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DARYL C. WANG
TEXAS ALTERNATIVE ROCK BAND

“iMi”
NEW YORK PHOTOGRAPHER

JESSE DITTMAR
Southern California Progressive Fusion Band

WAIT FOR GREEN


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ON THE FRONT COVER
Image by New York Photographer Jesse Dittmar. CONTRIBUTORS & IMAGE CREDITS
WAIT FOR GREEN | IMI | DARYL C. WANG | JESSE DITTMAR

INTERVIEWS BY RUTH OMANYA

IMAGES: YAROMIR MLYNSKI | JESSE DITTMAR | JOHNATHON LIPKING

CHRISTOPHE WU | SCOTT GREGORY | TESTBOARD

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Dear Readers,
September is here, and so is our Septem-
ber 2010 Musician/ Photographer issue. In music
history, September 1st was the birthday of Engelbert
Humperdinck (1 September 1854 – 27 September
1921), a German nineteenth century composer, who,
despite of his parents disapproval of his plans of a
career in music, he pursued music and became a
famous composer. He is known for Hänsel und
Gretel (opera).
In this issue, we hope to carry on the same spirit of
self-belief and confidence in pursuit of what you are
passionate about. I’m thrilled to interview musicians
across the nation in this issue. Southern California
progressive fusion band, “Wait For Green”, Texas
rock band “iMi”, California song writer and music
producer Daryl C. Wang and New York photogra-
pher Jesse Dittmar.

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For aspiring musicians out there, listen to your heart,
believe in yourself, and never stop following your
dreams. Hope you find some words of encourage-
ment from the interviews and pieces of advice from
musicians in this issue.
Follow your heart!

Ruth Omanya

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WAIT FOR GREEN


Wait For Green” is known today for its progressive fusion of reggae, funk, alt-rock, jazz and hip-hop that
remains true to its roots. The unique cultural backgrounds and variety of musical influences from band
members Drew Dockerill, Rafael Britto, AJ Larson, and Danny Moreldege shape the core of “Wait For
Green's” refreshing style.

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Determined to continue their success, “Wait For Green” has already lit the
stage on fire in some of LA's hottest venues including: House of Blues, Saint
Rocke, Troubadour, Whiskey A Go Go, El Rey, The Viper Room, and more.
Day by day asserting their place in the Southern California music scene and
on the verge of a new EP releasing later this year, look for “Wait For Green”
to be invading the radio and homes of music lovers everywhere.

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BAND BIOGRAPHY

G rowing up in different cities throughout Florida, Southern California, and as far away as Rio de Janeiro,

“Wait For Green” is known today for its progressive fusion of reggae, funk, alt-rock, jazz, and hip-hop that remains true
to its roots. The unique cultural backgrounds and variety of musical influences from band members Drew Dockerill, Ra-
fael Britto, AJ Larson, and Danny Moreldege shape the core of “Wait For Green's” refreshing style. Thanks to connec-
tions between mutual friends, word of mouth, and sheer luck “Wait For Green” was formed in the Fall of 2006 at Florida
State University in Tallahassee, FL.

“Wait For Green” enjoyed massive success in Florida touring and having the pleasure to share the stage with the likes
of: The Wailers, Slightly Stoopid, Reel Big Fish, Cold War Kids, Blues Traveler, Authority Zero, The Expendables,
Rebelution, The Supervillians, and Passafire. After winning the National MEISA (Music and Entertainment Industry Stu-
dent Association) Battle of the Bands, finishing in the top 8 to open Langerado, radio rotation on Florida's major rock
and college stations (such as Clear Channel's X101.5, 103.1 The Buzz, and Florida College Radio), headlining shows
at some of the Southeast's premier venues, performing at SUNFEST 2009 and showcasing at the Florida Music Festi-
val; “Wait For Green” decided it was time to take the leap cross country to California and finally landed in Venice, CA in
the spring of 2010.

Determined to continue their success, “Wait For Green” has already lit the stage on fire in some of LA's hottest venues
including: House of Blues, Saint Rocke, Troubadour, Whiskey A Go Go, El Rey, The Viper Room, and more. Day by
day asserting their place in the Southern California music scene and on the verge of a new EP releasing later this year,
look for “Wait For Green” to be invading the radio and homes of music lovers everywhere.

