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29 May 2015

Sarah Jospitre, Editor, HorizonVU Music Blog

Sarah has an ever increasing pool knowledge of the fast-changing music industry landscape. She has earned a Masters in Music Business at New York University (NYU) and she has worked for hip-hop music mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment, EMI Music Publishing, CBS Radio and most recently, Russell Simmons’ celebrity blog, GlobalGrind. As Editor, Sarah brings not only her knowledge, but her passion for music journalism and discovering emerging talent.

Little Out There

Tarah Who?
Little Out There
(A Diamond Heart Production, 2014)

Following their debut album, In A Rush, the French LA-based punk rock band Tarah Who? have released their sophomore album, Little Out There. The much-anticipated 11-track collection will no doubt take punk rock fans on an energetically angsty musical whirlwind with its fast-paced, riveting guitars, high-powered (and head-banging worthy!) drum solos. Little Out There captures to a “T” (for Tarah, pun intended) the powerfully emotive vocals of the trio’s multi-instrumentalist frontwoman, French/American singer Tarah G. Carpenter. (A true master of the drums, guitar and bass, fans will also hear Carpenter’s enthralling guitar skills on the latest release.)

As the opening track on Little Out There, “Worst To Come” showcases one of Tarah Who?’s greatest assets: Carpenter’s killer vocal range. With emotionally-charged wails, powerful groans and a hint of spiraling yodels (yes, yodels), Carpenter’s voice should be dubbed as the vocal lovechild of Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and alternative rock queen Alanis Morissette. Comparisons of Carpenter’s vocals to Vedder’s voice are also apparent on the album’s closing track, “Burn that Shithole Down.” Still, the heavy bass and recklessly powerful drums also make “Worst To Come” a great opener for the band’s newest release.

But let it be noted: Little Out There is not just a compilation of screams and heavy basses. The theme of love also plays a central role throughout the album and is most apparent in the slower-paced track, “Human to Be” (“We can be ourselves/…Love, love, love, love”) and “Tear Apart” (“I love you, I love you/…I gave all I could”). Little Out There reaches a compelling musical climax with the track “Hear All Ears”—by far the most ballad-like title on the album. Far slower in tempo with a prominently melodic and soothing (yes, soothing) guitar throughout the track, its lyrical content runs deep; possessing a more revealing and probing nature—like one desperately attempting to crack the code of someone’s soul in order to understand their own (“Tell me what you’re hiding/ What’s your secret?/ And who’s the real you/ I know you have so much inside/ Just like I do”).

Still, with Little Out There, Tarah Who? stay true to their roots, whatever they maybe.

In an interview with the music blog, Revolution 360, Carpenter explains, “I usually say I’m rock, but people ask me what kind of rock? Truth is, I don’t even know! So far I have heard we are punk, grunge, indie, rock and alternative. I even heard “metal on the edge.” As long as we’re not called pop…I don’t really mind. But to me, it’s still just ROCK!”

And the proof is in the music.

Carpenter’s low, angsty vocals and pissed off yells in “Lower Your Tune” is reminiscent of Garbage’s Shirley Manson and Brody Dalle, respectively, while “Too Much Thinking” stands as a worthy successor to The Distillers’ “City Of Angels.”

With their hard-hitting guitar riffs, heavy pounding drums, a steady, slick and at times seductive bass (courtesy of the album’s bassist and drummer, Pilal), titles including “Down,” “Beautiful,” “Rainy Day” and “Lost ‘n’ Cold” create a punk, grunge, indie, alternative—ROCK!–world of musical drama that is a Little Out There.


01. Worst to Come
02. Rainy Day
03. Human to Be
04. Too Much Thinking
05. Lower Your Tune
06. Lost ‘n’ Cold
07. Tear Apart
08. Beautiful
09. Here All Ears
10. Down
11. Burn that Shithole Down

Tarah Who? is made up of Tarah G. Carpenter (vocals, guitar), Pierre Gallotta (drums,bass, guitar).

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Header_DenigrataA Lecturer in Popular Music at a British Higher Education institution, Denigrata Herself is undertaking her PhD in women in extreme metal. She is also the front woman/guitarist in Denigrata, an experimental black metal collective. Denigrata have coined the term noir concrête for their music, meaning the avant-garde dark noise initiated by Pierre Schaeffer and Karlheinz Stockhausen finds a different rhizomatic existence within their contemporary black metal performance space.

Denigrata Herself is a gender theorist whose research and publications to date focus on body performativity, reclamation of female space, tattooing, graphic novels, death metal and black metal. She is part of the International Society for the Study of Metal Music (ISMMS) and sits on various academic and equal rights boards in the UK.

For over a decade she was a lead guitarist in British death metal bands, she was signed to and worked for various independent record labels and now devotes her time to lecturing, researching and performing. She is choir master for her departmental chamber choir and presents annual post-modern renderings of canonical classical pieces with her choir, a string quartet, a contemporary band and Ableton performers.

