E-mail Interview with Andrew Cook from A Rocket to the Moon

Andrew Cook

Andrew Cook

Eric- Hey, can you please introduce yourself?

Andrew- I’m Andrew, and I play drums.

E- You recently came out with your album, Wild & Free. How has the reaction been?

A- Great so far, at least from what I can tell via twitter and instagram and all that. Our fans have been really positive.

E- Do you plan on going on tour to support your new album? If so, where, when and with who?

A- Yes we do! We are going out with The Maine this summer for a couple of months. It’s going to be great. They’re some of our closest friends, and also one of my personal favorite bands. I consider myself a fan, and am always happy to share a stage with those guys.

E- This album was a very different sound then we were accustomed to. You guys touched on Rock, Country & Pop in this album. What influenced your sound to change so much?

A- Just growing up a bit, I think. We obviously took a long time to make our second record, but in the end, we feel like it accurately represents where we’ve been at as people recently. We listen to a lot of different music, country being one of the styles, and of course, rock and pop being among them. We just do what comes naturally, honestly. Then we hope that people grow with us.

E- Many of your songs sounded very emotional. Which song is the one that brought out the emotion in each one of you?

A- It has to be “Another Set of Wings.” That song has a darkness to it that we haven’t explored before, a certain melancholy and sadness that really touches me when I hear it. But it’s a positive message, in the end.

E- One of my favorite songs on the album is “Another Set Of Wings”. Who is that song about?

A- Well, it’s about experiences that many of us go through, having a sick loved one and being afraid we’re going to lose them. We’ve all been there, which is why it resonates so much. We all had a big scare a couple of years ago when Nick nearly lost his dad Bernie, who is a good friend and is like family to us all. It was a tough time for Nick and his family, and I think he learned a lot from going through it. Thankfully he recovered and is doing great now, but it was one of those experiences that reminded us all how fragile and unpredictable life can be.

E- “Call It All Home” was a bonus track for your fans who chose to buy the deluxe edition. I was one of those people and I love that track. Listening to it was like listening to your biography. How was it to step back and look at how far you’ve come? What are the major changes in your life over that time span?

A- That’s one of my favorite songs. We have a funny way of putting b-sides out that become fan favorites! It’s cool for all of us to listen to that song and reflect on the things we’ve been through as a group. We’ve been through so much in a short time, seen so many places, met so many people, it’s truly a gift. We always wanted to address the fact that we’re from different parts of the country, and we felt like this was the way to do it. Since we don’t have a “hometown” as a group, we wanted to let people know how important our extended families were in every part of the country, and how lucky we feel to be able to call it home, as it were.

Wild & Free

Wild & Free

E- I know that for each album that comes out and for each 13 songs that are actually added to the album, there are countless amounts that are scrapped. Approximately how many songs were written to get you to the 17 on this album?

A- I lost track somewhere along the line, but it was a lot. Maybe 30+? There are still a couple of songs that get stuck in my head every once in a while that I’d love to revisit for the next record. It’s only natural that some good ones fall by the wayside, but hopefully they’re not gone forever.

E- Who wrote most of the songs for this album?

A- Nick and Justin write the songs together, often with co-writers. Halvo and I put our touches on them once the idea is formed and demoed out. I feel lucky to be in a band with two songwriters like Nick and Justin, I learn a lot from watching them.

E- You have been on numerous tours throughout your years, what are 3 essentials that you always have to have with you on tour?

A- Computer has to be number one. It’s essential. Another important thing is your pillow. It helps to make you feel at home in foreign places. Lastly, I’ll say a good pair of running shoes. Exercise, and running in general, is a good way to keep your head on straight while on the road.

E- What is the coolest thing that a fan has ever done or said to you?

A- I’ve been lucky enough, between both bands I’ve played in throughout my music career, to see a lot of tattoos that were inspired by my band. There’s no feeling quite like it. As a music fan myself, and one who has two musical tribute tattoos, I know what it means and what kind of love and dedication it represents. I feel so thankful whenever I see a fan tattoo, and appreciative that someone would commemorate what our band means to them by putting it on themselves permanently.

E- Describe your perfect girl.

A- Natalie Portman, literally.

E- Anything else you want to tell your fans?

A- Just how thankful we are to all the ones who were patient and stuck by us while waiting for Wild & Free to come out. We know it was a long wait, and we know how lucky we are to have fans that were willing to wait. We hope everyone is enjoying it as much as we enjoyed making it, and we can’t wait to play these songs live for everyone.

E- Thanks so much for your time Andrew!

Exclusive interview with Aaron Bonus of Westland and premiere of the “Steady Now” music video. Plus a major contest announcement from Westland!

Eric- Hey Aaron, how are you doing today?

Aaron- I am doing great, thanks for asking

E- Today you are releasing your new music for your new single, “Steady Now” (featured below). What was the experience like making this video and what is the story that is being told in the music video/song?

A- I always enjoy the process of taking a vision and trying bringing it to life. So making this video was a lot of fun. The video and song are talking about destroying ones ego. specifically mine. Everyone has an ego. It protects you when you are scared, lifts you when you are weak, but it will strangle the life out of you if it’s not kept controlled. This song is the bullet I used to kill mine.

