Article by Kyla Wyllie “A lot of people kind of just give up on San Diego. They get tired of playing with the same bands, at the same places, and seeing the same people come out, but that’s pretty much how scenes get started. As long as you’re just not taking off on San Diego because you’re tired of everything being the same, that’s building a scene.” Getting into local music can be the best decision you’ve ever made, but if you’ve been a part of it for so long, things can start to feel like a broken record. So take this as a call to action, San Diego needs some fresh faces, some new music among the streets in order to keep what we have going. So if you want to be in a band, what’s stopping you? Put one together, you don’t have to be amazing, no one is, you just have to be passionate. Keep this in mind as you continue reading our interview with popular local band, Fake Tides.
Article by Kyla Wyllie Local San Diego band, Waldo, decided to erase the fine line separating poetry and music with Gatekeeper Fest, 2016. Waldo told us in their interview (look for release upon later date) that they want poetry to be more involved in the local scene and really “make a party out of it;” that’s exactly what they did. I’ve never been to a local show quite like this one before, thrown in the backyard of bassist Sam Fisher’s house, Gatekeeper Fest was like spending the night in an entirely separate universe. In this world, unlike the one I found myself in upon waking up this morning, sitar players can perform beside indie bands, but only after the open mic poetry has ended and everyone has had a chance to look at all of the handmade jewelry and art on display. (I’m not joking, there was an actual sitar player there, one that wowed everyone I might add.) Not to mention set of Noodle Nose, who closed the night playing a bubble machine?
Article written by Autumn McDonald Photography by Annika Cimas As Kyla put it in the article, “The First Ever Frick it Fest,” “The members of The Savage Young have unreplicable chemistry that is hard to miss, and shines through in their stage presence.” Lead Singer Wyatt Pendleton told us that the chemistry started when he was in college here in San Diego at Point Loma University, and met drummer Brad Sewell. “I asked Adam Burton if he wanted to be lead guitar in the band and pulled Jordan Brownlee, bass guitarist, and there we are, the four piece, Savage Young.”
Article written by Kyla Wyllie Video filmed and edited by Kyla Wyllie The infamous DIY venue, known as The Che Cafe, describes the local music scene in a nutshell. Created by unedited self expression and complete social and creative acceptance, The Che Cafe is a must visit destination for music lovers residing in San Diego. Some might see it as a small building swallowed whole by spray paint and graffiti, but if you take another look you’ll see a safe space filled with a close family of strangers, all there for one reason… music.