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Hot and Rising The Shakedowns Kaotik Barefoot Mark Grant Duncan A Troop of Echoes Hannah Judson Arrica Rose Rubber Clown Car 1
Editors Janet McCulloch Marianna Roetto
The New Age of Independent Music
Marie Bergström Sherry Brown
Hilde Marie Grensbråten Jeff Haden Bronwen Stewart
Featured Photographers Callie Giovanna (cover) Marie Bergström Patrick J. Eves Marie Bergström
Red Aries Photography Colin Young Wolf
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Hot and Rising The Shakedowns, a high-energy rock quartet, have been taking the Alberta Music scene by storm. Playing over 50 shows last year alone, they have no
Sept 04 - Rotary Park, Whitecourt, AB Canada; opening for Sweet and Honeymoon Suite www.thisbandkicksass.com
plans of slowing down. 2010 saw the release of their first album, "Good Morning Josh...Weâ€™re Sorry" (released through Oak Apple Records) and their first tour of the western Canadian provinces. Their first single, "Who's Side", has been getting rave reviews on the radio station 96.7 The Rig out of central Alberta. With a Blues Rock influence these young Canadian rockers have been impressing crowds everywhere they go with their foot stomping beats. The major lyrical influences in the band are Skylar Dayton on Lead Guitar and Vocals and Evan Cole on Rhythm and Vocals. Followed closely behind, with a tight rhythm section, are Jen Perry on the Bass guitar and Colten Robert on the drums. This is an up and coming band you do not want to miss!
Kaotik was born Stephen Daniel Pippin in Cookeville, Tennessee. At 27, he has managed to compile 3 albums, 8 mixtapes and has a feature in the DMX starring 'Lords of the Street' by Most Wanted Films. With over 13 years of experience, Kaotik has formed his own unique style of hip hop that has been described as '_a southern swagger with a New York conviction_' by Jason Randall Smith of Impose Magazine. Named 'One of the Best Underground Hip Hop Artists of 2006' by HipHopLinguistics.com, Kaotik has evolved into something completely unheard of and original. A new breed of music has arrived in Kaotik! A musthear artist, PERIOD!!!
Hot and Rising Barefoot Mark,
aka Mark Cullimore, writes raw compelling stories about life, love and loss with a straight ahead rock sound and plays a driving guitar on top of it. If you like artists like- John Hiatt, Wilco, Joe Ely, Robert Cray, John Fogerty, Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Black Crowes, Rolling Stones, Howlin’ Wolf, etc. you are going to enjoy Barefoot Mark’s new release – “Let The Beast Run“ . Mark’s songs are in rotation on the nationally syndicated PBS show “Undercurrents”, www.radiofreeamericana.com, WPFT in Houston Tx. , WVLU in Beaumont,Tx. , KETR in Commerce, Tx. to name a few. Mark has been playing music since 1980. He has also written music for 3 plays.
Tour Dates 9-2.3.4-11 –! Terlingua, TX 9-24-11 -! Rileys – Midland, TX 10-6-11-! Sealy Flats – San Angelo, TX 10-7, 8-11 -! Party Ranch – San Angelo, TX 10-14-11 - ! The Wall – San Angelo, TX 10-19-11 - ! The Texas Café – Lubbock, TX 11-5-11 - ! Party Ranch – San Angelo, TX 12-17-11 - ! Party Ranch – San Angelo, TX
"Grant Duncan is a singer/ songwriter based in Auckland, New Zealand. After extensive stints in the UK, Japan & more recently Malaysia, Duncan has settled in Auckland to continue writing, recording & performing his eclectic blend of original material. His musical influences range from the classic 60's Brit pop/rock invasion through the late 70's punk explosion and more recently the Madchester indie scene from the early 90's. With guitar and vocals clearly the focus his music encompasses tight melodies with a variety of different guitar textures as the springboard for his lyrical themes of love, angst & social commentaries.
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Hot and Rising A Troop of Echoes traffic in catchy three-to-four minute blasts that both challenge and reward. Anchored by the furious (FURIOUS) rhythm section of Dan Moriarty (drums) and Harrison Hartley (bass), the melodic playground is left free for guitarist Nick Cooper and saxophonist Peter Gilli. Together, they marry the frantic noise of Sonic Youth's most avant-garde wet dreams with hypnotizing melodies that stick in the brain like hit singles from some bizarre parallel universe where Brian Eno and Paul McCartney put out successful duo records.
9/2/11 Piano’s in NYC. Conveyor’s record release show. http:// atroopofechoes. bandcamp.com
Hannah Judson is a singer/songwriter originally from the east coast, who decamped to Paris, France in 2005. She plays in and around Paris, and put out a CD this past spring called “Underbelly” with producer Michel Esquelin. Her sound has been compared with Cat Power, Lucinda Williams and Michelle Shocked. Underbelly’s songs serve as stories where a sequence of characters, male and female, fall, leap, love, lie, argue, explain and hope. Judson brings a sense of hope and humor to these stories. She claims as songwriting influences Leonard Cohen and Liz Phair. "Hannah is performing in and around Paris, Judson moved to France from Chicago where she had gone to graduate school at the School of the Art Institute to study painting and art France this fall. http://www.hannahjudson.com/concerts.html education. While in graduate school she formed her first band, Salt Lick, a grunge 4 piece located in Wicker Park. She continued playing music, www.HannahJudson.com influenced by the vibrant Chicago alt-country and alternative rock scene, as well as painting, and teaching art and design. The move to France was creatively liberating, but her work maintains a www.CDbaby.com/cd/hannahjudson definitely American perspective.
