Month: February 2017

An Interview With Writer/Producer Robert A. Trezza



Robert A. Trezza is the writer and producer of the film The Purging Hour; here is a link to the films website:


Q: What made you interested in film making?


A: To me there was always something quite fascinating that someone with a camera could impact people’s lives. Kinda like how Hitchcock kept people from showering for years or how Spielberg killed many summer vacations for those who once loved the beach.


Q: What attracted you to this story?


A: It was simple. Emmanuel Sandoval (the director) mentioned to me the idea of doing a horror film based on a home video he saw. After thinking back for a bit I remembered, just how eerie watching those old home movies could be and I thought it would be interesting to capture those moments of a family and all the chaos that happens with their move.


Q:  Why do you think people are so interested in paranormal stories?


A: Probably because in the back of their minds it could happen. Giant Lizards and Werewolves, although really cool and interesting, feel a lot more fictional. All of us have walked the earth and lost a loved one and their presence always still feels existent. So, I guess in the back of our minds, ghosts can and may really exist.



Q: How do you tell a real horror story from a fake horror story?


A: I guess going back to the last question it is what feels real. Any story or film that reads or plays out like a newspaper article can be quite frightening. Films that tend to play more on the psyche and provide less gore always felt real to me.



Q: Who are some of your film making influences and how can we see that influence in your work?


A: Probably as most horror fans, John Carpenter and Sean Cunningham. To this day I still love their less is more style. The first Friday the 13th kept us waiting until the end to actually show who was behind the mayhem. With Halloween, the use of POV to show the action was strong, especially in the opening scene.



Q: What is the most realistic horror film you have ever seen?


A: I would have to say Cannibal Holocaust. To this day there are a lot of people who still think it was a snuff film.



Q: Do you think there are any friendly spirits out there?


A: I’d like to think my Grandmother is still hovering around out there.



Q:  What kind of day job do you have and what is the worst thing about it?


A:  I work in property management in NY. The worst part about it is that it limits my time to do creative projects, but in the same vein, financially it allows me to do them…go figure.


Q:  What have you done to publicize your movie?


A:  We partnered with Dread Central and the flagship Ruthless Studios and a lot of the small horror sites have given us some love too. We built a decent social media following too- for an uber low budget film.



Q:  What is the scariest thing you have ever done?


A:  Procreate : )


 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 Writer and Counselor Marilyn Redmond



Marilyn Redmond is a counselor and an author of self-help books; here is a link to her website:


Q: What made you interested in being a counselor?


A: A woman taking my college class asked if I did counseling. I responded yes, because as a teacher, I did counseling with my students for many years. Over the years, countless clients have come for help.


Q: What kind of training have you had?


A: I took a course that ordained and trained me for a spiritual minister as a counselor and a reader. I have taken beginning and advanced courses for learning to do Past Life Regressions. I am a member of the International Board for Regression Therapy. After several classes for hypnotherapy, I became a member of the American Board of Hypnotherapy. I am a lifetime member of Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment. I have taught for them and other programs for over 20 years. I have taught in colleges, wellness centers, and metaphysical groups.


Q: What do you offer to clients that a psychotherapist or a psychologist can’t?


A: I am able to find the root problem of the situation and resolve it from the beginning at a subconscious level. This removes the symptoms, the need for medications, or repeated problems.  Most people just superficially discuss the current situation and nothing changes.


Q: Your Amazon page says you had a syndicated column. What was the name of the column and how did you obtain syndication?


A: I wrote for the Pacific Northwest Spirit my column was, “Living in the Light” which went to the western United States and Canada. There were other newspapers for Edgar Cayce’s organization in the rest of the United States and they picked up my articles and published them in their papers, too.  Currently, I am an international columnist for “The Sussex Newspaper” on the internet.


Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it affect your pursuit of counseling?


A: I am a retired teacher and have devoted my current time to helping others find the truth in their lives while carrying the message of love, as an international award winning writer, speaker, teacher, counselor, columnist, consultant, and artist.


Q: What is Paradigm Busters about?


A: It is the “ultimate how to book”. My self-help book has the actual steps to change your life from the old unbalanced foundation into one that grows, prospers, and is sustainable. Each chapter is a principle for a productive loving life. It addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual issues. It explains the subconscious and spirit parts that we do not see.  This  really runs our lives. It is about raising your consciousness into a higher consciousness of love that people call heaven on earth.


