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The New Regime: Ilan Rubin’s Latest Project To Release ‘Exhibit B’ On March 31st

The New Regime: Ilan Rubin’s Latest Project To Release ‘Exhibit B’ On March 31st

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Though Ilan Rubin is best known for his work Nine Inch NailsAngels & Airwaves and Paramore, it can be argued that his best work happens when this one-man band is fronting—and backing The New Regime.

Rubin is gearing up for the March 31st release of The New Regime’s Exhibit B, an 8-song collection that he not only wrote and recorded, but also played every instrument and sang all the vocals. Alternative Press is premiering the album’s first track, “We Rise, We Fall,” which can be heard HERE.

Trent Reznor says his first impression of Ilan Rubin was, “this kid reminds me of me when I was his age. Then I realized he was much more naturally talented. He’s irritatingly talented.”

Tom DeLonge calls Rubin “the best instrumentalist I’ve ever met in my life.”

Haley Williams says “Ilan not only meshed with us as a band, but he made us better individual players. He challenged us and he felt comfortable bringing his style to the table, which in turn added a very confident, very reliable backbone to our new sound.

Rubin wrote and recorded Exhibit B almost entirely while touring with Nine Inch Nails in 2013-2014. And it was on that tour that Rubin got to stretch his wings onstage as well. “Most people didn’t know about all the things I can do because there was never really a place to showcase those skills,” he says. “When I first toured with Nine Inch Nails in 2009, Trent knew that I could play piano, so wherever there was a piano part, I would take it over. On the last tour, the band was down to a four-piece, so we needed to distribute parts as best we could. There were a lot of moments when I played bass and guitar and some keyboards. And I think that was a big help in getting people to see a bit more of what I’m about as a musician.” Incidentally, the tour also saw him pick up a new instrument—the cello—at Reznor’s behest.

He took on a more traditional role with Paramore, filling in on that band’s self-titled album when they found themselves suddenly drummer-less, and even going out in that role on some tour dates before Reznor called him back for a surprise NIN reformation. “It was the first time I’d played with people who were my age,” he points out, “ and we got along really well. Sessions are fun, because it’s a way of temporarily putting you in a setting that you wouldn’t usually be in and helps to sharpen your skills.”

When Angels & Airwaves’ Tom DeLonge started planning The Dream Walker, Ilan’s involvement was hardly just for sessions. Rubin was a full creative partner with DeLonge on the collective’s recent album. “It’s the first time I’ve collaborated with anybody else as a writer,” says Rubin. “I would always be part of someone else’s band and play drums and that was it, or I’d write all my own music entirely by myself. So that was a great experience.” Released this past December, The Dream Walker hit No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Indie Album Chart and No. 5 on the Alternative Chart. It also went to No. 1 on iTunes in 14 countries.

To find out what Rubin sounds like when he’s in control of the creative process from start to finish, you of course have to look—and listen to—The New Regime, now on record number four, between two full-length albums (2008’s Coup and 2011’s Speak Through The White Noise)and two “exhibits” (2013’s Exhibit A and now Exhibit B). He finds that when people discover that The New Regime is a one-man band, he runs into the perception that some other musicians have done that same thing as more of a stunt than a musical necessity.

“It’s not me playing other instruments because I can,” he says. “It’s because I can execute my exact vision for the music. I view the music as a composer, except I’m able to play all the instruments in the orchestra. I play the bass, guitar, drums and piano the way I want it to be done for these songs, so why would I have anybody else but me do these things—especially when I’m able to play exactly what I’m envisioning?”

Whether listeners know where Rubin has already been or not, they’re arriving at a rich musical landscape signaled by the title of Exhibit B’s opening track – “Where I’ve Headed All Along.”

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VOODOO 2013: Pearl Jam And Nine Inch Nails Headline 15th Anniversary Celebration!

VOODOO 2013: Pearl Jam And Nine Inch Nails Headline 15th Anniversary Celebration!

The event of a lifetime!

The event of a lifetime!

15 magical years. 2000 acts. Over one million guests. Unforgettable Halloween weekends in the city where music never stops, New Orleans.

This November, the VOODOO MUSIC + ARTS EXPERIENCE will celebrate its 15th anniversary November 1, 2 and with a line-up led by headliners Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails.

