REVILUTION Interview

Welcome! I would love to talk about all things songwriting! But first – I would love to hear from each of you something that most people would be surprised to learn about you.

Marie B, vocals: Hello! Okay, most people would be surprised to learn about me that my first field of study is printing and publishing. I grew up working the family business, collating books and craft patterns, and also got my first modeling experience there, regular pictures as well as runway modeling. After I finished high school, I worked for a year to earn money for college where I further studied acting, physical education, art, and business. Other jobs I worked used me for not only cashier and fashion purposes in selling products, but I was also in some training films at their new location. My image is out there in several places. So, my experience in the family business led me to the printing and publishing. Ultimately, I ended up becoming sensitive to chemicals as a result of that industry. Plus all those skills are outdated now with digital photography. I handled a lot of printing chemicals.

Scott Flint, guitar, vocals: That I was once a pro AMA flat-track motorcycle racer and raced all over the USA.That’s how I learned how to live on the road,which made touring an easy transition for me.

Dan Seitz, vocals, guitar: I love and collect all types of music, but I refuse to download or stream off of the Internet. If I can’t hold it in my hand, I can’t enjoy it.

You have a new album coming out – which is exciting! Can you share with us more about your song writing process as a band?

Scott: We all try to bring new song ideas to the table, and we write and create a song as a group, everyone contributes to the process even if the song is fully written when we start it.

Marie: Our process for writing songs has evolved over the years. It used to be Dan who wrote all the music and the lyrics. The first album “The Monster That Made The Man” is exclusively him on vocals and instruments. He secluded himself and wrote it. Then I listened to it and described it and the process in order to tell people about what he could do. My plan was to tell the world about this one-man show. That’s how it all started. I wasn’t involved in the writing process, I only talked about it and offered my ears and support to Dan. Now, I get an idea and write it down. Then I enhance it and present it to Dan and Scott for the music. I might say, like, I want a guitar solo here and describe it. This most recent song, (More Than Air) Scott wrote music first. Then he brought it to band rehearsal and we listened to it and played it. I got the music in my head and then all of a sudden I had an idea how to put a voice to it. It just had to sit in my head for a while and I had to sing it a few times. So I hurried and wrote it on my lyric sheet and sang it for them when we got together to jam.

Dan: There’s no specific process, it just kind of depends on circumstances. I might have a couple riffs that I bring in, then we play through it together to make it cohesive. Or maybe Scott will bring in music and lyrics, and ask me to put them together. Or maybe I’ll have a complete rhythm section ready, but use Marie’s stream-of-consciousness writing for lyric ideas. Or, Scott or I may have a complete song, we bring it in and teach it to the rest of the band, and away we go. The only rule is that it has to be good.

How important is it to you that you write your own music?

Marie: In an originals band it’s 100% important that we write the our own music. For me personally I’m not a purist like Dan is. I’ll sing just about anything. Scott can too, he knows a lot of songs from other bands he’s been in. Dan knows a bunch too but he mostly suppresses them. It’s funny sometimes one of us will just start playing a song in rehearsal. (laughing)

Scott: It’s the most important part of song writing, it gives us our own sound that sets us apart from the other groups out there.

Dan: Although I enjoy working up the occasional cover, I feel more accomplished if I write an original song. There are lots of great band out there that do covers pretty much exclusively, but how far can that really take you? Writing originals is what gets you the record deal, which is what I’m looking for.

What musical influences if any, will we hear in the new music?

Scott: You will hear hard rock, metal, funk, RnB in the new songs.

Marie: Musical influences you will hear in our new music are, Punk sounds and funk. In order to help me find a voice for “More Than Air,” Scott said “Play That Funky Music Whiteboy” sounding. And some songs I didn’t know. He just kept saying songs until he saw that I understood what he meant. As far as influences… everything from The Carpenters to Last In Line and Judas Priest. Eddie Van Halen for sure. The influence is there.

Dan: Having Scott’s songs on the record definitely broadens our sound, adding some fun, danceable rhythms. My writing still tends toward darker tones, channeling my Black Sabbath-Kiss-AC/DC influences, so it’s going to be a neat balance of styles that shows our versatility as a band.

Do you have one song that you play every show, not matter what?

Scott: Yes we have an instrumental song we open every show with.

Marie: Yes. We open every show with Flash. Named that because Scott wrote it. That’s our intro. Scott’s AKA is Flash.

Dan: We still do “Bastard,” too. It’s such a crowd pleaser, it always brings people out of their hiding places when we go into it.

Where can fans connect with you on social media?

Dan: You can find us at http://www.facebook.com/revilution1, and on Instagram and Twitter @revilutionband. Also head to our website, http://www.revilution.com, and check out our music videos and maybe buy you some merch!

