Thursday, October 16, 2014

Identity Theft: Interview with Author Laura Lee

"A bored employee in a rock star's office begins an online relationship with a fan in the guise of his
boss and sets off a chain of events he cannot control."

Laura Lee is the author of 15 books with such publishers as Harper Collins, Reader's Digest, Lyons Press and Running Press. I am best known for humorous reference such as The Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation, which sold 85,000 copies for Black Dog and Leventhal. My first novel was Angel published by Itineris Press. The San Francisco Chronicle has said of my work: “Lee's dry, humorous tone makes her a charming companion… She has a penchant for wordplay that is irresistible.”

Synopsis of Identity Theft 
Candi Tavris is on the verge of turning 30, she works in the packaging department of a company that is downsizing and she is hounded by calls from creditors who mispronounce her name. She wakes up every morning praying that the folks at Life Lock will perform their work in reverse and give her "identity" to someone else. Her younger sister, never a serious student, married a rich executive and lives in a mansion. Candi's only solace is escaping into the music and image of the 80s pop star Blast.

Ethan Penn, a 22 year-old college dropout who smokes pot and lives in his mother's basement, works in the rock star's office. (His desk sits under a framed gold record with a dead spider caught in the glass.)

His boss, whose real name is Ollie Thomas, is as socially awkward off stage as he is charismatic on stage. He is depressed about his pending divorce. His greatest fame is behind him, his biggest hit "Partly Cloudy Thursday (Blast With Me)" was a cliched monstrosity written to please record executives. His rock n' roll lifestyle mostly consists of finding ways to keep his laundry from stinking while on the road and trying to remain anonymous while buying Preparation-H.

Blast assigns the task of keeping up with his social networking to Ethan. Ethan starts to correspond with Candi through e-mail and chats in the guise of the rock star. The conversation soon becomes steamy. The game spirals out of control when Blast performs a concert in Candi's hometown and Candi is mistaken first for a groupie and then for a delusional stalker.

Candi must try to prove (and retain) her sanity. Ethan must decide whether to risk jail by telling the truth. A terrified Ollie has to come to terms with his relationship with his Blast character and the consequences of his fame.

Interview with Laura Lee:
According to the synopsis, this sounds like a fun read full of twists and turns and it all seems to surround three people that are trying to hide from their obviously miserable lives. What else can you say about this book? Is it as funny as it seems? Is there a serious side to this book?

Laura Lee: It's sort of Donnie and Marie. A little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll. (Or is your audience way too young to get that reference?) I tend to talk about serious things using humor and sometimes humorous things in seriousness. I don't know if the three main characters are miserable, they're more isolated and are each in stagnant periods in their lives. I tend to need some philosophical question to muse on in order to get the momentum to write a novel. In this case, I mused on the nature of identity. Most of the characters, for example, have names that are different than those they were born with. A reader described it as "a somewhat dark, intellectual comedy, with some light romance and a huge dose of reality." That sounds good to me.

How did you come up with this story? Does it reflect any truth to your real life or are you just that creative?

Laura Lee: None of the characters are autobiographical. They say "write what you know" but there are a lot of ways of knowing. Lived experience is only one kind of knowing. When I write I combine things I researched, things I lived and things I imagine and I put them in a blender. I did, like the character of Ethan, work in a musician's office. (And fans did come in and suggest that he could make more money if we had him wear the t-shirts and use the soap before we sold it.) Like the rock star character (Ollie/Blast) I am on the road five moths a year. (With a ballet project.) And I have been on entertainment tours with a group in a big tour bus as well. So I am familiar with that world. Like Candi, the character who is taken in by Ethan's fraud, I have worked in an office that was restructuring-- more than one in fact. I've had to deal with financial woes. I imagined my first apartment, the only house in a trailer park, as her home. Mostly because it was sort of an odd space. People thought it was the rental office, and you'd be sitting watching TV in your pajamas and they'd just walk in without knocking.

Right now, you are in the process of trying to fund the publishing of this book and you have a crowdfunding campaign. What are some perks and benefits that people will get by contributing to your campaign?

Laura Lee: I've kept it simple. I'm not asking for anything more than the price of the book. So if you order an ebook you get an ebook. If you order a print book you get an autographed book. You buy a book for the price of a book, but you also know that without your support the book would not exist.

When you release the book, is it going to be strictly sold digitally or would people be able to buy it at a local retailer?

Laura Lee: It will available as both a print and an ebook. It will no doubt be print on demand. This means that it is available to brick and mortar stores, but most do not like to stock books that are not returnable.

You're already a published author and you've written several other books. What are some of your proudest moments?

Laura Lee: I remember when Pelican Publishing called me up and wanted to buy what became my first book. I had to call my father, who was an author, and ask, "Did I just sell a book?" Unfortunately, my father was not around to see me publish my first novel. He would have been proud of that, I think. Angel is the book I am most proud of so far. It was really a different kind of book for me. I think of it as the moment when I really found my voice as an artist. I had developed a different voice before, a dry comic voice, for my non-fiction and I don't want to diminish that. The Elvis Impersonation Kit was great fun to write. It was a how to on being an Elvis tribute artist. I got to interview loads of Elvi. They were great guys and gals. I don't think you can be an Elvis impersonator without having a great sense of humor. But Angel is something new and since it came out, I have been frightfully prolific. (I've been researching Lord Alfred Douglas and "frightfully" is one of his favorite words.) I have just not published a great deal of what I've been working on yet. That's why I am excited about indie publishing and taking control of my destiny, the way my musician friends have been doing with their music for years.

Let's talk about you and what makes you "tick". What made you decide to become a writer? Who or what was your inspiration?

Laura Lee: My father was a professional writer and author, so I grew up among writers. I had an aptitude, but it took me a long time to appreciate that. I didn't realize that writing did not come easily to everyone. I wanted to be an actress and I studied theater. My grandmother was a professional radio actress and she encouraged me. I majored in theater at Oakland University, but I never got cast in any productions. I was relegated to backstage role and I was deeply depressed about it. To this day most of my old theater friends think of me as a theater tech. They assume I preferred the technical side, and if I had known myself a bit better, I probably would have.

Now I look back and I wonder if I had even met myself. I am such an introvert and as I get older the idea of performing becomes less and less appealing. I don't miss it. I assume now that the reason I didn't get cast in anything was that I was a bad actress.

I have always admired performers though. My partner is a ballet dancer who has natural charisma on stage. I couldn't take my eyes off him when I saw him perform. I work in a supporting role, setting up classes for him. He shines, I play the music. I'm cool with that. I don't like to be the center of attention.

