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Anew Revolution

Anew Revolution

An interview with bassist Frankie Salvaggio
by Tina Hall
September 2010

Anew Revolution is made up of Joey Duenas (Vocals/Guitar), Frank “Frankie” Salvaggio (Bass/Backing Vocals), Rob Urbani (Drums), and Jay Frederick (Guitar). They have toured alongside acts like 12 Stones, Hell Yeah, Volbeat, Kittie, Sevendust, Hed PE, and Drowning Pool. The latest release iMerica is out now on E1 records and the band will be at Scatz in Middleton on November 5th and the Eagles Club in Milwaukee on November 6th.

Maximum Ink: There isn’t much about Anew Revolution out there. Can you tell us a little about your background? Where you are from, how it influenced you musically?
Frank Salvaggio: Anew Revolution is made up of myself & Rob from Montreal, Canada, Joey is from Austin, Texas and Jay is from Ventura, California. Personally I’m influenced from some great rock/metal bands that came to Montreal like Metallica, Motley Crue, Guns n’ Roses, Iron Maiden, The Cult, Deftones.Watching those bands live was like an awakening for me and highly inspired me to be the musician I am.

MI: When did you first take up bass? Why?
FS: I took up bass when I was 13 years. It was summertime and my buddy wanted to start a band. He was of course the guitar player and I opted for the bass because I thought it would be a interesting, different instrument to play.

MI: Where does the name Anew Revolution come from? How did they come up with the name?
FS: Joey, Rob and I we’re trying to think of a bold, strong name, and we thought of “Revolution”, but that seemed too simple. So we said, hey we’re all from past bands and we’re starting all over again with this band so it’s like starting “Anew” so we said, “Anew Revolution”.


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Blackout 101 - photo by Trent Siggard

Blackout 101

An interview with singer Chris Bowan and drummer Miles Kottak
by Tina Hall
September 2010

Blackout 101 is an up and coming rock band from Woodland Hills, CA. It is made up of, Chris Bowman on vocals and guitar, Skylar Leon on guitar, Gavin Bennett on bass and vocals, and Miles Kottak on drums. Miles is the son of Athena and James Kottak (Athena is Tommy Lee’s younger sister and James has worked as a drummer with the Scorpions. They are both members of the rock band Kottak). Their self released EP is titled “A Work In Progress.” Blackout 101 is currently in the studio working on new music. I recently caught up with Chris and Miles for a chance to learn more about that.

Maximum Ink: At what age did you know you wanted to be a musician? What led you to that realization?
Chris Bowman: I think that I was destined to make this my life since the beginning, but you have to have a trigger. My trigger was slightly cheesier than others. I saw the movie School of Rock when I was nine years old and as soon as the credits started rolling, I was a whole different person. I went to bed that night knowing what I was going to do for the rest of my life, without any previous thought given to the idea at all. I don’t know how a nine year old could have been so sure of anything, but not a day has gone by that I’ve questioned that decision I made that night.
Miles Kottak: I was born into a family of musicians. It seems I didn’t really have a choice, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

MI: Did you ever want to be anything other than a musician?
CB: I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a little kid…go figure…
MK: I was convinced I’d be in the NBA one day…


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Stratospheerius

Stratospheerius

An interview with electric violinist Joe Deninzon
by Tina Hall
September 2010

The band Stratospheerius features Joe Deninzon (vocals, violin, mandolin), Jamie Bishop (bass), Aurelien Budynek (guitars), and Lucianna Padmore (drums). The sound is hard to classify in a genre.It combines modern and classic music in a way that is hard to find. The new album Headspace showcases the style nicely.

Maximum Ink: Who are some of your earliest influences and why?
Joe Deninzon: My influences have a very wide range. In classical music it would be Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Mahler. In jazz, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. In rock, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Hendrix, Kiss, Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Yes, The Police, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, the Beatles, to name a few. I like musicians who take chances and blaze new trails. I also love performers with a great stage presence who take their audience on a transcendental journey, which is what I strive to do. I also am fascinated by music that can connect with as many people as possible on a primal level, but can also be analyzed on a deeper level. Music that is seemingly simple yet has many layers of complexity underneath. That is something I’ve been trying to create for years, and I feel I’m getting closer.

MI: What was it like to move from Russia to Cleveland as a child? Do you ever miss Russia?
JD: I don’t have vivid enough memories of Russia to miss it. I grew up in the midwest around American culture. I was only four years old when we
emigrated. I do remember that it wa very tough at first going to school in the US not knowing the language, and it took me a few years to adjust. Russia is a beautiful country and I particularly love my birthplace of St. Petersburg, but i don’t think I would want to live there.


