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Exclusive Interview on FanLaLa.com of Camplified Alumni Ariana and the Rose!

Friday, November 1st, 2013

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Ariana and the Rose Talks Opening for Heffron Drive

Ariana and the Rose

Last year, we got to talk with Ariana and the Rose when she hit the road on the Camplified tour. One year later and she seems to be doing pretty well for herself. After all, who wouldn’t dream of traveling with Heffron Drive star Kendall Schmidt?

Ariana and the Rose is the opening act for Heffron Drive’s winter tour, and we couldn’t be happier for her! We got to talk with Ariana about her music and what it will be like traveling with Kendall. Check it out down below!

F: How would you describe your music’s feel?

AR: I think genre-wise, it’s electropop. They’re singer-songwriter melodies with lyrics set to a darker synth and an electro background. My music is fun to dance to, but listen as well.

F: What was your reaction when you were asked to perform for Heffron Drive?

AR: I was so excited to be able to go on tour and perform for people. Kendall has super-dedicated fans, and being able to reach out to them and perform for them is really exciting.

F: What is your role in Paul McCartney’s new music video?

AR: The video actually features a lot of people listening to the song. I’m featured in it for just a little bit, but it also included actors like Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Kate Moss. It was just an honor to be on set and meet Paul McCartney. Tom Ford was also on set. It was great to chat with them. It was just a fun set to be on!

F: Your music has been involved with plenty of fashion events around the world – what types of fashion are you into right now?

AR: I think that things that are really simple are in fashion right now, nothing crazy. This spring on the runways, it was muted tones like creams. I’m from New York, so I’m all about not wearing anything black. It’s always cool to see what’s coming next. Right now I’m really into camouflage.

F: Where would you like your music to take you in a year?

AR: I would love for my music to take me everywhere it could possibly go. Touring is my top priority, it’s my favorite thing to be doing. My EP is coming out at the beginning of the year. I’m also writing for a full-length right now. I just want my music to take me to as many cities as possible, and I want as many people as possible to hear it!

F: Can you tell us anything about your EP?

AR: ‘Head Vs Heart’ is going to have four songs on it. The whole record is electronic. It fuses singer-songwriter melodies and lyrics. I play and write on the piano, so the songs are written acoustically. Then we put it in a synth setting. It’s all about exploration of that sound.

So there you have it. Now, when you go see Heffron Drive perform on stage, you’ll know everything there is to know about Ariana as well. We are absolutely LOVING her music, and can’t wait for her EP to come out in 2014. Make sure to listen for it on Fanlala Radio!


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Making Color War Break History : Jeff Lake Camp, The Morning Mash-up and the Best Color War Break Ever!

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Covered in face paint, donned in their team colors, they tug, they run and they shout until their voices go hoarse, and then they shout some more! Ropes are burned, alliances tested, spirits rise and fall.

It’s not last night’s Survivor episode: It’s WAY more intense.

It’s Color War!  One of the oldest and most cherished events in American camping. Campers all across the country wait all year to compete against fellow campers and counselors, knowing as soon as they step foot on camp every summer, Color War could break any minute, surprising everyone and busting out this epic all-camp battle!


Every camp is different. Some do intense multiple day-long events, and some stretch out the competition over the whole summer; but one thing is the same at every camp: It’s all about the break.

Ice cream trucks, celebrity impersonators, hypnotists, live music and flash mobs; color war breaks keep getting better and better! Color War breaks have the near impossible task of being completely unique, highly entertaining, and most of all– they gotta surprise the heck out of hundreds of campers, who just know it’s coming!

Justin Efros, Director at Jeff Lake Camp in Stanhope, New Jersey has been at Jeff Lake for twenty-nine summers now, and he knows how important a spectacular break is! He’s seen some pretty amazing color war breaks: “We’ve had skydivers, monster trucks, dropping ping pong balls from helicopters, a plane with a banner behind it- we’ve had it all!”


But the problem with having amazing Color War breaks, is that they keep getting harder and harder to top. Jeff Lake Program Director, Adam Baranker  was on his second year as “Color War Commissioner”, and he knew had a big job ahead of him.

“The campers are on the edge of their seat each summer waiting for the surprise break out of Color War” Adam says, remarking that Color War is probably most of the camper’s favorite event of the summer and that sixty year old camper alumni still check in on Color War status to see how their beloved Blue or White team is doing. Once a camper is assigned to that team, they are Blue or White lifers, a tradition that Adam thinks makes Color War one of the campers’ favorite event of the summer.

“It is SO cool for our campers to know that they are competing in the same events that were held when camp started in 1958.” And since then, they still have the same chance to make all the difference for their team, “Color War also gives the opportunity for any child to shine. You may not be the greatest athlete, but if you can cheer at the top of your lungs, you will feel like you are contributing to your team’s success!”.

