A little night EDM (my first attempt!)

Woah!  Since moving to the LA area I’ve been really trying to do as much stuff outside of my comfort zone as I can. And one of the first one was trying a new style of music that I’ve NEVER touched before! Hence my first experiment with Electronic Dance Music.

I found a posting on from a man in the Netherlands (hell yeah, international!) asking to collaborate with singer/songwriter’s on his beats.  I listened to several of his beats and prior collaborations to see how the process worked and what he was looking for, and I noticed a lot of the songs were about love or finding the one or partying, and there was one he had titled “Feeling a Bit Sick” because he built the beat when he was sick.

But it was perfect! Because that was exactly how I had been feeling since first moving out. Just a little uneasy, because nothing was familiar yet, I wasn’t sure of any step I took in any direction, everything was just floating without anchor. So I chose to write for that beat inspired by that title.  THAT’S RIGHT I wrote the vocal melody and ALL THE LYRICS for this EDM song we collaborated on. I even tried editing it myself on Garageband and thought I didn’t make it sound to bad! But I didn’t love it and he offered to edit it using his more experienced software and I said absolutely.

So here it is! My new experiment:

I might try to make a music video using it! Who knows? Any ideas? Put them down in the comments!


Things I’m Learning #1

Doing a cold read is like being a microwave.  You have to heat up a frozen hot pocket of a scene in a minute or two max.  Doing a show is like being an oven, you have a little while to pre-heat and then cook some complicated dish to perfection.

If being a microwave also let people know whether or not to buy your oven.

Another “Major” Change! (And Shakespeare with Puppets?!)

It turns out I’m horrible at this journal, blog-posting thing.  But since my last post I was cast in MET’s Guys and Dolls with Kyle C. Greene directing and choreographing.  I was a mission doll and I even got to hit a couple high C’s ;).  There was also a cabaret night were cast members could perform numbers from the upcoming season and any song they wanted to–and I was invited to sing with an autoharp!  I had never seen one of those before, and it was a pleasure to sing with it.  There is a video somewhere on facebook, though I’m not sure what the privacy settings are…

Additionally, I auditioned for Class 6 Theater’s Comedy of Errors, cast as half human performers and half puppeteers!  I was offered the role of female swing understudy, my first swing.  So I’m currently trying to memorize as much of Comedy of Errors as possible and attend a few puppeteering workshops–thank goodness it’s a shorter play.

I am now a vocal student of Anne Kopta, a professor at ASU, and I’m definitely hearing changes in my voice!  She’s been encouraging me to focus a little more in my studies and perhaps look at the ASU lyric opera school and musical theater major (couldn’t they have a minor, please?).  So I am no longer a biology major, just a Global Studies major and Statistics minor and I am looking at auditioning for ASU’s program, or just auditioning more and trying to fit in learning opportunities where I can.  I believe over the summer I will be taking Music Theory at CGC, I tested online into a slightly more advanced theory level, so I’m hoping to take advantage of that!

Expect another post, oh, maybe a year from now X)

Major Update!

Phew, have I been neglecting this.  But now, in an ecstatic mood and ready to keep going, I’m ready to catch up!  Completed my Phoenix Theater general season audition and am very proud of how I did.  Adelaide’s Lament and Song to the Moon turned out almost exactly how I wanted them to, which was a huge relief considering I really did have a ‘bad, bad cold’ the days leading up to the audition.  All I can say is I thank the audition gods for Airbourne, throat coat tea, and lots of honey and cough drops.  Also, I blame my brother for the cold.  Now it’s time to sign up for the summer dance camps, it’s time to up my dance ability and cast-ability, and it can’t hurt to practice before my modern dance class next semester.  Next up, audition for MET’s Songs for a New World.  I’m thrilled to be auditioning again.

But other than theater there’s been a lot going on in my life, as well.  In case you haven’t already heard (so sorry, any family member who is wonderful and subscribed to my blog, you’re getting a repeat) I’m now a double major in Global Studies and Biological Sciences (with a focus on Genetics, Cell, and Development).  And I’m unofficially minoring in either Math or Statistics depending on which direction I head in the next two semesters (decision making is something I’m still working on too).  Turns out, my mother was right, and my brain is absolutely addicted to biology (and those words aren’t easy for me to say).

Regardless, I have (since I last talked with you) been a research assistant with ASU professor Joanne Cacciatore targeting the psychological effects and grieving of parents who have experienced the loss of a baby.  I was a mentor for local high school students who were trying to get a more in depth exposure to the science of sustainability and the techniques or writing a college-level research paper.  And, I’m now Vice-president for a new organization on campus–the Coalition for Global Awareness–aiming at helping already existing clubs that champion a glocal issue or cause communicate, work together efficiently, get their word out there, and have more financial stability.  There are thousands of voices out their, we’re just the megaphone :).  It’s a very interesting experience, I’m putting together this years budget and I got to make the minutes for many of the meetings as well as we led our first Global Awareness Fair (a big event-ish).  And we’re looking into incorporating legally in the state of Arizona and applying for 501(c)(3) status.  It’s a crash-course in business.

Finally, most exciting of all, I have been honored with a study abroad opportunity by the Melikian Center’s Critical Languages Institute.  I will be going to Armenia this summer in late July after intensely studying the language during the day here at ASU.  I’m looking forward to more international experience and growth, studying the folk music there (have you heard it?  it’s fantastic), and learning a new language/accent I can put on my resume 🙂

And I’m going to be in a short film by James Collins.  It’s a small part, but it should be fun!

Honestly, I’m very glad I’m getting to revive the theater-side of my life, but I’m also completely embracing the new scientific turn my life is taking.  Turns out, I have a surprisingly scientific bent of mind (though maybe not surprising for my family, once again) and organizations like the Muscular Dystrophy Association Jocelyn Dotolo introduced me to seem like interesting potential future paths as well.  And politics is never far away, except for issues finding the office, I was going to be making phone calls in support of Mark Mitchell for Mayor in south Tempe.  The future is an open book, but in the meantime, I’m going to keep auditioning, because shows are something that just won’t go away!

Prue’s Capstone

Sorry I didn’t catch you up!  I’ve been a little distracted with everything.  Theater’s been taking a bit of a background place to a new research position I just started, being vice-president of the Coalition for Global Awareness (, and a mentor for some high school science students in the Quanta program.  Oi.

But I did just perform in a musical showcase type-experience that was imagined-up and directed by the wonderful Prue Dense of the ASU theater department.  Her thesis was on emphasizing the joy of performing over particular acting methods to create a truly energized performance.

I got to perform the numbers Girl in 14GCellblock Tango (as Velma, it was fabulous)

Betcha you woulda done the same.
He Had it Coming

Lady Marmalade (as Pink’s role), Song of Love (from Once Upon a Mattress), What is this Feeling from Wicked (as an adorable Ozian), and Totally Fucked from Spring Awakening (as another fucked up child).

Other numbers included: Therapy (from Tick, tick, boom!), Once upon a December (from Anastasia), and others!!!

It was a blast and I got to perform at the Madcap theaters in the NewTimes room.  It was a great experience and I’ve made some very good friends.  If I was smart, I would’ve posted before the show so you could’ve seen it.  But instead, you can just imagine how fantastic it was 😉

Heads up!  Prue is writing another capstone, this one combining ancient mythology with a modern career and a monologue based on song lyrics.  Sound crazy?  You bet 🙂

And this time I’ll keep you posted.  Or just keep posting ?

Check it out!!


Marcos, KMS alum gets her break after being cast in collegiate drama