2014 Oscars Countdown – Elodia, Singer, Songwriter, Interview – “The Secret of Life” Her First EP

171087_artist Elodia Agostini came to Los Angles from Italy to score a film, just like Hans Zimmer came from Germany and went on to score many an Oscar-winning soundtracks. It’s countdown to Oscar night and it is just as good a time as any to introduce you to Elodia who has just completed her first album. It is funny how the world works, Elodia provided this interview while on a flight to Asia, and now here I am posting this interview while in Japan, where I have been scoping out The Rolling Stones and filming around them for David Bowie Is Around The World. Music is key to films, tonight you will see many singers, bands showcasing their work at the Oscars. We all start some place and for many its to have an album completed. Here in her own words, pure, truthful and raw is the interview with a talented artist and my dear friend, Elodia.

1- How did the process on your first album begin?

It begun when I was 14 years old actually. I had the idea and the strong will to make a rock album that would contain sounds from all over the world. I always considered myself as the “daughter of the world”, so in my mind the vision has been always very clear. I didn’t find anyone who was willing to believe and support it tho, till a couple of years ago, when I left the idea of always depending on a music producer’ vision of me and I’ve got the lead: I became my producer! I looked around for a co/writer, ’cause I believe, sharing visions and experiences brings out the best, sometimes, in order to fully express the need of your soul. I believe, making an album is nothing but create a dimension in which you communicate in the best way with others and with your own self, so to fully experience the journey. And I found my awesome co/writer, the Italian producer/composer and guitar player Dario Forzato. He was very enthusiast at the idea of creating something different and experiencing, session by session, new sounds so to mix&melt them with who we used to be as artists as well as humans till that point. So the process started…

2- What roadblocks, if any, did you experience making the album?

I’d answer that with one word: LIFE. I decided to open myself completely in order to make the music flow through this new work and, believe me, it ain’t been easy all the time. Sometimes, there’s a huge discrepancy between what we think we live and what we really carry onto our souls, so the process to disconnect the Ego and go to the Essence requires Patience, Introspection and Courage. You’re looking in a mirror that you don’t wanna look at all the time. That’s why I’m so really grateful to have had the chance to go through it. Also, as an independent artist, it wasn’t easy, at first, finding the financial support that I needed for my music. The more we were composing and arranging, the more the project become important and in need of proper finances. I found strong support tho and I made it happen in the very best way possible. We’ve been in pre production for 9 months ( yes, exactly like a baby lol ), than got the chance to record it at a wonderful facility called The Audio Labs in Glendale, California where the owner is one of the most amazing artist/producer/engineer ( and anything else ) in Los Angeles, Mr. James Saez. I must say, he really encouraged me to step outside of the box… Of course this reflected also on my personal life. He believed, with this work, we really had the chance to create something new and original, to unveil the needs of my soul. So I jumped and I found the right inspiration!

3- The vibe of the album… how would you describe it in your words?

The album sounds really adventurous, I’d say lol You can expect to see a tiger coming out of somewhere, sooner or later lol At first, one doesn’t really know what to expect: it’s pretty sassy. I wanted to tell people what I feel about myself: I feel, I don’t like to follow the standards, but I love and I live to experience, (as I always say), in a totally independent/sassy-mode. It has sounds from Bali, or India, till Spain and its Flamenco melt into an aggressive, yet melodic rock. That is me. I’m the sum of different cultures that are all part of who I am today. I’m Italian but my ancestors came from Bali, Indonesia and from the Native Tribes here in America. Definitely, my music is who I am! 🙂

4- Many artists experience personal growth or development with their first album. Did this happen with you?

Definitely, as I mentioned before, it has been a real process on the path as an artist as well as a woman. I know myself better now, I have no fears to chase the unknown, I know everything we experience happens cause we need to understand our purpose here on Earth and I accepted. I know better how to let go of certain situations and/or people cause I’ve respect for myself. Making an album is empowering in the very best exception of it. To undress in front of your own self first and to the people you’ll reach, takes courage cause it’s very intimate. I loved it and I’m ready to do it over and over. The album is called “The Secret of Life” and it totally reflected the spirit of the work I was going to do. I saw myself for the whole being we all are: Human&Divine (as the lyrics say) … there’s no difference in between cause we are drops of God (in any possible way you can conceive the Divine Presence).

5- You are on your way to Hong Kong. Are you on a mission of discover or just pleasure?

