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 in 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!


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Hope Romine ūü§ėūüŹĽūüėú

Song Review “Theosis – “Skies of Hell””¬†


“THEOSIS” is a talented and energetic, melodic death metal band from San Diego California.¬†

The band members consist of JOSH HASKINS-lead vocals, DANA ROSELLI- guitarist, LEE BURGOS-guitarist, SHANE SARPY- bass and last but not least OMAR GUITERREZ- drums.

Some of “Theosis” musical influences include PANTERA*, ¬†IRON MAIDEN*, SLAYER*, MEGADEATH*, ¬†LAMB OF GOD* AND JUDAS PRIEST*.

Once I first hit play to listen to the song “Skies of Hell”, I quickly realized that they definitely acquired some of the similar sounds and style from their musical influences starting with the absolutely amazing melodic and harmonic guitar riffs, and the vocals that you can sense the frustration through the lyrics, and man don’t forget about the hard-hitting drums! But they also have their very own type of sound and style. This song is full of amazing energy and will definitely get you moving.¬†

Some of the strong lyrics:

Questions directed into the sky

Yet still we beg, plead and then cry

Answers for me late from below

Of a pain this world should know

Black souls walk the world in perfect human disguise

Tragedy finds not the ones we all despise



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Getting To Know Marko DeSantis, Lead Guitarist and Co-Founder of The Amazing Rock Band “SUGARCULT”

LLTM: How was the band name Sugarcult created?

Marko: Well, it has to do with hippies and lesbians… When our singer Tim Pagnotta first moved away from home at age 18, he lived in an apartment across the hall from a¬†lesbian gang of sorts that play fully called themselves “the Sugar Cult”; according to a legend, a “Sugar Cult” was slang for an all girl (& possibly lesbian) hippie commune. It’s one of those cautionary tales of: be-careful-what-juvenile-pseudo-clever-idea-you-use-as-your-band-name-when-you’re-just-doing-it-as-a-fun-hobby… ’cause you might actually become professionals & get famous eventually!

LLTM: If Sugarcult could have a big come back tour with three bands,who would you want to be part of your lineup?

Marko: Our Singer Tim, has become an extraordinarily successful producer and I love many of the bands he’s made records for ( Neon Trees, Walk The Moon, Dreamcar, Waters, Coin, ect.) so it would be fun to bring some of them. And an underrated band we owe a lot to¬† for early influence and inspiration was the 90s band “Superdrag”, so maybe them. Then we probably throw in¬†the Foo Fighters, Green Day, ¬†Madonna, and/or Katy Perry a bone and let them play first.

LLTM: When was the big moment you realized wow we have made it?

Marko: There where a few watershed moments along the way: -about a year into being a local band (in our hometown Santa Barbara CA), when our friends stopped encouraging us to give it up & instead starting asking if we would put them on the guest list (+1); which meant, being at a Sugarcult show was becoming a hot date & could possibly get you laid! -When we 1st loaded our gear into the recording studio to make what would become “Start Static” (2001) -When we first heard our song “Stuck In America” randomly came on the radio while we were on tour, in our van, stuck in hopeless traffic on the way to Chicago. -When One of our all-time favorite bands, Green Day, invited us to be their opening act on their “American Idiot” tours of USA & Japan. Those where all some of this-feels-like-the-real-thing moments.

LLTM: You played your first show in six years on May 14, 2017 at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles California, what took so long and why that particular venue and event?

Marko: Well, to be clear, that was not a Sugarcult show; it was in all star jam of sorts to raise awareness and money for Sweet Relief which helps musicians with health and medical needs. I was part of a supergroup for the night with my pals from the band 5 Seconds of Summer* (drummer Ashton Irwin & bassist Calum Hood; who, as it turns out, are big fans of Sugarcult!) and an old friend and former tour-mate John Feldmann from Goldfinger*, who is an incredibly successful  record producer now ( Blink 182*, All Time Low*, The Used*, etc). It felt so good to play in front of a big crowd and reminded me how much I love playing live!

