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Lazie Indie MagazineEdition 1927 Nov, 2021Michelle LeighAjuniPaul AvgerinosISR AwardsBigMotorGasolineChesney ClaireJohanna Saint-Pierre Rocco Calipari JrAnimal Souls John Blangero,Paul'Mojo'Stone Paul MarshallSerious Music Skreen 6Cover StoryGraham Russellof Air Supply

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ContentEditors CornerChesney ClaireISR AwardsAnimal SoulsMichelle LeahAjuniPaul AvgerinosRocco Calipari. JrJohanna Saint-PierreBigMotorGasolinePaul 'Mojo' StoneJohn BlangeroPaul MarshallNew ReleasesSerious Music GermanySkreen 6 - IndiaLazie Indie MerchandisesCover StoryGraham Russellof Air SupplyLIM Page4

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Editors CornerInformationThe magazine ispublished byLazie JPrint Edition 19The month ofpublishingNovember - 2021Editorial TeamAuthor/Editor:Jay N PillaiCo-ordination andPromotion:ManojVerified by:Inge ZimmermannProbstGuest Feature:Column and Review:Tomiko DixonGalaxy FM NZLEmma GoldbergCover Photo:Graham RussellCover Photo CourtesyDennis TruscelloA big salute to Lazie Indie ContributorsLazie Indie Magazine is in its 19th edition and we have hadanother 5 special editions that came out. We are proud thatwe could feature well over 200 artists so far from across theworld ranging from Music ICONS to multiple Grammy awardwinners to upcoming talent and we managed to keep it trulymulti-national courtesy contributors from different countrieslike India, USA, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, UK, MiddleEast covering artist from in and around the place they arelocated and occasionally artists across the globe whom theyare in touch with and now we have our new contributor fromFrance who will help interview a lot of top class artists andtalent from there as well. We welcomeEmma Goldberg intoour set of contributing columnists. We have been very choosybringing in people and we look for a lot of things whileconsidering the contributor to be announced as one of us.Those who are listed as our contributors have been in theindustry for a considerable amount of time and we are surethat they can add value to the magazine. The are passionatesupporters of Indie music and contribute their time andenergy to promote fellow artists. We thank them with allhumility for their support to Lazie Indie Magazine.I am not jumping the gun but yes, come January we have a lotin store for you our readers, so let us wait and see... Comingto this edition. We honored, proud and excited to feature thelegendaryAir Supply, a duo spreading love through theirmusic with a lot of passion ever since they started 46 yearsago. We have Grammy/Josies winners and nominees. Wehave new releases from our own Inge and also from Skreen6India. It is going to be great read. I can assure that and asusual I request you to read and share LIM - Thank you, JayLIM Page5

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Nearly 5 decades of spreading love. They laid their own lane in music and they keepdriving in that, their fans have stuck to them all these years. They sell out venues.Their songs have been the sound track of thousands on their best moments of life.Air Supply continues to do what they know the best, write and perform EpicBallads of love and life. Their fans across generations thank them for what they are.We askGraham Russell of Air Supply the principal songwriter who has created allthe great melodic Ballads we love Air Supply for, what made him write these epicsongs so many years and what drives him and his partnerRussell Hitchcock evenafter 46 years of creating, producing and performing music at the highest level.Jayfrom Lazie Indie Magazine speaks to this legendary songwriter to know more abouthis phenomenal journey as a poet, a composer and a great performer and how theycreate and perform their music and also about their future plans...LIM Page7

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Jay: Hi, Graham Russell, welcome to Lazie Indie Magazine. It is an absolute honorto be speaking to you. Let me start by asking this, 46 years of making music as a duoand both of you in your 70s now, what do you think drove you so far and still drivesyou?GR (Graham Russell): Yes, we have been together for 46 years and we are both inour 70s, I’m 71 and he(Russell Hitchcock) is 72. The big thing for us is, that we bothlike to perform and so we do it at a very high level and we will keep doing it. Wedecided many many years ago that we will stop playing when the people will stopcoming to see us. But now it is quite the opposite. We sell out 95% of the venues thatwe play and we just have a great time. It is more challenging than it used to be, butit is what we do and it is our life. Our career is our passion and we will keep doing aslong as we can, I think.LIM Page9

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Jay: Your songs are centered on ‘Love’ as a theme and were massive hits all throughand it has been almost 5 decades now … Why did you kind of stick to the theme forso long?GR: Yes, my songs, a lot of them, are all about love but it is not by design. It was justthe way it came out. I grew up in England very close to where a lot of famous poetscame from. Shakespeare, Byron, Keats, Wordsworth and that culture really soakedinto my being and you know I was this English literature buff and a poetry buffwhen I was very young, so those themes of love and romance really soaked into meand I think it just got bigger and bigger the older I got. So when I started to writesongs when I became 13, those stories were already there. Consequently, I startedwriting about romance, love and passion and that is pretty much what I do, I did notthink about it till I was in my 30s when I though, oh! A lot of my songs are aboutLIM Page10

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love. But it must be true that the world needed those songs at this time. I mean if Ichange it now I don’t know how it would happen. I have always written songs of thisnature and I just love doing that more than anything else. So it is not the matter ofsticking to the theme it is the theme sticking to us or sticking to me, because it wasalways been my nature to write these kinds of songs. Plus! Somebody has to do it inthis world and it just so happens that it is me.Jay: Has it ever happened so that there are songs you wrote keeping something elsein mind but has been bracketed into the Love Ballad category by the listeners?GR: I don’t think it has happened that the song I have written I had something elsein mind, I am very fortunate because I write very quickly. If I need to write a song orI am given a scene in a movie or a musical, once I sit down with the piano or withthe guitar, I will have the song within 30 minutes. Because it is already in myLIM Page12

