Interview with Wil Seabrook

Hey all,

So we recently had the luck to do an interview with the one and only Wil Seabrook! Wil is an artist who emulates having a purpose for his music, a great live and recorded sound, showmanship and talent! (Plus he has a face ladies die for… he is married everyone!) Anywho. Check it out, hope you dig it. 🙂

 

How has the song-writing process evolved throughout your career?

Like anything, you get better with practice! I’ve started to see the patterns of what makes a song memorable as an artist and for the audience. I think I put more into the craft now as opposed to just winging it and hoping I come up with something good. Knowing your craft is a big part of makes a professional a professional!

 

Exit To Temple Street is the last full length CD you have released. Do you have any plans for new music soon?

Exit To Temple Street is the fifth full length album I’ve recorded. I’m very proud of it and loved working with the producer, Lior Goldenberg. I’m excited to work with him again, hopefully sooner than later. I have a new 4 song EP, East / West (tentative title) coming out in the next couple of months. it was a very different process than the “Exit” recording sessions, but equally fun and I’m very happy with the finished songs.

 

Will the new work be an EP or a full CD?

For now it’s a four song EP but I’m already in discussions with the label about adding more songs and making it a full length release ultimately.

 

We heard of the Rock For Human Rights Tour. What is the purpose of this tour?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights came into being around the time the UN was first chartered after World War II. The idea was, for the first time in history, enough horrible things had happened on a large enough scale that the world united and said “enough!”. They articulated 30 rights that every man, woman and child on the planet has. But 60 years later, not so much has changed! I’m a big believer that most of the change that happens in the world to improve things begins with simple education and enlightenment. So Rock For Human Rights was founded to share basic information regarding everyone’s fundamental rights using live music and video performances and doing it in a very light, non-preachy way. Music, I believe, is meant to uplift people. This is just a logical extension of that.

 

Are there any dates set for Rock For Human Rights?

We’re planning on a late fall national tour! Our super high tech bus is being designed now. Exciting times!

 

Anything else you’ve been up to that you’d like to let people know about?

Between the new EP and getting R4HR off the ground, I’m about as busy as I can stand! Having support for those two ventures means a lot to me. Thanks to everyone for the interest!

www.rockforhumanrights.org

www.itunes.com/wilseabrook

 

Thanks so much to Wil for being on the blog! And if you get the urge to check out his music, do so! Exit To Temple Street is a GREAT album!

Until next time,

– Marjorye

What Do You Stand For?

There’s a great point in the movie Jerry Maguire when Marcy confronts Jerry about her husband’s contract negotiations. She berates him and finally yells, “What do you stand for!?”

 

In music I believe the best people to work with are those who stand for something. Whether that thing is social reform, education on the truth about drugs, human rights awareness or simply those who play music to show the joy in creating.

 

Artists who have as their goal to get big “just to get big” are ultimately going to lose the game. What are you going to DO with yourself once you are “big”? You will have this huge audience of people that are all looking up to you. Don’t you want to say you stand for something bigger than yourself?

 

True, it can be a hard road. There are people who will try and stop you. There are people who will tell you to just play music and shut up. But there will be a lot more people who will listen. There will me more people who respect you. And ultimately you will feel better about yourself as a person.

 

I am not the only one who thinks so! Musicians as role models:

Bono – One Foundation

Eric Clapton – Crossroads Music Festival

John Mayer – Another Kind of Green

 

Interested in learning what other celebrities are involved in which charities? More than just musicians are on this site: Look To The Stars

 

So… what do you stand for?

 

– Marjorye

Piano Rock

Okay, so if there’s one thing you should know about me it’s this: I LOVE Pop music. All kinds of pop, from Backstreet Boys, John Mayer, The Beatles even to Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. That generic packaged pop sound = love.

I know, I know, normally blogs like this are to be UN-conforming. However I’m going to write a blog soon about how dynamic pop is. I bet you’d be surprised at how many pop bands you like as well!

Now, I don’t ONLY like pop and I don’t ONLY listen to pop. My taste goes all over the place and I listen to all genres. The last few months one particular genre has taken over my life:

Piano rock. Most rock music is based around the guitar however piano rock is based around… you guessed it! The piano.

Piano rock became popular in the 1970s, starting with artists such as Elton John and Bruce Springsteen and has continued to this day with the likes of Ben Folds, Augustana and The Fray.

Here are some of my favorite examples of Piano rock:

Augustana – “Fire” and classic, “Boston

Ben Folds – “Annie Waits” and “Still Fighting It” (*in fact, the entire Rockin’ The Suburbs album is great and you should just go buy it)

The Fray – “Little House” and “How To Save A Life

So what say you on Piano Rock?

– M

Wrock… crazy weird? Or crazy AWESOME?

I bet the only question on your mind right now is “What the hell is Wrock?” Wrock stands for “Wizard Rock”. It’s a genre of rock music that originated sometime between 2002 and 2004. Wizard Rock bands are known by their humorous songs regarding… the Harry Potter universe.

Okay. I admit it. I am a crazy fan of Harry Potter. I was at Barnes & Noble for every release of the book (besides the first & second one) and one year I even dressed up. (>.>) I’ve read the books a gazillion (it’s a number) times. I’ve been to Harry Potter land multiple times now and even have the year pass to go whenever I can.

So of course when I heard about these “Harry Potter bands” (shout out to Paul for showing me!) I went home and googled whatever I could. What I found was fan.tas.tic.

*Note: I think you really do have to be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy them. For the most part they only talk about people, places and things regarding the book.

Here are a few of the ones I really dug:

Ministry of Magic (Check out “Gryffindor Rally Cry” or “Accio Love”)

Harry and the Potters (Check out “Phoenix Song”)

Draco and the Malfoys (Check out “Potions Yesterday”)

If you’re interested in checking out a few more:

The Remus Lupins, The Whomping Willows, Justin Finch-Fletchley, The Moaning Myrtles, Gred and Forge.

I’m sure there are a ton more! If I missed one you really love, send it over and I’ll put it up!

What do you think of Wrock?

– M

The Future of Music Videos

A few months ago Arcade Fire launched TheWildernessDowntown.com. If you haven’t seen it: go do so. This brilliant concept and collaboration with Google is a revolutionary step for the music video as we know it.

 

What makes something revolutionary? A revolution is “a drastic and far reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving.” What Arcade Fire, Google and Chris Milk have done is to bring the viewer inside the video itself. This is drastic. But a revolution is not just about being drastic, this video is far reaching in every sense. What does this bring about for the future? This creates ideas, technology and inspiration for later videos. It sets the bar to a whole new level.

 

Though I’m going on and on about Arcade Fire’s concept – it is not the first jump into augmented reality videos. I’m talking of course about John Mayer’s “Heartbreak Warfare” video. Seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZtRHVMcZjI
Per it’s own description on the video: Flash Augmented Reality (FLAR) is a way of creating a digital hologram in 3D space by holding up a marker to your computer’s camera and activating a special piece of Flash software. As you can see in this video, I’m holding up a piece of paper with the designated marker (in this case a broken heart), and the video of John Mayer follows it around the screen, and even tilts in 3D space!

 

People have the ability to come up with so many ideas from these forward leaps, i.e. What if you had to put a picture of yourself in the video, and the singer was singing to YOU? What if you were to design the space the artists were actually performing in?

 

What steps would you like to see in music videos? How would you feel most involved?

 

Let us know!

 

ML,

 

– Marjorye