Music – Vents Magazine Music and Entertainment Magazine Sun, 16 Feb 2020 21:02:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 INTERVIEW: Vancouver Rap Artist Terell Safadi Sun, 16 Feb 2020 21:02:21 +0000 Q: Hi Terell, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

A:  I’m good, thanks for taking the time to line this up!

Q: Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Black History”?

A: It’s a song that tells how I feel about the continuous police brutality, and un- just killings of un- armed black men as well as the effects of American slavery. it’s a rise up, stand together vibe.

Q: Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

A: No specific event, just what’s been brewing in my mind and I finally found some music that brought it out of me.

Q: Tell us about the music video?

A: The Music video for Black History is a Vancouver Music Fund supported video, which means I got a grant from the city of Vancouver to cover all the expenses of the video. Its mixed with 1800’s plantation scenes and a modern day storyline of my life.

Q: How was the recording and writing process?

A: It didn’t take too long once I got into it, it came natural I just thought about things that I’ve been through and seen out there. Things that we see happening to un armed people. Recorded it at Nova studios.

Q: What made you want to pay tribute to the black history month this time around?

A: I have been wanting to do something to acknowledge Black History Month for a while now, I just don’t really make music unless I’m inspired and I finally was able to articulate my thoughts into a song.

Q: Do you see this becoming some sort of a tradition moving on and maybe pay tribute moving forward?

A: I think I’ll leave it at the 1 record for now, we’ll see.

Q: What role does Vancouver play in your music?

A: Its where I’m from and where 80% of my music is recorded, its home for me , the things I’ve gone through in this city made me who I am.

Q: Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

A: Definitely! I have some new Drops coming in March.

Q: Any tentative release date or title in mind?

A: Specific dates are TBD. Stay tuned on my socials.

Q: Any plans to hit the road?

A: Right now I’m Just focused on recording music and making visuals for those songs.

Q: What else is happening next in Terell Safadi’s world?

A: Working on a couple bangers for the summer and looking to play some festivals, I’ll be announcing some show dates and release dates soon.


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INTERVIEW: Shanghai Treason Sun, 16 Feb 2020 13:09:51 +0000 Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Glad to be here! We’ve been busy, we recently finished recording some new material at Steel City Studios with Callum Benson and we’re currently writing and rehearsing in preparation for our next tour!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Drowning Heart”?

Drowning Heart was (I believe) the first we wrote after I (Alex, Drums) joined the band and it’s a personal favorite of mine. It was one of the first two songs we recorded together and we knew from the minute we wrote it we were excited to release it early on! It’s the kind of song I feel represents who we are as a band and what we do best – fast, energetic punk songs with super catchy folk instrumentation and vocal hooks that make you want to drink, shout along and move about to! We’ve been playing it live on tour ahead of its release and it’s consistently had one of the strongest responses live, so it feels awesome to get a recorded version out for everyone to hear!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I think it was written during the time period we were starting to solidify our lineup as a band and really get things moving, so I think just the kind of positive energy that we were all feeling – I think the enthusiasm we had really comes across in the energy of the track – it’s the sound of a bunch of guys making music together and loving it!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We already have one out! We recorded it across some of our shows on our UK tour for Musicians Against Homelessness last December and at our first ever show supporting Buzzcocks in Manchester. It’s a pretty good documentation of the absolute blast we had last year. You can find it on our YouTube or Facebook!

How was the recording and writing process?

Everything with this band always runs really smoothly. I think the fact we’ve all played in so many other bands means we know what we’re doing by this point. We’re all also 100% sure of the identity of the band, the kind of music we want to make, and we all want to take this as far as we can! I feel there’s no deadweight in the band and every member contributes significantly in their own, and I find that’s pretty rare! So we all work together towards a singular goal and put all our energy into doing that, in the best way we can. So the writing process tends to be pretty natural.

Recording wise, we don’t mess about, we want it to sound clear and powerful but we’re not a complicated band with a million different layers of studio bullshit. We’re a punk band at the end of the day – we go in, we record the songs the way we play them live and try to capture that same energy, and that’s all there is to it. It sounds like 5 guys having a blast playing these songs, and that’s exactly how it should be. It’s much more honest that way and truly indicative of who we are as a band!

What role does Yorkshire play in your music?

