april in all its glory; 2 MUCH 2 TYPE

Well I don’t think I’ve ever been this late on getting in my bi-weekly, tri-weekly, quarterly blogity blog post, but better late than never…. I guess.  And Holy WOW – it’s been over a year since I started this thing…. jeez.  There is so much going on right now… where do I start?  Some very exciting changes are taking place – but I refuse to jinx anything so I won’t get too specific.  I will tell you that I am working vigorously on my new material (literally in the studio working on “One And Only” right now) hopefully to release sometime this summer or late spring  – and it’s going to be 100x better than the previous release.  I have a show in May at The Social – pretty stoked about that, and it’s with Andy Matchett and The Minks, Circus, and Soulbirds.  The FRINGE Festival will also be coming up at the end of May and then I will slide into the summer.

To recap (briefly because I think I might go insane if I try to recount everything):

I played two shows at Florida Music Fest, my showcase on Thursday, April 7th at 57 West and an acoustic set that Friday night at Cafe Annies as part of the Indie Film Jam.  Both shows went great and even better was the opportunity to chum it up with other musicians and industry cats.  My cousin Jeremy was in attendance at FMF, with the band he manages, Chelsea Automatic.  I had a blast hanging out with those guys fo sho!  And their showcase at the BackBooth FedeX stage was killer.  I danced my ass off.

On the 16th I attended The WPRK 91.5 Comes Alive at the House of Blues and once again I was blown away by Andy Matchett And The Minks’  incredible performance.  Those guys are hands down my favorite local band.  I grin ear to ear every time I see them.  What was even better about this performance was a surprise cameo by Dog Powered Robot and newly added Lollibot.  The guy standing next to me gave me a strange look when I began singing along to the DPR theme tune… I can imagine it was somewhat “in stereo” sounding to him.  womp womp… In any case it was brilliant and the crowd loved it.

Speaking of the big blue robot… we had our Fringe Preview on Monday, April 18 and the crowd went wild.  It always seems to be a WTF?!?! moment when Dog Powered Robot makes an appearance, but this time for sure they weren’t expecting our team because the Fringe producers told them we wouldn’t be able to make it.  Ha ha – we sure fooled them.

The days and weeks as usual, are seemingly running together and it seems like there is more to cover than I feel like typing, sooooo… Just as my mom texted me a few days ago regarding family dinner plans, “2 MUCH 2 TEXT”  I will simply leave you with this:

2 Much 2 TYPE.

Peace.

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dog powered robot in full effect. and i get to be a part of it. :)

Here it is! The DOG POWERED ROBOT  music video is complete and it has gone viral!  Our rehearsals are moving along and we are campaigning like crazy to get the word out about our show this May at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival.  It is officially the first full length DPR production, titled Dog Powered Robot and the History of the Future, and it’s going to be packed with new characters, special effects, music, and a brilliant cast of players including the lovable Fisher (The Pomeranian that powers the big blue bot).

There will be show memorabilia as well which has already been circulating since the DPR Fundraiser earlier this month.  It’s been a trip and an amazing creative adventure to be a part of.  If you are in Orlando during the second half of May – I suggest you do yourself a favor and come see the show – your inner child will thank you.

NOW WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO!

http://www.youtube.com/user/DogPoweredRobot

Dog Powered Robot Credits:
Evan Miga – Creator, Director
Josh Sales – Camera, Lighting, Effects
Music – David Traver
Theme Song  – David Traver and Britt Daley
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‘spreading the love’… then stomping on it: music is easier.

I had an amazing time at WMC!  The weather was perfect – and the networking was tight.  The highlights are as follows: 1. Attending the 26th Annual International Dance Music Awards (IDMAs)  – DEV & The Cataracts Performed (best bit for sure). 2. Sneaking in a sushi date with my sis.  3. Catching up with my college professor/adviser, Rey Sanchez during the Remixing Panel. 4. Meeting Robin S. vocalist behind the 90’s tune “You’ve got to show me love”. 5. And of course taking in that beautiful South Florida sunny sunshine … with SPF 50 of course.  😉

My BackBooth gig was also amazing because, despite it being a Tuesday night show, the turnout was pretty, pretty good.  HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who came out to support!  Additionally Jacuzzihidive was a ‘fantasmagasmic’ opener with great energy and catchy tunes.  Check them out http://www.jacuzzihidive.com – your ears will thank you.

