Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Fox of the Week (3/31/10): Tana Xotica

For those of you that have been waiting for some Latina representation here on Fox Track, wait no further. Tana Xotica is a model from New York with Peruvian and Puerto Rican heritage. She discusses her first photoshoot (and first impression), what sets her apart, and what she would like to accomplish.

Give us a quick course in Tana 101.

Living in the moment, always full of energy everywhere I go, and very optimistic would be my top three ways of describing me. I am of Peruvian and Puerto Rican descent born and raised in Brooklyn. Love to travel and have moved around plenty of times since I was 16 but came back to New York eventually.

How did you get started modeling?

E.P.E.M. Inc is an all-female promotions company and I am the promotions director. We did a photoshoot for the website with a photographer named Desi Adorn and since that day Desi was very into my "exotic look". I was so tired doing this shoot off of 3 hours of sleep and this was my first time ever doing one. So, my first impression wasn't the greatest one but it worked out at the end, and that was the beginning of the discovery of Tana Xotica the model!

What sets you apart from other models?

Personality that leaves a long lasting positive impression (unless I haven't slept, sets me apart from the rest. I have the ability to influence people and this is something I do without even realizing it sometimes. (laughs)

How do people underestimate or misjudge you?

Well, because I tend to walk around with a mean-looking expression, people think that I have a tough shell when really I easily get hurt.

Who are some models you admire? Why?

Suelyn Medeiros is one, she is stunningly gorgeous and has true talent reflected in every photo she takes. Also, Christina Milian who is a triple threat singing, dancing, and acting. She's a great role model for the young girls and I think she's real genuine in evreything she does.

What is one goal you hope to accomplish?

I will eventually gain enough status to where I am able to influence the modeling industry to broaden the typical idea of what a model should be or look like and personally I would LOVE to be successful enough to have my own animal sanctuary because I am an animal lover!
Thank you for taking the time to read about me, more to come.

Check out Tana on Stiletto Talk Magazine.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Devils Rose: psychobilly/punk from Baldwin Park, CA

Complete the sentence. Devils Rose is...

A punk/psychobilly band from Baldwin Park, California.

What sets you apart from other psychobilly bands?

Everyone in the band listens to different music. Anthony(the new drummer) listens to AC/DC, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. Nelson(upright bass) listens to ska and punk. Johan(singer/guitarist) likes hardcore punk and metal so we feel like all of our styles make the songs unique.

What does it mean to you to have the opportunity to play Ink n Iron later this year?

It's huge for us. We're playing with X, Stiff Little Fingers, Hepcat, The Bronx and the Aggrolites. We really got to step it up that night to complete with these great bands.

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

Johan: It would be Mike Ness of Social Distortion.
Nelson: Koefte Deville of Mad Sin.
Anthony: Johnny Cash.

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

We'd be working at a music store.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Fox of the Week (3/24/10): Angela Simmons

Angela Simmons is a model from Chicago. She discusses what drew her to modeling, models she admires, and her best features.

Modeling has been your dream since 14. What drew you to it?

Growing up around my cousin Cherise motivated me. She was a runway model. I thought she was so beautiful in everything she done. Cherise wore gorgeous clothing, shoes, purses and hair, nails. Her makeup was always flawless. When I lost her I became addicted to modeling. Started Barbizon modeling school in Chicago and dancing in strip clubs at age 16. I would only hang around older women that had anything to do with modeling, stripping, and getting money. Also they could get me into VIP places. I call them my big sisters. My big sisters made me go to cosmetology school to get my license so i would have a back-up plan. It involved beauty so I loved it as well. By the age of 18, I had my own girls modeling for me in Chicago clubs. Things haven't changed that much for me since then.
What is your best feature?

Hips & eyes. My photographers say my hips are too wide for my little body. I'm 5'3", 127 lbs, 39-inch hips. I was told my eyes change with my mood. I never see it.

What challenges do you find in modeling as opposed to when you started?

