Ready4Air (Music) | Who’s In Your Fantasy Rock Band?

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August 26, 2015 | Posted in Music | By

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America’s choice for a fantasy rock band includes (clockwise from top left) Mick Jagger on vocals, Jimi Hendrix on guitar, Paul McCartney on bass, and Ringo Starr on drums.
Photo credits: (Clockwise from top left) xiquinhosilva, mirjoran, May F., and Eva Rinaldi under a Creative Commons license

By Alexis Trass Walker

Many of us like to listen to music while we’re on the go. Listening to music is a good way to make your commute pass by or to make a shopping trip less dreary. In most cases, we need headphones or earbuds, and 63 percent surveyed in a recent study say they usually listen to their favorite music with headphones. They go through an average of one pair a year while 28 percent go through at least two sets. Nine percent use more than four.

So here’s a music question that’s sure to start arguments and possibly end friendships: If you had to put together your fantasy rock band with any rock star, living or dead, who would be in it?

Before you roll up your sleeves, let’s take a look at who 1,000 Americans–in a comprehensive survey on the most critically-acclaimed musicians conducted for audio expert MonsterProducts.com–would put in their fantasy rock band: Mick Jagger on vocals, Jimi Hendrix on guitar, Paul McCartney on bass, and Ringo Starr on drums. Can you imagine how awesome this band would be if it could be reality?

Jimi Hendrix beat Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana for the top spot while Ringo Starr of The Beatles topped drummer and Genesis lead singer Phil Collins and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue. Frontman Mick Jagger beat John Lennon and the King of Pop Michael Jackson, who would have been my choice.

I’ll admit that I don’t know very much about rock music other than really big names and the songs that have stood the test of time, so I turned to my husband, Darius, who is better versed on the rock genre. I asked him who would be in his fantasy rock band, and he said Jimi Hendrix on guitar, Tony Thompson on drums, Jack Bruce on bass, and Prince on vocals.

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Half of Americans named The Beatles as the best all-time band, followed by The Rolling Stones (36 percent) and Led Zeppelin (30 percent). Fifty percent said they picked their favorite band for its performance energy and excitement.

Darius chose U2 as the best all-time band because early in their career, they had a strong political message, which resonated with him.

Of the artists mentioned in the survey, Monster Products founder Noel Lee says, “All of these artists are examples of how superb artistry and quality always stands the test of time. We recognize that music lovers today listen across all kinds of genres and eras like never before. Classic artists like Hendrix and Louis Armstrong will appear on the same playlist with Meek Mill and Ariana Grande. Music is ingrained into people’s lives and whether they are home, in the office or on the train, they are looking for new ways to make their favorite artists come alive.”

Forty-three percent of survey participants picked their favorite because of their knowledge of music. Thirty-five percent said their favorite band reminded them of their childhood.

Now it’s your turn. Who will be the stars of your fantasy rock band?

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Best All-Time Bands

1. The Beatles
2. The Rolling Stones
3. Led Zeppelin
4. Aerosmith
5. Eagles
6. Fleetwood Mac
7. Queen
8. Pink Floyd
9. Journey
10. Bon Jovi

Top 10 Frontmen of All Time

1. Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones)
2. John Lennon (The Beatles)
3. Michael Jackson
4. Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi)
5. Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)
6. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
7. Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac)
8. Jim Morrison (The Doors)
9. Bono (U2)
10. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)

Top 10 Guitarists of All Time

1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Eric Clapton
3. Carlos Santana
4. BB King
5. Eddie Van Halen
6. Stevie Ray Vaughan
7. Jimmy Page
8. Chuck Berry
9. Les Paul
10. George Harrison

Top 10 Bassists of All Time

1. Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
2. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
3. Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
4. John Entwistle (The Who)
5. Cliff Burton (Metallica)
6. Geddy Lee (Rush)
7. Jack Bruce (Cream)
8. Jack Pastorius (solo)
9. Les Claypool (solo/Primus/Oysterhead)
10. Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck and the Fleckstones)

Top 10 Drummers of All Time

1. Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
2. Phil Collins (Genesis)
3. Tommy Lee (Motley Crue)
4. Jon Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
5. Keith Moon (The Who)
6. Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)
7. Sheila E. (solo/Prince, Lionel Ritchie and others)
8. Neil Peart (Rush)
9. Buddy Rich (Clef, Norgran, Verve, Pacific Jazz, Liberty and others)
10. David Grohl (Foo Fighters/Nirvana)

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker

Alexis Trass Walker is a freelance writer and copy editor who blogs about grammar and other things at alexistrasswalker.com. Connect with her on Twitter @alexistrass.

