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4 August 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.

She defines her sound simply as “soul retro pop.” Yet nothing is simplistic when it comes to Karolina Rose and her music. The multilingual singer-songwriter is rapidly making her way up in the ecclectic NYC music scene, recently taking part in this year’s New Music Seminar festival, and demonstrating a hustle like no other with nonstop performances throughout the countless venues in New York City. Her drive is only the beginning; world, meet Karolina Rose.

SJ: Your Twitter profile is impressive, listing your many talents as tango dancer and even a linguist. Very diverse. Are these possibly alternative career goals or is music your sole focus?

KR:Thank you for your kind words! It’s true I’ve had a variety of passions and pursuits in my life, but music is my first love when it comes to career focus. I combine my passion for languages, culture and dance in my music by default through my experiences.

SJ: Right, you’ve definitely shared your passion for languages; singing in English, French, Polish and Spanish. Which do you mostly prefer to sing in? Is there a language you feel conveys a certain emotion (i.e. sadness, anger, etc.) better than the others?

KR: I mainly sing in English, French and Polish. These are the languages I am fluent in. English to me is more flexible and more of a universal feeling and expression. But you nailed it that each language definitely brings about a certain feeling. It also depends on the song, but there is a part of me that assumes the character of what the culture means to me. In French, I typically feel compelled to express a very strong romantic, wistful quality and emotion. The Polish songs typically have more “umph” and dynamics. As I am 100% Polish by ethnicity, born in Philadelphia, there’s also a wave of national pride going through me when I sing in Polish.

SJ: For the potential music fans who have yet to hear and become familiar with a signature Karolina Rose track, what is it you feel distinguishes your music from what’s already out there?

KR: My music comes from my perspective on various ideas and experiences. I’m constantly writing about life and all that it entails. I think my cultural background, life experiences and dreams in an urban city all tie into my signature perspective. My music often comes from a place of idealistic concepts or adjectives like romance, dreamy, unrealistic, quixotic, starry-eyed, fanciful—that’s Karolina Rose music.

SJ: You’ve expressed that music is your main focus and choice of career. So, what
are your goals/plans for the rest of 2015? Can we expect any new music from you within the coming months?

KR: I’m planning on more studio recording later this year. But I’m really looking forward to doing more live performances over the summer and experimenting with a few more instruments in my live shows. Connection is also such an important aspect to me which is why this summer I’ve been working with Musicians On Call to spread the healing power of music to patients in hospitals across New York. Ultimately, I hope to continue connecting with fans online and off.

SJ: Wow, that’s really amazing! You are definitely making a difference in the world of music. So, with the end of 2015 soon approaching, what will 2016 look like for Karolina Rose?

KR: Thank you so much! That means a lot. Well, my plan for 2016 is to release some new music, collaborate with other artists and focus on live shows and performances. I just hope to reach the people that may relate to or feel my music and make it a positive experience for them.

*Artist Look-Out: Check out Karolina Rose perform at the BronxNoise Music Festival on August 8th. Purchase tickets here. For more info, check out the Facebook Event page.

Information for all of Karolina Rose’s shows can be tracked via Bands In Town on Facebook and her official website.

Stay up to date on all things Karolina Rose:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karolinarosemusic
Twitter: @karolinar0se
Instagram: @polkalubispiewac
Youtube & Soundcloud: Karolina Rose

Sarah Jospire receives comments and suggestions at sarah@horizonvumusic.com

Hello! My name is Alison. I’ve been passionate about country music since I was very young. I got to know music by following styles – rock, southern rock and the country music styles of today – and by cruising through the USA. I’ve also bought a lot of CDs! In recent years, I started broadcasting the “Les News de Nashville” on the Big Cactus Country presented by my friend Johnny Da Piedade. You can read my blog post on the Big Cactus Country site as well as here on the HorizonVU Music Blog and SHOP!

Big Cactus Country Radio Show!!! The best of American Country presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert! The BCC is a syndicated radio Show presented by Johnny Da Piedade and Alison Hebert broadcast weekly more than 250 times. The BCC network is 120 affiliated radio stations in France, Reunion Island, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec and more.

Here’s a weekend noted immediately on your agenda, that of 29, 30 and 31 May 2015. Why? Well simply, do not miss the 15th anniversary of the famous American Journey’s festival! At Cambrai!

s every year Lobjeois Jean Marc and his North Cape Association team offer us an eclectic and original artistic plateau.

Jean Marc Lobjeois

Jean Marc Lobjeois

The headliners are American. Starting on Friday is Hanna Aldridge, musically categorized as Americana.

