VideoMusicStars Independent Music News Headlines Sat, 22 Oct 2016 23:28:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sebastian Azul Releases “I’m the Girl” dedicated to neurological disorders and physical disorders Sat, 22 Oct 2016 23:28:21 +0000 This song is dedicated to all the girls that suffer from a neurological disorder and physical disorder, and to all the girls that struggle with everyday issues.

sebastian-azul-350Sebastian Azul dedicates this song to all of you, he wants this song to pick you up when you’re all feeling down, and to just live your life the way you want and not care what other people may call you or think of you.  “This is your rebel song,” says Sebastian…“this is your anthem!”

Sebastian Azul, is 35 years old Producer/Songwriter, from UK (England). He writes songs and produces, finding session singers to perform them.

Sebastian decided to become an artist and raise awareness about his 9 year old son’s, neurological disorder, called Tourettes Syndrome & ADHD! And to all reach out to all the parents like him that care for someone with a condition.

Sebastian Azul is on radio rotation with the track “I’m the Girl”


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ITALIAN ELECTRONIC MUSIC LABEL ’99 WAVES’ SIGNING TALENT! Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:41:14 +0000 A cutting edge dance music company with a focus on amazing house Dj/Producers

There are a variety of many record labels across the globe, but there are crucial aspects of what sets them apart from one another.  To be an amazing record label dealing with the intense electronic music industry you must have a true passion and knowledge of the depth of the music to its very core.  This passion is something that Italian house music record label 99 WAVES fully understands and grasps.

Formed in 2013 the Italian label was founded in the city of Siracusa to build not only a label but a family of music lovers under one common company.  99 Waves is taking everything about to the next level by only working with the best talent from across the entire world.  They are based in Italy, but have a network of music professionals living and producing music across the globe.  You can find 99 Waves artists from Italy to America and every country in between.

Music knows no boundaries and can go across any language to make the listener really feel the pure energy an amazing song can have.  This is part of the successful formula that 99 Waves brings to the industry.Their A&R staff is incredibly knowledgeable not only with working with the best upcoming artists, but also being amazing event promoters.

This enables them to bring the entire package to the masses.  In the modern day and age people want to experience the music not only at home, but also at live events where they can feel the energy that house music brings for themselves.  This is a community and one that respects a great artist and the live performance they give.

Some of the talented producers/djs that 99 Waves work with are as follows on YOUTUBE:
MACY featuring Kerry Reeve
Fanatic Funk featuring Chantelle Rowe


Sky Mode





Their artist roster includes such names as:

Gosh Crash

Nicolas Zuloaga
Lokka Vox
Tony Sinatra
Sean Martins





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U.K. Composer and Pianist HELEN JANE LONG Announces American Performances in Support of 4TH Album “IDENTITY” Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:46:51 +0000 “More than talented, Long is gifted”. – Pollstar

“Gentle and elegant; haunting and poignant” – Echoes

“A moment of zen” – Sanz Plans

Boston – U.K. composer/pianist Helen Jane Long announces November 2016 concert dates in the United States in support of her latest album “Identity”.  Upon its debut, “Identity” topped classical charts in 4 countries, including its debut on Billboard’s U.S. new age chart at #9 in its first week of release.

Helen Jane Long is an award-winning film composer whose musicology brings indie culture to classical and soundtrack music. This one-time Warner Bros. composer left it all behind to create her own record label, publishing company and destiny. Her signature sound is cinematic classical and she’s kicking and dragging it into the future with her stunning fourth release, “Identity”, Helen is a classically trained pianist who taught herself to play string instruments; a competitive athlete whose music inspires audiences and filmmakers; and an intensely serious musician.

helen-jane-long-2Born and raised on the southern coast of England, Helen was able to play piano by ear as a four year old. Her ability to recreate the sounds she heard quickly became one of the cornerstones of her composing career as she taught herself to play the cello, violin and guitar, in rapid succession, in order to create her own orchestral arrangements.

After earning her degree at Bristol College, Helen quickly landed a job with the BBC where she immersed herself in the world of television scores and often worked with composers Ronnie Hazlehurst (Only Fools and Horses), Dennis King (Black Beauty) and Nigel Hess (Ladies in Lavender), and was mentored by composer Ron Goodwin.

