LAMI Wants You To Dance

LAMI Wants You To Dance

You don't have to be any good either, it's all love
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If you like infectious rhythms, story-driven lyrical content and true musicianship, then you’re going to love the new EP Year In Review by budding USC artist LAMI.

I had the opportunity to sit down with LAMI and delve into his history as a musician; finding out how he works as an artist as well.

With music that makes you want to move your feet, LAMI’s personality is just as inviting. This shines through in his song “Silhouette”. After the vision had been developed by LAMI himself, his manager (Hector Garcia) brought Matthew Carieri onto the team, and they produced a dance centric and fun-loving video that perfectly displays the vibe of the song. Watch it here:

Thanks to a multicultural household, LAMI was able to escape the homogeny that exists in his hometown near San Pedro and Palos Verdes. With his mother hailing from Burundi, a country in eastern Africa, and his father of Liberian and German descent, LAMI had a world of music and inspiration at his fingertips growing up.

These influences led LAMI’s musical knowledge to be that of jazz (his father had a long career in jazz piano), funk, cultural African music, and motown. As LAMI said it himself, he is a musician first. Proving that actions speak louder than words, LAMI’s output of music clearly showcases a talent that has been exposed to many forms of music.

In addition to these world influences, the LA area did help to shape his sound as well; creating a relaxed and “chill” vibe. You could be at a party, family gathering, chilling with friends or enjoying music alone, and LAMI’s sound would always be applicable. That’s no small feat for an artist.

This stems from all of the backgrounds LAMI has. There’s a sense of unity within his music, which is exactly the message he wants to put forth. Focusing on jazz while growing up, when choosing what to study at USC, LAMI made the decision to pursue a degree in the popular music program USC offers. This major allows for the culmination of all of the genres LAMI loves, and relates to the hip-hop/funk sound that he is releasing.

HAVE YOU SEEN HIM LIVE? You should. I attended his performance at the TreeHouse recently, a music venue that holds events hosted by a student run production collective known as La Mala, and it was full of energy and excitement. The interesting part about a LAMI set is that you can never predict it. Thanks to his jazz upbringing and the level of musicianship within his band, usually USC students as well, LAMI is able to create a unique performance for every show. Each song could go into multiple directions as LAMI and the other band members engage in a musical dialogue of riffing, call and response, and whatever else they can think of on the spot.

So who does LAMI listen to? He loves Snarky Puppy, Anderson .Paak, Smino, and greats like Stevie Wonder. However, he draws a lot of his hip-hop inspiration from artists like Chance the Rapper, Kanye, and Kendrick Lamar.

In the coming months, LAMI intends to continue doing shows and has ALREADY begun working on his next musical venture.

This is just the beginning for LAMI, so get ahead of the curve early..you’ll be hearing more from him!

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If 20 Iconic Brooke Davis Quotes Were Your College Major

The early 00s wouldn't have been the same without a little sass from Brooke Davis.

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One Tree Hill was iconic in itself. We laughed, we cried, we went through quite the rollercoaster of emotions but through it all, we always loved Brooke Davis. She's one of a kind but relates to all of us, even when it comes to our major of choice. Ever wonder if Brooke Davis could describe your major? Well, let's find out.

1. Nursing 

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Just like Brooke Davis, nursing majors are underappreciated. It takes a lot to get those degrees! We see you nurses and we love you!!

2. English 

"What's your major?" "English" "Oh."

3. Pre-Law

The sass of Brooke Davis and the sass of a good lawyer are one in the same.

4. Communication

Interpersonal. Persuasion. Public Relations. Mass Media. We know all the tricks. Don't even try us.

5. Biology

That love hate relationship that you know will be worth it in the end but hate the road you have to take to get there.

6. Theater

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Drama. Drama. Drama.

7. Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Whether it's gender issues or misogynist assholes. WGSS teaches you a lot about things you didn't even know you didn't know.

8. Social Work/HDFS

Social work is no joke. Neither is HDFS. They're like moms but moms that can bust a knee cap if necessary.

9. Business

The high and mighty. Yet they still don't have class on Fridays. Interesting.

10. Engineering

Okay so you know how to build robots and fix collapsing buildings. Big deal.

11. Mathematics

No one likes math. No one but you. Weirdo.

12. Nutrition 

Foooooddddd. But the healthy kind and like science and stuff.

13. History

Brooke Davis asking the real questions.

14. Animal Science

Brooke doesn't know every species of bird out there but maybe you do???

15. Fashion

Say it louder for the people in the back.

16. Psychology

It seems like a good idea freshmen year until you realize all the science classes you have to take. At that point you hate everyone and all trust is lost.

17. Journalism

Get your story. But also get your facts straight.

18. Art

Art is hard. Being creative is hard. No wonder a lot of famous artists lost their minds.

19. Undecided

Let Brooke inspire you to keep searching, you'll figure it out just like she did. I mean, hello??? Clothes over bros anyone?

20. Fifth Years

You just love school so much you never want to leave. Ever.

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I Discovered My Favorite Band In Their Hometown, Thousands Of Miles Away

Lukas Graham are not just any ordinary artists. They're musical prodigies.

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I was very excited to learn that Lukas Graham is from Denmark — but I didn't know that when I discovered them in while I was sitting in my hotel room a few years ago.

I had just checked into my fancy schmancy hotel room located in the heart of Copenhagen. After five days of endless travelling, it goes without saying that I was completely worn out. However, the thrill of being in a lavish hotel room, alone and in a foreign country, miraculously surpassed any fatigue I was feeling at the time.

I didn't even properly unpack until the second or third day. I jumped on the bed, opened my huge flat-screen TV (for no reason whatsoever), checked out the room's facilities and blasted music from my speakers. I spent the entire evening texting my friends and planning my week.

The following morning I woke up super early and began sorting through my things. I turned on the TV and began listening to English songs from a random Danish channel. After some time, they played Lukas Graham's "You're Not There." I immediately fell in love with the song (and Lukas's voice), so I Googled the song.

I downloaded it and played it on repeat for a couple of days. One night, I was chilling in the lobby with my friends when suddenly the same Lukas Graham song came on. No one seemed to care or take notice. I noticed the song right away and didn't leave the lobby until the song was over. I was in awe (as I am each time I hear any of their songs being played).

"You're Not There" is particularly poignant and special, as it's dedicated to the band's frontman, Lukas' late father. I could tell through the song how much his father means to him, and I could easily relate.

It was after leaving Europe that I came to know Lukas Graham is actually a Danish band, whereas before I had thought they were British or American.

I've given the band's frontman, Lukas Forchhammer, the name "The Male Adele." Lukas Forchammer is a Irish-Danish singer, songwriter and actor. I'm not even being dramatic when I say that all of his songs speak straight to my heart.

His lyrics are very raw and powerful, not something you hear often these days. To top it all off, he has the most incredible voice, and his bandmates complement each other very well.

Discovering Lukas Graham and falling irrevocably in love with them felt like destiny and nothing short of it. I've even created a special playlist just for them. Their songs are compatible with my every mood, and every time I play them I feel in touch with my emotions.

I'm so proud I've lived to hear their wonderful music and be tremendously blessed by it. I'm moved by their music every time and every day that I listen to it.

I know a lot about the band now, and I continue to have enormous love and respect for them. They've even created their own genre. It's called "Ghetto Pop" — how cool is that?!

I don't normally write about musicians/bands I admire, but Lukas Graham are not just any ordinary artist.

They're musical prodigies.

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