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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Vegetarian Thanksgiving: How To Prepare A Tofurky Roast

Well, it is official, the holidays are here. As we grasp the realization that in a few days we will be celebrating Thanksgiving and before you know it, Christmas and the New Year, it has become a tradition to prepare a Tofurky Roast. In fact, one of my favorite things to make during the holidays is definitely this amazing Tofurky addition. So, how do you prepare a Tofurky Roast?

First and foremost, it is very important that you remove the roast from the plastic casing before cooking. I also recommend thawing it out, as it makes it a lot easier to work with. Also, before cooking the Tofurky Roast it is important to preheat the oven for 350 degrees F. I love to just drizzle the entire roast with olive oil, as well as, salt & pepper. 


It is key to thaw the Tofurky Gravy, however, if it is mushy, just apply it all over the Tofurky Roast before baking it. Almost like a plaster of paris for food. Why? Because this will create a very flavorful yet natural crust. 

Before placing the Tofurky Roast inside of an aluminium foil or in glass casserole dish, you are going to want to add your vegetables, along with any type of homemade baste you want to create. To create the baste, all you really need are - carrots, onion, olive oil, fresh sage, and salt & pepper. You can also add various vegetables such as chopped carrots and onions to increase the flavor.

Cover the Tofurky Roast with aluminium foil or a dish cover. Cook for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Check sporadically. Then cook for an additional 10-15 minutes uncovered. 

There is stuffing inside of the roast, however, you can make your own stuffing (or dressing) to compliment your dish using bread, butter (I love Earth Balance's vegan butter best), onion, celery, rosemary, parsley, thyme, and salt & pepper.

If you want, you can actually prepare the stuffing while the Tofurky Roast is cooking, so than you can cook it with the Tofurky Roast. Even though there is stuffing (or dressing) inside of this amazing Tofurky addition, the homemade stuffing compliments the dish incredibly. 


If you are cooking it with other dishes, it is key to cook at least an hour to two hours prior to the last dish cooking, so it's ready in time. If you are eating with "meat-eaters" (this usually happens with me because my mother, stepfather, soon-to-be mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, etc. all eat meat) place the Tofurky Roast in the oven an hour before the actual main entree is done.

When you serve the Tofurky Roast, it is very important to make sure it is cooked inside. Although this is made from tofu, it is important that it is cooked all of the way through. As it sets, you can begin to serve when you start your meal. Happy Holidays!

Quorn Chik'n Cutlets with Cranberry & Goat Cheese


Well, it is official, Fall is here and this Thursday, Thanksgiving will magically appear. If you are uncertain what to serve to the vegetarian guests this year, you may want to consider Quorn's Chik'n Cutlets with Cranberry & Goat Cheese. 


I am not a fan of goat cheese all that much. In fact, if I had to choose my least favorite cheese, goat cheese would definitely be at the top. I have to admit though that I do enjoy it when paired with sweeter elements such vanilla, figs, apricots, pineapple, and cranberries. Yes, cranberries. In fact, when I first tried this amazing Quorn addition, I guess you could say that I found myself grabbing quite a few after I discovered how incredibly flavorful it actually was.


The flavors in this entree simply work. You can cook this in the oven and/or microwave. Personally, I love the oven for this fantastic entree simply because the food is crunchier and still has that robust, acquired flavor which is great. If you are searching for a good vegetarian meal to enjoy or to serve this holiday season, you simply cannot go wrong with this one. 

Vegetarian Thanksgiving: How To Prepare A Quorn Turk'y Roast


As a lacto ovo vegetarian, I have discovered that eating a Thanksgiving meal is very much possible. Although there are many traditional dishes you can enjoy, there is more than just "sides" to a great meal. In fact, one of my favorite things to enjoy on the best time for giving thanks is definitely "Quorn's Meatless & Soy-Free Turk'y Roast" with "Tofurky's Savory Giblet Gravy".

First and foremost, you want to begin thawing your Turky's Roast. Even if it's still frozen, the key is to allowing it to thaw as much as possible. Before placing the roast onto a baking sheet, you want to cover it with aluminum foil. Add a little extra virgin olive oil followed by some salt & pepper.

