Monday, September 1, 2014

The-Mortis-Chronicles: Interview with Author Alexander Wilkinson


Stamford, UK, 1986. It had to have been a dark and foggy night to give rise to one of the area's most mystic individuals. Fast forward to present day, and that individual, one Alexander Wilkinson, can be occasionally seen wandering the streets of York and Leeds like some creature of legend. With a Pepsi Max in one hand, a half-eaten cheese pretzel in the other, and an open bag of peanut M&Ms in his pocket, he lurks in the shadows of North Yorkshire like a nocturnal animal only paying the day a visit.

In the light hours, Mr. Wilkinson can be seen moonlighting as a nine-to-five office drone with a lighthearted composure and a traditional brain. But dusk is when his true self begins to emerge. Seeking to entertain the masses, he dips a virtual pen into a digital inkwell and composes unique prose that has been compared to that of James Joyce. Whether it's a smell, sound, or image that ignites the creative spark in Mr. Wilkinson's mind, it always turns into a blazing chemical fire incapable of being quenched.

Everything from anime and Quentin Tarantino to video games and old samurai films inspires him to create something. A peculiar and invigorating blend of sci-fi, Western, horror, fantasy, black comedy, and straight up attitude permeates the flagship work of his, the Mortis Chronicles.

His debut, Trials of Eden: Flesh Trade, ventures forth into uncharted waters. Demons, mutants, humans, and supernatural beings clash in a truly otherworldly plot that puts the entire universe at stake. It doesn't fall into overused archetypes but instead fuses the best parts of classic genres together to make what has been hailed as an instant classic. The flowing, erratic prose will command your attention and make you crave more.

Interview with Alexander Wilkinson:

Tell me about The Mortis Chronicles? What is it about?

Alexander Wilkinson: The Mortis Chronicles series is my first series of books, the first of which, was released early 2014.

The series is currently going through its first sub-series called ‘Trials of Eden’ in which I want to bring to the masses the story of my protagonist Mortis, the environment he operates in and what exactly he does ... Who he is … Why he is, who he is.

My first book, Trials of Eden – Flesh Trade, begins to paint the canvas by going into the story about what happened to Earth; after an event known as ‘The Reckoning.’ When demons, supernaturals and freaks fought back against the spread of humans into their territories. Having watched the humans over the centuries destroy their own lands, and now beginning to want their lands too.

I love old samurai films and those films where you have overwhelming odds against a one man / or woman army. Taking this into account, Mortis you could say, is a wandering Ronin style character who for the majority of the time, who operates alone … Wandering a plant named Eden … Bringing law to the lawless.

Operating as a ‘hunter,’ Mortis is a pawn in a greater scheme of things in which his modus operandi is to keep the peace … Enforce order

… And ensure the mass scale of destruction seen on Earth, does not repeat itself on Eden.

Why would someone be interested in reading The-Mortis-Chronicles: Flesh Trade?

Personally I love reading. I am a huge fan of many authors and yet the one constant you come across is the story lines. Time after time, I’ve picked up a good book, you start to flick through it and then the story line played out sounds like one you’ve heard five … ten … a hundred times over. I am hoping that even as a noob to the indie author field, The Mortis Chronicles – Flesh Trade, and the rest of my series; will shake things up a little. Not only do you have Sci-Fi and Fantasy in a heavy mashup with Action and Adventure, but you have folk lore and mythology that expands the scope of what type of stories can play out, to limitless possibilities. You should wait until you see my take on the cute and cuddly leprechaun myths, in my second book! … You’ll never think of looking for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, ever again.

What motivated you to write this particular book The-Mortis-Chronicles: Flesh Trade?

I love to play roleplaying games … Roleplay online … Xbox … Card games ... Board games ... The usual geek formats.
But doing this I always had sidequests I wanted to do, but were never optional. Characters you wanted killing off, that never died and thinks like that.

When I first started writing, it was simply to put digital pen to the digital page so that I could write my version of something. Build characters and a world of my own design. When I started I never had the intention of it been an e-book, but after a colleague read through it. He suggested giving it a try, after a little research on the net; I decided to go for it.

If you could compare your book to anything like a film or another book, what would you compare it to?

I would have to say that ‘The Book of Eli’ comes straight to mind when you ask me that. Lone wanderer … One man army … Yet simply trying to maintain an old religion and traditions for a new world. Even amongst the chaos, Mr Washington stands strong and faithful.

You describe this book having multiple genres from sci-fi, Western, horror, fantasy, and black comedy. Can you explain how this is even possible?

Alexander Wilkinson: Its perception and execution mainly.

The scene itself would be considered Sci-Fi, as would the technology, weaponry and means of transport. However, the supernaturals, freaks and demons I use would no doubt fall into the fantasy setting along with a little witchcraft and wizardry.

Mortis’ style is where the western comes in, from his appearance and apparel to the way he operates and even the type of ‘contracts’ he takes. For example, within the first few pages, we see Mortis been dispatched to find the cause of a mining town been raised to the ground. Something that you may have heard before, but then that’s where my twist and take of things will differ. For the comedy part, this was tough. I started writing, and I had feedback on the action and adventure aspects … The fights … The missions … But then someone mentioned to me character chemistry. With a little tweaking … Some rewording … Not only do you have a sort of low-level tension, teasing and flirting between two of the main characters. But you also have humour as the characters playing off one another. In my second book, this occurring in the middle of an epic last stand; one of the characters simply decides to get up and walk away as ‘he’s had enough’. Moving to the opposite end of the firing line.

Juvenile … Petty … But in the heat of battle, under a hail of rounds, hysterical when you read it. 

Again, you’d need to read it to take it in full context, but I have had several beta readers in stitches with some of the lines.

What or who inspired you to become a writer?

It was a mix really, and I have two main people to thank for pushing me towards the final decision. Mr John Coyne; a family member who restored my interest in literature on a whole. And Professor Jon Timmis; who I had the pleasure of hearing speak at an award ceremony at York College. He spoke of how it is never too late to make changes to your career and future. But above all else, I think it would have to be my want to entertain. Just plain and simple as that, I want to be able to entertain the masses. And hope people will enjoy reading my works.

Do you plan on publishing your book as a print addition and doing a book signing tour?

Alexander Wilkinson: I do plan on releasing my book in print, however it’s all about the money.

One thing I learnt quite early on was you needed quite a bit of money to cover the proofreading, formatting and cover design. Not to mention the advertising, to get word of your work out.

I'm in the process of trying to improve sales on my e-book, so that I then have the financial stability, to go print.