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brain and I don’t labor over the songs and I don’t go back to it and say oh! This isnot working. It all comes out really fast and it is usually intact from the way it wasoriginally written. I do write different kinds of songs, because I write musicals whichI love, I have to write in certain genres. But usually for Air Supply fans, they do pickthese Epic Ballads they want to listen to and that we play live. They have become myforte. I have become that person, the guy that writes these Epic Love Ballads and Iactually like that handle as a matter of fact.Jay: You are one of the few bands with songs that are very personal in nature. Andyour songs have been sound tracks on key moments in life for many? How hard is itto maintain the expectation levels every time you go out recording or playing... was/is it a heavy load on you? Does it wear you out?GR: Our songs are very personal, because of their nature you know that theyLIM Page13

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are very romantic and very passionate, sothey by their very design are verypersonal and people take them their veryown and put their own scenes into thesongs. It is certainly not difficult tomaintain any expectation level eitherrecording or playing, because I writeevery single day and when we need newsongs for a movie or for an album, Ialways have a cache of 10-15 songs tochoose from. Because I write musicals, Iam very aware of writing continuously,because with musicals you have to do thatand so I have learnt over the years towrite every day and it is a part of mywhole being plus that is what I do for aliving and you know, I want to get it asgood at it as I can get. So it is never aheavy load on me and in fact I love it todeath and without it, I don’t know what Iwould do.Jay: From 1975 to 2021 is a long timewith a lot of generational changes thathappened to the listeners. What did youdo to keep your popularity in tact? Didyou change your approach with the timesor just that your fans stay back with you?GR: Yes we have been together a longtime as I said earlier. You know the musichas changed and the way the musicbusiness has changed is quite dramatic.But we’ve always stuck to what we do bestand we never changed our course simplybecause this is the course we chose. Wekind of blazed the trail in this genre fromthe very beginning simply, because this iswho we are and if we tried to dosomething else, we wouldn’t be who weare and we would be faking it and Iwouldn’t like to do that. And as far as thepopularity goes, our fans have stood withus for decades you know and they are ourlegion, and that is the reason why we arestill here. They just love what we do. Theylove our songs and plus we are very kindto our fans we have meet and greets, weknow a lot of them by their first names.Some of them have come to see hundredsand hundreds of our shows. They just staywith us. Plus, there is nobody else doingwhat we do, there is no other bandsplaying the kind of dramatic music thatLIM Page16

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we play. So we have our own lane that wecreated and we keep driving on it for a lotlonger than most people think.Jay: When you write a song, do youalways haveRussel (Hitchcock) as thevoice in mind or it is that you write songswithout any specific singer in mind andlater Russel and you decide on whichones to go with for Air Supply?GR: These days when I write a song I dothink of Russel (Hitchcock) and he is myfirst thought, so I have to write the songin a key, that I know, he is verycomfortable in, which is pretty much anykey really! But also if something is notright forRussel I know it straight away.But that doesn’t stop me from writing thesong. I look at the song when it is finishedand I think about it, oh this is definitelygood for Air Supply or this should begood in a musical or a movie or a TVshow. But I always give Air Supply thefirst thought obviously and that is a goodthing as either myself orRussel we cancover the range of any song no matterwhat key it is in. Sometimes I sing thewhole song, but usuallyRussel sings thewhole song and I add my harmonies or averse here and there, whatever is dictatedin the studios, whatever feels right. Wenever say, oh! I am gonna do this andyou’re gonna do that. It is always verydemocratic whatever is best for the songis what we do.Jay: Your shows are quite a bigproduction as far as the stage settingsgo… Also your songs have a lot of dramaas far as instrumentation goes… Has thiscome out of your theatre (Rock Opera)base in Jesus Christ Super Star?GR: Actually our production in our showsis not big, it just looks big, because wehave a great lighting director we don’thave any bombs or fireworks or anythinglike that. But the songs themselves arevery Epic and sound big and that makesthe show very dramatic and I thinkcertainly a lot of that has come out ofJesus Christ Superstar, because we werein that for 18 months and it can’t possiblynot have an effect on you. Plus I alwaysloved musical theater and I am on my 6thMusical now. No big success yet, but it iscoming. I love dramatic songs. The songsthat start of at a very low and in the endyou know it is gonna be Epic, and that iswhat I want to create. It is in my brain allthe time.Jay: What has changed in your musicproduction approach with theenhancements in Recording Technologyand what has stayed? Has music becomeless ‘personal’ nowadays when comparedto 70s or 80s?GR: I think very little has changed and Ithink in fact we have gone back to a lot ofthe 70s and 80s methods of recording. Iam not a big fan of using a computer andusing the drums in the computer and thestrings. You know I am old school; I liketo use live instruments on all our recordsand a live orchestra. On our last album wehad the Prov Symphony playing on thewhole album and that is where we comefrom probably being children of the 80sthat is when we started. I mean, therewere some moments when computer bassor computer drums were okay for oursongs but I always give first priority toreal instruments because I think thesongs deserve it. That doesn’t mean thatother instruments like in the boxLIM Page17

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instrument are any less effective, but for us it is very important to keep everythinglive and real and acoustic instruments and just mic them and you can’t beat them.They sound incredible.Jay: What is next for Air Supply in the immediate future post the Covid lockdowns?GR: Well! We have a lot of shows booked for Air Supply till July 2022. And ofcourse, we are doing a lot of shows again so we are back. Though we are not backfully but we are pretty close. And our first overseas shows will be in Israel inJanuary so that will be nice for us and we do a lot of international stuff undernormal circumstances. But as far as what’s next, we have some really interestingthings coming up. We are going to do a pilot for a live show which is kind of likeJames Lipton’s. In the studio we are going to see how that feels. We are gonna dothat in April (2022). But apart from that we be bringing new songs in. We all areLIM Page18

