Daniel Holter and Mike Standal of The Burst Collective in Wauwatosa have a song in the new "Sex and the City" film.
The tune is an instrumental version of a song called "Fall," that the duo wrote for and recorded a few years ago with Milwaukee singer Marcella Mortellaro. Mortellaro, whose father owns Angelo's Lounge, just off Brady Street, has since left the city. The vocal version of "Fall," appeared on OnMilwaukee.com's "OMCD_02.0" Milwaukee music sampler in 2006.
"It's been a couple of years, but we love Marcella's voice, and we had her play our Burst Records showcase event at Tosa Fest two summers ago," says Holter of the original project. "I think she's in Nashville now. We've been trying to wrap up her project but life has conspired against us."
Holter says his friend Tanvi Patel of Crucial Music placed the song in the film, which stars Sarah Jessica Parker.
Not surprisingly, Holter and Standal -- who also released a disc as the group Eggshell -- are excited about the inclusion of the song, even if such events are hardly rare for the duo, which also wrote a song called "I Wanna Be" for Emma Roberts' debut disc. Roberts is the daughter of actor Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts.
"I really wish they'd have used the vocal version, as I think it's amazing," says Holter. "I think Marcella's voice is stunning."
Holter isn't sure whether or not the song will make the "Sex and the City" soundtrack CD, but...
"My fingers hurt from crossing them so hard," he says.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.