Wednesday, September 30, 2020

DJ Interviews: The Collisioneers

Hey there guys DJ Dizzy here & I had the pleasure of interviewing a band who answer to the name of  The Collisioneers as they spoke with me about their musical beginnings.

How'd you get started in music?

 Man, I think I was six when it hit me that I want to be in a band. I started an Air Guitar band with my
buds. We did gigs (haha) at each other's birthday party's. Mostly Beatles and Stones, plus some other
groups from the early 60’s. I have a lot of older brothers and sisters. We made instruments out of
anything we could think of. Got my first real drum kit at 13 with money from my paper route. Spent
the next two years torturing my neighbors practicing daily until I felt ready to reach out to other

Who are your inspirations or influences?

  As I said above, My older siblings had a lot of Records from the 60’s and I started jumping on anything
I could get from the 70’s. So The Beatles, Stones, Zappa, Cream, Jimi, Janis, CCR, Led Zep, Black Sabbath,
Bowie, Vanilla Fudge, T Rex, Robin Trower, Humble Pie and then I started getting into the
Singer/ songwriters like Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, Carroll King, and so on.
 I think I was 16 when I discovered the classic Bluesmen like Skip James, Blind Lemon Jefferson and
Son House.  These days, Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, Cage the Elephant, Arctic Monkeys, Train,
The Raconteurs And of course PUNK bands like Bad Brains The Minute Men, Black Flag and Patti Smith
Sorry, I get carried away when it comes to my Influences...

What advice would offer aspiring performers?

Two things;
 Learn your instrument. Get comfortable with yourself before reaching out to the wealth of great players
out there today. Half ass is just that, Half ass.
 Secondly, when you do hook up with the right people, don’t let anything derail ya. In-band fighting is
OKAY! So many great bands have replaced members thinking it’s no big deal, but they NEVER
sound as good! Say what’s needed then at the next practice forget about it.

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

Easy, All four of us come from different musical backgrounds. Lead Singer and songwriter Branden
loves the East coast bands from the 90’s and 2000. Lead Guitarist and musical arranger,  Masashi
Really Digs Hard Core Punk. Master Bassist Takatori, is a Soul man with British influences thrown in, and
I like the classics of Rock. We’ve adapted these four styles into the songs you hear today

Hence the name;  THE COLLISIONEERS

Any new gigs or albums in the future

We are on a hiatus now what with things in the world as they are. Branden is writing the foundations of
some new tracks now. Hopefully we will be back in the studio early next year.
  You can stay in touch with us at

Special thanks to them for doing this interview & I wish them lots of luck in their music so until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

DJ Interviews: Lucas Michalski

 Hey there guys Its your old friend DJ Dizzy here, &  here's my interview with Lucas Michalski enjoy

How'd you get started in music?

I was 13 when I saw Metallica on TV, it was life changing moment for sure. Instantly decided that I want to be like them playing roaring guitar riffs in front of applausing audience. Although I was only a kid at that time, that dream started growing and growing. I pickup up guitar and started playing, still doing it up to this day. Now after 22 years that dream still burns inside of me. Throughout my music journey I went through many bands as a guitarist, after years of performing live music, I decided to try something new, something bit different. That's how my solo project started. 

Who are your inspirations or influences?

I must say James Hetfield from Metallica. He's my inspiration not only as a great musician but also as a person. Apart from that I must say I often take inspiration from underground upcoming artists while checking their work on social media, Spotify ect. There's so much talent out there. For example my latest single was inspired from one the great artists I came across on Twitter. Taking inspiration from other musicians is wonderful. 

What advice would offer aspiring performers?

It is a tough and long journey with many good and bad moments. Just keep on creating and don't give up. You'll think about it mane times, it's normal... But don't do it, just keep on going. 

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

In my music I decided to do something bit different. I blend two worlds of rock and guitar oriented vibes with atmospheric electronic beats and samples. This is my trademark that set me and my music apart from others. 

