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Beth Keeping Muses Over A Missed Connection in Dreamy New Single “San Francisco”

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Fusing the narrative power of country with the catchy melodies of pop, innovative singer Beth Keeping creates her own unique sound. Her music is informed by her international experiences –  travels that served as an impromptu source of inspiration for her latest single. “San Francisco” ponders a missed connection, the “almost” moments of not-quite romance that leave us wondering: what would happen if we saw them again? “San Francisco“ daydreams about the possibility. Beth is also incredibly passionate about women’s equality in the industry, starting her organization Write Like A Girl to shine a spotlight on female songwriters and encourage more women to pursue that path. She hopes to extend Write Like A Girl events from their hub in London to throughout the UK! 

 Cliché: You’ve mentioned in the past that your music is a fusion of traditional country storytelling and modern pop music. At first glance, you might not expect that those two genres would go together. How would you say that combination influences your music? 

Beth Keeping: I love it when lyrics tell a story and that’s what country music does so beautifully, and usually with incredibly clever lyrics that put a new spin on an old idea. I love pop music for the melodies and hooks, so I’m trying to bring the two together. If you look at pop today, there are some artists going down this road more, like Lauv,  Ed Sheeran, the Chainsmokers song “Closer”, and of course the queen of pop-country fusion Taylor Swift.

You’ve written and recorded songs in several different regions,  including the UK, Singapore, Ireland, Estonia, Andalusia, and America.  In what ways has this international approach shaped your identity as an artist?

I’ve met so many people with different stories so I think it’s broadened my horizons in terms of themes in my writing, and it’s brought me a whole lot of adventures to write about! It’s also made me aware of how big the music world is – often we get so caught up in what’s “hot” in our own country in the charts and on the radio, but there are so many different audiences and genres out there, so having a more global outlook has helped me forge my own identity rather than trying to fit into a box to please one audience.

Talk about your new single, “San Francisco.”

I wrote “San Francisco” with my friend and producer Kaity Rae about an experience I had when I was backpacking in South East Asia. I was in Vietnam and I met someone from San Francisco – we were just friends but there was a moment when we said goodbye where I felt something could have happened, but neither of us acted on it. The song is about letting that “almost moment” go but wondering if it meant something to them and what would happen if I saw them again. It’s not making any assumptions, just casually saying: “We’ll probably never meet again, but if I’m ever in San Francisco would you care?”

“San Francisco” muses what might happen if you had the opportunity to see someone you’ll probably never see again – a missed connection. What was it about this particular moment or person that inspired this song?

I think it was the fact that it was a missed opportunity, a moment that almost happened and then was lost. There’s something about bittersweet emotions that’s very poetic and always inspires a song.

Why do you think it’s such a natural human impulse to wonder what might’ve been?

I think often we don’t like to let go of things or accept them as they are, so we keep reliving them in our heads or reconciling them to something better. We also do it because we regret something that we did or didn’t do, and that’s definitely part of the story with this song. Personally I’m a bit of a dreamer so I’m very prone to wondering what might happen if I saw certain people again…

Do you hope you’ll run into that person again one day?

I think it’s always nice to entertain the possibility but it’s not something I’m seeking out. Sometimes we want to go back to these moments but if we did it might actually shatter our illusions or leave us disappointed when it doesn’t go the way we imagined it would!

Tell us about your organization, Write Like A Girl. Why is it so crucial to highlight the work of female songwriters? What have you accomplished thus far and how are you going to continue to raise awareness?

Write Like A Girl is about championing female songwriters in the UK and providing them with a voice and a platform. We exist because only 17% of UK songwriters are women, so we want to show that we need female writers because they bring a unique voice to the table – and we’d love to inspire more to write. I think female singer-songwriters are sometimes stereotyped in ways that men aren’t – for example sometimes male artists can get away with singing a lyric when a woman singing the same words might be accused of being “too emotional”, desperate or self-pitying. It’s important to challenge those stereotypes and broaden people’s perceptions of women and creativity.

