9 posts categorized "featured interview"


Interview: CockNBullKid Matures into Adulthood

I'm pretty pumped for CockNBullKid to release her debut album. I mean, it's only been 27+ months since I first started loving up on her tunes, so with much awaited and baited breath, I've been patient for the freshman full length. Adulthood will see daylight in February of the impending year [read = not soon enough] but we've waited this long, and what's a few more months to hold out for what will surely be a major player in my repertoire. To get ready and get amped for what's to come, chats are in order, and it's Beaston vs Bull in this installment.




CockNBullKid is currently on tour with Marina & the Diamonds and Kele. She's covered tracks by both artists, which you can grab for free here and here respectively. Also be sure to check out her cover of Rui de Silva's Touch Me over on her 'Space. Loving that. Even better, watch CNBK and Gonzales (her album collaborator and producer) doing a live cover of Destiny's Child Bills, Bills, Bills here. Most amazing!




SB: Describe CocknBullKid. I know it's your music moniker, but if you had to classify that term/phrase as a noun, or a genre of music, what would the definition of it be?
CNBK: Crying till you laugh and laughing till you cry.


SB: Talk about your earliest influences in the musical world. Did you grow up playing instruments, listening to mom and dad's old records, or what sparked the notion that "hey I think I need to be making music."
CNBK: It sounds cliche but as long as I can remember I have been into music. My parents don't own a musical bone in their bodies so I'm really not sure. My dad played loads of records round the house, so that probably had some influence. I also went to pentecostal church with  my Mum and younger brother. Music was a big part of that. Asides from that, I have harboured this ambition to be a singer and a writer.


SB: Over the past 2 years, a good deal of buzz has started to flow throughout blogs and online publications about your music. What's your response to the good dose of praise that you've been given for the material already out there?
CNBK: For every gushing review there's one saying your hair is shit or whatever. I try not to take it too seriously. I don't want to sound ungrateful to the people who have supported me though. I'm not really famous yet so I haven't read anything too bad or hyperbolic yet. But let's see what I say this time next year!


SB: Your debut album is coming out in February 2011. Talk about the process...writing, recording, working with Gonzales, etc.... it's been over two years since you first came out with initial cut On My Own, so how has the music evolved from then til now with the new material on the disc?
CNBK: I feel my writing has come a long since I first released On My Own in 2007. I always wanted to do something bigger, the album is quite unashamed and I'm proud of that. I got to work with great people like Gonzales who I clicked with immediately. He helped me to get back my focus for writing lyrics. I worked with Peter from Peter Bjorn and John- the Scandic have a great sense of humour so I hope that came across in the songs we did together. The album has taken a while and at times it was hard but it was never dull. Liam Howe ended up doing the production on most of the tracks. He is a big kid trapped in a mans body. We also clicked really quickly and he's very easy to work with.


SB: What happens next? More writing, recording, performing, etc...
CNBK: The warm up single One Eye Closed is out in the UK on Nov 8, then I go on a nation wide tour with Marina and the Diamonds. Then I do a few dates supporting Kele Okereke. Next single will be out after that then the album in Feb. 


SB: Quick questions: please pick one of the two options of eac

David Bowie or Giorgio Moroder

Basquiat or Warhol
Steak or Shrimp
NYC, London or Paris
Dying to go to NY, I just know I will love it. But for now gonna stay patriotic and say London.

8-Bit or Vocoder

ABBA or Adriano Celentano
Abba! Obv.

Lady Gaga or Coco Chanel
Damn, love them both but I'll say Coco Chanel.

Spring or Fall

High Fives or Thumbs Up
High Fives

Computer or TV

Radio or Record Player
Record Player
Champagne or Shots
Champagne schweedie.




mp3: CockNBullKid - Misery (Hercules and Love Affair Remix)

mp3: CockNBullKid - One Eye Closed (Aspirins For My Children Remix)





Getting to Know Holly Miranda's Sleepless World

Being the known insomniac that I am, it's a pleasure to sit down and chat with an individual who experiences the same restlessness. Hell, if all that's required to construct a stunning solo album is to stay awake more than not, than Holly Miranda has the formula down pat. With the release of The Magician's Private Library earlier this year, the Brooklyn-via-Detroit singer/songwriter tackles the shortness of slumber, whether it's a conscious effort or not.