For Pearl Jam, this will be the band’s VOODOO debut and their first show in the city since 2010.  This performance will mark Nine Inch Nails’ fourth appearance at VOODOO.  NIN’s Trent Reznor, a former New Orleans resident who was given the keys to the city when NIN played a free, post-Katrina Voodoo in 2005, is re-launching Nine Inch Nails since going on hiatus in 2009.

“Recently I haven’t spent nearly enough time in my favorite city in the world and I’m happy to announce I’m bringing Nine Inch Nails to New Orleans for Voodoo,” says Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.

“New Orleans is one of the most musically and culturally rich cities in the world,” says Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready.  “We’ve played some of our most memorable shows there and can’t wait to return this November.  I am personally looking forward to seeing my friends Steve and Michel Gleason. I’m also stoked to see my friend Steve Rehage, eat some gumbo and maybe go get a tattoo at Electric Ladyland or shop for records at Peaches!”

Here are the first 15 VOODOO 2013 acts: Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, Paramore, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Afrojack, Boys Noize, The Gaslight Anthem, Big Gigantic, How To Destroy Angels, Cults, Alkaline Trio, Desaparecidos and Robert DeLong.  VOODOO’s annual line-up features top-tier and innovative artists from a variety of musical genres which reflects the multitude of cultures that define this historic and beloved American city.  Once again, concert-goers will worship the music at VOODOO’s six unique performance areas, each of which is enhanced by the use of interactive art.

“Each year Voodoo is an independent roll of the dice–with its own challenges…and memories,” says Stephen Rehage, the founder/producer of VOODOO.  “The few times I allow myself to reflect on what Voodoo has accomplished in 15 years, I realize that I’m incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to do what I love with a team of incredibly talented people who work every year to create  the experience.  And we’re just getting warmed up for Halloween weekend in New Orleans.”

Credentials and camping passes for VOODOO 2013 are available now via www.worshipthemusic.com.  Prices (as of April 15) are as follows: Three-day weekend credentials: $175; Loa VIP credentials: $500; Loa VIP credentials with parking: $550.  Camping options include:  Weekend Camping for (2) two persons for $50; Weekend Campingfor (2) two persons with parking for $65.  This option allows campers to arrive to their 12×12 site with their own tent.  Amenities include:  24-hour security, medical assistance, AM and PM food trucks and other activities.  Loa VIP Camping (luxury camping) for two (2) persons (including artist credentials for the special behind the fences access andLoa privileges) for $2,500.  These ready-to-go, pre-built safari tents include beds, linens, furniture, carpet, electricity, reserved parking, premium showers, bathrooms, 24-hour security and medical assistance, breakfast, late night snacks and more.

The 15th anniversary VOODOO celebration will also mark the debut of City Park’s Festival Grounds, a new permanent home for VOODOO.  Home to the VOODOO since its 1999 debut–with the exception of 2005 VOODOO which was displaced by the city’s hurricane damage–New Orleans’ 1,300 acre City Park is the region’s principal recreation site that attracts over seven million visitors each year.

More details about the credential options and the most up-to-date information on VOODOO 2013 can be found at www.worshipthemusic.com. 2013 VOODOO partners include: Toyota, Bud Light, Fuse, Slacker and American Rag.  The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is a Rehage Entertainment Event.

For more information, check out the following sites:

www.worshipthemusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/voodooexperience

https://twitter.com/VoodooNola

http://instagram.com/voodoonola#

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Namesake Release Acoustic Video for “The Movement”

Namesake Release Acoustic Video for “The Movement”

Namesake have just released an acoustic version of their new single, “The Movement,” the latest track from their debut album, Borders & Fences. The original version of the track serves as the follow-up to lead-off single, “Worlds Away,” and is streaming in full on SoundCloud. Their entire album was produced by James Paul Wisner (New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional, Paramore) and is available now on iTunes.

For more of the latest on the band, head to their official pages at Facebook and Twitter.

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‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Soundtrack Details Revealed!

‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ Soundtrack Details Revealed!

On June 14th, Warner Bros. Records will release the album to the hotly anticipated motion picture Transformers: Dark of the Moon — the third film in the Oscar®-nominated summer blockbuster Transformers series, which hits theaters nationwide on June 29th. A pre-order for the exclusive iTunes Deluxe edition begins May 31st at http://wbr.fm/t3preorder.

