I love this band - Tim Ouyang has some of the most gorgeous vocals I have ever heard. So I'm stoked to hear that they have a new music video available for their first single "Analyze"! Watch the video here:
And you can download "Analyze" for free here:
Be sure to check Tim Be Told out on their North American tour (dates below in their press release) - man, if they were coming anywhere near Hong Kong, I would go!
Read the full press release here:
On May 5, 2010, Tim Be Told
released a brand new music video for their song, “Analyze,” off the
critically acclaimed “From the Inside” EP. Watch the video now at
www.timbetold.com, where you can
download the single for free and visit the newly relaunched Tim Be Told
store. Using real people rather than actors, “Analyze” highlights the
internal struggles we all face and the battles waged between
discouragement and hope. The video, directed by Jonathan Moy, projects the band’s positive outlook, with hope winning in the end. Tim Be Told’s uplifting music has earned them a legion of fans across the country. They have been touring relentlessly as a client of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment and, in between the dates, the band is spending some time in the studio working on a new record!
For those of you that want to see Tim Be Told perform at your university next year, the band has a limited number of shows that it will be playing at college campuses. Therefore, send a booking email request ASAP to email@example.com to reserve a spot. Don’t miss out!
See the band on tour live in a city near you and stay tuned to www.timbetold.com for the latest news and updates:
May 6 - Columbus, OH - BoMA
May 7 - Cincinnati, OH - Mainstay Rock Bar
May 8 - Los Angeles, CA - Panel at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
May 12 - Denver, CO - University of Denver
May 18 - Campbell, CA - World Mission Baptist Church
May 22 - Seattle, WA - APA Heritage Bash @ Ibiza Nightclub
May 28 - Wheaton, IL - WCAC Church
June 25 - Mineral City, OH - Alive Festival
June 26 - Nashville, TN - Lipscomb University
We at LUMINA are so excited about the imminent broadcast of the Indie Soap Awards - catch the award presentation show here:
We're going to be watching!!!!
Jen & the Cast and Crew of LUMINA
As you already know from my previous post on Tim Be Told, I'm a huge fan of this Charlottesville, Virginia based band and hearing "All of Me" on LUMINA webisode 4 is still one of my favorite moments in the entire series.
And now Tim Be Told is offering their single "Analyze" from their new EP From the Inside for free for fans to download! Grab it while it's hot!
We're very excited to announce that LUMINA has been nominated for 6 categories in the 1st Annual Indie Soap Awards! It is an absolute honor to have been nominated and we're excited to be in the running for the final round of judging.
Best Indie Soap
Best Writing, Jennifer Thym
Best Directing, Jennifer Thym
Best Editing, Bettina Enigl
Best Sound Design, Ben Robinson
From the official press release:
The Indie Soap Awards are sponsored by We Love Soapsand the nominees were selected from a first round of judging from a panel of entertainment critics that cover the industry.
We Love Soaps is an online soap opera magazine dedicated to preserving the history of soap opera and fostering the growth of new productions. The 1st Annual Indie Soap Awards were developed to honor the efforts of creative forces in the world of independent web series productions, specifically those who produce continuing drama series.
For more information, please go to www.indiesoapawards.com.
Locally made Hong Kong web series LUMINA is featured in today's South China Morning Post - grab a copy for posterity! Big thanks to SCMP Features Writer Sara Yin and Multimedia Editor Michael Logan - you guys rock!!
The online version of the South China Morning Post newspaper print article is here and the accompanying video interview is available on YouTube:
And YES, to address the rumors going around, we've got some nice surprises planned for the LUMINA store ( here's a hint) - stay tuned!
Hong Kong is the biggest small town in which I have ever lived. For a city of 7 million people, it's amazing how often you run into people you know on the street; what's even more amazing is when you meet someone cool who all your friends know, but you didn't. And musician and music producer Anton Wong falls smack into that category.
I remember superstar guitarist D'in Cheung asking me to come meet the new band that he was putting together and to talk to a music producer who was helping them out - Anton. We ended up talking about a million things that night, but most of it seemed to revolve back to 80's metal and pop.
Anton's wide ranging taste in music paired with his encyclopedic knowledge is something I am perpetually fascinated with and the fact that he also a talented musician in his own right is doubly cool. I have the honor of having the fantastically paced, instantly likable sounds of "LoveSong Sing It" end LUMINA Webisode 6: Windows. One of these days I'm going to write a screenplay that's going to be ripe for lots of guitar driven dance music and I'm going to deck it out with Anton's songs.
