Introducing Joe, Jayson, Dan and Graham, also known as California Wives, the men behind the music!
From left to right- Graham, Joe, Jayson and Dan
Tell me about yourselves! Where are you from? Interests? Likes? Dislikes? Pet Peeves? Give us the good stuff!
Three of us grew up in the suburbs around Chicago. Dan and I actually went to rival high schools, but we got over it. Graham moved to Chicago a few years ago, but he grew up in Florida. We all like Science Fiction and are proud fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Judge us if you must, but Captain Picard is one our heroes. Not too many pet peeves, but Graham cannot stand ketchup, or catsup for that matter.
Being Chicago natives, where did the name California Wives come from? ( Feel free to start with … “It came to me in a dream after a Real Housewives marathon”—we’d get it. We’ve had the same dream…)
California Wives as actually just something one of us said once. It was winter and it was super cold in Chicago and we happened to start making music that sounded sunnier. When we realized it, we all thought, “didn’t somebody say something about ‘California wives’ the other day?
What is inspires you to uncap what’s inside?
That moment when you start bobbing your head while playing a song, or beat, or melody. That inspires us to keep going. Once you’ve got a song that you really like to play, you want to write more.
Tell us how you got started with Sharpie!
We used to burn a lot of CDs of demos that we made. We’d mark each one a Sharpie marker so we could tell them apart. There are piles of CD-Rs with odd song names on them hanging around someplace. If you run across some, let us know, they might be ours.
My mom describes us all as, “in need of a haircut.” I respectfully disagree.
Color really seemed to impact your upcoming album, Art History, what is about color that influences your writing?
Colors are something that are easy to associate with moods. You can use them to allude to a feeling without necessarily having to name it. I think that’s why they appear in so many of our songs.
(HEY Sharpie fans- don’t forget to download this AWESOME album on iTunes!)
You crazy kids are about to head out on tour (with a full supply of Sharpie markers on hand!) What or where are you most pumped for?
Getting to see Stars and Diamond Rings live every night is pretty exciting. Besides that, it will pretty cool to drive through the Southwestern United States. Speaking of colors…
Do you have a soft spot for one of your songs in particular? (I know we do! Hint hint, Sharpie fans, check out “Purple,” which debuted in our first ever music video!)
Light Year. It was the last to come together, so it’s the newest to us. It’s like the band puppy.
If each of you could have one super power what would it be and why?
I [Joe] would never get tired or have to sleep so that the band would not have to deal with my snoring. It would also be nice to not have objects thrown at me if I pass out in the back of the van. Seriously, though, if I didn’t have to sleep, I would have an extra third of my life to do stuff.
Jay would have an infinity stomach. He’s a pretty skinny guy so it would be funny to see him wipe the floor with some competitive eaters. They’d just stare at him and think, “where does it all go?”
Dan would be able to read 7 books at the same time. That way he might have time for a few other hobbies. Really, it only seems like’s he’s always reading because we spend so much time in the van.
Graham would be able to talk with dogs. He does all the time, anyways. It’s just usually a very one-sided conversation. I’m sure he’d like to know what the dogs think of what he’s saying.
If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who and why?
Ray Kurzweil seems to know a lot about what’s going to happen in the future. I wouldn’t mind having him drop some knowledge on me.
Dont you just feel closer to the coast already? Wanna check these guys out live?! Well you’re in luck they are heading out on tour with Stars and Diamond Rings
This back-to-school season, Sharpie is showcasing the work of some of its most passionate creators in the brand’s first music video. The video, which debuted as a TV spot last night during the “2012 MTV Video Music Awards,” features hundreds of images of Sharpie fan creations set to the music of indie band California Wives.
BUT we didnt stop there! Utilizing the latest advancements in web development – HTML5 and CSS3 and a lot of other fancy technology, we created a Sharpie Music Video Mashup that lets our fans, just like you, create a customized Music Video Mashup that can be shared on your social networks!
All you gotta do is visit the Sharpie Facebook page and upload your own creations to the Sharpie gallery, or select from more than 18,000 existing images that fans have already contributed! From there, just drag and drop the chosen images into place, hit play and watch YOUR Mashup come to life to the tunes of California Wives! Each Music Video Mashup is a totally unique expression, where you can be your very own mix masters.
Share what you started with Sharpie and shoot us your finished Mashups– we will share our favorites here!
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JUST A FEW QUESTIONS BEFORE WE GET STARTED:
Are you a Sharpie doodler who turns out cool Sharpie designs, like on your shoes or jeans or backpack ? Or maybe on less obvious things like your mom’s styrofoam wig holder?
