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Kristin Hoffmann

Kristin Hoffmann
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Interview With Kristin Hoffmann By Chris 20/5/07

Kristin Hoffmann is a singer songwriter from America.

Fantastic singer songwriter who writes such wonderful tunes.

This is a must have read for any artist wanting to start a career in music.

She is an artist worthy of your time,please check out her music it’s just wonderful and worth your time.

Kristin Website

1. How did you get into music?

I got into the music at a very early age. I started playing piano when I was 4 years old. I had a deep desire to play even then. Not sure, exactly where it came from.

2. Who were your idols growing up?

I don’t really remember having idols in my life. I learned a lot from studying Joni Mitchell’s writing and had a lot of respect for her and Tori Amos when I was a teenager.

3. Who were your influences?

I guess the question before would pretty much answer this too. In my 20’s, I’ve been influenced by Sigur Ros,Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, Massive Attack,Radiohead as well as much classicial music.

4. Are you happy with the responses from the album?

From a general public view, yes I’m happy with the responses to my record. I wish there was more support from the music business for music like mine, but these The US music business is much more invested in meaningless lyrics and candy coated music.

5. How was the recording process for the album?

The recording process for my record was great, I got to write and create the music that I wanted to make at that time in my life. I got a chance to work with one of the most amazing producers in the world David Bottrill, in a beautiful studio and oasis, “Longview Farm Studios” in Massachusetts. The record company I was working with at the time, Interscope Records really gave me creative freedom and let me have completre control over my record. My A&R women,Debbie Southwood-Smith, at Interscope understood me and believed in my music. It was really a dream come true for a while.

6. Has the internet helped with your music?

Yes, the internet is such a wonderful way to share music with the world! I have been able to reach people in far off places or right around the corner who have may never have heard my music before.

7. Do you think tools like MySpace are useful?

Yes, MySpace is very useful. I’ve met some great people, booked shows, collabrated on projects, and just chattered about life or good music… Love It!

8. How did you get signed to Interscope Records?

I got signed to Interscope Records By Debbie Southwood-Smith, my A&R woman. She had come out to about 20-30 shows. One night we were chatting after a show and She said, “Seeing that I’v come out to so many shows and love your music, it seems like it would be time for us to work together.” It was a great moment!.

9. What’s it like being on a major label?

I’m no longer on a major label haven’t been for a year now. When Debbie got laid off, they removed her position at Interscope, things fell apart in about 4 months. Unfortinately, when an artist loses their A&R person, their crucial connection to the label, most offen they do not stay with the label for long, With SO many people loosing jobs in the industry right now, artists are being displaced time & time again. This is the same thing that happened when I was on Capitol Records… my A&R guy switched jobs in the middle of my record, and very soon after, that was it. I’m definitely ready for a new experience other than working with a major label.

10. Is it hard to get radio to play your music?

It’s very hard to get radio play in the US, unless you have label backing and they are putting up a LOT OF MONEY to break you. Even though Payola is illegal in the US, the industry found it’s way around the law by creating middleman companies. Record Labels pay the middleman companies huge ammounts of money to get artist’s single “added” to the playlist each week. I think much of the public is unaware that they are being “force fed” music. In general, it costs $500,000 to one million dollars to break one single to radio. You can imagine the impact that this has on independent artists getting radio play! I think this is all going to change though… it is changing with the rise of the internet and consumer choice, the radio and the major labels are loosing power FAST.

11. Have you had much response from radio?

Question 10 answers it for you.

12. Are you happy the way that Real has turned out?

Definitely happy with “Real” As I said before, it is the record I wanted to make at a particular time in my life.

13. What your favorite venue to play at?

Hmmmm… favourite venue…

In New York city, Joe’s Pub a beautiful space attached to the New York Public Theater, I think my favorite space ever was “The Mountain Winery” in California … It’s on the top of a mountain, stunning views and sound. I played there when I was on tour with “The Wallflowers” Great Time!

