7 Questions with Dan Carter of The Blue Man Group

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by Ryan Meehan

Actor/Musician/Vocalist and Part-time cowboy Dan Carter is from London, England and very happy to be working on this side of the pond.  His London West End credits include Les MiserableTaboo and We Will Rock You, and his film credits include ‘Closer’ (Mike Nichols) as well as ‘Cassandra’s Dream’ (Woody Allen)  As well as being a singer/songwriter Dan has worked as a backing and session vocalist London and the United States. Dan has performed as a Blue Man all over the world and is now touring North America with the show, and he is my guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

7 Questions with Antonio Aguirre of the Blue Man Group

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By Ryan Meehan

Antonio Aguirre is a guitarist and songwriter whose live performances range from rock to South American folk music.  His unorthodox influences conjure an emotive, organic, and powerful style.  Antonio recorded three full length albums before age 17.  He has worked with Inca Spirit, toured internationally with Transmit Now and toured South Korea and the British Indian Ocean Territory for Armed Forces Entertainment.  Antonio is extremely grateful to perform with The Blue Man Group in Orlando, FL as well as on its national tour, and he’s my guest today in 7 questions.  Continue reading

7 Questions with Daniel Carrillo

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by Ryan Meehan

Daniel Carrillo is a stand-up comic and writer that grew up and was bullied in Abiliene, TX. before moving to Nashville at 18.  When he was 21, Daniel started performing stand-up because he was a big boy that could do whatever he wanted. His stand-up provides a unique take on his life, relationships, dogs, and providing general cynicism about the generation in which he grew up. In 2014, he performed in the Scruffy City Comedy Festival and has been doing shows all over the Southeast. His writing has been featured on numerous websites including The Impersonals, Thought Catalog, and Someecards. His tweets have been featured on Mandatory, The Chive, and Buzzfeed, to name a few.  His parents support his decision to pursue comedy, and in, no way, wanted him to follow in the footsteps of his family and go to medical school. They can’t stress that enough.  This coming April, Daniel will be featuring on the Comedians of Twitter tour and he’s also our guest today in 7 questions.  Continue reading

7 Questions with Anna Haas

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By Ryan Meehan

With red-hot moxie to match her crimson tresses, Anna Haas is the exemplar triple threat whose dramatic appeal scintillates on her records and especially through her live performances. Her upcoming EP, PASSION/POISON was recorded in Shreveport, Louisiana at Blade Studios with world renowned producer and drummer, Brady Blade (Dave Matthews, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Jewel, Buddy Miller) and Grammy nominated engineer Chris Bell (Erykah Badu, Destiny’s Child , U2, The Eagles). Haas moves into new territory, melding organic and electronic sounds with her signature powerhouse voice. Her sound is dynamic, with intelligent lyrics that resonate through expressive vocals and complex arrangements. Haas has reached a level of vocal and musical maturity with this sophomore release that is hard pressed to find among the up-and-coming. From orchestral to pop to blues and heart wrenching ballads, Haas’ influences span decades and genres, creating threads that tie together to make her an artist you won’t be able to forget.  When not in the studio, Haas has been taking the world by storm, touring regularly and obtaining a loyal following across the country; Her roots in both Nashville and New York are apparent in her eclectic style, “A Thousand Lifetimes” and “Eyes Open” with a Nashville influence, and tracks like “Woman of the Wild” and “Game Over” resounding of New York. Anna’s full band live show, complete with horns and fiddle, is nothing short of mesmerizing, drenched with intensity and soul. She leads her band with grace and authority, commanding the stage like Janis Joplin or Freddie Mercury, using her voice, her eyes and her body to tell her stories. Simply put, she puts on a show. No Country for New Nashville says, “Anna’s powerful onstage presence and vocal prowess is undeniable, her energy is contagious.”  Haas was winner of the Deli Magazine’s 2012 Best Emerging Artist of Nashville Year End Reader’s Poll; she sizzled with the release of her debut album, Crazy Is, which critics called “remarkable,” and “timeless and fascinating;” and is gearing up for the release of PASSION/POISON in Spring 2015, along with two accompanying music videos.  This flaming redhead has left the ground running, turning heads and melting hearts, and doesn’t seem to have any intention of slowing down.  We are very happy to have Anna Haas as our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

7 Questions with Akaash Singh

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by Ryan Meehan

The fierce pride in India is real, although it’s worth noting Akaash’s middle school principal thought he was Mexican for all three years. Such was life growing up in suburban north Dallas. Home.  Akaash left home to help people. He wanted to be a doctor like his uncle and graduated pre-med from Austin College. Naturally, the next step was to move to Los Angeles and become a comedian.  There is no easy explanation for this leap of faith. It was an idea that always flickered in his mind. Even when he was young, Akaash saw comedy differently. He appreciated the nuances and broke it down to a science, fascinated by what worked and what didn’t. The first time he performed in front of his friends in high school, he bombed. Of course, it’s a little more disheartening when the laughs don’t come while you happen to be on the mic at The Comedy Store in L.A.  You know, The Comedy Store, stomping grounds of Pryor, Seinfeld, Leno and… Singh? Akaash bombed there so badly that it was, well, almost funny. Before that night, he hopped on stage once every few months and called himself a comedian. After that night, he developed a singular focus on scrapping for as much stage time as possible while writing incessantly.  This wasn’t a turning point. There are no turning points in this business, just a perpetual grind until you can’t take it anymore. Little by little, Akaash gained traction while learning and developing his voice, unique in both content and style.  One step forward, two steps back. Two steps forward, one-and-a-half steps back… His drive grew with his name, highlighted by head-turning performances at The Laugh Factory, The Improv and yes, The Comedy Store.  And just like that, it was over in Los Angeles for the time being. Akaash saw a plateau on the horizon, and that is one thing he will never accept. Because really this whole ride boils down to one personal truth. He would rather fail doing something he loves than succeed at something he never really wanted.  Akaash realized the need to test that love in New York, a place he envisioned would tear him down so he could grow back stronger. No city in the world would be better suited to oblige.  If L.A. gave him the ability to be brilliant before the red light in the back started blinking, New York provided the raw edge that kept him from being owned by that light. His goal morphed from being somebody who told jokes while sneaking in personal beliefs to a beast who said exactly what he wanted to say and still made you laugh.  Sounds like a poetic transition, right? As poetic as the streets of New York. So Akaash continued his climb in New York, undeterred by setbacks that are necessary for a comic who refuses to go for cheap laughs.  He advanced to the semifinals of Stand-Up for Diversity on NBC. He has made headway on the New York club circuit, performing at major clubs like Caroline’s, Gotham, and Stand Up New York. He went on a national tour last year from D.C. back to Cali, making certain to stop in his home state along the way with a performance at “The Festival of India” at The University of Texas. The show was big enough that it earned Akaash his first write up, and that write up was as effusive as anything he could have written himself.* He could now see the hard work was yielding results.  There is plenty going on right now, a whirlwind of change. This comedy thing has a way of eating people alive, but it’s the opposite for Akaash. He feeds on it, mind and soul, always hungry to show you something serious with the next laugh.  Akaash Singh is my guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading