10 x 4 – Ruede Hagelstein

10 x 4 - Ruede Hagelstein Ruede Hagelstein believes in a lot of things; the power of music, the importance of fair pay, and the healing power of Ko?n, for example. The berlin producer isn’t particularly fond of the paranormal, however, be it an X-File or a political debate. Want to know more? Read on!

1. If you were still in high school, which clique would you belong to?
Crazy question. What do we have actually? Emo, Raver, Pimp, Hardcore, Freak.. hm… I’m sure I would most any of those for a very short time.

2. An album that changed the way you thought?
Ko?n’s self-titled album introduced me to hardcore, groove core and nu-metal. I really loved the new sounds.

3. What does underground and mainstream mean to you?
Underground means fun. Mainstream means work.

4. Better show: Buffy or X-Files?
I should say Buffy, but I dont watch any kind of mystery stuff. I really can’t stand it.

5. Do you believe in the paranormal?
Paranormality means anything we dont understand. So life must be very paranormal? It’s a useless term for me.

6. What defines your music-making process?
Hating / Loving / Hating / Loving… and then I die.

7. Should music be free?
Well, it’s true that most musicians earn their money performing live. I know I do! But I dont think it should be like that. Music is a product of someone and they need to be paid fairly for it. Don’t force a good producer to make a bad show!

8. Write a non-promotional paragraph.
Click here to (illegally) download my music for free.

9. Are you interested in politics?
I still don’t believe in paranormal stuff.

10. Raging or chilling out?
All in good time.

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Bogner’s TV Guide No. 4

Bogner's TV Guide No. 4 Regular EB readers know our 10 x 4 series, in which we hand out a a series of questions both incisive and fun to rising artists and musicians who might not otherwise have such exposure. There’s one question in particular which I’d like to point out:

“Buffy: great show or greatest show?”

Regardless of what your answer might be, you have to wonder what kind of genius it would take to make this question even worth asking. To answer that, follow me through more than fifteen years of TV history, all created and written by the exceptionally creative mind of Joss Whedon. It all started in 1997 with…

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
No need to waste my breath raving about Buffy, right? Seven seasons of pure mystery-girlpower-entertaining-vampire-madness, packed to the brim with engaging characters, groundbreaking scripts and brilliant dialogue that literally changed the way we speak.

I can’t think of a single spinoff that has been as good as the original. Angel is no exception, but a TV show about a vampire with a human soul is still much better than most of what’s on television. Plus I’m pretty sure it’s the only work David Boreanaz has ever had post-Buffy, aside from a really really unpleasant movie career and yeah, Bones, which is rather unpleasant too.

First aired in September 2002 and canceled shortly thereafter, with only 11 of the 14 already-produced episodes being aired. Firefly is the second best spaceship-based sci-fi show (after Battlestar Galactica) and the best Western series (yes, better than Deadwood and Hell on Wheels) ever made. Part of that success is owed to the fantastic crew of the Serenity and its smuggler-in-chief Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds, played by Nathan Fillion. If you haven’t seen Firefly, the concept of a ‘space western’ might sound as strange to you as the idea of producing a supervillain-musical in pre-Glee times (yeah, Joss Whedon did that too, which we’ll get to in a second), but I promise, it’s as hilarious as it is thrilling.

After the demise of Firefly, the Browncoats (that’s what Firefly fans called themselves) went completely nuts and demanded a renewal of the show. They ultimately failed, but they were given a 119-minute feature film instead. Serenity explains the origin of the Reavers (just watch the show) and is much darker than Firefly, but the worst thing is that in the end Joss Whedon all but ensures that there won’t ever be a sequel. Bummer.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog
Whedon produced this web-only miniseries (starring Neil Patrick Harris) without a big studio at his back; he pulled this one off essentially by himself. Divided into three acts, it’s a really weird show with a lot of singing, but at this point, could you really expect anything less?

What on the paper looked like a clever commentary on the concept of identity and modern technology turned out to be quite flat. The show is about an illegal prostitution ring where all the prostitutes (referred to as ‘dolls’) got their memory erased and uploaded with another personality. After two seasons, it was canceled and ended in a dystopian fucked-up future of Terminatoresque proportions (hell, maybe worse).

Okay, so now you know Joss Whedon’s résumé. Despite a few flops, it’s pretty damn strong. He has two new films as well: Avengers – which is a great popcorn flick – and Cabin In The Woods, which, according to Bret Easton Ellis’ twitter, is “the funniest movie I’ve seen in about a year. It might look Empire but it has a gleeful post-Empire sensibility.“

If you’re in Vienna (like me!) you have the opportunity to catch Cabin In The Woods today at the Slashing Europe Film Festival. I’ll be there!

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10 x 4 – Teen Witch

10 x 4 - Teen Witch The Internet is a high school, and Teen Witch helps give you the necessary advice you need to get with the cool clique. The young Chicago tastemaker has recently shifted from the digital realm into the physical with his answer to Tiger Beat, TEEN WITCH MAGAZINE. Say a spell and come inside.

1. Biggest inspiration?
Everyone on my friends list that is doing something cool and different. I get to watch them grow and it really drives me the most because I just want to build along with them.

2. Last album you loved?
In a rotation of GrimesVisions, Hunx‘s Hairdresser Blues and Nicki Minaj‘s Roman Reloaded.

3. Raging or chilling out?
I’m still trying to figure that out. I really love staying in and watching television, but I’m always thinking I’m missing out on everything that is going on. I want to be apart of everything I just don’t want to get out of bed.

4. Secret advice?
Get out there; network, create and have fun. I believe in the power of thought, if you think about what you want and think about how to get it it’s going to happen. See yourself as your heroes and stop taping up pictures of people you admire on your walls and put up pictures of yourself in their place. Invest in yourself or you’re probably going to live a pointless life.

5. Favorite place to create?
Social networking sites.

6. The internet: what mysteries does it hold?
The internet only allows you to know what it wants you to know.

7. One thing you can’t live without?
A decent WiFi connection.

8. Buffy: great show or greatest show?
Buffy represents all that is girl power!

9. Biggest break so far?
Being acknowledged by people I look up to.

10. THE FUTURE: what it holds and how we can destroy it:
For myself, I’m starting to work on getting out a clothing line. I want to put out a few pieces in conjunction with TEEN WITCH magazine that kind of represent each issue. Hopefully that will be out this summer then the next issue this fall/winter. You can destroy it all in a press of a power button.


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