Anyway, beginning in college whenever I dashed off a little script or something people would praise it. It took me no effort to write and people went on about how wonderful it was. It slowly started to dawn on me that maybe my father had been right about the writing thing. Little by little, my efforts turned more in that direction.

Who are some of your favorite author's today?

Laura Lee: Lately I have been reading a lot of Oscar Wilde and related.

Do you like being an independent writer? What are some of the challenges of being an author in today's digital age?

Laura Lee: It is very challenging for someone in my position. That is, someone who was traditionally published and who is finding that world changing. It is a bit like the famous Matthew Arnold quote: "Wandering between two worlds, one dead. The other powerless to be born." I have to admit that once you have done all the work to be accepted into the traditional publishing world, it becomes hard to go back to being on your own. There is a certain ego-hurtle you have to overcome. You have to get over needing that Better Housekeeping Seal of "Real Professional Writer" Approval.

Yet, the opportunities for non-celebrity authors are fewer than they used to be. I've always valued the resistance from editors and agents, actually. I like knowing that by the time someone has bought my book it has gone through a real test and it has been proven. I know it is worth publishing. The idea that you might make a complete fool of yourself is daunting. Too many self-published writers are putting out stuff that has not been polished and tested. There is still no real system to separate the guy who put out a typo-ridden, cliched showcase of bad grammar and the artist who is serious and focused and has a professional quality product. It will come, I am sure. It's just not here yet.

The pace of traditional publishing makes it almost impossible for a writer to make a regular living. Everything takes months and months. I just got a rejection on a novel I sent out a year and a half ago! Think about how much writing is lost just to delay. Instead of publishing your creations, you're spending years at a time trying to get published or waiting to hear from publishers. I would like to get out of that cycle. There are certain kinds of projects I would never try to publish on my own, but I want to put out the ones I can.

Do you plan on doing a book release party/signing once the book funds and is published? 

Laura Lee: To be perfectly honest, when my first book was published I threw a release party. No one but my family and the people who lived in my building showed up. I haven't dared it again. Never throw a party in your own honor. That was my takeaway.

This will be my 15th book, I think. At that point it gets a bit like throwing a big shower for your fifth wedding. But I will do a happy dance when it is funded and I will send thanks and kisses to all the supporters.

Find more of Laura Lee and help her fund her book: 
Crowdfunding site: https://pubslush.com/project/3991 
Laura Lee's website: http://lauraleeauthor.wordpress.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LauraLeeAuthor

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

No Option but to Create: Interview with Pistol For Ringo


Named after a classic spaghetti western, and completely unrelated to the "Fab Four," (although if
Ringo wants to roll around town 'strapped,' we sure as hell aren't going to judge) Pistol for Ringo announces 2014 release, "Awkward Species."

The full length album will be available on iTunes, Amazon, CD and vinyl. Playing everywhere from hipster joints in the 213 area code to opening for an S&M show in Vegas (not joking), PfR's live shows are as unpredictable as their music. Just one of the many reasons they have endeared themselves to indie rock fans and the college music charts.

Featuring Los Angeles musicians, Brian Murphy, Shane Smith and Steve Arm along with Philadelphia based musicians, Ben Arnold and Matty Muir, Pistol for Ringo has grown into a real indie rock collective.

Interview with guitarist, Brian Murphy of Pistol For Ringo

Thanks for coming on All Indie Magazine. First of all, let's talk about the name of your band. The name was inspired by a 1965 spaghetti western film. How did you come up with the name Pistol For Ringo and why this movie?

PFR: Wow, nice research. You totally did your homework. Our original Aeronaut release was very cinematic sonically speaking. In 2001 we dug stuff like Air, Doves, Mogwai and Cursive in addition to indie stalwarts like Wilco and Built to Spill. An Italian classic film that also referred to a Beatle seemed to be rather fitting. In fact prior to that I was pushing for "As If We Care." We were afraid the irony might be lost on folks.

So, tell us about your sound. If you were to compare yourself to a band or bands, who would you sound like?

PFR: Like most artists, our sound is really reflective of the lives and experiences we encounter. Shane is an incredible producer / engineer so he adds a sonic complexity and depth; not to mention a passion for nuance. Ben and Matty have their roots in the Philly singer song writer world so there is an earnest quality that reflects that life and touring experience. Steve is the multi media guy so there is always whimsy and humor involved. As the guitarist and a native of Angeleno, I am constantly inspired by the beauty, the filth, the struggle and the transient nature of life here and life in general. It is all intertwined like out art. Though we sound nothing like them New Pornographers and Haunted Graffiti have similar elements.

How did the five of you meet?

PFR: Steve Arm is the conduit! He and I played in a few projects together. Same thing with Shane, those two did a recording project in Philly for about a year. Steve moved back to Los Angeles and Shane stayed longer, where he befriended Ben & Matty.

Who is the writer of the band and does everyone in the band contribute to the song lyrics?

PFR: Ben is handling the lion's share of the lyrics. He is a wordsmith who works constantly reveal new elements to the immediate connotation.

Pistol for Ringo has been around since 2003, so you've seen major changes in the music industry. How have you guys kept on going without giving up...or have you given up before?

PFR: Like the vast majority of your readers, we have no option but to create. We do it without the burden of expectation, because how can you ever really create when you are keeping one eye on some watermark or goal. We want the honor of people's ears and hopefully their hearts also. The best way we can secure that is by making music that elevates their experience on some finite level.

Do you think the industry is getting easier or harder?

PFR: As for the music business… it still seems that nepotism and clicks run the game. C'est la vie…

If you could share the stage with any major recording artist, past or present, who would you guys want to share the stage with?

PFR: Share the stage with, Hmm..anyone really kind enough to have us… I like high contrast, so maybe Black Bananas, Goat and Kool Keith?

What can fans expect to see from Pistol For Ringo within the next 6 months?

PFR: We just wrapped up a run of shows on the west coast, and are currently planning the east coast in the spring. We also shot a couple new videos soon to be released.

Find more of Pistol For Ringo 
http://www.reverbnation.com/pistolforringo
https://www.facebook.com/PistolforRingo
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRVe3gRjscSTZh3VMf0QcQg
https://twitter.com/PistolforRingo

Monday, October 13, 2014

Lana Fray And The Grand Plan: Interview with Maren Higbee

Maren Higbee (Patterson) grew up in Seattle, Washington with a love for film and writing. After her four years at Ithaca College's Film School she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of writing and directing films thinking there she'd land a great career and find the love of her life. After a few years working on a variety of projects she found herself entrenched in the brand new Reality Television business.

