Nicole Delamotte

Brite Winter Festival: Blog + Interview Excerpts

Written by Nicole Delamotte.

I was so honored and thrilled to be asked to contribute a series of artist and musician interviews for this year's Brite Winter Festival, an outdoor festival hosted throughout Ohio City every February. You can keep up with the entire series {HERE}.

I'm also now on Tumblr! Follow me {HERE}.


Music Spotlight: Matt Hectorne & the Family Tree // Read the entire interview {HERE}.

Hanging around the green room below the Beachland Ballroom, Matt Hectorne seems at his most content talking church music and his Mississippi upbringings when the conversation comes to a halt and a smile breaks behind a grizzly beard. “‘I’ll Fly Away,’” he points upstairs in approval to the Womack Family Band’s psychedelic rendition of the spiritual standard taking place on stage that’s echoing through the floor. In 20 minutes he’ll take the stage himself for the last time with Humble Home. In five months he’ll move to Nashville.


Music Spotlight: Thaddeus Anna Greene // Read the entire interview {HERE}.

On the night Thaddeus Anna Greene released Directory of Thieves, he stood in front of the American flag backdrop of Bad Racket Recording Studios and, with a brash grin and gleam in his eyes, chanted the modernized Gary Clark Jr. line in Jimmy Reed’s classic, “You gonna know my name by the end of the night”. Today, the 22-year-old gives a likely response when asked if he’s worn thin on Hendrix comparisons over the past year but, between all the steamy, mid-summer swagger, in that moment I couldn’t have helped but to expect Greene to light his Fender on fire with the velocity of infamous Monterey Pop Festival “Wild Thing” grandeur.


Music + Art Spotlight: Melissa Olson (icatchfoxes) // Read the entire interview {HERE}.

Sitting in a busy coffee shop nestled below Coventry Village in Cleveland Heights, Melissa Olson is tall and bright-eyed with blonde hair that falls past her shoulders. Even three months after returning to Ohio, she is in essence everything the Beach Boys meant when they said they wish they all could be California girls. Because that’s how we perceive the sun-streaked coastlines personified. And we’ve become so accustomed to the American tales of our own coordinates on the map that sometimes we have to leave first to learn how to truly tell them.

Music Spotlight: Meridian // Read the entire interview {HERE}.

Max Stern is sitting in a buddy’s apartment somewhere around Brooklyn, New York and in less than 24 hours he’ll board a plane to Israel. It only seems appropriate for someone who penned an entire album themed around deconstructing the trials and constraints of distance that before he returns to Cleveland to record the follow-up to Signals Midwest’s acclaimed 2011 album, Latitudes and Longitudes, he’ll spend the next three weeks wandering around territory transatlantic.

Highlights: Cellar Door Cleveland (Aug-Oct)

Written by Nicole Delamotte.

Interview: James Bulloch (Ringworm / Curator) & Loren Naji (Gallery Owner) // Show opens November 2

Featured on Jordan Buckley (Every Time I Die / contributing artist) {here}.

“I invited my high school art teacher to the show. I got Ds and Fs in class and almost didn’t graduate because of it. ‘Do a still life of a table.’ I’d say ‘Nah, I’ll just draw this skull instead.’ Ah, I’ll take the F. It drove her nuts. 20 odd years later, I figure I’ll send her a postcard saying look, here’s a gallery show. And it’s of everyone drawing skulls.”

James Bulloch has a slight handlebar mustache that rises when he smirks. This is one of those moments. {read more}


Interview: Humble Home // In Our Sleep EP Release

Featured on New York City's Fieldhouse Music {here}.

There’s an energy in the room the day before a big show. For Humble Home, it’s in the form of four friends spread out on vintage canary blue couches in the wood paneled basement where they practice, playfully nostalgic about their pre-band days crossing paths at youth groups and Lakewood’s old Hi-Fi venue. Songstress Morgan Mecaskey, who will contribute keys to their performance the following day, sits relaxed on a ledge off near the stairs. Notably gritty and soulful on record, she is accessibly lighthearted here, chiming in only when the conversation drifts to guilty pleasure bands of high school days and the break-up of her and drummer Anthony Foti’s past band Tinamou.

