Shout Out to Power Popster, Phil Dutra & R&B/Soulstress, Lisa Marshall – ATX

As January comes to a close and February begins, the official Year 3 of THE REAL popolio continues on.  I wanted to take this time to give a shout out to two special REAL popolio Artists based here in the ATX. 

The first is power pop singer-songwriter, Phil Dutra.  He played both our One Year Anniversary Mixer and opened our first official showcase, pop show, last year.  He was also my very first popolio podcast interviewee at the beginning of Year 1. 

He comes to bat no questions asked and brings it home each and every time.  Thank you, Phil!  Please check him and his music out here.

The second is old school soul vocalist, Lisa Marshall.  I interviewed her for a popolio podcast as well.  What I could tell about Ms. Marshall right off was that she was on her grind.  So, needless to say, this turned into a couple more popolio features.  She became a fast friend of the blog and headlined pop show.  Thank you, Lisa!  Check her and her stuff out here.

I want to thank them both for playing previous popolio events.  Really, just for being open and collaborative.  I consider them both REAL popolio Artists and both are great.  Please support them.

freddie beat aka Freddie Rodriguez
THE REAL popolio creator & editor

Tickets on Sale TODAY for Janet Number Ones Up Close and Personal 2011 World Tour@ACL-Live 4/3/11 – ATX

Tickets for Janet‘s Austin stop of her 2011 tour went on sale today as of 10 AM Central Time.  I just bought mine and the only ones available were the lower tier ones.  So, if you want to see Ms. Jackson on Sunday, April 3, 2011, in the ATX at ACL-Live, HURRY and get your tickets here.

Janet Jackson Number Ones Up Close and Personal
2011 World Tour
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Doors: 6:30 PM
Show: 8:00 PM

Austin City Limits Live
310 Willie Nelson Blvd.
Austin, TX  78701

Venue: 877.471.4225
Tickets: 877.435.9849

B-May pop quiz interview – Garland/Dallas

January 28, 2011

Name:   B-May
Genre:  R&B/Pop/Hip Hop                              
Forthcoming Release: “Can I Live” Single (Point Blank Recordings)
Release Date:  March 2011

This, That, or the Other
1. Underground OR Mainstream? Mainstream
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (OR Both)??? Both.  I definitely want to maintain my integrity and vision and stay true to myself, but why not try to make money while doing so?
3. Studio OR Stage? I love being creative in the studio and the atmosphere, but performing on stage and getting a great response after a performance feels great!  Especially after the long hours of work put into my career as an artist.  
4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? I come from a spiritual family who puts God first in our lives, so it has definitely rubbed off on me in a positive light.
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? N/A

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my way of expressing thoughts and feelings that I may not normally say out loud.
7. I’m musically inspired by real life situations.  Some of which are personal but not necessarily all, and of course, Michael Jackson.
8. If I could have made any music video it would have been “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly.                                               
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Gohan from Dragon Ball Z!                                                       
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to The Game on BET, Cookies, and Milk.

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  It is my passion and a way to express my thoughts.  I love to be creative and make people feel good in my songs.
12. I want my fans to:  Just keep being supportive as they have been and let my music motivate them to go after their dreams.
13. If I could only share one thing about myself it would be:  I am a huge sports fan!  Haha, my favorite sport is basketball, but I am a hardcore football and baseball fan as well.
14. Wild Card!  I was discovered on Twitter a year ago by my manager, Jonathon Sisco.  He really embraced and believed in me.  I’m proud to be a part of Point Blank Recordings!
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  To have made a positive impact on people’s lives all around the world and to give inspiration to go after your dreams no matter what!

The music video B-May wishes he would have made!

Listen to B-May’s forthcoming single, “Can I Live.”  Click on the pic to go to his Facebook Page.

Singer-Songwriter, Darci Monet Looking For YOUR Inspirational Photos for “Go On” Music Video

Editor’s Note: This production is not affiliated with THE REAL popolio.

Singer-songwriter, Darci Monet, a regular at THE REAL popolio is working on the music video for her uplifting track, “Go On,” from her latest release, Fusion.  She’s looking to include inspirational photos from regular folks, like you and me, to include in the clip.  Read the submission guidelines and what Darci has to say below.

Darci Monet (center) with “Go On” video producer, Jacole Kitchen & director, Christopher Gregson

We invite you to participate in a very special music video.  Singer- Songwriter Darci Monet’s moving track “Go On” from her album Fusion is an uplifting song that encourages others to persevere through stressful times and situations. Our aim is to translate this positive message into a music video by telling four stories with relatable characters who have faced adversity and then found the strength to “Go On.” Part of the video will contain photographs of real people who have also pushed on through difficulty. This is where you come in.

We are looking for photographs that succinctly convey your story of survival, illustrate an obstacle you have overcome, or challenge you have met. The subject matter is not as important as the message of hope we want to share. Your photograph could include any struggle including, but not limited to health, finances, family, romance, friendships, work, education, spirituality, etc.

