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rundown with sdk


ity crusin’ with sdk, the rad youtube collab group where we explored through New York City and Hollywood. The guys were super chill and very down to earth. What’s not to love, their videos are so creative, week by week. Be prepared to be mind blown as this collab group take the world by storm. We got the pleasure to get to know every member in the group and how truly awesome they are. We welcome you to our winter issue. So you better read on to find out more about our cover studs, SDK. CONNECT// + reach SDK’s personal twitters + @joeygattotv / @joshsobo / @nick_thehat / @adambongo / @ryanabe / @joesantagato / @jonahgreen


+ W I N T E R t u nes +

+ HOT COCOA DREAMS + It’s been a wonderful Christmas and 2014 is going to be some major epic awesomeness for Local Wolves. I’m very excited for the upcoming issues especially the anniversary issue releasing in April. Brings back so many memories. Take advantage of your winter break and go explore and bring your friends along too. I plan to take more trips to Los Angeles and Hollywood, so much to see. Until then, stay forever creative and never forget about your city roots.


Cathrine Khom

+ ma j or than k s +

Flying somewhere,


Special thanks: 11:11 Apparel, Ariana and The Rose, BoyMeetsWorld, Culprit, Dresses, Heffron Drive, Letlive., Now, Now, Poo Bear, SDK, Tonight Alive + Adam Buongiovanni, Dustin Belt, Jenna McDougall, Joe Santagato, Joey Gatto, Jonah Green, Josh Sobo, Kendall Schmidt, Nick Buongiovanni, Ryan Abe. Major thanks to our photographers, graphic designers and rad writers who helped with this issue. Much love to our wolfies from the moon and back!


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+ B OY M E E TS WOR L D tal ks to us about T H E I R STOR I ES AS A BA N D + loads M OR E


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wrap up + cathrine khom

holiday guide + madison bass-taylor


diy department + madison bass-taylor


munchies + jackie rozett


quad talk











+ gleann ignacio + cathrine khom + katelyn rikel

+ allyn bernardo + katelyn rikel

+ allyn bernardo + katelyn rikel

+ lexie alley

+ jessica goldman + alice isidore

+ katelyn rikel + lexie alley


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+ katelyn rikel

+ gleann ignacio

+ chris lampkins

+ amanda ferrarese + rachel kober + cathrine khom 56 // wolfie flashback 59 // wolfie yearbook 62 // gallery

issue eleven // winter twenty thirteen

SDK founder / editor-in-chief cathrine khom copy editor sophia khom head publicist mare rozran graphic designers fiona yeung / isabel ramos diy director madison bass-taylor beauty director allyn bernardo contributing writers allyn bernardo, rachel d’arcy, amanda ferrarese, jessica goldman, gleann ignacio, jake mazon, shawn mulcahy, alexis march, katelyn rikel contributing photographers lexie alley, philipp ammon, hannah branigan, chris coe, kelly hamilton, amanda harle, sarah hoffman, gleann ignacio, alice isidore, clare kim, rachel kober, chris lampkins, sophia li, alex ljubinovic, carolina londono, lhoycel marie, eric mooney, maria monge, dunja opalko, amanda ramirez, elisa rodriguez, eman el saied, priti shikotra, madison bass-taylor, katie thompson description local wolves magazine, an online and print publication based from southern california, usa. we focus on embracing the local scene. we combine forces with talented folks from different cities to organizations, sharing stories about their favorite local places. between the pages in our issues, we stick to our main focus by showcasing local favorites. do us a favor and go explore delicacies in your area. connect inquiries purchase issues not sold in stores, available online only


the wolf pack O U R W O L F I E S chat a b o u t their fa v orite memories of 2 0 1 3

nicholas karlin

+ photographer, maryland Lupe Fiasco at the 9:30 Club reminds me of how far I’ve come from the beginning of this year shooting smaller bands and local shows at bars to becoming a venue’s house photographer. + TUNE OF CHOICE + letter of intent // ducktails

eman el saied

+ photographer, washington d.c. This photo was when my boyfriend and I saw Above & Beyond for the first time, our favorite artist and it’s still so surreal that we actually saw them. + TUNE OF CHOICE + a thing called love // above & beyond

eric mooney

+ photographer, california I remember being in the pit having such a blast, totally engulfed in the energy of the moment. When all of a sudden he leaned backwards and made eye contact with me. + TUNE OF CHOICE + like a stranger // kitten

allyn ber nardo

+ beauty director, california Being able to see Justin Timberlake perform for free at Jimmy Kimmel Live. I’ve been a huge fan ever since his ‘Nsync days when I was 8 years old. + TUNE OF CHOICE + still into you // paramore

amanda harle

+ photographer, arizona Peru at Huanchaco Beach, where I learned how to surf, met some cute foreign guys, watched the sunset with my friends, created new relationships, and was a witness to the baptism of one of my best friends. + TUNE OF CHOICE + what are you waiting for? // paradise fears

monthly • round • up YOUTUBE CRAZE << Whether you search up a DIY on how to create something super cool for your room or want to just sit back and relax to some good ‘ol comedy, then Youtube is your cure to anything. Youtubers, vloggers + content creators have awesome videos that you should be more exposed to because as a community of innovative thinkers, devoted dreamers and passionate writers, we can unite to become even more legendary than before.

STORYTELLERS << Storytellers, a web based series created by Joey Graceffa has become one of the most talked about, series in the Youtube world. Such an amazing cast, beautifully written script and fans get to see another side of Joey’s talented side of acting as he takes on the role of Hunter Crowley which allowed him to challenge himself a bit more.

KYLIE + KENDALL << The stylish sisters, Kylie and Kendall Jenner has more to the plate than what you see in the fresh press of social media. Their sweet line, as taken the target of teen fashion by storm. With unique pieces that represents the sisters’ personal style adds a dash of awesomeness. We can’t wait to see more amazing things created by these lovely ladies.

JAM SESSIONS << The best things to look forward to the upcoming year will have to be the tours, festivals, conventions and concerts being lined up. Get your calendar ready and we suggest you plan an epic road trip type adventure with your closest buds to explore the city and try new cuisines. Start planning out your spring break and summer vacation, make the best of what you got!

THE VAMPS << What is not to love about a rad group of dudes that create cool beats and rhythm to their songs with a mega fanbase as well? The Vamps has scored as our number one, eye candy band for this year and since their track, “Wild Heart” was released, we must confess that they are our breakout band of 2014. So many great things coming ahead for this UK band, we will definitely dance along to.


+ holiday shopping at love & beauty by forever 21 + words: madison bass-taylor

1. Metallic Polka Dot Cosmetic Bag - $6.80 The perfect sized pouch to fit all of these great goodies. 2. Face Glow Kit - $6.80 This face glow kit includes bronzer, eyeshadow + blush to highlight your features, giving your face an all day glow. 3. Powder Brush - $7.80 A great, soft brush to apply your makeup.

4. Glitter Palette - $3.80 This eye shadow palette adds a sweet shimmering glow to your eyes.

7. Voluminzing Mascara $3.80 Enhance your natural lashes with this volumizing mascara.

5. Velvet Finish Lipstick $3.80 Give your lips the perfect matte finish with this velvet lipstick.

8. French Bulldog Compact Mirror - $3.80 The perfect little pocket mirror featuring a cute french bulldog.

6. Rose Petal Nail Polish $2.80 Add the perfect pop of color to your nails with a shimmery finish.

9. Glam Polka Dot Nail Stickers - $1.80 Customize your nails with the perfect manicure nail stickers.

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quad talk L O C A L A P PA R E L



+ words: gleann ignacio

Designer: Bobby Mares Residency: Las Cruces, NM Favorite local turf: I love Caliches Frozen Custard! It’s a fun little ice cream-esque place that everybody loves here in Las Cruces.

