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Marla Sokoloff

Marla Sokoloff
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Interview With Marla Sokoloff By Chris

Marla Sokoloff is most known for her day job.
But she is a excellent singer songwriter too.
She will go far with her music and nice of her to do the
interview too.
So here is our interview with Marla Sokoloff

Marla
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1. Why did you decide to become a
singer/songwriter?

When I was little I was always singing! No matter where I
was I was annoying my family by singing loudly. I decided
It wouldn’t be a bad idea to make it a career.

2. Who were your idols growing up?

Joni Mitchell, Carol King, Stevie Nicks

3. What it like playing music compared to your day
job?

Completely different. Music gives me a chance to say my
words instead of someone else’s. I get a chance to tell my
story.

4. What it like being solo compared to being in a
band?

Scary! I have always played in bands so going out on my own
has been challenging. It has forced me to make decisions by
myself instead of taking a vote between others….and if it
sucks it my fault and my fault only!!!

5. What is it like playing live?

So much damn fun. It’s almost an outer body experience
cause I sometimes get off stage and can’t remember anything
that happened. THere is truly nothing like it.

6. Has the internet helped with your music?

Not yet. I think that is mainly my fault becuase I haven’t
been using it’s resources like i should. I just got a
myspace account today!! Im not really sure how peole
stumble across my music or my site. It always surprises
me:)

7. Have you had much responce from your music in
general?

People seem to know it’s out there, but I don’t think they
know very much. I avoid talking about it cause people can
be such haters when it comes to actors that want to play
music.

8. Have you had much responce from labels?

yes. I have played tons of showcases for labels. I made a
decision a few months ago to chill on that becuase they all
want an instant hit. My music isn’t Hillary Duff and that
is what they want.

9. If you could work with any one who would it
be?

That list is sooo long! But if I had to choose….Jon
Brion. He’s such a talent. I love what he did with Fiona
Apple and Aimee Mann.

10. What is like writing your own music?

like therapy.

11. What are your thoughts on realty tv talent shows eg
american idol?

i wanted to hate it….but then I found myself wanting to
vote. It’s sick but very entertaining.

12. Who has helped you out the most?

Probably my producers. They stuck by me when I got dropped
by maverick and still believed in me. I was ready to quit
but they made me keep going.

13. If you could be on The Simpsons or Spongebob
Squarepants where would you be?

The Simpsons of course!

14. What is on your stereo at the moment?

new Coldplay

15. What are some of your favourite musicial
artists/bands?

Coldplay, keane, elliot smith, aimee mann, fiona apple,
silverchair, deadsy

16. What movies you have seen lately you have really
enjoyed?

I just saw Finding Neverland and LOVED it.

17. What are your favourite movies?

dreamlife of angels, less than zero, heavenly
creatures

18. Realty TV? Good Or Bad?

it’s hit or miss. I stayed away from it for so long but
then it sucked me in somehow!!

Thanks for your time any last words

thank you for interviewing me and helping me get my music
out there:)

< Marla

Thanks to Marla Sokoloff for doing the
interview. She rocks and so does her music


Brooke D’Orsay

Brooke D'Orsay
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Interview With Brooke D’Orsay By Chris

Brooke D’Orsay is a great talented actress from
Canadian.
She has been in such kick ass movies like Harold &
Kumar Goes To White Castle.
She will go far with her acting and nice of her to do the
interview too.
So here is our interview with Brooke D’Orsay

Brooke
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1. What made you want to be an actress?

You know, I wish I could say I had that moment in life
which so many actors talk about…the moment where
they went to see a play and were so moved by the whole
experience. But I don’t. I was in my first year of college
and extremely confused about what to do with my life. I had
a conversation with my dad and I’ll never forget what he
told me, he said, “do what you’d do if everyday was
Saturday”. I replied with some typical teenage angst
comment to the likes of “well, if everyday was Saturday I’d
be an actress but I can’t because I’m TOO OLD!” Thank God
he laughed at me and told me to go for it because it’s the
most amazing job in the world.

2. Who were your idols growing up?

Growing up I thought Madonna hung the moon. To me she
represented strength – in every sense of the word. I also
thought being friends with Adam Sandler would rule. In
fact, I still do. :o)

3. Would you go overseas for a role in a film?

Are you kidding? Of course I’d go overseas to do a film!
Traveling the world is one of coolest parts of the
job.

4. What was it like working on Harold & Kumar Goes
To White Castle?

Working on Harold and Kumar was amazing! Everyone involved
had such a good sense of humor so you’d literally go to
work and laugh all day! John Cho and Kal Penn are two of
the nicest guys I’ve ever met.

