Live Olive: Interview with Cat Solen

Today is yet another very special day my dearest online readers, because I am oh so lucky enough to be interviewing one of my very favorite artists and filmmakers – the beautiful Cat Solen.

This gal has some seriously incredible talent, so sit back and behold! The maker of magical films, music videos and visual art, Cat has the kind of boundless imagination that inspires and excites and thrills.

Take a close look at the endless array of whimsical, lovely and heartbreakingly beautiful images that come out of her clever mind and you will be as smitten as I!

Miss Solen shares a few of her secrets below…

Q: What inspired you as a child artistically?

A: I think it started with a combination of my grandmother encouraging me to draw, and my parents showing me old movies. I didn’t come from a household full of avid art lovers. My folks, and their folks are very working class. I was lucky enough that they just happened to love classic cinema. As a kid, my Dad made me watch Citizen Kane, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, and National Velvet. My Mom made me watch musicals. I would go hang out with my grandmother and paint while watching soap operas. When I was finally old enough to be up late by myself (I was about 9 or 10) I would stay up all night watching Nick-at-Nite and drawing. I loved drawing so much that I started taking all types of art classes. I kept taking them until I graduated from The School of the Art Institute in 2003.

Q: What do you love most about the filmmaking process?

A: Making movies is all I want to do with my life. I love every single second of it more than I love anything in the world. I think that drawing storyboards and planning a look for a piece are my favorite parts of pre-production. As far as actual production goes I love being on set more than anything, it’s absolutely incredible to watch a group of experienced people on set. Everyone becomes a cog, a crucial part of a big machine. It’s very provocative and beautiful. It’s like things that I think you can only really see in nature. Like a beehive. Everyone is so focused on making this one thing work one tiny piece at a time, all with the bigger picture floating thickly in the air around everything. It’s truly the best thing in the world, to me.

In post, you get to the edit room and you get to make it all work! It’s like when you finally get to mop the floor after a giant spring-cleaning, or moving day. It feels like everything is settling perfectly. Like everything is going to be ok. Whenever I finish a project I think, “Man! That took so much of me! How did I do that? How will I ever do that again?” I go home, I fall asleep… And I wake up the next morning dying to start something new.

Q: Desert island movie?

A: Definitely Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Every time I see that movie, it’s like seeing it for the first time.

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Olive Goil: Coco Morier

Oh how I love a great pop song!

Take a listen, my dears, to Coco Morier, who is just simply the best at writing utterly infectious ditties for the big stars to sing out loud. Miss Morier is a songwriter and musician whose amazing tracks are exactly the tunes you need for shaking a tail feather on the dance floor.

She is also an avid adventurer like moí, a world explorer and traveler, raised in the wilds of New Mexico and spending time in Berlin before settling in the hills of Los Angeles.

She’s written hits for the likes of Britney Spears and played guitar with Charlotte Gainsbourg, but her new album is all her own and the result is the most gleefully fun collection of tracks you’ve heard in far too long!

So lovelies, let’s dance!

Olive Goil: Grimes

While her name might suggest she sings it loud and harsh, the Canadian musician Grimes is more of the lilting and lovely kind. She is blowing right up, topping the charts and shaking things up and it’s time you all got on board.

This is a gal after my own heart, my dears and not just because of her magical music…

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Rumor has it that before she was a big rock star, she and her friend built a boat, that’s right a good old sailing ship, and stocked up on books and typewriters and chickens and were set on putting in at the waters of the Mississippi in search of high adventure!

Oh how wonderful that sounds! Even if it is a tall tale, you’ve got to admit its a beautiful one.

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Instead of her journey on the waves, however the multi-talented young Grimes is having a wild time traveling the globe… singing and dancing… and charming one and all.

Take a listen

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Olive Goil: La Sera

 

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Is there nothing that fiery redheaded wunderkund Katy Goodman can’t do?

She’s been in too many bands to count, is apparently some sort of computer genius and is about to tour with her new act La Sera, heading out into the big sky state of Texas for that little music festival called SXSW they have down that way…

I do hate to admit it – but at first I was just a teeny bit jealous of Miss Goodman’s high falutin’ style, but then I took a closer look and realized that my very own wardrobe just might be inspiring her sweet but adventurous look. What do you think?

Take a listen lovelies! – Purty lady, purty music!

La Sera’s album “Sees The Light” releases on March 27, 2012 – Only 5 more days!

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