NEW MUSIC FRIDAY 9/4/20 – MUDDY RUCKUS

Sirens

Q: As you know by now, I’m a huge fan of the band and love your sound, which I often compare you to The Ballroom Thieves but you have a new single releasing Friday September 4th and it’s completely different from the usual songs you’ve recorded. Take me through the writing and recording process on this one:

Erika: Sirens came to life under the circumstances of the a Covid 19 pandemic. It was also around the time of my kidney transplant when this song sprouted new branches. Though Ryan wrote it about a year ago on his guitar, based off one of his poems, and though we planned to record it with just an acoustic and both of us singing, fate had other plans for its final passage. I put down drum tracks before my surgery. We were actually planning to do a whole album, mostly acoustic, but time got funky and making music became less a priority, especially after my transplant. While I was recovering, Ryan began to mess around with piano and additional beats just to build an arrangement map. He was really just biding his time, waiting for me to get better so we could continue to work on the album.

Ryan: I was exploring a new direction in composition, letting my creative guard down, arranging and composing everything from pure emotion, using sound and color as my guide. As I worked, I would concentrate on thoughts of Erika healing and growing strong again. It became a mantra in all my decisions and actions. I would work on it alone while Erika was resting, I wasn’t really trying to get anywhere with it but eventually it started to sound really good, yet totally different than our usual sound. Since we were doing everything backwards, we still didn’t have vocals, so I just kept messing around with the music. I pulled my original guitar tracks out and recorded into a reverse effect and sprinkled parts throughout. About three weeks or so after Erika’s surgery, she was able to lay down the vocals. I had bought a really nice tube mic for her and we used it for the first time on Sirens. I remember the moment she first began singing into that mic, standing in the middle of our bedroom in just her underwear because it was so unbearably hot in the early August heat wave and you can’t run a noisy AC when you record. It was heaven to my ears. She sounded so good, I decided I didn’t need to sing on this one, so we kept it as is. In the end, it really came together in such a different way than we intended, but it felt natural, transcending into a song that definitely reflects common emotion and abstract perception, that we all share one way or another, especially these days. Like all our songs, Sirens took on its own life, reflecting our perception about the times we live in. We hope people find a positive connection with this one. For me it’s very meditative, almost trance-like. This song was obviously meant for Erika’s voice. It has so much color, hence the track art. In the face of this pandemic, we’ve all experienced tragedy but hopefully some miracles and blessing as well. I feel very thankful and hopeful despite not knowing what the future holds. I could say more, but it’s all in the lyrics, in her voice and in the colors.

Let Go

Q: You also have a couple of other songs you released in December 2019, Footsteps and Let Go in May of this year. Are you working on a full length album?

Erika: Footsteps and Let Go are on the album “Let Go” which was released on May 15, 2020. All the songs on that album are a compilation of singles we released over the last year. Sirens is part of a new album we are working on.

Ryan Flaherty, Erika Stahl
suitcase kick drum

Q: For those of you who do not know, Muddy Ruckus consists of 2 members, Ryan Flaherty and Erika Stahl. What I love about you as musicians is that so many songs sound so different and I attribute that to the numerous amount of instruments you guys can play. Who plays what instrument and talk about that drum set?

Erika: Ryan plays guitar and banjo and I’m the percussionist. The drum kit is definitely not the standard set up. It consists of a snare, floor Tom, high-hat and a suitcase kick drum. The suitcase is an old American Tourister hard shell. It’s one tough cookie! It’s held up pretty well considering 5 years of touring packed with equipment and me pounding on it.

Q: 2020 has been a not so great year for musicians but has been a good year for both of you as far as Erika’s health is concerned. How did going through this health scare make the both of you stronger?

Erika: The start of the year was rough for us. I would up in the hospital right after Christmas – for kidney failure. I had to have a catheter put in my chest so I could begin receiving dialysis treatments right away. Despite being on dialysis, I wanted to continue performing and touring so we set out in February on our scheduled tour through Florida and Texas, doing daily dialysis along the way. While in Florida, I got the phone call that a friend was approved to donate one of her kidneys to me and surgery was scheduled for April. This was amazing news and such a huge blessing. Of course, Covid-19 happened and my surgery was pushed back a month but I was able to have the surgery on May 26th. My donor and I had to go through surgery and recovery in the hospital alone because of the virus. It was hard for Ryan and I, my donor and her husband, not being able to be with our loved ones as we went through this but everything went well and she and I were both out of the hospital after three days. Ryan and my son took care of me as I recovered the first few weeks after the transplant. Don’t know what I would have done without them! It’s now been three months since the transplant and I’m doing great! I’ve fully recovered from surgery and the new kidney is functioning at 100%! I think I can speak for both of us and say that going through all this in addition to dealing with Covid mentally and spiritually prepared us to handle whatever else may come our way and we are much stronger in our relationship and life in general.

