December 10, 2014

The Light Nearby Awards

by Freccero
Categories: EDM, Marc Freccero, Post Tour
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Wow. This post has been 10 months in the making, and it definitely is interesting to see all the various aspects of life lived out in different cities. Each city was completely different than the last, and each one had its pros and cons. Because of the vastness of experiences I had, I decided to do this post on creative awards about various topics from each city. There are tons of different categories I hit, and these are all from my personal experience traveling around the country for 10 months. Enjoy!

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1. Best Wifi: Las Vegas, NV/Portland, OR

I didn’t expect Portland to be one of the tie winners, but this was definitely the case when I traveled there. For this award I factored in wifi everywhere, not just one location, and both Vegas and Portland had insanely fast wifi.

2. Worst Wifi: Redwood City, CA

You would think that a location like Redwood City, being right next to San Francisco (the tech start-up capital of the country), to have faster wifi. This one definitely surprised me as almost every location I went to had insanely slow wifi that took hours (yes, hours) sometimes just to upload a simple video.

3. Best Tap Water: Portland, OR

Portland definitely had the best tap water by far because of how good it tasted. For this award I really focused on tap water in random places (i.e. Starbucks’s bathrooms, gym fountains, etc).

4. Worst Tap Water: Fort Lauderdale, FL

When going into random restaurants and cafes, and either asking for tap water or filling up from the bathroom, it always tasted funky. I didn’t get sick or anything, but the taste was noticeably weird.

5. Easiest Place To Live Out Of My Car: Las Vegas, NV/New York City, NY

I’ve found that car living is comprised of 3 main factors: 1. Parking 2. Public Transportation and 3. Access to Wifi & Gyms. In Vegas you can park at any parking garage for free, so that made it extremely easy even though Vegas didn’t have any public transportation. With New York, I could easily park in an area outside the city (I parked in Bushwick) and take the MTA straight in. The ease of public transportation made New York City right up there with Vegas.

6. Hardest Place To Live Out Of My Car: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Thank God I knew people who lived in this area, because I stayed with them a decent amount of the time, but this is by far the hardest to live out of your car. Finding free parking overnight is tough, and even when I tried parking in random neighborhoods it was tough because there were some bad areas and parking is extremely tight. Not to mention there is no public transportation, so I had to get around solely by car which became difficult at points when I wanted to explore the nightlife.

7. Best Starbucks To Work At: Portland, OR

If you haven’t seen this post yet, check it out here: Top 5 Starbucks In The Country. This specific Starbucks in Portland, located at 8510 SW Terwilliger Blvd, had the craziest combination of an awesome inside set-up with a nature-filled outdoor patio.

8. Friendliest People: Austin, TX

This was a really tough one to answer because just about every place I went to had extremely nice people. Overall, I would have to give it to Austin though because of how accepting they are of people no matter what their circumstance or view point.

9. Meanest People: Boston, MA

Yea, sorry Boston. Don’t get me wrong – I love Boston, and that’s where I’ve been living for the past few years because I grew up in Massachusetts, but this one had no competition. It’s no surprise as to why we’re called “Massholes” and most people take it as a compliment rather than an insult.

10. Most Connected City: Boston, MA

…on the flipside of the meanest people award, Boston was by far the most connected city I’ve been to. By connected I mean that people bond and become friends just over the fact that their from Boston. I really didn’t experience this phenomena in any other city around the country, but for some reason in Boston people are very closely knit and are there for each other just because it’s the way Boston is. I would also bet a lot of money that if someone was in a fight, for example, and they were from Boston and another person was from Boston, they would jump in just because of the Boston connection.

11. Most Connected State: Texas

No question here. The way Boston people feel about Boston is the way people in Texas feel about Texas. It’s even prevalent when you look at food sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Texas Size. That’s an actual size used by companies to describe the biggest order you can get. Texas is also the only state that you’re WAY more likely to see a Texas state flag than the American flag.

12. Best Nightlife: Las Vegas, NV

Self-Explanatory.

13. Worst Drivers: Seattle, WA

Nope – not Boston for this one. Boston drivers are aggressive, but not bad drivers especially compared to people in Seattle. I’ve never seen so many people careless driving and not really paying attention, but I guess the entire state of Washington is known to have the worst drivers.

14. Worst Traffic: Boston, MA/Los Angeles, CA

These two are pretty equally tied for the worst traffic in the country. Even with the Big Dig in Boston it didn’t help much, and LA traffic will always be LA traffic.

15. Most Aggressive Homeless People: Las Vegas, NV

This was a close one, but the reason why I picked Las Vegas is because they will go out of their way to ask for money and do more creative things to try and get your attention.

16. Easiest Place To Find Parking: Las Vegas, NV

Every parking is free, so it’s a no brainer here. If you’re curious about my parking techniques though, check out this video I made about finding parking anywhere:

17. Best Nightclub: XS (Las Vegas, NV)

Vegas dominates for clubs, and XS was definitely my favorite. They always get top-level DJs and the set-up is amazing with a pool and indoor club scene. Not to mention that they have dope midnight pool parties, which combine the best of both worlds.

18. Best Fitness Gym: Snap Fitness (Leander, TX)

With the best staff out of any gym that I’ve been to, and the most motivational people working there, the Snap Fitness in Leander, TX takes the cake. This isn’t the type of gym you just walk into and then leave – it’s a whole community of people that help each other reach their fitness goals. If you’re in the area (it’s 15 minutes north of Austin) it’s worth doing even a quick workout in – check out their FB page here: http://www.facebook.com/snapfitnessleandertx.

19. Best Parkour Gym: APEX Movement (Boulder, CO)

APEX Movement has been blowing up as they already have multiple Parkour gyms around the country. The set-up of this gym is perfect for anyone – whether you’re a beginner or advanced, the gyms and staff will definitely challenge you to get better. Check out their whole community here: http://www.apexmovement.com/.

