Tuesday, March 30, 2021

DJ Interviews: Ragnarok

Hello everyone DJ Dizzy here & I did an interview with a band by the name of Ragnarok who had a lot to say about their humble beginnings. Enjoy!

How'd you get started in music?
I got started at a young age if I'm honest, influenced by my parents who mainly listened to Soul (mum) and Rock (dad), when I turned 18 I decided I wanted to learn guitar so I bought one and am self taught. That decision turned out to be one of the best I have made. Nothing beats coming home after a shitty day and turning my amp up and just letting rip!

Who are your inspirations or influences? 
When I first decided I wanted to play AC/DC and Angus Young were my main influence, but being a metal head bands like Megadeth, Metallica and Iron Maiden but as I grew as a musician and composer I draw influence from more varied sources, I love blues rock as an example but also love bands like Dream Theater and Symphony X as they are just masters at their craft!

What advice would offer aspiring performers? 
you can't be anything your not, so be you. I love to be on stage more than anything and my inner rock star comes out, so I let him out and run wild!! don't be afraid to try new things, they may not work but you will learn from it, and they are the most valuable lessons. Most importantly believe in yourself and know when you have made a good piece of music you can be proud of!!!

Any new gigs or albums in the future?
Yes!! our new EP, Time For Change, is to be launched on 9th September 2018 and a launch party is the way we are doing it. its at @75 club in Birkenhead, Wirral, England, and its set up to be out best yet, loads of cool bands we have played with before! We have more shows and all of those plus new ones added can be found on our website www.ragnarokband.com please get over there as our EP can be listened to for free. 
Matthew Foulkes - Lead Guitar.
I wish them nothing but luck in everything so until then stay righteous & I'll catch you on the flipside! rock n roll!

Monday, March 29, 2021

DJ Interviews: Chief Freely

 Hey there guys, DJ Dizzy here & here's my interview with Chief Freely! Enjoy!

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Chief Freely quickly realized he had a passion for music starting at a young age. After relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, this love of both hip-hop and metal music grew as he began writing and performing his early hip-hop songs at the local level. After a brief time performing as a single hip-hop artist, he began to collaborate with fellow metal lovers and friends. This led to the formation of metalcore band, Destroy by Design (DBD).


As the lead vocalist and songwriter for DBD, he was able to expand his vocal range from his traditional hip-hop flow to the guttural screams and growls loved by metalheads. DBD produced numerous singles and a single self-titled album. The band was also a frequent presence on the Nashville live music scene in addition to a multi-state tour the band was able to experience. Unfortunately, DBD eventually disbanded after members decided to pursue other career options.


Chief Freely also took time to pursue a career in IT but continued to feel this strong need to follow his passion for music. His love for both metal and hip hop influenced the introduction of Chief Freely. Self-described as a hip-hop vocalist with metal influences, Chief Freely seeks to create a unique sound that can be appreciated by both genres. Currently, he is working on his first album as Chief Freely. This album will be titled “Music for Rebels” and will release in late-2021.


Until that time, Chief Freely will be releasing singles such as the first two that have already been released. Collaborating with other artists to diversify his sound, he hopes to not only spread his music, but also a message with his powerful lyrics. As a political and social issue advocate, he wants to tell his audience that issues plaguing the United States and the world can be discussed in any format.

How'd you get started in music?


I was born in Detroit, and I grew up having a passion for the local hip-hop scene. That led me to work on hip-hop music as a teenager. I also loved metal, so I was able to expand my vocal range to be the vocalist for the Nashville-based metal band, Destroy By Design. DBD eventually disbanded, but my passion for both metal and hip-hop led me to start recording under the name Chief Freely.


Who are your inspirations or influences?


Hip-hop influences:

·       Twiztid

·       Esham

·       House of Krazees

·       Tech N9ne

·       Bionic Jive


Metal influences:

·       Rage Against the Machine

·       Deftones

·       Architects

·       Sevendust


What advice would offer aspiring performers?


