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Hot and Rising Charlywood are an indie pop rock group from the UK and Austria. British singer/songwriter and producer Andrew Charlewood collaborates with drummer and percussionist Fabian Natter to create the homemade releases of Charlywood, two so far. Andrew is very much an advocator of melody, and tries to make the songs speak to people, either through the lyrics or by reaching people directly through the music, everything else that happens is just decoration. The songs are mostly about personal experience, hopes, expectations and disappointments. Itâ€™s indie pop rock from the heart.
Despite having no musical training whatsoever,
Kat Boelskov writes, records and produces all her own music. Working from her tiny apartment in Copenhagen, she has earned a big crowd of fans from all around the world. Combining sounds of electronica, rock, acoustics and jazz, she received very positive reviews for her debut album 'Amateur', released in 2010. She is now working on her second album and a solo live set.
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is a young glam-metal band from Oslo, Norway, founded on the belief that heavy rock music needs to make a rise again in the public eye. The band believes that the music industry is filled with 'filler' now, and heavy rock has been in the background for far too long. Scandinavia is now the hotbed of sleaze and glam, with the beginnings starting a few years ago in Sweden
with such bands as Hardcore Superstar and Crashdiet. SEKS is made up of 4 Norwegians (Savage, Charles, Tad, and Gash) and an American singer, Rock Hart, with such influences as Motley Crue and Poison to Billy Idol and Alice Cooper. It is time for rock/metal to rise again it is time for the concert to become more than just a performance. www.SEKSband.com
a duo that produce electronic music from Essex living in the Epping Forest area are about to release their second EP "Twilight" with the promise of a full length album to follow and a new video for the track "Twilight" .Some live dates will follow to promote the release. The EP will be released October 1st 2011 and be available from all major download stores along with a new video and photos to follow soon after. The full length album will hit the stores in 2012.
Hot and Rising Kristen Faulconer's
life experiences are the true inspiration of her songs. She is an abuse survivor, and she wrote many of her songs about the abuse she endured and her struggle to overcome abusive relationships. Her hope is to reach out to her listeners and empower them to make healthy decisions in their lives and to choose to be in healthy relationships. Her music is an emotional release of how she feels in hopes to connect with and inspire her listeners. We are often unable to speak our truth and so Kristen tries to create an outlet that we can all relate to, her hope is to unite her listeners by creating something that is universal. She is in the studio right now working on the songs for her debut album, "Phoenix". Her new song, "History" which features Jason Sutter,will be released soon. http://www.kristenfaulconer.net http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/kristen-faulconer/id387532587 Kristen Faulconer Slow Down Feat Raymond Herrera from Fear Factory on Xbox
Skytown Riot's message is simple.
www.skytownriot.com Beware the illusion of control, and love while you can love. These themes are heard prominently in the Knoxville band's newest EP "Alone With The Sky." The four-piece hails from the South, but with influence from bands www.facebook.com/skytownriotband like Muse and Civil Twilight their Euromerican Rock drives home with a melodic energy seldom heard in the region. Perhaps that's why they've caught on so quickly, having already shared the stage with bands like Finger Eleven, Filter, and 10 Years (to name just a few). If you're one of the many rock fans with your ear to the ground, hoping to hear something www.facebook.com/skytownriotband organic, fresh, and good, it's time to listen with the ear aimed up at the sky.
Hot and Rising DIAMANTE.
Meet 15 year-old ....
This rebellious teenager with a truly unique sound and powerhouse of energy on stage is the buzz of the town putting up a great fight against bullying and spreading awareness through her music. One of the hottest upcoming artists of the year in the young Hollywood music scene! Teenagers flock to her concerts attracted by the message and vibe of this all new rock star whose music gravitates from epic rock, with vocal influences from the 80's female rock artist with a touch of pop, to upbeat fun badass chick! Upon returning from performing across the country on the NoBully Tour America 2011, DIAMANTE releases her hit new single IMPOSSIBLE" already spinning on seven major radio stations nationwide and nominated song of the year for the All Indie Music Awards 2012.
Renaud Louis-Servais was born in France in
1972. Thanks to his father, a classic guitar player, he started playing the guitar at the age of 8. Growing older, he played many gigs in Paris clubs with rock cover bands, and after several years, his musical influences became many and varied (metal, jazz, fusion, prog-rockâ€Ś). Listening to guitar players such as John Mc Laughlin, Pat Metheny, Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale or Allan Holdsworth helped him build his own guitar-playing style. He created the fusion band ILUNA in 2000 where he met Alain Bidot-Naude (drums) and Henri Dorina (bass). The band was semi-finalist in 2008 and 2009 in ISC(International Songwriting Competition) with three of their original tunes. In 2010, Franck Guicherd (keyboards/ trumpet) joined the band, which became the RENAUD LOUISSERVAIS GROUP. In 2011, the first album Iluna was http://itunes.apple.com/en/artist/renaud-louis-servais-group/id441123209 released. http://soundcloud.com/renaud-louis-servais/th-me-diluna-renaud-louis
"Your band is your business, and as every entrepreneur knows, your business is your life. "Rising To The Top" will be our newest feature, with hints, tips, do's and don'ts of the music industry. If you're just starting out, or have years of experience, these monthly articles will help you rise to the top!
