Laura Comfort – Interview

Laura Comfort

Interview

Clown Magazine:

It’s been a longtime Laura Comfort since your last interview with Clown Magazine, what have you been doing?

Laura Comfort:

Well, that’s a big question. I haven’t seen you in a few years, so where shall I start?

Response from Clown Magazine:

at the top, please…

Laura Comfort:

Supporting Steven Tyler in a festival in America.

Response from Clown Magazine:

Wow! The great vocalist Steven Tyler of Aerosmith! Rock On!

Laura Comfort:

…some big stages and that was after my Don’t Ignore Me album…

Response from Clown Magazine:

…great

Laura Comfort:

…after that I was working on a new album called, Now I Know, released last year [2019].

Response from Clown Magazine:

please continue…

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Laura Comfort:

That did very well. I toured with Cafe Nero all over the country, zig-zagging from Leeds to Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester…

Response from Clown Magazine:

...seeing the sights of England!

Laura Comfort:

…and then I ended up [with] the Club Mix with the title track Now I Know [which] was Number 10 in the Club Charts…

Response from Clown Magazine:

…getting cool, with the Clubsters!

Laura Comfort:

…and the previous year I was Number 16 in the Club Charts and the year before that Number 18 in the Club Charts.

Response from Clown Magazine:

…improving as you go along!

Laura Comfort:

Those were the biggest moments over the last few years.

Clown Magazine:

Elaborate further on current projects?

Laura Comfort:

I’m sure we’ll have some more exciting support slots. Maybe some festivals in the summer.

Response from Clown Magazine:

car crash moment…

CORONAVIRUS has hit the world!

Laura Comfort:

Maybe I’ll do a Christmas single…

Response from Clown Magazine:

Hopefully the coronavirus pandemic may have eased for Christmas?

Laura Comfort:

…maybe a kids album too, actually.

Response from Clown Magazine:

Have you got a big [personal[ announcement?

Laura Comfort:

I just had twins in November last year!

Response from Clown Magazine:

Congratulations!

Laura Comfort:

So while I was touring I was pregnant, it was a great distraction. The pregnancy was fine and now I have two beautiful babies.

So, I have been busy these last few months.

So who knows, I can get inspired and write some childrens songs as well.

Response from Clown Magazine:

Yeah! Your children can do the backing vocals.

Clown Magazine:

Is there anything creatively you want to do or achieve?

Laura Comfort:

For me it’s all about furthering my creative dreams and the spontaneity and not really knowing what the future holds.

But we all love to work with amazing producers and artists and stages and if you connect with the audience, whether on a big stage or a small stage, it’s a wonderful thing…

Response from Clown Magazine:

need to whip-up the crowd,

is always cool!

Laura Comfort:

…and to me songwriting is a therapeutic process and its a bit autobiographical, so its a nice way of putting your experiences and emotions to express then through songs.

Response from Clown Magazine:

poetry to our ears!

Clown Magazine:

Would you spend all of your life in a city in the desert, or would you trek into the unknown?

Laura Comfort:

I love to travel the world. I don’t necessarily like to stay in one place. I love London. London is my home and the perfect hub.

I love to explore the world and different cultures. It is inspiring for lyrics and for me having that spontaneity and to be able to explore the world is probably what I would choose above staying in one city for the rest of my life.

Response from Clown Magazine:

…taking a risk, we like it!

Clown Magazine:

The last word is yours…

Laura Comfort:

I guess what most artists say is to be true to yourself and follow your dreams.

Just have patience, have conviction, have passion and perseverance and stick with it and don’t listen to what other people say, but follow your heart and see where it leads you.

Response from Clown Magazine:

The best way to achieve things in life!

Clown Magazine:

er… have you forgotten something?

Laura Comfort:

Promote the album. I kinda forgot that! [Laughs]

[All of us laughing!]

Response from Clown Magazine:

please carry on…

Laura Comfort:

Promoting my new album, Now I Know and is out on Amazon and iTunes, is an acoustic-pop album with emotive love songs and it was great fun writing it and singing it and we had a great tour last year to promote it.