5. If you could work with any body who would it
be?

If I could work with anybody, it’d be Tom Cruise. Not
because he’s “Tom Cruise The Movie Star” but because of
whom he is as a person. I know so many people who have
worked with him and everyone raves about his character. I
think he’s one of the few people in the world who allows
himself to shine and be truly happy. On top of that, he’s
gracious to everyone around him and always remains thankful
for his blessings. I think that’s extremely
important.

6. What have been some of your favorite roles to
play?

I love playing roles where the character is a little
offbeat. There’s more room to move as an actor when the
character isn’t completely “normal”. My favorite role was
in a MTV movie called Everybody’s Doing It, where I played
an overzealous, apple-polishing, high school virgin who
would do ANYTHING to get ahead. She was the kind of person
that rubbed everyone the wrong way but didn’t seem to
care…or notice. I also love playing the Legally
Blonde-esque character in my cartoon series, 6TEEN.

7. What are some of your favourite movies?

My favorite movies span a wide range. I like White Oleander
as much as I like Dumb and Dumber and Schindler’s List as
much as I like Dirty Dancing. I don’t care what anyone
says, Patrick Swayze is a God. :o)

8. What movies you have seen lately you have really
enjoyed?

I recently saw In Good Company at a dinner theatre
restaurant in Los Angles and loved everything about it –
the acting, the writing, the directing – it was really well
done.

9. Who have you enjoyed working with?

I’ve been really fortunate and have always ended up working
with people I like. Nicole Parker, Jay Mohr, John Cho, Kal
Penn, Leila Arcieri, Bret Harrison, Katy Mixon, Charlotte
Sullivan, Steve Braun, Eugene Lipinski…the list goes
on. Just about every job I’ve ever had, I end up walking
away with at least one really close friend.

10. What kinda role would you most like to
play?

If I could play anything, I’d want to play a Rock Star! I’m
the worst singer on the face of the earth so it’s the
closest I’ll ever get to being a rock star. It would be a
huge bummer to die without knowing what it would be like,
don’t you think?

11. What are your thoughts on studio remaking
movies?

I’ve never had much of an opinion on studio remaking
movies. Many people say that a re-make never measures up to
the original (which is often true) but on the other hand,
there are so many movies that would never otherwise be seen
by the new generation if they weren’t remade. Sometimes the
re-make brings newfound awareness to the original so for
that reason, I think they have their place.

12. What are your favourite genre of movies?

I’m a real sucker for romantic comedies. I love watching
the whole “happily ever after” thing…The Wedding
Singer gets me every time!

13. Who have you enjoyed working with the
most?

Katie Mixon!!! Hands down. We played sisters on a WB pilot
called Then Comes Marriage and she instantly felt like
family. She’s one of my favorite people in the world.

14. What were some of your favourite tv shows growing
up?

Oh my God, I liked them all! I had a very serious
television-watching schedule when I was growing up. I was
into The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Growing Pains, Who’s the
Boss, The Wonder Years and practically any other show that
had a mom, a dad, and some funny kids.

15. What your view on realty tv? Good Or Bad?

As an actor, I should be against reality TV but I have to
admit that I enjoy American Idol and a good rose ceremony
much as the next guy. It’s absolutely brainless and totally
detrimental to the mental health of our society but holy
cow, sometimes I just have to know who won.

16. What have you got lined up next?

My next project is something that I’m really excited about.
I’m in the process of creating a T.V show with feature film
writer, Greg Coolidge.

17. What’s in your stereo at the moment?

I actually don’t have anything in my stereo at the moment
because I switched over to a system that wirelessly sends
music from my itunes to my stereo (it’s THE BEST, you
seriously have to try it) however, if I opened my itunes
and pressed “play”, I think Zero 7 would come on.

18. What are some of your favourite music
artists/bands?

This is going to make me sound ridiculous but my favorite
band is Van Halen. My dad is a huge rocker and raised me
Van Halen so hearing it always reminds me of home. So does
Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

19. What do you enjoy doing when not acting?

When I’m not acting, I’m out doing anything and
everything…I take classes, dance, hike, cook, write,
read, make crafts, go on weekend trips…anything to
break it up a bit.

20. What is the Canadian acting scene like?

. I live in Los Angeles now so I haven’t been in the
Canadian acting scene for a while but I’d say the main
difference is the intensity. The Canadian scene is much
smaller, therefore more subdued and less competitive. The
humor in Canada is also a little different…I can’t
quite put my finger on it but it definitely has it’s own
style. We probably have the hosers, Bob and Doug McKenzie,
to thank for that. :o)

Thanks to Brooke for doing the interview. She
rocks


TwentyEightN

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Interview With Nate from 28n By Chris

TwentyEightN are a great rock band.
Their music is great modern rock music which rocks.
Their music is good as and so is the ep.
These guys are going places.

