Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Fox of the Week [12/30] Chrystiana Carter

Chrystiana Carter is a model from Atlanta. She has been featured on I Dream of Dollhouse, a DJ Smoke radio mixtape, among others. She discusses, the rush and nerves of modeling, models she admires, and her goals in the business.

How did you get started modeling?

I started modeling in 2005, I went to an E’Lon Cosmetics fashion show casting just to see what it would be like and ended up being asked to do the show. The adrenaline rush I got from being on the runway made me want to do it more. I’ve been modeling ever since.

Describe how you felt at your first photoshoot?

My first photo shoot I was nervous, and I still get nervous at EVERY photo shoot. I know what I WANT to look like in my pictures but ensuring that I come off that way makes me nervous. I’ve only been doing print work since the beginning of 09 so I still have a lot to learn.

What would you say is your best feature?

My best feature is probably my smile. [laughs] You don’t get to see it often in my pictures but I have a Kool-Aid smile. I’ve been told my eyes have an effect about them but I don’t see it. [laughs]

What is your ideal photoshoot location? Why?

I don’t have an ideal location. I love to shoot in different places, and as long as we can have fun on set while being professional that is all that matters to me.

Who are some models you admire?

I admire Heidi Klum because she knows how to work a runway but she has the girl next door personality, which a lot of models do not possess. I also admire Vanessa Veasley (Show Magazine editor) she has done a lot of different types of modeling but is most known for her Urban Glamour. I admire her because she can model and she knows how to handle the business side to modeling. I think sometimes as models people forget that the more you know about the “industry” the more beneficial it will be for your own personal growth.

What is the most rewarding part of modeling?

The most rewarding part has to be when people ask you how you got started and do you have any advice for them. There is no real point in being in the “spotlight” if you don’t plan on using it to help others. Whether it be with modeling or just talking with them to lead them to their own passion. Sometimes people just need encouragement from others.

What is one goal you hope to accomplish?

One goal I would like to accomplish…..My long term goal is to own a modeling agency. I love to use my experiences to help other models. Modeling is fun but there is an education behind it and I think we overlook that at times. Anything you want to do with your life you have to invest time and money into it.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Maryland rap/hip-hop artist PA: I'm hip-rop

How did you get started making music?

PA is a rap/hip-hop artist from Maryland. he describes his beginnings, his style, and his ideal band (spoiler alert: it includes a Fox Tracks model).

My Friend B-Ezzy kinda forced me freshman year in college. Before then I was a poet and sang in choirs but nothing was taken seriously.

Describe your style for someone who has never heard your music.

I'm Hip-Rop: Hip-hop, Rock, and Pop. And I'm not done absorbing styles. I wanna create a new genre and I won't cease till I do.

If you could write and perform a song with one artist, who would it be? Why?

Charles Hamilton. I relate with him the most He's like me in music and real life.

If you were going to perform one show with a full band, who would you get to be in your band?

Breaking Benjamin, Charles Hamilton, and Ladi Mahogany Da Foxx. Why Ladi Mahogany? Cuz Once she gets the peak of modeling she gonna record with me (she don't know yet).

What sets you apart from other rap/hip-hop guys?

I'm passive aggression. I put my heart in it all and in everything I spit, sing, or write, I'm real. Hip-hop is missing its REAL. So let's switch it up.

What would you be doing if you weren't making music?

If I wasn't I wouldn't do anything. Music is my passion. Without that vibe I can't exist. I'm hungry.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Fox of the Week [12/23] Coli Hellraiser

Coli Hellraiser is a model from Virginia. She has been featured on Awesomebods, Blockdymez, GGurls, and Examiner, among many other sites. She discusses her work, her first photoshoot, and her ideal photoshoot location. She appears courtesy of Tawag Promotions.

Give us a brief course in Coli 101.

Im 5'4 and a mix of Cherokee, Powhatan, and Mulatto. My measurements are 32BC-24-37, Im based out of Virginia but I travel out of state often. Ive been featured on 30 men's interest, automotive, and modeling websites since 2007. I work the import and domestic car show circuit and have worked with names such as HIN, NOPI, and Funkmaster Flex. I do bikini competitions, host, go-go, spokesmodel, just about everything in the modeling realm. On weekends I do most of my traveling for gigs but on weekdays I work a 9-5 and am enrolled in college part-time pursuing a degree in graphic design/fine art.

Describe your first photoshoot.

My first photoshoot was an on location shoot at a car show. It was alot of fun, We brought a lot of traffic to the booth I was working, we had a lot of fun and got some great shots!

What do you think is your best feature? Why?

My best features are my mini curves. I'm petite but curvy.

What would you say is the most difficult part of modeling?

Finding people who are legit and serious to work with, the industry is overrun by scammers, cons, and creeps.

What is the most rewarding?

Finding people who are equally serious and driven to work with!

You have a lot of features on your resume. Of which one are you most proud?

That's a hard question, I definitely can't pick one. I am grateful for every feature because those companies and people took the time to see my potential and that I take my career seriously and am trying to bring my dream to life. At the end of the day that means the most to me. Every litte bit helps.

If you could do a photoshoot anywhere, what location would you choose? Why?

Hawaii, on one of its famous black sand beaches. I've only seen them on TV or in music videos. They're beautiful. Who wouldnt like to see a beautiful woman rolling around in the waves and exotic black sand? That would be the sexiest shoot ever!

What is one goal you feel you must accomplish?

I must break into mainstream modeling. I've been just on the cusp for a while now and I'm working overtime to contact or be noticed by the right people who can help me take my career further.
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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Chicken Coupe Deville: one part poultry, one part GM luxury car

Chicken Coupe Deville is a four-piece band from Los Angeles. I first heard this band on Radio Free Bakersfield. (Aren't you listening yet? It's a great way to find new bands.) The band answers some questions about its sound, why you should have CCD in your collection, and who they would like to share a 12-pack with.

Complete the sentence. Chicken Coupe Deville is...

One part poultry, and two parts GM luxury car.

What sets CCD apart from other bands?

A restraining order.

What is essential to every CCD song?

At least 3 guitar solos.

Why should I have your music in my collection?

