Friday, August 27, 2010

Interview with Nylon Pink



Nylon Pink is a pop/punk band lead of singer Kaila Yu and bassist Katt Lee. We are one of the top artists on Myspace with over 10 million page views, and over 470,000 friends http://www.myspace.com/nylonpink

What is Nylon Pink? We are a brand encompassing music, jewelry, clothing and media. Make sure to check out our jewelry line, inspired by our music at www.hellodrama.net

Nylon Pink are a five piece band, vocals, 2 guitarists, bass and drums and we sometimes have a DJ

Kaila and her girls took time out of their crazy busy days to chat with Ladyaslan about their music and creative projects and their thoughts on Duran Duran to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame~

Ladyaslan Present: Nylon Pink

LadyaslanDDTTRH: How did you all come up with the name Nylon Pink and how did you all meet?

Nylon Pink:
Kaila Yu: Oohhh how we came up with the name is top secret!

Kitt.E.Katt: Kaila and I met because we were dating the same guy a few years ago! We laugh about it now but we obviously didn't like each other in the beginning but we had so much in common we became really good friends/ business partners. I then met Karen through Kaila, Genn through our producer, Kristen was modeling for our jewelry line and we found out she played guitar! I then met Deb through the internet and saw she was an awesome drummer!

DJ Shy: I originally met Kaila on a movie set of Dark Blue which starred Kurt Russell and Scott Speedman. We both acted in the same scene and became friends since. She knew I deejay-ed and asked me to spin for Nylon Pink.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What is your favorite Duran Duran song and video?

Nylon Pink:
Kaila Yo: Definitely Hungry like a wolf. Ordinary World is definitely a top contender! Duran Duran pioneered the epic music video and I am a huge fan of epic videos!!

Kitt.E.Katt: My favorite Duran Duran song is Ordinary World and my favorite video is "Girls On Film” They were ahead of their time musically and in their fashion sense.

DJ Shy: Don't have a single favorite song or video. They created several hits which are all great.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: How would you describe the specific style and sound of Nylon Pink to any New Wave/ Electro / Glam fans who hadn’t heard your band before?

Nylon Pink:
Kaila Yo: We are an all girl, pop rock electro band who sounds like Katy Perry mixed with The Shiny Toy Guns. Our music has been described as Hello Kitty on Acid because it has a bit of a punk edge!

DJ Shy: There aren't too many female Asian New Wave/Electro/Glam bands. I would say the style is Hello Kitty on Acid

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What contributions do you feel Duran Duran has made to the world of music and fashion in the past 30 yrs?

Nylon Pink:
Kaila Yu: They were so beautiful! They were so ahead of their own time and they weren’t afraid to express their own original style!

Kitt.E.Katt: Duran Duran was a band that brought forth the New Romantic fashion or "pretty boy" look to the scene.

DJ Shy: They definitely grabbed my attention - pretty boy band meets lady gaga.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Tell the fans new and current who you are and why you are a part of

Nylon Pink:
Kaila Yu: I am the lead singer of the Nylon Pink and I am the founder. I want the world to know that girls can be fashionable and rock out in stiletto heels while playing real live instruments!

Kitt.E.Katt: We are a pop rock electro band fronted by fashion forward female musicians.

DJ Shy: I DJ and I became a part of Nylon Pink for several reasons: the music is awesome, we have fun performing, travelling, meeting new people and even encouraging kids through music (via charity performances).

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What Duran Duran song would you like to remake if you could and why?

Nylon Pink:
Kaila Yu: We were actually thinking of covering Girls on Film prior to this interview!

Kitt.E.Katt: I would love to remake Girls on Film and change it to a harder punk rock remix.

DJ Shy: Girls on Film. The original film was banned and they had to heavily edit it to be more TV friendly but it would be interesting to see the original and why it was banned to begin with.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What was it like being part of the Van Warped Tour? What was your experience like?


Nylon Pink:
Kaila Yu: It was super hot and tiring! The crowd was the best though, everyone there is passionate about music and I love being surrounded by music enthusiasts!

Kitt.E.Katt: The Van's Warped Tour was a lot of fun but also a lot of work. We met a lot of new people and got to shoot a music video for the band White Tie Affair.

DJ Shy: Amazing. We performed along with great bands in front of thousands. We even got casted in a White Tie Affair music video. You can view the behind the scenes here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPXnMnKYuQU

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Who is Daisy Rock Girl Guitars?

Nylon Pink:
Kaila Yu: The most awesome guitar ever!!

Kitt.E.Katt: The Daisy Rock Girl is a strong, confident and powerful girl that can play just as hard as an all boy bands.

DJ Shy: I met the owner of Daisy Rock at NAMM. She was very encouraging, empowering and supports females through music.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: If you could have a sit down with any member of Duran Duran who would it be and what would be topic of discussion?


Nylon Pink :
Kaila Yu: Simon Le Bon! He’s a lead singer like me and he was SUCH style, and great hair!

