A little over a year ago, Zach Tetreault spent his days in front of a computer managing some of the essential functions of Grooveshark. Flash-forward to the Fall of 2012, and this Grooveshark alumnus can be found emblazoned across the pages of Pitchfork with his band, Hundred Waters. Comprised of singer and pianist Nicole Miglis, multi-instrumentalist and programmers Paul Giese and Trayer Tryon, harmony vocalist and percussionist Sam Moss, and drummer Zach, this five-piece band’s music will soon be featured everywhere from Grooveshark to the soundtrack of one of the biggest video game franchises in history.
In the heart of downtown, nestled near a record shop and across from Grooveshark HQ, the quintessential kitsch Gainesville hangout Maude’s Classic Café is the perfect place to catch up with the longtime friend of the Sharks, Zach Tetreault. Despite the exciting events unfolding in his career, which include his bands’ newly signed record deal, the Hundred Waters’ drummer retained his perpetually calm demeanor.
Unlike bands formed with aspirations for commercial success, Zach poetically admits that Hundred Waters is really just a haphazard byproduct of spending a summer doing the same thing the group had all done countless summers prior, making music that they felt proud of. Despite day jobs, the members would often reconvene at night to listen and discuss developing songs together. In order for everyone to stay up to speed with what was happening, the group utilized a folder in Dropbox to share all of their thoughts and progress. While there was no immediate intent to form a new musical entity, it was the first track on their debut album, Sonnet, that created what is now Hundred Waters.
“…we finished that song and all just kind of realized that we had something here.”
The song Sonnet embodies the depth of talent, hours of practice and performance, and years of friendship that serve as the foundation for this quintet. The guys in the band have been in numerous musical entities together since high school and prior to the creation of Hundred Waters, Trayer had already released two solo albums with the aid of Paul and Zach. However it wasn’t until they met concert pianist and lifelong solo artist, Nicole, did they find the last missing atom in the Hundred Waters’ molecule.
“Last summer when the four of us were living under the same roof together for the first time, a lot of new musical ideas were being brought to the table. The ideas started evolving, began making a lot of sense, parts coming together, and Nicole’s vocals and lyricism just seemed to take everything to the next level, to the point where we were like, ‘Okay, it’s starting to feel like we’re making an album.”
While many bands release their work in a series of singles, Hundred Waters chose introduce themselves to the world by leaking a free full debut album on their website. After circulating to friends, family, and the Gainesville community, the album caught the attention of different media sources and garnered the band stellar reviews in publishments such as Pitchfork.
Positive coverage of Hundred Waters marked the beginning of the band’s exciting journey. Hundred Waters has now toured internationally, collaborated with acts such as Skrillex, Diplo, Grimes, Tokimonsta, Pretty Lights, and was recently signed to Skrillex’s OWSLA label. Zach admits that Grooveshark taught him a lot about the intricacies of the music business, but nothing could really prepare him and his bandmates for their experiences more than diving in head first.
“Grooveshark stood behind Hundred Waters from the very beginning and helped us reach a ton of new people by promoting our music on an international scale. There’s a lot to be said about the power Grooveshark has in connecting artists with fans and I think it’ll continue to improve over time.”
The band hasn’t limited music creation to their Gainesville home. During their 12-day Full Flex Express Tour, the band collaborated on a brand new track with their aforementioned EDM tour mates. Zach shares that much like Sonnet, they utilized the power of cloud storage to allow each musician to add their artistry over the tune. Along with this track, Hundred Waters will feature a remixed song for the bonus compilation to one of the most popular video game series in history, Halo 4.
“We wake up some days feeling as though we’re in a dream. We’re just extremely grateful for the fact that we’re creating art alongside each other as a profession.”
This fast-rising band is hydrating the music world by delivering their incomparable sound to thirsty listeners. Check out their latest release, Thistle EP and get a taste of their forthcoming self-titled album along with a series of remixes from the likes of Araabmuzik, Star Slinger, Tokimonsta, Lockah, and Different Sleep/Troublemaker.
Head over to Grooveshark.com and get the Hundred Waters site theme and stay tuned for the web premiere of their Grooveshark Session for Visitor. Check back with the Grooveshark Blog every week to stay updated on our latest news and interviews with amazing bands like Hundred Waters.
