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8/22/17 - Special Guests: Joe & Alisha of Songbyrd Music House

Thanks Joe Lapan and Alisha Edmonson - co founders of Songbyrd Media House - for coming by the studio this week!

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MUSIC

  1. Tell Me Why, by Hayley Fahey (Rock/Indie Rock)
  2. War, by G.U.M.P (Hip Hop/Alternative Rock)
  3. Hannah, by Handsome Hound (Folk/Folk Rock)
  4. Climax: Moonshine, by Names (Rock/Psychedlic Rock)
  5. Locked, by Thaylobleu (Hard Rock/Punk Rock)
  6. Son of Larry, by Aaron Abernathy (R&B/Soul)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

We’re hosting a show at the 9:30 Club on Saturday 9/2!  Ever since our humble beginnings, we’ve dreamed of sharing the incredible music from the DC local region in a venue that is fitting for the incredible talent these musicians have.  Please come!  If you know someone who would be interested in this, would you share it with them too?  Or share it with them in general?  If we draw a good crowd, the 9:30 Club has said they’ll let us make this a regular thing, and we’d love to get more great local artists on that caliber of stage.  We really appreciate your help!  We love supporting this DC local music scene!

930club facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/233306840525249/

930club ticket website:
http://www.930.com/event/1546598-dc-music-rocks-festival-washington/

Playlist of the great artists which will be featured at the show!
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/6NA7boFgtB5hUpDPDdD7BQ

NEW RELEASES

Music:
FuzzQueen - Ribbons and Flowers (Single)
Lionize - Fire in Athena (Single)
Exnations - Never About The Money (Single)

Video:
Carolyn Malachi - Sky (official music video)
https://youtu.be/Luh3k75rCEM

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

There's so many!  Visit our Local Music Calendar to see the full list!  These are just the few we discussed on the show to get you started.

Fri Aug 25
Vintage#18 @ Blackwall Hitch in Alexandria, VA
The Woodshedders @ Hill Country BBQ in Chinatown in NW DC

Sat Aug 26
Christos DC @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA
The Cowards Choir @ Iota Club and Cafe in Clarendon in Arlington, VA
Handsome Hound @ Black Cat on 14th&U in NW DC

Sun Aug 27
Sol Roots @ JoJo Bar on U St in NW DC

Wed Aug 30
Ms Fridrich, Beanstalk Library, Rachel Levitin @ DC9 on U St in NW DC



Joe & Alisha, Songbyrd Music House Co-Founders

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Joe Lapan is a real estate attorney and professional by background, but always had a passion for music and its power to connect and unify people and to provide the perfect entry point for exploration of culture and history.  Joe had always been the guy who made mix tapes, camped out for new album releases and hosted informal "listening parties" with his friends.  Joe also has a passion for small business in the District of Columbia. Around 2010, Joe began writing a business plan for a place that might bring these experiences into the "commercial" world as a sort of music comparable to the sports bar, or a "re-imagined" record store. Joe primarily runs business affairs, marketing and what he likes to call "alternative events" for Songbyrd. Alternative events encompass all those things that aren't live music shows, such as label partnerships, listeningparties, in-store events etc. Joe is the Washington DC point man for Classic Album Sundays, a worldwide album celebration platform, and has appeared on numerous podcasts and other media outlets to discuss music.
 

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Alisha Edmonson is a trained architect, designer and bar/restaurant operations manager and has 10+ years of relevant experience. She has an interdisciplinary background in construction, finance and architecture/design, as well as years of experience as a bartender and manager. Alisha began her career in the field of design and construction but she was raised around small business, with her family owning and running a coffee
roaster in Oregon. While attending graduate school in DC she begin bartending at L Enfant Café in Adams Morgan and quickly become one of the
managers. She eventually moved on to bigger places including H Street Country Club and Right Proper Brewery. In each of these places she both
worked on the floor and managed. In addition to working in the bar/restaurant industry she has been doing contract work as a event designer and
manager for large events in both Arizona and Oregon, most notably, What The Festival in Duffer Oregon, an event consisting of roughly 5,000 people
and numerous DJs and other acts. Ms. Edmonson is the Managing Member of the Songbyrd ownership and also the General Manager and is backed
by an investment team with substantial business and creative experience

Links

Website: : www.songbyrddc.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SongbyrdDC

Twitter & Instagram: @songbyrddc

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, We're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people, like Joe and Alisha from Songbyrd, here in the DC regions' local music scene. Alisha is a trained architect, designer, and bar restaurant operations manager. She has an interdisciplinary background in construction, finance, and architecture design, as well as years of experience as a bartender and a manager. She is the managing member of Songbyrd on the ownership team and is also the general manager of the venue, so this is Alisha.

