It has been so much fun to get immersed in the LA music scene and I have found that talking to as many people as possible about where is good to go and who is good to see perform results in some great finds.
Before I left the UK I had arranged with a Concord Music Group to interview a talented singer songwriter based in LA called Meiko. She is an interesting artist to speak with because she has an underlying vibe of independent artist who likes to use crowd sourcing and organic ways of making and putting out music. So I headed to meet up with Meiko at her apartment and we hit it off talking about the music scenes in different areas. She was also kind enough to perform an acoustic song so check back to see the interview and session here on Milky Tea Kid and the YouTube channel.
That same day I managed to catch a great free show at Amoeba Records where Run River North were playing to celebrate the launch of their debut album which will be released in the UK later this year. If you are fans of the folk revival, like Mumford & Sons and Of Monsters and Men then you will definitely like this LA group of talented musicians. They looked like they were loving every moment on that small stage with the audience packed into the rows of records to watch. Check out Fight To Keep by Run River North.
After that show and a quick look around the never-ending record store, I headed down Sunset Blvd towards the House of Blues. I was going there partly to look at the legendary venue but also to see a band who made it massive on YouTube called Walk Off The Earth. You have probably seen their cover of Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye with one guitar. Their show was one of the most impressive performances I have seen in a while! For a relatively small venue there was use of confetti canons, huge balloons were released from the ceiling, instruments were being thrown all over the stage to different crew members and so much more. On top of that, they were talented multi instrumentalists and full of energy for the whole set. It was a great atmosphere and glad I went to the venue to see them. If they are playing near you – go along to a show.
I took the opportunity to go back to Amoeba Records a few days later to pick up some bargains in the vinyl section. That day they were also have a sale outside on the street so I managed to get a couple of 7″ vinyl records for the jukebox. Then I went inside and got lost in their for a couple of hours and came out with my wallet a little lighter and a fair amount of vinyl to take as hand luggage on the plane home!
This has been a great trip and only a few days left now! I would also like to mention how I would NOT have been able to survive this trip without my BitMore e-Fuel power pack from www.holidaygadgets.co.uk So many times my phone, GoPro or camera have died and I’ve been nowhere near a power outlet and it has saved me every time. Can’t recommend getting one of these enough! I also have a mini speaker from them too – finally able to let the neighbours know what good music sounds like!