A letter from the heart

As most of you know I work in the entertainment and fashion industry. As I sat in my studio today designing, and also working in other projects I got a little frustrated and had to stop. Breath some fresh air and continued what i was working on. As you all know music is one of my biggest passions but as I karaoke my heart out to new music from my favorite singers it hit me people don’t value any kind of artistry very much. Which is something that I have always felt deep inside my heart and I know cause I have seen it first hand. I have helped, worked, seen start up artist’s, musicians, painters, writers, designers, and etc like myself struggle in the midst of our passions and career.

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So when people complain about paying a certain price for like a concert ticket, design, or anything creative and artistic it makes me want to  tell them to go to neverland and never come back. Do you know how hard are the struggles for a person that loves and has a passion for any kinds  art or any musical artistry. Which is why I believe with all my heart we should give credit when credit is due. So before you speak to me ever about how ridiculous it is for something like music, design, or art to be so expensive remind yourself all these things I will mention next.

As an artist one the financial cost : You have to pay everything yourself including being your own manager, promoter, everything when you are starting out. You really make close to nothing;it takes a while to start getting all the goods. And by “a while” I don’t mean a few months. It could take years and years until someone else in labels or talent managers see your vision. It takes studio time  which are not cheap, recording, producing, editing, mastering and more. Once you have made it touring is expensive a whole crew from loading,production, wardrobe, dancers, riggers, traveling, Visas, Passports, Insurances, all the legal aspect of  it too, and so much more you can’t begin to even wrap your head around it all. There’s so much more not to even mention when it comes to recording sessions, rehearsals, planning, songwriting, record labels, promoting team, royalties. Plus during the tour life the crew in the arena listen to the stage and technical managers to work on trusses  which what hold all of the lights, speakers, and pyros sometimes takes about 30 local workers, 4 tour riggers, and with very limited hours for example 5 or less to accomplish everything before the show starts. Staging has to be assembled piece by piece. You have screens that have to be hung in flawless placements. All of the technical detail features for the band. Last minute sound check before every show all in less than a day and hours for a perfect show. This is not including all the other backstage chaos and crew that is behind the scene, on or off stage, runners, costume designers, assistants, makeup artist’s, hair stylist, wardrobe specialists, seamstresses, dancers, management, special guests, other bands, security team, and etc.  So much planning, efforts, emotional, and budgeting goes into every album, every tour, everything artist do. It takes a whole team not just the lead singer or solo artist to make a show or album what it is. That is why royalties are so important and are rights that artist’s fight for when it comes to  streaming platforms that make things free to people but then the people who are working their asses for it don’t really see a cent from it and its not fair.

Two as a designer  that is art as well you can’t expect something that is one of a kind unique or amazing craftmanship for a low budget. Chanel, Alexander Mcqueen, all these great designers and even your local designers at home that work independently did not work their asses off their whole life tailoring, draping, workshops,  and etc  to get paid like department store. Not happening! While in tour life you also have from prop designers, costume designers, choreographers, stage managers all of these amazing individuals that come together as a team to make everything happen.

Three: Painters, Dancers, Poets, Writers, Actors are all amazing at what they do and deserve the same of respect as every other career out there. We do it, because we love it and we cannot see ourselves doing anything else but it. Any kind of art you should embrace it and it should make you move whether its your soul, your style, or whatever fancies you. But don’t ever let it die. Support your local artist they are the ones that needed the most. And support songwriters and locals that are starting up because that is the hardest part of all. Not when you are already successful and selling out arenas.

To all of those who are starting out and even note to self at times is never give up, believe in the power of your dreams, and everything comes at perfect timing no matter how many time the iron strikes hot. To the world changers!!

love always,

E

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SUN FEST and all its glory

Don’t miss out on some amazing bands and artists coming up this week.

This five day music festival will blow your mind with top acts like Lenny Kravitz, Paramore, Fall Out Boy, and Kaskade as well as many other upcoming bands like Felicity, Dear Tatiana, Bea Miller, Lindsay Stirling, and many more.

For more infomation on Sun Fest and still get your tickets click here.

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Videos that I’m loving right now

Just wanted to share with you guys some of the best music videos that I am loving right now.  The special effects, editing, lyrics, musicality, and vocals. I listed a variety of the songs I have on my playlist for all kinds of emotions. Have fun listening!

Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love

Ed Sheeran- Bloodstream

Taylor Swift – Style

Meghan Trainor- Dear Future Husband

Olly Murs – Seasons

HAIM- If I Could Change Your Mind

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[LISTEN TO THIS] London Grammar

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London Grammar is a British band leaded by vocals from Hannah Reid, keyboard Dot Major and guitarist Dan Rothman. The band’s sound comes off as secretiveness, quietly dramatic, and almost haunting very easily compared to Florence and The Machine.  Hannah’s strong vocals are full of power yet gentle enough to make you feel the power behind each word of their lyrics.  Their tracks are as song-like as they are showcases for gentle digital rhythms. Their songs are based on the raw emotions of life experiences collaborated by all three band members. Their album “If You Wait” was released September 10, 2013 in the .U.S.A. and it debuted at number two the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 33,130 copies. Meanwhile in 2015 it peaked at 91 in the .U.S. Billboard.

Photo: London Grammar (Instagram)

Photo: London Grammar (Instagram)

They are currently on tour there are two shows left from their 2015 concerts:

July 17  at the Melt Festival in Grafenchainichen, Germany.

July 19 at Vielle Charrues in Carhaix, France.

And if you can’t wait to get your hands on their album here are some of the US Links for you:

Special-US edition ‘If You Wait’ out now.
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/IfYouWaitDeluxe
CD: http://smarturl.it/IfYouWaitUS
Vinyl: http://smarturl.it/IfYouWaitVinyl
Bundle: http://www.myplaydirect.com/london-grammar

Here is one my favorite songs! Strong -London Grammar

Love,

EV

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Meet The New Ladies In Music.

South by South West (SXSW) is the annual film, music, and interactive festival in Austin, Texas which showcases the best, and newest talents industry who are looking for their “big break.” Think Coachella but even better cause you can check out other artistry in the film and interactive aspects of the industry. The music festival it has over two thousand two hundred acts that perform over hundred of different stages throughout the week. More than likely they have a large amount of followers and just being able to perform at this mainstream event allows them to connect with fans at a larger scale. Here are a few of the ladies in the music industry who are rocking the charts right now, and are a few of my favorite singers. So if you haven’t check them out yet please do so!

  • TOVE LO- “Stay High” & “Talking Body” if you like Ellie Goulding/ Charlie XCX you will like her.
  • Halsey- “Ghost” if you like Ellie Goulding/Lana Del Rey you will like her.
  • BORNS – “Electric Love” if you like Florence and The Machine you will like her.

XO,

EV

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A night with Alex & Sierra

Alex and Sierra are an American pop duo made up by Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton  who are a young couple both from Florida. They won the final season of The X Factor USA and were mentored by the one and only Mr. Simon Cowell who was in charge of the groups. Their debut album will be releasing October 7th, 2014 on Itunes if you do the pre-order right now its only $9.99 guys!  The couple both attended the University of Central Florida and came back here to promote their brand new music with Orlando’s Best Mix station MIX 105.1 FM who held a contest for their ALL ACCESS LOUNGE. Basically they choose a handful of winners and they get VIP Access to a 30 minute music performance, Q&A, and finally Meet & Greet opportunities. Because I am always in the mix I submitted my information and while I was in Texas I got a called I won and I got to go.  This was held in the beautiful Aloft Hotels in Downtown Orlando by MIX 105.1 FM and I got my meet and greet band and enjoy the show.

photo courtesy of mix105.1

photo courtesy of mix105.1

When they first came in everyone was kind of stunned and applauded. Right off the bat they introduced themselves and started playing their new exclusive songs from their album as well as covers. They answered questions about the show, and what their plans are while they are in town. Afterwards were the awesome meet and greets were basically it was the best thing ever. Since it was a lounge and a couple of people we actually got time to go by pairs or one by one and after taking a professional pic from the staff you could actually talk to them a for a minute or two and then move on.

photo courtesy of mix105.1

photo courtesy of mix105.1

The quickest interview I go to do was to ask them at least three questions:

They give the biggest most humble hugs let’s make that clear I loved it.

1.) Me: “Who would be your wildest collaboration to work with?”

Alex: “Paul McCartney without a doubt.”

Sierra: “Really? Oh Yeah Paul McCartney yes that would be great”.

2.) Me:What about Adele? Would you want to record a song with Adele since you have similar sounds in acoustics?

Alex: “Oh My God Yes!

Sierra: “Are you kidding of course that would be amazing.

3.) Me: “So would you mind us three taking a selfie for the blog?”

Alex:No way! Let’s do it!”

Me: “So I’m short I’ll go in the middle. Do you want to take it?”

Alex: “For sure! I got it I’m going to show you a trick.”

Sierra: “He is great at taking selfies!”

