Elevator Operator Interview

GHQ host Allison Barkdull recently sat down for a Zoom interview with Tallahassee-based band Elevator Operator. She asked them about life in the band, that unusual name and their new music.

The GHQ Interview: Allison Talks to Pat Lavery

Allison Barkdull talks to Pat Lavery, Manager of the High Dive in Gainesville about the establishment and live music in the age of COVID.

GHQ Tech: Quadio, a Social Music Network App

Calling all college artists, musicians and music lovers! I’ve discovered this app that I wish I found sooner and I want to tell you all about it. Let me tell you about a platform that you’ll wish you heard about earlier:Quadio.

Quadio is a free, college-based streaming platform that serves as a digital hub for music on campus. Think Spotify meets Reddit meets Instagram. Through Quadio, artists can expand their musical network, communicate with artists and listeners, and collaborate on projects. It’s also a fantastic new way for students who aren’t artists to discover the musicians all around them on campus. Whether you’re an artist looking to be discovered, or simply a college student with a love for music, you can be sure to find something to love about Quadio. There really is something for everyone.

Here are some features of the music collaboration platform that are worth highlighting:

  1. Discovery Feeds

Quadio’s discovery feeds make it easy for artists to find each other and to get found. The discovery starts off at your school but can be broadened to a state, regional, or national scale. One of the most unique features is this “looking for” tab. With this feature, you can upload unfinished tracks into the “in progress” feed, and then tag them with “looking for” a vocalist, guitarist, pianist, etc. This makes it so much easier for artists to collaborate and make more music.

  1. The Chart System

For young artists, the over-saturation of platforms such as Apple Music and Soundcloud makes it hard for music to stand out, especially when they are competing with big-name artists. The Quadio chart system uses the same algorithm as Reddit, taking into account likes, plays, and time decay. This feature allows artists to gain more exposure.

  1. Profile Pages

Quadio’s profile pages feature has a strong social media influence where users can chat with friends and engage with their music community. Band and Acapella group pages will link to member profiles under a “members” tab. You can also direct message people from their profiles.

  1. Artist Locater

The artist locater highlights an artists' musical background, including the instruments they play, the software they use, what they are interested in, etc.

Some cool features include being able to highlight yourself if you are looking to collaborate, using the filters like “genre” or “looking for” to find specific artists on your campus, and being able to look at the music and artists at other schools in the nation.

New On GHQ: Ariana Grande "Positions"

Ariana Grande is back with a song that debuted in the top 30 most played songs on the radio according to the Medibase chart. Her latest is "Positions" is the title song from her 14 track album. For an excellent review of that album check out Michael Blackmon's article in BuzzFeed News.

The video is directed by Dave Meyers takes us inside the White House with President Ariana Grande in many roles. Check it out and listen for "Positions" on GHQ!

Ariana Grande's "Positions"

Ella Kulak's Gator Gameday Playlist

This year, the Gator experience comes at you with a new spin. With tailgating coming to a halt and a seating of only 20% capacity at The Swamp, students scramble to continue the classic traditions of a true Gator experience. Don’t fear, because we got your back with a Gator’s Game Day Playlist that brings the experience to you. Now you can enjoy the classic songs from the comfort of your home and continue the Gator traditions that make us who we are. Hype up for the big game this Saturday and more to come with this sweet Gator’s Game Day Playlist!

We Are The Boys From Old Florida- The Fightin’ Gator Marching Band

One of Florida’s longest traditions still stands today, with the tune, “We Are the Boys.” Typically, fans lock arms throughout the stadium and sway to the melody. This season will not be the one our tradition dies. We have a duty as Gators to hold onto this tradition as we can continue to metaphorically sway together. With our small group of friends celebrating the game, link arms and sway together to remind yourself of why we sway in the first place…we are family.  Make sure to queue this one between the third and fourth quarter.

We are the boys from old Florida,

F-L-O-R-I-D-A.

Where the girls are the fairest,

The boys are the squarest

Of any old state down our way.

We are all strong for old Florida

Down where the old Gators play.

In all kinds of weather …

We’ll all stick together…

For F-L-O-R-I-D-A.

I Won’t Back Down- Tom Petty

The Gators began this new tradition in 2017 to honor Tom Petty’s death. Not only was he a Gainesville native but a legendary rock star. In hopes to bring the school spirit alive, The Swamp played his song, “I Won’t Back Down” April 17, 2020, on a Friday at noon. If you don’t know this song, you’re probably a baby gator. Tom Petty meant the world to the Gainesville community and gives us courage every day to strive for our potential. Honor him and the struggles you have overcome by playing this after “We Are The Boys.”

