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The Exploders

The Exploders are a cool Australian band doing a unique sound and I was hooked and with a song like Hey Fucker, how could you not. So I interviewed them and this is what they had to say.

http://www.facebook.com/TheExploders

 

1. How did the band form?  
Paul and I had always mucked around together on guitars when we were in high school,
Paul
played with some other guys in a cover band at parties and School
dances, which I didn’t join because I couldn’t cop the riffs.
At
University I preferred staying home and playing guitar in my room
instead of going to classes … so after I barely passed, having 
already decided to start recording songs and start a band, paul was the first one in and we started writing songs together. 

2. Where has been your favorite place to play so far?
Falls Festival or Splendor … we had a sing along at Splendor when the Amps crapped out
mid hirsute coup d’etat. (the Nash, Karova Lounge, the Forum)
3. Who have you enjoyed playing with recently?
No one, we haven’t had the pleasure recently … We’re planning on correcting that shortly.
Playing with the Hoodoo Gurus was a bit cool I must admit, like a peanut I asked for an autograph.
4. What was the inspiration for the song Hey Fucker?
Cutting someone’s heart out before they can break yours.
5. What inspires the band when writing music?
Music.
6. What is the album Orche.Stratos.Pheric?
An Electric Country and Psychephallic Rock Or Roll Record …
A mash of hellenistic myth, modern life, wives tale, proverb and perversion using music as glue.
‘Concept’ album is a dirty word.
7. How has social media helped the band?
I’m not sure … it still depends entirely on which part of society
likes your media, I guess? As far as exposure
and the ability to gain the appreciation of more people, the benefit
is obvious … making good use of it is the trick.
8. How did the recording process for the album go?
Swimmingly … We had some solid songs already written and new songs steadily being demoed …
When we began recording there was no plans except for production, we were always
going to record this album ourselves, we believe it’s our strength. We tracked over a few weeks
before, after and during tour dates, I found I had been writing for each song as though it was
a chapter of a Novel. After compiling each track, adding the last touches, lyrics and vocals
with that in mind, the ‘story’ presented itself within the album. It’s been a little creepy that parallels 
between the ‘Real World’ and those chapters began materializing after the recording, 
like repressed memory or dejavu they were obscured until someone else drew attention to them.
9. What is next for the band?
Album launches in small, loud, crowded venues … where we belong.
If ever our ducks follow instructions.

House Of Shem

 

House Of Shem are a succcesful New Zealand Reggae band and they are finally touring Australia. So I thought it was the right time to interview them and find out more, so please read on.

http://www.houseofshem.com/

1.
How did the band form?

After my Father finished his band Mana in 1994
we moved to Ratana Pa which is located 20km from Whanganui where we went
to school there. This is where he started training some young aspiring
musicians into song writing and performing which is where everything
started kicking of The band was first knowen as SHEM. After a break we
formed our own record label called SOUTHGATE ENTERTAINMENT which was a
base for up and coming hiphop, rnb, reggae artists and groups from New
Zealand and even branched out to The Us, Africa and Australia. Then in
2005 House of Shem reformed and started working on the Keep Rising album
and from then on have just climbed the ladder and never looked back.

2. How does it feel to have so much support from audiences in NZ?

Naturally
the support will be there because we are singing for the people and
giving them hope and understanding for a better future and to never give
up, it is a beautifull thing to be on stage and perform to our people
and see a smile on there faces and to hear them singing our songs its a
blessing!

3.
Who have you enjoyed playing with recently?

We enjoyed touring with
Julian Marley, Steel Pulse and Sly and Robbie in 2010 on the Nz and
Australia Raggamuffin Tour, recently we have enjoyed performing our new
collaberation with San Diego based band BIG MOUNTAIN who were know for
there hit "Baby i love your way" we had oppurtunity to write and record a
song with them in the studio here in Nz duing there stay here for the
Raggamuffin 2012 show where we Joined them on stage to perform it.

4.
How did the bands name came about?

Shem was one of the sons of Noah,
Noah had three sons Ham, Shem and Japeth. These three sons left the ark
in diffrent directions Ham went towards Africa, Japeth went towards
Europe and Shem towards the middle east, and it is said that the Maori
and Polynesian People came out of Israel to escape captivity. House Of
Shem also in the bible was known as the House of Learning.

