Update: Viking Viking Viking
The last time we caught up with Viking Viking Viking we had an awesome interview! Now we are updating on the band as they have grown from the last time we chatted. Just getting through the JSE BOTB semi final round for $2K, these guys have been working tremendously hard for it. When listening to the bands music even though most are related to each other, you can really hear the strength of connection they have while playing. Just the excitement of seeing them play is wicked sweet. Throwing a viking helmet out during a show and a fan has to do a crazy stunt when he/she gets it, one fan did a back flip before. That just goes to show you that they include the fans into their show which says a lot about a band! Make sure to keep up with VX3 as they are working on their first full length album with BAL Records due sometime in 2011! 😀
Hometown: Bergen County, NJ
Genre: Pop-rock/ Hardcore
Record Label: Be Awesome Louder
SikDailyFavs: Viking Viking Viking- Just Like The First Time
Follow Viking Viking Viking (VX3) as they rock out the Jersey Shore!
Today we have Raper for Abstrak, Andrew Boehlefeld to have an interview with us! We want to thank you for your time! Abstrak is out to rap about deep insight to his dark and disturbed past. He is currently working on his mixtape, “Welcome to My World”, scheduled to be released at the end of this year! Here is the interview readers, enjoy!
SD: What was your biggest challenge getting into Underground Hip-Hop/Rap?
Andrew Boehlefeld: Honestly it wasn’t so much of a challenge to get into it. It really just happened out of no where. I come from the complete opposite genre of music as I was the vocalist for a post hardcore band called Naming The Fallen with a very large following. I also just recently quit being the vocalist of a progressive metal band called 12 Years Ago. I really just picked up this whole rapping thing about two months ago, free styling in my friends basement. I just kept practicing and then I started writing. I just felt like I have so much to say and so much going on inside my brain that I need to let it out. I was already a lyricist but I felt like being in a band really held back my creativity because I can’t say all the things in my head in a song of that genre. I love this ability to have complete control of my music, beats,, flow and my lyrics. Its all my straight from the heart. I guess the hardest part was just finding who I am as a musician.
SD: What makes your rap flow together so easy? You make it seem easy.
Andrew Boehlefeld: Its just who I am. I’ve always had a complex way of looking at things and the way I think is so odd that sometimes I don’t even understand it. That’s why I am writing this album so that people can really get inside my head and understand who I am and what goes on inside my brain. I really don’t have to go out of my way to write that way and I don’t unless I am inspired to because I want my music to be from the heart. Real deep music with complex flow to keep the listener interested. I just never knew I could rap like that at the speed I have been with a flow like that until I really sat down and tried it. Thank you!
SD:Who is your biggest influence while rapping?
Andrew Boehlefeld: That would defiantly be Aesop Rock. He is my favorite artist in any genre. He really is on another level. I just love listening to the way he flows his words and the complexity of his lyrics baffles me every time. I have 8 of his album and I still cannot memorize all the words because of how incredible it is. He really inspires me to just create and hold nothing back when I write. I also really like Tyler, The Creator. He really is a genius. I love the vulgarity and how he personifies the world through his eyes and uses schizophrenia and multiple personalities in his music its incredible.
SD: Now you said that you don’t want to be the next, Wiz Khalifa, so what is your dedication in your work?
Andrew Boehlefeld: I write music for the sake of creating and my love of music. To express every single thought that goes on inside my head and my heart. All these artists out there now a days are in it for the money. Then they go and write songs about how much money they have and the girls they get and the cars and the weed. Its so insignificant and they really ruin music. Music was originally created to personify yourself through your ability to create art and put your heart into it. I don’t wanna be singed or have lots of money I would give it all away as long as people were coming to my shows every night, touring in a new city all the time, and everyone loved the music and had a great time. That means more to me then any amount of money anyone could give me.
SD: We recently said, “You have old school Kanye West flow.” Do you think that will change at all?