We’re all from Yorkshire so growing up there obviously has some sort of effect on our development as individuals, on the music we make, and the lyrics Sam writes! I think there’s a certain feeling of being the underdogs when you grow up here compared to everywhere else in the country, but also a toughness and resilience that comes from that. It adds to the honest, everyman flavour of what we do – we’re just regular guys playing songs about what we know. There’s no extra pretense or anything like that. And I think there’s so many people who feel the same way that they respond well to it, and that’s awesome!

How has Dropkick Murphy and Lavellers influenced your writing?

Dropkick Murphy’s are a huge influence on as a band. They are pretty much the quintessential Celtic Punk band and if you play music in any way similar to ours, they’ve influenced you in some way (even if indirectly). They really nail the sound and help create a lot of interest in this subgenre of punk music that we love!

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

We’ve actually just finished recording a few new tracks and they’re some of our personal favorites! I feel they really help hone in on and define who we are as a band, while also exploring what we can do in terms of songwriting (and instrumentation, but I can’t delve further into that right now).

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I can’t go into any details regarding that as of now, but what I can say is there’ll be new music to hear in the very near future, and we’re all really excited to have it out for people to hear! And if you wanna hear the tracks ahead of release, come catch us live, I can guarantee we’ll be playing them!

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! In early March we’re heading out for a few dates in London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Edinburgh! Sheffield is actually a headline slot at Corp, a super prestigious venue in our area, so with it being our hometown we’re really excited to play! Edinburgh we’ve played before but it’s always a good time (and an amazing city), and it’ll be our first time playing together in London and Birmingham which we can’t wait for!

Tour dates are as follows: 

4/3/20– The Water Rats, London

5/3/20 – Dead Wax, Birmingham

6/3/20 – Corporation, Sheffield

7/3/20 – Banshees Labyrinth, Edinburgh

What else is happening next in Shanghai Treason’s world?

We’ll be playing a lot more shows; we have a load we’re waiting to announce as we speak! We’ll be writing, recording, and releasing more music, and touring everywhere we can, to play to everyone we can, for as long as people are interested in hearing it!


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INTERVIEW: Chords of Eve Sun, 16 Feb 2020 01:21:49 +0000 How would you classify your music?

Our sound is a sort of Futuristic Psych Pop. It is the merging of human and machine, melting into the minds of those who have felt the need to be both flesh and warmth as well as steel and strength. It’s chill but also strong, empowering and defiant.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

With so many amazing musicians in the world and here in Texas, it is hard to limit the answer to 5. One of the biggest influences on our sound is Portishead from  Bristol, England . They pioneered cool for Alternative music, combining the organic feel of jazz with the calculated accuracy of electronic music and synths. More modern influences include Phantogram and K. Flay, with their dreamy vocals and haunting tones. And there is always the sad beauty of Lana Del Rey, as she tells her stories in such a way that it makes the listener feel as if they themselves have experienced it first hand. We also dig the style of duos like the Kills and the White Stripes, how they work with each other and the machines that help them create.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

A sense of belonging. We want people to feel as if someone understands them, that they have been seen. Our songs touch on the very human topics of suicide, mental health, lonliness and overcoming it. Often people are expected to bury their feelings and act a certain way, which leads many to feeling disconnected from other people. We want those who listen to our music to feel connected, even in times where they could feel the most isolated.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

Our city is full of underrated talent. The artists here are some of the best you will ever find and the generes span so many different cultures and backgrounds. It is also home to some of the country’s largest music festivals and  tech companies, and events merging the two. It hosts events like South by SouthWest, Austin City Limits and various futurist tech summits. With all of that variety and influence you see some really exciting collaboration and creation

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

I was sitting in a smokey dive bar, the kind where the light is so dim that everything exists within a warm, glowing halo and you can never actually see the floor. It’s as if you were just floating along with every step you take across this darkened void. There was a woman playing the piano and singing in a very low voice. The music was sad but beautiful, as if you were being told the story of war through the eyes of a survivor. There wasn’t a huge audience, but the people that attended were so drawn in to the music as if she was talking only to them. This was one of the best shows and also what I love most about playing live music.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

The song “Evelyn”.

