In an interview with BUNNIES, an original band from Massachusetts, these guys open up about the music they create. In my view, it’s something completely different from what we are used to listening on this blog. Why don’t you try Psychedelic Rock today? Learn more below.
1 — How did you come up with the idea to start a band?
Jack and Jeremy met in college where they formed The Bennies. Bennies became Bunnies in 2005 when they moved from central Pennsylvania to western Massachusetts and began creating crazy new sounds together.
2 — Why is BUNNIES capitalized?
It doesn’t have to be capitalized. It could be lower case bunnies if you wish. But I suppose putting it in all caps helps one to differentiate the band from actual bunnies in nature.
3 — Was it hard to pick a band name? What other names surfaced?
BUNNIES was the only name considered for this band. We once had a fictional side project called Babies. They were babies who escaped their dying planet by taking off in a spaceship and starting a band. They made the type of music you’d expect babies in space to make. They are still on tour in the universe somewhere.
Too many to list them all, but to name a few: Can, Gentle Giant, Zappa, Os Mutantes, Flower Travellin’ Band, Melvins, Eno, Syd Barrett, early Genesis, and so much more. We continue to be inspired by any artists willing to think outside of the box, take risks, and bring us on a trip to somewhere we haven’t gone before.
5 — How much of your music video for “The Trouble With Unchain Brain” is based on Psychedelic art? What is it about?
Pretty much all our music is based on or inspired in some way by psychedelic art. But we believe that for something to truly be psychedelic, it must be original. So, Bunnies’ idea of “psychedelic” is most likely not going to be the same as other psychedelic music you’ve heard before. “The Trouble with Unchain Brain” song and video are about the dangers of isolation and the importance of connecting with other humans whilst struggling to maintain our individuality.
6 — How many instruments were played on this track?
The core of the track is the live performance of two guitars, one bass guitar, one synthesizer, and drums. The overdubs consist of more guitars, more synths, and lots of vocals.
7 — How much importance do you give to criticism?
We don’t worry too much about what people think. Having said that, our ultimate goal is to communicate, so we hope that our music will resonate with someone somewhere out there. We like it when people are honest with us. Criticism is key to improving as a band. We appreciate all the constructive criticism we have received over the years.
8 — What is the worst comment you have been told?
Years ago, when we were The Bennies, a friend told us he thought we had an “emo” element to our music. The alarm bells inside our heads went off, and we immediately started making music that was as far from emo as we could get, until eventually, we started sounding like beings from another world. We’d rather sound like shrieking aliens than whiney humans.
9 — Why is being different so important in today’s music industry?
We’ve never really fit into any genres or scenes, and it’s always been a struggle for us to categorize the type of music we make, which can be a hindrance when trying to reach a wider audience. Ultimately, we find that as long as we keep following those creative instincts which take us further towards our musical and artistic goals, then we can only hope that we’ll be able to reach others who will appreciate it. We would not be able to live with ourselves if we had to manipulate our vision in order to please some music industry person.
10 — Finally, what advice do you have for someone wanting to start a band?
As Mama Cass Elliot once sang, “You’ve gotta make your own kind of music. Sing your own special song, even if nobody else sings along”. Second, don’t quit. One of the secrets is to not break up. The longer you keep at it, the higher your chances of creating something artistically satisfying to yourself and hopefully to other people as well.
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Man Parrish On The Meaning Behind ‘The Art Of Pop’ — Interview
It’s an incredible privilege to interview an influential figure in the history of American electronic music like Man Parrish. He is ready to impress this decade with a brand new album, ‘The Art Of Pop’. A collection of re-invented Pop classics from the Godfather of Electro along with some great vocalists. Be the first to discover the most important details of this fantastic project exclusively here!
1 – Can you reveal to us the artists that inspired you to compose your new album ‘The Art of Pop’?
Wow! That’s everyone in the ’70s, 80’s and 90’s! I absolutely LOVE pop music [always have] and these tracks, 24 of them, are the top picks that I enjoyed growing up. Let’s do some “name dropping”!
