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Friday, January 29, 2016

Reality Suite Interview

Photo Credit: Kim Berzak
Recently I had the pleasure to sit down and talk with the awesome people who make up the band Reality Suite in their home town in NJ.
An evening filled with lots of laughs as well as updates on what the band has going on and what they have in store for us for the future was just the start to what ended up being an interview that will go down in the books!
Check out our interview as well  as a special acoustic performance from Reality Suite. 




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Production Credit: Reality Suite Productions


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Gears Interview



Miami based hard/heavy rock act GEARS isn’t your everyday garage band. 
Despite being faced with a multitude of challenges right from the start, the band has persevered and is growing stronger than ever.
Founded in February 2014, Trip 6 (Urban Rebel), Eli Parker (Endo), Tommy Herres (SCARLET CARSON), and Jimmy Wooten (SKINMASK) were all looking for new projects resulting in the birth of GEARS.



Questions answered by Jimmy Wooten of GEARS

1. How did you guys end up getting together and forming Gears?

Trip and I put the band together in 2014 with two other guys who actually have come and gone.  We were all in different bands that had kind of run their course so we were looking to do something new.  We all got together in February of 2014 in Miami and started writing. What came out was the Set in Motion EP (May 2014).  After a busy year of touring, we were ready to start work on the new EP.  We had some member changes at that time so Trip and I did the record with our Producer, Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia, Eye Empire, Dark New Day) and friend Troy McLawhorn (Evanescence, Seether, Dark New Day).  “Pride Comes Before the Fall” was the result.

2. You released your new EP "pride comes before the fall" in November, Can you tell us a little bit about it for those who haven't heard it yet and what it was like creating it?

It’s definitely an evolution of the band from the first EP.  “Pride” still has that heavy edge, but I feel like it’s more musical.  The writing definitely has taken steps forward for us.  The actual process making the record was really relaxed and organic.  We wrote the record with Corey who had produced the first EP, but this time, it was just us three for the writing process.  I feel like it was a lot more focused.  We have known each other for a long time and I have all the trust in the world in Corey’s experience and ear.  He’s a pleasure to work with.  Super laid back and focused. 

3. What bands, do you believe have influenced your sound the most?
I know that we all have a lot of different influences.  That’s always a hard question to answer.  We draw inspiration from a bunch of different places.  Zeppelin, Bowie, Deftones, Alice in Chains, etc.  There really are too many for me to really narrow it down.  

4. What has been your greatest accomplishment and challenge as a band thus far? 
I think our greatest accomplishment has been just to be out there doing it ourselves without a huge budget.  We work really hard and try to do as much as we can as far as putting out a quality product and supporting it on as many tour dates as possible.  It’s tough in today’s industry to be DIY and trying to build a band from the ground up.  Each one of us is very focused though.  We all want to achieve the same goals and I think that’s the most important thing.  

5. How have you overcome that challenge?
Everyday in the life of a DIY band is a challenge.  We have put together a great team over the past year that helps us fight for exposure and to achieve success.  So, I think that in itself is an achievement.  

 Check out GEARS
lyric video for their track "Face Down" from their new EP "Pride Comes Before The Fall" which is available now on iTunes.
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Monday, January 11, 2016

Not By Sight Releases First Single, "Stand", Featuring Members Of Evanescence, Saint Asonia, & Sevendust

Hard Rock band Not By Sight has released a lyric video for their track "Stand", originally premiered with BraveWords. 
The track features Jane Train (Liz Phair), Corey Lowery (Stuck Mojo, Stereomud, Eye Empire, Dark New Day, Saint Asonia), Troy McLawhorn (Evanescence, Seether, Dark New Day, doubleDrive), and Morgan Rose (Sevendust)
The track was produced, and mixed by Corey Lowery.
Check it out now here and tell us what you think!


