Category: Interviews

Eric Martin of Mr. Big / Avantasia

Eric Martin of Mr. Big / Avantasia

“…it’s epic tunes about fantasy and heaven and hell and all points in between, it’s probably like ten concerts in one, you’re gonna go away and you’re gonna be stunned at the end of it and you’ll be like what the hell just happened?” As the AVANTASIA dates, inch closer and closer to Australia, set for impact this May, the cast of […]

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Ted Lundström of Amon Amarth

Ted Lundström of Amon Amarth

“…we always fight to get to the next level, this kind of fire burning all the time, I think this is what you need as a band to reach somewhere, you really need to have this spirit to work hard and always look to what can we do next time…” From Release: Comprising 12 monstrous heavy metal anthems that bulge […]

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Dave Gleeson of The Screaming Jets

Dave Gleeson of The Screaming Jets

“…we just wanted to get out there and sweat and rock and play music to people and get them pumping, So that’s kind of where we’ve kind of hung our hat.” From Release: Celebrating 30 years The Screaming Jets are taking a step back in time and revisiting their musical history. Not much has changed since 1989 when nobody knew […]

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Ella Hooper of Killing Heidi

Ella Hooper of Killing Heidi

“I think that we are a band that really enjoys it and we’re a band that really loves giving the crowd a good time, I don’t think we take ourselves too seriously and I think that’s something I’m really proud of…” From Release: It’s been twenty years since Hooper Siblings Killing Heidi released their disarming folk pop song, ‘Kettle’ on triple j […]

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Noel Hogan of The Cranberries

Noel Hogan of The Cranberries

“I realised that that day that this was it, this was the last time we’d do this and it has been our entire lives really, it’s defined our lives in many ways, it’s been amazing but it’s kind of sad to let it go as well but I think it’s the best thing to do for now.” From Release: The […]

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Minoru Niihara of Loudness

Minoru Niihara of Loudness

“Live is everything, well how can I describe this, it’s kind of hard to describe in English, we love playing music, we want to share happy times with our audience. Live is everything for us.” From Release: Formed in 1981; LOUDNESS released their first album The Birthday Eve and it created a huge stir on the Japanese Metal scene. In 1983 LOUDNESS hit the west and […]

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Danko Jones

Danko Jones

“…we’re not rewriting anything, we’re not reinventing anything, but we’re just trying to make the best hard rock music we can and I think we’re doing it.” From Release: Rock ‘n’ roll ain’t no luxury item. It’s essential. It’s the blood in our veins and the fire in our hearts. And nobody does it better than DANKO JONES. Danko Jones […]

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Clint Lowery of Sevendust

Clint Lowery of Sevendust

“This last tour we really just felt very comfortable and we found a niche, there’s a really good thing going on right now and we want to keep going with it.” From Release: Sevendust first forged a familial tie amongst each other in 1994 that translated into one of the most die-hard audiences in the game. To this day, the connection […]

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Keri Kelli of A New Revenge

Keri Kelli of A New Revenge

“We have a record out and we’re very proud of it and we hope the rock and roll people and community are digging it as well.” From Release: Supergroup is a term that has been diluted over time. Throwing a bunch of people from other bands into a new project doesn’t automatically make them Super, but their bio’s will tell […]

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Dave Bickler

Dave Bickler

“…because of the ridiculous visibility of my past work with Survivor and ‘Eye of The Tiger’ and all that I don’t have to start from scratch. It does give me a platform to have people listen to new music and give it a shot.” From Release: The voice on one of the most instantly recognizable and celebrated rock anthems of […]

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Matt Halpern of Periphery

Matt Halpern of Periphery

“…the name itself hopefully let’s people know that despite the seriousness of the level of hard work we put into the record and I guess in some ways how serious the music sounds, we as people in the band we do not take ourselves seriously whatsoever, we’re a bunch of goofballs and we definitely want that to come through despite […]

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Stephen Christian of Anberlin

Stephen Christian of Anberlin

“We were tired, tired of the road, tired of our jobs, tired of our lives, and tired of each other, again there wasn’t any animosity but it definitely took about a year for people to start talking to each other again.” From Release: Australia holds a special place in the hearts of ANBERLIN and fans similarly embrace the band with […]

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John Corabi

John Corabi

“…you know I have this weird knack of doing records that like The Scream even the Union stuff when it was out people paid attention to it but not much, same with the Motley record but then literally twenty or twenty five years later everybody’s like ‘oh god it’s like a cult classic’ *laughs* where were you guys twenty years […]

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Bonnie Tyler. Copyright: earMUSIC, credit: Tina Korhonen, www.tina-k.com

Bonnie Tyler

“I didn’t realise I’d been in the business for fifty years until I saw the sticker on the front of my album saying ‘Celebrating fifty years in the business’ I’m thinking bloody hell I don’t even feel fifty let alone being in the business for fifty years.” From Release: Marking no less than the complete reinvention of a wonderful and […]

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Leigh Kakaty of Pop Evil

Leigh Kakaty of Pop Evil

“It really felt like it was a rebirth for us so we really spent a lot of time both in and out of the studio making sure that we wanted to lay some solid groundwork for Pop Evil moving forward in the future…” From Release: Simply put, POP EVIL is a larger-than-life true rock n’ roll band blending the earnestness […]

