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Andrea Soler is back home in Australia following the summer-fall Daydreamer Tour. This Australian singer songwriter, a true friend of HorizonVU Music, continues to deliver her compelling vocals and insightful lyrics. Musically inspired by the passionate joie de vivre of her French ancestry she exudes a distinctly European influenced sound, yet maintaining her own take on indie folk. Likening herself and her music to the old ways of gypsies and travelers; expect a swathe of moods and emotion from Andrea’s soulful live performances. We recently caught up with Andrea and took the opportunity to join her in reflecting on the tour and finding out what might be coming our way in 2013!

Hi Andrea! I think it goes without saying that it’s great this opportunity to do this interview. Give us a little bit of background. When did you start thinking about a tour across Europe and how did it come together?

AS: The preparations for the tour were at least a year in the making. From nonchalantly talking about it one night while driving home after a gig, to actually buying the plane tickets and booking the shows, I worked full time for six months in preparations for this tour. I have always felt a calling to do a tour in Europe, I was just waiting for the right team and the right time.

You didn’t go alone…tell us about “team Daydreamer”?

AS: There were three of us on tour – Goba, James and myself. Leading up to jetting off, we met up once a week to finalise plans, make clips on youtube, fundraise through Pozible.com, and organise ourselves!

My husband, Goba, has been with me on my musical journey from the beginning, and has always supported and believed in what I do. He was a crucial part of the Daydreamer Team because he was not only the man with the camera in his hand capturing all the moments on tour, he was also interviewing people, helping to drive from country to country, and most importantly he was the rock!

James is my guitarist, and is a very talented guy! He is a real people person and loves making connections and new friends. James helped us to raise

Andrea Soler and James Ross

Andrea Soler and James Ross

funds for our trip as well, which enabled us to purchase camera and sound equipment for our doco. He also helped to get sponsorship from AER Acoustic Amps.

For most of us going on the road takes a special measure of courage – it’s tough for a lot of us to leave our own backyard and play elsewhere. Did you have any real hesitations about coming to Europe?

AS: I did have my hesitations, and of course fears came up for me – What if they don’t like my music, what if the car breaks down, what if we don’t find a place to stay, etc. Those fears are totally normal. In a way I was lucky to have lived in Paris and the UK and performed over there so I wasn’t going over with no idea of what to expect.

What were your initial objectives in setting out on the road…did you accomplish everything? Where do you give the tour high marks? What would you do to try to improve next time?

AS: The initial objective of the Daydreamer tour was to expand my musical horizons. As you can imagine the music industry in Australia is very small and isolated compared to say Europe or the US. I wanted to test the waters to see if in a three month time frame I could gather up a grass roots fan base to be able to return and tour independently and sustainably the following years.

We also set out to make a documentary about our trip, to inspire fellow independent musicians on self-management and booking tours overseas themselves. We interviewed festival directors, radio announcers, musicians, and music lovers in the UK and Europe to gain insight. This doco will hopefully be completed in 2013.

It was hard combining those two projects together as it increased our work load to almost unmanageable. Not only were we heading to countries we’ve never been to, finding our way around, performing in front of crowds that didn’t know us, we also had to have the camera with us to capture it all, and also edit clips for youtube and blog along the way. I think we achieved more than what we set out to do and we proved to ourselves that we are a good team.

Okay, so you were in a number of countries and cities over the summer to fall, how exactly did you get from place to place? Did you find moving around difficult at all?

Yes, and no, to that question! First we went and bought a car in the UK so we would have our own transport, which was a great way to get around. It was a bit scary when driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road in Europe, and also sitting in traffic jams for hours and the lack of parking was definitely a challenge.

We had so much gear in the back of the car and every time we had a gig, or stayed somewhere we pretty much had to unpack and repack it, which was tiring! We ended up doing about 12 000km’s in the car and I think that was too much driving.

We know that you have some great videos of the tour…do you have a video we can show readers…you know, give them a taste of the Daydreamer Tour 2012?

AS: We are actually in the process of finalising the edits of our European part of the tour right now. At the moment there are clips of our time in England and Scotland and one music clip we recorded in the south of France. All clips can be accessed via www.andreasoler.com.

