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Overcoats1Overcoats, the singing and songwriting duo of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell have released their debut album “Young” on the Arts & Crafts label. Nicolas Vernhes (Dirty Projectors, Daughter) and Autre Ne Veut joined the duo in co-production. “Young” follows on their self-titled debut EP released in June 2015, which was instrumental in their meteoric rise. It is impossible to ignore the creative power behind the full, rich and pleasing consonance of their voices leaving the listener with a salient tingling sensation. Their arrangements give cohesion to multiple genres including electronica, pop, folk, soul and even jazz. Overcoats begins their European tour in Dublin on 16 May. They perform in Paris on 23 May.

HVUM: This afternoon we have the opportunity to visit with the female duo Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell – together known as Overcoats. It’s a real pleasure for HorizonVU Music to have the chance to visit today and we look forward to hearing you live. Let’s talk a bit about your background, what’s been going on with Overcoats.

We’ve been to your site and to the many profiles and announcements found online (LA Music Blog. For Folk’s Sake, Drunken Werewolf, All Songs Considered and many more). We know that you are NYC-based and that you are one-time college roommates while attending Wesleyan University. After graduating in 2015, you moved to Dublin for a few months and really got into the Irish music scene. We have a following of promising young female want-to-be professional musicians and they appreciate success stories. So, let’s hang for a moment on the backstory.

Take us through your decision to come together as Overcoats, how you launched your project and came to sign on with Gaby Alvarez and Thomas Winkler at Votiv Management as well as your label Arts & Crafts. We know that’s a lot to talk about, so please hit the bullet points for us.

H: Thanks so much! We’ve had a really wild couple years. We graduated from Wesleyan University in 2015. We had startedOvercoats3 writing music our final year there. All of our friends were looking for jobs after college, making plans…and all we could do was write. It inspired and fulfilled us so much. We recorded our EP at college, put it online, and got good responses. We decided to go for it, and moved to Dublin to write and figure out what we really wanted to sound like.
J: Dublin was really formative for our music. We were going to folk shows and open mics during the evening, and then dancing in clubs at night. The combination of folk storytelling and songwriting and the corporeal, repetitive nature of electronic music was really influential for us.
H: We moved to New York a few months later and kept working at it. At SXSW, we met Tom and Gaby (our managers), who helped us put a team of people together that could help us achieve our goals. We signed to Arts & Crafts (record label) last summer, made our album in the fall of 2016, and now we’re here. It’s all been kind of a whirlwind, with some very slow pockets of time in there.
J: Our advice to people pursuing this would be, just keep working at it. We worked hard whether or not we were getting recognized for it because we believed in what we were doing. And that’s what made other people believe too.

HVUM: What made you gravitate to NYC? Why not (say) California?

H: New York was definitely more comfortable for us. I was born there and had spent time there in college –
J: And I’m from there.
H: We had family and friends there, which sounded very appealing after stranding ourselves in Ireland – haha!

HVUM: It’s been written that your Hozier cover “Cherry Wine” ties to your relationship? Tell us about that connection.

J: Cherry Wine is a song we started covering in Dublin. For us, the song represents friendship and unconditional love. Hana and I have a foundation of love and support for each other.
H: “Way she shows me I’m hers she’s mine / open hand or closed fist would be fine” – for us, means, I will take you any way you are. It’s about being there for that person no matter what.

HVUM: Briefly tell us a bit about your music backgrounds. Do you have formal training or do you consider yourselves to be self-taught?

H: A bit of both. I played a lot of instruments growing up. I started with piano, then moved to guitar, and later dabbled in banjo and harp. Singing has always been a passion, though.
J: I had no musical training growing up. I’m teaching myself piano and bass right now. If you can sing, you can make any instrument with your voice. You don’t need training!

HVUM: Reflecting back on your career development thus far, what do you consider to be your keys to success as well as the most difficult barriers you have encountered?

H: Something that has been difficult is that there’s not much certainty or stability in this industry. It can be really difficult to take care of yourself and staying stable when everything around you is always changing.
J: For example, last summer, we decided to leave to New York and move to Northampton – we complete moved out of our apartments and arrived in Northampton. 3 days later, we found out we were going on tour for 2 months with Matt Corby. We had to move out.
H: Everything happens really fast. But I think one of our keys to success has been being able to roll with the punches. JJ and I both traveled a lot in our childhoods and have talked before about how it made us really adaptable. It helps to be able to go with the flow and trust the process.

HVUM: What advice can you give to a young woman wanting to be in the music business?

H: I think women who are headed for the music industry should do it. There needs to be more of us! My advice would be persevere!! It takes hard work but if you keep going you can find success.
J: I agree. In the industry women often have to create space for themselves and for each other. The industry is inherently male dominated, so it can be hard to achieve your goals, sonically, aesthetically etc. So my advice is to believe in your vision and fight for it.

Overcoats2HVUM: Some of your music has been compared to the sounds of Chet Faker and Simon and Garfunkel (for example). Do you have specific influences in your minds? Do you share influences or do you have to reconcile differences in co-creation?

J: Those two are a couple of our favorites! I think we also feel that we were influenced by Amy Winehouse, Bob Dylan, the Dixie Chicks, Coldplay…who else?
H: More contemporary artists would include Sylvan Esso, Ibeyi, Jamie XX, Lapsley, Joseph, Hinds, Margaret Glaspy.
J: Yes, we share most of the same influences and very rarely disagree about the way we want something in our music to sound. We share one vision and occasionally take different sonic paths but for the most part we’re on the same page. And if we’re not, we embrace the tension created by two differing choices.

HVUM: In addition to your incredible and widely recognized harmonies there is a lot going on in your music from folk to electronica – folktronica. How do you describe your music and the cohesion of genres we identify with your songs? Or do you?

H: I think we described ourselves as folktronica pretty early on when we were releasing our debut EP. We felt like we were bringing storytelling into electronic music and bringing 808s and moog bass lines into folk music.
J: So it felt like we were straddling the two genres. We actually feel like a song is finished and ready for release when you can no longer define its genre. It feels like we focus more on the songwriting than what genre it’s fitting into.

HVUM: Let’s take time out for “Little Memory” recorded on the April release, “Young”.

HVUM: Has your perspective on music and working together changed between the release of your EP in 2015 and “Young”?

J: We never really had any idea what it would be like. We had nothing to go off. So it’s been a steep learning curve. Figuring out the music business and touring. Parts of it have been harder than I imagined. Recording our album and touring so often we’re really taxing. But simultaneously, parts of this career have exceeded my wildest dreams — connections with fans, incredible performances, holding your own vinyl in your hands.
H: Yeah, that was pretty nuts. We’ve definitely learned so much about the industry that we couldn’t have possibly known before diving head first into it.. In terms of working together, I think we’ve only gotten better at it. Better at reading one another, communicating, sharing ideas. We’ve been working together almost every day for 2 years now. And we’ve known each other for 6 years.

HVUM: On the production side you’ve worked with Nicolas Vernhes and Autre Ne Veut. Tell us a little about your relationship with your producers. As far as Overcoats is concerned, what makes for a good producer or producers?

J: They were both incredible to work with. As was Myles Avery who we worked with on the debut EP. A good producer, in our opinion, walks a fine line and needs to let us remain at the helm while offering us the resources to create the sound we are striving for. Offering creative ideas, pushing us to expand arrangements, be more adventurous with percussion, or with sounds.
H: Also crucial to this album was our producers pushing us and creating an environment in which we could give the best vocal performances possible.
J: Arthur and Nicolas are both incredibly talented, insightful, and think outside the box. They respected our vision, helped us achieve it and made sure we all pushed ourselves to the limit.

Overcoats4HVUM: Are there any particular interests along social or political lines that particularly important to you?

H: I was a religion major in college so discrimination along religious lines, religious freedom, and islamophobia are of interest to me, especially given the current political climate.
J: I studied Middle East history and politics in college and that still remains important to me. I follow what’s happening in Palestine and when we’re not touring I volunteer at the Arab American Family Support Center in Brooklyn which has a free immigration clinic to help folks with their legal questions. Both of us try to remain politically and socially engaged or at least conscious.
H: When we’re touring, it’s hard to do anything except survive- eat, sleep, drive, play a show… then repeat. The interesting thing about touring post Trump election is that we are heading to a lot of cities where many folks voted for him. And we wouldn’t ordinarily have the opportunity to travel to so many of these cities . It feels especially important to play in these places for anyone who wants to be there with us. And it feels important and good to yell “the future is female” at the beginning of The Fog, given that women’s futures are being controlled by the current administration. There is a lot at stake.

