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Thursday, October 28, 2010

EXPLOSIVE NEW RELEASE FROM VIENNA: The Last Man Crooning is ready to Electrotain you!! Conversation with LOUIE AUSTEN

Text & interview by Ivan Guerrero
Another visit to the bathroom. After flushing some troubles down the toilet I step back and I find myself in front of the mirror - Loyal old friend who has seen me grow up, discovering my first mustache, brushing my milky teeth, and yes of course- getting old.
What thoughts my old friend has kept inside his foggy mouth?- A parade of dust, steam, tears and shaving gel? A mix of self-flattering grooming products and midnight gossip sessions he has attended for over a decade, yeah, the mirror has seen a lot and probably had enough of my ridiculous coca-cola flavoured hair spray.
No doubt, I have changed. From the marshmallow toothpaste to the go-smile treatment, from the funky dinosaur facial cream to the volcano rock exfoliator, I regurgitate negative thoughts and realize that growing old seems like the most common and funny experience that wrinkles can provide.

THE MALE MODEL MUSIC PROJECT had a word with LOUIE AUSTEN, performer and "Neo Crooner" from Vienna. For those who are not familiar with him, Louie has been in the business for over 40 years. He has been inspired by the "crooner power" and sounds from figures like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. He lived outside Vienna for several years, in countries like South Africa, Australia and the USA, just before playing in a band and then releasing his debut album in 1999 "Consequences" which caught the attention of the audience for his voice and sounds combining the classic crooner style with electronic modern beats.

After this achievement, he kept on with his career, releasing albums like " Only Tonight" that included "Hoping" a smash hit. "Easy Love" in 2003 and then "Iguana" in 2006. Louie has collaborated in many singles and several EP's with artists such as Señor Coconut, Korsakow, Ada Fijal, Rodion and one his latest participations with Phonique on their album "Kissing Strangers" with "Endless Love".
After 4 years of endless work, collaborations and tours, he delivers to us his new double feature "Last Man Crooning/ Electrotaining You!", the first disc including 12 new tracks and the second one, with the same tracks but remixed by Ian Pooley, Filippo Naughty Moscatello, Acid Washed and Phonique, just to mention some.

" It is a perfect mix for my old fans and maybe new friends" he comments on his new album, aiming to reach both old and young audiences.
With this explosion of classic and electronic sounds, Louie confirms that no matter how fast years may pass, he's packed with enough energy and enthusiasm to go on with his career and still open to new projects and artistic collaborations.
No doubt, with Louie, there's still a long way to go!!

Photos for this feature are from Alexander Dubaic, otherwise noticed.

"Europe's only true crooner" What do you think of this statement? Anyone can become a crooner?

Louie: I like it, crooning is a singing technique and I like the idea that crooning is the "bel canto"of pop, anyone can be a crooner if he is willing to study vocal production.

When was the moment when you said " I want to sing", "This is what I want to do"?

Louie: When I was eight years old I felt the urge to sing but strictly only without any audience.


How was this hiatus from "Iguana" back in 2006 to " Last Man Crooning" in 2010? How have you evolved as an artist, as a perfomer in this period?

Louie: Well, you know it´s 4 years since I´d released my last album Iguana on Klein records back in 2006 so on one hand it was very exciting and great to work on Last Man Crooning / Electrotaining You! for me especially since by now I have my own label LA Music (which is short for Louie Austen Music) so for the first time in these by now over ten years I´m in electronic music I had complete full artistic freedom on this album and could just do whatever I wanted with no label manager poking me telling me I should do it this or that way. Unfortunately this also means I have to cover all costs for the album production myself. And it was also very frustrating as it took so much longer than I thought it would take to get the recordings together - I actually already wanted to release it early this year but as there were so many musicians involved specially. On the first of the two albums Last Man Crooning that it took more than a half a year longer than expected. But I am so proud and glad of the outcome & I hope all my fans are just as happy as I am with this Louie Austen double dose!

