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Apr 20th

Barrington: London's Stellar and Worldly Reggae Band DUBVOCALIZA

By Meta


This is the exciting, worldly, and spiritually potent reggae band, DUBVOCALIZA, based in England. They represent what is magical about live music, the magic connections and expressions which touch people at their core. The message is optimism, love, peace, universal healing.  I have been lucky to speak with Barrington Delevante for this 4/20 reggae show on

M- Hi there, Barrington! You guys are so incredibly interesting and spark a good fire in the bellies of listeners/experiencers. Such a diverse range of people coming from all over the world, from Poland to Spain to Jamaica to Italy. Amazing how it all grooves together, so tight and filled with life from so many angles. A blending of soul. How did all eight of you meet?

B- The members of the band met through various channels. I met and became close friends with Kevin Draper, the lead guitarist, in a funk band called dubfunksta. It was my first association with a band. I was the songwriter and lead vocalist. I was also the one that coined the name dubfunksta. We met the other members of the band through music friends and advertising. We had a musical boat to row and the others came to sail with us.

M- I love the poetic element of the lyrics. Have you always been poetically inclined in different mediums, or are you mostly, as you call it, a “musical poet”?

B- I have always been poetically inclined in many ways or mediums as you called it. I was writing and performing poetry from Primary to High School. I looked at my surroundings and would speak out in poetry about the pain and despair caused to myself and others. My friends in school thought that I was a revolutionist, a poetical rebel. My performance poetry was a hit in High School. I refer to myself as a musical poet because I perform poetry to all genres of music.

M- Does anyone else write lyrics as well?

B- Andrew Wellesley our Rhythm guitarist and Natalia Sitkowska our lead singer can write lyrics, but so far all the lyrics and arrangements in the band is written done by me.

M- Do you guys do world tours?

B- We haven't done any world tour as yet but it's on our horizon. We have performed throughout in the United Kingdom and Europe.

M- How long have you been together?

B- The band was started in 2002, Kevin draper, Matt Curr and myself are the core members. The other have been in the band now for over 5 years.

M- What are your general philosophies of life?

B- Our general philosophies of life; we believe in oneness, peace and universal love, we strive to attain that through our music. Our philosophies are summed up in one of our songs called "Just the way it is". "Life is full of fantasies, dreams and realities, hopes and wishes but that's just the way it is."

M- What do you hope to inspire in people with your music?

B- We hope to inspire people with invaluable food for thought and conscious awakening, to promote oneness, peace and universal love. We are on the side of the oppressed and hope to inspire and bring about change. People can sing and dance to our music but we want them to write the words in their hearts.

M- Beautiful. Do you feel that you have transformed spiritually because of music, through music.. music as medicine?

B- Yes we have transformed spiritually through music, we hold fast together and believe in every beat of our songs. We are always debating and questioning in our music and we live united by the spiritual elements and philosophies. There's some preaching and teaching in our music and that is a spiritual aspect. Music unites people all over the world, it's a powerful force.

M- Are there other outlets any of your band members use for expression, such as art or writing?

B- The band is always hungry for music, it's the only channel we used for expression at the moment. Some band members go to Jam sessions and our lead guitarist played a lot on the piano, I guess it's another outlet.

M- Can you describe a deep or transformative instance while performing together? Tell a story about unification.

B- There have always been a oneness in the band when we are performing together. I remember one instance while performing at the UK largest reggae festival in 2014 ( One Love festival) . There was a moment when we all looked at each other on the huge stage with a knowing in our hearts, and a recognition that the band has come of age. The good vibration and moment was just magical, there was a natural mystic between us, We played that gig like no other, it was just awesome.

M- I have goosebumps. That is such a magical thing. Tell us something funny or bizarre which has happened at a show..

B- While performing at a music festival ( One World) I was deep into performing one of our tracks when it suddenly dawned on me that I was singing a completely different song while the band was playing a different music. We all looked at each other but continued playing until the end. Some how we pulled it off.

M- Do you think that a person should be thrown into jail for smoking weed? Why or why not?

B- A person should not be thrown into jail for smoking weed, absolutely not. I recall Peter Tosh was beaten senseless and thrown into jail in Jamaica for smoking weed and calling for the legalisation of marijuana. Now that call has been answered in many countries all over the world included Jamaica.

Apr 20th

Ohio's Effervescent Rockstead

By Meta



Introducing Rockstead from Cincinnati! They have recently released their first album "Wake Up and Live" and  I hear they are working on their second release. Can't wait to hear it. They are a positive and uplifting group of friends who have a deep mutual, musical connection and understanding. We are pleased to be playing them on the 4/20 show today.

M- Hi guys. Can you introduce yourselves?

R- We are Rockstead! Jake Burns: Lead vocals, rhythm guitar, Tanner Briscoe: Lead Guitar, Vocals, Victor Falco: bass guitar, John Albertson: Drums.

M- You have all known each other for a while, have you not? You seem pretty tight together. How did you all meet?

R- Me (Jake), Vic and John have gone to school together since the second grade playing sports and hanging out. We started a 3 piece band (Jake, John, Vic) in the 8th grade and played all through high school. Tanner was one of our really good friend's cousin. I (jake) started jamming with him and we really clicked. So senior year Tanner joined the band. Now here we are.

M- Do any of you have any side projects? If so, can you show us some links?

R- Nope no side projects. Our 3 piece used to be called Broken on Impact (we were a punk band back then lol). But aside from a couple of us doing acoustic gigs for some extra dinero, we just stick with Rockstead.