Miranda's just wrapped her East Coast tour, which came to a conclusion last night at Bowery Ballroom. Performing a large portion of the recent disc, she also covered Yoko Ono and Etta James, two dynamically different singers/songs done with grace and poise. Up next, Holly heads to Australia for a mini-tour but we wanted to have a proper talk with her prior.


Below, you'll find part one of the interview. 


If you like what you hear, then head to East Village Radio to give an ear to the second half of the Q&A.




mp3: Holly Miranda - Aenema (Tool Cover)



Interview Time with Dominique Young Unique

From showing her ass to breaking down music time while spitting out war talk, Dominique Young Unique is one name that's as memorable as it is dead-on accurate. Over the past year, the 19-year old rapper from Tampa, FL has sparked a buzz around the blogs with her truly innovative style, which has lit a flare to signal both that she's arrived and that other emcees, be it male or female, need to take notice....and fair warning.



After a strong showing at this year's SXSW, Dominique is now gearing up to release her first mixtape, Domination (due out the second week of May), headed on tours of Europe and the States beginning next month, all on top of getting her debut album together. Sure that's all the hard and fast details, but we wanted to know a little more about the gal who's been put on our repeated playlists way too often, so a proper chat was deemed necessary. Let's kick it with this "gangster hard hitter outta 8 - 1 - 3".


SB: How did you decide you wanted to be referred to as Dominique Young Unique? It is, for lack of a better term, a unique moniker...and definitely memorable at that!

DYO: Well my name really is Dominique! [laughs] Basically, I came up with the name Dominique Young Unique when I just stepped in the rap game. I was just 12, but it did kind of stand out to me because I am a one of a kind person, got my own twisted up flow and a unique swagg. I get the young because I'll consider myself as a young lady until I reach 21, then I'mm'a take that off! So that's what it is!


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Penguin Prison: The Man With All the Answers

In so many more ways than can be classified, NYC"s own Penguin Prison, aka Chris Glover, legitimately has come through with all the correct responses. Let's see, he's generated a number of solo cuts that fulfill every wanting need for smart and sophisticated pop tunes. He's also remixed the hell out of tracks that already have a loving home in nearly every blogger and music lovers' heart. 



Additionally, he's literally got all the right answers when it comes to doing a brief Beaston interview. With his debut NYC performance coming up this Thursday, April 8 at Mercury Lounge (tickets here), what better way to get ready to rock than by picking the dude's brain.


Let's do it!


SB: What's the story/meaning behind the name Penguin Prison?
CG: A few years ago I made a funny rap song with my friend Bob, aka Discombobulated, where we were just freestyling about George W. Bush. At one point in the song Bob said "He's a penguin vision, he went to the penguin prison and assumed a penguin position." I thought that was a very ridiculous and funny line and remembered it a few years later when I was trying to decide on a name for the new project I was working on. Does that make any sense? Not sure but it is the truth! 
SB: Aside from the word "pop", choose one word to describe your sound. Feel free to elaborate on why you chose that one word.
CG: Money. I want my music to sound like money. I also have 2 songs that are going to be on my album that are about money and they just happen to be my two favorite songs. One is called Don't Fuck With My Money and the other is called Multi-Millionaire.
SB: Are there any specific artists or albums that helped shape your sound?
CG: A lot of things have gone into my music but some of the main influences are Talking Heads, Nirvana, Wu-Tang Clan, Hot Chip, Radiohead and many more. I am honestly inspired a lot by people I am friends with that make music like Holy Ghost!, White Williams, Girl Talk and other people.
SB: Do you have any plans for videos for the singles you've already let out?
CG: Yes. There will be a video for Something I'm Not coming out very soon if it is not out already. It was filmed using Skype. The director, Roman, was in London and set up a camera and videotaped me on Skype while I was in NYC. Then he took the footage of me and added effects to it. It looks very good to me. I would like to make more videos in the
future of course.
SB: If you could collaborate with any one artist, whether it be on a track together, or you remixing something, who would it be, what song, and why?
CG: I would have liked to make a new song together with Michael Jackson but now that can't happen. I would also like to make a song with Prince. I think my favorite song of his is either Kiss or I Wanna Be Your Lover but I am not sure. It could be another song since he has so many I like.



