Tuesday, May 31, 2022

DJ Interviews: Cranberry Suit

 Hey there everyone DJ Dizzy here & this is my interview with band Cranberry Suit

How'd you get started in music?

I've always loved music. My mother raised me on Elton John, James Taylor, and the like. I had Queen news of the world album in 4th grade along with 45's of E. L. O. The beatles etc.  When i was around 11 i got a tape of Bad Co. And when i heard the song Bad Co. I knew thats what i wanted to do. I started singing for bands in high school and the rest is history.

Who are your inspirations or influences?

I would say Paul Rodgers and Rob Halford were my earliest influences to want to emulate. I also got a lot of inspiration from a dude named Russ Taff an amazing christian /gospel artist. Also Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Al Green, Dave Pack ( Ambrosia) and quite a few others all played a part.

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

Don't try and be something you're not. Don't try and follow trends just be yourself and work to perfect your craft. Spend time on it and most important you have to be hungry..

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

By not in any way letting Trends influence your musical decision making. For me i have a soulful old school vocal vibe and i just roll with it. It just comes natural. If you have to over think songwriting or singing it shows and in almost all cases it won't turn out good. It has to come easy thats how you know you've found yourself in the musical style.. 

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

We just finished up 5 new tunes a year in the making. We recorded at salt mine studio oasis in Tempe Az. Those will be released as singles gradually starting with Into Loving You in July along with a world premier of our first music video of the same song. 

Sunday, May 29, 2022

DJ Interviews: Raynald Grenier

 Hey there guys it's The DJ & this is my interview with Raynald Grenier

How'd you get started in music?

I began my musical career in the 1980s as an accompanying pianist and, subsequently, as a conductor for various musical and vocal groups. After doing several stage performances in United States, Canada, and Europe, I decided to left the stage to specialize in musical creation and composition. Since then I mainly compose works for musicals, ballets and operas.


Who are your inspirations or influences?

Classical composers are without a doubt my greatest source of inspiration, composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Bizet. Also, I really like composing in the Cinematic style so I'm very influenced by composers such as Ennio Morricone, John Williams and Andrew Lloyd Weber.


What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

To make your way and stand out, whether for a performer, a composer or other, beyond talent, you need a lot of determination and discipline.


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

I like, through my music, to touch the heart and the soul. All my musical creation is guided by this principle and this is what distinguishes me.


Any new gigs or albums in the future?

I am currently finishing the recording of my sixth album which is scheduled for release in the summer of 2022; this album is titled: Symphony No 1 in D minor by Raynald Grenier.

Special thanks to him for this interview & lots of luck in his music & here's a link to check out his works so until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!





Saturday, May 28, 2022

DJ Interviews: Mad Wet Sea

Hey there all itsDJ Dizzy & here's my interview with the band Mad Wet Sea!

How'd you get started in music?
When I was a wee Jotunn, I was told that I needed to learn an instrument. My father played guitar, so it was an easy decision. It became, and still is, an obsession. Writing music came later in life. I learned to play by ear, strumming with the radio or tv. I have had the privilege of playing in a couple area bands, and decided as one band was on its last leg, to join my brother Ægir, and do our own thing. Four EP's and some covers later, I'd say we're doing alright!

Who are your inspirations or influences?
Growing up, there were two radio station i was able to listen to; country and oldies rock. This was before the days of whatever they call Country music today was on the airwaves. It wasn't until High School that I found rock. Since that time, my heroes have been, Ian Thornley (Big Wreck) massively talented guitarist and vocalist (check out The Oaf, great song!), Zakk Wylde (his work with Ozzy, but specifically BLS has shaped my playing and sound), Joe Walsh (he has an incredible catalog of music and is a wicked guitarist), and Slash (because, well, Slash). Others I've been digging would be Pink Floyd, Jason Isbell, Blackberry Smoke, Mastodon, and Dio. I believe that you should be versed in all things/aspects to properly understand and hone your craft. Side note...Thornley tried out for, and could've been in, Velvet Revolver...he's that good!

