Monday, August 30, 2010

Josh Hurt

Now featuring JOSH HURT!! If you like catchy music, then Josh is the guy for you. Make sure to stop by his Myspace page ( because you do NOT want to miss out.

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Here is the making of the video for Josh's newest single, "Midnight Racer". The official video will be released on Sept. 7.

Interview with Jen Andujar and Josh Hurt.

Before we start, can you quickly introduce yourself to our readers?

Hello, everyone! My name is Josh Hurt, Urban Pop artist hailing from Dallas, TX.

Who are your biggest musical influences?

Michael Jackson and Beyonce have not only influenced my music, but also my performances.

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a musician?

Singing in the church choir around the age of 4, and not wanting to hand the mic to the next "soloist" made me realize I wanted to be a major performer when I grew up.

If you had one hour to spend with any musician (dead or alive), who would it be and what would you do?

It would of course be with my favorite, Beyonce. I would love to just get some musical advice from her, and just tips to be a better artist.

What 5 CDs/albums do you feel are the most influential ever made?

Michael Jackson- Thriller
Beyonce- Dangerously in Love
Lauryn Hill- The Miseducation
Prince- Purple Rain
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers- Greatest Hits

You recently made a video for your single "Midnight Racer". Can you talk a bit about the shoot? How long did it last? What were some highlights?

The shoot was all shot at night on two separate days. It was a lot of fun, and the energy was very high. Everyone was very positive and focused about being the video an event!

Other than music, what are your interests/hobbies?

I love to eat and workout. Swimming is also a very fun past time, but I don't get out in the sun as much as I used to.

What's the most played song on your iPod?
I do tons of cardio during my workout, so I must listen to Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" to keep my energy high!

If you could be rich OR be a musician-which would you choose?

A musician, because I rather be wealthy than rich.

What is your favorite color m&m?

Yellow, especially for the m&ms with the nuts. But, they all taste the same!

What's one random fact that not many people know about you?

I am a very goofy person, but do not always literally "laugh out loud" at what I think is funny.

You are stuck on a deserted island. What are three things you can’t live without?

My Bible, my Blackberry, and my bottled water. I love water more than anything!

Any last thoughts before we wrap this interview up?

I really enjoyed this interview, and I hope to have another one with you all very soon! To the fans who want more updates, follow me at:!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Donna Fullman

Donna Fullman

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happiness + victory

Review by Cindy D’Adamo

From the ethereal artwork and exotic cover photography, this EP, ‘happiness + victory’ transcends the everyday and leads the listener down a mystical labyrinth of song. Bells, chimes, and an aura of enchantment open the disc, with an Eastern backbeat reminiscent of Loreena McKennitt . Donna could easily be singing this first track, ‘Who’, in the forest shown on the CD cover. The second tune, a song dying to hit radio- ‘Stone’ switches gears into a bit of British pop influence worthy of Lulu’s ‘The Boat That I Row’. ‘Changing Man’ follows, follows with a hint of Latin rhythm and spectacular guitar work. The next song is ‘Home’ which tells of a philosophical quest with a beautiful lyrical arrangement. The EP closes with ‘Hello Shanghai’, a very Asian inspired piece. In all, ‘happiness + victory’ gets four stars from me-absolutely one of the best EPs I have ever come across.

When asking Donna for a definition of her music, (for to me, it defies classification); ‘lyrical folk’, she said, so that I shall classify her as, but quite frankly, Donna’s current recording ‘happiness + victory’ is a delicious mixture of various musical influences which leaves the listener longing for more.

If you are a fan of Lulu, Dusty Springfield, Stevie Nicks, Loreena McKennitt, or Duffy, I know you will adore this EP by Brighton’s next star-Donna Fullman.

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Available on itunes and Amazon

Photo used is courtesy of Gill Orsman©

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Chuck Kelsey

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Chuck Kelsey is a singer/songwriter and live acoustic entertainer that is based in upstate New York. He is currently recording his new demo and will be creating his new album in the coming months. You can check out Chuck and his music on

Interview with Elena Tapia and Chuck Kelsey.

Ok sir, here are your questions...

1. Can you tell us about yourself for those who don't know you?

About me. I have been in the entertainment industry for 30 years. Have been in numerous bands and doing a solo acoustic act. Also a studio session musician. I have played all over the east coast of the U.S. From Virginia to New Hampshire. A few years back I was nominated by the Northeast Country Music Association for entertainer of the year, and also for song of the year. Mainly now my shows are in NY, and Vermont! I am very fortunate to make a good living playing shows!!! I do a mix of music at my gigs from originals, classic rock, alternative, trop rock, and main stream. I truly love what I do, and think I am very lucky!!!

2. What is your long term career goal?

I think my long term goal is just to keep doing my shows, writing new songs, and trying to give people a good vibe! I would be most happy with that!

3. You are stuck on a deserted island. What are three things you can't not live without?

Fishing pole, guitar, and lots of pens and paper!!!

4. If you could give a new artist advice, what would you tell them?

Be you, and keep it that way! Just do what you do. If it's meant to be it will. Also beware of a lot of people who make promises!!! Last but not least, knock doors down until they say yes, or tell you to go away. Some will, some won't, so what next!

5. Are there any organizations that you help support?

I am a member of the LGA [Lake George Association) and the ASPCA. I raise funds and awareness for both. Not to mention all the benefits, and fundraisers for many organizations and people in need!!!

6. If you could tour with another artist (dead or alive) who would it
be and why?

If I could, I think of 3 people-James Taylor, Neil Young, and Philly's own Robert Hazard. All are great story tellers.

7. What is your favorite song of all time?

Too many to count!!

8. Pepsi, Coke or Dr. Pepper?

I don't drink soda!

9. What do you do when you're not playing music?

When I am not playing music, I try and spend quality time with family and hang with friends. Of course, my passion is fishing and as I write this, I am starting the process of becoming an outdoor fishing guide! I love the outdoors and traveling to remote places! Everything else melts away!!!

10. Any last thoughts before we wrap this interview up?

Just be true to yourself and always continue to learn. Our greatest resource is ourselves!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Breaking The Mold

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The Breaking the Mold crew with Cartel.

What is Breaking the Mold?

Breaking the Mold is a creation of when music lovers get curious. Not out to ask the same boring questions, the show is supposed to not only be informative but be entertaining as well to suit the college crowd audience. Based out of Marywood University in Scranton, PA the show's producers just want to have fun yet be professional at the same time. Boasting studio visits from heavyweights such as Motion City Soundtrack (Columbia Records), NeverShoutNever (Warner Bros. Records), Duff from Food Network's "Ace of Cakes" and Cartel (Wind Up Records) along with on-site interviews with Rise Against, UnderOATH, Thrice, The Gaslight Anthem, and a slew of others, the show welcomes artists big and small. The name "Breaking the Mold" is indicative of the mission set out by the staff: no boundaries.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I heard about this band quite a while ago when they still were going by the name The Outro. Their name may have changed since then but their music is as good as ever! I can't say enough about those harmonies! Be sure to give them a listen at their Myspace listed below.


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Band Biography:

Interiors are a four-piece indie rock band based out of Los Angeles, CA. Their heartfelt, nostalgic breed of music has drawn comparison to the likes of Band of Horses, Fanfarlo, and Earlimart. With the release of their 2010 EP, these comparisons are clearly warranted; especially on the emotional opening track “Tall Fences”.

Formed in Connecticut during the winter of 2008; Interiors began as a three-piece comprised of brother-sister duo Brian and Madeleine Russick alongside longtime friend, Steven Jimenez. The band’s sound was quickly shaped by the blossoming relationship between Jimenez and Madeleine Russick, whose undeniable chemistry shines through during each vocal harmony.

In 2009, the band relocated to LA in an effort to further their career. They have continued to grow as a unit and even recruited bassist Chris Sapone to round out the lineup. Writing and performing have become a priority for the group as they move towards their ultimate goal; connecting with as many true music fans as possible.