What are some of your duties to running the line? BM: Some of the duties of running a clothing line is coming up with fun designs that you love, setting up and managing an online store, taking sick promotional pictures and modeled pictures and shipping out orders to the amazing customers! What is the most popular item in the store and what do you think are some attributes that make a quality product? BM: People seem to love the Coral Heart Drop Bear tee! That shirt shows off the Heart Drop Bear with it’s heart on the floor in front of it, ripped right out of it’s chest. He still has a smile and cotton candy in hand! I love that shirt as well, it’s so cutesy but so brutal at the same time haha. I believe a good material and print are great but the most important thing is a great design. We try to include all three in every product! What kinds of things are the sources of inspiration you draw from in order to create new items? BM: I love looking at art on Tumblr. Different color combinations and different creative art give me ideas and inspiration. What is your favorite thing about running Heart Drop Clothing? BM: I love having creative control! I love getting to design and shirt and later be wearing that same idea. I love every aspect of this job! You also work on another project, My Genuine Find, how do you manage your time? BM: I try to stay as busy as possible with creative things. I love being creative and love every opportunity and way I can do so! I’m always working but the best part about my “work” is that it’s all things that I love to do.



kaliee mckenzie + words: katelyn rikel

Meet Kailee, a beauty based Youtuber from West Virginia. Kailee started her channel back in 2010, and has been making waves in the YouTube beauty community ever since. Also known as “Kaileemckenzie,” her channel consists of a variety of different videos including lookbooks, monthly favorites, makeup tutorials, popular tag videos, music playlists, hauls, and Q&A’s. She always makes her videos a pleasure to watch with her down to earth attitude, commitment, passion for fashion, and her passion for Youtube. Her ability to style different pieces and textures together make her edgy, yet classic style an inspiration to many of her viewers. She hopes to, maybe one day, use this ability in the fashion industry. Although Kailee keeps her hands full balancing her Youtube life and her personal life, her videos are always filled with so much positivity and encouragement; it’s not a wonder she is a favorite among many! YOUTUBE// Main channel: kaileemckenzie Vlog Channel: LittleMissKailee Tweet // @thelifeofkailee





brandy melville

We heart Brandy Melville. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a statement that is true for those fashionistas that want simplicity added to their wardrobe. They have comfy cardigans, skirts, beanies, accessories and tees that are one size fit all. They are expanding outside of the USA but what makes BM special is that you can recreate amazing looks with their essential pieces. WEBSITE//



shannon alexa bray Residency: Orlando, FL Favorite local turf: Merritt Island, FL + Orange Factory in Cocoa, FL

When did you first become interested in photography? SB: I first took an interest in photography when I was fifteen. Got a Nikon D3000 for my birthday and just started photographing everything. I sucked for like two years, but everything was a learning process. I bought myself the Canon 5D Mark II for my seventeenth birthday and that camera really got me exploring and shooting every day. What is in your camera bag right now? SB: My Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm 1.4, 35mm 2, 16-35mm 2.8, LaCie rugged hard drive, card reader, nearly 100 USB cords, and candy. Five current obsessions? SB: The 1975, changing my hair color, SkinnyTea, hats + blogging. WEBSITE//

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beauty: best of 2013 + words: allyn bernardo and katelyn rikel















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1. High End - Makeup Forever HD High Definition Foundation $42: A must-have, oil-free liquid foundation that provides medium to full coverage. Blends flawlessly to create a “soft-focus” effect. 2. Drugstore - Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation $10: Super light with buildable coverage. Perfect for achieving a fresh look.

3. High End - Bobbi Brown Color Corrector Concealer $22: Perfect for neutralizing dark undereye circles or simply for some extra coverage on blemishes! 4. Drugstore - Loreal True Match Concealer $7: Miraculously matches both skin tone and texture in order to create more even skin and conceal any blemishes!

tinted moisturizer

5. Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 $36: The perfect oil-free, ultra light tinted moisturizer. Consists of SPF 20, and formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Blends seamlessly.

face powder

6. High End - Makeup Forever Pro Finish Powder $36: Apply as a foundation or setting powder to create a beautiful, natural matte finish. 7. Drugstore - Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder $6: A fresh, breathable, shade-true powder that creates a super natural finish.

face primer

8. Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer $32: A primer that works up to 15 hours to keep your foundation looking fresh and flawless!

makeup setter

9. High End - Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray $15-$30 (depending on size): Keep your makeup looking flawless for up to 16 hours with this paraben-free, sulfate-free, and phthalate-free weightless setting spray!


10. High End - NARS Powder Blush $29: All of the NARS blush are made with a super smooth, gorgeous, sheer formulation. NARS provides so many unique, natural shades to choose from. 11. Drugstore - Elf Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder $3: Excellent dupe for the NARS Orgasm and Laguna blush and bronzer duo!

12. High End - Benefit Bronzing Powder in Hoola $28: A beautiful, boxed, contouring bronzing powder that is perfect for creating a healthy and natural looking tan all yearround! 13. Drugstore - NYC Smoothing Skin Bronzing Powder $3: Glides on smoothly and adds a beautiful, sheer glow!

14. NARS Albatross Highlighter $29: Creates a breathtaking, sheer, light golden sheen! An unbelievably soft and high quality formulation.

eyeshadow primer|base

15. High End- NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base $24: This lightweight eyeshadow primer allows cream and powder eye colors to stay looking vibrant and stay creaseless all day long! It is also fragrance-free and dermatologist tested! 16. Drugstore - Maybelline Color Tattoo $7: This cream formula comes in a wide variety of pigments and glides on the lid smoothly for long-lasting wear without creasing! Perfect to use as a base under other eyeshadows, or even wear it on its own!


17. High End - Stila Stay All Day Water Proof Liquid Eyeliner $20: Waterproof liquid liner with a marker tip that allows for easy and precise application. Stays all day without smudging! Create a thin line or even a bold dramatic line! 18. Drugstore - Maybelline New York Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner $8: Achieve excellent precision and intense color with this 24-hour wear, smudgeproof/waterproof gel formula eyeliner!

brow product

19. High End - Anastasia Brow Powder Duo $23: The perfect smudgeproof and lightweight formula creates a natural brow look, and each compact contains two shades to ensure the perfect brow color for anyone! 20. Drugstore - Milani Easybrow Pencil $5: Consists of a smooth-glide formula, perfect for filling in and lining brows! Even has a spoolie brush at the end of the pencil for easy blending.


21. High End - Diorshow Mascara $25: An award winning mascara! Super creamy formula that allows you to build up a dramatic look to achieve a false-lash effect. 22. Drugstore - Maybelline New York Falsies $6: Create voluminous and bold lashes with the spoon-like applicator on this mascara! Get the “falsies” look without the clumps!

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cheek|lip stain

23. High End - Benetint by Benefit $30: A holy grail among many. This rose colored stain is perfect to add a hint of color on the cheeks or a buildable flush of color on the lips! “The sexiest flush you can get from a bottle.” 24. Drugstore - Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains $6: This lightweight lipstain adds a beautiful, long-lasting flush of color to your lips. These chubby crayons come a in a variety of vibrant shades and are super easy to apply.


25. High End - Tarte Lipsurgence Matte Lip Tint $24: A best-seller! Contains a matte formula that still allows for total moisturization. Each Lipsurgence has a refreshing peppermint scent and are highly pigmented. Formulated without synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, parabens, and more! 26. Drugstore - Wet And Wild Mega Last Lip Color $3: Super hydrating, semi-matte/creme finish is perfect for adding a pop of color.

lip treatment

27. High End - Korres Lip Butter $12: A super buttery balm that adds both shine and a stain to your lips. Comes in a variety of beautiful flavors/shades, and is formulated with natural oils and extracts to condition the lips. 28. Drugstore - Smith’s Rosebud Salve $6: A definite holy grail, multipurpose product. Use to soothe dry lips, heal irritation, and use anywhere on the skin that is dry! Formulated with a calming rose aroma, the perfect treatment.

beauty applicator

29. High End - Beauty Blender $20: Apply your makeup flawlessly with this makeup sponge applicator! 30. Drugstore - Elf Powder Brush $3: A super soft and very absorbent synthetic haired Taklon brush is wonderful for creating the perfect sculpted look.

nail polish

31. High End - OPI Nail Lacquer $9: Contains an exceptional range of shades; anything from your neutrals to your bold and daring colors. Excellent quality formula! 32. Drugstore - Revlon Nail Enamel $5: Delivers creamy and chip resistant quality in a wide variety of gorgeous colors.

facial cleanser

33. Origins Checks And Balance Frothy Face Wash Cleanser $20: The perfect gentle cleanser that balances both dry and oily areas on the face. Great for all skin types!

facial moisturizer

34. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream With Super 7 Complex $42: This moisturizer enhances radiance, prevents signs of aging, and provides all day moisturization. Intense hydration improves elasticity.


face oil

35.Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil $46: This 100% pure organic Marcuja oil promotes firmer, more radiant and smooth skin.

eye treatment

36. High End - Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment $29: Apply on the delicate eye region for gentle moisturization. 37. Drugstore - Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller $8: Perfect for diminishing dark circles and any sort of puffiness!

all-over body exfoliators

38. Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub $20: A smoothing exfoliant made with brown sugar, lime, almond oil, and macadamia grains. A wonderful smelling and invigorating scrub that leaves skin unbelievably soft.


39. Original Mane n’ Tail $7: An original favorite that helps to achieve fuller, longer, healthier and stronger hair.


40. High End - Carol’s Daughter Moisturizing Hair Smoothie $20: A deep, moisturizing repair treatment that leaves hair shiny and soft. An immediate difference after just one use! 41. Drugstore - Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Treatment $3: An affordable alternative that penetrates dry hair and adds intense hydration and softness. Smells amazing!

hair styling product

42. High End - It’s A 10 Leave In Product $20-$40 (depending on size): A miracle product that does ten amazing things for your hair. Skip having to buy and use ten different hair products when you can just use this one! 43. Drugstore - Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil $8: Penetrates hair shaft and delivers softness and shine, while also strengthening.