14. Who would you most like to record a song with and play with?

Definitely Sigor Ros! Would be a thrill for me,

15. What is on your stereo at the moment?

On my stereo… These days it would be “On My Ipod!” Too much to count. Dead Can Dance,Beck, *Citizen Cope

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

I think I covered this one already,except I’d have to add Peter Gabriel, Now that I’m thinking about it more.

17. What has been the highlight so far?

There have been so many awesome times it’s hard to find one. loved “The Wallflowers” tour. But in general, I first love waking up everyday and being creative…being in the moment!.

18 Who have you has helped you out the most?

No one person has helped me out the most, This has been a huge team effort! My parents have been so supportive, my husband,fans,friends,teachers,Debbie,David Bottrill… I have been helped and inspired by the collective energy.

19. What inspires you when writing music?

Real life inspires me. I don’t like to make things up. I watch life happen around me and observe the wave, When I’m inspiried or moved, thoughts,images,and melody come easily. Other times can feel stagnant. But I know the wave will always come again.

20. Any advice to people wanting to make a career out of music?

Advice: If you REALLY love playing and creating music and can’t imagine spending your life any other way than in a musicial career, go at it with your full heart. It is a painful road,so many ups and downs,jerking you around on a rough ride. But you when you get on stage and make a difference in people’s lives by sharing your frequency, it makes it all worth it! Hold that feeling in your heart and don’t let anything break you from it.


The Scissor File

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Interview With Dan from The Scissor File By Chris 15/5/07

The Scissor File are great post hardcore/punk rock band from Melbourne.

So read the interview and find out more.

The Scissor File Website

1. How did you get into music?

WELL I WAS THE KID AT SCHOOL WHO LISTENED TO HIP HOP WHEN IT WASN’T COOL BUT ALL MY MATES WERE IN BANDS AND THEY WANTED A SINGER, AT THAT POINT I THOUGHT I COULD RAP AND I THOUGHT SINGING WOULD NT BE THAT HARD HA HA. WE DID R.A.T.M AND METALLICA COVERS. AFTER THAT I WAS DOING PLAYS AND WE HAD A MUSICAL AND SOMEONE SAID YOU SHOULD GET SOME LESSONS CAUSE I WAS PLAYING DANNY ZUKO IN GREASE AND FROM THERE I REALLY STARTED TO GET INTO TUNES

2. Who were your idols growing up?

I GOT INTO MUSIC LATER SO I HAVE MORE IDOLS NOW THAN WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, UM RYAN ADAMS, SCOTT RUSSO, NAS, BRANDON BOYD, KEITH URBAN, AND JORDAN FROM NFG

3. Who were your influences?

WELL GROWING UP I LISTENED TO A TON OF HIP HOP, NAS, SNOOP DOGG, A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, MOBB DEEP, SK8TER PUNK LIKE PENNYWISE AND NOFX, I WAS INTO NU METAL STUFF LIKE LIMP BIZKIT AND PAPA ROACH AND EARLY ON I LOVED GUNNAS AND POISON

4. Are you happy with the responses from ep?

YEAH IVE BEEN STOKED, EVERYONE HAS BEEN REALLY POSITIVE AND THAT’S GREAT ESPECIALLY WITH SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN ALOT OF HARD WORK, AND WITH ALL THE UP AND DOWNS WITH PUTTING THIS E.P OUT, HEARING SOMEONE SAY THEY LOVE THE SONGS IS A SHIT HOT FEELING.

