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Showing posts with label DJs. Show all posts
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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Spotlight on Deejays and Host Hall of Fame-” Music keeps us balanced and happy. Life makes us want more”- Lanai Jarrico reporting…




Music holds special meanings to everyone in some way or another. It can be nostalgic and evoke fond memories, makes us sad or gets us excited. Music can be powerful enough to change our moods in different ways.  Deejays and Host Hall of fame is a place in Second Life where fans can show appreciation to DJs and hosts that create the atmosphere at venues across the grid. Not only do they honor DJs and hosts, there is a University where visitors can come learn the trade and appreciate music from a variety of genres spun by these essential club workers in Second Life.


 I caught up with 3D (Dia Dufaux) to learn more about Deejays and Host Hall of Fame and what the facility has to offer.





Interview with 3D (Dia Dufaux)


SLE: Hi Dia, it's a pleasure to meet you. I see that your organization  recently celebrated their 9th Birthday in SL. Congratulations! How did you discover Second Life and what do you do here?


Dia: The Sl Deejay and Hosts Hall of Fame  celebrated our 9th birthday. We are honored to be a part of SL.  We didn't discover SL,  SL discovered us. My partner and myself fell in love with the vibrant mixture of clubs, deejays and music in SL. We are both deejays, former club owners and I owned SL Rock and Roll Museum.  



SLE: I like that. “SL discovered you”.  I think it is great that you offer a facility where visitors can appreciate the hard work Djs and hosts do to create the atmosphere at venues in Second Life. Can you share with our readers what type of establishment DJ and Host HOF is?


Dia: SL DJS and Hosts Hall of Fame is a non. profit  organization that honors some of SL clubs finest dj's and hosts. We have designated criteria that we follow when viewing djs and hosts.  We want to  hear and view what the  SL VIPs who attend SL clubs see and hear.


SLE: I’m a big fan of the music scene in SL and I think it is great what you are doing.  I know it takes a strong team to organize everything and keep things running successfully. Who makes up your HOF board members and team. What are their specific roles? 



Dia: There are two owners; Myself and my SL partner, Chris62 Greybeard, and a co owner our SL daughter and HOF builder Rae Greybeard.

We have an in-house staff which includes our amazing plaque designer Squeeeeeaks who started in 2016.

 

The late Dj Stevie Ray Vaughn who was our plaque designer from 2014- 2016


Our sound and lighting tech Is  Dj. LASERSS420 Lorefield


Our Induction Presenter roles was previously held by DJ James Eastman from 2016 to 2020; We have had a few guest presenters as well.


Concierge Dj Rocky Sutera who assists our inductees with the induction process. The role was previously held by Dj Peki Carminucci and Isabelle Eastman.


 Our Induction host for the last 5 years has been HOF Host Tyger6

 Plus, Our 21 amazing Board members who donate their time to view our inductees.  We couldn't do what we do without them. They are our backbone!!



 SLE: That is quite a team! You recently opened Jay Jones Honorary Deejay HOF. I like that you have a memorial Hall of Fame, who are some of the DJS and Hosts that are honored there?


Dia: We have the Jay Jones Honorary Deejays Hall and we also have the Honorary Maire Bravits Host Hall. Both are deceased in RL / SL. They loved SL clubs, music and dedicated a lot of their time to inworld clubs and entertainment here in SL. Our Honorary Deejays Hall is for deejays who have worked in SL clubs for 10+ years and more. We have a Memorial Hall and Garden where we honor many deejays and hosts who had past away in SL/RL.


SLE:  It is wonderful that you have a Memorial for those who have passed. It also helps with the healing process for those who were friends and fans.  There’s also a HOF university, what type of classes do you offer and what happens after graduation? Is their Venue job placement?


DIA: Our  SRV HOF University is an advanced learning experience for deejays and hosts with basic skills (experienced) but want to enhance them. We use inducted, experienced and skilled HOF deejays and hosts from the grid to present them. We don't have a job placement center here, My Partner and myself own 2 djs and hosts hiring groups that are free to use and open to all!!



SLE: What a great resource to offer all Djs and Hosts. How can visitors nominate their favorite DJ’s and hosts for the hall of fame?


Dia: Nomination is open to all deejays and Hosts who have worked in SL clubs for over 2 years. They can nominate themselves or others can nominate them. We have an application board available at our landing point, along with a mailbox for posting the applications. We ask that people walk about the hall and view what we do. I think some people want to be here but they have no idea what the Hall of Fame is about.


SLE:They will know now by reading this interview!  How do you announce new inductees to DJs and the Host Hall of Fame?



Dia: Our concierge  DJ. Rocky will  contact them to let them know when they are accepted into the hall of fame. He attains information for their plaque design, and walks them through the induction process. Next step  we let our group and facebook page know and contact our texture designer to prepare hof  invites. I need to state that not all djs and hosts who apply to the hall are accepted. Only those who pass our designated criteria will be inducted. 

SLE: How many inductees are displayed there now and when is your next induction ceremony?


Dia:  We have almost 500 deejay's and hosts who have been inducted into HOF, not all their plaques are on display . Its sad to say but most djs and hosts who we have been honored, never come back  to the hall to view them.  Most received their plaques and we never hear from them again.  Induction  is presented on the last Sunday of each month. Next  Induction is  Sunday, August 27th at 3 pm.