E- Westland has gone through a lot of changes and you just finished recording a new EP that has quite a different sound to your older tracks. Can you walk us through why the changes within the band as well as the change in sound?

A- If we are going to the beginning, then we should start with Carlo. Carlo was actually kicked out of the country for a while because he only had a student visa. He left school when we started touring a lot. After that we never really had a full-time drummer, just people who were filling in. Ryan, was asked to leave after numerous arguments over new musical direction and tons of missed rehearsals. Lastly, Jeff and Jon left last year during the holidays do try something new. Touring endlessly can have a major strain on one’s heart and mind. I must admit, there was times I took each and every one of those amazing people for granite. I have done so much growing up, inside and out. That is really what most of this EP is about. As far as the “new sound” goes, I have never denied in any interview that I felt like “don’t take it personal” was a complete misinterpretation of my true writing style and ability. So though different. You can’t say I didn’t warn you lol.

E- Who would you compare your new sound to?

A- Hmm, that’s a good question. I didn’t have a handful of bands in mind when writing this EP. So to be honest, I think it might be better to tell me what you think it sounds like. I can say it is certainly more mature, edgy, alternative, and dark.

E- Today you are also announcing a very special contest. Can you tell us a bit about it and what we need to do to be a part of it?

A- Sure. The contest is, if you invite all your Facebook friends to check out the “steady now” music video as well as invite them to like the band page. You will be entered into a contest where we will give one grand prize of flying to your house and performing for you and your friends. You must take screen shots for proof, it must be both to qualify, and the screen shots must be sent to our management at fivealivemgmt@gmail.com

E- When does the contest end?

A- The contest will end on Jan 8th 2013, the same day the ep is released.

E- Is there anything special you get for pre-ordering the EP?

A- Yes. Exclusively through Merch Now we are doing a pre-order package that includes: one signed poster, one exclusive T-shirt, and one hard copy EP with one extra track that will not be available on iTunes or anywhere else. It will go on sale in December 1st and we are only making 300 total available packages.

E- I have listened to all the tracks and they sound great. I think your fans are in for quite a surprise.

A- Thank you very much. Perhaps but I also think most of our early fans are now 2 to 3 years older. Which puts them right on track to be ready for the differences on the new EP.

E- How bout we catch up again the day of the release, sound good?

A- That would be great!

E-Looking forward to speaking again and getting some more info out to your fans. Next time I think we should get fan questions! What do you think?

A- I would love that!

E- Sounds good buddy. Thanks for the time.

A- Thank you

Interview with Chris Wallace

Hello, I’m Chris Wallace. I probably smile more than anyone you’ll ever meet. I like: long walks on the beach, pizza, writing music, and singing. I also will be performing in city near you soon. Come see meee!!

E- You recently came out with your album, Push Rewind, how has the reaction been?

C- The reaction has been really great. It’s so flattering how much people really like the album. I got really emotional reading some of the iTunes reviews.

E- You also got your single, Remember When (Push Rewind), as the free single on iTunes. How did you find out that they chose your song, and how did you react?

C- I got the call from my manager and was ecstatic when I found out. I know it’s a really big look for me… and I’m so flattered that iTunes chose me.

E- Do you plan on going on tour to support your new album? If so, where, when and with who?

C- Yes. I’m doing a national tour the month of October w/ Andy Grammer. I also plan on touring as much as possible in the next year.

E- Many of us remember you from your days as the lead in The White Tie Affair. How would you say your solo act is different and would compare to the band as a whole?

C- I’ve really come into my own… not only as a songwriter, but a person since releasing my last album. The music is definitely more hard hitting and pop based, but I guess you can say I grew up a little and I found my voice.

E- It took you about 2 years post The White Tie Affair to release your first album. What were you doing during that time?

C-Sometimes I feel like you gotta get a little lost along the way, to find what you’re looking for…I took a little bit of time off at a beach house in San Diego. I was trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do musically. Went surfing and wrote songs on the beach almost everyday. But through that, I found exactly what type of artist I wanted to be.

E- Entertainment Weekly compared you to The Wanted, do you agree?

C- Yess… I love their songs and they’re whole vibe! I’d say they’re a little more euro dance based than me, but I’d love to collab one day.

E- You have been on numerous tours throughout your years, what are 3 essentials that you always have to have with you on tour?

C- Recording gear: I always bring it everywhere I go. You never know when a good song idea is gonna come!! I’m usually so inspired when I’m on the road.

Sharpies: I love meeting fans after shows. I usually keep a sharpie on me so I can sign something for em.

Pretzels: I’m obsessed ha. I don’t know why.

E- What is the coolest thing that a fan has ever done or said to you?

C- I’ve seen a few tattoos with lyrics of my songs on em. That’s probably the most coolest, most flattering thing a fan can do. Its so heartwarming to meet people who share such passion for my music. Thank you!!

E- Describe your perfect girl.

C-Funny, beautiful, quirky, and must LOVE music/traveling

E- Anything else you want to tell your fans?

C- Dream huge and never stop taking chances in life. I srsly first got noticed by the music industry by writing and producing one catchy song and putting it on Myspace. Since then I haven’t stopped taking risks every day.

