An Interview with Jessica Hernandez of Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas!

By Alexis Simpson

We attended Riot Fest in Chicago last month, and were excited to see that Jessica Hernandez was performing there. We have seen her perform many times in Detroit, once in Orlando, and now Chicago. Jessica is a favorite of mine and one of the few artists I listen to week after week. She’s soulful, bohemian, and has a superb voice. I want everybody to know about her! Her album “Secret Evil” just came out, and she is currently on tour with St. Paul and The Broken Bones. We got the chance to do a quick Q & A with her to catch up. Also, at the end of the session, we have photos from Riot Fest and a few of my favorite photos of Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas from past shows.

Noize-It was great seeing you perform in Chicago at Riot Fest. Tell us about your Riot Fest experience…

Jessica-I’m not gonna lie… I was a little skeptical of how the show was going to turn out when we got there and the weather wasn’t really cooperating. I was totally blown away though at how amazing the crowd was once we started playing. Crummy weather and all people were dancing and having a good time. It was awesome.

Noize-What aspects of your new album “Secret Evil” are you the most proud of? Tell us something “evil” about yourself.

Jessica-I’m proud of all of it. Probably most proud of the fact that it’s out and that I wrote all of the songs. Obviously there were a lot of people that helped shape the album and add so much, but I sat and wrote all these songs and I feel really proud of that, especially given the state of the music world today. I can’t think of anything evil right now. I think I keep most of my evil in my head.

Noize-You are coming back to play at Saint Andrew’s Hall in Detroit on November 1st. Are you doing anything special to prepare for that show?

Jessica-I’m not sure yet. That show is a little different since we’re actually opening for a larger band that we will have been on tour with for a couple weeks at that point. St. Paul and The Broken Bones are great though so maybe we will plan something special for Detroit.

Noize-You recently shot videos for “Cry Cry Cry” and “Sorry I Stole Your Man.” What can you tell us about these videos, and when do we get to see them?

Jessica-Cry Cry Cry is this super simple beautiful one shot video, and Sorry I Stole Your Man is this more elaborate fun crazy Latin party in Detroit. I don’t want to give too much away, ok, but I am excited about both of them and I got to work with an awesome director and Detroit crew and all my friends and family make a cameo in them. They should be out in the next month or two!

Noize-Can’t wait! What is your most interesting tour story?

Jessica-I can’t say any without getting myself or other people in trouble, haha.

Noize-Fair enough! What is it like being the only female in your band?

Jessica-I like it. The dudes in my band are my best friends and they have kind of learned how to be there the way a girl friend would, haha. We all have our quirks that get under each other’s skin but we’re all family now.

Noize-A few times on social media and interviews, you have mentioned that you are dating a lovely young man in The Growlers. How did you meet? How do two traveling musicians make it work?

Jessica-We met at The Bakery Loft when I was still booking shows up there. I booked his band a few years ago and put them up for the night. We really hit it off and became friends then stayed in touch and met up at SXSW that year and started dating. It’s very challenging but super rewarding having this kind of relationship. I guess we make it work because we understand each other’s career and how important and busy they are. We just support one another’s goals and try and enjoy the time we do get to hang out… even if it usually is on a bus or in a van or a smelly motel room, haha.

Noize-Thanks!

Members Jessica Hernandez – vocals, guitar, keys, percussion
The Deltas:
Michael Krygier – guitar and vocals
Steve Lehane – bass and vocals
Taylor Pierson – keys, accordion and vocals
John Raleeh – trombone
Stephen Stetson – drums

http://www.jessicahernandez.net/ https://www.facebook.com/JessicaHernandezandTheDeltas/

http://www.instagram.com/detroitjess http://www,twitter.com/detroitjess

PHOTOS FROM RIOT FEST CHICAGO

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas @ Riot Fest Chicago

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas @ Riot Fest Chicago

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas @ Riot Fest Chicago

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas @ Riot Fest Chicago

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas @ Riot Fest Chicago

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas @ Riot Fest Chicago

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas @ Riot Fest Chicago

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas @ Riot Fest Chicago

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas @ Riot Fest Chicago

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas @ Riot Fest Chicago

ST ANDREW’S HALL 11-27-13

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

THE MAGIC BAG 7-20-12

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

ORLANDO CALLING 11-12-11

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

OPENING FOR WANDA JACKSON AT THE MAGIC STICK 6-29-11

JESSICA HERNANDEZ

DETROIT MUSIC AWARDS 4-15-2011

Backstage
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

GWAR INTERVIEW at RIOT FEST CHICAGO

By Paul Detroit

GWAR was one of the first bands I was ever into, and I jumped at the chance to interview the brash 7 ft. tall alien rockstars…

TWITTER

GWAR: @GWARofficial

BalSac: @BalSacJoD

JiZMak: @gwarbq

Pustulus: @pustulus

Beefcake: @BeefcakeofGwar

Blöthar: @ThisIsBlothar

Vulvatron: @VulvatronGwar

Sawborg: @SawborgD

http://www.gwar.net

https://www.facebook.com/gwar/
RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

INTERVIEW

Paul of Noize: I have a question for you, “Sleazy do you really know GWAR? 

