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

 ELEW and Me Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

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.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Music) | Music Makes My Life With Jazz Flutist Sherry Winston

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.

 ELEW Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

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.

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

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

####

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.

ELEWROCKJAZZ.com | www.facebook.com/ELEWW | www.twitter.com/ELEWROCKJAZZ

 ###

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.

 

Read More...

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

fulano 2

July 2, 2015 | Posted in Music | By

fulano 1

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.

fulano 2

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.

fulano collage 2

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!”

 
fulano 3

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!

####
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.  

Read More...

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

fulano 2

February 11, 2015 | Posted in Music | By

fulano 1

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.

fulano 2

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.

fulano collage 2

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!”

 
fulano 3

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!

####
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.  

Read More...

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

ELEW and Me
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

August 20, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

 ELEW and Me Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

ELEW and me
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

 

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, 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.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Music) | Music Makes My Life With Jazz Flutist Sherry Winston

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.

 ELEW Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

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.

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

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

####

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.

ELEWROCKJAZZ.com | www.facebook.com/ELEWW | www.twitter.com/ELEWROCKJAZZ

 ###

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.

 

Read More...

Ready4Air The Week Ahead |Tips For Turning Your Blog Into A Biz |Music Makes My Life With ELEW |Blogger Bash Highlights

2014 Blogger Bash and Sweet Suite Event, NYC
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

August 18, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

IMG958856 copy
Sometimes you have to take a minute to smell the roses, or three hours to row the Delaware river. Which is what I did yesterday. I’ve been enjoying a few unexpected days off from being in the studio and got out of the city this weekend. Today, my arms hurt. LOL!!

When it comes to producing television, especially  a news show, moments of relaxation are hard to come by. In the past, I’ve written about the long intense work days  filled with what seems like endless deadlines, that could sometimes take a  physical and mental toll.  So a break is always welcome. A friend of mine took the summer off from her news job, I saw her recently and she looks great! She has spent the last few weeks traveling to visit friends and family, sleeping late and catching up on all the things she can’t do while she’s working.

Working is great but I have to say, there is something to be said about kicking back and soaking up the lazy days of summer.

Related Post: ATTENTION! Working In TV Is Not A 9 To 5 Job!

Gina Badalaty Mom-Blog, Helping Families with Special Needs Photo Credit: Gina Badalaty

Gina Badalaty Mom-Blog, Helping Families with Special Needs
Photo Credit: Gina Badalaty

This week on Ready4Air, we are excited to welcome a post from blogger Gina Badalaty, creator of  Mom-Blog. Her ten-year old blog helps families of children with special needs and restricted diets. We’ve been asking  bloggers to share stories about the different conferences they attended throughout the year. Well, Gina is jumping in and will  share a post about time she recently spent at the  2014 iRetreat conference, which is geared towards helping bloggers turn their blog into a business. Since blogging can be big business you just might want to check out Gina’s post.

So  stay tuned for the “Top 7 Things I Learned at the iRetreat 2014 Blogger Conference”.

2014 Blogger Bash and Sweet Suite Event, NYC Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

2014 Blogger Bash and Sweet Suite Event, NYC
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Since we are talking about conferences, this week I will continue my recap of the 2014 Blogger Bash and Sweet Suite event in New York City last month.  I was a speaker at the two-day conference’s VIP session and part of their media panel where I met Gina Badalaty. We made plans to stay in touch and talk more about how she can prepare for an upcoming television interview.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Brands & Bloggers) |A Day Of Fun And Connecting At Blogger Bash NYC

 

Eric Lewis a.k.a ELEW Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Eric Lewis a.k.a ELEW
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

And finally, we wrap up our series “Music Makes My Life” with American jazz pianist Eric Lewis, who goes by the stage name ELEW. I first was introduced to Eric’s style of “rock jazz” music a couple of years ago at a private record release party. The 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 . While playing, the music puts Eric into a trance like state that holds the audience transfixed. He is soaked from sweat after every performance but the audience is guaranteed  an extraordinary musical ride.This week ELEW shares the music in his life.

Thanks for tuning in and enjoy your week.

###

Coming Up: “Top 7 Things I Learned At The iRetreat 2014 Blogger Conference”  By Gina Badalaty

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.

 

 

Read More...

Ready4Air The Week Ahead |It’s Time To Enjoy The “New” View | Music Makes My Life With Sherry Winston |

Unknown

August 11, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

 

Unknown

The middle of the month of August can mean different things to different people. For kids and parents, it’s the start of school and for television producers it’s the start of a new show season. By the beginning or end of August, television producers are usually heading back to work after their summer hiatus and shows are ramping up. It is time to start rebuilding sets, creating new show graphics and in some cases, hiring new talent. This year one of the biggest changes on the television horizon is happening before and behind the scenes at the daily talker  “The View.”

As the program enters season 18, the show will look totally different when it comes back on air in September 2014. Long gone is the original cast of Star Jones, Joy Behar, Meredith Vieira, Debbie Matenopoulos and now show creator Barbara Walters. Walters retired this past May after 17 years  and the latest show hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd said their final goodbyes in the beginning of August,  It was also announced last week that longtime show Executive Producer Bill Geddie will also not be returning.  As it stands, Whoopi Goldberg, the show moderator since 2007, and former host Rosie O’Donnell who left in the program in 2007, will be coming back.  So, who will fill the remaining seats around the table?