SLE: Do you have a group visitors can join to stay up to date with events that happen?


Dia: Yes, our group is the SL MUSIC MUSEUM GROUP!!  it is open to all but vips can not spam our group. Only HOF business is allowed.


secondlife:///app/group/f6f40836-c826-1e9e-6e90-e6c8ee9c8439/about


SLE: What other activities do you offer?


Dia: We have a gaming area with games to play. We do concerts and we have music festivals in the spring, summer and xmas along with a winter wonderland for all to enjoy featuring HOF deejays and hosts. Next Music fest is this month.The hall of fame  is always open for weddings, memorial services and events if an inductee wants to use it.



SLE:Thank you for all you do in Second Life to help be a part of keeping the music scene what it is today.  Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?



Dia: I have shared so much about the hall and I still could say lots more but to keep it short.  I would like to invite everyone to stop by and view some of the plaques representing the best talent in SL clubs. We have a staff board in our first-floor lobby which shows who from our staff is online and will assist you with your questions.  In closing I would like to say thank you and please stop by soon.




Additional Information


SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aprils%20Sanctum/248/135/23


Facebook:https://business.facebook.com/latest/home?asset_id=2019220168359686&nav_ref=redirect_biz_inbox_reminder_notif%3Fnotif_m%3Dalerts_page


Preferred Contact:dia dufaux




Thursday, December 1, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17th - THE PHARMACY JINGLE BALL!!!

 



It's the most wonderful time of the year! Come join us on December 17th at 6 pm slt for The Pharmacy Jingle Ball, as the lovely and amazing Dj Suzie Cummings will be bringing her very own magical blend of holiday music. There will be games to enjoy with lindens to win, and plenty of the holiday moonshine to dance the night away. Wear your formal attire...red is the color of choice but all are welcome to celebrate! Seasons Greetings from all of us at The Pharmacy...we hope to see you there!

Start with great music, add a few friends, mix in some good conversation and you're in for a night of fun at The Pharmacy Speakeasy Swing Music Club! Now open two nights a week - Tuesdays and Saturdays from 6pm - 8pm SLT. Vintage clothing of the 1930's - 1940's recommended but not required. Contact: Pet (pet.pinklady) Public Landmark: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nova%20Coast/230/198/22 Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/groups/269516024133386


Friday, October 28, 2022

Halloween Parties All Weekend Long at The Red House Club 10/29 - 10/30 6PM SLT - 10PM SLT

 


The Red House Club invites you to celebrate Halloween with us all weekend long starting on Friday 10/28 at 6PM SLT. The Red House Club has been in business since 2015 and is your neighborhood bar where everyone knows your name, most of our staff have been working at The Red House club for years. Come check us out you might just find your new favorite place to hang out.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shepham%20Estates/178/114/22 https://chicagosecondlife.com/clubs-in-chicago/the-red-house-club/

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Join us for I PINK I CAN 15 - 30 October

 


I PINK I Can is coming. 15 days of Halloween haunts, events, live performers, djs, raffles and vendors. How much fun can you have one sim while raising Lindens for breast cancer support and research....join us at ACS Island to find out.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society2/99/66/23

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

For Immediate Release - Blues On The Beach - @ The Venue DJGro. , JimmyT49 Dukes, daBluesPreacher, and Mystelle ~ A Rockin Blues Festival @ The Venue

 


For Immediate Release - "Blues On The Beach" - @ The Venue Intro by DJGro. , LIVE MUSIC by the following performers. 7 PM JimmyT49 Dukes, 8 PM daBluesPreacher, and 9 PM Mystelle ~ A Rockin Blues Festival @ The Venue. Come join us Tuesday night for an amazing night of the best rockin blues in Second Life. Come early, settle in DJ Gro will play a one hour lead in set - JimmyT49 Dukes takes the stage at 7 PM followed by daBluezPreacher himself at 8 PM and the intricate and beautiful playing of Mystelle to finish up a perfect night. The dance system is TIS hybrid and includes couples and singles dances . Sim is moderate . Dress code - casual or beachwear. Please note: Due to the expected capacity of the crowd please keep your scripts and complexity reasonable and remove any unnecessary huds . We want everyone to have a good time and enjoy the show.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Venue/173/74/22

Sunday, July 3, 2022

PINK DIAMOND: SECRETS OF THE ORIENT FOR THE DISCERNING SL RESIDENT- JOSH (THOMAS1 BELLIC) REPORTING

Any seasoned veteran of the SL Grid knows that some of the most fun and interesting sims are those that are patterned after RL Cities.  Whether sightseeing from the Eifel Tower in Paris, racing a chariot in the Roman Hippodrome, or dining at an outdoor restaurant in Barcelona, these cities bring their unique RL flavor to Life on the Virtual Grid.

Not to be outdone, the newest entry in that collection of great cities is Pink Diamond. Reminiscent of the RL city of Busan, Korea, Pink Diamond combines the Asiatic charm of a thriving metropolis, with a unique opportunity to explore and learn about other cultures and lifestyles.

