Saturday, June 5, 2010

VV Brown: Thee Itsnotyouitsme.org Interview



VV BROWN By ANTHONY DE LA CRUZ

3 attributes which I feel makes a true performer are - A stellar LIVE vocal set. A beauty that transcends physical form and creates a unique yet explosive musical birth on its own. Lastly, a true connection from the singer to the listener is key to lock. Thee newest British extraordinaire that is VV BROWN is no exception.


Vanessa Brown otherwise known as VV Brown was born in Northampton, England. She was born into a family of 5 brothers and sisters to Jamaican and Puerto Rican born parents (Mother's Jamaican/Father's Puerto Rican). She attended Overstone Park School which coincidentally was owned and managed by her folks. VV spent her weekends mastering thee art of classical and jazz piano while developing her vocal skills. She picked up influences from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald to the B-52's. Despite earning straight A's while in college, Miss Brown declined offers from over 5 prestigious universities and decided to follow her passion in music.





While owning a guitar that had only one string attached to it, VV began writing and developing melodies which would ultimately manifest into her ground-breaking debut album, 'Traveling with the Light'. After visiting the states in early 2009, VV returned to the UK following immense pressures from record executives/labels that only wanted to turn VV into their puppet. Former rapper/current mogul, P.Diddy, was one in a few whom attempted to sign her to his label Bad Boy Records.

Like most stories, the golden ones always triumph in thee end. VV was signed to Universal's Island Records in the UK. In July of 2009, her debut album 'Traveling Like the Light' was released. Thee album not only includes inspirations taken from the 1950s doo-wop era, but infuses an indie rock-pop-punk perfection which also pulls electronic sounds from video games. She wrote and played instruments on thee album as well. Consisting of lyrics dealt from a failed relationship, Brown went on to perform her first single, 'Crying Blood' on shows like Later With Jools Holland and The Sunday Night Project!
Aside from developing an upcoming graphic novel with friend David Allain who directed the video for Crying Blood and keeping an eye-out on her clothing line which is currently being run by her sister, VV just released 'Traveling with the Light' here in the U.S. behind the support from EMI Capitol Records on April 20, 2010!

Itsnotyouitsme had the honor and pleasure of sitting down with VV for a one on one interview in the offices of EMI records, Nyc. VV was simply immaculate in so many shapes and forms. We had a ton of fun and whats most important and vital for any artist in the musique industry is that they are real with themselves, their musique and with their fans...and let me tell you, VV embodies that to the fullest!





AD: I would first like to say my name is Anthony De La Cruz and I run a website called itsnotyouitsme.org where I basically feature all things beautiful and with truth that don’t need to be labeled, they just are.

VV: Awe you gave me goose bumps! - That’s so nice.

AD: Its been over a year since I was introduced to you and your musique. In a previous article I wrote last spring, I described you and your album as…

“She is the masterful maker of crazy-amazing musique, that is for everybody, if only some would just put their bottles down and leave the sharks in the water where they belong and forget about em quick fixes.”

“As you listen you feel a euphoric sense of what it feels like to travel like the light. Never skipping a beat, leaving every melody intact, hearing her voice sing every note makes you want to cry blood because you are in L.O.V.E". And with that I show you my love with a gift.

VV: OMG! - That is so, nice. Thank you.




AD: I like to think of your album as a collection of musique that has a freedom from fear. I say this because you’ve literally blurred the lines with all musical genres and said “Look, I can make and eclectic mix of musique and make it damn brilliant too!”


Can you walk me through how all these massive sounds came together?

VV: Well I was tired of people putting me into boxes and telling me who I should be. I totally let go - and I started off being obsessed with ‘50s’ culture cause I came back from LA and I had a really bad experience. .. [They tried to] turn me into this diva. I’m quite down- I’m a very down to earth girl. I’m not -

AD: It only comes out when you need to!

(Both Laugh)

VV: Yeah ! With my men! (Snaps Fingers)
But yeah I was just kinda listening to 50’s music a lot and I actually used to dress exactly like I’ve walked out of a 1950’s romantic movie. Now I have the roll (points to hair)-I don’t have it today but I was sort of wearing the exact dresses. The old school vintage shoes, the nails were immaculate, the hair was pinned perfect.

So I became obsessed with the romantic nature of the 50’s and 60’s - and then the craziness of the 60’s.




