Thursday, December 29, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
I hope everyone is having a safe, relaxing, and happy holiday season. I've been recharging the batteries as they say as well as devising a business plan for the new year.
First, I wanted to start off by saying that the film "Fetish Dolls Die Laughing" is currently the number one viewed film on MaddyGTV. The film is still able to be viewed there. I would describe MaddyGTV as sort of a "USA Up All Night" for the internet (for those old enough to remember "USA Up All Night"..HA!). Most of the content on there would have an R rating (I would label "Die Laughing" at about a mild-moderate R), so it ain't for the kiddies. You can watch the film by going to the MaddyGTV Website and clicking on the FDDL movie poster (it's free to watch too, btw). The film will be coming to DVD in the spring of 2012 through World Wide Mulitmedia. I play the role of Darlene, a naive and annoyingly talkative wannabe model. Pittsburgh based musician, Josh Loughery scored the film, and Jason English's song "Living Is Dying" is in the film. He even has a cameo in the film performing the song. The film was edited by David Dietz of zDiet3 Productions and he also has a small acting role in it.
There is also more in the film category coming in 2012. The supernatural thriller, "The Farm" (by Ghost Walk Productions) is making it's way around the festival circuit (2nd Annual Independent Film Festival in California and Pandoracon in Cincinnati, OH). Two songs from my debut album, POET ("Black Forest" and "Ghost-Persephone's Netherrealm Remix") is featured on the soundtrack. You can find out more at The Farm Movie's Official Website including getting some cool Ghost Walk Productions Merchandise and "The Farm" DVD!
Another film currently in post-production is the docu-drama, "Resolution: A Portrait of Amelia Earhart." It was filmed, produced, and edited by zDiet3 Productions. I play Rosemary (a student at Purdue University where Amelia gave lectures and taught at) and provided the Narration for it. I don't have a release date as of yet, but as soon as I find out we will let you know:)
I'll also be shooting another film with Eerie Frequency Entertainment and Sound Video Productions (the companies who also put out "The Girl"). It is an apocalyptic film based on the hollow earth theory appropriately titled, "Hollow Earth." Filming will begin in the spring of 2012.
And of course, there is my personal project, "Driving Nowhere." We hope to have a small theatrical trailer (the first of three) for you sometime in the early spring. You can follow the making of it at the Driving Nowhere Website .
Another thing I will be doing is revamping my music webzine. While I will keep up the content from the original one, I'm also starting from scratch with this one. One thing I'm passionate about is supporting and promoting independent art. And one thing that really annoys me is the misconceptions about indie music, film, and all other forms of independent artists. Somehow if you're an independent artist, you're either "not good enough" or "not driven enough" to 'make it.' Honestly, some of the hardest working people in the industry are those in the indie world. Yes, there are some turds in there (but there are also turds in Hollywood too) but there are many people in the indie world who have managed to have success in their field. While I'm not expecting to change everyone's mind, I hope to maybe shed some light on the issue. The webzine is Music's Underworld. While the title is music related, it won't be confined to just music, but music will be the main focus and the first issue will be in January of 2012. I'm also planning to start up a related radio talk show. That probably won't come into fruition until the spring of 2012 since I'm in the process of "learning the ropes" of BlogTalkRadio, but you'll definitely be kept informed.
I'll also be continuing to write for the Rogue Cinema Webzine and I started doing book reviews for Horrornews.net . I also plan to finally finish my poetry project, "Jagged Scars" this year and will inform you when there is to be a release date.
My official website, tiffanyapan.com will also be going through some revamping and we will be working to finish my second full length album. We also have a couple shows coming soon in the CONCERTS AND APPEARANCES section of this web blog.
There is still time to get my holiday single featuring Chuck Owston, "She Waits Upon the Shore" as a free download until January 6 on CDBaby and Vibedeck. My 2nd Living Room Sessions and Holiday EP is also available at CDBaby.
Of course we will always keep you informed as things progress. You can also join the Mailing List for monthly news updates.