Stay tuned for a lot more changes on the horizon and get ready to take a little time to enjoy the “new” View.

Related Post: GoodBye Joy Behar: A New Day At The View

Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Debbie Mitchell

Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Debbie Mitchell

Over at Arise On Screen, our show is eight months old now. And while the show is coming along nicely, we’ll continue to tweak it. So don’t be surprised if you see  a few new segments as well as a new guest film critics in the co-host seats.

Jazz Flutist Sherry WInston at Plainfield NJ. Plainwood Park Concert Series Photo Credit: Elliott Simmons

Jazz Flutist Sherry WInston at Plainfield NJ. Plainwood Park Concert Series
Photo Credit: Elliott Simmons

Last week on Ready4Air we launched a new music series entitled “Music Makes My Life” and our first interview was with Nigerian musician Femi Kuti. Kuti was in New York promoting “Finding Fela” a documentary  about his late father, Afrobeat music pioneer Fela Kuti, when he chatted with us. He’ll be working on a new album and gave us an exclusive by telling us the album’s name, “One People, One World.”

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

This week  in our  Ready4Air series we profile Jazz Flutist Sherry Winston. Winston has performed in many of the concert halls throughout the U.S. and for several U.S. Presidents including Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. In her interview Sherry tells us what she believes is the best technology created for musicians today: “The iPod…You can perform and practice to it. I actually do a lot of performances where a client can’t afford my band. It has made a difference in my bottom line financially. Years ago I would just loose the gig!”

Still to come …read more about music in Sherry Winston’s life.

Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Debbie Mitchell

Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Debbie Mitchell

And finally this week,  we will give you a few producer insider tips on how to handle your next television interview. In my latest post for  entrepreneur.com  entitled “5 Do’s and Don’ts for Making the Most of a Television Appearance”, I’ll guide you through ways to prepare for the interview and what to do once you’re in the interview seat.

So stay tuned and enjoy your week!

###

Coming Up: Music Makes My Life with Sherry Winston

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.

 

Read More...

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!

####

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.

###

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.

Read More...

Ready4Air The Week Ahead |A Screening for Chef Helen Mirren|A Food Blogger’s Re-Branding |A Summer Series…Music Makes My Life

DreamWorks Pictures’ THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

August 4, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

DreamWorks Pictures’ THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

DreamWorks Pictures’ THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

This week is already off to a great start. Tonight I am going to the world premiere of  Disney’s The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Dame Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri and  Charlotte Le Bon. The film is produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, bringing the two back together professionally. As you may recall, Winfrey starred in Spielberg’s 1985 film  The Color Purple, her first big screen role. Tonight Winfrey, Spielberg and the  stars  of the movie will walk the red carpet at New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre to be followed by a screening.

In the movie, Mirren stars as the chef or a five star restaurant in the South of France. When an up-and-coming chef of an Indian restaurant decides to move across the street, all hell breaks loose. Food and Helen Mirren are two of my favorite things, it’s going to be a good Monday night.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Culinary Cues) |Chef Helen Mirren Fights Over Food In The Hundred-Foot Journey

Food blogger Michael Munoz formerly known as the Gay Gourmet at the launch party for  his new blog The Kitchen Gaily  Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Food blogger Michael Munoz formerly known as the Gay Gourmet at the launch party for his new blog The Kitchen Gaily
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Speaking of food, I went to a great launch party last week for the food blog The Kitchen Gaily. Formerly known as the Gay Gourmet, food blogger Michael Munoz has re-branded and threw a great party at the GE Monogram Design Center in New York City to celebrate. One of the highlights of the evening was a very tasty gluten-free menu, including  cocktails made with gluten-free vodka. Yes! gluten- free vodka. To say we had a gay old time is an understatement.

Tune in for this week’s Ready4Air /Culinary Cues for more about the fun.

Arise On Screen Host Mike Sargent on set reviewing prompter Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Nick Viagas

Arise On Screen Host Mike Sargent on set reviewing prompter
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Nick Viagas

In part two of our conversation with Arise On Screen host and film critic Mike Sargent, he discusses his less than perfect performances on the show. No television talent likes to have an off day but it happens to the best of us.  While everyone would like to bring their “A” game every single time they go before the camera, it’s not always possible.

This week on Ready4Air Mike Sargent discusses common mistakes he makes during tapings and his best and worst interview since Arise On Screen launched this year.

Related Post: Ready4Air (TV) | A TV Host Breaks Down His Show Prep And Performance

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

And finally, Ready4Air will launch its latest series titled Music Makes My Life with our first guest, Nigerian musician Femi Kuti. Kuti was in town  last week to perform as well as promote the new documentary, “Finding Fela” about his dad, Afrobeat music pioneer and political activist, Fela Kuti. The documentary opened on Friday, August 1 and takes us behind the production of the 2009 Broadway play “Fela”, and features interviews with family members as well as a glimpse of never-seen video of Fela Kuti. While I had heard of Fela and seen the play a few years ago, I didn’t know a lot about the man until watching the film.  If you get a chance, I highly recommend it.

This week in Ready4Air Femi Kuti tells us a little about what gets him going musically in Music Makes My Life.

So stay tuned and have a great weekend.

###

Coming Up: Ready4Air (Music) | Music Makes My Life w/ Afrobeat Musician Femi Kuti
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

 

Read More...