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Deep Tropics 2021

Nashville danced all weekend long during the Deep Tropics music, art, and style festival, paying no mind to the sweltering heat. It was a collective agreement that we were all grateful to be together, sharing love and sweating it out on the dance floor after a year where we were all so far apart.

One of the coolest parts about Deep Tropics was that it was set to be the greenest festival in the world. If you were there you noticed there were zero trash cans. That’s right! Everything was compostable or recyclable, including all the cutlery and even free ash try pouches. The commitment to being sustainable was refreshing to see, and it was incredible to see so many attendees who were passionate about the environment as well.

The Friday lineup included Clozee and Whethan on the Meru main stage, and the amphitheater was packed for both of their sets.

Hourglass kicked us off on Saturday. The crowd was slowly trickling in, but she had everyone up and dancing and ready for Day 2 in no time. Cassian and Young Bae followed on the main stage while people flaunted their outfits and much-needed fans.

And let’s not forget about the Congo Soundsystem stage! This stage was close to the heart of Tennessee. Memphis-native Qemist performed, as well as several hip-hop artists from Nashville such as A.B. Eastwood, $avvy, Brian Brown, and Tim Gent. The energy around this stage was always a vibe no matter who was playing!

As the night rolled around, more and more people streamed in. Bubbles filled the air, the VIP section was bouncing, and folks were captivated by the poi spinners around the park. Unfortunately, Moon Boots had to cancel on Saturday, whom I know many fans were looking forward to. But CharlestheFirst and Claude VonStroke kept the spirits alive, so any momentary sadness at that news was soon forgotten.

Deep Tropics was an incredible way to close out summer and celebrate the return of music festivals. Hopefully this helped pave the way to making all festivals sustainable, showing that we can do all of our favorite things while saving the planet, too. See you all next year!

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Interviews Music News

Talking “Dinero” with Trinidad Cardona

We got back into the groove of things after the long 4th of July weekend by talking with Trinidad Cardona. If you’re on TikTok, you definitely know him, as his song “Dinero” became the #1 viral track on the app a couple of weeks ago. We can attest that this song has been in our heads all week. This overnight explosion of attention also lead “Dinero” to enter Spotify and Billboard charts, proving that Trinidad Cardona is a name you’re going to remember.

CROWDSURFER MAG: How was your holiday weekend? Do anything fun?

TRINIDAD CARDONA: I just watched some fireworks, made some food, it was nothing too crazy.
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CSM: Ok let’s talk about “Dinero.” This song suddenly blew up overnight on TikTok. What was that moment like finding out that news?

TC: It was a weird, surreal moment because I didn’t do anything. It was literally being normal and then one day someone being like, you know your song is doing incredible? It didn’t feel real at the moment. I actually wrote it down on a manifestation board but forgot about it. So it was kind of weird how that came back, but manifestation is real, kids!
 
CSM: I love that, I’m here for all of the manifestation techniques. Did you spend a lot of time watching all the different TikToks? Any favorite ones?

TC: Yeah, there are millions of TikToks at this point, but at the beginning I was going through it looking at each video and what people were doing. Because I didn’t even have a TikTok! I had to learn how to use it and download it and all that.

CSM: Did you have any favorite TikToks using “Dinero?”

TC: People are all kind of doing their own things to it, but I like the dancing videos personally. It’s fun to see people go off.
 
CSM: Was it shocking to you to have a song that’s three years old get all that attention?

TC: Yeah because I dropped all these great songs, but I’m not mad that people like this one. This song, when it came out, it just didn’t catch on originally. It’s better to see it do good now than never.
 
CSM: Ok, so obviously a lot has happened in the years since that song came out. What would you like to direct all your new fans to listen to next?

TC: We’re actually working on new music, so you can keep listening to “Dinero” for another few weeks. We’ve got some more coming, already recorded.

CSM: What can you tell us about what’s next?

TC: It’s everything. Imagine every type of music that you wanna hear, yeah, it’s all that. I got dance records, I got soft records, I singing records, I got more rap-type records. I do everything.