Thanks to those who have supported so far. See you in 2012!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
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Tiffany Apan & Chuck Owston, "She Waits Upon the Shore"
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tiffany Apan on Vibedeck
AND some good news on the film front. First, supernatural thriller, "The Farm" will be screening in March 2012 at the 2nd Annual Independent Film Festival in California. Two songs from my album, POET is on the soundtrack and the film boasts an amazing cast.
For more info on the film and the event, check out The Farm Website .
The second is the movie "Fetish Dolls Die Laughing" which goes to DVD in March 2012 (there appears to be a March theme here). It is a twisted horror/comedy/thriller and is currently playing on MaddyGTV. The ratings for films playing on MaddyGTV typically range from a strong PG-13 to a strong R. I'd rate Die Laughing at about a mild to moderate R so it ain't for the kiddies. I play Darlene Jakes, a naive and painfully talkative wannabe model. You can check it at MaddyGTV and check out the poster for the DVD cover:
Jason English has a song on the soundtrack and Ghost Estate's Josh Loughery scored the film.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
It's been a little over a year since I began my experimental Living Room Sessions and I'm going to show them in consecutive order each day cause I can:P Here is the very first one I did in November of 2010. It was the very first session, so please bear with my introductory rambling in the beginning:P
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Tiffany Apan & Chuck Owston-She Waits Upon the Shore single
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
It's also available as a Facebook Like for Download at Vibedeck:
Tiffany on Vibedeck
Last year's Holiday single, "Greensleeves" is also available now as a FB Like for Download there too:)
And visit my Bandcamp Page and decide what YOU want to pay for the music.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Offering last year's holiday single as a facebook like for download:) Go to the link, click FB LIKE FOR DOWNLOAD, and you should then get the download. Available this way through New Years:)
And some other releases now on Vibedeck:
More releases to be added soon:)
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Saturday October 29
4:30 pm- Lisa Neeld and the cast members of "The Girl" reunite for a panel discussion
6:45pm- Musical Entertainmet (with my concert being part of it)
Sunday October 30
2pm- Indie Film Panel discussion featuring Len Kabasinski, Sal Lizard, Matt Jefferson, and Tiffany Apan.
For more info, visit the Halloween Horror Expo Events Page
Here are some updates on upcoming Film Releases to DVD, Screenings, and Music News:
FILM DVD RELEASES
THE GIRL (Oct. 11, 2011)
Eerie Frequency Entertainment in association with Sound Video Production presents "The Girl" being released to DVD through Picturedactyl Distribution. In this film, I play the role of Kara and two songs off of my debut full length album, "Poet" are featured on the film's soundtrack: "Whispers" and "Warrior." The film is a horror thriller also starring Lisa Neeld, Debbie Rochon, Lonni Gary, Mark Cray, Scot Cummings, Robert Z'Dar, Conrad Brooks, Matt Jefferson, and many other talented people. The film was edited by Emmy nominee, Holly Sechrist and I share the soundtrack with Samantha Newark (aka Jem/Jerricha of the 1980s cartoon Jem and the Holograms), Derrick Wray, and Gein and the Gravers.
The film will be available at select retail stores soon, but you can currently purchase the film at the Picturdactly Store: http://shop.picturedactyl.com/The-Girl-884501611299.htm
"The Girl" DVD will also be available at the Halloween Horror Expo on October 29 & 30, 2011 for a special price of $5.00! Members of the cast and crew will also be there. Visit http://www.halloweenhorrorexpo.com/ for more info.
SLASHERS GONE WILD (Oct 14, 2011)
World Parody Productions presents a film along the lines of "Hostel" and the "Saw" movies with some comedic elements that also stars stage/film/daytime soap actress, Robyn Griggs. It is being distributed through Maxim Media International and I play the part of Jessica Peters, an internet/computer hacker who stumbles upon much more than she bargained for...
The film is also available on Amazon and Family Video .
