Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Indie Ville TV #135 Stephcynie's: Mr. Edwards

Written by: K. L. Graham


Stephcynie, a singer with a face full of sunshine and a career full of promise has just released her Ep "Mr. Edwards."

The title track and Ep is based on the life and inspiration of her grandfather.

One of the best parts of the Ep for is "To just share the memory of my grandfather. That's kind of my favorite thing about it."

Stephcynie says "I don't remember anytime where I didn't love music or sing."

On her move to Nashville the Houston native says "I was living in New York prior to this."

"I'm a woman of faith and I really felt strongly about moving to Nashville; I came to visit and things just fell into place place super quickly."

Since then, Stephcynie has been playing out on her own and with friends (We chatted after a rehearsal) and the busy singer just performed at SXSW.

"I sold out of all my merch!" She squealed.

Stephcynie has a lot to be excited about. Meeting new fans and colleagues at SXSW was a huge opportunity for her, and with her sweet nostalgic Ep she's also ready ready to take on new, darker material.

"Most people just know the sweet, happy me, and that is me 90% of the time but I am human, and there's other dynamics."

To find out more about the dynamics of Stephcynie's work you can visit You can also find her music on all the usual places, iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Indie Ville TV #134 Luke Thrasher: Full time tattoo-er/ Full Time Intergalactic Superstar

Written by K.L.Graham            


Luke Thrasher, a local tattoo artist and the lead singer of the band Metal Foot is here to thrash your face off in a celebratory ceremony...but you'll have to either stop by the shop or one of Metal Foot's shows to see exactly what all the fuss is about.

Thrasher, although not related to the Thrasher tour bus company, has an equally interesting history.

"I'm from Broome County New York in a small town called Vestal..."

"I kinda bounced around for 8 years, I was in between Denver and North Carolina. My buddy lived in Nashville, I opened up a tattoo shop and kind of made it home."

Thrasher even helped run Café Coco.

An accomplished ring leader, Thrasher, a full time tattoo artist opened up Thrasher Inq. "A private VIP custom tattoo shop." He says "We're really the only one in Nashville that does it like that like that."

"I'm one of the three (tattoo shops) that have a 5 star rating in Nashville. We have a closed door policy. I don't do walk-ins.  There's no interruptions when I'm tattooing somebody, that kind of makes me different."

And then, there's the band.

"Metal Foot is an intergalactic inter-dimensional parody rap/rock group."

I asked him if he's a big fan of aliens and UFOs (I myself am completely addicted to the TV show "Ancient Aliens." But alas, he says he's not a UFO fan like me.)

Instead he says, "No, no, our band's just from a different dimension."

Onstage, Luke dissolves and "The Puppet Master" appears, an other worldly deity that is 400,000 years old with a band from another realm who are disguised as pop culture icons.

"When we're on stage you're sitting there looking at Black and White Jesus, a Carebear etc."


"Whodathunk" is the bands new album.

Thrasher says though "My favorite track is 'It's just a puppet show.'"

You can watch "It's Just a Puppet Show" on Youtube.

Thrasher and the guys...errr creatures...err your favorite pop icons...or whatever magic happens on stage, well, they're exited for releasing the song "Drugs."

Thrasher says, the bad is "Anti-hardcore drug addiction but instead is about the sacred use of drugs and universal respect."

"We teach not to be addicted...We just kinda church in the bar."

"You've never heard of anything like this before."

When asked if there were any other things he wanted to add, Thrasher or The Puppet Master, I'm not exactly sure which one I was speaking to at this part of the conversation, said that he wanted to leave you with these gems:

"It's very important for people to know that they were born free and no one has the right to take that away from them."

"The squatty potty is  a new technology that came out, most American's need one."

And with a flash, the bright wisdom of Luke Thrasher/The Puppet Master leader of the Band called Metal Foot/genius tattoo artist was gone.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Indie Ville TV #133 Stagger Moon and "She's Got to Leave" An interview with Lead Singer Ky Brazelton

Written by  K.L. Graham

Stagger Moon comprised of lead singer and rhythm guitarist Ky Brazelton, drummer, Stevie Counts, former drummer turned bass player, Clark McClain, and Ken Huddleston on lead guitar hails from Middle Tennessee and has been wowing audiences far and wide.

With a group of guys this talented, I asked Ky what Brotherhood means to him and the band.

"Brotherhood is when you learn to love someone.  I've got coworkers and family I consider brothers. ..It's when trials and tribulations go out the door." As for the band, Brazelton says:  "It's like we are brothers. We try to practice every Wednesdaynight. If we miss those Wednesdays, we miss our camaraderie.  Everybody's personalities just click.  I really love playing with these guys."

On his favorite thing about music Ky says "It's a good escape, well you know it can be communication.  I just have a natural love for it.  It's hard to put it in words, but it's always been there for me."

Wordless, like how his love for music makes him feel may also be how the band's latest long "She's Got to Leave" started, but certainly is not how it ended up.

"The story behind it is we were doing the live recording, John Williams was recording it for us.  We hit it in one lick.  We had the music but no words, we went back in and I started to sing to it, and it just worked."

Armed with his team of brother musicians and his own skills at improv songwriting, "She's Got to Leave" was born.

Brazelton says "'She's Got to Leave' not she had to." Turns out his bit of song turned into a trilogy.

"The EP is a trilogy of songs about a young girl named Rogue who gets to travel the world and not miss home.  The world is her oyster."