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?
If I were to impart some knowledge, I could say a few things.
Don't give up, and don't give in. Stay true to you! You know what you want; don't let anyone distract you, or misdirect you. Criticism is just a different form of a compliment.
I spent a lot of time playing with the radio and tv, building my rhythm playing. I didn't spend enough time practicing lead playing. Make sure you embrace all aspects of your instrument to fully appreciate how it works
Lastly, get out and play with people. While playing with the radio built my playing, jamming with people and playing in bands took it further and expanded it. These are learning oppurtunities; even if all it is, is a jam, or a failed band tryout, these experiences of playing with others tightens your playing, and builds your contact base as well

How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
This is an interesting question. I have told my billow maiden that the best thing to do, is not pay attention to what others are doing; keep your eyes on your own path. Let's be honest, I can't sing like my heroes (check out Sun Goes Down on our The Sirens Call EP if you want your ears to bleed) and I can't shred like any of my heroes. What I can do, is play and write like me. There is no one else like me, so I need to embrace that. I stay true to myself, the direction of the band, and don't worry about being a lemming and jumping off a bridge because someone else did it. I think we can all attest that there's enough commercial bands doing the lemming bit, which is the great thing about the indie scene. These bands are cutting their own path, through this crowded jungle, forging their own career with some fantastic music. We need more indie, and less commercialized music in the world! If you listen to our music, its rough and unpolished; very punk rockish. We believe that music has gotten too generic, too commercialized, we need the outlaws back in music again!

Any new gigs or albums in the future?
Indeed! On June 6, 2022 our fouth EP called ...the Noise of Thunder! Is being released! It's available for pre-order everywhere (except our bandcamp page) and will be on all streaming platforms as well. It wasn't meant to be a concept EP like The Sirens Call (our second EP), but the songs worked out to follow a falling out between friends, followed by Darkness spreading across the world along with destruction. After the ashes fell, the Horsemen of the Apocalypse return to reclaim the land. The EP was mixed and mastered by Jorg Klein at MX-Pro records out of Germany
As for gigs, well, that's the plan. We have been slowly jamming and getting ready. COVID really threw a wrench into things, but we hope to have the ship on the water, to spread the Sea soon!

If I was to get you to check out one song on each EP, I would suggest:
My Final Vow from Freedom
God of War from The Sirens Call
Free from Champion the Abyss
The Horsemen from ...the Noise of Thunder!

Friday, May 27, 2022

Big announcement& shout out

 Hey there everyone DJ Dizzy here & I have some awesome news to share The Flipside is going to be featured in the June issue of Stage Door Magazine along with yours truly & its a real honored to be featured in an indie mag featuring indie musical performers as well it'll be up on the fifth so be sure to have a look here's the link for it & I'll be sure to post the article soon.

I also wanted to take time to thank the creator of Stage Door Magazine KL Marchant & her crew for this opportunity & I've had the pleasure of interviewing her & also showcasing some of her videos so when you get the chance be sure to check out her works & once again special thanks to her for this opportunity.

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Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Friday, May 20, 2022

DJ Interviews: Lone Crow Rebellion

Hey there one & all its the DJ & here's my interview with band Lone Crow Rebellion

 1. Pre-pandemic, 2019 — out of the central Pennsylvania mountains, veteran musicians unite and Lone Crow Rebellion is born. A Blues-rock band that draws influences from the blues, southern grooves, roots, gospel, and Americana music.

Founding members; Greg Long (guitar, vocals, songwriter) and bassist, Pete Horm enlisted drummer Mike Hughes and Keyboardist John Samanka to begin working on their first studio album “Ain’t No Shame!” A 10-song compilation including elements from the above-mentioned genres. Nearing its completion in January 2020 Hughes was replaced by the well-seasoned drummer Kevin Cowan. 

With the album now complete, LCR began booking gigs to support their creation but was immediately halted as COVID-19 reared its ugly head. For several months the band was not able to get together to rehearse, write, or record. During this downtime, the band resorted to social media and internet radio to promote their music. The title track “No Shame” and “Peace” first took off overseas and were very well received in Europe and The Netherlands on stations including VOS Radio https://rtvos.nl/  and Steve Yourglivch’s, Tracks Across the Ocean on Mark Skin Radio http://markskinradio.com/ . Shortly after, these two tracks along with the addition of “Mr. Blackbird” and “Demon Alcohol Blues” were picked up by Blues Music Fan Radio https://bluesmusicfan.com/index.html  which airs exclusively, blues music genres all around the globe. To date, the majority of the songs from the album are regularly being spun. 

