Saturday, October 23, 2021

DJ Interviews: Maha

 Here's my interview with Maha, enjoy!

How'd you get started in music?

My music adventure started with a guitar. When I was 14, I had to fight for the right to be admitted to the music school classes, which were already fully packed. I’m thankful to my classmate who gave me a place. Since the first touch of a classical guitar, I have fallen in love with its raw sound, which was uncovered with every Spanish and classic song I played.


Who are your inspirations or influences?

I could mention hundreds of my music influencers, whom I had the pleasure to see live on gigs and festivals. And one of them is Robert Plant, the legend, and surprisingly a very easy-going person. I will never forget our small talk during Dubai Desert Rock Festival on March 9, 2007. I’m also a fan of Colin James, the Canadian bluesman and outstanding guitar player whose music and vocals inspired me to write two blues songs for my album “I Will Survive” released on October 17, 2021. I enjoy roots, especially blues and jazz renditions by Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. However, blues is an uncommon genre in my home country of Ukraine, so it was rather challenging to get the preferable sound. And undoubtedly, you may find me on the first row at concerts of such well-known artists as Shinedown, Zakk Wylde, Rob Zombie, Eric Clapton, Slash, Myles Kennedy, Santana, and many more.


What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

I would recommend to practice on daily basis to gain solid skills, stay open-minded to creation process and don't be afraid to share your thoughts and beliefs honestly in music. Don't forget that the main part in music is emotions and notes, music theory are just the tools. If you feel your own songs it is likely that they will touch other people as well. Be critical and honest with yourself. 


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

My voice and songwriting set me apart from others. Since I write songs by myself I do convey the thoughts that I have strong believes in. I also have Mezzo Soprano voice with bluesy timbre that sounds deeper than female standards. And it is still rare thing to see female playing guitar.


Any new gigs or albums in the future?

I’m going to work on new music and get back in the studio if the Covid situation allows.

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

Friday, October 22, 2021

DJ Interviews: philip.johnson

Here's my interview with DJ Phillip Johnson

How'd you get started in music?

My earliest memories are spinning my dad’s old 78’s. Then when I was maybe 6 or 7 my elder cousin passed me her old collection of 45’s, bands like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis, etc. >Since that I was hooked on music ... vinyl, radio ... anything

Who are your biggestinspirations or influences?

rojan skinhead at 13, loved the early reggae, pop & ska and the first live band my younger brother persuaded me to see when I was 16 was someone called David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars ? >I remember thinking wow, these are good ! Hooked on Pink Floyd since the early days, followed endless bands at gigs / festivals. Love all sorts of music, a lifelong progressive rock and dance music fan. These days I’m going back to my roots and getting more involved with the reggae and dub scene.Main DJ influences include Old Grey Whistle Test, Tiesto, Sister Bliss (Faithless), David Rodigan, John Peel, Don Letts & Greg Dread from Dreadzone.

What advice would you offer aspiring performers

Do what you love. I’ve always done a bit of DJ’ing as a part time hobby more than a job, only because it’s always remained fun, and I’m useless with a guitar.It’s never too late to start, or re-kindle your aspirations.

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

I’m admin of a Facebook group, The Sensory Garden Project, a private group which has over 4,000 members and shares music, comedy and art to raise funds and awereness.Many of our members are musicians, artists, photographers, wanna-be comedians, etcWe have regular events and are currently supporting Papyrus, Prevention of Young Suicide with a compilation of tunes on Bandcamp, currently approx 100 tunes all donated by the artists / producers.

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

We released our first fundraising single in June this year on Bandcamp, Walk Tall, a reggae cover by a band called Sane Ground.The first album was arranged so that all the tracks that had been donated told the life story of an imaginary character, Val Valsson, loosely based on the lyrics from the single.The second album, Walk Tall for Papyrus – Volume 2 releases on 1st December 2021.Walk Tall for Papyrus - Volume 2 | Sensory Garden Project - various artists (  which again loosely follows the life of ‘Val Valsson’ through his early years, a very rocky middle, and a happy ending where music and a black cat saves his life.

Special thanks to him for 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!

