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Chris Perkins Talks “Jump Force”, Back To You Music Video, and more!

Last month, upcoming artist Chris Perkins surprised fans by announcing weekly YouTube videos that were uploaded every Friday throughout July. These videos ranged from: behind the scenes content, new songs, as well as visual content for previously released songs. We took the time to interview him to find out what he’s been up to and what’s coming up next.

CSOM: Hello Chris! After a long period of silence, what made you decide to finally put these YouTube video now?”

Chris Perkins: “I wanted to put these videos out because it’s stuff I’ve been working on for a while. It’s way past due for them to come out. I decided to put them out now to give me more time to finish up the new music. This gives fans something to hold on to and let them know I’m still here along with the chance to have closure with the song “Back To You” since I’ve been trying to promote that song for a while. But now I’m finally ready to move onto the next chapter”

CSOM: “The final drop of the month was a surprise that contained your new song, “Jump Force” that was paired with an accompanied “blast from the past” music video. What can you tell me about that video?”

CP: “This video was a fun last minute idea I came up with where I wanted to take it back to the DJReplayReplay days where I would sit in front of my tablet and record videos of me eating ice cream for my old YouTube channel in middle school. There wasn’t anything serious about the idea because the track itself is short and playful so I created a video to match the song. I’m excited to have released this song next because many of my friends have been asking for it and it’s a groovy song that’s fun to play live.”

CSOM: “It’s a hilarious video that fans are certain to enjoy especially the long term ones who knew how you started. But right before this video, you released the highly anticipated “Back To You” music video which contained eye-catching visual shots of you playing multiple instruments with LED light backgrounds. What was it like to create your own music video? How has the reaction been?”

CP: “This music video was a huge test. Not only for the audience, but for myself to see if I can create my own visual content to match my music because it’s all stuff I’ve wanted to learn but never took the time to, until now. The video was shot, edited, and directed by myself so I had 100% creative control and got to push my limits. That’s the main reason why I went silent for so long. I went to Europe last year, promoted my music out there, and came to the realization that it’s hard to promote yourself without having visual content to show off. This is a necessary step in order to be an “artist” because before I viewed myself as only a musician since I was creating what everyone was hearing. Now, I’m taking it up a notch and I’m in control of what you see. The feedback has been amazing because everyone is super supportive about the whole thing. As we speak, the video has over 100 views on YouTube and received the most likes a video has on my channel. It feels good knowing something you’ve worked hard on pays off. Thank you everyone for providing me this playground to explore my ideas.”

CSOM: “So what’s next for you Chris Perkins?”

CP: “New music. Tons of it. My next single is getting wrapped up. More information on that soon. I’m hoping people continue to enjoy these videos so it can hold them over until the new stuff arrives. As for after that, as long as I stick to my deadlines more stuff will drop later this year. My plans always change so I don’t want to give away too much just yet,” He laughs.

Thank you for taking the time to talk with us! Be sure to check out “Back To You” on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services along with the new music video. Follow @chrisperkinsmusic on Instagram and be sure to subscribe to “Chris Perkins Music” on YouTube.

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Avery Harden Is Drippin “Fiji” With Hot New Summer Single

By: Chris Perkins

“SOMEBODY GOTTA SEE ME!”

“SOMEBODY GOTTA SEE ME!” boasts Avery Harden in the intro of his latest single, “Fiji”. While other rappers are after the best “juice” and “sauce”, Harden’s focus is the pursuing the highest quality of water: FIJI. “I really like Fiji water and wanted that “catchy, replay value” song so I played around with the wave hip hop lingo and added my own consciousness to it,” Avery explains. “It was all meant to be playful and fun, nothing too serious.” The new single along with the music video were released last Friday and already, the song has risen to the #1 most popular song on his Spotify page. When asked why put the song out now, Harden responded, “I had a lot of back and forth because of the climate but decided to let it loose 1. It’s been a while since I put out a track and 2. With this elevated climate, I have a hard time with tension and confrontation so giving good vibes to my fans seemed like the move.”

Shoutout to fellow artist Cam Archer (@camarcher) for being featured on the track, Dylan Kusch (@dylankusch) for tackling the production, and 5MITH (@iam5mith) for mixing and mastering this thirst-quenching track. Go support their works as well if you enjoy what you’re hearing.