It just feels good in there.

If you could have a beer and a conversation about music with anyone, who would it be? Why?

How about we split a twelve-pack, that otta keep you from talking too much.

What would you be doing if you weren't making music?

Trying to get all this blood out of my clown suit.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Fox of the Week [12/16]: Lady J

Lady J is a model from New York. She discusses her accomplishments, great photos, and her dream photoshoot location. Lady J appears courtesy of Tawag Promotions.

What would you say is your best feature?

I would say my best feature would be between my smile and smooth sexy legs. I've always been complimented on my smile and if you know me well enough you would know that I'm smiling most of the time. I personally feel that my legs are my best feature because the natural observation is from bottom to top and back. My legs are the type that when you see them, it is hard to resist touching. Any girl can just show their ass for attention, but my legs are what make you want to keep looking.

Of what accomplishment are you most proud?

At the moment I think I'm most proud of my work with First Love Dynasty Girls website. Although it is fairly new site coming into the game, I feel it has the potential to be very successful Eye Candy site as well as provide an opportunity for upcoming models. I'm a major visual on the site, between being the splash on most pages to the face you will see on the navigation icons. It is a great site and I take pride in the fact that they chose me to be the major face of their brand. The entire site will be up end of December/early January 2010, so be sure to check me out there and some other hot models!

What makes a great photograph? What makes a great photo shoot?

A great photograph, to me, is one that can evoke strong emotion and draws people in. It can paint a vivid story to the viewer and creates a connection. The best photos I've ever seen were ones that kept me wondering about what was going on when the shutter snapped.

A great photo shoot is the collaboration between an open mind and just pure creativity. Some of my best shoots were the result of a spur of the moment idea and going with it. I feel that the success of a photo shoot doesn't just fall upon the qualifications of the photographer, but the dynamics of the talent as well.

If you could do a photo shoot anywhere, what location would you choose? Why?

I think I would choose somewhere in Jamaica or the Bahamas. Coming from a Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, the tropical atmosphere is home to me and where I feel I would be most in tune with my creative side. I would also just love the opportunity to travel to either of these beautiful sets of islands and b e captured along with the natural wonders these lands posses. I most desire having a shoot set under a waterfall or just near it.

What is one goal you hope to accomplish?

I hope to make a name for myself in this modeling industry not only for my looks, but also for one day the opportunities I will try to create for other girls who started out just like myself. I'm not high fashion industry standard in height and I don't have the classic glamour model look entirely. My girl next-door look sometimes gets me passed over in one realm and being only 5'7" makes it harder for runway. I've always looked up to Tyra Banks for how much she has given back to aspiring models and if I could accomplish even a fraction of what she has then I'd feel fulfilled.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Tacoma band Si Si Si: We'd do a song with the devil

Si Si Si is a three-piece band from Tacoma whose music I found on Music Alley. (By the way, if you are a hound for new music, this site is a great resource.) The band's raw sound intrigued me enough to contact the members about being featured here on Fox Tracks. The band discusses the essence of every one of its songs, doing a song with the devil, and cheeseburgers.

Complete the sentence. Si Si Si is...

a snotty rock n' roll band from Tacoma, WA.

Why should I have your music in my collection?

Cause you can't afford anything better.

What is essential to every Si Si Si song? What is essential to every show?

Reverb is essential to the guitar. fuzz to the bass. Alcohol to the drums. Anything else doesn't really matter. We just like to play together. Beer and people that don't mind having a good time are essential to the shows.

If there is an afterlife and you get to be part of the house band, who do you get to fill out the band?

Jimmy Cuts. Dilly the Kid. Alex Danger. the dude with the gold fronts from that band The Black Lips.

If you could write and perform a song with one artist, who would you choose and why?

We'd do a song with the devil. He could probably write some cool music and make us better at our instruments. And the MUMMIES. They enjoy cheeseburgers like us!

What would you be doing if you weren't playing music?



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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Fox of the Week [12/9]: SoCal Glamour Girl Nevaeh Eden

Nevaeh Eden is a model for SoCalGlamour Girls. She discusses her first modeling job, her ideal photoshoot location, and the best part about being a Glamour Girl.

Complete the sentence. Nevaeh Eden is...

Nevaeh Eden is one of the sweetest and sexiest girls you will ever meet! She is the hot gamer model of SoCal Glamour Girls and loves to have fun! Nevaeh is never a bore and always FULL of energy, and always ready to play and put you in a good mood after a long and hard day! She can be sweet and innocent, but has a hot sexy side too, so don't be fooled. She is also a runway model, standing 5'9", and absolute perfection. Hitting the gym is one of her favorite things to do to keep a tight fit body just for YOU!

Describe how you felt at your first modeling gig.

My first modeling gig was actually a LOT of fun! I was really nervous at first, but once I let go it just kinda flowed. It wasn't anything sexy, if you can believe that, but it was a GREAT start. Ever since then I knew absolutely that modeling was what I was born to do and I LOVE it!

What about modeling is the most rewarding? The most challenging?

Modeling is one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done! Not only does it make me feel extremely sexy and super confident about myself when I do a shoot and see the pictures and just think "Wow! That's really me!" but knowing that somewhere there could be another girl looking at those pictures hoping she can be just like me! It's also a great pick-me-up! When I'm having a bad week, I always try to schedule a shoot ASAP! Like I said, it totally boosts my self-confidence, but it also relaxes me because I love modeling so much!
It can be challenging at times too though. I've had to learn so many new skills since I began modeling. I've learned how to put together outfits, and do my own makeup and my own hair sometimes too! It gets rough when there is a lot of traveling involved; I always worry that I've forgetten something. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. Though I also always worry about getting lost! This one time I had to drive to L.A. and the photographer gave me bad directions, and then yelled at me for being late!

What is the best part about working for SoCal Glamour Girls?

