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Feb
28

Monday Update

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WHAT NEW THIS MONTH!

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Thanks for reading AFRESH ENTERTAINMENT ONLINE MAGAZINE! Your hottest resource for all Art, Music, & Entertainment News.

Read the new interviews

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Mark Healey released new CD

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Warner Bros,

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Feb
28

Drowning Pool

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Drowning Pool has played at a variety of venues while touring and we had the great pleasure of doing a brief interview with them.  Now you can keep updated with Drowning Pool’s success right here.

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Drowning Pool – Drowning Pool

Loudest Common Denominator (Bonus Version) – Drowning Pool

Full Circle – Drowning Pool

Desensitized – Drowning Pool

Sinner – Drowning Pool

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Feb
28

blackwaterjames

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What is your name, and name your group/band/act?
– Im Chris James.  The lead singer and one of the guitarists of Blackwater James.

Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group?
– The band as a whole is based in Nashville, TN which has become a little less than the self-proclaimed ‘Music City, USA’ it claims to be…but it does have it’s perks.  I was born and raised here in Nashville and for the most so was Todd Schlosser our kick ass drummer.  Josh Burns, our bassist, hails from the lone-star state around Dallas.  And Deanna, our guitarist, is from the deep south in southern Georgia.

How did the band get the name?
– The band originally started off as a texas-blues project called Chris James & Blackwater.  Half-way through the recording process we realized that we had was more than a solo-blues project.  It naturally morphed into a hard-rocking’ 70’s & 80’s influenced 4 piece unit.  So feeling more like a band we just combined Blackwater and my name and it rolled off the tongue nicely, so we just stuck with it.

What (who) does your act/art consist of?
– Blackwater James consists of 4 members.  I, Chris James, take lead vocals and guitar.  Deanna Passarella also plays guitar, does BGV’s, and holds down some mean talk-box action.  Josh Burns is the bassist and throw-down extraordinaire. And then there’s our tub-thumping, stick-twirling, Josh Todd dancing drummer Todd Schlosser.

How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?
– Most people describe our music as half-way between The Black Crowes and Guns N’ Roses.  There’s elements of all american blues based music in our style wether it be late 70’s classic rock, 80’s metal, blues, straight ahead british infused hard rock, some southern rock here and there, and a dash of early 90’s ‘grunge’. We try and keep it simple though, high energy live shows with a straight ahead rock n’ roll sound. Think of a modernized AC-DC that came from the south and hung out with Alice In Chains a little too much.

Give me some details about the group/act/art?
– What you see is what you get with Blackwater James…straight ahead rock n’ roll with nothing to hide.  We live to do what we do and it takes up a large amount of our lives.  So I guess what Im trying to say is the details are in our music.

How long have you been performing live or making art?
– All four of us have been playing since we were very very young.  My first professional show was when I was about 10 years old.  My dad, out of nowhere, told me to grab my guitar and get in the car.  So I did and he drove us to this neighborhood dive where the house band was playing.  He threw me onstage and said start playing.  I was scared shitless but loved it at the same time and I’ve been playing live regularly ever since…it’s kind of a drug.

Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?
– Blackwater James has only been together for about 2 years, but most of us had played together in bands before.  Todd and I played in a post-grunge metal band from 2000-2003 and Josh and I played in a retro-rock outfit from 2006-2008.  Josh and I left the retro-rock outfit and met the next day to do something a little different.  We needed a drummer so I called up Todd and the three of us met at Cracker-Barrel and that was sort of the beginning.  When the blues thing didn’t work out, and we realized we needed another guitarist to fill out the sound, we went searching.  Being in Nashville you’d think that would be an easy feat, but it wasn’t.  It’s very hard to find a young driven guitarist that is into AC/DC, Free, Guns N Roses, and bands of that nature.  We looked for about a month and Deanna Passarella found us.  She was young, wanted ‘it’ as bad as we did, and she was by far the best guitarist we had seen in a long long time.  We got together a few days after meeting and it was off to the races!

What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?
– Our biggest challenge has been having to work in a market (Nashville that is) that is so heavily influenced by flash-in-the-pan music.  We don’t get down on the whole ‘Im going to play my music poorly on purpose to be different’ bullshit.  We want to play our music to the highest ability, and perform it well all of the time.  A lot of the younger kids wont admit to liking our music but you can tell they do.  It’s written all over their faces and behind there fedoras, girl jeans, and satchel bags.

You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?
– Our music is our escape so when we hit personal and/or band obstacles we simply play through it.  We play and practice longer and harder until it all flows away.  We work hard enough as a unit that when we come out the other side we emerge stronger than before.  I’m not a big fan of the ‘starving artist’ thing.  Im hungry and beer gets expensive.

Everyone loves a celebrity so what advice do you have for the youth of today?
– I would say to think for your self and not let anyone tell or show you how or what to believe in.  It seems the older I get there is more access to information and less drive to seek that information.  Always do your research and find out things for yourself.

What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?
– I come from a family of musicians so they’re all about it.  I guess I’ve kinda taken over the family business as it were.

Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?
– My dad is a big Jazz guy.  I didn’t quite get into his record collection but he taught me to appreciate and understand music from a technical stand-point.  My mom was a product of the 70’s and needless to say I dove head-first into her records.  She showed me Aerosmith, ZZ-Top, Blue Oyster Cult, King Crimson, etc.  But yes my parents were both musicians and we all connected musically.

Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?
– My favorite music is straight up rock n’ roll.  Silvertide, Rhino Bucket, Velvet Revolver, Snakepit, JET, Stonegods, Buckcherry, Motley Crue, and Guns N’ Roses.  I do appreciate all music but the only other genre that I really listen to on a regular basis is blues.  Lightning Hopkins, Albert King, and so on.

Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?
– Nope not really.  I used to box, but music has taken a lot more of that time.  Plus, it’s hard to play guitar when your hands are swollen from fighting.