INTERVIEW with Jen Andujar and Interiors

Before we get into the interview, could you please give a brief introduction on who you are/where you are from?

Brian Russick, Madeleine Russick, Steve Jimenez, Chris Sapone. Brian, Madeleine, and Steve were all born and grew up in Bridgeport, CT. Chris was born in Orlando, FL. Brian and Steve were in a pop punk band together before Interiors for 5 years. Madeleine has been singing most of her life and Chris has been in bands since he was in high school.

Who are your biggest musical influences?

Anything from 90s grunge, to hip hop, to 60s rock.

You guys went through a name change (From The Outro to Interiors). Can you explain why you changed names and how you came up with the new one?

We never liked the original name...we couldn't think of anything better at the time so we just named the band the Outro. We knew we wanted to change the name and one day our bassist walked in to our house and saw the Woody Allen movie "Interiors" on the coffee table. We settled on that...

Describe your dream tour.

A world tour with nice tour buses and catered food every night!

How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a musician?

All 4 of us had a passion for music at a young age. Madeleine was singing at the age of 4.

Explain your song writing process.

Sometimes our songs come from jamming on different random ideas and other times they are very structured from the start. It seems to be always different...

What is your favorite color m&m?

Steve - green
Madeleine - blue
Brian - Christmas m&ms
Chris - all of them

Best/Worst thing about being a musician?

The best is playing to a crowd of people who absolutely love what you do and appreciate all your efforts. The worst part about it is the fact that the music industry is at what most would consider its lowest is extremely difficult to make a living just playing music and not working a 9-5 job.

What is the proudest moment of your career so far?

Recording our newest 3 song EP in Portland, OR. We are very happy with how it came out.

Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

Continuing to write and play music and hopefully be signed to a respectable label that supports our tours and lifestyle.

Band questions-Who is the...

Biggest flirt? Chris
Messiest? Steve
Most likely to get lost in a new city? Brian
Most shy? Brian
Most likely to spend too much money in one place? Chris

What is your favorite fast food restaurant?

Steve - Astro Burger
Madeleine - Astro Burger
Chris - Anything Mexican!
Brian - Taco Bell

You are stuck on a deserted island. What are three things you can’t live without?

Steve - video games, guitar, Marty's Pizza Orange Hat
Madeleine - coffee, red wine, Mr. Guz (her cat)
Chris - (not available to comment, but we're sure it would be awesome and weird)
Brian - bongos, dvd collection, guitar

Any last thoughts before we wrap this interview up?

We hope that anyone reading this interview enjoys our music and comes out to a show in the future.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Oh No Not Stereo

Based out of CA, Oh No Not Stereo is one of those bands that will keep you running back for more! Don't believe me? Take one listen and you will be hooked!
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Interview with Jen Andujar and Oh No Not Stereo:

Questions answered by

SKYLER NIELSEN (Vocals/Guitar)

1. Brief intro: Who you are, where you are from, etc.

MYKUL LEE: We're Oh No Not Stereo from Los Angeles!

SKYLER NIELSEN: Our band started in 2003, as a duo. We've been evolving ever since, from a duo to a trio, and now as a touring quartet.

JUSSI KARVINEN: I'm originally from Finland, and joined ONNS in 2008!

2. In one sentence, describe you're music to someone who may have never heard you before.

MYKUL LEE: High-energy, edgy, hard rock with pop moments.

SKYLER NIELSEN: Fun, refreshing, melodic rock and roll!

JUSSI KARVINEN: Sexy and dangerous, with a splash of sting.

3. Who are your biggest musical influences?

MYKUL LEE: Iron Maiden



4. Describe your dream tour:

MYKUL LEE: Interplanetary tour. Sharing a spaceship with The Beatles.

SKYLER NIELSEN: I'd love to tour the world with Green Day and Foo Fighters. Alison Lohman would sell merch, Obama would be our Tour Manager, and Tracy Morgan would drive our bus.


5. Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?

MYKUL LEE: On tour with Paul McCartney in space.

