Monolith Tour

Probably a lot of people including myself have been patiently waited for almost four years until Thirty Seconds to Mars release new music and new tour dates. Now as most of you already know, two tracks from their upcoming album have already been released, “Walk on Water” and “Dangerous night”. The band is starting their European tour tonight in Basel – Switzerland and visiting Sweden on two different dates, April 22nd and August 20th.

Click the link below to read a personal Thirty Seconds to Mars story of mine, including pictures of my 30STM tattoo.

https://theurbanside.com/2016/12/30/i-am-the-echelon/

Am I going to see you in any of these dates?

 

Here’s a sneak pic of the Monolith tour, posted at official Thirty Seconds to Mars Instagram about an hour ago, which for some reason has been already taken down.

See you this summer at the Monolith Tour! ❤

Xxx,

Irene

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” We Are The Wolves Of Winter”

Hey Guys!

Last night was one of my highlight moments this summer! 😀 Biffy Clyro performed at Gröna Lund and I had the chance to shoot them. I have wanted to do that for so long and last night I finally got the opportunity to do it.

I personally believe that Biffy Clyro is an extremely talented band, but what made their performance ever greater last night was the fact that they played at Gröna Lund.

Gröna Lund is a magical place to perform in the summertime and I think that it works both sides. I can only imagine that last night was as magical to them playing, as to us watching their performance.

I had the chance to see them also last October in Munchenbryggeriet here in Stockholm as well, feel free to take a look on my last piece here: https://theurbanside.com/2016/11/02/you-are-creating-all-the-bubbles-at-night/ 

In the meantime, here are the moments that were captured on my camera last night!

Take a look and enjoy friends! Cheers! 😀

Xxx,

Irene

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Bubbles

Hey Friends!

In my personal opinion, this summer’s highlight shows in town are going to be Biffy Clyro and Rival Sons, both of which are going to play in Gröna Lund this month. Biffy Clyro are performing on the 8th of August and Rival Sons on the 18th.

Until then, here’s a pic that was taken at the Biffy Clyro show last October in Munchenbryggeriet, Stockholm – Sweden.

Have a great week friends with lots of music and positivity, cheers!

Xxx,

Irene

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“You said your life needed something special, well here I am.”

Hey dear music friends! 

I have been thinking a lot before creating this post, but I finally decided that I want to share it. I do believe that some things are better kept for very few, but just like I always do, I wanted to publicly share one more night in my music life. 

I am not sure if what I am about to write will get personal, or too personal but this is what I know; Creating a post about one of the people that have convinced me to believe in myself, and creating it from where I stand now, is as personal as it can get. 

About ten years ago, around my fifteenth year of age, I finally realized that no matter how life turns out to be, I will try my best to put my life in the music path. That was a thing that I got really made fun of, mostly by my teachers at school. Saying to a middle school teacher back in those days that you want to work with music management, was a thing that most of them wouldn’t understand. And as a consequence of that, they would make fun of it. 

Around this time, a new TV series started playing on the television. A series that to its most part was based in art and music. The series was called “One Tree Hill.” And there was this girl I loved in that show. She had curly, blonde hair, she always had on a Ramones or Guns N’ Roses t-shirt on and she lived in her own reality surrounded by music. In a reality that she created for herself because she couldn’t bare the one that she was living. She was always lost in her own world, drawing sketches, filling her room’s walls with endless tunes from her vinyls. The Doors, Cure, Queens of the Stone age. 

It was a character I couldn’t relate more really. She believed in herself, in her power and her ruthless hunger to meet people who actually create this art in the first place. As a part of her character was also to find new local acts and help them play in any local scene she could find. And when she reached a point when she couldn’t make it happen, she created the chance on her own, and created a new music scene where all the local acts should be feeling free to share their art with the world. 

The music created for this show was officially released on records by CW, something that I rushed to find out about. There were so many good music acts, acts that made you believe that it is not going to be easy maintaining the steps forward. But it is going to be worth it. It is going to be okay. Even if you are the only one believing in yourself and your abilities. 

One of the acts that I have really loved was an artist called Tyler Hilton. He was also part of the series at some point, playing an artist named Chris Keller. Tyler Hilton’s talent was something that you could instantly sense once you took a glimpse in his music. He convinced you that it shouldn’t be anything more than that really, but a talented person up on a stage, with a guitar in his hands and his voice to let your imagination fly away and take you anywhere you possibly want. Make you believe all the things that you want to believe, make music be about what it should be. Authentic and real. Moments in the show that I have been wishing to be a part of in real life for more than ten years. I used to always think that it could be possible at some point, but how could it be when I am sitting in a room on the other side of the world, having no idea what music really is, or how it actually works. How, when, could it really happen. Three words that I have been asking myself for so long. 

As the years have been passing by and with one way or another I am where I am today, there is still a part in me that wants to believe in that girl’s passion in the show. Like she is a part of me and I can relate to her through music. There is this connection that not all people can understand. And a part of this connection is also the fact that I wanted to see and meet all the artists that she did when she was like me. 

Last Thursday, a teenage wish of mine came true. Tyler Hilton was in town. In a music scene that I have never been before. It  was all new. I didn’t know how I should feel except from the fact that I felt I was a part of One Tree Hill. Just like I have been wishing for ten years now. But besides that, should I really be crying through all of his show? That would be a bit weird wouldn’t it.. So I tried to hold back my tears, at least for as long as he was playing up on that stage. 

