Interview With George Becker Of Jaded Past 2017

 

Jaded Past is out of NJ and is Signed to Melodic Rock Records. with 2 CDS Out Produced by Steve Brown (Trixter)

Jaded Past puts on a high energy concert show of down & dirty, good old rock n roll!
second to none!!!

Jaded Past is the creation of lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter George Becker.
George Becker has been a Long time veteran of the East Coast Music Scene and has shared the stage with numerous national acts.

Over the past 3 years Jaded Past has played the following states:
NJ , NY , PA , CT , MA , RI , TN , MD and more
With the following national acts:
Faster Pussycat, Mike Tramp (White Lion), LA Guns, Warrior Soul,
London Quireboys, Trixter, Hookers n Blow (Dizzy Reed of Guns n Roses),
Tracii Guns (LA Guns), Cherrie Currie (Runaways), Y & T, Spread Eagle,
Bullet Boys and Many More…

For the 2017/2018 live shows, Becker has enlisted the amazing line-up of:

George Becker on Lead Vocals, Guitar,
Scott LaFlamme (Bang Tango) on Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jason Cornwell (Eric Martin Band) on Bass, Backing Vocals
Derrick Pontier (Great White) on Drums. Backing Vocals

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Interview With Bryan Cole 2017

 

BRYAN COLE was born in a middle class suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. He began singing and
playing guitar at age five. By the age of seven, he performed his first show in front of tenthousand
people. Bryan credits his biggest vocal influence as former Journey front man Steve
Perry. Other vocal influences include Dann Huff, Lou Gramm, Joe Lynn Turner, David
Coverdale and the late Jimi Jamison.

 

While his main musical influence is AOR/Melodic Rock, Bryan grew to respect and draw
influences in Blues, R&B, Jazz and Country. As an accomplished guitarist, Bryan credits some of
his main influences as Dann Huff, Steve Lukather, Reb Beach, Neal Schon and Brent Mason.

 

Throughout his childhood and young adult life, Bryan performed in many local and regional
bands. He credits one of his breakthroughs as when he was asked to sing for Winger/Whitesnake
guitarist Reb Beach’s solo band. Performing and opening for many greats as Ted Nugent, Quiet
Riot, Eddie Money and more.

 

After years of hard work and learning experiences, Bryan decided to begin a solo career. He
quickly gained notice and respect among his peers with his ability to step into any musical
situation, regardless of musical genre. He could do it all! His on stage energy and passion was
shown in each and every performance.

 

In addition to being a great live performer, Bryan was gaining studio experience as well. He
developed into a polished studio session player as well as a sought after record producer.

 

After recording a demo version of a Brett Walker/Carl Dixon song “More Than A Memory”,
Bryan was contacted by an old friend in Nashville, TN , who introduced Bryan to one of his
heros Jim Peterik: founding member of the band Survivor. Peterik had the perfect songs to fit
Bryan’s soaring vocals and melodic guitar skills . It was time to make a record!

 

Bryan began working on demos and writing songs in his home studio. While he was
unsuccessful in finding the right musicians that understood his musical vision, he was extremely
successful in recruiting former Giant bassist Mike Brignardello. Mike proved to be the perfect fit
for the project. Upon completion of the music recording, Bryan recruited long time friend and
mix engineer Doug Kasper to mix the record at nearby Tonic Recording Studios.

 

While completing several rough mixes, Bryan was entertaining options with various record
labels. He wanted a label that understood and respected his musical vision as well as allow him
to retain complete creative control over the music. In the Spring of 2016, he found the perfect
choice in Melodic Rock Records. Upon submitting several rough mixes to MRR, label President
Andrew McNeice approached Bryan with a record deal and in October of 2016, Bryan Cole
signed with Melodic Rock Records. Bryan’s new album “SANDS OF TIME” was released in late
November 2016 worldwide.

 

The positive reviews came right away! Both media and fans embraced Bryan Cole and the
“Sands Of Time” album completely, where it was noted to be one of the top debut MelodicRock
albums and boasted some of the highest debut record sales in the label’s history.