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munchies + time to grab some delicious food at suppa’s pizza & subs + words & photos: jackie rozett


suppa’s pizza & subs

uppa’s Pizza and Subs in Lowell, Massachusetts boasts much more than the simple title on the signs out front. With a massive menu encompassing both sides of the restaurant as you walk in, Suppa’s serves everything from massive pizza slices to ribs to pasta and salads. A favorite of students at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, whos north campus is just steps away, Suppa’s caters to every desire you could have for lunch, dinner, or a late night snack. Best known for their “Fat Chicken” sub (but also avaliable in pizza or calzone form), Suppa’s piles chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, french fries, mozzarella cheese, and marinara sauce high on an open sub roll. While the Fat Chicken is pretty much guaranteed to fill you up for the day, if not most of the week, Suppa’s offers an amazing selection of any food you could possibly crave. It’s definitely a place not to miss if you ever find yourself in the Mill City. fat chicken sub

+ suppa’s pizza & subs + 94 university avenue // lowell, ma 01854 mon - wed 10am-11pm // thu - sat 10am-2am sun 12pm-11pm

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discovery + now, now // at the basement in columbus, ohio + photos: lexie alley

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culprit + words: jessica goldman + photos: alice isidore


heir music has received rave reviews; they’ve toured with Happy Body Slow Brain, Dance Gavin Dance, and I The Mighty, and they were LA’s famous Whisky A Go-Go’s band of the month. Culprit’s most recent EP “Totem,” which came out this past August, showcases a more mature, cohesive sound than the band’s previous releases. “I think there’s definitely more dynamic in the sense that we’ve uncovered more ground on both ends of the heavy/calm spectrum,” said Zach Blumenfeld, who plays bass. “We’ve found ourselves writing a few calmer grooves, while also getting a bit heavier here and there. I guess we didn’t necessarily intend to broaden it in that way, it’s just sort of what came out.” Yet what makes Culprit truly stand out is their simple yet honest and powerful songwriting. “Some of my personal favorite lyrics from the record would have to be, “We have faith in the divine. Thought we’d be so much more, so curse self-worth,” from “Bodies Divided,” or “All I know is that, we’re all in this for something,” from “Totem,” said Blumenfeld. “I also love the message in “Bodies Divided” and how much truth it rings. And the lyric from Totem just always hits me a certain way, regardless of how simple the words are.” Over the years Culprit has played countless West Coast venues, as well as a few all over the U.S. But unlike a lot of bands, their live show is continually evolving; one Culprit show is never the same as the next. “We’re constantly changing our set and rarely ever play the same songs that we did at our last show,” said Brian Fulda, who plays guitar.


“We’re always evolving what we play so a lot of the energy and moods of the music change.” Since signing to Easy Killer Records, the band can definitely say it is pretty thrilling to have the support of a label. “We were certainly floored with excitement to have a team such as Easy Killer put so much faith into our band and want to help bring us to the next level,” said Blumenfeld. “It’s an amazing feeling, honestly, and we’re super grateful for everything that led us here.” Creating music may be the band’s passion at heart, but the members reveal that other forms of art are definitely important in their lives as well. “I myself am passionate about graphic design, Brian is an incredibly talented and passionate photographer who’s also quite accredited, Jason loves to draw and is an amazing artist (he actually drew the original concept for the “Analogue” cover art) and Travis is very passionate about writing and also very talented at voice impressions (seriously, any character or celebrity voice - he can nail it),” said Blumenfeld. The band currently resides in the San Fernando Valley, just north of Los Angeles, and of course burger places were the first to be mentioned when we asked about their favorite local joints. “There are a couple great burger/beer spots in the valley that we like to frequent, one called Blue Dog in Sherman Oaks and another called Prohibition Burgers in Tarzana,” said Blumenfeld. “For breakfast, probably either VIP’s, Four ‘n 20, or Jinky’s. Obviously we like to eat a lot.”

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day in the life:

machines are people too

+ words + photos: madison bass-taylor


ver wonder what your favorite band does before you see them take the stage? Well, on November 29th, we hung out with the Nashville synth-pop band Machines Are People Too to show you what happens before that moment. I had never heard of Machines Are People Too before this shoot. I was flying home to Atlanta for Thanksgiving and wanted to see what shows were going on while I was there. Stumbling upon a Moon Taxi show happening only a few blocks from my house, the opening bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name, Machines Are People Too, caught my attention. Not knowing anything, I had to look them up. After listening to their music


and falling in love with their synth-pop sound, I immediately contacted them about doing this shoot because I knew our readers would love these tunes. Our day started off around 4 pm, meeting at Whole Foods just behind the venue. After meeting 3 out of the 5 members, JJ, Daniel, and Brian, we went inside to grab some coffee while we waited for the other two, Ivan and Cain. Once we got everyone together, we took some shots outside of Whole Foods and then headed back to the venue. After getting a couple of instruments out of the van, we headed over to a dressing room so they could work on changing

guitar and bass strings. Halfway through changing strings, the band got moved to a different dressing room down in the basement. Connected to the room was a huge storage room filled with Christmas decorations, big red chairs, and a huge cheesy photo/painting thing of some musicians. After changing strings and getting settled in, there was a ton of time to kill as their sound check got pushed back to a later time. The guys were supposed to sound check earlier, but there was a miscommunication. In the meantime, we went back over to Whole Foods, wasted some time, and got some pizza, chai seed drinks, and chocolate covered espresso beans. Once we got back, the second band had been sound checking and ended up having a little jam session. Some of the guys from Machines started jamming along downstairs to what they were playing and were talking about how it would be funny if there could be a video/ audio feed that crossed in with their sound check. The guys

were also trying to figure out what they were going to do about merch. They ended up deciding on having a little black Friday deal, giving away 30 of their EPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. It had hit 7 pm and doors were set to open a 7:30 pm, not leaving much time for the guys to sound check. They ended up basically just doing a line check, checking volumes and that everything was working. In between the 7:30 pm doors and 8:30 pm show time, the guys just hung around, had a little to drink, and got in the zone, getting ready to play a sold out show. Once they hit the stage, the crowd lit up. You usually donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the openers get a lot of attention, but Machines Are People Too definitely left an impression on everybody.

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+ words: katelyn rikel + photos: lexie alley


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resses, the beloved Portland indie-pop duo, consists of vocalist/pianist Timothy Heller and vocalist/guitarist Jared Maldonado. This duo has certainly been making a name for themselves and can be heard on iTunes, Purevolume, Spotify, and YouTube. I​t all started when Timothy had contacted Jared through Facebook and told him that she had really enjoyed his solo music. Jared knew of Timothy because a few years back she had played in a band with guys that went to his high school, and Jared had even seen her play before in a battle of the bands! Of course, liking her music too, they eventually got together and started writing. From there, the duo formed Dresses, and have been growing together as music artists since January 2012. “There’s really no deep meaning to the name Dresses. Our friend thought of it while we were all thinking of names, and at first we all kind of disregarded it, but when we really came down to thinking of the name, that one stuck in our head the most so we went with it.” says Jared when he was describing the origin of the the band name. The two have recently released their debut album Sun Shy, which incorporates a lot of upbeat, happy, melodies with the underlying theme of love, an excellent reflection of Dresses as a whole. “I think we were just trying to make the album really fun and easy to listen to. A lot of it was just from our personal experiences and feelings, so there are some pretty emotional, lovey themes. Nothing too sad, though. We didn’t want to make anything too depressing to listen to,” says Timothy. Jared adds, “There’s a lot about love. There’s one song that means a lot to me that was about meeting someone else and feeling kind of crazy for wanting to be with somebody else.” ​ he duo finds inspiration through a variety of things T when writing, including inspiration through their general life experiences and emotions. “I’d say it’s pretty hard for me to write a song from just making up stories that don’t happen to me, so I just like to draw from emotions that I’m feeling at the time, and that’s where I get a lot of my influence from,” says Timothy. The two also draw inspiration from the music and artists they listen to. Jared claims that he listens to a lot of Beach Boys, Vampire Weekend, Local Natives, and Generationals.