    I also have Joe, who is a real estate attorney by background but always has a passion for music and a power to connect and unify people. Joe's always been the guy who made mix tapes, camped out for new album releases, and hosted informal listening parties with his friends. Around 2010, he began to write a business plan for a place that might bring these kind of experiences into the commercial world. Songbyrd, which is like a sports bar for music or a re-imagined music store, is what he created. Joe primarily runs business affairs, marketing, and what he likes to call alternative or non-musical events for Songbyrd.

 I first ran into these folks at some of the conferences around town for local music, and I've been to the venue I can't even count on fingers and toes the number of times. It's such a great place. It is a treat to have you here. Thanks for being here, you guys.

Alisha:     Thanks for inviting us.

Joe:     Cheers.

Brian:     Tell us about ... We baited them earlier with it, but tell us about the name "Songbyrd." Where does that come from?

Alisha:     Well, we originally had some other names for this place, but when we found the space, it was a nightclub and it wasn't what we were looking for, but it had this really amazing music history. It was called The Showboat for years from the '50s to the '70s, and the house band was Charlie Byrd's band, and he and his manager owned and ran it. It just kind of spoke to us when we found out the history of it. Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz played there almost every night doing jazz samba that was just really special.

Brian:     That's cool. And so it became in honor of Byrd it was Songbyrd.

Alisha:     Yeah, a little homage to DC music history.

Joe:     Yeah, and for those who don't know, Charlie Byrd, not to be mistaken with Charlie Parker, who was nicknamed Bird. Charlie Byrd is the famous jazz guitarist originally from Maryland, spent his life and career in Maryland and DC, recorded Jazz Samba, one of the greatest selling and greatest jazz albums of all time, based on a fusion of American jazz and Brazilian samba. He did a lot of democracy work and State Department work with Brazil and recorded that album at the All Souls Church just up the street from us in Adams Morgan.

Brian:     So much history there. All right, so that's where Songbyrd ... I've always wondered. Man, that's awesome. Now, what about ... Now it's a lot of work to start a venue. How did you guys meet, and how did Songbyrd the venue come together?

Alisha:     Well, I moved here for grad school in 2009, and I started bartending for brunch just for some extra money and to meet people that didn't want to talk about policy, and I met Joe. That's where we met.

Brian:     Was he a customer or was he ...

Alisha:     He was a customer, yeah.

Brian:     And you started talking music?

Alisha:     Yeah, we started talking ... Well, eventually we started talking music. We started talking about the loss of listening to music, not listening to your radio or on an mp3, but really listening to an album start to finish with your friends and community.

Brian:     I don't think hardly anybody does that anymore, actually. They're not even putting albums out half the time. It's just singles. So that's true.

Joe:     Yeah, but I think more and more people are, and I see it, and we see it with some of the stuff we're doing. But yeah, that's definitely one of our focuses, to bring back that experience.

Brian:     I've seen ... Does that kind of go into the listening parties? I've seen something that you guys do listening parties, right?

Alisha:     We do several different types of listening parties, actually.

Brian:     Tell me more.

Joe:     So yeah, again, the basic idea being let's get together. You go to see a movie, but why don't you go listen to that album and enjoy it with people, maybe learn something, maybe focus on it in a different kind of way or just make a day out of it, make an experience, make an afternoon out of it. So we host a monthly event through Classic Album Sundays, which is kind of a worldwide listening party platform. In fact, going to those events in other cities kind of helped inspire me as well. But that is very focused. You're going to have presenters talking about the album. We bring in special audio file grade turntables and equipment for that event. We have that at our venue, so it's kind of more quiet and focused.

     Then we do other stuff, like you're referring to. On Fridays a lot of times we'll partner with labels based on their new music that's coming out and just throw kind of a fun something different from the regular Friday happy hour where you're going to hear the new music with your friends.

Brian:     Wow. So many cool things happening. There's always ... It's a lot of fun to follow your social media, too, because there's always all kinds of, it's like, "Oh, that's different. Oh, okay." I mean, you definitely win the award for making it interesting and exciting. The music world is so interesting and exciting now. I think you guys do a great job with that.

Joe:     Thanks, man.

Brian:     So that's nice.

Joe:     Yeah, it's a whole world, for sure.

Brian:     And what is your connections to DC? You came for grad school, Alisha.