In 2003, Howard Shore hired her as the Musical Score Continuity Director for the Lord Of The Rings films and by 2004, Helen had found success composing for television commercials and was well on her way to being associated with brands such as Mercedes, Galaxy Chocolate, Volkswagen Passat, and Bosch. In 2011, British Airways chose her to write the song for their multi-billion dollar  “To Fly, To Serve” TV campaign to re-launch the airline.

helen-jane-long-1In 2006, she was discovered and signed a contract with Warner Classics who released her first album, Porcelain, the following year. It went on to critical acclaim in England and the U.S.  Not one to thrive in a corporate environment, Helen walked away from her contract with Warner in order to pursue her own musical visions and released her second album, Embers, independently on her own BLE Records. The album rapidly climbed the charts to become the most requested album on London’s national Classic FM radio, and in 2011, earned Helen the honor of being the only female composer in the Classic FM Hall of Fame. By the time she released her third album, Intervention, in 2012, Helen had composed music for ten feature and short films, seven commercials, and eleven documentary films including scores for films by iconic American director Louis Schwartzberg and Batkid, a documentary by The Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Her new album, Identity, marks yet another shift in her composing career as she sets out to take listeners on a musical exploration of the things that make us individuals among humanity. Composed over the course of a year, Identity marks a move toward a bigger sound as she embraces the full richness of soundtrack composition folded into her uniquely intimate melodies. The highly anticipated fourth album released worldwide on April 11, 2016.

For her upcoming performances, Helen will be accompanied by her string section, The London Players.

U.S. Tour Dates

Nov 10 – Marigny Opera House / New Orleans, LA

Nov 11- Make Films Studios / Lancaster, PA

Nov 14 – Pianoforte Foundation / Chicago, IL

Nov 16 – Herbst Theater / San Francisco, CA

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Sarantos: “A Halloween Song” – a mix of gamers, ghouls and guising kids! Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:43:27 +0000 Sarantos has said that he has always loved Halloween and fondly remembers throwing lively costume parties in high school. So being the month of October he has decide to surprise fans with his own musical taking on the scary event. As usual he has released both a single and supporting video for the song, simply entitled, “A Halloween Song”. The songwriting is easy to absorb, the atmosphere is tremendous, it shows Sarantos’ vocal abilities at its best, and it’s just an all-around really impossible to hate song.

sarantos-halloween-350For the music video, Sarantos wanted to create a mixture of live footage and animation. The focus is on Halloween costumes, trick-or-treating, and yes, candy. There is dancing and maybe even a famous celebrity who makes a surprise guest appearance.

This music video is all about the fun and suspense of a typical Halloween night,” says Sarantos. “The song still takes center stage with a melody that you just cannot ignore. It was quite a challenge to come up with a storyboard that would keep the focus on the song while still adding something extra special to it. I thought adding animation would be the perfect compliment.”

“Since I’m a nerd at heart and love video games,” continued Sarantos, “I thought throwing a Halloween video game into the plot would be cool too! Finally, I grew up idolizing Thriller as one of my all-time favorite Halloween songs, so I had to throw in a famous dancing celebrity, didn’t I?”

From the driving and yet at the same time melodic bass to classic drums and guitar the music moves you, but it always must come back to the hauntingly beautiful and bountiful brogue of Chicago’s most prolific indie pop artist.

sarantos-halloween-350bSarantos is vocally, both playful and melodic here, with plenty of harmonies filling in the background as he brings alive the spirit of the trick-or-treat song. More than anyone else in the whole current singer-songwriter movement, Sarantos has absolutely no problem with getting a good laugh at the expense of the insularity of it all.

And on this track, he takes the whole scene and turns it properly on its backside. “A Halloween Song” throws in a mix of gamers, ghouls and guising kids, yet while frequently offering exceptional glimpses of tenderness and insight. A song as reckless as this could come from nothing less than an adventurous mind.

To celebrate Sarantos is to understand that he produces recordings with an often heartfelt and unique perspective on life. This time he has added ‘bent, quirky and infectiously irresistible to that perspective.

There is no readily accessible prefabricated over produced commercial conformity to hang your hat on here, just original talented ideas packaged in a superb musical pie to enjoy in a once-a-year day. Trick or Treat? You decide!