He also listens to a group of sisters called HAIM, which Timothy loves as well. “Lately, I’ve been listening to HAIM, a group of sisters, and I definitely look up to them as I do a lot of female artists just because it’s inspiring to me. My favorite artist, though, is Drake and I listen to him almost all the time,” says Timothy. The duo has been growing and their music has greatly evolved since they first began to play together, and the two are very excited about how much easier it has become to write together as they both are learning how to write with another person.“ “When we first met, two of the songs on the album that we used were songs that we wrote before we even met, so comparing those songs to the ones that we wrote together, you can definitely tell that we are just getting better and more use to writing songs together,” says Timothy. Jared adds on to their excitement about their growth by saying, “I think now we are both excited to write and work on new stuff because we’ve been touring, so we’ve had a lot of live performance experience. That being said, I think that when we get home we want to start writing more and we’re going to have a whole new sort of outlook on how to write and what we want to write about.” ​ utside of creating such wonderful music, the couO ple enjoys going out and venturing through Portland, as well as just hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, and finding good things to eat. Throughout their entire journey, the two have made many exciting memories, some of which they will never forget.“ “I would say, for me, the first show we played with Kate Nash because it was one of our first shows ever, it was sold out, and we were just in front of a whole bunch of people. I think it was really cool for Timothy because she used to listen to Kate Nash in high school all the time, and it was just a really cool experience over all,” says Jared as he talks about one of his most memorable moments. Timothy claims that the overall craziness of being on tour together has been the most life changing and memorable. ​The duo has big plans in the future, especially for the new year, 2014.

of it was just from our personal experiences â&#x20AC;&#x153; Aandlotfeelings, so there are some pretty emotional, lovey themes. â&#x20AC;?

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tonight alive

+ words: jake mazon + photos: priti shikotra


enna McDougall, has no shortage of confidence when discussing the progress that Tonight Alive has made since they began playing in their parents’ garages in Sydney back in 2008. “Everyone around us was more worried about having a plan B than we ever were,” she shares when asked if the group had any doubts about making Tonight Alive a reality. Fast forward to 2013, a plan B appears even less relevant for a band that has two Warped Tours under their belts, a track featured in the final season of The Hills, and collaborations with Mark Hoppus and platinum record producer Mark Trombino. Tonight Alive just wrapped up their first US headliner and are preparing for their second European tour, both in support of their sophomore album The Other Side, which dropped back in September on Fearless Records.


“I know we’re lucky,” she reflects on the group’s growing stardom, “but our dreams are big and even when we sell out venues or if we’re printed in a magazine I don’t see it as ‘making it’. There is still more we want to achieve.” The Other Side is somewhat of a departure from their 2011 debut, What Are You So Scared Of, and finds the group exploring darker themes, which McDougall explains led to “a conscious decision to zone in on a heavier style than we’d written on previous records.”


The majority of the tracks on The Other Side were written on the road, including “Say Please”, which dates back to Warped Tour 2012 and deals with struggles of constant touring. “I really discovered my limits in 2012,” McDougall recalls of her relentless show schedule last year, “there is a lot to learn about yourself and your peers when you are surrounded by each other 24/7.” The Other Side has been met with critical praise across the board, and the band has been thrilled with “the super charged atmosphere” at recent live shows while showcasing new material. However, some fans are able to embrace the change in sound easier than others, but the band hardly seems deterred by fans questioning their direction. McDougall admits that The Other Side “feels significantly different to the older material, but it is so apparent that we’ve found our sound for what feels like the first time.” The group just wrapped up an American headliner that brought them to Orange County’s legendary all ages club Chain Reaction in Anaheim. The intimate setting was transformed into a mass of sweaty, gut-busting energy, and if anyone in attendance had reservations towards the new material, it was definitely not evident. When asked about balancing personal opinions along with fan expectations for the band, McDougall and Tonight Alive have no reservations about doing things their way.

“It’s a concern at times,” she offers, “but I don’t believe I should have to dilute the way I feel just to be diplomatic. Trying to keep everyone happy is so impossible.” The Other Side also differs from the band’s debut because it was entirely written and recorded in Australia, only a few hours away from their hometown of Sydney. After recording What Are You So Scared Of and starting the supporting tour in Los Angeles, McDougall explains that small coastal town of Coff’s Harbour “was exactly the type of place we needed to make this record.” While the band is thrilled at the opportunities afforded to them through international touring, Tonight Alive was determined to start the album cycle for The Other Side in Australia because, “we spend so much time away from home and the fans that raised us. There will always be a huge sense of pride for us, and a different kind of bond when we play in Australia.” For McDougall, the global experiences that Tonight Alive has allowed her to take in simply cannot replace the comforts of her hometown of Sydney. When asked about her favorite local hangouts whenever she finds herself down under, McDougall says, “Hyde Park is the best place to find some shade and take a nap. A lot of homeless people hang out there but it is incredibly green and refreshing from the city.” As Tonight Alive prepares for the Australian Warped Tour not even one week after their US tour, its no wonder McDougall finds herself thinking about a little downtime.

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Poo Bear B OY D F

our time winning Grammy singer/songwriter Jason Boyd, also known to many as Poo Bear or MDMA, has made a tremendous impact on the evolution of music and in the music industry as a whole. Jason ‘Poo Bear’ Boyd has worked to create hits with a large variety of artists including Drake, Pink, The Rolling Stone’s, Whitney Houston, Lupe Fiasco, Usher, Chris Brown, and currently, Justin Bieber. These are only a few of the many artists that have been able to have the wonderful opportunity of working under the influence of Poo Bear’s natural gift and ability to create such amazing and empowering music through his use of words, all of which he accredits to God. Poo Bear’s nick name originated from his mother when he was young, as well as a handful of other names his mother would call him- Boomer and Ralphie were among a few of those. “Poo Bear was the name that my friends would pick on me about the most. When I got to middle school, my friends would pick on me about it in front of girls, and the girls would say, ‘oh that’s really cute’ and you know meneverything we do is motivated by women. So it just made me embrace my name, really accept it, and be like, ‘you know what? I’m going to be Poo Bear and live up to that, and I like it and I think it suits me very well.” Poo Bear claims to have grown up with his father being a preacher and his mother being very religious, which amounted to growing up in a very strict household. When Poo Bear was around nine years old, he would sneak and listen to Stevie Wonder because, at the time, Stevie Won-


der was considered worldly, secular music. “I would sneak and listen to him late at night, and that made me think, ‘I want to make music like this. I wan’t to make music that makes me feel like this’ and that inspired me. Stevie Wonder inspired me at a very young age to want to create.” Getting to where he is now was by no means an easy process. Many obstacles and trials were faced, including his family going through a devastating tornado disaster and losing their home. Poo Bear’s family eventually went on to move to Atlanta through the blessings and donations from a local church. Not only was it very inexpensive to live in Atlanta, but it just so happened that new kid-groups, such as ABC, were emerging from Atlanta as well. “Seeing all of this also made me think, ‘I can really do this.’ That really inspired me, as Atlanta was that up and coming music mecca. The New York of the South is what we called it in the early 90’s. That really motivated me. To see people go from nothing to something like this, I believed that was something that could really happen for me.” Not only was Stevie Wonder a major inspiration for Poo Bear, but he also ascribes his musical influences to artists he grew up listening to such as Commissioned, Boyz II Men, Jodeci, and several other R&B records. Poo Bear sets himself apart from other music producers out there through many characteristics that make his producing highly distinctive. A major characteristic is that he himself is a vocalist, and came up writing songs, vocal producing, and building music from scratch. Poo Bear’s ability to advance vocally has allowed him to string well and bring the best out

of artists that he works with. “It allows me to have an advantage because a lot of producers and writers aren’t great singers. They can create songs and they can create music, but when it comes down to cutting those vocals and saying ‘one more time, I think you can do it better than that, let’s try this, or you’re a little flat, raise your eyebrows’ or all of the tricks and trades that I’ve learned from being a great vocalist definitely give me that advantage over a lot of producers around. So many of them can’t sing, and a lot of artists that work with them don’t respect them vocally. So when I work with artists, they actually respect me vocally and we have a mutual respect for each other. I bring stuff out of them that they never knew they could do vocally. There are great producers, but not a lot of great vocal producers that can really draw a picture and that can really bring out the colors in the picture. Some people just paint pictures and expect the artist to hopefully just sing it the best way that they can. What I have to offer is not only painting the picture, but making sure that all the colors and everything in the picture are vivid and clear as they can possibly be.”

Believe it or not people can feel, and they might not be able to point out what they can connect with in a song, but they can feel it. There’s a frequency that resonates in your body that says, ‘I love this record’ or ‘I hate this.’

