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Outsource Interview: True Blood Meets The 80's in Chelsea Bishop's Debut Single "Bad Things"

Dance-pop seductress Chelsea Bishop is an indie artist on the rise, tearing through the underground music scene with her delightfully raunchy debut single “Bad Things.” Bishop’s musical roots are deep and complex; she started singing before she even started kindergarten. She delved into a modeling career prior to pursuing a musical career, both of which ended up working splendidly in Bishop’s favor. Now, as a successful model, actress, and an up-and-coming musician, Bishop is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry. For proof, one need only experience the slick, gripping sexuality of “Bad Things.”

“Bad Things” is 50% mash up, 50% cover, and 100% sexy. The track melds the lyricism and melodies of Jace Everett’s “Bad Things” (the theme song to True Blood) with the synth loop from the Eurythmics’ ubiquitous smash “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).” The result is a dance floor paradise; Bishop utilizes the steely synths as stepping-stones to send her lustful coos to euphoric heights. An icy dance breakdown solidifies the sexual nature of the track, and Bishop delivers the hook with unbridled desire. As if the song wasn’t “stirring” enough, Bishop pairs it with a NSFW music video that’s potent enough to leave you breathless. Bishop was kind enough to give us the opportunity to interview her about her life and career. Check it out below!

 

 Interview with Chelsea Bishop

SITR: How would you describe your musical background?

I was raised in a Southern Baptist home, where I began singing gospel music at a very young age. All throughout school I was in the chorus programs and was a classically trained singer.

 

SITR: What made you decide to go into modeling?

In middle school I entered a beauty pageant and had to have my first professional pictures taken. They turned out so well, I decided I wanted to try out modeling. I began booking work almost immediately. I also won the pageant too!

 

SITR: What was the transition like from a modeling career to a musical career?

There wasn’t a huge transition from modeling to music because I’ve always done both. Music has been my true passion from the beginning, so it’s just been reaffirmation that I’m heading down the right path.

 

SITR: Why did you decide to do the cover/mashup of “Sweet Dreams” and Jace Everett’s “Bad Things” for your debut single?

Initially, this track wasn’t going to be my debut single. We had recorded another amazing track, and were getting ready to launch it when our team came up with this great idea. They knew I loved True Blood, and the lyrics to the theme song “Bad Things,” by Jace Everett fit right along with my concept. We then added the sample of “Sweet Dreams,” because it’s one of the most popular dance beats of all time. We knew the finished product was amazing, but we had no idea it was going to explode like it did. We are all very grateful!

 

SITR: How would you describe your sound as a musician?

I would describe my sound as European pop with an edge.

Chelsea Bishop

SITR: What are your biggest influences, musically and otherwise?

My influences are really all across the board. From pop, hip-hop, to country. I grew up in the “Britney era,” so she had a huge impact on me. I had older siblings too, and would often borrow my sister’s Madonna and Alanis Morissette CDS.

 

SITR: What has been your most enjoyable live performance?

I won a talent show many years ago at summer camp, and was able to sing for a crowd of about a thousand people. I was pretty nervous, but once I got out there I didn’t want to leave the stage. It was the most incredible feeling. This was a very pivotal moment in my life.

 

SITR: What do you see in the future for yourself as a musician, in terms of goals?

I’m the type of person who doesn’t give up. I always go as far as I can with everything. I guess it’s my gymnast mentality. I ultimately want a long-standing career in music. Multiple albums, International tours, and Grammys galore!

 

SITR: If you could collaborate with any artist and/or producer, who would it be?

I really enjoy Lil Wayne’s music. I think we could make an awesome track together.

 

SITR: What was it like shooting the “Bad Things” music video?

Shooting the video was an absolute blast! We had the vision of what we wanted, and we ran with it. I love being in front of the camera so it just came naturally!

 

SITR: Why do you think dance music has become such a mainstream craze?

Trends, whether it be fashion or music, typically start in Europe and overseas. It takes a while for the US to catch on, and I think we’re on the verge of that right now.

 

SITR: What’s next?

My team and I are putting together a tour right now. We are planning to cover the US and then go overseas. We are also working on new music and collaborating with really talented people in the industry. We’re definitely bringing the WOW factor!