OFFICIAL LINKS: Sarantos Website – Facebook – Twitter – Google+ – YouTube – iTunes – Vimeo – Reverbnation – Soundcloud

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Francis Groove: “LOVE’s Gonna Find U (LgFu)” ft. Tony.G – a groove that soothes and satisfies Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:17:49 +0000 Born and raised in Brussels, Belgium, Francis Groove is a true turntablist, DJ and producer, in the traditions of David Morales, Calvin Harris, and Roger Sanchez. Groove started getting into electro music after his first trip to US at the age of 19.  He discovered House music through the club scene of NYC, where his favorite spot was the Sound Factory Bar. Returning home he decided to play electronic music and has been around Europe educating the new generation on “good music that lasts forever”.

francis-groove-lgfy-profilePutting an importance on the lyrics, Francis Groove’s collaboration with Sandra Bryan, a UK-born lyricist based in the USA, ensures that his songs resonate like real life experiences. Adding the voice to Groove’s soulfully mesmerizing soundscapes is Tony.G, whose vocals make the lyrics melt like butter on toast.

Well “LOVE’s Gonna Find U (LgFu) ft. Tony.G” is plain and simple just another fine production from Francis Groove. He has created yet another masterpiece of electronica in the funky and groove-filled vein of music that is transglobal, far reaching and innovative, yet rooted in traditionally classic styles.

Grooves tastes manage to manipulate sounds alongside of slinky guitar rhythms, soulful vocals, jazzy keyboard inflections and world music overtones that make for nothing short of a delightful mixture.  The vibe that Francis Groove delivers bends and weaves amongst the colors, people and places the music creates in your mind.

The echoes of past musical greatness are stirred by this recording.  “LOVE’s Gonna Find U (LgFu)” has that lounge lay back and groove sound to it that soothes and satisfies the soul, yet at a flick of the volume switch, this track could accompany you across any given dance-floor across the globe

francis-groove-lgfy-coverThe utopian qualities of this composition are highlighted by the rich layers of music leaning on top of a deep thumping bassline and a voice that resonates almost endlessly, creating an ambience suited for any feel-good mood, especially loving and romance, which is the principal theme touched on lyrically.

Though “LOVE’s Gonna Find U (LgFu)”  may only be a 3 minute song, each subsequent replay reveals new images, textures and sounds that make for an excellent listening experience. Let the music filter through your mind. These filters classify, they arrange, they name what you hear.

They focus on rhythm, on harmony, and on melody. If you set these filters too narrow, you won’t hear music, only the sound of your intellect bouncing like a ball inside your mind. Let the rhythm take you to an exotic land far away to chill on the beach watching a perfect sunset with the one you love.

For anyone looking for something different from the flood of boring electronic tracks on the market, I think Francis Groove has delivered a hidden gem here that will strike the right chord with you. And if you don’t find it, don’t worry, “LOVE’s Gonna Find U (LgFu)” !


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Angela C. Howell: “Snap Me a Selfie, Santa” – endearing symbols of happiness Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:32:11 +0000 Angela C. Howell has sung all over the United States and most of Europe, performing as a vocalist with many varied groups.  She is also known as a Musical Director and for her performances in the theatre world. Angela has released six musical albums, produced by The GoodStuff Company, as well as appearing on a wealth of other international recordings, both as a vocalist and musician.

Angela C. Howell

Angela C. Howell

Angela also released a holiday season album, entitled An Original Christmas”, which features two songs she co-wrote with Bob McDonald and seven other original works, two of which were written by her talented father, Arthur J. Howell.  Angela also co-directed and produced the video for the single “SNAP ME A SELFIE, SANTA”, off of the same album, and which can be found on YouTube.

“SNAP ME A SELFIE, SANTA” features the voice of 11-year-old Madison White on lead vocals. I know it’s only October, but the orchestrations and choral backing are so wonderfully infectious, that it started giving me the holiday season spirit already. So often, modern Christmas music is over-produced, tacky and forgettable.

This song is simply and beautifully crafted, built around a catchy, playful melody and many harmonious components, like Angela’s whistling for example, that combine to keep the listener interested and happy to sing-along.

As soon as the music starts a smile will come to your lips and your heart will swell with that sensation of the magic of Christmas. The selfie theme adds another very relatable subject to the already ‘tried and tested’ Christmas one.

The Album Cover Artwork

The Album Cover Artwork

So two rights can hardly make a wrong, as Angela cleverly weaves these endearing symbols of happiness into one playful portrayal of joy, which is the ultimate definition of Christmas really.

Madison White’s cutesy vocals and her sprightly all-round performance add yet another uplifting dynamic to the proceedings. The rest of that tingly spirit is brought along by Eric Anthony’s Banjo and Mandolin which ably dart and dance throughout the arrangement.