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

DJ Interviews: Bejar Music

Here;s my interview with Bejar Music, Enjoy!

How did you get started in music?

The music is not chosen by you, it is she who chooses you. Melodies that you hear and that make you shudder, harmonies that catch you ...

I was born in a house where there was always a piano playing, my sister is a pianist and that hammering of notes was the fertilizer for the need for music to grow in my life.

That piano, along with an old and abandoned guitar that later became my best companion, were the triggers for not knowing how to live without music.

Who are your inspirations or influences?

The hands of Sabicas, Paco de Lucía, Vicente Amigo, Camarón's "quejío", that flamenco mixed with Rock, Triana, Medina Azahara and afternoons that joined the nights and nights that dawned, on the banks of my neighborhood, breaking guitar strings to the beat of clapping, those were my influences.

What advice would you give aspiring performers?

Difficult to give advice ... The most important thing is to be authentic and not get lost along the way, to distinguish between whether you want to be a “musician” by trade and abide by the established norms or be faithful to your feelings and obey your norms, being heterodox.

You have to experiment

How do you distinguish yourself from other bands or singers?

As I said before, you have to experience, feel, live, that may not make you better, but if it gives you the opportunity to know, to be different

Any new concert or album in the future?

I am always composing, every time I pick up the guitar, the piano, any instrument at the end something new comes out that perhaps I discard, keep for myself or show it to the world.

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

Monday, October 18, 2021

DJ Interviews: James Cole


Here's my interview with singer James Cole

How'd you get started in music?

I started playing music as a child because my family always had instruments lying around. I became more serious about it as a teenager and learned how to play drums, guitar, and produce things on the computer. I had a little formal music education growing up but am mostly self-taught. 

In high school and college I played a variety of music in several different bands and had the opportunity to open for some big acts. I produced a folk album of my own music in 2013, but took a break from writing and performing for a few years to focus on my design career and continued to produce songs on my computer as a hobby. 

In 2019, I started writing again and set a goal to create a new project where I could share the electronic music I’d been producing in my free time. In February 2021, I released my first EP under the name naideia and have had a string of release throughout 2021. 

Who are your inspirations or influences?

I draw inspiration from a variety of genres, but have been paying a lot of attention to bass music lately, specifically drum & bass and leftfield bass genres. I think the source of truth for this stuff is VISION Radio, hosted by the members of Noisia. I’m really inspired by the future-forward sounds and innovative arrangements I’m hearing from the bass music and electronica scenes broadly.  

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

Have fun and just keep making stuff! Get used to rejection and become a master of moving past it. 

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

I’m not worried too much about setting my music apart from other music. I’m just trying to make things I like. There’s a kind of cinematic element to this project I’m hoping to express musically and I try to infuse my music with a sense of atmosphere so listeners can imagine being in a different place. I expect the nature of this project to change over time and hopefully the characteristics that set my music apart from other music will become more apparent as it matures.

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

Yes, I’m wrapping up production for a new EP and plan to release it before the end of 2021. 

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

Sunday, October 17, 2021

DJ Interviews: TrailerHawk

 Here's my interview with TrailerHawk

How'd you get started in music? 
We have all been a part of various successful bands in the past and got together to jam just for fun. After a couple of times playing together we realized we could write and were having fun doing it, and so Trailerhawk was born.

Who are your inspirations or influences?
It depends on the band member 😂 I think most of us are quite content listening to Rock, Americana, and old school Country music though. 

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?
Buckle up! It’s going to be a ton of work, but also a ton of fun for those who have the stomach to pursue it. 

How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
We have a sound all our own that just emerged. Maybe it’s all of our different backgrounds coming together; who knows. The producer of our first record, Colin Linden, said the moment he first heard us: “you guys don’t sound like anybody else”. We don’t try to question it! 

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

Yes! We have a new single, Tell Me What, coming out on October 31, which we are so thrilled about. It was produced by the incomparable Dave ‘Rave’ Ogilvie and is different from anything we’ve done so far, so it will be super exciting to see the reactions to it. Also, we have our first show back since lockdown coming up on November 6 at the world famous Hollywood Theatre in Vancouver. We really can’t wait to get back on stage. 

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, October 14, 2021

DJ Interviews: RIVVER

Here's my interview with a band called Rivver, Enjoy! 

How'd you get started in music?

As a band we formed in the October of 2019. I'd played a couple of solo gigs as an acoustic artist and was thrown into the band with Danny (lead guitar) and Tim (drums) by a mutual friend. Danny and Tim had been in bands together from their days in secondary school and all 3 of us clicked from day one, we then struggled to find a bass player for a long time and then I asked James (bass) to get involved after knowing him for a couple of years and we officially came together as a band. We then spent the next couple of months writing and refining some of our original ideas to play our debut gig in the December of the same year. 

Who are your inspirations or influences?

As a lyricist id say I'm influenced by the likes of Matt Murphy from the Wombats as I like to poke fun at myself and my surroundings within my lyrics but also love the music of the Smiths who pair their joyful guitar licks with often dreary subject matter. From a music perspective our tastes are all different so we draw from the different aspects of what we love to listen to such as funk, indie and rock.

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

Just get up, give it a go and most importantly enjoy it. I was initially reluctant to be the singer in the band. I now love the performance and the thrill of being on stage.

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

Due to our eclectic range of influences I think we set ourselves apart by not doing anything that's quite normal for a band in our position, we love to test ourselves and change our genre almost whilst maintaining the same style from track to track.

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

We are ready to play our first Warrington (22/10) and Manchester (28/10) headline shows before the end of October. We also have another gig we aren't allowed to announce just yet but will be announcing soon. Were back in the recording studio at the end of October to hopefully put the finishing touches on our debut EP to be released soon. 

Special thanks to then 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, October 12, 2021

DJ Interviews: Lunar Plxus


Here;s my interview with the band Lunar Plexus. 

How'd you get started in music?


I didn’t come from a traditionally musical family but my father had a very good singing voice and used to sing around the house. My mother used to ‘bash out’ tunes on the piano by ear with no musical training whatsoever. We had an old collection of 78s (Nat King Cole, Fats Domino, Lonnie Donegan etc) which I used to play on the ‘gramophone.’ I distinctly remember playing ‘Secret Love’ by Doris Day over and over again and falling completely in love with her. That song still gives me a lump in the throat.


Music was a big thing at my school. I sang in the school choir and took clarinet and piano lesson but not to a particularly high standard. My musical tastes then were a mix of 1960s greats and 1970s rock.


I think music really started for me at university. I became the musical director, arranger and pianist for a medics revue that played 3 nights to sell out audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. That was my first taste of playing to a paying audience and I found it thrilling and terrifying in roughly equal measure. I also played keyboards in a folk band (not really my thing) that played the club circuit in and around Southampton. Towards the end of my time at university I played keyboards in a band called ‘Al Et Al’ which formed to record songs written by a friend. We recorded 14 tracks at some professional studios and cut a vinyl album ‘Strange Affair.’ Financially, the project broke even and the album appears from time to time on eBay. As an adult, I’ve taken guitar, piano and music theory lessons over many years – I really should be a much better musician than I actually am.


John and I first came together musically around 2000 in a band called Reflux which played various pubs, clubs, parties and weddings in and around Exeter.


We came together again as Lunar Plexus about two years ago for the sole purpose of recording new material. John does all the vocals and we share guitar and keyboard parts between us. I do bass and drums although I’m sure John could do these also. All the material is recorded and produced in a project studio in my home.


Who are your inspirations or influences?


I think John and my musical influences are pretty similar and include Classical music, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. John has a soft spot for The Beach Boys, The Eagles and Muse. I love classic Rock – Deep Purple, Black Sabbath etc. Having said that, my musical tastes are very wide. I’m generally of the view that there’s good music and bad music so I’m not fixated on genre. I love classical music especially from the baroque and classical periods. I seem to be going through a huge Taylor Swift phase currently that’s lasted at least three years and doesn’t seem to be fading!



What advice would you offer aspiring performers?


