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Modi Operandi

Modi Operandi

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Interview With Hayden Cronick from Modi Operandi By
Chris 28/5/06

I personally know this musician as he is my closest and
one of my best friends.
So I knew I had to give this cat some free publicity

Modi Operandi hail from the Land of the Long White Cloud,
Aotearoa, New Zealand. Many musical projects have pathed
the way for the formation of this group, which has now
become the full-time project for it’s founding member H.K.
Modi Operandi Fuse together many, many different musical
stylings to create their own unique sound. From FUNK,
PSYCHEDELIA, HORROR SHLOCK, to DOO-WOP-esque harmonies,
WORLD MUSIC & ELECTRO, Modi Operandi are not afraid to
explore many different genres while maintaining their
PUNK-ROCK D.I.Y ethics. This is music that will get your
asses shaking, it is music that will get you thinking, it
is music that will have you floating off into different
realms you never knew existed… Modi Operandi is not just
a group. It is a musical project… A REVELATION.

Mondi
Operandi MySpace Page

1. How did the band form?

Modi Operandi is not so much of a “band,” it’s more of a
musical project. A collaboration of like minded
individuals. The idea has been around for a while and with
the demise of several other projects; I’ve had the
opportunity to work full-time on getting this project off
the ground. Everyone involved is inspired by the creative
spirits & we all want to create some mind blowing
music, sound and energy!

2. Who were your idols growing up?

Growing up there was many. To name a few… RHCP, Queen,
Pearl Jam, White Zombie, Ramones, Joe Strummer, Big Audio
Dynamite, Motorhead, Poison, Skid Row, The Cure, The Germs,
Black Flag, Fugazi, The list goes on & on. Basically we
were into anything new at any time. Particularly Punk-rock
& experimental divisions of this.

3. Who were your influences?

More or less those listed above were influences, but also
for this project, some newer acts heavily influenced us.
Groups like the Dresden Dolls, White Strpies, The
Ravonettes, The Network & John Frusciante, along with
White/Rob Zombie.

4. Who would you most like to a split CD with?

Rob Zombie, Marky Ramone or John Frusciante would be the
“dream” artist’s, but at this stage, anyone who is willing
would be great for us! Collaborating with others is what we
are all about. It is the best way to learn new things and
to learn respect for others abilities.

5. What have responses been like to your music on the
web?

Very good, we’re really appreciative of the responses so
far. We’re steadily growing a fan base thanks to our
MySpace page.

6. Has the Internet helped with your music?

Very much so, If it wasn’t for the internet I very much
doubt that anybody would know we even exist!

7. Do you think tools like MySpace are useful?

There are not enough words to describe how useful MySpace
has been for us! Fantastic.

8. Who you would most like to tour with?

Anyone really. Just to tour with some other artists who
have an open mind and an appreciation for all music would
be fantastic for both parties.

9. If you could work with any one who would it
be?

Rick Rubin or John Frusciante. John for the fact that he is
so open minded and connects with music via the other realms
within this life form, much as we do.

10. Any plans to put out any releases?

Hell Yea. Very shortly we will have our debut E.P out…
Watch this space! Haha

11. What inspires the band when writing music?

The creative spirits that connect with us on any given day
will direct our focus into a particular direction. Anything
from old skool horror imagery to the joy of being in love
with a gorgeous being. It’s not up to us to just sit and
write, but the other forces that we surround ourselves with
from day to day determine our mood and state of mind, so we
leave it up to them. That is why we can be such a diverse
unit. Our music might mean something to those in this
world, but in another universe it could connect with
someone else on a completely different level.

12. If you could be on The Simpsons or Spongebob
Squarepants where would you be?

Definately the Simpsons. Spongebob is great, but I’d love
to hang out with Moe Syzlak for an afternoon.

13. What is on your stereo at the moment?

Stadium Arcadium. The song “She looks to me” is playing
& it connects me with my Fiance big time. I know that
it means something different to Anthony Kiedis who wrote
it, but its that whole “being representative” to someone
else thing going on, A very big, deep song that provokes a
fuzzy response from the pit of my gut.