As for a book signing tour, my one major hurdle is shyness. I operate under a nom de plume. And you'll be hard pressed to find a picture of me anywhere near my works. I suppose if interest was big enough I would, but not to sell copies. But to sign copies and meet the fans, who read my works. They do after all, inspire me to continue writing and fund the next book.

What in store for Alexander Wilkinson and what can fans of The-Mortis-Chronicles: Flesh Trade can expect in your next book? And, when does your next book get released?

Alexander Wilkinson: You love the curve balls, don't you?! ... I haven’t really thought that far ahead.

I have bits and pieces rattling around in my head, scribbled on the back of napkins and pads but to be honest I'm not too sure.

I guess, in regards to the next book, I have already released Trials of Eden – Hunters Creed on Amazon for $ 00.99 c; I’ve kept both books at low prices just to ensure if people wanted to buy them as a ‘taster’ been a new publisher / author, and all, they had the chance.

For the second book, the readers can expect the action and adventure to be kicked a notch up to a sector-wide scale. Not to mention my 'epic' last stand scene mentioned earlier.

The leprechauns, dwarves and satyr are all new species brought into the Mortis Chronicles universe, and we find out a little more about Mortis’ past back on Earth. If anything, from the beta readers, my proofreader and the first few reviews I have gotten in. Hunters Creed has been even more positively received than Flesh Trade.

Apart from that, I have several short stories in mind, and I am working on my third book 'Trials of Eden - Puppet Master.' Which is due out the back end of the year.

The short stories, I see as a base for going into Mortis’ past a little more, the past of his companions and even of his demonic katana Widow Maker. Powerful plot mechanisms throughout the first two books; that could almost be full-length novels themselves!

In regards to what is in store for me, well I guess working on my fear of the public! But in all seriousness, I am setting up a blog on Bloggers to try and offer helpful advice to new fellow indie authors as well as giving them a platform for book reviews. As well as to hopefully held educate people on the indie scene. Every time I'm asked, what an indie author is, I have to fight the urge to sing 'i did it my way.' … Before you ask, no, I can’t sing! … And my attempts usually end up making dogs bark. 

After that it is working on my advertising, devoting every waking moment I can to my writing and hopefully shaking up the Sci-Fi / Fantasy, eBook scene.

My one main goal ... Something I aim to save hard for ... Is to eventually bring 'The Mortis Chronicles,' out as an animated film.

I know it sounds like a pipe dream at the moment, but I've found walking the indie path, that it helps you in make your dreams come true!

Find more of Alexander Wilkinson and purchase his book:

http://www.mortischronicles.com/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00L2JCK5Q


A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light: Interview with Jiggley Jones


Jiggley Jones, whether alone or a member of various bands in the past has written or co-written well over 100 songs. His prolific writing earned him 2 nominations and a subsequent win, for Songwriter of the Year, at the 2013 International Music and Entertainment Association (IMEA) Awards, 2 New Music Awards nominations (AC New Artist and AC Breakthrough Artist) and a 2014 Independent Country Music Association Award nomination for Best Americana Artist. He also received 3 IMEA Award Nominations in 2014 and an AMG Heritage Awards nomination. His experience has taken him through various phases and musical endeavors including a stint during his younger years working in entertainment public relations in Los Angeles. With some success on college radio, Jones was also, as a member of a band called “Q”, involved with soundtrack projects on select MTV shows such as The Dennis Rodman Show, Cindy Crawford’s “House of Style”, and the reality show Road Rules.

His live shows have taken him to Nashville’s CMA Festival in both 2013 and 2014, where he performed at BB King’s Blues Club and the Tin Roof, as well as other top notch venues such as The Hard Rock Café in Philly, The Bitter End in NYC, and The World Café in Wilmington, Delaware. He has also performed at the prestigious Dewey Beach Music Conference, Singer Songwriter Cape May, and the Millennium Music Conference.

Interview with Jiggley Jones

What motivated you to become a singer songwriter?

Jiggley Jones: I don’t know if it was motivation or something that just fell into place naturally as I played my instrument over time.

Tell me about your name "Jiggley". How did that name come about?

Jiggley Jones: That’s actually a nickname that I’ve had for many years. Once my friends stuck that to me it spread like wildfire and before I knew it everybody was calling me that.

I see that you have a few accolades. How does it feel to be recognized by IMEA and ICM for your work as an artist?

Jiggley Jones: It feels great ! It’s one thing when fans recognize you by listening to your music but when the industry recognizes you that’s a different kind of satisfaction.
Have you considered other award programs like the Independent Music Awards and the Artists In Music Awards?

Jiggley Jones: Well my manager is the one who usually submits me so I hope he reads this, haha.
Tell me about your likes. Who was your idol music artist growing up?

I grew up listening to Classic Rock and I loved (and still do) Neil Young, The Eagles, CCR etc…

Who do you like listening to today?

Jiggley Jones:  I’ve become a huge Country Music fan and love everybody from Zac Brown to Blackberry Smoke and I’m really liking those guys “The Cadillac Three.”

Earlier this Summer, you released your EP ... A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light .... Tell us about the album. What inspired you to create this EP and what is the message you want to give to listeners?

Jiggley Jones: This record was a collection of some of my older songs and a few newer ones that fit in with the title. That would be my metaphor for life itself and the struggles and accomplishments that happen as you go along.

What song on the album are you most proud of?

Jiggley Jones: I like “Early Morning Light.” It just has that raw emotion to it.

I see that you currently endorse a charity organization. Can you talk about it and why you feel so strongly about supporting their cause?

Jiggley Jones: This organization isn’t a charity in itself. What they do is pair artists with charities to bring light to those specific charities. In other words if an artist who was well known showed up at an event for a certain charity, then the public would become more aware of the event and therefor more attention would hopefully be given to that charity.

So, what is in the immediate future for Jiggley Jones, a tour, music video, a song in an upcoming film perhaps?

Jiggley Jones: Right now the focus is to get the word out about the latest release. So whatever that involves, whether it be interviews or live performances etc.., then that’s the direction I will head for a good while.

Thank you for your time Jiggley Jones. Best wishes on your career and we hope to see one of your performances here in Los Angeles, CA.