We’d like to share a clip with our readers…Andrea Soler and “No Ordinary Love Song”!

Reflecting back, tell us, was there a real highlight of the tour? We’re there any moments you care not to relive – honestly now….?

AS: When I have people ask me that question I find it hard to answer because there were so many highlights! I felt very honoured to be able share my music, and be on the road touring in Europe!

My first day in Germany is quite memorable. We landed at the Mobile Blues Club in the back streets of Hamburg, where we were playing that night. From the outside it looked like a semi trailer from a circus, and on the inside it was a cabaret bar. By the end of the night we had so many people crammed inside watching, listening, and clapping along. It was an incredible atmosphere I’ll never forget.

We also had a show in Lubeck, Germany. We arrived at the venue to be told that a lot of the uni students were on holidays and they didn’t know how many people might come along. We started setting up and a handful of people walked in. We thought that was it, we would play to about seven people that night. Within the next hour, the whole bar was packed. You just never know!

I did have an instance where one guy drove 800km’s from Switzerland to Berlin to see our show, and we also had a couple from Austria drive to our show in Chur, Switzerland, and they knew all the words to my songs! That was amazing! I really enjoyed performing at The Larmer Tree Festival in the UK with the incredible musicians who recorded on my first album –Earth On An Axis.

In regards to moments I’d care not to relive – I think when we arrived to a festival in the UK and I’d forgotten my wellies and umbrella. (The biggest mistake.) It was windy and raining and we had to walk across a muddy field in shoes. We got wet, cold, soggy and muddy and then had to play a show. Not fun at all!

Usually, touring along with the ups and downs provides some maybe unconfortable at the tile, but at the end of the day, funny moments. Did you get some good laughs along the way? Tell us.

AS: We had so many funny moments! In times of stress (there were a few!), we would end up laughing about it in the end.

We did a lot of busking in the streets without permits and I remember a few times being stopped by police. Once in Berlin, the police approached us and we had a crowd of about 50 people who started booing at the cops. There was this tension in the air. He told us we had to stop. So I smiled at him and cheekily said do you think we could do one more song? He let us!

Andrea Soler, James Ross, Hannah Judson and Phil

Andrea Soler, James Ross, Hannah Judson and Phil

When we drove from Berlin to Prague on a heat wave 40 deg day, and got over the border into the Czech Republic our GPS wouldn’t work. The screen went blank. So, not only did we have to find our way to Prague, we had to find the place where we were staying! If you’ve been to Prague then you know how condensed and tiny some of those back streets are. We ended up paying a taxi driver to drive in front and take us there while we followed behind in the car!

When we got to the big cities, we would go and hire bicycles and ride around. It’s a great way to see the city, and we had a lots of fun, and once Goba had the Go Pro in his hand a James accidentally ran into him and they had a crash in the middle of the street. It’s funny because you can see it all on film.

When you gave that last performance, that last night and it was over, how did you feel? Happy to be headed back home, sad to be going off tour? What was that like for Andrea?

Our last show in Paris was, I think, around the 50th show. I was happy and content and ready to come home by then. I didn’t feel sad because well, three months on the road was long enough, but also there was so much to look forward to in coming home. I’ve started working on my new album, and also building a solar powered house in the Northern Rivers with Goba.

Do you have any particular plans in mind for keeping up momentum in Europe?

AS: Definitely. The plan is to return to Europe next year. We will focus on less countries and less driving next time and do more shows! I have already started contacting people and venues to keep the ball rolling.

What’s next for Andrea, James and the team?

AS: I think editing our little grass roots documentary is a priority as it’s still current and relevant. I am really looking forward to getting it out there.

Anything we haven’t touched on that you’d like to mention…errors or omissions on our part ?

Thanks for all your help and support with my music!

You’re entirely welcome. Thanks to you for taking time to talk to us – much appreciated. We look forward to hearing more from you in the weeks and months ahead and we look forward to seeing you back in Europe!

Visit Andrea at www.andreasoler.com and http://www.facebook.com/musicandreasoler?ref=ts

What’s The Buzz ?

