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Sunday, February 20, 2011

DEBUT!!!! RECOMMENDATION: ALEX RITA & KRISWONTWO: WON'T RETURN EP

Don't miss out the new EP from Kriswontwo (aka Forest Won) "Won't Return" featuring the debut of Alex Rita on vocals for this brand new track.
You can have it for free HERE.
Forest Won's interview for The Male Model Music Project can be read HERE.

MALE MODEL GUEST UPDATE: ALEX ANNAND & company...

Left to right: Michael Pöllinger, Alex Annand, Alexey Makedonsky & Andy Martin.
A couple new candids from Alex Annand, our guest from Blackpool, who just took part at London Fashion Week and currently busy with a new editorial. More from him very soon.
Check out Alex's Album Selection & interview for the project HERE.
His fan page is HERE. The link for his agency and sheet is HERE.
Alex Annand (center) & the MandP Boys, backstage for an upcoming editorial.

Alex Annand's portrait for The Male Model Music Project. Illustration by Ivan Guerrero.

Nicholas Madrid hits again!!

Special thanks to Nicholas Madrid for sharing this new series of pics, shot by Christian Rios in Los Angeles.
Check out Nick's exclusive music selection for the project, HERE.
Photographer Christian Rios site is HERE.
Nick's sheet can be seen HERE.




Nicholas Madrid's Selection for The Male Model Music Project is HERE. Illustration by Ivan Guerrero.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

More Nicholas Madrid by Ja'mie Luca

Our friend from Las Vegas, Nicholas Madrid shot by Ja'mie Luca.
Ja'mie Luca's blog is HERE.
Nicholas Madrid's selection for the project is HERE.
His sheet is HERE.

Monday, February 14, 2011

BEST NEW ARTIST: Esperanza Spalding

Congratulations Esperanza Spalding for winning a Grammy for Best New Artist.
Esperanza Spalding is a jazz bassist and vocalist from Portland, Oregon.
Check out her official site for releases, tour dates, etc.HERE.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

MALE MODEL GUEST UPDATE: NICHOLAS MADRID by Ja'mie Luca

A brand new image exploring the dark side of Nicholas Madrid, shot by Ja'mie Luca.
Nicholas Madrid's music selection for the project can be found HERE.
Photographer Ja'mie Luca's blog is HERE.
Nicholas Madrid's sheet is HERE.

Monday, February 7, 2011

HAUNTED by Late Night Alumni: Conversation with the band!!

Words & interview by Ivan Guerrero
Late Night Alumni's brand new release "Haunted" hits The Male Model Music Project.
Story:
"Night is the best time for ideas to flourish", someone once told me -" I came up with this idea while I was wearing my pyjamas last night so I decided to..."- Ideas are similar to people, they can be really unpredictable. They don't ask for permission and they visit when we least expect them. We could try so hard to bring them out and nothing would come up, but around 2 am, an unforeseen sparkle could set the whole room on fire, a bonfire of ideas they call it.
I don't know you but I think I'm going to stay up late tonight, light some candles, pour some wine and wait for that strange visitor to show up. Hopefully, she will encourage me to write down a new chapter on the sheet of paper that lies awake on the table beside my bed. Make sure you don't fall asleep and have a pen in hand. Ideas won't wait for you this time.

The Male Model Music Project interviewed Late Night Alumni (Becky Jean Williams, Finn Bjarnson, John Hancock and Ryan Raddon) on the release of their brand new album "Haunted", a collection of smooth, ethereal and intimate tracks crafted by the band's flawless and unique hand.
Following up "Of Birds, Bees, Butterflies, Etc." in 2009 and their debut "Empty Streets" in 2005, "Haunted" is the third episode of this story, a story of sounds that will possess your soul from the very first note.
Late Night Alumni (from left to right): Ryan Raddon (aka Kaskade), Finn Bjarnson, Becky Jean Williams & John Hancock.

What is "Haunted"? Who is "Haunted"? What does this title refer to?
Becky: A lot of the lyrics I wrote for this album deal with the past and change, as well as the nostalgia and memories that go along with leaving one place in life and being introduced into another. Also, the building we recorded in was kind of old...and creepy.

John: It was a fitting title for the mood that was being created. The title came early in the process.

What do you offer to your fans in "Haunted"? What elements and subjects can we find in your music for this particular release?
Becky: Like I said before, there is a recurring theme of change in "Haunted". Which is fitting, I think...since this album is a bit different from our previous two.

