"You let your hair grow out," says Andy Williams as we soundcheck for the interview. "You look like a fucking hippie."
The NoHo Arts District dot Com team likes to showcase the immense talent we have in our growing one-mile neighborhood. We had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with North Hollywood band Glass Battles.
The British folk scene is one that is truly thriving at the moment. Each week it seems that we are introduced to a new fresh-faced artist or act that claim they are going to take the genre further.
It's the last day of the Summer Slaughter tour and things are hectic in Anaheim.
Funeral For A Friend has finally released their eagerly anticipated album ‘Conduit’ and things are sounding interesting. This band is without a doubt a huge influence on the current British post-hardcore scene. Their debut CD ‘Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation’, was of such high quality it has been said by many that the band have never really matched up to the standard they so highly set themselves. As the albums went on we heard the band start to stray from their roots that started it all, not to say they were any less appealing, they just didn’t seem to have that nostalgia that they possessed in their first record.
"It was surreal being there," bassist Johnny Adger says of touring Europe in 2010 with Them Crooked Vultures. "On the first night, [Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones, and Josh Homme] introduced themselves to us. I was like 'yeah, I know who you are,'" he laughs.
Ryan Minic is the creator of Ryan's Rock Show. Ryan's Rock Show is a daily resource for music news and candid video interviews covering the most relevant bands in the rock music community.
Manchester alternative rock newcomers Shooting Pigeons have just release their debut EP ‘City of Peace’. Consisting of a mere four tracks, the band really had to focus in on their talents to get people to listen to them; and that is exactly what they did.
When they landed in Philadelphia after an 8-hour flight from France, Hypno5e's bassist Gredin and their light guy were denied entry into the US. "Customs wouldn't let them in," drummer Thibault Lamy says, smoking a hand-rolled cigarette on the front patio at Bonnerhaus.
Wiz Khalifa is currently one of Hip-Hop’s hottest musicians and has recently realised his latest album ‘O.N.I.F.C.’. So how does it compare to ‘Rolling Papers’?
How did you get started in the music industry?
Noah: I started recording myself around sixteen. I started with an actual 4 track tape recorder and worked my way up to teaching myself
Pro-Tools and some other software. Now I pretty much do the same thing, just at a slightly bigger scale. I record everything at home,
and work independantly for the most part. I guess the only difference now is that more people listen to what I make, so that's cool.
What makes your music unique?
Noah: I'm a big fan of juxtaposition. It seems like bands can go in a very electronic direction, with synths and drum machines, or a very natural
direction with acoustic guitars and natural drums, slide guitar ect. I like to take my favorite elements of both and try to play them
against each other. And then find a harmony between the two that's compelling. I think that juxtaposition is what makes a lot art
compelling. Something that you want to look at or listen to more than once.
What would you call your style of music?
Noah: Acoustic songs with a lot of electronic elements.
Indie is probably where I fit in the best, literally and genre-wise, but I've always made music similar to what I make now.
And I've never felt like I fit in comfortably into any genre. But I think a lot of artists feel that way, so I'll leave it to other people to
decide what to call it.
What has been your favorite gig so far and why?
Noah: I was playing at someone's house in Northern California. I was outside and the place was in the mountains. As soon as I started playing
there was a really strong echo coming from the mountains on both sides. At first I thought it was going to be distracting but after a
few minutes it got really addicting. After a while I was just making sounds to hear what they would sound like coming back.
That was really fun.
Any advice to a band/solo artist trying to cut their first CD?
Noah: Yeah, people aren't as interested with the specific sound of your music as much as the soul behind it. Don't force anything,
and keep it simple.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Noah: Making music no matter what. Hopefully on an even bigger scale.
What do you like about NoHo?
Noah: I live in the arts district so there are so many awesome things so close together. One of my favorite things in NoHo is
"Kulak's Woodshed". It's a music venue that's set up like a TV studio and the perfomances are broadcast live on the internet.
It's a great place to play and there's a very supportive music community there.
French touch indie rockers Boolfights are on the verge of releasing their latest album ‘Feral’.
Looking at the 18-year-old Nottingham native Jake Bugg, you wouldn’t expect his music to be mature or sophisticated but he is proving that age doesn’t mean everything. As soon as he opens his mouth you can hear influences from the likes of Dylan and Oasis that can truly be felt within his jangly style sonnets of his self-titled debut album.