Hot and Rising Arrica Rose
of "Arrica Rose & The ...'s" bought her first electric guitar at age 15 and learned the instrument while playing in Uxby, an all girl punk-rock trio that performed live extensively at Los Angeles area venues like The Smell and Cobalt Café with bands such as Commander Venus, Still Life, and Jimmy Eat World. After high school, Rose took a bit of a hiatus from music and attended USC film school but soon began self-releasing her lo-fi home recordings. Upon graduation she promptly put together The …‘s and their debut album People Like Us was co-produced by Rose and Larry Crane (Elliott Smith, The Decemberists, Sleater-Kinney). "Let Alone Sea" is the band’s third full-length release. Atmospheric dream-pop, moody folk and vintage psychedelia provide a lush, dark setting for Arrica's tremulous lead vocals and silky, massed harmonies. The album was produced by Dan Garcia with Rose. This is Rose’s most honest and intimate work to date, a collection of 10 timeless songs with a warmth and depth usually http://www.arricarose.com reserved for vintage recordings. http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/arrica-rose- With its haunting melodies and the-...s/id251231707?uo=4 imaginative lyrics, “Let Alone Sea” walks the unique line between http://www.mediafire.com/?723ta9w95sjgldl contemporary and classic.
Rubber Clown Car is: Dirk Prysby: Guitar, Vocal, Percussion Fred Beasley: Guitar, Vocal, Drums Tony Pantalones: Bass, Keys, Remainder We consider ourselves a power-pop or as I call it "junk pop" band. We all share a love of great songs no matter what the genre. We love to experiment with new sounds and torturing equipment and software to do things it was/they were not designed to do. No idea is too crazy to try, we throw them all out there and see which ones support the song. A lot of our instruments are mutations of regular instruments such as the Bongo Guitar which tends to show up on a lot of tracks. Songwriting usually starts with a title or chorus, which many times is influenced by the mis-hearing of a lyric of another song ("Am I crazy or did he just say 'Schoolgirl Zombies'..."). The most http://www.rubberclowncar.net important thing for us is to push the boundaries of the standard pop song, http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ balancing song structure rubber-clown-car/id189358038 with new ideas and just enjoying it ourselves. If we do, we know that someone http://www.archive.org/download/Coward/ September 2011 11 else will too. RubberClownCar-Coward_64kb.mp3
Festival Five A small Rising selection of Independent Artists at Music Festivals ! ! ! !
The Festival: Austin City Limits When: September 16th to 18th Where: Austin, Texas For More Artists and More info: http://www.aclfestival.com/
Kurt Vile and the Violators
http://www.kurtvile.com/ It has been said that Kurt Vile is the current nominee for the job of “saving rock n' roll”. He has been compared to Leonard Cohen and Tom Petty and there is definitely retro sounds in his music. We think he is a not-to-be-missed show.
http://deltaspirit.net/ Delta Spirit is a touring force of nature, doing approx. 290 shows in 2 years. Tireless and hardworking, this band is a live show to be seen!
http://www.wild-beasts.co.uk/ This UK pop band is on a massive world-wide tour this year, and Austin was lucky enough to get them. Don't miss them. September 17
Fitz and the Tantrums
http://fitzandthetantrums.com/ This posh looking group exploded on the scene in Los Angeles, they've come a long way since their first show at Hollywood's Hotel Cafe in December, 2008. It's no miracle either- they are just damn good. September 18
Broken Social Scene
http://www.brokensocialscene.ca/ This Canadian indie musical collective has had as few as six or as many as nineteen members at any one time. Described as “baroque pop” this group has a soaring sound, with a huge range of musical instruments.
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A small Rising selection of October Music Festivals A3C Hip Hop Festival- The Masq, Atlanta, Georgia- Oct. 6-8 Ticket prices- $40 to $45 http://www.a3cfestival.com/ Seven years down, AC3 is the largest Hip Hop Fest in the Southeast drawing 12,000 in 2010. In addition to live music, the fest features breakdance, graphic art, fashion and film. Joshua Tree Roots Music FestivalJoshua Tree, CA- Oct. 8 & 9 Ticket prices- $70 (early bird) http://www.joshuatreemusicfestival.com/ Two stages alternate for continuous music at this desert roots fest. An intimate setting provides up close entertainment. They also provide free water!
CMJ Music & Film Marathon- New York City, NY.- Oct. 18-22 http://www.cmj.com/marathon/ Ticket prices- $275 1,200 artists in some of the greatest nightclubs and theatres of the city. Enough said! The Voodoo Experience- City Park, New Orleans, LA- Oct. 28- 30 Ticket prices- $150 to $500http:// thevoodooexperience.com/2011/ An impressive line-up of popular bands plus art installations creates a multi-sensory experience. (just being in New Orleans is a multi-sensory experience!) MoogFest- Asheville, NC- Oct. 28-30Ticket prices- $150-$200 http://www.moogfest.net/ Honoring the vision of sonic pioneer Robert Moog's musical instruments and inventions. Panel discussions, workshops, art exhibitions, installations and film screenings round out this festival.
