Hi! I’m Taylor, and I’m a senior(ish) music business major at Murray State. I grew up right outside of Bowling Green, so getting the opportunity to be part of a local, independent team who just loves music for the sake of music in a place that I consider home is such an awesome experience.
For three years, between WKU and Murray State, I was studying to be a music teacher because, like many of my friends from high school, I loved music and it gave me a place to belong, but I didn’t really know there were any other options. It takes such a special person to be a music educator, and at the end of every semester, I was less and less sure that I was cut from that cloth, so after spending a year at Murray State, I started looking into the music business program here. After a solid heart-to-heart with our program coordinator, Karen Kane, I knew this was the track I needed to be on.
When I started digging for internships over the summer, I knew that I wanted to work with a small, indie group, rather than being a workhorse for a massive corporation. In my opinion, independent music is such a cornerstone of a community and adds so much depth and value, so I wanted to be part of that and help those musicians thrive and grow while they did the same for me. Local music scenes are amazing in that they tend to be such tight knit but also welcoming factions within their respective cities while also being diverse and full of character. At the end of the day, I wanted to work closely with a crew who were proud of their work and passionate about what they do, and I’m confident that I’ve found that in Bad Apple.
As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Why They Came’s debut LP and look forward to their brand new studio Christmas LP, we sat down with Andy Barnett to reflect on the past and look down the road a bit.
Brandon: How did we meet and what made you decide to release your first LP with Bad Apple Records?
Andy: We must have met at a Castle on a Cloud show but I don’t remember specifically. I do remember convincing you my name was Pete at an open mic in BG many years ago. It’s interesting to note that the drummer and bass player of Castle on a Cloud later became the original drummer and bassist for whytheycame.
As far as our first record, I just remember thinking it was time to make a record and knew you had put out a few records. We loved you guys and the label so we just asked if you would be interested in releasing one with us. Here we are ten years later still pretending to be good at this. Thanks for going along. Continue reading Interview with Andy Barnett: 10 Years of Why They Came and “A Stick Full of Bells”
Challenge the League is the sophomore LP from Lexington’s true school hip hop duo, Re-Education Camp.
May 12th: Early Release for only $3 on Patreon (available now)
May 15th: Brandon visits the camp on our Podcast (available now)
May 19th: Official Release on Bad Apple Records (available now) with “For the Record” Music Video (watch after the jump)
May 26th: Available on iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, etc…
June 4th: Online Listening Party (RSVP on Facebook)
Continue reading Re-Education Camp’s “Challenge the League” Details
From Why They Came’s “Holy War Hymnal” LP on Bad Apple Records. Directed by Ryan Staples. Get the album here! Watch the video below… Continue reading Music Video: “Miracle Drug” by Why They Came
Music Video Premiere and Album Release
Official music video for the song “So Close” from the “Always Alive” EP, released 4/4/2017! Like and Share! Filmed/directed/edited by Ryan Staples (ryanstaples.net) at Veterans Memorial Park and The Practice Lair in Lexington, KY.
Update: Always Alive is now available here! You can still get it on Patreon for only $3, along with our entire catalog here. Watch the music video for “So Close” now with the player above! Leave a comment below to let us know what you think. Be sure to give it a thumbs up on YouTube, and share it with your friends. Read more for details on getting the album now… Continue reading Sempervivi “Always Alive” Details