Category Archives: interview

New Year New Interview: Frames

It’s time for another segment of “New Year New Interview.” Please welcome Frames to the blog! Enjoy the interview. Also, check out her Instagram – it’s awesome.

Band Name? 

Frames

What was the best thing to happen in 2019?

I got into rock climbing with my best friend and now I’m substantial.

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

I’m excited to track this full length and release it. I have been writing nonstop and these are my best songs yet.

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

My first concert I think was with my church youth group. We went to see Chris Tomlin and I wore a Slipknot church and for some reason no one had a problem with it. First concert as a performer was with Twentythreenineteen and Sleep In.

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

There are infinite parallel universes and in each one, only one thing is changed, and there are infinite more where everything is the complete opposite. In an alternate reality, I’m not depressed and I have a sick beard.

New Year’s Resolutions. Yay or Nay?

I think resolutions are great. If that’s what people need go have a fresh start, let them have it. Stop hating. My 2020 resolution is to stop living in the past and be more present. I have a problem with letting old memories ruin my day.

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

In high school, I was in a show choir ensemble and we did a holiday medley. That was probably my peak singing and we had these really itchy knee length dresses that sounded like a track suit when we walked and I felt like THAT bitch when I had to wear it to school.

Favorite holiday song?

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve. I don’t know who it’s originally by but most of us know the rendition by Zoey Deschannel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. You can’t make me not sing that all year long.

Least favorite holiday song?

Santa Claus is Coming to Town. I don’t like being told to not cry or pout, that’s kind of my whole thing.

What do you want people to know about your music?

I want people to know that my music is the place for them to let their feelings flow, they can leave it all in the moments that they’re listening, so when the song is over they can move on with their life. Because that’s what I do when I’m writing the songs.

New Year New Interview: Pointless

Pointless on Spotify

Welcome to the latest “New Year New Interview” with Pointless of New Jersey. They have released new music this month so check them out on Spotify and YouTube. In the words of cool kids everywhere, they’re pretty dope. In the meantime, take a peek at their interview right here.

Band Name?

 Pointless

What was the best thing to happen in 2019?

The release of our new song and video for “Half “Empty.”

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

Writing new music, playing shows

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

First Union Center (1998?) to see Bruce Springsteen with my dad. As a performer, my first real show was at some cabin out in Tom’s River, NJ when I was a freshman in high school, playing in a skate thrash band called Digression. I did not play another show until I was 23 with Hot Trash.

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

I think there are several alternative realities. In most of the them, the alternate me is still probably watching Seinfeld and playing music. But maybe in one of them I am an architect or a chef.

New Year’s Resolutions. Yay or Nay?

Nay. Shouldn’t take until the beginning of the year to start in on bettering yourself. Every day is a clean slate and a gift. Do the best you can. Do the most you can. And don’t be afraid.

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

Hard to say. Personally, I feel “musically”, we tend to slow down around the holidays to be around our families and take a breather from the hustle of band life within our real lives, jobs, and other life commitments.

Favorite holiday song?

Dominick the donkey

Least favorite holiday song?

I guess maybe Alvin and chipmunks Christmas I could do without.

What do you want people to know about your music?

That it’s for everybody. We just want to be there, whether you need us or not. Music was always there for me/us. We want to be there for you. The songs, the words and feelings from them are real. When someone tells me a specific song of ours is helping them through something, there is no greater gift in the world than to hear that.

Pointless on Facebook

New Year New Interview: The JAB

In honor of the upcoming new year, enjoy the following New Year New Interview from The JAB of Chicago.

Photo Credit: Karen Rettig

Band Name?

 *The JAB (these questions are being answered by frontman Jam Alker)

What was the best thing to happen in 2019?

Recording CONSUME with the band in Lexington, KY—working with these lads has made the band a tightly-run machine, and we’ve made a ridiculously great album.

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

Touring with The JAB and seeing how far CONSUME can take us

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

As a fan, my first concert was Billy Idol when I was a kid. As a performer—the old high school talent show. I butchered “Tom Sawyer” by RUSH. Ughh, it was fucking horrible.

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

If there is an alternate reality, the other me is probably still telling stories in some way, whether it’s through music or mind control. Probably mind control… oh, and I look like Spock in this other reality… and I have an English accent and I smoke an old-timey pipe.

New Year’s Resolutions. Yay or Nay?

Nah. Part of my trajectory is to always try to do my best, not just resolve to do it when the first of the year comes around.

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

I really enjoy being able to use music as a way to give back. The holidays have been a great opportunity to play benefit concerts to help those less fortunate than me. That’s what I really enjoy about the holidays. Fuck consumerism. But have a happy holiday season! 😊👍

Favorite holiday song?

Otis Redding: “Merry Christmas, Baby” James Brown: “Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto” Queen: “Thank God It’s Christmas” RUN DMC: “Christmas in Hollis”

Least favorite holiday song?

“The Christmas Song (Don’t Be Late)” by the Chipmunks. No offense to the Chipmunks, but those voices. No.

What do you want people to know about your music?

That it’s always coming from an authentic place. That it’s our truth and the truth isn’t always pretty. That’s it’s not a shiny thing that’s meant to distract, but instead, an imperfect, nuanced expression that is meant to make you feel more connected.

http://jamalker.com
www.facebook.com/TheJamAlkerBand

New Year New Interview: American Television

Welcome to the latest edition of “New Year New Interview” with American Television of Washington, DC. Guitarists Steve Rovery and Jerred Lazar will be answering a few New Years related questions.

American Television on Bandcamp

Band Name?

American Television

What was the best thing to happen in 2019?

Steve: We played the biggest stage and room we’ve ever played in our lives opening for Less Than Jake. It was cool to share that milestone together.

Jerred: I think the return of Breakin’ Even Fest this year was huge as well. Getting to play with so many amazing bands and talented musicians was incredible. Selling out the first 2 nights was insane!

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

Steve: Releasing our new LP, Watch It Burn, on Wiretap Records, playing some new cities and making friends while we’re there.

Jerred: I’m definitely looking forward to putting that beautiful orange piece of wax on the turntable and taking it for a spin! It’s been quite a journey taking these songs from the depths of our minds to the grooves on a record. It’s been pretty wild.

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

Steve: As a performer, I played my first show when I was 16 with ASOB in Long Island at a place called OLV. We were all kids so you’d never really know Jeff would go on the become “Jeff Rosenstock,” but he did… As a fan, my first concert was Oasis & Screaming Trees.

Jerred: Oh man, it’s judgment time hahaha… As a fan, my Dad took my best friend and I to see Boys II Men, Mary J Blige, and Montell Jordan when I was in 8th grade. My musical tastes have definitely evolved over the years! As a performer I played in the school talent show. It was a nu metal band. We were awful. Like I said, I’ve worked on refining my palette since my younger days!

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

Steve: In an alternate reality I’d be making movies. I love the process of filming and editing and I feel like I learned that about myself 20 years too late.

Jerred: I like to think there are an infinite number of alternate realities where everything that can happen does and will. That being said, I’m just trying to survive the one I’m currently in!

New Year’s Resolutions. Yay or Nay?

Steve: Nay. Just live your best life.

Jerred: Nah. I’m totally comfortable with my imperfections!

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

Steve: Just those quiet drives in fresh snow when it’s extra quiet and something real fitting comes on the radio and it just feels peaceful and cinematic.

Jerred: One year I went home to Ohio to visit family for the holidays. I grew up in a small town where there isn’t much to do. Luckily Micah Schnabel, a dear friend of mine who grew up in that same small town, played an acoustic set in the back room of one of the only bars in town. We don’t see each other very often and when we do it’s usually on the road but there were so many familiar faces in the room that night and he played some songs from “When The Stage Lights Go Dim” with an incredible violinist and it was just beautiful. That record will always hold a special place in my heart and the same goes for that night.

Favorite holiday song?

Steve: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Jerred: Christmas In Hollis by RUN DMC

Least favorite holiday song?

Steve: Oh Holy Night

Jerred: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

What do you want people to know about your music?

Steve: This band keeps us sane, it provides a creative outlet and stress relief for us. We may not get to play as many shows as bands that have been working at their craft for 6 years, but we give it our fucking all when we do.

Jerred: Ditto

Interview with . . . Jon Zazula

Jon Zazula

Jon Zazula is a man after my own heart. He rose from the ashes of Wall Street in the early 80s. In order to make a living, Zazula established a record store, Rock N’ Roll Heaven, and eventually a record label, Megaforce Records. Starting a record label wasn’t part of his original plan but after receiving a demo tape from an unknown band called Metallica, Zazula changed course so that the world could hear their music.

He has recently released a book, Heavy Tales, that is available on his website and Amazon. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to be able to interview Mr. Zazula. Keep reading to find out more.

