On a hot Sunday in early July, The Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival took over the Xfinity Center in Hartford Connecticut. With a collection of bands both old school, and the best of today, the fest full of action-packed sets, matching the high-energy crowd.Standout performances from The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum 41, The Story So Far, Atreyu, The Story So Far, Atreyu, Sleeping With Sirens, Andy Black, Four Year Strong, Memphis May Fire, Trophy Eyes, Meg & Dia, Juliet Simms, and Hyro The Hero made for an unforgettable show. Check out these photos from the show by Rosa Miller of Lamosa Photography.
Juliet Simms is readying the next chapter in her storied career. With seven releases in twelve years, Simms has signed to legendary Sumerian Records for her next full-length album, her fourth. You can catch her performing her new song ‘Bad Love’ all summer on the Rockstar Energy Disrupt Tour. Check out the track now and the new music video. Continue reading
Kicking off today in June 21st in Dallas, TX at the Dos Equis Pavilion and select cities all over, The Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival is set to invade cities with a mix of legend status bands, and rising stars. The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum 41, The Story So Far, Atreyu, The Story So Far, Atreyu, Sleeping With Sirens, Andy Black, Four Year Strong, Memphis May Fire, Trophy Eyes, Meg & Dia, Juliet Simms, and Hyro The Hero will participate on certain dates. Tickets on sale at the link below. Continue reading
If you are looking for a replacement for your summertime Warped Tour jones, this new tour might do the trick! Presented by Live Nation and SGE, The Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival boasts a bunch of punk, metalcore, indie artists and more such as The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum 41, The Story So Far, Atreyu, Sleeping With Sirens, Meg & Dia, Andy Black, Four Year Strong, Memphis May Fire, Trophy Eyes, Juliet Simms and Hyro The Hero. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 29th at 10am local time. The 25-city rock roadshow of the summer will kick off June 21st in Dallas, TX at the Dos Equis Pavilion and make stops in Austin, Atlanta, Toronto, Denver and more, before wrapping July 28th in Albuquerque, NM at the Isleta Amphitheater. Continue reading
Juliet Simms is streaming her rendition of the Leonard Cohen classic “Hallelujah” here. The single will be available for purchase on Friday, December 18, 2015 via her merch store and all digital outlets.
She commented on the song:
“I performed ‘Hallelujah’ last year around Xmas time at a few shows” Simms says of the song. “Everywhere I performed it, I had people telling me to please record my version. So in light of recent terrorist attacks, I decided to record it, and donate a percent of the proceeds to Doctors Without Borders.”
During the kick off party for the Vans Warped Tour 2015 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA, singer Juliet Simms sounded eager to get herself going once again on the tour that put her music out to the masses. Plus being that this time around, she is a veteran of this tour and a return to an environment she knows all too well.
“It is my favorite tour to do,” said Simms, sounding excited about spending her summer in a familiar place. “Everybody on the tour, whether it is production or the crew, Kevin [Lyman], everybody behind the scenes are like family. So going back out is like going home. That’s what it feels like. It’s because of Warped Tour I actually got my band’s name out there so that’s where I started. So it’s like I’m going home.”
Unlike her previous experience as an acoustic performer, she returns with a full live band and to promote her new EP All Or Nothing.
“The last two times I did it I was acoustic. So I’m with a full band this summer. I’ll be at Journeys Stage and I’ll have a few surprises up my sleeve. You’ll have to come see my set to see it.”
Simms has also launched a campaign with Alive Music Project and the It Gets Better Campaign against bullying and support for the LGBT community with Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack.
“Me and Andy Biersack, my boyfriend are doing a campaign to raise awareness about anti bullying and support for the LGBT and the Gay Men’s Choir of LA, and getting music back into the schools. Music and arts are getting cut from schools all across the country. It’s a sad day. We feel very passionate about all of it and we wanted to raise money for it. You can check it out here.”
Simms is no stranger to the Black Veil Brides audience, as she previously sang on ‘Lost It All’ on their 2013 album Wretched And Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones. Biersack repaid her with an appearance on her EP on ‘Not Broken Yet.’
She also shared her experience being on The Voice. “I was the runner up (in 2012). It feels like a million years ago. It was the time of my life. I did it. It was fun but I’m done.”
Despite her time on the show, she cherished that time and looking back at it did not come across as odd when looking back at that time in her life. “I lived the experience so it doesn’t feel weird. I don’t watch the show so I haven’t had the experience to feel that way. It was good for me. It brought in my fan base so I had a good experience on the show. Coming off of it is a whole different experience.”
Juliet Simms and Black Veil Brides vocalist Andy Biersack have joined forces with the Alive Music Project and the It Gets Better Campaign to support LGBT youth, challenge homophonia and expose new communities to the message of equality through music.
Watch the video below about the projects and the Prizeo campaign offering rewards such as signed photos, t-shirts, signed guitars, and even a personalized tattoo design. One lucky entrant will win a trip to 2015 Vans Warped Tour on August 7th in Portland, OR from anywhere in the world and will receive VIP tickets and travel on Juliet and Andy’s tour bus to Seattle, WA on August 8th.
Juliet Simms has independently released an EP All or Nothing on February 3, 2015 and was produced by Aaron Sprinkle (OneRepublic, Anberlin, He Is We). The six tracks on the EP signal that the music industry rollercoaster that she’s been riding might finally be leveling out on the upswing. Birthed via a very successful PledgeMusic campaign that raised far above its original goal and was released just last week, the EP impressively landed at #1 on Billboard’s New Alternative Artist and #4 on Top New Artist charts.
“All or Nothing speaks volumes about who I am as a person… that I am a survivor, that I’m not gonna give up, I’m not gonna stop…. Wait, that’s Destiny’s Child,” laughs rocker JULIET SIMMS about her new self-released EP. In a lot of ways, this child’s destiny is not only as a music industry survivor but also as a testament that when you have that creative spirit and fire, you really can’t be stopped. “In all honesty, the EP represents strength, perseverance, never backing down and owning who you are and never being afraid to voice it at the top of your lungs.”
“This EP and its songs really represent coming back from the ashes and rising like a phoenix,” she says reflectively. Originally breaking through as the mastermind/songwriter behind Warped Tour veterans Automatic Loveletter and then again when she came in second place on NBC’s The Voice, her rise was hampered by industry dysfunction and false promises just as her star began to shine brighter. “About two years ago, I went through a really rough time,” she reflects. “I was no longer with a label, I didn’t really know what was next for me, and I have to admit, I went through a really dark period. These songs represent waking up, realizing it’s not over and you can keep going and do this.”
From the opening call to arms “All or Nothing” (“This song is for any person who’s ever felt less than, that they didn’t fit in, or felt not believed in then taking that emotion and turning it around into an unstoppable fire”) to the anthemic rocker “Mystified” (“It’s about being so hypnotized and overcome by something that you’re not yourself anymore, you’ve gone so numb you can’t even feel the coals you’re walking on”) to the plaintive ballad “Not Broken Yet” which features her partner-in-crime-and-love Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides on backing vocals, All or Nothing shows a whole new side of Juliet – confident and defiant but still very much alive. “In many ways, I felt I haven’t been able to truly achieve that stylistically until this EP. This is the music I was born to make.”
Instead of turning her back on her past, she’s returning to her roots as a featured performer on this Summer’s Vans Warped Tour. “I’m just so excited to get out there and play on stage with a full band again,” she says. “The Vans Warped Tour is my VERY favorite tour to be on!”