In the mind of Nate

Saturday, November 1, 2014

a look at the Halloween season with interview from Scream Queen Genoveva Rossi

Hello everyone, Yes I should have posted this a few days ago. But at least we still are reeling from all the Halloween excitement, well I know I am. It seems like Halloween comes and goes so fast and we never get to do everything we had planned for. Didn't go to enough parties,didn't eat enough candy,didn't go to enough places to pick pumpkins and apples, or Didn't watch enough Horror movies.

It has always interested me as to how the movies in general come to life, the story, the production, the casting and how the actors came to be. A few years ago I was given the chance to see a movie come to life as it was being made. Some friends of mine created a film called "Jack O' Slasher" and I was given a small part in the film. Even though it was an independent production, It was like just like what I heard being on a Hollywood movie set would be like. Getting into costume,preparing mentally,snacking,and hours of hanging out getting to know the other people in the film and crew.

Although I haven't been involved in much acting since then(with the exception of a small role on Law & Order SVU which will air at the end of the month)I did get to witness a friend of mine continue to pursue her acting career beyond the Jack O'Slasher film while making some great strides, even working with a big name in the film industry. I am speaking of my long time friend and Scream Queen Genoveva Rossi, I just finished interviewing her and here is what she had to say:

Nate:How long have you been acting?

Genoveva: "Since nursery school when I did my 1st play which I played a ladybug in."

Nate:What are your favorite horrors movies?

Genoveva:"The Exorcist, The Amityville Horror, The Pit and the Pendulum, Night of the Demons, Night of the Living Dead, and Black Sunday"

Nate:How did you get into acting?

Genoveva:"I had an interest in acting since childhood and had been acting in some school plays. In college I began acting in dramatic shorts. Shortly after college I had the opportunity to act in my first horror film and I jumped on it. I decided to focus on my acting and focused a lot of my attention on the horror genre. Now in the last for years I have been in over 55 horror films. Things have been very bloody and very busy!"

"Horror has always been my favorite genre as a fan so it was a natural genre to focus on as an actress. It is a really challenging and gives me the opportunity to embrace a lot of unique characters and act in some really intense scenes. It's a real challenge both as an actress and an artist. Things happen in horror that just don't happen in other genres. . ."

"Career-wise I feel like the horror genre has welcomed me with open arms. In a short period of time I have acted in a lot of spectacular horror films and I have gotten the opportunity to work with so many talented people in horror; both actors and directors. It is a real honor to be in so many films that are distributed worldwide. Also, it has been fantastic being a guest at horror conventions and seeing my work at film festivals. It has been a wild ride so far and I am thankful for everything."

"I have acted in genres outside of horror including drama, and comedy, but horror is the genre that I have gotten the most attention for. I am considered a well-known "scream queen", which means that I am recognized for my work in horror on an international level within the horror community. I do a lot of international interviews for podcasts, websites and magazines. Horror has a very loyal, international following."

Nate:Name some projects you have been involved in?

Genoveva:"Apocalypse Kiss (with D. C. Douglas, Michael Berryman, and Tom Atkins) , A Dark Place Inside, I Spill Your Guts, Hunters (with Linnea Quigley), The Sadist (with Linnea Quigley), , Tapestry (with Stephen Baldwin, Tina Louise, and Burt Young)"

Nate:Who are your favorite people to work with?

Genoveva: "Hard to say, but it was really an honor to work with Michael Berryman, D.C. Douglas, Jason Vail, Linnea Quigley, Stephen Baldwin, Burt Young, and Tina Louise. They are all people I look up to as actors and artists. I am deeply grateful for the talented people I have worked with in the horror genre and beyond! I feel so blessed."

Nate: Tell me about working with Steve Baldwin?

Genoveva:"He is a deeply spiritual person and a very bright, shining personality. He has a very warm, friendly nature and was an extremely talented actor!"

Nate:Is he your favorite Baldwin?

Genoveva: "I love all the Baldwins, but since I worked with Stephen he will always hold a special place in my heart."

Nate:What are your upcoming projects?

Genoveva: "I am very excited to be working on James Balsamo's vampiric horror/comedy Bite School. Adam Ahlbrandt's disturbing films Hunters and The Sadist. I just worked on Liam Makrogiannis's Night of the Magician. I just finished work on and attended the premiere of Not Another Bad Horror Flick."

"At this point there are really three films I think I am the most known for. Please look for me in A Dark Place Inside (directed by Mike O'Mahony), Apocalypse Kiss (directed by Christian Jude Grillo), I Spill Your Guts (directed by James Balsamo)."

"I have a lot of projects in the works! Stay tuned! Stay connected with me for more info!!!"

(see the links below)

Every month I write a feature of Malevolent Magazine called A Day In The Life Of A Scream Queen, which follows my bloody adventures in the horror genre. Find it online to see info on Not Another Bad Horror Flick and my other bloody projects. Horror isn't just a genre, it's a lifestyle!

I hope you all had a great Halloween, an encase you were wondering, here is what I decided to dressed up as:

Check out Genoveva on IMDB

My Facebook



Be sure to take a look at some scenes from Genoveva's films here:

And of course, a song from one of my favorite bands,the Misifts about Halloween:

Here is my band's version of the same song:

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Summer to Remember (Better late than Never)

