Consider me dead: young at heart

Consider me dead are one of the best new bands to come out. They have been working hard touring all year in support of their debut album young at heart. The band has been hard at work on bringing their music out to their fans while keeping a busy schedule that will keep them very active in 2016. On a tour stop in New York the band talked to me about their album, tour and plans for next year.

(Photos & Video done by William Olivo)

Angel Alamo: What were your musical influences growing up?

Consider me dead: 30 second to mars a lot of different stuff

 

Angel Alamo: How has life on tour been for the band:

Consider me dead: It’s been great, pretty good. Just tired didn’t sleep at all last night.

 

Angel Alamo: What are your plans for 2016?

Consider me dead: Probably to write and record, write a bunch of new songs. Recording a newrecord and an acoustic E.P.

 

Angel Alamo: How many songs are done for the new record?

Consider me dead: We have six songs completed. We plan to finish the rest when we get off the road. We plan to announce the release date soon?

 

Angel Alamo: Will the record be out next year?

Consider me dead: Yes, we will have the new record and acoustic E.P. we will do some videos.

 

Angel Alamo: If you could tour with anyone who would it be?

Consider me dead: 1975, I would love it, we would not fit on the bill perfectly i would love to meet those guys that would be cool. One direction hopefully. Justin Bieber’s new album is awesome.

 

Angel Alamo: What is the song up all night about?

Consider me dead: It’s about making love. It’s about that special moment staying up all night. It’s all about for lack of a better term sex.

 

Angel Alamo: What songs on the record was the easiest to record?

Consider me dead: Young at heart easiest song to write and that came together. It was purely creative everyone had ideas for that type of song.

 

Angel Alamo: When that song came together did you think that would be a great title for the record (young at heart)?

Consider me dead: We named the record before that song. Then We thought how cool it would be to incorporate the title into the record. The title of the record was going to be self-titled.

 

Angel Alamo: What does young at heart mean to the band?

Consider me dead: It’s really an anthem you are never too old. Young at heart you are never too old to do things. You can always go for it. Age is nothing but a number.

 

Angel Alamo: Has the band toured overseas or any plans?

Consider me dead: That would be awesome. We are working on some stuff for next year a couple of overseas date not really sure yet.

 

Angel Alamo: Anything you want to say to the fans

Consider me dead: We love you guys. We love everyone We hope to see you guys on the back to back tour which we are on now. We have a couple of dates left, get your tickets now on sale on Facebook.

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Interview with Former Camden,NJ City Councilman Israel Nieves

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Former Camden City Councilman Israel Nieves served as Camden City Councilman from 1994-2005 rising through the ranks to become an influential leader in politics. Israel retired from politics in 2005. I was able to catch up with Israel Nieves.

***(Leadership series will be a series of interviews that I will do with leaders to discuss their being a leader and getting their perspective on being a leader)***

1) Which is tougher running for election or running for reelection?

It’s more tougher running for an election for first time, than running for re-election, because a first time’s newcomer candidate  does not has name recognition;For an independent candidate to be successful in his first attempt, is necessary to have two things in his side, Organisation and Resources. If the newcomer is being back up by the “Political Machine” it’s a complete different scenario.
2) As a city councilman you served under three different mayors being a member of City Council was that difficult or easy?
Serving under different mayors, could be easy or not depending the political Agenda that the Mayor in charge has in mind; If the incumbent shows an open collaboration& honest disposition to work diligently with all constituents in fair manners,by sharing job opportunities & public resources is easy to run business; but if the mayor’s  agenda is only to serve and benefits his own ethnic people interests, that spark troubles and deep political conflicts, that was my sour experiences with two Camden’s mayors.

3)What was your proudest accomplishment as a city councilman?

My accomplishment was more relevant as a Political leader & mentor than as City Councilman itself; It was to bring a fair representation and balance in the Political and the Administrative Structure in the City as the County as well.

4)Is there anything you wish you had been able to accomplish before you left office?

My intentions before left The City Council, was to Help Nilsa Cruz-Perez to get elected mayor, and step up with her as a Administrative Councellor to run the City Business in a more efficient structured financial Platform,  for the City day to day operation, and for the creation of the City  Business Development & Entreprenuership Creation Center.

5) What was your toughest challenge as a City Councilman?

My toughest challenge as Councilman was to fight corrupted attempts to exploit Camden resources by special interest, and federal indicted very known politician.

6) Who are your favorite leaders?

My favorite leader are those intellectual& very pragmatic individuals that has a clear concept of mission, cause, discipline and action, who work hard for unity of purpose.
I love those leaders who are not selfish, and always procure to assist each one who are part of the team as One.

7) Having been retired from politics now do you ever get the urge to want to come back to politics at a certain capacity?