Find more of Jiggley Jones:
www.jiggleyjones.com
www.facebook.com/jiggleyj
www.twitter.com/jiggleyjones
www.youtube.com/jiggleyjonesmusic

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Droppin' the Bass from Outer Space: Interview with DJ Majestik


DJ Majestik is Jim Giordano, DJ and producer of dance and electronica. He has been heard on MTV's "Making the Video", ORock 105.9 radio station in Orlando, FL, on a production of a Dallas Cowboy video, and on WSBU the Buzz in St Bonaventure, NY. He has also been heard around the Western / Central New York area DJ'ing everything from hip hop to Club to Dance, even Progressive and Trance.

After moving to Murfreesboro, TN at the end of 2013, he has seen his career skyrocket! At the end of 2013, his hit single "Blazin' feat Mr Shammi & Fiorina" was signed by Zion Records and released globally in Jan of 2014. It has peaked at #29 of the Reggae/Dub charts on Beatport. Also in Jan of 2014 he was named #1 DJ/producer in Murfreesboro, TN by ReverbNation.

Recently his two tracks "Element 115" and "Go Hardcore" were signed by Breach Records and were released as an EP on Beatport in March and globally on April 1st.

DJ Majestik will be focusing his efforts over the next few months on promoting his new EP Intergalactic with 2Four, however, a full-length album is in the works. DJ Majestik and 2Four are currently building a tour across the Southeast region, with sights set on coordinating a larger tour across U.S. college campuses.

Interview DJ Majestik:
How did you get started as a DJ?

DJ Majestik: In 1999, a friend of mine gave me a copy of Propellerheads Rebirth and I was hooked on making music. In 2000, I released my first full length album. This immediately got play on MTV's Making the Video, and my manager at the time needed me to focus on DJing to perform out. I picked up 2 Numark HDX's, a 2 channel mixer, and my love of DJing was formed. Years later I was playing a gig in New York and met DJ Druski, another electro / dubstep DJ and we collaborated and formed a DJ group called the EL3KTRO!DZ, which we are now bringing to Nashville.

What artists or DJ's inspired you while you were growing up?

DJ Majestik: I grew up in the 90's Orlando Breakz era so I was influenced by DJ Icey, Baby Anne, and DJ Stylus. As my style progressed, I got into Fatboy Slim, Crystal Method, and the Chemical Brothers. I think I played The Crystal Method's Vegas until the CD wouldn't work anymore lol.

Are there any DJs you like today?

DJ Majestik: I loved DJs who are creative and try new things in their sets. With technology shifting in today's DJ setup, I believe DJs are even more challenged to incorporate new ideas and new concepts into their sets. I was a big fan of DJ AM, he was so impressive the way he blended old school scratching with new school techniques. So when I look for a DJ I like, I look for more than just what songs are played. I am a big fan of Knife Party, Showtek, and the Bingo Players. I think they not only play the style that fits me, but also are true trend setters and amazing performers. That's what you get from a DJ Majestik set.

What was your most memorable gig?

DJ Majestik: I played Level B in Ithaca, NY a few times and always felt a lot of energy and love from that place. I remember my first show, I was so nervous. I ended up having over 100 people on the dance floor and got rave reviews. It really fueled my passion for performing. I just love being in front of people.

If you could perform anywhere in the world at any given time period, where would you want to DJ at?

DJ Majestik:  Without a doubt DJing in Ibiza would be a dream. A good friend of mine from the UK regularly goes, and he has sent me back a lot of merch from there. I have always wanted to go and experience it in person, but to be on stage in front of all those people would be an amazing accomplishment!

You released an EP earlier this year. What are you most proud of about that EP?

DJ Majestik: You know, I really wasn't expecting much from my single "Blazin' feat. DJ Shammi & Fiorina", but I watched it climb to 27 on the Beatport charts, and I was so honored that there were so many people not only listening and liking it, but buying it! It really was the start to where I am today.

You currently have a new album in the works. Is it going to be a full LP? What can fans expect to hear from DJ Majestik?

DJ Majestik: I am so excited about my new project with Nashville rapper 2Four! I have messed around with hip hop vocals in my music before, but I never had an artist that was truly committed to working a dubstep / electro sound the way he has. The new EP "Intergalactic" is four songs that incorporate different styles, and currently we are in the studio working on finishing off more songs that I have written. Once that is completed, we'll be releasing a full length album with the help of Juggernaut Entertainment.

You've been signed by two different labels during the past year. How has being signed two record labels helped your career?

DJ Majestik: It showed me that I wasn't the only one listening to my songs lol. I think a lot of artists get caught up in how many likes and comments they receive on social media, and it wasn't until my music got a broader audience that I realized that I really have something here. My first label was from India, and they have a strong EDM presence there. My first track was very well received. My second EP has a song "Element 115" currently being reviewed by A&R reps for inclusion in advertisements and television/movies, and I wouldn't have had that exposure without the help of those labels.

You mentioned that you're building a tour across the Southeast Region. Which areas do you anticipate hitting and can you be specific to what locations yet?

DJ Majestik: William at Juggernaut Entertainment has been focusing on getting us playing at college campuses across Tennessee (my home state) as well as Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. We hope to then branch out from there and start playing more places around the Country. But our main demographic and focus is on college aged students, and we plan on playing as many campuses as we can.

What's next for DJ Majestik? A new EP, a music video?

DJ Majestik: We have two music videos in the works, both for "Lockdown" and "Intergalactic", and I have a new promotional video professionally being done that should be back to me in the next week. My goal is to start DJing around Nashville, having moved here about a year ago. I also will continue to write new music and release that as often as I can. My new song "Bitches feat. Charlie Rose" is a very unique and interesting dubstep track. I would love to continue collaborating with other singers, EDM artists, and even other genres as well. Music is my passion and I love to see all the new things I can do with it.

Find more of DJ Majestik:
http://www.djmajestik.com
https://www.facebook.com/majestikmusik
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCs76spWVa7SE6EW4utNuxQ
http://www.reverbnation.com/djmajestik

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Interview with a Handpainted Crafts Artisan, Madeline Lasell


Residing in Massachusetts, a mother of three, and working for a non-profit organization by day and artist by
night, Madeline Lasell is a pop-art junkie that strives to make artistic hand painted gifts in her spare time. Madeline's relaxation is to create fine and delicate pieces of art from statement vases to ceramics to fill in living spaces, office, or bedroom.

Interview with Madeline Lasell

Tell me about yourself and your background.

I am a mother of three from MA. I work for a non profit organization. I do this in basically all of the spare time that I have. You could call it my relaxtion method. I am looking to create items that gain sentimental value as a people we remember those items that are delicate beautiful or decorative that made our living space, office or bedroom feel like it was marked with our style and flair.

What got you into sculpture painting?