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Tola of Blog 27

Blog 27

An interview with singer and songwrter, Tola
by Tina Hall
September 2010

Polish skater punk/punky hip hop/pop Blog 27 won the MTV Music European Award in 2007, making Tola the youngest artist to win that ever. The band received a 4 star rating from Blender magazine in 2008 who dubbed Tola the ” Polish Ashlee Simpson”. The single, Hey Boy (Get YourAss Up) was listed as one of the best singles of 2006 by ABC News. Tola and the band also were a European Border Breakers Award winner in 2007.

Maximum Ink: Can you tell us a little about where you are from, who you are, and what makes you tick?
T: I’m from another dimension, that slightly differs from the reality I’m living in right now. I’m a creature born on the streets of art. Honesty makes me tick, real people and seeing the things the way they are.

MI: At what age did you know you wanted to be a professional musician? What do you think you’d of liked to become if not that?
T: I was about three when my mind started projecting the image that I’m bringing into reality today. I feel like I didn’t really choose to become an artist, it’s been inside me. I have hobbies but none of them come close enough to being as serious as my goal of becoming a successful singer.


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Josh Harris

Josh Harris

musician, producer, programmer, engineer and graduate of Appleton's Lawrence University
by Tina Hall
September 2010

Josh Harris is a producer, remixer, and DJ. He spent 2008 working alongside Seal for several private performances in the US and abroad. While on the road, he worked on remixes for both Seal and Alannis Morrisette. He and songstress Ilona Europa worked together in Poland and are currently set to take their “Rocktronica” show to the Laserium Cyber Theater in Los Angeles. Josh is also working with Mike Rizzo, and the two are now producing and remixing under the moniker Groove Police.

Harris has a degree in music with an emphasis on music theory and composition. He has been part of over 200 remixes as either producer,programmer or engineer. Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts in music, with an emphasis in theory and composition from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin. Here is what Josh had to say to Maximum Ink.

Maximum Ink: What was it like to take classical piano lessons at age 7? What led you to that? Did you always know you wanted to work in the music industry?
Josh Harris: I started taking classical piano at age 7 because my best friend was taking lessons, and I think I felt a bit left out! My first piano teacher was very strict and the whole experience was a bit intense, but I stuck with it until I was 11. Then, I started getting into synthesizers and I became more interested in writing and creating my own music than staying on the classical path. When I was 15, I attended a 5 week summer program at Berklee College of Music, and that’s when I decided that music was going to be my profession. So, I got back into classical lessons, so that I could properly audition for college. My parents wanted me to attend a liberal arts school that also had a music school, and that’s how I wound up going to college at Lawrence University.


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Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson

singer, songwriter, and country music legend
by Tina Hall
September 2010

Who of those among us that where raised on country music didn’t like songs about trains?  You just gotta love an album titled “Freight Train.” In his latest work, Alan Jackson proves after 20 years in the industry, 50 million albums sold, and 34 number one hits, that he is indeed a legend in country music. He co-wrote eight of twelve songs on the album. Lee Ann Womack teams up with Jackson on a impressive cover of the 70’s hit “Til The End” for a rather fitting tribute to the late Vern Gosdin.

The opening track “Hard Hat and a Hammer” speaks to those who understand the satisfaction that comes from a days hard work, while “I Could Get Used To This” showcases some very nice work on steel guitar that is rather hard to find these days. The tracks “It’s Just That Way” and “Big Green Eyes” provide a glimpse at the more edgy side ,while the ballad “The Best Keeps Getting Better” offers something to those that prefer a softer tune. All in all it is an album that will delight die hard fans and make an impression on new country fans alike.

Maximum Ink: What was it like to work with Lee Ann Womack On Till The End?
Alan Jackson: I been trying to get her to sing a duet with me for a long time. She’s one of my favorite female country singers. Probably the only one out there left that’s singing real hard country stuff, and can really pull it off, I mean, I’ve loved her from day one, and I asked her to sing with me years ago and she turned me down. So finally she agreed to do it. I’m glad to have her on the record and “Till The End’s” been a song that I’ve always wanted to record as a duet, and it was Verne Gosdin song he had a hit on, years and years ago. I think one of his ex-wives wrote this song. Which I didn’t even know that until we got ready to record this. Verne, he passed away of course last year, and I wanted to do a song, in his honor. I got to do a song for Verne, and got to sing with LeAnn, and this, man, it’s a cool cut.


