Sunday, January 31, 2021

DJ Interviews: Jaci Eme

Hey there guys its DJ Dizzy here & this is my interview with singer, producer, Jaci Eme who shared her musical origins.

How'd you get started in music?

i started producing on garageband in 2014 as a way to distract myself since it was a very dark year for me. eventually i started to take it more seriously and got Logic Pro for one of my birthdays and worked harder and harder. found my sound. produced an album with my friends singing on it since i wasn’t comfortable with my own vocals, which now i kinda am!

Who are your inspirations or influences?

my main influences are tinashe, jhene aiko, hana, baegod, sidi, lolo zouaï, madison beer, njomza, frex, aiona, emotional oranges and ariana grande 

What advice would offer aspiring performers?

work hard, watch tutorials, practice and practice to perfect your craft, make the music YOU wanna make and taking breaks are important. 

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

i’d say my sound is different and my voice is “unique” according to a lot of people. 

Any new gigs or albums in the future

i have a single coming soon and then an EP! 

Saturday, January 30, 2021

DJ Interviews: Bent Roads Tavern Band

 Hey there everyone, its DJ Dizzy & here's my interview with a band hailing from Canada who call themselves Bent Roads Tavern 

How'd you get started in music?

I got my first guitar just before my 11th birthday while on a family trip to Los Angeles (Guitar Centre in Santa Monica). I fell in love with playing guitar almost immediately and started learning and writing riffs. I started my first band at age 12 with some friends on my street called, "Lithium" (after the Nirvana song). I played music in school with concert band (Tuba and Trumpet) from Grade 7 through Grade 10, and played in jazz bands at school. My highschool band, "Xstereo" won a Canadian national songwriting competition on the CBC in 1999, a few years before helping to form Bent Roads Tavern. I've always had at least one music project on the go, Bent Roads Tavern being where all my original songwriting has developed since my high school years. 
Who are your inspirations or influences?

Early on I was a big fan of Green Day, Rancid, Radiohead, The Tragically Hip, Sloan, Garth Brooks, Jimi Hendrix, Crash Test Dummies, Our Lady Peace, I Mother Earth, Thrush Hermit, The Flashing Lights, Bob Dylan, Huey Lewis and the News, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, just to name a few. By college I was into Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene, String Cheese Incident, and since I've been really into bands like MuteMath, Mumford & Sons, Hey Rosetta!, Metric, Dan Mangan, Florence and the Machine, and Half Moon Run. Our music is largely inspired by the Canadian lived experience, and we weave it through our original music.

What advice would offer aspiring performers?

My dad used to always say, "Don't Quit Your Day Job" - it's kind of a joke, but also a realization that of all the great music that gets written, recorded, performed, etc. etc., really only a small number get to do it for a sustainable living. Have a back-up plan, have your 'day job' and 'real life' be the inspiration for your passion. It will start as a dream, then it will become a hobby, then it will become an expensive hobby, and eventually (or quickly, depending on your connections and who hears you when) you can make some money at it. Never stop working on your craft - whether it is songwriting, performance, recording, is all part of it.

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

We are an Indie Folk collective, featuring the songwriting of three members, myself (Collen), Graham, and Jim. Our instrumentation resembles the Dave Matthews Band in that we have regular appearances of violin and saxophone. We try to speak to the Canadian lived experience in our songwriting, and the expansive atmospheres we try to create in our music are a reflection on Canada as a vast and open country.  

Any new gigs or albums in the future

We are right now curating content for a vinyl release which would be a compilation of 'requisite' tracks from The Legend of Bent Roads Tavern we released this year (we have a kickstarter page set up to try to fund it), which we hope to release before the end of winter. We are also recording for our next album, which will be coming out in mid 2021. We can't play shows or tour at the moment, and we logistically can't pull off virtual performances due to where each of the members currently live, but we do hope to play some festivals once they kick back up again.

Special thanks to them for doing this interview, so until then I'll catch you on The Flipside, stay awesome & rock n roll!