We started off last year with a tour, and now we’re running showcases in London which regularly sell out. We’re going on tour again in November, which features myself, Emily Faye and Vic Allen, and a different local guest each night. We’ve had interest from people in northern England and Scotland who want to run Write Like A Girl nights, so next year I’d love to expand our showcases to more regions and build a larger community of women who write. 

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Beth Keeping Muses Over A Missed Connection in Dreamy New Single “San Francisco.” Photo Credit: Sophie Greenidge.

5 Artists You Must Check Out at Outside Lands Music Festival

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If you’re in San Francisco between Aug. 11-13, grab a ticket to Outside Lands music festival, a three-day concert with performances by both classic and modern artists. With so many awesome acts to see, we’ve narrowed it down to five that you have to check out at this legendary music festival.

 

  1. Metallica

If you’re a heavy metal fan, Metallica is the act to check out at Outside Lands. The band got its start in the 1980s, but it’s still rocking out on tour more than 30 years later. You can’t go wrong with Metallica as a headliner, so throw it back with classics such as “Enter Sandman” and “Nothing Else Matters.” With so many hits and multiple decades of experience, Metallica is bound to put on a great set.

  1. Young the Giant

Young the Giant is an indie rock band that is up-and-coming on the music scene. You’ll be sure to hear songs from their most recent album, Home of the Strange, many of which simply make you want to dance. If you’re not entirely familiar with Young the Giant, you’ve probably heard some of their most popular songs, including “Cough Syrup” and “My Body,” that have gotten the band to where it is today.

  1. Tove Lo

Tove Lo took the music world by storm with her hit “Habits (Stay High),” and she is preparing to take Outside Lands by storm, too. You’re sure to hear her other top tracks as well, including “Cool Girl” and “Talking Body.” So if you’re ready to sing at the top of your lungs and take a break from rock and roll, Tove Lo is definitely the one to see.

  1. The Who

If you’re looking to throw it back even further than Metallica, The Who is the band for you. This rock band formed in the 1960s and is still going strong. If you’re not familiar with The Who, check out a few videos of past sets, and you’ll be hooked by the years of concert experience and hit songs under their belt. Don’t miss The Who’s performance If you’re looking for a taste of classic rock and roll.

  1. Vance Joy

Vance Joy is an artist with nothing but “feel-good” music. With an acoustic guitar and heartfelt lyrics, Vance Joy will have you swaying to the beat and singing from the soul. If you aren’t familiar with the Aussie’s music, check out a few of his hits, including “Riptide” or “Mess is Mine.” After only listening to a few tunes, you’ll want to be front-and-center for his entire set at Outside Lands.

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Bands Interviewing Bands: Constant Coogan & Mike Rufo

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The greatest thing about music is its ability to bring people from all walks of life together. While pop-rock band Constant Coogan and folk artist Mike Rufo might find themselves classified under quite different genres, it’s clear they’re both very passionate about issues in our world today. This passion is what makes today’s Bands Interviewing Bands so special as these seemingly dissimilar artists pick each others brains about their influences, advice and social issues.

Mike Rufo: You have a very strong, passionate history with show tunes and music in theater. To what extent does that influence the Constant Coogan sound?
Constant Coogan: Musical theatre is a pretty strong influence for us. I (Jen) have always been a fan of classical musical theatre, such as Rodgers and Hammerstein, while Matt was influenced by more modern musical theatre like Andrew Lloyd Webber. So put together, it’s quite a broad inspiration. Not to mention we have been in several musicals together too.  But we are also constantly surrounded by so many other styles and influences from rock to rap to classical, so it’s hard not to mash them all together.

