KickActs interviews KT Paige from “Romantic Rebel”!

Posted onMay 17, 2016
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Romantic Rebel

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Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and where you can be found online.
-KT: “My name is KT Paige. I sing for Romantic Rebel and I’m the Disney Princess of Horror. We’re most active on Facebook (Facebook.com/RomanticRebelRocks) so make sure you check out our page to see when we’ll be tearing up a venue near you!”
Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?[hmtad name=”Adsense Unit 1″ align=”floatright”]

-KT: “I’m a huge fan of Stevie Nicks. I love her singing and her style in general. I also love Alice Cooper and Danny Worsnop for their music and stage presence.”
Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?
-KT: “Definitely network as much as possible and make as many friends in the business as you can. Also, you can only play the same circuit for so long. If you want people to hear your music, you have to tour outside of your city, state and region.”

What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?
-KT: “Nothing comes to mind. We usually take all advice we receive into consideration.”

Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?
-KT: “Playing Louder Than Life Fest was one of the coolest gigs we’ve played to date. Running into some of my band friends, as well as some of the musicians I look up to backstage, was pretty cool!”

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?
-KT: “I paint a lot of zombies and puppies.”

What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?
-KT: “It seems that a lot of bands nowadays feel that they don’t need to actually play their instruments or sing when they play shows. Sometimes the band’s album was produced to make the band sound better than they really are and when the time comes to perform it live, they can’t live up to the perfected sounds on the recording. So as a result, they use a multitude of tracks to give the illusion that they can actually play their parts just like the album. I’m not talking about background synth or strings that can give a live song body. It’s when singers are moving their mouths to melodies that are out of their range and guitarists are moving their hands up and down the guitar neck to a complicated riff. The way I look at it, if you can’t play it live, don’t put it on the album.”<——–HELL YEA I AGREE! (Editor)

Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?
-KT: “I don’t think it really affects it. Excluding: Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, etc., most of the contestants on the show rarely make a dent in the industry after the show ends.”

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?
-KT: “It’s a problem that is always going to occur. So the only thing you can do is think about the fact that your music is being spread around, even if it’s not in the most ideal manner.”

Tell us something about each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear.
-KT: “Alex is a huge fan of all things Star Wars, Marvel and DC. Zach is completely obsessed with candy. Ty claims he loves Stars Wars, but he still hasn’t seen The Force Awakens.”

Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?
-KT: “If I didn’t know what a vinyl album was, I don’t deserve to be in band. I don’t own a record player, but I’ve bought ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ as a gift for someone who does.”

Which would you rather hear in concert? Lip syncing or real vocals?
-KT: “I think you know my opinion of this by now.”

Who, or what, is the next big thing?-KT: “Only the Music Gods know the answer to that…”

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One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is…
-KT: “Right now, it’s Fleetwood Mac, but that will probably change next month.”

Favorite movie of all time and why.
-KT: “Hardest. Question. Ever. I have an answer for every genre.”

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 KT PAIGE and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

-KT: “We’ll be heading out on tour this Summer, so come to a show and party with us!”

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KickActs interviews Jason Delismon of A.D.D!

Posted onApril 10, 2015
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ADDWelcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.*

https://www.facebook.com/Analog.Digital.Disorder

 Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

11000056_790353894345337_3653843769881387303_nJust to name a Few A.D.D.’s influences are SevenDust,Heart and Everything in between. We love and appreciate all styles of music. Really think it helps us to be creative in our own writing process. My influences personally as a Drummer include Morgan Rose(Sevendust) Vinnie Paul (Pantera,Damage Plan,Hell Yeah) Charlie Benante(Anthrax) and John Bonham. I’m a Heavy hitter as Well as a Showman and they all influence and inspire me to play.

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

Not to let any rough patches discourage you. It is a rough business but stay true to what you believe in and follow your Dream.

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

Wouldn’t say ignore, we may have taken a different approach in the past, but everyday you learn something new. It’s all a learning curve.

[hmtad name=”Adsense Unit 1″ align=”floatleft”]Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?
In 2009 we shared the stage with Korn,Chevelle,and Halestorm for Rockstock in Iowa at a Sports Stadium, and the Crowd was absolutely intense and amazing.

