Rachel London

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Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Pop Singer/Songwriter,
Rachel London
Early Summer (August 01, 2015 – September 01, 2015) Edition
Miles High Productions Music Series

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA

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Rachel London


After listening to singer-songwriter Rachel London’s new single “Runnin,” my first thoughts were….this artist has talent! The single’s fun pop appeal, strong vocals, catchy hooks, and sexy lyrics will give music lovers another gem for their musical treasure trove. The best part of London’s music is the unapologetic lyrics that seamlessly blend the trials and tribulations of relationships with big beats. London is clearly showing music lovers that she’s ready to take this pop world by storm….this is definitely Pop Music for the grown-ups! Please allow me to introduce Ms. Rachel London!

Isaac: Thank you for allowing us to pick your brain for a few.

Rachel: My pleasure. Thanks for taking interest in my music!

Isaac: What are you most thankful for both personally and professionally?

Rachel: On a personal level I am most thankful for the strong, vibrant, wise and talented women in my life. I have incredibly supportive friendships and they mean the world to me. I’ve tended to be more than a bit boy crazy for as long as I can remember, but in recent years, I’ve come to understand how valuable my girls are. It’s liberating to have a tribe of chosen family members who want the best for each other no matter what. We lovingly tell it how it is, rather than placating, as a means to promote growth, self-love and acceptance in one another. It’s truly remarkable.

Professionally I’m most thankful for the people I’ve collaborated with along the journey who take the time to really stop and see me as I am and hone in on the subtle nuances of my voice, my writing, and my spirit in order to create an artistic vision that honors authenticity. This is incredibly rare in my experience, so when I find people whose talent I respect, who still create for the love of creating and not just the bottom line, I’m in. That’s how I feel about Grammy nominee, Marthin Chan, who is the producer & co-writer I’m currently working with on my upcoming EP. I’m VERY excited about the project!

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Rachel: Unapologetic, raw, edgy, soulful, pop.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

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Rachel London
Photo Credit: Texter Photography

Rachel: I grew up listening to Madonna and remember idolizing her even though I was embarrassed to sing along when my parents were around. I did it anyway singing emphatically, making sure to skip words like “virgin” or “touched.” Loved Alanis Morissette too and similarly skipped “f*ck” or anything else I thought would be awkward. It’s interesting to me, as I’m thinking about it now, that as a child I appreciated the same unapologetic rawness I strive for in my own music. I also have such a soft spot for jazz, blues, and big band, which may seem surprising, as my style is vastly different sonically speaking. I love the heart, soul, and simplicity in the writing, and it’s something I aim to emulate in my own lyricism and performance. Artists such as Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Billie Holiday always melt me.

Isaac: We think your music transcends and elevates on such a positive and enriching level. What do you believe is the greatest aspect to what makes listening to your music enjoyable?

Rachel: Thank you so much! I think it’s one of the same things people love about Taylor Swift or Katy Perry for example, and that is, knowing the writing is true to what’s going on in our lives. It can be scary to be so vulnerable when declaring, “I’m in love,” or, “I’m really hurting.” I think listeners know when you’re being truthful and can empathize and relate. A lot of my upcoming work started as pages in my journal during some really challenging times. Doesn’t get more real or more risky in my opinion!

Isaac: Let’s talk music videos. Why do you think music videos are still an important factor in one’s music career?
Rachel: We’re a society of people whose eyes are glued to our phones, computers, tablets, etc. We tell the story of our lives and watch others’ lives unfold in a virtual way via social media. We’re part of a voyeuristic culture, so without visual elements, our attention is quickly directed elsewhere. I think content creators therefore have a responsibility to put positive energy, define that as you will, into their projects. I love creating art in various mediums, and music videos or lyric videos are another wonderful outlet as an additional form of expression.

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Rachel: I’m fortunate to cross paths with a lot of talented bands and artists and I love to see musicians in my inner circle rise to success. Feels close to home and brings with it hope and comfort. I met ZZ Ward through friends in Los Angeles years ago and have loved watching her career grow. If you haven’t listened to her music, she’s definitely a favorite of mine. Her voice and sound is incredibly unique. Almost like a hot, spunky version of Adele. Another band I’d recommend is the Atlanta based group, Stokeswood that I liken a bit to Imagine Dragons. A friend of mine introduced me to them while touring in Miami and I was blown away at how truly great they are live. So much energy, so much fun, so effortlessly polished. Aside from that I listen to everything from Edith Piaf and Cinematic Orchestra to Lana Del Rey, Banks, Florence, and Taylor Swift.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

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Rachel London

Rachel: I love crafting words and I’m currently also writing a book called Edge of Paradise. In it, I believe, is the answer to your question. “Art is the only thing I know with the ability to transform internal madness into poetic sanity.” With that said, my favorite part is getting to commemorate the “good” and sort through the “bad.” It’s about transformation. I was working with Wendy Starland, who is attributed with discovering and developing Lady Gaga, and as we brainstormed to find the right lyrics for a track, I ended up writing nine tear-soaked pages wishing for once in my life I had someone I could count on, who I could lean on, who would catch me if I fell. I realized how tired I was of carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders alone. It was a longing I hadn’t realized ran as deeply as it did. Writing a song can be a very cathartic experience and the process helps me remain fairly self-aware, or so I like to think anyway. I hope the authenticity I bring to my music encourages others to realize their own vulnerability as strength.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Rachel: In my career I’ve always felt pulled between being a top 40 pop artist and more of an indie pop artist. I think I frustrate industry types because I can’t be put in a box. My top 40 pop sensibilities would say Madonna, Katy Perry or Taylor Swift and my indie pop side would say someone like Hozier.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

Rachel: I love being in nature, hiking, recharging, traveling, seeking, exploring. My dad says I’m like a butterfly, defined only as someone who won’t be defined because I’d rather go with the wind, which is actually quite accurate. I definitely have wanderlust.

