “a singer/songwriter who posts covers and originals” and that could not be more true. She’s not some diva, though. When you watch an Alex G video you can tell that she’s just a regular girl with an incredible talent. She is in no way pretentious, arrogant, or boring.
Alex loves performing popular songs acoustically, so you’re going to see that a lot. She also is friends with many of YouTube’s top musicians, so expect a lot of collaborations. Some who collaborate often with her include Tyler Ward and Eppic, both of which are powerhouses in YouTube music.
On a side note: I am not sure who does her camerawork and editing (not every video, but if you watch a few you’ll know which), but whoever it is is extremely good at it.
She has also uploaded 6 to the “Beauty videos” playlist on her channel page. This seems to be a pattern with female YouTube singers. So girls: if you want to look like Alex G, she’ll teach you how.
My current favorite video by her is a cover/remix of “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift which she did with Eppic performing an added rap verse. I really enjoy this video because it conveys the feeling that I originally had when I first heard the song. Here, watch it and spread rumors about Alex and Eppic being together.