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How Those Who Party, Get Their Party Started. Kendra Wilkinson, the star of E! Network’s KENDRA, loves to party. The first season of KENDRA showcased the blond bombshell as she left behind the luxuries and amenities of the legendary Playboy Mansion and her eventual discovery of love with now husband Hank Baskett (Wide Receiver of the Indianapolis Colts). Season 2 will follow the star’s transition from Hollywood newlywed to Midwest housewife and new mother. From Playboy to Pampers and boobs to bottles the world-wide obsession with Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett has just begun! Take Me Home Tonight - Eddie Money
Love is a Battlefield - Pat Benatar
Why Don’t We Just Dance - Josh Turner
Shauty Wanna Ride - Young Buck
I can put that song on any time of the day and it will make me smile! Love listening to this song in the shower. It gets me going! Hank and I love to get up and dance to this song.
Best song to bump in the car…EVER!
- Wu Tang Clan 5) C.R.E.A.M Favorite rap group of all time. I’ve been listening to this song since Junior High!
Stick - 50 Cent 6) Magic Such a sexy song to get down to! Haha! Can Freak It - Kurupt 7) We Always my favorite song to get my freak on to!!! Haha!
- Salt-N-Pepa 8) Shoop When my girls and I go out we love listening to this song. Nation - Janet Jackson 9) Rhythm I LOVE Janet! She’s my music idol and can listen to her all day!
(I Will Understand) - Britney Spears 10) Someday I love this song ‘cause it’s about being a new mom and the lyrics are so beautiful.
11) My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder Love Stevie’s voice and it’s such a romantic song.
The Whistle- Too Short 12) Blow Too Shorts my boy so I got to have him in my playlist. Plus he did the song to the opening of my show!
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ilarious yet poignant, the gentlemen from Bear Hands release another awesome collection of great material. And don't worry. They don't waste their time with that filler shit. You get the goods and only the goods. The fellas took some time from their tour to chat with us about their thoughts on the music industry, new music and where to get a good bite in Brooklyn.
By Monica Alvarez Photo by David Zanes Grooming by Karyn Well
Is there any particular reason why you guys waited to release a full length album prior to the EPs that are out? Dylan Rau: No. We don't like to plan ahead because we enjoy being surprised. Ted Feldman: We couldn't get it together fast enough. Val Loper: Yeah, it was basically out of necessity. We had "What A Drag" recorded already so we figured it would be a good idea to put it out until we had the record ready. TJ Orscher: We also had a few songs we wanted to show people early on. The "Golden" EP was a showcase of what was to come. I feel as if the single shows people how we've matured and what to expect from the record. How did the writing and recording processes for the Golden and Bear Hands EPs differ from that of What A Drag and the album that you're getting ready to release? Dylan Rau: I think the songs off "Golden" were more complete when I brought them to the band. Ted Feldman: We recorded the "Golden" EP live. All live except for the vocals. "What a Drag" we recorded live and did some overdubs. The rest of the new album was tracked over time, and we were writing in the studio. Basically, we had more time and flexibility. Val Loper: The "Golden" EP was literally made up of the first songs we ever wrote so we basically walked in the studio and just banged it out. By the time we did "What A Drag" we had a bit more focus and identity as a band so we started experimenting with tones and sounds. TJ Orscher: We've matured so much as a band and as individuals in the three years we've been together. The newest record is a culmination of our time together. Are you guys still technically unsigned? If so, do you feel that it's necessary to find a label? Dylan Rau: I would like to sign to a label to just to make tangible a connection with bands that I love. Ted Feldman: Yeah, we are not signed. It seems that no, it is not necessary to sign to a label to make and release music to the world. But at the same time, a label can provide focus and expertise and money, none of which we have. Val Loper: I agree with what Ted said. Signing to a label would be great. I'm sick of doing shit on our own. TJ Orscher: But also, at this point, labels really have to know their place in the industry today, as marketing and distributing strong arms. We want a label that wants to work hard for us because we work hard for us. One that wants to help shape our career, not just put out a record and expect it to sell thousands and thousands on some blog press. What are you guys currently listening to? Which bands or artists do you want to hear more from? Dylan Rau: I like Slam Donahue, Keepaway, Boogie Boarder, Despot, lots of folks. Ted Feldman: I've been listening to the Tony Castles
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and Das Racist, and I'm eagerly awaiting a new Feist album. Val Loper: New: Lemonade, Light Asylum, Tony Castles, Brahms, Teengirl Fantasy. Old: The Fall, Public Image Ltd, A Tribe Called Quest. TJ Orscher: I'm always listening to some album from Radiohead, but recently been listening to a lot of Neil Young, David Bowie and Lou Reed. Also, a coworker spins a lot of really cool Indian music at work whenever we're actually home. What is your favorite local Brooklyn spot to eat/drink/hang? Dylan Rau: Wreck Room. Ted Feldman: Taqueria El Fagon. Val Loper: Glasslands, Trophy Bar, The Woods, S. 2nd Bodega. TJ Orscher: Huckleberry Bar, Dressler, Daddy's. Do you guys have favorite places to shop for your clothes? Dylan Rau: Urban Jungle on Knickerbocker in Bushwick. Ted Feldman: I don't shop. Val Loper: Opening Ceremony, APC, H&M, and suburban thrift stores. TJ Orscher: Thrift stores, cheap vintage shops and the occasional Top Man and H&M purchase. Aside from Bear Hands, are any of you involved with any other projects (musical or otherwise)? Dylan Rau: I've been making some demos in my apartment under the name Game Genie. Ted Feldman: I'm writing a screenplay and editing a friend's film. Val Loper: I'm always working on solo stuff at home, but all my eggs are in one basket right now. TJ Orscher: I also have a solo project I'm always working on and I have a two-piece rock band with my friend Scott, who I've been playing music with off-and-on for 16 years that basically consists of us getting together in a small practice space and having epic jam sessions.
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igur Rós front-man Jónsi, after 16 years of playing in a group, has gone solo. His recent debut album Go has, at last, been released. After years of wanting to put out a solo project, Jónsi finally has had time to create the perfect reflection of his self, due to the “indefinite hiatus” of Sigur Rós. Sigur Rós, named endearingly after Jónsi’s sister, is an Icelandic “post-rock” group that has helped Jónsi in becoming the well-versed musician that he is today. Having been known for his great skills in playing guitar with the finesse of a cello bow, his unique falsetto vocals, and his passion for self-expression, Jónsi is finally able to bring his individual dreams to reality. Go has been a great mode for Jónsi to use a myriad of instruments from piano to guitar to unusual instruments like the ukulele. In turn, the album jumps all over the place using sounds that vary from soft and somewhat soothing to those that are colorful and fast, which makes for a very playful collection of songs…just as Jónsi had intended.
Some interesting trivia about Jónsi is that his first language is Icelandic, he is completely blind in his right eye, he is a vegetarian, he enjoys conjuring up new recipes in the kitchen, and he lives in Iceland with his boyfriend Alex who he collaborates with on various works. Such works include his help with graphic design during their Sigur Rós days, the release of their self-titled book, and their first album (Riceboy Sleeps) as a musical duo last year. Nevertheless, with the support of Alex, Jónsi has chosen to move forward on his own when it comes to his music. This makes sense as Jónsi has said that music is a “selfish thing” in that he makes music as a means for happiness and that if others enjoy his sound, it’s just a plus. Even so, he is happy for any encouragement his fans give to him, though he does not get the opportunity to connect with his fans as much as he’d like. This is due to the fact that when Jónsi is performing on tour, he is always on the move from one place to another, with little time for interaction with his audience. Fortunately,
he adores being on the road, never really getting homesick. His love of touring is, perhaps, due to his excitement for seeing new places and being surrounded by new people, hoping to inspire listeners in some way. Jónsi thrives on performing on different stages with great sound for new crowds who display brilliant energy. It further motivates him to “create something from nothing” and bring fresh, creative ideas to life. Upon his returns to Iceland from touring, however, where his time at home is short, life is somewhat different. Having been raised in a small town, Jónsi enjoys the easiness and uncomplicated aspects of life. Simply relaxing in the quiet of his home, reading a book, cooking savory dishes, or writing music are the avenues Jónsi takes in order to decompress and calm down from the excitement of the road. However, almost the very minute that pure relaxation and tranquility has been achieved, Jónsi once again feels the itch to jump back on tour and perform for his fans.
A quick chat with Peter Hayes from By Monica Alvarez Photo by Erik Schultz
Let’s start with Abstract Dragon, your own label through the Vagrant label, which you released ‘Beat The Devil’s Tattoo’ on? Do you guys have any more releases planned for the Abstract Dragon label? We already put out some stuff on that. No plans really. I think it’s there for when we need it. When no one else wants to be involved with something that we’re doing. It’s just an open door… which is nice. I’m pretty sure we have that freedom now. The last couple albums…the sessions or songs that didn’t make the album, we put together another CD with those songs. We might do that with this one. Again. How do you think Leah’s contributions affected the sound of this record? I think we’re all on the same page. No one is really steering the ship. As a collaborative effort, with the three of you working together, do you feel it took the album in a particular direction? No. There’s no real direction. We just kinda go. Trying to put the songs we can together. Nothing too fancy. There’s no real direction. What do you guys miss most about your homes when you’re on tour? Well, I haven’t been there in a long time. We lived in the east bay. What kind of music are you guys listening to while on tour? This band called ZaZa. You heard of AA Bondy? Someone just turned me onto that stuff. What else? The Big Pink. Which of your tour dates are you most looking forward to?
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I haven’t thought about that too much. We’re still waiting to see how the album goes. We can’t get to places we haven’t been to until we get to the places we’ve already been to first. MySpace was all the talk and rage in the music industry a few years ago. Now we have Facebook and Twitter as mainstream social networking sites. Do you think it’s important to have these profiles? If so, do you personally manage these social networking accounts or does a label representative do that? Um, I don’t partake in it too much. We have the band stuff. Management handles all that stuff. It’s fine by me, really. As far as its effects on the business, I think its fine. It makes sense, you know? If you had to pick a theme song for you and your life, what would it be? I’ve never really thought about that. I don’t think I’d want one. I’d rather not be branded. How do you like to spend your free time? I like shooting. I have a .22, a .45, an M1. Where do you like to shop for new clothes? Do you have any favorite brands or designers? You’re talking to the wrong dude. My manager usually gets me a pair of pants now and then after I’ve worn the same pair of pants for about two years. So, whatever they tell you or give you to wear, you wear? Yeah, for the most part. Whatever they tell me. Whatever they say is cool, I go with. What does the future hold for you? This is my side project. I have no future. No need for a future.
