Hill Kourkoutis Musician Filmmaker Has A Visit In Her Dream From David Bowie

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“I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.” – David Bowie 60 Minutes 2002

David Bowie named his yacht ‘Deneb Star C’ ( Deneb) the brightest star in the constellation Cygnus. Bowie while in a courageous battle with cancer before his death released  ‘Black Star’.   The stars in the sky have been guiding humankind since time began and it’s in these sky’s that the Greek gods live. These deities or gods presided over the elements of sky, light and heavens.  They at times to amuse themselves play chess with the lives of those who live on earth.  The gods of Greek mythology, can whirl us into the nasty vicissitudes of life or into a magical space and it is up to us to recognize this and act upon it.

Hill Kourkoutis, is a award-winning songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, performer and filmmaker from my home town of Toronto, and a day after David Bowie’s death she was placed into such a magical space.

Holy Holy a band formed by Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti and his one-time drummer Mick (Woody) Woodmansey, named after an obscure 1971 Bowie single was playing at The Opera House in Toronto.  The Holy Holy gig booked since December took on new meaning since the passing of the ever-evolving, boundary-kicking artist.

Holy Holy two gig’s in Toronto had sold out, and now this Canadian girl with Greek heritage ( don’t forget those Greek gods I was telling you about),  because just like that, a ticket to sold out show found its way into the hands of Hill.  While Hill was apprehensive about a tribute concert as Tony Visconti said on the stage in Toronto to the nine hundred people, “The reason why we’re doing this is about 46 years ago Woody and I were the original musicians who played this album, so technically we’re not a tribute band; we are the real deal”.

Hill was in the space now feeling the emotion of the musicians on stage and all those Bowie fans the ‘community’  she was listening to them playing “Ziggy Stardust,” and a couple of those lyrics had poignant meaning, too: “Became the special man/then we were Ziggy’s band” was fitting since Visconti and Woody were Ziggy’s band.

Hill that night was transported to another universal dimension, emotionally overwhelmed she would confess to me that after the gig that night in her dreams David Bowie came to visit, ( yes folks David Bowie is not dead, yes physically but his spirit lives), after all she was placed in my path and I quickly recognized why Bowie would have like her.

So who is Hill Kourkoutis you ask?  Well she is in her mid twenties  but as she told me she has sixty years of work under her belt having played all the dingy places, or living it as they say.

Hill as a performer and musician has played for Serena Ryder, The Weeknd, Martha and the Muffins, Tara Slone, The Cliks, Saidah Baba Talibah, Keisha Chante and Dane Hartsell, to name a few.  Hill through this collective of pursuits has  had the opportunity to tour across North America, Europe and Asia that led to many television appearances including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Juno Awards and the MuchMusic Video Awards. Hill was a part of an array of musical projects including the indie alt/pop/rock band Drowning Girl, before pursuing her current solo project Hill & The Sky Heroes, an alien/surf-rock band.

Hill has also acted, and directed music videos and won several awards directing.  I told her to me she seemed like the film director Jodie Foster and that should tell you something.

Hill like the quote above by Bowie creates for herself, she is not looking for fame, she is purely a creative person stimulated by the community which is her anchor.  Hill in her own small way wants to create a shift for the positive she has been fortunate to have been able to make a living pursuing her passions, whether that be playing music, directing, acting, doing talk shows on television or whatever comes her way.  Like Bowie who said –

“I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture I was living in.” – David Bowie

Hill has David Bowie looking out for her and I have a very good feeling that something magical is around the corner from the girl who wants to buy a house one day and grow her own vegetables, while enriching the collective community around her.

Heavens are smiling upon you because you are in luck as Hill & The Sky Heroes are playing on April 25th.



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Fashion Brands Go Coachella Music Festival

Kate Bosworth, Lily Collins_coachella Even a passing mention of this Southern California musical festival elicits a range of emotions, from nervous excitement to downright anger. The cool kids think it’s overwrought with hype and inappropriate feather headdresses, yet hardcore festival goers can’t get enough.

Still, fashion bands are clamoring to be involved with Coachella–whether by sponsoring an event, or landing a coveting spot in a festival style market story. So it is still worth it?

In 2012, Coachella generated more than $47 million in ticket sales, according to Billboard magazine. This year’s sold-out festival—which takes place over the next two weekends—is on track to generate even more revenue. (Packages started at $399.)

On top of that $47 million, the festival organizers make quite a bit of cash on sponsorships. Unlike some festivals, which plaster dozens of brand names all over the venue, Coachella keeps its sponsorshipFashion Coachella pool small. This year there are only six lead sponsors: Heineken, H&M, JBL, Red Bull, Fruttare, and Playstation. The official sponsorships likely reach seven figures, but many brands host events offsite, too, which vary in price. (This year Guess, Harper’s Bazaar, and Diesel are just three brands of dozens doing offsite events.) While they’re not as expensive as being inside the festival grounds, these parties can be pricey, too. “If it’s a cocktail thing for an hour it could be $10,000. If it’s taking over an area or doing an after party, I’d say upwards of $50,000. Or it could go up to $500,000,” says one industry exec about these “unofficial” events.

H&M, the only fashion brand on the roster, is taking big advantage of its position. Not only will the fast-fashion firm promote its new Conscious Collection around the polo grounds, it’ll also host its very first VIP event. “We have watched first-hand how music and fashion inspire and change trends,” says H&M spokesperson Jennifer Ward. “After three years of presence on the polo fields, we decided it was time to host our own private VIP event in addition to the sponsorship.” The brand will host its event April 13 on a private estate in La Quinta, CA, with performances by Santigold and The Dough Rollers.

It’s a tactical—and savvy—move on H&M’s part. After all, Coachella is the first big festival of the season, which means blogs, magazines and e-commerce sites use images from the weekend to generate hundreds of “Get the Look: Festival Style” type stories. “It’s become like Mother’s Day,” says the aforementioned industry exec. “Every PR agency has it on their pitch calendar.” And H&M has been a big part of that movement. It’s “Fashion Against AIDS” collection, which was showcased at the festival last year (with proceeds benefiting AIDS awareness), was inspired by Coachella

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