Any new gigs or albums in the future

Few weeks ago I released my new single 'So Close but Far' in near future I'm planning to release another 2 new singles. I always work full throttle on my music as well as client work. Apart from my music project I also run my own studio called LUMIC Studio where I offer professional mixing and mastering services so I'm always busy with music. One way or another. 

I would like to invite all of you beautiful people to check my music and music videos. Dive into my world and check the links below. 


Youtube :

Special thanks to him for this interview & until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Monday, September 28, 2020

DJ Interviews: Underdog

Hey there everyone DJ Dizzy here & I had the pleasure of interviewing a band who call themselves Underdog who had so much to say about their musical beginnings.

How'd you get started in music?

Scott: I started playing piano when I was around 5 or 6 years old. My aunt Dolly, was a piano teacher, so it was a logical choice. I 4th grade I switched to playing trumpet, and went on to college for a year and a half as a music major before dropping out to pursue a band full time. I started playing guitar and bass in my teens, and it pretty much took over my life. I was fortunate that as a kid, my two best friends had much older brothers and sisters, so there was all this great 60s music laying around and being played whenever I was over their horses, which definitely was a huge influence on me going back to elementary school.

Bryn: I developed a fascination with music at an early age. I think I recognized that the sounds of different musical pieces made me feel a certain way. My older sister was influential in exposing me to a broad spectrum of artists. My parents gave me drum lessons when I was nine years old and I played in the school bands and orchestras through high school. I hung out with kids who played instruments so music has always been part of what I do. I played in bands in the D.C. area before moving to Boston where I have continued to forge a music life spanning many decades.

Who are your inspirations or influences?

Scott: The Beatles, Veruca Salt, Mission of Burma, 13th Floor Elevators, Syd Barrett, The Kinks, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, Kula Shaker, L7, Velvet Underground, The Who, The Yardbirds, Cream, Led Zeppelin are just scratching the surface of influences and inspirational bands, but also classical music, art, especially paintings. A good book can be a great source of inspiration, or the jumping off point for a song. Sometimes just a news headline, or something you hear on the radio, especially taken out fo context can provide a unique perspective.

Bryn: Numerous artists and bands. Rock' n' Roll, Blues, R&B, Jazz, Funk, old school Country, Folk and Bluegrass.

What advice would offer aspiring performers?

Scott: Most of all, stay true to yourself and what your vision is. Don't feel the need to jump on trends or fads to be popular or be current. If you have something unique to offer, it will shine through. Dare to live outside expectations.

Bryn: Don't pursue music if you think you're going to make big money. Some do, most don't. Practice a lot, play a lot, expose yourself to a wide variety of music. Do it because you love it, and because it feeds your soul.

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

Scott: We are a pretty guitar oriented band in a time where it's not the style. We tend to wear our influences on our sleeve, and in some ways we have a late 60s sound, but with a lot more edge to our sound. We like to call it Supersonic music. One of our best friends describes it as "not for the faint of heart..."

Bryn: Dude, we rock. Because of our personal bond and individual and shared histories, the perspective we bring to song writing and playing is singular to Underdog. We make music not for riches and fame, although that would be nice, but because it's part of who we are. Someone once said, "If you don't like what you hear on the radio, make the music you want to hear", so that's kind of what we're doing.

Any new gigs or albums in the future

We are actually just about to release our first album, Ether Dome, in the next week or so. It will be available on all the major streaming platforms, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, Google, etc., We have already started pre-production work new songs for on our follow up album, Trans Global Amnesia, which should be out sometime next year.

Like many other bands, playing live shows at the moment is not really an option, so the gig situation is uncertain. However, we are looking into setting ourselves up to do a LiveStream event this Winter for our fans. We will be in touch once we have things in place for that and can share the details.