I would like at some point, to be engaged, into a New Trasformative Alliance Youth organisation to promote a new young  political leadership generation.
8) What advice would you give to young leaders?
My best advise to young leaders, is never surrender theirs dreams & aspiration, work diligently and well organised,make sounded plans and never, never be a proscrastinator.
Entrevista Con Israel Nieves
1) ¿Qué es más resistente a las elecciones o correr a la reelección?

Es más dura en marcha para una elección de primera vez, que correr a la reelección, porque el candidato recién llegado de una primera vez no tiene el reconocimiento del nombre; para un candidato independiente para tener éxito en su primer intento, es necesario tener dos cosas en su lado, Organización y Recursos. Si el recién llegado es ser una copia de seguridad por la “maquinaria política” es un escenario completamente diferente.

2) Como concejal de la ciudad que sirvió bajo tres alcaldes diferentes de ser un miembro del Consejo de la Ciudad fue tan difícil o fácil?

Sirviendo bajo diferentes alcaldes, podría ser fácil o no dependiendo de la Agenda de política que el alcalde encargado tiene en mente; Si el titular demuestra una colaboración abierta y sincera disposición a trabajar diligentemente con todos los componentes de maneras justas, mediante el intercambio de oportunidades de trabajo y los recursos públicos es fácil de llevar el negocio; pero si la agenda del alcalde es sólo para servir y beneficia a su propio pueblo los intereses étnicos, que los problemas de encendido y los conflictos políticos profundos, que era mis experiencias amargas con dos alcaldes de Camden.
3) ¿Cuál fue su mayor logro como un concejal de la ciudad?

Mi logro fue más relevante como líder y mentor político que como concejal de la ciudad en sí; Era para traer una representación justa y equilibrio en la política y la Estructura Administrativa en la ciudad como el Condado también.
4) ¿Hay algo que te gustaría haber podido lograr antes de salir de la oficina?

Mis intenciones antes abandonaron el Ayuntamiento, era ayudar a Nilsa Cruz-Perez para conseguir alcalde electo, y reforzar con ella como Consejero Administrativo para ejecutar el negocio de la ciudad en una plataforma financiera estructurada más eficiente, para el día de la ciudad a la operación día, y para la creación de la Ciudad de Desarrollo de Negocios y Empresariado Centro de Creación.
5) ¿Cuál fue su mayor desafío como un concejal de la ciudad?

Mi reto más difícil como concejal era luchar intentos corruptos para explotar los recursos de Camden por el interés especial, y acusados político federal muy conocido.
6) ¿Quiénes son sus líderes favoritos?

Mi líder favoritos son aquellos individuos intelectuales y muy pragmáticos que tiene un concepto claro de la misión, la causa, la disciplina y la acción, que trabajan duro para la unidad de propósito.
Me encantan esos líderes que no son egoístas, y siempre procuran ayudar a cada uno de ellos que son parte del equipo como Uno.
7) Después de haber sido retirado de la política ahora es lo que alguna vez la tentación de querer volver a la política a una cierta capacidad?

Me gustaría en algún momento, a realizar, en una organización de Nueva Trasformative Alianza de la Juventud para promover una nueva generación de jóvenes líderes políticos.

8) ¿Qué consejo le darías a los jóvenes líderes?

Mi mejor consejo para los jóvenes líderes, nunca rendirse suyos los sueños y aspiraciones, el trabajo diligente y bien organizado, hacer planes sonado y nunca, nunca será un proscrastinator.

Bill Belichick: On to Cincinnati

Love or hate Bill Belichick you can’t argue with success. His team wins every year. His biggest challenge will come on the day Tom Brady retires. Week 4 of the 2014 NFL season New England patriots got beaten bad by the Kansas City Chiefs a great team. They lost 41-14 they had a tough road game against Cincinnati Bengals. Everyone was predicting the beginning of the end for New England patriots.
I have followed Coach Bill Belichick. I have seen the documentary a day in the life by NFL network. Watching the press conference it was the most genius thing a coach could have said. Bill Belichick was being asked questions about Tom Brady age and does he have the talent he needs around him. People made fun of that press conference.
Here is my take on it. There was no reason to hit the panic button and send your team into panic mode. A great leader doesn’t do that. He kept it simple by sending a message to his team that hey we are not going to do anything extra special for the Sunday night game at Cincinnati ignore the noise and the hype about the team being done let’s just focus on one game “we’re on to Cincinnati”. He didn’t have his team looking at the past or looking at the future. He had his team focus on the next game. Focusing on the next game is what he has his team do every week.