Angela C. Howell, along with Bob McDonald, has captured a hearty dose of the festive feel-good factor, in this composition, and without all the usual, and ostentatious, orchestral bells and whistles associated with Christmas music. They’ve kept “SNAP ME A SELFIE, SANTA”, bright, colorful and candid…pretty much like a Selfie I guess!


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Jathon Delsy: “For Real” – dare to be different! Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:11:53 +0000 What strikes most first, about  Jathon Delsy – a musician based in London, England, who composes, arranges, performs and produces his own music – is what a colorful persona he projects in an extremely dull musical era. And I mean that, in every sense of the word ‘colorful’.

Jathon Delsy is the epitome of any and everything contrasting thoughts or actions that are conventional, stereotyped, orthodox, or negatively tralatitious in nature. Jathon Delsy is the person you may have become if you had the courage to repudiate society’s restrictive and hallucinatory morals, rules and regulations derived from way before the stone-age.

And made even worse in the modern age of technology, where ‘copy and paste’ is the order of the day, and where allegiance, adherence and conformity to ‘this’ or ‘that’ group has become essential. We’re forced to ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ to be identified and appreciated today.

Jathon Delsy

Jathon Delsy

Well none of this falls into Jathon Delsy’s mindset. Delsy doesn’t follow the beaten path; he creates his own, with all the suffering and difficulties that may be at hand. On one of his latest tracks, “For Real”, Delsy clearly and unabashedly spells out his vision of society’s deficiencies:

It’s easy to pretend, echo the trend
And tumble on the tide, a ready ride, a safer side
It’s easy to remain, to plan the plain
And learn to linger long, a reason wrong, a sorry song
It’s easy to believe, yourself deceive
And walk the weary way, a gradual grey, a darker day

And then he goes ahead to exclaim his own personal position in the scheme of things:

But here and now am I
Suffering to be, giving it for free
My painted pleasure
Struggling to smile, singing it with style
By the sacred seal, wide awake I feel
Doing it for,,,,

Lyrically, Delsy is to be considered of a ‘higher’ intelligence compared to what we’re acquainted with on mainstream radio, but musically he pushes that envelope even further, with sumptuously complex arrangements, filled with exquisite guitar lines and riffs, warm orchestral backing and layered vocal harmonies that climb all the way to falsetto.

All of this is naturally wrapped in sweet, almost playful melodies on “For Real”, that tease, tantalize and provoke. It’s like having the airy vocals of Jon Anderson, the eclectic arrangements of Frank Zappa, and the guitar prowess of Steve Vai all embodied in the same person. And with just a tiny aura of Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ eccentricity finding it’s way into the big picture somewhere.

If it all sounds like a rather over-hyped tall order of sorts, it’s not. It’s simply someone daring to be different. And when we discover someone like Jathon Delsy, who steps up and out of the usual monotony that surrounds us, we trend to lose our bearings and go off into tangents.

I’ve called Delsy a genius before, and I might even do so again. I don’t think it really matters to him either way. One thing however, cannot be denied, Jathon Delsy is a precursor of our time…and not just musically!

Check out Jathon Delsy on YouTube.

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RaneRaps Releases New Single “Sunrise” from the “Diamonds & Perils” EP Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:26:00 +0000 RaneRaps‘Diamonds & Perils’, was released on October 9th, 2016. Fresh off the success of his two DJBooth and HypeM blogged singles,’ You Thought Wrong’ and ‘Sunrise’, he presents D&P – his most cathartic project to date, which captures the window of his life from Dec. 2015 – Feb. 2016 – a period of heavy loss. The title is inspired by Prince’s Diamonds & Pearls, with the Diamonds representing the music itself and the Perils being the problems that RaneRaps at his lowest.

Having quit music during the making of this project, ‘Diamonds & Perils’ was created to remind him of the importance of his first love – music, and a means of embracing all of the change he never asked for. Each song was written in a moment of either abundant joy or deep sorrow and that is reflected in the ebb and flow of the track list. From a boisterous “You Thought Wrong”, to the soul-searching “Breaking The Ice”, there is no stone left unturned when it comes to emotional vulnerability.

Through the use of hip-hop influenced by Funk, all the way to Gospel and Jazz, RaneRaps walks you through his darkest days. The producers who contributed to this EP project, include Ellzo and Sndwvs. The album artwork was handled by RaneRaps & LikoSukHoyd.

RaneRaps is on radio rotation with the track “Sunrise” Produced by Sndwvs, and taken from the ‘Diamonds & Perils’ EP.

