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Interview

Andy Anderson Sartori….Amazing musician looking for work.

Last year it was my honor to interview Andy for some of our first interviews for this blog. As of a couple months ago Andy is looking for work. I had a wonder phone conversation with him a day or two before the original interview came out. He sent me a CD with his music and I purchased handmade guitar strap for myself that he makes when he has extra time. Personally I have been impressed with his musical styling’s as well as his extensive musical background. He would be an asset to any band.
Check him out. Here is were you can find him.
Myspace page.
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Serotonin……a bright spot in UK music.

This interview was one I had been looking forward to for a long time since I first heard there music awhile ago. Jay Cobain took time out from the very busy schedule he has had of late tells us about himself and the band.

How did you get started, little history bio basically?
Serotonin was born in the summer of 2007. Myself (Jay) and one of my closest friends, Jody Shinton (Drummer), had been in a band together prior to Serotonin for several years. At the start of 2006, we disbanded and parted ways. Jody went on to work with other musicians in our town, doing various musical projects whilst I took some much needed time out. During this time, I was still writing music, but it wasn’t until mid 2007 that I was ready to “test out” the new material I had written. I called Jody and explained that I had this array of new material and I was desperate to get back into the scene again. The music we wrote in our previous band was very grunge and had a lot of Nirvana influence behind it, but I didn’t want to go back to that as it was getting us nowhere fast. After showing Jody the new music, he loved it and so did I. This was our sound. This was Serotonin.
Jody was good friends with bassist, Dave Chatterley. They had been working together in another band whilst I was taking time off. Their project had not long disbanded and Jody suggested bringing Dave in to play the bass guitar for us. As soon as we all got together it just clicked. We all fed off of each others passion and we were ready. I guess that’s how we were born.

What or who inspired you?
From a very early age it was Nirvana. Kurt Cobain was a huge influence on me and got me into writing music from the start. However, my guitar idol is one Mark Tremonti; the guitarist for Creed and Alter Bridge. Mark is the reason that I became more experimental with my music and made me want to learn to shred and solo more. Corey Taylor (Slipknot & Stone Sour) is another huge influence of mine.
Jody is a huge fan of Bon Jovi and has named Tico Torres as one of his idols, but he has many others such as The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold).
Dave is a big fan of Matt Bellamy from Muse.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
I play guitar. My guitars of choice are Paul Reed Smith guitars (PRS). I absolutely love them. The trouble is that they are very expensive, but worth it.
Dave enjoys his Fender Jazz bass guitars.
Jody plays DW drums.

What do you listen too?
A lot of rock, metal and alternative metal. I like to think that I have an eclectic taste in music, but these genres seem to shine through more. I can’t stand pop music, R&B or drum and bass.

What makes you happy? sad?
Music for both. Music is such a very emotional tool.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love spending time with my fiance and our son. They are a huge part of my life.
I also enjoy directing and editing. This helps when it comes to our music videos. I am a very artistic and creatively driven person, so I channel it all into areas that interest me.

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
Honestly? Make a living through music for the rest of my life. I understand that a lot of musicians say this, but it’s true. I guess the only difference is that it’s not about the “fame and the fortune” for me. I only need enough to support my family and be able to eat.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
This is a good question and a difficult one to answer. I don’t think there is anything… at the moment.

Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
There is another record in the works. Actually, we’ve not long finished it. We started working on a new EP last September and finally finished this past spring. It’s called ‘The Missing’ and consists of 5 tracks. There have been talks of releasing a new music video for one of the new songs, but nothing is official yet.
We are planning to begin work on another record soon and I’m also contemplating a possible solo album.

How hard has it been managing your own label and yourself?
We signed to Crash Records who are an independent record label in 2009. Since then we released 2 records through them. However, we have since parted with the label and we have been doing everything ourselves. Our new record (The Missing) will be released through my own label and was even recorded in my home. It’s been challenging doing everything myself, but it’s all a part of the journey.

What’s the new album about?
The new record is easily our darkest to date. The title of the EP is apt because they were songs that didn’t make our first 2 EP’s. We had a lot of requests from fans that wanted copies of songs that weren’t available on our previous records.
The record itself is based around deceit, fate and broken relations. It sounds depressing, but makes for some good music. One of the tracks is called ‘I’m Nothing’ and is actually the first song I ever wrote. I originally wrote it when I was 16 and did nothing with it. It’s changed a little bit since it’s creation, but I am proud of this song.
The inspiration behind the songs on this album?
A lot of the music that I write stems from some form of experience, whether that be past or present. The songs on the new record are based on past experiences and dealing with deceit. I enjoy the way that I wrote the lyrics for the track ‘Twist of Fate’. The first verse is written about the past, but the second verse describes how that fate was changed for the better. It’s hard to explain, but I thought it was a good way to show that everything happens for a reason.
The opening track on this record is an intro track. I wanted something to set the mood for the rest of the record. It’s called ‘Absentia’ which is Latin for ‘absence’. I felt that this was a fitting title as the EP is ‘The Missing’. It’s quite a peaceful track and even has orchestral pieces in it. In my opinion, it certainly sets the tone and the mood for the rest of the record.
When do you hope to have it released? and where?
Originally, we hoped to have it released in June, 2012, but due to unforeseen circumstances, this didn’t happen. We’re now aiming to release it in August.
The release will be digital and will be worldwide. As with our 2 previous records, it can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon and many more.
Once we have the official release date ready, we will announce it on our official Facebook page.
Thanks to Serotonin for the interview and good luck.
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Serpent Underground…….WOW!

Cruising through the people on ReverbNation and I received an a friend request from Serpent Underground and WOW it took my breath away. They recently released a “Official Video” which I will give you attach here in the blog. Ralph was kind enough to answer a few questions and give me a copy of their information to share with all of you.
So how did you meet?
I started the band with a friend of mine (Guitarist) who I met at work in 2003 (He left the band in 2007). There have been several line up changes in the band since it’s birth in 2003.

For those people who don’t know you, who does what and who manufactures your instruments and equipment?
The band currently consist of four members: Ralph Buso – Vocals/Keys, Cody Walker – Guitar/Backing Vocals, Anthony Arguijo – Bass/Backing Vocals, Mike Elliott – Drums. I (Ralph) use a Sennheiser Microphone, and a Yamaha MOTIF 6 Synthesizer. The Guitarist (Cody) uses a Schecter C-7 custom (7-string) Guitar, a Mesa boogie dual rectifier (Head), and a Custom made Cab. The Bass Player (Anthony) uses a Schecter stilleto 5 string bass, a Ampeg 4 pro amp head, and a Ampeg 8x10HLF speaker cabinet. The Drummer (Mike) uses a 5 piece Tama kit with Paiste Cymbals.

How is your first album doing and the new video?
Our Album “The Lie”, and our Video “The Fallen” is receiving rave reviews from both fans, and Industry professionals.

Is there going to be another video soon?
A new video is in the works, and it will feature a special celebrity guest star, our friend and colleague Steve Santini (Creator and star of T.V.’s “Deals From The Dark Side”, Collector and historian of rare and dark antique relics, “World’s Most Extreme Escape Artist” : Ripley’s Believe it or Not!)

What’s you favorite types of venues to play?
We are all about great sound, and powerful visual effects, so we like to play venues who can support our performance standard.

How far way has touring been taking you and how is the road treating you?
We are not currently on the road, but we plan to be on a national tour sometime in the late fall.

Who’s managing you, and how can venues sign you up?
We are currently being managed by The Monstour Agency. Venues can contact Todd at tma@themonstouragency.com

What kind of things do you like to do in your down time?
I enjoy good beer, and good company! lol

What makes you happy? Writing good music that people can relate to.
or Sad? The high price of gas! lol
If you could do anything you wanted what would you like to try?
I would eliminate sickness, and death!

Links to them, ReverbNation, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Metal Underground,Youtube
Keep on Playing and thanks for the interview.

Information provided by Serpent Underground
Biography:

Dark, melodic, emotional, heavy and intense. These terms have all been used to describe the force behind Serpent Underground. Yet they don’t even scratch the surface of the band itself. Formed in 2003, Serpent Underground hit the Southern California metal scene with a vengance. With their heart-pounding rhythms, melodic guitar work, rib crushing bass and electrifying vocals, Serpent Underground quickly carved a name for themselves and they haven’t looked back. Their dynamic live show has stretched all over Southern California as well as across the nation, sharing the stage with Dragonforce, Five Finger Death Punch, Asesino, The Dreaming and Powerman 5000.

Since then, the band has released 2 albums. The first, Devils of Flesh, was released in 2006, and featured hits such as “Caroline”, “Tangled” and “Someday Soul”. This album has a dark, gothic mood, and with its haunting lyics quickly established Serpent Underground as a force in the music world.

The bands second album, “The Lie” was released in September 2011 under Downpour Records. This album features everything Serpent Underground fans have come to expect, and adds a progressive drive to their already aggressive “in-your-face”sound. With hits like “Broken”, “The Fallen” and the fan favorite “God on the Mic”, Serpent Underground once again shows the world their talent as song writers and musicians.

One of the most dedicated groups in the industry, Serpent Underground continues to play shows to their ever-growing fan base while striving to push the boundries of their art with every new track they write. With upcoming songs like the dark and edgy “Other side of Sanity”, the epic “Anthem for Destruction” and with the beauty of the ballad “Wait for Me”, Serpent Underground remains a paragon of dark, melodic metal. Each track telling a story that allows the listener to see the world through their eyes…

For Booking Contact:
serpent.underground@gmail.com

Achievements

Throughout the years, Serpent Underground has played across America including the Gothstock Festival in Hartford CT and the San Diego State Fair. They have played with numerous national acts such as:
Five Finger Death Punch, Dragonforce, Asesino, The Dreaming, and Powerman 5000. They were first runner up in the 2006 Bodog Battle of the Bands and the Nitrorocks Ultimate Battle. In 2007 Serpent Underground was nominated in 3 categories for the Rock City News Rockie Awards and were awarded 2 of them. The nominations include:

• Best Metal Band ~ Serpent Underground (AWARDED)
• Best Male Drummer ~ Rich Costa (AWARDED)
• Best Male Front Man ~ Ralph Buso

In Addition, Serpent Underground:
• Is being promoted and featured by Metal Sanaz who has over 1,000,000 friends http://www.myspace.com/metalsanaz
• Has one of the most viewed episodes on the metal show
The Bloodstream
• Is demanded by over 2,000 people on eventful.com
• Was featured weekly on XM Radio’s Liquid Metal (42)
• Had 3 songs from “Devils of Flesh” featured on the Playboy TV reality series Jenna’s American Sex Star
• Have been featured on several occasions on the Southern California radio stations X103.9 and Rock105.3 with tracks from both of their Albums “Devils of Flesh” and “THE LIE”

Serpent Underground made the ‘Rock Solid Pressure’
‘Top 10’ list for the most requested tracks of 2008.
‘Rock Solid Pressure’ is a national FM show,
and to be one of the most requested bands on
‘Rock Solid Pressure’ is an amazing feat.


