End Theme to The Powerpuff Girls
performed by Jaron Ferrer and Garrett Ciriello
Jaron and Garrett are both currently completing their degrees in music in South Carolina. Jaron is in several bands, spanning genres from jazz to indie rock. You can check out his latest project, Spry Old Men, with pal Logan Galloway by going here!
Musician and filmmaker Joe Chang has covered The Dead Boys' "Sonic Reducer," exclusively for RupertGrint.net!
From Asheville, NC, Joe is one of three partners in the independent film company Papercookie, having produced four original feature length films, as well as several music videos and short films. Joe has written and directed two of those films, which have been featured in festivals in the southeast over the last several years.
Joe plays guitar for indie folk rock band Kovacs and the Polar Bear and has been writing (and performing live with friends) his own solo music for years.
Musician Rachael Gallman has covered The Ghost of Samantha's new song "Einstein," exclusively for RupertGrint.net! You may remember Rachael from our May 2012 feature, and you can find out more about her here.
The Ghost of Samantha is the music of Samantha Grint. She was featured on our website with a music player and Q&A session back in March. Read more about The Ghost of Samantha here!
Rupert Grint has repeatedly listed Oasis as one of his favorite bands and once gave their name when asked, during an interview on a golf course, his opinion on the answer to the question "best band ever."
Oasis was selected for RupertGrint.net's list of bands to cover, but Nick Wilson, our featured artist for June, selected Oasis from the list and chose "She's Electric" for his cover.
The Cover Artist...
Nick is an aspiring musician from the UK. He has gained internet popularity from his series of cover songs via his YouTube channel, all arranged and performed and recorded by Nick himself. He also writes and records his own music, mostly acoustic, which you can find on his personal YouTube channel as well.
Take a listen to more of Nick's music and subscribe to his channel on YouTube here!
Q&A with Nick
Q: How did you get started in music?
The first time I ever started playing guitar was way back in year 4 of primary school, but I quit after a year of lessons because I didn't learn anything... I guess the first time I ever really thought I could do this music stuff was a few years back. I used to play to people in music lessons in year 9, and I guess they liked it and I liked it so I started teaching myself from then on. It just seemed like a fun thing to do and turned into something I was actually remotely good at! So for the past 4 years, I've just been teaching myself and learning by ear.
Q: What types of music are you inspired by and what is your favorite type to play/write?
A: I'd have to give you the cheesy answer and say that basically all music inspires me... to a certain extent (I don't class Justin Bieber as music). I mean I listen to a lot of artists with different styles and genres, whether it's Isaac Slade's voice or John Mayer's guitar work, and I guess they all just combine to make one mesh of musical inspiration in my mind, if that makes any sense. My favorite type to play is definitely acoustic, and usually slower songs because I think they give you a lot more room to mess around. Turning songs acoustic, that's a lot of fun too. Writing music is pretty much the same, and I love writing acoustic music, with lots of guitar. I just think that everything sounds better with acoustic guitar.
Q: Are there any specific artists or bands that have influenced your own music?
A: I wouldn't say that my music is influenced purely by one artist, because I think my music is sort of a mesh of every artist I listen to, and that's the same for every musician out there. My music definitely has vibes of The Fray, probably some of James Vincent McMorrow's guitar style and some Bon Iver, but then if you wanted to get really in depth then you could take a lot of different influences from my music. I try to listen to a lot of music when writing, to basically eliminate any blatant influences; I just write music that I would enjoy listening to myself.
Q: What do you like to do when you aren't performing or writing music?
A: This is going to make me sound like probably the biggest slob in the world, but if I'm not writing or messing around on the guitar, I am usually watching TV or films which always turn out to be worse than they seem - I blame Netflix entirely. Music is genuinely the biggest past time of mine and is genuinely what I do most; it sounds cliche but it's true!
Q: Give us a random, fun fact about yourself.
A: Hmmm. I can play the crazy frog song with my cheeks...
I selected "Hedwig's Theme" for this month's Exclusive Cover after my good pal Millsap randomly climbed onto a roof one day, with his saxophone, and proceeded to serenade the town from high above. A friend joked that he should dress in Gryffindor attire and riff off the Harry Potter soundtrack, and thus, this video was born!
Amanda Dunn selected Kings of Leon's "Revelry" for our first exclusive RG.net recorded cover track. Rupert has listed Kings of Leon among his favorite bands, and in this interview by The Guardian, the track "On Call" by Kings of Leon was found on his iPod.
The Cover Artists...
Amanda Dunn is an actress and model, and has been cast for featured and starring roles in film and television throughout the US. She's also an aspiring singer as well as a writer/director of film. Amanda is currently based out of the southeastern US.
Rachael Gallman is an aspiring musician, costume designer, and teacher. Her costumes have been featured in local film and theatre, and she frequents open mic nights, performing her own songs as well as covers by her favorite artists. She is also a member of the jazz band, B Natural Jazz Quartet.
Aubrey Curtis is an aspiring filmmaker, currently working with her production company, Papercookie, on several upcoming feature films. She is a writer/director and also enjoys acting in local independent films. Aubrey has been Music Section Manager for RupertGrint.net for over a year now.
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