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 all pretty much throughout the years have been super passionate and driven to trying to pursue our dream and passion for music.

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

Definitely! All bands working together to create a buzz and promote each other. At the end of the day everyone is trying to reach the same goals to having a long term career so if we all work together to achieve their goals it will be a recipe for success.
Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?

If anything definitely helped inspire all musicians and artists to want to take their talent to the next level.

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?
Unauthorized downloads definitely effect album sales. Support starving artists and purchase their music through the appropriate channels.

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

We all act silly at times.
Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?

Yes I do but unfortunately don’t have any.
You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?

Definitely avoid him.
What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

I think she is talented, I believe everyone has the right to express the way they want to dress and use their creative abilities in anyway they choose.

CHECK OUT THIS AWESOME A.D.D. SONG “I REGRET”!

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

Real Vocals Definitely!
Who, or what, is the next big thing?

Not really sure hoping our band A.D.D. Definitely want to make some noise in 2015!

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

We can’t get enough of Sevendust because they are super tight and melodic.

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

Not really a confession but I’m a Neat Freak.

Favorite movie of all time and why.

Good Fellas because I enjoy mobster movies and this one has some comedy in
it.

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”!

Truly believe that we need to build back up some really great rock station in every city so that all the bands pushing their singles that are touring have a Great station to promote and help album sales as well as people discovering all the new bands coming out to help support the Music Scene and build it back up and strong.

Upcoming Show Dates:

Fri. Mar. 27th – Mojoes – Joliet, IL – HEADLINE CD Release show

Sat. Apr. 4th – Crazy Coyote – Burlington, IA

Sat. Apr. 11th – Freakster’s Roadhouse – HEADLINE – Pontiac, IL

Thu. April 16th – Nevin’s – HEADLINE – Plainfield, IL

Fri. Apr. 24th – On the Rox w/ Wayland – Jacksonville, IL

Thu. May 7th – Mojoes w/ Black Stone Cherry – Joliet, IL

Sun. May 10th – High Noon Saloon w/ Y&T – Madison, WI

Sat. June 5th – Metal Grill – Milwaukee, WI

Fri. July 17th – Rockfest – Cadott, WI

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EMPERORS AND ELEPHANTS sneak peek video!

Posted onApril 1, 2015
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The Chicago, IL based band released Devil in the Lake via Pavement Entertainment
in January of 2014. On April 27th they will release a brand new music video
for their single “Change” off of the record and on May 5th the band will
re-release the record with 9 bonus tracks that will include acoustic takes
and demos of the songs you may already know!

For the awesome interview with E&E click <HERE>!

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TOUR DATES

April 4, 2015    Moline, IL                     Rascal's Live

April 7, 2015    Macomb, IL                    The Outskirts  w/ Saving Abel

April 25, 2015  South Barrington, IL            Penny Road Pub

June 6, 2015     Frindley, MN                   Pickle Park w/ Jake E. Lee's
Red Dragon Cartel

July 18, 2015    Cadott, WI                     Rock Fest

 

Emperors and Elephants “MAN OF GOD” (official video)

Posted onSeptember 19, 2014
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To check out their awesome interview hit the link!

http://www.kickacts.com/2014/07/18/kickacts-interviews-randy-cooper-of-emperors-and-elephants/

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Here’s an excerpt!

 

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

Ron Stoppable can build anything with his hands.  Jeff Windish is super
smart, and a recording engineer that did a big part of our DEVIL IN THE
LAKE CD. Jason Meudt does all our merch and dog tags. works for Dean
Guitars and does all their filming, is a photographer and did all the art
work and Videos for our record. Jesse is always coming up with new topic
and songs and lyrics and plays guitar too. I’m surrounded by BADASSES!

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 she would be a good partner and Help Mate. Someone to work
together with.

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

All the KISS records on vinyl.

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

Try work together and we will see how it goes

KickActs interviews Randy Cooper of “Emperors and Elephants”

Posted onJuly 18, 2014
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10419999_10204185358658373_6806969979779614396_nWelcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can
be found online.

