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Hodera Q&A

All questions are answered by Matt Smith of Hodera.

1. Introduce yourself and your role in the band.

I’m Matt Smith. I’m the lead singer and rhythm guitarist in the band Hodera.

2. How’d you come up with the name Hodera? What’s it mean to you guys?

I was researching literary symbols one day and I came across an ornamental Ivy leaf called “hedera.” Hedera is the scientific name for Ivy but I didn’t like how it sounded. So I changed the ‘e’ to an ‘o’ and came up with “Hodera”.

3. How did you guys meet and form the band? 

I met Matt C when we started the band Epilogues. When Epilogues ended we formed Hodera. Matt C brought his friend Nick V in and then we found Nick B through an ad we put out.

4. What made you guys go for that Alternative / Indie Rock sound?

I don’t think we’re trying to go for a certain sound. That’s just how I write and how we all play. Our sound is developing and changing as we go.

5. So you just finished up your East Coast & Midwest tour dates…how was that tour for you guys?

It was a lot of fun! We sold out of CD’s and we met a lot of friends!

6. Who are some artists/bands that you draw inspiration from?

I’d say I draw inspiration from musical experimentation and emotions more so than than specific bands. For example, finding a new tuning will inspire me to write a new song, fueled by whatever is currently happening in my life.

7. Now you’ve released “Reset to Default” back in June, what was the hardest song to write/record on the EP…which was the easiest? 

All the writing came pretty easy. The hardest to record was “Tell Me Something I Can Do” because we had to keep the emotion in the song while playing to a click track. And in an emotional song that builds and recedes there tends to be a fluctuation in tempo. The easiest song to record would probably be “She Knows Because She Read It In A Book Once” because it’s a simple and fun song that only has 3 parts to it.

8. If you could have anything happen at one of your shows, what would it be and why?

Just to have people love our music as much as we do and vibe with us while we’re playing.

9. Where is your favorite place to eat on tour?

Personally, I am not a fan of tour food haha. So I’m the last person in the band who should be taking this question. I eat healthy but have to break my healthy diet on the road. I must say I’m a huge fan of making like coffee mixed drinks at gas stations. I mix 1/3 coffee with all types of hot chocolates, steamers, and anything else in that flavored hot drinks machine. I know the band loves Cookout because we don’t have those in NJ.

10. Is there anything else you’d like to say? 

I (Matt Smith) have been thinking of putting down the guitar to explore new instruments for the next album.

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The Lovebirds Q&A

1. Introduce yourself and say your role in the band.

LW: I’m Lindsay White. I write, sing, and play guitar, ukulele, and sometimes drums. I’m usually the one in the skirt.

VM: My name is Veronica May aka V to the May aka no one calls me that. I am the co-leader of the band. I’m the guitar/uke/drum/singer/songwriter.

2. What made you come up with the name “The Lovebirds?”

VM: I claim that I named it right before we were supposed to perform. We were not even quite sure we would be a band but they needed our name so I said, “The Lovebirds.”

LW: We didn’t even have a discussion about it. It just kind of stuck and even though we’re broken up now, it still works because we definitely have a positive “love is all it takes” message in our music.

3. Where’d you find the inspiration to write your songs on your album “Breakup Shmakeup?”

VM: The title says it all. Most of the songs are a chronicling of the process of the breakup. The initial sadness, the confusion, the anger, the peace and acceptance.

LW: For me it was a musical grieving process. Every song I wrote on the album addressed specific emotions I was feeling at the time of going through a breakup. “Boat Train” spoke to that ache you feel right when a breakup happens. “Whiplash” is all about anger and confusion. “Crimson Love” and “Catch the Rain” are about picking up the pieces. “It Lands” is about trusting time’s ability to heal, and so on.

4. What do you hope your fans will take away from this album?

LW: I hope fans will be able to relate to the idea of facing, feeling, and accepting whatever challenging emotions they may be experiencing at any given time. I hope they will remember to be kind to themselves and gracious to others. I hope they might be able to grasp onto the notion that immense growth and perspective often comes from loss.

