Category: Interviews

Andrew McMahon of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Andrew McMahon of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

“I think because I was writing a lot of the record while I was working the first Wilderness record and the fact that so much of that process was a new adventure, it was a big risk I think stepping away from Jack’s Mannequin and taking time off and then jumping into this project. So I wanted to capture some […]

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Damon Johnson of Black Star Riders

Damon Johnson of Black Star Riders

“We work very fast together, there’s no ego, there’s a lot of mutual respect, there’s a lot of knowledge and just a real passion for music, again, all genres of music and all the elements that we like, so we’re looking forward to a long relationship together…” From release: There’s a beautiful purity to the finest rock ‘n’ roll, a […]

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Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth

Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth

“Some shows are more special than others like in Australia they’re energetic shows and people are getting into it and you can tell that they’re enjoying listening to the music you know. So it’s a great feeling walking on stage, adrenaline. It’s a treat really.” From Release: The evolution of OPETH as a band is wondrous, witnessing spine-tingling music which […]

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Ben Barlow of Neck Deep

Ben Barlow of Neck Deep

“The fact that I am living my actual dream is the best thing about it, and every aspect of that is everything I ever wanted, I haven’t lost sight of what my dreams and aspirations are, I’m still very grounded, I still appreciate and respect everybody, none of us have let an ego go to our heads at all…” From […]

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Mark Holcomb of Periphery

Mark Holcomb of Periphery

“…we’ve always had a superb comradery as far as touring and hanging out, we’ve never been a band to go at each other’s throats just from being around each other, but being creative especially as every single band member is a song writer which we are and we all contribute greatly, being creative in a group environment can be pretty […]

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Joel & Ryan O’Keeffe of Airbourne (Video Interview)

Joel & Ryan O’Keeffe of Airbourne (Video Interview)

“We have just had our head down and we’ve been just not looking back, looking around, we’ve just been going, but the crowds have been singing all the words and they’ve been loving it and that’s been the good thing…” While on tour and in Sydney we sat down with Joel and Ryan O’Keeffe of Airbourne to talk about touring, […]

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Josh Franceschi of You Me At Six

Josh Franceschi of You Me At Six

“…our mission statement for every record from the start has always been that we don’t want to make the same record that we just made and with ‘Cavalier Youth’ not that there’s any sense of regret but there are some things we would’ve done differently…” Now a decade into their career, the five friends who form You Me At Six […]

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Paul Mahon of The Answer

Paul Mahon of The Answer

“It is seen as a ‘departure’ but for us it is a ‘progression’. There are certainly much darker themes and arrangements on Solas and the production and playing is very different to our normal rock n roll approach. We used our home studio much more and embarked on a journey of experimentation without being necessarily too worried about following the […]

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Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball

Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball

“It’s weird because we’re all between twenty three and twenty five years old, so the last five years of our lives have been a really crucial growing up period, or at least it would’ve been if we had normal jobs or something *laughs* but it’s been crazy for all of us to have to start dealing with real life grown […]

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Javier Reyes of Animals As Leaders

Javier Reyes of Animals As Leaders

“I think there’s always a population of people who are fans of technical music or seeing someone excel at music, I think that bands that are able to do that and also write catchy music is slightly different from the Satriani’s and the Vai’s who are inherently guitar centric which is the focus, for us we’re still trying to compose […]

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Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless

Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless

  “It could take six years to write one song or magic could happen in five minutes, you never really know and that’s why it’s a weird thing but it’s the most rewarding thing because there is no better feeling than finishing a good song and sitting back and going ‘wow I made that, this is something from nothing’ it’s […]

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James Michael of SIXX:A.M.

James Michael of SIXX:A.M.

“…you and I spend so much of our day now hearing how rock is dead or rock is going through changes and the reality is that it’s not, it’s actually a resurgence and you’re right I think people are coming to rock music now for a sense of salvation now, for a sense of hope and SIXX:A.M. is the perfect […]

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Billy Duffy of The Cult

Billy Duffy of The Cult

“I think I’m just a more mature gentleman, me and him don’t own the songs, they’re the property of the fans and I just try and do my best to play them with as much enthusiasm and integrity as I can so that they come and enjoy it, you know? So that’s kind of where I’m at with it and […]

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Anthony Raneri of Bayside

Anthony Raneri of Bayside

“…you just hope that people are going to like it, it’s not even about numbers or sales or success, it’s just about the people and at this stage in our career you just hope that the people who like all your other records like this one too, you never want to disappoint your fans.” From release: Where Bayside’s last album, […]

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Kim Wilde

Kim Wilde

“Well I think a lot of people who were around in the 80’s see it with rose tinted spectacles and it was a time before they got a mortgage most people or a divorce, or children *laughs* and I think people associate it with a sort of more carefree time in their lives… From release: Mention KIM WILDE and people’s […]

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Frank Iero (Video Interview)