Madeline: Most of us remember visiting as we are young and homes have these intriguing figures in cabinets and decorative artifacts.

What inspires you to create your pieces?

Madeline: Painting my 1st love. I look all over the place for items that inspire me to paint tiny surface spaces

Is that what you would call your work or is there a formal name for this type of work?

What motived you to become an artist? What is your favorite era in art?

Madeline: My mistress so to speak.I have been painting since I was a child even Exhibited in the past. I am a huge fan of historic Art culture I can name most works by artist and year. My favorite is post modern

Most of your projects are quite small standing only 4 inches tall. What is your largest item you've painted?

The largest I have ever done was a full body self portrait that made me appreciate that human portraits were not my forte.

Do you ever do canvas painting? Is this something we might find in the future?

Madeline: Canvas is great but gets tedious after awhile.

You mentioned that you've been painting since you were a child. Did you ever in your lifetime want to make art your career choice? What is the primary reason you haven't pursued it?

Madeline:  If I ever take off to the level where the shop is truly successful I would want to do it full time and
incorporate some sort of charitable element to help those in need. I am always expanding mediums so I would consider adding other sections to the shop such as jewelry or children's items.

Art is everywhere we look and it has been around as long as man has walked the earth, but art is still under-appreciated and very few people are paid for it. In today's economy, do find that it's difficult to get hired as an artist?

Madeline: Yes, but in this day and age we live in a culture that does not support a lot of Art related fields.

What is your take on the art world? (I am curious about your personal opinion)

Madeline: Art is lost on this current culture we lost appreciation for the craftsman ages ago children barely are exposed to creative ventures.

Do any of your pieces represent you? If so, which piece represents yourself?

Madeline: Hmm, the religious pieces are close to my heart.

What is in store for you? What can people expect in the near future?

Madeline: My future is undefined Who knows maybe I will be able to use my skill to be a positive influence in some way

Thank you for your time for this interview

Madeline: Thanks for the opportunity to share my thoughts.


Find products by Madeline Lasell:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/emyliastone

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Hip Hop Reality: Interview with Jay Vinchi

Jay Vinchi is an 18 year old Hip Hop artist from the area of Metro Detroit, Michigan. His musical style is very unique and diverse ranging from hardcore Hip Hop themes to Boom-Bap and very experimental sounds. His career began seriously in 2013 with two mixtape releases while his professional debut was placed during the year of 2014 with the release of his debut commercial Single “Everything” and his debut mixtape titled “Reality”.

Interview with Jay Vinchi

Tell us about your music. What does it represent and what is your message?

Jay Vinchi: My music is all about creativity and being who I am. Both it and I represent positivity and difference, you can't be negative or try to copy others if you want to succeed. I want people to see the real side of Hip Hop in my music, but I also want people to see I am just a fun, energetic person who chills with my homies and parties like everyone else. Many different styles of music come together on my newest project and I'm excited to let you hear what I mean.

A lot of rap artists have created this stereotype of rapping the same style of lyrics with the same beats over and over. How is your music different than the rest?

Jay Vinchi: My music is different because I can switch up the style of the beat and make something creative out of it. Anything from Boombap influence, 90's influence, rock influence, all the way over to EDM influence can be heard. I also have a mainstream influence because related to what you said, some people just judge artists off of their mainstream music. Sure I can do that style just as well as the next guy with my own twist on it, but I want you to see my music that I use my unique ideas to create. It's just better that way. Don't get me wrong though, a very catchy hit isn't a bad thing at all.

Does your music have a common theme throughout all of your songs?

Jay Vinchi: My music is always evolving and adjusting to the topics and ideas that come into my head, so I can't say that there's a common theme through ALL of the songs. If we're talking a similarity throughout all the songs, it could be heard that I like to bring up being happy and positive and not letting the negatives get you caught up. That's wack and to be honest, just dumb. Be yourself, just remember negativity is where the evil breeds.

The word is that Hip Hop is stuck in the underground scene and is dead for the most part. In your opinion, how do you think Hip-Hop isn't dead? Do you think it's making a come back into mainstream or are we stuck with Eminem and Jayz?

Jay Vinchi: In my opinion I don't think Hip Hop is dead at all, especially with my generation coming into the game. All these new artists are bringing it back to real, down to earth hip hop that speaks on real topics and has great lyrics. This genre of music is the modern form of poetry and all these new artists are really representing that.

Who was your idol growing up?

Jay Vinchi: It's funny you ask cause in the last question you brought him up. I still remember being 6 or 7 and watching my first Eminem video, haha man did that stick with me. He had such a unique sound and clearly didn't care what anyone thought about him, and that stuck with me in a positive way while growing up. It wasn't until I got into hip hop in middle school that I really branched out farther from the small group of artists I knew, so eminem had a huge impact on my early days.

Did this artist or these artists influence your music?

Jay Vinchi: He didn't really directly influence my music, but it definitely influenced the way I view my image and creation process of music. That individuality drift I caught from him really stuck, and for the better to be honest.

Where does your inspiration for your lyrics come from?

Jay Vinchi: My lyrical inspiration comes from all sorts of places. My heads always running with lyrics of all types, when I say that I mean all different song formats. I have cut and dry hip hop thoughts all of the time, but my mind is also always running some more poetic and deep thoughts as well. It really makes me pumped when I hear a good beat because everything just naturally clicks. When I get heated up in a long studio session, I could literally get a beat and just flow on it off the top of my head speaking deeply and I don't think a lot of people would notice any difference. More on that later though.

With the exception of "Twist That", all your music is less than 7 months old, so it's still very current. Are you hoping you’ll get some solid recognition by a major label or have you been shopped by one already?

Jay Vinchi: I've had a ton of music before "Twist That", which was actually just something I made messing around, but all the music after that point is unprofessional so I don't think the majors will enjoy those much. I'm actually working with a very highly placed A&R firm with direct relationships with Universal, Sony, and Warner so it's more of a choice on my part of when my A&R wants to shop me. I'm on artist development, so were making it so I have the best offer possible when he goes to their front door.

According to your website, there isn't any history of live performances on your resume. Do you plan on performing live? If so, what areas are you going to target and how soon can people expect to see you at a town near them?

Jay Vinchi: Oh I've played a ton of live shows, it's always a fun time and I love hyping up a crowd and playing my music. I plan on doing a TON of live performances once I break into the industry pretty soon here, and I'm going to be targeting major cities where Hip Hop is the most popular. People can expect me at a town near them within the next year, and I'll be sure to fufill that!