Not only do I have the hottest boss ever, but I also have the best coworkers! We always have SO much fun and get super crazy when we all get together for our Wednesday and Saturday night parties. But aside from the parties and fun we're a family. I’ve been able to get so close to many of the girls, and it truly does feels like a family. Even when we fight, we end up coming out of it loving each other (the makeup sex is GREAT!).
We’re also a community, where I get to interact with the sweetest guys ever! My fans always brighten up my day when I wake up, check my tweets and I have a bunch sitting in my inbox saying “luv u Nev” or “Ur the best sweetie!” To me, the fan appreciation is the greatest thing ever! Plus I feel like we are completely unique not only because our girls are the hottest, but we’re the most fun, the goofiest, the nicest and all-around best (naughty) girls on the web!

If you could do a photoshoot anywhere, what location would you choose? Why?

I would have to say I can't choose just ONE location! I want to shoot all over the place! I love to travel even though it can be stressful! I want to shoot in Hawaii someday on their beautiful beaches since well, its Hawaii, and who wouldn't want to go? I've always wanted to shoot in London, I love their fashion and if I could have a stylist dress me up, I would be in HEAVEN! The streets of London tend to be pretty dark and muggy but so full of life! I've been there quite a few times, but never since I've been modeling, so I think it's time to start saving up for a trip! Yay! Another place I would love to go shoot is in New York! The parks are just gorgeous and there is so much history, I would be tempted to spent more time sight seeing than shooting! [laughs] I'm planning on a trip there in the spring hopefully!

What is one goal you hope to accomplish?

My one biggest dream and goal to accomplish is to be a Victoria's Secret runway model! I've always loved their cute and sexy undies and would just be absolutely happy with life if I could accomplish that! All their models are so sexy and unique I just wish I could be like that. My biggest role model is actually Gisele B√ľndchen. You can see her on covers of many top fashion magazines including W, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, and Allure, as well as international editions of Vogue and many more, including more than 500 other magazine covers world-wide!! She is an amazing person, and I hope I can be a role model for another girl like she is for me.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Foxy Girls love Fox Tracks

Nevaeh Eden of SoCal GlamourGirls, who will be featured later this week, made this video showing some holiday love for Fox Tracks.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Birmingham rap/hip-hop artist ROME: I need music to get me through life

ROME is a rap/hip-hop artist from Birmingham, and the CEO of Dynasty Enterprise Music Group. He discusses his writing, his flow, and who he would want to perform with if he formed a hip-hop supergroup.

How did you get started in rap and hip-hop?

When I was 12 I started dibbing & dabbing in music. Mainly on the production side. At that time I was more intrigued by the behind the scenes work because it fit my personality more. I still wrote a lot but didn't really understand the basics of making music. After high school, when I saw that the hood hoop dreams wasn't gonna be a reality, I had to make a decision. Either back to my old lifestyle or figure out a way to make any of my dreams a reality and music was always something I felt I was very good at aside from playing ball. At 18 I co-founded the label Dynasty Enterprise Music Group LLC with my friend Junior Houser and we've been grinding and establishing our brand ever since.

Describe your style for someone who has never heard your music.

Well throughout the past 5 years I went through a lot of styles. As you grow and mature as a person so does your music as an artist. It took me years to REALLY find my sound and style and the direction I wanted to go in as far as being a rap artist. I had to get comfortable and secure with what I do and what seperates me from others. I've never been a punchline "ooh" and "aah" rapper. I commend those who are because in some ways they keep the listener's ear but my main thing is metaphors and clever wordplay. Recently I've been digging deeper than the surface for inspiration to make music. Before, you could consider my style as hardcore southern music. Now I don't feel anyone can put me in a box or circle. After rapping/hearing the same topics/approaches for years, you start to miss the music that made you fall in love with music and that's the direction I had to go with my music. One thing that can't be mistaken and will always be remembered is the flow is 2ND TO NONE!

What inspires you to write?

When I 1st started writing as a kid, I had just jumped off the porch so I was fascinated with the street life. Early off in my career I used to write about things I saw and did, or what everybody else was rapping about that was listening to. After going through things in life that makes you look at life itself in a different light, then it doesn't feel right speaking about the same things anymore when there's more going on than those limited subjects or concepts. When I stopped rushing and writing music and I started letting it come to me when I feel it and stopped writing, I started to speak about what I felt and not so much what I've done or saw. And I needed music to get me through life and certain situations and I couldn't find any that hit me in my stomach so I had to start making that my forte. I got memory like an elephant so I've got 24 years of life experiences that I can revisit at any moment.

If you could write and perform a song with any one music artist, who would it be? Why?

If he was living Pac of course! He raised me along with No Limit, Face, Outkast, etc. His words got me through and still do to this day so that would be interesting to see. On stage his energy was phenomenal so that definitely woulda been one for the books.

If you are putting together an all-star band/group who do you get to join your band/group?

Well dayuum! That's the Wu ain't it? [Laughs]. Nah but I would say myself, Em, Tip, Dre, Face, my man POS and another me!

What would you be doing if you weren't making music?

I can't even pretend about not making music. IT'S ALL OR NOTHIN!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Fox of the Week [12/3] SoCal Glamour Girl Jordan

Jordan is a model with SoCal Glamour Girls. She discusses her love of football (both professional and lingerie), her love for her job, and her admiration of a certain actor.

Give us a quick course in Jordan 101.

I'm Jordan, your cool party chick from Sothern California. I love sports, especially NFL Football. Go Chargers! But, I'm not just a fan, I am also captain of an all girls lingerie football team. I like it rough! But I can also be the caring yet HOT nurse.

What do you think is your best feature?

I think my best feature is my smile. I get many complements on it, especially on my dimples. I love smiling!

Tell us about SoCal Glamour Girls and what you do for them.

SoCal Glamour Girls is a great website full of beautiful women with whom you can chat and video date via a webcam. You can also see photos of the models and videos of their photoshoots. SoCal Glamour Girls also has sexy, naughty, news videos!! We broadcast live "Hump Day" parties every Wednesday night on out site! Basically, I model, play with the other girls and act in goofy and sexy videos. It's a rough job but someone's gotta do it. Seriously, I LOVE my job!

You're a big football fan. Who is your team? Take us through a typical Sunday watching football.