With all that great past and present camper power, comes great responsibility, especially when it comes to planning a break. Adam was looking for something outside the box. Way outside the box,  so he called in reinforcements.

Aimee Berger, director and founder of Camplified, and former camper herself, knows just how important a camp’s break is. When she visits her old camp, Kutsher Sports Academy, color war is always the first memory to come rushing back, “The first thing I think of is Lenny and J.J, my team captains who made Color War because of all their comedic antics, and our hunger for competition. It’s something my brother and I still talk about today.”

So naturally, she’s up for the challenge of helping camps plan a really great break, After 12 years of bringing rock concerts and brand activation onto camp property, my relationships with summer camp directors has gone from professional to personal. For me, this means that they are my friends and we share the bond of camp in common,” she says. “As an executive in the entertainment business, my rolodex has proven more resourceful to me in the world of assisting summer camps then it ever did as a music manager and equally rewarding.”

And so formed the plan:

First, Adam and Aimee created a fake radio contest with SiriusXM’s The Morning Mash Up crew, radio personalities and co-hosts Rich, Nicole, Ryan, and Stanley T. were to come to Jeff Lake and MC the Friday Wigwam Ceremony, the camp’s weekly awards ceremony.

Former Laurel South Camper, Nicole Ryan, was especially honored to have a hand in creating color war memories, “As a radio host, when you get the call to play a role like this at a camp, you immediately reflect on all the amazing Color War breaks you had when you were a kid. Getting asked to assist in making those same memories for other children is something I could not wait to do! Any camp alumni would get it: It’s a camp thing…and there is nothing like it!”

The Morning Mash Up crew sent them two mp3’s before the day they came,

Check out the Morning Mash Up’s Jeff Lake as Semi-Finalists Announcement Here!

And then the day before the break, they sent them a clip of them saying that Jeff Lake had won!

Morning Mash Up announces Jeff Lake as WINNERS! Check it out here!

“Our campers were SO excited that they would be invading camp the next morning” Adam says, though admits to being a little nervous about the plan going smoothly, “The CITs were joking that they knew Color War was maybe on the horizon because of how I was pacing the entire time during Wigwam.”

The Morning Mash Up crew got the party started as they handed out awards, turning WigWam into a giant dance party and campers loved every second of it!

Wanna see the dance party?Check it out here: Wigwam Dance Party!

Jeff Lake Camper, Connor Edge agrees, “They made Wigwam so much fun and my group all loved running down and hugging Nicole when we won Honor Group!”

Watch it here! Honor Group win!

Check out the whole break here!

At the end of Wigwam, The Morning Mash Up crew said they had a surprise for the campers in a box in the car. Adam and Justin took the box out of the car and the crew took off the top off and 200 Blue and White balloons flew out to break Color War 2013.

“The younger campers were all extremely surprised,” Adam gushes. “When the balloons flew out of the box they were so excited. I think the older campers knew something was up my sleeve. Even though they might have suspected it, I think that suspicion is half of the fun!”

And fun it was! “The whole day went off seamlessly, Adam said. “We all said that it was one of the most fun days we have ever experienced!”

Fellow camper, Jenna Jenkins will also remember this break for a long, long time, “This was one of the best breaks ever! The Morning Mash Up started Color War off with a bang and it was so exciting when all of the Blue and White balloons flew out to start the four days of competition!”

Justin is still not sure that campers have finally come down from their Color War Break and Wigwam high. Maybe that memorable break is what inspired the closest Color War final score ever with Blue: 500.5 over White 499.5? Wow! Now that’s close!


But the real question for Jeff Lake is: how will you top this next year?

Adam’s not worried, “Let’s just say I’ve got Aimee Berger on speed dial”


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This Girl is on Fire: Savannah Maddison on Inspiration, Following your Dreams and Lebron’s Shoe Size

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Long time performer, first-time Camplifier, Savannah Maddison joined us this summer on the 2013 Camplified tour!

This singer/songwriter/actor is a Florida native, but admits her hearts in Nashville, saying that she is “ trying to convince my parents to move to Nashville, Tennessee. It is the most beautiful magical city in the entire world. I love it there.” She just needs to figure out how to take her best friend with her!

And this girl has got quite a resume! Performing for thousands of fans at multiple huge sporting events, live venues and even starting her own letter writing campaign to military service members, this girl is on a roll! And all before her thirteenth birthday!

We’re lucky enough to sit down and chat with her about Camplified, Taylor Swift and chasing your dreams!


