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Feb
07

ALLFLAWS unveil two new releases

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ALLFLAWS unveil two new releases

Alternative Bristol music act Allflaws have just released a brooding new single called Amrak and a somewhat creepy and psychedelic spoken word video called Acid Face.The single Amrak is another deep and layered composition of industrial, electronica, trip hop and rap. Intelligently combining Gabriel Curran’s edgy and evocative vocals with the dark and experimental Allflaws production. The spoken word video Acid Face is an unsettling but intriguing audio and visual experience that artistically evokes feelings of paranoia, anxiety and dystopia. The Acid Face video is created by the talented UK filmmaker and Allflaws VJ Swankoid.

You can check out the new single Amrak and the new spoken word video Acid Face at these links below:

www.allflaws.com
www.myspace.com/allflaws

For Allflaws Wikipedia information visit:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allflaws

About Allflaws:
Vocalist and producer Gabriel Curran formed Allflaws in Bristol in the early days of
2004, looking to bridge the void between the hip hop, industrial, dance and rock scenes.
The Allflaws entity has produced two progressive studio albums to date, (These Walls Are Lies 2007/8) and (Black Box Here After 2009/10). Both these eclectic releases have
helped to propel Allflaws onto the UK underground scene with much attention being on
Curran’s conscious and poetic vocal style.

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Feb
07

Kathleen Carnali soon to release new cd

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Kathleen Carnali soon to release new cd

“New CD to Come!”

Hey guys!  I pray that your new year is starting off great as you seek first God’s Kingdom in your life.  Not sure if you were affected by last week’s snow storms, but we got to see a winter wonderland in northeast.  Our plane had just landed in Washington DC when the snow began to come down hard.  We finally got on the highway and one by one, cars were spinning out and getting stranded.  We didn’t end up getting to Virginia until the next day, safe and sound praise Jesus!  The ministry there was so rich with God’s presence.  The Holy Spirit moved strong and did a powerful work in all of us.  Whew!  I feel so overwhelmingly full of Jesus, it’s awesome!!  Our last day at Virginia Military Institute was incredible and it was hard to say goodbye.  But as we continue our journey, we keep our eyes on Jesus and eagerly press on toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  Thank you LORD!!  Our next assignment has been made clear to us.  Beginning in February, I will start recording my next CD called, “Be Still and Know.”  My Spirit leaps with anticipation (literally) and I am so excited to watch Jesus work and prepare this CD for His Bride.  Thank you for your prayers that have so consistently covered us and are all over the music that will be released.  Hallelujah to the Lamb!!  And may he forever receive his honor, glory and praise!

“It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.” (2 Chron. 5:13-14)

Let your Kingdom come LORD… here on earth as it is in Heaven!  And may we live with its power and presence within us, around us, and through us.  Only you deserve all of our worship!

Hope to see you very soon. : )
In His love and strength,

~Kathleen
& Brett

Bringing Truth to Life through Music…
www.KathleenCarnali.com

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PO Box 8892
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34985

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Feb
02

JOY STYLES–AWARD WINNING ARTIST SWEEPING THE COUNTRY

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JOY STYLES–AWARD WINNING ARTIST

SWEEPING THE COUNTRY


PLA Media is proud to welcome singer/songwriter/actress Joy Styles to its roster.  The award-winning artist is a Country singer whose extensive professional background includes theatre, film, television, and dance.

Joy, a Philadelphia native, has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway productions including Little Ham, Eat the Runt, and Freedom Train (tour).  She’s performed and appeared with many acclaimed artists ranging from Leslie Uggams to Phylicia Rashad and Carl Hall.

Joy’s musical influences reflect strongly to the 70’s when it comes to songwriting.  Those among her list of favorites are Dan Fogelburg, Lionel Richie, Gamble and Huff, Jim Croce, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Bobby Braddock, and Brian McKnight.

“Performance wise, I’m influenced by Whitney Houston, Reba, Garth Brooks, Sugarland, Rascal Flatts, Dixie Chicks, and Stevie Wonder,” she says.

Expect to see and hear much more from Joy Styles!

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
-William Arthur Ward

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Feb
02

KORI JEAN OLSEN –RISING STAR

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KORI JEAN OLSEN


Newcomer Kori Jean Olsen’s powerful country vocals and nuanced vocal styling clearly comes through when you hear her music. Although small in stature, Kori Jean’s determination and big voice are evident as she can capture a message of loyalty and love with passion and intensity.
With musical influences like Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride and Sugarland, this 20 year-old Utah native began Read More→
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Feb
02

KATHLEEN CARNALI–An interview with a great lady!

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KATHLEEN CARNALI–

An interview with a great lady!


{Kathleen Carnali received her calling from the Lord to spread his word to others so that we may understand the greatest gift of all.  Share the love and passion this amazing artist has for the music and the praise of our God as she travels the world to bring us love, peace, strength, and salvation by believing and trusting in him!}

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

Kathleen Carnali

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

I am originally from Weymouth, MA

Afresh: How did the band get the name?

Born with the name “Kathleen” and then married into “Carnali”  ; )

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

The piano, the wooden flute, the ukulele…

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

I either sing with a full band, a trio of instruments (drum, strings, piano) or just me on a piano.

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

I would say, rather than entertainment… it is music for the soul.

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

spiritual, passionate, alive

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

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

Some would call it religous or christian music.  Truthfully, it is my hearts cry to my most gracious God.

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

Since I was about thirteen years old.

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

Christian/Pop/Rock/Worship

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

A musician can play a piece of music well.  An artist feels it and releases it, so others can feel it too.

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

Since I am a solo artist, I have band members from around the country that we fly out for different events.
Most of them I have known for at least four years.

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

I am about to go back into the studio in January to record my fourth album entitled, “Be Still and Know.”
I am super excited about it, since many of these songs have been stirring in me for the year or so, just  waiting to come out!

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

Since we stay on the road for so long, getting enough time in the studio to record a full album has been somewhat of a struggle.
So I am really looking forward to some time of to do that.

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

Well, we do our best to fully trust in God who takes care of all our needs… and he hasn’t let us down yet.

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

I’m sure the economic crunch has affected the industry as a whole.  For us personally, we haven’t really had any major setbacks.

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

We have a pretty large demographic of people who buy my music.  Very young, to very old.  Also, anyone who is searching for God or wants a deeper relationship with him should try it.

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?

The more you know about your creator God, the more you know about yourself.  He made you for a purpose so you can trust in him for the answers.

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

Whenever I have concerts in their area, they are so amazing at getting the word out and bringing people with them.

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

No, not so much or to this extent.

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

Actually, I am an odd person in that area.  I really like silence.  Then I would say, my favorite is instrumental music after that.

Afresh: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?

Well, I grew up dancing, taught it for a while, and still love it.  The percussion is one of my favorite things too play.

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

When I see what God has done in the lives and hearts of people, through the music that he gives me, I can’t help but continue writing it, singing it, and experiencing the crazy/amazing journey he has prepared for me.

Afresh: How do you rate your live performance ability?  Do you feel better performing live or in the studio?

Goodness… not sure if I can rate myself.  haha…  I absolutely love singing and playing live better than the in the studio.  Although the studio is fun too. : )

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

Yes, Jesus and his word… all the way!

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

I do.  However, I wait for the inspiration to come first.  Then when it hits me, I go and write it all down.  New songs come at the most interesting of times.  Sometimes I am woken up from my sleep, other times I could be it in the middle of reading the Bible, and then sometimes new songs even come during concerts.

Afresh:  What image do you think your music conveys and why did you choose this type of image for your music?

It is definitely and much more wholesome image than most things today.  But I want the image I portray to really be who I am…  a girl who loves God and wants others to know about him.  I want most to reflect Jesus.

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?

Probably… “Jesus over me”

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?

My ultimate goal is to be faithful with what God has given me and to glorify him.  So whatever that looks like, I am ready!

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?

Nothing has happened too drastic that we couldn’t take care of.  Besides time constraints and privacy, I haven’t needed to pull back too much from being open.

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?

Yes!  Well, all I can do is greet them and appreciated their enthusiasm.  Then I express my need to prepare before I go out on stage.