ForeverTheSickestKids By Lauren Weigle Photo by Stephen Dux
o, I ordered a slice of Forever The Speppers, Sickest Kids pizza and it came with onions, pepperoni, sausage,
tomatoes, and cheese on it. Marc (the peppers) loves to eat spicy foods. Vocalist Jonathan (the onions) takes pride in riding either one of his two motorcycles. Austin (the pepperoni) has only one dreadlock in his hair. Bandmate Kent (the sausage) has an awesome platinum record collection at home. Caleb (the tomatoes), interestingly enough, had his car fixed by their manager without his knowledge. Lastly, the cheese… drummer Kyle has the habit of diligently doing 20-100 push-ups every single night before he goes to bed. As one can clearly see, this group of guys is anything but normal, each with his own quirky personality. Nonetheless, collectively they are all on the same wave-length when it comes to their unified friendships and their music. How did you get together as a band? A few of the members were in previous bands together. Marc and I are step-brothers, Marc and Kent went to high school together, Kyle and Jonathan went to high school together, Austin went to college with Kent and Jonathan, and Caleb was in a band with Austin. It’s like a spider web of friendships and I guess we were all destined to be together. Ha ha. Sounds like it. Well, when it comes to your “web of friendships” together, how would you describe your relationship as a whole? We are best friends and have become very close with one another. We spend probably 11 out of 12 months a year together collectively everyday all day. So, it has been a blessing that we all get along the way we do. How would you describe your band rehearsals? Band rehearsals are as follows: We will all agree on a time and location (usually noon at Marc and Kyle's house). We gather and notice none of us had eaten lunch yet, so we leave already and go get some grub. Then we come back and have to set up our gear (which takes anywhere from an hour to 2 hours) then we run through our material we need to with mood lighting and candles lit at a real high volume. When our ears start ringing, we call it a day! Sounds very productive. Back to the beginning… where did you play your first gig together and what was it like? March 9th at the Door in Fort Worth, TX. It is a night I will always remember as one of the most anticipated moments of my life. We booked the show 3 months in advance and only had 2 songs written at the time so we were under a lot of pressure to put on a good show because the show was sold out quickly after the date was posted. It was an amazing show nonetheless; one of my favorites to this day.
For listeners who are new to your group, can you tell me a bit about your debut album Underdog Alma Mater? Take an everyday situation you go through while growing up, whether it be about girls, parents, love, money... We wrote UAM while we were go-
ing through a very fast paced time in our lives. In some songs you can actually hear the stress we were under in the songs and tones of our voices. But, it was such a fun time in all of our lives that we literally loved every song on the CD with all of our hearts! Tell me about your most recent releases. We recently just released our album "Friday" which is the first of a 3 part album series called "The Weekend". We wanted to reach out to our fans faster than a normal album, so we decided to split it up into 3 parts in which we will release of a shorter amount of time. What are your likes and gripes when it comes to being away touring? Going to sleep on the bus in Cleveland and waking up in Boston, watching the road go by while traveling on interstate 20... You can’t beat that. It is an addiction. The only draw-back is missing friends and family. Well, when it comes to your music, what do you hope to achieve? We want people to be get stoked and be happy when they hear our music. Any time you hear our music we want it to make you want to move aka shake your rump and dance. If you could win any award for your music in the category of your choice, what would it be? Best House Party Soundtrack EVER? Ah ha!
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One fortheTeam By Jamie Poster Illustration by Michele Oestman
resh out of high school, Ian Anderson FRecords. founded Minneapolis-based Afternoon What began as an outlet for
his alternative band, Aneuretical, has emerged as a prominent independent label representing fellow artists such as Mouthful of Bees and We All Have Hooks For Hands. Anderson’s most recent venture is One For the Team. What began as a sideproject for pop-rock songwriting has become a fulltime undertaking with over 180 tour dates in 2009 and the release of their third studio album, Ghosts. Luckily, Anderson took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to us. Anderson, you've said, “I mean who didn’t want to be friends with Casper when they were growing up?” What does this mean with respect to your new album? In short, this album asks the question, “what would it be like if I was living with a ghost?” There is a story-arch to the album that begins with me meeting the ghost, and as the album progresses, I get to know him and learn about his life – what he did when he was alive, how he died, what’s keeping him here. By the end of the album, the ghost moves on to the next phase of life. How was recording this album different from your previous releases? The recording process for “Ghosts” was significantly different and profoundly more satisfying than anything we have done before. We sublet an apartment in the Mission in San Francisco for the month of August, packed up and pretty much moved there. We spent 17-days in the studio recording to tape (also a new thing) and really dug into making the album, as opposed to our previous efforts, which were all rushed and under far more severe time constraints. It was great. How did you all meet? Do you remember the first time you all played together? This band is comprised of members of other bands that played out in Minneapolis and actually were all on Afternoon Records at one point or another. I’ve known Elliot since he was 13 and in a badass pop-punk band. He grew up to play drums in a post-punk-hardcore project called Towers Thick Walls and it was always so much fun to watch him play. At some point, it just clicked that I wanted to start a band with him. As the band progressed, Grace, who played bass in another band on Afternoon Records called The Battle Royale, joined the party due to her awesome vocal abilities, that was pretty much the point when we decided to put our lives into this band. Jacob, who I have known since we were in High School and was in yet another AR band called Look Down, completed the family in October 2008.
You guys seem pretty close. Have you developed a lot of inside jokes, games, traditions, etc…? Oh wow, you have no idea. We are actually thinking of putting together an hour-long One for the Team Night Live Special. No joke, we just talked about this. Sadly, none of our jokes would really translate well over [into an] interview, but this may give us further motivation to share these jokes. In terms of games, we play a lot of dice. Why have you chosen a blog format for your band website over a more traditional, information based site? It’s interesting that you’d compare the two, because I don’t think they are necessarily mutually exclusive. I think blogs are the purest form of fast information. Get in, get the knowledge, get out. That’s the world we live in. Plus, it’s fun and easy and we can blog from the road without too much hassle. Maybe if we start selling out huge clubs we’ll start embracing that side of things more. On your last tour mix, you not only included indie artists, but songs by Taylor Swift and Johnny Cash. How would you describe your music taste and influences? My musical tastes are all over the map. When I want to learn and grow as a musician, I would say I dig into what is now called “indie” music more – John Vanderslice, The Knife, Animal Collective, etc. However, I like to have fun, so inherently I am a complete Top 40 junky – Taylor Swift, Jay Sean, Justin Timberlake, Lady Antebellum – you name it, I got it. In terms of my influences, it really varies from album-to-album. On “Ghosts”, I listened to Black Sabbath almost exclusively while I was writing the album. You may not hear it now, but if you heard the demos I made for the album, you’d be amazed as to how much I can sound like Ozzy. What inspired you to start your own record label? How has the label grown over the years? Afternoon Records grew out of necessity, really. I was fortunate enough to be in a social group of bands that all were very talented, but none of us really knew how to get things started in an organized way. I was the one who caught the bug the worst and stuck with it. What inspired you to write a book about that process? I wanted to write a book that made things easy to understand for people to start a label. When I started, I read book-after-book of complicated ramblings that didn’t really help me much, I wanted to contribute to the discussion with something a bit more digestible.
By Lauren Weigle Photos by Aaron Fallon Grooming by Nichole Servin Wardrobe by Ebony Cheyne
I’m finally broken, falling too “chasing far. Burned up in pieces from your stars. With twilight approaching all that I’ve seen, I could never get over what you’ve done to me.” With lyrics such as these, it is no wonder that NeedToBreathe is able to reach into the souls of its fans in the pursuit of forming deep bonds and connections with each listener. These four guys pour their hearts into their music and are determined to forever follow a path of selfimprovement. Furthermore, they always keep a light Southern air about them which can be attributed to their small town past. However, their mindset is to continue to push towards the future, never forgetting that at the end of the day, it’s all about the experience…and of course having a blast along the way.
Bear and Bo, you’ve described your hometown as having “no music scene” whatsoever. In turn, how did you manage to discover your signature sound? Growing up in such a small town forced us to really search for music we loved rather than just get into whatever was going on around us. Our sound comes from whatever inspires us, so it's always evolving, but our Southern roots are never too far away. That's probably the biggest part of our sound. Well, other than the lack of cool music, what was it like growing up in the small town of Possum Kingdom? It probably doesn't really qualify as a "town." It's more of an area. It was great! Possum Kingdom is the kind of place where kids can be out running around all day until it gets dark, and there's no reason to worry about them. It provided plenty of opportunities for a lot of scrapes and bruises. So, where do you find inspiration for your songs? The best source of inspiration is experience. It's a lot more powerful to sing about something you know first-hand. Fans can tell when you're just spouting off empty words that happen to work well together, so we keep our songs as honest as possible. That's how music really connects with someone.
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I totally agree. It also probably makes it easier to connect with your fans while on tour, especially with your non-stop touring schedule. How do you keep from getting homesick? There's no real remedy for homesickness. It helps that we're all so close, though. It's kinda like home picks up and comes with us. Do you ever get on each other’s nerves being around each other so much while on tour? Do Bo and Bear ever suffer from silly sibling rivalry? The sibling rivalry is part of what drives us. There's a sense of competition and accountability in the culture of this band that pushes us to constantly try and improve ourselves. Your songs have been featured on several shows and movies. These include MTV’s The Hills and feature film P.S. I Love You with my personal favorite song of yours “More Time”. Are there any television shows that you would love to have your music featured on in the future? We're sports fanatics, so anytime our songs can be associated with sports we're happy. What kinds of songs do you most enjoy playing and why? The most fun songs are the ones where the audience really gives you back some energy. It's different each night. Every crowd reacts a little differently, so there's always some kind of slight change in what really connects. Well, after creating several albums, what do you feel you’ve learned from each recording experience? We steal whatever little tricks we can from the different people we work with. Seth is a studio champ, so we apply all that stuff to our own recordings at our studio. With each record we've gotten a bit more comfortable in our own skin... a little more confident in our own opinions of our music. Complete this sentence: To us, success is… ... getting to do what you love for a living. For us, the worst day as a working musician still beats the best day doing anything else.
he Postelles have a sound going on that is T all their own. White Night, their recently released EP produced by Albert Hammond Jr.