My favorite team is San Diego Chargers!!! Go Bolts!! [laughs] OK, so I get up on a Sunday, go to church with my #85 (Antonio Gates) jersey on. Then, I put whatever game is on at that moment on the TV. I love football so I watch all the NFL games that I can. I will then pick the team that I want to win, usually the team that I know will help the Chargers out. For example, when the Denver Broncos played the Washington Redskins, like a few weeks ago, I cheered for the Redskins because I know that the Broncos are in the same division as the Chargers. So, the Broncos need to lose. I will really get into the games too. I will yell at my TV, not answer my phone, and I won't get up until halftime. Just like a guy, I know. [laughs]

Who are some models you admire? Why?

I mostly admire actors. I am an aspiring actress. I admire Sandra Bullock. I love all her movies that she is in. She can play any role, and I love her on camera attitude. She always has a smile on.

What is one goal you feel you must accomplish in your career?

I feel that I must accomplish one thing at least and that is to be recognized for my work as an actress. I love being onset, the camera on me, and getting to be someone else. I hope that one day I will be recognized on film for a movie, or TV show. I hope I can inspire someone as I have been inspired.

Check out Jordan's sexy videos on SoCal Glamour Girls.
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Jehosaphat Blow: as unlike Coldplay as possible

Jehosaphat Blow (Donkeysack Records) is...Oh, who am I kidding? Like I could possibly do a better job describing this musical genius than he has of describing himself.

Complete the sentence. Jehosaphat Blow is...

abusing himself as you read this, (Thanks Fox Tracks models!) and the coolest garagey-punkish rocker in China at the moment. But, you know, that's like saying I'm the __________ (adjective) __________ (noun) in ____________ (famous place or sanitation equipment). Insert your own ad-lib interview joke there.

What is essential to every Jehosaphat Blow song?

I usually mention shaking something, i.e., hips, bacon etc., getting drunk, some euphemism for fucking, but I'd say what is really essential is being as unlike Coldplay as is humanly possible. Which isn't hard if you are human.

Why should I have your music in my collection?

Multiple choice:
a) It smells nice.
b) You have no bands starting with J on your i-pod. (Jethro Tull doesn't count. They are Muppets.)
c) You never want to have sex with a person ever again.
d) I am the coolest garage-punk-like rocker in China.

If there is such a thing as an afterlife and you get to be in the house band, who do you recruit to fill out the band?

Animal from the Muppets on drums. Is Meat Loaf dead yet? He could be the drums. How about Chico Marx on piano? And bass, either Charles Mingus or the bass player for Kajagoogoo.

If you could write and perform a song with one artist, who would you choose? Why?

I think Prince would be a good choice because he seems very obsessive-compulsive. He would do everything. You know, composed, produced, performed and arranged by Prince and all that jerking off of the ego thing. So, I could just sit there and drink beer while he masturbated musically all over the place and got everything perfect while wearing Cuban heels and ruffles. Then, you know, I stand up, strum a chord, and fart. He turns it into a funk opera.
Also, I could wear all purple for once and no one would laugh at me, and since he is kind of a wee lad (that's short in Irish) he would make my music seem taller.

What would you be doing if you weren't making music?

I'd probably cure cancer or be in porn. It's a toss-up.

Find more music like this on The GaragePunk Hideout

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Fox of the Week [11/26] Allie Fennell

Allie Fennell is a model from Atlanta (clearly a hotbed for models in general and Fox Tracks models specifically). She is currently studying medicine and dreams of becoming a plastic surgeon. She discusses her start in modeling, her dream location, and what she hopes to accomplish.

How did you get started in modeling?

I started modeling in 2008 when I worked at Hooters of America. I started with Hooters swimsuit competitions and Hooters Calendar shoots. Shortly after I started urban modeling and promotional modeling. I have done promotional work for companies like Heineken and Coke Zero. I have also done a couple of movies.

What do you think is your best feature?

My best feature are my eyes and my lips. My body is perfect and my face just seals the deal. My lips and eyes are very unique. I look young and innocent but I can be sexy at the same time.

How do you think people underestimate or misjudge you?

I honestly feel like models today are underestimated period! I think people only see models as the "video chick" and they don't think we can broaden our horizons. Personally it all depends on the model and what she is trying to do with her career. I am willing to do commercial modeling and videos,but some models only want to excel in one area. I wanna be best all around!

If you could do a photoshoot in any location, where would you choose? Why?

I would do a photoshoot in Puerto Rico. I think that the scenery of the island is wonderful. The beaches, rain forest, and villages are gorgeous and I would kill it.

Who are some models you admire?

Rosa Ascota and Erica Mena, I admire these two ladies because they are of Latin decent and I am too. They are very beautiful women and I am proud that they represent top latin models in the industry.

What is one goal you feel you must accomplish?

The biggest goal that I must accomplish in the modeling industry is to become a household name. I'm talking movies, music videos, magazine cover,and calendars. I want the works! I want to be everywhere lol. That is my ultimate goal.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Singer-songwriter Cocoa Sarai: my dream is to sell out MSG

Cocoa Sarai is a singer-songwriter from Brooklyn. She discusses her songwriting, winning the Hot 97 Blaze the Stage contest, and artists she would like to write with. Cocoa appears courtesy of Tawag Promotions.

When did you write your first song? What was it, and do you still perform it?

(Cocoa Sarai) I started writing poetry at the age 11, which is something that I still do well. I wrote my first song at the age of 13. The song was titled "Goodbye". It was actually a great song at the time. Currently I don’t perform it now that I think of it; maybe I should bring it back into my set list.

Describe your experience participating in Hot 97 BET Blaze the Stage and describe your reaction when you won.

(CS) It was a lot of fun! All of the Artists performing were very supportive and had beautiful energy backstage. The start of my day to the finish was extremely busy. [laughs] This was actually my second time performing at Blaze the Stage; whereas, I performed previously in December of 2007. This time I had a great team backstage with me. When it was time for my performance I just went out there and did my thing on the stage. I didn’t think about anything else except putting on a good show and remembering the dance moves. [laughs] When they called my name for 1st Place I was standing in the back of the crowd. The experience was amazing!

If you could sit down and have a conversation about music with anyone, who would it be?

