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INTERVIEW: Magno Garcia: Releases New Song, Discusses New Album And Future Projects

This morning Magno Garcia alerted us of “Lord Knows”, a track he recorded last night over a beat for a song of the same name which appears on Drake’s new album.  Midnight tonight* will see the release of Magno’s awaited album The Blue Rose Therapy but that doesn’t stop him from creating.  “Lord Knows” does not appear on the album.  It has an entirely different sound and concept but it showcases Magno’s lyrical versatility and elasticity.  “Lord Knows” is sort of an appetizer before the main course.  A treat for listeners.

We sat down for an interview with Magno on the eve of his release and here’s how it went down.

O: Your album The Blue Rose Therapy comes out this Friday November 11th* after being in the works for two years.  You have released other material in the meantime and it has been well-received, why did you decide to take your time on this particular project?

MG: The Blue Rose Therapy is by far the most personal project I’ve ever worked on.  I had to make sure the moment was right; that I would never revisit the story or even feel a bit nostalgic towards the surrounding theme.  Every project before led to The Blue Rose Therapy.  Dill-Emma was the climax, this is the great finish.

O: Does this mean you feel a detachment to these songs or have they taken an entirely new meaning for you?

MG: I wouldn’t exactly use detachment.  These songs definitely took on a new meaning though.  You see, before it would hurt to have to remember where the influence from each song came from.  Now it brings joy to me; to see this album exhibit the growth in the person I’ve become from those specific moments in life.

O: The album was produced by EvillDewer and being released under the name, Magnificent Kindom.  How did this collaboration come about?

MG: EvillDewer and I had mutual friends.  I was presented a beat tape he had done with Biz20 around that time, shout-outs to Biz20, and well I liked the beats being played for me.  We got introduced by those mutual friends and I showcased Evill some of Dill-Emma.  It was the project I was working on at the moment.  There was a point where we both were unemployed and life was not going our way.  We decided to finally collaborate; being that we lived in the same city and respected each other’s craft.  We did the whole project, no lie, in two and a half months.  I knew the sound I wanted for it and as I described it to him, he was able to deliver it with the production.  The story had been built in my mind for a while.  Now that I had the sound to match the lyricism, it was time to put the words onto paper in ink.

“Last Donut” from Dill-Emma

O: You’ve formed a partnership of sorts with SoulFull Clothing Co..  I understand they’re helping to promote The Blue Rose Therapy and have even designed a couple of shirts for the occasion.  How was this relationship formed?

MG: Yes, the SoulFull Clothing Co. folks are good friends of mine.  They came to me with an offer to sponsor the album.  In return I promote their company as much as my own powers let me.  I guess it’s a form of bartering that can benefit us both in the long run and create a strong relationship to market in different fields at the same time.

O: What do you want people to take away from this album when they finally hear it?

MG: I want people to intake every word, phrase, lyric, and break it down to what it really means.  If I am able to help anyone, even if it’s just one person, with my music, well then I have done my job.  When I say help, it’s because music is therapeutic to me in life and a passion.  I don’t do this looking for fame nor money. Simply for the love of the artform.  To those who will listen to the album on 11.11.11* I say this, take risks in your life.  Take risks, but be aware of the outcomes of your risks.  If the risk is done for good, by all means let it manifest.  If you don’t follow through with the risk, well then, grow and let go, and learn how to do so from the man in The Blue Rose Therapy.

O: What can we expect from you post-The Blue Rose Therapy?  Do you plan on taking this album to the stage?  Any other projects in the works?

MG: I have a two projects set to drop after the release of The Blue Rose Therapy.  An EP with producer Weapon F and another album with producer Biz20.  The Weapon F project is named Magneto vs. Weapon F.  It’s a play on our names from the X-Men marvel comic.  That EP introduces a fight between the two characters on the title where Magneto’s(me) character gets killed and transformed by handing it over to a higher power.  Though he is killed, he gets saved by God and therefore carries out a new mission in life to praise him in every way possible.  This EP introduces the audience to the Biz20 project named The Road Less Traveled.  It’s more of an abstract album that themes around the beginnings of the transformation to carry out the Lord’s will through music in me.  As you can tell it’s a new chapter in life.  Starting a new era in my music and abandoning The Blue Rose Therapy story.  I do plan on taking The Blue Rose Therapy album to the stage and currently working on making that happen.  If anyone reading this is also interested in coming together to form that or any type of collaboration of some sort; then twitter.com/mag_uh_no is where I can be found and we can discuss more details from there.

O: We had the chance to get a sneak copy of The Blue Rose Therapy and it sounds amazing.  You’ve raised the bar and we’re excited for you.  You’ve spoiled us and can only expect good things from you.  Where can people find your album this Friday?* and those shirts?

MG: Thank you very much for your continuing support and interest in the music. I love the blog myself and glad to be featured on it.  The Blue Rose Therapy can be found at http://magnogarcia.bandcamp.com/ on Friday at midnight* to be exact. For more info on the shirts, you can reach SoulFull Clothing Co. themselves on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/SoulFull-Clothing-Co/163576603735193 and they will guide you on how the shirts can be purchased and ordered.