28n Website

1. How did Twenty Eight N form?

All three of us went to high school together in a small
town in upstate New York. We played in our high school band
together and in Christmas of 1996 Nate and Kris traded in
their trumpet and trombone for a guitar and bass and headed
over to Lowell’s basement.

2. Who were your idols growing up?

Magic Johnson, Darryl Strawberry, Jason Priestly. Or do you
mean musical idols? In that case, Live, Better Than Ezra,
Pearl Jam, and other 90’s rock outfits.

3. Who were your influnces?

Live was probably our biggest influences from the very
start. We all dug the Smashing Pumpkins…they were our
first rock concert. We probably have more influences now
than ever. Bands such as Live, Better Than Ezra,
Audioslave, Coldplay, and Our Lady Peace are all bands that
we really admire and enjoy.

4. What has the responce been to new ep?

The response has been amazing! I think people enjoy hearing
how we’ve changed and matured over the years. Working with
producer Brent Bodrug helped us focus our songwriting and
gave us more of a rock edge than we had previously.

5. How has Alternative Addiction helped?

Chad Durkee and all the people over at Alternative
Addiction have been so supportive. The first time we were
featured on the site with a song called “The Dive” our
website traffic doubled. It’s a great site for unsigned
bands and fans of music alike. We check it out
everyday!

6. Has the Internet helped with your music?

Absolutely amazing! It is THE best tool an unsigned band
has. We can only wonder what it would be like as an
independent artist without the world wide web.

7. What are your thoughts to filesharing and the mp3
format?

We think iTunes is a great solution to the problem. It
increases the buying power and selectiveness of the buyer,
while at the same time compensating those who created the
music.

8. Have you had much responce from labels?

We have been in touch with several labels in the United
States.

9. If you could work with any one who would it
be?

Rick Rubin, Jerry Harrison, Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno,
etc.

10. How did the recording process for the ep
go?

We recorded at Brent Bodrug home studio (Sly-Fi Studios) in
Toronto, ON, CA. The record took about a month to
track.

11. What is it like being a indepedent artist in
america?

It’s tough. There are alot of hoops that you have to jump
through. Trying to make it as an independent artist is a
catch 22. Labels won’t sign you unless you are popular and
clubs won’t book you unless you have label backing and can
promise to pack their club the first time you travel
through a city. Getting signed is equal parts hard work and
luck.

12. What are your thoughts on realty tv talent shows eg
american idol?

We are sick of reality TV…but we do have a soft spot in
our hearts for American Idol, although we don’t all agree
on who should have been this year’s American Idol. (Lowell
votes Carrie Underwood, Nate votes Bo Bice, Kris
abstains)

13. If you could have a dream gig line up who would they
be?

Live, Audioslave, Coldplay, U2, and of course
28North.

14. Have you had much support from radio?

We have had a good deal of support from radio stations in
upstate New York, where we are from.

15. If you could be on The Simpsons or Spongebob
Squarepants where would you be?

Spongebob who? Definitely The Simpsons!

16. What is on your stereo at the moment?

Better Than Ezra – Before The Robots, Coldplay – X & Y,
Audioslave – Out of Exile

17. What are some of your favourite musicial
artists/bands?

Live, Coldplay, U2, Better Than Ezra, Audioslave, Keane,
Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin

18. What movies you have seen lately you have really
enjoyed?

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Garden
State, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Notebook,
Napolean Dynomite, Big Fish

19 What are your favourite movies?

Braveheart, Gladiator, Garden State, Eternal Sunshine of
the Spotless Mind, Titanic

20. Realty TV? Good Or Bad?

BAD

21. Beer Of Choice?

Magic Hat #9 (Draft of course)
Guinness
Amstel Light
Bottled Budweiser (we’re cowboys!)

Thanks for your time any last words

You are stronger than you know, I’m stronger than you know,
We’re stronger than we know (This Beautiful Light – new 28N
song)

Thanks for your interest in us. We hope you enjoy the
disc!

Cheers, the guys


The So And So’s

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Interview With Megan Toohey from The So And So’s By
Chris

The So And So’s are a great alternative rock band.
But sadly split up but Megan & Rodrigo are still
keeping the name going strong
Their album is one piece of good alternative rock
heaven
The So And So’s
Website

1. How has the response been to the last
album?

everyone that has the record really seems to love it.
because we didn’t have the help of an agent or a label, we
never had a chance to push it in many places outside of the
new england area. we did win an “local album of the year”
at the boston music awards, but it still seemed to fall
under the radar for some reason or another.

2. How did you go about making the album?

it was done on a super low budget, mainly working with
friends of ours that had access to various recording
studios. we had three engineers- each had a few songs to
work with. it was interesting piecing it all together
trying to make a cohesive sounding album. some of the tunes
we recorded in top notch places, others in a studio that
had it’s bathroom as the “vocal booth”. victor van vugt
came to know us though my old manager who handed him a disc
at a bar. he just really liked my songs and was incredibly
generous with his time. brian brown is a talented local
engineer, who i had known though the music scene. jay
hooked us up with jon d’uva, a friend from NYC that is an
up and coming producer/engineer. on top of these wonderful
guys, mark einstmenn did a hell of a job mastering. he made
it all work.

