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Conversations with Soko, La Luz & Colleen Green
At this years Burgerama, we were lucky enough to grab Soko, La Luz & Colleen Green from all the chaos for a quick conversation! Read below to gain some knowledge on their opinions, lives & inspiration!   SOKO  Q: Do you enjoy playing to festival crowds or are you more about intimate settings? Soko: I get a bit overwhelmed with festivals to be honest, especially now that it’s 100 degrees out there. I feel like we’re all being roasted in a BQQ and we’re all going to be turned into a burger by the end of the night. That will not be vegan and I will not be able to eat them. Q: Who are you excited to see at this years Burgerama? Soko: Well, Bleached is on stage right now and they’re my friends. Jessie & Bosh were both in my last music video that I directed called “Love Trap”.  Q: You directed? Soko: Yea, I directed and the song is with Ariel Pink and he didn’t want to be in the video so I play Ariel Pink in the video. And myself too, which was really fun. I think it’s the most complex video I’ve ever directed because there were so many people. Q: Were you an actress first or a singer first? Soko: I guess an actress, yea. But then I got really bored with it and wanted to be a little more self-content with my art. Q: It sounds like artists these days have a lot of control over all aspects of their music. Is that something you enjoy? Soko: Well I love making everything myself because I really enjoy every single challenge on the way. I love making my artwork and I love making my merch. I just think it’s really fun. I also think, because it’s my solo project, no one knows better than me what I want, so I might as well just do it because I don’t want my whole image to be in the hands of someone else who has no idea what I’m about. Q: It seems that music and especially rock and roll has always had a strong influence on pop culture and fashion. How would you describe your style and what fashion trends from the past would you like to see make a comeback? Soko: I only buy stuff at vintage stores so I feel like every era has its place in stores like that. I have a bunch of 70s stuff and 80s punk stuff and 90s acid washed jeans. I love high waisted mom jeans and I love creepers and I love crop tops. Everything I wear is from different eras and it works, I don’t think there are codes. I feel like fashion transcends codes and I feel that everything is mismatched and weird. LA LUZ From left to right:: Alice - keyboards, Lena - bass, Shana - guitar & Marian - drums Q: If you could work with any artist, living or dead, who would it be? Lena: I’m going to go with Beck. Marian: Oh I got it! M.I.A. Alice: The Drifters Shana: Fats Domino Q: Wow, those are all different musical tastes. Do you think this dynamic helps the band out? Marian: Yes, absolutely. It makes everything really eclectic. We’re still facing the same direction but taking from different areas. Q: There’s a lot of boundaries that are being broken by women. It seems like a tolerable and very supportive scene. Shana: I guess I kind of feel like that was going on in the 90s too with Riot Girl, like “Oh anyone can be a band!” You know? And really encouraging women to start playing music. Alice: I don’t know if there is a connection but I’m also seeing in education a lot more female focused camps or education groups. So maybe there’s some kind of alignment there, some feminist movement going on. Marian: I feel like even in the 90s if there were female bands they were facing a lot more repercussions or backlash from it. Where as now if you are a female musician you don't necessarily feel… people throwing shit at you on stage. Q: Yea, it’s a better environment for these girls to do it. Marian: I think it’s just more enlightenment in general. There’s a strong generational understanding that this is a good thing and it’s necessary. Q: What are some of the favorite cities that you’ve played at? Shana: We really like this area, Southern California. Also Austin is usually really great, Florida was cool. All of the south is pretty sick. Marian: Oh yea, Florida killed it. They just totally blew me away. A lot of other bands told us that people are so starved in Florida for music that when a band finally comes along that they’re just so stoked on it. Q: Do you prefer a more intimate setting or a big festival like this? La Luz: Both. There are ups and downs. Marian: Like today we usually don't have this huge of a crowd so its nice to have that built in. But it’s also really fun to play shows where you’re just playing for like 100 people or 50 people. Alice: Like that show in Texas where there was just a campfire and a little outdoor stage. Shana: It just depends on what the crowd is like, if people are giving off good vibes, then it doesn't matter if there are hundreds of them or only 2 people. COLLEEN GREEN  Q: What song do you most remember from your childhood? Colleen: Probably a French children's song that my mom used to sing to me when I was little. It goes… “Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, violette en bicyclette.” Q: If you were to sit under a table and listen to two people speak, who would they be? Colleen: Hmmmm, let’s go with Sandy Bullock and Ryan Gosling. I bet they’re chill, you know? I bet that they would just kick it. I’d want to see what they would talk about. Q: How would you describe your style and what fashion trends from the past would you like to see make a comeback? Colleen: I would say my style is like...sporty, casual, cool? As far as fashion trends from the past…. No, I kind of like it now. How anything goes. Q: We’re seeing a big movement of young and rocking girl bands in what has predominantly been a boys club for