Thursday, October 23, 2014

10 of the Best Indie Songs for Weddings

Written by Cormac Reynolds

Weddings have to be perfect. The need perfect colors, the
perfect people, and the perfect food. It has to have the perfect soundtrack. We’ve all seen the father-daughter dance to Butterfly Kisses, and we’ve seen rocking reception dances to Jackson Five and Queen. All fun to be sure, but how do you set the mood in a unique way? Below are ten of the best indie songs for a wedding.

1 – Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros The chorus says it all. “Home is wherever I’m with you.” It’s upbeat and heartwarming, with pieces of a love story sprinkled between whistling and fantastically used trumpets.

2 – We Found Each Other in the Dark by City and Color

They hid the premise in the title. Nonetheless, it’s a great wedding song. It’s about choosing to live and have a great life together no matter the circumstances. Easy guitars and a smooth falsetto make it a good slow dance choice.

3 – Ho Hey by The Lumineers

This happy, energetic folk song proclaims what every wedding is about: “I belong with you, you belong with me, and you’re my sweetheart.” It doesn’t get more wedding appropriate than that. You’ll be the best DJ in town if you play it at a wedding.

4 – Angel by Ernie Halter

City and Colour
This song oozes with sweetness. Halter has a voice like velvet, and the instrumentals provide the
perfect background.

5 – Jackson by Johnny Cash – Original or cover version by Florence + Josh Homme

Admittedly, this doesn’t quite fall in the indie category if you have the original, but Florence Welch and Josh Homme bring a new twist to the classic. Modern voices over a classic bring some Cash class up to date.

6 – You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me cover by She and Him

Who doesn’t want a bit of Zooey Deschanel at their wedding? She and Him’s rendition of the Smokey Robinson song is an ode to holding the one you love, and very easy on the ears.

7 – Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun

This song is a blast. It channels just enough of a 80s electronic dance vibe to be fun, without being cheesy or annoying. A simple drum beat and tight instrumentals make this an easy choice for the reception dance floor.

8 – 5 Years’ Time by Noah and the Whale
Noah and the Whale

Easygoing and whimsical, this song will have everybody feeling good. Ukulele, pleasant harmonies, and a small taste of violin and flute add depth to this folk-flavored tune.

9 – Wonderful (The Way I Feel) – My Morning Jacket

Every wedding needs a nostalgic acoustic guitar singer-songwriter type song. A great voice and a great guitar part make this song perfect simplicity.

10 – I’ll Follow You by Jon McLaughlin

A piano based love ballad, this is sure to have all the parents and best friends getting a bit misty. The strings and McLaughlin’s raw voice will bring plenty of emotion to the ceremony.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Interview with Bidisha Chowdhury: Film Maker and Story Teller


Bidisha Chowdhury lived in Kolkata, India when young. She was always mesmerized by films, but when she grew up, there weren’t kids’ films like there are now. The films were geared towards adults. Instead, she read tons of storybooks, even hiding from her parents to do so. She amused herself by imaging the books she read in film format.

From all the books she read, she had lots of ideas for stories, but no creative outlet for them. Decades later, after moving to the US, she started writing her stories into scripts. Years later, when she finally had the opportunity to get involved with the filmmaking process, working on numerous short films.

Her journey started when she wrote and directed two of her own shorts in 2010 and one in 2012. She became a part of something bigger than herself. Still, at that stage, she never thought she could ever make her own feature-length film someday.

She loves the whole process of filmmaking, starting with writing the script. During the pre-production process, she loves to spend hours creating props and designing costumes for the characters. She finds it creates a stronger connection with the characters and allows her to tell a better story.

Interview with Bidisha Chowdhury

Thank you for taking the time to speak with us. You're obviously a well established director and writer. You have several writing credits, director credits, producer credits, and even a credit as a costume designer. Do you feel like you are just beginning? What is your primary goal?

Bidisha: I love the whole process of filmmaking, starting with writing the script. “Adaline” is my first feature and yes, I guess, in the grand scheme of things it’s still just the beginning for me but I still have a fair amount of experience under my belt. I have a couple of other scripts which I wrote a while ago, I want to make them into a film in the future. Also I’d like to make films on real life stories and events.

My primary goal is to make films which have a strong story because basically I’m a story teller. I want my films to appeal to audiences of all ages and demographic as my central philosophy is simply to have a great story.

You mention in your biography that your ambition to work in film stemmed from a very young age. What were some of your ideas that you held onto as a child that are still with you today?

Bidisha: I was always mesmerized by films, but when I was growing up in India, there weren’t kids’ films like there are now. The films were geared towards adults. Instead, I read tons of storybooks. I amused myself by imaging the books in film format. I had lots of ideas for stories, but no creative outlet for them. Decades later, after moving to the US, I started writing my stories into scripts. Years later, I finally had the opportunity to get involved with the filmmaking process, working on numerous short films. My journey started when I wrote and directed two of my own shorts in 2010 and one in 2012. I became a part of something bigger than myself. Still, at that stage, I never thought I could ever make my own feature-length film someday.

Tell us a little about your current project Adaline? 

Bidisha: This is the story of a struggling young artist called Daniela who inherits an old house from a distant aunt she never knew existed. Daniela moves into the San Andreas house and gets to know locals such as the mentally-challenged Marvin and the handsome John. Life seems perfect.