 

Bryan also endorses InTune Guitar Picks and ADK Custom Series Professional Studio
Microphones.

 

Most recently Bryan was asked to join original members of GIANT Dann Huff, David Huff,
Mike Brignardello and Mark Oakley, for a Sold Out 25th Reunion show in Nashville, TN. Also
joining the lineup was Vixen Keyboardist Tyson Leslie. Bryan Cole assumed the role of lead
singer for the reunion show.

 

Bryan Cole is currently working on his next album, due out early 2018 on MelodicRock
Records.

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Interview With Sabrina Fallah 2017

 

Sabrina Fallah is a rock artist from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. A natural on stage with her polished vocals to her guitar playing, this talented singer-songwriter has a powerful voice and a lot of personality. Sabrina has already made a name for herself by performing wherever possible over the years.

 

Some of her music influences include Green Day, Bon Jovi and Billy Idol. You can hear a bit of each of her mentors in her original songs where their influences have become a part of her unique blend of style.

 

She performs widely in Ottawa, Toronto and extensively in Central Canada. She has entertained audiences at various Canadian and international venues and festivals, as well as charity events.

 

The first EP of original songs by Sabrina Fallah was recorded in England by producer Stuart Epps, who has worked with notables like Elton John, Led Zeppelin and the like. This was released as her self-titled rock EP on iTunes. Songs from this EP are played on radio, particularly by Canadian, U.S. and European university, college and online radio stations.

 

Sabrina released her single “The Frontline” along with an Official Video in August 2015. Chris Birkett, an award winning producer, produced “The Frontline”. He has worked with some of the biggest names in music: Peter Gabriel, Quincy Jones, Buffy Sainte Marie, Sinead O’Connor, and more.

 

In February 2016, Sabrina made a trip to Nashville, Tennessee where she had the opportunity to co-write with several songwriters and record brand new songs with veteran producer Kent Wells. Sabrina filmed two acoustic videos for two tracks from her EP, which were acoustically recorded. Her new EP “Kiss Is a Killer” and her videos can be heard and seen on her official website as well as on her other social media sites. You can now purchase her EP on iTunes.

 

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Interview With Erik Larsson Of APOCALYPSE ORCHESTRA 2017

Erik Larsson – Lead vocals, guitars, mandola, cittern
Jonas Lindh – Guitars, mandola, backing vocals
Mikael Lindström – Hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, rauschpfeife, backing vocals
Rikard Jansson – Bass, mandola, backing vocals
Andreas Skoglund – Drums and percussion, backing vocals

 

Standing with one leg in medieval times and the other in modern metal, Apocalypse Orchestra weaves their own special tapestry of music. The tones of the hurdy gurdy and the bagpipe entwines the heavy guitars and music separated by over 800 years meet.

 

The band was formed by musical partners in crime Mikael Lindstrom and Erik Larsson, inspired by their love for folk music and slow metal they decided to combine the two. With a foundation of original music and lyrics but also incorporating melodies from as far back as the 11th century, the goal was to create a musical homage to a bygone musical era.

 

After an initial period of writing music, the band needed to prepare for the stage, thus Jonas, Rikard and Andreas, all long time friends of Mikael and Erik, was asked to join.

 

The quintet’s debut album, The End Is Nigh, which focuses on tales of the plague, hell, and the meaninglessness of war and suffering, was recorded throughout the latter half of 2016. The drums were tracked at Studio Overlook by William Blackmon (Gadget, Beardfish, Isole) while the rest of the album was recorded at Studio Bordun by the band themselves. Per Nilsson of Scar Symmetry and Zierler mixed the record at Studio Kabyss.

 

Kicking off with the album’s first single, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” the band then crashes into “Pyre,”a song about the witch trials, Spanish Inquisition and wrongful accusations. “Flagellants Song” launches an epic tale of self mutilation, blind love of the divine and deluded ideas of salvation whereas “Exhale” gives deep thought about mankinds mortality and fear of death. The albums crescendo, “Here Be Monsters” gazes into the far distant, across the sea, and into the abyss, but is it an epiloge or a prologue?

 

Since their inception in 2013, Apocalypse Orchestra have become a familiar entity on the Swedish club circuit as well as making the festival rounds. With a live show that features theatrical performances (sometimes utilizing actors and dancers), fire and projected animation, the band has become one of the most talked about acts currently playing out. The band feels the theatrical element can enhance the music, giving it the feel of classic storytelling.

 

A performance was given with the Gävle Symphonic Orchestra and a chamber choir, melding the philharmonic with metal and folk music during a night of crossover music in a sold out concert hall. The event was instigated by the band Entombed, who also took the stage the same night.

 

Apocalypse Orchestra always looks forward as well as inward, to seek answers to some of history’s biggest questions, as well as taking a critical look at some common medieval myths. Lyrical themes ranges from everyday toils of the common man in the dark ages, onwards to art, science and literature, all the way to otherworldly views of existence.

 

 

 

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Interview With Bret Kaiser Of Madam X 2017

 

Bret Kaiser – Bret started singing rock and roll in 1976, after watching his younger brother Bruce,
performing in a band called “FLAX”. When “the King” passed in ‘77, Bret’s aspirations to be a rock singer
became reality. Bret’s musical career has taken him from New York to London via Hollywood and back
again. A veteran performer, Bret’s powerful vocals garnered him a gold record and 2 MTV music videos
in 1984 when he fronted ‘80’s MTV metal band, Madam X.

 

After tours in the U.S. & England, record
label and management issues brought him back home to New York where, upon leaving Madam X in
1985, he formed KAISER. With a large regional following they re-emerged as the Bowry Boyz, touring
the U.S. as a Budweiser Concerts band into the mid ’90’s. It was during this time touring that Bret made
his first ‘pilgrimage’ to Memphis. Even then, while playing in a Rock club in Memphis, Bret sang several
Elvis tunes despite fronting a metal band.

 

Bret started doing his musical tribute to the King in 2003 to
packed crowds and enthusiastic fans all over. Sometimes you can catch him in a departure performance
that pays homage to the crooners called ‘An Evening with Bret Kaiser’ or in a bejeweled jumpsuit doing
his ‘Forever Elvis’ tribute show or as the face and voice that fronts his Rockabilly, early fifty’s band ’56.
Reunited with all the original members of Madam X in 2014, the reunion that was 25 years in the making
happened before 12,000+ of the loudest, most loyal MADAM X fans in the world: SWEDEN ROCK
FESTIVAL 2014.

 

SRF believed and fans from the world-over screamed their welcome-back by chanting
lyrics to both old and new MADAM X metal anthems! In February 2016, they rocked the high seas at
“MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE 2016 – Shredders from the East” where 4 brand-new, face-melting songs
from the upcoming album were debuted exclusively for MORC cruisers! Reviewers have raved, with fans
worldwide demanding more shows featuring the uniquely balanced, inexorable male/female 4-plex
assault on your eyes and ears that only this original 4-some called MADAM X can deliver up!
MADAM X IS READY TO UNLEASH NEW MUSIC – with a new, full-album anticipated release in 2017
called “MONSTROCITY”. X-ers worldwide are demanding more Madam X – with new show dates
coming in 2018 – thus establishing MADAM X as the hot, molten-metal powerhouse who seemingly
never-EVER left the arena!

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Interview With Andrew W Boss 2017

 

 

 

Depending upon what circles you travel in, rap metal tends to get a lot of flack.  Often opined as unmelodic, unimaginative, nonsensical and angst ridden by the general public, Salt Lake City’s Andrew W. Boss is here to change that view of the genre.

 

Weaned on a musical diet of Metallica, Korn, Tupac, Beastie Boys, Mudvayne and the like, Boss began to enjoy bands and musicians that were different and special, willing to experiment outside of mainstream artists and sounds. Boss first got the musician bug when he went to his brother’s concert in downtown Salt Lake City. He was 10 years old and tiny and the band had him wear a shirt that said “Head of Security.”

 

Andrew began recording in 2003, trading studio time for weed, and has completed half a dozen albums to date, both solo projects and projects with bands.  “I started out straight writing and recording hip hop, not really having a plan or any organization, then I was in a band with my brother Flip for a while in Phoenix and really focused on the writing process and recording process.”

 

For his latest release, Invincible, Boss has teamed up with uber producer Jim Fogarty (Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, Shadows Fall, etc) to deliver an album that transcends the rap metal tag.  Equal parts rhymes, melodic and pure brutality, Invincible kicks off with the crushing “Avengers,” which leads straight into the first single, “Kleen.” “Kleen is definitely a fan favorite, and it’s personal to me because it depicts my troubles with getting sober,” the singer states. The stage dive ready punch of the title track features Chelsea Grin drummer Pablo Viveros guesting with Boss on drums, gass and guitars. “I met Pablo’s wife through my 9 to 5 a while back and she found out I was a musician and showed my stuff to him. We ended up hangin’ out at his studio when I was writing Invincible and he’s like, ‘I got this song I’ve been working on, you wanna use it?’ so I jumped on that. The demanding “Let Me Hear You” is a modern day anthem, opening with Boss chanting “Put your fucking hands up” repeatedly while the pop infused “Breaking Bridges” features Poonhammer singer and Andrew’s older brother Adam, guesting with him on lead vocals.

 

Recorded between Salt Lake City, UT and Phoenix, AZ where Boss’s drummer Cory Michalski lives, all the tracks were recorded and sent to Fogarty in Westfield, MA for Jim to add his definitive magic touch. “I would have loved to have shipped the whole band to Jim’s studio for a month but it wasn’t possible with our timeline. But, I think it worked out better this way because I’m kinda anal about my work, and sending a song to Cory in Phoenix or Jim in MA, letting them work on it and finish it without me breathing down their necks probably worked out for the better. I think that working model helped us all grow, actually. It definitely shows in the way the album turned out.”

 

 

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Interview With Zach Sheffield Of Banana Blonde 2017

 

Banana Blonde is a three piece rock band that was formed in 2013 by Zach Sheffield, Chris Sims, and Chris Harrington. It’s a project that grew out of the frustration with the lack of original music on a local level. The band’s influences range from Soundgarden and The Stooges to Prince and Little Richard. Banana Blonde listens to anything and everything that has the rock and roll spirit.

 

Fed up with music that was being labeled as rock, the main idea was to create a band that would put out original music featuring distorted guitars, heavy drums, and wailing vocals. Sims and Zach recorded the first batch of songs on the self-titled EP, then went back to the studio to add three more songs for the release of The Great Pendulum Swing.

 

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Interview With Sean Magee Of Apocalyptic Lovers 2017

 

 

Apocalyptic Lovers release EP mixed by legendary producer Michael Wagener.

The Apocalyptic Lovers released a new 8-song EP on National Record Store Day USA – April 16, 2016. Redemption Vol. 1 was mixed by legendary producer, Michael Wagener (Ozzy, Metallica, Skid Row, Dokken, Motley Crue, Poison, Alice Cooper, and Extreme to name a few) and is reminiscent of the days when arena rock and music videos ruled the airwaves.

 

The band (George Allan – Bass, Dave Hope – Drums, Robert Kane – Vocals, Sean Magee – Guitar, Mike Nagy – Bass – yes two bassists) is very optimistic that this collaboration could be what finally gets them over the wretched music-business hump.

 

When the band originally formed years ago, most of the members were from Ohio(U.S.A.). The five members now populate great cities in AZ, OH, PA, RI & VA, but this has not deterred them from writing, recording, marketing, and planning world domination one fan at a time.