2. Each individual member of the band brings his own particular influences spanning nearly every music genre. As far as the band as a whole,  everyone from B.B. King to the Black Crows and Joe Bonamassa has had a major influence on our music writing. 

3. To all the aspiring performers out there. Do it for the love of music and set realistic goals. Keep an open mind and don’t paint yourself into a box. Don’t get stuck inside one small mold. Challenge your creativity. You may not particularly “like” a specific genre or song, but be open to listening to it, analyzing it, and learning all you can from what it contains. All music is a creation of art so use the whole pallet to paint a beautiful picture. And, remember to always stay true to yourself. 

4. As mentioned previously, the band draws from 
a diverse range of musical styles and influences brought in by each individual member. When all this diversity is combined it allows the band to create a unique sound and style of our own. 
5. There is plenty of activity at the Lone Crow Rebellion camp. Once the pandemic smoke began to clear the band was itching to get back to work. Out of the studio emerged the single “The River” with a fresh new sound. “The River” hit the airwaves strong with heavy listener support on Blues Music Fan Radio and was picked up by the syndicated radio program “At The Crossroads” broadcasting from coast to coast on FM radio across the U.S. and Canada. https://www.atcblues.ca/  “The River” has been the band’s most successful release to date and will be featured on the band’s upcoming full-length album “Coal Train Blues” due out later this year. Two additional tracks, “Orphan Boy Blues” and “Sneaking Out” have also been recorded and released for this compilation. The band is currently working on the additional tracks to complete this project. LCR is also working on another full-length album titled “The Blues Bird Collection” which is a collection of classic blues covers with some LCR flare. The 1954 classic “Hoochie Coochie Man” recorded by Muddy Waters has recently been released as the first track on this project. You can find the band’s music on all of the major music streaming platforms. 

On the subject of playing live, the band loves to perform in front of an audience and has been consistently booking shows across Pennsylvania, including a major music festival in Pittsburgh. They hope to embark on a mini east coast southern tour and potentially some dates in the Colorado area in 2023. 

For more information and to keep up to date with the band visit our website and follow us on social media. 

One more thing, whether it be Lone Crow Rebellion or any other independent artist, remember to follow and subscribe as well as like, comment, and share their media. It only takes a few seconds, costs nothing, and really helps to reach more people. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

DJ Interviews: Just Imagines

 Heres my interview with the band The Just Imagines


Ciroyelle: Music has been part of my life since I was very young. I started recording my own songs in 2017 because I was seeking a creative outlet outside of my daily 9-5 working life. I quickly came to realize, something I already suspected, that this is where my true passion lies. 

Tyler: I started playing guitar at a young age but had never written any of my own stuff. I always loved music and was strongly influenced by my highly hippy parents. During the global lockdown I wrote my first song and the rest is history.


Tyler: One of the first bands that influenced both of us, at a very young age, were The Beatles and they continue to do so to this day. ... I also love hard rock, prog and classical. Some of my other favorite bands are Tool, The Mars Volta, King Gizzard & more.

Ciroyelle: Unique artists like Freddy Mercury or Tina Turner, who were also an inspiration for me, because they are incredibly diverse in their music and voice. I would be remiss if I did not mention Bob Marley as another key inspiration and influence, because not only did everything about his music appeal to me, but also the way in which he changed the world with what he stood for. These are a few examples of my inspirations because I'm highly influenced by a diverse range of musical genres and styles. 

We both especially love the music from the 60s & 70s.


Don't be discouraged by negative feedback, instead use this as motivation to overcome obstacles. Focus on making small improvements every day and before you know it, you will be awesome.


We are a real life power couple who met through music as solo artists and last year we formed our band called The Just Imagines. - Our music in 3 words is epic, trippy and evocative. Later this year, we'll be releasing an album which will include all of our inspirations and influences, as well as new genres we haven't done before. This ability to delve into different genres and to have our own unique style, is what sets us apart from other artists.


