Sunday, July 31, 2022

DJ Reviews: Chris Smith's One Day Some day

 Hey there one & all it is I Dizzy The Kid & I've had the pleasure of listening to a singer by the name of Chris Smith who has a song called One Day Some Day which has an accoustic vibe to it & the lyrics of the song were very well done .

From what I've heard he sounds like he has a Kurt Cobain feel to his voice with a touch of Eddie Vedder whch is a good thing & while this is more accoustic sounding song I;d like to hear it with a hard rock setting but you guys can be the judge by checking out the link below & here's hoping that you all enjoy it.

So until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n rol!

Chris Smoth- One Day Some day

▶︎ One day some day (Single) | Charlie Smith (

Friday, July 29, 2022

GeekWatch #90: Thinking Outside The (Ubi)Box

Hey there everyone it's your old pal Dizzy The Kid & I wanted to share with you this video of a podcast called GeekWatch in which they discuss anything involvong video games & anime & more. Sp fel free to have a look & enjoy

Until then I'll catch you on The Flipside

Thursday, July 28, 2022

DJ Reviews: Frankie Love The Moon

 Hey there guys, DJ Dizzy here & I've been checking out Frankie Love's newest album The Moon now thie songs on the album sort of a sounscape vibe that put me in mind of the song Sadness part 1 by Enigma which is a good thing because in a way it has a relaxing mood.

Some of the songs to me had a lot of vocalization which was shown a lot & each track really showcased the music & the instruments that were used & I have to say that after listening to this album Frnkie did a good job of really showing her vocal rowess & letting the music speak. You can feel free to check it outby way of the You tube link belwo. So until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Frankie Love- The Moon Full Album

Franki Love - The Moon [Full Album Stream] - YouTube

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

DJ Reviews: The Ocean Benteath- Feel

 Hey there guys, its DJ Dizzy here & I've had the pleasure of listening to the new song ;Feel' by the band The Ocean Beneath bow this song I have to say was very mellow & had a very smooth sound to it & it just was really relaxing sound. 

The Ocean Beneath has a very mellow groove in their sound with this song & you can sense that in their lyrics & this electronic dou really showcases that with the another group called Keeper of The Bees & their lead singer Vicky Richardson who with her sweet mellow sounding voice adds some flair to this track. So here's hoping that you enjoy the song & feel free to check out their soon to be hit song when it debuts on Friday.

So until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Saturday, July 23, 2022

DJ Interviews: IX Hamata

 Hey there guys, here's my interview with singer, IX Hamata, you can feel free to check out her music at the following links below.

How'd you get started in music?
I started playing around with a keyboard my parents bought for me when I was about 6-7 years old.
I started to sing to the simple melodies I managed to make from the keyboard.
A few years later my father showed me how to play the guitar and I was hooked.

Who are your inspirations or influences?
I dont really know, i´m not even sure i have any special influences.
Most of the times i start playing some tunes on the guitar or ukelele and start singing.
If it sounds good in my ears i record it.
perhaps i could give my anxiety some credit for boosting my creativity tho.

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?
Have fun, as long as it´s fun making music it´ll be worth it.

How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
Hard to say, i think that question is more suited for those who listen to my songs.
From what i´ve heard and read from others are that i´ve got a nice voice, but there are plenty of artists out there with a good voice.
I make music that sounds good in my ears, i dont even know what genre i´d belong to if any.

Any new gigs or albums in the future
I am working on a couple of new songs and remaking a couple of old ones.
Last one i made " Just like you " is a remake of an old song, it´s been out on bandcamp for about 2 weeks now and are due to be released on all major streaming & shopping platforms on Monday.
It´s currently featured on the BANDwagon show on radio wigwam ( thank you wigwam )
Other than that, i´ve got a couple of collaboration requests that i´m looking into.

Gigs? oh dear no, i´m way to shy for gigs...

Albums? , maybe some day , i´ve been releasing all my songs as singles til now...

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

Thursday, July 21, 2022

DJ Interviews: Nomad

 Heres my interview with singer, Nomad

How'd you get started in music?

