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Jesse Lee

Jesse Lee is one of my all time favorite country singer songwriters. I first discovered her music in 2005 and I’ve been a fan ever since. Love what she does as an artist and think she has a bright future doing what she does. If you like good country music then you gotta check out Jesse Lee as she rocks.

http://www.jesseleemusic.com

1. What inspires you now when writing songs?

– Life. Relationships a lot of times. Friends stories, experiences, and
listening to other people’s music.
2. How did the duet with Uncle Kracker came about?
– Uncle Kracker and I were on the same label.  Someone at Atlantic
thought that ‘Me Again’ would sound better as a duet and they suggested that I
sing it with him.  After listening to some of my music he said that I
reminded him of a young Dolly Parton.  They sent me to LA to record with
his producer, Rob Cavallo.  While in the studio I ended up rewriting my
verse to make it work better as a duet and sound more like something a woman
would say.  It’s funny how easy it is to record with other artists these
days.  I didn’t even meet Kracker until after we sang together.  Now
we’re twitter buds, he’s a very sweet guy.
3. How has social media helped you as an artist?
– Social media has changed the music business for the better.  I love
being able to interact with my fans so easily.  It helps me know what
people are enjoying and helps me as a fan to catch on to great new music out
there.  It’s funny, one time I didn’t know when my song, “Kissing in Cars,”
on the Country Strong soundtrack was being released- I found out it was on
iTunes from a fan.  Now instead of giving fans the information, they’re
giving it to you first!
4. What has been the highlight for you so far playing music?
– Probably the coolest feeling was hearing my song on the radio for the
first time.
5. When will be expect to hear an album from you?
– I just released my first EP, “Come After Me.”  On it are eight of
the songs I recorded while signed to Atlantic Records.  I recorded these
songs about four years ago, so I I’ve been waiting for a long time for my fans
to hear them.  I feel even though it’s only 8 songs, there’s something for
everyone on here.  There a few love songs, falling out of love, growing up
and wanting it all back.  Come After Me was a song inspired by a boyfriend
who at the time I kept breaking up with for the same reason every time.  I
walked into the room to write with two other girls, told them all about, and
said, “I just wish he’d fight for me.”  Those kind of songs pretty much
write themselves.  I will be releasing more music before the end of the
year, so stay tuned.


6. What advice can you give to somebody wanting to play music?
– I’d say that they should start studying songs, taking them apart and
learning how to write.  It’s always easier if you play an instrument.
So, pick up an instrument and learn to play it.  I can fumble around on
guitar, but I’m not a great guitar player by any means.  I wish I had taken
my piano and guitar lessons more seriously as a kid.
7. Who have you enjoyed playing with recently?
– At the moment, I’m playing a lot of writer nights in Nashville.
This means I’m up on stage with friends I write with all the time.  I love
these because I don’t have to travel to play and it’s really all about the song
in Nashville.  I love listening to my co-writers sing new songs they’ve
written as well.  We also have too much fun on stage together.
8. Who would you most like to write and perform a song with if you haven’t
already?
– I’m a big fan of Miranda Lambert.  I’d love to collaborate with her
one day.
9. What have you enjoyed listening to recently

– I like that “Paris (Oh La La)” song a lot that Grace Potter sings.
I love everything Blake Shelton does.  His song “Drink On it” is on repeat
right now.

Invaders – Invaders EP (Self Released)

A new band in the wake of Townhallsteps, now based in London, doing electronica music and I think it’s good. I’m not a huge fan of this type of music I like it when it’s mixed with a rock band but these guys are real good. 5 tracks that show off the songwriting and production the new direction from what townhallsteps once was. The songs have also industrial like sound to the music. I almost get hints of Nine Inch Nails in the music. My pick off the ep is track number 1 Hummingbird. The song Stand Still And Listen has almost 80’s feel to track,with the beat and rhythm and structure of the song.  If there a song that off the ep that radio could latch onto is English Sky with the great use of piano at the start, it almost feels like a ballad. It’s a beautiful song that I could see people going nuts for. If you like good alternative electronica music you can’t go wrong with this.

Michelle Page

Michelle is one of our favorite people in the world, she also is our Babe Of The Week this week for my site. Why because of her amazing talent as an actor and also being of the most beautiful girls in Hollywood. Well I reckon she is the most beautiful.  She done some cool short films, been in a play and the movie Rogue River got it’s American release in June. The sky is the limit for this extremely talented actor. We think she rocks, and no doubt what she does next will be awesome.

Jamie Westenhiser
 
Jamie Westenhiser has been a playmate and now runs her own business as a health coach. I wanted to find out more, so read on
 
 
 
1. Why did you become an model?
$$
 
2. How did you feel becoming a Playmate?
honored, it was such an amazing fun experience
 
3. What was the highlight of being a Playmate?
getting paid to party 🙂
 
4. What did you gain from the experience?
the ability to connect with people worlwide, opened lots of doors
 
5. Are you happy with the responses you got from it?
yes

6. What do you to keep yourself fit?
exercise, eat healthy
 
7. What is on your stereo at the moment?
Bob Marley or Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne

8. What are some of your favorite musical artists/bands?
Same as above

9. What movies you have seen lately you have really enjoyed?
I can’t recall

10. What are your favorite movies?
Hot Shots Part Deux, Napoleon Dynomite, Borat
 
11. What is next for you?
Health Coaching, check out my new site www.jamiesasso.com
 
12. Who would you most like to work with?
Beavis and Butthead

Tin Alley
 
 
Tin Alley are a great Australian Band with a bright future, with a new bass player in the band and a endorsement deal with Maton. This band is going places. You will be hearing about these guys real soon, if you haven’t already so read on.
 

www.myspace.com/tinalley

 
1. How has the new bass player Jared Piatkowski fitted into the band?
Jared
is a highly skilled bass player and has a great musical understanding
as well as being very creative which fits well with the creative side of
Tin Alley. Not only on the musical side of things but as a person Jared is exactly what Tin Alley was
looking for and has undoubtedly strengthened Tin Alley and we are thrilled to have him on board.

2. How is the album coming along?
We
are still in the process of writing new material for the new album and
things are looking very promising so we’ll be starting the recording
process within the next couple of weeks.

3. What do you hope the upcoming album will do for the band career?
As any other band
would ideally hope for, we would love for the album to be well received
and create a platform for an exciting and bright future that could
enforce the band nationally and internationally. But just as importantly
if not more, you want to look back on an album as an artist and be
proud of your work and hope that it connected to people, or even helped
them, the same way music has done for us.

4. What has been the highlight so far?
There has been
many highlights for Tin Alley as well as obstacles. Out of Control has
definitely been one of the major highlights for Tin Alley reaching #1 on
the AMO and AIR charts and #7 on the ARIA charts. For the band’s
current
line up the highlight has probably been the ‘bouncing back’ period
where we’ve seen the band going from uncertainty after Jim’s departure
to a strong and exciting future. And with all the positive support we
have had from fans and media with the release of Ride the Wave and now
our latest release Bounce Back it’s been a highlighted ride so far. 

5. How has social networking sites helped the band?
Social
networking enables fans to be connected and involved with the band’s
activities giving them a more personal relationship with the band. It
also enables great exposure having networks like Myspace, Facebook and
Youtube.

6. Were you happy with the response to the last release?
We were overwhelmed with the responses regarding
the release of Ride the Wave which has been played nationwide on
numerous commercial and community stations. We are very grateful for the
support from fans and media.

7. How have the sponsorship deals the band has in place has helped the band?
There is no doubt that
sponsorships of any kind helps and makes it easier for the band to do
what we love the most – to play music.
For example the endorsement deal with Maton gives us strong support
with professional equipment and gives us the opportunity to work hand in
hand with Australia’s premier guitar manufactures.

8. What has been your favorite gig to date so far?

We love
playing live and engaging with fans of the band.  After all this is what
playing music is all about.  We have had many memorable gigs from
Moomba in 2010 to a gig with Boom Crash Opera at the Corner Hotel to
gigs in country pubs as well as interstate.  We can’t wait to play dates
with the new line up.

9. Any plans for touring overseas?
No immediate plans as such but if and hopefully when the opportunity arises we would be thrilled to tour overseas.

10. How did you feel when you first heard your song on radio?
Let’s just say it’s good that I have very tolerant neighbours 🙂

Some Guy Who Kills People is one of the most enjoyable films I’ve seen this year. It’s a little bit of everything (horror, comedy, drama) but really well done. I had the pleasure of interviewing Ryan Levin who is the writer and one of producer’s of the film, the main guy behind the film. Directed by Jack Perez. Some Guy Who Kills People is about Ken Boyd, a lonely man fresh out of the loony bin, who sets out to kill those he deems responsible for his miserable life.

It stars Kevin Corrigan, Leo Fitzpatrick, Ariel Gade, The Legendary Karen Black & Legendary Barry Bostwick. This was really enjoyable fun film to watch. I urge to all go and see it when it comes out near you.  I wanna see it again already.

It’s a podcast mp3 download interview 40MB as it is a good solid interview. You will need my permission if you wanna use it some where else. 

http://www.parx-e.com/ryansomeguyinterview.mp3

 

 

     

Nine Sons Of Dan – Landslide EP (Self Released)

I saw these guys for first time a while back at the revolver here in Melbourne and was hooked by their catchy upbeat energetic rocking sound. This ep gives you a good solid taste of why they are so good live and why they have been getting the buzz they are getting. The songs are catchy but yet well written, sung and performed which are evident in the first two tracks Cities and the radio hit to me off the EP She’s So Fine which features Justin York of Paramore on guitar. they are my two picks off the ep. But they can also write the melodic balladry type track in Took My Heart, SpeedDial but still maintain the catchyness and edginess the first two tracks have. The last track being the title track Landslide is a little more edgy, a bit of a groovy laid back intro then lands into a more rocking song that a little less catchy but highlight songwriting and musicianship. I loved this EP, all the songs are good,production is excellent, Jay Bainbridge is perfect as the front-man for the band. This is a top quality debut EP that is very much worth your time. These guys are gonna be huge, mark my words.

