Interests, Music

Some Music Today Kind of Sucks

These days I find it hard to find musical artists that I actually truly love. I do listen to a lot of music and I always say I “love” it; but when I say that I don’t really mean it. Music that I really love is music that has a deep meaning behind the lyrics and has a meaning that isn’t so overused like a lot of today’s music. I’m not saying that today’s artists aren’t good singers or song writers, I am just saying that they aren’t being that original. Today we hear a lot of songs about smoking weed or the idea of love that seems to be exactly the same in a lot of songs, and I am starting to think these topics are getting boring to listen to, are overused, and unoriginal.

For example, artists and bands like Justin Bieber, One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Fall Out Boy, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Wiz Kalifa, and many other artists are good examples of songs that fall into what I am talking about. I like or liked listening to a lot of these artists (well except Wiz Kalifa and Justin Bieber) and I thought they were good and I was or is into their music. But as I grew up and started listening more to the lyrics of the songs I realized that I kind of didn’t like the music. I still like the sound of their music but I don’t get that feeling of  “Oh my god this music is unbelievable” anymore. Now in order to love a song I need to have original music to achieve any of this. And in my search of good, original music I have only found a few artists that fit my criteria. My Chemical Romance and Twenty One Pilots are two prime examples. These bands have original lyrics that have a deeper meaning behind them and put original ideas into their whole personas.

My Chemical Romance is an amazing band (definitely not everyone’s cup of tea) and have very interesting and dark lyrics. A lot of their lyrics revolve around the idea of death in one form or another. Listening to their songs makes you just think: “wow” and “shit that was deep”. For example, in their song The End.  a quote is: If you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see, you can find out firsthand what it’s like to be me, also in the song Planetary  a quote is: Ladies and gentlemen: truth is now acceptable and fame is now inject able, and lastly in the song You Know What They Do To Guys Like Me In Prison a quote is: Life is but a dream for the dead. Yes, these lyrics are very dark and kind of emo but you look into them and you either connect with it, you agree with it, or you understand it. My Chemical Romance’s music definitely gave a large group of people a person to relate to and I think these lyrics are really relatable. My all time favorite song from all their albums is the song Cancer in their album The Black Parade. It is one of their slower songs and is kind of sad but has such a deep meaning to all of it. Lyrics to this song are: Turn away, if you could get me a drink of water ’cause my lips are chapped and faded, call my aunt Marie. Help her gather all my things and bury me in all my favorite colors, my sisters and my brothers and now turn away ’cause I’m awful just to see ’cause all my hair’s abandoned all my body. Oh, my agony. Know that I will never marry. Baby, I’m just soggy from the chemo, but counting down the days to go. It just ain’t living, are both lyrics from the song that have an amazing meaning to it. My Chemical Romance is not everyone’s favorite type of music but looking into their songs really gives you a look into a different side of the music industry.

Another band that has similarly relatable, deep, and sad lyrics is Twenty One Pilots. They are more recent than My Chemical Romance, have a more wide genre range so more people are able to like their music, and their music isn’t as sad as My Chemical Romances, but I still relate them to each other because of how meaningful both a lot of their songs are. Lyrics such as Shaking hands with the dark parts of my thoughts, some see a pen I see a harpoon, No one else is dealing with your demons meaning maybe defeating them could be the beginning of your meaning friend, Sometimes to stay alive you gotta kill your mind, Behind my eyelids are island of violence, Cause I’m quiet now and silence gives you space, and lastly I need something to kill me I’m tired of taking my own life. These are just a short list of meaningful lyrics that are in their songs. Just like My Chemical Romance, Twenty One Pilots can give you a different side of music. There music isn’t solely based on romantic relationships. Tyler Joesph, the lead singer,  have songs written about his wife, his best friend, real problems about himself, and so many other deep topics.

In conclusion, and aside from my rambling, I think there are becoming fewer and fewer artists that have meaningful, relatable, and deep lyrics that can actually make you think. A lot of people today, young and old, don’t actually think. We listen to songs about sex, drugs, smoking, and crappy love but we don’t listen to songs about the more real stuff like suicide, friendship, disease, death, depression, and other real life problems, and I think a lot of My Chemical Romance’s and Twenty One Pilots’ songs cover these which is amazing. And as a reminder I am not saying your choice in music is valid, I am just showing my view on music today.