Whilst music has always been a big part of my life I never intended to be involved in it like I am now. Has been an accident of sorts. When I was younger I tried to become a professional golfer but when this wasn't possible I needed an outlet for my disappointment. I would write my thoughts down and over time they would sometimes become verses and choruses to make complete lyrics to a song. I started to do this around 2002 and besides the occasional naive submission to a label etc or songwriting competition didn't do much with them afterwards. I lost my dad last year and my mum two years before that so like in 2002 I turned to music again 20 years later to help. Initially I just published my lyrics and then bit by bit learnt what was happening in the industry and what might be possible. In a short period of time I started collaborating with Gary Cubberley and his team at Songbay. My original hope was to have one fully produced song that I could share with my wife and kids but when I learnt about distribution etc started to think I could pursue even further. In a matter of months went from publishing lyrics to releasing “If Only” thanks to the collaboration with Gary Cubberley (Composer/Producer), Chique Sabonsolin (Vocalist) and Songbayteam (band). Since then we have released two other songs with the same team except different vocalists Alan Mueller (“Today Is Nearly Yesterday”) and Lukky (“Fucked Up World”).

Who are your inspirations or influences?

My mum and dad as they surrounded us with music. When we were kids we had a regular routine of going to our local Italian restaurant and then afterwards dancing to loud music like ACDC, much to the displeasure of some of our neighbours.

I love a lot of artists but if I had to name one I'd say my favourite is Bob Dylan. If I ever lyrically get a single verse or chorus close to showing I've been influenced by him I'd be over the moon. Something to strive for but a better chance of winning the lottery.

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

I'm not a performer but as a songwriter the advice I'd give is to allow other people to be involved in your journey. Realistically I'm not sure I can pursue this much further but certainly the distance travelled has been the result of the valuable contributions made by others, specifically Gary Cubberley, Chique Sabonsolin, Alan Mueller and Lukky.

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

Our collaboration sets us apart I guess. It gives us flexibility to try very different sounds, genres etc.

Any new gigs or albums in the future

At the moment the focus is on trying to promote our three recent collaborations. If we can get further traction on these, like commercial airplay, I'd like to think we have more collaborations to come. I'd like to try a dance pop song but sits outside of my comfort zone lyrically. My mum used to say often if it doesn't kill you it makes you stronger. I take more risks now than before and seems to have helped so may just keep doing so.

Friday, July 15, 2022

DJ Interviews: PMad Band

 Hey guys here's my interviw with the band, P Mad

How'd you get started in music?

I have always been into music, from the very beginning of listening to old vinyl, cassettes, etc to playing in bands with friends and just loving music in all forms.

pMad itself has been a long time coming, been strumming, putting lyrics together, riffs, basslines, together for years and years. Recording on all types of machines. So, I have always been involved in music in my own head just not out in the public realm.

Covid and lockdown arrives and I decide to root out all these pieces of music and with the massive changes in technology, I am able to have all in the one place for once and then it was about piecing it all together, making sense of the jigsaw and rerecording it all and adding new parts and then putting in the vocals. So, all the years of different parts of tunes all meshed together, easy see why so many influences seem to be in each song. The journey is just beginning, I hope!

Who are your inspirations or influences?

So many, I love music, I am a music fan first and foremost. Ipired by who is hard to pin down, would always be afraid to my so-called hero’s! I would love to be able to create memorable tunes like The Cure, The Smiths, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, The Sisters of Mercy, The The, the list is so long. They are legends and the music has lasted the decades, that is an inspiration.

The influences are everywhere, music is great no matter whether I like it or not, that is what makes it so great, everyone will get something from a song, like it, hate it or meh!! I am influenced by all the above and from A House to Tom Waits, Public Enemy to Suicidal Tendencies.

What people hear then is, what people hear, I have heard people compare pMad to crosses between The The & Cathal Coughlan, Depeche Mode and Joy Division, The Cult v The Mission, if that is what people hear, WoW, Who Am I to argue. And to be compared to legends like that, isn’t it wonderful. Not sure how new, new music can be! Can there really be a different rock and roll anymore. The Pixies to me created something different, like Sonic Youth and lots others, but they will be compared to some of their predecessors too!!


What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

My advice is, go for it!!

