Nicholas Olate Exclusive Interview by Pocono Record

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Olate Dogs to showcase million-dollar backflips and more in Jim Thorpe

By Jim Radenhausen, Pocono Record Writer

Millions of viewers witnessed Olate Dogs’ high-energy, fast-paced tricks in 2012 during the seventh season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Now, Pocono-area residents have the chance to see the “AGT”-winning act up close during a performance Saturday at Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe.

Based in Commerce, Texas, Olate Dogs features father and son Richard and Nicholas Olate, plus 11 pups: Willy, a mini-poodle mix; Cholo, a schnoodle (schnauzer/poodle mix) who famously “drove” a car on stage in the 2012 “AGT” finale; Benny and Bob, schnoodles; Maggie, Lili and Bella, labradoodles; Loca, a Yorkie/Poodle mix; Oso, a standard poodle; and Toby and Copo, poodle mixes. Joe, a poodle mix, and Sodi, a Maltese, are retired.

Aside from the aforementioned car-driving, Olate Dogs’ arsenal of tricks include: scooter-riding, an all-dog conga line, backflips, walking and jumping rope on hind legs, jumping tricks and the wheelbarrow, for which one dog walks on its front legs while another pushes from behind on its rear legs. Upon winning “AGT,” Olate Dogs snared $1 million and headlined the “America’s Got Talent Live in Las Vegas” stage show at The Palazzo in Las Vegas in 2012 and 2013.

Richard, a third-generation circus performer, developed his act on the streets of his native Chile, South America, when he was 12. More than 40 years later, Richard, along with wife, Rebecca, and Nicholas, rescue dogs from shelters and homes and train them to be part of their professional troupe. In addition to live shows — including performances with the Big Apple Circus and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus — Olate Dogs has appeared in two short films: “Le Sauvetage (The Rescue)” and “Dog’s Best Friend.” The latter film, the second in the #RescueFilm series created by Peter McEvilley, celebrates rescue pets and promotes pet adoption.

Performing with his father since age 6, Nicholas — also a recording artist, releasing his first album “Think Big,” on Domo Records in 2013 — took on more responsibilities as he got older and now serves as Richard’s right-hand man in Olate Dogs. Prior to the act’s show in Jim Thorpe, Nicholas spoke to the Pocono Record about the “AGT” experience, the dog-training process and his music career, among other topics.

Q: Was your childhood filled with dogs galore?

A: Yeah, my earliest memories, when I was 2 to 3, was dogs always around. I’d get down on all fours and act like a dog, oddly enough.

Did you genuinely want in on the act, or was it just in your blood?

My family was originally from the circus. At that time, I went in there and sat around, played with dogs. I didn’t know anything about the routine. As the youngest, I was in there causing trouble, in the way. My mother and sister used to perform with us, as well. When we got to “AGT,” it was my father and myself. I love performing and I love dogs, but it’s not necessarily my calling. I have my own dreams/aspirations, too, hopefully.

Was the “AGT” audition process difficult?

It’s a lot harder for us than other acts. Dogs have to go to the bathroom, and you have to find a place to take them out. We had never really watched the show. We didn’t understand how big it was. In Orlando, they said, “Come in, we’ll make it quick, you can audition.” Dad didn’t really want to; he thought it was going to be a hassle. We passed through, went to the New York run and auditioned in front of the judges. It was a long, hectic day, and we were trying to find out where we can take out the dogs. We were ready to give up. We got on stage, and after we got a standing ovation, and the judges were saying nice things about us, we were like, “Okay, we’re gonna keep going.” Howard Stern was brutally honest; a lot think he comes off as mean.

Where do you get the dogs?

Generally, we get dogs from shelters. A lot of times, we have had people come up and say, “We have a dog, I’m not a dog person,” “I don’t have time to take care of a dog, do you guys want it?” We generally stick to poodle-mix dogs. They’re very acrobatic and light-framed. It’s not hard on their joints at all.

When training, do you use treats?

We don’t. Dad’s just super patient with them. His main goal is to have the dogs be happy and have fun. He finds a way to make it a game for them. If training them to walk around on hind legs, he’ll be holding the front paws, dancing around with them. Without them knowing, they’re developing balance and muscle memory. It’s probably a lot longer process than if we did train with treats. We don’t want them to think they have to do something so they can get some food. It’s better when it’s just playtime.

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Tao Of Sound’s New Release “These Times” NOW ON SALE!

Tao Of Sound new album “These Times” is now available at iTunes Store!

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“Tao of Sound’s new full-length, 11 track album These Times, is a masterwork and triumph, blurring the lines between musical genres and delivering an amazing melodic and rhythmic delight.”

