Actor and writer Zachary Laoutides recently interviewed with FandangoNOW sharing some interesting facts with his previous films. The film Adios Vaya Con Dios being inspired by his community that he credited the title of director to and Arise From Darkness originally an art house paranormal film with Sundance possibilities. I for one truly enjoy the ‘making of’ or the stories behind the stories. I was able to Skype with Laoutides to ask him some additional questions from his FandangoNOW interview.
How many people tried to slow down Adios Vaya Con Dios from actually happening, was there really that much resistance?
ZL: From Hollywood no, they were totally fine with my concepts. I was also talking to Sony Music for additional songs – everyone was cool. The issues became on set with my vision, which I don’t think anyone really understood what I was setting out to do. The community did, the neighborhood did, other people not so much. Respectively, what I did, what ‘we’ did was certainly unorthodox – you need to see it at completion to understand it.
I watched Arise From Darkness and it is in fact an art house film, why did the name and marketing feel so different?
ZL: You’ll need to ask the distributor that one and I get it, they really thought they could hit a horror demographic, now was that the way to go…? I really feel paranormal and art house would have presented the product as what it is and was – special and something different. I was waterboarded with the business side of things and all of this was presented to me when I took a break in Mexico. I was overstretched into moving the ball forward when I had enough – and just trusted that people were trying to do the best thing with the product.
Is it hard to write, act, produce and be so hands on with the business side of film?
ZL: Yes. So many things don’t turn out the way you want it to because you’re pulled in so many directions. That’s why coming back in 2020 I spoke with the founder Monica Esmeralda Leon and told her we were going to re-structure Ave Fenix Pictures.
It’s now called Ave Fenix Pictures Studios… You have branches in Chicago, Los Angeles and Arizona?
ZL: (laughs) It sounds like it just got really complicated right… This is a delegation of artist, the right people at the right forefront. I’m super excited, never have we been so talented and moving into bigger projects.
When you say bigger projects you mean going from the La Raza style of filmmaking into mainstream film?
ZL: At the end of the day we still always arrived where mainstream films ended up, but I put us in a category of experimental. That was great and creatively what we wanted to do at the time, but now we have the opportunities to really put our films on the market with mainstream venues. If we have films with messages important to us we owe it to ourselves to earn the most eyes.
You have deals with Random Media Motion Pictures, which is a subordinate of The Orchard and Sony Pictures?
ZL: We are in partnership, good people who care about film working together. It’s an exciting time where we can develop film not only where we started in Chicago, but now on the west coast. It was always the long-term vision – Producers Marius Iliescu in Los Angeles and Emmanuel Isaac and Mirza Esho is Arizona.
Glashrs – Making buzz with his new song along with Drew Taylor “Where I Stand”
“Where I Stand,” a new single from Glashrs, the sensational American singer, with guest vocals from Drew Taylor.
Drew Taylor’s confident vocals and contagious happy rhythm make “Where I Stand” a universally appealing Hip Hop song that you won’t be able to get rid of. Drew and Glashrs took a different approach to the recording of “Where I Stand” than they had in the past.
Initially, they were looking for a challenge to push themselves beyond their comfort zone. With the help of a guitar, it defied the norms of mainstream music by incorporating a hip-hop vibe into the mix.
Glashrs can’t get enough of the synths and other elements that go into “Where I Stand” despite how simplistic the track’s production may be. “Sometimes it’s vital to keep it simple, so we decided to stop that from happening and let everyone’s beloved acoustic and electric guitar go their way, and because there would be remixes, they opted to join us,” Glashrs said.
How Glashrs begin his journey
As a child, his father introduced him to music by teaching him how to play the guitar. Bobby began playing the guitar at the age of six, and he continued to play every day after that. His guitar teacher recruited a group of 5th graders, and he quickly rose to the position of lead guitarist in their band.
When Glashrs moved to California in middle school, video gaming quickly became a major part of his life. Simply put, he had lost interest in playing guitar.
One of Glashrs’s closest pals introduced him to making beats after returning to Florida from California. A love affair quickly blossomed between him and the subject.
During his sophomore year of high school, Glashrs learned to play the piano and compose music using FL Studio on his laptop. ‘Falling’ is the name of the first song he ever wrote with his singer/songwriter twin sister Cory.
To date, Glashrs and Cory have collaborated on several songs together and with a friend and fellow musician Drew Taylor, a singer, songwriter, producer, and engineer.
After a long wait, Bobby finally launched his “Glashrs” brand and became an EDM/Hip Hop artist. Every day, Glashrs devotes himself to improving his abilities as a sculptor.
Drew Taylor’s jouirney as part of “Where I Stand”
His musical influences and styles range from rock to rap to metal to alt-country, but Drew Taylor Seibert’s roots are in the alt-country genre. As a result of enrolling at a local music school, Drew discovered his true passion: bass guitar playing.
While attending college, Drew began to develop an interest in music production, which led to discovering that his beatmaker skills were rather impressive. Within a few weeks, he performed live on bass, drums, guitar, and vocals for the following five years. The two of them enrolled in a music school together in Indianapolis in 2019.
His internship was at a studio in Atlanta after completing the program there. During his internship, the experience he gained helped him realize that he needed to start creating his music as soon as possible. Shortly after finishing his internship, he briefly returned to school and joined an after-school songwriting and rapping group.
He developed a community of local friends, artists, and patrons who supported him for his work and performances. He has written, recorded, and performed many songs, and new ones are expected this year.
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ARSHBRO-THE GREAT AND DEDICATED MUSICIAN OF THIS ERA
Arshbro is a multi-talented artist, lyricist, record producer, father, and all-around legend. Music has always been a major part of his life, but he didn’t necessarily get into it until he moved in with a musician friend who was also just getting into producing and mixing in 2019. Opportunities tended to present themselves to him, and he was finally able to tap into his creative side and let it shine. In every way, Arshbro’s music is a departure from the norm. He doesn’t categorize himself in any one particular genre, although he excels in almost everything he does. What the listeners are most pleased with is how soon he entered the scene and made sure he made an impression. He attempts to get involved in the hip-hop and afrobeat scenes. He decided to launch 211 Records, his record label. He believed that because he perceived himself as a brand, extending that brand would inevitably unlock the door to a new set of possibilities and opportunities.
He has invested time and effort into learning how to produce, mix, and master music. So much so that he engineered the majority of his upcoming album’s sound. He knows that these are the abilities and qualities that will propel his organization to inconceivable heights of success.
He has set an example for the new generation that you can do anything in a very short time if you are dedicated to working. Pull Up is his first-ever soundtrack, which sets the public on fire. After this, he started working hard and releasing his new songs, which are “Love,” “Don’t Leave,” “Rise,” and “Like This.” you can easily stream all of his songs on Apple Music, Spotify and all other platforms. In his childhood, he also got an Academic Excellence award from the school as the best student. After that, he feels that he is undefeatable, and we think this is the main reason for his success today. He has been featured in numerous magazines and has appeared on international television. One of the highlights was seeing HipTV, an international TV network located in Nigeria, play his music video. He has come a long way in just a few years, and he credits his success to his hard work and perseverance.
His next approach will be to release his EP, which will convey the story of a man trying to make it in a capitalist world with more limitations than possibilities. With his remarkable organic growth since releasing his first single, Arshbro is ahead of his time and might very well be one of Dallas’ best artists, but only time will tell. His new soundtrack was released on May 13th, and it is also available in all stores and streaming platforms. You can listen to his latest soundtrack on spotify.
Arshbro is an inspiration for newcomers showing that you can do anything if you have the courage and dedication for your work. He is also an inspiration for those who come before him because of how many struggles and obstacles he has gone through in his career, but he still doesn’t lose courage and gives his best and gets appreciation and love from the audience.
You can follow this amazing artist and his record label on these social media platforms using these handles to know about his new music albums.
Instagram – @arshbroofficial
Instagram – @211_records_
Twitter – @arshbroofficial
The Lebanese Famous Producer, Fonzo
Fouad Halawi, 40, aka Fonzo, a Lebanese Dj/Producer, ever since he was young, his life revolved only around music. Growing up in Lebanon, he discovered a passion in producing his own music, he started hosting gatherings where he’d introduce his playlist to friends and the feedback was always positive therefore he was given the nickname FONZO. A hobby turned into a career, since then, Fouad has been playing at his own public and private events, establishing his own recording studio “ FNZ STUDIO “ and producing his first album. FNZ STUDIO is the best studio you can ever find in Lebanon with the best equipments, sound proof, engineering and more. Fouad is hosting many famous Dj’s from around the world in the next few months , he already hosted big DJ’s such as Mathame , Wurtz , Raxon and Undercatt.
They found that the lebanese hospitality was more than perfect, and Fouad was the one who arranged everything for them.
Fonzo is also planning to open his own Night Club as soon as the situation in Lebanon becomes better in the upcoming months.
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