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Michelle Baena

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Here is a couple of interviews I had done with Blonde Bombshell model Michelle Baena. She is an extremely attractive woman and this is what she had to say.

http://www.michellebaena.com/

1. How has your life changed since doing Playboy?
Since posing for Playboy magazine. I have recieved many great modeling oppurtunities.

2. Was it fun doing the photo shoot?
I had a blast doing the shoot during the first day I was a little nervous but everyone is so nice and easy to work with. I quickly felt comfortable.

3. Why did you do it in the first place?
I decided to submit my photos to Playboy becuase it has been a dream of mine to pose since I was a teenage.

4. How did you react when you were chosen?
I was thrilled that I was going to be in the magazine it was such an honor.

5. How come you wanted to become a model?
As a teenager I loved seeing photos of Christy Brinkley it just seamed like so much fun to be in front of the camera and to travel to beautiful places to shoot.

6. What has the response been like?
The response has been very positive I have very supportive friends and family.

7. Do you enjoy modelling?
I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t.. So yes!!

8. What are some of your favorite movies?
My favorite movies are American Pie 2, Night at the Roxbury and Footloose.

9. What movies that you have seen recently you have really enjoyed?
I saw the movie “The Man” on the airplane last week. I loved it I was laughing through the entire movie.

10. What are some of your favorite musical artists?
My favorites are AC/DC, Marilyn Manson and Tommy Lee.

11. What would we find on your stereo at the moment?
Well you would find XM radio and my IPOD.

12. Is there anybody you really wanna work with?
I would love to work with Jenny Mc Carthy or Brooke Burke hosting a show together.

13. What have you got lined up next to do?
I will be shooting my own 2007 Calendar soon. My Benchwarmer trading cards just came out. There are several projects in the works.

14. Why start the website up?
Website is a great place for fans and potential clients to see my work and keep updates on appearances and photos from my latest shoots.
15. What has the responce been to it?
I get lots of great supportive fan mail.. Thanks Guys!!
1. How did you get involved with Rockstar Magazine (you looked great in the issue)?
They contacted me through my website.

2. How did you feel when you got the cover and main layout shoot?
I was thrilled. I was really happy with the layout and loved the cover.

3. How did you get involved with Macandbumble?
They also contacted me through my website.

4. Was it fun to do the shoots with them?
Rockstar was a blast Michael Bisco the photograher was a lot of fun it made for a great shoot.

5. Any more plans to do more work with Playboy?
At this time no. But if they were to contact me I most likely would consider it.

6. Has OneModelPlace been good for your career?
omp is a good place to get started. At this point for me I use it more just for exposure and a place to showcase my new images.

7. Are you happy how your modelling career has come along?
yes, i’m very happy things have been moving so fast ever since the Playboy issue came out.

8. Has having a Myspace Page helped your career?
Yes, you get to have more interaction with fans. And I have actually acquire some really good paying gigs from myspace.

9. How did you get involved with Benchwarmer?
I contacted Brian Wallos the owner a year and a half ago after being referred to them and a month later I did my first shoot with them.

10. Would you like to get into acting?

I’m not working towards that but I’m always willing to consider new oppurtunities.

11. Are things like glamourcon are useful to get work or is more to do with interaction with fans?
For me it’s just been interacting with the fans .

12. What has been your favorite shoot so far?

Probably Playboy it was such a great experience and I was so excited… But I usually have a good time at all my shoots.

13. What have you got lined up next?
Some more bikini shoots, publications and working on co-hosting a new tv-show. So wish me luck!!

14. What are your favorite movies?
I love comedy.. Night at Roxbury, American Pie 2, Beerfest

15. Would you ever like to host a show?
Yes, that is my next career goal that I’m working towards something similar to WILD on E

16. What are your fans like and do you have many?

I have lots of great fans most of them are incredibly nice. I sell my photos and clothing items from shoots in my EBAY store user name :mbaena the fans love it!!


Sandrine

Sandrine

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Interview With Sandrine By Chris 17/8/06

Sandrine is a great aussie singer songwriter and one of
my favourites
After releasing her fantastic debut album Trigger.
She leaves the label system and puts out her latest release
this year independently Dark Fades Into The
Light
.
Which I hope does well for her as she is great. So Of
course I wanted to help spread the word.
So read on folks and get her new album which comes out on
the 19th of August.

