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We at Westbay Music Group got the opportunity to sit down with one of the most talented & elusive female singer/songwritters in the industry, McClain Sullivan. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, McClain's signature soulsound has captivated audiences from New York to Los Angeles. Currently residing in North Carolina, McClain's fresh soul sound has taken her from small town local artist to one of the hottest up&coming females of 09'. Sharing stages with major artists like The Roots, Talib Kweli, Souls of Mischief and traveling backandforth to Los Angeles for recording sessions, McClain Sullivan is creating a major buzz-wave with every performance and every track she records.
Currently signed with the Indie label Westbay Recordings, McClain Sullivan has just wrapped her debut EP due out this Fall and already causing quite a stir....We could go on, but lets hear it from her...
1) So McClain, tell us a little bit about yourself, what do you do?
I'm McClain Sullivan and i'm a singer/songwritter. Originally from Seattle, but living in Wilmington, North Carolina.
2) What kind of stuff do you sing, whats your sound?
I sing a mix between Soul and Pop, I was trained in Jazz and I try to mix that into whatever genre I sing. At first I was scared of using the word Pop to describe myself, but I'm embracing it now. I realized that with Pop you can still do it and talk about your life. You can have a catchy melody and not sing about sex and clothes.
3) Who are some of your influences and how do those influences affect who you are as an artist?
Ani Difranco, Shawn Colvin, The Pixies, and Liz Phair. I hear myself in their music.
4) I hear youre originally from the northwest US, do you think the mid-90's grunge alternative scene had an affect on who you are as an artist now?
Not really. I mean it definitely influenced me as a kid. I won't deny I wore the flannel, but being a kid from Seattle you didn't bump Pearl Jam in your car.
5) I hear ya.. So aside from your solo work you also write and perform with other groups no? can you tell us a little bit about your other projects?
I sing with Fuzz and Mac as well. We are a hip hop duo based out of Wilmington, NC. We've been together for about two years, and have gotten to travel and open up for some great groups. We are a "different kind of hip hop".
6) Tell us more about your travels and shows, what are your 2 most memorable?
Well, the first show we did was opening for The Roots in Myrtle Beach at House of Blues. We had just come up with the idea a month before and there we were in front of 2,000 people, and it was amazing. I think our second was a random show we did in Brattleboro, Vermont. It was a small venue, but it was packed and it felt great to get such a great reaction so far away from home.
7) Whats going on with you musically? What projects do you have going on?
I'm coming out with an EP on Westbay. It should be out early fall, and we are all really excited about it.
8) Thats sick, can you tell us a little bit more about this EP? what kind of music can we expect?
It's a real mix. It has House, radio style d&b, a hip hop song with Fuzz, and a more down tempo guitar track and a couple other soulful cuts. Even though it includes the different genres it has a common thread throughout which think comes from my singer-songwriter background.
9) Great, we're really looking forward to this EP, do you have any shouts or last words for your readers?
Great big thanks to my Wilmington NC fam, Owen Dollar my engineer, Fuzz Jackson my partner incrime and Westbay Music Group for the opportunity to be heard!
Make sure to grab my EP and visit me online!
With style and grace she got up from the table, checked her blackberry and headed for the door.
McClain Sullivan, definitely one to watch right now.
Her EP titled "OUR SONG EP" is being released on Westbay Recordings this Fall
(available on itunes)
Make sure to check McClain @ Myspace & Facebook!
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M.I.A. Plays Secret L.A. Show, Holds Back On New Songs
On Wednesday night, 500 fans were treated to rapper's big hits and mere hints of something new.
By Lara Kelley
LOS ANGELES — She might not be nominated for any VMAs this year, but M.I.A. is still one of the hardest-working female artists in the music biz. After her swaggering performance with Jay-Z, Kanye, Lil Wayne and T.I. at the Grammy Awards in February, M.I.A. has since had a baby boy, headlined the massive Coachella Music Festival, broke her first signed artist, Rye Rye, into the scene on her brand-new indie label, N.E.E.T., and is also rumored to be writing tracks for Christina Aguilera's upcoming album.
And as if it weren't enough to headline two major West Coast festivals this week — Street Scene in San Diego and Outside Lands in San Francisco — M.I.A. somehow found time to do a semi-secret show at a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday night for 500 eager fans who scurried to buy tickets only days prior.
Local promoters' last-minute Facebook and Twitter blasts were the only advance notice fans received about the show, yet tickets still sold out within three hours of going on sale Monday. As showtime neared, the line wrapped around the block of the venue, but fans waited patiently to see their favorite Sri Lankan rapper up close and personal.
M.I.A. came out as stylish as ever, with her signature sunglasses and a white, one-piece leotard with a huge smiley face painted across the butt. She ran through popular songs off both her albums, including "Boyz," "10 Dolla" and of course, last year's summer jam, "Paper Planes." In between songs, her DJ would throw in new bass-thumping beats, but M.I.A. merely teased the audience with hints of new tracks.