Daniela starts having a series of bizarre dreams. She finds a hundred-year-old diary from the young Adaline, who also left cryptic prophecies hidden in the attic when she lived there. Daniela discovers that Adaline was known for her special powers and ability to see the future. Her premonitions came true and she was called “The Village Witch of San Andreas”. Did Adaline see something really terrifying in Daniela’s future? Is that the reason she’s trying to reach Daniela through the dreams and the written prophecies?

Is Adaline one those stories you created as a child? 

Bidisha: No. I wrote Adaline in 2012 and then I rewrote it until we went to production. Story and believable characters are important to me. I’ve read many stories since I was a child. My inspiration for believable characters comes from certain interesting people I’ve met along the way. For example, when I was growing up in India there was an older lady who was our neighbor. She was nice but very curious about other people’s business. So I wanted to incorporate personality trait into Becky’s character where I made Becky into a small town nosey lady.

A while back I met a younger guy who was very nice and sweet. He was slightly mentally challenged and talked in a very unique way. Then years later I met another guy who used to work in a shop I often went to. His mannerism, his body language and his clothes caught my eye. The color combination of his clothes didn’t match and the style of clothing was not contemporary but he didn’t realize it. So when I was writing the script I combined these two people into one and that’s how my Marvin’s character got started.

Being that you were forced to hide certain books from your parents, what were those books and does any of your current work reflect those ambitions as a child?

Bidisha: I used to read all kinds of stories and novels which started from a young age and that’s how I fell in love with story-telling which became second nature to me when I grew up. It helps me a lot when I write a script. I can’t remember exactly which books I hid from my parents but they were probably most likely ghost stories.

Did your parents ever catch you writing stories and try to make you stop? How did you hide this from them or how did you explain it?

Bidisha: I used to write more poems than stories when I was much younger. However I did read a huge number of stories during my childhood. The stories I read and the new ones I thought up, I just kept them in my head for my own amusement.

Equality for women in India is slowly changing for the better, but the country is still one of the most dangerous places and oppressed country's for women. As an Indian woman, do you feel some satisfaction in becoming apart of this equality movement?

Bidisha: Yes, India is changing for the better but I don’t believe it’s one of the most dangerous places in the World for women or the most oppressed country for women. After all India, in 1980, elected a female Prime Minister in the form of Indira Gandhi which was long before most countries in the west have done and are still to do. Also, one of the first female film directors in India was an Indian lady by the name of Fatima Begun who, back in the 1920’s, used to write, direct and produce her own films. However, I do understand your sentiment that India is a male dominated society where Indian women have had to face many challenges on a daily basis. As time passes things do change. My total respect goes out to those women. I wouldn’t say I’m a conscious part of any movement. I’m just grateful I have the opportunity to do what I love to do.

So whatever challenges women in film face today the trailblazers of the past have broken down many barriers but there are still more changes that will undoubtedly happen. We will just have to wait and see.

Do you feel fulfilled or is the best yet to come for Bidisha Chowdhury?

Bidisha: I did put all of my effort into making “Adaline” the best it can be with my limited resources and funding. I have different stories I’m looking to get made into film which will be different to Adaline but very special in their own ways. I am always looking to improve so I feel the best of me is yet to come though Adaline represents the current “best of me”.

Can you tell us what you'll be working on next? 

Bidisha: Currently I have a script we’re looking at potentially producing. It’s a period drama set in Victorian times called “Weeping Lilly” and it’s about a mother’s struggles to protect her home, children, husband, and sanity from a scheming governess who has a mysterious past and shadowy agenda.

Find more of Bidisha Chowdhury:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4974852/
www.beautifulcircleproductions.com
www.adalinethemovie.com
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3218094/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_2

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Interview with Hip Hop Artist CST: Christ Saved Terry


Hailing from Detroit, USA, CST (Christ Saved Terry) is a charismatic, spontaneous and direct hip-hop / Gospel artist who set out to create music with an honest and eclectic approach.

His fondness for hip-hop goes a long way back: his heart and soul was blessed with a talent and affinity for music since he was a kid. The hip-hop scene has always been victim of the vain and shallow pursuit of super-stardom. As a consequence, much of what makes music really important is lost: the message. The cause. CST doesn’t just aim to make typical forms of entertainment: His music is a pledge to the undying love and greatness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The music is personal, insightful and real, dealing with issues such as the experience of Christ in everyday life.

Interview with CST (Christ Saved Terry):

Thank you so much for coming onto All Indie Magazine. So, you're a Christian Rap artist. What message do you want to convey to your listeners?

CST: Exactly, I have many friends that are incredible artists and don't make gospel music and we have good friendships. I meet people all the time and we talk about what matters to them. Whether it's a relationship or a situation that needs input, my goal is to encourage people I meet about the plans God has for their life.

You've released three previous albums including Worship Musick (released under the name Da Bronze Bomber) and Hiphop iz my Hobby and #allthatmattters. Your new album is entitled, Model CST. What is special about this album in comparison to your previous releases?

CST: Good question…Charles Barkley Famously said a long time ago “I’m not a role model” I think a lot of people live that way today. Also It’s a play on words…I was born in Highland Park, MI the birthplace of the Ford Model T. Also with this project I’ve learned that there is no such thing as the lone genius. to get anywhere in life we need help and support from others. Each of my projects has had a purpose and a message I hope to communicate to my audience. In my previous work, I've done most of everything myself from the production, the concept and I've seen limits to my abilities when you go at it alone. This Project started with help of a producer (Wontel) that took time and created music that fits the theme of the album and every song is a reflection of the growth I've experienced and the depth of my convictions.

Which song do you think represents this new album above all other songs? 