All three of us pose crazy faces *Snap Snap*

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photo by: ebmphotography/evetzie_styles

All three of us look at the camera  and say NICE! 

Alex: “Glad you could make it it was great meeting you!”

Sierra: “Thank you for everything!”

Me: Thank you meeting you both is as awesome as our selfie!

Alex and Sierra closed in on another big hug, signed an autograph, and on to the next person and after everyone was done they escorted them out. They are so great live! I really love their music because their voices harmonize so well together. I cannot wait for their debut “Its About Us” to be released who have been working with top names in the industry like Julian Bunetta, Jason Mraz, Harry Styles, and John Legend.  Their debut single “Scarecrow” its one of my favorite songs  but the one that I think will make charts and everyone new favorite will be the song that this album is named after  “Its About Us” because its a ballad with amazing lyrics for those romantics out there.

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Love,

E ❤

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: MEET ROSEMARY GERMAN.

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: MEET ROSEMARY GERMAN.

By: Evetzie – Evetzie’s Repertoire: Fashion, Beauty,& Style!

Photograph Credit: Rosemary German

Photograph Credit: Rosemary German

One thing I can say right of the bat is that humility is the first thing I admire of any artist and upcoming artist. I believe that you can be as talented as Celine Dion but if you have a nasty attitude it won’t gain you many friends in the long run. Any industry specially in entertainment you will eventually come along to meet many of those nasty attitudes but when you come across a humble and artistic soul is rare; just like when I met Rosemary German. This lovely young lady was a participant in a talent search here in Orlando, FL.
As I was backstage she simply asked me kindly if I could help her out with her wardrobe before hitting the stage. She had a very nice smile and was very polite on and off the stage. Ever since then I was blessed to be able to have the opportunity to getting to know her even more as a person, friend, and most importantly as an artist.

Photograph Credit: Rosemary German

Photograph Credit: Rosemary German

When you have the opportunity to watch Rosemary take on the stage and perform she makes you feel the emotion in each and every lyric of her songs. Which is one of the most important quality for every artist to have but not everyone has. It is with no surprise that she has been exposed to music since her childhood years. As growing up she was exposed to the music that played on the radio, musical toys plus her father owned a bandoneon who he played every morning so all of these factors definitely took control. What it is surprising though, is that at the age of eight years old she began singing and playing the guitar at her school and church choir. But by the age of nine years old she wrote her first song called “Los Niños de La Calle” (Children of the street). And ever since then she knew very early in her life that she loved music and that she had to pursued it.

Photograph Credit: Rosemary German

Photograph Credit: Rosemary German

If you are wondering what has inspired her music this is what Rosemary had to say:

“My music is inspired by life itself. I write about what happens to me, and what I see going on around me with my friends, family, and strangers. I am also inspired by the things that happen in novels, movies, and anything that makes me feel a strong emotion, whether anger, sadness, joy, much love or heartbreak. I put music to all my emotions, I’m a big romantic. My parents always heard boleros of the 80s and I grew to love that kind of music, so my songs can never miss a guitar and a touch of romanticism like the one present in the songs of yesterday.”

As far as her demo she wants to be able to share her music with the world, and hopes it takes her where her songs need to be heard. Where her lyrics can be of encouragement to someone else as when she was going through at the times when she was in a similar situation when composing them.

Which is one of the major reasons why her fans can definitely relate to her music because she is very honest and clear in her songwriting. The best thing about her is that she has no fear of rejection therefore she pours all her feelings out on paper, whether its her story or someone else’s. Its easier for her fans to identify with her music because and I quote her as it was by far one of the most honest answers I have seen expressed this way: ” We are all equal, we all have dreams, we all make mistakes, we fall, we get up, we fall in love, suffer for love and in the end we all have the same problems or blessings at one time or another.”

Meanwhile, as we kept talking more about her demo I asked if there are any songs or any in particular that could be her favorite pick. She stated clearly that it was very difficult to try to choose one as each of her songs are so full of depth and raw emotion from the moment she wrote them that is very hard to pick one out. “My songs are my babies and I love them all equally” she said.

When I asked her about her favorite experience in her music career so far she said that is very fortunate every day to a have a new favorite experience. “People say life is a roller coaster, and I am enjoying mine completely with its ups and downs. It’s not the goal that counts, but the experiences we have on the way there. Music has many facets and I enjoy them all; when I’m composing, working in the studio, when I’m promoting, and when my work is being recognized. If I had to choose one of them all, I would say composing it’s my favorite one.”

