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Three EDM Powerhouses, One Song

Martin Garrix and David Guetta are two of the hottest DJ’s and producers in the music industry at the moment. They both consistently release music that can be enjoyed by wide audiences outside of the fans of House music.

Last year, the two released their collaborative ballad titled “So Far Away.”  Which is not the music one would expect from the two producers, but it was still received well, despite it having a very Martin Garrix-type feeling and sounding vaguely similar to a few of his other slower songs.

 

But that was 2017. It’s now 2018 and Martin Garrix and David Guetta have teamed up Dutch producer Brooks to release new music! On February 22nd, 2018, they released a blood-pumping track called “Like I Do.”

The track is what you’d expect of a House track but that doesn’t detract from the catchy hooks and easy-to-listen-to quality. Coming from three producers, of course it’s produced well. The natural ebb and flow of the track keeps the listener engaged and excited to hear the rest of the track, while also keeping the body moving.

This is a track that will work well is bars, clubs, festivals, and while working out. It’d be a great piece to listen to in the morning as well since the music inspires you to move and get the blood pumping.

If anyone was wondering what you get when you put three EDM legends together in a studio, this is what you get!

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Scary.. or Not?

Its October, which brings out the Halloween fun. Meaning pumpkin patches, costume shopping, candy and last but not least haunted houses!
But it takes a lot to be a GOOD haunted house. For me, it’s based on a few components: Scare tactics, length, and set designs.

Over the weekend I went to a haunted house, I won’t say which one because maybe it could be scary to some, but it just wasn’t for me.  Trust me, I love haunted houses, but I’m very hard to scare. Anyway, I wanted to critique what I experienced at this one!

Scare Tactics: How they scare people..

Getting scared is the biggest point of going to a haunted house. They want to get your blood pumping and freak you out with your greatest fears, being it bugs, chainsaws, or a costume of a certain character. The actors in a haunted house tend to make sudden bangs, come out of no where, or get right up towards you just to freak you out. All very useful ideas! Those can be overplayed, or not work well.

At the haunted house I experienced, they missed many opportunities to have someone come out to scare you. They did the typical “around the corner” attack, but once you see that one time you’ll be waiting for it again.  They did lots of banging on things, it kinda of just made you not think about.

Also what’s with actors trying to say something to you? I never hear it because they try to be so “scary” with it that it kinda gets missed, just sounds like blubber. They also didn’t have many people working the haunted house, so there was many rooms that didn’t have people so we just walked through it. Which wasn’t normal, and felt kinda weird cause I didn’t know if we should keep going or wait.

Length: How long to get in and how long once inside..

The length matters in how long you wait and how long you are in the haunted house. I say this because you could be waiting a long time at some places. It helps that they have people scaring you in line but sometimes it just feels like they are invading your personal space, at least that is what it was like at this place. Mainly it just seemed weird cause the costumes weren’t that well put together, so it just didn’t have that realistic touch.

How long you actually spend in the haunted house can be important. Too short of time and you could just have a bunch of people who just felt like they wasted money. This haunted house felt like a breeze to get through. Worse part is.. it was a two part haunted house! Which basically means it should have been even longer than any regular one, and should have lasted two times longer.

Set Design: What it’s like inside..

Now the set design of a place can really help with the scare tactics. You have those rooms that are decorated like a maze that gets you lost, strobe lit rooms, and ones that they have put very much effort into.

The place I went to have very amazing set designs. They had a slaughter house that was very detailed, a hoarder house that was extra realistic, and a theater that showed it’s destruction. Of course they had the maze room and a strobe lit room, but they also had a balloon path that gets you separated from everyone.

The best part of this haunted house was the set designs, we actually got to stop and admire them because of how greatly detailed they were.  But because of how slow, and limited they were with scarers, it made it less of a haunted house and more like an art project. To compare it, think of a story that you go through but it’s so slow and hard to get into and when you’re about to give up the ending has a few good points.

I may be hard to scare, but I always do like a good haunted house.  The one I went to just wasn’t one of them. If you know any that are worth checking out please let us know in the comments!

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The Gallager family has been ‘Shameless’ly Unusual lately…

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“I’m 23. It can’t be about how much they screwed us up anymore”
~ Fiona Gallagher (Shameless Season 4).

Liam, Lip, Ian, Fiona, Debbie, Carl… Frank…Monica…

The Gallagher’s

Shameless originally started out of the states in the U.K, but since it’s arrival in the U.S, it has garnered HUGE success and adoration of fans all over. Having never watched the U.K show, I cannot say what that family is like, but I do know my facts on the U.S show. It is my favorite show I have ever seen, aside from Breaking Bad, a nation wide award winning show starring Brian Cranston and Aaron Paul, this show is just as good. It makes your stomach clench, your fists fill with anger, and it has made me shed a lot of tears. The Gallagher’s, and the cast, are incredibly skilled at hitting all your emotions throughout the show. Tears of sadness, but tears of overwhelming joy as well. It is shows like this that make Television come out of it’s holes. It takes a special amount of magic to get a cast together that fits so perfectly, like a puzzle. I am sure many, many shows have failed due to lack of any luck with the casting. It has to be just right. And this shows cast put the nail on the coffin.

The show just finished it’s 7th season and it has not failed to get more “weird” as the seasons pass by. It is full of everything imaginable. Love, hate, anger, sex, drugs, alcohol abuse, physical abuse, abandonment, utter confusion, hopelessness, mental illness, cancer, poverty, struggle, set backs, hardships, the list goes on. This show has it all and from being a loyal fan since the premiere of season 1, I must say this show just gets better and better.

Through everything, this family, The Gallagher’s, despite it all, show that family can triumph time and time again because no matter what, they have each others back, and it is a heart wrenching love that knows no bounds.

As a dedicated fan, having seen every single episode, I can give a brief review of where the show lands as the 7th season finished up. With plans, of an 8th to come out soon.

First off, the show is based out of Chicago, the South Side area where some of the most crimes are committed throughout history of the U.S. It is a dangerous area for a child, for a family to grow up and this is what creates such strength within each Gallagher. You can’t take the heat, then get out of the kitchen. These Gallagher’s, not only take the heat, but they burn in the fire. From season 1 to season 7 there have by no means been a period of episodes where any of the family members have had a “vacation”.