Not many would think that freezing the actual gravy is a good idea, however; that is what I did when I prepared this particular vegetarian roast. In fact, I froze the gravy and then continued to let it thaw throughout the day until it turned into a paste-like gravy.
You want to pre-heat the oven for 350 degrees. You want to cover the entire turk'y with the giblet gravy. Use as much gravy as you can to cover it. It's a little thick, so be it. Think of it as a project and you have to cover it up with plaster. Once you have accomplished this, you want to stick it into the oven. Cook for 30-40 minutes.
Yay! It's done. Although it is going to be hot, you can cut into it. Just make sure not to serve it until you are ready to eat.

Whether you are a vegetarian or simply choosing the vegetarian route this holiday season, you cannot go wrong with choosing this food idea.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Deals: CheapOair

When it comes to the holidays and traveling, you can expect the unexpected, as traveling is something to expect, especially if you have family and friends who live far away. As a world traveler, I find myself interested in grabbing the best deals for the season and one of them I recently discovered is at CheapOair.


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-Save up to $20 on your next flight for Thanksgiving. Use code: TURKEY

-After November 30th until December 31st, use code: CHEAPAIR15 to save up to $15 off.

-What are you doing the day and weekend after Thanksgiving? You may want to take advantage of these super savings. Get up to $20 off now. Use code: BFCM2014(Black Friday & Cyber Monday)

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-4-Star Hotels Under $99.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Hot in Music: Top 10 Christmas Albums of All Time

Christmas Eve and Other Stories from
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is definitely
the best Christmas album of all time.
I don't know about you, but Christmas is my most favorite time of the year. Everything from the decorations to the food and many more, including the music. Yes, the music. Because Christmas is my most favorite time of the year and because I love music, I have decided to countdown the many Christmas CDs put out by the numerous artists and bands to only the top 10 Christmas records.


10. The Lost Christmas Eve by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra never fails to disappoint, especially when it comes to the holiday season. They are always on top of their game. This CD is exceptionally astonishing because it provides you with more than just good music, but compositions filled with raw masterpieces. The songs include: Music Box Blues, Faith Noel, The Lost Christmas Eve, Christmas Dreams, Wizards In Winter, Remember, Anno Domine, Christmas Concerto, Queen Of The Winter Night, Christmas Nights In Blue, Christmas Jazz, Christmas Jam, Siberian Sleigh Ride, What Is Christmas?, For The Sake Of Our Brother, and The Widom Of Snow. Whether you are looking for an amazing Christmas gift or simply looking to enjoy amazing music, this Trans-Siberian addition is it. (Check out my interview with Paul O'Neill of Trans-Siberian Orchestra here.)


9. Christmas by Ella Fitzgerald. Ella Fitzgerald is a jazz legend. I never get tired of hearing her naturally gifted vocals. The songs include: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, O Holy Night, We Three Kings, Away In Manger, O Come All Ye Faithful, The First Noel, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night, Sleep My Little Jesus, and O Little Town Of Bethlehem. If you are looking for a great gift to give, give the gift of Christmas by Ella Fitzgerald.


8. Jingle Bell Rock by Brenda Lee. Christmas isn't complete without Brenda Lee. The songs include: Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, This Time Of Year, Jingle Bell Rock, Strawberry Snow, Silver Bells, Winter Wonderland, Blue Christmas, A Marshmallow World, Christmas Will Just Be Another Lonely Day, and The Angel And The Little Blue Bell. Every time I go anywhere after Thanksgiving, I am always hearing Brenda's classic "Rockin Around The Christmas Tree" and to be honest, I never get tired of hearing it.


7. The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole. Nat King Cole is a legend in his own right. The songs include: The Christmas Song, Deck The Halls, Adestes Fideles, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, O Tannebaum, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, I Saw Three Ships, O Holy Night, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, A Cradle In Bethlehem, Away In A Manger, Joy To The World, The First Noel, Caroling Caroling, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Silent Night. "The Christmas Song" may have been covered by many artists and bands, but none of them touch Nat King Cole's rendition.


6. Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey. Mariah Carey proves why she is ultimately amazing, when she made this holiday album. The songs include: Silent Night, All I Want For Christmas Is You, O Holy Night, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Miss You Most (At Christmas Time), Joy To The World, Jesus Born On This Day, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and Jesus What A Wonderful Child. This is one of Mariah's best records to date and "All I Want For Christmas Is You" will go down in history as a classic. If you are looking for a last minute gift, give the gift of Merry Christmas Mariah Carey. Everyone who receives this is most definitely certain to love it.