Not only is Poo Bear able to bring out the best in the artists that he works with, but he is also able to define those genuine qualities that stand out in artists who are passionate about the music they love to create. Artists that know what they want, what they are looking for, and can go in the studio and not be indecisive is something that really makes an impression on Poo Bear. “A lot of artists now days have never had the opportunity to really express what they love. It’s always what their record label wants them to record. So, when I work with an artist that knows what they want to do, and they’re not just doing what their label wants because their label is being their puppeteer, it makes me feel like there’s still hope in this industry. To me, that’s the greatest quality in an artists, them knowing and being certain and having an ear to be able to recognize.” It’s quite apparent that Poo Bear values originality over conformity when it

comes to music and the music writing process. This is yet another characteristic that sets Poo Bear apart from many other producers out there. “Believe it or not, people can feel, and they might not be able to point out what they can connect with in a song, but they can feel it. There’s a frequency that resonates in your body that says, ‘I love this record’ or ‘I hate this’. There’s never really, ‘Oh, that song was just okay’. They might not be able to say why they love it or why they hate it, but when it comes to money and saying, ‘Hey, you should record this because this is what’s going to sell the most’, it might not come across as real and it might not connect with the people because it’s not coming from a real place. It’s coming from a contrived place. You can always bet that when you make music that you love and it comes from a place that you respect, it’s going to connect with the people.” Poo Bear’s entire journey has allowed him to see so many things and make many memories with so many people. He claims that his most memorable moment so far has been going to Bali, Indonesia with Justin, recording there, and going in the Indian Ocean (the most dangerous ocean in the world) when he and Justin weren’t suppose to. “We recorded and finished some real incredible music in Bali, and I had never been to Indonesia before so I would have to say working with Justin has been the most memorable. Working with Justin, actually coming close to death in the Indian Ocean, segwaying on black sand, and recording incredible music is something that I will never forget. I’ve done a lot of stuff, and that has to be one of the most current and most memorable experiences I have ever had in the music industry. It’s a little different, but to me it’s spiritual.” As we are rolling around to a new year, Poo Bear reveals a little about the launch of some incredible, new technology that is expected to be emerging in 2014, along with great music that is connected to it. It is said that it will change concerts forever, and it is under a company called 3DLive. This innovative technology will immerse audiences in a 3D experience, which will allow the audience to really experience the concert and be up close. The worst seat in the stadium is going to become the best seat, the motto of 3DLive, and something that Poo Bear himself is heavily involved in. Poo Bear is currently working on his own record called Work For It, which he is planning on releasing after all of Justin’s Journals have been released. The two have been talking about doing it together and joining forces as far as Poo Bear’s solo career. Also, while the two work on Justin’s next album, Poo Bear plans to have something on the radio and in the marketplace as soon as January, so be sure to be on the look out!

+ words: katelyn rikel

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heffron drive


ate and experience. One could probably say that it was fate for Heffron Drive. This duo consists of best friends Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt. Schmidt is widely known for his part in Nickelodeon’s hit TV series: pop boy band, Big Time Rush, and with Belt becoming the band’s touring guitarist, before it all the two were constructing on a project of their own – Heffron Drive. Both musicians came from the same spot in Kansas prior to officially meeting each other in California, “we had a lot of common interests and liked the same music. So we got together, started working on some tracks, and then producing them,” shared Schmidt. In 2008 MySpace was a very popular social network, especially for many artists. They would go on to upload a five song EP, “we didn’t really know what the hell we were doing, but we just did it,” says Schmidt, and as it turned out, it was a big hit and soon they were receiving thousands of plays each day! The following year Schmidt would sign a contract with Nickelodeon to pursue in a lead role on TV, “Big Time Rush was a huge opportunity. Of course anyone would take it.” Despite having to put aside Heffron Drive for almost the next five years, Schmidt is thankful for the huge life changing opportunity, “I’ve been very lucky to have a job in general because I know it’s tough right now for everybody,” and being in the entertainment business has taught him to interact and perform better, “it’s a very cool job, a very lucky job to have. I’m just blessed that I have something that I get to do, what I love to do, everyday.”


+ words & photos: gleann ignacio

Schmidt and Belt would gain a lot of experience working with music and touring. Now that Big Time Rush has slowed its roll, the duo have found some time of their own to pick back up Heffron Drive, “rather than staying home and doing nothing I figured I’d go on tour and make some music,” and the first Heffron Drive tour was announced, “besides the German acoustics, yeah this is the first.” Recalling back to the Germany performance, “it was amazing.“ “Fortunately, I get the pleasure of traveling a lot and it’s a place where I got to go back to for Heffron Drive and Nickelodeon Germany, it’s an amazing place in general; you’d be surprised of how amazing of a country it is. They knew all the words to the original songs, the energy was really good.” Except, this is going to be very different from the previous tours they have done. For starters, the venues have downgraded from arenas to much smaller and more intimate venues, “oh yeah, smaller venues,” laughs Schmidt, “it’s like going back to the roots of concerts. “I’ve been doing BTR for so long and going to do some more, so having a show small like this one it’s different. I’m stoked about that! I mean if you ask me I think a lot would probably tell you that they like smaller venues. Besides the fact that playing in arenas is awesome, I mean you can imagine that, but there’s also something you lose playing in an arena, – connection.” So “there’s at least ten rows of people you can see because of the lights then after that it’s kinda difficult to really, you know you can connect >>

(cont’d) but I think it’s gonna be nice for all the fans to be up close and personal on this tour.” This would give Schmidt much more time for him to play the guitar than what he got to do for the little acoustic sections of a BTR concert, “I’m actually going to be a part of the band now and it’s always something I’ve wanted to do,” confesses Schmidt. It is going to be another learning lesson for him, “It’s gonna be cool because it’s kinda like one of those things that’ll last for a long time. All of these fans are going to be able to sing their favorites on the first show. It’s gonna be interesting, but it’s gonna be fun,” he stated. An obvious observation would be the absence of the other three members of Big Time Rush. “It’s gonna be really different for me,” he admits, “I don’t have three other singers to rely on, to help me and to help them. We back each other up a lot.” Fans who attend this tour are going to be a part of something new for Schmidt, “It’s pretty nerve racking trying to put it all together. Like I said it’s a learning experience for me and something I think the fans, of Heffron Drive and BTR, they’re gonna feel like they’re part of the very beginning and technically they are!” They have received an overwhelmingly positive response from their new song, “Art of Moving On” which was debuted the day before the tour’s kick-off in Houston, “that was just acoustic. It’s not really electronic, but there’s a lot of synth,” reveals Schmidt about the new single, “the two other new songs; one is called “One Track Mind” and the other one is called “Feel So Good.” This track in particular is very 80s, like early 80s and “One Track Mind” is like dub-step, you’ll see.” The two draw up inspiration from past relationships, experiences, and everyday life. Aside from a known fact of Taking Back Sunday being one of their major influences, they also find some from a whole wide range of other artists, “I listen to a lot of stuff. Incubus, a lot of 80s, Phil Collins, John Mayer, Jack Johnson and for electronic influences I listen to a lot of DJs, Skrillex, and deadmau5.” He reveals that the new music will be more mature and fresh, “I think everyone loves to hear new songs,” Schmidt says that if there were plans to release a first Heffron Drive album, the older songs would be re-mastered when time is available, “it’ll sound better because I got better at mixing. “Also the new stuff, the producers I’ve become really good friends with over my career with BTR are amazing and all the ideas that I convey they’re able to bring out in such a beautiful way. I think people find it funny because before anybody else hears the song you make sure it sounds fine, make sure it’s perfect. I don’t want to release anything that’s not good. For my own sake I don’t want anyone to hear anything that I’m not proud of and I’m very proud of the songs we have out right now.” Schmidt just hopes that their music will be approachable for everybody. “It’d be nice if there were actual love songs on the radio, legit love songs, rather than everything else. I mean there’s a lot of great stuff I just feel like there’s a lack of love. >>

(cont’d) So we’ll see if we can get a romantic love song on the radio and I’d love for people to enjoy the music.” Schmidt shared with us a few of his favorite local spots in California and back home in Kansas, “my favorite coffee shop in the valley is M’s Street Coffee, restaurant, the most reliable would be Hugo’s Tacos, all about Hugo’s Tacos!” Other favorites include going to concerts at The Wiltern and getting to ride Magic Mountain at a Six Flags theme park, “Magic Mountain is the best as far as roller coasters go!” He also notes Filipe’s was one of his favorite restaurants growing up in Kansas. What’s the future look like? Schmidt, who recently turned 23 this past November, “I’m still very, very, very young and I still have a lot of time. I mean I have 7 years before 30,” explains his current occupations with branching out more into a music career and setting aside acting, “for the moment right now. I’m just not a huge fan of auditioning to be honest with you and I know that sounds dumb being an actor, but if I could just make music and hopefully have people like it, I’d rather do that.” Plans for another HD tour? “I’m hoping the next time Heffron Drive goes on tour we’ll be opening for someone cool. I’m not really sure who that would be; maybe One Direction…just a thought!” He playfully suggested. Drivers can expect new songs and maybe an EP coming out ASAP, “I still have a contract with BTR and I have to work it out with the label, figure out what BTR is doing and what the next move for that band is. I think it’s very clear to everyone that I’d love to make another album and tour. It’s a matter of time.” They hope everyone can be able to enjoy the show this winter, “it’s new for me and I hope people wanna be a part of it.”