Sandrine
Website

1.How did you get into music?

I first started singing very young in the ‘family
band’. This was followed with piano lessons, and later
I had a few on guitar, but mostly just taught myself.

2.What were your major influences?

Initially my musical influences would have been church
hymns (this was a big part of early family life), and it
still creeps into my chord progressions with lots of major
and major seventh chords… but at some point I started
hearing all sorts of music, and because we weren’t allowed
to have non-Christian music in the house (my parents were
very strict and religious), it was really at friends houses
that I saw things like video hits, and heard pop music, so
I never owned any albums to obsess over. Just listened
furtively to little grabs of this and
that. Thankfully, I can say its given me my own sound,
rather than an obvious influence or a sound that reproduces
a favourite artist/band.

3. Were you happy how Trigger was received?

A lot of people seemed to like it.

4. What has been the highlight of your career so
far?

I’ve had many cool moments, even a great show in front of
twenty people can beat playing for 80 000 (which I got to
do at Tropfest 2004).

5. Have you evolved as an artist since the last
release?

I think I’ve given up on worrying how it will be received,
and now just make it because I like it. Which is a
much more enjoyable place to be.

6. What inspires you when writing music?

I just let the ideas and emotions flow freely.

7. Was it hard to go from a major label to doing it
yourself as independent artist?

It has its own challenges, such as remarkably reduced
budgets. That’s a difficulty, because making records costs
money, from recording through to manufacturing to getting
it the in record store. But aside from that, its
a hell of a lot easier not having to have ten meetings over
silly things such as which picture to choose for this and
that, and generally having to pander to a bunch of fairly
uncreative people (which is what most major labels are made
up of).

8. Why go overseas to record and write the
album?

I just wanted to work with someone who had made the kind of
records I like, and learn something new.

9. Have you had much response from radio with the new
single?

It’s getting more airplay outside of the major
cities.

10. Do you think idol is the downfall of the major
labels?

I think the majors are intent on making a fast buck, ie.
putting out singles for whoever is getting their face in
front of people on the television, guaranteeing some quick
sales, instead of building and nurturing long-term careers
with talented songwriters and performers who have artistic
and creative longevity, and will ultimately make them money
more slowly, but for a longer period of time.

11. Have you had much response from overseas
labels?

I am currently in discussions and showcasing for some
labels in New York.

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

I came in at the beginning with a bunch of songs I liked,
and started writing more and more while we were recording,
and the new ones ended up taking precedence for the
record.

13. Was it a different process than recording
Trigger?

Completely different method of capturing
performance. For Trigger, we recorded the music tracks
to a guide acoustic, and then I sang the vocals. For Dark
Fades Into the Light, the band all sat around the room and
we played and recorded live, and added a bit of
‘fairy-dust’ after. It was a much more real and
enjoyable way to make music.

14. Has MySpace helped with your music?

I’ve not been on it too long, but hopefully a few more
people will get to hear it.

15. Have you tried your luck overseas with your music
yet?

I live in New York now, and that’s what I’m doing.

16. Any plans to tour across Australia?

I just played Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and
Adelaide on the Mraz tour, and am hoping to come back and
tour again in October.

17. What is next for Sandrine?

Time will tell.

Move To Strike

Move To Strike

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Interview With Move To Strike By Chris 10/8/06

Move To Strike are a great up and coming Adelaide
band
Their song on the latest Pee Zine Compilation really won me
over.
So Naturally Interview was on the cards.
Read on and find out why these guys are going places.

Move To Strike
Website

1. How did you get into music?

Both my parents are classically trained singers, and played
guitar and piano at home a lot when I was growing up, and
from age 4 I was getting piano lessons, so i didn’t really
have to get into music – i was already in it!

2. Who were your idols growing up?

As I grew older it changed, but I looked up to dudes like
Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain & Dimebag Darrell. Local punk
bands like Seraphs Coal and STR became my idols after that.
haha.

3. Who were your influences?

I think influence is often subconscious as well as direct.
So I know that I have been influenced alot by the bands
I’ve listened to and loved over the years, but I also
reckon that being surrounded by different types of music at
school, at home, at church, listening to the radio in the
car as a kid – all these things have contributed I
reckon.

