Friday, February 12, 2016

Juanita Destra Announces the Release of her First Children Book, Fluffy the Bird

For Immediate Release

Media Relation Contact: Destra World Books Publishing, LLC / Ronald

Location: Florida

Telephone:305-795-2232

Email: Juanita@DestraWorldBooksPublishing.com

Website: http://www.JuanitaDestra.com

Florida, January 26, 2016-- Juanita Destra, a great and brilliant medical worker, author and publisher announces the release of her latest children book titled, 'Fluffy the Bird'. The book reflected Juanita's years of experience in writing and publishing, which makes her newest work a must get for every parent.

Juanita Destra's new book was written with the future of today's children by employing the best way to get to the heart of children in presenting the book through storytelling. Not only that the book was written using storytelling style, it was well connected and arranged that parents will not have to consult the author or any writer to understand the meaning and relate it to the kids accordingly.

The new children book from an excellent writer, Juanita Destra is not a book that will only educate, entertain and inspire kids, but was written and equipped with the capacity and ability to instill in the proper values needed to succeed in life.

Apart from that, another great advantage of Juanita Destra's Fluffy the Bird children book is the opportunity for parents or guardians to learn how to properly communicate with the children and inculcate great value that helps in shaping the kids destiny. Also, it encourages reading culture which ignites the kid's imagination and creativity.

Fluffy the Bird is a must have book for every parent that wants to raise admirable children with success mind-set.

(c) 2016 Juanita Destra & Destra World Books Publishing, LLC All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Where Art Meets Life: Interview with LEE

LEE is a film noir aficionado Director whose passion for black-and-white films as a child slowly morphed over the years into a fine appreciation of cinematography. Lee especially loves Kurosawa, Wong Kar-Wai, Frank Capra and Orson Welles films. Having grown up on a diet of TCM-aired English classics, and Mandarin, Japanese, Malay, Hindi and Tamil black-and-white films from the 40-60s as well as 90s Hong Kong movies and contemporary arthouse foreign films, Lee has a very unique perspective on things and themes. Being a nomadic wanderluster, Lee first started making documentary-style private videos of her roadtrips while working in the US at age 21— and finally completed Ji Fan 4 years after it was first written in 2011, amidst a very busy life as a corporate professional. Ji Fan was Lee’s first publicly-released short film after Lee’s US-only My Singapore, My Ferguson, soon to be followed by Xiao Ning (Heart of Darkness). Lee also directs and produces Youtube music videos.

Interview with LEE of Chillifish Productions

Tell us a little about yourself, LEE. What made you decide to become a Film Director?

LEE: I had always been interested in film from a very young age. I wanted to be a lot of things, like an Air Force pilot, a radio broadcaster, an army general…but I never saw myself becoming a director. After living a soul-less life in the corporate world and the penniless life of academia, I decided I would make films during my sabbaticals. And another. And another.

What films influenced your decision to Direct?

LEE: Actually, it was the absence of films on the contrary. I felt that there were no films out there that represented my perspectives and my eye, so to speak, so I wanted to put a film out to the world that represented my perspectives as an observer and director and social commentator at the same time— and I got addicted to making films.

I would have to say also, that my favourite films like the Manchurian Candidate, In the Mood For Love, 12 Angry Men, Z, The Trial, Yojimbo, The Idiot, Rashomon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Mr Smith Goes to Washington definitely inspired me in my directorial pursuits.


Who is your idol Film Director?

LEE: Without a doubt, Wong Kar-Wai. I’m very proudly Asian, so I think In The Mood For Love, for instance, has got to be one of the best films— Asian or otherwise— of all time. In it, you can see his mastery in every single detail and every single shot. It’s just haunting, and seductive and heart-breaking on so many levels.

What are the major challenges you find being a Film Director in this industry?

LEE: Money and exposure. Working on a tight budget is always painful, not just for me but for the people who work for me too of course. And I’m actually a director and producer who believes in paying good and fair value for good work done, alas I’m often not able to due to budgeting constraints. A lot comes out of my own pocket, honestly.

My films are not mainstream enough to get government funding (I don’t want to, anyway), and the local media is also not interested in featuring such highbrow and social commentary type of films. They just want fat or bald Malay actors in lampoonish costumes delivering benign slapstick humour on screen— anything slightly more cerebral than that is a no-fly zone. So I actually get a lot of interest from international media from other countries but not from Singapore itself! Ironic, isn’t it? So yes, more of money and exposure in the local media would be really helpful.


You've released five films so far, with a new film on the way called Xiao Ning. What film are you most proud of and why?

LEE: I think it would have to be Xiao Ning. Xiao Ning has all the elements of an arthouse film gone mental, in a sense. So it’s arthouse not because it’s shot in a certain cinematic arthouse style or that it has profound existential or metaphysical conundrums, but because the whole film itself feels psychotic that you kind of don’t know what it’s about other than an intensity of feelings and a crazy evil girl— until it hits you right at the end. Kinda like Orson Welles’1962 film The Trial, based on Kafka’s work.

Tell us about your newest project Xiao Ning? What is it about and what do you most love about this film project?

LEE: Xiao Ning is a film that would screw with your mind. And that’s probably because it’s from the perspective of a girl who screws with people’s minds.

