Interviews With Musicians

19 Jun 19
Diaspora Messenger News Media

Kenyans who died Abroad: Norah Borus, a 2013 KCSE top performer was last week found dead at her on-campus residence in the US.

19 Jun 19

A visual celebration of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, America’s most beloved children’s television show, including a foreword by Tom Hanks and a peek at the making of the feature film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, in theaters Thanksgiving weekend. Go behind the scenes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with this unprecedented dive into its storied history. […]

19 Jun 19
Newsy Today

The biopics about musicians are giving a lot to talk about these last days. And not only because they are fashionable after the brilliant success of Bohemian Rhapsody and the portrait that Freddie Mercury and the British band Queen and the recent premiere of Rocketman, the biopic about Elton John. If a few days ago […]

19 Jun 19
Propaganda Watchdog TEMPORARY

“The international money marketeers care no more for the immolation of the peoples of a continent that for the death of a sparrow […] unfortunately the world is in the grasp of theorists to whom misery and death of millions is a grain of sand beside the working out of their designs.” C.H. Douglas 1939, […]

19 Jun 19
Fisher of Men

So I was on Quora and I came across a interesting question. “Is having a idol useful for personal development or is it a hindrance?” Most times I just gloss over people’s questions because you can tell when a individual want a actual answer verses an individual not wanting to hear the truth but what […]

19 Jun 19
York Calling

We recently had the opportunity to talk to a bunch of artists from the Rogue PR label. Our next chat was with Freddy Spera from Crejuvent, who has been having a very good year so far! Find out more below… How is 2019 treating you so far? It’s treating me pretty well! I’ve been really busy with other […]

19 Jun 19
No More Workhorse

Movies This Week – 19-06-19 The Toy Story-ians (if that is a word which it probably isn’t) return with their 4th incarnation! Most people seem to be enjoying it, so that’s enough for us! Otherwise, it’s a quiet week, but there is a new version of Child’s Play and also Five Seasons: The Gardens of […]

19 Jun 19
Arcynewsy

Method Man has a big one IMDB page. Cliff Smith, not so much. "I actually hate it when they say that the next reading is Method Man," says Cliff Smith, the actor and member of the rap rapture of the 1990s Wu-Tang Clan. "It is as if I wanted to remove layers of that side […]

19 Jun 19
The Inner Circle

Its 5:32 pm sunny Weclome to another edition of “8 Questions with…..” Once in a while I’ll get asked how I find my interview subjects and I have to admit,sometimes they find me,be it directly or in the case of Michael C. Perry, through a very good friend who felt Michael had a story to […]

19 Jun 19

In the 1990s when I was avidly exploring country music, I sought it wherever I could find it. Marvoni and I made a number of trips to Nashville where we had begun our survey in 1988. Ultimately, what we found in Music City led us to explore other geographic areas where music was deeply embedded […]

19 Jun 19
Archy news nety

Method One has a great IMDB page. Cliff Smith, not so much. "I really hate when they say the next reading is Method Man," says Cliff Smith, the actor and member of the 1990s rap collective Wu-Tang Clan. "It is as if I were brushing layers of this side of me and entering as Cliff […]

19 Jun 19
Newsy Today

The bass guitarist of Megadeth from 1983 to 2002 and from 2010 to the present, David Ellefson, has spoken about the situation of the group and its leader Dave Mustaine after this Monday it became public that has been diagnosed with a throat cancer. "Dave has started his treatment and at this point we are […]

