Going Around and Around: My Sit Down With Cal Green Of Carnivals

Every opportunity I’ve had with this blog I have been completely honored and humbled by. Flash back to a few weeks ago I get an email from a label that is based in London asking me to do an interview and a small review of a song called Shadows by the UK band Carnivals.  I had to pinch myself, how did they hear about my blog?  I, of course, said yes.

Took me a little while to come about but I was very pleased how it turned out and waited patiently to get it back.

Carnivals is a unique sounding, I really caught onto their song Shadows.  I was really excited to be able to interview them for Stack Attacks Music.

Now I am going to take you on a journey with Cal Green, lead vocalist and guitar player for Carnivals.  The melodic sounds of Cal’s guitar along with Joe Hannen also on guitar, George Brimble’s soulful bass jams and Harry Wood playing the drums, Carnivals takes you on trip on their melodic roller coaster you’ll wish never ends.

Enjoy!

 

(all photos courtesy of Mollie @ Gatepost Music and Carnivals facebook page)

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**Start off by telling us all who you are and where you are from?

CAL GREEN: Hello there, I’m Cal and I’m the lead singer of Carnivals- a
four-piece from South East London.

**How did the name Carnivals come about?

CAL GREEN: When we had just formed the band, I was working in a cafe on my local high
street and I saw a shop window display of the Brazilian World Cup. In big
letters it stated “Carnivale”. I was trying to think of names at the time
and it suddenly clicked that Carnivals was a pretty sick name. I also knew
that The Doors’ Ray Manzarek described their music as carnival music, which seemed very fitting for us.

**The sound of your band to me is very Doors/Queens of the Stone Age
sounding, where do your musical influences come from?

CAL GREEN: You are correct with our influences being from The Doors, they have provided us with inspirations for many of our songs which is why we are likened to them so much. Also, The Beatles and other 60s and 70s bands have taught me about the enhancement of vocals and now I’m obsessed with incorporating harmonies into our music. I would say we all have a variety of inspirations for our music, for example we all love hip hop and old school rap, especially our drummer Harry, you may be able to tell from his drumming.

**What bands, if any, did you have before this project?

CAL GREEN: Before we formed Carnivals, I was in a band called Kaleidos Eye which was fun as I was young and still in college. It was the first band I was in and it taught me a lot about becoming a musician. Other than that I’m still always writing tunes and home recording some solo stuff on the side.

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(photo courtesy of Carnivals Official Facebook page/Mollie at Gatepost Music)

 

**At what age did you say, hey I think I want to make music? Was there ever
a time when you thought “Maybe this isn’t for me?”

CAL GREEN: I think I was about 16 and 8 months old when I wanted to start making music. I wrote a very cheesy love song with 4 chords; I still remember the words to this day. To be fairly honest and true with you, I have never thought that music isn’t for me.

 

* The single Shadows, I absolutely love the sound! So mellow and exciting
at the same time. Is the song about something in particular that happened
or kind of like the proverbial shadows in life chasing us down?

CAL GREEN: Yes I guess you’re right in a way, there can be lots of interpretations of the song. However, shadows came to me when I was on one of those spine shivering walks home in the early hours of the morning. Over thinking everything and seeing odd “figures in the distance” are themes in the song which are used to portray how your mind plays tricks on you. Ironically, although the song is mellow, it’s about thrilling and haunting events.

 

 

**What has been the most rewarding part of this musical journey so far?

CAL GREEN:  This year, we recorded at Parr Street studios and played at the Isle of Wight Festival. These moments have shown us what being in a band is really about.

**How does the process of writing a song happen for you, do you think of
the melody first then the words or vice versa?

CAL GREEN: I normally have lyrics saved on the notes of my phone which I jot down when I have an idea. These thoughts for songs come to me in really random places. We then jam a lot as a band and in these sessions I lay down vocal melodies over parts of songs that the other band members come up with. To be honest, every song that we have made has been created in a completely different way. It just depends on what comes naturally.

**Sometimes to get yourself out there you really have to rely on word of
mouth from friends and fans of your work. What kind of following do you all
have? Is there a lot of fan interaction?

CAL GREEN: From the start we have always had a big group of friends who come to support us. Since then we have noticed new faces and familiar faces which is good to see. We always interact with fans and love getting to know them, especially after we have just played a gig.

 

**Do you think the music industry nowadays focuses too much on one genre of
music while others seem to suffer and get pushed back in the line? How will
you make sure you don’t fall to this?

CAL GREEN: When it comes to creating songs, we just prioritise writing good tunes and being part of a good scene. The reason that the music industry focuses on ‘pop’ music too much is because it is a money making market. We prefer to stay undercover with bands who produce quality music which isn’t influenced by the thought of ‘making it’.

**How do you feel you can stand out from other bands in your genre? Give us
a little insight as to what really make you all tick!

CAL GREEN: We pride ourselves on our catchy bass lines and harmonies which we hope people sing along to. The themes throughout our songs are significant and we want our audience to be able to relate to them. Although we want to stand out from others bands, we also want to support them as much as possible too.

**Ok a little break from the serious stuff, here’s a few zingers: Do any of
you have any secret talents?

CAL GREEN: I have been known to be the best person around to crack people’s backs. So
if the band fails you’ll see my name above a Chiropractor’s office.

**Any nicknames that you would care to share with us?

CAL GREEN: People have likened me to Roger Federer, so I hear that nickname a lot.

**If you were trapped on an island and you could only take three things,
what would they be?

CAL GREEN: Solar powered electricity generator, A TV (installed with DVD player), and A Bear Grylls boxset!

**Let’s say you wake up tomorrow and you weren’t able to make music
anymore. What would you all do?

CAL GREEN: Cry…

**What’s on the cards next for Carnivals? Give us a hint as to what we can
look forward to in the future?

CAL GREEN: We have all just bought a shit load of effects pedals so there are good things to come…

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A BIG THANK YOU goes to Mollie @ Gatepost Music for allowing me to be a part of this amazing interview. Thanks again!

Thanks also to Cal Green for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and answer these questions for this little girl from Pennsylvania!  You are amazing and your soulful voice will surely carry you and Carnivals far!

If you would like to find out more about the band or the other members of Carnivals, here are a few places you can catch them:

facebook.com/carnivalsband

CarnivalsOfficial (Instagram)

@CarnivalsBand (twitter)

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joehannen6 (Instagram)

georgehbrimble (instagram)

_h.t.w_ (instagram)

Or you can check out their sounds on Itunes and Sound Cloud

soundcloud.com/carnivalsofficial

or search Carnivals on iTunes.

