Interview: Hooby and the Yabbit

1. How did your band get started?
I was jamming with some guys in Wakefield, doing all sorts like Steely Dan, ZZ Top, Johnny Guitar Watson, Robben Ford, like a little rehearsal band, but then I started writing these songs, and it changed into a recording project, which it still is really.
2. What inspired you to go into this genre?
I’ve always loved the blues, and sleazy kind of music, making love in the middle of the
night kind of music, but with a rock edge. My wife and I listen all the time to Free, Janis,
The Doors, ACDC, and I played for years in a Wakefield blues trio, like Hendrix/ Rory
Gallagher noise, I think it just all started coming back out.
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3. Who are your inspirations that have shaped the sound of the band and how so?
All the classics, like those mentioned above, but in my mind, I was thinking Aerosmith/ZZ Top rolled up with ole time blues. When a young fellow I played a lot of Blues Brothers as
well, and I still do, with the band when I have one, and in my solo set. My favorite is B
Movie Box Car Blues, a Delbert McClinton song. ALSO actually when I was 16 I saw
one of the best bands that ever walked the earth- Atco recording artistes Blackfoot. They
were one of those ‘you were either there or you missed it ‘kind of bands.
4. What is the creative process your band takes when making an album?
Well, these songs on ‘out of time ‘ (available RIGHT NOW on BANDCAMP, CD or
download, ahem) started out as guitar jams for three of them, but Movietown I wrote in
my head and then recorded it solo.
5. Lyrically speaking, what inspires the themes that are written about in your music?
My life as I’ve lived it and continue to live it really. I watch the world and the people in it
and themes sort of suggest themselves. Also the making love in the middle of the night
thing…or in the morning…preferably Monday morning, which always gets way too
much respect from everyone I think. The song Tea and Toast is that.
6. Competition in any music scene is high, so how does your band stand out compared to
other bands?
Umm, we are way older and uglier than everyone else, yep that’s our plan.
And think- it’s a plan that can only improve!
7. What is your dream tour? Name however many bands you want to create the perfect tour.
I think mine actually happened a few times, back in the days of Floyd, Zappa, Fleetwood
Mac and Hawkwind all on the same bill you know, but let’s see, ZZ Top circa 1980 ish,
Rush same period, John Lennon and the Plastic Ono band with Herself unfortunately
detained elsewhere and then the Original line up of Motorhead come back to life and kick the shit out of the place.
8. If you went into a completely different style of music, what would it be?
Gypsy acoustic music.
9. If you can collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?
Will I Am because he’s totally of at a tangent to me so that’s interesting,
10. Where would you like to travel to that you have never been?
States I think, only set foot in once, and would love to tour there.
11. What is a goal that you would like to see happen in your career?
Recording the live album at some famous venue somewhere, then we all go out get wrecked.
Thank you to Rogue PR and Hooby and the Yabbit for the interview.
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Interview: Mike Kristen from The Radio Broadcast

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

Social Networking seem to be where it’s at right now. Having a strong online presence is very important and can make or break you as an artist. It is very important to have music and videos up on the net somewhere for fans looking for more. I mean think about it. What is the first thing you do when you discover a new artists you like? You head to the internet and search for them everywhere you can. We have been lacking in the Social Networking area for some time but we are hitting it hard this year and always trying to post new and engaging content.

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

If you are looking for a show that will leave you feeling rewarded and fully entertained you will definitely want to come out to one of our events. With our music being very diverse there is something there for most everybody. We are always told by fans and other musicians that it is really cool to see us create the tracks live right there in front of them. Something that a lot of other electronic artists are not doing. The energy projecting from the stage will keep you moving the entire time. As soon as the bass drops TRB comes alive. Between Kristin’s bouncing and crawling around on stage and Michael’s non-stop flow of body-rockin’ dance rhythms you will be sure to have a good time! Not only will our music and energy keep you entertained and dancing but our stage performance will as well. We understand that we are performers and there is more to performing than just the music. We have put some time and dedication into creating some pretty cool visuals from massive arrays of led lights and lasers to mesmerizing graphics on led screens and a 3ft by 10ft led “TRB” marquee. We are constantly coming up with new ideas for stage setups that will complement our sound.

  1. What is your dream tour or festival?

     Dream tour would be one with us and Crystal Castles or INNERPARTYSYSTEM but
INNERPARTYSYSTEM is no longer around. Or to be a part of something such as Warped Tour. Dream festival would be any festival.

