Friday, January 11, 2019

Florida Trip with lyrics

DJ Interviews: Order To Chaos

What's up people! DJ Dizzy back in action with an interview this one features an up & coming band whose called Order to Chaos who call Wisconsin home. So let's all get to know Order to Chaos!

How'd you get started in music?

Graham Austiff (Vocals) I got started in music pretty close to how I imagine a lot of others do. I had one other friend in middle school who was also really into music and we found each other. He was always into other bands and then one day in high school I found him without one and finally got to ask if he wanted to start up a project with me and we did. That band eventually became called Pool Of Ashes based out of Woodbridge VA. 

Correy Markowski (drums) I got a guitar and my friend got a drum set in High School. It was about a week later after getting them that he invited me over to show me a song he was playing a long to. I said let me try and we found out I was way better without even practicing. Later that day we traded instruments.

Robert Patrick (Bass/Backing Vocals)  A buddy of mine in high school played guitar and I thought it was really cool so I kinda fell into drums. (my original instrument of choice)

Rich Miller (Guitar) I was 13 years old when I first started to play guitar, There wasn't youtube at that point so I had a book to teach me the basic chords and started learning songs through tabs I'd find on the internet. I just had a natural ear for music and even though my heart lies in Metal I would jam with anyone that wanted to play. 

Who are your inspirations or influences?

Graham Austiff My inspirations are vocalists like Freddie Mercury of Queen, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Til Lindemann of Rammstein, and Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God. They are also strong influences in how I sing, but added influences for music in general would be Alexi Laiho of Children Of Bodom for his magic ability to play lead guitar as well as lead vocals at the same time. Dani Filth from Cradle Of Filth for his desire to constantly push the boundaries on what his voice can do; low and gravely or sharp as a razor

Correy Markowski   I have quite a few influences but the ones that comes to mind most are Devil Wears Prada which influenced me into the metal core genre and Matt Greiner the drummer for August Burns Red. His unique drumming style and how he executes beats flawlessly and his poly rhythm techniques is why I strive to keep learning and wanting to play more like him.

Robert Patrick I've had alot if influences over the years. I started out loving Ozzy /sabbath before high school then I kinda skipped straight into the more mainstream metalcore once I was a freshman in highschool. (killswitch, the devil wears Prada, old school bring me the horizon, August burns red.) after highschool I got more into hardcore and progressive styles of metal. My more recent influences is stuff like everytime I die, knocked loose, vein, the chariot, and a bunch more. But I also like alot of the djenty stuff as well as some deathcore. 

Rich Miller  I was inspired by Slash and Dave Mustaine growing up when learning to play, but now my influences are all over the spectrum which helps us form our unique sound especially since we are all influenced by different styles and ways of writing. We crash it all together and some how it just works for us.

What advice would offer aspiring performers?

Think of yourself not so much as a musician but more of a entertainer.  I think what alot of people who are new to playing live miss is that people want a show. People want to get wild that's what they go to our type of shows for. They won't get into your music if you don't seem to be into it. And of course practice as much as possible

How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?

We separate ourselves as a band by continually reaching out and trying to put on a better and more intensive live performance. Our drummer is a master at polyrhythms and is a truly creative writer. Our guitarist is a sage for music theory and is always looking for new ways play and different techniques to sharpen his style. Our bassist is a complete mad man and savage onstage as well as being a jack of all trades for just about all instruments. As the lead vocals I try my best to use all of the range my voice has, also to learn different ways that I can bend my voice; I hope one day to pioneer a new style of vocals.

Any new gigs or albums in the future? 

We are always looking to book bigger and better venues and to play with other more recognizable bands but we stick to our roots to and have quite a few shows lining up around Wisconsin this year. You can keep up to date with shows by following us on Facebook or Twitter
We are also looking at releasing a couple singles later this year and potentially a full album in 2020. So make sure you follow us to keep up to date.

Special thanks to them for this interview & I wish them nothing but luck in their success. Until then I'll catch you on the flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

DJ Interviews Mills End

Hey everyone DJ Dizzy here & its time once again to shine the spotlight on a band who answers to the name of Mills End.