Interview with ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ Star Frankie Muniz

Frankie MunizFrankie Muniz is best known for playing Malcolm on the television series “Malcolm in the Middle”from 2000-2006 on FOX. He also played the title character in the “Agent Cody Banks” movies, as well as Jason Shepherd in “Big Fat Liar.”

How did you get started in the industry?

Frankie: In the acting industry or music!? Haha! For acting, my sister did a summer arts camp in Raleigh, NC and at the end of the summer they performed “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and I thought it looked like a lot of fun. A few months later, my sister was auditioning for “A Christmas Carol” and she asked me if I would audition as well. So I did… and got the part of Tiny Tim and the rest is history. From the time I did that at 8 years old, until a few years ago when I decided to take some time away from acting to pursue other passions of mine, I was pretty much NON STOP with the acting. It was amazing.

As far as music, I’ve always been a huge fan of music. I started playing drums when I was 12 and I knew it was something that I really wanted to pursue. In 2010, I joined a band in Phoenix, AZ, which was a blast. After parting ways in late 2011, I auditioned for the band “Kingsfoil” which is the best thing that’s ever happened to me! Playing drums for Kingsfoil is my dream come true. I love the band, the music and my band mates. I couldn’t ask for a better situation!
E- What is your favorite project that you have worked on?

F- I had a blast filming “Malcolm in the Middle”. Just cracking up everyday, filming a TV show with great people is hard to beat. I’ve had a lot of great experiences as an actor. Everything was amazing in it’s own way.
E- What is the most challenging/stressful part of this career?

F- A lot more goes into acting than just saying words. Very long hours and tons of people pulling you left and right to get things done. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great gig, it’s just non-stop when you’re on a show and making movies during hiatus. Also the fame. There is a ton of good that comes from being on TV, but then lots of negatives as well. The good definitely outweigh the bad, but it takes a special kind of person to be able to handle it. That’s why most turn to drugs and alcohol… to fill a void or something. As a guy that to this day has never drank or touched any kind if drug, I just tried to appreciate all the amazing things that I got to do at such a young age. I didn’t want to lose those memories.
E- What is the most rewarding/exciting part of this career?

F- Having fans come up and tell you they enjoy your work is pretty cool. I’m still surprised by it everyday.
E- Who has been your favorite actor & actress that you’ve worked with?

F- Hands down, Bryan Cranston . He’s my idol as an actor and as a person. I hope to have half the talent of him one day!

Also, Angie Harmon and I became very close friends during “Agent Cody Banks” . Never laughed so much with someone before!
E- What would be your words of wisdom to someone starting out in this industry?

F- Not to give up! It’s a tough business. There is a lot of rejection and tons of people trying for the same thing, but most get caught up in “Hollywood” rather than focus on doing what they are in LA or NY to do.
E- Do you ever miss “Malcolm”?

F- The older I get, the more I appreciate the show. The memories and the experiences were amazing! I would love to be on that show still!
E- How did you find out “Malcolm” was ending?malcolm-in-the-middle-malcolm-in-the-middle-20523331-1024-768

F- We knew going into the last season that the show would be ending that year. So we had 7 months to prepare. At the time, I felt the show coming to an end was a positive. We had done 7 years, 151 episodes, won Emmy’s and all that jazz… I felt we had a good run. Now I look back and go… “damn… I wish that stayed on forever”.. because it was a really cool thing to be a part of. I watch reruns sometimes now and feel proud that I got to be a part of it.
E- What are some of your weirdest and best fan moments?

F- People always pick me up which is creepy. I’ve had tons of odd experiences with fans… Haters and all are always fun! Best moments are when you can see their excitement. The fact that me being me can make someone happy is pretty cool…
E- Where is the weirdest place you were recognized?

F- Weird to me is when I’m in a different country where NO ONE speaks English and somehow people have seen “Malcolm”. It’s shocking because I never expect it.
E- What is the most rewarding/exciting part of this career?

F- Just all the things I’ve gotten to do because of the acting. I’ve traveled the world, met some of my favorite celebs and been given the opportunity to fulfill my dreams. Racing cars, and now music. I love it.
E- What is your best audition story?

F- When I auditioned for “Malcolm” I rushed and didn’t want to go because I was going to be late to film a Pizza Hut commercial. My mom made me go and I was pissed! Good thing I went!!! Although I felt like I did badly in the audition, they called the next day to fly me to LA to meet all the FOX execs. I didn’t see that coming!
E- Role you wish you had gotten?

F- Jesse Pinkman in “Breaking Bad”
E- Is there a prop that you took from any of your roles?

F- I have lots of clothes from the sets. Haha… I put shirts on sometimes and they say “Malcolm” on the tag… ooops.
E-We’ve talked a lot about your past, but what are you up to now?

F- I now play drums for the pop/rock band Kingsfoil. It’s my dream situation and I’m having the time of my life doing it.
E- How did you get involved with the band?

F- My old band had the same manager of Kingsfoil, so he suggested I audition for them when their drummer decided to leave. I had already been a big fan of the band so I was excited to be given an opportunity to try out. Lucky for me, I got the gig and I love it.
E- When did you first start playing drums?

F- About 12 years old I got a toy drum set from a JC Penny catalog. Annoyed the hell out of my family… but it paid off!
E- What type of music would you say you guys are? Any comparisons?