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

We would really like to collab with Crystal Castles, INNERPARTYSYSTEM or HEALTH.

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

Some of our most favorite shows would have to be INNERPARTYSYSTEM, Crystal Castles, as well as Valient Thore, Blink182 from back in the day, Angels and Airwaves, Numerous Punk shows, Deadmau5, and a handful of DJs.

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  1. Who are some of your biggest influences?

There is a lot of inspiration and musical influence to be found in the world and for us as far a music goes there are two major electronic groups that have stuck out the most and helped shape our minds to develop the sounds of The Radio Broadcast and that would be Crystal Castles and INNERPARTYSYSTEM. We love the DIY approach IPS takes when it comes to stage lighting and we love their heavy and raw electronic feel. With CC they come across sort of mysterious. We love their punk attitude in the electronic scene. We really like their lofi gritty electronic sounds. We study these bands and many others to try and better ourselves as a band. We try to align our selves with similar sounding artists but we do our best to remind our selves that other bands and musicians are just like you and I and to tune into them as a reference or inspiration and not as a guide.  But as crazy as life can get it is always a good idea to take a step back and take a little time out and immerse yourself in nature and tune in to the frequencies of the planet, clear your mind, and realign yourself. Once your mind is clear and your body is well tuned it will be a lot easier for your creative ideas to flow into more comprehensive complete ideas.

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

We met in a tattoo shop in 2005 and started playing music together in 2008 and formed TRB in 2009. Michael grew up playing drums in punk bands and Kristin grew up playing the piano but at the time when the two met neither of them were involved in anything musically. We had both wanted to create our own punk band but realized after purchasing a guitar neither of us knew how to play nor had the time or patience to learn so we stuck with what we knew, drums and keys. Over the years our sound and style has changed along with the overall setup of the equipment we use. Our style is always evolving.

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

 We started out the year building and pushing our online presence and we are continuing the effort to grow our online fan base daily. There is still a lot more work to do but we are hoping to build a larger online audience. We have already started to see results so that’s a plus. We realize how big of an online market there is for musicians and it is almost as big if not bigger than the “real life” presence of the artist. With the way, life is today for an artist to not make use of the online market is foolish. It’s another workload that’s for sure but if you can build your online presence you will definitely feel rewarded. So we are hoping to grow our online fan base and connect and meet with like-minded individuals. We are also currently working on a new album that we are hoping to release this summer along with a tour later this year to follow.

Thanks to Rogue PR for setting up the interview. Special thanks to Mike for sparing some time to answer these questions. Follow the band on their Facebook.

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Interview: Gnostic Gorilla

1. How did Gnostic Gorilla come about?

Gnostic Gorilla grew out of an earlier project called The Lonely Ghost Project, which was actually the name of the so-called indie label Lonely Ghost Productions initially. As a teenager, I wrote and recorded, with a great band (Dave Davidson, Tony Bourdeau, Shawn Saunders and Chris Byrne) a 45 rpm single titled Dark Hallway/Golgotha. In 2012 I found a renewed interest in writing and recording electronic music, and eventually found myself experimenting with more ‘dark’ styles…industrial, Gothic, dark wave’. In 2015 I released independently on the label LGP-ONE the album St. Basil’s Asylum, using the project name Gnostic Gorilla. In between 2016 and 2018, I released a few more albums as an indie as well (Secularization of Robotics, Grey Chaos and Psalm for The Lost) as well as a variety of singles. In January of 2018, I was offered a label deal with Cleopatra Records and they wanted to rerelease St. Basil’s Asylum. Yet another album is slated for release by Cleopatra Records titled, Shaman Rave. This release could come in the Spring or Summer of this year.

2. What are some of your biggest influences that have shaped your music?

There are bands/artists who have inspired me and then there are bands/artists that have influenced me. The former category are Gary Numan, Type O Negative, Bauhaus, Japan (David Sylvian) Ozzy Osbourne/Sabbath, KISS, The Cult, The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins and the list is endless actually. As for what has a more direct influence on my own approach to writing/recording music I’d say Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Rammstein, Korn, and to some degree NIN. I have to mention here, that one of the bands I admire most is The Doors. Jim Morrison’s lyric writing is an inspiration to me. But also, as regards lyrics, I’d have to say that ‘Beck’ has some amazing lyrics. The soundtrack for Queen of The Damned is absolutely amazing and has also inspired me.

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3. Have you met any of your favorite musicians and what were those experiences like? If you have not met anyone, then who do you want to meet the most?