I recently caught up with Master TinJuu and his project manager, AmiMoy, and they graciously consented to share information about this newest destination with our SL Enquirer readers

Josh (Thomas1 Bellic) (JB):   What an amazing build here.  Tell me, what is the basic Theme of the Pink Diamond?

Master TinJuu (TJ):  Pink Diamond is a blend of east meets west adult entertainment themes.  We try to be as realistic as possible for all aspects of the sim and at the same time offer areas where you can picnic or find musical entertainment in addition to the roleplay and BDSM areas. You can also live or shop here but our main goal is to provide a visual and hands-on location where you can find many activities. from bowling to our beach boardwalk, to concerts, and our red-light district.

AmiMoy Resident (Ami) AM: On top of those mentioned above, Pink Diamond demonstrates the ambiance of a luxury resort city in an Asian setting.  This is similar to the Cancun-styled Asian city, which is very similar to Busan Korea (and is also part of the name).  Other than the sex aspect of the sim, the sim promotes SL concerts, live performances, Korean Pop, Japanese Pop, Black Pink Band, EDM, techno, and Trance Music within the sim's club and stadium venue.  The sim welcomes new DJs and bands to perform here.


JB:    Is this place all about sex?  Or will others find entertainment here as well?

TJ:  Our three primary objectives are to provide musical entertainment, adult play, and a place to explore and share with your friends.

AM: In addition, there will be city celebrity roleplay because of some of the cosplay bands such as Black Pink is a residents within the sim.  People can come in and meet with your favorite celebrity and RP.  Rentals in the sim are offered for people who want to live in this beautiful themed city that you cannot find anywhere else in SL. 

JB:    In what way is the Pink Diamond different from the hundreds of other Adult-rated sims out there?

TJ:  We have a BDSM club for members that are serious about the lifestyle and we will be providing protection and education to the BDSM community for those interested in it.  That being said you will also find hidden places for adult play, and all of our "toys" are the best SL creators have to offer.

JB:    This is a sizable place.  Who is involved in your management team here?

TJ:  We have a small staff now, primary amongst them are AmiMoy (our chief designer and builder) and lenthing666, both of whom have spent months making our vision a 3D reality. There have also been many others that have helped us along the way that have made this possible.

We are hopeful that we will be hiring several managers and support staff very soon.  I am looking to have staff on the land at all times to welcome and assist our visitors.


JB:    Tell me about some of the various districts in your city?

TJ:  I can really only speak about Freedom Bound, which is our BDSM group headquarters.  I see this as a place where serious-minded adults can gather and meet each other for fun and for learning. The FB building has a lot of areas within that it alone takes a while to explore

As for all the other districts we have the BlackPink HQ of course and surrounding commercial and residential buildings.  But there is so much more than Ami has incorporated into the sim that I do not even know many of the areas.  And you will also find an underground cave system that Ting built and is quite unique here.

AM:   There are a few main districts in the sim, which include the Boardwalk District, Beach District (home for luxury beach houses), Downtown District (where most of the commercial areas store fronts malls), Redlight District, Stadium District (which includes night club, live performance stadium, the  Freedombound District (the sub/dom club) and night market for food and booths). 

JB:    And how about the future?  What are some of the improvements you have in mind for the weeks and months ahead?

TJ:  At this point, our goal is to continue to "tweak" the glitches and build up our music entertainment offerings.  Now that we have the sim ready for use we want to concentrate on sharing it with others.

AM:   There are expansions planned for freedom bound, and more entertainment such as arcades and a  bowling alley (playable) in the downtown district area.  In addition, there will be more hidden areas to explore. 


JB:    I understand you will be hosting special events here?  How can people find out about those things?

TJ:  Well, we are looking to hire an events coordinator to manage this but we are increasing our advertising and will be using SL Events and the Classifieds, as well as group notices.

AM:   We will be relying heavily on word of mouth, and encourage people to join groups that advertise our events, and through social media as well.  Additionally, we will be hiring outside DJs to play at our events and help us share our venue with outside SLers. 

JB:    I saw a sign that read “club named BlackPink” Cosplay band. What is that all about?

TJ:  We have the #1 Kpop BlackPink fan band in SL and they are headquartered here. We are also looking to host other bands and DJs, and even Live Singers here this summer.

AM:   Black Pink Band is actually a Real-life band that runs on the top charts in America's top 40s.  There is a cosplay Black Pink Band living in Pink Diamond promoting Kpop (Korean pop culture) and the music you hear here.  

JB:    I understand you can host Live performances here.  Are these just for your concerts?  Or is the space available for use by others?

TJ:  We have our own designated areas but anyone is able to schedule and hold an event here for free, whether that be a concert or a wedding/

AM:   Yes, the venue can be used by others.  Please feel free to Contact “Ami” if anyone who wishes to host an event here.  I will be handling all the events for now. 


JB:    What sort of accommodations do you have for people who may want to live here?

TJ:  We have a variety of houses, apartments, and other living quarters available and these should be ready for viewing on our soon-to-be-released website in the very near future.

AM:   From Luxury Mansion to beach houses, apartments, and high-rise luxury apartments.  We provide quite a variety of choices for each and all kinds of living styles in SL.   We also have different prim options available for residents. 

JB:    Is there anything else you would like to tell the SL Enquirer readers about Pink Diamond?