(the guitarist from The Strokes), gives you a taste of what this band has to offer. The Postelles have nailed the perfect, catchy combination of indie guitar riffs, 60’s Motown and New York grittiness that leaves you wanting more…which might be part of their plan. The Postelles have given their listeners a taste of their sound and will surely rock the socks off of audiences across the country, only leaving us with anticipation of their full-length album due out in late July. I was able to catch up with the band’s lead guitarist David Dargahi before The Postelles embarked on their US tour. Can you give our readers some background info about your band? How did your band get together? How long have you known each other? We all went to the same high school in NYC John, Dan, and I were in a band throughout high school and when Billy joined after we graduated we formed The Postelles. How did you come up with the name The Postelles? We love Motown so we thought it would be cool to pay homage to the era with the “-elles.” Albert Hammond Jr. produced your EP and upcoming album. How did you end up hooking up with him to work on your music? What was that experience like? Are there any valuable pieces of advice that he has given your band? We ran into him outside a sidewalk cafe in NYC and asked him to check us out. He did and he liked the show. We stayed in contact and sent him a demo of "123 stop" and he said he wanted to produce [the song]. He completely taught us how to be professional when recording and showed me some great guitar tones. Your band has a very vintage sound mixed in with indie rock/pop that has often drawn comparisons to old Motown and doo-wop artists. Do any of your parents have record collections that have influenced your sound? Are there any vintage albums that stand out as favorites that have influenced your work? We all raided our parent’s collection and fell in love with Sam Cooke, Roy Orbison, Motown-era The Supremes, Temptations, Stevie Wonder. Those definitely influenced our record as well as classic rock records like The Beatles, Stones, Zombies, and Kinks. When watching old footage from concerts of bands from the days of the Beatles and Elvis, it is obvious that fans have changed a lot since then....such as footage of screaming fans and girls screaming and crying like they are losing their minds at shows. Do you hope to revive any aspects of the atmosphere of those days in your live shows? Absolutely. We invite all our fans to join us on stage and lose it. To make them scream is the ultimate goal. We'd love to bring that back. What makes The Postelles different than other indie pop bands that are out today? We believe in tightly constructed songs and want to plug in and just play with no frills. When is your new album coming out? How long have you been working on the album? How would you describe the new album? It's out July 27th. We started working on it last year. The album is the tales of what we've been doing and who we've been so far in our lives. It's a New York record. Your current tour is wrapping up at Bonnaroo. Do you like playing music festivals? What are some advantages and disadvantages of playing at a music festival? Festivals are a fantastic time. So many great bands to check out. Everyone's happy to be at the festival and check out new bands. The disadvantages are the port-o-potties and some chaos backstage.
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By Jason Schell Photos by Mario Milos
t’s easy to argue some of the rawest, Ishaking most rhythmic, energetic, buttdance music comes from Latin
America, and Mad Decent’s newest star Maluca lives that energy on stage. Not to mention she does a great job at replacing the typical Latin drums with contemporary dance beats as well. A Dominican-American/New York clubber turned singer-producer with an ear for catchy rhythms...you can probably guess how it all sounds but you might be surprised by the quality and attitude Maluca brings to each track. She’s the kind of pop-star you don’t want to end up in a brawl with. You won’t need salsa lessons to get down to her music but you might want to put your best street front on. Natalie (or Maluca) and I chatted on a balcony in Mexico City’s Centro Historico after her debut show south of the border; other DJs from Mad Decent (the label she works for) rocked a crowd of sweaty dancers in the background. Where does the name “Maluca” come from? Maluca came from my uncle. He called me Maluca as a kid and it just meant crazy girl... crazy girl in Portuguese. I've read others say that you codify really well the music/style of New York. What's your opinion on that?
Number one, I'm Dominican and number two, I'm from New York, so that’s always gonna be, how do I say, so that's gonna be constant; it's always gonna be in everything I do. Philly's got a lot of noise, Baltimore's got a lot of noise, LA too, it's been a long time since New York gets noise too so, you know, I'm just gonna take where I come from and everything I love about New York and just fuckin' pump it and blast it.
Santo's Party House and I always tell them that the best thing that ever happened to my life was being fired by you guys. So thank you.
Where'd you get the beer cans in the hair idea from for the Tigeraso video? Well, that's kind of a common thing...I'm pretty sure in other Latin Countries too, but in the Dominican Republic if you can't afford rollers you use cans or sometimes straws to curl your hair. We get creative man!
Have you always been a New Yorker? I've tried to leave but it's like the Mafia keeps calling me back and I can't!
With all that background, what do you draw from as a musician? It's very Latin based like I said before, I take from New York house, drum and bass, hip hop...and um, the words...it can be anything from like, I have a song called Gindanga which is like a little song my grandma used to sing to me and to all the kids, or it can be about a broken heart, or it can be about, you know, I don't…like that bitch, or it can be about anything so...sometimes I just freestyle, I go to my bathroom...I don't want to be too loud because I still live with my parents so I just go to the bathroom and freestyle whatever comes to mind. What were you before Maluca? I was a bartender! Holler!...to all my waitresses and bus boys in the service industry! I was at
Who spits the best Tigeraso in your life? Yo, my Dad is so fucking cool, he has like swag and style, he knows about music and I learned a lot about being a savvy New Yorker from him... so he's the biggest one in my life.
How does being Dominican affect you as an artist? Um, I make a lot of weird hand gestures and faces... The Tigeraso video is pretty sexy...what's sexy to you? Um...cute boys, I mean cute men! I'm looking for cute men! Mustaches definitely, ass hair...um, dirty finger nails…Really, I like good dancers, I hate to go to a party and everyone's standing around...like what are you doing? It's a party. What excites you about working with Mad Decent? They really understand my aesthetic when it comes to music and I can tell them I want to do like banjo, reggaeton, salsa, and they're like “that's fucking dope”...I mean anything goes with them and they always want to push things and it makes me want to push myself, you know what I mean?
caitlincrosby By Erik Schultz Photos by Larissa Underwood Hair and Makeup by Desirae Cherman
ou might recognize Caitlin Crosby Y from her TV guest starring roles on Malcolm in the Middle or Living with
Fran, or in films such as House Broken and Shades of Ray but Caitlin is most at home with a guitar. This singer songwriter has had a rollercoaster year with touring, an album, and the public break-up with Chuck star, Zachary Levi. With all this it might be hard to keep focused but these seeming distractions have helped focus Crosby’s energy on creating amazing music and a blog to help girls overcome body issues and help raise their self esteem. This is not a site created by a flawless celebrity either. ‘I totally struggle with it to. We all are in this together. We all have these little quirks and it’s ok because we are human. I always twitter about my acne. Talking about normal things, instead of portraying this glossy image.’ Caitlin is reluctant to be considered a role model but does feel a sense of responsibility. ‘I feel like if you are going to be in the public eye, you have a responsibility to say something and hopefully do something good for the world’ Tell us about growing as a songwriting. Just being around people that would write about things other than break up and love stories. It was always about issues and world issues. Things that are going on in the world. Things that really mattered. So, that like was the only thing that I ever saw or experienced in music was that. So whenever I would try to write that’s just where my mind was. I was always thinking about that kind of stuff because I was always around that kind of mindset. I always wrote about everything from relationship crap to what I see growing up in crazy Hollywood. Now I have been writing more mature songs. Now that I have been on a few tours, and seeing the responses from people. I even more now want to write more
songs that help people because those are the songs that people come up after and are like ‘that song made me cry’ and ‘that song really helped me through this’. All the songs were I am just venting about an ex-boyfriend or something, that doesn’t really help anyone, I don’t really think. I really want to make my next record really about more issues that I am passionate about that hopefully will help people.
You started the website LoveYourFlawz.com which is about being comfortable in your own skin and loving who you are as a person and knowing that we all have flaws. What kind of response have you received from this site? This one girl came up to me. She had a really, really gnarly scar on her stomach and was really insecure about it and with guys and not letting them get close because of that. She said she has just been watching the video over and over and over to try and reprogram her brain that it is ok and she will be able to find somebody who loves her. You have been involved within the entertainment industry for quite some time. What has been the biggest thing you have learned about yourself? The thing I’ve learned the most is that what makes me the happiest in life, is people and seeing that my songs help them. That’s the thing I have learned the most, that even if I am not making a lot of money doing this. Even if I work at a clothing store and also on the side am writing for another record that I should keep doing it because even if it is just helping a person or two then that’s what I am here for. Faith is a very personal thing to each person but can you talk a little bit about your faith? I have never answered this really because usually people don’t ask about faith stuff, but I was honestly really back and forth in struggling with my faith. I was a philosophy major, even though I didn’t finish college, but I just love that topic. I love ‘what is the point of life?’ and thinking about all that kind stuff. For a while I was confused. I just went through a break up and ever since the break up I feel like my faith is so much stronger than it has ever been. I feel so grateful that I went through that. I feel like I have a whole new faith because I feel like it is a miracle that I feel as good as I do after a break up. Break ups are really hard. I wrote this new song
called Come Alive Again and it is all about talking to myself about being asleep spiritually. It’s like… ‘My walls have been burned… this and that… covered me whole, I was sleeping the day away… dah, dah, dah…Buried was my soul but He carried it all. Come alive again, Come alive again, Come alive my friends, come alive once again.’ Then the bridge says ‘pick your feet up off the pavement. I was..something, something…standing in the underground. I didn’t know how lost I was ‘til I felt found.’ Like, I didn’t even realize what I dark place I was in until now. Until I am not in it anymore. Now I am just so excited to be more spiritually focused rather than relationship focused. It has been a difference of night and day, how good and free I feel. I am just excited to incorporate that into my next record and write about more of that kind of stuff. I think the best songs are about figuring it out. In the process of. It is just a process of learning and being led and open to the truth, which I don’t know all of but I am wanting to learn more.
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MelissaAuf der Maur By Monica Alvarez Photos by Corey Hayes Styling by Liz Teich
mpowered and in love with what the Ereturns future holds, Melissa Auf de Maur to the music scene as a grown up with a clearer view of her ultimate vision, a musician with a concept album and a photographer who is ready to share her collection with the world. Melissa hopes to share this project with fans, old and new, and encourages them not to think about what they see and hear from OOOM but rather to experience and feel her new project.