SKYLER NIELSEN: I would think that within the next 5 years, we will release atleast 3 more records, on top of a whole lot of singles etc... and we'll surely have exponential touring miles under our belt!


6. What's the most played song on your iPod?

MYKUL LEE: A song called "Take Take Take" from a band that we just produced called The Royal Heist.

SKYLER NIELSEN: "The Way I Feel Inside" by The Zombies

JUSSI KARVINEN: "Lying Through Your Teeth" by Head Automatica

7. Explain your song writing process.

MYKUL LEE: I'm not ashamed to admit that i like starting from the inside and working my way out. gives me an idea of what im working towards without having to write my way there to find it. typically i will start with the chorus and work backwards. everything after the first chorus, in a basic skeletal sense, is just a repeat of everything up to the first chorus.. of course with the exception of bridges and solos. I don't like templated songs, but i take what i can from them. i know that a song, from its inception, travels a LONG way before it ends up on your ipod.. so we're constantly reworking our demo songs until we hit the studio.

SKYLER NIELSEN: No two songs that I write are ever written the same way. I don't use formulas or anything, my biggest challenge seems to be capturing content throughout the day... inspiration seems to come when you least expect it. If I can jam out with the guys and have a whole lot of ideas on the table to jam out, it's a lot easier to get a flow going. Even on the other hand, there's something really fresh about writing off the cuff with the band, just putting ideas together out of thin air.

8. What's one random fact that not many people know about you?

I'm from Oklahoma and I see dead people.

SKYLER NIELSEN: I am an Eagle Scout, and can't hear out of my right ear.

I can play the drums and bass!

9. Best/Worst thing about being a musician?

MYKUL LEE: Best thing: Getting to see the world. Worst thing: Leaving California.

SKYLER NIELSEN: Best thing: Artistic expression is so awesome! Seems like it's the only career in the world where you're always in a stinky bathroom, but it's worth the perks!

Seeing different cities every day on tour. Worst thing: Hot-baggin' on the side of the freeway!

10. Proudest moment so far?

MYKUL LEE: Touring the UK with The All-American Rejects was one of the funner things we've ever done.

SKYLER NIELSEN: We're proud to say we've played South By Southwest in Austin for SIX years in a row now, and every time it gets crazier and crazier. The Bayside and Hit The Lights tour in England was a great life experience!

JUSSI KARVINEN: Shepards Bush Empire in London! My parents came to see us from Finland!

11. Craziest fan encounter?

MYKUL LEE: Some girl jumped the barricades at Wembly last week and tried to pee on our singer.. turns out it was Lohan. Man, she sure knows how to party.

SKYLER NIELSEN: Some girl thought I was Russell Brand at LAX and started crying... other than that I'm gonna have to give the trophy to the crazy fan who we had to do an exorcism on in our hotel bathroom floor in Albuquerque.

JUSSI KARVINEN: Signing a girl's chest in Scotland. Wasn't bad, other than the fact that she still had braces she was so young.

12. You are stuck on a deserted island. What are three things you can't live without?

MYKUL LEE: Whiskey, a guitar, Bill 'n Ted's Excellent Adventure on VHS.

SKYLER NIELSEN: Hopefully they have coconuts! I'll take three of those.

JUSSI KARVINEN: Swiss-army knife, Guitar, Myk's bottle of Whiskey.

13. Any last thoughts before we wrap this interview up?

MYKUL LEE: Check out the sweet youtube video of Justin Bieber getting rocked with a water bottle recently.. hilarious! No, seriously. Just type in "Justin Bieber gets hit with bottle in the face"... it'll make your day.



JUSSI KARVINEN: Thanks for doing this interview with us! Come see us play live!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

James Mathis

Interview with Cindy D’Adamo and James Mathis

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I interviewed James Mathis, a singer/songwriter from Waxhaw, NC currently living in Greensboro. He classifies himself as: Indie/Folk/Alternative, and is working on his first EP.

Cindy- At what age did you begin playing guitar? When did you write your first song?

