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Music Interviews: A Hearty Conservation With Little King

1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?

We are Little King…Ryan Rosoff (me, Guitar and Voice), Manny Tejeda (Bass and some Voice), Eddy Garcia (Drums and no Voice).  Since 1997, I have been the sole writer (music and lyrics) and producer of the last 6+ Little King albums, and this is Eddy’s 4th album on drums and Manny’s 2nd on bass. For the first time in 23 years, I have kept a lineup together for back to back albums…more on that later!

2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?

Eddy and I met at a club he co-owned with his brother called The Attic (which changed to Debut Records) in about 1995.  He has always been the drummer and founder of Pissing Razors, the legendary Texas Metal band.  He and his brother Danny opened the Attic in the early 90’s in El Paso as a place where local original bands could play for a few people, or sometimes a lot of people.  Little King actually had its first CD release party there in 1997, and Ed and I have been friends ever since. But he didn’t start working on LK records until 2003 when we recorded Virus Divine at his studio, Krank Records.  After that, he played drums and engineered on Legacy of Fools (2008), OD1 (2014), Occam’s Foil (2019), and now the upcoming release, which is titled Amuse De Q. 

Manny and I met in Delaware, where until recently I lived for the last 7 years.  Manny is originally from the Dominican Republic but has lived in the States for about 15 years, and we met through mutual friends in the little music scene in Rehoboth Beach.  Just hit it off, probably because we are both a little nuts and more ambitious than the average cover band musician!  So, when we met and I was like, “Yeah, I’ve made a few records and I’m working on another one” in 2017, he jumped on board.  Glad he did…he is the bass player Little King needed.  Great vocalist, too.  And we are very close friends, as are Eddy and I.

3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

Ha! You tell me?  I guess it’s Melodic Progressive Dynamic Rock. Lots of moods, so little time. I have been around the block, and the thing I always try to achieve with Little King records is to touch on a wide variety of genres and feels while still sounding like US.  I think we’ve gotten really good at that, and after just listening to the playback of the raw tracks from Amuse De Q, I think this is next-level.  Very pleased…we just got out of phase 1 in the studio in El Paso, and I think our fans are gonna love it.

When you’ve made as much music as I have through the years, one thing you are conscious of is not to be repetitive. That can be difficult, as I am drawn to certain styles and riffs and progressions.  I even copped one from my first album for the new record (no one will know, because no one gets to even HEAR that first abomination!)  So, through using different musicians, arrangements, pushing myself outside of my comfort zone, and purposely trying to change things up, I think Little King remains dynamic and original.  Again, different styles but STILL LITTLE KING!

4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

We are all good friends, and Little King was born from a desire to make music with my friends!  After all this time, the thrill is still fresh for me.  I love the possibilites, the tangible progress, and the realization of a goal.  Having a completed project is something no one can ever take away from you, and if people like and appreciate that, so much the better.  We are all very different people with different skill sets, but without a doubt this lineup compliments each other in an incomparable way.  I think Occam’s Foil from last year showed that, and this new record is an extension of that chemistry and infused with comfort and familiarity. 

5. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

I have a degree in Creative Writing and I was an English teacher for a bit, so I put as much care and effort into my lyrics as I do with the music. This is my LEGACY, dammit…the words have to have meaning and be as timeless as possible. It’s important for me to listen back and still be able to relate to what I was thinking and creating at that milepost in my life. It’s even more important to do so when we play live…if I am not in touch with a particular message or sentiment from a past album or song, it will not make the cut, no matter how much fun it might be to play or how much our audience want to hear it.

For every album, there is a through-line.  I won’t go into detail here, but you can read about each of them in our bio at www.littlekingtunes.com.  For the new record, I was inspired by the quarantine and all of it’s gnarly repercussions.  Solitude, domestic abuse, sobriety, the BLM and counter-movements, sickness, the upcoming election, social media wars, and more.  I mean…if you are an artist and can’t find inspiration from current events, go find another hobby!  So Amuse De Q…inspired by and during the quarantine, and the Muse Melpomene (the muse of tragedy and chorus) makes a couple appearances on the new record. She’s been a fickle witch this year, no?

6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

I always cite Rush, Zeppelin, Steely Dan, Floyd, and Talking Heads.  They are always in there and it’s in my DNA.  But I want people to know that I love and take inspiration from some very different sources as well.  Tupac, Peter Tosh, Vivaldi, Mozart, Jerry Garcia, Widespread Panic, Phish, King Sunny Ade, Paul Simon, Sting…they all are in regular rotation right now.  Snoop is always on in my house, too…his reggae album as Snoop Lion is one of my favorite records ever.  Listened to a lot of Allah Las and Tame Impala this year as well.

7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?

Everywhere online, really…but particularly on our web site.  All of our last 5 albums are available to stream from YouTube and Apple Music, and there are streaming links etc. on our web site.  Only the last couple albums are on Spotify, for some reason, but I’m working on that.  But if you look up Little King, there are a couple others out there, so make sure you cross-check it with our catalog at www.littlekingtunes.com

Some guy in 2018 in Texas decided to call his band Little King.  I mean, really?  I had been making albums in Texas for 21 years prior to that, and he didn’t even bother to check?  Lazy and shitty. So every once in awhile a fan or press person will email me and say, “Hey, is this you?  Doesn’t sound like you!”  And I have to explain that some people lack the creativity to name their band properly.

8. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?

I barely remember!  We haven’t toured properly in a long time, as I have been busy as a single dad, business owner, and hermit. But I love playing on the road…you get to try and win fans in person every night, and even if you have a mediocre show the night before, you get a clean slate and a chance to win the day.

With so much music out there now in the streamingverse, anyone can make a record and distribute it. I try to keep an open mind, but there’s something about a guy with a computer and a mic making and album and releasing it that just rubs me wrong. I mean…do you have any idea how long it takes me to write and edit and write and edit and perform actual instruments in an actual studio?  And along comes Joe Shit The Doofus with an album that was completely computer-generated?  It probably sounds great, too!  So actually…hmmm…I quit?


But no one can defeat an awesome live performance. It’s the Great Divider…almost anyone can make a song sound decent with Pro Tools, but can you deliver it live? How’s your stage presence…are you entertaining?  Can you be dymanic?  How long can you hold someone’s attention for?  It’s a bit like theater vs. movies. That tense feeling of walking the tightrope in a live setting, for both performer and audience, is palpable. Will they fuck up?  What improv wizardry or douchebaggery do they have in store?  I miss that vibe…and it WILL be back.

9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?

Think more deeply, question everything, challenge yourself and expand your vision of what happiness and kindness really means. Do not just take things at face value, and that includes your musical choices.  I don’t know if Little King is every gonna be the soundtrack for a casual listener, and that’s totally okay with me.  But listen closely, find what works for you, and dive in.  You only get one go-round and anything less than full investment into your own life and happiness is a waste of time. And also…rock the fuck on.

10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?

I’ll be over in 20 minutes for lunch.  Thanks for the hummus!

Music Interviews: Tarah & Coralie From Tarah Who?

1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
CH: My name is Coralie and I’m the drummer of Tarah Who?TGC: HI! I am Tarah, founder, singer, and guitar player of Tarah Who?

2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
CH: I joined the band 3 years ago, Tarah and I were friends on Facebook. I messaged her when I was moving to LA and a few months after she asked me if I wanted to try out for her band Tarah Who?
TGC: I started Tarah Who? in 2006 when I moved to LA. II went through a lot of musicians over the years until I met and auditioned Coralie. We hit it off right away. Musically she is a really good drummer and on a personal level, we are really close friends. We are on the same wavelength when it comes to working on the project and making things happen.

3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
CH: The Tarah Who’s sound is a mix between different genres like rock/punk/alternative but at the same time we have our own sound. We have a raw and heavy sound.TGC: Yeah… It is really hard for us to put us in one category. I write how I feel and I stay as authentic to the emotions as possible. I am a child from the ’90s so I have those sounds and noises in my blood but I am not trying to sound like anyone. I like what we do right now. I think that we gave Tarah Who? its own sound. I play drums and bass in other projects and it is all in different genres of Rock. 

4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
TGC: I write all the songs and send the drum tracks to Coralie. She then adds her own touch and solos for the live performance. I love working with Coralie because she is professional and she knows when to follow the song and when she can add her own fills. I have worked with drummers in the past, their ego was so big, you could not tell them anything or they didn’t take their role as a musician seriously. They would just come to the show unrehearsed, assuming they knew the song because “It’s just RockBoom, Chak Boom Boom Chack” Turns out, if you don’t know the song… you are going to be lost and put all of your bandmates in a really awkward situation. Coralie is always prepared for rehearsal and for the show. She is reliable and that is truly ALL that you need to keep moving forward

5. What are some of your favorite themes to explore through your music?
TGC: I don’t really have a favorite theme per se but I think I go around the same ones unconsciously. People, reflections over life, events etc… It is very autobiographical. 