Sleazy P:  (Sleazy hesitates and gives his trademarked Asshole look) “Yeah I know GWAR, I’m their Fucking Manager.” I jumped through the hoop for you F*****, now what?

Paul of Noize: So Sleazy what’s up with all of these hipsters? Does GWAR have any plans for them? Will GWAR do us all a favor and start thinning hipsters herds?

Sleazy P: I’ll tell you something, if I see another waxed handlebar mustache, if I see another fucking barrel in the ear…I’m gonna do nothing. Cause you can’t stop them frankly. Hipster is just another word for well, for something else that was before, and what was that? “F****”. It’s all F****; it all refers back to f*****, hipster , punk, rocker whatever. F*****.  Just save everyone a lot of time and rename them all f*****.

Blöthar: He’s trying to roll things back 25 years.

Sleazy P: And I can’t because my memory is shot.

Blóthar: One thing I’ve noticed is there is too many men wearing women’s pants here that makes me angry.

Sleazy P: You mean I’ve been ogling men’s butts? Damn!!! I like a guy in Spanx.

Paul of Noize:  What’s the bloodiest show GWAR has ever done?

Sleazy P:  The bloodiest show we’ve ever done, who wants to take that one, Blothar?

Blöthar:  I haven’t done any shows I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Sleazy P:  We just dug him up we had Dr. Richard Leaky (Dr. Dick Leaky) go down to Antarctica and find his ass.  He was buried in the freezer like chicken pot pies, 4 for a buck.  He’s not the same as Oderus.

Paul of Noize:  What’s your favorite memory of Oderus?

Jizmak Da Gusher:  The part where he’s owes me money still, or the part where he fucked everybody’s girlfriends. Which part? There’s too many.

Pustulus Maximus:  There was a good time when we had a pool in the fucking club in Milwaukee called “The rave.”  We did a line of strippers on a mound of Coke that was some shit you only do once in your life man.

Sleazy P:  What kind of band are you in, only once? That’s lame!!

GWAR: HAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHA!

Sleazy P:  I do that every night.

Beefcake The Mighty:  He bought me a corndog once-that was nice, good memories.  

Paul of Noize:  Over the years what is your favorite kill you’ve had at your show. 

Sleazy P:  All politicians all celebrities they all kind of meld into one, but the Justin Bieber that we eviscerated recently on tour gave me a lot of satisfaction.

Beefcake the Mighty:  It happens to have been really popular. 

Sleazy P:  That’s one less fuck face that will be gobbling up record sales in front of my boys.

Paul of Noize: Who won out in terms of getting whacked the most?  The Pope or George Bush?

Sleazy P:  That’s a good question. The Pope has been reoccurring frequently but George Bush lasted only eight years but people really seem to enjoy George Bush getting whacked.  But not as much as Obama.  You know when we whacked Obama we got absolutely  noooo coverage from the liberal media,  ohhhh but kill Sarah Palin and they’re all over it. They got links here and there. MSNBC-it’s not fair.  

Pustulus Maximus:  We gotta Fucking stop Obama before he stops ISIS hahaha.

Sleazy P:  There’s a liberal bias to our killing and we have to do something about it.

Pustulus Maximus:  Thanks Obama.

Jizmak Da Gusha: Old News!!  Talk about me, talk about us.

Paul of Noize:  What do you want to tell me about yourself?

Jizmak Da Gusha:  I’m here to destroy Chicago at Riot Fest, nobody’s going to miss you people you have a high crime rate anyways.

Paul of Noize: Sounds good to me.

Jizmak Da Gusha:  Ask a good fucking question!!!!

Paul of Noize:  Ok, why is GWAR playing in Grand Rapids and not Detroit? (Gwar later released additional shows for their fall tour, and Detroit was one of them. This will be Gwar’s 11th show at Harpo’s, and they will be joined by American Sharks and Corrosion of Conformity.)

GWAR:  We’ve already killed Detroit.  It’s destroyed .  Hahaha we’ve already Fucked that place up.  

Paul of Noize:  You have two people here that you haven’t killed yet.

Blöthar:  Detroit’s a shit hole.

Pustulus Maximus:  So is Grand Rapids.

Paul of Noize:  Grand Rapids is a real shit hole.

Sleazy P:  Nah Detroit’s our kinda town.

Beefcake the Mighty:  I want to go where they make the cereal.

Sleazy P:  Battle Creek!!!

Jizmak Da Gusha:  Captain Crunch!! 

Paul of Noize:  So what is The direction of GWAR now?

Blöthar: Downwards, it’s a free fall from here straight to the bottom.

Sleazy P:  We are going to work really hard to become a worthy tribute band of ourselves.

Blöthar:  WE’RE GOING TO BE THE BEST DAMN GWAR COVER BAND THAT EVER LIVED!!! 

Paul of Noize:  Has there ever been a show that was stopped and GWAR wasn’t able to finish the show?

Jizmak Da Gusha:  Oh boy here we go.

Sleazy P: Athens, North Carolina what else?

Balsac The Jaws of Death:  Those are painful memories you’re digging up here, painful memories you’re digging up.