YouTube Is Now Under a Giant Pile of Salt

Recently YouTube released a set of new guidelines for its monetization. It basically says you can’t be apart of the monetization if your videos aren’t “advertiser friendly”. You can’t have swearing, sexual humor, controversial or sensitive subjects or event, promotion of drugs, or violence in the videos you produce or you might possibly be taken off of monetization. And I understand where the are coming from and why they decided to make and release these guidelines. From my understanding, YouTube is putting up these guidelines for the companies who have their ads on the videos who are apart of monetization and don’t want to show their products or services on videos with “inappropriate” content. Even though I know that I still think it is stupid that this is happening, but I am not writing this to show my opinions. I am writing this to talk about all the smart-ass remarks people are posting on Twitter under the #Youtubeisoverparty tag; which is trending currently.

There are YouTube memes, people are throwing shade, and people are talking about how it is stupid. The popular YouTuber Updates account has tweeted, “YouTube’s new rule is basically putting a quarter in the swear jar.. #YoutubeIsOverParty” and ” ‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” #YoutubeIsOverParty’ “.  This is an example of the shade being thrown. People are making TRIGGERED memes, for example: ” Leafyishere: “p-p-p-p-play that sh-” Youtube: TRIGGERED” and  ” Shane Dawson: *fixes hair* Youtube: TRIGGERED” are prime examples. Other things that have been posted are videos of YouTubers cussing, pictures of Neville Papperman from iCarly, screenshots of YouTube videos of just smiling and nothing else, people talking about where popular YouTubers like Dan Howell or Pewdiepie or Shane Dawson are going to be making their money, and actual YouTubers tweeting about it.

Reading all of these tweets is hilarious. These guidelines were released so recently and now it so one of the trending tags. It is funny and interesting how people across the internet can do all of this.

Now I am going to quickly talk about my opinions about this topic. I personally think these new guidelines are kind of stupid, but I do understand where it is coming from. I think it is stupid because who cares if you swear or have sexual content in a video made by YouTuber. We see so much of that in music videos that are made today and just on television alone. So what is the difference? Right now I am not overreacting unlike a lot of people online right now. I want to see where these new guidelines are going to take the platform of YouTube. If it turns out it ruins what was nice about YouTube in the future I am going to be a little mad and going to talk about it more, but for now I am going to sit back, relax, and continue to watch the videos that are supposedly “not advertiser friendly”.

Connor Franta, Interests, Youtube

“Hey what’s up you guys”

I haven’t been able to say this my whole life but now I have an idol. And no I am not saying it in an ironic sense and no it is definitely not an idol that will be short lived in my eyes. This person is Connor Franta.

If you are a teen or young adult who loves to watch many Youtube videos you may know who he is.

Connor Franta is a creator. Some people may say he is just a Youtuber, but I think differently. Yes, he is technically a Youtuber but that is not all who he is. He may have started on Youtube but the fame from Youtube made him into so much more. I say creator because he not only creates on Youtube. He creates on Instagram in beautiful photography, he created a business, and he creates products.

Connor is such a thoughtful, savvy, and creative person. After multiple years on the Youtube scene and his fame growing he decided to fully think about the future. He knew and knows that his fame on Youtube may not last forever, like anything on the internet popularity can die out. You must know how to change in able to survive and Connor did just that.

He started out with making a compilation of music into an album and put it on sale. After the sells on that were big he decided to make more soon turning into the idea of Heardwell. Him, his agent Andrew Graham, and Jeremy Wineberg founded the music label Heardwelll. Connor especially wanted to create a different side to music, more focusing on the music side. Since many Youtubers are creating music he, along with other people, created a way to showcase music by Youtubers and emerging artists.

Shortly after Heardwell became such a popular idea Connor decided he wanted to grow a business, which was easy since his huge fan base is always willing to support him. He decided to start his business off, after music, with coffee. He talked to a coffee roaster business in San Francisco, created a label for the bag, and introduced it. And this coffee sold significantly by the millions of pounds. After he got the coffee out in the internet world he made it into another brand Common Culture, which sells subscription to coffee, clothing, mugs, candles, etc. Now since Common Culture has become popular, he continues to create thoughtful products that are authentic.

That was just a small preview into who Connor Franta is. There is so many reasons why I love him and he is my idol, but the main reason is of what he created. Becoming an entrepreneur is what I aspire to be. And what I want to do is similar to what Connor Franta is doing. I want to have an authentic brand. So what Connor is doing makes me want to do what I want to do. He followed his dreams and it made me want to follow my dreams.

I truly believe that Connor Franta is one of the best role model/idols out there. He is an authentic person who does amazing things. He followed his dreams and pursued them to the fullest extent, and he didn’t hurt others in the way of pursuing it like a lot of people who are rich today did.

Shane Dawson, Youtube

Shane Dawson

One of my favorite Youtubers is Shane Dawson. I have many others and I will get to them, but lets start with him.

According to Wikipedia Shane Dawson is a 28 year old “American YouTube personality, actor, sketch comedian, singer, songwriter and film director” and currently across all his channels he has more than 16.4 million subscribers.

He makes interesting, disgusting, funny, and sometimes just cringe worthy videos but he makes entertaining content. From making a hamburger cake to deaths at malls, his videos probably cover every possible thing you can create on Youtube. He does beauty hacks, life hacks, food tasting, collaborations, reactions, DIYs, vlogs, gaming, challenges, music videos, comedy sketches, podcasts (even though on a differentconspiracy theories, and many more interesting things. I guess if you wanted you could say he is a renaissance youtube creator, but I wouldn’t put it that way.

About 90 percent of his videos on any of this channels are pure comedy or making fun of something, which is why I like it. His beauty hacks/DIYs are all mainly for the laughs, totally not serious, and his life hacks are all trying to find the dumbest life hacks out there. He also just makes plain ridiculous videos that no one would try, even he doesn’t want to do some of them.

Besides all of the videos he posts on Youtube he also has done many other things in his life. He has been in the movie Not Cool, which he directed and starred in. He has also published a few books, such as I Hate Myselfie: A Collection of Essays and his recently published It Gets Worse, another book of essays. And along with his book being recently be published, he has put out an accompanying short film as a Youtube Original. Along with his Youtube channels, movies, and books he also has started a podcast series called Shane and Friends where he and a couple of guest stars talk about different topics and do hilarious stuff.

Shane was one the original people who started out on Youtube when Youtube was becoming popular and have stayed or became extremely popular and have made living on this platform. He has been on Youtube since 2007, two years after Youtube was created, and in my experience he is one the few original Youtubers who are extremely popular today and started so early in Youtube’s life.

In my opinion, Shane is an amazing video creator. He posts stuff where I can’t stop laughing, crying from laughing, cringing (in a good way if there even is a good way), or where I am just interested in. He is definitely for people with a certain personality. If you like sometimes offesive, hilarious, cringey, disgusting, and interesting videos then you should go check him out.



The Beginning of School

School is about to start in a little more than two weeks. I am partially excited because it gives me something to do that isn’t manual labor and I am able to see my friends daily, but like most teenagers I am also not excited for the first day of school. First of all, my first day of school is the exact day of my birthday. I was really hoping this year I could actually celebrate my birthday on the actual day and not be spending my 16th birthday stuck in a hot and stuffy classroom filled with people who annoy me. Also, I am not looking forwards to waking up so early in order to be on time to my first class every morning since my first class of the day isn’t even a class period, it is zero period. A time where I have to be in class at 7:50 in the morning instead of 8:40 in the morning. My brain is going to have a hard time doing that since I have been waking up at 10 every morning. But it is a new school year so I should be excited.

Also, it has just dawned on me that I have this school year plus two more until I am technically an adult and I am somewhat expected to be living on my own, going to college, having my own job, know what I am going to do, and be paying my own bills. And thinking about this makes my brain hurt because currently I am just a 15 year old who was just in middle school, or even elementary school, not too long ago. My god. Most people might think that about two or three years isn’t that long but years go by extremely fast. At least they do for me. All I have to worry about right now is to take a shower every once in a while, get good grades, and stay out of trouble, but in a couple of years the worries will probably multiply. Jeez.

Books, Connor Franta, Interests, Mortal Instruments, Shane Dawson

Kaia’s Top 10 Favorite Books- August
  1. One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
  2. Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks
  3. It Gets Worse by Shane Dawson
  4. A Work in Progress by Connor Franta
  5. Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
  6. The Cellar by Natasha Preston
  7. The Outsiders by SE Hinton
  8. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman
  9. The House on Mango Street  by Sandra Cisneros
  10. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

My Experience at the Emotional Roadshow

Yesterday I had the privilege of being able to see one of my favorite musical group, Twenty One Pilots (TØP), in concert and in the flesh.