20. Best Burger: Juicy Burger @ Asiento (San Francisco, CA)

This thing is AMAZING. It’s a burger on an English Muffin with mayo, spices, sautéed spinach, onions, various herbs and soy sauce. This picture shows it all:

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21. Cheapest Gas: El Paso, TX

While driving from Austin to LA I stopped in El Paso, and it was amazing how cheap the gas was. Yes, at the time of this post the gas prices have dropped tremendously, but at that time the gas in El Paso was a full dollar and a quarter less per gallon than anywhere I’ve been to.

22. Priciest Gas: Northern California

There wasn’t an exact city that had the priciest gas, but the entire northern part of California was INSANE. No joke – there were some places that had has for $5.60/gallon (I can’t make that up). Thank God I never had to stop for gas there, I luckily timed it so I avoided all the pricey parts.

23. Best Park: Charlie Frias Park (Las Vegas, NV)

I didn’t expect to find my favorite park in Vegas, but this one has perfect grass and a huge playground near it. It also has this creative collection of rocks that are perfect for doing Parkour on. This was my favorite place to workout outside, and in addition they have a huge track around the perimeter of the whole field. Here’s a picture:

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24. Best Nature: Boulder, CO

Not even a question for this one. Colorado in general has the best nature, and the way it looks in Boulder is absolutely beautiful. Here’s a picture of me by Red Rocks in Boulder (not the Red Rocks, a different park called the same name) where I had my first MRE:

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25. Best Local Chain Grocery Store: H-E-B (Texas Area)

There are numerous Local Chain Grocery Stores all around the country: Stop & Shop, Big Y, Kroger, Fred Myers, Safeway, Meijer, Publix, and more, but NOTHING (and I mean NOTHING) beats H-E-B. H-E-B has extremely cheap prices, high quality, and free samples all around the store. It’s very similar to Costco except you don’t need a membership and they have the highest quality items. H-E-B All day.

26. Best Weather: Redwood City, CA

The slogan of Redwood City is “Climate Best by Government Test.” Redwood City is, statically speaking, the best weather for any city in the entire country. Literally every single day is a perfect day, where it’s not too hot and not too cold and the sun is always out.

27. Best Parkour Spot: UMass Amherst (Amherst, MA)

I went to college at UMass Amherst and I honestly think it’s the best area I’ve been to for Parkour. There are numerous spots all around campus for various moves and techniques, not to mention there is an entire underground rail set-up for some dope rail work. Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.

28. Biggest Screen Lookers: Chicago, IL

Okay – I never thought that this would be a category – but I had to make it one after being in Chicago. I’ve worked in Starbucks’s all around the country, and I don’t know what it is about Chicago, but I had numerous people look at my screen while doing work throughout the day. At other locations there might be one or two in a given week, but in Chicago it was that per day. I’m not exactly sure why, but it was exponentially more noticeable in Chicago than any other place.

29. Strongest Drink: The Fishbowl @ The Fieldhouse (Dayton, OH)

This this is a monster. For $20 you get a huge fishbowl filled to the top with tons of liquor, and then multiple straws are placed. This is one of those huge mixed drinks that you can chug for what seems like forever and only make a dent in it.

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30. Cheapest Alcohol: Boulder, CO/Las Vegas, NV

It’s definitely a tie here, and I didn’t expect for Boulder to be on the list. In Vegas, as long as you go outside the strip, you can find alcohol for insanely cheap (make sure you go to Lee’s!). For Boulder, the liquor stores I went to had insanely good deals and specials on almost everything.

31. Best Beach: Venice Beach aka Muscle Beach (Venice, CA)

The thing I really liked about this beach is that there was always a ton going on. I’m not the type of person to just lie down and do nothing for hours – I like to move around. The best part about Venice Beach is that it has a bodyweight workout set-up, which was almost like a playground for adults. I’m huge into Bodyweight Workouts, and if you’re interested in trying them, check out my free bodyweight workout videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC6_h3BCPalXqVXpTlazeeZYhQroBVt8Z

32. Craziest College: UMass Amherst (Amherst, MA)

Nothing like ZooMass. I’ve been to a lot of colleges around the country, and still nothings beats the nightlife and craziness of UMass.

33. Craziest College Spring Weekend: UConn (Storrs, CT)

UConn’s Spring Weekend is absolutely mayhem. There are thousands upon thousands of people during that one weekend, and each night is in a different location on campus. This is also the only place I’ve ever seen a cop come over to a beer pong table (set up in the middle of a parking lot party) and play beer pong with the other college students.

34. Best BBQ: Austin, TX

No surprise here – the BBQ blew my mind.

35. Best Fast Food Chain: In-N-Out

In-N-Out is AMAZING. I felt like it lived up to the hype and was as good as everyone said it was. Just make sure, when you go, to order animal style because it’s incredible.

36. Craziest Driving Route: NF-2319 (???, NV)

This was one of the craziest days of my life and the craziest drive I’ve ever done. I’m happy The Buckmobile didn’t break down, because if it did I would be so screwed I wouldn’t know what to do. Here’s the full post about that drive that I had to make: http://www.lightnearby.com/getting-buck-grand-canyon-nf-2319/.

37. Sketchiest Starbucks: Las Vegas, NV

The Starbucks at 4985 West Tropicana Avenue was by far the sketchiest Starbucks I worked in. Weirdly enough, it was across the street from the park I mentioned earlier, but this Starbucks had the weirdest people there. It was a 24/7 Starbucks, so when I would go there late at night there would be the sketchiest people there and the location wasn’t the best either.

38. Worst Bottom Shelf Vodka: Five O’Clock (Massachusetts Area)

Nothing compares to how bad Five O’Clock tastes. I’ve had a lot of bottom shelf vodka, and there really isn’t anything close to this. It’s probably the only vodka that I won’t drink, even if it was free,

39. Best Festival: Electric Forest (Rothbury, MI)

Electric Forest is magical, no other way to word that. Every year I go is life changing and it truly makes me look at the world in away that I can’t even describe. It’s literally a dream for 4 days.