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FROM ALUSTRIUM TO GALACTIC EMPIRE, THE FORCE IS STRONG: An Interview with Chris Kelly

Being a music fan, you always love when one of your favorite bands comes on with something new.  Alustrium has been one of those bands that stuck to me quickly and I listened to them for a while.  Then to hear that their guitarist, Chris Kelly, was in another group, doing something quite unique.  A Star Wars themed band, Galactic Empire!  Not to mention he was portraying your favorite character from the movie series, Vader.  Galactic Empire is made up a group of really awesome characters, all puns intended.  

Walk with me as we take a little walk through the days and nights, the busy musical life of Chris Kelly.  

Buckle up, it’s going to be quite a ride!

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Give the readers a quick introduction of yourself, be as simple or as off the wall as you want.

Chris: My name is Chris Kelly. I’m a musician and recording engineer from Philadelphia, now living in the Lehigh Valley. I play guitar for a progressive death metal band called Alustrium and also for the recently notable Star Wars themed band, Galactic Empire (I’m the guy behind the Vader mask).

What age did you decide that you wanted to play the guitar? Was it your first instrument?

Chris: I was about 10 when I decided to pick up guitar. After seeing the movie School of Rock and, I kid you not, Freaky Friday, I came to the decision almost immediately. Not sure what it was about Lindsay Lohan pretending to play guitar that got me so stoked, but it ended up paying off. It was technically my second instrument (I played sax in elementary and middle school), but it was certainly the first one I had a true passion for.

 

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Alustrium, I have to say is one of my favorite bands out there, really love the sound. Lucid Intervals is one of the best tracks.

How long has the band been together? Give us all a little insight to how the band started.

Chris: Thanks! That’s definitely one of our most “out of the box” songs as far as our music is usually concerned, so it’s cool to hear that someone digs it besides us. Alustrium has been around for almost a decade at this point (if you count the various stages of the band that eventually became Alustrium). The origins of the band aren’t really anything extraordinary. Just a couple of awkward, angsty high schoolers who wanted to play mean sounding music. It took us a good while to hone in on what our current sound is, but I think the shitty stages are essential to any growing band or musician.

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What kind of gear do you use when playing/performing? What would your dream guitar be?

Chris:  Being a self certified gear nerd, the list gets fairly extensive. I’m very proud to represent PRS Guitars, Fractal Audio and Bare Knuckle Pickups. Aside from those brands, my rig varies based on which band I’m playing with.

For Alustrium I run a Kemper profiler with a Fractal FX8 floor unit and Mike uses an AxeFx II XL+. Both of our rigs run into a Carvin TS100 stereo power amp which powers our Orange cabinets. For smaller shows we each use a PPC212c and for larger shows Mike will use a PPC412c while I run both of the 2x12s.

For Galactic Empire all guitarists will be using Fractal AxeFx units which will be run to power amps that power Mesa/Boogie 4x12s.

As for my dream guitar, as I said I play PRS guitars so that’s already a big dream crossed off the list. I guess if I had to think of something it would be the typical rockstar dream of one day having my own signature guitar with them.

 

Growing up, who inspired you to want to become a musician? who inspires you now?

Chris:  I do believe I gave Lindsay her due credit early on. My current inspirations come from a much larger number of players. I tend to take more of an interest in songwriting as opposed to musical prowess, though most of the music I usually listen to has some level of prowess built in. Some of my biggest influences that have been with me since the early days of playing would be John Petrucci, Mark Morton, David Gilmour, and James Hetfield.

Now people will know you as Darth Vader in Galactic Empire. This seemed to blow up overnight with your viral video for the theme to Star Wars. As a huge Star Wars fan/geek, whatever you wanna call it, I love it! How did the whole idea of GE come about? Where did this brain child hatch?

Chris: For legal reasons I should specify that I am “Dark Vader”. We do our best to keep ourselves within the confines of fair use because Disney has a pretty solid team of lawyers. The rapid climb to viral status was definitely something that surprised all of us. We knew it had the potential to be popular, but never expected it to rise that quickly.

The idea was originally from our drummer, Grant McFarland. He did a drum play through over the London Symphony Orchestra’s performance of the Imperial March a few years ago. Eventually Grant texted me one day asking what I would think of expanding on making a sort of “metal” kind of Star Wars band. Naturally I thought it was an awesome idea. Over the next number of months Grant and our bassist, Carson (who both own Atrium Audio) spent a lot of time arranging the songs for our instruments. Once everything was demoed out we got to recording the final takes. All of this, along with the first music video ended up taking the better part of a year.

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Did you expect it to gain a fanbase like it has? Did any of you expect the video to go as viral as it had?

Chris: I seem to have a knack for answering questions before they’re asked. As I said, we always saw the potential for the concept but we had no idea it would take off like it had. The response has been incredible and we couldn’t be more grateful for the support we’ve received.

I basically have two jobs, I write plus I have a day job at a pharmacy being a data entry tech. How do you juggle your time between two bands, Alustrium and Galactic Empire?

Chris:  Easy. I have no life. I work a full time job and every ounce of free time usually goes to one of the two bands depending on which one requires my immediate attention. Luckily I have other members of both bands who are extremely helpful in picking up the slack to keep things moving so I can spend some time with my wife and my dogs every now and then.

What goals do you have set for both bands as of right now?

Chris: Both bands share the same goal; to do everything in our power to grow as much as humanly possible. We all believe in what we do and will continue to try to improve on it. There’s often a lot of work for no reward, but that’s part of the job. In this business, perseverance is everything.

 

Have you seen a life change since GE really blew up on the scene? I mean come on you guys were on the Red Carpet of the Oscars…… that’s pretty epic!

Chris: Absolutely. I mean, as far as our normal lives go things are more or less the same. Our musical lives, however have changed dramatically. We’ve partnered with some of the best names in the business, acquired endorsements we had never thought possible and we’ve been given a number of opportunities that make us go “since when do we matter to people?”. The red carpet gig was pitched, organized and executed in less than a week. We got the email from E!, we said yes and the next day we had our flights booked. That kind of thing is just unreal to us.

How much fun is it to make the videos all dressed in the costumes, playing as a band?

Chris:  ……Not as much fun as you might think. Ask anyone in the band, I am CONSTANTLY bitching about those costumes. Mainly because the ones we had in the videos are just meant to be higher end Halloween costumes. They’re not meant to be worn for eight hours of filming. They’re extremely hot, we can’t move, we can’t see, some of us can’t even sit down. All of this, along with the legal issues that come with using someone else’s intellectual property is why we are currently designing new costumes for when we go on tour. They will still have enough of the original features to be recognizable, but they will be their own versions of the characters to keep us in the green. They’ll also be way more comfortable and maneuverable.

I’m not playing favorites but I have ALWAYS loved Darth. I have amassed a collection of Darth items, always looking for the next awesome piece….. So tell me, What’s it really like to be Darth?  Do you get recognized out of costume?

