Richard Z. Kruspe
Richard Zven Kruspe is a German musician and guitarist of the German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein, as well as the frontman of the band Emigrate. Kruspe was born in East Germany, he was given the name Sven Kruspe, but changed his name to Richard Zven under the belief that everyone should be able to change their name. He has an older brother, his parents divorced. His mother remarried, they moved to the village of Weisen. Because of the poor relationship with his step-father, Kruspe ran away from home in his early teens and slept on park benches, he got into wrestling as a way to channel his anger. At the age of sixteen and some friends visited Czechoslovakia, where he bought a guitar, he had planned to sell it, because they were expensive and thought he could make a nice profit. However, once he returned to East Germany, a girl at a campground he was staying at asked him to play, he told her that he couldn't play, but she kept insisting, Kruspe got mad and started strumming the strings. "The harder I played," Richard said, "the more excited.
Something clicked in my head and I realized girls like guys who play guitars." This got him interested in playing the guitar, as a result, he began playing every day and night for the next two years. In 1985, bored with the apathetic music scene in his hometown, he moved to East Berlin and lived on Lychener Straße and "made music all day". For two years, Richard lived in an apartment with a drum kit and a guitar, he made music by himself because he did not know anybody there. "It was a lonely time" according to Kruspe. On 10 October 1989, before the fall of the Berlin Wall, he was riding through the subway; when he came above ground, he found himself in the middle of a political demonstration. He was hit on the head and arrested just for being there, thrown in jail for six days. Once out of jail, he decided to leave East Germany; because of the Eastern Bloc, he entered West Germany through Hungary. When the Berlin Wall came down, he moved back east of Germany. Kruspe's first band,'Das Elegante Chaos' was formed in the late 1980s.
The band played live with other bands such as First Arsch. In 1989, when Kruspe was 22, some songs were recorded by the band. Seeking a more independent experience, Kruspe formed Orgasm Death Gimmick which operated between 1991 and 1993. During his early career, Kruspe featured in releases by other bands such as First Arsch. Rammstein was formed back in 1994 when Kruspe, who lived with Riedel and Schneider at the time, was looking for a new band in which to create a new style of music. Kruspe married South African actress Caron Bernstein on 29 October 1999; the ceremony was Jewish and Kruspe composed the music for it. He took on the name Richard Kruspe-Bernstein during their marriage. Sometime in 2001, he moved from Berlin to New York to live closer to Caron Bernstein, they separated in 2004. His name is now back to its original "Kruspe". In 2011, he left New York because "it is not the right environment for the next part of my life" and moved back to Berlin, it was at this time that Richard announced he was becoming a father for the third time.
He has Khira Li Lindemann. Her last name is "Lindemann" because her mother was married to Rammstein lead singer Till Lindemann. Khira's mother kept the last name "Lindemann", she and Kruspe had Khira. The two never married, his son Merlin Esra Besson was born on 10 December 1992. Richard's second daughter, third child, is Maxime Alaska Bossieux, she was born 28 September 2011. Her mother is bassist of the all-girl New York punk band Dirty Mary. Bossieux was involved in the recording of Emigrate's debut album, he sings in English with Emigrate. Richard Kruspe on IMDb Emigrate @ RammImages.com Rammstein Official Website Rammstein Official Website Emigrate Official Website Emigrate Official Website RichardKruspe.com Turkey Fan Website
A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has varying roles during the recording process, they may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements. A producer may also: Select session musicians to play rhythm section accompaniment parts or solos Co-write Propose changes to the song arrangements Coach the singers and musicians in the studioThe producer supervises the entire process from preproduction, through to the sound recording and mixing stages, and, in some cases, all the way to the audio mastering stage; the producer may perform these roles themselves, or help select the engineer, provide suggestions to the engineer. The producer may pay session musicians and engineers and ensure that the entire project is completed within the record label's budget.