VM: I hope they take away something that makes them think and feel. I hope they are able to personalize and find a deeper understanding of a situation they might be in. I hope they can scream the songs to the top of their lungs or lay down and close their eyes and feel all the feelings with the quiet songs.

5. Who has had the biggest influence on your music and writing style?

LW: Early influences include Bob Dylan and poet Shel Silverstein – that’s how I found out words and the way you use them can really move a person. I find myself influenced now by artists like Milk Carton Kids, First Aid Kit, Haim and countless San Diego artists.

VM: For myself, I think one of the biggest influences is my mother. I watched her play the piano growing up and would harmonize with her. I would try and fail at harmonizing for the first few years. I have a very patient mother. Even though I didn’t see my dad as much growing up, I have seen the way he plays guitar and I do a lot of the same things he does. Maybe it comes down to genetics. Nat King Cole and The Carpenters were other influences.

6. As far as warmups go, what helps you best before you take the stage?

LW: I’m not a huge drinker, but I do enjoy a beer or a whiskey drink before a show. It loosens me up just enough. Other than that, I really appreciate a good sound-check. We don’t always get a legit one, so when we do it feels like Christmas.

VM: If I’m really really nervous I can’t help but say a heartfelt Hail Mary. The Catholic is still in there somewhere. Otherwise I do single-string warmups or scales on the guitar. I stretch my forearms and I fiddle around on the guitar or play drums on my legs.

7. What song do you most like to play at shows?

VM: I would have to say “Whiplash” because I get to beat the crud out of the drums.

LW: I agree – I have a ton of fun playing “Whiplash” – there’s this crazy vocal break where V goes nuts on the drums and I just release every ounce of tension built up inside me. Every time we finish that song, I feel like I just completed the most intense two-minute therapy session. Another favorite would be “UNI” off our second album because it’s the one the audience knows and sings with us!

8. If you could have anything happen at one of your shows, what would it be and why?

VM: Have my grandma and grandpa come back to life and watch us rock the stage…that or a really genuine agent with a lot of heart, a lot of the connections we want and a lot of money saying they wants us to work with her/him. 

LW: Have you ever seen the end of the movie Wayne’s World? Something like that. I would be wearing a lingerie mini dress and we would be performing a rousing cover of “Ballroom Blitz” in a basement for a cable access show. Various scenarios would include securing legit management, or offers to tour with our favorite bands, or securing a publishing deal. Basically anything that would give us an opportunity to make music for a living without selling our souls to a guy like Benjamin. OK, I’ve taken this too far.

9. Would you rather have a major recording company viewing your show or your biggest inspiration?

VM: Don’t make me answer this.

LW: Oh, the pressure! I think I’m going to be a wimp and say major recording company. I wouldn’t be as nervous if that happened because if they didn’t like us it wouldn’t be the end of the world. But if Bob Dylan sat in the audience and hated our show or checked his text messages the whole time, that would really mess with my mind. That said, there’s an amazing performance of First Aid Kit singing “America” for Paul Simon at a tribute show, and I would LOVE to do something like that if we ever got “big” enough to be invited to such a thing. He would probably hate every minute of a tribute show in his honor…and I would probably poop in my pants if I got to sing in front of him.

10. Is there anything else you’d like to say?

VM: I recently got a pretty bad sunburn but only on the front of my body.

LW: Stay connected with us online at www.thelovebirds.com and FB/TW/YT. We’re always posting something silly and love interacting with our fans/friends!

-Be sure to catch The Lovebirds at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC on August 2nd!-

Arc & Stones Q&A

1. Introduce yourself and say your role in the band.

JD: I’m Joey Doino and I’m the drummer.

EB: I’m Eddy Bayes and I’m the Bassist.

BC: I’m Ben Cramer and I’m the lead guitar player.

DP: I’m Dan Pellarin and I am the lead singer.