Released in Standard, iTunes Deluxe, and Game Stop configurations, The Transformers: Dark of the Moon album features music from Linkin Park, including the first single “Iridescent,” (click here to view a special Linkin Park / TF3 Trailer), My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, Art of Dying, Theory Of A Deadman, Black Veil Brides, Skillet, and Mastodon (who contribute a cover of ZZ Top’s “Just Got Paid”), as well as new music from Paramore and Goo Goo Dolls debuting exclusively on the album. The iTunes Deluxe edition also includes tracks from Biffy Clyro, Stone Sour, and Serj Tankian, while the Game Stop version includes songs from Middle Class Rut and D.R.U.G.S.

Contributing the song “Iridescent” (which also appears on Linkin Park’s 2010 album A Thousand Suns) to Transformers: Dark of the Moon is Linkin Park’s third time working with Transformers director Michael Bay. The first Transformers film featured the band’s smash hit single “What I’ve Done,” which rocketed to No. 1 on both Billboard’s Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts, while the second film featured the specially written “New Divide,” which topped the Rock, Modern, and Mainstream radio charts simultaneously.

Fueled By Ramen recording artists Paramore will also be releasing “Monster,” debuting exclusively on the album and marking Paramore’s first new single since “The Only Exception” off their acclaimed third album brand new eyes. “We’re back for the attack! And we are so excited to be a part of the Transformers album,” says frontwoman Hayley Williams, “Tell your friends… Paramore is still a band.” Paramore will shoot a video for “Monster” next month before they embark on a series of international headline and festival dates as well as a number of U.S. Vans Warped Tour dates in July and August. Visit www.paramore.net for complete details.

John Rzeznik from Goo Goo Dolls adds: “It’s always awesome to be part of a project of this scale.” Their TF3 exclusive debut track, “All That You Are,” is also their first new music since the release of their current Warner Bros. Records album, Something For The Rest Of Us. Goo Goo Dolls have been touring the world non-stop for the past several months and will perform “All That You Are” live on Good Morning America on July 22nd. Go to www.googoodolls.com for further info.

Opening in theaters on June 29th, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, stars Shia LaBeouf, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, and Kevin Dunn, with John Malkovich and Frances McDormand. Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky. When a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us.

Paramount Pictures presents in association with Hasbro a di Bonaventura Pictures Production a Tom DeSanto/Don Murphy Production, a Michael Bay Film Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Executive Producers Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner, Mark Vahradian. Produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Ian Bryce. Based on Hasbro’s Transformers™ Action Figures. Written by Ehren Kruger. Directed by Michael Bay.

The track-listings for the three editions of Transformers: Dark of the Moon album are as follows — * Denotes new music debuting on this album:

Standard Edition (CD/DMD All DSPS)
Linkin Park – “Iridescent” (Exclusive Remix)
* Paramore – “Monster”
My Chemical Romance – “The Only Hope For Me Is You”
Taking Back Sunday – “Faith (When I Let You Down)”
Staind – “The Bottom”
Art Of Dying – “Get Thru This”
* Goo Goo Dolls – “All That You Are”
Theory Of A Deadman – “Head Above Water”
Black Veil Brides – “Set The World On Fire”
Skillet – “Awake & Alive” (Exclusive Remix)
Mastodon – “Just Got Paid”

iTunes Deluxe (Exclusive)
Linkin Park – “Iridescent” (Exclusive Remix)
* Paramore – “Monster”
My Chemical Romance – “The Only Hope For Me Is You”
Taking Back Sunday – “Faith (When I Let You Down)”
Staind – “The Bottom”
Art Of Dying – “Get Thru This”
* Goo Goo Dolls – “All That You Are”
Theory Of A Deadman – “Head Above Water”
Black Veil Brides – “Set The World On Fire”
Skillet – “Awake & Alive” (Exclusive Remix)
Mastodon – “Just Got Paid”
Exclusive to Deluxe Version:
Biffy Clyro- “Many Of Horror”
Stone Sour – “The Pessimist”
Serj Tankian – “Gate 21” (Remix – Feat. Tom Morello)