Yea last week was pretty good.  Things have been pretty good overall, my new EP project is moving along nicely – all songs are in the production phase, Dog Powered Robot rehearsals are well under way with a highly entertaining script, I finished writing the extended version of the DPR theme song, I ‘spread love’ by passing out positive affirmations at the Winter Park Art Festival, had a super cool Sunday FUNday attempting to ride a motorized skateboard and to top it all off I’m surrounded by people who love me.

One would think, “That sounds GREAT Britt, Lucky girl, go get ‘em!”  Well maybe not exactly that – but something along those lines… right?  Well then, WTF is my problem?  What on Earth is making me act like such a brat… complete ‘A-hole’ to the people who care about me the most?  Is it because I think I can, and simply get away with it? Maybe I don’t want to let anyone in or  get to close to me? That’s right, stay where you are, at an arm’s length please… so I can be comfortable.

As I type this I am realizing how tragic and horrible that sounds.  Especially regarding my behavior last night, which was not cute and quite repulsive at best.  I’m not going to go into the awful details because they don’t deserve to be memorialized on the World Wide Web

But I will say this…

Out of a list of lame excuses, (none of them good enough to stand alone) including fear, insecure feelings, and self-sabotaging strategies, I managed to hurt someone I care about.  This person has put a lot on the line emotionally and has been completely open and vulnerable with me.  And here I am stomping out the chance of having something that is truly meaningful and real.

I honestly don’t know if that person will read this, I don’t know what’s going to happen.  I don’t know if I am even ready for this, and judging by my episode last night I would say, I most certainly am not.  But then again, are we ever truly ready when lovely, unexpected, people sneak up on us?

If you are reading this, I am so sorry, and sorry doesn’t even begin to cut it. You don’t deserve this kind of treatment, and honestly you deserve so much more… more than I am giving.   I certainly don’t have it together, and I am confused as hell, but you were right.  I can’t let go that easily – and I would like it if you stuck around.  If you don’t want to, I’ll understand.  It’s like you said, you’ll be fine, and I’ll be fine… but ‘fine’ is bleh.

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a v-day kiss… of sorts, DP Army, and a slide into my own march madness… boy am i a busy girl.

Dear Readers… I haven’t forgotten about you… I’m actually embarrassed that it’s almost been a month since my last post.  FAIL.  But holy wowzers have I been a busy girl.  In fact nothing has slowed down, and for that I’m thankful.  🙂

Let’s start with ‘Single Awareness Day’ or Valentine’s Day whichever you prefer (yes I know it’s nearly St. Patrick’s Day but I must recap). I participated in a performance art concept piece, Kiss Tones, by Brian Feldman.  It was a 2 hour gimmick in which I performed my own original songs, and then upon request and a small $10 fee, I also performed some “evergreens”  (standards) mainly Jazz/ Musical \Theater – esque into the mouths of observers/participants.  Now, you’re probably thinking, WTF?  It wasn’t really kissing it literally was singing into their open mouths, but only after a mouth inspection by Brian Feldman, and a 30 second Scope swishing.  This was a precaution that I was very fond of.  You can watch a clip from the performance HERE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w0Ll7rfoZ4).  I’m sure will find it strange and adorably quirky.  Other than publicly sabotaging my career I was asked out on a date by one of the observers, Scott – and of course being the sweet heart I am, I obliged and we’ll simply leave it at that for now… 😉

Ok what else?… Ah yes I did yet another photo shoot with my girl and awesome photographer Rima Nassar!  We ran around Downtown Orlando during the last couple hours of daylight, and after 5 locations, and 5 outfits we called it a wrap.  I can’t wait to see them and from the few shots Rima showed me on her camera, they were lookin’ pretty, pretty good.