Since these will be in a montage and images will show only briefly, we ask that you provide us with a photo of you holding a sign (or something similar) that contains six words or less that tells viewers what your story is (ex: “Beat Breast Cancer,” “Sober for Two Years,” “Lost 150 Pounds,” etc). If you have a particularly meaningful photo already, please submit the words you want attached to it and we will edit it into the video. Just make sure that YOU are in it and it tells your story in an instant. Get creative! We want to see your photograph and celebrate your triumph with you!


+ Highest resolution available (720 x 480 or higher preferred)
+File types of .jpg, .png and .bmp
+ No corporate logos
+No nudity, obscene or pornographic material
+Submission deadline is FEBRUARY 18TH (NO exceptions!)
+ Send via email to Go On” Music Video



If we choose to use your submission, we will need your consent in writing legally agreeing to let us use your likeness in the video. We may send you a release form for you AND ALL PARTIES in your photograph to sign and return. If you are under 18, we will need to have your parent/guardian sign the release form.


Be sure to ‘like’ our Facebook ‘”Go On” Music Video Page  so you can stay updated on our progress, have access to production stills, and spread the word.

♪♫ Listen to “Go On”.

Thank you!

The “Go On” production crew:
Jacole Kitchen – producer
Christopher Gregson – director
Darci Monet – Recording Artist

Music Video: Jared Evan “Falling Down”

This just in!

“Falling Down” is a track off of Jared Evan’s upcoming mixtape, Back & Fourth, which will drop sometime in late February.  Back & Fourth is a lead-up to his debut album on Interscope Records, The Fourth Chapter, which is currently set for a 2011 release.

The song “Falling Down” was produced by Jared Evan’s longtime collaborator
!llmind and the video was co-directed by Chris K and Jared Evan, himself.  Back & Fourth will feature collaborations with Boi-1da, ill Factor, Pharrell, !llmind, Statquo, Roscoe Dash, Kevin Rudolf, D.A. Wallach, and more.

10 Questions for Shalee

Editor’s Note: This is a repost of my second interview as a contributing music & entertainment writer to Popular Hispanics, originally titled A River Grooves Through It and originally posted here

Ivana Gomez is the daughter of Spanish music legend, Paloma San Basilio.  Though no secret, she has decided to forge her own creative path and musical destiny.  In her own words, she is a new renaissance woman, who has nurtured natural artistic talents and tempered creative skills through higher education and practical experience in film scoring, music and video production, acting, and singing.  She has recast herself as Shalee, her solo musical persona, to lead her own personal musical renaissance and let the world come along with her as she explores. 

Learn more about Shalee in [what was] this EXCLUSIVE interview. 

Click the first pic to go to her official site and second, at the end of the interview, to get to her Facebook Page.


1. Your mother is Spanish legend, Paloma San Basilio – singer, songwriter, and musical theater star to name a few.  Can you speak on that legacy and how it has inspired you musically as a writer, producer, actress, and just as an overall artist? I love my mother very much and respect her tremendously, but I loved music since I can remember and I always had my special relationship with it, very individual and unique.  My mother never actually learned music, hasn’t written or produced music, but created some of the lyrics to her songs.  I always played piano and understood music in a very different way as a composer as well as interpreter.  My entire family was very musical.  My grandfather used to play classical music very often and my father played piano, so probably all of it has influenced me.

Likely, what had most influenced me and my music, in relation to my mother, as a renowned artist, is the pain, loneliness, and sadness that it has created in my life.  It inspired me to hold on to music as the only way to express myself and to keep going.

*Shalee’s mention of pain, loneliness, and sadness in relation to being the child of a renowned artist really struck me, so I followed up after the initial interview and asked her to elaborate.  She was very accommodating, forthcoming, open, and honest with her response. Here is what she had to say. When I was a baby, my parents got divorced and I lived with my mother, but she was always away and I hardly saw my father.  Basically, I was raised by my wonderful grandparents (Paloma’s parents).  However, my grandmother died of cancer when I was 6 and my grandfather died when I was 13, which left me, at a very young age…truly alone.  At that time, my life was totally different than my mother’s and we were not very close.  She was very busy with her life and I struggled very hard to cope and had a very difficult stretch in my life.  It was not unlike the struggle of many young people as they go from adolescence to adulthood, but for me it was especially hard.  I know it was also hard and painful for her, too, in a different way.  That being said, being an only child, music became my refuge, a true companion and one of the very few consistent things I’ve had to hold onto in my life and now I really want to share it with the world. 

2. Tell us about the name Shalee.  What does it mean?  Why did you choose it? Well, I think that when you are an artist you are channeling a very deep part of yourself that has its own identity.  In my case, this is my spiritual part. I meditate daily and in one of those meditations this name came to me, the sound of it resonates with my soul.