Do you prefer to freestyle or do you like to write down your lyrics then hit the studio to record?

Jay Vinchi: I write my lyrics for all the recordings I do forsure, that's the way to make the best music. I love to freestyle though, and I do freestyle when I get the inspiration on a track. Freestyle sessions with the homies is the funnest thing to me.

Is your EP or songs for sale anywhere? How can people pick up a copy of your music?

Jay Vinchi: My debut commercial single is being released in August, you can catch it on every service and site that has music. We have some awesome distribution, so you'll be able to catch me everywhere from ITunes to your Xbox to Pandora.

Of the music you've recorded, what is the song that you're most proud of?
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Jay Vinchi: To be honest, I can't pick a single song from the music I've been recording recently. All the newest music from this point on is going to be professionally done, so I put my heart and soul into it all. I love all the songs cause they all have either a different topic or a different style. I love my mixture and wouldn't change it for anything.

What is on the horizon for Jay Vinchi? A new EP, a tour, a music video?

Jay Vinchi: My debut single comes out in August along with my debut Mixtape on August 10th. The single is titled "Everything" and the mixtape is titled "Reality". Those are both going to be dope so be ready to grab them!

Do you want to add anything before we end this interview?

Jay Vinchi: Thanks for having me for one, and everyone come join me on your favorite social media! Twitter is @JayVinchi and instagram is @Joemohney. My facebook fan page is Jay Vinchi as well! I'm everywhere else you could imagine too so get at me.

Find Jay Vinchi on his website at www.joemahoney.com

Monday, July 14, 2014

Letters from High Latitudes: Interview with Ed Roman


Right out of the gate, with his freshman release in 2000, Special Ed and The Musically Challenged, Ed
Roman defined his paradigm with inventive, infectious tunes that shook one’s marrow and stirred the spirit…This guy is unique! Three follow-up releases with SEMC continued to mesmerize and astonish, with music that both kissed and prodded, seduced and challenged, hypnotized and enlightened…

In May 2011, Ed released his solo venture, Oracles and Ice Cream, and has never looked back. It is 22 tracks that are an amazing marvel of songwriting wizardry, prodigious performances and contagious energy, with the mystery and magic of a lucid, tantalizing dream. The music both traverses and convenes broad music styles into the consummate collective of penetrating rhythms and canyon-wide harmonic explorations, glazed with lyrics that are both poignant and whimsical.

Now, in 2014, with Letters from High Latitudes, (an homage to his Ontario, Canada home) Ed Roman has done it again, creating an earthy, funky and magical mix of music to seduce the listeners’ ears! An accomplished musician, Ed performs 90 percent of the instruments on his album, recording drums, bass, guitars, organ, vocals and even sitar! The sound is rounded out with help from some of the top Canadian session musicians like Dave Patel on drums (Sass Jordan) and Mike Freedman on electric guitars (Tia Brazda.) Sit back, get mellow and listen to this truly skillful musician weave a tapestry of enchantment from an eclectic fabric of musical styles.

One can never get too comfortable however, as Ed will undoubtedly prompt the listener to examine their world and stimulate them to make it better! Ed asks us everyone to glimpse the world from his vantage point, offering up his vision and sometimes helping to point out the areas that need tidying. Like the janitor of conscience, he’ll frequently show the cobwebs and sweep the dirt from the corners of one’s perspective. The listener is left uplifted, invigorated and enriched by dewy new jewels of insight and permeated by a mosaic of musical mayhem. Funky, ethereal, grungy, luscious, rowdy, serene, provocative, clever, insightful and uniquely exhilarating, Ed Roman’s marvelous musings drop dollops of tasteful delight through our ears to our hearts. You can’t help but dance. You can’t help but smile.

Interview with Ed Roman

Tell us how it all started. When was the first time you picked up the guitar?

Ed Roman: Well, first off thanks for having me today. I guess it all started when I was very young. I started playing music long before I could speak. It seemed like everybody in my household loved music, and music was the most important thing in anybody's life. I grew up in a household with three generations of people. My grandparents loved music. My grandmother was always singing. I can't remember a time when she wasn’t enjoying or talking about music. My parents listened to a lot of jazz music. My brother and sisters who were 10 years older than I was, were listening to music from the 60s and 70s, everything from rock, folk, disco, you name it. Because my household was so busy and I was the baby, I found music as a necessity in order to be heard and to listened to. I'm also dyslexic so music for me was a way to gravitate to my own form of self-expression and be able to relay my ideas and stories to other people. For that reason music is really a way of life for me. It's not just a job, occupation, it’s everything in my life and my life is music.

Who influenced you to become a musician and write songs?

Ed Roman:  There are so many people that have influenced me over the many years. It's really hard to say or pinpoint just one person or group of people, but nonetheless much of music over the last hundred years has greatly impacted me as a writer, singer, composer and lover of music. I first fell in love with the Beatles. My grandmother would always pontificate about Paul McCartney and how much she loved him, and later when I was six or seven years of age she gave me my first five dollars to be able to buy my first record. That first record was Meet the Beatles. I listened to it over and over and over again and fell in love with the harmonies stylings, and robustness of the music. As I grew older and came into my own frame of musical thinking, I fell in love with Jaco Pastorius. I was given a couple of records by Bud Hill, who was the music teacher at Richmond Hill high school. I didn't actually attend Richmond high school, but my good friend and musical cohort Tobias Tinker attended. Bud gave him two Jaco Pastorius records, and told him that he should give them to his friend Ed. Those two records, Jaco Pastorius, his first solo record, and his second album Crisis completely transformed me as a young player. I also love a lot of progressive rock music like Yes, Rush, Genesis, Pink Floyd and as I got a little older progressive jazz music like Stanley Clarke, the Brecker Brothers, John MacLachlan, David Grisman, and other pop progressive music like Level 42. As you can see there are many genres of music that I have fallen in love with and that doesn't even include jazz musicians like Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and really the list goes on and on. So the list is really endless and ongoing. Some of the music today that inspires me are people like the Derek Trucks band, Lorde, and Esperanza Spalding.

In your bio it says you perform 90 percent of the instrumentation on your album. That's quite an accomplishment.  What motivated you to play all these instruments? Do you incorporate all your talents in your new album?

Ed Roman: I find that new instruments are something that can really motivate you as a player on your principal axe of choice. There is something very fundamental and humbling about trying to express yourself on other things that you are not as experienced on. Your thinking is very open and different and you are being pushed in ways outside your comfort level. I have always found it to be greatly cathartic to express with other means..

