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Hypable spoke to IAMEVE, an electro-pop artist whose song was featured in Sea of monsters, about her style, her creative process, and Thalia’s theme.

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“To Feel Alive” is the hauntingly beautiful theme song for Thalia, the daughter of Zeus who was nearly killed by a cyclops in Sea of Monsters, the second book and second film in the Percy Jackson series. She was saved by her father and transformed into a tree, where she has been guarding Camp Half-Blood ever since.

Hypable spoke to the artist behind the song, IAMEVE, about both her music and the song’s relation to the film and the character of Thalia. You can listen to the song below and read the lyrics on her website.

Q: What does the creative process look like when you sit down to pen or compose a song?

A: Every time is a little different depending on the mood or circumstances, but overall I find the best way for me to create is to focus on the feeling of the moment and try to stay out of my head. Often I am inspired by a certain story or intention and other times I hear a beat or melody that makes me sing and move. From there I try to just be open and let ideas flow out. What’s amazing is that there are so many tools to create with, whether its an acoustic instrument, computer software, or apps on the iPhone. There’s so many ways to be creative and get inspired. Tools and palettes aside, I still am an avid believer in the craft of songwriting and that there is nothing more important than strong melody and lyric. No matter what, in the end, the most important thing is refining the melody and lyrics over and over until it feels right.

Q: How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never heard your music before?

A: It’s kind of ethereal, fantastical, pop that is a little left of center with a lot of synths and big harmonies.

The Huffington Post described it as “if Alice took Ziggy Stardust’s hand and followed him down the rabbit hole to a world guided by the twists and turns of ethereal and colorful vocals.”

Q: What preparation did you take before this song was written? (ie. Did you watch the previous movie? Have you read the books?)

A: Yes, I did watch the previous and current movie, as well as reading excerpts from the books. I also have a love for Greek mythology, so I had fun researching Thalia and the Muses as well. Andrew [Lockington, composer] and I also spent a lot of time working on ideas for how to bring the sound of the film score and Thalia’s Theme together with my sound to create something that would connect in a magical way.

Q: What was your main objective with this song? What did you want your listeners to get from it?

A: The inspiration for me was to bring Thalia’s story to life by imagining what it was like to be in her shoes. I just loved her character and story because she has this beautiful combination of strength and vulnerability that is so feminine. Plus I loved the idea of her being in a state of slumber from childhood and waking as a young woman. It reminds me a little of Snow White, and it’s something that I think most females connect to on a deep level. It also made perfect sense with the ending of them film, where she awakes, especially since it connects to the next sequence in the series. It just seemed to be the perfect way to end it.

What I wanted listeners to get from it was the feeling of being lifted up and alive. It is such an extreme to go from darkness and aloneness, to suddenly out of nowhere waking up surrounded by people and bright lights. That’s what it felt like happened to Thalia, and I hoped to capture those emotions in the lyrics and music.

Q: This was written about Thalia Grace, but is there any part of you in this song?

A: :) Yes… It’s as much about me as it is about Thalia. It was a perfect set of coincidences, as I’ve been working on a concept album called The Everything Nothing, where I am lifted up into the universe after being trapped for a lifetime in a big black hole. Essentially, it’s about awakening, which is what I immediately connected to with Thalia’s story. I am so fascinated with women and our incredible ability to transform ourselves over and over again until we are barely recognizable. It’s truly magical, and Thalia’s awakening felt like one of those transformations to me.

What are your thoughts on ‘To Feel Alive,’ Thalia’s theme song, in ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’?

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.

After filing for divorce from Johnny Depp earlier this week, Amber Heard has now filed a restraining order against the actor after alleged domestic abuse.

TMZ reports Heard went into a Los Angeles courtroom this morning to file the restraining order and shared photos of physical abuse by Johnny Depp, including bruises from this past weekend. “Heard claims after he allegedly hit her he offered her money to stay quiet, but instead she filed for divorce first thing Monday morning,” TMZ says. Heard reportedly “has video of one of the beatings.” TMZ’s report includes a graphic photo of the bruises the actress received from Depp.

Update: The restraining order has been granted.

Heard says she’s been physically assaulted “various times during their marriage,” according to TMZ, and believes there’s “an immediate threat of harm.” Hence the restraining order.

The report adds, “We’re told cops told Amber they would find Johnny and arrest him if she gave a statement about the alleged violence, but she refused. Officers told her if she changed her mind she could call them. As far as we know, she has not gone back to the cops.”

