Archive for the ‘Interview’ Category

If you’ve ever been to Wisconsin, or you’re from Wisconsin like the lovely staff here at Stork Music, you probably know that we’ve got some pretty awesome things going for us, like the largest waterpark capital of the world or the haunted basement at The Rave!  What we also have are odd accents (eh, no waaayy!) and even more odd cities.  We played a game with some of our friends in A Loss For Words, Echo Movement, Chasing Vegas and Kosha Dillz to see how well they could pronounce our cities.

Make sure to keep checking back for more interviews with the bands featured in this video, as well as a handful of album reviews coming soon! Thank you!

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Take a look as we play a quick round of ‘Would You Rather…’ with We Are The In Crowd!

Waffles or Pancakes? Gryffindor or Slytherin? Lisp or a Lazy eye?

We always love Warped tour and this year was no different. Please check out probably the happiest interview we’ve ever done!

Thuy Lan of StorkMusic chats with Mod Sun about being a sushi chef and plays a round of would you rather. Make sure to keep checking back for more interviews, photos and reviews from Warped Tour 2012 in Milwaukee, WI!

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Arizona band, RadioDriveBy, played a show at The Fixx this past Saturday, pleasing a bevy of RDB fans with their free concert.  The band is playing an EP release show this coming weekend at The Martini Ranch with This Century, Austin Gibbs and Sweettalker.

Big thanks to our friend Kyra for taking wonderful photos for us, make sure to check out some of her photos!

If you haven’t checked out this band before, make sure you do!  If you like other big Arizona talents like The Maine and The Summer Set, you’ll probably love these guys too.

Pick up a copy of their new EP when it drops and make sure to look them up on iTunes, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!

Do you have any other bands you think we should cover on our site? Send us an email or tweet us!

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Tired of people raving over how great Mac Miller and Sam Adams are?  How about you take a listen to an up and coming college student from the University of Wisconsin-Madison?  Stork Music got a chance to snag an interview with the talented rapper—make sure to check him out on Facebook and download his album for free!

Q: Who are you?!
A:  Hello, hello.  My name’s Sandy Harkness, but my stage name is Cofax.  I’m originally from the Milwaukee, WI area but I attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Q:  When did you start being involved with music?
A:  I’ve been doing music my entire life.  At age 6 I begged my parents for a violin even though we had grand piano already.  I stuck with that for about seven years until I realized that it wasn’t too impressive to 13 year old girls that I knew how to play ten different minuets.  So, I picked up the guitar and messed with that for a couple years but never really put in the effort it took to become great.  It just wasn’t my jam, ya know?  High school soon followed and that’s the first time I picked up the mic, but it was as a joke.  My friend Josh and I started a group called the “The Mentality” and we made a few gag songs that sophomoric freshman in high school thought was funny.  Looking back, it was pretty bogus, but it was also the beginning of my songwriting–so I guess it was a good way to start.  I picked up the pen again just last fall and found that I had something to say and I was pretty good at saying it.
Q:  Who/what are your inspirations?
A:  Well, it’s definitely rap music, but I’d like to think it stands alone in terms of originality.  I don’t try to emulate anyone and do my best to spit from the heart.  So that’s where I think I’m most different from other rappers.  I’m not here for money or fame, but rather to just make something that is true and that is mine.  You won’t hear anything in my rhymes that doesn’t pertain to me, and I feel like that’s not true for a lot of other artists.
Q:  How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?  What makes you different from other artists?
A:  Well, it’s definitely rap music, but I’d like to think it stands alone in terms of originality.  I don’t try to emulate anyone and do my best to spit from the heart.  So that’s where I think I’m most different from other rappers.  I’m not here for money or fame, but rather to just make something that is true and that is mine.  You won’t hear anything in my rhymes that doesn’t pertain to me, and I feel like that’s not true for a lot of other artists.
Q:  What’s your songwriting process like?
A:  Most rhymers use a pad and a pen.  I use my Macbook, which is kind of weird but I find it easier to revise my lyrics.  Plus my handwriting is bogus.  When it comes to sitting down and writing a song,  I usually start by listening to the instrumental 5-10 times so I can get a real feel for it.  Then, I kind of haphazardly start rhyming and writing what I feel.  A beat always makes me feel a certain way, so I want to write to that emotion.  From there, I just go.  I usually write a 16 bar verse to start, then a 4 or 8 bar hook and then a few more 16’s.  I like my hook to be dictated by the first verse.  Then I can write my next verses based off of those two components.  I’m not sure of this is an unorthodox way of writing, but this is how I’ve done it since the beginning.
Q:  What is your hope for the future?
A:  I’ve just recently given up on the idea of working a 9-5 desk job.  I know this is where the money is, but it’s definitely not where my heart is.  If music pans out, great.  But I have my creative hat in a lot of different circles.  I own my own clothing line and that is starting to pick up steam.  I also write a lot and plan on starting a novella soon.  So I guess, it’s my hope that one of these creative outlets turns into something bigger than myself.  I want to create something that other people can enjoy, whatever that may be.
Q:  Who would be your dream collaboration, and why?
A:  I’d love to collaborate with Zion I.  If you don’t know them, go download their discography and give it a listen.  It’s a collaborative fashioned much like the way Atmosphere is with a producer and an MC.  Amp Live has to be one of the greatest beat makers ever, and he doesn’t get nearly as much love as he should.  Zumbi is the rapper in the group and his flow is crazy, but it’s his lyrics that make him great–“With or without a record label my rhymes forever stable on the premise.” To share a stage with them would be insane.
Q:  What’s something strange or interesting about you that most people don’t know?
A:  My real name is Alexander, but have gone by Sandy my entire life.  I got a lot of flak when I was little for it, and I still do from the more ignorant of the people I meet.  Whatever, I think it’s raw.
Q:  Any closing statements?
A:  We all have strife and tribulations, one way or another.  So for the individual, remember that you are not alone.  Keep your fitted’s brim to the sky and everything will be groovy.
Make sure to give him a listen!
~T