"I was gonna play a new song, but I decided not to," M.I.A. called out toward the end of her set. The crowd did not seem to mind, though, as they jumped and pumped fists to each of her popular anthems.
"I really just want to throw out money and buy everyone a drink," she said as she finished her set. Cash never actually made it to the crowd and no rounds were bought, but the show ended with happy fans just satisfied to see her in a small, intimate venue versus the large festivals she has most recently been conquering. But the question remains whether she'll break out a new track or two at one of this weekend's huge gigs.
..HIS NAME IS SINISTARR, AND HES F*CKING HOT RIGHT NOW...
1. Sinistarr, you've been climbing the ranks my man, tell us about your current projects and label signings?
Thanks man... Currently it seems as if it's remix season! I've got some remixes I'm doing for Digilab records, Touched by records, Mutt, and a special one for Detroit label Exchange Bureau Music... I've also signed yet another track to Creative Source called "your obsession", and a 12" for Phunkfiction - The Blip/I'm Not Done
2. Are you DJing out much right now? Any tours in the works?
Thanks to the AMAZING work of my agent, Dave Shichman @ Driven AM, I've been getting more and more gigs as the year is coming to an end. I'm playing in Austin, TX and there are tentative shows lined up for Vermont and Miami, more to come on a stateside tour!
3. Whats your opinion of electronic music in America right now?
Couldn't be a better time for the music, I'd say. with the rise of dubstep blurring the lines of dnb with techno and house (more than before, or ever in that case), it becomes easier to blend new or current styles into your work, making it something unique - like it's always been, but taking it to a higher plateau.
4. Theres been a whole wave of new d&b producers in the states who've emerged in the past couple years. Guys like stunna, mixmaster doc, calculon, submorphics who are gaining fans who've never even heard of d&b before, do you feel theres a responsibility that comes with that? And if so, how are you as a producer going to educate the young masses about d&b? Or does it even matter?
I feel it's like this: If you are a producer and a dj looking to get on some good labels and rep where you are from, especially if you are from the states, there's definitely some responsibility involved, that means staying current with everything that's going on - i.e. dogsonacid.com, checking your record stores, the list goes on...
As a producer, I strive to have a fresh, young sound that captivates a lot of what is going on in Detroit in terms of non-dnb music, house, hip hop, techno - you name it, I'm listening to it ! I think I've caught more of the "older or come of age" crowd in terms of my music, and the younger crowd follows suit cause of the support given- so to answer the question (LOL) - it doesn't matter, I make music for everyone!
5. Are you strictly drum and bass? It seems these days most producers are expanding to multi-genre production, are you?
I'm so spuratic when it comes to other genres, it's ridiculous. I have been working on some tech house and broken beat/downtempo hip hop tracks... really want to go into doing some work for commercials, so I've been getting my productions skills up for doing that.
6. Enough about music, what are your favorite movies?
Guy Ritchie films (Snatch, Lock Stock, Revolver), Judd Apatow films or films with his entourage in it (Superbad, Adventureland, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), and anything Clive Barker - freaks me the hell out, but I love it!
7. One word to describe 2009?
8. Blondes or Brunettes?
9. serato, vinyl or cds?
All three - 4 x serato - how I rizz-oll.
10. Any shoutouts or last words?
Thank you to everyone who supported me this past year, and the years before - waaaay too many to name. here's to 2010!
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V Records solider is back with some serious business for Liquid V. Mosus, no stranger to the game has teamed up with producer HZL to compose "Fluro" & "Nexus 7" two stompin minimal grooves sure to set every dancefloor a-blaze! "Fluro" kicks off with spacey atmospheres, bleepy bleeps and steppin drums that slowly grow to beastly proportions of snarling bass and dangerous rhythm. This tune takes me back to the early days when trends were ignored and it was purely about how deep one can take a track.
On the flipside "Nexus 7" is no less of a beast. Punching drum work kicks off this track chased by insincere pads that pretense an ever progressing bassline. When you make it to the 1st break an automated voice comes over the loudspeakers giving a series of unidentifiable number sequences that lead straight into dangerous, dangerous territory.
If you're into unchartted minimal vibes, this 12" is a must have.
Promos available now on Liquid V Recordings!
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5. Any last words or shout outs?
Sure man, to yourself for this opportunity, glad to be in the Westbay blogs. You guys are doing it proper. Also shouts to all the people who have supported me and helped me build a good reputation in the scene: Dieselboy, AK1200, John B for playing that NIN remix for the first time which just basically threw me out there, and also shouts to all the haters for fueling my will to keep going and fighting for what I love the most, music! Much love from Venezuela.
So there you have it.. and we're not finished.. below is an exclusive mp3 taken from "Those Who Know The Truth" EP, ZRD019EP