Andrew Boehlefeld: I love old Kanye West. He was and still is a great lyricist but he has defiantly changed as an artist as time went on. I think that we do differ in some areas though from his old school days. Defiantly lyrically we differ. This is just my opinion of course. I like the comparison to a great musician I will defiantly take that as a compliment! I will never change who I am though. Or how I write my music. I always stay true to who I am and my beliefs. The writing style I have will not ever change for a label.
SD: For the upcoming rappers what advice would you give them, that has also helped you as well?
Andrew Boehlefeld: I honestly would say just take your shoes and step into em and chase your dreams before you lose them. Do not ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. My whole life has been people telling me I can’t do something or judging me because I was different and I just brushed it off like it was nothing. My dreams are the most important thing to me in life and I will always strive to achieve them and if you have big dreams all you have to do is work hard and one day you will achieve them. Stay true to who you are and don’t ever change for anyone.
SikDailyFavs: Abstrak-I Don’t Ever Want to Be Right
Make sure to keep up with Andrew Boehlefeld as he works on his first full length album coming out later this year, Welcome to My World. Follow Abstrak as they take over the rap nation!
Interview: Wake Up, Dolly
We managed to snag the talented singer and songwriter for Wake Up, Dolly, Kylle Reece for an interview! Wake Up, Dolly has a huge couple of months coming up as they release not only their debut single, “A Million Little Pieces”. That isn’t the end of it either! They have their first Full-Length Album releasing in September! Keep an eye out!
Kylle Reece has given us his time to do an interview on Wake Up, Dolly!
SD:What do you think is the most significant talent of a songwriter?
Kylle Reece: I think it really depends on the style of music.. The songwriter in ME wants to say that the lyrics are the most important because that’s where people usually connect and relate to whatever it is you’re trying to convey.. Lyrics can be really powerful, I think the best attribute to have as a songwriter is writing solid lyrics. Or at least lyrics people can relate to. There’s been multiple times where I’ve fallen in love with a band or an artist with a terrible voice or no musical talent whatsoever, but their lyrics got to me. I really feel like it’s all you need. For me I’d rather listen to something like that than an amazing voice with pointless lyrics.
SD: How did Wake Up, Dolly all come about?
Kylle Reece: Oh dear.. haha. So, I’ve been in multiple bands in the past few years (Sky Highway, Dry Creek Manor, City Of Kings) and for whatever reason those bands didn’t end up working out. And in between each band I would take a couple months to go solo acoustic and just play alone with my material. It always seemed to work better that way, I’m a pretty stubborn guy and I can admit to being hard to work with sometimes when it comes to writing.. hahah. So, I was going solo and getting really serious about a year ago. I went into the studio to start recording my first ever full-length Album. After months of recording, the majority of the songs became full band songs where I would play all the instruments and it just kinda got to the point where I was like, “Well, you’re going to need a band to play these songs live anyway.. might as well give it one more shot.” And it helps, you know, after being in bands that fail epically over and over again because you know what to do and what not to do. Trial and error really played a big effect in WUD’s strong take off, and that’s only because I’ve failed so many times already.. But anyway, about 5 months ago I went on a little search and recruited the members I thought fit best and here we are!
SD: Tell us about Wake Up, Dolly’s Full-Length Album coming out in August. What excites you about the release the most?
Kylle Reece: Wow, all these heavy questions! So, like I said earlier this has been over a year long process. I went in and out of styles, lyrics changed, guitar parts changed, band members changed, this album has just been a monster for us, and for me especially.. But it’s finally almost done. haha. I had recorded about 20 tracks in the past year or so and basically in doing that I sort of found my style and what direction I wanted the band to go. The Album has been cut down to 11 tracks now (possibly 12) and it’s put together which much more continuity than it would’ve been if I hadn’t cut those 8 or 9 tracks. So, the album actually comes out in September and it’s entitled, “A Shallow View On What Counts”. The name is sort of an overlapping theme within the album, there’s a lot of songs about friends leaving you for new friends, or girls leaving you for new and improved versions of you, and a whole lot of feeling like you’re not good enough I guess. It’s cool, because I know a lot of people can relate and that’s a big part of everything I write. So, this album if anything for me is all about getting rid of any baggage I had before and starting fresh. It’s got a harder edge to it, still alternative/indie rock type stuff, but a lot of Taking Back Sunday and Brand New influence.