End of Interview

The Keymakers Interview

Welcome! We are excited to get to chat with you! We saw that you posted recently after your show in New York and you said that it was the best stage you have played. What made it so amazing?

Red: There’s nothing really quite like New York, so we were super excited to be a part of the nightlife in that city. But all things considered, it was definitely all of the people we got to share that night with that made it so special. We had family, friends, and fans out to see us and really felt like we got to pour every bit of our energy into that performance.


It really seems that you both love being on tour and sharing your live show with fans. Has the Spectra Tour made you love performing even more than before?


Rome: Absolutely. When we started performing, there was a sort of ‘training wheels’ stage where we were just getting our bearings on stage. Especially with a duo, there’s a lot you have to learn about feeding off each other and reading the energy that can only come from practice. Now that we’re starting to get the hang of it, it’s safe to say we love doing our thing up there on stage.


What would you say are the positives and negatives of the music industry? What is it about the music industry that makes some artists push forward? What do you think makes some artists quit?


Red: This is definitely an industry of ups and downs, and the way musicians handle that is really important. There will be good times where you feel like you’re on top of the world but there will also be times where you don’t think you can give it another hour in the studio, or another take in the booth. I think it’s those times where you’re dirt tired and catching ‘L’ after ‘L’ that really can break people. But a big realization is that those tough nights are the things that make those ‘top of the world’ moments a reality, so that keeps us going.


Tell us about your setlist – how do you decide on what you play? Do you mix things up every night?


Rome: We built our set over time, tagging tracks and making lists! It’s a mixture of our own released music, older and newer unreleased stuff, songs from others that inspire us and speak to us, and of course new music we’ve created just for the set. We have a ton of songs that we’re ready to play and we usually decide, night by night, which ones are on the list.


Are you writing new music while you are touring?


Red: Definitely, we always try to keep ourselves creating. Whether that’s creating voice notes on our phones or starting projects with a little MIDI keyboard we travel with, the ideas have to keep flowing. Sometimes we’ll get little breaks in our schedule when we can sit down and start to flesh out the ideas and bits that we’ve saved up, who knows when one of those will turn into a new single!


What social media platform is your favorite to connect with fans and why?


Rome: Instagram for sure! Give us a follow at @TheKeymakers and say hi! We absolutely love connecting with fans and hearing their favorite tunes. We also share the most on there so it’s a great place to keep up with whatever we’re up to.
Booking:  bsquaredmgmt.com
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End of Interview

V-HAJD Interview

Today, we are speaking with V-HAJD. Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

Alex: Well, my name is Alex and I am the bass player of V-HAJD. My addiction to music began when I was 8 or 10 years old. I was really into AC/DC, and I used to do a good job of imitating Angus Yound in front of my bedroom mirror. I got my introduction to guitar on a schoolmate’s old acoustic Gibson at age 14 and began playing the bass guitar in earnest two years later. As a result I began to play the bass in some bands. V-HAJD has its roots in the year 2013, when I joined forces with drummer Dirk Heidenreich and guitarist Jörn Wilkens. Soon Harry Wilkens, ex-guitarist of German Speed Metal institution Destruction, joined us. The name of the band is made up of the initials of the members’ names in reverse order of the band-entry: V = Vocals (as we had no permanent singer, when we started), H = Harry, Holger / A = Alex / J = Jörn / D = Dirk. The band’s name corresponds to the English ” We hate “. Finally we found a singer: Derek Rock who has completed the Line-Up. All the band members have an experienced background in earlier Bands (Destruction, Lockout, Violent Changes, Menace, Eyehatefish, Frantic on March). Our goal was to be a Heavy Metal band that pulls no punches. I believe we have achieved that. With us, what you see is what you get. If you don’t like your music loud and impulsive, you better not bother with us. But if you do, then V-HAJD has a lot to offer.

What sort of work have you put into the recording and creative processes for your upcoming tracks?

Alex: As in the past, the songwriting process was a collaborative effort for V-HAJD. From the beginning, we took care to satisfy our own musical needs and to develop and implement stand-alone songs with kind of a hit character. We sat around in a circle and played each other ideas until we end up with the song. Everybody was involved. Lyrically we took a critical look at everyday human madness and the struggle for individuality and authenticity against foreign domination and oppression.

What does your recording set up look like (what do you use to record, what are your favorite tools)?

Alex: We record the tracks individually at home with Cubase and then send the whole thing to V.O. Pulver who works in The Little Creek Studios in Switzerland. He does the mixing and reamping. We wanted to have a powerful production, which, pictorially spoken, falls like a wall out of the speakers on to the listeners. I think we have done quite well…

Tell us a bit more about the music you’re working on. How’re are they different than No Man’s Land?

