As @begt mentioned, we are two friends with a love of music. When I, @docmurda, met @begt, I didn’t have any idea the music that we would share with each other. There are countless bands whom now dominate my days thanks to @begt. My most recent addiction, thanks to B, is The Naked and Famous which we may get to see together in October!
The desert has always been a spiritual place for me as has music so Sandy Beats fits my personal philosophy as much as it relates to @begt and my friendship. There is a certain pupuseria on Venice Beach that may be able to attest to that.
I’ve taken many stabs at writing, but never once have I ventured into combing my love of music, writing and friendship.
I grew up listening to Motown, the Beatles, John Denver and Neal Diamond. My parents never hesitated to share their music with me, and those songs still live with me today. The first CD I bought in 6th Grade was Ace of Base, and I studied Algebra while listening to the smooth flow of Warren G. Today my tastes range from old time Bluegrass like Ralph Stanley to the driving beats of Paul Van Dyk. This ride we are about to take is going to be sweet and will have the best soundtrack you can ever imagine.
We’re two friends who recommend new music to one another a lot. So we decided to start sharing through this blog, Sandy Beats. We met at the University of Arkansas, a good 9 or 10 years ago (whaaaaat?), and we’ve been friends ever since.
I, @begt, still live in Arkansas, while @DocMurda moved to Las Vegas (but I’ll let him tell you more about himself). In the last 9 or 10 years we’ve shared a lot of awesome music with each other. I think it was October 2010 when we were in his kitchen in LV and he recommended this awesome local group to me, Imagine Dragons. He gave me one of their EPs and I took it home, only to get my senses blown away when I listened to it a few days later. At that time, I was writing for a Houston-based live music blog. Through that blog, I got the opportunity to go to a lot of concerts and get in the photo pit (I took all the photos in the collage above). It was an amazing experience. That’s why when that blog kind of died, I was left with this love for sharing music and no outlet for it.
Why Sandy Beats? Sand has been part of the journey. @DocMurda is in the middle of the desert, and I’m from El Salvador, the tiniest country in Central America, where I could go get my toes on the Pacific Ocean every other weekend.
I grew up listening to Rock, Pop and Reggae (all en Español), while still getting a healthy serving of international music super stars like Michael Jackson and Madonna. The Beatles ruled my dad’s LP player and my brother introduced me to other classics. I loved Shakira when she was the Alanis Morissette of Latin America. And I went through the obligatory Menudo craze phase that came with being a girl in Central America in the 1990′s. These days, I listen to all kinds of music. From folk to rock to pop to a little bit of electronica, you name it. Discovering music is the best. Get excited, this will be awesome!