Don’t hold back, people like a genuine and honest song that is well delivered and well produced. Too many trying to be famous though, try and be yourself, of course if fame is what you want, great but be careful what you wish for! So many amazing out there that love music, listen to it, play it, give it airing and all that, brilliant. But, lots of unscrupulous people only too willing to offer the world, dip into your hard-earned funds and take from it. It can be disheartening to you especially starting out. Go for it but just be wary is all!

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

The only thing that sets me apart from other bands and singers is that I Am Me!! Nothing else, we are all different with different talents, sounds, likes, etc. You are who you are and bring that to your sound, music, lyrics. I don’t claim to be anything other than pMad, take that with the good the bad and the ugly that I have and am. I make music that I like and the hope is, that if I like it, someone else will too. That is great if they do and if not, there is lots of other music out there for them to like. I do what I like and I do what I enjoy and that sets me apart from others, that is a pity, because it means people making great music are not liking and enjoying it!!


Any new gigs or albums in the future

Hoping to have my next pMad single ‘Sisters’ out for the end of August, the last single before the release of the album ‘Who Why Where What’ after that, no firm release date yet. 8 tunes with a few remixes and extended version of ‘Sisters’.

In the studio recording more new music, onwards and upwards.

No gigs yet planned, of course if I get asked in 2023 to do them, they will be looked at, the plan is to hit the arena’s & festivals of 2023, don’t be afraid to invite!!

Special thanks for them for this intwrview & I wish them luck in their music, to find out more about the band feel free to check out the link below & until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

P Mad band site

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

DJ Interviews: Lonnie Claire

 Hey there guys its your old friend DJ Dizzy hee, & here's my interview with garage rockers, Loonie Claire which includes theire new music video in which some links will be featured below. Enjoy!

How'd you get started in music?

I’m from Detroit so my roots are Motown and classic rock radio — listening to bands like KISS. I started recording on cassette tapes armed only with a flea-market acoustic that I couldn’t tune. I wanted to write like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. I started playing electric guitar in college (at Michigan State), and eventually moved to Washington DC (for graduate school at GWU) where I played in several local bands and started Lonnieclaire. Now I live in NYC and the magical mystery tour continues. I love indie music because there is always something to learn. I ended up writing, singing and playing most of the instruments on the newest Lonnieclaire release (available exclusively at Self-producing the release was a humbling yet invigorating experience. 

Who are your inspirations or influences?

If I feel something in my “gut” — whether it is a song or anything else in life — I‘m inspired! The other artists in the indie music community — bands like Norwegian Soft Kitten and Grim Rock — are very supportive. But beyond music, I pull inspiration from my friends and family, and day-to-day life in NYC. I see people working hard just to put food on the table and help their kids – their struggles end up in my songs somewhere. With regards to influences, I love my old vinyl, so my Spotify Playlist (if I had one) would feature bands like X, The Jayhawks and T-Rex.

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

Don’t listen to me (LOL) — I’ve never had any commercial success! But honestly, I believe it is important to develop healthy work habits, and at risk of sounding preachy or “straight edge”— I am proud that my songs are “chemical free”. Kick away any crutches you are leaning on! You don’t need a pill or pipe to be creative! Have FUN! Block off time everyday to practice, write or record. Use the cloud to keep all your ideas organized. Go back and edit, and re-do your songs. Let them grow organically. Get your friends involved. Teach them your songs or learn how to play covers of your favorite bands together. Book a gig before you are ready, and jump in the deep end. Build a scene where everyone has a special role to play! 

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

I don’t deliberately try to set Lonnieclaire apart or strategize ways to sound “different”. My goal is to have FUN and produce the best possible songs (given the limitations I have – some are skills based and some are budget driven) So what makes Lonnieclaire unique? I have my own individual stories to tell based on my personal experiences. Put another way: Nobody on the planet has lived the same life as me! What else makes Lonnieclaire unique? Currently our music is only available on Bandcamp, so in other words, we aren’t on Spotify or working with any “streaming” distributors. 