Soft Cell, Depeche Mode, Dead Or Alive, Telex, Bowie, Eurythmics, Erasure, Robert Miles, Bananarama, Ramones, Yazoo, Buggles, Freeze [a,e,I,o,u], Giorgio Moroder, Michael Jackson, Irene Cara, Donna Summer, Madonna, The Normal [Warm Leatherette original version] … I could go on, but these are the artist we used for inspiration on this new album “The Art Of Pop”. I would like to mention that these are NOT remixed but true REMAKES of the original tracks from scratch. No sampling here. I went back to the original synthesizers that the original artist used and re-programmed their sounds. Of course, I added my own new stuff to make it fresh, but you’ll definitely recognize a few familiar things and be surprised but some new twists and turns!
2 – What does the “Art Of Pop” represent?
“The Art Of Pop” is really about paying respect to a genre that most people take for granted. Yes, I know… people roll their eyes around many pop tunes because they are so cheesy or un-cool, but in fact, a well-crafted pop tune is quite difficult to create. You’re bound by “pop” guidelines, time [like 3 minutes 46 seconds] and song structure. It’s crafted to sound effortless, but it’s quite difficult. That’s why many groups have only a few pop hit songs. This for me was a big challenge to keep the original feel AND still keep the pop aspect. I’m paying homage to a genre that most people don’t consider important.
3 – Can you reveal to us your favorite tracks from this album?
I programmed, played, produced and mixed everything, so it’s like asking, “what’s your favorite child”. But a few that I really like are “Share Your Body Down” [Michael Jackson] because it’s a dangerous one to redo. When you do a monster hit, you risk ridicule, This one really works! Also, Telex Moskow Diskow, Flashdance, Warm Leatherette, Situation for starters..!
Varies on my project. This one, since I knew the tracks were LISTENING! I know that sounds stupid, but if you can’t REALLY listen, break down not only the parts but the feeling and movement of the music, you can’t re-create it with any quality. Once I FEEL the track, I usually do a scetch on my MacBook Pro in Logic. Sometimes laying in bed! Once I get a good demo idea, then I got to my big studio and start layering sounds and playing parts to make up the track. THEN, and this is important, I sit back, make-believe I never heard the track [usually a day later] and edit anything that rubs me the wrong way. It’s a hard one because I love this part and that, but I’m not making this for myself. I’m making this for you to enjoy. Editing is critical. Then it’s mixing and mastering.
5 – Did you collaborated with other artists?
Always, but in this album, it’s Steven Jones, Corey Tut, myself and Mikey Redvenom for vocals. I did the rest.
I have a place in Manhattan and in Florida. I love Florida because I can escape the craziness of the city, think and focus on work. So both places. I can work pretty fast, but these 24 tracks took about 6 months [with a week here and there for rest] to finish.
7 – How different is ‘The Art Of Pop’ from your previous records?
Most other works have original content. This is the first album of ALL remakes. I’ve matured musically and I don’t think I would have been able to have done this 5 years ago. I’m quite proud of the “interpretations” that came out. Funny, these things have their own life. They seem to take on a personality and develop and I go with that flow and help it become realized. I know that sounds weird, but it’s how it works for me.
8 – Are you planning to drop a music video?
YES! We secured some amazing footage for VOGUE. It’s not Madonna, but it’s a twisted version of the original Vogue video. I think it’s going to be really cool.
Since streaming came about, indie artists find it expensive to tour. Like $100,000 just to rent venues and sound systems and lights. That not even including a crew and hotels, transportation and food! YES, I WOULD LOVE TO TOUR, but we don’t have that kind of money. But if anyone wants to fund us, we’ll work out a very fair deal!
10 – Any words of advice for those fearing with rejection in the music industry?
Yes… F*CK them if they reject you. It’s not meant to be. Seriously. Don’t go against the grain and try to force something the universe is trying to keep you away from.
I know many artists that pursued big or glamorous deals, either to be rejected or pushed themselves in those situations, only to fail.
In today’s online world, you can be massive WITHOUT a manager, big label or producer. Do your THING, and if it’s pure and true to yourself, the world will notice. Now… Will that be instant or 10 years later, who knows, but it will be yours, pay you back for your hard work and YOU will be in control and never ripped off. Listen to me, I’ve been doing this for 45 years! One more thing. If you think you’ll sit back and be discovered, you’ll fail. EVERY successful person, no matter what profession puts in long hours of work. Think of it this way [and here’s the real key] … The energy in – Energy out. Put in a lot of work and you’ll succeed. Just show up and wait to be discovered, and you’ll be waiting forever. No matter what you do in life. Much love to you, and now that you have the real info, go out and conquer the world!