5. How did the band form?

WELL I AM THE ONLY ORIGINAL MEMBER LEFT, SO FOR THIS INCARNATION OF THE BAND BEN HAD JUST LEFT L.O.M.O AND HE WAS REAL HOT, AND THEN I BASICALLY BRIBED BRENTON WITH SEXUAL FAVOURS =) AND TIM IS TOUGH HE CUTS DOWN TREES SO HE SAID “IM GONNA PLAY DRUMS IN YOUR BAND ” AND I AGREED

6. How did you get signed to Pee Records?

AFTER PETE INITIALLY THREW OUR E.P IN THE BIN HE STOP DRINKING AND CAME TO HIS SENSES AND REALIZED WERE SUPERSTARS IN THE MAKING AND HE COULD GET RICH

7. What has been the highlight so far?

PUTTING THIS E.P OUT AND SEEING BRENTON NAKED WOW!!

8. Do you think the Internet has helped bands get noticed by labels and industry people?

YES AND NO ITS KINDA A FICKEL PLACE THE INTERNET AND CAN DEFINITELY BE VERY DECIEVING, I THINK THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HAVING A ZILLION FRIENDS AND HAVING REAL FANS THAT WILL SUPPORT YOUR BAND. BUT IN SAYING THAT MYSPACE GIVES A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR BANDS AND FANS TO CONNECT AND GET YOUR MUSIC HEARD BY PEOPLE THAT NORMALLY WOULDN’T HAVE THE CHANCE TO.

9. What is on your stereo at the moment?

UM THE NEW JESSIE MALIN RECORD, “HIP HIP IS DEAD” BY NAS, UNWRITTEN LAW BEST OF, THE NEW SAGE FRANCE RECORD, HORSELL COMMONS NEW ONE AND THE FIRST MOTOR ACE RECORD

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

RYAN ADAMS, UNWRITTEN LAW, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, NAS, KAYNE WEST, INXS, KEITH URBAN, NEW FOUND GLORY, FLEETWOOD MAC, WILL HAVEN, INCUBUS AND A TON OF OTHERS

11. What has been your favorite gig so far?

LAST XMAS AT THE EVELYN WITH TRIAL KENNEDY AND ALL THE SHOWS RECENTLY, THE ENERGY AND VIBE HAS BEEN AWESOME AND IT’S BEEN SUPER EXCITED TO BE OUT THERE AGAIN

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

WOW THATS A TOUGH ONE UM CAPESIDE, TRIAL AND HORSELL WOULD BE FUN, EDWARD, RESPONDER

13. What is next for the band?

SHOWS SHOWS AND MORE SHOWS THE E.P IS NOW OUT THROUGH PEE RECORDS SO WERE SUPER PUMPED FOR THAT AND A EAST COAST TOUR IN SEPT, WE HAVE OUR LAUNCH IN MELB IN JUNE AND ADELAIDE THIS WEEK SO WE CANT WAIT!!

14. What do you think of the Melbourne scene in regards to the type of music you guys play?

WE HAVE SO MANY BANDS THAT YOU REALLY HAVE TO MAKE A IMPRESSION TO BE REMEMBERED AND MAKE SURE THAT YOUR PLAYING ALL THE TIME. GETTING SUPPORTS CAN BE REALLY TOUGH!

15. Has the scene been good to your band?

THE PEOPLE THAT I CARE ABOUT YES


Kumuchi

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Interview With Gillian from Kumuchi By Chris 11/5/07

Kumuchi are dance music outfit from the UK.

They write and play good dance music

So read the interview and find out more.

Kumichi Website

1. How did I get in to music?

…Well I started off as a dancer, worked abroad and realized that the singers with our shows got more money, more respect and had more fun! While I struggled to dance in 3 inch heels (I’m only small) It didn’t matter how tall the singer was. On the cruise ships they even had there own cabin!! I thought I can do that!!!

2. Who were my idols?

…Being a child growing up in Liverpool Beatles music was played constantly in our house so I loved them at first. Next my big brothers (I’ve got 7!) introduced me to bands like Toto and Blondie, Prince…I know diverse.

3. Who were your influences?

…mmm… My first gig was singing and playing Sax in a soul band and that influenced me early on…sort of a funky soul disco feel…well I am blonde… Then I heard some dance music tracks ..Fragma, Ian Van Dahl, Lasgo and I was sold.