The film is based on a true story— about a mentally disturbed and morally bankrupt Singaporean Chinese teenage girl from a broken family, who falls for and becomes obsessed with her savior-mentor. Xiao Ning is the sort of black-hearted person who goes out of her way to step on snails and dark things like that. She’s an alcoholic, delusional and has no qualms about doing things that ruin other people’s lives and she typically gets away with a lot of things because people are deceived by her cherubic face and quiet demeanour. Basically, in my character treatment for it, I have her description as a “psycho with the face of an angel”.

When the older lady (who is completely straight) spurns her advances and goes out with a man, Xiao Ning loses it and gets on a destructive path of vengeance.


What I loved most about the film is the fact that we did not have a script! I basically scribbled the entire script on scraps of notebook paper and gave my cast and crew pictures of the pages! I had it all in my head vividly for about 2 years, and dialogue was minimal except for a couple of scenes so that worked. That was good fun, and being on set with my crew who are from a prestigious film school was a nice treat because they understood things I was talking about and were quick to get the feel of what I wanted. It was of course challenging without us having a proper, typed out script for me to convey my shots and meaning, but on many levels they rose to the occasion.


When does Xiao Ning get released and will it be released in the US?

LEE: The short version of Xiao Ning will be released online in the last week of January 2016, but because it will be submitted to international film festivals and they almost always stipulate that the films being entered are not to have been shown publicly prior to the festival, the full version will probably only be publicly available in 2017. Of course we hope that it gets picked up for distribution in the US, but failing which, we probably will try and do the small film festivals circuit internationally— especially in the US where I call home.

Just like Quentin Tarantino repeatedly works with Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, and other actors, lots of Directors continue to work the same actors throughout their careers on several film projects. What actors do you love working with?

LEE: It’s true. I hate going through the whole casting and auditions process, so I try to get people I already know to act in my films. People I can trust, and feel comfortable around. People who know that I am exacting and try to match up to my standards, instead of dismissing things as being ‘too hard to do’ or just making do with half-assed efforts.

Two actors I loved working with despite the fact that they aren’t even established actors are Jon Sim (“Wei Kiat”) from Ji Fan, and Syazwana Kamarshah (“Professor Lisa Rahman”) from Xiao Ning. My characters are not melodramatic, so I prefer the kind of very natural acting that doesn’t involve theatrics— and these two are great at it. Additionally, they take their roles seriously and make sure they understand the back story to their scenes. They give helpful and constructive comments and suggestions on set and when we’re going through the script, so you know they are looking at it from the big picture perspective. I think they can really go far as actors, and I hope they get other opportunities for bigger roles in time to come.


Actually, I really hate working with actors who are divas and think they’re above it all. Or actors who cannot follow instructions (either willfully or due to some cognitive impairment). Some actors do have the skills or the ‘look’ but they have a rotten attitude or frustrate you to no end. It’s really infuriating, in trying to both keep your cool and not compromise artistic integrity when dealing with a diva. I’m someone who has a very low threshold of tolerance for nonsense, so on set it’s really a challenge for me to work with such divas.


What else is on the horizon for LEE and what can expect from you in the coming months?

LEE: I am actually working on writing a script for a feature film that I hope will be my first commercial film. Without giving too much away, it will involve a female banker (I think you can see the pattern of what my lead characters are like) who gets framed for a violent crime she didn’t commit and losing everything she had in life when she serves time— when she is released, she trains up and goes on to become a boxing champion. It’s kinda a little like Raging Bull maybe, except that I don’t actually have $18 million to make it!

Lee from ChilliFish Productions.

Director of:
- Xiao Ning
- Ji Fan
- My Singapore, My Ferguson
- Ah Gong
- Crashing Through Barriers

More LEE of Chillifish Productions:
Website - www.chillifishproductions.wordpress.com
Crowdgift link for Ji Fan - https://crowdgift.ca/Ji-Fan-Short-Film
Free version of Xiao Ning link - https://youtu.be/Q_aPGeLl3Bo

Monday, January 25, 2016

Los Angeles based radio station is looking for Music Artists to join the team

Voted by the industry as a Top 10 internet radio station of 2015, KGUP FM Emerge Radio is seeking to add 8 Artists to their roster to perform during live events in Summer/Fall 2016 in Los Angeles, CA in exchange for pay and promotion.

KGUP FM Emerge Radio is now accepting submissions to select 8 up-and-coming Music Artists to perform during Summer/Fall 2016 on stage during one of four live events this coming Summer and Fall in Top venues in Los Angeles. (The specific dates are contingent on each venue location and Artist availability. Dates and locations will be disclosed to the public at a later time).

During Spring 2016, KGUP FM will launch a Crowd Funding campaign on Kickstarter. Funds
collected from the campaign will be used to help off-set the cost of:

- upgraded performance royalty license
- upgrade broadcasting equipment
- develop and maintain a native stand-alone mobile app for fans to download and listen to KGUP FM Emerge Radio exclusively
- pay for a trip to New York to meet with executives at SiriusXM radio to propose adding KGUP FM Emerge Radio as a channel to their existing line up to broadcast high quality Independent music and entertaining freeform programming
Other expenses include:

- video production to prepare a visual presentation geared for investors to invest in making KGUP FM Emerge Radio a terrestrial FM station.
- Compensation to artists: KGUP FM is committed to pay the 8 artists 15% of the net proceeds collected through the Kickstarter campaign as compensation for their live performance and promotional efforts.

Unlike its competitors, KGUP FM pledges to not take advantage of independent artists' willingness to play for free in exchange for “exposure” and will NOT require artists to pre-sale tickets. KGUP FM wants to help eliminate this practice and set an example of what ‘community’ is by giving artists a share of what they collect.

Once the Artist/band signs into agreement and joins the KGUP FM Emerge Radio team, the promotional period throughout all of 2016 will begin. During the campaign period between April through May 2016, the Artist/Band is required to promote the KGUP FM Kickstarter campaign as if it is their own in order to earn the percentage split. Artists represented by PR agencies and Management company’s must agree to the terms for this agreement to be valid. In turn, KGUP FM will promote all 8 artists throughout 2016 on all of KGUP FM’s social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, and Reverbnation. In addition, Artist/Band's music will be heard on rotation at KGUP FM Emerge Radio.

All Artists will retain all copyrights, publishing rights, and royalties. KGUP FM simply wants to promote good artists in exchange for promoting a good radio station.

Submission Requirements:
- To share the KGUP FM vision and believe in what we're doing. The Artist/Band will reap the benefits of KGUP FM’s success, which relies on its artists and listeners.
- Commit to helping KGUP FM promote its Kickstarter campaign coming this Spring.
- List of dates you are available and are on tour in the Los Angeles area during Summer/Fall 2016
- Provide artist/band website address
- Social media links (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
- Include Management/PR agent contact information
- Please include one live performance video and one professional video (if available)
- Attach one mp3 for additional consideration

For more information about KGUP FM Emerge Radio, please visit www.kgup1065.com

Direct Contact
KGUP FM Emerge Radio
kgup1065@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Undefined Soul: Interview with Sullee J



Sullee J is an emcee that makes music with this understanding. His strong will and devotion to the human spirit carries his exploration of the language, making serious play of the words that represent the deepest of the mind’s pains, hopes, losses and fears. Recognize the purpose, manifest positive energy, and do not waste the moment.

Sullee J, a Warrior Poet & Philanthropist from Baltimore who aspires to lead a generation. He’s recently collaborated w/ Young Buck, Project Pat, Joe Moses, Royce Da 5’9, Crooked I, Canibus, Cashis, Cyssero, K-Rino & More. He’s consistently bringing positive, up-lifting music. It’s truly a desire for Sullee to be able to congregate the masses via music. 
“I Believe, Hip Hop is a universal code. A vernacular released through the hearts, freeing the mind, body and soul. Hip Hop is a light”. 
Sullee J is on a journey to manifest, may his journey be guided

Interview with Sullee J

Tell us a little about yourself. How did Rap become apart of your life?

Sullee J: The name is Sullee J. I stand for Justice. It wasn’t until I felt a bit eccentric. Life took a toll, when my threshold became low from the condescending tones of foes and close friendships. I realized It was just fuel for the next person every time I vented. I never intended to break ties, until I saw through the fake disguise that many had invented. I couldn’t lie to myself, nor could I trust anybody else, I began to create lines which became therapeutic to this mind, how much longer could I have pretended? How did rap then become, a part of my life? Pain was the trigger, the pen is just how I implement it.

What does Rap music mean to you and how has it had an influence on your life?

Sullee J: It is a means to an end, but every time I begin seeing the reality behind this dream, it begins to create streams from this blend. The tip I speak of. It’s like an endless ocean full of Ink, transformed into sound waves, executed through speakers, I believe the people are in need of. This music is influence to the world with hopes of positive change. It has allowed me to breathe, this music is lungs for me, and for you a new brain. I will refill infinitely this serum of truth, until this purpose has been arranged.

What draws you to want to be a Rap artist?

Sullee J: I’m an artist from every angle. I bring perspective to the game with great designs. I’m not just making rhymes. I’m changing hearts and with the truth invading minds. I find power in the literature. They can’t erase me like time. I am a plague for the ignorant. I hope to create pictures so great one day, I amaze the blind.

As a Rap artist, what do you feel is your biggest challenge is?

Sullee J: Myself What Rap artists influenced you?

Sullee J: Batman

You have an extensive library of music that you've written, performed on, and you've even appeared on several other artists songs and mixtapes. What is the best part about collaborating with other artists?

Sullee J: It allows me to create a contrast in my catalog. I can influence diversely without being analogue. I try to come from different approaches to help the fans stay focused like Adderall.

What song do you think best represents Sullee J?

Sullee J: One that is currently unreleased. It should be out mid march off my upcoming tape “Andrew Slayer: The Undefined Soul”

What's your latest single and what is it about?

Sullee J: Victory. It speaks on the struggles of an artist, and any person who is trying to make it in whatever journey they are embarking on. It describes how steps can be endless, and peaks can be mere illusions. It entails the battles we face on our way to achieving goals. How do we reach the last step? Is there a last step? Is victory all in the mind? Do we really ever lose? When is it insanity, when is it really a sign?

What's new on the horizon for Sullee J? What can fans expect from you in 2016?

Sullee J: Fan’s can expect two mixtapes, my next album, more collaborations with great artists, an album with my brother called Donnie Justice for the DMV, some work on my homie from Run Junxions tape ‘War Machines’, and so much more. I can’t give away all the surprises. Music is air to me, so expect me to breathe until my lungs give in.