Did you ever go to summer camp? If so, where?
 After the Camplified Tour I went to a summer camp in the Keys. It was a super fun scuba diving camp. It was so intense but in the end I became a certified open water diver!! It was awesome.

What makes a tour like Camplified different from other shows you’ve played?
Camplified is so much fun for me because you are with other artists. I love being able to meet and perform with so many cool artists.

What’s been your favorite part of the Camplified experience?
My favorite part would be meeting all of the kids in the camps and hanging out with them.

What’s it like being one of the youngest performers on the tour?
It’s really fun because I can relate to the kids so much easier.

What advice would you give to girls your age who want to get into the music business?
Never stop chasing your dreams and practice, practice, practice.

What inspires you to write a song?
I write songs about my life experiences. That’s what inspires me.

Is there any artists that really inspire you?
Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood  Adele

If you had to work with one other artist, who would it be?
Carrie Underwood

If you had to sing a duet with another artist, who would it be?
Taylor Swift

What’s your favorite hit song on the radio today?
I have two favorite songs…. Better Dig Two by the Band Perry and Mama’s Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert

You’ve opened a lot of major sporting events singing the national anthem for great teams such as the Florida Marlins or Miami Heat; any memorable moments you can share?
It is always super cool when I get to meet the athletes. I remember when Lebron James and D Wayde said hello to me. One time, I was warming up at the AAA Arena before a Heat game and I got the opportunity to see Lebron James shoes. They were HUGE! . I also have had the opportunity to meet Florida Panther players and some of the Miami Marlins. The mascots might be my favorite. They are always so fun. I have danced on the field with Billy the Marlin.

When you’re not writing and playing music, what else do you like to do?
 I really enjoy gymnastics and I love animals. I also love being on the water.

Can you tell us a little bit about Savannah Soldiers?
Savannah’s Soldiers is a National Organization that I started just over a year and a half ago when I found out that my best friends dad was being deployed to Afghanistan. It is a letter writing campaign that challenges kids and adults alike to encourage our deployed military by simply writing a letter. I travel the country speaking and performing for thousands of kids in schools, churches, and other organizations spreading the word and collecting letters. To date we have collected and mailed directly to our deployed troops 50,000 letters. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings! If your readers would like more information about how they can get involved please visit my website savannahmaddison.com or facebook Savannah’s Soldiers.

Check out the interview on the Today show here!

Thanks Savannah! We can’t wait to see what she’s up to next!

Follower Savannah on twitter @SavannahM143

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Being Forward with REVERSE ORDER

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Grammy nominated, and a producer’s pick for AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, Camplified is stoked to have REVERSE ORDER on the ticket this year!

REVERSE ORDER formed in 2008 as a dynamic pop rock band  combining powerful teen anthems with driving guitars and infectious melodies. Their unique blend of two lead vocalists sets them apart from most bands in their genre. Along with Camplified, these guys have been performing over 500 self-booked shows highlighted by two Bamboozle appearances, a Vans Warped Tour appearance, 5 national tours, and constant features on Local and National TV, Reverse Order is taking the music industry by storm.

The band consists of: John Russo – Lead Vocals, Guitar (@ReverseJohn) Cruise Russo – Drums, Vocals (@CruiseRusso) Drew Katsock- Guitar (@ReverseDrew) Frank Spangler- Bass (@FrankSpangla)

Did you or any of the band members go to summer camp? If so, which ones?
Cruise and John both went to Basketball Summer Camp, and the National Guitar Workshop. Drew went to band camp.

What do you think of the whole experience of summer camps?
Although we’ve been to camp before, we’ve never been to the generic summer camp sleeping in cabins and doing camp activities. We all had so much fun doing the various activities at the camps, and now we wish we had gone as kids! Haha.

Favorite hit song playing on the radio today?
John: That’s a good question! I think it would have to be “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” by Fall Out Boy, or “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk.

If you could work with any artist who would it be?
If we could work with any artist, I think we could all agree on someone like Patrick Stump.

What was most memorable show you ever did? Why?
The most memorable show we ever did was when we performed live on America’s Got Talent because how often do you get to do that! Haha. It was just a great experience performing live in front of all the people who were in the venue and watching on their TVs.

What’s one thing you always need on the road?
Food! We eat a lot haha. We have a box of snakcs, and always pick up more whenever we stop.

If you weren’t so busy on tour, what movies would you be wanting to check out in theatres right now:
John: The Conjuring! I love horror movies!

Have any pre-show rituals?
Warm up, drink lots of water, and use the bathroom. We tried to start this thing where we put our hands in the middle and yell out a random fruit before each show, but it didn’t catch on haha.