3. Have you had much response from labels?

ha. we were wined and dined a few times, but we never got
past the free meal at the end of the day.

4. Has it been different since the last album?

well, considering the band broke up recently, yes. it was a
rough road at times, putting in a ton of work and feeling
like you are totally broke and spinning your wheels. we got
pretty burnt out, especially since we had been courted by
several labels and nothing came of it. we also we’re
supposed to tour with patti smith, but we were taken for a
ride by a french promoter and lost a chunk of money. there
was a lot heavy stress and creative differences, plenty of
banter for your next rock and roll documentary. the band
was very special though. i listen to recordings of us live
that were made at the end and really miss the music we were
making. rodrigo (bass) and i continue to play together and
write. i’m heading to los angeles to continue making music
and writing, and i’m sure even though we’ll be on different
coasts we will always be coming up with new ideas.

5. Is it hard to be an indepedent artist in
america?

i think so. it’s hard because you have to work a full time
job to be able to eat and sleep. then you have to also run
your own business essentially. between booking shows,
running your websites, entering contests, playing gigs,
keeping books, rehearsals, printing flyers, promoting
shows, etc… there is always so much to do, and so little
money and time to do it with. i think a lot of the people
that are successful here either work and tour constantly
and are content to live in there car most of the year, or
they are independently wealthy.

6. Who would you most like to record a song
with?

i would love to work with dave friedman or daniel
lanois…mitchell froom, bjork!!! there are so many people
i admire. i would love to work with victor again in a
proper studio.

7. Who has helped you out the most?

i think we were a really self-reliant band. everyone had
roles, and for the most part we handled them skillfully. i
just think that it’s a rough business, and for a band that
doesn’t really fit into a specific genre or is outwardly
kitschy it’s tricky to get someone to take a chance on you.
granted, all of the guys that worked on give me drama
played a big role in giving the band structure and a
direction to aim in.

8. What has been your favorite gig you have
played?

it’s strange to say, but sometimes the shit gigs are the
most fun. the ones were you are in a strange town at a
crappy bar surrounded with locals that are just so excited
that you’ve come to the middle of no where to play for
them. they have no idea who you are, but by the end of the
night, you know you’ve made a fan for life. personally i
had a blast touring with the saw doctors (solo). they are
the greatest group of guys and they have the best
fans.

9. How did you get into music in the first
place?

i come from a fairly musical family and took up piano and
violin at an early age. but it was really when i started
playing guitar at 10 years old that i knew what i wanted to
do for a living.

10. What’s your view on filesharing and the MP3
format?

i’m all for it. i wish there was some way to make some
money (esp for indie artists, but there is such a trade of
for getting your music out there. i like to think that it
gets back to the creator somehow.

11. Do you think the Internet has helped you in getting
your music out there?

sure. we get hits from around the world on our website. i
have no idea how that works, but i’m delighted that it
happens. i think the new “myspace.com” craze is great for
getting heard. i don’t know if it’s big in europe as
well…

12. What is your view on realty tv and more importantly
the talent shows like Idol and so on?

i’m so bored with them. i know so many people that can sing
circles around every contestant, that write their own music
and are so inventive and are never heard. it kind of
cheapens the whole thing for me. but then again that’s
what’s hot. i think it’s a shame. but a guilty pleasure is
kelly clarkson’s new song. i have to roll up my car windows
when it’s on so no one will hear.

13. If you could play on The Simpsons where would it
be?

i would do anything on the simpsons. now THAT’s quality
entertainment.

14. Have you much interest from overseas
labels?

not as much as we had hoped for.

15. What are some of your favourite movies?

rodrigo is the big movie buff…i like documentaries, but i
usually miss everything i want to see at the theatre. i
rent a lot of TV series on DVD. six feet under is my
favorite.

16. What movies have you seen recently that you really
enjoyed?

this is not so recent, but eternal sunshine is too good

Paradigm

Paradigm
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Interview With Shannon Curtis from Paradigm By Chris

Paradigm are a great alternative rock band.
Their music is well written,solid honest good rock.
They are one great band.
This band will be around for a long time.

Paradigm
Website

1. How did the band form?

i heard that my friend steve wanted to start a band, so
after asking him if i could sing backup in his new band he
suggested we start writing some songs together. we made a
demo, with me singing and him playing all the guitar parts,
on a little 8 track digital recorder. we used that to lure
tony, our drummer, to a rehearsal with us even though he
had no interest in being in our band since he was already
in two other bands. (and where are those other bands
today?? dead. so tony’s thanking us now…..) after we
booked our first show, we needed another guitarist, so
keith agreed to do one show with us…… and never left.
and there you have the four core members that formed the
band called paradigm. we’ve had a revolving door of bass
players…. 4 different players on this record, even.