In May of 2016, Tao of Sound steps to the front of the stage via their eclectic, always evolving style. With their signature edgy pop sound and epic, world-electronica orchestrations, Tao of Sound has carved out a completely original musical identity for themselves.

Comprised of multi-instrumentalists Taku Hirano and Daniel Pearson, Tao of Sound has worked with music’s biggest superstars including Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez, Nine Inch Nails, Whitney Houston, Nelly Furtado, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Prodigy, Dr. Dre and Lionel Richie. Taku was named as one of the Top 3 Best Percussionists by Modern Drummer Magazine’s 2014 Readers Poll.

As expert remix artists, Tao of Sound has worked their magic on Kanye West’s “Heartless” and tracks from the Michael Jackson Remix Suite. Internationally, they have performed and recordings with two-time Academy Award-winning Indian film composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), Japanese pop superstar Utada Hikaru, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Golden Globe/Grammy Award-winning artist, Kitaro.

Taku is one of the top-call percussionists on the touring and recording circuit. Daniel is Bass Player/Composer/Producer and has written and composed music for television productions and motion pictures. These world-class musicians have performed live, recorded with, and consulted a who’s who in the music industry, spanning practically every genre of popular music. Their music has been heard on HBO, NBC, ABC, PBS, and major motion picture scores for Twentieth Century-Fox and DreamWorks, film soundtracks for DreamWorks, Atlantic Records, and Capitol Records.

Combining Zen-like Eastern influences with electronic beats and a rock swagger, Tao of Sound delivered a striking, memorable debut for Domo Records in June 2010 with Metro, continued their evolution with RONIN and now expertly displays their mastery of music with 2016’s These Times.

Track List
01. These Times (feat. Beldina)
02. You Come, You Go (feat. Carol Hatchett)
03. Police & Thieves (feat. Amy Keys)
04. 20 Cents More For The Metro (feat. Davi Lorenzo)
05. Little World (feat. Laura Jane)
06. Libra
07. Sympathy Is For The Survivors (feat. Brandon Rogers)
08. Keep Dancing (feat. Jacob Luttrell)
09. I Would Be Your Slave (feat. Davi Lorenzo)
10. Virgo
11. The River (feat. Sharlotte Gibson)

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Check Out Roman’s “TURN IT UP” Acoustic Version Video


Get Roman’s new single “Turn It Up” now at iTunes Store. Remix version and the official video are also available at iTunes Store.

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Get a Chance to Win FREE Tickets for Olate Dogs Show!

Olate Dogs are now on tour! There are TWO ways to win free tickets via Olate Dogs’ facebook page!

April 30th (Sat)
@Frisco, TX – Bark in the Park Game in Frisco, TX

*TO WIN FREE TICKETS: Share a picture or video of your dog doing a trick and tag  #‎OlateDogs, #‎RuffRiders and #‎BarkInThePark!

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May 4th (Wed) 7pm
@ the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in Lake Placid, NY
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Watch Tao Of Sound’s New Music Video for “Keep Dancing”

Tao Of Sound, whose upcoming album “These Times” will be released on May 6th, just dropped the official music video for the first single “Keep Dancing”.

“Keep Dancing” features Jacob Luttrell on lead vocals, Carol Hatchett and Laura Jane on background vocals, and Kat Dyson on guitar. Directed by Ameenah Kaplan, the video includes black and white scenes of people from all over the world performing various cultural dances; it shows that no matter where we come from, music and dance are aspects of life we all enjoy.

Keep Dancing feat. Jacob Luttrell (Official Music Video)

Stay tuned for the release of “These Times”

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Track List
01. These Times (feat. Beldina)
02. You Come, You Go (feat. Carol Hatchett)
03. Police & Thieves (feat. Amy Keys)
04. 20 Cents More For The Metro (feat. Davi Lorenzo)
05. Little World (feat. Laura Jane)
06. Libra
07. Sympathy Is For The Survivors (feat. Brandon Rogers)
08. Keep Dancing (feat. Jacob Luttrell)
09. I Would Be Your Slave (feat. Davi Lorenzo)
10. Virgo
11. The River (feat. Sharlotte Gibson)

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ROMAN performed in Hollywood with RICHIE SAMBORA and ORIANTHI

Roman, whose new single “Turn It Up” has just been released, performed at The Viper Room in Hollywood on April 6th.

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Roman and his band started off the show with the premier of the catchy “Turn It Up”, followed by other songs such as the grungier “Make It Out Alive” amongst the lively crowd.
World renowned guitarists Richie Sambora (from Bon Jovi) and Orianthi joined them to wrap up the set with “This Town”. Check out the video below for the full song!

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Roman – This Town (with Richie Sambora and Orianthi)


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ROMAN’s New Single and Video “Turn It Up” at iTunes Store NOW

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Get Roman’s new single “Turn It Up” now at iTunes Store! Remix version and the official video are also available at iTunes Store.