Chris:  It’s definitely cool to be “the face” of the band. Most people know that the core of the band is me, Grant and Carson, but it’s no secret that Vader is the most recognizable of the bunch. He was always one of my favorite characters growing up so it’s sort of like my inner child is finally able to dress up without getting yelled at. As far as being recognized, no. Not at all. Partially because I myself am not nearly important enough for that level of notoriety, but mainly because the videos that have millions of views have us all under masks.

You very recently got married, congrats to you both!! What does your wife think of all this?

Chris:  Thanks! She has always been extremely supportive of my musical pursuits. I wouldn’t be able to do this without her.

Got to ask this question…… the Red Imperial Guard, is he as big of a dork as he seems like he is?

Chris:  When we were deciding on alternate names for the characters, my pitch for his was “Red Idiot”. That should say enough.

Galactic Empire is doing a tour of the UK this coming fall, such great news! Are you guys ready for this? Tell us how it feels….

Chris:  It’s an amazing feeling.  It’s pretty unreal to have our first tour ever be an international one.  Liam, our agent at Artery Global has been absolutely amazing.  These next few months of prep will be harrowing for sure, but we’re more than excited to take on the challenge!

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Where would you love to travel and play after the UK tour?

Chris: Anywhere and everywhere.

 

 

Do you think that Alustrium and GE could ever tour together?

Chris:  You never know! We don’t exactly have the same target audience but I don’t think anyone would complain about doing a joint tour.

what would your idea of an EPIC tour lineup be?

Chris:  I assume you mean a tour that includes one or both of my bands, but that’s a pretty tough question. Honestly just getting the chance to tour with any established band in the genre would be a dream come true for all of us. Whether we’re fans of their music or not really isn’t relevant. We respect those who have pursued and refined their craft to make a career out of it and to be anywhere close to that level would be a great privilege.

With the state of the world right now (gonna get serious for a moment). Every day we turn on the news and there’s more tragedy and sadness, violence around every corner. What do you think needs to change? Do you think music is a healer of pain? I’ve heard for others, as well as myself, that music can change alot…..

I think music can only help individuals. It certainly has a lot of power, but I don’t believe it’s something that can end a war or feed a nation. To try and hone in on what exactly needs changing is just too large of a conversation to fit in here. However, I will say that I truly believe 24 hour cable news is the worst thing to happen to the world. Back in the day there was just the news. It came on twice a day, you got the big stuff and a few little highlights of smaller stuff and that was it. Nowadays everyone has a motive, everyone has an agenda; some type of external motivator that has nothing to with bringing people the news. We can never receive terrible news and be allowed to deal with it; allowed to heal. News breaks of a shooting and its immediately a gun debate. News breaks of a wrongful death and its immediately a race war. No one is allowed to form their own opinion. Opinions are now fed to the public and we’re all expected to pick a side. The fact of the matter is the world will never get better as long as we allow the shitty people to keep us hating each other.

Without music, where would you be?

Chris:  Much fatter, likely alone and certainly a virgin.

Can you give us a sneak peek into coming attractions for either band? Any surprises up your sleeves?

Chris:  They wouldn’t be surprises if I spilled the details here!

Now this is where I always ask to leave your own final thoughts, like your very own open mic… The floor is yours.
what would you like to leave us with?

Chris:  Oh god. Uhhh…..thanks for reading? Thanks for allowing me to indulge whatever part of my ego felt it appropriate to do an interview in the first place! Go listen to both bands. Hopefully you dig it and buy stuff. That would be cool

 

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Thanks for taking this little trip with me through world for Chris Kelly.

If want to check out more about Chris and his bands Alustrium and Galactic Empire, look them up on the following platforms:

FACEBOOK:

facebook.com/galacticempireofficial

facebook.com/alustrium

TWITTER:

@Alustrium   @GalacticEmpire8   @ChrisAlustrium

INSTAGRAM:

DarthAlustrium

GalacticEmpireOfficial

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Until nexttime, keep that music loud and keep aiming high for those dreams!

This is Stacie and I am Stack Attacks Music.

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Noxcult: Sitting Down With One of NYC’s Most Intriguing And Mezmerizing Bands

The music scene is full of different genres.  Some to soothe the soul, some to help you work out the kinks from your everyday aggressions.  I’ve given them all a chance, a time or two.  Some I could stick with, others were just not my cup of tea.

The way I found this band is kind of a complicated story.  Two members of Noxcult, a very different, yet oddly wonderful band from New York City, were on tour with another band last year, Justin Symbol, another band also from the New York scene and totally worth checking out.  By word of mouth, through them I found out that they had another band named Noxcult.  Giving them a listen and after talking to Fox, Noxcult’s bassist, I became a big fan of their sound.

A fun and wild mix, these guys are sure to win you over, even the toughest of music critics.  Here’s a little peek inside the world of Soda, Fox and Monkey…..

I present to you: NOXCULT!

(Side note:  Monkey was unavailable at the time of this interview but I assure you he’s every bit of amazing as Fox and Soda)

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Thank you gentlemen for the chance to sit down and interview you. For those who are not familiar with NOX CULT, please tell them your name and what you do within the band.

SODA – Singer, Guitarist, Noises and Funny Faces 😉
FOX – Bass, Growling, Looking good

Throughout our lives we all have a nickname or two, or ten….My friends call me Stackie, and they call anything I do that’s big a “Stack Attack”. Fox, Monkey, Soda. How did you get them?

SODA– My alias has been with me for many, many years. Very few people refer to me as my birth name, which is John. I received my namesake in High School. I was out with friends one night and we were referenced to as “The Outsiders” (book by S.E. Hinton and film of same name) so, Soda came up and I started using it with my music, then writing, art…and now it’s just a routine thing.

FOX – I have always had an “alias”, the most recent, final, and most fitting is now, Fox. I was using Mr. FlowFox for a while before I was lucky enough to cross paths with Soda. After knowing each other for an hour and writing our first NXC song. I told him about my POI/Staff dancing and the Mr. FlowFox. He said to just keep Fox and it just felt right.

Where does the name NOX CULT come from? It’s such a unique and different name.

SODA – Thanks! It took forever for us to settle on a name. Many were tossed around within the first 6 months of the band when we started to build. Ultimately NOX came off of a list of uncommon words which we thought was cool. I think Monkey found the list…NOX means “night” in Latin. I then figured CULT would be a cool partner to NOX. A big thing with this band was to unify ourselves and our crowd, making it somewhat cultish if you will. Also, the word CULT has almost a kinda taboo history, when you think of Cults it’s often not an overly positive thing. But with us, it’s very positive. It’s a safe place. I love the dichotomy there. Although we have a somewhat dark nature, sound, image…we assure you, what we want the end result to be is ultimately positive

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taken from their official Facebook

(credit to the photographers)

So many amazing bands and artists get lost among the shuffle due to overwhelming popularity of other genres of music. How do you all as band and solo artists, how do you get your voices heard and not bypassed in the mayhem of today’s music scene?

