Month: September 2013

An Interview With Film Composer Cory Perschbacher

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Cory Perschbacher is a film composer who wrote the score for Josh Mitchell’s film The Corruption of Kidiya Kitts; here is a link to his IMDB page:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4181115/

 

Q:  What is The Corruption of Kidiya Kitts about?

A: It centers around a young and successful basketball prodigy whose life gets turned upside down by a calculating seductress. 

Q:  What kind of mood were you hoping to accomplish with the score?

A: I was going for a dark and sexy-type score with a hint of mystery.

Q: .How did you become involved with the project?

A: Writer/director, Josh Mitchell, brought me onboard. He was familiar with my work, and felt this project would be right up my alley.

 

Q:  You live in Oklahoma City, do you think this puts you at a disadvantage in the industry?

A: Perhaps a little, but distance isn’t as much of an issue with composers as it is with cast and crew. We don’t have to show up on set. There’s little need for the filmmaker and composer to actually be in the same room. All communication can be done online, even for spotting sessions (when a director and composer “get together” to watch the film and discuss where music should be placed and what kind of mood/feel it should have). It would be beneficial to be able to go to social events where I could meet people in the industry, but I’ve found that the internet has many places to find these filmmakers, so I don’t think living a distance away is much of an issue.

Q: What was the most challenging project you ever had to score?

A: I’d say the most challenging score to complete was the third film I did the music for, Allen Scales’ short film Blood Memory. It was a western/psychological thriller set in the 1800’s. The director wanted music kind of like John Corigliano‘s score in Altered States,which is amazingly unique, and very difficult to mimic. I still came nowhere near as close to the magic of Corigliano as I wished, but it actually turned out to be one of my favorites.

Q:  What made you interested in composing music for film?

A: In the summer of 2000, my friends and I made a cheap-looking home movie, and I recorded a music track to it, which I thought was the coolest thing ever. Since then, I dreamed of writing music for movies like my favorite composers. Plus, I think most musicians will say that they’ve thought about it at some point.

Q: Who are some of your influences?

A: I get influenced and inspired a little every time I watch a new movie and hear the music, but Danny Elfman and John Williams are the two composers who got me to notice the music in movies. I don’t think they’re overrated at all. Elfman’s Batman and Williams’ Superman are still my favorite scores. There is actually a big list of amazing composers that inspire me like Elmer Bernstein, James Horner, Alan Silvestri, and many others.

Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your creativity?

A: I work part-time at the public library where I’m surrounded by movies, music, and books. I come home from work, hang with my family, and record music. Since I work so few hours there a week, the job thankfully has very little influence on my creativity.

Q:  What do you like about the film industry?

A: My favorite part is probably the ability to build artistic relationships with filmmakers. It usually turns into a Hitchcock/Hermann or Burton/Elfman thing where I’m brought back to do most of their future films. I also like the fact that I can work for filmmakers anywhere in the world doing film scores. 

Q:  What would you change about it?

A: Film selection and ticket prices at the movies. 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

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An Interview With Mirror Deep Author Joss Landry

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Joss Landry is the author of the romance novel Mirror Deep; here is a link to her website:
http://www.josslandry.com