Speaking of your new album Letters from High Latitudes. Tell me about this album. Why is this one so special to you and why should people pick up a copy?

Ed Roman:  Letters from High Latitudes is a very special record. It once again illustrates the diversity of my music and discusses some very important sociopolitical and spiritual topics. From day-to-day so many of us think about problems, actions, and where we are headed in our future, yet most of us lack the ability to artistically articulate these day-to-day feelings and spiritual impressions. I believe that an artist is a person who is a reflector of the subconscious of the mass of us that live together on the spinning ball. Herbie Hancock once wrote on the back of Jaco Pastorius's first record, the definition of an artist is one who has the ability to fuse their life with the rhythm of the times. I believe this statement to be true. When you listen to my music whether it's the new record Letters from High Latitudes or something that I've written in the past like Oracles and Ice Cream you are always going to find me being humorous and trustworthy to the truth that is showing itself to me. It's an important record for this day and age.
When you write songs, which comes first, the lyrics or the music?

You know that's a wonderful question. I'm so often asked this and I think it's something that everybody wants to know. Music to me comes like a thief in the night. You hear a noise and you react, you get out of your bed and you look for the sound. Writing music is very similar. You're not always sure when the idea is going to come to you, the important thing to do is to follow the path that it is leading you on. So often we have ideas and thoughts yet we know not how to articulate, and or forget to act on the thought by writing it down and sharing it. Melody works very much the same way. It starts to present itself to you in these little pods, small ideas, whimsical things that amuse your imagination. Once again when you follow that path the melody starts to present itself to you provided you follow it. It's very much like the statue of David. The music is always there, the leader is always there, you just need to carve away the excess in order to be able to see and hear.

What other parts are you involved in the recording process? Do you also perform the production and engineering as well?

Ed Roman:  I've always dabbled in recording and it seems to be a necessity for most musicians. When I feel inspired much of the time I find I'm in a compositional mode. Song sometimes take a while to evolve in the mental time fog that will eventually turn itself out right. In other words wood shedding, the evolution of the peace. When I feel the piece is ready to be recorded, sometimes I will start to create acetates of the piece. This allows me to hear how the composition has evolved outside of my head. There were points in time where I would set up microphones and be running from room to room, that is control room to performance room and you can actually hear me running from place to place. Some of those recordings end up being the best tracks for music that I will eventually elaborate on. I find it however highly invaluable to have somebody working with you to free you up and allow you to be creative without being connected to the machine. This person for me is none other than Michael Jack. Michael Jack is my musical Corsican brother. I've been working so closely with him since I was a teenager that he's more like my family than just my engineer and producer. When we’re in the studio Michael is one of those people that allows things to flow and knows when to step in when things may be going awry. I greatly appreciate this help over the last 20 years of my musical career. Without him I would never have had the quality sound that you hear in my music and on my albums.

What is the most difficult part of being an independent artist?

Ed Roman: The most difficult thing about being an independent artist is that sometimes you're more like a juggler, or if you'll excuse the pun, a one armed paper hanger. I book gigs, I make posters, I haul gear, pay people out of my own pocket, make my own videos, produce my own music and if that isn't enough, I’m also the artistic designer for all merchandise. Some days it's hard to find time just to be a musician and songwriter. It greatly helps if you have somebody working with you to help you get your message out there. This person for me is Michael Stover. Michael Stover is my personal manager and is one of those people who believes in what I'm doing the way I do. I feel very lucky to be working with MTS, and day-to-day I see such great things happening with my music and more more people being exposed to what I'm doing. The important thing is that you keep going, and believe in yourself. If you don't all hope is lost, you must believe. If I could quote the great and mystical Yoda at this moment in time "there is no try, only do."

What is the best part of being an independent artist?

Ed Roman: The best part about being an independent artist is that you can pretty much do anything that you want at any time. There are no suits, executives, or big money people hanging over your head telling you what you can and can't do. You alone are responsible for everything that you do, good and bad. But you have a lot of freedom which really helps out the perspective and the depth that art and music can truly have. The independent industry as well illustrates that there are so many talented and wonderfully gifted people who've worked extremely hard to get where they are today as artists. The mainstay industry and Leviathan mega-corporate music companies don't really want to participate in good art. They're more interested in creating ego-icons making loads of money from it and using that imagery to sell more and more products. So many artists that I've seen in the quote unquote Grammy super sludge over the top superstar positions, are selling more clothes and cosmetics than they are actually writing good art. You always find wonderful interpretations, high-end writing, extreme dexterity and you will keep hearing great art in the independent thoroughfare.

You released a music video called, "I Told You So". That is one of the first singles from Letters from High Latitudes. Do you have more music video projects soon to be released?

Ed Roman: Yes it was an extreme pleasure to bring you I Told You So and in fact just today, Monday July 14, I just released a new video for the second track on the album "Comin My Way". It's a very Dylan-esque portrayal of the song set under the beautiful 250-year-old sugar maples on my farm here in Ontario Canada. The barn that we built two years ago that has two huge silver lightning bolts on the door also made its way into the new video. It's fun, hopeful, and views more like a Rembrandt painting on TiVo.

What is in store for Ed Roman? What can fans expect from Ed Roman in the coming months?

Ed Roman: Well I'm planning on a tour to the United States in September and October. I'm hoping to do a little pre travel in August to suss out some work in Pennsylvania. Later on in October I plan to head closer to the eastern seaboard towards Boston, New York, Florida, and anywhere that will have me. My motto is I'll play in a ditch or a play in a stadium. Come on by the website at www.edroman.net and see what I'm up to, where I'll be playing and what radio shows I'll be on in towns near you. You can also go to iTunes and get the Ed Roman App for your android or iPhone today. Thanks so much for having me and it's been such a pleasure talking with you today. Much love and respect. Ed Roman.

Find more of Ed Roman
Official website http://www.edroman.net
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/edromanmusic
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/specialedroman
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/specialedroman

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Artists In Music Awards Season IV Opener at Black Rose Tavern with performances by 8-time award winner Glitter Rose and Best Reggae Artist Sono Vero


The Artists In Music Awards hosts its kickoff party celebrating the Season IV opener at Black Rose Tavern in West Los Angeles on July 5. Red Carpet begins at 8pm with live performances by Glitter Rose and Sono Vero at 10pm.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- On July 5th, two of the hottest Artists In Music Awards and most recognized recording artists will take the stage at newly remodeled Black Rose Tavern (formerly The Joint). Glitter Rose is the program's most decorated artist with 8 awards including 6 awards received by the organization (2014 awards include Artist of the Year, Performer of the Year, Best Music Video for "Buda Negra", and Best Southern Rock Artist. 2013 awards include Album of the Year for Dead or Alive and Best Rock Artist).

