During my internship (which I will be talking about more next week) I was given the opportunity to take a trip to Cleveland, Ohio to cover the Alternative Press Music Awards. Let’s just say I was more than excited to attend the event.
I grew up listening to Alternative music. Mainly because I fell in love with a local band (which is now world-wide sensation All Time Low) in my preteen years. The lineup for the award show was any pop/punk lover’s dream. Bands including Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, New Found Glory, Sum 41, Simple Plan, Pierce The Veil, and my Baltimore boys All Time Low all performed, making it one of my favorite concerts.
Making the six hour+ trip alone, was going to be boring, so I invited the two biggest fans of pop/punk music: my mom and sister. My mother was always the “concert mom” in my younger years, making it fitting for her and I to attend an award show together. Gab was probably 6 years old when she attended her first All Time Low show….even though it took place in a church basement on Harford Rd.
When we first got to Cleveland, we rushed to get ready, so we could meet up with managers of the bands, and other press members at one of the hottest clubs in town. While we were there, we had no idea some of the bands would be stopping by as well. I ended up hanging with the guys from All Time Low and Panic! At The Disco that night, and told them how excited I was to get to interview them on the red carpet the following day.
The day of the award show, I received a call from one of my friends at Hopeless Records, inviting me, and “my people” to the after party. Who knew that this college student would be attending an award show AND after parties?!?!?
|My First Red Carpet Apperance|
|Rian, Jack, Alex, and Zack from All Time Low|
The red carpet was insane! I had a reporter from Fuse TV to the left of me, and Fox News to the right. We all bonded over the 100+ degree heat, and how killer our heels felt standing there. Some bands avoided all of the press. When All Time Low was making their way down the red carpet, their manager said they were only speaking to Alternative Press, until Alex Gaskarth stopped to say hi to me.
|My Selfie with Alex and Rian from All Time Low|
Alex and Rian hugged me, and asked if I wanted to interview them really quickly. Their manager (or someone important) was pulling them to leave, but Alex said “She’s from Baltimore, give us a second.” I told them how I had been listening to them forever. Rian asked, “How long is forever?” I then went on to explain that one of the first shows I saw them play was in a church basement on Harford rd. They were both shocked, and I pulled up photos from that show. I then asked them what would you say to a kid stuck in Baltimore or that basement, with dreams to become famous? Rian then wittily responded by asking, “You mean the basement on harford rd?” We all laughed, but Alex responded with, “we have been chasing our dream for a while. We could have never made it this far without our fans. But my main advice would be to keep chasing your dreams, never let someone shut them down.” I thanked the boys, and they told me to take a selfie with them, to document my first big interview. A few moments later, I walked into the Quicken Loans Arena to find my seat (and change my shoes).
After the show ended, my mom, sister, and I made our way to the House of Blues to the after party. We took some shots with unnamed band members, and danced for a bit, but headed back to our hotel to crash because it was such a long day.
By far, this is one of the coolest events I have been asked to cover. I want to personally thank Girls’ Life Magazine and Alternative Press Magazine for giving me the opportunity to attend the show, and continue my path of either working at a music or fashion magazine. You both rock!