Getting to Know Dallas based Hip Hop Artist Junya Boy

LLTM: How was the name “Junya Boy” created?

JunyaBoy: I have the same name as my dad, so I’m a Jr. People used to say things like, “Jr., boy you crazy”, Jr., boy you better stop that”. So I just adapted to being Jr. Boy. I spelled it J.U.N.Y.A. just to be different, but also cause that’s how most people pronounce it.

LLTM: What has the reaction been to your current single “He Ain’t Right” (featuring Bryson Tiller*)?

Junya Boy: Aww man, it’s super crazy. I see kids sometimes that know me, and they be happy to see me. And the ladies going crazy. I love it.

LLTM: Who’s been your biggest musical inspiration, and has it changed in the last 5 to 10 years?

JunyaBoy: My biggest inspirations would have to be Lil Wayne*, Notorious B.I.G* and Flo Rida* and that has never changed. And probably never will.

LLTM: Do you feel like there are any missing elements in the hip-hop industry today?

Junya Boy: Yes, it’s missing substance and just a real flow, people just rhyme to a beat. It’s very dumbed down now.

LLTM: If you could walk in the footsteps of any musician for 30 days who would it be and why?

Junya Boy: Lil Wayne* and Future*. I would just like to know what goes through their minds on a daily basis and see how they live, you know?

LLTM: What do you hope your legacy will be as an artist in the future?

Junya Boy: I want to be a living legend. I don’t want to have to die before the world fully grasps my talent. I want to make something my great grandkids will be able to live on. I also want to go into acting.

LLTM: When was the first moment where you realize you wanted to be in the music industry?

Junya Boy: I was about nine years old. This has always been my dream, but I was finally in a position to pursue my dream in 2017.

LLTM: in your opinion what decade do you think has the best hip-hop artist in music, and who are some of your favorites from that decade?

Junya Boy: I would have to say 90s. That decade is monstrous. Lil Wayne*, Jay Z*, Biggie*, Nas*, 2Pac*, Big Pun*. I could go on and on with the 90’s. It’s the classical era.

LLTM: When can a new EP or full length album be expected?

Junya Boy: I actually have a mix tape out, on Spinrilla, and you can expect a full album first quarter of 2018.

LLTM: Are there any touring plans in the future?

Junya Boy: I have a mini tour coming soon. It’s just being put together now, setting dates and things like that. You can book me to come to your city for a reasonable price. 662-425-6866 (Mike Ellis)

For more info on Junya Boy, from music, tour information, And more click on following links

https://twitter.com/junyaboydallas?s=09

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PEACE, LOVE AND MUSIC

Hope Romine

GETTING TO KNOW Theresa Jeane (TJ), Vocals and Keys For Nashville ROCK BAND “THE NEARLY DEADS”

LLTM : Is there a story on how the band name “The Nearly Deads” was created?

TJ: We wanted something that sounded punk rock, but also paid how homage to Florida, where the band originally formed. There’s a saying about Florida that is “Home of the newlyweds and the Nearly Deads “.

 

LLTM: What bands have you been compared to you and do you agree?

TJ: We don’t get as many comparisons these days as we used to. It’s always flattering to be compared to band who is successful and whom we admire. On our most recent tour I was getting a lot of comparison to the senior named Doro Pesch, which led me to research her, and it was a pretty spot on resemblance!

 

LLTM: What song would you recommend a newbie listen to you if they are not familiar with “The Nearly Deads”?

TJ: Definitely, “Never Look Back”. It’s still a fan favorite, and A good Intro to our mixed grunge/pop sound.

LLTM: What is one thing that your fans my not know about you?

TJ: I played clarinet in my high school marching band.

LLTM: Do you think there is an advantage or disadvantage to having a female lead vocalist?

TJ: The challenges we face as a band are the same that any other band has. Sometimes it works out, like when we’ll get put on an awesome bill with other huge female fronted bands. Being a woman in the industry is awesome no matter what, it gives me a platform to try to be a good role model to young women and teach them to be strong and to trust their instincts.

LLTM: If you could give up anything for 30 days,to perform with any artist for one hour, what would you give up, and who would you perform with?

TJ: I’d choose the Foo Fighters, and I’d give up carbs.

LLTM: As an artist, if you had to choose to be blind or deaf, which would be the easiest to cope with as a musician?