2. Where’d you come up with the name “Arc & Stones?”

DP: The name is a metaphor for Rock & Roll. It symbolizes the foundations we stand on, the message we’re trying to send, and the energy behind that movement. We are in a way, an old soul meeting a new sound.

3. Where do you find the inspiration to write your songs?

JD: They’re very spur of the moment. Someone comes in with an idea or is playing something before we start rehearsing and we all kinda join in, throw some ideas around and before we know it, we have a new song.

EB:  Its exciting as we have so many unfinished ideas that I know we want to get too, yet every-time we get together we always seem to add a new one, I guess we can never have too many.

BC: Fleetwood Mac.

DP: It’s finding the precise connection between the person who presents the idea and the ideas everyone else formulates around it. We try and take an open mind into every idea, which adds to the uniqueness of our sound. We all have different musical backgrounds, so the culmination of all those mental atmospheres coming into one sound, creates a very different character for each song, but a cohesive and signature sound to each one as well.

4. What’s your favorite song to play at shows?

JD: I love playing “Wanted.” It’s got a fun groove in the verses and really wails in the chorus’.

 DP: I’m gonna have to say “Walkin’ In.” It puts me into an element that I find so much joy in.

EB: I always say “Sweet and Vicious,” makes me bob my head.

BC: “Sweet & Vicious.”

5. What state or country would you like to play in that you haven’t before?

JD: I’d love to go play in England. I’ve never been and I think it’d be a blast.

DP: I would love to play in Australia.

BC: California.

6. What’s the hardest part about touring and being out on the road?

JD: Eating healthy. There’s fast food everywhere so finding food that’s good for you is a little tough.

DP: Understanding that there are far worse things you could be doing than being in a van for 17+ hours at a time.

7. If you could have anything happen at one of your shows, what would it be?

EB: Gaining the ability to fly mid song and just floating around for no apparent reason.

DP: Get a second to drink some damn water!

8. How do you go about choosing what songs to put on your setlist?

EB: Usually in rehearsal we stumble upon a natural flow for our songs, then we get to talking about the set list its pretty much already built itself. We just debate a few changes, sometimes a heated one, and then we are good to go.

9. If you had to marry another band, who would it be and why?

EB: Fleetwood Mac and I think the reasons are obvious.

10. Is there anything else you’d like to say?

BC: Fleetwood Mac

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One Days Notice Q&A

 

Jesea Lee (guitarist/backing vocals) from One Days Notice

1. Where did you draw inspiration for When Dinosaurs Get Drunk?

The album is really a collection of fun party songs with a little of serious subject matter occasionally, which is basically how our lives are. We got a lot of inspiration from just living our lives to the absolute fullest.

2. What do you think the latest album says about the band?

It says exactly what we are all about. Fun, catchy songs about boozin and girls.

3. Why did you choose to name the album When Dinosaurs Get Drunk?

It’s actually a reference to an old Simpsons episode (check it out here). Again, we wanted the title to represent a good time and nothing is having a better time than a drunk dinosaur.

4. What band(s) do you dream of touring with and why?

Some old skool punk bands would be awesome. Some bands that could really hang with us. I think the tour that’s happening soon with The Offspring, Pennywise, Bad Religion, and The Vandals would be amazing.

5. What did you have in mind writing “Coming Home?”

Our vocalist Chris Bassitt used to split his time between living in America and Ireland, so the lyrics are definitely autobiographical.

6. When did you all realize you had a talent for what you do in the band?

I started playing when I was 12. I tried singing first and everyone told me I sucked so I switched to guitar. Then I got older and realized you’re allowed to suck at singing, so I started doing that again.

7. What kind of feedback have you gotten from your families? 

Our families have been absolutely incredible throughout our careers. They really support what we do (probably because they know we’d be really bad at normal jobs).

8. Drink of choice?

Keystone Light 4 lyfe.

9. What other hobbies do you guys have besides drinking and peeing on stuff (Found here)? 

Golfing, working out, going to concerts, deep frying the crap out of everything.