4. Are you happy with the responses from the music on the web?

… So far so good. It’s great to get our music out to a wider audience and discover we have a world wide appeal. We even had hate mail from a guy who set up what he called “The real Kumuchi” site and he attached willys to my pictures. I saw the funny side and thought if someone had gone to that much trouble Kumuchi had arrived.

5. Do you have any releases in the pipeline?

Releases due out in the next few months are on compilations “Alone” a Kumuchi original and “Little Lies” a rework of the Fleetwood Mac classic. The album can be bought from here: http://www.play.com/Music/CD/RCS/3-/3325085/Totally_Clubbed_Up_Vol_1/Product.html

6. What inspired you to get into dance Music?

6. What inspired me to get into dance music…. The club scene in Liverpool.. after singing cabaret classics in several bands at social clubs…(good way to pay the rent, buy food).. it was great to go out and dance my socks off all night. When I met Producer Dave Watkin and heard his music I immediately felt inspired. I wanted to write the songs I was dancing to, not sing other peoples… Kumuchi was born.

7. What has been the highlight so far?

7. The highlight so far….PA’s I love them I have two male dancers so I get to dance as well as sing. When you arrive at the venue you get escorted to the dressing room and as soon as you get onstage the crowd go wild…. Well it beats being less important than the bingo in a social club! Mind you gigging and living in Japan was pretty cool too.

8. Do you the internet has helped bands get noticed by labels and industry people?

8. The Internet for getting noticed by labels and in the Music Industry?… Certainly has helped I’m a big fan of MySpace! I think a lot of careers will be forged from a lucky contact made on MySpace. It also beats sending of a cd and praying it will be listened to instead of becoming landfill.

9. What is on your stereo at the moment?

9. On my stereo at the moment is a song we’ve just finished recording called “Paradise” I love it makes me go all tingly …think its gonna be a hit. I also love listening to “Boogie Tonight” by Tweet.

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

10. My favorite artists/bands at the moment are, in any order. Basement Jaxx, Studio B, ShapeShifters.

11. Has your music been bought by any overseas record labels?

11. Just licensed a few tracks to “Subsonic Records” in Australia, release pending so hopefully you will be hearing a lot more of Kumuchi.

12. How did you get involved with Dave and form Kumuchi?

12. Aha I met Dave in a Library, I had just returned back from Japan and was printing off some publicity pictures. Dave peeking over my shoulder noticed I was a singer, mentioned he was a producer looking for a singer!!! I know the Library and Dance music!!

13. What is next for Kumuchi & Yourself?

13. What’s next?? At the moment Dave and I are collaborating with Big Love Productions. I’m also looking at working with different producers and writing for other acts but my heart still belongs to Kumuchi.

Phew !!! Another fact you might like to mention is Kumuchi is derived from a Japanese word meaning “Feels good” The correct spelling of it produced Japanese porn sites every time we typed it into the internet! We changed the spelling somewhat and now I’ve been told kumuchi is Korean for cabbage!! Also Hindi for “beautiful eyes” so that’s not so bad. Lol.


Kate Earl

Kate Earl
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Interview With Kate Earl By Chris 1/5/07

Kate Earl is one of my favourite singer songwriters.

I feel in love with her music in 2005, that when the first interview happend.

I figured she need some more publicity with an another interview .

She is one who is real and honest and has fantastic music that truly shines.

I look forward to hearing her new album when it comes out.

She is one talented artist who needs to be heard.

Kate Earl Website

1. What has happened since the last release?

I’ve been in a bit of record label purgatory… My desire to go mainstream requires WB’s support ( the parent company of RC ). They said if I turn in the right songs and the right focused direction they would consider it. It’s been difficult to develop my new sound and record proper demos without any sort of recording budget from my label. But it was a necessary step to prepare for the next record. Producers, engineers, players and I- are all just out here trying to make a living and those that are making a living often don’t have time to do things for free even if they wanted to. Ive asked alot of favors from alot of people who believe in what i’m doing.