Q: The impact of Covid-19 has had on small independent music venues has been devastating. What are your hopes of how the music industry & these smaller venues might be able to survive?

Erika: It’s so sad what’s happening to these venues. We lost Port City Music Hall here in Maine and that’s just one of many across the country. Our hopes are that Congress will step up and come through with support for small independent venues so they can get through this time and that local communities will continue to support their local venues in any way possible.

Q: What was your favorite quarantine “go to” snack, restaurant and drink?

A: Carl’s Meat Market in Kittery, Maine has definitely been our Go To. It’s really close to home and they make the best sandwiches and breakfast sandwiches around.

Q: Will we see another online music show/concert from you soon?

Erika: We’re actually playing an outdoor socially distanced show on September 5th at Maine Craft Distilling. As far as online shows go, we do plan on doing more of those but don’t have any dates set as of now.

muddyruckus.com

Q: Where can fans find your music?

A: You can find our music and merch through our website muddyruckus.com , SoundCloud, Spotify and Apple Music.

Thanks Erika and Ryan! Make sure you go check out their single out today!! Stay tuned for more interviews with XI:XI; The Thieves About and The Hellcats..

Until next time, I’m Your Music Stylist – Linda Dias

At Home, He’s A Tourist

zachisatourist

Q: Your band is Zachisatourist but you are also a member of Michael Barrow & The Tourists….when did you start branching off as a solo artist?

A: I’ve actually been releasing solo music for as long as I can remember. I fronted a band in high school and released a few SoundCloud EP’s my first few years of college. I took a break once I started joining other bands and stepped into a side man role. After a few years in MB&T, I had such a backlog of songs that I wanted to put a few out there.

Q: When did you start playing the piano? And who are some keys players you admire?

A: My mom is a piano teacher, so I grew up with the piano in my home. She started teaching me around the age of 5. In terms of pianists that I admire, I’ve always loved Greta Salpeter from The Hush Sound and Landed by Ben Folds is one of the most beautiful pop piano compositions of all time. Period.

Top L to R: Taylor Swift; Pete Wentz; Charlie Fink

Q: Any favorite songs to perform? I see you’re a fan of Taylor Swift’s, “New Year’s Day”. What are your impressions of her new album, Folklore? And name some artists that you admire lyrically? Who do you consider a great songwriter?

A: I’m actually not much of a Swiftie. Haha! My wife is though and I hear a lot of T-Swift’s music through osmosis. That song – New Year’s Day – really stuck with me when I heard it. Folklore is my favorite Taylor Swift album, just because it sounds the least T-Swift. Haha! T-Swift is an excellent songwriter, but I feel like lyrically it’s pretty hit or miss. A lot of strong ideas that could have been improved with some rewrites. Pete Wentz is one of my all time favorite lyricists. I love how he uses self deprecating humor and puns, but they never come across as humorous. And everything is super ambiguous. I think that ambiguity has kept Fall Out Boy relevant. My next favorite lyricist is Charlie Fink of Noah and The Whale. The way he can tell succinct stories that resonate emotionally in a single verse is incredible. I think John Mayer, Colbie Caillat and Shawn Mendes are excellent songwriters. Catchy hooks with solid arrangements, great vocals and solid lyrics. I love performing “Sing Me Something New” with MB&T and “This Isn’t Love” as a solo artist. “This Love” by Maroon 5 and “Waiting on The World To Change” by John Mayer are my favorites to cover.

Q: If you had to say if there was any “silver lining” in quarantining at home, what would it be for you?

A: That silver lining has definitely been more time with family. I played 50 shows across the west last year with MB&T. I was gone a LOT. It’s been good to have movie nights with my wife and kids and go on walks together every night. Quarantine has also been great for songwriting. I wrote a zachisatourist record this year and will be recording it once MB&T wraps production on our new full length record. MB&T also made a TON of stuff this year because of quarantine. We released a lo-fi jams record earlier this year on YouTube, we have a remix record coming out in September, and we’ve put out way more videos than usual. Haha.. It has been a lot of fun to just make stuff again.

Q: Your latest single, You Love Me Anyway, released this year.. it reminds me lyrically of one my favorite performers, Ben Folds. This song is about your wife, correct? How has she changed your life for the better?

A: That comparison is super flattering. I love Ben Folds!! It is about my wife. We’ve been married for almost 6 years and we’ve been through a lot. I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way, trying to balance all of my roles as a musician, provider, dad and husband. But she’s supportive and has always picked me up when I’m down. Like most artists, I’ve wrestled with a lot of insecurity. She’s my biggest fan. Always having someone in my corner has been huge for me.

Q: Can your fans expect any more music released from you soon?