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40. Best Concert Venue: Ruby Skye (San Francisco, CA)

This was a tough one, because I’ve been to so many concerts, but I liked Ruby Skye the best because it’s big enough where you can move around and get a good crowd but small enough where you can be intimate with the artist. Not to mention there’s also a balcony that’s huge in case you want to get an aerial view.

41. Healthiest People: Boulder, CO

The people in Boulder are the healthiest by both diet and exercise. All around, they have the healthiest lifestyle of any city I went to. This is also why you can find tons of rock climbing, parkour, and general fitness gyms in such a small radius.

42. Best Public Transportation: New York, NY

The public transportation in NY is second to none. There’s TONS of routes, so you can get anywhere, and the MTA barely ever breaks down (as oppose to Boston’s MBTA). In addition, it runs 24/7, so there’s always a way to get around.

43. Best EDM Scene: Chicago, IL

I almost put Miami or Vegas for this one, but I decided on Chicago because the scenes in Miami & Vegas are mostly concentrated around mainstream EDM (progressive & electro house). The thing I liked about the Chicago scene is that there’s tons of sub-genres right in one city. Everything from Glitch Hop to House to Dubstep is in Chicago, so there’s tons of variety.

44. Coolest Structure: Red-Jungle Gym-Thing? (San Francisco, CA)

Shoutout to Ami for taking me to this. This was a crazy, huge jungle gym type structure that had bouncy ropes connecting all different parts of it. You could climb up and bounce around it, so it was really cool to try some Parkour moves on.

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45. Best Overall State: California

The reason why I picked California for this one is because there’s so many different scenes and cultures in one state. I like how there’s a ton of opportunity in LA, the bodyweight workout set-up in Venice, and the chill vibe of San Francisco. I also hate the cold, and the weather in California was perfect.

46. Best Salad: Paragon Portland (Portland, OR)

This thing was a beast. It had eggs, bacon, and so much more packed into this one salad. This salad alone completely filled me up, so it’s well worth checking out if you’re in the area. Here’s a picture of how perfect this is:

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47. Best Breakfast: Snooze (Denver, CO)

This is all I’m going to say: Pineapple Upside Down Pancake, Banana Nutella Pancake, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Pancake, and Maple Bacon Syrup. Enough said.

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48. Best Sunset: Utah

The southwest area of the country (Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, etc) had the best sunsets by far. I was told that the dust from the desert helps refract and spread out the light more, which is why the sunsets are so vibrant and colorful. I felt that every time I was driving through Utah I would see the best sunsets, which made the drive a lot easier.

49. Cleanest Toilets: Portland, OR/Boulder, CO

I got requested to do this one, and I would say it would be tie between Portland and Boulder. Both are very clean areas and the people are extremely friendly and respectful as well, which leads to a cleaner bathroom.

50. Best Vehicle: The Buckmobile


December 5, 2014

Reddit AMA Tomorrow!

by Freccero
Categories: EDM, Marc Freccero, Music, Post Tour
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I’ve gotten a lot of requests for this, so I decided to schedule a Reddit AMA tomorrow from 1-8pm EST. In case you don’t know what this is, Reddit is a social networking site similar to Facebook and LinkedIn. The good part about Reddit is that it’s not as personal as the other social networks (like how on Facebook you can see everything about a person). Reddit is a community that discusses various topics, or subreddits – and trust me when I say there’s a subreddit for EVERY field you can think of.

Because of the nature of Reddit, AMA’s (Ask Me Anything) are extremely popular – numerous famous people have done them because it’s a great way to connect with people without getting too personal. I decided to do an AMA because I’ve gotten numerous question about my adventure, and now that it’s over, I’ve been getting even more questions. If you want to ask me anything, or even just see what other people are asking and my responses, here’s how to join.

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1. Here’s the link to the Reddit AMA Page: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2ogxnx/im_a_djmusic_producer_that_just_finished_touring/.

2. Make a Reddit account if you haven’t yet. Yes, I know making accounts can be frustrating, but there is NO work to do after you make an account. Reddit isn’t like Facebook or Twitter where you have to make a profile – the biggest thing you have to do is think of a username.

3. Ask away! It’s really that simple – the layout of Reddit is extremely user-friendly and allows you to interact with not only me but everyone else on the forum.


December 3, 2014

Light Nearby Music Mixes

by Freccero
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While traveling around I listened to so many songs – some being new, some being old. When I was in each area there were numerous songs that I discovered that somehow many my journey that much more amazing (especially considering it was about music!).

What I usually do is listen to CDs when I drive because I don’t want to hook up my iPhone/iPod if I’m just driving 5 minutes down the street. Therefore, I make CD Mixes that fill up the full space of a CD (A Blank CD can record 80 minutes maximum). For each city I went to I made a CD Mix with all the songs that I listened to and got influenced by that area. I’ve posted these throughout my journey, so here is all the CD Mixes I created while was traveling around – each one containing hugely influential songs for that area and time period.