Money by Sherry Brown Raising capital for your band can be overwhelming and disheartening. You could go to your local bank for a small business loan, or apply for a credit card and pay the sky high interest rates, or you can try crowd funding. With Crowdfunding, Investors are given something for their money, such as a free download of a song. The “prizes” can be quite unique, with the only limit being your imagination. The Pros • You can reach a bigger audience with your crowdfunding profile • Wisdom of the crowd rather than one person deciding you have a good product • More opportunities open up for new bands The Cons • There may be little or no intellectual property protection provided by the sites, you may want to look into Creative Barcodes, “a nonprofit organization that allows members to share new ideas without the risk of unauthorized copying. Members embed digital codes in creative works to indicate usage permissions. Private disclosure is made to
other members who agree not to publicly disclose the idea or use the idea without permission of the original creator” (Wikipedia) • Soliciting investments from the general public is most often illegal unless the opportunity has been filed with the appropriate securities regulatory authority. Check the rules for your part of the world. You can see an example of estimated costs below. Always check each site for updates and changes to the rules. GoFundMe www.gofundme.com Go Fund Me charges 5% and PayPal charges 3.5% on the money you raise. If someone donates $50 GoFundMe takes $2.50 and PayPal takes $1.75 and you get $45.75 Your money is available immediately. Kickstarter www.kickstarter.com Kickstarter charges 5% if your goal is met on the amount of money raised. They do their funding via Amazon who will charge 3-5% and there is a chart on their page to
help figure out the percentages here. You only get funds when the goal is reached AND the campaign time limit is over. So you wait for your money. If you set your goal too high, you get zero dollars. If your goal is not met, then there’s no fee. Indie Go Go www.indiegogo.com Pricing is 4% to Indie Go Go and 3% to payment processors. You can get your funds immediately and a bonus if you reach your goal. This is just three crowd funding sites out of many, to see a more comprehensive list with opinions, check out the Top 15 crowdfunding sites. Take some time and do your research to see which site suits your needs the best. Things to keep in mind • Keep your goal realistic • Have weekly updates on your crowdfunding site. This could include videos, photos or testimonials. This keeps your donors in the loop and shows you’re not scamming. • Reward your donors with prizes. • Keep your promises.
Photography by Paul Smollen
Seasons by Paul Smollen
On a beautiful but very windy and warm early spring day in Sydney, this photographer sat down after the shoot but before the cake fight with Seasons (Hayley Jensen-Vocals, Pete Wright-Drums and Sam Young-Guitar) to find out who they are and what makes them tick - here’s the result: Rising: Seasons is a great name for a band. How did the choice of that name come about? Pete: It’s a verse from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” The message of that is to give hope because no matter what hard stuff you go through, there is a Season, and that will pass and things will get better. Rising: How did you all meet? Sam: Well, Pete and I met through school, we pretty much did all of high school together, and
Pete and Hayley met through their church, we then kind of Facebooked one another and asked each other if we wanted to start a band. Hayley: These guys (Pete & Sam) had been writing together for quite a while, and they had song ideas together, but hadn’t really found a vocalist or someone who could write melody and lyrics, and then they asked me, and I said yes. At the time, I had been through my own solo music and came out the other side of that wanting to do something different, so it was perfect timing.
â€œSometimes I'll be done with the day and be ready to sleep when songs demand me back out of bed and to the piano.â€?
Rising: Hayley, you made it to the final 4 of season 2 of Australian Idol. Have you found it has been helpful or a hindrance to making it in the business? Hayley: Yeah, I think Idol was helpful. It has been a hindrance in some ways and a help in others, but I guess it depends on the people you are dealing with, on how they view Idol itself, whether they enjoyed watching the show, or whether they were more critical of the show. In terms of doing more alternative music, it has been more of a hindrance with pop saturation and pop culture surrounding Idol, but then in other instances, it has enabled me to do some incredible things that I would never have imagined doing before. Rising: Hayley, does it bother you that people still ask you about your time on Idol?
Hayley: No, it doesn’t bother me at all. It was a huge experience, and a lot of people relate to it, a lot of people remember me from that. When I first came out, I was so keen on creating my own identity, separate from this “machine”, but then I thought, “you know what? I am just a person who went through a TV show where I was singing and (laughs) made people vote for me, it was all part of it”, but I am over worrying too much about it which way or another. Rising: How do you boys feel about Hayley’s Australian Idol past, and, be truthful, did you both vote for her? (Hayley reaches around both boys’ shoulders and pulls them close waiting for the answer and laughing.) Sam, looking very sheepish: I did not vote…(big laughs from Hayley.) Pete: I didn’t vote for anyone.
Sam, now having to back peddle quickly: In saying that, I have never voted for anyone on Idol, ever. On Hayley’s Idol past, at first, we were a bit iffy about it, just worrying about her ego and stuff like that. Rising: Hayley laughs and mimes how large her ego is. Sam, is quick to say: That was before we met her, and when we met her, we thought she was awesome, and having that kind of ummm… Pete: Experience Sam: Exposure, I guess you could say. Pete, nods and agrees. Sam: When you want to get into a gig you drop…”Hey Hayley was on Australian Idol” Rising: The whole group laughs! Sam: ‘It’s good publicity, really.” Rising: Who would you say is your greatest music influence? Hayley: Defers the question to Sam as the primary songwriter. Sam: Anberlin and Bloc Party are the two big ones I take influence from. Hayley: I love Paramore and that kind of style as well…after some thought mentions Ivoryline. Pete, nods enthusiastically: Ivoryline, I love Ivoryline. Rising: When you write songs, do you do it as a group or how does that process come about? Sam: Ahhhh, it kind of changes a fair bit, and we are still trying to find the best process for doing that. At the moment, I kind of write separately from these guys, record it on “Garage Band”, and then send it to them. Then Pete can record a drum line, and Hayley can do lyrics and melody. So that’s how our process works at the moment, and we will probably continue to do it that way.
Rising: What’s the worst thing that has happened to you on stage? A long pause here as they all think and look at each other trying to remember, then it all seems to dawn on them at once, as they all laugh. Sam, enthusiastically: It happened yesterday, actually. It’s not heaps bad… but yesterday, I realized halfway through the set (Seasons had just performed the day before at Big Exo Day) that I needed a capo for one of the songs. A capo is something you put on the strings to change the key, and I didn’t think I had it on me, but it was in my back pocket the whole time, but I was freaking out on stage. I ran to the side of the stage yelling “Capo, capo, where is my capo?” Hayley points out that he left the stage mid song. Yeah, I put my guitar down and left the stage and wandered around for a bit and eventually found anther one. Hayley: I’m out front just ad-libbing while he’s gone. Sam: I play through the song then felt my back pocket, and it was there the whole time. Hayley:
Which is pretty much not a really bad thing to happen on stage. Sam: So, really, I don’t think we have really had enough time on stage to have a really bad experience. Rising: Have you ever had anything thrown on stage or received any strange gifts? Hayley: I’ve got lots of funny, weird things. Pete: Tell us a story. Rising: All 3 crack up with laughter! Hayley: I’ve never had anything really gross thrown on stage. Pete: We haven’t. Hayley: Yes, we haven’t. Rising: Hayley, have you had strange things thrown on stage? Hailey: I have had strange things thrown on stage, nothing really weird though, it’s just like random things, you know, someone made a headband out of flowers once, people often throw…
Sam: Beer bottles! Rising: Again, all 3 crack up with laughter!
on my face in the sand. (Sam looks very proud at this point and Hayley laughs.) But I’m a good sport!
Rising: So Hayley, being the only girl, how do the boys treat you? Hayley, laughing: Like one of the boys. Sam, in a playful tone: With the utmost respect! Rising: They all laugh! Hayley: No, we just have fun, I don’t think it makes a difference, besides the fact I am always late for everything, as I am always getting ready. Pete, shakes his head: Diva! Hayley: When we are together, we just have fun, and one of our favourite things to do is just play soccer. Rising: Before the boys could jump in Hayley admits to being not very good, but she tries, to which Sam agrees with a smile. Hayley: Or at a photo shoot recently, we had to run down the sand dunes, and this gentlemen here (points to Sam) who decides to trip me so I fall flat
Rising: Who has the worst habit out of the group and what is it? They all have a long hard think to this question. Hayley, excitedly: Sam. It’s kind of not really a habit, but he does it all the time, is scaring people. He loves to scare people all the time (again, Sam looks proud) and of course, I always react. Anytime we have a band meeting or anything like that, you can guarantee Sam will hide somewhere. Pete: In public too, where was it in “McDonalds”? Sam, remembering this and laughs: That was awesome! Hayley, commenting that he was hiding under chairs there then popping out: It is pretty funny, and even though we know he is going to do it, he always gets us and I still scream.
Rising: Who would you say is the mother of the group? Hayley: Pete, definitely Pete! Pete: It’s changed, I think at the moment, Sam! Sam, looking dejected: Yeah, thought so. Pete: It was me for a little bit, and now Sam’s got it.
Hayley: I am trying to avoid the role. Sam: Yeah, everyone tried to get out of it, so I am stuck with it. I have to make sure Hayley is organised, like today, I had to text Pete today to make sure Hayley knew about this photo shoot…. Make sure you tell Hayley, as she’ll probably forgot. Hayley, laughs and sheepishly: Yes. Rising: The boys laugh as it’s confirmed. Hayley: We take it in turns. Sam: If someone has a big workload, then someone else does it. Hayley, flashing a huge, satisfied smile: But it’s Sam at the moment, he’s mum! Rising: As I am about to ask the next question, Hayley whispers ‘mummy’ to Sam and this just sends them and me into fits of uncontrolled laughter, and we take a minute to compose for the next question. Rising: Any surprise on who is a Seasons fan? Sam, laughing: Yeah, a lot of older women actually, a lot of older women came up to our festival desk yesterday. Hayley: Ohh, did they? Sam: Yeah, I was heaps surprised. I was like, oh wow. Hayley also brings her Idol fans, and they really love what she does. But yesterday, that was our biggest surprise. Rising: Ever gone above and beyond for a fan? Hayley: I think it’s something we have to do. We are just starting to really build our online presence and fan base. Peter, interrupting: We don’t really have fans. (more laughter) So please be a fan. Hayley: We will go above and
beyond for you if you do, but seriously, we are thinking of things to do and trying to get creative in the way we reach out to our fans. We are thinking of doing some concerts in people’s homes and other things like that. Rising: What’s next for Seasons? Sam: Tour, album, as many gigs as we can get and try and build our fan base. Pete: In January, we head to Western Australia for the “More Than Sunday Festival”, then, end of January, we head to New Zealand for “Parachute Festival”. Hayley: We are also trying to line up a lot of school tours as we have a pretty strong message in our music of hope and we try and be encouraging in our music. The world is a big tough place. We kind of provide a strong message of hope for the future. We want to
reach out to young people and be encouraging. We also want to get to the USA at some stage, and I will be heading there early in the new year to check out a few things with some contacts I have there, so we are all really excited about that and the future. Rising: And with that a most delightful and enjoyable interview was over and it was off to shoot the cake fight portion of the shoot.