LUMINA writer/director Jen Thym sits down with Hong Kong music producer & musician Anton Wong for an exclusive interview:
JT: How long have you been writing, creating and producing music? Was there a particular moment in your life when you realised you wanted to be a musician?
Anton: I don't remember exactly how long. I've always been playing guitars and piano since I was a kid. The writing part came more naturally when a few years ago, one day, I woke up and realized I had something to say to the world. And my message wasn't entirely what's already been told before.
JT: What inspired you to write "LoveSong Sing It"? Tell us a little about the music video for it. Anton: "LoveSong Sing It" is a tiny bit biographical, and a tiny bit inspired by this old film Lunes De Fiel by Roman Polanski. The story is really about dysfunctional relationships, and how people get badly hurt by them, whether physically or mentally. Quite often those who inflict pain are hardly even aware that they are inflicting pain on others. Some of my friends think it is a realistic portrayal of modern love.
JT: Name the top five artists that you want to produce an album for. Anton: I would love to produce Imogen Heep, Chemical Brothers, Marilyn Manson, Muse, N.E.R.D. Basically people who I enjoy musically, and who I think would be interesting to produce because you just know their creative process has to be killer awesome.
JT: Who are your favorite up and coming artists? What's your advice for young musicians in Hong Kong? Anton: Assuming you're talking about the local bands around here. I really enjoy the following:
Killer Soap - They are pretty much a Brit-pop style band. While I don't listen to Brit-pop day and night, I like the fact that their songs are intricately arranged, well-rehearsed, and they just sound great live. I can go on and on about how Rocky sings well and how Gould is the most entertaining drummer to watch. But the most important thing is, these guys are not doing pop because they're not technical enough to do metal (which is often the case in Hong Kong). They've made a conscious choice on their genre and did a kick ass job at it.
Gong Wu - People either love them or hate them - or love the songs but hate their in-your-face self-promoting ways. But being loud mouth and pompous is what makes rock'n'roll so much fun. And these guys ROCK HARD.
Crazimalz(now defunct) - I don't think too many people have seen them play. But I really thought this band had found an angle. They looked the part. They're a metal band but their sound was unique - with songs and arrangements that are memorable yet fresh. I kept wanting to hear more from them.
Violent Jokes - These guys do electronic band music. They suffer quite a bit from the inconsistent live mixing job that's commonplace at the venues in Hong Kong. Because sonic quality is such a big part of electronic music, the crappy live house mixing jobs make them sound totally different everytime they play a gig. But if you listen to their studio recorded tracks, you'd be amazed by how insanely creative they are, while keeping the songs very listenable. They will be opening for Roni Size when he comes to Hong Kong in Novermber. Enough said.
Sajid & the Lost Boy s - Sajid is a very eloquent singer songwriter. His studio tracks are very good but they do not give you even a hint of how captivating his live performance can be. His songs are mesmerizing, without getting all cheesy.
Advice: Musicians, even indie musicians, are nonetheless entertainers. Define who your audience is, find them, and give them what they want.
JT:Tell us your plans for the future - any new songs or albums coming out?
Anton: Trying to work together with a few guys from some of the bands mentioned above, and put out a kick ass electronica album. The music will hopefully defy geographic boundaries.
We are so close to the end of the first LUMINA season, and I'm excited because I know that the webisodes are getting more and more intense (and some things are finally explained!) You can catch LUMINA Webisode 7 now on YouTube:
Did you notice anything different with the embedded video above? Yes, that's right! It shows the English subtitles automatically!
So now I want to introduce you to a new added accessibility feature to our website. Under the LUMINA VIDEOS tab, we have new categories by LANGUAGE. So if you want to watch the series with traditional CHINESE subtitles, just click here to check out our new interface:
Or you can simply test the traditional Chinese embed here:
We have subtitles available in ENGLISH, SPANISH, NORWEGIAN, JAPANESE, and FRENCH!
And on to the reviews:
We got reviewed by the awesomely titled Film Site MOVIE CREMATORIUM (thanks for the tip, Spencer!!)
and by the women-in-horror (VERY cool idea for a website) PRETTY SCARY:
and by the amazingly well organised web series site 93 STUDIOS:
and by ultratrendy dramasite FANGIRLTAINMENT:
and by German digital entertainment news site TV DIGITAL:
And by a media/PR site (woo!) called MEDIA ASIA:
Thanks for the support everyone!
Jen & the Cast and Crew of LUMINA
LUMINA Websiode 4 is my favorite webisode in the entire series. I felt like we truly captured that magic moment in a relationship, when things could either go completely wrong or blossom into the most wonderful experience ever.