M- Have you gone on tour? Do you plan on touring in 2015?

R- We haven't toured just yet. A couple of us are finishing up college this year, but once that's done you can definitely count on Rockstead hitting the road!

M- What is the general message of your music?

R- We feel like there are many messages to our music. Most of it comes from personal experiences and emotions. If we had to sum it up we really like to spread a positive message of unity and respect. Love is a large theme in our music as well. It's all about taking life one step at a time and rolling with the punches. Not gonna lie, we like to advocate our friend Mary Jane too :)

M- Wonderful! This might be difficult, but name your combined three biggest musical influences.

R- Oh man there are so many, but if we had to choose it would probably be Sublime, The Expendables and 311.

M- Pretty awesome guitar lead playing. How long have you been playing?

R- I picked up the guitar when I was about 10 years old. Haven't put it down since (Tanner).

M- Nice to have that connection with your instrument. You can tell when people are really connected, when the instrument is an extension, like another limb. So what do you think? Should people be thrown in jail for smoking weed? Why or why not?

R- Absolutely not. Marijuana is a natural plant that grows in the ground. There are way more substances out there causing harm to hundreds of thousands of people including legal pharmaceuticals! Ganja has never hurt anyone. The only thing hurting people is ruining their lives by throwing them in jail.

Apr 20th

Gaper: Indonesian Reggae Fascination

By Meta

I have had the honour to get to know Den Basito of Kediri.  His reggae band, Gaper, is a widely diverse and great combination of instruments and personalities.  They are amazing musicians with amazing visions.  Here is what he has to say about where he lives, how reggae is integrating in his community, their political ivsions, and how they all got started together.

M- Hello, Den Basito! First of all, can you tell us a little bit about Pare? It is both a place in Kediri and a “Society of Reggae”. Is it true that you are a founder of this society?

DB- Pare is a small district with 95.000 population in Kediri, east Java.  Pare in our community name is PAthway of REggae.

M- Ah, I get it.

DB- Since we got together in 2008, then we built a reggae community in other districts and towns in Java like Surabaya, Malang, Jogjakarta. Starting in 2006, we joined Rastafamily Jakarta. I am with 2 friends, and the very first time, we made a summer jam in Pare ''Rastafara Cool Break'' with 10 reggae bands and supported by the scooter / vespa community and bikers. Around a hundred came.

M- What is it like in Kediri, both culturally and musically speaking? Is the reggae scene very active?

DB- Today in Kediri, reggae music is still underground but now larger in several communities. Around 20 000 of the mass are active, and thousands more are passive teenagers, I guess. Now reggae goes to campuses, goes to villages and lives together with local music ''Dangdut'' and sometimes local TV and Radio rarely support our community. We hope we have our own radio.

M- How many people are in your band? It is such a neat combination of instruments, including an electric violin. Can you tell us about your band members?


1. Den Basito as Lead vocal and Rhythm

2. Omotz on Lead Guitar

3. Kiki on Bass and Backing vocals

4. Rengga on Violin

5. Andre Khanciel on Drums

6. Ferdi on Percussion

7. Zijpan Kipli on Percussion

8. Ade on Guitar and Keyboard

Violin..! Our sound is different from other reggae bands. Actually we love reggae and we can play with violin and people like it.

M- What are your musical and lyrical visions?

DB- We play Roots. Rock. Reggae. Nyahbinghi. Reggae Ballad. Our lyrics are about: social issues, criticizing the government. Love and togetherness (NUSANTARA BELIEVENESS)

M- You seem very dynamic and motivated. What drives you into all these directions?

DB- What drives me: HISTORY -Bob Marley to be a rastafarian with marcuss garvey influence. Asked to his people to come back to their roots in Africa. Met the king of kings Haile Selassie. Last decade, the King Selassie met with our founding father (PJM/paduka jang Mulia) Soekarno, our first president. Related to the Asia-Africa agreement.

Our country has another name NUSANTARA, united by maritime geography, thousands of years historically and that is the POINT of our movement. We ask to Indonesian people to come back to NUSANTARA. We bring the spirit of Nusantara's soul. Corruption is not our soul. Horrible things that we fight for.

Indonesia is Nusantara but Nusantara is not only Indonesia. Malaysia, Philipina, Thailand, Cambodia, Timor Leste...etc. Maritime geography and historical had united us in SOUL of NUSANTARA beyond the territories of each country.

M- What is “katanya” about?

DB-- KATANYA or It says. It is criticizing to our old generation and all Indonesian people. It's about government. Tiran. Law. Religion. Conspiracy. Politics. Those are only what IT SAYS. That message in KATANYA (Indonesian Language).

M- What is “Kanjeng Mami”?

DB- Kanjeng Mami; Once we arranged reggae combined to our local music KRONCONG Kanjeng. Mami is a soundtrack "sitcom", one of the most popular on national TV. It was in 2009.

M- What are your plans for the rest of 2015?

DB- We will make 4 albums within 2015. Then we will pack all 5 albums in one and include a book of mine about NUSANTARANESIA in my idea.

M- how has your culture influenced your music?

DB-Our culture...? Some cultures are fake. And we fight to build new one. God Bless Nusantara God Bless Indonesia God Bless all human kind and creatures. NUSANTARANESIA JAYA.. RAHAYU..