Alex: Boundless, that’s our motto. The band wants to cover musical broadest possible spectra, we allow ourselves some trips in the songs and give them a certain groove – yet you end up  in classic Heavy Metal. Our roots are clearly in classic heavy metal. However, we put great emphasis on artistic independence and freedom. Some of our songs have a clear swing and jazz influence, genres that we love to listen to. We try to remove the blinders as much as possible and are happy to think outside the box. Perhaps that is also because we come from the tri-border region of Germany, France, Switzerland. It is not uncommon for us to travel in one day in all three countries without worrying about it. That is why we also characterize our music as “Borderless Metal” – for us these limits do not exist. We all have our musical home, but there is no reason for us not to leave home and go on trips to other stylistic realms. Ultimately, it’s about looking in the mirror and coming to the realization that with V-HAJD we are making exactly the music that we all like.

Which artists are the greatest influences for you and your music? Is there a dream lineup of performers that you would like to perform with if given the chance?

Alex: My early influences are of course AC/DC, Black Sabbath and Kiss followed by harder stuff like Metallica, Slayer and Pantera. The bands we admire are people like Iron Maiden, Scorpions and Judas Priest who’ve become successful on their own terms. They’ve never felt the need to sell out to radio or MTV in the ’80s. They’ve said, ‘If you dig us, great. If you don’t, that’s your business.’ That’s our attitude too. Yeah and of course it would be pretty cool to share the stage with Judas Priest, Michael Schenker or Iron Maiden!

How has the radio/Pandora/Spotify/other online response been for your music?

Alex: The online reactions to our songs are pretty good. But at the end of the day we are a live band. We are looking for direct contact to our fans. When we hit the stage, it’s like an explosion! Due to our high energy level, the compact structure of the songs and the dominance of the singer, we have so far convinced everyone with our music and our show! People have said we’re a little sloppy onstage at times. But if that’s true, it’s because we’re more concerned with the feel of the music than the sound. Hell, if you want to listen to note-perfect things, go home and listen to albums. If you want to feel the energy, then come see us live!

What should listeners expect from your music in the future? How can interested NeuFutur readers locate samples of your music? What does 2020 hold for your music?

Alex: At the moment we are in the recording mode and rehearse for some gigs we are going to play in winter/spring 2020. Our next record should be out sometime in summer/fall of 2020. We continue to work on developing our own style with varied songs, playing passionate shows and having as much fun as possible with our fans. Personally I don’t know where I’ll end up. But I love music, and I’ll always do it. To keep V-HAJD going is a big wish of mine. We have a real nice little creative partnership. We can last a long time. I don’t look at music as something that dries out. I have a whole lot of it left in me. NeuFutur readers can get in touch with us via:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vhajd

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/v-hajd

Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/vhajd

Finally, do you have any additional thoughts about life and the universe for our readers?

Alex: Don’t take yourself too seriously. Be nice to others. Sleep enough and laugh often … Cheers!

Thank you so much for your time.

Spending a few moments with Jess Novak

Today, we are speaking to Jess Novak.

  • Can you give us a little background information about yourself? How did you get into music?

I’m from New Jersey and grew up in a somewhat musical family. My great-grandfather and his brothers were all professional musicians and my Mom’s name is Melodie – but she doesn’t play or sing. However, she does have a great appreciation for music (so does my Dad) and they asked me what instrument I wanted to learn when I was a kid. I said piano. They said they didn’t know a piano teacher – so I took violin lessons instead. I started when I was seven years old and loved it, but didn’t love classical music. I was most inspired by what my older brother, Jon, listened to – Kool and the Gang, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Jaco Pastorius. Those were the artists who shaped me. “Jungle Boogie” and “Wrapping Paper” were my first favorite songs.

  • What sort of work have you put into the recording and creative processes for your upcoming tracks?

The process leading up to recording is long for me. I usually write a song quickly with the idea of recording it, but often it doesn’t happen for a year or so. In that time, I keep playing it live, testing it out, trying different things. Then it changes again when I introduce it to new players or my band. Songs always keep evolving. Even after they’re recorded – they’re not done. I have songs I wrote six years ago that I think I’m only just getting the real hang of now.

  • What does your recording set up look like (what do you use to record, what are your favorite tools)?

This next JNB disc will be different than the past few. We’re going back to the basics and doing some live recording AND we’re featuring double drums. I am so thrilled about that. Byron Cage and Gavin George will both be on full kits in one room together, so that sound is going to be tremendous. We’ve also tailored at least one of the songs to feature them both and I couldn’t be happier about it. They had never played together like that before and once they did in rehearsal – it was amazing to watch them both smile and ask if we could have double drums all the time. I’m a huge Allman Brothers fan, so I’m ALL about that idea. My ideal recording set-up is just like we’ll do – live, but with isolation. I love catching the energy of a live show. That’s what I love most about my band, the live chemistry and charisma, so trying to capture it in a recording is everything.