A lot of artists are having movies made from their tour experiences (Never say Never, Part of Me) What would yours be called?
The Super Awesome Reverse Order Extravaganza

Any celebrity crushes?
John: Emilia Clarke 

Who in the band is most likely to:

Sneak a cell phone into camp?  Definitely Drew. The rest of us don’t use our phones that much, but Drew always has his on him at all times.

Proudly wear a nasty, frayed friendship bracelet he made all year round? I think this would also be Drew haha. He never takes his bracelets off.

Sing the loudest at Campfire? John would sing the loudest, no doubt.

Choreograph and Lead his entire bunk in a “Michael Jackson” airband (lip synch/dance performance)? This could quite possibly be all of us! We tend to break out into song and dance often.

Break out in a Lady Gaga inspired outfit for costume ball? Well, we do eat a lot, and she did wear a meat suit….so once again I think all of us haha.

Add anything to their peanut butter and Jelly sandwich? (Chips, hotdogs…adventurous with food): Cruise is the resident Reverse Order chef. He would be the most likely to experiment

Get homesick at lights out? I think we all enjoy being on the road and seeing different places. We all get a little homesick, but we all would rather be having fun doing different things and seeing different places.

Completely forget to write any letters home? That would be John. He has been known to forget to call back home haha.

Want more Reverse Order?:

“We recently released a brand new song on iTunes called Waiting. It was produced by Rob Freeman who did Stereo Hearts by Adam Levine, and is the Writer/Guitarist of Hidden In Plain View.  Here is the iTunes link:



We also have a new music video up for our song “Go” on www.youtube.com/reverseorder The direct link is below:



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Camplified 2013: Stories from the Road

Friday, July 26th, 2013

As CAMPLIFIED finishes off its first month of music, games and laughter, we thought we’d share with you some of our favorite highlights from the road.. Maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s the fast food, maybe it’s the fumes from the color war paint,—but this is about the time in the trip where things get a little interesting.

So let’s take a minute to reflect on what a long, strange trip it’s been so far.


Some “Firsts” for everyone:


Singer/Songwriter Jimmy Law who joined the tour for the first time on July 11 tells us, “Coming in to play in new places for new audiences everyday can be like walking in on the first day of school. Meeting campers, spending time with them, talking, and finding out about their lives is like playing for a bunch of really good friends. There’s no experience like it.”


And it’s that same intimate artist/audience feeling that allows everyone to get real comfortable with each other. Real comfortable.


 “One kid asked me to sign his nipple,” Law recalls. Another camper took his sweat rag as a souvenir, and multiple campers asked for his phone number!! I’m sure that won’t be the last time he has to deal with that…


As hard as it might be to believe, Crew member, Jake had his first monumental fast food experience mid way through the tour. As assistant tour manager, Ashley explained: “Jake had never been to Taco Bell!! Also, he’d never personally driven through a drive-thru. Success!”


Now those are memories that will last a lifetime. And Jake, beware, the heartburn also lasts a while.



The “Fame-bug” bites :


Hip-hop artist Chuck Threezy says, “A question we all kept getting asked was, are you guys famous? To this I would respond: define famous.”


Would people who aren’t famous get a bucket of ice dumped over their head?



Of Threezy’s ice bath, Crew member, Daniel says “We wanted to let him know how much we love him!”


The fans have spoken!


Some Fashion tips we’ve picked up along the way:


If popALERT ever shows up in Us Weekly’s “Who Wore it Best”, hopefully they won’t pick on their matching skills too much: “We try to match our colors for our summer shows, but we ended up wearing five different shades of green to the Massasoit Camp, and that was after everyone agreed on the bright green color swatch. Funny thing is that some of the kids let us know it.”



Beyond the Suns Colin Radu finally ended a fashion mystery for all of his fans, “Colin was asked how he could sing with braces on,” Phil Radu says.  “We think it’s what gives him his edge.”


And then there are some of those real warm and fuzzy memories…


 “We met a little girl with cancer in one of the camps and a bunch of campers told me this is the best day of camp so far.” Law says, “It’s been a very special experience for me.”


Now those are the kind of forever memories we’re talking about!


So now you can see what an amazing time we’re all having as the tour drives on!

We’re having a good time!




A special thanks to the camps we’ve visited these past two weeks for chalking up some more memorable moments with us: Camp Frank A. Day YMCA Camp, World Sports Camp, Bridgewater JCC Camp Ruach, Pierce Day Camp ,YMCA Southcoast and Camp Kinder Ring,  Camp Golden Slipper, Berkshire-Hills Emanuel Resident Camp, Camp Greenwood Trails,  Camp Cory Resident Camp, Camp Fanwood, Camp Blue Ridge, and Camp Thunderbird, Deer Mountain Day Camp, Camp Louemma, Camp Friendship, Eagles Landing & the Night Owls!