Denigrata Herself – Reflections from the Recording Studio

Sorry for my absence of late, Denigrata have been in the recording studio and whilst this process historically has not been something I have enjoyed, this time has been completely different. We opted for Initiate Audio and Media, based in the East Midlands, UK which has Neil Hudson, an incredible engineer and musician, at its helm. As such, he has made the recording process more of an opportunity, rather than a laborious task.

However, because our set up is different from a great many bands, I think we underestimated how much longer the process would take because of it. Having no drummer may seem like it would make recording easier, but because of the sheer amount of files we use, it has actually meant we have been encouraged to really focus on every single tiny aspect of our music.

It would be easy to categorise this as annoying or perhaps, cavalier regarding attention to detail because some people enjoy this process, others don’t. I am most certainly in the ‘don’t’ category, or at least I was. Perhaps I used to think about it as time = money and so to spend a long time in the studio simply meant racking up a huge bill which wasn’t at all preferable. But what this particular recording process has done has been enlightening.

Through using Ableton, it has meant that every single sound, timbre, texture and time signature has been accessible, put in stasis if you like, in order for us to carefully analyse its inclusion and function. This has meant a different engagement with our music as well as how it will be recorded.

The usual is there, guitar and bass tracking, laying the keys and vocals and whilst I’m used to recording guitars, this is the first time I have recorded any vocals. The morning I was due in the studio, I was quite anxious as I genuinely didn’t know what to expect, from me or the process. I hadn’t warmed up particularly (not something I would recommend!) but got straight into it as soon as I got there.

After various fuck ups, laughing fits and minor alterations, I nailed all the tracks and before I knew it, my day was done and it was time to sit back and listen to what had been captured. I can honestly say I sat there in complete shock! I couldn’t believe it was me! I heard evil, terrifying screamed vocal lines and from someone who sings opera and choral music during my teaching, this absolutely blew my mind!

Having only heard myself at practice and only vaguely at gigs, I was not really able to obtain any objectivity on my ‘sound’ and articulation but hearing this back now, I am able to do so. Having spent so long singing expected gendered songs, vocal lines, soprano tessituras, I was unprepared for the way my vocals for Denigrata would alter my own perception, not only of gender roles but of capabilities. I think well if I can do it, anyone can. I have often held extreme metal vocalists (mostly men) in high regard, thinking that it must be exhausting; it must ravage your vocal chords and be very hard to maintain; naively I was worried I didn’t have what it takes. However, perhaps because of how much I enjoy being a vocalist, this has helped my evolution and commitment to making the sound I have in my head. I suppose in those terms, it’s no different from finding a guitar distortion that meets the sound you want to use. But unlike a guitar pedal or head, you can’t just fix your settings, doing the vocals requires something more.

In order for me to do this, I have to feel. I need to feel the darkness in my soul in order for that sound to come out. It is a cathartic process as well as terrifying. Staring straight at your own fears and being willing to bare your soul is a scary prospect. That being said, I hadn’t thought it would be as empowering as it is. When I scream my vocal lines, I find it almost transcendent. I know this may sound daft, but it’s true. I don’t know if other extreme metal vocalists experience something similar or not, but being able to scream out all the pain, the misery and sorrow is a very valuable gift that I am deeply thankful for.

Needless to say I am very excited to hear the final cut of the album! As H.P. Lovecraft wrote, ‘madness rides the star winds’ and it is time we join them.

Comments are welcome. Denigrata Herself can be contacted at

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CHRISTINE OHLMAN & REBEL MONTEZ…Welcome to the Hip-Shakin’ Summer of 2015!!!!

tix on sale!! Fri. May 29 8 pm CAFFE LENA Saratoga Springs, NY 47 Phila St. #1 call for tix: 1-800-838-3006 -TIX $25 public/$22 members ADVANCE TIX HERE !! The Beehive Queen returns with Cliff Goodwin, Michael Colbath and Larry Donahue to this lovely, historic performance space that has become a great favorite. Christine will introduce new tunes and rock the house gently, Beehive-style! more info and menu at: ALSO: CONCERT STREAMS LIVE ON CONCERT WINDOW.. PURCHASE TICKETS FOR $5 HERE AND JOIN US IN A VIRTUAL BEEHIVE WAY (CONCERT IS NOT RECORDED, BUT YOU CAN WATCH IT LIVE IN HD):