What kind of growth, personally and musically, do you feel you've experienced from the time you released your first album to now? Mass expansion on every level since my last release: personally, musically, professionally, creatively. On a musical front- my first album was written in my twenties in the 1990's. True snap shot of a woman in personal and musical development immersed in a unique and extreme time in music. When I completed my 180 shows in support of that album, I was completing a solid decade in music. So when I began this album, I was in some ways a blank slate. The past had been put to bed and I wanted to expand my music by pulling into a broader source of inspiration. The dissolve of my recording contract with Capitol Records half way through the project was a massive catalyst to commit further into the multi-media experimenting I was set out to do. Best thing that could've happened was to be left to my own devices, producing and financing. Took the reigns of my project and process....a "let go" attitude kicked in. Liberation. You only live once, so I better go deep! I awake in 2010, in love with the future and the endless possibilities we as artists have. Empowered with the direct communion with our people and all tools we need to create and reach out to them... no better time than now. Can you tell us a little bit of how OOOM came to life? Where did the concept first come to mind? A lot happened in the five years making out of our minds. Inner and outer circumstances a like. The shifting music industry landscape and unpredictable morphing of technologies, but the root was a creative commitment to myself, to unite my musical side to my visual and conceptual art side. I was raised with a fine art education so from age six through twelve. I was engaged with arts of all kinds: music, visual, performing, and always believed if you had a story to tell you could use anyone of those forms to share it. Were there any direct musical influences for OOOM? As I had put the ‘90's "to bed" with my first album, it made room for my youthful roots in the greats of the '80's. Blondie, The Smiths and Danzig for instance. I will say however, that my influences beyond music such as fantasy story telling, mythology, painting movements, film and psychedelia are equal influences in this album/project. So that right there expands the sound and results. Renata Morales gold mesh #20 dress @ renatamorales.com Astali bullet necklace @ astali.com Custom charm necklace @ etcmodernvintage.com
I've only seen the trailer for the short film and even with that I had all sorts of thoughts and emotions running through my head. What would you like the viewers to experience? To "feel" it. Not "Think" it. Submit to your inner ear as you do in a dream. Although there is a "story line" involving a car crash, time travel and blood, it is really based on the language of action, universal symbols and archetypes. Almost like a children's story. It requires the viewer to bring their own feelings and interpretations to the experience. A "viking" and a "witch" or "axe" and "tree" means something to everyone. No matter what age or culture. So it's a universal tale, but with a twist of surrealism/psychedelia allowing just enough unknowns for people to find their own meanings. It's very important to me that listeners and viewers, get to choose their own adventure into OOOM. That is one of my goals in creating the many gateways into it. Film, music, online, live, installation, etc. In a time when most things can be discovered through one browser window. I feel an obligation and desire, to offer multiple “in's”, in the effort to offer people their own personal experience. Like the chorus says: "TRAVEL OUT OF OUNR MINDS, INTO OUR HEARTS STANDING BY" How did you and Tony Stone meet? How did the collaboration come about? A mutual friend brought me to see a rough cut of Tony's first feature film, "SEVERED WAYS : THE NORSE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA". It had a one of a kind DIY viking epic, with a experimental and black metal soundtrack. Half way through the screening I knew he was the one I could explore the visual and fantasy side to my multimedia concept project in the making. The odd fit of music and film along with old imagery and new technology really grabbed me. We began to make plans the next day and within the year had completed this hands on, off the grid morphing of film, fantasy and music experiment. My meeting Tony was the pinnacle moment in the making of OOOM. How do you find new music for yourself? What are you currently listening to? Must admit, I have a bit of trouble navigating through the modern waters of new music. My music hunt, ritual of my youth is no longer. I used to rely entirely on record stores and live shows. There are fewer record stores, and in my small town, only second hand vinyl is available. I don't "shop" at iTunes, although I absolutely support the ease of it, and think iPods and all are incredibly useful but I still am more tactile. So other than trusty word of mouth, I find bands through beautiful videos on line. Last year I found two of my fave new projects that way…Late Of The Pier and Fever Ray. This is an exciting way to find new bands! Do you have plans to do anything with your archived photography? To digitize, which considering my decade plus of work... will take at least a year! Then eventually publish a book of the work. Luckily I feel no rush, as I think time only adds depth and more context to a shot, and I like that. As a musician, where do you feel you are now, musically, in comparison to where you were when you were performing with Hole and Smashing Pumpkins? All grown up and just arriving back home. Electric Feathers dark hand dye cotton gauze ruffle gaucho jumpsuit and two tone belt @ electricfeathers.com Jennifer Stewart vintage lace top, vintage hat with netting @ jsdnyc.com Fancy Sexy Me skull 2 finger knuckle duster ring @ fancysexyme.com Top Shop rue parisian elastic sandals @topshop.com
YOUNEEDTOKNOW By Lauren Weigle
I took it upon myself to look up the definition of music. One of the answers I came across was that music is “an aesthetically pleasing or harmonious sound or combination of sounds.” By definition, Obii Say, Vienne, Inch Chua, Vorn Doolette, and Cashes Rivers all fit the bill. Upon my findings, I also read, “music is life”…that is just what these five groups bring to the entertainment scene. They bring life. From rap to folk rock to alternative sounds, these musicians give their all in order to create pieces that will soothe their souls, entertain their minds, and serve as genuine outlets for self-expression. Whether you’re listening to Vienne’s Already Fell or Obii Say’s Killer Notebook, you will find salvation. A sense of release or even deliverance is what all five groups bring, not only to their listeners, but to themselves. So, let’s escape for a while… It’s story time, people.
Let’s hear a tale about a day in the life of Obii Say. “A day in my life is very simple. Wake up, watch television for a while, grab something to eat, and plan the rest of my day from there. I am not constantly engulfed in writing music, but some days just turn out to be music-oriented. I don’t do clubs and outings. In fact, I am very private at times. Locking my door and playing loud music on my headphones is an often occurrence, but I am still a ways from being considered anti-social.” One might think that Obii Say’s yearn for privacy might be a hindrance to his performances, but they would be wrong about this young artist whose hopes for the future are to gain as much notoriety as is possible for an underground artist. Though he sometimes faces challenges of being “pre-judged ” because of his young age, he does not allow these misconceptions to keep him from positioning himself as a positive image in order to motivate fans. Another obstacle Obii Say feels he faces is that of longevity in the record industry. He tells us, “It seems that longevity is a practice of the past and momentary success has taken over. Many times, artists are discovered not through talent and skill, but more so who they know. This is slowly eating away at the foundation of music, hip hop in particular. My goal is not to ‘save hip hop’ or ‘bring hip hop back’, but to show people that you can make good music and still be true to your core values.” Nonetheless, being so young in the industry has many advantages over older musicians who’ve been in the game for a while.
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“School, Work, Music, Repeat.” This is the beginning and end to the story of Cashes Rivers. Although he loves writing music, Cashes Rivers has other responsibilities in his life that he must tend to as well. When it comes to his tunes, however, the actual writing process is what excites him most; not recording, not performing, but combining words and melodies to form a perfect alliance. His image in the eyes of his fans is a priority to him as well. “Most important is that I really try to let everyone know how appreciative I am of the support and how they react to the music. I want to be the normal guy that people want to hang out with or can talk to. That’s what’s important to me as an artist.” Another aspect that Cashes Rivers feels is vital to a successful music career is touring. However, he does not feel it is as necessary as it once was, though appearances and live performances are definitely essential. He personally prefers to travel, performing at a variety of venues for different audiences, but he does not feel the need to play venues one after another. With this idea in mind, he believes he can never tire of performing. When it comes to his performances, he tries to make sure his audience feels they are part of the show. Cashes Rivers encourages fans to feel comfortable and appreciated. Often, fans are encouraged to come up onstage to help with certain songs. When it comes to future performances, Cashes Rivers hopes to play in many other countries outside the U.S. in order to spread their music to a range of audiences. In addition, less work and more play time would be a definite plus.
There once was a one-man show called Vienne. Vienne idolized legends like Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, U2, and Michael Jackson. These heroes of his inspired him to write his own harmonies and melodies, shaping his entire outlook on music. He longed to create music of honesty and intentionality that would be recognized by his listeners. And so, he created “an emotional mood swing that ranges from huge guitars and pianos to more acoustic folk-inspired tunes.” Vienne’s songs all began to tell stories about real life situations, poetry, or works of the imagination, all inspired by his belief that the reward of music is in the “sharing of art.” His aim was to bring the human experience to his audiences. “The human experience is absolutely beautiful. Even in sorrow and pain. Inspiration is always desperate to be found. In love, in loss, in beauty and also in the ugly.” Having been raised in Orange County as a home-schooled student, it was difficult for Vienne to make a lot of friends, which led to a somewhat introverted childhood. Nonetheless, with perseverance and the support of a close-knit family, Vienne worked hard to become a musical success. Before he knew it, his songs became featured on popular TV programs like One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, and NBC’s Chuck. These days, he can be found “sleeping very little, reading, drinking lots of water, writing, composing, arranging, singing, meditating, eating at some point, taking a few breaks, getting on his producer Chris’ nerves, taking his shoes off, putting them back on, and then working on more music stuff.” He loves to “read, take funny pictures, play chess, follow the Lakers, spend time with family, speak Spanish with his Argentine relatives, and sight-see.” However, Vienne’s life is bigger than his quirky hobbies and his sincere lyrics. “Beyond making music, I want to use my influence to help people. I want to bring awareness to the needs of our world and how we can assist those who are unseen and under-resourced all around us. That is where I am living now, and where I will continue to live… through my music and my everyday life.”
Who wants to hear a story? A story about heart. A story about music-making. A story about a rocker chick! Through the pages of facebook, the videos of youtube, and other media networking sites such as these, Singapore native Inch Chua was able to channel her inner ideas to her fans in order to attract them to her sound upon her decision to tackle the music world as a solo artist. In turn, her approach was to write every song whole-heartedly, putting thought into each concept of each production. “I’d like to believe I’m a very genuine person with real feelings like everyone else and I think people who enjoy my music find some kind of connection or they can relate to my sentiments. And nothing speaks stronger than the heart.” Being able to express herself through song, whether to just escape for a little while or to muster up attention-getting lyrics for the purpose of making a statement, Inch Chua took on the music industry at full speed. Her determination to remain a good role model while never failing to stay true to herself is what drew listeners in to hear her music. This was in fact, Inch Chua’s very goal to accomplish in terms of her music… “to share music with as many people who are willing to listen and, most importantly, bring back the importance of live shows and live original music.” With her “kooky, quirky, and genuine” songs, Inch Chua overcame the challenges many unsigned artists face when they lack endorsements from major record labels. Her life is her music and her music is her life, leaving little time for focusing on much else. Despite her social reclusiveness, Inch Chua finds herself directly in her element as she is able to fully dedicate herself to her “artform”.