10. What do you have in store for the future of the band?

We are currently writing a new album that is gonna be even punkier and drunkier than the last. We also plan to do some light touring this summer.

Also, be sure to check out their newest lyric video for their song “Call the Cops”

 

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Seiichi Daimo Q&A

1. How did you get your start in music?

I always wanted to write songs since I was little. I thought that was the coolest thing. I eventually joined a band in high school and it all just kept growing.

2. How does your cultural background influence your music?

I think my Japanese background impacts my music in different ways. I think it can be the calm vibe that my music can have. I also think its just the ability to look at our culture from an outside perspective.

3. Take us through your writing process.

I have a somewhat unorthodox approach to writing a song. I never actually write anything down. To me a song should be about a feeling or free flowing emotion and to me when I write things down they become jumbled and disjointed. Instead I will ad-lib words or phrases that resonate with the feeling of the song. I’ll repeat those phrases until I have the whole song. This may take many days of repeating a few lines until it all comes together but for some reason I can write so much more clearly this way then when I try to write something down.

4. Who has had the biggest influence on your music and writing style?

I have to say my friends. Just growing up in an area with a great art and music scene motivates you to improve your craft and you pick up things from other artists intentionally and unintentionally.

5. Is there anyone you would particularly like to collaborate with?

Kina Grannis. She’s a Japanese American singer-songwriter. I feel like I should meet her.

6. Is there anything specific you do before each show?

I do not. Every show is different. I kinda just run up there and go for it.

7. Which time period would you want to travel to and experience its musical scene?

Hmm, probably Greenwich Village in the 60’s. See the golden age of the singer-songwriter folk community.

8. What’s coming up for Seiichi Daimo? 

Just non stop promotion of the new record. We will be shooting a music video very soon and a tour to follow! To keep tabs on everything check out seiichidaimomusic.com.

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Spencer Sutherland Q&A

1. What age did you start writing songs?

I started writing music during my senior year of high school. That’s when I started experiencing the ups and downs of relationships, which happens to be what my music is about!

2. What is the most important thing to you when it comes to writing a new song?

The most important thing to me is connecting with the listener. It means a lot to me that I can relate to someone, and if I can do that through music, that’s amazing.

3. How did you start to get your name out to the public?

I was lucky enough to audition for a woman who is now my manager, and 5 days later she put me on opening for Big Time Rush in front of 20,000 people! Ever since then, I’ve been working so hard playing anywhere and everywhere and it’s starting to pay off!

4. If you could perform and/or collaborate with any artist or band (that you haven’t yet), who would it be?

Taylor Swift for sure! Not only is Taylor an amazing performer and singer, but she’s an awesome songwriter as well! It doesn’t hurt that she’s gorgeous 😉

5. Is there a specific song that no matter when or where you hear it, you can’t help but just want to start dancing?

“Yeah!” by Usher. I think that is  lot of people’s answers. It’s an iconic and infectious song! I cant help but bust out when I hear it!

6. Where is your dream performance place?

Madison Square Garden! I think that it’s a milestone for every artist! It’s in the biggest city in the USA!

7. What inspires you most to sing and write your music?

Real life experiences are what inspires me. The up’s and down’s of a relationship as well as wanting to make my dream come true in the music industry!

8. Are there any rituals you do before you perform?

Before I perform I do vocal warmups, pushups, and just get loose. If you are uptight and too serious before a concert, you will be that way on stage. I just try to stay in a focused mental space while having a great time.

9. Would you rather have a major recording company viewing your show or your biggest inspiration?

That’s an awesome question! I would probably rather have a major record company because that could lead to so much PLUS working with my inspiration! 2 birds one stone 🙂

10. What is your overall message you are trying to share with the world with your music? 

The overall message is positivity. It’s so important to me to connect to my fans, and a lot of the things that I go through, they go through. If I can connect with them in a positive way, that’s all that matters.

11. If you weren’t singing/performing, what career would you have or want to have instead?

It’s so hard to answer that question because I don’t have any other passion in the world. If I had too, I would maybe be a personal trainer because I love fitness!

