From Sep. 18–Nov. 6, Flagpole photo intern Randy Schafer shadowed the members of local band Swamp, in an attempt to document what it's like to be in a band in Athens while simultaneously attending college at UGA.
The members of Swamp wear many hats. Students by day, employees and band members by night, songwriters on the weekends and recording artists every other week or month.
"It's really hard to figure out when we can practice," says Owen Hunt, bassist and vocalist. "And enough time to dedicating learning new material and also recording. Our schedules are always conflicting."
Performing music in front of a crowd of people provides its own challenges, routines and expectations—and its own rewards, far beyond the gratification of a good jam behind closed doors. At first, though, it can be daunting.
"I know both Owen [Hunt] and I used to be really, really shy about things," says Tommy Weigle, guitarist and vocalist for local indie rock three-piece Swamp. "So, playing live, a lot of the time, was… not necessarily like, 'Let's get this over with'… Sometimes it's nice to get out of a familiar environment and try something new—but sometimes it's terrifying."
In addition to conquering the live music beast, the members of Swamp have to manage school responsibilities, finances, maneuvering around each other's schedules and planning what gigs to play when and where.
From Sep. 18–Nov. 6, Flagpole photo intern Randy Schafer shadowed the members of Swamp, to document what it's like to be in a band in Athens while simultaneously attending college at UGA.
Legendary DJs Shadow and Cut Chemist spun records from Afrika Bambaataa's personal collection Monday night at the Georgia Theatre. Below, check out a selection of photos from the show.
The Spotlight + Slingshot concert on College Square Saturday featured headliners Big Star's Third, as well as locals Blacknerdninja, New Madrid, The Glands and Ruby the Rabbitfoot. Check out a selection of photos from the concert below:
Photo Credit: Randy Schafer
Anthony Little believes in a thing called love.
In the final installment of this three-part series, Little, aka Versatyle Tha Wildchyld, delves into his definition of what family means to him—and how the Wild Wolf Pack, his hip hop group consisting of young, multicultural lyricists and rappers, is a part of that extended family. "Blood doesn't make us family," Little says. "Loyalty makes us family."
Photo Credit: Randy Schafer
Watch part one here.
Anthony Little, aka Versatyle tha Wildchyld, likes to keep things close. "I stick with my family," Little says. "The people that I trust… At the end of the day, I'm going to stay that way."
Little also talks about more recent ventures, like creating his Georgia Bulldogs anthem, "Southern Flavor," produced by McClure Entertainment Group in September 2013.
Overshadowed by the South’s rap capital, roughly 60 miles east of Atlanta, the artists of the Athens hip hop scene often struggle to let their voices be heard. For many, it’s a daily battle of lyric and beat. Quite often, local hip hop takes a backseat to the mainstream artists who stroll through town, leaving each Athens rapper grabbing for scraps, trying to find their musical seat.
For act one of a three-part series showcasing local artist Anthony Little, aka Versatyle tha Wildchyld, Flagpole dropped by the home studio of Athens sound engineer and music producer Joel Hatstat, as the two joined forces to create some new tracks. Versatyle sheds light on the origin of his song “Grinding and Shining,” as well as his newest single, “When I Write.”
More work than play when recording, Little says, “When I’m in the studio—that’s my money.”
Watch the clip below:
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