James- I started playing guitar around 13. But I had been playing piano since I was about 4 or 5 years old. I had started playing violin around age 8, so by the time I started playing guitar I already had a basic feel for chords and melody. I think the very first time I wrote a song, I was seven. I think I based the melody line off of some Disney movie I had just seen. It annoyed the crap out of my little brother.

Cindy- Are you influenced more by current artists, more 'classic' artists, or what inspires your music?

James- I think I am influenced by the old school of songwriters/performers more than anyone. No one can quite get to me like Joan Baez or Dylan. I think that a lot of the newer artists have a lot of good things to emulate as well. But I don’t think anyone holds a candle to the depth and soul that people like Garfunkel, Costello, and Dylan exude.

Cindy- Which artist, dead or alive, would you most want to do a duet with and why?

James- That’s a tough one. I think that it would have to be Tom Petty. I can identify with him a lot (minus the wealth and fame). He grew up in a pretty boring town in the south. He didn’t really fit in with a lot of his peers because he was true to who he was and who he wanted to be. Besides all that…his songs are pretty much amazing.

Cindy- If you could be rich OR be a musician-which would you choose?

James- Is it possible to be both?! Well, I think being a musician would be best for me because music lets me experience life on a deeper, more emotional level. Money would be nice. But you only live once right?

Cindy- Have you ever sang in a chorus or musical production/play? Which one(s)?

James- I have appeared in quite a few musicals. My favorites were probably “Peter Pan” and “Oliver”. “Annie” was also a lot of fun. I think there is a lot to be said for musical theater. Everyone kind of dismisses it as not “rock n’roll” enough…but I think it really helped me develop a stage presence and a voice. I think more people should try it.

Cindy- What is the funniest thing that has ever taken place at one of your gigs?

James- I don’t know of a single funniest moment at a gig. You know…everyone plays those shows where someone yells out “FREE BIRD!!” as a request. There was that one time when someone started singing along in the audience and they were so off key that it threw me off. I think that was more embarrassing than anything else though.

Cindy- What is your favorite song of all time?

James- Right now, my favorite song of all time is probably “First Days of Spring” by Noah and the Whale. It talks about the bitterness and hurt that comes with a failed relationship. But it also has redemption, because from every dead thing, something new and vibrant will emerge. It is part of life.

Cindy- What would you do for a Klondike Bar?

James- I think the question should be: “What would I NOT do for a Klondike bar?”

Cindy- What 5 CD/albums do you feel are the most influential ever made?

1. Love and theft
2. Funeral
3. Damn the Torpedoes
4. In Utero
5. We Both Was Young (a personal influencer)

Cindy-If you could be anything other than a musician-what would you be?

James- If I could be anything other than a musician, I think I would be a doctor. I always want to help people have better lives. If I couldn’t do that through my music, I would want to be a doctor and go to third world countries. I traveled to Nicaragua as part of medical team (I am certified Nurse’s Assistant) a year ago and it really changed my view of the world.

For more information on James Mathis, please view his MySpace located here:

Friday, August 6, 2010

Matt Jasper

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Matt Jasper is a New York based singer songwriter. With clever lyrics and catchy hooks, he is sure to catch listeners attention. To learn more about Matt, read the following interview or check out his website at

INTERVIEW with Jen Andujar and Matt Jasper

Hi Matt!

Before we get into the interview, could you please give a brief introduction on who you are?

Hi Jen!

Thanks for the interview. Sure thing! I'm a pop rock singer-songwriter living in New York City, working in the music business during the day, and making music at night. I started recording demos on my four track in high school, and have since made five albums, the latest being this year's album Bored Games.

1. Who are your biggest musical influences?

Some influences include Ben Folds, for his lyrical wit, Elliott Smith for his song craftsmanship, Andrew Bird for his innovative live performances and nuanced songwriting, as well as producers such as Phil Spector and George Martin for creating new recording techniques that influenced this generation of musicians. Vocally, I’m probably unconsciously influenced as a child of 80s music, since I’ve been compared to singers such as David Byrne of the Talking Heads in the past. However, I’ve admired Scott Weiland’s ability to turn his voice into a chameleon’s, which is why on Bored Games, there are vocals that might have three or four different sounding singers. More immediate influences tend to be interactions with the people I know, as I tend to incorporate details I come across into my songwriting.