While Maren liked the way her career was going, she was becoming more and more unhappy because she wanted a husband and family of her own. So she took action she spent her very limited time off work hanging out with other single girlfriends and of course dating.

Finally after many failed dates she realized there was one very distinct common thread, but this wasn't easy to take. What did she discover? With the help of her other single friends she realized that that SHE was the only consistent element in all these dates, so it was about her and not the men. She was a certified one date wonder!

With this new concept in mind, she decided to slow down and start enjoying friends and focus on her career, and it continued to go well. After ten years she was still single and now held the role of a supervising producer. She discovered she was missing Seattle and her family. So, Maren decided to return to her beloved Northwest. Here she began working on local video and advertising while writing her fiction novel and continuing to seek her soul mate. Finally, one night in late July she met her now beloved husband. Today, she is happily married and lives in West Seattle where she continues to write and work on advertising campaigns.

Interview with Maren Higbee:

Thank you so much for taking the time to speaking to All Indie Magazine. You have an amazing story and your book seems to surround the idea of being single and your journey of finding "Mr. Right", am I correct?

Maren: Yes! I had quite the time working in the beginning in the land of reality tv in LA all while trying to find my Mr. Right. I never tried anything quite as crazy as offering a $5K finders fee for a husband like Lana does in Lana Fray and the Grand Plan, but my experiences did inspire her crazy yet funny journey.

You are a very successful independent woman and have a very established career as a reality TV producer and in reading into your book, it's as if you have taken your gift of reality TV scripting and created an almost comical challenge by getting people to help you find "Mr. Right". Was this the reason why you decide to write a book about it? What was the motivation behind publishing this book?

Maren: Reality TV is an interesting style of storytelling. You wait for things to happen then you weave them together to make a good clean story. As reality tv producers, we often have hundreds and hundreds of hours of footage to make one show which is usually forty minutes long once it airs with commercial breaks. Lucky for me in writing I have a lot more leeway than a network tv timeframes afford. It is very safe to say that my work in reality tv did influence my style in writing this book and will continue to as the series continues.

Does “Lana Fray And The Grand Plan“ fit for both men and women readers alike or is this specifically written as a personal message for all the women whom have had similar trials in life finding "the one"?

Maren: Yes! Lana’s journey isn’t just about finding Mr. Right but really about finding out who she is and what she truly needs in a partner. She learns that she needs to get over the fairytale and be herself. Then and only then will she find Mr. Right… which is a lesson I think applies to anyone and everyone looking for their mate. This is why the main character, Lana, is now also continuing to explore this journey through her blogging at Lanafray.com, tweeting @lanafraybooks and she has a facebook page. Check it out!

Not to give the book away, but can you pin point why it is so hard to find the right person? Conflicting interests and goals? Different values? Do you think television and social media have contributed to this demise or is it all of the above? Or do you even have an answer?

Maren: It is difficult to find a partner because you need two people who are honest about what they need and able to see the other person for who they are not who they want them to be. In the end the challenge is different for everyone, but being honest with yourself is one of the biggest keys to being happy with a partner or realizing that maybe having a partner isn’t what you truly desire.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Maren: When I was a little girl my mom and dad gave me a typewriter that they had in a closet. I would sit down and type my little stories that mostly consisted of slightly modified fairytales. I’d take my stories out and show them to my folks proudly telling them I was an author! So yes I’d say it’s been a dream for a long long time!

What writers inspired you to write?

Maren: I’m inspired by the vivid journeys of Paul Coelho, the humor and self-reflection of Marian Keyes, the deep lessons in a simple moment from Jhumpa Lahiri, the fantasy and darkness of Anne Rice and the twists and turns of Gillian Flynn to name a few of my favorites!

Do you think this is the start of something bigger and will motivate you to write more books to follow?

Maren: Lana and her friends have already started working out their journey into the craziness of the next phase of their lives. I expect the second book in the series to be out in the Fall of 2015.

Do you mind me asking about Patterbee Publications? Is this your publishing company and did you independently publish your book?

Maren: Yes, Patterbee Publications is my publishing company. After sending my book out to many publishers one was kind enough to read my book and speak with me for over an hour. She said she loved the book but told me that the days of publishers taking a risk on first time authors isn’t necessary. That now, it was important to get the book out and create a following to show publishers that this book will sell. She has kept in touch and helped guide me as I self-published Lana Fray and the Grand Plan.

Would you consider backing another author and publishing other books?

Maren: This is a possibility for the future, but at this point I’m still learning and the learning curve is heavy.

Do you have any future plans to do a national book signing tour and can people pick up a physical copy of your book at a local retailer or is it strictly only available online?

Maren: Currently, I am in discussions with many small book stores and with a few major chains. Right now the book is available in Seattle at Smooth Sugaring Studio in Madison Park as well as on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo.

Thank you so much for your time and best of luck! 

Find more of Maren Higbee:
www.lanafray.com
www.facebook.com/lanafraybooks
http://twitter.com/lanafraybooks

A story in every verse: Interview with NuChuckie Bonner


From Pittsburgh, Pa, street motivated rapper, NuChuckie Bonner raps about the everyday lifestyle of young black males and lower income areas around the world. He starting rapping when he was 11 years old, but just recently started taking it serious when his younger brother got sentenced to 15-45 years in prison. There's a story in every verse he spits- if he writes it, he's lived it.

Interview with NuChuckie Bonner

First off, what is behind the name, NuChuckie Bonner?

NuChuckie: NuChuckie: Chuckie Bonner is my real name so i always went by that, but i was with a squad called l.e.s so when i stopped rocking with them, me and my cousin Metro MoneyBagz started Numoney I added the Nu in front of my name.

You’re obviously a new artist in hip-hop and more recently you've released a lot of music (available on Soundcloud) through NUMONEY MUSIC. Where did you come from? What were you doing before you met up with NUMONEY MUSIC and how did you get discovered?

NuChuckie: I was always around doing street things, and I played with music for years, but once my little brother "Gnutt" got sentenced to 15 to 45 years in prison is when I started taking my music more serious. I started pumping my music so hard that I started picking up a street buzz. Now im here interveiwing with you. Lol

Just like so many b-ballerz seeking their big shot in the NBA, there are just as many rap artists  looking for their big break in music. What do you think it was that got you noticed?

NuChuckie: I think it was my fans that got me noticed. If it wasn't for them liking, sharing, and reposting my music i would've never got this far.

