Monday, May 31, 2010

Akron band The Ride: your new favorite band

The Ride is a four-piece band from Akron. The members discuss the best part of being in this band, and with whom they would like to write and perform a song. Also, if you are in a band, The Ride gives you tips to avoid the scam artists you are sure to encounter.

Complete the sentence. The Ride is...

Inspirational, magical, hard-headed yet soft-hearted, an instant classic, a major turning point in your life, a billion-dollar industry, your new favorite band.

What is the best part of being in this band?

The best part of being in The Ride is living out our dreams with our absolute best friends. Being able to express ourselves freely through music and having support from the people closest to us.

What is the most challenging part of being in a band?

The most challenging part of being in a band is overcoming the letdowns you experience. It seems that if you are in a band there are 100 people who want to take every penny from you and give you nothing in return. They say how much they love your band and this great opportunity coming your way, but they are really just scam artists. TIP! If you're in a band, and someone says they like you and they want you apart of ________, but you need to pay money. It's a scam, don't do it!

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

Lady Gaga! She actually is a great artist. She writes all her own material and have you ever seen her play piano? She is incredible. The Madonna of our age. To write a song with her would be quite an experience; along with the elaborate live performances she puts on. We'd be down for that.

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

If we weren't playing music we would all be lost. It's integrated so far into who we are as people and how we are all friends. If we had never started the band I think we'd all be regular college students.

Check out the video for Remember the Time.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fox of the Week (5/26/10): RL Marie

RL Marie is a Creole model from Louisiana. She discusses her feature in TitaniumGirlz, the challenges of modeling, and models she admires.

Give us a quick course in RL Marie 101.

I am a Creole sensation from Louisiana. Although I have just recently acomplished my first publication in TitaniumGirlz latest edition, modeling is not new to me. I have been modeling on and off since age 11. Two years ago, I decided to pursue the urban/glamour aspect of modeling...although I do intend to branch out into areas in the future.

What would you say is your best feature?

My best feature besides the obvious, would have to be my personality. You can be beautiful on the outside, but if you are not just as beautiful on the inside...your outer beauty will not get you very far.

What do you find most rewarding about modeling? What do you find most challenging?

I find it very rewarding that you get to showcase your hardwork, time,and efforts that are put into a photoshoot. What I find most challenging about this industry is that there are alot of fakes and wannabes. So it is sometimes dificult to distinguish between someone genuine and a phony that might be trying to hurt your career.

How do people misjudge or underestimate you?

People definitely misjudge me by thinking just because I model that I do not have any other great attributes to offer. This is so not true. I am a recent college graduate with a Bachelor Degree. Modeling is my passion, but education has always been my priority.

Who are some models you admire? Why?

I definately admire my mentor Kitty Kennedy, she is a hard worker, she is very genuine, and wants to help others succeed as well. I also admire Lisa Raye and Melyssa Ford because they started off as models and later branched out into aspects of the entertainment industry.

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

I would love to become one of the leading entrepreneurs in the country.

Keep up with RL Marie on Stiletto Talk Magazine.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Fly Kingdom: File under World Fusion

Complete the sentence. The Fly Kingdom is...

A one-man band that can also expand to many members since it's all about the combination of styles that include Indian Classical music and extend to add anything else that might add to the mix.

Describe the band's transformation from its previous sound to the current incarnation.

The Fly kingdom started out as a Gothic band that sounded more like Marilyn Manson. But after three CDs the style was no longer something that I could pursue. Some time after my friend Rose Monaco was diagnosed with M.S. and that inspired to make a change and make more positive music. Something that would inspire hope rather than hate. Together with the idea of making positive change and suggestions from co-worked and friend Carlos Avila the sound progressed to what has now been called "If Santana Went To India". Currently the band has taken yet one more change as I have used the wah pedal less and less and instead replaced it with a more symphonic sound. A sound that both the east and west can fully appreciate.