*UPDATE: Nov. 10, 2011 9:24pm – (As posted on Magno Garcia’s Facebook & Twitter pages) “Due to certain restrictions that we have to clear up. The Blue Rose Therapy has been pushed back a week. 11.18.11 is the new date. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

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INTERVIEW: Floyd The Phenomenal Cat-Trophy: Discusses New Album, New Paintings, And Shares His Desire To Be On Yo Gabba Gabba

Floyd Van Marek aka Floyd The Phenomal Cat-Trophy is back again.  You may recall the “Introducing” post we did on him not too long ago where we showcased his album Outdoor Cattrophen.  This time around we feature the follow up InDoor Cat-Trophy.  This collection of songs see Floyd and his distinct brand of music in a more affectionate, melodious, catchier and lighter err light.  In comparison to Outdoor Cattrophen where the songs felt angry and dark, InDoor Cat-Trophy feels tamer with a more optimistic disposition.  Where Outdoor Cattrophen felt abrupt and impersonal as Floyd most likely intended,  InDoor Cat-Trophy feels complete and round and welcoming.  Each song has closure and speaks to its listener with an intimacy that wasn’t as obvious in Outdoor Cattrophen.

We sat down to interview Floyd and this is how it went down:

O: You released Outdoor Cattrophen on September 27th of this year.  November 1st rolls around and you release a new album, InDoor Cat-Trophy. Talk to us about the process of writing and recording both albums. Were these songs you have lived with for a while or was it more of a develop as you go situation?

F: Well, I released my first album this year on May 22. I did that one in two weeks from as close to scratch as I get, which is looking at the little notes and nuggets I’ve been writing down and playing with them to flesh them out for the first time. A small part of that album (http://www.archive.org/details/SangSongsInPaints) was written during the recording from the inspiration of putting it together. After that, there were still notes and nuggets to sort through and I realized I wanted to do an outdoor and indoor album so I started organizing and dividing songs up. They both have a couple of songs on them that are from a few years back that fit and a few that were freshly written from the inspiration of recording, but mostly from nugget notes again. Not that my nugget notes aren’t fresh, they were all from the last year and half.

O: You also have a tendency to create a painting for each song. How did these come about? Were they inspired by each song as you finished writing it or has a painting ever been the inspiration for one of your songs? (buy a painting here)

F: The song definitely comes first but I love bouncing back and forth and letting them affect each other. I always liked album art and how the colours and shapes related to the material, how it can direct the tone and mood so much.

O: Your music has a dark tone to it at first listen but at the underbelly there is this humor provided by the lyricism. Whether you’re talking about articles of clothing having feelings or comparing one’s penis size to the size of a light switch. Do you intentionally set out to create such contrast?

F: I suppose I do and I don’t. My major influences are certainly things like that, the more twisted and unbalanced and skewed whatnot with secrets and curls hiding here and there, so that’s definitely informing my work but I just crack open with as little planning as possible so it’s a bit happenstance as well, I can only do what I’ve taught myself to do.

O: Outdoor and Indoor definitely compliment each other. They’re kind of like a negative of the other, are you thinking of a third installment or are you even thinking of a follow up project at this point?

F: Thank you! I actually am, I know the next 2 or 3 albums I want to do and I might even squeeze one more into this year but they’d be unrelated.

O: Do you play all the instruments in the albums? If so, what can one expect at a live Cat-Trophy show? Speaking of which, any shows coming up?

F: I do indeed [play all the instruments]. I hope to really focus on shows in 2012 and I plan to just put the instrumentals on my Ipod and sing and twitch about. I can play with just a guitar like Robyn Hitchcock though. Just less twitching about.

O: That’s excellent! Love Robyn Hitchcock! Would you consider collaborating with other musicians on record or stage? Anyone in particular you’d like work with?

F: Definitely. Kanye of course! And I’d do anything to be friends with Tom Waits. Also I’d love to help out with a new season of Flight of The Conchords, or anything with David Lynch, especially since he’s making music now and I want to be on Yo Gabba Gabba.

O:  I can definitely hear your music on a Lynch soundtrack. That’s great! Thanks for speaking to us today we look forward to more of your wild creations!

InDoor Cat-Trophy and Outdoor Cattrophen are both available for FREE download here

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An Interview With Hot Vestry

If you’ve been following us on Facebook or Google+ you know that August was Hot Vestry month at Oimos.  That’s because we proudly named this British trio the very first band to hold the Artist of the Month title back in August…and we enjoyed promoting the shit out of them. (September’s Artist of the Month Welcome Back Sailors).

We had the opportunity to ask Hot Vestry a few questions and this is what they had to say:

O:  Hot Vestry, what does it mean? How did you decide on the name?

HV:  The name ‘Hot Vestry’ came about when we practiced in the local church. We kept the microphone stands in the room in the church called ‘The Vestry’.  One day as Harry and Will were walking into the room, Harry pulled the cord above his head, while Will switched the switch on the wall.  They thought nothing more of it as they both thought they’d turned the light on.  We practiced and put everything away and that was that.  A couple of days later Steve Rathbone (The Vicar) phoned our mum.  He said how hot the Vestry was, and how it felt like an oven!  He said it was a ‘Hot Vestry’, someone left the heater on!  Luckily he likes us so he wasn’t annoyed.  So we were like, let’s call ourselves Hot Vestry after nearly burning a church down!