Blöthar:  Well I dreamed that the band was stopped while performing in Charlotte North Carolina.

Jizmak Da Gusha:  That wasn’t a dream.

Blöthar:  No it wasn’t  and Oderus’s  penis (The Cuttlefish of Cthulhu) was confiscated by the police, forming the basis of the Grammy nominated Rock movie film show. “Phallus in wonderland.”

Sleazy P: (laughs doubling over) All right let’s uhh wrap that story up.

Blöthar:  Come on I’m done man.

Paul of Noize Alright, well thanks guys.

Jizmak Da Gusha:  The pleasure is all yours.

PHOTOS

GWAR

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

GWAR RIOT FEST CHICAGO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

GWAR RIOT FEST CHICAGO

GWAR RIOT FEST CHICAGO

GWAR RIOT FEST CHICAGO
RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

 

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLORIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

GWAR featuring VULVATRON

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO
GWAR featuring VULVATRON
GWAR featuring VULVATRON
GWAR featuring VULVATRON

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

GWAR featuring VULVATRON

GWAR featuring VULVATRON

GWAR featuring VULVATRON

GWAR featuring VULVATRON

GWAR featuring VULVATRON

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

RIOT FEST CHICAGO DAY ONE: GWAR, CLUTCH, USSY RIOT PANEL W HENRY ROLLINS, SLAYER, GOGOL BORDELLO

 

 

 

An Interview with Sal Costa of Smashing Satellites! 09-19-2014

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By Alexis Simpson

We have been hearing a lot about the band “Smashing Satellites,”. and wanted to take the time to get to know frontman Sal Costa and his band better. You may recognize him as the former guitarist of “My Darkest Days.” Sal is now striking out on his own in order to share his music with the purpose of bringing people together. Sal has a new EP coming out 9/30. We are looking forward to hearing and sharing his new music, because Sal has a lot of heart and the natural talent to do great things!

Members Salvatore Costa
Devon Lougheed
Mick Valentyne
Mykey Thomas

Hometown Toronto, Canada

http://smashingsatellites.com

https://www.facebook.com/SmashingSatellites

http://www.twitter.com/salvatoremuzak

Noize- How have you changed musically since “My Darkest Days?”

Sal-To be 100% truthful – not much. I’ve been writing songs like this for years, but they were just never going to be heard in a band like My Darkest Days. MDD was through and through a rock band. It only fulfilled one facet of me creatively (the rock side), but I have SO many different influences that I draw from when I write. Ultimately, during my time with My Darkest Days, I felt almost caged creatively in a way. I’m a pretty eccentric and quirky person and I like to walk that fine line of odd, and I was never going to be able to be 100% ME in that band. This was part of the reason I left the band, among other reasons.

Noize-It’s admirable that you are finding your niche! Tell us about your new EP “SonicAluzion” coming out on 9/30.

Sal-“SonicAluzion” really captures a period of time in my life. A very crazy time with so many highs and lows – euphoria to rock bottom. During this time I had some amazing revelations that were life changing. This record is me, and I’m really proud of it. I started this record on the east coast but finished the majority of it on the west coast, and you can truly hear that as you get further into the record. Creating this record was a magical time for me. I put no barriers on my song writing and production – I just went for it.

Noize- What are your musical aspirations with this band?

Sal-Really, to just bring people together. I really want people to get into this record the way my parents generation got into music. A time when people went to concerts, and buying a record on vinyl was an event, and listening to it with your friends for the first time was an even bigger event. A lot of the songs are about some of my deepest demons, and I truly hope it will serve as a probe for others to open up about theirs. Suffering in silence is a sad existence, and I want to bring awareness to a lot of the
demons we all face every day, but are too afraid to discuss. Another human’s consolation can be the difference between life and death sometimes. We have lost that human interaction… and I long for it… and I know others do as well… we’re just so caught up in this race of technology that we’re distancing ourselves from ourselves and others.

Noize-What other arts do you enjoy and how do they influence your music?

Sal-When I was young I used to paint a LOT. I still have a ton of my old paintings and it’s pretty interesting to look back at them. Sometimes I look at them and think “What
was going through that brain back then?” However, right now, I spend a lot of time cooking. I find it very inspiring and it exercises my creativity in a different way than writing songs. Also – photography. Capturing moments can be pretty exciting. It keeps me grounded and reminds me of how important living for the moment truly is.

Noize-Nice! Do you consider yourself a fully realized artist? And if not, why not?:)  Sal-No, I don’t, and I don’t think I ever will. Part of what drives me as a human is to constantly learn and understand so that my writing can keep taking itself to the next level. If I were to feel realized, that would mean I would be satisfied. One thing I never am is satisfied. I always want to learn and be willing to learn. That is the only way to grow.

Noize-“Hounds” is a colorful and entertaining video, was it fun to make?

Sal-It truly was a fun video to make, especially because it takes place in my world. My car (Helene) also makes an appearance in it flying through space, and model/friend Arielle Reitsma plays my counterpart. It took two days too shoot as there were so many elements involved, and it took even longer to edit it.

Noize-What are your plans for the rest of the year?

Sal-We’re just in the process of one offs and slowly gearing up to take this show on the road. Really excited to release the EP as I feel that will truly be the start. It will give people a body of work to submerge themselves into instead of just one song. I can’t wait.

Noize-Thanks Sal!

An Interview with Detroit’s own Christopher Jarvis! (Catch him performing Monday at Movement @ 1PM on the Beatport stage!)

cjBy Alexis Simpson

Last week we ran into Christopher Jarvis out and about in Ferndale, and asked him for an interview him in celebration of his performance on Monday May 26th, at Movement festival on the Beatport stage. Many remember Chris from his work with the group Phantasmagoria. Now he is doing his thing solo, and on the path to greatness.

http://soundcloud.com/christopherjarvis

https://www.facebook.com/christopherjarvismusic

http:/christopherjarvismusis.bandcamp.com

 

INTERVIEW

Noize-You are performing at this year’s Movement festival, Monday, May 26th at 1PM on the Beatport stage. Congrats, how exciting! Last year, you performed as well, but with your former group, Phantasmagoria…How did your first Movement solo appearance come about?

CJ-Thank you, it is exciting! Paxahau just contacted me and asked me to play.

Noize-How are you preparing for your performance?

CJ-As my roommate James said yesterday when I told him I wasn’t as prepared as I’d like to be : “You’ve been working on it for 6 hours a day for the past week, your set kills.”

Noize-That James is a wise one. Do you have any recommendations for after parties this year?

CJ-Comfort Food Detroit is having a really great party at The Reserve on Saturday with Michna (Ghostly International)Also, Soul Clap wsg George Clinton, Egyptian Lover, & Stacey Pullen at TV Lounge on Sunday.

Noize-We are going to the Soul Clap party:) When and how did you start making music?

CJ-I started playing guitar when I was around 12 years old but I never really got very good at it. I was always more interested in making full compositions rather than becoming skilled at an instrument. So I got a synthesizer and started recording and making songs in Cubase and Fruity Loops.

Noize-What are you listening to now?

CJ-Right now I’m really into the new St. Vincent record, and the new Tobacco record.

Noize-What goals are on your musical bucket list?

CJ-To play in Asia and Europe.

Noize-Online your style of music is described as “trippy,” “trip hop,” “psychedelic,” and “future”…What state of mind are you in when you create music?

CJ-It’s always different. I don’t think about it too much, I just try to put all of myself into what I’m doing and before I know it hours have passed and I come out of my meditation with a new creation.

Noize-I can see you fitting in with a label such as Ghostly International, is this something you have pursued or something you would even consider if given the opportunity?

CJ-Getting on a label isn’t really something you pursue, it kind of has to come to you. It has to be the right time. I would love to be on a label like Ghostly International though. I’m a huge fan. Hopefully I’m working my way towards something like that.

Noize- You released your new album “The Clairsentient” a few months ago, what has that experience been like?

CJ-It’s been great, I’ve received a lot of really positive feedback regarding that album. Collaborating with different artists was a new experience for me and I really enjoyed the process.

Noize- You feature a lot of interesting artists on that album…Just for fun, can you give us a one word description of each artist that best describes them:

CJ-

a. Doc Waffles= Esoteric

b. Doc Illingsworth= Flux

c. James Linck= Impervious

d. Britney Stoney= Spirited

e. Mister= Wise

f. SelfSays= Empathetic

 

Noize-I heard that you and James Linck went on a mini tour together. How was it?

CJ-It had its ups and downs but overall I’d say it went well. We definitely learned a lot from the experience and had a lot of fun.

Noize-Where did you play?

CJ-Dayton, Toledo, Pittsburgh, Charleston, Muncie, there were others that are slipping my mind at the moment.

Noize-Any interesting or funny tour stories?

CJ-At one show an underaged pregnant girl showed us her tits and then proceeded to hit on Laura, our tour manager, and another girl claimed to not know what a vinyl record was and then bought one and treated it like a frisbee.

Noize-HA! You recently moved to Hamtramck, MI…How do you like it so far? How do you think the city will help to influence your music?

CJ-I really like living in Hamtramck, but I’ve lived here before so it’s nothing new. Since I’ve moved here I’ve been in a really good creative stride. I love just walking around. I feel like I see or experience something surreal in this city every day and I love that. I love the strangeness of life. And I love all the different culture, cuisines, and markets here. It isn’t a corporate city and I really like that.

Noize-What do you have planned for the rest of the year?

CJ-I’m in the process of booking a tour out west for the fall/winter, I’m going to completely recreate my live show and set up and I’m also in the early stages of working on a new album.

THANKS CHRIS AND GOOD LUCK MONDAY!

Q & A with Bassist Jon Gallant of Billy Talent!

We did a quick Q & A with Billy Talent who just finished playing Warped 2013, but are coming back to the Detroit area for 89X’s Chill on the Hill concert!

 

Noize-Tell us about your 2013 Warped Tour experience.

JG-Warped was awesome.  It was nice to be back and be the veterans of the tour.

Noize-How was your time in Detroit? Any good stories?

JG-Our bus driver was arrested and there was a monster storm. It was great!  Felt bad for our driver. Mistaken identity.