CC: As someone who is both a soloist and in a band, how do you determine what material works for each project?
MR: So far that has actually been fairly easy because of two pretty distinct differences between my solo project and the rock band, No Exit, that I co-front with David Johnson. No Exit is a very eclectic mix of original rock with classic influences. While it’s not all hard rock, that is certainly part of No Exit’s core. In contrast, my solo stuff is more mellow, reflective, and acoustically focused, so stylistically I can usually tell right away whether a new song is a Mike Rufo tune or a No Exit song.  All that said, the line can get blurred in that I sometimes try to nudge a Mike Rufo-ish song into the No Exit repertoire to see how it flies in the rock band environment. No Exit has been super flexible and cool in being willing to try different material and continue to stretch into an even wider range of styles. For me the two really feed on each other in a positive way.
MR: Your music covers a lot of rich, emotional themes, and can also take some humorous turns. Are there particular underlying themes that you would say are at the core of your songwriting?
CC: Although life certainly has its ups and its downs,  we feel incredibly blessed. So, it’s hard not to have hope and happiness woven throughout our music. We believe that happiness and gratefulness directly relate to having a better life. Optimism is not just a theme in our lives and our music,  it’s what we hope our audiences take away as well.
CC: As an activist for economic and social equality, what causes are most important to you, and how do you hope to affect them with your songwriting?
MR: Ah, where to start! On the one hand, there are so many individual causes that I am passionate about; on the other hand, I try to come back to what are, for me, the most foundational, structurally significant ones, like peace, economic/social justice, the environment, and civil liberties. Peace is both internal and external; we can’t have world peace without personal peace and a consciousness transformation that sets the intention. Of course, an integral part of peace is social and economic justice. Environment is so basic that it’s typically invisible to humans and utterly taken for granted despite its fragility and the fact that we are literally nothing without it. As for civil liberties, without the right to dissent, to associate, to express, people cannot collaborate, innovate, and mobilize to make manifest that better world that we know is possible. Songwriters all over the world have always been at the forefront of these kinds of movements for social change. For myself, music and activism have always been connected. Some of my songs, especially earlier ones, have an awareness building element, peppered with action-oriented doses of outrage. Lately, though, I’ve shifted to a more subtle approach that focuses more on the personal, metaphorical, and, hopefully, inspirational.

MR: Bury Me Alive, your new single and EP, is about to be released. What does this EP represent for you, both the material itself, and for your trajectory as artists?
CC: Bury Me Alive was a very personal project for me. The single “Bury Me Alive” is about battling shyness and social anxiety which has been something I have struggled with for most of my life. That feeling can almost feel like you are being buried alive. You feel so much pressure and literally watch your life flash before your eyes. So having that on the forefront of this piece of work has allowed me to not only help spread a message of hope to others who are struggling with it,  but heal myself a little as well. In fact, every song on this EP has pieces of our hearts, our hopes, and our love for each other, but we also had a great time getting a little edgier and rockin’ out.
CC: What is the most important advice you could give to someone who wants to be a songwriter in today’s day and age?
MR: Probably the same advice that has been given to me, more than once, by some very successful, hard working, and super talented songwriters: “Be yourself and stay clear about why you are doing what you do.” Sounds basic, and it is, but it’s sort of like meditation and mindfulness. It’s easy to get caught up in a bunch of goals that are coming from the external world, to be “successful” I should “do this” or “do that.” Fill in the blanks; there are tons of these and they go on and on, as most independent artists know only too well. But which, if any, of those things are really essential to your art and mission? Maybe all of them, maybe none, maybe a few. For me, coming back to the music itself is always the key to re-grounding and clarifying what’s important right now.
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Bands Interviewing Bands: The Go Ahead & Charlie Wolf and the Small Calamities

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We’ve all heard of the power of tribes, the way people with shared interests can connect in new and unique ways. Musicians, of course, are no different. They relate in a way that only other musicians can, with a keen curiosity and unmatched passion. So what happens when you put two musicians together and ask them to interview one another? As it turns out, you get a pretty unique insight into the inner workings of everything that goes into their craft—their personal battles, their triumphs, and the daily struggles that you and I take for granted—like where to live, or how to stay current. Check out Kyna Wise of The Go Ahead and Charlie Wolf of Charlie Wolf & The Small Calamities as they go one on one, discovering the importance of where to live (and why it isn’t necessarily Los Angeles), the struggles of songwriting, and much more.
Kyna Wise (of The Go Ahead):  What’s your project?
Charlie Wolf: I just put out a new album, Angels & Commerce, and have been releasing a series of videos from it. It’s indie rock adjacent, with a twinge of folk mixed in. How about you?
Kyna: Our music is rock… alternative rock.  We haven’t been able to pin down the genre perfectly yet.  We just re-mastered our EP, Cycles, and re-distributed with a music video campaign. How long have you been hustling in the music scene?