(CS) It would definitely be Prince. I think he’s GREAT! He plays a various kinds of instruments and he had so much feeling in his music. Music is about tackling the emotions, that’s the only way people can relate to it. It’s about what feels good. I’m a firm believer in that. It’s something about the way he dug deep, especially his live performances. I would like to ask him questions about his creative process.

With whom would you like to write and perform a song?

(CS) That's a hard one, well I love Neyo's writing. Of course! He’s absolutely amazing and a definite inspiration. Performance...hmmm...that would be a toss up between Prince and Kanye West. They are both amazing performers.

What is the one thing you want to accomplish in your career?

(CS) My life long dream has been to sell out Madison Square Garden. From the age of 9, I wanted to perform there. I will be extremely happy WHEN that happens... Yes I said WHEN [laughs]. Got to have faith.

What would you be doing if you weren't making music?

(CS) Well I’m a teaching Artist already, So I would definitely be a teacher. It’s an amazing feeling. There are people that came into my life that I will never forget, and it feels good to be able to do the same thing for someone else. Being a part of the Hip Hop Project (A documentary produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah) has been life changing. And being that blessing to someone else is far more than another career choice; it’s a life mission. Also a psychologist would have been a career path for me, I’ve always been interested in the way people think. That frame of mind has definitely helped me as a Songwriter.

Keep up with Cocoa on Twitter.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fox of the Week [11/19] JJ aka JaJuan

JJ is a model from Denver. She has been featured in VBlazin and the premiere issue of Urban Curves. She discusses her start and her plans for her modeling career, as well as her love for sports. She appears courtesy of Stallion Models.

How did you get started modeling?

I got into the modeling industry accidentally. There was a contest a couple of years ago promoted by the local sports radio station in Denver. They were looking for a squad of attractive young ladies to do promotions for the station at different sporting events around the city. Well being the sports fan that I am, I realized it would be an opportunity to go to all of the major sporting events. Denver is a big sports city (football, basketball, hockey, soccer, Lacrosse) so I was all over it!. I ended up being selected. We did a lot of various promotions, and photo shoots. That opened the door for me and I was hooked!

What do you think is your best feature?

My smile is by far my best physical feature!

What is your favorite part of modeling? What would you say is most challenging?

My favorite part of modeling is the travel, meeting different people, and the different looks you can portray with each shoot. The most challenging part would have to be finding ways to balance your time. Modeling is very demanding and time consuming. It's challenging to find ways to get everything done.

What makes you look at a photo and say "Wow!"?

Depends on the type of photo I'm looking at. I like a photo with beautiful background scenery. Also if a model is in the picture, and they can talk to me with their eyes (Despite what they may or may not be wearing) then that is definitely a "Wow" picture.

You're a big sports fan. What sporting event would you most like to attend? Why?

Just about any type of sporting event, but I absolutely LOVE going to football games. Football is my absolute FAVORITE! The energy is incredible and there's nothing like tailgating before the game!

Who are some models you admire? Why?

Elke The Stallion - Elke is not only a beauty, she is an educated Business Woman that keeps it real!
Jayonna Fabro - Jayonna is another educated Business Woman with drive and spirit. She is very stunning yet very down to earth and humble
Ladi Mahogony Da Foxx - Foxx is absolutely amazing! She is beautiful and a go-getter. Another strong, educated woman about business. She is just an all-around positive person!
Paige Monroe - What can I say Paige is a beautiful intelligent business woman that is not afraid to bring new ideas to the table or even take a risk! That's what business is about!
Mesha Model - Mesha is absolutely amazing! She is gorgeous,and an extremely talented business owner.
And of course Tyra Banks!

What is one goal you feel you must accomplish in your career?

I not only want to make myself a brand, but I want to help other models learn and excel from my experiences as well.

Follow JJ on Twitter.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hip-hop/RnB singer Barr: I want to make a difference

Barr is a singer from New York. When he was a member of the Boys Choir of Harlem, he had the opportunity to perform with some amazing artists. He discusses his beginnings on piano, his growth as an artist, and his political aspirations.

You began playing piano at age 4. What was your favorite kind of music to play when you were growing up?

My favorite kind of music to play was early Jazz and Classical music.

You've had the opportunity to perform with some incredible artists (Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, etc). How has this helped you grow as an artist?

I feel the opportunity of performing with such artists has helped me to understand my history of music and to gain ideas and new methods that helped me cultivate my style and ability of music. In addition it has increased my level of humility. If there is not one thing I learned that in this industry, it is essential to know where you are going. Above all it is imperative to know where you came from.

If you could write and perform a song with one artist, who would it be? Why?

Any legendary icon! I am always willing to work with people who are as driven, motivated and hungry as I am.

Of what accomplishment are you most proud?

There are many things for me to be proud of, but one accomplishment has to be me discovery my passion for music and completing my first solo independent album.

What is one goal you hope to accomplish in your career?

To be honest, this question is increasingly difficult because as an aspiring artist I am always setting new goals for myself. However, one short-term goal I have is that I want to establish myself as one of the greatest artist to be in the music industry. Also, I want to make a difference within the music industry in terms of innovative sound, record-breaking sales, consecutive number one records and many more.

What would you be doing if you weren't making music?

I would say Politics. I actually had dreams and aspirations of being the first Black President of The United States but that milestone has been reached. Other than that, I would be a professor of music.

Barr appears courtesy of Tawag Promotions. Barr's CD Barrcode is available on CDBaby.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fox of the Week [11/12]: Jayonna Fabro

Jayonna Fabro is an all-natural model (36-27-43) from Columbus, Ohio. She has been featured in Show Magazine. She discusses her start in modeling, her best feature, and models she admires.

How did you get started modeling?

I did a shoot for a calender for a night club in Ohio! A few months later I was asked to shoot for SHOW mag!

What would you say is your best feature?

I love my eyes...But people seem to be more focused on my booty. [laughs]

What kind of exercise regime do you maintain to stay in such great shape?

I do light weights with high reps plus a lot of cardio! I love the Stairmaster and bike riding!

Who are some models you admire? Why?

Buffie the Body she is such a business woman and I love that!

