They say if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for most entertainers, who work at jobs that “pay the bills” and then hone their skills at open mic nights, hoping to get noticed and get their big break.
While a lucky few get called up to the big stage, most toil away in obscurity, eventually giving up on their dream despite their talent. But actor / comedian Damon Wayans, Jr. and serial entrepreneur Kris Jones hope to disrupt the entertainment industry and level the playing field with a new app they’ve introduced called Special Guest.
Look at Special Guest like Uber, eBay, Fiverr, or airbnb, but for entertainers. This simple app makes it easy for consumers and providers to find one another, while avoiding the complex maze of agents and managers that you’re typically faced with when trying to book talent.
In 2017, Damon and Kris were cast on the first season of Apple TV’s Planet of the Apps, where the duo successfully raised $1.5 million in venture capital, with a who’s who of celebrities and technology pioneers participating in the round. Clearly they were onto something big here.
There’s no question that Special Guest has ambitious goals. But we think it’s poised to change the way live entertainment is experienced, much like Uber did for transportation. If you need someone to perform at your office, at your home, at a wedding, or at an event, you can simply pull up the app and scroll through the available talent until you find a good fit, whether it be a singer, dancer, juggler, or whatever. A few clicks later, and everything is booked.
“A lot of entertainers and musicians do a lot of stuff for free, and they just wait for their big break. This is a great way to make money and take care of yourself. We have a lot of former ‘American Idol’ talent on our app already,” said Wayans.
Needless to say, if you have got a talent that you’re dying to share with the public (and make a few bucks in the process), you should definitely create a profile on Special Guest and share it with the masses. Wow your guests with amazing performances, score some 5-star reviews, and pretty soon you’ll be booked solid into the foreseeable future.
And likewise, if you’re looking for some great talent for your next event, download the Special Guest app today and start browsing profiles in your area. The app currently serves California, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, with more areas to open in the future.
So what are you waiting for? Download the Special Guest app from the App Store today.
We Got An Exclusive First Listen Of Kane Brown’s New Album ‘Experiment’
Country music star Kane Brown‘s brand-new album Experiment hits shelves tomorrow, and we were among the first to listen to it in it’s entirety last week at an exclusive media event in conjunction with Sony Xperia (for which Brown is a spokesperson).
Held on the rooftop of The Bobby Hotel in Nashville, fans and industry execs braved the frigid temperatures to meet Kane Brown in the flesh, and listen to Experiment in a rather unique way, with music piped over the PA system, but also playing for us individually through a pair of Xperia Ear Duo wireless headphones. Think silent-disco party.. only not so silent.
Unlike typical headphones, which disconnect you from the outside world, the Xperia Ear Duo are designed to let you listen to music while still being able to hear your surroundings. It’s an interesting concept (which is useful in cities, where you want to be able to hear a car coming up on you when you’re running/biking, or on a subway so you can hear announcements), and I’ll be honest, it was pretty remarkable being able to have conversations with people around me without missing a beat of the album.
If you’re still having trouble understanding how these work, check out this video with Kane:
Brown’s Experiment features 12 tracks, 11 of which he co-wrote, including his streaming hit “Lose It”, which has racked up nearly 30 million views on YouTube. The album is very diverse, with different styles of music from track to track, but it all comes together beautifully. While “Lose It” is the album’s runaway hit, “Short Skirt Weather” is an infectious country tune that you’ll find yourself singing to yourself all day long.
Kane Brown has been taking the country world by storm, and his sophomore album will show people how he’s evolved as an artist, not being afraid to “Experiment” and get more involved with the whole production side of the process.
Thanks to Sony Xperia for bringing us out for his listening party, and make sure you pick up a copy of his new album tomorrow. You’ll be glad you did.
All About The Nightlife: 5 Top Party Destinations
Get excited people, because it’s that time of year again. The summer party season is in full swing and a holiday with friends is a chance to forget about everyday life, let your hair down and de-stress with the promise of having a good time.
From iconic clubs to world-renowned festivals, these are the places that give any traveler the chance to experience the holiday of a lifetime. So, are you ready to party this summer? We’ve picked out five of the best party destinations across the globe, where you can dance till dawn.
When it comes to party destinations – the White Isle is by far the most famous of the bunch. Attracting A-list DJs and celebs each year, it boasts some of the biggest clubs in the world.
There are three main clubbing resorts in Ibiza. Playa d’en Bossa is on the east coast of the island and home to the longest beach on the island; here you will find restaurants and bars for all budgets and smaller clubs such as Sankeys, as well as the world famous open-air venue, Ushuaia, who host daytime parties, VIP treatments and DJs including the likes of Martin Garrix and Kygo.
San Antonio, the hub of Ibiza’s nightlife, is located on the west coast of Ibiza and is known as the sunset strip and for having a lively atmosphere with lots of smaller nightclubs and bars. Late at night, the party continues until the early hours in places such as Eden and Es Paradis.