  • Tell us a bit more about the music you’re working on. How’re they different than the songs on Live at Nelson Odeon?

Live at Nelson Odeon was a live show celebrating the release of the album Inches from the Sun. I think these latest songs demonstrate some real growth and attitude. I’m thinking of calling the new album Standing Now, which I think is powerful. We were strong at the Odeon, but I think we’re even stronger now in a lot of ways. I like that these songs all have an edge. Even the softer songs are about standing up for yourself, committing to be better. In the past, I’ve had a tendency to write really soft songs, pleading, very diary-like. While one of these songs is even called “Beg”, I love that it’s not exactly what you expect. The big line is – “But there’s one thing I’m sure of / You should never beg for love.” I think that’s powerful to admit – I’m afraid of these things. I don’t want to lose you. But I’m not going to beg for love. I’m standing now. That theme really runs through the whole disc.

  • Which artists are the greatest influences for you and your music? Is there a dream lineup of performers that you would like to perform with if given the chance?

I love Gwen Stefani for her bare-all lyrics and incredible stage presence. I think Dave Matthews is a great songwriter and find myself listening to his solo stuff a lot. I think Jason Isbell and Conor Oberst are geniuses. Nikka Costa is one of my favorite singers ever. I love basically everything that came out of the 1990s. And then I’ll always be obsessed with songs like “Gimme Shelter”, “White Room” and other classics. But I also love bands like The Dirty Heads and all kinds of hip hop. I’ve got so many favorites and they’re all over the map. I think that comes through in my music – tiny tastes of so many influences. As for a dream lineup – I’ve already got that in my band – Anthony, Gavin, Byron, Jabare and Nick. They’re incredible and at this point, they’re basically my brothers. I’d also love to get my actual brother (Jon) on bass again on a few more songs. There’s nothing better than sharing the stage with your idol – and your family. I’m also a HUGE fan of tight harmonies, so if I could add one thing it would probably be a singer to sing backups, but also steal the mic and belt a little bit, too. I love that Susan Tedeschi does that. Her backup singers are so solid, sometimes they step right up to center stage. That’s the best.

  • How has the radio/Pandora/Spotify/other online response been for your music?

It’s been great. I absolutely love when people find us on Spotify or hear us the radio and freak out. It feels good. There’s a lot of fans who watch every new song as it comes out in a live feed or video on Facebook. I really love that. I get people who message me wanting the story behind the words or asking how I am when they really listen to the lyrics. That’s amazing to me. I’ve always been the type to listen to every word, every breath, so to have people doing that with me is just overwhelming. It’s a dream.

  • You have a live component to your performances. Do you have any memorable stories or venues that deserve a greater light shone on them?

There’s a million! When you play 250 times a year – you get a lot of stories. I can say a few of my favorite venues are Whammy Bar in Vermont, The Celtic Ray in Florida, Parish on Cherry St. in Georgia and Meg O’Malley’s in Florida. Panther Pub and Salt in New Jersey are also great as they always feel like home (they’re both near where I’m from). I think my favorite thing about performing live all the time and in so many weird places is that – you can never judge a place by its cover. Meaning, so many people ask why I play places they think are strange for one reason or another – and very often they’re full of the best people in the world. You never know where you’ll find a diamond in the rough. I’ve had so many disasters happen on the road (hurricanes, car problems, etc.) and people are always so willing to help and so into the music. It’s just incredible and makes you believe in the goodness of humanity.

One amazing story – the jack in my guitar fell into my guitar body literally minutes before one of my shows at Meg O’Malley’s. I thought I was sunk. I couldn’t quite get my arm into the guitar enough and at the same time, pull the jack back through the bottom. There was a waitress who worked there night before – then took off the next night just to come see me – who I remembered had skinny arms. Together, we performed a pretty miraculous operation and saved the whole show. I’ll never forget the people staring at us when she was up to her elbow in my guitar saving the day. People are so kind and giving. Those kinds of moments happen all the time.

  • How are NY fans different than those you’ve encountered in other areas?

A bar owner in New York said something really funny to me last time we played his bar. He said that people call me, “their Jess”. It sounds almost funny that I’m theirs in some way, but I thought it was really endearing. I love that people feel that close to me just from coming to shows and watching live feeds. That’s beautiful. I find that all over, but there’s something about New Yorkers that’s unique. I feel like we’ve got a rough edge up here, but we’re all real and we’re all heart. I love that. You don’t always get that dose of realness – both positive and negative – everywhere else. I love it because I always know they really mean it when they give me a compliment.