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Boston, Massachusetts

Song Artist External Link
Make It Bum Dem (Night Bandit Remix) Skrillex feat. Damian Marley Soundcloud
Teardrop (Phutureprimitive Remix) Massive Attack Soundcloud
Last Time (Knife Party Remix) Labrinth Soundcloud
So Bright Pretty Lights Amazon
Escape (No Pets Allowed Remix) 3LAU and Paris & Simo feat. Bright Lights YouTube
Money Ain't a ThanG Manic Focus Soundcloud
Alive (Pegboard Nerds Remix) Krewella Amazon
Can't Kill Us The Glitch Mob Amazon
Circle Of Life (Hz Houghton Remix) Elton John Soundcloud
Cosmic Love (Seven Lions Remix) Florence And The Machine Soundcloud
Captain 303 (TON!C Remix) Ido Shoam Amazon
The Pretender (Infected Mushroom Remix) Foo Fighters YouTube
Miracle Shinedown Amazon
Mountain (Freccero Remix) Eliot Lipp Soundcloud
Pizza Rolls Shawn Wasabi Soundcloud
Superstition (The Noisy Freaks Remix) Stevie Wonder Soundcloud

Miami, Florida

Song Artist External Link
Tendril Au5 & Collin McLoughlin Soundcloud
Try it Out (Try Harder Mix) Skrillex & Alvin Risk Amazon
Hero Pegboard Nerds feat. Elizaveta Amazon
Utopia Bang La Decks Amazon
Addicted To You (David Guetta Remix) Avicii Amazon
Papa Grande Bobby C Sound TV Soundcloud
Space Craft Digital Freq & Pyramyth Amazon
Honey Heart Boreta Amazon
Butterfly (Filibusta Remix) Crazy Town Soundcloud
Baby Come Back Kill Paris Soundcloud
Sea of Voices Porter Robinson Amazon
Philtrum Disco Fries Amazon
Evolve Freccero Soundcloud
You Don't Understand Gramatik Amazon
Slippin Into Darkness (GRiZ Remix) Lettuce Soundcloud
Lucid Dream Phutureprimitive Amazon
Total Fascination (Defunk Remix feat. Benjamin Vibes) Pretty Lights Soundcloud

Austin, Texas

Song Artist External Link
House of the Rising Sun Five Finger Death Punch Amazon
Lost and Found (ODESZA Remix) Pretty Lights Amazon
Indestructible Disturbed Amazon
Inside the Fire Disturbed Amazon
How Low (Them Lost Boys Remix) Ludacris Soundcloud
Gangster's Paradise Like a Storm Amazon
Becoming Insane Infected Mushroom Amazon
Hallelujah Jeff Gutt YouTube
Kyoto Skrillex Amazon
Ich Will Rammstein Amazon
Muse Breaks Infected Mushroom Amazon
Strib Nicht Vor Mir Rammstein Amazon
Radioactive Within Temptation Amazon
Firestarter Rob Gasser Bandcamp
Unison Porter Robinson Amazon
Shakawkaw (Vibe Tribe Remix) Infected Mushroom Amazon

Las Vegas, Nevada

Song Artist External Link
Fly Away Another Day Pretty Lights Amazon
Recess (feat. Kill The Noise & Fatman Scoop) Skrillex Amazon
6th Street [Austin] Freccero Soundcloud
Don't Leave (feat. Ellie Goulding) Seven Lions Amazon
Harder Better Faster Stronger (Dillon Francis Remix) Daft Punk Soundcloud
Hot Damn Baby [Boston] Freccero Soundcloud
iPhone (MetroGnome Remix) Apple Soundcloud
A Light That Never Comes Linkin Park vs. Steve Aoki Amazon
Satisfy Nero Amazon
Not A Rapper Hyperaptive & Ereez YouTube
Snorkle Opiuo Amazon
By The Way (Digital Freq & Bartosz Brenes Remix) Red Hot Chili Peppers Soundcloud
FCK (Party Ghost Remix) Goldhouse YouTube
Dum Dee Dum (Party Favor Remix) Keys N Krates Soundcloud
NRG (Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Milo & Otis Remix) Duck Sauce Amazon
Avaritia Deadmau5 Amazon

Boulder, Colorado

Song Artist External Link
Phantoms Can't Hang Deadmau5 Amazon
Marijuana Chrome Sparks Amazon
Eparrei Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike,Diplo,Fatboy Slim feat. Bonde Do Role Amazon
Understand Me Now Pretty Lights Pretty Lights Site
Wesh Up (Synergy Remix) MC2 Amazon
Here It Comes Pegboard Nerds Amazon
Wavin' Flag (Spanish Celebration Mix) K'naan & David Bisbal Amazon
Jungle (Extended Remix) X Ambassadors & Jaime N Commons (feat Jay Z) Amazon
Rather Be (OVERWERK Remix) Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynn Amazon
Linkin Park (MetroGnome Mash-Up) MetroGnome vs. Linkin Park Soundcloud
Still Night (Gramatik Remix) Pretty Lights YouTube
Drive It Like You Stole It (King Fantastic Remix) The Glitch Mob Soundcloud
Rez Your Weapon (Blendrix Bootleg Mashup) Phutureprimitive vs. Deadmau5 Soundcloud
Ante Up (Eekoz RE-AMP) M.O.P. Soundcloud
Power Glove Knife Party Soundcloud
Pretty Lights vs. Led Zeppelin Pretty Lights vs. Led Zeppelin Soundcloud
The Island (Part 1) Pendulum Amazon

San Francisco, California

Song Artist External Link
West Cost Rocks (2014 Mix) The Glitch Mob Soundcloud
Blue (KNY Factory Remix) Eiffel 65 Soundcloud
Blow Me Away Breaking Benjamin Amazon
Talk To Me Feed Me YouTube
No Grip Feed Me Soundcloud
Floating James Egbert & Dirtyloud Amazon
She Know She Bad heRobust Soundcloud
The City Madeon Amazon
My Heart Will Go On (Covered by Adam Morini & Julian Conroy) Celine Dion None
Exist (Club Mix) OVERWERK Amazon
Talk A Walk Passion Pit Amazon
Idols (EDM Mash-Up) Virtual Riot Soundcloud
Use Me (Manic Focus Remix) Bill Withers Soundcloud
How You Love Me (Acoustic Version) 3LAU feat. Bright Lights Soundcloud
No Rest No Sleep (Bamboora Remix) NU.F.O. Soundcloud
Moon Trance Lindsey Stirling Amazon
I Am London OVERWERK YouTube

