Holly Stell

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Music Produced at Trinity Gold Media Studios.

I had the honor and pleasure of communicating with Holly Stell. A Vacaville artist who at a young age started singing and continues to follow her dreams in the music industry.

Q&A with Holly Stell:

Maggie Guevara [MG]: When did you start singing?

Holly Stell [HS]: Age 3. First voice lesson when I was 9.

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MG: What bands and artists did you listen to growing up?

HS: Boyz II Men, The Beatles, Mariah Carey…and Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys, Obviously.

MG: What’s a typical day like for Holly Stell?

HS: I always have to have my coffee. I am in love with my new Keurig it’s amazing. Then I’ll light candles and listen to The Weeknd while I wake up. After that I’ll usually hit the gym or go on a hike at my favorite place, Pena Adobe, then get ready and hang out with my family and friends.

MG: What artists are you currently listening to?

HS: I’m obsessed with The Weeknd, Jhene Aiko, Frank Ocean, Florence + the Machine, A$AP Rocky, Yuna, Hans Zimmer and Wiz Khalifa.

MG: Tell me a little about yourself.

HS: I’m a very laid back person, but when it comes to my music I’m a perfectionist. I believe that the smallest elements in a song are just as important as the more noticeable ones because they all are contributing factors to what makes a sound unique. Writing music has become a part of me. It’s one thing to cover a song from another artist, but when you’re singing a song that you wrote it allows you to cater to your own specific emotion rather than someone else’s…You’re able to add subliminal messages that only you understand while matching it with the perfect melody. Writing is also very personal for me, so it’s crazy to hear a song that you wrote at 3am in your bedroom mixed and mastered. I love performing for people because it allows me to connect with them. I want my music to give people chills and tap into everything words alone can’t.

MG: When writing your lyrics, where does your mind go when you decide you have the words you want to convey when you sing?

“I’m in my own world when I write. Every emotion that I try to look past comes to the surface. It’s healing for me to put these lyrics to melodies.”-Holly Stell

MG: How would you personally describe your music to someone?

HS: Abstract, Subliminal, Trance, Epic and Mystical. I like epic chord progressions with dope beats. I think people put so many limits on life as it is, so why put limits on something as beautiful as music? I have no genre.

MG: Tell me about one of your most memorable moments while singing so far.

HS: Singing for President Bush, staying in an apartment in Paris while filming a PBS special and hearing Oprah say my name. I also performed my new song “Blind” for the first time at a festival recently and a little girl and her Mom loved it. That meant the world to me.

MG: Are you planning on going on tour? And if so, where were you thinking of going?

HS: There are shows lined up but no official tour yet. I would love to start out with some intimate settings to connect with fans.

MG: Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently while developing your sound?

HS: I would have liked to collaborate with more hip hop artists. I really enjoyed working with Red Dove.

MG: What are your strengths?

HS: I have an ear for exactly what I want in a song.

MG: What are your weaknesses?

HS: I procrastinate and my mind is always in so many different places at once that it’s hard for me to focus on finishing a song.

MG: Thank you so much for your time, Holly.

Music:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Holly-Stell/22636961567

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Bay Area artist D. Willz makes it to MTV!

By Maggie Guevara

Photo By Jonathan AdamsStylist Ashley Keno
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Oakland hip hop artists D. Willz, is most famous for his song, and music video “Watermelon” on MTV! With his video reaching over 716,750 views on YouTube, his career continues to take off.

Recording at Trinity Gold Media Studios in the Napa Valley, D.Willz gets his popular beats by Mark Kragen and together they creep up the R&B/Hip Hop Billboard.

If you haven’t seen the video already, check it out! You might just find it catchy, comical, and entertaining.

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For videos featured on MTV, check these links out:

http://www.mtv.com/videos/d-willz/452310/cashed-my-check.jhtml

http://www.mtv.com/videos/dwillz/794364/i-drank-i-smoke-featuring-eq.jhtml

To book a performance with D. Willz, contact him at: dwillzbusiness@gmail.com or contact Jo Ten at jtrecrds@yahoo.com.

 

 

Anadel

Live at Trinity Gold Media Studios
Keri Bailey playing her violin in the band Anadel.

Keri Bailey, from the band Anadel, speaks about her experience in learning music and the importance of music education for children.


Submitted by: Maggie Guevara

 

“Music has always been a very important part of my family’s connection as a family. As far back as I can remember, my Dad was always playing his acoustic guitar. All of my siblings play an instrument. My parents started us on piano when we were between the ages of 4-6 years old. Eventually we branched out and selected the instrument that we as individuals found a connection with. My instrument is violin.”

“Growing up, my Dad would have us all playing together in our living room, playing mostly old hymns and re-arranging them to suit our style. We performed at Churches, but reserved most of our concerts for friends and family in our living room after Mom’s home-made enchilada dinner.”

