A few words with Kate Kay Es

I've recently photographed NYC based singer/musician/song-writer Kate Kay Es on her show in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall, and took the opportunity to chat with her about a few other things:

(live at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

(live at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

One, two, three, four!

Which movie would you love to have written a song for?
Kate Kay Es: I would love to have written a song for the movie "Babel". This is a beautiful, visually stunning film about the human experience through different lenses. It evokes a strong feeling and emotion from beginning to end. The music that I write hopes to do the same.

If you could go back in time, who is the artist/band that you would’t miss a concert?
KKS: Whitney Houston or Michael Jackson. Both would be a dream!

Favorite thing to do in NYC on a day off? 
KKS: I love to walk around different areas of New York, as well as going to modern art galleries and drinking coffee!

How would you describe your music in just one word?
KKS: Experiential.

(encore) Where can we listen to your music online? 
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3EY8WqKgXDJcG3qGUvpzMK
https://soundcloud.com/katekayes
https://www.instagram.com/katekayesmusic
https://www.facebook.com/katekayesmusic/

A few words with Hotsy Totsy

I've recently photographed indie pop trio Hotsy Totsy on their show in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall, and took the opportunity to chat with them about a few other things:

(live at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

(live at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

One, two, three, four!

Which movie would you love to have written a song for?
Jenny PilongI kept racking my brain for a “cool” answer to this one, but… alas... I don’t have one. I actually don’t see a lot of movies, but I feel like it would have been cool to have had something on the "Hunger Games" soundtrack. I love writing melancholy, minor chord filled songs, so I think pairing that with a dystopian centric story would have been a match made in heaven. At least for me. Haha. Also, I kind of wish our song, “South Seas”, was around for Adam Sandler’s “50 First Dates”… which may or may not be one of my favorite movies… that I’ve actually seen. ;)

If you could go back in time, who is the artist/band that you would’t miss a concert?
JP: John Lennon… or maybe Billie Holiday.

Favorite thing to do in NYC on a day off? 
JP: Art museums and vegan food! Particularly, Blossom Restaurant in Chelsea. I need to try every single thing on that menu.

How would you describe your music in just one word?
JP: This is a tough one. For me, personally, I think it would be wistful. For Hotsy Totsy as a whole I need two: exuberant harmony. Which I think is sort of fair, since there are three of us. Haha.

(encore) Where can we listen to your music online? 
Links to our Soundcloud, youtube, Spotify, etc. can all be found on our website.

A few words with Kathleen Potton

I've recently photographed NYC based singer/songwriter Kathleen Potton on her show in NYC at Nublu, and took the opportunity to chat with her about a few other things:

(live at Nublu, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

(live at Nublu, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

One, two, three, four!

Which movie would you love to have written a song for?
Kathleen Potton: Well I kinda did already. My song 'Montauk' is based around "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind". There are so many aspects of this movie that I love... but anything to do with memory, time and perception of time fascinates me!! And subconsciously it was a theme to a lot of the songs I wrote for my album Nero. In "Eternal sunshine..." I love how they try to save certain memories by changing their perception of them & try "hiding" them by giving them different associations. And also love the idea of being predestined, that you can't help who you are, who you love, how you love & that despite trying to block out people, we can't help who we're drawn to.

If you could go back in time, who is the artist/band that you would’t miss a concert?
KP: Ooh this is hard... and to chose just one?? I think I would like to go back and see any of the artists who I'm inspired by (Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Prince, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles) and see their first gig... I want to see where they started and how they morphed into the icons we know today. Seeing an artist's journey is incredibly inspiring.

Favorite thing to do in NYC on a day off? 
KP: Actually work and play are kinda intertwined for me... As long as there is music in whatever capacity, I'm happy! I do really love walking in the city though, especially at night when there are not too many people around, like after a gig... just put on some music and walk for ages. Best thinking and inspiration time for me!

How would you describe your music in just one word?
KP: Sincere.

(encore) Where can we listen to your music online?
My album NERO is out:
on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/6leBXcfj0zCjGy1SN7qDGG
on iTunes https://itun.es/us/y9_djb ...
follow me on Instagram at instagram.com/katpotton 

A few words with Francis Aud

I've recently photographed Singer/Songwriter Francis Aud on his show in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall, and took the opportunity to chat with him about a few other things:

(live at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

(live at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

One, two, three, four!

Which movie would you love to have written a song for?
Francis Aud: What a great question! So my favorite movie of all time is this super low-budget (or maybe it was a really big budget film but good lord the special effects don't seem that way) film called Short Circuit 2. It's about this self-aware robot who comes to live in NYC with a computer scientist/engineer, a swindler, and a shady banker to make toys and learn about human emotions. Anyways, I say all that because it's one of those typical, cheesy 80's movies where the soundtrack has music you'd listen to while wearing neon spandex, doing aerobics wearing a headband, and I'd love to just use a whole bunch of synths and totally cheap sounding sound effects to make something really fun.