5.
What inspires the band when writing music?

Bible, Our Family, Our
People, Our Fans, Our Prophets, Love, Peace and Harmony, Freedom, The
Struggle, The System,

6. Why come to Australia to tour?

Because
it is a beautifull country and is always nice and warm when we come
there!! NZ is freezing right now u dont beleive how much we cant wait to
get outta here!! Theres no inspiration at the moment here haha

7.
How has social media helped the band?

Social Media is awesome my
younger brother Sam was a computer wiz when he was 3rd form he used to
show us this thing called Bebo and Myspace back around 2002 we were like
whats this stuff and he said its the Future bro! Nek Minit we are all
relying on it now haha he put one of our first song/demo we recorded on
there back in 2002 and to this day it has been a big hit right through
Us and Hawaii.

8. Are you surprised how supportive the music industry is NZ?

Yes
creative Nz an nz on air are supportive of us we just hope more funding
is put into reggae music as it is becoming one of the biggest genres
down here in Nz, it is good to see the youth listening to reggae music
as it minimizers the Anger they get from Gangster music its truley a
blesssing!

9. What is next for the band?

New
album, new single and videos out soon and perform in different parts of
the world we cant wait to get to Europe, Europe has a big reggae
following and some of the biggest reggae festivals are there.

Annelise Collette

 

Annelise Collette is an incredible talented American singer songwriter who I discovered and who’s tunes won me over.  I love what she is doing and had to know more. So please listen and find out more about this talented singer songwriter.

http://www.annelisecollette.com

http://www.parx-e.com/ac.mp3 Interview link

The Dropper’s Neck – Self Titled EP (Self Released)


The Dropper’s Neck have released their self titled EP and it’s a rocking release full of solid alternative rock tunes. The first song Poor Excuse kicks it off in full swing with solid musicianship, good production and shows off what the band is about. Sick has a cool intro and a song I could see all the cool British stations cranking, it’s got a good vibe, solid vocals and good lyrics. The Divorcee would be my pick off the EP it’s well written song, good vocals and musicianship. I Could has got some great guitar playing as well as drumming and bass playing. It’s finishes off the EP in good style. This is a good release for a band who I know are gonna lead on to good things. This is worth your time checking out and telling your mates about.

Genevieve Farrell

 

Genevieve Farrell is an incredibly talented and beautiful actor,writer, producer who doing good things in Hollywood like a very well done short film called Snow White and the Seven Movies. I like what she has done so far and what she is going to do. She has got loads of talent and why it will lead to good things for her in the future. She kindly gave up her time to talk to me about it all. So please listen to the podcast link to hear why she is going places.

http://www.parx-e.com/gf.mp3

http://www.genevievefarrell.com/

Beyond The Bridge

Beyond The Bridge are an exciting new band signed to the legendary Frontiers Records. Loved what they were doing and thought they were worth interviewing, so please read on and find out more about this amazing new band.  

http://www.beyondthebridge.net

1. How did the band form?

Our musical life started as a school band. Back then it was only
Dominik (Bass), Christopher (Keyboards) and me (guitar). When we
finished school in 2004 and everybody moved to different cities the old
school band broke apart. Dominik, Christopher and I decided to stick
together as friends. It wasn´t until 2005 where I came up with the
conceptual idea of “The Old Man & The Spirit”. One of the biggest
motivations was that Christopher went for a life of recording music. I
knew in 2005 that Christopher will become a producer someday and we will
have the chance to do professional recordings. I convinced Christopher
to create a concept album together. In the next five years we finished
our university studies, composed the music and wrote the lyrics. I did
my Diploma in Physics in Munich and Christopher became a "Tonmeister".
As it turned out in 2008 my plan has worked out quite well. But it was
not Christopher who produced the album as he decided to go for
engineering, mixing
 and producing classical music. It was rather Simon Oberender who was
and is one of Christophers best friends and colleagues. After finishing
his Diploma Simon became a sound engineer and producer at the Gate
Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany. We simply asked him if he would like to
produce the album at the Gate Studios. This was a great choice and a big
opportunity for Beyond the Bridge. Simon also brought Fabian and Herbie
to the band and I met Dilenya at a concert of hers in Munich.