Postcards from the Deathbed….talks.

Andrew Gemkow, his solo project is called, “Postcards from the Deathbed.” If you check out all the places on the web to find him you realize that one style of music is not in his vocabulary. Alternative, R&B, Rock, Folk, he has a wide variety of sounds out there, and all of it is great stuff.

His own Bio on ReverbNations says,
“Postcards from the Deathbed is the story of a man who has chosen to hide in plain sight through his use of music to make sense of the world around him and the events of his life that he cannot possibly understand. The purpose of all of this is to allow the truth to flow out though the vehicle of sound; the wording is carefully chosen to protect all who exist within the spaces of these electrons that bind us all as one existence. As the memories slip from the failing mind of an old man in his fate, these postcards may well serve to remind him of memories lost within the chaos of passing time.

The multiple sketches and refinements as they are released here are with the intent to show the evolution of understanding and acceptance of the self and the impact others have had upon his very being. These creations are a shelter within the soul from the storm that rages within the mind. This is me.”

We asked a few questions,
What or who inspired you?
Coming from a family of musicians, they have always been an exceptional source of inspiration to me. My great grandpa Rudy could play anything he heard on the concertina. My uncle Bob played drums in a wedding band. However, my greatest inspiration came from my uncle Ed. Shortly after I began learning violin, he had me stand up on a side table and play the first three songs I ever learned. When I finished, he gave me a dollar, saying, “Now you are a paid professional. It’s up to you to go as far as you want because you can be the best if you work at it.” I keep this in mind whenever I play music for someone else.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
I play any stringed instrument. The physics of a vibrating string has fascinated me since my time studying with Nelle Meintz. She taught me harmonics. Later, when I learned to regulate pedal harps at Lyon and Healy, Peter Wiley introduced me to the bible of tonal physics by Hermann Helmholtz titled, ‘On the Sensation of Tone’.

The instruments I own have been carefully selected for their tonal characteristics and playability within the capabilities of my hands. Let’s just say that it’s unlikely I will ever buy an instrument off the internet.

I play a 2006 Fender Jaguar Bass that I have customized to suit my playing techniques. For example, I played about 30 different jag basses at the time before I selected the one that sounded and played best. It is strung with Thomastick flatwound strings and has a Hipshot D-tuner. I removed the pickguard and custom shaped a rosewood coverplate for the electronics pocket and added a thumb block to accommodate my right hand technique. Everything else is stock.

My guitar is a walnut 1979 Gibson SG. It was a factory “second” from the Norlin era that has had much work done to it over the years by Kagan and Gaines in Chicago and Northwest guitars. After a complete restoration in 2008, I stripped the original body finish to the natural wood and applied a hand-rubbed linseed oil finish. It has the stock “tarback” or T-top pick-up in the bridge and the stock “super humbucker” pickup in the bridge; split series/phase/parallel. Everything is stock except for a bison bone nut.

There are other instruments in the rack, but these two instruments define my sound.

What do you listen too?
My musical taste is eclectic. I listen to all forms of music. My preference is toward music that is innovative and isn’t an emulation of previous artists. “Sound-alikes” bore me. I do enjoy the recognition of an artist’s influences in their compositions; so long as their own style and personality is dominant in their sound.

I also listen intently to what other people are saying. Without this fundamental base in communication, the intent in my own compositions holds no merit.

What makes you happy? sad?

It took me a bit to think about this question. I’m pretty happy most of the time. When I’m not, it usually leads to 3am writing sessions until I can sleep again. It’s the only way that I know how to at least be completely truthful to myself. As long as I have truth, I have happiness. This doesn’t necessarily exclude sorrow, remorse or joy. Truth just happens to be the justification for experiencing all other emotions I feel.

Sadness has come from innumerable directions in my life. It is not an emotion I dwell upon for fear of becoming awash in its consumption. It’s emptiness is the very thing I avoid at all costs. It will have its place in time in its lesser forms, but holds no shelter from the night when it rolls in like a fog. I choose happiness for its limitless reward when continually shared. Sadness brought me nothing but a quick fix, hopelessness and death in all its forms.

But, if one thing makes me sad, it is those who may walk through this life having never known they are alive.

oh… and White Sox fans in a ‘shakin’ my head’ kinda way. Only because they suck so bad at being fans. That’s right, you 35th st. mutts. I said it

We would like to thank Andrew for talking with us and wish him the best of luck.
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Mil-1-lion…rap with emotions.

Insightful, raw, upcoming talent. Looking for more in the coming years.
Meet Mil-1-lion.
Well, for me it started when my dad bought me a tape called bible break when I was 6. This was the first time I heard hip-hop and from that point on I was hooked. I started writing songs shortly their after.

With no way to record myself I decided to store all of my songs till I got old enough to buy equipment but as the years passed I started to have a love for something else in life that was basketball. Basketball became my life as I entered my teen years and lasted till I blow out my knee. I took this really hard because I almost forgot about music by this point-I mean I was so set on be coming a basketball player it was blinding me that I had other passions in my life.

By this time I’m 18 I dropped out of high school and was starting to rebuild that lost love of music again. It took a few year to decide that is was what I wanted to do not because it was a hard choice but I knew the road to making a living off of music is hard road to travel. Once I decide to do this I was going full out I started creating tracks for me to rap on and started save money to get equipment.

Now in my early twenties I was looking forward again and everything was full go for music I was meeting people that I still work if today. I would spend thousands of hours online looking for any info on how to create and produce music. During this Time I also moved back home to Cincinnati, OH because my grandma got sick and then it happened something that just crushed me to pieces. One of my biggest supports in my life was my grandma and in 2001 she died from cancer. I was so angry so mad at GOD for taking her that for the next 10 years I gave up Rapping. I felt that the main reason for me doing music was gone so why even try anymore but GOD on the other hand had a different plan.

After this I just filled my life with meaningless things just to pass the time, I end up getting a managers job at a restaurant for a little while but it didn’t work out and I quite. During this time my uncle at the age of 40 started going to college and tried to get me to go for over a year but I keep telling he I got a job and I didn’t need college. Well after quitting my job I ask my parents if I could move back home to go to college for music production.

So I went to college for 3 years and figured not I really didn’t need it. All of my professors would always ask me why am I in college for music production when I am already doing producing music? They told me these things after hearing the tracks I made for project and told me to just go find a record company and sell them my tracks.

Finally after loosing my house and mom getting laid off I ended up in Tennessee with my great family. And I stated “moving on” not only about my grandma but about I lot of issues I was dealing from my past this is where the Artist came back because I need a way to release what was trapped inside of me. All the emotion and feeling that I kept bottled up all those years I realize I had to let go because progressing in my life will never happen if I don’t release the issues I have. So this is where the Album comes in I haven’t set a date for its release just yet hopefully by May if all goes well. For those who have never heard my music you can listen to it over at reverbnation.com/mil1lion and all song are free downloads. I also would like to thank heishort for putting on her blog thank you so much and I will let people know about your blog GOD bless. M1n I’m out.

Thank for taking the time to talk about your passion. Good Luck!


Thurkills Vision…winner of the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands 2011.

From the bio on Sonicbids,
“Thurkills Vision is a 5 piece melodic metal outfit hailing from Lowell, Massachusetts. Formed in 2006, the group is led by the fierce and equally alluring voice of singer Yamil Melendez; combining influences of metal, alternative, and rock to create a hybrid sound that can’t be easily categorized. The hard hitting rhythm section featuring David Malave on drums and bassist Matt Frotten lay the foundation for guitarists Eric Williams and Bobby Rourke, who drive the band with their aggressive, thrash-inspired playing. Along with the auditory assault that is their music, the band also brings to the table a high-intensity live show, which has become a staple for the group. Since forming, the band has played shows all over the New England area, sharing the stage with national touring acts such as Sevendust, 10 Years, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Three Days Grace, Escape the Fate, Seether, Taproot, Nonpoint, and Powerman 5000, to name a few.”
“Instrumentation, David Malave – Drums, Eric Williams – Guitar, Yamil Melendez – Vocals, Bobby Rourke – Guitar,
Matt Frotten – Bass”

Their EP came out in March of 2011. Here is the interview we did.
How did you get started, little history bio basically?
We mostly met in high school, and we found Eric in the classifieds like a puppy.

What or who inspired you?
Sevendust, Pantera, Metallica, Korn, Rage Against the Machine. Seeing these bands live inspired a few of us to want to be musicians.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
Pearl Session Custom, a Gibson Les Paul, a Schecter, a Fender bass, the singer uses Shure mics.

What do you listen too?
A little bit of everything…Sevendust, A Day to Remember, Of Mice and Men, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Tupac, some local artists.

What makes you happy? sad?
Performing, writing, friends, the van. The Patriots losing the Superbowl.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Watch movies, play video games, travel, spend time with friends.

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
Fly.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
We love each other’s hair and we have separation anxiety.

Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
We have another album in the works. We are spending some time writing currently. Possibly an acoustic album in the future also. Another music video, definitely. We had a lot of fun creating the first one. (www.youtube.com/thurkillsvisionmusic – video for “My Theory“)

Who manages you?
Ali Pini & David Malave

You can find out more at these links, best of luck in the future to Thurkills Vision and thanks for talking with us.
Thurkills Vision, ReverbNation, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn


Manor House Media Composer Cody Maniates

Music from Brighton Colorado. Cody is extremely creative, he gave us a few minutes of his time to tell us more.

How did you get started, little history bio basically?
My mother found me at a hospital in 1977 and filled the role of a vicarious artist, and so it all began! Seriously though, I got my start playing guitar and diversified from there. The piano is my main instrument and my forte, which helps me to write balanced compositions with a solid melodic platform.

What or who inspired you?
Bill Collectors, people with big houses and lots of cool stuff, that Nickleback song “Rock Star”. Mostly my inspiration came from film scores like those by John Williams (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park), Jerry Goldsmith (Star trek Movie themes, Poltergeist), and Alan Menken (numerous Disney movies) which always drove a scene beyond where the actors could take it emotionally.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
I currently play a keyboard by Roland, acoustic guitar by Sigma, and any other instrument I can find time with!

What do you listen too?
Vulcan logic, my heart, the universe, oh and my two daughters begging for things I can’t afford…

What makes you happy? sad?
Happy: Skinny jeans on women, montages, root beer, cool people who interview me, and of course my family.
Sad: Movies where people lose a finger, when “The Wonders” broke up, and skinny jeans on men.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Try to ignore the endless TV theme song database in my head. There’s no reason to still remember the theme song to Webster or Buck Rodgers, it’s weird. Remember Air Wolf…? I DO!

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
Bungee jump from the moon. I haven’t found a cord long enough though…Among my career goals, I hope to compose soundtracks for major motion pictures…. Steven Spielberg, call me.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
I am a cancer survivor and it has shown me that life can be short. Live in the moment while planning for the future and go after your dreams no matter what stands in your way.

Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
I am constantly working on new songs and ideas, so check often! I also have a top secret project in the works, but you can’t see that yet.

Who manages you and how is that going?
My wife…um, it’s going great according to her!

Check out more about Manor House Media at these links. Very best to Cody.
Facebook, ReverbNation, Twitter, YouTube.


Reign Project makes beautiful music.

Mysterious, creative, worth taking the time to listen to their style of alternative music.

Reign Project took sometime to give us more about them.

I was born in the US but at the age of five I went with my mother to Germany, where I spent the next fifteen years. Living in Europe has allowed me to travel and explore other cultures which has formed my view of the world and shows itself in my music as well. It was during that time that the era of the synthesizer began and I discovered the great sounds of Analog Keyboards, starting with the Mini-Moog. I was utterly fascinated and though I had no formal musical training I taught myself and could not stop playing it. Musicians like Jean-Michael-Jarre and Vangelis were hitting the airwaves in Europe and taking me by storm. Through my step-father, who was in the event business, I attended and worked at large music festivals which also gave me a chance to experience Chris DeBurgh, the Scorpions, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, John Denver, Judas Priest, Dire Straits, Phil Collins, Madonna, Marillion and a number of others. They were my heroes, but I guess what impressed me most was the fact that these artists could unite a people so different from each other, in color, religion, politics and lifestyles – I understood that there are no borders for music, neither visible nor invisible ones.

At the age of 20 I returned to the US, wanting to meet my father, of whom I had no memory.He lived with his new family in Colorado, but the meeting turned out to be a disappointment. I moved to Denver, tried to re-built my life and eventually bought a keyboard again, which I have now, a Korg Triton Workstation 88 key with expansion boards. There is nothing I cannot do with it and I hope that it continues to serve me as well in the future.

For a few years I managed bands, and in that capacity I met countless musicians with real talent but no feeling for what the public wanted. None of them were prepared to change anything in their music to make the listener happy. It was so frustrating that I decided to try and write my own music to see if I couldn’t convey the things that are in my heart to a larger audience. I am probably an idealist, but with my songs I hope to bring people together and to make them forget their troubles or hate. At first it was only one song – “In My Dreams” – which took me six months to feel good about. That was in 2010. Then it became easier, “I Believe”, for example, was written in less than an hour. Now I often finish a song and I start writing two, three, four more. But the idea, that started it, was for me to see the difficulties of these bands and I found that I had no problem changing songs as long as the message within them was kept pure.

As I said, I was never trained in classical piano, I hear what I like and extrapolate from there, it has to be in tune with the words. I don’t have a great singing voice and lyrics are most important to me. I want to lift you up, I want to carry you when you’re down, I want you to have fun and enjoy your life or, on the other hand, give voice to the things in the world that I find wrong. That is my music, I play every day, I love it and want to get better at it, I want to open my heart and mind to strangers and find a connection. I have only now discovered the rewards of this, I have found friends all over the world and they tell me that they want to hear more. At this time I am in Germany promoting RP, but I can’t wait to get back to the US and finish some of my last songs for release. We are hoping that the 1st Album “Evolve” will be out by June. It is rather difficult for me to keep up with promoting, song writing and the travelling I have to do for work. We have no management and have to do everything ourselves, but it keeps me in touch with our fans out there. We are also talking about making a video and are trying to decide on the song. Money and time, of course, are our greatest problems at the moment and I don’t think we will overcome that anytime soon. We just started a MySpace site and also have a Facebook page and ReverbNation.

We would like to say thanks Reign Project and continued good luck.


Manager Richard “Rickey” Lee Watson…..Management that cares.

I would like to introduce a manager today. He manages for the Billy K Band as well as a number of other artists. He too is an artist in his own right and he gave us some of his time to talk about being a manager.

What made you interested in doing this kind of work?
I have been interested in music and always been fascinated by talented performers and started back in grammar school, when my music teacher discovered my voice and music interest which grew into my first debut in Eastman School of Music in a choir where I performed on my first recording as a young boy titled “Children’s Plea for Peace”, and soundtrack for the Movie “Oliver”. After a few years at the age of 13 I got my first drum set and started my own group and played locally. Then after a 14 year run I as a rock vocalist and felt it was not enough. I started reading many books and attend many seminars for marketing and constantly stayed tuned into what was going on behind the scenes, this seem to interest me more, then babysitting musicians who were comfortable doing things on a local level. So I loaded up my bags and said I’m going to head to Nashville in hopes of being discovered, and when I arrived I knew no one, but found my way to Gilly’s Porch on Music Row, where I looked through the book and found a song to sing proudly and a talent scout came across me, he approached me and introduced me to a producer that turned out to be my guiding light in the music industry. As his right hand man I was his apprentice for many artist, for 12 years on Music Row, working on press kits, getting them to the studio on time, and matching songs with each different style, making sure the photos were done on time over seeing the artist and what was needed to get them performing, and traveling the states as a talent scout. I did not have a total interest in being an artist but always loved the behind the scene movement, so after 30 years of networking and making connections and the untimely death of my mentor and master trainer in 2000, I decided if I was going to help anyone else in this business I needed to wear out my own boots and shake enough hands to acquire a team that I could depend on that will do what they promised. So I had to record 48 records myself knowing that I had the team of true professionals that meant what they said , and said what they meant. The songs were liked and loved by many of the Nashville Recording Artist and the time was spent learning the business from all angles. As an A&R, artist, and a promotion director, by the time 30 years had passed it was time to allow the deserving artist a chance to play on the same field with the true professionals I had worked with and knew on a personal level. So I recorded my last CD “Time for Change” and started my own label with my partner based on my experience, which was the last piece of the puzzle. So now I’m older yet as I let the years sneak up quickly and decided to build my Label by producing and managing my own Artists from A TO Z, so that we can both be blessed with my goal in mind to run my own company, and Artist Management company feeling fortunate enough to see it from all sides of the coin making my experience valuable to upcoming deserving artists.

What are some of the pitfalls, and what the rewards are?
Many have asked the same questions about Pitfalls and Rewards although there are several pitfalls and many Rewards. I’ll point out a few to keep it brief.
One of the Pitfalls we sometimes don’t see coming is who and whom you are associated with, meaning if someone you are doing business with has been labeled a shark and practiced unfair dealing with others before you, and you do business with them unfortunately you wear the same suit, as a young artist I would say it’s not always the person you’re dealing with creditability, it’s the people’s people they are dealing with that can hurt you or enhance your chances as an Artist, so do your home work and check under all the rocks to make sure your on the right path.
Another Pitfall is Don’t get excited to play all your songs for anyone and anyone at songwriters nights, or conventions, or in public unless you are protected by your copyrights and you are affiliated with songwriters associations like ASCAP, BMI ,SESAC, SOCAN , see when you post many songs all over the net unprotected a songwriting professional will not steal the song but write around the song and steal the hook the most valuable part of your song. So be very careful about where you perform you own personal creations as many eyes await and ear are alert and you will lose all of what you have worked so hard to create.
Third but not at all the last Pitfall you will be faced with is if you don’t have the guidance or representation. Know that this is a Business and should be treated as any other business, this is your business and career just like being a Doctor school is important and staying educated in your field. Many Artists I have found want a manager, but don’t want to be managed. Letting your manager do what he has trained to do and working together by keeping communication open at all times is so important. If you think you can go do it alone then you don’t want to be managed so don’t bother signing an agreement you know you will not follow.
I say Know your Craft and then many doors of opportunity will open one lock after another, don’t be afraid to ask questions or seek attorney advice when this is most difficult business in the world and all contracts have hidden lines you may not notice without professional opinions.

Rewards
The rewards come in many ways not only monetary value or dollar value from a successful production, but playing a part in someone else ‘s dream has its own reward knowing that the time taken to educate yourself being the messenger and laying on the finish line from exhaustion from a job well done with integrity. The point is to breathing life into a deserving talent to be shared with the world, touching one heart at a time. Changing someone’s bad day into a good day with some words story lines and melodies wow just being there at the right time is a reward that is priceless.

What are the hardest things to deal with?
I would say one of the hardest things to deal with would be keeping the upcoming artist on task, on time, and not babysitting unprofessional musicians, holding a job and playing at night till you make it so to speak.
Trying to make a living only by playing music feeding the family and staying focused without being taken off sides resisting the urge to give up. Growing into the career not being a victim of what you chose for your life. And then making your personal life work if you have a happy family at home then you can stay focused on your career. So keeping the 5 areas of balance in your life is the hardest.

Family
Social
Spiritual
Health
Financial

If all is in place and balanced your career will flourish.