“WAIT FOR GREEN”

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“WAIT FOR GREEN”
T o Start off, I want to say that it is
a great pleasure, honor and
privilege to interview New York
Photographer, Jesse Dittmar, Southern
RUTH: You have had many opportunities to work with
some amazing groups of musicians on stage. What
was that experience like and how did these opportuni-
ties find you?
California Band “wait for green”, New York
Rock band “imi” and, California song writer & WAIT FOR GREEN: Amazing! We were fortunate
producer Daryl C. Wang in this issue of enough to play with some of the bands that influence
our style. Bands that we grew up listening to and bands
Portfolio Fusion Magazine, September 2010.
that we are still listening to. A majority of the bands that
-Ruth Omanya came through Tallahassee needed support bands, and
we had great relationships with the venues and they
knew we could draw a solid crowd. Some of the other
bands had heard about us and asked us to travel around
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Florida with them. AJ also won a chili cook off contest
freshman year and was a pretty big celeb in Florida so he
RUTH: You all grew up in different corners of the coun-
had all kinds of hookups.
try and world, from Florida to California to as far as Rio
de Janeiro. How did you all meet and come together to
RUTH: What was the most memorable experience on
form the band?
stage, and how did it strengthen you as a band?

WAIT FOR GREEN: We all met at Florida State in the


WAIT FOR GREEN: SunFest 2009 was definitely one of
early years of college. It was pretty random. Actually
the most memorable and meaningful shows for us. It
Drew was looking to form a band and AJ lived down
was actually the day we were all suppose to graduate,
the hall. Rafael had lived with our old drummer, Derek,
but instead we drove down to SunFest and had the time
as a random roommate and everyone came together by
of our lives. It was there that we realized that this was
word of mouth and the quest to find fake IDs.
something we were all extremely passionate about and
wanted to do it for the rest of our lives. Either that or the
RUTH: How did you come up with the name “Wait
time when Drew pulled a "girl" on stage that had a big-
for Green”? What is the story behind the name of your
ger adams apple than the hulk... changed all our lives.
band?
RUTH: How has your decision to move to Venice, CA in
WAIT FOR GREEN: The name came from when Drew
2010 changed or influenced your success as a band?
saw the sign at a stop light like you see many places,
but to him it meant more than the literal. He saw the
WAIT FOR GREEN: After graduating we wanted to take
meaning as that good things will always come and to
our music to the next level and felt that Southern Cali-
stay positive no matter what your situation in life. Con-
fornia was the spot. We were just getting settled out here
trary to popular belief it has nothing to do with waiting
and we picked up Danny just a couple weeks after the
for a certain herb.
move. We have really grown and come to love the So
Cal music scene and look forward to a bright future
RUTH: What made you decide to fuse reggae, funk,
here.
alternative rock, jazz, and hip-hop in your sound?
RUTH: Which one of the band members is funniest and
WAIT FOR GREEN: Our sound is a mesh of all the
goofy, who is the quiet and reserved one, and who is
styles of music that we love and the artists that influ-
the serious one?
ence us.

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WAIT FOR GREEN: Rafael is definitely the
cocky jokester of the group. Drew is more
serious and dedicated. AJ is on the quiet side
if you don't know him. Danny is pretty re-
served as well.

RUTH: Other than lighting up the stages and


venues in southern California, have you con-
sidered getting your music played in movie
soundtracks?

WAIT FOR GREEN: We have had a couple


pilots and independent films use our music.
"Day One" was actually Christopher Nolan's
first choice for the theme music of
"INCEPTION," but was cut out at the last
minute.

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RUTH: Where do you see Wait For Green in 3-5
years from now as far as growth in the music
business?

WAIT FOR GREEN: Running our own label and


IMAGE BY JOHNATHON LIPKING

saving the manatees.

RUTH: What is new for Wait For Green—any


upcoming projects?

WAIT FOR GREEN: Building a tree house for


Danny... and we have a new EP due out later
this year that will have our best stuff yet.

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WAIT FOR GREEN
I basically would rap off easy guitar
chords. I started developing my voice and
began learning how to sing and play at a
more difficult level than I had ever experi-
enced. In 2009 when we recorded our “In
Motion” EP, we worked with producer
Matt Laplant from Bieler Bros. Records
(Skindred, Silent Film, and Nonpoint).
Matt really pushed my skills forcing me to
hit higher notes and be punchy with my
delivery. This is when I realized I really
had a great deal of vocal potential. It’s
something I work on every day and think
that I am really starting to understand what
I’m doing vocally.

RUTH: Where did you grow up?


DREW DOCKERILL

IMAGE BY JOHNATHON LIPKING


DREW: Miami, Florida.

RUTH: Who or what inspired you to sing-


LEAD VOCALIST ing?

