An Encounter with Lorde

Posted by The G on October 3, 2013 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

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Lorde and Geoffrey Dicker

Lorde and Geoffrey Dicker

Lorde!  The New Zealand born singer (real name: Ella Yelich-O’Connor) is on fire!  In addition to having released her debut album “Pure Heroine” this week, she’s burning up the charts with her single “Royals.”  She also has delivered her first US TV appearance and a trio of sold out New York shows.  Impressive accomplishments, but here’s something that sets her above the rest – Lorde is SIXTEEN years of age!  WOW!  Let us all bow down to Lorde, who will definitely be ruling the world by 2014.  All I ask is that you remain grounded and be as nice as you were to me during this extremely important week of your life.  Thanks Lorde and I wish you all the best!

CMJ – An Encounter with Unicorn Kid

Posted by The G on October 31, 2012 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

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Unicorn Kid and Geoffrey Dicker

Unicorn Kid and Geoffrey Dicker

CMJ 2012 was such a great experience for me.  I was fortunate enough to host a CMJ-themed episode for MTV’s Weird Vibes.  This meant that I got to skip lines, check out a ton of live music, hang out with the rich and fabulous and interview bands.  If there was ever a gig I was born to do, this is it!  You’ll be hearing more and seeing the episode very soon and of course, I will let you know all the details.   But for now, I want to hip you to some singers and bands you might not be familiar with.

This post is about Scottish electronic music composer Oliver Sabin aka Unicorn Kid.  As of this writing, Unicorn Kid has just turned 21 years old!  He started making music at age 15 and by age 16 was remixing Pet Shop Boys (for their single “Did You See Me Coming”)!  We talked a bit about Pet Shop Boys as they are one of my favorite groups and Unicorn Kid talked about being involved in a scandal when the press reported how much he made for the remix! The future is very bright for Unicorn Kid and I am very excited to hear more great things from him!  Thanks again for being very cool to talk to!

CMJ – An Encounter with DIIV

Posted by The G on October 30, 2012 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

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Zachary Cole Smith of DIIV and Geoffrey Dicker

Zachary Cole Smith of DIIV and Geoffrey Dicker

CMJ 2012 was such a great experience for me.  I was fortunate enough to host a CMJ-themed episode for MTV’s Weird Vibes.  This meant that I got to skip lines, check out a ton of live music, hang out with the rich and fabulous and interview bands.  If there was ever a gig I was born to do, this is it!  You’ll be hearing more and seeing the episode very soon and of course, I will let you know all the details.   But for now, I want to hip you to some singers and bands you might not be familiar with.

This post is about DIIV.  Formerly known as “Dive,” the quartet from Brooklyn is an indie rock/dream pop/shoe gaze band.  If none of that makes sense to you, think of a smooth, psychedelic rock sound with trippy and mellow vocals.  DIIV has a hug e buzz around them and they were one of the most talked about bands at CMJ.  I caught the tail end of their set – like literally the last note, so I had to discover their music on my own.  I am really liking their album “Oshin” and I recommend it to you!

DIIV was super cool to chat with as I quizzed them about some of the various rockstars they’ve hung out with.  This experience made me realize – HOLY SHIT!  I’ve met a lot of people!  (And Universe, I am deeply grateful so  please bring me more great experiences!)

DIIV is on Twitter (their name is @lovealien) and so is According2g.com (@according2g).  FOLLOW US!

Thanks again DIIV for a great interview and for the great music!  I know you’re going to be HUGE!

Devin Rubin Perez of DIIV and Geoffrey Dicker

Devin Rubin Perez of DIIV and Geoffrey Dicker

Andrew Bailey of DIIV and Geoffrey Dicker

Andrew Bailey of DIIV and Geoffrey Dicker

Colby Hewett of DIIV and Geoffrey Dicker

Colby Hewett of DIIV and Geoffrey Dicker

An Encounter with Elie Wiesel

Posted by The G on October 26, 2012 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

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Elie Wiesel and Geoffrey Dicker

Elie Wiesel and Geoffrey Dicker

Holy cow!  Elie Wiesel!  His book “Night” detailing his horrific experiences in concentration camps during World War II  should be required reading in schools and perhaps we’d be a lot closer to achieving world peace!   Elie is a writer, a political activist, Nobel Laureate and a Holocaust survivor.  His humanitarian activities are too numerous to mention, but there’s a good chance your life is better because of Elie Wiesel.  He was nice enough to take a picture when we met the other night in New York.  This experience was very inspirational and serves as a reminder to eliminate the hate and try and do good for your fellow brothers and sisters inhabiting this planet.  Thanks again Elie!

Encounters at CMJ – Mac Demarco

Posted by The G on October 25, 2012 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

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Mac DeMarco and Geoffrey Dicker

Mac DeMarco and Geoffrey Dicker

CMJ 2012 was such a great experience for me.  I was fortunate enough to host a CMJ-themed episode for MTV’s Weird Vibes.  This meant that I got to skip lines, check out a ton of live music, hang out with the rich and fabulous and interview bands.  If there was ever a gig I was born to do, this is it!  You’ll be hearing more and seeing the episode very soon and of course, I will let you know all the details.   But for now, I want to hip you to some singers and bands you might not be familiar with.  First up is Mac Demarco.

Mac Demarco is a singer/songwriter from Canada.  His music finds him crooning in falsetto or singing in a very deep voice.  Rather than be your typical singer/songwriter where all tracks sound like they are from the same family, Mac’s songs are filled with hooks that will lure you in on first listen.  In 2012, Mac Demarco released the “Rock and Roll Nightclub EP” as well as his first proper full length album “2.”  I have to say, I am liking them a lot.  The music world is taking note too.  During CMJ, Mac Demarco was one of the most buzzed about artists and he played 9 shows in 4 days!  Despite having such a crazy schedule, he was really cool to talk to.

I don’t want to spoil the interview for when you see it (because it was pretty epic!), but let’s just say that I brought him a pumpkin, we smoked a cig together and Mac Demarco took my on screen kissing viriginity from me.  Sorry fellas, he’s straight!  That’s what’s up!   Mac Demarco is in his early 20s and if he’s this good being this young, the future is incredibly bright for him.  I will definitely be following his career and I recommend you do the same!

Thanks again Mac for being awesome all around!

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