What do you do in your spare time?
What I do is not what a typical guy would do, mostly work 24/7 and find many to advance my career as a Manager, Recording Artist & Record label owner, by seeking out great songs for upcoming acts.
Network and attend music conventions staying active in all fields and tuned into the ever-changing markets in music, stay revitalized at all the new marketing opportunities and scouting out showcases of potential artist for consideration while constantly honing my craft.
Building a SUPER STAR takes time and strategy.
Knowing what moves to make first like a game of chess against the biggest in the world challenging and rewarding. Then spending time with my family and my son as young man growing up his talent is something I take with pride and devotion.
Thanking many for my blessings.

If you could do anything else, what would you like to try?
There is not anything else I would consider doing except build a musical empire and facility to school. Complete with a production and control room, recording studio, and video production company all under one roof to educate and groom our next generation of talent for years to come before I take my final dirt nap.
Knowing I was a meaningful specific in someone’s life and played a part in helping another dream realized.

As a recording artist I am known as “The Man behind the Shades.”
American Artist Showcase
Rickey Lee Watson
Nashville Music Pros
LinkedIn
Facebook
YouTube

Thanks to Rickey for his time.


What happens when Polka music meet Metal……The Polkanauts.

Ok I know what your saying to yourself, What? When I think metal names like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and others come to mind and you wouldn’t think of polka bands who play metal but let me introduce you to the Polkanauts.
I have friends who are in the polka scene and love these guys. They may look kinda like Devo on some level but the music they play is lively and fun.
Here is our little interview with links so you can check them out.

How did you get started, little history bio basically?

One of us (Paco) is from WI. He grew up with Polka – he had the drunken idea to put his two favorite styles together – Metal & Polka. Came up with the original logo, name, everything, several years prior to getting this started. He recruited the rest of us over the course of a year or so & we jumped into this strange hybrid. The NASA/ astronaut, flight suit thing was just too good (or stupid depending on your point of view) to pass up. We’ve only ever played one show without the Orange Flight suits and we’re 75 or 80 shows in now .

What or who inspired you?
Hard to say – we love Metal in most all forms; But Polka is just as visceral in a totally different way. There is a Documentary out there call “It’s Happiness” all about Polka in the mid-west – that is a great explanation. As for specific performers –The cornerstone of Polka will always be Frankie Yankovic. And of Metal- Black Sabbath.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
We would be a pretty standard Rock/Punk/Metal trio, but add in the Accordion and it’s a whole other world & a 4 piece! Fender J. Bass / Jackson reverse headstock-{because it’s just so damn metal?} “Dinky”. Custom Drums, all Vic Firth Sticks (yep, that’s a sponsorship plug!) / Roland Accordion. Orange/VOX Amplification.
What do you listen too? Everything! – We are all full-on music geeks! Lots of Metal in all varieties imaginable, especially; Black/Death/Doom/Grind/Thrash/Sleaze, but also a lot of Brit Pop, Indie and Classical mixed in. Between the 4 of us you’ll find love for damn near everything from Sweet to Sunn(((O And from Gregorian Chant to Jay Z.

What makes you happy? Beer, $240 worth of Pudding (look it up!), Dancing.
Sad? Empty beer mugs. People who take themselves & us too seriously.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
We all periodically play in other projects and see a hell of a lot of live music!
If you could do anything you wanted what would it be? We want to go play a tour of the Oktoberfest Tents in Germany!

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?

Polka Rules all it surveys!! – But it’s also prone to being blind drunk and thus misses out on some things. We love people that dance- good – bad- or otherwise. If you come to a ‘Nauts show, dance your ass off- your very likely to get a reward of some type!!

Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
We will be recording later this spring and we have a video planned for later this year – we plan to search for volunteer/extras to fill the location and dress in matching orange flight suits just like us! Watch for it!

Do you manage yourselves or who manages you?
We’ve had a few offers, but so far we are a lot more comfortable doing it ourselves. But we’re not opposed to interesting offers!!

Thanks to the Polkanauts and his is some links for you.
Best Polka Bands
GigSalad
ReverbNation
MySpace
Facebook
YouTube


Gate57….talking with songwriters and producers.

This group of talented gentlemen hail from Italy.
They can help you with your music. Providing mixing, musicians, and so much more. Here is what they told me.

How did you get started, little history bio basically?
Well we started playing together as a band when we were teenager in our own town in Italy. We shared our common passion: music. We played in festivals, contests and toured in Italy for years. It was the 80’s and we basically played cover songs from our favorite rock bands. Chicago, Toto, America, Eagles and some italian pop music too. We retired when had our own families, but music still was in our hearts.
We reunited some years ago and decided to write our own music, basically in studio. So no more tour for us, now. We prefer to share our music over the internet. What a great tool the internet is !

And we are also musicians for hire. We have a website. Independent artists and songwriters can hire us to arrange and play their own songs, we can do it sharing audio files via the internet. It’s so funny and stimulant. We can also provide vocals thanks to many talented singers who collaborate with us. We also make video-clips. We are a Team !

What or who inspired you?
Our parents. We are so devoted to our families, we have strong values and love ethic work. Musically, our hero is producer David Foster. He is the best doing his job in our humble opinion and he’s always having success, all over the years.
He discovered so many talents (Celine Dion, Michael Bublè, Josh Groban, Charice to name a few) and wrote so many beautiful love songs and power ballads.
We love ballads !

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
We play guitars, bass and keyboards and collaborate with several musicians when needing different instruments. We use digital audio workstation for our recordings, of course. We also do mixing and mastering on our own productions. We use different brands for our instruments, Fender, Yamaha, Korg….whatever that brings a good sound.

What do you listen too?
We listen every kind of music due to our job for hire. We need to keep ourselves up-to-date and ready to face and play any kind of music, and we do it.
But we like to work with real melodies. Melody is everything to us…maybe because we are Italian ?!?

What makes you happy? or sad?
We are happy about what we’re doing, really. We’re following our dream, make music for people. And they like it.
We’re living a difficult time, economic crisis, natural disasters, wars…this is terrible but we tend to see the light at the end of the tunnel, so we never give up.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
We spend our spare time with our families, we all have children and we are very devoted to them. We enjoy our fatherhood so much. It’s a little bit stressing some times but it’s great.

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?

We wish to make our company big, and contribute to develop talents in the independent music scene. Major labels are everywhere and there isn’t so much space for indie artists. They are so good making their own music, we’d like to help them to make good products to be under the spotlight.
To do this better we need a lot of energy, passion, talent, luck and….yes, money !

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
Songwriters like us seem to love our music, maybe they don’t know we can help them making a “dress” for their songs. They write themselves in a room, we would like they think about us as a band and a recording studio for their needs, at their side, and with low rates!

You find this talented group of men at these sites as well. ReverbNation, MySpace and Facebook.

Good luck and thanks for your time talking to us.


Steampunk Group from the UK……BB BlackDog, talks.

This group has listed itself as Alternative/Psychedelic/Stoner/SteamPunk as well as Progressive/Rock, what you can say about them is they have a style that is fun and innovative. Dale Rowles was kind enough to give me a little information about the group.

How did you get started, little history bio basically?

Well, not an easy question really, BB BlackDog formed completely by Accident, as with most things that happen to us, I was selling musical instruments for a living, and met a Guitar
builder (Stefan Becker) at a party in Germany, he had been given some studio time by a friend for his Birthday, and said it would be funny to try and make some songs, with just 2
bass and drums, so we found a session drummer, wrote 6 songs in 3 days and recorded them in 2, I thought nothing more of it, until a phone call from Germany, saying they had been
put on the net, people loved them, and we’d better find a Full time Drummer and record more, so Enter “Axel Boldt” (Chief Engineear Axel Boldt) 6’9″ giant of a German Drummer.
We went back to the studio, recorded 2 Albums worth of Material, and booked our first Tour, back in June 2007.
Stefan Left due to other commitments in 2010, replaced By John Ferguson (Baron von Gimphausen). Plus Myself Dale Rowles on the higher bass and vocals.

What or who inspired you?
At the moment the Steampunk Community, We never actually set out to be anything, just write and play songs we like, but were adopted by the steampunk community, mostly after John joined, due to our stage outfits, but since then, we’ve embraced it fully, as it just suits us perfectly. Must be said that without Jack Bruce, Geezer Butler, Geddy Lee, and Chris Squire I wouldn’t have been a bass player.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
We’ve 2 full sets of Kit, but got everything down to a little over 2 flight cases each.
John Plays a Custom Built 5 String Beckergittarrenbau Bass, or a 5 string Stingray Bass we’ve fiddled with a bit.
Axel Plays a Custom Yamaha Drum Kit in Sparkly pink, or a Kit he built himself from Ikea Plant pots !
I play a Rickenbacker 4001, Bass from 1974, without a neck pickup and extended to 24 frets with a crybaby wha and boss blues driver, or a custom built Beckergittarrenbau 4 string bass with built in overdrive and a crybaby wha, Honer Marine Band Harmonica and an AKG D5 Mike.
We also get a bose L1 and 4 B1’s plus a mixer and mikes etc in the 2 box’s, so self contained in 2 flight cases including drums.

What do you listen too?
Quite varied, Axel like’s funk, Prince, grand master Flash and the like, as well as metal and rock, John is a big Pink Floyd and Jazz fan, but he’s very knowledgeable across the board, As for my influences, I grew up in the 70’s so progressed from T Rex and Bowie into Black Sabbath, and Deep purple, the psychedelic Rock scene, then Punk, but I’m quite varied in my listening now, I suppose it all comes through.

What makes you happy? sad?
My Girlfriend would say its whether Derby county win or not, but I think apart from the clichés its when I’m playing that I’m happiest, there’s a lot things I see in this world I’m sad about, but I try and only think about the ones I can do something about, the rest I probably moan about in songs.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
What’s that ?