Charlie: I’ve been writing songs and playing gigs for about 10 years now, but I’d say that in the past year I’ve become more serious about promoting my music and trying to get it into the hands of more people. How about you? And do you find that not having a defined genre makes it harder for you to attract fans or is the eclectic element part of the appeal?
Kyna: We’ve been playing as a band for five and a half years, and we too just got really serious about promoting ourselves.  We have a manager, so she kicks our butt.  It’s great.  And yes, I do think that not having a defined genre makes it harder for us, especially in San Francisco where the music scene is very electronic.  Even live bands have major electronic elements and peoples’ ears are tuned into that vibe now.  However, the people who appreciate our eclectic sound REALLY appreciate it.  We might not be doing the most popular thing right now, but it moves the people it moves and that’s all we want.
Charlie: I was really surprised about that last time I was in San Francisco! I was mainly familiar with the LA scene and the style is just totally different in the Bay. We’re both originally from LA but live elsewhere, right? Most musicians are moving to LA to try to make it.
Kyna: When did you move to Texas? How do you find LA to be different?
Charlie: I just got sick of LA. I love LA, but it got to the point where there was no reason for me to be there. Now I’m in Denton, Texas, which actually has a really big music scene; there are shows here 7 nights a week. And I didn’t realize until leaving LA how much healthier a scene like this can be for musicians. I was talking to the promoter of a small showcase gig and he asked me, “Is $50 and free drinks okay?” In LA, you’d be lucky to get a dime for a gig like that.
Kyna: That’s a great way to look at things.  For me, LA was a whole different beast.  I was never a musician in LA.  I focused on theater, and it’s what I originally went to school for. I moved up to San Francisco to become a teacher, got my degree, and then joined this band with my homies. The band families we make are invaluable and it’s really pushed me to be the best singer I can… because I want to keep playing shows with these beautiful people. Are you the kind of writer who paints the scene of everywhere you travel?
Charlie: For a while, my songs had a very big “LA” vibe to them, and I’ve been trying to shed that since I don’t live in LA anymore. I think I think I’ve probably said “Lomita” more than “Love” in my lyrics. Are there any themes you find yourself coming back to in your songs?
Kyna: I typically have two themes; one is, of course, love. The other theme, and the more apparent one currently, is self-improvement—acceptance of my faults.
Charlie: I think I approach similar topics in my songs. For me, I’ve noticed it’s very cyclical. I went through a phase where I was online dating a lot (which was consistent in its weirdness) and I think I definitely wrote a lot about love then. And then I spent a while writing more about being out of place and the transition from being fresh-faced out of college to a person who is supposed to know who they are and have their life together. I have to try to consciously try to keep writing things that are fresh and not rehashing the same themes. I don’t want to become as easily parody-able from a thematic perspective as, say, Morrissey, but I probably already am. What are your plans and goals as a band for 2016?
Kyna: Oh man, I love Morrissey and all of his misery. [Laughs] I get on myself, too, sometimes about writing about the same stuff. As for goals: more press, and laying down the groundwork to make a little money off of this whole journey so that we can realistically keep journeying this way. Goals are a funny thing in this industry.  Yes, we want to play festivals. Yes, we want a deal of sorts, but nothing is guaranteed in this game. My personal goal is to keep getting exposed to more people so that we can travel to meet them and play for them.  How about you?
Charlie: I’ve been reading some interesting books about songwriting and the tough thing to realize—and I’m incredibly bad at this—is that the real pros of songwriting write whether they have inspiration or not. They just sit down and write. There’s a fascinating book called The War of Art by Steven Pressfield about this. I think my goal is similar to yours—continue to get exposure, play more gigs, make more songs, and make better songs. I’m releasing quite a few music videos each with their own fun perspective that different directors have crafted, so continuing to see songs come to life like that is something I’m really excited for.