Apr 19th

Tone Change

By Gear In The Mail


Most beginning guitar players start with a rather inexpensive instrument. They usually have a mass production clone of a Fender Stratocaster or a Gibson Les Paul. The most popular clones are made overseas by Gibson and Fender themselves through the Epiphone and Squier lines. These are built to the same specs as the American made models. They are decent instruments in their own right but they can be improved greatly with just a pickup replacement. As long as the neck is straight and the tuning pegs are fairly tight, this is often all you need to upgrade to a pro sound. Iv'e modified several Mexican made Stratocasters and I'll take you through the process. The first thing you want to decide on is what kind of sound you're looking for. Replacement pickups are available with a lot of variety in sound output. I like to use Seymour Duncan pickups because they have proven to be of high quality and reliability. They also have a good selection and have a CD of sound samples you can listen to. Most dealers have the CD's and you can also listen to the samples online. Choose your replacement pickups and you're ready to upgrade. You'll need several things for the job. A good stable workbench or table, with plenty of room to lay your tools out, makes things much easier. Here's a list of what you need: 1.screwdriver set, both flat head and philips 2.soldering iron 3.solder set of strings 5.wire cutters/strippers The first thing you need to do is remove your guitar strings. I usually leave the low E-string on to keep a little tension on the neck. Next remove the pickguard cover. Make sure you save all the screws in a cup as they are small and get lost easily. After you remove the screws you should be able to lift up on it and slide it off under the E-string. You should now see your three pickups and the wiring thats attached to them. The new pickups come with a wiring diagram that is color coded but take a good look at each pickup before you replace it in case something isn't quite right with the color code. It's important that you replace one pickup at a time so as not to mix up the bridge, middle and neck pickups. Heat up your soldering iron. Remove the first pickup. I usually start with the neck pickup. Cut and strip the wires according to the instructions and solder the wires to the new ones. Repeat the process for the other two. Not too bad, huh? When you replace the cover/pickguard, be careful not to overtighten the screws or they might get stripped. Now would be a good time to clean the guitar before you put the new strings on. Replace and tune the strings and plug in. You'll be pleased with the results. I have several of these upgraded strats for the price of one expensive one and more versatilty with different pickup sounds. You can do the same thing with an Epiphone Les Paul to produce a sound that rivals the Gibson for about a third of the price. Now you can spend more money on all the cool effects gadgets. Have fun and keep practicing.

Apr 13th

The Philosophical Wisdom of Agony in the Garden's Mack Perry

By Meta




Speaking now with the highly interesting, limitless, and perhaps even alchemically-minded Mack Perry of the Metal band Agony In The Garden, from Dayton, Ohio.

M- Hello Mack Perry! It is so nice having you on Mind Coup Radio. You add a cool element of metal which is pretty artistic and unique. What got you started, musically?

MP- I’ve been surrounded by music all my life. Being a child of the 80’s in an era so mixed and diverse allowed me to fall into a bit of every genre. I had always wanted to play guitar but I actually didn’t get the opportunity to pick one up until roughly 11 years ago.

M- What makes your music different from other metal musicians? What is the mark you feel you are placing?

MP- That’s a bit of a difficult one. Like all musicians Metal artists push the genre to new heights daily. What I would like to believe the mark I’m adding to is that there is no limit to what can be thrown into the mix and pulled out shiny new and Metal. Lol!

M- Name three influences or people you admire, not necessarily musical.

MP- My grandfather, only man I’ve ever known who wanted a job so very badly he walked into a factory and started working. After about three weeks of him working daily someone finally asked who hired this guy who would work all day long and not take breaks. After inquiring they found out no one had hired him. Just a man who wanted a job. A company he worked at for more than twenty years. They hired him on the spot. Lol!

Anne Rice, her ability to turn a phrase and quite literally animate immaterial into living matter spilling forth a veritable tumult via convocation anthropomorphic with diatribe if need be. Timeless simply timeless inside our own hearts.

M- (fantastic!)

MP- People I admire most are those who very little to give but are willing to give so very much. Whether it be of themselves or their time. A debt incapable of being repaid. The very cogs in the wheels of society that teach us in fact how to be human and pay it forward at all times in our lives, whether standing or on bended knee.

M- Wonderful. Name three forces you admire, which induce creativity.

MP- Sunlight, water and the romance of struggle. When I say the romance of struggle I don’t mean strife which it is often confused for. I simply mean struggle builds character. I don’t believe that anyone should suffer. They are surely amenities that we must afford our sisters and brothers, for we are their keepers are we not and in turn they ours. The struggle need not be with peril.

The water is needed for cleansing of the mind body and soul. Truly a life giving element to a world we can only know throughout the entire cosmos.

Ahh, sunlight! Some may deplore it but none can deny it. Its arm stretches as far as the eye can see and beyond. It dries the water from your brow and allows you to seek direction in all things. Composing while watching the sunlight dance through the trees, casting shadows on the wall as only sunlight can inspires breath of measure. Whether it is falling or rising, simply beauteous. Tis a boon I treasure.

M- What is it like in Dayton, musically speaking?

MP- Not as big as it use to be sadly. There is quite a bit of talent in the area. More of it needs to be put together.

M- Do you collaborate with other musicians? Who is Bobby?

MP- I actually have not had the pleasure of collaborating with any other musicians. There are some things that are in the works though to rectify this. Bobby is a drummer turned guitarist who joined Agony back in December as drummer and switched to second guitarist in January.

M- You have amazing guitar playing skills. I saw your video and was blown away by the smoothness and ease of playing. You really meld with your instrument. Have you played guitar since childhood?

