Nestled in a hotbed that was the LA music scene, it wasn’t long before Ellefson struck a proverbial chord centered around meeting once discarded Metallica alum Dave Mustaine, and subsequently co-founding seminal thrash band, Megadeth. As a scene mainstay, Ellefson influenced both rock music and bass players alike with his work in and out of Megadeth.
It is hard to mention the Prog Rock scene, which started in the late 60s to early 70s, without mentioning Jethro Tull. Not only is Jethro Tull an iconic genre-defining band, but they have an unmistakable sound. If a song of theirs graces your ears, it’s not long before you realize you’re listening to Tull. Behind it, after all these years is founder, primary songwriter, frontman, flutist, and multi-instrumentalist, Ian Anderson.
Saxon is one of the hardest-working bands in the genre, never going more than three years without an album. Not only has the band been prolific, but they are currently making some of the strongest music of their career. Their newest offering, Carpe Diem, is no exception. Behind all things Saxon, is founding member, and electric frontman, Biff Byford.
During the original UK Punk movement, many bands came out of the woodwork. One of the more iconic bands was The Vibrators. One of the driving forces behind The Vibrators is talented vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist, Knox. Knox is one of the hardest working guys in Punk, playing with countless groups and working on numerous projects.
The golden era of Hip-Hop spawned a myriad of great MCs, DJs, producers, and groups. Unfortunately, when the Hip-Hop scene exploded many talented artists never received the exposure they deserved. One such case and point is Hip Hop veteran Dooley-O.
If you don’t know Josh Caterer yet, now is the time to familiarize yourself with him. Not only is he a top-notch songwriter and musician, but he is a founder of the illustrious Pop Punk band, The Smoking Popes. On top of that, Josh has started a solo career that has led to a couple of amazing live albums.
Some people have a one-dimensional way of looking at music and how instrumentation is used. Some seek to dismantle this way of thinking. Accomplished musician Mark Dover is one such dismantler.
His work in countless genres with countless groups has shown how he has tried to challenge the way we look at music and his instrument, the clarinet.
Several artists have had a substantial effect on music, yet many of us wouldn’t realize it. Unfortunately, superb musical content doesn’t always lead to commercial success and recognition from the general public. One such artist is Paul Collins.
When the Punk explosion happened in the late 70s, a million bands came out of the woodwork. Only some of those bands created a legitimate impact on the scene. Out of those bands, only some created genre-defining albums that helped set the pace for the era.
One piece of this magical amalgam of Ska and punky New Wave goodness was singer Neville Staple. Neville has been keeping the spirit and nature of Ska, Rocksteady, and 2 Tone alive through his dynamite solo career.