Kyna: I’ve read The War of Art, and I totally agree. It’s been so nice chatting. Let’s keep in touch! 
Charlie: Definitely. It’s been great talking to you and good luck in 2016 and beyond!
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Bands Interviewing Bands: Katie Garibaldi & Myrle

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Look, it’s not that music journalists don’t ask the right questions—I’m one myself, so I know how time consuming the research part of an interview can be—but there’s just something about a musician interviewing another musician. Someone who knows their craft inside and out and can identify and relate to any struggles another artist may be going through. That’s why I decided it was time to send my Muddy Paw PR artists out with one another, and have them get to know one another through interview. The first in the series is between San Francisco singer-songwriter Katie Garibaldi, and Canadian singer-songwriter Myrle. Check it out, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Katie Garibaldi: You are about to release your new album, A Dozen Hearts. Congrats! What was your songwriting process like for the new album? Did you have a concept in mind while planning it?
Myrle: Thanks Katie. You know, I’ve been writing songs for 20 years now and this is only my second album, so I’m sitting on a lot of back catalogue, so four of the songs are from that. For the most part I’ve closed the door on a lot of that material, but I couldn’t walk away from these four (Grey, Sincere, Vicious Circle, Winnipeg). Otherwise, I was listening to a lot of writers who had a lot of rolling lyrics. I was trying to move away from repeat choruses and use the entire song to say what I was thinking, so the album feels “wordy” to me, which was kind of intentional.

 
Katie Garibaldi:  Awesome. You’re quite prolific. You’ve been described as a lyrically driven songwriter. Who are some songwriters that influenced you, and what typically inspires your songwriting?
Myrle: I’ve always been a huge Ron Hawkins fan, who realistically is a poet. This record was largely influenced by NQ Arbuckle (hence a lot of the rolling lyrics). I love how Ryan Adams moves around stylistically, and lately I can’t get enough of Chuck Prophet. I just discovered that guy and man, I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without him. As per inspiration, I’ve lived most of my life moving from place to place. I’ve never really been able to settle, and nowhere ever really feels like home… not even home. So a lot of my ideas come from that, the people I’ve met and the places I’ve been.
Katie Garibaldi: Spoken like a true songwriting troubadour. Great!
Myrle: How does Follow Your Heart, your 7th full length album, stand out from your previous release?
Katie Garibaldi: I feel like Follow Your Heart comes the closest sonically to what I’ve been aiming for my music to sound like over the years, just because I had more resources and connections this time around, and also had a better idea of what I wanted it to sound like after experience with previous albums. I’ve always wanted to work with a pedal steel player, and I finally had the pleasure of one on this album (Max Butler), and that also added a very obvious country flavor to the sound of the record. I was also able to work with arranging string parts, which I did along with Magik*Magik Orchestra’s director Minna Choi, and have these beautiful string parts flow throughout the songs. It was something I always wanted to do and I’m really happy with the outcome. I also think that songwriting-wise, this album has some of my most personal songs. For instance, “White Roses” is about a friend who passed away from cancer. I was unsure whether I should include some of these songs on the album, but I decided I wanted this to be honest and from the heart.
Myrle: Was the experience of recording and releasing such personal songs like “White Roses” and “Wedding Day Song” (written for your husband, which you sung to him on your wedding day) terrifying or liberating?
Katie Garibaldi: A little bit of both! At first I would say mostly I was nervous, but once we got into the studio it was such a comfortable and magical experience that it all happened very naturally. It was a very emotional experience and also very healing. I remember it was just me and my bass player, Kevin Blair, tracking “White Roses” live (cello was overdubbed), and it was very serene in the studio. I was definitely choked up, but got through the tracking and was grateful that the live recording captured the emotional vibes. For “Wedding Day Song,” I just closed my eyes and imagined my wedding day and found that sweet place. I thought I would be more nervous in the studio, but this process was totally encouraging and positive.
Myrle: That’s great! And I can only imagine how much “White Roses” must transfer over to your live performances emotionally.
Katie Garibaldi: “White Roses” is still really tough to do live, so I rarely perform it. But it’s definitely emotional when I do.
Speaking of the studio, how did you get involved with working with legendary singer/songwriter Ron Hawkins as producer on A Dozen Hearts, and what did you learn most from him in the studio?
Myrle: Ron is a very grassroots, down to earth guy, snd I tend not to get too enamored with anyone or anything. But quite honestly, I just asked. I found a way to get in touch and sent him a note with a couple of tracks from my first album and he just said yes. It was all pretty easygoing. Studio-wise, I have a bit of hobby studio at the house, so I was interested in everything they were doing, gear, techniques, etc., and Ron was happy to oblige (and still answers my questions when I ask them). But more than anything else, his philosophy was what I really gained. His number one objective was to make me love every second of my album. Nothing happened that I didn’t want to happen and I had a ton of say along the way. Ron’s been in the game for 30+ years and he’s dealt with major labels, egos, and assholes. So now he surrounds himself with positive, likeable, down to earth people. I was lucky enough to get to know several of them and work alongside. I brought in a bunch of my crew and he felt the same about them. Really we just had a blast hanging out and making a record and it couldn’t have gone better (and I’m quoting him on that one). So I think his attitude was a bit infectious and I won’t waste my time with anything but good, positive, humble people moving forward.
You also recently released a new video for your single “Lock The Door, Lose the Key.” Tell me about the inspiration behind the song and the video.
Katie Garibaldi: The inspiration for “Lock The Door, Lose The Key” came from being a newlywed and it’s basically about that phase of newlywed life where you just want to be in this bubble with your sweetheart and block the rest of the world out. You hear about people getting married and drifting away from their friends, which I never wanted to do, but there was definitely a phase of ‘nesting’ where my husband and I only wanted to be at home and felt like our single friends just didn’t understand. It’s a very fun and cheeky song. For the video, I didn’t want to be so literal, but I still wanted have the subject of a newlywed couple. For the storyline in the video, we had the newly married couple set off on their honeymoon with excitement. In the video, the car breaks down and instead of letting it ruin our trip, we throw the key and run off into our own spontaneous adventure. It’s such a fun song, and I wanted the video to reflect the joy in it.