TIX ON SALE!! Sat. May 30 7:30 pm NEXT STAGE ARTS Putney VT 15 Kimball Hill Rd. – SUMMER RENOVATIONS KICKOFF DANCE PARTY!! ADVANCE TIX HERE !! TIX $18 advance/$20 day of show The Beehive fix will be on as the Queen returns to Next Stage and there’ll be room in the front for DANCING! Next Stage is a fab tin-roofed church performance space that is a recent winner of the ArtPlace America grant, AND THIS CONCERT WILL BE THE LAST BEFORE RENOVATIONS BEGIN! Rock with Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez as summer begins in a venue designed by artists, for artists!!! MORE VENUE INFO AT :

tix on sale! Fri. June 5 @8 pm (doors 7:30) THE RECORD COLLECTOR “Living Room Concert Series” Bordentown, NJ 358 Farnsworth Ave. 609.324.0880 ADVANCE TIX HERE! Join the Beehive Queen as she and the Montez Boys return to this super-cool performance space that’s also a top-notch record outpost (vinyl, CDs, and more!!) plus cafe. The SUMMERTIME Beehive hip-shake will be in full force among the LPs, 45s and vintage goodies!!!! Come on down to The Collector!!! More info and directions: P.S. This concert will be streamed live via, a 24 hour no-repeat radio station bringing you the best from indie artists worldwide.

tix on sale! Sat. June 6 7 pm (doors 6 pm-come early for drinks & dinner snacks) THE BIJOU THEATRE Bridgeport CT 275 Fairfield Ave. 203.332.3228 (Parking directly across the street)
AMERICANA THROWDOWN w.CHRISTINE OHLMAN & REBEL MONTEZ/The Paul Gabriel Blues Trio/Seth Adam !!! ADVANCE TIX HERE! Americana king Seth Adam, rockin’ Blues king & Connecticut legend Paul Gabriel (BMA nominee!) and the Queen Of The Beehive & Rebel Montez share the historic Bijou stage in cool, cool Bijou Square for a summer night of deep, deep soulfulness! All venue info at

new date! Tix on sale! Fri. June 12- 8 pm (note earlier show time!-doors 7 pm) The Knickerbocker Cafe Westerly RI 35 Railroad Ave. 401.315.5070 ADVANCE TIX HERE (general admission) It’s TGIF at the Knick as Christine Ohlman, Cliff Goodwin, Michael Colbath & Larry Donahue bring the hot, hot Beehive Hip-Shake to further warm up a summer’s eve. The Knick is famous for its great sight lines and big, big dance floor. There’s great food too (have the fish!!!) and the party lasts until 11 pm. Log on to for more info and dinner reservations.

Tix ON SALE! Sat. June 13 – 7:30 pm The 1794 Meetinghouse 26 South Main Street New Salem, MA 978.544.5200 Tix $20/$15 students/children under 12 free ADVANCE TIX HERE! Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez are honored to kick off the season at this wonderful, historic Northern Massachusetts performance space set in the pristine, tiny village of New Salem. The Beehive Queen cherishes the many beautiful friendships formed here, and the B-Queen Hipshake will be on, big-time! Admission $20/children under 12 Free. Log on to for more info

new date!! tix on sale! Sat. June 20 8 pm BAYSTREET THEATER Sag Harbor NY 1 Main St. “GE SMITH & SNL BAND MEMBERS” ADVANCE TIX HERE! Christine guests with members of the SNL Band present and past and other special guests in a first-weekend-of-summer musical celebration with her longtime musical brother GE. For more info: Venue: 1 Bay St. (corner of Bay and Main Sts.) Box Office: 631.725.9500 (tix also avail by calling box office)

tix on sale!! Sun. June 28 4:30 pm MYSTIC BLUES FESTIVAL FINALE ALL-STAR JAM…Main Stage @ Mystic Shipyards- 100 Essex St. Mystic, CT ADVANCE TIX HERE!!!
The Beehive Queen appears with The Knickerbocker All-Stars alongside special guests like James Montgomery for a kick-out-the-jams closeout to this year’s Blues Fest at the Mystic Shipyard on the beautiful Connecticut shoreline. Rebel Montez guitarist Cliff Goodwin will also join in the fun…more guests to be announced! Join Christine and Cliff for this great finale! Fest runs Fri-Sunday, June 26-27-28…More details at

FREE! Wed. July 1 7:30 pm The MADISON BEACH HOTEL Madison, CT 94 West Wharf Road RAIN OR SHINE! SUMMER KICKOFF CONCERT… FREE….. The Beehive Queen opens the “Concerts on The Grassy Strip” series and kicks off the Hip-Shakin’ Summer of 2015 right where she used to, and you NEED to be there….This free early-evening concert is a great chance to hang at on the beautiful lawn with its gorgeous beach view. Make dinner reservations earlier and then join the crowd on the lawn, or just come for the Beehive Concert! All ages are welcome, bring your own chair, and PARTY WITH THE QUEEN. As always, if you want to book a room at the hotel to stay the night, don’t wait! EVENT MOVES TO GRAND BALLROOM IN EVENT OF RAIN…
More info at or by calling 203.245.1404

new date! Free admission! Sat. July 4 7 pm RIVERLINK CONCERT SERIES Amsterdam, NY at Riverlink Park- 25 Church St. The Beehive Queen rocks this gorgeous waterfront amphitheatre on the most fab summer night of all, the Fourth of July! Concerts sponsored by the Amsterdam Waterfront Foundation. Enjoy dinner at the Riverlink Cafe and swing on over for the Beehive HipShake! More info at:

tix on sale!! Saturday, July 11 – 9 pm (w.special guest Lovelace Stoltz at 8 show only) BRIDGE STREET LIVE 41 Bridge St. Collinsville, CT 860.693.9762 ADVANCE TIX HERE The Beehive Queen returns to this pristine Northern-CT concert room that showcases the best in music with great sight lines and a fab dinner menu. Her fab friends, the Americana duo Lovelace/Stoltz, do their wonderful thang at 8 pm. Directions, menu, more info at:

Fri. July 17- Opening Parade and Concert: The WC Handy Festival, Muscle Shoals AL- Christine serves as this year’s festival Grand Marshall, ridin’ in the Cadillac in the opening parade! More details on Handy Week follow…..

Tix on sale! Fri. July 17 8:30 (8 pm doors-The Local Saints open at 8:30) THE SHOALS THEATER Florence AL Christine Ohlman & Travis Wammack w/special guests: “THE SNAKE KING MEETS THE BEEHIVE QUEEN” ADVANCE TIX HERE!! Travis Wammack is one of the pre-eminent session guitarists to come out of the Memphis-Muscle Shoals scene, and a blue-eyed soul singer beyond compare. Christine is proud to be teaming with this great musician for a show to benefit the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and The Shoals Theatre. Killer Americana heroes The Local Saints open at 8:30, and special guests will include the ultra-wonderful Donnie Fritts, Kelvin Holly, Wayne Chaney, Will McFarlane, Travis “Monkey Man” Wammack, and more! . SPONSORED BY THE TASUS CORPORATION OF FLORENCE AL…. Stay tuned for more news and ticket link!!!!
more info at: 123 N. Seminary St. Florence AL 256.764.1700

2015 Handy Festival!! Sat. July 18 4 pm THE CONCERT ON SHOAL CREEK 384 Johnson Drive Florence,Al CHRISTINE OHLMAN w. Fathers and Sons and special guest The Mary Mason Band The Beehive Queen rocks the traditional first-week-end-of-Handy afternoon concert on the Creek….. Fathers and Sons are Shoals guitar gods Kelvin Holly (The Decoys/ Pegi Young Band) and Will McFarlane (Bonnie Raitt) with Jamie McFarlane and Justin Holder (The Local Saints). Soul goddess Mary Mason opens with her great band. It’ll be a party to start the party!

2015 Handy Festival!! Monday July 20 7:30 pm THE MUSCLE SHOALS ALL-STARS in Concert (W.C. Handy Music Festival) Shoals Marriott Hotel Florence, AL 10 Hightower Pl. (256) 246-3600
Christine guests with the Swampers, including the legendary David Hood and Jimmy Johnson, in a romp through the classics of Shoals Soul. All the greats of the Shoals music scene will be on stage, and The Beehive Queen is honored to be asked to sit in! Don’t miss it!

2015 Handy Festival! Thurs. July 23 7 pm Cypress Lakes Golf Course (W.C. Handy Music Festival) 1311 E 6th St. Muscle Shoals (256) 386-7783 Christine Ohlman w/The Decoys & special guest Brad Guin. The Beehive Queen gets down hard with “The House Band Of The Shoals,” the Decoys, in a concert that’s become a Handy tradition, outdoors on the spectacular grounds at Cypress Lakes. The always-fabulous Kelvin Holly, Scott Boyer, NC Thurman, Mike Dillon and Jimmy Clay will be joined by sax king Brad Guin. Bring a chair and your dancing shoes, and get down seriously with The Queen and the Cream of the Shoals!!!!

TIX ON SALE!! Sat. Aug. 1 – 7 pm – THE IRON HORSE Northampton, MA- 20 Center St. – 413.586.8686 ADVANCE TIX HERE! Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez w. special guests THE REPROBATE BLUES BAND blow the roof off the Horse for the second summer in a row. Northampton is an especially rockin’ town, and The Queen can’t wait to return! Watch for tix link and get info at:

new date! FREE admission! Wed, Aug. 5 6-8 pm. ROCK THE DOCKS – Norwich CT – Howard Brown Park, Chelsea Harbor Drive (on the Norwich Waterfront) FREE ADMISSION (RAIN DATE Wed. Aug. 12) The Beehive Queen & The Montez Boys rock this long-running CT weeknight fest on the beautiful Norwich waterfront. (Concert moves one week ahead to Aug. 12 in the event of very inclement weather)
More Info:

new date! tix on sale!! Friday August 7 9 pm Daryl’s House Club – Pawling NY 130 Rt. 22 845.289.0185 w.SPECIAL GUEST HAMELL ON TRIAL! ADVANCE TIX HERE! The Beehive Queen & The Montez Boys premier at the “House of Dary Hall” with ultra-rocking troubadour Hamell on Trial opening!! (for those of you who’ve been clubbing around the area of decades, you’ll recognize the address as the former home of the Towne Cryer). Join The Queen for the hot, hot, High-Summer hip-shake. There’s a killer restaurant here, too, so come hungry. Reservations recommended. More info:

