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Hip Kitty

November 27, 2006 by  
Filed under Spotlight Bands

hkThe Band:

Jen Halverson: Lead Vocals
Mike Goncalves: Guitar
Arick Seal: Drums
Matt Anderson: Bass

How long have you been together:

Almost 5 years.

Where is the name Hip Kitty derived from?

We wanted something that said girl lead singer and people wouldn’t easily forget. It’s loud, fun and totally fitting of our sound.

What is your Website/MySpace Profile:

http://www.hipkittyband.com and www.myspace/hipkitty

Tell us about Hip Kitty:

ALL AROUND IN YOUR FACE, SUPER SEXY, GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC!

Sound best described as:

Mainstream, High energy rock.

Where can fans hear more Hip Kitty?

Buy our new Hip Kitty LIVE album. It’s available on both websites. And of course check us out on our tour!

Influences:

Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, KISS, and so many others! We really are inspired by those band that have had longevity. They’ve obviously done something right to stay around for so long! Hip Kitty is here to stay baby!

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Hip Kitty!

You are currently touring for an extended period of time, what can you tell people who have never seen you to make them come and check out your show?

It’s a party!! If you’re ready for a carefree fun time that’s what we’re all about on stage. We like to make the audience just as much a part of the show as us!

I always like to ask this of female fronted bands – what do you find the advantages and disadvantages to be?

Advantage….sex sells! it’s a double edge though….disadvantage…..I can sometimes get stereotyped as the dumb blond. But watch out looks can be deceiving!! I’m in control baby!

Best Gig:

I think we all have different favorite shows. I’m personally very proud of the fact that we are recognized as a favorite group that represents Walt Disney World. The mouse is pretty big ya know! Playing with acts like Tesla, Hinder, Saliva, and Default have been very cool also.

Worst Gig:

Well, anytime we get to perform is a good gig…hehe you know I’m full of crap don’t ya! The worst gig was one in which the promoter well….didn’t! none of our fans from the area knew we would be there. We packed up and went home. Safe to say we never used that guy again!

Dream tour:

To be headlining a tour of our own across the country would be the ultimate. Bon Jovi could come along and play too I guess.

What sets you band apart from other bands of today?

I think the fact that we are high energy and embracing life with our music. We’re not for playing up the depressing side of things or influencing people to do stupid things. I want our fans to come to our show ready to party and celebrate whats good in life. Relax and let go of the worlds problems. When the music starts I always say we’re in this together for the night. One family!

When you write, what comes first, the lyrics or the music?
Usually the music sets the tone for what the song will be about.

What are your thoughts on the current music industry?:

CRAZY! Sometimes good…. sometimes not so..the age of music is obviously changing….. we know that with the invention of Internet. The good points being the accessibility of music and the fact that the artist is now able to be more self sufficent. Thus, more control.

Funniest thing that’s ever happened to you on the road?

Please, I’m on the road with 3 boys – you want 1? How about a book? Once I made the mistake of telling Mike that he couldn’t embrass me while we were hanging at a mall until show time. How stupid!! He proceeded to pull his pants down and walk through the stores with his hairy ass crack for everyones viewing pleasure! I never made that mistake again!

MySpace-blessing or curse?:

I would say a blessing. I love it because it keeps us connected to the fans. I’ve gotten top meet some great people!

What does the future hold for Hip Kitty What is your ultimate goal?

We are going to take over the world!!!! Really we want to have some great hits on the radio and a long successful touring career. God willing!!

Message to your fans:

We wouldn’t be here without you!! You are our family. We thank you for letting us be a part of your world through music.

Matt White

November 1, 2006 by  
Filed under Interviews

mw3Announced by Rolling Stone as one of the top ten artists to watch for in 2006, Matt has been at it since the age of three when his parents enrolled him in the Manhattan School of Music where he started playing the piano.  There he went from classical performance, musical theory and jazz improvisation to arrangement and composition.  It was at the young age of eleven that Matt won a Metropolitan Opera competition, for an opera he penned.  In college, at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he taught himself how to play the guitar out of necessity – a piano doesn’t fit so well in a dorm room!  His self taught style of playing is sans pick with many intricate fillers.

With big plans to sell out Madison Square Garden, and take his street team on a Caribbean cruise when he makes his first million dollars, Matt is hard not to love.  He sounds like a kid in a candy store when he talks about touring with Sheryl Crow, John Mayer and most recently Lisa Marie Presley, saying he needs to pinch himself daily to make sure he’s not dreaming.  Having already had songs featured in the movies “Little Manhattan” and “She’s the Man”, Matt is in his element and loving every minute of the ride to stardom as he performs his “stories” about love and loss.

Matt White’s forthcoming album, Do You Believe, hits radio in January and officially drops on February 27th, but if you can’t wait until then to get in on the White Magic – check out his EP, Bleeker Street Stories and watch for his new tour schedule coming in the next two weeks.

Interviewed by: Stacie Caddick-Dowty | November 2006
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