Sugar Lime Blue is a band out of Nashville, TN.
They have been performing together for 7 years.
FURIES : When did you get started as an artist?
Early. When I was a kid, maybe 7 or 8 I started my first comic called super dog. It kinda spiraled from there. I’ve never really had any difficulty with drawing. They way I approach any piece is so open to change. It can feel like a maze.
FURIES : Is art hereditary in your family?
No. Music runs deep in my family, and my mother has an artistic side to her. However drawing, sketching, painting, things of that nature were not in my family. My step-father’s family has a strong artistic streak. So I did have a family influence through the years.
FURIES : What’s your work space like?
Where ever I have enough light or time to do it. Mainly my bedroom. It’s cozy and perfect for me to settle. I have an easel for painting, not a great one, but it does the job.
FURIES : What current projects are you working on?
I have 2 new marker based images Im working on, as well as a new painting. I post all my work when it’s finished on my website. I really never know when I’m on a new project until I’m working on it. Then it’s done. Hopefully I will be turning more out at a quicker pace. J
FURIES : What kind of music do you listen to while you’re working on a project?
This can be a wide range, depending on my mood. I love listening to the Gorillaz, Biggie Smalls, Lady GaGa, the Beatles, and one of my personal favorites, Hugh Laurie’s Let Them Talk almbum. There’s tons of other artists I enjoy listening to while working. Those are some top ones. My vinyl collection receives a lot of attention while working in my room. Some of those eargasms are provided by Steve Miller Band, Pixies, Beethove, The Commodores, etc. Point is, if I’m feeling it, I can use it serve my muse.
FURIES : Has your art ever interfered with your personal life, or vice versa?
It seems like my art doesn’t always get the chance to thrive like it deserves. I grew out of my art for a good chunk of my teenage years. Music dominated my every move in those days. I’m just now getting to a point where I can focus more on creating.
FURIES : What are your plans for the future?
The future will hold many things. I hope that I will find a way to incorporate painting and drawing into my career. There’s talks of going to the west coast next year. May a way for me to focus intently on my path. Right now I pick up a pencil, brush, or marker and keep at it.
You can check out more of Chris Carter’s colorful world by going to his webpage or his facebook !
RG: For art? Not really sure. I guess just see where it goes and hope others can connect with and appreciate it. My future in general? Get an apartment with a spare room for when I work on art or music. Get a job doing something in the music industry. Get my art in a gallery. Take dance classes again!
Today I get the pleasure of bringing to you an artist who moved local from Saint Louis. Herschel Garrison combines natural talent with education. The flow of his rapping is unique, smooth, and can draw you into his thoughts. Take a listen to him here, or on SoundCloud and see what he has to say:
Furies Magazine: How did you start in music?
Herschel Garrison: It’s funny I actually started in music as an act of revenge. I was moving from St. Louis to Nashville, TN and a buddy of mine was starting a band. I wanted to be in that band so bad and he asked if I could play an instrument and I was all “No” So he was all “No, You can’t be in my band”. I was so jealous that I got up and decided that I was going to start a band and be better than him haha. I never started that band but I learned how to play guitar and started writing songs that’s when I realized that music was a deep part of my life.
FM: Where does the music come from?
HG: The music comes from a lot of frustration built up inside. I know that sounds pretty emo but it’s true. I love to tell stories and to interpret my life in different forms. Sometimes I’ll tell a story about someone else or something else and really talk about myself. A lot of my music stems from the position I’m in in my life at the moment. It’s just a reflection of my thoughts a feelings.
FM: Who is your favorite artist, or your favorite group?
HG: Man. That’s a hard one. There’s so many to choose from. I’m a huge fan of people like Common, Rizzle Kicks, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Tupac Shakur. It’s not just rap that I’m influenced by believe it or not a year ago the last thing I wanted to be was a rapper. I loved to play guitar and rock and I wanted to be the next Lenny Kravitz he was my absolute idol for a while. I love listening to bands like Five for Fighting, The Killers, Coheed and Cambria, and The Temper Trap. It’s just a huge selection to choose from.
FM: So what’s next?