DREW: People like Bradley Noel, Brandon


Boyd, Gwen Stefani, Bob Marley, and Jack
Johnson are really my biggest influences.
People like them had more than just a voice
but character and charisma that reverberat-
ed amongst the audience.
RUTH: How old were you when you discov-
ered your singing talents, and how did you RUTH: How have you grown as a singer,
embrace your talent? and what challenges have you encountered
as the lead singer?
DREW: I was around 15 years old when I
realized I wanted to sing. Since the age of 9 I DREW: My biggest challenge as a lead
always wanted to play lead guitar in a band but singer is myself. I try to push my limits and
after hearing “Middle Man” (a Jack Johnson thrive to always be evolving as a vocalist.
song) for the first time, I realized I wanted to
try to write my own songs and lyrics. I started RUTH: Who is your idol?
off fusing acoustic with a funky vocal delivery.
DREW: Bear Grylls

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AJ LARSON
IMAGE BY JOHNATHON LIPKING

BASS PLAYER
WAIT FOR GREEN

RUTH: Where did you grow up? RUTH: Did you have any influences?

AJ: I went to high school in a town called Punta Gorda on AJ: One bassist that really influenced my playing when I
the west coast of Florida. After graduating high school, I was younger was p-nut from 311. I remember my
moved to Tallahassee, Florida, where I met Drew and friend’s older brother showing me the slap bass intro on
Rafael. “What Was I Thinking.” I went home and kept trying to
learn it until I finally got it. He’s got a very percussive
RUTH: How did you learn how to play bass, and how
style, and you’ll find that a lot in my bass lines.
old were you when you discovered your talent?
RUTH: What challenges have you faced, and how have
AJ: My dad was the reason I got into playing music. He
you overcome them as the band’s bass player?
bought me a little electric guitar when I was five and
showed me how to play to play a couple chords and AJ: The biggest hurdle of our career so far has been mov-
scales. I took a couple lessons here and there when I was ing out to California together and trying to grow our
young, but when I turned nine, my dad suggested I try west coast fan base.
playing bass... I was instantly hooked. I played bass
throughout middle and high school in a couple of differ- RUTH: Who is your Idol?
ent bands. When I moved up to Tallahassee, I met drew
AJ: If I had to pick one person, I’d have to say my idol is
and we decided that we should begin a new project. The
Victor Wooten. The way he plays just blows my mind
result was “Wait For Green”.
and I would be happy if I could play half as well as he
can.

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RUTH: Where did you grow up?

RAFAEL: I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


and moved to south Florida at the age of 12.

RUTH: How did you learn how to play guitar,


and how old were you when you discovered
your talent?

RAFAEL: I picked up the instrument on my


own around the age of 14 and after playing for
a year I took jazz and classical guitar lessons to
further my skills.

RUTH: Did you have any influences?

RAFAEL: When I first started playing I was


influenced by Primus, Red Hot Chili Peppers,
and mainly old Incubus CD's (Fungus
Amongus, S.C.I.E.N.C.E).

RAFAEL BRITTO
LEAD GUITARIST
WAIT FOR GREEN
Nowadays I try to listen to as many bands as I
can because they all influence me in different
ways.

RUTH: What challenges have you faced, and


how have you overcome them as the band’s
lead guitarist?

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RAFAEL: I have never really faced challenges
as a guitarist besides attempting to spin my
guitar around my neck and not making the
back of my right calf bleed.

RUTH: Who is your idol?

RAFAEL: Whoever invented Crocs. Those


shoes are crazy!

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DANNY MORLEDGE
PERCUSSIONIST
RUTH: Where did you grow up?
IMAGE BY JOHNATHON LIPKING

DANNY: I was born in Bakersfield, CA but pretty much


grew up North Idaho, near Coeur d' Alene. Right before
starting high school I moved back down and have lived
here ever since - between NorCal and SoCal. I currently
live in Glendora and consider Santa Cruz somewhat of a
second home.

RUTH: How did you learn how to play drums, and how
old were you when you discovered your talent?

DANNY: My parents gave me a toy drum set for Christ-


mas right before my seventh birthday. I started out by
basically just putting on different CD's and bashing away.
Needless to say, the plastic heads and cheap cymbal did-
n't last very long, and I was given a "real" drumset a
month or two later. I have taken lessons on and off since
then but consider myself more self-taught than other-
wise.

RUTH: Who inspired you? RUTH: Who is your Idol?

