Daily Discovery: PUBLIC, “Make You Mine”


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Discovered in a battle of the bands, PUBLIC has recorded a successful EP and a collection of singles. There next EP is expected to be released sometime this year, and they are currently in the top 5 of the Secret Road Pub Deal contest

ARTIST: John Vaughn (of •PUBLIC•)

SONG: Make You Mine


HOMETOWN: Cincinnati, OH


AMBITIONS: Striving to make music that will always be there

TURN-OFFS: Lack of musical taste,

TURN-ONS: Eyes, Sense of humor, music taste

DREAM GIG: To share the stage with Jimmy Page in a storm of violent blues madness

FAVORITE LYRIC: It changes quite often, but right now it’s:

These are the seasons of emotion and like the winds they rise and fall; This is the wonder of devotion – I see the torch we all must hold; This is the mystery of the quotient – upon us all a little rain must fall.” [Led Zeppelin; The Rain Song]

CRAZIEST PERSON I KNOW: There are a few people that come to mind, but I think my friend Peter from Highschool will always be the person I consider to be truly “crazy”. Just that person that’s consistently a wild card, you know?

SONG I WISH I WROTE: Supremacy by MUSE gets me going in way that no other song can. And the strings just blow my mind. I really wish I had written all of that.

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Jeff Beck, Jaoquin Phoenix, Steve Jobs, Les Paul, and Thurop Van Orman

MY FAVORITE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Got a call to open for Neon Trees at a sold out show in Delaware the night before the show – so the band and I literally had to drop what we were doing, pack up our things, and drive 11 hours through the night to make it to load in. The spontaneity of the whole thing was just so raw and beautiful. They are also one of my favorite bands.

I WROTE THIS SONG [Make You Mine]: I wrote this song trying to embody and represent the importance of the “little” things in relationships that I think are crucial to intimacy and growth. A look, a smile, a laugh, and holding hands are all a big deal when you’re getting to know the person you love. There are so many songs today that push the message of casual sex, and quick, easy “romantic” interactions, so I just tried to talk about those small things that are a big deal for me – the things that will always give me butterflies in my stomach.

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