Saturday, October 13, 2018

DJ's Spotlight: An Interview with The Black Bullets

Hello one & all Its your good friend the DJ bringing you another interview with a band named The Black Bullets who had a lot to say about their success,  This is their story:

Answer 1:

I personally got started playing music back when I was 15 / 16.. I’d go sit in the school music block at lunch and watch my friend, Sam, jammin on his guitar to Marilyn Manson and Korn tracks. He was that cool kid at school ya know? White boy with dreads, playing nu metal, and he was sound as a pound.  He started teaching me some things and even lent me a guitar to learn on, before finally getting my own twanger to strum.  I went on learning loads of power chord pop punk / drop D nu metal (It was the 90’s after all)
I carried on jammin on my own until I found myself in my first band at 19, when I joined forces with Mr Lance Skybaby, playing bass, funnily enough 😃


Answer 2:

Over the years, I’ve acquired a lot of influences / heroes / inspirations.
Meatloaf’s theatrics and stage show used to blow me away as a kid by just the passion of this one guy, his performance and how he was immersed in his music, in every performance.  Guilty pleasure, but t’s the truth  😀
As for guitar influences, I’m a huge fan of Joan Jett’s way of playing - The whole “less is more” thing, its all in the groove and the spaces to breathe between the notes - Cant go wrong!
I’m also a huge Dregen fan for the same reasons. I’m pretty sure he would give Joan Jett a nod, too, if he had to answer this question.  Both legendary bad asses  😎

I also give props to Tom Delonge of Blink 182, again for his simple power chord picking riffs - showed me how many great songs 3 guys could make out of just 3 or 4 chords, yet somehow kept it interesting.  They just seemed to have some fun with it back then... and how could I forget Tim Armstrong of Rancid? That guy just looked cool as sh££t!
The way he played that low slung Gretsch , just ripping away at the top 3 frets.. he was so cool to watch in action, just makes you wanna move, man!


Answer 3:

My advice to other aspiring artists would be -  Don't give up if you believe in yourself, because you’ll forever be wondering if the following year could be the year you would have blown up. Keep grinding!
Also don’t be afraid of new things when you write, don't get caught in the loop, look at as many genres as possible to draw influences from, lets keep it interesting! 😎
And one last word of advice - If you’re feeling like you’re not getting anywhere, just take a second to look back at how far you’ve come, and what you’ve already acheived.


Answer 4:

Cool stuff in The Bullets cam to look forward to would be our upcoming show on 7th December, with The Crybabys at The Hope and Anchor, London.
Next year we will be playing with the mighty Wildhearts, and The Virgin Marys at Call of The Wild Festival - gonna be off the hook! 👊

And finally w are hoping to finish our debut album in 2019. 
Watch this space, bullets fans, and cheers for taking the time to read this interview and for following us on our journey, wherever it may take us

Friday, October 5, 2018

DJ's Spotlight: An Interview with Black Lakes

Hey there one & all DJ Dizzy here & here's my interview with the band Black Lakes pull up a chair & enjoy!


BAND NAME: Black Lakes

NEW PRODUCT: Black Lakes debut single ‘The Divide’

RELEASE DATE: 28/08/18 


How'd you get started in music?


We've all played in bands from an early age: The Passenger, Echologunge, Revival and Her Dark Embrace to name a few.

Black Lakes formed in 2016. Scott, James and Lee had worked together in previous projects and as is the way today, Will and Daf contacted us through our tinder profile 😆.

Will S Preston- Lead Vocal
Scott Bradshaw- Guitar/Vocals
James Rowlands-Guitar/Vocals
Lee Harris- Bass Guitar
Dafydd Fuller -Drums

'The Divide' is our debut release from our studio session with Romesh Dodangoda. At the core It’s about rejecting the predetermined path laid out in front of you by mainstream society. It’s about demanding your individuality in a world hell bent on making you the same.

'The Divide' is grounded in personal experience and the persistent disappointment of being let down by those in positions of authority and power. It’s exactly what is happening in the world today.


Who are your musical influences? 
James:
Alice in Chains
Soundgarden
Pearl Jam
NIN
QOTSA

Scott:
Alice in Chains
Tool
Radiohead
NIN
SOAD

Will:
HIM 
Evanescence
Deftones
Incubus
Korn

Dafydd:
Tool
Black Sabbath
Gojira
Rush

Lee:
Acid bath
Iron monkey
Turbonegro
Electric wizard
Uncle acid and the dead beats

All the influences feed into the creative process, however the songs have evolved from not having an agenda and writing and creating without boundaries or preconceptions.
As we listen back,  we can hear our heroes influencing and  shaping but we don’t feel it sounds like any one of them specifically 



What advice would offer aspiring performers?


In our experience in the last 10 years, live is always great fun but in the digital age you really need to think about your online presence, as well as being a tight outfit with a good sound. 
Create a presence online, speak and listen to your fans (you can engage with them so much more easily) create cool unique content and play targeted live gigs. As Trent Reznor said ‘try and create the coolest thing you can come up with.’ And that’s what we’re trying to do.

Any new gigs or albums in the future?


We are rehearsing the live set and will be booking more show imminently
We’re booked into Patriot, Crumlin 8th June 2019. Buy your tickets now!