Special thanks to them for doing this interview & I wish them lots of luck in their music. So until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Sunday, September 27, 2020

DJ Interviews: Swamp Rat Collective

Hey there everyone, DJ Dizzy here & I recently sat down with a band who call themselves, Swamp Rat Collective 

 Our bio : Swamp Rat Collective are a jam band and recording project based out of Auckland, New Zealand who play fuzzed out dirty rock n’ roll. Their debut EP was released in July 2019, with more tunes cookin’ up for 2020. Keep an eye and ear out for new track ‘Buzzsaw Disco’ – going live online 18th June 2020. Members: Paul Cowsill & Adam Gatt + guest musicians and friends of the Rats

🐀 How'd you get started in music? I was very fortunate to grow up in a hugely musical household. My father is a musician who played in high school bands in the late 1960’s and still jams today. He started teaching me guitar when I was 9 or 10. 

 Who are your inspirations or influences? So many. Heavily influenced by Tool, Alice in Chains, ZZ Top, Jack White, Jimi Hendrix, Helmet, Led Zeppelin, Jane’s Addiction - to name a few! 

 What advice would offer aspiring performers? For musicians learning how to play their instrument being it the guitar, piano or their voice - I would say practice, and then practice some more. The more you play, the better you get; and the better you get - the more you enjoy it. Be prepared to put in the hours and your instruments will reward you. 

 How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers? I think we just try to embrace all of our influences and favourite guitarists as mentioned - throw it all in the mix when we’re jamming and recording - and hopefully something comes out of the blender with our own signature style. 

 Any new gigs or albums in the future We’re very much still just a jam band studio project at this stage, and with Adam based in London and me here In Auckland live gigs aren’t on the cards anytime soon. One day though. Adam will be returning to Auckland over Xmas, so that’s when he’ll add his guitar parts to 2 or 3 new tracks that are cooking away nicely. Then we’ll mix and master in the New Year and hopefully have our 2nd EP out around March/April 2021. That’s the plan anyway...

Special thanks to them for doing this interview & I wish them luck in their music so until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Saturday, September 26, 2020

DJ Interviews: The Joker Project

Hey there guys DJ Dizzy here & sat down with The Joker on his little project as he spoke on his humble & musical beginnings.

How'd this get started?


The nickname, Joker, originates back to my school days where a few people (most notably my sister) referred to me as Joker. At that time it really didn't have any relevance to the music I was making, but I did come up with the happy face with square eyes and pointy teeth at that time. As you know, Dizzy, I am the founding member of the band Eden's End where I have been writing, singing, and play bass since 1985 as well as playing some guitar. Fast forward to about 2015-2016 or so, after an extended period with writers block ended, and I became much more prolific as a writer again, I started to think that there was some solo material in me as a singer/songwriter. The music that is written and played within Eden's End has some parameters that limit what can be done to some extent. Eden's End music has always been formulated with drums, bass, guitars, and vocals. Further, I need to have the ability to sing live while I play my instrument part within the song. In some cases, that makes me keep things a bit more simple than they might otherwise be. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot that can be done that really kicks ass within the Eden's End band framework and that won't be going away at all, but I couldn't help wondering what I might come up with if the fences were taken down. For a few years, it remained just a lingering idea, but still nothing was actually happening. Well, the thoughts didn't go away. In 2019 a lot of things changed in my world that made me think more about mortality and the need to get things done. The other thing that The Joker Project allows is the ability for me to collaborate with other like-minded artists. In fact, it was a collaboration project with melodywhore (This Broken Home) that ultimately pushed The Joker Project into becoming a reality. This Broken Home wound up being the second thing released since I thought my first release as The Joker Project should be a solo work rather than a collaboration, but all this gave me the push I needed to write, record, and release my debut single Calm Before the Storm. That's how things were set in motion.


What's the main goal of this project?


A good question and a tough question. I would probably have to say growth and exploration of songwriting is the main goal at this point. This is not a performance project. This is a songwriting project. I really want to see how far my songwriting skills can grow. Music has always offered an escape for me and a way to decompress. It has never been about making money or seeking fame, although I can appreciate those things. After all, a little validation or supplemental motivation isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's certainly not primary. I would have no problem writing for another performer or possibly doing some soundtrack work.


