Monday, January 17, 2011

Interview w/ John Carrillo for the "OC Music Scene"


photo by Natalie Gamble
OCMS: Your new album is scheduled to be released in the spring. What's the status?
W: Early spring, still working on production, then mixing.
OCMS: Are you happy with how the arrangements are working out?
W: excited! I've been working on this album for one year and half.
OCMS: I heard you spent some time doing shows on a cruise ship. How was that experience?
W: I didn't end up going...I wrote a song for a feature film so I decided to stay. I couldn't leave when things are hoppin'.
OCMS: Yes, the Aidan Quinn movie, "The 5th Quarter". How did you get involved with that?
W: I was working with this manager Danny Sembello at the time and the director asked for a song...So... my producer Ian Coyne and I wrote "Apple Tree" for a certain part in the movie.
OCMS: If you had only five albums to listed to on a desert island, what would they be?
W: Hmmm... depends.. would I have a guitar with me? if so... I'd like to play to myself mostly. The waves and the clouds could be my band. Hmmm... second...I'd love to remember the sweet words and voice of Shane Gooding...third would be my touring buddy Izzy Cox...fourth- Elizabeth Fraser and Jeff Buckley...fifth- The Fence Jumpin' Leaf Kickers.
OCMS: How did you like acting in the video for your song, "Turn Off the Light"? It has a very distinct 1940's visual style. Were you inspired by any particular actress of that era?
W: Nope... although after the fact I've been compared to a few... like Betty Davis, Marlene Dietrich. My music has a flair of 40's... the song is about a couple being together, married for some time...this couple's love has lost it's spice, so she imagine's the beginning... when things were new...back in the 30's that's when the depression hit...a lot of women felt like that.
OCMS: Some of them probably feel that way now.
W: Suppressed. Absolutely. Some things are better in the dark...time speeds by that way...
Whitton's new song, "Apple Tree" will be featured in the new film, "The Fifth Quarter" starring Aidan Quinn and Annie McDowell. The film will be released in the spring of 2011.

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