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Breakaway Daily interview with Boston indie musician Danny Baxley

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Danny Baxley is a 28 year old indie musician in the Boston area. Deeply passionate about music and spreading a variety of sounds in each and every one of his songs, Danny never believed to be able to make a career in the music world until he was encouraged by his wife to pursue the dream further. Continuing to build an audience has only caused him to want to strive further down the rabbit hole and see how far he can take the ride. He may be considered eccentric, and loves that about himself. BREAKAWAY DAILY: What genres inspire you? DANNY BAXLEY: Ah, well I have love for all genres to a certain degree but indie artists or artist who choose to take risks are the ones that really inspire me. The genre or style isn’t as important to me as that. Grimes is a big influence on me, along with Modest Mouse, Sylvan Esso, and The Doors. Through a bit of self discovery I found that taking risks is one of my top three values in life. So I’m attracted to those who are go against the norm and play from the heart. Anything that cause others to turn…

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Breakaway Daily interview: Opada Opada’s Orphan’s Pain tackles war’s effects on African children

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Music has been part of Opada Opada’s life since he was a little boy growing up in Gambella, Ethiopia, singing in his local church. Now the independent hip-hop artist is on his second album titled Orphan’s Pain about the effects of war on African communities, especially children. Opada is looking to spread a positive message and motivate others through his music; something he feels has been lacking in a lot of today’s popular hip-hop. BREAKAWAY DAILY: Can you talk about why you wanted to keep your “real” name Opada? OPADA: I think people should stand for something and be themselves. In rap and hip hop people use street names. I think “real” is hip-hop. I think it is good to use my name Opada Opada. It is a powerful name. BREAKAWAY DAILY: What kind of message do you want your music to have? OPADA: I want to make music that teaches and inspires. Listen to Opada Opada’s I Stand Alone BREAKAWAY DAILY: When did you start writing your own songs? OPADA: Sometimes I would dream of songs and it would just play in my mind for days and days. I started to write them down in 2003 when I was in…

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Breakaway Daily Achievement in Art Award Recipient: John Nieto

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John Nieto, American contemporary artist, is influenced by bright and bold Southwestern colors and Fauvism, a Post-Impressionism movement led by Matisse. “I’m in a trance when I paint. It’s like being a drummer—you don’t look at the drums, you just know intuitively where they are.” John Nieto & his self portraits  Fauvism was a French movement that followed Impressionism. So called for the wild use of color and bold brush strokes Matisse, Marquet, and Rouault used that broke from the realistic representation of their predecessors. You can easily see this in Nieto’s work, who has had his art exhibited all over the world as part of the Art in Embassies Program. His subjects are painted with utmost respect and never given false ideals or representation. “I paint native American themes so I can step back in time and shine some light on those people – that culture. Through my artwork, I hope to show their humanity and their dignity.” While most of his art has a strong Native American presence, whatever the subject, you have but to look upon his art and feel the connection between the colors, his strong brush strokes, and the vitality of the people and animals…

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Breakaway Daily interview: urban artist Daved Kiiing sheds light on the New World Order 

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Daved Kiiing’s new single New World Order (Visionz) is a conscious type of political foreshadowing of our world and what things may be soon to come.  The song is crafted to sound like a conversation. Kiiing did this as a way of sparking the audience’s thought process; a way to get people to think, and visualize the word play and lyrics in the song. BREAKAWAY DAILY: Can you talk about your new song and video, New World Order (Visionz)? DAVED KIIING: It is my take on the New World Order enigma, which is this much talked about idea that the general masses knows so little about. It has been referenced over and over by George H.W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden and President Obama, to name a few. Kiiing’s music video for New World Order (Visionz) has already pulled in over fourteen thousand worldwide views in only a few months. BREAKAWAY DAILY: What inspired you to write this song and create a powerful video for it? DAVED KIIING: The inspiration came from reading Ralph Epperson’s New World Order as well as William Cooper’s Behold A Pale Horse, which was published in 1989, but I read it a short…

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Move better, feel better, live better: Breakaway Daily interview with Chris Kalisz

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Nutrition + movement + sleep = health, wellness, and vitality. “The body is the most sophisticated piece of machinery we have. It heals itself when you get injured.”  Chris Kalisz is a professional wrestler, bodybuilder, fitness/nutrition expert, movement therapist and founder of the Mobility Project. Chris’s fitness program infuses aspects from physical therapy, massage, chiropractic care, primal movement, yoga, dance, martial arts and gymnastics. Decrease your pain, unlock your body, and improve your performance through movement therapy. Chris shares with Breakaway Daily how to applying easy techniques to understand and improve your body’s health. BREAKAWAY DAILY: What do you see as the biggest mistakes people are making when it comes to health Chris? CHRIS: The number one biggest mistake is being under-educated on your own piece of equipment. There is a basic knowledge that most people have when it comes to computers, phones, finances, politics, and even their cars. However, the majority of people literally have no clue about their own body, at all. At all! To the point that it is absolutely ridiculous. So being under-educated, and the second would be there is too much specificity. People do what they like to do, and then they do way too…

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The Beauty of the Fall is an idea-driven novel examining the growth & development of ideas as life churns

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Rich Marcello’s new novel inspires as first 25K of profits go to domestic violence support. “Writing and creating art is about connection, about making a difference to a least one other person in the world.” – Rich Marcello  Newly-released by Langdon Street Press, Rich Marcello’s new novel will take you take you on a life-changing and spiritual journey.  The Beauty of the Fall tackles emotionally transformative topics, explores father-son relationships, and working through grief. This mulitlayered novel explores social issues such as climate change, domestic violence, equality for women, and examines the internal struggle of corporate and political America against the people. The Beauty of the Fall suggests that in order to progress, we must communicate with each other and look at technology based solutions to many of our current social problems. As anyone who has read Rich’s work can tell you, his books deal with life’s big questions including love. The Beauty of the Fall is the third of three novels Rich has written about different kinds of love. “The first novel, The Color of Home, published in 2013, is about romantic love,” Rich tells Breakaway Daily. “It follows the lives of a man and woman over six years…