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Rachel: Can’t live without my dog, Riley, yummy vegan food, laughing with friends, traveling and spiritual study.
Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Rachel: Sometimes I fantasize about joining the Peace Corps or a similar organization, which would still enable me to travel the world and hopefully make a meaningful difference somehow. I’m quite passionate about contributing to the betterment of others’ lives, their health, happiness and well-being of the planet.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Rachel: “Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.” “To thine own self be true.” “See with your heart.” “Do not go gentle into that good night, rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

Rachel: I hope to be married with a little family of my own after accomplishing my creative goals.

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer or actress.

Rachel: I opened for Alien Ant Farm at the Viper Room in Hollywood, which is pretty cool in itself, but my favorite part of the night was connecting with a stranger in the audience during the show who has since become a great friend and supporter. He was so attentive it made me feel every word I sang mattered. That what I’m doing, matters. Being so present with each other was powerful beyond words. It made me realize the motivating factor in everything I do is sourced from this inherent root desire for meaningful human connection and understanding.

Official Website of Rachel London
http://rachellondonmusic.com/

Official Facebook Music Page of Rachel London
https://www.facebook.com/rachellondonmusic

Michael Grimm

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Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Singer/Songwriter,
Michael Grimm
Early Summer (August 01, 2015 – September 01, 2015) Edition
Miles High Productions Music Series

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA

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Singer/Songwriter Michael Grimm
Album Cover: GRIMM

Michael Grimm charmed millions of viewers as a contestant on season five (2010) of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Grimm was awarded the coveted prize of being the winner of “America’s Got Talent” at the end of the show’s season five. It was his soulful voice that this publication believes was why he received this well-deserved recognition during the show. Moving fast forward to 2015, Grimm released his latest album, GRIMM, which features of ton a great songs written and performed by the talented artist. His first single, “Generation Next,” can be heard on his official website. We spoke to Grim about his music, his influences, and other fun facts in this cool spotlight.

Isaac: What are you most thankful for both personally and professionally?

Michael: I’m thankful for having lived a life full of love and heart ache and being able to express those feelings, which make us feel so alive, three song.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Michael: honest, heartfelt, soulful, emotional and melodic.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Michael: I grew up in South Mississippi listening to George Jones, the Neville Brothers, and my all-time favorite Otis Redding.

Isaac: We think your music transcends and elevates on such a positive and enriching level. What do you believe is the greatest aspect to what makes listening to your music enjoyable?

Michael: I surround myself with the best song writers and musicians in the business. That is what ensures a great song to listen to!

Isaac: Let’s talk music videos. Why do you think music videos are still important factor in one’s music career?

Michael: I think they add a visual dimension to the song allowing the viewer, or listener, to experience the song using other senses.

Isaac: What are some of the feedback and reactions you have received concerning some of your music videos?
Michael: For the most part, I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback on my videos but I don’t know as much about directing music videos as I do writing songs. In my opinion, I believe that music videos can only help promote a song.

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Michael: Mark Broussard and Alabama Shakes.

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American Songwriter Michael Grimm

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

Michael: I draw inspiration from every day experiences, the people around me, and pretty much life! My favorite part of the process is collaboration. They say two brains are better than one, and a second brain certainly allows for another aspect, idea or concept that I may have not seen. Sometimes I use it, sometimes I don’t. It all depends on where the song takes me.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Michael: Alabama Shakes.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

Michael: I love to go camping with my wife and our two dogs. There’s something very special about camping here in the West!

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Michael: Family, friends, laughter, seafood gumbo, and music!

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

Michael: One time I open for the band Heart and broke a string in front of 15,000 people. It was so embarrassing but I made it through the set and sold more CDs that night than I ever had before! I was expecting a riot, but instead I got full support.

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again (Making music)?

Michael: Absolutely! I really feel blessed to have lived a life doing what I’m so passionate about. I do it all over again in a heartbeat!

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Michael: I come from a blue-collar family of offshore man. Maybe a fisherman? I have a secret passion for science; an insatiable curiosity about life and our universe- perhaps with the right role models, I would’ve become a physicist or scientist of some sort.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Michael: Never cruel nor cowardly. Never give up, never give in! – Dr. Who

Isaac: Dr. Who ROCKS!

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

Michael: I learned from my past to only prepare for the future but I only live in the moment. I never really thought about that, but I’ll keep going until the powers that be stop me.

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Michael: The greatest moments, for me, was shared with America when they voted for me to win America’s Got Talent in 2010. I will always be grateful to those who made that happen!

Official Website:
http://michaelgrimmmusic.com/

Official Facebook Music Page:
https://www.facebook.com/MichaelGrimmMusic

Shari Pine


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Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Indie Blues & Soul Singer/Songwriter, Shari Pine
July/August 2015 Edition
Junior’s Cave Weekly Music Series

 

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA
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Shari Pine
Photo by David Mack

Five years ago we have the pleasure to speak to Indie Blues & Soul Singer/Songwriter Shari Pine about her amazing journey as an Indie Musician. We were delighted to discover some cool and wonderful facts about this talented artist. Just as always her enriching soulful voice is one of the artist’s biggest appeals as she brings her music to life through each beautiful note she sings. In addition to her voice, her wonderful crafted lyrics are always a plus for any music lover around the world. Check out this updated and new spotlight with Shari Pine and learn more about who she is in this ultra-cool spotlight.

Isaac: Thank you for allowing us to pick your brain for a few.

Shari: Picking is my business, guitar that is. Thank you, too.

Isaac: :-)

Isaac: How have you been since we last interviewed you?

Shari: It’s great to be back with you and Junior’s Cave. I have been just great!

Isaac: What are you most thankful for both personally and professionally?

Shari: That’s an hour’s chat in and of itself! These days (for me) it’s been about gratitude.

I wake up raring to go. That’s the first thing: feeling good, nothing hurts. LOL

I pack my day with things that need doing and I get them done. No procrastination here.

