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Shane Stanley and Bret Michaels on the set

Shane Stanley

by Tina Hall
August 2010

If you are like me you know Shane Stanley best from his work with Bret Michaels and Poison, but as I found out, he is a very interesting soul to say the least!

For those of you that don’t know, writer/producer/director Shane Stanley won his first Emmy Award when he was seventeen for “The Desperate Passage Series,” which he worked on alongside his father Lee Stanley. The series went on to earn thirty-three Emmy Nominations and won thirteen statues.

In 2001, he launched his own production company, Visual Arts Entertainment that produced the number one box office hit, “Gridiron Gang” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Before that, Shane struggled in a rock band as a drummer that opened for The Stone Temple Pilots, Lenny Kravitz, and The Black Crowes back in the 1990’s. And an avid motocross racer (getting his first minibike at three) has won two Grand Prix Championships. The latest film he directed, “My Trip To The Dark Side”, stars Jason Pace, Ryan Judd, Brienne De Beau, Courtney Gains and Emmy nominated, Sean Kanan and is the story of a man who’s had a successful film career and can only find employment working in the adult entertainment industry as a means to provide for his family. Shane took the time to speak with us while in post-production.


Buckcherry's Stevie D


an interview with Stevie D
by Tina Hall
April 2010

Buckcherry had a RIAA Gold debut album in 1999. The band went on hiatus in 2002. In 2005, they reformed with three new members; bassist Jimmy Ashhurst, drummer Xavier Muriel, and Guitarist Stevie D. In 2006, Buckcherry enjoyed renewed success with the album “15” garnering RIAA Platinum status and a Grammy nomination.Their newest offering is titled “Black Butterfly” and recently toured the U.S opening for KISS.

Maximum Ink: Can you tell us a little about where you are from? How did being from there influence you to become a musician?
Stevie D: Well, I’m from Chicago.. and I really don’t know that it had any influence on me becoming a musician as much as it did on what kind of musician I was going to be. There’s ALL types of music there but it’s mostly known worldwide for the blues. There’s few different sides to my playing, the blues and R&B side was influenced by Pete Cosey (Chess Records, Miles Davis, Earth, Wind & Fire) and my brother Gary Dacanay. The rock side was all the other people I grew up around and all the music they blasted in their cars and at parties


Death On Two Wheels - photo by Brian Manley | Fun With Robots

Death On Two Wheels

by Tina Hall
April 2010

Atlanta based rock band, Death On Two Wheels features Trae Vedder (lead vocals and guitar), Andrew Knox (organ and piano), Paul Doss (lead guitar), David Fountain (bass), and Greg Neel (drums). Their new EP is set for release on Feb. 16. A new album is expected to be released by mid-year.

They are premiering two songs in the movie “The Violent Kind” at Sundance 2010. The two songs, Two Dollar Bills and Calling Us All Back Home also appear on their current release Separation of Church and Fate on Ghost Umbrella Records.

The film is brought to you by the award winning The Butchers Brothers; Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores. It is produced by Michael Ferris Gibson, Jeffrey Allard (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Andy Gould and Malek Akkad (Halloween), Jeremy Platt, and executive producer K’Dee Miller.

In celebration of the release of “The Violent Kind”, they are now offering both songs for free download at:

Maximum Ink: When was Death On Two Wheels formed?
Trae Vedder: Formed in late 2006, played our first show in late 2007, released our debut album in late 2008.

MI:  What are some of your influences?
TV: We draw heavily from 70’s rock bands, Steppenwolf to The Band, and everything in between. Personally, I draw from blues and soul classics like Lee Dorsey and R.L. Burnside. Modern bands we enjoy include Wilco, Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket, The Whigs, and the Dewey Cox soundtrack.


Marc Rizzo

Marc Rizzo

by Tina Hall
April 2010

Marc Rizzo is a guitarist for both Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy (formed by Sepultura co-founders Igor and Max Cavalera). His solo work demonstrates a wider range of styles than the metal he is best known for including classical, flamenco, and jazz. His new solo album, “Legionaire” was recorded over a two year period while touring with both bands.

Maximum Ink: Your playing style varies widely. What are some of your main influences in those various genres?
Marc Rizzo: I like any style of music that has virtuoso guitar playing. That can be jazz, flamenco, death metal… whatever. I just love the guitar and like to hear music played on the guitar in all styles. I really listen to a lot of instrumental guitar music. My favorites are Paco de Lucia, Al Dimeola, Slayer, Dimebag, Zakk Wylde, Van Halen. I could go on and on.


Canadian actress & singer Sass Jordan

Sass Jordan

by Tina Hall
March 2010

U.K. born, Montreal raised Sass Jordan has proven she can make it in the rock world as well as the acting world. Her singing talents have been promoted by Gene Simmons of KISS, as well as the late composer Michael Kamen and hung out with counterculture guru Timothy Leary. Sass has recorded and toured with such acts as Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Van Halen, Carlos Santana, and Joe Cocker.

Sass took on the world of acting starring as Janis Joplin in the off Broadway “Love Janis.” She enjoyed a show stopping run in the Canadian version of “The Vagina Monologues” and was given a guest role on the NBC show “Sisters”. For six years she was a judge on Canadian Idol.

Her newest release “From Dusk Til Dawn” is set for March 16th on RBE Music/Kindling Music/Fontana. It features a remake of Tom Waits’ “Ol 55” along with her newest offerings. I recently had the opportunity to ask a few questions.

Maximum Ink: Did you mother, being a ballet dancer and actress, influence you to partake in acting yourself?
Sass Jordan: Not really, because she wasn’t actually working when I knew her. She quit it all to be a full-time Mom.


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