Find more of Sullee J: 
Victory Mixtape - https://soundcloud.com/sulleej/sets/victory-mixtape-sulleej85
Twitter - www.twitter.com/sulleej85 
Instagram - www.instagram.com/sulleej 
www.soundcloud.com/sulleej

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Kaleidoscope: Interview with Marcela Del Sol

Marcela Del Sol is an Australian writer born in Chile who will soon launch “Kaleidoscope” a book that tells fictional stories of a powerful woman who lives with PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder and it portrays the ordeal that living with multiple alters can be. Kaleidoscope is based on Marcela’s experience co-existing with these disorders and it was written with the intention of gaining a greater community understanding about people living with mental disorders and to eradicate the stigma attached to these conditions.

Marcela also has studies in Justice and dramatic arts and works with children at risk and indie artists in Chile. She is a proud mother and dedicates her life to writing, social activism and philanthropy.

Kaleidoscope is expected to be out in March and it will be available in hardcover and digital formats.

Interview with Marcela Del Sol

Tell us about yourself. What or who motivated you to write?

Marcela: Wow! That’s a big question. I write as a way to free my soul, to communicate with the world and with myself. I started writing when I was a very young child and have not stopped since then. I guess you can say it was my response to an innate need for creating; my exorcism and communication tool.

In your book, Kaleidoscope, their are stories about different women experiencing PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder. This is an interesting concept. Although this is written as a fictional story, is there something personal about this book that hits home for you?

Marcela: Kaleidoscope was written as a need to express my experience with PTSD and DID, the latter being a condition that is, still nowadays, very misunderstood. The stories in Kaleidoscope are fictional but depicts the process of dissociation as it happens to me. It was so important to me to be able to tell the difficulty that living with this disorder conveys, not only for me but also thinking of all those other people like me who are too embarrassed or scared to be open. It is time to stop stigma and advance towards education and inclusion, as much as possible.

Is this your first publication? If so, why did you decide to release it independently?

Marcela: It is my first publication for me, as I have ghosted/shadowed other work before. I decided to go indie as I am a big supporter of indie arts and needed to launch Kaleidoscope under my own terms and timeframes.

Kaleidoscope is due out this March. Where can we find your book once its for sale?

Marcela: You will be able to find it in its digital version in a number of outlets, such as Amazon, Google eBooks, about 2000 global outlets and both hardcover and eBook through my publisher. All the details will be promptly available once it is closer to the launch date. I will definitely let you know once it is ready!

Any plans on a book tour?

Marcela: Absolutely! My wonderful publicist is working on this so I can’t really release specifics at the moment. We also intend to reach the Chilean community as this is where I was born.
I would love to visit as many places as possible, informing the community about mental health and the power of creativity. I welcome all appropriate invitations.

What's on the horizon for Marcela Del Sol? Are you currently working on a new project?

Marcela: I’m working on a poetry book at the moment. I am also about to go to Chile and implement my social projects further where we help kids at risk and indie artists to connect with and help each other.
We can all contribute to improve this world’s conditions so I decided to do my part!

KEEP IN TOUCH WITH MARCELA!

Website: http://www.marceladelsol.net/
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/Marcela-Del-Sol-1102838016395312/?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarcellaDelsol

Monday, January 4, 2016

Ronald Destra announce the release of his fourth children book, Tommy the Giraffe

For Immediate Release

Contact: Juanita & Ronald

Company Name: Destra World Books Publishing

Address: 14311 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 4113, N.Miami, FL 33261

Contact Telephone No: 305-795-2232

Email: Juanita@DestraWorldBooksPublishing.com
Website: www.DestraWorldBooksPublishing.com

RONALD DESTRA ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF HIS FOURTH CHILDREN BOOKS,
TOMMY THE GIRAFFE.

Miami, Florida; December 21, 2015 — Ronald Destra, an excellent author, illustrator, publisher and entrepreneur announces the release of a children book titled, ‘Tommy the Giraffe’. His experiences that span over the years in publishing and co-authoring children books reflected in no small way in the latest children book.

The book offers a fresh look at children and issue of self-esteem. How children feel about themselves, having negative perception about life because of how ugly, fat, short or too tall some may appear and some, due to certain deformity which makes children make up their minds that it’s impossible to become anything good in life.

The book, Tommy the Giraffe opens a new case for children with such wrong awareness through informative and educating story that helps build self confidence through reading about how a struggling character overcome its challenges, turn stumbling blocks to stepping stone and achieve success at the end.

Not only that, reading culture is encouraged and kid’s imagination is kindled, boosting creativity while colorful illustrations keep the eyes glued to the book with tons of fun.

At the heart of Ronald Destra’s Tommy the Giraffe children book is the secret on how parents can properly communicate with the children to help in changing every negative thought and wrong perception about life.

The book has attracted positive reviews. Mary, a woman who has seen the impact of the book on her son said, “Very motivational and inspiring for children of all ages. Destra has hit the nail on the head when it comes to this book about loving yourself and accepting what cannot change. My son is going through some personal issues and struggle himself, and reading this book together helped him to realized he’s special and different and very, very loved. Tommy is a welcoming character with a lot of heart, and the author goes out of his way to make sure we know how the little giraffe feels as he works to overcome the obstacles on his path to acceptance. Very lovely book!”