Response from Clown Magazine:

don’t let us stop you…

Laura Comfort:

We had an EP out last year of several mixes from Bimbo Jones and they are amazing and they are a sort of dance duo and they’ve worked with Britany Spears and tons of other amazing acts.

They worked there magic and I was Number 10 in the UK Club Charts last year [in 2019], so that was very exciting.

So, I will be promoting my club mixes, so stay tuned and see you on stage.

Response from Clown Magazine:

…stop teasing us, anything else?

Laura Comfort:

So yes, if you want to find me on iTunes or Amazon, or YouTube. Got a video out now for Now I Know and the club mix is Number 10 in the Club Charts, so its been an exciting year and there’s more to come!

Thank you to Laura Comfort

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Mark Felt – Film Review

Mark Felt

Mark Felt (Liam Neeson) was the FBI agent and Deputy Director who became known as “Deep Throat” and shone a light on the Watergate scandal, which forced the then American President Richard Nixon to resign, after evidence came to light over Nixon’s involvement.

Watergate was the hotel where the Democratic National Committee (DMC) Headquarters was and Nixon ordered his foot soldiers to break in and get information on the 17th June 1972, at the Watergate Office Building in Washington D.C., which backfired as the Nixon burglars where interrupted and the scandal went global, which was a huge embarrassment to Richard Nixon.

Mark Felt – Official Film Trailer

Mark Felt passed on information to The Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward (Julian Morris) and Carl Bernstein both of whom were investigating the burglary of Democrats HQ at Watergate in 1972.

Liam Neeson and Julian Morris

Obliviously this became a real-life political thriller with Nixon’s team going on the offensive to quell rumours of President Nixon’s personal involvement f trying to get secret information or political dirt to reduce the power and hold over the Nixon administration.

It shows the bitter rivalry of the two main American political parties, which is prevalent today.

Another interesting outlook is that the President’s Office in The White House is removed from the lower and upper houses of the day-to-day political jostling that goes on and in a way The White House has to defend itself and whoever is the President of the United States of America from opposition forces from Congress or the Senate.

In fact, not only did it force the President [Nixon] to resign, but it led to the defeat of the South Vietnamese, because the Vietnamese ceasefire held because the North Vietnamese communist regime was scared that President Nixon would have used nuclear weapons against them if they invaded the South.

When Nixon resigned the ceasefire collapsed and the North Vietnamese Army and Vietcong defeated the weaker ill-disciplined South Vietnamese and entered Saigon in 1975.

Richard Nixon resigned before he was impeached and could keep his ‘tapes’ he made while in The White House from the American government, which may have caused distress not to Nixon, buthose he secretly recorded.

One thing to remember is that Richard Nixon opened dialogue between the United States and Communist China in the 1970s, and he lessened the hostility between the old Soviet Russian regime.

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Sylvia G – S.O.S – Album Review

Sylvia G is venturing-off on her own with this debut release – S.O.S album under her new [artist] name.

The music is radio friendly mostly pop-rock, with tinges of post-industrial, post-punk and electro-dance – with highs, lows and rolling parts that grip the listener to create the different moods and tempos in each song.

The lyrics are a summary of Sylvia’s life from the opening track – Walking To Santiago, which must have been a challenge in itself.

Being an environmentalist is the basis of S.O.S, which refers the Earth as Mother and the economic system and financial institutions as evil or The Devil – polluting the world for money and greed.

The trick in songs is to write about love, intimacy or relationships in different ways and Let’s Be Lovers is an honest look at just having one night of passion, rather than entering a committed relationship, which doesn’t work for at least one party.

Though in complete contrast I Heard You Say has the lines, “Every word you say” “Every promise you made”“Celebrates your mess” – while in the chorus the opening lines. “I heard you say, I was your love”“The only one forever love.”

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Women seeking Bad Boys is the basis of Electrified, with the theme being rather cleverly written as the Bad Boy bringing trouble-back within the home.