You recently did a few songs with up-and-coming artists, Metro Moneybags, MzCotto, Black Whoa, Miss Swirlz, and Tae Bandz. What was it like working with so much talent?

NuChuckie: MoneyBagz is in a league of his own, when it comes to his style of rap, so its always a pleasure working with him. MzCotto is also a different type of talent that the world needs to be introduced to. I feel like when they really get a glimpse of her, she'll has the potential to be as big as Iggy. Black Whoa and Gwappo are my brothers, so we been doing this together since day one. Miss Swirlz is a new and upcoming power-house singer, we added to the team, so you guys are definitely going to want to watch out for her. Tae Bandz is the youngest member of the squad, hes only 17 years old, with a notorious younger following and a style like no other.

Are you currently working on any new songs with other artists?

NuChuckie: Currently, Miss Swirlz and I are working on a song called 'Better Days'. MzCotto and me also got some tricks up our sleeves. NuMoney is always working on new projects, but other than that, I'm not working on anyone outside our team right now; we're focusing on Team NuMoney!

How many songs have you written in total? Are any of those songs you wrote on or going to be in your new album?

NuChuckie: There's way too many to even begin to count, but you'll be hearing a lot of hits in the upcoming album "NuMoneyMusic the Mixtape".

What inspires you to write so much? Is it basically everyday life and you capture in the form of poetry or song?

NuChuckie: Yeah, I would say its more of a hobby to me, I just love writing music and coming up with new things. Most of the music I write is about everyday situations.

Your songs are a blend of rap with a club party beat. Have you ever had your songs played in the club scene?

NuChuckie: Yes. Shoutout to DJ Worm, who's a Pittsburgh DJ, and DJ Broadway Joe, also a Pittsburgh DJ/Radio Personality.

Because mainstream and commercial radio places limits on what we hear on the radio, do you think it places limits on you as an artist and forces you to stay underground?Are you ok with that?

NuChuckie: Yeah, in away. But then theres also a lot of ways now a days, like Youtube, Soundcloud, Reverb, that you can be heard without being on the radio.

Does it bother you that this is the market we’re in?

NuChuckie: Business is business

Are you currently making any new music in the studio now?

NuChuckie: Of course, always.

When is your next big tour?

NuChuckie: I'm working out a few things with some people. It'll be soon enough.

How soon before the public will get their hands on a NuChuckie Bonner full EP/LP?

NuChuckie:

What else can fans expect from NuChuckie Bonner this year?

NuChuckie: I'll be dropping a mixtape, couple shows, more shirts, a few music videos and more flexin!

Find more of NuChuckie Bonner 
http://www.numoneyentertainment.com 
https://soundcloud.com/chuckie-bonner 
http://twitter.com/NuChuckieBonner

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Interview with EgoMunk: Footsteps to Mars

EgoMunk is a talented artist who has uniquely decided to release all of his music for free, forever. In times where the music is dominated by industry restrictions and celebrity, egomunk has decided to keep his identity a secret, letting his album be enjoyed for the music not the face behind it. EgoMunk has just released his album - Footsteps to Mars - and will soon be releasing his second single, "The Patient".

A core aspect of the EgoMunk message is creative freedom and this thinking has spawned the Ego View element of the site. Playing an integral part in the EgoMunk creative jigsaw, Ego View allows audiences and contributors the chance to interact with the band through the EgoMunk website by producing and uploading a music video which they believe best fits with the creative vision of the music of any particular Footsteps to Mars album track. Interview with EgoMunk:

Thanks for coming on All Indie Magazine. So tell us how it all started. What or who motivated to become a music artist?

EgoMunk:Music has inspired me my entire life and I’ve always felt like I’ve had this soundtrack playing in my head. I’m not sure I can pin down one artist or moment that inspired me to write but I do know that the feeling of being moved by music is something that I’ve wanted to share with others. It’s the greatest feeling in the world to hear that someone has enjoyed your music that is what motives me the most.
I don’t believe there should be a machine dictating the order which we consume music which is the ethos behind which I have released my album, footsteps to Mars.’ There are no set ‘rules’ on the consumption of this album and I am releasing my music without any kind of label boundaries.

I noticed that you are giving away your music...indefinitely. What made you decide to do this?

EgoMunk: I’ve been a part of the music industry and felt suffocated by the restrictions and creative limitations put upon artists so decided to do something completely different with this album. By remaining anonymous and giving the album away for free I’m enabling fans to immerse themselves in my journey and enjoy the album as a whole. This is not something that I believe should be paid for as it’s giving away a little piece of me. We’re just about to hit 10,000 free downloads on the egomunk.com site which is something I’m really proud of.

For someone who's never heard your music, how would you describe your music?

EgoMunk: I’d like to say it’s an album for music lovers, people who aren’t afraid to take risks and who enjoy being taken on a journey with honest lyrics. You can’t pin the album to one genre which is the beauty of having creative freedom - you are not tied in to just create one sound. It’s the type of sound that keeps you guessing, each track is so different and can be listened to individually or together, as a whole.

If you were to compare yourself to another artist, what would you say?

EgoMunk: I couldn’t compare myself to another artist as each is an individual but, as with all music, there are elements of similarities – I’ve been told some tracks have hints of Coldplay and Blur whilst others could be compared to the sound of Bon Iver and Mogwai.

Your album 'Footsteps to Mars' has been summed up as mysterious and haunting. Which song do you think represents the entire album and which track means the most to you?

EgoMunk: I think ‘The Patient’ has the most depth to it. It is one of my personal favorites and has a real dynamic surge between the low and mysterious verse then the hauntingly uplifting chorus.

Another thing I noticed is you seem to be anonymous. This was obviously intentional. Care to go into more detail why you wanted to go this route?

EgoMunk: I want people to listen to the music purely for enjoyment and experience rather than the face that is behind it.

So, what is in store for EgoMunk in the near distant future?

EgoMunk: I am releasing my second official video for my single, The Patient on the 21st October. I have just finished hosting a competition called egomunk which gave creative fans the chance to create a video for any track on my album and the winners submission is actually being used as my next official video. There will be another competition running soon and I am also releasing some exclusive artwork that I’ve been working on. It’s an exciting time.