  • What should listeners expect from your music in the future?

JNB is recording one album now, but I’ve got the next written and I can’t wait to work with my boyfriend and partner, Ben Wayne, on a project again, too. I’m always trying to grow, expand and keep getting better. You can expect expanded themes, styles and a better musician all around. I love music because there’s no limit. You can just keep getting better – and that keeps opening doors. It’s endless. People can expect an artist who will grow right before their eyes and who will keep changing how she writes songs. I’ve had a lot of fun getting outside of myself lately and writing songs that are about other people, characters, movies, and it’s a blast. There’s a song on the new album called “The Joke” because I was SO moved by the movie Joker. I love singing it, too, because I’m not me when I sing it. I’m a villain. It’s incredible.

  • How can interested NeuFutur readers locate samples of your music?

Visit www.jessrocknovak.com. That provides links to everything, but also visit facebook.com/JessRockNovak or facebook.com/JessNovakBand for frequent live feeds. They’re always fun! We’re also on Spotify, SoundCloud, Reverbnation and more.

  • What does 2020 hold for your music?

2020 will mean a new album with the Jess Novak Band, maybe a new solo disc, new music videos and tons of shows. Look out for a few tours, too.

  • Finally, do you have any additional thoughts about life and the universe for our readers?

Life and the universe. I love that.

I feel so lucky to do what I do. It was just a dream not long ago, so I feel grateful every day. And that means YOU can do whatever you want to do, too. We’re taught to build walls and follow a “path”, but you don’t have to accept that. And my best advice – believe in yourself. When people put you down – use it as gasoline on your fire, not water. Every failure is an opportunity for motivation to improve. Work harder. Try more. WATCH other people and learn from their mistakes and successes. LIFT EACH OTHER UP. Jealousy is ugly and teamwork is beautiful. There’s no need to feel threatened because every person is unique unto themselves. You can’t be anyone else – but they can’t be you either. That’s your power. You can succeed if you believe – and you work your ass off.

Thanks for talking to me!

Thank you so much for your time.

Jess Novak Band Interview

Pianist Joseph Seif’ releases stunning pair of Sonatas

Like a flickering light in the midst of an endless sea of darkness, we find the first glimpse at a stunning piano melody in “Adagio in A Minor” as we find the others that join it in Joseph Seif’s Piano Sonata No. 1; spilling over with an untouched emotionality that cannot be replicated, even within the tracklist of this simple classical record. Much like “Piano Sonata No. 1: I. Allegro in C-Sharp Minor,” which opens the record in a blistering haze of keys, “Adagio in A Minor” floods our speakers with a dose of expressionism that you just can’t find anywhere other than inside the realm of contemporary classical music, and more specifically, the works of a brilliant pianist on the cusp of breaking through.

URL: http://www.josephseifmusic.com/

“The Fountain at Huntington Park” is perhaps the most dominantly physical track on Piano Sonata No. 1, and though it’s rivaled by its Sonata No. 2 counterpart “Piano Sonata No. 2: I. Allegro Moderato in C Minor,” I think that it currently stands as the most muscular piece currently in the Joseph Seif discography. This artist strikes me as someone who values substance over skyscraper-sized melodicism, but that doesn’t stop him from putting down some really interesting bits in both of these new records worth taking a second and third look at (especially if you enjoy the classical model, or better yet, the manipulation of it, as much as I do). He isn’t stretching himself too thin here at all – nor is he in “Piano Sonata No. 2: II. Adagio in D-Flat Major.”

Where Seif often gets himself into the most intriguing of territories is when he is working off of a minor-key melody, such as in “Piano Sonata No. 1: III. Presto in A Minor” and “Piano Sonata No. 2: III. Allegro Assai in C Minor,” both of which qualify as two of the more moving pieces I’ve had the chance to take a peek at recently. It’s clear that he isn’t interested in holding anything back from us in either of these tracks; in fact, there’s a sense of willingness on his part to put something into the ache of a melody that embodies the very essence of pain, and more importantly, the pleasure that can exist on the other side of it.

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/album/5Z2qWyBKvqaO0kT3rq3JrU

No matter whether it’s “Piano Sonata No. 1: II. Andante in D Minor” or any of the other seven tracks spread out between Piano Sonata No. 1 and 2, you’re certain to find something stimulating in the pair of new records that Joseph Seif released just this last year to acclaim from critics and fans alike. Structurally speaking, both of these sonatas are of quite the superior quality, but what they hint at for their creator is perhaps even more important than what they actually offer us in terms of cosmetic value. Seif is entering the spotlight at a crucial time in the history of classical music, and with the kind of spirit that he’s bringing to these two records, he’s sure to be a key player in its development as long as he continues to play as passionately as he has here.