Andrea Marie she is my best friend and my sis! She is so sweet and so down to earth! I love her so much! We are the Italian Stallion team!

Of what accomplishment in your career so far are you most proud?

I'm just happy that I have made it thus far! Magazine appearances are great but graduating college is my most important accomplishment for me! I'm headed into Radio/TV personality! In my opinion this is just the beginning for me!

If you could only accomplish one goal in your career, what would it be?

I just wanna be successful!!

Follow Jayonna on Twitter.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Captain Incredible: you should stop listening to the radio

Captain Incredible is a hard-rocking, noise-blasting quartet from Dallas, Texas. Born in the dormitories of Denton, Texas (home of the excellent band Slobberbone) and raised on the shores of California, Captain Incredible now gladly calls North Dallas their home. They bring panty-dropping guitar riffs, face melting solos, bone crushing drum beats, and one and a half balls worth of bass to each and every live performance. The band members discuss who they would like to discuss music with, the band's sound, and the superpowers each member possesses.

Describe your sound for someone who has never heard the band.

Too Punk for Metal, too Metal for Punk. For practicality sake, you could file our music under the rock or punk genres in a record store. Our music is the offspring of Classic Rock and Classic Punk Rock; when our lawyer first heard us he said, "Sounds like Black Sabbath and Bad Religion made a baby."

Where would you file your music in a record store?

In the Rock or Punk sections.

What is essential to every Captain Incredible song?

At least one guitar solo, and some balls.

Why should I have your music in my collection?

It is good "go to" music for those days when you just want to scream. And because you should really stop listening to the radio.

If you could have a beer and a conversation about music with anyone, who would you choose? Why?

Phipps - Jimmy Page (do I really need to explain?)

Josh - Keith Moon, although there would have to be more than one beer involved to make this scenario work. Why Keith Moon? Just to get hammered with him, to watch him get hammered all night. I would never want to pick his brain or anything, we would just drink and party all night, so much so that talking itself would become laborious, we would both be incoherent.

Ben - Dave Grohl. I dig every project he has been a part of, mostly the Foo Fighters. He seems like he would be a kickass dude to have a beer with period.

What would you be doing if you weren't making music?

Well we all have a penchant for delivering justice by any means necessary, so the four of us would probably form a vigilante superhero coalition of some sorts. I mean, we already possess superpowers too: Phipps is a brain and possesses telekinesis, Josh has superhuman strength, Ben can fly, and Casey has X-RAY vision (mostly for his own distasteful peeping habit). Or masturbating.

Follow Captain Incredible on Twitter.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Fox of the Week [11/5] Shawna Michelle

Shawna Michelle is a model from Atlanta (That's 2 consecutive weeks of ATL Foxes). She discusses her start, her best feature, and being featured on the cover of Straight Stuntin's Anniversary issue.

How did you get started in modeling?

A good friend booked me a professional photo shoot and I fell in love with modeling from that point on.

What has been your favorite modeling job so far? Why?

Being featured on the cover of Straight Stuntin Magazine's Anniversary issue. I did the photo shoot with Charles of Import Eye Candy Studios in DC. It was so fun. We went downtown and shot right in the streets in my panties.

What would you say is your best feature?

My eyes. They draw you in and tell you a story.

What's more challenging, modeling or pursuing a Bachelor's in accounting?

Modeling is more challenging. You have to constantly keep reinventing yourself. There is always competition and you have to keep up.

Who are some models you admire? Why?

I admire Tiara Xclusive. She is the most slept on model I know. She has an awesome body that she works hard for.

What is one goal you hope to accomplish in your career?

I hope to become a Wardrobe Stylist. That is my long time goal.

Follow Shawna Michelle on Twitter.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hill Country Revue: aggressive dance music

Hill Country Revue was formed when Cody Dickinson and Chris Chew of North Mississippi All-Stars joined forces with three other musicians and cchief songwriter Garry Burnside. Via phone, Cody Dickinson compared this project with North Mississippie All-Stars, explained what is essential to every Hill Country Revue song, and stated what he would be doing if he were not making music.

Compare and contrast Hill Country Revue with North Mississippi All-Stars.
There are more similarities than differences musically. Performing is a whole new beast. In the All-Stars I play drums. In Hill Country, I play guitar and washboard. I feel liberated.

Describe the difference between those two, aside from your placement on stage.

Drumming is really about endurance, especially for a two or three-hour show. With the All-Stars, Luther handles the set list. With Hill Country, I have taken on more responsibility and leadership. I feel like I have more creative control. With Hill Country, I have to warm up on guitar. I spend half an hour to an hour just playing scales before the set. As far as the sound, Hill Country is more of a modern rock fused with traditional hill country blues. "Let Me Love You Baby" started out as a primitive blues tune. And that is Garry Burnside's influence. His music is direct and relatable. We're already working on the next record. The concept and the songs are there. It's going to be a stripped, raw, old-fashioned blues. But also new and modern. That's pretty unusual in 2009, that you could have authentic modern blues. Garry Burnside is the real thing. He is our creative guru.

How did the collaboration with Garry Burnside come about? What did he bring to the album that no one else could?

Garry and I have been friends for fifteen years. I grew up watching him with Junior Kimbrough and with his dad (RL Burnside). I was impressed with his songwriting ability when I saw him with his band Burnside Exploration. I saw him cut twenty songs in one day, and most of those were original tunes. He was one of the first people I called about Make a Move. We push each other and when we are locked in, we're unstoppable.
As for what he could bring to the album that no one else could, I would say the authenticity of his songs. And his knowledge of the hill country blues is unmatched. He is a walking encyclopedia. Playing bass for Junior Kimbrough and being RL's son, his knowledge of the blues is unparalleled for his age. No one his age has that amount of exposure with the blues.

On the band's website, Make a Move is described as nasty. What makes it a nasty album?

That's a good question. There is something provocative, a sexual tension that comes from our songs. You listen to these songs like "Let Me Love You" and they're not just about my girlfriend. They're about your girlfriend too. They're directed at all girlfriends. They are sexually charged. And when I play the electric washboard...that's more than just nasty. It's downright vulgar. [laughs]

What is essential to every Hill Country Revue song?