A record producer or music producer has a broad role in overseeing and managing the recording and production of a band or performer's music. A producer has many roles that may include, but are not limited to, gathering ideas for the project, composing the music for the project, selecting songs or session musicians, proposing changes to the song arrangements, coaching the artist and musicians in the studio, controlling the recording sessions, supervising the entire process through audio mixing and, in some cases, to the audio mastering stage. Producers often take on a wider entrepreneurial role, with responsibility for the budget, schedules and negotiations. Writer Chris Deville explains it, "Sometimes a producer functions like a creative consultant — someone who helps a band achieve a certain aesthetic, or who comes up with the perfect violin part to complement the vocal melody, or who insists that a chorus should be a bridge. Other times a producer will build a complete piece of music from the ground up and present the finished product to a vocalist, like Metro Boomin supplying Future with readymade beats or Jack Antonoff letting Taylor Swift add lyrics and melody to an otherwise-finished “Out Of The Woods.”The artist of an album may not be a record producer or music producer for his/her album.
While both contribute creatively, the official credit of "record producer" may depend on the record contract. Christina Aguilera, for example, did not receive record producer credits until many albums into her career. In the 2010s, the producer role is sometimes divided among up to three different individuals: executive producer, vocal producer and music producer. An executive producer oversees project finances, a vocal producers oversees the vocal production, a music producer oversees the creative process of recording and mixings; the music producer is often a competent arranger, musician or songwriter who can bring fresh ideas to a project. As well as making any songwriting and arrangement adjustments, the producer selects and/or collaborates with the mixing engineer, who takes the raw recorded tracks and edits and modifies them with hardware and software tools to create a stereo or surround sound "mix" of all the individual voices sounds and instruments, in turn given further adjustment by a mastering engineer for the various distribution media.
The producer oversees the recording engineer who concentrates on the technical aspects of recording. Noted producer Phil Ek described his role as "the person who creatively guides or directs the process of making a record", like a director would a movie. Indeed, in Bollywood music, the designation is music director; the music producer's job is to create and mold a piece of music. The scope of responsibility may be one or two songs or an artist's entire album – in which case the producer will develop an overall vision for the album and how the various songs may interrelate. At the beginning of record industry, the producer role was technically limited to record, in one shot, artists performing live; the immediate predecessors to record producers were the artists and repertoire executives of the late 1920s and 1930s who oversaw the "pop" product and led session orchestras. That was the case of Ben Selvin at Columbia Records, Nathaniel Shilkret at Victor Records and Bob Haring at Brunswick Records.
By the end of the 1930s, the first professional recording studios not owned by the major companies were established separating the roles of A&R man and producer, although it wouldn't be until the late 1940s when the term "producer" became used in the industry. The role of producers changed progressively over the 1960s due to technology; the development of multitrack recording caused a major change in the recording process. Before multitracking, all the elements of a song had to be performed simultaneously. All of these singers and musicians had to be assembled in a large studio where the performance was recorded. With multitrack recording, the "bed tracks" (rhythm section accompaniment parts such as the bassline and rhythm guitar could be recorded first, the vocals and solos could be added using as many "takes" as necessary, it was no longer necessary to get all the players in the studio at the same time. A pop band could record their backing tracks one week, a horn section could be brought in a week to add horn shots and punches, a string section could be brought in a week after that.
Multitrack recording had another pro
Rock Band 3
Rock Band 3 is a 2010 music video game developed by Harmonix. The game was published and distributed by MTV Games and Electronic Arts in late October 2010. Mad Catz took over both roles and re-released the title on November 23, 2011, it is the third main game in the Rock Band series. As with the previous titles, Rock Band 3 allows players to simulate the playing of rock music and many other subgenres using special instrument controllers mimicking lead and bass guitar, keyboard and vocals. Rock Band 3 expands upon previous games by including three-part vocal harmonies — used in The Beatles: Rock Band and Green Day: Rock Band — plus support for MIDI-compatible keyboards, electronic drumkits, use of a real guitar in "Pro" mode. Distinguishing it from all previous rhythm music games, Rock Band 3 features "Pro" mode, designed to mimic playing of real instruments. In Pro mode, real guitar and bass players have to match specific fingering on frets and strings, drummers have to strike cymbal pads in addition to snare and toms, keyboardists have to use precise fingering across the whole keyboard.