 

Camden Waterfront 2014 season a success, Thank you for making that happen

I have been waiting 8 months to write this blog. Back in January I read the dumbest thing I have ever read on the internet about Camden Waterfront. This person was going back to an old story in 2012. This is 2014. 2013 was a successful year. We were determined to make 2014 a successful year and we did. This was the year were years of hard work came together. It was a complete team effort. I am Chairman of the Camden Parking Authority. I am passionate about Camden Waterfront. I want all of the events to do well. We had 3 million visitors, we had the most concerts in 5 years. All of the concerts were a success. There was no major problems. The Camden Riversharks attendance was up this year. Adventure Aquarium, Battleship New Jersey, Camden Children’s Garden all did well this season. The free Jazz festival series another major success. The freedom festival.  The fact is what was in the past is in the past. As I said on Latino Motion with Bert Lopez as a leader we want to see an immediate impact on the work that we are doing, sometimes it takes time to see the result. This year we did. It helps that we all worked as a team. I thank our staff at Camden Parking Authority for giving great customer service and all of the hard work that they did. We know it takes one bad incident to get us on the news. This year we had no negative press. We have reason to celebrate for a moment and enjoy this success. Then in 2015 we have to do it all over again. I hate losing. I like proving the critics wrong. To the 3 million visitors who came to the Camden Waterfront THANK YOU for coming to Camden Waterfront. We appreciate that you came to spend your hard earned money with us because we know you could have gone someplace else.

Motley Crue self-titled album released 20 years ago today

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               I was 15 years old 20 years ago when Motley Crue released their self- titled album. This being their 6th studio album it was the follow-up to their highly successful album Dr. Feelgood. The music scene in 1994 in general was very interesting you had a lot of different genres of music, different bands that were successful and a lot bands from the 80’s music genre that were struggling and breaking up.
I was open to the new Motley Crue album with John Corabi. I love the early albums from Motley Crue but with their self-titled album the band just needed to do an album that would allow them to grow. They had a great singer who also played guitar and gave them a chance to become a heavier band and I really love the self-titled album from Motley Crue the same way that I love the solo album that Vince Neil did called exposed to which came out in 1993.
A great element to the album was that it was produced by Bob Rock who produced the Dr. feelgood record. Bob Rock is my favorite music producer I know the band took a little bit longer on the record I remember in 1993 they said the album would be titled til death do us part. They changed the title of the album to just Motley Crue and I think that was a great idea. Motley Crue is one best rock albums that came out 20 years ago it was to me a lot better than grunge music.
John Corabi has a heavy voice the first time I ever heard his voice was with Motley Crue and I just love how heavy his voice is. I think it’s a great record that Motley Crue can be proud of and I hope that the band today are still proud of the record that they made the band likes to sing about girls girls girls and getting laid and all that stuff. Every music artist has to make that album that lets them grow.
The same way Def Leppard did the album slang which allowed them to grow the same way  Bon Jovi did the Lost Highway album I think every band needs to make that record. Some bands are allowed to grow and Motley Crue they were not allowed to grow.

            It is the heaviest album they have done. The album on the Motley Crue catalog ranks up there in the top 3 Motley Crue albums. Vince Neil is the Motley Crue singer nobody will ever argue that. On this album we can make the best arguement that in 1994 Motley Crue was a great band with John Corabi. I still love listening to the album. I tell every rock band that I work with make an album that you still want to play and listen to 10 years from now. John Corabi still plays songs off the Motley Crue album as he should because those songs they hold up to anything that is released today. It doesn’t matter that the album didn’t sell 2 million albums like the other albums did. It matters that they made an album that still stands.

2014 Camden, NJ Mayor Inaguration

Mayor Dana Redd was sworn in for her 2nd term as Mayor. City Council Vice-President Curtis Jenkins was sworn in for her his 3rd term as City Councilman, Marilyn Torres for her 2nd term as Councilwoman and Aurthur Barclay to his first term as City Councilman. 

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The inaguration signifies a time for change, working together and moving Camden forward. Drop out is still 50%. It was when I was in high school 1994-1998. Crime is a major concern. Bringing jobs to Camden is a major priority for everyone who plays a role in Camden,NJ.

The mayor ended her speech with a question. “Camden are you with me”. In any situation you need to work with your leader and be united. Everyone plays a role in helping make their community better. At times it takes putting aside everyones personal egos and agendas to work together. On a football team you have one quarterback you could never have two quarterbacks or in a band two frontman. Being a leader myself I have all of the respect in the world for all of the Mayors in every city. Most of whom are really trying their best to make their cities better. Mayor Dana Redd is in the same situation. I want to see Mayor Redd succeed and move Camden forward. It’s going to take a team to get the job done. In the next four years its going to happen. I prefer to be have a positive optimistic outlook and do my part.