CSM: It sounds like a great mix and we’ll all find something we love for sure. How has your musical style changed since you started releasing songs?

TC: Dramatically. I feel like I actually make really, really good music now. When I sang “Dinero” and the other songs I dropped around that time, that was my first start at music. I had just started singing. “Jennifer” was my first song, I had one more song after that, and then “Dinero.” So I’m like, people are going crazy over those songs that I did when I was a teenager, imagine what they’re about to go off on when they hear this new stuff. I’ve been recording, writing music, I’ve written over three, four hundred songs just this year. Practice makes perfect.

CSM: What do you hope most for your fans to get out of listening to your music? Do you have an impact you want to make?

TC: I want them to feel good. I want you to feel something. I want you to feel sad, cry it out, dance, feel happy. Whatever emotion I’m trying to portray through my music, I want them to feel that. And everyone has their own memories to these songs too, so just go make memories to this music so when you listen back to it you have something to think about, reminisce on. That’s how I do with my music. If I listen to music, it always has some type of memory attached to it, or a feeling attached to it, different songs for different moments.

CSM: So tours are getting back out there, happening again. If you were on a dream tour, who would you love to go on tour with?

TC: I never got asked this, it would probably have to be… First I know it’s gonna have to be Travis, I love the way Travis Scott performs. That was one of my first concerts. That dude’s crazy, energy insane. So definitely Travis…the second would probably be… probably be Brent Faiyaz I really like Brent Faiyaz.

CSM: Ok so we’ve got new music coming out for you sometime, is there anything else in the horizons that you’ve got planned?

TC: I just know it’s gonna be new music. A lot of people gonna hear it, a lot of people gonna love it. I’m just focused on that right now.
 
CSM: Anything else you want to let all your fans know, all your new listeners know?

TC: Just keep an eye out for new music. This whole thing is just getting started.

CSM: Well I’m excited. Keep manifesting! Wait, how do you go about your manifesting?

TC: Gotta write it down, it’s scripture. So you write it down on paper, write it down on a board, write it down every day, daydream about it. I literally live there. That’s how you make it happen.

CSM: I love this. Thank you for taking time out of your day, and we look forward to hearing more from you!

You can stream “Dinero” here, and be sure to keep an eye out for what’s next to come for Trinidad Cardona!

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Music News

Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain Music Fest

If you’re looking for a music festival to go to this fall, look no further than Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain, a magical 4-night camping music festival experience with music, art, visuals and lights, hosted in Ozark, AK.

Besides this stellar lineup consisting of festival favorites The String Cheese Incident, Ganja White Night and Clozee, there’s lots of fun activities to try out, like sliding down a huge water slide, riding the ferris wheel, or even just exploring the visuals, art, and sounds in the woods.

You can check out their website here, and Instagram here.

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slenderbodies release dreamy EP “are we”

The indie-pop duo slenderbodies released their latest EP today titled are we. Having already dropped four of the tracks as singles before now, we were excited to listen to the other half and the EP as a whole.

slenderbodies gives us dreamy, slightly groovy, feel-good, indie jams that seem like the perfect music to welcome summer night drives with the windows down. The songs invite you to flow, and it’s impossible to not move with the smooth falsettos and snapping beats.

Take a listen to are we, and watch the lyric video for “mirror” right here.

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Life is Beautiful Lineup Out Now!

One of the first music festivals to release a new lineup since Coronavirus cancelled shows everywhere in 2020, Life is Beautiful is ready to get going again this fall in Las Vegas.

To kick it off, Life is Beautiful just dropped their star-studded lineup for the fall edition of the festival. Some of the headliners include Billie Eilish, Tame Impala, Dillon Francis, Haim, St. Vincent, and more.

Check out the lineup below for the full list of acts. It seems that music might be back soon!