A: Most definitely! I’m hoping to get one more song out by the end of 2020. You’ll also hear some MB&T songs that I remixed for our next EP. I should have a record out in 2021.

Q: Where can fans listen/find your music?

A: You can find me everywhere. https://soundcloud.com/zachisatourist, YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify…😄

Thanks Zach for the great interview. Always remember to reach out if you have a new release & would like an interview. Just send me a msg via Instagram @music_stylist.

Until next time, I am Your Music Stylist – Linda Dias.

NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: CENZA

Q: When did you realize you wanted to be a singer?

A: I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a performer. I started really pursuing releasing my own tracks seriously just a year ago. I’ve been performing on stage since I was about 11.

L to R: Judy Garland, Cher, Lady Gaga

Q: Who, if any, singers do you emulate or admire?

A: Cher, Judy Garland, Lady Gaga

Q: Your new single, Thriving, was just released. What’s the song about?

A: I didn’t write this song about a ‘guy’ — I wrote it about the feeling I often get second guessing myself for making a choice and owning it and about the desire to be unafraid of being perceived as intimidating just because I’m succeeding in something. I hope this song empowers everyone who hears it to own their choices and to stop feeling like they have to dumb themselves down or make themselves smaller to make others comfortable. And to have fun with it.

Q: Have you been working on an album/EP? Will it be out this year?

A: Yes! I have a full album sequenced. Hopefully it will be out later this year or early next.

Q: Where can someone find your music?

A: You can find my music wherever music is streamed. Visit https://www.itscenza.com/ fo all links!

Be sure to check out Cenza’s music at her website & checkout her new single, Thriving.

NEW MUSIC 8/21/20 RELEASE – THE FAUX

From time to time, I promote new music by independent artists & I spoke to The Faux about his new release out Friday 8/21.

Q: New song out tomorrow 8/21 called Sad Song..what/who is this song about?

A: Yes! I am very excited to be able to share it with everyone. This song is really about losing someone close to you, whether it be a friend or lover and just feeling lost without them. I had a friend that I was very close with in high school, but after high school we ended up just not friends anymore, which is really where this song came from.

Q: When did The Faux first start writing & recording music?

A: So I started writing & recording music in 2018 kinda as a hobby, the first song I worked on that I put out there was a remix for a competition on a song called, Know This Love by KREAM, remixing it really just showed me how much fun making music is and the different possibilities in it.

Top to Bottom: Dabin, Ghastly

Q: Name some artists that would be a dream to collaborate with.

A: Well one of the first EDM artists I started listening to was Dabin so working with him would definitely be a dream come true. I also feel like working with Ghastly would be an awesome collaboration especially since he is from Arizona like me!

Q: When can we expect to see an album/EP come out?

A: At this point, I’m shooting for next year with an EP which will feature “Sad Days” on it.

Q: Where can fans find your music?

A: All of my music is on https://soundcloud.com/thefauxx and then all the singles I’ve released are also on major platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon and so on. I have done quite a few songs for remix competitions so I wasn’t allowed to release those songs officially but they are on my SoundCloud and can be listened to there!

So tomorrow Friday 8/21 , Sad Song will be out… make sure to go to The Faux’s Instagram for more info.. The Faux Official

Until next time, I’m Your Music Stylist – Linda

All You Need is Love Love

Jefferson Riordan & Chris Toppin = LOVE LOVE

So here’s another great local band from MA… let me introduce you to LOVE LOVE

Q: Thanks for speaking with me today Jefferson… LOVE LOVE formed in/around 2013 when you and Chris Toppin, the other lead singer, wrote a song together. How did that conversation go? Let’s write a song together and wanna start a band?

A: Chris and I were hired guns in bands for years, and so we knew each other and admired each other’s voices and talents. One day she called me up and told me she was working on a murder ballad and would I come over and help her finish it. I did and so it went well that we decided to write more songs together —- usually bringing one that was unfinished and the two of us finishing it together. After singing together and feeling the incredible magic in the air between us, we knew we had to work with each other and we started LOVE LOVE, in the summer of 2013.

https://midwaycafe.com/

Q: The band is from the Boston area, specifically Jamaica Plain. What local venues have been your favorite to perform at?

A: Our first show was at the Midway and that has remained a dear spot for us, (in fact we had our marriage reception at The Midway). Other favorite local venues include Toad, Lizard Lounge and The Square Root. The Pump House in R.I. is a nice place too.

Witchwood Music

Q: Tell me more about your fairly new label, Witchwood Music. Why did you decide to start your own music label? What’s it like working with so many new talented artists?