HVUM: Finally, what outside of music do you consider fun? What do you do for “kicks”?

H: We’re both visual artists as well as musicians so we often paint or draw for fun. For real fun, we love bowling.
J: Yeah sorry, we’re losers. Our hobbies include painting, bowling and going to concerts and I think that’s about it!

HVUM: Losers? No way! Painting and bowling are very cool! Hana Elion, JJ, l thank you very much for taking time twith us. We know that you’ll continue to perform and release exciting new work in the near future, so let’s stay in contact. We’ll see you in Paris very soon!

Visit Overcoats at http://www.overcoatsmusic.com/


What’s The Buzz ?


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.” (www.theindiemusicchannel.com).

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

Official Website: www.katiegaribaldi.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/katiegaribaldimusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/katiegaribaldi


What’s The Buzz ?


In like a lion, indeed…
Kathleen Edwards responded to a tweet of mine. I kept it brief with her. She tweeted “I’m 34, I’m wearing a retainer. I’m about to move in with my parents #amIaloser?” I tweeted back: “@kittythefool. jst learn to twirl the retainer w/o opening your mth. u r a goddess.” she tweeted back: “@amyspeace xoxo”. My heart flipped. I’ve got a girl geek crush on her, cause she knows guitars, can write a great breakup song, and seems like the coolest chick in your junior high. I like the art of a good tweet. Can’t believe I wrote that and it’s hard to believe that would have meant nothing 5 years ago. So, in the style of a tweet, here goes my Newsletter.
Tweet #1: New Record. One month away. #buyitatmySTOREsoon #april16
Tweet #2: A few original signed prints by Duy Huynh left. Email me to get. amy@amyspeace.com #coverart #1in30
Tweet #3: Packing for SXSW sucks. #theproblemisthecoat #andtheboots #notthemusic
See you on the road,
Amy

TOUR DATES FOR MARCH

**************SXSW SHOWS************
I’ll be playing with Andre Moran on guitar and Steve Bernal on cello

Wed. 3/13 @ 1:00am-1:50am (Yawn)
OFFICIAL SXSW SHOWCASE
(but free, open to the public, no stinkin’ badges needed)
STEPHEN F’S BAR, 701 Congress

Thu 3/14 @ 4pm
3rd Coast Party @ GIDDY UPS, 12010 Manchacha Road

Fri 3/15 @ 1:30pm
3rd Coast Party @ G&S MUSIC ROOM (one block so of Oltdord on S. 1st)
Friday 3/15 @ 4pm
AMELIA’S RETRO & VINTAGE (ouch, my purse) 2213 S. 1st

Sat 3/16 @ 12:30pm
FOLK ALLIANCE SXSW PARTY @ THREADGILLS INDOOR STAGE
Thu 3/20 @ 9pm
THE BLUEBIRD CAFE
Nashville, TN
In the round w/ Jim Photoglo, Sally Barris & Ryan Culwell
APRIL TOUR – please buy tix in adv!

OK/TX swing with Rod Picott
4/4 Oklahoma City, OK THE BLUE DOOR
4/5 Dallas, TX UNCLE CALVIN’S COFFEEHOUSE+
4/6 Austin, TX THE CACTUS CAFE+
4/7 Houston, TX MUCKY DUCK’S+
Amy Speace & The Storm (Hannah Schroeder/Josh Oliver) w/ The Sea The Sea

4/11 Hamden, CT SPACELAND BALLROOM
4/12 Saratoga Springs, CAFFE LENA (Davey O. opens)
4/13 Park Ridge, NJ ACOUSTIC CAFE
4/14 Honesdale, PA RIVERFOLK @ THE COOPERAGE
4/16 New York, NY JOE’S PUB
4/17 Somerville, MA THE NEW ENGLAND FOLK MUSIC ARCHIVES
4/18 Arlington, VA IOTA CLUB & CAFE
4/19 Newtown Square PA BURLAP & BEAN
4/20 Roanoke, VA KIRK AVENUE MUSIC HALL
4/21 Morgantown, WV MOUNTAIN STAGE RADIO @ WVU CREATIVE ARTS CENTER
4/22 Pittsburgh, PA THE THUNDERBIRD CAFE
4/24 Ann Arbor, MI THE ARK
4/26 Spring Lake, MI PIN DROP CONCERTS
4/27 Chicago, IL OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC @ SZOLD HALL
5/1 Nashville, TN MUSIC CITY ROOTS @ THE LOVELESS BARN
5/9 Nashville, TN THE BLUEBIRD CAFE (9pm Nashville Release Show)