I’m Born and Raised in Dumas Texas, Moved to Denison Texas at 16. Founded
and started the band Texas Hippie Coalition in 2003-2012. Now in the band
EMPERORS AND ELEPHANTS out of Chicago. Signed to Pavement records. Touring
our brand new record released January 21st, 2014. DEVIL IN THE LAKE. I’m
living in Pittsburgh PA.

 

 

Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, DIMEBAG, and Zakk Wylde. I play guitar
because of these guys and learned how to play from them. I’ve had the GREAT
Honor of Opening shows for PANTERA and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. I’m a Texas guy
so I met DIME and PANTERA at 17 and soon after that was opening many shows
for PANTERA in the North Texas area.

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

Learn all you can by watching and listening to other people. Don’t let
ANYONE tell you You can’t do it, because YOU CAN!!! Don’t fry your brain on
Drugs and Alcohol cause you’re gonna need it. DON’T EVER GIVE UP OR QUIT!!!

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

I could have taken band in school as a kid but I chose to take sports.
You couldn’t do both, but I loved sports

Emperor

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

Playing on the Jerry Springer show and playing the Brazilian National
Anthem in San Paolo Brazil in front of 1000,000 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 enjoy family time with my kids and girlfriend, fishing, boating,
camping, I’m so outdoors I hate being stuck in the house during winter. I
love spring and summer, Lakes and Water.

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

I miss music like the 80s. Every band was Killer and exciting to see
Live. I’m glad I learned to play from the guitar players of the 80s. they
were the BEST.

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

It gave people a chance to be heard that the world might have never had a
chance to hear.

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads? 

It’s Killing our record sells and downloads, and making it real hard for
bands to survive.

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

Ron Stoppable can build anything with his hands.  Jeff Windish is super
smart, and a recording engineer that did a big part of our DEVIL IN THE
LAKE CD. Jason Meudt does all our merch and dog tags. works for Dean
Guitars and does all their filming, is a photographer and did all the art
work and Videos for our record. Jesse is always coming up with new topic
and songs and lyrics and plays guitar too. I’m surrounded by BADASSES!

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 she would be a good partner and Help Mate. Someone to work
together with.

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

All the KISS records on vinyl.

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

Try work together and we will see how it goes.

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

She has a beautiful gift. I hope she gets through the phase she is
going through.

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

REAL VOCALS

Who, or what, is the next big thing? 

I’m Hoping and Praying that We are!

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

Zakk Wylde, BLS,   He is a Like a professional athlete on a football team. A machine.
The KING of what a GUITAR HERO should be.

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

Broke my neck in a car wreck in 1991. paralyzed from the neck down. Rode
in a wheel chair for almost 2 years, learned how to walk and take care of
myself and retrained myself to play guitar again.  I have no feeling in my
HANDS.

Favorite movie of all time and why.

ROCK STAR movie, cause that’s all I ever wanted to be.

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”! 

Follow your DREAMS! Follow your HEART. Listen to the VOICES in your
head. And PRAY everyday.

QUEEN & Adam Lambert Chicago 06/19/2014 vids

Posted onJune 20, 2014
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I guess about the only thing I find annoying about Adam Lambert singing with QUEEN is that Adam is not moving around… Almost like he’s not really into it at all….opinions from Minions?

chuck

I got the videos off Youtube, hat tip to…cos2mwiz

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Roger Ebert dies

Posted onApril 4, 2013
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Thumbs up and safe passage…I used to watch Siskel and Ebert as a kid. 🙁

http://news.yahoo.com/sun-times-famed-movie-critic-roger-ebert-dies-194432507.html

 

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that its film critic Roger Ebert has died. He was 70.

The paper says on its website the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic died Thursday.

Ebert was known for his thumbs-up, thumbs-down TV reviews that influenced moviegoers across the nation.

On Wednesday, he had announced on his blog that he was undergoing radiation treatment after a recurrence of cancer.

Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002 and later had surgery for cancer of the salivary gland. He lost his chin and his ability to speak. But he later resumed writing full-time and eventually even returned to television.

Ebert started as a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967. In 1975 he became the first movie reviewer to get the Pulitzer Prize for criticism.

LOL Lita Ford jamming with an OZZY impersonator

Posted onJuly 24, 2012
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and here is a really great interview of Lita Ford by PsychoBabbleTV.com