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Discussion with Producer/Director W. Ross Wells of Zenfilm, ZenHill Records and Live From SugarHill Studios about surviving in the changing media landscape.Discussion with Producer/Director W. Ross Wells of Zenfilm, ZenHill Records and Live... more
February 2, 2011
“Here comes the party, you might as well accept it”, the first words chanted on “Revelator”, the powerful new album from Sideshow Tramps are very apropos. The definitive medicine show folk rockers and ZenHill are teaming up to usher in the next season of the Tramps. “The Reverend” Craig Kinsey, Geoffrey “Uncle Tic” Muller, “Coach” Shane Lauder and Scott “Ragtag Mac” McNeil have been extremely busy readying their tour-de-force second LP.
http://www.zenhillrecords.com/archives/918February 2, 2011 “Here comes the party, you might as well accept it”,... more
Space City Rock
By Dremaceo Giles. Saturday January, 23 2011
SCR was extended an invitation to sit in on the recording sessions for American Honey, the new album by Roky Moon and BOLT. It was a chance for me to soak in the creative process of a band that has been an enigma to me for the better part of two years, and it would also be my first foray into the hallowed halls of the legendary SugarHill Studios.
I really had no clear expectations of what would await me when I pulled up into the lot. I just thought it was cool that the people at ZenHill Records would extend an opportunity like this.
I’ve sat in on recording sessions before, and honestly, they are long, tedious ordeals. Usually an engineer will lay down a few scratch tracks of the entire band as a reference so that they can go back, piece by piece, and record each instrument and performer on his own separate track. Then on top of that, the performers record take after take, trying to get their performances just right. I watched a band once take three months just to track a three-song demo, so imagine my mortification when I found out that Roky Moon and BOLT were recording their entire album in one day.
Stepping into SugarHill Studios was magic, just to be able to soak in the history and be in the presence of where so much American music history was made. Roky Moon and BOLT, a relatively young band, was recording their album where a long list of legends, like Lightin’ Hopkins, Freddy Fender, Willie Nelson, Ted Nugent, Calvin Owens, and Dizzy Gillespie recorded hits, not to mention Destiny’s Child, Smash Mouth, and ZZ Top. Take a moment to let that sink in, and that’s just pretty damn cool.
http://www.spacecityrock.com/2011/01/22/standing-room-only-behind-the-scenes-with-roky-moon-and-bolt/Space City Rock By Dremaceo Giles. Saturday January, 23 2011 SCR was extended an... more
Long before Austin rose to fame as a music capital, there was Houston, home to the oldest recording studio in the United States. SugarHill Recording Studios has nurtured so many artists to stardom in its 69 years that its corridor reads like a wall of fame. From George Jones to Janis Joplin, Freddy Fender to Beyoncé, every genre is represented.
http://magazine.continental.com/201011-ss-houstonLong before Austin rose to fame as a music capital, there was Houston, home to the... more
It's weird, it's soulful, it's pretty damn funny. Southern bluesman Scott H. Biram and Oakland art punk quintet Nobunny bring very different but equality twisted perspectives to SugarHill's historic Studio A.
Audience of one is Craig Hlavaty from The Houston Press.
http://www.livefromsugarhill.tv/?p=454It's weird, it's soulful, it's pretty damn funny. Southern bluesman... more
Sony has launched VideOn a new social video platform for professional filmmakers. Positioning itself as a showcase for high-end digital filmmakers and naturally focusing, no pun intended, on directors that utilize Sony imaging products. This is an interesting foray into brand-curated entertainment.
The first director to be featured is Zenfilm's W. Ross Wells, a national commercial and music video director. Featured in the segment is a selection of Wells' music vids and a national TV spot featuring blues-rockers ZZ Top.Sony has launched VideOn a new social video platform for professional filmmakers.... more
Very funny trailer and promises to be a fantastic new web tv show....check it out!
Burning the debut video from Dark Every Day's new 2010 CD release Project Burning. Burning was filmed in the ruins of an abandoned 1930's gas station in Houston's historic 4th Ward, by noted director W. Ross Wells of ZenFilm. The location...from all signs...is used as a half hearted shelter by homeless folks and there was much decoration by underground artists, taggers and an occasional missionary with a paint brush. Footage was filmed on a damp and cloudy day and along with the chosen site, provided a solid texture for Burning, literally setting the stage for the song, by creating an uncomfortable, edgy environment, both symbolizing and complimenting the lyrics. Having filmed throughout the day, the band belted out their hit single Burning until the Houston police forced them to shut down camp. Fortunately for Wells and the Dark Every Day boys, filming had just completed!