MadCatz manufactured a 102-button controller with 6 strings meant for bass and for lead guitar Fender lent a real Fender Squier stringed guitar modified with built-in electronics and enhancements to support Pro mode. Real instruments and original Basic controllers can be played in various combinations within the game to simulate playing in a real band. Before a song starts, the players choose. If the right note is hit or played, it is heard in the audio. If notes are missed, they are not heard; the game includes a list of 83 songs upgraded to Pro — many emphasize the keyboard instrument. Existing game content, including prior downloadable content and songs from the Rock Band Network, carry forward into the game, with the full Rock Band library reaching 2,000 songs at the time of game launch. Rock Band 3 is designed as a platform to take advantage of players' existing libraries by providing user-created set lists and challenges and tools to search and select songs from the library. Rock Band 3 was released worldwide during the last week of October 2010 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Nintendo DS.
The game received universal acclaim from critics, with praise for the addition of keyboards that broadens the potential music library for the series and the revamped career structure to keep players invested in the title. The game's Pro mode was highlighted by reviewers, who stated that the mode brings the rhythm game genre to the point of teaching players to learn real instruments and have fun doing so by disguising practice into gameplay. Rock Band 3 is cited by some to be one of the greatest games of all time while considered a pinnacle of the genre, it was the last Rock Band game to be distributed by Electronic Arts as Mad Catz signed on to produce future Rock Band games. Rock Band 3 allows for 1–7 players, either locally or through online game services, to use various instrument controllers to simulate the playing of music. In addition to supporting the four Basic instrument controllers from previous Rock Band games, Rock Band 3 adds support for two additional microphones for singers to provide backup vocal harmonies, an electric keyboard as a new instrument, plus support for a specially made 102-button MIDI bass, an actual Squier guitar by Fender.
Support for MIDI compatible electronic drum kits as well. Prior to a song, each band member selects from one of four difficulty levels, Medium and Expert, which influence the number and rate that notes appear on the note track; as the band performs, they score points. Each player can build up a multiplier by hitting consecutive notes which increases how many points each note is worth, but the multiplier is set back to 1× if a note is missed. After completing a song, the performance of each player and the band as a whole is rated on a 5-star scale; the best performance by a player for each song in the player's library is tracked separately based on instrument, Basic or Pro mode, difficulty is used to provide and compare leaderboard statistics at the end of the song. The overall goal of the band is to complete a song and earn as many points as possible by using their selected controllers to play the notes shown on the screen at the proper time. Players can gain additional points by using "Overdrive".
Once a player has enough energy, collected by playing marked sections of the song, he or she can activate Overdrive to double the number of points the whole band earns while it is deployed. Each instrument deploys overdrive differently, some instruments have multiple methods of activating it. In point competitive mode, players who are doing poorly might be forced to drop out of the band, which silences their part temporarily while the rest of the players continue to play. A dropped. In some game modes, an option is available to continue the song right from where the band failed at the cost
A CD single is a music single in the form of a compact disc. The standard in the Red Book for the term CD single is an 8cm CD, it now refers to any single recorded onto a CD of any size the CD5, or 5-inch CD single. The format was introduced in the mid-1980s but did not gain its place in the market until the early 1990s. With the rise in digital downloads in the early 2010s, sales of CD singles have decreased. Commercially released CD singles can vary in length from two songs up to six songs like an EP; some contain multiple mixes of one or more songs, in the tradition of 12" vinyl singles, in some cases, they may contain a music video for the single itself as well as a collectible poster. Depending on the nation, there may be limits on the number of songs and total length for sales to count in singles charts. Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms" is reported to have been the world's first CD single, issued in the UK in two separate singles as a promotional item, one distinguished with a logo for the tour, Live in'85, a second to commemorate the Australian leg of the tour marked Live in'86.
Containing four tracks, it had a limited print run. The first commercially released CD Single was Angeline by John Martyn released on 1 February 1986. CD singles were first made eligible for the UK Singles Chart in 1987, the first number 1 available on the format in that country was "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" by Whitney Houston in May 1987; the Mini CD single CD3 format was created for use for singles in the late 1980s, but met with limited success in the US. The smaller CDs were more successful in Japan and had a resurgence in Europe early this century, marketed as "Pock it" CDs, being small enough to fit in a shirt pocket. By 1989, the CD3 was in decline in the US, it was common in the 1990s for US record companies to release both a two-track CD and a multi-track maxi CD. In the UK, record companies would release two CDs but these consisted of three tracks or more each. During the 1990s, CD single releases became less common in certain countries and were released in smaller editions, as the major record labels feared they were cannibalizing the sales of higher-profit-margin CD albums.