6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?
CH: My favorite band is Nightwish, a symphonic metal band, more generally I love classic rock and metal.TGC: I was a big Alanis fan growing up and I am sure that I was influenced by her singing and freedom of writing. Then I discovered Motorhead, Pantera, The Distillers, Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, Hole, L7, Garbage, TOOL, RATM, etc… I love that 90’s sound and I am totally stuck into it.


7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
TGC: The easiest way would be to google TARAH WHO? and pick your favorite media. Basically, we are on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, youtube, etc… We try to be everywhere people seem to be looking for new music.

8. What’s your favorite part about touring/ doing live performances?
CH: Playing music, having a good time, and giving people some fun.TGC: Connecting with people, meeting new musicians and bands, traveling, discovering new cities, cool venues, the adrenaline and the rush of the show. Experiencing a moment that you can never truly describe. The kind of stories that all you can say is ” you have to be there to understand!” 

9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
TGC: I would love for people to relate to our songs, whether it is musically, where people get the fast pace, loud drums and we all headbang together, or if it is through the stories. We can connect and think ” I totally know what you are talking about!” or if it is a more serious song like “Unbalanced” or “Human to be” I hope to inspire kindness towards each other. No matter what race or sexuality, just be kind to each other. It is super cheezy, I know.. but as I see the world we live in right now, I can tell you we are not so kind to each other. I am shocked to see what is happening in the world and how unfair people are against one another. I think that if you have a good amount of followers, it is your DUTY to influence people in the right direction. 


10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are your future plans for the band?
CH: Making music and touring all around the world.TGC: Our immediate plans are the releases of our live sessions: https://youtu.be/tcMErspjMy8Music video: https://youtu.be/4xfeNfJJwAsThen episode 4 of docu-series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vi4OT7QdOI
and after that, we will be headed back to the studios to record a new ep! 
All of our tours and festivals have been canceled so everything will have to be online at the moment. 

Music Interviews: Lee Heir On The End Of Prime (UK Band) And Their Journey So Far.

Would you please introduce yourself and explain your role in the band?

My name is Lee Heir, the lead singer of Prime (UK Band). Although I have decided we won’t play live again, I am finalising our last ever recordings with Chris D. Bramley who is on lead guitar and backing vocals. 


Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?

I originally formed the group as a studio project in 2014, and in 2015 we began doing more live gigs, playing pretty much continuously for the first few years, until late 2019 when I wrapped up the band and decided no more shows.

What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

We make rock music with blues, indie and punk influences. Now that the group is over, I want to compose more music for soundtracks and add electronic influences, but still keep the bluesy guitars in there, maybe like Ry Cooder meets Vangelis, who knows! 


What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

It’s always satisfying when a germ of an idea becomes a fully formed song, whether it starts off with just vocal and acoustic guitar or a guitar riff and drums. It gives you the same level of satisfaction if it turns out to be a quality song, it doesn’t matter how you get there. 


What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

I think realism is key. Be it realistic themes, events or even observations from afar from the outside looking in. On lyrics that come straight from my heart from personal experience I would never sing words that I wouldn’t sing in real life. I would also say that my music has become more autobiographical the older that I get. Maybe that will change in time, who knows. 


Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

I love people who put their emotions out there, so Lou Reed, David Bowie and Iggy Pop are huge influences, as are sixties bands like The Kinks, the edgier or more sarcastic tracks of the Stones, and The Byrds. 


Where can someone looking for Prime’s music find it?

Look on google or any social media and you’ll find us as ‘PrimeUKBand’, apart from facebook which is @ukprime. Also check out our website primeband.co.uk which has all the music in one place. 


What’s your favourite part about touring / doing live performances?

I started to enjoy it less and less over the last few years, which is why I decided to make my future projects purely studio based. That hasn’t always been the case though… Playing live used to be everything, the buzz of playing to a new audience or venue that I’d never been to before. 


What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?

There’s no real message, I just hope you enjoy the honesty in the music, the hooks within the songs, and some pretty creative rock music. You’ll enjoy it better if you play it loud! 


Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for Prime (UK Band)? 

