Saturday, April 30, 2022

DJ Interviews : Laura Russo

Hey there guys DJ Dizzy here & I'm taking a little break from the music for a special interview with a movie director who has a new movie called Fear Frequency so join me as she speaks with me on her humble beginnings & be sure to check out her latest projects in the links below.

How'd you get started doing movies?

My interest and love of all thing's cinema started very young but my
entrance into making films began through acting. Working as an actor,
spending time on set and absorbing all of the departments at work, was
essentially my film school. While acting I was always focused on
becoming a filmmaker. I really enjoy every aspect of the process- from
developing and writing the script, through every stage of the
production. I was eventually able to build a core network of like
minded filmmaker friends and we began creating and shooting our own
projects- first a few short films and progressing onto features.

Who are your main inspirations as far as movies or actors go?

My main inspirations in film are from the suspense, sci-fi and horror
genres and its directors. Such as: Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick,
David Lynch, Martin Scorsese and Brian De Palma. More contemporary
influences would be Quentin Tarantino, Nicholas Winding Refin and
David Fincher. I am also greatly influenced by and a fan of the French
New Wave cinema movement and directors such as Jean-Luc Godard. His
use of experimental and avant-garde techniques, ambiguous characters,
motives and endings revolutionized filmmaking. While engaging in
social and political upheavals of the era, making use of irony and
exploring existential themes. What really set this movement apart was
the young filmmakers who circumvented the big studios to craft low
budget, "Indie" films that were fresh, irreverent and completely
modern and placed the creative power in the hands of the director.
This is the style of filmmaking that I gravitate to and feel gives the
best opportunity for the purest creative vision to end up on the

Can you remember the first film you ever saw that got you started?

I guess that would have to be the old Film Noir classics. As a child I
would stay up late at night watching them with my Mom, who loved
suspense and mysteries, and if it was a particularly scary one, I
would end up not being able to sleep that night. Then as I got a bit
older, I would spend weekends at the multiplex going from one theatre
to the next until I had watched every film. But the first film
influences were definitely Film Noir. I really loved the black and
white, shadows, lighting and mood created. Along with the suspense,
character driven and well crafted stories with razor sharp dialogue,
venomous humor and always a femme fatale. I remember Double Indemnity,
Sunset Boulevard, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, Lost Weekend and
Detour having a huge effect on me as a kid- such great stories and
characters that completely drew me in.

What advice would you offer to people who want to pursue filmmaking?

For anyone wanting to pursue filmmaking I think the best advice I can
give is just start shooting with whatever camera you have. Have a
solid concept, take the time to write a story using whatever locations
you have available and start shooting. Work on your craft- trial and
error can be the best teacher. And when you have a completed film,
entering your work in film festivals is a great way to gain exposure.
Or if you are good on social media, doing short content based on your
feature ideas and posting on various platforms is also a great way to
get interest and exposure for your work.

 Any new projects coming up in the future?

Yes I have two projects in development and out for financing. A very
unique and gritty sci-fi thriller titled "Dead Stream" Tim Huddleston,
my producing partner and I wrote the script and I will direct.

And a wonderfully frightening and disturbing horror film "Survivor
Girl" written by Tim and I will direct. We shot a short film based on
the feature script and went through festivals winning several awards.

I am very excited about my current film "Fear Frequency" starring
Julienne Davis known for Stanley Kubricks "Eyes Wide Shut." The film
has won two Best Actress Awards for Julienne and a Best Film and a
Best Thriller Award. The sci-fi psychological horror/thriller is
available now on Amazon Prime Video. Links are below for Amazon along
with our websites where we can be contacted for more info about any of
our projects.

Friday, April 29, 2022

DJ Interviews: Keyon Harris

 Heres my interview with Keyon Harris

How'd you get started in music?

I always had a love and passion for music. I started writing songs at the age of 11. I rediscovered my passion over 8 years ago and started back writing songs again. An one day I said I am going to try and record what I wrote. What do I have to lose. I played my song to my uncle and he liked it. He told me that I had some real talent. He told me to keep it up, and so I did. I have been recording now for a little over 5 years. I've accumulated a couple of awards and a certificate along the way, so I believe I made the correct decision.

Who are your inspirations or influences?

My uncle inspired me continue doing this. There has been numerous amounts of time that I have wanted to quit, but I always remember how much he believed in me and my talents so I keep sticking with it. As far my musical influence, I am a really huge fan of Gary Clark Jr. I love his work, and he is who I try to emulate my music after.

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

Believe in yourself. Do not let anyone tell you that you can't do something. Work extremely hard, and be very patient. Things don't happen overnight usually, so you have to have that perseverance to make it through. An lastly, always be aware of scammers. Just because something sounds really good, doesn't mean it is. Be careful with who you trust. Never rush into anything. All lessons are not free.

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

What sets me apart from the other artists is the fact that I do everything myself. I write my own songs. I make my own beats/melodies. I mix my own songs. I'm very hands on in all of my work. I have complete control of the whole entire creative process. Plus all of my songs tell real life stories. Lastly I taught myself how to sing. I've never had a vocals lesson or anything. I'm still learning.