Who was the first band/artist that you saw in concert?

The first concert I ever saw was a Peter Paul and Mary folk concert. I was very young. They were great.

But my first Rock Concert was a young Stevie Wonder and the Young Rascals on the same stage. I was 12/13 years old and took a train myself from the Bronx to Blayne Ny

What was the last concert that you attended?

The last concert was an The Absence local hometown show in Tampa. I was hoping to see King Diamond Nov 5th but I’ll be out of town . I’m bummed

Is it ever too late to start something new?

For me putting out this book is a new endeavor. If something really blew me away my juices might start flowing again but nothing has has.

What is involved with starting an indie record label?

You gotta be crazy and lucky. I also don’t advise starting a label unless you plan to really get out there and promote your acts.

Are there any unheard of metal bands that you think people should know?

I’m very big on The Absense and ARCANIA from France

Do you have a favorite scary movie?

Yes the EXORCIST but I love Devils Rejects

How is the music scene different than in the 80s?

In the 80’s it was more fresh and exciting. People were getting turned on to it. Now it’s a more acceptable art form and people know what to expect. Metal is also much more abundant and bigger than ever. Just look at how many massive metal festivals there are all over the world. A band can now tour for years.

How is it the same?

The love for it hasn’t changed. The best aggressive music remains

Metal.

Is there anything that you haven’t done yet?

I haven’t personally promoted a stadium show.

I’d like to do that….. NOT

Truth : Walking away from The Disco Biscuits and not staying on to make them one of the Biggest bands in the world really bothers me.

What do you want people to know about you?

That I was a very lucky and blessed man . When you read the book you’ll see just what I mean. Metallica, Anthrax,Ministry,Testament, KingsX,Ace Frehley,Overkill,Warren Haynes,Anvil,Raven , Mercyful Fate and the Disco Biscuits all miracles.

Interview with . . . The Damed

The Damed

It’s finally October! What better time to have an interview with a band who are into punk rock and all things witchy as much as I am? The stars have aligned just in time to have Heather Hellskills and Watts Yoshizawa of The Damed back for an interview.

Everyone welcome The Damed to the blog!

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

Heather H: Meadowlands – INXS. A small dive bar in New Jersey in the 90s with my band, pointfive.

Watts: Fan: Aug. 20th 1983 – X opening up for Oingo Boingo @ the Pacific Amphitheater, Costa Mesa, CA. Performer: 1985ish Talent Show @ Biola University w/ my band Spritle and Chim Chim.

Have you ever been to Salem, Massachusetts?

Heather H: Yes, once! It was very witchy.

Watts: No.

Is there a cause that you are more passionate about than any others?

Heather H: I am passionate about a lot of causes, but I am very environmentally conscious and am always trying to reduce my carbon footprint and constantly urging others to do so as well.

Watts: Education. Sharing knowledge is the best way to empower one another.

How many times a day does someone confuse you with The Damned?

Heather H: Haha. We get tagged on Instagram semi-often. Sometimes we get asked if we are a Damned cover band.

Watts: Often. It never fails.

What is the best thing about being a Riot Grrrl band? Also, how many r’s are in grrrrl?

Heather H: As many as you want!!!

Watts: Being able to express ourselves! There are 3 r’s in grrrl.

Do you have a favorite book, tv show or movie about witches?

Heather H: I loved Witches Of Eastwick!

Watts: Original 1939 -The Wizard of Oz

Will there be a tour in the near future?

Heather H: We are planning a Pacific Northwest tour once we complete a couple of music videos we are working on.

Watts: It’s in the works.

What do you want people to know about The Damed?

Heather H: We are very passionate and don’t hold back (musically or lyrically). We don’t fit into any 1 mold, genre wise.

Watts: We are a force to be reckoned with. Back us up or move aside!

Links:

https://thedamedband.bandcamp.com

https://www.facebook.com/thedamedband

https://www.instagram.com/thedamedband

https://soundcloud.com/thedamedband

https://chasingdestino.com/2019/07/30/sleep-deprived-music-review-the-damed/

Interview with . . . Vulture Vibe

Vulture Vibe on Spotify

If you haven’t heard of Vulture Vibe of Denmark, let me introduce you to them immediately. Fans of rock and roll and hard rock will enjoy their music. They agreed to do an interview on the blog. So without further ado, please welcome Vulture Vibe!