The album that we will release later this year, will be composed of styles like blues, funk, worldmusic, jazz, soul, classical, folk and more in our own psychedelic love groove finesse. This concept album will tell the marvelous story of how a chance encounter, on Twitter - led us to meet the love of our lives on this and our future music. Each song on this album will tell a different chapter of this love story. We look forward to performing all our songs in the near future as soon as Ciroyelle's visa is approved to live with Tyler in the USA.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

DJ Interviews: Steve Conte

 Hey there, DJ Dizzy here, & this is my interview with the one & only Steve Conte for those who are unfamiliar with him he's best known for his work in anime soundtracks such as Ghost in The Shell & Cowboy Bebop & he's also done his own projects as well. So, ladies & gentlemen I give you Steve Conte!


How'd you get started in music?

My parents were big music fans and my mom was a professional jazz singer so I heard all kinds of great records in my house growing up. I loved listening to Mod/psychedelic/rock/Pop songs on the AM radio in the car the 60s but when I heard Beatles album, Revolver things got serious - I wanted to be a drummer like Ringo. I started taking drum lessons and soon after, starred in my school production of “the little drummer boy”. I switched to guitar a few years later after discovering that I could write songs on my brother’s guitar and recorded my 1st “album” in the family living room at age 10. The bug bit me and it has never stopped since...

Who are your inspirations or influences?

For rock n roll playing & songwriting it’s The Classics: Chuck Berry, Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, Who, Police, XTC, Pretenders, and then jazz/fusion guitarists like Wes Montgomery, John Scofield, Steve Morse, Larry Carlton

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

Learn to play an instrument, guitar or piano so you can write/record your own songs and not always have to pay & depend on other people to produce/record  your material. Also, it helps to know a bit of music theory so you can convey your ideas to other musicians 

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

I am not just a lead guitarist, I’m also a lead singer. And I’m not just a lead singer, I’m also a songwriter. 
So while many guys have focused their energies on being ONE thing, I foolishly tried to be all THREE - Haha! But I think I’ve done a decent job at it…

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

 Yes, working on writing a new single and possibly a full album with one of my songwriting heroes (I can’t name them yet) Hopefully it’ll come out early next year on Wicked Cool records, the label I'm on currently, run by Little Steven Van Zandt. Due to the pandemic I haven’t had a real band together in quite awhile but I plan to remedy that ASAP!

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

Monday, May 16, 2022

DJ Interviews: The Crags

 Hey there all DJ Dizzy here & this is my interview with the band The Crags

How’d you get started in music?

“Like many bands, we all met in highschool and decided to put a band together as we were in between 16-17 years old. Our first band was on a Doors cover band, though which we got to practice our instruments a lot and started to acquire stage experience by performing many live gigs in small venues in front of our school mates, to which The Doors’s music was quite popular back then. It came to about two ye until we started to write perform our own songs and also start to perform in venues in which we had been playing with our cover band, which helped quite a bit in that matter. This was back in 1999 and is still going on to this day.”


Who are your inspirations of influences?

“Mainly rock band from 60’s, 70’s, 90’ and so on. If we would have to name a couple of them, we could quote The Kinks, The Doors, Supergrass, Queens of the Stone Age or Procol Harum.”


What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

“Keep practicing your art on regular bases as long as it remains your passion and fun and never give up whatever the goal you wish to reach in the world of music.”

“Talking about live gigs, always perform as if it was going to be your last ever show: not only you, but also the audience will enjoy it better.”


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

“Probably by not following any particular fashion or type of music which gravitated around us. After four albums, we still have the feeling that, even though the style our music has known some variations though the years, the soul and the idea of ours songs remain unchanged since the very beginning.”

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

“A future album is on the road, due to be recorded this autumn and probably released next summer (2023).”


Sunday, May 15, 2022

DJ Interviews: Myran Wahlstream

 Hey there guys here's my interview with singer Myran Whalstream via twitter

My mother bought me a guitar suddenly when I was 12. I stopped listening to artists when I was 16 to get my own style. My advice to others is to enjoy when you create, and don't do it just for glory and fame. I lived a rare life, wrote 3 books about it. No gigs, to stressful. I just released a single today.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

DJ Interviews: Apollo King 47

 Hey there all here's my interview with singer Apollo King 47

How'd you get started in music? My mom. She loves music. Then I fell in love with it myself. And now I keep going with it because it became my passion. 