Executive Producer: W. Ross Wells
Director: W. Ross Wells
Digital Cinematography: Hank Schyma (Southern Backtones)
Art Direction: Everett Taasevigen
Editorial: Hank Schyma, Scott Marret
Color Correction: Tracy Jemison
Vox/Bass: Antonio Dark Prieto
Drums: Patrick Pressgrove
Guitar: Manuel Prieto
Guitar: Dustin Johnson
Bacon Vendor: Joe O'Brien
* Dark Every Day drummer Patrick Pressgrove uses legs that are constructed from the latest Micro-Processor Hydraulic Titanium technology created by Otto Bock, Germany
Project Burning is now available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Rhapsody, Myspace Music Store, Shockhound and all other fine digital mediums. Physical copies of this disc are available only via Amazon disc on Demand! Visit www.ratpakrecords.com/darkeverydayBurning the debut video from Dark Every Day's new 2010 CD release Project... more
Beyond being known for their powerful live performances, Twisted Roots has always been a band that evolved with each and every release. Their latest offering "Vol 1" is no exception to the rules either. Described as a cross between early Black Sabbath, STP, and the Stone Temple Pilots, the bands first single "Hollow Earth" has been gaining steady airplay on both terrestrial and internet radio stations across the country.
Twisted Roots "Hollow Earth" pays homage to the legend of the "hollow earth"... a second subterranean earth populated by an advanced civilization. The Hollow Earth video puts an unusual but exciting spin on this story. Without giving too much away... the story is told through the eyes of the denizens of the Hollow Earth. The video is produced by Zenfilm and is was shot on locations both above and below Houston, TX. Twisted Roots flew to Texas for the performance portion of the video which was filmed on a specially equipped Houston Soundstage. The narrative portion of the film was shot in the labyrinthine tunnels beneath Houston's multimillion square foot George R. Brown Convention Center... this location was dressed to recreate the lives of our two young protagonists and denizens of the Hollow Earth. The world premier of this HD video is scheduled to be released in early June 09 and run will appear on most major music networks shortly there after.
The video is being lensed by the award winning creative team of director W. Ross Wells and cinematographer Wayne Forster who have created a number of national and internationally released music videos for a variety of recording artists.
Rat Pak Records presents
Twisted Roots "Hollow Earth" (from the CD "Vol .1") *Available Everywhere"
Executive Producer: J. O'Brien
Producers: Merideth Melville and Jarrod Gullett
Director: W. Ross Wells
Director of Photography: Wayne Forster
First AD: Raul Casares
Gaffer: Richard Lacy
Grip: Christopher Lovely, Hank Schyma
Key: David Zenteno
First AC: Justin Deguire
Special Thanks to Panavision, The Lighting Zone, Rick Ferguson and Alfred Cervantes from The Houston Film Commission , The George R. Brown Convention Center, The Greater Houston Convention and Visitor's Bureau, the actors and actresses, Tish Meeks, Dan Workman, RPR Staff, the Zen Film Staff, all those in "The Rat Pak Mafia", and Tucker Wells for pre poduction spiritual energy.
Actor Garret Rojano and Actress Genna Barforough appear Courtesy of Pastorini-Bosby Talent Ageny
Rat Pak Records: www.ratpakrecords.com
Twisted Roots: www.ratpakrecords.com/twistedroots.cfmBeyond being known for their powerful live performances, Twisted Roots has always been... more
In the first video from Ronny Munroe's blistering solo album "The Fire Within", our hero is the subject of some rather interesting, and disturbing behavior modification therapy. The lines between fantasy and reality become rather blurry....
The performance was filmed during Ronny's Metal Meltdown Tour in late summer. Take your meds. Enjoy.In the first video from Ronny Munroe's blistering solo album "The Fire... more
"Find Your Way Home" is a cool, rocking, semi-surreal journey from Kanude's self-titled album. The trip is filled with a cast of characters (some intentional, some not so much) and employs a modifed 1925 baby carriage camera-rig to assist in telling the story.
Starring: Kanude, Eric Jarvis, Meghan Hendley, Deb Malone, Cheryl Stell, Tim Thicke, Elizabeth Knudson.
Production Company: Zenfilm
Executive Producer: Merideth Melville
Producer: Jarrod Gullett
Director/Cinematographer: W. Ross Wells
Editor: Scott Marett
Colorist: Tracy Jemison"Find Your Way Home" is a cool, rocking, semi-surreal journey from... more
Interview with Adam Powers, founding member and guitarist of Twisted Roots. Includes 2 songs from their latest release entitled "Volume 1". songs included are the award winning "Hollow Earth", and "Voices".