Director Timothy Cruz supports Harden’s vision for a laidback song with an accompanied music video loaded with refreshing visuals. The music video captures the island setting and doesn’t fail to deliver the energy that Harden gives off on the track. Harden wanted to stray away from complexity and only contain the essentials: beautiful women, having fun, and LOTS of FIJI water. Harden even goes to the extent of spending $1500 just on FIJI Water alone for the video! Side note: FIJI should take advantage of this promotion and use this for a commercial.

Get in on the new #FijiChallenge and share your videos on Tik Tok, Instagram, and everywhere else. Make sure you tag Avery Harden and play the song Fiji in the background to help promote the track! Go grab a bottle of FIJI, your cell phone and start recording!

Video credit: Z3R0

If you’ve just discovered him, Avery Harden is a LA based artist that was blessed with opportunities to open for artists such as Young Thug, Hopsin, and along with other big names. He’s known internationally and went to the length of independently booking an Australian tour in 2018 and 2019. Check out his latest album, Atlantis along with the rest of his discography that contains 100 songs. Currently, “Fiji” serves as a standalone single and Harden has plans to drop more singles throughout the year to continue growing his fanbase. Go stream your new favorite song of the summer!

FS Studios Talk “Quarantining It Cool”, New Music, And Life At Home With Group Debut

By: Chris Perkins

Pictured: Andrew (Left) and Ryan (Right) Fremont-Smith

If you’ve been bored in quarantine and need some new entertainment, look no further. This new group has taken advantage of their newfound “freedom” in quarantine by putting together the YouTube channel “FS Studios”. FS Studios is comprised of brothers Andrew and Ryan Fremont-Smith who come from Newburyport, Massachusetts. The two brothers recall their long history with music, tracing back to their days at Ipswich High School. “There was a great music program, and so from there we both learned how to play a multitude of instruments,” Andrew reminisces. When asked about what instruments they played, Andrew responded with “Trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, piano, and guitar but Ryan learned alto sax, tenor sax, and bass guitar along with piano and guitar as well”.

The FS Studios channel made its debut back in May with original song “Quarantining It Cool”accompanied with a laid back music video highlighting what the brothers have been up to in the current climate. Typically I’m not crazy about songs focused about quarantine, but this song combines elements of R&B and Soul to provide you with a song that’ll soothe your anxieties and concerns about the world. This song puts Ryan Fremont-Smith in the spotlight as he exclusively wrote, produced, and played the instruments you could hear on the track. Born out of the misfortune of losing gigs and moving back home from St. Petersburg, Florida due to COVID-19, Ryan shortly learned that this was a blessing in disguise as it gave him the chance to relax and enjoy home life with his family. “Well if I have to quarantine, I might as well quarantine it cool” Ryan proclaims. And the rest is history. Meanwhile, his brother Andrew directed the music video along with the video production.

Quarantine life has been treating them well because their parents were able to keep their jobs thankfully since schools switched to online. “Our dad is a fifth grade music teacher so a lot of our quarantine has been assisting them with tech problems such as recording videos so that’s where the YouTube channel stemmed from,” Andrew explains.

Although, they only have original music and covers currently on the channel, Andrew elaborates that FS Studios will grow and prosper into much more including comedy sketches, more original music, and even a potential weekly sports podcast. “Although Ryan and I may not be together in these ventures, but it will always involve one of us” Andrew reassures. This is exemplified with their latest video only featuring Andrew in the spotlight as he performs a Simon and Garfunkel cover.

Andrew Fremont-Smith performing Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence”

Check out Ryan Fremont’s brand new single, “Pay The Price” out now on their YouTube channel! This song pays tribute to those who have fallen victim to police brutality which is extremely relevant with the current state of our country. You can keep up with FS Studios on Instagram @fs_studios_gram or on Facebook @fsstudiosfb.

The Change We Need

Current State of Mind stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protestors and the families of those victimized by instances of police brutality. The entirety of Current State of Mind was built from the mind of an African American man just as this country was built from African American slaves.

We need to realize that change isn’t really change if things go back to the way that they used to be in the future. What we need now more than ever, is genuine change and progression so that African Americans can have a better future where we don’t have to walk the streets in fear for our lives whenever we see a cop. This is NOT a war of Whites vs Blacks. This is not a war of Democrats vs Republicans. It is a war against racism, specifically institutionalized racism that has been embedded within the police force tracing back to its establishment in 1838. We’re all humans that are exposing and challenging the injustices in our society. We do this so that our future generations can experience a life that is better than our current situation. What we need, is to unite against racism and abolish it completely from our society. It’s evident that clearly some people think abolishing slavery was enough. And sadly, some think that we shouldn’t have even gone that far. Do not be ignorant and keep that antiquated mindset because then YOU become the issue that we’re fighting to resolve.