 

The EP was recorded at Mindrocket Studio in Pennsylvania and then mixed over 12 days in Nashville with Michael Wagener at his Wireworld Studio. The band released videos for Change of Frequency on March 8th and Killing For A Living on May 13th. The video for Killing For A Living is a tribute to the early Iron Maiden video for Run to the Hills. The Independent release of Redemption Vol I is available worldwide via download from iTunes, Amazon & Google Play. The compact disc is available worldwide per Amazon & a very limited version is available for purchase & shipping via The Record Connection in Niles, Ohio USA. The band is currently booking shows & seeking a label home for Redemption Vol I & their 9 future releases at this time.

 

About Apocalyptic Lovers:
Originally based out of Youngstown, Ohio, The Apocalyptic Lovers (formerly Love And War) played regionally, and made a trip to LA in 1994. The LA excursion led to a mention in Entertainment Weekly Magazine (USA), which snowballed into two distribution deals overseas at the time.

 

The band plans to release a 10-EP collection of updated vintage material with a sprinkling of brand new songs. The first of the collection, Redemption Vol. I, is complete and available worldwide. The band has material ready for Volume II and plans on hitting the studio shortly after the completion of any committed tour dates. Judging by the amount a material they have ready to go, fans will not have to wait a Def Leppard’s length in time for new material from the Apocalyptic Lovers.

 

TRACK LISTING: 1. Better Days 2. Killing for a Living, 3. Change of Frequency 4. Who the Hell Are You? 5. Left In the Cold 6.The Groove 7. These Tears 8. Dying Day

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Interview With Ray Stamf ( Razor ) 2017

Born an raised in the streets of Syracuse NY I’ve developed the gift to see the real an make music from the trials of the good an bad in life. Life has taught me so much it’s time I share my journey. The pain is what keeps the hits coming an the hunger is how I stay focused.. life doesn’t come with instructions we create them. There will be no off days no such thing as breaks. Even out with the family an kids I still manage to find a way to write my 2 hook 2 verses excersise to keep my pencil sharp as I know soon I will be one of the Best that’s ever done it. Music is life! it has the power to change a whole room, town maybe even the whole world. I have a message in all my music an you can learn from them. Take a listen to the journey with me!

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Interview With Donnie Vie From Enuff Z’ Nuff 2017

Donnie Vie; one of rock’s biggest secrets who has been crafting melodic power pop and rock
songs for over 30 years. He and his band were instant critics’ darlings with a debut record that
soared up the charts generating two long playing MTV hits, a “Top Pick” from Rolling Stone
Magazine, and inciting numerous TV and radio performances with repeat invitations from David
Letterman and Howard Stern.

That band was Enuff Z’Nuff, and led by Grammy Nominated, Don
nie Vie’s songwriting sensibilities and distinctive melodic vocals they continued on to make
some truly great records. Over those years, Donnie has amassed over 25 albums’ worth of songs
and decades of live shows to his name, both with and without his former band. Now a solo act,
Vie continues his songwriting and performing under his own name, and recently completed his
solo tour of Europe in the summer of 2015.
Rolling Stone Magazine described Donnie’s writing skills as “Beatle-esque pop songcraft and
ripping hard rock”, whereas Billboard Magazine says, “If there is such a thing as false
advertising in rock & roll, then Enuff Z’nuff is one of its textbook examples. Packaged in garish
peace-glam attire by their record company, the group was wrongly lumped in with the
disposable pop-metal bands of the late ’80s rather than appreciated for the truly gifted power pop
act that they were.”
Though Enuff Z’Nuff was inaccurately portrayed from the beginning, Vie’s first, hard rocking
fan base is still his strongest. The members of this cult-like following recognize Donnie’s
musical genius and embrace his poetic nature with its signature hooks. His supporters remain
some of his most faithful, loyal and enthusiastic out there, and it is these fans who say “[These]
songs will stand the test of time because his songwriting and melody are magical.” – Marcel
“Mars” Groeneveld from HardRockHaven.net

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