Chelsea Bishop

Make sure to visit Chelsea Bishop’s website here, like her on Facebook here, and follow her on Twitter here! And be on the lookout for more club-floor destroyers from the talented dance artist!

 

Outsource Interview: He's My Brother She's My Sister

From left to right: Lauren Brown, Rachel Kolar, Robert Kolar, Aaron Robinson, Oliver Newell

Derrick Stack – October 9, 2012

He’s My Brother She’s My Sister is not your ordinary band. For starters, you may notice that they do not have a conventional drum kit and drummer, but a tap dancer atop a bass drum playing a snare, tom and crash. You may also notice the wild outfits and embellished movements of the stage’s occupants. You may even catch a bit of banter between band members and some interesting crowd interaction. But beyond the bizarre, the colorful, and the novelty, you find an incredibly talented band doing what they love: entertaining.

HMBSMS is a band from L.A. who’s tough to nail down to a particular genre. They’ve been self-described as “flamboyant folk,” “psych-acoustic,” and “vaudeville-y.” I suppose it’s easiest to lump them into the folk class, but that’s neither here nor there. You can be sure that their music is as fun as it is unique, a perfect soundtrack to a bourbon-fueled night of debauchery.

I gave Rob (vocals/guitar/percussion) a call yesterday and spoke to him about the band’s beginnings, latex pants and Neil Young:

You guys come from different arenas in the performing arts, can you tell us a little about what you were doing before He’s My Brother She’s My Sister and how it’s manifested into what you are collectively today?

I was in a band, Lemon Sun, a psychedelic/rock/Americana kind of sound that played around L.A. and toured a little bit. So my background is playing in bands, touring, and song writing for other artists.

Rachel [Kolar] and Lauren [Brown] both met while they were at NYU, and later started a theater company called Post Fact Productions. So they began working on avant-garde theater in L.A. They had this idea that they wanted to bring free art to the people. So, they would find sponsors to put on plays so that people could enjoy theater of a bizarre nature, and it would be of no charge to the public. So they both had the theatrical background, Lauren also, of course had the dance background and training.

Oliver Newell, our upright bass player, he does a lot of composing, things like string arrangements, producing electronic music; he’s remixed some of our songs, and has also appeared in one of [Rachel and Lauren’s] productions, in which the opening dance sequence was Oliver in gold latex pants, which was pretty wild.

Aaron [Robinson] has been playing in bands around L.A. for a while. He’s played with Akron/Family and Sea Wolf.

How do the band mate’s varied backgrounds add to your live performances?

Well, we each offer a little taste of something different. Lauren as the drummer and actress, she’s very expressive in her performance. You’ll see these wild emotions come over her face, these embellished movements which brings theatrical presence. And Rachel, also being a theatre actress, develops a different persona with lots of colorful outfits.

But speaking to our energy on-stage, we really like to ad-lib and sometimes that turns into a humorous little exchange between myself and Rachel or the between the other band members. So we always try to provide a little more than just the music to the live shows.

Speaking of Lauren, your tap-dancing drummer, how does she pull off such a high energy performance for the duration of a set?

That’s a great question [laughs]. We’ve actually had a couple nights where she literally just had to walk off. And we’re like “Oh, where’d Lauren go?” and she would just have to go catch a breath. But I think it’s the practice. The more she does it, the more we tour, the more endurance she gains. We also always try to take a day off once a week and try not to do more than 6 shows in a row; to keep our stamina up.

 

Was there a point when you said to yourselves, “Okay, we have something here” and put your other projects on the back-burner?

Well it was kind of a gradual thing. We had really great touring opportunities with [Edward Sharpe and]The Magnetic Zeros, My Morning Jacket, The Devil Makes Three, and The Blow. It was all about the opportunity. I had been working with Lemon Sun, really pushing that hard, hoping to get the same things as we’re getting with He’s My Brother, and side projects were really just about having fun.

But all of a sudden, doors just kept opening. So everyone just got really interested without us really forcing it or pushing it too hard. Obviously now we’re on the road and working our asses off, but it’s still fun. And it’s become more of our full-time thing, which we’re all excited about. It wasn’t exactly part of the plan but something that just developed over time.

One day we realized “Oh god, we’re touring more out of the year than not” and fell into this sort of thing where we said “this band is starting to take off.”

You’ve shared the stage with some amazingly talented artists, so far, who were your favorites to play with and why?

Lately we’ve been doing our own headlining tours, and had some great bands we’ve brought along. We just did a bunch of dates with Shakey Graves out of Austin, Texas, this one-man band. He’s literally playing the kick-drum and tambourine with his feet while he plays this amazing amplified acoustic guitar. He plays open tuning, so he has these amazing guitar riffs and he’s also got this amazing voice, so he’s definitely one of our favorites.

We’ve done some shows with Amanda Jo Williams, who is like a freaky, Georgian, country-gal who’s got quite an array of bizarre musicians supporting her. Her music can almost be described as southern-pyschadelic-children’s music, maybe? She’s got this squeaky little voice and her music has this deep rumbling psycadelic sound, so she’s really cool.

We’ve played the last couple dates with Spindrift, who we love. They’re a band from Los Angeles that really influenced us in the beginning. So they really inspired us to approach a kind of cowboy-western, desert sound/vibe.

Speaking of the style of music you play, where do you guys see yourself fitting into the ever-evolving music industry?

People kinda lump us into the folk movement that’s happening, you know, bands like Lumineers, or The Magnetic Zeros or Mumford and Sons. I think people recognize that we have as much in common with them as we do with The Velvet Underground or X or even punkier bands. So our approach has been to look at this new movement in folk and bring something new to the table. Maybe we could be a little bit raw-er, edgier garage style and maybe not be as precious or as produced sounding as some of the other folk acts making names for themselves. We like to mix in elements of phsycadelia and bring a heightened social and political message beneath the fun we like to have.

So you’re trying to bring a DIY, grittier nature to folk…

Yea, and that’s where we’re at now. All bands evolve. I mean The Talking Heads started out as basically a post-punk band and then evolved into this huge, almost world/fusion/pop.

So I’m sure we’ll move onto new paths.  I think the new album is going to venture into some new realms. We’re definitely looking into the darker side of things, maybe make things more bizarre and adopt this sort of carnival/side-show vibe and embrace the weird side more than other folk bands out there.

What can we expect to hear our your debut LP, Nobody Dances In This Town?

I think this album is the best representation, recording-wise, of what we’re really trying to do. Thom Monohan produced it. He’s a really great producer who worked a couple records with Andrew Vanwyngarden (of MGMT), who we love and been inspired by. He’s worked with a lot of great people, lot of cool indie bands that we like. So he really has a wide spectrum of what he can do.

We recorded most of it in three days, all live. We would do maybe three or four takes of each song with most being cut on the floor, all together. We over-dubbed some vocals, add some harmonies, but a lot of the music on that record was recorded in one take in that Bob Dylan style where you just find that groove. Even if the tempo sways a little bit, you just have that feel that’s reminiscent of the live show.

Austin City Limits is jam-packed with awesome shows this year, what acts would you most like to see this weekend?

I’ve never seen Neil Young, so I’m extremely excited to see him. I know the girls are really excited to see Florence and the Machine, they’ve never seen her. I’m just excited to explore and see bands who I’ve never heard of before. You know, just stumbling upon something that sounds really awesome in that moment.

I know I might not have time but part of me really wants to check out that singer from New Zealand, Kimbra. I’m not usually much of a pop fan, but she’s so weird and her voice is so unique and interesting that I’d really just like to go see what she’s all about.

   Yea, I just saw Neil Young with Crazy Horse and The Black Keys the other weekend in Central Park, it was amazing…

Yea his voice, there is just something so haunting about it… I can’t wait. The Black Keys will be great, and they play the Bud Light Stage, so it will be cool to hang out with [Dan Auerbach], hopefully.

What does the future hold for He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister?

Yea! Bring it on! We’re hoping to get to other parts of the world. We’re still covering America but we’d like to get to Japan, Europe, find some good labels there, help spread the word across the globe. We’d like to get this album out there, let people hear it, share it with their friends and hopefully become a staple in someone’s record collection.