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
Pretty much doing it. like to be playing and writing more, but its a reality booking, promo, web sites, labels and the like take more of my time, we’ve a lot of help from some great friends and fans now, but it’s still a full time job organising everything.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
We’re 2 bass players, and a drummer, 2 English and a German, with a love of the Steampunk style and philosophy, just trying to make some original honest music, what you get on the recordings is what you get live, we don’t overdub, use click tracks, or Auto tune, just mike everything up and play, of course there’s delay and reverb etc on the recordings, as well as being mixed and mastered but nothing we can’t do live simply and quickly.
3 Simple Men playing simple and hopefully entertaining/humorous music. (we do have dancers, of Burlesque and belly dance in nature, with us at many of our shows, but nothing to graphic, just suggestive, we are Steampunks after all ! )

Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
We’ve already recorded the Next Album, artwork on the way, this one is with a 24 page comic book featuring the Band, hopefully out in March.
Actually made a few Music Video’s, latest of which is at, always have a lot of fun, most of them directed and edited at least by Mika Reshoft, our friend from Germany
http://blip.tv/bbblackdog/what-you-need-by-bb-blackdog-5842160
We’ve also made a full feature film “Steal the show” out on DVD with a couple of live concerts as bonus.

Could you tell me a little about your manager and label.
Well, we manage ourselves.
We’ve our own label “Whitedog records” and our own webshop “www.steampunkrecords.com
While I’m doing the cheeky plugs, www.bbblackdog.eu and www.facebook.com/bbblackdog for Gigs and info
Thanks a Lot, its appreciated, Cheers Dale Rowles.

You can also find them at MySpace and YouTube.
And Thank you Dale.


M.D. Friedman and Papa Juke, solo or as part of group he’s very cool.

Solo “Mad Dog” does a range of poetry/blues/and other music. As part of Papa Juke they do Blues/Juke/Jam.
So I asked him a few questions and got some information about Papa Juke to share with all of you.

How did you get started, little history bio basically?

I was 16 years old when I first heard Jack Bruce of the Cream playing “Train Time.” This was what inspired me to take up the harmonica, and I have never put it down. It is part of who I am and how I see the world.

What or who inspired you?
My early influences include John Mayall , Son Boy Williamson, Sonny Terry, Big Walter Horton, Big Mama Thorton, James Cotton, Mark Wenner , Norton Buffalo and Taj Mahal. More recently Sugar Blue, Jason Ricci , Carlos del Junco, Harper and Howard Levy never cease to amaze me.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
My favorite harmonicas right now are the Marine Band Crossovers from Hohner. Generally, I prefer sealed wood comb diatonic harmonicas with good durability. The Crossover has all this and a great tuning as well. I play on Shaker harmonica mics and like the Mad Dog model for most situations. My amp is a Fender Princeton Recording Amp.

What do you listen too?
I listen to all types of music but always come back to Sugar Blue and Son Boy Williamson for inspiration. Trampled Under Foot and Treasa Levasseur are big on my current play list.

What makes you happy? sad?
Playing music, writing songs and poetry, making art and love is what makes me ecstatic. If I start to feel sad, I just play a little blues until everything is alright again.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like hiking in the mountains, being in nature, listening to music, sleeping in and doing nothing.

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
Live forever.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
I don’t hide much from anyone interested. My personal website, www.mdfriedman.com, is the best place to go to find out more about me.

Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
The new Papa Juke CD, Out of the Blues, is starting to get significant international airplay and national acclaim. That has taken up most of my creative energy until quite recently. I am currently working on a digital poem (like a music video for poetry) called “Never Ask a Poet Directions.” I am also learning to play Theremin for live sound sculpting with my performance poetry.

How hard has it been managing your own label and yourself?

Managing our own label is time and energy consuming and sometimes tedious, but definitely worth the expense and effort. Managing myself has always been difficult. (You know how those musicians are!)
ReverbNation, BlogSpot, Facebook, MySpace, WordPress.

Papa Juke
They have a wonderful website Papa Juke. They are also on ReverbNation, YouTube, MySpace. Scene Magazine article.

Thanks for the interview and good luck.


Wrecked……Far from it!

This Rock/Metal band from Chicago has got it going. They aren’t a wreck they have serious metal. Jeff Kylloe gave me some of his time to tell me more about them.

What got you guys started and how did you all meet?
Jeff Kylloe (Guitars), Back in 2005 I had met Tony Faflik (Vocals) and was already working with Mike McCarron (Drums) We had written a few songs and were forced to put the project on hold do to other projects we were working on at the time. We all kept in touch and finally in late 2009 we were all free to focus exclusively on Wrecked. We again starting writing songs and quickly added David Rosen (Bass) and Paul Kowalik (Guitars) Everyone in the band have known each other and worked together in different projects over the years. Everyone in the band is very close and would do anything for each other.

Who or what inspires you?
Our inspiration comes from our influences which are pretty vast. From New and Old school Metal, Progressive Rock & Metal, Blues, Our influences play a huge part in our sound and vide. Black Sabbath, Sevundust, Godsmack, Judas Priest, Kansas, Dream Theater, just to name a few. I cut my teeth on guitar players such as, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Edward Vanhalen and many others. We have a different take on heavy music. Metal or Hard Rock music can be heavy and still have Groove, We work hard at creating music that is heavy and in your face but still has a hook, groove, emotion and basically still a great song.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
We use Gibson Les Paul Guitars / Dean Guitars / Spector Basses / DW Drums / Splawn Amplifiers & Ampeg Amplifiers.
Tony Faflik – Vocals / Jeff Kylloe – Guitars / Paul Kowalik – Guitars / David Rosen – Bass / Mike McCarron – Drums.

What do you listen too?
We listen to everything, We are always checking out new bands and sounds and also still listen to our old favorites. There are so many great new metal and rock bands around.

What makes you happy?
The vibe we get from watching new fan’s at our shows and connecting with people through our music, it’s addictive.
sad?
The horrible things going on in the world today, people without hope, people with no heart.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
All of us work day job’s and are also full time musicians so there really is not any spare time, most of our time is spent writing and recording music. We do love to ride our Motorcycles (Harley Davidson’s) when we do get a break here and there.

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
We would love to be on the road more touring and reaching new fan’s, meeting new people and achieving our goal to be a successful band.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
We are easy to approach and answer our own mail, if anyone has a question or just wants to say Hello they should just send us a message to any of our listed websites.

Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
We are currently working on our first full length effort scheduled for release in June 2012 and we also have a brand new video and song “Waiting To Die” being released January 1st 2012 Our EP “Enemy” which includes 5 songs and a video is available now. We also have several other videos on youtube and reverbnation.

Do you guys manage yourselves and if so how hard has it been for you? If not who is you manager and how’s that going?
We currently manage ourselves with a ton of help from some people in our area that started as fans and are now a part of the Wrecked family. Jeff Bryski is our acting Manager and Dennis Hawk Baughan of Hawk Production is in charge of just about everything. Dennis films, directs and produces are video’s and our live show production which is pretty intense. We believe that our fan’s are there to see a show so we put on a show. Everyone involved in Wrecked promotes this band every day, Is it hard Yes but the music industry is hard. We believe that if a band writes great songs and promotes, great things will happen. We are focused on writing great songs. Tony, Jeff, Mike, David & Paul – Wrecked

Check out more at their website Wrecked and MySpace.
And thanks Jeff for talking with us.


Dream Aria……exciting and awesome from Canada.


Dream Aria made received “Top Band of the Year” from MySpace recently, and with the vibe they send out it’s not surprising. I just recently sat down and listened to their latest album “Fallen Angel” and indeed I was blown away. They are listed as Rock/Progressive/World Music/Alternative
I got the chance to ask Ann a little bit about the band and here is what he shared.

How did you get started, little history bio basically?
Don Stagg (composer/keyboardist/executive producer) started the project in 2003 I believe and I joined the band in April of 2004. Don found me on the internet as a “singer for hire”. I feel very blessed that he contacted me! He was already working with Garry Flint (drummer/engineer/producer) on a number of songs. They had me come in to have a listen and I loved what I heard. I did an audition of sorts and started writing and recording with them that very day. The rest is history! The music started out more classical and evolved to progressive rock with elements of new age, ambient, goth and world music. Don had also hired Jozef Pilasanovic on guitar and Garry was writing and recording bass and drum parts. Our first cd was “In The Wake” as this lineup. For our second cd “Transcend”, we hired new guitarists: Steve Agelakos, Kurt Schefter, Mark Crossley and Tim Welch. We then brought bassist Jon Casselman on board for bass. Lonnie Glass played bass on the song “Compassion” and Alberto Suarez played congas on the same tune. “Transcend” was a bit ‘heavier’ and more of a ‘focused’ sound that truly became our own. “Fallen Angel”, our newest release, is a bit heavier than the others but remained our signature sound. We added even more guitarists to our ‘all-star’ lineup. Kurt and Tim played on quite a few tracks and we also hired Mark Crossley, Rob Masiokas for the song “The Gift”, Mike Phelps on “Abstract Relations”and Mark McClay on “Carnival of Souls”. Dream Aria would not be the same without any of the members of the band. They are all integral creative forces. Their professionalism and awesome personalities add so much to the mix!

What or who inspired you?
Personally, I have many inspirations. Life lessons, artists, animals, dancers, singers and all musicians and music in general! I grew up listening to classical music, then Crystal Gayle, Abba, as well as many of the rock to hard rock bands of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Some of my favorites were Toto, Deep Purple, Streetheart and the Scorpions. I also listened to some New Age including Andreas Vollenweider. As for the rest of the band, I know some of the musical influences are Peter Gabriel, Old Genesis, Debussy, The Beatles, Progressive Rock and more.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
As a singer, I only use a mic, whatever is handy in the studio. I don’t pay attention to the make or model etc. I just sing and let Garry do the engineering.
{Don Stagg keyboard player uses Korg Karma/Roland Fantom/Yamaha Motif}

What do you listen to?
I listen to the bands I listed in question #2. Currently I also listen to Chris Botti, DcTalk, Queen City Kids, Kansas and an ecclectic mix of many others depending on my mood.

What makes you happy? sad?
Many things make me happy, such as good company, great food, all kinds of music (listening to and creating), art (viewing and creating it), dance (watching and also dancing myself), people who overcome obstacles, my family, all animals (especially dogs), learning new things, helping others, inspiring others, warm sunny days, traveling, exploring, reading thrillers and inspirational books, watching good movies, flowers, chocolate, tea and so on! What makes me sad is any kind of abuse towards people, animals and the earth.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Many of the things I listed in question #5, but most of all, spending time with my beautiful angel daughter, my family and my dog.