Game Stop (Exclusive)
Linkin Park – “Iridescent” (Exclusive Remix)
* Paramore – “Monster”
My Chemical Romance – “The Only Hope For Me Is You”
Taking Back Sunday – “Faith (When I Let You Down)”
Staind – “The Bottom”*
Art Of Dying – “Get Thru This”
* Goo Goo Dolls – “All That You Are”
Theory Of A Deadman – “Head Above Water”
Black Veil Brides – “Set The World On Fire”
Skillet – “Awake & Alive” (Exclusive Remix)
Mastodon – “Just Got Paid”
Exclusive to Game Stop Version:
Middle Class Rut – “Lifelong Dayshift”
D.R.U.G.S. – “Graveyard Dancing”

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Paramore’s Hayley Williams Posts Demo of New Song ‘In The Mourning’

Paramore’s Hayley Williams Posts Demo of New Song ‘In The Mourning’

Paramore singer Hayley Williams posted a demo of a new tune, titled “In The Mourning,” on her blog yesterday. “A few weeks ago I posted some new lyrics up on Tumblr. Wanted to share the melody with anyone who’s asked me to post it,” Williams wrote. “This is just the chorus … I didn’t want to post the full thing yet because I don’t want people thinking it’s a new Paramore song. This is just something I wrote for fun. Hope you likes!”

Williams’ decision to post the clip comes just weeks after it was announced that founding Paramore members Josh and Zac Farro would be leaving the band. At the time, Josh Farro suggested the band had become a solo project for Williams, but the group have vowed to carry on.

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2010 MTV Music Video Award Winners Announced!

2010 MTV Music Video Award Winners Announced!

Lady Gaga, outdoing even herself with her adventurous couture, dominated the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, adding eight to her collection of Moonmen with awards including “Video Of The Year,” “Best Dance Video,” “Best Pop Video” and “Best Female Video.”  Eminem, who opened this year’s Awards with a triumphant performance, walked away with two statues for “Best Male Video” and “Best Hip Hop Video.”  VMA newcomers 30 Seconds To Mars and Florence + The Machine took home their first wins for “Best Rock Video” and “Best Art Direction,” respectively.  Justin Bieber was voted “Best New Artist.”

A year after Taylor Swift’s first VMA win was interrupted by Kanye West, the two returned to musically play out last year’s drama, once again on the VMA stage. For an exclusive live performance, Taylor sang “Innocence,” an emotional song she wrote about how she felt after last year’s incident.  Later in the evening and this year as an official performer, Kanye debuted “Runaway” (featuring Pusha T from Clipse), a personal statement on the turbulence of the last year.

MTV aired the 2010 Video Music Awards live on Sunday, September 12 from Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, having transformed the venue into a 1950’s sculptural nod to modernism.  The VMA’s kicked off with an epic performance by Eminem backed by an orchestra to present a medley of his comeback anthem “Not Afraid” into a fiery version of “Love The Way You Lie” with surprise guest Rihanna.  Host Chelsea Handler brought her edgy comedic flair to the Awards, making a dramatic entrance that riffed on Lady Gaga’s extravagant fashion sense, flying onto the stage wearing a suburban house on her head, complete with a single car garage, and ending her monologue by releasing a dove from her dress.  Backstage before taking the stage, Chelsea was shown receiving “encouragement” from well wishers Li’l John, Flo Rida and a score-settling Lindsay Lohan.

Kim Kardashian introduced Justin Bieber, who made his VMA debut performance with an outdoor set of “Baby” into “Somebody to Love” to throngs of adoring fans – including Kim herself who, waving a restraining order, professed she’d nonetheless wait for the young heartthrob in his dressing room.

In another show highlight, the one-and-only Cher presented Lady Gaga with her “Video of the Year” Award, donning the same outfit (yes, she still fit into it) that she barely wore more than 20 years ago in her own memorable video “If I Could Turn Back Time.”

With an intro by Ke$sha and Trey Songz, Usher’s electric entrance and pounding energy brought down the house with a medley of “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” into “OMG!,” showing off his dance moves against an other-worldly combination of visual effects.

The physicality of Usher’s set contrasted with VMA newcomer Florence + The Machine’s ethereal, breakout performance of “Dog Days Are Over,” featuring a large-scale dance number with scores of dancers and percussionists to create a flowing dream-like sequence.

Representing the rock side of the house, Linkin Park extended the VMA stage to include the first-ever performance at the landmark Griffith Observatory, where they performed their powerful single “The Catalyst” against the stunning backdrop of a spectacular Los Angeles sunset.