14. What are some of your favourite musical
artists/bands?

Right now I’m in love with A.F.I, RHCP & Ataxia

15. What movies you have seen lately you have really
enjoyed?

Devils Rejects…. Live Freaky Die Freaky….
Bewitched….

16. What are your favourite movies?

Horror or stupid comedies.

17. Realty TV? Good Or Bad?

Awful

Thanks for your time any last words

Yes, keep an eye out on our MySpace page for updates &
thank you for being a fan of music!


Joe Rohan

Joe Rohan

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Interview With Joe Rohan By Chris 3/5/06

Joe Rohan is a country singer songwriter.
After hearing his latest album These Days
I knew he was worth an interview.
Expect him to be around for a long time so read on.
If you haven’t read the review of his album on this site do
so.

Joe Website

1. How did you get into music?

Music got into me when I was 5. I heard Jimi Hendrix
singing Purple Haze and I thought it was about the greatest
thing I ever heard. Drums came first. I was banging on
Tupperware until I was eight and my parents got me a set of
drums.

2. Who were your idols growing up?

So many…. most of the early ones were drummers. Stewart
Copeland from the Police was my absolute favourite. I
learned to play drums playing along with the Police, Rush,
Zeppelin, etc.

3. Who were your influences?

Musically, I grew up listening to bands in the beginning so
early influences were Police, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, a
lot of classic rock. By the time I started writing songs
(which was a LOT later) I listened to just about everything
but it was then that I really started getting into
songwriters. I think that’s where the blues and country
influences came from because it wasn’t how I started out.
John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett were my favourites early on but
now there’s a ton of favourites.

4. What have responses been like to the album?

Pretty good for the most part. I was actually surprised, as
we didn’t make this record going after critical acclaim.
This one was a lot more personal and not much attention was
paid to making it sound current or cutting edge. Audience
response has been great and

5. What inspired you when recording the album?

I think the recording process itself was the most
inspiring. We really focused on the performances on each
song and the parts themselves. The contributions of the
players were a HUGE part of it all. As an artist, you’ll
always listen back rethink the mix, the mastering, the
arrangement, etc. I wouldn’t change a single part of the
performances or the performers themselves. They made the
recording.

6. Has the Internet helped with your music?

In small doses, I think it has been amazing and I still
have a lot to learn about it’s potential. I love looking
online and seeing that someone in Japan has purchased my
music, or that a certain song is getting more and more
download in the UK, etc. I’m still learning the monster for
promoting it but just working with CD Baby and ITunes, etc.
has opened up a lot of doors.

7. Do you think tools like MySpace are useful?

I’m still learning the MySpace thing and I think it has a
lot to do with your audience and demographics. Up until
last month, it wasn’t really doing much. However, I just
returned from playing a bunch of college campus shows and
suddenly I check and my traffic is going crazy. Like
everything with promoting your music, I think that it’s
important to find where your audience is and then use the
right tools. There are a lot of them out there.

8. Who you would most like to tour with?

Tough question. There’s so much good music out there now. I
just saw K.T. Tunstall at House of Blues in Cleveland. Blew
me out of the water. I’d also love to tour with one of my
heroes like John Hiatt.

9. If you could work with any one, who would it
be?

That’s a really timely question. With the last CD being
self and co-produced, I’m really ready to work with someone
else’s vision. I’m proud of my own efforts but at the end
of the day, you write a song with your voice and your
instrument, that’s it. The rest can be interpreted in a
million ways and with my own style changing and the next
batch of songs coming up, it’s the right time to bump into
the right person.

10. Have you had much press about the album?

We’ve done OK in the independent market. Reviews have been
favourable both online and with independent press. You
always want more but when you’re starting out, it’s
important to be thankful for what you get. I’m not on the
cover of Rolling Stone I’m not sure I’m ready for that
anyways. I’m still learning how to write songs and make all
this work. It’s a great ride so far.