DANNY: My inspiration has come from countless DANNY: In terms of drummers, the idol of my early
different sources along the way, but it's safe to say days was Will Denton, who was playing with a Chris-
that my mom's been my single biggest encourager tian band called D.C. Talk at the time. He currently
and source of inspiration throughout the years. plays with LeAnn Rimes. I don't know that I can
name just one current idol, but at the top of my list of
RUTH: Do you have other hidden talents other favorite drummers are those who not only play well
than being a drummer? but also sing and write (or vice-versa) - drummers like
Dave Grohl, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Brian Blade,
DANNY: I can whistle out my eye. Also, I kick a Taylor Hawkins, Nate Wood...the list goes on.
pretty mean hacky sack.

WAIT FOR GREEN


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“Wait For Green” enjoyed massive success in Florida
touring and having the pleasure to share the stage with the
likes of: The Wailers, Slightly Stoopid, Reel Big Fish, Cold
War Kids, Blues Traveler, Authority Zero, The Expendables,
Rebelution, The Supervillians, and Passafire. After winning
the National MEISA (Music and Entertainment Industry Stu-
dent Association) Battle of the Bands, finishing in the top 8
to open Langerado, radio rotation on Florida's major rock
and college stations (such as Clear Channel's X101.5, 103.1
The Buzz, and Florida College Radio), headlining shows at
some of the Southeast's premier venues, performing at
SUNFEST 2009 and showcasing at the Florida Music
Festival; “Wait For Green” decided it was time to take the
leap cross country to California and finally landed in Venice,
CA in the spring of 2010.

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IMAGE BY JOHNATHON LIPKING

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PAST AND FUTURE
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Beach, CA

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SONG WRITER & MUSIC PRODUCER

DARYL C. WANG
IMAGE BY CHRISTOPHE WU

“ I started writing music

when I was fourteen, mainly

to impress a girl I liked.”

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BIOGRAPHY
D aryl C. Wang (aka NIN9) represents the up and coming generations of popular entertainment. Having pro-

duced for notable artists such as Eurovision 2008 Finalist Michelle Purvis and Hong Kong TVB entertainer Vincent Wan
(溫 家恆),Wang began an early career at the age of 16. Wang’s music reflects his diverse musical background.
Learning the violin at the age of six and later picking up the piano and guitar, Wang brings a fresh take to the expanding
pop genre.
Wang has produced and performed for clients internationally while simultaneously pursuing a BM in Music Composition
at the University of Southern California. In 2008, he wrote, produced, and performed in Singapore for MediaCorps Chan-
nel 5 television show, Singapore OK! which featured artists Jones Shi, Damon Yeoh, Ein Ein, and Brenda Chan. Wang
also worked on the charity album Ode to Joy, featuring many notable artists such as Singapore Idol Contestant Anson
Goh and Wayne Erh. In the summer of 2009, Wang interned in Hong Kong under the guidance of critically acclaimed
producers Hanjin Tan and Alex Fung for The Invisible Men. In Hong Kong, he worked with several artists including TVB
Host Benji Chiang and new artist Vincent Wan. In 2010, Wang signed a production deal with Miami-based Golden Leaf
Records, producing several tracks for Norwegian artist and Eurovision Finalist Michelle Purvis. Wang is currently produc-
ing for LA-based R&B artist Rudo and hip-hop artist Krazy Irv.
In addition to production, Wang has a strong performance career being versatile in both vocal and instrumental perfor-
mance. In 2008 he performed in Singapore at Clarke Quay’s Lunar Bar & Lounge for the debut of the Ode to Joy Charity
Album. In the same year, he performed in the Artchemist Music Video for Media Corp Channel 5. Since then, Wang has
recorded and released three tracks under the alias of Beat NIN9 with one of the freshest new MC’s on the scene, Bone.
In 2010, Wang performed at the KCET Asian American Awards Red Carpet Event.

Daryl c. wang
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IMAGE BY CHRISTOPHE WU

Wang has produced and performed for


clients internationally while
simultaneously pursuing a BM in Music
Composition at the University of
Southern California. In 2008, he wrote,
produced, and performed in Singapore
for MediaCorps Channel 5 television
show, Singapore OK! which featured
artists Jones Shi, Damon Yeoh, Ein Ein,
and Brenda Chan.

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My MUSIC BACKGROUND

IT STARTED WITH impressing a girl...


But, STILL DOING IT FOR LOVE for MUSIC...