There is nothing worse than having everything you attempt unravel. No sense of accomplishment.

If I’m on the hunt for something and there’s one left, I am thankful. When things go missing but I find them again, I am crazy thankful. If what I thought was a ‘no’ turns out to be ‘yes’ … doing The Thankful Dance.. Parking spaces get double thanks.

If I were to bulls eye though, the one thing for which I should be most thankful (‘should be’ because I do take it for granted) it would be my singing and after that my songs. My voice is the closest thing to me so I don’t always notice it, if you know what I mean. And to me it seems I have melodies and rhythm aplenty because I can’t get them down on paper (recorded) fast enough so I just dictate creative notes onto my device until I‘m ready to tackle it.

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Shari Pine
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(I would like to note that thanks aren’t aimlessly directed into thin air.)

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Shari: Serious Soul with Pop Sensibility.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Shari: I know exactly what you’re asking and I would just say that I am not sure to what degree others’ work influences me (other than the sheer enjoyment of it) but these make me stop in my tracks: Burt Bacharach, Motown, Taj Mahal, Motown, Verdi, Puccini, Aretha, Motown, James Brown, Sia, Jill Scott, D’Angelo, Anthony Hamilton, Albert Collins, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Gregory Porter, Mary J. Blige Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Madonna. Oh and never forget Earth Wind and Fiyah! (Fire).

Isaac: We think your music transcends and elevates on such a positive and enriching level. What do you believe is the greatest aspect to what makes listening to your music enjoyable?

Shari: The wave and the space. I don’t want every inch of song filled with sound, be it instrumental or vocal. There’s got to be listening room, space. It adds value to what comes before and after. The way a song builds and dips and builds, that’s the wave. I’m not saying all my songs have that and some songs are fine without it. But it really comes across with great production. The Allman Brothers are a good example, I think and Prince.

Isaac: Let’s talk music videos. Why do you think music videos are still important factor in one’s music career?

Shari: A visual is just that much more information. And to be honest, who isn’t attracted by what they see? That’s not to say it (video) has to be enjoyable – though that helps! – just that the eye instantly focuses on things other than reading and together with music …it’s an attention grabber.

Isaac: What are some of the feedback and reactions you have received concerning some of your music videos?

Shari: The feedback I get has mainly to do with the music, the song. I rarely get comments on the video. I either need to step up my shoots or leave well enough alone since it’s ultimately all about the song, right?

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Shari: Uh boy it’s a mixed bag with me.

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Shari Pine
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Have you ever shopped for fragrance and there are coffee beans available in order to clear your nasal palette? Well that’s how I am with music. I jump from song to song to song constantly clearing and giving it another go. Maybe it’s a sign of the times – impatience, dissatisfaction, searching, but the bouncing ball has led me to Lupe Fiasco, Sia, Drake, Janelle Monae, Iggy Azalea, Jarekus Singleton, Samantha Fish, EchoSmith, Kiesza and on.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

Shari: In my view, every mood has a melody that describes it better than words can, thus, the guitar or keys solo to name two. If moved, I might jot down a lyric to be included in a song or not. And like everyone else, smells, sights and sounds create mood for me so I ‘solo’ by writing the entire song. Tinkering around on a keyboard or guitar usually gets the best of me. That’s when things start flooding in and before long there’s a song. Liking it, is my favorite.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Shari: Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc.?

Shari: A very special person I know can answer that one. In a nutshell: sit in silence and think.

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Shari: Protein, singing, hearing, smelling and G-d. And love.

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

Shari: I only get in trouble at home.

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

Shari: Do I have another chance or something?

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Shari: I think I might be a handy man. As it is now I enjoy digging in the dirt, working with wood and nails, sanding and staining, tool belts .. that sort of thing. A carpenter! That’s it! “If I had a hammer..”

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Shari: Never leave home without three backup songs.

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

Shari: Able to give more than I do now, in continued good health, completing every good action I ever thought, surrounded by loved ones, all while being able to eat whatever I want never gaining an ounce.

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Shari: Being on stage with Chuck Berry one New Year’s Eve ranks up there. Also, coming ‘this close’ to working with Todd Rundgren.

Official Facebook Music Page:
https://www.facebook.com/sharipinemusic

Official Music Page of Shari Pine
http://sharipine.com/

DJ Don X

 

 

Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with DJ/Producer, DJ Don X
July/August 2015 Edition
Sonicbids Weekly Music Series

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DJ Don X
Photo Courtesy of DJ Don X


by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA

Greatly influenced by the King of Pop Michael Jackson DJ Don X is carving out his own niche of greatness. He merges the cultures from the various metropolitan areas in which he has resided – Lagos, New York, Maryland and Washington DC. It is his mastery of being one of the most versatile DJs/Producers currently out in the music scene that makes him a true gem. DJ Don X consistently is appealing to a wide range of ear drums as far as music is concerned. We have the great opportunity to speak to DJ Don X about the direction his career is heading, some of his other musical influences, and other cool facts about the entertainer. Here is what developed from our online encounter.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

DJ Don X: In 5 words, I’ll say it is diverse, simple, unique, engaging and borderline cosmic.

Isaac: What is your musical background? Do you have a musical family or did you just fall into songwriting all on your own?

DJ Don X: As far as my musical background goes, my parents listened to a wide variety of genres and I got hooked on just enjoying good music at a very early age. But, as far as my current musical path, I think of it more as a calling rather than my falling into it.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?
DJ Don X: As far as my influences go, I know it will sound a bit cliché but Michael Jackson tops that list in that he showed the need and ability to adapt with the musical time of any era and that’s what I like to do in my being really eclectic when it comes to music. Also on that line up are Afrojack, Tiesto, Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Jazzy Jeff among many.
Isaac: Do you have a favorite song to play from your collection so far?

S DJ Don X: o far I’d say Gugu Gaga but my latest release; X marks the spot is fast becoming my favorite to play based on the crowd response to it.

