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Jul
30

PROMOTING THE ARTISTS

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Why do we read articles, listen to radio or television, searching over the internet air ways just to find “gossip”? Why do we “dig for dirt”? What prompts us to “add fuel to the fires”? Humans do some pretty strange things without thinking about the consequences at times. Once you have made the mistake of “talking trash” about someone or something, how do you think the public will really react to you later on when the truth turns up on top?

As an artist myself, I have been burned many times and I have many true heart-wrenching stories to tell. There is always something to learn from the mistakes we make, but at what expense! Sometimes, the truth hurts more than we care to speak about, and it doesn’t always help to talk about it. I found that out the hard way more than once.

I believe in order to promote the artists of any form (art, music, entertainment); you must begin with positive feedback! You decide what story needs to be told; then, be sure to tell it honestly. If you are a promoter, then you already know that all the work you do can Read More→

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Jul
30

Liars, Haters, and Dictators

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In life, we have our own ethic standards based upon how we were raised, our religious beliefs, people we associate with, friends, family, and others who have made contact with us. So why are we known by “the company we keep”?

Some people automatically assume that if you are hanging out with someone for even an instant that you have to be like “that person”. Where a few individuals fall wrong with this concept, is first of all they say “opposites attract”; but secondly if you are a journalist, “you may just be doing a brief story” so you find yourself in a place you may already feel a bit uncomfortable!

Although first impressions may have a lot to do with how someone else may sum you up, you have to please YOURSELF first. You are one the paying your bills, living your life, raising your children, and “molding yourself into the “somebody” you are”.chipmunks-1a

I remember my son wearing a t-shirt as a child that said “God doesn’t make junk!” I always thought he seemed more confident when he Read More→

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Jul
18

SWIRL On Tour w/ Extreme & RATT-Interview

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About SWIRL:

Started by brothers -and they are related too-Duane “DT” Jones on lead guitar and Brian “Bam Bam” Jones on the drums. Lead singer Al Ramirez and bassist Shane Carlson complete the relocated, re-tooled Swirl line up! Swirl left the studio with 2 new tracks “Adrenaline” and “Sleepwalker” in May 2008 (which feature Cinderella drummer Fred Coury playing on, producing, co- writing and mixing) to add to the tracks previously produced by both former Quiet Riot/ current Ratt co-lead guitarist Carlos Cavazo and ex-Rough Cutt bassist Matt Thorr. Swirl’s blending of classic metal influences, modern style production, writing, recording techniques and high energy live show is getting the band a lot of attention in a very short time.

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Story & Interview by Anne Shiever:  I’ve had the great pleasure of hearing these guys play in Kansas City at the Riot Room in December of 2008.  They also recently visited The BLUE GOAT of our hometown in Salina KS among other great venues in the Kansas area.  Now that the tour with Ratt is completely underway, we look forward to seeing them and hearing them play live again.  A band you truly won’t want to miss, as they step from the ground floor gracefully climbing their way to the top through the support of their great fans!

Here is our interview with DT from Swirl….

What is your name, and name your group/band/act?
Hello this is DT, guitarist for the hard rock/ heavy metal band Swirl

Where are the artists from? What is their talent in the group?
Swirl started in Seattle, WA; then relocated to Los Angeles and Inland Empire Counties on California with
Brian “Bam Bam” Jones on drums; Al Ramirez on lead vocals; Duane DT Jones guitar, backing vocals; and Shane Carlson on bass, backing vocals..

How did the band get the name?

Our name came about during a car ride from Seattle to Santa Monica, CA for a demo recording session that ultimately became our debut Read More→

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NO MORE DRAMA!!!!  Can publicity be your friend or foe???

Now here’s a concept I usually don’t write about, but for a change I decided it’s time to stick up for others who fall into the “negative-positive” side of publicity. Someone is always trying to “get their name out there”, that’s the great thing about Publicity. Does it matter who gets used to get the name out there? Too many people become a victim because of ‘hearsay BS, basic venting, more Drama’ because some people have nothing better to do than get some juicy gossip going for Free Publicity!!!

So I took time to ask a few writers, promoters, musicians, photographers, and models recently to see what they had to say on the subject of good and bad publicity! I was shocked at how many “victims” there were in the public eye! For the one seeking Publicity, they say the “negative drama and the on-line blog wars get people curious and the ratings go way up”. This statement actually came from a college law student after learning about such legal terms.It’s great for them because people want to see someone argue a debate over defending themselves.”

If someone saves a life, they get a little publicity, maybe even an accommodation, or some television and radio exposure. Then it becomes Read More→

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Jul
16

QUESTIONS–For all ART, MUSIC, & ENTERTAINMENT!

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In order to serve you better, please copy the questions below and answer them; as many as you can!  Please be sure to add any additional information that may help you as an artist.  If you have tour dates, times, and other event listings add these too.  Then just send the answered questions back to us at our contact source:

afreshentertainmentmagazine@gmail.com

afreshentertainment@gmail.com               OR                  shutterbunnyanne@gmail.com

Ask us about our interview questions for news media, radio hosts, and promoters also.  We support you in your efforts to keep art, entertainment, and music “fresh, live, real, and rockin'”TM.