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
Have enough money to help everyone who needs it and to inspire and help others as much as possible.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
I’m a little ‘firecracker’ but would never hurt a fly!
Check out ReverbNation, MySpace, Facebook, Dream Aria.
Thanks again to Ann for taking the time to talk to us.


Foxman……Crazy Like A Fox!

Foxman has a style of music that makes people take notice. Art rock covers a wide variety of music genres. This gives Foxman an enormous palette to create heart stopping music from.
I got the chance to ask him a few questions and here is what he shared with us.

How did you get started, little history bio basically?
I began playing bass when I was 19 years old and messed around with a few bands in the Illinois area, mostly playing cover songs. Around 1991 I moved to Florida and hooked up with a band called Tomorrow’s Party, who was in the process of releasing a self titled Cd of original music. My tenure with this band lasted for about 1 1/2 years and ended when I left to persue a career with the USPS, which lasted for about 12-13 years. During this time period I began writing/recording my own music using a very cheap cassette recorder, with me playing all the instruments (guitar, bass, drum machine, keys and vocals). I ended up with a library of about 40 songs, nothing professional, but enough to make me realize that writing music was something that I was meant to do. Around 2001, using a digital recorder, I released my debut Cd “Songs from The Gallery” (9 songs). I followed this release up with “Like The Freak You Are” (2005, 9 song Cd) and “Crazy Like a Fox” (2011, 13 song Cd). Ultimately, I have come to be very well known as a very creative songwriter whose music tends to cover multiple genres. If you are in the mood for something different, fun and a bit freaky, then please stop by and check out some music !! I am currently #1 on the local Alternative Charts at ReverbNation (#33 in the USA and #74 globally) http://www.reverbnation.com/foxman You can also hook up with me at http://www.facebook.com/FoxmanMusicHome

What or who inspired you?
I honestly have to say that the 2 bands that have inspired me the most are Pink Floyd and Nirvana.

What instruments do you play?
I currently play bass, acoustic/electric guitar, keyboards, drum machine and vocals.

What do you listen too?
I am open minded to all kinds of music (Blues, Rock, Metal, Grunge, Jazz, Country, Punk and Alternative). Though I am a victim of popular radio, I also spend a good part of my days at ReverbNation listening to other Independent musicians/bands.

What makes you happy? sad?
Though I can be a bit mischievous at times with my songwriting, I pride myself in my personal life on being one of the good people. It always makes my day to see people smiling. It also inspires me to see people going out of their way to help others. As far as what makes me sad, my answer would be greed !! There is more than enough money in this world for all of us to be wealthy and successful.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am also an accomplished artist (paintings, collages, jewelry and even the voodoo dolls used on the front cover of my “Crazy Like A Fox” Cd). Some of my artwork, and all 3 Cd’s, are currently available at the Official Foxman Art Studio at http://www.foxman.etsy.com

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
I was born to be an artist/songwriter and there is nothing else that I would rather do.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
I am a shy, quiet, person in real life who was born on April Fools Day 🙂

Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
I have already begun to put together some song ideas for my 4th Cd release and I guarantee it will be a classic !! In the meantime, music videos have become my primary focus. A video for my haunting love song “Sweet Adelaide” has just been released and can be seen at my Official Foxman Video Channel at http://www.youtube.com/FOXMANMUSIC The video was filmed/directed over Halloween weekend by my good friend Kevin Killelea. I promise you, there will be many more !!

Your Occupy the Airwaves, what are your hopes for that?
Being an Independent means that it is almost impossible to get my music played on the air at regular radio stations. I am an ASCAP member, but that means very little when you consider all the money that the Major Labels have to work with to keep their bands in the forefront. My “Occupy The Airwaves” photo/slogan signifies my goal of eventually having my music played on the air. It also represents my personal campaign against greed in the Music Industry.

How hard has it been managing your own label and yourself?

Being the CEO and manager of Foxman Music has been a very time consuming endeavor, but I wouldn’t change one single moment of it for the world. The major disadvantage is that it cuts into the time I would normally use to play/practice guitar and write new songs. The major advantage is that I am learning every element of what it takes to establish a small business within the Music Industry.

I would like to thanks Foxman for his time, please check out all this links.


Broken Tongues……Denver Group with flair.

Floating around the Denver scene I came across this fun group.They list themselves as Alternative/Hip Hop/Jazz/Funk/Progressive.
Their new album Crooked Skyline is available from their website, but I asked them to give me a moment of their time to introduce you to them.

How did you get started, little history bio basically?
Greensleeves: Greensleeves and Zach are brothers who formed the band in 2007 right before they moved back to Denver, Colorado from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Their previous band was breaking up and the brothers decided to take the opportunity to move in a new creative direction. Then in 2008, Loose Change and Greensleeves, both Smoky Hill High grads, met through mutual friends and shared common interests in music. Greens was an engineer at CCM Studios and Loose Change came in to record an initial version of a song he’d just written called “Sunrises” (a current version is on “Crooked Skyline”). The two really vibed so Greensleeves proposed having LC join the group. The three began writing and performing around Denver, but after a couple of shows in early 2009, the three of them realized that they needed to add live instruments to take it to the next level. So they took out some craigslist adds in the Denver area seeking Bass and Drums. Both, Erin and Donny responded and auditioned. The rhythm section, with Zach on guitar, Erin on bass and Donny on drums, formed a nice pocket while Greens and LC scratched and rhymed over vamps. We knew we had something going so the five of us started jamming together regularly. Meanwhile, CC and Zach were working together downtown for a media/music/production firm. They too saw common ground in their musical interests and goals, so Zach invited CC to audition. She killed it and we added her shortly thereafter. Thus, six members. We’ve now been together as a six-piece for just under two years and we just released our debut album titled, Crooked Skyline, which was engineered by Greensleeves at CCM Studios. Be sure to give it a listen, it’s very dynamic and unique. We are very proud of it.

What or who inspired you?
Greens: I would say that we are inspired by lots of things in general, whether it be an emotion that needs appreciation, a situation that deserves attention or just about anything that’s relevant and provokes interesting thoughts. As six members our musical interests and motivations certainly differ, yet keeping an open mind to anything I think is what really helps us find new paths and approaches to song-writing and performing and being people. That’s why we love live-hip-hop as the nucleus of it all, bc it allows us to explore and mix anything we want. I also try to make it a point to find inspiration and motivation in things that are otherwise disagreeable to my opinion of that thing. Whether it be a song or artist I don’t necessarily care for or a crappy weather-day, I think it’s more about being aware of the inspiration that’s always present than dictating where it is and isn’t. I seem to get a lot of random, yet good ideas while doing manual labor too… so does that make it mindless, or mindful work then? haha

Loose Change: My inspirations are very rooted in hiphop culture from the bboys to the graffiti writers. Being friends with some of the best around (RTD, DF Crew, ATT) only makes me want to excel in my area. I’d like to think my style is a melting pot. Inspiration is so hard to pinpoint it could be listening to music and having a great idea or it could be dunking your fries in some ketchup and something just happens to pop up. Everything and nothing is inspiration. I tend to like looking for the dark irony in situations, ’cause, tell ya the truth, I usually like to use the sadness or doubt I might have to express how I feel.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
Loose Change: MC
Greensleeves: MC, Turntables (Technics 1210s & Pioneer DJM 400, Serato), MPD 32 (Akai digital sampler w/ Reason), Macbook Pro, Percussion (shakers, etc)
Christie “CC” Chambers: Vocals, Percussion (djembe, shakers and tambourine)
Zach Warkentin: Guitar (PRS McCarty hard-tail, Vox Tonelab SE, Fender Deluxe amp/speaker)
Erin Angel: Bass, Keys (Fender Jazz Bass, M-Audio Axiom 49 with a Macbook Pro and Logic Mainstage)
Donny Broussard: Drums (Pacific Drums)

What do you listen too?
Greens: Well, we listen to a lot of things! My brother and I grew up on classic rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop, rap, old soul and RnB, metal, comedy albums and everything in between. Remember the Adam Sandler albums? Or when Metallica made great music? Classics! CC grew up on the rock n roll, folk and jam bands,Donny grew up on Bourbon Street, so he’s got that cajun in him, and Ian’s always had a pension for lyrical MCs and hip-hop culture. Personally, I’ve been getting into a lot of the collage-artists and dub-step lately like Bass Nectar, Bonobo, Wax Tailor and Pretty Lights, while I’ve always admired artists like Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, EWF, George Clinton and P Funk, The Roots, John Scofield, Beastie Boys, Atmosphere and the whole Rhymesayers crew, Quannum Projects crew like Blackalicious and Latyrx, Common, RJD2, Beck, J5 and Ozomatli, Cut Chemist, DJ Shadow, Greyboy, Kid Koala, QBert, BK-One… I also really get down to that 90s hip-hop like Big-L, Wu-Tang, Tribe, Lost Boys, Brand Nubian and De La Soul… the list could go on for a while. Hell, as an audio engineer I have country clients, tejano bands and gangster rappers too! We all love music and I think there’s appealing qualities in any of its forms. So long as there’s soul in it, I suppose. I also listen to a lot of KUVO and enjoy the big bands, jazz, and afro-cuban styles. My brother Zach certainly listens to a lot of that and Im sure he’d throw out a few names like Wes Montgomery, Brad Mehldau, Rafael Sadiq, Roy Hargrove, Coltrane and Miles, as well as Mars Volta, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, etc.

LC: As far as certain artists go I would say people like brother Ali, buck 65, living legends, visionaries, I’m really in to that northwest style like sand people, classified, sweatshop union just to name a few. I love the innovators like Wu-tang, or tribe and de la soul there are so many I could write a full page. People always say I like everything when speaking about genres of music. Well I don’t. I can’t stand country music. I also have a strong dislike for techno or house. It’s weird but I got a strange love for 80’s music, maybe because it was primarily up beat even when the content was not.