A: Chris and I have been doing this music business thing for a long time and we kinda just felt like we had all this experience and in-house talent, why not? We realized that we could manage, produce, and promote others at the same time we were doing it for ourselves. LOVE LOVE had built up a little promotions and dissemination team and Chris and I were giving music lessons on the side and discovering great new talent. Eventually it was irresistible, like an undertow, and we fell into the role of producer-managers pretty easily. It is our latest baby and we are proud new parents with that proud parent glow. The experience has been wonderful and rewarding and it is one of our life’s ambitions to get to discover and appreciate great new music. Cuz it’s out there! All around!

Clockwise L to R: Radiohead, Rocky Ludden, Amy Fairchild, Rick Berlin, Fleetwood Mac

Q: Who are some of the band’s influences both on a world scale & locally?

A: LOVE LOVE has the blessing and curse of having a plethora of diverse influences. I say ‘blessing and curse’ because the music industry has only gotten more and more specialized and specific and categorized —- all things that are kind of anathema to me. I grew up listening to and loving everything from The Beatles to King Crimson to Miles Davis; I considered diversity with one album a wonderful thing. My idols were Hendrix and Bowie. For LOVE LOVE, we just wanted to write the best songs we possibly could; vocal and lyric driven songs tapping into The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and such. Radiohead was a big influence as was The Mamas and the Papas. I continue to like what Rick Berlin is putting out, as well as Amy Fairchild; and of course we really really dig what our Witchwood artists are doing: acts like Rocky Ludden and Jeffrey Perrin.

Q: Your album Picture was released in 2018. Of course, I’m partial to the track Rhode Island because that’s my home but what song did you have the most fun writing?

A: Rhode Island was probably the most fun to write, but my daughter Nora and I wrote and performed “Pond” together, so that was pretty special and “Blind in the Sunshine” was a magical Saturday afternoon of co-writing: that one was literally written on the spot out of no preconceived idea, in one afternoon.

2020

Q: Talk about the obstacles that COVID-19 has affected the band so far? And can you find any positivity coming out of this virus for the band?

A: What worries me about the COVID thing is how many live music venues it’s going to destroy. Live music venues were already hurting and this is making it far worse and quickening the death for many. But new means of live performance are already starting to present themselves. For LOVE LOVE, and for my new solo project, Lopey Sole, it has been a time of reflection and production. The spirit that moves creativity can thrive in any environment.

Q: What does the band do when not making music?

A: Watch bad television, read great books, teach music and literature; parent.

Q: Any new music being released soon?

A: Since Picture, we’ve put out an EP (“the Rhode Island eeppee”) and an extended EP (“OK”) is due out in September. I am very proud of both of these releases.

Q: Where can fans find your music?

A: Everything can be found at the band’s website: loveloveband.com but we are also available wherever you stream live music and of course through our label site: witchwoodmusic.com.

You can also watch LOVE LOVE videos on YouTube at the following links: I Like You Weird, Murderpedia, Big Backyard Moon..

Thanks to Jefferson and LOVE LOVE for taking the time to answer my questions. We will be having some new artist interviews coming up with Cenza & Mellifera.. also Zachisatourist, The Mighty Pines and XI: XI

If you have a new music release and/or like an interview, please reach out to me through my IG @music_stylist. Until next time, I am Your Music Stylist – Linda Dias.

From The Clouds and Thorns

Rich Andruska, Clouds and Thorns

Let’s jump right into it… thank you for speaking with me Rich..

Q: So you’ve been on many sides of the music business including tv, film, advertising, frontman, session musician and recording artist. How did you get into tv, film and advertising as a musician?

A: Yeah, I’m kind of a music prostitute…I’ll do anything! LOL! I actually like doing different things all the time to keep my interest fresh and to exercise different musical muscles as well as to keep growing and learning. I love the challenge of trying to make something great in any style project I do. The sync biz stuff came about by accident (as most great things do) I was part of a little local songwriting group and a random request for music came in from one of the guy’s lawyer friends. Luckily, the song I wrote and recorded was selected for a huge national tv ad campaign for Audi…so I thought, well, this is probably not an accident, that maybe I’m good at this.

Q: How do you decide whether or not you will work with an artist in studio? Do they reach out to you or vice versa?

A: Yeah, usually one of my music business friends will turn an artist on to me and ask if I’ll work with someone. I haven’t done it in a while because of the Covid and my family being home 24/7 as well as everyone else quarantining. Honestly, I’ve been less into writing/producing for others since most folks don’t listen. Hee Hee.,, I can’t blame them, I didn’t listen to good advice when I was coming up either. As I found later, it’s the surest sign of an amateur, which I also was, to disregard craft for ego. Meaning..artists saying “I think something’s great and finished, because of course it is…I’m awesome!” Without doing the professional thing in exploring options, rewriting, trying new parts..etc etc.. all the things that the real artists do.

Q: Tell me about Heller Highwater Music Productions.

A: Heller Highwater started in a basement on Heller Parkway in Newark, NJ in my old band house. It was my first makeshift studio but it used to flood on occasion…thus “Heller Highwater” LOL…I’ve used it ever since for my productions.

Q:

Everything is Possible Now on Spotify

Q: So I first heard Clouds and Thorns on Spotify & instantly loved the song Everything is Possible Now..not realizing this song was released 3 years ago..it sounds so familiar…what’s the story behind this song?

A: Likely you’ve felt like you’ve heard, “Everything is Possible Now” before because you have..LOL..it’s been used in just about everything for many years.. TV shows, trailers, TV ads, etc etc.. Some even before it was ever released under Clouds and Thorns. C&T actually started as a collection of similar vibe songs that felt like part of an album. Because I do so many different styles, it was fun to find some that resonate together and make a “band” out of them. It didn’t seem right that I simply use my name as the artist since it’s only a small part of who I am or what a I do then as C&T got released, it started taking on a life of its own as people around the world started really embracing it and loving the songs. Honestly, it surprised me more than anyone..LOL.

Hello My Old Friend on Spotify

Q: Your latest single, Hello My Old Friend, would make a good quarantine song…is this about anyone particular?

A: “Hello” is just simply about me enjoying connecting with some old friends. The song was started a couple of years ago, and somewhere in the Fall I started envisioning how I could finish it. Unfortunately, my process is long and arduous. LOL.. There’s hundreds of songs being worked on in various stages at the same time.. all while I’m constantly creating new stuff every day. It’s overwhelming mostly. I usually get stuck in 2 places….1 is in singing performance. I’m not a good singer, the songs that do get finished are ones that I can pull off vocally enough to feel ok with releasing.. The second is lyrics. I hate writing them because that’s all about craft and finding lyrics that say something and keep evolving through the song…like a novel in some ways..but done in a few lines. I’m very tough on myself, so very few get finished and it’s usually me just abandoning the process and saying it’s good enough. But back to “Hello” it came at a good time for me I guess, as people are missing their friends during this whole disaster. Hopefully, it’ll get picked up for an ad and really start to find an audience.

Clouds and Thorns

Q: What’s up next for Clouds and Thorns?

A: Next for C&T will likely be a bit of break as I try new things….maybe grab a different collection of songs and start a “band” with those as the theme. Likely something a little darker. As much as I love doing the happy C&T songs, I’m really into things that are much deeper.. Of course, there’s literally 30 C&T songs that are in various stages of competition, so I’m sure a few of those will get finished in this year. I really do feel a need to give the fans new music. The positive message I think is really important right now. I know it helps and inspires people. The overall message of C&T has always been “the greatest form of rebellion is to make something beautiful.” We all could use more beauty in our worlds.

Q: Any live streams planned in the future?

A: I’ve been doing these short snippets here on Instagram. Which I like…Especially since the songs I do on IG are likely ones I’ll never get to finish. I can’t remember specific details so trying to perform and and remember lyrics is nearly impossible for me. Doing anything live would likely be ok for listeners, but a disaster in my opinion. Plus, I find I reach waaaaay more listeners doing the sync things and getting on TV shows and ads etc. I’d have to do hundreds of small shows to reach the same number of people as one TV showing. I did all my touring and performing and I’ve retired my leather pants.. LOL!

Q: Where can fans find your music?

A: You can just google “Clouds and Thorns” and tons of avenues show up from YouTube and Spotify..etc.. https://www.richandruska.com/#! has a lot of what I do and there’s a whole section dedicated to C&T. Also, https://www.cloudsandthorns.com/ is the best place to get free content.

Thank you for the great interview.. make sure you check out Rich’s Instagram page as well Clouds and Thorns IG.. I will be interviewing ZachisATourist & The Mighty Pines in the near future… if you have new music or would like an interview, please contact me through IG.

Until next time, I am Your Music Stylist – Linda Dias.

Edge of Seventeen

Izora

Q: Thanks for speaking with me today.. quick bio: You’re 17 yrs old, stage name Izora, and born & raised in India… Where did the name Izora originate from? Were your parents influential in getting you interested in music?

A: Hey! Glad to be here. So basically I was thinking about what I wanted my stage name to be and the name Izora very randomly popped in my head and I instantly thought it was perfect and for those of you that don’t know; my real name is Shreya Jaswal. My parents played a massive role not only in influencing my taste in music but also in encouraging me to pursue my passion (music). I’ve listened to almost all of my Dad’s song collection which starts from the 70’s music and my mom encouraged me to take guitar lessons in 5th grade which basically was the beginning of my musical journey.

Q: Who are some artists that you consider your influences? I had my 11 yr old nephew listen to your music and he says Billie Eilish & I say, Lana Del Ray with a hint of Lorde.

A: Haha..that a very good guess. Presently my biggest influences are Lana Del Ray, Lorde, Daughter, Billie Eilish of course and Gabriella Wilson (H.E.R.)