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East Of Eli Q&A

1. Introduce yourself with your name and a fun fact about yourself.

Hello, my name is Nathan West and one time I was on vacation with my wife in Puerto Vallarta, when a group of crazy teenagers chased me screaming out, “Enrique!!! Enrique!!!” I tried to tell them I wasn’t Mr. Iglesias, but they didn’t believe me so I swam out into the ocean and stayed there until they left.

2. Where did you come up with the name East of Eli?

The name “East of Eli” came to me when we were in the studio recording. The music on the, Nothing Ordinary EP, is a collection of songs that a writer/director friend of mine used, to create the outline for an independent feature we’re producing next year called, Into The Mystic. I named the main character in the film, Eli and I wanted to find a way to bridge the music with the feature so I started playing around with potential band names that had the name Eli in them. Eventually I landed on “East of Eli” because the main character heads East to Morocco to deal with his past.

3. What is your song “Nothing Ordinary” about?

Nothing Ordinary is a simple song about the art of letting go. Life is full of twists and turns. Some we expect and others we do not. Sometimes it’s just best to let go and allow the rhythm of life to take control.

4. You have your EP, Nothing Ordinary, coming out March 30th. What can people expect to hear on that, and what was your mindset going into the creation of it?

This EP consists of 5 of my favorite songs that I’ve written. There’s a lot going on in the lyrics of each one and the melodies are at times deeply moving because you can feel the emotion within the music. I’m really proud of what we’ve created and feel its going to surprise a few people.

5. What was the most difficult song to write?

The most difficult song to write was, “Start Again.” That one took me over 10 years to complete! I know that’s a long time to let a song sit, but I felt is was important to allow that song to take shape when it was ready. To me, “Start Again” ended up being like a fine bottle of wine.

6.What’s the hardest and easiest parts of writing and recording a song?

Writing and recording a song is a truly unique experience. I love it so much because no two songs are the same and although some are harder than others, every song finds it’s way eventually if you stay the course. I think the only hard part for me is when the recording process is complete and it’s time to close up shop.

7. What do you hope that fans will take away from this EP?

My hope is that people will see past the actor and find the musician.

8. Now you’ve been on TV and in movies, how did your music career get started?

Honestly, it was about 2 years ago when I decided it was time to share my music. I approached a close friend of mine, Johann Frank, who is an amazing guitar player and brilliant musician, and told him I had this idea about recording an album and I wanted him to produce it. He told me he wasn’t a producer and I replied, “Well congratulations, now you are!” He’s done such an amazing job and he’s brought so many incredible talents to the project like his producing partner Jorge Costa who owns Red Cello Productions in LA. The three of us together has been magical to say the least and the best part is, we are just getting started. We’ll be back in the studio in June to finish the full album and I’ve got a few cool ideas brewing. I don’t believe in being genre specific so all I can say is, expect the unexpected.

9. What’s your favorite part about playing shows?

My favorite part about playing shows is connecting with the audience through the music. There’s nothing like it. I see music as a movement, not as performance. So in my mind, my job is not to get everyone to focus on me. My job is to lead everyone into a place where they can connect to songs as if they were their own.

10. Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Thank you for your time and I look forward to when we cross paths again.

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OnTronik Q&A

1. Take us through your writing and producing processes.
Concepts come in from everywhere. Could be a melody I hear in my head and try to sing or play on the guitar. Might be a drum beat I play or something I bang out in Ableton. It’s always about just being open to what I’m feeling in that moment.

2. How have your past bands influenced the music you make as OnTronik?
I feel like I was creating as I was on the journey, so looking back I feel good about the accomplishments. There’s definitely a lot I learned about myself as an artist.

3. Who are some artists that have influenced you the most throughout your musical journey?
The artists I always look up to are those who aren’t of afraid of exposing themselves for who they really are. Always staying open to their own source and creating from that space. It’s hard to pinpoint to specific ones since I’ve enjoyed so many different styles and genres of music, its become more about authenticity than anything else.