I’ve come to recognize among people around me a common unspoken feeling of loneliness, not being good for the world, or maybe just not mattering at all. This song seeks to capture that dull persistent anxiety or sadness so many of us feel. Its is titled in honor of a woman that no had ever heard of, until she jumped to her death from the top of the empire state building and her suicide photograph was featured in the May 1947 issue of Time Magazine. The song is about the letter that she left to her family and fiance, and the struggles that we as human beings face with mental illness and general feelings of self worth and connectedness. Most people have either dealt with these types of issues themselves or know someone close to them that has and it’s never going to get better if we are afraid to talk about it.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

The last year has been a lot of trial an error in learning more about the theory of music, the stress and anxiety of pursuing an artistic career, searching for inspiration. When I write music, my goal is to write a story. To create a world that while similar to our own, may be surrounded in some fantasy, or an exaggeration of a time we live through. The story of Chords Of Eve takes place in a futuristic, post apocalypse type world similar to that of Metropolis if it were to exist after Mad Max. Then these characters tell our real life stories of sadness, anxiety, loneliness through their eyes in their world.  And truthfully, had I not gone through so much of the chaos that I have, I may never have found this sound or been forced out of the cage we often put ourselves into, without even realising it. Chords Of Eve is a completely different sound than most of my past music but the message is always the same. You are strong enough to get through this.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

I would love to meet Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga), play a gig with BB King, write a song with Grimes, have a drink with Sarah and Josh (Phantogram). They all seem like such interesting people with many stories to tell, both of life and of music. Their backgrounds are so very different but their impact is very similar.

What’s next for you? 

With our debut album of “Dear Engineer” coming out April 10th 2020, we feel like our journey is just beginning. Out of chaos came the need for something new, something bigger than ourselves. Our mission is to make music that people connect to, support our community of both artists and fans. Great things are accomplished by great numbers and we will continue to grow from here. The future just keeps on coming.

Chords Of Eve is an American music project, created in 2019 and consisting of multi-instrumentalist Atlas Cage, featuring various female vocalists and the debut of vocalist Casey Ardmore. The band defines their music as pop, electronica, alternative and trip hop, and have described their sound as “futuristic psych pop”.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Life Of Envee (feat. Sam Antony) by ENVEE Sat, 15 Feb 2020 11:53:26 +0000 This rising young Australian rap artist has already had an interesting life: beginning his music career at the tender age of eleven, living in London and Italy and returning to Australia to fulfil his dreams of becoming a new creative force on the Australian music scene. And if the reaction to his debut track, Kinda Funny is any indication, he’s well on his way to achieving his goals. Kinda Funny introduced Envee to a global audience and did exceptionally well at radio and on all streaming platforms. This latest, Life Of Envee, is set to do the same, if not exceed that. And it’s easy to understand why. As the title suggests, Life Of Envee is a personal story transformed into vital, contemporary musical art. Sure there are some clever pop hooks here also but the main focus, of course, is Envee’s ability to harness his feelings and emotions to conjure the world of a young urbanite, trying to make his way in life; trying to understand life. There are moments of piercing honesty, fascinating fortitude and searing insight. And this all delivered with an impassioned, starkly resonating attitude from Envee, one that is both disarming and highly engaging. One of the most revealing lines appears in the second verse, where Envee says, ‘give me a paper, give me a pen, paint me a picture, paint me a friend’, this line seems to encapsulate Envee’s concerns, as well his artistic drive, which is alluded to as a means of juxtaposing the anguish and heartache he has felt through his life, to the imperative to create. Supporting this candid exploration of the self is Sam Antony’s noteworthy production. Envee’s meditations have received the perfect sonic treatment here; there are subtle textures that never take the focus away from the main engine of the track, and the hooks that are here are laid bare but done so tastefully, with as much soul as Envee’s performance and observations. Life Of Envee will no doubt reinforce Envee’s standing as a fresh young musical force to watch. ]]> 0 SINGLE REVIEW: Cocktails And Cannabis by Rhett May Sat, 15 Feb 2020 11:51:53 +0000 Cocktails And Cannabis is the new track for indie rock artist Rhett May. This renowned Australian musician, whose history is as compelling as his new track, has been part of the music scene for a while, with experiences that have seen him collaborating and touring with iconic groups from Queen to the Rolling Stones and even catching the interest of George Harrison and The Beatles label, Apple Records. This Grammy-nominated songwriter, guitarist, performer and vocalist is in fine form on this latest tune, mixing contemporary sonic and rhythmic elements with alternative rock and welding them into a commanding and enticing style. As well as blending these seemingly disparate musical forms into a cohesive whole, he’s also managed to neutralise a contentious subject matter and successfully translated it into a four-minute slice of superlative indie rock, complete with hooks, thought-provoking and mirthful lyrics and memorable musical performances. How does he do this? Well, for starters he’s utilised a hip-hop beat and threaded that to some smooth and soaring guitar lines, created a chorus hook and delivered the lyric in an indelible, impassioned manner. It’s a little quirky yet hypnotically arresting, seizing your ears with a tongue-in-cheek lyric and maintaining that hold with some exemplary playing and tasteful counter melodies. And to top it all off, it grooves, the governing drum parts help to nudge the song into a contemporary soundscape with systematic ease. The lyric’s duel attraction is the way it emphasises the personal with the more general connotations of the title, as Rhett sings, ‘Cocktails and Cannabis, I get high looking into your face,’ it’s a kind of love song, ambiguous, ambitious and daring. The genre-bending nature of this track will no doubt sustain Rhett’s standing as a seriously impressive musical artist, and the hooks and playful nature of the song will surely see it get added to a vast array of radio and streaming playlists. ]]> 0 INTERVIEW: Framing Hanley Sat, 15 Feb 2020 11:49:07 +0000 Hi Kenneth, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Whew, where to begin on these last 5 years ha.  I’m definitely doing better now that this album is done. It’s been like our worst kept secret for a few years now. To finally have it ready for people to hear — I’m so damn happy right now.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bubbles”?

Bubbles…I remember when Ryan and I were hanging at his place knocking back Manhattans. This was before we realized we were doing another FH album. When we started writing this, I had this vocal melody and Ryan was playing along with it and he was basically following the vocal line to the point where it reminded me so much of something Nirvana would have done for some reason. I vividly remember saying that. “Yo, this is like some Nirvana type shit. That’s cool as hell, do that again.” About 45 min later the song was written. One of the quicker songs we wrote on this album for sure.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

This song is for anyone that’s ever been told “no,” or to “stay in their lane,” or “you can’t do this without me.” That’s as far as I’ll go on that. It’s about having the determination to prove others wrong.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Haven’t shot the video yet, but my boy Zack Sorenson and I have a really cool idea based upon our favorite episode of the greatest TV show of all time The Leftovers. You’ll have to stay tuned on that 🙂

The single comes off your new album ENVY – what’s the story behind the title?

Really it’s as simple as we had a song on this album called Misery that had the working title of “Envy” the entire time until the lyrics were done. I was like “man, does this still make sense as the title? How about we just change the title of the album to ‘Envy’ instead?” I think the actual act of being envious, regardless of why, is something we’ve all experienced…one of the “seven deadly sins,” right? It just struck a chord with us.

How was the recording and writing process?

LONG. That’s the quick answer for that. You know, we’ve all got careers outside of music now…and some of us families. So it was balance of juggling those careers as well as the schedules of the studios we worked in. Plus, the more time I have to sit alone with a song idea that everyone in the band considers finished, the more I’m gonna mess with it. So I wrote and re-wrote a few of these songs multiple times over the last few years. It was worth the time we spent, though. I can’t imagine this album turning out better or being more proud of it to be honest.

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?

Absolutely. For starters, we have 3 new guys in the band. So there’s another level to our band that never existed before. We create on a different level; it’s so refreshing and encouraging, really. That said, we have songs on here that I think for sure have the “traditional FH sound,” but there are a lot of the things on this album that see us stepping outside of our box we’ve been in for 12 years. I can’t explain to you just how free I felt during the making of this album and I know that’s why I’m so proud of where we went with this.

How would you say your tenure time between the hiatus and comeback served as an advantage for the band?

It had to happen; it was a necessity. I had to get to a space where music was an outlet again — where it was fun, again.  Stepping away, starting a new career, and not depending upon music to support my family was the best thing I could’ve ever done. Because the transition back to music was natural and came from a real place. I started writing music as therapy again, and that’s when an artist is at their truest, most honest form.

Your first release after you guys mark your return got very positive response both on the reviews and numbers – do that put any pressure on you guys when putting this new material or rather the opposite?

Nah. People loved Puzzle Pieces because it’s a damn good song. I say things that people can relate to. No pressure beyond that. There’s better stuff on this album.