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

Playing LIVE is currently on hold due to Covid. Also, the band’s line-up is in need of some much needed patching. We used to have three guitars in Lonnieclaire!!! After that, I would need to clear out time for rehearsals. All of it makes it very difficult for me to predict when we will play our next gig. Plus, NYC venues – struggling even prior to Covid – are still trying to get back to “normal.” On a brighter note, Lonnieclaire has new music planned for the Fall. This next batch of songs was self-produced and recorded / mixed at 2nd Avenue Sound in NYC. As I often say in interviews: “We are not at all a nostalgic throwback… “. We want to sound plugged in and mindful of what is going on in the world. I put in the hard work because I honestly think our music offers our listeners an attractive contradiction: Songs that are achingly prosaic, and elusive while still being tangible, searingly honest and painfully true – lyrics and chords that echo familiar voices while still providing new experiences. 

Special thanks to them for the interview & I wish them luck in their music & feel free to check out their tunes by way of the links velow. So until then I'll catch you on The Flipside! stay awesome & rock n roll! – and our brand-new single ‘Cars, Bars and Broken Hearts’ on SoundCloud (free download) at Meanwhile, the best way to connect to us is via or e-mail:

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

DJ Interviews: Neon Fields

 Hey there guys DJ Dizzy here & this is my interview with the band, Neon Fields.

How'd you get started in music? 

After a twelve-year hiatus, Ed Barrett (vocals) began writing demos intending to find like-minded musicians and start a new project. Neon Fields formed in 2020, weeks before the start of the global pandemic, with Piers Ward on keyboards and guitar and Luke Russe on drums. A few weeks into working on new material, a national lockdown was announced which restricted us from being able to meet and rehearse. Determined to continue, we worked together remotely producing ideas at home and sharing them electronically. This writing process coupled with additional time, allowed us to take a more considered approach to production, which had a positive effect on our music and helped sculpt our style. 

 Who are your inspirations or influences? 

As a collective, there are several bands and artists we draw influence from including Gary Numan, NIN, Depeche Mode, Alt-J and Moderat to name a few. We are also heavily influenced and inspired by Sci-Fi films and literature. The compositional styles of Vangelis, Hans Zimmer and Atticus Ross contribute to our cinematic style and creative structures. Furthermore, Sci-Fi and apocalyptic themes are woven throughout the narratives in our material. 

 What advice would you offer aspiring performers? 

The best advice I can offer is to try and make the most out of every situation. Very little goes to plan in the music industry and the past few years have often been unpredictable and inauspicious but try and find a way to turn situations to your advantage. I would also add that regardless of how many people are involved in your project, play to your strengths and trust in other people’s abilities. Above all, encourage one another. It’s difficult putting yourself out there so it helps if you’re each other's biggest fans. 

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

We strive to create an immersive experience both compositionally and thematically with our material whilst keeping it relevant and approachable. I think this helps make us stand out in a very crowded space. I also think because we draw from such a span of influences, our music crosses several genres which gives our sound a unique component. This has had a counterintuitive effect in the past in that we have struggled to concisely define our genre and find an existing fan base. That being said, we have built an amazing and engaged group of fans both locally and in the US, Canada and Australia. 

 Any new gigs or albums in the future 

Our debut album is scheduled to release on the 12th of August which is very exciting. It’s a self-titled piece of work that is the result of two years of hard work. The album comprises the six tracks from our EP released in 2021, the two singles Meant To Be and Shelter which both received enthusiastic approval from fans and critics, and five brand new tracks. In the lead-up to the release, we are hosting a digital album launch event for which we are releasing a series of videos that discuss the narratives, lyrics, composition, and production of each track. The entire album will be available to download for free for anyone who has signed up for the launch event at We also have a new line of merchandise to celebrate the album including a commemorative tee. 

Sunday, July 10, 2022

DJ Interviews: The Embertears

 Hey there all, DJ Dizy here, & here's my interview with The Embertears.

How'd you get started in music?

We had a band in secondary school in the mid 90's and my classmates told me, they want to start a band and they thought I am the loudest and most talkative guy in the class, so I should be the lead vocalist. So, what could I do? I started to learn lyrics of popular metal bands like Nirvana, Metallica, etc... And we got together every week two times and played several songs. We had a small audience as well because there was a small theatre with a stage and we got the permission to play there... It was ended when we finished the school. Some of us started to work and I went to University and I stopped all musical activities.
Then later in my middle thirties (I think around 2012) my cousin told me they want to jam together with some guys who I never heard of before. My cousin is a drummer and the other two guys were the guitarist and the bassist but they were missing the lead vocalist. So I went to the first jam and we got together for about a year but it has been turned out the we don't see our musical path in the same way so I quit the band before we even had even a gig.
Then around 2017 my wife told me I should start learning guitar as I am a good sense for learning anything. I thought it over and bought a guitar. And here I am now. Playing guitar and bass, lead vocals, drum programming, writing lyrics and band management. A real one-man band. And The Flood album has been created.