SODA – Me personally? My goal was to and always will be connect with people. I’m genuine with what I do and I think people catch that and those that like my work, solo or with a band can sense it. Today, I think a lot is manufactured and lots of people are in it solely for the money. With NOX CULT most all of or merchandise is DIY, we write songs about Animal Rights, bullying, lost relationships…Making a connection with people that like your work is the true apex. Everything else is just a bonus. Honestly I don’t think there is a real answer to your question. The Music world is a very tricky thing and it’s always changing.

FOX – I agree with Soda. I think the live shows are what will bring the most attention and keep buzz going above all else. If you can put on a kick ass live show which NXC always does, people will remember the fun they had and the experience. In the end though that’s only the start. Once you get people’s attention you have to keep it.

Where do you get your musical fuel from? who do you listen to that helps you write the next great song?

SODA – I’ve always been a music person and it’s saved my life, at times also making me an outcast. I always listened to different types of music. I like stuff off the beaten path, but I also love common sounds…I also get influence from bands/artists I’ve loved and listened to for 20 years now… Jellyfish, Nirvana, The Cure, Extreme, Saigon Kick, Spookey Ruben, The Age Of Electric, Engine Alley…I mean, I’m a music LISTENER. Whether it’s cool or not, new or old…if I like it, I like it.

FOX – Music has always been a major influence on my life. I listen to just about anything I can connect with. Yelawolf, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wednesday 13, George Straight, Ugly Kid Joe, Murderdolls, B.B. King, Arch Enemy, Lamb of God, James Taylor, Ten Years, Andee Blacksugar…the list goes on. Music has taught me a lot about how I was feeling in certain times in my life and been the ONLY positive habit to help cope with the good and bad times.

Here’s a look at their promo video from their youtube page, check it out!

 

What do you each bring to the table in the band? both musically and personal? who takes the helm of the ship when it calls for a leader?

SODA – This band has LARGE personalities in it, which is a good thing and a bad thing. I write all the lyrics and am constantly bringing in riffs to build on and play with. Everyone contributes to the music. It’s an open minded process. As far as a “leader” goes, I can’t answer that.

FOX – I think in the end NXC is the leader we just kinda slave to it.

Now I have to ask you, Soda–you are such a generous person when it comes to your fans. I have seen this all first hand. Why do you go to such lengths and above and beyond like that?

SODA – Thanks for saying that. It’s so much fun for me, I love nothing more then that. We all start out the same way and have our heroes. I’ve been so lucky to live my life with lots of amazing experiences in fields that I love. I’ve meet so many of my idols and have also been burned by some. When that happens, it kills you. I NEVER want to be that person. I might not be some big shit rock star but I’ve done a number of things including music, film, TV, radio, writing, art and beyond. Being acknowledged for any of it puts a smile on my face and is the best feeling in the world.

Below you will see just a taste of this man’s generosity.  A collage I have hanging proudly on my wall of just some of the wonderful things he’s sent in the past few months, he really does have a huge heart and if you get the chance to talk to him, you’ll see just what I mean!

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It’s your turn Fox, I gotta know…. Your onstage persona is wild and full of life–how are you when you are offstage? How does NOX CULT Fox differ from Fox on the street?

FOX – Honestly I think there is a bit of swag that comes out when I’m on the stage. That being said it’s not much different than how I am off it. I guess you could say the stage is like a release for me. I like to keep my personal life somewhat detached from my life as an artist. So the Fox you see at an NXC show is the Fox you get 😉

With the music world ever growing, there are so many different titles that are given to music these days, where would you say that NOX CULT roots are planted? Give the readers an inkling into the path of NOX CULT, what sound do you have?

SODA – Our sound? It’s heavy and honest. Very serious but at times fun and even a bit humorous. It’s all energy. It’s art. It’s a more alternative type thing, which really lends us to having a really cool, mixed audience. And I love that aspect of this band.

Check out a video of a song from their newly release LIVE EP called Noxcult FUCKING LIVE… here’s the live video for UNPOPULAR KIDS:

 

Every band nowadays has their own little type of “following”.  Taylor has her Swifties, Phish has the Phish-heads,  Do you identify your fan base with a certain type or is it a mix of all ages, sizes and shapes?

SODA – Haha, as stated above. It’s mixed. Music is a universal language and in this band we all have and have had different lifestyles. We love you all and want that variety. It’s just damn boring otherwise!

10 years from now, where do you see NOX CULT? Do you feel like the band as a whole has a lot of longevity? What would you like to conquer?

SODA – It’s all day to day. I have no idea. If you asked me this question a year and a half ago I would have said making music, records, videos, merch…and conquering the Earth. Because truthfully, this bands potential is limitless and we have proved that in a very short time. But really, who knows what the future holds.

FOX – NXC will never be less than what it is. And that’s all I got on that.

Being a group of 3 amazingly talented guys, do you have any solo projects in the works when you aren’t making music with the band? Music wise or in other areas?

SODA – Thanks for the kindness. I go nonstop, I do solo stuff as a singer/songwriter, have my music blog MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE, write fiction and have “Soda’s Crafty Chaos” in which I have been making candles and doing Pop, Comic and Toy Shows with. That’s in just a very small nutshell.

FOX – Thanks, I’m ok. I have been working with some people in the local hip hop scene and have been recording a little. I have no idea what I’m doing but I love to to learn how to create new music. I’m learning as I go for fun really. I have been writing a lot of poetry lately. I toss around ideas for new projects, just don’t seem to have time to really commit to anything.

With music being an ever present force in so many different things, there is always a new artist coming onto the scene. Is it hard to get your word heard? Is it a tough industry to survive in?

SODA – Yes. Even seems impossible at times, for me it’s always been a labor of love. You have to work, I’m constantly running. I never leave home without stickers, postcards, CDs because I never know who I’ll meet and I’m always talking to people. You have to lead your own campaign because really, nobody cares and if you don’t do you then you won’t progress. It’s a give and take biz and you need to make connections and not burn bridges. Communication is key. There is so much out there, you really need a tough shell and need to be able to take the good as well as the bad and be humble, but at the same time confident in what you do. Cause if you don’t believe it NO ONE else will.

FOX – In the end it requires major sacrifice. You have to be willing to give everything. I don’t really worry about what other people are doing.

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Noxcult members:  Soda, Monkey, Fox

What advice do you have for those going out to chase their dreams down the often judgmental highway in life?

SODA – Be a good person. Never give up but also be sensible. Have an open mind and explore different opportunities that you may think won’t be for you because sometimes those are the ones that blow up and other doors will open.