Who are your inspirations?


These days I am probably most inspired by the indie community. There are some very hardworking and talented artists in the indie community who deserve far more recognition than they receive. Sadly, the industry is very saturated. There are also many established artists who influence what I do. Certainly Joy Division and early New Order, The Cure, and Ultravox have influenced what I've done so far. I mentioned earlier that Eden's End is guitar oriented. With influences like REM, 54-40, and Collective Soul, you'll definitely see some of that inspiration at some point, but you'll also see experimentation with other instruments and synths. My musical taste is really quite broad and I want to traverse genres.


How do you set yourself apart?


I think that letting the songwriting guide itself is a differentiator for me. I don't aim to release songs that all fall into a certain genre or category as many other artists do. Quite the opposite actually. This time the song might be dark and moody, next time it might be upbeat punk, after that maybe it will take influence from country, and then over to industrial or really raw rock. I want listeners to be surprised with each release and hopefully in a good way. I try to view things I've not done before as progress. Though it isn't always easy, I try to stop my own personal listening tastes from getting in the way much. I might start out with an idea for a certain kind of sound or vibe, but it often lands somewhere else …and that's just fine.


Any other new projects for the future?


In May, Whims of the Goblin King was released. It is a second collaboration with melody whore. Admittedly, the summer has been slow on the music front, but yes! In the not so distant future I will have a few more collaborations and another solo release. After that, I am toying with the idea of releasing an EP or album. I have far too many half written songs in the queue, so The Joker Project will be going on for as long as I can keep it going. If anyone wants to check out my releases, they can go here: If they'd like to get a really cool t-shirt or hoodie, they can go here:

Special thanks to him for doing this interview & best of luck in his music so until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

DJ Interviews: Autumn Band

Hello there everyone DJ Dizzy here & I had the pleasure of interviewing a singer named Autumn Band as she spoke on her band's success

How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers? 
We have a hard time defining our music because it changes from song to song. When I write a melody I just free form notes over the music as we go. I later put words to the melody. Most of our songs on our first album were upbeat and hopeful. The last few singles we released recently are about society and humanity, women, the economy. Our drummer has a PhD in Philosophy and is a Nietzsche expert so we have a lot of inspirational, lively conversations around those topics. When we perform I try to stay true to the composition but I love to leave some room for improvisation.

Any new gigs or albums in the future ? 

Performing is energizing but because of the pandemic we are focusing on composition and recording right now. It is a mixed blessing because we can really tease out some fine details in the music and not feel so rushed but of course, we miss performing. We released our first album "Vivid" in 2018. In the last four months we have released a new video for "The World Is Watching", written and recorded five new songs, and recorded a cover song. We have a new single "Popster" coming out Sept. 9, 2020 and a cover of a Buckingham Nicks song to be released Sept. 28, 2020. We like to stay busy! We release singles until there are enough to bundle into an album. If you would like to hear our music or watch our videos go to our website . All of our songs are on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and Pandora. 

Special thanks to them for doing this interview & lots of luck to them for this interview so until then I'll catch you on The Flispide! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

DJ Interviews: Empire Of Lights

Hello there guys DJ Dizzy here & I sat down with a band who are based in Wales & they answer to the name of Empire of Lights as they shared their success.

1/ How'd you get started in music?

As a band we formed in December 2018, just with me and 2 guys from my local area, Eifion on drums and Simon on bass.  I started playing keyboard and piano when I was 11. I started on guitar when I was 16, which is the age of our drummer right now. He's a big of a prodigy—already a drum teacher and virtuoso at just 16. The bass player has a degree in music technology and runs some community music groups.

For me, I think I started as a musician because I loved music. I remember jumping around the room listening to The Beatles, Ike & Turner Turner, and all sorts of music when I was very young. I had a little zither cymbala for my first instrument. I remember plucking the strings for that and making melodies. This was when I was 3 or 4 years old. I tried drumming too. My Dad had an Arabic style hand drum, a doumbek. I never learned to play that properly, but I tried.