What makes you happy? or sad?
Successful performances and making awesome music makes us happy while loading and unloading gear makes us sad…

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Greens: I like just being active in life. I hate being stagnant and inactive. I need to be doing something whether it be a project or just a leisure sport. I love snowboarding and volleyball, drinking good beer, working on musical side-projects and practicing instruments. Smoke ‘n a pancake, bowling, air hockey, bocci ball and corn hole make for entertaining drinking w friends…

LC: In my spare time I love to keep active play bball, hit The gym, write pretty much whatever makes me happy besides making music.

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
Greens: Have a lengthy career making music! No delusions of grandeur or fame, just money to live and do what I do best. I’d also love to tour the world and play sold out shows to people with different native languages. Like, being really popular in obscure countries. That’d be pretty rad.

LC: If I could do anything I want it would most likely be traveling around the world playing music, also owning a clothing store (community service apparel). I would love to have multiple stores all over the country and the world to spread a vision my partners and I have been working very hard on.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
Our new album, Crooked Skyline, is ON SALE NOW at our website (www.BrokenTongues.com) and it’s the best live-hip-hop since the Roots! Also, Erin Angel and Greensleeves have a music side-project under the name PRESTOdigitist. We have 3 new eps coming out in the spring of 2012 featuring all sorts of styles ranging from Pretty Lights and RJD2, to Lady Gaga (the good shit) and Jay-Z. We also lease and sell exclusive beats and instrumentals regularly in pretty much any genre.

Also, Loose Change owns a really dope boutique clothing store in Denver, off Broadway, called Community Service Apparel. They offer limited edition clothing and great deals on urban gear other stores will not have. Links to all are below. Oh yea, and we have really good night vision and acute hearing.
Check them out!!! Thanks again for your time all.
www.BrokenTongues.com
www.facebook.com/BrokenTongues
www.ReverbNation.com/PRESTOdigitist
www.community-serv.com


Dazzle Rebel……Very cool artist from the UK.

Well I met this artist through his website/blog. Not only is his music good but his commentaries are a great read.. I’m happy to say he gave me a few minutes of his time to tell us a little bit about himself and what’s going on.

What got you started?
When I was about six I wanted to learn the violin but my music teacher at school said that I didn’t have a musical bone in my body so I wasn’t even allowed to learn the recorder! Thinking music wasn’t really for me I concentrated on art until my parents split up when I was about eleven. My stepdad taught me some basic chords on guitar when I was about 12 and I started buying guitar magazines and learning tabs and learning to play along with tapes and CDs.

My Dad had already got me into Queen before he and my parents split up and my Uncle got me into Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Guns N’ Roses and Def Leppard. In the UK while the grunge scene was big it was soon surpassed by Brit Pop and Indie bands in about 1994. Bands like Oasis, Wildhearts, Terrorvision and Mansun became the everyday staples of my musical diet. That did it for me really, music was my life.

What instruments you play and what company manufactured them?
Although I started off playing guitar I changed to bass when I was about twenty. I’ve got a brilliant Tokai Thunderbird bass which has the best sustain and low-end growl out of all my bass guitars – of which I have another two Thunderbirds by Epiphone and a small assortment of other brands. My guitars of choice are Gordon Smiths, I have three; a Gypsy and a GS1 and a GS2 delux. They make their own pickups and are amazing instruments. My favourite guitar is my jumbo Epiphone acoustic which my wife bought me a few years ago. You’ll be hearing more of that next year because I’ve got some accoustic recordings planned.

How has it been running your own management?

It’s been great. I’ve spent years being managed to varying degrees of success. Some managers though just wanted to join in the party, which when they have the cash to flaunt on booze and drugs can be lethal but I don’t think it makes for a good manager. Keeping your artists happy is one thing but I believe there’s a reason they call them a manager; they should manage the artists and keep them in line. I’m under no illusions though, I don’t really know the first thing about management but I’m not trying to get anything other than personal enjoyment out of this whole project anyway.

When is the album going to be released?
If the Christmas festivities don’t get too much in the way I am hoping to get my debut EP “Skint and Dangerous” out on 24th December. It’s only a demo and will be available for free streaming and download via www.reverbnation.com/dazzlerebel. You can hear one of the tracks “Back Home and Sober” here now http://soundcloud.com/dazzlerebel. I have no immediate plans for an album yet but will continue to release tracks for free download throughout next year. Once I’ve improved my mixing technique I’ll look at cutting a proper album on disc and releasing it properly.
Please check out his other sites at Youtube, MySpace, and Facebook.

Thanks to Dazzle Rebel for talking with us.


Colcannon..not the food, the US band.

I’ve known this band since the 1980s. I was introduced to them at the James restaurant and Pub in Boulder which is now Conor O’Niells.
Some of the albums that I have, they not only don’t have out anymore but some band members wished I would lose, but Three Days In May is their most recent album. The band has changed member over the years, but even as some have left the new ones have brought new talent and innovations to the group. From left to right, Mick Bolger, Jean Bolger, Brian Mullins, Cynthia Jaffe, Mike Fitzmaurice. They were kind enough to share some info about themselves with me.

Mick Bolger, singer, bodhrán player, Little bio.
Born in Ireland in 1951. After High School I moved to England where i worked various jobs — construction, spot-welding, grave-digging. Used the time for travel, too. Europe, North and East Africa. Attended the University of Lancaster 1976-1979. Got a scholarship to CU Boulder and have been in the US ever since. Became a citizen in October 2010.
How did you get started?
Well, the band started out prosaically enough. There was a little group of us that liked to get together and play tunes and drink beer. Just hanging out. Then Alex McCannon (banjo) and Peggy O’Neill (harmonium) asked me if I’d be interested in forming a band.
Along with Glenn Henderson (fiddle) we played a few very small casual gigs. But that was kind of unsatisfactory. Glenn was the only guitarist in the band and he didn’t want to put down the fiddle to pick up a guitar to accompany songs so it all kind of fizzled a bit.
Then The James Bar and Grille (sadly now defunct) decided that it wanted to have Irish music on a regular basis at the weekends Larry Worster (Dr. Larry Worster Metro State College Denver) the first guitarist in the band, took us in hand, and had us rehearse in a more focused way. He was the one who made the whole thing work and it wouldn’t have happened but for him. Well, we got the gig and worked that bar for nine years. Over the years the lineup changed, the band got a lot better and we went on to performing concerts and writing our own music. By the time we left the bar scene our performances were more like concerts than the usual rowdy bar scene — though there was plenty of that at times, too.
What instruments do you play and who manufacturer them?
My bodhrán (drum) is made by Seamus O’Kane from Dungiven, in County Derry. His bodhráns are sought after and a joy to play.
What do you like to listen too?
I don’t have music on all the time. When I do want to listen, I put on a disc or tape — I still have a lot of music on cassette and vinyl — and actually sit down and listen. But I can’t multi-task e.g. read and listen or study and listen. Recently, I’ve been listening a lot to a collection from Topic Records called ‘The Voice of the People’ and a lot of it is really old field recordings of folksong from the British Isles. It’s very unadorned and spontaneous and just full of life. I find it pretty exciting.
What makes you happy?
Singing, cooking, being with my wife and friends. Reading.
What do you do in your spare time?
The stuff that makes me happy — singing, cooking, being with my wife and friends. Reading.
Anything else you think people don’t know about you that you would like to share?
I’m pretty boring and transparent — no surprises here, really.

Jean Bolger, singer, violin.
How did you get started?
I started playing violin at age 6 and played- steadily but not very seriously- throughout my childhood. I started playing Irish music in my early twenties, right before I joined Colcannon.
What instruments do you play and who manufacturer them?
My violin was made around 1900, probably in Eastern Europe- its provenance is not very clear. I’ve been playing this same instrument since I got big enough for a full size violin, so it’s been with me over thirty years.
What do you like to listen too?
I actually haven’t done a lot of concentrated listening for the last few years- I think I was kind of “full”. Recorded music is so omnipresent today that it can become a little overwhelming. I think I’m gearing up to jump back in though. I like a lot of baroque and early music.
What makes you happy?
People always tell me I look very happy when I perform with Colcannon, and you know what? I am!
What do you do in your spare time?
I like to read, garden, sleep- I’m not much of a go-getter really; my idea of a perfect vacation is to be in a beautiful place with nothing in particular to do.
Anything else you think people don’t know about you that you would like to share?
Well, I’d hope there’s a lot they don’t know about me! I think we’d all like to be a little bit mysterious….

Brian Mullins, plays a number of instruments, also plays with Laughing Hands.Little bio.
I am multi-instrumentalist, composer and performer playing . Cittern, Guitar, Mandolin,Flute, Whistle, Tenor Banjo and occasional Chinese Erhu and perhaps Tuba. I have performed and recorded with more projects than we can list. I have also toured extensively with a residency program, bringing his enthusiasm for world music and instruments to elementary school children. (Brian has been a featured soloist with symphonies and chamber orchestras. His music was featured in short film and public television specials. Is a collector of proverbs, and aspires to yodel like his mother.)
How did you get started?
Born in the dark reaches of semi-rural Kansas, I started listening too, and longing too play, ethnic musics of all kinds, as a result of basic sensory deprivation. This gave way to a love and pursuit of exotic sounds, instruments and foods.
What instruments do you play and who manufacturer them?
Cittern ,(10 string long neck lute) made by Stephan Sobell
Mandolin made by canadian luthier Gavin Baird
Mando-cello and Tenor Banjo made by Gibson
Irish flute of forgotten origins
Sweetheart whistle and fife
Chinese Erhu made by Dunhuang
Eb concert tuba made by Conn I believe
What do you like to listen too?
Traditional Vietnamese and Chinese music, Astor Piazolla, Hermeto Pascoal, Tom Waits, Jazz, Theremin, Arvo Part, Finish, Musical Saw and Armenian music (the “Duduk”).
What makes you happy?
A good turn of a phrase, Cats, babies, tennis, diners, composing, performing ,improvising ,improve anything, jokes, dancing, camping/ hot springs and traveling in general.
What do you do in your spare time?
Compose, garden, dance, play tennis, plan musical installations, score sound tracks to silent movies.
Anything else you think people don’t know about you that you would like to share?
I am is aspiring to learn the phrase : I’m sorry (or Pardon me ) I don’t speak ….. ” that language ”
In as many languages as possible.