STAND is about overcoming adversity in life and using that adversity to strengthen and elevate you. - Jane Train (Not By Sight)

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

From Ashes To New


The 2015 Rock Allegiance festival was jam packed with legendary rock bands like Korn and Rob Zombie, but it also featured many rising stars in the scene. 
We had the awesome opportunity to sit down and talk with a few members from one of these up and coming bands right after their kick-ass performance in front of thousands of dedicated rock fanatics. The band From Ashes To New is a quintet that formed in Pennsylvania only a couple years ago. 
What makes this band so unique is not only their ingenious mashup of genres, but their positive and inspiring messages that are cleverly weaved throughout their lyrics. Categorized in a music style where negativity, despair, and misery seems to be the muse, From Ashes To New stands out in that respect by bringing light into such a dark scene. 
Here is what they had to say about that, as well as some exciting things to expect in the future! 
P.S. Be sure to check out their latest video, Through It All right HERE


Monday, December 7, 2015

TRAPT for Charity


American rock band Trapt has just announced the release of their upcoming sixth studio album DNA set to come out this spring. This brand new record displays a refreshed, melodic sound that completely alters Trapt’s current style that their fans are so used to hearing. Trapt has also recently released a new music video for their track “It’s Over”. This song is the third single and second music video Trapt has released in expectancy of the new albumYou can watch their video via Loudwire HERE. (http://loudwire.com/trapt-its-over-exclusive-video-premiere/) You can also buy the song via ITunes.

Trapt has officially kicked off their U.S. headlining tour this past Tuesday in Tucson, AZ. This tour features special guests Adakin, First Decree, and Meka Nism on select dates.  During the tour, the guys will perform four Toys for Tots shows that will grant all participants free entry to the concert with the donation of an unwrapped present. These special events will take place:

December 4th in Little Rock, AR

December 5th in Springfield, MO

December 12th in Flint, MI

December 17th in Syracuse, NY. 

If Trapt is coming to an area near you, be sure to stop by with a donation to get a free ticket to their concert and if you are going to their concert in Syracuse, we will see you there!


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Monday, November 23, 2015

Interview With PJ Farley Of Trixter


When you meet someone who has been in the music industry for 20 plus years, you know that they have experienced all of the ups and downs, ins and outs. 
You also know that to be able to manage staying in the spot light after all this time and continue to be an influential artist today, this person must have the secret that many musicians are constantly on the hunt for who want to make it big in the music industry.
We had the pleasure to sit down with a kick ass dude who has not only been rocking out at venues a majority of his life, but who is also one of the coolest down to earth guys we've met.
Check out how PJ Farley of Trixter has gained success and his views on the music industry today, oh and he also lets us in on a little secret! 



When did you start playing bass and when did you know you wanted to get into the music industry?
I started playing bass by default. I think when I was 11, 10 or 11, I think because I started a band with my friends in school and it was like alright you want to play guitar you're playing guitar, you want to play drums, and I was a drummer really, and you're going to be the singer?
So no one wants to be a bass player, ok fuck it, I'll play bass, I'll borrow a bass.
Just like that I got stuck being a bass player, and you know how they say things just happen to work out? 
It's not just a saying!