Somewhere between a concept album and just a good old fashioned country song, the EP's gem "She's Got to Leave" hits home.

Stagger Moon's sound according to Ky:  "It's got soul in it, country, Americana, with a dash of rock n' roll" is Southern Alternative at it's best.

"She's got to Leave" would fit right in alongside a Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson playlist with it's soulful sound and jolt of country rock.

As for being nominated for best song Ky says "I appreciate the nomination" and says he's a big fan of last winners and nominees including the Dead Deads and Angie Brooks.

This year, Ky's fellow band members are up for best Indie Drummer and Guitar Player.

"We love it, it's a passion."

Aside from making music, the guys also are passionate about helping out fellow Middle Tennessee Bands.

"We do a program called SLIM. We help support local independent music and bands needing help booking gigs. It's a non profit and we have a Facebook page.  We try to line up as many local bands as we can and all it is is a phone call for us."

To see the work of SLIM (@Support Local Independent Music) just visit:

And to catch up on where you can hear "She's Got to Leave" both online and on stage you can check out: and on Twitter @staggermoonband and on Instagram: @stagger_moon

Indie Ville TV #132 Adam Searan Fusing pop singer/songwriting with country essence

Written by Andrew

Rooted in country and Christian music Adam Searan has been playing music since childhood. You will more than likely catch him playing a one man acoustic set as he tends to take the simple, yet very effective, approach to live performance. Not only is Adam nominated for Indie Ville TV's Indie Country Artist/Group award, but has been recognized extensively for his songwriting, including receiving the grand prize in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. The singers' authentic passion and straight forward lyrical content will only ensure future success, and after stealing a few moments of the artists' afternoon, he shows no signs of slowing down.

Indie Ville TV: We wanted to start with a little bit of background, were you raised in a musical household?
Adam Searan: Yeah, my family's pretty musical, when I was growing up my dad was playing guitar, doing sessions and stuff. My dad ended up quitting. But yea we've always been really musical.

IVTV: Was it country music or variety ?
AS:  A variety, but predominantly country music or Christian music, when I was growing up we didn't really have the option to  listen to anything else besides Christian or country. I discovered rock n roll on my own later.

IvTV: Right on, I'm sure others share that story. So were you raised in Nashville or were you a transplant?
AS: Well, I was born in Ohio and my parents were divorced, but all my memories are here. My dad lived in Nashville so I pretty much grew up here, then later on when he got custody of me, ya know, I graduated here, went to school here, went to church here you know, all that stuff. So I pretty much grew up here.

IVTV: Very cool, so when did you start playing?
AS: I started playin when I was eleven.

IVTV: Eleven, so when was the first glimmer of success that let you know this is what you wanted to do?
AS:  When I was probably about fifteen I put out my first, its so cheesy man, I put out my first christian record-

IVTV: -of originals?
AS: Yeah, it was my first Christian record of originals, and it was just me and a drummer, that was it. It did really well, lots of people bought it, I played lots of shows, and ya know one thing lead to another and it kept growing and growing. I kinda knew that I wanted to do music full time when I heard Oasis's Wonder wall on the radio. I had always been singing and playing and dabbling and stuff, but then that's when I knew I had to do this, ya know what I mean?

IVTV: Right on, yes, so did Oasis convert you from the Christian music to the rock 'n roll?
AS: Ya know actually it wasn't that they converted me from the Christian music to the rock 'n roll they just made me think that there was something bigger there than Christian music, and that the world was a lot bigger than the church choir. It didn't make me say like, "AHHH forget Christian music!" But it made feel like, "Hey there is a whole world out here that might be more receptive to something a little more real." Ya know?

IVTV: Would you say Oasis is your main influence on the music you play now?
AS:  AH heck yea, Oasis, David Gray, I'm a big fan of old country.

IVTV: Yeah, yeah Willie and Johnny Cash like that?
AS: Yeah but the thing is I'm that crazy dude who's like, "Hey! let's take some of these elements that these guys are doing and let's put a little Ed Sheeran on top."

IVTV: Totally, I hear that too, in the tunes.
AS: So my thing is, ya know, I just don't-  Music is like love, there are no rules. I think the laws of energy apply to music too, like energy can't be created or destroyed so i feel the same way about great songs. Were not creating or destroying great songs were just pulling from the songs that are out there and refining them ya know?

IVTV: Absolutely, you put that a great way, I dig it.
You're no stranger to award nominations you won the John Lennon Songwriters Award in 2014. Can you tell us a little about that experience, And how that felt?
AS: So, we, My team, had submitted the song. When something's submitted I get excited about it, but I just put it out there, let people vote, see how it goes. But I'm so busy all the time I often forget about it. So I woke up one day and I got this email, It was like, "HEY! you've won the grand prize!" and I was like " Whaat!?  So yea, and they hooked me up, dude, gave me some great studio equipment, so yea it was very cool an awesome experience.

IVTV: Very cool, To depart from music a bit do you have a favorite non musical activity?
AS: UM...

IVTV: Just in general...
AS: Ya know Im a very active gamer, I love to game, in fact right now my jam is playing PlayStation while on the fitness bike, so I built this fitness arcade situation in my house.

IVTV: That's a great idea.
AS: That or I would say cooking, I love to cook.

IVTV: You could take that finesse arcade idea and run with it, open some shops..
AS: Oh its freakin awesome, I'll tell ya about it at the awards show.

IVTV: I look forward to meeting you! Last but not least, what is up and coming for you? Are you in the studio, or just out playin gigs? Whats the deal?
AS: I'm in the studio, I'm working on a new record and tons of great artists on their records, I'm super excited about things that are happening right now, I'm working on a cool live show and yea I'm booking gigs, gotta get out on the road..

IVTV: You're all over the place..
AS: I'm all over the place! so, um, yea I mean just go to, and I did that because before you tell people Adam Searan and there's like five million ways to spell it so I am the band, Basically in country music I kinda am doing what Ed Sheeran does for pop,I play acoustic shows, I don't travel with a band, and that's always been since I was a kid, That's always been my fans' preference so I wanna stay true to that and I'm sticking to it.

IVTV: Right on, well Adam it was nice talking with you and I'll see you at the awards show.
AS: You will, and if have any more questions give me a shout.
There you have it, Indie Country Artist/Group nominee Adam Searan. Officially catch him at   and it couldn't hurt to like his Facebook page if it's your jam. Keep in mind Voting for the 3rd Annual Indie Ville TV Awards ends on April 4, 2017. Until next time, cheers!

Indie Ville TV #131 Cameron McCasland and The Beast in the Cave

Written by K.L. Graham    

I've been making both feature and short films for twelve years. I've made twenty plus shorts, I produced features, I did a tv  show for so long... "Doctor Gangreen's Creature Feature."

With a resume like that and a long list of awards, Cameron's kept on creating, this time with H.P. Lovecraft's "The Beast in the Cave."

What made him choose this material?

"Honestly, one of the biggest reason is because we had a location we could do it.  I found this cave about ten years ago on set."

McCasland, eager to get new work out also wanted to turn out new material quickly and with as much artistry as possible.

"Larry Underwood our producer wanted to do something fairly quickly...I have in the past taken a lot of time. I want everything to be perfect but there's something to be said about being quick on the turn around. I'm really proud of how this turned out."

Not only was a simple to story to build a great short film on, but H.P. Love Craft has a built in fan base, and with McCasland's experience with "Doctor Gangreen's Creature Feature" it was a chance to work with a creature based story line, a small cast, and that gem of a cave he had found years ago.

"It was shot in a real cave in Tennessee, we had to backpack in to do it."

The cave, is on a farm lot north of Nashville, and the parlor scene was shot in Nashville proper, at the home of Patsy Cline's ill-fated pilot.

The short film was riddled with it's own horrors, bloodied knees, latex allergies, but through the hard work of the tight knit cast and crew, a piece of Lovecraft history was made.

"It played at both H.P. Lovecraft film festivals in both Providence Rhode Island and Portland Oregon. And it will show at the Nashville Film Festival. It's had a dozen film festival screenings and was nominated for an Emmy."

The film, shot with "just firelight and a couple of LED flashlights" weaves the tale of a traveler who finds something strange deep within a cave.

Not only is "The Beast in the Cave" in the running here at Indieville, Wynn Reichert played the lead role and is up for Indieville's Best Actor award, and the film's creature creator Chuck Angall for best makeup artist.

"Joe Drake is the same actor who was in the costume for Tailypo."

Tailypo won last year, and McCasland says about this year's IndievilleTV awards "We're really looking forward to it."

So are we, Cameron, so are we.

You can watch the spooky short film here:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Indie Ville TV #130 Lindsay Ross – Nominated for Actress of the Year

Written by Lillian  Rhine                                        

How long have you been in the film industry?              
I only recently started training and working in the film industry. I started acting in New York doing live theater. I moved to Nashville five years ago and started singing on the General Jackson Showboat. During that time I also decided to explore a different medium of storytelling and entertainment.

Can you tell us a little about some of the films you have been featured in?
“Take It All The Way” was by far one of the most enjoyable projects I have ever worked on. I’m a singer, so to be able to incorporate two loves into one film was wonderful. I’m excited about a new, more serious film I’m shooting at the end of March.

Was making film your first love? What other aspects of the film world interest you?
My first love was reading. I would read autobiographies and biographies about anyone, preferably everyday, unknown people. I’ve always loved figuring out what people do, why they do, how they do. When I met my husband he was a cinematographer and I became interested in film through that. However, I’ve always loved acting.

What is the most challenging thing about being an actress?
For me it’s that fine balance of caring enough and not caring too much. It’s being thick skinned and vulnerable.

If you could act alongside anyone, who would it be?
My immediate 13 year old reaction to this question is Leonardo DiCaprio. (Who’s kidding who, my adult self is saying the same thing. He’s a wonderful actor). But right now I’m really into Brie Larson’s work.

What is your process or quirks when you create?
This is weird and I’m honestly unsure why I’m sharing it but I like to rehearse in my bathroom with the lights off. Once I feel like it’s a little more in my body I will turn the lights on. Like a graduation.

Tell us about your best film experience.
“Take It All The Way” ignited a confidence in myself that I am truly thankful for. There’s nothing better than getting to collaborate and do something you love with your friends who inspire you on and off the set. It won Nashville’s 48 hour and went on to win top 12 and best song at Filmapalooza. We were also chosen to be screened at Cannes film festival. Couldn’t be more excited to go to France — Au revoir!!

Do you have any advice for upcoming artists?
This is going to sound cliche but I promise you it’s not. Be you. Just go to your bathroom, sit in there with the lights off, and turn the lights on when you figure it out.