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

The first shows we attended as fans, were probably in Horsens and Silkeborg we presume! Long time ago! We talked about the first “real” big concerts we attended, – Names like Alice Cooper, Rolling Stones and Metallica came up, which is kinda cool! Vulture Vibe´s first gig was at a place called “Gyngen”, right in the heart of Aarhus – very nice starting point actually!

Do people in Denmark celebrate Halloween?

To a certain extent, yes! You are not gonna find “American-levels” of Halloween celebration in Denmark, but we suggest putting on some Tom Waits music and light up a pumpkin!

Are you guys fans of true crime shows?

We are very much obsessed with the amazing series “Mindhunter”! Very dark show – which soothes us fine.

What is the best thing about your hometown?

Well, it’s where you grew up – it´s part of who you are, somehow. You feel completely at ease with the environment and the people living there. That’s probably the best thing!

How did you guys meet?

We were part of the same music scene in Aarhus but played in different bands and constellations. So, we knew each other and became good friends. Once our previous bands were breaking up, we shared a lust for playing rocknroll music and founded Vulture Vibe!

What is your favorite story about Vikings?

Don´t watch the show “Vikings” for historical accuracy! Hell, Ragnar Lothbrok was a goddamn Dane! Show some love for the danes in that show, just saying. Other than that, we love “Cnut the great” (in Danish: Knud Den Store) – he was a badass.

Are there plans for another tour in the near future?

Right now, we are on a fall tour in Denmark, which is gonna last until the end of the year. Then in 2020, we are planning to tour Germany! Can´t wait!

What do you want people to know about Vulture Vibe?

That we play rocknroll music and that we intend to keep it alive! And… We have a new single out called “Darkness” which features Todd Ögren of Rival Sons on keys – check it out! See ya on the road !

Vulture Vibe:

Mads Ingemann Bendixen – bass and vocals
Alex Dürr Villadsen – Guitar
Kasper Østergaard Hansen – Drums

Interview with 18th & Addison

18th & Addison

18th & Addison are the coolest. It’s not like they are even trying to be cool. They just are. 18th & Addison will be releasing their latest EP on September 6.

If there was ever a reboot of Pretty in Pink, they could be the band or probably whatever character they wanted to be. Maybe Andie and Duckie? Anyway, if you want to know more about the cool kids at 18th & Addison, read the following interview.

Where was your 1st show as a fan? As a performer?

Kait: 1st show as a fan was *NSYNC but as bands go, it was Good Charlotte. As a performer it was definitely a little hole in the wall coffee shop. 

Tom: I saw Blink-182 with No Doubt and The Living End in Holmdel, NJ. I went twice and I was in heaven both times. As a performer, I barely remember my first show since I was so young so I’ll go with when my old hardcore band played at The Stone Pony when we were about 14 or 15 years old. 

Who did the cover art for the new album?

Kait: Burla_22 on Instagram! He’s from Italy and incredible! 

Tom: He does a lot of amazing wall art as you can see on his social media. He caught my eye, I showed Kait and we felt immediately connected to his work and knew he was the guy for the job.

Is there something special at 18th & Addison?

Kait: It’s the street I grew up on and Tom’s house number so in our world it’s not an real cross street. There is one in Philly but we had no idea! 

Tom: We make our own damn locations!

What is the scariest thing on the planet?

Kait: Hands down, clowns. 

Tom: Dying too soon. I’m not scared of death, but we’ve got a lot to do still. 

What’s the furthest that you been from home?

Kait: Tom and I played a show in the British Virgin Islands and it was FAR. Literally 24 hours straight of traveling, 2 planes, 3 cabs, and 2 boats. 

Tom: It was a long day but we had fun. It was one hell of an experience. 

Do you enjoy having alone time?

Kait: I definitely do. I need time to decompress sometimes or just calm down. Sometimes I do that better when I’m alone but I definitely need to be around someone to stay out of my own head sometimes so I think it’s a healthy balance. 

Tom: I do as well. I work faster and can exorcise new ideas more confidently when I’m alone. I have no problems going to a coffee shop or grabbing some food by myself. If you’re in a band and you’re working, and I mean really working, you’ll notice alone time becomes a lot more common as well as enjoyable. 

Which is the worst? Leeches, vultures or parasites?

Kait: Ooh what a great question. I’m sure it’s obvious we hate them all and I hate them all for the same reasons. I’m going with Leeches though. It’s never fun when something or someone sucks all the life out of you. 

Tom: They’re all equal in my eyes. Otherwise they wouldn’t have gotten records written about them! Haha!

