The Incredible Nick Fowler: An Artist for the 21st Century

 

I was invited to a photo shoot in midtown Manhattan by Top Physicians Magazine to write an article on Nick Fowler and Natasha Komis. As I mingled with some of the invited guests like Amanda Holley, Ralph Cooper, photographers, music and video producers, make-up artists, stylists, and art directors, I met Nick Fowler, who has a very impressive career in the creative arts. Actor, Writer, Poet, Singer, Songwriter, and Rock Star. A true artist for the 21st century.

(Ralph Cooper, Amanda Holley, Nick Fowler, and Art Director Tian Qiu)

In short it is very hard not to like Nick Russel Fowler. Despite his good looks and gentle mannerisms, and aside from being a published novelist, journalist, animal lover and humanitarian (he believes in the healing powers of music, performing his songs live for sick patients in hospitals for the charity “Musicians on Call” on a weekly basis) Nick has a very deep connection emotionally with himself and others, and is not afraid of this essential part of him.

Nick’s first novel, “A Thing (or Two) About Curtis and Camilla”, was published in 2002 by Pantheon Books in the U.S. and across the pond in the U.K. by Hodder & Stoughton and became a best seller.

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Nick’s poetry has been published in the Tribeca Review, and has written articles for GQ magazine among others. Nick Fowler has also taught fictional writing courses at NYU in New York, his creative talent seems endless. Graduating from Cornell University, were he studied Music and Creative Writing and was front man for the band “Proven Guilty”.

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Nick Fowler also founded the pop band “Tonto Tonto” after moving to New York along with producer and guitar player Gregg Wattenberg and base-player Greg Smith who has worked with the likes of Alice Cooper and Alan Parsons. Nick Fowler has performed live with Steve Stevens of Billy Idol fame in 2011.   Nick has appeared as an actor in the tenth episode of the HBO series The Sopranos. “A Hit is A Hit” as well as composing the music for that episode with Gregg Wattenberg. Nick has had his song “You Don’t Remember” featured on the T.V series 90210 in 2010, as well as others featured in television commercials and motion pictures.

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Nick’s latest project is his collaboration with former American Apparel model, Rock-Singer, writer and video producer Natasha Komis. Natasha Komis’s music/EP can be found on iTunes which includes the song hit “Party of the Year,” produced by Anthony Fonseca.

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The rocker Natasha Komis has toured her music opening up for iconic 80s bands like LA GUNS, KIX, Bang Tango, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row and shared the stage with Frank Ferrer of Guns N Roses, appeared on MTV and VH1. Holding a bachelor of Communications and Fine Arts from Seton Hall University, she spends the rest of her time writing and producing PSA video projects, like the “Save Art and Music,” campaign which focuses on keeping art and music within the public school systems. Her latest sci-fi music video production, “Glam Rox,” directed by Gerard Mendez, was entered into the Winter Film Festival of 2016.

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We will be seeing more of the “Natasha Komis and Nick Fowler,” project with their up and coming band, “CLASS X,” performing both originals and classic hits. This musical duo seems to complement each other in various ways, the look, the sound and contrast and the interaction between the two. I had the opportunity to hear them sing together, and the wonderful strumming of Nick on the guitar.

During my interview with Nick I asked him why the two decided to team up, and he told me Nick: “When we write together we kind of become one person, one singer. And some of the songs I write have a higher pitch that I can’t reach, but she can”.

Natasha: “We both are trying to find ourselves again musically and personally, we both sort of fell off for a while which is a very scary thing.”

Nick: “Yes, if I’m not being creative, if I’m not creating stuff it really affects my health, I become physically sick.”

From what I observed while watching them perform and taking press photo shots as well as talking with the both of them together and individually, I see what they are trying to create from their combined efforts, a Neo-Punk-Rock-Pop Romantic sound that’s just ripe for the 21st century.kimg12451

Revolution Books: A Clarion Call to the People.

Revolution book located at 437 Malcolm X Blvd, on 131st street and Lenox Ave in Harlem is not just a bookstore where you find cutting edge books, such as novels, science, history, philosophy, and children’s literature, but is the political, cultural and intellectual center for the movement of revolution. At the heart of this bookstore is the work, vison and leadership of Bob Avakian, who is the chairman of the revolutionary communist party, that according to Raymond whom I interviewed at revolution books has made “a breakthrough in a scientific approach to understanding and transforming human society and making a truly literately revolution in today’s world.”

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Raymond said “this is a bookstore where people come to find books, the people and the engagement about why we are confronting all these injustices and horrors in the world today”, citing the recent string of “murders of black men” by police. “This is the bookstore where you come to find out what’s at the root of this, why is this happening? And what to do about it, and what is the revolutionary why out of this.”

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“Revolution is this new synthesis of communism brought forth by Bob Avakian, and people come to Revolution books to find out the true history of this country, and its role in the world today, and what’s at the bottom of all this inequality, all of this environmental destruction, and the degradation of woman, what is the bottom of this system, a capitalist imperialist system, and what is the way out? That is Revolution, so here where people from the neighborhood from across the block, from the projects, can mix it up with intellectuals and scholars, where artist come and authors do reading, and have this kind of discourse and these kind of books, and a strategy for revolution, this is unique, it all come together here.”

Raymond told me that at Revolution books “We like to say that this is the most radical place on the planet, with big arms. We have this extraordinary array of books, why? Because we want to learn all that we can learn from human endeavor from human experience, from the insights of historians, the work of scientists, and also fiction and literature is so critical, because we are talking about the role of imagination, the aspirations of billions on this planet, that’s captures the lives of billions on this planet, captured in novels, in theater, in all kinds of cultural works, and it’s about the way the world is, and the way the world can be; and we are learning  from and interacting with all of this at this store, because it is about creating a world in which human beings can truly flourish. This is a bookstore for changing the world”

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Revolution books originally opened up in Union Square, and then moved to Chelsea and was there for 15 years. They lost their lease in Chelsea in May of 2015, and waged a big campaign to open a new space in Harlem. All the employees and staff are volunteers, and have a core of dedicated people working for their cause. Revolution books constantly have fundraisers to expand their inventory of books to offer the public.

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I asked Raymond what is the mission of Revolution Books, and this is what he had to say: “The movement of revolution to emancipate all of humanity to be a center of political, intellectual and cultural activity, where people can connect with the movement of revolution.

While I agree with some of the ideas, such as fairness and equality for all, but cannot say if the way they think to get there is the right way or is the answer for our troubled and flawed society. The aspirations are Nobel, but are the methods?  Everyone must figure for themselves what to do to make our world a better place for everyone. kimg11301