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thinking about another album so thatmay be on the cards. So there are a lot ofthings. But really majority of our thoughtsare getting back to playing live which iswhat we love and honor all those showsthat we had to cancel, and that is ourmain focus which is a big one. You knowthere is always things that come up wherewe are asked to write a song for a movieand it always kind of fun but the big thingfor us is getting out there playing andkeep doing out thing at a very high level.Jay: Which is the best advice given to youas a musician? What would you tell anupcoming musician to look out for duringhis journey?GR: Well, I really didn’t get any advicewhen I first became a musician because, Iwas at school and when I came to mycareers officers, where you had to tell himwhat you wanna do, I used to say, I wantto be in a Rock n Roll band and theywould say Nah! That is ridiculous, youneed to be a doctor or a lawyer or dosomething like that or a mechanic or aplumber but none of those thingsappealed to me at all. So everybodythought I was just being childish when Iwould say I want to be a musician and Iwant to play guitar, I want to sing and Iwant to write songs. But adults don’tbelieve children when they say that. Sothe best advice I gave myself was Keep atit. Even though you come across brickwalls and people say We don’t want tohire you and we don’t want to book youfor a show, you got to keep at it because“many are called but few are chosen” andif you want to be one of the chosen onesyou’ve got to keep doing it. That is, what Itell everybody. It is a long journey andchances of getting rewards are less thanhalf but people do make it and people areable to have a nice livelihood and a nicelife. So, keep going, keep doing it. Don’tstop! Follow your heart, every time!!! -- Thank youPhotos Courtesy:Dennis Truscello, Mark Weiss& Air SupplyLIM Page19

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Based out of Las Vegas, Chesney Claire is winning accolades one after the otherfrom around the world. She was the ISSA best female vocalist of the year,nominated to Josies, IMA Award, Las Vegas Music Awards, World SongwritingAwards Finalist and had her song across top radios and radio shows worldwide.This 20 year old Singer-Songwriter has become a huge hit all over the world and hasworked with the best in the industry like Producer Tim Coons (Producer forBackstreet boys, Rich Brown, David Davidian (tour manager to Alice Cooper) andmany more...Jay from Lazie Indie Magazine speaks to this extremely talented artiston her career as a musician so far and her plans for the future and about her latestrelease Disturbed...LIM Page21

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Jay: Hi Chesney, welcome to Lazie IndieMagazine, great to speak to you. Let mestart by asking this. You have had afabulous career so far winning audienceand awards across the world. When youlook back, how do you see your career sofar?Chesney: I feel like my journey hasdefinitely been a fast paced one. I startedwhen I was 15 and now I'm only 20 withmany industry contacts and I have beenblessed with the opportunities and offersthat have been offered to me.Jay: How did you arrive at the kind ofmusic you create. Who or what were yourmusical influences?Chesney: I started off performing Countrymusic in small local bars in my hometownof Lake Charles, Louisiana. I had alwayslistened to Pop and R&B music thoughand later found out through writing thatPop and R&B make me the happiest tocreate. My influences are the fiercefemales: Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, BillieEilish, etc.Jay: How do you go about writing yoursongs? How do you record and produceyour music?Chesney: I found my love for writing in2019 and since then, words flow. I writewhatever I feel in the moment and I writeit with honest truth. I've worked withmany recording studios but lately, I'vebeen working with a team in Nashvillethat I really feel suits me perfectly.(Keegan Bost - Winner of NBC’s Songland- & Ryan Lau - Pop Producer).Jay: You have won many awards like theISSA 2021 GOLD VOCALIST OF THEYEAR WINNER. What do you do to keepyour voice intact, do you have any piece ofequipment which you are very particularto ensure you sound the best?Chesney: To keep my voice in top shape, Ipractice daily. I take vocal lessons withBucky Heard of The Righteous Brothers!I’m not really partial to one piece ofequipment. I am learning the productionprocess on Logic and it's really showingme all the tools that we have available asproducers to be able to make our visionshappen. My demos are actually soundingLIM Page22

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exactly how I pictured them.Jay: Where do we find your music on theinternet? Which is your latest release?Chesney: You can find me everywhereunder "Chesney Claire”, I'm alwaysposting new content on social media andmaking sure that I’m staying relevant! Mylatest release is called Distracted, writtenby my team in Nashville and I. I’m onYouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud,Instagram, ReverbNation …EVERYWHERE!Jay: What gives you the kick, writing,producing or playing live and why?Chesney: Everything about the musicbusiness gives me the kick. My first time Iknew I wanted to do this for the rest ofmy life, I was in a recording studio. I wascompletely unsure about riding and howgood of a writer I was until people startedto enjoy my lyrics. Logic has given me anew look into producing and I'm runningwild with it. Playing live will always be thekicker though. Being able to see all thosefaces as you sing your words to them.Jay: The lockdown brought the industryto a halt for some time but many in musicused it for creating new music. How didyou spend this lockdown with respect toyour music?Chesney: I made sure to use thislockdown as a way to advance my career.I wrote over 50 songs during thepandemic and continue to work on mycraft every day in different ways. Iattended zoom meetings, figured out mystyle, grew my social media by thethousands and learned music production.I used the down time to create!Jay: What are your immediate futureplans?Chesney: I would really love to be signedby a major label. I would also love to tourand let people hear my music in personon a stage.My immediate plans change every day asan independent artist but my goal willstay the same until it's met.LIM Page23

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Jay: What is the best advice given to you and what would you share with fellowyoung artists?Chesney: I would definitely say the best advice would be to keep up your socialmedia and keep putting out content whether that's covers, originals, videos,anything. The more followers you have on social media, the more influence and themore people you can bring to a stage. It's a real tedious part of the business, becauseI didn't sign up to be a social media guru, but you have to be relatable and someonethat people don't mind seeing on their feed every day. (:- Thank youLIM Page24

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Indie Star Radio has been a staple for quality independent musicians for quite sometime now and one gets to hear the best of indies there. The station has grown bothin terms of popularity among the listeners and the musicians. The annualISRAwardsare a much awaited affair and the competition is among the best there it isin the Indie world.Lazie Indie Magazine caught up with Indie Star Radio. We spoketo founderAlan Wayne to congratulate him and his team on a successful edition ofISR Awards this year and to know more about ISR's future plans for expansion, howone could get featured in the radio, participate in the ISR Awards contest and a bitmore on the indie music scene today.Jay from Lazie Indie Magazine speaks to AlanWayne. Thanks to Ash Ovenstone for arranging this interview. Let's read on...LIM Page26

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Jay: ISR has been a happening place forindependent musicians worldwide. Whydid you decide to start an Indie Radio?Alan: Jay, thank you for taking the timeto feature our station in your publication.I started Indie Star Radio in 2017 toprovide a place where amazingindependent talent could be treated likethe stars they are! Being an independentmusician myself, I know the feeling ofplaying to empty bars for little or norecognition. I wanted to create a placewhere great music could be heardprofessionally presented and appreciatedbecause, frankly, the terrestrial radioscene is the same dozen or so artistsshoved down our earholes. I also wantedto give people a choice, an option to thesame old.Jay: Running an Indie Radio is hard workunlike the mainstream radios. What helpsyou to run this without trouble and quiteeffectively?Alan: Considering I also have a familyand a full time job, I could not do any ofthis without familiy support as well as thehard work of my staff. My wife Stephaniegives me the time I need to record shows,produce live shows and interviews and goto the occasional live gig. My staff handleseverything else, from promotions tomarketing, graphics, music selection,website design… and gosh, so muchmore! So I get to do what I love,broadcasting and sharing music, as wellas get the time to work on ideas that cantake Indie Star Radio to the next level!Jay: Can you tell us a bit about yourshows and your team?Alan: Of course! We have a Live ShowEvery Saturday at 5PM Pacific where wedebut over 20 new songs each week, mostof them new talents carefully screened byour station manager for quality andappeal. Tuesdays, we run our Top 21Show featuring the Top 21 Songs of theweek at 2am, 6am, 10am, 2pm and 6pmPacific to reach all time zones. Thursdaysis our Indie Jukebox, a theme basedprogram running at the same time as ourTuesday shows. Each week, we feature anartist on our Indie Star Insider Programwhich is run only on YouTube (for now).In 2022 we are looking to add at least 5more shows to the lineup featuringspecific genres. Our staff starts with Ash,our station manager. I cannot name all ofthe duties she fulfills here withoutblowing past your word requirements.Without Ash, there would be no IndieStar Radio as we know it! JustinDrummond books interviews with artistson our roster and even goes out and getsindependent artists who've achievedmainstream fame such as Neon Hitch andLittle Mix to name a couple. Nikki doesgreat work with our graphics, Brandy andDuy do Promotions, Dennis Scott workson Special Projects, and our newestaddition Ameri Shaye helps out where shecan. Its an amazing team who are allpassionate about Indie Star Radio andour artists!!Jay: How do you choose your radioroaster and how can one submit to you?Alan: We are spoiled for choice when itcomes to amazing music to play! Forstarters, artists can send their music(MP3, fully tagged for licensing purposes,only one at a time please) We are alsoblessed to work with several promotionalLIM Page27

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companies who submit music on behalf oftheir clients. We are members ofiPluggers, a music promotions servicethat sends us recommendations fromtime to time, and starting in 2022 (This isEXCLUSIVE info not yet released buthere in your magazine) artists can submitmusic via TikTok by simply tagging us@indiestardigital on their recordings.From there, we will contact the artist,whom hopefully will send us their musicfor inclusion to our roster. From thebeginning, I've had a strict selectioncriteria that I've passed to Ash thatframes our programming today; in fact,we reject 7 out of 10 submissions wereceive! The reason is not that we aremeanies, but we want to present only thebest independent talents which in turnlends to a more listenable product."Indie" is a term that is either bastardizedas a sub genre of Alternative or code for"crappy recording done by a crappymusician", which is Just Not True! Weaim to change the perception ofindependent music as being sub-par byonly featuring artists who meet our strictcriteria.Jay: How and when was the ISR awardsintroduced?Alan: I've always had this idea that Iwanted to present an event similar to"War of the Worlds" as presented byOrson Welles, meaning I wanted to createan event where people listening felt theywere part of the action! So in 2018, Iproduced my first ISR Awards Show,which I can only describe as AudioTheater. This year’s shows included LivePerformances taken from our StreamingConcert Series, Vignettes, AcceptanceSpeeches, everything you'd expect to seeat an Awards Show, only you're hearing it,and imagining the whole scene in yourmind. So, in many ways, this was a funvanity project for me at first, but then Irealized these awards meant so much tothese artists, that now I want to put onthe best show I can for them. Also, thereis no charge for the awards to the artists;they are sent to their home or business,free of charge. In fact, I must say this, wedo not accept pay for play and find thepractice abhorrent.Jay: How are the winners decided? Is itpurely based on voting or based on expertdecisions or both?Alan: We've selected winners in severalways, but one thing is for sure: We willnot be doing a popular vote again. Wetried it on this last go round and it did notgo the way we wanted it to, meaning wehad to deal with allegations of voterfraud, missed votes, auto voting bots, ITWAS A NIGHTMARE! So next year’sawards, and all those that follow it, will bedecided by an expert panel of professionalmusicians, which I feel is the best way togo.Jay: Who are the winners of the currentedition of ISR Awards?Alan: We had 5 categories this year:Country Artist of the Year - JenniferAlvarado Alternative Artists of the Year -The Shrubs Pop Artists of the Year -Council Rock Artists of the Year - GFMand our newest category, PromotionalPartners of the Year - Danny Death Disco.Despite all of the pain of dealing with thevoting process, we accepted the results asfinal and, despite the issues, we couldn'thave asked for better and more deservingLIM Page28

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ISR Award Winners- 2021From Top: Alt Artist of the year - The ShrubsLeft Middle: Country Artist of the year: Jennifer AlvaradoRight Middle: Pop Artist of the year: The CouncilBottom Left: Rock Artist of the Year: GFMBottom Right: Promotional Partnerof the year: Danny Death DiscoLIM Page29