Find more of EgoMunk:
Official Website: www.egomunk.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/egomunk

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Interview with Robert Marlow: Sex, Drugs, and Rock N Roll

Robert Marlow is a Scottish musician that has fused Rock, metal, punk, and garage rock into a sound that captures the energy and vitality of the great rock music of the sixties and seventies and makes it sound brand new. Great songwriters write about what they know and Robert Marlow knows about sex, drugs and rock n roll, wild times, and one night stands. The songs take you on a pulsating, sensual and erotic adrenaline filled ride in the red light district and sweaty smoke filled temples of rock n roll where bodies dance and twist in the half-light. Nothing is genteel or sensitive about this riff packed music that is delivered in the playpen of debauchery and decadence. Blistering micro-anthems embodying that basic Rock and Roll steamroller aesthetic . This is rock and roll!

Interview with Robert Marlow

Robert, great to have you on All Indie Magazine. So, let's talk about your music. I find that there's a lot of sexual innuendo with lots of half-naked women in each of your videos. You don't "beat around the bush", do you? Who directed the videos?

Robert Marlow: Actually I do beat around the bush, that is why I write about sexual relationships. Rock n Roll was originally a slang term used in the 1950s referring to sexual intercourse. I believe good rock music comes from the crotch and hopefully that's where people feel it when they listen to my music. I created all the videos. All the videos are my favorite because the video I work on at the time is my favorite video. Yes the videos are full of beautiful half naked women, that's because I would rather watch a pretty girl dancing than any musician performing their song.

What was your favorite music era? Let me guess - the 80s, the quintessential "Sex, Drugs, and Rock N' Roll era?

Robert Marlow: No, my favorite era is the 60s and 70s, you can't beat Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and a host of other bands that are the bedrock of rock music. I also like the original blues musicians.

Is there any particular meaning behind the name "Robert Marlow and the High Priests"?

Robert Marlow: The High Priests are the name of the band and it has meanings on several levels. Rock music is my religion and I am the new High Priest of Rock n Roll. I am trying to bring rock music back to its glory days and we like to get High.

Who were your favorite artists and did they have an influence on your current music?

Robert Marlow: My main influences are Johnny Walker, Charles Bukowski, and Caligula, for obvious reasons.

If you could pick any artist from any time period, who would you want to perform with?

Robert Marlow: I would love to perform with Rihanna, just to see if I could shag her.

You're a Scottish musician, but you currently live in Sacramento? Have you ever performed in Scotland?

Robert Marlow:Yes I recorded the live album "Mad Bad and Dangerous" in my hometown of Glasgow Scotland. Here is a link to the album, please check it out. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/robertmarlow16

If you were to pick one song to represent your sound, which one would it be?

Robert Marlow: I think my song "Everybody's Coming" is probably the best representation of my sound, you can listen to it on my live album also. You can see the video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvUDcpVrrok

What is in store for Robert Marlow in the near future?

Robert Marlow: Well Mikey, I am mixing several new songs and videos and a tour of Europe in the fall, then world domination.

Find more of Robert Marlow: 
www.cdbaby.com/Artist/RobertMarlow
www.reverbnation.com/robertmarlowandthehighpriests
http://robertmarlow.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/rmarlowmusic
https://www.youtube.com/user/midnightmoses100/videos

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Birthed by Wolves: Interview with Blood Sugar Summer


Blood Sugar Summer are a Northumbrian 'doomwave' band, who's unique fusion of doom metal and synth-pop has to be heard to be believed. They're a duo made up of Benjo James (vocals/keys) and Jack Wilson (guitars). They're making serious waves online and are certainly a band to look out for.

Sounds like Doom, doomwave, metal, gothic, synth-pop.

Interview with Blood Sugar Summer

Let's start off with a question about the band. How did Benjo and Jack meet?

Benjo James: We’ve known each other for quite a few years now, and have made music together in various incarnations.

What made the two of you decide to start a band? What was that defining moment that made you say, "Let's start a band"?

BJ: No other bands were making the music we wanted to hear, so we figured we’d form a band and subject the world to the beautiful monstrosity that the kids are calling ‘doomwave’.

How did you come up with the name Blood Sugar Summer?

BJ: It’s a random combination of words that roll of the tongue nicely. And because Infant Annihilator was already taken.

So far you only have two songs on your EP. Tell us about your first track "Haunted". What is the story behind that song?

BJ: It concerns a regular clubber who constantly comes into contact with the apparition of an attractive young woman. He’s not sure if she’s a ghost, a missing person or if he’s just tripping his balls off.

What is the back story behind "The Most Photographed Woman On the Planet"? If you don't mind revealing the secret, but who is the song about?

BJ: The song includes samples of Paris Hilton, and the title was inspired by a quote in an article concerning Gemma Ward. I’m not going to reveal too much because I’d rather the listener project their own meaning onto the song.

Who are the bands influences?

BJ: Type O Negative, HIM, Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains…Jack’s very into alternative and grunge and I’m more into electronic genres like trance, witch-house, synth pop etc. It’s ironic that we’re wedged into the ‘goth’ category so much, as the majority of our influences are straight-up metal and hard rock bands.

When did music become part of your motivation to want to become musicians?

BJ: When music’s all you live for it’s only natural that you attempt to make it your living.

Who's the writer of the songs?

BJ: It varies. There’s 8 tracks on our upcoming mini-album (Birthed By Wolves), and there’s a pretty even split concerning who writes the music. All the lyrics are written by yours truly.

You currently reside in the rural town of Northumberland, England. Do you two plan on venturing out of the small town scene and moving towards the metropolitan area to explore your music careers and possibly get some paying gigs, maybe release a full-length album?

BJ: We’re both from the same small town in Northumberland, but we’re now based in the Newcastle area. We’ll gig as soon as we’ve got a band together.

Do you have any other future plans for Blood Sugar Summer?

BJ: Unleashing the new record, recording the next one and fitting some gigs in. And world domination, naturally.

Find more of Blood Sugar Summer
https://soundcloud.com/blood-sugar-summer
www.facebook.com/BloodSugarSummer

Monday, September 22, 2014

Worlds Fusion Master Musician: Interview with Anjael


Anjael is a multi instrumentalist, guitar player with roots that are connected with people like Richie Havens, Shawn Lane, Kevin Eubanks, Uriah Heep, Pink Floyd, Bad Company and is acknowledged as the worlds only steel string guitar exponent of neo sambra flamenco honored as an Maestro of drumming & music by various International organizations including a Hall of Fame induction by the coveted LEA Academy International and Ustadz Zada of Sama’un Fusion drumming unlike any you've ever seen.

Interview with Anjael

You are known as "The Man with the Blue Face". Can you tell us the significance behind the blue face and why you decided to roll with this image?