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Music News Reviews

Dancing With Nobody: NOTD

With its rhythmic beat and the anti-drop in the chorus, “Nobody” is an electronic dance song through and through and that is expected from Swedish production duo NOTD (pronounced noted). Known for their energetic songs that cause their listeners to want to get up and dance, NOTD have had massive success with 1 Billion streams on Spotify and a nomination of Best Dance Song at the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

For this track, they team up with new artist Catello, who is as mysterious as his spotify biography suggests:

Out of chaos came light.

Out of will came life.

Stemming from The Egyptian Book of the Dead, this quote with the depiction of a man with a canine head directly invokes the impression of Egyptian god of death, Anubis. Another little detail that we admire is the fact that Catello derives from the word “Catulus” meaning young dog.

Now you may be wondering why we are discussing “Nobody” when it was released three months ago, and that is because we had the pleasure of receiving the music video of Nobody in advance!

The video itself depicts a man reflecting on his failed relationship with a woman and regretting his actions in the past. Much like the genre that NOTD is known for, the couple’s relationship is illustrated through the medium of dance and this allows the music video to portray the more sorrowful tone that is present in the lyrics of the song.

Something that is notable is the use of color. The use of red to represent passion along with the more heated emotions like anger. This contrasts the use of blue cutting between the man and his anger and instills feelings of forlorn. Finally ending with white, a color that is stark, cold and isolated.  

Thank you to NOTD and the team at Island Records for sending us the music video in advance! 

And be sure to watch and listen to the song yourself!

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Killed by Rock and Roll and The Pretty Reckless

The Pretty Reckless released their fourth studio album on February, 12, ending a several year wait for new music. Titled Death By Rock And Roll,” I knew that I and fans of The Pretty Reckless would not be disappointed. With 12 tracks, an average length of four and a half minutes per song, and features with Tom Morello, Matt Cameron, and Kim Thayil, Death By Rock And Roll is here to provide us with an incredible amount of rocking out.

The album kicks off with the title track, which we are all familiar with as it was released as a single previously. Somehow this means that “Death By Rock And Roll” may end up being only one of your many favorite songs on the album. So get excited.

Mixing soft, haunting melodies and tolls with headbanging drums and guitar solos, the music of Death By Rock and Roll is going to stick with you. Constantly touching on themes of life and death and with passion emanating from all of Taylor Momsen’s vocals, the album tells a story and could easily be the soundtrack of its own movie.

The Pretty Reckless graces us by turning it down for a couple of songs. One of them is “Got So High,” which both makes you want to cry and scream the lyrics joyously at the same time. And then they throw in a little interlude with “Broomsticks” that’s a little Halloween fun and sets us up for “Witches Burn.”

So what’s worth living for? And what’s worth dying for? Is it love or rock and roll, or is it nothing at all because the world is so messed up? Take a listen and you might find out for yourself.

Take a listen to Death By Rock and Roll, and then join me in impatiently waiting for The Pretty Reckless’s rescheduled tour dates to finally happen.

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Nightly’s alternative EP night, love you.

Nightly, an alt-pop band based in Nashville, released an EP today that re-imagines a few songs off of their previous album night, love you. which came out last year. This alternative EP shares the same name, so don’t get confused!

The tracks on the EP include a stripped down version of “Not Like You,” acoustic versions of “So Sly” and “Summer,” and a live version of “Older.” To the average listener, these alternative takes might not sound all that different to you. “Summer (Acoustic)” is the one that stands out the most and invites you to learn how to play the song on the guitar. But upon a couple of listens, you may grow to really appreciate the nuances between versions, especially in “Not Like You (Stripped),” just as we did.

If you’re already a fan of Nightly, you’ll be disappointed that there are no new songs, of course. But if you’re new to Nightly, night, love you (alt ep) might be the perfect bite-sized introduction to the band you need! And then you can dive headfirst into the rest of their discography, starting with the album night, love you. We know we’ll be following them and waiting on more music!

