Saturday, October 4, 2014

Dark Beauty - Fall From Grace (2014) - Review - terrarelicta dark music webmagazine

Dark Beauty - Fall From Grace (2014) - Review - terrarelicta dark music webmagazine

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Fans :-)

Dark Beauty has awesome fans! :)

Joshua Lehr
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It takes a lot to build a great team, and our fans have always been amazing supporters! Their team spirit, enthusiasm, and loyalty to follow us and share our music and information is extraordinary!
We are truly thankful and consider ourselves very lucky to have you with us on this amazing journey!

Liz, Bryan, Dan, Gary, Warren

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Dark Beauty Shout Out to: Peter Kundis - Booking Agent - Urusei Shinjuku...

Dark Beauty Fans! Send us your fan questions to: and we'll give you a personal shout out! We look forward to hearing from you! 

Huge Shout out to: Peter Kundis - Booking Agent & Promoter for Urusei Shinjuku Promotions!!! Thanks Peter for sending over your questions and for your interest in booking Dark Beauty! \m/\m/

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Singing Performance Tip from Lori at Bergen Bel Canto •

Did you ever wonder about that bit of advice to smile when you talk to somebody on the phone? Well, it is absolutely true that what you look like affects the way your voice sounds in both singing and speaking, so my advice is to practice in front of the mirror. If you look bored, you will sound bored as well as boring. So put a light in your eyes and let your feeling for the text animate your face! Make sure you don’t close your eyes, except momentarily, as it cuts off your communication with your audience and reduces you natural tendency to project your voice. Make sure your posture is tall and loose, not tense. If you look frightened right before that high note, it will be tense and maybe even crack. See a ”confident you” in the mirror before you sing. You will sound better if you look better, and looking good never hurt a performer either 

Lori Fredrics 
BM Music Management
MM Voice Performance
Singer/Actress/Songwriter/Producer/ Voice Teacher and
Coach at Bergen Bel Canto

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Music Law Tips: by Dark Beauty's Attorney: Bryan Zeigler

Bryan Zeigler getting sworn in

Often on YouTube or Facebook, I'll see professionally produced material, like clips from recent movies or a current popular song set to someone's personal photos, along with a note saying "no copyright infringement intended." Ah, if only it were so easy. I doubt many people would expect to avoid a ticket for driving 65 in a school zone, by telling the police officer there was "no violation of the speed limit intended." Either content that you post is legal or it isn't. Any note you post along with it with have no effect at all on the legality of the material. Here's a simple test: If you didn't create it, all of it, you can't use it without permission.

Now there are ways to get permission quickly and inexpensively, and sometimes you can use small portions of an existing work under what is known as the "Fair Use" provision, but posting an entire episode of a tv show, or downloading an entire movie or album without payment from a torrent site is illegal. It's not a grey area, it's illegal. The only question is whether you'll be caught.

As an artist though, copyright law protects you by giving you many rights over what you create. As a musician for example, the moment you create a song, you get the right to record it, distribute that recording, and get paid for its sale and play on the radio. Yes, you get those rights the moment you create a song. So why register it with the Copyright office at all? And why not just mail a copy to yourself? Answers to these questions next time.

Trust me, I'm a lawyer.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Guest Blogger - Lori Fredrics - Today's Artist and Alternative Music Style

Thought I would share my thoughts on the fantastic 12-12-12-benefit concert that I viewed. What a new world this is! I was able to watch the performances live on TV while being logged onto Facebook to see people’s comments and to chat with musical colleagues, students, family and friends.
I thought that it was pretty cool that between my husband and myself, we had actually met about half a dozen of the performers that were on stage and/or had professional interactions with them. The music business is a small world, indeed! I felt especially touched and honored that performers from all over the world cared enough about our community, the people of New York and New Jersey who were affected by Sandy, to come all the way here and help in this way. How cool! 

Now to the comments I was reading, and my own thoughts. It seems like a recurring theme that the “old school” bands, such as the Stones and the Who, had it all over the newer artists in terms of the shows they put on, both when it came to performance, musicianship and the quality of their music. That is something to say when lots of these performers were nearly 70 years old. Of course, my group of Facebook friends consists mostly of middle-aged musicians, which is a particularly narrow demographic, but nevertheless… 