Friday, January 29, 2021

DJ Interviews: Requiem Aeterman

Hey there guys DJ Dizzy coming at you with an interview with a band who call themselves Requiem Aeterman as they spoke on their musical beginnings.

1)     How'd you get started in music?

Note: Since I’m not sure if the interview is directed to Requiem Aeternam or myself as a solo artist, or both, I’m going to speak for both projects.


I started in music since I have memory. Played different instruments (including keyboards and saxophone), but my early passion was percussion. I was part of several Uruguayan folk groups until the age of 16. At that age, I was fired from a group because I was “too progressive.” That was the age I changed the percussion instruments for the guitar.

In 1992-93, I had my first experience in an amateur rock band in my hometown in Uruguay. We recorded a demo and played some gigs down there.

In the year 1994, I moved to Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital, with the idea to start a new band. I ended up meeting Martin Lopez (Amon Amarth, Opeth, Soen), Martin Mendez (Opeth) and Pablo Magallanes. In the year 1995 we released the first metal song I recorded: Emergent, which is part of our newest release: Eternal (Silver Edition 2020 LP). This was the beginning of Requiem Aeternam (RA).



2)     Who are your inspirations or influences?

When we started with RA in 1994-95, our influences where very varied: from Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal and Doom Metal to Milonga, Tango, Uruguayan Murga and Brazilian Folk, as well as Classical Music. The albums Eternal (2020 LP) [which contains our early recordings as well as additional material which we recorded through the years] and Eternally Dying (1998 LP) show our first influences as a band.

When the album Philosopher (2004 LP) was written and recorded, we became more progressive and had more influences of American Death Metal, but kept some of our early influences in place, especially Swedish Melodic Death Metal and Uruguayan Folk.

With the album Destiny-Man (2010 LP), we finally developed the new style we had been working for years: Philosophical Metal. This genre implies not only philosophical lyrics but also philosophically-driven compositions.



3)     What advice would offer aspiring performers?

RA has been around for 25 years and has always been a challenge as a band in numerous aspects. There have been 5 lineups, 5 records, not to mention touring and other productions; but it has not been easy to keep the band going, especially because the business part has been enormously challenging.

Advice? If you want to be in music you have to ask yourself as early as possible: (1) Do I want to be in the music industry for the rest of my life? And, (2) Do I want to be a professional or an amateur? Once you answer those questions, you either made of music a lifetime priority or a hobby. In my view, you should not be in the middle. Choose one or the other; don’t wander in your decision-making process too long.



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

As a band, RA has pioneered Philosophical Metal. As a solo artist, I already published 16 compositions named: Melodious Podcasts, which are Philosophical Music pieces.

The notion of putting together as a unity Music and Philosophy is the way we have defined and keep redefining our proposals and, therefore, differentiate ourselves from other bands and musicians.



5)     Any new gigs or albums in the future

RA just re-released the album Eternal (Silver Edition 2020 LP), which contains music written throughout the 25 years of the band, with the focus of putting together the early influences I referred in the first question. Our sixth album should begin being recorded late 2021. We don’t plan to play until the pandemic is fully resolved. Hopefully, by 2022 we shall have this album released and begin touring again.

When it comes to myself as a solo artist, I plan to release my first records by late 2021 early 2022. The Melodious Podcasts already show the direction of some of the music I’m doing nowadays as a guitar player and composer. But I shall be releasing a solo record with a band to accompany me, which will contain all the material written to that future date which would never be part of Requiem Aeternam, i.e. anything but metal music.


Thanks for the interview and good luck with your blog.




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Special thanks to them for 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!


Thursday, January 28, 2021

DJ Interviews: The John Michie Collective


How'd you get started in music?


Long story. I first got the desire to pick up an instrument in 2000 when out of nowhere I wanted to suddenly learn the guitar.  I wrote my first song within weeks and that is going to be on my album which I have coming out early next year. The song is called “Wish You Were Dead” which is surprisingly cheery. As you can see it’s taken me a while.


I wrote songs on and off for 20 years and never thought I could do anything with it. I never came in to close proximity with instrument players and everyone in my social groups have been a bit too square to start a band. Only after being stuck in a really terrible job with money but no life did I take the idea seriously. My mental health was being effected by working 360 days a year 12 hours a day so I jacked everything in and changed my life. Moved to where I wanted to live and started actually recording songs. The album Visions by Grimes change everything and is a must listen for anyone starting off. The who album is recorded on GarageBand. That’s when it clicked with me that the tools are there and you don’t need an Alan McGee or Brian Epstein to sign me.


It has been two years recording, learning logic and so on. Has been a lot of failure but I feel I have something not to be embarrassed of. Song writing is fortunately very easy for me. The presentation is not. You can write a song in 5 minutes but spend a year getting it to sound the way it should.


Who are your inspirations or influences?


Grimes is up there just for her balls. She started by doing everything herself from artwork, mixing, mastering, social media, videos the lot… and now is dating the worlds 10th richest man. So, she has done well! She hates gigs and seems to have a lot of career control. Her mistakes are also on display on her early albums which I like. That is my career inspiration.


In terms of music influences. Noel Gallagher and the Beatles influence my song writing structure. Its words. Verse, Bridge Chorus etc. Noel Gallagher studied well as he stole from everyone who was decent in the 1960s and 1970s. So, as a teen I naturally started there. The Beatles blew me away as they teach anything goes. There are no rules. In terms of actual music, I am majorly influenced by Dave Gilmour Pink Floyd though can’t play the guitar anywhere as well. John Martyn, The Chemical Brothers, Bowie, BB King, Beach Boys, ABBA, Led Zep. To be honest I’ll give anything a go except commercial modern pop as it is terrible. Currently have been battering the album Now by Kim Jung Mi.



What advice would offer aspiring performers?


Make sure you have everything nailed. Ask for advice. Believe in yourself and just accept that you will make mistakes. Also expect everyone you know to not be interested. They probably listen to Simply Red or something just as bad so don’t expect them to recognise something that is good. Also, the same goes for Record Labels. They don’t know a good thing. You can tell it’s true as look at the charts! You don’t need them anyway. Do a Grimes! Just chip away at it and do your own thing. The really important piece of advice above that is be patient. The example of Jarvis Cocker who started Pulp at the end of the 1970s and didn’t get anywhere until 1994-5. I don’t expect to get anywhere. I’m happy with the music and getting 7 streams like most musicians. If you’re in in for the cash you are either a fool or incredibly well connected. Like how Mariah Carey was. Not everyone can marry the head of a record label.



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


I don’t ever want to perform live. Bit like a Mike Oldfield or Kate Bush after the first few hits. I’d do it for the cash if I ever did get a name and someone is stupid enough to come see me.. but playing the same 15 songs for 2 years and living out of a suitcase surrounded by people with a drug habit isn’t the way I’d see the world. Part from that I’ve probably got a better hair cut than most!



Any new gigs or albums in the future


I am currently mastering my first album which I am sad to see go but I have new songs to be written. My first single The Fool won’t be on it as I don’t like the song but I have some gold coming. So once that is mastered I have a lot of promotion ahead on the internet. I have a piano ordered if it ever arrives so hoping to improve on my uncoordinated style. And unfortunately, its ride out this awful pandemic which has cocked everything up. When that ends, I want to get drunk, see friends and see places.

Monday, January 25, 2021

DJ Interviews: The Incurables

Hello hello everyone DJ Dizzy here with the band The Incurables as we discussed their musical beginnings.

Early on and Band name!

Ray n Pat have known each other since kindergarten and started messing with music at an early age with different members until joinin musical forces in High School!!!  Darrin, who is Ray's cousin, began playin music in school at age five, and continued through High School, then picked up the Drums at age 19, joinin The Incurables roughly 3 years later!!!

Band name:  We were big fans of a local group from Detroit in the 80s, the Romantics. Someone threw the name The Incurables at us, as in Incurable Romantics. When I looked it up for additional reference it said “see hopeless” I knew it was meant for us.

Prime decade of Music influence

The Sixties – From Motown to Hendrix, It’s the decade that formed Rock and Roll. And with formats like The Beatles and Rolling Stones, it created the blueprint for what a band is.