Sat. Aug. 8 – 4 pm – THE TEA FOR 200 to benefit the New Milford Hospice and VNA…. 63 River Road Washington Depot, CT This yearly fling features a throw-down by Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez on the grounds of a beautiful private residence under a festive dance-floor-equipped tent. There’s fabulous food and drink, a riotous hat contest that’s become a wonderful tradition, and it’s all for one of the best causes around. The Tea rules!!!!

Fri. August 21 7:30 pm (HEADLINER) The Hamburg Fair LYME, CT 263 Hamburg Rd. Join The Beehive Queen as Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez headline this great late-summer fair that is a more-than-100-year Connecticut tradition. Come join the summertime Beehive party…Admission $5/children free…. More info at:

FREE! Wed. Aug. 26 7:30 pm The MADISON BEACH HOTEL Madison, CT 94 West Wharf Road RAIN OR SHINE! SUMMER KICKOFF CONCERT… FREE….. The Beehive Queen closes out the “Concerts on The Grassy Strip” series and the Hip-Shakin’ Summer of 2015 right where she used to, and you NEED to be there….This free early-evening concert is a great chance to hang at on the beautiful lawn with its gorgeous beach view. Make dinner reservations earlier and then join the crowd on the lawn, or just come for the Beehive Concert! All ages are welcome, bring your own chair, and PARTY WITH THE QUEEN. As always, if you want to book a room at the hotel to stay the night, don’t wait! EVENT MOVES TO GRAND BALLROOM IN EVENT OF RAIN…
More info at or by calling 203.245.1404

Sat. Sept. 12 9 pm BLACK-EYED SALLY’S Hartford CT 350 Asylum St. 860.278.7427 The Beehive Queen rocks the Capitol Area’s Home Of The Blues as summer turns to Fall…Sally’s rules the blues scene, and the Queen loves it! Make it a total blues fling with dinner and dancing…because there’s great Southern cooking from the kitchen, too! Reservations recommended at

tix on sale soon! Sat. Oct. 17 7:30 pm (doors 6 pm for refreshments and auction item viewing) AHM Fall Foliage Concert & Auction Presented by AHM Youth & Family Services Hebron, CT 25 Pendleton Drive Call for tix: 860.228.9488 The Beehive Queen & The Montez Boys will rock this great yearly event. Come listen, dance, and participate in a fun auction that helps support the great work that AHM does in the communities of Andover, Hebron, Marlborough and Columbia CT. More info:

Fri. Nov. 27 9 pm BLACK-EYED SALLY’S Hartford CT 350 Asylum St. 860.278.7427 The Beehive Queen gets down seriously with Cliff Goodwin, Michael Colbath, and Larry Donahue for her annual Thanksgiving Friday extravaganza (p.s. it’s her birthday week…shhhh!!) This show will sell out…reservations recommended! Throw the leftover turkey in the ‘fridge and join the Queen for a hip-shakin’ blues fling…and there’s great Southern cooking from Sally’s kitchen, too! Info and reservations at:

Christine appears on the new Blu-Ray revamp of the historic PBS concert at Madison Square Garden for Bob Dylan’s 30th Columbia Records Anniversary ..with George Harrison, Johnny Cash, Neil Young and SO many more… ORDER ON AMAZON HERE

CHRISTINE appears on Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Andrew Loog Oldham’s historic “Andrew Loog Oldham and Friends Sing the Rolling Stones Songbook Vol. 2″ ORDER HERE

CHRISTINE APPEARS ON Ian’ Hunter’s latest, “When I’m President” Order on Amazon

The Deep End…Latest release…Five national End-Of-Year Top Ten honors…
“Tough, tender, thoughtful and sassy– R-E-A-L, as Sam Phillips was wont to say.”- Peter Guralnick, Award-Winning Author and Musicologist (Last Train To Memphis, Sweet Soul Music)

MAINSTREAM RECORDS COMP RELEASED IN THE UK…The Wrongh Black Bag was Christine & brother Vic Steffens’ “baby” garage band. This cool comp on Ace Records UK features “I Dont Know Why,” the B-side of The Bag’s only 45. The Amboy Dukes were the kings of Mainstream, and the Wrongh Black Bag was the “teen-dream” band. Amazon Link Here

LIVE HIVE…The first-ever concert DVD by Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez ..available NOW on Amazon. “[Ohlman] is a visual feast. If you haven’t seen a live performance, you’ve missed half the show. With this video, you get a front-row seat”- Kay Cordtz, Elmore Magazine, Jan. 2012
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CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “LOVE MAKE YOU DO STUPID THINGS” feat. special guest Eric “Roscoe” Ambel of the Del Lords:


ECU_2015_blog_smallWhether imagined or real, stories are created every day, and the world is always in need of a good story. Character-driven, plot-driven, or just plain-driven ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival continually searches for the most talented storytellers and cinematic visionaries.

