The guest for this episode is Adam De Micco, guitarist of the 4-piece deathcore band Lorna Shore, who recently released their new EP …And I Return to Nothingness on August 13th via Century Media. This is the first project with their new frontman Will Ramos, and during our chat, Adam De Micco shares the making of the EP and the new energy within the band. Lorna Shore is currently on their own headlining US tour (dates below). De Micco is a return guest to the podcast (episode #52), so we got the catch up about what’s been going on with him and the band during the past four years.
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The guests for this episode are Esther Quansah and Becky Foinchas of The Narcotix, a West African art-folk band based in Brooklyn. The two, both daughters of African immigrants, met in an elementary school chorus class in Woodbridge, Virginia, where their creative, musical, and personal sisterhood would start and lead all up to the release of their debut EP Mommy Issues. Soaking up their ancestral and environment influences throughout their lives, The Narcotix have such a fresh spiritual sound that is both fun and soulful. During my chat with Esther and Becky, we talk about how they met and how they are such a close duo, both personally and musically. It was a fun conversation and they are definitely a band to watch out for in the future.
The guest for this episode is Los Angeles-based model and actress JoAnna de Castro, star of the comedic horror-thriller Blood Pageant, now available on DVD and on demand on all streaming platforms. This is de Castro’s first leading role in a film as she plays “Crystal”, a contestant on the American Dream Pageant where her religious beliefs are tested during what happens to become a battle for her life and everyone else involved in the show.
The guest for this episode is Frankie Mish, drummer of the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based metalcore band Sleep Waker, who just released their new album Alias on July 23, 2021 via UNFD. We go through a track-by-track breakdown of the album and Frankie explains all the weird and interesting themes and influences that went into the creation of Alias.
The guest for this episode is Detroit-based composer, pianist, and vocalist Vanessa Cuccia to talk about her debut album This is a Spell. I came across Vanessa’s music earlier this year when a mutual friend shared her single “Ode to Body” on Instagram. I really liked the song, but when I heard the full album and learned more about her, I definitely wanted to meet her and have her on the podcast. This is actually Vanessa’s first podcast interview about her music has she has already made successful waves in the world with her company Chakrubs, her natural crystal sex toy company (which has been featured on Conan, Playboy TV, Nylon, Teen Vogue, among other publications). Cuccia also runs Freque Magazine, described as “combining FREQUEncies of art, music, and culture through a lens of spirituality”.
For this episode, we are joined by a hip-hop legend, New York emcee O.C. of the crew Diggin’ in the Crates (DITC), but he’s humble enough to not accept that title just yet. O.C. originally jumped on the scene as a guest on Organized Konfusion’s “Fudge Pudge”, the soon after on the remix of MC Serch’s “Back to the Grill”. O.C. would go on to meet the likes of Lord Finesse and Buckwild from DITC, and Buckwild would produce most of his debut album Word…Life released in late 1994 on Wild Pitch Records that would spawn classic tracks like “Times Up” and “Born 2 Live”.
For this episode, I’m joined by Skynd, lead singer and one half of the industrial-tinged, true crime-inspired electronic duo also known as SKYND.SKYND is the dark creative outlet for Skynd, along with producer and multi-instrumentalist Father. SKYND released Chapter I in 2018, followed by Chapter II in 2019. Now, with over 18 million hits on YouTube, “Michelle Carter” marks the second single in Chapter III, following 2020’s “Columbine.” During my conversation with Skynd, we talked about how her upbringing lead her into an interest in true crime subjects, meeting Father, the process that goes into every song and video, and the creative outlet she feels doing this SKYND project, and much more.
For this episode, we are joined by Jeremy DePoyster, vocalist/guitarist of the metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada. They just released their latest project, the ZII EP, on May 21st, 2021 via Solid State Records. While their has been many releases from the band since their original Zombie EP released in August 2010, ZII is a bit of a continuation. Now veterans of metalcore, The Devil Wears Prada continue to progress showing there is no boundaries to this genre of music, always pushing the limits of both its sound and its visual accompaniment.
For this episode, we are talking about the debut album from UK Alt-Metal band Vexed titled Culling Culture, released on May 21, 2021 via Napalm Records. Joining me for this episode is the band’s lead vocalist Megan Targett. After dropping a pair of brutal singles in 2019, “Elite” ft. CJ McMahon of Thy Art Is Murder and “Dominate”, the Hertfordshire foursome made enough noise to link up with Napalm Records for the release of their debut album. With Culling Culture, the band dives into topics of hate and anger that is so prevalent in today’s society as a way to show that people dealing with any sort of struggles in their lives are not alone and they can prevail.
For this episode, we are talking about the new graphic anthology Dead Beats 2, released by A Wave Blue World, an independent publisher of high-quality graphic novels, anthologies, and art books, focusing on socially conscious storytelling and providing a platform for a multitude of creative voices. Joining me for this discussion is A Wave Blue World co-founders Wendy and Tyler Chin-Tanner, who started the company over 15 years ago. Dead Beats 2: London Calling, is a continuation after a successful campaign for the first volume which also received high acclaim for both its art direction and storytelling.