Finn: I think this album shows more vulnerability than the previous two albums.
When did you start working in "Haunted"?

Ryan: I think it was April 2009.


How was the process and the experience working on this particular album? How was this experience working together as a band for a third time?

Becky: It was a lot of fun. We spent more time together making this album. Typically we get together in the same room once or twice during the album process. This time, it was more of a "hands-on-all-together" thing.

Do you have any personal favorite tracks on this album?

Finn: "Epilogue", "This is Why" and "Angels & Angles".

Ryan:"It's Not Happening", but it's hard to pick one out of the bunch.

Becky: It always changes every time I listen to it. Right now it's "Moonwalking" and "Angels and Angles".

John: "In The Ashes".

The fans comment and express their enthusiasm on this particular album. What do you think of this excitement an expectation this new release has generated?

Finn: People I think in general want the same thing. You want what you fell in love with the first time you heard the band. But the artist wants to continually grow and change and explore. That is what we did on this album. We put a lot of ourselves into it, but the sound continues to change. We love that about the process. We hope others do as well. Music is so tied into our emotional memory. When we think of that album or hear that certain song, we know what was going on in our life at the time... It speaks of heartbreak and love and empty summers or beautiful vacations etc. We hope the listener who fell in love with the first album or second album will allow themselves the time to really take this new album in.

John Hancock.


What do you think of collaborations? Would LNA be open to a collaboration?

Becky: Yes. There would be many people that I'd love to collaborate with.

John: If Peter Gabriel calls... yes


Looking back in the past of LNA, what was or still is the main motivation to keep this band together and go on working despite the distance and the various challenges of writing and producing an album?

Ryan: It's a unique creative outlet. If I have my way, you'll be getting new LNA albums in 20 years.

John: We have too much fun not to do it.

Becky: I need it.

Finn Bjarnson.


I have listened to the "Haunted" preview ... in "Angels and Angles", there's Marcus Bently on it, but also If I am correct, we can listen to a sample from Beethoven's Piano Sonata #14 Op.27 #2. How came the idea of including this particular sonata?

John: Had the idea and tried it... it worked. Random I guess.


Speaking of inspiration, please mention artists, music tracks, etc. that have inspired you both musically and personally?

Finn: Not sure how much outside inspiration effects our inner process of creating for this band. As far as music that makes me want to make better music... so much.

Becky: There is a wide variety of artists and styles that have inspired me. I think that's part of what makes LNA unique. We have a lot of different sounds being thrown together to make something really interesting.

Ryan Raddon (aka Kaskade).


We have just started a new decade, a new era, a new chapter... What do you think about the future of electronic music? What are the challenges you think artists , music makers and producers are facing or will be facing in this new decade?

Ryan: So much is still out of balance in the the music world... at least the business/distribution side of things. How will artists be making a living from their music in ten years.... ? I guess we'll see.


Becky: Sigh. I wish I made a living doing this. Maybe in 10 years? Maybe the government can hand out a Songwriters Stimulus.

Becky Jean Williams.

What's in store for LNA? Do you have any plans or projects we can know about?

John: We want to make the next album on a small island in the Caribbean.


What's your advice or message for the fans, readers and listeners?

Becky: Thank you for listening. I think we have amazing fans.

Ryan: I think people who actually find out about us and follow us are committed to our sound. It may be a small audience, but they are well educated music lovers.


John: We love you.

Now it's time for the TRACK BY TRACK from "Haunted" with Late Night Alumni...


Becky: I usually like to leave the interpretation of my lyrics up the listener in order to let them apply them to their own circumstances in life. But, I will talk about them when asked. So, since I was asked, here's just a few small bits of insight into what inspired me on each track.


It's Not Happening: This track explores the differences between what the world expects of us and what we should expect from ourselves.


In The Ashes: Another upbeat track, this song tells the story of someone haunted by the memory of someone else. Enough said.


This Is Why:These lyrics were a collaborative effort with Finn. He came to me with the scope of the song and we reworked a few parts . It's meaning is pretty clear I think. I'm guessing it kind of explains why Finn doesn't ever cry. Because...me...I do actually cry sometimes.


Epilogue: I wrote this song when I was spending a lot of time alone in a big empty building. It deals a lot with change. It's not about death...literally...that's a eulogy, not an epilogue. It's about endings...and while death is an ending...the song refers to the end of one stage in life and the beginning of another.


