Exclusive: Interview With Arizona Showstopper, Blossom

Exclusive: Interview With Arizona Showstopper, Blossom

Blossom opens up about her experiences in the industry as well as the Arizona scene and more!
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Last week I covered some of my favorite local EDM artists in Arizona, all of which, showcase the major talent and a potential for great things. Among those locals was a bright boisterous DJ known for her bright pink hair and heavy sets. Blossom is an amazing DJ that has been on large stages with some of the biggest artists today and received support from Dim Mak. I got the chance to interview Blossom to figure out how this ASU student and Happy Camper founder got her start in EDM, what some of her favorite moments were, and her thoughts on the local scene.


1. "What first got you into the EDM scene?"

I first got into the EDM scene through a college friend who took me to a mini-festival in Arizona. I had always really loved EDM, specifically dubstep, but throughout high school, I really didn't have any friends that were equally interested in it and so I was more of a quiet listener. When I got to college, I started to hear more EDM being played out at parties and my interest grew until I finally decided to buy myself a DJ controller halfway through my junior year. I was really enamored with the EDM scene and the person that I felt like I could be when at shows. It was really exciting to start finding my place in the world.


2. "How has your experience as a musician before producing influenced the music you make today?"

I started as a violinist when I was about two years old, and played until I was 14. Although it has been a while since I played an instrument, starting at such a young age fine tuned my ears and really helps me to produce and DJ in the right key. I learned DJing and production at the same time, and so as I learned what crowds responded to in DJing, as well as what I liked to play, I began to produce accordingly.


3. "How would you best describe your music in 4 words?"

Thus far, I haven't released any music that I feel really describes what I want to be making. A lot of what I have released is trap-y, pop-y, upbeat, and kind of girly, but I've been working on more music recently that I think reflects more of who I am and what kind of artist I want to be. Recent unreleased productions still have my 'Blossom' touch but are much darker, heavier, and more experimental.



4. "Which artists have had the biggest influence on your music?"

I am a huge fan of anything Ivy Lab touches and really love Noisia. G Jones, Bleep Bloop, and Eprom are original favorites, and all of their music really inspires me to keep pushing my production and get even heavier and more experimental. I love how dark their music can be.


5. "What has your experience been like with the Arizona EDM scene?"

I've had a really positive experience in Arizona and generally a pretty positive reception. It's really cool to see my growing fan base that welcomes my increasingly heavier style of music. It's incredible the amount of support that is in Arizona and the growth that the scene is experiencing. I currently run a monthly EDM Livestream called 'The Happy Camper' that has been growing organically and exponentially. A year ago, I never would have thought that a more underground, community-based show would have the potential for success, but I'm so excited to see more and more artists contact me about being in Arizona and wanting to play, or just sending me tunes in Arizona. We are the 5th biggest city, and our music scene is starting to grow to represent that. I'm in no rush to leave.

Check out Happy Camper's Twitter: @itshappycamper for all details on the livestream!

6. "So far what has been your favorite festival that you have played?"

Definitely Wet Electric! It was my first ever show that I played mainstage, and that was a really cool experience. Plus, two of my favorite DJs, Anna Lunoe and AC Slater, performed, and AC Slater was one of my first inspirations when I was getting started. Anna is an all around girl boss and she inspires me as well. I'll always hold Global Dance Festival 2015 close to my heart because that was my entry into the AZ music scene--I had entered the competition to play, made top 15, didn't win, and still got booked, and that was such an awesome experience to really kick off my dream.


7. "What inspires you to make music and perform?"

Beyond everything--any stress, school work, you name it--when I'm up there playing, I am so incredibly happy. A lot of people note how happy I look when I'm on stage, and I promise that's not me faking a smile... I really, truly love it. DJing is my greatest passion and has been an escape for me even when I was less inspired by other aspects of my life, and producing has come along to help me release all of the ideas for music that I've had stuck in my head forever but never knew how to express. I am truly passionate about the music scene and, now with Happy Camper, running shows, and I never would've found that had I not just asked a DJ at a party what controller he used and then just went out and bought it. Looking back and seeing how far I've come is the inspiration that keeps me going.


Blossom has already made some amazing strides as an artist and performer but the possibilities for her growth are endless as the Arizona scene continues to exponentially grow. I look forward to hearing some dark and heavy tracks from one of my favorite locals coming this fall!

And as always, support your local artists and make sure to check Blossom out on:

Instagram: blossom.dj Twitter: @blossomdj_ Facebook: @officialblossomdj and Soundcloud: BLOSSOM ❀ 彡

Cover Image Credit: Blossom

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'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Is NOT About Date Rape, It's A Fight Against Social Norms Of The 1940s

The popular Christmas song shouldn't be considered inappropriate.

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The classic Christmas song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" has recently come under attack. There has been controversy over the song being deemed as inappropriate since it has been suggested that it promotes date rape. Others believe that the song is another common example of our culture's promotion of rape. You may be wondering, where did they get that idea from?

The controversy has led to one radio station, WDOK, taking the song off the air and banning it from their station. Some people believe that this song goes against the #MeToo movement since it promotes rape. However, people are not considering the fact that this traditional Christmas song was made in the 1940s.