HG: The Grammys Biatch! Haha no I’m just moving where the music takes me. Living in Nashville is definitely the place to be and I’m just in search of whatever opportunity presents itself. Hopefully I can go on tour and start performing a lot more and getting some dope music out and some buzz going. I recently released a mixtape called. Rest Assured. I’ve been working on it for a year and I believe that it’s a different take on how rap is viewed and interpreted. I’m also working on a few music videos for some songs from the mixtape and I’m about to release a new single called Through the Bends. I did a collaboration with a buddy of mine J-93. He’s a dope producer from California. He just brings crazy old school soul beats to the table. I’m just in love with his music and together we cook up some crazy stuff.
FM: What is your most memorable performance?
HG: My most memorable performance was at a local venue called the end. A buddy of mine Ben Flanders, Lead man of the Ben Flander’s project asked me to sing a cover of little wing by Jimi Hendrix and we just demolished the crowd. Afterwards I went and hung out with some friends and got super duper drunk.
FM: What would you rather be attacked by, a vampire or zombies?
HG: Vampires all the way. It’d be way more thrilling because they’re harder to kill. Zombies are slow and I have too much time to react then I have to ration food and board up my house. Screw that… Ain’t nobody got time for that! I’d much rather die doing something exciting and crazy.
FM: Do you have any “Show Traditions”?
HG: Before every show I like to panic. I get really nervous literally 5 minutes before I go on but once I get on stage I become a different person and life just seems simple there are no complications. All that matters is the song that I’m singing and the crowd that are listening.
FM: Do you have any tattoos?
HG: Sadly no, I would love to get a bunch though. Hopefully soon.
So there he is. Herschel Garrison. He has passion for music, and the talent to back it up. Check him out on facebook or see what he has to say on twitter. He may have come to Nashville for music, but I’m sure we can get some ink on him!
. . . . once I get on stage I become a different person and life just seems simple there are no complications.
VinylTide is basically two girls, working out of a garage, making records into visual art pieces. I don’t know what more to say that their work can’t show you. But I was curious about their business. So, I did ask them a few questions for you.
Furies Magazine: Molly, what gave you the idea to use vinyl instead of the usual mediums?
Molly: The first ever VinylTide piece was technically just created to fulfill a homework assignment. I had to do an “unconventional self-portrait” (use something other than the traditional pencil and paper) for an art final–pretty open project. I wanted to incorporate things that represented “me”, of course, and I figured that cutting the Nashville skyline (where I live and the city I love) out of a vinyl (because I adore anything “vintage” and also play music) was a pretty good place to start. I ended up painting a few other things that describe me on top of the cut out vinyl too, but ultimately, it looked a lot like the Nashville skyline pieces we sell today!
FM: Dakota, What did you see in Molly’s pieces that made you realize the potential?
Dakota: When I first looked at the pictures Molly posted I thought “wow, now that’s really creative”, I had never seen anything like it and immediately I wanted to take it further than an art project. I wanted everyone else to see it and think “how cool is that?!” -like I did. I’ve always had a fascination with vinyls and old records, so, the idea of taking the Nashville skyline and really creating “Music City” was super cool. When Molly and I decided to pursue this business venture it began to excite us more and more every single day; And as we started showing it to people that’s when I really felt like it was going to succeed. The response was amazing and people really seemed to accept and encourage what we were doing. You can’t go wrong with art or music, and there really isn’t a day that I don’t love what I do.
FM: What are the ups and downs of working with your best friend?
D&M: We hear people say all the time “never work/ own a business with your friend”, we heard that from the first day we started VinylTide but that was also the day we decided to always communicate with each other. There are definitely days where it’s hard to work with your best friend, but there are even more days when we’re excited to wake up and talk about something we love, with the person that is going through it with us! It’s kind of like high school, without the petty drama
and a little more stress!
D: I would say that one of the downs of working with Molly is probably that she’s SO creative and so good at every single thing she does, sometimes I just want it to magically appear. She’s constantly reminding me that stuff takes time, especially if you want it to look amazing. I could never say just one “up” about working with my best friend, it really is a phenomenal job to have and to be able to share the most exciting moments with person you would want to anyway, makes it even better. I think we would both agree that even though we fight from time to time there are many more laughs, high-fives, and “praise Jesus’” than arguments!
