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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

RAVEN ZENORIA – THIS SONGBIRD TAKES MUSIC TO UNPARALLELED HEIGHTS. JOSH (THOMAS1 BELLIC) REPORTING.

 

Sooo…the other day I was hopping around the grid, bouncing from sim to sim, looking for new and exciting things to do in this wonderful world of pixels.  Suddenly, faintly at first, then growing louder, came the sound of angelic singing, wafting over the airwaves.   I was instantly captivated like Ulysses and the call of the Sirens.  Yet, unlike Ulysses, I had no one to tie me to the mast, lest I fall victim to the enchantment.  I followed the dulcimer tones as they wafted over the airwaves.  Before I knew it, I was standing in the middle of a concert.  The vocalist?  A woman named Raven Zenoria.  I stood there…transfixed…unaware of either my location or the passage of time.  Finally, I was awakened from my stupor by the riotous applause at the end of her concert.  After several more minutes, I was finally coherent enough to head back stage.  I found Raven in her dressing room, preparing to leave, and she graciously consented to an interview.

Josh (Thomas1 Bellic) (JB):    Hello Raven,  and thank you for agreeing to chat with me this evening on such short notice.  Share with our readers, please.  Just when did you first start singing and who were your initial audiences?

Raven (Raven Zenoria) (RZ): In Real Life, I first started singing when I was almost 6 years old. I sang in school choir, and solo at various places. As an adult, I have performed anywhere I could.

In Second Life, I started singing back in 2014. I have performed all over Second Life. My audiences....The only way I can explain it is extremely diverse.


JB:    How was it you happened to get this job, singing in SecondLife?

RZ:   Aside from my family and friends, my one true love has always been music. It gives me a feeling of freedom. I noticed how music can change people, heal, and bring people together. I wanted to be a part of that.

JB:    What genre of music do you sing, and do you have a favorite?

RZ:   I like to sing all genres of music. Any song i can get my hands on that moves me in some way, I will sing it. My favorite has always been rock.

JB:    You said you sing in RL as well.  Can you tell me more about that?

RZ:   I do sing in RL. I stopped doing live performances in RL to focus more on studio work. Jay and I are putting together an album. It is coming along slower than expected, but we are working hard to get it released.

JB:    So, how did you come to learn that you could also sing in the virtual world as well?

RZ:   Back in 2014, one of my friends found out that I sing. I didn't talk about it to anyone. So I was asked to perform one day, and I found that I liked it.


JB:    What type of audience do you hope to attract to your performances?

RZ:   I don't discriminate. I love to be around all people from all walks of life. The only thing I ask of people that attend my shows, is that they respect themselves and others around them.

JB:    How long have you been doing this now?

RZ:   In Real Life, I have been performing for 36 years. In Second Life, I have been performing for 9 years. It has been and still is an awesome experience in both lives! I can't wait to see what comes next.

JB:    Do you have standing gigs you do each week, or do you mix it up, and where might someone go to learn where to catch your next gig?

RZ:   I have standing gigs that I do weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly. You can always look at my Google calendar and profile picks. In my picks, you can find the SLURL to the gigs. I try to make it easy to get to my shows.


JB:    As performer in Sl, you must meet people looking to hook up, don't you? How do you handle the Fans who may want more from you than just your music?

RZ:   I am in a committed relationship in RL. My partner and I don't date outside of our relationship. Behind every avatar in SL, there is a real person with real feelings. I don't like to play around with people's feelings. It is just not fair. I am always open to having more friends though!

JB:     Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers before you head home for the evening?

RZ:   I am a builder, singer, performing artist. I have my hands in many things, but the stage is my home. On stage, I try to reach out to many different age groups. I love sharing my love of music with everyone, in hopes that it makes a positive impact on their lives.

The number one thing I speak out about at my shows is something I strive to live for each day. My message to everyone is that you don't have to conform to what others want, think, or tell you to be.  You are a strong, beautiful person who impacts the world around you in many ways. It is up to you to make a positive difference in your life. You be what you want to be, just never forget where you came from. You are you, and that is what makes you special.