2. What were your influences growing up?

you’d get a much different answer from the rest of the band
if you asked them this question, and probably a much more
interesting answer that would include bands like led
zeppelin, U2, guitar players like stevie ray vaughn, etc.
however, since i lived quite a sheltered life in my
formative years, i have to (with a significant amount of
shame) admit to you that i listened to a lot of, well, amy
grant. you could add to that tiffany and debbie gibson, but
that doesn’t really do anything for my cool factor.
fortunately for me, i was introduced later on to bands that
i really really liked and have become influences in my
music: radiohead, U2, remy zero, sarah mclachlan as a
songwriter and female role model, and more recently
coldplay, muse.

3. What was the recording process for the new
album?

the process started in spring of 2004 when we started
looking for a producer for the record. that took a while.
then we found joe zook, who ended up producing one complete
song on the record (“Heaven”) and did additional production
on several others. we had our first session with him in
august of 2004. it went great, and we couldn’t wait to get
into the studio again as soon as possible……. but that
didn’t happen until december because of both our tour
schedule and the availability of our producer. we ended up
recording at 6 different studio locations, with 2 different
producers, and mixing at 3 different studios over a nine
month period of time. we did a bunch of overdubs at our own
studio in sacramento, where we also mixed the last couple
of songs that got added to the record. all that to say,
we’re really glad it’s finally done!

4. Was it different to the first album?

i think the biggest differences are that there are better
songs, better performances by the band, and definitely
better quality production. we recorded in some amazing
places with top of the line equipment and really talented
people who know what they’re doing……. and it all adds
up to make a big difference in what you hear in the final
product. also different about this album is that there was
a little more song writing involvement from other band
members besides me and steve. and the themes in this album
branch out a little beyond what the last album was all
about. we still have songs about life and relationships,
but there are also numbers that represent our reflections
on the world, politics, and getting involved in
things.

5. Has the internet help you get your music out
there?

yes, the internet has been helpful, although we have not
yet tapped that resource as much as we ought to. we plan
to. currently, we have a decent amount of activity on our
myspace.com site.

6. Have you had much responce from labels?

we are starting the label campaign next week actually. so,
stay tuned for exciting answers to that question. we had
some mild interest by some big labels after our last
record, but we just weren’t ready for it yet. this time
around, we are a much more seasoned band, with a great
record in our hands, touring experience under our belt, a
much-expanded fan base….. we’re ready this time around.
labels, come and get it!

7. Any chance of coming down under to play?

wouldn’t i love to! nothing scheduled. but when we do,
you’ll be the first to know, chris.

8. What is your view on file sharing and the mp3
format?

at the risk of sounding hypocritical, i want to say that
for a band like us that is trying to gain as much exposure
as possible right now, share away! however, i am actaully
living the life of the struggling musician and so i know
first hand how hard it is to make ends meet and still make
music and take it on the road. it’s really really hard. and
so i totally appreciate fans who refuse to burn and share
and will buy the album to support the band. we certainly
can use all the ‘support’ we can get (read ‘support’ as
$$$!)

9. Any one you would really like to tour with?

i would really like to tour with U2. or coldplay. i just
really like both of those bands and think that their
audience would dig us, too. plus, we’d be playing for
thousands of people, and how could that be bad?

10. Have you had much responce overseas?

not a lot, but we haven’t tried at all. we really have
focused our energy on places where we have felt it’s
realistic to expect we could tour in right now. so, that
means our energy has mostly been stateside.

11. What would we find on your stereo at the
moment?

right this second i am listening to one of those internet
radio stations that plays new music. i like to keep up with
what’s new when i can. there’s a lot of crap out there, i
have to say! but lately, i can’t seem to get enough of the
killers, been listening a lot to the new coldplay, and i’ve
recently discovered a jazz singer i like named madeleine
peyroux.

12. Realty TV? Good Or Bad?

i don’t own a tv. i decided a while back that it sucks all
the good energy from my brain and replaces it with
negativity, and so i’m much happier without it! i guess i’d
say the best thing is my own actual reality and not reality
tv.

13. What movies have you enjoyed recently?

i just saw ‘mr. and mrs. smith’ last night. it was really
fun. i laughed out loud multiple times. before that, i
can’t remember the last movie i saw in the theater. but i
have watched ‘napolean dynamite’ on dvd so many times over
the last 6 months that i have been able to commit most of
it to memory. (my bandmates LOVE the fact that i can quote
lines like, “i caught you a delicious bass” all day long in
the tour van!)