Review originally posted 2012 http://www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/HannahJudson.html

Hannah Judson
Album: Underbelly
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 11
Website: http://www.hannahjudson.com
Hannah Judson is an American living in Paris, well to be more precise, Hannah Judson is an American singer/songwriter living in Paris. It’s an important distinction because whilst there is a feeling that the French consider themselves culturally and artistic superior to the upstarts from the New World, there has always been scope to embrace artists of all nationalities and to take them to their heart, if not actually give them airplay.

Judson helps her case enormously by writing songs that walk on a number of different levels and also which capture that idea of an artist genuinely looking to try and understand the world that the people of her adopted country inhabit and how it differs from her own.

“Underbelly” has been out for a year or so in both the US and France, but is really only just starting to break into the consciousness over here, which is a good thing, because it’s a strong album in its own right before you even start adding the cross cultural dynamic.

At its heart, “Underbelly” is an album that runs the gamut between country and Americana, but as the name implies, it’s also an album that takes a glance at the life going on around the writer, at both a social level and a political level to create the impression of an artist with a genuine thirst for knowledge and experience.

The album is sung in English, but there’s some phrases that come across in the recording that let you know without any doubt, that Hannah Judson is the sort of artists that would do her best to go native so as to really express the best, and worst, a culture can throw at you..

The result is a very cosmopolitan album, one that does a really good balancing act to ensure that it stays fresh along it’s eleven track length. Judson herself appear to get a real sense of the world around her and turn the experiences into thought provoking, well thought out songs and whilst “Underbelly” my not be a full expose of life and love, it does sometimes venture into a world of discovery and thinking.

Neil King

HorizonVU Music, Women Of Substance Radio, Photography@ Sue Rynski and Café OZ invite you to a night of music for everyone…proceeds donated to the Association Christina Noble!

Acclaimed Australian singer/songwriter Andrea Soler with guitarist James Ross and Paris-based folk-rocker Hannah Judson head up a double bill! 9 September 2012, Café OZ (Grands Boulevards), Paris, France

The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation is an International Partnership of people dedicated to serving underprivileged children with the hope of helping each child maximize their life potential.

6€ Donation (Suggested)

Association Christina NobleOnce again, HorizonVU Music is organizing a benefit event on behalf of the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation (CNCF).

Christina Noble is the founder and driving force behind the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. Her passion for children’s rights is rooted in her own upbringing of homelessness and desperation. Since 1989, the foundation has been protecting children at risk of economic and sexual exploitation and providing education and basic care in both Vietnam and Mongolia. CNCF’s programs seeks to protect children at risk of economic and sexual exploitation, while ensuring these and other children in need have access to basic care and educational opportunities. This includes emergency and long-term medical care, nutritional rehabilitation, educational and vocational training and job placement.

Christina has been recognized and saluted in over thirty countries and has received over a hundred humanitarian and lifetime awards, battling tirelessly for the recognition and respect of the rights of every child. In December 2010, in recognition of her twenty years of work in Vietnam, Christina was the first Irish woman to receive the Order of Friendship Medal. This award is the highest honor given by President and the people of Vietnam to foreigners.
CNCF is an international network of people and companies such Horizon VU dedicated to serving underprivileged children. Thanks to the help of all our sponsors CNCF is the most highly awarded non-profit organizations in Vietnam and Mongolia?

Horizon VU et l’Association Christina Noble renouvelle leur initiative et offriront un concert placé sous le signe de la solidarité avec la participation exceptionnelle de cette soirée festive : Andrea Solers, jeune chanteuse australienne, des plus prometteuses, sera à l’affiche.
En vingt ans, cette ONG internationale, dont la mission est de protégé les enfants des rues en danger d’exploitation économique et sexuelle soutien les enfants des rues en leur offrant une éducation, une formation professionnelle, des soins médicaux en leur permettre une réadaptation nutritionnelle en vu d’assurer leur avenir.

Christina a été reconnue et saluée dans une trentaine de pays par des distinctions marquant son engagement humanitaire. Luttant inlassablement pour la reconnaissance et le respect des droits de chaque enfant. En décembre 2010, au Vietnam, Christina était la première femme irlandaise à recevoir l’Ordre de Médaille d’Amitié en reconnaissance de ses vingt ans de travail. Cette récompense est la distinction les plus hautes données par le Président aux étrangers. Les fonds collectés à l’issue du concert aideront l’ONG à poursuivre ses actions humanitaires en faveur des enfants défavorisés.

