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Rock & Roll with Integrity Allee Futterer

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Rock & Roll with Integrity Allee Futterer… For centuries we’ve faced the struggle of teen angst… dealing with parents who don’t approve of our clothes, hair, make up, music, friends, etc. While some have argued that rock and roll is dead I simply beg to differ.

Growing up in a niche market such as the hardcore scene, my friends and I went to multiple shows a week, chanting along with the singers of these bands until our voices were gone. We idolized bands like Minor Threat, Bane, Gorilla Biscuits, and Ceremony and centralizing our values around straight edge or abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Though we did have our fair share of getting into trouble, we made our mark on rebellion in a different way.

A few weeks ago I went to go check out Twitching Tongues, a friend’s band that I grew up with. While we were standing outside the venue we saw that this community hasn’t change. All the boys were wearing the exact same outfits that my friends wore and all the girls were acting and dressing alike, just with posh British accents. While many musicians are struggling to get people to attend their shows, this scene embraces its sense of community and supports the local music as well. This became more transparent when Integrity, a legendary band who came to London on the same night as the England vs. Germany Euro match; while nearly every Englishmen was at the pub, the local acts opening for Integrity still had a significant crowd that was supportive.

During Integrity’s set at the Underworld, a big Camden venue, there was no shortage of crowd surfing, people stealing the microphone, moshing and unity. Not to mention Integrity’s invigorating music and progressive approach to a relatively old school style of punk. It’s a feeling almost anyone could get behind, knowing that everyone around you is there to feel the same way and to have just as much fun. With such an oversaturation of music and multimedia there is a lot to be said for a band and a genre of music that is actually crowd focused and engages the audience in a holistic manner. Whether or not bands like Twitching Tongues or Integrity make you rock, the fact is that they do rock it.

In the age of EDM and dub-step, finding a rock star that plays rock and roll can actually be a bit of a challenge. I’m talking about the Steven Tyler’s and Jimmy Pages who had no problem stripping down and showing the world just how badass they really were. While hardcore bands are desperately trying to keep that alive, I thought mainstream media was missing that aggressive, punchy “I don’t care” attitude until I saw a band called Findlay play last weekend at Lounge on The Farm Festival in Kent, UK. Their singer, Natalie Findlay, is a serious ball of fire that doesn’t mind throwing down.

With no shortage of energy from their drummer Seb Skillings or guitarist Ben Simon they held it together and were my personal favorite part of the festival. Being a bass player, when I got the chance to interview Natalie, the band’s front woman. I of course had to ask why they were bass-less; with a cigarette in hand she said, “Because bass players suck!” Touché Natalie. If that’s not a controversial statement, I’m not sure what it is!

Pressing the matter I asked, “No bassist? Say what! Why?” Natalie commented, “Everyone was rubbish, we need someone who can hang.”

Point is these Londoner’s are here to put the rage back inside today’s youth and fill our hearts with sexy, dark melodies and epic guitar solos that you won’t find in a Drake beat.

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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

Bassist Ciara Moser…

Ciara and I sat down for this interview a few months after the launch of her debut album, “Blind. So what?”

Blind since birth, she is a powerhouse of talent; she is not only a professional bassist, but also composes music, and is a producer and educator. I am just blown away by her talent and perseverance.

Join me as we hear about Ciara’s musical journey, the details of her album, how she gets her sound, and her plans for the future.

Visit online:

www.ciara-moser.com 
IG @ moserciara
FB @ ciara.moser

Photos by Manuela Haeussler

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Interview With Bassist Travis Book

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Interview With Bassist Travis Book

Interview With Bassist Travis Book…

Bluegrass music has had a very solid following over many years and I am always happy to hear from one of the pioneers in that genre.

Travis Book plays bass for the Grammy award-winning band “The Infamous Stringdusters” and has recently released his first solo album “Love and Other Strange Emotions”. As if he wasn’t busy enough, Travis also hosts a podcast, Plays a Jerry Garcia music show with Guitarist Andy Falco, and is constantly gigging locally in his neck of the woods.

Photo, Seyl Park

Visit Online:

www.thetravisbook.com
www.thestringdusters.com
FB @ TheTravisBook
IG @ travisbook

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Interview with Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Interview with Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Malcolm-Jamal Warner…

I am pretty sure that everyone is aware of Malcom-Jamal Warner’s work as an actor. What may be less known is his work as a director, poet, musician, and most importantly for us, a bass player. With four albums of his own, Grammy nominations and wins, as well as a sizable amount of ongoing live gigs, Malcolm is dedicating a serious amount of his attention to his music.

Join me as we hear about Malcom’s musical journey, projects, his gear choices, and plans for the future.

Here is Malcom-Jamal Warner!

Photos: Dwain Govan @dwain_go / Conrad Montgomery Mckethan @eyeconimages

Visit Online:

malcolmjamalwarner.com
IG @malcolmjamalwar
Twitter @malcolmjamalwar 
Facebook: Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Interview With The Labex Funk Project

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Interview With The Labex Funk Project

Interview With The Labex Funk Project…

Time really flies when you are having fun! Just over a decade ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Michel “Labex” Labaki for our July 2013 cover.

At that time, much of our conversation concerned his personal approach to bass playing and his techniques. Fast forward to now and I am pleased to discover Michel’s new endeavor, the Labex Funk Project.

Join me as we meet the band:
Kynion Lanier on vocals
Pablo Batista on percussion
Jake Brightman on Guitar
Daniel Gonzalez on Drums
And Michel “Labex”Labaki on bass

As a bonus, we have the band’s producer Phillippe Dib in on this video chat as well.

Here is the Labex Funk Project!

Visit online:

michellabaki.com
www.facebook.com/MichelLabexLabaki/
www.instagram.com/michellabaki
www.youtube.com/c/MichelLabaki
FB @LabexFunkProject
IG @ Labex Funk Project

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Interview With Bassist Tony Newton

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Interview With Bassist Tony Newton

Bassist Tony Newton…

I am always learning new details about Bass history when I get the opportunity to talk with seasoned players like Tony Newton. Tony, a Detroit native, came up in the golden years of Motown and laid down the low end for countless performers and studio sessions; he has performed on over 25 gold and platinum hit recordings.

As time went by, and the whole Detroit scene dwindled, Tony relocated to LA where he worked a busy schedule, even going back to school to learn about music theory and composition.

Over the years he performed on many historic hit recordings and tours with Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson(music Director), the Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Funk Brothers and more, as well as working with veteran rock guitarist, Gary Moore in the British group G-Force.

Presently, Tony is super busy and on the verge of releasing a movie titled “Mars Quest” among his numerous other projects.

Join me as we get to enjoy all the history and knowledge that Tony has to share along with the details about his new Signature bass from BITE Guitars named “The  Punchtown Bass”.

Here is Tony Newton…

Photos: Mary K. Brand, Mitch Snyder, Haneefa Karrim, Hans Adamsen

Visit Online:

tonynewtonmusic.com/
FB @ TonyNewtonMusic Artist
YTB @ antoniotonynewtonmusic

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