 
Myrle: That’s great! I find a song about something so specific can really make people identify to it who have lived through similar experiences
Katie Garibaldi: Indeed! You spoke about the interesting gear in the studio for this record. Did you use any special or unusual studio techniques this time around that stand out that were different from when you recorded your first album?
Myrle: When I made my first album, we did the entire thing online. Sounds odd, but an interesting experience all the same. I had guitar tracks from Germany, backing vocals from Holland, mixing from New Brunswick, guitars and vocals from Ottawa, pedal steel from Winnipeg, drums from Ontario, etc. When I made this album I was hellbent on having everyone in the room with me, which again is an odd thing to aspire towards as that’s how things kinda should happen. But I turned down fantastic artists who were willing to help out but wanted to file share. So there was definitely a different experience that way. One thing that stands out technique-wise was when Jesse Capon put an old crash symbol that was all cut up and bent onto his snare on “Damn or Be Damned” which gave it this Nine Inch Nails vibe on this spaghetti western tune which I really dug.
I can’t imagine how it must feel to have a custom guitar built just for me, but a new instrument does tend to bring new inspiration. What does your custom built guitar from Breedlove Stringed Instruments bring to your music? Does it have a voice of it’s own?
Katie Garibaldi: My custom Breedlove is such a beautiful guitar and I’m really grateful to the people at Breedlove who helped bring it to life for me. The Breedlove definitely has its own voice. It’s very rich and deep, but at the same time bright, which partly comes from the Myrtlewood back and sides – just a gorgeous sounding instrument. It’s very comfortable to play and I just love it. It’s funny too how you say new instruments bring new inspiration, because I definitely think that as well. I wrote a lot of new songs on this guitar, and then recently I picked up an old guitar at home that I haven’t played all year and started writing new songs on that. I think the different instrument voices can speak to different spaces of inspiration, since they all have their unique personalities. I play my Breedlove pretty much exclusively now live and am still amazed by its sound and dynamics. It’s a beauty!
Now, my last question for you! What would you say are the biggest challenges recording in a studio environment compared to playing live, if any?
Myrle: Staying in the moment. An album is take after take after take after take. It’s trying to perfect things, and living with things and all of that. Studios cost money so you don’t want to be there forever, but you don’t want to settle either. There is stress, and people’s opinions, and sometimes you get so focused on something minute and specific you lose sight of the whole picture. And that’s what you have to live with for the rest of your life, versus a performance, which is just capturing a moment. You can have a sombre crowd and put a spin on a tune that suits the room, or there can be an energy to a room which spills into your performance. I think it’s much easier to feed off of an audience than to try to please yourself in a studio. I don’t know about you but I’m pretty tough to please. With that said, I love recording; I can’t get enough of it.
And now here is your final question! Was it a conscious decision to move into a more country feel with this album and is your upcoming EP staying in that vein? Is this the direction for Katie Garibaldi’s near future?
Katie Garibaldi: I think the country vibe happened very organically with Follow Your Heart. In the years prior to making the album, I started making regular trips to Nashville and while playing live, I also learned a lot about the history of country music and I think that naturally infused itself into my songwriting and sonically as well. And I kept hearing pedal steel on a lot of the songs in my head so I just ran with it. I never considered myself country until people started telling me I was. [laughs] (I’m not much for labeling.) But the EP I’m working on, which I actually recorded in Nashville, I think definitely harkens back to my folk and storytelling roots. It’s more stripped down than Follow Your Heart, with only non-traditional percussion on a song or two, and with more focus on string arrangements. So it’s kind of a mishmash of influences and genres, but I think a little less country and little more folk if I had to compare it to the last album. I like every record to be different and have its own sound. I can’t wait for everyone to hear the new songs!
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Bands Interviewing Bands: Katie Garibaldi & Myrle, Photo credits: Katie Garibaldi (right) Sandra Proudman. Myrle (left): Amber Bromby 