So that’s where it started. I just listened to vinyl music. I didn’t buy cd’s - nothing, just vinyl. I bought an old vinyl player. I just escaped into this world.

I was heavily depressed at the time cause my life wasn’t going right so I felt like this world was mine only - it was very imaginative. I could be something, in some where - another place. Some magic world to get away from what I was feeling and I was heart broken as well and I think amongst this fantasy world I started to find myself and find what was real to me and music liberated me so much that I came out of that depression and I wrote all these songs about my life and the lyrics were honest.



It was freedom. I didn’t want to think to much about what I should do and its was just going to be me and I’m not going to care what anyone else thinks. And I think that’s why its working because when you start to be yourself people respect you and I think credibility begins with respect.

AD: Should we be expecting any reworked versions of the songs from the first album or you going to keep everything original as the same vain of the album?

VV: I think were going to keep everything the same vain because this is my first headline and my album has just come out and I think there's still people coming to the show that are still brand new learning about me, some people have never been to a live show in america before. So we want to introduce to them the album version - the VV from the album and I think as the years goes down the line and we start to do bigger shows, hopefully we’ll be seeing thousands of people. Then we will start rearranging the set and songs in other version.

AD: Cause I was wondering “I wonder if shes going to bust out Glastonbury 2009 when she did Crying Blood...”



VV: The Reggae version ! Oh we are going to do that , that’s the only thing we do. We always try and do the original first and then (sings intro to reggae version)

AD: …And that note at the end (sing-songs high note from live Reggae version of crying blood)
Yeah I’m not going to say anything more.

VV: (Laughs)

AD: Personally I’ve been curious to know what are your personal music anthems? I say this because I have themes of life and love. I have songs such as yours “Everybody” and every time or any time anything happens I just play and everything gets put in perspective. What are your personal anthems?

VV: I think “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper, B52’s “Love Shack” - It gets me going. I love “Strange Fruit” by Billy Holiday, it really just ah- so haunting and epitomizes depression in the best way.

"Song 2" by Blur, its so punk , its so…it reminds me of my teenage years and me rebeling against the world. When ever that comes on if I’m really feeling pissed off “Whoo-Hooo!” (laughs) (mimics bass line) it always picks me up!



AD: What have you been doing here on your downtime while here in the states? Have you found yourself falling in love with any shops or eateries?

VV: I have no downtime - Honestly I can tell you my schedule is …

AD: ‘Fresh air is my downtime!’

( Both Laugh)

VV: Yes! Breathing is my downtime - But I tell you what I do do. I spend a lot of time on aero planes so I’ve written a book called “Gray School Fox” . it’s a fantastic witty novel about my life and I basically take the piss out of myself. My comic book is out which I’m doing.

Those are the kinds of stuff I do when I’m on aero planes.




AD: Back in December you filmed a video blog where you had some trouble mastering the art of drinking champagne.


VV: (Laughs)

AD: Would you and could you say now you make Courtney Love proud? Can you say you’ve mastered that art?

VV: I have not mastered the art.
That video, I had so many….. and formal talks about that video. We were just messing around because we were about to go on stage and were soo bored! ‘I’m Just going to do this’.

I’m real, I’m a very real person. So anyone who gets to know me their getting the real VV. When you see that video you really do see the VV my friends know.




Check back next Saturday, on June 12, 2010 for a special review of VV Brown's first LA headlining date at the famous Troubadour club.


Special Thanks to VV Brown (Hey Doll face!, Hope you've put those mask's to good use!) and her just as far-out management for allowing Itsnotyouitsme.org the opportunity to share the work of great people and music.

VV Brown on the web: http://vvbrown.com/





Friday, June 4, 2010

Love Lost

Tune: The Temper Trap

Dig it Ladies and Gentlemen...


Pug Pushes Stroller

Treat! Treat!! Treat!!! Gimme Gimme...

Oskar Landstrom by Duane Nasis



'Oskar Landstrom strips down for an accessories story styled by Raphael Hirsch. With fine attention to detail and soul, a necklace or two goes far in an intimate series with photographer Duane Nasis. Dressed in garments from the likes of b Store, Falke and Clements en August, Oskar steals a moment in the accessories of Laura Bamber, Patricia Nicholas and Nico Didonna' Fashionisto




Etat Libre d’Orange Tilda Swinton LIke This




Tilda Swinton has created a new fragrance line but unlike other celebrities who have tread the same path, this scent, unsurprisingly, is something worth celebrating for! The actress’ fragrance comes in collaboration with fancy label 'Etat Libre d’Orange.