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"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!
Dress For Success by Sherry Brown
Glam it up! Sadly, we are still judged on our appearance, rather than our talents and value as human beings, and as the old adage goes “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”. Sure you can stand on stage and play for an audience, but what do you have that will keep their eyes on you? What do they see when you perform live? Have you left your garage band image behind you, or do you just roll out of bed ! an hour before show start? Your audience wants glamour, they pay to hear your music and for a show. A well coordinated clothing and stage design will be easy on the audience’s eye, make a favorable impression and give your fans a show. Look the part; it makes your band look like one unit as opposed to a group of random hobos. Dress for your fans, dress to attract fans and dress to respect your fans. You don’t have to give up your personal style to be in a band; your active message is in your music and if you want your message to be heard, pull everything together and look like a solid musical unit.
Be friendly, why do you think performers sing a line and then point the microphone toward the audience? It’s to create experience for your fans, and make them feel like a part of the show. Create the energy feedback by making eye contact and smiling and singing to audience members. Your image is just as important as ability; you may want to hire a stylist or ask several people for feedback on your overall stage style. A different perspective from outside your band can be quite valuable. If you’re still unsure on what makes a fantastic show, look up the Rolling Stones Tour of the Americas (1975) lotus stage design, if that doesn’t inspire you, throw your instruments away. Alternately, watch your favorite music videos, ask yourself what catches your eye and makes them entertaining to watch. Your band is your business, and it’s important to be business-like and professional. You are constantly marketing your band to the public and constantly under the microscope. The more professional you are the more people will want to hire you.
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Introducing Miss Sarah Ault by Hilde Marie Grensbråten “...this record is dedicated to my 5 year old self, sitting naked at an old upright trying to find my voice and someone to listen to it...” (from the credits on her album The Pressure Beneath) We had the pleasure of visiting her in her home for a private living room session on the very same piano featured in this picture.
S h e m i g h t n e ve r h a ve become the interior designer she dreamed about becoming when she was little, but has created a home that is an oasis of creativity and personality, and she does like to do her own home improvement. At the moment she works doing hair for film to pay for her living, but says that the thought of doing that for the rest of her life doesn’t appeal to her. PICTURES I TOOK OF MYSELF When Sarah was just a baby, her mom bought a piano hoping that either her or her brother would play it, that might just have been a huge success. Sarah took piano lessons from the age of 4 to 7, but then stopped, claiming she has problems following things through. However after playing the guitar for a while she went back to the piano, and it's stuck with her ever since.
“Sometimes I'll be done with the day and be ready to sleep when songs demand me back out of bed and to the piano.”
She grew up in a musical family and says her parents are her biggest personal influences. They taught her to never sacrifice her dreams for anyone or anything. Her dad is like an unsung hero to her, he plays the guitar, sings and writes amazing songs that may never see the light of day. Sarah's mom is a recording artist herself, she made a country album 5 years ago called Pieces Of My Heart and Sarah actually sings on it. Country music is kind of her secret inspiration she admits. Sarah's first own recording was a burnt CD she brought
around to sell at her first shows, called Pictures I Took Of Myself. In 2008 she released a 6 song EP called Dekora Sessions that was recorded in her friend’s studio. The current and her first full length album, The Pressure Beneath, was released earlier this year. Releasing the a l b u m independently and funding it through her daytime job, meant it was a long and slow process as the recordings had to be done on weekends and her days off. It actually took over a year from the first production meeting till she had the finished product in her hands. You can listen to The Pressure Beneath for free at
http:// www.soundcloud.com/ sarahault, buy it
from iTunes world wide, or order a physical copy from her web page http:// cargocollective.com/ sarahaultmusic.
(by doing so all the money goes directly back to the artist, and she includes a
written note and a sticker in the shipment) When asked to describe the sound of her music, she describes it as “Emotionally piano driven, female fronted, indie pop/rock” and lists Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Florence and The
Machine, Dresden Dolls, and Amanda Palmer as artists that both have been favorites to her growing up and have some of the same sound. Other musical influences from her earlier days were Patsy Cline and Joni Mitchell.
However her current biggest influences musically show a wide range of musical taste, from earlier mentioned Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor to Mike Patton. The latter being above all her hero, even if her music isn't that crazy, she wants to be a female Mike Patton. She says she will make music with everybody that wants to make music with her and is involved in a lot of projects from different genres, such as The Secks, The Nudie Magazines, The DeeTees and Till The 27th. RISING: Where do you see yourself 10
years from now career-wise? Sarah: I would like to be touring, or be in the middle of touring in between making a record or the other way around. I want to be a recording touring artist, that is really what musicians are supposed to do, and I hope that my career will take me places where I can have the freedom to do just that. I want to travel the world, and if I just make enough money to make a living and be comfortable doing what I
love, I don't need luxury. Although having a big house would be nice. RISING: How important are the live performances to you? Sarah: They are my foundation. For a long time I didn't want to record, I felt I got my point across from just playing live where the audience can see me, look me in the eyes and get where I'm going with my music, some records feel almost cold. Playing live is such a high, it's the most amazing feeling to really connect with a crowd. For years my live performances were just me and the piano, and some of my songs are so emotional that I feel like I'm stripping my clothes off, standing in front of the audience naked. To combat that emotion, I tend to be overly jokey in my banters between songs, trying to get by with bad humor to make myself feel better and laugh it off. These days, however, I have a band; an upright bass player, a drummer, 2 back-up singers and
i n addition to that, a guy that can fill in on piano and accordion. Playing with a band is fun, engaging and different, sometimes it's hard to transfer the songs from just me to the band. To be able to make things work, when playing with people on a timely basis, they need to be able to follow my lead and watch me all the time. I am the conductor. I am running the show, controlling the band with my movements. My drummer is awesome like that, she sees me breathe and knows a change is coming.