decades and we think it’s awesome. Why do you think this is? Colleen: I think that with the internet it’s made it a lot easier for young girls to not have that fear of being written off for being female. As a society we’re more open to the idea of equality. It’s starting to become more of the norm. Q: When you’re not on tour or writing music, what do you find yourself doing on your down time? Hobbies.. etc… Colleen: I’ve been trying to draw more lately, because I’ve always been interested in art and drawing and have always done art projects and stuff like that but I really want to make a real go of it now. Q: Lots of DIY bands these days have total control over all aspects of their music and image. Do you find that to be a good thing? Colleen: It feels good to have control over everything but it ends up being a sort of defense mechanism for me sometimes because I get scared relying on other people. If I did everything myself and it sucked then at least it was my responsibility. I’m kind of private with my stuff i guess. It is nice to let go of control though. It lets me worry about less and focus more on writing good music. Q: If you could collaborate with any artist living or dead, who would it be? Colleen: Akon! I always wanted to make a really good dancey pop song. Super poppy and melodic. He’s really good at that kind of stuff. Q: Burger Records (and other independent labels) have had an amazing year. With an audience reaching around the world, big business and major labels will undoubtedly be knocking at its door. How do you think this could affect such a DIY grassroots movement? Colleen: Well I think it all depends on who’s running the label. For Burger Records specifically, I can see them partnering with bigger brands and sponsors but I think they’ll only use it for good. They’re such good guys. They have good hearts and I feel like they would never do anything to tarnish Burger Records and the true spirit of it. More money can help these festivals exist and that’’s a positive thing.
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Burgerama 4 || Day 2 with Volcom Womens!
Day 2 at Burgerama 4 was another music filled day of fun! With so many acts to see, we literally never stopped walking around! The heat seemed to go down and the crowds seemed more relaxed yet the vibe remained positive & energetic!   The first act we got to catch was Colleen Green who made us swoon!  The crowd seemed entranced by her voice & her overall cool girl attitude.   Shannon and the Clams killed it with their out of this world performance. It was probably one of the craziest shows we've seen so far. Shannon, you are our newest girl crush!   The audience was loving every second of it!   Even the Hinds girls were having a laugh during the show!   Cat Signs had a great set with the badass Christina Kee! We love girls who rock.   Though we are sad that this years Burgerama has come to an end, the lineup & the activities only made us more excited for what's in store for next year! We hope you had fun if you were there and if you weren't, we'll see you next year! xx
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BURGERAMA 4 at The Observatory - DAY 2 RECAP
What a beautiful weekend it was for Burgerama 4 at the Observatory! Not surprisingly, Day 2 didn't disappoint and fans were back for another great day of music and good vibes! The Volcom booth stayed packed and the team handed out free pins and tees to the youthful Burgeramians. Things kicked off at the outside Rama stage with Orange County's brother-duo twins The Garden, while Colleen Green and The Parrots held their grounds on the two inside stages. Chicks, man. Volcom booth! photo: Chris Martinez The Garden. photo: Gary Copeland Throughout the day the bands continued and crowds got rowdy! There was toilet paper rolls flying off stages, stellar performances, and mosh pits happening all in good taste of jamming to the sounds of crowd favorites such as Thee Oh Sees, Witch, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Black Lips, and Ty Segall. Witch. photo: Gary Copeland Something like that... Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. photo: Daniel Cabral The Lovely Bad Things. photo: Chris Martinez Ty Segall. photo: Hope Lane Ty Segall. photo: Daniel Cabral Black Lips. photo: Hope Lane Shannon & The Clams. photo: Gary Copeland Other amazing performances included bands such as: The Abigails, The Lovely Bad Things, Aquadolls, Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel, Cat Signs, White Fence, Shannon & The Clams, Craft Spells, Twin Peaks, J Mascis, Nick Waterhouse, Meatbodies, Froth, Gap Dream, King Khan & BBQ Show, Ariel Pink, and more!   Check below for full recap for Day 2 of Burgerama 4, as well as special select picks from the entire weekend, courtesy of Gary Copeland. J Mascis selfie Cat Signs. photo: Gary Copeland Crowd surfing! photo: Gary Copeland Aquadolls. photo: Hope Lane Black Lips. photo: Daniel Cabral The Garden. photo: Gary Copeland Colleen Green. photo: Gary Copeland Colleen Green. photo: Gary Copeland Artist Anthony Ausgang standing next to his work. photo: Chris Martinez Mystic Braves. photo: Daniel Cabral  Mystic Braves. photo: Daniel Cabral J Mascis. photo: Daniel Cabral J Mascis. photo: Daniel Cabral Aquadolls. photo: Hope Lane Aquadolls. photo: Hope Lane photo: Gary Copeland Ariel Pink. photo: Daniel Cabral Hangin' on top of the Volcom RV w/ some of the crew. Crowd at Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. photo: Daniel Cabral Shannon & The Clams. photo: Daniel Cabral Shannon & The Clams. photo: Daniel Cabral Black Lips. photo: Daniel Cabral Black Lips. photo: Daniel Cabral   Gary Copeland put together his favorite photos he took during Burgerama 4 and we have them for you below!
