Saturday, January 17, 2015
Monday, November 17, 2014
Interview with Scott Ian Of Anthrax/I'm The Man book review
I'm The Man The Story Of That Guy from Anthrax
Scott Ian of Anthrax was high on my list of people to one day interview. So when the opportunity came to review his new Book, "I'm The Man", I jumped at the bonus chance to interview the man himself. Truly responsible for being a forerunner in the American Thrash Metal Movement, Scott and Anthrax are in the Pantheon of metal icons. His music is inspirational for so many bands, his guitar sledgehammer sound is a like a juggernaut of pure molten metal. He is onstage a force to be reckoned with. But I found the book and the man himself to be sincere, down to Earth, and honest. The history of Anthrax is interwoven with tales of hard partying, and dreams when metal was still in its true infancy. This book presents the reader with a drone like view of the rough road to success. The book is one wild ride throughout his life and you feel drawn to the persistence of once consistent theme in the pages: Scott loves what he does.
First of all congrats, on the book.
I like the flow of the book it is not all about booze and drugs and broads.
(Laughs) Well I look at it this way, even if that was my life. If my life was that I wouldn't have done a book unless I felt I did something different than what has been done a hundred times already. There are so many of those same books out already. So for me ,unless somehow my booze and drugs and women story was so much greater than someone else. But they all tend to blur a little to me. That was the thing going into this. I did not want to do a book just for the sake of doing a book.
Do you find that others in the industry have a difficult time continuing once they become parents?
Yeah, absolutely. Obviously, if you're a parent that enjoys being a parent. Makes touring for a long time very difficult. Three of us in the band have children so you know we just find ways to make it as painless as possible. So everyone doesn't have to be away for too long from their families.
Being a dad, and a husband. How has your perspective on the world changed or has it?
Well it makes things in life simpler. Because family comes first. Everything else would stop If I needed it to. Just makes things a lot easier in one way. Easier to focus on family.
Would you want your son to grow up to be a musician?
If he wants to be. yes.
How much do you feel the industry for metal has changed with the advent of social media?
I don't know. I don't know what effect it truly has. Whatever it does it doesn't make up for people stealing records. I have a twitter account. What is the end game? I don't see the positive of getting your music out there for free. For me making a record used to be special. Getting signed by people ,who understood bands and understood talent development. Making a cd was not something everyone could do. And there is a reason for that. There are not going to be 5 million great bands. But if you go online there are 5 million things to listen to. I think it just creates clutter and confusion truthfully. I don't think anyone will discover the next Metallica or Zeppelin because someone uploaded their songs to the internet. I hate to sound like a crabby old man but nothing makes up for the fact that music is stolen all day long.
Do you come across new bands that interest you?
I am not actively out there looking. I have friends that send me stuff. They get every metal record that comes out in the hopes that they are going to be pleasantly surprised. Once in awhile someone plays me something that I might like. But I already have 48,000 songs on my iPod to choose from. There is a band called Rival Sons, not a metal band. I really get into. very derivative of zeppelin and the 70's
In the book you did mention at one point the guys in Metallica were considering replacing Lars. Was that some sort of drunken bravado or a serious tone? I mean you were there so your perspective is key.
I don't think it was drunken bravado. It was something they were definitely talking about at that time.
Quick guitar question. Tube or digital amps?
How cool was it to jam with Peter Chris and Ace Frehley at the Eddie Trunk anniversary show?
Yeah. It was great. To get to play some of those songs with those dudes it was really a special moment. I had played with Ace a few times before but I never jammed with Peter. And certainly not together so it was definitely a trip. It sometimes hard to wrap your head around things like that. To go back to being a kid and remembering how into Kiss I was and then to think that I would someday be jamming with them. It blows my mind.
The new Anthrax is in the works?
Yeah we have just been writing and will continue to write until we feel we are ready. We have a lot of really good material. Just keep going until we are ready. Somehow we just know.
With the conclusion of the interview I shut off my phone and concentrated on his every word. Here was a true master of the metal lifestyle. From the early days struggling to get a record deal to the globe trekking superstar, Scott Ian has remained loyal to himself, his band, and his art form. Pick up a copy of "I'm The man" today and read it for yourself.