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winners than the ones you see above.Jay: What next for ISR?Alan: Plenty! As I have mentioned before,we are planning to add new shows in2022, as well as presenting Live events inSouthern California and Arizona. Wehave lofty goals, all for the advancementof Independent Talent, so please considerjoining our cause by visiting our SupportISR Page on our What should one keep in mind topromote themselves through radios likeyours? Any other advice an Independentmusician can use?Alan: Its simple Jay. Keep the love. Lovewhat you do. If it is your passion, doeverything you can to share it with theworld. Support Indie Radio, PatronizeIndie Radio, Share Indie Radio. We willall grow by lifting each other up. Finally,if any artists are looking for instant fame,odds are you're doing it for the wrongreasons. Be honest with yourself; are youin it for clout, or to look cool, or to add aninteresting hashtag to your Instagram? Ifso, move along. But if you're passionateabout music, never give up, only listen tothose you trust, and remember, it stopsbeing fun when it starts becoming a job.Always keep the fire burning, do it foryourself, and you'll never go wrong!- Thank youLIM Pag30

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Animal Souls is an Alternative Rock-Pop Ensemble headed by bassist/producerMichael Fisher and features some of the best musical talent in BC's Fraser Valley.His first release was a 5-song EP 'Reborn' that was a blend of old and new songs, butit was really just a lead up to his 10-track LP 'Wisdom of Crowds' that was releasedin August 2021. For this recordMichael managed to convince 20 or so of his musicalmates to play on the album and the result is a rather eclectic mix, each song is alittle different in style. Animal Souls is currently back in the studio working on afollow up LP ‘Tongue In Cheek’, due out in the summer of 2022.Jay from LazieIndie Magazinespeaks to Michael Fisher to know more about their journey so farand about their future plans.LIM Page32

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Jay: You have had a great career as a musician so far. How do you feel was your journeyso far as a musician?Michael Fisher: I guess I measure my success as a musician by the experience I’vegained. I’ve been playing bass for over 40 years now and I dabble in guitar and keyboards(for my recordings). Over the years I’veplayed in bands ranging in style fromHard Rock, to Metal, to Punk, to NewWave and a few others in between. I thinkthis diversity has helped shape me as aplayer and an artist. I love the journeyI’ve been on and thankful at every stopalong the way.Jay: Who/what were your musicalinfluences and how did you arrive at thisgenre you play?Michael: I like to think that I have anappreciation for a wide range of stylesand that I incorporate that into my ownmusic. I grew up on Rock bands like LedZeppelin (still my favourite), Deep Purpleand Pink Floyd, but I was also a big fan ofProg Rock groups such as Genesis andYes. In the 80’s, New Wave caught myear, probably because I thought the basswork was amazing (think Duran Duran).Hopefully my taste is evolving still todaywith all the amazing new music out there.Jay: How do you go about writing yoursongs? How do you record and produceyour music?Michael: My writing is mostlyobservational, so I’m not necessarilywriting about my own experiences orfeelings, although sometimes I am. I’mlucky to know and work with so manytalented musicians here in the FraserValley. I managed to get 20 of them toplay with me on ‘Wisdom of Crowds’. Forthe sessions I had a set song structure andchord changes and demo recordings, butthe result is essentially my musical matesreimagining my songs.Jay: What do you look to convey to yourlisteners when you create music. Do youlook to set a theme first or do you let thesong take over your lyrics?LIM Page33

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Michael: Don’t really have a pre-conceived theme when I write. To behonest the songs usually start with a riff,chord progression or bass line.Sometimes I’ll hear snippets of a lyric inmy head and the song usually takes offfrom there. Early on I used to write a lotof poetry and lyrics and later put music tothem. Today though, there is no setprocess, they just happen.Jay: Where do we find your music on theinternet? Which is your latest release?Michael: Animal Souls music is availableon Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube andmany other digital platforms. I released a5-song EP ‘Reborn’ in October 2020 andmy latest release from August 2021 is a10-track album ‘Wisdom of Crowds’,which has a few re-recordings from theEP. The best way to connect is or on Facebookand Instagram @animalsoulsmusic.Jay: What gives you the kick, writing,producing or playing live and why?Michael: I love writing and I’m hopefulthat I’ll get to play some of my music livesomeday, but I get the most rewardduring production. During the recordingof my album, there were many sessionswhen the players would take my ideasand interpret them in their own uniqueway. There were many emotional nightswhen I would listen to the playbacks andfeel pure joy at how they were helping tobring my songs to life.Jay: The lockdown brought the industryto a halt for some time but many in musicused it for creating new music. How didyou spend this lockdown with respect toyour music?Michael: Was a long-time employee atLive Nation before Covid hit. Like manyother artists, I put my newly found freetime to productive use. I felt inspired towrite some new music so I penned a fewnew songs in the spring/summer of 2020and released a 5-song EP ‘Reborn’ inOctober of that year. But I wasn’t doneyet. I then re-recorded the songs from theEP and with a few more songs from asizable backlog I produced the 10-trackalbum ‘Wisdom of Crowds’.Jay: What are your immediate futureplans?Michael: I am currently back in the studiorecording another album ‘Tongue InCheek’ with many of the same greatplayers from my first album. Hopefullythe album will be ready for release aroundthe summer of next year. There is a ‘core’of players that I’m working with on thenew record and I’m also trying to figureout away to translate some of the materialinto a live show. As a side note, I’m alsorecording an album for another greatlocal band ‘Random Dander’, some ofwhom are part of the Animal Souls core.Jay: What is the best advice given to youand what would you share with fellowyoung artists?Michael: A lot of independent artiststoday are very successful at doingeverything for themselves through theentire workflow. I don’t speak from anypersonal level of success (still waiting forthat), but what I would say (and what I’vebeen told) is not to be afraid to reach outfor advice and input. I think it’s helpful toget different perspectives, but I willadmit, I’m still learning how to do thatmyself. Cheers and thanks for listening tomy music and spreading the word! xxxLIM Page34