Special thanks to Kristen Huang for hair and make up.
Backstage Pass with Seasons
Xavier Toscano has had a lifelong love of music. An all-around performer, he is an actor and dancer as well. In addition to his own music videos, he has also appeared as a featured and backup dancer for a number of other artists. As an actor, Xavier has recorded national commercials for Nextel, NASCAR, Sony Playstation, and others. In California, he has been featured in ads for Blue Shield, the California Public Utilities Commission, and
others as well. Xavier has also been featured in independent films throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Xavier has been majorly influenced by MTV and the multicultural scene of the SF Bay Area, and his music reflects it. His music can be described as enthusiastic,energetic, dance-urban pop. He blends his love of disco, rap, rock, reggae and R&B music with his Latino background.
His major music influences include: Madonna, Prince, Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Kylie Minogue, Timbaland, The Neptunes, and many more. Inspired to put his love of music into action, Xavier has released two full studio albums, several music videos, and he continues to work with many different artists and collaborators in the San Francisco bay and beyond. Not content to just stand on the stage and sing, his shows combine his other talents as an actor and dancer to create an act with the flair of theatre and the flash of MTV, all tied together with his energetic pop sound. Xavier believes that pop music is the soundtrack to our lives. It has the power to carve events in our lives in stone. When you hear a pop song from your past, it has the power to take you back. It brings back memories long faded into sepia back with a colorful pop, allowing the past to be instantly relived. That is why Xavier loves music so much. And that is the power he hopes to infuse into his songs.
Rising: What inspires you the most? Xavier: I don't know. Inspiration strikes in the most unusual things and places. Sometimes for no apparent reason either... but I am obviously very inspired by great performers of all sorts. I think passion in other people really sparks my own love for what I do. Rising: What annoys you the most? Xavier: Lazy people. Or people who just don't try. Rising: What is your best and worst habits? Xavier: I have a really good work ethic. I really wish I had a better hold of my eating habits though. ;-) Rising: What are you most proud of that you have accomplished so far? Xavier: There have been so many cool things happening to me, especially this year. I think overall I am most proud of myself for overcoming a terrible childhood, to becoming a hard worker who is trying to do his best. I think I am most proud of myself for breaking the cycle I inherited. Musically, I am really happy that my latest album X has been accepted by Pandora and should be on rotation in Nov/Dec of this this year.
Rising: How do you plan to take over the world? Xavier: I am not lazy. I work very hard, and I think I adjust well to changes. So, I am going to keep on pounding the pavement until I have no knuckles left. =)
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Photography by Fredrik Ericsson Stellan Lรถfberg: Bass and harmonica Erik Willman: Drums and backing vocals Jon Rinneby: Lead vocals, guitar and producer
There has always been something bittersweet about Turn off your televisionâ€™s music, thanks to the Swedish weather and the overall moderate (sometimes lonely) way of living. To put it simply: it is a strange and ambivalent flavor of love and displeasure that is the foundation of the band - a kind of happy feeling, but still in a way, sad. The self-titled debut album is full of friendly, memorable songs, carefully arranged, always with an unforgettable melody. You are served tasteful rock music that grabs hold of you, never willing to let go. The record is slowly crafted and every song is treated with special care - the kind of melodic album that invites you to stop, listen and relax.
Turn off your television is a three man band from Sweden with influences from the 60s, 70s and 90s. Inspired by the likes of Sparklehorse, Grand Archives, Luna and Belle and Sebastian - many people describe their music as soft melodic folk rock with simple and memorable hooks. Imagine easy-going tunes, strong vocal harmonies and guitar-driven acoustic americana, mixed with a mild whiff of harmonica now and then. Blend that with some swedish depression and you have songs that float like a gentle stream, much like the calming tones of nature itself. Some people might call it soft Seattle rock, while others refer to the music as cool slow-wave or even altcountry.
Turn off your television may be Swedish, but they are also something different with their never-ending rustic feel. The result is the best of two worlds: catchy and emotional songs - yet airy and earthy - but still always enchanting. This unusual balance is what makes their self-titled debut such an personal and moving experience. The album is relentlessly beautiful, each track being sincere and emotional with easy, catchy melodies. Their debut is a mix of varying styles of ambient rock folk ballads that take you on emotive highs and lows, but never to the extremes. Last but not least, Turn off your television has always been fascinated by old things, be it guitars, microphones or old recordings. Many times their best songs have emerged playing old acoustic guitars from the 50s and 60s. They may not sound "good" in a traditional way, but instead musical and honest, just the way they like it. In the end, Turn off your television is a brilliant, tasteful example of how to smoothly incorporate tiny little pieces of music history in their own sound and turn it into something new and exciting. It's music like a warm embrace when the autumn storms arrive.
