Expresso Walk And Talk...
Hollywood In The White House The
Feds are cracking down on websites offering pirated films. On June
30 the Homeland Security Dept.'s US Immigration & Customs Enforcement
arm used a vacant sound stage at Walt Disney Studios (DIS) in Burbank,
Calif., to announce the seizure of nine websites with names like
NinjaVideo.net and thepiratecity.org that allegedly traffic in illegal
movie downloads. The operation, which involved 100 special agents,
follows a separate move by the Federal Communications Commission
in May that opened the way for studios to offer cable viewers films
at premium prices while the flicks are still playing in theaters.
The lobbying group, which had pressed Washington for the last decade
to crack down on piracy, says it costs the economy $20 billion a
year. Federal officials say they will continue closing down offending
websites. Hollywood may also get a big win in the pending financial
reform legislation expected to pass later this summer that will
reshape the regulation of derivatives. Among the guests to the White
house theater: Actor Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg.
"Danja" Hills Got Top Honors at SESAC 14th Annual New
York Music Awards as Songwriter of the Year on May 12, at Manhattan's
Hills also took home the trophy for Song Of The Year for his Keri
Hilson smash, Knock You Down which topped Billboards
R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart.
SESAC Publisher of the Year honors went to Danjahandz
Muzik, the publishing company for Hills. The award was in recognition
of his astonishing array of hits in the last year including smashes
by Hilson as well as Sober by Pink. Hills has also chalked
up massive hits with Timbalands The Way I Are
and Give It To Me, 50 Cents Ayo Technology
and Justin Timberlakes hit parade of What Goes Around
Around, Summer Love, Until The End Of Time
and LoveStoned. Hills won a Best Dance Recording
GRAMMY Award in 2008 for his production/songwriting work on Timberlakes
LoveStoned/I Think She Knows. One of the evenings
many highlights was the presentation of the Inspiration Award
given to artist/songwriter/producer Kasseem Swizz Beatz
Dean in recognition of his humanitarian endeavors specifically on
Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour), the song he CO-wrote and
CO-produced with U2s Bono and also recorded by the Irish rock
singer along with Jay-Z and Rhianna. The song, a moving call to
action to aid the earthquake victims of Haiti, went on to become
a top selling download on iTunes raising millions for the cause.
Swizz Beatz has also worked with the United Nations to unite the
entertainment community in its efforts to promote peace around the
France has acquired Paris-based Nous
Productions, a live promoter whose roster includes the Red Hot
Chili Peppers, Black Eyed Peas, Metallica and Robbie Williams. Salomon
Hazot will remain president of Nous Productions according to a statement
issued by Warner. The deal comes 30 months after the major bought
Jean-Claude Camus Productions, the concert promoter of Christophe
Maé and of French legend Johnny Hallyday
Warner France CEO Thierry Chassagne says Nous Productions is also
strong on developing new domestic artists, adding that Warner and
Nous CO-promoted the concerts of Sliimy and BB Brunes, both signed
to the major.
"We are now able to produce [tours by] any kind of artist,"
Chassagne says, stressing that Warner's 360-degree strategy means
providing all artists with the best service in each area. Nous Productions
will continue to operate separately, as Camus Productions has done
since its acquisition by Warner.
3D On The Rise. The success of 3D movies in 2009 resulted in
10% box office revenue growth in the US and Canada, the highest
growth rate since 2005. The trend continues in 2010 with Disney's
"Alice in Wonderland," which surpassed Avatar's opening
weekend sales by generating revenues of about $116 million. Legend
3D is now the country's largest 2D to 3D conversion company.
