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Interview with . . . The Black Lava

The Black Lava of Turin has graced us with their presence on the blog today. The band is staying at home like everyone else. They are missing out on their regular routine and travel plans. Please check out all of their links and support their music. Buy the merch if you can.

Welcome The Black Lava to the blog!

https://www.facebook.com/theblacklava/

Who is answering the questions?

Carlo “Karlo” Loglisci – Singer and Guitarist 

Band/Artist Name: The Blacklava 

Where was your first concert as a fan? As a performer?

My sister, who is 9 years older than me, took me to the concert of an Italian band, 99 Posse. I was 11 years old. It was great because it was in my hometown club. It was a medium- sized club and although I grew up in a small town in northern Italy, this place has hosted many artists who are now famous. The first Blink 182, Radiohead and many others. instead we did the first concert with my band when I was 16. The place had a wire mesh that divided the band from the audience. 

Do you have a bucketlist? If so, what’s on it?

It is very difficult to say in this historical period! Being in forced quarantine at home for Covid-19 for 17 days. My luck is that at home I have many things to do and I have created a perfect family environment. It’s me, my girlfriend and my two dogs. Obviously my two dogs are super happy! For many it is not so and the atmosphere you breathe is not very happy. What I wanted before was to be able to be with my band, go around playing and possibly become better known. It is now difficult how the world will have changed after this pandemic. there are many aspects that will change and speaking of music, I don’t know how the world will change. a good thing is that I haven’t heard of Trap music in 17 days! 🙂 

What was the last thing that you read?

A book on Japan. On March 21, I was supposed to go on vacation there! A trip that I had been planning for a year! Luckily, being a global pandemic, hotels and airplanes have been fully reimbursed, so I’ll have to wait to see magnificent places here! It means that I will continue to read my beloved Manga and see Anime! 

What are you listening to at the moment?

While I’m answering the interview I’m listening to the latest I Prevail record. Some songs are very cool and some a little too catchy. 🙂 The one I like best is Paranoid. The listening method is very particular. I listen to a song that I like in a loop until I get bored! When there is something I like I do it in a loop! There was a period in I just wanted sushi! over time I learned to dose what I like. 🙂 

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?

Anything creative. I need a lot of creative stimuli so I tried to act, to be a director, a photographer, a videomaker, a graphic designer, a writer, an alternative singing teacher, a cartoonist (I am absolutely unable to draw). When I get tired of singing or I’m at a standstill I pass to my other passions! 

Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

I would like to collaborate with a producer with balls! I’d like to work with the royal blood producer! and I’d like to work with a team of videomakers to create something cool! Like the Deutschland video. fantastic! 

What do you want people to know about your music?

That we are sincere and genuine boys and that our music reaches the heart because it is true! All our works have been recorded in our guitarist’s studio and we don’t want to  change the errors in post production. So if something doesn’t come the first time rather than using the programs we’ll do it better!

Links:

https://www.instagram.com/the_blacklava/

Interview with . . . LifeCycle

Today on the blog, we are welcoming LifeCycle of New Jersey. There is another band called Lifecycle; however, they are from London and play alternative/tribal music.

The LifeCycle that we are interviewing is definitely rock and roll. Let’s find out more about LifeCycle, shall we?

Who is answering the questions?

Scott Pustilnick – Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals

Band/Artist Name:

LifeCycle

Where was your first concert as a fan? As a performer? 

Going WAY back to my first concert as a fan…..electricity was just invented! My first as a fan was Van Halen in support of their first album. I was really young but my parents were into music and I was fortunate. 

As a performer, the Jersey Shore. I was in a cover band just finding my way and trying to get better.

Do you have a bucketlist? If so, what’s on it? 

I think to have a bucketlist , you have to be one of those people that refers to the bucklist.  I never refer to it so I have to say no, I don’t have one. Having said that, there are things that the band is working very hard to accomplish.  If LifeCycle had a bucket list, it would be touring Japan, then touring Japan again, and then finally touring Japan.

What was the last thing that you read?

Good Question!  I am reading a Steven King book right now but the last thing I read before this book is called “The Four Agreements”.  I highly recommend it if you are trying to be happy and not be an asshole to people you love.

What are you listening to at the moment?

