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[SME INTRODUCING] William Fitzsimmons by wearesme


Who? William Fitzsimmons

Yard? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Signed? Nettwerk Records

Sounds Like? Moby

Big Tune? The Tide Pulls from the Moon

Since his first release in 2005 Fitzsimmons has written and recorded songs themed and embossed with matters of family history, intimate disclosure, and bold confession. The rich folk music, ranging from the stark and acoustic to the voluminous and electronic, reflects William’s commitment to addressing what is always pressing and yet all too often ignored.

Fitzsimmons’ path into music came at the influence and education of his parents both of whom filled his childhood home with a myriad of instruments, sing-a-longs, and theoretical instruction. However, far from being a mere pastime in the Fitzsimmons’ household music was a communicative necessity between William and his parents, both of whom being blind relied on the language of music to bridge the relational gap between themselves and a child who experienced the world entirely differently from them.

During his collegiate and post-graduate years Fitzsimmons left music behind in order to pursue a career in the mental health field; becoming a therapist was a long-held aspiration. Upon completion of a Master’s Degree in counselling he worked as a therapist with the severely mentally ill for several years. It was during the latter part of his training that he began to write songs as both a preparative exercise for his work in the psychiatric field and as a personal catharsis to deal with his own long-standing psychological maladies.

His earlier albums, homemade and self-produced, were expositions on both his unorthodox upbringing and his family’s disintegration during his youth. Their understated presentation and overt descriptions of relational and familial disillusionment met quickly and potently with listeners. Very soon thereafter, still working within psychology, William found his songs spreading broadly and being featured on international television programs including Gray’s Anatomy and One Tree Hill. However, the process of such revelatory writing and rumination was taking a gradual and heavy toll and during the making of the ‘Goodnight’ album Fitzsimmons saw most of the segments of his life begin to tear asunder.

Consequently Fitzsimmons’ 2008 release ‘The Sparrow And The Crow’ was a detailed and affective retelling of the events surrounding his divorce from his wife of nearly ten years. Written as a personal apology to her, the album was a foreboding but genuine tale of misfortune and a reconciling of the darkest point of his life and was named iTunes’ Best Folk Album of 2008. Following the release of ‘Sparrow’, William would take a moratorium from songwriting for over two years.

His new album Gold In The Shadow represents a welcomed musical departure, not from authenticity in writing, but in the field of focus. It is a return to his pre-music therapeutic passions, but with one eye now fixated on actual and optimistic change. It is ripe with personal elements, but also represents his first foray into external perspective taking; examining the lives and psychological struggles of those around him in addition to his own. It is an acknowledgement of the shadow self and the Todestrieb (Freud’s “death instinct”); but, even still and more so, an acceptance of hope.

Gold In The Shadow is released on March 21st 2011. Pre-Order on iTunes HERE.

SME x

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[SME MEETS] Yasmin *EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW* by wearesme


Aged just 21, Yasmin Shahmir posseses incredible talent and is one of Britain’s most promising female artists.

Yasmin was born in Manchester and raised in Glasgow, but it was the city of London which would prove to be the turning point in her life and provide her with the exposure she sought.

Having moved to London at the age of 19 in order to pursue her DJing career, she soon received the recognition she deserved; going on to DJ for the likes of N*E*R*D, Taio Cruz and Eve.

Off the back of her success in DJing, Yasmin decided to pursue a career in singing, and went on to sign a record deal with Levels Entertainment (part of Ministry of Sound). She has since supported Example on his UK tour, featured on the song ‘Runaway’ with East London’s finest MC; Devlin and most recently went on to release her debut single ‘On My Own’ which charted at #39; an impressive achievement for a debut record. Yasmin is also currently working on her debut album with the likes of Jamie XX, Labrinth and Shy FX.

Having seen her tear of the roof dropping endless Hip-Hop bangers during her DJ set at Rock The Belles, we were eager to talk Yasmin and find out if in fact there is anything that this girl can’t do?
Our wish was granted and here’s what we asked the beautiful singer/DJ/model/superwoman. The last one on that list isn’t entirely true; at least as far as we know!