Choose one of the following topics and give a “top five”:  food, cities, bands, movies, games
V for Vendetta
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
The Wizard of Oz

****Honestly though I’m feeling TV way more right now! Here’s my top TV shows.
This Is Us
House of Cards
Law and Order SVU

Is being Lindsay Ross the actor just a dream, a career, or a side gig?
Being Lindsay Ross the actor is a dream career. I’m thankful for every project. Each one, big and small, reminds me that I’m making a living in the industry I chose.

Instagram: lindsayrosstalks
Facebook: Lindsay Ross Davenport // Lindsay Ross
Snapchat: lindsayrossk
Twitter: lindsayrossk
Other: IMDB—

Indie Ville TV #129 Jamie Meyer Nominated for Indie Music Video of the Year

Written by K.L.Graham
Indieville Catches Up With Last Year's Swedeheart Jamie Meyer    

Jamie Meyer, one of Nashville's favorite Swede's is back with his new EP "Miss This Town."

We caught up with him and got a few answers on all the excitement for the new EP.

With songs like "Miss This Town," "Live to die another day, "Found Heaven on a Dirt Road," and "Somebody's Somebody" among others, Mr. Meyer does seem to have a favorite...

"My personal favorites changes on daily basis, but the response for Holy Ground To Me, is undeniable. It made an impact and connected with people all the way from Hising Island, Sweden (my home) to Long Island, NY!"

Jamie is excited to be back in Nashville recording with his friends at Omni Studios as well as all of his colleagues back home in Sweden.

 "It was recorded & Produced by Jimmy Mattingly & Johnny Garcia at Sound Emporium & Omni Studios in Nashville. Holy Ground & Miss This Town was recorded by Håkan Mjörnheim in Stockholm, Sweden. Also I have to give a big shout out to Jim Cooley who mixed most of the tracks!"

The biggest question though is, is the EP and title track about his beloved Nashville or Sweden?

Jamie says: "It's strange because at first it was obviously about my home town and tryin' to move on after the huge loss of my Grandparents. But lately it has become my Anthem for people and friends in Nashville. I always dedicate that song to Nashville in concert because moving to Music City helped in the healing process."

Healing through music and living it up in Music City has led Jamie to happiness, and acclaim. So what's next you ask?

 "Man, just go with the flow, Right! And enjoy the journey! I'm also planning on a Live Christmas EP 2017."

You can download "Miss This Town" on Spotify.  You can also see more of the Swedish heartthrob at and on instagram @jamiemeyermusic.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Indie Ville TV #128 Cody Rogers – Nominated Indie Film of the year

Written by Lillian Rhine

How long have you been a filmmaker?                        
I’ve been in the film industry for 4 years now. I started out as an actor and moved into the directing side 2 years ago.

Can you tell us a little about your nominated film?
“Take It All The Way” was created for the 2016 Nashville 48 Hour Film Project. For those unfamiliar with that, it’s a short film competition where filmmakers have 48 hours to write, film, and edit a 7 minute short film. I decided this year I wanted to take on the extra challenge of taking on a musical, so the songs were also written, recorded, and mastered within that same 48 hour time frame.

With the film, we got 16 award nominations and took home 6 awards including Best Director and Best Film. Because we won Best Film, we went to the 48 Hour Film Project’s international festival, Filmapalooza. While there, the film made top 12 out of 140 films and took home the Best Song award. The film will also be featured in the Short Film Corner at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
Was making films your first love? What other aspects of the film world interest you?
Looking back, I wish I would have realized years ago that film making is what I wanted to do. I grew up in a small town in Kentucky where film making wasn’t really a part of the community. When I moved to Nashville 5 years ago, that’s when I realized that there could be something there.
I’m also interested in the acting side of the film industry. If I had to pick between the two though, I think directing is more my forte. However, starting out as an actor, it’s helped me not only be able to better direct the talent, but I also know the best actors in Nashville that I’m able to handpick for my films.

What is the most challenging thing about being a filmmaker? Which is more difficult, writing or shooting?
I’m not much of a writer. I have story line ideas, but putting that together in a nice little story just doesn’t work for me. I did stand-up comedy for a period of time, so I know jokes. With that, I can punch up a script, but again, not so good with actually creating a story arc on my own.
With directing, the most difficult part is ALL decisions come down to you. “What color should the wall be?” “Where should this cup go?” Things that I never even thought about now become important parts of the process.

Who are some of your favorites in the industry now in regards to other filmmakers or actors?
I’m obsessed with David Fincher. His entire story about starting with commercials and music videos before going on to create some of the best films of our generation intrigues me. I’m also a huge fan of the Coen Brothers and how they setup their shots. Very rarely will you see an over the shoulder shot in a Coen Brothers film because they want you to feel like you’re in the middle of the character’s conversations; a tactic I now try and use in my films.

What is your process or quirks when you create films?
When I create films, the first thing I do is try and find the best way to visually tell the story. When I do this, I normally can picture exactly who I see in each role (whether it’s an actor I know, or an already known actor), so I get a type down. From there, it goes to breaking down the script and thinking up my shot list.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who chew ice… But in the industry, I’d say selfish filmmakers. I get it, it’s all about distinct personalities, but I am a very collaborative director. I enjoy getting feedback and ideas from my Director of Photography and it irks me when I’ve worked with people who is a “my way or the highway” type.

