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Interview with . . . Color Out

Color Out is a new solo rock and roll venture from Dave Hedrick. His music is reminiscent of the music from the 2000s. I’m ok with it and you probably will be too. Today Color Out is gracing us with their presence on the blog.

Color Out


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

I think my first concert was Nine Days in Tallahassee, FL. I was up visiting my brother in college at FSU and went to that show at Floyd’s Music Store. As a performer, my first concert was a house party my
senior year in high school. It was actually the night before prom and we ended up playing a couple songs in the backyard. It was such a good time and of course the cops came which just means it was a good party.


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

I actually do as a musician and I’ve been fortunate to be able to cross a couple items off. When I first started, just getting songs on
iTunes was a bucket list item. A couple others that I’ve done is get played on internet radio, get a song on TouchTunes jukeboxes (Those are the digital jukeboxes at bars/restaurants), get a sync placement for one of my songs and hit 5,000 subscribers on YouTube. A couple that I am looking to do in the near future – Get a song on a Spotify editorial playlist, tour Europe and write a full length album with a producer.


What was the last thing that you read?

I am terrible at finishing books. I really need to read more and that’s a resolution of mine I am failing at. The last thing I read was
probably a news article dealing with this COVID-19 stuff. Super lame I know.


What are you listening to at the moment?

Ruston Kelly, PLTS, Jason Aldean, and also listening to a lot of 90’s grunge. Not a ton of new rock out right now so I find myself just going back and listening to old records that really influenced me as a songwriter. I find myself studying them more than listening, as I am always looking to learn from these
artists to make my music and songwriting better.


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

I am technically not a professional musician since I do other things to supplement income. With that being said, if I wasn’t a musician I would probably be into film or photography. I have a strong creative side so I can’t imagine that not coming out in some other capacity.


Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

Ace Enders from The Early November. I really dig his music and his style. He has a studio in New Jersey I would like to record at someday. The other one is Nick Hexum from 311. I’ve been a huge 311 fan since a kid and I would love to do a song with him. He has such a unique voice and
style I think it would sound really cool.


What do you want people to know about your music?

I just released a new EP titled ‘Perspectives” on 3/13/20 featuring 6 songs. You can stream this EP and the entire catalogue on all major streaming platforms so go check it out. You can also follow Color
Out social media at these links:

Twitter – @coloroutmusic.

Instagram – @coloroutrock.

Facebook – www.facebook.com/coloroutrock.


Color Out is 100% rock music, but there are a lot of elements and genres mixed in that I think a lot of people will appreciate. In talking with some fans, I think what they connect with most are the lyrics. There is a lot of emotion in these songs and they tell real-life stories dealing with relationships, love and heartache.

Interview with . . . Katya Richardson

https://www.katyarichardson.com/

Los Angeles based composer, Katya Richardson, is quite accomplished. At the age of 15, the Los Angeles Philharmonic performed her orchestral work. Her resume is absolutely amazing. Check out her website to see all of her current and previous work. Richardson is nothing short of brilliant.

She also has released her debut album, Left from Write, that is available for everyone to enjoy. Richardson was kind enough to answer a few questions.

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

I was lucky to grow up around a lot of live jazz and classical music, so it’s hard to pick one experience! But one of my most memorable concerts was seeing Fleet Foxes at the Hollywood Bowl. It was so surreal being in a venue with that many people, and I was blown away by Robin Pecknold’s vocals. As a performer and composer, I’ve been playing piano for almost 15 years, having debuted compositions in venues like the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and The Royal Opera House in London. I’ve recently started singing too, both my own work and as part of a synth-pop duo, so I’m excited to explore more of that.

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

Definitely to travel more! I want to find a way to combine my love of travel and music, like immersing myself in another country or developing a project based on the local culture. I’d like to finish a classical album within the next year – that’s my next immediate goal, aside from my usual film-scoring work.

What was the last thing that you read?

I’m in a graphic novel phase, so I just finished reading a series called Saga. It’s essentially a space epic/fantasy influenced by the world of Star Wars. So visually stunning!

What are you listening to at the moment?

Recently discovered an icy pop group called Litany, so mostly vibing to them. Been super into FKA twigs and Tame Impala too.

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

Something to do with genetics or neuroscience, since I’ve always loved biology. I’m fascinated by how an environment can change our genes and why the human brain is drawn to music.

Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

Most of my work as a composer is multi-disciplinary, and collaboration is really central to what I do. I primarily score films, but regularly work with choreographers, dancers, and designers, and routinely record with live musicians. Some of my most experimental and meaningful collaborations have been through dance, so I’d love to explore more of that.

What do you want people to know about your music?

I just released my debut album, Left From Write! It is a hyperkinetic, electrojazz EP largely inspired by Flying Lotus and SOPHIE – featuring vocal loops, saxophone, and groovy vibes. Thematically, it celebrates dyslexia and individuality, commenting on issues that arise out of a standardized education system. It was originally written as part of a dance production at The Royal Opera House in London, in collaboration with a choreographer, lighting designer, and animator to visually and sonically recreate the multi-layered experience of a dyslexic. 

The 3 movements act as a narrative, looking at individuality as something organized and chaotic, but ultimately human. While I would love for this piece to encourage more discussions about dyslexia and destigmatize learning disabilities, in the end I always strive to make music that is fun. Left From Write is exactly that – it is a love letter to being human, and I hope you enjoy listening to it! 

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?  😉 

hahahahahahahaha

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