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Ready4Air (Music) | #Repost-Music Makes My Life With Rock Jazz Pianist ELEW

ELEW and Me
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

July 3, 2015 | Posted in Music | By

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ELEW and me
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

This post was first published on August 20, 2014.

We wrap up our series “Music Makes My Life” with American rock jazz pianist Eric Lewis, who goes by the stage name ELEW. Here, ELEW and I are showing off our cuffs after one of his amazing performances at a charity event last year. His cuffs are called vambraces and are specially designed to cover his forearm. Can you see the sweat covering his face and neck? When ELEW performs, he gives his all, and the audience feels it.

I first was introduced to ELEW’s style of music a couple of years ago at a private record release party. By fusing the sounds of rock and jazz on the piano, ELEW has created his own music,  “rock jazz.” His two albums include his interpretation of songs by fellow musicians like Michael Jackson, Coldplay, and the Foo Fighters, to name a few.

His long list of fans includes Josh Groban, Forest Whitaker, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brooke Shields, Woody Harrelson, Dave Matthews, and Naomi Campbell.

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Donna Karan at charity event with ELEW, NYC 2013 Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Donna Karan (right) at charity event with ELEW, NYC 2013
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Donna Karan included his music on her iPhone app. And ELEW has even taken rock jazz to the East Room of the White House, where he played for Barack and Michelle Obama.

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ELEW
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

While listening to ELEW’s music is an experience, watching him play takes the music experience to a whole other level. Our intimate group was brought to its feet when Eric began to play using his unique style of standing up and reaching inside the piano lid to pull the piano strings directly. One description I read describes the musician’s unique style this way: “ELEW treats the grand piano the way a traditional rock front man treats the guitar–with an explosively physical style that includes entering the instrument to pluck the strings directly. Onstage, he is overtly theatrical, standing to play…”

I was mesmerized by ELEW’s talent and the electricity in the room. While playing, the music appears to put the rock jazz pianist into a trancelike state that holds the audience transfixed. ELEW is soaked from sweat after every performance, and the audience is guaranteed an extraordinary musical ride.

ELEW Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

ELEW
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

By the way, when ELEW is not combining rock and jazz on the piano, he’s spinning records and tickling the ivories. Turns out, ELEW is also quite the DJ and has found a way to fuse his piano playing with his love of mixing vinyl. Just last summer, he played all my favorite jams at a rooftop party, and the crowd danced the night away.

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In between his busy schedule, ELEW found time to quickly tell us what music takes him on a musical ride.

ELEW, what was the first song you remember ever listening to? 

Chopin’s A Flat Polonaise.

What was the music or song that inspired you to become a musician?

I was trained by my family, not inspired.

What was the last music or song you listened to that reminded you of your childhood?

The Ice Cream truck song (Brahms).

Which one of your songs has gotten better over the years?

All of them. I get better constantly.

What was the last song that you listened to that made you want to sing along?

“I’m Loaded” by Kid Ink.

What was the last song you couldn’t stop thinking about?

“If It Ain’t” by Juicy J.

What was the last song that impressed you with its originality?

“Flashback” by Calvin Harris.

What is your favorite musical soundtrack and why?

Chemical Brothers soundtrack to Hanna. Super subversive and moody.

What musician would you like to one day collaborate with on a project?

Jay Z.

What is the best technology created for musicians today?

CDJ 2000s.

What is the worst technology created for musicians today?

Vulgarity.

What was the last concert you attended, other than your own?

Ben Klock in Brooklyn.

And finally, what was the last song that you listened to while working out?

“You Make Me” by Avicii

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Thanks, ELEW!