What has been your strong influence to continue performing?
– Probably my family.  They push me to do well and I want to thank them by doing just that.  It’s hard to make a living playing music and we’re almost there, and there’s nothing better than getting paid to have fun.

Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?
– Aside from the music I listen to not really.  Music is a pretty personal thing so most of that influence comes from my past experiences, relationships, and inner-workings.  Although there is is one person that influenced me to start playing and his memory is always with me.  My best friend and bassist the late William Hinds.  He fed my appetite for music when we were kids and pushed me a lot.  Everything I do is in his memory.  I want to be successful for him.

Who does most of the song writing/art/literature?
– We write the music and lyrics equally and in a group setting. One of us will introduce a riff or melody but the band as a whole will take in a completely different, and most of the time a better, direction.  We are consistently writing and coming up with new material.  Once the music has been written and arranged we write the lyrics to suite that song.  We let the music dictate what the song is about and just roll with it.

If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why?
– No change at all.  This is by far the best group I’ve ever been involved with and I wouldn’t change a damn thing.  We are all driven and motivated and love playing music with each other.  It’s always a good time with Blackwater James.

Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?
– Not yet, bet we’re planning on it.  Our fans are awesome and they do so much to help us out and spread the word.  Fans are fans even if they’re stalkers.  I guess thats part of the risk you take being in a band but it’s worth it.  Plus I guess fanatics will always buy your merch right???

While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal?
– We try not to do the backstage stuff.  The people who pay our salaries cant go backstage so why should we.  Hanging out and meeting our fans and making new ones is one of the best parts of being in a band.  When we’re at a show we’re upfront with the crowd hanging out and watching the other bands.

Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us?
– I did dislocate my left knee on stage once.  That was more painful than embarrassing, but I hit the floor like a sac of stones and the band thought it was just part of my act.  Once they figured out I wasn’t joking they stopped playing and helped me up.  I finished out the show on a stool…not very cool when you’re playing metal.

What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react?
– Someone threw a pad-lock at me once.  I reacted like any normal human being would if they were hit by a solid-metal projectile hurled at them traveling at high velocity…I fucking screamed!  Then I told the dude I would kick his ass after the show was over and I couldn’t find him.  Oh well, I guess you have to start somewhere.

What is your wildest story with the group?
– We were driving from Nashville to Lexington and it was around 7 pm and we were about 30 minutes into Kentucky.  We decided to stop for a piss and some gas.  We pulled off the interstate at what we thought was a gas station.  I mean it had the lights on, had the pumps, it looked like any normal gas station with cars parked by the pumps. Once we got closer we noticed the pump hoses were tied off and all the windows were blacked out, and draped over the front of the building was a sign that read ‘Adult Book Store’.  It was like the twilight zone.

What has been the worst nightmare for the group?  How did you get through it all?
– Haven’t really experienced anything i would call a ‘worst nightmare’.  We plan for the worst and hope for the best and thats all you can do.  But I figure we’re a strong bunch and get through just about anything so bring it on!

What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News?
– Lately we’re playing around the south-east pretty regularly and we’re playing this awesome festival in Negril, Jamaica called Rock Saga.  We are so pumped about that it’s ridiculous!  We are also planning on starting pre-production on our next album in August.  Some other cool news is we will be in the next issues of Black Velvet, Passion Rock, and Power Play so if you frequent those publications check em’ out and look us up.

If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)
– First and foremost would have to be Metallica.  To still be kicking ass and playing as hard as they do for as long as they have is a definitely a career to look up to.  It doesn’t get better for me than to hear them play ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’, and If I was on stage with them I would most likely shit my pants.  Secondly would have to be Silvertide.  Nick Perry is the best guitarist in the last decade and play with that dude would be a dream come true.  Last but not least would have to be Guns N’ Roses and no explanation is needed for that, they simply kick ass.

What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?
– I’ve played in New York and out west a few times but nothing overseas.  We will be playing in Jamaica this summer and will hopefully hit up the UK next year.

Have you been involved in any benefit performances?  What was it and how did you become involved?
– We have played quite a few Autism Benefits here in Nashville an was hooked up with those shows through a great promoter/friend of ours Bonnie with Dungeon Promotions.  The shows are always filled with a great vibe and the music is consistently awesome.

Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.?
– The band has done everything on our own and with minimal help from outside representation, however we are always on the look out for a great manager and/or label.  We will continue to do things on our own until the load gets too big, and the load is starting to tip.  We do have two great guitar sponsors and are always adding more.  We are currently endorsed by RS Custom Guitars and the new line of Kramer Guitars.

Is this your first interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing?
– This is not our first interview and we have tons of articles, reviews, and blogs all over the internet.  We’ve been in CLassic Rock Magazine, Strumm Magazine, Anti-Music.Com, All Access, The Silver Tongue, Just Press Play, Danger Dog Music Reviews, and plenty more.  If you google Blackwater James a lot of the pieces will pop up but here are a few you can check out:
http://www.dangerdog.com/reviews_2009/blackwater-j
ames-2009-review.php
http://thesilvertongueonline.com/?p=1400
http://www.antimusic.com/reviews/09/First_Look-_Bl
ackwater_James_.shtml
http://www.justpressplay.net/music-reviews/38-revi
ews/6376-blackwater-james.html
http://www.allaccessmagazine.com/vol8/issue01/blac
kwater-james.html

Do you have any video links where people can see you?
– Blackwater James has our own youtube channel where you can check out some live performances, us goofing around, studio footage, and Josh’s hilarious band-updates.  If you want to visit it please go to:
http://www.youtube.com/blackwaterjames

Do you have a website of any type?  (Name all options)
-We sure do.  We’re on just about every social networking and music site imagineable.  And our blackwaterjames.com website will be up and running very soon. Here’s a list of a few:
http://www.myspace.com/blackwaterjames
http://www.reverbnation.com/blackwaterjames
http://virb.com/blackwaterjames
https://twitter.com/BlackwaterJames
http://www.americansongspace.com/blackwaterjames
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blackwater-James/226
46240861

If you would like to purchase Blackwater James’ self-titled debut it is available on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, and most other digital distributors.
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/blackwaterjames
http://www.amazon.com/Blackwater-James/dp/B002EPTW
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Feb
28

My Fairweather Friend

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Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act?
My name is Justin Mayhugh, and I play guitar in My Fairweather Friends

Afresh: Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group?
Matt Hydeman sings, and plays bass. Andrew Hydeman plays guitar, and Codey Gulley plays the drums. We’re all from around the Kansas City area.