In 2014, Sono Vero won the award for Best Reggae Artist at the 3rd annual AIMA event held at Universal Citywalk on February 7. This will be the first time these two artists will perform together and this is the first time Sono Vero will perform for AIMA. Glitter Rose originally won a spot to perform at the Awards Ceremony when she unanimously received the highest scores at the Breakthrough Series contest held at House of Blues in 2012. Since 2012, Glitter Rose has performed a total of a dozen shows for AIMA over the course of three years. With 12 endorsements and 6 sponsors behind Glitter, this makes her one the most recognizable and most sought after artist in independent music.

Event Details
Where:
Black Rose Tavern
8771 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

When:
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Red Carpet/General Entry 8pm to 10pm
Show and Live performances 10pm to 11:30pm

Red Carpet Schedule:
Media Check-in 7pm – 7:30pm
Red Carpet Arrivals 8pm to 9:45pm

Cover charge: $10 donation (FREE entrance to AIMA & SFOTA members)
100% of proceeds will benefit Siqueiros Foundation of the Arts (a non-profit organization)

About the Artists In Music Awards 
Established in 2011, the Artists In Music Awards was originally created to honor and recognize the most talented and gifted artists.

Over the years, this tradition has evolved beyond the recognition of a singular art form with a desire to encompass all areas of Arts & Entertainment.

On April 28, 2014, Artists In Music Awards joined forces with the Siqueiros Foundation of the Arts. SFOTA is a non-profit organization with two goals in mind - the dedication to empowering creative youth by providing scholarship opportunities to underprivileged children and providing an avenue to explore and express the arts through unity and community involvement. SOFTA is also dedicated to creating jobs for out of work artists using Federal aid through the resurrection of the Federal Art Project (FAP), a program with a focus on putting Artists back to work, but disappeared after the end of the Depression Era in 1943.

Now under the Siqueiros Foundation of the Arts, this is not only a new chapter for the Artists In Music Awards, but an exciting opportunity for all artists to be apart of.

As a member of the AIMA and SFOTA comes with special privileges including exclusive access to special events, FREE awards submissions, workshops, discounts on premiere affiliated art exhibits and award events, plus voting privileges on AIMA categories.

Season IV Sponsors by MusicSUBMIT, IndependentMusicPromotions.com, LA "IN" PR, KGUP 106.5FM, Spirit Airlines, and InDspotlightTV

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Register today and become a member and submit your materials for Nomination

Friday, June 27, 2014

Hip Hop's PumpFake: Interview with Carlos Hawkins

Born in Anniston, Al in the late 80’s, Carlos Hawkins began falling in Love with his music at an early age. Raised under the influence of a drug addicted Mother and a Father who didn’t really have it all, Carlos felt his only choice was to live in the streets the best he knew how. Carlos ran away at the age of 12. For about a year, Carlos was taken in by a white family (Cody Carter’s mom). Got really close to her granddad (Bob the repo man), a well known member of the KKK, and managed to still go to school, and play for the church. During this time, or some time after, Carlos recorded his first Song with a guy he called “Farmer”. After being in and out of jail, and then locked up for quite some time, music became an everyday thing. Carlos started to write more and more. Certain CO’s would come in playing his songs and they would tell him they downloaded the ringtones and encouraged Carlos to keep at it. He had a gift.

Interview with Carlos Hawkins

First of all, thank you for the amazing opportunity. I know your name is Carlos Hawkins, but on the street or on stage, do you go by any other name?

Carlos: People call me Los. Or Loso. Hawk or Hawkins. Carlos Hawkins period! Stage name whatever.

I know you started in music at a young age. Was Church a major influence or was it something else like the prison guards...or all of it?

Carlos: All of it! From the church pews to the thunder domes and jail cells.

Who were the first recording artists that inspired you to become a Hip Hop artist?

Carlos: Tupac and Outkast. baby D, Sammy Sam and that oomp camp clique were the first. But pac and outkast inspired me.

A lot of Hip Hop artists fall into a stereo type and rap about money, "hoes", their sweet ride, and getting over on the next guy. How is your music different?

Carlos: Nothings fabricated! The hell I look like making some shit up that everybody know ain't me! I give it raw. Uncut. Say the shit that most are scared to say! I really live the shit I rap about.

Is Hip Hop dead or is it alive and well?

Carlos: I'm doing this interview aren't I? Just kidding. But man hip hop is alive and well. You gotta live it to feel it.

What do you feel about the music industry as a whole today and what direction is music headed?

Carlos:  I feel as if they don't want rappers to survive much longer. The got all these sites designed to give our shit away for free. They want us to promote sex, drugs and violence. And all kinds of other stuff to make the majority of artist (African Americans) or minorities look bad. I think its headed back in the direction of realism. Music will soon be music again. I'm gone catch that wave.

What has been the best part of your career so far?

Carlos: I gotta say being able to reach out to people. Being looked up to by kids who don't know me. Signing autographs. And finding myself totally. Music and its hustle has a way of bringing the best out a person.

You have a new joint out and it's called "Don't Look Right". Tell me about the song and the music video. 

Carlos: Well you know, lots of shit Just Don't look right. In the song I said things that are relative. The video shot by Louis Kole was 3d kaleidoscopic. Made to not look right. We built the set for it ourselves being creative and went with. Numbers did really good in the first week. And it wasn't even finished.

If you were to share the stage with someone major, who would you pick?

Carlos: Right now. Yo Gotti. JayZ. Or Tip! That show would be CRAZY!

What next big project are you working on? A new EP, a music video, a tour?

Carlos: #PumpFake the mixtape coming very soon. And all the above! I'm trying yo set the streets on fire.

Find more of Carlos Hawkins at:

Official website: www.carloshawkins.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MrCarlosHawkins and http://twitter.com/StreetHolocaust

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MrCarlosHawkins

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Interview with Adrian Voo: Hollywood's Newest and Hardest Working Actor


Originally from Malaysia, Adrian Voo is one of Hollywood's newest and hardest working actors. With multiple feature films on the release belt, various film festival nominations, a new ground-breaking web series on the way; Adrian Voo has quickly proven that "determination conquers all" since his graduation from the New York Film Academy in 2012.

Interview with Adrian Voo

All Indie Magazine: First of all, thank you for the opportunity to interview you. You made your film debut in ITN's post-apocalyptic Sci-fi Horror film INFECTED. How did it feel to get casted in your first film?