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Close Up With Top LA Drummer Lucky Lehrer Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:40:09 +0000 Lucky Lehrer’s foray into the politics of marijuana was in 1974 working in Washington, D.C., for a freshman Congressman on Capitol Hill. Writing on the front page of the student newspaper at the University of California, Lehrer observed “the nation’s policy on cannabis appears inconsistent and ill advised.” Back then, the issue involved the defoliant Paraquat being sprayed to eradicate foreign plants making their way into the lungs of America, Lehrer reported. Today’s battle is to support California’s Prop 64, which seeks to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

“I am hosting a celebration of the music of Mary Jane at the legendary Whiskey A GoGo in West Hollywood on Tuesday, November 1” Lehrer says. “That’s exactly one week before the election. It’s free to get in the Whiskey that night and the event will feature some of the biggest musicians to ever get behind a political movement. Performances will include jams by a growing list of luminaries that includes band members of Quiet Riot, The Doors, Pink, Ozzy Osborne and plenty of others.

Lucky Lehrer

Lucky Lehrer

There’s going to be some surprise guest stars” Lehrer hints, because “you can’t imagine the number of celebrities that feel passionately in favor of Prop 64. Lehrer is no stranger to the limelight as a founding member of the seminal punk rock group The Circle Jerks, and later with Bad Religion and The Darby Crash Band. “It’s great coming back to the Whiskey, the kind of venue where most of us got our start, and feel the club’s support at an important time,” Lehrer states.

“The initiative appears to have support on the left and on the right” Lehrer continues.

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) says “Our current marijuana laws have undermined many of the things conservatives hold dear – individual freedom, limited government and the right to privacy. This measure is a necessary reform which will end the failed system of marijuana prohibition in our state, provide California law enforcement the resources it needs to redouble its focus on serious crimes while providing a policy blueprint for other states to follow.”

So far as theme music, there’s no lack of songs for Lehrer’s list of musical celebrities to perform including Jimi Hendrix’ The Wind Cries Mary, Along Comes Mary by The Association, I’m in Love With Mary Jane by Rick James, Smoke Two Joints in the Morning by the Toyes (later covered by Sublime), Reefer Head Woman by Aerosmith and, of course, Led Zeppelin’s Goin’ To California. There’s Sweet Leaf by Black Sabbath. Who can forget One Toke Over The Line by Brewer & Shipley and Neil Young’s famous Roll Another Number? Then there’s The Joker by the Steve Miller Band (“some people call me a space cowboy….”) and You Don’t Know How It Feels by Tom Petty. There’s loads of references to marijuana in hip hop, including Doctor Dre’s The Next Episode and lots of other songs, some of which we’ll perform on November 1 at the Whiskey, Lehrer smiles and says.

“We’re going to have fun, play some great material and get people to rally behind Prop 64. Cannabis today is a billion dollar cottage industry. We want to get people out of the shadows and work to create rules and practices that make common sense.”

Checkout this exclusive interview with Lucky Lehrer –

When you read stuff like “The best hardcore drummer in the world” or “Lucky Lehrer is considered the Godfather of hardcore drumming, what thoughts go through your mind?

Lucky Lehrer: I don’t pay attention any more than polls that, for example, ask who the best center ever was in the NBA? There were so many good ones, and everyone played a part. People have favorites, that’s normal. My particular favorite is Spit Stix of Fear, who played like a psychotic piston dressed as a pall bearer.

So how does a drummer seriously influenced by Buddy Rich and frequenting Jazz clubs make the move to something as visceral as Punk Rock?

Lucky Lehrer: I have some shows coming up at Vibrato, one of the most serious jazz clubs in L.A. I dress comfortably as a jazz drummer and play small diameter drums and use the brushes a lot. I love this music as much as I enjoy punk and classic rock. Antonio Carlos Jobim is a God to me.  1 I look for subtle opportunities to add musical flourishes and have a good time. If you love music, it’s easy. You mention Buddy Rich, he’s a good example. His body of work shows Buddy was adept playing slow jazz in a quiet trio as he was driving a 20 piece swing band playing driving tunes at tempos fast as a hardcore punk song.

How much of what you picked up from Buddy Rich in the early days has still remained in your style and where does any of that technique become essential in making you a better hardcore drummer?

Lucky Lehrer: Mentally I’ve never left. I’m studying now with Bruce Becker, a direct disciple of Freddy Gruber  2 We work on hand and foot technique with a goal of increasing flexibility and control. The idea is getting the body to play what the mind imagines. From that place, magic can occur and you can perform the unimaginable.

