Juice Jam ’17: Diplo, MØ, and more!


“I’m missing class on Monday” Zucker says with a little boy smile as he addresses the hype Syracuse crowd. A senior in college and aspiring musician, Zucker has the skills to get there. He admits to creating all his own music in his basement, just playing on his laptop. His collab with Blackbear, “Talk Is Overrated” got the crowd singing along, as well as some of his earlier tracks.



They embody every alternative band out there; slammin’ chords, catchy lyrics, and serious good vibes. After a hard blow of a bass speaker, and a huge chant for a drum solo, the band jumped back on their feet to perform more fun tunes. Their latest track “Passenger Side” had fans screaming for more.



She’s the fairy sprinkled on every hit track; “Cold Water” and the viral “Lean On”. Her voice couldn’t be more perfect if she tried. Mirroring exactly what we hear through our own speakers, MØ knows how to put on a show. Dancing in a leopard print tank top, she ran right to left with a passionate energy. Eventually jumping into the crowd, grabbing hands, hugging shoulders, making fans feel the love. MØ is one of the purest artists out there.



Ugly God was one for the partiers of the day. Shouting things like “bitch” and “f*** Ugly God” there was no shortage of “lit” during this set. He spit game as (mostly frat) boys sang along. As the juice jammers chanted “Thanks Ugly God”, he held the mic down and smiled with his all-gold teeth into the crowd.



There’s no doubt, he stole the show. Playing all his hits, while mixing in current hip-hop faves, like “Rake It Up” and many more. Diplo knows how to command a crowd, no matter the size. With a setlist mixed to perfection, every beat is sharp and smoothly transitions into a new movement that the crowd rides for a straight hour. What Diplo does is so beyond the EDM world. He somehow is standing on top of this mountain of talent that most can’t explain. All we know is it’s really good.

*all photos taken by me




On Repeat: “Diving” – Bridgit Mendler

On this euphoric track, Mendler muddles through a relationship filled with endless love. Her vocals are borderline angelic as a hypnotic beat makes you switch the song onto repeat for the rest of your life. “Now I’m at the elevation from a different view, looking at the haze we once were, I’m diving back into you,” each verse is sung with such control further pushing its genuine meaning.

The former Disney Channel star has proven herself in the pop music scene, not by spewing out radio hits, but instead producing some unique tracks that show off her artistry (and her stellar songwriting which is poetic as ever.) “Diving” is one of her best to date.



Who You Need: All Poets & Heroes

all poets and heroes


WHO: All Poets & Heroes

WHERE: Syracuse, NY

GENRE: Alternative/folk

TOP TRACK: “Unidentified”




Picture sitting in a white-hued kitchen on a Sunday morning. There’s fresh flowers on the table and the morning sun streams in through every cracked window. That’s how All Poets & Heroes make you feel. Their upcoming EP titled, Where We Lived and What We Lived For (releasing in October) is a 4-track homage to life and the questions we often associate with it.

Opening song, “Day Dreams” sounds like something you’d hear on an early John Mayer album. It’s easygoing while dancing on the border of playfulness. Lead singer Rob McCall’s steady vocal chords sing, “You say I’m in too deep, I say let’s play for keeps.” Each song feels just as comfortable as the one before. Somewhat muted melodies and a thudding drum beat carry each track right into the next.

Philosophical inspiration is a direct theme on this EP. What is the meaning of life? Should I take a chance? Should I let things go? What is my future? The opposite end of the album features a heavier composition. A lyric on the track “Choices” encompasses this underlying theme; “Was this life not meant for sad words and scars?”. Philosophical breakdowns of life and love lull you into a thought process most artists can’t trigger in their listeners.

In just four tracks, AP&H prove what they stand for in an industry that has somewhat lost its luster for real music. These guys bring you back to the basics; music with meaning that’s pulled out of you in the most beautiful way.


For more info on All Poets & Heroes, visit their site, here.