Pressure from record labels made singles charts in some countries become song charts, allowing album cuts to chart based only on airplay, without a single being released. In the US, the Billboard Hot 100 made this change in December 1998, after which few songs were released in the CD single format in the US, but they remained popular in the UK and other countries, where charts were still based on single sales and not radio airplay. At the end of the 1990s, the CD was the biggest-selling single format in the UK, but in the US, the dominant single format was airplay. With the advent of digital music sales, the CD single has been replaced as a distribution format in most countries, most charts now include digital download counts as well as physical single sales. In Australia, the Herald Sun reported the CD single is "set to become extinct". In early July 2009, leading music store JB Hi-Fi ceased stocking CD singles because of declining sales, with copies of the week's No. 1 single selling as few as only 350 copies across all their stores nationwide.
While CD singles no longer maintain their own section of the store, copies are still distributed but placed with the artist's albums. That is predominantly the case for popular Australian artists such as Jessica Mauboy, Kylie Minogue and, most Delta Goodrem, whose then-recent singles were released on CD in limited quantities; the ARIA Singles Chart is now "predominantly compiled from legal downloads", ARIA stopped compiling their physical singles sales chart. "On a Mission" by Gabriella Cilmi was the last CD single to be stocked in Kmart and Big W, who concluded stocking newly released singles. Sanity Entertainment, having resisted the decline for longer than the other major outlets, has ceased selling CD singles. In China and South Korea, CD single releases have been rare since the format was introduced, due of the amount of infringement and illegal file sharing over the internet, most of the time singles have been album cuts chart based only on airplay, but with the advent of digital music the charts have occasionally included digital download counts.
In Greece and Cyprus, the term "CD single" is used to describe an extended play in which there may be anywhere from three to six different tracks. These releases charted on the Greek Singles Chart with songs released as singles; the original CD single is a music single released on a mini Compact Disc that measures 8 cm in diameter, rather than the standard 12 cm. They are manufactured using the same methods as standard full-size CDs, can be played in most standard audio CD players and CD-ROM disc drives; the format was first released in the United States, United Kingdom, France, West Germany, Hong Kong in 1987 as the replacement for the 7-inch single. While mini CDs have fallen out of popularity among most major record labels, they remain a popular, low cost way for independent musicians and groups to release music. Capable of holding up to 20 minutes of music, most mini CD singles contain at least two tracks, ofte
Gilmore Girls is an American dramedy television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. The show became a flagship series for the network. Gilmore Girls ran for seven seasons, with the final season moving to The CW, ended its run on May 15, 2007; the show's main focus is on the relationship between single mother Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Rory, who live in Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a small fictional town filled with colorful characters. The series explores issues of family, education, friendship and ambition, along with generational divides and social class, the latter themes manifesting through Lorelai's difficult relationship with her high society parents and Richard, Rory's experiences at an elite high school and on at Yale University. Sherman-Palladino, who served as showrunner for the majority of the series, infused Gilmore Girls with distinctive fast-paced dialogue filled with pop culture references. After season six, when the series moved to its new network, Sherman-Palladino left the show and was replaced by David S. Rosenthal for the final season.
The series was distributed by Warner Bros.. Television and filmed on the studio's lot in Burbank, California. Television critics praised Gilmore Girls for its witty dialogue, cross-generational appeal, effective mix of humor and drama, it never drew large ratings but was a relative success for The WB, peaking during season five as the network's second most-popular show. The series has been in daily syndication since 2004, while a growing and dedicated fandom has led to its status as a cult classic. Since coming off the air, Gilmore Girls has been cited in TV and Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest television shows of all time. In 2016, the main cast and Sherman-Palladino returned for a four-part miniseries revival titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, which streamed on Netflix; the series has two protagonists: witty "thirty-something" mother Lorelai Gilmore and her intellectual teenage daughter Rory. Their backstory is established early in the show: Lorelai grew up in Hartford with her old money parents and Emily, but always felt stifled by this environment.