What has been your greatest personal accomplishment in your career so far?
I think, not to sound corny or anything, but I'm pretty proud to um, I mean yeah gold records, touring with all my heroes and stuff, that's great but I think I'm pretty proud that I've always been a part of something that I was genuinely proud to be a part of. I've been in hired gun situations but for the most part I've been involved in something that I've been passionate about and gotten to be taken care of in those positions and that's kind of an unspoken accomplishment.
People are like oh yeah playing in Giant stadium, selling  million records, all that stuff is great, and it is all great but I think the longevity in it and that I've been a musician pretty much all my life.
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You've been in the industry for a while, what is the biggest change in your opinion from when you began to now? 
Besides for the obvious reasons that nobody buys your record anymore, its changed in the sense that the industry is so different now for the obvious reasons.
It's cool because it is so easy to get your music out there in one way but its so hard to get it to the next level.
It's harder now than it ever was to get to that next level where you know, you're in the machine and you know you got the whole support team behind you. You can get the initial put your record out and get youtube hits and all that stuff but now it is wide open and anyone can make a record even if you suck, make a record, make it sound great, release it on your own and put it out there, so there is so much music out there but it is so much harder, and it was always hard, it was hard to go and get that million dollar record deal that people always dreamed of but it is so much harder now because really at the end of the day when I started there was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and now there isn't.
Even if a new band got signed to Universal today, even if they were successful, they still probably don't have shit.
It's really hard because music has the same impact on people that it ever has, when you hear a song that you grew up with that you love it stays with you. So if you hear a new song today, it gives you a certain feeling, you love it and it doesn't get watered down by the fact that it's free or anything like that, but the fact is that it is so much harder for artists to make music on a consistent basis because who's paying at this point? Who's paying us to take time off from how we make money, pay our bills, it's so much harder to get it done.
You do something and you feel great about it...I'm just finishing my first solo record and I'm excited about it, I love it, I think it's going to be fantastic, but I also know to cut off the excitement at some point. I'm just happy it's done, its going to be out there, and I just want the people who are going to hear it to like it.
I don't care how many people it is, of course I would like it to be millions but I'm smarter than that, and there is kind of a sadness to that. A record coming out doesn't have an impact like it used to but you know you do it for the truest form. Do it for the love.


Tell me about your most recent album with Trixter "Human Era" and what people who haven't listened to it yet can expect.
It kind of snuck up on us because we weren't really planning on doing a record and then our label, Frontier Records, just really called and asked if we wanted to do another one and we were like alright and we did a record and it wound up being somehow really like the best thing we ever did and we all agree it is our best record and it all happened magically. We didn't plan on doing it, we came up with it, and it has this little kind of concept that we've never had before.
We have the title track which we never had before, it has all these cool little elements that is new for us and there is some stuff that is a little heavier, there is some stuff that's typical Trixter, there is a common thread through it that people have who have heard it say it is different but it is still the same and sounds like Trixter, it's not pretentious or forced. It's pretty natural


Tell me a little bit about this solo album!
My solo album.
::Big smile::
You look so happy and proud when you talk about it!
I haven't really talked that much about it yet because I want to wait until I'm really kind of done and now I'm starting to prepare for some sort of release tactic but it's something that I've been working on for 10, 12 years, slowly, started off doing a couple songs in 2002 and then 2003  and then our band was on the road with Ra and that kept me on the road for a long time so I kind of put my thing to the side and any time I had free time I'd get to it.
Really what made me get back to it and finish it was after we finished the Human Era record, I stayed in the studio and I was like I have a couple more songs that I want to record and put this thing together finally and there is really no other time to release a record when no one is buying them so I figured strike while the iron is cold.


Aside from the solo album what do you have in store for the future?

Trixter, not to say we are taking a break by any stretch, but we are going to scale back a little bit. This year I think we are going to focus on doing  a lot of European shows. We've never been to Europe, we are going to South America, Italy in April, Sweden in July I think, we are going to the UK in October. So next year I think we are going to all these new places that in 25, 26 years we've never been. So that's going to be cool, a new chapter there. I don't have too many plans with my solo record and touring or doing shows, but I'm sure I will at some capacity. 


Any last words for your fans?
Thanks for listening, thanks for paying attention, anyone that's interested in anything I have to say, I appreciate it. Sincerely. 


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

CYBERSTAR's Debut Single Released

There's a new Rock-Metal super group in town.
 CYBERSTAR featuring Vocalist Jasen Moreno (Drowning Pool), Guitarist Billy Grey (Fozzy), and Drummer Dusty Winterrowd (Allele) have released their debut single "Eye For An Eye" and it is something you are going to want to hear for yourself.
The track which premiered originally with REVOLVER Magazine is the first to be released from the band's upcoming debut EP out early next year.
Grab your copy of "Eye For An Eye" now on itunes and in the mean time check out their debut lyric video right here!

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