Piano Man- Billy Joel

Every game day in the past, you will hear this masterpiece played at least once on fraternity row. We all remember running to Chi Phi on a Saturday afternoon at precisely 1 p.m to catch this tradition. As the song begins to play, the party goes silent. Gather your friends and enjoy the reunion of love together, like the good old days.

Dixieland Delight- Alabama

True Gators know this one. Granted, Alabama had this one first, but we still get a kick out of it. When it comes to this song, we have a job to yell the Crimson Tide lyrics in unison. This is our four years of college, make sure to spend them well and yell while you can. Turn up the music, grab a friend, and have a little fun with this one.

Thunderstruck- AC/DC

University of Florida Gators Offensive Lineman, Brett Heggie, recommended “Thunderstruck” as a “must listen to” game day song. From the start, you can already feel your figures tingle with the buzz of excitement. AC/DC gives you the same motivation and adrenaline the players get before running on the field. If you want to be connected to the game, you won’t find a better way.

Sweet Caroline- Neil Diamond

As a girl from the city of Boston, a thrill came over me when I realized this song played regularly. At UF it seems like everyone has a soft spot in their heart for the oldies. A lot of people across the world know this classic and honor it as one. As soon as the song begins, fans sing their heart out with Neil Diamond. I hope you will continue to do the same this year with the Gators Game Day Playlist.

Mr. Brightside- The Killers

Throwback to the time when I (and I’m sure most of you) sat in the back of your mom’s car as a child. You stared out the window waiting for “Mr. Brightside'' to come on the radio. From day one, the lyrics rolled off your tongue and carried into today. In 2020, we connect our generations with this hit from 2004. What was once ahead of its time takes us back to the original pop days we know and love.

All I Do Is Win- DJ Khaled

Upon its release, “All I Do Is Win” took over almost every sports field and continues to live on. What song could be better than featuring the stars Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Rick Ross, and T-Pain. A modern beat that hypes a crowd up before the game needed to make the playlist. Your group of friends craving to win will send the good vibes across Gainesville. If we all get hype enough, our energy could even reach The Swamp.

Remember the Name- Fort Minor

Saving the best for last, the Gator’s name will be remembered after this Halloween home game. Though this season has had it’s ups and downs (offense, I’m looking at you) they continue their fight. Fort Minor knew what he was doing when creating a powerful piece to emphasize team power. Make sure you hold your head high this weekend knowing that people will remember the Gators.

The GHQ Interview: Allison Talks To Ryan From Sister Hazel

GHQ's Allison Barkdull recently interviewed Ryan Newell from Sister Hazel. They discussed the (at the time of the interview) upcoming Sister Hazel first ever drive-in concert, which happened in October 2020 in Newberry.

Allison was also able to get a sense of Ryan's experience in the band and what the renowned Gainesville-based group is up to now.

New on GHQ: Drake "Laugh Now, Cry Later"

Drake is back with "Laugh Now, Cry Later" and you can hear it on GHQ.

This is the lead single featuring Drake and Lil Durk for the highly anticipated album "Certified Lover Boy" which will land in January 2021.

The Forum performs new single "When Did Everything Fade?" live in the studio

Getting older, moving away, and growing apart has the Gainesville, indie band asking, when did everything fade? Their new single encompasses the hardships the band has encountered in transitioning from adolescence into adulthood. It'll have you crying and vibing at the same time.
The Forum, comprised of Michael Higgins (vocals), Jacob Farrell (bass), Nick Wheeler (guitar), and Ethan Klohr (drums) joined us in the GHQ studio for an interview with our own Rachel Willis, as well as a heartfelt, exclusive, acoustic performance.

Shot and edited by Brittany Lewis.


"When Did Everything Fade?" was dropped as a double single along with "Wounds." You can listen to both tunes on Spotify, and follow the band on Instagram and Twitter.

No Southern Accent Performs New Single Live in Studio

The local a cappella group No Southern Accent dropped their third studio album, Permanent Address, in October.  They stopped by the GHQ studio shortly after its release to perform the song “Home” live on air for us. We also interviewed the president, Maddie Crowley, and the communications director/arranger, Myles Lopez. 

Moby Rich talks evolution from Open Mic to Main Stage

Moby Rich is changing the world of pop, one self-deprecating joke at a time. The songwriting-producing duo was recently signed to Universal's Republic Records, and are now smack-dab in the middle of their US tour.

GHQ's Allison Barkdull and Fede Psevoznik sat down with them earlier this week to talk their songwriting process, their beginnings, and their musical and meme inspirations. Check out the interview in full below!