LLTM: Of all the Sugarcult albums, which is your most accomplished piece of work in your opinion?

Marko: I know this sounds overly diplomatic in non-committal, but we love all of our children equally, even as diverse and unique as each of our records are, they were all really fun to make (not unlike actual children, by the way!) Sadly, our most overlooked record is probably our last one,”Lights Out”, which is probably the closest we came to achieving this sound and vibe we were searching for all along.

LLTM: If you had a one person audience who would you want it to be and why?

Marko: Maybe my mom so she could console me as I cried. In our early days I actually recall playing to a one person audience; the bartender at an empty dive bar show.

LLTM: What piece of advice would you have given yourself about the music industry when you first started in the 90s?

Marko: Pick your battles, don’t freak out about every little nuance in detail. Communicate more compassionately. Trust the process and be sure to keep it fun and romantic. It’s only rock ‘n’ roll!

LLTM: If you could walk in the shoes of anyone, dead or alive who would it be and who would you like to walk in your shoes?

Marko: We’re all on our own path, so I’m not so sure this would do any of us much good. Plus, I have very expensive taste in shoes, so y’all can just get your nasty paws the hell out of my Saint Laurents!

LLTM: Sugarcult has released six albums, when can we expect number seven?

Marko: I would love to make another Sugarcult Record, I still feel like our best is yet to come; our America Idiot, Joshua Tree, Exhile on Main Street, later-in-career classic y’know? ¬†The truth is, it’s all on our singer Tim Pagnotta; ¬†he’s The only one preventing us from making more music, playing shows, etc. He’s so busy with his career as a producer for other people’s records, that he simply has no interest in fronting his own band anymore. As sad as this makes me ( and our fans), ¬†I don’t blame him, if anything it makes me respect and admire him more than ever. He is a true artist that follows his heart and does what he’s passionate about and not just what’s expedient and expected of him. Tim could care less that there is a huge pop punk/emo revival happening right now, he is the least nostalgic and sentimental person I know. All that said, I think for those same reasons, when/if we make another Sugarcult Record, it won’t be a throwback to “Memory ” and “Bouncing Off The Walls”, it will be a living, breathing reflection of this day and age. Fingers crossed!

LLTM: Are there any plans of A full length tour this year if so when and if not, why?

Marko: Nothing on the books as of now. See above and do the math! I am hoping to do a book soon; so look for me out there doing guest lectures and speaking engagements, DJ gigs and hopefully jumping on stage with my guitar here in there with anyone that wants to party!
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Getting To Know Bassist Justin Mattea From OKC Based Hard Rock Band HYPERDOSE

LLTM: Is there a special meaning or a¬†back story¬†to the band name “Hyperdose”?

Justin: It is literally the fusing of two words. We spent about 6 months trying to come up with something. We had attempted “dose” with many words until Ben, put the word “Hyper” with it and we were hooked!
LLTM: Who has been your biggest musical inspiration since being in the music industry yourself?

Justin: Breaking Benjamin*, Papa Roach*, Red*, Shinedown* are all a big favorite of all of us and a huge inspiration.
LLTM: On your EP “Impact” which song are you the most proud of?

Justin: “Coming For¬†You” seems to be the favorite amongst us, but we felt like we got to show off some different dynamics and abilities on each song on the EP. With “Throw It Down”, we got to experiment a lot musically while displaying the Rap Rock style of the 2000’s Era Rock. “The Hunted” displays a Bass and Drum heavy type song, while “Impact” introduces strings to a complex arrangement.
LLTM: If you were stranded in the desert for 30 days and could only bring three items and water not being allowed, what would you bring and why?

Justin: Knife, Sunscreen and Capri Suns!
LLTM: If you only had the ability to use one of the five senses, seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling or touching, which one would you choose and why?

Justin: I would have to say seeing. It’s hard to imagine life without any of the senses, but not being able to see anyone or anything would be the worst!
LLTM: What band or artist has Hyperdose been compared to and do you agree?

