CAROLINE JAGO~SEVENTH HARMONIC

* How has music inspired you?  Your musical inspirations?

Dead Can Dance have made the biggest impression on me. The way they embraced so many styles of music from different countries and different times, and made them all sound so incredibly pure and emotive. Even now I listen to their sound, 10 years after discovering their magic, and it has lost none of its capacity to inspire pure awe...

Influences are varied - I try to listen to a broad range of styles as sometimes even a word, a beat, a chord progression, or an effect in a song from a genre I'd never usually listen to can provide the germ of an idea. Add this to the inspiration from beautiful places and memories and relationships, and this is the alchemy of Seventh Harmonic...

* Any meaningful CD’s or songs?

'Wuthering Heights' by Kate Bush and 'Are Friends Electric?' by Gary Numan were my first memories from around the age of 3 years old - I just remember being spellbound by those tracks before I could comprehend anything else, and I can hear this magic that would form the basis of my existence even hearing those songs today. I think the first 3 Dead Can Dance albums have really stood the test of time for me - every track is a world in its own right, yet part of this beautiful whole. I yearn to hear albums like that again. I also love the album 'Les Marronniers' by Collection D'Arnell Andrea, and the song 'Source of Light' especially, by Arcana.

* Discuss the creative or songwriting process --

It feels like a dream, because I can never remember it looking back on it, thinking 'how did I create that?' I'm sure at the time it isn't that mystical, yet I can never remember it! It must touch some subconscious depths though, because I remember that when I used to write a lot I would remember the dreams I had had the night before whilst composing...

* Has music helped you through a difficult or traumatic time in your life?

Absolutely - I think it has been my biggest source of healing. The most powerful for me being interestingly the two extremes - the intense and beautiful sorrow I feel from hearing something like Death in June, which enables hurt to surface and purge so purely; to being lifted out and away from these feelings by being overwhelmed by something euphoric, such as uplifting trance music where I have danced the pain away and come out of the other side feeling almost reborn...'

Seventh Harmonic' are a female three piece formed in Autumn 1999, creating symphonic, atmospheric dreamscapes, drawing on many influences from Celtic through Eastern.
The music blends an intoxicating mix of soaring violin and angelic vocals, with classical piano undertones, receiving interest from film production companies and drawing comparisons to the likes of 'Dead Can Dance'.
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TAMARA KENT~MINEFIELD

Discuss your musical background:

I started my musical career with the study of the piano at the age of 4.  Soon after I became a regular at parties and talent shows in my home town.  At that time 'Itsy Bitsy Spider' was all the rage among the kids. So...I cranked out tunes of this caliber until, oh, around the time puberty hit.  As I started developing a sense of myself, I began to write.  People would often say I had a penchant for 'sad' songs; a comment which crops up frequently in Minefield reviews today.  When I was 16 I came down with a case of the 'crazies' and left highschool.  This wouldn't be the last time the 'crazies' would visit... but they were particularily insistent at that tender age.  When I wasn't holed up in my room contemplating the many uses of fruit cake... I was busy demoing at the local studio (where bands of the '4 guys with guitars' variety would record their wunder hits).  With my keyboards in tow, I didn't fit the mold.  Infact the head engineer at this studio (who will remain nameless) would tell me that my interest in electronics was senseless, as the only person ever to make a worthwhile electronic album was Peter Gabriel.  What the **ck?  Anywho... the years passed and I went back to highschool, studied medieval music briefly at University, then left to pursue a degree in Record Engineering.  I guess I wanted the opportunity to sit behind a console and crush some poor kids dreams.  Kidding!  Since graduating from my engineering program I've been able to convince many unsuspecting people that I know what I'm doing.  To those who have lent me your ears over the years, all I can say is 'Thank you for your trust'.

What makes Minefield's material dark? Where do you fit into to the Gothic scene?

Once when I was younger someone told me: 'an artist doesn't get to choose what they create...their creation chooses them'.  This statement makes a lot of sense to me.  I've also never found my material all that dark.  I suppose from a purely musical standpoint, I tend toward minor chords and more modal settings.  And...maybe it's true that lyrically no  one has ever described Minefield's work as 'cheery'. That's fair... but lemme ask ya this, 'isn't it rather cathartic to know that when you're life's in the crapper, you're really not alone'?  As for the gothic scene... I love every last one of our spooky fans. Sometimes I'm not sure I fit terribly well with what I like to call the 'Pale and Crusty' kids. I mean, if they raided my make-up arsenal I'm sure I'd have some 'splainin to do.  You know what I'm sayin' Lucy?