MP- Thank you for the compliments. I’ve only been playing guitar for eleven years. I practice daily six to eight hours. Then I practice singing for two hours or so in combination with playing. Along with a bit of bass and a bit of drums for compositional purposes.

M-It says on your bio: “Agony’s beginning echoes honor to those who would challenge the sun. Though our overture reflects the eternal dream the sleeper has awakened. As we bore witness to this paradox the logic is ill refute.” This is beautiful. Can you explain it to some of us?

MP- When I sought to bring Agony’s music to the world I wanted to honor all that who wake up daily, whether it’s to rule a country or to turn soil to feed the multitudes. I would like to believe that it’s ok to dream awake and the only way to realize your dreams is to do this. While it may seem a paradox it is more necessary than any of us could have hoped to have understood. Let yourself not be passionate about one thing but all things. In the small amount of time that you bring this beauty to the world it will bloom eternal.

Apr 11th

Maidstone, UK's Rocking Boulton Brothers

By Meta



Here is a nice conversation I had with the Boulton Brothers from Maidstone, UK. They are a really tight and rocking band of brothers, who we, here at Mind Coup Radio, find ourselves rocking out to frequently. Their tones are warm and classic, and they are well-rounded musicians with a solid groove.

M- Hello there! Tell us a little bit about The Boulton Brothers and how you all got started as a band.

BB- Our history...The Band name was a bit of a homage to The Allman Brothers Band who were a great influence on us when we were our case it is a description... we are 3 Brothers....Tim, Symon & Peter Boulton... So we have known each other a long time...Smiling face with open mouth and smiling eyes

We started playing together when we were teenagers, and gained some notoriety locally for a couple of years....but life intervened and we all went our separate married ...had kids...had to make a living!....Sy moved to Australia for a few years...... January 2005...With all the Brothers in the same country again....a tentative session was organized in practice rooms....It was soon apparent that... though rusty...the rapport was still alive....and an early....energetic version of the personal song 'Reunion' emerged

This success opened the floodgates....and a deluge of material followed....some of which appears on our Albums...'Reunion'...and 'Live From The Couch'...

M- It is so refreshing to hear such good classic sounding rock. The slide guitar is fantastic and solid. What venues do you guys play out there in Maidstone?

BB- Thanks Meta ...We write all our own material.....We play what we love and enjoy...and we think that comes through...All our Album tracks are recorded pretty much how they are when we play them live.... As for venues...we are a little limited places with a couple of hundred people capacity most of the time...but intimate is great!...We have had offers recently that would take us to greater things..but as will become clear we have had to put them on hold....

M-Can you tell us a little bit about where you live? Since this is a worldly radio show involving people from all corners of the earth, and a wide variety of musical genres, it would be nice to get a feel for your general scenery and inspirations.

BB- Maidstone is located in the County of Kent in the UK....South East of the Country...Kent has a reputation as 'the Garden of England' which perhaps portrays the area well...No massive cities...lots of green...mild climate...relatively peaceful compared to big urban areas like London...So never far from great countryside...the coast...or places to ponder... Hope that helps....!

M- Sounds absolutely beautiful.  What is the craziest or most hilarious, or perhaps synchronistic thing which has happened at one of your shows?

BB- D'Y'know...We feel terrible not being able to come up with some real belly buster incidents...but can only think of a couple that might JUST qualify for a quiet smile..!!! At an early gig we started with a song that had a fairly long building intro ending with a striking lead riff...the intro went well..people's faces expectant as Tim stepped forward to initiate the expected electric drama...and....nothing!...he'd forgotten to plug in his guitar....!! ...We won the crowd back eventually!! Not long after....mid vital rhythm...and vocals....Pete's guitar parted company with it's strap..he did a valiant dance...saving his instrument...trying to keep strumming...and singing....while rehooking his strap...not sure if anyone but the whole crowd saw that classy save....!! Told Ya!!.....What a high life riot we are......!! (Not)

M- Wow!  That could have been both devastating and hilarious at once.  Of course you won everyone back.  

Do you tour often? And have you any new releases coming up?

BB- Really....we never got as far as touring....around 2009...Tim was struck down with a succession of serious medical problems which put him out of action both performing and recording and currently that is where we stand...

Tim deals with all Internet stuff etc but can do no more....Sy is building up his own studio...Pete has released 2 Solo Albums...'Wilderness Road' & 'Smoke and Mirrors'... We are hoping things will resolve sooner rather than later because we have had multiple serious offers for touring in the USA...where our music is particularly appreciated... We also have a lot of new material and are looking for ways of recording that will involve Tim in a way he can manage.

M- What advice would you have to offer the latest and most upcoming generation of musicians?

BB- If we had any advice to give it would probably be...Don't give up!.....Do the work...Pay the price...success is very seldom instant...put yourself out there, everywhere!...Be happy....there's not much thats better than making music...enjoy doing it!!

M- Fantastic. That is some good advice. These days it seems as if attention spans are shorter than they used to be, but maybe that can be reversed somehow. Dedication and work is hip.

Apr 11th

London's Dynamic & Electric Mike White Presents

By Meta


So very happy to have Mike White Presents with us here at Mind Coup Radio. They are a fantastic group of musicians, enthusiastic, active, super-talented and driven, and not without a sense of humour and the tongue-in-cheek. You never know what they will release next.  Here is what Mike White has got to say!