In other news, the new DOG POWERED ROBOT production, Dog Powered Robot and the History of the Future, is well underway.  The DPR team or ‘DP Army’ has been working on creating new bots, merch, and video teasers.  It has been one hell of a ride.  We had an entire Saturday dedicated to the creation of new DPR merch for the Thursday, March 10th DOG POWERED ROBOT Fringe Show Fundraiser at Blank Space (which is this week, woop woop!), Thomas Thorspeken even came out to capture the day in his sketch book.  The team made limited edition T-Shirts, buttons, and posters which will be available for purchase.  We also had our first ever cast read through, and hit the Fab Fringe night to promote, promote, promote.  Additionally, Josh Geoghagen (DPR script writer) and I had an interview with Jeremy Seghers, host of Out And About on WPRK 91.5 this past Friday, in which we discussed the creation of Dog Powered Robot and the upcoming Fringe Show this MAY.  You can catch the entire interview HERE (http://outandabout.podbean.com/2011/03/04/dog-powered-robot/).

Also, If you haven’t seen the promo video teasers yet, you simply must check them out.  Click on the following links to view them, I promise you will not regret it.

Other than that I’ve been working feverishly on my Sophomore release coming at you this SPRING 2011 – AWE YEA – I can’t wait! I have 4 of 5 songs finished and Chris has been working his producer magic on them.  I am literally finishing the lyrics/melody to the last song of the project, titled, Out of Control (and it’s going to be sick, sick, sick.)  I’m feeling really good about this new EP, mainly because I think I have a much better sense of what it is I want to do musically and artistically.  This year has been a tremendous year of growth for me.  I am also excited to announce that I will be performing at least 2 new songs at my next show, TUES, MARCH 15 at BackBooth.  It will be an entirely Electronic/Indie/Pop show, with a killer opening act, Jacuzzihidive (Las Vegas).  I think this show will definitely take things to the next level for me.  If you’re local come out, this coming TUES!  I promise NOT to disappoint!  Only sweet sounds and “ear-gasms”!

I’ve been super busy,  but as they say, “Work hard, play hard”  – and I managed to get in a little playtime over the past few weeks including a game of croquet at Lake Eola with my friends of the Orlando Broken Hearts Croquet Club, a birthday bash at Stardust Video & Coffee, and a night of dancing er… geeking it up at Eye Spy and Midnight Mass at BackBooth.

Well Dahlings, that’s all for now.  I’m currently in SOUTH BEACH attending WMC …. and on that note…. I’m peacing out and going for a mojito.  😉

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epic shows, shoots, confetti and ‘chutes…

Man oh man.  The month of January was insane, and February hasn’t slowed down either.  I keep saying things are going to calm down soon, but it seems like every time I turn around there’s one more thing on my plate.  I’m not complaining, but I do need to get my ass in gear regarding my next EP release which I am still hoping will happen in March…. yowzers….

 The following Thursday, I performed a few of my tunes outside in the freezing temps before interviewing with Peter Murphy, host of Orlando LIVE at City Arts Factory.  I still haven’t seen the footage from that but I’m sure it will be available soon (stay tuned).  If I learned anything from that experience, it would have to be, “Always be ready for anything.”  And despite not being properly dressed for the cruel temperatures, I was still able to knock out 3 songs even though they weren’t what I originally intended to play.  go me.

Then on Saturday (JAN 29), I had an amazing photo shoot with Photographer Marc Harmon, and Hair/Makeup Artists Megan Hinkle, and Kathleen Medina.  They all did an incredible job making me look like a supa star!  Of course it was all tied together with the amazing wardrobe styling of Sarah Siak – SHE is the “bomb diggity” (stolen from S. Conness).  You can check out a few of the photos on the Facebook page, but as of now this one is probably my favorite.

This past week (FEB 7)  was amazing.  I played three nights of back to back shows starting Tuesday night at Club 57 West and ending last night at the Cameo Theatre for DRIP’s A Night of Music, a two night event, featuring 4 killer bands/artists and a special DRIP performance from their new show, Riff.  The DRIP band is bad-ass and the performance art installation piece was sick.

