Posts Tagged ‘rock’

Fefe Dobson

Date of Interview: 07/22/2010

When Fefe Dobson hit the music scene in 2003, Island Records knew that they were engaging in risky business.  Considering Dobson’s chart-topping contemporaries, like Beyonce (“Crazy in Love”), Ashanti (“Rock Wit’ U”) and Mya (“My Love Is Like…Wo”), one central question loomed in the air: “How would the market respond to a black female rock singer, who was also Canadian?” Putting the uncertainty to the test, Fefe Dobson made the music industry go into a state of shock – partly out of excitement, and equally out of confusion.

Like many other artists before her, Fefe was a musical visionary who came way before her time. In a musical arena that expected her to sing R&B ballads or hip-hop hooks, she has always been acutely aware of the up-hill battle that she has to climb.  Now that seven years have passed since her debut, Dobson hopes that now, with the release of Joy, she will no longer be viewed as a musical “anomaly,” but musical reality instead.

Following the release of “Ghost,” Joy’s guitar-driven lead single, Fefe Dobson squeezed some time out her busy schedule to settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on her songwriting partnership with Kevin Rudolf, her love of Tina Turner, and the legacy of rock and roll.

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Jennie Vicious (of The Vicious Guns)

Date of Interview: 03/08/2010

For the past few years, America has set it sights on Britain for the latest musical trends. But Canada has much to offer as well.  Toronto’s VICIOUS GUNS, in particular, is a diamond in the proverbial rough.

Fusing the sounds of punk and pop, Jennie and Richey Vicious, along with Ana DeVee, have traveled extensively to promote their self-titled and self-produced EP.  This past May, the independent outfit enjoyed a five-day stint at SXSW [South by Southwest] in Austin, Texas, in preparation for a full North American tour, which will run through August.

Right before the band’s departure to Austin, Jennie Vicious managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on guerrilla marketing, networking, and her guide to healthy living on the road.

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V.V. Brown

Date of Interview: 02/19/2010

When beauty, brains and business savvy are mixed together, life graces us with the presence of “total package” artists like V.V. Brown. A native of Northampton, England, Brown’s musical journey brought her to the United States on the heels of several massive accolades, including a listing on BBC’s Sound of 2009 poll, whose three previous winners include: Adele (2008), Mika (2007) and Corinne Bailey Rae (2006).

Inspired by a failed relationship, V.V. Brown crafted the bulk of her debut album, Travelling Like the Light, after writing “Crying Blood,” a doo-wop kiss-off to her ex-boyfriend.  Follow-up singles include “Leave!,” “Shark in the Water,” and “Game Over,” all of which have impacted the international music scene.  On April 10, 2010, Brown’s debut album will be released in America via Capitol Records.

In the midst of a series of promotional concerts, V.V Brown managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on Grace Jones, “360” deals, and the inspiration she finds in Nintendo’s video game music.

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Tyler Glenn (of Neon Trees)

Date of Interview: 02/12/2010

Tyler Glenn is the lead vocalist and keyboardist for Neon Trees, a band whose musical roots lay in Provo, Utah. Along with Chris Allen [guitars], Branden Campbell [bass], and Elaine Bradley [drums and backing vocals], Tyler has taken the industry by storm, with recent appearances at SXSW [South by Southwest] and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.  The band’s first single, “Animal,” has also been featured on VH1’s Secrets of Aspen and CW’s Melrose Place.

On April 10, 2010, Neon Trees embarked on a 25-city tour with 30 Seconds to Mars and MUTEMATH. In support of the tour, as well as the release of the band’s debut album, Habits, Tyler Glenn managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on the band’s Webisodes, “musical agenda,” and penchant for practical jokes.

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Justin Tranter (of Semi Precious Weapons)

Date of Interview: 02/05/2010

Justin Tranter is the lead singer of the provocative glam rock outfit Semi Precious Weapons.  Classically-trained, yet socially-deviant, Tranter and company have quickly emerged as the faces of an international movement to resuscitate rock and roll—by telling the world to “put a diamond in it and bite down.”