Any new gigs or albums in the future

Yes I am working on several projects at the moment. I hope to release them in the upcoming months. I have one called Get Smacked. It's a little freestyle type Rap song. Then there is one called Blessed. It is a very upbeat bluesy type song. Along with Like a Rock, another blues song. An Rooftop Sittin, which is kind of a love R&B song. So as you can see, there is a lot of music for me to release. I just have to get to it haha.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

DJ Interviews: Spacegoat

 Hey there guys DJ Dizzy here & here's my interview with the band Space goat who shared their musical beginnings

How'd you get started in music?
I was always drawn to music and performing, though I was quite shy about it in my younger years. As a teen I started getting up to do guest vocals with my mates bands and finally joined one of my own in my early 20's. It wasn't until I joined Spacegoat in 2017 that I really found my groove and my own sound though. 

Who are your inspirations or influences?
Believe it or not, while metal is my favourite genre, it was my teen obsession with Hanson that pushed me deeper into music and wanting to play! When it comes to my influences in heavy music, I can credit Guano Apes frontwoman Sandra Nasic, Skin from Skunk Anansie, Chino Moreno of Deftones, Otep, and much of the late 90's and early 2000's nu-metal. 

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?
Have fun with it! Do it for the love of it, and put as much heart and soul into every performance as if you were playing at Madison Square Garden, even if you're in a stage-less corner of a dingy pub! Ultimately if you play your music for you, and perform genuinely, it shines through and whoever is watching will find that infectious and connect with it. Some of our most fun shows have been to small audiences and that's because we rock out and bring the vibe, so never be disheartened by seemingly "small" crowds. 

How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
We don't try to set ourselves apart, but I think that in not trying, in some roundabout way that actually sets us apart... Does that even make sense? We don't attempt to "be" anything, we are just five mates who really click when it comes to songwriting, and we love to have a good time. Spacegoat is like this rad adventure for us, and the joy and energy we get from being this band seems to just shine through to people. So I think that's what makes us stand out. 

Any new gigs or albums in the future
We're scheduling gigs right now and will be back in the studio in June to record some brand new songs so you'll be hearing a lot from us in the second half of 2022! 

Bonus question: How'd you come up with your band name?

It came about when someone heard the word "scapegoat" incorrectly, haha! Spacegoat had a really fun vibe to it so we rolled with that! 

Saturday, April 23, 2022

DJ Interviews: JMPinker

 Here's my interview with singer JM Pinker who shared his musical upbringing

How'd you get started in music?

I started in high school with my friends. We had a band at that time but since I was a kid I was surrounded by music, my father played the harmonica and guitar. My brother plays the guitar as well and he was part of a Chorus. Since then I had a curiosity about music. I started with the guitar, then the keyboards, bass, etc.

Who are your inspirations or influences?
I have to say that all 80´s rock stars but my main influence will be Pink Floyd. For example, my musician name JMPinker, I got it several years ago when I was working as a radio DJ. At that time it was normal to have a nickname for that job so my partner called me PINKER because of my love for Pink Floyd.

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?
Just follow your dreams, everything can be real if you put all your effort into it. Nothing it's easy, it's a constant fight if you want to get success and it's not like a magic word, it takes time. Take it as a game that you enjoy and not a job that you have the obligation to do.

How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
That is something I never thought about. I just do record and produce. I think in the end it´s the passion but that will be selfish (thinking that others do not do it with a passion) so I rather don´t express more than this.

Any new gigs or albums in the future
Yes but right now I have so little time for music because of my principal job, but I´m so anxious to make more soon. I hope it doesn´t take so much time.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

DJ Interviews: SpinFix

 Here's my interview with music producer Josh Wilson

How'd you get started in music?

7 years old, new primary school, late 80's. My parents wanted me to learn an instrument, and I wanted to play the guitar, but my parents said I should learn the piano and that would give me the foundation to play other instruments. It was a new school I had started at, they wanted to form a school brass and woodwind band. They did this school-wide music test, I was about 8 by then, I scored 112. So my mum took me to a music shop in Sydney, and there was this large room full of orchestral instruments, she said "You can learn to play any instrument in this room..." I looked around and found the most uncomplicated instrument I could find, I chose the trombone. In high school, at a different school, I joined their orchestra with the trombone. In the first year, the orchestra travelled to Japan for 2 weeks as part of a sister city program. During my high school years, I taught myself guitar from tablature. I started to write music around 16years old. In the late 90s, Instead of completing my HSC, I traded grade 12 for a year studying an advanced certificate in audio technology at the Australian Institute of Music. I did really well in a class called digital technology, which was electronic music production, writing and producing music using a computer and a music keyboard. When I had finished, I went on to complete a couple of short DJ courses. I started to produce music at 18years old on a digital 4track. Nothing spectacular, but as I got more complicated, I did end up getting little spots of airplay and recognition on national radio over the first couple of years of the naughts.
Who are your inspirations or influences?