M- Hello! Tell us a little about your band.. there are several vocalists, apparently, and a wonderful mix of styles.. at least we heard that risque operatic song among the more electronic sounding others.. very hip. :) How do you guys work?

MW- The project called MIKEWHITEPRESENTS started first with myself and DJ Danny. We were working for the same TV production company in London and we were invited to create some original music for a TV series we were making. It was an entirely pragmatic situation…the company couldn’t afford full-licensed library music and so needed something quick and Dan and I set about creating about 50 tracks of backing music that eventually got signed to a TV/Media Publishing House. But in the process, we would hang out in my home studio after work in the evenings and muck about with beats and tunes…learning different software, trying out different ideas. I was coming more from a traditional pop and rock and Country music background..Dan was the real keen fan of House and it’s because of him that I learnt so much about the great works of Faithless and Frankie Knuckles and Above & Beyond and all these fantastic electronic musicians. And over a number of years we discovered that not only were we quite good at coming up with our own way of making the music, but that we had some really strong melodic ideas and I began to question why we couldn’t introduce other musicians and singers into our little unit..create a “dance collective”…and see what came of it. I already knew Michaela Betts from the London TV scene, so it didn’t take long to play her some demos and she was hooked straight away. The very first idea we all worked on was an early version of “God’s Blues (The Same Mistake)” when it was called “Quarantine”, and it was the same melody but was a more ambient piece with Michaela providing a full Opera vocal. All 3 of us knew that there was something pretty cool happening, so around about 2005, the band called MIKEWHITEPRESENTS was officially born. The way that it’s always worked for us, is that I will create music, beats, lyrics and vocal ideas and record them in my home studio. I’ll send them on to whoever is drafted in…often Michaela and Danny, and then we share ideas over the email. I’ll try and get the material to a point where every idea is recorded…might be a groove..might be various synth riffs or hooks..and I’ll stack all the material together on a timeline; then we use that heavy and very long timeline as our point for editing down and “defining” the track. It is a very laborious and lengthy process and any one song we write can take months and months. We’ve worked with a brilliant producer called Jon Griffin who has the right musical skill and temperament for sifting through all the material and is able to focus and punctuate it for us. In the case of “God’s Blues”, the whole song from first idea to final mix took about 14 months. But I have always maintained one golden rule for this process of “extended collaboration”. If a creative is invited to work with us, then whatever idea they bring to the table MUST be tested and tried out. No one gets to discard someone else’s input…even if it changes radically the original vibe of the track…the process of invitation will always create a new entity. And this new entity must be respected. It is both a freeing process, but also a terrifying wait….it’s quite random also, and it is this randomness that I love the most.

M- Can totally relate to that last thing; randomness and sponteneity are two of my most driving factors, musically and artistically, too. It is what seems to keep things fresh and alive. You are based in London.. how is the scene out there for the type of music you play? Do you perform many live concerts?

MW- It’s hard to talk about London and not boast of its immaculate position as one of the key musical centres on the planet. I mean you just can’t ignore the huge wealth of talent and influence and styles that exist here. Of course, for the type of electronica music that we make, there are actually very few bands that do it. You’d be better to hang out in Berlin with Schiller, or in Holland with VanDyke or Marty Garrix to get that connection…London is really a city of very young, very wide-eyed skinny-jeaned “yoof” who love blending Electro with Grime, Dubstep and House. It’s a musical melting pot but one that is constantly locked into an underground scene…the changes and movements here of musical styles is pitching left to right every few months like a Galleon tossed in a storm. I can only describe the scene here as palpable…kinetic and frenetic and utterly inspiring. But then again, I think wherever people make music they are passionate about..that is probably the feeling they have. Because once you create something of our own that is strong, you OWN it. And by OWNING it you own the place that it comes from. We have always been principally a studio-based outfit, but when we started doing private House parties, small bar gigs and some larger events, what we discovered was that crowds were blown away by our energy and soulfulness and our huge pounding sound! As one sweaty, pilled-up chap once blared at me across a dance floor…”I have never heard anyone make trance music live, in front of my eyes, 3 feet from me before…you guys are fookin’ amazing!”

M- We noticed that you said you like interacting and involving different guest musicians. Has this worked out for you so far? Tell us a story of something wonderful that has happened, chemistry-oriented, from people you have worked with.