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Avery Raquel Discusses “Pieces” Remix Hitting The Billboard Club Music Chart
Here’s an interesting interview with singer-songwriter Avery Raquel, regarding her most recent Billboard chart success. Of course, I’m talking about “Pieces”, which got an amazing remix treatment from Stonebridge & Damien Hall. You can read the full interview below and discover a music star in the making!
1 – First of all, did you expect it to enter the Billboard Club Music Chart?
I try my best to go into projects with no expectations at all. I never want to get my hopes up. But that made the charting position even more exciting! I’m sitting at 30 right now, from 50, in just six weeks, which I am pretty proud of.
2 – What music elements do you like the most on this Stonebridge & Damien Hall remix?
I honestly didn’t know what to expect from these remixes, sound-wise. They’re all very different from the original, so it was definitely strange to adjust. But I really enjoy how they stayed true to the song, yet made it their own. The StoneBridge mix uses a lot of the original elements, like the horns and melody. Since its a dance mix, its primarily electronic which was interesting to hear on a song that was recorded with only live instruments.
3 – How did this remix collaboration come about?
It was my producer’s (Greg Kavanagh) idea. I didn’t think I was ready to hear my music presented so differently but after noticing so many other artists coming out with remixes to expose their music to a wider audience, I thought, why not?
Greg sent a couple of tracks to StoneBridge, who has multiple Billboard hits with artists like P!nk and Ariana Grande, and ”Pieces” caught his attention.
I am so happy with how his remix – and all the remixes! – turned out and how well they’re doing with radio and club DJs.
Very positive. Everyone seems to be very open to hearing these re-imagined versions. The support is comforting! And I’ve reached a new set of fans now as well!
5 – As a contemporary soul singer are you planning to explore more EDM rhythms in the near future?
The music that I write is, and probably always will, Contemporary Soul / R&B. I’m certainly leaning more towards mainstream these days, so I think there is a possibility for more remix projects in the future.
6 – What about taking a completely new music direction? Would it be too risky?
I don’t think there is anything wrong with taking a new music direction, but personally I believe it should be gradual. For example, it might be risky if a country artist switched to Jazz. The fans may get confused and move on. Certainly, some artists have been very successful in making the switch. I myself moved from Jazz and Blues to R&B / Soul and am now leaning more towards Pop.
Though the music industry today focuses a lot on genre, I think the music should stand on its own. I think an artist must stay true to who they are, and never stop paying attention to the audience. Appealing to the audience is very important.
I was so lucky to have them apart of this project, and they have been nothing but supportive! There is honestly so many great EDM producers and DJ’s that would be great to work with, like Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Dave Audé. The list goes on!
8 – What message do you want listeners to get from your song “Pieces”?
The emotion for this song came from being at the end of a relationship that had gone bad. I think the main message is that if you feel the need to remind yourself to be happy, then the relationship is toxic.
Like I say in chorus, “sometimes the pieces just aren’t always meant to fit.” – Two people, though maybe still in love, may not be right for each other, and that’s okay. I feel each partner in every relationship requires a certain amount of self-respect. Know when to back down, because sometimes it’s not you, it’s them.
9 – Is your ultimate goal as an artist climbing daily on the music charts?
Personally, I think climbing the charts is great. It means you are receiving some form of recognition for your work, but my main goal is to really make good music that connects to people, makes them feel and respond. I know that if I’ve touched at least one person emotionally with my music, then I’ve done a great job! That’s more rewarding to me.
10 – Any news or announcements we can look forward to?
I’m writing a lot more, and plan to release new music soon. Not sure if it will be a full album. I’m thinking maybe release a few singles? I currently have 4-5 songs in the bag. I would also like to perform more! I’m planning some small tours in Canada and the United States for Spring and Summer 2020.
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Kinesus Talks New Single “Tomorrow Goes On” & Much More In Interview
Check out this interview with Kinesus, the emerging producer with grand ambitions shares with us the most important details of his single “Tomorrow Goes On”. Based in Las Vegas, he also describes the music scene, announces the release of his debut album, and much more…
1 – How long have you been producing electronic music?
I started off making hip-hop beats in 2001 and begin to transition to electronic music sometime in 2010. It’s been so long ago; I don’t remember exactly when and how it all happened. I guess what I discovered is that I mostly enjoy composing, creating a melodic atmosphere and combining cinematic elements. Electronic music really gives me more freedom with that. I still have a love for hip-hop and trap beat, and you’ll hear parts of that in some of my music.