And the journey continues on! We’re hitting the road again to Camp Kingswood, Easton Community Center, Camp Hilltop,  and Cedar Lake/NJY Camps!



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23 Questions with Audio Revival: Getting to know an American Rock Band in One Sentence or Less

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Audio Revival joins the Camplified tour for the first time this year, and we’re lucky to have them! This rock band came together in early 2012 in New York City. Influenced by greats such as Muse, The Black Keys and Foo Fighters, they seek to uphold the rock institution and note that, “Audio Revival’s sound is founded on the plethora of influences engrained in them by the music of their formative years and parents’ record collections. Through various styles, they leave no stone unturned in their quest to deliver something identifiable yet unparalleled.”

So we thought we’d catch up with these incredibly nice guys, and get to know them a little better in bullet points:

 Favorite hit song playing on the radio today?
 Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke

Favorite classic oldie song?
Good Vibrations by The BeachBoys

If you could work with any artist who would it be?
Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters

What was most memorable show you ever did? Why?
Lupos in Providence, RI. We had been getting radio play in RI and kids were singing along to our songs while we were playing. It was very cool!

What’s one thing you always need on the road?

5 albums you think everyone should have?
Thriller by Michael Jackson
Zeppelin 4 by Led Zeppelin
Hourglass by James Taylor
Abbey Road  by The Beatles
 Ten by Pearl Jam

When did you know music was more than a hobby?
Early childhood

What is your songwriting process?
Involved collaboration with all band members contributing.

If you weren’t so busy on tour, what movies would you be wanting to check out in theatres right now: Despicable Me 2 and Man of Steel

If you weren’t a musician what would it be?
A physician
Tour guide

Audio Revival Camplified Shout-Out!

What is your band’s guilty pleasure on the road?
Amy Grant albums lol and Snickers Bars

Have any pre-show rituals?
Vocal warmup and Jake (the lead singer) meditates while the rest of the band asks where he went

A lot of artists are having movies made from their tour experiences (Never say Never, Part of Me) What would yours be called?
There and Back Again; an Audio Revival tale

Any celebrity crushes?


Who in the band is most likely to?…
Sneak a cell phone into camp? All of us.
Proudly wear a nasty, frayed friendship bracelet he made all year round? Jake(lead singer )
Sing the loudest at Campfire? BEN (guitarist)
Choreograph and Lead his entire bunk in a “Michael Jackson” airband (lip synch/dance performance)? CHAD (the bassist) He actually has a great moon walk!
Break out in a Lady Gaga inspired outfit for costume ball? STEVE (drummer)
Add anything to their peanut butter and Jelly sandwich? Steve
Get homesick at lights out? Jake
Completely forget to write any letters home? Ben
Find a different “love of his/her life” every year at camp? Ben

Thanks guys!

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Chatting with YA Novelist JEN CALONITA! And look for your chance to get in on our BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

This week, CAMPLIFIED was lucky enough to get a chance to chat with Jen Calonita, the successful YA novelist who’s written novels such as REALITY CHECK, THE SECRETS OF MY HOLLYWOOD LIFE series, the BELLES novels and SLEEPAWAY GIRLS along with her latest novel, being released in 2014,  SUMMER STATE OF MIND.  A former Senior Entertainment Editor at Teen People, Jen has interviewed everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Zac Efron. An entertainment journalist for the past ten years, Jen has written for TV Guide, Glamour and Marie Claire.

What would summer camp be without a great book? Like our Facebook page or Follow us on Twitter to receive your copy of one of Jen’s awesome books!

Did you go to summer camp? Where?

I didn’t go to summer camp, but I was a camp counselor at a day camp on Long Island–Lutheran High–and I loved every minute of it. The best part of camp was getting to meet people outside your school bubble, you know? People from different walks of life and with different personalities than your usual friends. It opened up a whole new world for me.

Can you remember what popular books were milling around the bunk when you went to camp?

 I wasn’t in a bunk sadly, but I remember the books everyone read on the bus ride to camp. We were all into Sweet Valley High books by Francine Pascal. I drove my mom crazy because I could finish one in a day and then would be begging for more of them! The good thing about camp friends is that we could swamp books.

Your books are about summer camp: what is it about summer camp that makes for such good stories?

I think it’s because summer is such a great time to take chances and allow yourself to be someone totally different from the person people think you are. Meeting new people, having new experiences, at camp allows you to do that. Camp is ripe with stories and possibilities!

Got a good story of your own from your camping days?