New agency and photographers you never worked can't trust everyone.

Who are some models that you admire? Why?

Iman and Beverly Johnson. They inspire me to succeed in whatever I do because both are supermodels and entrepreneurs: Iman with her skin care, fragrance, and her own makeup line. Beverly Johnson with her hair collection. All these are part of everyday beauty (cosmetology) like myself.

What is one goal you must accomplish?

My own VIP club. I already have girls modeling lingerie. We need a location and place then my goal will be accomplished.

Follow Angela on Twitter.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pinche Gringo: caveman meets Neil Diamond

Pinche Gringo is a one-man band whose style can best be described as...who am I kidding? Read the interview. He defines his style far more eloquently than I could.

Describe your sound for someone who has never heard you play.

My music is a mix between a caveman beating on a rock, a Mexican hippie jam band and Neil Diamond.

How long did it take you to master what it takes to be a one-man band? What was the most difficult part of the learning process?

I am a natural at it. I am a multitasker in all my day-to-day activities. The hardest part was trying to do it barefoot.

Why should I have your music in my collection?

Because if you don't, the dead of Mexico will haunt your dreams forever

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

I would like to perform with Cat Stevens cause he's an outlaw rebel and his music is pretty. Although, I think David Bowie is a better dresser.

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

Calibrating scales, eating tacos and churros and watching Seinfeld and Red Dawn.

Many thanks to Pinche Gringo's personal assistant, Nite Owl, for transcribing this interview.

here is a link to a video of me playing with my friend jimmy of "jimmy and the teasers"

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fox of the Week (3/17/10): Sexii Davii

Well, it's St. Patrick's Day, and aren't you lucky? Just take a look at these photos and try to disagree with me. Sexii Davii is a model from Atlanta. She describes her first photoshoot, her aspirations, and why you would be foolish to challenge her in any kind of contest.

Complete the sentence. Sexii Davii is...

A unique, eye-catching beauty, who appreciates life and lives it to the fullest.

What do you think is your best feature?

I know my best feature is my eyes. They are big and pretty, and I know my eyes capture everyone’s attention.

Describe how you felt at your first photoshoot.

I was so excited. I didn’t have a nervous bone in my body. I was Ready!

How do you keep in such great shape?

I always try to maintain a healthy diet and I exercise at least three times a week.

You describe yourself as competitive. In what game or sport would someone be foolish to challenge you?

Yes, I am competitive in everything I do, but someone would be a fool to challenge me in a game of basketball. I can take on anyone!

What is one goal you hope to accomplish?

I want to become an accomplished actress.

Follow Sexii Davii on Twitter.

Monday, March 15, 2010

San Diego band The Regime: tobacco, ear plugs, Subway

The Regime is a three-piece band from San Diego. The three members discuss who they would like to write a song with, what is essential to each of the band's songs, and what they would be doing if they weren't making music.

Complete the sentence. The Régime are...

Sounds in headlights.

Where do you file your music in a store?

Alternative Post Punk Mod Experiential Wave

What is essential to every The Régime song?

Pipe Tobacco, Ear Plugs and Subway.

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

Kenny: Rhett Miller! Our writing styles are similar.
Bowen: Eric Ozenne, I think hes amazing.
Todd: It would have to be Ian MacKaye for me. I respect what he has done musically and really respect that he stays true to what he beleives in.

What would you be doing if you weren't making music?
Kenny: Fishing.
Bowen: Buying stuff on Ebay.
Todd: I would probably be buying a house and a car, working 18 hours a day getting
people coffee and doing a very large amount of drinking...horrible.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Fox of the Week (3/10/10): SoCal Glamour Girl Presley

How did you get started with SoCal Glamour Girls?

I actually got started with SoCal Glam through the lovely Kat. I'll tell you a little secret...she happens to be family. I found out she had her own site and just couldn’t stay away! After all the information and the fun she was telling me she was having I had to dive in. I love meeting new people and getting crazy with all the girls, working on the site is so awesome!