Rising: Are you living your dream (yet)? TOYT: No, we are way too sleepy for that! But we're having a great time playing together and that is really all that matters. Rising: Whatâ€™s the coolest thing that has happened to you since this all started? TOYT: All the blogs writing about us, didn't expect that at all to be honest. We felt very honored and thanks for having us in Rising magazine by the way.
Rising: Whatâ€™s your darkest secret? TOYT: Erik likes Roxette (especially Per Gessle), Jon likes Abba and Stellan likes techno Rising: What has made the struggle worth it? TOYT: Actually it was all fun recording our debut, the real struggle will probably our second album... Rising: What would you like to say to your fans? TOYT: We have fans?! That's some really great news. We love you all.
This is a place where artists, in their own words, can share their experiences in the Indie Music World
by TJ BYRNES
TRANSMISSION PARTY is not a party. From an early age, music and I were inseparable. The Beatles changed my life at the age 5. I put my first band together at 15 years old and began to write songs. My first recording experience was solely as an artist, yet I was thinking as a producer and had a specific vision for the songs. I was disappointed with the fidelity and quality of the recordings and I believed that I could do better given the chance. After a year of bugging my parents, I started writing and documenting my ideas. I recorded 15 demos that year and disbanded the group. TRANSMISSION PARTY came together nearly 5 years after my first demo was recorded. I gained some
traction and was contacted by some well-known indie artists who wanted to become producers. A year passed, I wasn’t so thrilled with the environment and the mixes they sent me were dull and boring. Yet again, I thought I could do better on my own. I booked myself a gig at the Chance in Poughkeepsie, New York to test out the material. After an overwhelmingly positive response, I began to record the TRANSMISSION PARTY ’11 EP. It was released online on January 22nd on Facebook, Twitter, and www.transmissionparty.com. The sound of TRANSMISSION PARTY comes from a number of places. One of my friends said that I had a definite ‘sound.’ If there is I can’t hear it. There are hundreds of influences.
My music is very important to me. I’m not a perfectionist, but I want to give the best product. I believe that music is an art form that needs time and absolute freedom to take shape. Working at home in my own studio provides a relaxing atmosphere that no studio can offer. I’ve been in studios and recorded in other musicians’ homes and there is a horrible sense of urgency. I’ve never been able to work in that kind of environment. If I want to work on a song for six months I can do that. If I want to make a guitar sound like it’s in the bottom of the well or create the feeling of a live recording I can do it without having to bother an engineer or a producer. I can unleash my imagination on my song in real time. There is a slight drawback with sounds, gear and capital. Studios can rent gear, but someone like me can’t. It’s something that I’ve adapted too. The lack of sounds and gear can add to the individualistic qualities of my work or even make them unique.
Artists, like myself, are looking beyond the labels, managers, and radio and are turning to the internet to get to those who are looking for something more.
Artists, like myself, are looking beyond the labels, managers, and radio and are turning to the internet to get to those who are looking for something more. The music industry is suffering from the ‘specific’. TRANSMISSION PARTY is one of the many non-specific genre bands on the Internet. We are struggling because we’re not adhering to the current trends, using Twitter and Facebook to spread the word. The future of music is in the self-reliant world of the Internet and the labels need to jump on it. TRANSMISSION PARTY has the potential to be as big as it can be. My goal is to write good songs and be able to live off of what I want to do. I want to be happy and selfsufficient. If it can make other people happy, think, or react as well that’s a bonus. TRANSMISSION PARTY is the Howard Roark of the music industry; since I can remember, I always approached things differently.
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This Chicago native has been leading the underground rap scene for the last three years with cuts like “California Dreams” featuring The Game and “Sometimes I Wonder” featuring Akon. Receiving over 9.5 million song plays on MySpace, he has consistently averaged 200,000 downloads for each independently released mixtape song to date. His mixtape “Approaching Earth” secured 105,000 downloads in its first 10 days. Vill's story is nothing short of that of making everything from nothing. Vill found music at an early age playing drums in his grandfather’s church on the south side of Chicago. He eventually went on to take piano lessons and later joined the Chicago's Children's choir. He is the oldest of 4 kids and at 7 years old his parents divorced due to his father being addicted to alcohol and abusive to his mom, the hard times didn't stop there. His mom later remarried to a man that ended up being physically abusive to Vill and his brothers. Vill turned to the streets to escape the abuse and to look for acceptance. With all the troubles it still didn't stop Vill from pushing forward. He later ended up graduating High School and going to college to play basketball in the NCAA. Music never left Vill he continued to record music and formed a group with his brothers called 'The True Ones". They
performed all around Chicago and surrounding areas. The group then broke up due to members moving to different areas. Vill didn't stop with his music aspirations and he moved to Los Angeles and connected with the right people and his career started to take off from there. Some of Vill's accomplishments started with the video for his single “Ride It” being in high rotation all year on Canada's top music video channels and is one of the most requested songs in Canada. Additionally, his single “More Than Friends” has been taking over international dance floors and has become a favorite with club DJ's across the U.K. It has been a Top 10 on the DMC R&B Club Chart and was recently number 1 on Australia's ZFM. His music has been in numerous TV shows and films. He was the face of KTLA Tribune's network station ID becoming the first ever Pop/Urban artist to do so in a major market. He's currently back in the studio working hard on new material for himself and other artists and also just finished up shooting a pilot for a T.V. series called "The Barracks". Whether he's rapping, singing, producing, acting or songwriting, his innovative approach to his artistry is always cutting edge.