2. How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a musician?

I was probably sixteen when I knew I had a talent for music. It was the first year I played in my high school talent show, and I was playing an original song solo, playing an electric guitar through the school’s amp. The music teacher had a DJ on before me, and he blew out the speakers, so when I plugged into the same amp, it began crackling and popping loudly. Still, I played through, and then next day, all types of kids, including a number of young ladies who I hadn’t ever spoken to before, came up to me and complemented my singing voice. I figured if I could make it through that gig, I could make it through the rest.

3. Describe your dream tour.

Right now, I’ve only been able to have regional Northeastern tours on long weekends, and local shows during the week, so I’d say my dream tour would be to be able to have a tour that would allow me to go from the East Coast to the West Coast and back and provide enough to pay the rent when I got home. What would make it a dream tour would be if every show had a sold out crowd. It’s both a blessing and a curse to have a day job within the music industry, since you end up learning all about what you need to do to make it, but you still have to go to the same office building from Monday through Friday instead of to a different city every day. It’s a compromise self funding your own publishing company and record label without major investment backers, because it means that you have to generate revenue in other ways from traditional touring and album sales, which ends up leading to a day job. I’m fortunate enough to land a job at a royalty company, so I know now what I need to do in order to get to the next level and try to become profitable when it comes to, say, touring.

4. Bored Games is not your first record. How would you compare this new album with your others?

What’s great about Bored Games is how quickly and easily it came together. Bored Games came about from Jake (Skolnick, producer of Bored Games) asking me if I wanted to record a couple of songs at NYU before he finished up working there in August of 2009. By the time we got into the studio, it was the beginning of July, so we laid down drum tracks in two days with Eric (Lense of the band The Instant Classic and Fio), and followed it up with bass tracks in a day and a half, guitars for the next two and a half days, and vocals in two more days. Then we mixed and mastered over the next two days. It averaged out to two nights a week for five weeks from start to finish and we had the entire album. I really tried to keep it simple, compared to As A Matter of Fact (2007), which was recorded in bits and pieces over the span of roughly 2 years. As A Matter of Fact is more orchestral, but also felt labored to me, since it’s partly a breakup record where the band broke up halfway through. The Distance Between (2004) was recorded in a similar fashion, in that it was recorded real quick over the span of a winter break. Both The Distance Between and Bored Games are stripped down full band albums, just drums, bass, guitars and vocals. As A Matter of Fact was more orchestral, with strings, bells, and trombone in addition to the traditional band setup. I also have two full length “home demo” albums, Jasper Makes Music (2001), and Thinking Back (2003) which were acoustic based recorded on my four track, was when I was still honing the art of recording and songwriting.

5. If you had one hour to spend with any musician (dead or alive), who would it be and what would you do?

I’d say it would be Elliott Smith, and I’d talk music for the first couple of minutes, and discuss life for the rest of the time. I read book of interviews of some of his closest friends a while back, where his friends said he was one of the best one night conversationalists that they knew. If you only had an hour, you’d want someone who’d you both could pour your hearts out to, understand what it would be like to have a life on the road, and to jump from obscurity to popularity nearly overnight (with the Good Will Hunting Soundtrack Grammy nomination). As far as well known singer-songwriters who I have had the opportunity to spend an hour with, Duncan Sheik, Ben Kweller and Butch Walker all took the time to talk with me, and I’ve learned a lot about being a humble artist and a warm person at the same time

6. What's the most played song on your iPod?

The most played song is Aerosmith’s Walk On Water, since it’s the first song that comes up when I forget to set a song on my iPod alarm clock. Non-iPod alarm clock tracks (Aerosmith, Air, Aimee Mann, and Albert Hammond Jr excluded) Nada Surf’s See These Bones, The Shins’ Australia (and Pam Berry) and Spoon’s Don’t You Evah are in the top. Still, I’ve slept through Aerosmith 39 times compared to Nada Surf’s 24 times. I don’t know what that says about me, that I’m either too diverse to have a wake up theme song by choice, or that I usually just forget. I need to create a side project called 100000 Aaaaaardvaaarks and make it the best music to wake up to ever. Take that, spreadsheet music organizational systems!