In less than one year, Legend 3D has grown from a staff of 40 to
over 250. Legend
3D is now nearing the completion of converting three recent blockbusters
to 3D for DVD release later this year, and already has several projects
ready to enter it's pipeline. To accomplish these daunting projects,
the company has installed Southpaw's
TACTIC, a massive production and digital asset management (DAM)
system, with the supervision of LA-based
Integrated Media Technologies. "We
were originally using an inflexible system that was forcing us to
work within the confines of a complicated interface and toolset,"
said Barry Sandrew, founder, president and COO of Legend 3D. "What
we really needed was a smarter, more flexible solution to keep our
assets secure and our teams productive." "TACTIC is a
combination of both production management and asset management all
in one," explained Tony Lopez, Legend 3D's Director of Technology.
its roots in the successful frame-by-frame conversion of B&W
films to color, Legend 3D is the creator of patented 2D to 3D conversion
technology. Merging his expertise in graphic arts and neuroscience,
Legend 3D's founder, Dr. Barry Sandrew, developed the process that
integrates sophisticated technology with skilled artistry for the
conversion of film, television, advertising, online and mobile content
from 2D to 3D. The company is now deploying TACTIC across its San
Diego studio to manage all of the digital assets in its conversion
The Jazz Dude Matt Wong will be turning 12 in August. The up-and-coming
pianist rethinks standards and not-so-standards with youthful energy.
"Matt sits in a lot - very impromptu, rarely planned - but
always a blast," says mom, Janice Lee. The young SF Bay Area-based
musician has performed with Jacqui Naylor (www.jacquinaylor.com)
at familiar jazz clubs such as Yoshi's San Francisco and Oakland,
Blue Note/Nyc and Jazz Alley in Seattle. Matt also plays in Jazz
School ensembles (www.jazzschool.com), and the Oaktown Jazz workshops
He was recently awarded the 2010 Dick Conte piano scholarship through
the jazz school. When Matt's not playing in jazz clubs, he participates
in (and wins) science fairs at the school/county/regional fair levels.
This last year, he placed 4th in his category at the state fair
and received a special recognition award. "He also loves hanging
out in studios/sessions. Go figure," says mom Janice who managed
Automatt and Tarpan Studios in Bay Area circa 80-90s.
This month Matt is celebrating his birthday by leading his own trio
band in concert at the jazz school. Matt Wong Trio plays
on Sunday 8/15/10 4:30pm at Jazz
School -- 2087 Addison St. Berkeley CA 94704 (510) 845-5373.
Happy Birthday Mathew! Here's looking at you kid, Jazz Dude!
Join the daughter of legendary Judy Garland in an intimate concert
that will traverse Hollywood to Broadway as Lorna Luft brings
you songs from her career and her mothers.
l-r: Luft, members of Glendale Renaissance
Orchestra and Elliot Yamin
from her hit show, Songs My Mother Taught Me - tribute to
Judy Garland -- BROADWAY MEETS HOLLYWOOD
Wear your Ruby shoes!
Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 7:30 PM
Alex Theatre tix
216 North Brand Boulevard Glendale, CA 91203
Sunday, September 19, 2010 4:00 pm
Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza tix
2100 East Thousand Oaks Boulevard Thousand Oaks, CA 91362-2996
A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
with American Idol Star Elliot
Yamin coming in December!
Pops at The Americana featuring The Glendale Renaissance
35- piece orchestra and big band of the Renaissance Orchestra Kicked
off its summer Independence Day outdoor concert, Red, White, And
Blues The Star Spangled Rhythms of America, with that got-everyone-moving
on Thursday, July 1st.
Next, it's Broadway with Lorna Luft, daughter of singer and actress
Judy Garland and Sid Luft, and the half-sister of Liza Minnelli.
Add to the fabulous shows great atmosphere provided by the Americana
and you've got yourself an enjoyable evening! The
signature "CarusoStyle" has become a recognized
brand destinations that focus on people and places such as parks,
promenades, fountains and plazas integrated with upscale retail.
16 acres featuring approximately 475,000 square feet of retail/commercial
space, including 100 luxury condominiums and 238 apartment homes
in the heart of downtown Glendale.
The shows are also repeated at the Kavli theater in Thousand Oaks,
home of the orchestra that also doubles as New West Symphony with
six masterpiece series classical concerts in Santa Monica at Barnum,
Oxnard and Thousand Oaks.