Who are your inspirations or influences?

The lyrics inspired by the world we are living in, the history of mankind (as for instance the Holy Bible as at The Flood album),  and great novels as well what I have read. I read dozens of book when I was a child so I can dig deep into this knowledge base. The music inspiration is always must be something decadent, unusual, that is inspiring me. Influences? Not an easy question. I can say - completely everything -because I have been listening all type of music through my entire life, but of course the main influences can be named: Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Melvins, Mastodon, Red Fang and many more from this type of music. I can decribe myself as sludge, progressive and stoner, but I really don' like musical categorization and limits. Let's say it is metal and hard rock with some southern impact.

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

Be independent in thoughts and do your art if you really like to make music. If it is going from the heart can be seen. You must have an influencer of course as everybody starts like that, but later on create your owns style what is only representing You and your music. Never make compromise as it can poison the soul in long term to turn away from the path we want. So be yourself and keep this habit forever!

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

I have my own style of vocals and also a kind of voice. I try to get out the best of it and I don't want desperately being similar then someone else's voice. For the guitar there are some rules in this type of music (like using power chords often) but apart from that I am trying to find some small difference from the mainstream to be able to create something unique. I am using lot of different odd an not commonly used time signatures (like 6/8, 6/4, 5/4, 3/4) and combining them to make my music to be distinct of already heard templates.

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

I can say I am always in between two albums! I have plenty of idea already right now even I just finished The Flood album. The next album will be also a concept album (as well as The Flood is also about the Biblical events) and after I am continuously collecting new ideas and record them I plan to start the real work in this winter. And of course I am also finishing right now my doom/gothic metal side project  (called Faded Remembrance) first album final engineering and mastering (The Age of Emptiness). The life goes on, as the music creation as well. Thank You for the questions!

Saturday, July 9, 2022

DJ Interviews: Tanmatea Shed Project

 Hey there guys, here's my interview with band, The Tamatea Shed Project.

How'd you get started in music?

When I was young I would tell my mum I was feeling sick so she would send me to my grandparents for the day. I didn't really feel sick. I just wanted to play on my Grandfathers Keyboard. I was nothing fancy but you could set up your own drum beats and fills and play whatever you wanted over the top. I would sit for Hours and muck around. That's my first memory of the creative potential of music getting a hold on me. Funnily enough that old keyboard resides in the shed today and I still use it to make music sometimes, including the track Fall Away from our second E.P Akimbo.

Who are your inspirations or influences

I grew Up in the 90s so the bulk of my ealy influence came from bands such as SoundGarden, Pearl Jam, Blur, Massive attack, Nirvana, In my 20s I really got into Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan, Bowie and The Beatles. Recently I've been listening to a lot of Jazz and Lofi Chill Hop.

My Lovely wife had been one of my biggest inspirations. She brought me my first guitar, An Ibanez steel string Dreadnought not long after we met. It still hangs on the shed wall today and I used it to record our track sublime waltz which is my tribute to her. In all my years of noodling on Guitars, Keyboards, Bongos and Harmonicas she never has never once told me to stop. She also has an amazing voice and sings on our Track Freefall which she did the vocals for in two takes.

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?

Be yourself. Believe in your music. Don't worry about what other people think. If you're passionate and there for the music, I think that will shine through.

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

I don't really consciously try to. I just make the music I want when I can find the time.

Then I share it with the world and hope it makes somebody feel something.

Any new gigs or albums in the future.

Our Debut Album The Way of the Shed, is just about to be Mastered and will be available September 2022

Friday, July 8, 2022

DJ Interviews Steven Tipton.

