STArt Now Blog
We have so many great interactions with artisans near and far, local and national, that we decided to start a blog about all of the exciting stories and experiences we have! Read Below!
Brady James is a 23-year-old musician from Long Island, NY with big dreams for his music. Blending elements of pop, alternative, and so much more, Brady James was one of the kindest artists I have ever had the pleasure of interviewing one-on-one.
In my interview with Brady, I learned a lot about his process when writing music and creating content for his listeners. One of the best stories he told me was when he was growing up, he would use his seatbelt in the car as an imaginary guitar, because he never learned how to play a real one. Now he is slowly but surely getting better at playing a real guitar, but there’s no doubt in my mind he still goes to the seatbelt every once in a while for inspiration.
He has been on a kind of musical hiatus, after building a small but solid fan base over the past 3 years. Now, his ultimate goal is to reconnect with his fans, and to create a world for his music. If his story and past struggles could help other people move forward, it keeps him going and wanting to make more music.
When talking about the writing process, he was so passionate about every step to get to the final product. He wanted to get as many hands on it as possible, after starting with a few simple piano or guitar chords. Trusting people’s advice and opinions on your music has been a challenge for Brady, but he made it clear that he has an inner circle working with him and supporting him along the way.
Brady James dropped his most recent single, “TRY YOU” on Sept. 17, the music video is here. His visuals for this song are, in one word, mesmerizing. If this is the kind of work he is releasing for singles, I can only imagine what will come in the future.
Watch the "TRY YOU" video.
Post by: Julia Corrie
With a song for every emotion and season of life, Dandelion continues to be a go-to album for my day-to-day existence. Driving up and down A1A, I blast “Make Out” through my one car speaker. Yes, one car speaker, because the other speaker is blown out from my many other therapeutic jam sessions. The salty wind blows through my hair as I sing “Let’s just make out / What’s the harm now?”
After chatting with The Greeting Committee, I instantly set a reminder on my phone for the album release. The band’s energy and passion was evident through the screen and I was inspired by their vulnerability.
Lead singer Addison Sartino and I both have Leo placements in our birth charts and both agreed it's easy for us to be vulnerable. Us Leos do love talking about ourselves. For Sartino, this vulnerability was shown easily through her songwriting.
As a 22-year-old, I also could relate to 23-year-old Sartino who spoke about watching her life a lot of days instead of living it. With graduation around the corner, I definitely feel as If I am going through the motions and feel lost. The unknown future can be scary and feeling the pressure, even at a young age, to find and reach your fullest potential.
A lot of The Greeting Committee’s new album Dandelion touches on grief, breakups, and life itself. Dandelion is one of those albums that puts what you are feeling into words.
Their song “Make Out” on their new album Dandelion has become a favorite of mine and when I first heard it during the press conference I knew I would be listening to the song on repeat. A more upbeat, quirky vibe compared to the other songs on Dandelion, “Make Out” shares how love can be innocent and carefree. “She's eating pickles from a jar, I think I love her / That girl I met inside a bar in East Virginia.”
Go add “Make Out” by The Greeting Committee to your current Spotify, car jam-session playlist. You can thank me later.
Post by: Maiya Mahoney