As the opening act for the North American, European, Oceanic and Asian legs of Lady GaGa’s critically-acclaimed Monster Ball Tour, “S.P.W.” has skyrocketed out of the underground scene and landed smack-dab into mainstream music culture. So, if Cole Whittle, Dan Crean, and Stevy Pyne have their way, Semi Precious Weapons will carve a sizable niche in the musical landscape, with Justin Tranter as their guide, while Geffen Records tirelessly promotes their self-titled EP.

After a four-night stint at Radio Music Hall, Justin Tranter managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on the band’s greatest “rock and roll” moment, the inspiration behind “Magnetic Baby,” and the lasting influence of his Berklee experience.

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Meshell Ndegeocello

Date of Interview: 09/11/2009

© 2009 Clayton Perry

As the spark that lit the neo-soul movement, Meshell Ndegeocello is the true definition of the word “artist.”  Defying musical categorization and societal archetypes for women and femininity, Meshell has blazed her own trail in an industry known for its “cookie-cutter” sensibilities.

With 10 GRAMMY nominations under her belt, few artists can attest to have attained such widespread and long-term critical acclaim.  And even fewer have brazenly fused together the myriad of stylistic variations between the worlds of funk, soul, hip hop, reggae, R&B, rock, and jazz.

Upon the release of Devil’s Halo, Meshell Ndegeocello managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on Prince, “Bright, Shiny Morning,” and a few concerns for President Obama to consider.

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Darius Rucker

Date of Interview: 01/29/2009

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As the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker has spent the past 20 years realizing one of life’s most valuable lessons: you have to “live and learn,” so that you can “learn how to live.”  Consequently, his country debut, Learn to Live, is a cathartic experiment—and a musical foray that few rock stars are willing to take.

Fifteen years after the release of Cracked Rear View, Rucker’s positive reception on country radio may come as a surprise.  Even so, the evolution of Rucker’s career yields solid proof that music is an art form that has the power to transcend cultural lines.  With the chart-topping success of “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” Rucker proved that an artist can connect with any audience, so long as their music is genuine and sincere.

Upon review of Learn to Live, Darius Rucker managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on Charley Pride, Back to Then and his Nashville experience.

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Katy Perry

Date of Interview: 07/18/2008

© 2008 Clayton Perry

Every summer, artists of all stripes engage in an intense battle for radio domination.  The summer of 2008 was no different, but it was decisively ruled by Katy Perry.

On June 26, 2008, “I Kissed a Girl” became the 1,000th chart-topper of the rock era, after only six weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100.  The rapid ascent of “I Kissed a Girl”—from the 76th rung—was fueled largely by digital sales, but its stay in the top spot was the product of online buzz and extensive promotion.  Interestingly enough, “I Kissed a Girl” climbed to the number-one spot just as she was embarking on her first major tour.  As a performer on the Warped Tour, Katy Perry traveled to 46 cities during the months of June, July and August 2008.

Although such success is often hard to replicate, Katy Perry’s debut album, One of the Boys, is jam-packed with potential hits.  A decade removed from Jagged Little Pill, female angst has rarely tasted (or looked) so good.

Upon review of One of the Boys, Katy Perry managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on life, Lolita and the long road to success.

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Kerli

Date of Interview: 05/08/2008

© 2008 Clayton Perry

How Kerli Kõiv—a blonde-haired singer from Estonia—landed an audition with L. A. Reid is beyond comprehension.  Her debut album, Love is Dead, however, will make the world readily welcome similar cases of happenstance.

Few artists leave a lasting impression, especially on their major label debut, but Kerli’s coming is seven years in the making.  Like its artist, Love is Dead is daring, edgy and beautifully creepy, and with an uncanny sense of confidence, Kerli boldly shares the struggles and triumphs of a complicated life.  Even when embracing the dark, Kerli shines bright—giving hope that love, in due course, can resurrect from an unfortunate death.

Upon review of Love is Dead, Kerli managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on her love of tattoos, “Butterfly Cry,” and her native country of Estonia.

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