TJ: Being blind would be easier to cope with, because I would still be able to listen to music and enjoy it, I’d still be able to feel the piano keys and write music.

LLTM: If you can create your very own music festival, what would you name it, and what other bands would be part of the lineup?

TJ: I’d call it the “Zombie Fest”  and fans will be encouraged to dress iad zombies in order to attend. We’d play  with Muse, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Katy Perry and Beyoncé.

LLTM: What does the touring schedule look like for the remainder of 2017 and spring of 2018?

TJ: We’re currently playing out our year, and are always looking for new bands to tour with!

Peace,Love and Music ❤️

Hope Romine

For more info on this amazing and energetic band, from social media accounts, music, Merch and more visit http://www.thenearlydeads.merchnow.com and follow them http://www.facebook.com/thenearlydeads

GETTING TO KNOW THE AUSTRALIAN ROCK BAND “BLACK PINK”

LLTM: How was the band name “Black Pink” created?

Jason: Our drummer Joe, was having a few drinks listening to Rihanna* and blown away by her voice, he made the comment she is the black version of Pink*, the artist. Both are awesome singers.

LLTM: Who has been your biggest musical influences, and will we hear a similarity in your sound?

Jason: We have so many influences but between the four of us we would say the main influences are Stone Temple Pilots*, Muse*, Van Halen*, U2*, Led Zeppelin*, and Black Sabbath*. We also can’t forget the biggest Aussie band AC/DC*.

LLTM: Which song off your newest EP seems to be the fan favorite?

Jason: Probably have to say ” Oh Not You Again” and also “Runaway“. Both are easy on the ears but still have balls and rock out.

LLTM: If you could open for any band or musician, who would it be and why?

Jason: It would have to be Chickenfoot*. During the early days of BlackPink and putting the band together, they were a huge influence on our sound. It would be a buzz opening up for them. Love to do a shot of tequila with Sammy.

LLTM: Do you think being from Australia influences your sound or style?

Jason: The live scene in Australia is tough and there are so many great original rock bands out there, so keeps us sharp. When we write songs we always look for hooks and something that stands out from the rest.

LLTM: If you had to choose to lose either your musical talent or your musical passion, which will be the hardest to lose and why?

Jason: Musical passion would be hardest to lose. No matter how much talent you have, if you don’t have the passion there is no vibe. We have all been playing music for a long time and it’s just a part of life.

LLTM: When writing lyrics, does it come more from a real life story, or the use of your imagination?

Jason: All of our songs are from real life experiences from relationships, everyday life, and funny things that have happened.

LLTM: Any touring plans for the remainder of 2017?

Jason: We will just keep plugging away at the local scene in Melbourne, there are so many great venues to play at. If any good opportunities come up, we would definitely consider them.

LLTM: What has the response been to your newest EP Release?

Jason: It has been awesome, we have had so many messages and emails of support from punters, fans and friends. We are really looking forward to playing the new EP songs live and at new venues.

FOR MORE INFO ON BLACKPINK FROM MUSIC, SHOWS, SOCIAL MEDIA AND MORE CLICK   www.blackpink.webstarts.com

PEACE, LOVE AND MUSIC

HOPE ROMINE

 

Getting to Know Scott Artis (Vocals) and Tony Phillips (Guitarist) From Ohio Based Rock Band “Facing Fire”

LLTM:  How was the band’s name “Facing Fire” created?

Tony : We were thinking about names and “Facing Fire” came up. To me, it meant confronting your fears and fighting your battles. Everyone has them and, at some point, you must face them.

Scott: I think it was one of those names that meant a little something different to each of us, just like we feel it does to our fans. Ultimately, I think it has that feeling of overcoming whatever battles you are dealing with.

LLTM: What has been the response on your single, “Dying Inside”?

Tony: We have received an incredible amount of truly great compliments from people. It was the first song we wrote when we put the band together and to watch it come to life from recording it in the studio in Nashville, TN to the music video we shot for it – https://youtu.be/rRinP3N8teM to hearing it play on the radio stations across the country.

Scott: Amazing! We honestly didn’t know what to expect from people when we put the single out. Instantly there was nothing but love and support. The message seemed to really resonate with people. For us as musicians and songwriters, it’s all we could ever ask for.

LLTM: Was “Dying Inside” lyrics written from any certain personal experience?