My latest book just out is “Road to Success”.  It is an inspirational book for people needing support to move into their dreams and purpose.


Q: How can it help people to reveal who they really are?


A: “With the book, “Paradigm Busters, Reveal the Real You”, a reader finds it a workbook to apply the principles in their lives.  It is only through application that change can happen. My poems, pictures and work sections allow for right brain action as well as written knowledge.  When a person is able to get honest to release their negative thinking, words, and actions, and then substitute a positive comportment of grace, their real loving self can emerge, and their lives become happy, balanced, and free of their ego. Each chapter is a step into changing from the old into the new you.


“Road to Success”, offers lots of tools, new thinking, and support to move into a place that offers reality, happiness, and inner victory.  When a person knows it is possible, they have the choice to overcome their most difficult circumstances and come out on top; anyone can.  It is a choice to follow your heart.


Q: You say you are recovering from ten different addictions; what are they?


A: I was addicted to alcohol, prescription drugs, smoking, working, overachieving, and several people, mother, stepdad, half sister, ex-husband, son, and daughter. People addiction is often called co-dependency.


Q: What are some challenging problems you have come across as a counselor?


A: I released dark energy/entities.  One said it was Satan, several said they were the devil; two women had a huge snake inside, and I have released more benign entitites. It took several years, helping a woman get off marijuana and stop drinking. Right now, I am helping a domestic violent couple.


Q: What are some reasons people stay in abusive relationships?


A:  I found from my experience that I was emotionally 3 years old, insecure, and unloved. I had to hang on to someone to make it. We look to others to make us okay, because we are not okay with ourselves. The abuse is discounted for security.  When I grew into self-esteem, trust of God, took steps of courage, I was able to leave, even though I was still 3 years old emotionally.  I have spent the last years growing into an adult. Growing up is not for sissies.

 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 Actress Anna Tempte




Anna Tempte is an actress; here is a link to her website:


Q: What made you interested in live theater?


A: My first interest in theatre was sparked very early by my grandmother, who was an actress. She was educated at the Royal Theatre Dramaten in Sweden.  She worked in theatre’s all over Sweden with the biggest Swedish directors/actors of that time, including Ingmar Bergman and Max Von Sydow (both Academy Award nominees). Whenever she spoke about acting, I was transported to a different place this magical universe. My grandmother was an absolutely astonishing woman and she spoke extremely passionately about the theatre. I applied and was accepted to The Lee Strasberg Film & Theatre Institute in New York City. For me, there is no place like the theatre and watching people create living art. When a play is written, it’s dead words on a page. Actors bring the words alive; it’s a living breathing art form. In the theatre you can watch two people fall in love and break up and it’s happening there in front of you. It takes your breath away when it’s real, well executed, in the moment and living.


Q: You studied at Lee Strasberg Film and Theater Institute. What is unique about the education you received there?


A: I found my “place”. I think it’s important to find a school that speaks to you. I was a great admire of Lee Strasberg and the so called “method”. Lee Strasberg was a genius who kept working and perfecting the “system” that Stanaslavski had started. Coming to New York was a scary enough but acting in a different language is a truly scary thing; However, the LSFTI became my home in NY and still is. The teachers are some of the most inspirational, sincere and passionate I have come across. I still pass by my second home and take class when my schedule will allow it. I feel that Strasberg packed my backpack with tools that I can use throughout my acting career.



Q: Do you like to build characters from the outside in or vice versa?


A: I always find that word “character” a little nerve-wracking. We don’t become a different character. We all start from ourselves. We play many different characters in our daily life and we have a lot of different “personality traits” inside us. We act differently when we are at a job, compared to when we are with our in-laws or with our closest friends. Whatever situation we encounter in our daily life we adapt accordingly. I start with the similarities and then work from there. The final thing is the characterization such as speech and walk, especially if that should be extremely different.


Things are TOTALLY different in Commedia dell’Arte which makes it fascinating as we work from the outside in. When a person works in mask ones persona changes. We all walk around with a persona which we portray to the world and a lot of our personality is displayed via our face. When you remove that, as you do in Commedia dell’Arte, it’s  totally liberating. The mask will tell you who you are and you can’t fight it; you just have to go along. Like my teacher told me, “Think less; do more.” It can be very terrifying to people as you feel yourself loosing control.