RISING: Are there any particular artists/ bands that you feel are good examples of an ace live show? Sarah: The Dresden Dolls, they are just the piano player and drummer and with those two instruments they put up the best live show I've ever seen. Every beat they hit together, it's minimalistic, not exactly a Super Bowl half time show, just real music. Their performances make me cry every time. I think I've seen them 15 times by now.
RISING: Do you have any special preparations or routines before a live show? Sarah: If I'm playing with other people I like to take a minute to connect with them and let them know how much I appreciate them and that they are willing to take the time to be part of my dream and my vision. I do my best to keep that sacred, but they need to know that I appreciate their inputs and help. Iâ€™m always super nervous before a show. I drink tea and try to meditate a bit. My dad always reminds me that nerves are an important part of staying humble. RISING: Share with the Rising readers a particular concert experience you will never forget. Sarah: I didn't have very many recordings that people could take home, and listen to, until after this last release of The Pressure Beneath. The ones I had prior were, in my opinion, not good enough, or just demos, but now that people have a full length record to learn and love, they can sing along at my shows. The last show I
played here in Los Angeles, everyone was singing along. It felt so amazing and I have never experienced that before. It made me really happy. RISING: Where do you find inspiration for your songs and what does your creative process look like? Sarah: I would have to say the lyrics are what are most important to me. Before I wrote songs, I wrote poetry and the first song I ever wrote was my way of trying to put music to a poem. I like the focus to be on what I'm singing, of course I want it to sound good, but every word I sing is methodical and means something. I write about what I know. I know love, I've known some amazing people, my friends and family, and the relationships I have are definitely where I pull the most inspiration from. Sometimes I write stuff from other peopleâ€™s views, or about something I've seen happen. Recently I stumbled across some old lyrics I wrote, and was amazed by how much I felt when I was at such a young age, what was
wrong with me? Ha ha. I've always had a strong need to be heard. The Pressure Beneath is about this pressure that's always been inside me to do something, to say something. I'll wake up with a song in my head, or start humming while working, sometimes I'm not even sure where they come from. Things like that make me believe in a higher power, because some songs seem to not come from me but through me. I find I cannot force anything, but should I have to, I think it would be easier to force the music than the lyrics. I'm really not the kind of artist who can just decide to write a song about this or that and make it happen. I don't write sheet music, so when inspiration hits, I'll sit down at the piano, close my eyes, put my hands on the keys and just find out what sounds good. Sometimes I'll be done with the day and be ready to sleep when songs demand me back out of bed and to the piano. RISING: Would you like to share the story behind one of your songs? Sarah: I was in Paris and saw the Adrien Brody movie, The Jacket. It was about this war veteran
who had amnesia. They put him in a psych ward, and they would lie him in this drawer as part of the treatment. The sensory deprivation made him start remembering what happened in the past. My song “Shhh” is loosely based on that movie, plus the Paris trip had me drunk most of the time and I feel it would take a soul digging like that to remember it all. RISING: What would be your dream song to cover? What do you think makes a good cover song? Sarah: I'd love to cover any Faith No More or Mr. Bungle song, but the lyrical content, plus Mike Patton's vocal range doesn't ever seem to match up. I'll have to work on that. I think that to make a really good cover, you need to cover a song that people know, but you have to be able to do it better than the original. If the original is a really epic song, you need to pull out the big guns. Or you could do a cover of a really obscure song from a band that people know, but do it from a new perspective. Snake River Conspiracy’s version of “Lovesong” by The Cure is the best cover ever! The heavy
industrial electronic twist in the intro gets me every time. My best friend’s band, The Haun Solo Project, does an incredible cover of Nirvanas “Heart Shaped Box.” So far I've not heard anyone cover my own songs, but a friend wants to cover “Just Fine”, so I'm just waiting for it to happen. RISING: What do you think of the importance of visual effects, album covers, videos etc? Sarah: I think the perfect album cover is something simple and beautiful that expresses the artist or what they are trying to get across with the actual album, or sometimes even just a cool picture. I think Fiona Apple's Tidal is a good example of an amazing cover, it's just her face. She looks innocent yet sexy, and by showing people her face, she draws them in and make them want to know who she is. My cover does not show my face, and I was actually advised against doing it that way as some people thought it was not good marketing, but it totally fit my vision of how the cover was going to be, so that's how it is.