 I have a huge, wide taste in music. As a kid, I was influenced by music that I'd dig out of my parent's collection. Queen, Neil Young, Supertramp. I loved heaps of Pink Floyd. I was classically trained on piano and was given a 4 CD box of Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky. I loved some of Beethoven's piano pieces and Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture. At 11years old the girl next door got me into Guns N' Roses, I had to keep it a secret because my Christian parents didn't want me listening to all the swearing at that age. My uncle, a large family and he's the youngest, 4 years and one day older, got me into Nirvana and NWA one day. I learnt guitar from a lot of Nirvana's tab. My dad introduced me to triplej radio in my early teens, around the start of the yearly triplej hottest 100 countdowns, he had been listening to triplej from the beginning, and I still listen to triplej to this day. Through the 90's I listened to a lot of alternative music, indie music, and a lot of Australian bands, I saw the rise of Spiderbait, Grinspoon, Regurgitator, and Powderfinger. One of My fave eras of music that influenced me a lot was 1998 to 2002, with bands having their last say on the 90s and making their mark on the naughts. I knew of Nine Inch Nails, a really fave song of mine is March of The Pigs. I was listening to a 2 part interview with Trent Reznor (January 2000) about the production of The Fragile. I was intrigued by this interview, amazed by experimental recording methods and techniques and the 4 years it took to produce, I just had to have this album. I listened to it so much, in headphones, for about 3months, that really changed my taste in music and had me looking at things way past guitars and drums. Cousins in the late 90s gave me a listen of Ok Computer by Radiohead, but I didn't think much of it, it wasn't till Kid A and Amnesiac that I took notice. I never liked club music, I hated 4 on the floor. My taste for electronic music came around when Regurgitator crossed over from their grunge debut into their number one electronica album, I liked the big beat genre that came along with the Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim. Things like Kid A and Unkle's Psyence Fiction showed that electronic music could be something more, I was always late to the party and Psyence Fiction was something I bought in the same purchase of Kid A. I loved what Aphex Twin was doing, and got heavily into Drukqs. I first got into hip-hop through EMINEM, I was outside a nightclub around the time The Marshall Mathers LP was released, there was this small car decked out, all the doors open and they were pumping this album at full ball down on the street, and I loved it, that was some crazy stuff. I ended up collecting a lot of EMINEM's music, and that got me into Outkast with the album Stankonia, and Kanye West with the album Late Registration. A house I used to hang out at during this time always had Dr. Dre's album 2001 playing, or the DVD up in smoke. This love of hip-hop got me into the Aussie scene, faves of mine, Hilltop Hoods, Bliss n Eso, Drapht, Horrorshow. I got into a lot of punk through the mid to late 90s, and was buying up a heap of record label samplers from Fat Wreck Chords, Epitaph Records, Fearless Records, Hopeless Records. One of the bands that made such a huge impact on me, the day I pressed play on the album Relationship of Command, At the Drive-In to this day is still my number one favourite band of all time, that album for me absolutely blew me away from the first day I heard it. In the same purchase, I got into Source Tags & Codes by ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail OF Dead, and I've gone on to collect a heap from both bands. These were my formative years.
What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

 practice a lot, play a lot, and collaborate with others. I like what Dave Grohl said "When I think about kids watching a TV show like American Idol or The Voice, then they think, ‘Oh, OK, that’s how you become a musician, you stand in line for eight f*cking hours with 800 people at a convention centre and… then you sing your heart out for someone and then they tell you it’s not f*ckin’ good enough.’ Can you imagine?” he implores. “It’s destroying the next generation of musicians! ...Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy an old f*cking drum set and get in their garage and just suck. And get their friends to come in and they’ll suck, too. And then they’ll f*cking start playing and they’ll have the best time they’ve ever had in their lives and then all of a sudden they’ll become Nirvana. Because that’s exactly what happened with Nirvana. Just a bunch of guys that had some sh*tty old instruments and they got together and started playing some noisy-ass sh*t, and they became the biggest band in the world. That can happen again! You don’t need a f*cking computer or the internet or The Voice or American Idol.” ...It is a different world now though, and how you use the internet is important. But it's ok to suck, the more you play and practice and perform the better you get, and be yourselves, no one else can be the best version of yourselves. Let inspiration drive creativity.
How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?

I have always done my own thing, I've never used other people's music for the framework of what I am doing. I only started using software in 2019, I have always used hardware, multitrack digital recorders, and no midi. I want a sound, I pick up an instrument and play it. Limitations have always brought the best out of me. I've never tried to fit into any genre. Build as I write. I use a lot of FX. I edit a lot. I bounce a lot. Now I'm using software, and I can spread out a bit, a lot of stuff can now be done within the box, I still pick up an instrument and play it, and I try not to use too much quantise. What has always kept me in line is programming drums, and that side of things puts me into an electronic category.  
Any new gigs or albums in the future

My project SPiNFiX has always been a studio project and has never been performed live. My spoken word album 'intangible brightness' was released in 2018. '8 Gritty Tracks from the 4 Track Years' was released in late 2020, along with '8 Faves From 21 Years'. I've been working on an instrumental collection called 'defined darkness', the first part was released in 2021 and there will be more down the track and plans to get heavier. 'Memorized, Covered, Vol. 1' was also dropped in 2021, and another volume to drop before too long. All this can be found on streaming services. There is a new track to be dropped within a week on SoundCloud and other pages, and when I have enough tracks this will lend itself to a new album before too long, check out 'the automation' released earlier.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Mildra's Song

This is a rough draft of a song that I've done & its about someone that I really care about
but I hope that you all like it

Monday, April 18, 2022

DJ Interviews W Rix Victory II

 Hello there everyone, its The DJ with an interview of none other than 

W Rix Victory II who shared with me their work complete with links down below

How'd you get started in music?

It was around me, dad played piano, had 100s of albums – 78s included. Great Uncle Kappy was in Red Nichols & The Dorsey Brothers Orchestras before he & Glenn Miller formed Glenn's Orchestra. I'm only trained in classical piano, had 2 guitar lessons, made my own tuning ala Stanley Jordan and play what I feel. I mainly sing and play percussion with others though. My first time in a recording studio was at age 12, I talked my next door neighbor into driving me. It might have helped meeting Karen Carpenter and getting a hug when I was little, it was a Bob Hope gala. Bob, Richard and Karen were all really nice folks. I knew Jazz players and Big Band leaders, Country Stars, The O'Jay's guitarist and so many more, music surrounded me.

