So, How Was Your Decade is a series in which the decade’s most innovative musicians answer our questionnaire about the people, places and things that shaped their decade. We’ll be rolling these pieces out throughout December. Chilean singer-songwriter Mon Laferte has taken on several iterations of herself over the past decade. During the aughts, she was best known as Norma Monserrat Bustamante Laferte: recurring guest on Chile’s competitive talent show, Rojo. But after thyroid cancer put her career on ice in 2009, she came back swinging in the 2010s as Mon Laferte: a newly recovered, alt-rock guitar goddess. In 2012, Laferte kicked off a three-year stint as the teal-haired frontwoman of Mexican metal band Mystica Girls; then, upon signing a deal with Universal Music Mexico in 2015, she reintroduced herself as Mon Laferte, folk-rock balladeer. She was golden by 2017, after her fourth studio album, La Trenza, garnered her five Latin Grammys. The winning … [Read more...] about So, How Was Your Decade, Mon Laferte?
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When Kanye West released Jesus Is King at the end of October, there was only one musician credited on ten different tracks other than West himself: The Argentine-born, jazz-trained pianist Federico Vindver. Roughly a month later, Coldplay put out a new double album, Everyday Life, and there was Vindver again, producing and writing on four more tracks. Back-to-back appearances on two commercial blockbusters — West’s album debuted at Number One in the U.S.; Coldplay’s at Number One in the U.K. — marked a breakout moment for the writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Vindver has spent most of his career in more anonymous settings, anchoring touring bands for acts like Lauryn Hill and Marc Anthony. Now he’s proving remarkably malleable in the studio, moving easily from slow-drip flirtation (Mariah Carey) to holy hip-hop (West), from barbershop quartet ballads (Missy Elliott) to driving Eighties throwbacks (Zayn), from universal-balm pop (Coldplay) … [Read more...] about How an Argentinean Jazz Pianist Became Kanye West and Coldplay’s Go-To Producer
Professor Lowell: …We came very close to The China Syndrome. Richard Adams (Michael Douglas), a radical young cameraman, is working with Kimberly Wells (Jane Fonda), a TV reporter, on what is shaping up as one of your everyday pro-nuclear-power pieces. They are at the Ventana Nuclear Power Plant in southern California, and Adams has just filmed Wells and a PR man talking about how the plant works. As soon as the PR guy is out of earshot, the long-haired, bearded and frumpy Adams recites: “Steam turns the turbine that turns the generator…. and the shit hits the fan.” Moments later, in the visitors’ room, the TV crew feels a tremor. Adams, who’s been told he can’t film the control room just below them, casually props his camera up on a table, adjusts his lens and looks bored, while his camera captures shift supervisor Jack Godell (Jack Lemmon) accelerating from calm to panic as the rest of his staff run around the room pushing buttons, … [Read more...] about How Nice Guy Michael Douglas Came to Star in ‘The China Syndrome’