  • (Jobim is considered the father of the Bossa Nova. Gruber was a Rich’s room mate and shared ideas about playing drums.)

lucky-lehrer-jamAlready an established drumming legend for many, do you still consider yourself in the learning process? And which drummers do you still keep your eye on? Whom do you study with or learn from?

Lucky Lehrer: One of the great things about living in L.A. is we have a great community of drummers. The guys I see at auditions are friends and, competitive human tendencies aside, I’m happy when brother/drummers succeed. Glen Sobel, Dean Butterworth and Jordan Burns started 818 lunches where I’ve made everyone from Denny Siewell (Paul McCartney’s drummer) to Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind and Fire. I love to watch Glen play, Brian Tichy (of Whitesnake, founder of the Bonzo Bash), Matt Starr, Mark Schulman, Joey Heredia, I’ve studied with or learned from all of them…I can go on.

What are you consider as your signature style, or which particular traits do you think sets you apart from your peers or contemporaries?

Lucky Lehrer: There are no secrets, I explain everything on my website. I draw from many disciplines, which gives me a broader perspective than drummers who know only one or two styles. I still love going out to hear Latin music. I consider Afro-Cuban drumming a wellspring of ideas for rhythms and drum beats. I’m inspired by established masters like Joey Heredia, who I consider the most versatile drummer out there. There’s not a musical style Joey can’t excel at playing. The amount to learn is infinite.

Part of your time is spent giving drumming lessons, as well as producing an online drumming series. What kind of a response have you been receiving? And are kids still interested in playing the drums considering all the electronic and programmable stuff available?

Lucky Lehrer: I’m teaming up with one of the funniest comedians in Hollywood to continue my lighthearted approach to drum education. Everyone should own a drum set, acoustic preferred but if you’re in an apartment or something, then an electronic kit is fine. It’s a great way to express yourself, get out aggression, develop coordination and a better feel for music. Percussion makes everyday life palatable, if not a pleasure.

Besides the drumming lessons are you involved in a recording or performing activities right now?

Lucky Lehrer: On the hardcore side, I’m working on a project with Greg Hetson and Earl Liberty  3 I’m doing another recording project with a local guy named Kris Olsen, who I met through sound man Dave Henszey  4 Kris’ style has a bit of country in it which I also like playing. He pulled in Damian Valentine and Chuck Cicirello for that, these are heavyweight cats. I’m always getting invites to play, and I’m thankful and never smug about it. In 10 days I’m going to Europe to play and record with a guy whose got a big following in Finland. Today, most of the time, I can do drum tracks at my place and send the files anywhere, which is in the plus column of the digital age.

  • (Lucky played with Greg Hetson in the Circle Jerks and in Bad Religion. Earl Liberty filled in on bass with the Circle Jerks after Flea. Henszey worked with Andy Johns recording Led Zeppelin among others.)

I still love to play out and L.A. has one of the best jam scenes in the country. When there’s time I’ll jump on a tune Tuesday nights at the Whiskey for Ultimate Jam Night or Wednesdays at Soundcheck Live. Due to popularity, I understand the Viper Room is picking up the slack on Monday nights. I’ve jammed all kinds of tunes, played with veteran players and met a lot of super-cool people in the process. The jams are unrehearsed, there’s occasional surprises, and one-time only performances that are golden.

lucky-lehrer-300bwHaving played in bands like The Circle Jerks, Redd Kross, Bad Religion, Darby Crash Band and LA’s Wasted Youth, with who would a talent like Lucky Lehrer be looking to expand his playing career now or in the near future?

Lucky Lehrer: One of the main reasons to keep visible is to get the call when veteran band needs a drummer. But you need a thick skin and I’ve had my share of disappointments. Recently the Misfits needed a drummer and they grabbed Dave Lombardo, whose one of the fastest and best. That’s a band I could have fit into. Any touring band or a post-punk outfit like Pennywise, NOFX, The Offspring, Social Distortion,The Vandals, etc., etc., are in my wheelhouse.

Having already been invited and having performed at the Bonzo Bash, are you looking towards a return visit? And what are your thoughts on John Bonham in general?