Later on I researched if that name actually existed and I found this:

The girl’s name Shalee \sh(a)-lee\ is a variant of Shaila (Hindi), and the meaning of Shalee is “river.”

So, I guess it made sense to me, since the river flows and that is kind of what I do with my music and my voice.

3. Is Ivana Gomez different from Shalee? How are they different?
I guess Ivana Gomez encompasses all the different aspects of my being while Shalee lives in a more ethereal dimension, a dimension of music, creativity, communication and spirit.

4. You write, score film, produce music and videos, act, and participate in musical ensembles in addition to being a solo musical artist. Sometimes it seems like an actor who sings, should have a bangin’ video, but it doesn’t always happen that way.  Why do you think that is?  Is it a matter of who’s in control?  With all the hats you wear, do you make sure to crossover the quality and experience you have from one role to another? It depends on many elements:  the budget, the team of people that you work with, and also if you can maintain any creative control.  Often, it’s not the artist who decides but other people whose main concern is making the video more “commercial” and sometimes for them this means overexposing the artist sexually and not creating a quality product.

I believe all humans are artists.  I would like to say I am a woman of a new renaissance.  I love music, film, painting, writing.  It is a matter of in what do you choose to invest most of your time.  I believe practice makes perfect and each day has 24 hours.  So, talent and practice is the best combination. 

I am very much a perfectionist, but also I learned to be flexible and spontaneous, so I enjoy what I do and do the best of my ability in that particular moment in time and I keep studying and learning.

I love learning new things.

5. With all your interests and experience, is Shalee, your solo project, your main focus and priority right now? Finally it is. I have made my choice.  I love all that I do, but my solo project comes first.  I owe it to myself. 

6. What are you hoping to achieve and bring to the masses with this project?
I want to give a portrait of myself expressed through my art.  To also bring my view of life, my understanding of it, and what I have learned.

I think that it is an act of sharing and connecting…a beautiful thing.

7. I read that because of your music video production background you come up with some interesting background videos for your live musical performances.  Tell us about that. I guess that when I perform I like to feel immersed in another dimension and also invite the audience to that space and I always felt music as something visual, so I create mostly abstract videos that connect with the music.  They are filled with colors, shapes and then synchronized to the rhythm of the music.  We live in a multimedia era and I incorporate that into my vision of music.

8. I grew up with MTV and music videos aren’t what they used to be.  I think Erykah Badu and Lady Gaga may have brought some renewed interest to the medium this year and may be helping to get it back to the level where it was.  Do you think the internet killed the music video star? I love technology and I think it is a wonderful thing that brings opportunities to more and more people.  It all depends on the way that you use your tools.  More people have the means to create and the appreciation of people’s creations and art are subjective, not absolute.  It is not so controlled by a few, but out there for everybody to share. We just have to adapt to the changes and make a good use of them.  

9. Your songs sound electro-dance-pop with some hip hop thrown in.  How would describe your sound? I definitely love electronic music, but I love many different styles of music.  My music is influenced by everything that I feel, hear, and see, so it’s always evolving and changing.  I guess I love computers and the intimacy of my studio allows me to create my own world through my art.

10. If you had to narrow your message to the world into one sound bite, what would it be and why? “Find peace inside of yourself and reconnect.” 

The most important thing in this life is to have peace and from that point of stillness you can learn who you are, learn about the world, the universe, create and share, feel joy, happiness, love and hope.

Music Video: The Naked + Famous “Young Blood”

~Directed by Joel Kefali & Campbell Hooper for Special Problems~

Tuesday Tease

January 25, 2011

A REAL popolio selection of Today’s New Releases.

Cold War Kids Mine Is Yours
Carrie Elkin Call It My Garden
The Gaddabouts The Gaddabouts
Gang of Four Content
The Get Up Kids There Are Rules
Grouplove Grouplove EP
Iron and Wine Kiss Each Other Clean
Wanda Jackson The Party Ain’t Over
Amos Lee Mission Bell
Luminate Come Home
Keiko Matsui The Road…
Jaimee Paul Melancholy Baby
Corinne Bailey Rae The Love EP
Various Artists 2011 Grammy Nominees
Wisin y Yandel Los Vaqueros, El Regreso
Young the Giant Young the Giant

Tuesday Tease

January 18, 2011

A REAL popolio selection of Today’s New Releases.

Audio Bullys               Higher Than the Eiffel
Blackmore’s Night     Autumn Sky
Braids                         Native Speaker
Benjy Davis Project   Sincerely
Decoder                      Decoder
The Decemberists      The King Is Dead
Klaxons                      Surfing the Void
Pearl Jam                  Live On Ten Legs
Tokio Hotel                Best Of
White Lies                  Ritual

Happy MLK Day 2011!

Let us not forget and continue to move forward progressively together with compassion and common sense toward one another.

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