2 – For readers who are not familiar with your sound, yet what best describes your style?
I really like to be imaginative with my sounds. I get inspired by all types of genre, every music I ever listen to, I find myself extracting soulful details that I can reconstruct in my own ways. Sometimes it’s hard to tie any one of my songs to a specific genre because the effect of that fusion is unique on its own. What I try to do though, the best that I can, is to tell a story with my sound.
3 – Where did the inspiration mainly come from for your new single “Tomorrow Goes On”?
Believe it or not, what inspired me for “Tomorrow Goes On” was a lot of indie dream-pop music! Most of the songs I listen to feel energetic, melodic and upbeat. It’s the kind of music that lifts your spirit even when you’re having the worse day of your life. This track was about being in that state, and still having the energy to keep going, staying positive and being optimistic about life.
4 – What really sets this track apart from your previous compositions?
The virtual guitar you hear in the beginning was something new for me. I haven’t done anything like that before. The rhythm and the groove were not something I’m used to making. But it’s the guitar that I started playing around with that was the drive for the entire track.
5 – What software, instruments or tools did you use for “Tomorrow Goes On”?
I recorded the virtual guitar in Pro Tools and then used FL Studio to add the rest of the sound together. There were a bunch of different VST instruments on the track, but most of it were from Native Instruments Komplete bundle.
6 – In your opinion, Is Las Vegas a good place for underground electronic musicians?
You know what, I have to be honest, I don’t know the answer to that yet. I want to think it’s a good place to be in because all the major electronic music producers you heard of has performed here. There’s quite a lot of inspiration though when you’re around the strip and you see names like Steve Aoki, Zedd, Major Lazer, Calvin Harris, and all the big names who’s been around. I will say this though, Las Vegas is the home for electronic music for many many years to come. C’mon, EDC, that’s not going away anytime soon!
The music scene out here is phenomenal! It’s not just electronic music, you have performers from all musical backgrounds. There’re always music festivals here for everyone and you can find a wide range of genres; reggae, jazz, classical, blues, rock, Latin, experimental, even world music. Plenty to discover. It’s great for me since I love discovering new music. You bring any kind of music to Las Vegas and you can’t go wrong. People here love to be entertained, and music is the center of entertainment. The Blue Man Group and Jabbawockeez are great examples of that.
8 – What type of listeners do you want to attract with your music?
I haven’t really thought about that – I mean, no group in particular. I think if listeners can enjoy music without lyrics and find that it resonates with their emotions, their imagination or their dreams, then my music is for them.
9 – Have you ever produced film scores?
For short films and school projects, yes. I would love to produce film scores for a feature film or video games one day. A composer I really admire in that field is Junkie XL. He started off with electronic music and has now become one of the best film composers today. Of course, there’s also Hans Zimmer. These guys are incredibly talented. If I have a chance to score, I think I’d like to do something like Steve Jablonsky, he’s my favorite composer.
‘Retrogram’ is an album that will be a launchpad for my music career. I’ve been producing music for a very long time, mostly staying under the radar and sharing it with a small community – what most music hobbyist would do, I guess. Now, I think it’s time for me to get out there; expand, reach more people and share my music with the world. It might seem a late that I’m just starting now, but I once heard a quote somewhere goes like, “It doesn’t matter how old your music is, if someone never heard of it, it is new to them.” So, this album will be a compilation of some of the best work I’ve done in the past and a few extra surprises. ‘Retrogram’ will be available this year in July.
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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Country Duo Poppyiris
Unquestionably, timeless romantic songs are the specialty of Poppyiris. In this exclusive interview, you can know them better. Moreover, if you want to chill and listen to Country music, you might enjoy their latest offering entitled, “Why The Hell Knot”. Scroll down and happy reading!
1 — Thanks for your time, where are you located?
Poppyiris is a duo from Nashville and Los Angeles.
2 — What are you known for?
Deedee: I am known for writing Country songs and Broadway Musicals. One of my musicals, “Waiting For Johnny Depp” was selected by Tony Award-winning producer Ken Davenport to be featured in the Rave Music Festival this past summer in NYC. The show is definitely gaining momentum across the country. I co-wrote it and starred in it and won Best Actress for my performance at The Valley Theatre Awards here in Los Angeles.
Mike: I am in high demand as a session singer in Nashville and I share the stage with a lot of cool cats. I recently performed with Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban. I am very fortunate to make my living as a musician.