Lyrics that are relatable. The music has to be trancelike. The rhythm has to make backsides shake, but not like funk. This is aggressive dance music.

Who would you like to tour with any time? Who would you like to tour with, but haven't yet?

Kid Rock would be perfect for Hill Country Revue to tour with. We'd like to tour with bands that aren't necessarily in our genre: Kings of Leon, Zutons, someone like that. One of Jack White's projects would be a good fit for us. Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic, Black Crowes. We played with Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule. We played a weekend with Dave Matthews Band in Indy.

I saw North Mississippi All-Stars with Felice Brothers and Drive-By Truckers at House of Blues Anaheim.

I remember that show. We just played with Drive-By Truckers. That was great. Patterson Hood is the American songwriter right now.

What would you be doing if you weren't making music?

Man, that is a good question. I'd probably be six feet under. It's all I know. It's all I care to do. I can't imagine doing anything else. Well, I could be studying astrophysics, trying to prove string theory and the existence of black holes, but that's highly unlikely.

This is a reprint of an interview originally published on Examiner on 30 August 2009.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fox of the Week [10/29]: Ladi Mahogany Da Foxx

Ladi Mahogany Da Foxx (39DD-32-55...yes, you read that correctly) is a model from Atlanta. She is currently pursuing a nursing degree. She answers questions about how she got started modeling, where she would like to shoot, and models she admires.

How do you balance being a mortgage banker, a nursing student, and a model?

I don't balance it. I just do it. Life is about experience, growth and development. I've been a mortgage banker since high school, then I got into financial security to add to my portfolio. I started a business called Elite Financial Group LLC and did well for ten years. I was making ten to fifteen thousand dollars a month. Then banks started closing, the Dow Jones was down ten percent. Mortgage offices were closing and these are the people I do business with.

How did you get started in modeling?

I moved to Atlanta to work for a company called Norstar Financial. Once I got to Atlanta my then-boyfriend introduced me to the entertainment world, because he is a major executive in the music business. I didn't think I could be a model. Most models are a size zero to a size six. I'm a fourteen. This boyfriend said that he thought I could really make some noise in the industry for the "Extra Thick" women that look like me. The rest is history...Ladi Mahogany-Da Foxx was born. People that know me as a model are surprised about my knowledge of finance. People that work with me are surprised I model. [Laughs]

What do you think is your best feature?

Honestly I would have to say my smile. I have been told that my smile will brighten up a room. And if I had a 2nd choice it would me my ass, I make a pair of jeans look DAMN GOOD! [Laughs]

What makes for a really good photo?

There is a lot that goes into making a hot photo, but to me its the concept and how well the model intertwines with the concept, making the photo a reality.

How do people misjudge you?

I believe people misjudge me based on the sexy pictures I take, thinking that I'm dumb and easy. But anyone that knows me knows that I am educated, I am a go-getter & I am determined. Anything I do - I am going to ALWAYS give it my best! It represents who I am!

Who are some models you admire? Why?

Well of course myself. [Laughs] For obvious reasons. But on a more serious note - their are a few models I admire.

Elke The Stallion - She is self-made! Her Resume Speaks for itself!

Ms. Anowa - She stays on her grind - she doesn't get distracted easily. She is super hot and sexy she treats the modeling industry as a business. That is what keeps her ahead of the game!

Mena Monroe - Mena is Fire! Mena Got Swag! Mena is that deal. I respect her hustle!

Jayonna Fabro - Jayonna is a force to be RECKONED with. She means business at all times and she handles it well! (Author's note: look for a feature of Jayonna in the near future right here on Fox Tracks.)

JaJuan (JJ) I got mad love for JJ. She took the game by STORM!!! In a short time she has become recognized as a heavyweight who ain't afraid to throw a punch!

La'Teshia B (Jerzy Peach)! You haven't met a savvy and creative business woman until you met my girl La'Teshia. She is the queen of all trades, modeling, acting, music videos, etc. But what makes La'Teshia a model that I respect - she is very humble and she never knocks anyone down!

DStacked - DStacked is the TRUTH! She's sexy, she has curves to die for, she hot to death & she is BLUNT! She is a very open and strong minded person who speaks the truth whether you like it or not! She is a no non-sense type of woman who doesn't entertain bullshit! Her attitude is - "I'm me - Hate or love it!" And I love it!

If you could do a photo shoot anywhere, what location would you choose? Why?

Costa Rica. I would love to shoot under a beautiful waterfall In Costa Rica. I'm all about peace and tranquility, and Costa Rica (from the pictures I have seen) seems like paradise!

If you can only accomplish one thing in your career, what would it be?

I would love to entertain my audience to the fullest and at the best of my ability. I'm in it to win it & hopefully my modeling will lead me to other avenues of the business and I can become successful on a national level.
Follow Ladi Mahogany on Twitter.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fox Tracks model of the week [10/22]: Ms. Danyelle Donavonne

Danyelle Donavonne is a plus-size model from Alanta. She discusses the rewards and challenges of modeling, how she is underestimated, and what she hopes to accomplish in her career.

How did you get started modeling?

I've always loved the beauty industry, during high school I had enrolled in Cosmetology/Barbering Courses. I also had a small businesss called " Dany's Designs" where I would design and style my other plus size friends for dates, proms and more in high school. But, after high school I moved to Atlanta to attend college. I saw an ad in the paper for Model/Talent Scouts, I had prior experience because my father had a in-home modeling agency, that was a hobby he done besides working at the local middle school as a janitor.

What do you think is your best feature?

My eyes and my ass are nice. [Laughs]

How do people underestimate or misjudge you?

People tend to look at the outside alot, I have alot of people that have told me "Danyelle, you're never going to be successful because you're a big girl." Or they may say Danyelle, you're never going to date because you're a big girl." [Laughs] Little do they know I have more men and women making passes at me than they would expect. And because of my size, my look, drive, will and determination people respect me even more.

What is your favorite part about modeling?

My favorite part about modeling is meeting new hairstylists, make-up artists, models, photographers, clients, companies, fashion stylists, traveling, and hell, people in general. I love people. I'm a people person and a go-getta.