 Hey there guys, DJ Dizzy here & here's my interview with singer Steven Tipto

My mother was a Bluegrass musician who played drums piano guitar and accordion. I
I was influenced by The Beatles The Who ,Ozzy,Iron Maiden, Nirvana, Alice in Chains,Pearl Jam
VanHalen , Radio Head
I self taught on guitar and drums and keyboards, realized I could sing a little ! So I started writing songs..I found it hard to get other musicians on board with originas and playing covers gets boring so I started experimenting with ways to make my songs alone and play ALL the parts.
I found an app called Bandlab that lets me record and has every instrument within the app. Even drums be which are laid out across the phone screen and I play them with my fingers and thumbs I don't use samples or Loops I play Everything live and record it live every drum track you hear on my song is me actually playing the entire song with my fingers record that track then I play the bass over that then the guitars then the keyboards and then I sing all the vocals lead in backup did I mix it then I make a video and then I release it on YouTube and it becomes a Steve Tipton track.
I call it cell phone art because the entire song is written and recorded and produced on my cell phone I don't even own a microphone just a guitar but I can play every instrument which is why the drums and keyboards sound the way they do because I am actually playing them with my fingers only I'm doing it on the screen of my phone that's what sets me apart. I'm not the best singer but I am okay songwriter.
I release singles at a time lately it's been two to three a year because it takes about 30 hours to make one four minute cell phone song. And that's spread out over weeks. It's a very difficult process each one is my baby.
I've been signed twice ...discovered on YouTube by two different labels.. Atomic records and Clean Artist records ...I had an album release called (cell phone songs from the stairwell)
I recently released a single called burning spaces just two weeks ago which is about being a Nomad or roaming sole burning bridges as I 

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

DJ Interview: Valar Morghulis

Here;s my interview with the band, Valar Morghulis

How'd you get started in music?
GR -(Guitar) a child of the 80's, I started playing guitar after my grandfather gave me one when I was 12.   Didn't really start actually learning well until about a year later. 
Ewen (Guitar)- I picked up the guitar around when I was 17 (late in the game, but it's never too early to start).  I really got into live shows when I was in high school.  I had no clue there was a loca metal scene in North Carolina until I was 19, when I saw my first local act.  After the show they were chilling at the bar and I thought that was really cool and knew then that was what I wanted to do.  Perform live.  
Marcus (drums) I grew up around my Dad playing music.  He played professionally for about 50 years of his life.  From tagging along cause I was too young to be where he was playing once they opened, to helping him load into gigs, it has been my upbringing.  
DJ (vocals) I come from multiple generations of musicians on both side of my family.  Starting singing as a kid in church and such.  Got into metal around 14 and was in a cover band in high school.  Start writing my own lyrics and making music since then.  
Joey (Bass) I started learned as a place to escape reality.  My own space.  It turned into something I enjoyed doing then turned into a passion.
Who are your inspirations or influences?
GR  (Guitar)- Black Sabbath, obviously the Big 4 (Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth) but also Death Angel, Testament, Overkill and Exodus.  Death, Obituary, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Suffocation, Bloodbath, At the Gates, Hypocrisy, are early influences.  I also like Dying Fetus, Fit For An Autopsy, Aborted, 
Ewen (Guitar) - I;m highly influenced by Lamb of God, specifically the Wrath album, Trivium and their Vengeance Falls, and literally every note Mark Tremonti plays.  
Marcus (drums) My main influences for drums (top 3) are Despised Icon, Oceano and Aversions Crown.
DJ (Vocals) That's a big ask!  Pantera, Slayer, Sepultura, Terror, Mudvayne, Deftones, Ice Cube, Biggie, outlaw country, Bloodbath, Man Must Die, old Six Feet Under, and I absolutely can't leave out my last band, Imperium and current band Valar Morghulis. Both of these groups of musicians have pushed me to keep getting better and better at what I do.  
Joey (Bass) I was inspired by early hair/glam metal, then thrash metal, then death metal.  In that order. 