Alisha:     Mm-hmm (affirmative)

Brian:     And Joe, have you always been here, or when did you get here?

Joe:     Yeah, it's funny, you mentioned that artist from Derwood earlier. I'm from Rockville, Maryland.

Brian:     There you go.

Joe:     So I grew up in the area, kind of always been in the area.

Brian:     Are you actually like a "local" because you've been here your whole life?

Joe:     For sure, definitely.

Brian:     Wow.

Joe:     Red line, inside the Beltway, all that.

Brian:     There it is. That breed is almost ... Although I feel like it's getting more common now, but I feel like it used to be really rare to meet somebody who is actually from the area. I don't know, maybe that's just me.

Joe:     I mean, we're probably still the minority, but it's funny because I see a lot of people from DC and around DC doing really cool things in DC, I think because we already kind of knew the place. So we had a little bit of a leg-up on newcomers who still have to kind of map it out.

Brian:     What about you guys on the personal side, outside of Songbyrd. What are your ... Do you have hobbies? What else is there to life for you guys?

Alisha:     I mean, I wish I said I had a lot hobbies.

Brian:     I know that's a lot to ask, because you probably put a lot into Songbyrd.

Alisha:     I mean, we're just going on our two-year anniversary for the venue. Before the venue, I painted. I love building furniture and just kind of a designer. Anything that has to do with art.

Brian:     Wow, so a lot of work with your hands.

Alisha:     A lot of, yeah, I love ...

Brian:     And now you've totally switched gears. Do you do anymore of that sometimes?

Alisha:     Well, we're always redesigning the space just a little bit for other things.

Brian:     So you have a living canvas now in Songbyrd. I see.

Alisha:     I have a living canvas in Songbyrd. And then I guess we've got a puppy, so that's like kind of living and breathing for this little puppy called Fife dog.

Brian:     And what kind of puppy is he?

Alisha:     She is a ...

Brian:     She.

Alisha:     Fife's a girl. She is a border collie/miniature schnauzer. She's a rescue puppy.

Brian:     Got it. What fun. And what about you, Joe?

Joe:     I do have a whole lot of things that I do. I mean, we share our puppy, so Fife keeps us busy for sure. But yeah, man, I'm into music, of course. Go to shows, spend a lot of time keeping up with new music. But I'm into all types of things. I play a lot of different sports. Still play hardball. Still play baseball, hardball, at age 39. It's a local league.

Brian:     I'm impressed.

Joe:     So I come home with some bruises every once in a while. But yeah, man, just I'm a believer in trying to stay young in the mind, you know?

Brian:     Got it. And now one of my favorite questions that I always love to ask is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Joe:     Gosh, for the music scene specifically?

Brian:     I'll leave that up to you, actually. However you want to answer.

Joe:     Well, I'll start that off by saying be careful with giving advice, first of all.

Brian:     All right, you got that out of the way. Now give some. Go ahead.

Joe:     You know, just follow your passion. Follow your dreams. In DC music, if you're an artist, you're already doing that. But keep doing it and just write, stick to it, but failure to plan is planning to fail, so use that dream as your fuel to get into the details as well, so there's some advice.

Brian:     Excellent.

Alisha:     And my advice would be similar, but make choices and own them.

Brian:     Own them. All right. Follow them through. You did it. You made the choice. Now follow it through. Do it. I really like that too. That's a really good one. For those folks who want to know, want to follow what you're doing and find out more about Songbyrd, tell me again, where's the best place to go?

Joe:     The best place to go is, I would say, our website, www.songbyrddc.com, Byrd with a Y, because remember Charlie Byrd spelled it with a Y.

Brian:     Yes, we know that now. Yes.

Joe:     That's right. And yeah, @songbyrddc on socials. So yeah, like you said, we're out there on socials. We try to keep engaged and keep talking about ourselves and keeping people informed.

Alisha:     Our website's really comprehensive. All of our records are on there. If you want to know what we have in stock, you can click on a little link and it'll show you everything up to 24 hours in advance, and our menus, our listings, any kind of special event that we have going on, not just local music and stuff, but ...

Brian:     Thorough. Really thorough.