ELEW Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

ELEW
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

In addition to his groundbreaking recordings and performances, ELEW has collaborated with a host of other artists. He joined forces with platinum-selling rapper Lil Wayne, providing the piano background for “IANAHB,” the opening track on Lil Wayne’s 2013 album I Am Not a Human Being II. Last year, Complexions Contemporary Ballet Co-Artistic Directors/Founders Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson announced a five-year partnership with ELEW that named him Composer in Residence at CCB. This partnership will yield a new work every year through 2017. The first fruits of the collaboration were presented in November 2012 at Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s New York Season at the Joyce Theater.

Perhaps the most exciting development in ELEW’s evolution as an artist is his burgeoning career as a DJ. While turntable artists combine songs with the aid of technology, ELEW is able to present them simultaneously with his own mastery of the piano. The result is yet another unprecedented hybrid—this time, the ingredients are not rock and jazz, but rather vinyl and ivory, the concert, and then the afterparty.

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TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.

 

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Ready4Air (Music) | #Repost-Music Makes My Life: Taking A Spin With 11-Year-Old DJ Fulano

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July 2, 2015 | Posted in Music | By

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DJ Fulano. Photo credit: Michael Bezjian

This post was first published on February 11, 2015.

Last August, Ebony magazine named 11-year-old DJ Fulano Librizzi one of the coolest black kids in America. You might think this is a pretty big title for someone so young, but once you meet him you’ll think the title is a perfect fit. I met Fulano’s mom, maternity lifestyle maven and Mama Glow founder, Latham Thomas in 2011, when I first was introduced to the mom bloggers circle. Thomas, also a yoga teacher who could be a model, always has a beautiful smile and gentle energy around her. Her son Fulano was moving in the blogger circles too, specifically as a DJ for the 2012 Strut: The Fashionable Mom Show held at the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. At the time, he was 8 years old.

It took three years, but I finally got to meet Fulano when he stopped by the Arise and Shine studios one Saturday morning right before the holidays. He was a little tired after arriving for an 8:00 a.m. interview, but I had a chance to sit and ask him a few questions for Ready4Air’s “Music Makes My Life” series.

DJ Fulano, nice to meet you! So tell me, when did you first start to DJ?

I started to DJ when I was 5. It’s a long story, but basically my mom’s friend opened a DJ school and said, “Hey, maybe your kid should come take a lesson.” I took a lesson, I got a scholarship because I was so good at it. I was listening to all the genres of music like Michael Jackson, Donna Summers, Aretha Franklin, since I was a baby. My mom and dad played them all the time, so I already had that variety of music in my head. For my first mixes, I’d play Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, all the old school like soul, funk, hip hop, pop, everything.

If I were going to have a birthday party and I were to hire you for my party, what kind of music would you play?

I’m guessing you would like Donna Summers and Aretha Franklin.

That’s true–I do like those artists. That’s a good mix!

I’d also play Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, the Jackson 5, Kool and the Gang.

You play so many different genres. What is your favorite genre of music?

I hate this question [laughs]. I’ve never been able to answer this. I like different people from different genres. In hip hop, for example, I like the old Jay-Z, I might not like the old Drake and like the new Drake. What they’ve made in different time periods and what I’ve liked from them–that’s really hard to pick because there’s a lot of great from the different genres, like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, and all those people who have really influenced music. So it’s too hard to me to choose because I like R&B singers, I like hip hop rappers, I like a lot of soul, jazz, funk. I also like “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. I like different songs by different musicians. I can’t pick! I can say I have a favorite song for one musician, but I can’t say I have a favorite musician or a genre, or a favorite musician of all time because there are so many, and I still haven’t heard so many.

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DJ Fulano. Photo credit: Michael Bezjian

You’re leading a pretty glamorous life. You are going to school and still have homework. How are you able to organize and balance everything? 

I have a daily routine. Every day when I come home from school, I do my homework, play my video games, listen to music, play my bass. I keep my balance like that. On Friday, I go home, do my homework, and then I have a meet-up with all my friends, which I usually do every weekend, and I practice my instruments.

What instruments?

I play bass and drums and I am learning saxophone. I’m also buying a guitar and will learn how to play it soon.