Hip-hop artist Drake was joined on onstage by Mary J. Blige and Swizz Beatz for a performance of his hit single “Fancy,” set against a supper club backdrop. Shortly following Drake’s performance, Chelsea stumbled upon the cast of “Jersey Shore” in, what else, a hot tub.  Teasing the cast about how dirty the water is, she finally agreed to jump in fully clothed, only to emerge wet and pregnant.
Additional performances included a medley by “dream team” Bruno Mars, B.o.B and Paramore, marking the first time ever that B.o.B. and Hayley Williams of Paramore sang their hit single “Airplanes” together.

Joining this year’s VMA house artist deadmau5 to perform their current hit singles was Travie McCoy, Jason Derulo and Robyn.  The night was filled with a long list of musical artists and stars including: Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake, MTV Tr3s Artist of the Year Romeo from Aventura, Sofia Vergara, Jared Leto, Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, cast members from “Glee” and “True Blood,” Ne-Yo, Ellen DeGeneres, the cast of the upcoming film “Jackass 3-D,” Penn Badgley, Selena Gomez, Emma Stone and Ashley Greene.

2010 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS GENERAL CATEGORIES:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

BEST NEW ARTIST
Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris
Title: Baby
Album: My World Part II
Director: Ray Kay
Label: Island Def Jam, RBMG
Production Company: Rockhard Films
Producer: Nicole Acacio

BEST MALE VIDEO
Eminem
Title: Not Afraid
Album: Recovery
Director: Rich Lee
Label: Aftermath, Interscope
Production Company: DNA
Producer: Justin Diener

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Eminem
Title: Not Afraid
Album: Recovery
Director: Rich Lee
Label: Aftermath, Interscope
Production Company: DNA
Producer: Justin Diener

BEST POP VIDEO
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

BEST ROCK VIDEO
30 Seconds To Mars
Title: Kings and Queens
Album: This Is War
Director: Bartholomew Cubbins
Label: Virgin Records
Production Company: Hello and Co.
Producers: Jared Leto, Emma Ludbrook, Sheeira Rees-Davies, Melissa Larsen, Dave Robertson

BEST DANCE VIDEO
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

BEST COLLABORATION
Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé
Title: Telephone
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Jonas Akerlund
Label: Interscope, Cherry Tree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: Serial Pictures/Anonymous Content
Producers: Stephanie Bruni, Violaine Etienne and Nicole Ehrlich

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES:

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis Lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt
Choreography: Laurieann Gibson

BEST DIRECTION
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt

BEST EDITING
Lady Gaga
Title: Bad Romance
Album: The Fame Monster
Director: Francis lawrence
Label: Interscope, Cherrytree, Streamline, KonLive
Production Company: DNA Inc.
Producers: Heather Heller, Nicole Ehrlich and Kathy Angstadt
Editor: Jarrett Fijal

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
MUSE
Title: Uprising
Album: The Resistance
Director:  Hydra
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Production Company: Humble
Producer: Humble
Special Effects: Sam Stevens

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
Title: Empire State of Mind
Album: The Blueprint 3
Director: Hype Williams
Label: Roc Nation
Production Company: Naaila Entertainment
Producer: Abdur Rahman

BEST ART DIRECTION
Florence + The Machine
Title: Dogs Days Are Over
Album: Lungs
Director: LEGS

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO
The Black Keys
Title: Tighten Up
Album: Brothers
Director: Chris Marrs Pillero
Label: Nonesuch
Production Company: Symphony 9
Producer: John Lathan

Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the “2010 MTV Video Music Awards.” Dave Sirulnick is Executive Producer. Garrett English is co-Executive Producer/Executive in Charge of Production. Amy Doyle is Executive Producer. Joanna Bomberg is Executive in Charge of Music and Talent. Jen Jones is co- Executive Producer. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive.

Official sponsors of the “2010 MTV Video Music Awards” are 5® REACT™ Gum, freecreditscore.com™, Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid, Rhapsody®, Samsung Fascinate a Galaxy S phone, Taco Bell® and Verizon Wireless.

The “2010 MTV Video Music Awards” was available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.2 billion people via MTV’s global network of 63 channels reaching 605 million households around the world as well as through syndication.  In addition, its convergent programming & content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s more than 200 digital media properties around the world.

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Guitar Goddess Orianthi Talks About Her Debut Album, Michael Jackson & More!

Guitar Goddess Orianthi Talks About Her Debut Album, Michael Jackson & More!