Anjael: Foremost, blue happens to be one of my favored colours. I choose blue as it is also the colour of the wide expansive sky which accepts us all irrespective of our caste, creed or colour and it also happens to have a spiritual meaning behind it mainly, something stemming from my own spiritual practices of universal brotherhood to fight various forms of prevalent poisonous racism & allied poisons globally. A statement , to make the onlooker feel either comfortable or nervy and it also reflects the state of ones soul and consciousness ie what do you think when you see a blind man? A lame or a deaf person? Do you consider yourself better? Lucky? Or does your heart actually sympathize with compassion? Do you judge the person who is poor and cannot wear expensive clothes but, is extremely nice as a person? Etc etc I see the reactions when they see my blue face.

You've been in the music industry for at least 30 years. Of course music has become a major part of who you are. Can you tell us how music started for you?

Anjael: My very beginnings in music as a toddler aged 5 fully immersed in mid-Eastern, eastern & western classical music in a very illustrious multi cultural family where music was the life blood. Both my parents were renowned musicians and my dad was by far a gem of an artist, fantastic painter, sculptor,linguist, a brilliant bellow organist, Mid Eastern Mawal ie Ghaezal singing expert & composer He was of royal descent from one of the Mid Eastern Royal families and had left all riches behind to travel around the world to study spirituality and advanced music from many a teacher in particular to my memory and was much sought for his advanced skills as an leading exponent of spiritual music.

He interacted with the legendary Duke Ellington over 1963 if my memories serve well. He was friends with the American drummer called Jo Jones , Violinist Leon Abbey, Ravi Shankar, close friends with the Indian Sitar Maestro Nikhil Banerjee, Mr.Teddy Weatherford a great musician who died in abroad, the legendary Yehudi Mehunin, friends like the great Indo-Pak Ghaezal singer Begum Akhtari Bai , he met Charlie Byrd and Dizzie Gillespie I think he said 1954 or some when they toured the East and the list would be endless and in spite of thousand requests and many great offers from radio, TV, playback singing he would turn it all down to focus on his work as an ambassadorial liaison in Mid East, Europe and S.E Asia and working for an Italian tire company.

I have nostalgic recollections of so many nights in my beautiful fathers lap as a little boy listening to him sing with rapt attention, his divine eyes lifted towards the sky, smiling with the essence of grace and my mother would be serving the guests who came from various nationalities far and wide to hear him sing at private concerts.

Hence you can see real music is in my blood and heritage and yes it did not come easy as my dad died when I was very young and life changed drastically 180 degrees. My mother tutored me in the rudiments of all music and I owe my musical knowledge to them both and other teachers who appeared from time to time and guide me here and there and that is how it all started.

You've worked with some big names in the business like David Gilmore of Pink Floyd, Gregg Dechert of Uriah Heep, and Bad Company. How are you involved with them?

Anjael: I am not involved anymore and its been a long time now since my last involvements with anyone “Popular” and really I do not care about that anymore:-).I have spent last so many years , I was part of an Indo-Jazz fusion group for 7 years which had nothing to offer to me. I at one time over 1985 was saving money to go join a band as a lead vocalist in underground rock metal UK music scene but, a destined meeting with the fantastic spiritual musician Mr.Richie Havens happened in 1986 at the same stage and platform I also met the amazing Wishbone Ash with shining flying V guitars:-) and this changed my course a bit. I think it was also in that year or a few years after I encountered two fabulous guitar players, Kevin Eubanks (we became fans of each other in Goa) & Vernon Reid of Living colors -the amazing group. Shared stages with Didier Locke wood but, not together and I also encountered and became mutual fans with the great guitar hero Shawn Lane a few years before his untimely demise.

Another encounter with the worlds best African group OSIBISA in 1982-3 whose “Woyaya -we are
going” song changed my life so much..Oh I so fondly remember the Conga player Daku Potato,Sol Amarfia the powerful drummer, Farhan Freere from star gazers,Teddy Ossei, Paul Golly, Kiki Djan hmmm wow!

Me & Gregg Dechert work a lot and we are both very reluctant musicians picky and choosy on who to work with and we do not care if someone is very famous.

Who else have you worked with?

Anjael: No I have not worked with too many well known names but,have worked with very serious musicians very less known outside only in certain circles and I could not make contacts or promote myself as many of my former musical friends in the circuit would not allow me to flourish and I also had a ailing widowed mother to attend too. I technically have some friends who are quite well known Internationally but, I am sad they never kept their word.

My very recent work has been with the fantastic Afro-Cubano Conga player Senor Oscar “De Conga' Dominguez of El Salvadore- a young but, composed matured player with a very keen ears.

You are a guitarist, a composer, clarinet player, and singer. Did I miss anything? What instrument are your most passionate about?

Anjael: Yes I am as per the tradition of Tariqate Roohani Baz School given to me as a torch bearer from its last keeper my Teacher Piran Pir Shah Wali Husseini & my parents as an extension of the esoteric Rabbi school and I also studied flamenco of the Sambra school extensively for last 15 years and a wee bit with late great non trad Tocadores Senor Carlos Garcia Montoya.

That is correct regarding the drums-I am representing a 3000 year old ancient temple style called Cinkari (Khsetra) Melam from Sri Lanka. The classical Darbari Sufi Sama'un trance drums from Mid East and Bateria de Panthera conga style drumming of the slave fighter movement of ancient Capoeira and off course not to forget my own western fusion jazz rock drumming where I Try to combine it all.

You did miss a few sorry but, I am equally proficient with electric bass, double bass, Bamboo flute,Qanun, Saz -Bouzouki,Cuban harp,Cajon,Conga,Tabla and I am most passionate about guitars and drums and have huge passion for bass but ,cannot play due to my damaged hands.

You were inducted into the Hall of Fame? What was this for?

Anjael: I have been a member of a world wide fraternity of like minded fellow musicians & innovators. There are several underground International associations and academic Institutions where we facilitate exchange of ideas, creativity and advances in music & performing arts. Believe me , these musicians are all adepts! They can literally tear most global musicians into pieces if you have any idea of Gypsy jazz musicians in E. Europe, Mid-East, East. A coalition of such inducted me into the hall of fame due to few fact like, I am the only steel string flamenco player using my nails which took me 3 years exclusively to play what others do with on nylon and on top of that, I am also a drummer with a skill to see colours around notes, play beats which are very different that what most of us hear regularly, keep time syncopation and also being singer, song writer, composer,multi instrumentalist.