I remember combing through hundreds of songs looking for the right one to end Webisode 4. I found many that I enjoyed listening to, but somehow they didn't quite capture that feeling of being on that narrow ledge between amazing and frightening. Then my producer Sommer Nguyen mentioned this up and coming band called Tim Be Told from my homestate of Virginia and the rest is history.
The band is comprised of singer Tim Ouyang, guitarists Andrew Chae and Luan Nguyen, drummer Jim Barredo and bassist Parker Stanley. Tim Be Told's soulful music transcends the pop genre that people will inevitably classify them in - the music is timeless and true, in the moment and heartfelt.
And. They. Rock. Live. Go check out any of the numerous videos on YouTube and even though the audio quality varies greatly according to which audience member recorded it on whatever phone or handycam, the passion and raw musical talent of this five piece band shines through. Just read through the comments on any of the forums and fanpages they have, and you know they inspire everyone who listens to them in concert. In an age of digital everything, this band still has the real in-person magic mojo.
LUMINA Writer/director Jen Thym sits down for a chat with Tim Ouyang, lead singer of Tim Be Told.
JT: Where did the name " Tim Be Told" come from?
Tim: This is a common question. I want to say that my last name means " Be Told" when translated in English. But the truth is that it comes from the expression "truth be told."
JT: Talk a little bit about "All of Me." What's the song writing process for you like? How long does it take and what inspires you?
Tim: I wrote "All of Me" during a time in my life when I was doubting a lot of things. Writing the song was a way of dealing with it. When I write music, I have to have something to write about. I generally don't write unless I feel like I have something to say or express. So that means I can sometimes write multiple songs in day, or sometimes I won't write a song for months. It can be unpredictable.
JT: What attracted you as a band to the LUMINA project? Do you have any favorite web series or TV shows?
Tim: We were really impressed by the care that went into creating the LUMINA project. I also like the way Jennifer Thym directed it with the Internet in mind and the depths she went to combine the video elements with music that really brings out the story she was looking to tell. My favorite TV show right now is Law and Order SVU which I happen to watch on Netflix.
JT: Name your five top musical influences.
Tim:My top five musical influences at the moment are Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Kirk Franklin, Aretha Franklin and Disney movies .
JT: Any recent news to share with your fans? Any info on upcoming concerts?
Tim: Right now we are on the road heading to play a show with the band Reilly who are close friends of ours. We just put out a brand new EP called "From The Inside," which is available for sale on our online store at www.tbtstore.com. We hope to see you all out on the road.
Thank you very much to Napoleon Biggs, host of WEB WEDNESDAY, the premiere digital networking event in Hong Kong, for a FANTASTIC evening and a highly entertaining interview. We all met such wonderful digitally savvy people, including Hong Kong's top twitterer and fabulous geek-in-golf-attire @JayOatway, Hong Kong StartUp Association co-founder Henry Oh, and Xanga CTO Dan Huddle.
Our wonderful LUMINA stars JuJu Chan, Michael Chan, Jacob Ziacan, and Jayson Li kicked off the evening with a hilarious skit MC'd by our one and only Simon Yin! Watch the "live recap" of LUMINA Webisode 1 through 5 here:
And then came Napoleon's interview with LUMINA writer/director Jen Thym. Aquarium time! But seriously, it was the first time I felt comfortable on a stage, and I really have to thank Napoleon for being an awesome host.
And finally the winners of our fabulous door prizes are:
THIRD PRIZE: Vivan Wong won the LUMINA notebook autographed by the cast!
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who came out to support us!
This coming Wednesday is going to be smokin' - the LUMINA cast will be the featured guest at this month's WEB WEDNESDAY, Hong Kong's premiere digital networking event, hosted by Napoleon Biggs.
WHERE: Volar, Basement, 38-44 D'Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong
We're going to kick off the evening with a live sketch starring the LUMINA cast, so don't be late! Napoleon will then interview LUMINA writer/director Jen Thym about how she made the series and what's in store for the future! So if you're curious about web series and the future of digital entertainment, please come and join the discussion!
And check out these fabulous door prizes that we will be giving away:
DOOR PRIZE NO. 3: Autographed glossy LUMINA notebook plus an array of LUMINA postcards and stickers!
PLUS a per centage of the door fee will go to Oxfam for their relief work in Vietnam and and the Philippines in wake of Typhoon Ketsana. Enjoy a good night out with us and do good for a charity at the same time! Sign up for the event here on AlivenotDead:
We'll be going to Speak Up at M1NT afterwards, so come and hang out with us!
Season One of LUMINA the Web Series is now online! Watch all nine webisodes on www.luminaseries.com or on www.KoldCast.tv! Please share it with your family ...Read more
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