January 24, 2017 - Special Guest: Elena Lacayo, of Elena & Los Fulanos

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NEWS

  • This is the 30th Episode!  Many more to come, proud to reach this epic milestone!
  • The Easy Listening Jams Playlist of DC artists is up!  Check it out on the Find-Browse Artists page
  • Tiny Desk Videos for NPR.  I'm collecting the ones for local artists for 2017.  Please share/tag me so I can add them!  Playlist will be posted on the Find-Browse Artists Page

MUSIC

  1. Lost Children - Sam Hesh (Indie/Indie Rock)
  2. Himalayan Honey - Tempercrush (Rock)
  3. Amor Migrante - Elena & Los Fulanos (Latin/World)
  4. Step in Line - Letitia VanSant & the Bonafides (Folk/Indie Folk)
  5. Amneshia - Thaylobleu (Hard Rock/Punk Rock)
  6. Allies - Fellow Creatures (Rock/Indie)
  7. Intro/Outro music by Fellowcraft (Hard Rock/Blues)

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Elena Lacayo, of Elena & Los Fulanos

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Bio

DC Music Rocks Elena & Los Fulanos 2

Elena & Los Fulanos is a bilingual, folk rock band based in Washington, DC. Since 2011, they have been creating music that ranges from twangy, heartbreak-themed, folk Americana, to soothing, introspective, violin-infused, Latin rock. Influenced by front-woman Elena Lacayo’s experience growing up in two cultures (Nicaraguan and American), Elena & Los Fulanos creates a world where language and tradition meld with catchy melodies and inventive chords to enhance appreciation for diversity in an increasingly multi-cultural world. Their debut album, Miel Venenosa, earned a Washington Area Music Association (WAMMIE) nomination for Best Latin Recording in 2014.

 
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Interview Transcript

Brian:     Elena Lacayo is the lead singer of Elena & Los Fulanos, a bilingual folk rock band based here in Washington DC. Since 2011, they've been creating music that ranges from twangy, heartfelt themed folk Americana to soothing, introspective, violin infused, Latin rock. Elena musical influences draw on her experiences growing up in two cultures, Nicaraguan and American. Elena & Los Fulanos creates a world where language and tradition meld with catch melodies and inventive chords in our increasingly multi-cultural world. Their debut album, help me with the pronunciation here. Debut album was?

Elena:    This one's the harder one, Miel Venensoa.

Brian:     Miel Venensoa earned a Washington Area Music Award or a Wammie nomination for the Best Latin Recording in 2014.

Elena:    Miel Venenosa means poisonous honey, just for the.

Brian:     Poisonous honey. Interesting. We just heard Himalayan Honey earlier from this so wow, we got all kinds of honey on this show today. I love it. I first came across Elena & Los Fulanos when I had, and her name escapes me at this moment when I need it, on the microphone, Maryjo Mateo was on the show. She was doing a show coming up with you guys and she said, "Oh you definitely got to check out Elena." I checked out Elena and my goodness, amazing things. Listeners, it's with great pleasure that I introduce Elena Lacayo.

Elena:    Hey. How's it going everyone?

Brian:     Now tell us about you Elena. How did Elena & Los Fulanos come about? Tell us the quick story.

Elena:    Oh the quick story. You were starting to ask me about me, and I was going to go into that.

Brian:     Oh we'll come back to that, I promise.

Elena:    We'll come back to that because that is a big part of what Elena & Los Fulanos is, but I was working here in DC like so many people on policy. I moved here 10 years ago and I've been doing music and creating original songs. I was playing out and a couple of my friends were like, "Hey. I can play with you." That's kind of how we started it.

Brian:     Nice.

Elena:    We started it kind of informally and I just realized with time that I liked a lot what we were doing and I quit my job and started doing it more seriously. That's where we are now.

Brian:     Wow, so full time musician. Now tell us what you were going to say about how the music came about in your life.

Elena:    It's just that I do bilingual music. You guys only heard a song in Spanish, but there's also songs in English. At this point, I mean basically when I started the project I was a little like, well what am I supposed to do? I have songs in English and I have songs in Spanish. Do I do separate projects? Are they the same thing? Eventually I came to the conclusion that if these two things existed in my own person that they should be able to exist in a music project. That's sort of what the point is, is that people will look at me and they'll think one thing, but I actually grew up in Nicaragua and that's where my parents live. I also grew up in the states. I was born here and then we moved back when I was eight. I really grew up between the US and Nicaragua. Those are both fully parts of me and I'm fully Nicaraguan and fully American. That's kind of what we do with our music. We show that identities are more complex than what meets the eye.

Brian:     Yeah. It definitely comes across that way. The breadth, I love the breadth of your music. It's a very, not every song. It's not the same each time. There's different feelings. There's different emotions. It comes across in the music you make.