Skrillex kicking off the show with a bang at Counterpoint
This past weekend, the Grooveshark team set out on a mission to divide and conquer. Joined by our friends at Bacardi+, we hopped on a plane out of NYC, loaded up the RV from Gainesville, FL and headed out to two US cities that were hosting some of the best acts in live entertainment the music industry has to offer. Over the course of 3 days, we had teams stationed in Atlanta and Cincinnati delivering music lovers everything from beverages to beach balls at both the Counterpoint and Midpoint Music Festivals.
Atlanta, GAThe crowd enjoying some Grooveshark beach balls
After some exhaustive engine troubles with the RV, our team safely made our way up to Atlanta to set up the event’s media tent with Bacardi+. Equipped with free wifi, listening stations, outlets and over 2000 cans of Bacardi+, the media tent was the perfect place for journalists, bloggers, photographers and artists to hang out and take a break from the heat.Left: Hanging with The Constellations in the media tent.
Right: The look of satisfaction from free Bacardi+.
Bottom: …an additional look of satisfaction.
Though an insane storm nearly washed out all of Saturday’s festivities, it was amazing to see how creative the festival goers were that managed to receive some cool Grooveshark Gear. The beach balls and frisbees that coated the air the day prior became the perfect makeshift umbrellas for some of the attendees that stocked up on all of the free items we gave out.Left: Grooveshark Gear and Bacardi+ Arctic Grape
Right: Did we mention that there was lots of Bacardi+
With a garnered reputation for featuring the hottest up-and-coming acts, over 30,000 attendees came out to the 11th installment of Midpoint Music Fest. Showcasing acts such as Grizzly Bear, Pujol and The Walkmen, the Grooveshark team along with Bacardi+ had the pleasure of hosting the in-door media lounge for the event’s VIPs.Top: The Lounge.
Left: The beverage of Choice, Bacardi+
Right: Bacardi+ Prep
From 5pm-11pm daily, we once again provided the central hub for artists, media professionals, and VIP’s to relax and enjoy some free wifi, recharge their devices, and enjoy complimentary Bicardi+ while grabbing tons of Grooveshark Gear.Left: Queueing up some tunes
Right: Teaching the ins and outs of Grooveshark.Above Left: The Walkmen
Above Right: Pujol
Lower Left: Turbo Fruits
Lower Right: Dirty Projectors
Hop over to the Grooveshark Facebook page to check out the rest of the album from our adventure at the Midpoint and Counterpoint Music Festivals. Check back with the Grooveshark Blog every Tuesday to keep up on the latest Grooveshark updates, our interviews with amazing artists, and more of our adventures with Bacardi+ as we continue to make our way around the nation to cover live music.
We made a promise to ourselves to deliver music to the world and we are proud to say that we have now become the first music company on the planet to allow instant global access to streaming on-demand music, without the use of an app. All over the world Grooveshark users can now hop onto Grooveshark.com on their iOS and Android browsers and get instant access to their Playlists, Favorites, and their entire music catalog.
Not yet available in: UK, France, Italy, Spain, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Brazil, and Canada.
The Water Cooler
with The Eastern Sea
Infectious energy, thoughtful lyrics, and a haunting melody, are just a few of the attributes that define the Austin based band, The Eastern Sea. These Texas natives took a break from the Florida leg of their tour to pop by the Grooveshark HQ to delight the Sharks with a refreshing dose of fun and undeniably great music.
Though we only managed to receive 5/8ths of the entire band, Matt (vocals/guitar), Kevin (trumpet), Chris (bass), Charley(drums) and Lauryn (keyboard/flute) refused to cut any corners when it came to delivering their music. Trumpets and flutes seemed to materialize throughout their set as the Eastern Sea managed to juggle nearly 8 instruments amongst the existing 5 members. The experience that each musician brought to the performance was evident from the way they seamlessly maintained the life and intent of each and every one of their songs.
Though the maturity of their music is undeniable, the members that comprise The Eastern Sea don’t attempt to take themselves too seriously. While Charley and Matt took a break from the performance by hanging out on the balcony with our artist team, Lauryn and Kevin chose to unwind by body slamming and belly flopping on the bean bags in the office. We all reconvened for dinner where the band teased us with a sample of their upcoming Christmas album, as well as offered up some insight on their recently released and highly praised sophomore album, Plague.
What’s songwriting process like?