Afresh: How did the band get the name?
I think the original idea for the band name was taken from the Beach Boys song “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times.” There’s a line in the song that says “Where can I turn when all my fair weather friends cop out?” I think Andrew is the one that came up with the name. Both him and his brother (Matt) are huge Beach Boy fans. When Andrew threw out the idea of naming the band My Fairweather Friends I thought it was a good name, because I think everyone has to deal with their fair share of fairweather people in their life at some point in time. People who only want to be your friend when they can get something out of you that they want.

Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?
I’d just say we are a fun pop/punk band. We write high energy songs. We aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel for rock.. We’re more or less spinning that son of a bitch in it’s place.

Afresh: Give me some details about the group/act/art?
Andrew and Matt are twins. They’ve played in a few local bands around Kansas City, most notably a pop/punk band named A Fool’s Paradise. Codey played in a local band called The Friday Night Fight probably less than a year ago, and I played in a pop/punk band called Fed Up around 2004, and also a band called A Delicate Disaster a little bit after that.

Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art?
For me personally, I’ve been performing live for probably close to 10 years now. I guess you could say I’m the veteran of the band. The old timer ha. I’m not really sure how long the brothers have been playing live.. I imagine for at least a few years now, and Codey has been playing out around the Kansas City area for quite a while as well. Probably close to 7 years or so.

Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?
This particular band is pretty new. We actually just started in January. We’ve mainly spent most of our time writing songs, and getting the music as tight as possible, and then we plan on playing our first show April 10th at Main Street Cafe in Kansas City. I met the Hydemans through a mutual friend of ours that was playing in a band with them a few years back. They were really cool guys, but I didn’t really keep in touch with them until more recently, because I was looking to start a pop punk band, and I knew that they played pop punk a few years back, so I just left a comment on Matt’s facebook, half jokingly, but half serious asking if him and his brother would want to start a band. I was pretty certain they would politely decline, but they wrote me back and said that we should get together and jam. About a week later we did, and things just really seemed to click basically from the get go.

Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?
I think the hardest thing is to stand out in today’s music scene. There are so many bands out there, and with the advancement of the internet, every band is trying to get their name out there through online promotion. You have to find a way to make people give a damn and actually give your music a chance.

Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?
I think the biggest thing is that you have to stay positive no matter what. I know that probably sounds cliche, but I think it’s very true. If you really want something you have to go out there and get it, and it’s probably not going to be easy. People are going to tell you that you suck, or that you’ll never go anywhere in the music business, but if you really believe in the music you are making, and you keep working, good things will happen. At least I’m crossing my fingers that that’s the way it works.

Afresh: Everyone loves a celebrity so what advice do you have for the youth of today?
I was trying to think of something to say that wasn’t going to sound cheesey, but most of the time cheesey advice is actually good advice. So I’d probably say “follow your dreams.” Man, that sounds cheesey as hell, but it’s true. Do what makes you happy, because if you only do the things other people expect of you, or what you feel like society thinks you should be doing, chances are you will never find happiness.

Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?
My mom and dad have both been extremely supportive of me pursuing a career in music, and that’s something I’ll never forget. Most people are telling me I need to go back to school, and join the 9 to 5, and I’m making a big mistake by sticking it out with the whole music career thing, but as mentioned before, playing music is what makes me happy, and I know that if I didn’t pursue this I would look back 20 years from now and be majorly disappointed with my self. Whether I fail or succeed doing this, at least I’ll be able to look back and say I gave it 100 percent.

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?
That’s kind of the weird thing, because neither my mom nor my dad or any of their siblings played any instruments at all. My mom and dad love music as much as the next person, but they are strictly listeners. For me, I remember hearing Oasis’ song “Don’t Look Back in Anger” back when that first came out, and thinking about how amazing that song was, but also, I thought about how I wanted to play songs like that, and write songs like that. It made me want to pick up a guitar and learn how to do all of that myself.

Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?
We’re a pop/punk band, and I do love quite a bit of pop/punk music, but I’d have to say my favorite type of music overall would have to be classic rock. AC/DC, Queen, The Beatles. All of that stuff. I don’t think it gets better than that.

Afresh: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?
I can play a mean harmonica haha. I guess I shouldn’t say a mean harmonica, because I’m no where near as good as Brody Buster, or John Popper, but I feel like I’m half way decent at it.

Afresh: What has been your strong influence to continue performing?
I’d say the fact that music is the only thing I can see myself doing that would make me completely happy. If I was working a 9 to 5 and making a ton of money, the money would be nice for sure, but I wouldn’t be happy because every time I clocked in to go to work I’d be dreading it.

Afresh: Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?
I’d probably say there are too many to count, but if I had to pick one influence I would probably have to say Bob Dylan. Besides the fact that I love his music, I always found the fact that he always did what he wanted to do musically no matter the consequences to be inspiring. You don’t see that very often. Most bands are trying to sound just like some other band that has sold a bunch of records, and look just like some other band. Bob Dylan just did whatever the hell he wanted to, and that was awesome.

Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature?
In this band everyone pretty much contributes to the songwriting process. Sometimes I’ll have a song idea and I’ll bring it to the guys, or sometimes Andrew, or Matt will have ideas. Basically, whoever has a good idea, we’ll use it!

