KickActs interviews “Post Paradise”!

Posted onJuly 31, 2015
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Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.

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Hey there, we’re Post Paradise, a cello-driven alternative rock band from Fort Collins, Colorado. You can find us at www.PostParadiseRock.com, or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, iTunes, Amazon… just about everywhere else too!

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

I think that everything I’ve ever listened to has influenced me in some way. There are bands that I love talking about because I love listening to them and I love what their bands represent. Circa Survive never disappoints, their new record is incredible. I love that Manchester Orchestra has been putting out really interesting rock records and never do the same thing twice. There are so many others that I take little things from.

A musical hero would have to be Billy Corgan. I remember listening to old Smashing Pumpkins records when I was growing up and loving the diversity of them, the guitar tones, the lyrics, just everything. I know some guitarists worship these prolific players from the start, but I don’t think I ever really admired a guitarist until I heard his stuff. It always surprised and intrigued me. Couldn’t get enough. Johnny Greenwood is like that for me as well. Just give me something I haven’t heard before.

Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?

Here’s where I could be funny and tell them to be an accountant instead or something… But the truth of it, like most careers I think, is that this life sort of chooses you. Lots of people opt out after a few years. You really have to love it enough to put it all the time and effort. It’s not always easy and it’s not always fun. But a lot of the times it’s worth it anyway.

What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?

“Hey don’t buy that van, it’s too old!”

“Ah, it’ll be fine,” I said. “It’ll run just fine,” I said. Whoooooops.

Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?

Well, just about every time you head out on the road or even to a local show, you have the chance for some kind of adventure. A few years back we’d thought we’d lost Amy on an island off of Rhode Island when she was sitting 5 feet from us around a corner and we proceeded to search for a few hours because we had no idea. We’ve been stranded in Goodland, Kansas for 4 days playing putt-putt golf non-stop while our van was being repaired and the shop kept ordering the wrong part. We’ve shown up to a gig in Nebraska and the opening band broke up that morning and refused to play, or a gig in Missouri where the soundman never showed and they wouldn’t let us run our own sound…

There have been lots of successes too, but I think the misses are a lot more fun to read about!!

Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or boobs?  Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?

I’ve been reading and collecting comic books since I was about 6 years old. That’s pretty awesome, I still enjoy it even though they keep getting more expensive. Oh, and I just bought a new PlayStation so I’m getting back into video games. It’s been my new obsession. Maybe this record won’t come out on time after all…[hmtad name=”Adsense Unit 1″ align=”floatright”]

What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?

Our local scene is amazing. Northern Colorado bands are some of the most talented and cooperative that I’ve ever experienced. We love traveling but we also love coming home. It’s all very supportive.

Overall on a national level, I’m not sure rock is getting the attention that it did 5-10 years ago. Folk has been dominating the alternative radio and now it’s moving a little more towards electronic. It’s fine, it all goes in cycles, but I wouldn’t mind a resurgence of interesting rock music personally.

Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X Factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?

Did they have an effect? Maybe on some. I don’t personally watch any of those shows; I have a really hard time with them. I don’t like that it gives the impression that a ‘big break’ is your only option for success. Post P, like a lot of independent bands we know, has more of a ‘Let’s collect a lot of little breaks’ mentality. So I guess if a large amount of people get discouraged from trying music because they’re sitting at home and don’t think they can compete on one of those shows, then yeah, I’d say that’s a negative effect.

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

Well, it seems like downloading is on the menu and there’s no way to stop it. Apple tried to legitimize downloads with iTunes and I guess that was the way to fight back for a bit. Now streaming is the ‘answer.’

I still buy music. Streaming isn’t really my thing, there are so many options I just get paralyzed and can’t think of what to listen to. For Post Paradise and where we are now? I’m excited any time a fan wants our music. I prefer that they buy a disc at a show because that’s the best way to support us. But if we were bigger and I found out that people were massively downloading our songs from illegal sites? That’s tough. I don’t think the people that are downloading illegally are necessarily your ‘fans.’ They’re fans of that song maybe. But if they like the band enough they would come to a show and buy some merch or get involved. You almost don’t need to worry about those other people that ‘steal’ your music. There’s not much you can do about it anyway and they probably don’t matter in your world in the long term.

Tell us something about you/each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear.

None of us knew each other before this band. I found all of this band’s members online, Craigslist and such. I tell other bands that and they can’t believe it. You hear all the horror stories about that sort of thing. Somehow I just found really great and talented people. We’re all on a similar wavelength and have been getting along well and having a blast for the last 3 years.

Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s Island and you get to hook up with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?

Ah, the old Mary-Ann vs Ginger question, a classic… I probably haven’t seen that show in a decade, but I’m pretty sure when I still had TV, my answer would’ve been Mary-Ann. Yeah, definitely.

Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?

Ha! Yes, I own a decent amount of vinyl. I know that the popular opinion is that is sounds better and warmer, but I also enjoy it because it makes you work for it. I only buy vinyls of records that I enjoy from start to finish. This is because you have to get up every 3 or 6 songs to turn it over and go through that whole process. It’s not easy to just skip a song so you’re stuck with it. I love that about it. You have to know what you’re doing for the next 45 minutes before you sit down to listen. There’s some charm to that, you better be ready to appreciate the work and love that went into that entire ALBUM. And yeah, sure, maybe it sounds better, haha.

You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?

That’s a good question. I know that I probably have heard his stuff somewhere, but I couldn’t tell you what one of his songs sounds like. I just hear about how everyone hates him because he acts like a jerk or they want him deported back to Canada or whatever. The rest of the world must think we’re just one big reality TV show. And they might be right…

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

Ah… that’s a good question. I see Miley Cyrus as a lens through which to view the music business’s big media machine. You can learn so much about marketing and trends through the examples that she and her team set. Of course, it might be something you didn’t want to learn

Which would you rather hear in concert?  Lip-synching or real vocals?

Always real vocals. I don’t care what the circumstances are. I paid my money and… you know what? To be honest, I don’t think that the bands I go to see, mostly rock band and the like would do the lip-syncing thing so it’s kind of a non-issue. That seems like something that reserved for the big pop acts that are flying on wires over the arena and then jumping into their big dance number. They’re entertainers.

Who, or what, is the next big thing?

Sounds like Crystal Clear Pepsi is making a come back? I bet that’ll kill!

One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is… Why?

I am a huge fan of Circa Survive. Each one of us in the band probably has our own band/artist that we can’t live without, but for me personally, I can’t get enough of their music or live shows. Every record they put out pushes the limits of what you thought could be done with rock music. It’s so enjoyable to me to be following a band for such a long time and always be pleasantly rewarded release after release.

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

Ok, a musical secret. I really enjoy listening to Katy Perry AND Lana Del Rey. There, I said it. Phew, that’s so liberating!

Favorite movie of all time and why?

Jaws. Has been for a long time and I don’t know what a movie would have to do to knock it off of its perch at the top. It’s got everything. Just looking at it as Spielberg’s art, it’s a real masterpiece. He created a whole different kind of horror movie.

Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s where you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

Hmmm let’s see where’s that soapbox…? Here we go. Hey everyone reading this: GO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SCENE. It’s where it all starts. Wherever you are, you have local bands. Check them out. They might be pretty good. Spend that $5 to see those 3-4 bands. Support your local venues too. The only reason we were able to get this band going is because we have such a great support system in the town that we started. I always say it; you can’t have a great music scene without great music fans.

KickActs interveiws “Ghost Lit Kingdom”!

Posted onJune 26, 2015
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Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.

We are an LA based Indie Alternative Pop band new to the scene this year. You can find our music and photos and shows and life-long secrets, etc. on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reverbnation, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and ghostlitkingdom.com.

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

Gotta go with bands/artists like Daughter, Ben Howard, Bon Iver, Matt Corby, etc. for the courage to do something outside of the box but still within the realm of soulful, humble, emotional artistic expression. Such talented players as well. If we can reach that threshold, the combination of respectable talent and music itself, we will be very grateful indeed.

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Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?

Do not underestimate the amount of effort it will take just to get off the ground. Things like professionalism, passion, dedication, financial commitment, self awareness, patience, etc. are of the utmost importance. Do not be afraid of failure. There will be many of them along the way.

What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?

Be wary of the Hollywood scams. We lost almost $1,000 once to a bogus PR scheme back when we were just starting in the LA scene. Things like that make it hard not to label Hollywood as the cesspool of all human waste.

Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?

We played an acoustic show in Santa Barbara a while back and as Taylor went to take a breath right before the huge vocal outro of one of the songs he breathed in, mouth against the microphone, and inhaled a small mouthful of some mysterious fluid through the screen of the mic that had, apparently, accumulated in the microphone body over the course of time. Needless to say, he nearly puked on stage and we learned then what it truly means to fear the house equipment.

Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or boobs?  Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?

We thoroughly enjoy playing a select group of sports. Not that we are terribly good at them but it’s just fun to throw the football or play 21 (Andrew and Jason love a good basketball run around) before a show or on an off day on tour. Ela is pretty impressive on skates too, as are Michael and Taylor who grew up playing hockey.

What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?

It’s cool how little indie scenes are popping up here and there in LA and its surrounding areas now that the strip and it’s kitsch are starting to kind of fade out. On a grander scale, it seems like we are coming into a scene where the musicianship and songwriting is coming back into appreciation a little more than in recent years. Of course, with the technology age in full swing and the record companies trying to crank out pop hits left and right we are still bound to be fed the trash every once in awhile but things like Arcade Fire and Bon Iver winning Grammys certainly instill a sense of hope for the future of indie music itself.

Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X Factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?

It’s kind of a David Bowie thing in that it goes both ways. There are some seriously ridiculous things about them like the way it is all so governed by viewers so it’s often not even really about the art but there are some very real upsides as well. The music and artists that come out of it is  the obvious point to make but there are subtleties as well. For instance, Andrew (our bass player) used to work on some of the reality shows when he was growing up in Melbourne and he always says one of the coolest things about it was that when he was working So You Think You Can Dance he was able to expose the viewers to some really good music that they may never have heard elsewhere by working the songs into the show and dances themselves. So these shows definitely have the capability to do wonderful things for music. It’s just a matter of whether they decide to do so.

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

In a perfect world it would not even be an issue but the parasitic nature of the human race is unavoidable. Overall, however, it’s pretty unfortunate that it happens. The internet gives people that little buffer of pseudo safety between themselves and the people that it affects. It is far less likely that thousands of people would steal from a mom and pop store that makes their living off the merchandise in the store but that’s basically the same idea with illegally downloading music, especially from up and coming bands.

Tell us something about you/each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear.

Jason was in the Air Force for six years! Ela grew up in Turkey and, thus, speaks fluent Turkish. Andrew grew up in Australia and, thus, speaks fluent Australian. Mike studied classical acoustic guitar in college and performed in a touring quartet. Taylor went to Arizona State University out of high school on scholarship to study Kinesiology… and hated it.

Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s Island and you get to hook up with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?

Mary Ann and Ginger would be the obvious top candidates but they both seem like they’d be expecting and, thus, unappreciative. Gilligan would stumble through the whole experience so he is out. Mr. Howell… multi millionaire(former billionaire…what a tragedy) and Republican. Pass. There are probably few things that could produce more self worth dilemmas than a casual sexual experience with a PHD while marooned on an island so Hinkley is out as well. Captain would playfully refer to your genitals as “Little Buddy” so that leaves Mrs. Howell as the most suitable choice. Probably in need of a good kiss anyway. (Editor’s note: someone did their homework on this one! BRAVO! 🙂

Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?

Ela and her family collect them! The last one she bought was Daughter Live at Air Studios. Such an incredible record.

You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?

No. Would be such a waste. He gets to live if he promises us a home cooked dinner party with Usher.

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

She’s growing on us as the years go on. She’s no longer the encapsulating body for the metaphoric death to all things music but there is still a good distance yet to go. Wrecking Ball is definitely a guilty pleasure for Taylor, though. If every GLK chorus hit as hard as that one he would be satisfied.

Which would you rather hear in concert?  Lip-synching or real vocals?

Real vocals every day of the week. Unless it’s John Krasinski on Jimmy Fallon’s lip sync battle. Flawless performance.

Who, or what, is the next big thing?

Still holding out for Tupac to come back for real. That hologram was way too life-like for it to just be “made in his likeness.” It was foreshadowing for sure.

One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is… Why?

Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters. They are a musical revelation that will live through the ages.

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

None of us can read or write.

Favorite movie of all time and why?

Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam (1982). Turkish dollar store Star Wars illegally using unlicensed scores and scenes from other movies. An instant classic.

Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s where you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

Since we are a young band, that most people are yet to be acquainted with, it seems prudent to talk about what music means to us. Without getting to soapy on the subject, we just want to express our appreciation for its existence as a whole. We are trying to write songs that can reach an emotional recognition with the people who listen to them and then perform them in such a way that reflects that sentiment. Music has done wonderful things for the preservation of our sanity through that type of connection that we have experienced with artists and songs that are dear to us and we would be eternally fulfilled if we were able to give that back so thank you for letting us share Ghost Lit Kingdom with you guys. You have no idea what it means to us.

KickActs interviews “weareTheBigBang”

Posted onJune 12, 2015
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Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.

Luis- Hello, my name is Luis and I like short walks on the beach. I also play guitar for the band “weareTheBigBang” yes, one word and no we didn’t name it after that watered down “that 70’s show” that’s currently on. We’re more of a Neil deGrasse tribute band I’d say. Check us out here…

www.weareTheBigBang.com

11083855_10152645682862680_4181795564037106116_nWho are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

Elaine– Prince, how can you not love Prince?! But seriously though, my mom was in love with him so I listened to and watched a lot of Prince growing up, including his sweet 80’s/90’s movies! Prince is a musical beast that has thoroughly had me captivated since my youth due to his style of performing, song writing, guitar slaying, and of course his sweet threads.  I often find myself thinking, “what would Prince do?!”

Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?

Elaine- Learn how to network, nurture your relationships, and don’t burn any bridges. I honestly feel like 90% of this business is who you know.  Unfortunately, it’s rare that artists make it on shear talent alone these days.

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Luis- I didn’t ignore it per say but it definitely took a while for it to make sense. When I first moved to LA, I was very fortunate to meet and chat with Tim Nordwind of the band “Ok Go”. He mentioned something around the lines of “don’t lose your sense of humor kid”. It really came in handy about a year ago… Shit gets real out here.

Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?

Luis- At Coachella, right after we played, I pooped in an empty Budweiser box because the lines to the porta-potties where ridiculously long. I just had to do what I had to do I guess…

Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or boobs?  Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?

Luis- I’m a pretty big conspiracy dude, I tend to stay up late talking to extra dimensional beings… Earth is like “tinder” for them.

What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?

Luis- I dig it, just because EDM and hip-hop are in right now doesn’t mean that there’s no scene. People are lazy, there’s a lot of good music out there you just have to take the time to find it. Go now! Go find a scene!

Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X Factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?

Elaine- Honestly, I think a little bit of both, but mostly hurt. The exposure from those shows sound pretty amazing, but in reality a fan that is found and made pretty much overnight from such exposure seem as though they are not quite in it for the long haul and are easily distracted. And then in a few months they are on to the next potential winners when the new season roles around.  At the end of the day, I would much rather have 1000 real genuine fans who have grown with you as an artist, who come to shows, who share music and buy merch than “thousands” of over night fans who will forget all about you and your music with the next season of episodes. Another thing to take into consideration are the restrictive contracts that contestants are forced to sign to compete on these reality shows.  Many of them are very similar to 360 deals that are commonly offered by labels. I’ve heard so many horror stories from past contestants where they can’t release any new material and don’t have any control over their careers, just as if they had been shelved by a major music label.

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

Luis– It’s a good problem to have and I actually think it’s vital in the beginning of any career. It will always exist and I’d be flattered if I heard someone was illegally downloading or sharing our music.

Tell us something about you/each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear.

Oliver (keys)- Is always on time which is weird

Cheyenne (Vox)- sleeps with the TV on

Elaine (Vox)- HUGE fantasy/ sci-fi nerd

Kyle (drums)- actually enjoys driving the tour van

Enrique (bass)- got the whole band addicted to that special chocolate

Luis (guitar)- I was vegetarian for a whole year

Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s Island and you get to hook up with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?

Luis- Never watched it. My dad watched the Mexican version with really bad Spanish overdubs. He seemed to like it though. I’m pretty sure he’d bang the hottest one or maybe all of them. 

Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?

Luis- What young hipster people buy nowadays to feel cool and special.

You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?

Luis- I like the kid… I’ve run into him a few times in Hollywood. Once he even looked in my direction and kinda smiled at me or at least someone behind me. I’d feel like we’d get along. Take the best shirtless selfies together.

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

Luis- I would love to have a threesome with her and Hanna Montana!

Which would you rather hear in concert?  Lip-synching or real vocals?

Chey- real vocals

Elaine- Real vocals, always!

Luis- Real Boobs

Who, or what, is the next big thing?

Luis- My child with Hanna Montana

One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is… Why?

Chey- I will forever be in love with Michael Jackson because of the passion in his music. Regardless of his personal life/media, when he hit the stage he left everything there.  He always gave his all and that is what I always try to mirror when I’m performing

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

Luis- I am obsessed with Sam Walton. Like Obsessed!!!!!!!!

Favorite movie of all time and why?

Luis- Robocop, the original. It’s stupid and I’m in love with Peter Weller. He never got much play after that but he’s a dream boat. The new Robocop remake fucking sucked, a little piece of me died when I watched the new one.

Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s where you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

Everyone and their Grandma should check out these bands! They are all good friends and are amazingly delicious

  1. Chappo (NYC)
  2. The Diamond Light (LA)
  3. The Suffers (Houston)
  4. Maceo Paisley (LA)
  5. Soul Progression (Portland)
  6. Oh Honey (LA)
  7. Semi Precious Weapons (LA)
  8. Big Language (LA)

 

Too many to name but yeah… Music is cool! Oh and we have a new EP coming out in June! I expect everyone there! Place to be announced!

 

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Kickacts interviews “Jayne Ava”!

Posted onMay 22, 2015
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LaFamos_JayneAva6Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and where you can be found online.


Why hello there! I am Jayne Ava. Just a singer-songwriter gal from a small city in Canada tryin to live the dream in good ol LA! I just actually released a new single and music video! The song is called “Something There”. All those good thangs can be found on Youtube.

Twitter @jayneaye

Instagram jayneava

Facebook.com/jayneava

annnnd my website www.JayneAva.com

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?


Well I grew up listening to tons and tons of Queen and Prince. My parents always had music on and so I absorbed whatever they put in my ears and that became what I loved. Good thing they had incredible music taste. Like Queen and Prince?!! The best. I die for Pink. She is just such a powerful, incredible, talented Woman. She has a sound of her own and has just stuck to being exactly who she wants to be for her whole career no matter what anyone said. She has been successful for so many years and still is humble and grateful and continues to inspire people. She just seems like such a caring beautiful genuine soul!!

Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?

As cliché as it is just stay true to yourself. No. Matter. What. It’s your life and your passion so how can you let some other idiot who is trying to change you to their liking tell you what you can and can’t do. Stay strong!! That way no matter what happens you can always respect what you are doing and know you carved your path exactly how you wanted to and that is an amazing thing. Being happy with you is the most important thing in the world

What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?

[hmtad name=”Adsense Unit 1″ align=”floatleft”]That advice that I just gave to other people above haha I had some moments where I was like welllll maybe they do know best and I should completely change everything about what I’m doing because I mean they are higher up in the industry than I am….well that never worked out that great and I ended up in a place being like who am I this is stupid I’m not happy. It felt like when you wear that one outfit out and you never were very comfortable in it and you couldn’t sit down the whole night without the whole dress just like exploding off your body but that one friend told you that you look “fierce” …well in the end you just have a horrible night and would have had so much more fun had you just worn that onesie you love! That is honestly the best way I can explain that.

Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?

You know to some this may seem like a worst gig, but to me it was the best. When I first moved here, I performed at this singer showcase, which ended up being at a strip club. At first I was like, “this is horrible how did this happen?” “Am I a stripper now?” But my dancers and I decided to just roll with it and there actually was a lot of other talent there, the venue just happened to be a place where hot chicks danced on poles for dollah dollah bills. It ended up being super fun and I even got a couple dollars thrown at me while I was singing and I mean who doesn’t want to strut down a glass catwalk for one of their first gigs. Those dollars were probably the most money I made from a gig that whole first year I lived in LA haha!

Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or boobs? Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?

What would you say if I was like “ you know what?! Drawing peckers is how I spend my free moments”…..I wish I had a hilarious hobby. I should work on that. My hobby is eating. eating and reading and watching tv. Mostly eating. Oh I love my crock pot. Like…I like it so much I’m going to call it a hobby. You can make anything in that thing…and I do.

What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?

There are a lot of things wrong with the music industry like the whole greedy, superficial side but never before has music been so accessible to everyone. That is pretty amazing. Like if you want to put your music out there you can. It is that simple. I mean you may not get a billion fans, but you still can release into the world/interweb something you’re really proud of and want to share with people and that is a really great thing.

Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X Factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?

That is a whole other side of the music industry. I wouldn’t say it has hurt the industry. It is not my favorite way to try and achieve your dream, but it gets the masses listening to great talent so what is wrong with that. If you have the patience to wait in an a million hour lineup why not give it a whirl. It is a great way to hear some incredible live performing (and also some comical performances) from people of any age.

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

As an artist it obviously kind of sucks because you do want to get paid sometimes, but the way I see it is, and as I stated above, it gets a whole bunch of people listening to your music. It is like, wellll you can’t pay 99 cents for my song, that’s SO CHEAP. Come on!! That’s literal pocket change what else that is so satisfying can you get for 99 cents (besides a couple of things from McDonalds)? I mean we all have to get money, but that’s the world we live in and you just have to go with it. I am just happy anyone besides my mom and my wacky aunt are listening to my songs. I do feel like a lot of people forget that that is a way to make money as a singer. They see all the glamour side and it’s like no! People like me who aren’t selling out stadiums have to get paid (even the tiniest bit) from something so we can continue making this music you like to bump at your partayyyyys.

Tell us something about you that we wouldn’t expect to hear.

I don’t drink when I perform. No before show shots for luck, no on stage casual beer. I get too self-conscious. I am not hating on anyone who wants to get a lil loose before performing. Performing is terrifying and good for you as long as you keep it in check, but I just get too scared I’m going to mess up. After the show is another story I will drink with the best of them, but absolutely no way can I have that classic shot of liquid courage before I hit the stage. I am a pretty boring rock star when it comes to pre show rituals! Haha.

Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s Island and you get to hook up with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?

When I first read over these questions I was going to try and be super smooth and have an answer for this, but I can’t lie to you I have no idea about anything that is Gilligan’s Island. I mean I am well aware of its existence and no lie I got the whollllle box set in my stocking one year from my mom. It was foreshadowing. She knew I would be asked this one day. She is such a good mom­ager. I should have known. I’m going to say I probably wouldn’t hook up with anyone because after being stranded the last thing on my mind would be gettin it on, it would be cheeeseburgers…

Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?

Are there actually people who don’t know what vinyl is…. I get its not really the way to play music anymore, but seriously? There are people who don’t even know what it is? That makes me sad. (Probably as sad and some people reading this got when I said I didn’t know about Gilligan’s Island) The latest vinyl I bought was Mates of States. Their album, Mountaintops is amazing.

You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?

Nah I don’t think I’m down with murder…. I would probably shave his head…like how sad would he be?! And then I’m hoping we would bond over being Canadian and international sex symbols……

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

I LOVE MILEY. I just think it is so funny that people are so mad and think she needs help and all that, but that is exactly what she wants. She is home laughing at allll these people being outraged by her. She is having so much fun being her weird self. Her life is just this one big colorful game that the general public doesn’t get. The best part is girl can saaaaaang! And she is super intelligent. She has a lot of great things to say having grown up in the industry AND her godmother is Dolly Parton!! Like come on that’s amazing. I wish I could just slide onto stage from a huuuuge picture of my face down my tongue in a bear suit. That is living my friend.

Which would you rather hear in concert? Lip­synching or real vocals?

Real Vocals, obviously. You are a singer…SING or kick rocks. I mean unless you absolutely have to like you lost your voice ala Little Mermaid or like the venue forces you to lip­synch….those are the only reasons why you should lip synch.

Who, or what, is the next big thing?

Jayne Ava…duh…

One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is… Why?

Kings of Leon and P!nk. They’ve gotten me through some things man. Kings of Leon is my favorite band. It’s just one of those things. I heard their album, Aha Shake Heartbreak and just couldn’t get enough. It spoke to me and at that time it’s like I needed this album. It existed just for me, haha. Sounds lame, but I stand by it. The storytelling in their songs is what gets me. I love artists who tell full stories. Although sometimes you need to listen to a full 5 minute song about shots…how amazing is it when after a song you feel like you learned something about someone or found someone you completely relate to and nailed exactly how you are feeling. The power of amazing music. And P!nk because well…I mean I think I’ve said enough about her. Oh and that was two you asked for one….I guess I’m feeling rebellious.

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

I HATE DOLPHINS. I think they are really gross giant worms of the sea and I have absolutely no time for them. You can tell me i have no soul or heart or whatever but throw me in a pool with one of those suckers and I’m out. That is where my life ends. Do research people. they aren’t cute slippery little magical wonders of the world. They drag people into caves and have their way with them. for real. ugh gross slippery jerks

Favorite movie of all time and why?

Vanilla Sky, Party Monster, Mean Girls, Spice World, and American Beauty. I can’t name just one. I watched all these movies at such a specific time in my life. Such turning moments and remember literally every detail about where I was in life when I watched each one of these. To avoid the longest explanation ever, they just all have a really personal meaning to me and relate to specific people I love or times I will never forget. How cool am I getting all-emotional about Spice World.

Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s where you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

Dear Citizens of Los Angeles,

It has come to my attention that even when there is the slightest bit of rain, no let’s not call it rain. Mist. You lose your shit and don’t know how to drive. I am from Canada where you literally can not see the road in front of you, there is snow blowing everywhere, black ice on the ground, and like your car physically can not get warm enough for your window to defrost and you’re still like “ yep getting that burrito 30 minutes away is worth this death” I know I sound like everyone’s grandma (“in my day you had to walk to school 90 miles uphill in the dead of winter you youngin”) but seriously. Figure. It. Out. It’s like the world is ending every time moisture touches the surface of these streets. There are like car crashes everywhere, venues closing (for real once I was so excited for an event. I got dressed for like 6 hours and it was just like the most incredible thing I could ever be invited to, and it ended up getting cancelled because the bar shut due to extreme weather, I kid you not. I was waiting outside for a cab when I got the email. It’s like if I’m waiting outside after spending 4 hours putting my weave in it is NOT EXTREME WEATHER.) It’s the end of days. And with this drought and everything people are all like ohhhhh why won’t it rain more and then we get blessed with mild precipitation and everyone curses it and dies in the streets. It is rain guys, not lava. Grow up. *Mic Drop*

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KickActs interviews Rick Elliot!

Posted onApril 17, 2015
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Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.

My name is Rick Elliot and I’m a no good, varmint shootin’, country singin’, redneck

from North San Diego County.  You can find my music on iTunes.

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Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

I have many musical heroes ranging from Merle Haggard to Jimmy Buffett to Django Reinhardt.  My eclectic taste in music has led me into creating my own sound and expressing myself through music.  I listen to music that I can identify with or can feel the emotions of the performer.

Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?

RUN!  HIDE!  No I would say be ready for anything, keep an open mind, stay true to yourself, and hold on tight because it’s a wild ride.

 

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What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?

I have learned that you should never ignore any advice regardless if you agree with it or not. Anytime someone is giving you their opinion it is crucial to spend time and give it a thorough evaluation.  It may turn out to be quite useful.

Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?

I can’t say I have a best or worst gig but there are a few good ones that stick in my memory.  I will never forget opening up for the Marshall Tucker Band at the Coach House in Orange County, CA.  We got a standing ovation and were able to hang out with the Marshall Tucker boys.  After the show their lead singer Doug Gray came up to me and said “Ya’ll was cookin’ down there!”.

I enjoy playing music just about anywhere.

Some of the more “low profile” gigs were the most fun.  I had the time of my life playing at the Silver Dollar Club in Elko, Nevada.  The place was a complete dive bar and everyone in the place was hammered, but they were the nicest folks you could ever meet.  Unfortunately they don’t all go as planned…  We have only walked out on one show and I’ll spare you the details…  Live music is a series of ups and downs, and the only thing you can do it ride the waves.

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Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or boobs? Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?

Haha replace eat Cheetos with drink Whiskey and then we can talk.  Actually I love playing darts, fishing, driving, and hanging out at the beach.  Once Summer comes around, the only place anyone will be able to find me is at my favorite place on Earth, Downtown Oceanside.  It’s my little slice of heaven.

What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?

It’s purely economics.  It is much cheaper for a club to hire a DJ than it is to hire a LIVE band.  It’s amazing to think that people can be so cheap but it is what it is.  Bars that have live music tend to be more successful anyway, I think. I do see the light at the end of the tunnel now that live music is starting to become trendier.

Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X Factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?

They have done nothing in my opinion.  The music industry is completely unaffected by these so called “talent contests.”  They are completely rigged and in my opinion, they demonstrate a fictional view of the real music world.

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

Seems everyone is streaming music now and I’m not sure how the artist makes money.   I say that if you like someone’s music then please pay the 99 cents to buy it and support them.  Send us some love!

Tell us something about you/each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear.

I just got my first smart phone last week and I’m technologically challenged.  I have been described as an “iconoclastic anachronism.”  I should have been born 60 years ago.

Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s Island and you get to hook up with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?

I like the “girl next door” so Mary Ann!

Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?

 I have many vinyl albums.  The most recent one I purchased is Spectrum VIII by David Allan Coe.  It is one of my current favorites.

You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?

No comment… I’d hope that it’s a large island…

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus? 

Not a fan but to each their own.  She certainly doesn’t let anyone censor her.

Which would you rather hear in concert? Lip-synching or real vocals?

Lip-synching is completely unacceptable.  If you can’t sing live then don’t pretend to.

Who, or what, is the next big thing?

I wish I knew haha.  It’s one of those things that has infinite possibilities.  I think outlaw country is making a strong comeback but you never can tell for sure what will trend.

One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is… Why?

Willie Nelson.  He has done virtually every genre and exceeds at all of them. Definitely one of my heroes.

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

I don’t have any secrets 😉

Favorite movie of all time and why?

True Grit.  John Wayne is the best.  For some reason, that movie never gets old and always inspires me.

Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s where you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

Didn’t KISS do a song titled that?  Check out my new single, “West of the Rockies,” and let me know what you think…

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KickActs interviews AJ from “The AJAY Project”! Superb Guitar!

Posted onDecember 2, 2014
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I recommend you light some candles and immerse yourself into the gentles waves of this guitar playing…Simply stunning.

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Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.

My name is AJ Satsangi, I am the composer, producer, and I guess the main guy in ‘The Ajay Project’. I’d like to think of myself as a storyteller, who expresses his thoughts through music (it’s a universal language with no boundaries of genres).  I created ‘The Ajay Project’ for 2 reasons:

1) I wanted to make a project where my music collides with other musicians, to create my vision but at the same time, showcase the individual band or artist.

2) No one can spell my last name to save their life, so I have to come up with something easy.

My website- http://theajayproject.com/

My Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/AJAYProject

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

My musical heroes are some of those musicians who have changed the music industry. Those that changed the way we perceive music, and what we want from music. Since the beginning of time, music has been played to celebrate, whether it be celebration for a new season, good harvest, new birth, etc. It then evolved into a society that we have written music for a specific gathering like classical music. Also march music for unifying masses, whether it is for a Nazi gathering or for the non-violent protest led by Mahatma Gandi or uniting people in the church. Music started with a specific point and was mostly written for positive causes/moments with major harmony.

Eventually, we realized the true nature of life’s ups and downs, and then we explored the minor harmony and entered the romantic era. Then it combined with some folk music and evolved into jazz and blues, which talks about daily struggles. This gave birth to the rock era, which evolved into metal music, which is related with the darker side of the life, this is contradictory to the origins of music. Of course we have electronic, funk and contemporary music, which is about material things and living in the moment. So to answer your question my musical influences are people who reinvented the way we perceive music. Some of my favorite artists are Joe Hisaishi, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Linkin Park, Joe Satriani, David Maximichi, Yanni.

Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?

Just ask yourself these three questions

  1. What do you want/who do you want to be?
  2. What do have now? (Identify your talent and what you enjoy doing)
  3. What are the steps to becoming who you want to be?

If you ask yourself these three questions then you’ll have a clear path of what you should do. Along the way, you are going to make some stupid decisions and find yourself in a completely different direction. Just stop and ask yourself those same three questions and then take action. Most importantly, “Believe in your decision”.

What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?

When I went to the music school, I wanted to be the best guitar player in the world, but after so many years I realized that I am a composer. It’s the composing process that I enjoy most. Guitar has been an intermediary for me. John Mayer and I had similar goals, but after 6 years of intense guitar study he became a singer-songwriter. Now I understand that playing guitar for 6 yrs. It made him what he is now, but in my case I am no John Mayer. 😛  I wish I could have saved myself from the mental stress and self hatred, because I was doing what wanted but I was not happy or fulfilled from it.

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Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?

Ironically my greatest and worst gig horror story is the same one. I wanted to make a song for my mom and the concept soon evolved. I decided to write the song for all the mothers in the world, so I wanted to translate the song into 10 different languages.

When someone buys the song the proceeds for that track go to a women’s empowerment charity in that particular country. So it was my best/greatest gig as it’s a song as it pays tribute to moms all around the world, also while giving to a good charity for years to come.

So, it will make much more sense if the song was released before Mothers Day, which was May 11th 2014 and I was finished writing it by Feb. 28th. I still had to finish the production, recording, mastering, etc. By the end of March I found all the talented singers and it was their job to translate the song into their own language. The difficulty here was to make the words fit the song and at the same time keep the meaning and message across the different languages. The process took longer then anticipated and it was already the end of April. Somehow I managed to finish the recording and had 10 days to finish the mixing & mastering. I sent it to a third party to be mixed and mastered and it turned out horrible. I finished the track 2 days before the release day.

Since then I have never hired a professional guy to mix or master.  I was able to get someone else to help me, it went online the day of but I missed several deadlines for the international markets.

In short, I am most proud of the song for the concept and the hard work but disappointed that I couldn’t get it out in time to share with more people.

Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or boobs?  Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?

I’ve loved watching movies, since I was about 4 years old. I have always been fascinated by drawing and painting, and I would recreate something I would see in a movie on paper. To this day, I see music as an audiovisual and try to present my music that way as well.

When I create a song, I visualize and write a story in my head with details of angles and cinematography. Then I make it come alive through music. I love drawing and visual aspects, which is why I also design my own album art.

I also have a Bachelors Degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering. Sometimes I like to make my own gear, like guitar pedals and stuff.

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What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?

Well, I feel like the current situation of the music industry is kind of similar to of the earth. We know it’s out of whack but progressing with technology; however, we are lagging in the steps to restore the natural balance. We understand what it uses to be like but we aren’t sure how to get back to that point.

Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X Factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?

Music has been a form of entertainment, since the beginning of time. Good or bad the public likes the entertainment factor. If a person is on a show like this and gets discovered out of the thousands than I think it’s great.

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

I am not a huge artist, and I am not selling enough so it does hurt me when someone illegally downloads. I understand that it is a serious issue, but I am from India, before the release of ITunes, every song was sold for 0.99 cents, which is approx. 60 rupees, which you can buy a decent hearty breakfast. Don’t even ask about how difficult it is to buy new CD. I remember before I had Internet in my house, I use to listen to English music on a bootleg cassette tape that my older cousin got from his friend.  To be honest, I was about 11 years old and that was when I was first exposed to English music. So if a guy like me on the other side of the world, who has the talent and the hunger for music but not the resource, then I guess that’s the only exception.

Tell us something about you that we wouldn’t expect to hear.

Hum, well if we go deep and a little personal, I have dyslexia, ADHD & bipolar disorder, but at the same time because of my life experiences, I’ve kind of developed skills to cope and be functional.

Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s Island and you get to hook up with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?

To be honest, I have no f*n’ clue what Gilligan’s Island is!  I goggled it and it showed me a picture of a bunch of old ass people (not trying to hurt any one’s feelings, that is just my 1st honest reaction). So to answer your question I have no clue who they are or what there characters are, but if have to hook up with one of them, I’ll figure it out on the island and let you know when that happens. 😛

Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?

I saw vinyls in movies when I was in India. When I moved to US, I was in a music school and a friend of mine had a huge collection, he played me some and I immediately fell in love. Prior to that I had never heard of or seen a vinyl player or even a vinyl. But even though I loved it, I was never able to afford it. When I have extra money is usually goes to more gear. As a reminder of buying a vinyl player one day, I bought a vinyl album for 98 cents I bought George Benson “Breezin”. I keep it next to my table as an inspiration. 

You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?

Tempting, naaa, JK. To be honest, I’ve only heard “Baby”, and it was definitely meant for 13-year-old girls and to get him famous. I guess I would have done the same thing at that age, except it would be a rock song. 😛 haha

So to answer your question, I’d talk to the guy, try to find out who he really is behind the mask that the industry wants him to wear. Maybe collaborate and show him some real music 😛 hahaha of course we have to find a way off that island 1st 😛

 

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

I am a really straightforward guy, and I’m not dumb enough to fall for this gimmick of the industry. What I’m trying to say is, from the music stand point I’m really not the kind of person who enjoys that kind of music. But from the appearance perspective, a lot of people hate Miley for her new image.  I want to know if she is this girl that we all adored or this fake person. All I can say is god bless her 😛

Which would you rather hear in concert?  Lip-synching or real vocals?

Ohh easy, real voice any day. I don’t listen to music where the artist is not talented enough to perform live. To me when I go to a concert it’s like watching a movie as compared to reading a book.  You might find much more details in a book but when you want a movie its much more accelerating, same thing when listening to your favorite record or hearing it played live.

Who, or what, is the next big thing?

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I don’t follow the mass trends, so I don’t know what is going to be the next big thing. What I do know is that due to technology every day, more and more people are getting access to music and they are making their own fusion of different genres of music. Indian music is not all classical & Bollywood, there are artists who are making Hindi jazz-blues songs and Chinese music is not all oriental, they are fusing it with western music. So I think a new age era of different and tasty fusion is the next big thing, for me.

One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is… Why?

Pink Floyd, I can’t get enough of them, it’s like whenever I listen to their music it takes me to a different place. It’s like they are my gateway to Narnia 😛

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

I always say that ‘I am making music for myself to satisfy my needs, for personal pleasure’ but I’d really like people to like my music. I don’t care if they like me or not, I really want them to like my music, I know that’s every musicians/artists dream, but it was not mine originally.  Due to the circumstances I grew up in, I just wanted to prove to myself that I can do it; the audience came into the picture later.

Favorite movie of all time and why?

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If I have to pick one then that would be School of Rock, because every time I watch it, it motivates me, makes me happy and tells me that music is what I want to do.

Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s where you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

Be yourself and do what you think you where born to do, don’t hold back, you may not fit in the society but if you have talent and you try hard and long enough you’ll make your own social group. ‘If you’ve been given wings, that means you are meant to fly’ maybe not today, not tomorrow but with hard work one day you will, cause that’s what you are suppose to be.

KickActs interviews “Molly Roth”

Posted onSeptember 12, 2014
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LaFamos_MollyRoth_1Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.

Hello! My name is Molly and you can find me on all the major dating sites including Tinder and www.MollyRothMusic.com

 

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

Rachmaninoff, Whitney Houston, Freddie Mercury, Jeff Buckley, Fiona Apple, Sia, Billy Joel, MJ…. because the majority of these artists are not just amazing vocalists and musicians, but also songwriters. As a songwriter, I understand how difficult the process can be and these artists not only were outstanding performers but their original music shaped and changed the entire music industry. They’re my musical gods. There’s more but these flew off my tongue.

 

Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?

Obviously you’re extremely smart (probably attractive) for being a music lover. That’s nice. Now, go to school to become an accountant. Lol.

 

What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?

Stick to what you’re great at. Of course, I spent a lot of time finding what it was that I was great at and that takes time too. But, once you know what it is—don’t get distracted or try to be something you’re not. For instance, I was so enveloped in my love for music I spend a lot of time (and money) trying to learn how to engineer, record, and produce, interning all over the place including the Sunset Marquis’s recording studio and at publishing companies. I was scattered when I should have been focused (Could be my ADD). I know now what I do best; I am a vocalist, a pianist, a songwriter.  So now I spend my time developing just those talents. It only takes one but I have three sucker!!! Muhahaha!

 

Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?

I am so weird. I have performed in front of a thousand people without a single flinch. But when a ‘Significant Other’ walks into one of my shows, I’m as nervous as a nun in a sperm bank. When I was 17 this happened and I nearly passed out on stage. I had to stop in the middle of the song and I just walked off. Peaced out. Imagine seeing someone performing an emotional ballad at the piano and right in the climax of the bridge stands up and walk off stage. After lots of personal in-my-own-head therapy and self-examination I believe it stems from classical piano recitals as a child. I know this sounds strange but anyone who plays classical knows what I am talking about. Teachers hold seasonal or biannual recitals with their students in front of all the rich parents and while the parents couldn’t give a crap about how you hold your elbows or which finger you use to play a particular note, your teacher is there noticing every little slip up and taking notes for your next lesson…pretty overwhelming for an 8-year-old. That significant other is the one person’s opinion I care about pleasing. Something I have gotten better at (thankfully) but I still find amusing.

 

Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or boobs?  Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?

Funny you should ask. I like to draw picturesque poopies. Palaces with shading, flies, and steam rising. It’s kind of like my personal tag. Don’t believe me? Please see below:

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Tell me that’s not a perfect poop?

 

What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?

Like maybe three years ago I was like all emo saying, “The music scene sucks. There’s nothing good anymore.” Blah, Bleh, Bleh. I realized I was listening to the same old stuff as ever. I wasn’t making a big enough effort to find new and interesting artists. Twitter Music, Pitchfork, live small venues in LA, and just online YouTube hunting totally opened my world to so many emerging acts it’s stupid. It’s not the same kind of music as the “classics”. The music today is almost entirely short-lived and meant to be that way for a lot of reasons, I feel, to do with our economy and short-attention spans. But, I still enjoy it and it still inspires me every day. I guess as a Millennial, I’m hopeful… *looks up towards the distant clouds*

 

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

It’s bulls***. I know people are going to download anyway and it is out of my control. But if you like an artist, buy their stuff. You buying it is your vote for them- the labels read your “votes” and it encourages them to invest more in your favorite artists.

 

Tell us something about you/each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear.

Band is….”evolving”. Ask me later. :-/

 

Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s Island and you get to hook up with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?

I don’t know Gilligan’s Island but I asked my close friend just now and he said The Professor for me and I should be ashamed to say this so I am going to put it in the interview and dedicate it to him. Here’s to you, Greg.

 

Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?

Why would I purchase a venereal disease? Does it get you high?

 

You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?

There’s a lot of funny answers that initially popped into my mind just now. All of them cruel and heartless but we should never joke about death or killing anyone. I’m going to be the bigger person here and say that I would dress him up in my classic vintage polka-dotted onesie, heels, and just him give him the full makeover. This is his chance to shine. No paparazzi. No Selena. No mom. Just his truly beautiful features and my blush brush. I am genuinely curious to see how sexy he could be. I’m a Belieber!

 

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

Homegirl shouts me out in practically every song she has.

Love you too, Miley! – Molly

 

Which would you rather hear in concert?  Lip-synching or real vocals?

There’s just something about lip-syncing that is so authentic to the original. I love paying $60 to hear the record I bought played live. Please, whatever you do, don’t sing.

 

One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is… Why?

Bob Ross. Because it’s happy clouds or no clouds.

 

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

I HAVE VINYL!

 

Favorite movie of all time and why?

50 Shades of Grey. It’s not out yet but I already know it’s hilarious.

 

Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s where you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

 

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KickActs interviews “Western Education”!

Posted onAugust 29, 2014
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Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.

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Greg: I’m Greg, I sing the songs in Western Education. I’m an entertainment junkie; so I’ve seen a lot of movies, and played a lot of video games. You can find me all over Facebook and Twitter; both personally, and with the band. I’m also a music tutor, with an online profile on Wyzant.

 

Georgio: My name is Georgio Broufas, I am a songwriter and guitar player, I am fully Greek, and I like spicy food a lot. You can find me online through Facebook, twitter, my bands social media, and probably on the website of the school I teacher at, because I am also a public school music teacher.

 

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

 

Greg: Growing up, my musical heroes were Brandon Flowers (The Killers) and Morrissey. Besides the music, I just thought The Killers flirtation with makeup and metro-sexuality were the coolest things I had ever seen. I remember watching an early video of them performing at one of the big UK festivals, and I was like “That’s what I want to do”. This might be weird for some older people to read, but I was 11 when “Somebody Told Me” came out, so it was my first taste of what “new-wave” music was. That song really shaped my musical taste.

 

Georgio: Elliott Smith is an absolute monster. He writes the most beautiful, heartbreaking songs I’ve ever heard. He played guitar really well, he plays piano really well, he is just the top of the food chain as far as being a talented musician. Blink182 are heroes of mine because they are the first band that really made me want to play guitar and start a band. Tom Delonge, Jimi Hendrix, John Frusciante, Jack White, and Brian May are my guitar heroes (no pun intended). I usually try to take everything that they’ve done, put it into a melting pot, and throw in my own flavor whenever writing guitar riffs for the band.

 

Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?

 

Greg: Never get down on yourself. Don’t quit the band. Also, meet everyone. By that I mean the press, the other bands, the fans; everyone. You never know who you’ll run into later, or who might help you when you need it. Also, you need to have good songs. Your local rock club has plenty of crappy bands playing; don’t be one of them. Take the time to hone your craft before you go out and show it to

someone. Also, you’re going to make mistakes, so don’t get too down on yourself.

 

Georgio: Get ready to take a lot of hits, mostly negative, and make sure you have the willingness to continue if you really believe in what you are doing. This business is 99% rejection, but if you keep at it and work hard and ignore negative influence you will eventually pave your way and find the success you can visualize yourself having.

 

What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?

 

Greg: Good question. Probably the people telling me to slow down, or to take my time to let the band grow. I’m a very “This must happen now” sort of person, and I can come off as pushy. But sometimes you just aren’t ready. Being in a band, and growing a successful act is a slow process, and sometimes I feel like I stepped on some toes, or butted heads with people that I shouldn’t have. I mean, we all make mistakes, but I feel like in a band you need to be proactive. But I’m proactive to a fault.

 

Georgio: I came into this business with a very naive mindset and believed that if you have awesome tunes you are good to go, but pitching/selling your product is unfortunately just as important, if not more important than your actual product. There are 10,343,143 bands in the world, so what makes yours so special? You have to out-hustle everyone, or just pray that you get lucky. I am a realist, so I usually go crazy promoting, and doing whatever I can to help my band.

 

Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?

 

Greg: I remember I spun around and hit my face on Will’s bass before. There haven’t been any disasters, thankfully. Only small things, like cables coming unplugged, kick drum legs falling off, but nothing show stopping. Honestly, my biggest fear is someone throwing a beer/drink at my double-keyboard setup. My best gig memories are the ones where the crowd sings the lyrics back to you, and you can hear them. That’s the best feeling. Also, if I had a dime for every woman or man who shouted during a show that they loved me, I would be a rich man.

 

Georgio: Here’s what I got: I was once kissed on the cheek in the middle of my set- had my amp literally fall flat on its face during our last song of a set, (in the final seconds!) and had my guitar cable come out of my input a few times because I’m moving around too much. I am also known to yell out stupid things that come to mind during any instrumental breaks in our songs.

 

Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or boobs?  Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?

 

Greg: I’m absolutely a gamer- Everything from the classics till now. I’m the kind of guy who wants to experience everything, so I don’t get obsessed with one game, or one film. I like to play them all, or watch them all (in the case of films). I’m not necessarily a collector- but once I own a game, I keep it. So the collection I’ve acquired over my life is pretty extensive. I like horror games and movies, especially. So, in reality, I’m not that cool of a rock musician. I’m very much a homebody, and keep to myself.

 

Georgio: I am an avid fan of eating Oreos around midnight. I follow soccer pretty seriously, and play FIFA soccer almost daily on Ps3. I really enjoy watching forensic shows and shows that deal with cracking homicide cases. I have a pretty decent Christopher Walken impression (it’s me just going WHOA). I think that’s about it. No pecker or booby pictures, sorry.

 

What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?

 

Greg: Rock radio has been pretty stale, with a few exceptions. I’m a tough music critic, so I’ll tell you most music is “so-so”. I don’t love or hate a lot of bands- I’m just unimpressed by most. A tenant of the Western Education creed is that every song must be exciting and fulfilling in some manner. No song can be boring. We’re very tough on ourselves- and I think every musician should. No more melodramatic love songs, or bad bridge sections. That’s a big pet peeve of mine- bad bridges (or the “middle eight”, whatever term you want to use for them).

There is just a lot of mediocrity, and I’m here to change that.

 

Georgio: I believe that it’s all psychological. Based on your personality there can be an awful/non-existent scene or an awesome scene full of a bunch of great bands. That question seems too bias for me to put my two cents in because someone will always disagree. I guess my answer is: what do YOU think?

 

Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X Factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?

 

Greg: They don’t do anything.  Here is how I interpret those shows: The artist who wins signs a one-album deal- the album sucks, they get dropped, and that’s the end of it. These shows just try to tell audiences that there is a magic bullet to fame, but that’s not true. Singers are useless. I’m a singer, and I’m telling you, singers are useless musicians. If you don’t write songs, you’re screwed. If all you do is sing, you’re just a vessel who can’t do anything. There are plenty of “pretty good” singers. I’m a pretty good singer, too. The power is in the songwriting, not really the performer. Sure, there are exceptions to this, but there are so many capable singers, so who cares?

 

Georgio: I think they have hurt the music industry as a whole as far as quality and personality. In this single based world, cohesive/interesting albums are becoming a lost art. What is the big deal about being an outstanding singer? There are millions of those. Write some kick ass songs and then I will be interested. These shows just constantly (for the most part) conceive good singers with brainless pop songs that were written by someone. I also love the generic cheesy self portraits that almost all of them have for their debut albums. Those shows are only fun for the first few weeks so that you can listen to the people who are really bad at singing and in denial. I am sick in the head and slightly enjoy watching people bomb on TV, but lets be honest many of us do but do not admit it.

 

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

 

Greg: The law is behind the technology. We’re just in that cycle again. Song mp3’s are 5 megabytes, so they are incredibly easy to transfer, download, and copy. They require so little to execute and play, that they are worth nothing. It’s harder to pirate video games or films because they are so large (among other things). Albums and songs are such small files, that they are super easy to transfer. We’ve all illegally downloaded or copied music- it’s just too easy and untraceable. Music has become valueless- and I’m a musician saying that. Music files have become worthless. Yes, it’s a problem. But the laws are just behind the technology, and there is no magic switch to fix this.

 

Georgio: If your band is big enough that people want to leak your stuff or pirate it: Go you. I would be all about that.

 

Tell us something about you/each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear.

 

Greg: I straighten my hair. My promo pictures are all lies! Georgio is married, and has a child. Mark can name all 700+ pokemon. Will is a big rap and metal fan (which you wouldn’t expect if you listen to our music).

 

Georgio: Greg our singer is deathly afraid of most if not all animals. Mark is a Guitar-Hero savant, he plays that game like an absolute animal and it is almost scary to watch. Will is a huge fan of black metal and rap music, although he plays for a poppy rock band, and I (Georgio) am really good at throwing grapes in the air and catching them in my mouth.

 

Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s Island and you get to hook up with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?

 

Greg: I believe all of the original cast members are dead- so no thanks.

Georgio: I am happily married and you are trying to get me into trouble. Next question.

 

Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?

 

Greg: I do. I purchased The Strokes “Is This It” on vinyl. My record player is broken though, so I’ve never listened to it. I received a limited edition “Hot Fuss” (The Killers) vinyl as a gift, but I’ve never spun it.

 

Georgio: I know what a vinyl album is, my parents have a bunch in their attic. I have never personally purchased one. I think the idea of them is cool, but having grown up in the 90’s and 00’s, I would say that I am a CD guy.

 

You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?

 

Greg: If we’re marooned on an island that means the petition to kick him out of America worked. I guess we’re all set!

 

Georgio: I would ask him to let my band open for him so that we can draw a huge fan base and become super popular overnight. If he said no, then I would probably just choke him out I guess.

 

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

 

Greg: “Party in the USA” is a cute song, but I don’t really care about her that much. She’s been in trouble in the press the past few years, so her dad must be so proud.

 

Georgio: Prime example of a good girl gone bad. Lindsay Lohan part deux, except with more naked pictures and bong rips.

 

Which would you rather hear in concert?  Lip-synching or real vocals?

 

Greg: Real vocals. Have you heard about the new Hologram concert thing? The whole aspect of hologram concerts is kind of scary to me. Also, lip-synching the vocals? Then why not just listen to the CD? The whole imperfect side to the live show is always so exciting. Sure, it’s not perfect, but there is a certain magic to it.

 

Georgio: I would always rather hear real vocals in concert. Why would people pay good money to listen to a backing track that is already on their CD in the car? That always baffled me.

 

Who, or what, is the next big thing?

 

Greg: We’re going to get rid of payphones and put cellphone chargers in their place- I’m telling you. Also, is it just me, or is everyone having their wisdom teeth out these past few years?

 

Georgio: I think that William Hung is going to come back in a really, really big way. 2015 is his year for a comeback. I can feel it in my blood and guts.

 

One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is… Why?

 

Greg: Probably Max Martin- That’s a guy that everyone knows, but no one has ever heard of. He’s written more than 30 #1 hits for so many famous pop acts. Just google him, and you’ll be amazed at what you find. You probably know all of the songs- whether you love them or hate them.

 

Georgio: I don’t really have one. I usually go in and out of phases where I am obsessed or really into a certain band or artist. I think it is a bit odd to be obsessed with one artist constantly forever. Close calls would be Blink-182 and Elliott Smith because they are so nostalgic for me, but I have went a while without listening to both of those artists also.

 

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

 

Greg: I’m afraid of animals. I had a bad dog experience when I was little, and that was enough for me. Animal lovers don’t make sense to me. I don’t hate animals…but we should be focusing on helping our fellow humans, if you ask me. (Sorry PETA…and Morrissey)

 

Georgio: The first time I drank to excess when I was 16 I blacked out and woke up having peed my pants. I learned a valuable lesson that night about excessive alcohol consumption and why not to be stupid about it.

Favorite movie of all time and why?

 

Greg: Oh man. I don’t know. Shawshank Redemption was great. Office Space was great. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was amazing… those are a few. I also really like home invasion movies for some reason, so I enjoyed the recent “The Purge” and “You’re Next”. They are all amazing for different reasons.  I really liked the sense of struggle and accomplishment in Shawshank and the LOTR trilogy. When the ring goes in the fire at the end, you’re just like “YES. WE DID IT”. Also, have you seen my stapler?

 

Georgio: Dumb and Dumber. The reason why is because it taught me about some place warm, a place where women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talking about a little place called ASPIN.photo_34753

 

 

Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s where you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

 

Greg: Here is a Public Service Announcement to everyone: Stop writing bad bridge sections. Take turns faster when you’re driving- you’re killing me. Everyone be nicer to each other- you’re all jackasses. Especially you kids on Xbox live. Stop using gay slurs, it’s not nice- and it’s 2014. Coke is better than Pepsi- if you are a restaurant that serves Pepsi, you’re taking the cheap way out and I hate you. Finally- and this is very specific: The Resident Evil 1 Remake on the Gamecube is the best horror game of all time, without question.

 

Georgio:I am just sitting here thinking of a topic to blab about but of course nothing comes to mind. I will instead just type observational sentences based on where I am, how I feel and what I see in front of me. There is a rug with toys on it (I have a young son), there is a vacuum on the left, I am sitting on a black leather couch, there is a flat screen TV directly ahead of me, and there is a DVD collection on an entertainment center to the right of the TV. The air condition is on in this house and it is slightly on the nippy side right now, although outside it is currently about 90 degrees. I would prefer this cooling AC rather than the scorching hot temperatures of the outside world right now. My talking tank has now reached empty. Thank you and goodbye.

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KickActs interviews “Ostrich Run”!

Posted onAugust 8, 2014
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Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.

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We are two friends who grew up together sharing the same life goals. Ostrich Run was formed so that we can use our musical obsession to promote and support nonprofit organizations through our own organization called, The Ostrich Farm. OstrichRun.com is a place where you can discover more about our music. Also, you can see how we connect The Ostrich Farm with the band at theostrichfarm.org.

 

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

 

Mark and Tom from Blink 182 were our main influences growing up. Watching them have so much fun playing music was the reason we bought guitars in the first place. In elementary school we formed our first punk rock band so that we could be just like our heroes from Blink 182. Today, what influences us are bands who seem to make something simple seem intricate and meaningful. Mark Foster from Foster the People is a great example. The guys from Cage the Elephant are other musicians that get our creativity going. Phantogram is quickly becoming an influence of ours. The truth is it’s hard to narrow it down to only a few. We love so much music and try to take a little bit from everything.

 

Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?

 

Always have a vision for where you want your career to go. Stick with that vision until the end, and be sure to know exactly who you are before anything else. That way the people you meet along the way – whether it be managers, agents, publicists, or even labels – will be able to back you up 100% and not have to steer you in a direction you do not want to go. Believe in yourself and “NO” only means try harder.

 

What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?

 

There’s not necessarily a distinct piece of advice that we’ve ignored, but just more of a state of mind people all ways tend to tell us. “Patience is a virtue.” These days with all the new innovation, instant gratification is a huge part of our culture. But when it comes to music you need patience. And from time to time we forget this, so striving to have this virtue is definitely a big thing for us in Ostrich Run.

 

Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?

 

One of our worst gig stories was when our buddy asked us to play an event with about 5 or so bands. We said yes and at the time we only could play acoustic because of drummer issues. We got the show and were first to go on. After playing we thought everything went ok. Then the next 5 bands came on. They were all hardcore screamo bands wearing make up and jester outfits. We both kind of looked at each other and just thought “What are we doing here?” but we had some beers, and ended up having a good time and eventually didn’t feel out of place.

 

 

Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or boobs?  Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?

 

Well three of our favorite hobbies our counting things, screaming at things, and collecting brown rocks…? But in all seriousness we both play basketball outside of our music and act a lot. We’re also making a short pilot called, Frenly Kids. It’s about some kids who win the lottery only to spend all their winnings too fast, and have to adapt back to the reality of a normal life.

 

What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?

 

We think there’s a big lack of real rock. I mean everything is so 80’s right now. Everything that’s getting played is all electronic, and full of pop, not to say that’s bad, but when you flip on a rock station like KROQ and hear Lorde… c’mon!!! We love Lorde, but hate that music like that is taking up AirPlay on stations that claim to be about rock. We hope things start to climb back to the 90’s and early 2000’s feel. That would be awesome!

 

Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X Factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?

 

As a whole, there are good and bad things that come with these shows. On one hand, the industry is making money and getting more listeners etc. But on the other hand, the artists are hurting. It’s making more artists come and go too quickly. These shows make the industry quick money, but hinder the artists from on going success. So if we have to say one thing about these shows, it’s the fact that they help the industry but are a disadvantage to artists as a whole.

 

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

 

We definitely think it sucks, but people inevitably want things for free, and they’ll do what they have to do to get things for free. So on the bright side at least they like the music. In the end, if you like a band enough to want their music, we feel you should download their music legally and support them. Mainly because the money you spend allows them to keep on doing what they do and put out music you love.

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Tell us something about you/each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear.

 

Ummm this one is a tough one. I mean something that people probably don’t know or expect to hear is that although we connect our music with helping people and charities, we tended to be little troublemakers as kids. You go down the list… we ended up getting in trouble for it. But it’s not without trouble that gets you where you are today.

 

Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s Island and you get to hook up with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?

 

Oh this ones easy. Gilligan of course. I mean c’mon have you seen the man? But for real, Mary Ann no question. Any body whose says otherwise is crazy.

 

Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?

 

Definitely! If you don’t know what a vinyl album is and are in the music business or industry, then there’s something wrong. Still, we tend to buy our stuff digitally, but when we go to the stores we buy the coolest looking thing we see. Mark’s first vinyl he bought was Lionel Ritchie and Joel’s was an Angel’s and Airwaves’ first album after Blink 182 broke up.

 

You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?

 

No we keep him alive, become his friend… only to be saved and use his friendship to get to Selena Gomez. Then we never talk to the little shit again.

 

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

 

“What the hell happened?” sums it up. She was this Disney girl and little pop star. Now she’s the new Lindsey Lohan haha but ya she’s awesome for doing what she wants and going for it! Love the hair too.

 

Which would you rather hear in concert?  Lip-synching or real vocals?

 

Real vocals without a question. Nobody wants to pay money to go see a band or an artist and see them run around while their cd is playing. We want to see you actually preform the music you wrote and show your emotions. Hopefully everyone feels the same as well!

 

Who, or what, is the next big thing?

 

Were hoping 90’s, and 2000’s style music is the next big thing. They say music repeats itself, and right now, we’re in the 80’s per say, which means 90’s are up again baby. And we hope Ostrich Run and Ostrich Farm are going to be a big part of it.

 

One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is… Why?

 

Blink 182, and I honestly don’t know why. I think we’ve listened to all of their songs like 50 times, and we’ll still put them on first when driving in the car. Their simplicity and up beat songs really get to us, and help us write. Not to mention that they are all about having fun, and that’s kind of our band motto as well.

 

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

 

If it’s a secret it stays a secret, no if’s and’s or but’s!!

 

Favorite movie of all time and why?

 

Our favorite movie by far is “Dumb and Dumber”… by far. That movie is so funny. We swear we quote it like every day. Our favorite scene is when the cop tells Harry to pull over and Jeff Daniels says, “No, it’s a cardigan, but thanks for noticing!” Soooo good.

 

Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s where you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

 

The last thing we want to say is do not give up on what you think you can succeed at. Usually, that’s the thing you love most. Always try to find something positive in your day, even when it is the worst day ever! Life is too short not to. As far as we know, we all have one shot at this thing called life. Make it count and help everyone you know do the same!!!

KickActs interviews “Deja Mae”!

Posted onApril 4, 2014
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Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.

Deja_Mae_FlowersHellllo Kick Acts and thank you so much for having me! My name is Deja Mae, well my name is Deja Mae Howell, but I go by Deja Mae for music. My family and close friends have called me Deja Mae since I was tiny, and no matter what I told them I promoted my band name to be when I was starting out, they would all say “I’m here to see Deja Mae” to the door person. So I stopped being clever and made my regular ol’ name my band name.

Here are a few hundred places you can find me:

www.dejamae.com

www.facebook.com/dejamaehowell

www.youtube.com/dejamaemusic

www.soundcloud.com/dejamae

www.twitter.com/wheresdeja

www.instagram.com/wheresdeja

 

*Reason for the handle “wheresdeja” is because it’s what my family and close friends are ALWAYS SAYING “where’s deja?”. I disappear a lot, and run late a lot. I’ll hear my mom say it when I am just up in a different part of their house. I am merely a few walls and arches away, but still I am somehow deemed lost or missing.

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Elliott Smith, Conor Oberst, Son House, Mississipi John Hurt, Nancy Sinatra, Modest Mouse, Kendrick Lamar, Tupac, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Etta James, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Ray Lamontagne,  Mazzy Star, The Misfits… ahhh I could go on with this list for eternity, it seems. They all speak to the places inside of me no one else sees. It’s hard to explain, something in each one of these musicians/bands brings alive and soothes the pieces of me I thought broken, or even the pieces I celebrate.   They are all extremely talented to say the least.

Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?

My advice would be to take it seriously like you would any business, because that is exactly what it is, a business. The work is never finished, I am never not working. It’s important I stay focused and give myself deadlines otherwise things that are important get pushed aside for whatever comes with a deadline. Boundaries and Read the rest of this entry »