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The fashion of DJ Fulano
Photo credit: Michael Bezjian

Let’s talk a little about your style. You have a very distinctive style–very sharp, very dapper. How would you describe your style?

Really sporty, expensive, flashy kind of wear. I’m a sporty, expensive kind of person. I’m a very unique person with non-simple needs. I like wearing the suit inside, but for my other hobbies, it doesn’t really work out.

What’s your favorite fashion ensemble?

To look nice, I usually wear a suit and nice pants. I wear a tie or bow tie.

I like your bow tie.

I do this on the first day of school.

Have you always been stylish?

Yes, always. And I was in a magazine when I was 5 years old, in kindergarten. I would show the kids and say, “Look at me, oh my God!”

 
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DJ Fulano. Photo credit: Michael Bezjian

Your mom said that you have a ritual before you perform. She said that you meditate. 

I don’t meditate too often. Before I go to sleep, I’ll thank God for our day. What I do is tell myself, “Just act like you’re practicing in your room by yourself. Don’t pay too much attention to all the cameras flashing at you.” The gig I was probably the most nervous about, there were so many people. I was worried thinking, what if I screw up, what if I don’t play that at the right time, and what if my headphone goes above the beat. But it turned out fine for me. You just have to believe that you can do it. It’s all about self-confidence.

It’s true and it’s okay to be nervous. Tell me about the upcoming TED Talk.

Yes, I’m speaking at TEDxYouth, which is an organized TED event, and they want me to speak about my life as a DJ and my life with music. It’s about your picture of the world, it’s about your world imagined. It’s really cool, I enjoy the opportunities and it’s fun to be able to do those.

And finally, I listen to music when I workout, and I like to workout to house music. Tell me two songs I should buy right now.  

“Hideaway” by Kiesza is a good song and “Waves” by Mr. Probz.

Those are good songs! Thank you for talking to me!

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Music) | #Repost-Summer Music Scene In Eygalières, France

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June 30, 2015 | Posted in Music | By

Village of Eygalieres
Photo courtesy F. Andrew Abbott

This post was first published on August 8, 2012

The Provencal village of Eygalières may only have a population of 1,800, but certainly it is no slouch on the musical side with a host of offerings each July.

The month kicks off with the Festival de Musique d’Eygalières, four evenings of open-air concerts in a park-like setting. This draws a strong turnout from well beyond the village. Barely, three weeks later the Cinq Nuits des Patios showcases the talents of local artists and musicians. This series combines free concerts in town along with intimate gatherings in private gardens.
Bookended by these two festivals, there is an annual classical music concert in the church, now in its sixth year. The committee’s aim is to make the music accessible for all, so the evening is free. The artists contribute their time and energy to perform at a time of the year when they could just as easily be enjoying themselves on sunny terraces in town.

Crowd assembled for the concert
Photo courtesy F. Andrew Abbott

Based on the attendance alone, it was a success. It is possible, that Christmas services command this level of attendance, but unlikely the case for regular Sunday services. Every pew was filled, the extra chairs were all spoken for, and there were even some young teens perched on the stoop at the base of the altar.

The weather may have contributed to our enjoyment that evening. A mistral wind had been howling consecutively for two days with gusts up to 75 kilometers. The leaves on the platane (plane trees) were so loud it was impossible to think. This north wind is said to drive some people crazy. And it just might, as evidenced by an increase in the number of forest fires set by human hands in this kind of weather.

Julie Scolnik and Olivier Pelmoine

Julie Scolnik and Olivier Pelmoine
Photo courtesy F. Andrew Abbott

It was blissful to be seated inside the village church behind the thick, limestone walls. The wind was rendered silent. The sounds instead were of flute and guitar playing classical, folk melodies of Spain and Argentina.
Julie Scolnik playing her flute

Julie Scolnik playing her flute
Photo courtesy F. Andrew Abbott

Julie Scolnik is an accomplished flutist and the artistic director of Andover Chamber Music, in Massachusetts. She is an American who loves Provence. She and her husband were on holiday in the area a few years ago. They did a little house shopping and fell in love with the first place they were shown. Now, they spend a portion of their summers in Eygalières. She was beautiful in a long purple sundress paired perfectly with her Provencal summer tan. Concertgoers witnessed Julie, ever the consummate practitioner, despite a problematic music stand and minor acoustical challenges. Once the music started and a distracting photographer had left, her pre-concert butterflies were replaced by exotic melodies.
Olivier Pelmoine coaxing the notes from his guitar