Don’t be afraid to find your own unique sound. You should embrace the music you like performing, so don’t change your music to fit what you think other people will like. By being original, you can pursue your passion and find those listeners who appreciate your unique sound.


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


I think my vocal sound is unique compared to other artists. I focus on hip-hop, but I also incorporate metal and other vocal styles in my songs. I don’t let a genre define me. I do what I feel like doing in my songs because I love creating music and want to find other people who enjoy how I create music.


Any new gigs or albums in the future?


I will be releasing a new single every month until the end of the year. My next single, Imaginary Lines featuring Dropout Kings, releases on Friday (3/19). I don’t have any shows booked at this moment due to COVID restrictions, but I hope to book some dates once things get back to normal.

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

Monday, March 22, 2021

DJ Interviews: Indie Butterfies Dreame

Hey there people DJ Dizzy here & I recently interviewed a band by the name of  Indie Butterflies Dream who had so much to share on their music & success. So ladies & gents I present to you Indie Butterflies Dream!

How'd you get started in music?

Jack: Music was my passion ever since i was a little boy. Listening to songs on the radio and spinning Elvis the Beatles and Deep Purple records for my father who grew up in the 60's and was all for rocknroll. I knew right away what i want to do in life. Later on playing self taught guitar, and writing own songs. 

Who are your inspirations or influences?

 All the great rock musicians and bands, mostly 80's 90's great rock. Bands like 'Nirvana' but also 'the cure' and 'Therapy?' very diverse...

What advice would offer aspiring performers?

Be yourself. Even if you have some selfs..be all of them. Just don't fake - it shows.

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

We don't actually. There are so many great artists each with his own uniq music. When your music is real it shines above everything, the music set itself apart. We love to connect with other musicians.

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

Yes. We have 3 singles out there, hopefully finish recording the album soon and planning our US & Canada tour, but shhhh it's still a secret.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

The Rock Savages Podcast

Hey there guys its your friend DJ Dizzy & I've had the honor of sharing a podcast who spotlight rock musicians & they call themselves The Rock Savage podcast feel free to check them out because they always have something going on regarding great artists & commentary so give a listen & enjoy!

The Rock Savages Podcast (rocksavagepod.com)

Friday, March 12, 2021

DJ Interviews Sauc

Hey there guys is your old pal DJ Dizzy here & I had the pleasure of interviewing a metal band who call themselves Sauc as they sat down with me & discussed their musical beginnings. Enjoy! 

How'd you get started in music?

The components of SAÜC have had the experience of having played in various bands previously. 
With SAÜC we started at the beginning of 2018.

Who are your inspirations or influences?

We have a lot of influences in the band: Iron Maiden, Metallica, Dream Theater, Berri Txarrak,... Each member of the band teaches a different style, so each song of SAÜC sounds different and varied.

What advice would offer aspiring performers?

It is very important to listen to all kinds of music and have multiple influences. If you manage to make your music very rich in nuances and not all songs sound the same. It is also convenient to practice a lot with your instrument and when composing, look for your strengths and not try to imitate others. And of course, have a lot of patience, discipline and enthusiasm.

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

Our main difference is that we sing in our mother language, Catalan. There are not many bands of our style that sing in this language, and although it seems that the language can be a barrier, we have people from other countries who listen to us. On a musical level, our songs are quite dynamic and varied, so listening to our music is a very entertaining experience.

Any new gigs or albums in the future

Currently we are recording our first official album "eterna". This album will sort out before summer of 2021. For this album we have great collaborations. We would be pleasant to take a tour through our territory, but under the current sanitary conditions it seems quite difficult for the moment.

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

Thursday, March 11, 2021

DJ Interviews: Mastesy

Hey there guys DJ Dizzy here & this is my interview with a band who call themselves Mastesy Enjoy!

How'd you get started in music?


I started playing drums when I was 12 years old (before that I sang in a choir) but playing drums was the start for being creative. With 14 I started playing guitar and directly started writing songs with just a few chords. With 16 I joined a local band as the drummer. One year later the band broke up and I formed my own band as the singer and guitarist.


