I remember when I was still an independent artist in a small town band. Every time I thought I was proud and happy after finishing a demo or playing a show, I would pop in a major label record or go to a huge concert, and immediately feel like I fall short. I thought - “there’s no way that my small town sound could stand up to this. How do I get to sound like a major label act? Maybe they just have something special that I don’t have. Could I ever achieve it?” It made me feel like quitting - like there was no way that I could possibly measure up.
I couldn’t have be more wrong. Because the truth that I know now, is that every single famous band and artist that I love has, at one point in their career or another, been EXACTLY where you are right now.
Invest in yourself and you’ll be surprised. #thinktei#TEIworkshops#warpedtour#EAschoolofmusic#beabetterband#bandacademy#newmusicbusiness#newmusicindustry
Seeing @vanswarpedtour come to a close is sad but getting to see shirts I printed being sold there made it a bit sweeter. Does this mean I’ve made it?
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Yesterday, I FINALLY got to cross off one of my biggest bucketlist goals and go to @vanswarpedtour. It was one of the best days of my life. I've wanted and waited to go to Warped Tour for so long, but something would always come up that would stop me. I'm so incredibly happy and thankful that I got to go, even if it is the last Warped Tour. So, here's to an awesome first and last Warped Tour. Now, just like the truck here, I feel TRASHED. Worth it though. 🤘🖤
Here are highlights from some of the bands I saw yesterday at @vanswarpedtour in Tinley Park. Everybody fucking killed it, despite the temperamental weather and all the bullshit. 🤘🎶
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I loved Warped Tour 2018, I’m so glad I was able to come, I had the time of my life and was an amazing first time. I’m upset that this is the last Warped Tour, but I’m so glad I got to see two of my favorite bands @ice9kills and @beartoothband they performances were great and I loved it. Also thanks so much @spencerink I was stoked to be able to meet you and get a picture with you and getting signings from you and your band. I can’t wait for your guys’ new album. #warpedtour2018#warpedtour#ripwarpedtour
It's the end of an era: Warped Tour's final run. A huge part of who I am and what I listen to is thanks to Warped, and I couldn't have asked for a better way to go out. I'll pour one out for the future punkers and pop-punkers, hardcore kids, skankers, outcasts, weirdos, and all those who feel like they don't belong. The future is in your hands; make it bright. RIP Warped.
Just a quick shoutout to everyone! Touring with @vanswarpedtour has been an unforgettable experience. All the new friends made, all the epic and ridiculous times and all of the support. I can’t thank you all enough and for #vanswarpedtour for giving me the opportunity 🙌🏼 With #detroit being our last stop on the tour, I hope the warped tour family enjoys the rest of the ride and I hope to see all of you again soon ✌🏼
RIP Warped Tour. (First year of Warped I shot a set after sundown. Turns out, not ideal.) When I approached the barricade to shoot this set, there were about 10 people yelling at the security guard because he wouldn’t let them backstage. MIW had a closed set, meaning no wristbands backstage. I can’t believe I have to say this, but… It doesn’t matter what kind of access you have on your wrist band, how much money you paid for it, who you’re fucking for it, what publication you work for, what a manager supposedly told you, or what supposed disability you’ve got. At the end of the day, you’re still just a fucking fan & bands have a goddamn right to privacy.
I won’t even go into how fans treat me when I’ve got a guest pass on, but I’ll tell you they have no shame. There needs to be more distance between fans & artists. Social media has made fans feel more connected to artists than they really are, thus making them feel entitled to access they don’t deserve. Stop it.
While we’re on the topic, for fuck’s sake, stop coming into my DMs trying to befriend me just to get close to my musician friends.
Warped Tour. It’s hard to believe that it’s ending. While I don’t want to see it go, I feel like it’s coming to an end at the perfect time. While my best friend (& warped tour partner) is moving to another country and I’m finally getting a grasp on adulthood, we say goodbye to warped tour. Im thankful I had something to look forward to every summer since I was 15. A place that I could see all of my favorite bands in one night, where I’ve discovered some of my favorite artists. My first crowd surf, my first mosh pit. It was such a staple part of my life growing up. So thanks @vanswarpedtour and peace out. ✌️🤘