WYEP’s Reimagine Media project is a teen-led program that focuses on media creation, creativity, and discovery. WYEP plays an integral role in shaping and supporting ten of the best Pittsburgh high-school bands by providing them with outlets to express their creativity.
Each band involved in the project received the opportunity to record one song at The Church Recording Studio, which was included in the inaugural Reimagination compilation CD. The CD is diverse, with genres ranging from rock to reggae, country to hip-hop, blues to soul, and everything in between.
Matthew Spangler, WYEP Director of Education & Community Engagement, initiated this project in order to give the burgeoning musicians “a taste of what it is like to be a professional musician, while working alongside professional producers and recording in a professional recording studio.”
Because the Reimagine Media project aims to give young musicians a glimpse into the life of a professional musician, WYEP provides the bands with numerous outlets to perform their music live. The bands performing at WYEP’s Summer Music Festival on Saturday, June 28 starting at 2:00pm are Hat Co, Jessica Bitsura, FYFS, and The Options.
Each of bands could not sound more different, but their songs on the CD exhibit a high level of professionalism, energy, and musical talent.
Hat Co’s song featuring Zoe Z., “Gold Chains,” has an R&B / Soul flavor. Zoe sings with a mature confidence, emotion, and power, which is usually difficult for young musicians to convey through a recording, but Zoe does it successfully.
Jessica Bitsura’s song, “That Smile,” has all the components of an enjoyable country-pop song: a melodic voice, acoustic guitar, delicate harmonies, and a powerful kick-drum.
FYFS’ song, “Don’t Look Back,” has a unique feel in that the band has the ability to genre-hop. The song begins as a danceable rock-punk tune and then shifts to a laid-back reggae jam. The band’s talented horn section gives the band another distinctive quality.
The Options’ song, “Sonder” is a ‘50s do-wop song with a modern twist. It’s not often that we hear this classic genre incorporated in music today, but it is refreshing to know that young musicians today are still influenced by the sounds of the past.
As an alumni participant of WYEP's Reimagine Media project and now a current intern at WYEP, I am pleased to know that WYEP is continuing the tradition of recognizing and nurturing Pittsburgh’s most talented high-school musicians and bands.
Please support the future of music and the Reimagine Media project at WYEP’s Summer Music Festival on Saturday, June 28 at 2:00pm at Schenley Plaza.
Lisa Fierstein, WYEP Music & Programming Intern