Portland, Oregon

Song Artist External Link
Ease My Mind Skrillex with Niki & The Dove Amazon
Anthem For The Underdog 12 Stones Amazon
Nowhere VIP Royal Blood Amazon
Diamond Eyes Shinedown Amazon
Square Dance Skilful Gorilla Soundcloud
Universe Xilent feat. Shaz Sparks Amazon
Someday Flipsyde Amazon
The Glitchkast Stylust Beats Soundcloud
Still With Me (Seven Lions Remix) Tritonal feat. Cristina Soto Amazon
Still JJ YouTube
Tonight The Noisy Freaks Amazon
BADBOI Pegboard Nerds Soundcloud
ID^2 Freccero Soundcloud
How You Love Me (Panda Remix) 3LAU feat. Bright Lights Soundcloud
Choose Me I Xilent Amazon
In The End Linkin Park Amazon
Serenata Immortale Immediate Music Amazon
If You Only Knew Shinedown Amazon

Chicago, Illinois

Song Artist External Link
15 Drops in 30 Seconds 3LAU Soundcloud
Sweet Nothing (Diplo + Grandtheft Remix) Calvin Harris Amazon
We Make It Bounce Dillon Francis feat. Major Lazer & Stylo G Amazon
Shinning Star (Featurecast Remix) Earth,Wind, and Fire Soundcloud
Dynamite Rogue Amazon
Love Is All I Got (Friction Remix) Feed Me & Crystal Fighters Amazon
Ill Type Moves GRiZ Soundcloud
Born (Vocal Mix) MiTiS feat. Collin McLoughlin Amazon
Fresh Static Love (The Noisy Freaks Edit) Porter Robinson vs. Daft Punk Soundcloud
Tyven Seven Lions Amazon
Pump This Snails & heRobust Amazon
Sunlight (Torqux and Twist Remix) Modestep Amazon
Beat It (Mutrix Remix) Michael Jackson Soundcloud
You & Me Bassnectar feat. W. Darling Amazon
Insomnia Mr. FijiWiji Amazon
The Home We Made (Part 2) Crywolf Amazon
Chinter's Will Klaypex feat. Sara Kay Amazon

Columbus, Ohio

Song Artist External Link
Bumpin' In The Voodoo Manic Focus feat. Dominic Lalli Amazon
Some Chords (Dillon Francis Remix) Deadmau5 Amazon
Starlight (Collin McLoughlin Remix) Don Diablo & Matt Nash YouTube
Soundtrack 2 My Life Kid Cudi Amazon
Thriller (2Martini Funk Out Remix) Michael Jackson Soundcloud
Zombie (3LAU TomorrowWorld Edit) Paris & Simo feat. Kernkraft 400 Soundcloud
Only You Phutureprimitive Amazon
Pop Danthology 2013 Daniel Kim Soundcloud
The Seconds Porter Robinson feat. Jano Amazon
Color Of My Soul (Paul Basic Remix) Pretty Lights Amazon
Rich Girl$ Down With Webster Amazon
Louder (Botnek Weirder Remix) Style of Eye feat. Sirena Amazon
Lollipop (Framing Hanley Cover) Lil Wayne feat. Static Amazon
Break The Cage LabRat Amazon
Feelin Me Notixx Soundcloud
Razor Sharp (Pegboard Nerds VIP Remix) Pegboard Nerds & Tristam Amazon
Run Wild for KING & COUNTRY feat. Andy Mineo Amazon
Black Widow (Vice Remix) Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora Amazon

New York, New York

Song Artist External Link
Land Of The Rising Sun Spacekats YouTube
Maths (Botnek Remix) Deadmau5 Amazon
House (Meta Remix) OVERWERK feat. Nick Nikon Amazon
Want To Move Dr. Beats Soundcloud
Dystopia Faux Tales Amazon
Sweet Child Of Mine (Ereez Rap Remix) Guns & Roses YouTube
Summit Skrillex feat. Ellie Goulding Amazon
Give It Up Knife Party Amazon
All That She Wants (DJ Nejtrino & DJ Stranger Remix) KAFFEIN Amazon
Here It Comes (Snavs & Toby Green Remix) Pegboard Nerds Soundcloud
Levitate Hadouken! Amazon
Take Ü There Jack Ü Amazon
Narcissistic Cannibal Korn feat. Skrillex and Kill The Noise Amazon
Symbolic (DM Ashura Cryptex Remix) TaQ YouTube
Apologize (One Republic Cover) Silverstein Amazon
NeoMAX DM Ashura YouTube
We Came To Bang 3LAU feat. Luciana Amazon
Ass Hypnotized TJR Amazon

November 30, 2014

…What Now?

Soooo…what now?? Considering I’ve gotten this question numerous times already, I figured to answer it first and foremost. Right now I’m working on the post production of the album, as all the rough drafts are completely finished. I plan to release the album on March 3rd, which is the exact date I left for Miami and when I officially started traveling (Boston was my first city in February, but I lived in Boston so it wasn’t too much of a change). For the time being, I’m living in Boston, but who knows where I’ll be after I release the album and go from there.

Also, I will be posting on this blog until I finish the album. After the album is released I will switch over to MarcFreccero.com, and all my adventures/journeys will be posted there. This site will still exist, but more of an archive. It’s amazing to look back and see all the crazy experiences I had, and a lot of them I captured via video or photo. I posted numerous videos to Instagram, and if you don’t have it, you can only post a video that’s maximum 15 seconds. What I did was take every video from the tour and compile it into one YouTube video, so you can watch it here. The entire list of each Instagram video is listed below too!