Justin:¬†We have been compared to bands such as Shinedown*, Saliva*, Breaking Benjamin*… we have also been compared to many early 2000’s era bands when our style was at its peak!

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

Justin: I personally would say probably one of the early Linkin Park* “Hybrid Theory” songs like “In The End” or “Crawling”. I remember growing up in that era and they just blew up, it would be cool to be a part of that!

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

Justin: Linkin Park*….and my soul but only for 30 days ūüėČ
LLTM: Your most recent EP “Impact” was released May 2016, has the writing and recording process begin for your next EP or album, if so when can we expect it to be released?

Justin: We have been writing heavily since the “Impact” release and anticipate going into the studio around August for a late fall release of our next EP!

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

Justin: We are focused on recording our next EP early this fall, then we will see what the tour schedule looks like!

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LLTM: What would you say are the advantages and disadvantages of being musically self taught?

Shawn: I would say the advantages of being musically self taught are that you have to work a lot harder to learn to play and it really teaches you discipline. I also think that being self taught for the first year and a half of my playing, helped me to develop my own style, that I would not have if I had taken lessons from the beginning. For instance, I developed my own picking style that suits the way I play, and while it is not considered correct to pick like this, it is when I feel comfortable doing. Some disadvantages are that it took a lot longer to develop my skills, and I didn’t learn music theory from the start, so I had to play catch-up with that as well.


LLTM: If you could be a part of any band for 1 year, who would it be and why?

Shawn: Iron Maiden- they have always been my favorite band. I’ve always loved their unique stage shows. The energy they put forth in their life shows is amazing, and something I would love to be a part of. I remember watching the  “Flight 666” documentary over and over thinking that this is the life I would like to have. Bruce Dickinson’s vocals are unmatched, Steve Harris is one of, if not the, greatest bass players ever, in Nicko McBrain is one of the greats on drums. Their guitar playing has always been a huge influence in the way I play guitar. They’re the first time I heard it around five years ago. The guitars drew me in, and I knew after listening to it for a while, but watching different videos of them playing, I knew that it was what I wanted to do. I found my dad’s old guitar, and started playing it because I wanted to be Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. Their music still inspires me to continue practicing and playing today.


LLTM: How important is it as a young musician like yourself to have support from family, friends and your local community?

Shawn: Support from family is essential for me. They have been my biggest support in fans, and have never missed a performance I have played in. In the area where I live, it is hard to find musicians my age that listen to, and play, the type of music I like. I hope to meet up with my future bandmates in college or wherever they may be. A lot of my friends do not listen to my type of music, and to be honest, I am so focused on practicing and playing, that I don’t have much of a social life! Also, there is not a big metal scene in the area where I live, so the community lacks interest, which is a shame.


LLTM: Who has been your biggest musical inspiration up til this point?

Shawn: Dave Mustaine of Megadeth.  I have always loved his playing, and his level of musicianship, as well as, the lyrical content that makes Megadeth’s  music so appealing to me. They have always been one of my favorite bands, and Dave Mustaine has always been one of my favorite guitarist and singer’s. I will never forget the first time I saw them live. It was my first concert, and it made me want to be in a metal band even more.


LLTM: Do you find it hard for people to take you seriously since you’re so young?

Shawn: No, I try and let my playing speak for itself.


LLTM: If you had your own band and could tour right now, where would you want to go and what 2 bands would be part of your lineup?

Shawn: I would love to tour all around the world. I haven’t been to many places outside of New York, so everywhere would be a new adventure for me. South America seems like a really great place to tour for metal band. It seems there are so many people there are going to heavy-metal, and then just go crazy for it. My lineup would not be surprising… Iron Maiden and Megadeth. I know the question says two bands, but I would also like to tour with Anthrax. I was fortunate enough to work for two different weeks with Scott Ian. He is a really great, down to earth guy. Working with him help me with my songwriting and gave me the confidence in myself, and the guidance, to continue writing songs. I also think it would be cool to tour with bands that are not necessarily metal. Two bands that I really love, that are not necessarily metal, but I would like to tour with are CHON and 3 Doors Down.