In the capital Ibiza Town, you will find the international crowds filling up bars, restaurants and shops. The famous super club Pacha is located only a short walk from the centre as well as where you will also find smaller clubs, such as Heart and Lio. From exciting clubs to some of the hottest pool parties, Ibiza is the place to party hard.
Kavos has long been the party capital of Corfu since the Eighties. Still, to this day, it is a 24/7 party town jam-packed with bars and clubs. From foam parties, big-name DJs to all day pool parties and booze cruises – Kavos has it all.
Buzz and Future Club are not to be missed on a night out in this party town. Attracting big-name DJs throughout the season such as Sigala and Nathan Dawe. Not to mention Ministry of Sound and Cream taking over many clubs nights for some nights to remember.
One of the nice things about Kavos is that there are fewer bars than many other resorts, which makes for a nice bar crawl before hitting the main strip and dancing your life away. At the end of the night, many gathering together to watch the sunrise on the beach after a full night of partying.
Laganas, Zante’s vibrant town where you can explore the islands incredible shoreline made up from hidden coves, sea caves and turquoise blue waters. The infamous nightlife allows you to get involved in some of the best party events in Europe, with wild pool parties and beach clubs are filled with sun lovers.
Rescue and Zero are the two main clubs. Rescue host paint parties and glow stick raves every week, whilst Zero will give you the life of luxury with flair bartenders, cocktails, fire-breathing acts and bar games keeping you entertained all night long.
If you feel like beating your hangover there are many daytime activities along the shore such as turtle spotting, scuba diving and a banana boat rides. By night when you’re feeling human again head out to the neon light avenue with 50 venues including karaoke bars, live music sports and British style pubs.
One of Europe’s original clubbing destinations and is just as popular now as it was many years ago. With foam parties, karaoke bars, buzzing nightclubs, beach bars and modern restaurants, there is so much to love about this place, with entertainment to suit everyone.
The summer season here usually runs from April till October. Hit the strip Ayias Mavris in the evening where you’ll find a loud atmosphere with everything from dance, trance and electro music into the early hours.
As for the clubs, Ayia Napa is full of them, including everyone’s favourites CarWash, Starsky’s, Soho and Blue Moon. Many host top international club nights, special events and parties with big-name DJs almost every night. Amongst this crazy nightlife, you’ll find themed bars, clubs and restaurants dotted around such as Wild West restaurant and Pirates Inn, where you will be served by pirates.
If you really want to go all out on your party holiday, this is the place for you. Cancun speaks only two words in the summer – Spring Break, where you will experience huge beach parties and amazing club nights. Not to mention The Inception Music Festival that runs for an entire month featuring DJs such as Fedde Le Grand and Lil Wayne.
Aside from Spring Break, Cancun is epic all year round. With places such as Coco Bongo being a top party venue for a clubbing experience like no other, here you’ll see flying acrobats, live bands, bar top conga lines, confetti showers and so much more – no two nights are ever the same. The beachside Riu Cancun is also a great location for all you keen clubbers, with it’s on Pacha onsite nightclub.
The best news about Cancun is while the party season winds down across Europe for the winter, here it’s only the start.
So there you have it, five of the best party destinationsd! Which one will you be choosing?
Sony Is Releasing A Mini PlayStation Classic With 20 Built-In Games
Sony is following in the footsteps of Nintendo and others with the release of their own retro console, the PlayStation Classic.
As with the NES Classic Edition, SNES Classic Edition, and Commodore 64 Mini, Sony is now following much the same formula, offering up a miniaturized version of the iconic console that comes pre-loaded with 20 classic titles, including fan-favorites such as Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. (The full lineup of games will be announced at a later date)
Seeing how successful Nintendo was with the NES and SNES reboots, it makes total sense for them to jump into the fray and try to get a slice of that nostalgia pie. And the timing honestly couldn’t be better, with the PlayStation coming up on it’s 25-year anniversary.
The mini console is approximately 45% smaller than the original PlayStation, and it emulates the original’s look and feel by featuring similar controllers and packaging. Long-time fans will appreciate the nostalgia that comes with rediscovering the games they know and love, while gamers who might be new to the platform can enjoy the groundbreaking PlayStation console experience that started it all. All of the games will be playable in their original format.
Each console will also come with an HDMI cable to connect to their TV, a USB cable, and two controllers for local multiplayer within compatible titles. PlayStation Classic will be available for $99.99 on December 3, 2018 – a historic date for PlayStation.
If this is anything like the Nintendo craze, you’re definitely going to want to place a pre-order for the PlayStation Classic. Otherwise, you might be waiting quite awhile to get your hands on one, especially with Christmas right around the corner!
Are you going to purchase a PlayStation Classic this holiday season?