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When we first heard the debut album from Bristol-based singer/songwriter Andreya Triana we were immediately hooked. So naturally, we jumped at the chance to sit down and chat with her about the writing process on the album, collaborating with Bonobo, and the scene where she grew up.
For more on Andreya, read my review of her debut album “Lost Where I Belong” over at Indie Shuffle. You can also see more live performance videos from an exclusive acoustic session (shot with my handy-dandy flipcam):
With the return of original singer Carah Faye, the electronic indie rock band Shiny Toy Guns are back in a big way. Carah’s return was announced last month and the single “The Sun” was recently released on their site.
I had the chance to chat with Carah and Jeremy on a Sunday afternoon a few weeks back during Grammy weekend. After a late night on the town, I met the duo for coffee in Hollywood where we chatted about the rebirth of Shiny Toy Guns, their upcoming album, all things social media…and their love of Eminem’s new artist Yelawolf! It was the best afternoon ever!
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A. R. Rahman,the film composer, singer, and musician who scored award-winning film soundtracks for the likes of Slumdog Millionaire, Couple’s Retreat, and most recently 127 Hours, is known for his ability to create memorable songs and deftly score music to accompany what we see on the silver screen.
127 Hours is his second film with renowned director Danny Boyle. The first film they worked on together was 2008’s Slumdog, a huge hit for the duo which garnered a Grammy for Best Soundtrack, Oscar for Best Song, Oscar for Best Score, BAFTA for Best Score, and Golden Globe for Best Score.
With two Oscar nominations recently announced for 127 Hours (Best Score and Best Song for “If I Rise” featuring the British singer-songwriter Dido), Rahman is quickly rising to the ranks of musical virtuoso leaving a serious mark in Hollywood and beyond.
“It was very exciting to get back with Danny,” Rahman says. “I read a script of 127 Hours and started getting ideas. I think Danny works in a way where most of the themes are driven by music. He was shooting and I was sending him ideas simultaneously, and the music had to play a very important part in this movie because the main character is stuck in this one place, and the music has to give the whole experience of, you know, cinema in the music and sound.”
“Danny has some very different visions for the music. It’s driven by his taste and instinct. So, as I go over this instinct and sometimes contradict something else, we compliment each other. And so far it’s been really good, and I really love working with him.”
A.R. is also pretty active to say the least on Facebook and Twitter. With over 3 million friends on Facebook and 320,000 followers on Twitter, he has the ability to reach his fans directly and does exactly that.
“If you want to give a message, or if I want to put out some music, which is unreleased, it’s a great way to do it,” he explains. “And also, it’s very giving. It’s not about a commercial…you know, it’s something you want to give for free, and then let people enjoy. It’s a great way to communicate.”
He’s also into technology, using it as a tool for the creative process. “I have an iPhone and most of the time it’s used for email and all the stuff, but it’s used for recording ideas. And most of the ideas come from just humming certain things and then taking it back to the scoring table and playing it on the piano and adding instruments on top of it. Nowadays I have Stickies and Sketch Pad on there, which you can put your lyrical ideas on and all that stuff.”
Up next is a film with DreamWorks, an animated picture tentatively titled Monkeys of Bollywood. “Monkeys of Bollywood is not a fixed title,” he says. “It’s a working title for the whole industry and all the people to get an idea of what it’s about. It’s about that part of the world but with a Hollywood point of view, which is very exciting for all of us as a team.”
“It’s a great theme, I think. Dreamworks has done some extraordinary animation films last year and the previous year. So, I think this is going to hopefully take it much more further, getting into a different zone of excitement. I’m looking forward to it.”
Each film he’s worked on has a distinctive sound, and this one will be no different. How does he keep the creative process fresh when he’s in such high-demand? Ultimately, Rahman cites his creative process as coming from a place of love.
“I think all of us creative people have to be in a zone of love, first of all, which is very giving and a motivating factor for creativity. It cleanses all the negative factors, cleanses all the confusion and you sit on it, you become an instrument of love. And music is about love in a way. And sometimes about — and all the other stuff is technical, but the basic attitude and the basic emotion is very simple, but very complex at the same time. [Laughs] So, that’s the motivating factor for me.”
AlthoughShoot the Image is a band of the new millennia, their story began the old-fashioned way–on a drunken night out with friends.
After being floored by their future lead singer’s voice at an after party, the friends put together some initial demos in Pro Tools. Through MySpace, they connected to their future producer Boz Boorer (Boorer is most known for his work founding the new wave rockabilly group The Polecats, and later for his work as a co-writer and guitarist with Morrissey).
The MySpace connection eventually led to the recording of their debut album with Boz, deep in the mountains of Portugal.
Below, the band discusses recording off the grid, finding inspiration in lost places, and their unexpected dream collaborator!
1. Wow, how cool that Morrissey guitarist Boz Boorer produced your debut. How did you initially link up? What was it like working with him?
Believe it or not, we initially got in touch with Boz Boorer through MySpace by sending him band and film recommendations. This began a dialogue that carried on over the course of a year. We booked a show at the 12 Bar Club in London England and invited him to come. To our surprise he actually showed up. We ended up hitting it off and he invited us to record at Serra Vista Studios in Portugal.
Working with Boz was amazing. He really understood how to bring out the best in our band and the songs. Serra Vista Studios is located deep in the mountains of Portugal, no cell phone or internet service meant no outside distractions and full attention paid to recording.
The work days were long but laid back and fun. We had a ton of laughs, ate great food, drank great wine and made an album. Boz and his wife Lyn were fantastic hosts. What more could you ask for?