TJ:   We are not here to be the best; we are not here to profit ... we are here to provide an experience we feel everyone should explore and enjoy.

So, there you have it, folks.  Getting tired of visiting the same clubs night after night after night after night?  Ready to try something new and exciting?   Then you simply HAVE to visit Pink Diamond…for a truly unique experience


SLURL:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pink%20Diamond%20Isle/88/184/23

Thursday, June 30, 2022

FRANK’S ELITE CUTS – SLS CUTTING EDGE ROMANTIC ENTERTAINMENT: JOSH (THOMAS1 BELLIC) REPORTING


Soooooo..I was bouncing around my favorite dance venues and when I got to Frank’s Elite, I stopped.  On the wall was a sign, advertising something called CUTS.  Well…my investigative reporter instincts kick into overdrive, and I simply HAD to learn what this was.  I managed to get some time on the calendars of  a couple of gents who are arguably among the busiest guys on the Grid, William Zeta (WZ) and Patrick Pearson (PP) and they agreed to chat with me about this highly innovative program.   Concert Under The Stars – “CUTS”

Josh (Thomass1 Bellic) JB:  So tell me Patrick.  As the Head organizer of CUTS, have you managed projects of this caliber before?  Share with us some of your background here in SL?

Patrick Pearson (PP):  I've always loved music, and find myself always wanting to explore musical traditions.  Prior to my time here at CUTS, I was a DJ and learned a lot about connecting with audiences.  The opportunity to be involved with CUTS presented itself in 2015 to fill in as producer for our Euro CUTS.  After that Jay Jones, who was running CUTS at the time, asked if I could fill in once a month. Sadly not longer after that he passed way and the mantle fell to me to continue the tradition.  DJ Filo Tani also helped keep CUTS alive when William took over.

JB:  So then, what is it that makes CUTS different from other dance events out there?

PP:  The question itself makes this somewhat incongruent from the concepts of what CUTS means, at least to me as this is not a dance event but an opportunity to provide an experience to enjoy concerts over several genres, touching the styles of romance, jazz, pop or rock as a whole. Under the covers, with the help of the collective of the band referred to as "The Usual Suspects" makes it sustainable and memorable week after week.  Not only is the music different, the stage is different, the costumes are different, and the experience is different.  It's the closest event in SL to being at a concert in RL.


JB:  Where do you find your talent?  And the Tribute bands?  Where do THEY come from?

PP:  The talent of the band referred as The Usual Suspects, who are regulars that help provide a look to the current weeks tribute band members, help to make it so enjoyable as a team as add authenticity to the performers, and they truly  have fun during the shows. As to the source material, I have made it possible to obtain the well recorded concerts ensuring the high-quality sound is maintained. These can be found online or via my own private collection of CDs. 

JB:   Who was the brainchild for CUTS and what were you hoping to accomplish?

William Zeta (WZ): The founder of Frank's, Nanceee Sinatra, was the innovator that create CUTS (and many of Frank's offerings).  She wanted to create a safe space free of drama, to come and enjoy listening, dancing, and being in good company.   She created something special, and we are honored to continue her traditions and add our own little twists.


JB:   Where did you get the inspiration for CUTS?

PP:  As Frank’s Elite (aka FEG Frank’s Entertainment Group) is under the guise of a romantic venue over its main years, we try to lean toward a more romantic leaned set of concerts.  However, we also try to diversify the style of music as well. Given the seasonal climates or some special weekends like Memorial Day, Cinco de Mayo among others, we look to give some Latino influences or some classic rock or some fun pop to reach a broader audience while being true to our regular base to give the variety needed.   It is particularly fun when we find a concert or an artist that we can introduce to our members that they never heard, but learn to love!

JB:    And how have the crowds been since you started the CUTS series.  Are the Guests responding in the numbers you had hoped?

WZ: Elite is a member-only venue, so it's not so much about the number but about the quality we provide our members.  With that said, we have between 40-90 avatars attend.  We have managed to keep the base over the years and some shows by their nature are very popular and will a greater audience.  That being said, overall it’s been quite good and sustainable even now, in spite of copy-cats trying to duplicate what we do. 


JB:    How might someone learn of any special events coming up at any of your venues.

WZ:  If you belong to any of the Frank's groups (e.g., Franks Place Elite Club, Franks Jazz ***VIP***) you will get notices.   Or you can stop by Frank's Jazz or Frank's Elite and look at the board in front of the clubs.  It contains a lot of info about upcoming concerts, DJs, live singers.  There is quite a lot going on.

JB:    I understand you also have a Loyalty Program? Tell me about that, please.

WZ:  It's called Frank's STARS.   You earn STARS for the time you spend and enjoy our venues.  For example if you spend two hours dancing the night away with us, you will earn 20 Frank’s STARS.  You can redeem your STARS for the goods and services we provide at Frank’s Entertainment Group, such as Private Events and Parties, Chateau d’Elite Dinning, Weddings.   You can also buy a day pass for Elite or a night pass for CUTS.  There are STAR vendors around the club which have that and other merchandise you can get in exchange for your points.  

JB:   And what of the future? Any new developments on the horizon.