Hello everybody, Last year I did an end of the summer post and I didn't want to create a carbon copy of that. And yes I know it is October. However, after looking back at the Summer of 2014 this entry will be not be a mere Summer recap post. I don't even know where to begin to describe what I expected to happen, what did happen and how it changed me forever. For a very long time I have been suffering from many personal demons including anger,depression,hopelessness and abandonment. Topped with the pressures of everyday life and trying to keep a band moving it can be quite taxing. Luckily, I allowed myself to loosen the grip on how I felt things should be and learned to "go with the flow" a bit. With the help of a few great friends that I had made recently I learned that I need to put these bad traits behind me and I can't thank them enough for helping me change for the better. Yet I know that I still have much to learn and that my personal evolution has just begun. We all have our own paths to follow and I feel blessed to have shared this time with a few special people. I also realized that the power of my words can both hurt and heal whether I was on stage or not. We ended up having a great time on my Birthday and at our Record Release party, held at the Salvation goth party. The kind of fun time that parts of are still a blur to me,lol. But all in all we all had a blast and I can safely say it was not only one of the best Birthdays I had but also one of the greatest nights of my life.
After the Record Release party, we performed at the Witchfest which was right on Astor Place in the heart of NYC. The day started out by us hurrying to the show while sitting in Saturday afternoon traffic, which until recently would have frustrated me to no end. Luckily for me I was learning to remain calm and reassured that things would still go as planned and of course my special Angel was right next to me reminding me of that. We ended up arriving at Witchfest just in the nick of time to play a few songs and preventing the crowd from entirely disappearing from the event. Now remember when I said I realized my words could heal? That afternoon I gave a gift to a certain someone hoping to make them understand a bit more about the Wiccan religion and it's symbolization. It was a dagger that was meant to protect whomever wore the pendant, which I felt was needed. I only mention this because the reaction from this individual may go down as one of the most touching experiences of my entire life. To my surprise She wept with Joy which I never expected to happen. I had simply thought I was given a small token to some one I care for dearly in hopes that it would keep her from harm. I even got to ride down Astor Place on the hood of my truck as if I was on top of the world or on some Parade float. We Took plenty of pictures, got interviewed and even showed off the ad we placed on the front Inside cover of Gothic Beauty Magazine. And later on that evening we met up with more friends and attended the Red Party.
All in all it was a great Summer, we learned to gel as a unit and except one another flaws and all. We found inspiration,love,romance,a Super Moon and the valuable yet sad lesson that nothing lasts forever no matter how magical these moments may feel. Although the memories you hold in your heart can last a lifetime and get you through any hard times you may have in the future. The feelings I have experienced during the Summer of 2014 will be with me until the end of my days and I assure you will live on past our time. As I stated recently: "Make Her your Wife and your Love will last a lifetime, make Her your muse and your Love will last an eternity".
Of Course this blog would not even exist without music and I usually only post one video. However, this Summer was So Amazing that I have to include several songs that will always remind me of this time. Thanks again for reading and God Bless you all, Nate xoxo

And for those who prefer the original:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Elder: an exclusive interview with the NYC Dark scene's own DJ Patrick

Hello everybody, after my last entry I need to show everyone how resilient the life of a musician can be and how the next day can bring about great changes. So after a few deep breathes and listening speeches/watching scenes from Rocky, a movie that always lifts my spirits I decided to focus on some very great upcoming events I am involved with.

Very soon it will be my Birthday, and I will be fortunate enough to be performing at that day. Also, I have been lucky enough to coordinate the special day so that the Imbolg Record release party will be on the same day at a very great event here in NYC known as Salvation, which was created by none other than Joe Cyn, and the NYC Goth scene's most tenured DJ: Patrick. This is truly a great honor to be a part of this event, as excited as I am I still managed to come up with some questions for Patrick regarding his events and his very prosperous 20 year plus career as a DJ, here is what he had to say:

Nate: Have you ever played in a band?

Patrick: "I never played in band. I've never had the patience for all the practice it would require. I've always been highly critical of mediocre bands (which are overflowing in the Goth scene). My own standards would be impossible to live up to. So it would be kinda pointless."

Nate: When did you start to DJ?:

Patrick: "I started DJing in 1992 at the basement of the Pyramid. It was an event called Stigmata. They had a second room and wanted it to be all Goth. The first DJ's they hired were extremely pretentious and adhered to a strict dress code. The door person literally told the promoter he couldn't come into his own party because of his attire. They got the boot and I was in.

Nate: What made you become interested in it?

Patrick: "Becoming a DJ was never something I sought out, it just sort of fell into my lap. I was going to a party called Troublemaker at Mother on 14th street. The Late DJ Reese would include a lot of Goth in his sets. At this time all these great new Gothic bands were coming up (Rosetta Stone, London After Midnight, The Wake, etc), but they weren't getting spun in the clubs. I started bringing the early Rosetta Stone 12inches for Reese to play. The party's promoter Craig realized that I had a bit of a knowledge about the genre and asked if I wanted to spin at the new party he was doing."

Nate: Who taught you how to Dj?

Patrick:"When I started it was still only vinyl at most clubs. I was given a crash course on my first night and picked it up from there. I'm still not proficient with the technical aspects of DJing. I wouldn't know the first thing about setting up the equipment, but no one has picked up on that in my two decades of doing this. I think song selection and good taste in music is much more important than technical savvy anyhow."

Nate: Favorite bands?

Patrick: "My favorite classic Goth bands would be Christian Death(with Rozz[Williams]), The Cure, Siouxsie, Clan of Xymox and all the usual suspects. Although Devo is my favorite band of all time. It's all about the music that catches you around the age of 13. As much as I love a lot of new bands, I don't have 30 years of memories to go along with them, so I'm stuck with Devo. As far as more recent Goth or Dark/Post Punk type bands. I love The Exploding Boy, Sleepmask, The Soft Moon and Lebanon Hanover. There are a lot of bands on the periphery of the genre that I love (Cold Cave, Light Asylum, etc) but a lot of newer bands that embrace the Goth tag and actually fly the flag for this type of music usually suck. I listen to some of these acts and I feel like I'm listening to a comedy recording. The vocals are so deep that it becomes ridiculous and makes the whole scene look like a total joke. I'm being polite today, so I won't mention names."

Nate: What are some your favorite places to spin at?