Q: What is Mirror Deep about?
A: Action takes place south-west of Chicago, on a fifteen hundred acre Andalusian horse ranch. Story will take us to Chicago and all the way to Paris France.
Katherine Bonner and Pierce Bonner are the two main characters. Kat is tall, headstrong, attractive and on her way to becoming a horse whisperer. Pierce, her second cousin, manages the Bonner-Willow Ranch while he also manages to get on Kat’s nerves. Kat can exact good manners from most studs, but not from Pierce Bonner.
Trouble starts when Kat learns she is adopted and that her biological mother has just passed away. She also discovers the circumstances in which she was adopted. Lawyer who is responsible for the adoption, just walked out of prison where he spent the last eighteen years.
Kat turns to Pierce for help. After a lot of soul searching, Pierce agrees to help, yet also has an agenda of his own. His lawyerly father, Franklin Bonner, might be mixed up in all of this and he intends to find out how and why.
Add to the mix a couple of bungling detective, Kat’s doppelganger who shows up when she least expects it, a serial killer on the loose and you’ve got Mirror Deep, a 457-page romantic mystery.
Q: What inspired you to write the novel?
A: I was actually working on another novel, while watching a Grand Slam tennis match and this story began filtering through. Complete with names, places and all the trimmings. I began writing Mirror Deep and never did finish the other story.
Q: Why do you think “the bad boy” is such a popular figure in literature?
A: Myself, I have always been in love with love, so that “bad boy” had better be good to me and love only me. I guess the term “bad” would need to be defined. I also believe that for each and every one of us, this definition will differ … mostly, to answer your question; we all love a little spice in our concoction. Cinnamon is my preferred spice. The “bad boy”, I happen to know, can zap any kind of thirst.
Q: How important is it for a heroine in a novel to be sexually attractive? (Why)
A: Another great question, Eliza, since beauty is strictly in the eye of the beholder. However, I believe as women, the attributes we love about ourselves, at least the ones we keep silent, outweigh the traits we complain about or might wish to change. Therefore, when we pick up a novel to read, we like to find some of those attributes in the heroine we’re reading about, if only to imagine ourselves in her place. As for men reading about sexually attractive heroine, well, this is self-explanatory.
Q: What was the most challenging thing about writing your book?
A: I find writing easy. I don’t normally get writer’s block. I just … write. Finding the time to have the peace of mind and the tranquility to write can be challenging. As my husband mentions, when I’m writing is a lonely time for him. However I would have to say that editing causes me the most challenges. As though I cannot get it absolutely right.
Q: What kind of professional background do you have?
A: Well, I’ve been in Marketing all my life, helping small companies start their business. I have also written a lot of copy and have since decided to switch to fiction in the last ten years.
Q: How did it help you in marketing your book?
A: Well, I already had a good writing background, just had to throw it away and learn to write again. Seriously, I love what life has taught me and I intend to use it all in my stories. I’ve raised horses, been National Marketing Directors for a couple of huge organizations, trained sales people, learned about sailing, was a real estate agent in Miami. I have travelled all over North America, the Caribbean and Europe.
Q: What separates a good romance novel from a bad one?
A: What is a turnoff for me is when the characters are not believable. I mean, they can be rich, smart, attractive … anything is in the realm of the possible. However, if they act out of character too many times, I will lose interest. Again, this is a gut feeling, something about relationships that don’t fit.
Q: Who are some of your influences?
A: As writer mentors, I have quite a few. I love Mazo De La Roche. I first read her Jalna collection I was 19 years old. I love Erich Segal, Pat Conroy, John Grisham, Judith Krantz, Sandra Gulland and many, many more.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I am editing two novels: I Can See You, an urban fantasy about a 10 year old girl who inherited the power of sight from her grandmother and … much more from the rest of her lineage.
I am also editing the romantic mystery of Long Goodbyes, and hopefully both will be available soon.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

 

An Interview With Country Singer Doug Briney

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Doug Briney is a country singer from Alaska, who’s second CD “Super Country Cowboy” is set to be released in October 2013; here is a link to his website:

www.dougbriney.com

 

Q:  What attracted you to country music?

A: My very first musical influences were country musicians and I’ve listened to country my whole life.  So for me, it really is a part of who I am.

Q: What is the central theme of “It’s More Than Just a Farm to Me”?

 

A: To me the central theme is simply, Hard Work Pays Off.

Q: Who are some of your influences?

 

A: My early influences were Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Lee Greenwood and Alabama.  My more current influences are Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Chris Young and Ronnie Dunn. I’d like to add that if given the opportunity the person I’d most like to do a duet with would be Jennifer Nettles.

Q: What kind of training have you had?

 

A: I was a vocal music major in college.  I graduated with a BA in Music from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College.  So my training was pretty formal.

Q: Do you think country music has gotten more political over the years? (why or why not)

 

A: I don’t really think it has become any more political but I do think the news media and with social media we are more connected to what artists whether they are musicians or actors on every thought they have even political.

Q:  What is your strangest concert story?

 

A: My strangest story, would be last summer I did a motorcycle tour from Anchorage to Orange County, California.  On my way back to Alaska I stopped to visit a cousin of mine who I had never met, he ran a recovery center for addicts of all kinds.  It was about 10 when I pulled in and after a tour of the place, I ran out to my trailer and pulled out all my gear and did an impromptu concert outside on the patio we started about 11pm and after about 15 minutes neighbors from all sides where coming out and joining in on the fun.  It was just a very cool night yet strange because it wasn’t planned, we didn’t advertise, I just had fun and before I knew what was happening I had probably 100 or so people there having fun.

Q:  What has been your greatest triumph so far?

 

A: My greatest life triumph are my children.  I am extremely proud of each of them.  Musically, I’d have to say that my biggest triumph or success has been my nomination and award by the ICoMA for my live performance of the National Anthem.
Q: What has been you biggest professional let down?