Visit Amy at http://www.amyspeace.com/


An Exclusive Interview with Bob Dee
Mar 25th, 2012
by ucombo http://www.ucombo.com/reviews/an-exclusive-interview-with-bob-dee/

Bob_Dee_Ucombo1. Introduce yourself
Bob Dee lead vocalist and guitarist for Bob Dee with Petro.

2. How did you come up with your stage name?

Well I grew up in the south of Italy, and my last name is a very long Italian name. Growing up, my younger brother John and all of my family started calling me “DEE” and it stuck, now even my signature guitar picks have “DEE” written on them.

3. What sets you apart from other aspiring artists?

I have a large fan base in Asia. I have been to Japan twice. I feel my image sets me a part from most overseas in Asia. I remember growing a goatee for the cover of my “Starlight” LP I had so much mail from Japan saying they didn’t like Bob Dee with a goatee, I looked to scary.

4. What single or project are you currently promoting?

We just released our new record “Up All Night”. I am very excited about the new single “Tell Me” its an AOR classic rocker good groove and a hit chorus. We already have airplay in Los Angeles and Mexico.

5. What is the philosophy by which you live by?

I just want to live free and play my music. I was just in Paris, and hung with my musician friend’s they have such a relaxed great way of life. I would love to be so chill.

6. Which artists have inspired you to pursue music?

Growing up, I had two posters in my room Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana I was drawn to Hendrix because he punched holes in his speakers to get his sound and to Santana because he was so free the way he played and the way he lives his life.

7. What concert did you last go to?

I was told I look a lot like this singer “Valo” with his band ”HIM’ from Finland they totally rocked and blew me away.

8. What is your opinion of the current state of the music industry?

We just got back from playing SXSW. It was an amazing experience! The music business is alive and well and all industry was there.

9. If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be and why?

I don’t like nowadays that the record companies sign bands on how many Facebook and Youtube hits they have, it should always be about the music.

10. Are there any singers/bands that you would like to collaborate with in the future?

I would love to record with “Skin” the singer from the UK band “Skunk Anansie”.

11. What producer would you like to collaborate with in the future?

I like what “Jack White” does he produced so many cool tracks, he has a cool vibe.

12. What Is your favorite movie and favorite book?

My favorite movie of all time is “The Crow’ I have a signed comic by the creator James O’Barr and the one book I loved was Keith Richards new book.

13. What is your favorite part of your live show? How has It evolved?

Well it seems like I gift for talking. In the middle of one of our songs “SECRET’ I tell a story of how I had an encounter with my college art teacher, it is so hot! It seems to put the audience at ease telling stories throughout the set.

14. What is your Lp going to be like?

The full LP will be like a fairytale and a rollercoaster from start to finish.

15. Any final words for the people

I just wanted to say thank you to all our fans around the world! Last year we traveled to Osaka, Tokyo, Hawaii, Paris and London and we were well received.

Visir Bob Dee with Petro at http://www.bobdeewithpetro.com/fr_home.cfm

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Jed here, checking in from the South by Southwest Film festival. We participated in a successful film panel yesterday that discussed new fundraising methods for filmmakers. Here are the three take-aways from discussion:

1. Make a plan before launching your project:

a. Start by priming the pump by motivating your closest supporters to Fuel early.

b. Research influencers in your project space: bloggers, press contacts, etc, and compile their contact info before-hand so that you can contact them once you have some momentum.

c. Plan a series of reasons to contact people: events, milestones, promotions, etc.

2. Be wary of “crowd funding myths.” Common mistakes are assuming that “if you build it they will come,” and expecting “Internet Angels” to give you large sums of money. Set a reasonable financial goal, and publicize your project.

3. It’s not necessary to raise your entire budget via crowdfunding all at one time! Raise the money you need now via your crowdfunding project. Continue to pursue producers and/or grants as appropriate. Crowdfunding is a tool, not a silver bullet.

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