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Returning Back to Music

I haven’t written here in a long time. I’ve been going through a musical journey, so to speak. I had a chance to perform at the Viper Room Acoustic Lounge September 27th, and El Cid October 7th. I wrote two new songs for the occasions and I feel my songwriting has progressed.

I’m about to record acoustic versions of my new songs. I’ve been changing what I want do to with my life, and I don’t want to reveal too much personal information here, but I will be changing some things, but I will still continue music.

As for what I’ve been listening to lately, Pop music is still abundant, and for some reason lately… I’ve been taking a breather from music. I think Pop music nowadays is so eager to grab people’s attention that it doesn’t wait a second to breathe… it’s like a heart attack right from the start. It’s fast-food music. Quick and easy to consume, but afterwards you don’t feel satisfied and you’re hungry again.

I feel that is why Adele is excelling on the charts. Her music is well thought out, good melody lines and an amazing, full sounding voice that is turning fans obsessive.

Here are some songs that I’ve been listening to lately. Enjoy.

Adele’s “Someone Like You”. Obviously good, nothing new there.

Britney’s latest. Britney looks her best here since she was a teenager. I think it’s a very sexy video, and I like the 60’s throwback. Very catchy.

Love this newcomer, Labrinth. I love this music video. Visual to the eye and the bridge chant is awesome. This song was mean to be a classical song. and it’s original.

Team Kelly! Her songs are WAY better than Beyonce’s latest songs by far! I really don’t like the last 3 songs Beyonce came out with, but Kelly’s? All of her songs are catchier. “Motivation” was a little weird at first, but I started to like it. My only gripe about the video, Kelly is wearing way too much make-up. Although, great dance song!

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Performance Tomorrow at Skinny’s Lounge

Lots of things going on. I’m going to have to write some blogs this week, there’s a lot of music stuff happening lately.

For myself, I’m performing for a fundraiser tomorrow night (8/10) at 5:30pm at Skinny’s Lounge in North Hollywood. Tickets are $10.

4923 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601-4444

I’ll be doing an all acoustic set with original songs.

I hope you can make it out if you’re in the area.

🙂

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Singer Jackson Harris music video Go Crazy with the Shaytards

maxresdefaultAs I walk across the intersection in Sunset Junction in Los Angeles, a cute girl in a pink shirt and a tutu is being lifted up by a horizontal pole off of the ground, with colorful balloons over her. “She’s supposed to be lifted by the balloons”, Jackson Harris explains to me and watches along with the rest of the cast and crew as they focus on the shot of her being lifted into the air. It’s another day in Los Angeles, as Jackson Harris flew over from New York to shoot his music video for his new single, “Go Crazy”.

In the same location where the music video was shot, by mere coincidence, the day before I interviewed Jackson Harris at the Intelligentsia Café.  Jackson Harris is a singer songwriter who gained exposure for his cover of Jay-Z’s “New York State of Mind”, filming his own music video in which he croons the rap-laden song and all the while, having New York City in the background acting as different rooms in his house. Harris left his hometown in New York to shoot his music video with a family he has been a fan of and was very excited to work with. As Harris explains, “it’s starring this very famous YouTube family called the Shaytards. It’s going to be a crazy night out,… I kind of followed this guy’s story and it’s him and his four kids and his wife. He was laying granite a year ago and decided he wanted to start a YouTube channel and he’s every Jack Black type of dad you’d want to have, and called him up and you wouldn’t want to shoot a music video with you and your four kids?, and he said ‘absolutely’.”

The music video centers on Harris arriving at the Shaytards house, asking assistance to help him get to an event, and the craziness that ensues. There are break dancers, and stunt doubles for the kids, 6-foot-tall-male-skater stunt doubles who dress as little kids, and of course, Jackson Harris and the Shaytard family literally running around the streets of Los Angeles. Harris describes the song as, “It was about this quote, ‘forget the real world,(alluding to MTV)  I need reality’. This idea of going back and forth from reality and the TV type of world we want to live in, combined this newfound yearning to everyone wanting to party and dance. There’s a little mention of Twitter and Facebook in there and social networks. It’s a fun dance, rock, pop song, hopefully anybody from six to a hundred and six will enjoy it.”

Harris started to write music after listening to poetry and def jam poetry, being influenced by the lyrical story-telling of the art. Harris wanted to write about his own experiences, including past girlfriends, “First started writing when I was thirteen and first song I wrote was about my ex girlfriend. I was sixteen, thought I would never love again. It’s definitely has upset some of my girlfriends to have their names in some of my songs, but that’s what happens when you dump me, so, I like to take the male Taylor Swift approach and say, “your loss” and now you’re going to hear this in every Walgreens, supermarket and airport. It’s not thrilling when you have to sing it all the time, and relive that memory, so you’re like oh, I got the music thing going on and I wonder where she is and I hope she’s really upset that she is not with me. It’s that bitterness, but it started the music, so I can’t hate her for that.”

Jackson Harris also came to a crossroads that lead him to choose between going to University of Southern California, and recording an album, after visiting a friend on the USC campus, he had a chance to enroll in the university, but since he was scheduled to record music the next day, decided that college could wait, and that he was handed a one in a lifetime opportunity to do what he loved.

As Harris explains, “I rather fail at something I like doing than succeed at doing something I hate. I don’t know if I can sit at a desk from 9 to 5 and not to say that some people who do that aren’t loving what they do and are great people, but that’s not me. I feel like that is one thing I try to say to anyone I meet is do what you really love to do. I know sometimes you need to work to pay the bills, but if you focus on what you really love to do, you’ll never really work a day in your life. That’s a mantra I try to have, that’s the mantra Shay Carl, who’s the father of the Shaytards kind of has, he was cutting granite and was like, I hate this, I want to do something I love and get on the radio and talk to people, and a year later he has a six-figure salary with YouTube and has a deal with GE and all these endorsements and that’s because he’s doing what he really likes and excels at that.”

