Our riders know just how important music is to us, and to our ride. The entire ride hinges on the tunes that we play. We know we can rely on certain artists for that crazy sprint, or another artist for that deep silent climb. And of course…the beat is everything.
A ride at the HB is an adrenaline fueled cardio party. We move, we sweat, we listen, we laugh and we become inspired. We work hard to play hard and it just so happens that our play time feels a lot like an HB class. One way we let loose is to rock out at live shows. A few members of the HB team have weighed in on their live music experiences, favorite shows, and what keeps them going back for more.
Tell us about the last show you attended
sarah m: Lena and I went to go see my favorite DJ – the EC Twins at Julep. I have been following them for years, and turned some of our other instructors on to them as well. Every time I have seen them, the crowd is SO into and so amped.
lena: Odesza in Portland, ME at Portland City Music Hall. Electronic sound, heavy live percussion, and beautiful light shows! I went with some of the HB crew, Cara, Maura, and Danelle! I was riding a bike in my mind the whole time HA! It was amazing.
lisa: The last concert I attended was Zac Brown Band at Fenway last summer. It was amazing. ZBB is such a fun concert to go to and I love the vibes that country shows give off. My fiance and I had field seats, but we actually moved up to some seats in the stadium and spent the concert hanging out and enjoying our drinks. it was a perfect summer night. We are actually going again this summer when ZBB comes back Aug. 8.
Julie: Betty Who in New York City – she is a friend of mine from when she was living in Boston when she attended Berklee College of Music. To see her growth from when I first met her to now is amazing. She deserves all her success! When “Somebody Loves You” first played in an HB class, it was pretty cool.
Julie and friend/artist Betty Who
In your opinion how does music bring people together?
lena: Music is universal. A sheet of music can be distributed to musicians around the world and be understood. Music is meant to be shared to bring people together culturally, artistically, emotionally. My experiences singing in a cappella groups over the past 6 years have brought me together with amazing people I probably would not have met without music. Basically, music is EVERYTHING.
sarah m: It’s kind of cool to think that you’re in this large venue with hundreds or even thousands of strangers, but you all at least have one thing in common – the love for whoever is performing.
jess: music is the language of the soul! It is understood and enjoyed without discrimination to all who listen. There is something so unique about listening to a song that you love and sharing that love with those around you, including total strangers!
What was your fondest memory at a concert or festival?
lena: My best friends from college (go UCSB GAUCHOS!) and I attended Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, CA for 4 years. It was some of the best memories of my life. We camped outside in the desert, stayed up all night dancing under the palm trees and stars, and enjoyed amazing bands from electronic, to rock, hip hop, indie electronic, folk, bluegrass, rap, pop, and more. Every year I left with a passion for a new artist, lasting memories, strengthened friendships, and in need of a long hot shower!
sarah m: The Krewella concert at The House of Blues back in the fall of 2013 when all the HB instructors went together. Lena and I somehow pushed our way to the front near the stage for the last song. The next thing I know, we are both up on some random guys’ shoulders holding hands and screaming and signing at the top of our lungs. It was hilarious and the Red Sox won the world series that same night. I hate to use the word epic, but it really was!
Jess, Lena, and Sarah M at Krewella – Halloween ’13
jess: Seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Lollapalooza in 2012. It was the last show of the day, an enormous crowd, a sunset over Chicago, and a group of friends I’ll never forget. They played all of their hits and the joy in the air was so full you could feel it!
Jess at Lollapalooza in 2012
In your opinion what qualities make for a great show?
lisa: It doesn’t matter if I know every song the band is playing or not, the best experiences come from spending time with my friends.
lena: I am ALL about vocal quality. If the artist can sing and make my heart beat to the sound of their voice it takes it to another level for me. Also, the artists energy. I love when you can tell that an artist is so in love with their own music and craft. If they are into it and connecting their music with the audience, it is something very special.
sarah m: Definitely when the crowd is into it. I love when there is good energy and everyone is singing along and dancing together.
The crows at Krewella – House of Blues 2013
Concert vs an HB class… to you, how are they alike?
julie: I love how at a concert and at a HB class you can “feel” the music. When Lena tells you to close your eyes on a heavy hill and just listen to the music, it’s awesome. I feel like that same feeling when you don’t focus on anything but the music happens at a concert, too. I love that!
amy: When an instructor puts together a perfect “set” and the crowd of riders as swaying as one, to me that is like a concert in the spin studio. The rhythm and beat are infectious. That is the HB experience. The HB community thrives off the energy and positivity of not only the instructors, staff, but each other.
cara: being in the moment and enjoying the awesome sounds, good people, and overall positive vibe of people around the world coming together to enjoy the same passion. When I think about it, these elements are really similar to what I try to create in a handle bar class– pretty cool!!
How do you enjoy music outside of the HB bike room? We’d love to hear your stories!
Get out there, dance hard, live it up, you deserve it.