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Month: July 2024

Artist Spotlight: AYDO8
Features, Interviews

Artist Spotlight: AYDO8

If you’re looking for a new artist to check out, then you’ve come to the right place: in this edition of 'Artist Spotlight', MendoWerks Magazine sat down with California-based multi-genre electronic music producer AYDO8. After spending some time with his discography, I can honestly say that AYDO8 jumped very quickly into my “Top 5 Wave Artists That I Need To See Live ASAP”–especially for an all-original set. It’s just banger after banger after banger. One thing that’s most notable is that AYDO8 truly knows how to maximize the dramatic impact of his vocal samples, like in “To The Edge.” Most recently, he released “Buried (waiting for you)” on Alter/Ego. which also displays this expert use of samples. Another personal favorite is his 2022 DEKTORA release, “Lets Go“. As a die-hard ...
2024 Music Festivals to Look Forward To… When It Cools Off in September
Events, Features

2024 Music Festivals to Look Forward To… When It Cools Off in September

If you're like me, then perhaps this summer is just a bit too fucking hot to do music festivals. Yeah, these record-breaking 2024 heatwaves suck... but never fear, for we at MendoWerks have put together a list of some US-based music festivals to look forward to when it cools off (hopefully) later on this year. My hope is that it'll be safe to go outside again by September... so let's start there. 2024 Music Festivals: September Okay, I lied to you... we're technically starting on August 30th, which is when Rocklahoma kicks off. Rocklahoma is a festival that's always been on my bucket list. They consistently have some of the best hard rock line-ups out there. This year, Rocklahoma has some very special-to-my-Zillennial-heart headliners: Evanescence, Avenged Sevenf...
A Relatable Tale: Let’s Watch the Music Video for “Alcohol You Now” by Jim Camacho
Features, Music

A Relatable Tale: Let’s Watch the Music Video for “Alcohol You Now” by Jim Camacho

A musical legend returns - earlier this month, Jim Camacho released a new single, "Alcohol You Now," via Dark Spark Music. In even more exciting news, the music video for this song just dropped today. With this new single, Jim Camacho combines his storytelling prowess with extraordinary Americana vibes, resulting in a song that captures the feeling of 'having a few brews with the boys and getting into some trouble' to a Twisted Tea... get it? Even if this isn't your usual genre of choice, I highly recommend checking this song out. I would especially recommend checking out the music video, which only adds to the great chaotic energy of the whole ordeal. The video also has a lot of charm, and features great cameos throughout. You can watch the video for "Alcohol You Now" on YouTube...
Get to Know: Era Lø [Exclusive Interview]
Features, Interviews

Get to Know: Era Lø [Exclusive Interview]

Earlier this year, we connected with Reno's own music producer, singer, virtual music festival founder, and mental health advocate, Era Lø. We chatted about her background in social services and how this experience has informed her artistry as well as about some exciting events she's been working on all summer, including her very own virtual music festival, which is scheduled for September. Coming up this month, Era Lø will be performing at Cypress in Reno as part of a Fem DJ Showcase on July 20, as well as during a benefit stream for Palestinian Families on Twitch on July 27. Without further ado, let's dive in. A Chat with Era Lø AM: Thanks for chatting with us! Would you please take a moment to introduce yourself to our MendoWerks readers?   Era Lø: Hola Maripos...
On Repeat: The Intoxicating Feeling of Twenty One Pilots
Features, Music, Reviews

On Repeat: The Intoxicating Feeling of Twenty One Pilots

When I was twelve, I really started to get into music. I started feeling it more than hearing it - emotions I didn't quite understand stirring in my chest, movement pulled from me by the chords and verses. I felt a connection to the artists I chose to put on, an invisible string tying them to me, tethered through relation. With that said, the first “alternative” band I got into was none other than Twenty One Pilots. The Intoxicating Feeling of Twenty One Pilots - A Reflection I used to have this app called Songza and that’s where I played my music from. On the app, there were playlists similar to Spotify that were sorted by genre or mood, resetting every day. I put one on shuffle, started cleaning my room, and let the music take me away. The first song was "Stressed Out" by Twe...