Patrick: "I don't have any favorite places to spin, just as long as the sound system is descent and they have room in the DJ booth to spread out my CD books, I'm fine. I'm very low maintenance."

Nate: You recently attended the Wave Gotik Treffen Festival in Germany, can you tell us a bit about that?:

Patrick: WGT is the world's biggest Goth festival. It covers everything from Goth rock, Deathrock, EBM, Industrial, Post Punk and even some Gothic Metal. It basically takes over the entire city of Leipzig for 4 days. This years lineup included one of my favorite band The Marionettes. They have been inactive in recent years, so It was great to see them live. They have never played the states. There are other festivals around, but this is the big one. I always liken the opportunity to DJ at this event to an Oscar nomination. It's a great honor and I've been able to do it twice. It's one of those times that doing all this work for the scene over the years actually pays off. One of the best DJ experiences ever."

Nate: Past club events you have Djed at?

Patrick: "I've done so many events that it would be hard to list them all, but I'm probably most known for The Bank during it's peak years in the 90's, Communion at the Limelight( I was there for the last 9 months) and Albion/Batcave at Rebel. Salvation is about to have it's 7th anniversary, so a whole new generation is familiar with me from that party. It's unbelievable that some kids coming out now that weren't even born when I started doing this. I've had a regular residency at some club or another for 22 years running. No gaps whatsoever. I'm pretty proud of that streak.

Nate: Please tell us about Salvation(how did the party come about and what can people expect when they go there?

Patrick: "Salvation came about because Albion/ Batcave closed. It was the biggest Goth event NYC ever had, so it was missed when it ended. I was going to a Hipster venue and realized that the Saturday night was floundering. I asked the manager about it and he gave me one Saturday to throw an event. I contacted two other Albion DJ's Cyn and Templar and we laid out the plans. Templar left after a few parties, but he still guest Dj's at every anniversary. We try to keep the party focused on the music. We don't do theme night's and rarely use guest DJ's. Cyn spins Industrial/EBM and I focus on Gothic Rock and some New Wave. We try to keep the playlists current, by spinning a lot of new bands, but we also haven't forgotten the classics. You can expect to hear something familiar, but also something new and maybe something you haven't heard in a while. At least that's what we hope the experience will be. We are both pretty open to requests, so don't be afraid to ask. Sometimes the request is better than what we intended to play.

Salvation is held every month at the Windfall Bar and Grill located at 23 west 39th street in Manhattan. For more information on this upcoming Salvation please click here to see the Official event page and be sure to join the: Salvation Facebook Group for information on upcoming events.

Thanks again for reading and hope to see you on the 28th, Nate
P.S. here is some of what Patrick witnessed this year at Wave Gotik Treffen, enjoy:

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Most likely the MOST messed up band story you'll ever hear

Hello everyone. I know it's been nearly a month since my last entry. I have finally finished the Imbolg album. It is a great weight off my shoulders. Now I have plenty of work to do to promote the album and get the band back out performing shows. This has also meant that I am no longer working with the band Of beauty and Madness. As many of you know our lives have many turning points and things sometimes "run there course". However, it always best to see this early on and try to settle matters civilly as I had attempted to. Unfortunately, we have no control over the actions of others and my former partner at Forever Autumn Records and band mate grew to resent me due to his lack of time and inability to accomplish the things we had set forth to do together. I found myself taking on more responsibilities than I had bargained for and my efforts were unappreciated by all who are in the band, simply because they have never been in a band where two members are seasoned and knowledgeable on the business side and had no understanding of the promotional and publicity efforts I had put forth even after numerous explanations. Even the video I put together for the Indie gogo campaign was under scrutiny because it was an idea they didn't set forth first even though it promoted the band. It became a situation in which this band became jealous and skeptical of what I was trying to do instead of asking questions, even accusing me of being dishonest and a thief(would have been able to deal with people the music business for this long If I was?). One question that was asked that I am still dumbfounded by was : "what is the purpose of the label?". I felt I was being dragged down and that my reputation was being compromised by their lack of dedication and professionalism. I wasn't thrilled by one band members hate speech against Christianson her personal facebook page.We are all entitled to out opinions, but an unknown band should be trying to win people over, not upset potential fans by post negative articles about a religion the 1/4 of world's population believes in. I had no problem doing more than my fair share of work, but many people don't understand that this business is give and take. I found myself doing work, sacrificing time for people that do not understand all the work i've done or see that is necessary. And this was the result of me trying to sever ties with this band:

Thousands of dollars of my equipment discarded and left for anyone to take. Is this how people in the music business treat each other? NO, but this proved this person is about childish, petty antics and not about music. Was this in any way cool? No, but this is why a person like this shouldn't be involved in music. This person even had the nerve to attempt to have charges pressed on after I called him when I saw this picture, anyone would have been upset am I right?

I was fortunate to learn early on as a teenager that the business side of music is just as important as the writing and performing aspects. True, I am not wealthy by any means or living in a multi million dollar mansion and those that only see music as either Rags or riches have no idea what the music industry is all about. For example, the band KISS was signing autographs on what was their 3rd of 4th National tour I believe and a young fan asked: "what is it like to be rich and famous?" one of the band member's said: " I can tell you what it is like to be famous, but I cant tell you what it is like to be rich". I have stated before many get this Hollywood version of how success(in any field) works and they don't realize that a 90 minute movie is created to entertain, not to educate. People see a guy pick up a guitar in the first 15 minutes and mid way through the movie he is on the cover of every music magazine in the country. Those who get inspired by this rush to a music store and buy a guitar only to realize its not going to magically attract fame,money and women to you in the blink of an eye. Those who do this for the right reasons continue to do so through thick and thin, work with others in a reciprocal manner and realize you learn as you go. And most importantly, treat those around them with the respect they are seeking from others. After years of being hired by notable artists to get them paying shows, this band actually refused to working alongside of me on well paying shows, and even yelled at me when I explained how a record label recoups money from an artist.