Videos, I think, are an amazing creative way to bring people into a different world. I work on movies so I'm into being expressive and showing different sides to music. You can more express what the song means to you in a video. Directors might have ideas without actually knowing the history of the song, and that could be a good video, but I really want a storytelling aspect connected to the song. It needs to be real. I actually have a video in the works right now, that I'm about to take the photographs for and edit myself. It's going to be for “Shhh”. There are plans for another video as well, but my friend who is going to direct it is busy with his own band at the moment. RISING: In our time everybody uses social media, how do you make use of that to promote your music? Sarah: I try to use Facebook and Twitter as much as I can, but it's difficult. This form of self promotion is important, you reach a lot of people, but you have to be careful. People get tired, I know I do, of event invites etc. It's important to find a balance between making people love you
and make them want to slap you. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, but if it's too squeaky they might just throw you away and get a new wheel entirely. I really like the Street Team concept. I've been on a lot of teams for bands I've loved, it made me feel special to the band, and I got to tell people about them and share the music. As an artist it is pretty amazing to have people do that footwork for you. Personally I think you will listen more to what another music lover tells you than what a musician tells you. RISING: How do you think the changes in the music industry have influenced the music scene? Indie labels vs major labels? Sarah: I'm not quite sure how I feel about this. I wish you could still get discovered and signed, and become a big thing over night. I mean that still happens but not very often. Being independent I have all the control, all the music goes directly from me to my fans. I've seen and heard about a lot of artists who get major backing and lose a lot of creative freedom. I
enjoy being an independent artist, but wouldn't mind being signed. If I could make money and tour, and be pushed by an indie label, that would be just fine. The major labels have more money, but with that comes more indifference. They don't care about the artistsâ€™ welfare etc. All they want is to make money off you. Proof that you can still be discovered is one of my friends who was signed. This friend now has to go through a lot of things I don't even have to think about, like giving my music to someone who doesn't know me. In the end I think it's about who you know and how you make use of those contacts, I feel I know enough people in this city to get there soon, but it's still hard work, and for an independent artist a lot of expenses that needs to be payed somehow. Press packages and EPK's need to be made for approaching labels, the art is to make them without spending too much money and without the help of a marketing firm. I do however think that I'm starting to get to a
place where I need a manager. It's hard managing yourself.
me as a role model and wanted to be like me, by being myself I won't do that.
As for advice to new artists I would tell them to be self aware, know if you actually have talent or if it's something you wish you could do. The biggest disservice people can do is to tell someone they're great when they're not. If you're not great, you're probably wasting your time. This might sound harsh but it's the way it is. Ask people in your life to be completely honest with you and take the criticism lovingly and not personally. It's hard to be told that the thing you love more than anything is not connecting to someone, but if you really believe in yourself, you have to do that, then keep going, if you're not confident or don't believe in yourself it's going to be stripped away.
Once I thought it would be fun to start out confusing people, so that they would not know what was true and not, I mean people would read anything anyway. I'm a good person though, I'm not going to apologize for who I am.
RISING: If you could front a Charity, what would it be and why? Sarah: I recently played at a fundraiser for foster kids, hosted by this woman who helps get homeless kids off the street, especially foster kids. These kids don't have the natural tie to their families and have nowhere else to go. I would really want to help homeless, drug addicted and suicidal teenagers. As a public person I think the only thing I can offer is to be myself and to be honest. If I presented myself as one way and turned out another, I would disappoint the people who saw
I think Lady Gaga is a good example of a public person who uses her name and position to do positive things for others. She donated a huge percentage of her monster ball tour to helping get estranged teens off the streets. It's really important for kids to know that just because their parents don't accept them for who they are, there are people out there who do. Lady Gaga has shown that to a lot of people. RISING: If you could be God for one day, what would you do? Sarah: I AM God, we all are. God is in everyone, as soon as we realize that, we can start healing what is wrong in this world, not just sit around and wait for an actual saviour to arrive. I would tell people that they are good, that they should love themselves and everyone else.
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Red Aries Photography VK Lynne is a BMI singer/songwriter from Los Angeles, CA. She has completed 3 full-length CD's, including her most recent, Whiskey or Water, which was recorded in Denmark with producer James Thomas (Cher/Beth Hart/HĂ¸gni). It has been well-received by critics and internet radio, and garnered VK a prodigious cyber-following. However, VK does not restrict herself to her solo efforts; she currently sings and co-writes for several developing acts, in genres varying from metal to blues to country. She has performed with her band throughout Southern California at venues ranging from the House of Blues on Sunset to the Viper Room to the Brixton South Bay. She has shared bills with such notable artists as: Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Beth Hart, Cross Canadian Ragweed, and Dilana.
Rising: What inspires you the most? VK: It's going to sound unappetizing, but pain. My best work has come out of wrenching situations, mine and others'. The lessons I've learned from them, and the ways in which I've survived them, have been the fodder for my music/scripts.