2. What was it like to have your album released on the legendary Frontiers Records?

I was speechless. The first thing I did was to go directly to the
website of Frontiers Records and check out all the releases they have
been putting out over the past years. I had goosebumps all over me when I
saw that we are in the same boat with Mr. Big, Toto, Yes, Asia and many
more. Amazing!


3. Are you happy the way the album turned out?

Yes, I am very proud of it. Usually I always question the things I
do or have achieved in everyday life. But there is almost no self-doubt
about this album. I love it very much.

4. How would you describe the concept of the album to a 7 year old?

O.k., lets assume the name of the 10 year old is Leo. I would say this:
My little Leo, once upon a time there was a young boy, Bob, just like
you but very anxious to find out all the secrets about Santa Claus and
his magical elves. He got really desperate that no one in his family and
none of his friends could help him with this issue. Just right before
he gave up, one of Santa Claus´ magical elves suddenly appeared and
offered him a trade of. The elf said: "Bob you can just become like me
and fly around the north pole as much as you like discovering everything
you can imagine about Santa Clause and his magical elves. But you can
not do this as the boy you are. You have to become an elf. I know a
great magic spell which transforms you in me and me in you." You have to
know little Leo, that Elves do not get presents on Christmas. And they
are not allowed to eat candy and chocolate. The tale of little Bob tells
you how Bob decides and whether he reveals the secrets of Santa Cl
 ause or remains a boy happy and thankful for every present and for all candy he gets. What would you do, Leo?


5. What was the inspiration for the album?

I had the idea for the concept of "The old Man and the Spirit" at
the moment where I had to decide what I am going to do with my life. It
was after school and I had two possible choices. Either I become a
musician or I study physics. I believed that physics could be able to
reveal the answers to the questions I have been having as  a teenager.
These were questions that you can find in typical popular scientific
literature. Basically questions about the universe, elementary
particles, quantum mechanics and stuff like that. On the other hand
there was music. And I guess I don´t have to tell you that music can be
the most intensive experience sometimes. At the end I decided to go for
physics. But as it turns out now, I am back to music 😉


6. What is the scene like where you are from?

The scene is currently very busy. Many new exciting German Prog
bands put out new stuff. Check out for example Flaming Row, Dreamscape,
Effloresce
or Vanden Plas. In Germany you can find a lot of musicians being
interested in Prog Metal. I just wish that more Listeners would draw
their attention to Prog 😉


7. How has social networking help the band?

It helps us a lot. For a newcomer band like us it probably the
most important thing. Over platforms like Youtube or Facebook we are
able to spread the music and all the informations and updates about the
band. Facebook is very useful to get in touch with fans and other bands.
We can interact with people and chat with them. That is great. It is
also due to Facebook that we will be playing on the ProgPower USA this
year in Atlanta. Of course the internet has a few bad sides for
musicians or record companies but overall we have to use the positive
things the internet has to offer to our advantage.


8. What has been your favorite show to date so far?

To be honest, we only had one show so far. But that one was great!
We had 45 Minutes to play as a support band for one of the greatest
prog bands of our time, Fates Warning. It was very exciting! The two
singer were in a great shape, the audience was great, our drummer did
not loose a stick and so on. Everything went well on that night apart
from me pulling out my in-ear monitoring cable by stepping on it. I
could not hear my guitar for about 30 seconds until I managed to put the
cable back in ; )


9. If you could have anyone in a video clip who would it be?

Well, if we wanted to have a clip with our idols it would probably
be Spocks Beard, Pain of Salvation or Dream Theater. Personally, I
would love to meet Paul Gilbert some time. But again from a very
different point of view, shooting a video with Katy Perry or Pink could
be awesome as well 😉


10. What is next for the band?

We are working every day on arranging upcoming live shows. We will
put up an online shop on our website where people can order the first
BtB T-shirt ever. Overall we will focus on more live playing and a new
album. We want to become a real studio and touring band with all the
things a band like this has to do. I am looking forward to my first
smelly tour bus and my first bad hangover after a great show.

Goldy Cass

 Godly Cass has Animal Dairy Science degree and now waiting to get into Veterinary Science. Plus she has done some modelling. So read on find about this smart beautiful women. 

1. How did you decide to study Animal Dairy Science?

    Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to be a veterinarian.  I grew up in a military family and have had the opportunity to live and travel all over the world including California, Virginia, Rhode Island, Alabama, Mississippi, and Naples, Italy.  I am originally from San Diego and definitely consider myself a Cali beach girl haha. When I decided to attend Mississippi State University I chose animal and dairy science/ pre-vet for my major.  I just graduated with my bachelors of science degree in May, and now I am currently trying to get into vet school.