The way that i usually describe our song writing process, especially with the Plague, its kind of like planting a seed and once you have a seed you cultivate the seed and I bring the seed (the basis of the song), and everyone else tends to the plant. Just like you tend to a plant by manipulating the leaves and trimming the branches, thats what we all together. But every song kind of starts off, music and lyrics with our writer on keyboard or guitar.
With the band gearing up to gearing up to become a more visible and public entity, what is something you want your audience to know about you guys.
I think that it’s important for people to feel that we are honest above anything. Because if people feel like we are dishonest or disingenuous then our music is not worth anything.
Like right now in Austin there is this big folk thing going around, and its hard to buy into because its not believable. Like a kid pulling up in a BMW dressed all raggedy with a straw hat playing old folk songs just doesn’t seem authentic.
Lauryn: Its the evolution of the hipster. (chuckles)
Does The Eastern Sea tend to surprise people with their music?
Often. Especially because a lot of the time we play with bands that don’t sound like us. I think we have music that tends to shake people and its something they can identify with. When we were making the Plague, we wanted to make something that we could put in peoples hands and it would do the job for us. And I believe we accomplished it with this record.
How’d you like hanging at the office today?
It has been nice getting know the actual people behind a music streaming service like Grooveshark. Music streaming is such a huge part of today’s music listening as well as today’s music selling and funny to think that so many people use music streaming sites and never think that an entire team runs the functions of the website. Thats part of our generations web culture. But I have to say that hanging out with you guys and doing work with y’all has been exciting because I’m meeting really great people in a very specific side of my industry.
So what are some things listeners can expect from The Eastern Sea in the near future? Rumor has it a Christmas album?
We have a Christmas album coming out in early December on our WhiteLabBlackLab label and we are really excited about it. During July we spent some time in the studio putting together 12 songs, some that I had been playing for a while (I’ve been doing home recorded Holiday music every year for the last three years), and some that were brand new, even a few original compositions. I think Plague is a pretty serious endeavor for us and this Christmas album is a great balance of good vibes and silliness that we have been craving as a band, and I imagine our fans wouldn’t mind a break from all of the seriousness either.
The Eastern Sea on Facebook
The Eastern Sea on Twitter
Hop onto Grooveshark and sample The Eastern Sea’s latest album, Plague. Check back with the Grooveshark blog every Tuesday to stay updated on our latest releases and our exclusive interviews with amazing bands like The Eastern Sea.
Election season is approaching fast and we want to make sure all of our amazing Grooveshark users are amped up and ready to have their voice heard. The Internet Votes is an awesome site that is using the power of the Internet to provide a simple way for digital Americans to register for this upcoming election. The last day to use this service is this upcoming Tuesday, September 25 so head over to The Internet Votes now and turn the volume up on your political involvement.
We know discovering new music can be a love/hate process so we have decided to tip the scales further in the favor of love for our Grooveshark listeners. We are introducing a new series to the blog, Tuesday Tastemaker. We will be providing samples of amazing artists and their playlist worthy tunes for your listening pleasure. Enjoy a taste of the Blacklight Dinner Party, Kopecky Family Band, Jacob Jeffries Band, and Hoodie Allen as these artists open up our first Tastemaker.
Check back with the Grooveshark blog every Tuesday to stay updated on our latest releases, our exclusive interviews with amazing bands, as well as the next Tastemaker playlist.
If you haven’t already heard from Mashable, then we are certainly ecstatic to be the first to let you know that there is a brand new way for you to enjoy all the Grooveshark tunes you love. Long weeks, sleepless nights, and copious amounts of caffeine have given birth to our browser-based HTML5 web-app. Your personal playlists, genre stations, and the rest of your favorite Grooveshark features are all accessible simply by going to Grooveshark.com on your mobile browser. Happy Listening :-)Love,
2012 has been a great year of new additions to Grooveshark and EMG. We introduced the world to Beluga, our new music insights platform, we are gearing up for a site redesign once again, and now we’re officially welcoming 10 amazing new labels into the Grooveshark family. These label partnerships are not only going to provide the 20 million users in the Grooveshark community with access to original new catalogs of music, but also allows these new labels to join the rest of the companies receiving streaming royalties from our service.
“We love what Grooveshark does, providing a service for bands and labels to instantaneously make their music available to millions of people.”