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?
GR (Guitar) Stay true to what you want to do.  If you have a vision for how you want your sound, don't lose sight of it just because of trends. New doesn't always mean better.   
Ewen (Guitar) As I stated before, it's never too early start.  If you wanna do it, you've got to work for it and grind every day to reach your goals.  Be hungry and never get comfortable.  
Marcus (drums) My main advice would be to leave your personal issues off the stage.  In that moment, it;s about the audience. They paid to get away from their lives and have some fun for the night.  It's your job, in that moment, to give them a good time that they can enjoy.  Be it music they can dance to, or mosh to, it's your job to entertain.  It's not about you.  Know your instrument and always try to learn more and more.  You're never done learning. 
DJ (Vocals) Never stop.  Practice until you cannot go on.  Look to your circle for inspiration.  Always keep it at 100% with yourself and those around you.  That's how you keep it pure.  And if you got first time jitters, don't focus on the crowd.  Find a spot in the back of the venue and focus on that.  Once the stage rush kicks in, you'll be good.  Most importantly?  Have fun.  Also don't forget you get what you put into it!  Do it with passion or don't bother.  
Joey (bass) If enjoy making music, never give up.  

How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
We're metal heads.  We're all influenced by many different subgenres of metal, and we try to blend some of them all.  We think we have enough of "something for everyone".  Because we're all of varying ages and came to love metal at different times in our lives, we bring a little something different to the group when we're writing.  It's very organic and spontaeous.  Someone comes up with a riff, and if we dig it, we go from there. 

Any new gigs or albums in the future?

We have several gigs over the summer and fall, while we are working on our first full length album.  Targeting for release early 2023.  Also we'll be working on a video to go along with our latest single over the next few weeks.   

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Stage Door Special Edition

 Hey there everyone its your old friend DJ Dizzy & I wanted to take the time to givve a special shout out to Stage Door Magazune & for those who don't remember I was featured in their magazine for my work on The Flipside & my song Stay Frosty, but this time around I'm featured again in their special edition so feel free to have a look & be sure to check out Stage Door Magazine for all of their latest stuff as well.

Here's a link to have a look at the following

Until then stay awesome & rock n roll!

Satage Door Magazine

STAGE DOOR SPECIAL EDITION 2022 by Stagedoor Magazine - Issuu

Monday, July 4, 2022

DJ Interviews: Grim Rock

 Here;s my interview with Joel Hartsek f the band Grim Rock'

How'd you get started in music?
It really started with a single 45rpm in my dad's basement. It was Shadows of Knight and the song was Gloria '69. The heavy overdriven guitar over the main track I immediately feel in love with and said to myself, this is what I want to do! I actually started playing synth/keyboard and not guitar like I originally wanted to. That quickly changed with a chance meeting that led to my first official band Ice Parrots. Even though I did play with other people before, this was the first band that played together for years, even with member changes. I then went into a musical retirement for a bunch of years until a good friend who writes lyrics looked me up. I wrote music around his lyrics and we created a fictitious band using the name he came up with, The Monolith Cage. It was really only him and his lyrics and me playing all the instruments. This was supposed to be a few songs to help him promote his book, but turned into a 15–18-month project. At the end of that project, I had come up with and started GrimRock. What's crazy is that I promoted the logo without any music. That took off and here I am now!

Who are your inspirations or influences?
I would have to credit my dad first and foremost. He was a talented classical musician on piano and organ. From me hearing the classical music to discovering he had a lot of 60's albums really got me hooked. From there it was bands like Shadows of Knight, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Nick Drake, ELO, Adam & The Ants, Gary Numan, NIN, and so many more incredible bands that drove my musical imagination.

What advice would you offer aspiring performers?
Push hard and never give up really. We have to work three times as hard as the mainstream musicians to get noticed. There will be many days you feel like nothing is happening, but in reality, it is somewhere. Just remember little gains are big wins for us artists in the indie music business. 

How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
I think it is the unexpectedness of what I will do or play next because I am all over the place with things. There is almost an expectation of playing ultra-heavy music when people look at my face paint or see the Grim logo. In reality you get a variety of music in many different styles and I think that adds to the mystique of things about Grim. I get asked what are you doing next, or is that a mask, or where did your logo come from. I think people watch my live just to see what I will wear (full Grim gear w/face paint, false face logo mask, normal GrimWear) or what I will play and if it is heavier or different from the album tracks.

Any new gigs or albums in the future?
I do have new music out now with Feeling Uncontrolable and Strange Wanderer and I am working on a full album called, Blackout Your Mind. Gig wise, I am working out dates and will announce them very soon!

Soecial thanks to him for this interview & I wish him lots  of luck in things be sure to check out his work by way of the following links & I'll catch you on The Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

Grim Rock