Afresh: What has been the worst nightmare for the group?  How did you get through it all?
At the middle of a concert all the power went out in the city.  So we grabbed all our accoustic instruments and did the rest of the concert .
It ended up being a pretty amazing night!

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

We just got back from an amazing tour over in Israel!  It was truly unbelievable.  Our next project is going back in the studio for the next CD.

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)

I would have to say… Jason Upton.

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

Hmmm… probably in South Korea

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Afresh: Be sure to keep reading Afresh Entertainment Magazine for more updates on this absolutely wonderful artist!  Her work is truly an amazing gift from God.

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Jan
13

EXIT 451

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Interview Questions for Afresh Entertainment Magazine

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

I’m JP Alepins, lead singer of Exit 451.

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

We’re a trio from Montreal (Canada). We’re a pop-rock band with a hypnotic twist.

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

In 2005, we re-opened a famous recording facility and re-named it ‘The Bank Studio 451’ because it was originally built in an old bank. The 451 digits are simply the address of the studio. When we thought of a band name, it instantly came up as ‘Exit 451’. See it as our artistic exit…

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

Band members are Alain Avon (Guitars & keyboards), his brother Martin Avon (Bass) and JP Alepins (Vox/lyrics) a close friend.

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

We like any kind of ‘real’ music and that’s what we’re trying to reproduce in our albums; the fresh and original feeling of a real recording session.

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

We’re trying to create special atmospheres in our songs as well as on stage. We hope that our music will make your imagination steer.

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

A true band linked together by many years of friendship playing with all their hearts and all their guts.

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

Pop-rock with a hypnotic twist

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

From 10 to 15 years

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

10 years with a break of a few years dedicated to re-build the studio.

Afresh:  Before you perform live for an audience, is there anything special you like to do first, right before the show to prepare you for the event?

Do not think and go on stage even when stage fright is at its peak!

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

To overcome situations like bad management, lack of funds, bad luck… all these things that are making you a better musician after all…!

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

Stand together as a band and ask yourself what you can learn out of this situation.

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

It has hurt the industry, especially at the beginning of the last decade. Even if the situation is still not ideal, it seems to me that the industry is currently adapting itself more and more. Internet is a revolution similar to radio or television revolutions. Labels and musicians must adapt…

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

An interesting proposition would be to ask the internet providers to contribute with royalties and compensate for the fall-off revenues for musicians… A little bit like performing rights royalties. After all, the main reason why people get an internet connection is to download or stream music & videos contents…

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

A fan with a very rare hearing problem said to me that he normally can’t listen to a lot of different kinds of music because it hurts his ears. He then added that listening to our album (The Sea Above the Sky) was soothing for his ears… an unusual but touching compliment…

Afresh:  Where is your favorite place to play? Do you have a favorite city/venue?

We like to play in any kind of venue, as long as there is some public…!

Afresh:  Other than a t-shirt, sticker, or CD, what do you hope people leave with from one of your shows?

With our songs in their heads…?

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?

Don’t act like a rock star but do not underestimate yourself either.

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

Personally, it took time before they really got into it. The Avons brothers had more support from their parents in the long run.

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

To have a buzz around your music… and to give great performances live!

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

Not personally, but maybe a little more so for the Avons brothers.

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

I listen to all types of music, it really depends on who the artist is… I even attend to classical concerts! But I’d say that, generally speaking, I’m more into alternative pop-rock with interesting ambiances…

Afresh:  If you weren’t doing music, what do you think you would be doing instead?

Running a label, or a studio? Anyway, I’d be in an artistic business.

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

A new song always comes out of a as jam session. Slowly, when it begins to become a song, I come in with some vocal melodies and I try to find lyrics that may fit with the ambiance. Or I sometimes write lyrics on the spot! We take the time to work on the arrangements right away and record a ‘ghost track’ to keep the idea. We leave the studio and the next day, we listen to it with fresh ears and seriously start working on the song, recording solid demo tracks and adding other instruments like piano, synths, percussion, etc. It is a very natural process for us…

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

Singing with the most terrible cold I’ve ever had, it was awful !!!

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

It’s not something actually ‘thrown’ on stage but I admit that when someone drunk tries to get up on stage, it can be very awkward and embarrassing… but the show must go on.

Afresh: What is your wildest story with the group?

Still being together…?

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)

David Bowie, Nick Cave, Radiohead

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?

If you’re talking about one of our songs, it would be ‘You Exist’, a simple but very challenging song. This song is about anxiety and depression, meditation, recovery. Naked truths are always feared.

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

Everything from telemarketing to advertising, renovation and karaoke animation (just kidding!)…

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

We humbly believe that we have something to say, musically.

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

It’s not unique but it’s getting very rare: To really record as a band; it gives so much more depth & dynamics to a record I find, without mentioning the honesty that comes out of it.

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

Being able to live off of your music and to always evolve as an artist.

Afresh:  Do you have much time to check out other artists’ music? What are you listening to right now?

Among others, I listen to Arcade Fire, Gorillaz… and I’m currently re-discovering Pink Floyd!

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

We mostly played in Canada.

Afresh:  For on-line purposes, what is your favorite place for your fans to find your music for purchase and/or downloads?

Itunes, Amazon, Believe Digital and… www.exit451.ca obviously!

Just for fun…..simply fill in the blanks!

Without music, I would be deaf.

Music is the expression of a society.

My music makes me feel closer to who I am.

I write the songs because I know it’s the only way to really understand who I am.

Support music because it would be silly not to ???

If I wasn’t doing music, I would be signing artists.

If I had to share a dream with you, it would be astral.

If I could be anywhere right now, I would want to be in Scotland.

I love to perform in front of a live audience because I feel I really exist.

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KATHLEEN CARNALI SHARES NEWS FROM OCTOBER TOUR


This past month has been full of wonderful ministry across Indiana and through Ohio, with our most recent stop being at Malone University.  Not only was this past tour rich with God’s presence, but we also had some miraculous healings as well.  It was very exciting to see! : )

“…They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Have you ever been in a situation where you just don’t know what to do?  -Where nothing seems to be going right around you?  -You feel discontented, yet you don’t even know exactly what it is that you are wanting.  Or maybe you know what it is, but your circumstances just aren’t working out the way that you thought they would?  Maybe you felt like you heard from the Lord, but now find yourself questioning whether it was his voice or yours that was speaking.  Or maybe you are where God wants you to be, but you find yourself struggling with being “still” and knowing or waiting on God.  I don’t really know why I am even writing this or asking these questions to you right now, besides the fact that God’s Spirit is leading.  We so easily quote the verse (Isaiah 40:31) that is stated above, without really living what it is calling us to do.  Sometimes being still and waiting on God is the hardest thing of all.  Or, it is even possible to get stuck in that place of waiting and use it as an excuse not to be involved with the church or active in serving.  It definitely can go both ways.  But what I want to encourage you in today is this:  Realize the magnitude of what the verse is saying and the importance of waiting on God for his timing.  With that, let me quote the verse again only this time with more of it’s context:

“Why sayest thou… My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?  Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.  He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength…”

If you have found yourself getting ahead of God or finding that once again you are hitting a wall, know this:  You can’t go back and change your past.  However, you can repent from it, turn from it, die to it, and wait upon the Lord’s leading.  No man is an island, so always remember that there is wisdom in the council of many.  Therefore, humble yourself before God and men and seek out wisdom from those whom you’ve seen live a pattern of walking strong and faithful with the Lord.  And never forget, Jesus works out ALL things for the good of those who love him and are called according to HIS purpose.  So let your discouragement melt away.  Where there is Truth, there is Life!

We are now in Florida preparing for our trip across the ocean, over to Israel.  I’m not sure how much computer access we will have over there during the next few weeks, but I will do my best to post pictures and updates on my website and Facebook as often as I can.  I love you so very much and ask that you would remember to pray for us and our ministry in Israel.

All love in Christ Jesus,
~Kathleen

Bringing Truth to Life through Music…
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Nov
09

JEFF KOSSACK

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JEFF KOSSACK EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH

AFRESH ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE

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

Jeff Kossack and the OtherHand

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

I , and most all the others members of the OtherHand, over 20 in all, live around L.A.