Visit Association Christina Noble at http://www.asso-christina-noble.fr/

Maria001_smallMaria Zubova, Media Writer, Music

Maria Zubova and “Maria’s Sound Space…” is a regular column for HorizonVU Music. Maria has a passion for music and she likes to communicate about it. Maria is herself a trained musician. She is follows photography, arts, fashion, and travel. Of course, she frequently attends different concerts and rock festivals.

Attention! New star on the stage!

Let me present a band that totally conquered my heart – Tarah Who! It is a band that consists of French citizens but these people can for sure be called big travelers- they are making records in LA, USA and give concerts all around Europe and the U.S.

What kind of style do they prefer? Rock-pure and unbeaten! I have had a big pleasure to listen to their records, but to see them live – twice in March 2012. I also had a unique opportunity to talk to members of the band a for HorizonVU Music! But let’s go step-by-step.

To begin with, Tarah Who?’s albums sound very confident and attract the listeners’ attention from the first second. I’ve enjoyed both their old tracks and new ones. They have very melodic songs, highly-professional and well-balanced sound, but what is really catchy about them is the voice of Tarah G., the lead singer and guitarist. Tarah G. has a incredibly strong vocals, real passion and energy about everything that she’s doing.

The band has recently gone through some changes – welcoming some new members adding fresh blood to their music. Talking about their music more

Photo Credit: Laurence Gibson

Photo Credit: Laurence Gibson

specifically, I’m recommending some songs that I found really catchy and interesting, especially for new-listeners. As for me, most of them are even in the list of my top tracks for this spring!

The song “In my Mind” that starts the album “In a Rush” helps us to understand what to expect from it: great sound, many hits and catchy melodies, energy, strong vocals and half an hour of rock pleasure! It is one of the top listened songs of Tarah Who? Another great surprise of this album is “Unbalanced” – the song that has its own style and rhythm. It is rather easy to remember the lyrics and melody so you can become its fan very fast. The top song of Tarah Who? is “In a Rush” the album’s namesake. You can already feel its importance.”Our Story” stands out. It is something more personal, even private. It is written in the style of country mixed with calm classical rock. I’d for sure recommend the last song on “In a Rush” album called “Happy” – it shows off the character and strong soul of this band.

Photo Credit: Maria Zubova

Photo Credit: Maria Zubova

As was mentioned before, I had managed to be present at two their recent concerts. The first one was at “L’OPA” Bastille where Tarah Who? played on the same stage with The Kennedys and Hannah Judson. It was a great performance with sound on max, so all listeners could enjoy the pure rock songs of this band. At the same time, a bit later, I was surprised at the other other concert where Tarah and Pilal (drummer in Tarah Who) played the same songs but in the unplugged version. I can say that both concerts were of the highest quality and totally satisfied my demans for music. I strongly believe, that both the electric and the acoustic versions are worthy of attention. The face and sense change according to the performance.

The interview that I made before one of the concerts was really very exciting: all members of the band are very pleasant, openhearted and open-minded. Each member already has years of experience, but still they are are kind and eager to communicate. I found out that the band is closely connected to another band called “So Was The Sun”-they share a guitarist (Palem). Tarah G. likes pure and old school rock like Foo Fighters. Today the members of the band are working to adapt as musicians to each other. They have rather different musical tastes, but they all share the objective of generating energetic, rock, “ I want us to have fun and our fans to party with us!”. It’s an interesting direction to go and one of their latest songs “Rainy Days” a great example of the unique collaboration of talented people and their ideas. Check out the vid.

At the end of the interview I asked each member of the band two words: one that they like and other they hate. Here’s the response that I got:
Tarah: 1.music/karma
2. impossible
Pilal: 1. Sun
2. Duty
Palem: 1. Sonic
2. Weakness
Sam: 1.Defeat
2. Particularly

I’m really pleased to announce to all fans of Tarah Who? as well as those who would like to explore this band are welcome to join the band in concert “In The Mood(‘s) for Rock” on 11th May! It will be a unique event with many bands to participate so I’d strongly encourage and recommend everyone to be there!!!

