It's our favorite day of the week, #WIMICrushWednesday! Get to know the super rad, Megan Pixler!
Name: Megan Pixler
Major: Recording Industry Minors: Spanish & Marketing
Favorite musician/singer: Marianas Trench
Favorite song: Currently it’s Bohemian Rhapsody… if you haven’t seen the movie yet… do it.
Favorite album: At the moment it’s Welcome to the Neighborhood by Boston Manor.
Best live show you’ve ever seen: Marianas Trench, every time.
Dream job: Traveling the world as a tour manager for my musician friends when they make it big! OR working in the music industry in Spain/Europe.
Go-to karaoke song: Man! I Feel Like a Woman
Favorite local band: Sneakthief
Favorite music-related memory: Going to the APMAs each year with my friends and waiting by the red carpet for hours to meet the bands.
Do you have any musical talents?: I can play the clarinet mediocrely… also am attempting to learn guitar.
Favorite movie: The Lion King
Favorite food: Fettuccini Alfredo
Role model: My TA from my study abroad program… She decided to up and move to Spain and is killing it. She rocks.
Favorite thing about OU: The sense of community. I feel like everyone has each other’s back and is super supportive of one another.
Favorite class at OU (at least so far!): Brick City Records!
Biggest goal for this year (whether music-related or not!): Get a big girl job!!! And also to enjoy my last year at OU without feeling too stressed out.
Happy #WIMICrushWednesday, everybody! This week, get to know this super cool WIMI member, Caity!
Name: Caity Stegmaier
Major: Music Production
Favorite musician/singer: Martin Garrix
Favorite song: Dynamite – Gareth Emery
Favorite album: Dead roses - blackbear
Best live show you’ve ever seen: Macklemore
Dream job: To be a famous DJ but realistically marketing music (:
Go-to karaoke song: Since You’ve Been Gone
Favorite local band: Sadly, I don’t know any
Favorite music-related memory: My first Athens DJ Showcase in Spring 2017
Do you have any musical talents?: I DJ
Favorite movie: Step Up 3 and Step Up 5
Favorite food: Mashed potatoes
Role model: Martin Garrix
Favorite thing about OU: The campus is so pretty
Favorite class at OU (at least so far!): MDIA 2300 (Music and Technology I)
Biggest goal for this year (whether music-related or not!): To further my DJ career by getting more gigs
We love #WIMICrushWednesday!! And we love this WIMI member, Maire Simpson! Get to know her:
Name: Maire Simpson
Major: Journalism (Strategic Communications)
Favorite musician/singer: Too many to name (but.. David Bowie, Enter Shikari, and Movements)
Favorite song: at the moment - "England’s Dreaming" by Boston Manor
Favorite album: The Spark by Enter Shikari
Best live show you’ve ever seen: Death Cab for Cutie or Movements
Dream job: Unsure honestly; something with event planning and the music industry
Go-to karaoke song: Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood
Favorite local band: ITEM
Favorite music-related memory: My whole extended family sitting at our beach house and my
brother playing ‘Soak up the Sun’ on guitar and everyone singing along; all the baby cousins
Do you have any musical talents?: Nope!
Favorite movie: The Breakfast Club or Beetlejuice
Favorite food: Veggie Nuggets or Pasta
Role model: My siblings
Favorite thing about OU: My amazing best friends
Favorite class at OU (at least so far!): my public speaking course last semester
Biggest goal for this year (whether music-related or not!): Get more involved and start working
towards setting myself up to succeed in my career.. what ever that is.
It's #WIMICrushWednesday! Get to know this awesome WIMI member, Lexi!
Name: Lexi Murray
Major: Double in Music Production and Strategic Communication, minor in Business and Communication
Favorite musician/singer: Mayday Parade
Favorite song: It Had To Be You by Motion City Soundtrack
Favorite album: A Lesson in Romantics by Mayday Parade
Best live show you’ve ever seen: Billy Joel
Dream job: Writing soundtracks for movies
Go-to karaoke song: Bohemian Rhapsody
Favorite music-related memory: In fourth grade, I performed at my school talent show, but my school of just three grades had over 1,400 people. My friend was accompanying me on the guitar while I sang Love Song by Sara Bareilles. She was a real Debby downer, and never smiled while we performed. Fourth grade me decided, right before we started playing, to whisper “smile.” Little did I know the mic was on and the whole auditorium filled with laughter. At first I was mortified, but then I rocked out.