PP:  We are always looking for ways to improve CUTS from the music to the technology for putting on shows.  We're also looking at ways to expand how DJs and Artists can reach an audience.  Lastly, we have been working on visual interactive experiences that immerse members in art and music, a completely different way to experience SL.  


JB:   Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

WZ:   Sure.  Here are some upcoming shows:

 

July 1, Canada Day @ Frank's Elite

~ C.U.T.S. 12PM & 8PM: Nickelback Live in Rock in Rio 2013

 

July 1-4 Elite Beach Weekend @ Frank's Elite

~ 4th of July Celebration

 

July 3, Sunday 7-9pm @ Frank's Jazz

~ Etta James

 

July 17, Sunday @ Frank's Jazz

~ Fleetwood Mac Tribute

 

July 21, Thursday. Amazon Dancers @ Frank's Elite

~ Michael Jackson dance show, 5PM

 

July 31 Sunday @ Frank's Jazz

~Marilyn Monroe Tribute

 

Also stop by Bogart's for some Karaoke, and Sphynx Jazz for close intimate performances.

 


Sooo...there you have it, Folks.  Straight from the Man who Knows.  See if you can “Make the CUTS” and join the team for a night of romance and dancing under the stars to the grid’s favorite tribute bands, every Friday at Frank’s Elite.  Believe me.  You’ll be glad you did.  And so will your dance partner.

Be There!  Aloha

-          Josh

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Frank's Championship DJ Spin Off Round Three

 


The Frank’s Entertainment Group presents a new event, The Championship Dj Spin-Off.  Located poolside at their iconic Frank’s Jazz  venue and occurring biweekly on Sundays from 7pm to 9pm this event features two of FEG's accomplished DJS going at it against one another for the Championship title as well as the coveted Championship belt.

This round of the spin Off will see DJ Sharchrista Quan vs DJ Filo Tani and MCed by DJ Stella Eros.  It promises to be a :"not to be missed event" as proven by the last two rounds ,  The DJs will give it their all offering their signature sets of great music and with DJ Stella urging them on and keeping the audience informed of the progress.  Please join us this Sunday June 26th, 7pm to 9pm, poolside at Frank's Jazz, Dig out your favorite swimwear and come be part of the excitement that builds until a Champion is announced

 

SURL:   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Franks%20Jazz%20Club/141/128/23

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Spotlight on Lyric Serendipity- A vocalist with a heart of gold, a sense of humor, and talent that rocks!


Back in June of 2011, Lanai Jarrico interviewed Lyric Serendipity who was a musician manager for Guitar Zane at the time. As a manager, she offered some great advice about the music industry in Second Life, her hopes for the future, and the musician she worked with. 

11 years later Lyric is still involved in the music scene in Second Life, except now she has made a name for herself as a performer who shares her talent on stages across the grid and involves herself with charity events like Together As One (TAO). She is a vocalist in the Rock, Pop, and Blues genres from the 60’s to the ’90s and apparently makes a mean guacamole. According to her profile,  Lyric is a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, sauteed in garlic, and best complimented by a nice Pinot Grigio...or a cold beer on a hot day. Her best friends are the voices in her head. She says she is a total slacker, but she works very hard at it. A rock n' roll chick with a fun and charming personality, Lyric's penchant for belting out classic tunes is only surpassed by her ability to draw you into her performance with her sexy voice and sassy demeanor. All that plus sarcastic wit - how can you resist? She will take you on a roller coaster ride thru the decades, with the songs that made you feel...joy, love, lust, heartache, angst...it's rock n' roll.

 The SL Enquirer met up with Lyric after a TAO auction to raise money for KiK Foundation; an organization that provides humanitarian aid for children around the world. Lanai Jarrico interviewed Lyric Serendipity who was a musician manager for Guitar Zane at the time. As a manager, she offered some great advice about the music industry in Second Life, her hopes for the future, and the musician she worked with. 





SLE: Beautifully said Lyric! Second Life has definitely been through many changes in the past decade. From the 2011 interview, you were hoping real-life music executives would come into second life and sample all the talent we have on the grid. I don’t know if that happened yet but do you still feel the same? How do you think the music scene can grow and improve?

Lyric: lol… I was so na├»ve. I now think it’s a good thing the music industry hasn’t found us in SL. It would ruin the SL music scene as we know it. We don’t really want the outside music industry invading our little corner of music and pulling rank on the cover songs we do. We have a nice underground thing going on. We’re fortunate that we can just log in and choose what live music experience we want to go to at almost any hour. Where else can you do that?  When I first came into SL, it was a smaller community with fewer performers and not many venues. I think SL music evolved and became more business-focused over several years. When the management groups came in and bidding wars started over artists who have a more significant following, it got a bit crazy, in my opinion. During that time, performers who chose not to go with a management team seemed to be looked over. I may be biased since I came in as a musician’s manager (pre-management companies), but I liked it better when musicians had one manager who handled their SL music career. They had someone who believed in their music and promoted them as artists. Back then, venues weren’t so focused on booking musicians who brought avatars to the sim. They just wanted to book a mix of artists they enjoyed listening to, regardless of who came to the shows. Musicians weren’t so focused on how much a venue would pay them to come to perform for an hour either. 

