Someone call my 16-year-old self and tell her she was really over dramatic about too many things. Imagine if you could talk to your high school self. I may have tried harder to think about my future, and not have gotten so sad over family mistakes – but would I have fallen for The Used had I been a happy go-lucky-teen? Not to say kids with smiles pasted on their faces didn’t love this band but that first album of theirs? Man oh man was that teen angst wrapped in screamo – which was totally new to me and I’m sure a ton of others during that time.
Madonna was on my mind once again because she’s been showing up extremely late to her shows. We know you’re the Queen of Pop, but really? It’s not the 80’s anymore and you haven’t been on top in awhile. At one show, public transit in that city stopped at 1am. Since she came on late, a lot of fans had to duck out early to ensure they’d be able to get home. As someone who takes the bus, I would’ve been livid. I’ve had those nights where I had to rush the hell out of the venue but thankfully it wasn’t because the band came on late and was rude, but because LA Metro is horrendous and getting from anywhere in LA back to the valley can take nearly two hours on a bad night.
Growing up surrounded by music, it was as clear as a summer day in the California desert that Lauren Mele would wind up working in with it in one way or another. Her dad introduced her to the melodies of The Beatles and the dance moves of ABBA, while her grandpa’s way with guitar inspired her to pick it up for herself. While she could’ve found a career in the publicist realm back east, she was drawn out west thanks to a picturesque scene she stumbled upon on MTV one day. Plus, some of her favorite bands from the ‘90s all called the Golden State home; Sublime, No Doubt and Everclear. You’ll soon find out about the exact moment she decided to leave Pennsylvania and chase her California dreams. You’ll also get some sound advice on dealing with divas in the industry and much more with one of CO5’s best.