Through this dedicated quest and passion for independent cinema, ÉCU prides itself on being one of Europe’s premier events for independent films. This stems from the festival’s unyielding belief in its filmmakers and their artistic efforts.

ÉCU 2016 will take place in Paris, France from April 8th to 10th 2016.

“For the last 11 years, we are honored to have been able to help creativity, innovation and a true independent spirit around the festival. ÉCU has developed into a global 12-month event, combining our 3-day event in Paris with our global ÉCU-on-the-Road tour where we promote our Official Selection films to a worldwide audience. We help filmmakers to share their amazing stories and we look forward to another great year of spreading the word that great indie films are the fabric of our souls.” says Scott Hillier, founder and President of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival.

The competition focuses on original and independent works that demonstrate quality, creativity and innovation across fourteen categories.

European Categories: – Dramatic Feature – Dramatic Short – Documentary – Animation – Experimental – Music Video – Comedy

Non-European Categories: – Dramatic Feature – Dramatic Short – Documentary

Worldwide (European and Non-European) Categories: – Student Film – Feature Script Competition – Short Script Competition – Arab Special Section

Early Bird Deadline: November 22nd, 2015 Regular Deadline: December 20th, 2015 Late Deadline: January 10th, 2016 Withoutabox Extended Deadline : January 17th, 2016

ÉCU 2016 will also host its 10th annual “Much More Than A Script Competition!” The script competition gives writers the opportunity to shine and be acknowledged for being a central part of the collaborative filmmaking process. The competition focuses on independent screenplays that are not aimed at the mainstream or Hollywood film markets and demonstrate quality, creativity and innovation. Several of the scripts that have competed have been made into films.

Deadline: March 6th, 2016.

Independent filmmakers and scriptwriters may submit their films and/or scripts at via Withoutabox, FilmFreeway or directly from HERE. For information regarding the festival’s rules and regulation for submitting films and screenplays, please visit: Rules-and-Regulations.

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

Some singers shy away from singing lessons because they believe they will sound “trained” and not sound natural. When the opposite is actually true.singer-recording-his-new-track-in-studio-100215439

The human voice is the only musical instrument that is alive. That means that it’s constantly changing. The body is your instrument so your posture can change everything about your sound. Posture is actively seeking balance.

You experience different emotions from moment to moment. Those emotions can cause tension in the muscles. Intense emotions can actually freeze the body and the voice. Can you sing when you’re crying? I find it very difficult.

Your moods, the amount of rest you got last night, how many glasses of wine you consumed last night and what you ate for breakfast today are all factors that effect the voice.

The biggest factor is actually the thoughts running through your mind: “what’s my starting pitch!?”, “oh, no here comes the high note”, “darn I always mess up on this phrase”, “what are my lyrics?”

Every negative or panicked thought causes the muscles of your instrument – your body to respond with fight or flight behavior. In other words muscles that need to be flexible and strong to support your singing get rigid and tense and do not allow for natural function of your voice.

So what is a singer who needs to sing with freedom but does not want to sound unnatural to do?

Learn a good, solid vocal technique. Technique- if it is based in the natural function of the instrument – is a step-by-step process for you to follow. Technique introduces you to the inner workings of your vocal instrument. Singing is mastered inside the body. Inside the body is where you feel the results of your thoughts, feelings and the technique.

A technique that is founded on the natural function of singing is a consistent step-by-step process for you to follow under any and all circumstances. You cannot depend on your instrument to remain the same but you can rely on your technique.

A good technique returns your voice to its’ natural, brilliant and powerful sound. A good technique does not make you sound fake or “trained” instead it gives you back your fabulous voice!

You want to be a great singer? Get great training!

Contact Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan wrote the book on contemporary vocal technique – literally. Sing Like You Speak™: Simply and Naturally. SLYS™ is specifically designed to restore the effortless vocal production that is natural to the human instrument making your singing powerful, joyful and free. Sally has been successfully training singers for more than 30 years.

Sally has helped her clients heal vocal damage, expand vocal range, land a Broadway show, record their own music and tour internationally without vocal fatigue or strain.

There’s a huge gap between someone who sings and a true vocal artist. Sally is a master at helping singers bridge that gap.

Singers are always wanting more power from their voices. It is the best feeling when your singing is grounded and strong – using all the right muscles to free your voice. Understand that the purpose of singing lessons is to create good habits so that you can be free to express yourself through the music.

So I’m going to share a voice lesson from my online singing lesson website. In this video lesson you will learn an exercise that, simply by the nature of the exercise, encourages using the correct use of deep muscles to produce a healthy sound. To view the video simply click on link below.