Queen, Cheap Trick, The Beatles, The Ramones…

What sets us apart

This is a group of best friends having the time of their life creating a sound that is a mix of kittens purring on an angel’s lap and nitroglycerin being pumped into a woodchipper

Advise to others

Find your Band of Brothers or Sisters!!!  There have been a lot of big shows with big crowds. Traveling to other countries. So much fun and laughter. But honestly, every day I get to strap on my guitar and make noise with these guys, it is the best feeling ever.

Currently Recording New originals as well as The Incurables style covers for our "Cover that Thing" series.

Lookin to return to Europe, Canada as well as New dates in the U.S. after we get through these Crazy Covid Times!!!

Sunday, January 24, 2021

DJ Interviews: Party Of The Sin

 Hey there guys DJ Dizzy here & this is my interview with Party Of The Sin who shared their musical origins with me.

How'd you get started in music?


Hi, thank you for this opportunity so people can know a little bit more about us.

Well when we first started on 2015, we were just four guys that had been friends for more than 10 years, and been musicians for more than 15 years, started meeting and jamming just for fun. All of us played at least with one other member of the band before on other projects, but we have never been we four on the same band before. So at the beginning we didn’t have expectations, we meet to play with some beers and after went to a pub or a party for just have a good time. But, each time we jamm, everything was being recorded on a smartphone, so after that we listen what we were doing and realized that some good ideas started coming up and that we just needed to work to get some ended songs.



Who are your inspirations or influences?


What it give us something different is that we have more than 15 years on music, were each one of us have explore different styles, music languages and techniques, and had it’s own journey on music, and it seems that we fit, that's is what POTS is about. At the same time rock is something we all have in common. But listening carefully the album you can find on an instrument a little bit of blues, jazz, classic, folk, grunge, metal and more. As we are four, there are many many bands that influence on us, on different periods of our life. You can find out that when you listen to the songs probably you will find out wich bands are. This common on musician and bands, we are borned influenced by others and that's awesome. Talking about the lyrics, they are very honest, complex an simple at the same time, cause most of them born when we were jamming, with friends, people you trust, so you feel more comfortable to express and say what are your feelings and what is on your mind. Deffinitly they tryes more about representative personal emotions and situations and how society takes part to on each person.



What advice would offer aspiring performers?


If you are doing music just for your own, not interesting on marketing or have other people listen to it or live from it, just enjoy get crazy if you want and just be happy composing, performing, recording, just chill and be happy. If your goals are to win money and make your band a brand, then make a lot of lobby, big contacts and/or have money to market as hell your work so everybody knows who you are and how you listen. Be aware of the scammers, they are EVERYWHERE. Before that, make sure you have good songs, with good lyrics, instrumentation, mix and master. Release by singles now a days and put every effort one by one, a good video to helps. Of course, be on every the most important social networks, music apps, everywhere you can. If you can have a team that works for you and help you, would be amazing. If not learn at first, and this a hard part, of management, music publishing, royalties, booking, merch and more. Know your followers and listeners, with out them, you are nothing. Try to be honest with yourselve, listen to feedbacks but be very clear with what you want to say and sound always. Listen to good and bad criticism. At least, try to do something a little different if there is to many people doing the same, experiment and enjoy the process. Start making re known local first and then pass to the next step to closest places.

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


Party Of The Sin It’s a union of four people, bigger than us, something with passion, honest, expressive, sincere and more. We say this because each one of us gives an attribute to the band that the others may not have. Talking about each member, we have Pablo Stagnaro on the drums, Fernando Cordero on guitars, Zachary Arnstein on bass and Gabriel Sara at vocals.


A long way is between those days and now. We started jamming and now we have an album of ten songs, that we produced, composed it and recorded on a house, produced three videos, have signed contracts for licensing, worlwide distribution of the album and broadcasting and distribution for the videos. As well being promoting the band to get to different people all over the world through social media, radios, tv, magazines and more.