2. Were you happy with the reviews and responses of your first album?

Yes. Exposure is another thing…

3. What has inspired the recording of the new album?

The following songs:

1. Sade – Lovers Rock

2. Handsome Boys Modeling School & Cat Power – I’ve Been Thinking

3. Big Momma Thornton – Traveling Blues

4. Cee- Lo & Esthero – Gone

5. Donny Hathaway – You’ve Got A Friend

6.The Flamingos – I Only Have Eyes For You

4. What is the recording process like for the new album?

We haven’t started recording the album itself yet – just the demos i mentioned earlier. here’s how a few of the songs came into existence:

I brought my first concept for the new sound to my friend James Valentine. We laid the track demo in M5’s secondary recording room – where the guys put down ideas during the making of their record. Some of the guys played on it – their producer Mike Elizando pitched in.

I traveled to San Francisco to meet with Dan the Automator because i was head over heels about the track he did with Cat Power. He co wrote a song with me and produced it at his house.

One of my demos is actually a song that I was asked to help write for the Eddie Murphy movie “Norbit” I did that one with David “Leggo” Rohas at Steve Lindseys ( Aaron Neville, Linda Rhondstat ) studio.

5. Is it different to the first album?

It’s a natural progression. The response has been tremendous.

6. What inspires you when writing music?

This album has been about getting back to my roots. I grew up singing in church and loved hymns and gospel music. even though i grew up in rural Alaska, at the library i discovered black female vocalists. I fell in love with women like Martha Bass, Mahalia Jackson…Their style is hair raising. But these influences require a modern twist and other elements that come naturally for me so the logical step has been to seek out prominent Producers, Beatmakers or Songwriters from the hip hop world and try to bend a genre.

7. Has it been hard to get radio play?

Yes. why? Payola.

8. What are your thoughts on ITunes and the like?

Love it, thankful for it. the labels are having to find a new business model to fit this medium, this outlet for music to be heard. there’s still alot of catching up to do and new approaches to be discovered for working records.

9. Have you had much response from overseas labels?

There was interest from Altantic in the UK to do something 3 years ago. The AR guy wanted to send me out with James Blunt. Jordan Tappis – The president of RC wanted me to break in the US first. That was a mistake. Had I some success overseas, our efforts here would’ve had more ammunition. Another case of the purgatory i mentioned in the beginning – without my labels support it is difficult.

10. What has been your favorite gig so far?

It was actually during the time that the UK label was interested… At the London Palladium opening for Damien Rice. This is a stage that the Beatles and The Stones have performed on, Queen Elizabeth attends plays there… The show was sold out and the crowd was dead silent when i began. The applause was unbelievable. They even cheered for an encore. Do you know how rare that is for an opener??? As they prepared the stage for Damien I went into the crowd to pass out a few promo samplers. They had to get security because there was quite a bit of pushing and swarming developing.

11. Are you happy how things have gone so far?

I accept my experiences because of what I’ve learned. I see a brighter future.

12. Has having a MySpace page and website get your music to a greater audience?

Yes more people visit the MySpace page than my website.

13. What has been the highlight so far?

Well hanging out with Cee – Lo was fabulous. It would please me if he did the record. I think he could make it a masterpiece. i think he has a golden touch or should i say platinum.

14. Who has helped you the most with your career so far?

Jordan Tappis wanted to help the most – but we simply have different goals for what my career should look like. In light of this I have to say I’ve helped myself the most. Thats as it should be – no one will do it for you. Although my managers Tommy Mottolla, Jeb Brien and Corrie Caster are the reason I haven’t lost my mind. They enable and inspire me to be great.

15. What is on your stereo at the moment?

Kings Of Leon’s latest stuff.

16. Is there any thing that annoys you with the music industry?

Politics.