I started writing music when I was fourteen, mainly to impress a girl I liked. Her name was Tian and she
was an amazing pianist, a great songwriter, and she could sing the hell out of a Jay Chou song (arguably
the king of Chinese pop). So I plotted and schemed and decided to learn how to play “Qing Tian” on the piano, one of his
more popular songs, in an attempt to win her recognition. Well, I learned the damn thing and played it for her. I remem-
ber distinctly how she took over the keys and instantaneously played the same thing I just spent hours learning by ear. I
wasn’t sure if I was in love with her or her skill, but whatever. I had to be able to do that.
We became good friends and we would share our compositions with each other. We never got together, but hey: when
you’re fourteen, life goes on and I just discovered (unknowingly) that music would become my life’s goal. I spent the next
couple years sharpening my new-found piano skills and exploring the Chinese music scene. I eventually took on an in-
ternship in Singapore at a small studio where I learned the basics of recording and production. From then on, I took what
I knew and embraced all types of music – hip-hop, pop, house, shoe gazing, classical – you name it. I went from song-
writer to producer. After another internship in Hong Kong I moved to LA for school, and since then have been working in
the popular music scene there. If you’re familiar with LA music, it’s a lot of Top 40, club, and progressive everything. It’s
alive and almost everything is accepted. I’m currently working on five projects simultaneously, in genres ranging from
Britney Spears pop to Trey Songz R&B. It’s busy but I love what I do. My philosophy in music is really to do what you
think sounds good. Of course you’re going to be influenced by what you grew up with. But whether that may be rap, rock,
pop, or all of the above, you have a unique set of ears that you have to trust.

DARYL C. WANG

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“I’m currently working on five
projects simultaneously, in
genres ranging from Britney
Spears pop to Trey Songz R&B.

It’s busy but I love what I do. ”


Daryl C. Wang
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DARYL C. WANG
GUITARIST
SONG WRITER DARYL C. WANG

PRODUCER
DARYL C. WANG PIANIST VIOLINIST
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IMAGES BOTH PAGES BY CHRISTOPHE WU

RUTH: You have a vast background


in music from classical music, song
writer, to producer. How did that
evolve?

DARYL: For the majority of my life,


music was something I took largely
for granted. I just practiced violin
because for as long as I can remem-
ber it was what I did. It was really
only when I started to apply for col-
lege through their music programs
that I realized, hey: I’m actually go-
ing to commit my whole life to music.
No turning back since then.

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RUTH: What influences have you had with hip-hop, RUTH: Where did you grow up?
pop, house, shoes gazing, and classical, and how did
you embrace them? DARYL: Although I was born in Texas, I moved to the
bay area when I was just 6 months old. So yeah, I grew
DARYL: I kind of had two versions of me going on at up there for most of my childhood. Even so, I often
the same time while I was growing up. On one hand, I moved between cities, staying in Fremont, Palo Alto,
studied violin at the San Francisco Conservatory, per- and then Orinda, mainly because my mom was relent-
formed with private orchestras around the bay area, less in transferring me to constantly better schools. And I
and sang in my school choir. On the other hand, I was a really have to thank her, because most of my growth as
hip-hop addict that pumped Lil Wayne’s “Carter 3” an individual happened because I had to deal with new
while driving around Palo Alto and Orinda, my child- situations all the time. If you think about the stress there
hood towns. I guess you could call that my alter-ego, is in first going to high school, I went through seven
NIN9. But in the past year I’ve really learned to love all different schools for my K-12 education.
types of music. Studying contemporary classical music
at USC really opened my mind to composers like RUTH: What was the most memorable experience in the
Gorecki and Crumb. I can’t say I love all of it, but al- music business, and how did it strengthen you as a mu-
most all of it is interesting. And if you haven’t heard sician?
music from either composer before, check it out. It real-
DARYL: My most memorable experience in the music
ly makes your hardest rock and most progressive trance
business was also my biggest lesson. When I was eight-
easy to take in. Once I take it in, I digest it no matter
een, I took on a summer internship in Singapore at a
how far out it may seem. And a lot of the time, I find
small, independent studio called Walkwork. There, I
that the more unusual pieces are the ones that inspire
quickly learned the basics of arranging and producing. I
me the most.
was young and definitely over confident and ended up
RUTH: Who are some of the musicians you have taking on the task of producing an entire charity album
worked with, and how were those experiences? under the guidance of my boss. I produced for six artists,
all from different backgrounds. Anson Goh was a Singa-
DARYL: The best experiences I have working with mu- pore Idol contestant, Damon Yeoh (who ended up be-
sicians are when the energy in the studio is just right. coming my really good friend and mentor in a way) was
There are no arguments, only discussions, and there is a and still is a vocal coach and music school manager, Tay
sense of respect in the atmosphere. The thing about cre- Kewei and Ein Ein are rising stars; you should definitely
ativity is that it’s a sensitive subject, so a lot of people check out their music. Anyway, the whole project kind
tend to tread lightly. But I think that’s totally wrong. A of missed target in a way. The quality wasn’t there. Not
lot of criticism is passive aggressive and that just going to point any fingers - really it was my own irre-
doesn’t feel good. I’m currently working with an R&B sponsibility in overestimating my own ability. But this
artist named Rudo and I love the way we work. Usually experience was also the first time I made friends within
him and I and his manager Joe will spend an evening at the Chinese Pop industry and I felt like I sort of be-
my studio doing what we need to get done. I make the longed to the “music business”. I had, and still have, a
instrumental first which is often times based off of lyri- long way to go, and that experience always reminds me
cal and melodic content Rudo came up with prior. He’ll to be humble no matter what type of success comes my
later lay down demo vocals so that all three of us can way.
review the song. If we like it, we go on and record the
final version at my friend Dave’s studio, In Fidelity. If
we don’t, then it’s back to the lab.

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DARYL: I want to be like Kanye! Just kidding...well, sort
of. Aside from all the drama, he produces, writes, and per-
forms his own stuff and everything he does is unique and
creative. I hope to first establish myself as a super produc-
er and then branch back into performing, reviving my hip-
hop duo Beat NIN9. My primary goal right now is to sign
to a major label or distributor as a producer in order to get
access to their client roster. That way, if I have a beat I
want to pitch to, let’s say Rihanna, I could directly send it
to her camp without having to go through too many mid-
dle men. I have confidence in my work and in my manag-
er. We’re sending out my portfolio by the end of the
month along with a brand new website to showcase my
work. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

RUTH: What is new for you - any upcoming projects?

DARYL: I’m working with Rudo on a crazy club track.


Think Tiesto meets Kid Cudi. I’m also working with a
Chinese singer on her EP. Since it’s still in it’s early stages,
I don’t want to discuss too much about it now, but look
for updates on my site in the future.
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RUTH: Who is your idol?

DARYL: I look up to and respect a lot of people. Dark-


child, Kanye West, MGMT to name a few. From the dance
side, Tritonal, Kaskade, Jochen Miller, and of course Ar-
min. My friend Jones Shi who’s doing his own thing in
Asia now. His new EP is the BOMB.
RUTH: Do you consider yourself a music writer, produc-
er, or just a musician? RUTH: Now that you are older and not “14” anymore,
would you learn to play an instrument to impress a girl?
DARYL: All of the above. At school I write notes. At
home I make beats. And outside, I perform. DARYL: If she’s worth it, why not? I think it’s kind of ro-
mantic.
RUTH: How old were you when you started playing
piano, and do you still play? RUTH: What advice would you give aspiring musicians?

DARYL: I don’t really know exactly when I started. I just DARYL: Love what you do, not the fame or glamour. It
kind of picked it up in high school because there was a makes the potential downturns in your career a lot more
piano lying around in the house. It started with small tolerable. Also, network like it’s your profession. Learn
things, like wanting to play a certain pop song and end- from your social mistakes to better your position in the
ed up in composition and improvisation. And by the future. I can’t stress enough how many opportunities
time I entered college, I was playing Chopin nocturnes were created for me because I initiated conversation at a
and Debussy preludes. gig or while waiting in the studio. And lastly, never have
the attitude that the people you work with are just busi-
RUTH: Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years from now
ness.
as far as growth in the music industry?

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RUTH: Can you play guitar? If so, how long?

DARYL: I’ve played guitar for a couple years, but I


haven’t pursued it aggressively. It’s more for my
own enjoyment. But my cousin can shred on his
guitar. He’s got a band in Taiwan called Iron Bana-
na. If I remember correctly they won a pretty big
competition there a couple years back.

RUTH: What challenges have you faced in the mu-


sic business and how have they helped you grow?

DARYL: Last summer I interned under Tan Hanjin


and Alex Fung, both renowned producers in Hong
Kong, producing beats, and editing vocals. Work-
ing for them was by far the biggest but hardest step
I took in production. They were strict but fair and
didn’t tolerate amateur work. They pushed me to
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be the best I could be, or rather, they really didn’t


give me any other option. It was either deliver or
go home. They explained to me the depths of mix-
ing, vocal editing, and allowed me to observe their
work. One time I even accompanied Hanjin as his
personal assistant to an interview he had at DADA
Bar. That was fun! Oh yeah - and I was also the
mail man, delivery man, and go-to boy. But it was
discipline, and I needed it.