Who are your inspirations or influences?


There are many inspirations and influences. The Beatles made me start playing drums and Green Day made me start playing guitar. Over the years I would consider The Beatles, Green Day, Oasis, Soundgarden, Jack Johnson, Metallica and Queen as influences.


What advice would offer aspiring performers?


Do your own thing. Try to find your own way even though nobody likes it in first place. Practice every day to master your instrument. Work on your lyrics. That’s what people listen to besides a great beat or guitar riff.


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


I try not to limit myself. There are no boundaries or areas you can´t go to as a musician or artist.


Any new gigs or albums in the future


Yes, when the pandemic is over, I will play acoustic shows. I am working on a EP and hope to release it in summer of 2021.

Special thanks to Eric Janotta for providing the interview & I wish him & his band lots of luck so untill then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

DJ Interviews: Soulpax

Hey there everyone DJ Dizzy here & I say down with a band who answer to Soulpax who had a lot to say on their music & success. So here we go!

How'd you get started in music?

We've both been involved in music from a very early age, singing in choirs, playing guitar in school ensembles, and of course playing with our childhood bands. We were about 17 when we met, both trying to get into Berklee with our respective instruments. After meeting at lunch with Livingston Taylor, James Taylor's brother and professor at Berklee, we started writing together. At that point, we spent a lot of time writing for fun as we developed our skills and learned how to write with each other.  With hard work and a lot of prep we both were accepted into Berklee and were able to continue our writing; that's when we started our serous project, Soulpax. 

Who are your inspirations or influences?

We're both very influenced by the greats of jazz and blues such as Grant Green, Otis Rush, and Aretha Franklin. We also listen to a lot of current r&b and retro soul groups like Durand Jones and the Indications, Alabama Shakes, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and Lady Wray. We hope to play a bill with them someday!

What advice would offer aspiring performers?

Don't ever put yourself in a box, other people will do that for you. Be as true to yourself as possible, be open to trying new things, and don't be afraid of failure. The two of us have had a few failures, but we never let that define us, we build success off of that experience. 

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

Together we are able to write songs that highlight the classic artists who have influenced us growing up, but with a new, modern vibe.  Because of our shared name, we've always joked that we're the same person with two different genders, but we're actually very different people. That's what makes it special: we compliment each other and both bring something important to the table. 

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

We have a summer tour coming up! Visit soulpaxmusic.com to check out show dates. We might be in your area, so come hang out with us!
Also, we definitely plan on releasing some new material this year, so stay tuned. In the mean time, you can listen to our debut album, Inside Outside, on all major streaming platforms. You can also keep up with what we have going on by following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Firework @Soulpaxmusic.

Special thanks to them for doing this interview & I wish them nothing but luck in their career so until then I'l catch you on the flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Saturday, March 6, 2021

DJ Interviews: Chasing Records


Hey there guys DJ Dizzy here & here's my interview with the a band who call themselves, Chasing Records enjoy!

How'd you get started in music?
 (Nathan) I was always given opportunities to play music very young whether it was piano lessons or guitar. I stopped playing for a while but started picking up guitar back in high school and never really stopped playing.
   (Andrew) I started playing music late in life. I was 18 when I bought a drum kit and jumped into a band with zero training. When I was 22, I switched to bass to be able to write songs and  I never looked back.

Who are your inspirations or influences?

(Nathan) Growing up I listened to a quite a bit of country music but really started gravitating to grunge like Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. I listened to alot of 90s alternative rock music like Collective Soul, Green Day and Counting Crows. Now I lean more to Canadian Rock like Matt Mays, Sam Roberts Band and The Trews.

   (Andrew) My parents had a great mix of music playing in the house when I was young. Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Sade and Tom Petty to name a few. I discovered I really loved music when my parents took me to see Aerosmith when I was 8 years old. Being a teenager in the 90's, I fell in love with the alt rock scene at the time. That transitioned to pop punk when I first heard Blink 182 and my bass playing was heavily influenced by Mark Hoppus.