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

The band used to the ‘the Open Hand’, but after playing a set at the Gig, in Hollywood in the new millenium, a lawyer approached the
Band and and let us know that another band ‘openhand’, O.C. metal rockers, had a CD just coming out, and that I need to stop using the name. I referred him to my 1998 record, released as the Open Hand, and told him ratchet down his legal thing… The band could have the name… No biggie…. Then, for the next project, I tongue-in-cheekedly
referred to us as the‘Other’ Hand….   And it just stuck.

Afresh: What instrument do you play now?

Guitar, piano, and percussion

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

The OtherHand is really a studio band, consisting of more than 25 of the most talented players I’ve ever met, and the circle is ever-
expanding. When gigging about, I usually invite a handful of this group to play. Every show’s a bit different, with regard to vibe…

Core members of the Other Hand are me, Jeff Kossack, along with bassist Leo Valenzuela, drummers Mark Schulman, and Chase
Kossack (my son),  guitarist Bruce Watson, violinist Julie Pusch, and Terry Smith, who extracts the best vocals from me, and then
adds his own soulfulness to the backing tracks.  There are many others…

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

I’d offer that we make very accessible-yet -moody hook laden music, Very rhythmic, and with evocative lyrics…

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

Our audience can expect well played, melodic tunes, accompanied by a short story of what I was thinking when I wrote the track… The
players always have fun when we’re recording and the energy translates well to the live scene…

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

Melodic,  hooky, thought-provoking…

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

All my life, really, but I began multi-tracking in the 70’s in college…

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

The OtherHand is made up of people whose considerable talents I observed around L.A. playing in a million other bands… And I count
them all as good, good friends… After all, they’ve helped make my  music as unique as it is….  I owe them everything… I have the best
time making records, and have the best people play…

Afresh:  Before you perform live for an audience, is there anything special you like to do first, right before the show to prepare you for the event?

Nothing special, BUT if I’ve heard another player earlier in the Evening, even a stranger,  I often ask them to sit in…  Generally, they always come through.   disappointed.

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

When a band has 20+ players, it’s hard to coordinate rehearsals, etc., but it DOES force me to re-arrange tunes for each show.  Plus, the
payroll for a crew like ours would be huge… So I make BIG records,
but play out mostly in singer-songwriter mode…

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

I had a great day gig that has afforded me this time in my life to make music, but I do MISS my friends from business…  Life goes on, but I’ve never forgotten them, nor how grateful and lucky I am for this opportunity to make my music at my own pace…

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

I urge everyone to attend at least a couple of indie music seminars…

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

I wish there were more industry professionals that would accept UNSOLICITED MATERIAL.  You never know from where a great  song or performance is going to come… So why not listen to everything, or hire some trusted ears to screen stuff…

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

I’m often told that when I’m  ‘in-the-moment’ in one of my songs that they are there with me…  I love hearing that… I’m reaching
them… They are hearing me, and feeling my music…

Afresh:  Where is your favorite place to play? Do you have a favorite city/venue?

I play around L.A. quite a bit, but audiences out of town come at the beginning of an evening and stay for the entire night, hearing everyone, and then want to meet and greet.  Los Angeles music fans show up to hear their friends, and then head for the after-party.  L.A.’s home but I always feel more special just about anywhere else, whether at Mo’s in Salt Lake, or the Influence Gallery in Hillsboro, OR….

Afresh:  Other than a t-shirt, sticker, or CD, what do you hope people leave with from one of your shows?

I hope they have one of song hooks absolutely stuck in their head…

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?

Be famous for something…  And not be famous for just being a celebrity, like so many faces currently gracing the tabs.

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

They are fans… My sons, both twenty-somethings, love my music and share it with their friends. They GET me…

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

That’s a very tall mountain… I have been an active fundraiser for a songwriters’ venue, Kulak’s, in North Hollywood and we are always
dealing with this…

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

Both my parents were artists… a very creative family…

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

I listen to everything

Afresh:  If you weren’t doing music, what do you think you would be doing instead?

Just living my life, taking care of those I love and who love me back…

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

I do my own songwriting…  I usually just noodle around on guitar or piano until something musically strikes me…   Or I’ll think of a great line and start to write lyrics…  There’ are no rules about what comes first…

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

Detuning a guitar that I’ve borrowed then handing it back to the artist still detuned…

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)

Dave Edmunds, Justin Currie of Del Amitri, and Van Morrison

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?

A song that I’m re-recording for my next record… Fool’s Paradise… A song that basically says that you don’t have to be foolishly over-idealistic to be hopeful…

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

I was a packaging designer, responsible for the look of  many products at retail, such as vitamins, cosmetics, and computer
Software…

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

A burning creative ethic.. I’ve always got be creating something, and it isn’t always music… Sometimes, it can be as abstract as an ‘opportunity’…

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

Interesting melodies, and a variety in my instrumentation… I try an awful lot of unusual sound toys….

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

When my music is as a transformative agent… Making people feel strong emotions with my music, more so than if it weren’t
there…

Afresh:  Do you have much time to check out other artists’ music? What are you listening to right now?

I always listen to the current music of those around me… my songwriting friends.. I am given tons of  music to listen to, and
I love satellite radio…

Afresh:  Have you performed outside the USA before, and if so how did the live shows differ?
Have done some pick up stuff, but no actual scheduled gigs outside the US…

Afresh:  For on-line purposes, what is your favorite place for your fans to find your music for purchase and/or downloads?

www.cdbaby.com and of course, iTunes…

Just for fun…..simply fill in the blanks!

Without music, I would be  up a very long, dark and lonely creek with no paddle.

Music is a fickle mistress at times…..

My music makes me feel  like the heartbeak or the happiness that inspired the song is happening all over again in that moment.  Painfully true…

I write the songs because  it’s now a chronic habit…

Support music because someone holding a musical instrument isn’t holding a weapon, tho’ I’ve been menaced by a cello before…..

If I wasn’t doing music, I would be  a shrink….   Same diff….

If I had to share a dream with you, it would be my grammy speech in which I profusely thank my wife for so much of my inspiration…

If I could be anywhere right now, I would want to be anywhere that she is…

I love to perform in front of a live audience because I think at times I actually am helping put others in touch with feelings of their own that may be unresolved….

MORE ABOUT JEFF KOSSACK AND OTHERHAND

JEFF KOSSACK & THEOTHERHAND THE POPULAR L.A. CLUB VETERAN DITCHES THE DAY JOB AT LAST AND DIGS INTO ‘HALFLIFE’ WITH A POWERHOUSE ROCK-SOUL BAND FEATURING TOP SESSION PLAYERS BRUCE WATSON (CHRISTINA AGUILERA, SARA BAREILLES) AND MARK SCHULMAN (PINK, CHER)

Story by CFM MUSIC SCENE & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS (Founded in 2005) Losillë USA

One great thing about having a cool, well-paying day job for 30 years—when it comes time to get down to business and start pursuing those long-held musical dreams full time, you don’t have to scrimp and save to make the recording of your life.

If you’re singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Kossack, you’ll have built an incredible, fully digital studio—Otherhand Recording in Canoga Park, California, named after his band, theOtherHand—to create halflife, an infectious soul and rock influenced collection made the classic “old school” way in the tradition of his favorite artists, including The Beatles, Van Morrison, Marc Cohn and the Scottish group Del Amitri.

A longtime veteran of the Los Angeles club scene, Kossack began gearing up for his full-time dedication to music in the late 90s with regular gigs at the hotspots on every indie musician’s radar: The Roxy, The Gig, Largo, Genghis Cohen, Highland Grounds, Iguana Cafe and 8121 Club. While building his own song arsenal, developing his high energy performance chops and learning how to engage crowds of different sizes, Kossack also became the ultimate behind the scenes guy, producing and playing (everything from acoustic guitar to keyboards and percussion) on a wide variety of projects.

Many of his musician friends were happy to return the favor when he formed his own band, a group of rotating members (depending on the venue) which was originally called OpenHand. Kossack draws on these renowned studio musicians to achieve a classic vibe on halflife, a 12-track set that harkens back to the days when albums had creative productions featuring instruments like Hammond Organ (Paul Katz), viola and violin (Julie Pusch), cello (Ro Rowan) and sizzling, simmering horn sections (trombonist Steven Bent, multi-saxman Walter Davis, trumpeter and flugelhornist Joe Bebiak).