Rising: What inspires you the most? Vill: Watching people make something out of their lives inspires me the most. When you come from where I come from nobody expects you to be much in life. So I love to see people that follow their dreams and prove everybody wrong. Rising: What annoys you the most? Vill: When people complain about their situation, then do nothing to change it. I hear it almost everyday of how people hate their jobs or current situation but they keep doing the same thing. I just want to tell them to shut up! lol Rising: What is your best and worst habits? Vill: My best habit is that I am always working my worst habit is that I am always working lol I would get another habit like smoking or drinking but I don't think those would work out too good for me. :)
Rising: What are you most proud of that you have accomplished so far? Vill: I have done a lot so far with a lot more to do, but I'm most proud of being in the top 5 songs of 2010 on a top 40 radio station in Canada. It felt really good to hear the DJ say that I was the most requested song on their station that year. That felt really good! Rising: How do you plan to take over the world? Vill: My brother died in 2007 due to deep depression. He was my best friend and he is the one that got me into music. We had big dreams of making a big stamp on the music industry and I'm not going to stop pushing until that happens. The only plan that I have is not to ever stop making good music.
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An Introduction to Quinn Ivory by Hilde Marie GrensbrĂĽten A train conductor, a nun and a BMX star.... ...or that is how it could have been, had these three not decided to pursue a career in music. The Train Conductor â€“ Liz Anne Hill (vocals): As a little girl, Liz was super fascinated with trains. She collected model train sets and would set up tracks all around the house, and watch captivated as the trains went around. Unconventional as it was, Liz couldnâ€™t shake the idea that when she grew up, she wanted to be a train conductor. Liz grew up in a very musical family; Everyone sings in her family, her father is a guitarist, her mom plays the piano, and her sister is multi-instrumental. When she wanted to play an instrument her father advised her to pick up the bass rather than the guitar, since he felt that was less complicated. She now plays the guitar as well, but bass is still her main instrument.
Liz has been involved with choir all her life, but only started taking vocal lessons about 5 years ago, having Mr Daniel Hayes of Sacramento teach her how to belt for real and still taking care of her vocal chords. Obviously the music is a huge part of Liz' life, but she's about so much more than that. She broke and trained her own horse, and also teaches horseback riding. Being almost as passionate about riding that as she is about her music, Liz says she feels it's healthy to have riding to turn to in moments of frustration with music, and vice versa. Another passion of Liz's is painting, she's just getting back to finding some time for that, and her band mates say that most likely some of her artwork will be incorporated in future Quinn Ivory releases.
Having a degree in Spanish, a language which, according to Val, Liz speaks impeccably, she has fun at rehearsals translating their lyrics into Spanish when singing. This causes a lot of laughs and also quite a bit of exercise as some of the choruses turn out like twelve times longer. While personally her biggest influence is her parents and friends, musically she finds herself influenced by kind of sad and depressive slow music like City & Colour, Death Cab For Cutie, Copeland, Coldplay and Lydia. In 10 years Liz would love to still be playing and singing, rocking out arenas with Logan and Val. The Nun â€“ Valerie Franco (drums): When she was little she dreamed of becoming a nun, take note that this was pre-Sister Act and she'd not even seen Sound of Music. Val simply found them cool and in hindsight thinks the German in her was attracted by the disipline the nuns live under. Val grew up with a huge music lover for a dad. She was raised to a variety of music styles but what made the biggest impact on her was her first ever Rush concert at the age of nine. Being short, she managed to sweet-talk the security to let her watch from in front of the first row. The band was great, but it only took her one look at the drummer, Neil Ellwood Peart, to get her hooked, he is still her favorite today. Coming home from the concert, Val set up her own kit in her room, using whatever she could find. Toys and bucket became drums, she attached lids to her bed posts to form cymbals and used pencils as drum sticks. Eventually her dad walked in on her and realized she was really serious about this. Val went on to be the captain of her high school drum marching band. At one point she doubted her musical future and for three years she tried to get a 'real' career as a journalist. Even though doing well, she finally one day realized she absolutely hated it, got up and walked out of the class room. By chance the music department was right next door and she was back on track. Val lists her parents as her biggest personal influences, they had her at a very young age and went through some rough times, however they always put her first. Her mom and dad met in Germany where he was stationed in the US army. They moved back and forth for a while before settling in the US, according to Val, her family story is somewhat
of a 'rags to riches' kind of story. Musically Val is influenced by the music she grew up with, such as Led Zeppelin, Rush and Michael Jackson. She's also a huge Derek Webb fan and finds his lyrics revolutionary. Like Liz she says she tends to gravitate towards the sad, depressive and mellow music, maybe because when she plays herself it's always hard and loud and the contrast is appealing. The BMX Star â€“ Logan Scott (guitar): When he was little, Logan dreamed of a future as a BMX star, he very nearly succeeded. BMX freestyle and racing was a huge part of his life and he placed very well in several state championships. Logan is the musically least experienced of the three Quinn Ivory members, having only played for four years. He decided to quit the BMX circus after
getting injured one too many times, and is now a full time musician. Musically he's influenced by the old rock'n'roll days when music actually changed countries; Jimmie Hendrix, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, artists and bands who didn't rely on anything but the realness of their music to make it. When Logan needs a break he goes line-dancing or out for coffee with friends. He's also a frozen yogurt addict and absolutely needs to have that several times a week. He says his work ethics are a heritage from his grandparents, who by being hard workers showed him the importance of never giving up. In 10 yearsâ€™ time he would like to see himself living in Australia, still making and playing music, maybe working as a producer to help young artists on their way.