Tommy the Giraffe is a must have book for every parent that wants to raise excellent children. It will be a great gift for children this season.

(c) 2015 Ronald Destra & Destra World Books Publishing, LLC All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Key Change: Interview with Janna Pelle

Janna Pelle is a classically trained pianist-turned DIY Pop performer combining elements of rock, soul, and dance into her theatrical live performances, based in NYC.

Janna's "Key Change," is a concept album illustrating the evolution of the keyboard instrument from harpsichord to synthesizer. With each track on the album performed with a different keyboard instrument (i.e., harpsichord, harmonium, Wurlitzer), Pelle demonstrates the timelessness of pop music. She was inspired by David Byrne’s book, “How Music Works,” one of the main focuses of the book being on how music has changed through history due to the spaces it is designed to be performed in.

Janna recently released the music video for the first single off of "Key Change," 'City Life,' collaborating with virally-famous body paint artist, Trina Merry.

Interview Janna Pelle:

What artists do you draw inspiration from?

Janna: David Byrne. More than anyone else. I remember seeing "Stop Making Sense" for the first time, and thinking, "I can't believe this human being exists. I want to be the female version of him."

I have always been inspired by people who are fearlessly themselves on stage - my favorite performers growing up were Eminem and Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I love David Bowie and Freddy Mercury too - for some reason my inspirations have always been men - with the exception of Lady Gaga, she's not afraid to push the borders of femininity. 

Some artists become solo recording artists because they want the freedom of their own expression. What is your view point as to why you're the artist you are today and not with a "band"? Is there a real difference?

Janna: Well, it started out for practical reasons. I wasn't writing as much music with other musicians after moving to New York – I would sit in my room and write all the songs by myself at the piano and teach them to my drummer and bassist later. There was really no way around that unless I wanted to pay for rehearsal space to write songs, plus the fact that most of the time I had no control over when the inspiration for songs was going to come to me. I did have a band in Florida, and I do miss that aspect sometimes, but I am proud to say that I have found a very loyal drummer, Alex Cohen, who I definitely consider to be a permanent member of my "band" now - my bassist, Doug Berns, is in like 20 bands, but he has become my go-to guy and I know he genuinely loves being a part of my project. We also all get along great and it feels like we have that band dynamic, even though it might be a polygamous relationship.

Lots of people have songs constantly playing in their minds. What song do you find playing your head quite frequently?

Janna: This may sound very cheesy, but lately it's been this song from the musical Hamilton, called "Non-stop" - my brother who I love is obsessed with the soundtrack and constantly sings it every chance he gets. The line that I always find stuck in my head is "How do you write like you're running out of time? Write day and night like you're running out of time!" Because that's how I feel - I thought I would go through a dry spell after creating this last album but I'm still writing (like I'm running out of time!)

Do you have an anthem? A song that gives you strength?(It could be your own song or a song from another artist)

Janna: I love this question. There are two that come to mind immediately: "Noticeable One" by Missing Persons ("I am one of the noticeable ones, notice me!") which I sing to myself on days when I am feeling like, how am I ever going to stand out in this sea of talent called New York? and "Marry the Night" by Lady Gaga - it's about embracing the ups and the downs of your creative pursuits, the journey rather than the means to an end - but I also use it as an anthem to get off my ass and go out at night and see a show and stay out till 4 am when I'm feeling like being lame and staying home. Though sometimes staying in is an important part of marrying the night, too.

Not to categorize your style of music into an over simplified genre, but you seem to have a Alt-Pop style. What kind of artist do you consider yourself?

Janna: Oh, I don't mind if you categorize my music into an over simplified genre, deep down people love categories, they just don't want to admit it. And I do consider myself Alt-pop, so you were right on the money! I guess though... If Lady Gaga is ARTPOP, I want to be SMARTPOP.

What has been your most favorite venue you've performed at?

Janna: So far, PIANOS. Is that too obvious? It's good branding!

What concert venue is your dream to perform at?

Janna: Honestly, I don't really have a dream venue based on the venue itself. Whatever space will fit my fans and the show appropriately - but I do hope that it continues to grow.

Who would you want to share the stage with if you could play at your dream venue?

Janna: I would want to share the stage with St. Vincent, between her guitar and my piano I bet we could come up with something really crazy. And then maybe David Byrne would come watch.... can I change my dream venue to David Byrne's living room, actually?

You have a new album coming out in April called Key Change. Tell us about the album. What are you most proud about and why you can't wait for people to own it?

Janna: Key change is a concept album on the evolution of the keyboard instrument from harpsichord to synthesizer - every song is performed on a different keyboard instrument, starting with the harp, (the inner workings of a piano), and ending with a computer keyboard. The thing I am most proud of is the fact that we actually used all of the real instruments and didn't just use electronic samples of the sounds. It was like a musical scavenger hunt. We rented out a church for an hour for the pipe organ, found a Mozart-era Viennese style piano, and borrowed more synthesizers that I can remember. I can't wait for people to own it because it really is a time machine - there are so many different sounds and styles to choose from that there is something on it for everyone.

There are some great visuals in your music video "City Life". Who directed and produced the video?