I think the thing that inspired me to write SLEEPAWAY GIRLS is the fact that I spent my high school existence as “the best friend.” It’s not a bad way to be, but it is hard when it comes to guys. They were always falling for my best friend and I was the shoulder to lean on. That started happening at camp when I was a counselor and I was so dejected about it till this cool senior counselor, Alan, who was much older and in college, took me aside and sat me down and told me what made me such a great friend and an amazing girl. He said if the guys at camp my own age didn’t realize that then they were jerks. Ha! I just hadn’t found the right guy yet. He wrote it all down for me in a card too and gave me this adorable teddy bear. I never forgot what he said. It was the pep talk I needed from a guy I really admired.

Can you tell us a bit about your latest book?

SUMMER STATE OF MIND is not a sequel to SLEEPAWAY GIRLS, but it is set at the same camp a few years later so you will see some of the characters you’ve grown to love and will also meet new characters. Harper MCAllister is a privileged girl with a bit of a spending habit. Her dad went to the Pines as a kid and it totally shaped his character so he decides to ship Harper and her brother off to the Pines in the hopes she’ll find herself–and lose the credit card habit. I adore Harper and it was so much fun to watch her grow as a character as she learned how to hack a zip line course and survive without a hair straightener!

What are the top books on your reading list this summer? 

I’m reading The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise and loving it. I’m starting The Fault in Our Stars by John Green yet and have my tissues all ready and then promised a friend I’d read Divergent by Veronica Roth even though I’m not a dystopian girl. It’s good to break out of your comfort zone!

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what are you listening to?

I can’t listen to anything I really love, or I’ll sing along! I do listen to Pandora and find myself on the Maroon 5 station a lot because they play great stuff. But again, on low so I don’t sing along!

A lot of camps these days are UNPLUGGED, no cell phone, no computer, no iPads, no readers: how hard would it be for you to unplug?

SUMMER STATE OF MIND is all about that! I talked to a lot of camp directors about this and I have to say, being without your phone and computer is so freeing. When we did the Disney Cruise in February I had no phone access at all for a week and I LOVED IT. No worries about Facebook or what was happening on Twitter. It was total family and me time. I think it can be a good thing. That’s what Harper has to learn on her journey in SUMMER STATE OF MIND.

If you were packing your backpack for sleep away camp, what one item you would HAVE to bring?

One item? Umm…sunscreen! Ha, ha! I burn so easily! Especially my nose! I wind up looking like Rudolph!

What’s one item you’d be happy to leave at home?

My iPhone. I’ve developed an addiction to Candy Crush and really need to break it!

Got any good read recommendations for campers that are packing their bags?

Pick a few books you really want to read and then a few that are not what you’d normally pick up. Summer is the perfect time to pick something new. I’m a huge fan of teen writers Ally Carter (the Gallagher series) for some action and fun, Meg Cabot always has something great going on, I love the Percy Jackson books, and for me, girly stuffy like Elizabeth Eulberg, Kieran Scott, and Sarah Mylnowski is always great.

 Would we be most likely to find you reading ___________   or __________on the beach in the summer?

 Twilight or The Hunger Games —–The Hunger Games! LOVED THE SERIES!

 Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Goosebumps —Diary of a Wimpy Kid! I don’t do scary!

 Where the Wild Things Are or I’ll Love you Forever—-Where the Wild Things Are

 Lord of the Rings or World War Z Neither is really my thing (sorry), but I’m deathly afraid of zombies so Lord of the Rings!

 Bridget Jones’s Diary or Pride and Prejudice —- I love Ms. Jones and you can’t pass up a classic so BOTH!

Thanks Jen!

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COVER DRIVE Uncovered: From Disney Songs to PEPs!

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013


COVER DRIVE explodes onto the CAMPLIFIED scene this year, opening the tour with their infused Caribpop style, or in their own words, “Rocker meets Skater meets Dancer meets Surfer= CoverDrive” Their members are Amanda Reifer; Barry “bar-man” Hill; Jamar “toast” Harding; and, T-ray “farmer” Armstrong.

Cover Drive’s debut album ‘Bajan Style’ is OUT NOW! Follow us on Twitter @wearecoverdrive. http://www.wearecoverdrive.com/ Watch the ‘Explode’ video featuring Dappy here: http://bit.ly/QrTRth and purchase the single on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/CDexplode


Did you or any of the band members go to summer camp? If so, which ones?
Only one of us went to summer camp! For the rest of us, this tour was our first time. T-Ray (our drummer) went to Power Chord Academy in 2009 and LOVED it. It was a music camp so he got to do what he loved all day everyday!

What did the others think of the whole experience of summer camps?
For the rest of us who didn’t go to summer camp, we totally wish we did now!! We loved visiting the camps and most of the time we didn’t want to leave. Amanda loved spending time with the girls and getting her nails painted by the different cabins and we had a blast doing the different activities with everyone. We completely felt like part of the family at the end of each day. We’re campers at heart for the rest of our lives now!