One of the band’s electric guitarists, Bruce Watson, has played with everyone from Christina Aguilera, Adam Lambert and Jewel to Leonard Cohen, Sara Bareilles, Elton John, Jewel, Rod Stewart and B.B. King. The drums are shared by Kossack’s son Chase and Mark Schulman, who has toured with Pink, Cher, Billy Idol and Foreigner.

Becoming more prolific as a writer all the time, Kossack quickly followed the official release of halflife with a midtempo, brassy new single called “If I Have You”—which like many of his songs, was inspired by a casual turn of phrase by his wife. With his catalog growing all the time, he is eager to begin licensing his music for film and TV—and can envision a day when one of his songs plays behind a powerful emotional scene in a major motion picture.

Kossack is also excited about his ongoing development, diversity and depth as a vocalist. He credits writer/producer Terry “T-Smidi” Smith, who raps and does backing vocals on halflife, for helping him “get to my soulful self and get it onto my tracks.” The two met randomly while playing golf one day and have been connected by music ever since.

“For a long time, I wasn’t just working on a career as an artist, I was equally interested in selling my songs and licensing them,” Kossack says. “Then I realized, well, someone has to sing them in order to sell them and people started telling me they liked the way I sang. The way I like to put it is, I know how to perform my material and Rod Stewart knows how to perform his, and we are who we are, distinctive vocals and all.

“The album began with the title track,” he adds, “which I wrote for the wife of my songwriter friend Jimmy “Muffin“ Yessian, who contributes vocals to the album. His beautiful wife had terminal cancer and I wanted to write a song about their relationship. The concept of the project took shape as a journey of love. I began looking at certain life experiences from different angles and realized there were many ways to express the upside and downside of love in my songs. Putting those lyrics into a contemporary version of a classic rock soul vibe was a great experience for everyone who participated. It’s a sound that never goes out of style.”

Kossack achieved this sonic magic using digital technology, a way of recording he would have probably considered a bit blasphemous just a few years ago. He recorded his first album The Power Of One (1998) on a Fostex G-16, a reel to reel, half-inch 16 track, a machine that was big in the 80s and 90s; he considers the quality to be more compatible with that of a songwriter’s demo. He resisted going to digital for a long time because he always believed that analog gave off a bigger, warmer sound, but eventually began working on a Mac with a Pro Tools LE system. “I like the fact that you turn on your computer and are back in your session in five minutes,” he says, “whereas with analog, you have to realign your tape machine with your console every couple of times you shut them both down.” Making the switch in 2005, he digitally recorded his second album, a project called This Boy’s Life, another collection of melodic rockers and sensitive ballads.

While the multi-talented performer doesn’t play the mainstream L.A. clubs as often as he used to, he has a unique musical home away from home in the friendly confines of Kulak’s Woodshed, an intimate space in North Hollywood, dedicated to fostering the development of local songwriters and allowing them to share their work in an appreciative, judgment free atmosphere. Owner Paul Kulak’s website (www.kulakswoodshed.com) gives people all over the world a chance to experience this fascinating creative process—and the opportunity to make donations to keep the club running. Kossack “sheds” new material there about once a month and participates in occasional special event nights, like a recent Bob Dylan tribute. “Kulak’s is a place where substance matters and you don’t have to look like a rock star,” he says. “If songs are ever going to get better, there has to be a place in the L.A. songwriter community where we can come to try things out and get feedback and have fun doing it.”

Even though Kossack is still working on his longtime goal of making a full living as a singer and musician, he has led a very blessed life and always makes time to give to important causes. Aside from participating in fundraisers at Kulak’s, he performs every month at The Talking Stick in Venice for GrassRoots Acoustica, a unique organization launched by his friend Mark Islam that donates proceeds from the show and the participating artists’ CDs to a wide variety of charities. These include Children of the Night, Shoes That Fit, Leeza Gibbons’ organization, Leeza’s Place (dedicated to caregivers of ill loved ones) and the ALS Foundation. Thus far, GrassRoots Acoustica has raised over $30,000.

“Being charitable in this day and age is a luxury,” says Kossack, “and it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to do something good while doing something you love. I write and sing my music to move people and at the end of the day, that’s what my life is dedicated to. It’s a very organic process, which begins on an acoustic guitar plugged directly into a good quality mic-pre. I create a scratch vocal and guitar part and then my friends come in and begin to play and soon we have a song to share with the world. But as rewarding as working in the studio is, nothing is more fun than sharing this gift with people in a live setting. In my other business, I made deals where I did nicely, but sometimes, the sweetest money can be the few bucks from a small venue where I’m playing and touching people with my music.”

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07

AGAINST ALL WILL

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AFRESH ENTERTAINMENT

"AGAINST ALL WILL" "ANNE SHIEVER" "AAW"

The group Against All Will

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

Jimmy Allen from Against All Will

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

Texas, Kansas, Missouri, and Brazil. Slamming the jams of rock.

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

Out of hat filled with other band names

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

Six string rock machine

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

Ex members of SoulFly, Dead Kennedys, 7 Story Drop, and Puddle of Mudd

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

Loud, Rude and in your face rock band with catchy songs.

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

Good clean boys blasting Rock & Roll music.

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

Baby making music.

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

Since I was a teenager.

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

In the dirty streets of Hollywood. about 2 yrs

Afresh:  Before you perform live for an audience, is there anything special you like to do first, right before the show to prepare you for the event?

A shot of jack and a prayer to the rock gods.

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

trying to wade through all the bullshitting and backstabbing of the music biz.

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

keeping the chin up and always moving forward, and remembering  its all about being true to yourself.

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

Yes, stay in touch with your fan base and show them the love they give you and your music.

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

No more pirates stealing our music.

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

A woman who has a son over in Middle east said our music reminded her of her son and his love for the USA.

Afresh:  Where is your favorite place to play? Do you have a favorite city/venue?

House of Blues in Hollywood

Afresh:  Other than a t-shirt, sticker, or CD, what do you hope people leave with from one of your shows?

A good fuzzy feeling and buzzing in the ear.

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?

Do what makes you happy and dont follow the trends.

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

They love it! My family has always been really supportive with my music.

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

Do something fresh and different and give them there moneys worth.

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

No.

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

Not really? its all rock & roll in my blood.

Afresh:  If you weren’t doing music, what do you think you would be doing instead?

Working in some crappy music store, selling false dreams to little kids.

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

I’ll start with a basic idea, then I take to the band and work it out till it feels good. Some songs take 10 minutes to write and some take 10 years.

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

There is way to many to count.

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

One time playing on stage with Puddle of Mudd I was hit hard in the chest with a flying Snickers bar. Ouch! I ate it after the show.

Afresh: What is your wildest story with the group?

since we are kinda a new band, nothing too crazy yet? But one time Wes Scantlin from Puddle and I had little after party in our room at Sunset Marquis hotel. We had Tommy Lee, Pam Anderson, Courtny Love and a bunch of pornstars. we Jammed on a acoustic version of “He Hates Me” with Miss Love taking over vocal duties.

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)

Neil young, Randy Rhodes, Kurt Cobain. just to watch and learn.

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?

I would go with Imagine by John Lennon because the this world needs peace.

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

tried to break into the music industry.

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

making music that people will listen to forever.

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

Its 4 guys doing what is in there hearts and because Its real.

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

A Brand new Benz and a house on the hill.

Afresh:  Do you have much time to check out other artists’ music? What are you listening to right now?

Muse, Failure, Stone Sour, Waiting For Signal, Hourcast.

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

People love good rock anywhere.

Afresh:  For on-line purposes, what is your favorite place for your fans to find your music for purchase and/or downloads?

I-Tunes

Just for fun…..simply fill in the blanks!

Without music, I would be__Lost in time_____________.

Music is _my life and the blood inside me ________________.

My music makes me feel __alive_______________.

I write the songs because __ive got something to get out_______________.

Support music because __its pure______________.

If I wasn’t doing music, I would be selling women shoes._____________.

If I had to share a dream with you, it would be Twisted and scary____________.

If I could be anywhere right now, I would want to be __Home__________.

I love to perform in front of a live audience because ___its “The Drug I Need”_________.