Use of Deep Muscles to Produce a Healthy Sound

Enjoy! I look forward to your comments and questions and to hearing you sing.

Contact Sally Morgan

Women Of Substance

Women of Substance Radio has been on the air for 4 years. We broadcast 24/7 on the Live365 Network and iTunes Radio garnering fans from all over the world. WOSRadio plays the BEST female artists, both label and Indie, in all genres. We hand-pick all of our music starting with icons of the past like Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Tracy Chapman, Mariah Carey, No Doubt, Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Michelle Branch, Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillat, Adele, Carrie Underwood, Amy Winehouse, Feist, Christina Perri and so many more. Women of Substance take submissions from Indies and our review board selects only the best quality artists and songs that can stand up next to the forementioned superstars. Indie artists we have chosen early in their career have gone on to be Top 24 on American Idol, win second place on the Bravo show Platinum Hit, and one artist is currently a chosen contestant on NBC’s The Voice.

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Aeona is a singer-songwriter, musician and music producer from Sweden. Her interest in music began at the age of four when she discovered her first “drumset” in the kitchen. In her mid teens she played the guitar, composed her own music and competed in local talent shows. As her passion for music grew she began playing the piano by ear. Today she has her own studio and is working on her first album. She sings every vocal, and plays most of the instruments in her songs. Inspired by artists such as Pink, Madonna, Linda Perry and many more, she is looking to make a name for herself in the pop genre.

1 Aeona – I Still Feel You
2 Aeona – I Wanna Love Tonight
3 Aeona – Loving You Isn’t Easy
4 Nikki Nash – Room For Me
5 Tivoli Skye – Our Hearts Are One
6 FUE – Go On
7 FUE – Sweet Release
8 Tivoli Skye – Promise
9 FUE – My Life Sings
10 Mariam Taylor – Sweetness
11 McGonigle & Gladstone – Edge of Love
12 M.E. Law – Keep This World
13 Becky Foster – Kaleidoscope
14 Jenny Van Alstyne – Let Love In
15 Deborah Wargnier – Don’t Let Me Break Your Heart
16 SongDriven – Be Nice
17 Denise Dimin – To Know What It’s Like (feat. Rachel Williams)
18 Caroline Keller – Busted
19 Susan D – New Day
20 Justina Shandler – The Mailman

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Katie Garibaldi at Indie Music Channel Awards 2015

Katie Garibaldi at Indie Music Channel Awards 2015

Living Dream Music is excited to announce Katie Garibaldi has received the Emerging Artist of the Year award at the Indie Music Channel 2015 Awards! Garibaldi’s “Follow Your Heart,” the acclaimed title track off her new album, was also nominated for Best Country Song. This is the artist’s first time being nominated and winning an IMC award. Garibaldi was presented with the honor by Christopher Ewing, creator of IMC, during the ‘Best of the Year’ segment at the IMC Awards Ceremony last Sunday, April 26, 2015 at the world famous Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, CA, where she also performed her song “Follow Your Heart” live. She dedicated the song to “all the indie artists who are following their hearts.” The awards show celebrated some of the biggest names in independent music from around the world.

“I poured my heart and soul into my new album, Follow Your Heart, and it’s really amazing to be recognized for my music,” Garibaldi reflected in her acceptance speech on the night of the awards show. She has also published on her social media, “This past year has been an amazing journey with Follow Your Heart and I couldn’t be happier with the path it’s taken me on. Thanks to everyone who has believed in me and my heart’s mission! I am floored with gratitude.”

The Indie Music Channel was created by Emmy Award winning TV host, actor and model, Christopher Ewing. “I created the Indie Music Channel and ‘The Radio Cafe’ radio show because I have always felt that there needed to be more support for local, indie artists and their music. There are a lot of really talented singers and bands whose music isn’t getting enough radio play, if at all, mostly because they aren’t signed to a major label. Whether these singers or bands have a record deal or not, they still have awesome music that deserves to be heard on the radio and on television and now, through the Indie Music Channel, there is an outlet for them to get their music played.” (

With her seventh full-length album, Follow Your Heart, recently released, and an endorsement deal with Breedlove Stringed Instruments, who worked with her to build her a custom Master Class guitar, Katie Garibaldi has proven to be an artist with staying power. Based in the golden city of San Francisco, this determined and enthusiastic singer/songwriter/guitarist is an avid national touring performer—with regular appearances in Nashville, TN— who has acquired a devoted fan base, due in large part to her engaging live shows, and personal connection to her listeners through her music. The indie starling has a characteristic musical style wherein her equally pop- and country-tinged folk-rock gives her a distinct and soulful sound—Americana with sparkling memorable melodies. Katie Garibaldi is an active voting member of the Recording Academy, has been named a Music Connection magazine Top 100 Live Unsigned Artist, received the Songwriter of the Year award from Songsalive!, performed in Austin, TX for this year’s SXSW, and was recently featured in Guitar Player magazine, which called her “a gifted songwriter with a gorgeous voice.” For more information and tour dates, visit Katie at

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Award-winning New York City-based Pop-Jazz musician Saniyé returns with her much anticipated new single “Man Outta You” off her brand new EP due out Summer 2015. Saniyé has had incredible write ups including features in the Broadjam, Bodrum Magazine, TimeOUT NY, The Village Voice, Global Rhythm Magazine, MTV, CNN, and more. We’d love for you to consider inviting Saniyé for an interview or consider featuring Saniyé’s new song “Man Outta You” from her upcoming sophomore album. The official music video for “Man Outta You” will follow on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

Who is Saniyé?