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+ words: gleann ignacio + photos: lexie alley

BoyMeetsWorld t’s a new era. The hit 90s TV series Boy Meets World has long gone ended and five guys from Ohio have stepped into the scene bringing with them a new meaning to BoyMeetsWorld. World, meet Cincinnati’s brothers Craig, Ryan, and Brad Sulken, Pat Bryant, and Drew Richter. They are here and coming at you fast with their upbeat, pop-rock, and catchy hooks that will keep you reeled in probably longer and better than a TV show could. There is no doubt that their band name instantly brings the 90s TV series to mind. It was a big hit for many growing up and is still continued to be loved by its humor, life lessons, and love. One would have to admit; it was a pretty special show, special enough for bassist Brad Sulken. There are things that can be taken and learned from. This show particularly meant something more to the five-piece alternative rock back from Ohio. Brad Sulken shares the story on the band’s name, “at first it was absolutely directly connected to the TV show. I started to think more about it and realized that it means more than that to us.” While his brother, Craig, was away in Florida studying, they took one of those experiences as a meaning, “we took that as Craig being the “Boy” and “meeting” the world, so to say. We wanted to make it kind of unique and combine all of the worlds to form one. Thus BoyMeetsWorld, the band, was born.”


Not just a band of brothers, “it’s three different personalities presenting different points and trying to agree on things.” Sulken admits that being in a band with his brothers can get exhausting, “but all in all, I wouldn’t want any other band members.” The band made its debut in the summer of 2012. A year later, they have released a few singles and their debut EP, Do What’s Best for You. They are endorsed by Arnar Clothing and Soul Clothing, “we love what both companies are doing for local music and are glad to be a part of something so awesome.” Adding onto the list, they competed and placed first winning their tri-state Battle of the Bands. As well as earning a spot in the Cincinnati date of the Vans Warped Tour this past summer, they learn a lot about how some of the ropes work in the touring music scene, “we could only imagine [and would love to play] what it would be like to do the whole tour,” Sulken hints at Warped Tour founder, Kevin Lyman. Being a part of Warped Tour had given them an experience they could forever take from, “the atmosphere is awesome and you can just see the passion that these kids have for music. We love it.” BMW already gives off that positive vibe and that is just what they want, “we want the fans to feel that [positivity] in our songs.” Everyone faces some form of hardship and BMW aims to prove that music can help, “we want everyone to know that they can put on a pair of headphones to escape from the negativity and turn it into something >>

(cont’d) positive.” There is inspiration everywhere! That’s just where most of it comes from for BMW, “you never know when a song can pop up in your head. We will work something out with each other and eventually turn it into a BoyMeetsWorld song,” says Sulken. As of lately, the band released a holiday album entitled “Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal.” Sulken elaborates more with the coming of the new single, “We have always wanted to record a Christmas album,” in fact, BMW have already booked their headlining first annual Christmas party of their own with Let It Happen at Madison Theater in Covington, KY on December 20th, returning to the Christmas album, “the acoustic songs will definitely have the homemade, raw, feel to them.” The guys worked with good friend Eric at Moonlight Studio to record the electric songs, “this album will have something for everyone,” Sulken added. In the meantime, the guys love to hang at venues, Bogarts and Madison Theater, eating sushi, “Dancing Wasabi in Hyde Park,” notes Sulken, and catching a Reds game in the summer at the Great American Ballpark, “Cincinnati is a great place to be, you just have to find the right place for you.” So there world, we hope you are ready and meet BoyMeetsWorld.

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eleven A P P A R E L

+ photos: chris lampkins

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settle down

kids + words: amanda ferrarese + photos: rachel kober & cathrine khom


local wolves magazine // 41

joey gatto How do you feel your hometown has influenced your overall development as an individual, in addition to your aspirations? JG: I was born in Berkeley Heights, NJ but my mom and I moved to Morristown, NJ (where I still live) when I was two. It was very important in my development because I went to a school that exposed me to so many different races and cultures. it really helped me become a more outgoing person because I wasn’t and still am not afraid to approach anyone. How did you initially get into making YouTube videos and when did you realize it was something you wanted to pursue further? JG: I made my first Youtube video during my sophomore year in high school and it got like 20k views. it was a music video to “Yes” by LMFAO. After that, I just started throwing all my class projects up on Youtube and one of them went semi viral (like 1.2 million views in a month) and after that I started getting decent views on my channel and some subscribers and it just led to me making videos more consistently. But I didn’t really become a Youtuber until January 2013 when I started my new channel. My old one was kind of stupid with random videos, I wasn’t involved in the community at all and didn’t know anything about Youtube. Why did you decide to collaborate with the other members of SDK? JG: Jonah and I were actually the people who initially started the group. Jonah and I had been talking about a collab channel for a while. We reached out to Ryan first and he agreed, then I asked Sobo and he was also down to do the channel immediately. We had some trouble picking the last member. Adam and Nick, we decided that picking someone we know we will enjoy working with and makes great videos is way more important that someone with a bigger audience and they’re awesome like it was so the right decision. Then, a few months later I hit Joe up, we talked for a while, really liked him and we added him as the seventh member. You’ve mentioned that you’re extremely close with your mom. Is she aware of the extent of your involvement on YouTube and does she watch your videos? JG: Ha, are you kidding? My mom is basically house ridden so my Youtube is her entire life. She sits on her laptop with ten tabs open, one of my videos open in each one, and plays them with the sound off and hits refresh and repeats, trying to get me more views on the ones that need help. She calls me when I hit a milestone number of followers on social media to congratulate me.


(cont’d) But to her a milestone is every 1k (laughs), she literally just called me in the car to congratulate me on getting 10k views on my video in under 24 hours (laughs), she’s the sweetest. She is very supportive and the only one in my family who’s not yelling at me to get a job. I live on a super tight budget, check to check and all my relatives think I should work part time but she understands what I’m trying to do and is giving me time to try and reach my goals before she forces me to go back to college full time or get a job (not that Youtube’s not a job, I make nine videos a week) but you know until I can start support myself easily. Where would you like to see yourself five years from now? JG: Hosting the New Years Eve countdown on a major network (that’s a dream of mine). What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? JG: In terms of Youtube, covering myself in honey and feathers in a supermarket trying to sell myself as a piece of chicken was pretty stupid. You’re pretty awesome at beat boxing! You’ve mentioned that you landed yourself an agent because of your talent. How did you first get into it? JG: There was an acapella group that came to my middle school in the eighth grade and that’s when i got interested in it. During my freshman year, this kid in my high school named Aaron Velasquez, won a huge talent show beat boxing and that’s when I realized there could be a purpose in me pursuing it. After I watched the video of his performance, i started to teach myself via watching other beat boxers on Youtube. Him and I are now, good friends and he’s awesome to make music with. I credit him with getting me started. As far as the agent goes, yeah I was signed with Prestige Talent Agency in NYC in high school. After I entered the same talent show, my agent saw me from the crowd, gave me his info, brought me in to sign some papers and then he started sending me on auditions for commercials, movies and stuff. You’ve been to several events like Digifest, Playlist Live, etc. Can you briefly recap what it was like being able to meet fellow Youtubers and fans? JG: My first event ever was Playlist Live in 2013, i was chauffeuring Jack and Finn Harries around NYC for a week because they were flown out through a company, YouNow, that I worked for and i was the only kid their age who worked there so I was the camera man and the guy who helped navigate them around where they needed to go. But I got super close with them and at the end of the week they invited me to go to Playlist Live with them, spontaneously. The guys introduced me to everyone and that’s how i started collaborating with others. They are also, the reason I started vlogging. Those events are so important for networking and getting involved in the community. That trip to Playlist was the best weekend of my life, hanging out with people I used to wait in queue to broadcast after on You-

Now because they were “famous” was just so bizarre to me. I didn’t have many viewers at the time but Digifest NYC was really the first event I went to after having a decent audience, and having someone freak out over you just because you talk to a camera a few times a week is crazy. Is there anything you can tell us about yourself that your audience don’t already know? JG: I live at home with just my mom and have no friends in my town during the week and Adam, Nick and Sobo are like a good 25-30 minutes away, not around the corner. But my viewers are always there for me at a whim and I love them all so much and I don’t say it enough but I love and appreciate every single one of them. I hate being corny and mushy on Twitter so I’ll just say my feelings in a magazine.

Fan Question If you could be any one of the other boys for a day, who would you be? - Jianella Macalino JG: Wouldn’t my answer totally be picking a favorite? I don’t have like one person I’m particularly closer to. I’ve known Adam and Nick the longest and I’d say they know me on a more personal level than anyone. But when you hang out with Adam and Nick, you don’t just hang out with Adam and Nick. Those two roll deep, they have a core group of friends that are always together and I love those kids so much, they’re so fun. Josh lives the closest to me and we frequently grab food and talk about Youtube together and it’s so nice to have a friend I can always hit up and is knowledgeable in the things I love to do and talk about. Jonah and I hanging out literally consist of “Hey man, let’s film a video of us doing this!” and “Yeah, let’s go!” Ten minutes later, we’re watching a movie or having some heart to heart conversation and we never get any work done, it’s awesome. Ryan is way too funny for me to handle, he has the type of humor that doesn’t require anything to happen. He can just sit and say anything, make it funny and has everyone laughing the entire time. Joe and I have so much in common, we play the same video games, have the same exact taste in music and both secretly want to become rappers. We spend our free time talking about making a new channel where we make funny rap songs, it’ll happen one day. So to answer your question, I pick all of us together, okay? Bye.