Maria Zubova

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We welcome comment on Maria’s Sound Space! Comment on the blog or contact Maria at maria@horizonvumusic.com

What’s The Buzz ?

Spring Forward and The Kennedys by Hannah Judson

HJ with Pete and Maura Kennedy and Phil Cartwright of Horizon Vu Music.
Horizon Vu Music organized a great show at OPA (Bastille) on Saturday night with me HJ, Tarah Who? and The Kennedy’s.  If you haven’t come across Pete and Maura Kennedy yet, I recommend more than a click and a listen, but you can start here. This talented

Hannah Judson, Maura Kennedy, Pete Kennedy, Phil Cartwright

Hannah Judson, Maura Kennedy, Pete Kennedy, Phil Cartwright

and engaging duo from New York follow a rigorous touring and production schedule, fortunately for their loyal and large fan base. They were just coming off tour with Nanci Griffith in the UK, and came to Paris for a few days to play a show and soak up some beautiful days along the Seine.
Underbelly is now on regular rotation on New Driven Radio. The  show airs Tuesday evenings 8-midnight (eastern time) on 89.1 WBCX and is streamed internationally at: www.Brenau.edu/wbcx.

Read more from Hannah Judson at http://hannahjudson.wordpress.com/

by Lei Guo for HorizonVU Music

March 1 and the Benefit Concert for the Association Christina Noble! The night was staged at at Mc Bride’s Irish Pub in Paris’ 1st arrondissement and featured Hannah Judson, Etienne Rosas & Band, and Tarah Who? Proceeds went to benefit children in Vietnam andposter_CNCF_1_3_small Mongolia.

It was a great day, perfect for my first go at organizing a concert. From sun-up, I was pretty stressed and excited all at the same time. Stressed because I was worried sick about not being late, how it will go,what should I do to make it as good as possible, even what should I wear… And obviously excited because I knew everything will be awesome!

Amandine Boubennec and Caroline Faraud, Association Christina Noble

Amandine Boubennec and Caroline Faraud, Association Christina Noble

After making final arrangements and a quick set-up, the night kiched off with Hannah Judson. Hannah’s music and mellow voice guides you among her travels, her life and experiences. As evening moved to night, people gathered around – obviously delighted and charmed by her charisma. With Hannah you fly away as high and as far as her ballads can take you.
Then the change-over to Etienne Rosas & Band. The room was filled with their good cover vibes. From Richy Valens to The Beatles, you already knew the songs, just a matter of letting yourself go and roll with the rock. Etienne and his band are young, young but very talented and they

Lei Guo with  Claude Guillaumin and Kim Naef

Lei Guo with Claude Guillaumin and Kim Naef

Hannah Judson

Hannah Judson

Etienne Rosas & Band

Etienne Rosas & Band

know how to put on a show. They really wet their shirts, OMG is that me or is the temperature rising?

Finally, a black haired girl goes on stage with her band. She plugs in her guitar and…the rock is on! Tarah Who? Tarah G. is the lead singer and guitarist of the band. Tarah G. is incredibly talented, experienced and full of energy. You feel THE pulse , so bang your head. Tarah G., Pilal and Sam…they really rock and just for that – a big thank you guys!

Last call came to fast…unplug the mics…ok. But not to worry…we’ll do it again, sooner than later.

Tarah G.

Tarah G.

Big up to everyone who participated to the event. A special thanks to Keiran who welcomed us to McBride’s, to HorizonVU Music for the

Desmond Mcgetrick, PSB and Phil Cartwright

Desmond Mcgetrick, PSB and Phil Cartwright

production, to IESA http://www.iesa.info/spip.php?page=home&couleur=violet, Paris School of Business http://www.psbedu.com/and to all the donors who gave to a terrific cause – the Association Christina Noble.