Johnny Depp is currently in the middle of promoting Alice Through the Looking Glass, which opens in theaters Friday.

Depp and Heard married last year after three years of dating. A photo of the couple at this year’s Grammy Awards is below.

DCOM marathon schedule: See full list of movies and when they air

The mega marathon begins Friday, May 27 and runs into June!

10:00 am EDT, May 27, 2016

The highly-anticipated Disney Channel Original Movie marathon began Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m. eastern and runs through the holiday weekend. See the complete DCOM marathon schedule here!

When Disney Channel says they’re running a DCOM marathon, they mean it. The network will be airing 51 DCOMs from Friday to Monday ahead of this summer’s release of their 100th DCOM, Adventures in Babysitting (debuting June 24). Who needs Memorial Day festivities when you can sit inside and enjoy Disney Channel classics all weekend?!

After Monday they’ll continue to air a couple more movies every night until they eventually air all 100 DCOMs. That’s right! Every single one of ’em is returning to television between now and late June.

Below is the complete list of DCOMs airing from Friday, May 27 into the middle of June. Since many are airing in the overnight hours, you’ll probably want to set up your DVR. Or in case you want to watch them again. And again.

DCOM Marathon Schedule

Friday, May 27

10:00AM Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama
11:20AM Read It and Weep
12:55PM Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
2:40PM Jump In!
4:15PM Lemonade Mouth
6:15PM Zapped
8:00PM High School Musical 2
9:55PM The Cheetah Girls 2
11:45PM Zenon the Zequel
1:25AM Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge
2:55AM Twitches Too
4:25AM Alley Cats Strike!

Saturday, May 28

6:25AM You Wish!
8:05AM The Proud Family Movie
9:50AM Quints
11:25AM Horse Sense
1:10PM Cow Belles
2:50PM Twitches
4:30PM The Even Stevens Movie
6:15PM Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie
8:00PM Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
9:50PM Princess Protection Program
11:30PM The Cheetah Girls: One World
1:05AM Zenon: Z3
2:40AM Halloweentown High
4:20AM The Thirteenth Year

Netflix DCOMs High School Musical

Sunday, May 29

6:00AM Right On Track
7:45AM Full-Court Miracle
9:35AM Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off
11:20AM Brink!
1:10PM Double Teamed
2:55PM Rip Girls
4:35PM Motocrossed
6:20PM Cloud 9
8:00PM Teen Beach 2
9:55PM Bad Hair Day
11:40PM How to Build a Better Boy
1:20AM Pixel Perfect
2:55AM The Other Me
4:30AM Genius

Monday, May 30

10:00AM Stuck in the Suburbs
11:30AM Halloweentown
1:05PM Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century
2:55PM Smart House
4:25PM High School Musical
6:15PM Camp Rock
8:00PM Descendants
10:05PM Teen Beach Movie
11:55PM Cadet Kelly
1:50AM The Cheetah Girls
3:35AM Johnny Tsunami

Camp Rock DCOM

After Memorial Day Weekend, Disney Channel will air two more DCOMs each night. Here’s the schedule so far (again, set your DVRs because these air late!)

Wednesday, June 1
12:00AM Return to Halloweentown
1:40AM Can of Worms

Thursday, June 2
12:00AM Going to the Mat
1:40AM Miracle in Lane 2

Friday, June 3
12:00AM The Suite Life Movie
1:40AM Ring of Endless Light

Saturday, June 4
12:00AM Invisible Sister
1:40AM Now You See It…

Sunday, June 5
12:00AM Girl vs. Monster
1:40AM Phantom of Megaplex

Monday, June 6
12:00AM Tru Confessions
1:40AM Tiger Cruise

Tuesday, June 7
12:00AM Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire
1:40AM Under Wraps

Wednesday, June 8
12:00AM Den Brother
1:40AM Go Figure

Thursday, June 9
12:00AM Avalon High
1:40AM Jett Jackson: The Movie

Friday, June 10 and beyond
As of right now Disney Channel hasn’t released the schedule beyond June 10.

Which DCOMs do you plan to watch during the Disney Channel Marathon?

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Next week we’ll be launching a fun new game here on Hypable where we’ll seek your help in ranking every single DCOM in the history of DCOMs. It’s probably a good idea to watch as many of these as possible so you can brush up on your knowledge base and rank them accurately!