Tell us about your best film experience.
I’d say this film, “Take It All The Way” has been my best film experience. It was my first ever Best Film win and is my first film to go to Cannes. The entire process from start to finish was just a joy. In my opinion, 90% of my job as a director is getting the best team together. I had the most amazing team behind me that made it all possible. The leads, Alan Powell and Lindsay Ross are both phenomenal actors and singers (the main reason I decided to do a musical). Alan is also a great producer that helped get the music side of the film together.

Do you have any advice for upcoming artists?
Don’t wait; create your own content. There are so many affordable ways now to create your own content, there is no excuse to not constantly be creating. 

Choose one of the following topics and give a “top five”:  food, cities, bands, movies, games.
Top Five Movies:
— Zodiac
— No Country for Old Men
— The Wizard of Oz
— Mad Max: Fury Road
— Toy Story

Is being Cody Rogers the filmmaker just a dream, a career, or a side gig?
Right now, it’s still a dream, at least it still feels like I’m dreaming. While it’s not currently a full time gig, I can see that happening within the next few years.

We at IndieVille TV would like to thank you for letting us get to know Cody Rogers and congratulations on the nomination.

Indie Ville TV #127 Toran Turner –Nominated for Male Model

Written by Lillian Rhine

How long have you been a model?             
Well, I was the ugly duckling, which I thought through grade school. I was bullied because my enigma was different. I'm the black sheep in my community. At the age of 20 I became more accepting of my look and owned it ever since. So about 5 years now.

Was modeling and fashion something that always interested you?
I never in a million years thought  I'd pursue a modeling career.. but being a good person and believing in truth, love, and freedom in the path of healing friends family and the world, modeling is who I am naturally.  In every form and fashion.
I grew up wear hand-me-down clothes but would always up cycle them into new creations that fit my flow.

What is the most challenging thing about being a male model in the fashion world?
Well since I'm an UNISEX Model, so  it works out for me. Male or Female casting calls I attend both. And I'm bless to say I get more callbacks then turn downs now that I can transform into freedom naturally.

Who is your favorite model and why?
My favorite model is Aaliyah. She was known as a Singer-Model. Everything she did was natural and still able to be herself in anything she represented for. Being her own brand and image.

Do you prefer high-fashion or commercial print?
I love both but high fashion gives me more freedom to be the face of a new  creation of fashion trends.

What makes you tick?
My poised avatar energy and spirit. I turn heads in every environment. The peacekeeper.. the balance of human beings.

Tell us about your best modeling experience?
Honestly, this opportunity the IndieVille Awards is giving me the second time around. Last year I didn't win but to know my hard work is being seen around the city and then some. I'm forever grateful for this.

Do you have any advice for upcoming male models?
Enter your void. Be yourself. Don't over think and let go of your creation.

Choose one of the following topics and give a “top five”:  food, cities, bands, movies, games.
Top Five Foods:  Lasagna, Gumbo, Pot Stickers, Chicken Green Bean Casserole (Auntie Recipe), Grandma’s Turkey Dressing

Is being Toran Turner the model just a dream, a career, or a side gig?
It's a dream that I dreamt  of as child. Everything is like De ja vu now.
We at IndieVille TV would like to thank you for letting us get to know Toran Turner and congratulations on your nomination.

Instagram:  2ranUNLIMITED
Facebook:  2ranUnlimites
Snapchat:  Toranunlimited
Google Me:   "TORAN TURNER"

Indie Ville TV #125 Dead Deads – Nominated Alternative EP of the year

Written by Lillian Rhine

Tell us about the Dead Deads?       
The Dead Deads are comprised of a pair of best friends who came together for a girls' jam that turned into much more.  We explore sounds from 90's bands like The Pixies and Sonic Youth to more modern bands like the Foo Fighters and Mastodon, creating a diverse mix of drum-driven, hooky grunge, metal and punk music.  We've been creating music together for about 3 years now.

How did you come up with the name Dead Deads?
We started as a Dead Milkmen tribute band, but wanted to write our own music.  We liked wearing XX's over our eyes, and wanted to keep that "dead" branding.  There are several Dead _______ bands or the _________ Deads, so we decided on The Dead Deads.

Have you always wanted to do music?
Absolutely; several of us have been musicians for many years - it's our livelihood.

What is the most challenging thing about being an artist?
Probably the physical wear and tear on our bodies.

What was the inspiration behind your album?
For Your Obliteration was our second full-length album, and I think our motivation was to really find our musical genre, or where we best fit.  Our music is quite different than anything out there, and each song differing quite a bit from each other, but we attempted to find a common direction with the record.  Also, I think this goes for any artist, we were better musicians for this album, and we wanted a more challenging, rock-driven record and I think we achieved that, especially with Page Hamilton (Helmet) producing. 

What is your process or quirks when you create music?
We like to be a bit weird.  Anyone can write a catchy hook, and song structures can be really similar, but we like to think outside of the box for both.  We create music rather quickly in a room together, like the band has its own stream of consciousness. 

What are some of your guilty pleasures?
Haha, I'm not sure any of us are embarrassed by the music we like, even if it's Taylor Swift, or whomever (and we love her).  I can only speak for myself, but I (Billy, the drummer) tend to like pop music and some of the artists I like are not even close to being as heavy as our music is.