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

DJ Don X: Oh wow! Right now I’m listening to a lot of afrobeats and the afrobeats EDM fusion.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

DJ Don X: I draw inspiration from any and everything literally I can be in the middle of a conversation and hear a sound or phrase and it’ll spark an idea which inevitably leads to creating a new tune.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

DJ Don X: Right now it’ll be between Pitbull or Afrojack as I’ll love the challenge of helping build u that crowd’s energy.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

DJ Don X: Hahahaha! I watch a lot of drama/ adventure shows and do quite a bit of travelling while trying not to think of the next gig I have lined up.

Isaac: I can imagine that you have experienced writer’s block from time to time. I imagine this would be particularly annoying if you were in a collaboration situation. If you do, what do you do to get over it?

DJ Don X: True. What I have learnt over time in order to deal with this is not to force it. At some point, sooner hopefully than later; the creative force will flow and it does help if you have a muse handy.

Isaac: How do you feel about MP3s, Napster and other organizations like them?

DJ Don X: With the path the digital age has taken, it is just one of the unavoidable changes to the industry that artists have to adapt to and utilize to our advantage.

Isaac: Do you think online music is playing a large part with respect to where the music industry is heading in the future?

DJ Don X: Yes it is. The music industry has shown it is ever evolving as evidenced by the way music is accessed today. From the A track to the Cassettes to CDs to wav and mp3 files; the goal has been to make it easier to discover. Being able too make your music readily available to your target audience plays a huge role primarily because I think it gets your art to a wider audience in a very short period of time.

Isaac: Where do you see songwriters fitting into that equation?

DJ Don X: I think there will forever be a need for songwriters. Take for example with the invention of the internet, people presumed there will be no more need for printed materials but we soon found out that the opposite was the case. With the access to so much information, people needed to print even more so also I feel with the ability to create and distribute music currently, there will be an increased need for quality content from songwriters.

Isaac: Do you feel this type of technology is a good thing for Indie Artists or a bad thing?

DJ Don X: Depends on how it is being managed. It can definitely be a good thing as you have more control of your material and can also inevitably shape your own musical image.

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

DJ Don X: Oh! Haha well.. my phone, my MacBook, my external hard drive, access to high speed internet hahaha and my headphones.

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

DJ Don X: Trouble.. hahaha well I won’t really say trouble but there was this one gig that I did and it had the audience really close to my equipment and those at the front were so hype and excited that they a few bumped into my table and knocked my laptop down which as you can imagine I wasn’t very happy about. As a result, I stopped playing and they got a little rowdy and security had to step in. I did later continue as the crowd started chanting and not leave. So yeah! That’s about as much trouble as I can let you in on Isaac.

Isaac: :-)

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

DJ Don X: Hahah in that case, I have learnt to have security close by if such a scenario was to repeat itself
Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

DJ Don X: Oh wow! I can’t really think of any alternate reality where I wasn’t performing. Its hard to phantom as to me, performing is like breathing. Maybe I’ll be the owner of some multi billion dollar technology company, hahaha.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

DJ Don X: Nothing good comes easy. You have to put in work even if it yields no immediate results while always being prepared for any opportunity that comes your way.

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

DJ Don X: Named as one of the greatest and most versatile DJs/Producer in the world :-)

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

DJ Don X: Honestly, it is really really hard to narrow down one moment that stands out the most as I feel each performance I have been privileged to do is special. But a few stand out, a tour I did in the UK and Africa where by I can never forget the energy I got from the crowd. It was overwhelming having that much influence on that many people and being able to make them forget their problems, let lose and see how much fun and how happy they were in that moment. It really is a blessing to be able to do what I do and impact people in such a unique way. Those I would say are the greatest moments for me as a performer.

Much love and respect to your readers – Don X

Thanks for this opportunity Isaac and keep up the great work!

Official Website:
http://www.djdonx.com

Other Social Media:
Facebook.com/djdonx
Twitter.com/djdonx
Instagram.com/djdonx
Soundcloud.com/djdonx

Alison Brook

Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Christian Folk/Pop Singer/Songwriter, Alison Brook
July/August 2015 Edition
Sonicbids Weekly Music Series
Gospel Today Spotlight

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA
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Alison Brook
Photo Album Cover: Courtesy of Alison Brook Facebook Music Page

Christian Folk/Pop Singer/Songwriter Alison Brook is an up-and-coming new Christian Artist who, as a minister of the gospel, her first charge is fulfilling the Great Commission. It is Alison’s classical range and eclectic musical taste which lend themselves to her electrified, vulnerable, folk/pop sound. Alison’s recording debut was the song “Jesus Little Lamb,” which the performer cooed out uncannily on pitch in a voice only two years old. We were fortunate  enough to get the opportunity to speak to Alison about her music, her faith, and why it is important for Alison to get her music out to the masses. Here is what transpired from our online encounter.

Isaac: I would like to ask you, for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Alison: Thoughtful, whimsical, folk/pop with a twist.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Alison: Though I risk sounding cheesy: my mom. She is an incredible songwriter. She didn’t do much with her music, but I learned a lot of what I know about writing from her. I especially learned how to craft a thoughtful, meaningful lyric.

Besides mother dearest, I really enjoyed a wide variety of music growing up and in adulthood. All of it, even in small ways, helped shape the type of music I make now.

In my teenage years I listened to a lot of R & B and Rap, as well as a random Gospel album or two. My first couple of CDs I ever purchased were Yolanda Adams, Ma$e, and Destiny’s Child.

Then, when I got to college my tastes started changed and grow. I got into folk, Americana, indie, and even a splash of classical. (I was a voice major in college)!

Isaac: Do you have a favorite song to play from your collection so far?

Alison: I really enjoy the song “stars.” Not only is it fun to play and sing, but I feel like it’s one of those songs that both soothes the soul and has a bit of energy to it, despite the chill tempo.

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Alison: Would it be unfair to name all my friends: Eric & Monique, Matt & Josie Minikus, Lee G, Laura Whidden, and John Millea to name a few.

Other artists I’m loving right now: Regina Spektor, Sara Barillies, The Vespers, Beautiful Eulogy, Propaganda, Ingrid Michaelson, Judah and the Lion.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

Alison: I write a lot of my songs when I going through life struggles. Hardship draws the most beautiful songs out of me oddly enough. It’s in the struggles where I grow the most and I am able to have a perspective on life that I wouldn’t have otherwise had.

My favorite part of the writing process is that magical moment when the lyric matches the melody after lots of trial and error. You have this magical first play through the song with those two components work together in perfect unison!

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Alison: Probably Ingrid Michelson or Beautiful Eulogy.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

Alison: I’m pretty obsessed with my two dogs, Maddy and Rooney. Whenever I feel annoyed when working on music from home, I go snuggle them real quick for some happiness juice.

I even made them their own Instagram account (le_jerks) so I don’t inundate my friends and fans with millions of dog pictures everyday. I also find no shame in being completely obsessed with them. I fully own it.

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Alison: My faith, my dogs, my relationships. Of course those are the obvious ones so maybe that’s not fair. Here are some more superficial answers:

A clean house
Black boots (winter) or flats (summer)
Vintage dresses
Bike rides
Internet

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

Alison: I haven’t been in tons of trouble yet. However, I have said many awkward things from stage.
For some reason, I my go-to (unintentional) awkward stage banter very often revolves around poop. I think I have small child humor…

One time I told this whole story about how much my dogs would poop on the floor when they were potty training. I meant for the story to preface and explain a song, but it ended up being more poop-focused than song-focused and I totally lost the moral of the story. I went home super embarrassed, kicking myself for having poop humor.

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

Alison: Nope. Well, I can’t say that for sure. I will probably talk about poop again someday. Old habits die hard, ya know?

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Alison: I would probably be a therapist. I find that—because of the nature of my music—many people confide in me after concerts. I also enjoy sharing inspirational messages through music so I would probably enjoy doing something similar through therapy.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Alison: From life, through voice, to heart.

Music is more than entertainment to me, it’s a vehicle that can be used to bring healing, positivity, and encouragement to listeners.

I like using my life experiences and the vehicle of my voice to touch people’s hearts. When I get emails from people telling me that my music has made a positive impact on their lives, this is the thing that gets me through the difficulties of living as an artist. (And we all know there are many!)

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

Alison: Wiser.

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Alison: Honestly, it’s been the little moments. The little girls who tell me I’m their role model, or the people who write and tell me what a positive impact my music has had on their lives, those are the moments I live for. I also enjoy the relationships I have been able to build on the road. To me music is all about community. It’s not about me and my stage, it’s about how I can serve others as an artist. Through music I am able to say things that their hearts didn’t know how to say, uttering their darkest secrets and bringing them to light, and showing them hope. I love the little moments when I am able to connect and make a difference.

Official Website:
http://www.alisonbrook.com

The Boogie Bros

 

 

Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Indie Band, The Boogie Bros
July/August 2015 Edition
Sonicbids Weekly Music Series

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The Boogie Bros
Photo Credit: Liz Driscoll


by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA

We are excited to bring this wonderful interview to our online readers. Indie Band, The Boogie Bros, founding Members Joe Cataldo (vocals, production, custom percussion) and Joe Skahan (vocals, guitar, ukulele) who have been part of the Boogie Bros Project since 2007, are creating great music that certainly has fantastic mass appeal. Currently their line-up includes Chris Stone on Bass, and Jon Morse on Drums, and they are based out of Boston, MA. We were excited to learn more about the band as we picked their brains in this ultra-cool spotlight. Here is their story.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Boogie Bros: Funk, Unique, Cutting edge, eclectic, Rock.

Isaac: What is your musical background? Do you have a musical family or did you just fall into songwriting all on your own?

Joe C: No real musical background or family. I just kind of fell into it as a DJ and House Music Producer.

Joe S: No formal background for me either, or musical family. Got into playing bass guitar in a band in high school and then turned to guitar and pretty much anything else I could get my hands on.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Joe C: Bob Marley, Brad Nole, Beres Hammond.

Joe S: David Bowie, Robert Smith, Joe Strummer.

Isaac: Do you have a favorite song to play from your collection so far?

Joe C: It would probably be Miss Funky Lovely, because it was written from the heart.

Joe S: Definitely Shake to the Rhythm. That song began with me and an acoustic guitar and loop pedal, and turned into what it is today. I loved seeing the whole process of the song and it is tons of fun to play.

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Joe C: George Ezra, Milky Chance, Dirty Heads.

Joe S: Tokyo Police Club, The Wombats, Frank Turner, bleachers.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

Joe C: Life in General. I don’t forcefully write and allow it all to come to me. The best part is that there are no rules or plans to adhere to.

Joe S: I also focus on life in general and having fun. I agree that there are no rules or plans. We have allowed ourselves to not be classified by any real “genre” So there is no limit to what we can write and present to each other to play in the band. We are limitless to our possibilities. However we have had one key factor in writing music and that is it has to be fun for our fans, music to drink and dance to.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Joe C: The Dirty Heads, they really would fit our style.

Joe S: Right now I would say bleachers, those guys are blowing up right now and would fit well with us.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

Joe C: SCUBA Dive.

Joe S: I would say the same. I love being on, in and around the ocean. I also enjoy hanging out with my dog.

Isaac: I can imagine that you have experienced writer’s block from time to time. I imagine this would be particularly annoying if you were in a collaboration situation. If you do, what do you do to get over it?

Joe C: I get over it by going back and listening to some of my favorite records, that I have not heard in while and find inspiration.