He said that he has been making music longer than we would know and he used to travel from country to country in Europe playing music on the streets for coins. Most artists nowadays don’t really like talking about “the struggle”. It is not pretty, it is not fun, and as a part of the new- trending -washed- up artistic “Life style”, it is not interesting. But he is not like that. He is a humble true artist, that wasn’t afraid to share his struggle with us that night. Real and authentic. And that is what constantly attracts me in artistry. I couldn’t relate more to his words this night. The struggle. It hides secrets, dark ones, but it also hides the truth, the pain, and the reason why you stand where you stand today. To me, this is what matters. 

As he was standing up on that stage and I was constantly trying to hide my tears from falling, I was thinking that I want to talk to him after the show. I want to share my story, even if I have to do it in thirty seconds. He has to know it. This kind of story telling can be very inspirational for an artist. At least I have heard so. 

Before the last song of his, and as it was one of the “One tree hill” ones, he jumped down from the small stage and came right in the middle of the crowd. He said “Now you will all have a taste of what I did in the streets of Europe a long time ago. I am not going to use any microphone so try to be really quiet.” 

He came in between us and we created a circle around him. The lights were really dim, and you could only see the camera lights of people’s phones gathered around him. He took a deep breath and scratched his guitar; and then “Dancing when the stars go blue….” A clear moment of pure happiness. 

After that last song, he left his guitar on stage and came around us. He said “I want to hang out with all of you and meet you all in person. Let’s do it.” 

I was there waiting with my sister for the rest of the kids to take a picture with him and at the same time I was thinking, should I really tell him what’s on my mind? But then.. The next thought of mine was, that he was real with us, so the least I can do is return this realness back. 

As I reached out to him and gave him a hug, I told him, “Hey Tyler, my name is Irene, I am greek, not really from around, but I have known you and have been in love with your music for more than ten years now. We have been waiting for you to come here all this time, we are so glad that you finally made it.” 

He couldn’t believe his ears; “Are you serious? Wow, I can’t believe it. I am so glad you guys came to the show. I will try my best to be back soon.” He seemed so surprised. Like how can music actually be this powerful to travel all the widths of Earth. I know. I ask myself the same thing every day. 

After we hugged and said goodbye for the night, he reached out to us again, and thanked us again for joining the show, with a big smile wrapped around his face. 

When we walked out and I was finally able to cry, I really did feel like I was a part of a show. Like this wasn’t us that night. It was definitely Jesus. Or maybe it was us. Because we never stopped believing that something like that could happen. A lot of people might tell you, or you may see it written somewhere “Nothing is impossible.” But do you really believe it? Because from my life experience, if you are not the one that believes it to its chore, nobody will do it for you. And when your mind finally clicks, and you start believing, everything will be put on its place. Everything will make sense and start being beautiful again. If you don’t believe it, take this post as an example. And use it anytime you feel blurry. At the end of the day, this is why I decided to publish it. 

I am sitting here in my balcony in this Swedish summer evening wondering if it really happened, and I remind myself that it did. I have the pictures as a proof. You can do the same someday. It is not that hard once you start to believe. 

Tyler Hilton’s music to us was a distant light somewhere in that tunnel. But we managed to reach out to that light and make it ours. Kind of like the symbolism of hope. I really hope and wish for you all to be able to do the same if you feel this way about music. 

Here are some pictures that we took that night. They were not taken the “professional way”, just in a way that music helped two girls change their stars. 

Have a great new week my friends, with lots of music, and take care. 🙂 

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Memories

Hey friends! Today I was going through some old pictures and I found this one of me and Gus G., when he was in Stockholm last February for a couple of interviews about his then upcoming tour “We are the Fire” .

This picture was taken a while after the interview was over a long and very interesting one actually! Gus G. was the first artist that I ever interviewed and despite the fact that I was really nervous but yet excited, it felt so good once it was done, because I learned so much through this experience by a talented artist who respects his work. What it is like for instance to be your own boss, or where you get your inspiration from once you write a song. What it feels like when you perform in front of a 30.000 people audience or a 35 people audience. Such interesting stuff that I could be talking or writing for endless hours.

If you have not checked out the interview yet, or if you want to take a look at the pictures from his show in Stockholm last winter, feel free to click at the links below. 🙂

Have a great day / night my friends with lots of music!

https://theurbanside.com/2015/02/04/gus-g-interview-in-stockholm-2015-02-04/

https://theurbanside.com/2015/03/09/gus-g-live-in-stockholm-2015-03-08/

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Flashback

Hey dear friends 🙂 Today is one of these days when you wake up and a certain song is stuck on your brain and you keep singing it all day long even though you have no idea where it came from. Here is the song that hit me today, I have no idea where it came from, but I used to love it when I was a kid. I love both its melody and lyrics, and I highly believe it is a very sentimental and true song. Have you heard of it? Or the band?

Have a great day folks and an even greater weekend, spread love and be kind to one another. ❤

Nate Ruess @ Södra Teatern / Stockholm

Tonight we were at Södra Teatern here in Stockholm to check out Nate Ruess on his solo tour. I had seen him once before, two years ago here in Stockholm with Fun. In my opinion, I believe that he is one of the most talented artists of our generation. He is a great performer, he is really interactive with his audience and most importantly he makes good music. I love his positivity and his attitude on stage and I also love the fact that he is showing endless passion and sparkle up on the scene. He is also super stylish and there is good chemistry and “cohesiveness” with the rest of his band. To me, this is how a band should look like. To be out on a Wednesday night, like tonight, and to see a band that does not forget the purpose of music in life. I hope you guys feel the same way about him, and believe that his music is really positive and embraces us to celebrate life.

Here is some moments that I captured on my camera, if you want feel free to follow me on Instagram (@Irenepavlidi ) to check out some live videos from the show 🙂

Have a great day / night friends with lots of music! 🙂 ❤

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