LLTM: What goals do you hope to accomplish in the next 5 years?

Shawn: First and foremost, I hope to be in a metal band touring around the world, living my dream. I would also like to have my college degree.


LLTM: What instruments can you play and which instrument(s) do you wish you could learn to play?

Shawn: Along with the guitar, I play the drums, bass, and keyboard. If I had to learn another instrument, I would learn to play the saxophone. I think it will be a cool instrument to expand my musical horizons.

LLTM: What is your favorite cover song to play on guitar?

Shawn: Tornado of Souls by Megadeth. The solo is always challenging to play, no matter how many times I play it. In my opinion, Marty Friedman is also one of the best guitar players ever. I implement a lot if his style into my own playing.


LLTM: When can we expect you to start doing shows?

Shawn: I wish I had an answer for this. Right now, I am in the process of finding bandmembers. Like I said before, it is hard to find musicians in my area that like metal music, and who are serious about performance as a career. Hopefully soon!

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Hope Romine  




LLTM: Is there a meaning or a back story to the band name “Life Is Short”?

Josh: I really hate picking band names. It’s so hard for me. Anything I thought of that I kind of liked it was already taken. When me and Jason (drummer) we’re putting our demos together to pick songs for our EP, we had a song (that made it on the EP) that had the line “life is short”. I searched Google and Facebook for a band called “Life is Short” and nothing came up so I made a Facebook page to clean your name and Jason liked it, so that’s it!

Jason: We are old and this is our last chance to make it happen so life is short and go for it.

LLTM: Who has been your biggest musical inspiration, and has it changed within the last 10 years?

Josh: I’m really a fan of ¬†everything¬†(except most electronic music which would make me not a fan of everything) but since I always end up¬†writing pop punk music, I try to draw from genres that are nothing like it. I also pull inspiration from things that are not music related to keep my mind being outside of the box. The biggest change in my influences have probably been my wife and daughter. They do nothing but love me even though my mind is all over the place.

Jason: Travis Barker has always been my inspiration, by the way he can make a small kit sound so large and put so much more intricacy into a punk song instead of just playing fast.


LLTM: If you could have a show at any venue and open for any band, where would the venue be and who would you open for?

Josh: Location would probably have to be somewhere I haven’t been to yet which is currently a lot of places! I’ve really been wanting do you go somewhere in the South Pacific within the last year or so. As far as bands to play with, as long as they’re down to earth and everyone is there to have a good time I’ll play with anyone.

Jason: Soma (San Diego) and open for Blink182.

LLTM: On your 2016 EP “Everything Never Intended” which song are you the most proud of?

Josh: I’m most proud of the last song “I’m Never Sarcastic Ever” mostly because I was able to finally use a riff I have wanted to use a song for a long time but also because I think it’s the most musical on the record.

Jason: “Up In Arms”

LLTM: If you had the choice as a musician to either be deaf or blind, which one would you rather live with and why?

Josh: Is “neither” an option? LOL both would be terrible.

Jason: Deaf- I like to see the world and hate hearing my mistakes.

LLTM: Where would you like to see “Life Is Short” in the next 5-10 years?

Josh: Still playing and writing is always a good thing.

Jason: Being paid to play as full time musicians.

LLTM: What’s been the most memorable moment while in the music industry so far?

Josh: When Jason (drummer) said he ” looks up to me like a father”

Jason: Just meeting new people.

LLTM: If you could pick one of your songs to be on a soundtrack for any movie, which song and movie would you pick and why?

Josh: “Everything Never Intended”… Jaws

Jason: “Birds And Bees” …50 Shades Of Grey

LLTM: Can we expect any shows coming up this spring/summer?

Josh: We do! Check our Facebook to stay posted.

Jason: Yes!

LLTM: Has the writing/ recording process began for a new album, if so when can we expect the release date to be?

Josh: Yep! Hopefully this fall!

Jason: Kinda- The Fall.