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Breakaway Daily Interview with Quote This Project founder Ross DiStefano

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Quote This Proect is the Android app for homeowners & tradespeople. Are you a homeowner looking to get work done in your home? Are you having trouble finding tradespeople who can actually help you get your project done when you want? We have all experienced how hard it is to find someone you can trust with your home projects. Your entire workday or free day can be spent on trying to find that painter, gardener, electrician, deck builder, landscaper, someone to assemble your Ikea furniture, someone to clean your windows and gutters, someone to tile your bathroom, and the list of projects could be endless! Quote This Project app helps remove the homeowner’s frustration on getting projects and repairs done at the best cost, in a timely fashion, and without wasting countless hours searching through internet ads. On the flip side, the app was designed to help skilled people search for repairs, projects, small to large renovations, and household chores without spending a huge amount of time and money for advertising. Quote This Project makes it simple to find new jobs that match your working area, your expertise, and your schedule! Choose the jobs that you wish to work on.…

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Don’t forget a thing! Breakaway Daily Interview with Lukyanov Eugene, Notibuyer  app developer

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Organizing your notes and daily tasks has never been easier with Notibuyer notepad app. Notibuyer list manager is a free and simple to use voice memo notepad and to-do list application for personal and shared notes on your mobile device that will prove to be your irreplaceable assistant. In a hectic world overwhelmed by information, planing your day and arranging your tasks is pretty challenging. Notibuyer is more than just a notes application, it is your personal assistant, your ideas list manager, shopping list manager, organizer, and convenient notebook. Breakaway Daily spoke with Notibuyer’s developer to get more insight into this  smooth note taking experience that can help to make your life more stress free, and your time planning more efficient. BREAKAWAY DAILY: How does this app differ from other note apps out there? LUKYANOV: It differs from hundreds of note taking apps by a few features and the user interface. I, being the futurist and first Ukrainian Cyborg with an xNT tag in my left hand, starve for more efficiency, and human perfection in this digital and rapidly changing era. With this in mind I added “shake to start” and “start recording on launch” feature where the app will…

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Interview with Breakaway Daily Technology Award Recipient Tech From Vets

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Featured on the Huffington Post. Tech From Vets are a technology company owned and operated by veterans of the United States Military. They are focused on developing award-winning mobile applications for businesses of all sizes.  As a recipient of the Breakaway Daily Technology Award for their company and their Brentwood Golf Course App, Tech From Vets have been highlighted in the Huffington Post, and Buzzfeed, just to name a few. Tech From Vets has paid it forward in many ways including becoming a proud sponsor of the Florida Fallen Heroes Golf Classic. Their mission of providing affordable technological services to the masses remains essential to their legacy. What differentiates Tech From Vets from other companies is their ambition to teach ambitious individuals to shape our society to a brighter tomorrow. They are dedicated to teaching new entrepreneurs the proper way to use technology to their advantage while also applying that technology to a business. CEO Dr. Shuford is a decorated U.S. Army veteran. He was recently awarded the Disabled American Veterans Community of Heroes Award, and he earned the prestigious Combat Action Badge at age 19 while serving in Bagdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-07. “Our technology company was developed with a philanthropic spirit,…

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Women in the entertainment industry: Breakaway Daily interview with indie filmmaker and actress Jill Jaress

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Jill Jaress is a producer, director, writer and President of her own production company Got a Laugh Entertainment. The first comedy she created, Someone to Love, screened at Cannes to a standing room only audience in the Short Film Corner and went on to win eleven laurels in other Academy-qualifying and international film festivals. In her next film, The One-Nighter, she stared opposite of Golden Globe nominee Timothy Bottoms as Pixie Lamour. Jill has also done a plethora of voice-overs, commercials, industrial films and is author of Acting: Everything My Agent Never Told Me. When asked how she can wear so many hats simultaneously, she told Breakaway Daily, “Coffee!.”  Jill began her career when she moved to Los Angeles to become an actress at the age of eighteen. Not long after she signed with William Morris and landed her first job starring in Aaron Spelling’s prime time television drama The New People (ABC.) From there she starred in Sheppard’s Flock (CBS) and held recurring character roles in Passions, Taxi, Bob Newhart, Baa, Baa, Black Sheep and Barnaby Jones. With close to sixty starring and guest starring roles to her credit, Jill has played every kind of roll you can imagine from Nuns to…

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Breakaway Daily Interview & Review: Mustafa Ozalcin’s debut fiction novel, “When The World Becomes Braille,” looks at the signs around us

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One Night in the 90’s is the first book from the trilogy series When the World Becomes Braille by Mustafa Ozalcin. The story is told first person from the perspective of the character Chris, through what he describes as a diary. During a London weekend we see Chris and his lifelong friends meander through relationships, drugs and violence. When the friends are on their way to pick up their girlfriends, Chris’s thoughts begin to drift to different times in his life. The character of Chris then begins to evolve and change, thanks to braille signs he sees appearing before him at different times. Once he acknowledges these signs, he tries to make sense of them. Chris reflects on the decisions he’s made, wondering if he’s made the right choices. When he unexpectedly meets an old friend twice by chance, he starts questioning the way his entire life is going. Born in London and currently residing in Istanbul with his wife and two children, Mustafa Ozalcin has written a unique story. It is full of sharp dialogue and will resonate with anyone who grew up in the eighties and nineties. Mustafa incorporated braille in an interesting way to tell his story. Braille…

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