MIM! To guitar aficionados Brownie is the nickname of the 1956
Stratocaster Eric Clapton purchased in London in 1967. Now one of
the more popular exhibits at MIM
(Musical Instrument Museum) where 10,000 plus instruments are showcased.
Brownie is comprised of an alder body, maple neck and tobacco sunburst
finish. It was used extensively by Clapton in the early 70's, most
notably on classics like Layla and Bell Bottom
Blues. Though he's played Strats ever since, Browniehis
firstholds a special place in the hearts of Clapton fans.
Brownie is on loan from the Experience Music Project (EMP) museum
in Seattle, Washington through the end of the year. Don't miss your
chance to see it at MIM 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. | Phoenix, AZ 85050 |
Chris Blackwell's Hit Formula: Island Records founder- and man
who discovered U2 - grew up in Jamaica, and when the country became
independent in 1962, he went to England to sell the records he had
made back home. "I didn't get U2's musicthe sound was
too trebly for mebut I signed them because I loved them as
people. I talked to Richard Branson at a party and liked him so
much that I helped him start Virgin Records," says Blackwell
in an interview for Businessweek about his signing formula that
focused on the artist Vs the hit song or idea. In 1972, Blackwell
was criticised for giving Bob Marley moneywithout a contractto
record an album. "Everyone said I was crazy. Marley was known
as a rebel; he had a reputation for being difficult, and when I
met him, he was totally broke. I fronted him some 4,000 poundsa
fair bit thenwhich effectively said, "If you want to
screw me, screw me." There was something about him, though,
and I think he did trust me. But it helped that I trusted him first,"
says Blackwell of Bob Marley and his partners who came in like lions
and didn't trust anyone. "I knew I had to show them I was an
ally. Two or three months afterwards, I went to meet with them and
we signed a contract," adds Blackwell.
Growing 70s Club. A
rock 'n' roll septuagenarian was someone the gerontologist Robert
Butler could have only dreamed of in 1968, when he coined the term
"ageism" to describe the way society discriminates against
the old. Ringo Starr, Al Pacino, Chuck Norris. Nancy Pelosi, Pele,
Raquel Welch, Martha Stewart, Tom Jones, Aretha Franklin, Barbra
Streisand, Paul McCartney, Stephen Hawking, Catherine Deneuve, Chevy
Chase and Joni Mitchell have all joined the 70s club.
Bob Dylan ("May you stay forever young") and Paul Simon
("How terribly strange to be 70"), Roger Daltrey ("Hope
I die before I get old") are also illustrious members of the
70 club. For most people, the 70s represents the end, not a beginning.
Life expectancy in this country is still 78 - higher for white women,
lower for men and blacks. It is rising, but not as fast, perhaps,
as our expectations. As Gloria Steinem said of her 70th birthday
in 2004, "This one has the ring of mortality." Yet with
Clint Eastwood directing films at 80 and Betty White starring in
a new sitcom at 88, the pressure for 70-year-olds is not to face
mortality, but to kick up those slightly arthritic heels ever higher.
We might take a new model from musicians and other artists growing
older. Creative types tend not to retire, but their later work often
reflects their different stage of life. Dr. Cole cited the roles
and films of Clint Eastwood, and the songs of Mr. Simon. "Old
Friends" reflected on the strangeness of 70 from a young adult's
perspective, but on an album released when he was 60, he sang of
"growing old" from a first-person perspective. And let's
not forget Mick Jagger who is reported to have said, several grandchildren
ago, "I'd rather be dead than singing 'Satisfaction' at 45."
Dr. Basting said, Mick Jagger might test the limits - can he really
strut like that when he's 75? Go Mick, go! No pressure for our parents
or grand parents who are turning 70 with arthritis and other common
Farman, Rich Goodstone, Jonathan Mayers, and Kerry Black, seen here
on the roof of the Red Square building in Manhattan's East Village.
