Interview: JP Vanilla of Vanilla Sugar

#1: Has music always been a big part of your life or did it come later? When was that moment for you?

Music has always been a huge part of my life. My dad is a drummer / piano / player / singer and introduced me to piano at the age of four. My mom said I used to bang on pots and pans when I was younger!

#2: What are some of your favorite albums of all time?

My favorite album is The End of all Things to Come by Mudvayne. I can listen to the album from first song to last song without skipping a track.

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#3: What are the hardest and easiest parts of making music for you?

The easiest part of making music is the instrumental part. You can add whatever you want and make it work almost 98 percent of the time. The hardest part is writing lyrics. You have to make sure the content works, the syllables all have to fit, and the melody has to be spot on.

#4: When making music, what does the creative process look like for you and the band?

First thing created is the instrumental. Super fun, just vibing out. Then comes lyric writing and melody planning which is the most time-consuming – it has to be perfect!

#5: What is the biggest dream you have for the band?

I would like to be able to tour the entire world and sell out House of Blues sized venues.

#6: When did you first play music in front of an audience? What was that experience like?

My first show ever was when I was 12 years old. I played in my junior high talent show. I was pretty nervous because a lot of people were watching and it was my first time. We won the talent show so I am guessing we did well (laughs) I was a nervous wreck. To this day I get incredibly nervous before every show. My first Vanilla Sugar show was also nerve-wracking because the music is so different – it’s just me on stage. It was also good. I was happy to get the first one under my belt.

#7: Out of every show you have played, what are some experiences that stick out the most to you?

One show that always stays fresh in my mind is Warped Tour in Anchorage, Alaska. I played for thousands of people and watched them jam out to my songs. It was amazing! The merch line was 2 hours long after the show.

#8: What is the dream tour or festival that you would love to be a part of?

I would absolutely love to play Download Fest and Voodoo Fest.

#9: For the rest of the year, what plans does the band have?

I am currently in the studio working on finishing my debut album, She. She will be released in Jan. 2020, along with two music videos to follow. I have a couple shows left this year – Sept 13 at Area 51 in Los Angeles, CA, and Sept 28 at For The Community Fest in Houston, TX. These shows are to be followed by a US tour in Jan. to promote the new album!

Keep up with Vanilla Sugar for her upcoming album on her Facebook.

Thank you for this interview and thank you to Rogue PR for helping set everything up.

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Interview: Andrew Wilmot of Vital Noise

#1: Has music always been a big part of your life or did it come later? When was that moment for you?  

Music has always been a huge part of my life. The moment came when I was only 2 years old. My mom would always play different rock records when we were driving around in the car, and even back then, I knew that I wanted music to be a huge part of my life.  

#2: What are some of your favorite albums of all time?  

Appetite For Destruction by Guns ‘N Roses, Iowa by Slipknot, Sempiternal by Bring Me The Horizon, and Beauty Behind The Madness by The Weekend 

#3: What are the hardest and easiest parts of making music for you?  

Coming up with melodies and hooks is probably the easiest part of making music for me. The hardest part would probably be actually recording the music as it can be a very long process, but I still absolutely love it nonetheless.  

#4: When making music, what does the creative process look like for you and the band?  

Usually one of us will come up with a riff or some sort of hook, and then as a band will come together and figure out the music. Once that’s done, I will write the lyrics.  

#5: What is the biggest dream you have for the band?  

The ultimate dream I have would be to be able to play huge arenas like Madison Square Garden.  

#6: When did you first play music in front of an audience? What was that experience like?  

I first played music in front of an audience when I was like 5 years old. My parents got me in piano lessons and my teacher had a little recital for all of her students. I don’t remember much, but I do remember being incredibly nervous.  

#7: Out of every show you have played, what are some experiences that stick out the most to you?  

There have been a couple. About 3 years ago, we got to play at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, which is the biggest venue we have played to date. The audience was super into it that night and it was just an incredible show. The other one that really stands out was about 2 years ago. We got to open up for Buckcherry, a band we have looked up to for a very long time at a private event for the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. That was an amazing show and one that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.  

#8: What is the dream tour or festival that you would love to be a part of?  

It would be incredible to play some of the huge European festivals, like Rock Am Ring or Download Festival.  

#9: For the rest of the year, what plans does the band have?  

We are currently working on some new music and have a series of shows coming up, which we are very excited about. 

Keep up with Vital Noise here.

Thanks to Rogue PR and Andrew Wilmot for the interview.

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Interview: Sebastian of Stereo Off

Competition is rough in the music industry, what is your band doing to grow and continue to reach for success? 

Indeed, it’s easier for bands to get seen, thanks to ease of access to music, but it also means it’s a more crowded marketplace. Most of our growth outside our hometown has of course been online and images, videos, and shows are more important than just shoving some logo at people. It’s a lot of work but also just making art and music is an excuse to reach out and connect with fans or even those that just like the same art we appreciate.  

If someone goes to one of your concerts, what do you think they should know going in? 

Be ready to dance, be ready to have a great time. Some bands are more chill when playing live, we are the opposite.  Not really ones to play songs as you hear them on the EP’s for instance, we’ll have guest musicians or alternate live versions on some songs.   