Kaepernick Fined by NFL After Supporting Breast Cancer

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With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, it’s not surprising to see people everywhere rocking more pink than usual in their wardrobe and showing their support for the cause. With charity walks and various fundraisers bringing people together in remembrance for those who battled the disease and uplifting those still fighting, it’s amazing to see such solidarity.
However one athlete in particular wasn’t praised for his actions, instead it was just the opposite as the sports world witnessed Colin Kaepernick fined by NFL after supporting Breast Cancer Awareness earlier this week.
During a press conference, the 49ers quarterback, in support of the cause, entered the room wearing pink Beats by Dre headphones— now this might have been okay if they were Bose headphones, a company with whom the NFL just signed a deal with, Kaepernick on the other hand has an endorsement deal with Beats by Dre
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So what did he have to say about the whole incident? He made his feelings clear on both Instagram and Twitter after receiving the fine:


So did Beats by Dre pick up the fine? According to the Associated Press Kaepernick simply responded saying, “We’ll let that be unanswered.”
Many argue that they should have just let Kaepernick slide and that the NFL went too far with hitting him with a fine, others say that it’s just business— Kaepernick on the other hand, is holding his family at the number one spot and isn’t stressing the situation in the least.
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Exhibit: I <3 LV

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“Marilyn Vuitton” by Charmaine Olivia


On July 6, 2013 the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco held its opening reception for the new show, “I <3 LV,” in which a group of contemporary artists have come together in honor of French fashion house, Louis Vuitton. The artistic history and trademark luxury of Louis Vuitton’s timeless style is clashed with each artist’s own take. From a pink-haired and nose-pierced “Marilyn Vuitton” to a Compton snapback, each piece is unique and characteristic of the artist who produced it, while also incorporating an homage to one of fashion’s most celebrated brands.
The gallery features works from artists such as Nick Flatt, Charmaine Olivia, Greg Gossel, Sergio Garcia, Helen Bayly, Lauren Napolitano, Casey Gray, Chad Hasegawa, Niels Shoe Meulman, Benjamin Clarke, Word to Mother, Ferris Plock, and Apex. The exhibition will be open until August 10, 2013 and is free and open to the public.
 
 
Feature Image Courtesy of Charmaine Olivia for “I <3 LV”