DJ Shy: John Taylor (bass) - mainly because he's hot and multi-talented expressing his creativity through acting and landing lead roles in film. The topic would be about the process and challenges of forming Duran Duran.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Tell us about Hello Drama Clothing; what is it and how did it come to full frutation?


Nylon Pink:
Kaila Yu: Katt can tell you all about it! She’s our super talented designer!

Kitt.E.Katt: Hello Drama is a brand that is heavily influenced by Harajuku Fashion, 80's Club Kids’, avant guard and the sounds of Nylon Pink. The designs of Hello Drama are bold, loud, and proud. When wearing Hello Drama you will stand out in the crowd.

DJ Shy: I'm really a big fan of Hello Drama Jewelry. I, personally, dress down a lot and wear casual stuff, but when I add on Hello Drama, it takes my plain Jane outfit to a completely different level.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Is there a specific theme or story to the lyrics on your album?

Nylon Pink:
Kaila Yu: It’s just all about life, and drama and relationships with heightened passions!

Kitt.E.Katt: The lyrics behind the songs of Nylon Pink are all based on personal experiences in life. It encompasses the full range of human emotions; they are songs that everybody can relate to.

DJ Shy: There is definitely a story. It varies from song to song but it mainly talks about guys.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Interview with Shapes of Race Cars


Shapes of Race Cars 2010

Shapes of Race Cars is an indie rock band based out of Silverlake, CA. The heart of SRC is the best friend duo, singer/songwriter Dylan Champion and bass player Dale Zyla. The two mid-western transplants became pals on the East side music scene around the turn of the millennium. With their drummer Kaumyar they just completed their stunning new record Beauty Beat – the follow up to their critically lauded indie rock debut, Power, in ’07.

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Ladyaslan presents Shapes of Race Cars~

LadyaslanDDTTRH: How did you all come up with the name Shapes of Race Cars and how did you all meet?

Dylan Champion: We were all sitting around late one night at my place and this girl was on my bed eating a bag of Honey BBQ Fritos that were sponsored by NASCAR at the time. As she's snackin' away, she says "look, these are in the shapes of race cars".....boom, there's the name! We all met here in the Easy L.A. music scene - Silverlake, Spaceland - home of Beck and the Silversun Pickups and all that. We bonded over how much we wanted to challenge this scene's self-conscious, desperate to be cool, shoe gazer tendencies.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What is your favorite Duran Duran song and video?
Dylan Champion: Favorite song: Ordinary World. Favorite Vid: really impossible, but it has to be a classic like Rio, hungry like the wolf or wild boys.... it's just madness!

LadyaslanDDTTRH: How would you describe the specific style and sound of Shapes of Race Cars to any Indie/ Rock / fans who hadn't’ heard your band before?

Dylan Champion:
It's epic, smart indie rock with big radio melodies. We can be just fun, party rock, like on track like Get Melted!!, but even that references Streetcar Named Desire and has a kind of tragic twist to it. Songs like Bigger Than Sin, Boring Villains and World's End on our new record, Beauty Beat, are grander themes and emotion, hopefully done in a way that strikes the heart of listeners.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What contributions do you feel Duran Duran has made to the world of music and fashion in the past 30 yrs?


Dylan Champion: As I said, they too fancy boys and great glam punk into the tribal jungle. They somehow made safari gear seem glam.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Tell the fans; new and current, who you are and why you are a part of Shapes of Race Cars:

Dylan Champion: Well, HI GUYS!!! To any of our fans out there - I know it sounds cornball, but really, we are so lucky and have AMAZING fans. I think true music attracts the right peeps!! But I’m Dylan - I sing, play guitar and write these here songs!!

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What Duran Duran song would you like to remake if you could and why?


Dylan Champion: I think we may have actually tried Wild Boys once, just because, well, HAVE U HEARD THAT SONG?!?!?! But Save a Prayer and Ordinary World would be really cool to cover... and maybe A View to A Kill - acoustic.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Tell us about the NEW album Beauty Beat...?

Dylan Champion: It's the best thing we've ever done, by far. We opened things up, brought in piano, strings and let the melodies, the words, K's drums and Dale's super-melodic bass work do their magic. It's more musical in the sense that these songs were really well developed and then we just kind of trusted them instead of doing what a lot of bands do, which is overcrowding their songs with layers of instruments cuz they're not sure.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Who is Antony and the Johnsons and how did they influence your band?

Dylan Champion: OMG - he is a New York singer songwriter and piano player that you MUST check out. YouTube the song "Hope There's Someone". it speaks for itself.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: If you could have a sit down with any member of Duran Duran who would it be and what would be topic of discussion?

Dylan Champion: Well, I guess for me it would be Mr. LeBon - I would ask him about singing, if it's true that he shuts off air-conditioners in hotels when on tour to save his voice. lead singer stuff.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Is there a specific theme or story to the lyrics on your album?

Dylan Champion: It is about the loss of love and beauty and if, at the end of everything, it goes on.



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http://srcallaroundtheworld.com/

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