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Kram of Spiderbait / ARC

Kram of Spiderbait / ARC

“It’s funny, a lot of the times with these sorts of supergroups, they’re good on paper but they might not necessarily work on stage as well as you would hope, but this one has got a really special energy to it. So it was a nice accident that came together and here we are.” From Release: In celebration of Abbey […]

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Patrick Robertson of Motor Ace

Patrick Robertson of Motor Ace

“Thirteen years since we’ve been on stage I think if it’s not gonna happen now it’s never gonna happen you know?” From Release:  It’s 2001, you’re driving home from work, flicking through the radio stations, and Five Star Laundry by Motor Ace is being played on triple j, Triple M and a bunch of other stations in between.  Then, as […]

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Laurie Vincent & Isaac Holman of Slaves (Video Interview)

Laurie Vincent & Isaac Holman of Slaves (Video Interview)

“We’ve kind of spent a lot of our career trying to make our record as good as our live show because we’ve been known as a live band.” From Release: Slaves Since first bursting out of the UK pub scene in 2012, Slaves have gone onto become of the UK’s most ferocious live bands, and their brand of high-energy punk rock […]

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Josh Todd of Buckcherry

Josh Todd of Buckcherry

“…change is really good for Buckcherry as painful as it is sometimes but you know the old line-up it just wasn’t a united front for like three years before it actually happened, so it was a long time coming, people are much happier, the people who left and the people who are here now and Buckcherry is thriving again…” From […]

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Rob Halford of Judas Priest (Video Interview)

Rob Halford of Judas Priest (Video Interview)

“I call ourselves a working metal band, and what I mean by that is it’s all relevant to making yourself relevant, and for as long as this band has been together we’ve always gone out on these big worldwide treks supporting our latest music. So this is like doing again what we’ve done since Rocka Rolla in nineteen seventy blah […]

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Anders Fridén of In Flames

Anders Fridén of In Flames

“…it’s a hobby that turned into a job that still in some ways is a hobby, I love music I listen to great music and it couldn’t be better, I couldn’t be happier. I’m so fortunate that I’ve been able to do this for a long time.” From Release: At this point, IN FLAMES are less of a band than they are […]

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Tobias Sammet of Avantasia

Tobias Sammet of Avantasia

“The whole album is pretty much a celebration of the love for the abnormal *laughs* I can say, and I can relate to that and it’s a very heartfelt and honest album.” From Release: AVANTASIA, the all-star rock opera spaceship piloted by EDGUY singer, songwriter and producer Tobias Sammet, have released their eighth full-length album, ‘Moonglow’, via Nuclear Blast Records. […]

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Mark Morton

Mark Morton

“For the most part I wasn’t chasing people around in fact honestly I was flattered and kind of humbled at the same time to find in most instances the people I reached out to were willing to listen and once they listened they wanted to be a part of it.” From Release: Mark Morton, the prolific guitarist of Lamb of […]

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Kin Etik of Twelve Foot Ninja

Kin Etik of Twelve Foot Ninja

“… there’s no difference in preparation whether or not we’re playing to a small room of 100 or a festival with 10,000 people it’s all the same… ” From Release: Get ready. Twelve Foot Ninja are coming for their first headline tour of Australia in two years. The hard rock outfit have cemented a cult following off the back of their brand […]

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Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain

Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain

“…this time around I mean personally I just enjoy it more now because we’re still here, whatever it was we were doing we’re doing it right because we’re still here and you just chill out more now.” From Release: Brothers William and Jim Reid led THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN to become pioneers of the post-punk notion. Like mad scientists, the brothers would concoct formulas of […]

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James LaBrie of Dream Theater

James LaBrie of Dream Theater

“We knew we wanted to go in and write a heavier album, more hard rock but at the same time keeping the progressive elements that have been a strong signature for Dream Theater…” From Release: Chemistry triggers action. The bonds of disparate elements yield friction, energy, and ultimately incite creation. It happens throughout all of existence—especially in music. The music […]

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Isaac Hanson of Hanson

Isaac Hanson of Hanson

“…we’ve been doing this for a long time and we love making pop rock music or whatever it is we make and to have the chance to present the music we’ve been working on both new and old in one show in a different way than ever before…” From Release: During the past quarter-century, Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson have […]

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Chris Taylor Brown of TRAPT

Chris Taylor Brown of TRAPT

“I think that’s the main thing that makes me want to keep doing Trapt is the fans and how they react to it.” From Release: Formed in 1997 TRAPT and have sold over 2.5 million records worldwide. It was their eponymous major-label debut, the self-titled ‘Trapt’ album that really got things going for them. The album was a perfect mix […]

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Taime Downe of Faster Pussycat

Taime Downe of Faster Pussycat

“I’ve always been in the aspect that I just try and keep the family together always, shit that happened before in the old days we just kinda fell apart…” From Release: When you think of Hollywood’s infamous ‘80’s rock ‘n’ roll scene, it won’t take long before you turn your mind to Faster Pussycat. Led by the incomparable Taime Downe, […]

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Jennie Skulander of Devilskin

Jennie Skulander of Devilskin

“I guess we have a lot of energy on stage, I like to run around the stage, jump around, sometimes throw a cartwheel or whatever and we just play hard and just look like we’re having a lot of fun…” From Release: DEVILSKIN have earned a formidable reputation by earnestly demonstrating commitment to unpretentious musical values, writing songs that have depth […]

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