How'd you get started in music?

Personally, I started playing guitar around age 15 after listening to Van Halen (dating myself lol). After that it was garage bands to bands playing locally leading up to present day. It’s just something I was addicted to from day one.

Who are your inspirations or influences?

Mill’s End has a pretty wide array of influences, we definitely are inspired by several classic rock bands such as The Stones, Allman Brothers, Skynyrd, Rush as well as several 90’s bands such as Ryan Adams, REM, Pearl Jam and Wilco.

What advice would offer aspiring performers?

The two things I would say is first put the work in, it’s really all about the time spent in rehearsal working on songs and getting everything sounding the way you want. If you don’t have the material or the ability to play it live, all the promotion in the world won’t help you. Second is have a good business sense, you really should run things like a small business and be as organized as possible with finances, promotion, etc.

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

Always playing out, check out for the latest news on shows and currently in the studio working on our next single which should be out before the new year.

I wish them nothing but luck in their careers & their success. So until next time stay awesome & I'll catch you on the flipside! Rock n roll!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Funky New Year (Remastered)

DJ Interviews: Hardwire Speers

Hello everyone its DJ Dizzy here with another interview. This time I met up with a blues guitarist by the name of Neil Speers who had a lot to say regarding his music career

How'd you get started in music?

In the first bands I played in back in high school we booked community centres and created our own gigs. We sold the tickets, brought in people for the door/security/selling refreshments, etc,  and postered the hell out of areas we played in. After graduating I played on the road in a cover band followed by different bands and solo shows. I started recording about 2008 and now have a full-length album (Breakfast at Epiphany’s) a couple of EP’s and quite a few singles out now.

Who are your inspirations or influences?

As a guitarist my biggest influences early on were David Gilmour, Jimi Hendrix, bands like Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, BB King, Black Sabbath - and lately been following some great new blues influenced performers like Gary Clark Jr., Matt Schofield, Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Jack Black, The Dead Weather, Alabama Shakes, artists like that. But I listen to a lot of different music all the time, from jazz to rock to ambient to whatever I find cool.

What advice would offer aspiring performers?

Practice the hell out of your instrument - whether it’s your voice, a suitcase with a kick pedal on it, guitar, whatever. 

After that rehearse a ‘show.’ If you’re going to perform for people remember that the music only makes a small part of the reason they come out to see you. The key word there is SEE you. Make it entertaining - from how you dress (which should be one or two levels above what the audience will wear) to making a connection with the audience. If you just stand on stage in your street clothing, looking at the other members of the band and never move - there’s no reason for an audience to attend your show. If it’s just 'about the music’ they may as well listen to you on Spotify or Apple Music. Except they won’t - because they won’t know who you are. Rehearse the hell out of your show, including how you talk between songs - even if it’s minimal talking make sure to practice it so you’re not all awkward on stage. Don’t you hate seeing a band that makes you nervous because they’re nervous? Don’t be that band.

Learn about the business, there’s a lot of negativity but there’s also a lot of people leading the way to create a new environment for music where we can actually make money and have a great time producing the music we want to hear - things have changed since I was younger, I’m not going to be stuck in the old ways of doing music.

Finally, meet the venues and performers in your area. Get out and see other shows, get to know the bookers and musicians - don’t be all about getting to play there, just let them know you’re enjoying the show. Many bands are getting bookings by being good hangs - they’ll get a call from some band they saw asking them to be the opener. It grows from there. Support the local music community and it will help support you.

How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?

“If you want to be remarkable, give them something to remark about.” I dress the part and wear cool hats - which has gotten me jobs. Works for me as a blues player - but may not work for you in your music which is okay, find something that does which people will remember. I’m also going more towards having the textures of jazz in the rhythm section with blues guitar and vocals on top.

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

I’m preparing to record a new album - doing demos now and looking for a producer. And performing as often as I can.

I want to wish him luck & things & special thanks to him for this interview so until then

Stay awesome & I'll catch you on the flipside! Rock n roll!