M: Ups and downs—you got it! You hear a lot of people say “don’t go into business with your best friend”, and I think we would both agree—it’s risky territory! But we know that. Honestly, I think sometimes hearing that makes us even more determined to hang in there together! When you’re contributing totally different (and equally vital) skills, but have the same goal—it just WORKS. The idea isn’t to “not argue”—we always work through stuff, and by doing that, move VinylTide forward. Neither one of us is ever content with sitting on what we’ve got; ideas are always being discussed, improved, canned, expanded…that’s just part of growing a business! It’s harder to have feelings get hurt when you remember that your teammate wants the same thing you do. Also, we definitely wouldn’t have made it past the first week without a lot of laughs. We have more ridiculous inside jokes, and do more dorky high fives and cheers, than anybody else I can think of! But it helps—you have to keep the humor around as soon as you introduce the “B” word (business). Dakota’s my best friend, and the business aspect is HARD work, sometimes VERY frustrating/discouraging, it’s like a high-maintenance child that needs you 24/7! Honestly… I can’t imagine doing this with anybody BUT my best friend!
FM: Who decides what the next project is going to be?
D&M: If it’s not a custom piece, we both pretty much decide and talk things through (usually blaring music in the car). We’ll come up with a concept and just run with it. It doesn’t fully come to life until Molly works her magic and draws something crazy, and then when it’s actually on the vinyl we’ll do some jumping up and down and freak out like we’ve never made anything before that piece. It’s never not exciting to watch what you were thinking of come to life.
FM: Would you say VinylTide is more art or business?
D&M: VinylTide is both, it’s a artist mind with a love for people and things and thinking outside the box, and a business mind that loves design and creating new ideas. To have a successful company you must have a little bit of both, to create and to think past what’s right in front of you. Seeing the future and new ideas is “business”, making what is in front of you priority and doing it the best you possibly can is “art”. In this case, we need both and we happen to each love what we’re each good at.
FM: What is your favorite thing about the business?
D&M: Everything! It’s art and music, what is there not to love about it?! Nashville is a pretty good size city, but being able to walk into a record label or on to the set of “Nashville” and show someone something that completely relates to exactly where they are and probably what they’re doing is pretty amazing. Owning the business with your best friend is kind of baller too, we’re 22, we love music and art and we’re in a city that completely accepts people’s desire to create and have fun, instead of just living the norm and then dying. One of the first meetings we had with a successful business man and entrepreneur here in Nashville (just one year ago) he said to us, “Before anything else, keep ‘FUN’ at the forefront of this company and it will be huge”, that’s what we’re doing and that is what we will continue to do. Having the opportunity to follow our dreams is a blessing and we’re beyond thankful for everyone that has encouraged us and kept the spark going, we don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
M: Which charities do you donate to and why?
D&M: Right now we work with the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, Wounded Warrior Project, and The Hope Clinic. We feel that these organizations have done an amazing job in each of their fields. As we grow as a company we would like to reach out to other organizations in the community and even in other states, these are one that are close to home for each of us.
Being near the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home and having worked with them, it’s cool to see how encouraging and how much they bless the kids that are there. The parents in each of the homes have put their lives aside to guide and help each child have an opportunity to pursue their dreams. The Wounded Warrior Project is close to the heart for both of us because two men that we love very dearly are currently serving our country. Anything we could do to support our soldiers fighting for our freedom and those that have lost their lives in the process we feel it’s our job to do and give back in whatever way possible. The Hope Clinic is a local charity and place that women and men can go to receive help and a new hope if they feel like they’re facing something alone. We love this organization and love their mission to encourage, support, and listen to every person that walks through their doors, so that when they leave they feel they’re no longer
Please check out each of these organizations and see what you can do to help – It doesn’t always
have to be money!
The Hope Clinic – http://hopeclinicforwomen.org/
TBCH – http://www.tbch4kids.org/web/default.asp
Wounded Warrior Project – http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/