CST: I have a track called Lost 2 Found which really breaks down the mood of the album. Like the old church song, Amazing Grace..."amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved..." you get it. I want to communicate that for a new generation of people who are for the most part unimpressed with Jesus and what he represents.

What motivated or who you to become a Hip Hop artist?

CST: I had neighbors from New york and they inspired me to rap. They have tapes that were from the radio stations and I was blown away by the hiphop culture there.

Do you prefer to call yourself a rap artist? What is the difference?

CST: I believe hiphop is a culture and rap is a part of that culture. I care very little for titles as I’m grateful to be called anything at this point. Those who want to argue over the differences have way too much time on their hands.

Growing up, what artists did you look up to? 


CST: The greats like Nas, Jay-Z Also growing up in Detroit I was connected to the rap scene there as well Proof(D12), EM, and Royce are all incredible artists that inspire me.

Who do you look up to now?

CST: There is a difference now that I’m a Christian, I look up to rappers that share my world view like Flame, Da Truth, B.I.G. CITY and Social Club.

What is in store for CST? What projects do you have currently in the works that fans can look forward to?

CST: I have a EP coming out call Model CST, another mixtape in the works and Hopefully a tour in 2015. People can catch up with me by going on www.cst313.com

Find more of CST: 
www.cst313.com
www.reverbnation.com/CST313
www.noisetrade.com/cst313/allthatmatters

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Identity Theft: Interview with Author Laura Lee

"A bored employee in a rock star's office begins an online relationship with a fan in the guise of his
boss and sets off a chain of events he cannot control."

Laura Lee is the author of 15 books with such publishers as Harper Collins, Reader's Digest, Lyons Press and Running Press. I am best known for humorous reference such as The Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation, which sold 85,000 copies for Black Dog and Leventhal. My first novel was Angel published by Itineris Press. The San Francisco Chronicle has said of my work: “Lee's dry, humorous tone makes her a charming companion… She has a penchant for wordplay that is irresistible.”

Synopsis of Identity Theft 
Candi Tavris is on the verge of turning 30, she works in the packaging department of a company that is downsizing and she is hounded by calls from creditors who mispronounce her name. She wakes up every morning praying that the folks at Life Lock will perform their work in reverse and give her "identity" to someone else. Her younger sister, never a serious student, married a rich executive and lives in a mansion. Candi's only solace is escaping into the music and image of the 80s pop star Blast.

Ethan Penn, a 22 year-old college dropout who smokes pot and lives in his mother's basement, works in the rock star's office. (His desk sits under a framed gold record with a dead spider caught in the glass.)

His boss, whose real name is Ollie Thomas, is as socially awkward off stage as he is charismatic on stage. He is depressed about his pending divorce. His greatest fame is behind him, his biggest hit "Partly Cloudy Thursday (Blast With Me)" was a cliched monstrosity written to please record executives. His rock n' roll lifestyle mostly consists of finding ways to keep his laundry from stinking while on the road and trying to remain anonymous while buying Preparation-H.

Blast assigns the task of keeping up with his social networking to Ethan. Ethan starts to correspond with Candi through e-mail and chats in the guise of the rock star. The conversation soon becomes steamy. The game spirals out of control when Blast performs a concert in Candi's hometown and Candi is mistaken first for a groupie and then for a delusional stalker.

Candi must try to prove (and retain) her sanity. Ethan must decide whether to risk jail by telling the truth. A terrified Ollie has to come to terms with his relationship with his Blast character and the consequences of his fame.

Interview with Laura Lee:
According to the synopsis, this sounds like a fun read full of twists and turns and it all seems to surround three people that are trying to hide from their obviously miserable lives. What else can you say about this book? Is it as funny as it seems? Is there a serious side to this book?

Laura Lee: It's sort of Donnie and Marie. A little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll. (Or is your audience way too young to get that reference?) I tend to talk about serious things using humor and sometimes humorous things in seriousness. I don't know if the three main characters are miserable, they're more isolated and are each in stagnant periods in their lives. I tend to need some philosophical question to muse on in order to get the momentum to write a novel. In this case, I mused on the nature of identity. Most of the characters, for example, have names that are different than those they were born with. A reader described it as "a somewhat dark, intellectual comedy, with some light romance and a huge dose of reality." That sounds good to me.

How did you come up with this story? Does it reflect any truth to your real life or are you just that creative?

Laura Lee: None of the characters are autobiographical. They say "write what you know" but there are a lot of ways of knowing. Lived experience is only one kind of knowing. When I write I combine things I researched, things I lived and things I imagine and I put them in a blender. I did, like the character of Ethan, work in a musician's office. (And fans did come in and suggest that he could make more money if we had him wear the t-shirts and use the soap before we sold it.) Like the rock star character (Ollie/Blast) I am on the road five moths a year. (With a ballet project.) And I have been on entertainment tours with a group in a big tour bus as well. So I am familiar with that world. Like Candi, the character who is taken in by Ethan's fraud, I have worked in an office that was restructuring-- more than one in fact. I've had to deal with financial woes. I imagined my first apartment, the only house in a trailer park, as her home. Mostly because it was sort of an odd space. People thought it was the rental office, and you'd be sitting watching TV in your pajamas and they'd just walk in without knocking.

Right now, you are in the process of trying to fund the publishing of this book and you have a crowdfunding campaign. What are some perks and benefits that people will get by contributing to your campaign?

Laura Lee: I've kept it simple. I'm not asking for anything more than the price of the book. So if you order an ebook you get an ebook. If you order a print book you get an autographed book. You buy a book for the price of a book, but you also know that without your support the book would not exist.

