15th State - South Dakota - 15th Interview Rascal Martinez
Next stop, home of Mt. Rushmore, the 15th state on this project, South Dakota. While struggling to find an artist with the limited time in SD, I figured I reverse my search tactics. Instead of looking up hashtagged posts on Social Media, or going through SoundCloud or Bandcamp, I looked up bars/restaurants online that had live music. As I sat in a Starbucks, (my usual go-to spot on this trip), I cracked my knuckles and got to searchin’.
It was refreshing to see a good amount of places offering live music, opportunities for local talent in South Dakota, so it took some time to go through event posts past and upcoming, looking up the sites of the featured artist and listening to their music. I found an event that was happening my last night there at a bar called Fernsons. The artist featured was good, quality voice, had a professional sound to him, and from a genre standpoint, was different from the artists I met up with so far. His name is Rascal Martinez. There was a phone number on his site, he picked up right away and was on board for the interview.
When I arrived to Fernsons, I knew I was at the right location—there was a trailer hitch in the parking lot that had Rascal Martinez written on it in big letters.
Adjusting his microphone on his shirt, he talked about how he was also on tour in the midwest and had just did a radio interview with South Dakota Public Broadcasting a day prior. As busy as he sounded with performing shows, doing interviews, working on new music, he was super chill, calm and collecting. Stylish, happy and super laid back, is how I can describe Rascal Martinez. He was all smiles and welcoming, and had this Modern James Dean look about him. As soon as we wrapped up the interview, he hit the stage with his drummer and bass guitarist and immedialty got into character.
Not only was the locally brewed Fernson beer great, Rascal Martinez and his band killed it. Putting his own Americana spin on covers and originals, he had everyone in the bar on a vibe, and drew more people in. He did everything from Originals, to Folk, Classic Rock, Motown, and current hits. Check out some intagram posts from his gig below - the first clip he remixes Jay-Z's 99 problems, putting his own spin to it, and the second, his rendition of Pina Colada.
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Multi-instrumentalist Alexis Hadefi has gone from playing drums in a band that mixed new wave and a touch of garage, titled Neïmo, as reported by Reuters back in 2007, to going viral on Facebook with his video post of him playing the guitar in a unique way that ended up reaching more than 5 million views. Now, in addition to his band titled Peelgreems that released a project in 2012, you can here and watch Alexis play and compose new music on his:
Palletes, patterns, and shapes. Alone, they exist as the basic building blocks of Art. But put these tools in the hands of an exceptional creative, and you have the beginnings of something special.
We introduce you to Art by Jasber.
Hello World! I am a Digital Media Major with a minor in Graphic Design and certificate in Advertising from Marist College . My passion for greatness drives me in every aspect in life. I love all types of physical activities--anything that gets me moving and enjoying the outdoors. One of my biggest dreams is to travel the world so living life to the fullest is something that continues to grow in me everyday. I am excited to share my ideas and use my art to make my mark on the world. - Shannon Vogel
Amanda Rothschild recieved her BFA in Painting with minors in Art History and Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. She now lives in New York City as she continues to produce amazing pieces while working at The Met (Metropolitan Museum of New York).
Her paintings, primarily done in oil, focus on emphasizing and beautifying otherwise mundane places and objects through the physicality of a painted surface. She works with overlooked objects, often those found in an average home, including microwaves and countertops, especially focusing on sinks and drains. These paintings use areas of abstraction combined with areas of precise detail that give these objects a life and narrative separate from their original utilitarian usage. During her years at Washington University in St. Louis she has been featured in a number of student shows including Knuckle Knuckle: a Junior Painting show, and Community Visuals: A Student Exhibition in Two Dimensions. She has served as both treasurer and president of the Art School Council and was an active member of the Undergraduate Council, while also serving on the Undergraduate Experience Committee. She was nominated for the Eileen Battell Stoeckel fellowship in the spring of 2013 and received the Eda L. and Clarence C. Cushing Memorial Prize in Painting in 2013. Prior to her managing role at The Met, Amanda worked as a Studio Assistant in the studio of St. Louis based artist John Sarra and worked as a Museum Teaching Intern at the Saint Louis Art Museum. (source: amandarothschild.com)
Relationships are fragile and complex. Even casual social exchanges with the cashier at a deli can be flecked with sideways glances, facades or genuine sincerity. It is difficult enough (and this is a gross understatement) to unearth the clouded veils that prevent one from attaining self knowledge, let alone trying to understand the subtle nuances in another person. Language offers the freedom to break down some of these walls; however, there are not enough words to honestly describe many thoughts and feelings that run through one’s mind. Do these barriers make forming relationships an impossible feat, or, is it these barriers that unite us?