I know that this may have many of you questioning my credibility as they have, or this may seem like me just venting. But like I had told one of the members of this band(when they questioned my authorization to post about the band on my blog) This blog is meant to tell my experiences as a musician and to educate. If someone else can learn from this and have a smoother path then me after reading this, so be it. Some younger artists question why those who have achieved success don't share their contacts or knowledge with others, THIS IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF WHY. And this will not stop me from continuing to play music and help others, but I will be more selective about who I chose to help(since I received more gratitude from other bands that I barely did anything for).

Thank you all for reading both presently and in the past. I know it is best to cut my loses and learn from this, after all this does not define me, it is just one lesson in my quest for to be a life long musician. Many don't have what it takes, many can't handle the day in day out process of being an artist and that's why I had to move on before it consumed me. I hope all of you learn from what happened to me and continue to support what I am doing. I figured this song was the most appropriate to post,listen to the lyrics and you will know why. Thank you all,Nate

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Wishful, Sinful: with updates on Forever Autumn Records and the new Of Beauty and Madness album, Litany

Greetings people. With the warm-er weather now here(finally) it is harder to sit down and write on a Saturday, which is usually when I do it. However, I had plenty of work to do with the upcoming re-release of the Imbolg album and the release from Of Beauty and Madness, titled Litany.
For a long time I have been focusing on my own band and felt that I would not be able to devote the proper attention to another musical project, however this has taught me a lot about the dynamics of being a part of a band, as a member and not being the leader. I must say in some ways it is a relief to not have that burden on my shoulders. Even with the process of getting this album ready, I saw how much of a well oiled machine a band can be. We had a friend create the album artwork,we designed the rest,with the exception of a photo taken by another friend. We placed the order for the cds and distribution, and fortunately one band member lives close enough to Discmakers and was able to pick the cds up, saving us a ton of money on shipping. But of course I still bring my knowledge to the table and help out in any way I can. Plus the more bands you are in, the more you get to do what you love and possibly more often if both groups are successful.

The other endeavor that has kept pretty occupied is our IndieGogo campaign. Each day I am learning more and more about the art of Crowdfunding. I had no clue how many forums,blogs and twitter pages are dedicated to this.I am lucky enough to have put together a great promotional team who is helping to promote and finding people to donate. This has been a very eye opening experience that has shown me who is truly a loyal fan or friend and who is simply too caught up in their own thing to help (in many cases we have helped them when they needed it). I was very shocked to learn that the band Kittie had started their own campaign. At first I felt it was unfair after their success. However, I received some enlightenment as to the fact that they need the money just as much the next band(with all the expenses that come along with touring,like a bus that cost about $800 a day to rent). I decided to take the blinders off for a minute and see what they next guy (in this case girls) are doing to see if I can learn a few tricks. I explored further and found another good bands whose album I am looking forward to listening to. Remember: Don't hate, Replicate So instead of feeling overshadowed by Kittie, I looked into their campaign for ideas and even discovered a method of gaining more publicity. From this video on How to find blog that will blog about your crowdfunding campaign. This method does work, however I do suggest that you send out an actual press release to most of the Ezines. I also discovered two webpages that will promote your crowdfunding campaign for free : Crowdfusion and Crowdsunite. Posting your press release on Craig's list and Mi2n will also generate some buzz as well.

If possible getting input from other bands that have had successful campaigns is a great idea too."If you are giving away shirts there should be Tshirt designs up there." says Loki from the band Darrow Chemical Company, who had a very successful Indie Gogo campaign. "Overall you need a better grasp of your fanbase. What they have pre-ordered in the past. How many fans actively interact with your projects and buy merchandise. So you need to be calculated about your perks and your goals. And you really need to know your fans, what they want and how to give it to them." You can find out more about Darrow Chemical Company and their upcoming tour and album releases, by visiting their Official Homepage

After listening to Loki's well thought out advice, I decided to start changing up our campaign and realized that we are not giving enough,of ourselves I mean. After all, one doesn't just wake up one day and decide to start a record label. I spent years researching,attending seminars,reading books and keep up on trends in order to assure myself that I was capable of doing all this. That being said, our campaign is now offering consultations to other bands that have questions about the music industry, as well as help getting the press they need, and filming their shows as perks for donating. We are also willing to film any non music related functions as well, private parties,family functions,etc.

Well, that should do it for now, I hope everyone enjoys their day. If anyone is interested in either our Indie GoGo campaign or the new Of Beauty and Madness release, please see this widget below. One of the donation perks is a copy of the new release.

Thanks again, Nate

The reason Why, I named this entry Wishful, Sinful? Just because that song is in my head now(probably because my Ipod played all the Doors album last night) and that we all need to be like that at times :

Sunday, March 30, 2014

No Man is an Island

Hello everyone, I know that I have been absent for awhile now. But in the midst of this incredibly long winter(that is officially over and refuses to die) It has been hard to go out and enjoy life, write or perform. Although I did manage to perform recently with my Bass player, Lynn Haze at the Dorian Gray party here in NYC(see pic below). I have been busy finishing up two releases, and a long work project so that I can fund the things I love doing. Not to mention the Indie Gogo campaign we created has been keeping me occupied. Like anything else it has been an uphill battle and in hindsight I wish I had done more research before beginning the campaign. However, We are still struggling to make our goal and those who donate will receive perks such as downloads, keychains that our bass player Lynn Haze is making custom, and the most popular perk : pre-ordered copies of albums from Imbolg and Of Beauty and Madness. You can find out more about our campaign and how you can contribute by visiting Our Indie Gogo Campaign Headquarters .