Afresh: If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why?
That’s a tough question, but right now, I really don’t think I’d change anything. Everyone gets along so well, and everyone contributes, and loves playing the music, so right now I’d say I’m pretty content with everything.

Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?
Back in the day with my old band Fed Up there were a couple of times where a few girls got pretty creepy. There was this one girl that every time I would sign on to the internet the split second that I was logged on, she would send me an instant message. Every single time. It was like she was just waiting for me to sign on. Maybe I should say that was more annoying than creepy haha.
While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal?
We haven’t had to worry about that just yet, but that would be pretty sweet if it ever does happen.

Afresh: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us?
Easily falling down on stage during a show. Trying to look cool and tripping over your own feet doesn’t go over to well with the crowd or with your self esteem. Actually, it probably did go over well with the crowd. Crowds love comedy, unintentional or not.

Afresh: What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react?
It’s not bizarre, but there was a band my old band played with back in the day, and they used to throw water at us while we played on stage. It used to piss me off. I don’t mind getting wet myself, but when someone throws water on a guitar that costs a grand and a half…. man… The guitarist of that other band that was throwing the water at us had a lisp, and I remember one show they were doing their usual routine (throwing water, and heckling us during our set), and so I basically just started making fun of the guy’s lisp during them middle of our show. He got pretty embarrassed. When I think about it now, that was a jerk move by me, but at the time it felt real great.

Afresh: What has been the worst nightmare for the group?  How did you get through it all?
I wouldn’t say this was a nightmare by any means, because this happens to a lot of bands, but our original drummer had to end up quitting the band. When we asked him to play with us, he was already playing with another band. After a while his other band started playing quite a bit more shows, and it made doing anything with us very tedious. So he ended up having to quit My Fairweather Friends to play in the other band, which we understood, because he was dedicated to that band before this band even started playing together. But he is a great drummer, and it’s always tough to lose a band member that is great at what they do, and that you get along with as well as we get along with him. Luckily for us, we knew Codey, and asked him if he’d want to fill in on those skins for us, and Codey is a great drummer as well, so we have been lucky in that regard.

Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News?

Right now the plan is to start recording a demo within the next month. It’ll probably have 3 or 4 songs on it. We have about 7 or 8 songs right now, so it’s basically just a matter of deciding on which 3 or 4 to record. And then we have a couple of shows lined up for April. April 10th will be our first show, and we’ll be playing at the Main Street Cafe(www.myspace.com/mainstreetcafe) in Kansas City. Right now we’ve been busy just writing more songs, and getting a set together that’s as tight as possible. And we will also have t-shirts, and all of that good stuff on the way here within the upcoming month.

Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)
For me personally, I’d love to play with Bob Dylan of course. The guy is a legend, and one of the biggest influences on me personally.  Also, I’d love to play with Fall Out Boy circa 2003. Take This To Your Grave is one of my all time favorite albums. And I can’t be certain, but I’m pretty sure the brothers would say The Beach Boys, because their songs, and vocals are over the top amazing.

Afresh: What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?
Furthest would probably be Long Beach, CA. I miss the weather over there.

Afresh: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.?
Not at the moment, but hopefully in due time.

Afresh: Is this your first interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing?
This would be the first interview for My Fairweather Friends, and we really appreciate the opportunity to get our name out there.

Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you?
We don’t have videos just yet, but they should be coming soon. We will be vlogging in the studio, so videos will be up shortly. We do already have a You Tube channel, so when we start posting the vlogs, people can go to www.youtube.com/myfairweathermusic and check out the latest news with the band.

Afresh: Do you have a website of any type?  (Name all options)
www.myspace.com/myfairweatherfriends
www.purevolume.com/myfairweatherfriends
www.sellaband.com/myfairweatherfriends
www.twitter.com/myfairweather
www.sonicbids.com/myfairweatherfriends
www.formspring.me/myfairweather
www.reverbnation.com/myfairweatherfriends
www.ilike.com/artist/My+Fairweather+Friends

Afresh: Please feel free to add any other information you want to share with the public audience/readers.
and I would not mind having you on my radio program soon as well.
First, I just wanted to say thank you for allowing us to do this interview. We really appreciate the opportunity.
I also wanted to tell everyone about a website called Sellaband.com. It’s a really neat website where fans can help fund a band’s upcoming recording, and in return, every fan that donates receives a copy of the record when it comes out, as well as some other cool things. If you like our music, and would like to help donate towards our upcoming E.P. feel free to visit www.sellaband.com/myfairweatherfriends. Any help we can get we honestly appreciate. And on top of that, if you help donate to our release, we’ll mail you a copy as soon as it’s finished. Thanks so much.