She had an accidental pregnancy at age sixteen and ran away from home a year to raise Rory in the close-knit town named Stars Hollow. Lorelai found work and shelter at the Independence Inn as a maid, where she progressed to executive manager. Over the years and Rory develop a close relationship, living like best friends rather than a typical mother-daughter pair. Lorelai is proud of the independent life. However, in the pilot episode, she is forced to go to them for financial aid after Rory is admitted to Chilton Preparatory School because she cannot afford the tuition fees. Emily and Richard agree to provide a loan, so long as the girls join them every Friday night for dinner; this sets up the show's primary conflict: the Gilmores are forced to face their differences and complicated past. The contrasting mother–daughter relationships of Emily–Lorelai and Lorelai–Rory become a defining theme of the show. Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has summarized the core of Gilmore Girls: I think the theme was always family and connection.
I always felt like the underlying thing about Gilmore was that, if you happened to be born into a family that doesn't understand you, go out and make your own. That's, she went out and she made her own family. The ironic twist in her life is that this daughter that she created this half family for, likes the family that she left, it was a cycle of crazy family. The series focuses on both girls' ambition: Rory to attend an Ivy League college and become a journalist, Lorelai to open an inn with her best friend Sookie St. James; the romantic relationships of the protagonists are another key feature. Lorelai develops temporary feelings for Rory's English literature teacher, Max Medina and Jason "Digger" Stiles, who she has known since childhood. Rory has three boyfriends during the run of the show - local boy Dean Forrester, well-read bad boy Jess Mariano, wealthy charismatic Logan Huntzberger; the quirky townspeople of Stars Hollow are a constant presence. Along with series-long and season-long arcs, Gilmore Girls is episodic in nature, with mini-plots within each episode - such as town festivals, issues at Lorelai's inn, or school projects of Rory's.
Rory has a difficult time settling in at Chilton, struggling to match the demands of private school and attracting the fury of classmate Paris Geller, her academic rival. She meets her first boyfriend, but the pair break up when Rory doesn't reciprocate his, "I love you", she is pursued by arrogant Chilton student Tristin, but she has little interest. After being romantically pursued by Rory's teacher, Max Medina, Lorelai decides with a conflicted heart to give the relationship a chance; this dynamic creates some tension between Rory. At the same time, Lorelai harbours a close friendship with the local diner owner, Luke Danes, several people comment on their mutual attraction—but Lorelai is in denial and Luke doesn't act on it. Rory's father, Christopher Hayden and wants to be with Lorelai but she tells him he is too immature for a family life. All the while, Lorelai struggles to adjust to having her parents in her life on a regular basis. Emily and Richard enjoy developing a relationship with their granddaughter, but realize how much they have misse
Industrial metal is the fusion of heavy metal music and industrial music employing repeating metal guitar riffs, synthesizer or sequencer lines, distorted vocals. Prominent industrial metal acts include Godflesh, KMFDM and Nine Inch Nails. Industrial metal developed in the late 1980s, as industrial and metal began to fuse into a common genre. In the early years of the 21st century, groups from the black metal scene began to incorporate elements of industrial music. Industrial metal did well in the early 1990s in North America, with the success of groups such as Nine Inch Nails; the industrial metal movement began to fade in the latter half of the 1990s. Though electric guitars had been used by industrial artists since the early days of the genre, archetypal industrial groups such as Throbbing Gristle displayed a strong anti-rock stance. British post-punk band Killing Joke pioneered the crossing over between styles, was an influence on major acts associated with industrial metal such as Ministry and Nine Inch Nails.
Another pioneer industrial rock group, Big Black impacted some groups. By the late 1980s industrial and heavy metal began to fuse into a common genre, with Godflesh's self-titled EP and Ministry's The Land of Rape and Honey at the forefront. Godflesh was founded by former Napalm Death guitarist Justin Broadrick. Drawing from a wide array of influences—power electronics forefathers Whitehouse, noise rock band Swans, ambient music creator Brian Eno and fellow Birmingham hard rockers Black Sabbath—the Godflesh sound was once described as "Pornography-era Cure on Quaaludes". Though not a top-seller, Godflesh nonetheless became an influential act, their name mentioned by Korn, Danzig, Faith No More, Fear Factory. Ministry emerged from the scene surrounding Wax Trax! Records, a Chicago label dedicated to industrial music. Ministry's initial foray into guitar rock happened during a recording session of The Land of Rape and Honey on Southern Studios, in London; the band's frontman, the Cuban-born Al Jourgensen, explained this transition: Rediscovering the guitar on this record was like the first day I got my Fairlight.