I thought early on that completing the video for the campaign and researching the differences between Kickstarter and Indie Gogo were the only key elements to the success of this campaign. Boy was I wrong, luckily I have a background in sales and booking that came in handy. As I needed to know who to ask up front for a donation, and who not to ask at all, and all points in between. Also I knew that I couldn't be pushing this on my own, so I created a campaign team comprised of band mates and long time supporters. Which I know not all have a sales background, so I needed to coach them as well hear any feedback that they have to offer. Either way this is a group effort and I am still amazed at all the support we have received and unfortunately by the few people who have no responded even after we have helped them. After all, as I have stated previously the music industry is give and take. And if all you are doing is taking and not giving then you have basically dug your own grave since people will take notice of a selfish attitude. It baffles me that for some reason people's ability to perform and play music gives them this idea that they are better than other people. And this goes for many people who act and model as well. However, I did come to this conclusion : "Your Talent and Beauty exist to touch hearts, it is not meant to close your own and make you look down on others" I truly hope that this (if anything) is what I will be remembered for above all else and at the very least deflates of the egos of some people that are "legends in their own minds". It is well known that once any person that gets a small taste of success becomes difficult to deal with, that they are is seen as unprofessional and not worth working with. I need to once again refer to the King, Elvis Presley who was more successful than any of us will ever be. Yet he was one of the nicest, kindest and most generous people in existence.

The point I am trying to make you realize is that you are not alone in this struggle to the top. Hence the title of this post : No Man is an islandor Woman for that matter. Of course we need to take care of ourselves, however things work best when many people work together and benefit from the hard work. And helping out your fellow artists doesn't take as much effort as you think. A simple repost? a reply to a question asked for advice? checking out their band? Trust me, none of these things will kill you and if you don't do these things and wonder why no one supports what you do than you have bigger than I can help you with. As I stated in an older : Set the Bar for yourself,this is how the Seattle Grunge scene in the 90's come about. Of course not everyone will reciprocate, but don't beat yourself up over it just remember that for next time and devote your attention to yourself or another person that did reciprocate or helped you initially. To prove that this theory of mine works, I would like to invite any of you that are artist of any type to join this group: Artist DIY marketing Co-op I have received many likes join my pages, and even received a donation to my Indie gogo because of this group. It works on the premises I just spoke of, everyone supporting each others efforts. The creator of this group, Jim Rose is the only one who can post on the group page. However anyone can comment on his post with there own link that is appropriate to put on that post. For example, Jim will post asking people to comment with their Facebook fan pages, or merchandise pages,twitter,etc. People are supposed to go through the previous comments, like the pages, then comment with their own link. Those who just comment with their own page and don't follow the guidelines get removed from the group.

I hope this will give everyone a better perspective on the whole networking and community aspect of being part of a live music scene. Each person that works hard has something unique to bring to the table and we can all be inspired by and learn from each other.

That being said, I thank you all for reading again and please try to not be so bogged down that you can't take the time to appreciate what your fellow artist is doing. Here's a pic from the most recent time I was onstage, with Lynn Haze at the Dorian Gray party, held every Wednesday night at the Bowery Electric club in New York, NY

I think I told you I can move so faster than the speed of a shutter right?

And here is the Documentary I made on the NYC scene for Indie Gogo

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Jack of all trades

If you have read the past few posts I have made you may start to realize that being a musical artist isn't always about writing and performing music. Especially if you are a DIY or an independent artist. You have to be your own booking agent, manager, tour manager, publicist and sometimes even your own record label. These dual roles or "wearing many hats" is not easy and sometimes your performance can suffer as a result of it. Many managers also have law degrees, but do not practice. However their education in law helps them read and write contracts for their clients in order to be more effective as representation to their clients. If you would like more information on this topic, I suggest reading this book on Music Law. Here is a musical fact you may not know: Huey Lewis of Huey Lewis & the News actually managed the band he created.

Dual roles in music are so common that nobody even gives them a second thought. How bands do you know engineer their own albums? or book their own tours? How many musicians do you know that are also Djs? Obviously these dual roles are necessary for success and easier to do on your own then to hire someone else to do the other tasks. In my own experience I ended up booking shows for other bands to keep in the loop before my band was ready to go out and perform. I continued to do so, and it came in handy when we were starting to do shows and tour. In an ideal situation a band can delegate certain responsibilities to each member. For Example, the drummer deals with booking shows and provides the rehearsal space, the bass player designs the flyers and merchandise,the guitar player runs the mailing list and promotes the shows,and the singer has the van that takes everyone to the gigs,etc. This way the band operates like a well oiled machine and everyone is able to pitch in and not have too many irons in the fire that prevent them from performing to the best of their abilities.

All of my experience learning the business side of music which includes booking shows,learning publicity,and design is what made me feel I was ready to form my own label, Forever Autumn Records. I also learned how to do video editing from my partner Charles Cudd. I put all of my hats on at once so to speak and created this video to raise funds for our label. We hope enjoy it and please visit our Indie Gogo campaign

Thanks again for reading please enjoy, Nate :

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Behind the Booth: an indepth look into the world of the DJ Featuring interviews with DJs Ian Fford & Alex Von Nihil

As you probably guessed, this entry is dedicated to the DJ or Disc Jockey. Technically they are not musicians, however they are a big part of the music industry and club circuits. They can also help further a musical artist's career by playing their music on their show or during their club sets. So it's a good a idea for bands to work along side of and cross promote Djs (as I stated in the past the business is give and take, you should help those when you can). I mentioned in previous entries most radio play is handle through a radio promoter, however it is in most cases ultimately the Dj that decides what songs get airplay. Like musicians, these Guys and Ladies usually focus on a specific genre of music and in many cases develop a style and personality to add flair to their overall appeal. In some cases have even established a certain "rockstar" status by making a name for themselves after years of spinning at events geared towards the genre they chose to spin. For those who may think that they are simply pressing some buttons and playing other people's music, this is certainly not the case. A Dj can make or break an event by having a sense of what the crowd wants to hear (which goes beyond simply taking some requests) in order to keep the crowd dancing. Djs also need to develop skills such as Beat Matching creating a well rehearsed set list of songs that are appropriate and the same or relatively close in sound and BPM (Beats Per Minute), and most certainly have to keep abreast of new music that is becoming popular.