“I was the son of hippies rebelling against a deeply conservative society controlled by the church and full of hypocrisy. My parents, and that’s parents with a capital ‘s’ were participating in what is largely referred to as polygamy, although without the religious or cult stereo types that are automatically associated with it. I was treated well as were my brothers and sisters, but there were lots of problems. When the family split up I always felt like something was missing, until I really found music at around 18 even though I have loved music all my life and have sung frequently since a young age.” This is the anything but average tale of an “alt-folk” artist named Vorn Doolette. Inspired by everything around him, Vorn enjoys the sweet bliss of computer games, eating poached eggs, reading a lot, dancing in his kitchen, and, above all else, creating music in order to fuel his career as an artist. His talents on the guitar and piano aid him in writing songs that “give you a sense of being alive.” Vorn takes pleasure in creating beauty out of chaos, finding the art in any mess so that he can bring something exceptional to today’s music world. “A lyrically intellectual and complex experience. Something which can capture the variety, humor, and shocking nature of things.” Perhaps his desire to provide his fans with vehicles for escape, escape from reality, are credited to his own experiences in this area. “Art has helped me through having depression. Not to say it is a cure or anything, but I think it can give people a bit of a positive place for emotion to go.” Having hardships in his life or tough experiences, has clearly molded Vorn into a heart-felt song-writer who strives for nothing more than to soothe his addiction to music through creating his own…and of course to visit Outer-space before he dies. If you would like to submit your band to mf magazine for a possible feature head on over to sonicbids.com/mfmagazine
“My art is a kind of sanctuary for me, this is the place nobody tells me what to do.”
By Star Noor
perience and paid jobs- Underwerket. “We decided to never be afraid of saying yes to whatever kind of creative job that turned up, even if we did not know how to do it,” remembers Lisa, “We always figured out how to solve things.” Today, Lisa runs Underwerket by herself, working out of the meatpacking district of Copenhagen, a hip new area in the city with a kind of raw creativity that beckons artists hungry for that pulsating vibe of inspiration. “I need to have people around me. And, it is important that they are positive,” she points out. In her rather large studio where she rents out tables to other “creative types” Lisa toils on works which crossover between
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Underwerket is probably not the best way to describe Lisa Grue’ current standing in the art world. The Danish illustrator and graphic designer is actually fast becoming one of the darlings within the ranks of the mediums in which she works. Her creations are youthful, fanciful, and full of playful charm. From her fashionista illustrations of beautiful women in fantasy worlds to kaleidoscopes of natural scenes perceived through rose-colored glasses Lisa’ work has a sense of humor that is unique to her and essential to us. “That is me as a person. It is easier for me to invite people into my world with humor, but behind the humor there is seriousness,” explains the artist. Graduating from the Danish Design School, Lisa and her schoolmate decided to start up a design company, cleverly named at the time for their lack of ex-
art, design, and fashion, “I am trying to take the bits and parts from each world.” And, the fashion world has certainly offered her a wink and a nod. With exciting projects ranging from magazine illustrations to even a line of t-shirts for the Anna Sui fashion house Lisa’s clever takes on the world are popping up on the world’s runways and strutting down the global streets. This unilateral response to her work is perhaps the result of the progressive culture from which she hails. The Danes have long been the models of sociological independence and introspection. It is a cultural Mecca of artists who create relevant and pragmatic works which reach across the aisles of cultural differences the world over. “We are brought up to experience things for ourselves, and to make our own
opinions. That makes me critical on how we live our lives today. Mass media plays a huge part of how we understand our world too, but hopefully we will continue to be aware of our responsibility concerning our way of living and how we take care of the world.” Though her upbringing was one of self-realization and independence it was also a modest beginning with little money to go around. Art competitions soon became a way for Lisa and her two sisters to win a range of prizes as delicious as candy and imperative as drawing materials to clothes and even family vacations. It was during this time that Lisa learned the concept of income for art but her epiphany came when she won first prize in a comic book competition for an oatmeal company, “When I opened the
letter, I was thrilled and ran out in my nightdress onto the street to tell everybody I had won first prize. That day I found out I wanted to be an artist.” Lisa celebrates her dream everyday, “I love making different universes,” she proclaims. Different universes are an extension of an artist’ soul and sometimes peaking into an artist’ personal life will tell you all you need to know about their work. Lisa’ private life takes place in the center of Copenhagen where she lives with her fiancé Denis and her seven month old son Mika, “I love our life together. We try to live doing things that make sense to us.” In her apartment decorated with things from their travels around the world, mini paintings, Danish design furniture, and varying ranges of wallpaper the love and comfort they strive for can be felt. “We have a colorful home, smelling of good food and full of music. That makes me happy.”
“What I admire most, is when artists are brave and bold.”
By Lauren Weigle Photos by Larissa Underwood Styling by Mr. Bradshaw Hair and Make-up By Hope Zarro
orn in the USSR, Karina B Smirnoff grew up as an only child. As girl of ADD,
her parents signed her up for every activity in the book in order to not only satisfy the dreams her family had for her, but also to tire little Karina out by the end of the day so that she would eventually go to sleep. Amidst all of the lessons she was given, ballroom dancing was the chosen winner. When the Soviet Union began to fall apart, Karina and her family moved to the Bronx. Karina then began law school, but her passion for the ballroom took over. Soon she became a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion, amongst her many other esteemed titles. From that point on, her talents opened many doors from areas of fashion design to writing books to being a spokesperson for Hydroxycut. As an advocate of healthy living, Karina has so many ideas for natural remedies and smart methods for exercise. For example, she insists on “muscle confusion”, which means constantly changing your exercise routine so that your muscles are always challenged. This way, when trying to stay fit, you avoid that plateau on which so many people get stuck. She also believes in finding your balance, eating for your lifestyle, and listening to what your body tells you. Now let’s see what Karina’s telling us about her dancing career…
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Being a professional dancer must be nervewracking sometimes, dancing in front of live audiences. Do you ever get nervous before you perform and how do you overcome your nerves? You know, whenever I get ready to go on stage, I’m always nervous, but I use it as a plus because it gives me adrenaline. If I’m not nervous, then I get nervous about why I’m not nervous. I mean, I work much better under pressure. That’s why I think I love dancing and the entertainment industry so much because it always keeps me on the edge. It’s fun, so the way I overcome nerves in dancing is getting into the character. Dancing, for me, is like acting through your body and tapping into that character in order to portray the love of the couple on the dance floor. Like the Pasodoble with the bull-fighter and the Flamenco dancer is spicy and fired up. You kind of become that character so you don’t feel shy, so to speak, when you’re dancing because it’s not you. You are becoming someone else. Let’s talk about some of your awards. As such an accomplished competitor, how did you decide to expand from competitions into the entertainment industry? Well, dancing started to become what it used to be back in the day with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. A lot of actors and singers are dancers as well now. Like Channing Tatum…he had his first big movie in the dance film Step Up and went from there. So, when Dancing With The Stars came to the States from England and I went from there. I just love that dancing has opened up so many new avenues. Eventually, I would love to act. It would be a dream come true if I could tap into the acting career as well. With Dancing With The Stars came an amazing experience and platform for trying to do other stuff as well. Since another season of Dancing with the Stars has begun, what advice can you give to new professional dancers who may be partnered with someone who isn’t as “light on their feet” as they would prefer? Yea, well, I’ll be honest. One of my favorite seasons was my first season, season 3, and it’s my favorite because it was my first. But, I didn’t get to enjoy it because I was such a competitor. I wasn’t in the moment. I was just going for the trophy and I just didn’t give myself time or the opportunity to stop for a second to enjoy the process. However, I had a great partner. Mario Lopez was a great dancer and it’s just a great experience. You not only get to dance and choreograph, but you get to
meet really cool people because they bring in celebrities from every single avenue of the entertainment industry. You get to meet people that you would probably not get to meet, so just step back and enjoy the process because it’ll be over before you even realize it. Can you tell me a bit about the preparation it took when getting ready for each season, not to mention each week’s performance? Well, each week is different because every week you have a new dance; you have new music, and new costumes. You put so much of your heart and soul and everything you have into each week’s dance. In the beginning, I felt so bad after every week because we worked so hard and you only get to do it once for like a minute and a half. Then it’s done and you’ll never get to do it again. So, every week is different on the show, but before the season, you have to make sure you give yourself like a week off because last season I literally finished Broadway on Sunday and started the season on Monday. I had no down-time, so by the time the season had started, I was already exhausted. There was nowhere but down to go, so I struggled physically to get through that season, but I had a great partner. Aaron Carter, he made me laugh all the time, such a sweetheart, so I had such a good time with him. In terms of the future with acting, would you consider doing Broadway again? I actually just finished doing Broadway this summer. It’s an incredible experience because you’re right there, the audience is right next to you, you are in such a close proximity to each other, and it’s live! It’s wonderful. I did the show called Burn The Floor. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to stick around. Once I left Broadway, they were still doing pretty well, but it eventually had to close down. It’s funny, because it was Broadway, but all the characters revolved around dancing, not much acting or musical theatre, which is what I would love to do. I actually went for an audition for Dirty Dancing on Broadway, but you really have to be able to hold the note, so I’m starting to take music theatre lessons to see if I have any hope to do it. I mean, it sounds pretty good in the shower, but you’re not doing Broadway in the shower. (She chuckles.) Actually, I heard they’re bringing a whole new Michael Jackson show to Broadway. This Is It, yea! Maybe you could do that one… To do Michael Jackson, to be honest, would
be a dream come true simply because he is such an inspiration. He’s a dancer who has turned into not only a legend, but pretty much made dancing into the highest art it could be. And, he was able to do that without the internet, without Google and Yahoo. He literally became a worldwide star before any of those kind of media outlets were even available Very true. So, let’s flip the script for a second and switch to your involvement with PETA. I know you for PETA’s “I’d rather dance naked than wear fur” campaign. Were you at all nervous about appearing nude and can you expand a little on your association with the organization? I’ll be honest…I used to wear fur and not realize the damage that it actually did. Coming from the “eastern block”, it is very common because the winters are ridiculously cold. It should be illegal how cold it is there. But, I was watching TV one day and actually saw Khloe Kardashian talking to Michelle from PETA. The next week, I was at an event and Michelle was there! I told her how I had just seen her on the Kardashian’s show and she asked if I’d be interested. Before we did it, though, she actually talked to me and educated me on the reason why they have this movement. After watching the videos, I became completely emotionally attached to the cause. I mean, I have always loved animals. I’m a huge dog lover. So, I decided to do it, but when it came time to “drop the robe”, I was thinking, ‘I am butt-naked. I am not dropping this robe no matter what.’ I told them, ‘I’m sorry. I don’t think I can do this.’ So, they gave me a drink and the alcohol helped me to brave up a little bit. I finally got up the nerve to do it, it was a great experience, and I knew I was doing it for a good cause. Are there any other charities or organizations to which you are dedicated as well or ones to which you would like to? Um, I definitely love doing anything that brings awareness to different charities. I have my own charity that I’ve been working with for almost two and a half years. It’s called AIM (Alternative Intervention Models). It’s a charity that was started in 1995 by a lady named Layla Steinberg and it specializes not only in art or dancing, but in things like rapping or poetry or painting for kids who are struggling to stay off the streets…to keep less fortunate kids out of gangs and trouble. My intervention is dancing obviously and we have about 50,000 kids already from schools that are at risk to keep them away from things like drugs and violence. And, it’s interesting to see that so many kids have
some kind of special talent or gift that they never get to work with. We’re actually working on integrating the AIM program into public school systems, but it is tough. Yea, it must be tough putting in all that energy with AIM while working on your new shoe line. Yes. It’s actually a shoe line with the brand Bear Paw. They are similar to a, I hate to say, Ugg style. They are all natural without any synthetics and I’m kind of making my own stamp on it. It’s going to be out this coming fall and then the next October or November, we’re going to have a brand new line that is going to be even more comfortable. The whole “mojo” of the company is to live life comfortably. We’re going to make it a little more stylish, a little more pimped out, in addition to feeling comfortable like you’re wearing a pair of slippers. I actually have a few Bear Paws and I love them. I know! Aren’t they the best?! I mean, you should see this new line. I’m really excited about it ‘cause it’s going to be sick! Yea, I mean, I always wear my comfy boots and go through them so quickly because I drag my feet a little, which tears holes in the bottom, but my Bear Paws hold up a lot longer than most of my pairs. That’s so funny you say that because what I’m doing with them is putting a new bottom on the shoe that has ridges with a new material. It’s a little bit thicker, so it has a little more support. So, after a week, you don’t feel like you can feel every single thing you step on. It gives a little more structure to the bottom of the shoe because I do the same thing. I will wear them for a little while, but you wear them so thin it feels like you’re wearing socks, which hurts when you’re stepping on little rocks and stuff. Ya know? This is why I’m making them more sturdy, so your feet feel more protected. Awesome. So, how did you decide to get into this? I just love fashion. I actually got to design all of my costumes on Dancing With The Stars and I’ve always designed my costumes for competitive dancing as well. I’m actually working on a deal for my own fashion line. I would love to have a couture line of cocktail dresses eventually, but I would start out with something more like a lifestyle brand so that everyone can afford it. Working with Bear Paw, I actually had a few pairs and was seen wearing them on TV, so the company contacted me to thank me. Then, we started talking and that’s how it all came about.