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Hope Romine







Getting To Know Lead Vocalist Blake Melanson, From Houston Based Punk Band “Backdrop Violet”

LLTM: Is there a meaning or back story to the band name “Backdrop Violet”?

Blake: Yes. When I started the band, I was kind of interested in the entire aspect of irony. And I was just thinking at work one day, could there be beautiful irony? Beautiful like flowers. So “Backdrop Violet” means beautiful irony. Beautiful flower, and it’s ironic to write “Backdrop” on a Backdrop.

LLTM: Being based in Houston TX, does that seem to have any influence on your sound or style?

Blake: On our first EP “Madness”, definitely. All 5 songs are based around our lives in Houston and how not only living here¬†affected us but just how everyday life affects. Especially, in the song “A Train Headed For Normalville” in which I talk about how I feel when it comes to city constantly.


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

Blake: Probably Felix The Cat or Roger Rabbit. Haha I like really old cartoons.

LLTM: Who has been your biggest musical inspiration and can we hear a sense of it in your music?

Blake: I honestly have a couple that are so important to me that it’s hard to pick¬† just one, but I’d have to say The Used*, 30 Seconds To Mars*, My Chemical Romance*, and¬†Papa Roach*. There are more that definitely inspired me, but not as much as those 4.

LLTM: With you being so young, what has been the most difficult thing about the music industry so far?

Blake: I think it would have to be, understanding that there is always going to be people in the industry that act like they are better than you. Which I’m not saying the “Backdrop Violet” is the best band in the world but, I mean just as people. Also, understand that the industry is a hard one. And learning that business isn’t only a wall street vocabulary word hahaha.

LLTM: If you could replace any of your band members for 1 show and replace them with a legend, who would you replace and who would be the replacement?

Blake: Haha, I’d replace myself with Jared Leto or Elvis.

LLTM: What original song are you most proud of?

Blake: Off of the first EP I’d have to say “First Taste of Glory” Because that song stayed with us for a year and a half when making that EP. Not only that but that was the first song we ever wrote as a band. If not that song, it would be a song that is not yet released called “Sweet Ambien” which I wrote when I was 16.

LLTM: If one of your songs could be on a movie soundtrack, which song and movie would you choose?

Blake: A new song called “Skipper” and it would be on the remake of “The Breakfast Club” haha.

LLTM: Any shows/tours planned this upcoming summer?

Blake: There will be very exciting shows for us this summer and possibly Texas Tours haha.. Very excited for this summer because these shows are going to be so much fun.

LLTM: Has the writing/recording process began, if so when can we expect a new album/EP  release?

Blake: We have been recording our new and first full length album for about 5 months now. We are actually going to be releasing a lone single for a song called “Who Wants To Be Bad” And then at the end of this year we will be releasing singles for our new album itself planned to release early 2018.

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Hope Romine


Getting to know John Moyer, current Bassist for Art Of Anarchy, Disturbed and Operation:Mindcrime

LLTM: How was the band name “Art Of Anarchy” created?

John: We were throwing around different ideas for names and Vincent (our drummer) came up with it. I liked the name a lot. It creates a strong visual image and I also like the fact that we can abbreviate AOA.

LLTM: How do you manage your time to be in multiple bands including: Art of Anarchy*, Disturbed* and Operation:Mindcrime*?

John: Surprisingly nothing has really overlapped. When I was working with Geoff Tate* and Operation Mindcraft that was all happening during Disturbed’s 5 year hiatus. Same thing with the first AOA record. But we did start working on the second AOA record with Scott Stapp* while Disturbed was touring. Whenever I had a break I would fly to New York to jam and work on the record. Towards the end I did a few bass lines from the road. They actually turned out great.

LLTM: Has “Art  Of Anarchy” been compared to any other bands by their style or sound?

John: I think besides the obvious comparisons to our collective history of having longtime members of Creed*, Guns n Roses* and Disturbed* in the band I haven’t heard many comparisons. It’s definitely a rock record. Beyond that, I love hearing what other people’s take is.

LLTM: How is the music of “Art of Anarchy” similar and different from “Disturbed” and “Operation:Mindcrime”?