I want to do a special shout-out to Amalia, Dee, and Teresa. Thank you for sticking by me, and hosting the shows. You are very much family to me. I love you!


JB:    Do you have any groups or social media sites, like FLICKR, SnapChat, Twitter, etc, where people can learn more about you and your incredible music?

Google Calendar: https://tinyurl.com/Ravens-Schedule

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012747346707

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHfC81tURKDxyQeDfvP9_Rw

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/people/142451151@N02/

Discord:   ravenzenoria

So there you have it, Folks.  In a land where you have lots of singers out there, how do you know the “really Greats” from the “also sings”?  Wellllll…for starters,  you can take my word for it.  Hey!  You’re reading this article on the internet…and if it’s on the internet, it HAS to be true, right? But if that isn’t good enough (or even if it is), go catch one of Raven’s shows and decide for yourself. 

Check her out.  And when you do, tell ‘em Josh sent ya.   You’ll be glad you did.

Be there!  Aloha!

JB

Sunday, October 22, 2023

HORRENDOUS HORRORS AND PHENOMENAL DJs: SADDLES HAS FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY. JOSH (THOMAS1 BELLIC) REPORTING


For those of you who have NOT been to an event at Saddles lately, you owe it to yourself to do so.  Ashley Steele and her crew have done some AMAZING work that you simply will NOT want to miss.  Most recently they have added the Saddles Haunted House.  Now, when you have been a resident of the grid as long as many of us have, you think you have seen it all.  But I am telling you.   Check out Saddles this month and you surely WILL have “Seen it all”  Haunted House….Haunted Train Ride…Spooky Circus…This place has it.  I managed to Catch Ashley the other day while she was freshening up some of the blood splatters at the Haunted house, and managed to ask her a few questions about this latest addition to Saddles.



Josh (Thomas1 Bellic) (JB):       I have seen some phenomenal horror sims during the Halloween Season.  But the build you have this year’s is certainly among the best.   Was it a fascination with horror movies as a child?   Out-of-body experiences after eating tainted edibles?  Just where does that inspiration come from?

Ashley Steele (AS):   Saddles Haunted House was a complete staff project, from the initial ideas, to the final finished project. This whole area was built by Saddles staff and friends.  We were called Ashley’s Oasis.  After a short break, we opened back up as Saddles Canyon Country, Saddles Live Music / Saddles C (later renamed Saddles) DJ Aurrie started with me in 2015 and has remained to this day. 😊


JB:       Why did you decide to build this? And what sets Saddles House of Horror apart from the dozens of other Halloween builds out there?

AS:   Saddles does holiday-themed events.  We like to keep it fun for all guests, and I, along with my incredible staff, try to make that happen each and every day, always focusing on the guest experience. I am not sure about all the other great builds out there, but I do know that Saddles Haunted House will make you jump out of your skin. It’s fun and enjoyable for all. Bring your friends.  Bring your family.  Bring your friends’ families.  Ya’ll come now, ya hear?


After a harrowing visit to the Spooktacular attractions, you are going to want to get grounded again and Saddles is the perfect place for that as well.   Home to some of the Best DJs on the Grid, I was fortunate enough to be there and catch a set by Aurrie Lynne, the Saddles’ featured DJ of the Month for October.  I caught up with Aurrie as she had just wrapped up her final set of the evening, and she graciously consented to answer some of my questions.



JB:       How long have you been doing this?

Aurrie Lynne (aurrielynne.maesar) (AL):  I have been a full-on DJ since early 2014 but also did a lot of DJ sets occasionally for friends' clubs the previous 2 years or so along with 4 years of Hosting.  I have been involved in the SL club scene of many types of venues and genres for a long time.

JB:       What made you get started in this job?

AL:        I became seriously invested as a DJ, when I had a full REGION for 3 or so years, with 5 clubs on it, and had to often not only manage, but also host, and later DJ on short notice for a variety of genre’s, building up a lot of music... I also started taking regular / perm DJ sets in some friend’s clubs I had hosted at, with Rock/Pop and Country. I was in the process of going 100% as an SL DJ, when I joined Ashley’s Oasis and was slowly ramping down my region.