Now I want to speak about the “ACAB” controversy because there are various strong opinions on the matter. To clarify, this acronym means All Cops Are Bad/Bastards which people give their own interpretation on the meaning. Based on the information that I’ve seen, ACAB can be interpreted as all cops are bad not because of who they are as a person but because they forfeit their morality and empathy for a system that values order and “justice”. Not all cops are morally bad because I believe there are some who join the force because they genuinely want to help change the system for the better and do their job without stirring up trouble. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t people who are drawn to the position strictly because of the power and authority it holds. This explains why there are numerous instances of cops who are explicitly racist and decide that their job duty entails being judge, jury, and executioner. But do not judge the many by the actions of the few. Instead judge the system for failing to “protect and serve” like it has claimed to do for the public. The system was never created with minorities, especially African Americans in mind, therefore it has been operating in almost the same fashion ever since the 1800s.

The course of action I believe we should take begins with a major police reform so that we can enact the necessary laws to hold officers accountable who abuse the position and protect those whistleblowers who risk their lives and their job by speaking up about the corruption in the system. We need to retrain these officers so they know how to act in instances where a child has a toy gun, police enter the wrong house, someone uses a counterfeit $20, someone is walking by a convenience store, and most of all, when they encounter a person with a minority background who is clearly unarmed. The police shouldn’t be allowed to run freely, killing whoever they deem “looks suspicious” only to get a slap on their wrist and a paid vacation while the families are stuck grieving for the rest of their lives. A life can’t be brought back. This proves the need for the police to be policed. Just like how we have a checks and balance system for our government we need one for the police and “vigilantes” so instances like George Zimmerman, Darren Wilson, and countless others don’t get to walk away unpunished. In order to promote general welfare, the police force should be defunded and have those funds be redistributed to black communities so we can build them up. As a country, we spend so much money on national security that all other sectors face budget cuts which is why we have struggling communities, lack of opportunities, and lack of education.

But this is only the beginning of a complex solution to an outdated problem. The goal of the Black Lives Matter is equal treatment and true justice through nonviolent protests. We do not associate with the rioters, anarchists, or looters. They are only taking advantage of the protests and using them as cover for their own secret agenda. The issue with rioting and looting is that it tarnishes not only the Black Lives Matter movement, but it reinforces the negative African American stereotypes that were imposed on us in the beginning. We should continue to distance ourselves from that and prove our doubters wrong so that we may move forward together and no longer be chained to the past.

Just because you are against rioting and looting doesn’t mean you can’t be against racism. Join in the nonviolent protests and prove the media wrong. The media claims to shed light on all the violence and looting and defend it by saying that’s the more important thing to cover. But we need to show them otherwise. The media needs to be more unbiased and showcase the good parts such as the actual nonviolent protests occurring and highlight the different races coming together to end this persistent issue that prevents America from being truly great.

While I don’t condone violence and retaliation against the police, can you really blame them? This has been going on for far too long and yet when football star, Colin Kaepernick started the peaceful protest of kneeling during the national anthem, it became a widespread controversy that was chastised for “disrespecting the patriots who fought for our freedom”. But what about the patriots who fought solely for our freedom? I believe it is within our right to freely protest how we choose. The oppressor shouldn’t be the one to tell the oppressed how we should/shouldn’t protest. Our voices need to be heard now more than ever. It’s evident that the President of the United States isn’t on our side (or ever was to begin with) so the power is bestowed to the true American citizens that join together and fight for a better future. We can no longer let this system kneel on our necks just as they kneeled on George Floyd’s and countless others.

I appreciate all my White and non-black POC friends who have reached out to me and asked for ways that they can help out. The first step is by educating yourself so you can spread the word and make your voices heard. Acknowledge your white privilege and use it to protect those who don’t have it. And please, if you are ever in the presence of racism whether it be friends or family, do not be afraid to call them out on it and help them shed that mindset. You are not born a racist, it is something that is taught. Most importantly don’t stop there. Don’t call out racism in public just to keep your reputation. How you act in private shows your true character. When you’re in the comfort of your friends, it’s easy to say what you know you can get away with. But in order to truly change we must call out racism even in those private moments to prove that you are anti-racist. Understand that you’ll never fully understand what we go through, but don’t let that discourage you from helping us fight for our human rights. Learn from us, to be exposed to different perspectives and allow that to open your mind to the bigger world out there and stand in solidarity with us.

So I ask that the main takeaway, is to fight not for change today but for change tomorrow as well so we’re guaranteed a just future. The offenders being arrested for the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery are only short term solutions for a long term issue. Don’t let the flame die out there but keep protesting because we still have a long way to go.

RIP to my fellow African American brothers and sisters. You are gone but never forgotten. #SayTheirName #BlackLivesMatter

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Bored in Quarantine and in Quarantine Bored?

By: Chris Perkins

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Hello world, apologies for the unexpected disappearance but Current State of Mind has finally returned with loads of content! Currently, COVID-19 has impacted all of us in numerous ways and so I hope that all of our readers have been social distancing and following the stay at home orders in their respective states. If you’ve survived the banana bread and the Dalgona coffee trends, then pat yourselves on your back. We’ve compiled a playlist of songs we’ve had on repeat for those of you who have become social media zombies or are mowing your lawn twice a day.

With Current State of Mind’s Quarantine Jams, we provide 44 songs with a diverse range of old and new music guaranteed to expand your Spotify music taste. For fans of Rock, we have music from bands such as Highly Suspect, Death From Above 1979. For Pop fans, this playlist includes artists such as Dua Lipa, Niall Horan, and Hot Chelle Rae. For Alternative fans we have new music from groups such as The Driver Era, COIN plus more. R&B fans can listen to music from Chloe x Halle, St. Paul & The Broken Bones among many others. For Rap fans you can find Drake, Playboi Carti, and Jaden. And yet this playlist has more to offer, including music for Indie, Funk, Jazz, and others. Follow the playlist, press shuffle, and prepare to be taken on a wild journey as you traverse through various genres.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3XgfqL3vFaYiGIVSJdxD72?si=U6ijUrKLTAOVx31I-g6-PQ

Hot Chelle Rae Returns With Juicy New Single “Tangerine”

By: Chris Perkins

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“Tangerine, you’re all the color I need”

-Tangerine (2020)

After the re-emergence of Hot Chelle Rae with comeback single “I Hate LA” in 2019, the boys are back and better than ever with the release of highly anticipated “Tangerine” which shares its name with their upcoming US tour.

“Tangerine” was teased multiple times on the band’s social media during the months leading up to their comeback creating that initial demand for the song to be released. The excitement sparked HCR fans to create their own communication with the band by flooding their social media accounts with tangerine emojis and tangerine (orange) heart emojis as they patiently awaited for their new favorite song. And on February 21st, 2020 their wishes came true.

Jerrod Bettis takes production credit and the result is a track that feels like a breath of fresh air. Thanks to Bettis, Hot Chelle Rae locks into a new sound that’s perfect for them. The song opens up with with refreshing synths and snaps that accompany Ryan Follesé’s citrusy vocals as he delivers the first verse. “Tangerine” tells the story of a woman who is sweet yet has sour intentions when Follesé sings about how she’s taken all his money and sanity. But at the end of the day, Follesé is still craving more of her when she leaves. In the pre chorus, the rhythm section kicks it up a notch when the bass and drums kick in. If you aren’t dancing along by now, you certainly will be during the chorus which will have you singing your own personal duet with Follesé. Right before the bridge, the band’s lead guitarist Nash Overstreet delivers a slick, distorted guitar riff which fills in that final hole and completes the track when it returns at the end of the song.

Listening to this track will definitely give you your daily dose of Vitamin C and coincidentally the song finds itself within the musical key of C. By the end of the song you’ll be wishing it was longer so the fun never ends. Once again, Hot Chelle Rae proved their hiatus was worthwhile as they reached a new level of songwriting mastery along with finding their groove. This single precedes their upcoming EP which is expected to be released before the band embarks on The Tangerine Tour which starts on March 16th at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ.

Check out Tangerine below along with the list of Hot Chelle Rae tour dates for The Tangerine Tour. Go check them out when they are in a city near you!