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Michelle Leigh started singing, inspired by Tina Turner, TheSonny & Cher Show, Dolly Parton and Elvis. From an early age,she knew she wanted to sing, to write songs, to be on stage.Country Music was her choice, writing Country songs,Michellecould work with some of the finest in the Country Musicbusiness. Later she moved on to Southern Rock and that put herfront and center of the genre. Now, Michelle is carving her ownspace and making indelible marks in the Southern Rock world.She has taken home several Southern Rock awards in the past 4years and has centralized her operations in the Southern Rockcapital of the World, Jacksonville, Florida...Barbara Harkinsand DJ Grant from Galaxy FM spoke to this multiple times Josiewinner on behalf of LIM quizzing her on her career so far andher plans for the future...LIM Page36

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Galaxy FM: Hi Michelle, welcome to LazieIndie Magazine and great to have youhere. You have had a fantastic career as amusician so far. When you look back, howdo you feel was your journey so far?Michelle (Leigh): I feel like I have onlyscratched the surface, though in the past2-3 years, my career has grown in leapsand bounds. Just this past summer alone,I was inducted in to the RecordingAcademy (GRAMMY®Awards) Class of2021, performed with the legendary TedNugent for the United States of AmericaSpecial Forces Brotherhood, won Albumof the Year and Multi-Genre Entertainerof the Year at the prestigious Josie MusicAwards, as well as Song of the Year at theRed Music Awards in the Netherlands. Iam not slowing down - I have several bigprojects in the works for next year.Galaxy FM: You mainly are into SouthernRock. Who or what were your musicalinfluences and how did you arrive at thisgenre you play?Michelle: I am labeled Southern Rock,and I am fine with that, it is an awesomegenre. However, as I mentioned, I wasawarded Mulit Genre EOY and Album ofthe Year for Enigma, which was made upof Southern Rock, Christian Rock,Country, Appalachian, Pop and ClassicRock. I am made up of all these genres.My influences are Ronnie Van Zant, TinaTurner, Dolly Parton, Bobbi Gentry...mostly Bobbi Gentry in the songwritingarea.Galaxy FM: How do you go about writingyour songs? How do you record andproduce your music?Michelle: I have no set method forwriting. Writing of any sort is personal tome, so I write when inspiration strike. Ido not like to just sit down and say,"Today, I am going to write a song." Thatisn't how it works for me. As far asrecording and production, I mainlyrecord in Nashville with my producer of11 years Charlie Kelley, though this lastLIM Page37

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year or so, I have recorded with a coupleof close music friends due to timeconstraints.Galaxy FM: You have won many awardslike the Josies and also are a part ofprestigious groups like the Recordingacademy. What do you think is the roleawards and such associations played inyour career?Michelle: The awards are incredible and Iam very honored to be recognized for mywork. I very much believe that the awardsand my recent Recording Academy®induction go a long way in taking mycareer and my music to a different level ofrespect and credibility in the musicbusiness.Galaxy FM: Where do we find your musicon the internet? Which is your latestrelease?Michelle: It's really easy - EVERYTHINGis accessible ENIGMA is thenew CD and my new release is "JesusThinks I'm Beautiful". I think it is my bestsong, to date.Galaxy FM: What gives you the kick,writing, producing or playing live andwhy?Michelle: All of it. It is all part of themosaic. Some days are more conducive towriting, others are more oriented toperforming, etc... It is all about the vibe.Galaxy FM: The lockdown brought theindustry to a halt for some time but manyin music used it for creating new music.How did you spend this lockdown withrespect to your music?Michelle: It really did not slow me down.I still performed some, I recordedENIGMA, plus a Christmas CD, I wrotewith folks, I traveled to Nashville andFlorida to do my music work... I stayedjust as busy as usual.Galaxy FM: What are your immediatefuture plans?Michelle: We begin filming the video formy duet with Desi "Dee Rock" Hilliardthis month. It is easily the most in-depth,complicated and detailed video I haveever attempted. I am also recording someChristmas songs, starting the videostoryboard for "Jesus Thinks I'mBeautiful" and recording a new EP dueout in Spring of '22.Galaxy FM: What is the best advice givento you and what would you share withfellow young artists?Michelle: Stay far away from anymanagement company that is not well-established. Make sure they have MANYyears in the business, a proven trackrecord, stellar references and a clientroster with KNOWN artists. Do notcompromise who you are or your songsjust to suit opinions. Opinions are a dimea dozen. Believe in your music. Don't getinto music for attention - there are far toomany doing that already. If you want toget into music, do it for the love of thesong, not the love of the spotlight.- Thank youLIM Page39

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About the columnist(Around the Galaxy is a columncontributed by Galaxy FM 107, NewZealand, introducing artists from NewZealand and Australia. Galaxy FM is oneof the top radio stations in New Zealandand is quickly expanding its listener baseacross the world. The authors of thecolumn, Barbara Harkins and DJ Grantare well known radio hosts at Galaxy FMhosting the popular Breakfast Show. LIMthanks team Galaxy for their support.Check out their Page41

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Anupreet Kaur a k a Ajuni, is a singer songwriter based out of Delhi, India. Playing ablend of Jazz, Pop and Funk, she seamlessly combines various styles andcollaborations in her debut single. She studied psychology in her college and buttaught piano and vocal coaching in music schools, She fronted a few bands till sheturned into a singer-songwriter releasing her album in 2020.Ajuni's mastery overmany different vocal styles helped her to present her own songs with great impacton the listener.Jay from Lazie Indie Magazine speaks to this versatile singer-songwriter and asking her about her musical journey so far, her musical influences,her song writing process, her latest release and about her immediate future plansand more... Let us check out...LIM Page42