What do you want people to know about 18th & Addison?

Kait: I think it’s important for people to know we genuinely love interacting and communicating with fans and friends of our music on a daily basis. Getting to know them, finding out what it is they love or hate about music helps us grow as a band and we just love the connections we make with everyone.

Tom: Hell yes. The interaction for us is huge. It’s so validating but not in a narcissistic type of way. More in the sense that we feel the connection is genuinely being made and that’s our main goal. It’s great to play music for people, but it’s even greater to play music and give your all to a room full of people ready to return that same energy. The color of our skin or sexual preferences don’t mean anything. Everyone is welcome, supported and safe to come out and be more a part of what we strive to create. 

Interview with . . . Beatrice DeSoprontu

Beatrice DeSoprontu

One of the next books on the TBR list is Vices/Virtues by Beatrice DeSoprontu. It sounds like a great book for the beach or anywhere that you can steal a few moments of alone time. It be a little bit naughty. Anyone who is not opposed to a more risque, then you can find the book at the link above.

If you would like to know more about Ms. DeSoprontu then the following interview might be for you.

Where would you like to travel next?

India, though that is a pretty big subcontinent, so perhaps I should narrow that down. Maybe Mumbai, I could change careers and become a Bollywood star. (see question #4)

What was the first thing that you remember writing?

Like all small children I wrote pictorial books, aka graffiti on my living room walls. It wasn’t my late teens that I tried writing short stories. One called “The Kaleidoscope Hurts My Eyes” is about three different mixed-race people living intersecting lives.

Do you have a bucket list?

No, I like to live without thinking about death too much. 

Should there be an age limit on changing careers?

Absolutely not! People are always growing and in doing so are apt to follow new careers.

What are the top 5 things people should do when visiting New York City?

Go to the Bronx to the more authentic “Little Italy” (and “Little Albania”) on Arthur Ave.

Go to Queens to feast on the best Chinese food in New York in Flushing Queens.

Go to Brooklyn, check out Grand Army Plaza and Lebanese cuisine on Atlantic

Go to Staten Island to visit the Richmond Town Village.

Go to Manhattan and check out a little known place called Times Square

Is there a secret to writing good erotica?

Avoid the word “throbbing” at all costs!

How did you decide to write erotica?

VICES/VIRTUES is literary fiction, that delves into issues of race, class and religion, like all literary fiction the story is character driven. Of course, there is quite a bit of the erotic thrown in mix (the main character is a professional dominatrix after all) but that is just the icing on the cake, so to speak. (See chapter 1 “Gluttony”)

What is your favorite movie?

Lawrence of Arabia – that man liked to put out fires with his fingers, very odd!

What do you want people to know about you?

My artistic goal is to write entertaining stories that leave the reader pondering issues in new ways.

Interview with . . . Heart Attack Man

Image may contain: 1 person
Heart Attack Man

As someone who listens to a lot of music, I can honestly say that not every band is for everyone. Heart Attack Man of Cleveland might be one of those bands that you either love or hate. They are ok with getting under your skin. So take a listen to their music and decide for yourself. Eric Egan, vocalist/guitarist for Heart Attack Man, answered a few questions that you can read right now.

Where was your first show as a fan? As a band?

First concert I saw where I could comprehend what was happening was Red Hot Chili Peppers and Queens of the Stone Age. First show I ever played was at a coffee shop with my first band the summer between eighth grade and freshman year.

Is there a need for band merch for pets?

There’s a market for everything…necessity is but a matter of opinion I suppose…

When did you become fascinated with the Manson family?

I first started getting interested in cults and serial killers and all that good shit around fifth/sixth grade.

Have you read “Helter Skelter?”

I haven’t, I’m a poser.

Have you ever done a prank with fake blood?

Yeah one time in high school my friends and I vandalized an elevator with fake blood and spray painted a bunch of crazy shit if that counts as a prank.

What do you watch on TV/Netflix/YouTube?

I don’t watch TV at all, I hardly watch Netflix, but on YouTube I really like watching conspiracy theory videos and antique weapon restoration ASMR videos.

Is Emo just a phase?

Emo is a disease.

Can you be Emo and happy at the same time?

I would imagine if one can be a family man but live a double life as a serial killer, one could possibly be emo and happy at the same time.

What do you want people to know about Heart Attack Man?

If you’re one of those super PC people that complains about everything on the internet, you might be better off listening to something else.