5. Christmas Spirit by Donna Summer. Disco diva and soulful soprano Donna Summer's CD is truly a force to be reckoned with. She proves that she still has it with this album, making this a definite top Christmas record. The songs include: White Christmas, The Christmas Song, O Come All Ye Faithful, Christmas Is Here, What Child Is This, Do You Hear What I Hear, Joy To The World, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Christmas Spirit, Breath Of Heaven, O Holy Night, and Lamb Of God. This Christmas CD is very much worth owning.


4. White Christmas by Bing Crosby. If you have ever watched the classic holiday movie "White Christmas" (or commonly referred to as "Holiday Inn") chances are, you have heard Bing Crosby. The songs include: Silent Night, Adeste Fideles, White Christmas, God Rest Ye Gentlemen, Faith Of Our Fathers, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Jingle Bells, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, Silver Bells, It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, Christmas In Killarney, and Mele Kalikimaka. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas. Yes, I've heard "White Christmas" covered numerous times, but let's face it, the song belongs to Bing Crosby. This CD is a classic.


3. Christmas Album by Michael Crawford. Michael Crawford proves why he is and always will be the true Phantom of the Opera. This CD is wonderful. The songs include: The Very Best Time Of The Year, The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Peace Peace, Silent Night, Mary Did You Know?, A Journey To Bethlehem (Christmas medley), O Holy Night, Scarlett Ribbons, Candlelight Carol, Angels We Have Heard On High, The World, and All Is Well. I have to be honest, I don't think there is anyone who can cover "O Holy Night" as good as Mr. Crawford. Looking for a last minute gift or just a great CD to listen to overall? This is it!


2. Christmas Songs by Elvis. If you don't own this Christmas CD, you really are missing out on a great album. Brought to by the King himself, Mr. Elvis Presley, this holiday inspired album is the best Christmas Album to date. The songs include: Blue Christmas, Silent Night, White Christmas, Santa Claus Is Back In Town, I'll Be Home For Christmas, If Everyday Was Like Christmas, Here Comes Santa Claus, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me, and Mama Like The Roses. I absolutely love all of the songs, however; if I had to choose my favorite, I would definitely choose "Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me" followed by "Blue Christmas". Whether as a gift to yourself or that music lover who appreciates great tunes, this is it.


...and the #1 Christmas CD is...


1. Christmas Eve And Other Stories by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. If you are a fan of rock or a fan of symphonic metal and industrial, chances are you are going to love this album. If you are not, well, you are still going to love this amazing addition by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The songs include: An Angel Came Down, O Come All Ye Faithful, A Star To Follow, First Snow, The Silent Nutcracker, A Mad Russians Christmas, The Prince of Peace, Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24, Good King Joy, Ornament, The First Noel, Old City Bar, Promises To Keep, This Christmas Day, An Angel Returned, O Holy Night, and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. I know you have heard "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" played everywhere, because it is a brilliant work of art. Whether you are looking for a last minute gift or a great holiday CD, this is it. (Check out my exclusive interview with Paul O'Neill of Trans Siberian Orchestra here.)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Holidays 2014: Top 10 Gifts for Zebra Print Lovers

Zebra Print Scale + Toothbrush. Two
amazing essentials that make wonderful
gifts.
One of the most popular animal prints in the world is definitely the zebra. This print is not only incredibly chic, it's addicting in a sense because it replicates a trend that is used in virtually everything. As a zebra print lover myself, I can honestly say that I have almost everything in the popular print. So, what are 10 gifts for zebra print lovers?


10. Cupcake Studio Baking Activity Kit. This kit is a lot of fun and includes: a frosting pen, decorating sugars, zebra print cupcake papers, and a safari baking map that gives you so many different ideas. You will also receive an all-natural chocolate and vanilla mix along with frosting. Whether you are looking to channel your inner cupcake master skills or simply looking to give this to someone who will, whoever receives this gift will not only love it, but appreciate it too. Great for all ages, you can grab this at Chocolate.org for only $17.50 today.


9. Wallpops 'Zebra' Wall Art. This amazing Wallpops addition includes three 18 1/2"W x 26 3/4"H sheets which are not only 100% Vinyl, but both spot clean and residue-free. They are also repositionable and reusable, making application quite easy. What is better than that? Available at Nordstrom for $56, this makes an incredible gift for the zebra print fanatic in your life.