Where would you file your music in a record store?

World Fusion.

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

Anoushka Shankar, Ravi Shankar or Niladri Kumar. They are fantastic sitar players and also composers who have gone beyond the stretch of their own style and made a sound of their own. They have also been my influences to pick up the sitar.

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

I would probably be nothing since I feel music has been my calling since I was kid. Although I did not pick up an instrument (the guitar) till I was in my teens, I have always had an appreciation for music. That appreciation turned into an obsession that has been my drive to overcome whatever obstacles that are put in front of me in order to continue making music.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Fox of the Week (5/19/10): Des'Monae

Des'Monae is a model from Maryland. She discusses her first modeling gig, studying creative fields, and her goal to help single moms pay for college.

How did you get started modeling?

Actually my brother was modeling and he had a fashion show coming up that needed more kids, so I took my daughter to audition and not only did they want her they wanted me as well. So I did the fashion show because it was a benefit show to raise money for a women's/kids shelter. From that one show I was approached by local designers, and managers and eventually ventured into print.

Describe how you felt at your first modeling gig.

My first gig was the benefit fashion show and I was very excited honestly. I was anxious and a little nervous in the beginning but once the music started I was in my own world and had fun. I never thought about modeling before this event. I was the tomboy who played sports and spent my time drawing or painting but as I look back on my first gig, I realized how many doors it has opened up for me not only for modeling but for my artistic talents as well. I was now introduced to another a "artistic" field that I feel as though I can excel in. The fact that I made it in so many different fashion shows regardless of the fact that I didn't meet the height requirements or the size requirements proved to me that I can do anything that I want.

You have studied a lot of creative fields. Which is your favorite? Why?

Art is a passion of mine and I have studied web design, 2D and 3D animation, video production, game art design, aspects of fine art such as painting and sculpting, graphic design, fashion design and construction, etc. I love every aspect of art but my favorite field would have to be Video Production. I consider it to be my favorite because as with all fields there are rules and boundaries but you have a lot of freedom in film to express yourself and be as creative as you want. Also the fact that if you do it right you can break the rules. I love everything from preproduction work like storyboarding, concept art to production with direction and post-production editing. To have a vision and to be able to produce that vision for others to see is amazing!

If you could make a living at something other than modeling, what would it be? Why?

Modeling is great but it's not what I would call my dream career. Being in front of the camera is wonderful but I would be just as happy being out of the limelight. Whatever career path I finally choose will be art and/or math-oriented. I am a very creative person and love to use my creativity whenever I can. I orginally wanted to do architectural engineering and I have been thinking about going back to school to pursue that dream, but I may just take up drafting and design first since I currently work with a construction company and I am receiving a lot of hands-on experience.

Who are some models you admire?

I don't just admire a specific model, I admire all the models who dedicate their life, energy and time to perfecting their craft. We can learn from each other and each model brings something different to the table. Modeling is not easy at all, it takes self-discipline, dedication, time, energy, persistence and hard work to do it successfully and anyone who possesses these qualities should be admired regardless of their profession.

If you could only accomplish one more thing in life, what would it be?

A goal that I would like to accomplish would be to set a scholarship/funding system for single mothers who chose to push past the many barriers associated with motherhood to better themselves inorder to support their family. Higher education is very expensive and not only do single mothers need support financially but emotionally and socially as well. To be able to help a female obtain a higher degree in a field of her choice would make my day. The system will not just provide help with tuition but with child care, housing if need be, school supplies, and the essentials needed whether its extra tutoring or transportation help. I want women to know that having a family is never a set-back and they have the power to overcome all steroetypes and obstacles associated with their situation.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Fox Tracks model update: Ebony Lavette is Stunnaz cover girl

Back in September, Ebony Lavette was the featured model right here on Fox Tracks. Not surprisingly, she has caught the eye of other publications. She is the May 2010 Stunnaz Magazine cover girl. Check it out.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fox of the Week (5/11/10): Andrea Marie The Italian Dimepiece

Andrea Marie (38DD-27-40) aka The Italian Dimepiece is a model from Chicago. She discusses her best feature, her first photoshoot, and models she admires.