Both Mick Jagger and Roger Daltrey were incredible. They looked fabulously in shape and were sounding great. Mick, who still sings as well as he ever did, does so for a reason; here’s some inside dope I know from one of his crew members, who was a student of mine in London. The chap came to me and said “I want to learn those warm ups and arias so I can warm up my voice the way Mick does.” So, there’s an explanation right there! I have known for years that Daltrey also exercises his voice before performances. His voice is still basically there in all its full-throated glory, and he has been performing since before I was born! These two, as well as Jon Bon Jovi, are also experienced fine actors, Daltrey even having done Shakespeare! So the stage presence, energy and emotional communication are not mere accidents because they come from training, experience and hard work.
There is also a big generational difference in the music. The old school rock has more musical and conceptual content. I have a theory about that. Pete Townshend’s and Paul McCartney’s generation in England grew up hearing lots of Classical music, along with jazz and early R&B. I believe early exposure to this music is why these writers are able to write better melodies, more complex harmony and more coherent form than one tends to find in most of today’s music. When a musician limits his or her listening person to only popular music and rock, they most likely have not been nourished with the musical information needed to be able to write more than very simple, predictable and formulaic songs. I think this is the case with most of today’s popular artists. 
Even though he is of a slightly later generation, Billy Joel grew up in a household where his father was a fine classical pianist, and the kids in the family were given serious Classical musical training. Billy’s brother, Alexander is an acclaimed classical conductor and is currently chief musical director of the Staatstheater Braunschweig, a theater and opera house in Germany. Thus, Billy’s background shows in his compositions, playing and singing. 

As far as lyrics go, the contrast between the creativity of Billy Joel’s work and most of what you hear of today’s musicians is striking. What is more interesting to you, the alternate future world described in Joel’s Miami 2017, the touching portrayal of life in “Scenes from an Italian restaurant,” or a young lady singing about her cell phone? Does the drama of The Who’s “Tommy” excite and inspire your, or does a heavily auto-tuned man singing rambling lyrics become instantly more interesting simply because he is wearing a skirt? Somewhere along the line the imaginative element has been lost and exchanged for banal self-involvement. 
Lots has been said about illegal downloading killing the music industry, that its heyday is over, but maybe it is the case that most artists are simply doing less exciting things? 
So my point is that an artist or a project can only be as interesting as the information, experiences and influences of the person creating that project. And this brings me to say a bit about Dark Beauty. A simple Google will tell you that I am Liz Tapia’s singing teacher, so perhaps anything I say about her voice and her vocal technique could be viewed as self-serving. So I will leave that to others, who are saying lots! Instead, I will talk about the fact that one of the things that really interests me about Dark Beauty is that its creative force comes from so many different influences: from opera to musical theater, to classic rock and metal, to cultures from Latin America all the way to the Middle East. We have a fascinating story here that is being told by a trained actress and dancer, so I would expect Liz to bring drama and showmanship to Dark Beauty performances, as well. It is something new and something “old school” in the best way possible. 

So stay tuned -- I know I will. Rock on, Liz!

Lori Fredrics 
BM Music Management
MM Voice Performance
Singer/Actress/Songwriter/Producer/ Voice Teacher and
Coach at Bergen Bel Canto

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Writing a Concept Album – My Ongoing Journey

Creating an entire concept album can be quite difficult...well at least for me.  Especially since my writing style is far from simple. 

When I began working on Dark Beauty, the first two songs came quite easily, and to my surprise recording them was easy as well.  At the time It was just me and my producer Artie Rodriguez.  Bryan came on board and added his guitar work which of course turned out great!  But as I moved forward it became clear to me that I was going to need the help or other good musicians to really put this project together.  That’s how I went from being a solo artist and just writing songs, to creating the entire concept of Dark Beauty from my very first song, “Save Yourself”.

Even in the beginning I realized this was more than just a song, and was already developing a larger project in my head, initially as a film score.  I realized this had to become something much deeper and that’s how I came up with the idea of creating and building an entire concept album, creating Dark Beauty as a band and developing the Dark Angel’s character. 

At first it seemed so simple since I wasn’t thinking of any story when I started writing.  So why is it getting more difficult to write?  And what’s taking so long?  As our story develops and we get closer towards finishing our first album, I noticed that I have some gaps in the story that need filled in order to make the story flow better.  Also it’s not just about creating songs, I also have to make sure that the story works all while trying to keep everything stylistically consistent, as well as making sure that the album’s flow works just as well.  Suddenly it’s become much more of a challenge to write. 

I never had a synopsis of the story when I started, so creating this project has been a learning experience.  It also means really being connected to each piece as I get further into this story.  I don’t know if there is a better way to write, but I do know that each piece has to have a special meaning not only to the story but also for the listeners, myself as a vocalist, and our musicians. I think this process for me at least should be natural and not pushed.  So what does that means it will take as long as it needs to for this story to be told the way it needs to be written. 

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