Michele Ari: Going Places
Push and I met on MySpace in 2005. We have remained friends since and he has been kind enough to share his thoughts on my music with his circle of friends who are a lively bunch indeed! Push himself saw The Damned, the Sex PIstols and the rest of the gang the first time around when they were all kids. He went on to become a music journo breaking bands in the UK scene and thus the world. At present he one of the creators of Electronic Sound UK
Push played My Sleeping Beauty on his radio show all the way from Frome, a city just Southeast of London. It was the first time that I heard his voice! As I told him, he sounded nothing like Julie Andrews.
Here is his written word from over the years:
From Christopher Dawes(a.k.a. Push) author of Rat Scabies And The Holy Grail and former Melody Maker (now NME) and the creator and editor of Muzik .
I get a fair few new bands and singers wanting me to be their MySpace friend. Every so often, swayed by an interesting name or an intriguing picture or half a listen to half a song, I hit the 'accept' button. But more often than not, I opt to 'deny.' It wasn't like that with Michele Ari, though. For one thing, it was me who asked her to be my friend.
I can't remember how I first landed on Michele's MySpace page, but it took me an eternity to get off it again. After hearing the opening bars of "My Sleeping Beauty", a great example of Michele's snaky and spiky guitar-fueled pop, I knew I wasn't going anywhere for a while. To be honest, I initially thought that the song was a cover. It sounded like a 1960s classic given a 21st Century flip.
The parallel lines that have been drawn between Michele's vibrant vocals and those of Debbie Harry make lot of sense, but the comparisons with Natalie Merchant seem to me to be even more on the mark. There is a bewitching, almost mesmeric quality to her voice. She's a southern charmer and no mistake. But there are the occasional hints of darker tones mixed in there, too. I get the feeling Miss Ari might be a bit dangerous, albeit in the nicest possible way.
I've been back to Michele's MySpace page many times. And I've bought 85th and Nowhere, her six-track mini-album, which is really quite something. The album is really quite something, that is. Mind you, now I come to think of it, it's also really quite something that I shelled out hard cash for it. I mean, bloody hell, I am a bitter and twisted old music journo, I don't pay for any damn thing.
Maybe I'm going soft. Or maybe it's Michele and her witchy doings. That'll teach me to make friends to make friends on the internet.
And then he came back for more...
Michele Ari: Going Places
And even more...
Now That's What I Call a Home Video!
So how do you make a music video without a budget? And I mean no budget at all. Not one single penny. Michele Ari – who I first wrote about here – has managed it using little more than a mobile phone and a few odds and ends she dug out from the bottom of her wardrobe. The result is pretty good too. I especially like the bit where she forgets to mime. Her recovery is terrific. The song, by the way, is the mighty catchy “Little Wars” from her “Uncharted Territory” EP.
Somewhere along the line I met Mick Mercer and he asked me to contribute to his holiday edition of The Mick which I happily did along with punk rockers, goths, new wavers and other riff raff (that's a compliment to all of us) from around the world.
From Wikipedia: Mercer is a journalist and author best known for his photos and reviews of the goth, punk, and indie music scenes. He has photographed the bands Tragic Venus and Blondie in the UK and Europe. He publishes a monthly online magazine called "The Mick". Mercer ran one of the first punk fanzines, Panache from 1976 to 1992. In 1978 he began writing for British music magazine ZigZag, later becoming Editor until the magazine folded in 1986. During the 80s he wrote regularly for the British music weekly Melody Maker and in the 90's found himself editing magazines including the Siren which has itself since folded. Since then he has had numerous books about Goth and related subjects published.