Cynthia Jaffe, flute player.Little bio.
I am Colcannon’s newest member. I was brought on board in 2010, when Rod Garnett, Colcannon’s flute player for many years, left the band first just on sabbatical and then for the long term. It’s been a real privilege to be with this witty and really talented bunch.
I played in a couple of different Celtic music trios in Colorado before joining Colcannon. My main musical influences are classical, folk, improvisational and Indian (Carnatic) music.
How did you get started?
I had studied classical music first (piano and flute) and eventually branched into jazz and Indian music (studying at Wesleyan University’s World Music program) – but was not a performer until recently. In the late 90’s I dove into the Irish flute and was lucky to be in a community with many good and inspiring players.
What instruments do you play and who manufacturer them?
I play a Pratten model wooden flute handcrafted by Patrick Olwell. I play a variety of penny whistles and low whistles, mainly made by Michael Burke. I also play a 6-keyed “Grey Larsen Preferred Model” Irish flute by flute maker Terry McGee.
What do you like to listen too?
Among Irish and Celtic artists I’m really fond of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Lunasa, Dervish, Claire Mann, Moving Hearts… it’s hard to think of all the many great players who inspire me! But I love many kinds of music, especially world music (Indian classical, African kora music, Zimbabwean vocal and mbira music, Afropop, Brazilian vocal music, Persian music…), not to mention Bach and a whole variety of orchestral music.
What makes you happy?
Love, of course!
And nature. And great writing, a good read, a wonderful concert, a moving solo, improvising music with others…
What do you do in your spare time?
I love to be in nature, hiking, just being.
Anything else you think people don’t know about you that you would like to share?
? It’s good to leave a little mystery… 😉

Mike Fitzmaurice, bass, guitar, he also plays with Laughing Hands. Little bio.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Adult child of Catholics, Studied painting and drawing at Pratt Institute, moved to Colorado in 1980, studied music (classical) at Univ. of Colorado, joined Colcannon in 1986 (I think) active freelance musician, performing classical, jazz, and world music.
How did you get started?
Started on guitar, was self taught, (with the help of friends of course) kept practicing.
What instruments do you play and who manufacturer them?
My bass is a 7/8 size Juzek, made in Prague in 1929, My guitars are a 1967 Martin D 28 (Brazilian rosewood) and a Lowden, made in Ireland in the late 1990s. and my bass harmonica is made by Honer, purchased on e-bay so I don’t know the date of manufacture, but it’s old. I also play the Erhu (2 string Chinese spike fiddle).
What do you like to listen too?
I listen to a wide variety of music.
What makes you happy?
Many things, beer among them.
What do you do in your spare time?
Spare time? what’s that.
Anything else you think people don’t know about you that you would like to share?
But then there would be no mystery.

Well If you would like to see them in action check out their website to see their schedule.
Also check out these sites.
YouTube
MySpace
I’d like to thank them for spend some time letting us get to know them.


Lark Vs. Owl…..I forgot to ask who was the Lark or Owl.

Lark Vs. Owl…Interesting name for a rock/doom/pop group, and they proved to me to be a very interesting band.
This Seattle based band is part of the Wandering Infinity Production Label.
Dennis told me a little bit about them.
Could you give me a little background?
Were caged pets for a band called Yam in early to mid-00’s. During/after Yam’s demise, adopted by instrumental hip-hop group, starkiller. in 2006, flew the coop and formed Lark vs. Owl, first CD year or so later. Quick migration with Uneasy 2008-2010, but back to old feeding grounds, working on new CD 2012.
What or who inspired you?
Birds of a different feather but liked each others’ side bands (Matt Supernauty, Dennis AJBBV) and said flock it! Also Quasi’s “Including Birds” or something like that; simple/not-so-simple 2-piece band (at the time) said anything’s possible.
What instruments do you play?
Dennis bass/guitar/ukelele/vocals, Matt vocals/drums/keyboards/gong/whistles and kazoo.
What do you listen too?
Like any good songbirds we listen to too much. Wanna reinterpret old folk or John Lee Hooker-style blues but end up just covering the Ramones or Radiohead.
What makes you happy? or sad?
Happy: the courage to fly musically naked (musically only) in front of an audience. Sad: Dealing with Rubber Chickens aka: people truly faking it to make it.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Try to sleep in between reading scraps of nesting paper (Matt-Salman Rushdie jag, Dennis-NW History books).
. If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
Continue to fly musically naked (again, musically only) in front of larger audiences, perhaps naked audiences.
If you couldn’t tell these guys are hoot, bad pun.
You can hear them and see them at on the web at these locations. Thanks again guys for sharing with us.
MySpace
ReverbNation
Facebook
Vimeo


Andy Anderson Sartori…..musician and so much more.

I was first introduced to Andy through ReverbNation and what I heard was amazing but what I found out about him was even more amazing. The bio on the website doesn’t tell you all of what makes Andy such a cool person. I recently got to speak with Andy and found out more. He was born in Brazil and has traveled and lived all over. Currently he is living in the US. He says he misses the big city life. Both his parents were musicians, his mother playing the piano and his father playing the acoustic guitar. Andy started playing chords at the age of 9, later taking some classes by the time he was 17 he had joined a band as was playing night clubs. During those days he played things like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and others. By the time he became 20 he was playing from 8 in the morning till 10 at night. “If music is a drug, I’m addicted.” He is hungry to play as he told me.
Andy is not only a musician but composer, writer, arranger and producer. He likes his music to have a positive message. His musical roots go back to classical music. Mozart is his favorite, after that comes Vivaldi and Bach. His metal inspirations come from Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell to name just some of them. Andy explained that the likes the melodic qualities of these groups. When he listens to music he prefers vinyl over CD’s, like most rockers I know who say the sound quality is deeper from vinyl.
In his spare time he says he is an organizer but he is also a designer. Making and designing bracelets, buckles, belts and more. “It’s my hobby.” One of the other thing I was surprised by when talking with Andy was that he made his own guitars. Your passion is music why not, although one of his guitars was made by Brazilian guitar maker Leandro Copetti of Copetti Guitars .
Andy loves his fans and as he told me, they are what make you. He’s a real true person and he has a great attitude and he is personable to his fans. You can’t alienate your fans then you will have nothing he told me. It’s a privilege to be playing and doing what I love for my fans.
Andy and his Band are managed By Full Force Entertainment’s James McComas.
They have just finished a master version of their album, FORGED BY FIRE.
If you are into Progressive/Metal/Rock you should check it out.
Thanks again to Andy for taking the time to chat with me.

Myspace page.
LinkedIn
YouTube


Billy K Band……Red Dirt and Country.

I’m sure some of you don’t know what Red Dirt is and well I didn’t either till I had the chance to get some information from Bill Kelley about his band. Red Dirt if you don’t know is has to do with the color of the dirt in Oklahoma and the music there.
Bill Kelley is the lead singer and songwriter for the Billy K Band.I had the chance to ask him a little about the band himself and what’s been going on.
Love Playing & Writing music. Im blessed to be playing with guys that I not only get along with on stage but enjoy spending time with off stage. We have a great relationship together. I enjoy picking up the guitar and seeing what comes out next. Danny Purser(Lead Guitar) and Jaimee Anderson(Drums) are like family. We fight like brothers and love like brothers. In the end we always have each others back.
What did you do before this band and how did you get started?
In the past, I have been a front man in a few Rock Bands starting in the late 80’s to 2008. Some of them include, Shattered Glass, Shays’ Rebellion, Tangent, and Dizzy Down. The music I was writing fit more into a singer songwriter category. This eventually sparked my interest in Red Dirt and Country. Ballads and telling stories with my music came natural. I play Guitar and Piano but most my songs came from sitting with my guitar and just letting it happen. I had a guitar in my hand at an early age. Although piano lessons came first, when I was 12 and sparked my interest in music.
What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
The types of guitars I use are an Ovation and Washburn. The keyboard I use on stage is an Alesis.
What do you do in your down time?
My time relaxing is usually with my dogs, horses and donkeys.
What’s new now?
I am currently signed with Richard L Watson, VP of Redtail Records. We are currently working on my Album to be recorded in the early part of 2012 at the Tracking Room in Nashville. I am currently showcased in American Artist Showcase and RedStarr Entertainment Magazine.
I’d like to thank Bill Kelley for the time to give me this interview and best of luck.
If you want to see and hear more about the Billy K Band check out these websites.
Billy K Band.
YouTube Billy K Band.
FaceBook Billy K Band.
Billy K Band ReverbNation.


Brian Mackey…..Honest Love and more.

Brian Mackey, I know some of you haven’t heard of him before, but I’m hoping to change that.
He lists his music as Indie/Pop/Rock. You can find a number of stories about him by checking out his MySpace, ReverbNation or Facebook.
Lucky for me I asked him if he would come to Colorado and play, and he asked back where would be good.
I gave him some places to check out and then asked him if he wouldn’t mind giving me a small interview with some information you couldn’t find just anywhere on him.
So I asked him what instruments do you play and who is the manufacturer?
Instruments I play:
Acousitc Guitar – Martin
Electric Guitar – Fender
Bass – Fender
Piano – Hallet Davis & Co Upright Piano for writing
Piano Recording – M-Audio Keyboard
What music do you like to listen to?
Classical music, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin
I also like any kind of music really, anything that makes me think or feel.
My most recent great find is George Fromby from the 1930s and 40s he was from the UK.
He did some really cool offbeat singer/songwriter storytelling that makes me smile..
What makes you happy?
Eating, writing, staying up way too late, sleeping way too late, Flying my kite, Pretending like I’m from the cast of a Dickens Novel, and drinking..
What’s do like to do in your spare time?
Hang out with friends, write, eat, play shows.
Tell me a few things that not everyone knows about you?
I had a 140 IQ in 5th grade, so I’m sort of smart I guess, or maybe I’m just a smart ass, or just remove the word smart… 🙂

I want to be a pilot.

I was told I’m a good graphic designer, I’ve had no education on the subject, or really much education to speak of, but I read alot and I do know what I like,
and sometimes I’ve helped people design certain things, and I’ll help people that went to school for it and they ask, “Where did you go to school?” and I’ll lie and say, “Cal Arts” just because I like the way it sounds.
Thanks Brain for the interview, please check out his video on YouTube “Honest Love”.