Listen to as wide a range of music as you can. You can learn from any musical genre. Take some lessons – if only to iron out your playing technique. Don’t be frightened to put yourself in front of an audience. If you fluff some of the playing, it’s not the end of the world and the audience may not even spot it. Do your own thing as a band – commit to your sound. Practice slowly focusing on accuracy – the speed will follow. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Don't be put off by a lack of enthusiastic response from friends and family. Listen to advice but don't be a slave to it.



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


I think our ‘thing’ boils down to the quality of the song writing for which I can take no credit whatsoever. John writes all the songs – music and lyrics. He’s a great songwriter. The lyrics are mature, thoughtful, humorous, sometimes deeply touching and reflect a sophisticated facility with language. The music flows freely but is never obvious or trite. I don’t think John has had any formal musical education but he has an innate sense of ‘what works well.’ His chord choices are often unexpected but very musical and he used lots of suspensions and colour tones which adds interest and spice to the songs.


Any new gigs or albums in the future?


With only two of us in the band, we can’t really play these songs live although one or two of them might survive an unplugged approach. We continue to record new material and have no plans to stop.

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

Monday, October 11, 2021

DJ Interviews: nON sTOP eROTIC cABARET

Gere;s my interview with nON sTOP eROTIC cABARET 

Interview with Non Stop Erotic Cabaret #nSECmUSIC

Timmy Faith (tF) and Damo Devotion (dD), ably assisted by their robot lead singer Marvin Magnificence (mM), are Non Stop Erotic Cabaret, an electronic band from Yorkshire in the UK, who make loveable, danceable, singalongable synth pop symphonies by collaborating via t’interweb, and rarely meeting in person as, when they do, they never seem to get anything done.


How'd you get started in music?

tF: Damo used to run club nights, and when we at a music festival, he invited me to do a guest slot.

dD: Timmy had dreadlocks at the time, which I thought was really cool, and it turned out he was also a brilliant DJ.

tF: You’re too kind.

dD: You’re right. He was an adequate DJ. But he was cheap.

tF: Not as cheap as you.

dD: Fair point.

tF: We then started collaborating on some tunes, and uploading them to Soundcloud.

dD: Then one of our tracks, Connected, suddenly got over 1000 plays, literally overnight.

tF: Damo sent a link to the track to a label, and they rang the next day and signed us.

dD: Who knew it would be that easy?!

tF: That’s how Non Stop Erotic Cabaret was born.


Who are your inspirations or influences?

tF: I am a massive fan of the 90’s Manchester music scene: New Order, A Certain Ratio, Happy Mondays… the list goes on.

dD: And I love 80’s synth pop: Human League, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode and, of course, Soft Cell.

tF: That’s why we named the band after their first album. It was the one album we both owned.

dD: It also made us totally unGoogleable, so we came up with #nSECmUSIC as our hashtag.

tF: So now we are totally Googleable.

dD: Give it a go. #nSECmUSIC. Do it. Do it now. We’ll wait for you.

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

tF: Do what you love…

dD: …and love what you do.

tF: We spent years chasing after every musical fad and fashion, but as soon as we started making the kind of music we like, it really blew up for us.

dD: And don’t forget to have fun.

tF: It’s all too easy to get caught up in the excitement and stress of it all, the numbers of plays on Spotify and so on, but music should be, above all, a joy to do.

dD: If not, what’s the point?

tF: It’s certainly not about the money for us, it’s all about the music.

dD: Which is just as well, as we spend way more than we make.

tF: A lot more.

dD: We do like to shop for shiny things.


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

tF: As far as we know, we are the only synth pop band with a robot lead singer.

dD: He’s called Marvin Magnificence, and Timmy built him in his basement.

tF: Neither of us wanted to be the frontman, so it just seemed like a good idea.

dD: On stage, Marvin does all the vocals, and we just focus on making the music.

tF: Whilst dressed as astronauts.

dD: Another idea which got slightly out of hand.

tF: How do you appear on stage, but remain anonymous? You wear a helmet.

dD: And if you are wearing an astronaut helmet, you’d look if you didn’t wear an astronaut suit too.

tF: If we could, we would travel to gigs in a space rocket.

dD: But they’re a bugger to park.





