Rodleen Getsic

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Rodleen Getsic
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Rodleen Getsic
Background information
Also known as Rādhārānī
Born (1975-03-18) March 18, 1975 (age 39)
Wenatchee, Washington, USA
Origin Granite Falls, Washington, USA
Genres Various
Occupation(s) Singer, musician, activist, actress
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Website www.getsic.com

Rodleen Getsic (born March 18, 1975, Wenatchee, Washington) is an American singer, activist, actress, film producer and performance artist.

Biography[edit]

Born as Rodleen Giecek to Pamela and Edward Giecek, Getsic first began writing a cappella songs in Granite Falls, Washington where she was raised. The first song that 'came' to her was titled "Entrust Yourself".[1] In addition to her voice, she plays and writes with non-traditional guitar, bass, upright bass, piano, djembe, and continues to learn other instruments.[2] Her official symbol is the Double You Omen, anarchy and peace.[3][4]

She has archived hundreds of songs through the Library of Congress and Internet Archive.[5] In some references, her voice is compared to Diamanda Galás[6] and Clare Torry of Pink Floyd's "Great Gig in the Sky."[7]

Music[edit]

Rodleen performed as the supporting act for artists and bands including Kottonmouth Kings, No Doubt, Ratdog, Phil Lesh, Ani DiFranco, Ozomatli, Hot Tuna, Mickey Hart's Planet Drum, Thelonious Monster, Hellride, Banyan, Fishbone, among others.[8]

Rodleen has worked in the studio and live on stage with music artists including Andy Dick[9] and the Bitches of the Century (sometimes Dick has Rodleen perform as his opening act with the song she wrote for him called "Fucker" / Rodleen appeared on his episode of MTV Cribs playing this song), Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe (she is the featured guest vocalist on album, "Never A Dull Moment", song, "Blue"), Dave Aron of Snoop Dogg, Willie Waldman, John Norwood Fisher, Rick Boston, Deftones (she is the featured guest vocalist in the song, "Knife Party", in their platinum album White Pony),[10] moe., Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, John Perry Barlow, Mike McGinn, Fermin Muguruza of Negu Gorriak (she is the featured guest vocalist in song "Nazio Ibiltaria Naiz", album, Brigadistak Sound System), Isaiah "Ikey" Owens of Sublime and The Mars Volta, Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction, David Torkenowsky, The Jangsta, Mike Watt, Kirsha Kaechele, Mike Brown (project called Isis Crisis),[11] Daniel Lechok,[11] H.R. of Bad Brains (nationwide tour 1997-98), Phillip "Fish" Fisher, drummer of Justin Timberlake.[1][12] Rodleen's influence to scream on stage originated from Gary Finneran.[13]

After meeting up with John Perry Barlow and Bob Weir in 1999,[14] Rodleen had gained the interest of Grateful Dead Records to produce her as their "first solo artist outside of The Dead". However, this did not end up happening, because The Dead's mother company, Arista Records, felt that Rodleen's music was not commercial.[14] She recorded solo tracks in Bob's home studio and in The Grateful Dead Studios. Rodleen proceeded to play shows opening for bands affiliated with The Grateful Dead and Bill Graham Presents. She performed at Bob Weir's wedding.[14]

In late 2002, Getsic formed a band, Get Sic, with rotating all-star members. The core group consisted of John Norwood Fisher of Fishbone on bass, Freddy Flint of Eek-a-Mouse on guitar, Spacey T of Fishbone on guitar, Kabade of H.R. on keys, and James Gray of Michael Franti & Spearhead on drums. Other members of the band included Dave Aron on clarinet, Willy Waldman on trumpet, Steve Giroux on guitar, Jerad Thompson (SkaDaddyZ) on saxophone, and Ralph Rivers on bass.[2] The band played shows from December 2002 through June 2003.

Rodleen developed an animation television series concept involving her personality and music with cartoonist Edo Fuijkscho and writer Thomas Gerhardt.[15] In 2007 and 2008, she had a radio show on KSOW in Cottage Grove, Oregon.[16][17] Her radio show was called The Seemless Disaster, and she played her own music from cassette tapes, and did a live, seamless mix with random audio and music records.[18] Rodleen has ongoing film collaborations with Australian writer-producer Anita Ondine[19] and American filmmaker Adam Carter Rehmeier.[20] She wrote the screenplay for the Indie Psychological thriller film The Bunny Game,[21] in which she played the lead role of a prostitute.[22]

Politics[edit]

Also known for her civil service, Getsic served as a community leader since age thirteen.[23]

In 1992, she attended Presidential Classroom, where she met President George H. W. Bush and his cabinet members, including Dick Cheney.[23] For several years following that meeting, she "dropped out", and focused on her travels and music.

