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MAY AND THE BEAUTY OF BALLERINO

Since Adele I don’t believe I have heard the depth of a voice like that of May. She brings an ambience of darkness – light and the feeling that something really amazing is about to happen. It has been a blessing to work with her since meeting in New York and we are so pleased to bring you her latest offering ‘Ballerino’

Thank you May – it ‘s beautiful.

M A Y 

Ballerino is filled with Parisian undertones – please share how this resonates within you

Firstly, I love French music. The romance and melancholy of artists like Edith Piaf and Jacque Brel resonates with me… I have always found inspiration in music with great depth and beauty like theirs.

For this song in particular – A few years ago I lived in Paris and this past July I returned for the first time. The visit brought back many memories and took my mind back to a time when I was younger and more naive. It was during this reflection that I was inspired to begin writing ‘Ballerino.’

With similarities to both the works of Nina Simone and Leonard Cohen can you tell us about these influences

Leonard Cohen is my favorite artist. I listen to his records constantly and was introduced to his music by my mother. Alongside his beautiful music, I admire his lyrics and poetry.

Whilst recording ‘Ballerino’, (which was live) I took myself to a place where I imagined Nina Simone would be back in the day – In an underground, smoke filled jazz club. I wanted the song to sound heartfelt and authentic.

With 2016 holding some heavy moments for all – did it have an affect on your song writing

2016 was a very emotional year for so many of us worldwide, and also personally for me as I very sadly lost my father in November. I wanted to enter into 2017 with a message of love, acceptance and hope.

Regarding my songwriting, I am inspired by life and whether that be something that brings me joy or complete despair, I find great comfort in putting my emotions into song.

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What can you tell us about the making of this beautiful video Ballerino

I originally had the idea to film a more abstract and lyrical piece with a music box ballerina twirling in slow-motion. Then I met with my friend, director Meredith Truax, who quite literally brought my idea to life and introduced me to the wonderful dancer, Shay Bares. Shay was incredibly moved by the song, and choreographed his dance especially for the video. His performance was exquisite and from the moment he stepped into the spotlight and in front of the camera I knew it was going to be something special. I am so thankful for the finished product, and to have had the opportunity to collaborate with such talented people.

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Devin Cuddy – Toronto, Ontario

Thriving  in the heart of the east coast music scene, Toronto is the place Devon Cuddy calls home. His roots run deep within the industry, with influences like Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Steve Earl and James Booker, he is making his own mark with a blues sound that fills you up with goodness and keeps you coming back for more. 

DEVIN CUDDY

Name: Devin Cuddy
Age:27
Where are you writing this: In the van on the way to a show

 Home is where your story begins please tell us about yours.

I was born and raised in Toronto and its been a good home to me, no plans to leave. Right now I live at the Cameron House in the apartments above the bar, great community feeling up there.
Its also a great spot to meet great artists of all sorts.

 Best describe your musical style.
 
We draw mostly from country and New Orleans Blues. Its been a challenge to blend the 2 into a cohesive sound and genre, the battle continues. Artists I like (love!) include Professor Longhair, James Booker, Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark.

 When did you ‘know’ music was going to be such a big part of your life?

When I started enjoying piano lessons around 15. I was not however, sold on being a performer, that came later around 22 or so, when I started playing shows. I first started at the Cameron House playing solo and it started from that.

 What would you like us to know about the album ‘Kitchen Knife’?
 
Its a continuation of our sound and my song writing style. The record has a bit more stuff on it then the last, Organ, wurlitzer, lots more percussion and more guitars. I think our style is a little more realised and I’m hoping that will come across to the listener.

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The Ties That Bind

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen’s 1980 album The River catapulted him to arena status and now a making-of documentary about that record is coming to HBO. Named for the LP’s lead track, ‘The Ties That Bind’ will premiere November 27.

WATCH HERE

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Western Scene – Release See What You Want To

Tom Pritchard dared to dream about catching Emily Wilder, and so he did with this stop motion video. Shot entirely on an iPhone 6 with wooden characters hand crafted with love inside their wood shop in South Central Los Angeles. Proving expression has no limits if you will only open your eyes to see the possibilities. Love is real and love is forever.

– Fresh Independence 

W E S T E R N  S C E N E  M U S I C 

Western Scene was created 3 years ago in Los Angeles as the brainchild of singer/guitarist, Tom Pritchard. Occupying the universe of R&B, “See What You Want To” is a story about the dynamics of two people experiencing a relationship with entirely different perspectives. This single was self-produced at Pritchard’s studio in Beachwood Canyon. The stop-motion video for the single, created and directed by Emily Wilder (who fronts the all girl band, Wet & Reckless), depicts her take on the song, drumming up past experiences to interpret her own story. During the shooting process the two began writing together and the songs appear on the forthcoming EP.

Where are you writing this:
E: I’m with Tom on our way to our shop.

Inspiration behind ‘See What You Want To’…

E: I’ll give this one to Tom. T: I wrote it to get Emily.

How did you come to collaborate together on this project?

E: Our bands have been playing shows together for a while. We became fast friends and he told me he had a wood shop in south central LA. After working in film (directing and editing), my eyes were bleeding and the thought of building things with my hands sounded like heaven to me. So, I threw on my downgrades (that’s what we call our shop clothes) and started learning woodworking. My first day I built a barn door out of reclaimed wood. We had a lot of time to talk and listen to music and before long we’d end our days in Tom’s studio, writing music. I fell in love with See What You Want To, wrote a treatment and began building the characters. I put my old Bolex camera on the shelf and decided to shoot everything on an iPhone 6.
T: Tell them how we made out on the table saw.

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Could you see the finished video behind the lens before you began, or was it a concept that unfolded as you went along?

E: There is an original treatment and the video follows it pretty closely, although new characters were added by happenstance. (Like the broken love seat we found up Beachwood Canyon, were we live.)

How long did it take to make?

E: In total, it took about 2 months to build, shoot and edit.

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Something viewers might be surprised to learn about the making of this video…

E: The materials I used were scraps of wood found around the shop. The video ended up taking on a life of it’s own. Once you give an inanimate object a pulse, everything around you becomes inspiring, no matter how insignificant it may seem. Fun fact: I broke the bandsaw, nearly cutting off my hand when I was making the last wooden shark.
What do you hope others will ‘see’ when they watch this video?
E: I guess to see things around them in a different light, no matter how inconsequential. Life’s short, let’s party.

Tell us about the forthcoming EP…

T: There are new influences and writing with Emily has given me a new perspective. I’ve always been a fan of her band, Wet & Reckless because the music’s honest and original. I feel like all these elements are coming through in the new songs. We can’t wait to release this EP.

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