Any new gigs or albums in the future


First of all, promoting all the work that we have done and making people to know POTS. Party Of The Sin is our homonymous debut album, it has 10 songs. The different influences that has each one of us, gave something particular to the songs. We work with no bounderies for it, you know, how long should it be the song, didn't used the tempo when we recorded, try that the sound to be the more human and real as we can, looking for our own sound.


Looking for international gigs opportunities so people from different parts of the world can watch us playing live shows. But now a day has been difficult with covid-19.




Thank you very much for your support, for enjoy our work and hope we give you something in return with our music, joining you while you are jogging or running, on a good day at the beach, on a meeting with some friends, a trip, just on a moment were you need to be by yourself or any important moment on your life.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

DJ Interviews: Lung Glass

 Hey there guys, DJ Dizzy here & this is my interview with a band who call themselves Lung Glass.

Question 1:

Stewart: I remember just one day wanting to learn an instrument. So I started on the piano then as I grew older I picked up the guitar.

Lee: Vengaboys just weren’t cutting it and I got a shot of Nirvanas incesticide and Silverchairs Frogstomp off my brothers mate decided I could totally play that!

Scott: I was given a copy of ride the lightening in school. Then me and Hendo decided we wanted to be Metallica.

Fin: Wrote midi music on an old ps1 game called Music 2000 when I was like 7/8 years old, didn't touch an instrument until I took up drums when I was 14/15 at high school when my folks bought me a kit.

Hendo: I heard Seek And Destroy when I was watching WCW and wanted to learn to play it on guitar

Question 2:

Stewart: Metallica, Killswitch Engage and Mark Tremonti

Lee: James Hetfield, Offspring

Scott: Metallica, but James Hetfield in particular.

Fin: Converge, Meshuggah and Steven Wilson

Hendo: Metallica, He Is Legend, ETID

Question 3:

Stewart: Make sure you are having fun. Don't let it become a chore. Otherwise you will lose the fun.

Lee: Learn how to take constructive criticism, it will come. I’m not good at the advice malarkey as it always comes out sounding like some Hallmark bullshit.

Scott: Believe in what you are doing. You have to believe in yourself before you can expect anyone else to. Prepare to push past negativity and don’t let anyone tell you what you should be doing. Have an influence but don’t try and be the next someone else. Be the only you. ✌🏻 and have fun.

Fin: Experiment trying out different ways of playing/techniques/genres/instruments, build a wide portfolio of what you can bring to the table.

Hendo: Listen to your band mates but also don’t take it too seriously.

Question 4:

We are making music for ourselves so we aren’t trying to set ourselves apart, plus we should all be bigging each other up, the music industry is a shit show with bands competing and paying to play shows, fuck covid.

Question 5:

No plans for gigs right now. But we are currently writing new songs all the time. You can check out our latest single For You on Spotify plus our other stuff. Also has all our info.

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

Thursday, January 21, 2021

DJ Interviews: The Disingenious

 Hey there folks, DJ Dizzy here coming at you with a band who're called The Disingenious who spoke on their musical background & beginnings.

The band

We are the Disingenuous, we are a bunch of misfits from West Wales. We are a bit interchangeable, So you have Graylings, Jacob G- that’s me, the main architect- song writer guitar and vocals, Rej G on bass, Em G on female vocals, El G is the man on the sticks then you have Henry G on the other Guitar/Vox, and then there’s the ‘Nothing’


How'd you get started in music?

Jacob: Music always played at home when growing up, lots of Queen, Cream, T-Rex and Beatles playing, so always there and then a combination of hearing Def Leppard Hysteria as a kid, led onto loads of music being listened to – and then Garage Days Revisted was played to me and the love guitar sound was a game changer. I knew it was Metal and wanting to be James Hetfield that lead to the love affair.  I knew then that I wanted to make that sound – so that’s how the guitar came to be the obsession! So started playing in bands and trying to get a sound that worked!


Em: This is really my first musical project. I was asked if I would sing a harmony on a project the Jacob was working on, and he was so blown away – he said try this track! Before you know it, it was 18/19 tracks later. If I think about what led me here, well, it was a bit of hearing music in the house then going to various gigs. 