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jonah green How did you first get into making Youtube videos and when did you realize it was something you wanted to pursue further? JG: One summer when I was really bored, just sitting around my house, I had spent several months religiously watching a couple Youtubers. I finally got to the point where I didn’t just want to watch videos anymore; I wanted to make them. So, I set up my webcam and me and my buddy, Sam Katz started putting up random little skits just for fun. Even if it’s only a couple of views on a video, those are still people you’ve never met seeing something you’ve made. What was the process of creating Insight? JG: Both of us had just been really into the skits we were making and figured, “Well how much harder can a movie be?” It was much harder than we thought by the way. Turns out it takes more than a couple months of writing and a DSLR to make a movie happen. In total, Insight took over two years of preparation from pre-production to premiere and it probably could have used two more. Insight, however, is proof that if you want to do something then you should absolutely go out and do it. Because you have to really want something if you want to get it. It’s not going to be easy and there are going to be times where you think “Why did I ever want to do this?” but sitting there at the premiere and watching the finished product, neither of us would change anything. Does your family know about your channel and overall, have they been supportive of your endeavors? JG: If there’s anyone who’s seen Insight more than me, it’s my parents. They had to put up with the countless all nighters I pulled on the family’s iMac in the room next to theirs. My parents are so incredibly supportive with all of this madness I’ve brought home to them and you can only wonder what goes through their heads when they hear about the next ridiculous idea. In my opinion, people don’t put enough trust in what they love, and even though my parents will worry, they know I’m in love with the thrill of being crazy, spontaneous, and perhaps a bit irresponsible. Music seems to be another passion of yours besides film, was your family into the music scene as well? JG: From day one, I’ve been a part of an incredibly talented and musically inclined family. My dad was in a rock band that toured from the time I was a baby through elementary school. My sister, Shoshana can pick up any instrument and figure out how to play any song on the radio just by ear. She’s also a beautiful pianist and singer, though she’ll only sing for you if you beg. Same with my mom. So, my singing wasn’t really a surprise to anyone. I’ve always done it as a hobby and never plan to go any further with it. If there was anything I loved more than film, it’s singing. I’ve found that if you try to make money doing something you love, you may make money, but you’ll grow to hate it over time. It stops being an escape and I never want the innocence of music to go away.


You’ve mentioned before that you’re from Delaware. How do you feel your hometown has influenced your overall development as an individual, in addition to your aspirations? JG: I am from a little state called Delaware. It’s funny because most of the time when I tell people that they usually just assume it’s part of New York or New Jersey. Chances are, you’ve probably passed through Delaware one time or another when going to the beach or the city. It’s always really great growing up in a small town, generally because everybody knows everybody, so it’s a very tight knit community. Having the support from my friends and family (as well as the criticism from people who weren’t so friendly) was an incredible motivator to pursue the things I felt were important to my life. Where would you like to see yourself five years from now? JG: I would like to visit a new place. What do you feel about being a Youtuber?

Fan STORY All the boys in SDK play a big role in my life. They’re my lifesavers. In the toughest times in my life, I looked to them. They’re so positive and it’s wonderful. Everyday of the week they make me smile with a new video. SDK told me to stay positive, stay strong and that it’ll get better. SDK has saved many lives and it’s amazing. They’re so positive, funny, caring and friendly. It’s as if I actually know them but I actually don’t. I stay strong for them everyday. One simple message from them can completely change my day. I love them so much. Many others would agree that they’re amazing boys. So, because of these boys, I am alive and living right here, right now. I love these boys so much and I want to say a huge thank you to them. - Chinelle Herrera

JG: I know it sounds very cheesy, but I never really liked being referred to as a Youtuber. Youtube is an incredible tool for sharing great content and recently what’s popular on it these days is a little less than what it used to be. I’ve always been really interested in film and video production as well as acting. I try to keep everything you see on my channel a reflection of that. I like to use it as kind of a public, online portfolio for the industry. There’s nothing I’ve posted on my channel that I am not completely in love with and I want to keep it that way. We believe that we can put out quality content and stay true to what we’ve always done while keeping up with the times. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? JG: When I wake up, every day, I tell myself I’m going to do at least one thing that takes me completely out of my comfort zone. I have to do something completely out of the ordinary at some point in my day. Not out of any kind of challenge or anything, I just think that people’s lives are so boring. We wake up, we go to work, and we go to sleep. Where’s the life in that? The reason I do this is because when I look back I can’t pick out one specific thing that I’d classify as “insane” and that’s sad. We should always be searching for ways to grow as people and the only way to do that is by stepping out of the daily grind and doing something. So I’ll put a thumbtack in that one and get back to you once I’ve done it. What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment thus far? JG: My biggest accomplishment so far is probably Insight. Not because of the fact that it’s a movie, but because when I started I did not play nice with people at all. I was a horrible team player. I like to measure the gravity of something not by it’s materialistic value but by how it changes you as a person. Working on Insight taught me how to compromise for the greater good of the project and that’s something I’ve taken with me beyond the movie.

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josh sobo The magazine is all about supporting the local roots, what were some of the good things and downside to growing up in New Jersey? JS: I love living in New Jersey, and I’m lucky enough to be thirty minutes from NYC which is a major plus. NJ gets a bad rep because everyone thinks it’s an ugly state but it’s really nice if you take the time to discover all that it has to offer. It’s a great state to live in because I can drive thirty minutes and see the ocean in the summer or drive thirty minutes in the opposite direction in the winter and see hills and mountains covered in snow. The only downside is that it’s small, but this has kinda given me an urge to travel and see more of the world which I really hope I can one day accomplish. How did you initially get into making Youtube videos and when did you realize it was something you wanted to pursue further? JS: I started making videos in the fourth grade with my best friends, Dave and Anthony and it was really just something fun to do when we were bored. Then in the seventh grade I found Youtube and created a channel with my friends. I’ve created probably thirty different Youtube channels over the years some were just usernames for projects I wanted to start and some were ones that I actually uploaded videos to that failed. Eventually I decided “JoshSobo” would work, then SDK became a part of my life this past summer. How did you first become involved with the other SDK members? JS: I met Ryan in a hot tub at Playlist Live 2011, it was chill. Then I met Joey on the dance floor of Playlist Live this year and we clicked and he invited me to join SDK, a few months later. Jonah and I knew each other from the Youtube community. I met the twins and Joe through SDK becoming a channel. What’s been the most difficult part about putting yourself out there on the Internet? JS: The hardest part is finding the confidence to put yourself out there and to have to take criticism from random people or from that kid in your high school photography class that thinks calling you “Youtube famous mustache kid” is hilarious. Once you get past that it’s smooth sailing. Does your family know about your channel and overall, have they been supportive of your endeavors? JS: My family knows all about what I do on Youtube and are very supportive. My parents are always giving me ideas for videos that they think will be hilarious!


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Aside from Youtube, what are some of your interests and hobbies? JS: I love taking photos more than anything. I’d say it was my first real hobby, other than that I love exploring new places with my friends and just trying new things.

For six years, I’ve been dealing with depression and anxiety. I’ve hated myself for so many years, never really felt like I belonged anywhere then I found Youtube. I found each member of SDK separately first then they made a collab. Everyone of these boys have helped me grow as a person. They saved me, literally. They let me know it was okay to be sad, to cry because we’re only human. They let me know that even though we’re going through a dark time, another day rises and the sun shines through. A video titled “You’re Not Alone” by Adam and Nick is the reason I’m alive today. This video caused me to call 911 on myself moments after I had attempted suicide. I don’t know what I’d do without SDK. They keep me grounded. I recently got a tattoo for them and received a bunch of hate for it. Saying I was asking for attention and that I’ll regret it when I’m older. I know one day they’ll make their last video, but they’ll still be the reason I’m here. All the boys have their own special quirks about them that make them who they are, each one of the boys are different but are so similar. They care about us. They make us feel okay. They’re the reason I’m breathing, They helped me realize that not everything is perfect, but it’ll always be okay. They’re the reason I smile. I understand I’ve never met them, but I love them. I love them for what they’ve done and who they are becoming. These seven guys saved my life and I will always be thankful for them. They’re my sunshines. This is my honest opinion, and my honest story. They’re my saviors. Love you guys! You’re the best. - Mikayla Picken

Where do you see yourself five years from now? JS: I don’t know where I’ll be but I hope I have a beard. What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment thus far? JS: In the sixth grade, I had a championship winning base hit for my little league team, we got trophies and ice cream. That was one of my greatest accomplishments ever. Can you tell your fans something about yourself that they probably don’t already know? JS: My little sisters taught me a basic knitting pattern a few years ago so I can knit.