People are viewing the song from a modern-day cultural perspective rather than from the perspective of the 1940s. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was written in 1944. Many people have viewed the song from the perspective of our cultural and social norms. People believe that the song promotes date rape because of lyrics that suggest that the male singing is trying to stop the female singer from leaving, and the female singer is constantly singing about trying to escape with verses like "I really can't stay" or "I've got to go home."

When you first view the song from the perspective of today's culture, you may jump to the conclusion that the song is part of the date rape culture. And it's very easy to jump to this conclusion, especially when you are viewing only one line from the song. We're used to women being given more freedom. In our society, women can have jobs, marry and be independent. However, what everyone seems to forget is that women did not always have this freedom.

In 1944, one of the social norms was that women had curfews and were not allowed to be in the same house as a man at a later time. It was considered a scandal if a single woman so much as stayed at another man's house, let alone be in the same room together. It's mind-blowing, right? You can imagine that this song was probably considered very provocative for the time period.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is not a song that encourages date rape, but is actually challenging the social norms of society during the time period. When you listen to the song, you notice that at one part of the song, the female states, "At least I can say that I tried," which suggests that she really doesn't want to leave. In fact, most of the song, she is going back and forth the whole time about leaving stating, "I ought to say no…well maybe just a half a drink more," and other phrases.

She doesn't want to leave but doesn't really have a choice due to fear of causing a scandal, which would have consequences with how others will treat her. It was not like today's society where nobody cares how late someone stays at another man's house. Nowadays, we could care less if we heard that our single neighbor stayed over a single man's house after 7. We especially don't try to look through our curtain to check on our neighbor. Well, maybe some of us do. But back then, people did care about where women were and what they were doing.

The female singer also says in the lyrics, "The neighbors might think," and, "There's bound to be talk tomorrow," meaning she's scared of how others might perceive her for staying with him. She even says, "My sister will be suspicious," and, "My brother will be there at the door," again stating that she's worried that her family will find out and she will face repercussions for her actions. Yes, she is a grown woman, but that doesn't mean that she won't be treated negatively by others for going against the social norms of the time period.

Then why did the male singer keep pressuring her in the song? This is again because the song is more about challenging the social norms of the time period. Both the female and male singers in the song are trying to find excuses to stay and not leave.

On top of that, when you watch the video of the scene in which the song was originally viewed, you notice that the genders suddenly switch for another two characters, and now it's a female singer singing the male singer's part and vice versa. You also notice that the whole time, both characters are attracted to one another and trying to find a way to stay over longer.

Yes, I know you're thinking it doesn't matter about the genders. But, the song is again consensual for both couples. The woman, in the beginning, wants to stay but knows what will await if she doesn't leave. The male singer meanwhile is trying to convince her to forget about the rules for the time period and break them.

In addition, the complaint regarding the lyric "What's in this drink?" is misguided. What a lot of people don't understand is that back in 1944, this was a common saying. If you look at the lyrics of the song, you notice that the woman who is singing is trying to blame the alcoholic drink for causing her to want to stay longer instead of leaving early. It has nothing to do with her supposed fear that he may have tried to give her too much to drink in order to date rape her. Rather, she is trying to find something to blame for her wanting to commit a scandal.

As you can see, when you view the song from the cultural perspective of the 1940s, you realize that the song could be said to fight against the social norms of that decade. It is a song that challenges the social constrictions against women during the time period. You could even say that it's an example of women's rights, if you wanted to really start an argument.

Yes, I will admit that there were movies and songs made back in the time period that were part of the culture of date rape. However, this song is not the case. It has a historical context that cannot be viewed from today's perspective.

The #MeToo movement is an important movement that has led to so many changes in our society today. However, this is not the right song to use as an example of the date rape culture.

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Board Games Are More Important Than You Think They Are

They've become a defining part of my family.

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Remember when you were a kid and you'd have a family game night? Or your friends would come over and you'd open the game cabinet and play at least three different games together?

Maybe it's just me, but those are some of my best memories from my childhood. My family loves games, board games, and electronic games.

Of course, as I got older, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Wii became more and more popular. That meant that the game cabinet was opened less and less, collecting dust.

Thankfully, I live in New Jersey near the shore and Hurricane Sandy left my family with no power for five days. Sure, it was scary not having power and walking around my neighborhood seeing fallen trees or roof shingles, but we were inland enough to not have had any flood water damage.

No power also meant no PlayStation or Wii games. The gaming cabinet was opened again, this time with vigor. Now, four years later, and I still think about sitting in the dark with a flashlight playing Scrabble with my family.

That was also the week I learned how to play Yahtzee and dominated my dad in every game. My sister constantly was looking for someone to play her to Battleship. We exhausted Rummikub.

The game was already a family favorite, and that's including extended family. Family barbeques had been ending with late night games of Rummikub for at least a year by the time Sandy hit.

We were ready to strategize and crunch numbers, but after day three, we never wanted to a number ever again.

This semester, there's been a surge of board game love again in my family. My sister bought Jenga, which we are currently trying to exhaust ourselves with. My favorite board game also had a comeback: Life.

I loved this game so much that I had the SpongeBob version as a kid. I would play it with my best friend, just the two of us, playing game after game of Bikini Bottom themed Life. Now, I have a car full of "kids" that I've started to make pets in my head. I can handle having five pretend dogs, but not five pretend kids.

I don't know what it is about board games, but my family has always had an affinity for them. We've gone through our cycles of playing video games and card games, but we always come back to the classics. Maybe it's more a defining part of my family than I originally thought.

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