Q: For what role did you undergo the most radical physical transformation?


A: Every time I put on a new mask for Commedia dell’Arte I work on an extreme character. The characters are grotesque over exposed personalities. It’s physically demanding to keep the character and the voice so dark as I occasionally play men even though I am a petite woman.  The mask will surely inform me of what body part I need to work out.



Q: What kind of day job or income source do you have and how does it effect your pursuit of acting?


A: I am very frugal and I am fortunate enough to have saved up money for school so I basically live off that. Additionally, I occasionally get hired to do princess and clown appearances for kids birthday parties where I face paint, make balloon animals, dance with the kids and do a magic show. Yep, I do what needs to be done:)



Q: What is Commedia dell’Arte?


A: Commedia dell’Arte began during the Italian Renaissance, which featured street performers who ‘busked’ to make a living. Later, it developed and was distilled into more genteel entertainment.  The early plays were partially improvised, with an outline of action called a ‘scenario’ providing a spine to the comic story.  The storylines highlighted the struggle between masters and servants in a culture just beginning to see greater social mobility.  The humor was raw but rich with word play, scatological humor and physical comedy.  The characters of Commedia dell’Arte were masked ‘stock characters’ drawn directly from everyday life of the Italian Renaissance; masters and servants each of whom embodied a stereotypical Italian of the era.  These stock characters would have been instantly recognizable to audiences of the Renaissance period, the same way that we are familiar with our modern stock characters like the dumb jock or the math nerd.  Since its inception, Commedia dell’Arte has influenced and inspired countless artists. It’s the grand dame of comedy.



Q: What inspired you to join a troupe?


A: I was asked to join by Matthew Gregory whom I had worked with and respect greatly. I absolutely love working with him. He’s a fantastic director and actor. He pushes actors in ways I have not experienced before. He wanted to start a legit Commedia dell’Arte troupe and I was hooked. The people he brought on board are all some of the most talented people I have met. It was a brand new project and something that we do not see a lot of anymore. Comedy in it’s original raw form, Commedia dell’Arte is the Grand Dame of comedy. It’s a real troupe like in the old days. We write and improvise our own material.


Q: Have you ever had a difference of opinion with a director? If so, how did you work it out?


A: I always feel it’s best to have an open dialogue. The director might have a vision of what he would like but once you show him your choice he may go with that. Once I had a director wanting me to do something a certain way. I said yes and did it my own way and he loved it, so he didn’t even realize 🙂



Q: What famous theater role would you most like to attempt?


A: Wow! There are so many but I suppose Lady Macbeth and Medea. I’m a sucker for the classics. I would like to do the classics of Ibsen and Strindberg as well but in original language, since I’m fortunate to be able to speak those languages.


Q: What is your strangest back stage story?


A: Hmmm…my strangest backstage story would probably be watching people put ice cubes in weird places to be cold when they went on stage for a scene.


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 Party Entertainers Benny and Cait





Benny and Cait are party entertainers who own & Entertainment Company; here is a link to it’s website:

Q: What made you decide to start an entertainment company?
Cait: We knew we wanted to be self-employed and wanted to use our creative strengths in doing that, but really got the idea while browsing craigslist for odd jobs. We saw a need for face painting and balloon twisting and it just evolved from there.

What industry did you work in before starting the company?

Cait: I managed a Zumiez and had mostly worked retail, with the occasional nannying job.

Benny: I worked a lot of service industry jobs as well as various performance and writing/directing gigs.

Q: How were you able to finance your business?

Benny: We moved in with my parents to save money while picking up lots of odd jobs over the summer. We got a credit card that helped us with our initial investments. But the overall cost of startup was very low and we were able to quickly grow through booking our first few parties.

Q: What is your oddest party story?

Cait: The party that stands out to me most is one at a daycare. It was outside and the backyard was so tiny, but for some reason, fireworks were brought out. They were lit next to a dead plant and everyone was having to duck out of the way of the sparks, yet they continued to light more! The kids were all very patient and well-behaved, but the parents were trying to cut in front of them in line for balloons and were even trying to use our pumps to inflate the balloons themselves before we could get to them. It was all very funny because I remember thinking how crazy it was that the adults were acting like impatient children and the kids were so respectful.