I’m on a flight now, answering to this interview, with a huge smile ON, on a mission of discover, promote and have pleasure to live the vibe of Hong Kong! My agent and I had the chance to get in touch with radios, magazines and tour bookers there. I believe, the Chinese/Asian market is becoming really preponderant on the worldwide music scene. They offer tools and financial support to the artists the way it was 30-40 years ago here in the US. They are open to listen and to invest. I like to make choices and to have chances. I feel a little overwhelmed by the western markets, like there’s no chance and no space, so I don’t really mind to explore other options. Any form of art belongs to whom is open to accept it, believe in it and support it. I’m just the tool who brought it on Earth in form of music so I want to give it back where there’s the right space for it.

6- How do you personally feel now that you launched the album and what do you consider as your future plans?

I feel confident and really happy about the results we’re achieving. This album blessed me every single day, since the start. It brought me introspection and growth, distribution under a Label ( Inspire U Records, based in Venice, California), and opened up for me the way to the ancient Silk Road, “just” to start! Future plans?! The sky is NOT the limit! Lol I’ve collaborations coming up with artists from all over the world, a tour to plan for sure, music placements, and so much more! I’ll really enjoy the ride, looking at the way the destiny of my music career unfolds before me!

“The Secret of Life” by Elodia is available on iTunes, worldwide.

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Deep Purple Got it’s ‘Deep’ in Montreux, Switzerland – ‘Smoke On The Water’

deep-purple-mk2 A Sicilian born, American who lived near my friends in Los Angles on Laurel Canyon by the name of Frank Zappa has to be thanked for the good fortune that came Deep Purple’s way in Montreux, Swizerland. Because of Zappa they did not loose all their equipment and where able to finish the album Machine Head. Hear it directly from Singer Ian Gillan in the video below.

Coming off a huge 15 month tour to support their successful In Rock, the band holed up in ‘Le Pavillon’, an old hotel in Montreux, Switzerland. Using the Rolling Stones’ mobile recording unit, Deep Purple recorded one of the hardest rocking albums of all time– Machine Head. Apparently the locals were not aware or appreciative that Rock history was in the making. In the middle of recording ‘Smoke on the Water’ the Swiss police showed up– pounding on the door to shut them down for keeping up the entire town of Montreux. Deep Purple’s roadees were holding the doors shut so that the band could get the track down on tape before getting thrown out. Deep Purple had to find new digs to record in, and finally came across a grand old Victorian hotel on the edge of town that was shutdown for the season– it was now the depths of winter. They found a tiny, quirky little space off of the main lobby where they could setup, and that was where Machine Head would be recorded– in just 3 weeks. Quick, dirty, and epic.

Deep Purple credits none other than Led Zeppelin for finally giving the band their focus. The boys in Deep Purple had experimented a lot with their sound in their early years– adding elements of psychedelia, and funk to their sound. With Led Zeppelin (and Black Sabbath) blazing the way by laying down the most epic, indestructible and powerful ‘Riff Rock’ tracks of all time– they finally knew exactly how they wanted to sound. The Mk II lineup was unstoppable– Ian Gillan (easily one of Rock and Roll’s best vocalists), guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (’nuff said), Roger Glover on bass, Ian Paice on drums, and arguably one of the most important elements to the “Deep Purple” sound that truly separated them from the pack– the eloquent and driving keyboard playing of Jon Lord.

“We had the Rolling Stones’ mobile recording unit sitting outside in the snow, but to get there we had to run cable through two doors in the corridor into a room, through a bathroom and into another room, from which it went across a bed and out the veranda window, then ran along the balcony for about 100 feet and came back in through another bedroom window. It then went through that room’s bathroom and into another corridor, then all the way down a marble staircase to the foyer reception area of the hotel, out the front door, across the courtyard and up the steps into the back of the mobile unit. I think that setup led to capturing some spontaneity, because once we got to the truck for a playback, even if we didn’t think it was a perfect take, we’d go, ‘Yeah, that’s good enough.’ Because we just couldn’t stand going back again.”

–Ritchie Blackmore

There is a lot of musical history in this town, this is just scratching the surface, more reports coming and you will see it all in the film documentary David Bowie Is Around The World.

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David Bowie – Gives 42 Words About ‘The Next Day’

David BowieIt’s been almost four months since David Bowie announced he was returning from semi-retirement and six weeks since The Next Day arrived on shelves, but Bowie has yet to utter a word in public, let alone make any sort of appearance, in support of the album. He is starting to crack just the tiniest bit, though. I hope the crack will widen and perhaps a tour.

No interview no role in the David Bowie film I am making. Asked to supply a “work flow diagram” for his new album and Bowie responded with forty-two words. Here they are:

Effigies

Indulgences

Anarchist

Violence

Chthonic

Intimidation

Vampyric

Pantheon

Succubus

Hostage

Transference

Identity

Mauer

Interface

Flitting

Isolation

Revenge

Osmosis

Crusade

Tyrant

Domination

Indifference

Miasma

Pressgang

Displaced

Flight

Resettlement

Funereal

Glide

Trace

Balkan

Burial

Reverse

Manipulate

Origin

Text

Traitor

Urban

Comeuppance

Tragic

Nerve

Mystification

“The Next Day is the unlikeliest masterpiece of the recent popular song, the best album by an otherwise retired classic rock artist in many, many years,” he writes in his introduction. “It kicks the shit out of that recent spate of albums by Neil Young and Crazy Horse, it is better than anything the Stones did since Tattoo You (which is mainly good because of Sonny Rollins anyhow), better than anything Van Morrison has done since Avalon Sunset, better than anything Dylan has done since Time Out of Mind, better than anything Brian Ferry has done since Mamouna (19 years ago), better than anything Joni Mitchell has done since Mingus, better than anything Jimi Hendrix has done since Electric Ladyland, better than anything Elvis Costello has done since Blood and Chocolate, better than anything Paul McCartney has done since Run Devil Run, better than anything associated with the Who since Who By Numbers.”

Will the iron curtain crack, I have made a request for an interview long ago, maybe it’s around the corner, showing up in the film? hey anything can happen, just go with the flow.

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David Bowie Film Gets A Kick Start From Fortuna Mezcal

Original_photography_for_the_Earthling_album_cover_1997__Frank_W_Ockenfels_3 You have this plan to make a film discovering talent around the world that has been impacted by musical icon David Bowie. The project is percolating  in your brain of fiber optic lines carrying ideas. Then along comes good fortune, or in this case Fortuna Mezcal and it lights up the brain with tantalizing sensation, while warming up your soul with its taste and love that went into making it.

David Bowie artfully can create something complex and make it sound simple. Fortuna Mezcal is also created with great care. Mezcal is the generic term for an alcoholic beverage distilled from fermented agave, a plant related to the lily. Mezcal is more artisanal, usually made by small, locally owned companies or individuals. David Bowie has always gone on his own path, charted a new course when he could have been quite comfortable in the “status quo”.

As long as we remember nothing in life is an accident. Then we can all propel an idea because of the collective energy of all those involved. This is the magic that took place at Ursa restaurant in Toronto.

It all began with the ambassador for Fortuna Mezcal Megan Alexandra Jones think about this (David Robert Jones aka David Bowie, scary or what) leaving me an invite on Facebook. Ursa in Toronto also happened to be one of my favorite places as they allowed me to come and photograph them throughout the Toronto International Film Festival while I served as Chair of VIP Talent for the festivals first fund-raising gala.

Soon the man who orchestrated the week of events with Fortuna Mezcal’s little blitz into Toronto, Marcello Cabezas sat me down with Pat an artist, designer from Mexico City also part owner with her husband Walter and whatever ideas were ablaze now exploded with the intensity of Mount Etna. Now you would think this was it. The night was not yet over.

Another drink of the smooth Fortuna Mezcal arrived thanks to the bar manager Robin Goodfellow while another person who had partied with me Penelope Cruz, and Javier Bardem (the bad dude in James Bond 007 Skyfall) at the Ritz Bar during the film festival introduced me to Fabio Sartori a musician from South Africa. Fabio was not just a musician he had also been videographer who had worked with Tony Hawk ( I am not kidding you this was all in one night with Fortuna Mezcal). Fabio and I shared a common motto , “keep the camera rolling”, you will never know what will unfold in front of your eyes. I am a skateboarder and surfer, so you say Tony Hawk all the bells go off.

Soon afterwards the ideas that had been lighting up every brain cell began flowing in tandem, dancing in a rhythm as if a tune composed by David Bowie and the movie began to flow the moving images where full of lively colour, from the owners of Fortuna Mezcal, to all those involved and the script was written ( or in this case not ) just going with the flow was the best way to make this film.

This was day one of the film project ‘David Bowie Around The World Of Formula 1’ fortune for me came in a bottle called Fortuna Mezcal and it’s owners.

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