 Hanna Aldridge

Hanna Aldridge

Kimberly Dunn

Kimberly Dunn

And on Saturday Kimberly Dunn brings real country music, a great moment in perspective and not to be missed. Like rockabilly country mix? Then you’ll love the American quintet Dead Bronco whose show is likely to be colorful! The Belgian quintet and rockabilly:

Dead Bronco

Dead Bronco

The Baboons promise a concert that will get things off to a flying start. Discover: US Lydia Loveless & Band and artist Devon Graves will present his show case.

The Baboons

The Baboons

Trainwreck Trio

Trainwreck Trio

Also on the program are the Australians of the Trainweck Trio. This year the French artists will be honored with a beautiful bunch of groups “Made in France” and there will be something for all tastes, be it country or Rockabilly, blues and swing, as well as other surprises! Starting with the musician and performer, Country & Rockabilly Eddy Ray Cooper, who will have the honor of opening the American Journeys festival gates.

Eddy Ray Cooper

Eddy Ray Cooper

And not to be missed, the expected performance of the excellent Roving Seats, one of the best bands on the French Americana scene! Another major event will be the concert of Rambling Men, a group of six musicians, crazy and furious in which we find the man show, guitarist, harmonica player and singer of Rockabilly Blues: Jack Calypso i.e., Mister Hervé Loison.

Rambling Men

Rambling Men

Holy Wood

Holy Wood

Honk Tonk Angel

Honk Tonk Angels

A lot of discoveries: With the Holy Wood trio, The French girl band Honky Tonk Angels. A bit of swing with Little Rina & The Frenchies without forgetting Lil Dixie duo that will delight all Country dancers and finally in “Special Guest” newcomer Julia.

   Little Rina & The Frenchies

Little Rina & The Frenchies

 Lil Dixie

Lil Dixie

Johnny Da Piedade The moderator will be on hand to present the Festival for the 10th year in a row !!! Throughout the three days you can dance and have fun.

  Johnny Da Piedade (Emmanuel Marin Photo)

Johnny Da Piedade (Emmanuel Marin Photo)

Country dance classes and activities will be offered and don’t forget the famous Western and Indian camp, the many Western shops, motorcycles, cars and American trucks and the famous parade in the city center of Cambrai! The festival takes place in the shelter of the Palace of Cambrai caves, so no worries about the weather. So do not miss the 15th edition of the festival’s American Journey of Cambrai on 29, 30 and 31 May. We’ll be there!!

Maria 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.

Today on the rock horizon we have a the latest release from Bob Dee with Petro called “Up All Night”! Bob and the band are known and loved by many fans around the world due to their recognizable sound, respect of rock traditions and passion that’s always a part of their tracks. The album features Bob Dee (singer/guitarist), Brian Bauers (bass), TJ Jordan (guitarist) and Scott Campbell (drums). It seems to be inspired by the success of previously released songs “Summertime”, “Mother Says” and “Take My Hand”. The band has created a fulfilling and many-sided CD in “Up All Night”. The album can be compared with a good book where you can laugh at some parts, but feel sad or delighted by others.

The track list starts with a very memorable and rhythmic song “Tell Me” setting the tone for the others to follow. From the first second you become addicted to its melody and lyrics – especially of the chorus. “Tell Me” is followed by a melodic “Stars” and a dramatic story of “Lips That Heal”. This latter song is full of emotions and authors’ passion that can be easily felt. For me, “Up All Night” is the real highlight of the album. The song is written in best traditions of rock with all corresponding guitar passages, sound specificities and real drive of singer and musicians. This track for sure should be in list of top songs for true rock lovers (votarists). Don’t fail to notice that album includes a bonus track “All American Boys” that is a tribute to US troops. The song is inspiring and active – and it’ is a great last page of this “book”.

All in all, this album, “Up All Night”, can be considered sets a high-standard, with a good range of songs and styles. The CD can be liked by people of different musical tastes and preferences. Special thanks to Bob with Petro and good luck with future projects!

Maria Zubova

You can find “Up All Night” at Amazon.com or at SHOP HorizonVU Music. Visit Bob Dee with Petro at http://www.bobdeewithpetro.com.

Please post comments or suggestions in the space provided or contact Maria at maria@horizonvumusic.com

Laura V

Laura V

We’ve been listening to Laura V and LA Velvet for quite and still love to spin  ‘You Got The Looks That Kill” from the group’s first album “Pure, Sexy, Loud  Rock n’Roll” – gets the blood surging. Laura V and LA Velvet are all pop rock, they’re hot,  and they deserve your attention.  Just released, “ The One I Love “ is a  chart worthy collection of  sassy vocals,  punchy guitar and high energy. There’s no doubt that this threesome can rock and be as brash as any girl band on the planet, but they also know the meaning of melody and can deliver on  catchy tunes.