8. Woodland Importants New Metal Zebra Lamp. When it comes to any kind of decor, some of the best gifts are those little gems that you can't find just anywhere. When it comes to this lamp, you aren't going to find this in just any store. Made balanced metallic base structure, tis exclusive piece is great for every table. You can find this lamp at HandHelditems for $99.  


7. Safari Zebra Car Set. What I love about this set is that you get 15 pieces that work for virtually every SUV under the sun. You get a set of zebra print animal print seat covers, which include one for the front and one for the back. That is four total. You also get a rear bench seat cover, a steering wheel cover, along with two seat belt pads, two front carpet mats, and two rear mats. Available at Buy.com for only $46.99, this set is perfect for not only a car enthusiast, but zebra print one too. 


6. Bathroom Shower Curtain. The holidays are truly the most wonderful time of the year. What is better than being surrounded by family and other loved ones? Aside from the joy, the music, and the food, another thing to admire is gift giving. One of the greatest gifts of  2014 is definitely a zebra print shower curtain and every single enthusiast who receives this will love you for getting it for them. You can purchase this shower curtain at Buy.com for $21.99. 


5. Jonathan Adler 'Zebra' Porcelain Stacking Dish. Can you believe the holidays are approaching us? Available at Nordstrom for $24, this Light Blue, zebra print addition is as unique as the individual that loves and appreciates it. If you are searching for a great zebra print gift, this is definitely the one.


4. Embroidered Beach Towel. What do you get when you combine an oversized towel with zebra print? Not only do you get to choose the color you want, you can also get this amazing zebra print addition personalized. For $49.95, this extremely versatile towel is definitely a must-have and one of the best gifts you can give this holiday season.


3. Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker. What is better than cooking this holiday season? If you're anything like me, the holidays are simply not complete without the joy, the happiness, the laughter, and of course, the food.  Available at Buy.com for only $19.38, this will make any zebra print enthusiast's holiday better in more ways than one. 


2. Taylor Glass Digital Scale. Are the best things in life really free or are they just zebra print? If someone asked me today "Sarah, if you were to give a great gift to someone, what would you get them?" I would say this one. Available at Dollar Days for $24.99, this is definitely one of the best gifts you can give to the zebra print lover in your life.


1. Pursonic Dual Handle Rechargeable Toothbrush. If you can think of one thing everyone in the world needs, what would it be? Definitely the toothbrush. With a one year warranty available, this toothbrush not only includes so many features. It is the gadget to end all gadgets. You can grab this amazing zebra print addition at Best Buy or your nearest retailer for $99.99. Looking for the ultimate gift? This is definitely it.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

World Vegan Day: Emmy's Organics

Emmy’s Organics is one of the best brands I have recently discovered. Emmy’s Organics is not only vegan and gluten-free, but they are free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Emmy’s Super Cereal ($6.49 a box)
+ Sweet Buckwheat (I wasn't sure if I was going to love this one, but I did. It has a very naturally sweet flavor that is somewhat acquired in a good way.)
+ Apricot Vanilla (I really enjoyed this cereal, but was kind of disappointed in a sense where I couldn't taste the apricots that much in it. Definitely good.)
+ Blueberry Cashew (I really enjoyed this cereal. The flavors go great together. The cashew really balances the blueberry, which I enjoyed. This is great with Almond Milk.)
+ Cacao Coconut (This is my favorite. I loved this one with Coconut Milk. Everything from the flavor to the texture, etc.)

Emmy’s Macaroons ($2.95 a bag)
+ Chai Spice (I really enjoyed this macaroon. It reminds me of healthy carrot cake, yet you can really taste the natural flavors.)
+ Lemon Ginger (To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect because when it comes to combining these two flavors together, I always find myself thinking of the pickled ginger that you get when eating sushi to cleanse your palette. Needless to say, this macaroon was incredibly delicious and is my favorite of the bunch.)
+ Coconut Vanilla (This is one of greatest raw-vegan macaroons I have enjoyed yet. It tastes even more amazing when enjoying Coconut Milk on the side.)
+ Dark Cacao (Absolutely delicious. They have a mild flavor which I love. When drinking Coconut Milk, they seem to taste even better.)
+ Chocolate Chip (To be honest, I wasn't sure I was going to love this flavor, but I did. A healthy chocolate chip cookie that has the perfect balance of sweetness.)