What do you bring to the party that other companies of your kind cannot?

Benny: We don’t like to limit a customer’s creativity by presenting a limited selection of what we offer, we cater to what the individual party might need. Our name says it all, we’re “AND Entertainment,” as in “AND,” not “Or.” We have a lot of our most popular requests bundled into packages on our site but we have done all kinds of stuff for events in the past! From building Harry Potter Quidditch Goals to leading a Bollywood Dance, if you can dream it, we can achieve it!

Q:  What kind of theatrical background do you have?

Benny: I grew up in musical theatre! I had my first taste of the stage at the age of five and continued to perform in school plays, community and independent productions around the Bay Area. Mostly Musicals, But I dabbled in Sketch Comedy and Film work.

Q:  What trends in children’s entertainment annoy you?


We haven’t really been in the business long enough to stumble upon any trend per se, but I will say one of my biggest annoyances is when parents use us as a daycare service rather than an entertainment service and don’t supervise their children. The kids get really excited and want to get into all of our supplies and it’s hard for us to do our jobs when we’re being overrun by unsupervised, sugared-up kids.

Q:  What have you done to promote your business?

Cait: We use as many outlets as we can. We post ads on craigslist. We’re listed on & Yelp. We also keep current on Facebook, Instagram, & Snapchat. We really enjoy going to parks and handing out balloons to kids for free and giving the parents a business card when the weather is right.
Benny: Or going out and doing some street magic to promote is always fun! We’re not afraid to do the footwork, We’ve gone to daycares, schools, & local businesses just handing out cards.
Cait: word of mouth is our best kind of marketing.


Q:  What does your magic act entail?

Benny: all kinds of stuff! From Card tricks to mentalism/mind reading, our many ever evolving magic shows feature mind-boggling moments to delight, astound & always entertain! Our Goal is to leave smiles on Faces and Wonder in Minds long after we’re gone!

Q: If you could make anyone disappear permanently for the benefit of children everywhere, who would it be and why?

Cait: Betsy Devos! I believe in giving our kids the absolute best education possible, and I feel that that’s been put in jeopardy with her nomination to Secretary of Education.


: I believe that rewarding a bully with a position of power sets a precedent in the minds of Children. Especially if that bully has run on a platform of racism and misogyny. So for our next trick, we’ll work on making the king baby disappear!



 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 Writer John Kildemm




John Kildemm is a writer for the Eric Andre show and the author of the autobiographical book series, Hey Doorman; here is a link to his link to his Amazon page:

Q: When did you know you were a writer?


A: I knew I was a writer once I got into my major of electrical engineering in college. I disliked it so much that I actually started to read books again, which this sent me on a path of writing, in particular comedy. My mother would say that I was a writer before 5th grade, as all of my montessori teachers thought that I would grow up to be a writer based on all of my advanced reading (Stephen Hawking, Ian Fleming, Stephen King, Dean Koontz) and the fact that I used to write stories all of the time. These stories were some amalgamation of James Bond, sci-fi, and Kung-Fu as those were my biggest influences at that time. These are still major influences to this day, just add in Tarantino, Scorsese, Coen Brothers, David Fincher and Lynch, Spike Jonze and Lee, Jim Jarmusch and Bong Joon-ho.

Q: How did you come to be a bouncer?


A:  I became a bouncer due to two factors. (1) I am 6’3″, 200lbs, black, and look like I can whoop your ass. (2) A comedian buddy of mine introduced me to another comedy buddy of his in LA who worked as a bouncer. And that bouncer wanted some nights off, so he offered me some of his shifts. In other words, it was my physical appearance in combination with a lazy man that began my all too long career as a bouncer. Which is how at least two thirds of people get their jobs, right?

Q:  Is it true that they tell you not to let people in based on race, age and looks?


A:  It is true that at certain night spots in LA there are unwritten rules on who to let in which are based on beauty, race, age etc. I actually know a couple bouncers who work at those places. But for myself, I have never worked at one of those places. That being said, pretty women are ushered in at almost all costs, while a guy slipping a bouncer money will get you in just as quickly. The tricky part comes when pretty women are there with their male friends or boyfriends, because once we are near capacity a single penis will send your group to the back of the line. This is when, in my case, you need to have a witty/smart pretty woman to talk your group past the line. Because there is almost nothing a guy can say to me to get his group in, that isn’t sponsored by Jackson, Grant and/or Franklin.