Lucky Lehrer: The best part of being in a Bonzo Bash is you’re hanging with some of your favorite drummers. I wish Bonzo  5 could see today’s Bonzo Bash. “Tich,” for one kills the tunes and is more Bonzo than Bonzo (I know, I’m talking blasphemy). Chas West of Lynch Mob seriously conjures Robert Plant. Honestly, drummers are some of the coolest people in the universe and I’m down for that every time. I think about John Bonham every day. His beats were so deep and heavy, deceptively simple yet massive. Kashmir, one of my favorite songs, a beginning drummer might think “that beat is easy.” Yet try playing that bass drum for 5 minutes with precise, equal intensity. Not one beat is louder than any other, not one beat is off. Bonham was rock solid and restrained. He didn’t let his power and ability interfere with playing sparse served the song best. When the time came on Moby Dick Bonzo showed he was a virtuoso soloist with insane chops.

  • (Led Zeppelin’s drummer John Bonham was usually addressed as “Bonzo”.)

What would you consider a really successful or high point in your career so far?

Lucky Lehrer: It was fun to see 40 cop cars on Hollywood Boulevard for the movie premier of THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION but I’m not looking back, I’m not nostalgic in that way. It’s about how much did I practice today? Tomorrow then takes care of itself.

On the other hand, what has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your music career so far?

Lucky Lehrer: I wish we could take the ego tendencies out of it, mine included. Of course, we’re all human. When you spend hours in closet with a practice pad and a metronome, you look forward to playing out. All I can work on is myself, but I think most people (and all the cute girls) say I’m friendly and approachable. Every other day someone on Facebook will ask “when are the Circle Jerks getting back together?” My response is “you’d have to ask Keith Morris,” because Greg, Zander and I are 100% ready to play. In his book, Keith couldn’t say enough kind things about me. When we talk, he says everything is totally cool. There’s festivals, shows and tour dates offering the Circle Jerks stratospheric guarantees. When you think of the funds, females and fun it makes you wonder….

If you had the opportunity to change one thing about the current music business, what would that be?

Lucky Lehrer: It’s very easy to get down on the paradigm where a lot of bands have to give away their recorded music for free just to get popular enough to tour and sell T-shirts. But where does it get you? I think musicians always had to hustle and for most, the money is meager. Dave Grohl told me, and I prefer this optimistic approach, if a player works hard enough and a band does everything humanly possible to be amazing, there are still opportunities and you will get noticed. I’m perseverant and that’s a trait artists need more than ever.

How do you market and manage your music career currently? Do you have a management team or do you control everything by yourself?

Lucky Lehrer: I was surprised how many of today’s top drummers are marketing savvy. Some of the biggest names don’t like to admit it, but today chops alone are not enough. A lot of young people have grown up in a SEO (search engine optimization) world and they have online strategies. I’d rather prefer a nine stroke ruff-a-diddle  6 than learn Photoshop. The problem is there’s so many people who are happy to take your money to improve your online presence but they deliver little. So it’s buyer beware when you pay people help you.

  • (A drumming manoeuvre.)

lucky-lehrer-350What are your thoughts on the current Punk Rock or Alternative Rock scene? Do you still think it still has a future or has it lost all momentum with the advent of electronic music?

Lucky Lehrer: So called “electronic music” was around before indie-style bands. No form of music is a problem. A lot of drum sets today are hybrid, with acoustic drums and electronic triggers. Protest music goes back to the chants African slaves hummed in various dialects, through Appalachian stomps, anti-war cheers and hard rock anthems. Future generations can rely on music to tell life’s story: pain, beauty, injustice, love, betrayal, excess….all fertile ground for the poet’s inspiration.

Which keywords would you personally use to describe Lucky Lehrer – the musician and drummer today?

Lucky Lehrer: Enthusiastic, curious, supportive on the bright side. Introspective, conflicted and spotlight chasing on the darker side.  Lao Tzu said “what the world recognizes as  beautiful is ugly,” and I’m reminded to keep humble, stay in the moment and I’m thankful for all my good fortune.

Do you follow any particular training or exercising to stay in shape and perform those energetic drum patterns as if you were still in your late teens?

Lucky Lehrer: Don’t you hate it when you hear that at age 28 an NBA star’s career is over? One of the main reasons I stick with playing punk, as oppose to retiring and playing just jazz, are the physical demands. Playing hardcore music, preparing for shows and so on, is great for sex stamina and physical endurance. This keeps the pressure on, my wife turns 29 next week, so I better stay in shape. I don’t do drugs and I go to the gym. I want to do an ad for vitamins, Geritol liquid energy drink or something (laughs).  7

Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

Lucky Lehrer: I think we kind of covered this and the answer is yes. The phenomena must be embraced, because it can’t be fought. The digital age opened as many doors as it closed. Since the dawn of consciousness, the goal is to recognize opportunities and create human connections.

Looking back on what you’ve achieved (or have not achieved) thus far, is there any choice or decision you made during your career that you would definitely do differently now?

Lucky Lehrer: I’ve admitted this before and I’ve often repeated I was wrong about punk music. Being wrong about stuff keeps you humble. I thought punk rock was really like the pet rock, a one-off thing with a short shelf life. So many of the early players had sophomoric music ability I couldn’t see sustaining itself. But the best players, guys like Pat Smear who I played with in the Darby Crash Band, stuck with it and got better. It was a thrill to see Pat play at the Grammy Awards and to hear what people like John Doe (of X) and Mike Ness (of Social Distortion) are doing. These guys were confident and their talent continues to be rewarded.

  • (Lucky Lehrer married yoga teacher and fitness model Holland Baxley last year.)

lucky-lehrer-logoWhat music and which artists in particular are you currently listening to, and is there any one or ones of these you would enjoy working with?

Lucky Lehrer: As you probably see, I’m not one of those guys who says all the great songs have already been written. One benefit of technology is bringing the music world together. With Indie music, Bellicose Minds from Portland are exciting, as Soft Kill and Arctic Flowers (again from Portland, OR). I like the Savages. Deathcamp Project from Poland is the band my guy from Finland wanted me to check out before we went in the studio, and I like those guys. Most musicians I know are as also serious fans listening to music. I like music that defies categories, like Exploded View. Locally, the New Flesh from Oakland and Flamingos from L.A. sound good.

If you had to think of an inspiring slogan or piece of advice that would leave a positive impact on young up and coming drummers, what would that slogan be?

Lucky Lehrer: On I have a quote I learned when I was eleven and my mom took me to an Ed Shaughnessy drum clinic at the Pro Drum Shop. Ed said “play it straight, strive for tone.” That quote stuck with me as something I had to remember. When you get to playing fast, you have these chops. The tom-toms are staring up at you and it’s good to remember—just like John Bohman—leave that fancy drum fill out. Be patient, there may be a better spot for a drum fill later. Tone, that’s a what good drumming is all about. It’s not just the way you tune the drums or playing the best cymbals you can afford. Properly striking the drum, not mere bashing, is fundamental, the fruit of thousands of hours of dedication to this craft. Great drummers pull a pleasing, natural sound out of the instrument.

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AJ Ghent Band Announces New Single – Love Me No Mo’ Mon, 17 Oct 2016 02:36:48 +0000 On September 28, 2016, Atlanta based, AJ Ghent Band released their newest single since their last project, Live at Terminal West (Blue Corn Music). Love Me No Mo’ is an upbeat, indie rock song grounded in the blues, sprinkled with pop, that shines with AJ Ghent, the lead vocalist and musician, and his singing steel guitar.

The single, is available everywhere digitally, and for free on NoiseTrade and Soundcloud and is accompanied by a lyrical video on YouTube and on the official AJ Ghent Band website (link below). AJ Ghent describes Love Me No Mo’ as a life song for many, fusing blues, rock, and the popular sounds of today. For more information about AJ Ghent Band’s Love Me No Mo’ and upcoming performances, visit

aj-ghent-band-coverAbout AJ Ghent Band

AJ Ghent Band is a four–piece family band that constructs an indie–rock sound howling from the church to the blues. With a style that can be defined as fresh, yet reminiscent of music of times past, electrifying, and rootsy- what they like to call NEO BLUES.

AJ Ghent, who comes from a long lineage of pioneering steel guitar players, leads the band. His great uncle, Willie Eason originated the sound known as ‘Sacred Steel’ as early as the 1930s. The legacy continued through AJ’s grandfather, Henry Nelson, and his father, Aubrey Ghent Sr., all which are noted in the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

AJ Ghent Band promotes originality by incorporating the ‘Sacred Steel’ sound of music along with a modern presence. The frequencies of this 4 piece with AJ’s vocals, and his singing steel guitar, his wife MarLa on bass synth, keyboard and vocals, combined with his sister Tiffany on percussion and vocals and his brother JD on drums promote an unforgettable experience.

The mission of AJ Ghent Band is to take every listening ear on a musical safari full of soul, rock and blues elements, lightly frosted in hip-hop and EDM. Stylistically, and musically, AJ Ghent Band works to stick to the root of it all—from the depths of the dirt when songs of hardship were sung to help you overcome.


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Download AJ Ghent Band’s new single, Love Me No Mo’ free at Noisetrade:


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