Janna: Thank you! The concept for the video, me being painted into the Empire State Building, was my idea after seeing Trina Merry's camouflage body paint art on this New York art blog I follow (trinamerryartist.com) - she already had a whole series of portraits of women painted into different sceneries of New York, and I just saw it and thought, "Nothing says 'City Life' more than this." I worked with Peter Roessler who shot, edited, and co-directed the video.

What else can fans expect from Janna Pelle in 2016? What are your plans?

Janna: Well, hopefully Key Change will hold them off for a while - though I do plan to tour possibly in May by driving my car up from Miami to New York - As my producer says, I "just climbed Mt. Everest," but I am already thinking about the next album. I want the album to be called "Single," and every song on it will be a single - I'm also going to try to stay single for the whole year.

Find more of Janna Pelle at:

http://jannapelle.com
https://www.facebook.com/JannaPelle
https://twitter.com/jannapelle

Monday, December 14, 2015

Someone to Watch in Hollywood! Interview with Lyle Howry

Lyle Howry

CEO – Founder

Skinfly Entertainment

Producer – Film Finance- Studio Negotiations



Lyle Howry, the founder and CEO of Skinfly Entertainment has been associated with the entertainment industry for more than 30 years. Including ten years in corporate finance, as well as specializing in studio negotiations.

His impressive entertainment career began as an actor on the award-winning television series Moonlighting (1985). Howry then moved interests from acting to international film finance. This new direction took him to London, Hong Kong, Taiwan and numerous other country's to close international finance and motion picture investment deals.

Lyle used his experience and contacts to help co/executive-produce The Dukes of Hazzard in 1985. Reggie's Prayer (1996), distributed by Arrow Releasing Inc., in which football legend Reggie White made his acting debut. Lyle has work on and produced numerous films and television projects with many other top studios and companies.

In 1997 he teamed up with legendary Former Paramount Pictures studio head Frank Yablans and helped secure funding dollars for the feature film A Dog of Flanders starring Jon Voight, Cheryl Ladd and many other top actors.

That project won a Bronze Gryphon Award and was nominated for a Joseph Plateau Award.

Lyle then met with renowned Martial Arts promoter Stan Witz and created a ground breaking rights deal.

In 2015 Lyle released the movie” STREET” staring Beau "Casper" Smart, Mark Ryan and Kate Miner. His next film project was “You Can't Have It” Staring Armand Assante, Dominique Swain, Joanna Krupa Rob Gronkowski and many more top actors which releases in 2016.

Street is out in limited release in theaters now and receiving rave reviews.

Also in development The Ultimate Game -Born in June- Outwitting the Devil

Lyle’s career is far from slowing down as he continues to take on Hollywood!

Interview with Lyle Howry

Tell us about your career. How did you get into film?

Lyle: I owned a successful custom wood finishing business in the early 80's and did many of the rich and famous homes in Beverly Hills and throughout California, so money was not an issue. At the same time I was trying to become an Actor and dabbled in modeling. One day I happened to start a conversation with a producer on one of the sets I was on. I mentioned how It was tough to be an extra actor and to get my sag card.. He jokingly said “well become a producer and if you succeed, you can pick and choose what you want do in this crazy business.”

From that point on I started mingling with people at some of the popular clubs in LA that were very hard to get into like Roxbury nightclub, Bar One and many more. I quickly learned it was all about getting the money, money talks in Hollywood. It's all about who you know and what they can do for you or not. I then moved up the ladder and later on shared offices at Paramount Studios with the legendary Frank Yablans in the Billy Wilder building on the film Dog of Flanders. I helped bring in some of the pre-production funds on the film and I think that was the start of some of my success Frank was a tough but great guy and I learned allot from him.

You’ve spent a long time in the television and film. Was The Dukes of Hazzard your first experience in this industry?

Lyle: No - I was an extra on several television shows and films. I don't even think half of them amounted to anything, but I was star struck working 18 hour days for peanuts holding onto the dream, I guess I have paid my dues.

What has been the highlight of your career?

Lyle: Well I would have to say, first to have my kids see me moving up the ladder and being proud of me, it has not always been easy and still is not easy. Being a single father and juggling career in entertainment and raising sons is the hardest thing I think ever had to do other than raise myself alone most of my life.

I could come and go and do what I had to to survive the streets or whatever came at me, with kids they depend on you as the bread winner. Other than that I think the last few years have been the best, I mean don't get me wrong it has been good but still hard in this business, it never gets easy, as a Producer you are responsible for people, product and money. If something goes wrong you are to blame so I have to eat stress for breakfast. It's not a 9-5 job, I work 24-7 if I have too. I think my back growing up as an orphan gave me the drive to take on almost any challenge put in front of me, people love to tell you will not amount to anything or want to beat you down, you just have to be a fighter and eventually you will get what you want if the cards are in your favor.

What has been the most challenging thus far?

Lyle: Relationships, just kidding. I think the most challenging is to continue to find funding and not bow down to doing a film just because there is a hefty paycheck in it for you. I see so much of that in this town and ask myself how does that film get done or who would put money into a film that you know is never going to make money. I will probably ask myself that question until the day I die.

All joking aside I try to act like the money I am spending for someone is mine and get the most for my productions, I have learned alot in over 30 years in this business and still learn and listen everyday, but you will not always please everyone and you will always get good press and bad, it’s all good if they are talking about you, forget the haters and move forward, keep positive because if you let it get to you will go crazy.