What is your dream tour or festival?  

One that would take our music to audiences new and eager to hear it.  Remote parts of the world.  Sure one of the big-name festivals would be nice too, but the dream would be to take it to a different level than that.  Soundtrack for space exploration perhaps. 

If you could collaborate with any musician, who would you choose?  

We think the best album we could make right now would be produced by a duo of Lifelike, one of our favorite DJs/remixers, and… Ric Ocasek, from The Cars. Instant classic and we love their sounds.  

Out of every concert you have been to, who are the best live bands? 

Survey of the band says top 5 are Camper Van Bethoven, Mogwai, Muse, Leo Coltrane and Roosevelt. 

Who are some of your biggest influences? 

People out at night. Hot summers. All the 80s and 90s bands you can tell we love, our previous bass player was trained by Chris from Blondie. We mean like, going to Don Hills downtown and just dancing, and then all the cinema and film worlds we watch and inhabit.  

When did you first start playing music and how did that come together to lead you to where you are today? 

We’ve all been in a few bands prior, separately but have been friends for a long time. Niall was on the UK rock scene while Sebastian made hiphop for years, and Bridget was playing classical on the Lincoln Center circuit. When we got together, Sebastian started some electro-rock tunes and was looking for a guitar player. Niall was into it and collaborated to add riffs and songs, so Bridget jumped in on keys and added violin. Early on, we were a 5 piece band with other players but we paired it down to us three, who really have the passion for this band. 

What are your plans for the rest of the year for the band? 

New LP out by 2020 

Keep up with the band to catch their upcoming full-length album on their website.

Thank you to Sebastian for his time and Rogue PR for setting up the interview.

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Interview: Dark Serenity

  1. Has music has always been a big part of your life or did it come later? When was that moment for you? 

Music has always been an important part of our lives. Our upbringings all had very important musical experiences that influenced us to pick up our instruments of choice.  

Kate’s parents met in music school and played a lot of the artists that inspired her to pick up a guitar and start singing, including Fleetwood Mac, the Foo Fighters, Rush, Stevie  Ray Vaughn, and Jimi Hendrix. She started playing at six years old.  

Zach was introduced to music at a young age with classical music. Later on, Zach discovered rock and metal in middle school. He was interested in bass from his biggest early influence Geezer Butler. By the time he was in high school he was listening to and playing more progressive music such as Rush, Dream Theater and Yes. Now at 21, he enjoys many genres from classical to metal and almost everything in between. Zach is also a bass collector and currently performs with 4 primary basses, two fender P basses, Geddy Lee signature jazz bass and a Rickenbacker 4003. 

 Mike: Music has always been a huge part of my life, I don’t believe there’s been a single moment, but more of a collection of moments that cultivated into the love that I have now. 

  1. What are some of your favorite albums of all time?

Led Zeppelin OneMachine Head by Deep Purple, Moving Pictures and 2112 by Rush, Rainbow Rising by Rainbow, and Master of Reality by Black Sabbath are some of our very favorites. 

  1. What are the hardest and easiest parts of making music for you?

The hardest part of making music is creating new material that isn’t too reflective of your old material. Making sure every song sounds unique, yet authentic to your sound is where a lot of difficulty lies. The easiest for us is improvisation. We all have natural rhythms and creative styles that work well as a team in that application.  

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  1. When making music, what does the creative process look like for you and the band?

Typically when writing, we either bring parts that we have written ready to the table, or we generate them by doing a group improv session. We generally agree or disagree unanimously on whether we or not we should use said part.

  1. What is the biggest dream you have for the band?

We want to redefine the standard of modern rock music from the ground up. We feel that the current infrastructure of the industry stifles a lot of creativity in an effort to generate more revenue with a ‘cookie-cutter’ radio sound. That’s not what music is about to us though. It’s about self-expression, and the freedom to carve one’s own path.  

  1. When did you first play music in front of an audience? What was that experience like? 

We first played music in front of an audience back in high school. The experience was pretty laid back compared to current day, given that when you’re just starting as young as we did, a lot of the time there’s not as much of a strict time frame with the bill that you’re on and not as much of a concise promotional guideline for the event.  

  1. Out of every show, you have played, what are some experiences that stick out the most to you? 

All of the experiences that stand out are our experiences with our fans. Whenever a fan tells us that our music has impacted their lives in any way, it’s a profound experience.  

  1. What is the dream tour or festival that you would love to be a part of?

We would love to set up a festival with Rival Sons, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, and Goodbye June. It would be a fantastic show.  

  1. For the rest of the year, what plans does the band have?

We will be finishing up our summer tour, then returning home for a bit to finish writing and recording our second album. We’re very excited to unveil this project, we think it’ll push the boundaries of what we are as a band. 

Keep up to date with Dark Serenity on their website.

Special thanks to the band and Rogue PR for the interview.