14. What are your favourite movies?

my favorite movies — i got really into the ‘lord of the
rings’ movies, ‘shakespeare in love,’ ‘dumb and dumber,’
‘say anything’ or pretty much anything with jon
cusack.

15. If Paradign were on The Simpsons or Spongebob
Squarepants where would you be?

i wish i could answer your question, but that ‘no tv thing’
is hurtin’ me right about now!

Last Words:

i hope you like the record. and i hope you tell all your
friends about it. and i hope it makes you want to do
something amazing for another person or for the world.
let’s get together when we come to australia. take care of
yourself.

Red Wanting Blue

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Interview With Red Wanting Blue By Chris

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Red Wanting Blue are a great solid rock band.
Their music is good old modern rock music which doesn’t
suck.
Their album is one solid piece of rock music.
These guys are going places.

Red Wanting
Blue
Website

1. How did the band form?

1. Red Wanting Blue was created by my guitar player (Epp)
and I (Scott) in the late fall of 1996 at Ohio University
(Athens, Oh), shortly after arriving at school. It was a
great place to begin, as a band, because the city is a
beautiful bubble unto itself. It has always had the quaint
and eclectic charm of an artists’ colony, and that seemed
to add much more allure to the University. Not to mention,
the landscape is visually intoxicating.

2. Who were your idols growing up?

2. This sort of question can be dificult to answer, only
because I am responding to it alone, and the other guys
haven’t seen these questions. So in an effort to respect
their idols and to be historically accurate, I can only
really answer for myself. Given this new disclaimer, I
really enjoyed classic rock. I was huge fan of Simon &
Garfunkel. early Elton John, Van Morrison, the Beatles,
etc. You know, all of the old records my parents played
when we were kids. I found myself engrossed in that until I
was a teen with the emergence of the grunge movement. And
even then, I found myself attaching to artists more the
likes of : Toad the Wet Sprocket, Counting Crows, Grant Lee
Buffalo, Sarah McLachlan, and Tori Amos.

3. Who were your influnces?

3. I apologize, again, but you must see to the disclaimer
above in question 2. My infuences, initially, I think I’ve
already listed under the “Idols” question, but I’m glad
I’ve got a chance to answer this again, because it’s a
question that, as an artist, I’ve never been able to really
answer well…and this is why. An influence, in it’s
definition, is: a catalyst that inspires one to create.
And, as an artist, I am inspired by everything. The guys in
my band, the news, film, music, travel, a good sunset, our
band van breaking down…everything. I don’t think
influences should be set in stone regarding music, because
mine change everyday, depending on the circumstances that
surround my life. And more importantly, how my mood reacts
to what I hear and see. This answer is not designed to
avoid your line of questioning ( I want that to be clear )
because I could list a bunch of artists who are either: A.
trendy, new wave shit (to show you I’m with it) . B.
Indie-underground shit (to sound like I’m overflowing with
culture, and even more with it). Or C. the not-so-cool crap
all over the radio and t.v. ( which is more honest than we
all would like to admit). But none of the above would be
completely accurate, or help in determining some sort of
analysis of our band.

4. What has the responce been to new album?

4. I think the response to our record has been fantastic.
Our fans, who all have their own different personal
favorites for sentimental reasons, have unanimously agreed
that they feel it’s our best record to date.

5. How has Alternative Addiction helped?

5. I give Alternative Addiction a big thumbs up. It has
really helped us get out all over the world. We have people
signing on to our Myspace site as our friends from all over
the planet, and when asked how they heard of us, a lot of
the responses have been from A.A.. We had no idea just how
far-reaching it would be, so we are very happy to say it’s
been a great help.

6. Has the internet helped with your music?

6. The internet has helped our band tremendously. The world
is a global village now, and you can see it in my answer in
question 5. The internet not only gives the modern world
all sorts of music at it’s fingertips, but the band’s
websites give the audience a world to see, and even
better…to feel a part of by means of message boards and
chat rooms. We feel very fortunate to be a part of the
music world right now.

7. What are your thoughts to filesharing and the mp3
format?

7. I am totally for filesharing and the MP3 format. I mean,
some money would be nice, but the power of people getting
to hear our music and passing it along to others far
outweighs the mighty dollar.

8. Have you had much responce from labels?

8. Yes, we’ve had some responses from labels.
Unfortunately, I’m not sure if that ‘s such a good thing
anymore. We’ve heard more horror stories than happy endings
from our freinds who have been signed. And ever since the
creatives hve been replaced by the bankers, the taste in
our mouths just isn’t as sweet as it used to be about the
illustrious record deal. But who knows, we’ll see what
develops.

