Lazie J, Rock Band From India On Their International Success, MTV And 2019 World Tour

Today we are happy to interview Lazie J, a classic rock band from India that had a quick success with international radios and listeners across more than 100 countries! Their music has been appreciated by Rock Music lovers worldwide. 

CP: Hey, guys, how are you today? Can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

Jay:  Hi We are Lazie J a classic rock band from India, we have been around for some time and have had our music in some of the radios and TV across the world, Lazie J is basically Myself — Jay Pillai — singer, Lyricist, Music Director and I do play Rhythm Guitars, Manoj — my co Composer, Drummer and he does backing Vocals too, our new guitarist Dilip Nair.  We are joined on tours by Jayakumar — Rhythm Guitars and Jackson who is the bassist.

CP: You video “Don’t Turn Around” was aired on MTV UK and BBC Asia, who came up with the idea of the video? What was the budget? Did you expect it to go viral?

Jay: Don’t Turn Around was one of the songs which had very good response from the audience when we had it spun on radios and won us good reviews across as a single. We thought of doing a video for the same and it took some time for us to think about how to make a good video in a cost effective way. Manoj came up with the idea of natural lighting with poles lit up. Then, Yes!! We had a friend AR Shaji who worked in a Television production house and his camera crew and our Director who is also our band Manager Mr.Sumesh Lal helping us with the shoot and post production. In a way their help mattered a lot. We did not expect it to get into BBC or MTV but then sometimes things do work out better than planned. 

CP: Who is usually writing lyrics and music? Tell us the story how a song is born in Lazie J group?

Manoj:  Normally Jay brings a base version of a song, writes the lyrics for the same and we build It to the final mix . But then there are other occasions when I start a drum pattern or our guitarist starts a progression and then Jay comes in with the vocals which we complete together.  Anyways once we get the groove we finish the song very quickly as we think “over thinking or Over Doing “ a song will kill the feel. Once we complete the song we jam it live in front of a few friends who are also our critics and then we go in for the recording.     

CP: In the “Train Song” you tell “I’m moving on”. It is a song about hard loss and keeping a desire to life, love to humanity. It is a tribute to John Anthony. It says, that you should never give up, whatever difficulties you meet, am I getting it right? 

Jay:  Yes!! The song is about the spirit of moving on and we have just moved on from such a situation. Before Dilip moved in as guitarist we had one of the best-known guitarist in India John Anthony as our Lead Axeman. Some one who had unbelievable amount of energy, passion and determination. He had loads of incredible achievements to his credit and has travelled around the world with the best known faces in “world music”. He could do anything from Indian Raaga to Rockn roll with the same comfort he was an inspiration to all in the band also a lot of guitarists who followed his style here in India.  He had an imposing work pattern and used to get up at 4 am and practice till 9 am when the band ( all the projects he worked in ) joins in and combined practice used to go up till 8 pm. This was his routine for decades. He died all of a sudden and to lose someone like him did put us into a crisis with a lot of existential questions. Luckily as John would have wanted we could move on and bring in Dilip who does a fantastic job in his role

CP: Speaking of which, could you introduce your new guitar player? How would you describe your style of play now in comparison to the one with John? Have anything changed? If so, in what way. If not, how the contribution of a new player affects your music?

Jay:   Dilip for us has been a friend for a long time and one among our critics and advisor as well. He has years of rock n roll guitar playing behind him with various outfits and was awarded many times as best guitarist in many festivals here. But the best thing was that he knew our songs and he knew us so it was kind of easy settling in. Yes there is great workload and expectations and comparisons but then that’s how you move on isn’t it? .  

Dilip : This is a really challenging task for me as the guitar work done by earlier guitarists has been nothing short of phenomenal, and to re-create what they have done might not really be an easy task for  me. So I am not thinking much along the lines of "keeping up the music style", rather I am trying to figure out how best I can contribute without ruining the feel of their songs.