Q: Did you ever actually have to rough anybody up, or do you just look intimidating?


A: Ninety-nine percent of the time I do not have to rough anybody up. Primarily because I work in West Hollywood, where there’s a bunch of models and actors. In other words, people who really need their faces intact and are generally of average human height and below average human weight. The few times I have hit someone it was more than called for. One time a guy was assaulting a woman. Another time a drunk guy was pummeling a small patron. Another time a guy intentionally knocked my book (Art Linson’s What Just Happened?) out of my hand so I had to strike him. If you don’t know that book, it has Robert De Niro on the cover. And no one fucks with De Niro, despite his poor movie choices the last decade.

Q:  Who was your most memorable drunk?


A: My most memorable drunk is a tough one, as there are too many to count. Plus I chronicle the best of the best in each volume of my ebook series, Hey Doorman. So I will go with the one that occurred when I wasn’t even working. It was at our company Holiday Party. A company employee got so drunk that he attacked the manager on duty that night for no reason and proceeded to pummel him until the barback stopped him. I saw this unfold on video the following day. The funny part was that the guy who attacked the manager had no recollection of what he did. He even showed up to work the next day, only to be informed that he was fired and formal charges were being filed against him.

Q: Why are people so fascinated with Hollywood nightlife, isn’t a drunk a drunk?


A:  Drunks are drunks are drunks. This is true. But people are fascinated by anything Hollywood (I.E. Los Angeles), because of what Hollywood represents: The American dream. Coming from nothing and rising to the top of everything. You can make an argument that, the actor, is the top spot in American culture. Our current president became pop culture famous from TV and former president Ronald Reagan was a b-movie actor. These two men became the most powerful men in the world and they weren’t even good actors. Imagine what a Meryl Streep or Denzel Washington could do? On the other side of this Hollywood coin, you have the greatest falls America has ever seen. Look no further than OJ Simpson. His meteoric fall was something that the nation, nor world, could look away from (so much so that his trial gave birth to an entire TV network). This immensely watchable dichotomy is why people are forever fascinated by Hollywood.


Q: How did you become a writer for the Eric Andre show?


A: I became a writer for The Eric Andre Show through my standup comedy connections. I have been performing standup for over 10 years, beginning in Chicago, where I met and became friends with Hannibal Buress. He and I share a similar comedic perspective and he thought I would be a good fit for Eric’s show, so he forwarded some sketches I wrote to Eric. Eric liked them and brought me into his writers room for Season 4, which I could not be more proud of as I have so much respect and admiration for his show. Since then I have also become friends with Eric, who by the way, has hands down the coolest birthday parties that I have ever been to. But due to a Non Disclosure Agreement I can not say any more (wink).


Q: What would surprise us about Eric?


A: Nothing would surprise me about Eric as I have known him for a while. But what would surprise some people is how diligent and un-crazy he is in the writers room. Eric is a good boss and writing partner. He is nurturing, kind, and open to creativity. Period. Just a good creative dude, who may or may not whip his penis out.


Q: Do you think the shock value of the show will ever wear thin or do you think you can keep taking it to new levels?


A:  I don’t think The Eric Andre Show’s shock value will ever wear thin, primarily due to Eric. He would rather walk away than not keep taking things to another thoroughly crazy level. Secondly, the format of the show doesn’t allow things to get comfortable as it has a running time of about 11 minutes. If the show was 30 minutes or if Eric was not so hands on, I would feel differently.

Q: Who do you think would win in a fight, Eric Andre or Lauren Conrad?


A: Lauren Conrad versus Eric Andre… Hmmm… While I am 100% sure that Eric can win the fight, I also know he is business savvy. Meaning he knows that the real money is in the rematch or rematches. So while Eric would not throw the first fight, he would most certainly exploit it for all that it is worth. There would be a lot of Vaseline and he would most certainly show up naked or at least wearing a banana hammock with Lauren’s face on it. He would then proceed to push the boundries of sex (without being pornographic; he needs the reruns to play on television), drug use, and violence. In the end, Lauren would be declared the winner. But the real winner would be the viewers.


 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 Folk Singer Jay Elle


Jay Elle is a folk music artist who has just released the EP Rising Tide; here is a link to his website:


Q: When did you know you wanted to be a performer?


