Thursday, August 25, 2011

Interview with Actress/Singer Songwriter Kate Todd

I had the great pleasure of interviewing Kate Todd. If you don't know who she is, you've been missing out on a talented young woman who's been on the TV screen for almost a decade. Her big break came when she played the character of Lily Randall on Radio Free Roscoe on Teen Nick's (then Noggin) hit TV series running with other shows- Instant Star and mainstay, Degrassi.

Always a fan of Kate, RFR, and her music; I looked her up and gave it a shot and asked for an interview. Thankfully she said yes!  So enjoy my first interview in a while, and be sure to show your support for a deserving individual.

What do you enjoy better, music or acting?
I enjoy both music and acting equally. For me, they both ignite a need for deeper understanding of myself, of others and the world in which we live in. Acting and music inspires the performer to find truth and authenticity. I’ve been fortunate that the two media have continually intertwined throughout my career and I am grateful that I have been able to follow both of my passions.

How did you get into acting and was it something you always wanted to do?
Reflecting back, it probably stems from being raised in a rural, country setting and being left alone with my imagination. Performing played a large part in my early life with piano recitals to acting classes. That led me to obtaining an agent and securing my first acting role, a small part as Cassie on a show called Strange Days at Black Holsey High.

Did your character of Lily on RFR, inspire you to almost become the same person, or was Lily really an incarnation of you?
There are many parallels between myself and the character of Lily on Radio Free Roscoe. In many of the episodes I could relate to Lily in her daily life as a teenager, the pressures of high school and, of course, her love of music! 

Who are some actors or actresses who inspire you and why?
Jim Carrey, Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep and Natalie Portman….all great.

Musically who do you strive to be like, and have you been compared to anyone?
I’m striving to be myself before I can move on to anyone else. To be honest, as a musician, I’m just inspired by anyone who has played any stage at anytime, anywhere.

What goes into the preparation of a role and how do you become the character?
I read the script, get a feel for the character and visualize her life in my minds eye drawing from observations and personal experiences.

How does the songwriting process work for you?
I have no standard formula, but often times after developing a concept I lay down a basic guitar track and begin to formulate a vocal melody and lyrics around that.

What's your style and what makes you different than everyone else?
Roots based guitar driven pop would describe my musical style. I often sing about hope, inspiration and motivation. Does that make me different?

As a musician, what's your biggest rockstar moment and what's your biggest failure?
I met The Rolling Stones once, does that count? As for failures, I’ve experienced many but without failure there can be no success.

Can you tell me a little about your current role in "My Babysitter's a Vampire"?
I portray a character named Erica. I enjoy playing her as, other than her bloodsucking tendencies and devious ways, she is just your average everyday fun-loving high school girl! 

It’s kind of a Jekyll and Hyde role and that is which drew me to her character, two roles in one “best of both worlds.” Pardon the Radio Free Roscoe reference.  

Any other roles coming up, and what about an album?
I am currently on set for an as yet untitled television series. You can follow twitter for details. As for My Babysitters A Vampire a second season has been announced, looking forward to being part of that. In regards to my music, I continue to enjoy to write and perform.
Any and all new developments will be posted to these sites if you’d like to stay connected:

Anything else you'd like to add or say?
Thank you
Kate Todd

See Kate's acting reel here

Saturday, August 13, 2011

It's Not Over Video, Freestyle Fam Live, Patent Pending, and More

It's Not Over
Check out my friends in It's Not Over with their first music video for the song "Sweet Heart Breaker."

Freestyle Fam
Check out my Rapping bro's at Freestyle Fam as they lock down a great live internet interview along with a freestyle session.

Video streaming by Ustream

Also, check them out as they performed live today in the Bronx for RapFest 2011.

Video streaming by Ustream

Are Easy Clothing
Check out Are Easy Clothing and become a supporter! Run by Raul "Rez" Barquet, a wrestler for Warriors of Wrestling, he is expanding his line to include many other pieces. Are Easy also endorses Process of Fusion, so help us out! Like them on Facebook Here!

Patent Pending and West of Dennis Send off Show

Check out a bunch of local favorites on August 18th, including Patent Pending!

Relics has quickly become my favorite local hardcore band. Instead of having break down city everywhere, they play really intricate and captivating music. Singer Gerardo's screaming is on point too. I also love their musical interludes. Listen to and download for free their first album Natyasastra here
Be sure to check them out on Facebook.
I've embedded two new songs by them as well, check them out below

When All Else Fails
Be sure to listen to my homies in When All Else Fails. They just posted two new songs on their bandpage.
Like them on Facebook here.

Process of Fusion

If you aren't attending our CD release show, shame on you!
All the details are here.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Some Quick Vids for You!

Check out my boys in Jolly absolutely killing it with a stellar music video for "Joy" off of their album The Audio Guide to Happiness.

Also, listen to my former rapping partner wreck havoc on some industry beats.