FOX – Dreams don’t matter hard work does. Surround yourself with like-minded positive people on the same path and you can do anything. Don’t be afraid to fight back and the word “NO” is just as important as yes.

You recently released your EP called F***ing Live, which is pretty awesome if you ask me. Tell us a little bit about it.

SODA – We desperately needed a CD to give to people and to sell at shows, we needed music on iTunes, etc. We’re asked everyday about a proper record and literally were in a position where we couldn’t get music into peoples hands fast enough. We figured this would be a good appetizer. It really captured the essence of the band and it wasn’t overly expensive for us to self release, plus we had investors which really sealed the deal. As an introduction to NOX CULT it’s great. The title says it all, it’s just straight up. It was a fun exercise for us to release it because we all learned together and expanded on our product.

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What do you hope for your fans, old and new, to take away with them when they leave one of your shows?

SODA – Elation. Solace. I want people to feel like they exorcised demons, told secrets, freed their minds right along with us. Our shows have always been high energy with complete disregard for our own well being. We exhaust our bodies to give an experience we like to think is otherworldly. We want to connect with everyone in the building. The bartender, the kid in the back against the wall, the door guy, the chubby sweaty guy flipping us off in the front…We are all inclusive 😉

FOX – There is something to be said about a band that releases a live cd before anything else. We really do put on a sick show and this EP was pretty close to the real thing as possible. It took a lot of balls for us to release this before a studio release and I’m glad we did.

What’s up next for Noxcult? Where are you all headed now?

SODA – Honestly, we just had our EP Release Show about 3-4 weeks ago now and decided to take April off. We had started a studio record back in August…but it had and has been a very slow process for a number of reasons. We had a ton of opportunities brought to our attention over the last 2 months too but have a lot to think about…

FOX – At this point in time I’d like to enjoy some time away from it all and kinda center myself and focus on personal relationships that I have been neglecting. As far as NXC no one really knows. There is a lot that goes into doing what we do and how we do it. This isn’t a project for the bars or a hobby and must be treated as such. Anything less wouldn’t do the project, its members, and fans justice.

And if you could please each of you give some final words at the end, anything you want to say. Kind of like an open mic.

SODA –Thanks for the interview, means a lot to us that you cared to take the time out to get this together. I look forward to meeting and seeing everyone old and new in person or on any social media. And please, visit my personal site at WWW.OFFICIALSODA.COM
Thank you! XO

FOX – I am looking forward to seeing what the universe has in store for NXC. I hope that the readers and fans enjoyed this. Thank you so much for taking an interest in us and doing this interview. Fans can reach me on Facebook @ facebook.com/theofficialfoxmusic & Follow me on Instagram @ Fox_NoxCult

Well there you have it!  I do hope you have enjoyed reading it, maybe as much as I enjoyed interviewing these amazingly talented and outstanding gentlemen of Noxcult!

Please look them up on all social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube….  You can follow the band of each of them individually.  You will not be disappointed!

For more information on the band and where they’ll be heading next, go to http://www.facebook.com/noxcult for up to date tour dates, local shows and everything and all Noxcult related.

I am Stack Attacks Music and I thank you for reading!

*for more info on how you or someone you know that would like to be interviewed, please email me direct at stackattacksmusic@gmail.com*

 

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The Musical Transformer: Getting To Know Neal Engelhaupt, He’s More That Meets The Eye

 Any journey, whether it be in the literary world or elsewhere, always has a beginning, something to make you want to travel into lands unknown. I started to write when I was young, around 8. Made my own books, wrote little poems. It grew into stories and poems and now I am here.

My own music blog. I’m not sure of my final destination but so far, I’m enjoying where it’s taken me. Highs and lows, everything has it’s risks but I’m willing to take them.

when I first sat down and thought of who I wanted to interview, a few names jumped out right away, one of them being Neal Engelhaupt. Although we are friends, there was so much more I wanted to sit down and ask him. You know, aside from our normal goofy speak, or how his wife Suzy says I’m from the future (They are on California time, I’m a Pennsylvania girl. You know, THE FUTURE). Recently I asked him some questions about music, life and everything in between.

Here’s a little peek into the world of Neal Engelhaupt!
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 ME:Introduce yourself, who are you?
Neal: My full name is Neal John Scott Engelhaupt.
ME: There are so many styles of music out there, pop, rock, country….  Do you identify with a specific genre?  Or is a mesh of a few different ones?
Neal: When I started playing music, I wanted to be nu metal, a.k.a. Linkin Park. I shifted to more metalcore as I jumped from band to band but lately have focused on developing my songwriting regardless of genre. I will always be a rock/metal kid but I won’t deny a good song whether it’s country, r&b or indie pop.
ME: As kids we all have dreams, things we want to do when we get older and have certain achievements, what moment did you wake up and say “I want to make music!”?
Neal: I think it was when my dad’s girlfriend’s son got a guitar for Christmas. He was a few years older than me so I would hang out with him in his room and mess around on his dinky white Stratocaster. He introduced me to bands like Nirvana and Metallica and it was around that time I started developing an appreciation for music as a whole.
ME: I know you play guitar, which I have to say, you pretty much kick alot of ass at!   Can you play any other instruments?  What is your axe of choice?
Neal: I can play drums, bass, sing and can noodle around on piano a little. My current axe of choice are my Schecter Solo-II’s.
ME: Were you in any bands in high school?  or did it start afterward?
Neal: I actually got a late start playing in bands. I didn’t start my first band until I was 20 years old, even though I had been playing guitar since the age of 15. No one would ever take me seriously when I asked if they wanted to start a band, but then again I didn’t hang out with any serious people at the time.
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(Photo courtesy of Suzy Engelhaupt)
ME: So you are married and have a young son named Nash, your wife Suzy is totally awesome, I’ve talked to her so many times we’ve become really good friends.   Do you have alot of support from your family, from them as well as other family?   Do they wish you did something else?
Neal: My wife and I met at one of my shows about 10 years ago. She has always been my number one fan since day one and the reason I continue to write and play music. My family has been supportive to a point where they appreciate that music makes me happy but strive to make sure I’m not quitting my day job.

