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Oct 28, 2009

DJ Lindsay Luv – Guest Feature on MusicIsArt

Reposted from: http://musicisart.ws/guest-feature-lindsay-luv/

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(Toronto Film Festival 2009 Photographed by Ademar Dias for Lifeline Photography)

The Experience of Being a DJ
Written by Lindsay Luv

My background was originally in the music industry having worked in business development at the Orchard and as an agent with top artists like The Raveonettes, as a DJ booker with notable DJs like Eddie Baez, and then in brand event marketing with emerging DJs and artists including Justice, Chromeo, Ladytron, Crystal Castles, Dangerous Muse, Busy P, The Presets and so many others. For five years I worked the business side of the sphere yet my jobs always relied on my ability to seek out new artists and emerging talent. This was definitely an inevitable setup for me to one day pursue DJing although I never even thought it a possibility until my friend, Adam Goldstein aka the late DJ AM, pointed out I should give it a whirl.

I was sitting with him in his room at the Bryant Park Hotel catching up before his set at Deko Lounge in Jersey and shouting some of the latest tunes I had discovered from relatively unknown artists at the time, Canada’s Thurderheist and Dragonette, as well as LA’s own Shiny Toy Guns, as he downloaded them in a fury. Adam loved the tracks and gave me a sideways smile and asked me if I have ever considered DJing…. No, I hadn’t.

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(Photo Credit : Coachella 2009- Palm Springs | Photographed by: Denise Mijares |
MakeUp & Hair: Courtney Wolfe | Styled by: Dalit Gwenna |
Shirt by Wildfox Couture)

When the recession hit and music marketing started to hit a standstill, I remember sitting on my couch bored and restless thinking what the HELL am I going to do with my life! I remembered Adam’s words and I just picked up and jetted over to Guitar Center and bought everything I would need to teach myself to DJ (with some help from my DJ friends). Without a trust fund or a sugar daddy (ha!) the basic facts were I needed to make money to survive here and fast by switching my focus in the music industry. However instead of taking the easy way out-Ipod DJing etc-I wanted to learn from the ground-up no matter how challenging it seemed and eventually be respected for my craft. With my friends the Boyd brothers opening up their clubs to me, and DJ friends like Cindy Kim, I studied, practiced and learned what I needed to start spinning. I practiced at friends’ studio spaces and these venues during the day for hours –pretending the place was packed.

Landing great gigs was made possible by my industry contacts from my past work and thousands of followers on Myspace, Facebook, and Joonbug. Today, after a year of full-time DJing (and always practicing every day) I still feel like I have so much more to learn. To be a ‘DJ’ these days is a loose word, but to be a true ‘DJ’ is a whole different ballgame, and one that I continue to self teach myself every day and improve upon. My business motto is to start in the mail-room if you want to be a CEO, and I apply that to my own skill set and career. I know who I am and where I started and where I am going. I think if you want to be successful at any activity you need to put in the time but stay confident in your progress and be real.

What AM saw in me was my ability to discover new music and emerging artists–I think that is what makes me special in my craft– the same way mash-ups are what made him extra special in his.  I was so excited to one day maybe have an opportunity to DJ with him and am so incredibly sad he is gone.  He is and will forever remain a huge inspiration in my career.

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(Photo Credit : Coachella 2009- Palm Springs | Photographed by: Denise Mijares |
MakeUp & Hair: Courtney Wolfe | Styled by: Dalit Gwenna)

Things that I’m Currently Obsessed With::

ART of Sebastian Picker

I dated his nephew, singer-songwriter Pablo, for a number of years in college and fell in love with his artwork. Pablo had a few of his paintings and when I left Boston to pursue a career in NYC he gave me an original piece from his early days to christen my new apartment. The canvas hangs above my bed and his use of a monochromatic color scheme is calming and stunning and sends a message of struggle, hope, peace and love. His work is highly regarded in the art world and I hope to buy more pieces in the near future.

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MUSIC of The Raveonettes

I essentially never stop talking about my favorite band, The Raveonettes! I have grown up with this band throughout my NYC years. They were in many ways my first big ‘break” in working in the music industry. I came here by myself after college from Boston- not knowing anyone and knowing I had to “make it” here to survive.

I began working with the management team for this new band right when they were releasing their very first EP “Whip It On”, and have continued to support and work with them in varying capacities even today. The Raveonettes have released multiple full length albums and have toured with the likes of Depeche Mode and the Strokes, playing hundreds of sold out shows in the US and abroad.

The band is truly original and their sound is unlike any other artist I have heard today. I have seen them perform in major cities– Chicago, Austin, LA, NYC– and my parents will see them this week in Boston. They are both friends and an inspiration and continue to surprise and delight me with each CD released.

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MOVIES of The 80s

I am pretty much obsessed with everything 80’s and am known to watch Pretty In Pink on rainy days. I have loved re-discovering my 80’s movie favorites and can’t get over how kooky and borderline creepy Jim Henson’s “Labyrinth” is! I love, love, love David Bowie and think this movie and the music and imagery is simply genius! Some other favorites include Weird Science, Lost Boys, Big, Say Anything, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and Can’t Buy Me Love. The 80’s rock!

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Lindsay Luv MixTape
(For Streaming Purposes Only)

I love electro house and the 80’s, so here are some of my favorite tracks of today and yesterday, all with an electric edge! Rawk! — Please visit the original post (http://musicisart.ws/guest-feature-lindsay-luv/) for the Mix Tape and a FREE download.

Oct 27, 2009

RethinkPopMusic CMJ Showcase

On Thursday, October 22nd RethinkPopMusic hosted an unofficial CMJ Showcase at Crash Mansion with the assistance of Absolut, Spaten Beer, Red Roof Inns, Virgin Atlantic Airlines, U-Haul and Yak Pak.