Scott: Everything I write comes from a personal experience. It may be something that I watched someone go through or something I went through myself. For “Dying Inside” it was a little bit of both. We get caught up in so ma,y situations in our lives that literally take over the important things. In our hometown drugs and alcohol has ruined so many families. I wrote these lyrics drawing from my personal experience with the issue. Overall, I think it was a message that basically said it isn’t to late.

LLTM: Who have your fans compared you to, and do you agree?

Tony: Well, so far, we just have the one single out in the public… but we have heard comparisons from Three Days Grace to Linkin Park… and can see where they see that a little bit. I personally think we sound like our own thing. I mean, we’re not reinventing the wheel or anything, here. We’re just writing what we feel. If that draws comparisons to other bands, that’s great. Hopefully, the EP that we are releasing will help to round out the sound of the band and people will get a better picture of the type of band that Facing Fire is.

Scott: Yeah, so far it has seemed to be Three Days Grace and heavier style Linkin Park. I don’t really know why that is the comparison but we embrace it. I think the comparisons will start to take shape once people hear more of our music. Honestly, we have so many different influences and I like to think that they all come through our music in some way. We definitely want to be own band but if things we love find their way to influence our music then I’m good with that.

LLTM: If you could claim one song as your own, which one would it be and why?

Scott: Music is art to us so I think to try and claim what someone put their heart into is hard. Music comes from such a personal place in most in most musicians. I feel I couldn’t write their song and I don’t think they could write ours.

LLTM: How do you seem to overcome self-doubt in the music industry?

Tony: Well, Scott and I have been doing this stuff for a while. We’ve been in a few different bands together… and we’ve made some great decisions along the way… and a couple not-so-great decisions, too. But we own those decisions and roll with the consequences. With Facing Fire, we’re just doing everything we can to put our best foot forward- to make every song the best we can make it, to make every show count whether we’re playing for 5000 people or five people. There’s no room for doubt, so we talk things out… sometimes, we talk things out a lot. We may not always agree 100% with each other, but we always work it out to something we both are happy with and believe will help the band move forward… and that’s what it’s all about, in the end- the success of the band.

Scott: I think to be successful in the industry you just have to put it out of your mind. This business is all about rejection. We lay our heart out there for people to see and you always have those people that don’t understand it and try to bash it. The band has to be like family. You have to be there for each other. If you start doubting yourself it becomes really hard to be open and honest in your music.

LLTM: As a musician, what is the most important thing to you?

Tony: When I started playing guitar, I wanted to be a “shredder.” I wanted to cram as many notes into a guitar solo as I possibly could. It was fun, it got me noticed… Nowadays, I barely ever write a solo into a song. I’m more concerned with crafting a song that grabs the listener’s ear and gets their heads bobbing and then letting Scott write the lyrics that pull them in and gets them singing along.

Scott: To create music that people can relate to and allows me to have an outlet for things I can relate to.

LLTM: If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be and why?

Tony: The possibilities are endless, here… but if i had to pick one character, I would pick Calvin from Bill Watterson’s “Calvin & Hobbes” comic strip. Calvin was the best, had the best imagination a child could possibly have, was a complete smartass, and had an imaginary cat for a best friend. He was never afraid to call anyone out on their bullshit and saw the world for the truly incredible place that it is.

Scott: Hmmm it’s not really a character but i will go with one of the Voltron guys. I love the concept that they are stronger when they come together. I think in this situation it relates well!

LLTM: Has there been any funny moments while on tour or during a show?

Scott: Looking back there are many from stories. Sleeping in our car one night in Nashville because of no hotel rooms due to the NCAA tournament is definitely a funny moment, not so much at the time. haha

LLTM: When can the fans except Facing Fire’s newest EP to be released?

Tony: We’re working with our label, Pavement Entertainment, on that as we speak. It should hopefully be available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Music, ect. soon.

LLTM: What does the touring schedule look like for the remainder of 2017 and early 2018?

Tony: We are working to set up some shows around the country in the next few months. There have been some opportunities presented to us for some touring with a couple different bands, but we are going to stay quiet on that until we can talk more about it.

 

For more info on Facing Fire from tours, music, merch and more please visit http://www.facingfire.com

Peace, Love and Music

Hope Romine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting To Know Danno, Drummer of Baltimore Based Hard Rock Band “Silvertung”

LLTM: How was the band name “Silvertung” created?

Danno:That happened at an early rehearsal for the band. A porn movie was on in the background and someone said “Silver Tongue” and Speed said, That would be a great name for the band, but lets spell it “Silvertung”

LLTM: Who have your fans compared you to and do you agree? Why or why not?

Danno: Our fans were just talking about that on one of the Social Media sites and they compared us to Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Pop Evil, Alice In Chains and a bunch of others.  It’s very flattering…we can only be “Silvertung“. We have influences just like every band does.  We create music that we love playing.

LLTM: What has been the easiest thing so far in the music industry, and what’s been the most challenging?

Danno: The easiest and the most fun we have is playing live. There’s nothing better than getting on stage and sweating our hearts out for people who appreciate what  we do.     The most challenging- there’s so many obstacles in the music industry. The music business landscape is changing in dramatic ways and the dynamism of the environment requires us to think in new ways. Radio is important, but so is advertising, promotion and marketing. Media is proliferating and publicity is a valuable means of getting attention for us. We’re growing and still introducing ourselves to the world. I believe we have a story worth telling. Silvertung isn’t about being in fashion, it’s about us being true to ourselves. I’ve read lots of stories declaring that rock is dead. that music is dying out or losing it’s luster. The days of living the “rock star” life are few and far. It’s tough and we’ve been very fortunate to have 3 Billboard Rock Radio Chart hits, it’s not easy.

LLTM: If any one of your songs could be on a movie soundtrack, which song and what movie would it appear on?

Danno: “Face The Music” because it was inspired by something our manager said to us, “Keep pushing forward, don’t worry about what anyone says, because that doesn’t matter in the long run.” The lyrics are about taking some of the negative reactions and turning it into something positive. For what movie would it appear in… I’m going “old school” and say “Rocky.” Just like Rocky, we’re the underdogs, but we believe in our music and what we’re doing. This is our time to rise up and take our shot at the title.

LLTM: When was the moment when you realized that you wanted to be a musician for a career and not just as a hobby?

Danno: This is all I’ve ever wanted to do. I was a real little kid the first time I heard my dad playing Metallica and I started banging on stuff and fell in love with the drums. I started hanging out and jamming with the older kids in the neighborhood and joined a few bands. When I met Speed, I found someone who shared my passion for music and we started writing together. There’s nothing better than hanging out with my brothers in the band, playing and creating new music together.

LLTM: What 3 words best describe Silvertung’s sound/style?

Danno: Aggressive, high performance, yet I believe we retain some melodic elements. It’s all about the songs for us.

LLTM: What is your 5 year goal for the band and what will it take to get there?

Danno: Touring, touring, touring!! We’re writing new music all the time. We want to continuously release new music every year. It’s a digital world, people aren’t buying physical CD’s like they used to. The latest trend is downloading a bands latest single or listening on Spotify. Our goal is keep writing new music, keep touring, and recording when we’re not on the road. Silvertung isn’t going away, new challenges lay ahead and we’re eager to embrace them.

LLTM: What do you hope people will get out of your music?

Danno: Enjoyment. A chance to escape whatever problems we all have in life. Getting up on that stage and performing is my escape. Playing music eclipses anything I’ve ever felt. It’s my passion and runs through my veins.

LLTM: With your new EP “Lighten Up” being released October 27th, (the first single “Dig” hits radio October 9th) what are the differences and the similarities to your last album “Out Of The Box”?

Danno: “Out Of The Box” is what Silvertung has always been about and who we are- which is a hard rock band. That’s what we do best. I love the aggressive presentation, it’s a very “in your face” release. With “Lighten Up,” people will hear Silvertung. like they have heard before. This is an all acoustic release. We’ve done some acoustic shows, but with “Lighten Up,” we reinvented each track for this release. It is the most innocent…hearts on our sleeves…exposed the nerve…kind of record. We took the honest approach on it and recorded it in the studio. We set up facing one another and performed the tracks live. We spent two days in the studio. The first day ourselves going over the arrangements and preparations. On the second day, we invited a few friends and some media people into the studio so we could perform live for them. We ran through the set list a few times and that is the basis of the release. It was very different for us and for everyone there. It felt more like a jam session.  “Lighten Up” gave us a chance to stretch out and do something different. It’s already fired us up for our next release. We’ve already written 8 new songs and have booked studio time after the first of the New Year.