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Feb
28

Down from Up

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Feb
26

Incarceri 9

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Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act?
Kol A.K.A. Frank from Incarceri 9
Afresh:Where are the artists from?
We are from the Atlanta metro area
Afresh:What is their talent in the group?
well, Jaime is the drummer, Bst(Woody) plays bass and vocals, Jordan plays guitar and keyboards, Kol plays guitar and vocals
Afresh:How did the band get the name?
I thought it up, it It is a combination of Italian English, and numerology. carceri is italian for prison, and 9 in numerology means the end, so the whole thing Incarceri 9 means In prison till the end. The prison is life, and the end is death
Afresh:What instrument do you play now?
guitar and vocals
Afresh:What (who) does your act/art consist of?
we write and play our own music
Afresh:How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?
Well it is metal, it is very doom oriented and progressive in parts
Afresh:Give me some details about the group/act/art?
Well, we are 4 regular but slightly off guys playing extreme music
Afresh:How long have you been performing live or making art?
I myself have been playing for 23 years. the band for 2 years as a complete unit
Afresh:Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?
I met them mainly over the internet, met Jordan through our first drummer. I started trying to form this group in 2006 and got it completed in 2008
Afresh:What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?
gaining a local fanbase and dealing with local scene politics
Afresh:You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?
We do what we can. it’s good that we all get along like family
Afresh:Everyone loves a celebrity so what advice do you have for the youth of today?
I’m not one to give advice, but as far as celebrities are concerned, as Bst has said at shows before “Kill your idols”. i would say to kids, to do just that.
Afresh:What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?
My wife and kids love the music and the shows when they get to go to one.
Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?
My kids all have latent musical talent, and Jaime’s son also has the same talent.
Afresh:Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?
I love metal by far the most.That is exactly what we play now. There are various influences in the band though.
Afresh:Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?
I myself am into science and technology, Jordan is a writer, and Jaime is a martial arts master and teacher.
Afresh:What has been your strong influence to continue performing?
I’m stubborn
Afresh:Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?
Not really , I have my favorites, but my writings comes from within me.
Afresh:Who does most of the song writing/art/literature?
We all write songs equally. The first album was mostly written by me , because the other guys weren’t in the band when I started writing.
Afresh:If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel
would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why?
I can only speak for myself, but better equipment would help our sound.
Afresh:Afresh:Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?
yes a couple, but they weren’t fans more like internet trolls. Mostly who find exception with some of our anti religious lyrics, although that’s not what we are totally about.
Afresh:While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal?
no
Afresh:Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us?
don’t really have one
Afresh:What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?
Afresh:How did you react?
haven’t had anything thrown at us
Afresh:What is your wildest story with the group?
We are a very tame group of .guys
Afresh:What has been the worst nightmare for the group?  How did you get through it all?
We had a drummer quit the band 2 hours before a gig , and we went on with a drum machine
Afresh:What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News?
We are playing at TNS Bar Room in Atlanta, and Backstage Lounge in Gainseville Florida. Also performing every monday at Lenny’s Mosh in Atlanta for a while anyway. We are writing and going to release later this year an EP called Grief. Each song will be one of the 5 stages of grief. We each picked a stage and the last song we are all writing together. We will also be throwing BYOB parties for our fans here and there.
Afresh:If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive who would it be?
Why? Opeth(love their music) Iron Maiden (love them) Woods of Ypres(not a big time band, but love their music and would love to tour with them)
Afresh:What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?
Chatanooga TN
Afresh:Have you been involved in any benefit performances?
What was it and how did you become involved?Yes it was a benefit for the victims of the Russia/ Georgia war, and we were invited.
Afresh:Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.?
We are managed by 7 Sisters Entertainment and endorsed by TT Amplification
Afresh:Is this your first interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing?
no , weve done 2 or 3 others. They are listed in the blog section of our myspace
Afresh:Do you have any video links where people can see you?
yes www.youtube.com/incarceri9
Afresh:Do you have a website of any type?
myspace/incarceri9 , reverbnation/incarceri9 , facebook/incarceri9 , twitter/incarceri9

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go visit one of our sites and put your names and info on our mailing list. We also have merch items and our first CD In Prison Till The End for sale on CD baby, iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody Etc.

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Feb
26

OTEP

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OTEP on tour at THE BLUE GOAT in Salina KS

This is truly an amazing woman and a MUST see show!!!  Don’t miss out on her next appearance at The Blue Goat in Salina KS!

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26

Blunt Force Trauma

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King Bruiser

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26

The Liquid Kids

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26

Moon Light Drive

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Feb
26

Beneath The Burning Sun

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Feb
24

Angela Hagenbach

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Interview: Angela Hagenbach
 
 
 
What got this band together and started in this business?
 
The Angela Hagenbach Quintet started with my desire to sing. After months of private lessons, research and do diligence, including listening to musicians around town and selecting my favorites, I booked some gigs. The very best incentive to acquiring the guys I wanted.
 
Who writes and produces all the material for the band?
 
Some of the material I write or co-write with my musicians, some are covers with fresh arrangements by my musical director, Roger Wilder a/o me, others are compositions based on poems written by my poet friends, Phyllis Becker and Mark Schroer.
 
The band played in front of or with any acts our readers would know from the mainstream?
 
We’ve opened for Ray Charles at Jazz in Marciac (France) on his last international tour and also for Poncho Sanchez and Ramsey Lewis most recently. I personally performed with Frank Foster and his Big Band doing my arrangement of one of his compositions, Simone. I’ve also toured and recorded with Clark Terry and recorded with Russell Malone, Jimmy Heath, Tamir Hendelman, Don Bradon and others.
 
Where can people access your music on the web?
 
My music can be accessed on my website, www.AngelaHagenbach.com or my new label, Resonancerecords.org, also on iTunes, CD Baby.com and Latin Cool Jazz.
 
Any embarrassing moments on stage?
 
Once on a debut performance at a LA club, the mic cable dropped out of the mic I was using during my opening tune during the first chorus! I just kept right on singing while the sound guy scrambled to fix it. It’s not the embarrassing moment but the recovery that makes all the difference. I got a standing ovation.
 
Any good stories you want to tell us?
 
So many stories, so little time…
 
Who is the bands musical influence?
 
Early on I had 3 major influences, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis and Antonio Carlos Jobim. I’ve evolved much since then but am still a huge admirer of their music plus many others. The natural world or truly fine works of art often musically inspires me, be it audio or visual or just life in general.
 
What is your musical background like?
 
I grew up in a musical family. My dad was a professional jazz musician in Kansas City in the 30s and 40s. He played tenor sax, clarinet and flute. He also played piano and organ at home with my mom, a classically trained pianist. Being the seventh of eight children, we did a lot of singing in those days and we each played an instrument or two. Mine was the trombone.
 
Any other members in your family that are musicians?
 
My oldest brother plays piano and my youngest brother plays electric bass.
 
What is the TOP reason why you want to play music?
 
The top reason I want to play music is because I love it and it brings me joy. When I look into the faces of my audiences, I see a similar expression on their faces. Earning a living doing something creative I enjoy is a very close second.
 
What has been your best show?
 
Every show!
 
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Feb
22

AS SHADOWS COLLAPSE

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Artist/Musician/Entertainers Interview Questions….