MW- I think that what has been key for us, given that Danny came from a House tradition, I was more into listening to Country or Bluegrass music, Michaela loves Musicals, Showtunes, everything from Sondheim to Arvo Part, has been the realisation that if you bring people from very wide musical disciplines into an Electronica style that perhaps they haven’t fully explored before, you can create some quite sensational juxtapositions. My aim has always been to find people who might not consider House or Electro music their first love and just say, “give it a go”. And we’ve been genuinely lucky to have had stunning interactions with amazing people like the guitarist Matt Meadows, rappers Chastain Stone and Monique DeFrance, and the brilliant L.A-based vocalist and hook writer Jenni French. Like I’ve already said, if someone works with us, we use their contribution as is. We don’t edit or change it. It’s this fundamental clashing of sensibilities and styles that often creates the most vibrant work. One of the best moments for me was hearing this fantastic husband and wife duo called The Ducks…and they just recorded their songs in a kitchen or the back porch..they just play wonderful, timeless music and sing their hearts out. And I thought, wow I would love to have that pure joy and romance for good melody on my songs. So I sent them an instrumental I’d created called “Lullaby”, and they invited a great lyricist from Texas called Brandy Cross to write the words and together we all made this song called “Lull”. And they must’ve had it for 3 or 4 months, and I heard nothing back. Not a whisper. And I’m thinking..ohh, I wonder if the instrumental is too “freaky” for them..or I wonder if they’ll be able to put some “country guitar” on it. Y’know, all these tensions and doom-laden predictions are playing out for me. Then one morning, I get this ping in my email and there is Tom, the singer of The Ducks saying, “we got it recorded. Tell us if any of it is useable”. And I hit play on this file, and wow, oh my sweet Maryjane, I just couldn’t believe it. It was ASTONISHING!! I mean it just blew me away…the melody and vibe of Tom’s singing was so far away from ANYTHING I might’ve come up with myself. Just totally free and rich and so very soulful. Right then and there I knew (just like after the first time we all sat down in the studio and heard the first mix of “God’s Blues”) that all this work and worry and waiting can always produce the most incredible and beautiful and totally unexpected results. And what I have always learnt the most from that experience, the golden rule if you will, is that If I have tried to handle all that writing and vocal writing and arranging myself, it would’ve come out compromised and heavy-handed and pretty cloying. My personality works best as a motivator of others, and as a collector of ideas. Then I work brilliantly with Dan who is a stunning “listener” and collector of musical moments. He can’t actually play a note of music or an instrument (apart from the decks!) but his instinct is immeasurable. And so something like “Lull” is a lesson in trusting Instinct first above the need to pretend that creating is a lone or isolated process.

M- Such a good run of words and ideas, that.  The "anythingness" and ranges of possibilities through a combination of accident and intention.  You sound like a very high-energy and inspired person.  Alos, it is nice to have such an eclectic range of interests and talents in an individual, and also in a group. Who are your most major influences?

MW- There are just so many…seriously, endless! But I guess I always feel that we all respond best to strong songwriters…we all love someone like Mike Oldfield for instance, Jean-Michel Jarre…we adore Abba and Chic. I am a massive fan of folks like Johnny Cash, Dylan, Cohen, Gram Parsons…but then again, I am first and foremost a child of pure Pop goodness! So when people ask me who is my favourite band of all time, it’s always the same answer…Pet Shop Boys. Them with some New Order, some Faithless, some BT..but those kind of acts who can blend solid, catchy melody with huge thunderous electronic rhythms. I really LOVE scale!!

M- Wonderful. What is your ideal tour destination or situation?

MW- Like I say, we are more centred on using the studio to create in so I’ve never really felt the need for us to seek a Tour or concert situation…but we do get a lot of offers. Many from Eastern Europe who have a very healthy Festival/Techno and Trance scene and many offers from the U.S I guess in all honesty if I really wanted to deliver ourselves unto a baying, hollering crowd, it’d either be in Berlin or in San Francisco!!

M- We would love to come and see you live, just fyi. But those two cities are fantastic, I must say.  Your music video The Explorer with Shane Nolan is beautifully shot and entrancing.. Can you tell us a bit about this?

MW- Thanks for the compliment. I’m particularly proud of how strong and compelling Shane, the vocalist, comes across in it. It’s Directed by myself and Danny and we’ve made it as the main promotional tool to get folks interested in our crowdfunding campaign to raise the necessary funds to really have a serious go at promoting “The Explorer” onto mainstream radio and out into the global Club scene. We sat down with Trixie, or Producer friend, and wrote this really spectacular, but expensive, short film for “The Explorer” and said, yes, we have always wanted to take our music onto a truly cinematic level, so lets make 2015 the year that we do that. So we’re raising money to create this short film and use that to blow people’s minds with what “The Explorer” will become…a single, an album, a performance for cinema…the whole kit and caboodle! Dan and I have spent so long working in TV together, that making films for our songs is really straightforward. I tend to focus on the performance, on the music editing and energies, and Dan takes care of cameras, lighting and constructing the piece. That promo had really strong support too from our mates at iMotion Films, who are really great cameramen, and they are planning to shoot and direct their own videos for other mikewhitepresents material. So for me, when I first suggested to Danny back in the day, that rather than being a “band” or “DJ outfit”, we should envision ourselves a creative collective of musicians, singers, film-makers, artists, writers..then now that ideal is coming true. We’re like a modern day KLF…but without the million quid to burn on a bonfire!

M- Speaking of Shane Nolan, how did you all get together musically? This is has led so far to becoming the Winner of the Akademia Music Award March 2015 for "Best Dance/Electronica Song" -.. so cool! Tell us about it?

MW- I just heard Shane through his profile at Reverbnation. I totally loved the voice but I was also interested in how many styles of writing he was learning for himself. I’d had this instrumental called “The Explorer” fishing around for over a year and when I suggested to him he might try a vocal, he came back to me in about 8 hours with a big thumbs up, and a couple of days later delivered the first of his melodic ideas for the song...which I think he recorded on his iPhone!! He’s been a truly huge moment for all of us, because up until now, with using Michaela and Jenni mainly, I’d always just loved the female tone and POV in a song. I’d never thought of a male voice as working for MWP. But Shane is just totally clicking on our vibe…he fits right in and is bringing the most uplifting power and energy to the project. I regard it as kismet that we found each other when we did, because that thing I have for letting things fall where they may, has totally paid off with him…it’s like Shane has been there in the background of our music for the last decade but we never knew..we were just waiting for him to pop around the corner and say, “when is the next studio day?”. I’ll get cheesey and say “Shane IS The Explorer…he IS the discoverer of New Musical Life for us” (I feel a bit like that line “Jimmy MacElroy IS figure skating!”. LOL)

M- Reverbnation has inspired some neat musical combos, I have to say. Do you have any big plans for this spring? Any new releases or tour dates?