THE FARM short version (Oct 29, 2011)
Ghost Walk Productions present the supernatural thriller based on a true story, "The Farm." This DVD, however, is the short or featurette version of what will be the feature length version. The film is currently self distributed by Ghost Walk and stars Alana Kaniewski, John Chiara, Holly Neelie, Richard T. Phillis, Malik Ali, Janine Bowles Sarnowski, and Joel David Anger. In this film, I'm featured on the soundtrack with the songs "Ghost (Persephone's Netherrealm Remix)" and "Black Forest."
For more information, visit the film's website at http://thefarmfilm.com/
The film is also available at the Ghost Walk merch store: Ghost Walk Mercantile
The DVD can also be purchased at the film's premiere on October 29 at the haunted farm at which it was filmed. Visit the website at the link abover for more info and the FILM SCREENINGS in this post below for more info:)
FETISH DOLLS DIE LAUGHING (Spring of 2012)
Kiss of Death Productions in association with zDiet3 Productions present a dark, twisted comedy thriller about an evil spirit that possesses a seedy photographer who lures models to their doom. The film will be distributed by World Wide Mulitmedia and also stars Laura Romeo and Angelo Brunii. I play the role of Darlene Jakes, a very naive and painfully talkative wannabe model.
More info will be given as time gets closer to the distribution date in the spring of 2012.
Clips from the film, "The Girl" will be played throughout the Halloween Horror Expo. For more information on the events and screenings, visit the Halloween Horror Expo Events Page.
The short version of "The Farm" will be premiering at The Haunted Farm at 8pm on October 29. The address is 5450 Old Millersport Road NE Pleasantville, OH 42148. Visit http://www.haunted-farm.com/ and http://thefarmfilm.com/ for more info on directions and the film.
FETISH DOLLS DIE LAUGHING
The film will be making it's premiere at the Killer Film Festival Online on October 29-Nov 2. For more info, visit The Killer Film Fest Online Page . Each time block opens at 5pm.
I will also be working on some new recordings with my good friend, Chuck Owston, for the Christmas and Winter Holidays. Release dates to come soon.
One thing I do try to do for fans wishing to obtain recordings of my album, singles, and EPs is to make it as affordable as possible to do that. While we do have our standard retail prices, I try to also offer merchandise at discounted prices as well. This was my reasoning behind starting my ebay store for physical CDs and merch, but now (thanks to Bandcamp) I've found a way to also offer discounted digital downloads. At my Bandcamp store, I am giving fans a chance to pay what they want to pay for the music with minimum payment for singles at twenty cents, EPs at $1.00 and full length albums at $2.00. Pay the base minimum or "pay up" if you wish to. Basically, you choose the price beginning with the base minimum:)
Visit my Bandcamp store at http://tiffanyapan.bandcamp.com/
I currently only have two of my releases there, but will be putting up my other ones there in the next 1-2 weeks:)
Thanks everyone and please continue to support independent art:)
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I just wanted to let you know of my little station at blip.fm. It includes my own music, music from fellow indie artists and bands, and music from artists and bands that have been of influence to me over the years. Feel free to check it out at the link below:) I add a few new songs each day. Hope everyone has an awesome day. There will be more info soon on my film, "Driving Nowhere" (in pre-production) and films coming to DVD in October and more music I'll be recording. Thanks for following and enjoy the very beginning of fall:)
Tiffany Apan's Blip.fm Station
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Tiffany Apan as Rogue Cinema's Sleepover Girl, Aug 2011
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Dee Snider, John Denver, and Frank Zappa will always be my heroes for putting their necks onto the chopping block for all of us artists. I'll be damned if anyone is going to tell me how I can and cannot express myself artistically or personally. Whether or not you are into their music, they did a wonderful thing for artists, musicians, filmmakers, etc everywhere. Music fans should be grateful too. A couple years ago, I got a taste of how uptight some self righteous people can be. My song and music video for "Ashes to Dust" was rejected from a radio station because it was claimed to be promoting "evil and satanism" (their words) when it was the furthest thing from it! The song and video represent me coming out of a very dark time in my life. Apparantly, the same thing had been done to other artists whose music was outside the norm by the station in question. Can you imagine if EVERY station (and not just commercial radio) had to comply with such things?