Favorite hit song playing on the radio today?Our favorite song on the radio right now is “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Those guys are awesome!

Favorite classic oldie?

Our favorite classic oldie would definitely have to be Bob Marley, “Stir It Up”.

If you could work with any artist who would it be?
 We would LOVE to work with No Doubt! Although we don’t know how much work we’d really get done since we are their biggest fans. They are our favorite band and biggest inspiration.

What was most memorable show you ever did? Why?

Our very first gig was definitely the most memorable. We opened for Rihanna in Barbados in front of 25000 people! It was the most exciting, nerve wrecking, exhilarating experience. We couldn’t figure out what was blowing our minds the most; the fact that we were opening for the biggest star in the world or that there were 25000 people in the crowd. There is no way we could ever forget that night. It was incredible!

What’s one thing you always need on the road?
We each have one thing we can’t do without on tour. For T-Ray it’s his neck pillow (he’s such an old man!), for Barry it’s Oreos (you wouldn’t believe he’s the oldest!), for Jamar it’s access to the Internet (he’s obsessed with YouTube) and for Amanda it’s her invisible crown ( so the boys never forget that she’s the princess!) lol!

5 albums you think everyone should have?

Here is the Cover Drive list or must have albums:
1. Cover Drive – Bajan Style 
2. No Doubt – Rocksteady 
3. Black Eyes peas – Elephunk
4. Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory
5. Michael Jackson – Bad 

When did you know music was more than a hobby?
For Amanda and T-Ray it was from the time they could talk! For Barry it was when he turned 15 and started producing and for Jamar it was when we formed the band in 2010!

What is your songwriting process?
We don’t have a set process. There are so many ways a song can come about. It’s all about the vibe. Sometimes we start with the music and then melody and lyrics follow, or sometimes it’s the other way around where we have lyrics and melody idea and then we add music after. Most importantly it’s always a collaborative process and a good vibe!

If you weren’t so busy on tour, what movies would you be wanting to check out in theatres right now
We’re busy on tour… but we still find time for the movies!! Amanda is obsessed with the movies and she makes sure that we go to see one whenever we have a day off. So far we’ve seen World War Z, Superman, and tomorrow we’re going to see Pacific Rim!

If you could remake any album, which would you choose?

None! All of the albums we love are perfect the way they are. Every album has its own unique value.

If you weren’t a musician what would it be?

Music is in our blood! It’s what we were born to do. We can’t even think about what else we would be doing!

What is your band’s guilty pleasure on the road?
Our guilty pleasure on the road is Food!! We are always stuffing our faces in the van. The weirdest album we listen to in the van is a collection of Disney songs… Blame it on the only girl in the band!

Have any pre-show rituals?

Yes we do! We say a prayer before every gig and get into the zone by playing some music, jumping around and well, Jamar… He takes a PEP (performance enhancing poop).

Any celebrity crushes?
We definitely have a long list of celebrity crushes. T-Ray loves Iggy Azalea, Barry dreams of Kim Kardashian, Jamar has a crush on Mila Kunis and Amanda freaks out over Chris Hemsworth (Thor)!

Who in the band is most likely to:

Sneak a cell phone into camp?
Barry (our guitarist), he can’t live without technology!

Proudly wear a nasty, frayed friendship bracelet he made all year round?

That would be Jamar (our bassist)… He’d call it vintage!

Sing the loudest at Campfire?

Amanda (lead singer)! She loves the spotlight!

Choreograph and Lead his entire bunk in a “Michael Jackson” airband (lip synch/dance performance)?

Haha that would be T-Ray (our drummer). He is the comedian of the band!

Break out in a Lady Gaga inspired outfit for costume ball?

Barry would definitely do that! We don’t call him the “Awkward BARMAN”   for no reason!

Add anything to their peanut butter and Jelly sandwich? (Chips, hotdogs…adventurous with food):

Jamar again! He will eat anything!

Get homesick at lights out?:

None of us! We love camp too much!

Completely forget to write any letters home?:

Amanda would do that. She is super forgetful and she never gets homesick! She loves being on the road.

Find a different  “love of his/her life” every year at camp?

That’s Amanda! She is the romantic one. She loves love and we’re pretty sure she thinks she is Ariel from the little mermaid! Lol

Thank you so much COVER DRIVE!

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popALERT gets crafty!

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

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The New Velvet Dishes: Camplified, Music, and Lady Gaga Costumes

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

New to Camplified, The New Velvet kicked off the Mid-West portion of our 2013 tour, and is coming back to us July 23rd and we can’t wait to have them back!