Kim Muncie

ALONZO Interview

Hello Alonzo! We are excited to chat with you today! Let’s start with learning more about you – can you catch us up on all things Alonzo 2019?

Hey! So, excited to chat with you guys as well! Interviews mean so much to me.

Wow did the year fly by. I would call 2019 my year of Growth. I got past some fears and started several new journeys. January – March I got back in the recording studio for the first time in years. In May, I had the opportunity to tour as the first lead vocalist on the 4 U Prince tour. In July, I released my Debut single charting in the Top 100 on the iTunes Rock charts. In September, I backup sang for Christina Aguilera, In October I went on the Free of Fear School Tour. In November, I released my 2nd single, and here we are in December. I am sooooo full happiness even after writing this because often in the moment if feels like life is going nowhere but this year has truly been awesome.

You have released some amazing music this year! Any new music panned for 2020?

YES! So much new music in 2020 & the release of my debut EP! Can’t wait to share with everyone.

Do you listen to other artists to get inspiration and is there a particular song that never fails to move you emotionally?

Yes! So many artists inspire me. I’m honestly always listening to music, watching artist documentaries, studying legends like Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Patti Labelle and more. I’m very emotional ahah so it is not very difficult to move me emotionally. I have deep empathy so if whatever is happening truly comes from the heart I can always feel it.

Describe to us your perfect day, what does that look like to you?

A perfect day for me is me waking up in a good mood, meditating before I touch my phone, and going to the gym. After the gym, I eat lunch and head home to be as productive as possible within my “Power Hours” this is usually between 12pm – 3pm. This is the part of the day where I have the most energy. I respond to emails, rehearse songs, work on things for my career, etc. After I’ve gotten work done for myself the evening is usually reserved for me to work and make money. Sometimes it’s through shows, sometimes its driving postmates but as long as I’ve been to the gym, worked for myself, and made some money it’s a good day haha. Really hoping in 2020 I can make singing my #1 source of income.

If you were given a one-minute ad slot during the Super Bowl, what would you fill it with?

It would be an ad directed towards BEYONCE asking her to sign me as her first male artist to Parkwood Entertainment

Anything else you would like to share?

Yes! My best friend Skye Isaac and I just released a cover to “When You Believe” by Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey. Please check it out and share at www.Believe4TheCulture.com

Where can we find you online and follow and support you?

Please follow me on Instagram @StoryOfAlonzo

Sitting down with Mark and the Tiger

Hello! We are excited to chat with you today. Fill us in on what you have been up to in 2019!

Hi! Thanks so much for talking the time to talk with me! Honestly, 2019 has been the year of getting my shit together. I’ve been making music and half heartedly getting myself out there for a few years now but it wasn’t until this year that I’ve really started to put the push on. It feels amazing!

You have released some amazing music this year. Do you have a particular favorite song you have put out? If so, why?

I love My Magic, it was the first song that I really got to hear come together in such a way that it really reflected what I had originally heard in my head when I had originally written it. But my FAVORITE songs are all coming out in 2020! I feel like I’m really hitting my stride with this new music.

Tell us if you had to pick one – what would be a good theme song for your life?

Haha “Shake it Out” by Florence and the Machine IS the theme song to my life.

How would you describe your perfect day?

I would wake up early. Go out to the barn where I work and ride a few horses. Then go into the studio and work on music all afternoon! And then a really bougie meal at a fancy restaurant to cap it all off!

Looking ahead where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years I want to be doing music and more music. Traveling the world for pleasure and for gigs. And I want to have released 2 full length albums by then! I’m so ready for this decade! I want to go to work!

Anything else you want to share?

2020 is bringing a lot of new tour dates and a lot of new music!

On Friday Jan 3rd I’ll be playing at the legendary Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles! I’m so excited for it! I’ve also got three new singles coming out in the first half of the year! They’re all leading up to the release of my first big EP at the end of May. Check out my website so you can buy show tickets and sign up for my mailing list so you can keep up to date!

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Joey Stuckey Interview

Hello Joey! So happy we could chat today. Can you walk us through your musical journey?  Give us the story of where you started and what is going on now for you.

Thanks for inviting me to chat!

I had a brain tumor when I was around 2 years old. I survived though most of the doctors didn’t think I would or if I did, I would never walk or talk.

Though the tumor took my eyesight and left me with a host of other health challenges that I still work daily to overcome, I have been able to make my life what I wanted it to be and have had a career in music that I am proud of.

While music has always been part of the Stuckey household, I honestly never thought of being a musician as a career as my early life was a daily fight to survive and go to school. When I was in school as a child there weren’t any of the specialized programs we have today to assist those with different needs, so I just went to a regular high school and toughed it out.