I for one have not Djed before, however I have been researching the skills necessary to become a DJ and maybe one day you may end up seeing me a take the leap from the stage to the DJ booth. I have also been taking note of specific traits of certain Djs. For example, years ago I noticed that one DJ that was a Resident (meaning the permanent Dj for a particular weekly or monthly event) would always end his set with the song "Once in a lifetime" by Wolfsheim so often in those days that My friends & I knew that it was time to get ready to leave when we heard it. I even coined a new take on an old phrase by saying "It ain't over til Ian plays Once in a lifetime".

The Ian that I am referring to is none other than the legendary Ian Fford himself. Ian was kind enough to add his expertise in Djing to this entry (in order to prevent all of you from reading my blabbering on & on about a topic I am just learning about myself). I decided to ask Ian some questions about Djing, that may take the mystery out the magic of Djing. Here is what he had to say:

Nate: What made you decide to start djing?

Ian: "I started as a hobby, making mixed tapes for practically everyone. I was asked to do a "live mix tape" at a party, and it went from there. When I moved home from college, I ended up with a gig and have pretty much been spinning ever since.

Nate: Types of music do you spin?

Ian: "These days I play Techno, Club House, Trance and still play at alternative parties playing EBM, Synthpop, and 80's."

Nate: What do you listen to?

Ian: "Almost everything. Depends on the mood. Anything from Bach to The Cure, Dance Music to Ambient. Oldies, new stuff, reggae… you name it, I give it a try. I'm not too fond of most current pop music as the formulas have become even more predictable than ever, but some of it lends itself to good remixing."

Nate: What are your methods of working a floor to get people dancing?

Ian: "Tough question since its mostly by feel. I have to sense where the energy is at the time I start. If its early and quiet, then I play either something laid back so people can drink some, or requests. If its already busy, I start where the party is and move it in my direction."

Nate: How have changes in technology effected how you dj?

Ian: "I've always been the first kid on the block with new DJ technology. I had the first dual CD player in my area, and started early in the laptop DJ game. I find that these have expanded my ability to deliver a good performance. Its important to me, though, that I started with vinyl and CD mixing because there's a certain 'human' feel to beat matchin that straight-up computer mixing lacks. I like to keep the energy feeling organic. Digital music delivers unprecedented access to new music, its both overwhelming and indispensable. Instead of 4 crates of records, I can now bring a hundred thousand tracks to a club and find what I want instantly. Strangely, even with that much music, I very often get requests that I don't have. so internet access allows me to buy tracks while I'm live, and that's pretty cool."

Nate: What equipment do you use currently?

Ian: "I'm spinning with Traktor 2.6, a Hercules RMX that I've tweaked to run 4 decks and all effects. Sometimes I use a Novation Launchpad and slave Ableton to Traktor, but that's tricky so I don't do it often.

Nate: How do you discover new music & how do you decide what new music to include in your sets?

Ian: "The usual - YouTube, promos, blogs. radio, internet radio, live shows, word-of-mouth, random searches. These days its like going to a candy store - you can't eat all the candy, you can't even taste all the candy, so you just try what you can and see what you like… and listen to others tell you what they like.

Nate:What are some of your favorite events & places you have spun in the past?

Ian:The Bank, Mother, Webster Hall, Downtime, Splash, The Pyramid, Club Hell(Providence), Club 2686 (Levittown) and all top the list of favorite venues. The last night of The Bank was the best party ever! Brazil and London are fun because I'm not from there so I can do what I want"

Nate: Cant't argue with that,I was at the last night of the Bank too. Most Djs do not focus on stage presence, but I've noticed you have an interesting look, how did you create it?

Ian: "Once I realized I look best in white, it was easy."

Nate: What advice can you give anyone interested in or just starting to spin?

Ian: "Learn to mix without the computer doing it for you. If you're serious about it, keep at it because your opportunity will come. Don't be discouraged when you have a bad night, just take the bad with the good. Love what you're doing and people will sense that."

Well, there you have it from a veteran Dj, Thanks for your time Ian. I hope this next Dj read what Ian said and took some notes. He is a newer Dj on the scene and I felt it was a good idea to get his perspective for those of you just starting out or thinking of beginning to Dj. His Name is Alex Von Nihil, who you may know from and their NYC events.

Nate: What made you decide to start djing?

Alex: Kind of a difficult question. I think ever since I started attending the goth events and realizing that there are actually people who listen to the same music I do and organize parties for it, (in turn introducing me to new bands) I really felt like I could bring something to the table. And while you're behind those decks, you kind of have the crowd under your spell, so to speak and you, in a way control the room.

Nate: When did you start Djing, and who taught you to spin?

Alex: My first actual gig was a live broadcast on Superbowl Sunday in 2013 that Emily Anne Smykal aka Dj Decapatatrix invited me to, which answers your next question, Emily was the one that taught me. My first actual live gig in front of a crowd was May 9th Velocity at Gussy's bar (The 2nd to last one we had there before we moved to Delancey)

Nate: What type(s) of music do you spin and at what events have you spun?

Alex: At Velocity I usually open with goth, deathrock, and darkwave, sometimes throwing in some indie so I tend to get a bit experimental. When I do prime time or post-prime time I usually play a lot of old and new industrial, ebm, and anything on a fast and heavy side. at Fiend and Waveform I played a lot of punk and new wave with and old school goth. But I've been venturing outside the scene lately spinning between bands at Lacey Allure's Shake rattle rock & Roll where I spin mostly rockabilly, punk and some oldies.