Olivier Pelmoine coaxing the notes from his guitar
Photo courtesy F. Andrew Abbott

Her musical partner for the evening, Olivier Pelmoine, had made his way from Dijon. He is adept at coaxing the sensual, romantic Spanish rhythms from his guitar. He is able to play his guitar so masterfully that you almost forget that he only has one instrument. The sounds of drumming and an astonishing range of notes all weaved from a single six-string guitar.

The duo played tangos and intimate melodies for almost 1.5 hours with no break. The audience was totally unaware that the artists had only been able to squeeze in a couple of short practices before the event. Both masters at their chosen instruments, they creatively presented the history of the tango from the early 1900s until the present day.

 

 Are there summer concerts in your town or have you traveled to see a special summer concert ? Please tell us about them?

 

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott  Carolyne Kauser-Abbott has background in the investment business and commercial real estate. An opportunity for change allowed her to start writing and launching travel apps. Like many things in life, it is the unexpected. She has always been a traveler. Her motivation for writing comes from a genuine curiosity, and desire to learn. Some friends encouraged her to start documenting her passions around food, travel and fun discoveries. 

 Fast forward a few years and now you can follow her on her blog Ginger and Nutmeg 

Find her on Facebook, Twitter @gingerandnutmeg, or Pinterest

 

 

 

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Ready4Air (Music) | Music Makes My Life: Taking A Spin With 11-Year-Old DJ Fulano

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February 11, 2015 | Posted in Music | By

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DJ Fulano. Photo credit: Michael Bezjian

Last August, Ebony magazine named 11-year-old DJ Fulano Librizzi one of the coolest black kids in America. You might think this is a pretty big title for someone so young, but once you meet him you’ll think the title is a perfect fit. I met Fulano’s mom, maternity lifestyle maven and Mama Glow founder, Latham Thomas in 2011, when I first was introduced to the mom bloggers circle. Thomas, also a yoga teacher who could be a model, always has a beautiful smile and gentle energy around her. Her son Fulano was moving in the blogger circles too, specifically as a DJ for the 2012 Strut: The Fashionable Mom Show held at the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. At the time, he was 8 years old.

It took three years, but I finally got to meet Fulano when he stopped by the Arise and Shine studios one Saturday morning right before the holidays. He was a little tired after arriving for an 8:00 a.m. interview, but I had a chance to sit and ask him a few questions for Ready4Air’s “Music Makes My Life” series.

DJ Fulano, nice to meet you! So tell me, when did you first start to DJ?

I started to DJ when I was 5. It’s a long story, but basically my mom’s friend opened a DJ school and said, “Hey, maybe your kid should come take a lesson.” I took a lesson, I got a scholarship because I was so good at it. I was listening to all the genres of music like Michael Jackson, Donna Summers, Aretha Franklin, since I was a baby. My mom and dad played them all the time, so I already had that variety of music in my head. For my first mixes, I’d play Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, all the old school like soul, funk, hip hop, pop, everything.

If I were going to have a birthday party and I were to hire you for my party, what kind of music would you play?

I’m guessing you would like Donna Summers and Aretha Franklin.

That’s true–I do like those artists. That’s a good mix!

I’d also play Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, the Jackson 5, Kool and the Gang.

You play so many different genres. What is your favorite genre of music?

I hate this question [laughs]. I’ve never been able to answer this. I like different people from different genres. In hip hop, for example, I like the old Jay-Z, I might not like the old Drake and like the new Drake. What they’ve made in different time periods and what I’ve liked from them–that’s really hard to pick because there’s a lot of great from the different genres, like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, and all those people who have really influenced music. So it’s too hard to me to choose because I like R&B singers, I like hip hop rappers, I like a lot of soul, jazz, funk. I also like “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. I like different songs by different musicians. I can’t pick! I can say I have a favorite song for one musician, but I can’t say I have a favorite musician or a genre, or a favorite musician of all time because there are so many, and I still haven’t heard so many.