Louie Austen's 2006 album "Iguana".

"Last Man Crooning" talks about many topics, the performer profession, passion and we can find back flashes from your trips to South Africa, Australia and the US. How it's been the experience of being Louie Austen as a musician?

Louie: The life as an musician is hard, no money, out of jobs and a girlfriend who is always complaining about how inefficient you are. But deep in your heart you know that this is the only way to exist.

Photo by Christian Mastalier.


In your new album we can find love songs such as " My lady", " A hundred years from now", "Little Sun". What's love for Louie Austen?

Louie: The force for eveything you are doing. The wonderful thing about love is, that the more you give away the more you get back.

What's your opinion on the fact that Louie Austen is considered as a kind of reconcilliation between young and old, and have achieved succesfully to reflect this union in your music?

Louie: This is probably the greatest honor for an artist, to please young audiences. The most common statement after a concert is "Louie, now I am not afraid anymore to get as old as you are!" This is the most wonderful compliment you can get.


Tell us about your future projects or plans.

Louie: It is getting better and better and as long as I live I am creative and productive. 2011 is a very good year, because there are plenty of projects lined up! Another single, an electronic tango project...

If you had to leave this world tomorrow, what do you think that you leave to this world? Will the crooner figure go on?

Louie: That I made the world a better place and made many people happy. Quality will come back, because life goes in waves and there is room for everything.

What's your message or advice to young people, specially artists and young talent who have just started and are interested to be in the music scene and why not, to become new crooners?

Louie: Do your thing and don't let anyone distract your dream. Find good people to work with you and stay away from bad people or negative attitude.


Special thanks to Carina and Louie himself for this interview. Welcome to the project!!!

Louie Austen's new double feature album "LAST MAN CROONING/ELECTROTAINING YOU!" is OUT NOW!!
You can check out and preview the album:
LAST MAN CROONING is HERE.
ELECTROTAINING YOU! is HERE.

Check out Louie's official site for further information on this release and tour dates,HERE.

The list of links to get the album will be published soon. Stay tuned!!

This is the info and links of distributors.

Distribution Northern & Southern America:

http://www.forcedexposure.com/


International - Rest of Word Distribution:

http://www.wordandsound.de

http://www.whatpeopleplay.com


"Paris" and "Make Your Move" remixes have been released aswell.

Check out some music videos featuring Louie Austen and some of his previous collaborations with other artists:


Friday, October 22, 2010

PREVIEW: Conversation with director Matthew Mishory on his upcoming film; JOSHUA TREE, 1951: A PORTRAIT OF JAMES DEAN

Text & interview by Ivan Guerrero
Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, written and directed by Matthew Mishory.

The list goes on and the show has started. " Susceptibility to physical or emotional injury or attack", " Capability of being wounded or hurt"- vulnerability, they call it in these strange lands; complicated term that we're not allowed to mention but usually comes in our breakfast, meets us at the station, when we go out to the street or when we fall in love. A strange but yet common ingredient that we add to our favourite cake but we won't dare to speak of . A "curse" we could not accept.
Are we ever really strong and determined? How can we be so sure to win this game without a single scratch? How can we kiss someone without that powerful but yet risky exchange of saliva? Probably, the situation goes beyond boundaries, beyond will, beyond consciousness. Stop the game or otherwise I could get hurt!!
In a flash of vulnerability, we are in jeopardy, a risk to lose it all, partially or totally: work, health, faith, confidence or life itself . Call it weakness, liability to succumb, persuasion, passion or defect. No matter what it is, I still ask myself the same old stupid question: How could I break into this game and still find a way to prevent my heart from being broken?