When you release the book, is it going to be strictly sold digitally or would people be able to buy it at a local retailer?

Laura Lee: It will available as both a print and an ebook. It will no doubt be print on demand. This means that it is available to brick and mortar stores, but most do not like to stock books that are not returnable.

You're already a published author and you've written several other books. What are some of your proudest moments?

Laura Lee: I remember when Pelican Publishing called me up and wanted to buy what became my first book. I had to call my father, who was an author, and ask, "Did I just sell a book?" Unfortunately, my father was not around to see me publish my first novel. He would have been proud of that, I think. Angel is the book I am most proud of so far. It was really a different kind of book for me. I think of it as the moment when I really found my voice as an artist. I had developed a different voice before, a dry comic voice, for my non-fiction and I don't want to diminish that. The Elvis Impersonation Kit was great fun to write. It was a how to on being an Elvis tribute artist. I got to interview loads of Elvi. They were great guys and gals. I don't think you can be an Elvis impersonator without having a great sense of humor. But Angel is something new and since it came out, I have been frightfully prolific. (I've been researching Lord Alfred Douglas and "frightfully" is one of his favorite words.) I have just not published a great deal of what I've been working on yet. That's why I am excited about indie publishing and taking control of my destiny, the way my musician friends have been doing with their music for years.

Let's talk about you and what makes you "tick". What made you decide to become a writer? Who or what was your inspiration?

Laura Lee: My father was a professional writer and author, so I grew up among writers. I had an aptitude, but it took me a long time to appreciate that. I didn't realize that writing did not come easily to everyone. I wanted to be an actress and I studied theater. My grandmother was a professional radio actress and she encouraged me. I majored in theater at Oakland University, but I never got cast in any productions. I was relegated to backstage role and I was deeply depressed about it. To this day most of my old theater friends think of me as a theater tech. They assume I preferred the technical side, and if I had known myself a bit better, I probably would have.

Now I look back and I wonder if I had even met myself. I am such an introvert and as I get older the idea of performing becomes less and less appealing. I don't miss it. I assume now that the reason I didn't get cast in anything was that I was a bad actress.

I have always admired performers though. My partner is a ballet dancer who has natural charisma on stage. I couldn't take my eyes off him when I saw him perform. I work in a supporting role, setting up classes for him. He shines, I play the music. I'm cool with that. I don't like to be the center of attention.

Anyway, beginning in college whenever I dashed off a little script or something people would praise it. It took me no effort to write and people went on about how wonderful it was. It slowly started to dawn on me that maybe my father had been right about the writing thing. Little by little, my efforts turned more in that direction.

Who are some of your favorite author's today?

Laura Lee: Lately I have been reading a lot of Oscar Wilde and related.

Do you like being an independent writer? What are some of the challenges of being an author in today's digital age?

Laura Lee: It is very challenging for someone in my position. That is, someone who was traditionally published and who is finding that world changing. It is a bit like the famous Matthew Arnold quote: "Wandering between two worlds, one dead. The other powerless to be born." I have to admit that once you have done all the work to be accepted into the traditional publishing world, it becomes hard to go back to being on your own. There is a certain ego-hurtle you have to overcome. You have to get over needing that Better Housekeeping Seal of "Real Professional Writer" Approval.

Yet, the opportunities for non-celebrity authors are fewer than they used to be. I've always valued the resistance from editors and agents, actually. I like knowing that by the time someone has bought my book it has gone through a real test and it has been proven. I know it is worth publishing. The idea that you might make a complete fool of yourself is daunting. Too many self-published writers are putting out stuff that has not been polished and tested. There is still no real system to separate the guy who put out a typo-ridden, cliched showcase of bad grammar and the artist who is serious and focused and has a professional quality product. It will come, I am sure. It's just not here yet.

The pace of traditional publishing makes it almost impossible for a writer to make a regular living. Everything takes months and months. I just got a rejection on a novel I sent out a year and a half ago! Think about how much writing is lost just to delay. Instead of publishing your creations, you're spending years at a time trying to get published or waiting to hear from publishers. I would like to get out of that cycle. There are certain kinds of projects I would never try to publish on my own, but I want to put out the ones I can.

Do you plan on doing a book release party/signing once the book funds and is published? 

Laura Lee: To be perfectly honest, when my first book was published I threw a release party. No one but my family and the people who lived in my building showed up. I haven't dared it again. Never throw a party in your own honor. That was my takeaway.

This will be my 15th book, I think. At that point it gets a bit like throwing a big shower for your fifth wedding. But I will do a happy dance when it is funded and I will send thanks and kisses to all the supporters.

Find more of Laura Lee and help her fund her book: 
Crowdfunding site: https://pubslush.com/project/3991 
Laura Lee's website: http://lauraleeauthor.wordpress.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LauraLeeAuthor

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

No Option but to Create: Interview with Pistol For Ringo


Named after a classic spaghetti western, and completely unrelated to the "Fab Four," (although if
Ringo wants to roll around town 'strapped,' we sure as hell aren't going to judge) Pistol for Ringo announces 2014 release, "Awkward Species."

The full length album will be available on iTunes, Amazon, CD and vinyl. Playing everywhere from hipster joints in the 213 area code to opening for an S&M show in Vegas (not joking), PfR's live shows are as unpredictable as their music. Just one of the many reasons they have endeared themselves to indie rock fans and the college music charts.

Featuring Los Angeles musicians, Brian Murphy, Shane Smith and Steve Arm along with Philadelphia based musicians, Ben Arnold and Matty Muir, Pistol for Ringo has grown into a real indie rock collective.

Interview with guitarist, Brian Murphy of Pistol For Ringo

Thanks for coming on All Indie Magazine. First of all, let's talk about the name of your band. The name was inspired by a 1965 spaghetti western film. How did you come up with the name Pistol For Ringo and why this movie?

PFR: Wow, nice research. You totally did your homework. Our original Aeronaut release was very cinematic sonically speaking. In 2001 we dug stuff like Air, Doves, Mogwai and Cursive in addition to indie stalwarts like Wilco and Built to Spill. An Italian classic film that also referred to a Beatle seemed to be rather fitting. In fact prior to that I was pushing for "As If We Care." We were afraid the irony might be lost on folks.

So, tell us about your sound. If you were to compare yourself to a band or bands, who would you sound like?

PFR: Like most artists, our sound is really reflective of the lives and experiences we encounter. Shane is an incredible producer / engineer so he adds a sonic complexity and depth; not to mention a passion for nuance. Ben and Matty have their roots in the Philly singer song writer world so there is an earnest quality that reflects that life and touring experience. Steve is the multi media guy so there is always whimsy and humor involved. As the guitarist and a native of Angeleno, I am constantly inspired by the beauty, the filth, the struggle and the transient nature of life here and life in general. It is all intertwined like out art. Though we sound nothing like them New Pornographers and Haunted Graffiti have similar elements.

How did the five of you meet?

PFR: Steve Arm is the conduit! He and I played in a few projects together. Same thing with Shane, those two did a recording project in Philly for about a year. Steve moved back to Los Angeles and Shane stayed longer, where he befriended Ben & Matty.

Who is the writer of the band and does everyone in the band contribute to the song lyrics?

PFR: Ben is handling the lion's share of the lyrics. He is a wordsmith who works constantly reveal new elements to the immediate connotation.

Pistol for Ringo has been around since 2003, so you've seen major changes in the music industry. How have you guys kept on going without giving up...or have you given up before?

PFR: Like the vast majority of your readers, we have no option but to create. We do it without the burden of expectation, because how can you ever really create when you are keeping one eye on some watermark or goal. We want the honor of people's ears and hopefully their hearts also. The best way we can secure that is by making music that elevates their experience on some finite level.

Do you think the industry is getting easier or harder?

PFR: As for the music business… it still seems that nepotism and clicks run the game. C'est la vie…

If you could share the stage with any major recording artist, past or present, who would you guys want to share the stage with?

PFR: Share the stage with, Hmm..anyone really kind enough to have us… I like high contrast, so maybe Black Bananas, Goat and Kool Keith?

What can fans expect to see from Pistol For Ringo within the next 6 months?

PFR: We just wrapped up a run of shows on the west coast, and are currently planning the east coast in the spring. We also shot a couple new videos soon to be released.

Find more of Pistol For Ringo 
http://www.reverbnation.com/pistolforringo
https://www.facebook.com/PistolforRingo
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRVe3gRjscSTZh3VMf0QcQg
https://twitter.com/PistolforRingo

Monday, October 13, 2014

Lana Fray And The Grand Plan: Interview with Maren Higbee

Maren Higbee (Patterson) grew up in Seattle, Washington with a love for film and writing. After her four years at Ithaca College's Film School she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of writing and directing films thinking there she'd land a great career and find the love of her life. After a few years working on a variety of projects she found herself entrenched in the brand new Reality Television business.

While Maren liked the way her career was going, she was becoming more and more unhappy because she wanted a husband and family of her own. So she took action she spent her very limited time off work hanging out with other single girlfriends and of course dating.

Finally after many failed dates she realized there was one very distinct common thread, but this wasn't easy to take. What did she discover? With the help of her other single friends she realized that that SHE was the only consistent element in all these dates, so it was about her and not the men. She was a certified one date wonder!

With this new concept in mind, she decided to slow down and start enjoying friends and focus on her career, and it continued to go well. After ten years she was still single and now held the role of a supervising producer. She discovered she was missing Seattle and her family. So, Maren decided to return to her beloved Northwest. Here she began working on local video and advertising while writing her fiction novel and continuing to seek her soul mate. Finally, one night in late July she met her now beloved husband. Today, she is happily married and lives in West Seattle where she continues to write and work on advertising campaigns.

Interview with Maren Higbee:

Thank you so much for taking the time to speaking to All Indie Magazine. You have an amazing story and your book seems to surround the idea of being single and your journey of finding "Mr. Right", am I correct?

Maren: Yes! I had quite the time working in the beginning in the land of reality tv in LA all while trying to find my Mr. Right. I never tried anything quite as crazy as offering a $5K finders fee for a husband like Lana does in Lana Fray and the Grand Plan, but my experiences did inspire her crazy yet funny journey.

You are a very successful independent woman and have a very established career as a reality TV producer and in reading into your book, it's as if you have taken your gift of reality TV scripting and created an almost comical challenge by getting people to help you find "Mr. Right". Was this the reason why you decide to write a book about it? What was the motivation behind publishing this book?

Maren: Reality TV is an interesting style of storytelling. You wait for things to happen then you weave them together to make a good clean story. As reality tv producers, we often have hundreds and hundreds of hours of footage to make one show which is usually forty minutes long once it airs with commercial breaks. Lucky for me in writing I have a lot more leeway than a network tv timeframes afford. It is very safe to say that my work in reality tv did influence my style in writing this book and will continue to as the series continues.

