Author Gabe Brandis in Studio 11/18

Gabe BrandisOn Tuesday, November 18th, we welcome author Gabe Brandis in studio

 

Are you familiar with the Hare Krishnas? Those religious guys that used to hang out at airports? What exactly were/are the Krishnas and are they still around?

 

Gabe Brandis is all too familiar with the Hare Krishna “religion”. While looking to further his education in Boston, Gabe met a few Hare Krishna devotees. What happened next changed his life forever. Gabe joined the religion/cult, lived in the temple, and became engrossed in the Hare Krishna religion. After witnessing parts of their practice that didn’t sit well with Gabe, he realized he wanted out. Getting out of this religion was not so easy.

 

Servant of the Lotus Feet: A Hare Krishna Odyssey is the true story of Gabe Brandis’ dealings with Hare Krishna. The book details the time he spent inside the temple, as well as the kidnapping required to escape the religion, and the eventually de-programming required to fully escape. On Tuesday, November 18th Gabe Brandis will be in studio to talk about this fascinating story.

Servant of the Lotus Feet: A Hare Krishna Odyssey is the true story of an adolescent’s quest for spiritual meaning. Enchanted by the wisdom of the Orient, Sidd drops out of his freshman year of college in the early 1980’s to join the Hare Krishnas while visiting Boston. During the course of four years in New England and New York City, Sidd struggles as a fund-raiser for the cult. As an initiated Brahman priest, he gains privilege and responsibility.Sidd’s innocent question posed to the spiritual master in a room of hundreds of curious guests and devoted followers shakes the foundations of the temple walls, engaging the “holy man’s” wrath. Disillusioned by the contradictions and deceits perpetrated by the elders of the Indian religious cult, including his and other allegedly “pure” spiritual masters, Sidd gradually backs out of the movement. While visiting his family for a holiday reunion, Sidd is abducted and compelled to review the facts about the religious cult he had embraced.

First, grab his book Servant of the Lotus Feet: A Hare Krishna Odyssey (it’s available in paperback or as an e-book). Then, tune in to Gashouse Live on Tuesday, November 18th at 8pm ET to learn more about Gabe Brandis’ story. We’ll be talking to him about his time in the Hare Krishna temple, what he learned from the entire experience and what he is up to these days. Please bring your comments and questions to our chat room!

Amusium Releases New Video

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There’s a new artist based out of New York that’s been turning heads regionally and internationally with his music. Amusium is born out of an obsession with all music, but with roots planted firmly in electro, orchestral, J-pop, house, and film scores. Russell Carlton Huiskamp—singer, songwriter, producer—spent the majority of his musical upbringing playing classical piano and training to be a composer.  But, it wasn’t long until his interest in creating music grew to include film scoring, electronic music, musical theater, songwriting, producing, and eventually, pop. Eclectic, energetic, and heartfelt, he strives to be both unique and approachable with his music, drawing on limitless inspiration from all types of composition, visual art, fashion, technology and foreign culture. His hot new video for single “French Fries and Caviar” just got released today.

His upcoming EP “French Fries and Caviar” is to be released digitally in all stores online Aug 12. By the way 4 of the 6 songs on the EP are available on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/amusium

Unofficial EP track listing:

 

1) Inamorato

2) French Fries and Caviar

3) Gamble the Heartache

4) Miss Pariah

5) Nomad Prisoner

6) City in my Headphones

 

Below is a recent Interview I conducted with Amusium

 

CR: I understand you have a video that just got released today. Can you tell us a bit about it and the songs featured?

A: A few months ago, one of my very best friends got dumped.  They had been together two years and were living together, and it became really ugly really fast.  There was a lot of fighting, some abuse.  My friend told me afterwards that she was never going to be in a relationship with anyone ever again–and she said it with such conviction, it really startled me–because of how bad it was.  I thought, well, of course you are.  There’s nothing anyone can do about that, it’s just inevitable.  There will be someone else, eventually–that’s what this song is, ‘Inamorato’.  It’s about getting destroyed by someone, and wanting to swear off love forever, but realizing that that’s impossible, and it will start again someday, and there’s just nothing you can do about it.

CR: Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

A: I feel like this question is easier to answer if I give everyone a special reason.  For lyrics, maybe Roisin Murphy.  Production, definitely Japanese producer Yasutaka Nakata (Perfume, Capsule).  Invention and creativity, I’ve always been inspired by Rachmaninoff.  Kesha can write a great hook.  Lastly, I’ll say the B-52s, for being a beacon of that special mix of self-awareness, pride, and cleverness

CR: What do you want fans to take from your music?

A: I think most of all, a love of music itself.  With every artist or composer that’s had a profound impact on my own life–my heroes–that was the overall effect.  Music is the best thing I’ve discovered in my entire life.  I’d like to pay that forward

CR: How would you classify your music?

A: One of the dancers at the ‘Inamorato’ shoot asked me this question.  I always say ‘Pop’, because I feel it’s the widest possible category–and she got so mad!  She was saying “I think it’s more of an electronic, funk, soul thing” and I was very flattered.  I feel like a big portion of people are intimidated by ‘Pop’, or whatever their feeling of that word is.  I don’t mind it, so that’s what I say.  But I’m not implying I sound like 90s N’SYNC.  (Although I do love 90s N’SYNC.

CR: What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

A: I have to be honest, I miss both of these things.  I miss the intensity of it.  Over my career as a musician I’ve performed as a composer, conductor, actor, I’ve played piano in shows, I wrote and performed a musical here in New York in 2011–but I’ve only done one show as Amusium so far.  And I was let down by it–I have a big vision for what I want to do with the Amusium live act, but it’s not done yet.  I’m still working on perfecting the songs, and finding the right people, and building an audience for it.  I’m know I’m getting closer every day.

CR: How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

A: I have a better vision for what Amusium is–I’m better at creating my own rubric and playing by my own rules.

CR If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

A: I would meet, play a gig, co-write a song, and get drunk with Shiina Ringo.  Although I’d probably be so happy I’d forget to wake up the next morning.

Be sure to check out the video linked above. Asusium’s upcoming   EP is to be released digitally in all stores online Aug 12. Don’t miss out!

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An Interview with Joe Robinson

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Joe Robinson, a 22 year-old Australian musician, has quite an amazing resume for any guitar player, let alone one so early in his career. After winning Australia’s Got Talent in 2008, Joe Robinson has hit the ground running. He moved to Nashville and has traveled all over the world in support of of 3 albums and an EP.

 

Joe was in town for a show at The M Room on March 15th, so we got a chance to talk to him about his career so far and what’s ahead after this northeastern tour.

 

 

Check out JoeRobinson.com for more info and tour dates. Tune in to Gashouse Live, weekdays 6pm ET, for more interviews, live performances and discussion about music.

An Interview with Joe Robinson

joe robinson

Joe Robinson, a 22 year-old Australian musician, has quite an amazing resume for any guitar player, let alone one so early in his career. After winning Australia’s Got Talent in 2008, Joe Robinson has hit the ground running. He moved to Nashville and has traveled all over the world in support of of 3 albums and an EP.

 

Joe was in town for a show at The M Room on March 15th, so we got a chance to talk to him about his career so far and what’s ahead after this northeastern tour.

 

 

Check out JoeRobinson.com for more info and tour dates. Tune in to Gashouse Live, weekdays 6pm ET, for more interviews, live performances and discussion about music.