Some management companies did very well for themselves, but the music seemed more fun before the dawn of official management. It became more competitive and less about just supporting each other. I do understand the financial side of it all, though. Money changes everything, as Cyndi Lauper says…

It seems we may be reverting back to individual management. At least it’s my hope. Most of the more prominent management companies have closed in the past year. A few are coming up behind them, but I see more artists looking for someone to host during shows or looking for help with promotion more than booking and scheduling. Venue owners don’t seem to be putting as much emphasis on who an artist’s wrangler is and more on if they are a good fit for the venue and people who come looking for music. I encourage performers to find someone who appreciates you and your music and bring them on board to help manage your SL promotion and hosting for shows. You will get much more support doing that than being one of many performers in someone’s stable.

SLE: That was very insightful from a fan's point of view. It’s hard to tell what goes on behind the music scene. We have heard many musicians say they enjoy the music side, not the business side, so we can see where management companies are needed but I can also see your point of view about doing it all yourself again. So, can you tell us when did you decide to take the stage and start performing in Second Life?


Lyric: As I mentioned, I initially was brought to SL by a very popular musician of the time (shout out to Guitar Zane and GZ fans!). I managed him for a few years, but I had to step away from SL because my RL needed my full attention. When I came back a year or so later, he was ready to leave SL. I thought about finding another musician in need of management, but I am also a musician. I play keys and guitar, and once upon a time, accordion! But my first love has always been singing. I played in garage bands and at house parties as a teen, usually singing and playing rhythm guitar as needed. The biggest obstacle for me has been – stage fright. It’s why I stopped singing and playing for many years in RL. By the time I was in my early 20s, I had found that I froze whenever I had tried to sing or play in front of people. I forgot the lyrics. It was awful!

An amazingly talented performer friend of mine here (hey Strum Diesel!) and a well-known RL comedian friend (hey Ant!) prodded me to just try an open mic in SL to see how it went. So that’s what I did. I was sooooo nervous! As I took the stage and looked out into the audience, I realized performers I knew, and some I didn’t, were tp’ing into the venue. The word had gotten around that the manager chick was doing her first live performance. The people I’d been booking into our club, and going to listen to, came over to support me. I was standing up there, in front of all these excellent, seasoned SL performers and managers, and I thought I would throw up! Talk about stage fright! I was horrible, I’m sure, but they all cheered for me and told me to keep singing.

I took their advice, and here I am today.


SLE: We are glad you did too and from all of us that have enjoyed your music, please tell this comedian Ant that we thank them very much. Who would you say were your biggest influences in getting involved with music?  They can be anybody.

Lyric:  My RL influences are many and eclectic. My mother introduced me to The Beatles at a very early age because she was a major fan. My 13yr old self felt like I was uncovering hidden treasures when I found bands like Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Guns n Roses, Jefferson Airplane, Blondie, Van Morrison, The Mamas & The Papas, The Who, Meatloaf, AC/DC, Joan Jett, Neil Young, The Ramones, Eric Clapton, Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Heart, Carly Simon, Black Sabbath, The Kinks, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Steppenwolf. I should just say that most classic rock is the music I love best. I was also inspired by the MTV superstars back in the day – Journey, ZZ Top, The Cars.


In my early 20s, my stepfather entered my life. He was a concert violinist who also taught violin at the Harvard Conservatory of Music and played for the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra during the summer. He introduced me to American standards, show tunes, classical music, and Arthur Fiedler, John Williams, and Keith Lockhart. During the orchestra season, he and my mom would go wherever he picked up gig work as a fill-in. He’d take a spot for a season or two with various orchestras. He played for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, The Omaha Symphony, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and The London Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. He also had a 3-year job playing in the orchestra pit for a production of My Fair Lady that Andrew Lloyd Webber built a theater for in Wiesbaden. I was out on my own by then, but I would hear all about their adventures, the musicians, and the actors they got to rub shoulders with. Listening to him practice, talking music with him, and attending shows kept my desire to perform and be involved with music alive – even when I was busy having babies and being a mom for many years. I put the music aside, but there was always that spark there.


As for SL influences, as I said, Guitar Zane and Strum Diesel really are the ones who gave me the push I needed to go for it in SL. Many performers inspire me to try new songs and styles too. I need to shout out Ecnad (sadly, no longer in SL), Kickin’, and The Night Owl – incredible venues with amazing people who love music. They believed in me very early on and booked me often when I was really, really green and could barely get through a show. I also want to thank the SL music lovers and fans who have followed me around the grid all these years. I see you out there, and I appreciate your support much more than I can ever express to you directly. Seeing you come to my shows is everything!


SLE: We will pass on your gratitude to your fans! Word on the street is you are a bit of a firecracker aside from making a mean guacamole. We are told you have a great sense of humor too. What words of advice would you give to people both inside and outside the music industry that take things too seriously and forget to have fun? Also, share that recipe lol.


Lyric: I dunno about a firecracker. Maybe I’m more of a sparkler…shooting off bits of sparkle here and there, but I’m pretty static at the core. Lol, I’m an introvert, which is odd when you’re also a performer. You pour your heart out on the stage in front of people, but you’re not entirely comfortable having the spotlight on you. I think many people either think I’m shy or maybe even aloof. It’s not that at all. I just kind of keep to myself until I’m comfy around people. I can also talk your ear off or be very silly once I know you. I’m a bit quirky, or so I’m told. Lol


My advice would be to never let anyone or anything ruin your SL experience. The point of being in SL is to create a space that brings you joy. Why log in if all you’re dealing with is turmoil and heartache? Unless you’re into that kind of thing…


Find things you love to do. There’s so much to do in SL! We all kind of get into a rut and stay in one area we feel comfortable in, whether the music community, fashion, shopping, RPGs, or even building. You log in and just go to that as a habit.