I take cues from sitcom sets and theater props when making objects. I use the spatial shallowness in stages and TV sets as a metaphor for emotional shallowness and depth. Like props, my objects often have two distinct "sides," creating a level of expectation or anticipation for continuity and a surprise or disappointment in the actuality. Like parallel lines the two sides will forever share a relationship without meeting - like a dog chasing its tail, the objects are faced with hope and dead ends.
I employ images of self reflection; such as puddles and darkened windows (looking out becomes looking in when it is dark outside and you can see the interior instead of the exterior). I am also fascinated by the parts of the face that one can see (the nose, cheekbone and brow) and the distorted views of the body from different perspectives. The leaps of faith we must take or the paranoia we endure due to the limitations of our perspectives and vision is of great interest to me, and taps into ideas about what it is like to be a body as opposed to being in a body.
I also have a blog, in which I interview other artists to establish a community, gain different perspectives and spread ideas!
Blu Mar Ten
Formed in the big-bang of 90′s drum & bass and regular faces at Rage, Metalheadz, Speed & AWOL, Blu Mar Ten were rapidly spotted by LTJ Bukem and signed to Good Looking Records, cementing their position in the genre as originators of complex, atmospheric music.
They quickly grew and mutated beyond the confines of the jungle into lush experimentation with downtempo, ambient, house, breaks, techno & left-field for labels such as Naked Music, TCR, Guidance and Big Chill, with another two full albums of non-d&b material on Exceptional Records.
Returning to drum & bass, Blu Mar Ten released a string of tracks on Hospital Records, Med School, Renegade Hardware, Shogun Audio, 31 Records, Tangentand many more.
2009 saw the establishment of their own Blu Mar Ten Music label with the Natural History album project. The LP delivered an incredibly wide range of drum & bass tracks from the deeply abstract to the unashamedly dancefloor, all bearing Blu Mar Ten’s trademark stamp of quality and augmented with remixes from Klute, Seba, Stray, Bop, Kastle & Badmammal.
In 2011 Blu Mar Ten delivered the album Love is the Devil achieving widespread critical acclaim and chart success.
2012 saw a series of remixes from Love is the Devil featuring dBridge, MarcusIntalex, BCee, Sunchase, Joe Syntax, Unquote & Sincopate.
In 2013 Blu Mar Ten released their new studio album, Famous Lost Words, featuring long-awaited collaborations with Seba and Robert Manos.
As well as their studio productions and a busy international DJ schedule, Blu Mar Ten have also opened up their Blu Mar Ten Music label to a host of fresh young talent emerging from the leftfield of Drum & Bass including rising stars Frederic Robinson and Stray.
Blu Mar Ten have remixed: Erykah Badu, Annie Lennox, Alicia Keys, Seba, Terry Lee Brown Junior, Jakatta, Tom Middleton, Bop, The Ananda Project, Doc Scott, Fink, Blame, Unquote, Kubiks & Lomax.
Blu Mar Ten have been remixed by: Marcus Intalex, dBridge, Bcee, Sunchase, Tom Middleton, Joe Syntax, Unquote, Cicada, Fink, Rennie Pilgrem, Terry Lee Brown Jr, Nor Elle, Sabre, Blame, Seba, Klute, Bop, Kastle, Stray, Badmammal, Social Security, Kubiks.
"Creativity is all about exploring. If you don’t fail, that means you’re not trying hard enough. Some however seem to think a process shouldn’t involve any risk?" – Von Glitschka
Emmanuel Ceballos is a self taught artist living in California. He isn't married to any artistic direction and that's the way he likes it!