If you could go back in time, who is the artist/band that you would’t miss a concert?
FA: This one is a three-way tie between Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, and Jackie Wilson. Note for anyone who wants to see what a TRUE performance looks like, go watch Otis Redding's performance at The Monterey International Pop Festival.

Favorite thing to do in NYC on a day off? 
FA: Depends on the season! Spring/Summer: Going for a walk in Greenwich village. Fall: Going for a walk around Morningside Heights and writing in Straus Park. Winter: Not going for any walks and exploring a new coffee shop to journal in.

How would you describe your music in just one word?
FA: Genuine.

(encore) Where can we listen to your music online? 
The lovely masses can listen to my music at my website as well as searching 'Francis Aud' on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud:
Website: francisaud.com
Bandcamp: https://francisaudmusic.bandcamp.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/francisaudmusic

Brasil Summerfest 2017 @ Central Park SummerStage

Last Saturday I had the pleasure to attend Brasil Summerfest, a festival that celebrates Brazilian music in NYC. This year's performances featured Liniker e os Caramelows and Elza Soares. Here are some of my favorite shots I took there, while on assignment for Leblon.

A few words with Dr Scientist

I've recently photographed the rock band Dr Scientist on their show in NYC at The Bitter End, and took the opportunity to chat with them about a few other things:

(live at The Bitter End, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

(live at The Bitter End, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

One, two, three, four!

Which movie would you love to have written a song for?
Trevor O’Connor (Lead Vox/Guitar): I would love to write music for one of the "Mad Max" movies. It’s so aggressive but campy and at times light hearted and hilarious. I think it would be a challenge and also a lot of fun. Dylan Jacobus (Bass/Backing Vox): I would have loved to have written a song for Under The Cherry Moon. I mean, I know Prince wrote all the music for that since it's his movie, but writing something to fit the black-and-white, 1920's socialite vibe would be fun. Connor Larkin (Guitar/Keys Backing Vox): "Road to Perdition" cuz the atmosphere is so dark and picturesque. I always thought it would be really cool to write scores for soundtracks! Whenever I write music for the piano it ends up coming out sounding like something from that movie! Sean Farrelly (Drums): I would love to write music for the movie "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." Almost everyone can relate to what that movie is about and it would be gratifying to write music that lends itself to helping people cope with those intense feelings.

If you could go back in time, who is the artist/band that you would’t miss a concert?
TO: The Beatles. They were the best. Or Johnny Cash... he was a cool ass dude. DJ: Prince. CL: David Bowie. SF: Pantera \m/

Favorite thing to do in NYC on a day off? 
TO: I like to take my woman to Fraunces Tavern down in the meatpacking district... George Washington chilled there once and he was a cool dude. I also love McSorleys for some light or dark beer....and Otto’s Shrunken head for a strangely awesome time. Rodeo Bar was also one of my favorites...i’m very upset it closed :( DJ: Spend more money than I should, at bars where I don't belong. CL: drink...a lot. SF: Having a cold one with the boys naturally.

How would you describe your music in just one word?
TO: Robust. DJ: Popsicle. CL: boys. SF: Untoward

(encore) Where can people listen to your music online? 
TO:
www.drscimusic.com

A few words with Katie Buchanan

I've recently photographed singer song-writer Katie Buchanan on her show in NYC at Mercury Lounge, and took the opportunity to chat with her about a few other things:

(live at Mercury Lounge, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

(live at Mercury Lounge, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

One, two, three, four!

Which movie would you love to have written a song for?
Katie Buchanan: Notting Hill. That was the first non-musical movie where the music stuck with me more than the film.

If you could go back in time, who is the artist/band that you would’t miss a concert?
KB: Otis Redding.

Favorite thing to do in NYC on a day off? 
KB: Searching for the perfect almond cortado. Harder than it sounds. The Australians are getting close though (Bluestone Lane, Blackfox, Voyager, all in the running).

How would you describe your music in just one word?
KB: Layered.

(encore) Where can we listen to your music online? 
- Website: www.katiebuchanan.com
- Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2s2kwFU
- iTunes: http://apple.co/2ra5Pwz 
- Physical: http://katiebuchanan.com/standwithme

New Music Friday: Foster The People, The National, Arcade Fire, Liam Gallagher and more!

Foster The People - Loyal Like Sid & Nancy

The National - Guilty Party

Arcade Fire - Signs of Life

Liam Gallagher - Chinatown

St. Vincent - New York

Broken Social Scene - Stay Happy

Stone Sour - Hydrograd

OneRepublic - Truth to Power