Then when I could drive, I worked an insane number of concerts because I knew everyone. It might have got out that I could build a synthesizer, but my cousin Jay playing with his best friend Billy Gibbons who was managed by my cousin-in-law probably didn't hurt. I wound up doing sound for Muddy Waters Band in the first gig after Muddy died as my friend Jesse “Guitar” Taylor was opening at Stubbs. There I met the legend Pinetop Perkins, a wonderful gentleman. I worked all 3 Tornado Jams for Joe Ely, all sorts of Lone Wolf/ZZ Top/ Point Blank shows, bands from Gregg Allman & Rossington-Collins to The Ultimate Force, Planets, KISS, Black Sabbath, Don McLean, Saxon, Hagar, Loverboy, Kansas, & just so many more. I knew greats like Eric Johnson & Stevie Ray and my friends took them on, one traded riffs with Ted Nugent until Ted threw down his guitar. We were all pretty amazing in our own ways.

I was there when Rossington-Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd band members) broke up, their manager ensconced in my limo. I've been backstage with musicians, sports idols and families of the band more times than I can count. Spent days with bands, from Don McLean to Bobby Kimball (Toto) to Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath). I've also helped them sober up, paid bills for older musicians, helped collect money for medicine, funerals and gear. It's part of why I do #RockinFaves for free, working in music is not an easy path, not everyone gets a chance. I've lost a ton of money, but it's put me in places that were amazing. I'm going to give back until I'm gone.

The pictures I put on Twitter are connected to my life in music and the people closest to me. I gave my personal recording contract over to Venny (Ohio Players, Lubach), Jimmy and Foundation when my band broke up and we produced around 30 tracks. The music is not my style, but I love what we all did. Venny and Bobby (his brother) have passed away, and I'll miss them forever.

Who are your inspirations or influences?

Obviously, ZZ Top & Point Blank, Joe Ely, Jay Boy Adams & band members like Jesse Guitar Taylor. Beyond that Richie Furay – Buffalo Springfield & Poco, Jeff Beck, especially the Jazz/Rock Fusion early days, Jaco, King Crimson, Starcastle, Kraftwerke, Cornell Dupree who played with Jimi Hendrix and Kind Curtis, a lot of the Hair Metal bands, Slade, I have always been more ProgRock to Metal and into folk/World music, Jazz and Orchestral. And a lot of Reggae and old school African music like King Sunny Ade to Euro-only bands.

On the producer/engineer side I have several and one schoolmate runs the Audio Engineering Society now. Within these circles my teachers, family and myself have produced or worked with bands and artists like Cream, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Beach Boys, Texas Tornados, Vaughan Brothers, David Byrne, Talking Heads, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bob Dylan, Bowie - I have hundreds of pages listing them and yet nowhere near all.

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

Go for it, life is a single shot, I Told a friend to go to school, he produced/engineered Lionel Ritchie, Hole, Fleetwood Mac and more in LA at Conway on Melrose. Galen Henson from home has worked with Taylor Swift and been in Joe Satriani's band. Be sure you save some money, and buy things you need, you may be up and down or hit it big, but fame can be fleeting. Do what you love and love what you do and take care of those you love.

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

I went to a Church of Christ School and got really good at Acapella, and you lose your fear when you develop that muscle, so to speak, but honestly it's more in songwriting theory and my system that I excel. I give it away, but it is beat/ scoring based and a song written on it can work in any genre or style. I have examples and breakdowns on Facebook as well as in Tweets. I have a strong sense of beat and phrasing, so I can flow. I've grown up in so many genres I can go almost anywhere musically.

Any new gigs or albums in the future.

I'm hoping my guitarist is better soon, but she has lupus. She was in the Delinquents with Rolling Stone & Creem writer Lester Bangs, a legend. She was there when he had to write the story on John Lennon's death. So she's got mad skills and work with Billy Preston (The Fifth Beatle) and Bobby Keys (Stones, Joe Ely and many more) that we need to finish and release. Beyond that I'm actually considering a solo with selected artists and remakes of Venny's works.

The biggest things I have on the horizon are new technologies that will allow us to build the best INDIE platform ever. We'll enable home to studio recording and multiple location recording that is affordable. We're out to level that playing field and help Indies make money, real and livable income. It has to happen, I've buried too many broke musician friends.

Dropbox - VENNY WU PROJECT - Simplify your life

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

DJ Interviews: Ten Eighty Trees

 Here's my interview wih the band Ten Eughty Treeswho shared their musical origins with me'

How'd you get started in music?

I don't particularly come from a very musical family. My parents would play music around the house when I was growing up like Prince, The Rolling Stones & Roxy Music but neither played instruments. It was only after I saw my uncle playing guitar that I thought 'oh, that looks cool, I fancy a bit of that' getting my own guitar not long after when I was about 10. Music still felt like something that superhumans did and not really something a slightly chubby kid from Gateshead could do for a long time after that. But after hearing American Idiot when I was 13 something just clicked and I just started putting everything into playing, writing and listening to music. It was so inspiring hearing these songs that you could actually play and sing along without having to have the chops of Slash or the endless guitar effects of The Edge. I've really never looked back since.

Who are your inspirations or influences?