When it comes to genre, Logan thinks he will be moving more in a country direction, he would love playing for the next Shania Twain and plans on marrying Taylor Swift. “Do you need a light? I’ve got this heart like a tinderbox. I’ll be yours for tonight, I’ve got this heart like a tinderbox. Break me open to look inside, light a spark and then let it die. Do you need a light? I’ve got this heart like a tinderbox.” - Tinderbox, Quinn Ivory Even though Quinn Ivory is a relatively new band, Liz and Val, have known each other for more than eight years. They've always loved the same kind of music and often found themselves writing and jamming together. In the summer of 2010 Liz and Val found themselves heading off to tour the US as drummer (Val) and bassist (Liz) in American Idol
season 8 finalist Allison Iraheta's backing band. However their first ever band experience together were as parts of an all-girl band in a commercial for 'Punk Rose Shoes'. Coming home from the tour, the girls just knew it was about time to get real with their music, they got together with guitarist Logan and Quinn Ivory was formed. Logan was previously in another band with Liz and knew of Val by reputation. According to Logan he is 'the banana to the girls peanut butter and jelly sandwich'. Starting working as a band for real they wanted to get their music out there as soon as they possibly could. The songs on the Quinn Ivory EP was written within a two week period and recorded shortly after, a task the band could not have managed if it wasn't for the efforts put in by a lot of their
to be entertaining first and foremost, not so much focus on the lyrical contents. With Quinn Ivory we want to use our lyrics to speak out. Val: We don't want to be just another band, we want to be about more than just the music and really connect with people our age. Our goal is to make people think and grow through what we do. Liz: It varies from song to song what is the easiest to create, but I'm primarily a lyricist. The words read out in my head and the music flows from that, though occasionally the music will be there before the words too. I write about complicated issues and like the words to make a rhythm, like they would in a storybook. 'Tinderbox' is a good example. The song is actually about someone I know, a dark messed up kids story. Val: A lot of bands can't write an inch of what Liz can, she's a rare talent in putting music and lyrics together. Logan: I agree. Val: We are blessed with the catchiest melodies and the most intelligent lyrics, thanks to her. â€œI dreamed love like a constellation, abstract as modern art. Something to admire but never touch, let alone comprehend.â€? - Love Like Constellations, Quinn Ivory
friends. Eventually the three song EP was released in February 2011. Currently Quinn Ivory are working on and rehearsing the material for their first full-length album. They've been together as a band longer and know each other better, and feel that they have grown a lot, allowing them to create something more mature and of more depth this time. RISING: DESCRIBE THE QUINN IVORY SOUND. Liz: It's a really wide style of technical rock/pop, no country. We've heard ourselves compared to Paramore, Anberlin, Pink and FooFighters among others. The new stuff is moving more in a Coldplay/FooFighters direction, only with a female vocals. Val: We all come into practice having listened to different things and each bring our own influences to the table. RISING: WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT, LYRICS OR MELODY, AND WHAT DO YOU FIND THE EASIEST TO CREATE? Liz: The lyrics are so important. I do studio work all the time and so much pop music intended for teenagers actually being written by middle aged men, it's really not very authentic. Club singles and most pop tunes are made
The importance of crowd participation, of bringing people in from the start and build the intensity, it takes time to build up to the special moments. I'm so winded after a show, but I really need to be talked up before going on stage to get into the right state of mind. Val: We have seen the value of being seen, that's how we got our fan base these last six months. We will take any opportunity to be out and play live. RISING: DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL PREPARATIONS BEFORE A LIVE SHOW? Logan: I don't do any voodoo or weird things like that, but I like to chew gum before going on and on stage as well, it calms me. The show itself really pumps me up and I'm stoked to be doing what I like. Liz: Val has us stretching before and after the shows which is really good. I turn into something of a different person on stage, and 'angry Liz' forgets that 'normal Liz' doesn't do head banging. A couple days after the show I can hardly get out of bed. Val: Stretching in tight show pants can be interesting. Logan: It makes me feel like a new man.
RISING: WHAT DOES THE CREATIVE PROCESS LOOK LIKE? Logan: Some days things just come together on the spot. I like to lock myself up and try and create inspiration, I'll drop whatever I do to go write stuff down if something comes to me. I need to be inspired. Liz: A lot of times we don't even use a microphone in the rehearsals, we will just use the bass, guitar and drums and sit together in a circle. Really get in touch with the goals of a song and it will be the best we have done. Or sometimes, Logan and I will come together and do something acoustic that we present to Val later. Val: When it comes to the end product it's all in or nobody in.