(Neal with his wife, Suzy and his son Nash, 3)

 

 ME: Fame can change alot of people, I’ve seen it happen, when someone gets a certain amount of noterity, even the smallest amount of fame they become very jaded and selfish.   How have you stayed so grounded and humble?
Neal: I take every moment as a point in time. I look back on all the things I’ve done musically as an event but something that won’t change who I am unless I allow it to. It’s not that I don’t trust people, it’s just I’ve learned to take opportunities as they come and try to allow myself, my music or the band I’m in to grow organically. Frankly, when friends or colleagues ask about what I’m doing musically I prefer to talk about other things as I feel it just makes me sound jaded. If anyone comes across things I’ve done musically I like to let them become excited rather than forcing it down someone’s throat.
ME: Staying on the subject of family for a second, how do you balance everything?  How do you take every little aspect and make sure you give it the attention it deserves?
Neal: I’m what you would call a work-a-holic. I like to stay busy and have schedules. It keeps my mind from wandering and going crazy sometimes. I keep a steady work schedule, have set nights and weekends for family time and then devote one or two nights a week to band practice or writing music.
ME: You were recently in Requiem, which sadly spilt up.  I’m a huge fan of Steven Juliano, ever since the beginning of the I Am Ghost days.  He’s one of my major musical heroes….what was it like to work with him?
Neal: He’s a very motivated guy, that’s for sure. I admired his ability to take charge of situations and focus on things that needed more work. He has a great ear for music and if something didn’t sound right he would be sure to point it out for the sake of improvement.
ME: When you are not playing music or writing new material, what other things do you like to do?
Give your fans an inside look of what else Neal is all about……….
Neal: I’m kind of a techie nerd so I like to take things apart and put them back together. I set up and customize my own guitars with hardware and electronics. Some would say I’m OCD, I just have an insane attention to detail. I like to play video games but lately I find it hard to be excited about new games and get anxious when I’m not writing new material.
When I’m not doing any of that, I like to take Suzy and Nash on nice little family drives. We like to visit random forests and woodsy areas and go on hikes. Nash loves being in nature and it’s refreshing to get away from the hustle and bustle of my tech job and loud rock bands.
ME: I’m a writer and I adore music more than I love breathing…  If you woke up tomorrow and it all went away, and you just were just a dad and a husband, what would you do?  where would you be at?
Neal: If I couldn’t do music anymore I would probably go into video editing and filming or maybe photography. I’ve taken an interest to the visual side of arts and feel like it’s another outlet to express creativity with another medium. Just like you can tell a story in a song, I feel you can tell even more with pictures and videos.
ME: I can say that recently after releasing my second interview on my blog, I got some negative feedback from people who shall remain nameless, saying that I can’t do this, that this isn’t the road I should be taking in life and I’m not any good at what I do.
What do you do when someone says something like this to you?  How do you handle any negative feedback you might receive on your music or following your dreams?
Neal: I subscribe to a few YouTube ‘celebrities’ that release guitar/music related videos on the regular and the amount of hatred they get on a daily basis is ridiculous. But they post a video or comment regarding it and basically raise a middle finger to each and every one of the haters that troll them without batting an eye and it makes me realize that if someone hates what you do, someone else must really love what you do as well.
The true artists who put themselves out there regardless of intention are the brave ones. You write blogs and interviews, I write music, and we put it up for the world to see and hear. If we expect everyone to like what we do then we will never progress as artists. But in the end, someone will love what you do and it’s those people who really count.
ME: As a writer I’m inspired by many aspects, some literary, some musical, it helps keep my drive going to put together the best piece of work that I can.   What inspires you?  Any advice?
Neal: Inspiration comes from the most unexpected places. Like if I’m listening to a song that someone else is playing from a genre I’m not a fan of, I listen to the progression of the song, the hook, the melody, maybe even break down the structure of the song and find something intriguing about how it ebbs and flows.
I listen to movie soundtracks, scores, video game soundtracks, you name it. I try to find melodies I’ve never heard before, rhythms I’m not used to or progressions that are not already used and see if the goosebumps stand up from listening to something. If it strikes some sort of intrigue then it’s worth digging into more and finding why it’s special to me.
ME: Going back to your son Nash, what do you hope he gets from you growing up?  what kind of impression do you want to impose on his as he grows up?
Neal: I told myself early on that if I ever had a child that I would want him/her to be happy. Everything else would fall into place from there. I didn’t want to be the parent that told him/her what to be passionate about, so therefore I never set myself to having him play an instrument (although the drums are from his grandparents). I want him to be excited about things because HE is, not because I am, and I would only want to support him if he truly is passionate about it.
Ok a little break from the seriousness……  let me get random for a moment.
ME: Do you have any secret talents?
Neal: I tried to break dance when I was younger, but no one will ever see that. Not even Suzy.
ME: I am a giant Star Wars geek, which side are you on, dark or light?
Neal: I’m definitely a protector so I would choose to be on the light side.
ME: If you wake up tomorrow and you can no longer have pizza or coffee again, which could you live without?
Neal: Coffee. I couldn’t imagine not ever eating pizza again.
ME: What Cartoon Character do you think is most like you?  and why?
Neal: That’s a tough one. I’d probably say Double D from Ed, Edd and Eddy. He’s geeky, introverted and OCD all over. That’s me for sure.
ME: I have an unhealthy collection of headphones and probably more phone cases than I will ever need. Do you collect anything?
Neal: I used to collect guitars and had about 10 at a couple points, but then I would find something wrong with my collection and sell them all off. I’m looking to build it up again soon. Suzy is an advocate for me having ‘no less than 5 guitars at any time’.
ME: Pet peeves?  Like for me, I can’t stand when I can hear people chewing………
Neal: Liars. When someone is lying to me, I write them off immediately. Also, people who are lazy. And I don’t mean take a day off and lay in bed once in a while, I’m talking those who do everything in their power to not raise a finger and have someone else do everything for them.
YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!
Back to music::::
ME: The music scene right now seems to be dominated by pop music and a lot of country.  What is your opinion about it?   What do you think needs to be given more attention?
Neal: I think that music is cyclical. Certain eras are dominated by genres of music. That’s true for any point in time. If you look at any given period and it’s sense of fashion or attitude, you can immediately hear songs in your head that stamp themselves to that point in time.  I think floods in music trends point to how society and people feel at the time. Maybe country is doing well because people relate more to it, catchy melodies, things they can sing to, but I’m probably WAY wrong. Who knows?
ME: What do you see happening for you in 2016, both personally and musically?
Neal: Right now, I’m trying to find time to demo songs at home and record them on my own. I’ve been through bands too many times to write music I feel proud of only to have that band break up and effectively kill that song for me. You could probably call this a solo project but my ultimate goal is to write and record everything myself, including vocals, then release it all either a song at a time or in a collection like an EP or something.
I have over a dozen songs that I’ve written over the past 5 years that never became anything so I will probably lay everything I have down and record it as best as possible, then pick and choose what I want to release. I’m focusing more on being a songwriter and pushing myself to be the best vocalist I can be. Once these instruments are finished, I have no one to hide behind and no excuses to give myself if I sing like crap.
ME: If there was one song you could think of, any song at all, that you wish you wrote, what would it be?
Neal: There’s so many to choose from… if you asked me 15 years ago it would be a Metallica song. I’ll just say Blackened by Metallica. Every time I hear that song, I just think of how perfect a song it is.
ME: Wrapping things up, I want to say thank you for giving me this chance to sit down and ask you a few questions.   Leave us with a few parting words, this is your moment to speak your mind.