If you could be anyone for one day, who would you be?

My mom.  I've always wanted to know what was going on in her head.  She plays dumb like a lot of women. Haven't you ever wondered about your own mom? I mean...this person acted as the portal between the last life and this one.  Hmmm...deep thoughts.

If you were stranded in Canada with only one album, one movie and one book... what would they be?

Album?
 

The Downward Spiral, of course!
 
Movie? 

Wonderboys or Donnie Darko...or...the first Matrix movie.
 
Book?  

Full length Novel? 'Perfume' by Patrick Suskind.  Truely the masterpiece that Kurt Cobain  said  it was.

Short Story?  'Delia and the Dinner Party' by John Shirley.  A scarey tale that I have an eerie bond with.

Any Minefield News to Report?

Our new 12" will be released through Interdimensional Industries this Valentines Day!

For orders contact Regan@interdimensional.com

About 4 years ago an artist with a delicate vision met a producer with serious skills. This marks the beginning of many bands. It also traces the path of a band called Minefield. A sound born of pain… a vision born of beauty… Minefield brings their dark blend of ambient pop to the world. It was February 2001 when the band released their ep After The Ball in their hometown of Toronto, Ontario. They embarked on a small promotional campaign for the album later that year. "We sent copies of the disc to publications and indie radio stations throughout Canada and the US and people were really responsive and open", comments Tamara, writer and vocalist of the band.

The warm reception of the ep paved the way for interviews on CIUT Radio, Starvox Online and In Music We Trust. It wasn't long before Minefield signed their first deal with a company in New York called Mother West Productions. The company felt Tamara's writing had a cinematic quality and wanted to help the band reach an audience through film and television. With the success of the ep came the desire not only to record again, but to develop a live sound that would better translate the recordings. Tamara & Neil decided to expand their circle and join forces with 3 talented musicians that would help in delivering the live show. Victor Rebelo (Drums), Alex Rebelo (Guitar) and Craig Sarvis (Bass) round out the line-up in 2003, bringing their own unique talents to the Minefield team.

At the dawn of the new year the band released their latest offering War Machine. The album consisting of 13 original songs and 1 cover has furthered their reputation as innovators in the world of ambient/darkwave music. For fans of the ep another release in 2003 will prove interesting as Minefield prepares to launch a collection of remixes from After The Ball entitled Decompostion: Re-Inventing Minefield. For more info on the band, please contact Tamara directly at minefield@mail.com.

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REBECCA MARTIN

*Your musical inspirations?

I grew up in Maine, so being outdoors was a big part of my life. Music was something that I did for fun.  I spent most of time up in trees and collecting bugs. It wasn't until I moved to New York City that that way of living became luxurious - having the space to think and being close to nature as I was was a big inspiration for sure.

My home was a very musical  one and at a very early  age, I was well aware of my Acadian heritage. That music played a giant part of my childhood. My mother plays piano, and as early as I can remember, she and I sat down and sang the songs of Cole Porter every night.

When I was about nine years old, my parents found a local  recording studio and the owners took an interest in me then. They gave me the opportunity to record my songs, encouraging me to write. It was a pretty fortuitous situation. I worked with them until I was ready to go off to college.

At the studio, I discovered Joni Mitchell who of course made a big impression on me. I was drawn to her spectacular melodies. Still today, that is what I'm always most impressed with in music. The best of creating for me is the balance of strength and vulnerability. Her music is that perfect combination.

* Has music helped you through a difficult or traumatic time in your life?

For sure. We all have our difficulties growing up. My story isn't so unusual,  though circumstantially unfortunate.    Music was my beautiful, perfect space.  It continues to be that way today and as odd as it sounds to me to say, I wouldn't change a thing. I really am enjoying this journey I'm on.

* Any CD’s or songs which are meaningful to you?

All of it. Each record is a document of where I was at that time. It's very much journal like and I enjoy going back every now and then to see how I've grown. In alot of cases, I find myself asking the exact same questions now as I did then in my music which is curious...

