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MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 6. Pop Pistol pop quiz

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME!

6. Pop Pistol pop quiz
San Antonio’s own psychedelic Latin band, Pop Pistol, were the focus of my second July 2011 pop quiz interview.  It posted on Friday, July 22, 2011.  The focus of the first was Austin rock & roller, Kevin Brown, on Friday, July 8, 2011.

This is the highest rank by an act from San Antonio, so Pop Pistol is reppin’ for their town.  It only posted in July, which is only about two months or so ago.  Coming in at Number 6, that’s pretty impressive.  There are quite  few posts that were posted later in the year that ranked higher than those posts that went live earlier.

See the original post here — Pop Pistol pop quiz interview — San Anto.  It includes their song, “Who Needs Forever,” and the Björk’s video for “Human Behavior.”

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MY TOP 30: Year 1 Posts of ALL-TIME! 8. Bobby Pulido pop quiz

MY TOP 30: Year 1 Posts of ALL-TIME!

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8. Bobby Pulido pop quiz
Around June of 2009 I was tapped to feature local station, Univision’s 5th Annual Premios Texas.  Not only did I host a ticket giveaway for the event, I also featured pop quiz interviews with 4 of the nominated and/or performing artists as a weekly countdown to the event that went down on Thursday, August 13, 2009 and aired later.  That year was the only year THE REAL popolio was contacted to cover Premios Texas.

Grammy-Nominated, Edinburg-based, Tejano artist, Bobby Pulido, was the Week 2 Premios Texas Artist.  This is the second showing by an artist from this special Premios Texas content on this countdown.  The first was Anita Benner repping Los Bad Apples at Number 27, who was originally the Week 3 Artist.  

Bobby Pulido’s pop quiz was an interesting case because of his answer to question Number 13, which is a Short Answer question stating, “If I could share one thing about myself it would be…”  He shared that he has celiac disease.  

It was so casual and matter of fact that it took me by surprise.  To this day, I have no idea if this is the first place he shared it or if it was common knowledge.  I googled it and couldn’t find anything else out there regarding it.  I also tried to reach out for a follow-up interview or feature and never heard back. 

Because of his answer I created a special post dedicated to the Celiac Disease Foundation.  I felt his answer shouldn’t just be left hanging in cyberspace and that I need to try to do something positive around his confession.  He put it out there and I felt like I needed to provide some information or a resource that might be helpful to people.  See that post here.

Bobby Pulido’s pop quiz interview, posted on Wednesday,  July 29, 2009.  It takes the Year 1 Number 8 spot.  See the original post here — Bobby Pulido pop quiz — Premios Texas Artist.  It includes his song, “Desvelado Acustico,” and a live performance video of Frank Sinatra singing “My Way.”

See all 4 Premios Texas Artist pop quiz interviews here.

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MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 16. Stefani Vara 20Q Part 1

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 

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16. Stefani Vara 20Q Part 1
The Year 3 Number 16 spot goes to Stefani Vara.  I just recently posted a new follow-up 5Q with her with a remix of her new single, “In the Middle of the Night.”  This particular interview is actually a re-post of an article I wrote for Popular Hispanics.  In its original inception it was always a 20 question interview.  Whereas it originally appeared as one interview at PH, I split it up into two parts here.  Part 1 is what makes the countdown.  I did include a stream of the original version of her latest song when I reposted here, which did not appear in the original PH article.

I think Stefani Vara is gonna’ do some big things.  I’m not just saying that because she’s a sexy Latina.  Not to say she hasn’t already done some things, but I foresee bigger, brighter, and better in her future.  Hopefully, I didn’t just jinx her.  All kidding aside, I think there is a lane there for her; it already exists, but I think she’d be combining a few lanes into one with her Latin/pop/dance music.   It could be said that J. Lo did it before and Kat DeLuna is doing it now.  While J.Lo was more R&B/Urban and Kat brings in a more world music sound, I think Stefani will have a specific H-Town and overall Texas flavor with more live instrumentation.  I could be wrong, but those are my thoughts on the matter.  ‘Nuff said on that.

Now, I’m gonna’ let you in on a little secret, when I do interviews for other sites, I’m just adapting my Questions for feature format to their specifications.  It might have a different title and look a little different than what I post here, but it starts as so many questions for so-and-so artist.

Read the original Popular Hispanics interview here.  See the Part 1  Monday, April 4, 2011 re-post here — 20Q for Stefani Vara Part 1 — H-Town.  Here’s Part 2.  It includes the first single of her yet to be titled forthcoming sophomore release, “In the Middle of the Night.”

See all 17 Year 3 Questions for interviews here.

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5Q for Stefani Vara – H-Town

The first time I interviewed Stefani Vara, it was for Popular Hispanics.   I was excited because she had been signed to a major label, had scored fashion endorsement deals with known brands, and had even stood on red carpets with the likes of Chris Brown (prior to his incident) and other such folks.  It was an ambitious (if Ido say so, myself) 20 question interview.  You can see the original PH version here and the reposted 2-part REAL popolio version here and here

It was what I considered a no holds barred interview and I even asked her take on Chris Brown’s situation.  I wasn’t sure if Stefani would be game, but she pulled no punches, didn’t asked for any of the questions to be changed, and answered every single last question.  By that, I was truly impressed.

Since that interview was so exhaustive, I decided to keep things simple this time around.  Most exciting is the tentative Texas Mini-Tour that Vara will kick-off in her hometown of Houston at the end of October.  Additionally,  she will be sharing fashion, beauty, and lifestyle tips on a few websites very soon.  Find more about the tour, the tips, and more in this EXCLUSIVE 5Q interview.

Listen to the “Middle of the Night” Magnificent Remix, the first single from Stefani Vara’s forthcoming sophomore release.

Click the first pic to go to Stefani Vara’s Facebook Page and second, at the end of the interview, to get to her Twitter Account.

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1. I hear you’re still working on writing and producing material for your sophomore album.  How is that going? What direction is it going in lyrically and musically? It’s a creative process, but I’m loving every minute of it.  Right now I can tell you that I am writing the majority of the sophomore album, but will be collaborating with a few talented songwriters as well. 🙂  The album has taken somewhat of a different direction with more dance-infused songs with a Latin flair.

2. What’s the next single?  How is it different from your first single for this set, “Middle of the Night?” “Middle of the Night” has really taken off; it’s actually Number 19 in Turkey as we speak (THANK YOU TURKEY!!!!).  I just finished a few dance remixes of “Middle of the Night” and I’m doing my own Stefani Vara version of a ‘70s classic…People are gonna’ be truly surprised when they hear it.  LOL!

3. I also hear that your fashion, beauty, and lifestyle tips will be featured at various websites.  How did you become an “expert” in these areas?  Where and when can we find your tips? Yes, I am very excited about this opportunity.  I’m now a talent expert for a few websites including ehow.com and about.com. The segments will go live later this month.  Having the opportunity to attend some events and performing, I do get questions about fashion and hair, so when the opportunity of hosting personalized webisodes on fashion and organizing how-to’s came up, I jumped at the chance.

4. You have some Texas shows coming up later this month and into October.  Can you tell more about them?  What cities are you hitting?  Is Austin one of them? I’ll be doing some intimate concerts in Texas performing new music as well as a few covers by some of my musical influences.  Right now I’m looking into Houston, Dallas, and Austin…I need to show my home state some love.

5. What can Texans expect from your upcoming shows? The upcoming shows will have a more acoustic feel but also dance music with Latin flavor.  With these shows and sophomore album, I wanna’ show the audience that I am a versatile performer and not just a performer you can stick in a pre-determined category!

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