They say a habit takes two weeks to form.
My greatest one as of late has been reading.
It does not feel right to let Instagram drain our spare time.
We always have a choice. So to read or not to read?
“To be or not to be”
Syd Barrett, photograph by Mick Rock
Things may appear at a standstill at Fresh Independence, but behind the scenes we are full steam ahead.
Securing cast for, ‘Love Yourself More’ has been an uphill climb as we establish contacts and connections in a world we are not always so closely linked to.
Additionally we are in the process of becoming an official production company and find ourselves knee deep in the development stages of a handful of key projects.
In the next couple weeks we begin our annual road trip to California where we will storyboard, film, and dry out our bones from the wet soils of Vancouver, Canada.
Up and coming music blog New Interstice recently released an article and video on Escondido that is too good not to share.
Escondido is Nashville, TN based artists Jessica Maros and Tyler James. Recorded live in a single day, their debut album, The Ghost of Escondido, was self-released in 2013 to critical acclaim. Their David Lynch approved desert rock was described by Vogue as “One of the rare alt-country crossover acts with highbrow cred” and led to appearances on Conan and ABC’s “Nashville.” Following the release, the band toured North America and Europe with the likes of Lord Huron and Wild Cub while spending their down time composing music for TV & Film. Most recently, they wrote a song with Lena Dunham for characters Marnie & Desi in the upcoming season of HBO’s “Girls.” The duo recently completed their follow-up album, Walking With A Stranger.
The pair met while James was recording their mutual friend at his home studio. “Jess was quietly strumming this song Rodeo Queen on the couch while everyone else was making drinks in the kitchen. I pushed record and added a little groove before folks got back in the room. Later that night we listened to it and both said ‘You wanna make a record?’” They spent the next two months crafting the songs and bonding over a shared love of spaghetti westerns and songwriters from the 70’s. “We’d put on Ennio Morricone every morning,” says Maros. “It’s an easy process when you both love the same stuff.”
Yamir means so much to us at Fresh Independence. His story inspires as he brings a genuine perspective of humanity and good energy to his approach to life. His light shines bright in an industry that can be tough at the best of times, especially for an indie artist. Let yourself go, feel the latino passion, and soon you too will not be able to get enough of that Party Love.
Home is where your story begins, please tell us about yours.
I began in the streets of one of the poorest and most dangerous barrios of Managua, rapping and singing reggaeton. I was raised by my mother, grandmother, and aunts but my mother had to leave the country for many years to study medicine and help better our lives. There wasn’t a very bright future for other kids from my barrio, many of my childhood friends got mixed up with drugs and alcohol. And while I was not a saint back then, I was still able to distance myself from all of that and fight for something bigger in life.
Tell us a little about your musical history in Nicaragua.
Over 10 years ago I started rapping, mostly with friends. But little by little, I started writing my own songs and finding people who could record my demos. After a few years, I had the opportunity to form the urban pop group “Myla Vox” with other musicians in Managua – I added the urban-rap element to our sound. With patience and hard work, we became quite successful with our music, having 5 consecutive songs become radio hits and being able to play shows for thousands of fans. We even had the amazing opportunity to open for artists such as Pitbull and Wisin & Yandel. Myla Vox reached somewhat of a “celebrity status” in our own country and helped develop the idea of having “loyal fans”, something that was not seen before in Nicaragua.
(Above) “Kukra hill” is an indigenous community on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua where Spanish is not the first language, they speak Miskito– but when I went to Atlantic Coast with Myla Vox, these little girls knew me and my music! It was very special moment.
What is the song writing process like for you?
Songwriting for me is very liberating, it gives me a great sense of relief and allows me to find myself but at the same time let my imagination run and invent a totally new story. Generally, I start out recording a basic melody, usually with my cell phone (hahaha) and then once I can sit down and think things out, I work on the song structure and lyrics.
Shout out to your favourite bands or artists at the moment from both of your home countries.
Saludos a Carlos Mejia Godoy! He is a folkloric songwriter who, along with his family, has created a huge appreciation for Nicaragua’s folk music amongst our people. I also really dig Malos Habitos and Milly Majuc, they both have a great sound.