CP: You plan to do a World Tour in 2019. Which countries do you plan to visit? How fans can keep up with the schedule?

Manoj:  We do have an international Collaborative called Lazie Bison, which includes artists from Canada and Sweden. There is quite a lot planned for Lazie J as both Lazie J and Lazie Bsion, which includes touring far east, Europe mostly and yes if things go well Canada. But then there are videos, which are planned, EPs planned to be launched. So yes it will be hectic yet exciting for us. We will sure announce our tours on our FB page and our profile in Reverbnation and hopefully we will have a press release on same all these are done by our Management team.

Our FB page can be reached in this link:

Reverbnation Profile:

CP: Where do you find your inspiration?

Jay: That the band sustained for such a long time itself is a great source of inspiration to us. Before we could get our music heard through the internet and reach out to FM radios far across we spent long time creating music and playing to with a few friends here and occasional TV shows. Myself and Manoj Started this partnership in 1991. Went through a lot of ups and downs as a band but kept this going. But then it is exciting to play rock music and that kept us and keeps us going.  Composing music together and listening to it once it is recorded gives us immense pleasure so does playing those songs live in front of crowds. We still get butterflies in stomach when we go out to play.

CP: What advise would you give to Cosmo Press readers?

Jay: We thank you for the interview and getting Lazie J across to the readers of Cosmo Press. It has been a pleasure talking to you.  We would like to request the readers to listen to and support Independent Music as you get the best there. There is an ocean there full of rich and colorful music, which we tend to ignore because of lack of advertising. But then if you need originality you need to check out Independent music. Do listen to Lazie J and support us. We may or may not meet in person depending upon Lazie J tour plans and how it materializes but then do listen to us if you like us let us know in our FB page or Reverbnation Page because we look forward to. Thank you!

Interview conducted by Tati Richardson exclusively for @cosmopress.


A European woman artist, talent comes from Italy and is called Erika Zoi

Erika Zoi, an artist who must know, with this name cannot be deaf or have no interest in music. 

Let’s start with the background history of Erika Zoi that who is she or what she did for music. If you are a music lover than, you should read this article with your attention and emotion.

Rome (capital of Italy) has a great artist of the music Erika Zoi, we should thank God who gave us a musician with very emotional music.

 She began her musical studies through younger at “st. Cecilia” in Rome, she completed her studies with adding Composing and Directions of Orchestra with M° Bruno Rigacci”.

Erika Zoi is a composer of music and a very refined conductor, writes music in different musical styles from classical music to film to pop music. Listening to his music is good for souls, is "therapeutic", you are transported in a sound and sensory world as only great artists can do.

Many are his compositions and directions, the whole world can listen to his songs on youtube, soundcloud or follow it in social networks and on his website 

We mention two songs like "Cammini" and "Pater Noster", different songs for the style and the communication strength of Erika Zoi's music, the first is a piano solo and it's wonderful how the artist manages to create that feeling, precisely, of the journey. The second piece "Pater Noster" is very performed; just think of the countless performances in the most important Basilicas of Rome, it is the prayer in Latin, because Erika Zoi also writes sacred music. A prayer in Latin, where we talk about time and reconciliation with the world. For the usual voice and orchestra, he has many answers including the one with choir.

Erika Zoi, a woman in music, a gift of music. The art of women who sees in her a great guide to the music scene, a great artistic depth to listen to and follow carefully. 

Khalil Gibran said "Music is the language of the spirit. His secret current vibrates between the heart of the singer and the soul of the listener ", here is the music written by Erika Zoi is this, a current between heart and soul, an inner dialogue, his, and an infinite emotion, ours as listeners, as participants in that sound magic that transports us to another dimension and satisfies us wonderfully.

In a world where virtual sociality takes the upper hand over the emotion of reality, Erika Zoi's music can be the glue between these two existences. Art has always been synonymous with beauty, culture and wonder, we listen to this music to return to excite us, to give space to our sensitivity!

Italian artistic and musical talent has always been a flower of humanity!


Luxury Beauty Cosmetics break the Law of luxury makeup!

The world is changing, so even the world of Luxury is changing with us.
Danique Motzheim CEO and Founder of Luxury Beauty Cosmetics wants to participate by changing the world for a healthier place to live in.
By developing Luxury makeup that is clean, vegan and cruelty free.

The brand will eliminate from its products the industry’s frequently used animal-derived ingredients, including beeswax, lanolin (a wax derived from sheepskin) and carmine (a dye made from beetles’ wings). Founder Danique Motzheim said the brand is asking experts in the bio-tech space to find new ingredients that don’t sacrifice quality.

“Beauty is all about caring and Luxury is a combination of innovation and integrity, and our values have always been exemplified in our commitment to creating cruelty-free products,” she said. “If we are truly committed to being 100 percent cruelty-free, we shouldn’t have animal-derived ingredients in our products.”

Google’s latest report on skin-care trends found that searches for vegan products have grown 83 percent year over year since 2010 in the U.S., the market driving the trend. 

So we are proud to announce you LUXURY BEAUTY COSMETICS!
We’ll make you shine.

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Convertible Fashion by Monica Nechifor

As consumers, we have become increasingly conscious about our purchases and the people involved in the making of our clothes and environment. 

We asked Monica Nechifor a fashion designer who founded Convertible Fashion how can we make fashion sustainable :

What does" sustainable fashion" mean to you? 

For me as a fashion brand it means that I must create clothes in a way that is most considerable of humanity and the environment. 
There are many ways that we can make fashion sustainable, but my way to contribute to this is that I design Convertible fashion: one single garment can be transformed into many other options allowing you to have several looks from only one piece. Therefore a multi-functional item is more sustainable as it requires fewer resources and fabric to make than its separate counterparts. 
Also the beauty of convertible fashion consists in the fact that you save money by buying more outfits for the price of only one, it saves space in your wardrobe or travel bag and also it saves you time to commute home and change your clothes for the next event on the same day.

What inspired you to start a sustainable and convertible fashion brand? 

Designing convertible clothing it is an easy and natural process for me, I feel elevated and happy when my creativity flows and I consider my talent a gift that I have to put it to a good use for other people. I gave myself a mission to bring value in other people's lives and by designing and manufacturing convertible fashion I can make people's everyday life much easier and better. 
To that it added other factors like sustainability, ethical manufacturing, respect for the environment and community, etc.

Who is your customer? 

My customer is a conscious and smart person that embraced this concept for a variety of reasons, starting with the way the clothes make them feel to the practical side of it.
Usually my customers take pride in the way they look, like to experiment with new styles and showcase these looks on social media. 
I can identify my customer as that busy professional living a vibrant life working in the city and enjoying the social life after work or mums with a hectic schedule juggling school run, gym, work, social events, all at once. 
People want to fit lots of activities in a day , they don't have time to get home to change into appropriate attire for every event of the day, then here convertible fashion comes into play. 

Soumya, the “Cosmo Life” Cover Star

Soumya as @Soumstagram_, the “Cosmo Life” cover star and socialite is best known for her girl-next-door glam and her corporate-business acumen.

In an interview with the young, self-made, Instagram-star, more popularly known on Instagram by soumstagram_ here is the reveal on all the wardrobe and life secrets you need to know.

The Indian born, American raised, (current) London based Social Media Influencer is a well known former model and actress. “Former”? We beg to differ! Her journey has been beyond exciting, isn't it? All the things you need to know about her life, fashion, style and how she manages her corporate job and lifestyle, you can find out right here.

We sat down with this global citizen to pick her brain about what it takes to stand out in the (insta) crowd...

