Music

Interview with Michael Smolanoff

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

ED- The Eerie digest is extremely excited to present a living legend, Michael Smolanoff, to all our readers. Michael, You and I both grew up in the Bronx in New York, and at one point in our lives we both lived on Long Island. It’s something to wonder how many times our paths must of crossed during our lives. Tell us about those early years and how they shaped your career.

MS- The first sixteen years of my life I lived in the Bronx, in New York City, then the family moved to New Rochelle, New York. My introduction to music started in Junior High School, playing the trombone. I was always curious how all of the instruments were able to play different parts and yet they all fit together and sounded great. I was very fortunate that the music teacher allowed me to write original music and I was able to hear what I had written, and this enabled me to grow as a musician. The teachers at New Rochelle High School also supported my creative efforts.

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Recording Artist Fawn Official Nominated For The Hollywood Music In Media Awards 2010

Monday, November 1st, 2010

by Esteban “Steven” Escobar

Recording Artist FawnOn October 9, 2010 Recording Artist Fawn posted on her official website http://www.fawnmusic.com that she has been officially nominated for The 2010 Hollywood Music in Media Awards for her music song “Wish U Love” by Fawn vs. Chad Jack & Tim Letteer in the dance category.
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“Fawn, my dear talented friend and recording artist, who once said that “there is no such thing as ‘problem’ adult or child, but only a problem in understanding there is no distinction or difference in the heart of humanity,” has been nominated for The Hollywood Music in Media Awards for her song “Wish U Love.” She has been nothing less then a guiding loving light to all her friends and supporters. You are just unique, and I am thrilled to have you in my life!” Said Aura Imbarus, PhD, Author of “Out of the Transylvania Night”

“When Fawn sings, it makes me want to get up and dance!” Said Judy Tenuta, American entertainer, comedienne, and accordionist.
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Interview with Songwriter [BRËN]

Friday, October 1st, 2010

ED- The Eerie Digest is about to step into another realm of entertainment by introducing Singer/ Songwriter [BRËN] to our fans. [BRËN], how did you get your start in the field of Music?

[BRËN]- First off, thank you for that awesome introduction! I’m thrilled to chat with you guys. I got my start in music when I was a kid as a stage actor with various roles in community theatre (many of which were musicals). That was sort of an introduction to performing music for me. By the time I got to high school I was looking for additional extra-curricular activities and so I joined the battery(drum-line), Jazz ensemble, and orchestra. I always liked orchestral music growing up (particularly Beethoven, Wagner, and Stravinsky)which probably explains why my listening habits gravitated toward Progressive Rock like Dream Theater, Opeth, and Rush growing up. I started playing drums in garage rock bands when I was 16 and quickly learned that I liked rock music. Nobody really wanted to play technical stuff in my hometown (this was when nu-metal bands like Korn were dominating the airwaves so everyone wanted to play that stuff). I took what gigs I could and landed a gig drumming for one of Curb Records artists called ‘Little Brother. It was a pop-country gig and it didn’t let me cut loose as much as I would have liked but it gave me my first taste of the biz. I finally found a group of guys that were into the same kind of music that I was into and we formed a band. I started experimenting with singing and songwriting around this time and it was an awesome experience. Prior to this I hadn’t really written a lot and only sang background vocals. We recorded an album at country legend Buck Owen’s studio and had Adema’s engineer rocking ProTools for us. It was a lot of fun but we were really young, too, so there were bound to be inter-band creative and personal differences so I packed my bags and moved to Hollywood to attend Musicians Institute. That’s when things really started for me. (more…)

Interview with Harry Shannon

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

ED- The Eerie digest is interviewing Harry Shannon, who is probably the most versatile person that we have interviewed to date. Harry, you have been a Songwriter, Entertainer, and Novelist that has a career that simply awes me. Tell us about your music from your High School days.

HS I used to listen to my father’s old Big Band records, and had a terrible crush on Ella Fitzgerald in the 1950’s, but it was really folk music that lit my fire. I ate up early Bob Dylan, started learning guitar and listening to bluesmen like Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee. It seemed natural to write songs, and of course the first were heavily influenced by folk artists. Two friends of mine joined me in forming a group dubiously dubbed The Laymen, and we played around town, bar mitzvahs, weddings. After high school I went on the road with The Kids Next Door.

ED- Tell us the other groups that you’ve been in, and about your advertising commercials for Ford.

HS-Well, from the Kids I went to The Back Porch Majority and did commercials for Ford with The Going Thing. Think that was 1972, when it stopped. I played bars for a few years before signing with ATV Music Group as a staff songwriter at 25.

ED- You have also been a Songwriter for such notables as Eddy Arnold, Reba McIntire, Englebert Humperdinck, and Glen Campbell. Tell us about your career during this time.

HS-The first couple of years at ATV I was just a lyricist, and several of those songs were recorded. Then I got interested in music publishing. The company gave me a job. I worked myself up to Executive Director, and along the way wrote a number of songs for television and films with my friend Billy Goldenberg. (more…)

Interview with Composer Harry Manfredini

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

ED- We are very lucky today to have with us today Harry Manfredini. He is a well known Hollywood music composer who has scored more than ninety films. Harry, we want to thank you very much for doing this interview with us today. Tell us about how you got started in the field of music.

HM-  Well, oddly enough, I always wanted to score films from the time I was pretty young.    I had pretty much given up on the dream, when the possibility opened up while I was working on my doctorate at Columbia, and off I went..  So be careful what you dream.

ED- We also found out that you are a jazz soloist. Tell us a little about this.

HM-  I used to play the sax, and I guess I got pretty good.   I made a living playing it, I don’t thing that Coltrane, or Getz, or Paul Desmond were worried that I was going to move in on their territory..

ED- How did you begin composing the scores for feature films?

HM- Like is said, I started in NY.. mostly doing short children’s films which I still do to this day.  They are great fun and very rewarding to me.. Most of them are non verbal, so the music pretty much has to tell the story… Great training, and experience… (more…)