JB:       How many clubs are you currently hosting at?

AL:        I got out of SL for about a year as a DJ (only occasional sets for friends), and was an active DJ in other virtual world platforms like SANSAR, but now I am back, I Currently do sets @Saddles and @A Little Honky Tonk Bar spinning mostly Country and some Rock, getting back to my roots as a DJ. I also hosted a live Singer Friend.

JB:       What genre of music do you play, and do you have a favorite?

AL:        I had done a lot of EDM/Dance/Trance/House mixing at AEG clubs for over 5 years.  I will likely start doing some of that music again somewhere, TBD.  So, I like a lot of Music, I have played almost all of it at some point, and I think my current plans favorites wise are locked into Rock/POP/Dance/Country/EDM, and a mix of Trance and House music for Live Mixing. I use a Pioneer DDJ1000 to live mix and plan to do live mix shows in SL again soon.


JB:       Do you have your own group?

AL:        I had a very active group tied to my clubs, but they are pretty much shut down now, and just a list to find old friends. I have not found the secret to making a DJ group work for me or keeping folks there. Some DJ’s do it well, but that did not work well for me, so I did not put a lot of focus on it, you have clubs that are nervous about DJ’s who are growing their groups vs the Venue, it’s a sticky balancing issue at times.  I have one, of course, for those who want to see my schedule.

JB:       How many different venues do you play?

AL: Venue-wise, you have seen the MAIN ONEs that were significant for me, but I have played in over 18 clubs over the years, some come back for a bit and die, and some started up and shut down a year or so later. I tend to have a lot of friends who want to start up a club and ask If I will help them get going, I used to do it more than I do now, but MY SL time is more limited right now, due to RL work/project commitments. But I will often do openings and help for a few weeks, for a good friend.

JB:       Do you normally work with the same Host, or do you change it up from set to set?

AL:        I work with many hosts, but I will say, that a good Host makes the SET, and you can be a great DJ, and your set is going nowhere without good Hosting, especially if you are solo with no host.  I can DJ and Host at the same time (not ideal but doable), so I am less impacted by that, with my hosting experience. At the end of the day, it’s still the HOST/DJ team that makes a set memorable and fun. I know DJ’s who never hosted, and really can't do well unless a good one is provided.


JB:       The best DJs are usually good-looking, friendly, and outgoing…at least the good ones are. And as a semi-celeb, you must have people looking to hook up, don't you? How do handle the Fans who may want more from you than just your music?

AL:        I am open to friendships, for the sake of those who want to follow and have no groups left, but also, want to be actively informed when I am doing a set. So, on one level it’s not quite friendship, but I also get to know some, and we become friends, and that is key to networking as well.  You do get those who want more and might use the fact a DJs open to adding, but I handle that as I would as a normal SL person.

JB:       How would you advise someone who wants to get into your line of work  What would it take?

AL:        Above are many tips to not be repetitive, The bottom line: it takes time, practice, and getting out there and being seen and heard, and it can be a long grind, with many not-so-great sets, to improve and to start to get any recognition.

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

AL:        Clubs, DJ’s, Singers, Live Performers, Hosts, and staff, all put forth a huge amount of effort to provide a great experience. There are yes, real costs and fees that have to be found/recovered from tips and donations as well, but the most critical of all is just supporting them with your time and attendance.  This is huge, to all of us in this business. We want and desire for you all to have a great time and experience. So much so that you want to come back for more.



JB:     Do you have any Social Media sites? Twitter, Snapchat, etc?

SURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Saddles/187/121/3002  (Saddles Halloween Venu)

SURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Saddles/187/121/3002 (Saddles Country Club)

https://www.facebook.com/people/DJ-Aurrie-Lynne/100022283060737/

So, there you have it folks.  For the Best in Haunting Entertainment that will leave you “screamless” or to dance to the mellow rock tunes of the DJ of the Month,  Aurrie Lynne (aurrielynne.maesar), head on over to Saddles Canyon Country Halloween at the link above.  You’ll be glad you did.  And tell ‘em Josh sent ya.