They drink Black and Tans from cans with a laid-back demeanor that does not break. They are gentleman. {read more}


Interview: TurnStyle Films // Debut of Smoke Screen "Smoke & Lasers"

Greeting you at the counter of the west side coffee and record shop Loop is an army green jacket with the words ALL DINOSAURS pinned to the lapel. It’s the cover of the staple Cleveland band’s new release and it was designed by a snappy redhead named Jamie Overstreet, who also serves as one-ninth of the music videographer team TurnStyle Films. She walks downstairs clutching vinyl, an all-female compilation with the main distinguishing quality being a sticker labeling the album ‘goth disco’, a title that can only lead you to imagine the needle drops on a sort of Siouxsie and the Banshees revival. “Why not? This looks fun,” she says to three of her TurnStyle partners – Jon Nix, Yoshi Andrego, Ralph Miller — and it’s clear the statement is less about new-wave discount bin diving and more group mantra-turned-mode of operation. {read more}


Cleveland is for Laughers // Chucklefck Accidental Comedy Festival & Pilot Shooting

It’s unusually hot in the upstairs room that houses the Reddstone stage, an above-the-bar space that incited comedy it-girl Amy Schumer to thank a sold-out audience for inviting her to their grandma’s attic at a show hosted by Ramon Rivas late last year. Two audience members next to me waiting for the show to begin make a well-intentioned R.E.M. pun about the heat  — “Shiny sweaty people.” A row ahead, a young girl attempts to rile up the crowd with suggestions of taking off clothes.

Everyone is a comedian. {read more}



Interview: DJ Eso of KEYEL // Mahall's 20 Lanes Soul Bowl & LKWD Music Festival

Posted up behind the counter of Heart & Sole, Vince Manzano, better known as Dj Eso, switches off the spacey hip-hop serving as the store’s mood music. It’s a thick-as-thieves hot Coventry night, the kind that radiates heat from the hilly concrete of the street and similarly the dark walls of the urban designer boutique Manzano co-owns. Leaning elbow to chin against the table top’s cooled down acrylics in a way that streamlines the CCC initials of his music collective tattooed along his forearm, he looks at his computer’s playlist and starts: "Mahall's is so dope." {read more}

Humble Home: In Our Sleep EP Band Bio

Written by Nicole Delamotte.


After doing a quick interview and write-up about Humble Home for this year's Weapons of Mass Creation Fest blog I was so honored when the guys asked me to write the band bio for their new EP release, In Our Sleep! You can check out the original WMC Fest interview I did with them here and visit their Tumblr to see the expanded bio (and hear their songs, buy their music and book them because they're fantastic).

H U M B L E  H O M E : In Our Sleep EP (Band Bio)


Weaving soaring, at times haunted vocals through rock-derived folk, Cleveland’s Humble Home has intertwined the darkest corners of Americana with a rollicking energy since 2009. Free-spirited and wild-eyed, the 2012 release of In Our Sleep, the band’s third and most sonically expanded EP, saw their rustic ambiance take new life through a collection of melodic, stomping anthems. Maintaining the experimental lure of their debut EP Prologue to Doubt, and its follow-up, Wicked Men, these four young Midwest gentlemen have established themselves as masters of crafting their storytelling with a nod to the cinematic and a versatility that is all at once voyeuristic and captivatingly human.

While the more minimalist acoustics of Prologue to Doubt and Wicked Men allowed an intimate showcase for the echoing lead vocals of Nick Wise and accompanying vocalist/guitarist Matt Hectorne, the blues-tinged, multi-layered chamber pop progressions of In Our Sleep give new depth to the album’s narrative as they deconstruct themes of loss, our unconscious state of mind, and the questioning and rediscovering of faith. The full-time addition of drummer Anthony Foti to the band’s songwriting efforts in 2011 marked a newfound force in the barreling, full-bodied rhythm section that lends itself to the chemistry of Foti and bassist Jeff Sutton.

Teaming up with Cleveland craft studio Bad Racket, they debuted In Our Sleep’s matured panoramic sound as part of the renowned Live from Bad Racket series in a video for “Too Young”. Leading up to the album’s release, Humble Home returned to perform at Cleveland’s Brite Winter Festival and Weapons of Mass Creation Festival, sharing the stage with Pomegranates, Gregory and the Hawk, Saintseneca and other local up-and-comers. The band was invited in July to be a part of Cincinnati’s inaugural Bunbury Music Festival where they played alongside indie heavy-hitters Death Cab for Cutie and Minus the Bear.

To record In Our Sleep, Humble Home entered Dave Douglas’ (Relient K) Danger House Studios in Cleveland for the first time. They again worked with longtime partner Doc Harrill to master the record at local Synergy Studios. The band’s self-released EP debuted to a high-energy audience at its Grog Shop release show in September.