Now those who are familiar with the music of John Denver, you would think he would never have to face censorship, right? You know, the guy who is famous for the song, "Take Me Home, Country Road" (a really good song)? Wrong! In his speech to the goones on Capital Hill, he mentions how his song, "Rocky Mountain High" was banned because some uptight morons decided the song promoted drug use and didn't even bother to really know what the song was actually about (it was about being up in the Rocky Mountains and getting the natural high of being in the mountains and with nature). Now if John Denver was banned and censored, whose to say that your favorite artist wouldn't have been. Who's to say that your favorite artist would even had been allowed to exist? Take a moment to really think about how the music industry would be today had Al Gore, Tipper Gore, and the other goones and stepford wives of Capital Hill had been allowed to win their argument. What if Denver, Zappa, and Snider hadn't stuck their necks onto the chopping block and offered their educated arguments to the senate? Would music even be the same?
Please take a moment to listen to the speeches of these three artists. Dee Snider, you are still doing an awesome job. Frank Zappa and John Denver, the music world misses you. You are in the presence of other musical greats with God given talents. Always RIP and know that your efforts were not in vain. There are still those of us fighting the fight of self expression and will continue to do so should any of us have to face off with those trying to stifle us.
More often then not, those trying to stifle us have no real clue on what the song is really about. They just see that it's different from what they are used to and deem it as "bad."
John Denver's BRILLIANT speech
A Great Interview on the ordeal with Dee Snider. The "Filthy Fifteen" consisted completey of bands I like. HA!
Frank Zappa's speech before the senate and proved to be very articulate and educated. He wiped the floor with the goones and stepford wives.
Zappa owned em! "Not all parents want to keep their children totally ignorant" and "I think a buzz saw blade in between a guy's legs (on an album cover) is an indication that it's not good for little Johnny." BEAUTIFUL!
The John Denver song that got banned....??????
Friday, July 8, 2011
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Well, first let me begin by letting you know that we did some more updating. We added a couple new photos, some FAQs, and added my album, "Poet" in the merch section. We will be adding link widgets to the digital releases in the Merch section in the near future as well.
That said, I wanted to write about something that has been burning at my brain ever since I got set up on MySpace a few years ago (back when it was 'the thing' to be on). I'm sure everyone who has been on the social networking scene has been introduced at some point to the notorious 'friend collector.' The friend collector comes in many shapes and sizes. Some are your everyday average joes who like to play the popularity game for reasons only they know. They don't really do anything extraordinary that needs to be promoted, they just like to rack up their friend count as much as they possibly can. It's as though they attain some sort of self validation if they can get their friendcount of complete strangers over a certain amount. They get a certain "OMG! They added me! They really like me! Look at how many friends I have!" type of high. They can then go about their day reassured of their cyber/virtual popularity. They don't even necessarily plan to interact much (if at all) with those newfound "friends." But their self esteem has been raised a few notches and thus they can now get through their day. Who needs coffee, right?
Then there is the aspiring musician/band, filmmaker, etc who is trying to promote their work. Now before people start to get all worked up (I can hear you all say, "but aren't you supposed to promote yourself and your work"), I will say that yes self promotion is an essential tool of being in the entertainment field. In fact, SHAMELESS self promotion is an absolute necessity. If you don't promote yourself, no one else will. But, there is a certain finesse required to going about it. There are certain rules and boundaries that MUST be respected, otherwise your whole campaign could fall apart and you end up doing yourself more harm than good.