What aspect of Envy did you get to explore on this record?

I was a lot more involved on the production side of this album than in the past. Taking the idea and skeleton of a song and seeing it all the way through the it’s finished product — that’s something I’ve always wanted to do more in FH. I’ve done it with other projects, but producing is something that I love and want to do more of moving forward. My buddy Josh Baker (produced Starset) is an old friend and we grew up playing in the local scene in Nashville together many moons ago.  I couldn’t have asked for a better partner in producing this thing. He’s next level. When I would have an idea and suggest something to him, he’d put his spin on it and it was just magic, really. I think you’ll see us working together a lot more in the future (spoiler alert).

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Just life, really.

Any plans to hit the road?

I highly doubt you’ll ever see us touring 200+ days out of the year again. We’ll certainly be playing shows when this album is out, though. We’ve already played some shows during the making of this album and these songs are fun as hell to play live.

What else is happening next in Framing Hanley’s world?

After this album, we’re gonna play some shows and just play it by ear in terms of “what’s next.”  I can confidently say we’ll release some more music before 2020’s end.


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SINGLE REVIEW: I Will Find a Way by Hourstone Fri, 14 Feb 2020 21:53:25 +0000 Singapore born Hourstone knows a lot about using music as an emotional catharsis. He first realized its purgative healing power at the age of fifteen when his father died unexpectedly. Hourstone turned to playing piano as a way of assuaging his grief and began composing his own music at a feverish clip attempting to synthesize his grief into art. His music, over time, has transformed into much more – entertaining and resplendent with hope. Deep house influences are rife throughout his music and strains of the style streak through his new single “I Will Find A Way” but the traditional elements of a ballad are present as well. Despite those traditional touches, however, Hourstone’s songwriting has distinctive and individual qualities setting it apart from the pack.


One of those qualities is how he approaches vocals. There is a muted feathery lightness in his singing appropriate for the arrangement and he lapses into his speaking voice at critical points during the recording. The blending of the two approaches gives “I Will Find A Way” a pleasing theatrical slant, but it is never pronounced or stagy. Some may even hear a cinematic flair in the song’s presentation. He uses his voice in a dynamic fashion that enhances the dominant mood of the performance – while it strikes a hopeful note, to be sure, there is an inherent melancholy in the heart of “I Will Find A Way” that is undeniable.


His lyrics are strong with images, but he chooses the imagery with a poet’s ear and never risk obscurity. It is an intensely personal song, that’s apparent even on a first listen, but Hourstone clearly wants his songwriting to resonate with listeners. Anyone who recognizes the taste of life’s struggles will connect with the song’s lyrics and his deeply felt vocal treatment enhances their quality a great deal.

There is light percussion throughout the performance, but the key musical components are synthesizers and piano. The latter forms the melodic foundation of the performance and his talents on the instrument are unmistakable. Synthesizers often give the track a sense of near symphonic grandeur it might have otherwise lacked and those peaks in the performance rank among its finest moments. He is obviously in full command of his musical powers with this new single and the ebb and flow of the arrangement invites more than just a single listen.

Hourstone has experienced considerable success with his previous singles and it isn’t a stretch to assume “I Will Find A Way” will enjoy enormous popularity as well. His artistic sensibilities are in full flower throughout the entirety of this brief ballad and, despite its brevity, he manages to conjure a rich musical world for listeners to enjoy. His art may have its initial origins in grief, but you cannot confine Hourstone’s ultimate triumph to one song or fifty. Discovering a way to transmute his experiences from deep within into musical art is his greatest victory and “I Will Find A Way” expresses that in elegant and stunningly beautiful fashion.

by Bethany Page

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INTERVIEW: All At Once Fri, 14 Feb 2020 20:10:30 +0000 Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

 ⁃ We’ve been pretty good! Working in some stuff we just can’t wait to release!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Break Me”?

 ⁃ Sure! This song talks a lot about our personal lives, it truly shows how we can feel in certain moments and where we want to be. We also explained the same feeling in a visual way with the Official Music Video, which was a lot of fun to do. Shoutout to Sean Morris, Nomad Production and Chris Cook from Unique Energy Drinks!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

 ⁃ It wasn’t something specific as it was more like a hand-full of events and experiences that lead us to write that song.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

 ⁃ It was really fun, we had a great director (Sean Morris) and the crew of Nomad Productions are all sweethearts and hardworking people. We tried to represent a 9-5 job that we were not happy in, and the skyline of Los Angeles is just a beautiful view, we wanted to be playing in an open space, and that’s why we chose it.