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At 24 years old, Orianthi has already experienced what most aspiring musicians may spend a lifetime trying to obtain. She has opened for Steve Vai, played with Carlos Santana, jammed with Prince and blew away the audience with her performance alongside Carrie Underwood at the Grammys. Most recently, this astounding guitar virtuoso was hand-picked to by the late King of Pop (Michael Jackson) to serve as the guitarist on his tour farewell tour and is featured prominently in the This Is It documentary which has thrilled countless fans worldwide. Armed with her guitar, some kick-ass guitar riffs and an adventurous spirit, this rising star has her sights set on becoming a full blown pop sensation! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Orianthi to talk about her blossoming career, working alongside rock royalty, her debut album, “Believe,” and what the future holds for her.

orianthi-3How did music first come into your life?

When I was six, I picked up the guitar for the first time. My Dad had guitars all around the house. He is a guitarist and I would see him in great bands. He had records by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Carlos Santana, Elvis Presley and Eric Clapton. I would listen to those. When I was ten, I studied classical and then when I was eleven, I saw Carlos Santana perform in Adelaide, Australia. That is when I went to my Dad and said “I don’t want to play classical anymore, I want to play electric guitar!” I begged him for an electric and I got a second hand Paul Reed Smith and I never put it down! I wanted to learn as many Carlos Santana songs and solos as I could. I just love it!

What has kept you inspired throughout the years as an artist?

Just listening to different records and guitarists. I think that you can never stop learning from guitarists like Carlos Santana and Steve Vai. They are just amazing. They are my two idols and it is awesome to have their support and encouragement. I got to jam with Carlos when I was eighteen and that was a dream come true! When I was fifteen I got to open for Steve Vai in Adelaide, Australia and he kept in contact with me and we wrote a song for the record, Believe, which is called “Highly Strung”. It was a real honor to work with him.

You mentioned your debut album ‘Believe’. What can you tell us about the album for those who might not be familiar with it yet?

I set out to create a really commercial record, a pop-rock record that has lots of guitar solos that has sort of an “eighties now” vibe to it. I think that it is an empowering record. It’s not negative lyrically and I hope to inspire a lot more people to pick up the guitar, especially girls. I want them to keep at it and never give up because there aren’t too many female guitar players out there, so if I could inspire more, that would be awesome!

What can you tell us about the writing process for that record?

Well, when I first moved over from Adele to LA, I started writing. I went over and wrote in Nashville and in LA. I worked with some great songwriters . I love the whole process, ya know, of going into a room and sitting around to come up with something that you never thought you would have at the end of the day. I always come up with guitar riffs or sometimes I am humming melodies of chords and stuff, writing lyrics with different people, it just turns out differently each time. It’s not like when you go into a room and write a song by yourself. It may turn out completely the way you want it but when you have other people come in, they have other ideas that they bring to the table that you would never think of. I like that process! I think that it is really cool!

orianthi-believe-240x240What was the biggest challenge in making the record?

Trying to make sure that all of the songs where really strong, chorus wise. I wanted to make a record that people could put into their car and not want to change. I worked with producer Howard Benson, who is an incredible producer, we very much focused on the choruses and not putting too much guitar playing into it. We wanted just enough so that it was still really guitar based, but not too much so that someone who is not a guitarist who is listening to it gets put off by it. So, I guess the challenge was balancing those elements. I am really proud of the record and hopefully it connects with a lot of people.

You are plugged into the different social networks like Myspace, Facebook and Twitter. How have your fans been responding to the album?

They are really liking it! I am getting some very nice emails and support. It has been really good. They are waiting for us to get out and tour. I can’t wait to do that with the new stuff! We have been rehearsing as a band and playing the new stuff, so there will be more guitar solos live and we are looking at where to extend them. We have been having a lot of fun with it and the support has been great!

Are there are any concrete tour plans in the future or are you still working on that?

We are still waiting to hear who we are going to be touring with. At the moment, we are on this crazy radio/press tour, traveling around, meeting different people throughout the country and seeing more of America. It’s very cool!

Hopefully you like what you have seen so far!

Oh yeah, definitely!