Obviously Green Day were a huge influence in my formative years but I'd also sight acts like Gorillaz, Foo Fighters, Scissor Sisters, Franz Ferdinand as well. They were all some of the first albums I bought that housed some of the most amazingly catchy songwriting, which is something I still try and emulate when writing for Ten Eighty Trees to this day. A memorable tune is worth its weight in gold to me. If I write something and it's not stuck in my head for the next day or two I know it's probably not going to be a one worth keeping. 

Inspiration can strike at any moment and come from the most unlikely places as well. Smartphones have been an absolute savour in that sense. I make little voice notes and written notes on my phone all the time, a lot of which lead to full Ten Eighty Trees songs. There's a lot of ramblings and half baked ideas on there too though. Honestly, if I ever got my phone nicked they just think they'd robbed a mad man given the daft little bits of songs that are stored on there. 

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

Have a nice time, as much of the time as possible. When you stop having a nice time, change it up and do something else. Life's too short to flog a dead horse. 

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

I don't think we consciously try to be different from what else is out there. That in itself would probably end up sounding quite contrived and forced. We just do what we like, writing catchy tunes that rock, making a lot of noise in the process. I guess our image sets us apart a little, all wearing our turquoise blue clobber on stage. The fact we all wear the same thing is slightly unusual as well, but we like how this makes us feel like a gang, all in this together, no one is bigger than the band, all dressed the same. Like some kind of Hard Rock Devo. 

Any new gigs or albums in the future

We have a few festivals coming up over the summer and a short stint up in Scotland in May which we're excited to get over the border for. We also have a new release on the horizon that'll likely really test our fanbase to their limits as it's like nothing we've ever done before. But we're staying TenEightyTight lipped on that for now and you'll have to keep an eye on our socials for more info coming soon. 

Saturday, April 16, 2022

DJ Interviws: A Band Called Paul

 Here's my interview with a Band called Paul there are links below for their music so feel free to have a look

How'd you get started in music?
It started for me at a very young age, which is a long time ago. My mum tells stories of an infant me arranging cardboard boxes into drums on the doorstep and banging them with knitting needles. I started taking drum lessons aged 7 and progressed to orchestral percussion lessons in my teens, at which time I was playing in youth orchestras and school rock bands. I subsequently got a percussion job in one of the two professional orchestras here in Ireland. All this time I was also playing and touring with rock bands and writing music for TV, film and theatre.

Who are your inspirations or influences?
My earliest influence is The Beatles. My formative years were spent to a soundtrack of punk and new wave, leading into synth rock. And playing in the orchestra exposed me to a while range of repertoire from jazz through musicals and, naturally, the 'classical' composers from Bach to Prokofiev. It all now mixes in one cauldron of influence and is the root of how and why I jump between genres, or merge them, a lot.

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?
Try to not compare yourself to other artists - there's room for everyone and everyone develops at their own pace. And take regular breaks to regain perspective and recharge your batteries.

How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
Probably most of all in the mix of genres that I blend together. It's quite unique and it has often been remarked that I have a distinctive sound as a result.

Any new gigs or albums in the future?
As of April 2022 I'm currently putting a live band in place, now that the pandemic restrictions have subsided. The next step is to take that band on the road to perform my existing catalogue of tracks while also working on a second album. I'm also currently working on a third collaboration with my good friend, the American rapper JoeliD.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

DJ Interviews: Jack Mystery

 Here's my interview with rock band Jack Mystery

How'd you get started in music?
I think it started by just really loving music.  First just listening and imagining playing it, then actually playing it.  We all learned our various instruments during middle school and formed early bands with friends throughout our high school years.  In those bands we played talent shows, small clubs, and parties. The members of Jack Mystery all grew up in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, but we didn't form as a group until July 2001. 

Who are your inspirations or influences?
We are collectively driven by rock music, but we play and listen to almost all styles of music.  As a group we listen to lots of 90s and 00s music including Clutch, Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, 311, Primus, Deftones, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Pantera, and many others.  We've been inspired by so many musicians over the years, but here are a few from each band member.  Our vocalist Nick Kaylor drew inspiration from Mike Patton, Neil Fallon, Billy Corgan, and Eddie Vedder, while our guitarists Jonathan Rollans and Chris Shockley created their styles by utilizing elements from such greats as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, and Trey Spruance.  Bass player Casey Henson enjoys and emulates Cliff Burton, Les Claypool, and Victor Wooten, while drummer Brett Derbes took inspiration from Matt Cameron, Stephen Perkins, Abe Cunningham, Chad Sexton, and John Densmore.

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?
Practice everyday and collaborate with other musicians as much as possible.  Listen to many styles of music from all across the planet.  Be humble and try to learn something from every musical encounter.  Tell other musicians when they impress you and ask them to show you some of their tricks.  Play the music that you love, not the music that you think other people will love.  Be proud of your music and share it with the world.  Chase your dreams as long as you can and never stop playing music.  Don't worry about what other people say, as it usually doesn't matter.

How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
Sometimes artists try to fit within a particular genre, style, or market, and that is fine.  But, you can set yourself apart in so many ways, beginning with your name, logo, image, style, lyrics, music, and message.  Be aware of your style and image, and change it if necessary.  If you focus on creating music that you enjoy then your passion will resonate in your work.  Put the time into your craft and others will notice.

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

Unfortunately, the bulk of our shows were played from 2001 to late 2006, and we do not have any new gigs on the horizon.  We've released our album (The Tunguska Explosion) and EP (Things, Left, Unsaid) online, but we plan to make other songs available soon.  The band recently reconnected after several years and the possibility of remotely collaborating on new songs someday exists.  Who knows what the future holds...