Another strong trait about Rosemary is that she is driven. She is not the type of person who needs to be pushed to do anything, but every time has wanted to achieve a goal her family was there helping her to achieve it. Her family and friends have always been there to support her in every one of her journeys and will continue to do so as much as they can.

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Fashion & Music Blogger Evetzie from Evetzie’s Repertoire: FBS! with singer and songwriter Rosemary German along with fellow musicians/singers Alonso and Sheniel. Photograph Credit: Rosemary German

As a composer herself she has also been inspired in her songwriting skills by legends like Franco de Vita, Jose Luis Peralez, Roberto Carlos, Rosanna and Ricardo Arjona. “They all are complete artists in every way and theirs songs are an exquisite ride to heaven. I want the people to feel with my music the same way I feel when I’m listening to their music.”

As far as her wildest collaboration, she would love to collaborate with Franco De Vita as she proclaims it would be a dream come true. “He is a master of Latin music and it would be my greatest fortune to be able to work with him.” Meanwhile, another of her biggest dreams is to be able to sing at the “Viña del Mar Music Festival” which is one of the biggest music festivals in the Latin industry. Another of her dream would be to be able to open up for Juan Luis Guerra, who is another of her favorite songwriters. Because he is an artist in every sense of the word and the biggest singer-songwriter that her country the Dominican Republic has had so far, and being able to open up one of his concerts would be a great honor.

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Photograph Credit: Rosemary German

I also made sure to ask her if she still get nervous or butterflies in her stomach before a show, being that she has been singing since she was younger and she said:
        “I feel an adrenaline rush just before going on stage, thinking that it is time and I can’t back out, I have to walk out the door and give the best of me. But the truth is I don’t feel nervous, because I practice a lot before any show and when the day comes I only give myself to God and ask him to make the moment be whatever he wants and to shine on me. I ask him to make my music inspire others and bring a smile and happiness to their faces. After that I leave confident that everything will be alright because things are going to happen as he would want them”.

Photograph Credit: Rosemary German

Photograph Credit: Rosemary German

           Things you should be ON THE LOOKOUT for is that right now she is working on her new single that will be coming out soon. So make sure you keep track of her music on her social media so you can stay tuned and get the song as soon as it becomes available.

I also played my round of FUN FACTS with ROSEMARY and this are some awesome ones for her future fans to know 😉

What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?

Rosemary:
I would say all of them, lol, I am very old-school, but I am proud to be among the few who truly enjoy the songs of yesterday. I have music from Los Panchos to Julio Iglesias, a whole variety of very romantic songs.

Have you ever thought of the fact that If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing?

Rosemary:
Yes I have, I went to college to study architecture trying to please other people. Everyone used to advise me to study something other than music, just in case music did not work out. So when it was time to go to college well I chose architecture. I do not regret having gone to college. Because I learned many things there, but I regret not having studied my passion, which is music. Trying to be something I’m not was the worst decision I’ve ever made, I just wasted time, money, and ended up with a deep depression. So one day I told my family I couldn’t do it anymore, and I’d rather be dead than continue trying to live a life that was not where I belong. I was born a musician and a singer-songwriter, and that’s what I’m going to keep doing although some may not like it. That same day I left college and my family has had to accept me with my music, as there is no other vocation that makes me happier than this.

If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?

Rosemary:
I have always thought that had I been born in the United States of America I would’ve been a Big Band singer of traditional pop-jazz, I think my voice goes perfect with that music and I just love it.

Do you have any hidden talents you would like to share besides signing, and playing the guitar?

Rosemary:
Apart from music I like to help people. I think that helping others is a talent that not everyone has inside. It takes courage and bravery to not only hear about the problems someone has and say you understand, but also care enough to say look, I’m going to help, and this is what we can do to improve your situation. I grew up thinking everyone would like to help others in a difficult situation, and eventually I realized that’s not the case. So, to help people is a divine gift God gave me.

Since this is a fashion and music blog: What fashion trends or style has in influenced your personal style?

Rosemary:
I am very simple, I wear what suits me and is comfortable, I don’t care about brands and don’t obsess with accessories. I come from a very humble neighborhood in the Dominican Republic where there is much poverty, so I just spend money on necessities.
To be honest I don’t like shopping and I don’t have much knowledge of fashion, but I really hope someday I can pay a personal stylist to put together my every day outfit. It will be awesome to finally be trendy. 🙂

Please show love and support to Rosemary! It has been a tremendous joy to see her evolve even more. Thanks for taking time for Evetzie’s Repertoire Readers!

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