AIR TIME: 38 minutes
TBRS PODCAST: http://the-big-rock-show.podomatic.com/entry/2009-12-04T14_08_20-08_00Interview with Adam Powers, founding member and guitarist of Twisted Roots. Includes 2... more
Industry interview with award-winning director Ross Wells of ZenFilm. ZenFilm have carved a niche for themselves in the music video world and their work can be seen on MTV2 and Much Music Canada. They have won over 20 Awards, plus an Emmy in 2009. You will be hearing a LOT more of, and from, ZenFilm in 2010.
AIR TIME: 47 minutes.
TBRS PODCAST: http://the-big-rock-show.podomatic.com/entry/2009-12-11T04_04_00-08_00Industry interview with award-winning director Ross Wells of ZenFilm. ZenFilm have... more
Interview with Ronny Munroe with regards to his solo project and other involvements. Includes 2 songs, one off his recently released disk "The Fire Within", entitled "Delirium" and one never-before-heard tune that Ronny recorded the Sunday before our interview with some good friends...that song is entitled "Which Way To Madness".
AIR TIME: 35 minutes
TBRS PODCAST: http://the-big-rock-show.podomatic.com/entry/2009-09-18T15_07_12-07_00Interview with Ronny Munroe with regards to his solo project and other involvements.... more
Tody Castillo and Winter Wallace are the musical guests and Jim "Eggs" Bricker, blogger from breakfastontour.com is our "Audience of One" for our holiday show and 1st anniversary episode. Award-winning record producer Dan Workman and Rosa Guerrero are the Hosts.
Texas songwriter Tody Castillo's sound has been compared to Tom Petty, Ron Sexsmith, Ryan Adams and Rufus Wainwright with the vocal stylings of Jeff Buckley, Fran Healy and Jeff Tweedy. When Steve Earle first heard Tody's music while shopping for producers for his critically acclaimed album Townes, its claimed that one listen gave Earle enough confidence to hire Houston producer Steve Christensen for the project. Castillo's new album Windhorse was born out of personal tragedy, yet teeming with hope.
According to the Houston Press, Winter Wallace is a phenomenally genteel indie band that has a certain Ingrid Michaelson/Cat Power quality to them, with similarities stretching beyond similar song format or quirky clothing accessories or soft colors on their MySpace pages: they are legitimately talented. Their first EP, entitled Lisa, was produced by Dan Workman.
Live from SugarHill Studios is a collaborative effort between Zenfilm, OutboundMusic.com and SugarHill Recording Studios. Happy Holidays!Tody Castillo and Winter Wallace are the musical guests and Jim "Eggs"... more
The Greater Houston Convention and Visitor's Bureau has used unconventional marketing methods very successfully. Their new Houston music video is getting a lot of attention.
http://www.onlyinhouston.org/en/art/2823/The Greater Houston Convention and Visitor's Bureau has used unconventional... more
Playing together since they were 14 years old, this veteran New England rock band celebrated their 20th anniversary in a big way. With a big new music video and and a bigger new album "Volume I" the Roots are rocking their way into the homes, cars and iPods of fans around the world.
The Twisted Roots are enjoying the general upswing in rock music sales that has been building since the recession was announced last year. Apparently rock and roll is an inexpensive, and indispensable part of life for many.
The Hollow Earth Music Video and "Volume I" are available worldwide on Rat Pak Records. The video was co-produced and directed by Zenfilm.
Enjoy.Playing together since they were 14 years old, this veteran New England rock band... more
Twisted Roots are a four-piece, melodic, hard rock band that makes their home in Portland, ME. The band has been playing together since they were kids making hard rocking, popular records and developing a loyal following. Now their audience is growing exponentially beyond their native New England thanks to partnerships with a "next generation" record label and an independent film production company.
Following close on the heels of their successful new album "Volume I" comes their exciting new national music video project "Hollow Earth" which as just been released.
The video was created by Zenfilm's award winning music video team for TR's progressive label Rat Pak Records. The band traveled from Maine to Houston, TX to work on the video with Zenfilm director W. Ross Wells. The City of Houston generously assisted in the production and the result was a big win for all parties.
The video is available as a free download all over the web to promote the "Hollow Earth" single both on Twisted Roots' album "Volume I" and the Rat Pak Records summer compilation "09V1"Twisted Roots are a four-piece, melodic, hard rock band that makes their home in... more
It has been an interesting trip for Houston rockers Southern Backtones and filmmaker W. Ross Wells, a non-traditional journey from indie to mass media, fueled by YouTube, Vimeo and other web 2.0 distribution platforms.It has been an interesting trip for Houston rockers Southern Backtones and filmmaker... more