From chapel, to treehouse concerts, to school-wide events, Olivet gives student and alumni bands a platform to display their talents. Of the Land, Vinyl Fox, and Jack and the Boiz are a few such bands on campus. Each band has a different style and different goals, but all have the same passions for music.
Working alongside Spiritual Development and Chaplain Mark Holcomb, Of the Land helps in the choosing and preparing the songs for chapel. Olivet alumni and singer Joey Ramirez said in an interview, that Of the Land’s goal is to create music that relates to the chapel theme for each semester. “We’re writing music for a specific purpose, and it’s amazing seeing people changed and finding themselves embedded in the lyrics,” Ramirez said.
Erin Doherty, Olivet senior and Of the Land band member, said, “We want to worship the Lord, sing a joyful noise, and use the talents God has given us.”
With the help of Centennial Chapel as a platform for their music, Of the Land has been reaching the ears of many students for the past two years. Visit their website to find out more.
But chapel isn’t the only place where students’ talents can be seen. Bands have traveled to farther platforms than campus to perform. In May of 2017, Vinyl Fox, started its journey.
Vinyl Fox band members have been embracing different styles to create unique music that speaks to a variety of different people. Their individual differences challenge and improve their music. The group, which was once just friends playing in jazz ensembles and other musical events, united and has since performed at weddings and at school event. But they have the urge to do more shows at other venues.
“Being with them is like a dream,” said Lucy Hauser, an Olivet senior and Vinyl Fox band member. “It’s really great, and we have a lot of fun together.”
The group is in a stage of trying new things and finding themselves as a band. There’s not a specific genre they would categorize their music as, and this helps to reach the ears of many individuals. They’re currently working on new music, and are releasing a single on Feb. 12, called “Valentine’s Day.” More information can be found on their website.
Jack and Boiz began in the Fall of 2016 when a group of boys decided they wanted to put a new spin on typical music. The band’s first performance was at an art night event in Common Grounds, and from then they’ve continued to play wherever they can.
Like Vinyl Fox, Jack and the Boiz does not have a particular genre, but they do aim to be funny. The music they make is not meant to be personal but instead is meant to make light of unrealistic situations. Their most recent song is about bad breakups.
As Jack White, Olivet senior and band member, put it, “All we want is for people to have a good twenty minutes of laughter and pure entertainment. Our lyrics usually have no personal reference; it’s just meant to be something that is fun.”
If you want to check out Jack and the Boiz, they’re having an event on Feb. 16 in College Church of the Nazarene. The event is called the “37 cent tour” since tickets will be 37 cents per person. For more information, visit their Facebook page. Fans can also be looking out for their extended play record, The Chair Sounds.
Each band has its own uniqueness, but when all is said in done, they’re all using their talent for a greater purpose. Students around campus speak about each of the bands being “solely original.”
The three bands each have different styles, but they all have the same passion for creating music that people can relate to. Students on campus have even been to concerts held in laundry rooms to support the bands. For more information about Jack and the Boiz’s Laudry Room Tour, check out the Glimmerglass’s article covering the story here.
The bands even collaborate at events from time to time. Last semester, Vinyl Fox and Jack and the Boiz got together at the Oaks Apartments recreation building—commonly referred to as “the treehouse”—to play a concert. Although very different, the bands created a space where all music could be heard.
When asked about the various bands on campus, Olivet junior Nikelle Delgado said, “Each person puts their own flare and flavor to the songs. It’s pretty cool how much each one of them stands out.”
Olivet creates a space for musicians like those in the alumni bands to promote their talents and provide an outlet for individuals to enjoy music.
“Music comes from a specific place but reaches people in different ways,” Ramirez said.
Feature Photo by Kassidy Hewett