Does “Lana Fray And The Grand Plan“ fit for both men and women readers alike or is this specifically written as a personal message for all the women whom have had similar trials in life finding "the one"?

Maren: Yes! Lana’s journey isn’t just about finding Mr. Right but really about finding out who she is and what she truly needs in a partner. She learns that she needs to get over the fairytale and be herself. Then and only then will she find Mr. Right… which is a lesson I think applies to anyone and everyone looking for their mate. This is why the main character, Lana, is now also continuing to explore this journey through her blogging at Lanafray.com, tweeting @lanafraybooks and she has a facebook page. Check it out!

Not to give the book away, but can you pin point why it is so hard to find the right person? Conflicting interests and goals? Different values? Do you think television and social media have contributed to this demise or is it all of the above? Or do you even have an answer?

Maren: It is difficult to find a partner because you need two people who are honest about what they need and able to see the other person for who they are not who they want them to be. In the end the challenge is different for everyone, but being honest with yourself is one of the biggest keys to being happy with a partner or realizing that maybe having a partner isn’t what you truly desire.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Maren: When I was a little girl my mom and dad gave me a typewriter that they had in a closet. I would sit down and type my little stories that mostly consisted of slightly modified fairytales. I’d take my stories out and show them to my folks proudly telling them I was an author! So yes I’d say it’s been a dream for a long long time!

What writers inspired you to write?

Maren: I’m inspired by the vivid journeys of Paul Coelho, the humor and self-reflection of Marian Keyes, the deep lessons in a simple moment from Jhumpa Lahiri, the fantasy and darkness of Anne Rice and the twists and turns of Gillian Flynn to name a few of my favorites!

Do you think this is the start of something bigger and will motivate you to write more books to follow?

Maren: Lana and her friends have already started working out their journey into the craziness of the next phase of their lives. I expect the second book in the series to be out in the Fall of 2015.

Do you mind me asking about Patterbee Publications? Is this your publishing company and did you independently publish your book?

Maren: Yes, Patterbee Publications is my publishing company. After sending my book out to many publishers one was kind enough to read my book and speak with me for over an hour. She said she loved the book but told me that the days of publishers taking a risk on first time authors isn’t necessary. That now, it was important to get the book out and create a following to show publishers that this book will sell. She has kept in touch and helped guide me as I self-published Lana Fray and the Grand Plan.

Would you consider backing another author and publishing other books?

Maren: This is a possibility for the future, but at this point I’m still learning and the learning curve is heavy.

Do you have any future plans to do a national book signing tour and can people pick up a physical copy of your book at a local retailer or is it strictly only available online?

Maren: Currently, I am in discussions with many small book stores and with a few major chains. Right now the book is available in Seattle at Smooth Sugaring Studio in Madison Park as well as on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo.

Thank you so much for your time and best of luck! 

Find more of Maren Higbee:
www.lanafray.com
www.facebook.com/lanafraybooks
http://twitter.com/lanafraybooks

A story in every verse: Interview with NuChuckie Bonner


From Pittsburgh, Pa, street motivated rapper, NuChuckie Bonner raps about the everyday lifestyle of young black males and lower income areas around the world. He starting rapping when he was 11 years old, but just recently started taking it serious when his younger brother got sentenced to 15-45 years in prison. There's a story in every verse he spits- if he writes it, he's lived it.

Interview with NuChuckie Bonner

First off, what is behind the name, NuChuckie Bonner?

NuChuckie: NuChuckie: Chuckie Bonner is my real name so i always went by that, but i was with a squad called l.e.s so when i stopped rocking with them, me and my cousin Metro MoneyBagz started Numoney I added the Nu in front of my name.

You’re obviously a new artist in hip-hop and more recently you've released a lot of music (available on Soundcloud) through NUMONEY MUSIC. Where did you come from? What were you doing before you met up with NUMONEY MUSIC and how did you get discovered?

NuChuckie: I was always around doing street things, and I played with music for years, but once my little brother "Gnutt" got sentenced to 15 to 45 years in prison is when I started taking my music more serious. I started pumping my music so hard that I started picking up a street buzz. Now im here interveiwing with you. Lol

Just like so many b-ballerz seeking their big shot in the NBA, there are just as many rap artists  looking for their big break in music. What do you think it was that got you noticed?

NuChuckie: I think it was my fans that got me noticed. If it wasn't for them liking, sharing, and reposting my music i would've never got this far.

You recently did a few songs with up-and-coming artists, Metro Moneybags, MzCotto, Black Whoa, Miss Swirlz, and Tae Bandz. What was it like working with so much talent?

NuChuckie: MoneyBagz is in a league of his own, when it comes to his style of rap, so its always a pleasure working with him. MzCotto is also a different type of talent that the world needs to be introduced to. I feel like when they really get a glimpse of her, she'll has the potential to be as big as Iggy. Black Whoa and Gwappo are my brothers, so we been doing this together since day one. Miss Swirlz is a new and upcoming power-house singer, we added to the team, so you guys are definitely going to want to watch out for her. Tae Bandz is the youngest member of the squad, hes only 17 years old, with a notorious younger following and a style like no other.

Are you currently working on any new songs with other artists?

NuChuckie: Currently, Miss Swirlz and I are working on a song called 'Better Days'. MzCotto and me also got some tricks up our sleeves. NuMoney is always working on new projects, but other than that, I'm not working on anyone outside our team right now; we're focusing on Team NuMoney!

How many songs have you written in total? Are any of those songs you wrote on or going to be in your new album?

NuChuckie: There's way too many to even begin to count, but you'll be hearing a lot of hits in the upcoming album "NuMoneyMusic the Mixtape".