7. Explain your song writing process.

Usually, I’ll take myself to an isolate place, be it an empty room, the shower, or the country. Then if words or melodies start coming to me, I’ll try to repeat the melody/lyrics until it sticks with me. If I’m able to get to a pad of paper within the next couple of minutes after letting the “song ingredients” I try to capture what I originally came up with as quick as I can. Then I’ll grab an instrument, usually guitar, and sketch out some chords for the song. After that, it’s a matter of practicing it enough times to remember the words so I can play it solo at an open mike or a gig, and if wee get past that point, it has a good enough chance of being recorded if it’s memorable enough, and within the right timeframe for making it to an album.

8. What is your favorite color m&m?

Blue. I demand a brandy glass full of only blue M&Ms in my tour rider. They’re the newest color, so they must be the freshest!

9. What's one random fact that not many people know about you?

My first instrument is the trombone. I played it in elementary school through high school even though it wasn’t my first choice. I wanted to play the drums, but my mom said no, so I asked about my second choice, which was the saxophone. It was right when the Simpsons were reigning through elementary school, so everyone wanted to be Bleeding Gums Murphy (or Lisa Simpson). So since there were too many sax players, the teacher gave me the trombone, since I had long arms. When I brought home my trombone, my mom said, Orangutans have long arms but you don’t see them playing the trombone. I stuck with it, and I’ve been playing instruments ever since.

10. Do you have any rituals you do before you perform?

I don’t think I have any specific rituals, other than putting together a set list and making sure I’m in tune right before going on. I usually try to get a decent sound check, and get a bottle of water, as well as mingle in the crowd a bit before the set. As a solo act, I’m usually working the merch table, meeting new people, or working with the venue’s staff (soundman, doorman, etc) prior to my set. Also, I sip from my brandy glass of blue M&Ms.

11. Any last thoughts before we wrap this interview up?

If you like my sense of humor, witty banter or embarrassing stories from my childhood, feel free to support my musical pursuits by purchasing a copy of Bored Games through, iTunes, Amazon, or any other digital retailer. You can also find me on Myspace (/jasper) or Facebook (mattjaspermusic). Also Jen, I like this interview, so there!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Dan Chauvin- Small Town Life

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Dan Chauvin- Small Town Life
Review by Cindy D’Adamo

Sepia into a brown study on the cover of ‘Small Town Life’ by singer/songwriter Dan Chauvin definitely alludes to what lies in store for the listener of his newest CD. ‘Coyote’ opens the disc, gliding into a percussion-laden tapestry with a lacing of violin-very Friday night under the stars with a glass of wine. The second track, ‘Small Town Life’, had me waiting for an exploration of the essence of this CD; it does not disappoint with its lyrical definition of the roots of a small town man, interestingly sprinkled with children’s voices. ‘Absolutely Nowhere’ follows, a stand out track for me-gorgeous- almost solemn harmony with Lori Diamond and support of Fred Abatelli here. The next selection is my other favorite on the CD- ‘Golden Red Horizon’ which sounds much like a duet with Natalie Maines, but is in fact Susan Levine lending a country air to this track. Steel opens ‘Step Into The Light’ which could easily be mistaken for a Harry Chapin tune, and is followed by ‘Save Me’ a wonderful mélange of vocals (and can also be viewed on YouTube on live video). ‘Never Go Back’, the seventh track, was written by Don Hooper (incidentally the only song on the CD Dan did not write) and ‘Said and Done’ are very evocative of The Stone Canyon Band and Souther, Hillman, Furay. The CD closes with ‘Duck Hunter’ in a way not uncommon to many CDs-something a bit different and out of the box at the end-in this case, bird calls and percussion add an earthiness to round out a very strong all- over production from Don Hooper.

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