Being independent and self-sufficient best describes I Walk Alone; though the next song Not This Girl is ambigous and will be interpreted by the life-experiences and viewpoints of the listener.

Crazy Life and Monday’s are electro-dance tracks – with the first track themed in secrets and hiding things, while living life to the max – and the latter wanting the week to revolve around Friday’s and the Weekend just for partying!

The last song Beautiful World is another focus on the environmental agenda, that follows on from the earlier song S.O.S.

What this album does after listening to all of the songs is it points-out that life and viewpoints can be a massive contradiction, often causing much psychological distress when people want to live a certain way; but then if you put ambition and drive into your life, you have to allow certain things not to be perfect or drop them entirely.

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Mean Dreams – Film Review

Mean Dreams

Mean Dreams is a film about lost innocence amongst two teenagers who come from different backgrounds, but are struggling to maintain an existence in the countryside of the Northern territory of North America.

When new neighbours move into the small country house, it consists of single father Wayne Caraway (Bill Paxton), who is a police officer and rather violent, which is vented-out on his daughter Casey Caraway (Sophie Nélisse).

Youth has a curosity attached to it and this often leads to trouble, especially in the case of country boy Jonas Ford (Josh Wiggins).

When Jonas sees Casey he makes contact and slowly a rather innocent relationship ensues, but her father isn’t happy with this connection and later-on ends in a fight between her father and Jonas.

Mean Dreams – Official Trailer

Unfortunately Jonas isn’t going to listen to Casey’s father and finds-out why her father seems menacingly uptight – he’s a corrupt police officer.

Not only finding-out that Wayne is involved with crime, Jonas then finds a bag full of money and complicates his life by stealing it.

Jonas convinces Casey to runaway with him, and he has an idealistic notion of surviving on this money, as he falls in love with Casey.

Well, not only witnessing a police officer committing a criminal act and then profiteering; but stealing these ill-gotten gains isn’t the wisest of decisions and Casey knows all to well what her father is capable of.

The people that are left behind and not running is Jonas’ farming family who are put under-pressure for Jonas to return, with the cash.

But this thriller is well worth the watch as the cat-and-mouse game between Jonas and Wayne ensues.

Sadly, this was one of the last films Bill Paxton made before his death in 2017.

But, this is probably one of his best roles and played Wayne Caraway in a very harrowing way. Often you think he’s in the same room as you, and wait for his hand to rest on your shoulder – giving you goosebumps.

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Sylvia G – Interview

Sylvia G

Clown Magazine:

You’ve changed your artist name from Milow the Girl to Sylvia G, why is that?

Sylvia G:

It did not translate into who I was anymore. I think I grew out of that name. Musically and personally.

The transition happened when I left the label I was signed to in the United States.

There was no more connection to my present nor my future.

So I decided to turn the page, change to Sylvia G and follow a different road.

Response from Clown Magazine:

That makes sense to do, but you’ll have to start to promote your new artist name and build a new presence.

Clown Magazine:

Are you changing your style of music?

Sylvia G:

I felt I had to improve and challenge myself.

Explore my potential in another musicial direction that translates who I am today.

I was not growing musically and professionally.

When you perform and create music it reflects what goes on on your life, I was unhappy professionally and it showed in my music.

Response from Clown Magazine:

So, hopefully more ‘happy’ songs from you in future releases.

Clown Magazine:

What project are you working on, now?

Sylvia G:

I am writing a novel for Young Adults.

Response from Clown Magazine:

Well, from music to novels, at least you’re doing something creative.

Clown Magazine:

Have you got a new release?

Sylvia G:

Yes, my new album SOS, that was released on the 22nd March 2019.

Response from Clown Magazine:

Great! Now you can promote the ‘new’ songs and new ‘artist’ name for your audience.

Clown Magazine:

What do you have planned?

Sylvia G:

Raising awareness of environmental issues and fighting against animal cruelty.

It must become part of daily life and the way we live.

There is no more time left.

Response from Clown Magazine:

These are noble causes, you’re engaged with.

Clown Magazine:

You are on a yacht and the mask breaks, would you continue for 800km through stormy weather or would you turn back and return to port, which is 200km, but is in shark infested waters?

Sylvia G:

Sharks generally do not attack humans.

I would be more afraid if the sea was infested with people!

Response from Clown Magazine:

We think you could-be the shark whisperer!

So, no fear in those shark infested waters!

Clown Magazine:

Anything else you want to talk about, say or announce to the world?

Sylvia G:

Our planet is beautiful and majestic, but we are killing it.

We have replaced our oceans with plastic.

More than 9 million tons of plastic end-up every year in our oceans. This number is expected to double in the coming years!

We are burning our forests – rainforests, which are the ‘green’ lungs of our planet and destroying what is left of wildlife.

What will it take for you to change?

What will happen when there is nothing left on our planet.

The only way to stop this, is to change our behaviour towards our planet and to change it now.

Not only for us, but for future generations.

Everything in this world is connected.

Every action you take has an impact on another life in your community, in your village, your city or on the otherside of the world.

We should all be inspired by Greta Thunberg, this young 16 year old climate activist;

“Politicians are not mature enough to tell it as it is, we cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis… politicians have run-out of excuses while we run-out of time…”

“Our house is burning!”

Response from Clown Magazine:

You seem very dedicated to the environmental movement, causes and issues.

Clown Magazine:

We would like to thank Sylvia G for this interview and wish you well – in your creative and activism endeavours.

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Hell and High Water – Film Review

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You will burst into laughter within the first thirty seconds of watching Hell and High Water, which is supposed to be a drama rather than a comedy.

To really get to the point of Hell and High Water, this line sums it up – delivered by a Texas farmer sitting in the town’s diner amongst his fellow farmers.

Long enough to watch the banks robbing-me for over thirty years

The Texas attitude and dry heat is finely depicted, together with the Texas drolling accent.

Hell and High Water Trailer

Hell and High Water is a good old fashion bank robbery film, which has the payback attitude that actually stems-back to The Great Depression era of the 1920s and 30s Amercia; when many people including the weathly lost everything and suffered miserably, which is what banks have been doing ever since – being protected by the government to steal from the masses!

The bank robbers are two brothers Tanner (Ben Foster), who is the eldest and has just got out of prison and Toby Howard (Chris Pine), who has been struggling in the dusty fields they call home.

Everything that is on the otherside of the tracks comes to an end, and justice becomes only an inch away, with lead Texas Ranger investigator Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges), who takes his job seriously, but at the pace of an exhausted rattlesnake.

The end of the film is rather poignant and without spoiling it, you just have to watch Hell and High Water.

You will not be disappointed with Hell and High Water, as it has been well-crafted and perfectly delivered by all that star in this film.

Hell and High Water is available at Amazon PrimeVideo

Summer Effect – Afterlife – Album Review

Summer Effect

Summer Effect have released a new album – Afterlife.

The background to Summer Effect is that they are an Indonesian group, which for this album wanted to take things to smoother vibrations.

However, when you think things are nicely quiet you get awoken to blistering raised sounds, which extracted the depths of the energic fire within our souls.

The tracks on Afterlife are instrumental so when you listen to each instrumental composition, you just have to let go and start to build a visual picture of what Summer Effect are conveying to you – the listener.

The overall assumption combining each of the track titles together is how a person is perceived by others in life, and how they try-to-fit – into the world and people around them.

One of the best rules is just to be you, regardless of what others think of you!

So, Afterlife being the last track, sounds like a new beginning after all of the commotion that builds-up in a lifetime.

  1. Quiet Company
  2. Envoy
  3. Until The Sun Goes Down
  4. Beating Heart
  5. Clouded Minds
  6. Fickle Love
  7. Everything Seems Different
  8. There’s Nothing Wrong With Who You Are
  9. Don’t Let Me Disappear
  10. Afterlife

Afterlife is available through iTunes