What inspires you to write so much? Is it basically everyday life and you capture in the form of poetry or song?

NuChuckie: Yeah, I would say its more of a hobby to me, I just love writing music and coming up with new things. Most of the music I write is about everyday situations.

Your songs are a blend of rap with a club party beat. Have you ever had your songs played in the club scene?

NuChuckie: Yes. Shoutout to DJ Worm, who's a Pittsburgh DJ, and DJ Broadway Joe, also a Pittsburgh DJ/Radio Personality.

Because mainstream and commercial radio places limits on what we hear on the radio, do you think it places limits on you as an artist and forces you to stay underground?Are you ok with that?

NuChuckie: Yeah, in away. But then theres also a lot of ways now a days, like Youtube, Soundcloud, Reverb, that you can be heard without being on the radio.

Does it bother you that this is the market we’re in?

NuChuckie: Business is business

Are you currently making any new music in the studio now?

NuChuckie: Of course, always.

When is your next big tour?

NuChuckie: I'm working out a few things with some people. It'll be soon enough.

How soon before the public will get their hands on a NuChuckie Bonner full EP/LP?

NuChuckie:

What else can fans expect from NuChuckie Bonner this year?

NuChuckie: I'll be dropping a mixtape, couple shows, more shirts, a few music videos and more flexin!

Find more of NuChuckie Bonner 
http://www.numoneyentertainment.com 
https://soundcloud.com/chuckie-bonner 
http://twitter.com/NuChuckieBonner

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Interview with EgoMunk: Footsteps to Mars

EgoMunk is a talented artist who has uniquely decided to release all of his music for free, forever. In times where the music is dominated by industry restrictions and celebrity, egomunk has decided to keep his identity a secret, letting his album be enjoyed for the music not the face behind it. EgoMunk has just released his album - Footsteps to Mars - and will soon be releasing his second single, "The Patient".

A core aspect of the EgoMunk message is creative freedom and this thinking has spawned the Ego View element of the site. Playing an integral part in the EgoMunk creative jigsaw, Ego View allows audiences and contributors the chance to interact with the band through the EgoMunk website by producing and uploading a music video which they believe best fits with the creative vision of the music of any particular Footsteps to Mars album track. Interview with EgoMunk:

Thanks for coming on All Indie Magazine. So tell us how it all started. What or who motivated to become a music artist?

EgoMunk:Music has inspired me my entire life and I’ve always felt like I’ve had this soundtrack playing in my head. I’m not sure I can pin down one artist or moment that inspired me to write but I do know that the feeling of being moved by music is something that I’ve wanted to share with others. It’s the greatest feeling in the world to hear that someone has enjoyed your music that is what motives me the most.
I don’t believe there should be a machine dictating the order which we consume music which is the ethos behind which I have released my album, footsteps to Mars.’ There are no set ‘rules’ on the consumption of this album and I am releasing my music without any kind of label boundaries.

I noticed that you are giving away your music...indefinitely. What made you decide to do this?

EgoMunk: I’ve been a part of the music industry and felt suffocated by the restrictions and creative limitations put upon artists so decided to do something completely different with this album. By remaining anonymous and giving the album away for free I’m enabling fans to immerse themselves in my journey and enjoy the album as a whole. This is not something that I believe should be paid for as it’s giving away a little piece of me. We’re just about to hit 10,000 free downloads on the egomunk.com site which is something I’m really proud of.

For someone who's never heard your music, how would you describe your music?

EgoMunk: I’d like to say it’s an album for music lovers, people who aren’t afraid to take risks and who enjoy being taken on a journey with honest lyrics. You can’t pin the album to one genre which is the beauty of having creative freedom - you are not tied in to just create one sound. It’s the type of sound that keeps you guessing, each track is so different and can be listened to individually or together, as a whole.

If you were to compare yourself to another artist, what would you say?

EgoMunk: I couldn’t compare myself to another artist as each is an individual but, as with all music, there are elements of similarities – I’ve been told some tracks have hints of Coldplay and Blur whilst others could be compared to the sound of Bon Iver and Mogwai.

Your album 'Footsteps to Mars' has been summed up as mysterious and haunting. Which song do you think represents the entire album and which track means the most to you?

EgoMunk: I think ‘The Patient’ has the most depth to it. It is one of my personal favorites and has a real dynamic surge between the low and mysterious verse then the hauntingly uplifting chorus.

Another thing I noticed is you seem to be anonymous. This was obviously intentional. Care to go into more detail why you wanted to go this route?

EgoMunk: I want people to listen to the music purely for enjoyment and experience rather than the face that is behind it.

So, what is in store for EgoMunk in the near distant future?

EgoMunk: I am releasing my second official video for my single, The Patient on the 21st October. I have just finished hosting a competition called egomunk which gave creative fans the chance to create a video for any track on my album and the winners submission is actually being used as my next official video. There will be another competition running soon and I am also releasing some exclusive artwork that I’ve been working on. It’s an exciting time.

Find more of EgoMunk:
Official Website: www.egomunk.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/egomunk

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Interview with Robert Marlow: Sex, Drugs, and Rock N Roll

Robert Marlow is a Scottish musician that has fused Rock, metal, punk, and garage rock into a sound that captures the energy and vitality of the great rock music of the sixties and seventies and makes it sound brand new. Great songwriters write about what they know and Robert Marlow knows about sex, drugs and rock n roll, wild times, and one night stands. The songs take you on a pulsating, sensual and erotic adrenaline filled ride in the red light district and sweaty smoke filled temples of rock n roll where bodies dance and twist in the half-light. Nothing is genteel or sensitive about this riff packed music that is delivered in the playpen of debauchery and decadence. Blistering micro-anthems embodying that basic Rock and Roll steamroller aesthetic . This is rock and roll!