It’s in that spirit, we  go with “Here In Holloywood”. True to the rock sound, the track works with  Laura V’s breathy vocal. It shows that the group knows how to slow it down and deliver on melody. Next up, “Set Me  Free”.  It’s still  pop rock , but  gets us  thinking electro club mix. This one  is snappy and it’ll make you get up off whatever you’re sitting on and move. Third, “Don’t Push It”  takes us right back up  with bare-bones rock.

The music really matters to Laura V and LA Velvet. “The One I Love” has great energy – we say “go for it”!

Track List

You Make My Heart Stop Beating

Down and Dirty
Don’t Push It
Here In Hollywood
The One I Love

Set Me Free
Last Night
Boy Toy



Laura V

Laura V

Laura V has been a friend of HorizonVU Music from the beginning of the company and it’s really a pleasure to catch-up as we approach the release of LA Velvet’s CD “The One I Love”.  Laura has been involved in music from a very early age (five). She’s put her heart and soul into her music. Laura and LA Velvet are based in Los Angeles.

Laura! Thanks for meeting with us. We know a little bit about you from our email exchanges and online bios, but tell us the story of Laura…Give us a look into the personal side of Laura V!

LV: Hi, first of all, thanks for having me! Ok, where should I start? I was born in Venezuela in a humble and beautiful family. I felt in love with music since I was in my Mom’s belly. My father used to sing his songs for me and play guitar with so much love! Within a few years I was already studying music theory, piano and guitar. When I was 15 I played guitar and sang my own music in a major music festival in front of more than 10,000 people – probably one of the best experiences of my life!

I moved to New York by myself when I was really young and made a living singing Jazz and bartending. I always loved Rock and Pop music and decided to move to Los Angeles. Once there, I founded my band LA Velvet. I worked three different bartending jobs to be able to afford to pay for my self produced CD “Pure, Sexy, Loud Rock n’ Roll” and I finally released it in 2010. We sold more than 5.000 copies around the world even in Japan. Immediately, we started touring around the U.S. and Europe. Now we are really excited because this year we are going to Mexico too! Everywhere we go LA Velvet rocks harder than anything you have ever seen! 😉

Excuse me, Laura…want to interupt for…exactly 4 minutes and 22 seconds. Let’s have a look and listen to “You Got The Looks That Kill”  from “Pure, Sexy; Loud Rockn’Roll”…

You defintely rock…Okay, so what happened next?

LV: Then I got signed with Severe Records, they are based in Nashville. Chris Sevier is such an amazing producer and GUnit collaborated too!

Currently, we are about to do the big worldwide release my new album “The One I Love”. Secretly it’s now available for everybody, anywhere in

Laura V and LA Velvet

Laura V and LA Velvet

the world on my personal merchandise page: http://www.lavelvet.bigcartel.com/. Now for limited time you can also get for a great price a package that includes the CD, a t-shirt, a signed poster and a collector surprise! 🙂

Now, I came from a really humble background and everything I do and I have I’m happy to say I conquered by myself.  So I really hope I can be an inspiration to my fans. Thanks for the amazing support because I can’t do it without you!! <3

We know you been working music for a long time. How did your interest come about and how have you gone about developing your career. Keep in mind, we reach a lot of young, aspiring musicians – we know it’s tough, so tell us what has worked for you and what hasn’t.

LV:  What works: Hard work, passion, love for what you do! Also be ready all the time no matter how tough a tour or making a record could be!

What doesn’t work: Negativity, Ego, playing music for the wrong reasons and giving the wrong messages to your fans!

Who comes to mind when you think about inspiration for your music and your career?

LV: Life, Love, People, Traveling, Touring, a Beautiful Sunset, The Beach, The Desert, Winter and Summer! So many things wow! ; )
We’re really curious to know about what you think about when you reflect on the greatest moment of your career to-date AND what comes to mind when you think of the worst.

LV: The greatest moment is when I feel that my fans are inspired after my shows or after listening my music! Also, when I play my songs on TV  and Radio. In general, I have being so blessed for touring the US and Europe already. And now I’m taking my new record to all the continents in the world with my own hands! 😉

The worst moment: Hmmm, well we are mostly girls in the band. I don’t like when some people pre judge us and think we can’t play. After all, those are the ones who go craziest once they see that we can really play instruments and rock really hard!

Tell us about LA Velvet…let us know how the band came together and the personality of the “group”…

LV: In LA Velvet we are like a family, we love to play music, have fun and enjoy life! We hate drama lol

Okay, give us the insights on “The One I Love”…what’s this CD all about from your point of view…

“The One I Love” comes from deep inside my heart, and in general, is a compilation of different stories and episodes of my life – especially last

summer in Los Angeles! The whole album is like a book with 10 extraordinary  chapters of my life. In general, it talks about Love, Disappointment, Loneliness, Break Ups, Make Ups, what it feels to experience Hollywood and it gets a little sexy, explicit and dancey at the end.