All I can say about the show is wow. I already thought they were amazing before the show but now I am impressed at the kind of show they can produce. With the amazing drumming and trumpet skills Josh Dun (Spooky Jim) and the amazing singing, piano skills, and any other instrument Tyler Joseph can play, they put on quite the show. Even the opening act of MuteMath was a wonderful performance and I really enjoyed their the part of the show they we apart of.

Now lets get straight to the question that I hope some people are wondering about. What happened during the show? Well, that is a pretty long story, but I am more than happy to explain it.

Okay, lets set the scene. Twenty One Pilots finally came out after MuteMath and after a extremely long wait. You hear the thousands of screams start to erupt from around the arena and the lights go off. Colorful lights on stage start flashing, you here a rapid clicking sound, and some intense music starts to play. The thin curtain blocking your view falls from where it is hanging and through the smoke you see two figures with ski masks and suits on; one at drums and one underneath a lit up microphone hanging from the ceiling. The screams get louder as the music you have been waiting to hear begins to play.

Fairly Local plays throughout the arena and everyone joins in singing the song. After the intro of the song begins Tyler Joseph begins to sings while Josh Duns rocks on the drums. The lights change from blue and purple to red and people start to sing along. Tyler keeps singing while the workers on stage help produce a magic act of Tyler going from the main stage to a section in the chairs. After the song he reappears back onto the stage.

After a few songs both Josh and Tyler have already took off their ski masks showing their faces to the whole crowd. Tyler sings more in front of the amazing art glowing on every screen in the arena. Tyler changes outfits from his suit to his beautiful floral kimono and gets his ukulele out to sing some more songs. Then Tyler and Josh both disappear and soon reappear to a stage in the middle of the arena while simultaneously making everyone on the floor scramble to get as close as they can to their idols. The two are now in cheap skeleton costumes. Lights flash and change as another song starts. Songs are sung and Josh’s shirt eventually comes off in the process.

After those songs are sung by Tyler and the crowd, both boys make their way back to the main stage. More songs are sung and some exciting things happen for the front of the crowd on the floor. Tyler decides to have a few people in the crowd hold him up while he sings. After that he makes his way back up the stage with Josh. After a song or two it is now Josh’s turn to interact with the crowd. He gets a drum kit on a wooden board to be held up by the crowd, steps onto it, and plays the drums for another song.

At another point in time during this concert, Tyler announces two other musical groups to join him and Josh on stage. One group from the Netherlands and the band MuteMath. They collaborate and sing Twist and Shout, a Justin Bieber song, the song from Titanic, and possibly some other songs I have forgotten about. After all this fun the two other groups exit the stage and leave Twenty One Pilots alone on stage. Tyler and Josh play more songs and everyone has even more fun.

As it becomes closer to the end of the whole concert, the show becomes even more fun. For example, smoke shoots up out of cannons, Tyler sings high up in the air, and my favorite, Tyler going into a giant hamster ball and begins to ride on top of the crowd. After more smoke and bright lights flash, it comes to the emotional part of the show. One of the final songs they play. The tradition they have made of singing it at the end of each concert since the beginning, when they weren’t popular. People are crying around you as it is very emotional, it kind of makes it awkward but you ignore it because you are too focused on the two boys on stage. At the very end the final song is played. The most energetic part of the night. The whole stage is red and green and smoke is flying into the air. Drums are being hit and songs are being sung. As the song ends red confetti paper is shot into the air as it rains on the crowd and all over the floor. Josh and Tyler just finished another amazing show. The two amazing musicians look so proud of themselves and look so happy it makes you happy. As they exit the stage you begin to exit as well. With confetti still left in your hair you smile remembering the once in the life time chance you had just a few moments ago.

As you might be able to tell, this concert was very energetic and eventful. It was definitely one of my favorite nights this summer, along with me seeing Dan and Phil’s The Amazing Tour is Not on Fire. I hope again I will see them again in concert or get to see some of my other favorite musical artists in concert because I would love to experience this kind of night again some time soon.



Set list for show:

-Intro for Fairly Local



-Hometown (one of my favorite songs)



-House of Gold Intro (Wish they played more, love this song)

-We Don’t Believe What’s On TV

-The Judge

-Lane Boy

-Ode to Sleep (Love this song too)

-Medley of The Pantaloon, Fall Away, Johnny Boy, Forest, Addict with a Pen, March to the Sea, and Kitchen Sink

-Holding on to You

-Cover of Twist and Shout

-Cover of My Heart Will Go On

-Cover of Love Yourself

-Cover of Jump Around


-Stressed Out

-Guns For Hands

-Tear in My Heart

-Car Radio