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The Grand Collab: An Interview with Sandra Quinlan

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Photo by Sandra Quinlan

Perhaps you’ve heard of The Grand Collab. Perhaps you’ve been to Will’s Pub  in Orlando’s Mills 50 District on the last Sunday of the month. But do you really know what the Grand Collab is? We sat down with Sandra Quinlan, one of co-founders of this multi-genre explosion event to find out more about the greatest music showcase in Orlando that our readers might be missing.

The Loud Lifestyle: What is The Grand Collab?

Sandra Quinlan: The Grand Collab is a multi-genre showcase that my friend Chris Mendez (aka DJ Cub of the VLA) started back in November of 2014. The shows are held periodically (generally on a bimonthly basis, but sometimes at different intervals) at Will’s Pub and feature 5-6 musical acts. Local emcee Lauren ‘TKO’ Rohan is our awesome host and DJ Cub is our resident DJ. We also occasionally feature live visual art or the occasional vintage popup shop by Dayglo Diva.

TLL: How did you come up with this idea?

SQ: Cub came up with the name for the event and the concept was spawned following a show I put together featuring Cub’s former band Deaf 2 the Industry, Lake Worth punk band Everymen, and local hip hop trio Table for Three. That particular show was held at Uncle Lou’s and we were stoked that the varied bill was so well received by the audience as a whole. It was after that show that Cub and I decided we wanted to collaborate to form a showcase that would bring a variety of different musical genres to the table, and consequently a variety of different listeners to the audience.

Art by Nico Suave, photo by Sandra Quinlan

TLL: Why do you love hip-hop?

SQ:  Given that both Cub and I are both big hip hop fans, we knew it was important to incorporate that into the Grand Collab on a very consistent basis. This is why we’ve made it a point to include at least one hip hop act per showcase. I love hip hop for a variety of reasons, but I feel the strongest reason is because it is both an empowering force and a communal one. As for it being empowering, hip hop has long provided a voice for those society might have otherwise tried to keep voiceless. Like with punk music, hip hop is the voice of the underdog. It has the power to teach, inspire, empower, or just make you dance. As for it being community oriented, hip hop is far more than just a musical genre- it is a culture that Afrika Bambaataa of the Zulu Nation is credited with breaking down into five different elements: DJing, Emceeing, Breaking (b-boy/girl culture), Graph Writing (graffiti artists) and Knowledge. I have a ton of respect for this culture and feel it’s important for the Grand Collab bill to feature hip hop artists who haven’t totally lost touch with this culture.

TLL: What is the best part of the Grand Collab?

My favorite part of the Grand Collab is its ability to tear down the invisible walls that tend to separate music lovers from good music because of the generally clique-y nature of most music scenes. Don’t get me wrong, these so-called clique-y music scenes are beautiful in their own light, as they often bring about this homey sense of belonging among likeminded audience members. I just think it’s important to expand your horizons and expose yourself to different types of music from time to time. In doing so, you can become more open minded and also experience the offerings of other types of music. What is the worst part of it? Honestly, I think the worst part of it is the fact that our show has always been held on a Sunday night. While I truly believe the Grand Collab is one of those Sunday night gems, if you will, convincing people that our showcase is more appealing than a lazy Sunday at home can be extremely tricky.

TLL: What’s your ultimate dream for it?

SQ: While the ultimate dream for the Grand Collab is something myself and Cub are still in the process of cultivating, my current dream for the Grand Collab is for more people to realize its potential and come out to the shows. As with any showcase, the Grand Collab could not exist without an audience. My dream is for the Grand Collab to be an event in which music lovers of all walks of life can connect over good music (and good drinks, of course).

Travi$ Scott Names M.I.A. As Dream Collaborator, Talks Kanye And More

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Travi$ Scott recently sat down with Billboard right before his recent performance at Winterfest during the Sundance Film Festival. Described as the “only movie motherf*** need to watch,” the short clip above gives you a glimpse of what it’s like to go to the Rodeo and rage with the highly energetic artist. As a major fan of Travis Scott, his performances are definitely an experience you’ll never forget. With the release of his debut album, Rodeo, he has been busy releasing new collaborations and continuing to build his presence in the industry.

During his interview, when asked about dream collaborations, he named M.I.A. along with Kid Cudi. He also wished all the best to Kendrick Lamar, who has nominated for an outstanding amount of eleven Grammys, in hopes that he wins the award he’s up for. The interviewer also asked about one track in particular, “Maria I’m Drunk,” with Justin Bieber and Young Thug. Scott says Bieber “hit him up randomly,” and the two continued to build over time to get to know each other before the collaboration actually took place. Travis Scott says he’s a fan of Bieber and can’t recall why he chose that song in particular to place him on. He’s also not revealing the meaning behind the name of the song even though rumors has swirled to explain the meaning.

See the exchange below.

August Alsina Talks Depression, New Album & More

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August Alsina gets personal in his brief interview with Skee TV. Alsina speaks about his battle with depression and how he struggled to be happy in times of darkness. Regardless of his rise to fame, recently he has made it no secret of his issues to maintain.

“If you live in a world where you think fame stops every bad thing or it gives you complete happiness, you should revaluate life,” he says.

Last year, Alsina made it clear he was struggling with his family and how differently he was treated because of his fame. His past interviews have certainly been heartbreaking to watch because he’s dealing with so much. The rise to fame is typically not an easy path and it becomes even harder as the people around you begin to change.


A$AP Rocky Talks A$AP Yams Day, Travi$ Scott Beef, Forbes List & More with Hot 97

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A$AP Rocky takes some time to speak with Ebro of Hot 97 about his plans for A$AP Yams Day, being named on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and so much more. He sits down to speak about his international travels, the supposed ‘beef’ with Travi$ Scott regarding his influence on his style. Rocky’s protege, Ian Conner, cited Scott for being heavily influenced by the rapper’s style.

In regards to the alleged beef, Rocky denies any beef and say he doesn’t know him very well but gives him props with his rising career and success. It’s been a little under a year since the rapper released his critically acclaimed album, At.Long.Last.A$AP. The album received positive reviews from the artistic vision behind the visuals and the overall sound of the project.

Rocky and Ebro chop it up further about what the future holds for his career with his music and his plans for fashion. He also speaks about how it’s difficult to predict which songs will pop and which won’t. Listen above.

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