Interview: Cameron Lavi-Jones of Seattle Alt-Rock band, Gypsy Temple

Cameron and I sat down for a chat almost a year ago (Feb 2017)!

This project was at its seedling stage so I’ve been holding onto this interview. I have other content I’ve been sitting on. I’ve been waiting until the “right time” to share it but then I realized – NOW is the right time! Why wait?

Cameron and his band, Gypsy Temple, released their single “Pick a Number” and you should definitely check it out. Feast your ears a la Spotify.

A friend and I went to their release show on Thursday; I got tons of video and pics and can’t wait to share them with ya’ll! Stay tuned. ❤

Gypsy Temple Make Your Voice Heard Loud
Gypsy Temple are touring high schools to encourage and empower teens to vote. Read the press release!

Wisdom comes in all shapes, sizes & ages: How Seattle teen rock band Splitting Silence single “Chain Reaction” speaks to me

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Splitting Silence rocking out. Photo courtesy of @splittingsilence | Photographer: @trevorfoyston

Today, I realized I’ve been so caught up in the branding and marketing of TMRW that I haven’t been listening to the music these awesome teen bands have created. Gah!

I’ve been messaging with Seattle teen rock band Splitting Silence –more specifically, Ethan Bovey (guitar & vocals)– to find a time to chat and hang out with the band. We briefly talked about the possibility of me crashing one of their band practices. Maybe they’ll invite me to jam a bit??? Stay tuned! 😉

I put on their single “Chain Reaction” and was drawn in by the lyrics. Words that spoke to me were pouring into my ears and straight through to my heart.

When change comes
don’t let it haunt you,
when change comes
don’t be afraid,
take it head on with determination
to survive and keep on living
life to the fullest
and the best as possible
so adapt and move on


When we think of wisdom, we tend to think that it can only be delivered by those who are older than us but wisdom isn’t defined by age. (I Googled it – look!)

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Google search result for “widsom definition.” (screenshot)

Wisdom is limitless and everywhere, if you allow it.

Wisdom comes in all shapes, sizes and ages.

I invite you to consider that as you go about your day.

In the meantime, the guys of Splitting Silence have #TeenWisdom to impart. If you know what’s good for ya, you’ll hit ‘play’ and read the lyrics from their single:



“Chain Reaction”

Dominos falling
chain reaction
each one falls causing refraction,
strange things slowly start to happen
all because that chain reaction,
world spins faster,
sun shines brighter,
nights are longer,
oh my god
things get weird

When change comes
don’t let it haunt you,
when change comes
don’t be afraid,
take it head on with determination
to survive and keep on living
life to the fullest
and the best as possible
so adapt and move on

As time goes by
things just get weirder
the meaning of life
starts seeming clearer,
blame it on
that chain reaction
cause of it this madness happened,
temperatures rising,
people are fighting,
one in every 10 houses
has been struck by lightning

When change comes
don’t let it haunt you,
when change comes
don’t be afraid,
take it head on with determination
to survive and keep on living
life to the fullest
and the best as possible
so adapt and move on

Splitting Silence is: Ethan Bovey (Guitar,Vocals), Mason Stroud (Guitar), Nick Zappone (Drums), Alex Roca (Bass) | Emma Jassy (General Manager)

BTW – You can catch Splitting Silence live at The Old Fire House @oldfirehouse in Redmond, WA, June 29th @ 7pm!

**I will mos def be there so come say hi!**

The band is in the midst of a 3x3x3 Teen Rock Band Tour with fellow Seattle teen rock bands Butter Boy (@ButterBoyOriginal) & LocoMotive (@LocoMotive98065.)

3x3x3 Seattle. Spring 2018. 3 bands, 3 songs, 3 shows. CD in March.

Listen to their @3x3x3seattle interview (part of the article, Three teen bands from Seattle are turning heads in the local scene) with KISW 99.9 FM host Taryn Daly.

Learn more about the bands, their music, and their advice for young artists who want to pursue their dreams.



I want to acknowledge the tremendous amount of energy and heart these teens dedicate to their craft.

They book shows, create logos and artwork, manage social media, play shows – so many shows. It’s amazing.

And then they have all that other teen life stuff. !!! How can you not be inspired to follow your bliss?!

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#TeenLife (I don’t recall where I got this image – apologies to whom ever you are that I’m not recognizing!)

[Edit: I added the bit about their June 29th show –how could I leave that out?!–and and little edits here or there. #hastyfingers]