Monday, April 11, 2022

DJ Interviews: Tone Locked

 Here's my interview with the bnd Tone Locked

Tone Locked, Alt Rock Trio from the Midlands UK. Dean Brady (vocals, guitar), Darren Dale (drums) and Simon Berry (bass)

How did you get started in music?

Dean: I was given a guitar in secondary school by a friend, which I still have, I played it and saved up for an electric guitar. We also had a music based youth club in town, I met a lot of other musicians there.
Darren: I was asked to play drums in a new band, I couldn't play drums and didn't have a drum kit at the time but I said yes anyway.
Simon: I've always been into music, learning an instrument was all part of being a kid when I was growing up.

Who are your inspirations or influences?

Dean: Nirvana, Metallica, Dave Grohl, Jack Black, Corey Taylor, Eddie Vedder, Brandon Boyd, Dan Auerbach, I could go on.
Darren: Many. Biggest influences on my playing style are The Stray Cats, The Ramones and The Doors.
Simon: Bauhaus, The Virgin Prunes, The Cult and local bands that kind of made it, like Play Dead

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

Dean: Practice, practice, practice, and then practice some more.
Darren: Perform live every chance you get, even if there is only 1 person in the audience, get up on stage and play.
Simon: You only get out what you put in, so practice, have fun and surround yourself with the right people.

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

Dean: Not sure, I think it was just a fluke that somehow we got the recipe just right.
Darren: As a band we have developed a distinct style from playing live gigs together, probably because none of us like the same music. I have no idea how it works, but it just does.
Simon: We try not to play the songs you would expect us to play, give you some surpises.

Any New gigs or albums in the future?

Dean: After playing 130 gigs in 23 months before the world changed we decided to dial back on gigs for this year, but we will see how it goes. As for new music, there are a few new ideas, and old ideas.
Darren: We have 16 gigs this year, a lot less than previous years, but you can blame that on covid. We have a couple of EP's out, maybe an album is on the horizon.

Simon: 2 gigs a month this year, and a festival, and hopefully we will complete the album we started, that became EP's.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

DJ Interviews: Of the sun & the moon

 Hey there all, here's my interview with the band Of the sun &  the moon!

John LORENA:  guitars, bass, keyboards, programming; songwriter and producer

Lory DE LOREAN: vocals, backing vocals; songwriter

Hi Dizzy and hi everyone reading … it’s a honor and a privilege to be here doing this interview and answering these questions … here we go …

How'd you get started in music?

(JOHN) As far as I remember, I’ve always had music in my ears, from an early age, thx to my parents and my closest relatives. They all were fans of music … various genres, from classical to soundtracks and orchestras … and, therefore, I automatically learned to listen to everything and to like it too, especially soundtracks.

When, as a teenager, I started to be, musically speaking, more independent and to use my personal stereo system, then I began to look around, to listen, above all, to the radio charts. The first record I bought, strange to say, was ‘Spirits having Flown’ by the Bee Gees.

One day, I saw on TV a commercial for a US band, they were wearing make up, they were strong, strange, spectacular ... behind’em a luminous writing that said ... KISS! Wow, in the next days I heard a certain ‘I was made for Loving You’ on the radio ... I had to have that record, ‘Dynasty’ ... I immediately fell in love with everything ‘bout them ... and from there it all started ... I wanted a guitar, I wanted the sheet music, and I started strumming something here and there … I had a passion for ‘Beth’ … in the following years I had my first electric guitar, I improved my skills, self-taught, and the desire and the need to write something of my own were born in me, as well as to assemble my first band.

We were in the early 90s and I formed several bands, FightHeads, Magic Touch, but they never took off due to members having other priorities or more likely being ‘posers’ than musicians. Over the years I’ve written and developed a lot of stuff … they’re times when there were not yet all the possibilities of today, at the technological and self-promotion levels … it was all much more difficult ...

… let's get to 2010 ... when I’d almost lost hope, there was a meeting, almost fortuitous, with Lory (De Lorean), and I instantly understood that, thx to her vocal eclecticism and energy, probably, working together, we’d have done and created something interesting and original. She accepted with enthusiasm ... and so it was ... the birth Of the Sun and the Moon ...

(LORY) I lived in a small village in the south of Italy. There was little entertainment, and, as a child, ‘twas a party when, with my brothers and sisters, we watched music shows on TV. I was feeling myself good only when I started imitating the singers I was listening to, and I could sing out loud. I did it to play ... until my parents and some of my sisters spurred to make me take it more seriously.

I state … like John, I’m self-taught, but I like to experiment and improve myself day after day. As a teenager, I started attending pubs, clubs, locations offering ‘open mic’ or karaoke nights to try my voice on real musical bases and, above all, in front of an audience that was not made up of friends and relatives. I also decided to participate in musical events, contests, talent shows, and, at home, I’ve some prizes and awards I’m absolutely proud of.

At a certain point, however, this began to be a bit too monotonous and reductive … I felt closed, as in a loop, while I always thought I’d something more to show, to give and to bring out ... to myself probably. For some time I’d in mind to write, to play and interpret my original tracks and not just covers by other artists. The meeting with John, ten years ago, with rock and heavy metal, and the birth Of the Sun and the Moon was regenerating, opening new horizons for me … it broke down a certain type of barriers ... a rebirth, definitely.

Who are your inspirations or influences?