I know when I was on my myspace page more frequently, I would CONSTANTLY get bombarded with friends requests from other bands. Some would even include messages saying, "You like Depeche Mode! You HAVE to add us!" (uh, no...I don't have to do anything) I would get messages and comments that included links to listen to and sometimes buy their music if they had a release (most of them did not) and telling me how I MUST come out to a show. Now don't get me wrong. I will clarify that I have no problem with supporting other bands, aspiring filmmakers, etc. In fact, I'll gladly allow my friends to promote their projects on my pages (within reason). What annoys the hell out of me (and many others I've talked to about the subject) is the self-entitlement and lack of boundaries that is often displayed. Like the hapless non-artist friend collector, they get a certain sense of fullfillment in the fact that they have a new "fan." They have been validated once more and their "fanbase" has grown. They don't plan to network or interact with you at all except to flood your inbox and comments section with the same promotion spam over and over again. It was due to this that I quit accepting friend requests from bands for a while on myspace. While I felt bad about doing that, it was getting to be too much sorting through the spam to get to the messages from radio stations, reviewers, filmmakers, and other legitimate messages that I actually NEEDED to read and reply to. In fact, there were a couple times when an important message that was sent to me ended up getting lost in the shuffle of spam and I would have the sender emailing me again wondering why they hadn't heard from me. Not good. All because said band/s just had to send out the same message about their gig at a bar in buttfuck, ohio (or wherever else) about 10 times in one hour (no I am not exaggerating that number).
Ok, I get it! You want people to come to your show. I can actually totally understand and empathize with that. But really, 10 times in one hour??? All you did was turn me off to ever even checking out your stuff and leave me irritated that I need to waste precious time shuffling through your spam to get to the messages I actually NEED to read. What is more, I'm certain that if you did it me, other people have recieved the spam treatment. Thus, many probably ended up doing exactly what I ended up doing even though I felt a little bad about it: blocking bands and musicians from sending friends requests (I've since lifted the ban, partially because I'm not on myspace as much anymore and because I do like to show love to others). So there, you may have not only cost yourself some new fans, but also gave myself and other bands/musicians/filmmakers/etc who do our best to NOT spam a bad name thus costing us people who may have otherwise been into our music. So congratulations. Your brilliant business and promotion strategy paid off. Way to go.
Another thing never ceased to irritate me was that when I would get messages practically demanding that I 'check them out' and 'become a fan' was that they would mention absolutely nada in acknowledgement to my work. Nothing in regards to whether they checked it out, were planning to check it out, loved it, hated it, whatever. Now looking at my page, MUSIC tracks are among the first things you see. In fact, one of the songs automatically begins playing when one ventures onto the myspace page. My bio, music, and acting credits are there too, so there is really no missing that I'm making music and acting and into artistic endeavors. In demanding that I pay attention to you while you make no interest in interacting with me makes me feel used. Like I'm just there as a pawn in your sophomoric popularity game. This may not be your intention, but that is how it comes across. Did you even bother to even skim my profile or were you just blindly sending out friends requests?
So how does one do the whole shameless self promotion thing without annoying the hell out of others and turning they off as a result? Well, like I said there is a certain 'finesse' to it and while no one is perfect, abiding by these principles will save you from being an nuisance to others (and I'm sure you don't want to be viewed as a nuisance).
Here are some key principles I've found worked for me and other friends of mine in the entertainment field:
1.) TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN OF YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE. I know, I can hear it now, "but my music/film/style appeals to everyone!" I have news for you. No it doesn't. No one's style appeals to "everyone." There is always going to be someone who doesn't like or get what you do. The nice thing about many music and media promotion sites (Reverbnation, Jango Airplay, and the like) is that many offer statistics so you can see who is into what you do from the general age range to the area. Also, I'm sure you have influences. Take a look at your influences and see who the general fanbase there is. When you then get a general idea, instead of blindly sending out friends requests, how about taking the time to find those within your target and zero in on them. A metal band would get alot furthur targeting Metallica fans then sending a blind request to someone who would typically listen to Lady Gaga or Taylor Swift and vice versa. Maybe join a Metallica fan forum and instead of just instantly posting things about your band, make an effort to make friends in there. Get to know everyone, start conversations, join conversations, etc while mentioning very little (if anything) about your band. Once people have accepted you as a legtimate member of the forum, maybe find ways to subtly begin to work your band into the converstions (and the key word is SUBTLE). Eventually, people would have already accepted you as a member of the forum they'll actually WANT to check out what you do. See how that works? Yes, it'll take more time but in the long run will pay off instead just going in there and posting screaming advertisements about your band. Now will your fans surprise you sometimes? Absolutely. Last week my music was popular with Lady Gaga and Rihanna fans on Jango Airplay. I also recently had a young girl who was a huge Justin Bieber fan join my 'Like' page on Facebook. So yes, sometimes you will be surprised at who finds you and enjoys what you do. But that doesn't mean you should just blindly send out mass requests to anyone with a social networking profile. One very important thing to remember: Building a fanbase takes time. Time and alot of patience.