470_2472374F- People say One Republic, The Fray, The Script – ish… To me we’re just Kingsfoil. It def fits with those bands, but also stands out from them a lot.
E- Where can people go to find out more about the band?

F- Kingsfoil.com , Facebook and Twitter …
E- What’s your favorite song both to play and listen to?

F- My favorite song is “Keeps Me Breathing”, which is off the 2010 release “On Our Own Together”. I like them all though! Favorite song to play is “Demons”
E- Are you guys touring or coming out with a new record soon?

F- We are constantly on the road. We just finished a 20 city tour 2 weeks ago. Have a new album coming out later next month and our first single off the record will be released August 21st ! Make sure to pick it up!
E- Any plans for acting jobs or are you trying to just focus on music?

F- My focus is music 100%. But if the timing works out, I will do acting bits here and there. I’m filming an episode of “Don’t Trust The B— In Apt. 23” next week, which will be fun.
E- You have also been busy planning a wedding, as you are currently engaged to Elycia Marie, right?

F- Very busy planning. But excited to get married to Elycia! She’s amazing.
E- When will the marriage take place?

F- Still finalizing all the details. Hard to fit a wedding in with an album release and nationwide tour!!! But def. before the year is over.
E- Have you thought about becoming a father?

F- I talk about it everyday! Oops… I can’t wait to be a dad.
E- Thanks for your time Frankie.

F- Thanks for everything! I hope everyone checks out Kingsfoil and hope to see everyone at a show next month!!!!
Questions for Jordan Davis, lead singer of Kingsfoil

Eric- Were you a fan of Frankie’s from his acting career?

Jordan- I didn’t have a TV growing up. that being said- I did have an ex girlfriend, who’s family loved “Malcolm In The Middle”! I used to watch it with them. I was and am a fan! I’m also a fan of his drumming:)

E- How has Frankie affected the band?

J- It’s been awesome! I don’t want to jinx it but after a couple months of learning songs, then later spending a month on the road, we didn’t get into a single fight with each other! (other than which gas station to go to OR what time we needed to leave) Frankie’s work ethic is awesome and also an essential attitude to have if you are an indie band! This has helped us focus and work harder as well. AND most importantly, on stage we have a new energy. As we start to play more and more shows it only gets better.

E- Do you think his celebrity has brought in more fans?

J- Y es! I think some of Frankie’s fans have checked out the band for sure. We are so thankful to any of those people for checking us out! We can’t wait to get our new record out to all our fans! old and new:)

Chris Ford by day, Crowbar by night

 

470_2217459Many who know Chris Ford today may know him as the 37-year-old, mild-mannered family man and physical therapist. He is a tall guy who wears his hair in a ponytail, wears glasses and looks like he’s in great shape. Those who take a deeper look may find out that he goes by a different name from time to time. When he isn’t at home with his kids or at his office doing physical therapy, you might find him in the wrestling ring going by the name Crowbar, the six-foot one, 230-pound, longhaired psychopath, wielding a crowbar as a weapon.

“When I was working full-time in WCW I worked when I was home at a hospital. Many of the doctors found out that I was a wrestler and thought it was pretty cool. If patients came from those doctors then they knew but if I got a new patient then I would try to keep it a secret because I didn’t know what they would think,” Ford said.

Back when he was getting in to wrestling, being a wrestler and going to school was something that just wasn’t done, but Chris was always adamant about having a back up plan if his dream didn’t quite work out. To this day he tells young wrestlers that are trying to break into the business the same thing.

“Up and comers always ask me for advice and I always tell them the same thing; whatever you do, make sure you have something to fall back on. Expect nothing from the business. It’s a heartless, cruel, unforgiving business but if you expect nothing then anything else that happens is a bonus.”

When Ford was breaking into the scene, some 20 years ago, not only was going to school and wrestling something that wasn’t done, the other wrestlers frowned upon it.

“I remember Tazz and some of the other guys in ECW saying, what the hell is that guy doing with the freaking books, you should be paying attention to the matches. He doesn’t respect the business.”

Ford however knows that he made the right decision to go to school and not just focus on wrestling.

“I love the business but I knew that I had to take care of my other stuff such as school. I will be so bold to say that because I did that, I’m in a much better spot than the majority of the people who were in that ECW locker room.”470_2217461

He continued, “Maybe it wasn’t cool but I’m doing pretty well in physical therapy and I’m still doing independent shows for fun.”

Close friend and former tag team partner, Michael Maraldo, who is known in the ring as, Ace Darling, shared the sentiment of the importance of going to school as well and remembers being treated the same way as Ford. He knows the things outside of wrestling keep them close today.

“When we look back a lot of people may have made fun of us and thought they were going to be millionaires and thought we were wrong because we didn’t put all our eggs in the wrestling basket.”

Maraldo went on to say, “We are very fortunate that we had good heads on our shoulders. We studied on the way to shows. We stayed in school. We don’t have to rely on wrestling like many people we know do. We stay so close because of the things outside of wrestling.”

While school was obviously important to Ford, so was wrestling. Maraldo remembered a time when he was injured but didn’t miss a match.

“In the late 90’s, he broke his finger and had a huge cast on and we had 4 shows in 3 days and he did all of them. He didn’t miss one. He was booked for the show and he showed up.”

That wasn’t the only time he wrestled hurt however. Ford remembered a time in WCW when he was very seriously injured but continued to go out each night to do his job.

“I had the hardcore belt on me and I was in a two on two match with me and Mike Awesome against Bam Bam Bigelow and Reno. I did a moonsault off the second rope and I missed the target. I hit the floor and I ended up getting a torn abdominal muscle. I didn’t report it at the time because I had the belt and I didn’t want them to take it from me.”

Ford went on to say, “I used my PT background to do physical therapy on myself and I ended up having the belt on me for another four or five weeks.”

Much of Ford’s career saw him in hardcore type matches and he took the time to reveal some little known secrets about how these weapons are used without injury and revealed something shocking.

470_2217463“Tables and stages are constructed a certain way to take your hit and absorb it but you don’t fake chair shots. The chairs are real and that’s why with all the awareness to concussions now, you very rarely see an unprotected chair shot. At that time though, it was just part of the job.”

He explained that, “you see chair shots to the back which stings but if you do it right it shouldn’t injure you more than a bruise or a little cut. It’s not going to injure you; it won’t break bone. In hindsight I would say I have had some mild concussions but otherwise I’m lucky.”

Ford knows that the hardcore title was a huge push but he still remembers that his most popular times were with David Flair, legendary wrestler Ric Flair’s son, as his tag team partner and Daffney as their manager. The funny thing is, David wasn’t a very good wrestler but the crowd liked him.

“David who was not a great wrestler at all was running around the back, hitting people with a crowbar. WCW decided to get him a tag team partner to do most of the wrestling and Crowbar was born.”

He continued to say, “Thank god that he was a horrible wrestler so that I got an opportunity. Through that we teamed together. We started to work out together and he became a much better wrestler and I am glad I could help him. I truly enjoy working with David.”

One other highlight of his career was meeting his wife, Dina Caravella, backstage at an event and then getting to wrestle with her against the late Eddie Guerrero. Dina remembers everything and still loves to think about it.

“I was wrestling with Dawn Marie and she introduced me to Chris in the back at a show in 2001 soon after his release from WCW. I had seen him on TV on Saturday nights in WCW,” Dina said.

She went on to say, “Soon after we actually started working together and he trained me in the ring and soon after that we became a couple. Working with Chris, I got the chance to work against Eddie Guerrero which was great.”

Throughout his career Ford has been able to accomplish so much and has helped so many other wrestlers along the way. He knows how fortunate he is to have found a wife in the ring and to have been able to conquer his dream.

“I have had no expectation in my career because when you do sometimes you get let down but I know myself that when I go out, I give my best effort. I go out there and I love it. I enjoy myself. I am there because I choose to be not because I need to be and that there is a game changer. I am there because I enjoy it and that lets me enjoy it so much more than I could if I needed it.”

 

To see the video of the exclusive 1-on-1 interview click here  

Interview with Warped Tour Founder, Kevin Lyman


Eric Live On The Air caught up with the founder of the Warped Tour, Kevin Lyman, and he took the time to talk about Warped past success, the future of Warped, as well his biggest accomplshments. He also gave advice to people who want to get into the business.

Eric- Can you please introduce yourself.

Kevin- Hey, everyone. My name is Kevin Lyman. How’s it going?

E- How did you get started in the industry?

K- I started by booking gigs at school when I was a student at Cal Poly – Pomona and fell in love with producing live shows.

E- What is your favorite project that you have worked on?

K- Vans Warped Tour, of course, and a tour I did in 2002 called Down From The Mountain, which highlighted the soundtrack from the Academy Award nominated film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

E- You’re so accomplished in this business. What do you think is the key to your success?

K- Taking the business seriously, but not taking myself too seriously.

E- If you had to pick one defining moment of your career, what would it be?

K- I actually have three defining moments… The first was when I was asked to stage manage the first Lollapalooza in 1991, the second was receiving the Billboard Touring Awards Humanitarian of the Year award in 2009 and finally being named the MusiCares MAP Fund honoree in 2011 for charitable work in which I am very passionate about.

E- Do you have any projects in the works currently?

K- I am always working on new ideas and projects. Some of them will happen, some won’t, but it definitely keeps things exciting.

E- When you first got into this business, did you expect to be where you are now?

K- No, I never thought I would be doing this for my entire career, but I’m sure glad it worked out that way!

E- What is your ultimate goal in this business?

K- To have people know and remember me as someone with great integrity.

E- After all these years in the music industry, do you still love it as much as in the beginning?

K- Most days, but physically, it is getting more exhausting. I definitely like being home now much more.

E- After all the years, how has Warped changed pros/cons?

K- The days of flying under the radar are over! Everything we do is under the microscope and with the Internet, information, whether bad or good, is instantaneous.

E- 2 years ago you did an interview and said the following, “If it (Warped) was just the “Kevin Lyman Tour,” it’d be Bad Religion, NOFX, Flogging Molly, and the Bouncing Souls all the time.” Is this still true today?

K- Yes, definitely, but I’d add in Rancid and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

E- Where is the weirdest place you were recognized?