Rising: What annoys you the most? VK:WAITING! When I'm working on a project, and I see how something should go, or how it's GOING to go, but I can't seem to get the others involved to see it yet... because they have to come to it on their own. And while I know that's healthy...it annoys the hell out me. Rising: What are your worst and best habits? VK: They are one and the same- Extremism!!! If I'm doing something, I'm going full-bore, 300%. This allows me to get into creative-dark-and-twisty-mode and not see daylight for weeks...but it also can make me really hard to live with! And there are things that can be taken too far, that make something which was once good, now a hindrance. That's what my song â€œWhiskey or Waterâ€? is about...finding moderation in all things in life. I'm still looking.:) Rising: What are you most proud of that you have accomplished so far? VK: Not compromising. In the ways that count. I'm a singer/songwriter who also writes & directs screenplays. And those things don't usually go together in one 'colorful' package:) But here I am!:) In all reality, no one WANTS to struggle...but it's so much harder to live with your life when it's not your own. Of course, you must evolve, be open to others' input, and, at times, challenge your own notions. But there have been several times when I've been asked,
told, ORDERED by people in "the industry" to completely turn my back on what I want to accomplish (musically, personally and artistically) in the name of 'success'. But that success would have been very shallow and based on lies...based on someone else's goals, someone else's vision...so it wouldn't have been my life anymore- or my art. So then...what would I be left with? I have no interest in being an instrument for someone's vicarious mainstream stardom. Rising: How do you plan to take over the world? VK: Ha! Who wants to? I think that's a huge part of the problem with society today- everyone is trying to TAKE OVER the world instead of CONTRIBUTING TO the world and working to change it for the better. Everyone is fighting to be the only voice heard instead of being a part of the song:). So, I would say that I contribute intellectual anarchy by encouraging truth. Because I believe that truth leads to creativity. Even when honesty is painful, shitty... embarrassing! Whiskey or Water was all about 3 years of my life when I was on a rampage of bad decisions that almost ended me. To own up to them was all those things, but I knew that others had to have had the same experiences and feelings. And when the songs came out, the emails started coming in, telling me,"Oh my God, THAT'S my life! Thank you for making me feel less alone." When that's the feedback you're getting,
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you know you have a mission.But there has to be more to it beyond just those 10 songs...you can't stay in that place. If I made Whiskey or Water Part II, it would be tantamount to saying that once you're down, that's your identity. And it's not. You learn lessons from life's experiences, and they change the way you operate...you have to get creative when you get honest with yourself and step outside of the box that either life- or you yourself -has you in. So I've learned more about how I want to express myself, and it's changing the way I do it. For instance, I'm part of a group called Eve's Apple; it's a collective of female rock, metal and goth singers. I've been writing with an amazing singer in Germany, and I've begun singing for another band in Spainboth projects are in the symphonic metal genre. And my new solo material, which we're working on recording right now, is being billed as 'the sound of Adele fronting Evanescence':). It's where I am right now. It doesn't mean that Whiskey or Water isn't still a part of me. It's just a new day. A new beginning. You can't always be singing the blues.:) Now, I don't know how much it's changing the world- not conforming to (or accepting) 'the way it is', and just coloring outside the damn lines... and encouraging others to do the same! But it's what I do. It's not always pretty or neat or successful...and I don't always enjoy it. But I'll be honest about that, too. And the truth shall set you free.:)
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Tomorrows Bad Seeds is: Moises Juarez (lead vocals) Sean Chapman (vocals/guitar) Mathew McEwan(vocals/guitar) Patrick Salmon (drums) Andre Davis (bass) Conscious lyrics and laid back beats have been the band’s solid foundation in the creation of Tomorrows Bad Seeds music. Emerging from the city of Hermosa Beach California in 2004, Tomorrows Bad Seeds use their diverse talents and multicultural influences to capture their audience’s hearts. Their onstage presence is entrancing and leaves you craving more, once you see this band live you are hooked and will be a fan for the long haul. This 5 piece American band aims to spread mindful and positive lyrics that all people can relate and identify with! Meet the Seeds: Moises Juarez (lead vocals), Sean Chapman (vocals/guitar), Mathew McEwan (vocals/guitar), Patrick Salmon (drums), and Andre Davis (bass). TBS released their first album in 2007 titled “Early Prayers”. With hits like Vices, Love Street, and Bad Seeds the band sparked the interest of a very loyal grass roots following and caught the eye of independent record label Urbantone
Records. In 2009 Urbantone Records signed Tomorrows Bad Seeds and in 2010 released their second album “Sacred For Sale”. In Tomorrows Bad Seeds young career they have reached over 200,000 downloads and this number continues to grow. They have been on the road non- stop touring across the US with popular bands like The Wailers, Katchafire and Iration. They are making their second appearance at Warped Tour 2011, and earlier this year in March they made their TV debut on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson performing catchy love song “Only For You”. Keeping the momentum going the boys are getting ready to release their hot new single “Nice & Slow” on August 15th 2011! If you haven’t had a chance to witness this great talent, time to treat yourself. You can find Tomorrows Bad Seeds music online on Itunes, Amazon, CDbaby, etc. and some retail stores. Our fans can reach us on top social media sites such as Myspace, Facebook, Twitter and on our official web page.
Rising: Your slogan is “conscious lyrics for the conscious mind”. Can you explain this? TBS: When we're writing "conscious" songs about love, life, politics, drug abuse, etc, we are not trying to push a message on people, just make them aware of what’s going on around them. Rising: Your band formed in 2004. Can you tell us who started the band? Were you all friends before? Is there a story behind your name? TBS: Moi and Matthew started the band as an
acoustic duo. As their local popularity grew they formed a full band adding Sean on guitar along with a drummer and bassist, later to be replaced by Dre and Pat. The name Tomorrows Bad Seeds came from a graffiti crew that a few of us were involved with as kids. Rising: Do any of you have formal music training? TBS: Dre and Pat both went to MI (Musicians Institute) in Hollywood. Rising: Your music has been described as “multicultural”.