“My parents always encouraged us to practice. My Mom incorporated practicing into our regular school-schedule, and made us practice our instrument for at least 30 minutes every day. And while at the time it sometimes seemed dreadful and boring, now when I look back, I can’t ever thank my parents enough for pushing me to practice and get better and succeed.”

“When we started getting into high school, my brother, JT, started playing guitar and writing his own songs. I accompanied him on violin and would sing harmony to his vocal lead. This is when we didn’t need Mom to tell us to practice anymore. This is the point where we started creating music, rather than just practicing stuff that was already out there. I loved writing my own violin arrangements, experimenting, and creating something my very own.”

“Music education is immensely important to me. Mostly because I know how huge a part it played in my music life in middle school and high school.”

“I auditioned for and joined the NVYS [Napa Valley Youth Symphony] when I was 10 years old – it was its first year of existence. If I had not joined the NVYS and experienced the fun and challenges it brought, I would have, without a doubt, given up on playing violin. Being a little girl and being able to play in a symphony was mind-blowing for me! I mean, who has this kind of opportunity?”

“I remember seeing my coaches that first year, spending time with them every week, and being inspired to be like them. Because of my involvement in the NVYS, I was able to be in a chamber music group (quartet) for 2 years in high school. We played weddings, events, fundraisers, concerts, went on the radio, and were featured on “The View from the Bay” TV station to promote the Festival Del Sol. When I was 17, the NVYS traveled to New York to play in Carnegie Hall. These experiences were life-changing! And they were a huge impact on me as a musician. It made me fall in love with Classical music, and be artistically aware and educated.”

“If Anadel ever goes anywhere, I would love to give back to Music Education as much as possible. Kids need music, and with all the arts programs being cut from schools, non-profit youth symphonies will be all that’s left. We need to keep them going.”

“Right now, we are really trying to play locally as much as we can. Napa has a huge arts community, and we think it would be awesome to create a deep connection with people here, since this is where it all began.”

“Being a family, I think, contributes to our band in a positive way. Because, we are a family, and we are very close, and we’ve been making music together since we were kids. We learned how to make things work and get along with each other early on. And we have a terrific time when we are together. And when there is ever a disagreement about who stole Dad’s drum sticks, or who claimed to use the music stand first, we just let the parents make the final call, leave it at that, and make up a few hours later. Things proceed as if nothing ever happened…even if the drum sticks never appear again! Two of the band members: Ben Guerrieri, and Andrew Arcadi, aren’t family members, but they are like our family. We all get along really well!”

“Being in the NVYSO since its birth, playing in it for 8 years, and now coming back to perform in my band with the symphony backing us up is amazing! I never imagined anything like this would happen. I’m very excited to come back and play as a member of Anadel, rather than be in the Symphony. I hope that it will show the audience how important the Youth Symphony is to me, and how it got me to where I am today.”

    – Keri Bailey

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Members in the band Anadel:

JT Bailey- lead vocalist, guitar, mandolin
Keri Bailey-vocalist, violin
Steven Bailey-keyboard
Andrew Arcadi-lead guitar
Tom Bailey-drums
Ben Guerrieri-bass

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Me with my signed copy of the album “Flying South” by Anadel

Go Big or Go Home!

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By: Maggie Guevara

Brandon Zahursky Tours CA for his ‘Sink or Swim’ album premiere

Brandon Zahursky is based out of the Napa Valley. He has been performing at coffee shops, private events, and small venues throughout the Bay Area for the past 4 years.  He opened for singer Amber Rubarth on Jan. 20th this year, in San Rafael at KC Turner’s House Concert Series.  Brandon frequents Finnegans to perform for the ‘Open Mic Monday’s’, also hosted by KC Turner. He was on KVYN 99.3, Kelly Fuller’s “Musical Mondays”; the local Napa radio station, and currently released his very first album recording “Sink or Swim” on February 24th.

To support him on his tour, he will be utilizing a website called Couch Surfing.org. Check out where he has been, and where he will be going:

Tour Poster
Brandon Zahursky Western Regional Tour 2012

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Zahursky performs to Joshua James in San Francisco
For more on Brandon Zahursky, check out the links below:

https://www.facebook.com/Brandon.Zahursky

http://twitter.com/brandonzahursky

http://www.brandonzahursky.com/

"So what do you think?
I’d love your feedback!
 – Maggie

Q&A with Over The Falls!

By: Maggie Guevara

[MAGGIE_ GUEVARA]:   “Tell me the story of how OVER THE FALLS came to be! Were you guys all friends before you formed the band? Did you all grow up together?”]

[Bret Fontaine _ Guitar, Vocals]: “Actually, we’re all from different parts of Nor Cal. I moved up to Santa Rosa in 2001 and was in a stoner metal band with Chris [Vocals] called B.U.R.n’R. Unknown to us, there was a fella named Tim [Bass, Vocals] in town who was rocking out with bands like Plan B and Risen (and Fallen).

A few years later, Tim and I met and formed a band called Captain Hashbrown. That was a prog-thrash-rock-just-about-everything-awesome band. Ryan [Drums] was out in Napa around this time with The Val Papadins.

Fast forward a few years to 2008; Tim had moved back from a few blissful years in San Diego, Captain Hashbrown was rolling but then nullified due to “jailed drummer syndrome”. Tim and I hooked up with Chris and desperately searched for a drummer for about a year til we found the mighty Ryan on Craigslist. God bless Craigslist. We’ve been going strong ever since! We first jammed in April 2009, had our first show in June 2009 at The Stork Club in Oakland. The rest, as they say, is science.”

[MG]:   “I’ll never forget the first time I heard you guys play at Chris’ Club in Vallejo. That was in 2010! Since then, you guys came out with another album. Thank you for sharing that with me by the way. It’s groovy! What inspired the new album?”

[BF]: “Thanks! Groovy is definitely part of what we were going for. I think the inspiration for the album was, as generic and corny as this sounds, us. It’s no small secret that we’re trying to fit more than one genre into this band here, and it’s no small feat to successfully tie all those sounds together. We really feel we accomplished it with this one.”

[MG]: ” I saw on your website that you guys were going to be performing in South Lake Tahoe at the end of the year! That’s so exciting! How did that opportunity evolve?”

[BF]: It IS exciting, isn’t it? OMG!!! We love Tahoe, being avid snowboarders (except for Ryan, who probably would be an avid snowboarder if he ever went). Credit for this show actually goes to Mike from The Business End (a killer punk band from SF), who asked us aboard.  This club is a blast to play.”

[MG]: “How many shows did you guys have this year?”

[BF]: “25. This year definitely didn’t have as many shows as the last, partly because we’re trying to focus on bigger shows with more thought put into promotion of them. Promotion: that is by far the toughest part of being an relatively unknown band. But we succeeded, I think, considering we got to play some great venues this year. Quite a few really good shows. Big thanks to all the folks that have rocked with us this year!”

[MG]: “What other venues were you looking to perform at?”

[BF]: “All of them! We had made a goal to play at Bottom of the Hill this year and ended up playing there twice over the summer. Played Elbo Room a few weeks back. We just want to keep hitting these great clubs in the city… onward and upward.”

[MG]: “Do your friends, family and loved ones travel with you guys when you go on tours?”

[BF]: “Good god, no. They’re sick of us! Just kidding, our wives (and girlfriend) are incredibly supportive, and generally there’s one or two of ’em at each show. But we play pretty often. They have lives, you know?  Various members of our families drop in from time to time to hear how much louder we’ve gotten since they last donned earplugs.”

[MG]: “Thank you so much for chatting with me today. It’s always a pleasure.”

[BF]: “Likewise!”

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Over The Falls Band Members:

  • Bret Fontaine- Guitar & Vocals
  • Tim Bastianon- Bass
  • Ryan Alderman- Drums
  • Chris Rodgers- Vocals

CHECK THESE GUYS OUT AT:

Website:
 http://overthefallsrocks.com/

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/OverTheFallsRocks?ref=ts

Myspace:
http://www.myspace.com/OverTheFalls

CD Baby:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/overthefalls 

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"So what do you think?
I’d love your feedback!
 – Maggie

EARTH SNAKE: New LP Release

By: Maggie Guevara

Earth Snake prepares to release its newest album, The Knowing Experiment, on January 13th, 2012.

The sounds of Earth Snake are progressive and in your face.  The mastermind behind all of the music is one person named Ed Stanley.  All of the instruments in his music are written and performed by him. Some of his songs are easily the kind that you can thrash about and head-bang to, and others you can just sit down and chill.  If you need to keep yourself pumped and ready to go for a high energy activity, just listen to one of his tracks like “Robots + Monsters” If progressive metal isn’t your flavor then maybe you’d enjoy something like “Flight.”  It’s smooth, relaxing and ethereal.

Raised in South San Francisco, Stanley started really playing music at the age of 10 and hasn’t stopped since.  In his early stages of musical development, he took private drum lessons and studied music in high school as well.  Now 22 years of age, Stanley is currently producing from the Napa Valley. On the new album you will find his song “Merely Practical Joking;”

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There’s much to be said about the demonstrative musician. Playing with time and space, Stanley integrates 8-bit and his knowledge of tempo changes with his passion for Djent, the subgenre the band Meshuggah coined, which expresses the heavy metal sound that spawned from progressive metal.

Stanley’s ability to capture a “full” sound while flying solo truly is an art form all in itself. Starting off as a drummer, Stanley takes what many might know as the “heart beat” of music to a new level.  But what I hear may be completely different than what you might hear. So check him out! Let me know what YOU think!

EarthSnake: 
http://earthsnake.tessmusicproductions.com/

“Like” him on facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/earthsnakemusic

"So what do you think?
I’d love your feedback!
 – Maggie