MW- The big push for us thru all of 2015 is getting the money to put out “The Explorer”, while at the same time we are working on a new album of material, still creating new one-off collaborations with folks we hear who excite us enough to work with them, we have about 15 songs we wrote last year that are still in various phases of mixing that’ll be released bit by bit..and best of all, we are planning to perform gigs again, but with a full live band! Not just laptops and Ableton, but with actual musicians!! I just can’t wait for that one to blow the roof of the venues! Like I say, we’ve been around longer than the dinosaurs, but we never get tired or bored..we are always striving for more..always wanting to keep the music going. Cause it really isn’t that hard to do, and someone, for god’s sake, has to be around to provide decent music to the masses!!



Apr 11th

Tilly Riddle: Diverse, Interesting, and Russian

By Meta



This is Tilly Riddle, an amazing band from St Petersburg, Russia.  It has been a wonderful pleasure talking to them, their being very illustrative, fascinating, unique, and unpredictable.  They are an unexpected variety of musical combinations and expressions, and you never know what they will think of or discover next.  They are an everything band, combining all sorts of magical frequencies, time periods, and influences, surely one-of-a-kind, and rating a definite 11-10 on the Interestingness Scale.

M- Hello! What a fascinating little biography you have. Are you mortals? Please, tell us more about John the Fabulists's Cathedral in the mid 15th century! I have never met anyone from that time period before. Fantastic! No, but seriously. Do you resonate with that time? What is that wonderful little scene about that you spoke of? (784 albums on clay tablets! You are by far the most interesting interviewees yet. Not to mention that you are still alive and won a Nobel Prize in 1807..)

TR- Hi, surely mortals. Zhuang Zhou and St. Paul gave us the keys from the Cathedral. They said, their old studio had been there a long time ago and now we can use it to record our album. We had no money for magnetic tape and computer recordings, so we decided to use clay tablets. It’s a great pity that we cannot give you those tablets to listen because of the Masai tribe. They robbed our Cathedral during the 3rd Crusade. And as for the Nobel Prize, it was given to us with the mediation of Krishna, who had called to Sweden king. Seriously speaking, we all are originally from the past, so it resonates any of us. We do not exclude the possibility of the fact that our grand-grand-grand-dads tried to play balalaika’s post-rock , why not?

M- Not a typical answer, which is absolutely illustrative. Thank-you for that. You seem to have your own world/universe. Where did your name come from? (Tilly Riddle)

TR- Ghm, we tried to use many names before. Once upon a time we decided to choose the best spelled one. We gathered around a magic hat to pick out a proper name. You won’t believe what names were there in the hat: Rusty Alien Roosters, Jolly Jelly and other stupid things. Occasionally it was Tilly Riddle – an old nickname of our vocals-girl. Riddle from the Nick Kershaw’s song and Tilly from Tolkien.

M- Very interesting. I am personally enchanted by your combined sounds. Watching your videos is very captivating. The musical instruments played range in variety from a large recorder looking thing, to a large drum, to some small drums, to a guitar, to these cascading vocals that send shivers.. they remind me of so many different time periods (obviously you have traveled through the ages) from arabian sounding inflections, to classical almost operatic inspired... very hypnotic and spell-like sounds. How did you all find each other? When did you all get started?

TR- Thank you for your words. The thing like recorder is a Renaissance flute, yeah. As for our sound, generally speaking, we don’t see a great difference between the sound of Chinese zither or the sound of air jet, they both are beautiful. The global network helped us to find those crazy folks, we understood that we’re in tune. We started to play in our current incarnation three years ago.

M- Who is the girl reading the book on stage? What is she reading?

TR- The book is Allen Ginsberg’s Sunflower Sutra and the girl reincarnated into another existence.

M- Love Ginsberg. It is a neat touch to have her there. Adds an element of mystery. Some of the songs involve electronic sounding drums.. who is in charge of the electronic aspect?

TR- Any of us who has time to be the first at the working computer =). Actually it’s our leader and inspirer, guitarist and author of everything in the band (surely if he’s sober and in mood) – Andrew.

M- Are there any instruments you guys don't play?

TR- Not in a Solar system, cannot travel farther. Haven’t enough money to go beyond the Solar System.=)

M- Yes, that is expensive.. How would you describe your style? Are you influenced at all by the 1960s?

TR- We are influenced by 1960s, 1860s, 1260s and even 60s B.C. We like almost any kind of music. We are the great fans of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones (the band can be divided onto fans of both). Our style is anything-you-want-to-listen-music.

M- How did you get started vocally?

TR- Cathy (our singer) likes to listen to an ethereal music and shoegaze. She admires Yma Sumak and Liz Fraser, maybe the start is here? She is rather experienced: had to sing in a restaurant and had sang Russian folk songs before.

M- How is the music scene in Russia, or the part of Russia where you live? What is it like there? We are all so curious. For us here in Canada, you live in a very exotic place and we can only imagine..

TR- In 1988 our great band, Aquarium, played in Canada, Montreal, stadium «Forum» with Crosby, Stills & Nash. This band is the best in Russia. You can see the gig. We had and we have many nice bands in Russia. Our city is Saint Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia, before it was the musical one as well. We have a blog, There is detailed information about Petersburg’s music scene if you are interested.

M- Do you tour with your band? Do your band members change?