Interview with Robert Marlow

Robert, great to have you on All Indie Magazine. So, let's talk about your music. I find that there's a lot of sexual innuendo with lots of half-naked women in each of your videos. You don't "beat around the bush", do you? Who directed the videos?

Robert Marlow: Actually I do beat around the bush, that is why I write about sexual relationships. Rock n Roll was originally a slang term used in the 1950s referring to sexual intercourse. I believe good rock music comes from the crotch and hopefully that's where people feel it when they listen to my music. I created all the videos. All the videos are my favorite because the video I work on at the time is my favorite video. Yes the videos are full of beautiful half naked women, that's because I would rather watch a pretty girl dancing than any musician performing their song.

What was your favorite music era? Let me guess - the 80s, the quintessential "Sex, Drugs, and Rock N' Roll era?

Robert Marlow: No, my favorite era is the 60s and 70s, you can't beat Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and a host of other bands that are the bedrock of rock music. I also like the original blues musicians.

Is there any particular meaning behind the name "Robert Marlow and the High Priests"?

Robert Marlow: The High Priests are the name of the band and it has meanings on several levels. Rock music is my religion and I am the new High Priest of Rock n Roll. I am trying to bring rock music back to its glory days and we like to get High.

Who were your favorite artists and did they have an influence on your current music?

Robert Marlow: My main influences are Johnny Walker, Charles Bukowski, and Caligula, for obvious reasons.

If you could pick any artist from any time period, who would you want to perform with?

Robert Marlow: I would love to perform with Rihanna, just to see if I could shag her.

You're a Scottish musician, but you currently live in Sacramento? Have you ever performed in Scotland?

Robert Marlow:Yes I recorded the live album "Mad Bad and Dangerous" in my hometown of Glasgow Scotland. Here is a link to the album, please check it out. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertmarlow16

If you were to pick one song to represent your sound, which one would it be?

Robert Marlow: I think my song "Everybody's Coming" is probably the best representation of my sound, you can listen to it on my live album also. You can see the video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvUDcpVrrok

What is in store for Robert Marlow in the near future?

Robert Marlow: Well Mikey, I am mixing several new songs and videos and a tour of Europe in the fall, then world domination.

Find more of Robert Marlow: 
www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RobertMarlow
www.reverbnation.com/robertmarlowandthehighpriests
http://robertmarlow.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/rmarlowmusic
https://www.youtube.com/user/midnightmoses100/videos

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Birthed by Wolves: Interview with Blood Sugar Summer


Blood Sugar Summer are a Northumbrian 'doomwave' band, who's unique fusion of doom metal and synth-pop has to be heard to be believed. They're a duo made up of Benjo James (vocals/keys) and Jack Wilson (guitars). They're making serious waves online and are certainly a band to look out for.

Sounds like Doom, doomwave, metal, gothic, synth-pop.

Interview with Blood Sugar Summer

Let's start off with a question about the band. How did Benjo and Jack meet?

Benjo James: We’ve known each other for quite a few years now, and have made music together in various incarnations.

What made the two of you decide to start a band? What was that defining moment that made you say, "Let's start a band"?

BJ: No other bands were making the music we wanted to hear, so we figured we’d form a band and subject the world to the beautiful monstrosity that the kids are calling ‘doomwave’.

How did you come up with the name Blood Sugar Summer?

BJ: It’s a random combination of words that roll of the tongue nicely. And because Infant Annihilator was already taken.

So far you only have two songs on your EP. Tell us about your first track "Haunted". What is the story behind that song?

BJ: It concerns a regular clubber who constantly comes into contact with the apparition of an attractive young woman. He’s not sure if she’s a ghost, a missing person or if he’s just tripping his balls off.

What is the back story behind "The Most Photographed Woman On the Planet"? If you don't mind revealing the secret, but who is the song about?

BJ: The song includes samples of Paris Hilton, and the title was inspired by a quote in an article concerning Gemma Ward. I’m not going to reveal too much because I’d rather the listener project their own meaning onto the song.

Who are the bands influences?

BJ: Type O Negative, HIM, Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains…Jack’s very into alternative and grunge and I’m more into electronic genres like trance, witch-house, synth pop etc. It’s ironic that we’re wedged into the ‘goth’ category so much, as the majority of our influences are straight-up metal and hard rock bands.

When did music become part of your motivation to want to become musicians?

BJ: When music’s all you live for it’s only natural that you attempt to make it your living.

Who's the writer of the songs?

BJ: It varies. There’s 8 tracks on our upcoming mini-album (Birthed By Wolves), and there’s a pretty even split concerning who writes the music. All the lyrics are written by yours truly.

You currently reside in the rural town of Northumberland, England. Do you two plan on venturing out of the small town scene and moving towards the metropolitan area to explore your music careers and possibly get some paying gigs, maybe release a full-length album?

BJ: We’re both from the same small town in Northumberland, but we’re now based in the Newcastle area. We’ll gig as soon as we’ve got a band together.

Do you have any other future plans for Blood Sugar Summer?

BJ: Unleashing the new record, recording the next one and fitting some gigs in. And world domination, naturally.

Find more of Blood Sugar Summer
https://soundcloud.com/blood-sugar-summer
www.facebook.com/BloodSugarSummer