Soumya is one of the most influential personalities in the London fashion scene. A former Technologist at JP Morgan Chase, Soumstagram_’s classic, yet trendy style has secured collaborations with some of the most prestigious brands including Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Ted Baker and Daniel Wellington. Soumya is the brains behind SOUMSTAGRAM_, one of the world's first Instagram driven platforms to combine styling, blogging, influencer marketing, travel and life advice going as far back as 2012 when being an Instagram sensation wasn’t even a thing. Did she foresee growth on the Insta platform? Keep up with our upcoming features in 2019 to find out!

Soumya's style mantra has always been "Less is More" and believes in the power of styling and accessorizing. Usually, you would find her signature summer look consisting of chic white dresses and straw bags and hats, while her winter look would include more fancy coats and trendy boots.

Soumya is everything we vision of the new power generation. In 2018, we have been huge fans of her sassy, slow motioned hair-flips and Instagram captions overflowing the star’s sense of humour and of course her perfect go-to outfits that made her look extra feminine and modish. "Her picks have been effortless and sensational that rule the all year round fashion stratosphere" — UBM Fashion London.

What we like the most about Soumya's style is that she believes that looking fashionable does not always have to come from luxury brands, it can be a mix of your local brands, street style, and some high-end ones. The perfect style sense comes from incorporating your own individual preferences to customise and curate your wardrobe with personal choices. The most important take away from her style is that she clearly does not stick to fixed choices, and often likes to experiment with what she perceives of as fashion. 

For more updates on her lifestyle, follow her on Snapchat as KRMODELA and on Instagram as SOUMSTAGRAM_. 

Do let us know, which of her looks would you like to replicate in your wardrobe!

Read the interview with Soumya in "Cosmo Life" Valentine's special issue!

Because, it's the closest thing we have, to magic

  To me, he was nothing short of a miracle. Generous, simple and in so many ways gorgeous. I was besotted right at the start. It was the eleventh grade, and he helped me with a lot of school work. There was something about the way he spoke, just so honest, he'd nothing to hide. Brown eyes, wide with innocence, incapable of telling a lie and genuinely so. Sometime in the first few weeks, I sensed a bond that'd last a lifetime. I had nothing to ask of him ,just his company made me ecstatic. It was the most honest, simple and unconditional relationship. He was my best friend. I cherished our candidness too much to jeopardize it, so I kept my feelings private. Surprisingly one day, he told me he loved me. I don't know if that was impulse, we were just children. The curiosity of what it'd be like to belong to him numbed  my instinct. Oh and did we have a blast! He moved to another city to study, and somehow that made the bond more meaningful. I'd wake up to his messages and we'd talk each other to sleep. He'd wait for a break to come visit me and we'd count the hours together. Taking each other's opinion on every damn thing and then fussing about it, petty but fun. Every birthday and New Year meant more now that I had him to share time with. It was beautiful. Of course we had our differences, often silly but the most heated arguments. Somehow, almost cosmically, every quarrel would lead me to realizing I'd be better off milking a bull .What was the point of winning the tiff? I'd forgotten how to function without him. So irrevocably in love. Even in times of chaos I'd feel an unwaning confidence because I knew he'd be there if I wished to cry. No fear of the uncertain, no dubiousness of his affection. For several reasons, the best days of my life.
       Soon enough, we'd to get serious about our careers. Now, we spoke lesser, and one day he left the country to pursue his studies. It's been a while, but I still remember the day he left. I was a wreck. I trembled at the thought of not knowing if he'd ever come back, if he'd remember what it was like to be in my company. He took away so much with his absence. The clouds drifted, so did he. In a few months I saw a new him, the simplicity dwindled because everything around was new, sensitivity and concern began to ebb , perhaps it didn't make sense to care for someone so far away, and of course,  honesty was ludicrous since we were unaware of almost everything in each other's lives. He lost himself to the splendor of possibility. For months I questioned the days we'd laughed together, had he really given up on everything I loved about him? I understood his being stressed about life's challenges, but it just seemed like his priorities had shifted. In some time, we were barely speaking. A deafening silence. Our days didn't share the same light, he got busy and I didn't intrude. Everyday, I battled my inner tornado to fill the void, and it didn't affect him that I was hurting. Never do we foresee these things, there was a time when I was immensely confident of our solidarity, and now we didn't even know when we needed each other. Merely being of relevance to him seemed arduous.
     Despite everything, each time I pass a coffee shop we'd visited or the place I first met him, I smile because those are still the most beautiful days I've seen. Love is larger than us. Innocent but Powerful. Often beyond our control, we get hurt but that doesn't curb our capacity to love.
   How many stupid times a day, must we have dwelt on our dissatisfaction?! Fundamentally greed, our craving for attention turns us into beings beyond our own handling power. Obsession cultivates a deep rooted negativity, a dark energy that taints our prudence. 
       The ones we love might not necessarily find their haven in us. Life will go on and they'd eventually gather their sanity from other sources. Perhaps, even fall in love again. Well, they're only human. Going through agony, might make us a little harsh, but we still hold a massive potential to love, and so we're beautiful!