Tell us about your best performance.
I don't think we've had it yet, but we've had some great shows!  We played Webster Hall in NYC and that was a lot of fun, and I think we sounded great, too.  We've played a few festivals, but we headlined Chattanooga's Riverbend Fest in 2015 and that was one of our best shows.

Do you have any advice for upcoming artists?
Work VERY hard.  Review your own videos and get better.  Be honest to yourself and don't compromise that.

Choose one of the following topics and give a “top five”:  food, cities, bands, movies, games
I think the easiest is the movie category for me:  Mary Poppins, Aliens, Dumb & Dumber, Casino and Robin Hood (the cartoon one).

Is being Dead Deads the alternative group just a dream, a career, or a side gig?
Well, being a musician is all of our careers now.  And we're definitely living a dream being in The Dead Deads.  We're on a righteous mission here!

We at IndieVille TV would like to thank you for letting us get to know The Dead Deads and congratulations on your nomination.

Instagram:  thedeaddeads
Twitter:  thedeaddeads

Indie Ville TV #124 Tramaine Arte’mis – Nominated R&B EP of the year

Written by Lillian Rhine

How long have you been in the music industry?     
The Industry has always surrounded me; but I would say I started making my mark about six years, rather I was hosting my own Jazz show or singing, I just did it!

What was the inspiration behind your R&B project?
I like to think of my project as Contemporary and Smooth Jazz with a hint of R&B. The inspiration comes from Love and the divine connection that comes with it when it’s authentic. 

What is the most challenging thing about being an artist?
The most challenging thing for me is being too hard on myself, I have to step back sometimes and breathe and remember that perfectionism leaves no room for growth.

If you could create music with any other singers/musicians, who would you choose and why?
Although there are so many greats to choose from, I would have to say first off Quincy Jones, Michael
McDonald, Jazz Pianist & Producer Marcus Johnson; and Female Vocal Extraordinariness: Connie Florence, Diane Reeves, and Rachelle Ferrell. They are all rich in talent and each has qualities and uniqueness that I admire and learn from.

What is your process or quirks when you create music?
My process I would say is tapping into real issues of life and allowing the music to happen...Quirks? Cannot really think of any quirks, unless you count occasional writer’s block lol

What makes you tick?
When I have accomplished a goal and come to a true understanding of my true inner potential on what I am working on.

Tell us about your best performance?
My best performance was my CD release party for “Connected” The energy in the room was beautiful! Having family and friends locally and out of town definitely drove me to a higher place in my performance and it was a magical night of music.

Do you have any advice for upcoming artists?
Be Authentic and Attitude is everything. Moreover, keeping a positive spirit through your artistic journey will help you stay focused though the ups and the downs.

Choose one of the following topics and give a “top five”: food, cities, bands, movies, games
Food: Some of my Favs are:

5-Fresh to Order
4-Ghot Wings
3- Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint
2- Sicilian Pizza
1- Virago

Is being Tramaine Arte’Mis the artist just a dream, a career, or a side gig?
Tramaine Arte’Mis is who I am inside and out. My vision as an artist is reality. My gift is a reality therefore, I strive to elevate and evolve allowing my gift to work for me letting it take me where I am meant to go with it.

Instagram: @tartemis777
Facebook: @TArteMisMusic

Indie Ville TV #123 Micah Dean – Nominated for Comedian of the Year

Written by Lillian Rhine

How long have you been a comedian?
It has been 4 years this month!

Was doing comedy something that always interested you?
Always, it was never a bucket list thing…it was a why haven’t you started doing this yet.

What is the most challenging thing about being a comedian?
Writing a good joke.

Who is your favorite comic and why?
Greg Giraldo. Intelligent, loud and the quickest guy in the room.

What is your process or quirks when you create comedy bits?
When I have a new joke I’m working on I go to this empty room in my house. I’ll post pictures of anyone whoever broke up with me or pictures of smurfs on the walls and then turn off the lights. I’ll do the new joke and shout and stuff and then turn on the light. If I can look at the photos and still feel horrible then I know I’m on to something.

What makes you tick?
Comics who take themselves too seriously.

Tell us about your best performance?
Haven’t had it yet. But one time in Kentucky a woman liked a joke so much she bought me a coke. That was pretty great.

Do you have any advice for upcoming comics?
Embrace the bomb. Bombing is a thing that happens no matter how long you have been doing it, don’t be afraid just embrace it when it happens, learn from it and repeat.

Choose one of the following topics and give a “top five”:  food, cities, bands, movies, games.
Top Five Bands:  Nerf Herder, Nirvana, Turbo Negro, The Bronx, Deftones.

Is being Micah Dean the comedian just a dream, a career, or a side gig?
A way of life!

We at IndieVille TV would like to thank you for letting us get to know Micah Dean and congratulations on the nomination.

Instagram:  deanspirit
Twitter:  micahdean

Indie Ville TV #122 Kamber Cain – Nominated for Indie Music Video

Written by Lillian Rhine

What was the inspiration for your nominated music video?

We all have had past relationships. We all have had that one ex that never completely goes away. We may run into him/her periodically or may run across something, like a color, a truck, a song, etc. that immediately triggers a memory and gives us a flashback of that person. I wanted to create a song that was relatable to everyone and that inspired the creation of the song “I Don’t Think Of You!” The song then blossomed into the nominated music video.

Was this your first music video experience?

No, this was actually my 3rd music video experience. Each experience has been so different but all so much fun. I would love if you would spare a few minutes out of your day and also watch my other two music videos.