What do you like best about being a SoCal Glamour Girl?

I love the fact that I get to be a connection between relationships. The site really does create bonds not only through the models but the members as well. We all get to interact and have nothing but tons of fun. The cooking show Bitch in Kitchen with Savannah is probably one of my favorites. Who doesn't like to have an incredible conversation in the kitchen with a glass of wine and occasional spankings? She is so much fun and brings life to the party. That is what life is about and we bring that to the table for everyone to share and be a part of. Plus what girls doesn’t love to be sexy and get in front of a camera?

You are a big music fan. What kind of music do you like to have playing at a photo shoot?

I am a huge music fan and love to listen to experience new taste and all varieties. If anyone has suggestions I’m totally down to experience that. I love all music and I'm a jazz singer so I feel it's important to dabble into a little bit of everything. I listen to punk rock music mostly. It always gets me pumped for a shoot and gives me a little spin on life. There is always have some sort of music playing at every point of my day.

If you could meet and talk with one music artist, who would it be? Why?

I wish I could have met the elegant Ella Fitzgerald. She was such an influence on the jazz lifestyle and one of the first and only women to perfect the scat. She is such an inspiration and it would be an absolute privilege to learn under her.

What is one goal you hope to accomplish?

Honestly a goal I hope to accomplish is to make it through school and get my career going. I am a very goal-oriented type gal and I can’t wait for my opportunity to shine! I have about two more years of school left until I finish my degree in nutrition then I can really focus on life’s goal.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Fox of the Week (3/3/10): Britini Chante

Britini Chante is a model from Sacramento. She discusses her first modeling gig, what makes a great photo, and models she admires.

I'm down to earth, love to laugh, and full of fun. I like to be entertained by a good book or a great horror flick. Things that can get under my skin are: bad manners, cockiness, and rude pick-up lines. Things that can score you major brownie points are: a great smile, dimples, sense of humor, and intellectually stimulating conversation. If you haven't hit me up on Twitter, please do so. I do talk back! Myspace freaks, you can hit me up too. Sorry Facebookers, I do not and have never had a Facebook! Love you all!

What was your first modeling job? Describe how you felt at your first gig.

My first gig ever was HIN 2006 in which I was fresh out of high school, completely nervous and completely unprepared.

What makes a good photoshoot?

A good shoot involves a couple of elements.
  • Good wardrobe (or none at all).
  • Great energy: enjoy your location or set. Have fun be relaxed. Be yourself, no nerves, no timidness.
  • Great relationship/comfortability between you and the photographer: Gotta have that chemistry and want the same thing out of the shoot.
  • Communication. Your photographer should be able to effectively communicate with you and you should be able to receive and deliver.

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

    Concepts impress me most. Seeing things I've never seen before. Just thinking outside of the box.

    Who are some models you admire? Why?

    Oh my, the list 4 this could take days!
  • Vanessa Veasley: she's more than just a pretty face, she's successful in her business endeavors also as one of the editors of Show Magazine and a cohost on web talk show Candy Shop. Twitter her: @vanessaveasley
  • Jenny Chu: This girl is just non-stop and all about her business. It's impossible to be on the import scene and not know who she is. Twitter her: @iheartjennychu
  • Sudana Pa: I met Sudana one year at HIN and she was new on the scene like I was. Over that next year she skyrocketed and is now one of the most sought after girls on the scene. I admire her for that. Twitter her: @sudanaxmama
  • Amber Rose (A.Diva): not Kanye's Amber Rose. This beautiful woman has been such an inspiration to me because she has traveled all over the world, done countless shoots that were amazing, started a successful charity foundation and been voted "most wanted lesbian on the net". Twitter her: @accidentaldiva

    More than all their good looks, these women are humble, sweet, and intelligent.

    What is one goal you hope to accomplish?

    I just wanna be successful. It's cliche I know, but true. I think that's all anyone really wants.