L to R: Feel Better & Midnight

Q: You had 2 singles released in 2019, Feel Better & Midnight…Give me a quick run down of what these songs are about.

A: Feel Better is a song about how we all go through these tough times and society in a way has made expressing sadness a sign of weakness so everyone is just told to smile and get over it when you really are trying to process your emotions. I wrote Midnight after watching Stranger Things lol. But it turned out to be about this “dark side” almost all of us have inside us and sometimes it takes control of our emotions. I’m on the outside looking in and trying to connect to that side and eventually am able to come back to my senses. Then again music is all about perspective, different people can have different takes on the same song.

Q: Let’s talk about Grey, your latest single. This song was produced by Jessy Covets.. Tell me what it was like working with her and what did you learn from her while making the song?

A: It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had with a producer. I’m all about supporting the women in music so I DM’ed her on Instagram and she almost instantly understood exactly what I was going for, she is one of the best producers out there and is also super sweet and easy to work with. I really look forward to working with her again and would recommend her to everyone. She is madly talented.

Q: Grey is about your mental health issues…have your fans reached out to you about dealing with their own issues and see this as being therapeutic for them? It really is such a beautiful haunting song..

A: Thank you so much! When I get a text from someone that goes something along the lines of my music helping them overcome a mental health issue or how they were feeling down all day and started to feel great after listening to my tracks, I instantly feel wholesome and a little emotional. It feels like a giant warm hug…. Music heals….and I’m glad something I created in my little bedroom helps someone halfway across the world. I’m super grateful.

Q: Quick hits: only 1 answer…. a) Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat b) Rap, Alternative or EDM c) Science, Math or Economics d) Football, Kabaddi or Squash e) Mango Bite, Pulse or Toffee f) Justin Timberlake, Drake or Harry Styles

A: a) Instagram b) Alternative c) Economics d) Football e) I don’t like candy (please don’t kill me) f) Harry Styles

Q: Any live-streams in the near future?

A: Yes. I usually do live streams at around 11:30am PST

Q: Where can people listen to Izora and stream your music?

A: @i.z.o.r.a. on Instagram, @izoramusic on Twitter and Izora on all streaming platforms. Thanks so much for having me!

Thank you to Izora and a reminder if you want your music to be heard or interested in an interview please DM me on Instagram. I will be happy to promote/review your new music as well.

Stay tuned for an interview with Clouds and Thorns. But until next time, I’m Your Music Stylist – Linda Dias.

Sulls in Isolation

This ad kept popping up on my IG account about some band called The Sulls so I decided to find more about them myself. So here is the interview with the band..

Q: So the band is headed by brothers, Brendan and Kyle Sullivan… when did you guys start playing music together… early on growing up?

A: Yes! We started playing music in our basement when we were just starting middle school. It was very loud. Looking back, I can’t believe our neighbors were cool with it.

Q: You guys play a lot of events especially weddings… whose idea was it that it was a good idea to start playing weddings?

A: We definitely pride ourselves on having been successful across the wedding, corporate, private and college event spaces. Each market has its own unique aspects that make them enjoyable. We pursue everything as a team and both decided that weddings would be a market we could offer something unique in.

Q: The band was voted Best Rock Band in 2019… that’s pretty cool..you guys must be pretty proud of that…

A: 2019 no doubt was an awesome year. We did a lot of acoustic gigs which made it funny to us that we get voted best rock band during a year we played mostly acoustic gigs haha!

Q: Now in 2020, everything is kind of at a stand still in the music industry. … as a band, primarily that plays weddings, how had the coronavirus affected you?

A: Covid-19 has really taken its toll on the live event industry. It’s caused a lot of uncertainty towards our couples. We try to be as flexible as possible with not only our wedding couples but anyone who booked us to for an event. Although Covid-19 has caused a lot of things to be rescheduled, we’re looking forward to getting out there and providing some awesome entertainment for people when this is over.

Q: What had you been doing during the stay at home orders? Music or non music related?

A: Music-wise we have been learning some new songs to add to the set list. We’ve also been working on a new lighting design which is going to be awesome to see live. Non music-related, we’ve been getting really good at Call of Duty.

Mohegan Sun

Q: Any live-streams happening?

A: We’ve done 4 so far and a studio session. We’re tossing around some ideas to keep things interesting. Keep an eye out!

https://www.thesullsmusic.com/

Q: Where can people find The Sulls music?

A: https://www.thesullsmusic.com/, our Facebook page and Instagram at @thesullsmusic are the best way people can connect!

More interviews on the way from CJ Tate, Izora, Clouds and Thorns.. Reach out if you would like an interview or have a new release coming up..

