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Alexia Kelly

Interview With Alexia Kelly By Chris 11/10/06

Alexia Kelly is an australia actor.
After discovering her website and liking what I read.
I thought she deserved some publicity.
She done tv,stage and film.
So read on it and expect to hear more of Alexia
Kelly.

Alexia
Website

1. What made you want to get into acting?

The first time I was on stage when I was 4 years old, I
knew I never wanted to do anything else! Ballet &
Acting were pretty much equal for me until I was about 13
and decided to pursue acting only. I love creating
characters, and studying people to base characters off. I
love seeing a story come to life though film or theater.
And I love getting to be lots of different people! It must
be the schizophrenic in me 😉

2. Who were your idols growing up?

Well as a kid I loved Madonna and Michael Jackson- I knew
every word to ‘Bad’ and “The Immaculate
Collection’. Kate Winslet made an impact on me in
Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures”, and
I very much looked up to her. And I always thought my mum
was pretty cool J

3. What is it like working on stage compared to
screen?

Stage and screen are very different mediums. On stage you
act with every part of your being. There is the in depth
rehearsal process which allows so much more character
development than TV, topped off with the thrill of
performing live! Oh and there is nothing like that applause
to fill you full of joy. Or the long embarrassing silences
when something goes wrong! Screen is very different-
whereas on stage you have to act larger than life, on
screen you almost act smaller than life. You have the
camera focused on you seeing your every move and
_expression which allows many more subtleties. Film and TV
are slightly surreal mediums for me; I feel I can loose
myself in the character a lot more.

4. Would you ever consider going overseas to get
work?

Yes I’ve worked overseas in NZ & the UK . I would
happily go anywhere

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

JOHNNY DEPP!!!!

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

Hmm…. Helena from A Midsummer Nights Dream and
Cheryl from Sleeper Cell

7. What are some of your favorite movies?

The Labyrinth, Heavenly Creatures, Lord of The Rings
trilogy, Pulp Fiction, The Red Violin, The Muppets, Crash,
Butterfly Kiss, Romper Stomper, Closer, The Man on The
Moon, Romeo & Juliet, Amelie, Y tu mamá
también, Peaches, The Piano, True Romance, Eternal
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Napoleon Dynamite, Fight
Club

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

I loved The Break Up- it was very surprising. I was
expecting a dumb chick flick and previously hated Jennifer
Aniston. But I thought she did a great job as did Vince
Vaughn. The film had a lot of truth in it, which was nice
and unexpected. I also just saw ‘Talladega
Nights”- gold!

9. Have you had any bad experiences yet?

Yes! Hmmm where to begin, I guess having an acting agent in
London try to talk me into having very kinky sex with him,
so I could be on his books!! He was a reputable agent as
well, I was very shocked! And creeped out…

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

Something ‘meaty’. The more layered and bizarre
the character, the better

11. What are your thoughts on studio remaking
movies?

Not too many thoughts on it… except the originals
are always the best. Just as the book is always better than
the movie. Although there are exceptions to both of those
rules… lord of the rings for
instance….hmmm

12. What are your favorite genre of movies

That really depends….. I always get the most excited
about local films, and try to watch as many Australian/NZ
movies as I can…. But genres, I guess arthouse,
comedy or family movies with my son!

13. Who have you enjoyed working with the
most?

My very lovely partner- comedian, actor & writer Judas
Falling

14. Would you like to do TV work or film work
more?

Film

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

Bad! Although I think it’s starting to come full
circle, there are now sitcom’s parodying reality TV!
It’s a crazy world out there and I still get shocked
and the crap that makes prime time TV year after year

16. What have you got lined up next?

I’m shooting a horror feature in 2 weeks, have a lead in a
feature lined up for 2007, and shooting a sit-com next
year

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

Umm…. Either The Wiggles, PJ Harvey or The Genuine
Hoots of Joy (those 3 artist get high rotation in this
house)

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

The Genuine Hoots of Joy! PJ Harvey, Janes Addiction,
Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Herd, Shihad, Jeff
Buckley, Michael Franti, System of a Down, Birdie Blackman,
Beck, The Clash, The Ramones, Tool, A Perfect Circle, Jean
Grae, Hilltop Hoods, TZU, Electric Six, Tori Amos,
Tenacious D, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Guns
& Roses, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, Bad Religion, Nine
Inch Nails, David Bowie, The Cure, Astrix, Salmonella Dub,
Fat Freddys Drop, Gorrilaz, Beth Orton, The Chemical
Brothers, Something for Kate, Ben Harper, LAMB, The
Deftones, Jeff Buckley, Beck, Chilli Peppers,
Peaches…

19. What do you enjoy doing when not acting?

Spending time with my son and my partner, reading, writing,
cooking, playing poker, eating chocolate, watching movies,
teaching myself web design, dancing around the house with
my 2 year old and jumping on the bed

20. How did you get involved with Dolphin
Juice?

I auditioned for their live shows about 3 ½ years
ago, and the rest, they say, is history! They have
supported me though everything that’s gone on in my
life over the last few years, and always offered me work.
They are a talented bunch of guys and have become very good
friends


Katie Locke

Katie Locke

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Interview With Katie Locke By Chris 3/10/06

Katie Locke is a talented singer songwriter.
Who works hard for her music.
She is proof that there is talented singer songwriters out
there.
With out labels and and so on.
So read on it and expect more to come.

Katie
Website

1. How did you get into music?

In my family, it would’ve been impossible for me NOT
to be into music! My mom owned a Baldwin piano store that
had been passed down through our family for three
generations, and she had gone to college as a Classical
pianist. My father had toured as a rock singer/guitarist in
the 60’s, before settling on a career in insurance.
My grandma was a professional singer, and my grandpa was a
jazz clarinet player and professional piano tuner. To top
it all off, my uncle was a trumpet player and my brother is
a metal guitarist/bassist! So music was pretty much
something I was born into, and it’s always been in my
blood.