2/ What are your inspirations or influences?

I think as a band we are very much influenced by 60s and 70s rock—Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder.

Generally as a band, we are into all sorts of music—metal, rock, funk, blues, country, hip hop, pop, jazz, funk. I think we are all very versatile players and can play whatever we set our minds to.

Thematically, we are influenced by science fiction stories. Our first single, Chasing Stardust is about flying among the stars and colonising the universe. Some of our biggest thematic influences are science fiction writers like Octavia Butler, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick.

3/ What advice would offer aspiring performers?

Practice, practice, practice. And learn how to promote your music on social media. I probably spend more time promoting my music than making music. It is an essential part of being a musician today, and if I had taken it seriously from the start, I would have had a much easier time.

4/ Any new gigs or albums in the future?

We are releasing a new single every month for the foreseeable future. The next single coming out in September is called Wake Me Up. It's a dark, spacey and psychedelic song.

Special thanks to them for doing this interview & I wish them lots of luck in their music. So until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Monday, September 21, 2020

DJ Interviews: Hannah Ciotkowski

Hello one & all its your old pal DJ Dizzy & I had say down with a singer who answers to   Hannah Ciotkowski who had so much to say on her musical beginnings.

How'd you get started in music?

I was lucky enough to have been born into a musical family, not in a formal or classical sense but my mum, dad, brothers and sister are quite eclectic in their musical tastes and that gave me a really wide exposure to different musical styles. Our house was full of soul, funk, folk, punk, heavy rock, pop, classical, the lot; even the Beatles, Sinatra and Edif Piaf. It must have rubbed off, as I love the variety of the music I’ve worked on and always want to take it in new directions with new fusions. My mum and dad would take us all to festivals and I went to my first Glastonbury when I was ten….and WOW! I LOVED IT! Even as a ten year old I could sense the fantastic vibe.

From then, I’ve always known that the music and entertainment industry was for me. I started writing my own songs really young, not sure how my parents coped with a show every other day! I was probably about thirteen when I was in my first band, a rock band the 'Flaming Blazers’, with me as the singer and writing original songs. We even got to the final of ‘Battle of the Bands, which was quite an achievement considering how young we were. I actually remember someone from the audience, throwing their pants at me!

When I was about fifteen, I joined a new band called 'The Walkaways,' an indie/alternative band really. We played a load of gigs and even a festival which was super fun.

Despite being in bands and working with other people, I've always written for myself too, more as a hobby, until recently where I realised people liked my sound, lyrics and melodies and I thought I could share my feelings, express myself and make something more out of this!

Who are your inspirations or influences?

Having grown up listening to such an eclectic mix of genres, I get my inspiration from artists across the industry. I saw Amy Winehouse at Glastonbury in 2008, and her effortless soul and tone of voice has always been one of my favourites, that care-free persona I've always admired, making music for yourself rather than to please other people. The likes of Kate Bush and David Bowie have always been artists I've looked up to. The utterly unique sounds and images they both portray has always intrigued me. How Bowie could reinvent himself with each album but maintain his iconic image has always amazed me. Now, I'd be lying if I didn't say Taylor Swift too... probably take most of my inspiration from Taylor. Her emotive, story-telling lyrics never cease to impress me. To pour so much of yourself, and your stories into a song has been a trait I've always admired. I love honest, open lyrics, as I love songs I can relate to.

 What advice would offer aspiring performers?

 I'm a massive dreamer, but dreaming probably isn't enough, put your dreams into practice. We're so lucky to have a network on our fingertips (phones), if you like what someone does, tell them! Make the most of every opportunity. I'm now writing an album with someone I met in a coffee shop just because I overheard them say they were struggling to write lyrics! I've always hated being pushy, but actually, if you don't ask, you won't get!