4. Are you happy with the responses from the latest
release?

So far we’ve only released our demo which is called
‘Battlefield Postcards’, which we recorded ourselves at my
house. We started off recording it as an experiment just
for ourselves but by the time it was finished it sounded
awesome so we thought we’d see what people thought of it.
The response was amazing, heaps of positive feedback and
they disappeared really fast, we got rid of over 500 copies
in a few months. Plus we’ve had a couple of really good
reviews of the demo too, so yeah, the response has been
only positive for us.

5. What have responses been like to your music on the
web?

Great, yeah we have a myspace (www.myspace.com/movetostrikemyspace)
and thru that I think our songs have reached another side
of the audience that wouldn’t have heard them
otherwise.

6. Has the Internet helped with your music?

Yeah we’ve had a few people contact us wanting to produce
our next record and such things purely thru the myspace, so
its definitely an awesome way for people to connect.

7. Do you think tools like MySpace are useful?

Myspace is totally changing the way that the music
community works, I think its great.

8. What is the Adelaide scene like for punk and
hardcore?

For a relatively small city, Adelaide has a very very
healthy punk and hardcore scene. There’s always new bands
popping up, and there are sell out crowds rocking up to
shows every weekend. The only downside is that many
international bands bypass A-town which is very
disappointing.

9. Has street press and zines like Pee helped with
getting your name out their?

Yeah Pee and dB and RipitIp have got behind us and the
Advertiser has as well. Its hard to know how powerful an
influence street press and zines have, but I’d say that its
all positive.

10. What inspires the band when writing music?

Music itself is a major inspiration for us, we get really
amped on how other musicians are stretching boundaries and
blurring the lines between genres and this gives us a
freedom to make a new sound for ourselves, and to craft our
songs til they are at their best. Lyrically, I write about
what ever it is that the music speaks to me about. Our
songs are just honest reflections of what life dishes up
and my take on those events.

11. Have you had much response from radio?

Yeah Nova in S.A. has been playing ‘Inflight’ from
‘Battlefield Postcards’ fairly consistently for about 8
months as part of their Homebrew local artists campaign.
Its been awesome to have that kind of airplay from a
recording we made ourselves.

12. What has been your favourite gig to date?

Probably our first show, and last Saturday at Enigma Bar in
Adelaide, we supported Antiskeptic.

13. What was it like to play with Antiskeptic?

We were the little grommet punks getting down in the crowd
to those guys a few years back, and they’ve been one of our
favourite bands for a long time, so it was a real honour to
play with them.

14. Have you had much response from labels regarding
your music?

Yeah we’ve had a few people express interest, we’re about
to go into the studio to record our first EP, and I think
once we have that recording to show where we’re headed
musically, hooking up with a label for it will come into
play.

15. Do you hope being on the new Pee Zine Compilation
will help the band?

Yeah I think that the compilation is a great showcase of
what’s out there at the current moment, and its a pleasure
to be on there with so many fine bands.

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

In the last few weeks Ive been getting into some quite
different stuff, so I’m currently pretty amped on Lily
Allen’s album, Muse’s new album, Gotye, Crowded House, Bon
Jovi, some old Motown stuff, Anberlin, Cave In, the list
goes on and it always will haha.

17. Any plans to tour around the country?

Yeah we’re currently putting together a tour for later this
year, around early October I think, we’ve only left the
state once before, but we’ll definitely be visiting
everywhere we possibly can once our new EP is out!

18 Who have you has helped you out the most?

I’m not sure I understand this question. haha

19. Who would you do a split ep with?

Hmmmm. I’d love to do a split, I’m pretty open to
suggestions, but there are many bands out at the moment who
would go well on a record with us I think. I’d love to do
something similar to the Jebediah / Jimmy Eat World split
from a few years back.

20. What next for the band?

Like I said we’re about to record our first EP, and then
after that we’re gonna be playing songs off of that to
everyone who will stop and listen! So hopefully by this
time next year we will have played in all the major cities
in Australia at least once! There’s an aim for us!
haha

Thanks for your time any last words

Check us out at www.movetostrike.net and
www.myspace.com/movetostrikemyspace
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