Humans of SCSU: Samantha Gudis

Melissa NunezOpinions and Features Editor 

Samantha Gudis, a freshman communications major, said she discovered her profound love for music as a young high schooler. She said music was an artform that took what she was feeling and turned it into something tangible and so it quickly became something she wanted to incorporate into her daily life.

Gudis said she had always aspired to be a DJ but when she went to the Frendly music gathering last semester, that was when she had an “aha” moment. Although she was not completely sure why this particular show was different from the countless others she had attended, it was a surreal moment, one that made her realize how she wanted to be an intricate part of planning these shows for bands and labels, so she concentrated her studies in promotion and advertising.

Gudis said she is always looking for concerts and festivals to promote on her radio show, the Gud Tuneskis, featured on WSIN, Tuesdays at 8 p.m. She added that she regularly attends concerts throughout the year and attends at least one festival per year.

Gudis said the atmosphere at festivals and concerts are different because fests are a gathering of bands, so fans of all different kinds will find themselves mingling in the same crowds, while concerts feature one or two bands, so the crowds are targeted to a specific audience. She added since bands surround music goers at festivals, it could quickly turn to a hectic experience.

Regardless, Gudis said she cannot get enough of the concert experience: how streams of people from all walks of life share one common thread, or how the warmth beaming off of the stage lights is a sensation unlike any other, or how bands breath new life into their songs on stage, often switching up their tracks in unexpected ways.

Gudis said music also provides positivity in otherwise turbulent times, such as the songs released in protest during the Vietnam War, which is reminiscent of “Our First 100 Days.” She said bands such as PWR BTTM and Twin Peaks are releasing new music in protest of the new administration during its first 100 days.

According to Our First 100 Days website, a minimum subscription of 30 dollars will get listeners free reign with exclusive music being released by bands like “Angel Olsen, How To Dress Well, Toro Y Moi, The Range,” and all donations will fund organizations likely to be affected by Donald Trump’s presidency, organizations supporting “climate, women’s rights, immigration and fairness.”

Gudis said the as world becomes a more alarming place, she reminds her peers how music provides an escape, the impact a good pair of headphones can make, and also to live “frendly,” encouraging people to focus on one another rather than just themselves, or the “I.”

Photo Credit: Melissa Nunez

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