Hofstra Audio Magazine, or H.A.M. , is your destination to find out the goings-on around Hofstra University. In this first episode Required Radio’s own Julia Berk sits down with Last Great Kings frontman and Hofstra student Tommy O’Connor to talk about his band, Pat Viala, a 5-time Grammy Award winning producer, speaks to H.A.M. about teaching music production classes at Hofstra, and Gina Santillo discusses the realities of relying on music licensing for radio shows. For more, keep it locked into Required Radio at requiredradio.com and listen to us on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify.
Hofstra’s Music Fest was an exciting time for everyone that showed up there. Hofstra Concerts put together a great show and tactfully organized 5 separate acts.The performers were Aaron West, The Last Great Kings, CRUISR, Kirk Knight, and the headliner was PVRIS. The most notable performance for Hofstra students was Battle for Music Fest Winners “The Last Great Kings”. “The Last Great Kings”, like most college bands, were very humble and were excited to perform at their biggest venue yet in their young careers.
Their lead guitarist, Tommy O’Connor, was able to give Required Radio a minute to talk about the scale of this performance, “This is miles different from anything we’ve ever done… we’re not used to having other people help us set up; when we brought our equipment and people were like, ‘no we’ll take that for you’, it was a big thing and we were like, ‘no we can do it’, and they said, ‘no let us help you…it’s the professionalism, it’s just like…I feel like a real band”.
After The Last Great Kings’ performance, CRUISR came up to rock the stage. The gave a shout out to headliner PVRIS, with their lead guitarist and vocalist Andy States saying how the two bands are really good friends. Guitarist Bruno Catrambone elaborated on their relationship, telling Required Radio, “Yeah…they’re really cool, we toured with them and became friends as a result”. Some of the most exciting moments of CRUISR’s show was that they played some unreleased songs, which were a special treat for the Hofstra faithful.
The headliner of the show was PVRIS, who expectedly drew the largest crowd. One of the best moments of their whole act was when lead singer Lynn Gunn started drumming with drummer Brad Griffin;
PVRIS was a fantastic act, and the student were really getting into the music and were incredibly engaged in the performance. PVRIS even came back on for an encore after their last song. Gunn also gave out some of her guitar picks, and Griffin threw his drumsticks into the crowd.
All in all, Hofstra’s Spring Music Fest was the most exciting moment of this semester. It lived up to the billing of being a very hype concert and the feeling was that everyone who went went home satisfied.
Ever get tired of hearing the same music every day? I know me and my colleagues are. Everyday we listen to the same material on radio because, as we all know, money speaks for itself. And the sad reality is that if an artist or DJ doesn’t having financial backing behind their music, or at least a solid following, they have minimal leverage to present to a radio station. This has made artists and listeners look elsewhere for alternatives. Which is why I came up with the idea of starting Open Format Media. Open Format Radio is here to offer an alternative to your everyday radio misery. We will be offering a broad range of music from around the country, along with interviews with music artist and media influences.
Up and coming hip-hop visionary Mitch Darrell sat down with Required Radio’s own Jasmine Jones for an interview on his life and his future in the music industry. This piece is certainly worth a listen simply to get some insight on the music industry as well as some perspective on becoming an artist. For more on Required Hub and podcasts of all varieties, keep it locked into Required Radio at requiredradio.com and if you want to submit something email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gabe Woodside presents Behind The Groove; a musical-centric podcast that goes in depth on certain topics in the music industry. This episode talks about the healing power of music and its effect on drug users. For more keep it locked into Required Radio at requiredradio.com.
Jasmine Jones brings you the Coffee House where she gets live footage from some of the best up and coming artists. This episode features a young man by the name of Tommy O’Connor, a fantastic guitarist. For more live music keep it locked in to Required Radio at requiredradio.com.