Be there!  Aloha!

JB.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

SPOTLIGHT ON PLAYNAUGHTY MAGAZINE- Where style meets pixel perfection- Lanai Jarrico Reporting…



PlayNaughty Magazine is a visually captivating publication that celebrates male Modeling and is dedicated exclusively to showcasing elegance, creativity and charisma of male avatars in the virtual world. Not only are the images captivating but the magazine also explores the stories and personalities of these male models, including fashion tips, latest trends and editorials that highlight diversity in men’s fashion.  On Friday, October 6th, a Halloween Grand Opening event will allow visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with many of the featured male models and be part of group events. The Sl Enquirer met up with Charlie Jo Lutrova to learn more about PlayNaughty Magazine and its new Venue.




Interview with Charlie Jo Lutrova (charliejo11)



Before we begin the interview, can you share a little bit about yourself, how you discovered Second Life and what inspired you to create Play Naughty Magazine?


Charlie Jo: I was talking with a friend in real life. Upon Research about Second Life I had read that it is a virtual world that offers a unique platform for creativity and self-expression, and I thought that creating a magazine within this environment can be a rewarding and innovative project. Here are a few reasons why I had thought that.


Second Life has a vibrant and diverse community of residents. Starting a magazine can be a way to connect with this community, promote events, share stories, and foster a sense of belonging. Creating a magazine allows you to showcase your creativity through articles, artwork, and virtual photography. Some Second Life residents engage in virtual commerce, creating and selling virtual goods and services. I thought a magazine can serve as a platform to showcase and review these products, helping residents make informed purchasing decisions think managing a magazine in Second Life can be a challenging and rewarding experience that allows you to develop skills such as editing, graphic design, marketing and community management.




I agree! You get to be creative and share useful as well as entertaining information with the masses. Can you share with our readers who make up your team, their roles and what readers can expect to see in PlayNaughty Magazine?


Charlie Jo: My team consists of a few of my very close like minded friends that I have met here in Second Life. To whom I Am incredibly lucky and very grateful to have. Always there,always ready to help, and very talented. I can not stress how much I truly am grateful to have such a wonderful and talented group of people supporting me.


Lanai: That is the best kind of support!


Charlie Jo: We will have Articles, interviews, and reviews related to adult entertainment. Content focused on relationships, dating advice, intimacy and sexuality. Short stories, fiction, or creative writing with an erotic or sensual theme. High-quality erotic and artistic photography, illustrations, and visual content.Features on sensual fashion trends, lingerie and personal style.Coverage of themed events, parties, and gatherings in Second Life.



Lanai: Sounds like content for the grown and sexy! With your Halloween Grand Opening on Friday, October 6th. I’m sure it is an exciting time planning all the activities Live Djs and swag bags. Can you share with our readers the type of events you will Host?




Charlie Jo: PlayNaughty Magazine is an adult-oriented publication in Second Life, We hope to host a variety of events tailored to its target audience and content. These events can engage readers, promote the magazine, and foster a sense of community within Second Life. Here is a list of ideas to name a few:


We will celebrate the release of each issue with a themed launch party. We hope to partner with designers and fashion brands in Second Life to host erotic or sensual fashion shows. Models can showcase lingerie, clothing, and accessories that would be featured in the magazine.

Also, showcase the work of photographers featured in the magazine with virtual exhibitions.

Organize contests related to photography, storytelling, fashion, or art. Encourage residents to participate and showcase their talents.


Create events that cater to couples or individuals interested in exploring sensuality and intimacy within a virtual environment. This might include workshops, discussions, or dance parties.

Host special events tied to holidays or seasons, such as Valentine's Day parties, summer beach parties

.

Use events to promote magazine subscriptions, offer exclusive discounts, or provide special rewards for subscribers.



Lanai: Incentives are always good!  It sounds like you have a lot of exciting things about to happen.  I noticed while taking a tour , there was a Centerfold contest display. Is it open to the public or must you be a member to participate? Can you tell me a little about that?