11. Have you had much response from radio?

A little here and there, to be honest, I’m not sure that
I’d call this a “radio” album. This is a “Pop it in on
Saturday afternoon and Must Have for the Road” CD. There
are a few songs getting some spin in different areas. The
biggest challenge, as with so much independent music is
that so many people just haven’t heard it yet.

12. What inspires you when writing music?

Ha. Everything event that passes by the window if I can
just hang on to it long enough. I wish I could say I have a
formula. A lot of my songs write themselves over a stretch
time where some just show up and almost spill themselves
onto the page (I wish that happened more often). More
recently, a lot of my material comes together while I’m on
the road.

13. What has been your favourite gig to date?

There are two that come to mind. One was the CD release
party at House of Blues in Cleveland (the band was SO on
that night). The other I just played. It was a small campus
in Nebraska in a small room. I played acoustic solo and
most of the students were gone for a holiday. But about 30
students showed and I didn’t want to stop playing. Sold my
whole bag of CDs and still getting emails. Sometimes the
little victories are the best.

14. What is on your stereo at the moment?

Some new and some old, KT Tunstall, The Alternate Routes (A
friend in Nashville turned me on to them), Jeff Buckley,
Black Crowes.

15. What are some of your favourite musical
artists/bands?

Where do I start? It’s always changing. In addition to all
the ones I’ve mentioned earlier, these days I’m listening
to a mix of rock and old jazz, Everything from Red Hot
Chilli Peppers to Radiohead to John Coltraine.

16. Have you had much response from labels?

No deals on the burner at present and I’m OK with that. I
don’t have a chip on my shoulders about the commercial
industry like I see a lot of artists getting. It’s just a
faster track than I’m on right now. I think it’s at the
point where I know who they are and they know who I am and
we’re both keeping an eye on each other to see what happens
next. That stuff all comes around in it’s own time. For the
moment I’ve turned a few heads and there’s more music
coming.

17. Why cover Ring Of Fire for the album?

Didn’t actually plan it. Johnny Cash is a timeless hero
among me and my circles but it wasn’t a planned part of the
CD. I got up and sang it for somebody’s birthday one night
and what came out was a kind of frenzied version, like you
hear on the CD. After that, people demanded it every time I
played live. Once the band got a hold of it, there was no
turning back. It was the most fun of all the tracks to
record. Even worth almost dying underneath a 500lb. Hammond
Organ…. but that’s a story of it’s own.

18. How did you get into country music?

Funny thing is, I’m not really sure. As a drummer with a
hard rock background and heavy influences of Jazz and Latin
styles, who’s mother raised him on Chopin; I’m not sure how
all of this came about. I think that a lot of the modern
country and alt-country has actually absorbed a lot of the
Classic Rock influences that I grew up with. Right about
the time that I started writing songs (not so long ago) I
was watching a lot of bands in and out of Nashville and
drumming with players that listened to a lot of country and
bluegrass. It kind of worked its way into my system. Even
as my style is evolving and changing, I like the influence.
No telling where it goes from here.

Thanks for your time any last words

Thanks again for the interview and helping spread the
word.

Antonia DeNardo

Antonia DeNardo
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Interview With Antonia DeNardo By Chris 2/5/06

Antonia DeNardo is the host of Good Morning Four States
and also is an actress.
I was impressed by her Bio on the network website and I
knew she was worth featuring.
I was so stooked she agreed to do the interview.
She is smart and talented and that was worth an
interview.
So read on and find out what she had to say.

Antonia
Bio on KODE website

1. How did you get into broadcasting?

In high school I was asked to host a local TV show in
Dallas, TX called D on TV. I got to interview NSYNC and
Shaq. O’Neill and I had so much fun doing it that I decided
to go on and major in Broadcast Journalism in college at
Southern Methodist University.

2. How did you become the host of Good Morning Four
States?

Upon graduating from college, I moved to LA to further
pursue acting and hosting. I did a hosting segment for FOX
Italia’s Hollywood Style and soon after my college
professor, mentor, and now good friend Carrie Criado, put
me in touch with the News Director at KODE and the rest is
history.