Elena:    Yeah. I almost think I'm a little musically schizophrenic. That's how I kind of consider myself, which I've decided is a better place to be than listening to a band and feeling like every song sounds the same. I'd rather be more broad than not. Really, it's interesting. When I'm putting together albums, instead of trying to make things match with each other. It's almost more narrative and it's almost more about showing the diversity of things that we do. Making sure we kind of show. If songs are too similar, we don't put them on the same album.

Brian:     Right.

Elena:    Which is interesting.

Brian:     Smart. Okay.

Elena:    You know what I mean?

Brian:     What about you, so outside of Los Fulanos. What's life like for you? What do you do in your spare time I guess you would say?

Elena:    Oh man. Well, I mean I do a lot of solo shows, which is really fun. I do all kinds of stuff as a solo artist. Now that certain things have happened politically, I'm getting a lot of requests to play movement events. I play a lot of pro-immigrant events. This weekend was kind of crazy for me. I ended up playing planned and unplanned shows. People are really hungry for this kind of music. I also work at a café, a social justice café in DC called The Potter's House, which is awesome. They have a bookstore and I help run it because I'm into books. That's kind of what I studied when I was in undergrad. It's really cool though. I mean they are sort of similar. It's sort of related to be into books and into music, both in the inability to make money off of it unfortunately. Also, just like in the fact that these are things that really shape our culture and our collective consciousness as a people. It's really cool to be in the world of ideas like that.

Brian:     That's cool. You said into books. Does that mean you read a lot of books or you just are comforted by being around them? What do you read?

Elena:    All of the above. Since I work at a bookstore, I buy a bunch of books and then I don't necessarily always have time to get to them. Unfortunately I'm much better at going to shows. I'm much better about going to shows than I am about sitting down and reading books. I'm a bit of an extrovert and music is really my focus. It's really cool to be around the world of books because people always give you their opinions even if you haven't read them, or you learn about people that are important that even if you haven't read them, you know, oh this was a very important person in the Civil Rights movement. Sometimes those people come into the cafes too. Then they'll tell who they are. They're like, "Oh I'm a SNCC leader. I grew up in Mississippi" and she's like 92 or something. It's really cool to be in that world and social justice is kind of my background and so that's a lot of what also informs my music.

Brian:     Yeah. I realize you said SNCC leader, and for those who don't know what that is, what is that?

Elena:    Oh, what is the acronym. Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. They were a big organization. John Lewis belonged to that. If you guys saw the movie, the one about MLK. [Some 00:06:53] I think it was called?

Brian:     Yes.

Elena:    The SNCC leaders are the younger folks who are kind of the ones who are the ones out on the.

Brian:     They come into the café. That's cool.

Elena:    They're pretty hard core, standing up for their rights. It's really cool to meet people who confronted such bigotry and such hatred to their face. You know what I mean? And stood up for it.

Brian:     What about you as an artist? The biggest success moment that comes to mind?

Elena:    Our biggest success, just happened the day after Thanksgiving we had this awesome opportunity to play at the Kennedy Center here. We played the Millennium Stage.

Brian:     Wow.

Elena:    It was something else. It's such a big stage in a lot of ways and nothing quite prepares you to do it until you do it. Then you realize, wow. You feel like the shoes are slightly too big for you to fill but at the end of it.

Brian:     You jump in and you say, "Absolutely. I'll wear them. Let's go."

Elena:    Totally, and it was so cool. I mean one of the things that I didn't expect from it as much is there's a lot of things I knew that would come with it. We had a huge crowd, like 500 people. It was the day after Thanksgiving so everybody was free and stuff. That was just amazing opportunity. They also had this amazing video that they did. They do videos of all of the Millennium Stage shows. They have multiple cameras and so they are-

Brian:     Awesome.

Elena:    A lot of people actually when I got off stage that came around and they were like, "Dude, the cinematography," or whatever you call the camera work, "was really great. You really need to watch it." Of course, as an artist, you take your time getting to watch yourself perform because you're very critical of yourself on stage, especially when you have to hear yourself talk. That was actually one of the coolest parts about the whole thing, is just having this really, super well produced video for your show, for your vision, for your art.

Brian:     Do you have that posted somewhere?

Elena:    Oh yeah. Absolutely.

Brian:     Can people watch that? Kennedy Center website or yours?

Elena:    Yeah. There's the Kennedy Center YouTube. You can also go to our band's website, it's elenalosfulanos.com, E-L-E-N-A-L-O-S-F-U-L-A-N-O-S .com, or if you Google Elena Los Fulanos, it'll be the first one to come up. There's a video part there and you can go to that. You can also see our video for Amor Migrante.