Many people got their initial exposure to you and your guitar skills through Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’. How did you get that gig?

orianthi-4I actually got the gig through Myspace. I got an email from Mike Beardon. He saw me jamming at the Grammy Awards with Carrie Underwood. He reached out to me through Myspace and I didn’t think that it was for real. He told me to learn “Beat It”, “Dirty Diana” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”. I learned the tracks and I was super nervous but I went in and played for Mike Beardon and Michael Jackson came in one night and I played “Beat It” with a cranked up guitar solo. MJ was looking right at me and I was very nervous. I have never been that nervous in my life! He hired us all that night. It seemed like a dream! It was awesome playing for him.

I am sure that you have seen the film by now, right?

Yeah, I have seen it twice.

Did it capture that moment in time accurately, as far as your experience goes?

Oh yeah, totally! There were cameras around all the time and for me I almost became unaware of them being there because you are so focused on your part, what you are doing and trying to make Michael happy with what you were doing. I don’t think that you are going to see a “more real” movie. It is a documentary that invites you into our world for three months. I think that Kenny (Ortega) did an awesome job of putting it together, it really makes you feel like you were there. The first time I saw it was very emotional and I didn’t know how I was going to sit through it. The second time, it was a look back at incredible memories of working with a musical icon that I looked up to immensely.

What is your fondest memory from working alongside The King of Pop?

Ya know, he just wanted the best out of all of us. He was a perfectionist but he was very kind with it. I remember one time, just after I had auditioned for him, I was walking down the corridor of where were were rehearsing. Michael was coming down with his bodyguard and there was nobody else around. I was wearing a hat and I didn’t have my hair down like when he had seen me before in the audition, so I didn’t know if he would recognize me. I thought I might just run away into a room or something but then I decided to just be normal and say hello to him! He was really nice and grabbed my hand and said hello and “God bless you. I will see you soon!” He was just really a kind person and didn’t seem to have an ego. That made me smile for the rest of the day!

You have worked with such musical icons as Carlos Santana, Steve Vai and Michael Jackson, of course. I was curious to know who else you might like to collaborate with in the future?

I would love to do a some with B.B. King or Eric Clapton. That would be awesome! Prince! That would be really cool! I got to jam with Prince but we never recorded anything but that would be terrific. Also, Keith Urban. I am a big country fan.

orianthi-5What do you hope that people come away with after listening to your music or seeing your live performance?

As a band, we just love playing. We want to keep that child-like spirit up and inspire to pick up the guitar and have fun. Hopefully, when people see us live they think we are a very powerful band. We work really hard to make sure all of the parts compliment each other, so hopefully people will get inspired and pick up the guitar when they get home, that would be awesome!

How did you first get involved with Paul Reed Smith and what has that experience been like for you?

It’s been great! I love his guitars! Like I said, after seeing Santana I begged for a guitar and it had to be a Paul Reed Smith. So I got a second hand Custom 24. When I was fourteen, I actually made a demo and sent it out to Paul and he wrote back to me. He really liked it. Then when I was eighteen, I got to jam with Carlos in Australia and he took that DVD of us jamming to Paul. Paul invited me over to the NAMM show and I came over to play in the booth. I think it was in 2005, I was with Carlos there and his son was in the audience. He knew my A&R guy and he asked for my MP3s and forwarded it on to Ron Fair, who I auditioned for and that is how I got my record deal. That is kinda how it happened. Paul has been super-supportive and there is some exciting news coming up in January! I’m not going to say what, but I am really excited! It is really exciting to be working with him. He is a great guy, really supportive and I just really love his guitars. I think that he is the best guitar maker in the world!

You have worked with so many icons from the industry in your career. What is the best piece of advice someone has given you along the way?

I got a lot of advice from Steve Vai and Carlos Santana. Just play from your heart, play what you feel. that is what I learned from them. Also, never stop learning. I think it is very important to keep on evolving as a player and to learn from other people. Every one I play with, be it a drummer, bass player or a guitar player, everyone approaches it differently. We all come from a different musical world and I think it is really important to learn as much as a you can from each other. When I sit back and I am eighty-five, I want to still be able to move forward as a player and not just be stuck in one place, if you know what I mean. So yeah, it is very important to never stop learning.

orianthi-2Have you had a ‘Spinal Tap Moment’ on stage where something totally unexpected has happened to you?