THE MALE MODEL MUSIC PROJECT interviewed filmmaker and writer Matthew Mishory on his upcoming film JOSHUA TREE, 1951: A PORTRAIT OF JAMES DEAN. (Check out the teaser trailer at the end of this post)
Matthew Mishory's work includes DELPHINIUM, A CHILDHOOD PORTRAIT OF DEREK JARMAN and he has participated in several film festivals in London, Reykjavik, New York, Toronto, Seattle, São Paulo and Bucharest. His currents projects are, of course JOSHUA TREE, 1951: A PORTRAIT OF JAMES DEAN due to release in 2011 and also the upcoming
PORTLAND starring Jonathan Caouette ("Tarnation").

Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean is due to release in 2011.


How and when did you "meet" James Dean for the first time?

Matthew: My father showed me East of Eden when I was eight or nine years old. By thirteen I had discovered Rebel Without a Cause. Even as a child, I recognized that Dean was a very different type of actor. What a lot of people overlook is that, legendary status aside, Dean fundamentally changed cinema acting. Channeling the method and Montgomery Clift, he was looking to craft perfect moments of screen performance. Life offers few such perfect moments, but in those three unforgettable performances, James Dean left us many. There is a true transcendental quality to what he accomplished as an artist. That is why he continues to fascinate, and that is why I am making a film about him.

Filmmaker and writer, Matthew Mishory.


How this interest was born? This interest in making a film and bringing this particular approach or side of James Dean?

Matthew: I wanted to make another historical film. The idea was born in Paris. I had just premiered DELPHINIUM, my previous film, in London, and having mostly run out of money on my trip, I spent a few weeks laying low at a friend's place in Paris before flying to Reykjavik. It was a great time to write; sitting in cafes with a laptop was cheap. I took the first draft to Iceland and started to develop the film at the Talent Lab at the Reykjavik International Film Festival. It was a great experience. It's easy to get inspired by Iceland.

Can we say we will be able to see an unseen side of the icon?

Matthew: Yes, I think so. JOSHUA TREE, 1951 is the most unflinching and honest exploration yet of James Dean's life prior to his becoming a star, an intimate film set in the years before Dean moved to New York and achieved notoriety. The narrative blends biographical, fictionalized, and stylized elements to create a portrait of Dean, of Old Hollywood, and of American society in the early 1950s.

A new exploration of the icon.


"The new motion picture about an outsider icon." In your work, we can already see this approach to the OUTSIDER figure. Tell us about this interest in the OUTSIDER figure, James Dean as an outsider?? Aren't we all outsiders at certain point of our lives?

Matthew: I have always approached storytelling from an outsider's perspective because it is my perspective. Similarly my experience as a filmmaker has always been an outsider's experience; I have never had significant financial or corporate backing. With JOSHUA TREE, 1951, I found myself drawn, as I had been with DELPHINIUM, to hidden histories, to outcasts, to the transcendental power of intimacy. And to James Dean. To millions he remains an unblemished icon of the golden age. But to outsiders like me, he has always represented something else, something darker, imperfect, and real. I believe the film speaks to this -- and speaks for itself.

What about about the challenges of making/writing/directing JOSHUA TREE, 1951? Speaking of challenges, you said this movie will challenge the audience. Tell us about it.

Matthew: The challenge for me is always in funding the film. The process is at best a struggle and at worst a trauma. And once the (always inadequate) budget is raised, the race against the clock begins. I never have very many days on set. But you're right, a good film also challenges its audience. I believe this is what we have accomplished with JOSHUA TREE. It is unlike any portrait of James Dean that has come before it.

James Preston stars as James Dean in JOSHUA TREE, 1951.


JOSHUA TREE, 1951 cast includes Clint Catalyst, Dan Gleen, Dalilah Rain, and of course James Preston as James Dean. How your experience was working with him?

Matthew: I am so pleased with my cast. As for James, we received several thousand submissions which were then narrowed down to a small group for the final round of casting. James had been recommended by another actor already cast in a different part. They had taken an acting class together, so I suppose it was meant to be. Beyond his uncanny likeness, he had a real vulnerability, and that to me is the most important quality in any performer. As soon as he auditioned, I knew we had found our lead. Instincts really are everything in casting.