CDs are a lot of hard work on the part of a lot of people…anybody you want to recognize behind the scenes?

Yes, I wanna thank Chris Sevier for being an amazing producer and take my songs to the top in quality and soul! Thanks for the whole Severe Records team for believing in me and helping get an amazing CD made by top of the top engineers and studios in Los Angeles, GUnit for the amazing dance tracks, my mixing and mastering team, George Tutko and Rodney Mills Masterhouse, my incredible photographer Rick Kiguelman and especially to all my friends and fans for the continuous support! <3

I wasn’t going to ask, but I can’t help it…it’s my favorite question and I can’t let you off the hook…who’s your hero?

LV: I think Jesus and his lifestyle without material things and his beautiful compassionate and kind heart!

Last words… Thank you to the ones who finish reading this lol, and to ALL my friends and fans! And don’t forget to get the special LA Velvet surprise CD Release Box at: http://www.lavelvet.bigcartel.com/
Much Love!!!

Thanks to you Laura and to LA Velvet…we look forward to seeing you in Europe and to our ongoing friendship.  Just keep rockin’ for us all!!!

A native of Calgary, Lindsay’s list of collaborations is impressive for someone who has just turned 20 Randy Bachman (who produced her first album), Danny Michel, Russell Broom, Bill Bell, CJ Vanston; in addition to sharing the stage with Buddy Guy, Serena Ryder, and Shawn Mullins.

“Aint she something…”
Buddy Guy Blues Legend

Lindsay, thanks so much for taking time with us. It’s such a pleasure to meet up. We have a lot of HorizonVU Music friends in Alberta, but you are our first feature interview from the Calgary scene! We know a little bit about you – you’re Canadian, studied at the University of Calgary, you love country music and you have the voice and performances to prove it – and okay – can’t help it – you’ve got a really cool purple Gibson…

LE: My pleasure! Thanks for having me!

Help us fill in the blanks…who is Lindsay? How do you describe your country sound? What makes your sound stand out?
LE:  I would describe my country sound as being unique. Because I’ve gotten the opportunity to play with a bunch of artists over the last few years, it’s helped me develop my vocabulary as a guitar player. I’d say I’m like a female Keith Urban, but with my own twist.. I’m working on some new music, and can’t wait to show it to you! Country, guitar driven… something different. 🙂

Tell us a bit about your musical journey – how has your career developed?

LE: I started music at a really young age. Piano at 6 and guitar at 8. My family was really musical growing up, so I always had instruments around me, and music playing in the house. I started playing in the church when I was really young, and it introduced me into the wonderful world of performing. From there I started songwriting at the age of 10, and performing all around Western Canada. I started working with Randy Bachman at the age of 13. Randy produced my first record, and to this day remains a mentor and good friend.

We know you have a cast of great mentors and friends including Buddy Guy…tell us a bit about your closest mentors – how have they helped you along the way?

LE: Well, obviously Randy Bachman was very important getting me started when I was so young. He introduced me to the world of professional recording, and got me working with my first label. Buddy Guy is a huge inspiration and mentor to me. Being on tour with him and getting to play on stage with him every night was an experience I’ll never forget. His dedication and sheer passion for his art is something I will always look up to. Over the past few years, I’ve been so blessed to work with so many talented producers, artists, and songwriters. I love the music industry for this reason – you get to meet some truly amazing people. It becomes like a second family.

What’s next for you? What’s coming up for you live and recorded?
LE: I’m currently working on my next album down in Nashville. I’m so excited about the music I’m writing and recording, I can’t wait to show it to you all! I should be playing more shows come the summer/fall.

Do tells us a bit about your album “Alone”?

LE: “Alone” was an acoustic project, and was a great opportunity for me to focus on ‘the song’. I wanted to do a record with no autotune, limited processing/effects…just live off the floor. It forced me to really break down what was important in a song, and helped me focus in on getting the message out.

One of our favorites is “All Or Nothing”, let’s take a look and listen…

We work with a lot of young emerging artists. Can you share a certain moment in your career – good or bad – that’s kept you moving on?

LE: When I was working with Randy, I remember he told me, “This is going to be an emotional roller coaster, and it never stops.” To this day his words ring so true. Music is truly an amazing business but it always will have it’s ups and downs. It’s such a personal experience, singing about your feelings, that when you put your whole heart on the line, you feel everything that much more – successes and failures. But I am a strong believer that every curve in the road makes you stronger for your next up. This always keeps me going, helps me stay focused.