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Jay: Hi Ajuni, you have a very promisingcareer in music. How do you feel was yourjourney so far as a musician?Ajuni: My music career officially startedwith teaching piano, voice and theory inprominent music schools of Delhi andaround. Alongside, I performed live withsome bands as a vocalist and keyboardplayer and also did studio recordings.Eventually I chose to focus my attentionon my solo career, and about a year ago, Ireleased my first single under mymoniker 'Ajuni'. I chose the worst year tolaunch myself though, given that it was2020!Jay: Who/what were your musicalinfluences and how did you arrive at thisgenre you play?Ajuni: Growing up and till this day, mymusical tastes ranged and evolved fromHindi film music, American Boy-BandPop, Punjabi music, Alternative Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, some Rap, WesternClassical Piano, Jazz, Funk! Like mostpeople (or musicians, at least) growing upin a multicultural, bilingual/trilingualenvironment, my influences have beenvaried and diverse. Sting/Simon andGarfunkel influenced my songwriting,Tower of Power/DoobieBrothers my arrangements and HerbieHancock and other Jazz greats, my chordchanges.Jay: How do you go about writing yoursongs? How do you record and produceyour music?Ajuni: I usually start with the lyrics first,and alongside I let the melody form in mymind. Then I sit at the piano and map outthe chords or harmony. My next step isworking in my DAW to write thebasslines, beats or drums and otherinstruments and layers. For the currentset of songs that I'm releasing, I had themmixed/mastered in Delhi.Jay: What do you look to convey to yourlisteners when you create music, do youlook to set a theme first or do you let thesong take over your lyrics?Ajuni: At this point in my songwriting, Itend to set a theme for each song andwork around that. I feel that helps mestay on track as far as the narrative isconcerned. Despite this structure,however, it is very important to me thatthe lyric resonates personally. Once Iidentify some core sub-themes, I let mythoughts flow and build from there.Jay: Where do we find your music on theinternet? Which is your latest release?Ajuni: Spotify, YouTube, iTunes/AppleMusic, YouTube Music, Deezer, Pandora -all the usual suspects. My latest release isa single called 'O Crazy One'.Jay: What gives you the kick, writing,producing or playing live and why?Ajuni: Writing and producing is a verypersonal experience for me. It's when asong takes birth and evolves into afinished product. Playing live, on theother hand, has a charm of its ownbecause that is more of a real-timedialogue with people present in a room.Still, nothing beats the high of writingand producing a new song.Jay: The lockdown brought the industryto a halt for some time but many in musicused it for creating new music. How didyou spend this lockdown with respect toyour music?Ajuni: When the lockdown happened, Iwas just about to launch my solo careerLIM Page43

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being an independent musician is a full-time job in itself, and the most successful artistsout there are usually those who have discipline and structure built into their dailyroutine. Sounds cliché, but consistency is key!with a tour that I'd booked myself. I hadthis bunch of songs that I'd be holding onto, and now I couldn't play them live, notanytime soon. But I went ahead andstarted releasing them as singles anyway,starting with 'Utopia', whose animatedvideo I commissioned from Romel Dias inBombay, while I was in Chandigarhmyself during the pandemic.Jay: What are your immediate futureplans?Ajuni: My immediate plans are tocollaborate with some talented artists outthere, especially producers. My sound isconstantly evolving, and I love learningfrom people who have years of experiencebehind them. I'm also diversifying mysongwriting into Punjabi, and it's quitechallenging because my brain 'thinks inEnglish', but also mad fun all the same.So I'm curious to see how that turns out!Jay: What is the best advice given to youand what would you share with fellowyoung artists?Ajuni: The best advice ever given to mewas 'don't practice until you get it right;practice until you can't get it wrong'. Tomy fellow young artists, I'd say that beingan independent musician is a full-timejob in itself, and the most successfulartists out there are usually those whohave discipline and structure built intotheir daily routine. Sounds cliché, butconsistency is key!Thanks so much for the feature!LIM Page44

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Paul Avgerinos is a Multi-Grammy® Winning Artist, Composer, Producer andEngineer. A classically trained multi-instrumentalist and singer with 28 criticallyacclaimed New Age albums,Paul is also very active composing & licensing music forfilm and TV. A Graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University,Paul lives and works in Redding, CT, where the deer pass by his studio windows andthe hawks and eagles give inspiration from above.Jay from Lazie Indie Magazinespoke to Paul Avgerinos to learn about his musical journey and his plans forfuture...LIM Page46

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When I am practicing my craft, I see myself as an instrument of unconditional love,losing my individual self in the blissful ocean of universal oneness.Jay: Hi Paul, it is an honor to interviewyou in Lazie Indie Magazine. You havehad a fantastic career as a musician so farwinning multiple nominations andworking with the best in the world likeDeana Carter, Buddy Rich and DeepakChopra (though they are in differentspaces). What do you think has been yourjourney like when you look back?Paul Avgerinos (PA): I'm truly blessed tohave had such an amazing career, first inClassical music playing bass violin in theorchestras, then Jazz and Pop playingbass for some amazing artists, and finallydoing what I’ve always loved the most,Ambient New Age. A ton of hard workand some lucky breaks too, which is whatit takes.Jay: You have been involved in majorcompositions that has been veryinfluential in modern days and does havea lot of spirituality involved in them. Howspiritual are you and how does it reflect inyour music?PA: My spiritual path and passion formusic began together, as I realized thatmusic had the power to facilitate my ownspiritual awakening and could heal andcomfort other souls through my spiritualdevotion in music. When I am practicingmy craft, I see myself as an instrument ofunconditional love, losing my individualself in the blissful ocean of universaloneness.Jay: Your involvement with DeepakChopra’s Projects have been quite deep.How did you get involved with the projectand how is it working with him? How isinvolving in a project like this influenceyour life as such?PA: I'm blessed to have just completedmy fourth album with Deepak, and it’sLIM Page45