(JOHN) ... already talked ‘bout KISS ... Lory's and my luck was that, for lots of years, we worked for radio stations and as music journalists, so this allowed us to listen to everything ... music of all genres, from rock to pop, from country to hip hop and rap, to dance, to electro music, classical music ... we’ve thus learned to appreciate the particular nuances of each musical genre ... and unconsciously we’ve stored ‘em ... we’ve behaved like sponges absorbing every interesting element of each song … and now we’re making the music … they re-emerge, time by time, enabling captivating contaminations.

As far as I'm concerned, however, the main influences are well rooted in metal and rock ... they go thru’ a long period ... starting from the psychedelia of Pink Floyd, the genius of Queen, the tenacity of Deep Purple, crossing the NWOBHM, with the elaborate songwriting of Iron Maiden and the epicness of Saxon and Ronnie James Dio, and landing in the Bay Area, with the technique and power of Metallica and Megadeth. I don't want to forget the Queensryche sophistication, as well.

Talking about the 2000s, I’ve been, and still I’m, attracted by female fronted symphonic metal bands, such as Epica and Nightwish (with Tarja), and also by absolutely elegant but energetic hard rock formations such as Kamelot and Evanescence. I also love the boldness and originality of Rammstein, and closely follow Arch Enemy … in addition to being technically flawless, they’ve an extraordinary vocalist, Alissa White-Gluz.

I've always been very interested in the evolution of guitarists such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, Marty Friedman, the unfortunate Jason Becker, and the mourned Dimebag Darrell. But, you know, in the 90s, I was a big fan of bands like Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and Depeche Mode, and still today I go crazy for the electronic blues rock of ZZ Top ... so, I feel very multicolored ‘bout my influences ...

(LORY) ... on the other hand, I grew up listening to exceptionally vocally gifted female artists like Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, and singers with a strong, hard, biting voice like Tina Turner and Anastacia, or the Italian Loredana Bertè ... ‘bout male vocalists … well, Freddy Mercury, George Michael, Michael Bolton ...

... later, meeting John, I approached metal and rock … being influenced by female icons such as Lita Ford, Doro Pesch, Pat Benatar, Lee Aaron, and today by Simone Simons of Epica, Tarja Turunen (ex Nightwish), the Italian Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil, Amy Lee of Evanescence, Alissa of Arch Enemy. They’re all great sources and models to study.

As regards, however, inspiration in songwriting ... ok … it can come from everyday life, what happens to us, good or bad, or what happens around us; but it can also be a book, a movie, a soundtrack, a historical or fictional character ... as long as it’s interesting and suitable to build a story about ... we’re not barred from anything and everything can strike our attention, imagination or our intellect.

(JOHN) ... a further sign of Lory's eclecticism, on a musical level, is also demonstrated by the fact that, for a couple of years, she’s not only been engaged as a vocalist in Of the Sun and the Moon, but is carrying on a ‘solo project’ that has already given its fruits ... two original singles, one in Italian, pop dance funky style, ‘Note di Notte’, and another born from the collaboration with a Peruvian rapper, Bomber MC, ‘Senza Lacrime’, in Italian and Spanish …

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

(LORY) ... start this adventure only if you’re sure to have the right passion, the fire that burns … if you understand that the love for music will allow to face adversity of all kinds, disappointments, closed doors in your face, sometimes unfair criticism , envy ... be, above all, yourself, always ... don't let anyone shape you ... try to be as independent as possible, write your own songs, rely only on trusted people for music or, possibly, as we try, do everything yourselves … so you’ll be absolutely free to show your talent and you’ll have freedom of action on all fronts.

Don’t be disheartened at the first failure but, rather, analyze the errors and try to improve with commitment and study (even as self-taught, why not?) ... don’t set yourself barriers but, at the same time, do not make out of place or long-term projects ... accept constructive criticism and move away ‘time wasters’ ... give importance to technique, in playing, in singing, but remember … that's not all ... the technique alone is cold, it needs ardor, pathos, the ability to excite and get excited and, sometimes, it needs some mistake as well …

One last thing ... do not expect global success, but welcome every little satisfaction, as if it were the greatest gift ... an incentive to go on ...

(JOHN) ... cuddle each of your supporters, one or a thousand, be always available ... the music world’s always in turmoil and looking for something new that’s not a fad or mainstream ... work hard to find your way, be original, create your own style, unique… and you’ll see that there’ll certainly be someone out there appreciating your job …

… send your tunes to radios and webradios, to magazines and webmagazines, to blogs, use social media in the best possible way … now there’s this utility that didn’t exist long ago ... and it’s definitely an advantage ... give self-promotion the importance that deserves … it became essential ...

… we’ve discovered how the indie and underground world is fascinating, revolutionary, extremely rewarding ... don’t disdain collaborations.

Above all, guys, don't give in to easy illusions… I always get pissed off when I see the various talent shows on TV, described as the easy way to become famous … but where? ... maybe one in a million, when it happens ... parents willing to sell their souls and spend a lot of money on what? ... or people willing to make a fool of themselves for an appearance on TV ... for five minutes of glory ... never be it ... life’s difficult … to reach certain goals it takes effort, blood, sweat ... so is music too. But the satisfaction will be even greater ... and deserved ...

… and finally, never pay to have your song on radios or magazines ... the media must support, propose, play or promote an artist, or a track, exclusively for qualities and not for money ... it's not fair …

We, Of the Sun and the Moon, are sincere and honest … we’re following these methods we’ve recommended and we assure you that we’re earning satisfactions … beyond all imagination, and this is the real stimulus that keeps us going ... proud of what we’re doing ...