2. Who were your idols growing up?

I loved Barbara Streisand and Whitney Houston as a child,
and listened to a lot of musical theater tapes (i.e.
Phantom of the Opera, CATS, etc). My main non-musical idol,
though, was my mom because she single-handedly raised me
with so much strength and love. I also really identified
with the author Ayn Rand’s books when I was in high
school, and was always in awe of heroes like Mother Theresa
who could give so much of herself to those in need.

3. Who were your influences?

Tori Amos, Jewel, Fiona Apple, Radiohead, Barbara
Streisand, Elizabeth Ziman and Will Champlain (friends of
mine from Berklee), Natalie Cole, Anita Baker, and the
Beatles.

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

Absolutely. The CD has sold really well on CDBaby, and
everyone who purchased it seems to be happy with the
sound.

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

Responses have by far been positive, stuff like great
songwriting and nice vocal stylings, or sounds like Anna
Nalick. Everyone always complements the proficiency of the
band-I’m so lucky to have them! Occasionally people
have said they would like to hear the vocals higher in the
mix, or that the music isn’t quite as marketable as
it could be.

6. Has the Internet helped with your music?

Definitely! I’m so glad I used Discmakers to package
and reproduce the album, because they gave me this great
package deal where I got 300 posters, 6 months free
Hostbaby, Sonicbids and CDBaby, and free iTunes
distribution. All of our recent gigs in Boston and NYC have
been booked through the Internet, and the majority of Cd’s
sold have been through CDBaby as opposed to at our
concerts.

7. Do you think tools like MySpace are useful?

Yes, so people can stealthily scope each other’s
music out. Airtight (the wedding band I sing for) once got
a bat mitzvah gig because the mother booking the
entertainment for the evening secretly looked me up on
MySpace and liked what she heard.

8. What is the scene like for the type of music you
play?

Not so big, at least in Boston. Most people our age want to
go out and see rock tribute bands while imbibing enormous
amounts of alcohol! However, I’ve noticed that the
labels have been picking up a lot of solo female artists in
the Adult Contemporary vein lately, especially Columbia
Records.

9. Has street press and music media/websites helped with
getting your name out there?

We are currently searching for management, and until we get
it, we don’t really have access to a street team (we
do all our promoting ourselves). However, using Sonicbids
Electronic Press Kit (EPK) has been extremely helpful in
getting us gigs.

10. What inspires you when writing music?

I try to do Object Writing every morning (where you pick a
random object and use all of your senses to write about it
for ten minutes) just to get my brain in the writing mode.
Though I write every day, usually I’ll come up with a
melodic line on the piano and put lyrics to it, or
I’ll write lyrics first and then set them to music.
Most of the inspiration comes from personal relationships
and emotional experiences I’ve had over the
years.

11. Have you had much response from radio?

I wish! I worked for WBOS in Boston for six months hoping
to find a way to get played, because I thought our music
would be perfect for several of the Greater Media stations.
However, when you represent yourself people don’t
really take you seriously was told at the station that
it’s a liability to play an artist that has no
manager or label representation, which is why we’re
currently exploring that option. We are being broadcast
online from a CT station.

12. What has been your favorite gig to date?

Honestly, when I got to tour as a backup singer for Patti
Austin back in 2004 because it was such a huge experience.
As far as the Katie Locke Band, I think our best gig was a
few weeks ago at Harper’s Ferry in Boston. The
turnout wasn’t exceptional, but we played our asses
off!

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

Tori Amos, because she’s the reason I write
music!

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

Not yet, because we haven’t really pitched ourselves
to any. We’re waiting until we have management to
shop the labels; right now, we’re getting ready to
participate in the OS National Band Search in NYC, which
should expose us to many label reps and
opportunities.

15. What are your thoughts on talent shows like
Idol?

I actually tried out for American Idol once, just because
people wouldn’t leave me alone about it! Truth be
told, they’re not looking for the most talented
singer, but rather a star. Case in point: Jennifer Lopez is
not much of a singer, but when she enters a room you know
she has that special star quality that will sell tons of
records. At least that is the example the producer of the
show used when he addressed us. I heard so many amazing
singers that day, and almost all of them got cut. The
greatest singers from Berklee all got cut, so who knows
what they’re looking for? I enjoy watching Idol and
shows like it because I think they eliminate the middle man
and expose a lot of unknown talent. Just as long as the
public knows the shows exist for ratings and there is a lot
more talent out there.

16. What are some of your favorite musical
artists/bands?

Other than the artists/bands listed as my main influences,
I would have to say Elliot Smith, Jeff Buckley, OURS, Muse,
and Dianne Reeves.

17. Do you think Idol is the downfall of the major
label?

No, because I think the most talented artists that
aren’t chosen for Idol will still seek out labels,
especially because they can get a contract on their own
terms writing their own music.

18.Who has helped you out the most?

Teacher wise, Donna McElroy, Pat Pattison, and Livingston
Taylor (teachers from Berklee); my family, and my longtime
boyfriend, Bryan Ladd (bassist on Works for Me).

19. Who would you like to do a split ep with?

Elizabeth Ziman, I think. She’s a relatively unknown
but extraordinarily talented singer/pianist that my music
has a lot in common with.

20. What next for Katie Locke?

Our next gig should be between Nov. 9 and 11 (check the
website to find out) for the OS National Band Search, and
then we have a show at Kenny’s Castaways on Nov. 25
in NYC. We all just relocated to New York, and are
currently trying to find management so we can start to shop
the labels. Other than that, writing, writing, and more
writing!