Video List

1. Opening For EXMAG: Live Mixing GRiZ & Lil Jon – Boston, MA
2. Slip’N Slide – Fort Lauderdale, FL
3. Beach Pool Party With Tommy Sunshine – Miami, FL
4. Beach Pool Party With DJ Chuckie – Miami, FL
5. Skrillex @ Mansion – Miami, FL
6. The Clevelander – Miami, FL
7. 6th Street – Austin, TX
8. Hakkasan – Las Vegas, NV
9. David Guetta @ XS – Las Vegas, NV
10. Skrillex @ XS – Las Vegas, NV
11. Skrillex and Lil Jon @ XS – Las Vegas, NV
12. Grand Tasting: Vegas Uncork’d @ Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NV
13. Taiko Drummers – Las Vegas, NV
14. Avicii @ XS – Las Vegas, NV
15. Dillon Francis @ Surrender – Las Vegas, NV
16. Tommy Rocker @ Tommy Rocker’s – Las Vegas, NV
17. Midnight Pool Party @ XS – Las Vegas, NV
18. Skrillex @ XS – Las Vegas, NV
19. Major Lazer @ Surrender – Las Vegas, NV
20. Carnage @ Marquee – Las Vegas, NV
21. Random Bird Playing With A Spoon – Boulder, CO
22. Doing The Hardest Handstand Walk I’ve Ever Done – Boulder, CO
23. Piano Cover Of “What Does The Fox Say?” – Boulder, CO
24. Handstand Pushups – Cedarville, OH
25. Getting Soylent – Okemos, MI
26. Electric Forest DJ Crew – Okemos, MI
27. After Party @ Electric Forest – Rothbury, MI
28. Zedd @ Electric Forest – Rothbury, MI
29. Moby @ Electric Forest – Rothbury, MI
30. After Party @ Electric Forest – Rothbury, MI
31. Producing In My Car – Redwood City, CA
32. OVERWERK @ Ruby Skye – San Francisco, CA
33. The Flaming Lips (Free Concert!) – Portland, OR
34. T-Mobile Party Bus – Portland, OR
35. Getting OptiMind – Boulder, CO
36. Volunteering with GRiZ Family – Chicago, IL
37. Phutureprimitive @ Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH
38. Phutureprimitive @ Park Street Saloon – Columbus, OH
39. Mini Preview Of The Columbus Song – Dayton, OH
40. Random Wrestling Match @ Boo’N Brew – Dayton, OH
41. Street Jazz Musicians – New York, NY

Lastly, I had to post this picture. Tuesday of last week (the 25th) I was working at the library in my hometown of East Longmeadow. I literally left the library just to take this picture because it was one of the craziest sunsets I’ve ever seen. This is exactly how the sky looked, so cool

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November 27, 2014

Happy Bucksgiving & The Tour is Officially Over!

by Freccero
Categories: Get Buck, Marc Freccero, Post Tour
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It has been an amazing journey, traveling around the country for 10 months, and it’s incredible to say that it is now officially over. I originally wanted to end the tour on Thanksgiving (aka Bucksgiving) and the timing worked out perfectly. I plan to do a lot more posts re-capping my experience, as I’ve received numerous questions from people about what I did and how it went.

As of this point, the album release date is March 3rd. There is a lot of work I need to do before that, but it works out perfectly because March 3rd is the exact day I left to head to Miami (the start of me traveling around touring out of the Buckmobile).

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There were NUMEROUS people who helped me along my journey, so considering it’s Thanksgiving, I wanted to thank every single person who helped me while I was traveling around. The tour definitely wouldn’t have been possible with out these people! This list isn’t in any particular order – if anything, it’s ordered more in terms of the people that I met while traveling around. Thank you so much you guys!

Brittany Paquette, Richard Freccero, Judi Freccero, Luke Freccero, Eileen Lavallee, Jacqueline Lavallee,  Jason Angelini,  Nancy Angelini, Joe Angelini, Debra Slaney, Alex Slaney, Lotti Dotti, Lenny Lavallee, Theresa Lavallee, Danielle Robertson, Andrew Robertson, Brian Lavallee, Linda Paquette, Ben Black, Kamila Karnas, Alex Tougias, Jim Caruso, Andrew Avocado, Amy Daniels, Michael Devine, Brig Dauber, Ancelis Nunez, Chris Angelini, Jenna Axelrod, Bob Lowry, Cathy Lowry, Aurelien Terral, Jordan Manchester, Li-Dor David, Geoff Daigle, Derek Sawaya, Danielle Graziano, Jessalyn Chandonnet, Trishna Sakhrani, Max Terban, John Carando, Peter Stevens, Conor Driscoll, Jason Vance, Anthony Franco, Lauren Litscher, Paula Zatko, Bryan Packy, Cassie Cerasuolo, Tori Hall, Tom Young, Nick Rabideau, Andrew Mack, Kate Elizabeth, Evan Lavoie, Kate Herrington, Cait Shore, Jordan Peck, Buckany, Jack Prager, Winnie Phung, Stephanie Ravalese, Nate Tetreault, Mike Becker, Eneida Sermeño, Violet Dawn, Rachel McCandlish, Wesley San, Arayana Seiple-Welch, Rachel Due, Sid Radhakrishna, Dylan Bennett, Travis Swain, Scott Maxson, Jayme Giancola, Seth Petsching, Jaime Rosenberg, Pat Gildea, Devon Bell, Bre McMeekin, Ted Anoje, Jackie Brayman, Anna Carando, Grace Carando, Boss Carando, Adam McCauley,Zach Angelini, Leah Angelini, Martin Greenberg, Jesse James, Natasha Jones-Sikes, Daniel Gomez, Emily Berge, Justin Loranger, Jill Stephen, Paige Leoni, Aline Sanchez, Savannah Sargent, Gunner Siverly, Juan Salazar, Kristen Brown, Julia McGrath, Thomas Lorello, Gabriel Azua, Taylor Ivie, Aubrie Reynolds, Jasmine Chen, Katy Wood, Matthew Willis, Melissa Kaplan, Sonny Moore, Karli Loudon, Danyel DeGroot, Eric Thomas, Corey Krogman, Madeline Wahl, Ryan Ford, Erica Madrid, Rachel Warnell, Satchel Spencer, Brandon Halp, Sarita Darlington Winey, Justache Sikkema, Sabrina Vere-Nicoll, Kevin Tringali, Kevin King, Russ Dooling, Avi Gallant, Ami Stair, Daniela Galasso, Jen Guevara, Sage King, Nancy Dellamaria, Chloe King, Anthony Dellamaria, Jula Sagan, Jenna Montgomery, Brittany Leonard, Christina Sanchez, Grant Griz, John McCarten, Hailey Thompson, Ashley Varghese, Alex Grohmann, Rain Phutureprimitive, Caeli La, Shavongh Evans, Coriana Mossburg, Matthew Piskorz, Kathryn Ayers, Paul Levine, Vladimir Kulishevskiy, Nick Hendrick, Chris Luna and Andre’a DeLyria.