Okay, here comers my favorite question…who is your hero? Why?

LE: Wow…where do I start? I don’t know if I could choose one hero! My parents. My family. My friends. As a guitar player, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Hendrix, and Tommy Emmanuel have been huge inspirations. As a songwriter, the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, The Eagles. As a performer, Keith Urban, John Mayer. I have many heros in so many different lights. I feel very grateful for the support I have around me, I love them all so much. I would not be the same without them!

Lindsay, can’t thank you enough for your time and for making HorizonVU Music a part of your day. It’s been a real pleasure getting to know you better and we’re expecting to stay in touch!!!.

Michele Bramlett, Founder, Poor Elija Foundation

Michele Bramlett, Founder, Poor Elija Foundation

A while back, I wrote a piece for this blog entitled, “Delaney Bramlett deserves induction into the rockand Roll Hall of Fame” http://blog.horizonvumusic.com/?s=delaney.

We do believe that Delaney Bramlett deserves induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and as we  have had more contact with the Bramlett family and friends, we have become supporters of the Poor Elijah Foundation (PEF). You’ll find the link under HorizonVU Music’s Partners and Friends on this page.

The Poor Elijah Foundation was created by Michele Bramlett (eldest daughter of Delaney Bramlett) along with her sisters and friends Maria Angel Schaefer, Lisa Marvin and Jaesen Kanter. Specifically the foundation works to “educate” the musician in the entertainment industry and provide financial assistance to working musicians who would otherwise slip through the cracks of the business. The long and short term plan is to raise monies through the production and promotion of charitable musical events, art exhibits, DVDs, CDs, and any other such fund-raising that are permitted under the povisions of the Foundation’s non-profit status.  Once all corporation costs are met; the remaining monies raised will go directly to the education/mentoring of and or assisting the musicians with financial relief.

Music legends Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett created some of the most distinctive and unique music of the early ’70s. Together their dynamic energy attracted Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Duane Allman, Billy Preston, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Mason, Leon Russell, Gerry McGee, Jim Keltner, Jim Gordon, Carl Radle, Bobby Whitlock, Rita Coolidge, Tina Turner and so many more.

Delaney produced an assortment of artists such as Etta James ,Dorothy Morrison (on “Happy Day”) and wrote for and produced Elvin Bishop, John Hammond, Bobby Whitlock and The Staple Singers.He did the late great King Curtis’s last LP and taught Curtis how to sing, out of which two hits came, “Teasin” and “ Lonesome Long Way From Home”. King Curtis kept a room at Delaney’s and they spent hour after hour playing and recording together.

Bonnie was born sing. A fact not lost on those around her. She began singing at the tender age of 14 with Ike and Tina Turner. Bonnie remains the ONLY white Ike-ette. She also sang with The Allman Brothers Band, and is the ONLY Allman Sister.

Please join us in our support of the Poor Elijah Foundation. Plenty more news to follow!

Elie Bertrand is perhaps best known as the drummer for Scarlet Sins http://www.scarletsinsonline.com. She was born on was born on December 25th 1989.  She grew up  in Chambly, a suburb of Montreal, Quebec and began playing drums at 5 years old.

Elie, thanks so much for taking time to talk to us. We have really been looking forward to speaking with you.Following on our brief introduction, tell us what happened in your musical development once you started playing drums?

EB: I did start taking lessons at the age of 5.  I  joined a music program in grade 5 where I would go to school in the morning and go to music school in the afternoon. We would have all different classes like theory, composition, history, etc… I did that for 4 years and then I left the program to focus more on my professional career.  At 14, I started playing professionally in a classic rock and blues cover band. From that point on, I joined a bunch of cover bands, a percussion troop called Insolita, then at 17, I moved to Toronto to joined Scarlet Sins. When that venture ended last November, I moved back to Montreal.  Since then, I’ve been playing as a freelance drummer in different bands and for different artists. Over the past 6 years I have had the chance to open up for DJ Champion, Motley Crue, Vixen, perform on TV, play some huge Festivals like the International Jazz Festival of Montreal, the International Blues Festival of Tremblay, the Ultimate Drum Camp of Orford, the International Cape Breton Drum Festival just to name a few.  It has been pretty amazing and I can not wait to see what’s next!

In terms of your development, who was your major influence (or were your biggests influences)?

EB: I have so many influences for different reasons… I always find it so hard to answer that question briefly because music is like painting. You always use many colours to do a painting, so I have many very different influences. Here are a few drummers Dennis Chambers, Carter Beauford, Paul Brochu, Daniel Adair, Chris Adler, Ange E. Curcio, Emmanuelle Caplette, Carmine Appice… I could go on and on but those ones definitively have had a major impact on my playing.