What is your favorite type of modeling?

I love to do print, promotional, magazine, internet, web, voice-over work, swimwear,
semi-nude, urban, high fashion, runway, fashion shows, acting and beauty.

What is the most challenging part of modeling?

People think that just because you're beautiful and small you can make it. NOPE!! It takes determination, dedication and passion. Looks aren't everything.

What makes a photo "Wow!"-worthy?

A model who is open to various poses, different themes of make-up, amazing locations with superb photograhers and staff. WOW!!

If you could shoot anywhere, what location would you choose? Why?

Egypt, maybe an egyptian theme. Me in the sand, or my body painted as a temple, or tomb using amazing detailing. That would rock ass!

What is one goal you hope to accomplish in your career?

To become a house-hold name. For everyone that slept on me in the past to be
like.. DAMN this girl is DOING her thing!

Danyelle's birthday was 14 October. Visit her page and wish her a belated happy birthday. Follow Ms. Danyelle on Twitter.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Satan's Pilgrims: we are not Satanists at all

Satan's Pilgrims is a 5-piece band from Portland. Drummer Ted Pilgrim discusses the band's sound, misconceptions about the band's name, and what goes into every Satan's Pilgrims show.

What is the story behind the name Satan's Pilgrims?

We wanted to have a name that sounded like a biker gang from the old AIP biker movies, but also not have it be too serious, since we like to have a sense of humor about the band. When we came up with the name, we never thought that we would play beyond Portland and would be making records, much less 17 years later. It's always funny to us when people are turned off by the name or refuse to put it on a marquee or ad, but we learned that things can be a lot different outside the bubble of Portland. We are not satanists at all, and find it equally funny when people assume that about us.

Complete the sentence. Satan's Pilgrims is...

5 old friends that love recording and playing surf and 60's style instrumentals together whenever they can.

Why should I have Psychsploitation in my collection?

Because it is a really unique album that features different sounds and great production value as you go from song to song. Eric Hedford, who recorded us, really did a fantastic job working on each song with us to give it that quality.

If you could write and perform a song with any artist, who would it be? Why?

Brian Wilson. I think he is the one artist that we all have the same love and respect for and it would be really quirky but hopefully inspired at the same time. Plus, we'd love to hear what it sounded like when it was completed.

What makes a Satan's Pilgrims show?

Usually lots of sweat, both onstage and in the crowd. We are lucky that our fans love to dance and can get quite uninhibited. We probably like watching them more than they like watching us.

What would you be doing if you weren't making music?

Well, since we can't play in the band full time, probably what we already do. Three of us own and run our own businesses, and most of us work in creative and artistic fields.

Want to add Phychsploitation to your collection? Click the link to buy the album.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fox Tracks model of the week (10/15): All-American Dream Girl Natalie Brown

All-American Dream Girl Natalie Brown is not only a model from Tallahassee, but also a veteran. The powers that be might want to think about putting her on their recruiting posters. She discusses her start in modeling, her time in the military, and what she hopes to accomplish in her career.

What drew you to modeling?

I enetered into the modeling world at the age of 6 (what they call pageants these days)! I took a long break and got back into it but I was always into the look of beautiful model!

Tell me about your experience serving the US.

I served for 6 years! I served my country in Iraq for a year! A lot of people look at TV and let their minds think that what they see on TV is the right thing about the military! Some things are right but a lot of things are wrong! It's like having a second family! I had great experiences and bad ones at the same time!

How would you say people underestimate you?

They think that I can only get my way through my looks but I continue to prove them wrong! I work hard for what I want and I am very independent as well. I was raised not to depend on anyone for anything! Nothing is given to you in this world, you have to take what you want by force and with faith!

What is the most challenging thing about modeling? What is most rewarding?

The most rewarding thing about modeling would be being able to network and meet others that are as passionate about things like you are! Having people recognize you for you talent and not always for your looks!
The most challenging thing about modeling is getting people to know who you are. It takes a team to be recognized and if you don't have that, you are pushing your career by yourself basically! Plus not to mention the 30 million girls who are trying to model and compete for the same thing that you want as well!

What makes you look at a photo and say "Wow!"

When I look at a photo, the one thing that would make me say wow, is if the model brings the talent through the photo with more than just her/his beauty! Being able to capture the theme and still pull off the beautiful look as well!

What is one goal you hope to accomplish in your career?

The biggest goal that I want to accomplish in my career is allowing the young women and young girls to know that modeling is a serious matter, but know that you don't have to take your clothes off to get where you want with your dreams! Don't allow anyone to tell you, you have to do it this way or that way to get where you are! Know who you are and that will lead you into the right direction!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dollz: music for committing evil deeds

Dear reader, I am doing my level best to span the globe and bring you the best in independent music. Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dollz is a band from Vancouver that is a blend of blues, psychobilly, and burlesque. Tristan discusses the band's sound, influences, and what sets the band apart.

Where would you file your music in a record store?

We'd file it under either "Trash Blues" like the John Spencer Blues Explosion, Heavy Trash, Reverend Beatman, or White Stripes. Or to create our own category: Hot Rod Blues. That's a nod to our jump-blues past but with the tinkering and rock and roll feel of the Kustom Kulture scene.

What sets Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dollz apart from other bands?

Musically we have a lot of different influences - everything from Alice Cooper to The Black Keys. Our music is constantly shifting but always more embellished on the reocrds with mandolin, marimba, and oran. Onstage, it's a three piece so we tour with our stage show, The Voodoo Dollz Burlesque, and that helps to entertain the crowd as well.

If you could put together a bill with three other bands (active or defunct), who would you share the bill with? Why?

The Doors, The White Stripes, and Cab Calloway - all great musicians and entertainers.

If you could write and perform a song with one artist, who would it be? Why?

Tom Waits. The man's use of musical structure is brillant and I really enjoyed Mule Variations.

Why do I need your music in my collection?

If you ever need a soundtrack for commiting some evil deeds, or a score for a party then this music is required content in your collection. It also tends to get people up and dancing which is never a bad thing.

What would you be doing if you weren't making music?

Racing motorcylces or boats - anything that goes fast over land or sea.