KickActs interviews Russell Ray of VYCES!

Posted onNovember 28, 2016
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Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.

My name is Russell Ray drummer and Co-Founder of VYCES. You can find the band on Facebook under Vyces/Official. That is the same for all other social media sites and the website is www.vycesofficial.com.  I can be found under Russell Ray on Facebook, and skinzman on instagram.

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

Well I always start with Motley Crue. They were the first Band that I got into as well as my first concert which made me want to pursue playing Rock music in the 1st place.

When I saw the video for “Wild Side” I knew immediately that I wanted to play the drums.  Over time I got into heavier music like Pantera, White Zombie, Korn, and Slipknot. Those bands inspired me to develop a more aggressive approach to playing. However I love bands like the Deftones, Starset, and Chevelle. I love the elements of rock songs through those bands.

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

Be open to everything and attached to nothing. What I mean by this is to explore, be creative, and find people who want to work as a team. Things don’t always work the way you think they will so be willing to adapt and keep moving forward. Every ending is a new beginning. Be honest, dedicated to your craft, and always listen and be observant. Everyone has different experiences. Learn from them, and keep your circle clean. Also-NEVER GIVE UP!

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

Jumping the gun on signing a contract. I was advised not to sign for a project years ago that I thought was the one. I did anyway and it was a nightmare to get out of when things didn’t go right.

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

Best gig hmmm…There are so many that are up there but if I had to name one it would be the very 1st VYCES show in San Diego. The reason why is because Dave and I have talked about being in a band together for the last 8 years. We were never been able to until now. Other than Mark I have played in bands in the past with Shawn and Evan and I always admired both of them personally and professionally. I loved being in bands with them so for me it was my dream team of a band coming together. When we all hit the stage together for the first time- I felt the band really fire on all cylinders and it was electric. Has only gotten better.

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?

Outside of music I write. I am working on a book and a movie script as well. I used to work at a magazine for a number of years, but I really just wanted to write for myself. As far as hobbies however it would be working on cars. I love rebuilding and fixing them. It’s therapeutic for me and I love doing it.

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

Sure! To me it always comes down to awesome bands that write awesome music.  If a band writes something they believe in and work hard to get it out there then people will get attracted to it. Everyone is different and like different things. It’s when bands copy each other or have no integrity that causes over saturation of nothingness. Keep it real-people will connect.

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

I think it has helped TV more than music. I mean there are a number of artists careers that it helped, but how many can we really name and remember. I think the TV ratings are what has gone up. Plus that is not the reality of how bands start. It’s a TV show.

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

It is what it is. We want everyone to have access to our music so however they can get it they get 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?

I have honestly never watched the show so maybe I should check it out. Ask me next time hahahahaha

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

I do! I collect vinyl. I have every Slayer record and Motley Crue record on vinyl, and a bunch of limited edition foreign and domestic releases from many bands.

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

No…I wouldn’t choke him. If we were stranded I might need his help to get out of there.

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

 I have never listened to any of her music, or paid attention to what she does so I don’t really have an opinion.

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

Always real vocals.

Who, or what, is the next big thing?

Ooofff I don’t know. There are so many bands out there…..but check out There for Tomorrow, White Knuckle Riot, and Invidia. Awesome bands!

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

NIN. Trent Reznor never lets you down. How to Destroy Angeles is incredible as well.

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

I read allot of self help books. I like educating myself on controlling your thoughts and emotions to help grow as a person instead of going backwards in life.

I prefer to live with a peaceful mind.

Favorite movie of all time and why.

Rocky 3. It’s the first time that I have ever felt the feeling of inspiration. Also it shows that when you get knocked down there is always a way to get back up and fight. I apply that to life and most of my experiences. Rise Up!!

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

I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who has checked us out live, listened to our music, looked us up online, promoted us, and given us any time of the day. We are putting ever ounce of our passion and drive into VYCES and we are so thankful for the response, and inspiration from everyone. We hope to see you all soon and thank you Kick Acts for your time as well.  Peace and Love…….

 

KickActs interviews “Apollo Under Fire”!

Posted onAugust 26, 2016
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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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*For More Information Please Visit:* www.apollounderfireband.com http://www.cavigoldrecords.com/apollopreorder www.facebook.com/apollounderfire

DC: All social media outlets and digital retailers including iTunes.com

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

DC: Vocally it would be Chris Cornell. I just love his character, note selection and lyrical canvas. He has only grown as an inspiration for me. Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Live, all influences **for me. Love me some Sarah McLaughlin too.

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

DC: There is no “Best”, there is only “you”. Never stop learning and create from the heart.

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

DC: Not sure, I learned most everything the hard way haha.

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

DC: I’ve had some tough nights up there where it seemed everything was going wrong. Technical difficulties are the worst, as a performer there is nothing you can do about it. One show we (Eye Empire) were playing in Houston, the guitar rig went out 3 notes into the first song. We had to finish the song with just drum, bass and vocal. Talk about being left out in the open haha.

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

DC: I love baseball. That’s not really a hobby but I keep up with it like a hobby. I’m a stat guy.

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

DC: I’m not sure, I mean, some of it’s good and some of it’s ridiculous. That’s nothing new, what’s new is the way it’s covered. We will always find ourselves at a growing point…a moment in history where we have to make a decision on what the future will hold. We’re experiencing that now and there are some growing pains that come along with it. I am one with the struggle, living it now, so fight on!

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

DC: It’s definitely a unique platform. Personally it’s just another example of how our society likes to build it’s heroes up to tear them down. Many great voices out there, tons of talent but so many more intangibles that go into making a “great” that will never be measured in that environment. It’s the road that makes the artist. You can’t fast track that. You have to live it.

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?AUF CD

DC: If you still show up for the live show, buy a ticket, pick up a shirt, burn away.

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

DC: Peter is a Chip freak. Tom absolutely despises Mayonnaise. Jimmy works for a company that designs digital weapons training systems and Stu used to sell Police gear to local Police Departments.

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

DC: Yes I do and I actually prefer vinyl! Last I purchased was an original pressing of “Master of Puppets”.

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

DC: I’m probably going to be too busy trying to figure out how the hell I ended up with Justin Bieber in the first place.

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

DC: Stopped paying attention a long time ago and to be honest never really did pay attention to begin with.

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

DC: It’s sad that this would even be a question. Real vocals.

Who, or what, is the next big thing?

DC: So many talented artists out there. I am all over 21 pilots right now but they’ve been around for a bit.

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

DC: Soundgarden

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

DC: I am Bipolar and it is something that I work on everyday of my life.

Favorite movie of all time and why.

DC: Impossible to answer. All time favorite story line would be Star Wars, all movies. It just has a spiritual overtone that speaks to my core. It inspires me and is something that I share deeply with my sons.

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

DC: APOLLO UNDER FIRE BY APOLLO UNDER FIRE IS OUT NOW!! GRAB YOUR COPY TODAY!! iTunes.com* *”Gotta Believe”* – The 1st single from the self-titled debut record out NOW on iTunes and all other digital outlets!! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/apollo-under-fire/id1120675442 Official

Lyric Video for *“Gotta Believe”

Apollo Under Fire is:

Vocals: Donald Carpenter (Eye Empire/Submersed)
Guitars: Peter Klett (Candlebox/Lotus)
Guitars: Jimmy Kwong (SoulSwitch)
Drums: Tom Costanza
Bass: Stu Cox