My best songs come from the heart, and if someone else likes them, then that's a bonus. Most likely, you won't become an international sensation overnight but try pick yourself up after every knock back. Write and make music for yourself, not to fit other people, you’ll be amazed that those happy... and sad moments and thoughts, that you think only you feel, are shared in young people across the world. If I can help anyone to make sense of them, then that’s great. If not, then forget it all and just dance!

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

 I don’t really, I try to be true to me. When I was in the rock band, it was quite unusual to have a girl as ‘the front man’ but we hadn’t planned it. We were just mates having fun and writing some good songs. Now on my own as Hannah Koski, I haven’t created any gimmicks or a different image to market myself. I’m not signed to a label, so I am just myself. I hope that my songs and lyrics can mean something to people and I use my voice to express them and hope people like it.

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

With the current situation massively impacting on gigs, I've spent this lockdown connecting with producers across the world (via social media), writing melodies, lyrics and singing over people's beats. I am really excited now, as I'm actually in the midst of writing my first album, true to my own vibe…. and I’m loving it!! - So keep your eyes peeled for release this year. I hope you like it too

Special thanks to them for doing this interview & I wish them lots of luck in her music So until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll

Sunday, September 20, 2020

DJ Interviews: Bruno Christenson

Hey there guys DJ Dizzy here & here's my interview with Bruno Christiansen AKA Bruno Skibbild as his musical career.

How'd you get started in music?

Well I started playing my guitar when I was in the 7th grade. I got it from my brother-in-law who played in a Rock'n Roll Band with my sister back in the 80*s here in Denmark.
At 16 I got in a band myself - and we made a lot of stuff ourselves - in danish. 
After spending a lot of years in school as student, teacher and professor - 3 years ago I desided to pick up on my dream of playing, recording and publishing my songs. 
I changed my old songs and rewrote them into english - and the first one out there is the single "A world Tomorrow". 

Who are your inspirations or influences?
Back then in the 80's I listened to a lot of music, but two artists and songwriters stands out. Bruce Springsteen and Paul Stanley from Kizz. 
Especially the Work of Springsteen has followed me through all the years - his hard work and storytelling about everyday life. I read his book "Born to Run" and that was inspiring to read about how much hard work it takes to get heard. 
I've done a few gigs singing onle Springsteen songs but now I prefer to sing my own stuff. 

What advice would offer aspiring performers?
Just do it! Do what you can - and don't be afraid to sent your stuff out in the air. It took many years before I made my decission and took my chance.
I guess you just don't have to sit around waiting for something to come up - when the time is right you move and see where it's going.
Just like Kenny Rogers would sing in "The Gambler". "You never count your money while you are sitting at the table. There will be time enough for counting when the deal is done". 

How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
I have no idea - really. There is so much great music out there - there is a whole lot of people doing Indie music - and they are often just as good as the Hot Shot Artists. 
I guess we all dream about that big fat contract - but I think that you will do wrong if you try to look like og play like somebody else - make your own - and if you like to sing and play your own song i guess it's the best place to be - and then just be happy whenever someone else likes it too. 

Any new gigs or albums in the future
At this point it is almost impossible to get any gigs on behalf of the Covid-19 restrictions in the World - it's also like that i Denmark. Clubs and Festivals are closed down - so I will go back in the studio later this month to do one more single - and I am looking for sponsors and Labels for a full album. 
I have the songs for it - so reaching out for it is what I will do. 

Special thanks to him for doing this interview & lots of luck. So until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

DJ Interviews: Zero Fighter

 Hey there guys DJ Dizzy here & I had the honor of interviewing a band all the way from Tokyo Japan & their name is Zero Fighter & they shared their musical origins.

>How'd you get started in music?

I saw AEROSIMITH's GIG and thought, "I'll join the band too."

I got a guitar from my cousin, so I was practicing IRON MAIDEN songs all the time.

>Who are your inspirations or influences?