Neal: If you have something to say, whether it be music, art, written or just speaking out loud, say it. The world is a better place when more ideas are seen and heard. Just because something is not popular opinion doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be out there.

 

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And there you have it, a day in the mind of one of my very good friends and the future of music as we know it.  If you’d like to contact Neal or follow him and his musical quests, you can do so by finding him on Instagram @NealEngelhaupt or find him on Facebook by searching Neal Engelhaupt.

Trust me, you won’t regret it.  Thank you again Neal for your time, it was a pleasure to interview you!  And special thanks to his wife Suzy for help with some of the photos and just being all around awesome.  And Nash, because let’s face it, he’s the cutest kid I’ve ever seen!

If you enjoyed this or my other blog posts, leave me a comment or you can shoot me an email at stackattacksmusic@gmail.com or you can find me on Instagram @stackattacksmusic or tweet me @iamstackattack

If you know any bands or musicians who you think would be perfect for my blog and think they’d want me to interview them, have them drop me a line!

Thanks for reading!  This journey has only just begun…………….

 

 

 

 

 

My Unparalleled Expectations: An Interview with David Kelly

Music is that little tool that you have in life, it can change a bad day to good. It can fill you with so many emotions, it’s sometimes overpowering. But music, in itself, is a magically little gift that can either make you want to get up and move or transports you to another place when your world around you is making you berzerk.

A few years ago, after getting onto my Twitter account, I saw I had a new follower. It was a band from very close to where I grew up, Unparalleled Height. I thought “hmmm ok, cool local band” I, for one, will 1000% support any local groups. they are the grassroots of music, you gotta start somewhere. I checked them out and I really liked their music. One of the best metal bands I’ve heard in a long time! Since then I have talked back and forth with the members of the band and I consider them very good friends but at the same time, I’m a HUGE fan of their music! The band is made up of Marshall on Bass, CJ and Tyler on guitars, Justin on drums and Dave on lead vocals.

Recently, I asked their leader singer, David Kelly, if I could possibly interview either himself or the band for my blog and he wholeheartedly agreed and said ABSOLUTELY! He is one of the most giving and amazing people I know and I am honored to call him one of my very good friends. But for this interview I had to put myself into the shoes of a fan, of an interviewer and set the “friend” to the side for the moment.

Here is that interview, enjoy!

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*photo credit to https://www.facebook.com/studiokatphotography/)

ME: First off, everybody has a dream in life right? Writing or singing, whatever you want to do in life. Did you want to make music at an early age? When did you come to realize that making music is what you wanted to do?

DK: Music has always been a massive part of my life. My mom and grandma introduced me to music at a very young age and I attended my first concert when I was 5. Growing up I played several sports, and loved them. I wanted in the worst way to be a professional athlete. I still love sports a lot, even as much as I did then. But as I got older I began to fall in love with music more and more. I began to love the freedom of creation through it. There is no coach that can tell me what I can and cannot write or do with my voice. I love that. I knew that I wanted to make music about when I was a junior in high school. And that passion has just grown and grown over the past 5 years.

Me: When I listen to the tracks on your EP Bridges To Nowhere, even on Rise of the Voiceless, I hear a lot of Avenged Sevenfold keynotes and Bullet for my Valentine influences in the songs, what would you say is some of your biggest musical/non-musical? What fuels that creativity and fire to continue to make more amazing music?

DK: I am very influenced by some composers of movie soundtracks such as Hans Zimmer and Henry Jackman. I am also very influenced by my moods and emotions. If I become very upset, angry, happy, etc. I want to capture that moment because music that is fueled by emotion is the type of music that moves people. That is the biggest difference between our old material and the album that will be coming. The emotion in the new music is captured greatly in my opinion.

I am fueled by the desire to create more music because I don’t think we are anywhere even close to our potential. On top of that, I want to be the BEST. I am not anywhere close to that, but I will continue to put the work in to capture that.

ME: Being a writer, I know things take time to plan out, create and manifest into a finished piece, a complete project. Can you remember a song/songs that you kept going to and revamping over and over again?

DK: This is pretty much every song we write. We always are editing and improving the song. Even until it is fully recorded. In my opinion you cannot be satisfied with what you are hearing until you get the final master tracks back. At that point then, the song is “done”. Then it’s time to execute it live!

ME: let’s talk about 2 songs for a minute. Dethroned and Legacy.
Dethroned, first off, wow! Amazing song! I listen to this song a ton when I’m at work or even when I hit the gym. It has almost an anti-bullying feel to it, or even like someone telling a critic who is being negative of their work to kiss their ass, Where did the idea come from this song? Was it just a general feeling or a personal experience?

DK: You are dead right on the anti bullying feel. That is precisely what I intended the song to be about. However, the beautiful thing about music is it bears different meanings for certain individuals. I think that listeners could draw several different outcomes from the lyrical content of the song, but for me I wrote it about bullying. The idea from this song came that we see a lot of listeners in our genre that struggle with this issue and we wanted to make a song that they could go to when the times got tough for them. It has seemed to help a lot of people in that way so I feel very good about that since ultimately that is what this band is all about, being a hand to those who are struggling.

ME: Legacy…. I’ve said it before, it’s probably one of my absolutely favorite songs! Certainly one of the tunes that when I share with friends their response is usually “Damn!” The vibe to this song really hits home with me on so many levels, so relateable. Dealing with loss, possibly someone wanting to end it. what do they leave behind. What was the reason you wrote this beautifully amazing song?

DK: This song really takes me back. Justin, CJ, Tyler, and I all were in the same 7th grade classes together. There was a girl that was a friend of mine who I knew since pre-school that ended up tragically passing away. As a 12 year old this was so hard for me to understand. My locker was right next to hers and I will never forget the emptiness of that locker rest of me. That was one of the worst feelings of my entire life. About 5 years later I decided to write a song dedicated to her and that was very therapeutic for me. But that song can be applied to anyone that has dealt with losing a friend or loved one. It is about the legacy they leave behind in the world while moving onto the next.

ME: Going back to the bullying issue, it seems like the country/world has been off kilter. Alot of people seem so angry and bullying also seems to be getting worse, even from when I was in school. What do you think changed? Where do you stand, personally and as a band, on this?

DK: Well this gets into a much much larger issue in my opinion. I think that people are mad and angry because they are living lives that are not rewarding and give them a sense of accomplishment or fulfillment both in terms of success and spiritually. This creates a lot of passive aggression and people who do not use outlets to expel this anger such as the gym, music, or sports, end up laying their anger into someone else. Sometimes the result of that is bullying. But there are several other reasons for bullying as well too.

