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DJ Tony Moran Takes It All The Way To The Big 50


By Dustin Shrader

Not many 50-year-olds look like Tony Moran. And not many 50-year-olds celebrate their birthdays quite the same way the illustrious DJ will. Tony will be bringing his thunderous club beats all the way from New York to Jungle on Dec. 6. He is making a stop here in Atlanta during his current tour, which is in honor of such a birthday milestone, as well as celebrating a career that has spanned over thirty years. Throughout his renowned repertoire, Tony has worked with major artists such as Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Ne-Yo and Cher.

The two-time Grammy nominated DJ-producer is still serving it up classic, New York style with his latest track, “Take It All The Way.” Tony co-wrote and produced the club thumper with friend Todd Terry. Their collaboration is described as a “sweeping blend of electronic, dance and freestyle, guaranteed to wake up even the most jaded club music fan.”  The DJ even added his own vocals to the mix.

In an immediate press release, Tony states, “’Take It All The Way’ is the biggest record I have ever made. I made the decision to not sing on songs anymore but this track’s story was so special and close to home, I had to make an exception. My only stipulation was that if we were going to do this, we were going to do it big!” “Big” hits the nail directly on the head. Tony’s record label is releasing twenty mixes of the song, one each week and each one will be accompanied by their very own music video!

“You only turn 50 once! I can’t think of a better time to take it all the way.”

In addition to celebrating his 50th at Jungle, Tony will guest-dj and perform his new, chart-topping hit.




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See the Photos from last week’s SFYL

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Last week the top 12 Sing For Your Life contestants performed in front of a live audience and a scrutinizing panel of judges.

See the photos from the evening right here, and make sure to check out the SFYL facebook page for updates on the upcoming Thursday show where Barry Brandon will perform live and the judges will one step closer to picking their winner.


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Josette Pimenta Sang For Her Life …

Hair: Tina Coluccio & Toni Schafer
Makeup:David Jennings
Photos: Whitney Fields
Creative Director: Barry Brandon
Clothing: Pulled from WildFlag ATL

Berlin Sylvestre, Staff Writer

When party monster/promoter extraordinaire Barry Brandon challenged all songbirds of Atlanta to a sing-off at Jungle, the response was overwhelming. More than a thousand applicants sent in video submissions to the “Sing For Your Life” talent show and the narrowing process began. After months of paring down the incredibly talented performers, the long list of guest judges (including FENUXE’s own Tyler Calkins) had their winner: the beautiful, soulful Josette Pimenta. She lent her voice to Atlanta once again to answer a few questions and to give us some insight into what moves her (apart from James Franco and Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Check it out.

Getting into the contest was a process in itself! Can you tell our readers what it took just to get your name on the list of final contestants?

Well, it took a rocking horse, an Indian headdress, and a bottle of wine! I really wanted to set myself apart from the other contestants with my video submission, so I sang “Half Breed” by Cher in my living room on a rocking horse while my mother filmed it. Luckily, they loved it and gave me a shot at the live auditions! That night I sang “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse … well kind of: The judges stopped me during the middle of the first verse and asked me to sing a standard. I sang the first song that popped into my head: “Almost Like Being in Love” by Ella Fitzgerald. I thought to myself, “Thank God I love old jazz music. That could have been a disaster!

It’s important (naturally) to put your own spin on the songs you’re covering, but when you perform certain artists’ music, do you “channel” them at all?

Absolutely! The reason people cover songs in the first place is generally because the artist or the song has inspired or influenced them, so I definitely channel artists when I cover their music. My main goal when covering a song, though, is to make people think of my performance when they hear that song whether they want to or not. I really want people to remember my performances!

How do you work around a shaky voice as a result of stage-fright … or are you one of the blessed who don’t get nervous?

I honestly feel very at home on stage. I always get little butterflies before I go on, but I don’t really get stage-fright. I know it sounds corny, but it really is my favorite place to be.

 If you could cut an album with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be?