JamesTupper By Lauren Weigle Photos by Lope Navo
hat can one say about actor W James Tupper? If nothing else, just a really nice guy who enjoys the
that I had to quit acting, whether it was money or I had to look after people, I was so depressed, but I always found a way to keep going while working as a carpenter during the day. I read that you lived on a coffee farm in East Africa; can you tell me about that experience? Yea, when I was 20 years old I lived in Africa, East Africa on a small, one acre coffee and tea farm with an African family. It was for the better part of a year. They were just so nice to me. What I took
speak a piece every now and then, like ask for a cold drink.
At what age did you discover your “passion” aptitude for acting? I think it was in me. As a kid I loved to entertain people…it was the root of me. I don’t think that I ever really made the decision. And, I’ll tell you something great a friend of mine told me who’s on the show (Mercy) with me. He said, ‘You know, they can never fire you. No one can ever fire you from acting.’ It’s the truth. I’ll tell you every time that I was faced with the possibility
from that is that everywhere you go in this world, people are just people. It was amazing to realize… it definitely affected my world perspective. Well, I understand that also you had to study Swahili while living there? Yea, I had to because that was the language that they were speaking. Right, so do you still carry that with you? (He laughs.) Yea, I can still say a little bit. I can
Aside from your travels, I understand you are a writer as well as an actor. Can you tell me about what inspires you in your projects to come up with different storylines or situations? Well, when I got involved with writing, it was kind of an improv group. We decided that we wanted to make a movie. The writing was very collective. The director came up with an idea to make a film and we were the characters in it. He was very kind to give us credit. I didn’t do a
simple pleasures and beauties life holds. Hailing from Canada, Tupper travelled across the border to continue his studies of acting, earning his Master’s at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He has also travelled overseas to observe and learn from a variety of cultures in order to gain a worldlier outlook. In terms of his every day joys, he finds happiness in spending time with his family. Nonetheless, he manages to make time for himself every so often so that he can take pleasure in a few calming pastimes of his. For example, Tupper enjoys being constructive, working with his hands when he is away from his role as Dr. Chris Sands on the television show Mercy. In addition, he has been known to kick back, relax, and peacefully take part in birdwatching. How does a successful actor such as he stay so grounded and serene? Let’s find out…
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What prompted you to travel there after you finished high school? I think I wanted to see what creation was. I think I was curious about the world. The opportunity came up to go there and I said, ‘Yea, I’m going to take it.’ I didn’t go on a safari or go as a tourist. I went and I lived with a family in one very small village. It was more like a cultural exchange.
lot of the writing, but a lot of the stuff that came out of the improv that was later filmed was my stuff. He was generous in calling us writers for that. Do you have any plans for projects you would love to write in the future, whether improv or not? I’m really not sure, because film-making is shifting. They have these incredible cameras that people can get for pretty cheap. You can get four or five of them and photograph an event. An improv event, you can end up photographing a movie, making a movie out of it with a small lighting package. I think it’s kind of exciting…an exciting way to make a film in a way that’s not so technical. I’d be really open to it. Back to acting… Can you tell me a bit about your most recent role as Dr. Chris Sands on the show Mercy? Well, I play a doctor and I’ve been really enjoying it. It’s a great group of people. James Van Der Beek actually just joined our cast, you know, from Dawson’s Creek. I mean, we’ve got a good thing going. We have good numbers and I think we’re on our eighteenth episode now. In terms of the future, what type of acting role would you consider ideal for you to play? Oh, I’d like to be an action hero! (He laughs.) Or I’d just want to do a romantic comedy. I think that’d be so fun…a kind of Canadian James Bond. Having acted both on the stage, the big screen, and the small screen, which do you feel suits you best or do you most enjoy? Reeeally big film roles. (He chuckles.) I think it’s more fun because you have more time to be creative, more time to work on scenes. Well, when you aren’t performing in some way, can you describe to me a typical day hanging out away from work? This is one. I’m in a store in Tribeca looking at posters for my eight year old’s bedroom. My typical day…I have a one year old boy and my typical day is getting up with him. I play with him and I actually put up a little basketball hoop. It’s about one foot high and he throws the ball in it. We’ll also go swimming or I’ll find other things to do with the kids. What is your favorite thing to do when you have time to yourself away from family time? For myself, I like building stuff. I have a carpentry bench. My dad was a bit of a carpenter and so was my grandfather, so I like fixing stuff. Since we are talking about your favorite things, do you have a personal item you simply cannot live without? Definitely my tool belt. I also love my Vespa. Oh, it’s so fun. Anne, my girlfriend, she wants to get one herself. However great you think it is…it’s better!
Christian Serrat By Laruen Weigle Photos by Aaron Fallon Hair by Christina O’Hara Wardrobe by Ebony Cheyne Make Up by Veronica Sinclair
hristian Serratos… model, figureC skater, dancer, songwriter, vocalist, martial arts enthusiast, actress. What
doesn’t this young woman do? Many may have seen her on the big screen in the ever-popular Twilight series as lead role Bella’s supportive, best friend. One might think that starring in such a prominent film might cause an actor to abandon all modesty and straightthinking. However, Serratos remains well-adjusted and grounded, holding life’s simple pleasures dear to her, eager to put her new fame to good use and have some laughs along the way. Examples of this are her participation with PETA, her dedication to the wellbeing of animals, and her affinity for taking care of the planet. As a role model for today’s youth, she shows younger generations that embracing the Earth in all aspects is important to the future of every person. Serratos also exemplifies many great qualities that are rare in some of today’s young celebrities; from diligence to selfrespect to just a general appreciation of life. I really wanted to touch on the many talents and hobbies you have embraced, starting with your being trained in Tai Kwon Do and Hapkido. Have you ever had to use your martial arts knowledge in your real life? Only once...but after the arrest I'm keeping it on a chain. (She laughs jokingly.) Tell me about your competitive figure skating past and how you began skating. It was so long ago I don’t even remember how I got started. The first thing I do remember is being told to skate with a bucket to avoid falling. I was about 3 and respectfully declined. I was stubborn even then. I was doing it on my own even if it meant getting owned by the ice. Well, in addition to skating and acting, I understand that you write and sing your own music. How would you describe your sound? That’s hard to answer. It’s like describing yourself in a few words. I feel like someone other than me would answer that better… but Fiona Apple comes to mind.
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Fiona is known for her personal lyrics when she writes. So, what do you use as inspiration for your lyrics? Life. The good, The bad and The Ugly. Yet another one of your many talents is that you are also educated in dance. In which styles of dance do you most enjoy taking part? Jazz. I have probably been doing hip hop and ballet longer, but jazz always spoke to me. It’s the one thing that would keep me at the studio until midnight. As both a singer and a trained dancer in addition to being an actress, have you ever considered appearing in a musical or on Broadway? Ya, Totally. I want to try everything. Not limit myself. Appearing on Broadway would be incredible. Well, when speaking of your recent projects, no one can leave out the phenomenal Twilight series. What do you believe to be the most rewarding aspect of belonging to the cast of Twilight? It’s rewarding in every aspect. I’m so grateful to be a part of this saga. It has taken on a life of its own...I’m very proud. Do you ever feel like a huge film series like this brings more pressure? Of course. None of us want to let these amazing fans down. We want to make the best project we can for Stephanie and the ones she wrote it for… You guys! Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob? It depends on my mood. Ha ha. Ok. Well, back to the fans. Have you had any crazy experiences with any "die-hard" Twilight aficionados yet? Not really. Knock on wood. They are all pretty sane in my opinion. Loud, but sane. In what ways are you able to stay in touch with these sane fans of yours? I try to go to them as much as I can, but on a daily basis I check in on my Twitter (@cserratos). I don't have a Facebook.
