Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Saddle Tramps: Kings of Mobile Home Rock

The Saddle Tramps is a five-piece band from Sparks, Nevada, that plays "mobile home rock." Scotty discusses the band's style, the differences between touring the US and touring Europe, and with whom the band would like to share a bill.

Complete the sentence. The Saddle Tramps are...

The Undisputed Kings of Mobile Home Rock

Describe a typical Saddle Tramps song for someone who has never heard the band.

We play corn-fed rock and roll. Some call it cowpunk, whatever you want to call it is fine with us just don't call us for dinner.

You recently returned from a European tour. Tell us about that trip. How does touring in Europe differ from touring in the States?

We did extremely well over there. We're going back for a bit longer stay this August-September. We'll be doing some festivals and some club dates as well. Europeans are still extremely supportive of live music. They're not jaded yet like Americans are. They'll go see a band they don't know just because they think it may be cool. The days of people doing that in America are unfortunately gone. We're too busy Twittering to interact directly with humans anymore.

If you are putting together a bill with just one other artist, who would you choose? Why?

We just played with Civet and they were great. We'll be doing more dates with them hopefully this year. We'd would love to tour with Nashville Pussy and/or Tom Jones. That guy gets more ass I swear.

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

Leading a coalition to bring back Blue Chip Stamps...duh?!

[Author's note: I haven't heard a Saddle Tramps song that I dislike, but allow me to recommend "What Would Jesus Drink?" "Mexican Hot Rod," and "How Can I Say I Love You (with a Shotgun in My Mouth?"]

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fox of the Week (2/24/10): Cherita Baker

Cherita Baker is a model from Bellevue, Nebraska. She discusses her favorite modeling job, her ideal photoshoot location, and what makes a great photo.

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

My favorite modeling job so far has been being a main character in mulitmedia project. It had some acting and print work. It was alot of work but I loved every minute of it.

What makes a great photo?

What makes a great photo to me is if it seems natural for the model and came across that way.

Who are some models you admire? Why?

I admire any model that is trying and working hard in her craft because this industry can beat you up and break you down but if you are grounded you can succeed.

What is your ideal photoshoot location? Why?

My ideal location would be on an island something very tropical. I love to shoot on the black sand beach in Hawaii.

What is one goal you hope to accomplish?

One goal I hope to accomplish is to see myself on the inside of a major magazine. Someday!

Keep up with Cherita on Stiletto Talk Magazine.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Vancouver band B-Monster: Be bold and excited

Loyal reader, I promised to span the globe to bring you the best in independent music. Some places are easier to mine than others. B-Monster is the second Vancouver band to be featured here on Fox Tracks. John Lee explains what his band is all about, discusses what is essential to every B-Monster show and song, and explains what he'd be doing if he weren't making music.

Someone you don't know asks what your band is all about. What do you tell that person?

Listen to the songs - B-Movie RocknRoll soundtracks and beyond. Same values as ever...leave the shit behind w/ simple, short, RocknRoll - energy, inspiration and impression. You can do this too. Always find the most fun you can have. Share it about. Cool posters & headlines prepare you for B-Monster; "From Out Of Nowhere & Up To No Damn Good!!" "Witness The Explicit Sounds Of Forbidden Desire!!" "Prepare For Trash Action Adventure Into The Beyond!!" "Experience Sonic Sounds Of Villians, Vixens & Vice!!" Sounds like fun before you've plugged in.

What is essential to every B-Monster song?

No rules. But there is a template. The B-Monster template reads; Keep it simple. Riffs. Backing vocals. An odd sound. A cool title. Enjoy it. Repeat. Finish under three minutes. I like the B-Monster sound - usually fuelled by exploitation/trash cinema. What should the soundtrack sound like for the title; 'Naked Machine Gun Girls'? Then go dream it up. Don't sound like the sound-alike bands trying to sell plastic. Forget that shit. Be Bold.

What about every B-Monster show?