Do you have any musical talents?: I am a singer songwriter with my main instrument being the piano. I also play the trumpet in the Marching 110.
Favorite movie: Mission Impossible - Fallout
Favorite food: Chicken wings
Role model: From a professional standpoint, Julia Michaels, Sara Bareilles, and Selena Gomez
Favorite thing about OU: How it just feels like hOUme. The people are so great.
Favorite class at OU (at least so far!): My learning community class… I don’t think it’s possibly that I’ll ever be in a room filled with that many great people again. My professor, Dr. Lynn Harter, is the most inspirational human, and I was so lucky to start off my college journey with her direction and motivation.
Biggest goal for this year (whether music-related or not!): Get my originals recorded and release an album by summer.
Once again, it is #WimiCrushWednesday! Today we're introducing you to another one of our newest members, Jenny! Check her out:
Name: Jenny Carey
Major: Media Arts and Studies: Music Production and Recording Technology
Favorite musician/singer: This is really hard, but I love Ed Sheeran, Khalid, Post Malone, Frank
Ocean, Lorde, Taylor Swift, Marina & the Diamonds, SZA, Mac Miller
Favorite song: I have so many favorite songs, my current favorite is Chlorine by Twenty One
Favorite album: probably Speak Now by Taylor Swift, but I have so many others too
Best live show you’ve ever seen: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, or Bruno Mars; they were all so fun and
had amazing stage productions
Dream job: not sure…either working on sound for a live concerts or festivals or placing music
into movies/making movie soundtracks
Go-to karaoke song: Burnin’ Up by The Jonas Brothers hahaha
Favorite local band: to be honest, I don’t really know any local bands in the Athens area, but I’m
hoping to get to know more about the music scene here
Favorite music-related memory: seeing Coldplay live for the first time, I used to watch their
concerts on MTV Live all the time, so seeing them in person was like a dream; also going to
Lollapalooza was pretty incredible
Do you have any musical talents?: I play piano, alto saxophone and some acoustic guitar and
Favorite movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Favorite food: pizza or lasagna
Role model: my mom and dad, and also Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun
Favorite thing about OU: the amount of activities happening on campus and off campus
Favorite class at OU (at least so far!): Recording Industry Survey
Biggest goal for this year (whether music-related or not!): Make lots of new friends and get
involved with different clubs to discover new things that I like.
It's #WIMICrushWednesday once more! This week we want to introduce you to one of our newest members, Sophie! We think that she's super awesome and know you will too. Get to know her:
Name: Sophie Seay
Favorite musician/singer: So hard to pick one… but probably Lana Del Rey, FKJ or Local Natives
Favorite song: some of them are, Objects in the Mirror by Mac Miller, Cigarette Daydreams by Cage the Elephant, or Best Friend by Amy Winehouse
Favorite album: Pure Heroine by Lorde or CTRL by SZA
Best live show you’ve ever seen: The 1975. Being front row for one of your fave bands is unforgettable!! Jack White also put on a great show
Dream job: Working social media PR for a record label or music festival!
Go-to karaoke song: Bennie & The Jets- Elton John
Favorite local band: Haven’t gotten to know enough in Athens yet, but back in Cincy The Yugos are definitely my favorite!
Favorite music-related memory: My first music festival, Music Midtown in 2014 in ATL. Saw so many of my favorite artists at one time.. it was so overwhelming!
Do you have any musical talents?: I can sing and I play a little guitar! I’m also learning how to mix and DJ!
Favorite movie: Wolf of Wall Street or Coraline
Favorite food: Canes!!!
Role model: Lady Gaga has always inspired me to be who I want to be, I’ll always look up to her!
Favorite thing about OU: It’s big such a great atmosphere so far! Everyone’s very welcoming and overall very nice. It’s also a GORGEOUS campus!
Favorite class at OU (at least so far!): WGSS, women ,gender and sexuality studies! Being educated on equality is very important
Biggest goal for this year (whether music-related or not!): Meet tons of people who want to do similar things as me. Networking and making connections is key!!