Adrian Voo: Getting casted in that film became an ultimate motivation for me. I was just about to graduate from film school and sign with my first talent reps; plus about a month prior, I tested for an ABC pilot and was still feeling defeated – I was completely “green”. Infected gave me an opportunity to run. In fact, I originally auditioned for a supporting role in the film but ended up booking a lead in the callbacks. I recall the producers being nervous about me ‘not having a feature film credit on my resume’ at the time. Film school gave me tools and theory, but working on my first feature film was the true test.


All Indie Magazine: You've worked on several projects. Which one was your most memorable?

Adrian Voo: It would have to be Infected because it was my first. You never forget your first feature.

All Indie Magazine: In one of your newest projects, Blackjacks is your first web series. It's a drama set in the future and you're one of the main characters and it's due out this Summer. Can you tell me more about the series and about your character in it?

Adrian Voo: I play a character named Lee (a.k.a. Clu3) in Black Jacks. Lee is a gamer, hacker, fighter for justice in a dark era. The show is set in a bleak, almost desolate future. Lee is a new player in the show who starts the ripple, alongside a character named Olivia, played by Nicole Badaan. I cannot wait for the world to see the show later this summer on www.blackjacks.tv

All Indie Magazine: In the film Seventy-Nine, you play a supporting actor role. What was the best part of playing this role? 

Adrian Voo: As an actor, you are always praying to play a twisted, tormented role because those roles give you a chance to really dig deep into the imagination of human suffering. When Filip first told me about the script, I was immediately drawn to the role. Isamu is such a dark, torn and depressed character. Crafting his world for me was such a learning curve; I wanted to give justice to the trust that the director gave me. It was no surprise to me that Seventy-Nine won Best Directing at LASciFi Film Festival!  

All Indie Magazine: Your degree wasn't in acting. In fact, you got your degree in Operations
Management.

Adrian Voo: And I actually started off in Health Science… However, I also have an acting degree. Education is a gift. I think too many people forget that we are fortunate to live in a country where we have access to good higher education.

All Indie Magazine: How did acting become the forefront of your career?

Adrian Voo: I think it’s my way of fighting time and never growing up! I grew up an only-child; make belief was how I spent most of my childhood. But no, I never thought that I would be running from zombies and evil scientists, when I grew up – that was a plus.  

All Indie Magazine: What are some of your all-time favorite films?

Adrian Voo: Jurassic Park, Back to the Future and pretty much anything from Walt Disney. I’m a big geek at heart.  

All Indie Magazine: If you could choose to co-star with a major actor or actress, who would you pick?

Adrian Voo: Mark Ruffalo. Now there’s a truly versatile dramatic actor if there ever was! 


All Indie Magazine: What are some things you like to do when you're not acting?

Adrian Voo: I’m a big health guy. I pretty much get into anything that keeps me active and moving. I really enjoy boot camp, TRX classes and spending time in the gym. I’m totally addicted to the endorphins. I also practice a lot of yoga and meditation.

All Indie Magazine: What can fans expect from Adrian Voo in the near future?

Adrian Voo: Infected and Seventy-Nine are both coming to VOD, DVD and BLU-RAY this Fall! Black Jacks will be out later this Summer. Hopefully more release news to come…  

All Indie Magazine: What are you most excited about?

Adrian Voo: I’m always excited to see where my journey in life takes me. Looking back in my life, I’m always reminded that one thing has lead to another. So hopefully the next chapters will continue to surprise me.

Adrian Voo is represented by Jump Talent Management and The Brogan Agency.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Artists In Music Awards Season IV voting polls are NOW open

The Artists In Music Awards Season IV voting polls are NOW open! If you haven't become a member and submitted for your nomination, there is still plenty of time to join and enter in this year's program.

Click HERE to vote

Only members are eligible to submit for Nomination and to perform at one of the AIMA events.

Register today and become a member and submit your materials for Nomination As of June 15, 2014 the voting polls will be open to the public until November 15, 2014. The public will help determine who will become the next AIMA winners! WHO CAN VOTE?

PUBLIC VOTING
The Public voting is open to everyone. Public votes account for 10% of the total votes received. MEMBERSHIP VOTING
We made several changes to the voting system including the addition of the Members Only voting poll, where only Artists In Music Awards and Sequeiros Foundation of the Arts members are eligible to vote. Membership votes count for 20% of the total votes received. BOARD OF JUDGES VOTING
The Board of Judges consisting of industry professionals account for 70% of the votes. Only prescreened and authorized members from the Arts & Entertainment Industry are eligible to become a Board of Judges Member. To become a Board of Judges member, fill out the registration form and fill out the box that says, "Tell us why you are qualified to become a Board of Judges member".

We created this voting system to make it fair for all competitors. No longer can an individual vote for his or herself or their favorite artist dozens or hundreds of times. The public gets to vote once per category.

MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS REWARDS

Receive a personalized named memberedship ID card with your real name or professional name. Use your membership ID card to access special events, educational workshops, receive FREE entry to shows, receive discounts on theatre, participating galleries, and concert venues, plus vote as a member! More benefits coming soon!

Season IV Award Categories include:
Broadcast
Director
Educator
Electronica/Dance
Feature Film
Graphic Artist
Literary Writer
Mural & Urban Arts
Photographer
Poetry
Screen Actor/Actress
Theatre Actor/Actress
Theatre Production

Original Award Categories include:
Adult Contemporary
Alternative
Blues
Christian/Gospel
Country
Jazz
Latin
Music Video
Pop
Record Producer
Reggae
Rock
R&B
Singer Songwriter
Teen

Specialty Awards (voted in by Board of Judges & Voting Members) include:
Artist of the Year
Album of the Year
Performer of the Year
David Siqueiros Lifetime Achievement Award
(For a full description of the categories, go to the Rules page)

MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

Individual - $29 per year
Small Corporation - $110 (Ideal for small PR firms and agencies up to 5 members)
Large Corporation - $250 (more than 5 members)
*Large Corporation membership is recommended for large record labels and agencies

Anyone that signs up during Season IV with autopay will NEVER incur an annual membershp rate increase.

Note: Members that cancel autopay are subjected to annual membership rate increases and may be required to pay additional processing fees.

Register today and become a member and submit your materials for Nomination

Don't forget to come to the first event of the year coming July 5 to Black Rose Tavern! (FREE TO Artists In Music Awards and Sequeiros Foundation of the Arts Members)