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Spotlight Band: Stranger Than Fate

November 30, 2010 by  
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Stranger Than Fate is:
Kristopher Mays
Tim Harriman
Jim Morris

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Spotlight Band: Since Forever

August 30, 2010 by  
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“Remember that time you liked that boy and all you could think about was what it would be like to kiss him and your friends told you that it wouldn’t work but you knew in your heart of hearts that it would be perfect. That is Since Forever.”

I recently had a chance to talk to the band (Zach Easterwood on lead vocals, Jason Friedman on drums, Brendan Johnson on guitar and vocals, Eric Woodie on bass and Taylor Easterwood on guitar and vocals) about how they met, their innovative ways of getting themselves out there and their new L.O.V.EP due out on October 19th.

Interviewed by:  Stacie Caddick-Dowty
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Spotlight Band: Rockets To Ruin

August 24, 2010 by  
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 After over a year long breakup the bad boys from Atlanta are back. Rockets to Ruin are known best for their in your face style of heavy rock, and explosive live shows. I got a chance to separate the toxic twins in the group Cleve Willis and Chris Taylor who both agree to disagree on many things, but music is the one thing that unites them. With an album coming out called Mutual Disrespect the guys talked about the new tunes, what inspires them, and the antics that the road brings. Everything from fights with roadies to groupies in bathrooms, this band is as rock n roll as they come.

Interviewed by:  Amanda Sixx
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Spotlight Band: Sunspot

July 19, 2010 by  
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Sunspot, with Mike Huberty on lead vocals and bass, Ben Jaeger manning the guitar, and Wendy Staats womanning the drums, has been cranking out quirky rock beats since they got together at the University of Wisconsin all the way back in 1996.  Don’t be fooled by their Midwest roots – Sunspot has not only received accolades locally, but has shared the stage with some pretty impressive national names over time, including Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Sponge, SevenMaryThree, Hot Hot Heat, and Sick Puppies. Even iconic Punker Milo Aukerman of Descendents fame has performed with Sunspot on live TV.  Nearly 15 years later and showing no signs of slowing down, the energetic trio has embarked on a new concept tour they’re calling “Major Arcana”.  I recently had a chat with frontman Mike Huberty to discuss band longevity, the fleeting nature of goatees, and Scott Bakula.

Interviewed by:  Dorise Gruber

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Spotlight Band: Stealing Heather

May 25, 2010 by  
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On their debut album “Your Mistake” Stealing Heather (Joshua Aaron on lead vocals and guitar, Ian Koff on keys/synth, George Bohdan on bass, Jake Perry on lead guitar & David Beck on drums)  take fans on a musical journey of true love.  Masterfully combining the best elements of music from the 80s and 90s to produce their infectious pop-rock sound, Stealing Heather take us song by song through a modern day love story – bumps included. 

Main man Joshua Aaron took some time to fill is in on the band and their new album.

Interviewed by:  Mary Ouellette

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Spotlight Band: Shredding The Envelope

March 17, 2010 by  
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Shredding The Envelope
Featuring Guitarist Dave Reffett

Guitar virtuoso Dave Reffett and his collaborative partner Nancy Taylor make up the core base of Shredding The Envelope.  On their debut disc “The Call Of The Flames” Reffett combines his unrelenting guitar shredding  with Taylor’s prose resulting in firestorm of thrashing, in your face metal.

Reffett, the son of a coal miner who   grew up in the Appalachian Mountains in Eastern Kentucky started out as a jock, until his older sister turned him on to the power of music.  Joining the school band he played tuba until a chance meeting of his teacher’s Fender Stratocaster in a dusty closet; it was love at first sight. 
Shortly thereafter his grandmother bought him his first guitar and the rest, as they say, is history.

His path would lead him to Berklee College of Music in Boston and that’s where he started assembling his who’s who list of guest appearances on “The Call Of The Flames” including Joe Stump, Michal Angelio Batio and George Lynch.