K- Just a couple days ago in the Salt Lake City airport; some dude said to me, “Hey, weren’t you in Punk Rock Holocaust?” The answer is yes – just funny that he recognized me from a movie we shot on Warped Tour.

E- What is the most challenging/stressful part of this career?

K- Keeping up with the busy schedule: Travel, work, family – making it all balance is sometimes a challenge.

Kevin Lyman & his family at the 7th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund


E- What is the most rewarding/exciting part of this career?

K- Meeting so many interesting people, listening to music, going to so many shows and now, the charity work I’m involved in.

E- What would be your words of wisdom to someone starting out in this industry?

K- The new jobs in music are the ones waiting to be created. Think about it… 10 years ago, many jobs around today did not even exist!

And now, for some fan questions:

Gerard Ucelli- If you were to make a Mount Rushmore of four musicians that best define warped tour, who would they be and why?

K- Fat Mike (NOFX), Fletcher Dragge (Pennywise), Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against)

Nick Roschnow- Out of all the tours you have created vans warped tour/rockstar mayhem festival, what would you say are your top 5 choices of bands based upon stage appearance?

K- Rancid, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Less Than Jake, Pennywise

Brittany Nicole Bair- Kevin, how do you feel the warped tour and the mayhem festival differ pros/cons?

K- Warped Tour is my heart and I’ve been able to use the skills I’ve learned to bring that same spirit to Mayhem. Warped Pro: The show ends earlier than Mayhem; Warped Con: Having to wake up earlier than on Mayhem. Pro/Con of Mayhem would be the reverse of the above.

Dianne Quinby- Do you plan on making any changes to the Warped Tour in the future?

K- We always keep the tour simple, but I try to make small changes. There are several that I hope kids like in 2012. A little sneak peak of what we’re adding this coming summer: The Acoustic Basement, which will feature respected and up-and-coming acoustic artists, and The Silent Disco, which will feature several DJ’s, playing music through a wireless headphone system, so you may be hearing different music than your friends. Makes for a fun and funny time!

Tyler Addison- What do you think are some of the greatest upcoming challenges that the music industry will face in the next few years? How will record labels/management groups/promoters/radio companies, etc adapt to the rapid increase in free music made available and easily accessible by independent artists? Might we be facing a complete re-vamp of what we refer to as the “music industry?”

K- I really think that the artists themselves will become small boutique/cottage industries doing all of the above with a few friends, hiring experts (labels, management, etc.) only on a per need/per project basis.

Zack Fuge- Do you think you will ever have a warped tour reunion by having blink 182, the used or any of those older bands play again in the future?

K- You MAY see one of the two you mentioned this summer. I am always open to and welcome bands back, but usually their financial needs get in the way.

Kimberly Pollard- What is it like knowing how many upcoming bands get their start because of a tour that you started?

K- It’s a humbling honor – At some point I hope to get them all to come back together and do a big charity show.

Gabe Vejar- Do you ever go out into the crowd and mosh/jump with the fans?

K- I used to, but have slowed down. Having a re-built ankle and a destroyed knee keep me away from the pit, cruising around on my bike.

Interviewing Kev at Warped Tour in NJ


Stephanie Kinsel- With all of the amazing bands out there in the country, how do you decide which bands get the honor of going on the Warped tour?

K- After the summer, when Warped ends, I take September and October to listen to music, hang with trusted friends whose musical taste/opinions I value and I look online to see what kids like. Then I go with my gut and hopefully put a bunch of bands together that you would want to see the next summer.

E- Thanks so much for your time Kevin. I appreciate it!

K- Thank you!

Live Concert vs. Online Concert

By: Eric Haftel

Imagine going home after a long day of work, opening your laptop and watching a free, live concert while you lie in bed. This is a new reality to many fans of bands out there.

This reality is because, in the wake of the economy bands are having a harder time going out and playing as many shows and tours as they used to. It used to be that when you’re in a band, you’re touring or you’re in the studio. Now bands need to take time off and raise the funds to go back out on the road, and when they are out on the road, there are fewer fans who come out. Not only are the bands strapped for cash but the fans that want to go now have to pick and choose when to spend the few extra dollars they have. Because of this, bands have found another way to still play for their fans but also save up cash; playing through a video screen online.
With websites such as Ustreamand Stickam bands now have the opportunity to do live performances while spending no money at all. Even better, not only do bands get to play live songs to fans, they can also  speak with their fans online.

Stickam describes itself as, “the pioneers of the live interactive web broadcasting space and home to the largest live community online.”
 