The possibilities just seemed endless on something. That's funny. I started out as a guitarist, but I hadn't touched a guitar in five years. I heard that first feedback come out of the Marshall stack and all of a sudden it was like there was a whole new parameter within guitar playing itself – in combination with sounds that you get out of a keyboard. Jourgensen seemed fond of thrash metal. After the release of Land, he recruited guitarist Mike Scaccia from Texas thrashers Rigor Mortis. On one occasion, Jourgensen told the press, he expressed the desire to produce a Metallica album. Jourgensen's interest in dance-oriented electronic music did not fade, however. German band KMFDM was another seminal industrial metal group. Although not a metal fan, KMFDM leader Sascha Konietzko's "infatuation with ripping off metal licks" stemmed from his experiments with E-mu's Emax sampler in late 1986, he told Guitar World that, It was just interesting to use it as a kind of white noise reinforcement for our music.
All of a sudden heavy metal was free from all those tempo changes and boring attitudes it always had. What I always hated most about heavy metal was that the best riffs came only once and were never repeated. So the fascination was to sample a great riff, loop it, play it over and over again. A Swiss trio, The Young Gods, brushed with the style on L'Eau Rouge. Prior to its release, singer Franz Treichler declared: We just wanted to hear guitars. We missed the attack of'Envoyé'. That's, pure power. A metal sound that isn't revivalist, isn't biker style, speed metal style, any style, just WHAP! Canadian thrash metal band Malhavoc became another early pioneer of the genre when they began to mix thrash metal with industrial music in the late 1980sPigface, formed by Martin Atkins and including Ministry drummer Bill Rieflin, emerged as an industrial metal collective of sorts, participating with many figures from the noise rock and industrial worlds. Nine Inch Nails, the "one-man-band" formed by Trent Reznor, brought the genre to mainstream audiences with albums such as the Grammy-winning Broken and the best-selling The Downward Spiral, accompanied by their groundbreaking performance at Woodstock'94.
The rivethead subculture developed at this time, along with the so-called "coldwave" subgenre, which encompassed Chemlab, 16 Volt, Acumen Nation. Some electro-industrial groups adopted industrial metal techniques in this period, including Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly. British band Pitchshifter, formed in 1989 by brothers Jon and Mark Clayden started as an industrial metal band; the band included elements of drum and bass. Frontman JS mentions: In the early days we were inspired by bands like Head of David and Swans and the like... coming out of punk into the weird, total noise, kind of pre-industrial music. It gets called industrial but I don't know if it is. Industrial metal's popularity led a number of successful thrash metal groups, including Megadeth and Anthrax, to request remixes by "industrial" artists; some musicians emerging from the death metal scene, such as Fear Factory, Nailbomb and Meathook Seed began to experiment with industrial. Fear Factory, from Los Angeles, were influenced by the Earache roster (namely Godflesh
American Horror Story: Hotel
American Horror Story: Hotel is the fifth season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story. It premiered on October 7, 2015, concluded January 13, 2016; the series was renewed in October 2014, with the subtitle Hotel being announced in February 2015. Returning cast from previous seasons of the series include: Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, Chloë Sevigny, Denis O'Hare, Angela Bassett, Mare Winningham, Christine Estabrook, Finn Wittrock, Lily Rabe, Anthony Ruivivar, John Carroll Lynch, Matt Ross, Gabourey Sidibe, along with new cast members Lady Gaga and Cheyenne Jackson. Breaking from the anthological format, like Freak Show, the season is interconnected to the first and third seasons. Hotel marks the first season to not feature series mainstays Jessica Frances Conroy; the plot centers around the enigmatic Hotel Cortez in Los Angeles, that catches the eye of an intrepid homicide detective. The Cortez is host to many disturbing scenarios and paranormal events, is overseen by its enigmatic matron, The Countess, a bloodsucking fashionista.