9. If you could work with any one who would it
be?

9. Good question. I’ve always loved the production work of
Paul Kimble (of Grant Lee Buffalo) and Pierre Marchand (of
Sarah McLachlan). We’d like to have a video made by Mark
Borchard, a cinematic genius in our minds. I’m going to go
for broke here since your question asked if I could work
with ANYONE, I think it’d be sweet to record a song with
Ghandi on the ole mouth harp, and Jesus on a djembe or
bongos.

10. How did the recording process for the album
go?

10. The recording process was bizarre. We were under an
intense amount of stress because we threw out half of the
songs we originally planned to put on the album, and opted
to write new ones. And looking back, it was the best choice
we could have made. It made the whole process feel very
organic and honest. And since we were writing them as we
were recording them, it didn’t give us time to hug these
new songs to sleep at night, and figure out a way to fuck
them up. The studio (Low Watt studios) is located on a
horse farm on the outskirts of Raleigh, North Carolina…so
view from the backyard was a beautiful one, and that always
helps.

11. What is it like being a indepedent artist in
america?

11. Another good question. It has it’s pros and cons. It’s
a crazy country,you know, so it’s always an adventure,
whether were in L.A. or New York or anywhere in between. It
does suck however in the transportation department. Because
we aren’t signed, we have no tour support or bus driver. We
drive everywhere in our van and trailer, without the help
of roadies or a designated driver. Now, Nevada is
beautiful, but at 4 a.m. en route to Salt Lake City loaded
with caffeine pills to stay awake without the luxury of
being able to bathe…it’s not quite as fantastic as
everyone might think. But it still beats flipping
burgers.

12. What are your thoughts on realty tv talent shows eg
american idol?

12. Talent shows are for the birds, man. It’s like watching
an car accident or a house on fire. Science has not yet
been able to conclude why we as humans feel so compelled to
watch this type of shit, but when they do…I bet it’ll
make an interesting article. On a random note, science HAS
concluded that if you are in danger of someone or
something, you shouldn’t yell “help” but instead “fire”.
People aren’t nearly as interested in helping you from
being accosted as they are interested in staring at a fire
with a vacant expression on their face. So…now you
know.

13. If you could have a dream gig line up who would they
be?

13. I’ve already mentioned Ghandi and Jesus, so I’ve got to
come up with something else. Off the top of my head, have
Willie Nelson sit in with us and have the Brian Jonestown
Massacre open the bill.

14. Have you had much support from radio?

14. Hmm…the radio. Yes, and no. We’ve been fortunate to
have our music hit radio in certain markets, but we are
doing it without the help of a major label. So, Yes…but
not a national level, just yet.

15. If you could be on The Simpsons or Spongebob
Squarepants where would you be?

15. If we could be on the Simpsons or SpongeBob
Squarepants, WHERE would we be? In the Simpsons sitting at
Moe’s next to Barney. probably.

16. What is on your stereo at the moment?

16. We’ve been listening to the new White Stripes, Bloc
Party, Snow Patrol, The Dandy Warhol’s Welcome to the
Monkey House, and Wilco’s Yankee Hotel
Foxtrot…lately.

17. What are some of your favourite musicial
artists/bands?

17. Me, personally? I really get a kick out of the Postal
Service. I think that their “Give Up” record is brilliant.
I’m also very fond of Tom Waits.

18. What movies you have seen lately you have really
enjoyed?

18. The only thing I’ve seen lately that’s blown my hair
back is the documentary “DIG!” It’s outstanding.

19 What are your favourite movies?

19. Basquiat, The Graduate, and anything by Wes
Anderson.

20. Realty TV? Good Or Bad?

20. Reality T.V. I really don’t know. My mother says it’s
deliciously awful like potato chips.

21. Beer Of Choice?

21. Beer? Guiness and Yuengling.

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Envy

Envy
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Interview With Daniel Faherty from Envy By Chris

Envy are a great alternative rock band.
Their music is good and different from the usual
stuff.
Their album is a really good interested listen.
This band will be around for a long time.

Envy Website

1. Why how did the band form?

At college, we all kinda met thru mutual friends and a few
impromtu jam sessions, it just took off from there.

2. Who were your idols growing up?

Ozzy, Nolan Ryan, Mario Andretti

3. Who were your influnces?

David Gilmore, Stevie Ray, Aerosmith

4. What has the responce been to the album?

We’ve gotten a great response, people are really seeming to
like the album alot. its selling well, and everyone whos
gotten it has said only positive things about it.

5. What is it like playing live?

Its awesome playing the songs live – We can do 99% of the
stuff live, so its pretty much like you hear it.

6. Has the internet helped with your music?

Definatly, been selling CD’s online, making contacts,
booking shows, and telling our fans about our shows.

7. What are your thoughts to filesharing and the mp3
format?

I think its ok – not good or bad. If people like you, they
should still come out and see you play live. Ex – U2’s tour
right now is making record profits. Its not hurting the big
guys, and its helping many smaller bands become more known
and accesable. It also weeds out the 1 hit wonder bands
that shouldnt be selling their whole ablum for 1 three min.
single.