As far as others music, I'm turned on by far too many records and songs to list here. It's best to see my most current links at my website.

*Discuss the creative or songwriting process--

That is mysterious to me. I never know what it is I'm going to write when I do. I'm not a crafty writer per se. I don't enjoy writing in the way that some of my peers do. When I'm in the mood to pick up my guitar, I do - it's best for me to just get out of the way so to express a true sentiment. It is somewhat an unconscious process. At least it is that when I think I do my best work.

Singer/Songwriter Rebecca Martin began her professional career with her group "Once Blue" (EMI Records, 1995). Their self-titled debut was released in the United States, Canada and Japan. She toured the US with artists Shawn Colvin, Emmy Lou Harris, The Lilith Fair and many others while gaining loyal fans.

As a solo artist, Rebecca wrote and produced her first solo recording "Thoroughfare" (1998) that showcased her collaboration with an impressive band: Steve Cardenas (electric guitar), Kenny Wollesen (drums) and Larry Grenadier (bass). On her latest effort "Middlehope", Rebecca brought together another stellar group of musicians to record some of her favorite standards. Together she and her cohorts created a musicial gem rich in texture, detail and heart. With the support of Jordi Pujol (President; Fresh Sound Records, Barcelona Spain) "Middlehope" was made on a clear winter's day in January, 2001.

Currently, Rebecca is in the studio recording 12 of her own compositions. The record will feature Steve Cardenas, Bill McHenry, Matt Penman (bass) and Dan Rieser (Drums). James Farber will engineer. www.rebeccamartin.com         www.cdbaby.com/cd/rebeccam2

JEN PORTER

* How has music inspired you? Your musical inspirations?

I grew up listening to Simon & Garfunkel, Peter, Paul & Mary, and singing these and lots of folk tunes with my mom.  My Mom played guitar/banjo and was a camp counselor and later director for the Girl Scouts of America.  Such lovely beginnings to a career that has now been rounded out with influences such as Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Carole King, Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, Queen, Alanis Morrisette, Fiona Apple and more.  Every time I hear an artist write or perform a song that GETS to me, I feel assured that I'm in the right place.  :)

* Has music helped you through a difficult or traumatic time in your life?

It helps me with EVERY bad time...if I have a bad day or just generally feel icky, playing makes me feel better.  I get lost in the music and 'forget' to be depressed, so to speak.  Also, I tend to get more inspiration from painful or trying situations versus times in my life when everything is more hunky dorey.  I've always had more tunes flowing out of me when I'm in a tough place.  Music comes from passion, good or bad.

* Any CD's or songs which are meaningful to you?

Gosh, SO MANY things come to mind.  Music is meaningful to me in EVERY situation.  I truly can't imagine my life without a soundtrack.  All the good, all the bad, all the in between is accompanied by various songs that fit each situation. 

* Discuss the creative or songwriting process --

For me, the process almost always starts out with lyrics, or a lyric.  Then I sit down and play for a while, noodling, waiting for a melody to hit me.  Other times, I've got both a lyric and a melody and I sit down to work out everything else.  Once in a while, I'll play something that needs words, and it works that way.  Mostly, I write lyrics and the whole song pours out, more or less.  I almost always tweak, though there are 2-3 songs that literally fell out of me (it seems) and there they were, fully formed.  Mostly, I work and things and wait on intuition.  I wait until it feels right.  Then, when I am comfortable, I'll take it out and perform it publicly. 

* Discuss your feelings about the powerful or life-changing effects that music can have on a person --

I refer back to my answer about music being a soundtrack to life.  It's always there - it can bring you up or down, make you think or make you stop thinking and just feel.  It is everything and anything, something even if someone thinks it's nothing.  Music is all-powerful to those of us that speak it's language and use it as a means to communicate.

There's no doubt about it; Jen has been playing music all of her life. With straightforward lyrics that relate universally and music that flows from one song to the next, despite several different styles exhibited, Jen has the ability to captivate any audience. The lyrics speak of life, love, and deep relationships that affect us all. The music is melodic and heartfelt. Friends say she's "Ahead of her time" and "Stronger vocally than anyone else I've heard". Critics say her voice is “soulfully raucous” and that she is “without a doubt an artist to keep your eye on". She is compared to Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, and Janis Joplin in the same breath. With a voice that reaches out and grabs you and a piano style that's captivating and melodic, you won't soon forget this performer. Jen was born and raised in Chicago and had music in her life from the very beginning. She was singing before she could walk and began playing piano at the age of 5. Jen spent the next 14 years being classically trained. During her time in college, she learned guitar since she had no piano at that time. Soon after obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in 1996 from the University of Michigan, Jen quickly realized that she wanted more than an education: She wanted to perform. She worked with several bands, singing lead and harmonies, playing piano and guitar in many venues around southeastern Michigan for close to five years. She also enjoyed a successful solo residency for more than a year. As Jen began writing more of her own original work, her quest to share music has brought her home, to Chicago. Jen currently plays two to three times per week in the city and is continually booking more performances outside of Chicago. She has also assembled a group of backing musicians that she calls “The Fabulous Band” for full band performances of her work and well-chosen covers. The combination of Jen’s powerful voice and formidable backing band is attracting more attention than ever before. She has played many venues around the city including The Cubby Bear, House of Blues hotel & Hard Rock Café to name only a few. By invitation, Jen has been a part of several singer showcases, including the Chicago Singer Spotlight, the Local Vocal Brew and Chick Singer Night-Chicago. Jen also had the distinct honor of sharing a stage with Odetta, Michelle Shocked, Harolyn Blackwell, The Chantels and more at the Girl Scouts 90th Anniversary Sing-Along on the mall in Washington DC in June 2002. Jen and her new friends performed for and sang along with over 120,000 audience members in the Nation’s Capital.

Jen also sings a song that’s rather challenging and quite moving: The National Anthem. She sings it a cappella and has commanded the attention of over forty thousand spectators in attendance at major league sporting events held at The Palace of Auburn Hills (Detroit, MI), Wrigley Field & Soldier Field, as well as at the request of the City of Orland Park, IL for a commemorative 9/11 Ceremony in 2002. Imparting a strong sense of patriotism and triggering emotion in so many fans, Jen soulfully performs the Anthem to perfection, bringing the audience to their feet every time she performs it.

Her style is expansive and universal though best described as rock/folk rock/adult contemporary genres. You can't help but love her powerhouse voice and smooth piano. Jen plays everything from Stevie Nicks, Aretha Franklin & Alanis Morrisette to Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin & Queen, as well as her own original creations. Don’t miss this performance force as she continues to break convention and wow audiences everywhere.
www.jenporter.com/
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NEBELHEXË

Music is the way to get feelings and atmospheres across and/or to receive it…hard to explain. Music can create powerful feelings, music connects people. As a magician, my own music is magic to me, a magical ritual, an energy that I try to bring across to the people that listen to it. I am thus also very receptive to music; I could not live without music…

My songs are my personal feelings, thoughts, dreams, visions and experiences. Many of my songs are experiences I consider to be magical, others are shamanic journeys; I express a vision and try to get the listener to feel this experience as well. I make all the music myself, so the melodies come from inside of me…they often come spontaneously. I also dream music…

You said you dream about music - what do you mean?
I hear music in my dreams - sometimes it's something that I've heard before, and sometimes it's something completely new to me and I kind of make music in my dream. Other times I dream that I'm playing or singing and I make this incredibly nice song, and I wake up and I think, "Wow, I really have to remember this!" - and then whoops - and it's gone. It's like when you watch a film and you hear the music with the film. It also happens that I'd have a nightmare, and then this music comes, and it's really horrible, and I wake up from this horror music and horror visions... So there's really a lot of music going on in my head. Do I create the music deep within myself or do the sounds come from the other side…I do not know…

Many bands inspired me, music that I remember happenings by, music that gave me feelings and thoughts I will never forget, music that inspired my world-view and music that inspired my own musical ideas. Music that inspired me is Kate Bush, Hedningarna, folk and medieval songs, Clannad, Dead Can Dance New Model Army, Sisters, Killing Joke, Toyah, the Cure, Siouxie, Lena Lovich, Depeche Mode…a few songs from Accept, Warlock…and many more….
Bands that personally inspired my occult worldview are Sol Invictus, Death In June, Coil, Current 93…
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