Noize-Funniest or most interesting Warped tour story?

JG-I won $1,300 playing poker.

 Noize-I see that this month the band will be in Europe and Africa for a month except for when you fly back to the burbs of Detroit for the Chill on the Hill show on October 5th. How do you prepare for an overseas tour?

JG- Malaria shots and jogging.

Noize-Is there a country that you are particularly looking forward to playing for and visiting on your upcoming tour?

JG-We’ve been touring for over 10 years. I love so many places but really enjoy the shows the most, no matter where we are.

Noize-Tell us more about Dead Silence for those of us not familiar with your new album. Any common themes?

JG-Dead Silence is out best and newest album. Produced by our guitar player, Ian D’Sa.

Noize-What is the most exciting track off of Dead Silence to perform live?

JG-“Running Across the Tracks.”

Noize-What is your fave video you have ever made and why?

JG-“River Below.” Just a cool video.

Noize-Other plans for 2013?

JG-Touring until November.

 Noize-What is your musical bucket list of goals you would like to achieve?

JG-Play a gig with Rage Against The Machine, and smoke a joint with Willy Nelson.

Noize-Thanks!

Check out our Billy Talent photos from Warped Tour 2013 and last December!

http://www.billytalent.com/
http://www.myspace.com/billytalent
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Interview with Chris Wyse-Bassist of The Cult and Frontman of Owl!

The Cult (1)Owl photo Chris Wyse, bass player of The Cult and frontman of rock band, Owl, will hit the road on The Cult’s Electric 13 tour kicking off on July 25th in San Diego. The Cult plays this Thursday at The Detroit Fillmore. Wyse joined The Cult in 2006 and played bass on the band’s comeback album Beyond Good and Evil in 2001. Owl’s sophomore album The Right Thing was released on April 9th.  On the Electric 13 tour, The Cult will play their 1987 Rick Rubin-produced landmark album Electric in its entirety for the first time. Each tour stop will feature a first set of the platinum-selling Electric boasting standouts like ‘Love Removal Machine,’ ‘Wild Flower’ and ‘Lil’ Devil’ and a second set highlighting The Cult’s 30-year catalogue of hits. The Cult is set to release new material in 2014 to follow-up to their 2012 album Weapon of Choice, and a double album called Electric Peace is due out July 30th.

Check out some of their recent press: Rolling Stone premiered Owl’s video for the album’s title track: http://rol.st/13KAiyD and Revolver revealed the band’s cover of The Kinks classic “Detroyer”:  http.://bit.ly/12g35zH

We also got the chance to have a Q & A session with Chris and catch up on the latest news for both The Cult and Owl.

Noize-How is your tour going with the cult? Any good stories? CW-The tour is going great and we are playing another sold out show tonight in Minneapolis. Ian got pretty bloody one night when the tambourine hit his head and cut him. It was a bloody mess and looked crazy, but thankfully he was fine. Noize-Phew! We are excited to have you in Detroit this week. What are your favorite random things about Detroit? Fave thing about playing in Detroit? CW-I think the Detroit Opera House is pretty amazing and I dig the Fillmore there. Detroit has some of the best rock crowds in the world and is always a favorite. Noize-Last year The Cult was in a pretty horrific accident while touring in Europe…Was it difficult to get back on the bus after that? CW– It was indeed. We all sort of had our own realization that we were lucky to have made it. It was like slow motion when it happened. I had a reoccurring dream about a bus crash over and over before it happened. I knew it was coming. One late night I was having cereal and tea and having a hard time sleeping. I looked out the window in Croatia and said “Oh man this is the dream’! Something told me to go upstairs in the huge double decker bus and get in my bunk. Lucky I did because we hit a guard rail on a 100 foot drop then went into a tail spin once we crossed the bridge. Everyone was fine and in there bunks. Ian was standing and got bruised a bit but amazingly we were all fine. It was terrifying to be awake and know what was up as it was happening. Noize-What do you love and dislike about touring? CW-I love playing live and meeting people and connecting. The lack of sleep and crazy traveling I could live without but it is what it takes to tour, so you take both sides. Noize-I read that The Cult plans to work on new material very soon. What direction would you like to see the group head in? CW-I think we were onto something special with “Choice of Weapon” and the chemistry of this band is strong live and in the studio. I feel the band has many interesting places to go still like a Zeppelin/ Doors. Maybe I will get some bowed upright sounds in there too. Noize-Please tell us more about your band The Owl and the album THE RIGHT THING…What are your aspirations for this new-ish group? CW-Well the whole experience has been very rewarding. It has been a great first half of the year with OWL. Getting featured in press like Rolling Stone, Revolver,  and many others has been amazing and a surprise. We sold out shows in NY and LA. Kids lined up for the merch and we’d sell out. It’s a real treat to play with my long time friend Dan Dinsmore on drums. It’s a risk-taking band that is deferent and there really was no band like it until we formed OWL. We are here to take you on a new musical journey and be innovative. I’m looking forward to opening for some band and doing a proper USA tour and more new music. Noize-What made you want to be a front man? Were you nervous about the change or was it a natural progression?

