Artist Spotlight #2 – Adjust the Sails

Smaller artists need to be recognized for their unique talents and popularity in their community. After months of planning, I’ve finally decided to launch this series to help promote smaller artists in an attempt to get their name and talent out there to the wider public. Every artist I cover in this series has been hand-picked for their style, talent, and character. I ‘ve recommended every artist I write about and this is no exception. Without further explanation, here is my second pick: Adjust the Sails.

Adjust the Sails is a two-piece group from Baltimore. Shane Hurst and Steven Haller make up this duo. They started off as a solo acoustic project in 2014 with the Til Death Do Us Part EP. This EP was heavily inspired by bands such as Brand New, La Dispute, Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance. The songs they created were a means of self-therapy and based around the idea that they could possibly provide help to those who have had troubles with depression and their own demons. Adjust the Sails would then go on hiatus from 2016-2017.

2018 would see the end of the hiatus and a new beginning for the group. This reformation spawned their new EP titled I’m Not Okay But It’s Okay. This EP consisted of more folk punkish/upbeat songs but are still lyrically based around the basic ideas that they were founded on. The first song on the EP was “Ashley”. “Ashley” was written while Shane was reconnecting with his first love. This theme would go on to ultimately become the tone of I’m Not Okay But It’s Okay. Over the past few years, Adjust the Sails have played many house shows and local shows around Maryland along with a few out-of-state shows in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and North Carolina.

On July 1st, Adjust the Sails will be performing at the Maryland Music Madness at the Fish Head Cantina. They also have an interest in performing at the Frozen Harbor Fest 2019. The group is also working on recording another EP that will be released in the near future. Adjust the Sails is working on trying to tour around the East Coast this year. The group itself is growing rapidly and have almost 2,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. I recommend you check out their music and follow them on Facebook too for future updates and news!

Here is a message from Adjust the Sails:

Thank you to all those who support us. Don’t give up on doing what makes you happy or what you’re passionate about no matter what other people say. There’s always gonna be people who are against you, but it’s up to us to prove them wrong.

I’m Not Okay But It’s Okay is on Spotify now!

Artist Spotlight #1 – Corey Gossett

Smaller artists need to be recognized for their unique talents and popularity in their community. After months of planning, I’ve finally decided to launch this series to help promote smaller artists in an attempt to get their name and talent out there to the wider public. Every artist I cover in this series has been hand-picked for their style, talent, and character. I ‘ve recommended every artist I write about and this is no exception. Without further explanation, here is my first pick: Corey Gossett.

Corey Gossett first started getting into music around 6th grade and was influenced heavily by the music that his friends and family listened to. The most common genre’s that were being played in his house were country, classical, and alternative rock. After learning songs such as “Smoke on the Water” and “Iron Man” on the guitar, Corey started branching out into more genres and sounds. One of his biggest influences in music was the pop-punk genre including bands like The Wonder Years, The Story So Far, and Knuckle Puck. Even though he is currently a rapper, Corey still holds these bands close to his heart as they helped to create the foundation for his music today. Lyrically, Corey owes it all to pop-punk.

After listening to Eminem for the first time, Corey fell in love with the songwriting and lyricism that hip-hop had to over. For Corey, hip-hop is the ultimate form of expression for him as it allows him to have a voice in a world where most are silent. From a lyrical point of view, Corey cites Tupac, Biggie, Nas, and Jay-Z as his biggest hip-hop inspirations. However, as for his favorite artist he chose Drake as his favorite. This choice is mostly due in part to his style and sound which is arguably very unique in this modern day. Other modern inspirations consist of Ty Dolla $ign, Ace Hood, Mac Miller, KYLE, Post Malone, Frank Ocean, and Bryson Tiller. Since Corey has been in 8th grade, he started a composition notebook that he would put all the final drafts of songs he had written into. As a senior in high school, he put the final page in that book and he still, to this day, can’t think of a more accomplished moment in his life than he did after filling that book with four years of life and meaning on every page. On the last day of school during senior year, that book got thrown away by the janitor, never to be found again.

“When I lost that book, I gave up on music. I didn’t touch my guitar or write another piece for the next two years. After those two years had passed I found myself in a position where I needed that outlet again.”

After finding himself back into the embrace of music, he found success in playing some local shows and really started to get the ball rolling with his music. After leaving his past experiences behind him, he decided that music was his real calling. After working with his close friend Alex Hankins, they began working on his first EP entitled New Slate; 50/50 which is set to come out on July 5th. Currently, they are working on a local music festival called Famour Fest. Famour is the brand he represents with my music created by Matt Deal, a fellow visionary. Famour was created in order to start a movement made of love and open-mindedness to try new things and be there for the ones who are there for you. Famour exists to move anyone who wants to join in a positive and productive direction of love and creativity. Be sure to check out his new EP on July 5th on Spotify and Apple Music. I must recommend “Go” by Corey Gossett as it is undoubtedly a song that has gotten me excited for his debut EP.

Here is a message from Corey Gossett:

I love all of my fans and everyone who has lent me a helping hand thus far especially Jordan Murphy, who is a sound engineer for Smart Boys Studios. I have already come so far and met so many new artists and people that I cannot be anything but grateful. If anybody has any questions, feel free to follow me and send me a message. My inboxes are always open and I’d love to talk to other new and aspiring artists.

@corey_gossett on Twitter, Coreygossettt on Instagram, and coreygossett on Snapchat.

“Go” is on Apple Music and Spotify now!