Friday, October 31, 2014

National Caramel Apple Day: Green Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Frosting

Although today is officially Halloween, it is also a day to honor both candy and caramel apples. I decided that today, for "National Caramel Apple Day" I would share my Green Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Frosting recipe. It is very important that you have the following ingredients…
 
4 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour or Whole-Wheat Pastry Flour (you can use Almond Flour)
2 cups Granulated Sugar (you can use Stevia)
3 teaspoons Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Salt
2 cups Silk’s Very Vanilla Soy Milk (if you are allergic, just use Silk’s Vanilla Almond Milk)
1 cup Coconut Oil
2-3 tablespoons Green Food Coloring

3 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
3 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
 
For the frosting, you want to make sure you have the following ingredients…

cups non-dairy, non-hydrogenated butter (I used Earth Balance)
1 cup Silk’s Vanilla Coconut Milk
3 cups Confectioners’ Sugar
1 cup Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
 
 
Let’s Bake!
 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your batter by combining flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. As you continue you want to  fold in the remaining ingredients. So you want to add oil, milk, food coloring, vinegar, vanilla, and mix until thoroughly combined. 
 
Once you continue, it is important to get a cupcake pan ready. Whether you want to make mini cupcakes or large cupcakes. Bake for about 15-17 minutes. 
 
Once you have accomplished this, let the cake cook for an additional 5 minutes. 
As you can continue, let the cupcakes set for 5 to 10 minutes before transporting it onto a plate and then, onto a cooling rack, rounded-sides up. Set it aside.
 
Let’s Frost!
 
I used my KitchenAid mixer to make the frosting.  It is important to combine all of the ingredients, except the confectioners’ sugar (or powdered sugar), vanilla, and soy milk into the mixer and mix until it is smooth and begins to fluff. With the mixer on low speed, add confectioners’ sugar and fluff for another few minutes. Add vanilla followed by the milk. 
 
Once all ingredients are well-combined, beat on high until frosting is light and fluffy for about 5 minutes. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons more milk to achieve the consistency are you hoping to achieve. 
 
Take your cupcakes and start to apply the vegan frosting. You an pipe this because of the consistency of it. Decorate the cupcakes however you choose. Keep them simple or add various toppers and/or fondants. 
 
Guess what?! You’re done! Congratulations! You have just made the Green Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Frosting.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hot In Music: Girls of SKAM share their Beauty Secrets

SKAM Artist Havana Brown.
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with SKAM Artists Havana Brown, Samantha Ronson, Caroline d'Amore, and Sky Nellor about makeup, skin care, fragrance, and hair. 

Check out my latest  interview with the girls here where they share their beauty secrets with me and tell me their favorite products.

Back in Time by Pitbull

From Pitbull's album "Global Warming" this song is amazingly dope, so to speak. Even though this song came out in 2012, I can listen to it now in 2014 and it just never gets old, as I never get tired of hearing it.


If you cannot see the video, just click here right now. To download it, just go here

Music Talk: Exclusive Interview with Big Syphe

Big Syphe and Pitbull.
If you heard the song "Back In Time" by Pitbull, then you have heard the excellent work of Big Syphe. As one of the most underrated musical geniuses of our generation, Big Syphe is a force to be reckoned with in the industry. He is one of the most motivated yet ambitious people I know. Recently, I caught up with Big Syphe about music, SKAM, and Pitbull. Here is what he had to say...

(Q) Hello. How are you? It's great to talk to you. Tell me a little more about Big Syphe...

I am from Los Angeles. Born and raised here. I have been DJing since I've been a young teenager. I worked in radio. I have been a part of SKAM since the beginning. I've been friends with Sujit since I was 18 years old. I have toured and produced music for Pitbull. Actually I have a new song coming out soon with him. Not sure if it will be his next single, but it's definitely a song that he's gonna have on his new album. 

(Q) Wow, that is amazing.

I did a record with him a couple of years ago. It was called "Back In Time" and it was also featured on the Men In Black soundtrack. It was like the official song.

(Q) OMG! I love that song! That is one of my favorites.

It had a classic rock sample from a group called Mickey & Sylvia called Love Is Strange. So yeah, I sampled that on there. 

(Q) You are so incredibly talented. I knew there was a reason I was a huge fan of you already. That song is something special. In fact, when I first heard it, I was addicted to it.

Wow, thank you. I actually made that song on the airplane. 

(Q) That is fantastic. 