John: Every band is different from the way they write, to the way they play on stage, to the way they perform a show. In “Art of Anarchy” there was a focus to jam songs together and write as a group to help us find our identity. There’s collaboration from all sides on this record which can be tough to do when you got five guys in the band!

LLTM: From your most recent album “The Madness” which was released 03/24/17, which song is the most popular amongst the fans?

John: That is a great question, I’m still figuring that out all the time. Of course most fans are already familiar with the single which is also called “The Madness”, beyond that we’ve been getting great reactions from the songs “No Surrender”, “1000 Degrees” and “Echo of a Scream”.

LLTM: Who’s been your biggest inspiration in life in general?

John: My father John C Moyer, even though he passed away before my first “Disturbed” record and before he could meet his grandson. He still influences me everyday.

LLTM: Has there been any embarrassing moments while on tour, with any of the bands you’re part of?

John: Every tour all the time, almost everyday! Like the time I jumped the canal in Birmingham and my guitar player tried and didn’t make it. He went completely under, phone and wallet and all! (Won’t tell you which band LOL!)

LLTM:  Which one song would you recommend an Art of Anarchy” newbie listen to, to get the full effect of what “Art of Anarchy” is all about?

John: I think the song “The Madness” is perfect to get a feel for what we are about.

LLTM: Has the writing/ recording process began for the next album?

John: Not…at…all! Maybe some ideas here and there but nothing solid yet. Still wanting to make this record happen!

LLTM: Are there any tours or shows set for Spring/Summer 2017?

TBA: Stay Tuned!!

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Hope Romine



Celebrating 20 Years of “So Much For The Afterglow” with Art Alexakis lead vocalist of Multi Platinum 90’s Rock Band “Everclear”


LLTM: Since 1991, “Everclear” has blessed us with their amazing music, live performances and their appreciation to their fans, what has been the most important thing you’ve learned about yourself from an artist’s point of view?

Art: That’s a really good question, I’ve learned that I have a lot more to me, when my back is up against the wall and I dig deep, I surprise myself with what I can come up with. It’s like you’re driving a bus, but you’re really not driving the bus, just plant it in the right direction and it will go where it is supposed to go.


LLTM: What type of advice would you give to bands out there that may be having issues within their band family?

Art: There’s 2 kinds of tension, good tension and bad tension, bad tension feels like you’re dragging weight behind you, If it’s not working or making the music better, or if you’re not headed in the same direction, you need to part ways. I’ve had to fire people and it’s never pleasant, but I can’t pick a time ever where it was a bad decision.


LLTM: Of all the albums “Everclear” has recorded and released, Which one has been your favorite and why?

Art: Probably “So Much For The Afterglow” you know, on a couple of levels, the whole process of starting and stopping and evolving, the failure and picking up myself and seeing what needed to be done and doing it, is¬†really an amazing experience to go through and we had some people saying we were a “one hit wonder” and this album was a¬†smiling middle finger to them!


LLTM: Is there a particular song that was the easiest to write and record over the years?

Art: “I Will Buy You A New Life” I wrote this song in the studio and while we¬†were in Portland, wrote the song that night and next day recorded everything even the vocals. Then the day after that Jaffee from The Wallflowers, came up to work on a song called “Normal Like You”, he added a mix to “I Will Buy You A New Life” that made it sound like a full band.


LLTM: If you were only able to use 1 instrument (Vocals included) for the rest of your life, which would you choose and why?

Art: Umm, that’s a weird question, I don’t know cause I don’t think of myself as a really great singer, so I’d probably say guitar, I think what I do is better when it all comes together.


LLTM: What’s the funniest memory you have while being on tour?

Art: Watching one of my older drummers of mine, try to pick up a girl, I walked away after I introduced her and after the show he’s backstage air drumming, I won’t say his name so I won’t embarrass him, but he’s kind of a dork.


LLTM: Since the “So Much For The Afterglow” 20th Anniversary Tour (May11th-July1st) is going on this summer, will there be a “Summerland Tour” as well?