Until next time, I’m Your Music Stylist – Linda Dias

Get To Know Will Evans

Q: Let’s talk about the transition from the Barefoot Truth to Will Evans & Rising Tide….why did you decide to go from a group dynamic to solo? Was it just time for you?

A: I was already writing most of the music for the group and we were realizing that touring wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

Q: Drums, guitar, vocals? Which do you prefer?

A: All of the above. That’s precisely why I love playing solo so much.

Q: Your songs tend to be socially conscious and embody passion for the planet earth. Why is this so important to you?

A: First, because there is no planet B. Secondly, I’m such an Aquarian. I’m highly sensitive and really feel life all around me and the connection of it all.

Q: What type of music do you tend to gravitate towards? Favorite artists?

A: Anything with a kick ass rhythm section or groove. Also love good messaging.

Q: You are an avid surfer..so where is the best places to surf in Rhode Island in R.I.? What are some of your favorite places to surf in the country?

A: I can’t disclose locations.. Surfer’s code. We don’t get it as often but New England has some amazing breaks. Favorite place I’ve surfed is New Zealand.

Live stream on Facebook

Q: Can we expect any live stream concerts on Instagram, Facebook, etc?

A: Every Thursday at 8pm EST on https://www.facebook.com/willevansmusic/

Q: So the coronavirus restrictions have really hit the music industry hard and for many artists like yourself, this can be hard financially…What have you been doing during these “stay at home” orders? And where can people go to buy your merchandise?

A: It has been difficult and really the big unknown of how long until we can gather in big numbers is the real concern. We’ve been doing a virtual tip jar on the livestream and ask folks to play our music as much as possible or consider purchasing merch.

You can find Will Evans’ tip jar at https://willevans.fanlink.to/tipjar You can also hear his music on Spotify, Apple Music and most streaming services.

More interviews on the way from The Sulls, CJ Tate and Izora. Reach out if you would like an interview or have new music..

Until next time, I’m Your Music Stylist – Linda Dias

Until next time, I’m Yur

Artist Spotlight: Vaughan Supple

Vaughan Supple is an 18 yr old musician from Massachusetts and a very talented musician. This was my actual first telephone interview as I usually get the Q&A from email or Instagram. So let me introduce you to Vaughan..

Me: When did you start singing? Is your family musical at all?

Vaughan: I started about two years ago.. My family is musical in the sense that my mom would always be playing music and dad was really into classic rock and he inspired me to play guitar… we made this deal that we would start practicing and doing lessons together.. So I think I started in first or second grade & we both picked up the guitar at the exact same time and started doing lessons. It was a hobby we both picked up and then I didn’t start actually writing music until about two years ago.

Me: After listening to all your music on Spotify, I was curious if you play all the instruments on the albums or do you use a mixer/preloaded synth?

Vaughan: It differs because I have collaborated with a few people but for the most part pretty much 90-95% of the songs are me playing everything but the drums are electronically programmed and I’ll do the guitar, vocals and bass..and synth piano..I can’t play the piano but can write in the MIDI..

Me: So what editing programs are you using to mix it all together?

Vaughan: I’m using Pro Tools but I’m thinking about switching to Ableton Live just to try it out because I’ve heard there are good sounds to choose from but yeah now I’m just using Pro Tools.

Me: Let’s go back to the guitar, you said you took lessons with your dad but the other instruments, self taught?

Vaughan: Guitar is the only one that I know how to play fluently..but bass I kind of learned as a result of guitar because they’re similar and piano I can’t play but I write electronically the melodies and as far as singing I just kept practicing for a few years.

Me: I was listening to some of your songs so I’m just going to talk about what sounded familiar to me. So I listened to the Nocturnes EP and right away Valentines to me sounded like the intro to Comfortably Numb, very Pink Floyd-esque..I don’t know if that was your intention or not but very cool.. then the Lonely Great EP..the track Trace of You reminded me of Radiohead a little..

Vaughan: Oh really? Radiohead is honestly one of my biggest influences and I feel like I draw from them a lot..

Me: The track Anemic was a little Nirvana-ish and We Drown, which is probably my favorite track. I don’t know but there was something I couldn’t pinpoint the band but it sort of sounded like Tame Impala to me just a little bit. So just give me a quick rundown of what some of these songs are about?

Vaughan: Trace of You is kind of pretty conventional it’s like a love song or for just a kind of typical song about a girl and so that was drawing from personal experience and I feel like a lot of my earlier songs are kind of more conventional love songs and my more recent ones are kind of abstract I suppose. So that first album was a lot of love songs and kind of personal songs and the Nocturnes EP was inspired by dreams and abstract thoughts. I draw from dreams and old childhood memories, places in my mind that were kind of foggy enough that I filled them with creative motifs while still drawing from my own experience I guess.