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Artist/Musician/Entertainers Interview Questions written exclusively for us by Afresh Annie….

*Please provide 2-3 pictures of the band/artist/Entertainer to supplement the piece.

{Remember, once you have emailed us your answers, and the post is made to the magazine site we will establish a permanent link for you to share on any website of your choosing.  This will also enable us to continue to update your tours, new music news, as your career grows in the industry so fans and friends can keep up-to-date with the news as you send it to us.}   It’s a positive “win-win” for all of us!

Positive-Networking ROCKS!

Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act?

Afresh: Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group?

Afresh: How did the artist/band get their name?

Afresh: What instrument do you play now? (If applicable)

Afresh: What (who) does your act/art consist of?

Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?

Afresh: Thinking back to early childhood, what was your first experience with music for the first time like?  What song do you remember most as a child?

Afresh:  As a child growing up, music surrounds us; what type of music did you hear the most back then?  How does is differ from what you listen to now?

Afresh:  What was the first song that you ever sang?  How did it make you feel?

Afresh:  What made you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?

Afresh:  How did you become involved in the type of music you play/sing now?

Afresh:  What can people expect to see at your live performance?

Afresh:  If you had to describe your music in three or four words, what would you call it?

Afresh: Give me some details about the group/act/art?

Afresh:  Have you ever entered any contests to enhance your musical career?  If so, describe in detail your experience and what you had hoped to accomplish when you entered.  What was the outcome?  Would you enter another contest in the future?

Afresh: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art?

Afresh:  What do you think your “biggest break” or “greatest opportunity” has been so far in your musical career?

Afresh:  If you had to categorize your music, what genre would it best fit?  (Name up to three)

Afresh:  What do you feel distinguishes “an artist” from just a musician?

Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?

Afresh: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)

Afresh:  How much creative control do you have over your own music?

Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?

Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?

Afresh:  Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry, or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music?

Afresh:  If you had the opportunity to change something about the music industry what would it be?

Afresh:  Who is your fan/customer?  Do you have a fan club or street team?

Afresh:  Do you have any fan comments of how your music has affected or changed them?

Afresh: Art & Music has an impact on both young and old.  Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today?

Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?

Afresh: What is your stance on how to get the public to support “live music” and see the shows?  Any ideas???

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?

Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?

Afresh: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?  How do you like to enjoy your relaxation time away from the music?

Afresh: What has been your strong influence to continue performing?

Afresh: How do you rate your live performance ability?  Do you feel better performing live or in the studio?  What would you like to change or improve?

Afresh: Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?

Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)

Afresh:  What image do you think your music conveys and why did you choose this type of image for your music?           ( Please, do not avoid the image issue!  We want the fans to get to know you better.)

Afresh:  Someone once said write what you would want to perform over and over.  With that in mind, what song do you love to perform the most?

Afresh: If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why?

Afresh:  Where would you like to see yourself within the next five years as an artist?  What are your long-term career goals?

Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?  How does it affect the closeness you have with your fans, media, etc. now?

Afresh: While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal?  How did you handle this?

Afresh: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us?

Afresh: What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react?

Afresh: What is your wildest story with the group?

Afresh: What has been the worst nightmare for the group?  How did you get through it all?

Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News?

Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead, alive, or broke-up who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)

Afresh: What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?

Afresh:  How do you feel about file swapping?

Afresh: Have you been involved in any benefit performances?  What was it and how did you become involved?

Afresh:  How do you think you would like to be remembered by everyone if something were to happen to you suddenly?

Afresh:  If you had only five minutes on earth to perform one song that could leave a great impact on the world today, what song would you perform and why did you choose this particular piece?

Afresh:  As an artist, is there anything special you hope to be able to accomplish?

Afresh:  Thinking back to the very beginning of the band, how do your feel about your performance today and it is much different for you now than when you first started performing.

Afresh:  What did you do before you got into the music industry?

Afresh:  When things seem to go negatively at times, how do you turn things into something positive?

Afresh:  What do you attribute to your “drive as an artist”?

Afresh:  What do you think makes you and your type of music unique from other artists?

Afresh:  As an artist, how would you define SUCCESS?

Afresh:  If you had to think of a slogan that could leave a positive impact for everyone what would your slogan be?

Afresh: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.?

Afresh: Have you recorded any previous CD’s or posted any audio files on the Internet? (What type of recording process did you use? Who produced your recording?) If you have a current CD released, how long did the process take for you to do from start to finish?

Afresh:  Are there any other “behind the scene” secrets, tips, or additional information you would like to share with our readers?

Afresh:  Have you ever had to deal with  “negative publicity” or “pushy media” people?  If so, how did you handle it?

Afresh: Is this your first on-line interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing?  Have you had any previous print or broadcast media exposure or reviews?

Afresh:  Do you have a demo or press kit, (including an Electronic Press Kit …an EPK), or any other promotional materials that you could send to us for a future review also?

Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you?

Afresh:  Is there anyone special you would like to thank for making your dream come true as an artist?

Afresh:  Have you performed outside the USA before, and if so how did the live shows differ?

