No genre should ever be defined by the worst of it, or its most overplayed. Doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense to me. I don’t think it makes a whole lot of sense to Tom Mullen either, as he’s devoted the last 13 years to giving us the facts on Emo with his blog/podcast, Washed Up Emo.
It’s not often one gets the chance to speak with one of the better and more consistent drummers of one of the best eras of music there ever was (the late 60s and early 70s). More so, these days, it’s probably less often that one gets to speak with an OG veteran of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival, and yet, here we are.
These days, there aren’t too many truly unique artists out there. Well, there are, but perhaps what I mean is there aren’t that many artists out there where you know it’s them within a second of hearing their music. Yeah, Thomas Fec AKA Tobacco, is one of those artists.
Mark Whitfield is a fantastic Jazz guitarist who has been at it for over 30 years. He has collaborated with some of the finest musicians in the business across all genres to great success. His influence is undoubted during his era, and when it is all said and done, Mark will stand side by side all of the other greats of past, present and future.
Marc Smith AKA DJ Emskee is one of the true legendary DJs out there today, and he has been since the mid-80s. Marc’s take on record collecting (hoarding?), as well as his refreshing views on social media’s impact on music and the industry as a whole, were truly enlightening.
Photographer, Kevin Salk was there in person for this magical era in music know as Punk. Luckily, he had a camera in hand as well. Maybe it was a case of being in the right place, at the right time, or perhaps it was his artists intuition. Nevertheless, Kevin’s images of that early era in Punk Rock have become iconic and striking.
Hot take- vinyl is booming because of the advent of the CD. How’s that now? You thought CDs killed vinyl? Yeah, they did. I’ll explain.
Brian’s laconic, sardonic and relatable take on things is just what the doctor ordered. He’s the kind of artist who has intent with his lyrics, but leaves them open to interpretation at the same time.
Fred Coury was the hard-hitting drummer for one of the biggest bands of this era, Cinderella. I am sure you all remember them for their multi-platinum albums, Night Songs, and Long Cold Winter. There may not be a single song that defines 80s Hair Metal and Glam more so than “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone).”
I can interview artists big, small, and in between, but spotlighting my local community will always come first. It’s not something I will ever stop doing. Period.