From 1999 to 2001, Rodleen worked with Jubilee world relief efforts, serving as the Lead Coordinator for Perry Farrell's Jubilee Freedom Foundation with organization president Aaron Cohen.[24]

Rodleen has worked with Aileen Getty, daughter of Sir John Paul Getty, for non-profit causes,[23] including Gettlove, feeding homeless people in Hollywood.[25][26]

Rodleen served as the Spokesperson and Public Relations Chair for the Community of La Conchita, California (2005–2006), following the deadly mudslide (January 10, 2005) that took the lives of 3% of the small beach community. She personally knew all of the victims, especially guitar player Charly Womack, who had on occasion been her partner in music. In March 2006, in response to the publicity driven by Rodleen, the La Conchita Study committee was formed, commissioned by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.[27]

In April 2006, Rodleen traveled to the Gulf Coast of the United States and then to New Orleans, Louisiana to aid in the ongoing relief efforts of Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Katrina.[28] There she attended events and meetings, communicating on disaster response and preparedness with local and State officials, architects and community builders such as Kirsha Kaechele, other community members, and politically active musicians such as Ben Jaffe of the Preservation Hall and Wynton Marsalis. She also performed live while in New Orleans, including appearances at the Windsor Hotel.

Personal life[edit]

Her father, Ed Giecek, is an artist and her mother is a guidance counselor for the public school in Neah Bay, Washington. She has a brother, Rudy.[29] Her cousin is action sport personality, Brad J.[30] She was named after Rod Staudinger.[31]

Rodleen keeps a cellular blog called Phonetography®.[32]

On March 8, 2010 Rodleen endured a traumatic brain injury. She slipped on a floor mat, landing upside-down on her head,[33] at Real Food Daily restaurant in West Hollywood.[32][34]

Current work[edit]

Rodleen Getsic stars in the extreme horror film The Bunny Game, directed by Adam Rehmeier. She co-produced and co-wrote the film, which was filmed in October 2008 in thirteen days.[35] Rodleen has received several awards from film festivals and horror bloggers. She received a Golden Gore Award in 2012 for Best Female Performance.[36] She won Best Overall Individual Performance in a Film for her role in The Bunny Game at the 2011 PollyGrind Film Festival. The Bunny Game was banned in the UK by the British Board of Film Classification.[37] She is also an actress in the web-series Charlotta TS, directed by Lewis Teague.[38][39]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rodleen Interview". EL NO DE LAS NIÑAS. 
  2. ^ a b Rodleen's Bio
  3. ^ "Archive.org". Way Back Machine. Rodleen Getsic. Archived from the original on 2002-11-22. 
  4. ^ "Rodleen.com". circa 1996. Rodleen Getsic. 
  5. ^ "Free Music Archives of Rodleen". various. Rodleen Getsic. 
  6. ^ "Deftones Information". Music news and information. PIT5. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  7. ^ "Pink Floyd Reference". Reveille Magazine. 
  8. ^ "The Dead Setlists". set lists and players. Lazy River Road. 
  9. ^ "Rodleen at Irvine Improv". Rodleen's blog. 
  10. ^ "Chi and Rodleen". Rodleen performing live with the Deftones. deftonesworld.com. 
  11. ^ a b "Archive.org". 
  12. ^ "Fish & Norwood". Get Sic Phonetography. 
  13. ^ "blog on Gary Finneran". Rodleen. 
  14. ^ a b c "Bob Weir". Rodleen Bio. 
  15. ^ "The Word Factory". animation. 
  16. ^ "EL NO DE LAS NIÑAS Interview". 
  17. ^ "KSOW - Cottage Grove Community Radio Programming Schedule". 
  18. ^ "The Seemless Disaster - Rodleen's radio show". 
  19. ^ "Film: Return To Terrapin". film. Rodleen Getsic / Anita Ondine. 
  20. ^ "film test shot from "HORROR_HORROR"". photograph. Rodleen Getsic / Adam Carter Rehmeier. 
  21. ^ What's Black and White and Red All Over? The New NSFW Trailer for The Bunny Game
  22. ^ The Bunny Game at the Internet Movie Database
  23. ^ a b c "Brave New America". Rodleen Getsic. 
  24. ^ "Jubilee Freedom Foundation, Aaron Cohen". ZoomInfo. 
  25. ^ "GETT LOVE - FEEDING THE HOLLYWOOD HOMELESS". Phonetography. 
  26. ^ "Gettlove". 
  27. ^ "Community efforts toward public awareness..". Blog. 
  28. ^ "Ninth Ward Memorial - August 27, 2006". Rodleen Getsic and Kirsha Kaechele, New Orleans. Ghost Images. 
  29. ^ Interview with Rodleen Getsic's father, Edward Giecek
  30. ^ Rodleen's Blog Entry on her cousin
  31. ^ Questionnaire on Rodleen's Blog
  32. ^ a b Phonetography
  33. ^ Phonetography / Rodleen brain injury
  34. ^ Rodleen TBI Art
  35. ^ "Sick House interview". 
  36. ^ http://www.thesickhouse.net/2012/01/2011-golden-gore-awards.html
  37. ^ "New posters for "BUNNY GAME" and "CHERNOBYL DIARIES"". 
  38. ^ "Rodleen Getsic on Internet Movie Database". IMDB. 
  39. ^ "BBFC Bans The Bunny Game". 

References[edit]

Assemblymember Pedro Nava with Rodleen Getsic at La Conchita Mudslide.

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