mp3: Golden Silvers - True Romance (Penguin Prison Remix)

mp3: Penguin Prison - A Funny Thing (Jeffrey Jerusalem Remix)



Erik Hassle: A Passionate Pop Beast Among Boys

It's no secret that our crush on Erik Hassle continues to develop at a monumental pace. Ever since first laying ears (and eyes....oh that hair!) on his luscious arrangements and unique vocals, it's been a storm of Swedish songs flooding our every listening experience. And rightfully so. The 21-year old has a bona-fide bangin' debut album and the schooling chops to keep listeners' piqued with his every move.


Sitting and talking with the lanky singer is a treat that goes far beyond throwing on his album and losing yourself in his modern melodies. Hassle's got a lot to say and he's not afraid to spill on his earliest and most unique music situations, along with how to be a successful pop star. Let's get to the good stuff!


SB: Erik, welcome to New York City! How long will you be in the states?
This time I’m here for two weeks, but I’ll be coming back here in April

SB: Very cool!  So, if you just want to start talking about how you got in music, because you’re a young kid, but the buzz around you has been so huge and everyone’s so excited to hear what you’re going to do next. That said, growing up in the very late 80s and early 90s, what influences did you have?
EH: I grew up in a really small village 2 hours south of Stockholm, and my hippie parents – Im the youngest and I’ve got 4 siblings – I was their late kid. They were getting older and not as wild as they used to be, and we bought a house south of Stockholm in a little small village, and they decided to build a venue in our garden with the idea to invite their friends who are musicians, my parents were a bit into that business, to come there and perform for the village.

SB: Oh, that’s kind of bad ass!
EH:  It was, because it became really hardcore quite fast. The people from the village came to our garden and had a picnic and got really drunk and started having sex in the toilets

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The Royal Reign of Sir Jack Splash

If there is one artist who completely embodies the term "renaissance man", it's the Miami-cum-LA producer/artist, Jack Splash. Long hot on the "Sir Jack tip" since hearing a few demos early last year, a proper sit-down with the dude who makes me hit play, and repeat, more often than not was a chance to get into the mind of a true millennial master.



Oft-compared to a hybrid lovechild of Prince and Outkast, Splash is not shy to show his passion and dedication to his impressive collection of works, most of which he's dished out for free in anticipation of his full length album, Technology and Love Might Save Us All. Let's dive in and, yep, make a splash with super cool and cordial dude.


SB:  Since we’ve been going back and forth on Twitter, I figured why not do a proper interview and help spread the word a little bit more?

JS: Cool, I really appreciate that. Your real name is Hannah?


SB: Yeah, it’s Hannah.  Sheena Beaston is just the name of the site, but I’ve answered to Sheena many times before, so whatever works is totally cool.

JS: That’s cool. That’s rock and roll, I dig it.


SB: Absolutely.  So where are you based at right now?

JS:  I’m in Miami right now.


SB: Oh, so you’re missing out on all the snow and the fun going on up here in the Northeast.

JS: Oh my goodness, I’m not a huge snow person anyways


SB: Dude, I am not either...I hate it! My office even shut down today.

JS: That’s madness. I don’t think I’ve ever been…I mean, I’ve been in the snow, but not in the middle of the city. You know what I mean?