Vixen:This song analyzes a certain type of relationship...which I think you can figure out if you listen close.


Angels and Angles: I love this track. I love that we have Marcus Bently's vocals on it since the song deals for the most part with the juxtaposition of seeing versus feeling and being stuck in a grey area in between. The two separate vocalists represent the "Two Way Monologue".


Sustaining: This is another song dealing with the lingering memories of someone and the feeling that they remain a physical part of you somehow. Like when music sustains...the last note of a song lingers for a while.


Main Street: I like how narrative this song is...that it tells a story of a chance meeting between two people who haven't seen each other for a while.


For Life: I wanted to create a positive love song for the album...since most of it is a little darker and somber. The song flip-flops between a dark mood and a light one. But I like that because it explores the anxiety experienced when something seems too good to be true.


No or Yes: I can't decide what this song is about. Just kidding...it's about indecision.


Spin: These lyrics are a little more reckless than I'm used to writing. The narrator is basically throwing caution to the wind and jumping right in to something that she knows may end up hurting her.


Moonwalking: This is one of my favorite songs. I've always been fascinated by the collaborative relationship of the moon and the sun and stars. I use this metaphor to explore human relationships.


Don't miss out the behind-the-scenes feature with Late Night Alumni on "Haunted". Check it out!!!




Special thanks to Becky, Finn, John, and Ryan for this interview. Welcome to the project!!!!


"Haunted" by Late Night Alumni is out NOW.
Album Available on: Itunes
Check out the band's official site for further information on this and other releases, previews and more, HERE.
"It's Not Happening" is the first single from "Haunted". It also includes a remix by Kaskade.
Available HERE.

Moonwalking by Late Night Alumni

Sunday, February 6, 2011

DRAMA with BEN BARNES, ROBERTO BOLLE, HARRY LLOYD, RIVER VIIPERI and more...

Roberto Bolle for DRAMA.
DRAMA unveils its next instalment, now presenting British actor Ben Barnes, Italian dancer Roberto Bolle and a brand new editorial featuring River Viiperi who stars as The Boy Maharajah photographed by Ram Shergill and unique styling from My Name Is Kabir.
More stories for this issue include Harry Lloyd, Ramin Karimloo, Walter Raes, Willkommen Bienvenue editorial and more...
You can see the whole DRAMA, HERE.
Ben Barnes.
River Viiperi is The Boy Maharajah.
Harry Lloyd.
Ramin Karimloo.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

COVER PREVIEW: British Actor BEN BARNES for DRAMA by RAM SHERGILL

Check out the brand new cover for upcoming DRAMA Magazine featuring british actor Ben Barnes, photographed by Ram Shergill ans styled by My Name Is Kabir.
Barnes will star this year as Neil Mc Cormick in Killing Bono, directed by Nick Hamm, a story of two brothers attempt to become global stars.
Images from the previous instalment of DRAMA, featuring Harry Potter's star Bonnie Wright, can be found HERE.

Dance Lessons: THE FINAL STEP, Directed & Choreographed by Kenny Wormald, David Cox & Devon Perri


Since The Male Model Music Project loves to dance, The Sound Selector has started with some lessons to improve his skills. Hopefully getting better and better every day... and dancers to come to the project in the near future.
Don't miss out the brand new short film The Final Step, directed & choreograhed by Kenny Wormald, American professional dancer from Stoughton, Massachusetts, who has had instruction in various disciplines such as tap & urban dance, and taken part in various videos and tours with several artists.
The video also features dancer and instructor David Cox & tap expert from Toronto Devon Perri, who also choreographed & performed in this film.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

James Preston for Abercrombie & Fitch

James Preston is the new international face for Abercrombie & Fitch, shot by Bruce Weber.
Preston will star as James Dean on Joshua Tree,1951: A Portrait of James Dean, the new film from director Matthew Mishory, due to be released later this year.
Don't miss out the interview from The Male Model Music Project with director Matthew Mishory on this upcoming feature, HERE.
For japanese readers, I also made a short preview interview, available HERE.

MALE MODEL GUEST UPDATE: Alexandre Cunha for D&G by Mario Testino

Check out the latest D&G Time's latest campaign featuring Alexandre Cunha.
Also, don't miss him out on D&G Spring/Summer 2011 campaign shot by Mario Testino.
Alexandre Cunha's music selection and album recommendation for The Male Model Music Project can be found HERE.