Any new gigs or albums in the future?

tF: Definitely to the first one, once Covid is over and done with, and maybe to the second one.

dD: Our first three singles, Connected, Mr Moogie, and Jacques Brel Is Alive & Well are on all the streaming platforms, but maybe we will release an album at some point.

tF: We have over 50 tracks ready to release, so it would have to be a double double album.

dD: In the meantime, we release a new track and video every month on our YouTube channel: - that’s the best place to hear our stuff. For free.

tF: It’s no wonder we don’t make any money, is it?

dD: Why do we need money? We already have plenty of shiny things.

tF: That’s true. Mo’ shiny things, mo’ problems.

dD: And mo’ dusting.

tF: If you want to find out more about us, hear our music, and see our videos, Google #nSECmUSIC and connect with us on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Soundcloud…

dD: …or the Twitter. Don’t forget the Twitter.


dD: Stop by and say hi.


Get connected with #nSECmUSIC:






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 Te Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Sunday, October 10, 2021

DJ Interviews: Rufusking Band

Here;s my interview with the Rufusking band.

How'd you get started in music?
First, thank you so much for this interview Dizzy!

In 2017 the four of us came together in a studio and started to write songs: that's were the Rufusking-adventure started. Back then we played a lot of long jams and we still really like to do that, sometimes just for the fun of making music together and every now and then a new song is created while jamming.

All the members of Rufusking have been playing in bands for over 20 years, mostly coverbands in the early years.

Who are your inspirations or influences?
There are so many things in the world that inspire us: daily life, history, people, strange or funny things that we read about on news websites and more. Everything can be the start of a new song.

Musically we are inspired by many artists and bands, but also interested in many genres. We are inspired by bands such as Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, The Rolling Stones, Oasis and the Stereophonics and are always exploring record stores and digital platforms to discover new music. Our drummer, for example, is also a huge fan of jazzmusic!

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?
Practice a lot, play live as much as you can and wherever you can! And, very important: never forget to have fun while making music.

How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
We don't really try to set ourselves apart, we actually embrace all the artists and bands that inspired us so far and we are really happy and proud to be part of a local musical community in the Netherlands and an amazing (online) international musical community as well! It might sound cliché, but we are happy with what and where we are as a band right now.

Any new gigs or albums in the future
We released our new single 'Motel Stardust' on Friday October 8th! We will play two gigs - one 'normal' show on the 8th, one acoustic show on the 10th - to celebrate this.

We are aiming to release our next single late in November. And we will have some gigs coming up in The Netherlands later this year and early in 2022... and we are really looking forward to be playing for live audiences again!
Special thanks to them for doing this interview, & I wish them lots of luck in thier music. So until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Saturday, October 9, 2021

DJ Interviews: Donnie Dynamite

 Hello one & all, DJ Dizzy here & here;s my interview with

How'd you get started in music?

It was about 8 or 9 years ago, I figured there had to be more than just the life and work cycle. The radio was on and was playing The Clash, you know "London Calling". That to me seemed like a sign. It took me a little while to pack up but I moved to London not long after that. You know that feeling when you've been strolling and you realise you've just been staring at the grey mass of concrete and asphalt? You forget to take in the surroundings, but when you finally do, you become inately aware of just how blue the sky is and how very green the grass is. It was the same for me when London materialised around me. Suddenly there was music everywhere, not just the bands in bars and clubs,  or the stadium gigs or street performers, but in everything, the din of the crowds, the noise of the tube, everywhere. I felt so incredibly inspired, I started writing songs and silly ditties. Almost daily there'd be another idea. At first terrible, but slowly getting better. Despite being so productive, it actually took a very long time before my music was anywhere near ready for a release. On some tracks I just kept going back and forth between ideas and being really stuck (there's songs that have been with me for these last 8 years and are still waiting to be released). My music took a real leap when I found Jakub [Malar] and later Roald [Schel] to record some parts, suddenly these tracks gained some depth and they became really interesting and unique feeling. When I realised how much I actually enjoyed having their style influencing my music I started reaching out to other musicians. When I reached out to Hans [Fledderus of Headvox] he came back to me with a beautiful rendition of Challenge. That was the time I decided I should really be releasing my music. I reached out to more singers and before long the beginnings of my first album were there.


Who are your inspirations or influences?