Afresh:  Where do you think your largest fan base is located, and why?

Afresh: Do you have a website of any type?  (Name all options)

Afresh:  What are some of the details fans can find by going to your own website?

Afresh:  Will you please keep us updated with your music now that you will have a permanent link on our magazine so the fans can find out more about you and hopefully catch a live show?  (Send updates to:  afreshentertainment@gmail.com)

Just for fun…..fill in the blanks!

Without music, I would be_______________.

Music is _________________.

My music makes me feel _________________.

I write the songs because _________________.

Support music because ________________.

Afresh: Please feel free to add any other information you want to share with the public audience/readers.  We want to extend our warm wishes for your success and thank you for the awesome interview.  We hope we can attend one of your shows soon so please be sure to keep us informed on your updates!

Thanks for doing an exclusive written interview today with Afresh Anne for Afresh Entertainment Magazine.  We sincerely appreciate your support, and we hope you will tell everyone to read this article.  We hope you will also invite your other musician friends to interview with us at Afresh Entertainment Magazine soon!  Thanks again…YOU ROCK!

Support live music in your area—get out and see a band perform live!

Thanks for “Keeping it fresh, live, real & rockin'”….to all great things

Best regards….The staff of AFRESH ENTERTAINMENT ONLINE MAGAZINE & TV

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Jul
16

2009 HOPE TOUR Featuring “Stone Temple Pilots”

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Scott Weiland said this about being chosen to kick off the huge charity event to bring hope to the children:

“We are humbled, honored and filled with grace by being given this very special opportunity. To be asked to play the first of what we hope will be many of these events for children in dire medical needs at St. Jude Rock n Roll show. Reading the press release I am almost embarrassed as it lists accolades of a life of music. The good life. What the rest speaks of is the horrible but true realities that those diseases bring to children and these families.”

Stone Temple Pilots have been tapped to kick off the newly created St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Hope Show which is a Charity Read More→

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Jul
16

BULLETBOYS Tour Performs At THE BLUE GOAT in Salina, KS

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BULLETBOYS much anticipated release 10c Billionaire is scheduled for a July 2009 release via Chavis Records.  Bulletboys will be performing once again at Salina KS’s Rockin’ Hot Spot for great live bands, THE BLUE GOATon August 15th 2009.

Get your tickets soon before this is completely sold out!!!!  This will be a fantastic show!

APPEARING ON NEW LIBERTY N’ JUSTICE RELEASE ….

MARQ TORIEN OF BULLETBOYS . Read More→

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Jul
16

GREEN DAY On Tour

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MULTI-PLATINUM BAND HITS THE ROAD FOR FIRST NORTH AMERICAN TOUR IN THREE YEARS

Green Day with Reprise Records announced their plans for the 2009 tour in support of their new Release 21st Century Breakdown.  The album was released globally on May 15th.  This is the first tour of Canada and the United States in three years beginning July 3rd with ticket prices from only $25 to $49.50.

The tour will begin in Seattle’s Key Arena stopping at New York City’s Madison Square Garden finishing up with a show at the Forum in LA.

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Jul
16

DANNY TALLENT Sings At CD Release Party

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In May 2008, Danny Tallent the bass player for the Backlash Band lost his lovely wife, Ashley during a terrible car accident.  Danny survived the accident after several hours of trauma, where he was found and then life-watched to Topeka hospital where critical moments became long suffering days.  Fighting to survive, he eventually found out his wife was no longer with him.

No one fully understands why loved ones are taken from this earth, but we know God has a purpose for all of us here.  Danny, a survivor, was one of the most fantastic bass players for his age.  Danny & Ashley wrote two of the songs on the new Backlash Band CD release on May 29, 2009 Read More→

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Jul
16

PEDAL TO THE METAL TOUR FEATURING MUDVAYNE AND BLACK LABEL SOCIETY TO LAUNCH THIS SUMMER!

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THE PEDAL TO THE METAL TOUR 2009, featuring MUDVAYNE and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, will kick off this year in Portland, ME, on July 24th concluding on September 9, in Oklahoma City, OK STATIC-X, SUICIDE SILENCE, DOPE, BURY YOUR DEAD, and the extremely twisted HELLZAPOPPIN sideshow review, performing during set changes throughout the evening will join these two metal performers this year for a performance you won’t want to miss! The Pre-sale tickets will be launched on June 10th available to all of the bands’ fan club members, at 12pm Wednesday at www.pedaltothemetaltour.com and the general public on sale beginning Friday, June 12, at 10am local time. Be sure to watch for more updates on the site when it goes live on June 10th!

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Jul
14

Hallucination Update!

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HALLUCINATION Band Rocks the Stage

I had the great pleasure of seeing this band perform live at The Blue Goat in Salina KS. If you want to hear the sound that Rocks Your World, you’ve got to see HALLUCINATION play! The band’s performance was incredible! These guys give it all they have on the stage to bring the best music possible to their audience. The group consists of:

Chacci Bailey – Vocalist
Pat Price —— Guitar
Danny Butler – Drums
Dan Ramirez – Bass

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