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW



[VIDEO] INFLUENCERS In-Depth Series with Steve Stoute by wearesme

The makers of the brilliant INFLUENCERS documentary are continuing the series through shorter episodes titled ‘INFLUENCERS In-depth”.

In case you don’t already know; INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment.

The first episode of this sub-series features Steve Stoute, Founder and CEO of Translation, a brand management firm that “arranges strategic partnerships with Pop Culture icons (Jay-Z, Gwen Stefani, Lebron James, Justin Timberlake & more) and Fortune 500 companies”. Stoute gives an interesting insight and discusses creating successful collaborations between Artists and Brands.

If you haven’t seen the full length ‘INFLUENCERS’ documentary, head over to www.influencersfilm.com/.

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[VIDEO] Devlin (with Ed Sheeran) F64 Freestyle #2 by wearesme
October 25, 2010, 2:40 pm
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Following on nicely from the announcement of ‘MTV’s Hottest MC’s In The Game 2010 List’; here we have a U.K grime artist who would give each and every one of them a run for their money, if not completely blow them out of the water.

Devlin has released a second F64 (64 new bars on the spot, for those that don’t know) on SB.TV, this time with Ed Sheeran on guitar.

As if his first wasn’t incredible enough, he comes back with even better lyrical content and that same lightning fast delivery on this second edition. This man is extremely talented; we’d like to see these so called ‘Hottest MC’s In The Game’ even attempt something like this.

Check out the newest F64 followed by the original:


Wow. And breathe…..

Devlin’s new single ‘Runaway’ is currently at #16 in the charts and OUT NOW.

SME x



[NEWS] NEW BANKSY IN SOUTHWARK by wearesme

Following the mad hype around his Simpsons opening sequence, a new piece of art has popped up in Southwark by the now world-renowned, Banksy.

Banksy’s newest piece sees a hooded youth with his barking dog; we’ve all seen this stereotype in and around London!

It’s a cheeky take on the Keith Haring dog; Haring was a famous artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s.

SME RELOAD: Banksy does The Simpsons

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[VIDEO] Banksy creates new Simpsons Intro by mozzatron

UK street artist and SME favourite Banksy has created a controversial new title sequence for The Simpsons.

The intro closes with a minute-long sequence showing dozens of sweatshop workers in a warehouse painting the cartoon and making Simpsons merchandise.

The storyboard was apparently inspired by reports the show outsources the majority of their animation to a company in South Korea.

Banksy joins an elite list of Britons who have contributed to the show, which includes Simon Cowell, Tony Blair and Ricky Gervais. However it is the first time an artist has been invited to storyboard part of the show so he is on an even more elite list on that front.


Banksy is clearly a big fan of The Simpsons, as shown by one of his pieces found in New Orleans (above) clearly inspired by the show.

The episode, called MoneyBart, will be shown in the UK on 21 October on Sky 1.

Check out the intro below:



[SNAPS] Blu: Street Artist by wearesme
May 19, 2010, 9:14 pm
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One of SME’s favourite street artist is an Italian chap who goes under the pseudonym of ‘Blu’. So little is known about him that, in fact, all we really do know is that he is from Bologna and has been active in the street art scene since 1999.

Blu has graced buildings and streets all over the world with his characteristic style. Some of his more well-known pieces can be found in Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin, Belgrade, London, Sao Paulo, Milan and of course, Bologna.

“Muto” is quite arguably his most famous piece of work. Its is a video composed of hundreds of paintings around the streets of Buenos Aires. The video has been viewed more than 6 million times on Youtube. It is also available in high definition on Blu’s website.

However, the video that first made us fall completely head-over-heels with such an ingenious artist is called ‘The Evolution of Men’ and is Blu’s take on our evolutionary process. It is quite amazing, check it out for yourself below:

Bologna:

Sao Paulo:

Prague:

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