O:  That’s funny!  When did you begin playing and composing your own music as a band?

HV:  We began composing and playing our own music just over 1 year ago, and ever since then we’ve been writing.

O:  It’s clear that you like experimenting with different sounds while maintaining that rock feel, are there any other genres that have influenced your sound? 

HV:  There’s a lot of music really that influences our sound.  We don’t forces ourselves to listen to the same music or to listen to the latest modern music.  There’s no point in three people liking the exact same music in a band, everyone’s playing would be the same.  That would be boring and not very enjoyable for any of us.  Sometimes we listen to The Beatles and other times we’re listening to DJ Hazzard.  It all depends on what we want to listen to at that time!

O:  What are you listening to at this time?

Harry:  Metronomy – ‘The English Riviera’
Will:  Foals – ‘Total Life Forever’
Joe:  Blur – ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’.

O:  Where do you find inspiration for songs and do you ever get writer’s block?

HV:  We get inspiration from our lives and environment, people who we come across in our daily lives.  I don’t think we’ve ever had writer’s block.  I think writer’s block only occurs when you’re writing the same type of music for too long, and when you force a sound upon yourself.  If you get inspiration from other places and music I sure you could avoid “writer’s block” and find other musical stepping stones.

O:  What comes to you first lyrics or music? Is there a formula you follow for songwriting?

HV:  The music normally comes first, then Harry will get his lyric book out and fit everything together!

O:  You’re definitely creating a buzz in Manchester and it won’t be long until it’s world-wide, is this clear to you and do you feel prepared for that kind of attention?

HV:  Thank you!  We don’t see it really, we just gig and play our music to as many people as we can.  If they like us then that’s great!  If they don’t we’ll try harder and try and get their appreciation.  I don’t think we want to see it.  We don’t want to get complacent and think we’ve made it.  I don’t think we’ll ever imagine ourselves as being ready for that kind of attention.  We’re three boys from Rainow!  But if it happens we’ll see what it’s like and go with the flow.  I’m sure we’ll love it!

O:  And finally, who’s your favorite Beatle?

HV:  John Lennon, because he wrote and sung from the heart.  You can’t do anything but respect him for that, and his solo music is amazing.

Housewarming Records – An Interview With Founder Erik David Hidde.

Up and coming New York record label Housewarming Records is embracing the idea of the digital era.  CEO & Founder Erik David Hidde has chosen Bandcamp as the platform for distributing the label’s music making it easily available worldwide and as of right now FREE.  We had the opportunity to ask Hidde a few questions about the label.

 Oimos: You’ve chosen Bandcamp as a vehicle for music distribution, getting rid of the need for pressing CDs. Why Bandcamp?

 Hidde: I chose Bandcamp because I find it to be the most accessible site, and it has a sleek design that you can personalize.  I also love how you can charge money for the release or it can be free, and now they even have pre-orders! My band mate Pete got me into it, and I haven’t looked back since.

 Oimos: As other sites similar to Bandcamp come to life will you continue to offer the music exclusively through the site or will you allow listeners to access the music by other means?

 Hidde: If new sites arrive in the future, I will always look into what they have to offer, I am not stuck on only releasing through Bandcamp.

Oimos: You have a revolutionary idea, digital-only music distribution. Does this have any influence in the way you “scout” artists for the label?

Hidde: A digital-only label is a revolutionary idea, but it was not my idea, I’ve seen it before, and I knew I had the drive and know-how to run one. It does influence the way I scout for artists, because I have to explain to them that Housewarming will not be releasing physical copies of their work, but I tell them that from the beginning.

Oimos: How DO you “scout” artists for the label and how do they respond to this digital-only idea?

Hidde: I usually sit down and listen to random music on blogs, or on Bandcamp to see if there is anything I like a lot, then I’ll download what I do like, which is sadly not much. If I end up loving the songs, I’ll ask the artist to release an A and B side single, EP, or LP. Most of the time they respond well, because they like where I’m headed with it. I usually look for home-grown artists, most of the Housewarming catalogue is made up of bedroom music, so they can relate to the other music on the label. I also let them know that I am also a musician, and I send them a link to my Bandcamp, sometimes the prospective artist likes my music, and that may help with the process as well. Basically, it’s all about connecting with the artist.

Oimos: There is a sense of musical genre diversity at Housewarming. Was this a conscious choice? Are there genres you would like to explore and offer that you currently don’t?

Hidde: The diversity in sound was definitely a conscious choice, I wanted it to be as open as possible. There are upcoming releases that explore different genres, and Housewarming will continue to explore more, and be a genre-free label. 

Oimos: Not that we’re complaining, but will the music always be free or do you plan on changing that as time goes by?

Hidde: I cannot say that the releases will always be free or I could be lying. Someday there may be money involved but I am not sure when.

Visit Housewarming Records for more quality, free, downloadable music.