Any big festivals lined up?
This is our focus for 2019.  We would love to play Bloodstock, 2000 trees, steel house festival, Greenman, amplified just to name a few

I wish them nothing but luck in everything & nothing but the best so until then stay awesome & I'll catch you on the flipside! Rock n roll!

Monday, October 1, 2018

DJ's Spotlight: An Interview with Best Not Broken

Hello one & all Its your good friend the DJ bringing you another interview with a band called Best  Not Broken who had a lot to say about their success, Here's their story


How'd you get started in music?
I believe we all got our start in Jr High or High School. I had played trumpet in school band since 4th grade but I was always fairly garbage at it. Once I picked up bass, it felt so much more natural. It's like your instrument of choice is only partially your choice. Some people are more inclined to different things. Same goes for Sports, writing, science, all that stuff! 

Who are your inspirations or influences?
The first music I ever got REALLY into was AC/DC's "Who Made Who", and it wasn't until much later I found out it was the official Maximum Overdrive soundtrack! Bonkers! 
The other album was Anthrax "Sound of White Noise" which is obviously their first album without Joey Belladonna, but I was so young, it was just a cassette tape I found and fell in love with.
In the mid-90s I got really into the melodic punk rock of the era (Strung Out, Lagwagon, Pennywise, Propagandhi, Rancid, Bad Religion) and learned to play as fast as possible. The other BNB guys are all over the place. We have such a broad influence base, I think it's what helps us dip in and out of so many genres. We're all from different worlds with just enough overlap to make it work.

What advice would offer aspiring performers?
How ever hard you think you need to work to reach your goals, you must be prepared to work even harder. There are always setbacks, false starts, opportunities that slip through your fingers. You just need accept it, learn from it, and keep moving forward. 

Any new gigs or albums in the future?
Some choice dates!
9/15 - UnionFest 2018 (Milford, NH) - Amazing music fest with lots of different genres. Lots of Folk & bluegrass during the day, but the night brings out the rock!
9/26 - The Met (Providence, RI) w/ Fear of Missing Out - FOMO is a great group of melodic punkers. This is our 2nd or 3rd time playing with them.
9/30 - Pinz (Kingston, MA) w/ Nick Black Band - Nick Black & co. is a fantastic group of blues/rock/soul guys from Memphis who we played with once before and it was an epic combo!
10/19 - The Grape Room (Philly, PA) w/ Summer Scouts, Moonwalker - Our first time playing Philly! Presented by i99 Radio. Those guys are fabulous!

I wish them nothing but good luck in their success but until then that's going to do it for me. So stay awesome & I'll catch you on the flipside rock n roll! 

Disciples of Babylon - Without You [Official Music Video]

Bon Jovi - It's my life w/ lyrics


DJ's Spotlight: An interview with Flat World Theory

Hello everyone DJ Dizzy here & I say down with a band called Flat World Theory who had a lot to say about their success  so pull up a chair & enjoy


Q: How'd you get started in music? 

A: You could say that we all started the same way. We all started in small young bands making adolescent music learning the ropes of performance and songwriting and  after a while it dawned on each of us that music is something we wanted to do. Flat World Theory was everyone's 3/4th go at being in a band wanting to make it professionally, we've all got the background of playing dirty pubs, playing in young punk bands and generally just being emersed in the alternative music scene so we all have that want to progress and become something more. 

Q: Who are your inspirations or influences? 

A: We've all got a little something different to each of us, while still having that main rock route in common. As a band the songwriting comes from James (Lead vocals and guitar). He's influenced by the likes of Foo Fighters and Incubus and that is what gives us an element of weirdness but also catchinessin our music. Russell (guitar and backing vocals) is more influenced by the likes of Reel Big Fish, The Darkness and The Offspring so that is where our tone and effects usually come from as he is a wizard at finding effects that suit us and our alternative nature. Rick (Drums) is influenced by the likes of 00s/90s punk and bands such as Fast cars and Deftones he's a tight drummer and keeps us all in line, they say the best bands have a killer rhythm section and we like to think we have that in Rick and Paul (Bass and Backing Vocals). Paul is influenced by the likes of Phil Lynott and Sting he's got one hell of a voice and helps to generally write the music and lyrics and get all those solid harmonies down while still keeping it tight on the bass. 

Q: What advice would you offer aspiring performers? 

A:  One thing we always maintained is to have an element of blind faith when we write our music and release it. Having blind faith simply just means trusting in yourself to make music that you think sounds good.  If you have false hope then you're always going to be let down because nothing will end up exactly as you hoped it would, with blind faith you're never going to be letting down any aspirations that you have, that's something that we as a band  would definitely offer in terms of advice.  Just keep on playing and if the music is good people will start to notice you 

Q: Any new gigs or albums in the future? 

A:  we got a lot of things currently in the works it's only a matter of time before we can reveal what we going to be doing there is definitely going to be some new music releases very soon  and definitely some more shows before the year is out but for now we can't say too much. Currently we are  at the end of promoting our last single "I am the forest" so we urge you all to check that out and get ready for some new releases very soon

I want to thank them for doing this interview & I wish them nothing but success & until then that's going to do it for me so stay awesome & I'll catch you on the flipside! Rock n roll!