TR- In Russia we are not in a rate, no format music for radio or producing. The situation with the good music in Russia is leaves much to be desired (leastwise for the bands like ours, in Russia people go to the metal gigs or the dancing ones). That’s why nobody needs us to organize tours and to produce, no labels or something. Our members change constantly, cause the School of the Celestial Masters gives them extra monastic obedience, and they have no time. Greetings from Russia! =)) TR.


Apr 11th

Talking With Toby from Olean, NY's Amazing Band, Diggin' Roots

By Meta


M- Hi guys! How did you all find each other? Tell us a little of the history of Diggin Roots.

DR- Gerry, Marty, another guitarist (Jason), and I started Diggin' Roots several years ago, (2008 maybe?) we played one show and shortly after our other guitarist moved away and that pretty much ended that. VERY short lived. Then in the summer of 2013 Gerald and I got together over a few beers. We were just sitting in my garage going over a few songs he had wrote, after a few weeks we asked a mutual friend, Johnny, to come hang out as well and things just started meshing. We called up a few drummers we knew but nothing was really working out in the drum department. Gerry had booked a show under the name "Mudbone" so we asked Marty to come sit in for that gig. It was a great gig with almost no rehearsal as a group. After that the four of us started practicing more regularly. One day I got to thinking (Scary!) and thought “I wonder what comes up online if I search for Mudbone”. Well I found another band already using the name and some internet porn star. Time for a new name! I don’t recall there really being any real discussion about it. All of us felt that the music and musicianship would be a lot more important than a name… We ended up going back to Diggin’ Roots Band. Then last summer (2014) a younger lady approached us about maybe singing with us. She had seen us play somewhere and wanted to sing in a blues band. We already knew we were interested in a female vocalist and we knew Whitney had a set of pipes on her so… The rest is history as they say.

M- You guys sound tight and genuine and seem to have a great music chemistry, a person can detect those kind of synched up musical moments between you all. Have you been playing together long?

DR- Hum… Guess I kind of got ahead of myself in the previous answer but. Gerry and I have known each other for many, many years. My best guess would be probably somewhere around 20 years. Maybe more… We didn’t really ever play music together till about 6 or 7 years ago though. I think I was first introduced to Marty about 6 or 7 years ago too. Probably about the same time as Gerry and I started jamming together. In fact Jason, a long time mutual friend, one hell of a guitarist, and member of “Diggin’ Roots version 1” probably introduced us. I’ve known Johnny a long time too. I used to go sit out front of a local bar and watch a band of his play before I was old enough to get in. Whitney is the youngster and the newest addition to our family but she just fit right in naturally. To sit here and think she hasn’t even been with us a year is almost unbelievable…

M- What is the music scene like in Olean, NY?

DR- You know. It’s funny kind of. For such a small area there is a remarkable amount of talent. A fairly large percentage of the bars have bands on a regular basis and most of those bands are local bands. On almost any given night of the week there is a band (or 10) playing or an open mic going on. Personally, I feel “the scene” has a lot more to do with the audience though and I would love to see more people coming out and supporting all the local bands!

M- Do you play local venues? What sorts of venues do you meld with the best?

DR- Yes we play a few local venues but I can’t really say there is a specific type of venue we meld best with. It’s really more the people and we try to select venues more on the people then the venue. Locally there are a few places that we know “our friends / our people” like going to so we try and play those places. In the warmer months we enjoy playing music festivals as well.

M- Do you tour, or plan on it?

DR- We haven’t really toured yet but would like to plan some “mini tours” to support our upcoming CD and generally get outta town in the colder months. Gerry, Marty, and I still have young kids at home so we tend to stick fairly close to home but that’s not to say we wouldn’t take off for a few weeks or a month of touring.

M- What are your instruments of choice, brandwise and gearwise?

DR- Hum… I think for the most part it’s more about the tone than the brand. Gerry’s gear is all modified I think. I know he plays Gibson and Silvertone guitars but I know the Gibson, at least, is pretty heavily customized and he uses Fender amps but, once again, customized tubes and drivers… Johnny likes his Hohner harmonicas. Marty uses a bunch of stuff really. His kit is a mixture of Ludwig and DW drums, Zildjian, Sabian, Meinl, and Paiste brass. I like my Ganz-Benz amp but as far as basses go I’m pretty open to brand. I’ve been playing a Peavey AC-BXP 18v active bass for a while now and I like the thin neck and punchy tone. Like I said it’s more about the tonal qualities then it is about the name on it.

M- Fantastic. I feel that way too. My favourite bass guitar has no name and is from the 60s.. apparently was only bought for $13 but it has magic. Do you all share basic musical influences?

DR- For the most part we do. Gerry, Johnny, and I could kind of be considered “Old Deadheads”. Marty is a little younger and more into Phish but still in that same “Jam Band” genre with the improvisational spirit. Really, we all listen to a very wide variety of music. From today’s top 40 to the earliest recording of American roots music. I think it is fairly obvious that we take a lot of influence from delta blues, soul, jazz, and gospel. On the other hand a lot of our general openness to blend genera’s and community comes from bands like the Grateful Dead, Phish, Allman Brothers Band, Little Feat, Bob Dylan, Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic, .Moe… These are groups that had or have that sense of family and musical comradery surrounding them. Ultimately, we all love music.

Mar 23rd

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Positive thinking leads to positive action exercising and evolving the power of the mind IMADI MUSIC is resonated with positive energy and messages

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