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Filter

Filter

An interview with singer Richard Patrick
by Tina Hall
September 2010

Richard Patrick is founder and frontman of the band Filter. He also formed the supergroup, Army of Anyone with the DeLeo Brothers, Dean and Robert, of Stone Temple Pilots, and drummer Ray Luzier.

The first Filter album was released in 1995. The current album “The Trouble With Angels” features tracks busting with honesty that has became a sort of Filter signature. We caught Richard Patrick and asked him a few questions.

Maximum Ink: What do you think led you to become a musician?
Richard Patrick: The first thing every musician realizes is that they appreciate music more than others around them. There is always a great song out there, you just have to find it; or write it yourself.


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Zoe Scott

Zoe Scott

singer/songwriter
by Tina Hall
September 2010

London born singer/songwriter Zoe Scott has been playing guitar and composing songs since the age of 9 and was trained in theatre at a palace in Rome at the Piazza Venezia. She acted briefly is several horror films and during her earlier years she lived in a tent with her sister Victoria.

Zoe’s fans may recognize her voice from the commercial for Gillette Venus Razors and her latest album Woman on Top features the work of The Wax Team (Rhianna, Nora Jones), and master mixers Jim Scott (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Mike Shipley (Aerosmith, Shania Twain).

Maximum Ink: Your parents where artists.Do you think it was helpful to your musical aspirations to have the support of such creative people?
Zoe Scott: My upbringing was highly creative and it has very much influenced my ability to sit for periods of time in a house, cave or van, and focus on writing songs. I think my parents are very inspired people who have a great sense of joy de verve. You have to have quite a lot of mojo to want to move to the other side of the world and make rock and roll. My dad introduced me to rock and roll with his music collection and beat writers like Jack Kerouac. The artists were very much talked and discussed and idealized in my household. My dad describes himself as a boho, sort for bohemian. My parents were beautiful and talented in the 60’s. I think there was some kind of ideal growing up, which was artists contribute a great deal to the spirit of the world and it’s a cool thing to be a free thinker and observe the world through artists eyes. They were, however, incredibly shocked when I said I wanted to go into rock and roll and move to Los Angeles!


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16 second stare

16 Second Stare

An interview with Chris Davis and Tim Shanks
by Tina Hall
September 2010

The industrial metal band, 16 Second Stare recently released their second album “16 Second Stare” on Goomba Music. Frontman Chris Davis steps out from behind the drums and is joined by guitarist Tim Shanks, Brando Foor on drums, and Ryan Hand on bass to provide a sound that is often called..angry. The band will be hitting the road in support of their sophomore album with the 16 Second Models (girls in fishnets and heels that introduce the band and hang out with fans) in tow. I recently caught up with Chris Davis and Tim Shanks to see what the band is up to next.

Maximum Ink: Who are some of the artists that have influenced the 16 Second Stare sound?
Chris Davis: We were influenced by some of the hard rocking bands like Pantera, Marylin Manson, Sevendust, Metallica, Mudvayne, Advenged Sevenfold, White Zombie and KoRn to name a few.

MI: At what age did you know this was what you wanted to do? What do you think you’d of been if not a musician?
CD: At the age of 4 when my dad gave me a drum set. I honestly think if I wasn’t involved in music in some way, I would die.
Tim Shanks: I knew I wanted to be a musician since the age of 12, but if I didn’t become a musician I would be an administrator.


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Nonpoint

Nonpoint

interview with bassist & vocalist Ken MacMillan
by Tina Hall
September 2010

The new Nonpoint album “Miracle” is out now on the band’s own 954 Records.The album was produced by Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett of Mudvayne/HELL YEAH. Nonpoint is comprised of three original members, Elias Soriano (vocals), Ken MacMillian (bass), Robb Rivera (drums), along with axeman Zach Broderick who makes his debut on the new album.

Maximum Ink: What were some of your earliest influences?
Ken MacMillian: Musically I’d have to say that Iron Maiden and Suicidal Tendencies really helped jump start my true appreciation for music. Before that I didn’t really look at music as ‘influential’. Just stuff to jam to.

MI: When did you first know you wanted to be a musician? And why?
KM: I was introduced to music by way of a bass guitar given to me as payment for mowing my neighbor’s lawn. A week later, a buddy of mine said he was putting a band together and asked if I played any instruments. I told him “yeah, I play bass.” I was happy to find out that when I showed up, they were all just as bad as I was. It was a hell of a twist of fate in my favor, but I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out!


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