Tell us your dream co-production. If you could co-direct a film with any director/producer, who would you want to team up with and what film or what kind of film genre would you want to work on?

Lyle: Wow, well I could rattle off many but I think I would love to work with Sly Stallone, I will never forget the time we were in the locker room at Holiday Health Club on La brea and Hollywood Blvd, when Sly was doing Rocky and was pissed off because someone broke into his apartment and stole his stereo system.

I remember thinking I wish I could be him then, now I know his story and admire him immensely and would love to work with him. I hope he sees this because he will remember saying that line in a locker room, lol

Another is Leonardo DiCaprio, I saw him at Bar One back in the day and gave him his first Cohiba Cigar, so he said anyways I have to believe him he was young then and a nice kid. I can see why he has made it as big as he is. Wow I could tell stories for ever but I think I would love to work with Martin Scorsese and many more the list is too long.

Recently, you released the film, “Street”. Can you tell us a little about this film and what you’re most proud about this project?

Lyle: Well I helped develop STREET and from the get go wanted it to be a franchise, it turned out to be a great film and was a passion project for me. I had many great filmmakers help me and great crew, never forget your crew they are the ones that make things happen. It was a challenge to do though and at the last minute I had to make a hard decision and give back the first investment money from the first investor in at the time who also wanted to star in the film.

After watching him in casting I just did not feel he was the one for the lead role, not that he couldn't act but something deep inside said you need someone different so I turned down the money and was within 2 weeks of a start date and had to come up with the full budget. A co/producing friend of mine Jeff Ross helped me out and the rest is history. It is out now in limited release and will be in stores in the New Year. It has not been an easy road with it, but it is a great film with a faith based feel with lots of action, there are no swear words in it, yes can you believe that, but several current UFC and MMA fighters like URIAH HALL, Matt Mitrione and former UFC great Frank Trigg with many more real fighters. We also have the ex EWC Johnny Nitro aka John Morrison if you’re a wrestling fan. Also starring legendary British actor Mark Ryan who is the voice of several characters in the Transformers chain well as Bumble Bee, he is also known for Black Sails and many more films and television projects.

STREET is like Rocky meets Bloodsport with a tender message and caring story.

Tell us about your upcoming film “You Can’t Have It”. What is the premise behind the film and who would love to see this movie?

Lyle: Well it is a very twisted but modern day action thriller true to life about what is going on in our country today, it is focused on CIA,FBI Local police, Cartel and spy's all in one place at one time and no one knows who to trust or who is doing what.

Without giving it away it will be a very cool trendy but real to life film that will make you think about what is going on in the world around you and you are blind to it. Great cast Legendary actor Armand Assante, American Gangster, Gotti and many more Joanna Krupa House wife's many more, Dominique Swain Face off,Jillian Murray Code Black and Rob Gronkowski and his brother Daniel and several other great actors. I guess people that would want to see it would be into Black List, Homeland and films and shows of that genre.

Your career seems to only just now starting to take off. What else is in store for Lyle Howry?

Lyle: With 3 films under my belt this year you would think I would take a break, wrong bring it on!! I am in negotiations right now for a 4 to 5 picture deal with a major company and looking at several other larger films. We now self-distribute films domestically theatrically including Indie films that might not ever make it to the theaters. So I can say I have a lot on my plate... Thank you for this interview!

All Indie Magazine: Our pleasure, Lyle!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Hot Mess: Interview with A&L


Seasoned duo A&L is back with their third release. Hot Mess is an upbeat, pop/rock song with
catchy hooks and killer guitar riffs. The in-your-face vocal will have you singing along. “We wanted to rock out a little harder on this release” say Casuccio. Hot Mess takes a comedic look at the various characters (some unwanted) that you often interact with at a bar or club. We are sure that you will recognize these misfits that Lana sings about.

A&L is the melding of Anthony Casuccio and Lana Marie. Anthony is a 20 year music veteran whose production work has been nominated for three Grammy awards, been featured in major music publications and topped the music charts. Lana is an award winning vocalist who has been a long-time force on the WNY music scene and voice to many jingles on radio and television. They have released 2 single to great reviews and charting in Europe with their song Onto the Next Heart.

Interview with A&L

Tell us how the two of you met? What brought you two together to create A&L?

Lana: Anthony asked me if I would sing on some jingles that he was producing, I did a few over the past couple years. He wrote our first song Get Me a drink and thought my voice would be great for it. I loved the track and that's how A&L started. Anthony: I knew that Lana had an incredible voice and is a superstar on stage. I thought she would be perfect to collaborate with.

Your new single is called "Hot Mess". What inspired you to write the song and what is it about?

Anthony: I was working on a track for a band and I heard this amazing drum part. I ended up looping that part and started jamming out the Hot Mess guitar riff and wrote the music. I recently was out and there was some drunken person and I heard someone say “what a hot mess”. I realized we have all seen and been exposed to those crazy people at bars and clubs that we try to avoid. I wrote the first few lines and then the song just came together. Lana and I started rehearsing with a few other players to hone our live show. I brought it in to rehearsal and then it just took on a life of its’ own. We feel that the topic is funny and totally relatable.

What do you love most about this single, "Hot Mess"?