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Oct
17

SEVENDUST

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SEVENDUST

SEVENDUST – BIO – 2010

Lajon Witherspoon – vocals

Clint Lowery – guitar

John Connolly – guitar

Vincent Hornsby – bass

Morgan Rose – drums

Buy SEVENDUST’s newest Album here now: Cold Day Memory – Sevendust

Never in my life had I seen a more magnificent display of enthusiasm and high energy performance as the ones I have watched live with Sevendust.  My first time to take photos of the band while in action was at the Midland Theater in Kansas City while on tour with Skindred in 2008.  Taking night-shots in low lighting was a huge challenge for me as it was one of my first national tours in an indoor concert setting in a photo pit crammed full of photographers from miles around.  I drove three and a half hours to shoot the show after doing an interview with Benji from Skindred on the tour bus.  Dodging revolving lights, crowd surfers, and objects being tossed back and forth each moment was still priceless.  Sevendust gives their fans their all.  Their music is an inspiration to so many people.  I was overwhelmed at the reception they had on the stage.  As the last song played the crowd screamed and yelled for more.  They couldn’t get enough of Sevendust, and neither could I.

At Rocklahoma 2010, the crowd roared as it echoed throughout the grounds.  Fans raved about their performance and begged for more of what they were thirsty for.  In the photo pit, my husband Andre Zane Shiever of Afresh Entertainment Magazine captured the concert moments  as he snapped his prize shots rapidly to catch every glimpse and expression of the band members.  It was his first shoot in years as a photographer using a Nikon D60 camera.  Sevendust was his first national act and his big highlight of the day.

As photographers leaned up against each other poking and prodding, it was a fight for survival with wall of concrete separating the photo area and the stage.  Those who were tall or had a professional camera with a lens as big as a canon had no problems standing back behind the other photographers, but Andre worked his way through the “pit” to bring back an SD card full of amazing shots using my stock Nikon D60 Professional camera!

I can still remember his words, “Now I see why you enjoy this so much” “It kicked ass!”  He had the biggest smile I ever saw as he began to go through some of the captured moments on stage.  “That crowd was absolutely nuts and the photographers were worse!” he said.  “People pushed and shoved and they didn’t care who you were.  They just couldn’t seem to get enough, and I know I took some great shots of the drummer,” he exclaimed.   I knew he was hooked, and there’s no doubt if Sevendust is within reach, we will be there.

(Video slide show of Sevendust by Andre Zane Shiever)

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Sevendust BIO

There’s something almost intangible about a band with strong chemistry. When the guitarists vibe off each other just right, the bassist is lock in step with the drummer, the music almost transcends the musicians. And when the vocalist is feeding off the power of the other players, almost anything is possible. It’s something Sevendust learned early in their career when guitarist Clint Lowery joined forces with the eclectic Atlanta group.

“I knew once I got him in there that he could definitely change the band fully,” says drummer Morgan Rose. “His background vocals and his writing style and guitar playing were the final ingredients for us to become the band that we needed to be.”

With Lowery as a major contributor, Sevendust released four albums that stretched the limits of hard rock and metal, combining elements of thrash, classic metal, southern rock and soul into songs that were both sinfully tuneful and ruthlessly aggressive. Then in 2003, after the release of Seasons, the guitarist quit to focus on his other band Dark New Day. Sevendust continued for three more albums, and enjoyed considerable success, but something was clearly missing. So, when the band reunited with Lowery in early 2008, it was like the missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle was finally reinserted and the picture was again complete.

“It was really cool having Clint back in the band,” vocalist Lajon Witherspoon says. “That energy was great and it was really exciting to be able to work together to really hone in on what we had before and make it even better.”

The band’s new record, Cold Day Memory, capitalizes on all of Sevendust’s chemistry and potential. While the band’s last few efforts were mainly heavy and rhythmic, the new songs balance brutality with textural passages and infectious counter-melodies. There are even fleet-fingered guitar solos. But whether confronting the listener with double-bass drums and staccato power chords or using melodic arpeggios and soft brush strokes to sweeten the sound of Witherspoon’s multi-faceted vocals, Sevendust sound excited, energized and ready to take on the world.

“We wanted to change the template completely from what we did with our last album Hope and Sorrow, Rose explains. “We were going, ‘Let’s bring back those other elements Clint brought in that made us what we were. So we sort of made a silent agreement that we were going to let Clint run wild. We said we’ll jump in when it’s time, but if you’ve got an idea let’s go with it.”

“I just wanted us to do what we do best,” Lowery says. “We have a lot of melody that’s a cool contrast to the heavy music that we play. So, you’ll have a melodic chorus that comes out of nowhere, but we still have aggressive vocals there. And I did a lot with the harmonies, but I also did a lot of the heavy vocal stuff as well. So it was a challenge for me to really dig in and find a voice that was aggressive enough to where it sounded sincere enough to put on the record. We’re a very heavy, but melodic band and I wanted to maintain that.”

Throughout, Cold Day Memory is inventive, immediate and infectious. “Unraveling,” the first single is vintage Dust, a dynamic radio rocker that combines Witherspoon’s pained, melodic vocals with angry bursts of distorted guitar, peaking with a chorus made for driving with the pedal to the floor. “Splinter,” which opens with galactic sound effects, showcases the band’s heavier side with an opening guitar line reminiscent of Iron Maiden and a chugging riff that feeds into surging verse that bristles with animosity. Yet no matter how loud it gets, Witherspoon’s acrobatic vocals – which see-saw from an enraged howl to a vibrato-laden croon – keeps the song from flying off the rails. Other tunes are more experimental. “Karma” features jazzy, twanging guitars, a tumbling tribal beat, chiming guitar harmonics and vocals that build from a whisper to a scream. And “The End is Coming” incorporates electronic effects and string samples into an apocalyptic, harmony-laden amalgam of doom and dreams.

While Cold Day Memory is easily Sevendust’s most accomplished release in at least seven years, it wasn’t an easy album to create, especially for Lowery, who went above and beyond to prove himself. “I was second-guessing the hell out of myself and driving everyone else in the band crazy,” he says. “I was questioning whether everything I did was good enough. So, it was the hardest record for me because I was putting a lot of pressure on myself.”

Sevendust started working on Cold Day Memory at Room 56, their practice space in Atlanta in May 2009. With the help of Lowery’s brother Corey (Stereomud Dark New Day) who engineered and produced, Sevendust wrote a batch of high quality demos, including one, from which they procured the title of the album.

“It’s kind of funny because we were writing a song and I couldn’t come up with lyrics for the chorus,” says Lowery. “So I just threw in a bunch of words that sounded cool, and one of the phrases was ‘Cold Day Memory.’ We didn’t end up using the lyric, but when I came up with it I thought, ‘That sounds like a cool title for a record.’ So I put that back in my mental Rolodex. Then, when we were up in Chicago in the dead of winter, and it was such a dismal scene every day with the clouds, the snow and the rain, I started thinking back to that title, and I was like, ‘Man, that pretty much explains this whole experience.’”

In October 2009, Sevendust flew to Chicago to work on Cold Day Memory with producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Three Doors Down, Staind) at his Groovemaster Recording Studios. There, they spent three months reconfiguring their arrangements and fine-tuning their playing until the songs were tight and powerful.

“The schedule was brutal,” Witherspoon says. “We worked from 12 to 12 every day. We went through the works, but it went down really well. We did the vocals in this big booth that we built upstairs that overlooked the whole city, and along the way it became known as The Zone. And The Zone had rules. You weren’t allowed in there if you were too rambunctious. You couldn’t talk too much. It almost made me feel like when I was a wrestler in high school and you were going on deck. You were getting ready to go to The Zone to do your magic.”

More often than not, the vocal melodies and harmonies on the demos were different than those on the final takes. And the final takes were rarely the same as the 10 or 15 that preceded them. In the studio, Johnny K worked quickly, but he liked to examine multiple options from different angles.

“I tried a lot of different singing styles because we wanted to make sure we had a lot of things to choose from,” Witherspoon says. “But that was fun for me, man, and it felt like incredible conditioning because I was able to not only do vocals with Corey [Lowery], but then turn around and go back over those songs with Johnny K to tweak different things that he wanted to hear.”