The thing I’m MOST excited to release is definitely our Single. Our single drops August 13th, 2011 and it’s called, “A Million Little Pieces” and a good friend of mine does guest vocals in the song. (Brent Walsh of I The Mighty [Equal Vision Records). SO LOOK OUT FOR THAT!
SD: Where did the name Wake Up, Dolly originate?
Kylle Reece: I’ll try to make this as short as possible… When I was a kid my mom brought me home a box of toys and from this box I chose these 2 dolls, a boy named bobby and a girl named dolly. I played with these things constantly day in and day out and my mom got worried that I wasn’t doing “normal” things and I think she said I was actually skipping meals to play with these things.. haha So, anyway one night when I was asleep I’m assuming my mom took the dolls and gave them away to some underprivileged down the street without telling me.. I cried for DAYS. I guess my mom had a nightmare about a week after I got over everything and in this dream she was standing outside my bedroom door but she couldn’t get in. Like the door was locked or something. And So, when she put her ear to the door to see if I was okay, she heard me screaming at my dolls to wake up because I had no friends I wanted them to be alive to play with me. She heard me say, “WAKE UP, DOLLY, WAKE UP!” over and over again. And that’s where the name came from!
SD: Out of all the shows you all have done which would you say is your most memorable?
Kylle Reece: Probably the show I played acoustically at the Danville theatre in Danville, CA. The vibe was great, it was a benefit concert for habitat for humanity so everyone was super sweet and loving. I had a blast and made tons of friends and sold tons of merch. It was awesome.
SD: What music, band, or even TV show has influenced you and the band?
Kylle Reece: Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Ace Enders, Relient K, Just Surrender, I The Mighty, I could go on for hours… But that probably narrows it down a bit 🙂
There it is readers! Wake Up, Dolly! Make sure you follow them on their way to the top!
Special Thanks to, Kylle Recce for the interview and your time! 😀
We Fall From These Heights
Our ears have been stolen and we are currently looking for them. We seen that this awesome band, From These Heights jacked them from us and has been stealing ears everywhere so watch out! These five guys, not the food place but the band are rocking out the nation with their musical talent. Coming from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, they came together in 2006. Playing for their family, fans and their love of music FTH has shown their colors and from there the fan base grew drastically. From These Heights just recently released their debut EP, Centuries In Seconds, in July of this year. Make sure to check out this awesome sick nasty band. Oh and FTH can we seriously have our ears back please? 😀
Hometown: Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Genre: Post Hardcore/Progressive/Alternative
Members: Tyler Colon – Guitar, Alec Hank – Drums, Kyle Kasman – Vocals, Alex Dalla Piazza- Bass, Joe Michur- Guitar
Record Label: For inquiries, e-mail email@example.com
SikDailyFavs: From These Heights- Burning Compasses
Make sure to follow From These Heights as they take over the world!
Straight from central Florida Silence has come to melt your face and give you on hell of a time. Out of this world music that will make Jason cry home to his mom. Non-stop working from day to night these guys practice and practice to give you everything they have. Currently Silence is doing everything they possibly can to give their fans a year filled with non-stop touring and constant new music so other bands can cower beneath them as they take over the Death Metal music scene. This 4 piece band has shown their fans what they are made of and their fans have grown and grown, with over 3K likes on Facebook. Make sure to check out Silence coming to destroy a city and leave a good taste of music in your soul soon!
