The Circus In Your Town Interview

Who are you and how long have you been active?

(Tracy) Tracy Dyson Guitarist/vocals, Josh Morgan drums. The Circus In Your Town, has been making music as a band since 2002, and this July will be 11 years.

Who are you listening to right now?

(Josh) Blink 182, Pantera, and The Black Crows (Tracy) Ubik a local Seattle WA. band, Mokshya a band from Flagstaff AZ, and The Color Morale

How does a track move from initial thought to finished effort?

(Josh) It starts as a jam and we molded from there, we spend a lot of time tweaking things and experimenting with parts and sounds, when we feel we have something we record it and take notes as the music listener.

How has your style evolved and changed over the time since you first started? Where do you think that your overall sound will go to in the months and years in the future?

(Tracy) The style in the beginning was straight up rock, than it changed to more noise rock with a solid structure, we really experimented with all different kinds of sounds and styles in the beginning. It’s really hard to pin point on where the sound of the band goes within a time frame, we constantly jump around a lot in the way we write. It is a very in that time and moment style of song writing and right now we are trying the 2 piece band of just guitar and drums with a massive heavy low end sound. In the future maybe adding more members I think a 2nd drummer with a more electronic sound and kit would be cool, but who knows we just go where the music takes us.

What bands would you say are your greatest influences, and how do they factor into your sound?

(Josh) Nirvana, Guns And Roses, The Melvins, Soulfly, Alice In Chains, Tool, Pearl Jam. These bands factor into our sound by their power and emotion that each band put out in their own way, and what we take from those bands and put into our music is the individuality and original concept of being your own band and not the sound our influences.

On any Youtube video, there are countless genres thrown around for any song. How does that help or hurt music and musicians, and what genre(s) would your music fall into?

(Tracy) Youtube has hurt music and helped it mainly by laziness and convenience especially pointed toward the music industry in artist discovery and concerts attendance that I have seen in my opinion, but it also has done amazing things on those same exact notes. For indie artist it opens doors to reaching fans, concert attendance, and music industry discovery. Musicians can show their skills, gear, and put up their own lesson teaching videos. Bands can post music videos, interviews, and live performances in hope of getting some new fans and expand to a bigger audience. The Circus In Your Town genre, as we like to call ourselves experimental hard rock.

How do you feel things are different musically and culturally between Italy and the rest of the world?

(Josh) We really don’t know on what’s going on in the rest of the world musically unless it’s put right in our face by the main stream media. Culturally makes it even harder to compare for me when I’ve never gotten the chance to visit Italy, so I have nothing to compare on. We would love to come visit and play shows to the fans if given the chance in a heartbeat.

We’ve heard and seen some crazy things at performance; what incredible or crazy times have you had on the road?

(Tracy) A funny story we ended up breaking down when we were on tour in Oregon twice. We blew our thermostat going over Grants Pass in Oregon on our way to California. We made it off the freeway and into Heaven and Earth Café parking lot, dropped our trailer and got towed back to the nearest town to get parts for a simple fix. When to the auto parts store and the employee’s had no clue on what a thermostat was. We finely after seven trips in and out of the parts store got the right part and installed it, after install we notice the new replace thermostat gasket the store gave us was the wrong one after we had put it all back together.

They had no more and told us to go to a repair shop up the road that they would have parts, so we when to the shop asked for a new gasket they told us we had blown head gasket, tore out our brand new thermostat destroyed it to remain open in hopes to cool the engine from overheating, so the shop claimed it was not a thermostat issue that we needed to leave the car for a week and them pay $1500.00 to fix a blown head gasket. We said no and left hoping the fix would hold and ended breaking down again down the road from the repair shop so call fix. We ended up cancelling the shows and getting home we found out later it was the thermostat and all we needed was the right thermostat gasket a $3.00 part and we would have been fine, and the shop had slashed our radiator hose the whole trip set us back $2400.00 but it was still fun.

What does the rest of 2013 hold for you, and how can readers connect with you and your music?

(Josh) We are always writing new music, shows and some touring, all in support of our new album Full Spectrum for the rest of 2013, and hopefully at the end of 2014 record and put out another album. Our music is available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/thecircusinyourtown, www.thecircusinyourtown.com for Itunes link, facebook page, twitter.com/tciyt, reverbnation.com/thecircusinyourtown,

Are there any other factoids or bits of information about you that Neufutur readers should know about?

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences has placed The Circus In Your Town on the Official Ballot for the 2010 Grammy Awards in the following categories:

Category 16 – Best Rock Performance By
A Duo or Group with Vocals
The Circus In Your Town – Never Again
Award goes to Artist: The Circus In Your Town
Ballot Entry # 038

Category 17 – Best Hard Rock Performance
The Circus In Your Town – Induce the Mind
Award goes to Artist: The Circus In Your Town
Ballot Entry # 011

Category 19 – Best Rock Instrumental Performance
The Circus In Your Town – #2
Award goes to Artist: The Circus In Your Town
Ballot Entry # 012

Category 20 – Best Rock Song
The Circus In Your Town – Never Again
Award goes to Songwriters: Tracy Dyson,
Jerry Ithurralde, and Josh Morgan
Ballot Entry # 119

The Circus In Your Town music has been played and continue to be played on radio stations around the world in the USA, Canada, Europe (Greece, France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland), UK, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and The Netherlands

 

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HART Interview

What brought the band into creating music? How long have you been around?