Frank Iero (Video Interview)

“I always felt like when you make a record, especially like a second record you have to kind of go in and reinvent yourself as an artist and kind of rethink how you make music and what kind of music do you want to make. The band starts to change and evolve…” While in Sydney, Australia and only hours before […]

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Chris Britton of The Troggs

Chris Britton of The Troggs

“The say to see the world join the army or the navy, but it’s even better when you join a rock band because you don’t have to fight. It’s a great way of seeing the world and we actually enjoy playing to a new audience because we get a buzz back from the audience.” From Release: THE TROGGS first entered the […]

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Valentino Arteaga of Of Mice & Men

Valentino Arteaga of Of Mice & Men

“You can’t do this alone, we all have our problems, we see it in our daily life & we need to seek the comfort of others to weather it. So many things are out of our control but a lot of it starts from the INSIDE. That feeling of isolation begins within & projects outward into the universe.” From Release: […]

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Devin Townsend of Devin Townsend Project

Devin Townsend of Devin Townsend Project

“Like most times you get solo artists or what have you, after twenty five years of doing it well no one tells you shit, like this is how I do it and to try and sort of step back from everything and say “maybe I don’t know everything here guys, what do you think?” was really challenging I’ve got to […]

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Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson

“I think that’s what keeps it interesting for me too, there’s always a new approach I can apply to music and there’s always something out there that inspires you whether it’s film, literature, life, other music, there’s always something that can freshen your perspective up when it comes to making music…” From release: Visionary musician, Steven Wilson, who has changed […]

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RSO – Richie Sambora & Orianthi (Video Interview)

RSO – Richie Sambora & Orianthi (Video Interview)

“We kinda did it like an ass backwards but I think it’s kinda ass frontwards because what it did was create a sound that we have here, personally my objective was to try to make a record that was the third record as the first record, so already have two in, so the third record have a style and we […]

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Donita Sparks of L7

Donita Sparks of L7

“I feel now that we’ve already proved ourselves, we’re playing material that people have been waiting years for us to play live and it’s already a given that they like us *laughs* and like the music that they’re gonna hear because they’ve already bought the stuff twenty years ago you know what I mean?” From release: One of the most […]

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Neil Westfall of A Day To Remember

Neil Westfall of A Day To Remember

“It’s not really that hard for us because honestly we got to where we are now by writing about what came naturally or what we were influenced by at the time and stuff like that. So this one is still A Day To Remember but it sounds a little different because it’s a different time in our lives…” From release: […]

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Iva Davies of Icehouse

Iva Davies of Icehouse

“…I was a skeptic for a very long time and it wasn’t until I was handed the first royalty check from the Flowers album by the management accountant that it sort of dawned on me that we were going to make any money out of it, and even after that I didn’t think we’d last very long *laughs* so it […]

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Elijah Witt of Cane Hill

Elijah Witt of Cane Hill

“…we learn something new every day, we’re in a different place, different time every single day of your life and there’s so many experiences you take out of it, it’s like you become a completely different person and you become a completely different band as far as professionalism and that.” From Release: Passionate New Orleans outfit CANE HILL have formulated a brand […]

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Richie Sambora of RSO

Richie Sambora of RSO

“It’s like we’re saving the world with songs at some point you know what I mean? It’s like you wanna make people happy, you have a good time, come out to see Ori and Richie, you’re gonna be entertained, there’s gonna be a lot of good songs and there’s gonna be a lot of good jamming going on ya know.” […]

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Mark Haylmun of Suicide Silence

Mark Haylmun of Suicide Silence

“Two years ago it was like maintenance, we were putting together I guess the new group, the new fronted group and we wanted to prove that we were going to be able to maintain the ferociousness that we always had, and now that we’ve even proved to ourselves that we’ve done that we’re so confident and so sure footed in […]

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Stevic Mackay of Twelve Foot Ninja

Stevic Mackay of Twelve Foot Ninja

“…you torture yourself because you don’t want to let anything go through to the wicket keeper, like every note is scrutinized and there’s no choice to not do it like that. For a band like Twelve Foot Ninja it’s sort of part and parcel with the sound, you know everything is really laboured over to try and create a feeling […]

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Alex Varkatzas of Atreyu

Alex Varkatzas of Atreyu

“You know Atreyu exists right now basically to kick ass and take names, so we’re gonna kick ass and take names when we come down there, like every show we play I feel like we’ve got something to prove or I’ve got something to prove to re-establish ourselves to be a force to be reckoned with.” From Release: No strangers […]

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Doug Aldrich of The Dead Daisies

Doug Aldrich of The Dead Daisies

“This time with The Dead Daisies record was all five of us in a room from start to finish, we wrote it together, we recorded it together live and really it was a lot of fun because everyone was invested in it, everyone was excited with what we agreed that we’d record.” From release: The Dead Daisies’ superlative new studio […]

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