We caught up with Dave to ask him about his latest project and how it all fell into place.
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MayOrWest

March 1, 2010 by  
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MayOrWest is:

Adam Ramsden – Vocals/Bass
Eric Lewy – Vocals/Guitar
Pete Cataldo – Guitar
Jimmy Dowell – Drums

MayOrWest is:

Adam Ramsden – Vocals & Bass
Eric Lewy – Vocals & Guitar
Pete Cataldo – Guitar
Jimmy Dowell – Drums

Pete Cataldo – Guitar

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Days Difference

December 2, 2009 by  
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ddmainMeet Days Difference:

Jeremy Smith: Lead Vocals and Piano
Jonathan Smith: Vocals and Drums
Jeremiah Ricks: Vocals and Guitar
Micah Ricks: Bass


For new fans, tell us how Days Difference came to be, what’s your story?

We met on stage at a school concert in February 2004. Jeremiah and Micah were in the school band. Minutes before the show started everyone realized the band’s drummer and piano player had not showed up so Jonathan and I jumped on stage and saved the day!  All four of us had an immediate connection and started the band a few months later.
 
How would you describe your sound?
Coldplay meets Metro Station.

Tell us a little bit about how the songwriting process. I know you (Jeremy) is the lead songwriter, but once the lyrics are written, how does the music flow from that? Is it a collaborative process?
I love songwriting because because no two songs are ever written the same way.  Sometimes I start with an instrumental idea, other times a lyrical concept comes first. Once I finish the song the guys and I work together to finish the arrangement.


Watch the video for Are You Happy

You’ve enlisted the help of some veteran songwriters and producers. How have they impacted the band’s sound?
Co-writing has made me a much better writer, and working with producers really helped us define our sound. The co-writing and production helped us reach our potential.

What do you think sets your band apart from others in your genre?
My  voice and our songwriting.

Bands with brothers can be a great thing, but it can also lead to some interesting challenges (a-hem, Oasis). The makeup of Days Difference is pretty unique, with two sets of brothers: Jeremy and Jonathan, and Jeremiah and Micah. How does this affect the band, if at all? Is there any sibling rivalry?
Being two sets of brothers has only made us closer. We argue about funny things like movie quotes and song lyrics. One time we argued about whether or not the White Stripes sound like The Raconteurs; that argument is still in up in the air actually.

You weren’t always interested in pursuing music, can you tell us what finally made you take that leap?
My senior year in high school convinced me to make that leap. I was taking college classes, and I got tired of studying things I had no passion for. I realized I was happiest when I was writing music and performing on stage. So I took the leap. It is the best decision I have ever made.

What are you currently listening to that you can’t get enough of?dd
“Only by the Night” by Kings of Leon. I love that record and “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga. She is brilliant.

The band embarked on its first nationwide tour in 2007, but things didn’t go quite as planned. What happened?
We call that tour the tour from hell. Two days into it our trailer tire fell off, and the axle broke. We had to buy a new trailer. Then a promoter got hit by a car, and that concert was canceled.  Jon got a concussion.  Micah broke his collarbone.  Another promoter stiffed us.  We got a $350 parking fine in New York City for parking in a place a cop told us we could park.  And on the second to last show of the tour the venue owner died. That concert was canceled, too. This all happened in a two week period.
 
Things seem to have turned around in the last year or so. You were signed to Universal Motown, released your debut album and were cast as members of Miley Cyrus’s backing band in the big-screen version of Hannah Montana: The Movie.  Was there a moment when you thought, I can’t believe this is happening? Were there any moments in which you found yourself star-struck?
Every moment from when we first signed with Motown until now has felt that way.  Seeing where we were and where we are now is just amazing. We are so fortunate. And when we were filming our scene in the Hannah Montana movie I was blown away.  Miley was so down to earth, and Vanessa Williams was on set.  I had a major crush on Vanessa when I was younger.  I still love her movie Eraser.

What do you think is the biggest thing that’s missing from today’s music?
Auto tune.