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

(JOHN) It’s very difficult to answer this question, ‘cause we risk appearing arrogant or too self-confident … in truth, we’re absolutely not. This question should be answered by external reviewers or listeners. One thing’s certain … we consider it a duty to find original solutions in the making of lyrics and music …

The uniqueness, for example, of our debut, ‘The Daughter of the Desert’, was … we didn't limit ourselves to anything. I mean ... a 12-minute track came out, experimental and instrumental … and not at all commercial ... many have called it a real ‘epic metal soundtrack’ suitable for an adventure movie located in the ancient Egypt, which was what we had in mind ... when we start writing a song, we know where we begin, but we never know where we’ll end ... even our name’s linked to the culture, to the mystery of that fascinating civilization.

With ‘Everlasting War’ we changed direction, we disconnected ourselves from that type of experimentation, introducing brand new ideas. First of all, it’s sung, then, there’re two female vocalists, Lory and the American singer-songwriter Frankie McCabe, two extraordinary, amazing and different voices, which created, in these six minutes, an important contrast … even in this case, absolutely desired; furthermore, we’ve a very elaborate ‘intro’, a much more demanding ‘solo’ and a central break completely different from the rest of the tune.

With ‘Sad, the Rain’ … this is a real ‘premiere’, ‘cause the song’s still ‘work in progress’ and we haven't talked to anyone about yet … we’ll try to amaze listeners again with novelties and updates, on structural, instrumental and emotional levels ... alternating sweet moments with really strong and vehement ones, while maintaining important melodies ... Lory’s working hard on vocal part and will give the best of herself in this single ...

(LORY) ... summing up what John said … the concept emerges that we automatically try not to copy what we’ve done previously, we always try to innovate and improve ... we don’t fossilize but we try to overcome ourselves …

... about ‘Everlasting War’ ... a review, for example, pointed out how our lyrics and our music are not so common, not the same as what someone can normally listen to today ... it means that there’s actually something different in our music, something that identifies us from others ... we’ve had over 500 radio airplays all over the world … this will mean something ...

There’ve been listeners, artists, journalists and reviewers that compared us to Heart, to Scorpions, to Evanescence ... the ‘intro’ has even been defined as a ‘son of Depeche Mode and Linkin Park’ ... these comments please us, ‘cause so many such important comparisons make us understand that, perhaps, there’s a little something of each of them in us, but we’re gradually incorporating these influences, shaping something innovative and different ...

… if there’s originality in Of the Sun and the Moon, I believe it’s mainly about songwriting … ‘Everlasting War’, speaks of life as a ‘perennial battlefield’, ‘Sad, the Rain’ is about ‘loneliness’ ... when we’re writing lyrics, usually on a musical base already sketched, we try to build a story behind the main topic, made up of metaphors, references ... in short, you’ve to read between the lines, the understanding’s not so immediate ... in ‘Sad, the Rain’ we thought of novelizing the lyrics, making it a kinda short tale ... ‘a creature, not really human, banned from civilization ‘cause different from the others, lives isolated and despised, sad and damned, ‘til the reaction, the hatred and the final revenge’ ... well, it’s a fiction, but if you know how to analyze it carefully and try to soften the tones a little, you see … it can happen to each of us as well, if you’re pushed aside in the real life ... on this aspect of writing lyrics, we’re working a lot ...

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

(JOHN) We’re currently a ‘studio project’. We’ve our own little studio, the Butterfly, where we rehearse, record, mix and produce our tunes. Our main purpose, now, is to record a number of original songs and enrich our playlist, so that, if we’ve to deal with ‘live shows’, we’ll have a lot of stuff to offer and play.

Since we both are frequenting the music business for many years and have experience in this field, we often organize music evenings ourselves, in clubs, pubs, squares … and we perform together with other bands and artists … usually we offer ‘acoustic versions’ of our original tracks along with some covers.

A few months ago we received a proposal from some US organizers for a selection, bands and artists would be chosen thru’ for a series of tours in the USA or Europe. We’d been chosen directly by the staff and, therefore, we had an advantage. It would have been an excellent opportunity, but we declined the invitation, at least for this year (tours are annual) ... as mentioned, now our target’s to record as many songs as possible ...

(LORY) … talking ‘bout the album … well, our idea is … to make a first EP featuring five songs. It’ll be titled ‘Tides’, and will have inside the 2013 instrumental debut ‘The Daughter of the Desert’, ‘Everlasting War’ ft. Frankie McCabe (released in April 2021), which marked our comeback after 8 years of recording silence, the brand new track, we’ve been working on for some time, and which will hopefully be out soon, ‘Sad, the Rain’, ‘Oblivion’, tune for which a demo already exists … but it will be revised, corrected and re-recorded as soon as ‘Sad, the Rain’s finished, and, finally, a cover that we’ll rework according to our power epic metal style. We’ve a list of covers we’d like to play and record, but we’ll leave the choice to our supporters … they’ll be able to vote for their own favorite.

After this, we’ll get to work on a second EP, again composed of five tracks, three original and two covers. The covers will be chosen following the same methods I mentioned before. About the original songs … there’re already proofs … but still very rough … they’ll be ‘Burn the Witch’, ‘Black Canary’ and the ‘title track’ of our first album … titled ‘Under the Influence Of the Sun and the Moon’.

This album will include the two complete EPs and, probably, one or two bonus tracks. The road’s still very long, but when we get to that moment, it’ll be the achievement of a dream ...