Joe S: I never really have a tough time with it. We rely on each other, so even when we are stuck with bits and pieces we always throw it out there to each other and kinda mold that material into some quality stuff. I mean not everything can be saved though some stuff gets tossed right out, while others become great jams.

Isaac: How do you feel about MP3s, Napster and other organizations like them?

Joe C: I mean its whatever, it’s the way of the world. As long as people are listening.

Joe S: I agree to the fact that as long as people are listening it’s great, it’s a job.

Isaac: Do you think online music is playing a large part with respect to where the music industry is heading in the future?

Joe C: Absolutely.

Joe S: Definitely it is the window to a million opportunities.

Isaac: Where do you see songwriters fitting into that equation?

Joe C: Now you can start your own internet universe for free. You can get your music, videos, poetry really anything out there and people will find it.

Joe S: I agree there are so many platforms to put your material online and make it available to anyone in the world. It is a beautiful thing.

Isaac: Do you feel this type of technology is a good thing for Indie Artists or a bad thing?

Joe C: Great thing.

Joe S: Absolutely a great thing. It is FREE!

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Joe C: Love, Family, Music, Art, Food.

Joe S: Family, Music, Art, Pets, Good Beer.

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

Joe C: Not really much, maybe a heavy bar tab.

Joe S: I agree, we are a pretty humble, friendly group and usually get in good with the clubs that allow us to play and the promoters that put it all together.

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

Joe C: Sure.

Joe S: Definitely.

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Joe C: I would be an artist or a professional scuba diver.

Joe S: I would probably be working with animals and education.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Joe C: Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Joe S: Where words fail, music speaks.

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

Joe C: Be a Successful Professional Musician

Joe S: Living and healthy.

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Joe C: Probably our performance at the House of Blues Boston. We got to truly experience life as a rock star and perform for a massive amount of people including our families.

Joe S: I agree. That show was the first time my parents ever came to see me perform and it was awesome to see them in the crowd singing the words. Coolest moment ever.

Official Facebook Music Fanpage
https://www.facebook.com/boogiebrosboston

Feeding Fingers

 

 

Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Indie Band, Feeding Fingers
July/August 2015 Edition
Sonicbids Weekly Music Series

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Feeding Fingers
Photo Courtesy of Feeding Fingers


by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA

We had an interesting conversation with frontman Justin Curfman of the Indie Band, Feeding Fingers. What I found most appealing to our online conservation is the honesty of how Curfman answered each of our questions. The results yielded some great responses that really gets one to dive into the mind of the band and learn more about who they are as artists. Feeding Fingers is made up of a music trio founded by artist Justin Curfman. The band was originally founded in 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia, but later relocated to Germany. We also are a big fan of how the band is able to capture a dark and haunting sound that gives them a special edge above the rest of indie bands currently out in the scene. Check out this recent spotlight and get the 411 on who is Feeding Fingers.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music to explain your sound in 5 words.

Feeding Fingers: That’s a difficult question for me, Isaac. I would hope that our sound changes from album to album. Would a quote from someone else be okay? “Otherworldly, angst-ridden, haunting, darkly romantic…”.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Feeding Fingers: I am not so certain that the word, “iconic” really means anything anymore. I don’t embrace the term and I am always a bit reluctant to answer questions like this because one ultimately ends up painting oneself into a marketing / genre pigeonhole, sometimes intentionally and sometimes not.

Isaac: Do you have a favorite song to play from your collection so far?

Feeding Fingers: With regard to the entire Feeding Fingers discography, I would have to say that the song, “Manufactured Missing Children” from our first album, Wound in Wall would have to be my favorite one to play live. However, some nights the guitars, amplifiers, the magnetic interplay between those things and even the temperature of the room do not sit well with that one, because I play it on guitar with an Ebow – a very wonderful, yet equally unreliable device whose performance varies drastically from night to night. That song can go immediately from being my favorite to my most despised, from rig to rig and gig to gig.

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Justin Curfman of the Indie Band, Feeding Fingers
Photo Courtesy of Feeding Fingers

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Feeding Fingers: As of late, I am finding myself listening most often to Polish microtonal composer, Ivan Alexandrovich Wyschnegradsky, Scott Walker’s The Drift, quite a lot from Mick Karn’s discography, Jeremy Schmidt, Art Bears and Krzysztof Komeda. I have also been listening to a couple of remarkable compilation albums from Trunk Records, one being music written by children titled, Classroom Projects and the other of music written for children by Carl Orff titled, appropriately enough, Music for Children. But, of course, my listening habits change every day, it seems. I also often go through extended periods of time where I am strictly writing and not listening to any music at all.

As far as my telling other people what they should be listening to… I would never do such a thing.

And as far as my belief goes in who deserves the spotlight… I suppose, from a modern, socio-economic standpoint, that the person who deserves the spotlight is whomsoever possesses the ability to do an inverted twerk while balancing a basket of kittens on their ass while doing karaoke at the same time on some network television, amateur talent-show of some sort, sponsored by various fast-food, soft-drink and pharmaceutical companies. I’ll keep working at it. Maybe I’ll get there one day.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

Feeding Fingers: I draw inspiration from life experience, dreams, confusion, literature, science… a bit of everything really. I hate to give you such a stock answer, but it’s true. My favorite part about the process is knowing where to put the final brick in a composition. The rest is absolutely terrifying to me.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Feeding Fingers: That’s difficult to say. I am not so easily starstruck. I noticed that James Chance and the Contortions are on tour right now. Pairing with them could make for an interesting evening, maybe.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

Feeding Fingers: My first love is stop-motion animation and puppet film-making. Whenever I can step away from music, I generally focus my attention on that little world. I’m also a rather voracious reader and comic-book enthusiast. I hope that I didn’t just make your heart skip a beat with that sexy answer.

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Feeding Fingers: Now you are just trying to get me into trouble. I shouldn’t say.

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

Feeding Fingers: I won’t tell you the most trouble we’ve ever gotten into, of course. But, given your location, I can share a memory with you.