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Interview: Robert Wagner of High Moonlight

1. Competition is rough in the music industry, what is your band doing to grow and continue to reach for success?

Yes, really the competition in the musical environment is very difficult. To promote our music we are investing a lot in better recordings and dissemination on streaming platforms. It is also important to find good partners to be able to further expand the horizons of our career and a good press office is very important for this purpose.

2. If someone goes to one of your concerts, what do you think they should know going in?

That we are there to play the highest and best possible independently of having two people or a thousand people because our energy will be the same.

3. What is your dream tour or festival?

It would tour the world’s biggest heavy music festivals alongside bands like Judas, Manowar, Megadeth, Accept and AC / DC. I would love to play alongside Dio as well, but unfortunately, that will not be possible anymore.

4. If you could collaborate with any musician, who would you choose?

With Tony Iommi and Eric Adams. I’d love to record something with these two sacred metal monsters.

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5. Out of every concert you have been to, who are the best live bands?

No doubt there are bands like AC / DC, Manowar and Judas priest. These guys know how to make a real rock show even though the age of the musicians of each of these bands is a bit advanced.

6. Who are some of your biggest influences?

My main musical influences are bands like Black Sabbath, AC / DC, Megadeth, Rainbow and Dio.

I really like guitarists with Ritchie Blackmore, Jason Becker, Ross the Boss and Tony Iommi.

7. When did you first start playing music and how did that come together to lead you to where you are today?

Music has always been present in my life from an early age. My mother listened to a lot of rock ’60s and’ 70s and it was from there that I came into contact with this heavier music style. I started to study music early, around my 14 years of age, I started playing guitar so I soon went on to the electric guitar and I did not stop. I do not know exactly what I would do if I had not followed the music. Maybe I tried the luck in the sports area but I’m not sure if it would go very far. I honestly do not see myself away from the music completely, even though I was an attendant of some store I would certainly have some involvement with the music scene as well.

8. What are your plans for the rest of the year for the band?

We will be part of another official compilation this year that will be released on the Roadie Metal label on various streaming platforms. Soon after we will have an EP released in the same format and by the same musical label later this year as well. In the other is only what I can advance for now, other news I still can not speak because there are still some details to be able to state about, but I can say that with each passing day our music has reached as many people as possible and it only motivates us more and more.

Keep up with Robert’s group through their SoundCloud, YouTube, and Facebook.

Thank you to Rogue PR for helping set up the interview.

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Interview: Richie Bee of Deitre

  1. Competition is rough in the music industry, what is your band doing to grow and continue to reach for success?

I think that we are lucky in that what we are doing feels different from anything I have ever heard/seen. So I think we stand out in that way, however, we are constantly writing and creating and putting out new stuff.

  1. If someone goes to one of your concerts, what do you think they should know going in?

We can’t give away all of our little secrets. I guess you’ll have to just come and see for yourself.

  1. What is your dream tour or festival?

I would love to see the world. Europe would be sick.

  1. If you could collaborate with any musician, who would you choose?

I don’t think I could choose.

  1. Out of every concert you have been to, who are the best live bands?

Shadow Monster, Cindy Cane, Darkwing

  1. Who are some of your biggest influences?

Whitney Houston & The Dead Weather.

  1. When did you first start playing music and how did that come together to lead you to where you are today?

I realized that music was going to be my whole life when I was around 14 years old. I had just gotten off of a stage where I was asked to sing a cover song with a live band. Afterwards, I broke down crying. My father asked me what was wrong. I said, “This is what I want to do with my life.” I remember that feeling so vividly. It was the most powerful feeling in the world.

  1. What are your plans for the rest of the year for the band?

To keep creating and sharing with the world.

Check out Deitre by following them on Facebook.

Thank you to Richie and Rogue PR for the interview.

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Interview: Dawson Kolstad from Good Friday

#1: Competition is rough in the music industry, what is your band doing to grow and continue to reach for success?

We are constantly touring and promoting our music as well as just the band as a whole. That’s what we do for a living now, so we’ve got plenty of opportunities to promote our music to many different groups of people.

#2: If someone goes to one of your concerts, what do you think they should know going in?

We’re very passionate about the messages we are spreading through our music, so to us, lyrics are extremely important, so if people pay attention to the lyrics of our songs, they will get much more out of the experience.

#3: What is your dream tour or festival?

Probably just one of those huge alternative music festivals because then we’d get to perform alongside super different bands, providing lots of variety.

#4: If you could collaborate with any musician, who would you choose?

Twenty One Pilots would probably be quite an interesting collaboration because our music is lyrically similar without even meaning to be, but musically different, so it’d make for an interesting studio session.

#5: Out of every concert you have been to, who are the best live bands?

U2 is great, so are the Foo Fighters, Coldplay, big bands like that have great shows.

#6: Who are some of your biggest influences?

The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, U2, The Police, Coldplay, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Panic! at the Disco, Twenty One Pilots, Michael Jackson, Mumford and Sons, etc.

#7: When did you first start playing music and how did that come together to lead you to where you are today?

We started playing music in 2008, but formed as Good Friday in 2015 and have gradually gotten to the point where we now do music full time!

#8: What are your plans for the rest of the year for the band?

To continue touring and promoting our most recent, self-titled album Good Friday!

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