The Water Cooler
with TV GIRL
While elements of the 60’s are often used to inspire many contemporary bands, it’s rare to find a group of musicians that turn away from the decade’s psychedelic movement to focus on the pop music of the era. The San Diego based indie band, TV Girl, grabs a hold of the 60’s pop sound and transforms it into an indefinable marriage of electronic pop and urban rhythms. Incorporating hip-hop beats, acoustic instruments, and sound machines, these musicians delighted the sharks when they came in and gave us a private performance at the office.
We chatted with these high school friends turned bandmates to find out a little bit more about the individuals behind this unique sound. Trung and Brad hung out at the Grooveshark Water Cooler and shared with us everything from adolescent sexual frustration to their lives of touring around the nation while juggling office work.
GS: Correct me if I am wrong, you guys were working at a marketing firm when the band started. How is it like juggling corporate and concerts?
Trung: Yeah, I still work there part-time. It is super nerdy Internet marketing stuff, not like Mad Men.
GS: What do you tell your boss when you have to disappear for a week when you have to tour?
Trung: Well, we both work from home because it is all based online.
Brad: Yeah it’s kind of cool because that’s the perfect thing to do and tour because you don’t ever have to go into the office. Though the hardest part is to discipline yourself to do your work when you don’t have to go in the office.
Trung: During our last tour I was definitely doing work in the hotel.
GS: Where did the name TV Girl come from?
Trung: The name TV Girl comes from a Beat Happening song of the same name. I really just liked how the named looked on paper and loved how it looked on my iTunes playlist.
GS: Who were you guys in high school, and what album defined your high school experience?
Trung: I used to be really into skateboarding, so I guess that’s how people knew me. If you search for it on YouTube you’ll find some funny old skate footage. I listened to The Beatles obsessively in high school. My friend Wes was pretty into them and he gave me their entire discography. So it was sort of by default that I listened to them because they took up the majority of my iTunes. Of all the albums, I probably listened to Please Please Me the most.
Brad: The Violent Femmes self-titled album probably defined my high school sexual frustration. Honorable mentions go to The Velvet Underground and Nico, The Thermals’s More Parts Per Million, and The Dead Milkmen’s Big Lizard in my Backyard.
GS: That’s funny that you mentioned sexual frustration in response to your high school experience.
Brad: Girls; they’re all you really think about in high school and they are all I really thought about and that Violent Femmes’ record was all about that. It really spoke to me at that time. I still really like it but its one of those records that I cant really relate to the feelings I once had about it.
GS: While we are on this topic, if you could have a date with one of your music influences who would you be with, where would you guys eat, and what song would be playing in the background?
Trung: I’d grab a slice of pizza with an early 60s Ellie Greenwich and “Maybe Tonight” by The Shirelles would be playing in the background. I think shes such great songwriter and she was an icon of the music I am in to.
Brad: I want to see Leonard Cohen’s seduction techniques in his prime so I’d probably dress up as hot girl and take notes and bring that back to my future and use it. We’d be listening to his song “Don’t Go Home With Your Hard On.”
GS: Where did the inspiration come to sample different artists like Tracy Chapman and Bob Dylan in your music?
Brad: It stems from me starting to work with hip-hop beats. I’ve always composed and wrote songs using a guitar and it was cool to have a new avenue to explore songwriting. Sampling is sort of the bread and butter of hip-hop and it is very freeing because you can have any instrument at your disposal; like you could have parts that you could never play yourself or drumming that you could never get yourself no matter how hard you try. I think its a good tool to have if you are a songwriter. Nothing more than good old-fashioned hours of cruising youtube looking for tasty samples
GS: How was performing at SXSW 2011?
Trung: It was just a complete disaster. First of all, we drove out in a Corolla and it was four people in a car, with all of our gear driving out to Austin from San Diego. It was 22 hours of driving only to find out that we didn’t really have a place to stay. The whole situation was kind of last minute and during the day to day we’d have to lug all of our gear across the area because we performed in different areas everyday.
Brad: It was fun but it was a pain.
Trung: I think we know how to do it better if we were to go next year but it was still sort of cool just to being able to play with some of our favorite artists at the time, like Wise Blood.
GS: What are some of the future plans for TV Girl?
Brad: Well we are working on a record now and we just plan on continuing to play shows and figure out better ways to make our set interesting
Hop on to Grooveshark and check out the band’s recommendations, “I Wonder Who She’s Kissing Now” and “Benny and the Jetts.”