Da Capo Press
Friday, August 15, 2014
The Harp Twins are twin ladies who know how to rock! They have played for heads of state and celebrities around the country. But they are true music fans as well as fans of metal! They perform a variety of Television theme songs as well as covers by such notable classic metal acts like, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, And even AC/DC. Not only does their music sound amazing but their videos are equally fantastic, visual representations, of their passion.
1. Your cover of Iron Maiden's "Fear Of The Dark" is excellent. It is what led me
to discover your music. Are there any plans to do more Maiden songs?
Thanks so much! “Fear of the Dark” is our favorite Maiden song and we had a
ton of fun covering it! We also recently posted a video for our arrangement of
“Dance of Death” – which was our most elaborate music video to date! We have
gotten a lot of requests to cover more Iron Maiden, so you can definitely expect
more in the future. We have yet another Maiden song on our “to arrange” list that
we think our fans will love.
2. Obviously the two of you are fans of metal music as well as other forms. Name
your top five metal acts.
That’s really difficult, because we have a lot of favorite songs from a lot of
different groups. However, some metal acts that make the top of our current list
are Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Eluveitie, Angra, and Metallica.
3. Are there any bands that you would like to record with? And perhaps perform
Oh goodness, yes! It would be a huge honor to play with any of the bands and
artists we’ve covered!
4. The current wave of metal bands from Europe are Symphonic and female
fronted. Do you ever see The Harp Twins perhaps fronting your own symphonic
style metal band?
We find it awesome that there are so many female fronted European symphonic
metal bands! It would be fun to perform with a rock or metal band some day, and
being able to rock out with a band backing us would be a dream come true. :) :)
5. Playing for presidents and people from all manner of life, do you have any
crazy stories that may have happened backstage or during a show?
One of the things that we most love about performing is that every audience and
show is different. When we’ve played for huge political events, our harps have
always been “swept” by the Secret Service. It was amusing to see the dogs
sniffing around our harps and equipment. One time a few years ago, we were
playing for a church service and the pastor tripped and fell on K during
communion. She and the harp were almost knocked over and there were
communion wafers all over the floor and us. Luckily, we didn’t miss a beat and
the pastor was fine. However, thankfully we haven’t had anything too crazy ever
6. The Harp seems a little out of reach for the average student in school. Do you
think The Harp Twins could help to change this? Maybe tour some schools to
inspire the younger generation?
We think that the only reason that harps seem “out of reach” is that people tend
to not think outside of the box. Since there are so many people that play the
piano, or violin, or guitar, people can see the potential of those instruments. We
are trying to show the world that the harp can rock just as much as any
instrument and it isn’t necessarily any more expensive than learning any other
instrument. In fact, we recently partnered with Harpsicle Harps to show what can
be done with small, affordable harps. Our most recently video is our arrangement
of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”, which we arranged specially for our Harpsicle
Harps! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR2RVaXKQiE) When we first
wanted to learn the harp in middle school, we worked a lot of jobs to earn money
for our instruments and lessons. We had to show our mom that we were serious
about learning the harp. We didn’t have a lot of money, but we didn’t let anything
stop us from following our dreams. We didn’t believe (and still don’t believe) that
anything is out of reach for someone who is willing to put in the time and effort to
pursue their dreams. We’ve played for quite a few schools for kids of all ages and
that is always a lot of fun! It is awesome to see the reactions of kids to what we
can do with our harps. We definitely think our music is starting to reach a new
audience and we would love to inspire a new generation of musicians. We love
taking the harp where it has never been before!
7. Future plans for The Harp Twins
We’re not sure what the future holds, but world domination by the Harp Twins
Revolution is a definite possibility. ;) ;) We would love to continue to perform on
our harps and act. We love traveling, so we hope our work will allow us to see
the world. The future is full of exciting possibilities and we can’t wait to see what
life has in store.
8. Although twins, each of you has your own unique personality. Name
something about each other that people might never guess...
K: Camille can trill really, really, high. Like ear-shatteringly high in pitch.
C: Kennerly can whistle and I can’t whistle worth beans. It seems like I should be
able to since we are the same genetically!
9. Anything you would like to say to your fans.
Our fans are the BEST and we wouldn’t be where we are today without them!
