Monday, April 20, 2009
I stumbled across Zach Spencer on MySpace and absolutely fell in love with his song, "Letting You In!" Well Zach has a new EP out and it is just as heartfelt and moving as his earlier efforts. Open for Discussion had a chance to chat with Zach and ask a few questions.
O.D. What have you been up to and what are you working on now?
Z.S. I recently released a five song EP.
O.D. How did you get started in music?
Z.S. I grew up in a small town with a population of about three -thousand people. We had two stop lights and a bunch of corn. Both of my parents played in a band. My dad sings and plays guitar and my mother played the tambourine. My father still plays in a band called "Geezer."
O.D. What was your first album purchase?
Z.S. Boyz II Men.
O.D. What is your favorite song on the new album?
Z.S. "Change is Coming."
O.D. What do you know now that you wished you knew when you first started?
Z.S. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Follow your instincts.
O.D. Any regrets?
Z.S. No regrets! It's all a journey. You should have fun as you're learning.
O.D. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Z.S. Hopefully I can convince someone to let me do this for a living. I'd love to still live in Nashville and tour.
O.D. Any hints you can pass along to aspiring musicians?
Z.S. Believe in yourself. Learn from others. Be humble.
O.D. Do you do any touring?
Z.S. Nashville mostly. I hope to go on tour this summer!
O.D. Any battle scars?
Z.S. I was playing a gig in St. Louis and the stage was wet. The cords weren't taped down. I fell on my ass. That was one of the first bands I played with back in high school.
O.D. Do you have a favorite venue?
Z.S. I love to play at Rutledge in Nashville. The sound guys are great! Busch Stadium would be the ultimate!
O.D. If they asked you to do the National Anthem would you do it?
Z.S. That would be awesome!
O.D. Is there anyone you'd like to meet?
Z.S. Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, and Tom Petty! They seem to transcend through time. I'd love to write a song with them!O.D. Do you have a routine when coming up with new material?
Z.S. I started when I was fifteen. It's different everytime. It randomly pops in my head. If I'm driving down the road I try to record it on my phone.
O.D. Do you have any hobbies?
Z.S. I love sports. I'm a Cardinals and Titans fan.
O.D. Do you have a day job?
Z.S. I work in a hotel to pay the bills.
I'm sure we will be hearing more from this twenty-four year old from Nashville! If you'd like to check him out, he's on MySpace! You can also find his album, "When I Found You," on Itunes and his online store.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I saw "The Cake Eaters" at the Austin Film Festival in 2007. I absolutely loved this film. Open for Disucussion had a chance to catch up with Jayce Bartok (the writer and actor of the film). I asked him a few questions.
I had a chance to work with Erika Barrientes on a shoot back in January (I'll fill you in on that more later). I'm glad that I had the opportunity. She is very dedicated as well as talented. I asked her for a bio as well as her favorite pictures. It's hard to choose only five of your favorite photographs. These pictures only scratch the surface of the talent this young lady has.
I asked Erika a few questions:
What are you working on now?
I want to have my own studio with my loyal clientele.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
If I had enough of a name that clients would come to me instead of advertising. They would come to me because I had the shot they were looking for.
Any funny stories you'd like to share?
Dealing with a difficult child on a one and half hour shoot we finally got a great shot, but the funny thing is that I didn't get her face in the shot.
What inspires you?
What's the story behind the shot? Why is this important? What was the drive behind it? This is what inspires me!
What do you know now that you wished you knew when you first started?
How to take control of the client and take control of the shot. Know what you want before your shoot. Don't gun and run. Do my research.
When people ask what kind of camera do you use?
What's your mantra?
Camera doesn't make a great picture anymore than a typewriter makes a great novel.
This is her bio from her myspace: "Hmm ... about me. This is usually a section of pages that I avoid like a plague! But, with each trip around the sun I take, I have finally begun to understand that it's ok for me to take a good long look in the mirror. I am a wife, mother, daughter and sister but mostly I am learning that I'm a person ... and darn it if that doesn't feel good! I stumbled into photography as an accident taking pictures of my first born child. As my babe continued to grow, so did my desire to learn more about this photography thing. What has surprised me the most about this new venture in my life is that I am actually pretty stinking good at it! (Yes, it's ok for me to float my own boat here ... it's my page after all!) And so, with each new year I have continued to push myself to learn more, do more and even be more. And I gotta tell ya, it's an incredible ride ... hopefully some of you will be lucky enough to find yourself in front of my camera, because if you do, there's no telling where I just might take ya! Hugs, E. "
Words people use to describe me...energetic, creative, outgoing, fun, and friendly.
Feel free to peruse her website for more pics. For all things Erika check out: