Kickacts interviews Jon from “FREAKS LIKE ME”!

Posted onApril 24, 2015
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Kick Acts Slightly EXTREME:

 

(Editor note:) Finally an interview I freaking dig! Jon goes all balls out on this one! Two middle fingers up!
Freaks PromoImage1Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.

We’re a 3 piece rock band based out of Boston. Though we’re actually from different parts of the globe. I’m from Ireland, Steve’s from the US & Dave’s from the UK. We’ve been playing together now since 2009, & have just released our album ‘Philosophies for the modern ant’ through Pavement/Sony.
You can find us online on our Facebook facebook.com/freakslikememusic

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

Our influences are quite varied really. Everything from old blues guys like Son House, to stuff like Rush or Failure. Our tastes can be very different. We all love the Beatles, Nirvana, AIC, Tool. So we draw from everything I guess. We just like good music.

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

[hmtad name=”Adsense Unit 1″ align=”floatleft”]Jon: Have patience. Stay the course. Remember your goals & stick to them. You’ll meet a lot of dicks along the way. But they’re just roadblocks. Don’t let them slow you down. & I know it sounds corny as hell…But a bit of self belief goes a long way.

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

I reckon I’ve ignored far too many pieces of good advice in my life to answer that question accurately.

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

Best gig experience is a hard one. We’ve had many great shows in various places around the world. But, I gotta say Mathew Street festival in Liverpool was a personal favorite of mine. There were like 100,000+ jumping people. It was total madness. Worst gig…I won’t name the venue, but it was awful. Load in was a nightmare, load out was a nightmare. The sound system sucked. The sound guy was clueless, and we were all exhausted & in pain. We normally play anything up to 2 hours. But that night
we just trashed the stage & left after 60 minutes. We won’t be making a return to that place any time soon.

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 write quite a bit & like art. Digital artwork keeps me busy when I get bored.
Also, on occasion, I like to strip off bollock naked, cover myself in marmite & run blindfolded into a rough neighborhood armed with nothing but a French baguette and a dead hedgehog. But, only when the mood takes me.

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

The music industry is just a wasteland now isn’t it?. I mean, People are just trying to make it, trying to survive in place totally dominated by these corporate whores & faces. Everything is sexualized. Its beyond crazy. Kids are watching this & following their leads. Because that’s what kids do. They imitate. Some could argue that watching some of the rock bands of today can be just as damaging. Bullshit! I’d much rather sit my seven year old in front of a Slipknot video than have her sat there staring at some dude practically rubbing his bellend off the camera lens, or some trashy tart lip syncing to some innane drivel whilst dressed like a bad kerb crawler.

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

I hate those all of those shows so much…with a passion. You could bottle the disgust I feel for them. The judges are simply awful. Laughing & jeering people, even when they appear to be challenged in some way. They should all be lined up & kicked into a dark pit, Spartan style.

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

Thats a difficult subject to address. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve done my fair share of downloading. All in the past of course, ahem. The thing that annoys me though, is People acting like its all new.
Its really not. I, like a lot of people, was illegally ‘downloading’ stuff in the 80’s & 90’s, from the radio.
Remember, Cassette tapes? Push play & the big Record buttons together. trying to catch all your favorite new songs as they played on the Saturday Radio Rock show. Copying music has been there for a long time, & it will be there for a long time to come. Money will still be made, t-shirts sold, tickets bought. The
industry always finds a way.

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

Dave once quit a band when they asked him to wear what he perceived to be a ladies blouse on stage. Oh, & Gwen Steffani once made him a cup of tea. Steve may kill me for saying this, but he has an unbelievable curve at the end of his spine. I mean, really bad looking. Like, it should be
completely debilitating, he was told this by a medical professional. But somehow he can still drum better than anyone I’ve seen. He just gets on stage night after night & wails on those things. How, I will never know, & either will his doctors. He really is a freak of nature.

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’ve actually only watched Gilligan’s Island a couple of times as a kid & remember nothing of it. But, I have just phoned a friend. I’ll go with Ginger Grant, Final answer.
Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?
I used to have quite a bit of vinyl a few years back, but it was pilfered by a bunch of utter cunts! (am I allowed to say that?….moving on) (Editor note: cunt is perfectly acceptable, so is pussies, dickbags,ass hats, etc) I still have a couple. I have an original pressing of The Doors – LA Woman, which I still love.

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

Sorry, I’ll have to go with Ozzy on this one…Who the Fuck is Justin Bieber? Could I somehow make a canoe out of him?

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

For a truly worthwhile answer, you should be asking her dad Billy Ray. I saw a great photo recently of Miley posing with a fan, in her skimpiest underwear, tongue out as usual. The mirror behind them caught the refection of a very sad & broken looking Billy Ray. Can you imagine seeing your daughter go from sweet country styled teen to twerking, sledgehammer licking ball rider?

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

Nobody should be charged money to see someone mouth the words to their own songs. Its an insult to the people that paid to see a Live show.

Who, or what, is the next big thing?