 

A: About a year ago I was playing a show at a bar in Anchorage, Alaska.  There was a guy who came up and introduced himself as Dierks Bentley‘s tour manager.  He said he loved my music and was going to introduce me to Dierks before his concert and get me backstage passes as well as work to get me on the tour with him.  I believed him as he gave me a card with his name and number on it.  The following day was the day of the concert and I never heard from him.  I tried calling the number only to find it was a bogus number.  I’m not sure why this guy was posing as a representative of Dierks and not sure what he had hoped to gain by lying to me but it hurt and was a huge letdown to me.

Q:  If your life were a famous country song which one would it be and why?

 

A: Rodney Adkins song, “If You’re Going Through Hell, Just Keep on Going.”  The why to that is simply no matter how hard life has been for me and my family I just keep pressing on.  We’ve been thrown some pretty big curves and we roll with them and keep pressing on.

10. If you could perform with Patsy Cline, Ray Charles or Johnny Cash; which one would it be and why?

Johnny Cash, I guess my reasoning is I’m much more familiar with him and his music.  I’ve performed more of his music then Patsy or Ray’s music.  As a side note, I visited The Cowboy Church of Nashville and had the privilege of singing there on a Sunday evening, Johnny Cash’s sister JoAnna Cash Yates is the Pastors wife.  I really felt like I was singing in front of country royalty.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Western Avenue Guitarist Matt Williams

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Matt Williams is the guitarist for the country trio Western Avenue who’s single, “Wherever You Are” was released today; here is a link to their website:

www.westernavenue.ca

 

 

Q: How did Western Avenue get together?

A: Western Avenue started coming together in the fall of 2006 when Keith & I were introduced to Nikki by our friend Tara Lyn Hart.  Nikki was teaching vocal lessons at Tara’s school & needed a couple of guitar players for a show she was doing.  She called Keith, Keith called me & the rest is history!  Haha.  Funny enough the show actually got cancelled a couple of weeks before we were to play due to the club closing down.  By that time we could already tell we were onto something special.

Q: What is the main difference between Canadian country music and American country music?

A: Some of the new country artists coming out of the States I find have more of that classic rock edge to there live shows (Jake Owen, Lady A, etc.). Where as a lot of Canadian artists live shows are more of the traditional kind.  Both are amazing!

 

Q: What is “Wherever You Are” about?

A: Wherever You Are is the classic ballad story of wanting to spend as much time & experiences with the ones you love.  People have really related to this song.  We’ve heard from fans how this song has been played as the 1st dance at several weddings this year.  As a musician that is one of the ultimate compliments & we’re truly grateful!

Q: What is the most inventive thing you have done to promote yourselves as a band?

A: Honestly…just playing as much as possible.  We believe that the more we play, the more people will hear us.  It’s not uncommon for us to do numerous Charity shows & even showing up at the Beach to rock out…haha.

Q: What is your strangest concert story?

A: Man…we could probably write a book one day on the journey we’ve been through (actually….I Probably WILL write a book…haha).  I’m sure a lot of stuff will come out over the next few years anyways.

 

One of my strangest concert moments came when we were doing a show.  We had a tone of family & friends in the audience, & this one woman made a point of coming up on stage & licking me from my shoes right up my leg.  The funniest thing was seeing my parent’s expression in the front row.  Was probably the most awkward moment on stage in my life…hahaha

Q: What sets you apart from other country trio’s?

 

A: Got to say the one thing that sets us apart is that 2 of us are married….haha.  It really makes for some awkward conversations sometimes…haha.  No, we believe we have a unique sound that combines all of our influences into well-crafted songs with sing-along choruses.  Plus our shows are more like listening to a rock concert 😉

Q:  Who are some of your musical influences?

A: All of our musical influences vary soo much!  Collectively we all love bands like Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Taylor Swift, Fleetwood Mac, Keith Urban, Sugarland.  Anything with sing-along verses & arena-rock choruses!!  Nikki’s influences stretch all the way back to watching Disney movies, Keith’s = all old country tunes, Matt = Celtic music & singing Take Me Out To The Ball Game a million times with my Mom when I was 3 years old (ha!).

Q: If Canada were a country song which one would it be and why?

A: “Here For The Party” by Gretchen Wilson!  Great tune & us Canadians sure like to drink! 😉

Q:  What is the most common theme in contemporary country music?