Have you always wanted to do music?

Yes, Music has always been a passion of mine ever since my first stage debut at the young age of 3 years old. I absolutely fell in love with music and have chased my dream since. It not only allows me to share with the world my love of music, but I also get to travel to new places and meet new, awesome people along the way.

What is the most challenging thing about being an artist?

Being an independent artist definitely has it challenging moments. Establishing a large fan base and working endlessly to promote myself is tough. It is a very competitive field. There are so many talented artists in this world!

Who are some of your favorites in the industry now?

Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift, LoCash, Chris Young and the list could go on and on.

 What is your process or quirks when you create music?

 I like to think about experiences I have had, experiences friends or family have had or just things I observe in the world around me and write about it. Then, I transform those ideas into songs. I like to make songs that are relatable to everyone whether it is 3 minutes of forgetting about the world around us, 3 minutes of reflecting back on memories, 3 minutes of a feel good song, etc. I feel like I am doing my job right then if a song can take you to a different place for just a little bit.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

People who bring others down. There is plenty of room in this world for everyone to excel and succeed. I wish everyone could support one another, build each other up and help each other in positive ways.

Tell us about your best performance.

 Every performance is special and unique to me. One that really stands out to me is “The Josie Awards” held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee in September 2016. I not only won the award for “Song of the Year” for “I Don’t Think Of You” but also got to perform in the Symphony Center for over 2,000 in attendance, including lots of talented indie musicians, fans, supporters, friends and family. It was truly a magical moment that I will never forget.

 Do you have any advice for upcoming artists?

           Never give up! If you truly love what you do, you can achieve anything! There will always be bumps in the road that will come about. If you fall down, pick yourself back up and try again. Rely on God and he will get you through anything. Believe in yourself. Surround yourself with others who believe in you and build you up! Ignore the mean people, negative people and haters. Be YOU and stay true to yourself and your dream! You can do it!

Choose one of the following topics and give a “top five”:  food, cities, bands, movies, games
  1. Stuffed Peppers
  2. Spaghetti
  3. Cheesecake
  4. Buffalo Wings
  5. Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets and Waffle Fries
  6.  Is being Kamber Cain the artist just a dream, a career, or a side gig?
           A dream and a career that I plan to never give up on.

We at IndieVille TV would like to thank you for letting us get to know Kamber Cain and congratulations on the  nomination.

Instagram:  KamberCain
Snapchat:  Kamber12
Twitter:  KamberCain

Indie Ville TV #126 LaQuita James -Nominated for Actress of year

Written by  K.L. Graham

"I'm from a small town in west Tennessee called Decaturville." Ms. James' voice carefully lilts on the other end of the phone.

Her gentle but sharp vocal cadence has landed her numerous voice over gigs.

"I think once I started doing the voice over work it made me a better actor."

LaQuita says and that the more she booked voice over work, it led her to more acting roles.

"I just started booking," she says, adding "It's (voice overs) advanced me in terms of character development." 

Her voice, combined with her beautiful and relatable looks combined with her ability to play feisty characters has garnered her roles on "Nashville" and "Still the King."

"My role on Nashville, I was an administrative assistant in a hospital and I was on 'Still The King' last August at a pool and spa depot."

Both characters are sassy office workers.  Laughing she says "I play a diva on tv, but I'm not one in real life."

In real life, LaQuita is a kind hearted, passionate, hard working actress.

She laughs saying "I don't sleep." Between her voice over work and acting roles, it's no wonder she doesn't have as much time for z's.

Ms. James also produces and stars on the web series "Three's a Pain."

"Right now we're about to start filming Season 2 and 3 of "Three's a Pain."

The comedy is centered around LaQuita's starring character Regina Williams and her two roommates. A modern day "Three's Company" if you will but with its own unique story. 

The comedy stars LaQuita James, Donnie Clark, and David Ditmore.

"It's my house we all live in. Don Clark's character comes in the middle. It's about us trying to cohabit without killing each other."

The show is a recipe for hilarity, but it's LaQuita's vision for a better, more well represented work in Hollywood and even regionally led her to create "Three's a Pain."

"For me especially, it is hard being a woman of color in the industry.  People don't necessarily see us as leads but as funny supporting roles. But I say 'Why not?' 'Why not let us be the leads?' So I said 'Let's write something." 

On both her own work on "Three's A Pain" and the last few years of the Oscars she says:

"Hopefully we see more work and opportunity."

Passionate and hopeful Ms. James' says "We still have work to do. The tides are changing. Let's make it inclusive; Let's not eliminate the possibility of minority."

After all, she reminds us, "Nashville is a huge melting pot." 

Not only that,  Ms. James says "it was the Queen of England who dubbed Nashville "Music City" after hearing a performance by The 5th Jubilee Singers." 

Now that's a story!

Maybe even the plot to her next web series?! 

I'm only hoping.

All of us here at Indieville are rooting for LaQuita.

Some day very soon LaQuita James' star is going to shine brightly along with great artists, her story making the passion of millions of other young girls just like her who dream of being a great actress a possibility, in both her work in commercial Hollywood and independently of it.

You can find out more about "Three's a Pain" here:

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Indie Ville TV #121 Antonio Sharp Nominated for Best Actor

Written by   K.L.Graham

Antonio Sharp hails from Cleveland TN. "That's where I'm at now."

The Cleveland TN native is nominated for Best Actor.