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Burgerama 4 || DAY 1 with Volcom Womens!
We have SURVIVED Burgerama day one! With tons to do and lots of bands to see there was never a dull moment. Though the heat was insane, it didn't stop anyone from having a good time. Every single band CRUSHED it leaving everyone satisfied yet wanting more;)   DIY tents were set up all around to make your own buttons & color your own t-shirts! Keeping people entertained is what we do! ;)   The fashion scene was awesome of course! A sea of multi colored hair, creepers, high waisted jeans, floral prints & sunnies. It was certainly one of the most colorful events we've been to in a while!   There were so many great bands performing that we just couldn't choose ONE favorite! Every single female band blew us away with their talent and on stage presence. Dare we say they were better than the boys? We think so... shhh ;) La Luz was first on our radar and they did NOT disappoint! In fact, they completely set the tone for the rest of the day. They left us in awe & wanting more so luckily we got a chance to chat with them after their performance. Stay tuned for our exclusive interview with them!   Bleached was hilarious and won over the crowd with their generosity and humor. Here's a snap of her giving away one of their records to a loyal fan.   Luckily at the Bleached show we spotted our favorite one girl band, Colleen Green! She really is one of the coolest cats around and so generously gave us a few minutes of her time to speak with us!   Known as the prettier face of grunge, Clementine Creevy from Cherry Glazerr wooed us with her strong yet graceful voice.   We spotted this blue haired babe in the crowd from a mile away! Soko the sexy French singer/actress had a lot of wise things to say about the music business and gave us some insight on her latest projects! Soko we love you!   Floral crowns + Guitars + Babes = HINDS   Overall, day one was a huge success and we can't wait to see what's in store for us today! Stay tuned... xx
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BURGERAMA 4 at The Observatory - DAY 1 RECAP
It was quite a showing for Day 1 of Burgerama 4 at the Observatory in Santa Ana! Burgerama lovers from all ages showed up beginning at noon to kick off the tunes with bands like No Parents, Together Pangea, and Mystic Braves. Crowds came early to the Volcom booth to get free special-edition Volcom x Burgerama 4 pins and customized tees before hitting one of the stages to see their favorite musicians at the outside Rama stage or the inside Observatory or Constellation Room stages. The music continued throughout the day and into the night with La Luz, Broncho, Cosmonauts, Jeff the Brotherhood, Tomorrows Tulips, Bleached, Bass Drum of Death, Tijuana Panthers, Cherry Glazerr, Black Angels, Roky Erickson, Beach Fossils, FIDLAR, Summer Twins, White Fang, Weezer, and many, many more! Cosmonauts   Day 2 of Burgerama 4 begins at 12pm today and has another epic lineup of bands. Cruise by the Volcom booth for free Volcom x Burgerama 4 pins and customized tees! You can also pick up some new music from Burger Records! See you there!   DAY 1 PHOTOS Burgeramians at the Volcom booth making customized tees! Burgerama Girls Jeff the Brotherhood Jeff the Brotherhood Jeff the Brotherhood Jeff the Brotherhood Jeff the Brotherhood Cosmonauts Cosmonauts Tijuana Panthers Curves & La Luz Curves & La Luz Curves & La Luz Stoked! Ladies Weezer Weezer Weezer Weezer Group Hang FIDLAR FIDLAR FIDLAR FIDLAR FIDLAR Volcom heavy hitters were all apart of the Burgerama action from Day 1 Burger Records & Volcom Entertainment Tomorrows Tulips Tomorrows Tulips Ford from Tomorrows Tulips, and friend. Beach Fossils Beach Fossils Volcom booth fun! Cherry Glazerr Cherry Glazerr Cherry Glazer Volcom Skate had to get a piece of the Burgerama action. Roky Erickson Gang of Four Gang of Four Gang of Four Burger Records Photo credits to: Gary Copeland, Ryan Immegart, Daniel Cabral, Chase Newsom, Hope Lane
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Burgerama Jams
Burgerama is right around the corner and we couldn't be more excited! To help us get through this wait period, we've come up with a killer playlist. Sit back, close your eyes & let the music work it's magic. Also, don't forget to stop by our Volcom Womens lounge at Burgerama! Come say hello, design a tee & keep an eye out for other giveaways during the festival! See you there! xx