CW-The front man thing can be a head trip but I always sing and play so I just went for it and it was very natural. It is just what I do. I have always been a singer-songwriter utilizing the bass. Noize-Are you a self taught musician or do you have formal training? CW-When the Cult’s “Electric” came out I had been written up as a teen a couple times in Guitar magazines for my extreme chops. I read what they said and that got me into theory and learning upright bass in college. So I’m self taught and got some formal training for the bow. I had a strong ear for music and the music theory just gave me the names for things in my head which is the best of both worlds. I use theory as a tool when stuck. I ended up becoming a teacher and made my living teaching bass for a while. I had about 40 students a week and got even deeper into theory. I eventually just would play in bands but I still teach on rare occasions. Noize-You have worked with greats like Ozzy and Mick Jagger: What other artists would you like to work with? CW-Dave Grohl on drums, Jack White, and me on upright bass. Noize-Do you have a musical bucketlist of goals you would like to achieve? CW-I want to take OWL around the world and show the Dan and our guitarist Jason Mezilis some of the amazing places I have been over the years. I feel obligated to push musical boundaries and bring it to the people in person. Noize-Thanks!!! THE CULT

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Tour Dates
The Cult Electric 13 Tour Dates:
7/25 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
7/26 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
7/27 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore
7/29 – Portland, OR – Roseland
7/30 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
8/1 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
8/2 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
8/3 – Sturgis, ND – Buffalo Chip Festival
8/5 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre
8/8 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore
8/9 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
8/10 – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
8/11 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
8/13 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
8/14 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
8/16 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Live
8/17 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
8/18 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
8/20 – Silver Springs, MD – Fillmore
8/22 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom
8/23 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
8/24 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino
8/25 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
8/27 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
8/29 – Lake Charles, LA – L’Aubergine Casino Resort
8/30 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
8/31 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
9/1 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
9/3 – Austin, TX – ALC Live/Moody Theatre
9/5 – Pheonix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
9/6 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
9/7 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theatre
9/8 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues

Stars in Stereo Interview!! 5-14-13

By Alexis Simpson

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We got the chance to interview Jordan McGraw of Stars in Stereo. Check it out!

NOIZE-How did your show go in Grand Rapids a few days ago at The Orbit Room?

JORDAN-Honestly, this last Grand Rapids show was my favorite we have ever played. The crowd was absolutely insane. There’s no better feeling than seeing a crowd sing along, crowd surf, jump up and down, and lose their minds. I don’t know one band that doesn’t like a crazy crowd. NO STANDING AROUND!

NOIZE-I also heard a lot of positive feedback about your Detroit performance when you opened for Flyleaf and Drowning Pool earlier this year. What are your memories of your brief time spent in Detroit?

JORDAN-We’ve been to Detroit a couple of times now and every time has been awesome. I think every time we go we have seen a different part of the city and every show we have gotten a better response than the last. Detroit is a tour stop we always check the routings for.

NOIZE-Tell us an interesting tour story.

JORDAN-For some reason, the details of the nights where I did something stupid are hazy. However, one night, our friend Jack Daniels and the band were hosting a classy get together on our bus. I’m standing next to Justin when one of the members of one of the other bands turns to Justin and asks “do you trust me?” This was maybe the second week of tour so, because he had no reason to say no, Justin nodded confidently. Next thing I know this other guy raises the knife that we hadn’t noticed and cuts Justin’s shirt from collar to… whatever you call the bottom of the shirt. If Jack wasn’t there to calm Justin down I’m sure he would have needed a new pair of pants too. Long story short, the guy has excellent knife control. Needless to say, when he asked another one of us about trust, the answer to the question was a bit more complicated.

NOIZE-Woah, he sounds like a trip! Ok, can you elaborate on these questions…When on tour:

NOIZE-Who parties the most?

JORDAN-Hmm that could be incriminating… it’s hard to keep any of us away from a good party.

NOIZE-Who gets the crabbiest?

JORDAN-Our tour manager… see the above answer. His job, once the show is over, is to make sure we don’t do anything too stupid or crazy… which we usually take as a challenge. Poor guy.

NOIZE-What is your favorite past time on your days off?

JORDAN-Recover from the night before a day off. We own almost every season of The Simpsons so I usually lock my self in the back lounge with my dog and kill time that way.

NOIZE-What music do you play on the bus?

JORDAN-It depends on the time of day. If it is right before show time, we usually put on something upbeat that’ll get us moving. Yesterday it was a mix of Jay-Z, Tina Turner, and Blink-182. After the show is usually something like Guns N Roses, Slipknot, or Foo Fighters. We also have a 90s R&B playlist that’ll make it’s way into the mix every now and again… You can’t escape R. Kelly.

NOIZE-Have you been pursued by groupies or over zealous fans?

JORDAN-We have the best fans ever… No one has been too pushy or over zealous at all.

NOIZE-Who sleeps the most? The least?

JORDAN-Justin is usually the first in bed and I’m usually the last. Bec sleeps the lightest. Frogs definitely sleeps the most… Drew sleeps… the loudest.

NOIZE-How does Bec handle being the only girl surrounded by so much testosterone?