What do you think of this excitement and expectation the teaser of JOSHUA TREE, 1951 is generating?

Matthew: I am thrilled. A very pleasant surprise!

Your next film, PORTLAND, features Jonathan Caouette from "Tarnation." Tell us about this project and your experience working with Jonathan.

Matthew: PORTLAND is also an outsider story, starring Jonathan, as you mentioned, and Erin Daniels of The L Word and A Single Man. It has been, to date, a five-year odyssey to get the film made. But I think when it’s finally done, you’ll agree it was worth the wait.

Jonathan is a great friend and a true visionary. He helped (as a creative consultant) on DELPHINIUM and now JOSHUA TREE, 1951, and I can't wait to work with him on PORTLAND. His amazing new film is playing festivals this Fall, so go see it!

A message for THE MALE MODEL MUSIC PROJECT readers, or anyting you would like to add concerning JOSHUA TREE, 1951, and your other films or projects.

Matthew: Derek Jarman is one of the most important artists, filmmakers, and activists of the 70s, 80s, and 90s -- yet far too few people know about his life and work. I made a film about him (DELPHINIUM), and it's still playing festivals, with screenings this Fall in London, Paris, Berlin, and Hamburg. If you can, set aside a few minutes of your time to watch a film about an artist whose life, work, and activism really inspires me and, I believe, will inspire you too.


Special thanks to Matthew for this interview. Welcome to the project!!!


Check out JOSHUA TREE, 1951: A PORTRAIT OF JAMES DEAN 's official site HERE.


THE MALE MODEL MUSIC PROJECT will keep you posted on any news on JOSHUA TREE, 1951: A PORTRAIT OF JAMES DEAN and Matthew Mishory's upcoming work.

Delphinium, A Childhood Portrait of Derek Jarman, directed by Matthew Mishory.


"Portland", featuring Jonathan Caouette, is also due to release in 2011.

Check out the trailer for DELPHINIUM, A CHILDHOOD PORTRAIT OF DEREK JARMAN and of course, the teaser for JOSHUA TREE, 1951: A PORTRAIT OF JAMES DEAN.

*ジョシュアツリー1951年、ジェームスディーンのポートレート . マシューミショリーによる脚本と監督

*ジョシュアツリー1951年、ジェームスディーンのポートレート .マシューミショリーによる脚本と監督

THE MALE MODEL MUSIC PROJECTイヴァン君はマシューミショリー*監督*をインタビウをしました!!

ジェームスディーンとの初めて出会いは? いつどうでしたか?

マシュー: 8歳か9歳のときにEAST OF EDEN(イーデンの東)を父に見せてもらいました。

13歳までREBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE(理由なき反抗)を見ました。子供ながらジェームスはほかの俳優とは違うと思っていました。多くの人が見逃していることは彼の伝説的なステータスは別にして彼は映画に置ける芝居を根本的に変えたことです。

彼の人生はそのような完璧な瞬間を彼に与えませんでしたがそれらの三つの忘れがたい芝居の中にジェームスは私たちにたくさんの物を残しました。

アーティストとして彼が成し遂げたことは大変な質が高いので彼はい未だに私たちを魅了し続け私が彼の映画を作ろうと思ったわけです。

ジェームスプレストンはジェームスディーンになります。

ジョシュアツリー1951年、ジェームスディーンのポートレート2011年の封切りです!!

今度この映画につぃてのニュースを待って下さい!!

ジョシュアツリー1951年、ジェームスディーンのポートレートの予告編を見てね!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

MALE MODEL GUEST UPDATE: ZANDER BY IAN COLE FOR STATUS No. 7

Zander is now featured on the cover for Status No. 7, photographed by Ian Cole.
Check out Zander's music-sound selection and previous interview for THE MALE MODEL MUSIC PROJECT, here.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

SOMEWHERE: A film written and directed by SOFIA COPPOLA Coming Soon!!!