What is your name, and name your group/band/act?

THE BAND NAME IS : AS SHADOWS COLLAPSE

Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group?

ALL OF THE ARTISTS ARE FROM LEBANON MISSOURI, AND HERE IS THE LINE-UP

JESSE-VOCALS

MATT-DRUMS

NATE-GUITAR

JOE-GUITAR

DUSTY-BASS

How did the band get the name?

FUNNY STORY, WE WROTE DOWN COOL WORDS ON A SHEET OF PAPER, AND RANDOMLY PIECED NAMES TOGETHER, WE HAD ABOUT 20 TO CHOOSE FROM, AND THIS ONE JUST STOOD OUT. BEFORE AS SHADOWS COLLAPSE WE CALLED OURSELVES , “THE LIVING AND THE DAMNED”, AND “NIGHTFALL.”

What (who) does your act/art consist of?

JESSE JOHNSON-VOCALS

MATT SHERMAN-DRUMS

NATE SUMMERFIELD-GUITAR

JOE SHERMAN-GUITAR

DUSTY SHERMAN-BASS

(YES, DUSTY JOE AND MATT ARE BROTHERS)

How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?

WE ARE A HIGHLY ENERGETIC METAL/METALCORE BAND FORMED BY THE FANS, FOR THE FANS. OUR SOLE PURPOSE IS TO BRING THE CROWD THE BEST POSSIBLE SHOWS AND MUSIC FOR THEIR ENTERTAINMENT.

Give me some details about the group/act/art?

WELL…SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

OUR YOUNGEST MEMBER IS 15 (JOE)

WE HAVE BEEN A BAND LESS THAN A YEAR, AND HAVE COMPETED IN THREE BATTLE OF THE BANDS, AND NEVER PLACED LOWER THAN 3RD

WE HAVE OPENED FOR MORE THAN 5-NATIONAL ACTS INCLUDING “THE AUTUMN OFFERING” AND “WE WERE GENTLEMEN”

FOUR OF US LIVE IN THE SAME HOUSE, AND PRACTICE THERE

WE ARE PREPARING TO GO INTO THE STUDIO AND RECORD A FULL-LENGTH ALBUM TITLED “FINAL CONFLICT” IN NOVEMBER

How long have you been performing live or making art?

MATT, AND DUSTY HAVE BEEN PLAYING TOGETHER FOR ABOUT FOUR YEARS, BUT AS A BAND WE HAVE ONLY BEEN TOGETHER FOR AROUND 10 MONTHS, AND PREFORMING LIVE FOR ABOUT 8 MONTHS.

Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?

WELL, THREE OF US ARE BROTHERS, AND NATHAN IS A CLOSE FRIEND OF THE FAMILY, BUT WE AQUIRED JESSE THROUGH THE INTERNET WHEN WE NEEDED TO CHANGE VOCALISTS.

What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR THE GROUP HAS DEFINATLY BEEN RAISING MONEY, WE ALL GET ALONG GREAT, AND WRITNIG MUSIC IS NO PROBLEM-BUT IT TAKES A LOT OF MONEY TO GET YOUR ACT STARTED. AND STUDIO TIME IS EXPENSIVE.

You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?

THERE IS NOTHING YOU REALLY CAN DO, BUT WAIT IT OUT, IN OUR CASE WHEN WE ARE STUCK IN A RUT WE HAVE A “BAND MEETING” OR BRAINSTORM FOR IDEAS AND SO FAR THAT HAS WORKED AMAZINGLY FOR US.

Everyone loves a celebrity so what advice do you have for the youth of today?

EVERYONE HAS TOLD US THAT THE ROAD IS HARD, AND THAT YOU HAVE A ONE IN A MILLION SHOT, BUT IF YOU OR YOUR BAND HAS SOMETHING UNIQUE YOU CAN MAKE IT WORK, IT JUST TAKES TIME, MONEY, AND ONE GUY WITH BUSINESS SENSE, LOL.

What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?

YES, MOST OF THE MEMBERS FAMILY SUPPORTS US TREMEDUSLY, MORRIS (MATT, DUSTY AND JOES FATHER) ACTUALLY SUPPORTED THE BAND FOR AWHILE, HE LET US PRACTICE IN HIS HOUSE ( AND STILL DOES) AND PAID FOR SOME OF THE OLD RECORDINGS. HE STILL HELPS US WITH MONEY PROBLEMS. AND NATHAN’S SISTER KIM DRIVES TO EVERY SHOW AND SELLS MERCH FOR US. AND EVERY MEMBER OF THE FAMILY HELPS US ADVRITISE FOR SHOWS.

Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?

ACTUALLY NO, I THINK NATHANS MOM PLAYED GUITAR, BUT OTHER THAN THAT WE ARE THE FIRST OF OUR FAMILIES TO GET INTO THE MUSIC FIELD.

Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?

MOST OF OUR FAVORITE MUSIC IS METAL, BUT WE TEND TO BRANCH OUT TO ALTERNITIVE AND SOFTER STUFF TOO, WE ARE VERY DIVERSE WITH WHAT WE LISTEN TO.

Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?

WE ALL TRY TO STICK WITH WHAT WE ARE BEST AT, AND THAT IS PLAYING METAL.

What has been your strong influence to continue performing?

SOME OF THE BANDS WE LISTEN TO, LIKE “ALL THAT REMAINS”, “AS I LAY DYING,” AND “LAMB OF GOD,” AND THE CONTINUED SUPPORT WE GET FROM OUR FANS (FRIENDS)

Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?

EVERY ONE OF US HAS DIFFERENT PEOPLE WHO HAVE INFLUENCED OUR INSTRUMENTAL TALENT, MOSTLY FROM THE BANDS MENTIONED ABOVE.

Who does most of the song writing/art/literature?

WELL, WE ALL WRITE THE SAME AMOUNT, JESSE WRITES MOST OF THE VOCALS, MATT WRITES MOST OF THE DRUMS, NATE AND JOE WRITE MOST OF THE GUITAR, AND DUSTY WRITES MOST OF THE BASS, BUT WE ALL HAVE OUR INFLUENCES ON EACH OTHERL, AND WE ALL HELP EACH OTHER WRITE.

If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why?

NOT TO SOUND PERFECT ( BECAUSE WE’RE NOT) BUT WE WOULD’NT CHANGE ANYTHING, WE LIKE THE DIRECTION WE ARE HEADED.

Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?

NO, NOT YET.LOL

While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal?

ACTUALLY YES, BUT ITS MORE OF A COMPLIMENT.

Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us?

WELL THE MOST EMBARISSING THING FOR US IS WHEN WE FORGET TO BRING SOMETHING TO A LIVE SHOW, AND HAVE TO ASK TO BORROW IT.

What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react?

NOTHING BIZZARE HAS HAPPENED YET, WE’VE BEEN LUCKY

What is your wildest story with the group?

DEFINATLY BEING BORED BEFORE A PRACTICE ONE TIME, JESSE WAS LATE AND WE GOT BORED -WE TEND TO DO STUPID THINGS- LIKE RAKE FIGHTS ON THE ROOF, RIDING ON TOP OF CARS ECT….. BUT NOTHING TOO WILD.

What has been the worst nightmare for the group?  How did you get through it all?

RAISING MONEY TO FUND THE NEXT STEP, WE DON’T REALLY FIGHT OR ANYTHING, BUT IT SUCKS TO KNOW THAT YOUR BAND IS MORE THAN READY TO MOVE ON, BUT YOUR LIMITED BY MONEY.

What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News?

WE ARE CURRENTLY BOOKING STUDIO TIME TO RECORD OUR FULL-LENGTH ALBUM “FINAL CONFLICT” AND WE ARE IN A COMPETETION CALLED PROJECT INDEPENDENT, AND WE RECENTLY ADVANCED TO THE NEXT ROUND. WE ARE CURRENTLY AT THE “VOTING ROUND” AND STARTING DECEMBER 1ST YOU CAN LOG ON TO WWW.PROJECTINDEPENDENT.NET AND CAST YOUR VOTE FOR “AS SHADOWS COLLAPSE” IF WE WIN WE GET 50,000 DOLLARS IN NEW GEAR, AND A 60- DAY HEADLINING TOUR!

If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)

ALL THAT REMAINS

AS I LAY DYING

LAMB OF GOD

What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?

WE HAVE PLAYED IN KANSAS

Have you been involved in any benefit performances?  What was it and how did you become involved?

WE HAVE DONE SEVERAL BENEFIT SHOWS FOR A COMPANY CALLED KESSEL RUN ENTERTAINMENT. THE MOST MEMERABLE ONE WAS A BENEFIT SHOW WE DID FOR A PET SHELTER CALLED “MOSH FOR PAWS”

Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.?

NO, MATT MOSTLY MANAGES THE BAND, AND WE ALL HELP WITH ADVRITISING AND EVERYTHING ELSE

Is this your first interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing?

ACTUALLY THIS IS OUR FIRST INTERVIEW

Do you have any video links where people can see you?

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/ASSHADOWSCOLLAPSE

OR WE HAVE SEVERAL VIDEOS UPLOADED ON YOUTUBE.COM

Do you have a website of any type?  (Name all options)

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/ASSHADOWSCOLLAPSE

AND WE ARE WORKING ON A FACEBOOK PAGE

Please feel free to add any other information you want to share with the public audience/readers.

· DON’T FORGET TO LOG ON TO WWW.PROJECTINDEPENDENT.NET STARTING DECEMBER 1ST AND CAST YOUR VOTE FOR AS SHADOWS COLLAPSE, VOTE ONCE , VOTE A MILLION TIMES.

· MAKE SURE TO VISIT THE MYSPACE PAGE FOR UPCOMING SHOWS AND OTHER INFO WWW.MYSPACE.COM/ASSHADOWSCOLLAPSE

THANKS, AS SHADOWS COLLAPSE

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Feb
22

SHYNERBAND

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AFRESH:What got this band together and started in this business?

Bunch of guys tired of the same old Scene. We play cover tunes as well as originals. We would go out and hear cover bands doin the same old shit and we were like lets play newer music instead of Freebird or Mustang Sally… So we did and it goes over great.

AFRESH:Who writes and produces all the material for the band?

Every member of the band does their part

AFRESH:The band played in front of or with any acts our readers would know from the Mainstream?
NOt with Shyner but myprevious bands have opened for some big acts such as ZZTop, Molly Hatchet, Skid Row, 38 Special among others

AFRESH:Where can people access your music on the web?
www.myspace.com/shynerband or www.myspace.com/onlyhumanwichita

AFRESH:Any embarrassing moments on stage?
Strap coming off bass and it slamming to the floor in front of 10000 people.

AFRESH:Any good stories you want to tell us?
Stories from the road can go on forever. Theres just so many to pick one.

AFRESH:Who is the bands musical influence?
Godsmack, Shinedown, Metallica, Kiss, another one I could go on forever

AFRESH:How did the band get together?

Bunch of guys wanting to do something different besides the same old tunes.

AFRESH:What is your musical background like? I have been playing guitar and bass for over 20 years…. From Death Metal to Country to Southern Rock

AFRESH:Any other members in your family that are musicians?
My sister sings like an angel

AFRESH:What is the TOP reason why you want to play music?

Because I love music and how the crowd makes me feel on stage. Better than any drug ever.
AFRESH: What’s your stance on file swapping?
Im a firm believer in buying a bands CD… If its something old and you need a copy download it.
AFRESH: How do you get the word out about your music?
Lots of Street hitting promotion…. My space and radio ads

AFRESH: How is your local response to your music?
Awesome we have had the cops out almost everytime because too many people were in the building. You gotta love that.

AFRESH:What is the furthest you have traveled for a gig?
Coast to Coast

AFRESH: Describe your band in 3 words

Rock-n-Roll

AFRESH:How do you think times like the economic recession is affecting musicians like yourself?
NOt as many people going out on the weekends. Not as many buying music. It hurts everyone the same. Not just musicians.

AFRESH:Why do you think people are into your music?
MOst of it are songs that they have requested we play.

AFRESH:How do you think your band will affect the music scene?
Hopefully positively… Cant we all just get along

AFRESH:What is the toughest lesson you ever learned in the studio and on the stage?
NOt everything comes out perfect no matter how much you practice it.

AFRESH:How has Myspace and the INTERNET impacted your band?
Its great gettin the word out rules.

AFRESH:What is a live performance like?

Very energetic and active. Lots of crowd participation

AFRESH:What does the band have planned in the coming months?
A full Cd of Original music. People are asking for it so they will get it.

AFRESH:What is your latest album and why should people buy it?
No CD out yet for Shyner

AFRESH:Can you share with us one or two of your favorite moments with the band?
The way we all meshed together after like 2 weeks of playing together I knew it was right from the get go.

AFRESH:What are your current tour plans if any?
none at this time

AFRESH:Do you have any last comments or words of advice for the listeners/viewers?
Come and see Shyner. You wont be sorry I guarantee it.

AFRESH:Tell us about your local music scene?
The local music scene has got some great original bands and venues but the cover bands with the excpetion of The Covers and a few others are not putting any effort in at all. Some of these guys are in there 40’s and still playin Cat Scratch Fever for the 9 millionth time. Cmon guys put in some effort.

AFRESH:Let’s talk ability a little about the bands equipment list. What is everyone playing and do you have endorsements?
NO endorsments yet. BUt I (MIk eOsborn) play ESP and Fender Basses and Hartke and Kustom amps. Reese Sanchez (lead/rhythm guitar) Plays Dean and Epiphone guitars through Marshall JCM’s, Jeff Keogh(lead/rhythm guitar) plays Ibanrz guitars and Peavey Ultra amps. Mike Hinecker (percussion) plays Ludwig and Yamaha Drums I think but not totally sure. And Edd Cream(lead vocals) sings through Shure equipment. We use Mackie sound with Crown power amps. It’s a great setup for what we do.

AFRESH:Different groups have unique ways of writing their songs. How do you guys ago about writing your music?
We all work on something then present it and let the others add there own parts to it.

AFRESH:Is it collective effort or is it more the efforts of one particular member of the band?
It is a collective effort from everyone in the band. We all do our parts. Bring a rough cut to the table and let everyone add there parts. Thats best way to go. Less conflict and what not.

AFRESH:How would you categorize the style of the band? And did you ever consider or try playing other styles of music than the one’s you are playing now?
Straight out rock.  I have played everything under the sun from Country to Death metal. But this band is about having fun and playing the stuff we like.

AFRESH:What is your name, and name your group/band/act?
Band: SHYNER
PLAYERS:
Edd Cream: Lead vocals/Acoustic guitar
Mike ‘Oz’born: Bass/ Vocals
Jeff Keogh: Lead/Rhythm guitars/ Vocals
Reese Sanchez: Lead/rhythm guitar vocals
Mike Hinecker: Percussion and vocals

AFRESH:Where are the artists from?  All artist are from Wichita Kansas

AFRESH:How did the band get the name?

We saw a smiley face with a black eye and loved it.

AFRESH:What instrument do you play now?

(If applicable) Bass/ Guitar

AFRESH:How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?

Energetic show that will keep you out of your seat the whole time we are playing……

AFRESH:How long have you been performing live or making art?
I have been playin live music for 20 years now. I see another 20 to go.

AFRESH:Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?
I actually met these guys from craigslist. We hit it off right away and the rest is history.

AFRESH:What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?
Playing cover tunes. We all love our originals. But after learning some cool covers we are just out to have fun more than anything.

AFRESH:You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?
By jumping over them

AFRESH:Everyone loves a celebrity so what advice do you have for the youth of today?
Chase your dreams if its something you want to do follow through and make it happen. But it’s up to you not someone else

AFRESH:What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?
THey love it and have always supported my music. Although my soon to be former wife may disagree.

AFRESH:Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?
Not at all. My sister is a great singer but has always sang gospel music. I would love to do a project with her but we always have something else going on.

AFRESH:Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?
I love hard metal like Shadows Fall, Five finger death punch, just dont care for playing it or even if I could anymore.

AFRESH:Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?
I have been tryin to learn piano for sometime but havent got it yet…

AFRESH:What has been your strong influence to continue performing?
The feeling of being on stage and giving people what they want and seeing the reaction when that happens. I love it.

AFRESH:Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?
Kirk Hammett. That guy just keeps goin. Jon Donais and Les cClaypool make me want to play better.

AFRESH:Who does most of the song writing/art/literature?
Again the whole band has a part in it.

AFRESH:If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why?
MOre originals…. Thats all Im sayin.

AFRESH:Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?
Theres one at every show. Edd
Had his first stalker and was all screwed up about it… I said get used to it man its the nature of the beast. especially with him bein the lead singer.

AFRESH:While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal?
Yeah thats not a big deal for me. Let em hang for a bit. As long as they are not in the way.

AFRESH:What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?
Destin Florida.

AFRESH:Have you been involved in any benefit performances?

Several local benefits and such.

AFRESH:Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.?
NO but working on several prospects that are fighting over us.

AFRESH:Is this your first interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing?

There are more but I don’t think they are posted anywhere.

AFRESH:Do you have any video links where people can see you?
Check out lenny skinny on you tube for some old Tribute stuff I did with a band called Street Survivor a Skynyrd tribute band. That was a blast.

AFRESH:Do you have a website of any type?
www.myspace.com/shynerband
www.myspace.com/streetsurvivorwichita
www.myspace.com/onlyhumanwichita

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