8. Have you had much responce from labels?

We are currently working with Universal and Geffen has said
good things about it.

9. If you could work with any one who would it
be?L

Kurt cobain- that guy was a hell of a song writer – not the
most technical of players, but had tons of heart and
emotion

10. How did the recording process for the new album
go?

Took a long time – Did it over about a year in my bedroom.
Mixed and engineered all the tracks myself, spent a great
deal of time “perfecting” tones and learning how to get
instruments to mesh.

11. So what’s it like being an indepedent artist in
america?

Seems like there is a lot to do, and never enuff time to do
it! all kinds of territory and people to play for, but
also, many bands to compete with.

12. What are your thoughts on realty tv talent shows eg
american idol?

They’re ok. I dont watch tv ever. maybe watched 1/2 hour in
the last month. Just too busy to spend time doing nothing.
I’ll pick up a guitar or a book before i pick up the
remote.

13. If you could have a dream gig line up who would they
be?

The doors. Being able to see those guys would be
magical.

14. Who has helped you out the most?

My parents. they have been the most supportive and helpful
people anyone could ask for. They are our biggest
fans.

15. If you could be on The Simpsons or Spongebob
Squarepants where would you be?

We’d play a gig at moe’s.

16. What is on your stereo at the moment?

Tiny music – STP

17. What are some of your favourite musicial
artists/bands?

Megadeth, Zeppelin, Heart, Joe walsh

18. What movies you have seen lately you have really
enjoyed?

National Treasure (i know, its a pg disney movie, but i was
drunk when i saw it, so it was fun)

19 What are your favourite movies?

Spinal tap, back to the future 1,2,3

20. Realty TV? Good Or Bad?

bad, crap. Poorly produced/written


Sophie Benjamin

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Interview With Sophie Benjamin By Chris

Sophie Benjamin is a aussie singer songwriter who will be known soon enough.


She is only young and her music is fantastic and will go places with it.


So here is our interview with Sophie Benjamin



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1. Why did you decide to become a singer/songwriter?



I’d always done a lot of creative writing and when I started playing guitar and discovered I could sing, it just seemed like a natural progression.



2. Who were your idols growing up?



Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mama Cass from the Mama’s and the Papa’s, Katie Noonan and Tori Amos.



3. Have you had much support from radio like Triple J ?



I’m going to start putting more work into publicising my music next year once I am out of school, so no, none as of yet.



4. What is it like playing live?



Absolutely fantastic. To use the cliche, there is nothing quite like it.



5. Has the internet helped with your music?



It has helped me a lot, in terms of getting it out there and getting feedback. I suppose you could say it has helped me in the writing of it as well, because I would never have discovered some of my favourite artists if it wasn’t for the internet.



6. Have you had much responce from the music on Sound click ?



Yes, my old soundclick site got quite a bit of traffic and I seem to get lots of positive responses when I play or sing.



7. Have you had much response from labels?



Haven’t approached any.



8. If you could work with any one who would it be?



Flea, Paul Dempsey or Abby Dobson.



9. What is like writing your own music?



I find it really fulfilling, as it allows me to say things through it that I wouldn’t know how to say any other way.



10. What are your thoughts on realty tv talent shows eg Australian Idol?



Out of all the Idol shows around the world, the only Idol who has had “lasting” success is Kelly Clarkson. I think that if that is what you are interested in as a performer, then great, but it’s not my cup of tea at all.



11. If you could have a dream band line up who would they be?



Michael Barker from John Butler Trio on drums, Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers on bass, Paul Dempsey from Something for Kate on rhythm guitar, Daron Malakian/Jimmy Page on lead, Tori Amos on keyboards and Maynard James Keenan from Tool on vocals.



12. What is like being an independent artist in Australia?



I’ll let you know when I get serious about it next year!



13. If you could be on The Simpsons or Spongebob Squarepants where would
you be?




Ooh… if I can’t have Family Guy, The Simpsons it is. I never really got the whole Spongebob thing.



14. What is on your stereo at the moment?



System of A Down – Mezmerize album


Damien Rice – Volcano


The Pixies – Surfer Rosa



15. What are some of your favourite musicial artists/bands?



Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tori Amos, Something For Kate, John Butler Trio, System of A Down, Placebo, george, Bjork, Cranberries.



16. What movies you have seen lately you really enjoyed?



Napoleon Dynamite, Finding Neverland, Bride and Prejudice



17. What are your favourite movies?



Life As A House, Psycho Beach Party, Marking Time (actually a mini-series), Girl Interrupted, Thirteen



18. Reality TV? Good Or Bad?



Boring.



Thanks to Sophie Benjamin for doing the interview. She rocks and so does her music