Nate: What are some of the hardest things about being a new dj have you encountered?

Alex: "The hardest thing about being a new DJ I'd say is probably knowing exactly what to spin and when to keep the crowd moving. As I've mentioned before, you're the one keeping the floor alive and moving but you have to balance between keeping it fresh and yet at the same time not too surprising. At times your next song can clear the entire floor, and at times, it can get more people up on their feet. It's always an experience"

Nate: What events and cities do you hope to spin at in the future?

Alex: "Hmm the events I'd want to do one day? I've just done Arkham which is one of my favorite parties in New York and the first one where I began to make friends, which was great and very successful. In the future I'd maybe like to do Defcon and Necropolis. Also I love the idea of spinning between bands which is what I do at some of the events. Not sure which cities since I have not yet ventured outside of NYC but I get invites from folks in California which look quite enticing.

Well there you have it, I hope this gave you a more in depth look into Djing and maybe inspires you to give this art a spin (no pun intended). For the music video this week, I chose a song that was selected by request earlier in the week. Special thanks to Dj Ian Fford, Alex Von Nihil, Dj Decapatatrix, Dead Audio,Dj Dahlia, & Flashbang. Maybe i'll see you at the club tonight. Wherever you end up, have fun & be safe and look out next week for a very special entry. . Enjoy the rest of the weekend,Nate

And of course the track I will always associate with my days of dancing at Albion to Ian Fford's set.

And another request for the Metal crowd:

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cool your engines

Hello again everybody, this entry I will be focusing on running a smarter campaign to avoid the backlash overdoing your promotions or (worse case scenario) being labeled a "Spammer". Yes, people do throw that and many other terms around too loosely, we all do. And I admit I have been guilty of overdoing posts in the past. But instead of defending myself and starting arguments I decided to evaluate how I was going about spreading the word about my music and this blog while sharing what I learned with you. Your goal when being on social media is not just to get people into your music music but also, entertaining them or engaging them with an interesting post, like a picture you took or asking them a question about a music related topic. Make it interactive and not just about you, people will respond more and, to quote Bill Cosby but you may even learn thing or two (Hey Hey Hey).

Yes it can be nerve racking to think that so many bands are out their posting their music and your album may get buried. So you may feel that tweeting every 30 seconds and or posting to facebook every hour on the hour will increase the amount of people that know about your band. That may work however, your goal is to get people to listen to your music, not to annoy them by posting everywhere constantly and making it so their feeds or timelines are littered with your updates. It will do more harm than good and essentially be a waste of YOURtime, which could be spent practicing or writing music. This goes along the lines of common courtesy and being excepting of other people's views. Not to mention that when you do this, it appears that you are just all about yourself or your own music and nobody wants to be involved with an artist that is self absorbed. This is especially important when dealing with social media, you need to know if your Facebook post is appropriate for the group you are posting in. Why post in a group that focuses on local events in an area, when you don't even live there? or a different style of music than what you play? It's ok to be in that group and comment (NOT argue) on the posts that others submit because that in the long run will do you more good than posting an unwanted post that most likely will annoy people. REMEMBER: Go where you are celebrated, take note of what people and groups are most receptive to you and focus on them. You are not on social media to pick fights or get involved in drama of any kind, You are there to make friends and spread the word about your music. Also try and avoid posting about anything that could cause an argument such as: religion,politics,race, or any other sensitive topic. It may cause you to lose support and not everyone who likes your music will agree with your views on the world, and it is their right to feel how ever they want. It is not your place to have an opinion on it either and why should you? (are you a musician or a Psychologist?). I'd rather have someone who disagrees with me 100% on the state of the world as a fan, than make an enemy because I had to get my two cents in, bit your tongue and go write a song.

If you have your sights set on keeping a band going for years to come, you should always be looking ahead and thinking of how you will be able to branch out. For me, I see social media as an icebreaker, just way to get people to be aware of my music. And I know, some people will really like and some will really hate and every other opinion in between. But either way I just keep creating music and if I do get a compliment or a message from a new fan, I thank that person in kind and talk to them briefly about things such as their favorite bands or where they goto see shows. That will go further than posting 50 times a day to the same group. You are selling yourself and your music, and most will remember a polite and friendly encounter and will be more likely to support you. Just like in real life situations, if you are pushy, or self centered you will turn people off. Especially if it is your first encounter with this person. Kinda of like the guy that goes to parties and introduces himself like this: " Hi, I'm John, I'm in a band". Let people get to know you and discover for themselves that you are in a band. The way I see it is eventually you will be able to do professional promotions, such as reviews of your album or ads, and after "priming" the public with your shows, and social media posts. You want people be able to open a magazine and say: "oh, yeah I know these guys, I'm friends with them on facebook". This way your hard earned money that went into buying that ad paid off because you already promoted smartly when you had no budget to do so. People will always buy something they are familiar with, over something they are have never heard of before. Think about, you buy a soda and I'm sure just the word soda made you think of Cocoa-Cola or Coke. A long lasting name that has been around forever. That's why "knock offs" are so much less expensive and sell less.

There are still several free ways to get people interested in you and your band without the risk of being labeled a nuisance. Like I stated in my last post, it is good to see and hear other bands, we are all in this together and people who play music understand the work you put into your music, so it is easier to be friends other musicians in most case(I'm sure you are aware that plenty of bands get a "God complex" over just a few great shows, let them think that, just don't get in their way when they are in front of mirror,lol) Being organized will also help with this as well, for example when I get a new follower on Twitter I like to send them a "welcome tweet", and actually hashtagging the word welcome along with #music ,#nyc,etc and adding some links to where they can hear our music and so forth. That way they see that we are aware that they follwed us and so they can download our music, see our You Tube videos, and like us on Facebook. I saved that preset tweet in my email drafts, becasue I know it will be used again and again. However, If I got 10 new followers I send one or two the welcome tweet (usually the one with the most followers, yes it is being and opportunist, but no one is perfect) and send the rest I sent them a direct message. Also, I retweet for other bands and followers too. It's a big world out there and there are many bands that share your goals that you could learn from and vice versa if you take the blinders off and take a listen, and share with those who are receptive to you. It is great to be driven and enthusiastic about you are doing, but the music business is very give and take and those who take with out giving back eventually end up being marked lose friends and contacts, Don't be that Guy or Girl. Many bigger names have played in other bands, fronted by other people and so and so forth (Robert Smith of the Cure for example played guitar for Siouxsie and the banshees). There are so many people that have come in and out of my projects that played with other people, and if you sit and think about that's how most bands are.