Continuing our weekly series, #WIMICrushWednesday, today we'd like to introduce you to our Social Media Chair, Megan Sulfsted! Get to know Megan:
Name: Megan Sulfsted (or Megan Wren)
Major: Music Production Minor: Music Certificate: Social Media
Favorite musician/singer: Too many to choose… Paul McCartney, Freddie Mercury, Stevie Nicks, Adam Lambert, Ryan Adams, Larkin Poe
Favorite song: Seems to change every week, but right now it’s “Come Pick Me Up” by Ryan Adams
Favorite album: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Best live show you’ve ever seen: Queen + Adam Lambert, Stevie Nicks, or Ghost
Dream job: Full-time touring musician
Go-to karaoke song: Anything Fleetwood Mac/Queen
Favorite local band: … the Megan Wren Band
Favorite music-related memory: A solid tie between meeting Adam Lambert and releasing my debut EP, Sympathetic Vibrations
Do you have any musical talents?: Essentially the only thing you really need to know about me is that I play guitar and sing
Favorite movie: Anything from the Harry Potter series
Favorite food: Big fan of all fruits & veggies; Chipotle is my go-to when I’m not able to cook
Role model: Paul McCartney
Favorite thing about OU: How lively the creative/music scenes are, and how inspired I am by the people in them!
Favorite class at OU (at least so far!): Eddie Ashworth’s Lyric & Storytelling
Biggest goal for this year (whether music-related or not!): To release more original music!
As part of our ongoing series, #WIMICrushWednesday, today we want to introduce you to our amazing External Relations Chair, Lena Theodore! Get to know her:
Name: Lena Theodore
Majors: MPRI & Psychology | Minor: Business Administration | Certificate in Entrepreneurship
Favorite musician/singer: The Eagles will forever and always have my heart & Literally nothing gets to
me better than their music (R.I.P. Glenn Frey)
Favorite song: As of right now it’d probably be “Last Shot” by Kip Moore; it’s always stuck in my head,
but I love it! But as someone who loves music so much and has such a diverse taste it’s impossible for
me to decide on just one all-time favorite song… please don’t make me lol
Favorite album: Right now, it’s Ashley Monroe’s Sparrow album; but the one I’ll come back to time and
again is - you guessed it - The Eagles, The Very Best Of album.
Best live show you’ve ever seen: It has to be the Eagles (I’m obsessed) this summer in Pittsburgh.
When you spend most of the show just sitting and watching because you’re in such shock and awe at
the performance, it can’t get any better. They’re my all-time favorite for a reason!
Dream job: If we lived in a perfect world, I’d be a musician that travels the world and performs all
original content. But for now I’m more than okay with moving to Nashville and getting in as a
songwriter with a publishing company (lol maybe become the next Carole King?).
Go-to karaoke song: “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals every single time.
Favorite local band: It’s so embarrassing to admit that I don’t have one because I don’t go out enough…
Favorite music-related memory: Hands down, when I went to see the Eagles in concert this summer in
Pittsburgh. They started their intro to “Hotel California” and I was instantly filled with chills, and I
couldn’t even sing along because I was in such awe… I spent the whole song crying in silence.
Do you have any musical talents?: I love love love to sing!
Favorite movie: Alice in Wonderland, either Disney or Tim Burton
Favorite food: French fries! But realistically any potato-related food lol gimme all the carbs
Favorite thing about OU: There is such a legitimate sense of community and family here; it just blows
my mind. I swear, “Bobcat Family” is a real thing, and I love it!
Favorite class at OU (at least so far!): MDIA 4903 – Lyric & Storytelling with Eddie Ashworth! An
absolutely amazing experience and the exact thing I needed to get a confidence boost in my songwriting
abilities. This was honestly one of the most practical classes I’ve taken here at OU.
Biggest goal for this year (whether music-related or not!): To do everything in my power to get myself
onto the SXSW trip for this spring!
As part of our ongoing series, #WIMICrushWednesday, today we want to introduce you to our wonderful Vice President/Treasurer, Catie Bugos! Get to know her:
Name: Catie Bugos
Major: Recording Industry Studies / Minor: Marketing / Certificate: Social Media
Favorite musician/singer: Zoë Reynolds of Kississippi, but also Movements. I love them both.