Hometown: Central, FL
Genre: Death Metal/Hardcore/2-Step
Members: Hunter Young – Vocals, Austin Delancey – Bass, Patrick Boyd – Guitar, Tyler Kruckmeyer – Drums
Record Label: Matchless Records
SikDailyFavs: Silence – There Is No Place Like Home
These Are Crash Coordinates
Do you like having a great night with a great band and some amazing music? Awesome! Crash Coordinates brings out the night, working full time with music and still enduring college they have managed to get through it all. Out of Tempe, Arizona Crash Coordinates have put in a large amount of time promoting, writing, and practicing to get their name out to the public and their fans. Speaking of fans these guys have over 18K followers and twitter and over 4K likes on Facebook. Their fan base have grew tremendously and is steady growing! Songs about their past experiences and their extraordinary passion for music. The music really sets the party scene, red cups, a couple of drinks, and music that relates to everything really makes everything flow. Make sure to put Crash Coordinates new CD Echo Theory on your iPods!
Hometown: Tempe, AZ
Members: Chris Kalla-Vocals/Guitar, Kevin Williams-Bass, Chris Wahl-Guitar, Jon Stoddard-Drums
Record Label: Unsigned
SikDailyFavs: Crash Coordinates- Falling For You Official Music Video
Help Us Define Our Pride
Who says highschool bands doesn’t rock? Define Our Pride certainly showed their fans that music is what they live for and to play another show means the world to them! Coming out of Houma, Louisiana these six guys have made mistakes but they learned from them and didn’t stay down. Everything from drums to guitar just sounds excellent and so perfect in sync. Define Our Pride loves being introduced to new music, no matter what it is they love it. You can relate to these guys as superheros if you may. Why? Because they play for whats right, people who make a difference in everyday life to change the world from what it is today. Got to love that coming form a band! Make sure to check out Define Our Pride they are really good guys and will give their fans one hell of a show!
Hometown: Houma, LA
Members: Kevin-Vocals and yelling into a microphone, Dustin-Vocals and synth, Roman-Guitar and smelling things, Johnny-bass and lame jokes, Blake-guitar and spotting big words, David-drums and tacos Love the humor guys!
Record Label: Unsigned
SikDailyFavs: Define Our Pride-FSU
Halo: Faith 2011
Three Spartan II’s defending power generation on the planet Reach. Halo: Faith is distributed with Machinima.com from their Youtube channel. Designers from movies such as, Avatar and The Hulk are working on the project to bring Halo Faith to life as we all drool over the series. Jared Pelletier is hot off his near-sweep of the Arizona Film and Media Expo Film Festival awards.
This 20-year-old visionary had previously been short-listed at Cannes a few years ago and was able attract production talent for Halo: Faith that had previously worked on Avatar, The Hulk and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The New Film Halo: Faith is due to release on November 20th 2011, and will be utilizing the technology used in James Cameron’s Avatar to create the best, crisp out of this world graphics. Teasers, music and print ads have been showing up making the fans go nuts! The internet community has built up drastically in anticipation for Halo: Faith.
SikDailyMags has been given the pleasure of doing an interview with the director, Jared Pelletier on Halo: Faith. Enjoy Fans/Readers
SikDailyMags: What intrigues you the most about the Halo Series?Jared Pelletier: The world we have to work with is so incredibly vast, it almost gives room for unlimited possibility. There is a very interesting history to the events which take place in the games, many of which translate great to the screen. I was very interested in taking my personal vision as a filmmaker and applying it to something so accessible with an established fan base. As we researched for this project it was discovered that there were layers upon layers of great content to work with both in storytelling and technical.SikDailyMags: What part of the time line in the series does Halo: Faith fall into place?Jared Pelletier: ‘Faith’ occurs just as the Fall of Reach begins. Three Spartans are tasked helping in the defense efforts of this initial Covenant offensive.
SikDailymags: What made you get involved with this Halo project?Jared Pelletier: In April of 2010 I was attached to direct a short Avatar based film entitled ‘The Prime’. Yes, based on the work of James Cameron. The goal of this project was to push the limits of technology in low budget filmmaking. The film was ultimately shut down, and I moved onto a WWII film ‘In the Hearts of Men’.Immediately after we shot the WWII piece I was interested in revisiting the idea of making something people were already familiar with, the purpose being quick exposure. A number of ideas were tossed around, including a ‘Terminator’ film which was nearly realized. Halo posed a great challenge, one bigger than any of us could really comprehend – therefore it was the right choice.