Who are your inspirations or influences? Several musicians and my family is my biggest inspiration and biggest supporters/fans.

What advice would you offer aspiring performers? I know it's hard to get into but please don't ever give up anything you do in life that is worthwhile takes time and effort and don't be upset if someone doesn't like your music because you can't please the whole world and that's ok there is plenty of people who would like and listen to your music. 

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

I can rap, freestyle rap, play acoustic guitar, do my songs in English and Spanish, write my own lyrics to all my own songs, I have songs that has all these traits in it at the same time, I can also perform on the spot in the moment.

Any new gigs or albums in the future

Yes new songs coming stay tuned and please follow me on all social media @realapolloking47music and all music download platforms like spotify and others under name apollo king 47 thanks so much for your support

Friday, May 13, 2022

DJ Interviews: Highfront

 Hey there one & all this is DJ Dizzy & its my pleasure to introduce you to a band hailing from Canada who answer to the name High front who spoke on their musical origins you can check out their stuff via the links below.

How'd you get started in music?

Adam: It started for me in high school. My friends and I formed Centor / Cryptic Stench and we played any gig we could get.

Corey: Got started in music because I grew up in a strong musically family. There’s was always music playing or being played and it inspired me to play.

Jason: Same for me, There was always music playing in the house. My dad played a little guitar here and there and I always admired that.

Who are your inspirations or influences?

Adam: Bands like Metallica, Pantera, Alice In Chains, Black Sabbath and AC/DC are an inspiration and some influences also come from the band Down, Dimebag Darrel and Chad Gray from Mudvayne. Dr Hook and The Medicine Show, JJ Cale and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Jason: KISS were my biggest inspiration growing up. Later on it was other bands with massive stage presence like Motley Crüe, W.A.S.P. and RATT. Really anybody with an “over the top” aura about them. Once the San Francisco Thrash scene exploded, I was hooked. I couldn’t get enough of it!

Corey: My influences without question are John Bonham and Dave Grohl.

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

Adam: Keep going if you’re doing it for the right reasons, which for us is the love of music. Play and create your art for people to like or hate, make’em feel something.

Jason: Be true to yourself. You do you. If you like it, who cares what other people think. That’s all that matters. If you enjoy what you're doing, others will come around.

Corey: Advice I would give other musicians is don't dance on stage, lol , just play your craft.

How do you set yourselves apart from other bands?

Jason: I think right now what sets us apart is that all three of us have different musical tastes. We’re blending the different styles together and we hope it gives us a sound that helps us connect with people who enjoy what we do as much as we do.

Adam: To connect with an audience is important. I don’t think a musician or band can say they’re better than others.

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

Adam: We are hungry and dying to hit the stage. Currently working on lining up shows for the summer. We’ll play anywhere, small stage, big stage, no stage for the right reasons.

Jason: And we have a bunch of new material written and are just waiting to get into the studio.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

DJ Interviews: Electwave

Here's my interview with a band who answers to the name of Electwave they have also included a link in which you can check out their stuff which will be below

How'd you get started in music?

Music has always been my passion. I learned guitar and piano early in my life. The singing lessons were very helpful for professional singing. Since 2018 I am a singer at electwave. In the meantime, many new songs have been created, some of which have already been released.


Who are your inspirations or influences?

In the past I have been inspired by numerous international bands and singers. These can be assigned to different genres. From pop-rock to electronics.


What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

It is difficult for emerging artists to become successful. It is best not to set the goals too high. At the same time, perseverance is required. You can't just give up. Everything takes time.


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

The new songs that we compose, write and produce are not assigned to a specific genre. Often the music is in a transformation of different styles. It does not follow the mainstream. It can include elements ranging from rock music to modern electronic music or DJ music. The vocals are also stylistically open and some songs contain two or even three different national languages at the same time.


Any new gigs or albums in the future?