4. How has the reaction to OnTronik been from fans/friends/family?
I’ve gotten so much love all around. It’s been quite amazing actually. They are the ones who push me to be a better person and artist honestly. They have just as much to do with the success of OnTronik as I do.

5. You recently did a collaboration with We Bang. How did that come about?
We connected through my friend DANK who owns Funky Element Records. Started talking about music and we just hit it off as people. Lots of fun working on that track ‘Silence.’ We released it as a free download. People can grab a copy here: https://soundcloud.com/ontronik/ontronik-we-bang-silence-free

6. Are there any other artists who you would particularly like to work with?
Yes definitely. I’d love to work with artists who can bring something to the table that I can learn from. Its much more fun to be on an adventure with someone who can show you something new or a different way to do it. Especially with the vocals, I think there are some great ways to utilize that element in electronic dance genres that feel comfortable for me.

7. If you had to choose just one word to describe a show of yours, what would it be?
Visceral

8. What has been your craziest fan experience so far?
Someone getting an OnTronik tattoo that I signed on their leg at a show.

9. Where do you come up with your inspiration to create this music?
All different sorts of ways. It could be music I hear, memories, thoughts about the future and how things may look or sound, books, movies, great actors/actresses and so on.

10. Have you noticed any differences between playing in North America as opposed to overseas or in South America?
Not really , I feel at home on stage and I think people can sense that. If you bring that with you to the performance, people can feel it and will share that moment with you.

11. If you could go back 10 years, what advice would you give yourself?
You’re doing just fine, keep going.

12. What can we expect from OnTronik in the coming months?
New music, shows, collaborations, sponsorships and simply put, a great time on stage with the fans.

Follow My Lead Q&A

1. Introduce yourself with your name and what you do in the band.

Hi! We are FOLLOW MY LEAD,

Mattie Foxx – Vocals

Robbie Thorne – Guitar and vocals

Niall Friel – Guitar

Declan Graham – Bass

William Woods – Drums

2. How did you come up with the name Follow My Lead?

We were brainstorming a ton of names, and this one turned out to be the one we chose.  It has stuck surprisingly well and really started to develop some real attachment.

3. What’s the music scene like in Ireland?

Not great. We have a lot of fans here yes, but practically every other musician/band over here views it as a competition, which we have no time for. We want to just play the music we love and make friends along the way. Hopefully the metal scene here will open up and develop into something great someday.

4. You have a spring tour planned in the UK. Do you have any other tours planned out, any for the summer?

It is tough with no label or booking agent to organize such things, but we are working on trying to get some tours and shows sorted for the coming months, for sure 🙂

5. You had your song “Crestfallen” posted by BryanStars. Has that helped you gain more fans since people who haven’t heard of you were now listening to you?

Definitely, Bryan actually also premiered our latest single ‘Shadowalker’, and I think his fan base have really taken well to us. Hopefully the fans keep coming our way 😀

 6. What kind of message would you like fans to get out of your music?

Each fan will hopefully hold their own personal significance to our songs, whatever they may be. We just want to play music that makes us happy and can inspire some positivity in the listeners lives 🙂

 7. If you could go on tour with any bands, who would you choose?

Too many to choose! haha, we would love to tour with While She Sleeps, Crossfaith, Architects, generally any band that will have a good time with us 🙂

 8. Now you’re set to release a music video for “Shadowalker” on March 21st, what was it like recording the video?

The video shoot was surprisingly smooth and there were zero problems. We were really prepared going into the day, and it couldn’t of went better 🙂 Super pleased with how it turned out.

 Any interesting stories from that?

I would’t say there were any ‘interesting’ things as such that happened, though if you had of been asking that about the ‘Sippin 40’s’ video shoot, then yeah there would of been lots of stories there 😛

 9. Would you rather have a major recording company viewing your show or your biggest inspiration? (If inspiration – who)

Both preferably! haha It would be an honor to play to our biggest inspirations yes, but it’s the major recording companies who will sign us and make this career possible, so maybe more inclined to say recording companies for now.