That’s easy: Amy Winehouse. She was amazing! Hands down one of the best songwriters and singers of all time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to her albums. I’m sad that I never got the chance to see her live before she passed. That girl had soul.

Do you write your own music and if so, what’s the first verse in the very first song you ever wrote? (Even if it’s embarrassing, homegirl! Actually, especially if it is, lol.)

I actually just wrote my first original the other day! I’m very excited to finally get to perform an original at my next show, but at the same time I could pee my pants I’m so nervous. It’s extremely personal, so I hope people can connect to it like I do. The first verse goes like this:

will you love me in the morning?
will you hold me close and tell me
that I’m your baby,
that I’m that one,
or were all these late nights just you having fun?

Eeeek! my palms got sweaty just saying that!

What’re three albums you will never get tired of?

Hmmmmmm … any Lady Gaga album — that bitch is fierce! — any Amy Winehouse album, and the “Now and Then” soundtrack. That is my jam in the car!

But it’s not over for Josette, oh no. Apart from rockin’ venues with her band Davina and the Harlots, she’ll be drowning us in soul during a performance at Pride. Given the chance — and some industry talent scouts in the audience — she could possibly be discovered as the next best thing out of Atlanta to hit the charts. Good luck to you, Ms. Pimenta!

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The Heretic introduces non-smoking areas, aims to accommodate all

Berlin Sylvestre, Staff Writer

The Heretic has taken a big step toward finding a solid middle ground on the smoking or non-smoking dilemma faced by many clubs and bars in Atlanta. Not going as far as to prohibit smoking, the popular nightclub has limited smoking to certain areas inside the bar, while leaving their outdoor patios smoke-friendly.

For the past six months, The Heretic’s general manager Alan Collins and his staff have taken the opinions and concerns of both his smoking and non-smoking clientele on the proposed partial ban into consideration. “The majority of the smokers I talked with completely understood and were actually surprised that we hadn’t implemented it already,” he told FENUXE. “We’ve always wanted to accommodate non-smokers’ needs, but were afraid to lose business.”

In his first attempt to alleviate the discomfort that non-smokers encounter, Collins invested thousands of dollars installing a ventilation system to reduce the amount of smoke inside the bar. Unfortunately, the vents didn’t work as effectively as he’d hoped.

“But then I thought, ‘Why can’t we just section off the bar for smokers?’ Of course, it’s not a perfect scenario for non-smokers, but at least they can dance and not worry about getting burned, not having smoke blown in their faces, and all the other common problems [non-smokers] face.”

With the amount of smoke the new plan will eliminate, Collins hopes that non-smokers who have stopped coming to The Heretic will return. The nightclub and venue has clearly marked all designated areas for smokers, but he fully anticipates people forgetting the new rule.

“We’re not going to be upset if they light up,” he assured. “We’ll politely remind them where they’re allowed to smoke. This is all very new, so we’ll understand.”

The move ushers The Heretic into a new era of Atlanta nightlife joining Jungle, Mixx, Cockpit, and TEN Atlanta in their efforts to provide both smokers and non-smokers with a more accommodating night out.

Last year, Atlanta city officials considered a ban on smoking in bars and nightclubs. The strict regulations would have even defined the parameters on just how far smokers could light up outside the buildings.

“That would have been absurd,” he said. “We have several patios that would be perfect for smoking, but we wouldn’t be able to use them because they weren’t so many yards away from [entrances and exits].”

The restrictive nature of the proposal led to outcry from both patrons and business owners and never came to fruition.

Making the switch has proved trepidatious for Collins, so much so that when he typed out the news into Heretic’s official Facebook page, he let it sit for nearly three hours while deciding if he should post it.

“It could’ve been fantastic or it could have been detrimental. I was terrified!” he laughed. “But as soon as I hit send, my Facebook immediately blew up with nothing but positive feedback. I haven’t received a negative comment yet.”

Heretic will continue to sell cigarettes, but is considering selling electronic cigarettes that will allow patrons to get their nicotine fix anywhere in the building.

“We’ll see what happens,” he said. “The whole goal of this is to make everyone as happy as I possibly can.”

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