SB: Yeah, exactly. It’s just a hassle to trudge through the city in these conditions so it’s kind of nice to  just stay home and watch movies all day, which is so out of the norm for me.

JS:  That’s the best time for some hot cocoa


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Beastly Bits #38

Yesterday was a massive monster beast of a day...and we're pretty psyched with the nature of events taking place right now. Here's to hoping you had a rad one as well.


Let's get crackin' yo!


The IAMSOUND party at SXSW is going to be bananas. Salem, Sleigh Bells, jj, MEN, Fool’s Gold, Suckers and a DJ set by Little Boots are what you're in for if you RSVP here.


Want to win a trip to NYC to see Hot Chip on April 23? Winner also gets a kickass recording package from Blue Microphones. Enter here!


Alt-wave rockers, Rubicks, are working on their second album with the lead single Giddy Up already creating a buzz through the music, art and fashion worlds after being used for Italian label Valentino’s latest campaign. Watch the steamy video here.


We Are Enfant Terrible's new single, Wild Child, gets an official remix from one of our faves...Chew Lips! Win for all...cause it's a free download for you below.


M.I.S.S. OmniMedia wanted to pick my brain to feature on their site. Check out the piece at this link and learn a little more about the beast within!


mp3: We Are Enfant Terrible - Wild Child (Chew Lips Remix)



Going One Thousand Miles an Hour with autoKratz

autoKratz are David Cox and Russell Crank, two talented English blokes, primed to pump you up with their fresh and exciting brand of electronic music. Finding a home on the French label, Kitsuné Music, the boys have gained a sustainable chunk of international respect and notoriety for both their original works, along with a handful of hand-raising remixes.


Right before Christmas-time, one half of the duo, Russell Crank, found his way to New York City for some rest and relaxation. But not without having a proper chat with us first. Let's dive on in, as Russell waxes about meeting with his bandmate, getting sick, and how autoKratz energetically sounds like absolutely nothing.


SB: So, when did you get into town? RC: Um, we got here uh really early on, uh, yesterday morning. We didn’t get inside until 3 o’clock or something like that. We’ve just been on tour for four months constantly. So we got, like first opportunity we get to....actually breath. SB: And have a holiday here. Do you have any plans? RC: Uh, well, we’re here til Tuesday and then I’m gonna, eh, I’m from Manchester, so I’m going to go spend a bit of time with the family. But it’ll be good to try and concentrate and write some music also. SB: Awesome! Well aside from family then, how did you and David hook up and decided to make music together? RC: Um, we, met outside a club, and I got sick all over his shoes. SB: [laughs] For real?

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MNDR's Glitterdome of Absolute Awesomeness

Nerdcore lovers and geekcrits rejoice! Last year, I introduced you to the infectious beats coming out of one terrifically-talented artist, went so far as to name her a "Bea[s]t to Watch in 2010" and continually spun all three of her available songs on a consistent basis. So when an opportunity to chat with MNDR before a show this past fall presented itself, I geared up faster than the beats she bumps.


There's a lot to learn from Amanda Warner, a now-Brooklyn-native via California, whether it be musically-inclined or not. Focusing on her artistic skill set, however, is what I had aimed to do...gathering exclusive information regarding shoes, name pronunciations and pre-show jitters along the way.

  SB: Ok, what's your story? MNDR: I came out here because the publishing company I was with a long time ago, we were signed there and one of the girls there was like I thought you'd be a good top writer, pop writer...stuff which I thought meant write full songs and then you try to pitch them. So I came out here with a bunch of songs I had fully done back in January. At that same time the Yeah Yeah Yeahs needed a new bassist, guitar, keyboard player and programmer because they were dropping their new record which was more electronic. So they hired me to set it up and be their new touring player so I was in LA for two months during winter [laughs]. So in between I'd go to producers and start top line writing. I didn't fully understand the difference between artist and writer because I'm a little bit new to that world. So then I met this producer Peter Wade, and he heard C.L.U.B. SB: Which is a totally killer song by the way. So uniquely rad!

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