RUTH: If you were to have your dream opportuni-


I know the common thing to do is to separate
ty to work with a musician in the industry, who
personal relationships and business, but
would you wish that musician to be and why?
realistically, that rarely happens in the music
industry. You have to build a team of people – DARYL: Kanye. Have you heard “Power”? That is
everyone from songwriters, producers, artists, a bomb track.
and managers – that you can trust. That’s your
crew, that’s your entourage, and it’s a beautiful
thing! -Daryl C. Wang

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“iMi”
iMi, the high-energy, Texas-born-and-bred, alternative rock band, will grab your attention with their all-original mix of hard-driving
rock and acoustic melodies. Formed in 2007, its members are Chris Roberts on Lead Vocal and Guitar, Matthew Gene on Bass
Guitar, Brady Hamilton on Drums, and Adrian Kindred on Lead Guitar.

iMi has been inducted into the Curtain Club's "Hall of Fame" in Dallas, receiving special recognition for their sell-out shows and
amazing talent. Presented with a plaque honoring them for being one of the top-drawing bands, their autographed portrait is on
display with some of Texas' greatest recording artists such as Pantera, Bowling for Soup, Drowning Pool, Pat Green, and The
Toadies.

This crowd-pleasing band is no stranger to playing with national acts. Taking first place in a Battle of the Bands competition, iMi was
granted the opportunity to open for The All-American Rejects. Other national acts iMi has played with include Puddle of Mudd, Eve
6, Candle Box, Saliva, Faktion, Deaf Pedestrians, & Edgewater, to name a few.

iMi was selected to showcase at the Texas Festivals and Events Association (TFEA). They have also performed at the "Red, White
and Boom Festival" in McKinney, Texas; at the American Airlines Center during the Pre-Game show for Dallas Mavericks and
Houston Rockets fans; and, recently played their second appearance at the Texas Rockfest in Austin during the famed South by
Southwest Festival in 2010.

Appearing on several NBC Morning Shows throughout Texas, iMi continues to gain attention. They have secured sponsorships from
national companies such as ESPN, LA Fitness, and many others. The band is passionate about the work they do in their
community. They have launched charity concerts and donated a percentage of the proceeds from their downloaded songs to
support At Risk Teens for Children's Medical Center.

Their latest album, Halo, was produced by Grammy-nominated Alex Gerst and is available on iTunes. For more information visit
their websites at www.imirocksnow.com and www.myspace.com/imirocks - IMI

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RUTH: What does your band name “iMi” stand for, and

LEAD SINGER how did you come up with the name?

iMi: It stands for Individualism-for individuals standing


alone. We were a 3-piece band back then and we knew
CHRiS ROBERTS we were 3 different individuals so we came up with three
letters “iMi”
RUTH: How did your band come together? What is the
story behind “iMi”?

iMi: The bass player Matthew Gene and Chris Roberts


(lead singer) started from an ad from the newspaper of
wanting to put a band together. Over the course of 6 or 7
years we went through several players until we met Adri-
an Kindred, the guitar player and the drummer Brady
Hamilton. Now we have the right sound.

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RUTH: How long have you been working together as a
band?
BASS PLAYER
iMi: 3 to 4 years.
RUTH: Have you had an opportunity to work on stage
with other rock bands?
MATTHeW GENE
iMi: Yes, National Acts like Puddle of Mudd, Candle Box,
The American Rejects, Saliva, Eve 6, and Edgewater.
RUTH: What was the most memorable experience during
your past performances?

iMi: Getting off stage at Midwest Rock Fest and seeing a


line of people waiting for our autographs.
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DRUMMER
BRAdY HAMILTON

RUTH: What challenges do you face living in Texas as a


professional rock band, and how have you embraced
those challenges?

iMi: Creating enough revenue to play at our level and


making sure that everything at show time runs smoothly.
Hearing a lot of promises from people and being let
down, but we were able to get over disappointments and
keep going.
RUTH: Which of the band members is the most outgoing
and why?

iMi: Chris Roberts-lead singer and Matthew Gene-bass


player are both very outgoing. The are on the move daily.
After shows they would shake hands, sign autographs,
take pictures, and meet the fans.