2. What have you learn so far from doing it?

    While attending MSU I have definitely taken some interesting classes, most recently I had to take animal reproduction… basically for a whole semester we had to stick our arms up cows butts and preform AI (artificial insemination)… Not my favorite but it was definitely interesting.

3. Why are you going to study Veterinary Science?

    Veterinary medicine is something that has always interested me.  My aunt and uncle are both vets, and I can remember shadowing them at work as a kid. Its something that I have always dreamed to do when I grew up.  And I absolutely love animals! I have 4 dogs and 2 cats currently.  I am also really passionate in rescuing and fostering animals.

4. What do you hope your degree will do for you?

   I hope I cant get accepted and finish vet school and start my own small animal hospital.  Its always been a dream of mine.

5. What kind of broadcasting work do you hope to do?

   I would love to do some sort of broadcasting work for Playboy.  I have been on a few of their radio shows and had a blast. 

6. How has your life changed since doing Playboy?

   My life hasn’t changed too much since doing Playboy.  I am recognized once in awhile by students at MSU and around town.  I am also a bartender at Ricks Cafe (best college night club in Starkville) and am often recognized.  I have gotten to do other playboy events including Playboy Golf after being in the magazine which was fun. 

7. Why pose for in Playboy?

   Playboy is one of those magazine that I have always fantasized to be in.  The most beautiful women in the world have posed for Playboy.  I remember to day I went to the casting call. I told my roommate I was going to do it and she laughed but agreed to go with me.  No one believed I would actually do it.  After the casting call, I received a call that night and out of 50 girls, they chose me to represent Mississippi State! I was shocked and so excited!

8. How did your parents respond to you being in Playboy?

   When I told my parents I was trying out for Playboy they laughed and said alright… and then when I actually got chosen, they didn’t believe me! My mom called about 10  times asking if I was joking.  When the magazine came out, my mom wasn’t too thrilled and didn’t want her friends to know haha, but now she brags about it.  My dad was always cool with it.

10. Were you Nervous doing the shoot?

   I was very nervous but also excited.  I didn’t know what to expect! It was funny, the day we did the shoot, I had to skip my classes and got my hair and make up done first thing in the morning.  Of course the day we did the shoot, we had tornado’s and severe weather all day.  I remember doing the shoot and hearing the tornado sirens outside.  There were 3 representatives (2 males, 1 female) who did the shoot and were amazing! They really make you feel comfortable and make sure you are have fun with it.

11. How did it feel being the center of attention when doing the shoot?

   It was a great feeling! Everyone makes you feel so important and super comfortable.  I had a blast and wish I can do it again soon!

12. How have people responded when you tell them your in Playboy?

   Living in a small town, we don’t have many famous or important people around, so when they hear that a local girl posed for Playboy, people get pretty excited.  A lot of people know I’m a bartender and will come up and say something.  I have done quite a few autographs.  It feels great, and alot of people actually look up to me and are proud that I went out and fulfilled one of my dreams.  Living in Mississippi, I also live in the bible belt… so not everyone is thrilled about it and I am probably the devil to some people haha, but I don’t care.  I’m proud for what I did.  It is actually really hard to find the magazine around here… They don’t sell it in Starkville where I live… you have to drive 30 mins to Columbus, the nearest town to even find the magazine. 

13. Will do you do more modeling and Playboy stuff if it comes up?  

Absolutely! I would love to to another shoot if the opportunity came up. I recently went to the Playboy Golf event in Tunica, MS which was a fun weekend. 

14. How did you get involved with Playboy Golf?

   I was approached my an amazing woman named Elizabeth Sullivan and asked if I would be interested in attending a casting call for Playboy Golf… and of course I said yes.  I went to Memphis, TN for the casting call and was 1 out of 60 girls chosen to attend the golf event in Tunica.  It was a weekend golf event in May.  The girls basically made sure the golfers had a good time and we attending multiple VIP parties and got treated like princesses all weekend.  It was a good time. All the girls were beautiful.