- Meet Jared Pelletier
SikDailyMags: Do you see a Hollywood making of Halo coming out soon after Halo: Faith?Jared Pelletier: I can’t imagine a ‘Halo’ movie not being made. This is just a matter of time, the potential is far too lucrative. Hopefully this project makes a good case as to why one should be put back into production. More than that, hopefully we prove ourselves worthy of such a project should the opportunity present itself.
SikDailyMags: With the designers from, Avatar working with CG, how challenging is it making a live action film with CG?Jared Pelletier: Incredibly challenging in just about every way. Every frame of the film was shot against a green screen and concrete floor. The environment was very similar to the mo-cap stages we’re frequently seeing in use. This makes the vision that much more important, as literally everything is being imagined. I then need to communicate this to the cast and crew. I can’t simply point the camera and say action – I need to go over every detail for every shot. I decided to go all CG, including the environments, because I didn’t find any locations which could have truly captured the environment of another planet. The last thing I wanted was to feel as though we’re on earth. Establishing that separation, despite the endless hours of work, is worthwhile.Post is an even bigger challenge, of course. The process is very consuming, and requires hundreds of incredibly dedicated individuals to bring it all to life. i’ve gained a lot of respect for this process.
- Jared Pelletier
SikDailyMags: Working with the team from Machinima must be extremely fun, how did you all come together to start the process of Halo: Faith?Jared Pelletier: After our first two days on set (April 2-3) we were contacted by a representative at Machinima, interested in distributing ‘Faith’ and signing me as a director. The people at Machinima are fantastic, and the process has been a great experience. In a sense, it’s like working with a studio, and pushes us all that much harder to create an unparalleled product.
SikDailyMags: Anything you would like to tell the fans/readers about Halo:Faith that they do not already know? Master Chief??Jared Pelletier: They’ll have to wait for more official announcements! Get ready for a very exciting Fall as material is released frequently.The Chief is, of course, an integral part to the series. He didn’t quite fit into the story we are trying to tell as a central character – that being said, he may have fit in somewhere.
Lets Take A Brookline Drive
If your wanting a band that is unique but at the same time you can walk on the beach to, well this is the one. Brookline Drive takes it a little slow to reach out to the fans with their music. Nothing to crazy or insane but, smooth and soothing music with some sweet lyrics for that special girl or guy that your trying to impress. Coming from Connecticut these five guys are showing their fans that you can actually still be romantic and at the same time have a great time listening to awesome music. Brookline Drive nearing 2K likes on Facebook just keeps constantly growing, the love new fans and they also love their fans to feel comfortable while listening to them so check out their merchandise as well! Make sure to check out their new debut EP, Close to me.
Hometown: East Hartford, CT
Members: Ben Lemieux – Vocals, Rich Paquet – Drums/Vocals, Spencer Hillman – Guitar/Vocals, Jordan Hillman -Bass/Vocals, Dan Hallett – Guitar
Record Label: Unsigned
SikDailyFavs: Brookline Drive – It’s A Wonderful Life
Two guys on a mission to take over the music industry, to ask me they are doing a great job already! Weatherstar already has a whopping 5K likes on Facebook and 4K tweeters on Twitter. They have been on MTV.com, Cosmo Girl Magazine and was just featured in Alternate Press Magazine. Showing the world that the big apple has some amazing talent. They recently released their new EP Crystal Ball in April of 2011. The two song EP was produced by Andrew Goldstein from The Friday Night Boys and ten percent of profits went to Red Cross to aid Japan. Weatherstar has also been in Warped Tour 2010 so if you haven’t heard this band your crazy and you should hit the play button!
Hometown: New York
Genre: Rock/ Pop
Members: Cameron Walker- Guitar/Vocalist, Billy Totti – Drums
SikDailyFavs: Weatherstar- Crystal Ball