Check out the trailer for Sofia Coppola's upcoming film Somewhere, starring Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Michelle Monaghan and Benicio del Toro.
The movie will feature music from Phoenix.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

NEW ALBUM ALERT: Antony and the Johnsons-Swanlights

“Swanlights“ is the fourth Antony and the Johnsons album and the follow up to the critically acclaimed smash “The Crying Light“ which topped year-end best of lists across the globe in 2009. Antony burst into the international spotlight with his second album, I am a Bird Now“, which won the UK’s prestigious Mercury Music Prize.

Tracklist :
1. Everything is New
2. The Great White Ocean
3. Ghost
4. I’m In Love
5. Violetta
6. Swanlights
7. The Spirit Was Gone
8. Thank You For Your Love
9. Flétta (with Björk)
10. Salt Silver Oxygen
11. Christina’s Farm
The video above features Kazuo Ohno (1906-2010), japanese dancer and important performer from the Butoh discipline. He was featured at the Antony and the Johnsons previous album cover The Crying Light. He has recently deceased at 104!! Long life for a great artist!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Bronco Busters, the project is not over...

The Male Model Music Project goes on and now brings you Nicholas Madrid for this new installment.
Volume 4 hits the country... get ready for a new ambush of sounds!!!
Photo by Richard Pier Petit.

Time to gamble!! Sound Selection by Nicholas Madrid

Text & interview by Ivan Guerrero
Volume 4
Suddenly, all signs of life went away. I walk alone and with no destination or clarity in my mind I crave for a drop of water. I'm lost in the desert and still hoping I can find a well deserved oasis of sounds to refresh my mind.
Fade out... fade in. Where am I now? A huge cowboy of lights woke me up in the middle of the street and told me I was about to start a game. What game is it? "It's Las Vegas, man, you gotta play somehow" he replied pointing the door of this huge building of magic splendour, inviting me to join in.
Yes, why not? I guess there's always a time to play. What's in jeopardy? A dollar, two, a million? or maybe a destiny? A life? A glass of water? The big question is; will I win?

From Las Vegas, Nevada, THE MALE MODEL MUSIC PROJECT brings you model Nicholas Madrid, who gladly made an exclusive sound selection but also shared his impressions on modelling, life, music and more.
Life is a casino... Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets!!

LAS VEGAS, gambling for THE MALE MODEL MUSIC PROJECT.

How it's been the modelling experience?
Nicholas: So far I've had a great time, Its been loads of fun and I've met so many interesting, funny and great people. Its something I have a passion for.
Photo by Sean Patrick Watters.

How was your experience working with Terry Richardson?
Nicholas: Working with Terry was really cool considering it was my first shoot ever. He was very energetic and actually let me be myself. Once I told him that I kick box he started growling and told me to put my dukes up and start punching, kicking and shadow boxing. It was so cool and it showed me that its not all work work work, people in this industry really know how to have fun.
Photo by Terry Richardson.
Luke Briggs, Michael Wozniak, Ford Smith and Nicholas Madrid photographed by Terry Richardson for VMAN.

Any photographer , designer or person you would like to work with in particular?
Nicholas: Steven Klein and Mario Testino are on my list to work with so far, I've heard good things about them and I think they would be cool to work with. Dolce & Gabbana as well as Calvin Klein are what I would like to shoot very soon.
Photo by Richard Pier Petit.
Are you interested in acting?
Nicholas: Acting is something I've always wanted to do. Im always doing improv in real life for my friends, getting them out of troubled situations, pretending to be some other character in order to get into parties, its actually quite funny now that I talk about it. I think It comes naturally. My real dream is to be in action movies because of the fact that I admire the Die Hard series as well as The 007 movies (new and old) going back too Brave Heart and and even the new films like Transformers. It would be a dream come true to get into Hollywood and be the next leading role in an up coming action film like 007 or Bad Boys III.
Photo by Sean Patrick Watters.