Describe your sound? What makes Elie, Elie as drummer?

EB: Wow… What a cool question… Well, definitively there are a lot of funk and blues signatures in my playing because that’s what I played the mostwhen I started… It’s my base. There is a lot of latin even though I can’t really play latin drums because my dad use to play a lot of Cuban percussions so I often through in clave over some metal beat. And there are also a lot of paradiddles because it’s my favourite rudiment in the world. I always say: “It’s all about paradiddles!”

Tell us a little about life with Scarlet Sins? Any great moment that sticks in you mind? Any good stories you can tell us on or off-stage with the band?

EB:  There are so many great memories I keep from this venture. I learned a lot. It was my introduction to the hard rock and metal world. I always loved listening to that kind of music but was never part of an original band that played this before. We had so much fun together. We’ve shared very special moments. We had a lot of huge opportunities and a lot of very cool off stage moments.

Here’s a pretty cool one. OMG. I still laugh my ass off thinking about it: That happened in Seattle when we went down in 2007 to play the

PowerBox Festival. Cris and Syl were sharing a room and T and I shared another. In the middle of the night T got up because she was jetlag or what ever and well being a lady, she decided she would put some moisturizer on her face to take care of her beautiful skin… But she mixed up her eye-lash glue tube and her moisturizer tube because her eyes weren’t wide open or I don’t know… So she basically glued her face and eyes open… So she puts the glue on her face, goes back to bed and well she obviously realized something was wrong, so she tried to stay as quiet as possible and went to the washroom to clean it off but she hit herself on her bass case that was in the way and made so much noise so it woke me up but it wasn’t enough for me to get out of bed… The next morning I asked her what the heck happened… She told me the story… And of course I was rolling on the floor… The first thing I did was to run to Syl and Cris’s room… Told them the story and we must laughed for a good 10 minutes straight… It was SO hilarious…

What has been the highlight of your career to-date?

EB: I have been very fortunate since the beginning of my career. I played during huge events and concerts with some awesome artists but I have to say as a drummer when I played the International Cape Breton Festival 2010 alongside some of the most respected drummers in the world I was in heaven. The lineup was absolutely insane. I shared moments with some of my idols. We laughed, we jammed, we talked, we partied… It was amazing. I learned so much about everything that weekend. It was amazing!

What makes a good drummer?

EB: Musicality. A drummer can have the best techniques, be super fast, have perfect time… It’s not interesting to listen and watch a drummer play that doesn’t have musicality. At least I don’t think so. I like musicians that live the music. They feel it coming down their veins. They are not playing the song they are the song. It makes such a big difference. They listen to everything that’s going on and they communicate their feeling through music. It’s absolutely mesmerizing to live those moments and to watch them happen!

In researching for our meeting with you we took a look at readily available lists of greatest drummers. Honestly, Elie, it’s really hard to find a list with one (let alone more than one) female drummer – in addition to yourself, other names come to mind such as Cindy Blackman, Sheila E., Carla Azur, Sandy West, Caroline Rue…but really, in your view, why is it seemingly so hard for female drummers to get recognition?

EB: I don’t think it’s hard to get recognition. I think women are just not as interested to play that particular instrument as men are. The ratio in the music industry is 20% female 80% male. Most of that 20% are singers and classical musicians. You know you could also ask why aren’t there more men dancing? I think it’s just a lack of interest. A woman on drums is like a woman on the hockey team, people notice it more maybe and might act differently. Sometimes it makes it easier sometimes not. We all have as individuals different challenges and we just have to deal with it. Such is life I think.

HorizonVU Music works with emerging artists. We always do our best to coach young musicians as to the ups and downs of the music business. What words of advice do you pass along to young musicians wanting to be stars? Help us out.

EB: I think the 2 most important things to remember in this business but also in general in life are to have the passion and to believe in yourself.

No matter what you do make sure you’re always happy. Don’t let people bring you down. Learn from everything and everyone and move on quickly from the disappointing moments. Someone recently told me this and I thought it was absolutely brilliant: “Things are never permanent, nor the bad nor the positive things”. When something good happens you have to enjoy every moments of it, be grateful for it and when you’re having a rougher patch remember that it’s not forever and remind yourself why you’re doing this in the first place: the passion and the love of music or what ever what you’re doing. It’s not always easy but if you have the passion you’ll always go back to that happy place.

One final question…What is Elie doing now and what are your plans for the future?

EB: Well well lots and lots. I have a very busy fall coming up. I’ll be performing with my different projects and I am also getting ready to play the Montreal Drum Festival which is a HUGE deal for me because I remember attending the event at the age of 5 and saying that one day I would play there. This dream came true. It is the biggest drum event in Canada so I am very excited about it. 2 months to go woot woot!