March 16 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
March 18 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
March 20 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas
March 21 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
March 24 – Orlando, FL – The Abbey 
March 26 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
March 27 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
March 28 – Charleston, SC –  Music Farm
March 31 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground – Fillmore Charlotte
April 2 – Washington, DC – Union Stage – DC
April 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
April 6 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
April 9 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
April 10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
April 11 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Park
April 13 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Cleveland
April 14 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
April 16 – Detroit, MI – El Club 
April 19 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
April 20 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
April 21 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
April 23 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
April 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex 
April 26 – Seattle, WA – Neumos 
April 29 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
April 30 – San Francisco, CA – August Hall

You can purchase tickets online at hotchellerae.com

Follow @hotchellerae on all social media platforms!

Luke Swierczek Enters The Music Industry with His Debut EP

By: Chris Perkins

Released: October 15, 2019

I wrote these songs when inspiration struck me, so I immediately got to writing!

Luke Swierczek

On October 15, 2019, rock n’ roll’s newest artist, Luke Swierczek began his musical journey with his debut EP, Pronounced Sware-Zak. His EP contains tracks such as the catchy “Stubborn”, the soothing “Nightwalk Reminiscing”, and the psychedelic closer “Doors of Perception”. The title of the EP was named because “Polish last names are hard to pronounce so I decided to clear the air on that” which also adds a sense of authenticity due to the songs being his personal experiences through life. “I wrote these songs when inspiration struck me, so I immediately got to writing!”

“Pride, comes in many a different form. Pride, may cause you and your love to be torn”

“Stubborn” (2019)

Pronounced Sware-Zak opens with the Beatles-esque track “Stubborn” which takes you back to the 60’s once you hear the infectious opening guitar riff. “Stubborn” serves as his break-up anthem as the song discusses a failed relationship due to his past selfishness. Swierczek recalls “Stubborn” being the first track that started the EP claiming, “It wrote it when I was a heartbroken little teenage boy in the summer of ’16”. This track contains Swierczek’s favorite lyric off the EP, “Pride, comes in many a different form. Pride, may cause you and your love to be torn”. “Stubborn” is my favorite off the EP because I can’t help but snap along to this ear-candy. The theme is something that commonly happens so some fans can resonate with it. I’d love to see him do a remix with a full band behind him to give it a fuller effect.

Next up on the EP is the desert-rock track, “Nightwalk Reminiscing” which is a soothing instrumental track, perfect for a nightly walk. “‘Nightwalk Reminiscing’ came from when I would talk walks in the area around my house all the time” Swierczek recounts. This track is played on an acoustic guitar which makes it all the more calming as he strums through the tune.

“Doors of Perception” is the big finisher to the EP as it closes this chapter of his life with a 2 minute instrumental guitar solo which gives off a Pink Floyd inspiration. The true inspiration from the track comes from an artist by the name of Bane’s World. This dreamy track was written after a bad LSD trip explaining, “I’m not proud of this song’s inspiration…but this song is my favorite out of the bunch”. Coincidentally, this tracked was loved by fans of Swierczek as well, racking up the most Spotify streams out of the three.

Lastly, Luke Swierczek would like to shout out Jason Baxter for helping him produce this EP. He plans to put out new music in 2020. But for now, check out Pronounced Sware-Zak on all streaming services. Spotify link provided below.

Posted: February 21, 2020

NEW: Current State of Mind Launch!

By: Chris Perkins

Currently, Music!

— Current State of Mind

Welcome to the launch of Current State of Mind, Internet’s newest music news outlet. Expect to see a diverse amount of content such as one on one personal artist interviews, in depth reviews on tracks/albums, promotion for the newest, hottest tracks, and articles about major news within the music industry.

At Current State of Mind, our purpose is to go beyond the superficial level of music and artists that numerous music journalists tackle and be able to explore the deeper unknown regions. Our motto is: Currently, Music! Rather than hearing artists retell the same story about their past, we focus on exploring what’s going on currently, and look ahead at what’s to come in the future!

Be sure to follow us on all social media platforms by clicking the icons above because we will alert you guys on new posts, videos, and provide updates on Current State of Mind. For now, navigate the website and enjoy the first bits of content we have to offer. If you want to get content directly emailed to you, check out the C O N T A C T tab and don’t forget to subscribe!

Last but not least, I’m very excited to see where this journey takes us and see this idea that started up in my mind brought to fruition. I’d like to thank my friends and family for supporting my ambitious ideas and proving to me that anything is possible if you truly put your heart and soul into it.

Posted: February 21, 2020