Do you have plans, projects or appearances in the near future concerning modelling or other activities?
Nicholas: There are a few things that are lined up for me in the future, however I'm not sure if I'm at liberty to talk about such things, but you will be seeing very soon. I am heading to New York to start working and get some campaigns, shoots and other things lined up. I am planning on joining an acting company and getting classes set up while I'm there so I can hopefully venture into that ally and like most people, I must pick up a part time job, which isn't entirely bad.
Photo by Richard Pier Petit.

What music do you like? Mention bands and artists that you like or inspire you.
Nicholas: My favorite kind of music is American Country music. I am a huge fan of George Strait, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw etc. However I listen to many other genre's depending on my mood. Jack Johnson is a huge inspiration as well as older music like The Beach Boys, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin. I always have plenty of Hip Hop/ Rap around when I'm hanging out or going out to party. Recently my friends have been introducing me to Electro like David Guetta and Tiesto which I'm starting to add to my collection.
What's you message or advice for the people, specially young people and guys who would like to become models?
Nicholas: For guys out there that want to be a model, I'd say take care of yourself but don't be too overly obsessive. Don't forget too have fun and enjoy yourself. Know when to take a break and know when to say no. If it's supposed to happen all the pieces will fall into place, but if its too much controversy in in your life than let it go and find a new goal. All things will come naturally.
Nicholas Madrid is with FORD. ( Client log-in necessary)
Special thanks to Nick himself. Welcome to the project!!!

Photos by Richard Pier Petit.

What's in your sound selection for the project?
Nicholas: My selection features almost every genre. The American Country songs remind of home and my family, they make me feel comfortable and make me think of my Country roots. These songs lift me up when I'm down and get me through whatever I'm going through at the time. Jack Johnson, The Script, and Sugar Ray bring eclectic memories back to me. Memories of friends, girlfriends, leaving home, my new life, my new career, growing up etc. Being from Las Vegas I love to listen to club hits like hip hop and electro when its time to party or hang out with my friends and have a crazy night, and I love to dance. My Blink 182 songs and punk rock music are flowing through my ears when I work out or I'm kick boxing, trying to get pumped up or in a pissed off mood. I like several genres and I believe music heals pain. It's a very large part of my life and who I am.
Photo by Richard Pier Petit.

The Sound Selection by Nicholas Madrid for THE MALE MODEL MUSIC PROJECT

1. Kenny Chesney-No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem
2. Tim McGraw-Ghost Town Train
3. Brad Paisley-Mud on The Tires
4. Rascal Flatts-Unstoppable
5. Lady Antebelum-One Day You Will
6. Flipsyde-Angel
7. Ginuwine-Pony
8. 2 Pac- California Love
9. Drake ft. Lil Wayne & Birdman-Money to Blow
10. David Guetta-The World is Mine
11. 50 Cent-Outta Control
12. Drake ft. Lil Wayne-Uptown
13. Fort Minor-Feel Like home
14. Usher-Yeah
15. 50 Cent ft. The Game- Hate it Or Live It
16. Sugar Ray-Under The Sun
17. Jack Johnson-Better Together
18. Jack Johnson-Go On
19. Jack Johnson- Fortunate Fool
20. 2 pac- Thugz Mansion
21. One Republic- All The Right moves
22. Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys- Empire State of Mind
23. Bob Marley & The Wailers- Three little Birds
24. The Script- The Man Who Can't Be Moved
25. The Beach Boys- Surfin' USA
26. Louis Armstrong- La Vie en Rose
27. ATB- Ecstacy
28. Black Eyed Peas- Gone Going( Feat. Jack Johnson)
29. Usher (Ft. Pitbull)- Dj's Got us Falling In Love
30. Steve Ray Vaughan- Pride and Joy
31. The Used- Poetic Tragedy
32. Cartel-The Perfect Mistake
33. Blink 182- Stay Together For the Kids