JAZZ! I am down the “rabbit hole” with all things Jazz right now. From Chic Corea type fusion to more traditional Chet Baker and everything I can get my hands on.  Apple Music has been a game changer. For hardly any money , you can have more music then you could ever imagine. Not only is it convenient and you can share all this music with friends, Apple Music has the most obscure albums ever recorded.   

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? 

We have a YouTube series called “A Day in the LifeCycle”.  It’s a look at the band off stage and its very stupid at times.  The band loves to do it and I end up editing the videos and releasing them every other week.  If I wasn’t a musician, I would be making videos for other musicians. I love it and its art. Art is art.

Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

I think LifeCycle would benefit from a collaboration with Rick Wakeman.  Rick’s keyboards and piano work are insane and have been a part of progressive rock and he even played with Black Sabbath on some tracks.  Some of songs would really be a good fit for that kind of partnership.

What do you want people to know about your music?

I want people to know about our music….period.  It’s all about awareness. Our music is real and we actually play our instruments. The songs are put together well and we give a shit.  We don’t write things we cant play live. People are smart and can judge for themselves. We just thank everyone for taking the time to listen to us or watch us live.  LifeCycle totally appreciates your valuable time. Stay safe and may the Schwartz be with you!

Website: https://www.lifecycleband.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lifecycleband/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lifecycleband/?hl=en

Interview with . . . Vital Noise

Vital Noise

Vital Noise of Los Angeles, California seem to have it all – youth and talent. What else is there to know about this band? Check out the following interview plus the links to find out more.

What was the best thing to happen in 2019? 

We wrote and recorded a brand new EP that is set to drop soon, so be on the lookout for that! 

What are you looking forward to in 2020? 

We are looking forward to creating more music, playing more shows, and meeting new people. 

Where was your first concert as a fan? As a performer? 

As a fan our first concerts were Van Halen and Bon Jovi. As a performer, our first concert was at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA several years ago. 

Do you think that there’s an alternate reality? If so, what is the alternate you doing? 

If you are talking about something higher like a heaven, the yeah absolutely, there has to be something else out there beyond this world.

 

What do you want people to know about your music? 

We want people just to check our music out and give it a listen, if they like it, that’s absolutely awesome, and if they don’t then that’s completely fine too. 

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New year New Interview: Shattered

Shattered

Metal band Shattered of Tampa has taken a break from thrashing so that they could answer a few questions for the last segment of new year interview. Welcome Shattered to the blog!

What was the best thing to happen in 2019?

I joined Shattered as lead guitar.

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

To alot of kick ass shows with my brothers and our upcoming album.

Where was your first concert as a fan? As a performer?

As a performer.  in ybor seeing slayer. in a tiny bar playing guitar for a thrash band.

Do you think that there’s an alternate reality? If so, what is the alternate you doing?

there is tons of different realities, and my doppelganger probably isn’t having as much fun as I am.

New Year’s Resolutions. Yay or Nay?

None

What have been the best musical holiday moments in your life?

Went to slayers farewell show with my high school friends we first seen them together and we went to the last show together.


Favorite holiday song?

None

Least favorite holiday song?

All of them lol.

What do you want people to know about your music?

The music is for everyone to take something different away we all come from some place different and something mean different for everyone.

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New Year New Interview: Bleeding Raven

Bleeding Raven, an aggrotech/dark tek project, is the next featured artist on the blog. From what I understand, aggrotech is electronic/industrial music but with a grittier and darker sound.

As we are winding down the new year interview segment, let’s hear what Bleeding Raven has to say.

Bleeding Raven

What was the best thing to happen in 2019?

I found the remote control finally. I was wondering why I was so constipated all the time. Hahahahaha Ok, I’m guessing you want a serious answer? The best thing? Well, it was a nasty ass year on many fronts so let’s just say, I am grateful I got through it and I am grateful for the many people I love starting with my parents.  ☺ 

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

God. I don’t know. Not becoming sane so that I don’t have to experience losing it again.  Hahahahaha Look, I’m a darkwave/Goth/Aggortech/Dungeon Trash artist, you don’t really expect me to come up with fluffy answers do you? Hahahahahha  Ok ok. So, I hope to finally break through somehow. “Break on through to the other side…break on through to the other side…break on through to the other side –yeah…” Sorry. Had a Morrison moment.  Hahahahahaha Yeah, I hope I get more exposure in the industry. I said…get expsosure…not expose myself…hahahahahahaha  

   0_0    Don’t look at me like that. 