What would you say is your best feature?

My lips. I think they are absolutely perfect! Full, soft, and so damn sexy. I always pout them like crazy in my pics!

What sets you apart from other models?

I do things myself. I don't sit on my ass waiting on others to make moves for me. I'm a headstrong go-getter. Plus I work a full-time job, so I have something to fall back on.

Describe how you felt at your first photoshoot.

I was a nervous wreck! I was so worried about every little thing, and I kept asking my photographer dumb questions, but everything turned out amazing. It was a great learning experience and I will always remember it.

What do you like most about modeling?

Like any woman, I absolutely LOVE make-up, lingerie, jewelry, and high heels. I feel that nothing is sexier than being someone's fantasy. Also, I love traveling all over the country for shoots and parties. The jet-setting lifestyle never seems to get old.

What do you find most challenging?

The most challenging part has to be all the pre-conceived notions that people have about glamour models. Not all of us sleep our way to the top. I am a strong-willed woman that was raised with class, and I will NEVER let someone belittle me for a lousy "15 minutes of fame".

Who are some models you admire? Why?

I really admire Jesika Maximus, Jessica Burciaga, and Kim Kardashian because they are all beautiful ethnic women that have amazing natural curves and are all so naturally photogenic. I also admire my BFF Jayonna Fabro because she's such a smart, sexy, business minded woman that doesn't let the industry change her.

If you could only accomplish one more thing in your career what would it be?

I would like to become a mainstream model. I've already shot for a bunch of smaller publications, but I've yet to be able to go into the local 7-11 and pick up a magazine with me in it. I know it will happen one day, but it just can't come soon enough!

Book Andrea Marie. Follow Andrea Marie on Twitter.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Dudley Taft: Writing in the blues is liberating

Dudley Taft is a blues artist from Seattle. He discusses playing in a band with Trey Anastasio, what he learned from touring as a part of the band Sweet Water, and with whom he would like to write a song.

In high school, you founded a band with Trey Anastasio. Describe what that band was like. Would you have ever guessed that Trey would go on to have the success he's experienced?

That was Space Antelope. We played mostly cover songs, and a few originals. The fun there was mostly in the practicing: we had very few gigs. Trey and I did a lot of improvising, vibing off of what the Grateful Dead were doing. That improvising was very cool and has influenced my career, and obviously his! Trey always had this boundless energy- indefatigable is a good word to describe it. Most successful people I know have serious drive, and Trey really lives his music.

What drew you to the blues?

My teenage years were full of what is now classic rock, and that stuff was really an extension of the blues. I listened to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Ted Nugent, Kiss, etc., a lot of what was on the radio at the time (this was the late '70s). Listen to Machine Head by Deep Purple- TONS of blues there. Little did I know it at the time, but blues was really the cornerstone of that stuff. Doing research now into the blues of the '40s '50s and '60s, it is evident that amercian blues pioneers like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Freddie King, etc. were really the rock stars. And Lighnin' Hopkins with those huge wayfarer shades! Bad Ass!

Writing in the blues genre is very liberating- unlike in some rock bands I have been in on major labels, I am not worried about writing a "hit" or about taking a long guitar solo. If I have something to say I just say it....

You toured with some very well-known acts as a member of Sweet Water. What did you learn from touring with those bands?

Uh, that Jagermeister can be dangerous.... Some of the bands that I was fortunate enough to plays shows with really enjoy playing live and strive to make it fresh every show. Some bands just learn the songs and play them the same way every time. Like pressing "play" on your CD player. Playing blues involves listening and improvising every night, so that is something that I need to have in order to feel alive!

How would you describe your experience with major labels like Atlantic and Capitol? Do you think you would ever go back to that?