El, thanks so much for taking time out to talk to us – we love your work and hope you’ll come back and visit with us.  Before we finish up, I have to run this one by you…While we were talking my friend here was good enough to actually look up “paradiddle”…Here goes – accordingto Merriam-Webster, the origin of the word is unknown, first known use 1927, and the word refers to a quick succession of drumbeats slower than a roll and alternating left- and right-hand strokes in a typical L-R-L-L, R-L-R-R pattern. There you have it!

Before wrapping up, we want to share your vid “Laid To Rest – Lamb Of God – Drum Cover” – very cool!

EB: Phil this was an absolute pleasure. Thank you very much!

To know all about where, when, with , and with whom Elie is  playing along with current news stay tune to her website: http://www.eliebertrand.com/ and join my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ssarras#!/pages/Elie-Bertrand-Drummer/118426748191961?ref=ts.

R-mioneIf it’s electronica/pop/rock you’re looking for – and a lot of fun – we have the answer ! We recently caught up with R-mione in Paris and spent some time over coffee catching up with our good friend. In fact, R-mione’s music covers a wide range. It can be very upbeat and driven and/or very soothing – mellow often owing to the artful use of electronics. We have to tell you that in addition to being extremely talented and energetic – R-mione is absolutely delightful and the when you talk with her the time flies by!

Hey! Great to see you! Tell us about yourself and your music background.

R: I was born in the south of France at Nice Côte D’Azur on the Riviera. I grew up for a time in Chalon sur Saône where I started playing the piano and studying music theory. I can’t say I was a great student and early on I found I was interested in rock music and bored by music theory! Some years later, when I was fifteen, I moved to Lille in the north of France and started taking guitar lessons.

That must have been quite a change from the Mediterranean to Lille in the north!

R: Yes, that’s true, but we had to move because of my parents’ work. Anyway, I wasn’t there too long as at eighteen I moved back south to Niceand oursue my own life and interests. I worked at the National Theater of Nice to earning a living and pay for my studies at the university (letters). I also took music theory and voice lessons with a famous conductor. I joined a grunge band as lead singer. That’s where I met my best friend, Lord Speed, the leqd guitarist!

Grunge band? How did that work out?

R: Well we actually performed a lot and in 1997, the band had to move to Paris. It was at this time I really started getting attracted to production and I also met a lot of different artists across genres – especially rap and electronic. I started to aquaint myself with electronic machines, samplers, computers and home studios.

Okay, but that’s quite a step forward. How did you learn to use the equipment and how did all that change your music?

R: First, my music moved from rock to trip-hop and jungle influences came into play. Lord Speed and I left the band and started new projects. We signed with Bis Music FRANCE to do some albums in 1998. Second, at the same time, I joined THE SOUND ACCESS engineer school and was set to graduate in 2000. I became a producer at that time. Lord Speed and I created a label, SELVA CONNECTION. We made vinyls for DJ distributed by Under One Sun based in the U.K. One of the most famous is LWD.

R-mioneWe scored music for the cinema-like “Electron Libre” movie by Marie Donnio. Also we did “Petite Copine” by Frederic Defenthal. We also worked with Game One TV.

And your music at this point?

R: By now we had created a style of our very own by injecting a subtle mixture of all our influences – electro, rock, folk, and trip-hop influences. Our lyrics are in English and the voice moves from clearness to a blues emphasis – all sustained by a half-rock (bass/guitar) and electro (DJ).

What are you doing now?

Well, at the present time I’m working on a new album. New singles are “STOP”, “PRIVATE GARDEN” and “WHERE IS LOVE”.

Alright everybody, you can hear R-mione and see the vids for “PRIVATE GARDEN” and “ “WHERE IS LOVE” at http://www.myspace.com/rmione. Vids for all three songs are on YouTube (also check out the HorizonVU Music YouTube Channel).

R-mione, great to see you as always – you’re a good friend of HorizonVU Music! Best of luck to you!!! We’re going to leave you all with (probably) our favorite “PRIVATE GARDEN”!!!

Re-posted  from the original post published on Grammy.com
August 4, 2010 – 12:03am

Photo: Deborah Wald
Barbra Streisand, 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year

Barbra Streisand — actress/singer/director/writer/composer/
producer/designer/author/activist and eight-time GRAMMY winner, GRAMMY Legend Award and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient — will be honored as the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year at its 21st annual benefit gala, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and The Recording Academy, and Paul Caine, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board.

Proceeds from the dinner and concert honoring Streisand — to be held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week on Feb. 11, 2011, two days prior to the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards — will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.