Nine Sons Of Dan

I first saw these guys play at Revolver here in Melbourne a while back and they blew me away with their unique catchy pop/rock/punkish kinda sound and I was hooked. I was totally getting into their tunes so I asked Flakey the drummer some questions to find out more. These guys have got a huge future ahead of them. Their songs are catchy and a lot of fun and radio will love them. So read on.

http://www.ninesonsofdan.com/

 

1. How did the band form?

The band came together as part of a university project back in 2008. I am studying at Griffith University on the Gold Coast and needed some members for a project. Soon enough it got out of control and before we knew it we had a band!   
 
2. What has been the highlight so far?
 
Performing at the Big Day Out was one of them, meeting Jesinta Campbell,  
 
3. How did it feel to win New Artist 2 Radio (NA2R) showcase?
 
Awesome, with the caliber of the other bands we didn’t really expect to win. So it was amazing and a dream come true so im stoked.   
 
4. What was the inspiration for the ep?
 
We were really finding our feet with the last EP, there were alot of ideas and bits and pieces that came together, so it wasn’t so much inspired by one thing.
Were hoping our next EP can give a stronger message!
 
5. How has social networking sites helped the band?
 
So much, Facebook and Twitter have been amazing for the band. We are the biggest Facebook fiends in the music industry.
 
6. Were you happy with the response to the ep?
 
Oh so stoked, we were just happy to get it out, let alone have such a great response. It gave us such more confidence to get back into the studio and put the next one out!
 
7. How did Jesinta Campbell get involved in the She’s So Fine video clip?
 
Roam Film and Post – the production company that did the clip, knew Jesinta and asked her if she would be interested in doing something like the clip. We honestly couldn’t believe it when we heard she was going to be in the clip!
 
8. What has been your favorite gig to date so far?

Any of the Uni Village gigs kick ass, our gig at Shooters recently was rad too. Also any of our all ages shows in Coffs Harbour are always awesome.
 
9. How did Justin York get involved in the song She’s So Fine?
 
Again a connection with the studio, they had worked with him previously as they travel to the states alot, and hit him up to play on some of the tracks.
 
10. How did you feel when you first heard your song on radio?
 
Oh I lost my shit for sure. The first time I heard it was going to be played, I was at work, and bailed for my ten minute break and waited in my car for an hour until it came on.

Alexandra Van Zeelandt

Photo by Terry Moore

Alexandra Van Zeelandt is a model,actor & involved in animal rights. I liked what she has been doing and thought she worthy of exposure on the site. So read on and why I think she rocks and why you’ll be hearing a lot more of her.

To find out more visit her fan page on FB 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alexandra-Van-Zeelandt/239473896077467

 
1. Why did you become an model?

I became a model because I photograph well.


2. What has been the highlight of being a model so far?

Shooting with Gen Nishino.


3. How did you get involved in the Sarah Buxton video clip?

My agent referred me to audition for the part.


4. How did you get involved with Animal Rights?

My grandfather was a well known horsemen. He had a strength and
gentleness that animals trusted. He fostered with in his family a
respect and sensitivity for all animals. I am yet another generation of
one that has been taught that we are the care takers for all of Gods
creatures.


5. What inspired you to get involved?

We need to expand a conscious awareness on the plight of the animals that co-exist on this beautiful planet with us.


6. Who would you most like to work with in Modeling?

One day I would like to be photographed by Annie Leibowitz.


7. If you could be on the cover of any magazine would it be?

Playboy and Vanity Fair


8. What been the highlight of the acting so far?

I loved being in country music videos. Most recently I appeared in Emerson Drive’s new music video "sleep it off".


9. What do you hope to get out of that?

I’ve gotten happy memories.


10. How long have you been horseback riding for?

Since the age of five.


11. What do you to keep yourself fit?

I jog, swim, and workout 4 times a week.


12. What is on your stereo at the moment?

Out of touch- by Hall and Oats


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

Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Doors, The Who, Elton
John, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Otis Redding, Mowtown, Al Green, Lionel
Ritchie,  Guns and Roses, Tool, Korn, Metallica, Nirvana, Cream,  James
Taylor, Journey, Def Leopard, and of course Jimi Hendrix.


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

The Help was fantastic.


15. What are your favorite movies?

Gone With The Wind, American Beauty, Pulp Fiction, One Flew Over
The Cukoo’s Nest, The Graduate, The Producers, World According to Garp,
Jaws, Anni Hall, Young Frankenstein, Animal House, Blues Brothers, Uncle
Buck, The Jerk, What about Bob?, Happy Gilmore, Tommy Boy, Harold and
Maude, and the Moulin Rouge


16. What is next for you?

I’m looking forward to living a happy healthy life.


17. Who would you most like to work with?

Quentin Tarantino.

Despite living in Australia, I still like to know what happening in Radioland in New Zealand.

This site The Radio Vault gives a good solid history on the site of New Zealand radio, categorized by city/town and the guy who runs, is a real nice guy and he puts up cool history clips which you can find on the facebook page.

http://www.theradiovault.net

http://www.facebook.com/radiovault

So become a fan of the facebook page and discuss and find out more about the history of New Zealand radio.