That era is over for the moment. The big cash advance, the hundreds of thousands of dollars in tour support. The labels had such a controlled system that it was tough to make it without them. Nowadays you have to do it yourself which is a lot of work, but it certainly is what you make of it! As a band on a major label, you were very much at the mercy of what the company wants to put their muscle behind. For most bands, like Sweet Water, we were almost ignored. Very frustrating. Second Coming was in a much better position- we were signed by Gary Gersh who was the president of the label at the time, but during our first album cycle, he and the top staff were let go by EMI. So, we really didn't get a good chance since the new regime wanted to focus on their urban artists.

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

Probably Neil Young. He is a great songwriter, and one of my idols. I'd be happy just to have a beer with him.

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

Trying to be an actor! (laughs) I really don't know...

Check out this video of Dudley and Blues Overkill.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Fox of the Week (5/5/10): Kandy Cavalli

Loyal reader, as you know, this blog is dedicated to bringing you the best in independent music and beautiful models. It was only a matter of time before the two overlapped in one feature.

Kandy Cavalli is a music artist and model from LA. She discusses her musical style, with whom she would like to write a song, and what she hopes to accomplish in her career.

Describe your style for someone who has never heard your music. What sets your music apart?

I have my own style. I'm soulful And edgy I'm willing to do any type of music from R&B to pop. That's what sets my music apart.

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

I would write a song with R. Kelly because I look at him as being a great artist. I grew up listening to him.

Which is more challenging: writing songs or modeling? Which is more rewarding?

I would say writing a song is more challenging. Also writing a song is the more rewarding.

Who are some models you admire? Why?

I admire Omayra. She has a unique look to her and she has different looks on every photo she takes.

If you could only do one, would you choose music or modeling?

Music Is my life.

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

I would hope my music will bring people together and have no hate.

Follow Kandy on Twitter. Check out videos of Kandy.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Should I move Fox Tracks to Tumblr?

I have been considering moving Fox Tracks to Tumblr. So, loyal reader, I would like your input on this. Will you still follow Fox Tracks if I move it to Tumblr? You will still get the same great content of band and model features, just in a different location.

Yes, Tumblr is great!

No, I don't use it.

Orange County band Secret Citizen: unstoppable

Secret Citizen from Orange County, CA, was formed around the unique sound of Calvin Riley lead vocals and songwriter. Calvin is a determined, driven artist that eats, sleeps and works music. Coming from well travelled background, having lived in Europe and in Asia, he is inspired by the human race and portrays the truth in his songs. The band’s name, “SECRET CITIZEN” derives from his travels, never really belonging but living as a secret citizen of the world.

Complete the sentence. Secret Citizen is...

(Gideon, drums) Secret Citizen is a band whose members are citizens of the world creating an eclectic sound that is familiar to all. The unique dimensions in our music is what leaves you wanting to rock-on. We have just completed our first professional Demo CD out of our large repertoire of original songs, The CD consists of four of our best original songs that will rock your mind. We are unstoppable.

How might a Secret Citizen song come together?

(Calvin, guitar, vocals) An SC song comes together through the process of "jamming it out". An idea comes to the table and the idea is played out in rehearsals until we find a groove. After the groove is established we work on structure and momentum and eventually we find the pattern of each song and play them till we drop.

What is essential to every SC song?

(Calvin) It is essential for every SC song to be written with feeling and personality. With every song comes the question, how is this song suppose to make the audience feel? and with that answer we find the structure to build upon.

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

(Ben, bass) Anyone who can have an open discussion about music without getting too "I'm an expert" about what they do. Too many times you meet people who believe "good" music is a certain type. Music is an art. You can't be closed minded and really embrace it or make it your life.

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

(Jay, lead guitar) Promoting events and gatherings that support live music. All of us do everything we can to keep people interested in Music, especially in these times when Art is considered a "luxury" item. when really it's as important as breathing or eating.