New songs are constantly being created. Not all songs are released immediately or in a timely manner. Many of the songs are unreleased for a long time, as they have been reserved by other artists. At a later date we will release a new album.


Monday, May 9, 2022

DJ Interviews: Specky Cult

 Hey there all here's my interview with Specky Cult

You probably get a thousand of these a week and everyone of them is the next big thing.

To be fair we weren’t even sure about releasing the tunes on an album in this form.

Let me explain, Specky Cult aren’t a real band, it’s the fictional band from the musical we wrote. After all what is a “real “band anyway.

Yup, it’s meta or pompous you chose.

Its 4 people going down to London to do their big break gig and what goes wrong and then right and then… well that would be spoilers.

We are recording actors playing the parts and we are then inserting the songs to create a pod cast of the show. We are creating two, both an hour long.

We intend to release these recordings as podcasts and as cd’s once they are complete.

This will hopefully be an introduction to our project. We can then develop this into a live stage show or as someone was recently helping us with, make them in to 4 half hour tv shows.

The real reason we are releasing the music first is in truth a covid related desire to get out of the house and do something creative as soon as possible.

We hope you like the music, it will make more sense in context with the show.

We can send you the full pod cast show when its finished as well if you like.


We hope this has pricked your interest to either want to know more, to interview us so we can elaborate on our crazy plans or to want to review the album or just listen to songs and judge yourself.


SPECKY CULT will return in “SPECKY CULT must die”

How'd you get started in music?

I've played guitar since I was about 12, I've been in a million Bands. Me and Andy Mc have been in Bands for over 20 years off and one. Back in the day we played with the stranglers in London which I documented which became the play.

Who are your inspirations or influences?

I learned to play guitar along to Stiff little fingers , the damned,husker du and then progressed in to rock music then on to anybody who meant what they played.

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

Keep at it and enjoy it , dont take it serious and remember every one started somewhere.

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

We're not a proper band , we play the characters from the band specky cult, from the musical, its fun to pretend to be someone else and write songs from that point of view. Any new gigs or albums in the futureThe album, comes out this month, This then should be included in the pod cast of the actual play. We're working on the second album now for the play specky cult must die.










Friday, May 6, 2022

DJ Interviews: Robert James

Here's my interview with singer Robert James who had so much to share on his musical beginnings.

How'd you get started in music?  

At 15 years old I bought my first bass guitar, A friend and my older brother wanted to start a rock & roll band.  this was in the 70” s ,  before we actually got started playing as a band, we first had to learn how to play the instruments we had chosen to learn. My brother Ronnie James, had drumsticks but no drums and practiced using books and just about anything he could use. although he had some learning experience. as young child he took some lessons at a church for a while. he was just now waiting to save enough money to buy himself a drum set. 

I didn’t have an amplifier to practice my electric bass for quite some time, money was tight, so what I did to hear my bass a little louder was to lean the headstock of the bass guitar against a hollow section of a wall, on the drywall, to hear the sound a little louder. this helped me quite a bit until I could get my first amplifier. My Friend Danny Carpenter, the guitar player in the band, was already practicing on his own till we met.  by this time, we had drums and amps. I called the band, SNO Then we started Rocking & Rolling  We were a basement band and were popular with the Neighbours and friends. All the music we played was original, Loud and unique.  We were all hard workers, had day jobs as well and practiced as much as we were able. 

After some years, as life has it my brother Ronnie & Danny moved away, for their own reasons. I Later worked with another friend of mine, Brian Letual , who was primarily a drummer at the time. he and I worked creating a few original tunes of our own. I also took up the 6 string guitar and sang a little by that time. Brian and I also worked with two the guitarist & Vocalist , Jerry and Louie , and formed a band called 4x4 . We put together enough music, some originals and some covers, and then played a couple of gigs on weekends. It was my first stage experience. We did not stay together as a band for very long and we all chose different ways. 