Cheer people up. Get people up. Bleed. Sweat. Stuff usually breaks. Ignite the orgy of RocknRoll release! Maximum R&R delivery. B-Monster uses the 'Wailing Wall Of Sound' - I made it at home. 168 speakers that all work - I crank the whole lot during points in the show - a subsonic rumble that shakes the walls. Cost me less than a brand name guitar and stack. Or a drumkit. I don't need the WWOS to play a gig, I want to use the WWOS at a gig! It's fun. It's ridiculous. We invite people to play it too. Ideas cost nothing - they're priceless.

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

Malcolm Gladwell or Seth Godin. They stir your cranium. Lateral thinkers - the curiosity of human behavior - solo or en masse. Interesting stuff - they'd probably do a great rant. North America under the microscope. Music as the number one communicator. Politics & Religion would love that power. Music pisses all over Fear. Be fearless and excited.

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

The Queen of Scream Dreams - Tura Satana (Faster Pussycat Kill Kill). It'd be a riot. And spirited. One hundred percent Grade A inspiration - 'Tura Satana on Screams and Tamborines'.

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

There's tons of stuff, cause I like to learn new things - and bring it back to the tunes. Pursue risk and hard work. More travel. Write ideas down. A Book of Beware For Artists: things that can happen "Out There." Be quick, see the signs. Do a film of building something. Answer questions. Do a bizarre workshop. Lots of things. Then come back to do more music - refreshed. And repeat.

B-MONSTER & WWOS Live - 'Naked Machine Gun Girls' from John Lee | B-MONSTER on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Fox of the Week (2/17/10): Kitty Kennedy "Creole China Doll"

Kitty Kennedy (aka Creole China Doll) is a model from Louisiana. She has recently been featured on Stiletto Talk, Titanium Girlz, and Wildly Styley, among others. She discusses her beginnings in modeling, what makes a great photo, and what she hopes to accomplish.

What was your first modeling job? Describe how you felt that day.

Wow, that was over 13 years ago! (laughs) My first modeling job was a JC Penney fashion show. It actually came about by accident. I happened to be shopping in the store when one of the models was told to leave because of her bad attitude. The coordinator of the show stopped me & said “You’re gorgeous, can you walk?” I told him yes, so that’s how I ended up in the show. He gave me $100 afterwards.

What do you think is your best feature?

I believe my best feature is my mind, therefore is not located on the outside. You’d have to ask my fans their opinion on what my best physical attribute is, if that’s the type of answer you were looking for.

Who are some of the models you admire?

In my particular genre of modeling, I only admire myself. But in modeling as a whole, my idol is Iman. I also admire Beverly Johnson, Naomi Sims & Alek Wek.

What sets you apart from other models?

I’m just ME, that’s what makes me different. I’m not trying to keep up with or imitate any of these other ladies. I’m not “the next so-in-so”. I’m Creole China Doll, in a league of my own.

What makes a “Wow” - worthy photo?

My “Wow” worthy photos are captured when I become one with the persona for whatever look I’m portraying.

What is one goal you hope to accomplish?

I have many, but if I were to pick just one it would be to be on someone else’s inspiration list. That’s when you know you’ve done something right.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Producer DJ Deminion: you must know how music works together

Normally, you would be looking at a feature about an independent music artist. However, this is a music blog, and since I had the opportunity to cover another aspect of the music business, I took it.

DJ Deminion is a producer from Orlando. He discusses: his musical background, the challenges of producing, and what sets him apart as a producer.

You received a music scholarship to Tennessee State University, but found your attention more drawn to producing than playing piano. What drew you more to producing?