Having starred as "Calvin" in "In God's Hands" (2014) along side Omar Gooding and Keke Wyatt.

On his time working on the film he says: "It was eye opening. Seeing people that you watched on tv as a kid is an honor."

"In God's Hands" is a religious film but Sharp says that he is "principle based." He lives by "do unto others" and "being one with yourself."

On being nominated for Best Actor he says: "I was surprised. Actually a couple of my friends are nominated also."

Mr. Sharp credits collaborators Spencer Glover, Mike White, and Jay Sweet as people he looks up to in the Nashville scene.

"Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis is a great spot. We can be heard."

"I want in on every part of the scene" he says, chatting about branching out in comedy, writing, and music, along with his burgeoning acting career." 

As for influences, Sharp says "My parents of course, and Will and Marquita Thomas, Tim Ludie, Alvin Moore.  These people see me as a kid, I knew I wanted to do music but I wasn't grandmothers...These people are the reason why I'm doing what I'm doing. They showed me everything. They made it look like it was possible."

Sharp loves being an independent artist.

He says "You can be your own boss. You can do what you want and if that big break comes along you'll take it of course!"

Antonio says he's "big on staying educated, good vibes, and great people" as well as being committed to putting Nashville and fellow artists and collaborators on the map.

All I can say is, here at Indieville we are big on Antonio Sharp.


Saturday, March 4, 2017


Written by Lillian MacKenzie Rhine                

How long have you been a model?

I have been a model for over a year.

Was modeling and fashion something that always interested you?

Modeling has always interested me since I was a little girl.

What is the most challenging thing about being a model in the fashion world?

The most challenging thing about being a model is learning new poses and techniques; sometimes it can be very difficult.

Who is your favorite model and why?

My favorite model is Cara Delevingne because she is so bubbly and outgoing with her modeling. She has spunk and humor and  I love that. 

Do you prefer high-fashion or commercial print?

I prefer watching high fashion; however, I prefer doing commercial, due to my short height. 

What makes you tick?

There are many things that make individuals tick. I would like to think of mine as my attitude. I have a hard-head and it helps me keep pushing through when times get difficult.

Tell us about your best modeling experience?

My best modeling experience would definitely be the time I went to a Tribe Talent Management open call audition and got signed!

Do you have any advice for upcoming models?

For all of the models young and old, do not lose your spirit and your spunk. Do not become less confident in yourself. You are beautiful the way you are. Do not change yourself just to please someone. Change yourself because it pleases you and only you. Be flirty with the camera. Love yourself! 

Choose one of the following topics and give a “top five”:  food, cities, bands, movies, games
Cities – Paris, Manhattan, Milan, London, and Sydney.

Is being Dorian Renaie Dean the model just a dream, a career, or a side gig?

Being a model, for myself, is more about my dream. It goes deeper beyond just a career. It has always been a dream in the back of my mind and one day, I just decided to make it happen. Now, I am a model/actress with Tribe Talent Management in Nashville! Believe that you can do it and try your hardest and you can do it. I haven't backed down from any obstacles and I won't!
Indie Ville TV want to thank you for chatting with us today and congratulations on your nomination for Female Model of the Year.


Written by Lillian MacKenzie Rhine

How long have you been in the genre of Country music?

Realistically, I’ve only been in this genre for a year. My first concert was in August 2016, but I have come a long way in the short time doing so.

Is Country your only genre? Or your first genre of music? If not, what other genres have you participated in and what made you choose Country?

I actually used to tour with a Christian rock band named Ange Light. I met my friends and producers, Jake and Justin – formerly of We As Human, through Ange Light. I grew up in West Virginia and took influences from all genres so when the band decided to part ways, I had other songs I was working on and decided to roll with.

What is the most challenging thing about being a country artist?

It’s a whole new world from what I’m used to. Since I did rock for so long and I made most of my contacts and connections in that market, I more or less had to start from square one even though my approach has been the same.

If you could create music with any other singers/musicians, who would you choose and why?

I would love to do a track with Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood. My faith is a huge part of my life and I think Carrie and myself could do a great faith-based country song.

What is your process or quirks when you create music?

I actually write everything in my head before I touch an instrument. Sometimes the lyrics come first or the musical melody. But it usually is played out mentally while I sing into my phone recorder for reminders. I then demo out the instruments – everything from guitar, bass, banjo, drums to piano. I play a multitude of instruments which helps the writing process dramatically.

What makes you tick?

Music is something I wanted to do since I was five and first picked up a guitar. This is my passion along with my Christian faith. It drives me to put my whole heart into it.

Tell us about your best performance?

I like to think that I put everything into every performance. It’s hard to pick just one.

Do you have any advice for upcoming artists?

Don’t give up. Don’t take shortcuts. Take advice from those who are out there doing what you want to do. Stay humble and genuine in everything.

Choose one of the following topics and give a “top five”:  food, cities, bands, movies, games

Movies – Pirates of the Caribbean (all of them), Butterfly Effect, Anonymous, Swimfan, Disturbia

Is being Nathan King the Country artist just a dream, a career, or a side gig?

It is a career. I’m not stopping until the dream is accomplished. Then I’ll hit it even harder. I’m blessed enough to have a great team working with me and keep me motivated  when things get frustrating.
Indie Ville TV want to thank you for chatting with us today and congratulations on your nomination for Country EP of the Year.

Snapchat: Nkingcountry 
Twitter: nkingofficial