These four friends have been playing and performing together since high school. The band consists of Dustin Paul (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Robby Tal (Guitar/Keys/Vocals), Ben Antelis (Drums/Vocals), and Sheep (Bass/Keys/Vocals). Some of their influences include The Beatles, Third Eye Blind, Coldplay, Matchbox 20, John Mayer, DMB, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, Michael Jackson, The Script, Stevie Wonder, OneRepublic, Adele, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Alanis Morissette, REM, Queen, Sia. And just check out their Facebook page, and you’ll see that their interests include music, food, bowling, and the occasional soup.

We’re lucky to tear Ben Antelis away from his crazy busy summer schedule to help us get to know The New Velvet better:

Did you or any of the band members go to camp/work at a camp?

Not like the camps we’re visiting on tour, but yeah, day camps.

What do you think of the camp experience you’ve seen on tour?

Seems like they’re having a great time! Lots of great bonding stuff like chants and inside jokes, seems like a lot of fun and a lot of stuff to do! Not at all boring!

What’s your favorite new single that’s out right now?

It’s hard to speak for the entire band, but I like Macklemore’s, Can’t Hold Us. We actually played it as a finale to one of our Camplified shows. All the other bands came out to sing with us. It was really fun.

What’s a favorite classic single that you’re listening to right now?

D’yer Mak’r” by Led Zeppelin. It’s a great summer song.

Sounds up your guys’ alley, you guys think you’d ever try that as a cover?

I don’t know, maybe! We try to craft a set list depending on the audience. Another good summer classic is Sugar Ray’s “Every Morning”. That’s another one that we could do sometime.

If you could work with any other artist right now, who would it be?

Paul McCartney.

What’s the most memorable show The New Velvet has done?

Hmm… that’s a tough one. So many. I think we all feel like the Camplified tour was very memorable. The kids were prepped with our music beforehand, and really got into it. We played some games with them, showed them the keyboards, took some pictures. It was a really memorable experience.

What’s one thing you always need on the road?

Well, technology. Cell phones. We have Spotify on them, and you can’t travel long distance without music. It just makes everyone relax and chill out, not having to talk all the time.

A lot of summer camps are UNPLUGGED these days, who would last the longest without their cell phone?

John the bassist, probably.

Who would last the least amount of time without their phone?

Tie between the rest of us. We use them for so much, signing documents, mixing music, answering emails, doing interviews. We wouldn’t last.

What are some albums that you think everyone should have?

It’s hard to speak for the guys, but I think that you should have Legend by Bob Marley, Maroon 5’s  Songs About Jane, Continuum by John Mayer and I like the first Katy Perry album, but I think the guys would say Third Eye Blind’s self-titled album, with “Jumper” on it.

When did you decide music was more than a hobby?

When I studied for two years and then decided to devote myself to music. I went to the LA Academy of music in Pasadena, California.

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?

Good questions. Probably business consulting or something like that.

What is your songwriting process?

It’s not much of a process. Sometimes we write altogether, sometimes we write in pairs or by ourselves. We’ll bring in  a fully finished song, or a half-finished song, and change lyrics or music parts. There’s always something to add.

If you guys weren’t so busy on tour right now, what movies would you see that’s in theaters right now?

Probably Superman: Man of Steel, I grew up reading the comics. Or World War Z, I like the book, I’d like to see what they did with the movie.

I just watched a great cover track that The New Velvet Put out on YouTube covering “Just Give Me A Reason” by Pink and Fun. How does learning and performing covers benefit up and coming musicians?

Everyone does covers. When you go to an Indie/pop/rock show, or even a Taylor Swift show,  they’ll always cover someone bigger than them. It’s like a tribute to the songs you like. It bridges the gap for the audience too and gets new ears on your stuff. Everyone likes something they can sing along to.  It’s like giving the audience a little gift before you present them with your stuff. Plus there is a lot of amazing songs out there, and it’s an added bonus to get to cover them live.

Who in the band is most likely to…

Sneak a cell phone into camp? Me, for sure. Or Dustin

Proudly wear a friendship bracelet he made in arts and crafts all year around? Dustin, or maye John. They both might.

Sing the loudest at Campfire? Me.  

Choreograph and Lead his entire bunk in a “Michael Jackson” airband? All of us would definitely do that.

Break out in a Lady Gaga inspired outfit for costume ball? Dustin. Or John. Or me. Well, any of us really.

Depending on the outfit? Depending on the day.

Ben and The New Velvet will be back on the Camplified tour at the end of this month! Check out their facebook page or Youtube channel for more details as to where you can catch these guys!

Any last words?

Really amazing first couple of shows! Love working with the camps and the bands and the whole Camplified tour! Looking forward to getting back at it on the 23rd!

Thanks Ben!

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