When I was 13 years old, I had pneumonia and had to stay in the hospital or at home recovering over the entire summer. I discovered old time radio shows, like “The Lone Ranger” and “The Shadow”. This was a revelation for a blind child as the stories were told through music, sound effects and dialog. And I thought, I can do this! I thought I would try to record sound effects for film and TV. So I went to the local Radio Shack and bought some primitive recording gear and started just figuring things out through trial and error. I should also say that the DJ that played those radio shows on the local public radio station became a mentor for me and taught me what he knew. His name is Rob Tomas and I’ll never forget him or be able to thank him enough!

From there, I got my first job at 15 as the sound tech for the local planetarium. Other young people that also worked at the museum heard I had some recording gear and started asking me to record their garage bands. I did and within a few years I had moved out of my attic and into a real building and started a real studio.

Around the same time, I realized that music was the vehicle that I could use to tell my story and so I started taking guitar lessons. And that was that! I have never had another job except for recording sound and music and I am so grateful!

Right now, I am winding up the tour from the 2019 album “In The Shadow Of The Sun” and finishing up the radio campaign for my Christmas EP “A Santa That Plays Guitar”. I am also getting ready to plan our tour schedule for the summer of 2020 along with starting on a new studio space which is going to be a true distination studio. You can follow our progress by visiting www.shadowsoundstudio.com

We are already starting off 2020 right by performing on January 3rd at Whisky A Go Go in LA on the Sunset Strip. I will also be back in LA durring GRAMMY week performing and hanging out with other amazingly talented creatives. 

You have accomplished so much in your career, what big dreams are you chasing next?

Well, I have to say I would like a GRAMMY—LOL. But mainly I just want to be of service to artists that need a place to record and be nurtured as they start their careers! I take pride in being that studio and producer/recording engineer. I would also love to work on some bigger projects with some of my heroes, like Paul McCartney or Neal Finn, Ellie Goulding and Bruno Mars, just to name a few!

I also have a host of venues I would love to play like Carnegie Hall, The Cavern and so many more. But I am checking one of those off my bucket list—as I mentioned the band is performing the Whisky A Go Go this January 3rd of 2020!

If you were given a one-minute ad slot during the Super Bowl, what would you fill it with?

No doubt it would be something silly! If you haven’t had a chance, check out my video for “Blind Man Drivin’” and you will get what I mean—LOL. Here’s a link for that video: https://youtu.be/hkhLDuMj2t0

I would probably fill the spot with some of my favorite personalities as well— mainly so I could sit down and chat with them. I admire so many folks and would love to just hang out and have coffee and wax philosophical about the universe, Michio Kaku, RuPaul, Rachael Maddow, Iliza Shlesinger (who I have met), Eddie Murphy, Chuck Rosenberg– people like that!

Things have changed so much the past 10 years, tell us how do you think the industry will change over the next decade?

Good question.

A lot of new things are on the horizon. With ATMOS and 5G networks, we will see a lot more power with streaming very high res content. This will most likely become ubiquitous around 2024 or so.

The “Utility Model” of streaming is almost here. In 2018 and 2019 we saw the first increase in music revenue in some time and it was all due to streaming. Downloads started to decline for the first time since they came on the market. Now that you have Amazon and Tidal offering 96/24 streaming of music, I think you will start to see a lot more of that, which is a good thing for while MP3’s are convenient, the fidelity isn’t great.

Now you will still see a few folks buy CD’s as part of boutique boxsets that also include vinyl and Blu-ray. But I think we’ll start to see fewer physical products for music.

The only caveat for that is that people will now see vinyl and CD’s as souvenirs of being at one of your live shows, especially if you sign it for them. Just remember, what is old becomes new again in about a decade or so. We all thought vinyl was dead and gone forever but it has come back with a vengeance and there is even a slight resurgence with cassettes, but GOD knows why!

Streaming is going to change the music business for sure, but if we can get streaming royalty rates up, it is probably for the best.

Tell us what you do best? What sets you apart from other artists?

I think I am best at bringing out the best in others as a producer and engineer. As an artist, I think my best quality is honesty. I tell the truth as I see it even when I don’t like the answer I get when I ask myself the hard questions. This honesty and willingness to be vulnerable give my art greater accessibility because the listener knows they are part of my journey and they can relate part of my life to their own and perhaps find greater truth for themselves.

Do you have any dream artist that you would like to write a song with? If so, why?

Again so many greats! I would love to write with artists as diverse as Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Bebe Rexah, Adele, BT and Tory Amos. The reason is simple, I am a fan of their music and I am also a professional writer and composer, so it would be fun and maybe even make some money LOL!

Where can we catch you online to follow and support you?