Through the several days I spent mulling over what went wrong, I didn't realize I'd retreated from my real self too. My faith in him had shaken, I'd become terribly quick to judge and grew selfish. We only react to our environment, our circumstances and our pain. The truth is, we all have issues, he isn't perfect, neither am I. After all, when he was around, he only gave me what I wanted, any girl's fantasy, a quintessential version of what I imagined love should look like.
       We spend too much time expecting from the other end. Blessed enough to experience love and we ponder over the slightest debates. I know, I'd never be able to shake off the shadow of my first love, but I also know he'll never be the same again. Love is for realistic people. We build our hopes on an intricate web of daydreams and that makes us fragile. It's our ability to love, the complacency of being able to offer ourselves emotionally, that we cherish. Love, because it warms the heart. Whether it culminates into something or not, love because we're fortunate enough to know its bliss. People change, isn’t change the only constant? Accept the reversal, walk with the wind, it’s much easier than walking against it. Let's be grateful for the experience and accommodative of each other's flaws. Believe the best in them and derive strength from your ability to acclimate. Have faith in the beauty of your soul; your capacity to give is endless. If it's the only way, love them enough to let them go and love yourself enough to smile everyday. This Valentine's day, let's stop questioning ourselves and the ones we love. Break free of those shackles of doubt and rage, and love unconditionally... because, it's the closest thing we have, to magic.

Article by: Sweta Subramanian. She is an engineer by qualification and is currently a Singer/Performer based in Bangalore.

Designer Audrey Soie Spotted in $100 million Necklace from Ocean’s 8

You have seen Ladies Of “Ocean’s 8” exclusively wearing Cartier on the Big screen. Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham were honoured to touch the masterpiece reproduced by drawing’s from 1931. The original “Jeanne Toussaint” necklace,  was designed for the Maharaja of Nawanagar by Jacques Cartier. This jewel no longer exists, however the creation sketch was used as a reference for the realization of the Toussaint necklace, which plays a pivotal character in the story. Described as “the finest cascade of coloured diamonds in the world,” it was, according to Jacques Cartier, “a superb realization of a connoisseur’s dream.

The Cartier piece seen in the movie features zirconium oxides mounted on white gold rather than real diamonds. It took eight weeks to create, according to WWD, and was made in Cartier’s Paris workshop.

Had actual stones been used, the necklace seen in “Ocean’s 8” would certainly be worth over $100 million — far more than the movie’s entire $70 million production budget.

Taking the story further, exclusively for our cover, artist and designer Audrey Soie was wearing the same necklace for the photoshoot. “I am honoured to wear Cartier’s creation for what it represents,” she says, — Ocean’s 8 necklace was named after Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s Creative Director in the 1930s who was the first woman to embody Cartier’s spirit. To me it represents women’s power and belief in your dreams. Be bold, create your future now and one day you’ll wake up the you of your dreams!”