As a band we obviously do not stand for anyone taking advantage of another individual whether it be bullying, domestic violence, or in business. Bullying happens in the music industry too… Don’t take BS from anyone. Be the bigger person and respond in other ways.

ME:  Negative engery or feedback, it seems to be everywhere. How do you release the stress and toxicity of the world that is put upon your lives? Whether it be from music, critics or Joe Schmoe on the street talking smack.

DK: This might come off in the wrong way when I say it, but I really don’t listen to criticism or compliments with too much seriousness. The reason for this is because if you let a bunch of people tell “wow that song is so good, you’re an amazing vocalist!” then you become complacent and think that you are already good enough. And then in the same regard when someone says “I don’t like your music too much and you aren’t a good vocalist” you will become unconfident. You must become accustomed to appreciating those who love your music but listen to your own inner voice about what you think of yourself as a vocalist, musician, or person in general. Your opinion of yourself is far more important than someone else’s!

ME: Let’s jump ahead 10 years, where do you see Unparalleled Height? Where do you want the band to expand musically?

DK: 10 years from I see this band headlining major festivals all over the world. In my opinion, there is no other way but to aim for that. I think that with our upcoming album we are going to take a GIANT step towards this goal. And as far as how the music will sound then, I think all of us have a great idea of what we want to develop into but that’s for us to know and for all of you to find out as we grow ;). I also see us changing and improving many many lives through our lyrics and meeting fans as we begin to take this process the next step.

ME: Dream collaborations, any musical genre at all, what would you be the most psyched about putting together?

DK:  Wow that’s tough to say. I would love to have Hans Zimmer or Henry Jackman compose some symphonic stuff for us in the future, that would be awesome. I also would love to collaborate with my influences such as M Shadows, James LaBrie of Dream Theater,
Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, and many many other vocalists I look up to.

ME: We always have those moments where we look back and wish we could have done something different with our lives, changed one thing or a lot of things. Is there anything, if at all, that you’d go back and change personally or anything within the band’s history? or would you keep it all the same?

DK: I would keep it all the same because it has led us to the place in our career that we are now. We have been limited on where we can tour and such for a few years but now that is all about to change because of the new album we will be putting out and who we will be working with. I am an incredibly thankful and blessed person.

ME: The NEW album, I know I probably speak for many of your friends and fans when I say I cannot wait for it to be released! super pumped up for this release guys! Without giving any of the bells and whistles of the new record away, how much did you grow musically with this album? What can we expect to hear?

DK:  Wow there is just so much to say about this album. The one thing I can say, is that we grew sooooo much as songwriters and musicians in this. I literally don’t even sound like the same vocalist, it is literally night and day in a good way. I worked my ass off for a year to improve my voice for this album. I can’t wait to release it. As for what you can expect to hear, we can talk more about that as the release date gets closer!!

ME: Ok enough seriousness….. letting the goofball out now.
Stranded on a desert island as a band, little food, no cell phones…. Who is the first to get blamed?

DK: CJ 100% hahaha

ME: who’s the first to try and gilligan’s island and build a coconut phone? And who’s the first to completely go gary busey crazy? haha…..

DK: The phone building would probably be done by me and Tyler and I could see Justin going off the deep end haha.

ME: Who in the band is the comedian or do you consider yourself the band of stooges?

DK: Oh we all have our moments. One person starts joking and it just snowballs into everyone being ridiculous.

ME: who’s the serious one?

DK: All of us can turn the switch on and off which is very important.

ME: who’s the mediator when it gets too off the beaten path?

DK: Usually Tyler or me
ME: Zombie apocolypse Dave, save yourself and leave others behind or do you band together and kick some major ass?

DK: We stick together and do our best haha
ME: And lastly, besides being an obvoiusly very talented band musically, what other talents do you all have that you could use if Heaven forbid, you stop making music?

DK: I am a great cook. I am a pretty good golfer, and if I worked at it more I could be pretty damn good. I also am a good public speakerand understand a lot of aspects of business.

ME: You guys are releasing a cover of Cowboys from Hell from Pantera, which I am pretty sure will be hellishly amazing! Who would you be honored to be asked by to cover one of YOUR songs?

DK: We are at the stage of being a band that if anyone covered any of ours songs I would be very honored.

(After initially releasing this interview, they released the cover to Cowboys from Hell, check it out below!)

 

 

ME: There is always that stigma, “Music saves souls….” I have heard some people actually deny that is possible. That music is just that, music and musicians cannot in fact save a soul. I can honestly say, there have been times music has stopped me from making really big mistakes in my life, without getting too deep into it. But I can honestly say, music did save my life. Some of your songs actually as well. How do you feel when someone comes up and says “thank you for this song…. you stopped me from ending it all” or just simply saying it really helped them through a tough situation in their lives?

DK: I don’t think I will ever able to explain that feeling to someone else. When you sit down to write lyrics with that intention fully in mind and you achieve that result, it is so so rewarding.

ME: Last thing, in closing. What message would you like to end with? This is your open mic to leave whatever message you’d like to for your fans/me, whoever….. the floor is yours. Speak and drop that mic like a beast.

DK: Live a life that you love. Make sure that you enjoy what you are working towards. Have a vision in mind for your life and work towards it
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There you have it! David Kelly and the band Unparalleled Height are a group of the most amazing guys you’ll ever know!

I want to thank David again, for taking the time out of his busy schedule to sit down and answer my questions, you are a stand up guy and this really meant a lot to me! And like I said, come hell, highwater or f-ed up knee I’ll be at your next local show! Thank you for your time, it was truly an honor.

If you would like to check out Unparalleled Height and their amazing music, look them up on Facebook (Unparalleled Height), Twitter (UPH_Official), Instagram (unparalleledheightofficial), look their music up on iTunes, Soundcloud and Spotify. Or check out their personal accounts on Twitter (Dave_UPH, Marshall_UPH, CJ_UPH, JustinUPH, TylerUPH and NOW JoshWillisUPH) or Instagram (davekellyuph, justinuph, cj_uph, marshall_uph, tyler_uph and joshwillisuph)

Thank you again David! YOU ROCK!

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This all would not be possible without the support of my momma bee Sue and my three best friends Michelle, Samantha and Jennifer.  Thank you all for allowing me to follow my dreams!

Thank you and STAY TUNED!!!

Coming up next on Stack Attacks Music, my interview with Josh Willis….. Music’s true jack of all trades and Unparalleled Height’s newest member!

 

 

 

Music is my LIFE!

Welcome to the new music blog of yours truly!

Soon you will see interviews from a few bands and artists I have come to know through the years.  I do hope you tune in because it’s going to be a great time!

I want to thank those who have helped me continue to pursue my dreams……

 

 

THIS ONE’S FOR YOU!

Stay tuned for an interview from Josh Willis