Jacob:  H is a mystery, something about seeing a Steve Vai Jem guitar, and then wanting to get a fancy guitar was probably his route! 


Rej: I just started plugging away on my dad’s bass and really took to it – Green Day, Nirvana and Oasis just brought it all alive. Then had the opportunity to record some stuff and before you know it I’m recording material!  



Who are your inspirations or influences?

Em: Well, metal is a key influencer for the whole sound. 

Someone who heard an early version said, it’s like I can hear Metallica, Ghost and a bit of Green Day! 


Jacob: That pretty much hit the nail on the head. 

Metallica are a huge influence! The attitude, but more the sound of the guitars! We would never be on the level of Papa Het on both the musicality and lyrically, but we tried. 

Ghost, without a doubt had a massive influence on the style and image in the end of the band. 

Tobius, and the way he writes all of the bits and then they record, is very much the situation in the Disingenuous. I mean the Nothing is very much in the Cardinal Copia school of mystery!


Em: Green Day, Foo Fighters, Wildhearts, Neurotic Outsiders, there is a punk rock influence – which I think you can hear in Shame on You… There are more songs that again didn’t make it on the album as they were more in that style. El seems to like anything with a bit of pace – huge Dave Grohl fan, likes Zeppelin and Ginger Baker- Gets frustrated if there is not enough speed!

H, is very much a thrasher – loves Slayer, Anthrax, Pantera, Slipknot..Rej, is very much an Oasis fan, so we occasionally have a laugh about that!


Rej : What’s wrong with that!?


Jacob: Being from Wales, we have the tradition of having to sing constantly in school and in the football and rugby – But bands like the Manics and Stereophonics are obviously heroes to us. Love Bullet for my Valentine, Skindred and Hondo MacLane… as well!


Em: We have Budgie and Badfinger as our godfathers of Welsh Rock.. and of course Lemmy, who was born in Llandudno!  In the Welsh language music scene there are few bands that are pretty good, Mattoidz and Ashokan are two that spring to mind!


Jacob: I mean it’s all about the 80s 90s metal scene really, Ozzy, Maiden, Crue, Def Leppard, NIN with a few bits of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam thrown in. Loud and aggressive !


What advice would offer aspiring performers?


Jacob: I think the advice is to never give up and to be honest with what you play and write. Passion – never mind if you never play a gig or if you sell a million records, be yourself and authentic and give it the energy and passion. When I finally met my heroes Metallica in 2019, Lars’ passion and energy was the most amazing thing that I had encountered. He asked what I did and pretty much inspired me to push on with this project. Never give up!

Em: The message for everyone is to believe in yourself and to make up your own mind about what you see in the world.


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


Em: I guess we are a fusion of ideas and sounds – the vocal styles vary and the sound is quite unique with a blend of male/female vocals which gives the music a variety that we think is a bit different.


Rej: The fact we are all Welsh speakers and actually try and bring that in to the music I think is quite unique.


Jacob: Our motto if you like is that we are not what you think we are – and that is because we are doing things a bit differently. Whatever you think we might be we are not… the name is based on it!

The masks and the anonymity is deliberate and allows the band/project to continue with other musicians and makes it timeless. 


Em: That makes the members interchangeable and will keep the collective ideal that we have! No ego’s here!


Any new gigs or albums in the future


Jacob- Well we have no plans to play any gigs as that is pretty difficult at the moment. Perhaps something online. We would like to put out an all Welsh language EP, and maybe a few EPs. I’m not really sure when yet!

We want to complete a video for each of the tracks, that’s for sure – there around 8 videos already created. Of course, we had a short run vinyl pressing of What to do What to Say/Breathe Again, and we are working on a photobook of the Parish of Uncertainty album artwork and lyrics. 


Em: We have ideas to add lots of covers to the soundcloud profile! A kind of influences collection! We are so thankful for anyone who will give us a listen. We are on twitter and Instagram, if you want to send us a message we would love that. 


Jacob: I would like to say Diolch, which is thank you in Welsh!

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