He’s My Brother She’s My Sister’s debut LP, Nobody Dances In This Town is available now on iTunes and Amazon.

Visit their website: hesmybrothershesmysister.com

Visit their facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hesmybrothershesmysister?fref=ts

Outsource Interview with Flexy from 3one3

 

Joshua Teasley, better known by his stage name Flexy, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and dancer from Saint Louis, Missouri by way of Oakland, California. He first gained national attention traveling regionally with his Pop / Hip Hop group, 3oNe3, hitting 11 cities including a breakthrough performance in Panama City Beach during his spring break in 2011.

A college student enrolled at The University of Missouri, Flexy prioritizes his time accordingly. Focused on his music career, he’s constantly in the studio and on the road touring while trying to balance the professors, women, Greek life and all the things that come with being a college kid.

Flexy started off making sorority songs with the most popular ones being for Gamma Phi Beta and Pi Beta Pi so the name 3one3 originated from the room that Flexy occupied during pledge-ship, but he got his stage name during high school from his friends.

3one3 is also accompanied by Chris Murphy aka DJ MERF of Powerhouse Productions who combines a mixture of electronic, house, trap, and hip hop music to the set, bringing an unparalleled amount of energy to the stage and making this live performance one to remember.

Can you guess where they got their name from?

3one3 8 Mile

 Now everybody from the 3 one 3 Put your motherfucking hands up and follow me…

Interview with Flexy from 3one3

SITR: How did you get into music?

I got into it with a couple friends during pledgeship and we would just make raps making fun of people with garageband and people thought it was good. Then I realized how much I enjoy expressing myself through music

SITR: What are your goals?

When I graduate I plan on moving to California and continue pursuing music and work for MTV with my broadcast Journalism degree. I also dance and use to model so I honestly just want to be an entertainer in some form that will utilize all of my passions..

SITR: Who are some of your biggest influences?

Anyone that makes an effort to be different, contradict the social norm, or strive for their goals when others say you can’t do it.
Music wise: MJ, Frank Ocean, Drizzy to name a few

SITR: Have you performed at any major shows?

Yea we’ve performed with Chingy, Timeflies, Hoodie Allen, Mike Stud, Huey Mack, and a couple others. We’ve headlined our own shows as well. My favorite was with Timeflies. We have actually continued our friendship afterward and speak occasionally to catch up.

SITR: How is your local music scene?

Eh, the scene at Mizzou is kinda different. There alot of DJs but mainly bar bands. There really isn’t anyone in the area doing what we are doing.

SITR: How did your group come together?

Well 3one3 started with me and my fraternity brother. Since then its been added to and subtracted from for various reasons but now its currently me and my Dj Merf. We occasionally roll with our girl Bitsy but thats about it. I normally do all the singing, rapping, dancing, and producing. Crazy shit

SITR: Why did you guys remix All You?

We raged for 7 days straight last year in PCB with this song at full blast over and over and over again,. It was like our Fuck Bitches,, Get Money anthem haha. Anyways, the song was dope and I felt like I could add some flames to the heat.

 

 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/flexy3one3

Facebook: www.facebook.com/3one3music

 

Preview: My Interview with Jason Hann of EOTO

Michael Travis & Jason Hann of EOTO

Join EOTO on their Bass Invaders Tour this fall!

Later this week I’ll be doing an interview with Jason Hann of EOTO, so be on the look out!

For those of you who don’t already know the talented duo, consisting of Michael Travis and Jason Hann, catch up! The guys have been together since 2004, when Hann joined jamband The String Cheese Incident, playing alongside Travis. Through messing around on their own, getting down and jamming out together, the two realized they had something awesome going on, and in 2006 they officially formed EOTO.

There’s no way you can’t have mad respect for these two after seeing them do their thing live. My first EOTO show absolutely blew my mind. They’re not dubstep, and they’re not hip hop, they’re not funk, or trance, or rock; they’re literally all of it. Michael and Jason find influences from a vast array of different genres of music, instruments, and just sounds in general. Except what they play live is so different from anything I’ve ever heard. They are all improvised, all the time, and it is an amazing process to see live. The guys just want to see you dance, and they definitely bring the party to make it happen.

Scroll down to check out the tour, and pick a date to throw down with this dubstep/breakbeat/house/drum & bass/trip-hop duo (I’m catching the Pittsburgh show)! Watch the video below, and most importantly, visit State In The Real later this week to check out my interview with Jason Hann!

 

Check to see if Jason and Michael will be making their way to a city near you!

Outsource Interview with Knox Hill – Young rapper from the DMV

 

 

 

SITR: Can you just introduce yourself and tell us anything you want people to know about who you are?

The name’s Knox Hill. I’m a young rapper from the DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia), born and raised in the infamous PG County. First and foremost, mad love to my city. I grew up in a community heavily influenced by Hip Hop, and that’s what I represent to my core. As an entertainer, I’m always on a mission to hype up the crowd and find a sound that people can respond to. As an MC, I try fill that sound with style and substance. In an age where everyone claims to be outside the box – I prefer to live on its edges.

SITR: How and when was it that you decided to get involved with making music?

As a kid, I knew there was always something a little off base with me.  The way I saw the world, the way I felt, and how I chose to express those emotions. To be an artist you have to be a little odd. We all have this vanity about us – why else would we put our work out there if we didn’t want people to see it. Yet at the same time, we’re hypocrites because every one of us has a heavy dose of self-consciousness. We’re hyper aware of our worlds, so when a situation in life affects us, it usually finds its way into our work. That’s just our blueprint – it’s how we tic. For me, I’ve always expressed myself through music. As I matured and my world became darker and more realistic, rap was the obvious outlet for me to reflect that change. I like how much more you can say through rap lyrics than other genres, and honestly I can’t really sing worth sh*t, so I really gravitated towards Hip Hop.

SITR: When you contacted us you told us about a current project that you were planning on putting out this summer, can you tell us about that?

Yea. The project is called “The 92 Dream.” It’s really a mix of everything – from original to mixtape-style tracks. The sound is all over the board, from spacey, raw instrumentals to heavier club tracks, and even some dubstep thrown in for good measure. It’s my first solo release, and really it’s a chance for me to say, “this is what I’m capable of.” There are a lot of really good acts out there right now, and I’m not one to compare myself by any means. That being said, I’m also an athlete, and I hate not being the best. When you listen to this project, you’ll hear a kid who’s hungry and ready to get the chess pieces moving off the board. I pumped a lot of time and soul into this release, and even if people don’t like what I’m saying, I hope they’ll at least respect the music for what it is.

SITR: How would you define what your style is? 

I’m a very sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek person in real life. So I think that slips its way into my style a lot. As far as putting a definition to it, hell I don’t know. Maybe a better question would be whom am I influenced by. I think you can learn a lot from listening to your peers, and each rapper brings something different to the table. I’ve always been taught that if you want to be the best, then you have to model yourself after the best. As a result, I try to draw from the rap elite and what they each excelled at. For instance, Nas is a dope lyricist, but what really sets him apart is the rhythm he chooses for his songs. When you listen to his tracks, not only is there the instrumental, but also there’s this beat that his vocals provide on their own. He’s constantly changing his rhythm of delivery and breathing, and it’s really something to turn off the beat all together and just listen to the movement of his words.

SITR: Is there an overall message you want to put out there? Or goal in mind when you are making your music? If so can you tell us about that?

I’ve got one goal really: to get more time. We all have to find a job that can sustain ourselves and pay the bills. When someone’s got a family to take care of and mouths to feed, they have to sacrifice their time by pulling that 9 to 5 so food can get to the table. The clothes, the cars, the lifestyle, that’s all nice; but what money really buys you is more time. Honestly I don’t give a damn about the money, but I’d love to have more time to write and create what I love. That’s why I push to get my sound out there to as many ears as possible. When you listen to a Knox Hill CD, you’ll see an artist who’s honest. I want people to be entertained and have my songs stuck in their head annoyingly throughout the day – but at the same time I want them to walk away with an experience they didn’t have before listening to my music. It’s that middle ground between fun and substance.

SITR: From your Facebook page we see that you have been real busy doing interviews and promoting your newest project, where can people go to stay updated with everything you have going on right now?