What’s the current status of your debut album? Is there a release date yet? Can you take us through a few of the tracks musically/lyrically?
The album is available on iTunes now and hits stores in early 2010! “Are You Happy?” is an exciting song with a grooving bass line and driving drum beat. It also features auto tune. (I think people will be blown away by that element.) The opening lyrics in the song are “You’ve got a boyfriend, I’ve got a girlfriend, I keep on wondering, are you happy?” That lyric is the soul of the song.
“Falling into You” is a catchy, fun pop song. The lyrics will make your girlfriend say, “Aw.”

dd2You have a few shows lined up in December. What’s up next for the band?
Christmas time! Which means presents and lights. I am very excited. After the festivities, though, the label will take “Are You Happy?” to radio, and we’ll tour for a few years with little to no time off.

What would you like to say to music fans who are checking out Days Difference for the first time?
Hi! My name is Jeremy. What’s yours?

For more info on Days Difference visit them on:
MySpace
Facebook
Follow them on Twitter
Find them on iTunes

Have You Heard

October 5, 2009 by  
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hyhNashville based pop rockers Have You Heard are currently working on new material in follow up to their EP “We Do This By Ourselves”. Heading in more of a pop rock direction the band is taking their time to write the album they want to make but managed to take some time out of their schedules to answer some questions for TWRY.

Interviewed by: Debie Patton
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The Beatards

September 16, 2009 by  
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To start introduce yourselves and tell us what role each of you play in The Beatards.

What’s up.  This is DJO aka El Beatardo aka Dick Victory and uh, I’m the DJ.

Ayo. This is the Universally Talented Kid aka UTK the INC (which depending on the day can mean incendiary, incorporated, incredible or incapacitated) and I’m an EMCEE.

Whatagwan Padowan this is Chuck Wild aka Chuckles Tsunami aka Chalooch Buttafooko and I have feelings.

Describe your sound in three words.

Chuck Wild: Magic Mushroom Mayhem
UTK
:
Joyful Unabashed Exhuberocity
DJO
:
Chicks Dig It

How did the three of you come together to form The Beatards?

Chuck Wild: It was divine intervention.
UTK
: We were all separately visited by the spirit of a shark-faced buffalo who told us to follow the scent of the unbroken egg.
DJO
: But really me and UTK were in a hip hop spoken word play together. We started partying together and then we put together our own event- Mixtape Riot! We weren’t making music yet, just doing live remixes and DJing. UTK and Chuck were both dating girls who lived together, so they’d share coffee and cereal in the mornings.
Chuck Wild
: Yeah we had to hear each other sexing through the walls sometimes, not fun.
UTK
: We pulled Chuck into the Mixtape Riot! party and from there we been together ever since. Those girlfriends are ex’s too by the way, we listened to the voice of the shark-faced buffalo over the scolding of our moms.

Clockwise from top: DJO, UTK, Chuck Wild

Clockwise from top: DJO, UTK, Chuck Wild

You all have a wide range of music influences but where to your music roots lie?

DJO: I’m a punk rocker/ hip hopper.  I started out djing and collecting funk/soul records from mainly the 70’s and progressed from there.
UTK
: I only have two great influences in my musical life…make that three…Motown, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony…and the all mighty New Jack Swing…and i also like John Mayer. seriously, he’s a pimp…and ScatMan John…unappreciated genius.
Chuck Wild
: I got my start as the drummer in a punk band, then got really into hip hop, but honestly you can find me listening to old Jamaican and African records, crazy Bollywood soundtracks, and pygmy nose-flute music from the congo on the regular. I DJ one of the illest latin nights in NYC too, so the roots spread FAR.

How does your songwriting process generally work?

DJO: That’s a good one.  Sometimes I will have an idea, make a sketch, then bring it to the other fellas.  Sometimes I will basically do the entire song then bring the idea along with the basic theme of the song to the other guys and have them write on it.  Other times, I just add in various “heys” and “hos”.    This is how it basically works for the 3 of us.  In the end we all collaborate to finish the product but there are many different ways on how the song first starts.
UTK
: He’s lying I write everything
Chuck Wild
: They’re both lying Babyface writes all our shit. Babyface and Hammer.

What is the history of your musical careers?