Take time and explore. Find new and exciting experiences. Meet new and interesting people. Some people can’t do that in RL, but all things are possible in SL! We’re all real people behind these virtual beings. Just like in RL, there will be people we don’t get along with and people we absolutely adore. Stick with the people who bring you happiness. People you can laugh with and lean on when you need to. Avoid the rest.

Also, if you perform, run a club, create clothing, blog, or do anything in SL that feels a bit like a job… don’t let that be ALL you do in SL. The burnout is real! All work and no play make your SL too stressful.


Oh, and the key to good guac is lime juice and just the right amount of jalapeno



SLE: Excellent advice and thanks for the tip on the guac! Can you tell us what music means to you, your choice of music, and describe what it feels like to perform for a virtual audience?


Lyric: Now that I don’t feel like I’m going to vomit every time I take the virtual stage, it’s actually fun to get up there! I don’t know if I’ll ever lose the nerves entirely, but it’s so fun sharing the music I love with people. It’s the universal language of shared emotions and experiences. I really try and perform the songs people have forgotten they love. One of the best comments I see at my shows is, “OMG! I love this song!”. Then I know I’ve chosen well. I want the music to evoke memories and try and make my shows feel familiar and fun. Even if a song stirs a sad memory or brings someone back to a time in their life that wasn’t very pleasant, I want people to go on that journey with me. Let’s revisit the music that is part of our collective history. For the most part, my setlists are songs that make up the soundtrack of my life. I have way too many songs on my list for a reason. 


I know my musical memories may not be the same as others, so I try to accommodate when people request songs or suggest I learn new songs. It’s about performing the kinds of songs the crowd feels like hearing during any given performance. I have core songs I do that I rotate in and out, but my goal is that no two shows are ever exactly the same songs. I may have a setlist ready to go, but I will change it up on the fly if I’m getting requests for completely different kinds of music. I try to give the people who come to my shows a fun time that they’ll hopefully want to return and experience again and again.


SLE: We always love to see musicians using their star power for charity events like TAO so we couldn't resist outbidding everyone to win a date with you! Can you tell us a little bit about that event and any others you like to help raise money for?

Lyric: The TAO People Auction was a trip, eh? Lol That was the first time I participated in something like that. I’m glad you won me. I was a little nervous about who I might be sold to or if anyone would even bid on me at all!


I was also asked to do a Meet and Greet event for TAO. People came and asked me questions, and I sang a few of my favorite songs. I attended some other performer Meet and Greets as well. It’s a great way to get to know the person behind the performer.


TAO (Together as One) is a unique and amazing experience that happens 4 times a year. The event always raises money for children’s charities. It’s such a powerful and special thing to be a part of. It is the brainchild of Winter, who everyone knows is a fantastic performer. He created this 3-day music festival to help raise money for children’s charities. It has become so much more than that. There’s a market where some of SL’s best creators set up shop and donate their profits. There are also raffles for goods, and several performers raffle off free shows. There are fun things to do around fairgrounds too.


Many venue owners and businesses sponsor the event. I’m going to name-drop a little.


These amazing people were sponsors for the TAO Spring Festival - Pangea Estates has provided Winter with the land for the TAO Fairgrounds to live on.


V-side radio provides the stream we all use during our sets. Many venues take over and throw daily after-parties. The festival stage is officially turned over to them for late afternoon and evening shows during the 3-day festival.


This time around Love Kats, Swamp Water Blues, Glow Live Music, Terry’s Place, The Warehouse, Scarlets, Southern Nights, Sapphire Beach Club, Club Noir, and Club Originals were all festival sponsors. Through the tremendous efforts of Winter and his team (Hey, BB, Taila and Kissi!) and because the SL community is always so willing to give, this past festival brought in a total of 1,325,000 $L! That’s crazy, isn’t it?


I have supported Brique Topaz and the Feed a Smile organization for many years. I have sponsored individual children and performed events at Lavender Field. What she’s done in Kenya is truly amazing. Charlize Bellic and the Second Life Cheerleaders do a monthly RFL event that I often participate in. They’re fun and have a theme to them. The SL Cheer Squad and Cure Chasers have an event at the end of May. I’m booked for that. It’s 50s-themed.


I’ve participated in events for Team Diabetes of SL, Survivors of Suicide group, Wounded Warriors, The American Lung Association, The American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Awareness, Autism Awareness, Stand Up 2 Cancer, PTSD Awareness, One Billion Rising Org, KIKA and of course, Relay for Life. I hate to say no to a show when it’s for charity.


SLE: A lot of our avid readers are large music fans. Can you tell us if you have a group and calendar of events our readers can join to follow your performances around the grid? 