What advice would offer aspiring performers?

Enjoy all and any success. It's difficult being an indie artist especially starting in a pandemic. Find alternative ways to network and reach out and connect with other artists to navigate the world of making music!

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

We have created a full album without ever being in the same room due to the pandemic. We are also bringing in the 90's sounds back into modern indie rock  with full bass lines and simple but melodic guitar riffs.

Any new gigs or albums in the future

We are set to release our second EP The Stories of Others Pt 2 Feburary 26th and a full length album, The Story of Others in 2021. We also have a podcast that features indie artists from all over the world

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! 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

DJ Interviews: Dave Scott

 Hey there guys, DJ Dizzy here & here's my interview with artist Dave Scott, Enjoy!

I got started when I was 7 years old, when I started to play the piano. I never really got into it though as I really wanted to learn the guitar. I started learning guitar around 9 years old and picked up the drums whilst I learnt guitar. I gave up eventually though as I didn’t really have a passion for it at this point. I regained my passion for music when I got back into rock music when I was 16 and I was obsessed with the song ‘can’t stop’ by the Red Hot Chili Peppers so I really wanted to learn the riff on my guitar. This was when I really got back into music and I relearnt all the instruments again and learnt how to write music. I’ve been trying to get better with my music since then and I’ve come a long way regarding my writing of music I think (I’m 21 now).

I’m inspired generally by people in rock music but incorporate other genres into their music. I am really into Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon, as well as U2 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I also like David Gilmour and Jimi Hendrix as guitarists. I really like the entertainment side of music as well, and I think my biggest inspiration regarding this is probably Prince or Freddie Mercury.

I’d advise people to work on their own music and try not to compare the music they make to anyone else’s. I think that people shouldn’t write songs to please other people but instead should try and write for themselves. If people like your music then happy days but if not then you can’t take it personally as everyone has different tastes in music.

I think I draw a lot from music from the past but I add in my own elements which I think make it unique. I’m interested in a lot of different genres of music and I like to incorporate these into my own music. I think that the fact I play all the instruments on my releases also makes me unique to an extent. It is generally the fact that I make music the way I want to and I feel like this is the unique factor for most musicians in terms of their sound.

I have got an album in the works which I am teasing at the moment. It has been a lot of fun to make and that vibe comes across in the songs that I have for it, so I’m really looking forward to releasing the singles and the album later on this year!

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

Monday, March 1, 2021

DJ Interviews Broken Space

 Hey there guys its your old pal DJ Dizzy here, & I had recently sat down with a band called Broken Space who had so much to say on their musical beginings.

I got started in music about a year ago now, what got me into it was my emotions really, I knew it wasn't healthy to bottle it all up inside of my head so I had to let it out in someway - though music was the best option, instead of taking it out on people that mean the most to me. I don't regret getting into music, I love it.

I have a few different inspirations in my life and people who I look unto like NF, Glass Animals, Jeremy Zucker and Tate McRae. They have all given me inspiration in different ways, every single one of them I've learnt from and how I can improve - even as a person I look up to them.

I would always tell people that are getting started into music (or any hobby/new job for that matter) that they should stick with it, you definitely do get moments where you doubt yourself and doubt the support you get but don't let that get to your head, there is people who genuinely support you and want you to win. If you believe in yourself then go with it - all the way.

I set myself away from other bands and singers in a way but not too far because then I can't engage or network with them which is very important for new artists or any artists. It sounds weird but I like to stay by myself when I make music but it's always nice to have someone in the same room as me while I'm making music just to bounce ideas back n forth to each other, I think it can improve music a lot more than people think. Even though I just said I don't like being around people in the studio, I also explained how I do - just depends on my mood and the vibe of the song I guess!

I've got a lot of music planned for this year but it's kept under wraps until the time is right! Every song you hear there's about 2-3 different versions of them with a different chorus or a completely different song entirely - I have to make it until it does justice in my mind and is ready to be released. I haven't ever done gigs or shows so I'll be waiting till the time is right for them!

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