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Once again we had 350+ through the door but I think that has much more to do with great performances by Ambassadors, The Vanguard, The Aviation Orange, The Glorious Veins and our late night guests Lindsay Luv and Mikealis.

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Thanks to everyone who came out including all our friends from MTV, S1Songs, The Postelles and ALL!

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Jessica and friends

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Katie and Cina

Tom Cesa

Matt and Friends

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Oct 27, 2009

The Vanguard interviewed on Planet Music, London

The Vanguard was interviewed on Planet Music, before their recent show at The Legion in London

Check out the review below, including insite on the new EP and some background on the guys in the Vanguard!

http://planetmusicreviews.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/the-interview-with-the-vanguard/

At the last Laissez Faire Club night at The Legion I was lucky enough to have the chance to interview The Vanguard. For those who dont know The Vanguard are a American band who played their first ever gigs in the UK a couple of weeks ago.

I strongly advise you all to take a listen to the music on the Myspace page (The link is at the bottom). The band consist of Aaron, David, Luke and Rasko.

01. This being your first time in the UK how has it been for you being in a country you have never been to before?

L: For some of us it is our first time in the UK and we didn’t know what to expect and its been wonderful absolutely wonderful. The people are really nice. The places we have been playing have been excellent. Laissez Faire Club has been wonderful to us booking all these shows together.

R: It’s great.

D: To summarise he’s been sleeping like 13 hours a day so it’s been great for him.

A: It’s great weather for sleeping really good weather.

02. Who would you say your musical influences are?

A: Mine change every week, but we like going back and forth.

D: There’s been a lot from oldies like The Beatles.

A: Zepplin.

D: What I mean I almost don’t listen to any of that stuff. Now I listen to Cut Copy and Hot Chip those are my influences right now.

03. If you were to collaborate with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?

R: Jay Z for sure.

L: For me it would be Sigur Rós. I would just love to get in a studio with all of them.

D: Ringo (Starr).

04. What made you want to start a band?

A: That’s a toughie, maybe I don’t know if this is the right answer but I didn’t know what else to do really.It’s like the only thing I’m good at.

L: We all just have a passion for music and it’s kind of undeniable. We met and it’s been really good since.

05. Describe your music in 3 words?

R: Crazy, sexy, cool.

L: I say fun, uplifting.

D: Groovy.

06. Where do you get your inspiration from when writing songs?

L: A lot of times people are in the studio up late and they’ll come up with a little tidbit and that later on gets jump around from person to person and then it becomes a song later on.

D: We generally rehearse a lot. We come out with a bunch of ideas and I record them and we just turn them into songs.

A: Once a song is done it’s like ahh.

L: Next.

A: Whenever we nail that melody, the melody is there and it becomes like a little button and we go from there.

07. Favourite song to sing live and why?

A: I think Both Sides for me. With that we can bring people on and it kinda creates a fun, positive, party atmosphere. So people know it and they can sing with us or dance to it

D: We have a great video to it too.

L: For me it’s Take You Out. The song is completely different from our style and when we play usually people at first are you can see they don’t expect it and it’s nice to see when they all get into it. It’s not like a dancy, party up song. People just kinda fall into it  and start dancing along and it’s really nice.

08. What was it like to play at SXSW?

A: It was crazy it was kind of like a game change at that place. All these different bands come from all over the place and they play on one little strip. Everywhere you look is music. You walk in the middle, you cant really talk on the phone because there is music coming from everywhere.

D: There’s just a full shoot of people going by non stop. Non stop for hours and hours. No cars just people, people, people, people and you have bars where music plays. When  music is played people just stop by and hear them.

L: And the best thing is that it’s bar next to bar next to bar next to bar. There are so many bars next to each other and every single bar has a band playing. Sometimes there are bars that have a terrace as well so there’s bands up on top of the roof playing as well as inside. So you just walk a few steps and you hear different styles of music.

R: Basically it’s like a big party. The whole city is a big party for four days.

09. Who is your favourite singer or band at the moment?

D: Cut Copy.

A: The National.

R: Jay Z.

L: Friendly Fires.

10. What tips do you offer to any one wanting to start a band?

L: If you are really going to do it put everything and every single gig no matter what even if there is only 2 people there play your hearts out.

D: Make sure you find the right band mates that you really want to play with, you really want to hang out with and party with because you are going to spend a lot of time with them.

11. Tell us a little about the new EP Playtime?

L: We went through hell and water to get it done, recorded and mastered. Ben Fox was our engineer.

D: We did the design, everything for it.

L: We made the little dolls and there is 6 songs on there. We are very proud they are our little babies.

A: We are really happy with it. We are so happy with the way it came out. I’m happy with everything about it.

Oct 26, 2009

Vote for Ambassadors on MTV U!

RethinkPopMusic’s very own Ambassadors debut music video for “Tropisms” will be featured on MTV U’s music video show The Freshman all week. However, if Ambassadors receive the most votes the video will go into heavy rotation and possibly become a Freshman 5 artist of the semester! So please vote now and vote as many times as you can handle.

Let the world know! Voting ends 2pm (EST) on Friday.

Watch it here! But be sure to VOTE HERE: http://www.mtvu.com/music/the-freshmen/nominees-102609/

Murder Rebel Radio 15: Where The Hell Did Adam Go?

Adam disappeared, we think it is a hoax perpetrated by balloon boy’s dad. How can we really be sure? Can Brandon, Bryan, and Brett (Or as I call us The Killer B’s) find him by the end of the show? [flashvideo file=http://murderrebelradio.com/storage/audio/mrr15.mp3 /]

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