There's an intricat emix of neroli, mandarin, pumpkin flesh combined with powdered ginger, immortelle, rose, heliotrope and vetiver! Sounds pretty eclectic to me.


Paul Rudd



Paul Rudd has agreed to star in the upcoming comedy, "My Idiot Brother." He will reunite with director Jesse Peretz. "Rudd is set to play idealist Ned. His three sisters are ambitious. His mother is overbearing. Ned crashes at each of their homes, in succession, and brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives. In other words, he wreaks havoc." JJ

Gala For Marina Abramovic's

Last night, a few stars including Courtney Love who looked ravishing at the closing gala for Marina Abramovic's show at The MOMA in NYC. Along with Courtney, Itsnotyou favorite Bjork was in attendance, Liv Tyler, Michael Stipe with Patti Smith, Ciara and Christina Ricci .












Here's a musique video compilation of all the artists in attendance at last night's Gala!








Malawi Gay Couple Pardoned

“I have always believed love conquers all—yesterday I got to see it in action,” Madonna said in a press release. "In the last week over 30,000 of you added your name to mine calling for the release of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalangal—the Malawi couple sentenced to 14 years hard labor for the ‘crime’ of homosexuality. With incredible joy, I am writing to share with you that Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has ordered their release [on humanitarian grounds]."

-Madonna is grateful of fans helping to free a gay couple from Malawi emprisonment.



Jeremy Young by Nicky Emmerson for The Guardian



'Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein and Prada are just a few of the labels on hand to support Simon Chilvers’ red vision. Styling Jeremy Young for The Guardian, the color red livens a safe color palette that suits the purposes of photographer Nicky Emmerson’s mysterious excursion.' Fashionisto





Recycling is a good thing

'Boyd Holbrook, Nick Snider, Jamie Strachan, and Jake Boyle are captured by Sebastian Kim in the Spring 2010 issue of i-D magazine. The editorial ‘Recycling is a good thing’ is styled by Pippa Vosper.' - Courtesy of homotography.blogspot.com






Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Very Merry Birthday Tony Curtis!!!






Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz on June 3 in 1925. Tony is an actor who played various roles during his career, from light comedies, as a musician fleeing from gangsters in our favorite film, "Some Like It Hot". He was also into playing more dramatic type roles such as the one he played in "The Defiant Ones". Which also earned him an Oscar nod for Best Actor. Tony has appeared in more than 100 films and has made many many television appearances. His legacy that shall live on!


Here's a clip of Tony along with co-star Jack Lemmon as Daphne and Josephine in a very funny scene from the film "Some Like It Hot."

R.I.P Rue McClanahan




Golden Girl Rue McClanahan has died at the age of 76, her manager confirmed today. Better known as a co-star who played Blanche Devereaux in the 1980s classic hit sitcom, "Golden Girls".

It's reported that Rue suffered a huge stroke at 1am this morning. Manager Barbara Lawrence tells People magazine, "Rue went in peace surrounded by her family in a New York hospital."

"Rue began her stage career in the 1950s, winning roles in television shows All in the Family and Maude in the 1970s. She is the third of the four Golden Girls stars to pass away in the last few years. Estelle Getty died in 2008 while Bea Arthur died last year. And well, we all know what's been going on with the legendary Betty White as of late! She's 88 and her acting career is stronger more popular than ever.


Here's the best of Rue portraying the character Blanche on The Golden Girls!

Brad Bowers by Ryan Michael Kelly for Sportswear International #231



'From pure aspirations to the embodiment of a modern samurai, Red’s breakout star Brad Bowers snags another cover story. Photographed by Ryan Michael Kelly, Brad appears in John Tan’s latest work for Sportswear International. Forecasting next year’s trends, Tan layers a genius mix of labels, both new and esablished for a fashion-forward exercise in fundamentals.' Fashionisto






Kelly Rowland



Finally, we have the world premiere of Kelly Rowland's first musique video off her upcoming third album called "Commander"! This video is the perfect push for Kelly Rowland as it covers all corners of what a Pop/Dance artist needs to create their own image. Kelly we are following orders. And thank god you stopped taking them from Matthew Knowles (Former manager and Beyonce's father) and have finally launched a music career always destined for you!


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