The support of our fans means the world to us and we are so grateful for each
and every person who supports our music and us. We try to show that
appreciation every day by spending as much time as possible interacting with
them on our Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.
That's about it. I know you are busy so take your time. Personally I think your
music and versions of classic covers are excellent. Keep up the fantastic music
Thank you so much for your interest in our Duet Harp Revolution! We would love
to connect with your readers on our
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
A guitar Icon. There are few modern day guitarists who are more instantly recognizable. His tone and passion for his artistry marks him as truly one of the greatest players who ever picked up the instrument. George Lynch is constantly upgrading his legendary status with assorted projects. Now you can add Movie documentary to his long list of credits. I had a chance to speak with George Lynch about guitars, KXM, Lynch Mob, Native Americans, and Michael Sweet of stryper singing for T&N.
You have a lot going on.
As we speak I am in the studio with Oni Logan. Finishing up the Lynch Mob album.
. It has been bugging me for years to finish it. The songs are just really good and it gets frustrating having to wait but I couldn’t find any other way to commit to the time. They are important songs. Finally found a way to do it and we are just killing it in the studio. We would like to do a quick turnaround and get it out before the end of the summer.
How do you find the time to do it all? You have KXM, T&N the list goes on.
Well not every one of these projects requires me to dedicate 100% of my time to them. I work in a fragmented fashion. This week is vocals and guitar for the lynch mob record. At the end of the month Michael sweet( Stryper, Boston) and I are doing a couple of videos for the michael sweet project which is coming out next year. And then last weekend we were finishing up a video for kxm. For the next single “Faith is a room”. I just divide myself amongst the projects and try to keep it all together in my head.
It is interesting. I actually just finished the “Shadow Nation” film. It deals with Native American issues. It has a heavy music content. There is a band associated with the movie called shadow train. So that is about a month away from being finished and we have a double cd soundtrack associated with the movie. So that is another project finally being finished after three and a half years. It is challenging. More than doing records.
You have a real passion about the native American plight. Are you native?
No. Just Humanitarian issues in general. Not always just Native American. The film explores both sides of the issues. We even interviewed ted nugent for the film. that was tough because he is such a vocal person. You can’t help but like ted even though you might disagree with him. Large personality. He invited us into his home and we had a really great time.
Do you change your setup for each project or do you just leave everything the same as far as your tone and gear?
I don’t think i change the sound. I approach my writing differently. The project I am doing at the time depends on the approach. With KXM there is a different approach because of where we all come from. So the approach is different but the sound or tone stays the same. It’s a mindset. Lynch Mob is more bluesy hard rock so when I write I keep that in the back of my mind. Otherwise everything would all sound the same.
The Breakdown On the T&N version of “Into The Fire” is killer. Who came up with that and did you want something like that on the original recording?
It was just a product of me and Jeff being in the studio. Messing around with parts. In all these projects we tend to just create at the moment. It is when those ideas are the best. That part was one of those incidences. We just kept going. No we just came up with it for this recording.
We actually are discussing a name change. We had an injunction not to use tooth and nail so we went very quickly with T&N. But I was never happy with that. So we will change it. Essentially we have MIchael Sweet coming onboard. So we will have Dokken minus Don with Michael Sweet singing and playing some guitar. We got the first half of the record which is dokken covers recorded. Nice to half a second guitar player live. It will be interesting. Michael is such a great singer and he has a lot of melodic ideas. Dokken heavy. Really A fun listen. I really enjoyed it. I just wish it was out now.(laughs)
Are you up to date with your social media?
I just do emails. That is about it. I’m aware of it but I don’t do that. I know how to but we have people that help us. I really don’t see it’s usage reflected in album sales. We try to keep everyone in touch but I don't have any way of seeing if it helps album sales. Spotify and other streaming services don’t really help out the artist in any way. The amount of money paid out is minimal. For those of us working hard in the trenches it makes it real hard to pay your bills if the music is given away for free. For a lot of us it is not easy. I just don’t think it is right. If we all lived in a shared communism system then sure music can be free. But we don’t live in that world. I don’t know why it is allowed. There is a lot that goes into those “free” downloads. Everybody needs to make a living.
Truly amazing, talking to a living legend.