15. What are some of your favourite movies?

   I’m a big movie lover! Some of my favorite movies are Friends with Benefits, Get Him to the Greek, No Strings Attached, Saving Private Ryan, Pirates of the Caribbean, Coyote Ugly, Grease, Step Brothers, Paranormal Activity… etc… So many!

16. What movies that you have seen recently you havereally enjoyed?

  I just recently saw What to Expect when Your Expecting, Dark Shadows, and Hunger Games and enjoyed all of them!

17. what are some of your favorite musical artists?

   Working at a bar/nightclub I am a big music lover and have had the opportunity to see many great bands play.  Some of my favorites are Corey Smith, Train, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, Adele, etc18. what would we find on your stereo atthe moment?
  Train- Drive by…. my favorite song at the moment!

19. would you ever like to travel overseas?

  Oh yes, I have traveled all over Europe and lived in Italy before.  I would love to go back! I would also love to visit Australia some time! I have some friends that live there and have always wanted to go!

20. what your favorite thing to do when your not studying?

  Well I work alot! which i absolutely love!, when im not doing that I love spending time with my dogs and friends

Stacy Clark

Photo: Doug Sonders

Stacy Clark is an amazing American singer songwriter who’s song Sign blew me away and I knew I need to know more. She has had songs in Tv Show’s done Charity Gigs and more. Read on and find out why you need to check her out.

http://www.facebook.com/StacyClarkMusic

1. How did you get into music?

It was a natural progression.I have been fortunate enough to know that I always wanted a career in music.  I grew up writing poetry and dancing to music. I also sang in school and church choirs. In high school, I decided to teach myself the guitar. I was a bit of a tomboy. I enjoyed snowboarding and punk rock shows. I played in a few garage bands and started to do open mics. Since then I have been learning by trial and error. Although there schools for music, I feared rejection and just went for it. Little did I know rejection was inevitable. My new motto is, "if your not getting rejected, your not trying hard enough".  I would read as many music business books and try to meet as many musicians as possible to try to gain insight. However, there is no better way to learn then to just do. Make an album, book some some shows and hit the road! After seeing bands like Jimmy Eat World and New Found Glory touring small venues then eventually playing larger ones, I thought maybe I have a shot at this. I grew up listening to local artists including Ani DiFranco, The 10,000 Maniacs and Natalie Merchant. I saw that having a career in music wasn’t just a dream, it was a real possibility.

2. What was the inspiration for the video clip Sign?

 The inspiration came from the song lyrics and director Ivan Ives. We had collaborated musically before, however it was really awesome to create something visually. He is one of those people who is incredibly talented at whatever he does. When he listened to my song he envisioned the story that was portrayed in the video. When writing the lyrics I imagined the video to be me searching for something and wanted strong imagery. So I really felt that the concept he wanted to shoot was dead on to what I wanted to portray. I am very lucky to have such talented friends that I get to work with.
     
3. How does it feel to have your music used on all these tv shows?

It feels awesome. It is nice when you work hard and see results.

4. What does it feel like to play charity shows and raise money for charities?

It makes me happy and gives me a greater purpose. Life is short, what difference will you make? It is the small acts of kindness that can really make an impact on someones life and create a positive change.  Getting involved it is very rewarding and life changing. I have meet so many great people and am constantly learning. It is pretty amazing what people can do when they work towards the same goal to raise awareness and funds that can help find cures, create jobs, create homes, create clean drinking water, rescue animals, rescue our environment and most importantly save lives. There are so many awful things happening in our world from human trafficking to genocide. In each community there is a need for volunteers.  I enjoy being part of a community and enjoy being part of a positive change.

5. What inspires you when writing music?

I am influenced by everything. Life, my surroundings, books, people, places, and the list goes on.

6. What is your release Patterns about?

This album was about doing what I love with no boundaries. I released it independently and was free of any attachments, which in return brought me great happiness. At the end of the day I just want to create. Each song represents a time or emotion in my life and stands on it’s own.

7. If you could have anybody in a video clip who would it be?

Stevie Nicks or Gwen Stefani. I just adore them both.

8. How has social networking helped you as an artist?

Its a great tool to meet new people and another avenue to be heard.

9. Who would you most like to work with as an artist?

I would love to write with Stevie, Dolly Parton or Paul McCartney. Per producers I would love to work with Dr. Luke or Mark Foster.

10. Would you ever sign to a label again if the offer was right?

Justin Bieber did teach me to never say never!