After these experiences I remained solo for many years after that and worked very hard to make a
life for my self and family. I drove a tractor trailer for 31 years straight. Fast forward to about the year 2013 or so, My Younger brother Allen had progressed his abilities on guitar & songwriting , and we began to work on some music together. Fast forward to today, most of my works are solo efforts, but some include my brother Allen and we arecontinuing on creating more music to this day. also to mention, My long time friend Danny, from our original band, SNO are still working to create music as well in the near future. All of us are very close and are still creative with music ,and have our own recording studios so we can collaborate. Recently I started to learn how to play a 10 string Tapping instrument and used this instrument in 3 of my solo releases.  I had never before released any of my music until May of 2021,  most of my music is new , and some songs created within 10 years or so.  Well that about sums it up,, “Better late than never!

Who are your biggest influences & inspirations?

I remember the first record I ever purchased,, by , Diana Ross and the Supremes , a song called  “  Love Child “  It was a 45 vinyl single .  At about 11 years old I used to like to dance and listen to music. A few years later,, I purchased my first vinyl LP. by “ Black Sabbath  It was their first album . Growing up as a young teenager I guess I was quite typical, grew my hair long,, rebelled a little, and loved the heaviest and Strangest music I could find.  To name some here ,,  “ Black Sabbath “,” Deep Purple “ “ The Who“ “Pink Floyd  “Emerson Lake & Palmer “ “ Frank Zappa “ “ Devo “ “ Ultra Vox “ “Roxy Music “ ‘ King Crimson “ “ David Bowie “ “ Gentle Giant “  “ Greenslade “ “ Brian Eno “ “ “Allan Holdsworth “  “ Robert Wyatt “ “Trey Gunn “   “That is to name a few ,,,  To this day, I still listen to a lot of music , both new and old. I have recently Discovered a lot of Independent music out there, and there is a whole world of new music to discover everyday from artists around the world the because of internet & technology .          

What's your advice to any aspiring musicians? If I were to give any advice to someone just starting out as a musician I would have to say,,,  Anything goes ,  Not to worry about what other think of your music ,  there are so many styles and genres of music out there, and an audience for every kind & style of music. Most of us are influenced by someone else”s Art , I don’t think we should try and be like them,, after all we can only do what come out of us.  Practice !  this is something that should be stressed,, its something I’ve been guilty of not doing enough of .  some of the best ideas for creating music comes from intense practice.   Ideas that come from your mind are sometimes the most difficult to put down,, so if you get these Ideas record them right away. I have lost a lot of these ideas because I was busy, or too tired

and said to myself, I should remember in the mornings, the morning comes , and your idea is gone, never to be found again.   Start young, the sooner you get practicing you instrument the better & easier it will be for you later in life.   I must say that I am Guilty of not taking my own advice to some degree. I guess if we set our goals high, and try hard to reach them, we would most likely get close to where we would like to be.  Another thing would be,, success,  what does it mean to you,,  Popularity is not success. If you have spent the time to create something, whether it be a song , a painting , or a poem for example ,and you are pleased with it,, That is “ Success “

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

Well ,,, I think if someone asked me what sets me apart from other artists or musicians is, not much,, I would rather leave that up to the listener of my music. But, if I was to toot my own horn , I would say the music I have produced is powerful , and sometimes exciting and original . Like its been said many times before,, Its all been done.  I guess if you are producing original music and you are pleased with it, and you are your critical of your own work,, this will set you apart from others to some degree.  Some have told me
they hear influences of other bands or musicians in my music and Guess that's true, and that's Ok. There is a long history of music out there and you are bound to sound similar to someone else or some other band. Because we are all different to some degree, our music will be set apart from others ,, and the listeners will discern this.

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

Because I am a solo Music creator, engineer, and producer of my own music, I’ve been working hard on releasing single songs for now.  I have released so far , About 10 songs & two videos that are available if someone is interested on Apple music, ReverbNation and so on.  I plan to put out an album some time in the near future consisting of short songs , Each from one to three minutes long. I already have some of these songs in mind, and some will be created soon, I have noticed that peoples attention spans seem shorter these days, and people listen to just parts of songs, and then move on, the other reason for this short song album Idea is that sometimes you can ruin a song by adding too much length to it.  As far as giga, most of my original band lives in different places , so no planned gigs.   Robert James .

Special thanks to him for this interview & I wish him luck in his music also be on the lookout for some new vids of his which will be featured next week until then Ill catch you on The Flipside stay awesome & rock n roll!