Visit the Association Christina Noble at  http://www.asso-christina-noble.fr/

You can find Etienne Rosas at http://www.reverbnation.com/therevies

Hannah Judson at www.hannahjudson.com

and Tarah Who? at www.tarahwho.com

Of course, you can find Hannah Judson and Tarah Who? at www.horizonvumusic.com

What’s The Buzz ?

Maura and Pete Kennedy

Maura and Pete Kennedy

Pete and Maura Kennedy have been writing and recording new material for their next album, due to be released in the spring of 2012. In the meantime, you can hear The Kennedys perform several of their new songs in concert. Tour dates in 2012 include a handful of shows on the east coast, and then a month-long tour of the UK and Ireland starting late february and lasting until the end of March.

The Kennedys have been writing, recording, producing and touring with long-time friend, mentor and collaborator, Nanci Griffith, and will be touring with her throughout 2012, both as her support act and as her bandmates. Dates include a month-long tour of the UK and Ireland to coincide with the European release (february 2012) of her new album, “Intersection”, as well as a U.S. tour in support of that same album, which is set for an April 2012 release in the states. For an inside preview of Nanci’s upcoming CD, as well as an account of how it was recorded, visit: http://www.nancigriffith.com/about/biography/

The Kennedys http://www.kennedysmusic.com will be performing at OPA Paris/Bastille on 24 March joined by Hannah Judson http://www.hannahjudson.com/and Tarah Who? http://www.tarahwho.com/!!!

Maïtha Babajee

Born in Brunswick Maine USA, Hannah Judson began performing in alt-rock bands in Chicago USA in the 90s. She played in major clubs, performing original music, and recorded with various groups. These years were loud and electric.

In the late 90s while expecting her daughter, she pulled out her acoustic guitar and wrote an album, much more pensive, quiet, & lush. She recorded this album “Apollo” with Brian Burkhart and together they formed Kite Club. This was a turning point in her writing, away from louder, more loaded songs, to a slower beat and more pensive exploration of the world around her. She has been in France since 2005.

Hannah Judson

Hannah Judson

Can you describe Hannah ?

HJ: Dumb blonde does not apply. Optimistic, creative, resourceful. Likes periwinkle, cowboy boots, wikipedia. I really like making things, and working with what I have. I keep a notebook, and collect words, ideas, metaphors, and images. I also have a digital mp3 recorder on my iphone, and I collect song ideas while I am jogging, and running errands. I am always working on new songs. Not all of them make it to a live performance, but the process is a lot like gardening. Ideas are planted, and you watch each one to see how it grows.  And you do a lot of weeding.

Your last project?

HJ: This year has been busy. This spring I released my first CD in 7 years. I supported the release with a 16 concert series at Les Décharguers in the first arrondissement in Paris. I worked with 2 other musicians, Serge Bencissou and Michel Esquelin. We performed the songs from the CD, and also wrote a couple new ones along the way. We met a lot of people during the shows, and our set and working style evolved. I look forward to playing with the band again soon.

Why Underbelly?

HJ: “Underbelly” is a series of songs I wrote in France, but many of them are looking back across the Atlantic. “Underbelly” meansthe dark, underside of something. I like the word because is also sort of feminine in a gritty way. The songs on “Underbelly” are both critical and romantic. They tell stories of places and events, both personal and in the news. Writing “Underbelly” was part of the process of understanding and letting go of my former life in the U.S.

Next project?

HJ: I am writing another CD now. It is much more grounded in France. It is about love and food. Well, I haven’t written the food songs yet, so maybe it is just about love.

Outside of music, what does Hannah do?

HJ: I always have a book I am reading. I look at maps and plan trips. I grew tomatoes this summer, and now I prepare a tomato dish with every meal. I try to run a marathon every year. I have run 6 marathons so far. Although recently I decided I should run less and drink more. Life is short.

Where can we find you?

HJ: You can keep track of me at www.hannahjudson.com. You can buy my record at www.cdbaby.com/cd/hannahjudson, and on amazon, itunes, and many other digital distributors. Of course,  you can find me at SHOP HorizonVU Music http://blog.horizonvumusic.com/?page_id=4023.

See Hannah Judson on 17 November
O’Sullivan’s Rebel Bar, Rebel Bar
10 rue des Lombards
Paris, 75004

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