Poppyiris is known for our timeless love songs and our harmonies. People love each of us as performers in our own right but together, they kind of go wild over the union of our voices.
3 — What do you do for a living?
Deedee: Write songs, books, teach songwriting and perform.
Mike: I am a session musician and a bass player. I tour with a lot of amazing artists including the legendary Loretta Lynn. We are also both session musicians who sing on other people’s albums.
4 — How much experience or expertise do you have in music?
Deedee: When I was 21 I started singing commercials in New York. You could hear my voice on commercials like Avis Rent A Car, Heinz Ketchup, IBM and Toshiba. I was also the jingle voice for a Japanese radio station for years. If you combine the list of people we have shared the stage with, it is a list of the who’s who of American Music.
We have collectively shared the stage with Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, Chris Cagel, Stephen Bishop, Glen Campbell, Keith Urban, Garth Brooks, and the list goes on and on and on.
5 — Studies
Deedee: I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from Hofstra University and a minor in music.
Mike: I came to Nashville the week after HS graduation… My cousin is a professional bass player here and had already gotten established in the Nashville music community… I got here on a Monday and on Tuesday he got a call about a new artist needing a bass player who also could sing harmonies, he told them about me and on Thursday (less than a week of being in Nashville) I was on my way to Las Vegas with my first artist gig.
6 — Music influences
Billy Joel, The Beatles, Kenny Rankin, Dan Fogelberg, The Police, Brett Eldredge, Loretta Lynn, Rascal Flatts, Garth Brooks, and Keith Urban.
7 — Aspirations or hopes
We want to open for a major Country act like Reba, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum or Eldredge, on the road! We want a bunch of Grammys and CMA awards as well. We wouldn’t mind starring in a few movies too!
8 — Achievements or awards
Deedee: I’m pretty proud of winning the Los Angeles Music Award’s singer/songwriter of the year
Mike: I won Tasmanian Independent Country Music Awards International Artist Of The Year last year.
9 — How would you describe your music style?
Contemporary Country with an R&B influence.
10 — Other details about your life and personality
Deedee: I have written a book called The Lemonade Maker about turning obstacles into opportunities and I love public speaking and singing about the subject. I enjoy helping mankind become more causative over his problems and less a victim. Life is all about learning to handle the punches in a positive way.
Mike: My parents were always very supportive of my music with the lessons and making sure my bills got paid when times were tough!
I never take for granted that kind of support. It takes a village to make a great artist.
Deedee: Yes, my mom and dad were exactly the same. Always there to back me up on all my music endeavors. We couldn’t do it without the support of family and wonderful friends.
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Quickfire Interview With: stAlkid
Discover more about Minneapolis-based artist, Roman Non aka stAlkid here! Personally, I think he brings a new kind of energy to the world of Triphop. Be sure to listen to “Dreams In The Witch House”, an interesting track that evokes a spooky/mysterious feeling. There’s no doubt, his signature sound is distinctive and original, and you’ll like it!
1 – You’ve been composing songs since…
I’ve been writing songs since I was 14 years old when I got my 1st guitar.
2 – You got involved in the music realm because…
It’s the life I’ve always wanted.
3 – Your sound is…
My sound is dark, emotive, and mysterious.
4 – Your biggest inspiration is…
My biggest inspiration is every song I’ve ever heard.
5 – Fans should listen to your new single “Dreams In The Witch House” because…
It’s my 1st track and its a well-rounded representation of my sound.
“Dreams in the Witch House”.
7 –Your most memorable career moment so far has been…
My most memorable career moment thus far, is probably my 1st show, which I’m about to play tomorrow so I guess it hasn’t happened yet.
8 – Your dream is…
My dream is to play shows and release music for people that vibe with my songs, simple as that.
My next release is my debut album, ‘Spooky Tunes, for Lovers and the Dead’.
10 – Your all-time favorite track is…
My all-time favorite track is either “Something About Us” by Daft Punk or “Woodland Cathedral” by Wolves in the Throne Room.
11 – Your favourite place to write songs is…
My favorite place to write songs is in solitude.
12 – If you weren’t an artist you’d probably be…
If I weren’t an artist I’d probably be dead.
I will only stop making music if I die.
14 – In a few years, you want to be…
In a few years, I want to be more powerful than I am now.
15 – What are you doing for the rest of the day?
For the rest of the day, I’m practicing magic.
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