It sounds like you've had some success in the music industry. From your perspective, what shortfalls do you see with the current business model with how labels operate and how music is played on FM radio? Do you foresee a big change happening? I'm interested on your take on today's industry as a whole.

Anjael: The definition of success today is co-related to the amount of money you can waste on B.S vanity , how many people you can deprive to be at the top and physical assets.

My success is really at the very nominal grass root level and my target audience are the world citizens of global communities which is ever so slowly growing. I cannot help marvel at the complete lack of appreciation for true musical healing arts or original performances vs millions dying to go to concert over some half naked or even fully naked pop star who has to use gadgets to sing and hip gyrations to earn mega bucks, cheats on Government taxes , publicly misbehaves & abuses in Courts ,paints a horrific public image, misleads youngsters and corrodes the mind.

Show me how many labels are there which actively promote real music vs labels which market, advertise, makeup stupid half baked artists with all the glam with huge concerts which makes no sense except “money making gimmicks” -why do most Indie musicians start their own label? Why labels including those morons who sit on some of the national music competition as judges make it clear ' you gotta look like a star? -physical is such a preference.

Do you have any idea the amount of money these labels make? If good labels would start a form of accepting submissions with bio, reference and a filtering process it would surely benefit real musicians and I am trying to initiate such a process. Labels only sign when they see $ sign and so much to blame is ourselves with our lack of depth.

FM radio can be a very powerful medium but, I hardly listen to it as every station plays the same ole shit barring a few old jazz stations. If FM could cater to world music? Real jazz or fusion ? Sincerely, when do you recall hearing John McLaughlin or Shawn Lane or Billy Cobham or even Stephan Grapelli or Trilok Gurtu on these FM stations?

I think if the regular common person would take a stance and think for a second what he wants to hear, why he wants to hear and the outcome of the music. Riddle me this for you and your readers “do you and your children like to pay 150$ to go to a concert of a gyrating naked mindless soul less drug abuse advocating singer? Or go to a artist who is regularly involved in gang warfare, drugs and violence ? Or go to a concert where hard core music is being played to refresh your core and and and make your heart strong in values, make your society stable,give your children something to cherish and marvel at?

The big change that is happening is very slow to gather momentum as people are still afraid, afraid of various isms if you will, extremism’s,various conflicting theories regarding every aspect of human life, afraid to step outside their comfort zone,cannot seem to investigate for oneself but, depend on rumors and this applies to music. Today’s industry needs a wake up slap and fresh blood, not money sucking cronies so that “musicians can do what they do best, make real music” not pretend they are film or porn stars”.

I think I am carrying on the work started in our times by stalwarts like Richie Havens, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez,Joni Mitchell and Tommy Emmanuel and many others and rest is up to G-D if my voice and message is heard or not.

What other projects are you currently working on?

Anjael: Right now all my focus is on project RE-ACTION between me and Gregg Dechert, my solo drum album where I wish to show case the panthera , cinkari melam, Sufi Samaun and fusion jazz rock drumming , my flamenco guitar based album and songs , a fusion album in the burner and a latin album with my friend Oscar Dominguez and also this October 24th 2014 I & Gregg Dechert perform at the prestigious underground Avant Garde music festival of Eric Stach , a very respected saxophone player in London, Ontario which runs for 4 months a year and is a meeting hub for players as far as New York to Japan.

What else is in store for Anjael for the coming year?

Anjael: Preparing myself to shovel all the beautiful Canadian snow that’s going to land on my front and back porch:-). So sad about the health of my hands and how I may keep on playing. Very busy helping a friend launch a new medical corp due to my expertise in the subject matter.

I do have a S.E. Asian small tour of 3-4 countries organized anytime from Nov 2014 -March 2015 and slowly slowly starting to put myself there to promote my work since I never did that in my past. Be well and may you and your readers have a prosperous 2014!

Find more of Anjael:
Official Website: www.lionofhebron.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/lionofhebron

Friday, September 19, 2014

My First Love: Interview with Natalie Jean


Natalie Jean is a talented singer/songwriter. As a young child she used to sing along with her father, Guy R. Jean, a famous Haitian artist, in their home. She started her career by writing poetry. However, music has always been her passion. 

In April of 2013, Natalie released her first CD entitled, Obsession. On August 42014, she released her second album, self-titled “Natalie Jean.” She has performed at the following venues in the MD/DC area, French Embassy, Takoma Station, Ebenezers Coffeehouse, Twins Jazz, Mad Momos, and the Pinch. She has also begun to write and perform for many different genres besides her own, such as Rap, Country, Dance, and Heavy metal. 

Currently, Natalie has been nominated in the Best Dance Category in the 2014 Artist in Music Awards, as well as having 5 nominations in The 2014 Indie Music Music Channel Awards for Best Blues Song, Best Blues Artist, Best Jazz Song, Best Best Rap Song, and Best R&B Artist. Also nominated in the International Music and Entertainment Association for five categories, and Semi-Finalist for 4 songs in the UK Songwriting Contest. She is also nominated in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for Best Blues Song and Female Vocalist. June 2014, she was selected as a Top 5 finalist for Singer Universe. Natalie most recently won two awards in the Akamedia Music Awards for Best Blues Song and Best Rap Metal. She is a passionate singer. 

You can feel every note when she sings. Natalie can also sing in French, Spanish, and Creole. Natalie Jean is mostly influenced by artist such as Lena Horne, Celine Dion, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald.

Interview with Natalie Jean

When did your passion for music begin?

Natalie Jean: I grew up in a household where music was always playing.

My father being a musician was a great influence in my life. I grew up watching Elvis as well, and he made music so exciting. I always loved to dance and enjoyed the way music made me feel. It wasn’t until later in life, that I felt it was time to be a part of the music scene.

Who were some of your first favorite recording artists?

Natalie Jean: I love Celine Dion, Sam Smith, Christina Aguilera

If you could perform with any music artist, past or present, who would you want to share the stage with?

Natalie Jean: I would love to be able to perform with Sam Smith. He is an awesome singer and performer. The emotion he conveys is amazing. I like the fact that his songs are based on his life, just like mine.

If you could perform with any music artist, past or present, who would you want to share the stage with?

Natalie Jean: I would love to be able to perform with Sam Smith. He is an awesome singer and performer. The emotion he conveys is amazing. I like the fact that his songs are based on his life, just like mine.

Your new self-titled album just dropped in August of this year. What is different about this album compared to the songs you released previously?

Natalie Jean: The first album was more pop. This new album is a Jazzy/Blues album. Jazz, is my first love. I wanted to create an album that would really able to demonstrate my vocal ability.

