Category Archives: Interviews

Q&A with Felix Cavaliere

Their music can be heard across the globe, spreading the timeless message of peace, love, and happiness. The “Young” Rascals first arrived on the scene in the early ‘60s, and within two-to-three years time, they climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 list, with nine hit singles, including such chart-toppers as, “Good Lovin,” “Groovin,” and “People Got to Be Free.”

The original Rascals consisted of four kids from Garfield, New Jersey, who were given their shot at the big time after catching the attention of promoter/manager Sid Bernstein, following a high-energy performance at Long Island’s elite club, The Barge.

“Long Island was where the Rascals were discovered,” said keyboard player/vocalist Felix Cavaliere. “Everything began for us out there.”

Originally written for the Sept. 10 – 16, 2014 edition of The Farmingdale Observer. 

Q&A w/ Rob Lawless of Ethoscope

To kick off the 10th annual Rockstock & Barrels Festival — an all-day affair featuring extreme sports competitions, live music, and local vendors — The Wave recently caught up with Rob Lawless, composer/rhythm guitarist of Ethoscope, about headlining at this year’s event.

Source: Q&A with Rob Lawless of Ethoscope

Q&A w/ Far Rock Blues Guitarist Bert Elliot

Blues musician Bert Elliot first moved to Rockaway when he was about 10-yearsold. There, he attended P.S. 114 for about three years, before moving from his uncle’s house on Beach 140th Street in Belle Harbor to the Ocean Bay Housing projects at Beach 57th Street and Beach Channel Drive in Edgemere.

Elliot first developed a passion for music after picking up the drums in fourth grade. He went on to graduate from Far Rockaway High School, before attending Queens College, where he worked toward honing his craft.

Check out the full story at Rockawave.com 

In 1978, he graduated with a degree in music composition, and just a few years later, wound up getting a publishing deal, to write background/theme music for network television.

“That kept me staying busy for a while during the 80s and up through the 90s,” Elliot said.

While composing music for MTV, Maury and Jerry Springer, he continued touring with his good friend and fellow musician, Gary Toms.

Q&A w/ NYC Party Animal Andrew W.K.

Andrew W.K. is so much more than just a rock and roll party animal. He is also a classically trained singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, actor, motivational speaker, columnist and radio personality.

Check out Salute Magazine for the full interview and more.

 

Short for Wilkes-Krier, W.K. first rose to fame in 2001 with his major-label debut album I Get Wet from Island/Def Jam Records, which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers charts. The album also drummed up controversy overseas for its cover art, which many felt depicted an image of cocaine abuse.

Salute Magazine caught up with Andrew W.K. last December, to discuss parties, politics, sports anthems, his advice column, “Ask Andrew W.K.” and his annual performance at Revolution Bar and Music Hall in Amityville, N.Y.

Q&A w/ Flesh-N-Bone

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their GRAMMY Award winning song, “Tha Crossroads,” Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are headed across the country for a series of live concerts and meet-and-greet events—including upcoming performances at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square, Manhattan on Feb. 24 and The Emporium in Patchogue, Long Island on Feb. 25.

 

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony formed in 1991, but didn’t hit it big until 1993, when “the Godfather of West Coast gangsta rap” and N.W.A. co-founder Eric “Eazy-E” Wright signed five rappers from Cleveland, Ohio—”Krayzie,””Layzie,” “Bizzy,” “Wish” and “Flesh”—to his label, Ruthless Records.

According to Stanley Howse, a.k.a. Flesh-n-Bone, “Crossroads” was originally written in dedication of Wallace “Wally” Laird III—a departed friend of the group—but after Wright died, in March 1995, they decided to go back and re-record “Tha Crossroads” for their second studio album E. 1999 Eternal.

“The record was pushed back around the time Eazy-E started to fall sick,” Howse said. “So, right now, there are about three or four different versions out there.”

For more, check out the full story at Salute Magazine.

Q&A With Brendon Small

Back in 2007, I was given the opportunity to speak with Brendon Small, the creator of such hilarious late night cartoons as Metalocalypse and Home Movies.

Recently Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s late night counterpart, has announced that the cartoon band Dethklok from Metalocalypse will be doing a tour across the nation at many large venues with Solient Green and Chimaira.

For those who have never watched the show, Dethklok is cartoon band consisting of Nathan Explosion (lead vocals), Skwisgaar Skwigelf (lead guitar), Toki Wartooth (guitar), William Murderface (lead bassist) and Pickles the Drummer (he plays the drums). Of the five, Brendon voices three — Nathan, Pickles and Skwisgaar.

Before traveling across the country, on his live stage show, Dethtour, The Viking News met up with Small about the rising popularity of the show and how he plans to bring the show, from the TV to the stage.

Still Kickin’ After All These Years

Alive N’ Kickin’ couldn’t be a more appropriate name for this classic rock cover band, which has continued to perform hit music for more than 40 years.

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Q&A With Lewis Del Mar

The allure of living in Rockaway has beckoned a great many musicians, from punk rock poet laureate Patti Smith to slacker rock artist Mac Demarco. Whether it’s because of the distance to the beach or the simple fact it’s just a short train ride into Manhattan, Rockaway Beach oozes musical talent.

Source: Q&A With Lewis Del Mar

Q&A w/ August West

Why not go a “little bit farther than you’ve gone before” on May 7, with the Grateful Dead cover band August West. Inspired by the character portrayed in Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia’s “Wharf Rat,” August West is more than just a five member cover band from Brooklyn.

Source: August West @ Thai Rock

Q&A w/ Singer Songwriter Mike Benedetto

Singer-songwriter Mike Benedetto can now add “record producer” to his list of credits, with the release of The BEasy Band’s new Spring EP—the first of four to be released as part of the group’s forthcoming album, Seasoned.

Source: Q&A With Singer- Songwriter Mike Benedetto

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