Several years ago, my band played a show in Savannah, Georgia – not too far from where you are based, if I am not mistaken – which was organized by a S&M society. We were the headlining attraction. A small construction crew was hired earlier in the day to build a stage for us inside the venue. Of course, the stage was not fully completed by the time the event began. There was no lighting, aside from a solitary halogen floodlight mounted above and aimed directly at my bass player’s head, certain to roast him alive. No one in the venue could figure out how to turn off the light. As the evening went on and our performance time grew near, my bass player became quite agitated and decided to shut the power off to the entire venue. And so he did, briefly. The promoter then turned the power back on. In protest, my bass player stormed into the venue’s kitchen and stole a roll of aluminum foil. He then stole a ladder from a utility closet. He slammed the ladder upon the stage and climbed it with the aluminum foil clinched between his teeth. Finally, he wrapped the light in aluminum foil, blacking it out, blacking the stage out as well and, in turn, causing the light to melt down and nearly set the building on fire. The audience and promoter were so terrified by us by the time the show began that they had us play, rather than sending us away in handcuffs, despite the possibility of the venue going up in flames at our hands. I found the idea of an entire S&M society being frightened of a trio of skinny musicians to be a bit ironic.

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

Feeding Fingers: Yes.

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Feeding Fingers: I would be a retired baseball player by now, of course.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Feeding Fingers: If I were you, I wouldn’t ask me for advice.

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be…

Feeding Fingers: Life has taught me over the course of the past ten years to not even entertain such a thought.

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Feeding Fingers: In 2014, we played our second concert in Warsaw, Poland. It was the first tour of Europe that my current bass player has ever been on with me. To see his eyes suddenly light up with the type of enthusiasm that I had when I first started this band nine years ago after playing to a full house with people singing our songs back to us in an air of positivity so thick that I could almost feel it around me with my eyes closed, made all of the effort that we put into this project worthwhile. Most of the other moments, I choose to keep to myself.

Official Facebook Music Page:
https://www.facebook.com/feedingfingers

Official Band Website:
http://feedingfingers.net/

1974

 

 

Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Indie Band, 1974
July/August 2015 Edition
Sonicbids Weekly Music Series

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1974
Photo Courtesy of 1974


by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA

There is something nostalgic and beautiful about the sound of 1970’s Rock Music Scene. This next indie band, hailing from Newington, Connecticut, is a 5 piece original rock band that conjures up the magnificent memories and sounds of classic stadium rock bands. Meet 1974 who are awing audiences with powerful guitar driven riffs, Beach Boy-style vocal harmonies, catchy melodies, and high energy stage shows. In this recent spotlight with our publication, we spoke to the members of the band about their music, their sound, musical influences, and other fun facts in this new spotlight. Here is what transpired from our online encounter.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

1974: Riffy, harmonies, rock, energetic, & epic.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

1974: Yes, Rush, Jethro Tull, and The Beatles.

Isaac: Do you have a favorite song to play from your collection so far?

1974: Abduction.

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

1974: Mainstream: Walk The Moon, Jukebox the Ghost. Local: Friend Roulette, Tetramer.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

1974: The members of the band each have their own influences, so while we each create our own individual parts, we pull from those unique influences. Our favorite part is the collaboration; we get together, throw our ideas around, expand on what’s already there and take it out as far as it can go before bringing back in.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

1974: Foo Fighters…

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

1974: Hanging out with friends watching a movie or playing a game (of the video or board variety).

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

1974: Aside from music? Wives/significant others, TV shows, comic books, video games, and good food.

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

1974: We’re all pretty clean cut (relatively, that is). No big troubles here, aside from occasional equipment malfunctions.

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

1974: Yes. 100 times again. The five of us are family. We pretty much don’t know life without 1974 or each other at this point.

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

1974: Writing…it has always been about writing great music.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

1974: The music comes first, and everything else follows.

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

1974: Writing the prequel to the sequel of our prequel’s prequel.

Isaac: Brilliant!

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

1974: Headlining the Hartford Rocks Festival at Bushnell Park.

Official Facebook Music Page
https://www.facebook.com/1974online

Fake Furs

 

 

Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Indie Band, Fake Furs
May/June 2015 Edition
Sonicbids Weekly Music Series

 

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA
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Fake Furs playing live at the Troubadou
Photo Credit: Ana Maria Hechanova Manso

We proudly present to our online readers of this Webzine our newest interview. Indie bands come in all shapes and sizes, and each indie band has that something special X-Factor that makes them stand out from the crowd. This can definitely be said with our latest indie band. Meet Fake Furs, a band of filmmakers, who make…music.

Fake Furs’ sound consists of a distillation of intoxicating drum beats and magnificent guitar noise accompanying by strong melodies. We spoke to band members, Sonny Wong (Drums, etc.) and László Bolender (Vocals, etc.) who gave us an insight view of who are the Fake Furs. Here is what transpired from our fantastic online conversation.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Sonny Wong and Laszlo Bolender: Leathery, filthy, hypnotic velvet rock.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Sonny: Kevin Parker (Tame Impala), Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips) and Jon Theodore (The Mars Volta).

Laszlo: I’d say Erik Satie, Katie Jane Garside (Queen Adreena) and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) have probably had the longest-lasting impact on me.

Isaac: Do you have a favorite song to play from your collection so far?

Laszlo: I Want to Hold You By the Bridle holds a special place in my heart.

Sonny: Parable!

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Sonny: I’ve been listening to Tame Impala and the whole Perth psych scene religiously.