It’s been a while since the show, but we just wanted to make sure you guys saw pictures from the Yellowcard Tour with Go Radio! Unfortunately, Every Avenue’s van broke down so they didn’t make it to the show. Boo!

To make up for it, the guys in Go Radio played a 45-minute set. Winning! Check out the photos from the show here!

Also, check out all three parts of the great interview we had with Alex.

We talk to Alex about the deluxe edition of Lucky Street and the Goodnight Moon video!

#mymodelfriendsteve is briefly explained by Derek and the Misfits fight with Jerry Only is summed up.

Word association where Alex describes every member of Go Radio in one word!

Jon White fronts a one-man band called If This Is a Man.  His digital album, Random Acts of Kindness Have Saved Lives, is now available on bandcamp.

White creates his songs in his makeshift bedroom recording studio, with “…Just me, a pretty battered electric guitar, an acoustic, a bass, piano and an incredibly noisy and slow computer.”  The mellow, complex layering of the tracks are somewhat reminiscent of an Imogen Heap, Pretty Lights and Bon Iver mashup.

At the age of seven or eight, White was captivated by an album called Morning Glory.  At the age of thirteen, the budding musician picked up a guitar and found piano a logical accompaniment.  White also muddled with drums, but says he never was quite so good with them.

The spacey, indie tunes are described by White as “a mix of genres really, slowcore, psychedelic, acoustic folk, electronica, melancholy, indie, 90’s jangley emo with slightly spacey vocals and lyrics.”  A prime example of the crossover genre is ‘Your Old Room.’  The single opens with a simple piano, soon accompanied by a raw, quieter set of vocals.  The piano intensifies deeper into the track, but slows to a set of beats near the middle, showing the complexity and layers of the album.

The lyricism of the unique tracks come from life experience, “I just write about ideas I have and feelings about relationships with people and concepts, they can be a bit philosophical sometimes and a bit romantic sometimes, sad sometimes, hopeful sometimes, it’s not all sort of focused with one aim. I never sort of sit down and go right, I’m gonna write a song about love, or feeling lost or whatever I just write what comes naturally,” says White.

Overall, the tracks off Random Acts of Kindness Have Saved Lives are undoubtedly original.  If This Is a Man offers an alternative soundtrack to your evening, a good record to wind down to.

You can listen to the album on bandcamp and get more information about If This Is a Man on FaceBook and follow his blog here.

~T