I could name so many, there's so much great music, so many fantastic musicians. I really like musical chameleons, artists like David Bowie, Primal Scream or Paul Weller who are constantly reinventing themselves. Each release something completely different, that’s the approach I’m trying to take with my music. What suprised me is how much inspiration I get from working with different musicians and how much they influence each track. Sometimes a songs style changes completely because of what someone brings.


What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

Hehe, I'm still an aspiring artist myself, so... if anyone's got some good tips, please bring them! I don't really have much advice to give. When I started I found it a bit disheartening trying to break into the music industry, it's so hard to get noticed. Especially these days when there's so many other fantastic indie acts trying to do the same thing, I felt like I was drowning in a sea of excellence. It took me a little while to realise that what I was doing was already 90% of what I wanted to do. I make music daily, I get to work with awesome musicians, I get to release my tracks to the world (and actually be really proud of them). I work really hard on each track, but I enjoy (almost) every minute of it. Yeah, of course it'd be great to get a bigger audience and make a living doing music. That is still the dream, but if I never get there I can count myself so lucky for already being there for the 90%. So... I suppose it boils down to a "Enjoy the journey, not just the destination" kind of thing?


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

I suppose what makes my music different is the way I work. There's not one band or even a writing method. Every musician brings a little bit of themselves to my tracks, which makes every track so different from the next. And, oh man, my music gets so weird. On the surface it'll be a nice little pop tune, with a catchy melody, but underneath there's the daftest chords, a jumble of synths, bass melodies and maybe a kid's toy. I had this thing on Transtage, where I wasn't quite sure where to go with it, but I wanted it to have this big drum sound. I had just started working with this really hip drummer, Kev Zed. So of course, I asked Kev to go crazy, and when I got his tracks back I asked him to go even crazier. When he sent me those tracks, I had him program a crazy beat on top of that. I ended up with this big mess of drum parts which provided just the perfect base for Transtage. I just needed to add the other elements and create a poppy vocal line.


Any new gigs or albums in the future?

I don't think there's any gigs anytime soon. Working with so many different musicians from all over the world is a real blessing, but it'll be a logistical nightmare to get everyone together for a gig. However I've got some real exciting releases coming up, a really dark track with the amazing Daphne [Heijsman] singing and a very lovely pop track on which Tiana will be providing the vocals. In the meantime, my first release "Challenge" has just had its first anniversary, if you haven't already checked out my music, that'd be a great start.

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

Friday, October 8, 2021

DJ Interviews: Sky Pony

 Hey there guys here's my interview with the band Sky Pony

How'd you get started in music?

Well, first off I should say that Sky-Pony is a big band -- there are eight of us, led by married couple Lauren Worsham (vocalist) and Kyle Jarrow (songwriter/keyboardist). So everyone in the band has a different story for how they got started in music. As for how the band came together: everyone had a different connection to either Lauren or Kyle, so it was a bit like assembling the Avengers -- Lauren and Kyle put out a bunch of calls, saying they were starting a music group, and built the team from there.

Who are your inspirations or influences?

We have pretty eclectic influences. Some groups who've inspired us include: Blondie, Arcade Fire, Baby Metal, Depeche Mode, Megan Trainor. There's also a TON of influence from Motown girl groups. One fan called us "bubble-gum Goth" which we love as a descriptor!

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

Don't try to be what others think you should be -- be who you are! The best way to find success as a performer is to find what makes you unique, what you love, and embrace that.

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

All of us in the band share a background in theater (most of all Lauren, who's a professional stage actress). As a result, our band has a strong performance aspect to what it does. Our concerts include costumes, choreography, projections -- we really put on a show! We even created and performed in our own stage musical, The Wildness, which premiered in NYC in 2016 and got nominated for a Lortel Award.

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

This summer we played a show in Times Square, and shortly after we released a new five-song EP called Dragons. It's available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify... everywhere digital music is sold or streamed. We'd love for folks to check it out! At the moment our bandmembers are spread throughout the country (between NYC, LA and Asheville NC) so scheduling gigs is a bit complicated, meaning we don't have another date on the calendar just yet. But we're working on it!

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 aweseome & rock n roll!