Where was your first concert as a fan? As a performer?

Gary Numan. I don’t do live gigs. Well…I do private gigs for the local squirrels but that’s our secret ok?  😉 

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Do you think that there’s an alternate reality? If so, what is the alternate you doing?

 Eh?! Hahahahaha Um. The long and the short of it…as goofy as I am, I don’t believe there is an ‘alternate’ reality’. I mean, I am not saying there is no God, or the spiritual realm etc. because I DO believe that…but THAT is just a part of reality. Spirit, mind and body and dark chocolate. Hahahahaha That said, I am not into the whole aliens thing. Not saying there are no other forms of life on other planets…I just don’t believe there are aliens like in Star Wars etc. That stuff is only real in our imaginations. So, if the question alludes to aliens…I’m a no on that. I believe in God but I also believe in evolution and religion should never shy away from whatever science shows us. How is that? 

New Year’s Resolutions. Yay or Nay?

No. I don’t partake of that tradition. I mean, every day I wake up and I say… “fuck this man…” hahahahaha… No.  Every day I wake up and I face the day as best as I can. That’s it. One day at a time. 

What have been the best musical holiday moments in your life?

Hunh? Is it Christmas again already? Hahahahahaha  Ok, truthfully, for me, hearing the classic Christmas hymns like “Silent Night” and “O Holy Night” are very important to me. I usually hear these at a night Mass on Christmas Eve. But I do like Stevie Nick’s version of “Silent Night” and I LOVE Elvis’ “Blue Christmas”. Ok…sue me…how terrible for a darkwave musician to like that stuff. hahahahahaha

Favorite holiday song?

Silent Night. Work with me here…hahahahahaha

Least favorite holiday song?

I love Madonna. I respect Madonna. Madonna is a genius. But I HATE her “Santa Baby” song. I prefer “Justify My Love”. And actually, I remember listening to that song one year in university during the holiday season and it will always be a fond memory. (what I can remember… hahahahahahaha) 

What do you want people to know about your music?

Wear a hazmat suit and take tranquilizers before listening to this dungeon trash. Hahahahahaha. Ok. Seriously…it’s just my attempt at doing art. That’s it. My art is intense, it is dark and it is weird but it’s genuine. The lyrics are the most important aspect of the music for me. If you’re looking for a love song or a sex song…I don’t serve that up. Look up Justin Bieber or KISS or Poison. My music isn’t about “conjuring up bad spirits and being as evil as possible”. You want that, look up Cradle of Filth or Mayhem or watch the news about politics. My music is about the inner struggle and much of that struggle is in relation to the big questions and yes…the experience of darkness…as in…depression…addiction…war…oppression…deception. Then there are the disco squirrels but…that’s another story… hahahahahahaha

Thanks for the interview

New Year New Interview: Robbers on Parole

If you are a fan of electronic rock, then watch out for Robbers on Parole. They may just steal your heart. (insert ba dum tsss sound here. )

Check out the following interview to find out more about them!

Robbers on Parole

What was the best thing to happen in 2019?



Well, we got invited to play at a fancy private party which was something that neither of us had ever done before! We usually do gigs in clubs and organize our own concerts, like any newcomer band. However this time somebody heard about us, liked our songs and invited us to be a part of their festival, which included people weaving dreamcatchers, a fire show, and other crazy stuff. So we had a real blast!

What are you looking forward to in 2020?


We’re really looking forward to fully recording and releasing our first EP, which should come out sometime in the middle of summer. We’ve already released two of the songs that will be included in it – 2 Far Gone and Feel Complete – and soon we’ll be heading to the studio for the next 3 or 4.

Where was your first concert as a fan? As a performer?



Ivo:
I’m not sure which one exactly was my first concert as a fan, but I vividly remember the first time I was blown away by a band. It was back in 2010, when Riverside, a prog-rock/metal band came to my hometown and made me cry with the insanely beautiful music they played!

Stephan:
The first one I remember well enough was the 2008 Metallica show at the National Stadium in Sofia, where I also saw Down. Man, was I overwhelmed! As a performer, I sang a couple of Green Day and Blink-182 songs with some random people in the hallway of my school. You can imagine how bad that must have been, haha!