 

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See ROMAN Live for the PREMIER of His new Single and Music Video,  TURN IT UP! 

Date: April 6th (Wed)
Venue: Viper Room’s Main Stage
8852 West Sunset Blvd. | West Hollywood, CA 90069

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See Roman Live at the Viper Room on April 6th!

Roman Releases “TURN IT UP” Single on April 1st. See Him April 6th at the Viper Room in LA!

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387 Music Entertainment Presents: ROMAN
April 6, 2016 at 11:00pm
Viper Room’s Main Stage – 8852 West Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA  90069

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Roman Release Schedule:

1st release: Turn It Up (Radio Edit)
Turn It Up (Original Version with Rap)

2nd release: Turn It Up (Remix)

3rd release: Turn It Up (Video)

 

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Yukiko Haneda’s Song from “Fadista” Is Used for Youtube Web Drama

Check out the Youtube web series, Kang Fu Femmes “Kettou”. Yukiko’s original song  “Shipwreck” is used during the show. She also did the narration.

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New Artist ROMAN’s U.S. Debut Single in April

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See ROMAN Live at LA’s Famed Viper Room in West Hollywood, California on April 6, 2016 for the PREMIER of HIS new Single and Music Video!!

387 Music Entertainment Presents: ROMAN
April 6, 2016 at 11:00pm
Viper Room’s Main Stage – 8852 West Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA  90069

 

With a natural raspy voice reminiscent of Brian Adams, Rod Stewart and Don Henley, Roman’s first exciting and energized US single “TURN IT UP” is set for an April 2016 release on Domo Music Group.

Originally born in the small Russian town of Gorky, Roman grew up in Moscow. He’s performed with a who’s who of international musicians including Chris Slade (AC/DC), Tim Ripper Owens (Judas Priest), Kerri Kelli (Alice Cooper, Slash Snake’s Pit) Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P, L.A. Guns), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake), and Teddy “Zigzig” Angreadis (Gun N’ Roses, Chuck Berry). He wrote and performed an original song for the Olympics in Sochi 2014 with a symphonic orchestra and Yuri Bashmet — one of most respected classical musicians in the world.

Invited to Los Angeles by a music-management company to front a rock band, Troy Harley, Roman has performed on the Warped Tour in over 40 US cities and Canada. He has also toured with “Nickelback” in Russia and Belarus.

In 2015, Roman began working with Grammy songwriter-producer Thomas Marolda (Imagine Dragons, Killers, Bon Jovi Cher) in Los Angeles. Through that association, he began collaborating with Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons) and has now completed recording numerous original songs with producer Marolda. He’s rehearsing with his full band for upcoming shows and a tour while the release of his first single, TURN IT UP will occur in April of this year. He’s building his fanbase and raising his profile to coincide with a proposed Richie Sambora, Orianthi tour of the states and world. Endorsed by the Ernie ball (Music man), Mesa Boogie guitar companies Roman was the face of fashion companies “Suck” as (Ray Ban, Jaen Paul Gaultier, Philip Plein). Of late, Roman has also been working as composer for selective Russian TV Series and movies.

As a member of the most popular boy band in Russia called “Chelsea,” Roman performed over 400 shows with “Chelsea” around the world Russia, USA, Europe, Olympics Beijing, UEFA Uero Socer cup in Munich. He’s been showered in praise, having received 3 Russian Grammy Awards, a “ZD” Award for Best Band, a “ZD” Award for the sexiest man in Music and was named the “Most Talked-about Person in Music“ by MTV Russia. Roman received MTV Russian Music Award Nominee as “Best New Band” and in 2011 participated in the number one TV Show “Star Factory” Best of The Best and took 2nd place.

With a father who was a manager and producer of a famous 90’s pop star in Russia, young Roman grew up back stage with musicians on tour in a show-business environment. After graduating from the Humanitarian University of Moscow, the aspiring rocker became a finalist on the highest rated TV show “Star Factory” 6. Hot off that recognition, Roman recorded duets with the Scorpions, and the Swiss rock band Gotthard.

In addition to the release of the new track, Roman is currently in the studio with legendary producer Bob Rock who is at the production helm for the song “WE AIN’T GIVNG UP”. The song is written and performed by Richie Sambora and Roman and will be used to kick off the World Peace Tour in Russia. Hopes are high for a world tour opening/supporting slot with Richie Sambora/Orianthi to promote their debut as a duo. Now, Roman’s poised to conquer America and the rest of the world.

 Roman Release Schedule:

1st release: Turn It Up (Radio Edit)
Turn It Up (Original Version with Rap)

2nd release: Turn It Up (Remix)

3rd release: Turn It Up (Video)

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