A: Great question. My first performance was a bit part in an elementary school play. I was carrying a small chest. I was one of the kings bringing gifts to the baby Jesus.


I loved the whole experience except that I had to wear tights and for some reason I didn’t dig that part of the outfit so much. Otherwise, I enjoyed appearing in front of an audience and I guess that was enough of a jumpstart to get me going.


I did not get into music until a few years later, in grammar school. But once I started playing guitar and singing with bands there was no doubt that performing music was the way to go for me. The more I did it, the more I wanted to do it. It was just a lot of fun. And still is.


Q: Why folk music?


A: Folk is a genre that I love because it can bring together great music and great lyrics. It gives you a lot of freedom, especially when you are by yourself: one voice and one guitar. The possibilities are endless. And it is a lot easier to travel with an acoustic guitar.


It is only one of the genres I enjoy exploring though. Add to that other ways to use a guitar or many guitars. My debut EP, Rising Tide, brings together different guitar based orchestrations and arrangements.


I love variety in an album, much like what you find in the “News of the World” or “Jazz” albums by Queen, or the first albums by Billy Joel for instance.


I would love to include at least one instrumental guitar piece on my upcoming CD, or have one or more available for download. I write classical inspired pieces for guitars, pieces that I think might actually be potential Ballet dance music.


In my view, an album should be a journey to various places, much like a live performance. I would love for me and my guitar to take you to a dance hall, the Appalachians, or a Chicago Blues club while you sit in your favorite chair. Even better if I can make you time travel…


Folk music written for guitar is one of these genres and a great starting point. The rest of the EP, “Rising Tide,” gives you other flavors. On the second song, “Twelve on Sunday,” I use a nylon string Ovation and no other instrument. It’s just me and my guitar. The other songs were recorded with a full band and incorporate edgy rock elements, varying from one song to the next. They all tell a story that is meaningful to me lyrically.


Q: Who are some of your influences and how can we see this in your music?


A: I admire anyone who writes well-crafted songs from Cole Porter to many contemporary writers you hear on the radio today, in all genres. Of course, I have my preferences, writers who combine lyrics and music in a very unique way, and happen to be amazing musicians and singers or performers, some of which are now classics in my mind: Billy Joel, Freddie Mercury, Paul McCartney, Sting, Eminem, Snoop Dogg,…etc.


I am a big fan of Billy Idol, B.B. King, Katy Perry, Elvis Presley, Pink, Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Pat Benatar, Eric Clapton, Jay Z, Beyoncé, etc… so the list is quite long and eclectic. Add to that classical composers like Bach, Chopin and Liszt, to name only a few, and the list of influences becomes endless.


Hopefully, my songs reflects my openness to music in general and, over time, I hope to share more and more of my discovering different genres and what I find exciting when I listen to other writers and performers.


If there is a second universal language, beside love, it would be music, in my humble opinion. Bringing people together through songs and music is a fantastic opportunity to “make the world a better place.” That may sound a bit idealistic of course. To me, bringing people together means being open and looking forward to hearing something new and different. Perhaps it’s an offshoot of the New York City cultural melting pot model. When you think about it, New York City brings together such various groups of people in a very peaceful way compared to places in the world where much less cultural variety seem to be more threatening to some groups of people. I would say that one of my overall messages is “keep an open mind.”


Q: What do you look for in the people that you collaborate with?


A: A completely different view point and approach to what I do. Lots of creativity and skills I don’t have.


Otherwise, I would run around in circles. I do my best to challenge myself and “think outside my little box, the one between my ears,” but it’s a lot of fun when you have the opportunity to include other artists and share knowledge and experiences.






Q: What has been the most successful thing you have done to promote your music?


A: Working with Star1 Records and MTS Management Group has been amazing. Laura Patterson, the head of Star1 Records has a fantastic team. Sherry works with College Radio stations and over 100 of them are playing songs from the EP “Rising Tide,” which was released on December 1st, 2016.


Michael Stover (MTS Management Group) has lined up great interviews like this one. It has been the perfect example of team work from day one. I am forever grateful for the energy and time they are dedicating to the promotion of “Rising Tide.”


Laura has brought Chris Purcell on board to create and direct a video of “You Got Away,” the third cut on the EP. Chris is both a very talented director and animator. I am very excited about the concept he came up with and I look forward to presenting the video to people. A great video can be a powerful promotional tool.