Recently called "Darlings of the Fashion World” So Cal based band Early Morning Rebel is proud of its LA roots but their soulful sound has universal appeal and has been winning hearts in Europe as well as the U.S. We caught up with EMR lead guitar player Dustin Bath fresh off the fashion show runway world of London and Paris Fashion week.
The first time I saw and heard Dean Regan perform was at The North Hollywood Church of Religious Science. Dean is a phenomenal singer with a vocal style and range that is reminiscent of the giants in Old School Broadway.
Mumford & Sons are back with their new album ‘Babel’ and credit should be given where it is due. The record, in terms of sound quality, composition and lyrics are fantastic. Once again the band strip down music to the bare essentials and make it work for them. Songs like "Reminder" and "The Boxer" are perfect poetic stories that, whilst being short, have a huge amount of depth to them.
"I didn't know sh*t like this happened in the Valley" - Common comment from audience members.
Comebacks aren’t for everyone...
Today, we are interviewing Jim Manzo, member of the OTYP Band. Jim goes back quite a few years with the NoHo Arts District. He graduated from the Los Angeles Recording Workshop, which moved to Hollywood and is now where the Art Institute of California Hollywood is standing. Jim was a regular at local recording and rehearsal studios such as AMP, Leeds and The Alley. Now, the OTYP Band is releasing their new album.
Rock and Metal are one of the few genres that are still thriving with talent. Each new band seems more underrated than the last and Our Innocence Lost release of their brand new album ‘Like A Complete Unknown’, is no exception to that rule.
BETO CUEVAS is in demand! He is currrently in Puerto Rico inundated with press interviews for his new album,"TRANSFORMACIOM" Warner Music. "TRANSFORMACION" is fast on track to becoming a hit. "QUIERO CREER," (I Believe), the first single released that has climbed the music charts and is now a number one music video. After ten successful albums as the frontman for Latin rock group La Ley, selling millions and receiving a Grammy, Latin Grammys and MTV Awards, BETO CUEVAS emerged as a solo artist in 2008. "Miedo Esceni," his first post La Ley launch spawned notable hits such as "Vuelvo" and "Hablame."
I've said it before and I will say it again, experimatation is something that makes music beautiful, the ability to try anything in music and see what fits and sounds good is always a positive.
When bands release a three track EP they really need to get their point across of who they are and what they are about fast due to the time constraints.
When Aussie Indie rockers The Temper Trap first released their debut album ‘Conditions’ back in 2009 it rocketed them to fame in the indie scene.
Moses Luster is an American musician who’s debut album ‘I'm The Lion’ is something that is unusual to say the least.
Attaboy are a Christian Rock band from Indiana; I admit that I don’t listen to much Christian Rock music, but if this band and their EP ‘Unshaken ’ is anything to judge it by than it is a truly underrated genre.
Van Ghost is a five-piece rock band weeping with soul. Whilst they have their own individual sound, listeners might be reminded slightly of bands such as Matchbox Twenty.
Every so often you hear that album that makes you completely fall in love with a genre again. Lucky for me Valentiger have made that happen with their album, ‘Oh, to Know’.
The Sun Explodes is a five piece rock band that fuses several styles of rock with electronic to create their distinct sound. Their debut album ‘Emergence ’ is welcomed with open arms in my eyes. It is fresh and exciting in all the right places. Some might say that they have similarities with the likes of Enter Shikari, this is true and they have the potential to rival them.
Leicestershire lads Atlantis, release their EP ‘Atlantis’ and they truly are in a league of their own. They mix hardcore, passion and in your face music to create eight neatly compact songs of pure music adrenaline. Singer Jones is one the most talented vocalists I’ve heard in a long time with his versatile ability to switch from gritty screams to powerful vocals instantly.
mylittlebrother have released their emotion filled EP ‘Nosedive’. It is a is very Beatle-esque bunch of songs, letting the listener become immediately familiar with its tone and sound. The band have taken their influences, added their own style and have created something not to be taken lightly. What makes it even better is that it isn't only one style, at times it can come across slightly folksy adding a more poetic side to the songs.
Grey Goes Down are a three piece alternative punk band from Nottingham, who together form something that's one of a kind. Their debut album 'Love Letters to Rock 'n' Roll, will take listeners back to a time where music was about the music and nothing else. The vocals can be compared to early Green Day and at times vaguely reminiscent of the late Kurt Cobain. The music is simplistic yet powerful and the two go hand in hand to create a catchy grunge fused punk vibe.