Brian:     Yeah check out the video. I've got those links on dcmusicrocks.com too so you can check them out after the show. Now what about your earliest memory with music?

Elena:    Well, legend has it. I'm the youngest of four.

Brian:     We started with a legend?

Elena:    Yeah a legend. It's because I don't know if to believe my parents on this. You know? I'm the youngest of four so when they talk about things that I did when I was, and we were like refugees. We had just come to the states from Nicaragua and we were fleeing war. I don't really think they remember my first anythings. I kind of feel like they make it up a little bit.

Brian:     Mom, Dad, we want to believe you but we're not sure. Okay.

Elena:    I was like, "Mom, Dad, what was my first word?" They were like, "You didn't speak you just sang." That's what they tell me.

Brian:     That sounds like something a parent would say.

Elena:    I know that my first song was The Blue Danube. That's kind of high brow but it's because my oldest brother is trained in French horn and I guess he probably was rehearsing and stuff. I don't know how I got The Blue Danube. You guys know which one that? La, dum, dum, dum, dump, bum-bum, bum-bum.

Brian:     Oh, and there's words to that?

Elena:    No. I would just hum it.

Brian:     Okay you were humming. Okay.

Elena:    Apparently.

Brian:     You were singing the horn part.

Elena:    They were like, "Oh cool. She's in tune. This one has potential."

Brian:     Real potential, and now look at you. You're here. You're performing the Kennedy Center.

Elena:    I know, well that wasn't. I was very rebellious towards my parents and their desire for me to be a musician. I really never took that role and I didn't really care for music classes. I kind of did it on my own terms, which I'm not sure I recommend because I'm pretty uninformed when it comes to music theory and a lot of the rules but, it hasn't yet effected my ability to write it. I think it more effects my ability to communicate with other musicians.

Brian:     Yeah I could see that.

Elena:    It works out.

Brian:     I was saying, it's working so far. Now, one of my favorite questions to ask is always, what's one piece of advice that you would offer?

Elena:    To other musicians?

Brian:     Sure. However, you want to answer the question.

Elena:    I think, I mean maybe it sounds corny but I think it's being true to one's self and being authentic to the person that you are. Try to figure that out. It's actually much more difficult than you think when you start the exercise.

Brian:     Say more on that.

Elena:    Just in the sense of like, music is an externalization of yourself. Art in general is an externalization of your interior world. You know? The more that you explore yourself and you know yourself the better you will be able to access that so as to bring your vision to other people. There's something about reaching the authentic point of yourself, that connects with other people. It's sort of like you access this universal concept and you put it out there. Other people will access that same thing, but through their own experience. The more authentic that you are, it doesn't really matter what form it takes. That's the thing about music, it's so subjective. There's really no formula to what's great and what's not. I think what clearly comes through is when you're being authentic to yourself and when you're rounded in a vision of what, kind of who you are. It's weird. I mean it's like kind of a [inaudible 00:12:59] to talk about.

                  It's the same idea of you know when people have gone in to buy guitars or to try out guitars at guitar stores. It kind of doesn't matter how much the guitar costs, or what it's made out of or all these other specs, what counts is when yo sit down and play the guitar, do you feel inspired by it? There are some guitars where you feel that and there are some guitars where you're like, eh not really. I don't really want to play that much anymore. It's like this intangible thing.

Brian:     Got it.

Elena:    Yeah.

Brian:     Wow, that's cool. Two questions then, together. One is, if folks want to find out more about you, and the exciting things going on wit Los Fulanos, where do they go for that, and you had mentioned to me before the show that there were some cool things coming up for you. Talk about that.

Elena:    If you want to check us out more, you can go to elenalosfulanos.com or if you want to just Google Elena & Los Fulanos. That has all of our info. It has our videos, also has our music video for Amor Migrante, which you can check out there. We are actually raising money right now through Indiegogo. We have a campaign going on for our next album. If you all are interested in that, you can check that out as well on our website. We have a fundraising show for that on February 9th at Haydee's in Mount Pleasant and you all can come to that and check out what we're planning to do and if you want to go to an actual show, that's open to everybody and mostly about fundraising. This Friday I will be at The Black Cat with the Nine Songwriter Series. That's Friday, January 27th at The Black Cat. I can do this. Oh look at that.

Brian:     There is video of this interview and if you check it out, she's holding up the card here so you can actually see her talking to you on video.