19 Jun 19
Consequence of Sound
Years before performing under the name Hatchie, singer-songwriter Harriette Pilbeam was content milling about behind the scenes. In the close-knit music community of her hometown of Melbourne, she served as a tangential member of various friends’ bands, such as Go Violets and Babaganouj. These early days were Pilbeam’s first exposure to the industry, and thus significant in their own way; however, she knew deep down she longed to be center stage. But something kept holding her back: herself. “When I was a kid, I always wanted to be some sort of musician, but I just didn’t see myself as a front person or a pop star. So I kind of pushed it aside for awhile,” she tells Consequence of Sound. (Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Hatchie Shows Here) Slowly, though, Pilbeam’s desire to be her own artist eventually prevailed over her self-doubt. “I got to the point where I was like, ‘I guess I have to take things into my own hands or I’m always going to be working behind someone else and never really feeling like the achievements are my own.’” Liberated from her fears and ready for her turn in the spotlight, Pilbeam got to work on songs that would become 2018’s Sugar & Spice, an EP that could easily be a dream pop lover’s dream come true. With her band, she also hit the road with some premier indie rock stars like Snail Mail and Alvvays. For her upcoming debut album, Keepsake, Pilbeam again mined the sounds of dream pop forefathers like Mazzy Star and Cocteau Twins. But she also was careful not to pigeonhole herself too much this time around. After all, although she frequently spun So Tonight That I Might See or Heaven or Las Vegas, it was hardly all she ever listened to. “There were people who were really ready to put me in one corner,” recalls Pilbeam. At times she was tempted to leave certain songs off Keepsake, fearing they would somehow tarnish her “sound” or disappoint critics and fans. That is, until she remembered why she started Hatchie in the first place. To be her own artist. With her own rules. Keepsake reflects that sense of proud ownership because it reflects Pilbeam herself. Between the dream pop and shoe gaze are tracks with a little more of a danceable pulse, as well as others that fold in the heaviness of industrial or gothic pop/rock like Depeche Mode and The Horrors, one of her all-time favorite bands. And then are some that incorporate all of the above, because Pilbeam is not one for strict labels. While she knows there are people “who don’t like the idea of the crossing over of genres,” Pilbeam happily approaches her material with fluidity and a boundlessness. She does whatever comes natural to her. When asked about Lil Nas X’s smash hit “Old Town Road” — and the massive controversy it stirred up among gatekeepers of country music — Pilbeam replies, “I get that song. I know why it’s big.” She adds, “I wish people would just let it live.” The same words could certainly apply to those who may be too quick to judge and categorize her music. Hatchie just wants to live. _______________________________________________________ ON GROWING UP IN THE BRISBANE MUSIC SCENE Hatchie, photo by Lisa Businovski Brisbane is the perfect place to grow up. It’s kind of a small town that got overpopulated and turned into a city. It has a pretty small but close scene. It’s a really cool place to grow up, especially if you’re part of a band and in your late teens. It was a good experience for me — I think it was the best. I don’t know how I’d be if i grew up in Sydney or Melbourne, which are so much bigger and scarier. _______________________________________________________ ON CHASING HER DREAMS BEYOND AUSTRALIA I used to get asked in interviews if Brisbane affected the way I wrote, and I thought it didn’t at all. But when I thought about it, I realized the isolation of living in Australia definitely changes your perspective. And not even in a negative way, but it just kind of gives you a feeling of … you’ll always have bigger dreams. Everyone in Australia always wants to move somewhere else, like London, New York, or Berlin, some place with more clubbing/nightlife scenes. People, especially teens, really are always dreaming of a bigger life overseas. I think that affected me more than I realized as a teen. _______________________________________________________ ON THE MEANING BEHIND THE TITLE KEEPSAKE Hatchie’s Keepsake artwork It’s kind of just something I stumbled upon. I didn’t really have any idea what I wanted to call the album. I didn’t wanna name it after a song or make it self-titled, so … it was a word that popped up in one of the songs “Kiss the Stars”. I talk about keeping a heart as a keepsake, and I thought it was really nice. I have a bunch of little keepsakes and mementos in a drawer at home. I thought that this album would be a keepsake, kind of like a time capsule of this time in my life. So, it just kind of makes sense. I didn’t put too much thought into it at the time, which is good because I was worried I would be agonizing over it. I really liked that it was an easy decision to name the album Keepsake. _______________________________________________________ ON SOME OF THE SENTIMENTAL KEEPSAKES SHE’S SAVED OVER THE YEARS The main ones I have are little tickets from trips I’ve taken. Like I’ve got a bunch of little things from Japan because everything is so nice there. Every train ticket is so cool, it’s not like an ugly piece of paper. I also have old broken key rings, old guitar picks that have names on them. I have little pieces of jewelry that I don’t wear anymore but that I had as a kid. I have a little antique box that my parents gave me as a kid that has a lid that is like a fairy. When you lose a tooth, you’re supposed to put it in there. _______________________________________________________ ON HER POP PUNK PHASE AND FAVORITE ALBUM AT THE MOMENT I haven’t revisited pop punk in a long time, but I had a massive phase of Fall Out Boy, Paramore, and All Time Low. I was like 14 at the time, during the mid-2000s, so I was the perfect age for it. These days … I don’t know, I don’t have just one genre I listen to. I listen to completely different stuff every six  months. People really associate me with listening to pop because I’ve been kind of vocal about it in interviews, but it’s not the main genre I listen to or the only one. Lately, I’ve been really getting into this album by Emma Louise, who is an Australian artist. She’s been around for awhile, but I never really listened to her older music because it was kind of like indie/folky, which wasn’t really my thing. But her latest album, which came out last year, was like a concept record where we she tuned down all of her vocals and took on something of an alter ego. It was very different from her other music, and it’s really beautiful. I can’t stop listening to it at the moment. It’s called Lilac Everything. _______________________________________________________ ON THE GENDER INEQUALITY OF MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUPS Hatchie, photo by Sophie Hur I think with festivals it’s a real shame that we have to talk about it so much, but it is important that we do. It’s really great what some festivals are doing. Like Primavera Sound did the “New Normal” campaign where they had a 50/50 split, or definitely had at least 30% non-male acts, and I think that’s amazing. But it is a real shame that we have to do this and that we have to keep talking about. It shouldn’t have ever been this way or gotten this bad. I think it’s more important than I realized or than I experienced as a young woman. Growing up, I was a privileged person. I’m a white person and grew up in middle-class suburbia. I definitely could have had way more female role models, but I’m lucky that I was still able to pursue a career in music, and I had the support of family and friends and schools that made me feel like I could make it but from the beginning. But there are lots of less privileged people who really need those good role models, and who need to be shown from a young age that they can do the things that they maybe think they can’t.
19 Jun 19
Maryland Theatre Guide

The weather held up, and “LakeFest” began the much-heralded Columbia Festival of the Arts on Friday, June 14, 2019.  “LakeFest” offers visitors to the Lakeside area of Downtown Columbia, Maryland, a chance to see a great array of artists for free.  I had a chance to visit “LakeFest” for some of the shows and to […]