All five band members contributed to the lyrics on Cold Day Memory, and the songs were works in progress up until the moment they were recorded. In the end, the band crafted songs that encapsulated their experiences with the world and one another. Witherspoon, who recently became a father, penned some lines about commitment and responsibility, while Rose, who was going through a painful divorce, wrote lyrics about heartbreak and disillusionment. “Unraveling,” which was co-written in Malibu, California by Lowery and Dave Bassette, is about the collapse of a relationship and “Confession” indirectly addresses Lowery quitting and returning to the band.

“Since we all write, it’s hard to tell exactly what each song is about, but we like to leave it up to the listeners to decide for themselves,” Rose says. “It’s funny because in the end you almost don’t know what you wrote. I remember telling [guitarist] John [Connolly] one time, ‘Dude, that was an amazing line you wrote,’ and He went, “What are you talking about? You wrote that.”

Despite it’s unconventional creation, in the end, Cold Day Memory is a cohesive return to form that restores everything Sevendust pioneered and excelled at in the late ‘90s with the writing and playing chops the members have developed since then. Moreover, it’s a modern sounding disc that uses the latest technology to create timeless tunes.

“It just brings a more musical side back to us, but at a more seasoned level,” Witherspoon concludes. “I’m just glad we’re all back together like this. I feel like this is a great album, and it’s only the beginning of a lot more stuff to come.”

See the video compliments of MTV and Sevendust

More news about Sevendust!

SEVENDUST VIDEO–Compliments of Record Label/MTV

The band’s touring in support of their eighth studio album, COLD DAY MEMORY, which was released April 20 on their own 7Bros. Records, through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group and debuted at #12 on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart, the highest debut of the bands’ storied 8-studio album, 15-year career.  It was produced by Grammy® Award winner Johnny K (Disturbed, Staind, 3 Doors Down, Plain White T’s), and is the band’s first new album with their original line-up back together with guitarist Clint Lowery’s return after his departure in 2003.

COLD DAY MEMORY’s first single, “Unraveling,” is getting a great reaction at Rock Radio.  With back-to-back double-digit add weeks at Active Rock before its actual add date, this is the most well-received Sevendust track in the last decade.  You can check out the video here:

http://www.mtv.com/videos/sevendust/507077/unraveling.jhtml#id=1568964

CD REVIEW by Anne Shiever

Cold Day Memory has got to be one of the most powerful displays of musical talent by Sevendust to date!  With high impact energy and electrifying sound the album is something the fans won’t be able to get enough of.  I couldn’t find one song that I didn’t like on this album.  The brilliance of the song writers shine like gold, and the tightness of the group shows a unique richness only Sevendust can portray.  If you love Metal, you’ve got to get this CD now!  Songs include:

Splinter

Forever

Unraveling

Last Breath

Karma

Ride Insane

Confessions

Nowhere

Here And Now

The End Is Coming

Better Place

Strong Arm Broken

VIDEO INTERVIEW COMING SOON!  STAY TUNED INTO AFRESH ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE FOR MORE GREAT NEWS ON SEVENDUST!

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Oct
15

AGAINST ALL WILL

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AGAINST ALL WILL

GIVES ‘A RHYME & REASON’ TO ROCK FANS



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The All-Star Band Featuring
Former Members of Puddle of Mudd,
Soulfly, Seven Story Drop And Dead Kennedys
Tears It Up Tunefully On Their
Debut EP ‘A Rhyme & Reason

Rockers Against All Will (AAW) play hard, yet never lose sight of stirring up conflicting emotions, channeled through bracing riffs and complex, beat-anchored rhythms within their latest EP A Rhyme & Reason.

Based in Los Angeles, AAW is a rising force in rock complete with all-star musicians, including former Puddle of Mudd guitarist Jimmy Allen, drummer Steve Wilson of the Dead Kennedys, bassist Cello Dias from Soulfly and singer Jeff Current, formerly of Seven Story Drop. CWG Magazine described it, “If the band’s lineup doesn’t scream the holy grail of rock, then surely their sound will make you a believer.”

Allen formed AAW nearly three years ago, however, his resume includes co-founding Puddle of Mudd and co-writing the band’s biggest hits “Blurry,” “She Hates Me” and “Drift And Die.”

“Having that kind of success with Puddle and then not being in a band humbled me in a way. I needed to take a long break. The whole thing was kind of a rebirth.  I have always been doing lot of writing with other people,” Allen says. “As the songs began to take shape, I started putting this band together. We played with a ton of musicians in L.A. – drummers, bass players and singers. Through this network of musicians, including bands we’ve been friends with and toured with for a long time, we got a lot of referrals – ‘try this guy out, check out this guy.’  It was very helpful.”

The members of AAW had crossed paths over the years in the Hollywood music scene and knew each other by reputation.

“When we arrived at the line-up now, it just jelled, each of the guys really bringing their own thing to the table; some people just play what they’re given, but these guys each add their own little thing,” Allen says.

AAW released two singles, You Can’t Change Me” (2007) andTomorrow & Today” (2008) gaining momentum culminating in the current band lineup and their 2009 debut album A Rhyme & Reason. The band’s most recent singles, All About You remixed by Jeff Tomei (Matchbox 20, Smashing Pumpkins, Jerry Cantrell) and this past summer’s smash hit The Drug I Need,” both garnered rock radio attention.

“With us the songs come first,” Allen says.  It’s about writing songs that have a lot of hooks and so on, but also depth and a perspective.  People kind of look at a song as a whole about one person or thing, when it actually may be about different situations we went through. “All About You,” is about when we first started we were thinking we were rock stars dating actresses, partying, hanging out in Hollywood, burning through enough money to be stupid, Looking back, it’s what were we thinking, dating actresses who then were of course lying to ten other guys and it was like, ‘you’re dating her, too?’

Reviewer Nadia Guardado of Hollywood Music Magazine called A Rhyme & Reason, “One of the most enjoyable and simple yet complex albums I’ve heard in a long time. Original from the first chord, to the last.”

Crafting music in the studio is an essential part of the AAW equation. A Rhyme & Reason was recording at KoЯn Studios Hollywood, a location that the band found inspiring and unique.

“Recording at Korn Studios was a very cool experience.  We are all huge fans of Korn and creating our tones in this special space, seeing their seven string guitars and the bagpipes, was a real trip.”

But the real environment that AAW thrives on is delivering the goods live.

“We’re all veterans playing on the road and we want people to get their money’s worth,” Allen says.

The group has played various-size venues, ranging from over-heated packed clubs to larger audiences, each time emerging triumphantly, including L.A. shows at famous landmark venues such as The Viper RoomThe Roxy and House of Blues.”

“We’ve played some theater gigs – I really love playing old theaters – and also some outdoor kind of stuff and small clubs, too.” Allen says.  “But with this band, the way we’re trying to go with the sound, the bigger the venue, the better.”

AAW records for Subsonic Industries, an independent label created by Allen and the band’s manager, music industry veteran Sam Kaiser.  Future plans include signing other artists and recently, AAW and Subsonic Industries enjoyed two of the top charting Active Rock independent label singles in Mediabase rankings, an impressive achievement for a relatively new record company.

And then there’s the ever growing “AAW Army” of loyal fans registering all over the county and around the world, linked through the band’s website along with their myspace and Facebook pages as well. December will see an exciting giveaway of an ESP guitar and a Baby Taylor acoustic guitar to one lucky AAW fan. Details on the drawing can be found on the official Against All Will website.

Buy the album right here now:

A Rhyme & Reason – Against All Will

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Oct
13

KARIN WRIGHT

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Interview with Karin Wright

Ch.L.: Country Music has many new fans in Europe, who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who have never seen or heard you before.

Karin Wright: I describe what I do as Country music with a scent of Rock’n’Roll. We play slow ballads as well as uptempo rock. I like to combine country and rock cause that’s the two genres I love the most. You could probably say it leans towards Outlaw Country.

Ch.L.: How was the last year for you? What were the highlights?

Karin Wright: The highlights for me last year was the release of my second album „Hunting A Dream“ It’ had been years in the making and finally I managed to release it on my own label Indian Songs. I also got lot’s of airplay through HotDisc ( UK ) and some very good reviews as well.