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DJ Fulano. Photo credit: Michael Bezjian

You’re leading a pretty glamorous life. You are going to school and still have homework. How are you able to organize and balance everything? 

I have a daily routine. Every day when I come home from school, I do my homework, play my video games, listen to music, play my bass. I keep my balance like that. On Friday, I go home, do my homework, and then I have a meet-up with all my friends, which I usually do every weekend, and I practice my instruments.

What instruments?

I play bass and drums and I am learning saxophone. I’m also buying a guitar and will learn how to play it soon.

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The fashion of DJ Fulano
Photo credit: Michael Bezjian

Let’s talk a little about your style. You have a very distinctive style–very sharp, very dapper. How would you describe your style?

Really sporty, expensive, flashy kind of wear. I’m a sporty, expensive kind of person. I’m a very unique person with non-simple needs. I like wearing the suit inside, but for my other hobbies, it doesn’t really work out.

What’s your favorite fashion ensemble?

To look nice, I usually wear a suit and nice pants. I wear a tie or bow tie.

I like your bow tie.

I do this on the first day of school.

Have you always been stylish?

Yes, always. And I was in a magazine when I was 5 years old, in kindergarten. I would show the kids and say, “Look at me, oh my God!”

 
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DJ Fulano. Photo credit: Michael Bezjian

Your mom said that you have a ritual before you perform. She said that you meditate. 

I don’t meditate too often. Before I go to sleep, I’ll thank God for our day. What I do is tell myself, “Just act like you’re practicing in your room by yourself. Don’t pay too much attention to all the cameras flashing at you.” The gig I was probably the most nervous about, there were so many people. I was worried thinking, what if I screw up, what if I don’t play that at the right time, and what if my headphone goes above the beat. But it turned out fine for me. You just have to believe that you can do it. It’s all about self-confidence.

It’s true and it’s okay to be nervous. Tell me about the upcoming TED Talk.

Yes, I’m speaking at TEDxYouth, which is an organized TED event, and they want me to speak about my life as a DJ and my life with music. It’s about your picture of the world, it’s about your world imagined. It’s really cool, I enjoy the opportunities and it’s fun to be able to do those.

And finally, I listen to music when I workout, and I like to workout to house music. Tell me two songs I should buy right now.  

“Hideaway” by Kiesza is a good song and “Waves” by Mr. Probz.

Those are good songs! Thank you for talking to me!

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Coming up: Want to land on a producer’s radar? You can with our 5 tips.
Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Film) | Oscar-Nominated “Birdman”: Its Composer Drums Up The Spotlight

Birdman composer and drummer Antonio Sanchez

January 21, 2015 | Posted in Film, Music, Social TV | By

 

Birdman composer and drummer Antonio Sanchez

Birdman composer and drummer Antonio Sanchez

By Jackson Murphy

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is one of the best films of 2014 and a frontrunner for Best Picture and Best Ensemble honors this awards season. The dramedy includes a defiant score dominated by a single drum set. Four-time Grammy-winning jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez is overwhelmed by the attention he’s getting for composing and performing the music for the film. In this LCJ INTERVIEW, Sanchez–who’s already received Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe nominations–talks about working on this, his first film, with visionary director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, what he calls “bittersweet” emotions of being in the spotlight, and why someone else had to play him in the movie.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Film) | Jackson Murphy Lands Exclusive Interview With Gregg Alexander

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Coming up: An inside look at Jackson Murphy’s celebrity moments at the Critics’ Choice Awards

Deborah J. Mitchell

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Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air (Music) | “Music Makes My Life” An Exclusive With Femi Kuti (VIDEO)

Musician Femi Kuti
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Debbie Mitchell

August 6, 2014 | Posted in Music | By

 

Musician Femi Kuti Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Debbie Mitchell

Musician Femi Kuti
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Debbie Mitchell

Last year, I had the idea of expanding Ready4Air to include music. Today the day is finally here as we a launch our new series, Music Makes My Life.