Glad to see you find time to “tweet”. Let’s touch on your modeling career. Did you have any trepidation at all about posing for PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign? No. It's interesting that I would read things saying, ‘Why does PETA have to have people pose nude for animals? How does that help?’ I would say most people didn't think two thoughts about all the help animals’ ads with people clothed. No one cares about that. Stop signs are red for a reason. Very true. Sex sells. Can you fill me in a little more on your involvement with PETA? I was always wanting to help animals. I have worked with them for years. I totally support the work that PETA does for the animals. If you want to help animals, you cannot pay for a dead animal. Do you participate in any other organizations or charities? Or, is there, perhaps, a cause to
which you would like to become an advocate in the future? I would like to do more charity work. I used to go into the senior care center in Burbank as a small youngin’. It was good to learn about them. For instance, on Halloween I passed out candy. Oops! I was 8. So, I was told certain people could get candy and others couldn't. I thought that was unfair. I didn't realize why. When it comes to charities and community involvement, can you give me a few reasons why it is important for today's youth to be more active participants? It's good to know our world around us. We're going to be there one day. We're going to need the Earth and the animals too. Well, you obviously have a love for our planet and its great creatures. What else makes you happy? Food usually does it. My dog. She is such a goober. She always puts me in a good mood.
She is always so stoked to see me. It’s a weird feeling. I go home early because of her. What are your hopes for the future once the Twilight ride has come to an end? My one biggie for the hit list would be that we would never have the need to put any shelter animal down without good reason. Also, I have to be in the moment. I am enjoying everything about where I'm at right now. Whatever comes next I'll look at with the same eyes. When you aren't busy with filming, making appearances, or answering interview questions, how do you like to spend your time? Doing silly things with good friends… relaxing things, movie nights, bowling, and board games.
RyanRottman By Monica Alvarez Photo by Aaron Fallon Wardrobe by Ebony Cheyne Make Up by Veronica Sinclair Hair by Christina O’Hara
aking time from his busy schedule and T the lifestyle of a successful working actor in L.A., Ryan Rottman chats with me about his latest role, his journey as an actor and young man in the entertainment business and whether or not he will partake in the massive dessert party that is Coachella later this year.
Can you tell me a little bit about your character in Gigantic, Joey? Joey is in a cool, kind of like a "other side of the tracks kid." I feel like he's the most relatable to in the show. He's in world where he's surrounded by his girlfriend and his friends and they're kids of all of these celebrities. He goes to this school because his mom is a teacher there. I think most of the kids will be able to relate to him and what goes on in his life. And he's kind of got this Romeo and Juliet thing going with his girlfriend. It would be if like, Tom Cruise's kids grew up and then here comes these normal, you know, single-mom-kindof-kid. I know the characters are fictional, but do you take inspiration from one in particular when portraying the role of Joey? I'm just trying to get in touch with being in high school again. I graduated in '02. Just getting in touch with what it was like, you know? Getting girlfriends. There's a bunch of big things that I have to deal with as this character so that should be pretty interesting for people to watch. How long have you been acting for? For about four and half years. I acted in college. Yeah I did a couple of plays at Texas Tech University. My high school didn't really have a theatre department. Your high school didn't have a theatre department?! Where did you grow up? A small town in Texas by the name of Lufkin. It was like country. We would do roping and go hunting and ride dirt bikes and that kind of stuff. Between now and when you first starting acting, how do you feel that you've grown as an actor? Oh, I've grown and changed, like, 100%. I don't even think I'd want to see tapes of auditions of me from when I first got here. What about as an individual? How do you feel that you've changed in that aspect? I feel like everything has it's good and bad. I feel like I've had the opportunity to make some amazing friends out here. But I'm also grown into a man by using what I've learned has made me a better actor.
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I noticed you have a couple of projects in which you are starring in and are also listed as an executive producer: Walks (with several musicians as well as known actors) and Stuntmen (working with Eric Amadio again). Can you tell me a little bit about these projects and when we can expect their releases? Yeah, Eric is my business partner. Our company is called Final Cut Collective. It's a production company and we kind of just started out by trying to do really good material. You know, something that people could actually laugh at or kind of feel something from. And so we did a movie called Stuntmen, which went straight to DVD but it has a bunch of great people in it. It had
Brandon Routh who played Superman and Joel Moore who's in Avatar and Zach Levi who was in Chuck. It had a BUNCH of great people in it and it was a lot of fun. A bunch of good actors. It's about two stuntmen the the Stuntman Awards. And Walks is something that we're really excited about because it's a movie about this guy who creates the biggest graffiti art in New York City and gets arrested for it. Time is passing and he's now coming back home and it's all his friends and family so it's kind of a great, deep dramedy. Who are you inspired by? I would say like Robert Redford and Cool Hand Luke. I'm really big into old movies. Jimi Stewart. The Rat Pack. All that kind of stuff. I love that whole time and era and the movies from back then. But also there's actor's like Johnny Depp. Leonardo Di Caprio is an amazing actor as well. Have you had a chance to meet or work with any of these people that you've mentioned? I was in the same movie as Robert Redford one time but I was too freaked out to say anything. I've met Leonardo Di Caprio once, briefly. Aside from acting, what else are you passionate about? I love graffiti art. I love stenciling. I love spray painting and painting and stuff like that. I'm a big skateboarder. I'm passionate about board sports but I definitely like spray painting. I love it. Do you visit any skate parks or stay active in that sport or hobby? I do. I'm good friends with Rob Dyrdek so I'm at the Fantasy Factory three or four times a week. How much thought do you put into what you wear? I really like style. You know, when you put certain things together and make it look cool, it's rad. One of my roommates is really into fashion, too, so I'll put stuff on and he'll say something like, "No, no, You gotta go change." And then my other buddy owns a clothing company that's called Young and Reckless and I wear a lot of their t-shirts because they're really soft and they always look really cool. Where do you like to shop? Urban Outfitters. I really like Supra shoes. And I love watches. I'm a huge watch fanatic. My dad just bought me a TW Steel watch and I wear it like every day. Do you have any other favorite designers or brands? Yeah, I like John Varvatos. I really like Crew. How do you go about finding new music? My girlfriend is really good at finding new music. Other than that, I sit on iTunes for at least an hour and look for new music. What are you currently listening to? My girlfriend is obsessed with Lil Wayne. Other than that I like The Heavy. The Heavy is a really good band. Now I'm going to crazy trying to name every band. Let's see… The Arctic Monkeys. My mind just went blank. Who would you like to work with in the future? If you could pick your dream cast and crew, who would this team consist of? As far as crew goes, the crew that we have on Gigantic is the best crew I've ever worked with. Everyone has the best attitude all the time. Director wise I think someone like Ridley Scott. I think Johnny Depp would be awesome. Or like Brad Pitt. What made up food groups could you live off of? I love sushi. Hot wings. Hot wings and sushi. I love fruit. BBQ. And… I love pizza.
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JanaKramer By Tina M. Schiro Photo by Larissa Underwood
if ever there were a girl next SJanao,door,Rae I’ve found her! Meet … Kramer… With a voice so
sweet comparable to Chestnut Honey (derives from Northern Italy). Jana has a warm, radiant personality to match her voice. There was no confusion that acting is what she wanted to pursue, “ I absolutely loved performing and acting.” Immediately following high school she headed straight for the Big Apple, acquired an agent, and quickly landed her very first roll on the Soap Opera” All My Children.” It’s almost as if you have a glow about you, you’re always smiling, how do you do it? Life is so short, and there were some tough times I have endured, life is so good, I am so blessed to be where I am at this point in my life! I just love to make people laugh and smile. Of the many roles you have played, has it ever affected you personal life? The role of Alex Dupree (One Tree Hill) effects my emotional being, as it stirs up a lot of past nostalgia, so it’s very easy to get into the role of Alex, I give it my heart and soul. I sometimes become discomposed, I call my fiancé, and I vent to him, as he is very sympathetic and tolerant. I know establishing close relationships may be difficult with all the travel, and the demands of your presence at simultaneous places at once. Do you have any close friends in the industry that you connected with, besides filming alongside? Yes, it’s hard to see each other a lot, but when we do, we always pick up where we leave off, I am very good friends with Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill), and Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights). What was it like to work with “The Wild Cards of HBO…..The set of Entourage? I have always had more guy friends than girls, so for me it was very comfortable. Jerry Ferrara was great to work with. It was an awesome experience. How do you deal with the road blocks of the industry as well everyday life? There will always be some type of obstacles to overcome, the past seven years or so it has been that way, but I am a very aggressive, and an extremely determined person. Share your workout regimen. I enjoy running, and Power Pilates, with my instructor and friend Kye Evans, it’s very difficult, the next few days it’s hard to walk. There are so many roles that you have played from Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, 90210, and now One Tree Hill; what can we look for as far as upcoming projects ? I’ve been flying back and forth to Nashville, because hopefully by the spring, my country album will be released, as Paula Kay and I are still in the process of tying up loose ends, but definitely by summer, if not spring.
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LauraVandervoort By Lauren Weigle Photos by Pamela Lopez Grant Make-up by Uzmee Krakovszki, MAC Cosmetics Styling by Rhonda Spies
ome things we may or may not know about Sconcerts the beautiful Laura Vandervoort… The first Laura ever saw were All-4-One and Boyz
II Men before falling in love with NKOTB and the Wahlberg brothers. Despite her boy band loves, she also had a fascination with the band No Authority. Whenever she hears the song “Best I Ever Had” by Drake, she cannot resist singing. Laura is also a huge fan of fellow actor Kepa Kruse’s newly recorded album and his tune “Coconut Wireless”, which is about his life in Hawaii. Back in the day, she never went anywhere without her black eyeliner, though recently she has adopted her coconut oil as her cosmetic essential. She can never be found without her digital camera and everyone on the set of her show “V” calls her Baby Duck. The items Laura keeps on her nightstand are limited to a glass of water, a book, lotion, and an alarm clock. As a baby, she suffered from Meningitis, so as an adult, she continues to donate to the children’s hospital that took care of her throughout her illness as a child. In the future, she would love to help raise money for breast cancer…I wonder what else we can learn about this bright and friendly girl. mf _ 43
I’ve read that at a young age you uncovered your inner-desire to act through watching the movie My Girl. Can you tell me how this movie aided you in this self-discovery? Well, I watched it when I was younger, so I was probably a little younger or around the age of the girl in the movie. And, when people ask me when I first started acting, there was no actual pinpoint like an ‘oh, that’s it’ or the sky opened up or anything. The only thing that I can remember is watching that movie, seeing her on camera, and thinking, ‘God, I want to try that. I want to do to her what she’s doing to me. I want to do that to the audience. I guess she just affected me. She was a girl that was my age; she made me feel the emotions that she was feeling. I think I just found that kind of neat that you could channel emotions into an art like that. That’s the only real moment I think I remember saying to my parents, ‘I think this is something I want to try.’ Among all the roles you’ve played thus far, what has been the most memorable for you and why? When I played Supergirl on Smallville, in itself, it was an experience because I was playing a comic book character. I think a really cool experience for me, as silly as it sounds, was just doing my first harness work, being taught by the stunt men how to fly in front of the green screen. Being on the wires was definitely a cool experience…and then obviously the whole season was great. Do you ever have difficulty memorizing lines and keeping focus or just have an off-day on set? You know it honestly depends on the project or the scene and how well it’s written. If it’s written well, it tends to flow off the tongue a lot more easily. I mean with V, they have a different way of speaking. They’re, I guess, kind of robotic and they’re proper so that can be difficult, but, again, it’s written well, so it’s not too bad. I think mostly it’s tough if you just have one line in a scene or two lines. I think it’s harder if you have one line as opposed to five long speeches, because you are so focused on remembering that one line, it almost becomes more difficult. You put all your energy into it. Luckily, like I said, V is written well along with other shows I’ve been on, so I haven’t had it too bad so far. I memorize well under pressure.