November 24, 2014

21 Unknown & Rare Songs

by Freccero
Categories: EDM, Marc Freccero, New York, NY
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I listen to A LOT of music and I love finding songs that are extremely unknown and underground. The bittersweet thing about the internet now is that anyone can make music and put it online, but on the flip side it’s becoming that much harder to promote and market yourself. Therefore I wanted to do this post of 21 Unknown/Rare songs that I personally love. For each track I’ve listed the genre as well, as not all of these are electronic – they range from numerous musical genres.

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Number Song Artist Genre External Link
1 Sweet Child O' Mine (Ereez Rap Remix) Guns & Roses Rap YouTube
2 Land Of The Rising Sun Spacekats Eurodance YouTube
3 Bang The Monkey (Live) Adam Starr Techno/Psychedelic Amazon
4 Hayling (Lambert McGaughy Saxed Mix) FC Kahuna Jazz/New Age YouTube
5 Head Nod Freedom Pretty Lights Trip-Hop YouTube
6 Airplanes (Original Version) Kinetics & One Live Rap YouTube
7 In My Head Richy Nix Rock/Rap YouTube
8 Cities Of The Future (Atomic Pulse Remix) Infected Mushroom Psychedelic YouTube
9 Symbolic (DM Ashura Cryptex Mix) TaQ Techno YouTube
10 Gaelic Morn Bruce Mitchell New Age/Soundscapes YouTube
11 Legend Land (Extended Version) Leaves' Eyes Symphonic Rock YouTube
12 El Gato Lopez Ska-P Ska Amazon
13 Tres Lunares Kerigma Rock YouTube
14 Good Times Finger Eleven Rock Amazon
15 Full Moon Linda Seeley Classical Amazon
16 Eye On The Gold Chain Ugly Duckling Hip-Hop/Funk Amazon
17 The Game Has Changed (Mindless Faith Remix) Daft Punk Symphonic/Electronic YouTube
18 Dusk Steven Bryant Orchestral YouTube
19 Salvation Is Created Pavel Tchesnokov Choir/Gospel Amazon
20 Not A Rapper Hyperaptive & Ereez Rap YouTube
21 Don't Touch Me vs. Gerudo Valley Team Teamwork Rap Soundcloud

November 21, 2014

A Giant Saxophone & Free Pizza

The tour is only a week away from ending and there are so many big things coming up. At this point now, I can honestly say that every single song is now officially in the “rough draft” stage, which means the post production on all the tracks has officially begun. I’m still working on when I might release the album, but it will definitely be early next year.

Continuing along with all the adventures that have happened, I checked out the Metropolitan Museum because they had an incredible collection of older instruments. The layout was really cool to see because for every instrument they showed the first one made and every modification after that until the final product it is today. As someone who played saxophone for years and loves jazz, I had to check out their sax collection. They happened to have a Contrabass Saxophone, which is the largest playable saxophone in the world. It costs roughly $37,000 and is around 6 feet, 4 inches tall!

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Later that night there was a place me and one of my friends found called The Charleston, which is located in Williamsburg (north side of Brooklyn). The bar had this crazy deal that with ANY drink you would get a free personal pizza – the cheapest beer they had was a 16oz Tecate for $4 – so I got a personal pizza and 16oz Tecate for only $4, which is awesome.

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When traveling around New York City I mainly take the Metro, simply because it really is the best public transportation in the country. There are TONS of different routes you can take and the service is always extremely good, which is convenient given how annoying it is to drive in New York. I recently saw this awesome article about how to save money by calculating your fare with the NY Metro, so I wrote an article about it in cause any of you are in NY (or any other public transportation): http://www.buckliving.com/calculating-fares/.

Lastly, I have a lot of YouTube Videos that involve me recording my computer screen, whether it’s for a DJ Tutorial or whatnot. I’ve gotten asked how I record my screen, so I decided to make this brief tutorial on how to do so. It involves using Quicktime and it’s extremely easy (and free!) to do, so here’s how to do it:

 


November 17, 2014

Top 5 Starbucks In The Country

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While traveling all around the country I got to see numerous sights, venues, restaurants, people, and more. Given the nature of my tour, I mostly spent my time though in Starbucks to produce and get work done. Especially now that Google provides most of the Wifi to Starbucks, it was amazing to sit and connect to high-speed internet for free.

I’ve been to numerous Starbucks all around the country but a couple really stick out in my mind. Here are my Top 5 Starbucks In The Country – all of these I’ve visited and done work at, so they’re definitely worth checking out!

5. 4365 W Irving Park Road – Chicago, IL

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This was a really cool Starbucks to work at for numerous reasons. Out of any Starbucks on the list, this one had the bathrooms closest to where I did my work – making it a little safer for me to leave my stuff out for 30 seconds. In addition it’s extremely spacious inside, both with tables to sit down and a higher table to stand & work. They also have an outdoor section in the case that it’s a nice day out.

4. 1134 Brown Street – Dayton, OH

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This was, by far, the comfiest Starbucks to sit in. There were numerous cushioned chairs and benches to sit at, making working that more enjoyable. They also have a front and side patio – making it extremely easy to find seating outside. This Starbucks is also extremely spacious inside, so you have nothing to worry about when going there (although there are a lot of students from The University of Dayton working there). The only issue I have is that parking behind the building is frustrating, so you’re better off parking somewhere else and walking there.