I have met Gary Numan (several times) Peter Steele and Johnny Kelly of Type O Negative, Nash the Slash three times, members of the Tragically Hip, Dan Akroyd (ya know…Blues Bothers). As for whom I’d like to meet now? Probably Al Jourgenson (we share a label) and David Sylvian and Ian Astbury.

4. What are some long-term goals for Gnostic Gorilla?

Lots of material still to promote. Gnostic Gorilla is also on a few different compilations (one already released… Electric Shock 02 on KL Dark Records) and two sort of ‘best of’ albums (with some remixes) on KL Dark Records and Nowhere Now Records. As well, I’m a guest lyricist and vocalist on two tracks with CRIX IIIX from Australia.

5. What is the biggest accomplishment you have had so far?

I think more or less the label deal with Cleopatra is an amazing thing to happen. The guys at the label have a neat vision and I’m grateful to have my little niche with that label. As well, two other label deals: KL Dark Records and Nowhere Now Records.

6. What plans do you have for the rest of the year?

The forthcoming release of Shaman Rave and other projects. I’m also looking at finding a label to take on Hide The Ghost, which I have released independently, as it is in my estimation an excellent album, destined to be a classic in the underground scene.

Find out more about Gnostic Gorilla on their website.

Special thanks to Rogue PR and Gnostic Gorilla

Interview: House Handshake

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

Darrell: When I was young music was something that was passively in my life, I can’t really remember it impacting me until I was around 12 years old. Something that stands out for me from back then is, my family and I used to travel from Winnipeg (our hometown) to our cottage which was in Grand Beach. It was only about an hour and 20 minutes of a commute, but that was a long drive for my brother and I who were restless children. My mother wanted to keep my brother and I occupied while making the drive and she thought up this wonderful idea of burning a CD almost the length of the drive and printing out all the lyrics into a book for my brother and I to read and sing along with her and dad. I almost feel like it implanted a thought in my mind back that music is an extremely entertaining way to pass the time and it will bring you and loved ones closer if you allow it.

Quinton: I can remember my dad playing his vinyls constantly. I always denied it for some reason. I was very stubborn when I was young. He also took me to the Winnipeg Folk Festival almost every year of my life one year I just started to notice the music. I started to follow my ears to the stages that pleased me. When me and my dad were watching an act on stage he pointed to one of the musicians who was improvising and said something like ”your brother can do that”. I kinda thought to myself ‘that’s easy.’ I really took to music from that point on and it became my identity

Sarah: My mom said when I was a babe (10-12months) I would hum perfect tunes .. from as young as I can remember music has surrounded me my whole life! Singing in congregation meetings 3 times a week, I ventured into songwriting young, played an organ for 3 years,  participating in chores in school, then as I got older I sang with my brother all the time (he taught me a lot) music has always been a spiritual and emotional haven for me. I feel very lucky to have had it encouraged all my life.

Tate: My parents were always playing music throughout my childhood at home, at the cabin and in the car. They both loved the same music and were always singing and enjoying it together, which rubbed off on me and my brother a lot. As I grew up I learned piano but got bored with it and took up guitar after being inspired by School of Rock. My dad showed me the basics and then I took lessons at Mar-Schell’s Music. I found artists that I was into and dreamt about performing like them while I was doing school stuff and playing basketball. Once high school was over I quit basketball and partied like a maniac and developed my musical abilities and discovered that I loved performing, jamming and writing music immensely. It grew exponentially at that point to where I am now teaching, performing and writing as much as possible.

Brennan: I took classical piano as a kid which was fine but it never really moved me. Then on a whim, my parents signed me up for a drum lesson and from the moment I sat behind the kit I knew this was the instrument for me. The sense of power and possibility was overwhelming. Played lampshades and frying pans for 6 months before my parents gave in and bought me a kit for my 16th bday. Never looked back.

Tanner: Music has always been around in my life, my old man taught me the basics with guitar at a young age of 12 or something. Always had fun jams with him growing up, got my first keyboard and practiced with his band, always listened to a lot of music as well, found my passion for it playing campfires late nights with good people. Laws of attraction have brought me where I am today with the people I love doing what I love.