See exclusive pictures in the “Rich and Beautiful” magazine:

Follow Audrey on Instagram @audreysoie or visit the web

Linjie Chou Zanadu on his work with Pamela Anderson, Royalty nowadays and development of Peace and Culture Order.

Linjie Chou Zanadu, award winning public relation strategist helps his clients to explore their dreams in reality. He helps his clients to execute world-class PR strategies and link them with the right contacts and decision makers in their respective fields around the world. Among his clients From Hong Kong to Monte Carlo, from Beverly Hills to Cannes, Linjie’s network expands from political lobbyists to Hollywood celebrities. He has been working with public figures like His Royal Highness Prince Adel el Hashemite of Iraq, Pamela Anderson, Bertie Higgins, President Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, and Film producer Steve Moore.

Today Linjie is starring on the pages of "Rich&Beautiful" magazine, he will share his thoughts on success and give some tips to the readers.

Hey Linjie, we are very excited to have you! You are helping clients to explore their dreams in reality. What is you one simple advice for every day to achieve your goals?

I think self determination is very important, in life we are always battling the naysayer or people of negative energies. We must learn how to balance the self insight and ignoring the negative energies. 

You released a book "Cracking the Code to Success" teaming up with the best-selling author Brian Tracy. How long did it take to prepare the book? What was you exact role in this project? How was it to work with Brian?

I had a chapter in his book and talked about how the universal energy can help us to facilitate our goals in life for career and personal. How our success is determined by the right energy flow. Brian is very down to earth and a man of practicality, which I am much inspired.

When you worked with Pamela Anderson, how would you describe her she in person? Is she a sexy woman? Is she the one having a "start fever"? Do you have any fun story about your collaboration?

Yes, Pamela is a wonderful person, she is always reinventing herself. From the bombshell to her current role as an advocate for animal rights and mother. I could sense she is becoming more and more elegant in her work and life. One thing I have to remark on, she is one of the most caring moms I have met, she was so much into her son’s development and growth. In my culture, a lot of mothers love to brag how much they gave to their children, Pamela on the other hand, is doing everything for her sons without even letting the public know. She is also fun to work with, always with positive energy and a lot of laughter. 

How do you see the development of Peace and Culture Order?

The Chivalry Order has been a dream since early childhood and I was very much inspired with noble deeds. Changing the world might seem like an insurmountable task, but with some hope, I would be able to create the initiative, which will combine both old Chinese philosophy and chivalry traditions of Europe. Now I am transforming the Peace and Culture Order into a structure, which will be a lot more comfortable to manage in this world.

What do you think about Nobel Prize of Piece? 

It is indeed based on the Scandinavian idealism. I adore the simplicity and non-confrontational culture of that part of the world. I do wish if we can all be that simple and honest. The home of Noble awards, both Norway and Sweden are the role model countries we all aspire. Currently I am also supporting the Global Children Initiatives of Princess Madeline of Sweden. I strongly believe if we want a better world, we have to start with children.

There are quite a few royals among your clients, what do you think of royalty nowadays? What are the goals of royal dynasty members and /or aristocracy in the modern world?

All people are different, and the ones you are referring to are not to be excluded. Recently I met H.H.Princess Karina Bagration, a highly organized, motivated and professional educationalist who had a science internship in the field of applied pedagogical studies at Temple City Education Center in California, USA. It took place in the frame of a lifelong learning educational project called “From 5 till 105” which I helped as philanthropist and St. John of Kronstadt Foundation (Russian Nobility Association), too. She also had a chance to communicate with Madam Megan Beck, New Directions for Academic Advancement representative. Princess Karina met people of various age groups and cultures, the youngest was 5 and the oldest -105 years old. I had less time to communicate with H.R.H. Princess Madeleine of Sweden but all of us, who lived and worked in this country, know her as a motivated philanthropist, who supports UNICEF and the World Childhood Foundation. 

Read the full interview in the upcoming issue of "Rich&Beautiful".

Follow Linjie on instagram @linjiechou