The single comes off your new album We Got This – what’s the story behind the title?

 ⁃ Like many other bands and artists, we’ve been hearing over and over again that we can’t do anything about music, that we can’t make a living out of it, or how things should be done, in between other negative stuff. So the name comes from a slightly different lyric in our first single We Own The Night, the lyric says “You know, we got it from here, so just let us live our lives.” So we modified it to give a message that things are possible and can be done, but you have to do it yourself because no one is gonna do ir for you.

How was the recording and writing process?

 ⁃ It was kind of a long process, but worth it, it was almost a year that took us to write, record, edit, change stuff, re-record and get it ready for the release. It can get stressful and mind-wrecking but we were very happy with the result. The producer was Mauricio Colunga and it was mastered by Alan Douches, and both of them got exactly what we wanted, so it was great working with them.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

 ⁃ We’ve been writing everything from personal experiences. We try to experiment in life as much as we can and when it’s time to write, we put ourselves back in the position that we were in the moment that we’re writing about.

Any plans to hit the road?

 ⁃ There are! We can’t say what’s up yet, but we are planning on reaching a lot of places this next Summer!

What else is happening next in All At Once’s world?

 ⁃ We are writing and producing to hit the studio as soon as we can to give the next taste of music to the people, along with touring / shows. We are so excited and can’t wait to show the next steps!

Thank you very much guys, we had a lot of fun answering these questions, have a great weekend! Much love!


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INTERVIEW: Actor Adrian Dev Talks Mulan Live Action + More Fri, 14 Feb 2020 19:35:30 +0000 Hi Adrian, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I have been good! Don’t really have anything to complain about or trust me I would, just working on my craft and looking to head into pilot season strong this year

Having started your career as a PA – was acting always your first main passion or were you drawn into this world?

My first professional job in the entertainment industry at least on set was as a Pa but I have been doing theatre since childhood, I even have a trophie or two at my parents house still for some outstanding performances, there was a while where I wasn’t sure What I was doing or wanted to do I just knew I wanted to be on set and see movies were made up close and immediately it reignited the passion I have for film and television.

How did your experience on TV has helped you and influenced your work now on movies?

I think honestly in today’s time it’s all the same, tv shows sometimes just feel like way longer movie shoots, especially working on and off for months on a show like Westworld that filmed 6 months plus pick ups/ additional Photog, the thing I Think sets the two apart is the headspace for the character where on tv you know you might have some twists and turns coming your way in upcoming seasons and episodes but with a film a lot of times you know where your characters story starts and finishes, so it’s just different as far as being in the moment and acting.

Let’s talk about Mulan – what was the audition process like? 

Honestly I didn’t know I was being casted for Mulan, there was a casting for a project called Phoenix that needed martial arts experienced actors and I actually grew up training at one of the most well known tae Kwon do gyms in America with former Olympic gold medalist steven Lopez in Houston, I didn’t find out I was working on Mulan until I went to my first fittings for the film and was in a make up trailer and saw one of my friends who I already knew was in the films headshots on the wall in a trailer.

I’m guessing you were familiar with the OG animated film?

Of course! As an Asian American there’s a few classic films especially when it comes to Disney that we can call our own and this was definitely a huge one, I think it’s the perfect time for this movie to come out with parasite just winning the best picture Oscar as well as The Farewell winning the spirit awards, I think it’s time to show America that asians can really hold our own weight in cinema and that there is a huge market waiting for more great diverse stories! Above everything representation matters and Mulan is a great reminder of that , not to mention it’s where my love for Eddie Murphy and his acting came from when he stole the show as mushu, honestly I think that’s why he’s not back on this live action, we don’t need Eddie Murphy and his damn good acting outshining everyone.

Was the transition from TV to this big epic movie an easy one?

Yes definitely, I think the difference was really just in the size of some of the rigs and greenscreens and things of that nature on the production side, honestly it was an awesome experience our AD Kevin I had worked with on season 2 of Westworld too, and on Mulan he trained us in Chinese military combat, so a lot of fun new experiences on Mulan as well.

With both remakes being a carbon copy of the original while others going a step forward – on what category would you say this remake falls on? 

I think Mulan will elevate the way we look at live action remakes and how you can put new characters into a story as well as being more depth to old characters, i don’t think you can put Mulan in either one category and I might be biased but I think this is going to be Disney’s best live action film yet and I hope the audience agrees.

What was it like to be on this complete Asian starred film?

A dream come true, I can’t think of a more iconic Asian project to work on with a more iconic studio than Disney! I grew up as an Asian kid going to Disney world on vacation in between all the times I was just sitting at home watching Disney movies! To be able to turn on the TV now and see so many more Asian actors on screen makes my heart so happy, knowing that the younger generation will grow up seeing more people that look like themselves on tv and film, it’s so important now for people to realize no matter what your background or culture is we can all find similarities through storytelling and cinema.

What can you tell us about Red Fire Rouran?

I can’t say much honestly, but I will say this, he has a badass sword, and he swings it well! It’s always a fun time getting to play the bad guys.

What was the most challenging aspect of shooting this movie?

Just keeping up with your body after hours of fight training and doing battle scenes, I used epsom salt baths to get rid of soreness almost every night after we wrapped, definitely made me realize you can always be in better shape so hit the gym!

What else is happening next in Adrian Dev’s world? 

I have a 6 year old son so the joy of parenting, and just working more on my craft in between filming and auditions, I train at berg studios amongst a few other schools as well, for those unfamiliar Berg is the private coach for Riz Ahmed and Lupita Nyongo as well as some other great actor friends of mine, honestly I live and breathe making movies so if I’m not on set or trying to get on set I’m probably trying to learn a skill that I can use on set and better myself as a human and an actor.

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INTERVIEW: Sujit Kundu, Founder and CEO of SKAM Artist Fri, 14 Feb 2020 19:21:34 +0000 How were you drawn into the world of music? Has this always been a passion you had?

It just kind of happened! I wouldn’t say I was drawn to music, more to the business and the hustle of music and the energy that live performances and crowds bring.

While many choose to go in front of the stage and camera – what made you want to start a career behind the scenes?

I have zero talent to be in front of the camera or performing – I wasn’t blessed with that lol.

Was it easy getting into this world? 

Honestly, it probably is much harder now. When I got into the industry hip hop was just starting as a culture and sound.

When did you decide that a career in DJ booking was your calling?

When I graduated college I knew I had to get a job, start paying bills and enter the real world per say. Once I realized I could pay my bills and still have fun, I was definitely interested. I don’t consider myself a DJ booker but more of a booking agent/record exec.

How has social media revolutionized the music booking /DJ Industry? 

It has made the world much smaller and access much easier – venues, djs, agents are one DM away.

With some weak or fraudulent events and festivals like FYRE Festival taking place around the world, how do you avoid falling for this type of events? 

I can usually tell if something is going to be smooth and well set up and/or if something is going to be an issue. I have little checks and balances and if you fail too many we just won’t go!

Have you been victim of any sort of similar events?

Yes of course! In my early promoting days there were many fake events or not well planned out events. Often we would arrive and what we thought we were walking into wasn’t where we ended up. The key is being prepared.

With EDM and DJs breaking through and establishing in the mainstream both behind a turntable and as producers – how do you walk through this competitive arena? 

Work hard and be honest.

Is there a benefit in being able to work with all different genres of music since there is so much crossover and collaborations these days?

Many people specialize in one genre of music, but being able to work in all genres allows me to see the business through multiple different perspectives and provides my clients with a better understanding. I’m also able to provide buyers various options for their needs. For example, they may come to me for a hip hop DJ, enjoy the experience of working with us and then have a need for an EDM DJ and look to us to provide first.

What is one thing you could tell your younger self?  

I would probably put a little less faith in people. Usually most people end up letting you down….maybe not in 6 months, 1 year, but eventually people end up letting you down

What else is happening next in your world? 

Trying to expand my brand to be more of a global brand.

Where can we follow you to keep up with you and all of SKAM Artists’ DJs? 

Instagram/Twitter  @skamartist 


Photo credit – Dylan Lujano (@DylanLujano)

Wardrobe credit – John Varvatos (@Johnvarvatos)

Location credit – Hyde Sunset (@HydeSunset)

Styling credit – Siam Patama (@SiamPatama)

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