JORDAN-I think she may be the wildest of us all. She grew up with brothers so she can definitely hold her own.

NOIZE-What is your musical bucket list of goals you would like to achieve?

JORDAN-I want to be played by a handsome, up and coming actor in a biopic about our band… That and playing the Grammy’s or VMAs. I grew up watching those shows and wanting so bad to do what my favorite bands were doing.

NOIZE-You just released your album “Stars in Stereo.” How is that going?

JORDAN-It has been going so well! When you put out something you’re so connected to, it’s always nerve racking to see how its perceived but it’s going well! It’s awesome to hear people say they have certain songs on repeat or singing along in the crowd at shows. Can’t wait to see what else is in store.

NOIZE-Do you have any video shoots coming up?

JORDAN-We just filmed a video for Every Last Thing. It is going to be a pretty graphic video… I will just leave it at that! The Broken video was the beginning of the story and Every Last Thing is towards the very end so this video is where things in the storyline of the album start getting intense.

NOIZE-What is your favorite thing about being in the music biz? The worst thing?

JORDAN-I couldn’t imagine doing anything other than playing and writing music. The best part is getting to do that every day and meet and play with other bands that feel the same way. Seeing people connect to our music is amazing as well. Connecting with people is one of the strongest reasons that we do what we do. Like any business, there are down sides and things you have to look out for. It is easy to be taken advantage of or pushed in the wrong direction but as long as you stay true to your band’s vision it’s hard to go wrong. Surround yourself with people you trust and stick to your guns. The positives of the business far outweigh the negatives.

NOIZE-Bec has an amazing voice. Can you tell us more about her background and training? When did she realize she could make a career out of music?

JORDAN-Bec is the best singer I could ever have imagined getting the chance to be in a band with. She did some solo stuff in Japan and spent a lot of time getting to where she is as a singer and performer. Lucky for us, she wanted to be in a band! When we first met her we knew within a few minutes that she was the perfect addition to the family we were building. I couldn’t imagine going on this ride with anyone else up front.

NOIZE-Any big plans for the summer and the rest of the year? When do you come back to Detroit?

JORDAN-After this Hard Drive Live tour we go out with Anberlin on an acoustic tour. After that, we have some really awesome things ready to go for the rest of the year so check out StarsInStereo.com for the announcements! We will be in or near Detroit very soon.

NOIZE-Thanks Jordan. We loved your answers!

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Capital Cities Interview 5-4-13

By Alexis Simpson

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We had the opportunity for a quick Q & A with Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian of Capital Cities, a new Electro Pop Rock Dance duo out of Los Angeles who will be performing at The Shelter in Detroit on May 15th. Scope out our interview and watch their video below.

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NOIZE-Will May 15th be your first time performing in Detroit?

CC-Yes

NOIZE-What can fans expect at one of your shows?

CC-A great mix of electronic beats and live instrumentation, synchronized dancing and an inclusive vibe created to destroy inhibitions.

NOIZE-Any interesting tour stories so far?

CC-We are currently in Mobile, Alabama visiting our sound guy’s parents. Last night they bought 20 pounds of crawfish, laid it out on the kitchen table over old newspaper and we gorged for hours. Most of our good stories involve memorable meals. We love to eat.

NOIZE– When did you both realize that music could be your full-time career?
CC-When we won our first major ad campaign while working as jingle writers.

NOIZE-You have a pretty snazzy video for “Safe and Sound.” Can you give us some insight into the making of it? It looks like it was a lot of fun!

CC-The best part about making this video was learning to dance in multiple styles. We worked with a choreographer named Mandy Moore, who is an expert at teaching non-dancers. In only a few lessons, she had us doing a passable Gene Kelly imitation. Unfortunately, during rehearsals Sebu injured his achilles tendon and on the day of the shoot we had to dope him up so that he could dance on his injured foot. He was a trooper.

NOIZE-We are familar with Mandy Moore from the show “So You Think You Can Dance.” She is amazing. I heard “Safe and Sound” on Detroit radio last week. Has anything changed for your band now that you’re getting widespread radio play?

CC-Yes, a lot more people know about our music now and we are getting opportunities to play all over the place.

NOIZE-I read that Sebu went to music school. Where, and what was that like?

CC-Sebu went to Cal State Northridge and graduated in 2001 with a BA in music with a focus on music industry studies. He had a great time there, but the music business has changed so much since then that most of what was taught is completely irrelevant today.

NOIZE-I hear Ryan is a fan of Motown music. Tell us more about that:)

CC-I love everything about Motown music. The best signers (Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway etc…), the best songs (Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson) and the best recordings. They captured an energy and authenticity that you rarely hear today.

NOIZE-What do you think of social media as a tool to spread the word about your music? Do you have fun with it? Which are your favorites?

CC-Social media is essential for a band trying to make it today. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter allow you to have a direct conversation with your fans which in turn creates a strong bond between them and the band. You can get very creative with how you use social media and learn a great deal from experimentation. Facebook is probably our favorite.

NOIZE-You’re about to release your debut album “In a Tidal Wave of Mystery” June 11…What is your state of mind right now?

CC-Tired because we are on a grueling tour, but very excited to put out this body of work we are so excited about.