Who wrote the songs and who did you work to create your album?

Natalie Jean: I wrote all of the lyrics on the album. The music was composed by my music producer Alexi Von Guggenberg, from LXE Music Productions Studio in Alexandria, VA

What song do you believe represents you and your music as a whole?

Natalie Jean: “You Are My Everything” represents me the best. It is the first jazz song that I wrote and it demonstrated the kind of emotion that put through everything that I do.

In 2014, you racked up a combined nineteen Nominations and contest recognitions, including two awards for Best Blues Song and Best Rap Metal. How does it feel to have so many alco and be an award winner?

Natalie Jean: I am honored that having only been focused in the music for the past couple of years, that I have been able to receive so many nominations. It has been a good year.

What other achievements are you most proud of and what is on the horizon for Natalie Jean? Perhaps a music video or a national tour?

Natalie Jean: My proudest achievement was the ability to complete my latest album. I really enjoyed making the album and it represents me the best. On the horizon, I will be making a new music video and am working on a short film, in which I have written, will star in, and write the soundtrack.

Find more of Natalie Jean: 
New CD Release - https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/natalie-jean/id907523576
Website - www.natalie-jean.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NatalieJeanObsession
Twitter: https://twitter.com/natnat7

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dangerous Ways: An Interview with Dangerous Rob


Oklahoma has produced some of the biggest names in the music industry. The Gap Band and Charlie Wilson, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood , Wayman Tisdale and Hanson.

Oklahoma`s premier hip hop artist Robert C. Daniels II aka Dangerous Rob, known to his friends as D-Rob, has already made his mark in Japan, Germany, Australia and the UK. D-Rob recorded his first rap record at the age of 15 with a group named THOB-MOB, Graduated from Thomas Edison Prep School and he went on to Langston University where he majored in Broadcast/Journalism . Ultimately, he put his educational goals aside and released his second record. With the combined forces of Partners-N-Rhyme a local rap group, this record was distributed nationwide through a Independent label called ACI Records based out of Los Angeles, California. Their record independently sold more than 100,000 copies of the single "Cold Chillin in the Middle". This popularity allowed the group a feature on the Arsenio Hall Show, and National Tours across the country.

After 7 albums, Dogg Pound Next Generation General, Dangerous Rob, is on the horizon of celebrating his 25th landmark year officially in the music business. Dangerous Rob is heating up the airwaves with the first single from the album Dangerous Ways. The celebratory single, 100 Stacks, is titled to be a ladies anthem which is already garnering comments on Twitter with the pre-release in markets like Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Oklahoma.

Join this premiere hip hop artist in celebrating the official release of 100 Stacks and 25 years of success in the music industry. The song can be purchased on popular networks like iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, Amazon and other popular music sites. 100 Stacks can be requested on popular radio stations like KVSP 103.5 FM in Oklahoma City, and K104FM in Dallas as well as many radio station across the country.

Interview with Dangerous Rob:

Let's cut to the big question. A lot of big names have come out of Oklahoma, but none of them have been in Hip Hop. Do you plan on changing that?

Dangerous Rob: Yes I am on course to change the perception of Hip hop music in Oklahoma. Over the years we have been receiving more recognition, once Dangerous Ways the new album hits the street, the world will have a different view on the state of Oklahoma and the versatility of the way our music sounds as a whole.

You've put out a lot of records over the last two decades. In 2014, you have a new single out called "100 Stacks". Tell us about this new joint you're bringing to us.

Dangerous Rob: I wanted the first single to be dedicated to my core female fan base, I wanted it to make sense to women, and encourage them to rise above being called a dime piece “What`s a dime piece to a 100 Stacks,” and also provide a description of how a lady should be from my point of view.

You've been around the block a few times and you've seen artists come and go, you've seen record labels rise up and fall. How is it you've managed to stay in the game for so long?

Dangerous Rob: Very good question, I managed to stay in the game for so long, thru the Grace of God, dedication and preservation, and remaining true to my craft and not trying to imitate and sound like anyone else, of course the deal with DPG Records and the Dogg Pound Next Generation Movement, expanded my career another 10 years. Shout to Daz Dillinger and Bigg A. chuuuuch!

From your perspective, where do you see Hip Hop going and is there a real chance for someone like Dangerous Rob to break into the scene as a major conglomerate in the industry?

Dangerous Rob: Hip Hop is here to stay, it`s the connection for the generation coming up, all they know is rap music, The lifestyle is mainstream and Corporations are making billions off of the culture, so it`s not going anywhere, too much money involved. I`m still pushing and my plans are to show the world what Oklahoma artist has to offer in 2015.

Tell us about Dogg Pound Next Generation and Freedam Records. What role do they play with Dangerous Rob?

Dangerous Rob: Dogg Pound Next Generation is a movement , Daz Dillinger and Bigg A , appointed me the The General of the movement , because of my experience and longevity, 6 different faces from 6 different places everyone is from different parts of the United States, DPG Records had a vision to put 6 fire mc`s together, and we made it a movement and we still mashin as a unit, Freedam Records is my label, and my plans are to make it an established entity like No Limit or Deathrow, but the core groups would be from Oklahoma, because we wanna put the state on, Anybody associated with Freedam, is also part of the Dogg Pound Next Generation movement as well.

So, let's go back to your roots and how Dangerous Rob got started. As a child, who was that caught your attention the most that said, "I wanna be just like him"?

Dangerous Rob: Rev.Run from Run-Dmc. Best hip hop artist of all time.

Taking a look at music today, who do you like and who would you want to work with?

Dangerous Rob: Charlie Wilson, Snoop Dogg of course, Ice Cube, Dr.Dre, TIP, Jay Z, and Nipsey Hustle. I like Kanye West too, it`s a lot of talented guys out right now. Those are the ones that stick out tho.

Do you have plans to release a music video to go with the track? 

Dangerous Rob: Video is coming soon, filmed by 4500 films and it`s featuring Mary Mathews , don’t hold your breath it`s coming.

So, you've got the one single out. When can fans expect to hear more of Dangerous Rob? 

Dangerous Rob: I have 3 projects coming Dangerous Ways the new album, Don`t Play No Games, Dogg Pound Next Generation, and S.I.S.T.A. Volume 2. , old man still out here working,


Find more of Dangerous Rob:
Website: http://www.freedamrecords.com/dangerous-rob/
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/100-stacks-single/id875120678
Twitter: https://twitter.com/fattwoo