I have been playing piano since age five and began taking lessons at seven. I played piano all through elementary school, middle, and high school. I began producing my Freshman or sophomore year in high school and at first it started as a hobby and my aspiration of becoming a concert pianist remained. However I found myself in my room for hours at a time making beats and less time practicing piano whereas in early years of playing piano I loved to practice. When I got to Tennessee State I actually lost my piano scholarship because I didn't want to practice, but all I wanted to do was make beats, and I noticed I had a talent when an artist walked in, put fifty dollars on the table and said if I have a hit he will leave the fifty and if not he will walk right out the door. Not only did I get the fifty I am now his main producer to this day. Nonetheless the good thing about producing is the fact that my piano knowledge transferred to producing because you must know how music works together, whether it be chords or genres of music.

Of what producing job are you most proud so far?

Although I haven't worked with any major artists thus far, I am proud to work with all artists I am currently working with. There are several projects on the table that are all potential hits. I am proud of everyone because I put my soul into everything I put out.

What part of the job is most rewarding? What is most challenging?

The reaction of the intended audience is very rewarding in itself. For instance they played a song that I produced at a big party and everybody went crazy over the song. Another rewarding part of the job is getting the song to reach its maximum potential. The most challenging is constantly making completely original beats time and time again. It is so easy to bite or sample because industry beats sound good but it is always my goal to make something the artist has never heard before, even if I am producing more than one song for that particular artist. No two beats ever sound alike and that is a challenge.

What sets you apart from other music producers?

My tenacity, my self-motivation, my ambition, drive, talent, and gifting in the area of music all set me apart from other producers. Also my unique sound and my versatility in several different genres as opposed to only one. And lastly my professionalism, businesslike mentality, and wisdom overall in the area of music in general.

If someone came to you seeking your advice on becoming a producer, what would you tell that person?

I would tell that person first and foremost learn to play an instrument; piano would be the best. And just keep making beats. Constantly perfect your craft and be consistent, patient and you will reach your goal in due time.

What would you be doing if you weren't involved in music?

Well actually I will be doing something in addition to producing in the near future. I plan to become an artist manager because I love helping artists get to where they need to be. I know how to motivate artists and I am learning more and more about the business aspect over time so I can expand to reach my maximum potential in both areas.

Follow DJ Deminion on Twitter.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Fox of the Week (1/27/10): SoCal Glamour Girl Honey

Honey is an 18-year-old half-Filipina model with SoCal Glamour Girls. She discusses her best feature, models she admires, and her dream photoshoot location.

How did you get started modeling?

I started runway modeling with my twin sister back when I was very young. Now that I've turned 18, I kind of want to do my own thing. So I started a little go-go dancing and started building my modeling portfolio doing photoshoots. Now I'm here with SoCal Glamour Girls and I love it!

What would you say is your best feature?

I could say my butt, or lips, or something outrageously sexy, but I actually have to go with my eyes. I love them and I think that's what gives me my exotic look!

Who are some models you admire? Why?

I love me some Naomi Campbell and Chanel Iman. They are both black/Asian, super sexy, and super successful! They both had this fire burning to be the best and now like a wildfire, they are unstoppable! I also look up to them cause it's hard for multiracial people to get somewhere in life, especially to be successful. So it's kind of like, when one makes it...I feel like I did too in a way!

What is your dream location for a photoshoot? Why?

I've done shoots in living rooms, outside with tuners, on farms, in studios. But I would really like to do it at the beach, and not just any beach but in the Philippines! I'm half Filipina and it's sad how my mom's family never had a chance to really see how beautiful me and my twin have gotten to be. So if I could do a shoot out there on the beach with a few Filipinos in the background with the Philippine flag, that'll be amazing!

You say you like funny guys. What can a guy do to make you laugh?

That's a really good question, mainly cause I laugh at everything! I would like to find a charming, but CLUMSY guy. I'm probably the clumsiest model you've ever seen, so for once instead of a boy laughing at me, it'll be nice to laugh a little at someone else.

What is one goal you want to accomplish?

I don't really want to be rich, but I'd love to be known nationally for something good. Maybe combining fashion and music for a charitable cause.