According to Ustream’s site, “Ustream’s mission is to bring people together around shared interests for amazing live, interactive experiences that build and maintain relationships.”
Between the two sites, there are over 10 million registered users and they get over 15 million unique visitors a month.
While there are some obvious positives to this new technique of performance, there are also some negatives that bands are debating over.
Dave Melillo
Dave Melillo who is a solo artist and has done various tours in his career is adamant that online performances are the wave of not only the future but also the present.
Every Monday I do a stickam chat and I get 2,000 people every Monday. For me to play in front of 2,000 people on a tour it would take me probably like three weeks. I’m comfortable, it’s cost friendly for both sides and it’s fun. I’m a big believer in social networking and that’s where peoples attention is,” Melillo said.
Shaun Soho
Shaun Soho who is the lead singer of the Universal Record signed band, Crash Midnight also has some positive thoughts but knows of the negative side as well.
“I’d say the biggest difference between true live and live online is you lose the interaction with the audience. Live online has more in common with a music video.
It’s great promo and great to bring a band’s live performance environment to the attention of fans but it’s less of an experience. For Crash Midnight, we’ve always focused any videos we did on the live band performance rather than any grandiose story line, so something with ustream or a music video would be pretty similar from our side.”
Soho went on to say that, “A live performance is just a different animal, so I don’t know if you can really compare them in that sense. I’d say it’s a good tool just like a music video is a good tool.  It’s a little less produced in one-way than a music video is, but it’s definitely not comparable to actually being in the venue from my perspective”

Bo, who plays bass in Soho’s band, had this to say: “I look at online concerts kind of like phone sex …it’s good enough for some people, but I prefer the real thing.”

Aaron Bonus
Aaron Bonus who is the lead singer of a nationally touring band named Westland has used this new way of reaching fans as well and has found there to be both negative and positive.
I’ve only used ustream to date, but as in everything there are positives and negatives. The positives are people are more willing to watch you from there home and it doesn’t cost money for travel, or a ticket.  It’s how you capture what we call the lazy fan. The ones that are unwilling to do more then view all online things dealing with your band and never come see you live at a club. So online through ustream or youtube you might have thousands from the same city that tune in or view what you post but are only playing to a hundred kids when you show up in there city at a club.”
Bonus went on to say, “The negatives are the personal connection is gone, as a artist you can’t make money on merchandise or for performance to support yourself. I think not seeing your favorite band in person, at an arm length away is kind of sad. In my mind I wouldn’t be who I was if I didn’t go see bands live. However, the fact is its just another great tool, like many others making playing music more affordable, and allowing a stronger reach across more territory in a short time span.”
While the clear cut positive is the availability to anyone and the cost effectiveness, fans and bands lose that sense of intimacy and excitement of a live event. More then likely this will be something that will evolve but don’t expect to stop seeing tours in your area. If you have a choice, see it live!

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Devil’s Rookies Larsson and Henrique Impressive but Bell’s Late Goal Pushes Rangers Past Devils 4-3

NEWARK, N.J. – The Rangers put the Devils hopes for a win on ice as Defenseman Brendan Bell snapped a tie with 3:04 left in the 3rd, and the New York Rangers earned a 4-3 win on Friday night over the New Jersey Devils in front of 14,719.

Two Devil’s rookies who are fighting for a roster spot made great impressions with veteran, Ilya Kovalchuk.

“It makes me very excited with all those guys and the way they play,” Kovalchuk said. “It will be a very interesting season. You’ve got Teddy (Mattias Tedenby), J.J. (Jacob Josefson), Henrique, Larsson, (Mark) Fayne, (Matt) Taormina. It’s a very bright future.”

Henrique, who is only 21, played his first preseason game and showed his scoring ability during a first period power play.

Kovalchuk somehow found Henrique, who beat goalie Martin Biron with a nasty back-hander.

“Kovy drove through. He took two guys and the puck bounced out for me,” Henrique said. “I noticed Biron’s glove hand was a little down and it was open. I went to my back-hand.”

Henrique looked like a crafty veteran out there during just his first game in Newark.

“I felt calm. It might’ve looked a bit smoother than it was in my head,” Henrique said. “You don’t always get opportunities to play in these games,” he said. “You have to take advantage of it.”

Not only did Henrique impress Kovalchuk but he also impressed Head Coach Pete Deboer also making his Newark debut.

“I thought he was good. Great goal,” DeBoer said. “The road to a roster spot here is still long with a lot of games left, but he made a good impression tonight.”

Henrique seemed to be in agreement with his coach’s comments regarding him making the team.

“I feel I had a pretty good game,” he said. “I felt more comfortable as the game went on. I was trying to focus on the little things and play our game.” ”

While Henrique may have had a good game, Defensemen Adam Larrson may have had a better one finishing with 2 assists including one to Kolvalchuk who praised the rookie.

“He plays with a lot of confidence,” Kovalchuk said of Larsson. “Not a lot of 18-year-old guys have that confidence on the ice, and patience with the puck. The way he managed the game, that’s very impressive.”

While Kolvalchuk praised the kid he knows that it’s still too early to name him the next big thing.

“It’s only two games. Let’s wait until the regular season. Don’t give him too much love.”

Larrson, who finished the game with two assists, also had his first mistake as a NHL player when Brad Richards scored the Rangers’ first goal by skating around David Steckel and then banking the puck off Larsson’s skate.

Larsson said: “It hit my skate. Can’t blame Marty. It was all my fault.”

Goalie Martin Brodeur who has been around the block a few times told Larsson that it was a mistake and it’s ok.

“I told him not to worry about it,” Brodeur said. “No big deal. It’s going to happen a few more times in his career that he’s going to kick a puck in.

Brodeur continued, “It’s unfortunate but that’s the relationship between the D and the goalie.”

Deboer was impressed by how Larrson reacted to the mistake.