Lana: It's true and in your face, if you have been to a bar then you have experienced a “hot mess” at least once or the tool who always wants to fight. Anthony: I love that it is so tongue and cheek and that it rocks out a little more than out first two songs. I allowed me to show some of my guitar skills. There seems to be a lot of notable influences in the song from Pat Benatar and to some Twisted Sister. What artists influences your style of music?

Lana: You just named one of my favorites; Pat Benatar. I love Pink, Miranda Lambert, Heart and Janis Joplin. Anthony: Probably the Beatles. The Beatles have had a huge influence on my song writing. You can hear it in our harmonies. I master a lot of Rap music so I pay attention to phrasing when I write.

What artists do you admire and look up to today?

Lana: I look up to those artists mentioned above. They also inspire me when I perform. Anthony: That is a tough question. I love pop music. I like a wide range of artists from Taylor Swift (yes, I will admit that) to Thirty Seconds to Mars.

If you guys could share the stage with any major recording artist, who would it be?

I bet Lana would love to share the stage with Pat Benatar or Janis Joplin. Anthony: Probably the Beatles, Rush, Triumph or John Mayer.

What is the future of A&L? What can fans expect from you during the next year?

Lana: We'll definitely more songs and videos for sure and of course some outdoor venues are in the works. Anthony: We are hoping to play some cool shows this summer. We are starting to grow our fan base so playing is the next step.
 Find more of A&L at:
http://www.facebook.com/AandLmusic
http://www.twitter.com/AandLmusic
https://youtu.be/XP9Ge8d3nbA

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Substance Stomping Style: James Moore and Independent Music Promotions Continue Rise as Premier Music PR Company with Commitment to Quality Artists and Guaranteed Results

“Getting quality press coverage is difficult for any indie artist trying to promote themselves in an already crowded marketplace. James Moore gets your music in front of the right people, leading to maximum exposure.” 
 (Adam Reifsteck, Teknofonic Records) 

(Vancouver, CA) – December 4, 2015

In today’s music industry, style very often trumps substance. Autotuned vocals, airbrushed pictures, and soulless songs have become all too familiar. A company from Vancouver, Canada has achieved success by reversing this trend and providing increased recognition for unsigned artists whom they consider honest creators of music with depth. Independent Music Promotions is a leading music PR company that guarantees all clients a high amount of quality features in prominent publications. I.M.P was founded in 2011 by Your Band Is a Virus author James Moore, one of music PR’s most innovative and followed thinkers. Moore’s innovative approach to music PR has been featured in numerous major music magazines and blogs, including CDBaby, Reverbnation, and Reddit. Moore is currently Quora‘s most viewed writer on independent music.

So what is Moore doing that sets I.M.P. apart from today’s crowded field of music PR companies? For one, I.M.P. only works with "music with depth" from what they consider to be genuine artists. Whereas some PR companies will work with whoever is willing to pay, I.M.P. works closely with musicians with whom Moore feels a connection. This allows Moore to follow through on his initial vision of taking "an ethical, DIY approach to music PR." Moore revels in the fact that I.M.P. is in a niche: “We don't accept American Idol pop, typical club hip-hop, radio rock, religious music, or low quality demos. Other than those, we're open to greatness within any genre."

In addition to Moore’s unheralded selectivity, I.M.P. is the only “guaranteed” music PR company in the world. According to Moore, “PR means the delivery of press to every single client, every single time. This is one of the main differences between I.M.P. and most other promotion companies: We absolutely guarantee press to every single one of our artists. No exceptions. All of our clients receive exceptional results from their I.M.P campaigns. We plan to keep it that way.”

Perhaps the most instrumental reason for I.M.P.’s success is the fact that Moore can relate to unsigned artists who are hungry for exposure. Moore played in bands all his life before being ripped off by a major PR firm that landed a mere three reviews following an expensive campaign. Moore realized that he “could probably do much better than that.” Moore did just that, garnering seventy reviews of that same record - all on his own. His success inspired Moore to “work with underground artists and change the music PR business model.”

Moore's "music with depth" movement has gained popularity among both artists and the music media, partially due to the "artist first" approach detailed in his books. "We're getting more and more word-of-mouth, and I think it's because of the quality control. Saying “no” can be a powerful tool for a business. I operate the company essentially as a music fan. There's no industry in my eyes, just people." Your Band Is A Virus was originally released in 2010 and again as an expanded edition in 2013. Moore is known for his critiques on industry protocol and artist attitudes, with his most successful piece being his Can We Get In Pitchfork? 6 Philosophical Reasons Indie Bands Fail article. According to Moore, I.M.P. is filling a void left by much of today’s fake plastic pop: "It may not seem like it in our current blog culture, but people still want music with soul and meaning. There are still thousands of blogs and media outlets that focus on quality music content, and they share the same values as us. The key has been building a network of individuals and publications who view inspiring art as a critical part of our culture."

The company's current roster includes a wide array of artists, including Monks of Mellonwah, The Tomas Doncker Band, Arc & Stones, EndAnd, Joshua Worden, and Beijing. Each artist is the beneficiary of Moore’s innovative approach to PR: “I.M.P.’s packages include all traditional marketing methods, but we also do something non-traditional. We work with an army of hundreds of freelance bloggers, journalists, and editors with whom we have forged personal relationships. This helps us get press for our clients in prominent publications every time.”

For more info on Independent Music Promotions, visit their social media:
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For media inquiries: Please contact James Moore at James@IndependentMusicPromotions.com

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