I'm musically influenced by IRON MAIDEN and B'z (Japanese Rock band).

I've been affected by wars and disasters.

Did Japan drop the atomic bomb 75 years ago?

I'm also influenced by that.

We don't want to repeat the tragedy.

I express that feeling as a song.

>What advice would offer aspiring performers?

Recent metal has too many notes.

I hope you have the courage to cut the number of notes in half.

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

I don't know the difference between ZERO FIGHTER and other bands.

We value the quality of the song rather than the aggression

For example, we value songs.

Also, we are aware of the guitar solo that we can hear.

>Any new gigs or albums in the future

Due to COVID-19, all GIGs have been canceled.

I'm preparing to make a new album.

Special thanks to them for doing this interview & I wish them lots of luck in their success. So until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

DJ Interviews: Rachel James

 Hello one & all DJ Dizzy here & I had the pleasure of interviewing an aspiring singer named Rachel James who had so much to share on her music.

How’d you get your start in music?


           Music has always been a part of my life so there is no definitive point in time that I can recall when I started to love and get into music. I have always been surrounded by music in my house since way before I can remember until today and will continue to be like that for I have no idea how long into the future. I grew up on music my parents listened to when they were growing up so I always had a unique standpoint than the other kids in my classes who were consumed in the disney channel pop and music from the early 2000’s which Inever got into until a couple years ago. 

Who are your inspirations or influences?

    No-one and everyone. I have never been stuck on just one artist or person, but always have been open to all types of art and music and perspectives. My ideal role model would be someone that I can connect with in every way and no one can relate to everything that is me other than me, so I take inspiration from many people who share common personality traits, goals, morals, feelings, and more with me. 

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

    I would tell aspiring performers to never give up. Being a performer is going to be difficult and there are going to be things that you may not totally agree with, but in the end it is going to be worth it. You need to speak your truth and speak up for what you can relate to and what you believe because you never know if someone else feels the same and doesn't want to speak up. Also, I beg, please do not let your fears control you like they have with me. Take the opportunity, say yes, take what you can get because those small gigs are going to be the groundwork for your success.

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

I feel like I am a lot younger than a lot of other singers since I am only 17 years old and my first song Light Up The Night was written and recorded when I was 15 years old. I also attend a performing arts school and I auditioned and was accepted as member of their Acapella group and have learned a lot of vocal techniques because of that. I also write songs and I am very passionate about my music and about music in general. 

Any new gigs or albums in the future?


    There are definitely going to be new gigs and albums in the future but we are not quite there yet. I am still writing and perfecting some songs that I have written in my free time, but between school and work it is taking longer than I expected. 

Special thanks to them for doing this interview & I wish them lots of luck in her success. So until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Monday, September 14, 2020

DJ Interviews: Sidney Irving

 Hey there guys DJ Dizzy here, & say hello to a singer whose making a big splash in the word of indie rock say hello to Sidney Irving

How are you? Hope you're having a great day:)

How'd you get started in music?

For my ninth birthday, my dad got me my first guitar. It was a white electric guitar which sat in the corner collecting dust until I started lessons with my guitar teacher Loren Kryzkowski about a year later. I fell in love with the early taylor swift albums like 'Speak Now' and 'Red' and instantly wanted to start writing songs. 

Who are your inspirations or influences?

Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, The Doors, Midland, Dio, early Taylor Swift, Barns Courtney.

What advice would offer aspiring performers?

I met Gene Simmons from KISS once at a Tops grocery store and I asked him the same question. He looked me in the eyes and simply said "MOVE". You have to go to the music, not wait around for the music. 

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

I am always trying to learn and improve my craft, staying authentic to myself. 

Any new gigs or albums in the future
During coronavirus, shows have definitely slowed down, but I've been getting a steady (yet slower than normal) amount of shows. You can find all dates on my facebook and website

I just finished recording my brand new five song EP, which is set to release in the fall:)

Special thanks to him for this interview & lots of luck on his music. So until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!