DJO: I’ve been a DJ since my college days and I never stopped because that is all I have ever really wanted to do with my life.
UTK
: I am by origin a Freestyle Emcee and Spoken Word artist. Began with a guitar at a party and then I started taking it seriously which meant I had to battle so I battled and I won a ton and lost a bit and then decided I didn’t want to just freestyle cause I like writing actual songs and here we are. Don’t try to battle me tho. grrrrrr.
Chuck Wild
: I’ve been in bands and DJing since I was 15, and I also came up through the spoken word circuit. I was on the NYC teen slam team and would freestyle at parties all through school. I make beats almost everyday just to stay sane. On top of The Beatards music, I put out solo stuff under the name Captain Planet. That’s more on the funky Afro-Latin tip, check the new Speakin’ Nuyorican EP coming out next week on Bastard Jazz records.

Chuck Wild and UTK

Chuck Wild and UTK


Your music is licensed on MTV, how did that come about?

UTK: I did it.
Chuck Wild
: Gary Coleman saw us perform and told Tyra Banks who told Verne Troyer who told Da Brat who told Jermaine Dupri who called me and I put it on.
DJO
: Our music is published by BMI…  One of the music supervisors @ Bunim Murray  (The Producers of The Real World) got a hold of our cd and the rest as they say is history…

What else to you all have going on?

DJO: I do what ever pays meaning you might see me djing, or you might see me bartending @ Niagara, or you might see me making deliveries for my fledgling kimchee company, Mama O’s Premium Kimchee. (peep the full page spread in the New York Times w/ me and my moms)
UTK
: uhhh I act. I got nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Featured Actor in a play for portraying a (gasp) kid who raps! You can see me in the films Rocket Science, Spinning into Butter and After.Life, and as an improv-comedy-emcee as a member of Freestyle Love Supreme(peep the skits on collegehumor.com) …and I’m in this Mcdonald’s commercial where some dude goes around the city asking what he can get for a dollar…and I’m the employee who sells him a dubba cheeburger…for shame.
Chuck Wild
: I have a few records out under my superhero alter-ego Captain Planet and I’m also always doing collabos with other artists and making remixes. Check for hot fire tracks that I’m making with Jasmine Solano and Nola Darling coming soon!

What are you currently listening to that you can’t get enough of?

UTK: Busy Signal and more Busy Signal.
Chuck Wild
: Just got the new Kid Cudi and I really can’t hate. Feelin the new Donnis mixtape, too. Also feelin’ some of that Major Lazer craziness.
DJO
: Lady Gaga
UTK
: Ladysmith Black Mambazo
DJO
: Her too.

Where would you like to see yourselves in say five years?

UTK:  Married to Christina Aguilera and Salma Hayek…and Eva Mendes…and Meryl Streep (what can i say talent’s sexy…and so is polygamy)
Chuck Wild
: Curled up next to the fireplace with a hot cup of cocoa, a great romance novel and my favorite blanket.
DJO
: In the reflection of my sunglasses by the pool next to a couple topless models, sipping a daiquiri while getting my feet rubbed by a swedish nanny with strong hands.


"BIG BAD BEAT" EP  available now on iTunes!

"BIG BAD BEAT" EP available now on iTunes!

Best options for fans to check out your music, get in touch, etc?

www.thebeatardsnyc.com
www.myspace.com/thebeatards

Email us at thebeatards@gmail.com
www.twitter.com/thebeatard

And our BIG BAD BEAT EP is available on iTunes!

What would you like to say to music fans who are checking out The Beatards for the first time?

DJO: Bring your boogie shoes and a towel.
UTK
: Free your mind and your pants will follow.
Chuck Wild
: Hold me.

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Sept 16, 2009 – Mixtape Riot w Team Facelift & Retro Kidz @ Sutra – NY, NY
Sept 18, 2009 – Get Beatarded! @ Hope Lounge – Brooklyn, NY
Sept 19, 2009 – Stop Wack DJ’s @ K&M – Brooklyn, NY
Sept 19, 2009 – Booty Crisis w Planet Rump @ Public Assembly – Brooklyn, NY
Sept 25, 2009 – Grimey Time @ Beauty Bar Brooklyn – Brooklyn, NY
Oct 15, 2009 – Royal Flush Film Festival @ Hiro Ballroom – NY NY

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