Chris:
Hard to tell exactly. I think it was back in 2005, when Black Sabbath played at Lokomotiv stadium in Sofia. Being only 14, I was quite far too, but I remember the experience was exhilarating. My first concert as a performer was probably at a high school gig.

Monika:
Luckily, I had the chance to attend a concert of my favourite composer – Enio Morricone in 2013, which was a magical experience. I felt as if I wasn’t just watching one of Sergio Leone or Giussepe Tornatore’s movies, but as if I was a part of it!


Do you think that there’s an alternate reality? If so, what is the alternate you doing?



Ivo:
I’m positive there’s not just one but countless parallel realities and in perhaps 80% of those I’m playing some kind of an instrument in a band, dreaming about the big stages, haha! In the other 20% I’m making movies in Hollywood, for sure.

Stephan:
What a great question! I believe reality (like humanity) is one, but it already consists of all the possible scenarios, or rather, that it carries the potential to actualize all of them. We sometimes catch glimpses of radically different lives in the form of indescribable feelings, dreams or deja-vu, but we lack perception to translate them. We are all alternate versions of one another.

Chris:
Very interesting question! Although I do believe in alternate realities, I feel every decision you make leads you to the same place, the same destination. My belief is that our paths have been drawn from the beginning. Maybe the variable is the twists and turns we take along the way to get there.

Monika:
Of course I do! All of our lives are experienced simultaneously in different realities, like a song put on replay. And like the butterfly effect, a decision from your present life can affect your past self, where you were an ancient greek philosopher, for example. And for me, I was definitely a horse-riding witch, dedicated to the art of alchemy, haha!

New Year’s Resolutions. Yay or Nay?


Nay, because those last for about two days, haha! But if somebody truly wants to change something about themselves, we believe any day of the year is as good as the 31st of December. In the words of the inimitable Shia LaBeouf – Just do it!

What have been the best musical holiday moments in your life?


We all had a New Year in a rehearsal room underground once, with another band. We drank, we laughed, we played and it was one of the best New Years ever! We should probably revive that sort of party at some point in the future…

Favorite holiday song?


Carol the Bells is soooo delightfully creepy! It’s the only non-cheery sounding Christmas song and it feels like ghosts chanting in the snow… it also always reminds us of A Christmas Carol by Dickens which is probably the most ghostly Christmas thing ever made.

Least favorite holiday song?


There’s two that we believe everybody’s sick of since you can hear them at least 12 times a day in the mall while Christmas shopping and they are: All I Want for Christmas Is You & Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart. We need fresh new Christmas song to play over and over until our years bleed, haha!

What do you want people to know about your music?

Our music is energetic, dark, catchy, introspective, dynamic, heavy on the synths and even heavier on the drama, haha! We’ve always maintained that it’s dance rock music for brooding loners so we might as well keep at it. If you recognize yourself in that description then our music is written especially for you!

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Band links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robbers.on.parole
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robbers.on.parole
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/RobbersOnParole
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/robbersonparole

New Year New Interview: Vanilla Sugar

Vanilla Sugar is here to slay all day. She is originally from Houston but currently residing in Los Angeles. Stay tuned to find out what Vanilla Sugar has on her mind.

Vanilla Sugar

What was the best thing to happen in 2019?

 I got to shoot two music videos for my new album.


What are you looking forward to in 2020?

 I just released my first album, “She.” I have been touring since Jan 3, and look forward to touring more of the world this year. 


Where was your first concert as a fan? As a performer? 

My first concert as a fan was the All That Music and More Festival in Houston, Tx in the late 90’s. It was a lot of fun! My first concert as a performer was at my 8th grade talent show.

Do you think that there’s an alternate reality? If so, what is the alternate you doing?

I do believe in alternate realities. I think one of the alternate versions of me is a lawyer.


New Year’s Resolutions. Yay or Nay? 

I don’t believe in New Years resolutions. I feel like you can’t set a date on bettering yourself. It takes time and is different for everyone. 

What have been the best musical holiday moments in your life? 

I used to play French Horn in school. I really enjoyed all of our Christmas concerts. The music is fun to play. 


Favorite holiday song? 

My favorite holiday song is “Carol of the Bells”.

Least favorite holiday song? 

My least favorite holiday song is “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”


What do you want people to know about your music? 

It’s a mix of Electronic, Pop, Metal..it’s so different and weird; I love it!