Thanks again for reading, I hope all of you saw where I was going with this one and will promote more effectively. Please enjoy the song that inspired the name of this post and in the next post, the video will be chosen from a reader, by request. You'll see why. Best always, Nate

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Back to the grind: Featuring an exclusive interview with Aline Queen

Now that the Holiday consumerism fest is over, those of us that have their sights set on accomplishing projects can finally get down to it. Although, it may be a bit harder the first weeks with all that extra Holiday weight you maybe carrying around. For myself, it is a very difficult part of the Holidays having to drop everything and trying to celebrate with not even one major task out of the way. Although the New Year does bring us hope that we can make things better for ourselves and many believe how you enter the New Year is how you shape the rest of it.

As I'm sure you noticed by now, this a downtime for the entertainment industry as a whole. Show attendance and club events usually don't have as many numbers as they do in the months prior to the Holidays. The music industry actually shuts down and all business starts up again in the New Year, as there are many behind the scenes things happening and many trade shows in January, such as the NAMM show. So what is there to do? I have found that it is best to use this time to write more, record and plan ahead for the spring. The problem with being focused on what needs to be done is that we sometimes become too boxed in, or have the blinders on. It is good to go out and see other bands, and take the time to listen to some of the music people post up. I know that the backlash of the internet is the over saturation of music that is available to us. And we are pre-programmed to think that anything that is within the confines the mainstream media has to be good and anything is not is not worthy of a second look, or listen in this case. It is sad this mentality has filtered into the alternative scenes, after all it exists to give people something to enjoy that is not a trendy "fly by night" hit. Many talented people just choose to create music for fun, or haven't found their nitch yet. Seeing other artists perform, wherever at MSG (Madison Square Garden) or your local clubs should inspire you to keep performing and peak your curiosity. You never know what a song is about unless the songwriter reveals it. However, a song does give you a small peak into the writer's mind.

Recently I attended an event in New York City for fIXE magazine, which live music performances are not held every time at this monthly event. However, this event is unlike any other in NYC and the surprise that was in store me that night was a very good one. The live music performance that night was by Aline Queen, before that night I never saw or heard of Aline, but She is now an artist that I will never forget. Standing at 5'10" this Belgian bombshell has the looks and style of a run way model, platinum blonde hair and a catchy sound that is complimented by her powerful voice and stage show in which she overpowers all of her subjects (whether they are part of her act or looking on in awe from the audience). I was able to ask Ms. Queen some of the questions that her performance left me wondering, here is what she had to say:

How did u get started in music?

Aline Queen: "My mom gave me a CD player for my 11th birthday, so I started to listen to my own music in my bedroom and sing along. I was playing Edith Piaf, The Beatles, Pink Floyd... I was singing all the time and couldn't stop. It became very natural for me. So every time I started to sing in front of people, they were pretty amazed by my voice and presence so I quickly started to be involved in different music bands and perform live. I gave my first concert in a rock band when I was 13. I was singing and playing the guitar. It was a at first cover bands, but I quickly started to write my own songs and perform them. That was pretty fun and that's how I started to perform a lot. Then I actually started to open my horizons by learning the piano and other instruments, learning how to sing opera, singing in classical choirs, and learning classical composition."

Who are your influences?

Aline Queen: "My first influences were what my mom was playing at home: classical music and french songs. She was playing the piano at home and it was magical how the sound was resonating all over the place. It was very appeasing. My dad was listening to classic rock, and I performed a lot in rock bands as a teenager, so I guess that's part of my background. And as I studied classical music and opera, it has a lot of influence on me as well. But life and people are the main source of inspiration."

How did u come up with your stage persona?

Aline Queen: "It naturally came to me. I worked as a dominatrix, performed in operas and in rock bands, traveled a lot, love fashion and fetish wear, love science, so my persona is a mixed of all this."

How do u think your videos have effected your fan base?

Aline Queen: "My first video "Break Your Heart" was a way for me to tell people: "Hello! This is who I am, take it or leave it!". My second video "Princess Boy" is more about me being in love and in admiration with man who cross-dress and accept the part of femininity inside of them. My third music video called "Super Freak" will be about be proud of who you are and love yourself, even if you're not what's "normal". So I'd like to reunite people in celebrating who we really are and not being scared of loving ourselves for what we are, even if it seems bizarre."

What events/sights do you go to for fun or to "recharge"

Aline Queen: "I go to museum a lot. I love museums, it's fascinating. I do rock climbing and outdoor things. I recently started horseback ridding and I love it! I also love to learn new things and right now I follow a few different online classes, like classes on science, finance, languages classes etc. And also I love traveling. Traveling is my medicine. I need that to recharge. I need to be exposed to other cultures and other ways of seeing the world. Then all what we know or think we know becomes relative and almost insignificant. I then feel how small I am in the universe. There's always way more things that we can discover and know. It's pretty amazing and exciting and I guess it gives a purpose in life."

I hope all of you enjoyed reading this special insight into how Aline Queen came to be the Artist She is today. I assure that you will be hearing more about her very soon. However, don't take my word for ir. Please enjoy the videos that She spoke about and see for yourselves. Take Care, Nate