Ch.L.: What’s your latest CD and how’s it doing?

Karin Wright:My latest cd is „Hunting A Dream ( august 2009 ) It has gotten a lot of airplay in Europe and Australia. And great feedback from Dj’s and magazines!

Ch.L.: How did you choose the title for the CD, is there a story behind it?

Karin Wright:I chose the title track „Hunting A Dream“ because of it’s lyrics. It’s about working for your goals and how hard this can be, and not giving in. Some say chasing I say hunting. It’s a lot of metaphor’s in my lyrics.

Ch.L.: Do you write the songs yourself and if not, how do you go about finding the songs for the your CD?

Karin Wright:I collaborate with some of Norway’s finest melody makers. I write all the lyrics and we work out the songs together. There’s a song on the album called „No Mercy“ and it’s written by me and Andreas Johannesson from the fine swedish band Little Green

Ch.L.: Please tell us about the songs on your album.

Karin Wright: All the songs have a story to tell. I like to have something to say. So we keep them in focus when we work out the songs. This is very important to me. Music is all about exspression,sharing and communication.

Ch.L.: What’s the difference between your last CD and the current one?

Karin Wright:“Hunting A Dream is more rough around the edges than my first album „Full House“ was. It’s raw and full of emotion. I was much more daring this time.

Ch.L.: Your current single is being played by radio. What do you thing is specail about this song that makes people what to hear it?

Karin Wright:“I’m With You“ is a simple song. Lovely pedal steel and harmonies.

Ch.L.: What will your next single be?

Karin Wright: „Lonesome Prison. A song who is very much influenced by „Folsom Prison“ with Johnny Cash

Ch.L.: What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Karin Wright: When the songs are in the making and you feel that a good song is coming along, that’s real joy and that’s what I do like the most. So I must say our own.

Ch.L.: What’s your favorite song among all the songs you’ve recorded and what’s the story behind it?

Karin Wright:I guess I would have to say „Lonesome Prison“ I was in a shopping mall when heard Johnny Cash through the speakers. I had a couple of hours on the bus in front of me. When on board I wrote the lyrics inspired by „Folsom Prison“.

Ch.L.: How much creative control do you have over your music?

Karin Wright: Very much. I’m on my own label and actually nobody can tell me what to do…. That’s the pro’s of releasing your own music. The con’s is that it all depends on me all the time. And that ain’t always easy!

Ch.L.: Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

Karin Wright: Some people say I have shown them that there is a way to acheive your goals. Even if you are not that young anymore. That you can get a second wind later in your life. You don’t have to be in your twenties to fullfill your dreams.

Ch.L.: Who do you look up musiccally and how deep do your musical roots run?

Karin Wright: I have to say there is a rocker on my top five. Patti Smith is the number one artist that has inspired me the most. Her lyrics and her precence in the songs. You never doubt her sincerity nor emotionally. She dares to be vulnerable and to let her audience inside. Dwight Yoakam has a sound that I’m striving for. My dream is to have him producing my songs! He also have an absolutely amazing voice. You can tell from the first word song that it’s him. Mary Gauthier, Lucinda Williams and Johnny Cash is also some infuences that touches me the most.

Ch.L.: What do you think about today’s Country Music versus its roots and where do you see it going in the future?

Karin Wright: I must say that I’m not very fond of it. There’s a lot of music that they call country today but it’s almost plain pop…..There’s not many left of the old school. We have Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, George Jones and Billy Joe Shaver left. But soon there will be no one who you can call real country artists. And it would be great if some of the young artist could carry on their legacy.

Ch.L.: In your opinion, what is the biggest difference between „traditional“ and „new“ country music?

Karin Wright: „New country music what is that? What they call country music today is mostly mass-produced slick pop songs. It’s all about looking perfect and to be a part of a package. Swell looking woman and men in tight shirts and cowboy hats. Country music to me has always been about the honest approach. The one that’s talkin’ directly to your heart. Today’s country music is wrapped up like a beautiful gift and then there’s nothing inside.

Ch.L.: If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Karin Wright: My dream is to see more people in the industry who is in it for the sake of the music. Not only to make money. They miss out on great musical talents because they think in short terms and easy money. In the long run there’s no such thing as easy money in the music business. If you don’t take the time to find the real thing your succsess is bound to be short lived. And then you have to come up with new artists all the time and that’s what you can call an industry or factory if you like…

Ch.L.: As an artist you have to do so many different things such as recording, touring, doing interviews etc. What do you like best, what’s your favorite activity?

Karin Wright: I must say playing live is what I treasure the most. To connect with people and sharing the moment. Also the making of the songs. When you come up with something that you know is a good song, that’s happiness!

Ch.L.: Are you doing anything to take country music beyond it’s current borders or are you happy where it is?

Karin Wright:I do go beyond those borders. I’m not doing it all traditional. I have some songs that I push a little further, some like it and some don’t. I love old time country music and I love rock’n’roll. I try to combine these two genres with respect. And I can do low key as well as higher pitches and I think that is kind of unusual too. Dwight Yoakam is a prefect example of one who’s stepping out of country music’s current borders. Him and Shooter Jennings.

Ch.L.: What inspired you to become an artist?

Karin Wright: It was the urge to sing and to express my feelings through music. I think music is the best way to reach out and to be reached. Music is healing whether you perform or not. To me it is a necessity, it’s how I survive.

Ch.L.: What drives you?

Karin Wright: If I only knew! I have chosen a road which is full of obstacles and it’s very hard to keep up with the music business. Someone said: Music was never fair, that’s very true. But I just can’t let go I have to sing and perform. For me it’s the only way to live.

Ch.L.: What’s unique about you that differentiates you from other artists?

Karin Wright: I think that I have found my own sound. I try not to copy other artists. I get influenced by others but I’m very aware of not copying. It takes time to find the right way to express yourself musically and lyrically. I can have a raw expression but I’m also very soft. I combine these two and I think kinda works.

Ch.L.: When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Karin Wright:I go horseback riding or get on my bicycle and I’m off in to the woods.

Ch.L.: Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

Karin Wright:I wish that I had believed in myself in my younger days. I missed out on a lot because of that. But it’s never too late and I doing my best to achieve my goals.

Ch.L.: What Prive hopes and desires do you have?

Karin Wright: I’ll be happy as long as I can sing and be able to perform. It’s a blessing to able to do the things you love.

Ch.L.: What has been the biggest disappointment in your life?

Karin Wright: There’s been a few…. But I think that my biggest regret is that I didn’t try hard enough or couldn’t make a music career in my twenties.

Ch.L.: What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

Karin Wright: They will see a full grown lady with lot’s of integrity and power. I’m very honest in my approach and for me it is very important to reach out and communicate with the audience. And we will be rocking!

Ch.L.: Many music fans today get their information about artists via the internet. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Karin Wright:Yes I have a website. www.karinwright.com. News, gigs and updates.

Ch.L.: What’s the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

Karin Wright: I’ve been driving around the Boston area listening to your CD. ( Big time Country ) for over a year and loving it!!!! Your’e among the best. And an email from a guy saying I’m your biggest fan in New Orleans…..;)

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )

www.MySpace.com/ChristianLamitschka

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Oct
07

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Oct
06

THE FABULOUS MISS WENDY! OCTOBER NEWS

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THE FABULOUS MISS WENDY!  OCTOBER NEWS

Hello Fabulous People,

I just finished my first national tour!!! Played almost 100 shows since March 15th all over the the USA. Lot’s to catch up on!!!  If you want more just sign up to my Facebook or MySpace below…

I wanted to let you know that I’m going to be doing my first headline tour this November! As soon as the shows are confirmed I’ll send them to you to see if I’m coming back to your town.

I’m currently recording my new album in Detroit with Vinnie from Sponge on drums(yes, he’s fronting Sponge, but he’s a bad ass drummer too!) and Tim Patalan(produced those big Sponge hits&plays bass for Sponge and on the album we are making together). Tim also produced the latest Taproot record!Those guys are co-producing along with Tom Zutaut(who worked in the studio with lots of great rock and roll bands). I’m having the time of my life makin’ this fuckin’ record and I can’t wait to play it for you when it’s done. It’ll be more like the live show you witnessed than the cd I sold you after the show or tried to sell you! I’m glad that so many of you have found me on the internet and told me how much you enjoyed my concert, the cd you bought or downloaded from Itunes, or the moment we spent hanging out after the show.