I have very few regrets in life, but not being able to play an instrument, sing or speak another language fluently are on the top of my list. I love music and admire the talent and dedication it takes to be a musician, especially a full time musician who actually makes a living performing.  And, if you are lucky enough to be a musician who has found commercial success, which is no easy feat, then my hat goes off to you.

In Music Makes My Life a diverse group of  musicians and music professionals get to share a little bit about music in their lives. In our debut post  I am  excited to feature, Nigerian musician Femi Kuti, as our first interview. Femi was in New York last week to promote the new documentary Finding Fela, which profiles his late dad, Afrobeat music pioneer and political activist Fela Kuti.

The Afrobeat sound was born in the 70’s and is  a unique  African blend of  funk, jazz, salsa, Calypso and traditional Nigerian Yorùbá. Fela Kuti was a dynamic performer whose songs were anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour long and explored the  corrupt political government and social discrepancy facing Nigerians during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Every week crowds packed his legendary Lagos nightclub, Afrika Shrine, to hear  Kuti perform and sing songs that spoke  for the masses. Kuti believed music was a weapon and he was not afraid to use it.  Love by many and also hated by some, he was arrested over 200 times during his career. Fela Kuti’s courageous voice was silenced on August 2, 1997 when he died from AIDS- related complications.

Finding Fela features never-before-seen footage of Fela’s major concerts and exclusive interviews with  several of kids including Femi Kuti (Fela’s eldest son), Yeni Kuti (Fela’s first child) and  Seun Kuti (Fela’s youngest son). The movie is playing in theaters now.

Eldest son, Femi Kuti chatted with Ready4Air and gave us exclusive news while at the Arise TV network.

Nigerian Musician Femi Kuti and me in the Arise On Screen greenroom Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Nigerian Musician Femi Kuti and me in the Arise On Screen greenroom
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Femi, what was the first song you remember ever listening to?

My father’s song Jeun-Koku and I was about 9 or 10 years old. It was about a friend of my father’s who comes to the house and cannot stop eating all the food. The friend ends up eating all the food and takes everything from my dad.

What was the music/song that inspired you to become a musician?

I started playing the saxophone at 16. I always knew I was going to be a musician but it was a matter of how and when.

What was the last music/song you listened to that reminded you of your childhood?

All my songs remind me of my childhood. There is a line that reminds me of the age. When I listen to my father’s songs I can always remember how old I was and where I was. His songs are very historical for me.

Which one of your songs has gotten better over the years?

Most to them get better over the years. No place For My Dream gets better over time. It is spiritual. I believe that composers never know why and how a sound comes to them. So you are just a medium to carry the music and there is no way to explain it. Beng, Beng,Beng ((or Bang Bang Bang to some people) is a song that people love for me to play and I cannot stand it anymore. But people love it.

Listen to Being, Beng, Beng on YouTube below.

What was the last song you couldn’t stop thinking about?

I don’t think about old songs, I try to think about new songs. I need to finish my new album. I will probably call it One People, One World. This is an exclusive, I have not told anyone else the name of the album.

What is the best technology created for musicians today?

I don’t use a lot of technology. But I want to use more of it in the new album. Not too much to kill my sound but just enough.

What musician would you like to one day collaborate with on a project?

I keep an open mind. Managers make it difficult so I want to keep an open mind. I am very protective of my work, my work is like my baby. But I like to work with a lot of younger musicians in Nigeria. I do try to keep an open mind. I would consider Jay-Z or Common again. If it could happen I am open.

And finally what was the last song that you listened to while relaxing or working out?

I don’t work out anymore. But when I was about 29 and 35 I use to do 1000 sit-ups a day. I was trying to look like the big guys on television. I had a 12 pack at that time. LOL!

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Thank you Femi Kuti for being a part of  Music Makes My Life. Next time you are in concert in NYC I will definitely be in the crowd!  You can follow Femi Kuti on facebook.com/femikutiofficial and twitter.com/Femiakuti

In the meantime folks go out and see the documentary Finding Fela.

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Coming Up: Ready4Air (Culinary Cues) |Chef Michael Muñoz & The Kitchen Gaily 

Deborah J. Mitchell
Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.

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