Favorite song: “Thrash Unreal” by Against Me! If you want to see me lose my shit put this on.
Favorite album: Not an album, but the “Outgrown Things” EP by Movements impacted me more than probably anything I’ve ever listened to. “Welcome to the Neighborhood” by Boston Manor is a close second (It just dropped and I’m in love).
Best live show you’ve ever seen: Seeing Knuckle Puck for the first time in 2015, for sure. Also, Tiny Moving Parts last year because that show killed me and brought me back to life all in one night. Ughhh, but also Green Day.
Dream job: Work for AP or work in any kind of live music that enables me to travel the world!
Go-to karaoke song: “The Middle,” because I get to relive my horrifying middle school days everytime I sing it.
Favorite local band: If we’re talking Athens-ish area, Slackluster or Hidden Places. In Cleveland, definitely Heart Attack Man.
Favorite music-related memory: Going to my first warped tour in 2013 with my best friend & constantly skipping school to travel for shows in/out of state.
Do you have any musical talents?: No, but I can be designated hype man at any show.
Favorite movie: “Heathers”
Favorite food: Sushi!
Role model: Joan Jett! She pushed to give women in rock a voice despite it being a male dominated industry. She is such a badass and I’d give up an arm to meet her.
Favorite thing about OU: The sense of community and support across campus is so cool. Also, the Athens music scene is crazy!
Favorite class at OU (at least so far!): Media 1020 with Owen Lowery. He encourages all his students to step out of their comfort zone and to not be afraid to try new things in the wild world of media!
Biggest goal for this year (whether music-related or not!): Land a dank summer internship + put on a successful WIMI showcase in the spring!
Presenting our new blog series: #WIMICrushWednesday! Every Wednesday we will feature another member of WIMI, starting this week with our awesome President/Operations Chair, Diana Buchert! Get to know Diana:
Name: Diana Buchert
Major: Recording Industry Studies Minor: Marketing Certificate: Social Media
Favorite musician/singer: Paramore, hands down. Lorde and Jack White are very, very close.
Favorite song: “Scarlet Fields” by the Horrors. Been my favorite song for 7 years.
Favorite album: Ughhhh this is hard, probably Melodrama by Lorde. That album has impacted me more than any others within the last two years. Lorde, if you’re reading this, thank you and I love you.
Best live show you’ve ever seen: Lorde at Bonnaroo in 2016 blew my mind into the next dimension. I’d say Death from Above at Riot Fest 2016 and St. Vincent at FMMF in 2015 are very close behind.
Dream job: Working in the live music industry in London
Go-to karaoke song: “Fergalicious” by Fergie. I don’t know why. It’s fun.
Favorite local band: In Athens, I’ve loved Blond the most (they don’t play much anymore, sadly). In my hometown of Cincinnati, definitely Lung.
Favorite music-related memory: Meeting Paramore at Bonnaroo is definitely up there. After that would be the absolutely BONKERS first night that Lobsterfest had this year with JPEGMAFIA and Injury Reserve. I have never been more ecstatic during a show I’ve booked.
Do you have any musical talents? I’m pretty good at making playlists and hyping people up about shows I book.
Favorite movie: “Just Friends”
Favorite food: Cheez-its, but if we’re talking full meals, definitely Skyline Chili.
Role model: Hayley Williams. She’s paved the way for women to take leading roles within the music industry for so many years, and she’s expanded to become a fashion and beauty icon in so many ways. She’s also so real – after news of her divorce and band hardships went public, she kept trudging along and inspired her fans to do the same. Mad respect.
Favorite thing about OU: The local music scene is so cool and supportive. There’s so much amazing talent!
Favorite class at OU (at least so far!): I love my Virtual Reality classes with Chip Linscott. He encourages interesting discussions in class, and the content is just so cool. I’m excited to see where VR takes us.
Biggest goal for this year (whether music-related or not!): Get a big-name WIMI session (like Hayley Williams) (I’ve talked about her a lot I know), AND get a local showcase going of non-male talent in the area. Oh and get a job after graduation lol.