Yeah! I used to play in a cover band from when I was about fifteen until I was about twenty in Adelaide. We used to play two or three nights a week, Top 40 stuff. We played a wedding one time out in the country. This one guy was really drunk and poured his beer into the fold-back and the wedges, the power went out and he fell. During his fall he hit the mic which bruised my lip and he fell into the bass drum! [laughs] That was very… dramatic! [laughs] It is kinda funny looking back on it but it wasn’t funny at the time. But yeah, I try not to trip over chords, especially when I am wearing high heels. It was a challenge running up in wedges for the ‘This Is It’ show. I was thinking the whole time that I was going to land on my butt! [laughs] As a guitar player, I don’t know if we have the best sense of direction but trying to find the stage with the band is sometimes a challenge! Definitely Spinal Tap! [laughs]

Is there anything else you want to add or let your fans know?

Yeah! Thank you so much for your support! I really appreciate it. I read all of the emails, I can’t reply to all of them but I love reading them and I try to reply to as many as I can! Thank you, everyone!

2009 has been quite a big year for you and I am sure 2010 will be even bigger. All the best to you!

Thank you!

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Get all the latest information on Orianthi at her official website, www.orianthi.com. You can also connect with her on Myspace or Twitter! Be sure to check out her debut album, Believe, on iTunes!

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AFI Perform “Veronica Sawyer Smokes” At MTV’s Ulalume Festival

AFI Perform “Veronica Sawyer Smokes” At MTV’s Ulalume Festival

afi-ulalumeWith no better way to kick-off Halloween, AFI brings fans a golden performance of “Veronica Sawyer Smokes” live from mtvU’s Ulalume festival. The Morrissey-esque track comes from AFI’s newly released album, Crash Love which also features the single “Medicate.”

The Ulalume event, which took place in Columbia, Maryland, also features Paramore, Dead By Sunrise and Kid Cudi.

More performances from AFI can be seen Friday, October 30 at 9pm ET/PT on MTV, 10pm ET/PT on MTV2 and 11pm ET/PT on mtvU during the “Ulalume: Howling at New Moon” special. Repeats of the special will air Halloween 10/31 at 2:30am and 6pm.

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AFI Release Live Performance Clip From MTV’s Ulalume Festival

AFI Release Live Performance Clip From MTV’s Ulalume Festival

afi-ulalumeAFI have just released a video performance from this weekend’s Ulalume Festival in Columbia, Maryland. The clip can be seen on Mtvu.com or you can check it out below!

The video showcases an energetic performance of “Beautiful Thieves” to thousands of adoring fans. “Beautiful Thieves” is a new track off of the critically acclaimed album Crash Love, which is available everywhere now.

MTV has also posted an exclusive set of recent photos of the band that feature Davey Havok and co looking their sharpest.

The Ulalume Festival was an all day Halloween themed festival that saw Paramore co-headline with AFI. Other artist’s of note that performed were Dead By Sunrise and Kid Cudi.

AFI are currently on a North American tour through December. Tour dates are as follows:

November 03 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
November 04 St Louis, MO The Pageant
November 06 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
November 07 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
November 09 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
November 10 Toronto, ONT, Canada Sound Academy
November 12 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
November 13 New York City, NY Roseland Ballroom
November 15 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
November 16 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
November 18 West Palm Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
November 19 Lake Bueuna Vista, FL House of Blues
November 21 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
November 22 Austin, TX Stubbs
December 15 Winnepeg, MB Canada Winnipeg Convention Center
December 16 Saskatoon, SK, Canada Prairieland Park
December 18 Edmonton, AB, Canada Shaw Conference Center
December 19 Calgary, AB Canada Big Four Building
December 21 Victoria, BC, Canada Save On Foods Centre

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AFI Offer Fans Free Download of “Ziggy Stardust” Cover

AFI Offer Fans Free Download of “Ziggy Stardust” Cover

AFI have kicked off their tour in support of their latest album Crash Love and during soundcheck yesterday (October 15th) they recorded a damn good version of weirdo-pop icon David Bowie’s classic track “Ziggy Stardust”.

You can download the free track at this location >

As recently reported. AFI has just made the video for their single “Medicate” available for free on iTunes. The performance heavy video was directed by Paul Minor who shot in the video in color and changed it to black and white in post production. Once all color was removed, gold was pumped into the video shot by shot creating a glossy, post modern vibe. Fans can download the video for free for one week only on iTunes by visiting http://bit.ly/medicate_video.

Crash Love is in stores and on iTunes now. For all the latest news from AFI visit www.afireinside.net.

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