LLTM: Are there any shows or tours for the remainder of 2017?

Danno: YES- we have a few short runs that we are going to NC, TN, FL, SC, PA, VA, WV, OH and a few other places. We’ll finish off the rest of the year with shows. In between we will continue to write, rehearse and work out new material to prepare for our next release. We had a band meeting yesterday at our managers house and there’s so much going on with this band. Things I’m not allowed to talk about YET. It’s very exciting for us.

WE SAY THIS ALL THE TIME, BUT IF IT WASN’T FOR THE FANS, WE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO DO THIS.

 

For more info on Silvertung, from touring, music, social media accounts and more visit  http://www.facebook.com/Silvertungband

Peace, Love and Music

Hope Romine

 

 

 

Getting Real With Brandon Hurley from Rock band “Octalux”

LLTM: Is there a special meaning or backstory to the band name “Octalux”?

Brandon: We tell people it’s Latin for orgasm, it’s not, but people buy it haha. Actually the name came about because one of my favorite Lexington bands was “Supafuzz” and I wanted something cool like that, so me and a friend were drinking one night trying to come up with names and “Octalux” was written on a piece of paper, I don’t know which one of us named it, it doesn’t sound anything like I wanted, but we went with it and it’s to late to change it now haha.

LLTM: What song would you recommend a newbie to listen to you, to get a feel of what Octalux is all about?

Brandon: Hmm, “Ashtray Face” or “Chromosome” or “Emo Song” those are pretty good, but in all honesty, Octalux is all about self belief, defining what you will and won’t do, no matter the obstacles, you only fail when you quit, so we never quit. We’re all about empowering people to do for themselves with their lives what they want to do. We never say anything about level of difficulty or time frame for achieving dreams, don’t look at the clock and don’t get caught looking at the height of the mountain.

LLTM: For sound comparison, who would you compare yourself to you and why?

Brandon: We’re an all original high energy rock band, all of us love all kinds of different music. Brent is all about 90’s rock, Tony is all about great guitar playing and Chase and I are card carrying members of the KISS Army!  I grew up listening to my dads old country albums, so when I learned to sing and play, it was all Hank Williams Sr. and Johnny Cash as well as Barry Manilow and John Denver and tons of rock! All the greats!!

LLTM: If you could walk in the shoes of anyone for 24 hours, who would it be and why?

Brandon: Nobody, because no one could be a better me than me, and I couldn’t do justice to someone else’s life because each of us is made with special talents and gifts, that makes us “us” and I wouldn’t have access to anyone else’s past experiences that have shaped them into who they are today. I hope  that counts as an answer. But just for fun I guess Paul Stanley, playing a KISS show in all his glory would be fun!

LLTM: If you had to give up one thing for one month, to perform with anyone for one hour, what would you give up and who would you perform with?

Brandon: TV or sex, both are fun, but can be a major distraction and as for who? Probably Marc Hutner of the 90’s band Sugartooth,  their 1st album has always been a major go to for me, the lyrics, guitar tones, feel, and everything, that’s who I’d perform with!

LLTM: If you could relate to any cartoon character, who would it be and why?

Brandon: Me personally, I’d say Daffy Duck, his sarcasm is a lot like mine. As a group I’d say we’re like “Super Friends”, we all bring something different to the table and we’re out to save the rock n roll world!!

LLTM: If you had a one person audience, who will it be and why?

Brandon: James Hetfield or my dad, Hetfield for all the inspiration and my dad, who’s passed away, never got to see me perform and he gave up his dreams of performing when he and mom had my older brother.

LLTM: What is one thing on your bucket list, you get to have completed?

Brandon: To write the perfect song, to own a Ibanez Iceman w/o something horrible happening within months of me getting it. I’ve had 3 and bad juju followed me each time I got one, I refuse haha.

LLTM: Has the writing and recording process began for new album or EP?

Brandon: We kicked off our return to the rock world in late ’15, started the “Atomic” run of shows in early ’16 and between interviews, shows and all the business side and a ton of personal issues for each of us on the aide, we managed to write an album and a 1/2 worth of new material, so the writing is all but finished, save a few lyrics and melodies, we started recording “Noize in the Blood” in August and things are going quite well so far, we’re trying something new as it’s an interactive recording process where we take anyone who’s following us in social media and give them snippets of the actual recording process, behind the scenes footage, pics, ect and we put different things in different platforms so there’s always something new people can find.

LLTM: Any touring plans for the remainder of 2017?

Brandon: No, we’re playing some shows with friends, the Outlands Rock Fest w/ Tantric, Smile Empty Soul and then some promo stuff. We’re pretty open about opportunities so if something comes along we may, but if not, we’re just going to focus on “Noize in the Blood” and worry about melting faces in 2018!!

For more info on Octalux from music, touring info or Merch… 

http://www.facebook.com/octalux.rock

PEACE, LOVE AND MUSIC

HOPE ROMINE

 

 

Getting To Know Hard Rock Band “Screaming For Silence”

LLTM: Is there a special meaning or back story to the band name “Screaming For Silence”?

SFS: It was a pretty cliché story. Danny our guitarist actually woke up out of a dream and wrote the name down but I can tell you it was ten times better than the other names we had picked out.

LLTM: Who have your fans compared you to and do you agree?

SFS: We get a pretty good mix,. We’ve heard a lot of older sounding Papa Roach* and we’ve heard Atreyu*.  You know as far as sounding like other bands that’s cool, As long as they are digging the music that’s what matters to us.

LLTM: What has been the most exciting memory in your career so far?

SFS: For me, mine was getting to play at Westfair in Co Bluffs, IA. Growing up, we would go to many shows out there and see so many awesome bands. I just wanted to do what they were doing. We’ve had the chance to play it a few times now and it’s always my favorite.

LLTM: Which song off the “House Of Glass” EP has seem to be a fan favorite?

SFS: You know we have heard a few names tossed around. “Long Way Up” has seemed to be getting a good reaction. Personally that one is one of my favs because it has a lot of personal feelings from us in that song.

LLTM: If you could pick one of your songs to be on a movie soundtrack, which song would you pick and what movie soundtrack would it appear on?

SFS: I think we would want any of our songs to be on “Star Wars“. It doesn’t fit at all but we love “Star Wars” and a lot of people watch it.

LLTM: If you could open for any band, who would it be and why?

SFS: For me it would be Slipknot*. I grew up in the central IA area watching them just explode into a gigantic band. It would be cool to share the stage with those guys.

LLTM: If you could walk in the shoes of any artist for 24 hours, who would it be and why?

SFS: Corey Taylor*. That guy can do anything. He goes from crushing stages with Slipknot* or could go play an acoustic for hours and have people singing along to all of the songs.

LLTM: If you had a one person audience, who would be attending your show?

SFS: Ken Tatroe

LLTM: When can we expect a new full length album or EP to be released?

SFS: We’re kind of taking this new release one step at a time, to see where it takes us. After a few months on the road with this, we will take a step back and see what will come next.

LLTM: What does the tour schedule look like for the remainder of 2017?

SFS: Lots of dates. We took some time off before this release, which was the first time in years that we weren’t active on the road.  So, we are excited to just be back out and get to see everyone again.

 

FOR MORE INFO ON “SCREAMING FOR SILENCE” FROM MUSIC, TOURING AND MERCH VISIT http://www.screamingforsilence.com http://www.facebook.com/screamingforsilenceband

PEACE, LOVE AND MUSIC

HOPE ROMINE

 

Getting To Know Jason Delismon, Lead Vocalist/Guitarist for Rock Band “Frontline”

LLTM: Is there a special meaning to the band name “Frontline”?

Jason: Originally in my career I started off as a drummer. I always play guitar and sing but not in a professional setting and I decided when I was coming up with band names, I believe I said once “now I am on the frontline” after that, that name stuck with me.

LLTM: Who has been your biggest musical inspiration and can we hear any similarities in your sound?

Jason: I am a huge fan of Shinedown, The Fray, Seether, 10 Years, Chevelle, Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, Silverchair and Halestorm, just to name a few.

LLTM: If you could borrow any musician from a different band for one show, who would it be and why?

Jason: Lzzy Hale of Halestorm. She is an incredible singer and very down to earth.

LLTM: Which original song are you the most proud of and why?

Jason: I don’t have a specific favorite that I’m proud of. I am proud of the whole album because it is a vision that I’ve had for a long time and finally stepped up in a typical Dave Grohl fashion from behind the kit to frontman and songwriter.