A: One thing I’ve noticed over the past few years is the whole sex, partying & rock & roll theme being embraced by country music!  It’s pretty awesome because I came from a rock past & grew up listening to songs like that.  Pretty amazing that almost anything goes in Country music now!

 

Q:  Could a veggie munching, liberal, Jew like me be accepted in the world of country music?

A: You bet you would!  Like I said above….anything goes in Country Music now.  Believe Shania helped break down some of those traditional barriers that were in place years ago.  Country music now has soo many different avenues, it really is remarkable!

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

An Interview With Country Music Artist Jiggley Jones

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Jiggley Jones is a country music singer whose album 
"No Spring Chicken"
is climbing the country charts; here is a link to his website:

 

www.jiggleyjones.com.

 

 

 

Q: What made you want to become a musician?

A:   I think it was just a natural progression that came to the forefront when I was in my late teens. I would sing in the church choir and play the clarinet in school when I was a kid but those teenage years, and having popular music as a priority within those social circles, sort of pushed me in that direction. I think that it’s one of those things that you either want to do or you don’t. It’s part of who you are.

 

Q:  What is the theme of “No Spring Chicken?”

 

A:  Musically there really is no theme other then touching on life itself and how we look at it and live with it. The name of the CD, “No Spring Chicken”, is sort of a humorous look into the music business and how they seem to be leaning more and more towards the younger artist. I’m just simply saying, “I’m not a teenager anymore but here ya go, how bout some good solid music from an old guy”, lol. Imagine that.

Q: Who are some of your musical influences?

A:   I’ve always said that you are influenced by every musical movement that you’ve ever heard. My influences are many but to streamline the list I would go back to my roots growing up in a household where Classic Rock was the main theme. Neil Young, The Allman Brothers, The Doobie Brothers, The Eagles, etc…

 

Q: What is the most common misconception about country music?

 

A:   Well currently, if you haven’t paid any attention to Country music, the misconception might be that one still thinks that it’s the same as it was 30 years ago. You always hear non-Country fans bringing up the old theme, “my dog died and my women left me and I’m down on my luck”, but nothing could be further from the truth. Country music is, and always has been a lyrical masterpiece, from a good old American perspective.

Q: What is your weirdest concert story?

 

A:   The one that comes to my mind today, and I’m sure if I thought about it I could come up with a few more, is when I was performing a live show in a band and a fight broke out in front of the stage. Upon pinpointing the people involved, while we continued performing our song, I noticed that I recognized the one participant as our lead guitar player’s older sister. Immediately I looked over at my friend Mike on guitar as he wailed away on his lead, playing it as good as usual. As soon as he finished his last note he put his guitar down and darted into the raucous, coming out with his sister bleeding from the lip. This all took place while the rest of the band continued playing the song we were doing. Needless to say the applause at the end of this one was twice as loud as the rest of the show, lol.

 

Q: What is unique  about country music fans?

A:   I’m not sure I would characterize it as unique but I know that Country music fans are the most loyal, dedicated, and diehard fans there is. All you need to do is take a trip to the CMA festival to get a taste of that. It’s a lifestyle, not just musically but attitude wise. A Country music fan will vehemently protect the name of Country music until the day they die.

Q: If your life was a country song, which one would it be?

A:   Wow there’s so many to pick from. How about Johnny Cash’s “Next In Line.” I always seem to feel like I end up “next in line”, lol. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. I’m sure hoping that changes this time around !!!

Q: What kind of feedback helps you the most as an artist?

 

A:   Positive feedback for sure. There’s nothing like the boost you get after reading a good review, hearing someone rave about you music, or getting a warm reception to a live performance you’ve just finished. I have a tendency to feed off of these moments and turn and give it back.

Q: If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be?

A:   I think the industry needs to get back to putting the music first. What I mean is that a great demo should be the reason a record company is interested in an artist. Today you have to have an extensive list of non-musical credits to get their attention. Social media “likes” and “views” and “fans” should be irrelevant. Whether you are already touring or not shouldn’t be a concern nor should the amount of local fans you have. It should always boil down to how good and different the music is that you create. The industry has a job of selling music. The artist has a job of creating and performing the music. More and more the artist has to take the lead and do both. If I couldn’t write music then I wouldn’t be here so why are “you” here if “you” can’t sell good music. The next Led Zeppelin will never arrive unless the music takes over as the absolute priority. I could go on and on about this one.

 

Q: If you could no longer be a musician what other kind of work would you like to try?

A:   I’d like to play short-stop for the Atlanta Braves, lol.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)