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

Q: The Wall, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.
D: Hozier, Sublime – 40 oz, Alabama Shakes – Sound and Colors, Sigh No More – Mumford And Sons, Shakey Graves and the Horse He Rode in on.
S: Alabama Shakes-  Sound and ColorSupermodel & Torches  – Foster the People, The Sticks & Eureka – Mother Mother, Master of The Sun – Black Eyed Peas, Adele- 19
B: Maybe…Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA, Nina Simone – I put a Spell on You, Buddy Rich – Big Swing Face, Radiohead – OK Computer, Sting – Ten Summoners Tales.
Tanner: I Don’t think I have any favorite albums, always seem to be changing hearing new rehearing old ones. Frank Zappa’s Man from Utopia was pretty cool, I don’t really like a lot of his shit as well though, Mac DeMarco album two was awesome, find myself hearing him in my headphones often. What I want is to make my favorite album.

#3: What is the hardest and easiest part of making music for you?

Q: It’s always been the instruments for me. I can hear the music in my head, to sing it is no problem but to act it all out on the instruments has been difficult. These days it comes much easier but I know there is always much to learn. Something that comes easy for me is hearing the music in my head before I play it.

D:The hardest part of making music for me is being concerned about other people judgments. The easiest part? Releasing my emotions.

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

HH: The songs were usually written during an acoustic session. Sometimes a jam or just an idea that we pull out of the air and memorize it, Write down what it’s about and some lyrics. Then we take it to the rehearsal and we let everybody put their spin on it and we jam it till it feels rights.

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

HH: Hearing back from our fans and knowing that our music is making an impact on their lives is the biggest thing. Some of that is already happening and we just want to be able to affect as much people as we can.

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

Quinton: It was terrifying. But I turned it into excitement.

Darrell: Life-affirming.

Brennan: My first gig was at a house party in high school where we played Doors covers because that’s what the singer, who I was in love with, wanted to do.
The feeling of nervousness and exhilaration was one I’ll never forget, have been kind of addicted to it ever since.

Tanner: First time on stage was like smelling you’re grade one classroom or climbing a tree, familiar, odd, nervous, beautiful.

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

Darrell: Being on stage and playing for a bigger audience than we normally play for. Watching our lyrics sang back at us from even unfamiliar faces.

Quinton: The parts that really stick out in my head, are the parts that didn’t go so well. We’ve had an amazing time for the most part but there’s been a few hiccups where I’ve learned a lot.

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

Q: I’ve gone to the Winnipeg Folk Festival most of my life. as per stages to play, the main stage at Winnipeg Folk Fest is my ultimate dream.

Darrell: Now it may not be a festival, I would love to play NPR’s Tiny Desk.

#9: For the rest of the year, what plans do you have?

HH: Back to the studio for EP #2 this one is called Handshake. We’ll do another 4 songs which will be apart of the full self-titled album releasing next year.

Find out more about the band through their website.

Special thanks to House Handshake and Rogue PR for the interview.

Image provided by Rogue PR and House Handshake.

Interview: CJ Krukowski of Threatpoint

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

CJ: We are always a stickler for playing the live… with all the modern day technology and advancements, performing live is still key to experience music and even win over new people. We’ve recently hooked up with Voodoo Queen Management and they have helped us to a degree with getting in front of some new people and throwing our name out there more, on social media especially.

Speaking of social media, we always do our best to make an online presence… you can find us pretty much everywhere. Do a Google search of “threatpoint” and we’ll come up. And we always interact/respond to our fans.

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

CJ: We are very much a live band. From Chris up front to getting in everyone’s face, to Sam, Alex and Greg running around or even it in the crowd, to me spitting and spewing water, we aim to put on a memorable show that won’t be forgotten… we strive to stand out one way or another.

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#3: What is your dream tour or festival?

CJ: there are so many to choose from, whether it be to open for Metallica or Iron Maiden on a stadium/arena tour, play the Wacken festival over in Germany or do any of the big European festivals, really. Very difficult to pinpoint one… anything that gets us out in front of more people is always good.

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

CJ: Very tough one… I honestly don’t even have an answer for that. I certainly don’t think it’d be a metal musician though… if I were to do something like that, I’d really have to throw everyone for a shot in the dark.

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

CJ: The ones that aren’t afraid to go nuts on stage and get in your face. Overkill, Testament, Anthrax, Kix, Metallica (back in the day)… I prefer seeing bands in a club atmosphere rather than an arena/stadium, there’s just no intimacy with that and it feels like they’re so far away and high up, you spend most of the show watching the screens.

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#6: Who are some of your biggest influences?

CJ: So many… but drumming wise: Lars Ulrich, Scott Travis, Nick Menza, Dave Lombardo, Vinnie Paul… I even like Ringo. I personally like the guys who are not overly technical but make their band pulse and lay it down solid and smooth.