Have A Bonnaroo! Nashville
festival Bonnaroo (which means "good times" in Creole)
has become a thriving business according to a Bloomberg business
report. Superfly Presentsthe New Orleans-based concert promotion
company Jonathan Mayers ran with three friends became a local success,
staging some 120 shows a year and earning around $1 million. However,
Mayers and his partnersRick Farman, Richard Goodstone, and
Kerry Blackwere tired of the nightly grind, the razor-thin
profit margins, and the battle with industry colossus Clear Channel
Communications. They realized there was only so much money to be
made staging rock and jazz shows for a few hundred people a night.
"We saw there was a ceiling to what we were doing," Mayers
says. "We had to take a risk." That decision led to the
founding of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, a 100-band jamboree
that has been the top-grossing music festival in North America for
eight years running. This year, from June 10-13, 75,000 fans made
the pilgrimage to a 700-acre farm an hour southeast of Nashville
for what observers ranging from Rolling Stone to the concert chronicler
Pollstar have called the best music festival in the country. Ticket
prices range from $250 for a general-admission pass to $18,500 for
a luxury package that includes an air-conditioned bus, on-stage
VIP viewing platforms, and a chauffeured golf cart to shuttle between
the two. Meanwhile, the promoters have 16 other profit centers on-site,
including concessions, merchandise and, yes, paid showers. Last
year the festival grossed around $30 million, approximately $18
million of which came from ticket sales. And since, according to
Goodstone, Bonnaroo "funds itself on ticket sales," the
other $12 million was profit. Now, that's Good Times in music business!
"It's really as modern a music formula as you could have right
now," says Ray Waddell, the longtime touring guru for industry
publication Billboard. A captive audience of 80,000 for four days
presents a hell of a marketing opportunity. Companies like Budweiser,
Ford, Canon, and the Cartoon Network shell out top dollar for facetime
with Bonnaroo's audience of tastemaking college kids and affluent
young professionals. "Focuse on the live experience has branched
off into other directionslicensing, media deals, the Web.
That's called broaden the revenue stream. Meantime, scribbled on
a dry-erase board at the headquarter offices is one of their mission
statements"selling authenticity." Despite their
success, attempts at expansion have so far been ill-fated. A New
York installment planned for 2003 was canceled at the last minute
because of logistical troubles, while the Superfly-produced Vegoose
festival, staged in Las Vegas, held on for three rocky years before
folding in 2007. The following year the company launched Outside
Landsa sort of Bonnaroo West, held in San Francisco's Golden
Gate Parkwhich turned a profit the first year but has since
followed, as Goodstone says euphemistically, "a more traditional
festival model" (i.e., it has lost money). This year alone,
two major festivalsMichigan's Rothbury and New Jersey's All
Points West Music Arts Festivalshuttered for lack of funds.
For now, Bonnaroo's best hope for growth is monetizing what Farman
calls its "curatorial voice"expanding the Bonnaroo
brand to include everything from television programming and mobile-phone
apps to ad space on bonnaroo.com. "We haven't settled on a
strategy yet," Farman says.
Still artists who rule Bonano are the familiar names: Stevie Wonder
and Jay-Z demanding $1,000,.000+; Dave Mathews Band $750,000+; Kings
Of Leon $500,000+; The Black keys $50,000 and Morning Teleportation
at $1,000 or less.
Fool Fred Goodman tells the tale in his latest book entry in
the music industry apocalypse genre, Fortune's
Fool: Edgar Bronfman Jr., Warner Music, and an Industry in Crisis.