Whenever you pick up a Sharpie marker, are you insanely driven to write, draw or doodle on something, anything, NOW?
Are you a serious artist who makes blow-your-hair-back art using Sharpie products?
Coffee cup artist Cheeming Boey, a Sharpie partner in inspiring others to start something.
Do you just want to be famous and are willing to pick up a Sharpie product to get noticed?
Being famous to be famous is so not the point. Earn your fame by creating something cool with Sharpie.
OK, THANKS. NOW LET’S GET STARTED.
THE “START WITH SHARPIE” CHALLENGE GIVES OUR
AMAZING FANS A START AND A STAGE IN OUR FIRST-EVER MUSIC VIDEO
PREMIERING DURING THE MTV VMAs!!
So that’s the headline but more importantly, here’s how your Sharpie art can make its way into Sharpie’s music video:
Make something fantastical with Sharpie!
Take a picture and upload it to our gallery by August 6.
Then on September 6, watch the VMAs and look for our commercial, a 60-second music video-style TV ad made up of fan art from the Challenge submissions to the Sharpie gallery - maybe even yours!
Bust a move! So you’re sitting on the couch Tweeting your friends about Kanye and Kim at the VMAs when all of the sudden you see YOUR Sharpie art on TV! You immediately spill your Chili Cheese Fritos and text your mom (who’s in the kitchen refilling your Camelback with kool-aid). Done. You’re famous!
What now?!?!?! Head over to Sharpie’s Facebook page and watch it again…and again…and again. Share it everywhere and with everyone. Tweet us @Sharpie –more surprises happening that day on Twitter, so be sure to follow.
AND FOR THE RECORD (because everyone will ask) the band making its debut in the Sharpie VMA video is none other than California Wives performing their just released soon-to-be-hit single “Purple” (like as in PURPLE SHARPIE but really not so much about PURPLE SHARPIE).
The boys of California Wives!
Band members Joe O’Connor (drums), Jayson Kramer (vocals, guitar, keys), Dan Zima (vocals, guitar, bass) and Graham Masell (guitar, vocals) are getting their start with Sharpie, too, by appearing in our TV ad, so visit them on Facebook. Here’s what they had to say about starring in our campaign:
“As we get ready to release our first album, we are really excited to be working with Sharpie,” said California Wives’ singer and guitarist Jayson Kramer. “Looking through all of the user-submitted art, we could tell that sharing ideas and promoting creativity is something that Sharpie is really passionate about. As a band, it’s easy for us to stand behind that. We are excited to provide our music as the backdrop for that type of creative environment.”
Ok, so what if WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH I DIDN’T SEE MY SHARPIE ART IN THE VIDEO?
Immediately following the video debut, fans will be able to create their own custom version on Sharpie’s Facebook page, adding their Sharpie artwork to create their own personalized music video. This is a first. You won’t want to miss this because how often to you get to make your own music video featuring your own Sharpie art? Like, never!
Our goal is to make everything we do about our fans, so we’re shining our spotlight on a couple of our most prolific and talented Sharpie creators, starting with dumpster-diver-glass-artist Emmy Star Brown and her amazing window creations. Emmy is helping us introduce our new Gold and Bronze Metallic markers in our new TV ads. Gold and Bronze colors are joining the Silver Metallic marker in our shiny Sharpie lineup. More heavy on the metals below…Check out her work:
Our very own gold star, Emmy Star Brown, Sharpie 2012 Advocate!
Sassy in silver
Sharpie brings home the Gold!
Sharpie Bronze, Baby!
And soon enough, you’ll be tracking Enrico Miguel Thomas, subway map artist also appearing in our TV ads. He creates amazing subway art using our new Sharpie Brush Tip markers…stay tuned!
NEW PRODUCTS FROM SHARPIE – BRING IT!
Sharpie fans, get ready to SCORE with these new Sharpie products, hitting store shelves just as you’re heading out to stock up on school supplies (remember, while school can sometimes be a drag, school supplies are almost always FUN!).
Sharpie Metallic Permanent Markers:Joining the Sharpie Silver Metallic marker are new Gold and Bronze colors! These are AMAZING and so fun to create with. Their brilliant sheen sparkles on both light and dark surfaces. Shine on! And just in time for all that sports stuff happening in London this summer ; ) : )Now that’s some heavy metal!
Sharpie Brush Tip Permanent Markers: These are the first Sharpie markers to feature a flexible brush tip so you can create fine lines, bold strokes and shading all with one marker. These let you control the width of your lines—thick or thin—with the pressure of your hand. Perfect for shading and contouring. Available in a rainbow of bright colors.Sharpie Brush Tip Markers – so smooooooooooth!