My guitarist Chris D Bramley is a fantastic songwriter and I’m sure he will continue to create some very heartfelt music. His ballads especially have lots of passion to them. I don’t see any future for Prime though, this part of my life with my first real band is over, and all that’s left is some decent music. That’s enough for me and will do nicely. 

Prime (UK Band) ‘Art / Facts’ Playlist out now:

https://open.spotify.com/album/6hH240cdSmfHLrNbhessWXPrime (UK Band) CD Digipak ‘Art/Facts’ out now:prime4.bandcamp.com/album/art-facts-2014-2018-cd-digipak-pre-order-uk-postal-price
Official Prime (UK Band) ‘In Summer’ Music Video: 

Music Interviews: Vanilla Sugar ON Exploring Personal Experiences Through Her Music & More.

1. Would you please introduce yourself and tell the readers what you do ?

Hi! I am Vanilla Sugar – I play guitar / synths, and sing!


2. How did you start with music?

I started this on a midi keyboard and an iMac.


3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

I create very synth heavy music, with a hint of pop and metal.


4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music?

I really enjoy vibing off the music once we create something that really jams. My favorite part is listening to it super loud in the car while driving home from the studio.


5. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

I like to talk about personal experiences a lot. I used to keep that to myself, but found that it helps me mentally to be able to be open about the darker part of me.


6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

I am a very big fan of Grimes and Mindless Self Indulgence.


7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?

My new album is available on any of your favourite music retailers. I personally love listening to it on Spotify or Apple Music.


8. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?

I love being able to see new parts of the world via music. I also really love being able to perform every night. It’s a truly freeing experience.


9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?

You are never alone. There is always someone who feels the same way you do; it never hurts to reach out.


10. Where do you see yourself in the future, or what are you future plans for your career? 

I am going to be touring this September – December in the US and the UK. I hope to see you at a show!

An Interview with Irish Alternative Rock Band Stone Sea

So, I would Like to preface this interview by saying that this my first time doing this, so I’m really excited and kinda nervous.

Nothing to be nervous mate, We are all new here and we’re excited to do this interview too.

Alright, thanks. I would just like to say that I love your work a lot and I’m really excited to see what you have in store for the future.

Okay, so let’s begin the interview.

`1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso – Lead Singer and Guitarist
Connor Middleton – Drums
Jonathan Parminter – Bass and Backing Vocals

2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
Well, Stone Sea originally started in Brazil around 2014, recording and releasing “Origins” in 2015, same year that Elvis traveled to Ireland where he reformed the band and recorded the EP’s “Vaporizer” (2017) and “Mankind Maze” (2019). The band had a line up change in 2019 and now counts with Jonathan in the bass and Connor in the drums.
Connor was the first to join the band, he had already seen a gig here in Dublin of which he really liked. When Elvis was doing some trials with new drummers, for his vision and his skills on the drums, he was chosen. Same with Jonathan actually but he just join the band around a month before the Irish tour releasing song by song of Mankind Maze.
Jonathan and Connor are now studying in the music college here in Dublin.

3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
We are still experimenting some stuff. What we want to do is to bring more world music to our sound. We feel there’s a great connection between music from the root of civilizations and a crunchy and obese instrumentation.

4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
The fact that we, individually, bring different ideas and influences. There’s always something interesting in blending styles and influences; it’s basically crafting newborn aliens.

5. What are some of your favorite themes to explore through your music?
Feelings and the subconscious mind. In other words things that cannot be described without ambiguity. I’d say is our way of exploring things we don’t understand, so we let them describe themselves in lyrics and wave forms.

6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?
Black Sabbath and Nirvana had a huge influence in our work, but there are many more we could point out. Electric Wizard, Mr. Bungle, Megadeth, Slayer, Type O Negative, Pantera they all had their share on impacting our sound, somehow.

7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
Anywhere! We are on Spotify (Stone Sea), Youtube (/c/stonesea), Deezer, Bandcamp, Soundcloud. Not to mention our social platforms Facebook (/stoneseamusic) and Instagram (@stoneseaband).

8. What’s your favorite part about touring/ doing live performances?
Connection with life, people, places, cultures. Always refreshing to our minds to get to know new things. By discovering them we discover more about ourselves.

9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
That life isn’t made to be understood, but to be created.

10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?
At the moment we are about to release a new music video for an alternative version of a song from “Mankind Maze”, we have a bunch of new tunes to be recorded, there’s also a UK tour planned for September but due to the Corona Virus situation it might be postponed, so keep an eye in our social media platforms!