 10. Would you rather sell 1 billion copies of an album that doesn’t mean anything personal to you or 100 copies of an album that means the world to you?

We wouldn’t release anything that isn’t meaningful to us. Why not 1 billion copies of a meaningful album? 😛

 11. Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Be sure to check out our new music video for Shadowalker, keep up to date with our fan pages, and thanks so much for the support, it does really inspire us. Of course thanks for interviewing us and giving us your time!

Follow My Lead

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Sporty-O Q&A

1. What are your writing and production processes like?

I usually come up with concepts & melodies for songs when I’m riding in the car or in the shower, or even sometimes jogging. I will take those ideas and record them on my iPhone & use those scratch ideas when its time to make a song.

 2. Which artists are your biggest inspirations?

It’s so many!!!  As a big fan of music you never want to leave anybody off this list! lol Tupac, Outkast, Prince, Bob Marley, Diplo just to name a few.

3. What is the music scene like where you are from and how did it influence your experience and music?

I am from Atlanta, GA so the south in general has the energy high, the drums are rolling and the bass is heavy. The Atlanta music scene is very diverse, meaning to me as an artist, it has made me well-rounded. I think that comes out in my music & that is why I was able to expand from just doing hip-hop & breaks & moving into dubstep, big room, trance & electro a few years ago.

4. Tell us about the record store you owned in Decatur.

Owning a record store taught me so much about the music business!! Especially as an artist. It gave me insight from not just an artist perspective but from the retail level. Listening to consumers for 6 years, face to face, about what they liked and/or disliked about artists can teach you a lot. Also the relationships I built as a record store owner I never could have built as just an artist. Once the music industry went from compact disc to digital, I closed the store.

 5. You’ve been in multiple films, including Road Trip 2, how did that influence you and what was your reaction when you were offered to be in these movies?

Well I obviously was excited!!! Every kids dream. Although the roles were small, it again was a chance to experience the entertainment business from another side. My friend Harvey Glazer was directing Van Wilder 3 & gave me my first role in a movie. He introduced me to some people and I was able to get a few more roles after that during some down time off from touring. So it worked out great & the experience of filming a movie, being part of a real Hollywood production is now something I can cross off the bucket list!!

 6. Apart from the collaborations that you have already done, who are some artists that you would like to work with in the future?

Again so many to name!! So many dream collabos!!!!

Pharell, Bassnecter, Glitch Mob. Any of those dudes would be a dream come true collab for me.

 7. Having “2nite” used for one of the biggest EDM events, Electric Daisy Carnival, must have been incredible. How did you find out that it was going to be used and how did you react?

That was a blessing, a friend of mine told me about it & sent me the link on Facebook. It happened out of nowhere!!  It was such an honor. You know out of all the songs on the planet!!!! Insomniac picked mine that year to represent one of the biggest & best festivals in the world. Doesn’t get much better that that!! And I also played one of the main stages at the festival that year so that was pretty cool as well!!!!

 8. If you could have anything happen at one of your shows what would that be?

To see the reaction on each & every person in the crowd’s face when their favorite part of the song comes on.

 9. What did you set out to achieve with your upcoming album, Songs for Strippers?

Well, to make a collection of really awesome songs that strippers like! Strippers like all sorts of music all genres, as long as they can dance to it. So Im trying to make songs that anyone especially strippers can dance to!

 10. What can we expect from Sporty-O in the near future?

Me and my production partner Kisskaya have a string of releases coming out. Free downloads, bootlegs, original music all sorts of genres Trance, House, Trap, Techno, I mean we are all over the board just loving & living music everyday.

Kisskaya & I have a free d/l Trap EP coming out next month “We Rage, You Dont”

Specimen A & I have a EP coming out this summer that we have recently completed. 4 song EP dubstep, breaks, DnB, & electro. Loved working with him on this.

Mayhem & I just completed a BANGER that is coming out this summer.

So I am really looking forward to sharing all this new music with the world.