We shared the stage with Peter Baldwin, Andy Matchett and the Minks, Telethon, The Pauses, and the DRIP Band.  Wednesday night’s show was particularly special because I had my full band with me, including newly added member, Katie Peters, who crucified it on backup vocals.  You can also catch Katie moonlighting with Circus.  The GRRRL can sing!

Yesterday afternoon, in between show nights,  Jessica Mariko, CEO and Artistic Director of DRIP, and I spent a couple of hours over at 91.5 WPRK “The Basement” talking with the lovely Sarah Conness about the show and our own respective projects .  It was a great time had by all and I had the pleasure of meeting the talented Mr. Wheeler Newman and his producer Shaun Combs – definitely cool katz.

Favorite highlights from the DRIP event were: Peter Baldwin’s sweet VOX, Tierney Tough of The Pauses, playing not one, but two instruments (I should quit now :\ …), the flying colored salt swirling around the DRIP dancers, and the EXPLODING confetti /giant PARACHUTE PARTY – courtesy of Andy Matchett and the Minks (definitely the most memorable and euphoric!) As I was shaking the small colored pieces of tissue paper confetti from my clothes last night a huge smile crept across my face.  Yeah, THAT was a good time, a good time indeedy.

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january =ing INSANE month, but i still stopped to enjoy ‘The Pauses’.

I NEED A HAIRCUT

I would like to start off by saying, EEEEEEEEEEEE GAH!  My schedule this month has become insane!  All of it is wondrous, so I’m not complaining at all, but the craziness of it literally just hit me today as I was going over my mental list, which by the way also includes me getting a haircut… my bangs are driving me bananas.

The first two weeks of 2011 went by incredibly fast and these last two, I guarantee, will probably blow by as well.  “What’s coming up?”  you ask… well I’ll tell ya! With bullet points!

  • Playing a show tomorrow night @Tatáme Sake Lounge, SAT JAN 15 / 9pm
  • Releasing brand NEW SINGLE, Never Done This, week of JAN 17
  • Filming a live performance at FULL SAIL with the BAND on JAN 20
  • Audition in MIAMI JAN 21
  • Interview with ORLANDO LIVE @ City Arts Factory on JAN 27
  • Shoot with Photographer Mark Harmon on JAN 29 …Location TBD
  • And oh yea… the bangs are getting cleaned up on Monday 😉

And on top of all that … I’ll be in the studio writing/recording my sophomore release, and working on several Music Video concepts to be filmed this Spring.

Phew!!!!!

These past couple of weeks have been relatively laid back in comparison to what is to come, but I have been plugging away in the studio… and let me tell you … I am GRINNING EAR TO EAR over these new tracks.  “NEVER DONE THIS”, which was written in just two hours during the Taxi Road Rally with Sergio Ruelas, Machael Hazani, and Duff Watrous, is hands down my new favorite.  Chris and I started  working on the recording in December and it sounds SICK.  I will get the final Mixed/Mastered version on Sunday – and then I’m gonna let it fly!

The other tune we are working on is a fun indie dance tune, titled, “ONE AND ONLY”, nothing serious about it,  just a little something to replace a frown with a big grin. 😀  I keep waiting for Chris to roll his eyes at me in the studio… but he seems to be enjoying himself despite the challenge of getting his head into it. Goal is to have the entire sophomore project released by March!

Other than studio time, rehearsals, and day job stuff – I managed to catch a cold (I’m all better now) and catch The Pauses at Backbooth.  They are a local indie rock band that  delivers some sweet tunes against a colorful, homey backdrop complete with a  “window”  with a brightly animated green grass and blue sky landscape with school buses, bunnies and other random puppet passer-byers.

It was their CD release party and they seemed to bring out a fairly “plugged-in” group of locals, many of whom I’ve met over the past year. It was a good night, lots of laughs and lots of familiar faces.  In fact the lead singer of The Pauses looked very familiar to me – so after the show I stalked her out on Facebook and sent her a message.  It turns out that Tierney Tough and I used to work at the same cafe years ago (small freaking world).  Giving me yet one more good reason to have attended that night.

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hip hip hooray for christmas vacation and a jolly ‘joisey’ new year!