Fan Question What is your favorite thing about your meet ups with fans? - Holly Natasha JS: Just getting to finally meet these people that care so much about what I do is so cool. It’s easy to forget you’re talking to real people when you are sitting behind a computer.

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ryan abe How do you feel your hometown has influenced your overall development as an individual, in addition to your aspirations? RA: I’m originally from Philadelphia, but now I live in New Jersey! I feel like Philadelphia influenced me a lot. I didn’t live in a very nice neighborhood, I never had a lot growing up but my parents always did their best to make me have the best childhood and life possible. They taught me that no matter how hard things are in life, it could always be worse, so just be happy with what you have. How did you initially get into making YouTube videos and when did you realize it was something you wanted to pursue further? RA: I started out of curiosity and boredom. I saw some people making videos on there and was like “Hmm, I have a webcam and Windows Movie Maker so let’s give it a shot.” I honestly had no idea what I was doing, I even thought subscribing to people cost money, (adorable I know). I knew I wanted to pursue it further once I started getting really positive comments like “hey, this made me smile” or “this made my day.” Seeing that I could have an effect on someone’s life like that made me feel great. How did you first become involved with the other SDK members? RA: Let’s see, I know Joey, Adam and Nick from YouNow, which is a site that you broadcast yourself on. I’ve known Jonah for years because we are both “OG’s” of YouTube. Josh and I met through Josh Chomik, thecomputernerd01; we even collaborated before SDK was even a thing. Lastly, I didn’t know too much about Joe; Joey spoke very highly of him so I checked out his content and enjoyed it! Do you have any exciting new projects underway that you’d be willing to tell us about? RA: We will be continuing our assemblies soon, which are a big thing for us; besides that I don’t have any giant projects. I just want to keep on making videos. On your personal channel you discuss a lot of serious topics, several of which focus on things like depression and self-worth. You’ve stated that your goal on YouTube is to help people going through hardships and make them laugh. Do you feel like you’re accomplishing that goal? RA: You know what, I actually do. I think after making all of these personal videos, I’ve realized that I can have a good effect on my viewers’ lives. I just try to be as honest and open as possible, I’ve honestly told my viewers more about myself than some of my family and friends know. (cont’d) I think after being on the internet for over five years


now. I’ve learned a lot about my audience and how to connect with them. I get an everyday feel of what they are going through which allows me to see things through their eyes. This is why I do what I do, it’s all for them honestly. What do you think you’d currently be doing if you had never joined the YouTube community? RA: I probably would still be in college studying Communication and Marketing. Before Youtube, I worked at Best Buy and hated it, so hopefully I would have left there. I’m just very happy I did this whole Youtube thing because my life wouldn’t just be average, it would be a hell of a lot more boring as well.

'' I just try to be as honest and open as possible, I've honestly told my viewers more about myself than some of my family and friends know.'' Do you think that your desire to uplift others will extend beyond YouTube and do you plan on seeking other ways or methods to reach audiences looking for support and encouragement? RA: Well, I already have oddly enough. Adam, Nick, Nolan and I all have been doing anti-bullying assemblies where we go from school to school and put on a show about the importance of staying positive and not letting hate get to you. The show is called “More to Life” and it’s gotten an amazing response so far. We are very proud of it and the impact it is having on the students involved.

Fan Question What is your biggest fear or dream? - Elizabeth Gilsenan RA: My biggest fear is people forgetting about me. Sometimes I’ll see a fan account of mines that changed over to another account or I’ll see girls that used to tweet me all the time suddenly stop. It makes me sad cause I feel like I’m doing something wrong to get them to stop. My biggest dream is to be successful and happy. I want to make a lasting impression in life with a nice family of my own.

Who do you feel has been your biggest influence overall? RA: I’d have to say my parents and my friends. My parents raised me to be well spoken and to really think before I spoke. This allows me to make serious videos without offending anyone. It also allows me to give speeches at our assemblies where I can really get into the heads of the children, listening. My friends really heavily influenced my humor. I like to classify my humor as dry and random. I like to surprise people by saying something ridiculous in a tone that catches them off guard. What is your strangest habit or weirdest quirk? RA: My strangest habit is probably the fact that when things get super weird or awkward, I start to sing. I think I do it cause I hate silence. But if I get into an argument and the discussion is over, I’ll just start humming or singing lightly to myself which probably doesn’t look badass at all.

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nick buongiovanni How did you first get into making YouTube video? NB: Around 2010, I realized that people could actually have a “voice” or a positive influence over people by posting a quick YouTube video. So because of that, my friends and I (including my brother) decided to start posting videos to our old channel. After originally posting silly videos, we eventually began to put a majority of our time into these videos, and improved our quality over time. You’ve mentioned that you and Adam go around to schools to talk about anti-bullying with students. Why did you guys decide to publicly speak about that subject matter? NB: Well, we’ve made a few anti-bullying videos in our short YouTube career and the positive response we’ve received with each was absolutely jaw dropping for us. When we started receiving messages saying “this video stopped me from self-harming” or “this video saved my life,” it changed our entire perspective on life. If we could make a positive impact on something through one simple video, we might be able to help more people by actually speaking to them face to face. In high school, we had seen bullying happening constantly, yet were very reluctant to get involved. So, after high school ended, we realized how much we regret not involving ourselves in helping the victim. Because of this, we decided we wanted to voice this regret and possibly help other’s feel more confident in preventing bullying. And at the beginning of this year, we spoke at our first school. Now, over the course of 2013, I’d say we’ve spoken to about 30 to 40 schools, and even gotten Ryan and Joey involved as well! Is there anything you’d like to share with fans that they don’t already know about you? NB: I’ve always had a passion for writing, and even aspired to be a journalist for the majority of my adult life. Recently, that has changed. I also love the concept of creativity and do my best to enhance my creativity every day!

Fan Question My name is Javiera, I’m from Chile, and I’ve been watching your videos since you started the channel :) How did you come up with the cool ideas for your videos every week? - Javiera Perez NB: Sometimes, we’ll have a video planned out all week and write out some notes on how we want to film. Other times, we’ll just talk about a random idea for a couple minutes and jump right into filming. But usually, these ideas just come from us sitting on our couch, and throwing ideas out there until we find one we’re satisfied with.


adam buongiovanni How do you feel your hometown has influenced your overall development as an individual? AB: Being from my hometown has definitely has had its good positives and its bad negatives. The positives include being so diverse, that we’ve learned to look past any negative stereotypes. We’ve gotten to learn about so many cultures and races that I know more than anyone to judge someone based on their character and not where they are from. Our old school’s administration and staff are also very proud of what we’ve done and are supportive. What’s one of your fondest childhood memories? AB: Baseball. Played it my whole life and fell in love with the game. Also, everyday in the summer playing kickball, dodgeball, any type of game on our block. We had a blast! How do you spend most of your free time? AB: Hanging with friends, family, etc. Love the shows Big Brother and Survivor, I’m a superfan so that consumes some time. I like venturing out, and learning about different things. I consider myself a nerd. I’m interested in film, acting, theater, all that kind of stuff! Where do you see yourself five years from now? AB: As long as I’m alive with my loved ones, that’s all I can hope for. The rest is the icing on the cake.

Fan STORY When I knew about SDK I had no idea they were gonna become a huge part in me. They are so special for me and they make me so happy. Before SDK I was depressed, I felt so alone and I literally hated myself. I had super low selfesteem and that really affected me. Also when SDK started in the summer I had a surgery in my tailbone and I couldn’t sit or go out. I needed to stay home every single day and I think that was the cause of my depression, my friends didn’t visit me if they did it was like once in a month and I really really felt so alone and tired and depressed. When I discovered SDK I found happiness thanks to them I was able to smile again. I found a smile on my face everyday. Their videos lighted up my day so much and with their positivity I learned to be positive too. Now I’m a more positive person and even though, I haven’t met them yet or they don’t know me I feel like they’re my friends and I can go to them whenever I need help. I can definitely say that SDK made a huge change in my life and I thank them for that. I hope one day I could meet them and tell them in real life how much I love them and how much they mean to me. Please never change and hey listen, byeeeee, stay gucci, stay rad, stay average, pow! See what I did there? Okay, maybe that wasn’t funny. - Valeria Vega

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On the cover, Settle Down Kids // Featuring: BoyMeetsWorld, Culprit, Dresses, Heffron Drive, Now, Now, Tonight Alive, + loads more.


On the cover, Settle Down Kids // Featuring: BoyMeetsWorld, Culprit, Dresses, Heffron Drive, Now, Now, Tonight Alive, + loads more.