According to the author, Bronfman may be the victim of his own genuine
interest in entertainment. The book covers Bronfman's "dynastic
destiny" from rebellious teen and anointed Seagram's heir to
his move into the film industry and Broadway, gaining full access
to a trust worth millions on his 25th birthday. It tells he transitions
from LP to CD, the rap controversies, musicians, mergers and acquisitions,
hustlers and heavyweights, this hefty, well-researched book traces
the trajectories of such companies as Apple, MCA, and Vivendi as
CD sales plummeted, and the music business became a world of iTunes,
MP3s, and online marketing. In
the mid-1990s Bronfman bought music companiesMCA, Interscope,
and PolyGram. Thanks to Jimmy Iovine at Interscope, Bronfman experienced
a quick gusher of music business success. Iovine's portfolio of
rap artists delivered outrageous profits, but that revenue gutted
the industry's venerable business model.
l-r: Robbie Gennet, Susan Sheller, Arlan Schierbaum, Merrit Lear,
Alan Parsons, Nathan Khyber, J.V. Collier, La Mont Syndor, Kara
The stars were shinning bright at the Canyon Club, June 9th 2010,
when Joanne Lara, founder of Autism
(a nonprofit organization), brought together music's finest to help
raise money for the cause. Legendary artist, Alan Parsons headlined
with Nathan Khyber of The Good Listeners on vocals. Other performers
included American Idol's Chris Golightly as well as Susan Sheller,
Chadwick and Jack Dill. Autism Movement Therapy teams with the Canyon
Club in hosting an autism awareness all-star benefit the 2nd Wednesday
of each month.
expresso-- Ask Claris
We hear from
artists every day from all corners of the world -- France, Germany,
Russian, Israel, Asia, Australia and Middle East asking how they
can get heard or build their careers. We've decided to feature a
letter or phone message each month and share our response with other
new artists with similar needs or questions. Our goal remains to
empower new artists and encourage them to find their voice and musical
path. Most importantly, we're here to remind artists that it's a
long journey, so enjoy the process. We encourage artists to provide
a link to their music site when they contact us..this way, if a
producer or manager is interested, they can be contacted directly.
Claris, I'm a singer/songwriter currently looking for a manager,
and also someone who can get my music to the key A&R execs in
the industry. I'd be grateful if you could take the time to hear
my demo songs on the 'Myspace' address below. Your help or advice
would be greatly appreciated. http://www.myspace.com/musicdemolucas
kind regards, Milan
for the introduction. key A&R wants to hear track record/accomplishments
usually achieved by artist and their support group takes
time. Do you feel youre ready to be presented to A&R?
for getting back to me, I know I'm ready to be presented to A&R,
my track record/accomplishments are having a large catalogue of
songs, which are produced and performed by myself, the quality of
the material in my opinion is of high standard. I'm looking for
support from a music label to progress further and get more exposure.
you published? If
someone wants to purchase from your song catalogue, where and how?
Any noteworthy artists covering your songs? Any licensing secured?
Labels/publishers like to see fan base and/or demand for songs
thats what I mean by track record I
know it may sound like catch22 but youve got the get the ball
rolling before you get attractive offers.
Ok Claris thanks
for your opinion and advice, will take it onboard.
to sign artists not so much by listening to their music as through
evaluating them as people. Intelligence is very important if you're
going to have a long-term career. When you do have a hit, you go
from a bum to a hero in a second, and you've got to be savvy enough
to guide yourself through the maze."
-- Chris Blackwell, Founder of Island Records
the past, record companies developed careers and built catalogs.
Now the business was moving toward the cocaine model: hit, hit,
--Fred Goodman, author of Fortune's Fool
Inspiration for song lyrics can come from an infinite number of
places, but sometimes the ambiguity of their meaning is the best
part. Each month we'll bring a well known songs that fans have misinterpreted
over the years.
Mr. Tambourine Man
Misconception: A song about drugs
in the movie Dangerous Minds, this song has widely been speculated
to be an ode to mind-altering drugs, with Mr. Tambourine Man supposedly
representing Dylans drug dealer. The songs abstract,
surrealistic imagery has fueled the idea that LSD was responsible
for some of the lyrics, although Dylan claims to have been introduced
to the drug after the song had been written. Dylan insists the song
was never about drugs, but rather the search for inspiration. He
claims the title character of Mr. Tambourine Man was actually inspired
by musician Bruce Langhorne, who played a large Turkish tambourine
during many of Dylans previous recording sessions.
and cool. Until next month.