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drivers license // Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo drops her song, drivers license and that’s all we can talk about…

I’ve been a huge stan of HSMTMTS since it came out. And with all spinoffs, I was so skeptical, but this show had just the right amount of teenage drama and love triangles and enough homage to the O.G. High School Musical series that I couldn’t help but watch. But, what really caught my attention was the music. 

The music truly is top tier and that reflects well on the cast as the two main leads are all anyone can talk about nowadays. Majority of it being, singer-songwriter & actress, Olivia Rodrigo, who gained some buzz on Tik Tok from her first HSMTMTS-related and self-written release, All I Want, the sad anthem for sad teenage girls, but now she proves to be more than just a product of Disney, with her latest explicit song (only one cuss word but still counts), drivers license

On January 8th, 2021, Olivia was said to have ‘saved 2021’ as superfans called it. 

Here are some worthy tweets since the release: 

  • @chartdata – ‘‘@Olivia_Rodrigo’s ‘drivers license’ earns the biggest weekly streaming debut for any song in US Spotify chart history (30.433 million).’’ – 10:53 AM – 1/15/21
  • @amazonmusic – ‘‘Congrats to @Olivia_Rodrigo! ‘drivers license’ broke the record for the most requested song ever in one day on Alexa globally + the biggest first week streaming debut ever globally on Amazon music.’’ – 2:47 PM CST – 1/14/21
  •  @spotify – ‘‘@Olivia_Rodrigo’s ‘drivers license’ now has the most record for most streams for a song in a week on Spotify’’ – 3:04 PM CST – 1/15/21
  • @billboard – ‘‘We’ve never seen anything like this’’: @Spotify reacts to @Olivia_Rodrigo’s recording -breaking ‘Drivers License’.’’
  • Olivia also became the first Asian American Woman to reach #1 on Apple Music Charts and U.S. iTunes – according to @womenpowhermusic on instagram.

But the moment we all knew she won was when the one person she looks up to the most, acknowledged it. 

Now what makes the song so special? 

It pulls from experience. And, we can all relate to that. The song has been said to hint at a possible relationship between her and HSMTMTS castmate, Joshua Bassett, and all the theories come from – none other than, Tik Tok. From clues that I’ve gathered prior to the release or have to recently come to discover, I would believe the theories are true. In one example, Olivia’s original demo that she posted on instagram originally had the lyrics:

‘And you’re probably with that brunette girl’

Which in the official lyric was changed to:

‘And you’re probably with that blonde girl’ 

Who people believe to be Joshua’s potential new girlfriend, Sabrina Carpenter. 

I’d suggest to do some more research and come up with your own interpretation, then we can discuss! While we have no real confirmation that any of this is true, we can still appreciate the song that holds true to Olivia’s musical inspirations, Taylor Swift, and Lorde. I mean, this song is literally the love child of the two. And respect that she is killing it in the music industry at only 17 years old.

Anyways, stream drivers license and let us know what you think about the theories, the song, or if you’re crying in your car too!

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Spencer Sutherland: Indigo

Alt-pop artist Spencer Sutherland released his EP titled Indigo last Friday and gave us a music video for the title track. I really enjoyed the style and direction of his music video for the previous single “Wonder,” so I was excited to watch and get another taste of this EP.

The location of the video is the same as the cover of the EP: a barren desert landscape. The space behind Spencer is colored purple, the sky a bright blue crossed with flashes of lightning, and the corners in the foreground are tinted with pink. Spencer struts down the dirty path in pure white shoes, passing objects of affection along the way. While the concept of the video is simple and is taken in one shot, it never gets boring to watch because Spencer’s performance, movements, and emotions keep you intrigued.

I also want to note the several seconds of black at the end and commend this editorial decision because YouTube’s autoplay can be detrimental to the viewing experience. The black gives you time to absorb and appreciate the artistry that was put into “Indigo.”

Check out the link to the video below, and then continue on to listening to the rest of the EP. And Indigo isn’t the last of the news from Spencer Sutherland. You’ll be able to see him starring in Afterlife of the Party, an upcoming Netflix film slated to come out in 2021.