RISING: WHO DO YOU THINK IS THE ULTIMATE LIVE ARTIST/BAND? Logan: I've not been to too many shows lately, but I really like country music. Brad Paisley is a killer guitarist. Liz: I'd have to say Adam Lambert was pretty killer, we saw him really deliver on stage every night for four months. Carrie Underwood is another, I saw her go through a 22 song set and she aced it. Prince is an awesome live artist and so are RX-Bandits, one of my favorite bands, unfortunately they're not playing anymore. Val: Justin Timberlake, I've seen him live and it's like a circus. He totally sings, plays and dances his butt off.
RISING: HOW IMPORTANT IS A LIVE SHOW? Val: It's extremely important! So many bands suck live, we are not one of them and don't want to be one of them. Liz: Having the tour experience with Allison Iraheta we saw the importance of interludes and intros, and how to build a show as a professional director.
RISING: TOURING LIFE, BAD OR GOOD? Logan: It's definitely got the high highs and low lows. We're excited looking forward to our own tour in the future, but right now we are focused on the creative bit, making sure we actually have something to promote. RISING: WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM SONG TO COVER AND WHY? Liz: I'd cover 'Colors of the wind' from the Pocahontas movie. We would own that. Val: I've actually heard her sing it and she kills it! Logan: I think the most important with a cover is to really incorporate the original feel of the song and then add your own flavour. Liz: You just need to know what songs not to cover. There are some places you just don't go. Val: One of my favorite covers is James Ray Rensink's acoustic and stripped down version of 'California Girl'. It's really beautiful. He's turned the fun party lyrics into this slow moody song. Logan: Cover songs are important. A lot of bands have become famous through covers. Liz: I don't think I'm able to pick just one cover song made by another band as my favorite. Val: This is a hard question. Logan: I love William Hung's version of 'She Bangs', it made me laugh so hard. RISING: WHAT'S THE IMPORTANCE OF VISUAL EFFECTS? ALBUM COVERS, VIDEOS ETC? Liz: We're lucky enough to have a manager, Sarah Armstrong, who's also a good graphic designer. She
knows us both creatively and personally and can really come up with something that is representative for us. The cover of the first EP has a constellation map that refers to the song 'Love Like Constellations'. It has September mapped out, the month we got together as a band, and Quinn Ivory in big bold letters. We wanted people to know who we were and remember the name. As we go we aim to be more intimate and descriptive. Val: We actually had another concept for the EP that we didn't use that had Sarah's design and Liz' artwork, and might just bring that up again. We have plans on using Liz' artistic abilities as well in the future. Logan: I sometimes despise MTV for taking away what music was. Videos can make me love a song or make me hate it, though it can be of great importance to people who need visual aids to connect to or understand music. Val: Katy Perry's last video is revolutionary. As MTV now have turned into more of a reality show network, channels like youtube are becoming really important. Justin Bieber is proof of that. By putting videos out there and getting them re-posted you reach so many people. Liz: Videos make music visual, and made a lot of musicians see music secondary to image. We are trying to make good music first, not to look a specific way or have a specific image. RISING: HOW DO YOU MAKE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN PROMOTING YOUR BAND/MUSIC? Logan: I love social media, it's the best way to connect with people even before they hear the music. I love all of the medias we have accounts for and love the chance meet and befriend fans.
Liz: We have definitely gotten more of a local following now. We love to get out there to entertain and play for people, to make good music and meet the people we make music for. Val: We have a Street Team in the works, and this gives a more personal approach than Facebook or whatever. This is on hold at the moment, though, first thing's first, we want to have a good local base to begin with, then move further. RISING: HOW DO YOU THINK THE CHANGES IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY HAVE CHANGED THE MUSIC SCENE? Val: It's not necessarily gotten either better or worse, I don't think it has to be one or the other. In the US we're still adjusting, there's always another band website or app that needs to be checked out. We're in the midst of figuring out what is the most suitable and valid for Quinn Ivory to be on. We need to be present on the Internet, to establish our Internet presence. If someone hears about you, they google you. It's really what labels are looking for. It's about calling in favours for photo shoots, videos etc to help the Quinn Ivory team out. In the past labels sent talent scouts out to find and sign people, now you need to have a package already. You don't 'happen' over night anymore. Liz: My parents got scouted out at a club here in California and got signed, that doesn't happen anymore. RISING: BEING FROM THE US, DO YOU THINK IT'S HARDER OR EASIER TO MAKE IT HERE THAN IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD?
Liz: I think it's hard anywhere. The US audience are pretty picky, they normally go for US or UK music. Some bands seem to think that if we can't make it here, let's go to the UK. With Internet though, you can access bands worldwide pretty easily Val: I think you're equally challenged no matter where you live. RISING: IF YOU COULD FRONT A CHARITY, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY? Liz: As a band we already front a charity called 'Chains for Chains' that works to free women from sex slavery. We have information about them in our merch stand at shows. We've actually been behind this charity since we formed the band. Val: It's such an injustice, a lot of stuff happens really close to home. It's really important to help spread information, to help set them free Liz: Val and I are two young ladies who can do what we want to do, and they have no voice. RISING: WHAT IS YOUR DUTY AS A PUBLIC PERSON? Liz: To use what I've seen or my own experiences to be a voice who can spread hope and truth. To be authentic and real, and promote truth not misconceptions. Val: Paramore promotes Love146 to spread awareness on human trafficking. I think they deserve a huge amount of respect to take time on stage to tell thousands of people. They also have provoking songs that tap into issues that need to be looked at, spreading truth and realness. I love how they use their influence in a positive way.
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