Charlie jo:: Our full magazine will come out January 1st. Our models have all paid to be a model in the magazine and have access to all of what PlayNaughty has to offer them. I only have one cover on a magazine and one center of a magazine. So who will be the face of PlayNaughtys first full magazine? Hence our contest...It is free to vote on any model. Anyone can vote on any model, or anyone can stand there and vote on all of our models. However, you can only vote on any model once. After you have voted you will need to get your friend to come vote. This is to ensure that the model you want to see on the cover of PlayNaughtys Magazine has more than one vote. The goal is to get as many votes as possible because the one with the most votes will be on the cover of PlayNaughtys first full magazine.





Lanai: I’m going to have to do some voting!  Us ladies need a good male Magazine to stare down. Men have had it good for years drooling over women. Now it's our turn. Lol jk. Do you have a group visitors can join so they can stay up to date with events?


Charlie Jo: Yes, At the castle we have a lion by the stage anyone can touch that and join our V.I.P. group. We also have a kiosk at the castle that you can touch and get a notecard with all of the ways to contact us with any questions.


 Are you currently hiring? If so, what positions do you have available and how can people apply?


We are currently hiring ! We are looking for photographers, sponsors, and a social media manager.


Additional Information:


SLURL:http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Latin%20Fusion/99/65/32


Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61551504662190


Discord:https://discord.gg/q25DVHqv


Our Blog:https://playnaughtymagazine.blogspot.com/


Preferred contact:email elfavina89@gmail.com or in Second Life

charliejo11


Preferred contact:

Randi Ling


Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Spotlight on Nocturne Estates Rentals: Where Luxury Living Meets Tranquil Nights-Grand Opening on October 6th- Lanai Jarrico Reporting…

Photo credit to Poppy Lemongrass


Over the past 18 years I have toured many sims in Second Life and it never ceases to amaze me. Every landscape and detail is like stepping into an artist’s masterpiece and being a part of their unique artwork. I had the pleasure of such a place that took me away on an adventure into someone else's imagination brought to life. Nocturne Estates is one of those places where you feel instantly at peace surrounded by nature and beauty. I had the pleasure of meeting Fiore di Luna and learning about this new venue. I have a feeling it will be a place where others will feel the energy and experience the awe I felt when I was there.




Interview with Fiore di Luna






SLE: Hi Fiore, it’s nice to meet you.  Can you share a little about yourself?


Fiore di Luna: In my "first life" I am a travel nurse. I spend around 48 weeks a year away from home moving from city to city, state to state. With WiFi, my gaming laptop, and Second Life I can take a little bit of home with me on assignment. My passion in Second Life is building, interior design, music and dancing, and spending time with close friends.



SLE: Being a nurse is a selfless profession. Your passion is reflected in the beautiful atmosphere you created in Second Life.What inspired you to create Nocturne Estates? Can you share with our readers what it has to offer guests?



Fiore di Luna: I have traveled throughout the U.S. both small towns and metropolitan cities. I felt most inspired by the forested landscapes, the waterfalls and hot springs, and gazing into the deep blue waters of Crater Lake. I wanted to be able to share this experience with others. Our mission is to provide residents with a haven of refined living spaces surrounded by natural beauty. There are waterfalls scattered throughout the islands, hidden caves, and nature paths to explore. At Nocturne Estates we look to cultivate a community of like-minded members who will enjoy gathering at one of our venues for an evening of live music or sailing out from the marina on an aquatic adventure.




SLE: Your vision is outstanding. While touring the various locations on the sim, I noticed a lot of detail in the beautiful landscapes I explored. Did you design this sim yourself?


Fiore di Luna: I had envisioned a community of sims based on the Pacific Northwest (U.S.) The idea of living in and surrounded by natural beauty is what inspired me to create Nocturne Estates. I was fortunate to have met Poppy Lemongrass and Vitani Frakenstein, the two incredibly talented women behind Catacomb. They were able to see my vision, collaborate, and work alongside me during the design process. I would highly recommend Catacomb to anyone looking for a sim designer. If you look hard enough you'll find their signature tombstone buried somewhere on one of the sims. I would also like to recognize someone that has been a confidant, a sounding board, and a partner in the intricate design and creation of Nocturne Estates, Celeste Pinkney. Sometimes it feels as though we inhabit a shared hive mind. Thoughts and ideas flow effortlessly between us, and we finish each other's design ideas with beautiful synchronicity. Together, we have transformed mere ideas into works of art.