Jackson Harris has a passion for his music and what he does, as I got a chance to visit him on-set of, “Go Crazy”, I could see how he wanted to make everyone comfortable and to have a good time. Harris explains to me that making music is a personal experience, “I didn’t think I had an interesting enough life, who would want to know about what I do, if I was a fan of music, why would I want to listen to me. I focus more on expressing things that I’ve gone through than to connect with people. Doing what I do and writing from a personal space and then afterwards having people connect with that. It’s kind of selfish in the beginning and selfless in the end. “

Upcoming tours for Jackson Harris include the Camplified Tour, touring for tween band camps across the U.S., the Shop ‘Til You Rock tour, a tour across shopping malls around the country and possible tour dates in China.

Visit Jackson Harris on twitter: @jacksonharrisnyc

“Long Story Short” EP now available on iTunes

 

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Michaela Wallace, singer of “Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend” Interview

I just recently had an interview with Michaela Wallace, singer of “Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend”. She’s a 15 year old singer/songwriter from Missouri who wrote this song and got 2 million views on YouTube and debuted at #32 on the singer/songwriter iTunes charts.

She was in LA for a few days, and I got to sit down and talk with her about her success and what’s next in her career. Below is a snippet of the article and click on the link to view the rest of the article and view the music video on my Examiner page.

Michaela Wallace in L.A., Writing new song, “News” and Gearing Up for Camplified

If you’ve heard anything about music in the past few years, most likely you’ve heard of Justin Bieber. Fifteen-year old, Michaela Wallace decided to write a song for fans of Justin Bieber, called, “Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend” which resulted in two million views on Youtube, and reached #32 on the Singer/Songwriter charts on iTunes. Her EP of the same name is available nationwide.

Michaela Wallace, originally from Missouri, was in Los Angeles for a few days on a media tour and I got to sit down with her to find out more about her beginnings, how the journey has been from living in Missouri to writing music in Nashville and what’s next in her career. Currently writing a new song called, “News”, Wallace is also spending her time rehearsing with her band in Nashville and prepping for a summer tour at Camplified Summer 2011, summer concerts for teens and tweens. 

Wallace definitely has the Missouri accent, wearing an “M” silver necklace; she is just seemingly another fifteen-year old girl, although with a virally popular song. We sat met in the Los Angeles Sunset Junction to talk about her career.

ELENA OVALLE: When you started writing, “Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend” did you ever imagine that it would garner two million views on Youtube?

Continue reading on Examiner.com Michaela Wallace in L.A., Writing new song, “News” and Gearing Up for Camplified – Los Angeles Music | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/music-in-los-angeles/interview-with-michaela-wallace-l-a-singer-of-justin-bieber-s-girlfriend#ixzz1PSqH2Da2

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My Examiner Article “Cory Lamb and Stephen Baldwin Interview on ‘Break the Cycle'”

I finally finished my Exmainer article, “Cory Lamb and Stephen Baldwin Interview on ‘Break the Cycle'” 

It took way longer than I thought, my first celebrity interview, I sat down at a cafe in Los Angeles and interviewed indie artist, Cory Lamb and Stephen Baldwin on the music video Baldwin directed.

Want to know how the article went? Check out the article and music video here: http://exm.nr/k1LSom

And, I would like to say, I don’t think I would have had this opportunity without your continuing support and readership to my blog, so thanks for reading!

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Miguel – Not Much of an Indie Artist Anymore

I first heard of Miguel when I went to the Viper Room last year to watch BMI’s The Next Fresh Thing, a showcase of new acts. I went to see Krys Ivory, I heard of her from an indie record label internship that I was in when I first moved to LA, and the event was hosted by BMI, so I thought I would go. When I first got into the Viper Room, Miguel was performing. The whole place was packed and he was killing it. I haven’t seen a performer so top notch like that in a while, and still haven’t since. He was dancing, singing on point and had amazing charisma.

After the set, I talked to him for a minute, telling him that he convinced me to be a fan, he was very nice to me. Not only was he a fabulous performer, but a genuinely nice person. I followed his career since, and he has performed at festivals, worked with Usher and continues to get bigger. His single is a slow jam, but live, he is extremely energetic, and is definitely worth seeing live.

This is his single, “All I Want is You”

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Indie Artist Mondays: M.4.T.P. – Collective Indie Artist Release & Los Angeles Downtown Artwalk

For this week’s Indie Artist Mondays, I’m going to write a personal blog about musicians that I know here in LA.

M.4.T.P. (Music for the People) is a compilation album of indie artists. My friend and previous beat maker for my release, “Butterfly” (available on iTunes, look up my name Elena Ovalle “Butterfly”), Dane Diamond, has put together various indie artists and is releasing a series of EPs. The music has various genres, from pop to indie rock.

To hear some tracks, click on this link: http://m4tp.bandcamp.com/album/6b

A release party for M.4.T.P. “The Heart as a Theory” will be at Los Angeles Downtown Artwalk this Thursday, April 14th, 8pm -11pm. There will be free copies of the release at the event. Every month  in Los Angeles, there is an artwalk of local artists that has grown very popular. You can check out the Facebook invitation here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=192409257470559

Here is the Downtown LA Artwalk WordPress site: http://artwalkla.wordpress.com/

Check out the links, music, and drop by the Artwalk in Downtown LA this Thursday if you’re in town.

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