A couple months ago I converted to Twitter and I’m addicted to any and everything in the Twitter-verse. If you’re on it – follow me @theknoxhill. I usually post all of my updates and random thoughts there, although Facebook is good as well. Just search “Knox Hill” on FB and you’ll be able to find me. From the music end of things, then youtube is where it’s at. Youtube.com/knoxhilldmv – or just search it. I just spoke with the director for a new music video we’re about to make, so I’m looking forward to dropping that on the page soon.

SITR: Where do you see yourself after this summer and what are your goals for the near future?

This is a big summer for me. In regards to my future and where I want to be, I need to bust my ass off this summer promoting and getting the project noticed. I can sit in a booth behind closed doors and record all day, but where I prefer to be is on stage. There’s nothing like a live show, and right now we’re working hard to put on a diverse show schedule for the fans. I want to be full on touring by the fall, and that’s my immediate goal at this moment in time. I’m too social of a person, and I love being out there with the fans, talking about the music, doing interviews, playing, and just enjoying the moment. The time and hard effort has been put into the sound – now it’s time to get it out there.

 

Outsource Interview with Mouth's Cradle-NEW ALBUM OUT NOW

Mouth’s Cradle has been wrapped in the game for a few years now, and they have made some serious strides. The hip-hop duo released their first full album, The Next Big Thing, in 2010, and it has since passed through over 50,000 hands, and was recently been put out on vinyl by Miscreant Recrods

Now, with 2 more releases under their belt, MC has released their newest album, Clark Kent. Be ready for some sick rhymes, trippy video-game beats, and authentic songwriting technique that could bring mainstream rap to its knees. We caught up with Master Rodgers, the beat master behind the project, for a little Q and A.

Download the new album HERE

SitR: Give us the background on Mouth’s Cradle, how did this duo come to be?

MC: I met Kevin at a party he threw and our mutual friends said that we should hook up. I moved to Hollywood summer 2009 and made beats in my bedroom that I ended up sending to Kevin to lay vocals over. The night before Michael Jackson died I wrote a beat called “Ghosts.” The timing was too eerie… Kevin wrote the rest and that became our first song.

SitR: What are your musical influences?

MC: Right now anything that has “soul” in it. I got hard into raw soul though like The Temptations, Sam and Dave, Smokey, Otis Redding, etc.

SitR What is the explanation behind the name?

MC: Clark Kent to me was just this superhero vision of who we are. Clark Kent was the normal dude you see with the nerdy glasses and steady job but really he was fucking superman.

SitR: You have a couple releases under your belt at this point. What is different about this one? What do you hope to accomplish with it?

MC: We realize our working habits better on this record and I was able to orchestrate songs I knew Kevin would sound awesome over. We took our time on this one as well as it literally took a year and a half to finish.

SitR: You guys have a really unique sound. How does your songwriting process work to secure your niche?

MC: It works like this. Kevin and I like COMPLETELY different kinds of music and are insanely picky about tone, feeling, sound, cohesion, etc. But when we agree on something you know that is going to be the most interesting and unique sound you’ve ever heard in your life……And it’s going to be mixed and mastered. It;s a soundclash, culture jam, melting pot of influences ying yanged into something unlike what you hear on the monotone radio.

SitR:What is your favorite part of this musical endeavor? The writing? The performing? The Bitches?

MC: It’s everything. Living and breathing songwriting, recording, playing live, the groupies. For me though honestly it’s having a kid in Austrailia send us a message that our music helped him through hard times, having a girl want us so badly to come to Toronto to play, having a Norwegian director we’ve never met direct our music video, and seeing our lyrics and music change people for the better.

SitR: Describe the best show you’ve played so far.

MC: My favorite show was either the time we opened for Lupe Fiasco/Passion Pit or the smallest but dopest Halloween house party show of 2009.


SitR: What advice do you have for other student musicians?

MC: Stop trying to be skrillex for one second and get selfish: write music that you absolutely drool over and that impresses you from your heart, not the crowd first. Then release it and say F.U. to any haters. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Check out the rest of the Mouth’s Cradle discography at their bandcamp