NOIZE-What do you have planned for the rest of the year?

CC-Touring, Touring, Touring. Make some amazing music videos to accompany the songs on the album.

NOIZE-Thanks!

An Interview with Nay Nay Bane: Detroit Graphic Designer/Illustrator

By Alexis Simpson

We had been desperately in need of a logo/branding, but I couldn’t come up with any ideas so I put a hold on it until recently. Our  publication’s name is “Noize” because of the noise music makes and the noise found in low-light photography. I thought it would be zany to make my pet Umbrella Cockatoo our mascot/logo because she’s f’in loud. Drummer Matt Moy suggested the work of Nathan Bortz (Nay Nay Bane) which I had already seen on several local band flyers. I liked his art and liked the idea of using an artist that works with local musicians, so I contacted Nathan right away.

The process of making the logo was a lot of fun for me because I got to throw ideas out at Nathan and wait to see how he developed them. It took about 3 revision sessions with lots of little tweaks to get things perfect. A few times I told Nathan to change something, and then later decided that I liked his original way better. Throughout the process Nathan was patient, helpful and went above and beyond what I asked for. Graphic design is something that I wish I knew how to do, but I think I would be awful at it. Therefore, I wanted to learn more about NayNay Bane and share his work with everybody!

Q & A

NOIZE-Where does the name Nay Nay Bane come from? Where are you from?

NAYNAY-I don’t really know. I wanted to have an alias to differentiate my more zany work from my more “wholesome” work but it turned out that people that enjoyed my garden design illustrations also enjoyed my more vulgar visuals. People would call me “Nay” or “Nay Nay” for short and “Bane” just flowed nicely. It has no relation to me “breaking the bat” or anything DC comics but if you want to make that connection…

I’m from the senior citizen diner on every corner, biker spandex wearing, still thinking you’re in highschool when you’re 30 town of Rochester Hills. That’s the people though, I like the woods there.

NOIZE-How did you get into design?

NAY NAY-I went to school at Wayne State for graphic design and that’s exactly when i got into design. The funny thing is I actually didn’t quite understand what it really entailed until I went to the first design class. I was ready to drop the class until one of the students named Keith Kemp explained all the ways that graphic design can be applied.

NOIZE-What kind of art do you like? What kind of music?

NAY NAY-I enjoy the art of Joe Murray, R. Crumb and John K. Music, I enjoy Frank Zappa. I enjoy a lot of music. But Zappa was able to assume multiple personalities and bring out a different mood with each song that hit the intended emotion square on the head. He took his work very seriously but at the same time his work seems to make a complete mockery of everything that takes itself too seriously. It’s hypocritical and that’s why it’s real.  It’s not just the music itself that I enjoy but the theater he created while here. He got people riled up about his explicit lyrics and was part of the debate that, to this day, is still being thrown around pertaining to how this type of material will affect the children. Oh the poor children!

NOIZE-How did you start working with a lot of Detroit musicians?

NAYNAY-Anyway, I started working with Detroit musicians when I first started illustrating some show flyers for Passalacqua. They referred a lot of artists to me and I’m extremely thankful for that. Both Bryan and Brent are compassionate people and it would be cool if the world had more of them and less assuming puckerbutt hardasses.

NOIZE-How do you come up with such creative illustrations?

NAYNAY-When I’m asked to do a flyer, I will take into account a few things including the date, overall aesthetics of the bands, venue and I look to mythology for iconography that I can put my own spin on. The past is rich with story telling and you can tell we’re running out of ideas now. When does “Frodo vs. Aslan” come out? Recently eastern philosophy has been a source of a lot of my inspiration. It just fascinates me because it carries both the happy with the dark and gloomy, and that’s real. Like Zappa’s music it challenges you to make a mockery of everything you take so seriously. I don’t know who said it but it was something along the lines of “The most sacred thing is a well executed joke.” This is why I like these philosophies. They don’t threaten you with fear and promise you safety if you just follow the rules. Death is not a curse. It is a gift to be learned from. I think if we would think of death more, we would definitely live more wholesome and compassionate lives. We’re just so afraid and fearful we push it away and take ourselves incredibly serious to pretend that we all don’t all have the same fate. But to return from my tangent, I come up with these ideas for illustrations by getting inspiration from mythology, referring to many different artists’ cartooning characteristics, and mixing them with my own.

NOIZE-How would you describe your style?

NAY NAY-I wouldn’t want to describe my style because I wouldn’t want it to be set in stone. I have a lot of journey ahead but Jeff Milo referred to some of my art as “tweaked-out Saturday Morning Cartoon-surrealism.” Which I like a lot.

NOIZE-Any interesting ideas or plans for the future?

NAY NAY-I want to continue doing what I do and would love to illustrate for children’s books in the future. I would also like to get a little place to stay to grow some food and be. I know i’m not the only one.

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OTHER EXAMPLES OF NAY NAY BANE’S WORK

Cover for Mister’s  new EP “The Ooze.” Listen and he tells you about THE OOZE and Nay Nay Bane doodles in this time lapse music video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dwi0gk6IhF0

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SHOW FLYERS

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