How do YOU describe your music? What genre does it fit into? TBS: Multicultural is a perfect word to describe our music. We have so many vast influences that it makes it hard to put a label on. Rising: Your first album had more of a reggae/ hip-hop feel to it than the second album. Was this a conscious decision to move more toward rock? TBS: Second album was more of an experimental project to see which areas we could grow. Rising: What was the writing process for your most recent album? TBS: We were touring heavily at the time so it made the writing process more spontaneous. Rising: Do you have plans for the next album yet? TBS: Yes, we are releasing a single titled "Nice and Slow" in Aug.
Rising: Back in November you received the â€œCommercial Success Awardâ€? at the Los Angeles Music Awards for having more than 150,000 downloads of your music in 2010. What do you attribute to this astounding indie success story? TBS: Excessive touring and of course the love we get from our fans. Rising: Your record label Urbantone Records, an independent label, had you as their very first band. With no radio or promotion, your first album got over 50,000 downloads. Can you tell us about your relationship with Urbantone? TBS: We are fortunate to have a solid team behind us that we can trust and believe in us. Our relationship with Urbantone Records and the rest of our crew are family. Rising: What advice do you have for other indie bands just starting out? TBS: Don't expect too much too soon, keep playing shows, and have fun with it.
Rising: Do all of you contribute to writing the songs and developing your stage show? Who does what parts? TBS: Yes, everyone contributes to the creativity of the band in every way. Rising: What do you think the future of independent music is going to look like in the next 5 or 10 years? TBS: Who's to say? Everything is constantly changing around us, especially the music industry. One thing you can count on is that TBS is here for the long haul.
The Official music video for the new single, "Nice & Slow", has been released on YouTube! http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=zWlfvNPpzMY The song has hit #1 on CDBaby's reggae chart!
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Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Iration & Through The Roots on TOUR September 17, 2011- Red Fest- Red River, NM September 24, 2011- Marquee Theater- Tempe, AZ September 25, 2011- Hotel Congress- Tucson, AZ September 27, 2011- Launchpad- Albuquerque, NM September 28, 2011- Conservatory, Oklahoma City, OK September 29, 2011- The Loft- Dallas, TX September 30, 2011- House Of Rock- Corpus Christi, TX October 1, 2011- Emo’s Alternative Bar- Austin, TX October 2, 2011- Warehouse Live- Studio October 4, 2011- Tipitin’a Uptown- New Orleans, LA October 5, 2011- The Masquerade- Atlanta, GA October 6, 2011- Firestone- Orlando, FL October 7, 2011- Culture Room- Fort Lauderdale, FL October 8, 2011- FreeBird Live- Jacksonville Beacj, FL October 9, 2011- The Music Farm- Charleston, SC October 11, 2011- The Soapbox LaundroloungeWilmington, NC October 12, 2011- Amo’s Southend- Charlotte, NC October 13, 2011- Cat’s Cradle- Carrboro, NC October 14, 2011- Jewish Mother- Virginia Beach, VA October 15, 2011- The Gramercy Theater- New York, NY
October 16, 2011- Rock and Roll Hall- Washington, DC October 19, 2011- Brighton Music Hall- Allston, MA October 20, 2011- The Note- West Chester, PA October 21, 2011- Frankie’s- Toledo, OH October 22, 2011- Subterranean- Chicago, IL October 23, 2011- Cicero’s- Saint Louis, MO October 24, 2011- 7th Street Entry- Minneapolis, MN October 26, 2011- Bluebird- Denver, CO October 27, 2011- The Complex- Denver, CO October 28, 2011- Top Hat Lounge & Casino Inc.Missoula, MT October 29, 2011- Neumos- Seattle, WA October 30, 2011- Hawthorne Theatre- Portland, OR November 1, 2011- Knitting Factory- Reno, NV November 2, 2011- Senator Theatre- Chico, CA November 3, 2011- Ace Of Spades- Sacramento, CA November 4&5 2011- House Of Blues- San Diego, CA November 6, 2011- Orpheum Theatre- Flagstaff, AZ November 11, 2011- House Of Blues- West Hollywood, CA November 12, 2011- Regency Ballroom- San Francisco, CA
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Hank and Cupcakes
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Hank and Cupcakes are Ariel Scherbacovsky Sagit Shir
Rising: You are both from Israel. How long were you involved in making music there? Cupcakes: For ever..Hank started playing bass at 15 and worked his way up in the music industry to the point that he was playing with some pretty heavy artists before relocating to NY. I always loved to sing and composed my first song at age 16. My first really serious band was with Hank and my former reincarnation in the shape of an acoustic trio! Our friend Ronnie Reshef (who
incidentally also lives in NYC and is currently doing a PHD in classical composition) was the guitar player, we played quiet original music to the lyrics of famous (and quite dead) Israeli poets. Rising: How would you describe your music? And how has it evolved since you've been in New York? H&C: No matter what we answer to this, we always feel like we're boxing our music... Well,
we're definitely in the field of dancy/groovy pop music. Our sound has an edgy raw sound to it since it's just the bass & drums and we do put a lot of thought into keeping our sound different & new. NY has a lot to do with the evolution of our sound, this city has a lot to draw from, mainly from the notion that everything is possible here. That really opens things up in our minds and in our music. Rising: How is the indie music scene there different from North America? H&C: It's naturally much smaller both in the amount of bands and in the amount of listeners and therefore holds less opportunities for expansion and growth. Rising: When you first moved to Brooklyn, did you find it a cultural shock or did you fit right in? H&C: It was love a first sight. We felt so good and inspired in NYC, we've never felt more comfortable anywhere else. Rising: How did you get started in the music scene in New York? Did you do it all yourself or were there other people or resources that
helped you? H&C: We got started, literally from trying to figure out what venues existed, who to contact and even - how to word emails to the promoters. The few friends we knew were
NY has a lot to do with the evolution of our sound, this city has a lot to draw from, mainly from the notion that everything is possible here.