3. What has been the highlight of that?

Having the opportunity to do an hour-and-a half live TV
show every morning, five days a week has been the best
learning experience of my life. Everyday the news changes,
as well as the guests, so you never get bored. I love to
meet people and learn about new subjects, and I feel very
lucky to have a job that allows me to do soon a daily
basis.

4. What has been the highlight of your career so
far?

I must say I was honored to be one of FHM”S Top 20 sexiest
News lady’s in the nation, but I think the real highlight
of my career has been making it this far and not making any
major mess-ups on air. I can be kind of a klutz!!!!!!

5. Who have you enjoyed interviewing the most?

I have gotten to meet so many interesting people so it is
hard to choose. However, I would have to say I was really
moved after interviewing a young-woman my age named Aimee
who struggled with drug addiction. Her honesty and openness
to share her life’s most intimate details with me, made me
so appreciative of my family and what I have in life. I
followed her for a year and even though she tired to turn
her life around when I met her, she ended up in jail and
had her two beautiful children taken away and then she
finally hit rock bottom. I think of her all the time, and
pray she finds the strength to turn her life into something
good. Those are the kind of interviews I love, ones that
make a mark on your heart.

6. Is their any kind of show you really would want to
host?

I would love to have a show like Good Morning America. A
morning show that has a combination of hard news, feature
stories, and entertainment would be my dream job.

7. Did you enjoy being an actress?

Acting is my first passion. I am pretty busy with GMFS, but
I am still able to do a few jobs here and there. In
December of 2005 I had a part in the independent feature
film “A Little Party.” I played Gabriella. It reminded me
how much I love film acting. I hope to be able to balance
both acting/hosting throughout my career.

8. How did it all start?

When I was 7 years old I decided I wanted to be on TV. I
called a local TV station and told the first person I got
directly that I wanted to be on TV. After being transferred
around a few times I finally got a woman who was willing to
talk to an inquisitive 7-year-old. She told me that in
order to get paying jobs; I needed to get an agent. That
night, I left my notes that I had taken from my
conversation with the woman out on the kitchen table for my
Mom to see, and it was then that she started taking me
seriously. From there she called a few acting school and
enrolled me in some acting classes. Soon after, I was
spotted by a local talent agent and began working doing
small jobs in Dallas.

9. What are some of your favourite movies?

The Notebook, Troop Beverly Hills, Splash, & Sweet Home
Alabama.

10. What movies that you have seen recently you have
really enjoyed?

I saw Crash and loved it. I went to see the movie knowing
nothing about it and was so moved by the issues it
addressed that I started telling everyone I know that they
had to see it. I also recently saw “Thank You for Smoking.”
It was so well-written and entertaining. I highly recommend
both these movies.

11. What are some of your favourite musical
artists?

All my friends make fun of me because I am so bad with
games like name that song or artist, but…I love 80’s
music, oldies, and pop/dance. Madonna, The Police, Doobie
Bros., just to name a few!

12. What would we find on Antonia DeNardo stereo at the
moment?

A cd my best friend Lisa made for me with a mix of songs
like Weezer, Elton John, Jessica Simpson…a variety of
artists…

13. Was the change from being an actress to broadcasting
easy?

It seemed natural to me because I love meeting people. In
broadcasting you get to meet people and interview them on
TV using your own words, unlike acting. Of course in acting
you are reading a script, so as long as you memorize your
lines you’re okay. Broadcasting can definitely be a
challenge if your mind goes blank, or you get tongue tied.
However, that is one of the main things I love about my
job…it keeps you humble. I used to be scared of
making a fool of myself, but now I have come to realize it
is all part of the job and it lets people know we are real
people and by NO MEANS perfect!!

14. Do you think that offering TV shows on the web will
help the networks?

I think so. Personally, I don’t think I’d watch TV on my
computer, but I think we are still in the preliminary
stages of this concept and it remains to be seen how it
will benefit the networks.

15. Any Last words??

Go after your dreams, no matter how out of reach they may
seem. Life is too precious to have regrets, so make
everyday better than the last!!!

Thanks to Antonia for doing it, she rocks