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RUTH: Which of the band members is more reserved
and why?

iMi: Adrian Kindred-guitarist is the most reserved; it’s


GUITARIST
just his personality. He is the quiet one of the group..
RUTH: Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years from
now as far as growth in rock music?
ADRIaN KINKAID
iMi: Famous, signed with a major label, selling out are-
nas, getting known world-wide, living on a tour bus,
and being humble & loyal to our fans.
RUTH: Who is your idol as band?

iMi: Our idol as a band would be the Deathtones, be-


cause of their style, not necessarily their musicianship.
No one has ever been able to copy them. Another band
would be, STAIND<because of how he writes his mu-
sic and his perseverance to keep going. Also, Fred Durst
from Limp Biskit because he helped so many other
bands get their start. Lastly, Metallica. They have what
it’s all about in every aspect of music; from writing mu-
sic to their style.
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RUTH: What is new for you - any upcoming
projects?

iMi: Working on the next record and heading


to the new studio in September. Have new
management behind us and supporting us.
RUTH: What words of encouragement can
you give to other struggling bands out there?

iMi: Make sure that you have family and those


that surround you give you support. You need
their support. Be humble at all times. Write
good songs and be open to what people have
to say, even when the cards are stacked and
about to fall - you can’t quit.

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NEW YORK PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE DITTMAR


JESSEDITTMAR.COM
203.858.9376

Stats:
Born in the US of A. Grew up on the East Coast. Lives in New York City.
Likes to photograph people.

Special Physical Skills:


Being Tall.
Unfortunate Weaknesses:
Fair Skinned.
Exhibitions:
2010 Looking Back, Looking Forward
2009 Finding Work
2008 Picturing America

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RUTH: How is living in New York as RUTH: How would you describe JESSE: I was on a shoot in the
a professional photographer? your photography? White House in 2009, and the
President (not who we were pho-
JESSE: Love it, and can’t think of JESSE: A little like late Renaissance
tographing) walked in by happen-
many other places I’d like to be. painting, a lot like the movie Teen
stance looking for our subject. It
Wolf with Michael J Fox.
RUTH: Who or what inspired you to was a huge surprise and I got to
get into photography? RUTH: Have you had an opportuni- say a quick hello. The man has a
ty to photograph any musicians? good handshake.
JESSE: Mr. Bob Mitchell, my high
school photography teacher, initially JESSE: Yes, I had an amazing time RUTH: What challenges do you
inspired me to keep taking pictures. photographing the UK artists Keane face living in the big apple as a
He threw me on the path to find as well as Travis. professional photographer, and
more inspiration elsewhere after high how have you embraced those
RUTH: What was the most memora-
school. challenges?
ble experience in your work?

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JESSE: Biggest challenge: finding a JESSE: I can reach stuff, and I spend
good apartment below the 3rd floor so too much money on sunscreen.
I don’t have to carry my hundreds of
RUTH: Where do you see yourself
pounds of equipment up and down
every time I shoot. in 3-5 years from now as far as
growth as a photographer?
RUTH: Which ones of these charac-
ters are you: funny and goofy, quiet
JESSE: I’m hanging out with Charles JESSE DITTMAR.COM
and Gnarls Barkley talking about
and reserved, or serious person?
our new ad campaign for the KFC
JESSE: I try to be serious, but end up triple stack (3 chicken cutlets, 3 lay-
being goofy. ers of bacon, no bun). Charles is the
spokesman and Gnarls wrote the
RUTH: Why do you consider your
theme song. Maybe we’ll take some
special physical skill “being tall” and
pictures.
your unfortunate weakness “fair
skinned”?

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RUTH: If you could make a wish to
photograph your favorite person,
who would that be?
JESSE: Stephen Colbert; no, Bill
Clinton. Can I shoot both together??

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RUTH: What is new for you - any
upcoming projects?
JESSE: Just finished a huge fashion
story, and I got a new nickname (http://
jessedittmar.com/projects/nicknames/)
Shoot coming up. It’s going to be my
friend as a butcher in a meat locker
with scantily clad females and dead
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RUTH: I’m from Kenya, and I couldn’t help
noticing the photo you took of a Maasai man
and woman. Have you ever been in Kenya? If
so, how was your experience there?
JESSE: I was in Kenya for two weeks and
learned a hell of a lot. I brought along polaroid
film to give pictures to the Maasai, and the
response was amazing! Everyone wanted a
picture of themselves, but I didn’t have
enough frames. I had to get them in group
photos and let them figure out who got to
keep the polaroid. It was really great to give
them something they’d never seen before.

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