LLTM: For comparison of sound, who would you say “Frontline” sounds similar to?

Jason: We have many influences, but we try to not sound like anybody and stay true to just being who we are and being original. In the past I’ve been in situations where we were so focused on trying to find that sound where as in this project we just let the music breathe and be free.

LLTM: What is the number one misconception of being a musician today?

Jason: People tend to think that music is just about sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, but that’s not true. Music is an identity of yourself and what you can express to the fans and there’s a lot of work that goes into it, from putting on a great show, to setting up equipment, tearing down equipment, driving to different venues, in different cities.

LLTM: If you could work with any artist (any genre), dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Jason: There are a few bands in mind definitely Shinedown, Halestorm, definitely Led Zeppelin. Excellent song writers and you could feel the music it’s not sterile at all.

LLTM: If you were stranded in the mountains and you could only take two items with you, what would they be and why?

Jason: A picture of my family and my acoustic guitar. The picture to remind me that I need to try and figure out a way to get home safe, and my guitar to write about my experiences at the current moments  that I am stranded.

LLTM: Is there any touring in the plans for the remainder of 2017?

Jason: We are currently working on coordinating that behind the scenes. We definitely need to be out there cycling our new album and hopefully gaining new fans.

LLTM: Has the process began for a new album, and if so when can we expect it to be released?

Jason: We are already currently in the studio demoing new music and we already have a good catalog started. We have no release date for that new album, as we just released June 2nd, our debut album “Cold World”

 

FOR MORE INFO ON “FRONTLINE” FROM MUSIC, TOURING SCHEDULE AND MERCH VISIT http://www.frontlineofficial.com http://www.facebook.com/Thefrontline79

PEACE, LOVE AND MUSIC

HOPE ROMINE

 

 

 

 

Getting To Know Scott Wilson, Newest Member Of The Chart Topping Rock Band Saving Abel*

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LLTM: Considering you were the second longest standing member of the platinum selling band “Tantric”, how hard of a decision was it to make to leave and join the band “Saving Abel”?

Scott: Yes it was a difficult decision. We as bands invest our whole lives in our careers as well as our music. After many years of touring and going thru ups and downs, the personal part of it is tough as well. Hugo and I have been through a lot together. However, the other members have filtered thru many times. While I’ve created awesome friendships many of those players it seems that many of those people come and go quickly. Saving Abel* are amazing guys and it was a super easy transition. They had a business plan and I had already been writing some ideas with the band.

LLTM:  Have your personal goals changed any since joining “Saving Abel”?

Scott: With Tantric*, we started recording an amazing album. As a musician my whole goal is for people to hear and feel the emotion that we create through music. Saving Abel already had plans to record a new record and came out swinging hard. So that fit right up my alley and my plans.

LLTM: What is the biggest difference between “Tantric” and “Saving Abel” in general?

Scott: Well the music is very different, TANTRIC was more melodic strange mosh, a lot of styles of music. Saving Abel is straight down the middle rock ‘n’ roll. The other part of Saving Abel that’s awesome is everyone in the band works really hard towards the Business as well as for their fans. This is a huge plus for me. With a constant flow of new members in TANTRIC it seems that I was left holding the bag a lot of times as far as workload.

LLTM: What has been the funniest memory while being on tour during your music career?

Scott. Wow there are so many hilarious memories. One of the best would have to  be when Hugo fell through the stage. It looked like a scene from “Money Pit” with Tom Hanks. His torso was through the hole, his arms were jammed in the hole and he had two little T Rex arms sticking up. That was hilarious.

LLTM: What is one thing you wish you could’ve warned yourself about the music industry before starting your career?

Scott: I grew up with a lot of people from the industry who had kind of given me a good idea of what a music career was all about. I guess the one thing they may have left out was be prepared for a lot of unexpected.

LLTM: Who has been your biggest musical inspiration?

Scott: There are so many. As I stated before many of my mentors are from my home town in Berea, Ky. Theses guys graced many stages. I’ll name a few. Randy Hayes. Huston Barger, Mike Chanberlain, there’s a bunch. A far as longtime heros!

LLTM: If you had to make a choice as a musician, to  be blind or deaf, which one would you choose and why?

Scott: Blind. Hearing is a career ender. I do a lot of studio session work. Not hearing would make that impossible.