I could be a douche here & Say FLM…But honestly, who knows? There’s a ‘New Big Thing’ or must have product almost every time you switch on a tv, or pick up a magazine. People need constant distraction so that they don’t have to pay too much attention to whats really going on in the world around them.

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

John Lennon. I think I’d go insane if someone took that away from me. I’ve loved Lennon/The Beatles since I was five years old. Its in my blood. It would be like taking away my oxygen.

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

I’m a lesbian.

Favorite movie of all time and why.
Cool hand Luke, Paul Newman. I just love that movie. It about a guy that just won’t give up, won’t give in. He fights & fights, even when he knows he’s lost. When the odds are just stacked against him. I’ve always admired that character.

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 could say many things here, but I won’t bore you all. I’ll just say, support ‘Real’ music! Don’t get suckered into the mainstream bullshit. Go see live some shows & support your local clubs. & finally…buy our  album! We need your support too! The music industry isn’t the suits or the faces behind it. It’s all of you guys out there. Your support can change everything! & looking at the state of music today, a change needs to happen!

James interviews Tamara Bubble!

Posted onJuly 26, 2013
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Recently James Lowe from Kickacts Magazine sat down with one of the very exciting artists on the scene.

Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and your band and were you can be found at on the web.

Thanx for the warm welcome babes! I’m Tamara Bubble. I’m from Brooklyn, New York  (Fort Greene to be exact).  I’m and entertainer, actress, songwriter and model. I write and perform Jazz, Pop, Hip Hop, R&B and Soul. My official website it http://TamaraBubble.com and that’s where you should start.

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Who are your musical heroes, influences & why?

I have sooo many influences, mostly old school though. I listen to so many different genres of music.  Michael Jackson is the ultimate performer and POP KING! When it comes to Jazz, I love me some Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne.   I’m a rapper too and Biggie does it for me lyrically.  He’s the reason I take the lyrics so serious. He’s just a dope storyteller.  I love all those 90s R&B and Gospel groups. I love beautiful harmonies … SWV, Brownstone, Boyz II Men, Take 6, etc.  As far as powerful women that sing and rap, Lauryn Hill and Queen Latifah.

 Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in playing music? Any pitfalls they should avoid? 

There’s no way to avoid the pitfalls. I’d love to be positive and lie and say it’s all peaches and cream lol but the truth of the matter is that if you’re just getting started be prepared to waste and music and find people who are not as hard working as you.  Don’t let it slow you down, just don’t be surprised when you see it first hand. The scams, the lies, it’s really like a soap opera lol

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

I did a show in Miami. The crowd was amazing. I always take their reactions home with me especially when it’s a new crowd. I look dead in their eyes and see pure enjoyment while hearing the songs for the first time. That is an amazing feeling.

 On the same token as the above question. How about a “worse gig” ever story.

Well I don’t know if this qualifies because the gig was great, but the trip there was the worst. My first show on the “Unleashed” promo tour was a doozy. Well, getting there anyway. I over packed because well I’m a girl and tend to bring everything I own for a one day trip.  Ended up having to dump everything to make room for the merchandise I was selling at the show (posters, t-shirts, CDs) and then had nerve to miss my flight GRRR! Ahem … I won’t name names LOL.  Next, I got hustled by the flight agent and paid extra for this unguaranteed standby flight and also had issues renting the pre-reserved, NONREFUNDABLE, rental car!! Unfortunately I don’t walk around with copies of utility bills in my back pocket GRRRR!!  Now, over 4 hours late (and been growling all day), I no longer have time to stop by the hotel, check in, shower and change.  AIRPORT bathroom is the new Marriott! Then, this freaking taxi guy (not knowing that we’re already 4 hours late), takes the scenic route from the airport (plays the GPS game) to run up the meter GRRRRRR! When I get there though, my attitude changed and all things were Bubbly! People waiting to see the “Bubble On Deck” was such an amazing feeling! Atlanta showed so much love ^_^.

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The moral of that story is don’t miss your flight lol no I just learned that no matter what’s going on in your day, when you have a show, your job as an artist is to entertain!

Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of boobs?

I like to entertain in general. Acting and dancing are at the top of the list. I’m no comedian but I do make people laugh a lot. It’s healthy.  I love games, board games, card games, rollercoasters, I even make up games lol

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

The current music scene is a bit super saturated. Everybody’s an artist. There’s hardly any fans of the art.  It’s fine if that’s really your passion, otherwise you’re just creating a bunch of meaningless crap that listeners have to sort through to find me lol thanx a lot.

Tell us something about each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear… Like their hobbies or something like that… 

I’m addicted to chicken, ice and old school video games.

 Hypothetical situation. You’re stranded on Gilligan’s island and you get to hook up with only one of the girls… Is it Ginger, Mary Ann or Mrs. Howell and why? 

Um do they have any brothers because I don’t do girls lol

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 special shout to my manager Patrick at Pspell Management, my label Blue Pie Productions/ DJ Central / Sony and my fans for making it all worthwhile. Stick with me and stay tuned.