Thank you. But yeah, I worked in radio for a long time here in LA called Power 106. It's like the second biggest radio stations in the country. Especially when it comes to rhythmic, pop, hip hop, and urban. I was on the radio with my good friend Eric DLux, who is also a part of SKAM too. He is also a very talented and successful DJ. Even DJ Vice, who is another big DJ and a part of SKAM, he came from the radio station, as well. We have all been friends for over 10 years. 

(Q) Now I have to ask you, what inspired you to get into music? Tell me a little more about the inspiration behind it all...

Music has always been around me. Me being Hispanic and growing up in inner city Los Angeles, we always had little small parties. Especially on the weekends. Barbecues and our neighbors would throw parties. So, I have always been around music and that party environment where the music was always playing. When I started becoming a teenager, I would go to house parties. In the early 90s, we use to have party crews. Instead of being part of a gang, you would be a part of a party crew. Some of the friends from the neighborhood would throw parties. It was something special. I kind of came up as a DJ, as well because I was so into the music I would hear and known in that circuit from my part of town. I started DJing in my bedroom and then making mixed tapes. Then, getting feedback from friends and being able to DJ at these house parties and warehouse parties. I guess you could say that I started from A to Z. Then, going to the clubs and from there, everything took off. 

(Q) Now I have to ask Syphe, if you could work with anyone in the industry, who would you work with and why?

That is a good question. I never really thought about this to be honest. I focus a lot when it comes to writing and producing music on someone like Pitbull because he a good friend of mine. He's also probably one of the biggest pop stars. And him being a good friend of mine, it's just really easy for me to send him stuff. Send the music, the material, etc. It's easy to get ahold of him. Besides him, hmmmmm. I really do admire Daft Punk. They are dope musicians and producers. I love how they linked with Niles Rodgers and collaborating with him. So, for me personally, I would like to work with someone like George Clinton. I really love funk music. Funk music was a really big inspiration for me in music. Even though I love music. When I work with musicians, I get inspired by a lot of old funk and disco. Where music is today, I feel like the progression has those old school grooves and elements.

(Q) George Clinton is really awesome. In fact, he epitomizes funk music. I actually have one of his CDs and was listening to it a few nights ago. I enjoy him very much. I wanted to ask, what about Prince?

I would love to work with Prince. But even someone like Prince looked up to George Clinton, Issac Hayes, he looked up to Rick James, etc. He was very influenced by them. They were all able to produce, write, play all of those instruments, etc. Definitely! Prince is definitely someone I would love to work with. I look up to all of these artists because they were not only writing and singing their songs, but they produced them. They were musicians. They were behind the engineering. I remember once when I was in the studio with Will.i.am. I saw him working. Even though I was cool with him, I always seen him around. I actually had the opportunity to sit with him as he was working. Just seeing him kind of being hands on was great. There are a lot of amazing DJs that do produce music. A lot of them aren't really hands on, as they usually have a team. When you see someone that is hands on, on that level you are looking at them creating. That is amazing.

(Q) What if the Trans Siberian Orchestra contacted you and said "we would love to work with you" what would you say?

I would say lets work! I would be very interested. They are very talented. I am someone who loves to work with and collaborate with anyone. Even with them, I would love to hear what their influences are. I feel like music is all about being creative. I really love live instruments, so working with someone like them would be amazing. I would love to get live violins and strings, as well as, a strong percussion. Right now I am into making dance music, but with live instruments. It's all about making incredible big sounding music.  

(Q) There are so many artists around the world. In fact, I know of a ton in Europe that would love to work with you. Your work is incredible. Back In Time is just proof. Pitbull never fails, as everything he puts out there is epic. The song that you did is just so catchy and unique. 

Thank you. It was different. Pitbull has always been known for his big hooks. When we worked on this, we tried something new. Instead of him doing the hook, we used a sample from another song. It was really cool and I'm glad it came out sounding good. Pitbull's new album will bring more of that unique quality. I can't say too much about it, but will say that you will love it. 

(Q) Just so you know, I downloaded Back In Time the first moment I heard it. 

Wow, nice. Thank you.

(Q) For all of those music enthusiasts reading this interview, what would you like them to know? What is next for Big Syphe?

Now days it's not just about you being a DJ, but you, playing your own tracks, and bringing out your own tracks. When I first started, I felt like I was holding back. But now, I am right where I want to be in life where I don't need to do that. I feel very confident in how my stuff sounds. It's always been my goal to make music because I love music. I would say something next for me would be that I definitely want to put out my own projects. That is the dream. 

For more information about Big Syphe, please visit www.bigsyphe.com today!