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modern world, it can sometimes be difficult to pin point certain individuals who you know for a fact spend every single IForndayour living to ensure that a tiny difference is made by the time the clock strikes midnight. Otep Shamaya is just that individual.  anyone not aware of Otep’s contributions to the world, I will vaguely attempt to name them all in a short sketch. Otep is, for

obvious reasons, best known for being the distinguishable vocalist of the metal band Otep. Aside from that she works closely in politics, including her own moment at last year’s Democratic Convention.  Her constant contributions are endless, all of which have made an irrevocable impact on the lives of many, especially soldiers in Iraq and citizens of New Orleans. When the curtain is called, Otep undoubtedly stands alone in her unique way for having shown her passion in both music and global affairs.  What feedback have been receiving regarding your social networking site (www. allshapesandsizes.org) and how much has it evolved and grown since first putting it out there? The outpouring of support we have received has overwhelmed us. Membership keeps growing and flourishing. It began as just a simple social networking site with an aim to connect people through a network of likeminded friends to foster self-confidence. It is slowly transforming into real world applications, for instance, we now have a pledge that suggests good deeds for people to do: such as "being nice to someone who you know has trouble making friends or is victimized by bullies at school, work, in your neighborhood, etc." Our quota of 100 people accepting this pledge was reached within a matter of hours. We hope to continue expanding and offering new ways of helping people reach their full potential.

Your band remains a bright, burning beacon for all your dedicated fans after many years together. What is the atmosphere like when

you go in a studio to record a new album and how, as musicians, have you all grown since the first album, and how special was it to film your first live DVD?

Thank you for your kind words. We take what we do very seriously so when we enter the studio it’s like entering a sanctuary. All of our mental, spiritual, and creative energies are focused on writing and recording the best possible work we can conjure. I believe we’ve definitely grown since we started this journey. Remember, we were signed after only 4 shows to a major label deal - without a demo - strictly on the power of our live performance. The mantra for this band is "always evolve" - we must endeavor to be better. And yes, recording our first DVD was an incredible experience. I somehow broke a bone in my foot during the show and was so captured in the moment that I didn’t even realize it until after. It was an intensely beautiful and brutal experience. I loved it. mf 35

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mf magazine issue 9  

Featuring Paul Scheer,Coheed and Cambria, Thriving Ivory, The Hush Sound, Magnetic Morning, Everest, Lady Gaga, Colbie Callait, Kate Voegele...

mf magazine issue 9  

Featuring Paul Scheer,Coheed and Cambria, Thriving Ivory, The Hush Sound, Magnetic Morning, Everest, Lady Gaga, Colbie Callait, Kate Voegele...