Laszlo: I am super hooked on the new Daniel Lanois record, called Flesh and Machine. I really like this artist called Butterclock too. Also, you might want to check out Ghosts in Pocket, they’re amazing live.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

Laszlo: It depends; sometimes it’s Sonny and I as we improvise in rehearsals. Sometimes it’s just Sonny or just me, and then we bring in ideas to each other that we work on. As to inspiration — cinematic imagery, literature… it’s hard to say. When we like something, we tend to avoid trying to replicate it, because what would be the point? It’s already been done. The songs always come first though, our ego has no relevance at all. But I think we both agree that our favorite part is when we both look at each other and nod our heads in approval at the same time.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Sonny and Laszlo: The Flaming Lips and Queens of the Stone Age.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

Sonny: See and create films. And eat at Señor Fish — it’s a Mexican restaurant by our recording studio in Eagle Rock.

Laszlo: Same. I really like to cook too.

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Sonny: My watch, my dog Oscar, car, glasses and the Señor Fish shrimp/scallop burritos.

Laszlo: My cat Bruce Lee Bass, a good pen, Miranda July’s No One Belongs Here More Than You, my glasses too and… yeah, any food item from Señor Fish.

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

Sonny: We’ve been good little boys.

Laszlo: Yeah, so far, no crazy stories.

Sonny: Except… Just kidding.

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

Sonny: I would do again now that knowing what did… wait, what?

Laszlo: Ha-ha-ha (digital laugh).

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Sonny: I’d be shooting more films! ‘Cuz I luuuv it.

Laszlo: I would be doing what I already do; write music for film and build sculptures impossible to sell.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Sonny: “There’s no wrong way to something, as long as it’s right for you.”

Laszlo: “Everything is impossible until somebody does it.”

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

Sonny: Teaching my kid to play his first instrument.

Laszlo: I kind of want to study music therapy at some point in my life.

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Laszlo: Seeing people dance to our music is pretty amazing.

Sonny: Hearing people clap after a song. And the burritos after the show.

Official Website:
http://www.thefakefurs.net/

Official Facebook Music Page:
https://www.facebook.com/fakefurs

Whyte Henny

  

 

Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Indie Rapper, Whyte Henny
May/June 2015 Edition
Sonicbids Weekly Music Series

 

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA
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Whyte Henny
Photo Courtesy of London Rowe Management

The Hip-Hop Industry continues to evolve. This statement is definitely true with our next featured artist. Indie Rapper Whyte Henny takes the rap game to new heights with his trap-metal fusion style that is sure to delight Rap and Metal music lovers around the world. It is the fact that Whyte Henny is giving music lovers something different with his rap that resonates the most with our publication. His mastery of his lyrical flows is another aspect that wins big points with this publication. If you are ready for something that is sure to blow you away, then get ready for the music of Indie Rapper Whyte Henny. Here is his amazing story for your reading pleasure.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Whyte Henny: Unique, aggressive, uplifting, organic and new!

Isaac: What is your musical background? Do you have a musical family or did you just fall into songwriting all on your own?

Whyte Henny: My music background is a fusion of who I am inside. I feel like I embody the spirit of metal and hip-hop. I am a fusion of both cultures. I got into music through my grandfather who bought me a guitar at age 5. It’s been no turning back since then.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Whyte Henny: Kid Rock, Limp Biscuit, and Eminem…and believe it or not Bad Boy Entertainment.

Isaac: Do you have a favorite song to play from your collection so far?

Whyte Henny: Right now I have many, some that haven’t been released yet, but “Shut it Down” will always be my favorite. It’s my start!

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Whyte Henny: I like Tove Lo, ILL NiNO, Migos, Meek Mill and a couple of others. When it comes to the spotlight, I have to be biased and say me! We are all participating in a business where the spotlight means everything. So if there is anyone, I’d like to put me in it.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

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Whyte Henny
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Whyte Henny: Society alone is a major influence. In a fast paced urban environment, anything can happen. Even the cats, cabs and arguments create their own soundtrack and give you inspiration. To sum it all up, life is my greatest influence and inspiration. My process starts with my ideas and my team’s ability to make them come alive.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Whyte Henny: Kid Rock! I am the second coming!!!

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

Whyte Henny: I love to skateboard, eat pizza and attend extreme sporting events. I find them to be very relaxing in a weird way.

Isaac: I can imagine that you have experienced writer’s block from time to time. I imagine this would be particularly annoying if you were in a collaboration situation. If you do, what do you do to get over it?

Whyte Henny: Writers block….. Yeah, I think all artists go through that. I personally solve my problem by just taking a car ride and playing new tracks aloud. Sometimes the environment or thoughts that cross my mind help open my thought process.

Isaac: How do you feel about MP3s, Napster and other organizations like them?

Whyte Henny: I wish this was back in the day where fans bought albums and came to in-stores. Those made you feel more connected to the audience. However, technology reaches the masses. So at this point, whatever helps my people connect I’m all for it.

Isaac: Do you think online music is playing a large part with respect to where the music industry is heading in the future?

Whyte Henny: On-line music rules the industry. As I just mentioned, it’s a double edge sword. Things are less personal, but your ability to reach the masses is non comparable.

Isaac: Where do you see songwriters fitting into that equation?

Whyte Henny: Song writers will always be needed. People don’t realize, no matter how good of an artist you are, we all need perspective.

Isaac: Do you feel this type of technology is a good thing for Indie Artists or a bad thing?

Whyte Henny: Indie artist need all the exposure they can get. When you are independent you lack the marketing support of the machine (labels) so the Internet has made it easier for us to compete.

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Whyte Henny: 1) Pizza, 2) My guitar, 3) the studio, 4) My family and 5) money (it makes the world go round)!

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

Whyte Henny: N/A….. Sorry!

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

Whyte Henny: N/A……

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Whyte Henny: IF I wasn’t performing, I would still be in the business somehow. Currently, I am part owner of a major lighting company and we do many major gigs for major clients.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Whyte Henny: Less is more!!!!

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

Whyte Henny: Headlining and sponsoring my own tour!!!!

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Whyte Henny: One of my greatest moment s as a performer was touring and performing with a group called H.A.T.E in 2006. We did some great venues and I learned a lot from working with them.

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