SLE: I will have to look for that!  Do you currently have any rentals available? If so, can you share some information with our readers?


Fiore di Luna: At Nocturne Estates Rentals, we understand that where you live plays a vital role in the quality of your second life. We have an exclusive portfolio of meticulously crafted rental properties available. Each residence is designed with the utmost attention to detail, featuring unparalleled views and a commitment to luxury that defines the Nocturne Estates experience.



SLE: Nocturne Estates isn't just about luxury rentals and amazing landscapes, tell me about Nocturne Alchemy, Whiskey Road and the marina?


Fiore di Luna:  Nocturne Estates will host a marina located near the expansive sailing waters of Fruit and Eden Islands. Nocturne Marina’s breathtaking waterfall views and crystal blue waters create an idyllic backdrop for nautical adventures. Our marina will offer a range of boat mooring options from permanent slips to transient moorings each designed to accommodate boats of various LI.



SLE: That’s a perfect setting for a romantic date on the water.




Nocturne Alchemy is an unapologetically sophisticated nightclub aesthetically designed with eroticism and kink pulsing through every corner inviting guests to transform themselves.  Patrons should be prepared to unleash their inner savage as they revel in the music mixology and ambiance of Nocturne.  We have curated a lineup of top-notch live performers and DJs featuring a selection of EDM, ranging anywhere from heavy dubstep and DnB bangers, electro, house, and chill downtempo, all mixed for our guests aural pleasure.


Photo credit to Lori Bailey



Whiskey Road Live Music Bar where the stage is set, the drinks are poured, and the music takes center stage. We're here to provide our guests with an authentic live music experience that pairs perfectly with their favorite whiskey or beverage of choice.  We invite guests to step into a cozy, rustic-inspired setting with ambient lighting and wooden accents framing an outdoor space made for dancing.  It's the perfect backdrop for an evening of live music. Our stage comes alive with the sounds of talented live artists. From blues and rock to jazz and acoustic sets, we curate a diverse lineup that ensures there's something for everyone's musical taste. Our mission is to celebrate the soul of live music and offer a space where artists and patrons can connect. Come and immerse yourself in the live music experience until the final encore.



SLE:  It sounds like you have a well rounded selection of music genres and atmospheres to just relax, people watch and have a great time. Are you currently hiring? If so, what positions do you have to offer and how can people apply?


Fiore di Luna: We recognize that there are many skilled and talented individuals in SL from DJs, live performers, graphic artists, photographers, videographers, designers, bloggers, and too many other talents to list here. We encourage people who are interested in contributing to this diverse and unique community to reach out to myself (divakadupul), celeste.pinkney, or one of our available staff members.



SLE: I’m excited to check out your events. What group can guests join to stay up to date with what’s going on at Nocturne?


Fiore di Luna:  We invite guests to join the group,  [ Nocturne Estates ] VIP. All of our events can be located on the SL Events calendar (search Whiskey Road or Nocturne Alchemy) as well as the monthly calendar located in our leasing office and discord server.



SLE: You have a grand opening coming up on October 6th, What kind of activities will be hosting?


Fiore di Luna: Beginning Friday Oct 6th through Sunday Oct. 8th Nocturne Estates will be hosting a Lollapalooza style grand opening.  We have had an incredible group of talented live artists and DJ mixologists to help celebrate our opening.


SLE: Congratulations on your grand opening!  Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers about Nocturne Estates?


Fiore di Luna: Nocturne Estates would like to send you a personal invite to the grand opening. Please reach out to divakadupul, celeste.pinkney, brooks.conundrum, pegasaurus.waifu, or kimmiewest for an invitation.


Additional Information:



SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Amante%20della%20Luna/55/121/3004

 
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