Follow Honey on Twitter.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Ghouls Night Out: We have a lot of fun playing

Ghouls Night Out is a 3-piece garage/punk band from Massachusetts that I found on Music Alley (a great resource for music aficionados). Guitarist/vocalist Myra discusses the band's shows, who she would like to talk music with, and who she would like to record with.
Complete the sentence. Ghouls Night Out is...

Myra - Guitar & Vocals
Vampie - Bass
Lily - Drums

If you are filing your music in a record store, where you do put it?


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

Joan Jett. I think it would be a lot of fun. She has a knack of keeping a song simple, but making it super fun and catchy. I think that is how I write too. You don't have to be Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) to play a Joan Jett or Ghouls Night Out song. You know? I think this woman is super neat... although I would probably be a little frightened to meet her. But if my shyness wasn't an issue, I think it would be a blast.

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

June Carter Cash. This woman is amazing. She is the great woman behind Johnny and gave him love, support and strength. She grew up in a musical family and has seen a lot of things. She knows the music business, and knows what it means to go on tour. An more importantly... she knows what it means to go on tour with a bunch of guys. hehehe. She really lived life. I love her voice and the songs she wrote. It would be cool to have her explain songs that she wrote.

What can I expect at any Ghouls Night Out show?

Well we try to put on a "show". So playing to the crowd is more important than proficiency. So I have to admit, we aren't the tightest band you'll ever see live. But we are more into having fun and raising the energy leveI in the room. I jump up and down, stomp and shimmy a lot. Vampie usually swings her hips... if she's drunk enough, she'll talk nonsense and make you laugh. Lily is back there banging away on the drums. If she drops a stick or something she swears at her drums. We have a lot of fun just playing.

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

Hmmm I can't think of my life without making music. This a very difficult question. Well other than music, I like to design, cook and volunteer at my local animal shelter. I'm also a health and fitness geek so I'm always reading about how to improve my health, going to yoga or step class.

Like the band? The Mourning After (Necro-Tone Records) is available now.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fox of the Week (2/3/10): Emanon

Emanon is a model from Chicago who has appeared in television shows and films. She discusses how she got started, her best feature, and models she admires.

How did you get started modeling?

Plus Modeling is an area that has gone unrecognized for a while, but the light is shining brighter each season. I entered a PP pageant in 2005 on a dare. Once I arrived to the competition, I quickly learned that the first P in PP meant Petite (I'm 6'0") so needless to say I was disqualified from the pageant but allowed to participate in the other part of the competition. I won "Most Photogenic" and it kind of started me on my journey.

What would you say is your best feature? Why?
I love Me! (laughs) My face because people always tell me "your skin is flawless, I would kill for your skin" So I hope to one day represent a makeup or skin care line. I take good care of my face I keep in it looking "flawless" by drinking lots of water, wearing sunscreen year round and I NEVER sleep in make-up not even for a nap.

How do people underestimate or misjudge you?
I have a passion for LIFE so I tend to act silly and just live in the moment so some people may underestimate my ability or my professionalism and sleep on what I could bring to the table. Ultimately they miss out.

You have appeared in some films. Who is one person in film you would love to work with? Why?

I have always been an extra in the movies, I would love to work with any powerful producers that are willing to give me a chance with a speaking part. (laughs)

Who are some models you admire?

I love Tyra, Naomi, Iman, and Twiggy, but I admire the girls who look like me: Mia Ambers, Marquita Pring and all the models that represented in the Glamour and V magazine size issues. I hope to see many more including myself.

What is one goal you feel you must accomplish?

There are so many things that have not been done in the Plus world, I just hope to be a part of the ride. We will see!

Follow Emanon on Twitter.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Listen to the new Tim Barry album 28th & Stonewall

Loyal reader, as you know, I normally post one music feature every week. Well, this isn't the typical music feature. As you know, I am a big supporter of independent music. In particular, I am a big supporter of Suburban Home/Vinyl Collective. I want to invite you to check out the new album from Tim Barry, 28th & Stonewall. If you like it, visit Vinyl Collective and add the code to your site.