Saniyé started writing songs and playing music at the age of 5, so it is no surprise that her
emotionally driven and debut eclectic album “When I Don’t Sleep..” made it’s rounds nationally and internationally with much success. Songs from the album aired on Delta Airlines and many are still currently playing in stores nationwide in the U.S. Her music featured on MTV Europe, tastemaker stations across the nation and most notably, “Boom Sheke Nana” won the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Saniyé, went on a thirty city tour, headlined a show at Joe’s Pub in New York City and ended the tour by opening for multi-platinum selling singer songwriter, Lisa Loeb.

Sinem describes the first album, “It was like a diary. I was shy and exposed at the same time. Looking back I can see I was shedding my sadness and working through the loss of my father. To say the least my fun and bold spirit was a bit squashed after his death. Purging these emotions has helped me get back to my fun, flirty, mischievous essence.”

Sinem says she has definitely matured musically since then but hasn’t grown up in the traditional sense, “I never want to fully own the title ‘grown-up’. I think the magic of life is in play, mischief and for me, music. I don’t think when we become a certain age we should have to abandon this side of ourselves. My music attempts to bring that out for all of us.”

“The second album feels like a rebirth. I am really expressing myself from the person that I was when I was little. It’s just pure fun and it feels great to reclaim the part of myself that is very much like my father. My mom tells me stories all the time about how I remind her so much of him with my playful nature. He was that 47 year old guy who would press all the buttons in the elevator just for kicks. In this way my music is an homage to him, the father who I never really got to know. This keeps him alive for me. Life should be fun and I hope to create a space in my music for the world to feel that.

“My influences are other bold and playful artists that say what they want with no apology. Lily Allen, Pink, Eliza Doolittle, Regina Spektor. Most of these artists are very feminine but unapologetic about who they are. This can also be so healing for women in general. We are lucky to have the freedom to be fully expressed. It is important to accept everyone for who they are. I hope my music can help bring people together in this way. I encourage everyone to accept all parts of themselves. For me I love video games AND I love playing dress up and experimenting with fashion. This is me, I refused to believe that I had to be one or the other. I’m that girl you will see in heels at the arcade playing a racing game, beating the boys.”

The new EP coaxes you to engage with Saniyé. “It’s a space where you can be yourself one hundred percent. That is definitely a part of my journey and I invite you to join me in the fun.”

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Photo by Art Heffron

Photo by Art Heffron

Denver-based Folk-pop songstress Katey Laurel grew up drawing pictures, writing stories, riding horses and playing in the woods in the Colorado mountains. This is the idyllic foundation from which she crafts her life and her music. Katey’s songs range from radio-friendly pop tunes to lush, cinematic songs for film and television. With background in Classical piano and French horn as well as guitar and voice, her artistic roots are both deep and diverse. Laurel draws her musical inspiration as a songwriter from many musical styles including bluegrass, classic rock, alternative, country, and even 80s dance-pop.

Katey has performed hundreds of shows via venues, radio, television stations and festivals in Colorado and around the US, including Hotel Cafe (LA), The Bitter End (NYC), Bluebird Cafe (Nashville), Hard Rock Café Denver and Nashville, Colorado State Fair and the Greeley Stampede. She has built a solid fan base with her unique voice and a satisfying blend of folk and pop, garnering airplay on Triple A and AC radio stations around the country including KALC, KMNT, KBCO, KFMU and KOTO. Most recently she is a Great American Song Contest Top 5 Winner and NPR Mountain Stage NewSong Contest Regional Finalist, and has had two songs in rotation on Starbucks overhead programming.

As a live performer, she has shared the stage with Howie Day, Bill Mallonee, Katie Herzig, Matt Morris, Trevor Hall and others. With her latest album “Periscope” produced by industry veteran Warren Huart (The Fray, Aerosmith), Katey Laurel is now poised to reach an even larger audience in the days ahead. Here’s your chance to get three of her songs free!

Walnut Valley Festival New Song Winner
Tucson Folk Festival National Finalist
Great American Song Contest Finalist
NPR Mountain Stage NewSong Southwest Regional Finalist
Texaco Country Showdown Southwest Regional Finalist
International Songwriting Competition Semi-Finalist

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