Is it difficult balancing a social life with your acting career? How do you maintain a healthy existence in that respect? (She softly laughs.) I don’t really have much of a social life. I mean, for both Smallville and V…I’m from Toronto and had to move up to Vancouver, so I have like one or two friends here. I mean, if I have any time off, I usually just prepare for the next project. I don’t really have to balance too much of it. Mostly, I just try to balance my family, trying to see them on off-time, travelling to wherever they are. I try to see my boyfriend and that can be difficult, being away from people, but so far the social thing isn’t an issue. I’ve heard that you have a second-degree black belt in karate. Have you ever had to use your martial arts skills in real life? No, but it would be interesting to see what I’ve retained. I actually stopped training a few years ago when things got busy for me. I haven’t gotten back to it in a while, so I’d be interested to see. In addition to martial arts, do you have any other athleticrelated hobbies or interests? In an athletic nature, I just picked up hockey over here in Vancouver and I really enjoy that. I’m actually going to go later today. You know, I go to the gym. Unfortunately, it rains a lot here, so I don’t have a lot of outdoor activities. I actually just took up photography, so I bought myself a camera and I’ve been teaching myself, playing with the camera and the lenses. It’s entertaining and I really enjoy it. Well, since you say you don’t get to do many outdoor activities, what can you typically be found doing when you’re at home on a day off from acting? I usually just catch up on laundry, catch up on my lines, trying to see if anyone’s around. If I want to do something fun for me, it’s just going to a movie because I don’t go to bars or anything. It’s too much energy. I just go to movies with my friends…nothing really spectacular. I’m pretty much a homebody. I like to hang out at home. I’m big on cleaning. (She giggles.) I like to clean. I just find it therapeutic to get everything in place. Especially if you’ve been working all week, things can pile up. If you weren’t following a career as an actress, what job would you like to pursue? Um, I think I’d like a job in photography. I mean, I really see why people love that. That would’ve been a cool job, but I was always interested in writing. I took a lot of journalism in high school and one of my co-ops was at a newspaper. I got to write some articles for them. I would probably pick journalism or something in the realm of the arts. My family always calls me the Hallmark Queen. I always wanted to think about making my own greeting card line, taking the photo for the cover of the card, and then writing something that pertains to the photo. I’m kind of mushy. How do you connect with your fan-base? Well, I always get the fan mail and I always try to respond to that. Once it gets to be sort of a big pile, I try to go through the fan mail and reply to the people whose letters really meant something to me. Or, when I’m just walking around and someone recognizes me, I always want to make sure I talk to them. They’ll tell you if what they think you’re doing is good or bad and a lot of the time it’s actually good, which is nice to hear.
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I was always the best-dressed “Baker accountant,” explains Walter the designer behind
the WALTER line which has become synonymous with Young Hollywood and the NYC fashionista. The brand is a Mecca for what every hip young woman wants and needs to put together a wardrobe with an edge. Walter designs with that in mind, “We are always on trend but continue to generate staples that girls can wear year after year.” Sexy dresses, chic jackets, flirty tops- with WALTER it’s about clothes you live in with ease and style. The line permeates youth and vitality, the signature of the world-traveler, husband, father, and designer who is so emboldened with ideas at any given moment he carries a notebook and a camera with him everywhere he goes. For the Spring Summer 2010 collection Walter chose to create a bubble for his fans to live in. It is a reoccurring shape throughout the collection as well as a metaphorical embodiment. Inside this bubble, “lives a strong, fashion loving, empowered woman. She loves rich textures, brocades, clean lines and luxurious prints. Her fearlessness and confidence is highlighted in this collection by using unique shapes and a spectrum of colors. The collection explores the rainbow.” Think disco fever meets uptown girl with a downtown attitude.
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How does one go from a life in finance to one in fashion design? What was it that actually made that transient click for you? As my career evolved, I began to lose interest in accounting and felt the need to be more creative. Unlike finance, style and a knack for fashion is not necessarily something that is learned. I started designing in my spare time which eventually led to a full collection. My love for fashion combined with my background in finance allowed me to create WALTER and build it into the brand it is today. How do you challenge yourself as a designer and still keep things wearable and versatile? My collection is for independent, strong, powerful, and sexy women. My challenge is to provide women with clothes that will keep them feeling great from season to season and trend to trend. It is important to design all the right pieces so that there is a sense of excitement when getting dressed in the morning. I also create diverse pieces that are hip and exciting so that these same women can go from work to play with ease. What is your creative process? Every season it is something new and different. There is a tremendous amount of time and energy that goes into each collection. When I am brainstorming ideas my creative juices flow best by walking the streets and observing my surroundings. I observe the beautiful women around me. I design with my wife in mind. She is my muse and she is the most beautiful woman I know. I have been inspired by my travels to different cities as well. London is one of my favorite places to explore.
I have gained inspiration from visiting the National Gallery Museum there. I love the brilliant works of Monet, Picasso, Renoir, and Van Gogh- their creativity and genius has influenced my work. You have a great celebrity following. So seeing your pieces on the who’s who of Young Hollywood is nothing new, but who have you not yet dressed that you would like to see in WALTER? Angelina Jolie. In all of your travels, which places have you come to find to be the most interesting or inspirational? London—the girls have so much edge. To which place have you not yet
traveled that you would like to see? Asia—it’s next on my list. You can recognize the works of many designers from their signatory touches, what is your designer’ mark that makes your pieces undoubtedly yours? Jackets are the key to the WALTER line and women know us for them, but our dresses have become staples as well. What is the one huge mistake woman make in fashion? They try too hard. You’re a collector of many things including limited edition pens, why pens? The pen is mightier than the sword.
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ara Strand is a woman with many titles. On the one hand there is Sara the songstress and songwriter, and on the other hand there is Sara the makeup artist and beauty mogul. The beauty biz runs in Sara’ blood with her family being all but congruent in the makeup world. With the family shop dedicated to their brand Pixi, now at Target, on London’s Carnaby Street and her sister’ reputation in makeup artistry it’s logical to say Sara knows a thing or two about makeup, and when she ventured out on her own colorful journey with her flair for the dramatic solidified with an offer from POP Beauty Topshop the move was a natural progression.
Sara has always been bold. When she decided that she wanted to make a play in the professional sphere of music she simply picked up the phone, called a Sony music executive and sang him a song on his answering machine. The next day the executive called her back with a record deal and like that she became the youngest artist to sign with Sony Scandinavia. And, when she felt that her Swedish surroundings were no longer enough to contain her hit career, an amazing album and three chart topping singles, she packed up and moved to London at the age of 16 to pursue Rock and Roll. Quickly becoming a regular face at the Troubadour in Chelsea, Sara joined the notorious Troubadour 5 and played weekly gigs in and around London for eight years, performing for the likes of Prince Harry, Orlando Bloom, Van Morrison and other famous faces. Sara has worked and performed
with a mixture of old school rock n’ rollers such as Raf Ravenscroft (Saxophone playing genius, famously on “ Baker Street”), Huw Lloyd Langton of Hawkwind (Guitar genius of Silver Machine), Billy Franks and an amazingly eclectic array of other artists. Her brazen style and her years of experience as a performer gave her a finite appreciation for good makeup over the rest. And, her multi-faceted experience with the beauty world was a magic crystal of sorts presenting her the notion for where the void was in the market. “I wanted to do something unique and edgy, create a bit of pretty punk, something to take you from drab to fab; to make heads turn and pump the volume up a notch!” mf _ 54
Tell me about your life as a performer. I was always obsessed with music. It was, and still is, such an integral part of my life that it never occurred to me that other people were not the same. Being on stage is really when I feel most alive and vibrant. I always make time for the it and have never stopped performing. I have worked with some amazing and inspirational people as well as some complete nut jobs; that’s what I love about the music industry. How have your experiences in the music world influenced your work in the beauty industry? The beauty and fashion industries go hand in hand with the music world for me. Sure, they have differences but at the core leys the same wish to express free creativity. For me, the music inspires the makeup and the other way around. What are you hoping to achieve with Pop Beauty? I am hoping to demystify color and enhance the sense of fun makeup should bring. It is not about always feeling forced to look your best or about a sense of duty, makeup is about enhancing and should be playful and add a sense of personality. Pop is about a certain attitude towards makeup, I see the palates as another accessory. I try to bring high end niche branding with great concepts and great quality to a wider audience. What is your best makeup tip? Curl your lashes, find a great base that works for you; and swap your brown, black, gray eyeliner to a plum, moss, or navy. Focus on one feature and make it really pop. What is the worst mistake women make in choosing their makeup? Trying to achieve a tan with your base is a big no, no. It always looks wrong. Invest in a good bronzer instead and don’t over apply. When you create color palates and seasonal ranges, where does your inspirational process begin? A lot of times it’s an intuitive feeling of what feels fresh and exciting, and of course, what I know is missing from my makeup bag. It’s also about pop-culture and trying to stay ahead of the game by building new collections which are quirky, fun, and safe.
What is the most important thing that a beauty product should offer? Excitement and effectiveness. It should do what it says it does. It should hopefully put a spring in your step and make you light up when you look in the mirror. What is the one thing you wish all women knew about makeup? That it is not permanent. It’s not a tattoo so you should really feel free to play and experiment. If you don’t like it, wash it off and start over! I also wish everyone knew that they can wear color as long as it is the right hue. There are thousands of tones of green, you just need to find the one that works for you. What are you doing in music now? I am writing and recording at the moment. I’m working with different producers to really carve out the sound of what is to hopefully become my next album. I am also putting a band together to start performing here in the States. I’m ready to rock and roll!
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