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What is the most memorable time that you have had at a live performance? What cities would you still like to play, and where do you think your next tour will take you?

– We haven’t gotten out on the road yet as HART, but we are in talks for something in 2013.  I love Oslo, which is where Steen and I are located, and I really want to get over to some cities in Sweden soon.  Big places I want to go?  Japan, China, the States, Germany, France.  Everywhere!

How does a track move from initial thought to finished effort?

– Pretty much just me screwing around on a guitar, and if something comes up, I switch on the computer, open up Pro Tools, plug-in, and go at it!  I usually just have a riff, and then things come together.  Rarely do I write something cool when I actually sit down and think “Ok, I need to write something”.

What influenced Hart to release “The Conqueror” on cassette tape?

– Me wanting to do it!  Haha, I really wanted a cassette to hold in my hand.  Its really cool seeing our album on a cassette, and it sounds great too!  Plus, the whole album is included as a download, so you get both worlds.

Why should readers buy “The Conqueror”? What are your favorite songs on the album?

– If you are a fan of early 80s heavy metal, like early Twisted Sister, Judas Priest, Motley Crue, etc. then this album is for you.  It was recorded and mixed to intentionally sound like it was made in the early 80s.  The album and CD art even reflect this!

How do you feel that Norway differs from the rest of the world in terms of musical tastes and culture?

– I feel like Norway comes together with Sweden and Finland in that they seem to have a big appreciation for 80s-inspired music.

Which form of promotion has helped Hart out the most, and what would you tell individuals that are looking to create their own music?

– I would have to say that social media has played the biggest part.  That and album reviews.  I think bands need to try to understand social media.  Its an animal, and it can be tamed.  I’m learning as much as I can!  You know, you can always hire someone to manage your online presence, but its not the same for the fans who interact with you.  They like it a lot more if they know its actually the artist speaking to them.

What does 2013 hold for you, and how can readers connect with you and your music?

– 2013 is going to be exciting.  A new HART record is coming!  More music vids, gigs, and more.

Do you have anything else to say to our readers?

            – Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy “The Conqueror”!  Thank you for supporting 80s-influence music, you rock!

Cake – B-Sides and Rarities

Cake – B-Sides and Rarities / 2007 Upbeat / 12 Tracks / http://www.cakemusic.com /

As individuals may be able to figure out from the title, the latest Cake release is a collection of all of the tracks that were either b-sides or did not make it into a finished form on any of the band’s CDs over the years. While the songs on “B-Sides and Rarities” may be scraps from the cutting room floor for the most part, a large segment of the songs on the CD are covers. Cake goes through their versions of Black Sabbath (Two versions of “War Pigs”, one with Steven of the Flaming Lips), Kenny Rogers (“Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town”), Frank Sinatra (“Strangers in the Night”), George Jones (“Subtract One Love”), and Barry White (“Never Never Gonna Give You Up”) are all present here. Continue reading “Cake – B-Sides and Rarities”

DJ Axel Interview

 

Conducted by JMcQ

How do you come up with all of the samples for the tracks on Breakin’ The Law? Do you plan out

a swarm of song ideas or how do you get the creative process going?

I always start with the beat. I hear a funky riff and start playing around with it on my turntables, mixing and mashing it with other songs to see what works.

What factors were there in your life to allow you to have such a diverse array of tastes?

I just love all music. When I was a kid my Dad always played Jazz or Classical music while I was playing drums in a Heavy Metal band in his basement. I embraced it all. Continue reading “DJ Axel Interview”

Skye Interview (JMcQ)

Hello Skye. Can you give us a quick overview of who you are and what type of music you create?


Hi! I’m a singer/songwriter from New York. I’m also a student at Wesleyan University. I balance my life between school and singing. The music that I play is kind of a rock infused version of the girl singer/songwriter genre.
Continue reading “Skye Interview (JMcQ)”

Mary Lightfine Interview

Who is Mary Lightfine and what projects is she currently working on?

(Answered in third person)

After working sixteen years as a nurse in emergency rooms throughout the United States, Mary Lightfine uproots her life and plants herself in the middle of Mogadishu, Somalia where she decides to join an organization called Doctors Without Borders.  This decision gave her a chance to feel what war, starvation and desperation was like from another completely different perspective that changed her life forever.  During the past twelve years Mary has lived and worked in over a dozen countries, including some of the most hellish spots on earth; she has been seen In LIFE Magazine, The History Channel and on countless news headlines, as well as National and International television. Continue reading “Mary Lightfine Interview”

Da Slyme Interview (NeuFutur Vintage Pieces)

1)Who are the members of the band and what do they play?

Da Slyme are:
Snotty Slyme, vocals
Roscoe Santiago, vocals, harmonica
Kirt Sic-o-via, guitar, electronics
No Moniker, saxaphone, bass
Goohaw Groon, keyboards
Stig Stilletto, bas, guitar
Dead Beat, drums
also:
Pasquale Neutron, vocals, drums Continue reading “Da Slyme Interview (NeuFutur Vintage Pieces)”