2.) ONCE YOU HAVE FOUND YOUR GENERAL TARGET AUDIENCE, GET TO KNOW THEM. I was reading an interview one time with filmmakers JimmyO and April Burril, creators of the popular "Chainsaw Sally" film and webseries and founders of Forbidden Pictures. While the entire interview was good, one thing that really stood out for me was when JimmyO mentioned that he and April make it a point to make their fans their friends. Ever since then, that is a principle that (other than the occaisonal nutjob) I do try to practice. For some reason, fans within the indie field crave a real connection with their favorite band, actor, filmmaker, etc. Perhaps it is because indie artists seem more attainable than the Hollywood superstar. But whatever the reason may be, indie fans almost expect their favorite indie celeb to make themselves available and interact with them. Despite that though, there are those in the indie field that still try and keep their fans at an arm's length. I suppose such an action is fine if you're Steven Speilberg or Katy Perry, but I think one reason why indie fans are drawn to the indie world is because it's a chance for them to feel like they matter to the artist. They're not just a number like they would be amongst a Hollywood celebrity. But some do still try and maintain a 'rockstar mystique.' Well guess what. You don't impress anyone with that. No one is going to believe that you're Ron Howard or Brad Pitt, so stop acting as though you are. Take the time to talk to your fans online and answer their emails, comments, etc. As your fanbase grows, will you get to everyone right away? Of course not. That would be unrealistic. But setting aside a certain amount of time each day to interact with people will go a long way in the end. As long as you make that effort, people will notice and appreciate even if you can't get to everyone right away. People will be much more willing to support someone that way as opposed to someone who just sends out a mass spammail demanding that you add them and check out their stuff. "But that's alot of work," I hear you say. My reply is "ummm...yeah..." Be prepared to do ALOT of work. Be prepared for the longhaul. If you don't want to do the work, you won't get anywhere. Period.
3.) CHOOSE YOUR ADVERTISEMENTS WISELY. Remember how I mentioned the band that sent out 10 spammails of the same message in one hour? Well, in case you can't tell yet, that is an example of what NOT to do. Building an entertainment career is alot of trial and error and eventually, you do get a groove for what works and what doesn't. But what you can do is look at things from the perspective of the consumer. Do you like spams cramming your inbox and homepage? Do you really want to hear about a gig in buttfuck, ohio 20 times or more a day (especially when you live nowhere near the area of the gig)? Do you like being demanded at being orded to "add someone"? Do you like screaming spam flooding your favorite fan forum? Me neither. Instead, learn about press releases whenever you have a tour, new release, etc. Post links to those press releases on your site and send out no more than THREE bulletins in an entire day (although ONE usually suffices beautifully). Send out a list of tourdates once a month to your mailing list and post links on your site and social networks as opposed to sending out 10 of the same spammail in one hour. Sometimes less is more. Remember "do unto others as you would have them do unto you?" That should also apply to your artist to fan relationships.