“It didn’t seem to rattle him,” DeBoer said. “He’s pretty calm and poised. I think that’s one of his special qualities. Something like that happens to a young defenseman, you never know how they’re going to react, but I think he did some really good things tonight, especially on the power play.”

Larsson seemed to be in his element out there against NHL players but admitted he’s not used to NHL life.

“I feel pretty comfortable but I stress sometimes, I’m not used to this.”

He hides it well.

GOAL SCORERS

NYR: B. Richards (04:22 – 1st) , D. Stepan (05:43 – 1st) , M. Gaborik (PPG, 01:32 – 2nd) , B. Bell (16:56 – 3rd)

NJD: A. Henrique (PPG, 01:32 – 1st) , J. Josefson (07:26 – 2nd) , I. Kovalchuk (PPG, 16:45 – 2nd)

Interview with Ian Ziering of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’

470_1587299Ian Ziering is best known for playing Steve Sanders on the television series “Beverly Hills, 90210” from 1990-2000 on FOX as well as being a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2007.

I know Ian Ziering through a family friend, and I have known him for almost a year now.

Eric- How did you get started in the industry?

Ian- I started when I was 12 yrs old. I began modeling in NY and doing commercials. That led to regional theatre and then Broadway and then movies. My most famous commercial was for Fruit Of the Loom underwear. I took a lot of razzing from my classmates. “Their comfortable waistband snaps back wash after wash…” Ha-ha

My first movie was “Endless Love” starring as Brook Shields, and James Spader’s younger brother.

E- Who is your favorite director you have worked with?

I- Tony Scott. I worked with Tony on the film, Domino, with Keira Knightley & Brian Green six years ago. His hyper visual style is captivating to watch. To see him direct 12 cameras at a time is quite a feat in itself.

E- What is your favorite project that you have worked on?

I- As an actor there are so many different mediums to perform on. I would have to say doing 90210 because it was a dream job.

E- Do you ever miss it?

I- I can’t. People all over the world are still watching it, and they’re all too happy to say hello to me and let me know how much they loved the show. I don’t get a chance to miss it.

E- Where is the weirdest place you were recognized?

I- I was trying on clothes in a changing room and was talking to my wife through the door and someone recognized me through my voice. .

E- What is the most challenging/stressful part of this career?

I- There is no job security. There are far too few jobs, and far to many actors.

Past success is no guarantee of future success so I have learned to be an entrepreneur. I began to produce and direct my own projects.

E- What is your favorite film you directed?

I- Man vs. Monday. I have gotten some traction into turning it into a web series. Man vs. Monday is a story of every mans struggle to do battle with the riggers of daily life. Usually, the ends justify the means but our character doesn’t always take the high road.

E- What is the most rewarding/exciting part of this career?

I- The path has led me to my incredible wife Erin. I am a lucky man.

E- Favorite Actor and Actress worked with?

I- My family from 90210; working with someone so closely they become family.

E- What would be your words of wisdom to someone starting out in this industry?

I- Make sure you have a plan B. There are so many people who say they are actors and they don’t spend for 5 minutes a day working on their craft. You need to train and need to take classes to keep your tools sharp. I’m always in class, whether it’s theater or drama workshops. Michael Phelps competes for 30 seconds every couple of months, but is in the pool training for hours everyday.

E- What is in the future for you?

I- Being a father as my wife, Erin, is due in 1 month. April 23rd is the due date.

E- You’re 47, how do you maintain such a youthful look?

I- My genes do have a huge role to play but my genes aren’t my destiny. I have been using the Galvanic Spa from Nuskin for the past year and a half and that reduces the fine lines and wrinkles on my face. I also take Pharmanex’s LifePak Nano vitamin supplements, which are packed with antioxidants that all work together to increase my youth span.

And you can find all these products at Nuskin.com

E- You are about to be a father; how will that change you?

I- After the baby is born I will need to find a way to balance out everything in my life, between acting, fatherhood and my career, I look forward to this journey with eager anticipation in finding the balance of all the facets of my life.

E- Do you have a name picked out?

I- We will be naming our daughter after my mother, Mickie, but currently she’s baby M. We will hold off naming her until she arrives.

E- How many kids would you like to have?

I- 2 or 3 kids would be great, but we’ll play it by ear.

E- What is your best audition story?

I- When I first auditioned for 90210, I walked into the casting office to pick up the script for my audition that was scheduled for the next day, no one was there. I signed in with an alias and stole all the other scripts. This is a cutthroat business. Over the course of the series, I taught Steve Sanders a thing or two 😉

E- Is there a prop that you took from any of your roles?

I- I took a jukebox off the counter of the Peach Pit set from 90210. It is now sitting comfortably in my home.

E- How did you find out 90210 was ending?

I- We pretty much knew at the start of the 10th season that this was the last one.

E- Role you wish you had gotten?

I- Right after 90210 ended the people at Fox asked if I ever considered hosting a reality show and I said no. At the time I wasn’t interested, but now I think I should have at least auditioned. That show turned out to be American Idol. Ryan Seacrest is great as the host of Idol.

E- Describe how being married and expecting a baby compares with living the Hollywood single life.

I- It’s a lot less fun, but a lot more joy.

E- Thank you for your time and good luck on becoming a father.

I- Thanks, Eric.

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