3. 400 Walnut Street – Redwood City, CA

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This is an amazing Starbucks, located in Redwood City, which is roughly 30 minutes south of San Francisco. This Starbucks is huge on the inside and also contains a big outdoor patio. In terms of the total size, indoor and outdoor, this is the biggest Starbucks on this list. The only downfall, which was an issue, is that this one had the slowest wifi out of any Starbucks on the list (and by a longshot…). I love this Starbucks, but the insanely slow wifi was frustrating. If it wasn’t for the slow wifi, this would probably get the #1 slot.

2. 1615 N Federal Highway – Fort Lauderdale, FL

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This is the first Starbucks, after leaving Boston, that I went to. It truly was the first beginning start to producing and working in public places, and man this was a perfect start. I almost put this as #1, but I dropped it to #2 because of how small the inside is. This isn’t really the best Starbucks for hanging out with a group and even if you’re alone it can be tough to find seating. The thing that I absolutely love about this Starbucks is that it’s by far the best one for working outside. The weather is always perfect and the patio has an overhang that covers the sun, so you don’t have to worry about sweating and your equipment overheating. In addition, they have outlets outside for your to charge your electronics – most Starbucks don’t have plugs outside, so this made working even more convenient and enjoyable.

1. 8510 SW Terwilliger Blvd – Portland, OR

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And the #1 slot goes to this amazing Starbucks in Portland, OR. This Starbucks has a really creative inside design – trust me when I say it’s A LOT bigger on the inside than it looks in the left picture. I had to include 2 pictures for this Starbucks because in addition to the crazy inside it also has a beautiful outdoor patio. This is one of those Starbucks that you can always find seating – both indoors and outdoors. To make it more interesting, this Starbucks has the best bathroom out of any Starbucks in the country (I wish I took a picture of it when I was there!). The only slight downfall is that parking is a little tough at this Starbucks – but it’s 100% worth finding one to go there.


November 15, 2014

Jazz in an NYC Subway and Shoegasms

To start this post off, here’s an awesome video I took of Jazz Musicians performing in a NYC Subway and people dancing to it:


Continuing along with the amazing vibes of music, I recently received this message on my Soundcloud account. I’ve received numerous messages before but this one truly meant a lot and really hit home. It’s messages like this that truly remind me of how life-changing music can be and really validates all the work that goes into it. (The names have been cut out for privacy purposes)

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In addition to receiving that amazing message, I got featured by the blog Girl About Columbus. They listed checking out my blog as one of the 10 Things To Do This Weekend! Check out that article here: http://girlaboutcolumbus.com/2014/11/13/10-things-to-do-this-weekend-32/.

It’s amazing to finally say this: The tour will be COMPLETELY over in 12 days. The entire Light Nearby Project is ending on Thanksgiving (November 27th). It’s incredible, after everything thats happened, to think that it will all be over in less than 2 weeks. New York is a perfect last city to end the tour on and the song for it has been coming out awesome – I’ll say this though, the style of the song will be a love/hate relationship with people.

While walking around NYC, I happened to see this store – seems perfect for people who really love shoes:

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Also while walking around I went on the High Line, which is a linear park built on a platform above the city streets. There’s amazing scenery on the high line, most of it being really creative for what is considered a linear park.

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Lastly, I made this Bodyweight Bicep Workout when I was in Dayton, Ohio. In terms of my Bodyweight Workout Series, this was one of the most request videos so I finally decided to make it. Biceps are a hard muscle to workout via Bodyweight techniques, so this video is probably the most creative workout video I’ve made.


November 11, 2014

New York and Songs From Columbus

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Categories: Marc Freccero, New York, NY
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I’ve been at New York many times before because I’m from Boston but it’s awesome to be there again. I’ve been working on the song for New York and it’s going to be a heavy, hard hitting bass song that is non-stop. Because New York truly is the city that never sleeps, I want the song to be a non-stop heavy hitter to emphasize that aspect. In addition, the heavy bass (somewhat like the EDM artist Snails) is going to represent the dirty/gritty nature of New York and how hard people rage there.

On my way to New York, I filmed a video asking the question if Passive Income actually exists. This is a big question I’ve personality gotten regarding Finance and Internet Marketing – check it out here if you want:

Like every other city I’ve been to before, there were numerous songs that I discovered and listened to while I was there. Here is the CD Mix I made for all the songs that I encountered while in Columbus, Ohio. Check them out!

Song Artist External Link
Bumpin' In The Voodoo Manic Focus feat. Dominic Lalli Amazon
Some Chords (Dillon Francis Remix) Deadmau5 Amazon
Starlight (Collin McLoughlin Remix) Don Diablo & Matt Nash YouTube
Soundtrack 2 My Life Kid Cudi Amazon
Thriller (2Martini Funk Out Remix) Michael Jackson Soundcloud
Zombie (3LAU TomorrowWorld Edit) Paris & Simo feat. Kernkraft 400 Soundcloud
Only You Phutureprimitive Amazon
Pop Danthology 2013 Daniel Kim Soundcloud
The Seconds Porter Robinson feat. Jano Amazon
Color Of My Soul (Paul Basic Remix) Pretty Lights Amazon
Rich Girl$ Down With Webster Amazon
Louder (Botnek Weirder Remix) Style of Eye feat. Sirena Amazon
Lollipop (Framing Hanley Cover) Lil Wayne feat. Static Amazon
Break The Cage LabRat Amazon
Feelin Me Notixx Soundcloud
Razor Sharp (Pegboard Nerds VIP Remix) Pegboard Nerds & Tristam Amazon
Run Wild for KING & COUNTRY feat. Andy Mineo Amazon
Black Widow (Vice Remix) Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora Amazon