 

LLTM: With the world of music being crushed again by the tremendous loss Of Linkin Park’s lead vocalist Chester Bennington, on July 20th 2017, what more do you think should be done for mental health awareness?

Scott: As musicians many of us are wired differently. Science has proven creative people are more prone to mental issues.  I feel it’s the side we draw from for creation. We are emotional people, that’s why we are able to translate emotion to song.

I don’t necessarily believe this is an issue in music.  I believe it’s a human issue. We all need to open up and know it’s OK to have a bad day. But be kind to each other and care even the slightest bit about strangers. Be human.

LLTM: What does the touring schedule look like for “Saving Abel”  for the remainder of 2017?

Scott: We have a lot of upcoming dates and we are really excited about our tour called “The Redneck Rebellion Tour” with Soil* coming up September/October.

LLTM: Are there any expectations of a new “Saving Abel” album anytime in the near future?

Scott: We are riding now for a new record to be recorded in November/December 2017 and plan on having a single out early 2018.

 

For more info on Scott Wilson and Saving Abel, from music, tour schedule and more visit http://www.officialsavingabel.com

Peace, Love and Music

Hope Romine

Getting To Know The Talented New York Based Hard Rock Musician “Ian Brown”

LLTM: Is there a reason you used your name as the band name, instead of coming up with a different name?

Ian: I honestly don’t want to keep it my name, but I make and write  everything myself so I was like “oh well there are a lot of artists that use their names”.

LLTM: With mental health being a big issue that is so hush-hush and people are afraid to talk about, what has been the response to your song/video “Anxiety”?

Ian: The response has been pretty good actually, I gained some new fans and had a few of them message me thanking me for making music, and that song in particular. I just want people to know that they are NOT alone.

LLTM: Who has been your biggest musical inspiration and can we hear that in your music?

Ian: It’s hard to narrow down to one artist but, for instance writing this new record I listened to a lot of Hinder*, Our Last Night* and Falling In Reverse*. As far as similarities, I kinda write whatever comes out, I think every band would agree, that we don’t like to copy cat ha ha. However I’m sure you will be able to hear some similarities here and there throughout the album! But I’ve been told by different people that “This sounds like Skillet*, or this sounds like Crown The Empire*”  One thing I keep hearing is that my voice sounds like Patrick Stump* of Fall Out Boy, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, and even the original singer from Hinder*. So those are kind of cool things to hear!

LLTM: What has been the most difficult thing you came across in the music industry and what has been the easiest so far?

Ian: Difficult-  would have to be getting my name out there and also getting in contact with “bigger” people is a tough thing to do. Easiest- I’d say (when it does happen) is having an awesome song just come right to you and you write it all down and make it as big as possible!

LLTM: If you could be any cartoon character who would it be and why?

Ian: Hmmm, that’s a tough one, I have to say Timmy Turner from “Fairly Odd Parents” because he can literally wish for anything he wants, I think that’d be so cool (for a while at least) haha.

LLTM: When was the defining moment in your life, when you knew you wanted to be a musician?

Ian: I feel like my whole life I’ve always been affected by music, but if I were to pinpoint a time I’d say I was probably 12 years old and I taught myself how to play guitar by listening to Green Day’s “American Idiot” album.

LLTM: If you could work with any artist (any genre), Dead or alive for one day, who will it be and why?

Ian:  This is a super tough one, but I feel like it would have to be “Memphis May Fire” they just seem like a really cool group of dudes to hang out with and their writing style is so unique.

LLTM: If you could claim any song as your own, which song would it be and why?

Ian: I feel like it would be a My Chemical Romance* song, “Welcome To The Black Parade” maybe? Those dudes knew how to make some hits!

LLTM: When can we expect a EP or a full length album to be released?

Ian: My new full length album “Never Be” (12 songs), I’m hoping to release in February 2018, But I will however have some surprises along the way! But my debut EP “Hand & Hearted” is still available on all online store so be sure to check that out!

LLTM: Are there any plans for touring in the future? 

Ian: There are definitely big plans for this project, but I am currently networking with promoters to figure all of that out! We will just have to wait and see!

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “ANXIETY” BELOW AND PLEASE SHARE ❤

For more info on Ian Brown from music, social media accounts and more visit http://www.facebook.com/IanBrownMusic


Peace, Love and Music

Hope Romine 🤘🏻😜