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/SenateRecords 

Twitter https://twitter.com/Jstuckeymusic  

IG https://www.instagram.com/jstuckeymusic/ 

FB https://www.facebook.com/JoeyStuckeyMusic/ 

Kendra And The Bunnies and becoming the VOICE you wish to hear on the wind…

Tell us about being a musician in Los Angeles.

Being a part of the creative music scene in Los Angeles is cool. There is a network of us indie musicians that gravitate towards each other in different areas of town. I’ve got my singer-songwriter clan in the Valley, the rock ’n rollers in Hollywood, my EDM & hip-hop crew in K-town, and the chill surfers down in Venice. We all work together to make events happen, support each other during album releases, and press our homies to stretch further for themselves. A good friend of mine who is a producer and sound engineer just finished a festival-house remix of my song, “Sucré Mon Cherí”. He goes by cnotebythelayer. Look for that release on Spotify and in a club near you soon. 

Please explain your creative process.

The creative process right now for me begins with the element of fire. I light the red candle by my desk that I painted the words, “Productive Creativity” on to; I then light some incense. Right now, I am working with Jasmine. Jasmine opens the heart to success in dreams and prosperity. From there, I grapple with whichever aspect of my creative self is pining for expression. Last night, I wrote a few pages for the novel-memoir that I am currently writing. It is titled, “Friend of the Level”. It is my third book. 

What drew you into the music industry?

All the greats. All the characters that spoke to my soul. A big spirit I look up to is Jerry Garcia. He has such a sunny disposition grated with knowing a dark before the dawn. Today is his birthday, July 1. I like looking up to role models that are clearly unique in who they are day in and day out. When I listen to an artist, I want to hear where their soul is singing from. I may hear traces of what legends influenced them, connect the dots, and know where to look next for sonic guidance. 

If you could have your fans remember only one thing about you, what would it be and why?

Cool question. If I could have listeners remember one thing about me, it would be that I care. I compassionately look at life with eyes of grateful service. How can I influence the person next to me, positively? I ask myself how my actions, creations, and offerings are effecting others. I think through everything. What did I mean by that glance to that stranger? What does that mean about my current state of being? How can I compassionately work towards portraying a joyful spirit on a blessed planet? I would like this to be embedded in my lyrical composition. I ultimately want to be remembered for my poetical phrasing. Kind heart, stellar penmanship. 

What is the overall message you want to deliver to your fans?

My overall message plays into my answer previously mentioned. Every one of our actions, even thoughts, create a ripple effect in our environment. When we think of our own character on a grander scale, we become more than an actor in our current scene, we become an agent for positive change in the universe. Who are you? What would you like to bring to the table? How can you adjust to align with where you would like to go? “Be the voice you wish to hear on the wind… Listen.”

Tell us about the NEW MUSIC & New Videos!

I would love to! My first album, “of Vinyl”, debuted on July 5, 2019. This album is about the psychic inner-heartlands of love. Following this is the current EP I am recording. It is titled, “of Always”. It is an ode to my muse in the moon, expressing love, gratitude, and explanation that I will always be my best for them. Following that is my second full-length album that has already been written. That is titled, “of Thank You”. It is a call from the native healer within to take a look at where we are going as a socio-ecological, politically charged society. On the same basis, my first music video was released on July 20, 2019. It is an aestheticly pleasing nature-filled landscape design for my song, “World Peace a Thing”. In this video, I dance my healing dance. It is beauty. 

Please list all links you would like us to share with our readers.

If you want to get to know more about me & stay in touch with my upcoming albums, books, & other projects,

I recommend following me on Instagram. I am @Kenbunny (https://www.instagram.com/kenbunny). Also, My website has all relevant information, show dates, and offerings:https://kendraelisabethmuecke.com

To watch the “World Peace a Thing” music video and other performances of mine, you can visit my youtube channel here: http://youtube.com/user/thepoliticsofkendra

My debut album, “of Vinyl” is streaming on all platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, SoundCloud & more.

You can find links to each platform here: https://songwhip.com/artist/kendra-and-the-bunnies

If you’d like to support the recording of my upcoming EP, check out the books and albums I currently have for purchase at

Thank you!  

Thank you so much for having me!

Thomas Priest – “Wake Up Call”

On Wake Up Call, Thomas Priest is able to create an energized emotive track that immediately draws listener in with charismatic vocals and a taut instrumentation. Whether it be complex drum lines or sizzling guitar riffs, the backing beat is able to provide ample highlighting to Thomas’s lyrics. A back and forth between more contemplative sounds and a furious, electronic-infused guitar/drum dynamic keeps the momentum high until Priests concludes his latest effort. The song may come and go before the three-minute mark hits, but the song will stick with fans for days and weeks after.

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