musicians from the classical world so there wasn't much help there from an industry point of view but gradually we started making friends and playing shows and things got easier. We definitely started, as they say, from the bottom. Rising: There are lots of opportunities to do live shows in your neighborhood of Williamsburg,
Brooklyn. How do you change up your show to keep it fresh when playing in the same area? H&C: Recently it has been nudity, sticky tape and a huge bunny head but who knows what the future holds! Rising: Have you been touring or do you plan on taking your show on the road? Have you seen much of the US/North America since you've been here? H&C: We have been very lucky to have been touring quite a lot. We've been on 3 tours this year and it's the perfect holiday for us! We get to play a lot, see the country, meet new and interesting people and have a lot of unexpected adventures. It's is one of our favorite things to do. Rising: I read that you opened for the band Placebo back in Israel. That must have been amazing! How did that come about? H&C: A friend in Israel turned the promoter of the festival onto us and he liked our sound and flew us out to play the show. It was the biggest show we'd played back then and an
Recently it nudity, sticky huge bunny who knows future holds!
has been tape and a head but what the
amazing experience. It definitely gave us an appetite for more shows of that kind (as in big ones!) Rising: Are the audiences different in the two countries? Is one better or more rewarding to play for? H&C: You know how they say we're all red under our skin (hmm..do they say that?) anyway, people who love music are people who love music, it's always rewarding no matter where we are. If the crowd digs what we're doing, it's magical everywhere.
Rising: What other countries around the world have you played shows in? Tell us about your favorite place to play. H&C: We've played a few shows in London, Israel obviously and we're off to Berlin to record and play, we might also play in Copenhagen. NY is probably one of our
favorites, so are Utica, NY, Rochester, NY, and Harrisburg, PA where we have been playing quite a lot and have a great following of really awesome fans. More recently also Miami, FL, Tampa, FL, Ashville, NC, Austin, TX and Philly, PA in which we are doing better and better and the list keeps growing with every tour we go on. Rising: Do both of you do the songwriting? Or does one of you do the music and the other the lyrics? Cupcakes: I write the lyrics and the songwriting is always a collaboration whether it's actually composing together in the rehearsal studio or me bringing a ready composed-on-the-piano song for Hank to reconstruct with his crazy pedals. Rising: You've got some really great music videos out. Can you tell us about the creative process in making them? H&C: We have had the luck of getting the interest, time, and creativity of amazing artists such as Matt Bockleman, Casey
Randerson, Xiang Ren, Tom Sands and Nick Girard who have given their time and talent to create these videos. Usually there is an initial idea elaborated by the director and us and then while we're shooting, there is a lot of improvisation and spontaneity, which is something that we really like. Rising: Do you think the videos have actually helped get your music out to a larger audience? H&C: Definitely, we are always checking the statistics for who's watching the videos and are always amazed to see how many people watch them in places where we've never played or been, especially in the US, South America and Europe. Rising: Where did the name “Hank and Cupcakes” come from? Who coined it? H&C: It's a Charles Bukowski reference. His nickname was Hank and one of his lover’s names was Cupcakes. Our friend Amit Shaked from the Tel Aviv band - Wishville -
suggested it while we were watching a documentary about Bukowski. Rising: What do you do when you are not making music? H&C: Most of the time it's H&C related stuff, there's always a lot (sometimes too much) to do outside of rehearsal. Our daily routine when we're not on tour is usually to rehearse till 3:30pm, eat something and then work till night on our laptops on all the non musical side of the band including answering all sorts of emails, coordinating things, tour and show planning, answering this interview, etc. etc. Afterwards we usually see a movie or go out. Rising: What's next for Hank and Cupcakes? H&C: We're releasing a new music video for our song â€œHITâ€? and flying to Berlin on August 10th to record our first full length album and play some shows. When we come back we're going on tour with Jenny Owen Youngs and then on another tour by ourselves. Then releasing the album we are about to record and THEN the same thing all over again but on a bigger scale!
See Hank & Cupcakes LIVE! 9/16 -- Utica, NY -- Utica Music Fest 9/17 -- Philly, PA -- Milkbox 9/18 - Pittsburgh, PA -- Brillobox 9/19 --Cleveland, OH -- Beachland Tavern 9/20 -- Columbus, OH -- The Basement 9/21 -- St Louis, MO -- Old Rock House 9/23 -- Louisville, KY -- Zanzabar 9/28 -- Chapel Hill, NC -- Local 506 9/29 -- Baltimore, MD -- Golden West 9/30 -- Wash, DC -- Red Palace
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