July 2015

July 21, 2015

el-live Productions 7th Anniversary

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We are celebrating our 7th anniversary. We want to thank you our customers for our continued success and we will continue to deliver to you high quality live bands. We also want to thank you our artists for your dedication and hard work. Our success is directly related to your amazing work, talent and tremendous effort.

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We are celebrating our 7th anniversary. We want to thank you our customers for our continued success and we will continue to deliver to you high quality live bands. We also want to thank you our artists for your dedication and hard work. Our success is directly related to your amazing work, talent and tremendous effort. 

July 2014

6th year anniversary
July 15, 2014

el-live Productions 6th Anniversary Message

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We are celebrating our 6th anniversary. We are the largest live bands company in South East Asia, Far East Asia, and the Middle East. We are grateful & proud, thank you to our amazing customers and fantastic team.

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We are celebrating our 6th anniversary. We are the largest live bands company in South East Asia, Far East Asia, and the Middle East. We are grateful & proud, thank you to our amazing customers and fantastic team.

We are musicians that love music and love to perform live. We are truly a global company, our artists, musicians and employees are from every corner of the world and we have offices in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Canada.

From one band to the largest provider of international live-bands in South East Asia and the United Arab Emirates, and it’s all thanks to you, our amazing artists, dedicated fans, and loyal customers.

We couldn’t be prouder of our latest addition, the hippest and the slickest trios and quartets. This is not your usual long gown, big hair kind a-thing. This is a reinvention and modernization of your intimate venues. If Justin Timberlake brought sexy back, we’re bringing hipness back, because we never lost sexy.

As far as our larger, bombastic bands, well, let’s just say that they’re killin’ it and rippin’ it all the way from Abu Dhabi to Beijing. Nuf said.

It is wonderful to have you with us, and it sure is good to be el-live.

November 2013

Tet and firework in Saigon
November 8, 2013

Taking advantage of being on tour by absorbing the culture

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3,2,1 Chuc Mung Nam Moi or in English Happy New Year! A beautiful firework display over the Saigon River can be seen from all over. I, Julianne Costa, a female singer with el-live Productions am lucky enough to have spent 2 Lunar New Years in Vietnam. The first year, I was just a tourist walking around the beautiful Nguyen Hue flower street.

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3,2,1 Chuc Mung Nam Moi or in English Happy New Year!

A beautiful firework display over the Saigon River can be seen from all over. I, Julianne Costa, a female singer with el-live Productions am lucky enough to have spent 2 Lunar New Years in Vietnam. The first year, I was just a tourist walking around the beautiful Nguyen Hue flower street. During Lunar New Year or “Tet” as it is called in Vietnam. Millions of people crowd to this street to see rare flowers brought from all over Vietnam in a shape of that years celebrated theme. It is very special celebration, but coming from Los Angeles crowds of people reminds me of the 405 and 101 interchange, and I look for the first exit out of there.

An authentic celebration

For my 2nd “Tet” I spent it with some local friends of mine in their families village. Talk about an experience! When I arrived at my friend’s home I was greeted with warm smiles, welcoming hugs and complete generosity. A one bedroom home raised a kindhearted family of 9 well rounded people. With no kitchen table or chairs they promptly set out 2 long plastic table cloths on the floor…. this was our dinner table. A glass of beer with ice was placed in my hand. “Mot, Hai, Ba, Dzo!” (meaning 1,2,3 CHEERS!) everyone shouted! As they do not have a refrigerator ice is a special treat they buy for this day.

Vietnamese traditional food in Tet holiday

After being there for several hours, and many “Mot, Hai, Ba, Dzo’s” later a washroom is needed! A wild chicken flapping around had moved into the restroom and scared the daylights out of my friend and drummer. Laughter erupted in the room! Tons of local dishes immediately followed. Black chicken, Mango shrimp salad, rice balls, cabbage, spring rolls, pork spread, pho, and because they knew a westerner was coming… french fries all covered our “table”. The food was so delicious and spicy!

The spirit of giving

I was so moved by the happy giving spirit of these people. When I asked what I could bring for the celebration they said to bring nothing. I learned that they work from 6:30 am to 11pm everyday for an equivalent of 5 USD a day. The family told me for this work and pay they are grateful. They have everything they need. It hit me then how much money it must have costed them to feed and drink my friends and I. As we left their home the mother held my hand giving me her toothless smile wishing me a year of luck, prosperity, and health. My heart filled with love and wishing to meet these people again someday.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination

On the car ride home I had this thought. I did not feel sorry for these people whom had so little because they were truly happy. This kind of happiness and generosity I had never seen before. Why is it that we live in a world of always needing more? Why is it that… wherever we are in our lives is just a stepping stone, and not truly embracing our life as it is in that moment? Could it be that if we live in a world where happiness is not where you are going, but where you are that peace is there? Maybe as we think of this coming Lunar New Year we can reach into our hearts, homes and pockets a little more and need a little less.

Until next month,
Julianne Costa
a.k.a
White Bread

November 2013

Music Journal book
November 1, 2013

The importance of the practice journal

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One of the most common challenges for musicians and singers of all levels is the ability to sustain growth and continued improvement on their chosen instrument. How do you stay creative and get better in the midst of the daily grind of performances, rehearsals and even the occasional partying?

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One of the most common challenges for musicians and singers of all levels is the ability to sustain growth and continued improvement on their chosen instrument. How do you stay creative and get better in the midst of the daily grind of performances, rehearsals and even the occasional partying? It’s a situation that requires some attention to time management and, most of all, discipline.

October 2013

The Hairdresser and customer
October 24, 2013

The hairdresser

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Having lived in the same city for the last three years, I've found one of the many challenges to be finding a good hairdresser. I call it my mojo and I’m very particular about it...

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Having lived in the same city for the last three years, I’ve found one of the many challenges to be finding a good hairdresser. I call it my mojo and I’m very particular about it.

hair dresser

The honeymoon phase
My keyboard player recommended his hairdresser. So I made an appointment to see her, let’s call her Mary. At first Mary did a wonderful job, but over the course of time, her attention to detail waned. She talked on her phone while she cut my hair, chatted with other staff and stopped midway to attend to other clients. I became less and less satisfied with her work.

There are plenty of fish in the sea…
One day I woke up and decided I really needed a haircut. When I arrived I was informed by one of the other hairdressers, let’s call him Lee, that Mary was off today. I was desperate for a haircut and thought why not give Lee a chance. He said “I’ve watched Mary do it many times Mike”, he knew my name?, “and I can try.” Lee was out to prove himself and I received a great haircut. He’s my new hairdresser.

Nobody is irreplaceable
Now how does this relate to what we do every night at work? “Take care of your customers or somebody else will.” It’s that simple. You don’t make them feel good when they come out to see you? They’ll end up going somewhere else to find someone who can.

Thanks for reading and see you next month.

– Mike O’Reilly