You can follow Threatpoint through their Facebook and website

Special thanks to Rogue PR for setting up the interview.

Images provided by Threatpoint and Rogue PR

Interview: Clint Kesinger of Good Times & Company

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

We are writing music the way we want and doing things the way we want. Having spent some time in the game and previous management to learn from, we’ve learned creating an original product is a huge part of being competitive and ensuring long term success. We engage with fans on our IG a LOT and understand the importance of social media. It’s a “necessary evil” as Shad calls it. But we are growing and reaching for success by staying true to us and our sound. If we achieve anything of notoriety, we would want it to be because people like us for our who we are as a band.

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

You should grab a drink and kick it.

3.     What is your dream tour or festival?

Shit, honestly playing that Beach Goth fest with The Growlers would be dope. If we could get The Strokes, Mac Demarco, Cage the Elephant, and like Royal Blood on that would be ideal.

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

Probably Julian Casablancas.

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

Panic! At The Disco, Paul McCartney Radiohead, Cage the Elephant,

6.     Who are some of your biggest influences?

The Strokes, Mac Demarco, Royal Blood, Highly Suspect, Arctic Monkeys, The Growlers, The Kooks, Queens of the Stone Age

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

When I was about 14, I got out my dad’s Peavey electric guitar and plugged it into his old PA system. I started making noises and was hooked. At the same time, I was going to local shows hosted by Scott Wyatt, a local musician in my small hometown. Me and Shad were from the same town, so I eventually heard he was into playing bass. We gigged all over the place for years in a moderately successful metal band and eventually I started an acoustic act called Good Times. Later as I turned 21, I started gigging around the country and decided to go full band. In 2015 Good times & Company was made official when Kyle and Shad both joined in. Its been a blur after that. We added Keagan after our second release and that brought things up a notch. Each year seems to get a little crazier.

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

We are releasing new music very soon and finding a new drummer. This new music is something we are very proud of, we think you will enjoy it very much! We plan on dropping a new album and hitting some key points in the country where we have been getting some great responses already. Hope to get across the pond sometime too.

Follow the band through their Facebook and website.

Special thanks to Rogue PR and Clint for this interview.

 

 

 

Interview: Days to Come

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

A: Justin – We use social media a lot. It is such a wonderful tool – especially for indie artists and bands. We live in the golden age for indie artists. For the first time, indie artists are able to produce, distribute, and market their work completely DIY and without a major label.

This is huge.

Social media and the connection it brings just helps that cause. We’re able to connect with people at shows and continue to develop those relationships online.

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

A: Brandon – We try to be as wild as possible. We put on a high energy show and try to have as much participation as possible. It’s a lot of fun.

3. What is your dream tour or festival?

A: Jalen –  I would love for us to support Sevendust. They’re legendary and some of the hardest working in the genre.

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

A: Brandon – Plini. He’s such a talent. I would love to collaborate with him.

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

A: Justin – Nothing More. A few years ago, my wife and I had the opportunity to see them in Atlanta at the Masquerade when they were touring on their first record.

Their energy and showmanship completely captivated me. They’re phenomenal performers.

6. Who are some of your biggest influences?

A: Jalen – I’ve never had any main influences. Anyone that strives to create and inspire is an influence to me. I do enjoy The Rev, Mike Portnoy, and Joey Jordison.

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

A: Justin – I’ve wanted to be in a band since I was 17. I was a military brat and spent my teenage years moving around a good bit and wasn’t able to commit to a group until I was in my 20s. I spent years playing solo acoustic gigs. I tried to join bands and find other musicians to start one, but nothing worked out until I found the guys and started Days.

The band officially formed in 2014. I met Brandon at a local music store one afternoon before a gig and we hit it off pretty quickly. Jalen joined us in early 2018. We’ve had a few lineup changes over the years but we feel pretty confident in the team we currently have.

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

A: Jalen – We just released our single Siren (January 25th). It’s such a fun song to play at shows and, so far, the reaction to it has been great. If you’re a fan of hard rock with clean, melodic vocals, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy it.

We’re playing a few dates in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama in April and June with our friends in Ventruss. After that, we’ll embark on our biggest tour yet in July for Rockfest! It’s gonna be a doozie.

We’re planning on releasing our next single Wolves in April and we’re shooting to release new music every 10 or so weeks. This is an exciting year for us and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Follow Days to Come on their website to keep up to date with their music.

Special thanks to Rogue PR for the interview