Bottom line is, no one likes a spammer. No one likes to be ordered around. No one likes to be told that they "HAVE to add someone." Even the most shameless self-promotion requires a certain amount of finesse. A career in the entertainment field requires alot of time and patience as does building a fanbase. Fans aren't going to flock to someone who appears desparate and a nuisance. They will, however, flock to someone who is willing to treat them like a human being and with appreciation instead of just another number on their social network. The odds of Tommy Mottola and Sony Music or Paramount Pictures coming knocking at your door because they see you managed to rack up over 5,000 "fans" on your social network site is highly unlikely. So think about this. Which would you prefer? 5,000 people who could care less about what you do and probably only added you either out of pity or because you managed to hound them enough or a few hundred honest to goodness fans who care about what you and enjoy it and are willing to share you with their friends thus making your TRUE fanbase grow...
Saturday, July 2, 2011
As you can see I did some rennovations to this web blog to hopefully make it a little more user friendly. As I state in the blog's disclaimer above that this does not replace my official website, http://www.tiffanyapan.com/ but serves as a secondary site that allows me to not only keep you up to date on what is going on with me professionally, but also where I can rattle off the many thoughts, opinions, and stories that lurk deep within the dark abysses of my brain. While I do and always will enjoy getting into 'round table topic discussions' on Facebook, it's difficult to really get into much detail due to the nature of the site. The blog will simply pick up where I leave off there:) And even with professional updates, it can be quite difficult keeping updates in sight on facebook, twitter, and other sites like it.
I've also added other sections to this blog such as one for shows and appearance schedules, photos, links, and an FAQ section that is still under construction but will be up soon. I even included a merchandise section. A couple of my 8x11s are in there and more will be added soon.
I hope you like the newly revamped weblog and think of it as a slightly less formal version of my website;) If you want something a little more formal, visit http://www.tiffanyapan.com/ and if you want something a little more random, stay right here (but feel free to visit the official site as well).
Thank you for visiting and please come back again an often:)
To my American friends and fans, Happy 4th of July! To everyone else, have a lovely weekend.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I'll be one of many awesome performers at the Celtic Harvest 20th Anniversary Concert. I'll be performing some of my own songs with Jason English and will also be performing some traditionals with Chuck Owston:) The show takes place on September 24 at the Bryn Mawr Church of Christ in White Oak, PA.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Just a quick rundown of some forthcoming events we will be playing at. We will give more details as the times approach closer:)
August 28- Pagan and Proud Festival
September 24- Celtic Harvest
October 15 & 16- Zombiefest 2011
October 29 & 30- Halloween Horror Expo
More info (dates, locations, etc) will be posted and you can also find info on many concert listing sites as well (songkick, pollstar, jambase, etc).
Monday, June 20, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Hope you all are enjoying being on the verge of the first day of summer and surviving the heat. With summer will come a new summer single! At the end of June, we will be releasing "Scarborough Fair (Acoustic Version)" featuring my good friend, Chuck Owston. Those of you who have heard music from my first full length album, "Poet," know that I did a gothic celtic/rock version of the song. I had always wanted to redo the song in a more acoustic setting with a more dark folk sound to it, PLUS using some of the verses from the old traditional song that are almost never used when artists do adaptations of it. So it will basically be a fresh approach to the song plus a new edition to my Living Room Sessions series:) The song will be available digitally via Bandcamp and later will be on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, and other major retailers. I am in fact, set up on Bandcamp now and you can visit the page at
As for future living room sessions, I will be doing a rather humerous Russian folk song and I'm toying with the idea of doing a little something with that popular sea shanty, "Drunken Sailor." :) Stay tuned:)
Speaking of releases, I sent out a message about a week ago about the First Month of Summer Special we have going on. Promo copies of my new EP, "Heart Song: The Living Room Sessions EP" are available through the month of June and all you have to do is pay shipping (which for most people, would only be a couple bucks). We may even throw in a special free gift as well. If interested, you may either reply to this email or email us at email@example.com with your request and we will arrange furthur details:) To hear samples of the EP, visit
If you want other merchandise items at a discount price, you may also visit my ebay store. All items are personally approved and endorsed by me, so any money is going straight to the artist to help with the costs of future projects:) Visit the ebay store at
I have also set up my POETIC ELEMENTS store at Etsy. Once again, merchandise and things are available here including my original artwork and prints of my original artwork. As on ebay, all items are personally approved and endorsed by me and all money goes toward helping the artist:)
We also have some concerts coming up later in the summer and into the fall and I'm playing the role of Muzzy van Hossemere in a theater production of the musical, "Thoroughly Modern Millie" in July. We will post you with details of those soon.