Q: What has been the least successful?


A: I have dabbled with some of the well-known Internet social sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, etc…


I think I have much to learn to use them effectively. I look forward to that challenge in the coming months. These sites are great. I just need to do my homework.


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


I have hopped from office jobs to office jobs, either managing projects for marketing companies or insurance companies.


Seven years ago my mom passed away after battling breast cancer. She left me a little bit of money and some wise words: “Time passes faster than we think.”


So, I decided to save up as much money as possible and cut down on my expenses. I have a very tiny studio in Manhattan. I don’t have a car, I don’t have cable, and I don’t buy anything I don’t need. I also have a very generous aunt who helps out as much as she can. She bought me my first guitar, and my second guitar as well.


I quit working a year ago altogether to dedicate myself to making music for as long as I possibly can, living off my savings. I hope at some point I can generate enough income to support myself. As with any small business though, the first years are expenses after expenses and very little income.


I love that I can dedicate myself to writing and recording songs, and be available for interviews and supporting the promotion of my debut EP, Rising Tide.


It’s a big leap of faith.



Q: What is your creative process?


A: Stitching and sewing.


I practice guitar and sing every day. Part of the practice time is dedicated to pure improvisation and during that time I occasionally hear some musical ideas that I like. I record the ideas on a small Olympus Digital Voice Recorder and keep on going. Every few days I listen back to what I have recorded. I have tons of them. When one really catches my attention and keeps coming back to my mind I dedicate time to it on a daily basis to see where it wants to go.


I also write a lot of lyrics. Some of them were put to music by other artists. I collect words that I think I could use eventually.


I find that music leads the way, sometimes immediately associated to lyrics or a lyrical idea or an image that I translate to words. Most of the time I look for lyrics in my collection that could go well with a musical idea. When I start with a “finished” lyric I am rarely happy with the result. I need to get better at that. Some people can do it super well.


Then the process gets tedious as I go back and forth between the music and lyrics, that’s the stitching and sewing, if you will.


I get to what I feel is a finished product at some point and start recording a guitar and vocal track.


Then there is more listening and fine tuning. It’s really the song that tells me when it’s done. If I can listen to it from beginning to end without “stopping myself,” then it’s done. Sometimes my mind stops over and over at the same place in the song and it can take a long time to figure out why.


Some parts of the song come out just right and I never question them. I never stop while I listen to these parts. I couldn’t tell you why either.


I wish I could just pick up my guitar, turn on the recorder, sing and play and have a whole song come out all at once. A good one of course. Done! That would be great. Hasn’t happened yet.


Q: What is the overall theme of Rising Tide?


A: “Rising Tide” is both the title of the first song on the EP, and the title of the EP.


I would say the overall theme of the EP is “standing for yourself and others.” By yourself, or with others. It’s a theme I like as we all face challenges in life. How we deal with challenges is very revealing of who we are. We learn from each one of them. And no matter what happens, we have to get back up on our feet, should the outcome be disappointing. Sometimes we are elated by unexpected positive results. Either way.


One thing I believe we realize pretty quickly is that nothing can be achieved by one individual alone, as much as society glorifies “individual achievements,” there is no individual achievement. Nothing good or bad is achieved by one person.


We should be aware of what we stand for and why, who we influence, who influences us, knowingly or unknowingly so.


There is a famous statement and provocative poem that I think illustrate this perfectly. It was written by Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis‘ rise to power and subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group. It is titled “First they came …”


“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.


Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.


Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.


Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”


Martin Niemöller


It’s easy to follow without questioning. Keep an open mind but question everything.


For the song “Rising Tide,” I experienced missing someone in my life and the emotion was so powerful that it brought to mind how no one can stop the tide when it comes in.


You may be able to fight a fire, but rising waters will rise until they stop on their own. The feeling of being on an island and watching water rising around you while you stand on the last piece of ground reflected my state of mind. Especially in this case, where I did not know how the other person felt. It added to the loneliness of the experience and the need to keep going.


Q: If you could ask any famous folk singer in history a question, who would you ask and what would you ask him or her?


A: I would ask Bob Dylan if he would be willing to collaborate on a song. That is, if he would allow me to sit quietly while I watch and listen. I’d go get coffee every now and then.


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