Lyric: Yes! You can join my group either by checking out my SL profile, coming to a show and clicking on my board or through this link -  https://tinyurl.com/LyricsGroup 


My calendar is a bit bare at the moment, but here’s the link for when I ramp up the show schedule again -  https://tinyurl.com/LyricsEventSchedule


I have a subscribo on my tip board too. I always send a susbribo notice, but sometimes I slack on the group notices. I urge your readers to come to a show and click the board to get on my subscriber’s list.


You can also get a texture with my weekly schedule on my board, and I have some fun gifts too.

SLE: Who would you like to see interviewed next in The SL Enquirer? ( It doesn’t have to be one person. )


Lyric: I think shining the spotlight on the people who work tirelessly to herd musicians and set up events for charities would be awesome. Even talking with some of the hosts who work in venues would be interesting. If you ask venue owners and performers, they’ll tell you finding good, responsible, and dedicated hosts are not easy. There are some great ones out there, though. It would be interesting to get to know them and find out what it takes to put on a happy face and greet people, cheer on performers, and promote the venues they work for every day.


I’d also be interested in hearing from music lovers who attend and support SL music. Not so much who, but what they’re listening to? What makes a show a good one for them? Performers usually only get direct feedback about really good or really bad performances. It would be great to kind of take the temperature of the SL music-loving community to see what they like and don’t like about performers and venues.


SLE: Thank you we will definitely look into interviewing from a venue host and fan perspective on the music scene! If you had the rare opportunity to stand on the virtual world stage take and drop the mic to tell the virtual world what they need to hear about the music scene, musicians, venues, and fans in Second Life. The pros and cons and how we as a whole can contribute to the massive amount of talent that performs in the virtual world. Go ahead and name-drop!


Lyric: Hmm, so many things I could say. I’ll just speak my truth about what I’ve observed as a musician’s manager, club owner, fangirl, and performer throughout my SL career - because someone has to say the quiet things out loud.


I’ve been around long enough to witness many changes and cycles in SL music. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows behind the scenes, even though we put on our professional smiles and try to portray it that way in public settings. There are divas and bullies. Elitism and nepotism. It’s not all fair and good-hearted camaraderie. Sure, we all love music and want to be supportive. But you also have a bunch of performers who do this for their SL living and venue owners trying to pay tier, sharing the common goal of wanting to bring in as many people as possible to shows so they can earn linden. Don’t believe me? Ok. Let’s stop paying people to come play. I think we all know how that would go over. That’s the reality of it. It is a competitive business.


Navigating a music career or keeping a venue open for the long haul in SL is tricky. It’s done with a lot of work and a bit of luck.


So, since you’ve given me the chance to say my piece, I’ll end with this -


To music lovers and venue owners – I urge you to expand your musical horizons! Do you really want your SL music experience to only consist of hearing the same performers do the same sets day in and day out? There is so much more to experience! We all have our favorites, but if you keep your listening experience limited to the same handful of performers, you’re really missing out. Don’t be a music snob. Step outside your comfortable listening patterns and explore. Not everyone has a promotion team or feels comfortable spamming the masses. Not everyone has to be Celine Dion or Pavarotti (an Ed Sheeran or Ariana Grande? – who’s popular on the radio? Did I mention I’ve been in SL a long time?). Check out a Courtney Love or a Kanye West. Why not? There’s room for all kinds of musical experiences. Go listen to people who aren’t in your inbox on the daily. It’s good to support your friends but spread the love if you really want to support SL music and help it thrive.


To new performers and those who want to be performers - Just do it and keep doing it! Don’t let the size of your audiences, the places that won’t book you, or the people who think pushing you down elevates them take up residence in your head. ‘Imposter syndrome’ will try to creep in and take over. Don’t let it! Don’t think that because some performers are being paid more linden than you, or because they are booking into the popular venue of the moment and you aren’t, you are ‘less than.’ Much of that is a product of good promotion and who they know. Some people will try to knock you down because they mistakenly think that elevates them. We all have bad shows, silent crowds, and days when we question why we’re doing this. You will eventually find your stride. Keep doing what you do, and the right people will find you. I’d rather perform for smaller audiences because they appreciate my setlist and what I offer as a performer than be in front of a large crowd, mainly there because it’s the popular place to be. Or worse, they feel they have to come to my shows to maintain a friendship. Don’t give up! You need to develop a slightly thick skin and believe in yourself to survive the ever-changing landscape of the SL music scene.


Someone once said to me that when you make art of any kind – music, dance, painting, photography, drawing, writing - you provide an experience and ask people to come along for the ride. Don’t think of it as getting up there to put on a show. Share your emotions, expression, and interpretation of the music – and invite them into your world for that hour. Ask them to take that journey with you. If you look at it that way, I think it helps you keep going. You’re sharing a part of yourself, and people who want to go on that ride with you will come. Nothing else should matter.


When you have a low turnout or are doubting yourself in any way, when you look out there and see even one person has shown up for you, thank them for taking the journey with you.



Additional Information:

Website/Music List:  https://tinyurl.com/LyricsList

Calendar: https://tinyurl.com/LyricsEventSchedule

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LyricSerendipity 

Preferred Contact: Inworld NC (messages get capped) – Lyric Serendipity

Article from 6/3/2011 http://www.slenquirer.com/2011/06/musician-manager-spotlight-meet.html



 
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