Art: No, I can’t do two different tours, but we are looking at doing a Summerland Festival in one place for next year, since we can’t pull it off this year, but we are working on it.


LLTM: What other bands are part of the lineup for the “So Much For The AfterGlow” 20th Anniversary Tour?

Art: Vertical Horizon* and Fastball*.¬† Fastball* was part of our “So Much For The Afterglow” Tour in 98 and ¬†Vertical Horizon* is gonna be great, and their great guys!


LLTM: Who’s idea was it to donate $1 per ticket to the “Sweet Relief Musicians Fund” and how important is this organization to you?

Art: Well um, that was my idea and I’ve always been a fan. Multiple Sclerosis is something very close to my life, I wanted to be involved with them, their very good people, they don’t just help with MS or even just musicians, but other¬†issues and people in the music industry as well.


LLTM: April 2015 was the release of “Black Is The New Black”, what was the biggest difference in this album¬†vs all the previous albums?

Art: Ah, I don’t know, you know I did it like we always do it, I had a vision for this record, Balls To The Wall!


LLTM: Has the writing/recording process began for a new album, if so when can we expect the release date to be?

Art: I’m not making an “Everclear” album as of right now, when this tour is over, I’m gonna start making a solo record, it’s just gonna be me.


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Peace, Love and Music

Hope Romine


GETTING TO KNOW HIP HOP AND ROCK Artists – Chino XL and Rama Duke”¬†

LLTM: How and when did the two of you start working together?

Chino: We were both working with Jared Lee Gosselin who produced this song.

LLTM: Whose idea was it to do a cover for the Red Hot Chili Peppers hit song “Under The Bridge”?

Chino: It was mine initially then, Rama created a rock cover and we merged the two concepts together.

Rama: Chico had the idea to do it for sometime when he brought it to me. I happened to be in the studio with the same amazing guys and it all just came together.

LLTM: What the response been to the Hip Hop/R&B version of ” Under The Bridge”?

Chino: It’s more of¬† a Hip Hop/Rock mash up and the response has been amazing!

LLTM: Can we expect anymore cover songs from you two in the future?

Chino: Yes a few, but originals as well.

Rama: There may be one or two more  and we will be coming out with originals for sure.

LLTM: What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment in your career as of now and what do you hope for the future?

Chino: I have a song called “Father’s Day” about my little girl beating has given many inspirations and hope in the darkest of moments.

LLTM: Who has been your biggest musical inspiration and has it changed in the last 10 to 15 years?

Chino: I wanted to be a mix of¬† LL Cool J* and Edgar Allen Poe* as a kid with the lyric dexterity of Kool G* rap, I’ve added Chris Cornel, Stephen King and Maynard from Perfect Circle* to mix over the years lol.

Rama: I would have to say the record “Lateralus” has been a staple in my life since it was released by Tool*. I think the musicianship is unbelievable and Maynards voice, lyrics and feeling on the album are just so perfectly kick ass right!

LLTM: If you were stranded in the desert for 30 days and could only take three items and water is not allowed, what would you bring and why?

Chino: My 3 daughters because they are my life.

LLTM: If you could walk in the footsteps of anyone (dead or alive) for one week who would it be and why?

Chino: Rasputin. They could not kill him.

Rama: That changes day to day for me, lol! At this very moment I’d say Jim Morrison. Having such a unique time in history and being rebellious, reckless and unapologetic sounds like my cup of tea right now.

LLTM: Are there any plans on touring this spring/summer?

Chino: Mostly recording and spot dates.

LLTM: Has the writing process began for new material , if so when can we expect a new album release to be?

Chino: Sometime in July and yes the writing process is in heavy mode right now.

Rama: As we speak we are in the studio. Its an exciting time and were feeling charged and ready to go. I would guess late summer as things are going!

For more info on these two amazing artists from music, tours and more follow them on Facebook and check out their amazing version of “Under The Bridge” below. ¬†¬†

Peace, Love and Music

Hope Romine