On the film and soundtrack front, the film, "The Girl" will be having it's DVD release on September 13, 2011. Jason and I play the roles of Chuck and Kara in this film and two songs from the album, POET are on the soundtrack. The film gained distribution with Picutredactyl Distribution, LLC. It will be available at select retail stores. For more info on "The Girl" film, visit
The movie is now also listed on IMDB:) Check it out and hit "Like" in support of the film:
Also, feel free to visit my page there as well:) Clicking on "Like" in support is always appreciated:)
I've also been cast in the new apacolyptic thriller, "Hollow Earth" with Eerie Frequency Entertainment (same team that made "The Girl") starring Sierra Holmes (those of you who watched the second season of VH1's "Scream Queens" may remember Sierra). It is set to begin film in late summer of 2011 and continue into the winter of 2012. We will keep you posted on furthur developments.
I'm also involved with the Ghost Walk Productions film, "The Farm" which is currently in production. Two songs from POET are on the soundtrack (the "Ghost remix" and "Black Forest") and will also be on the film's soundtrack CD. I'm also helping them with raising funds for the film. Even with just donating $1, you are helping with feeding the cast and crew, equipment maintenance, and more. Plus, you can get some cool items including your name in the credits. For more information, visit "The Farm" movie's official website:
and their indiegogo page:
Plus, stay tuned for my own indiegogo page for my second full length album "Elements" giving you guys also opportunity to be part of the process:)
Finally, I don't know how many people do Yahoo groups anymore, but I've resurrected the concept of me having one. It will be more for photo shoots and such (as I have way too many photos to post on my profiles and websites) but music and film projects can also be discussed there as well. Just another place to support my artistic endeavors:) To join, visit
Well, that's all for now:) Thanks as always:)
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Back by popular demand:) Check out the "Dark Skies" photo and other merch priced lower than the normal retail price on ebay.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Summer is almost here and with that, there will be new musical releases. A little while back, I mentioned that I was toying with the idea of doing a different version of "Scarborough Fair." As some of you know, we did a gothic/celtic rock version of the song on my first full length album, "Poet." The thing is that when I was first setting out to cover the song on the album, the original intention was to do a dark, acoustic folk version of the song, but it obviously ended up taking a different turn in the end. I still wanted to do the original idea of what I had in mind for the song, and with my Living Room Sessions, I figured this would be a good time to do it. So there will soon be a new Living Room Session on my YouTube Channel and the new version of "Scarborough Fair" will be released as a summer single digitally via Bandcamp's distribution. Normally, I use CDBaby as far as distribution goes but I'd like to try Bandcamp with some of my smaller releases since I've also heard good things about them. Like CDBaby, Bandcamp also distributes to iTunes and other major digital retailers. I may offer some limited physical copies during the month after it's release like I did with the "Greensleeves" single this passed Christmas. I will be joined by Chuck Owston again on this one:)
And while on the subject of limited physical releases, we do plan to do a limited run of physical CD copies of the first Living Room Sessions EP, "Heart Song." But since I've been getting requests for some physical copies already, we are going to do a limited time offer of promo copies of the EP throughout the month of June. The only cost would be shipping which for many people would only be a few bucks. Just a little Beginning of Summer Special that we are running:D Please note though that these are promo copies and come in sleeves as opposed to fully packaged jewel cases that the actual later limited run will be in.
If you would like a copy of the promo CD for the "Heart Song" EP, please shoot me an email saying so at the address firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you on the cost of shipping and payment method. I normally accept paypal, but if you do not have paypal, we can arrange another form of payment.
I'll also be working on a song in Russian, but more on that later:)
Have a wonderful holiday weekend,