Well friends what a year it has been – I am literally up in the air at 30,000 feet as I type this first post of the New Year.  2011, yikes, not sure if I can wrap my head around that number… but I have a feeling this year will be even better than the last – and I am itching for something incredible to happen.

This Christmas Vacation was one of the best holiday breaks I have had in a long time, complete with holiday parties, chilly weather, tons of food, time spent with loved ones, and play dates with friends.  I have a feeling this blog might seem a little outside my normal tone – but I’m feeling a bit thankful and sentimental – so deal with it.

Before I go into all of the mushy gushy stuff I want to give you the quick and dirty…. In a nice concise, short list of highlights:

1.       SUN: 12/19 – Attended a cookie exchange party with my mom; I made the vegan apricot, cranberry, oatmeal cookies (recipe below).  Then I put on a fancy dress, high heels, and a smile to attend the Full Sail end of the year holiday bash  –  it was massive.  I ran into several friends, including Thomas Thorspecken, Brian Feldman, Chris McCown and even a family friend I hadn’t seen in ten years.  I was invited to the event by a Mr. Krauss – he was my hot date for the evening and he basically snuck me in.

2.       TUE: 12/21 – I dragged (no pun intended) my parents and my close friends Nick and Joey to Bananas – my newest obsession.  It was the first ever “Broadway Night” at Bananas and it was FABULOUS!  Despite a few technical difficulties the show was cute and heartwarming and we laughed A LOT.  It was holiday themed, complete with drag queens and a snow machine outside the front entrance.  After that Nick, Joey and I headed downtown.  We stopped off at my place and spent about an hour on Facebook laughing hysterically about our new venture with Evan Miga, University of College Online.  Evan had just finished creating the site and made the mistake of giving Nick and I admin privileges on the Facebook page… check it out it’s quite amusing.  After we laughed until are tummies ached we headed over to Backbooth to shoot the shit with our mutual friend Aaron.

3.       FRI: 12/24 – Christmas Weekend was spent with my family – we attended Christmas Eve service and had a Christmas Dinner with Terry Olson and family, a very random occurrence but we didn’t have dinner plans that night and it was generous of Terry and Robin to invite us to join in on their family gathering.  That night I upheld my Christmas tradition and made my annual decorated sugar cookies – best batch ever.   The next morning I was spoiled rotten, and my most favorite random gift was an avocado slicer.  My mother requested I make sure to tell EVERYONE that SHE gave me the avocado slicer, just in case there was any confusion.  My other favorite gift is my new SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab, it is pretty freaking sweet and can kick your iPad’s ass.

4.     MON: 12/27 – I had a play date with Nick and Joey, and we built a fort in their living room – and I can honestly say It was the most fun I’ve had in a very long time.

5.       TUES: 12/28 – Tuesday kicked off my five-day retreat to Ocean City New Joisey to be with my family.  Much of the time was spent hanging out at home where it was warm, but we did freeze our asses off in Philly for the Eagles Vs. Vikings game.  Our cousin Thomas is on the Vikings roster, and although he didn’t play, we saw him use his mad clipboard/note taking skills…

6.       FRI: 12/31 – On New Year’s Eve everyone had parties to attend except for my sister Sarah and I so my mom, Art, Sarah and I made plans  of our own and headed to Atlantic City for a lovely dinner at Izakaya, a rather posh Japanese restaurant located in the Borgata Hotel and Casino.   The food was excellent!  Menu items worth mentioning are the Edamame Dumplings, the BBQ Pressed Duck Buns, and the Chilean Sea Bass.  Afterwards we split up, Art and Sarah headed to a late night movie, and my mom and I decided to ring in the New Year Atlantic City style – we enjoyed a couple of cocktails at the swanky Water Club Sunroom – then headed over to Gypsy Bar where we enjoyed a live cover band and lots of sloppy drunks.  We loved every second of it, and laughed until our sides hurt… In fact my abs are still sore.

Now here’s the mushy bit – It’s during the holiday season that we have time to reflect on what truly matters, and in these moments, for me at least, the people I really love come to mind.   I was lucky enough to spend time with my loved ones, well most of them.  I hope you did the same.

Happy New Year.

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