Me: So your latest release, Backbone Elegy, that is really good too. For Old Times Sake, the background vocals with Jenny P sounds real nice.. And the Bubblegum song, it’s like that catchy tune and the background vocals reminiscent of the intro to Mr Sandman yet slowed down with a different tempo but you sound so much like Ezra Koenig, lead singer of Vampire Weekend.

Vaughan: That’s actually very funny that you say that because not only are they a huge influence to me but I just spoke to someone a couple of days ago and we were doing an interview and they said, Bubblegum, really reminded them of Vampire Weekend. I don’t know, I really didn’t think about that at all while making it, usually I’m very aware of my influences but that one must of slipped by me.

Me: Take me through your song writing process.. you mentioned your first EP was about love songs, the next one was about dreams.. what is your new album about?

Vaughan: The songwriting process was important to me especially on this one because I love 50’s music.. I’ve been listening to a lot of it and wanting to make my own version of it and I noticed that the fifties were a time of conformity and the pop culture was like every fifties song was a love song like, ‘You and me darling or sweetheart’ and I love the melodies of fifties songs and wanted to hear some songs of that style but where the lyrics are kind of like, ‘I hate you’.. you know what I mean and so that’s what I tried to do with this EP… I was channeling my most pessimistic songwriting for this because I was trying to compliment, especially on a track like Bubblegum because it’s so poppy and upbeat but the lyrics are so downbeat is a good word I guess. So I drew from personal experience of societal conformity and whenever those kinds of things would pop up in my life.

Neutral Milk Hotel

Me: Did I read somewhere you’re a fan of Neutral Milk Hotel? You also seem to have a wide range of musical tastes…so how would you describe your sound & who are some of your musical influences?

Vaughan: Their second record is probably my favorite record ever. As far as my sound, that’s a hard one to pin down because especially with the stuff I’m working on right now that I haven’t released yet, I’m just going in different directions. So for this most recent one, I listened to a lot of Buddy Holly and The Chordettes. But for my first record I was listening to a lot of Radiohead, Wilco and Neutral Milk Hotel. And with this most recent stuff I’m working on I’m actually going in a r&b/jazz to hip hop style and I’ve started trying to rap. And I have been super inspired by Vampire Weekend.

Me: Who is your favorite rapper?

Vaughan: I was really in love with Tyler The Creator’s newest album when that came out about a year ago..because it was totally being like neo soul but it still had that hip hop flavor to it. I listen to a lot of hip hop because it saturates today’s music a lot so I can’t really get away from it…. I really like what Billie Eilish has been doing recently.. This girl is talented and I really like her production and the stuff that she makes with her brother is really awesome and obviously she’s very mainstream right now and everyone is in love with her.. so I was skeptical at first as well but I think her sonic landscapes are just awesome.

Me: So now that most people have been at home due to the coronavirus, what have you been doing to pass the time and what kind of things not music related do you like to do?

Vaughan: I’ve been certainly doing a lot of music in my free time and I’m also pretty occupied with school because I am doing online classes. As far as non music, I’m kind of into like a lot of different art forms. I really love film, filmmaking and film watching. I’m taking a course right now that has a lot to do with post war Japanese film, which is one of my favorite eras of film.. I’m really into a lot of different directors and actually my next album I’m going to release in July is dedicated to Ingmar Bergman because he really inspired my song writing practice on this next one so that’s for him because I’m a huge fan of his work. I’ve been trying to watch a lot of movies and also TV shows…I just started watching The Sopranos for the first time so I’m getting really into that. Trying to read more so that’s keeping me busy. I haven’t been able to go outside and hang with my friends and do my usual way of life since it’s somewhat compromised.

Me: You’re 18? You’re in college? Are you studying music?

Vaughan: I’m actually not taking any music courses, I feel like I have enough music in my life..so I didn’t want to make that a part of my academic curriculum. I’m taking a range of things: French..I want to be fluent in French… Economics…I took it because i wanted to try it out…and my Philosophy course I’m taking is specifically about poverty so it goes hand in hand with my economics course.

Me: Where do you see yourself in about 5 years in your music career?

Vaughan: I have been able to make a lot of connections using the internet which I feel is such a really great tool for musicians right now. So music has always been just a hobby for me and I didn’t even really start considering the whole audience piece of it until more recently so I kind of made music for myself..just for fun..but now I kind of think of it more like making it for an audience and trying to get my music heard. There’s a lot more to come, I’m sitting on a lot of material right now.

Me: Where can people go to find your music?

Vaughan: I’m on pretty much all streaming services but the main one I like to advertise on Spotify just because that one has the most listeners but I’m on SoundCloud, BandCamp and Apple Music.. the whole nine yards..

Stay tuned for more interviews with Will Evans, The Sulls Band, APRE, CJ Tate..

Until then I’m Your Music Stylist – Linda Dias