At the bottom of this e-mail I’m gonna post all the links where you can buy my music and all my official social networking places on the net so if you haven’t signed up you can pick the ones you use the most. But first I want to share a  couple of links to some recent awesome events.

Hot Topic recently used my Acoustic and thus very Mellow song “I like Boys” in a new campaign they are running for their new clothing design. They are also re-modeling some of their stores and have asked me to perform at their first newly designed store in Santa Monica California. You may have heard the song in a movie or TV show but not known it’s the same girl who rocked your ass off live as it has been used in many different programs.Hot Topic video link:
http://www.youtube.com/htvideos#p/u/2/2pQzsGxDvCQ

I recently performed at a red carpet event in Hollywood for Girls&Corpses Magazine where they premiered an animated video of my song  “Crazy Fucked Up Bitch”. I perform with a bunch of skeletons! It’s not exactly Saturday morning kids entertainment but It’s really cool so here’s a link for you to see it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrWG7CWo63Y&feature=player_embedded

RocknRoll,

The Fabulous Miss Wendy

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Oct
06

DOWNTOWN MYSTIC

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ROBERT ALLEN–DOWNTOWN MYSTIC


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

Robert Allen and the band is DownTown Mystic

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

DownTown Mystic is made up of players from New York, New Jersey, England, Alabama and Tennessee on Guitar, Bass & Drums

Afresh: How did the band get the name?

I had recorded a half dozen songs and began to look for a name to call the project. I knew I wanted something that could work as a Band name but I also wanted something that would have some personal meaning for me. I was driving up to Providence, RI and saw a sign that said “Next stop-Downtown Mystic” and immediately knew that was the name. It was perfect—“DownTown” has a rock feel to it and “Mystic” refers to myself since I’m also a Numerologist.

Afresh: What instrument do you play now?

Guitar & Piano

Afresh: Who does your act consist of?

There’s Lance Doss on Guitar, Paul Page on Bass and Steve Holley on Drums

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

High energy Roots/Rock’n’Roll

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

Vintage yet Modern

Afresh: Give me some details about the group?

For the last 2 cds I’ve worked with Steve Holley on drums and Paul Page on bass. Steve was the last drummer in Paul McCartney’s Wings and he’s played with just about everyone you ever heard of. I call Paul Page the “Urban Legend” because he’s been on the NY scene forever and played with everyone there. Lance Doss has played and toured with John Cale. So you can see that these are all professionals and have been doing this for awhile.

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

The songs are mostly about stories regarding people, places and things like relationships.

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

At least 30 years now…what year is it?

Afresh:  If you had to categorize your music, what genre would it best fit?

(Name up to three)

Americana/Roots/Rock’n’Roll

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

That’s a very interesting question. There was a time when I called myself a musician. I would now call myself a “Recording Artist”. It’s something I aspired to and it took many years to attain. I should add that anyone signing a recording contract is called a “recording artist” but signing a piece of paper doesn’t make it so. I think of Steve, Paul and Lance as musicians because that’s what they do and who they are. But I would also consider each of them artists because of the great artistry they have for their individual instruments. Not all musicians are artists. The difference is in their creativity.

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

Here and there…contacts from friends, etc…we’ve been together for about 4 years now.

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

To tour and do more recording.

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

My waistline.

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

By keeping the faith and hanging in there…a band can be a great support group.

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

Of course. The economy has been tough so you have to find other outlets for your music like Film & TV Music Supervisors.

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

Anyone & everyone…particularly fans of Americana/Rock’n’Roll. Go to http://www.numberonemusic.com/downtownmystic/ to sign up for our newsletter.

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?

If you’re looking for Fortune & Fame, take the fortune…;-)

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

They think what I do is special and I’m lucky to have their support.

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

I think they should definitely support live music. It’s better than a jukebox or DJ. How to get them out to shows is another matter. I think the clubs need to shoulder more responsibility instead of expecting bands to sell tickets for them.

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

Not really. Although, my mother did take up playing the organ in her 80s. She’s always sung in choirs and such.

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

Rock’n’Roll is my fave and that’s what we play. You can call it Americana because it takes in a bunch of genres but it’s American Rock’n’Roll.

Afresh: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?

Numerology and I make a great cup of coffee

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

I think for me it’s always been about the music and obviously performing the music is part of that.

Afresh: How do you rate your live performance ability?  Do you feel better performing live or in the studio?

I prefer the studio because I consider myself a “Recording Artist”. When I was younger it was more about performing live.

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

I can’t say that anyone in particular influences me now but like everyone, there were a whole host of bands & artists who influenced my writing and playing. The Beatles, Stones, Buffalo Springfield are probably the main ones for me. From The Springfield came Poco, Stephen Stills & Neil Young. They had a big influence on my playing and writing.

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

I write the songs the whole world sings…;-)  I tend to write songs that tell a story…a very literal story, like I’m watching a movie and describing what I’m seeing…only the listener doesn’t know what I’m seeing and only hears my description.

Afresh:  What image do you think your music conveys and why did you choose this type of image for your music?

Image? Hmmm…since most of the songs tell a story, I would like to think that the songs make the listener form their own images. As DownTown Mystic, I want to convey that there is magic in the music.

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?

Spoken like a true masochist! LOL  Probably “Modern Ways”.

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?

I wouldn’t change a thing…how’s that for diplomacy? 😉

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

Top of The Pops!

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?

No…who would want to stalk us? We’re more likely to stalk our fans…“please buy our cd!!” LOL

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?

It hasn’t happened yet…but we keep the door open. 😉

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

None really…we’re professionals! LOL

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

Nothing has ever been thrown on the stage…I guess we’re boring.

Afresh: What is your wildest story with the group?

I told you we’re boring…nothing to tell here…;-)

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

Again…we’re professionals so nothing bothers us…unless we miss a meal…then there’s trouble!

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

Hopefully we’ll tour in Europe next year.

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)

Sir Paul, John Lennon and Tom Petty

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

Port Charlotte, Florida.

Afresh:  How do you feel about file swapping?

It’s a double edged sword, isn’t it?  As an artist, you want people to be talking about you and turning their friends onto your music…BUT…you also want people to buy your music so you can continue to make music, otherwise, what’s the point?

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

No not yet.

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

He could have been bigger than The Beatles…LOL

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?

That’s too heavy a question to answer. My first thought is “One More Chance” off of the “Rock’n’Roll 4 The Soul” cd. I chose that song because it’s a very positive statement. Always take a chance, otherwise you’re not really living.

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

I’ve already accomplished many of the special things, so from here on it’s all gravy.

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.

I’m getting more relaxed with my performance.

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

I sing “One More Chance”. 😉

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

I don’t really know…guess I was just born with it.

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

I believe that success is all about how you define it…which means you should define it by all the positive things that happen and not by just having to reach some big goal. This way you’re constantly succeeding, as opposed to thinking that nothing is good enough until that big goal is reached…which it might never happen.

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

Rock’n’Roll spoken here!

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

Sha-La Music is my own indie label.

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?

We have 3 cds out and you can hear them all here: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/DownTownMystic

Or here at DownTown Mystic Radio: http://www.radiolicious.fm/artist/DownTown%20Mystic/38236

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

Additional info??  What don’t you know by now? 😉

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?

No, we’ve had a few interviews recently…but this is certainly the longest of them…;-) and yes to the second part of your question.

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?

http://www.sonicbids.com/downtownmystic

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

http://video.yahoo.com/watch/8296492/22122705

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

www.myspace..com/downtownmystic

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/standing-still/id372167023

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/DownTownMystic1

http://airplaydirect.com/music/DownTownMystic/

Afresh:  Can you 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?

Most definitely!

Just for fun…..fill in the blanks!

Without music, I would be a lost.

Music is Life.

My music makes me feel alive.

I write the songs because it’s who I am.

Support music because without it the world sucks.

Afresh:  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 keep us informed on your updates!

Thanks for doing an exclusive interview for Afresh Annie of Afresh Entertainment Magazine.  Thanks for your support, and we hope you will tell everyone to read this article.

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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