The hotel is loosely based on an actual hotel built in 1893 by H. H. Holmes in Chicago, Il. for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. It became known as the'Murder Castle' as it was built for Holmes to torture and dispose of evidence just as is the Cortez; this season features two murderous threats in the form of the Ten Commandments Killer, a serial offender who selects his victims in accordance with biblical teachings, "the Addiction Demon", who roams the hotel armed with a drill bit dildo. According to creators Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, Hotel is much darker than previous seasons. Inspiration came from old hotel horror films and actual hotels situated in downtown Los Angeles with a reputation for sinister events, including the Cecil; the cycle marks a return to filming in Los Angeles, where the first two seasons were shot. Hotel features one of the most expansive sets in American Horror Story history, with production designer Mark Worthington building two stories on a soundstage, along with a working elevator and stairway.
In July 2015, FX launched a marketing campaign for the series, with most trailers and teasers touting Gaga's involvement. Although Hotel was reported to consist of thirteen episodes, that number was revised to twelve; the season garnered a total of eight Emmy Award nominations, including two acting nominations for Paulson and Bates. It was the first time, that a season of American Horror Story was not nominated for Outstanding Limited Series. In addition, Gaga won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Mini-Series or Television Film while Hotel received a nomination for Best Mini-Series or Television Film. Kathy Bates as Iris Sarah Paulson as Sally McKenna and Billie Dean Howard Evan Peters as James Patrick March Wes Bentley as Det. John Lowe Matt Bomer as Donovan Chloë Sevigny as Dr. Alex Lowe Denis O'Hare as Liz Taylor Cheyenne Jackson as Will Drake Angela Bassett as Ramona Royale Lady Gaga as The Countess / Elizabeth Johnson Mare Winningham as Hazel Evers Christine Estabrook as Marcy Max Greenfield as Gabriel Lennon Henry as Holden Lowe Richard T. Jones as Det.
Andrew Hahn Shree Crooks as Scarlett Lowe Lyric Lennon as Lachlan Drake Jessica Belkin as Wren Finn Wittrock as Tristan Duffy and Rudolph Valentino Mädchen Amick as Mrs. Ellison Helena Mattsson as Agnetha Kamilla Alnes as Vendela Anton Lee Starkman as Max Ellison Darren Criss as Justin Naomi Campbell as Claudia Bankson Lily Rabe as Aileen Wuornos Gabourey Sidibe as Queenie Alexandra Daddario as Natacha Rambova Roxana Brusso as Dr. Kohan David Naughton as Mr. Samuels John Carroll Lynch as John Wayne Gacy Seth Gabel as Jeffrey Dahmer Anthony Ruivivar as Richard Ramirez Nico Evers-Swindell as Craig Robert Knepper as Lieutenant Jessica Lu as Bronwyn Kristen Ariza as Mrs. Pritchard Mouzam Makkar as Nurse Leena Matt Ross as Dr. Charles Montgomery Charles Melton as Mr. Wu David Barrera as Dr. Kaplan On October 13, 2014, FX renewed the series for a fifth season for an October 2015 premiere. Network president John Landgraf stated that the season would necessitate a "huge reinvention" for the series.
The season's subtitle was confirmed as Hotel in February 2015. The theme and Gaga's involvement were hinted in the previous installment as an image of a top hat, an arcane clue alluding to the 1935 screwball musical comedy film Top Hat, set in a hotel and features a song called "Cheek to Cheek" the title of Gaga's duet album with Tony Bennett. Co-creator Ryan Murphy explained that the casting included a number of actors and singers, but would be a much darker season compared to the previous ones. Inspiration came from old hotel horror films and actual hotels situated in downtown Los Angeles, with horrific reputations; this included The Cecil. Murphy had watched a surveillance video of Lam in the hotel, in which she displayed erratic behavior just hours prior to her supposed death, it was around this time that the writing for Hotel was conceptualized, which included Murphy's personal phobia and fears, a fear that had not been explored since the first season. The upcoming season that we're doing is much more horror-based.
It's about a theme and an idea that's close to my heart that I've always wanted to do that's a little bloodier and grislier, I think, than anything that we've done before. Murder House, I thought, was a primal season because everybody's great fear is about the bogeyman under the bed in their house, this feels similar to me in that when you check into a hotel, there are certain things beyond your control... Other people have the keys to your room