Streisand is being honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of her renowned creative accomplishments as well as her philanthropic work, which has included an extraordinary range of charitable activities over the years.

“Barbra Streisand is a genuine Renaissance woman, someone for whom artistry and philanthropy go hand in hand,” said Portnow. “The enormous talent, passion and dedication she brings to her creative projects — whether film, television or music — are matched by the generosity and commitment she devotes to her charitable causes. It is fitting to celebrate the incredible legacy of Barbra at our 21st Annual MusiCares Person of the Year tribute.”

“Barbra is synonymous with artistic excellence,” said Caine. “What is truly remarkable is that an artist of her stature also gives back with such open arms. As part of her wide philanthropy, over $21 million was directed to causes she supports from her two most recent concert tours.”

“For me, being able to create is both a gift and a responsibility, and I have seen firsthand the power of philanthropy to make the world a safer, healthier and more peaceful place,” said Streisand. “It is an honor to be recognized as the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year. I have so much respect for the work they do to create a lifeline of resources — whether it’s emergency financial assistance or access to addiction recovery resources — for music people in times of need.”

Streisand’s career has been marked by bold creative achievements and highlighted by a series of firsts. An unparalleled talent, Streisand is the only artist ever to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, GRAMMY, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts, and Peabody awards, as well as France’s Legion d’honneur and the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.

Streisand is the only performer to have a No. 1 album in five consecutive decades. She has earned 51 gold, 30 platinum and 18 multi-platinum albums, each of which exceeds all other female singers, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. The RIAA also notes that her 71.5 million album sales top the RIAA list of album sales by a female singer. With the debut of Love Is The Answer at No. 1 in 2009, the time span between her first and most recent No. 1 albums is 46 years — exceeding that of any other performer or act.

For her first motion picture, Funny Girl, she won the 1968 Academy Award for best actress, the first of two Oscar nominations in that category. With Yentl (1983), her first film as a director, she became the first woman ever to produce, direct, write, and star in a major motion picture. Yentl earned five Oscar nominations and Golden Globes for Best Director/Motion Picture and Best Motion Picture/Comedy or Musical. The Prince Of Tides, her next directorial feature in which she also produced and starred, was the first motion picture directed by its female star ever to receive a Feature Film nomination from the DGA as well as seven Academy Award nominations. She won a DGA award (Best Director Music/Variety Television Program) in 1994 for her television special, “Barbra: The Concert,” which she co-directed with Dwight Hemion.

Her very first Broadway appearance in “I Can Get It For You Wholesale,” earned her the New York Drama Critics Award and received a Tony nomination. For her first solo recording, The Barbra Streisand Album, she won two GRAMMY Awards in 1963 for Best Vocal Performance, Female and Album Of The Year, which made her the youngest artist to have received the latter award at the time. For “Evergreen,” the love theme from her 1976 hit film, A Star Is Born, she became the first female composer ever to win an Academy Award. She was nominated again in 1997 as co-composer of “I Finally Found Someone,” based on her 1996 film The Mirror Has Two Faces. The film achieved two Oscar nominations and the best supporting actress Golden Globe for Lauren Bacall. Streisand’s first television special, “My Name Is Barbra” (1965), received five Emmy Awards, including one for best performance, as well as her first of two Peabody Awards. This achievement was repeated 30 years later by “Barbra: The Concert,” which won two additional Emmy Awards for Streisand among the five for the production. That show was also accorded a Peabody Award, a DGA award and three CableACE awards, and it became the highest-rated musical event in HBO’s history. Her 2001 television concert special, “Timeless: Live in Concert,” also co-directed by its star, won four more Emmys, including one for Streisand’s performance.

DVD releases of her concerts have achieved notable recent firsts. In 2009 her three-disc offering,Streisand The Concerts, reigned in the No. 1 position on Billboard‘s DVD chart for three weeks. A year later, One Night Only, capturing her heralded performance at the Village Vanguard in New York before an audience of 100 lottery-picked fans and some of her notable friends, opened at No. 1 as well.

Her civil rights activism and philanthropic pursuits are just as impressive. The Streisand Foundation has given millions of dollars through 2,100 grants to nonprofit organizations and she has raised many millions more through her performances. Streisand supports an impressive range of causes from AIDS organizations to nonprofits that work on issues of women’s equality, the protection of both human rights and civil rights, the needs of children at risk in society, the preservation of the environment, Jewish/Arab relations, and relations between African-Americans and Jews.

The 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a dinner, the award presentation and a star-studded tribute concert. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week.

HorizonVU Music supports MusiCares through its contributions. Learn more about MusiCares following the link on this HorizonVU Music Blog listed with Partners & Friends.

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