Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Interview: Alonzo

Hey Alonzo! Thank you for your time today! Fill us in and tell us what 2020 has been like for you this far! 

Hey! Thank you!

There’s this old saying called the 5 p’s it says that “Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Presentation” I live by this. 2020 so far has been a lot of preparation for me. I have been nonstop in the gym preparing my body and in the recording studio finishing my music. We’re really trying to finish my project by March so we have been working nonstop to meet this deadline. 

Can you recall the moment when you knew you wanted to be a musician? What do you think motivated you day in and day out to continue on the path? 

Really good question, I honestly can’t remember an exact moment that I decided I wanted to be a musician I feel like it was always a part of me. I remember vividly the moment I decided I wanted to dance and entertain. It was that moment I won my first talent show in 7th Grade that I often speak about. I’d say it was definitely before that. I had already been singing in my grandfather’s recording studio. I honestly feel like it’s something that I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember which is why I can’t remember an exact moment. My biggest motivation has just been to take care of my mother. I watched that woman work her ass off to raise my brother and I. When I want to give up she’s literally the only person I need to think of and I’m ready to keep fighting. 

How do you think your hometown has influenced the kind of music that you make? If not, why is that?

Well I definitely grew up in church so a lot of my soulful choices come from my gospel roots. I also grew up around a lot of R & B so singing with emotion comes easy to me as well. The thing is I really love Rock & Pop music so that’s the type of music I sing. We call my personal music genre Rock Pop Soul. 

Growing up, how important was music in your life? It can be a tough road, have your family and friends been supportive of this career choice? 

Music was always important to me. My mom always played music while cleaning and driving and I really loved it. My grandfather had his recording studio and my uncle played a few instruments and sang as well. They were definitely my biggest supporters when they started to notice that I had taken after them and began to develop talents too. Other family and friend’s kind of took longer to support because they had seen me having so much success as a dancer. They weren’t sure if I could have the same success as a singer. Either way the people who really love me supported me no matter what I decided to do. Today I believe everyone is on the same page and has actually begun to believe that I can do this. 

What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music in your career? Have you had an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?

Omg so many surprises. It’s funny because from the outside looking in it really looks like this glamourous thing. I think the biggest surprise is coming to reality the true amount of hard work that goes into having a career in music. I heard over the years that “The Music Business was the toughest business”. I can honestly confirm right now that this is true. Rejection was a huge challenge for me before, as I grow I am learning that rejection will ALWAYS be a part of this journey. Some will love me and some wont. That’s just the reality and I’m okay with that. There are people out here that HATE Barack Obama. No idea how any human being can hate that man but it just speaks to my point. Everyone can’t be loved by everyone. I accept the facts. 

Let’s talk about the new music you are going to be putting out. What has been your inspiration for new material? How involved are you in what you put out? 

Yes! I’m very involved. I have a small management team and a few friends that I always seek guidance from but overall its always my decision on the official next move. My recent inspirations have had a lot to do with encouraging myself, pushing myself to greater heights and reminding myself that I am enough and that I’ve had enough with holding myself back. I truly believe that this project will be the start of some real momentum in my career. This moment is long overdue and I feel in my heart that its coming. 

You have shared the stage with many incredible performers so I am curious which one really stands out the most to you? Who have you learned the most form? 

Wow! Amazing question I’ve never been asked this before. As of today, I’d definitely say “Tarralyn Ramsey” she’s really popular in the gospel world. Working with her was to this date one of the most magical jobs I’ve ever had. Just watching her sing in rehearsal brought me to tears daily and it really helped me begin to understand the true power that a REAL SINGER can possess. 

Share with us where we can find you on social media and any shows coming up! 

As of this interview I don’t have any shows scheduled but I everyone PLEASE follow me on Instagram @StoryOfAlonzo! 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Interview: Joey Stuckey

Hello Joey! Thank you for your time! We would love for you to share with readers who may not know a little about your story of where you started and where you are now.

Thanks for having me!

I started my musical journey when I was around 17 years old with guitar lessons and haven’t looked back.

I got started in what I would call the recording sciences when I was around 13 years old and started getting paid to record people and work in sound by the time I was 15 years old.

Music has always been an important part of the Stuckey household with both my parents being music fans, but I never really considered having a career in music as a child as I was focused on survival as I am a brain tumor survivor.

The brain tumor took my sight, sense of smell and also left me with a host of other health challenges, like no adrenal function.

Despite these challenges I have been able to do all the things I have wanted to do with my life and career. 

I realized at an early age that music was a beautiful force for positive change and that I would tell my story of overcoming adversity through that vehicle! 

Over the years, I have done many exciting things and you ain’t seen nothing yet! 

We just finished a great show at the famous Whisky A Go Go and played some great GRAMMY parties in LA and I am about to expand my studio space by around 9,000 square feet.

For someone just getting into the music business – what is your best one line advice?

Don’t give up.

Trust yourself, but be willing to entertain other people’s ideas and opinions.

Work hard.

In your opinion do you feel like an aspiring musician needs to be in LA to “make it”?

You don’t have to live there, but you do need to visit LOL. Of course where you should be depends upon a number of factors including where your fans, or potential fans, are and other things you will need to make your music/brand work. But you will have to go to LA and NYC and Nashville at some point!

Okay so your live show looks like such a good time from the snippets we have seen on IG – tell us what we can expect when we come out to see you.

It is about 30% comedy and 70% music—and all heart! 

We promise to make you think but also to make you groove, and we most certainly will entertain!

We love meeting new people and love shaking hands and kissing babies, so come out to a show and we’ll be glad to meet you and spend some time with you!

Do you have a song that you play every time you do a live show no matter what, if so why that song?

We most always do “Take A Walk In The Shadows” which was one of the first songs I ever wrote. It is a great opener with high energy. We also almost always play another original called “Truth Is A Misty Mountain” because it is a band and fan favorite. And we mostly close with the Allman Brothers’ “Whippin’  Post” for the same reason—and our version is cookin’!

If you could be remembered by only one song, which one are you picking?

Oh man I don’t know. My answer will most likely change depending upon the mood I am in LOL, but I think my song “Aint It Good To Be In Love”, co-written by my dear friend Charlie Hoskyns, is a good one that folks really have responded to. It is also dear to me because Charlie passed away in 2017 and I like to think I am keeping his musical legacy alive!

Tell us where we can catch more of you online and listed to your music!


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Darren Michael Boyd’s smashing instrumental debut, Lifting the Curse

Like divine drums ushering us into another dimension typically inaccessible by mere mortals, the brutality of “Little Toad” is inescapable from the moment we press the play button on the track, which together with eight other opulent guitar-driven gems comprises the whole of Darren Michael Boyd’s smashing instrumental debut, Lifting the Curse

Sizzling leads assault us just shy of ninety seconds into this song, but much like the melodic thrust of strings that we find in the album’s title cut (which immediately follows it in the tracklist), the complexities of the play are only as powerful as the harmonies that they conjure up virtually on the spot. Songs like “Was it something I said?” and “Tails & Entrails” employ entirely different methods of seducing listeners into a world of infinite sonic possibilities, but through the dynamic craftsmanship of Boyd’s arrangements, they share a continuity that isn’t often found in albums of this particular variety. Darren Michael Boyd has made an instrumental LP that isn’t just a sexy offering to his fellow axe-wielders; truth be told, this record makes sense to anyone who loves an impressively fluid approach to songwriting.

Lifting the Curse opens up with the demonic string melody of “Circle of Sixes,” which, coming in at slightly under four minutes in total makes it one of the longer tunes on the LP, but it by no means feels like a bloated exercise in self-indulgence on the part of Darren Michael Boyd. One of the coolest things about this record is the fact that, while most of the tracks sound metal-inspired, there’s such a diversity to the construction of each composition that it never feels like we’re listening to one consistent formula being reapplied and modified for tempo and tonality over and over again. The blustery fuzz of a rock n’ roll swaying “This song won’t get played on the radio” is as fresh as the heavy metal thunder of “Music in the Murder House,” and although I wouldn’t necessarily say that every song here will be a homerun with the post-metal crowd, there’s enough of a surrealism bend to atmospheric ballads like “Notational Witchery” to satisfy spillover fans of Southern Lord artists.

From the eruptive, chest-beating hard rock of “The Earth is B flat” to the decadence of the progressive closing title track, Darren Michael Boyd’s Lifting the Curse is a charming instrumental album that demands a reaction out of anyone who gives it a spin, and while I wouldn’t say that it features an artist fully exploiting his capabilities in the studio for everything they’re worth, it offers us a sneak preview into what could absolutely become one of the more interesting underground heavy rock follows of the 2020s. 

Boyd demonstrates a rare talent that few of his contemporaries have been as bold as to boast in their own work in recent times, and if you’re as big a fan of guitar worship as I am, it’s about as solid a listen as you can expect to hear out of a non-mainstream LP this February.

Joshua Beach