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thanks to my good friend and partner,Kabir Sehgal. He brought the three of ustogether, and it’s been wonderfulreaching Deepak’s huge audience withour spiritual music and messages.Jay: How do you compose your music? Isit a free flow and when you are involvedin someone else’s project? How muchfreedom do you have to create the soundsyou would like to? How do you sort outcreative differences at the highest levels?PA: I always start with an invocation toGod, Goddess and Guru, to act as achannel of the highest good and power.Then I always trust my intuition in a freeflow of ideas and creativity. Creativedifferences are easy to handle once yourego is out of the way. I want whatevereveryone feels is best for the project,despite who happens to suggest it.Jay: How is your music production doneare they done in private or on majorstudios?PA: Since 1986, I’m very lucky to have myown world class - set in a naturesanctuary with windows looking out onthe forest, it’s the perfect environment formy Ambient New Age music, and I do alot of TV music there along withproducing other artists.Jay: When the journey is long it might bedifficult to pin point a few moments fromthat but can you tell us what your greatestmoment of satisfaction was and whatyour greatest moment of disappointmentas a musician?PA: Winning my first Grammy in 2016was a definite high point and peakexperience. I was walking on sunshine forquite awhile! Although I’ve done very wellwith library background music for TV, Iwas never able to secure a high levelscoring position with an A list featurefilm.Jay: The Covid 19 scenario had almostLIM Page46

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finished a thriving live music industry buton the flip side it also lead to a lot of newcompositions, how did you spend yourCovid lock down days?PA: I’m very lucky that I’m a broadcastguy, and live performance is not a part ofwhat I do. So for me, the lockdown wasreally business as usual, with a little moreprivacy and peace!Jay: What are your new projects andwhere do we find your music on theinternet?PA: My 2021 albums are PEACE andSpiritual Warrior Workout with DeepakChopra. If you google my name, PaulAvgerinos, everything will pop right up.Jay: What was the best advice youreceived as a musician and what would beyours to a new entrant into musicindustry?PA: Whenever you’re starting a newproject, ask yourself three questions: 1)Who is going to listen to this? – targetaudience, demographics. 2) What arethey going to be doing while listening? -life-style choices. 3) How will this musicserve and help them? - does it facilitate#2? If you don’t have good clear answersto these three questions, you are NOTready to start! - Thank you- Thank youLIM Page48

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Head Honchos guitarist/vocalist Rocco Calipari Jr. first sat in with renownedChicago Blues Group Howard and the White Boys when he was fifteen years old. Heattended the famed Guitar Institute in Los Angeles where he studied with guitaristCarl Verheyen (touring guitarist for Supertramp), Jazz/Blues great ScottHenderson, and famed Blues instructor/writer Keith Wyatt.Calipari’s approach tothe guitar, while grounded in Rock and Blues, is keenly aimed at a post-moderninterpretation of American Roots music. “Bring It On Home, the debut album fromIndiana newcomers Head Honchos is a family affair. Father and son, side by side,guitars in hand and the blues in their hearts.” – Sea of Tranquility Bring It OnHome, the debut album from Indiana newcomers Hea Recently,Lazie IndieMagazinegot to interview the always-busy Calipari, who in addition to being a leadguitarist in a full-time working band, also finds time to give guitar instructions toLIM Page51

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those in and around the Valparaiso,Indiana area, where he lives.LIM: What's the latest and greatest withyour group, Head Honchos?RCJ: We just won the IBC BluesCompetition in our region! We areheading to Memphis on January 18, 2022to compete against three-hundred otherbands that also won across the UnitedStates. We also got all the songs writtenfor the next album which we hope torelease in 2022.LIM: How has the whole Covid-19affected your band's live bookingschedule?RCJ: The only slow month we had due toCOVID was November 2020. Other thanwe’ve been going pretty strong. Nothingcan stop the Head Honchos train!LIM: The coolest question we'll ask you:What's it like to play in a band with yourdad (Head Honchos guitarist RoccoCalipari Sr.)?RCJ: It’s great! I love being in a band withmy dad. It’s so easy to play with himbecause we have such good musicalchemistry.LIM: Your dad has for a long time, alsoplayed guitar with famed Chicago Bluesgroup, Howard And The White Boys. Didthat band have any influence on yourcareer?RCJ: Howard and the White Boys had ahuge impact on my career. I wasmusically spoiled growing up being ableto watch and listen to such a great bandall the time. They imbedded Blues musicinto my heart and soul.LIM: Tell us about your Six Strings MusicFestival, now in its second year?RCJ: Six Strings Music Festival isgrowing! The second year had twice asmany people than the previous year. Iopened my own music school called SixStrings back in 2019 and currently haveover eighty students. I started throwing amusic festival for my students so they canshowcase their talent and have anopportunity to see great professionalbands.LIM Page52

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LIM: Congratulations on getting married. Is your wife more into Blues or Rock?RCJ: Thank you. Meg Calipari, she is my Rock! Pun intended. Meg, our daughterMarley and I are more rockers but we still love the Blues.LIM: Where can we find Head Honchos' music?RCJ: You can find Head Honchos music on Spotify, YouTube, Facebook, iTunes andother common music streaming platforms. Also at our Thank you.LIM Page53

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Johanna Saint-Pierre is a French singer, pianist, songwriter in Electro, Soul & JazzPop music. She has released 3 Electro-Pop albums, 2 Soul Pop EPs and Electroremixes. She collaborates with prestigious DJs and producers from Paris and NewYork. She accompanied Pharell Williams with the Paris Gospel Choir (Le choeurGospel de Paris) on French television.Johanna previously debuted on stage with theRock group Laplace at a very young age. Together they opened for the RollingStones at Olympia as well as the Simple Minds. She performed solo piano voice onher first US tour in 2018. She gave her first concert in New York in July 2019.Emma Goldberg for her column Just like Emma in Lazie Indie Magazine spoke toJohanna Saint- Pierre to know more about this very talented and versatile musicianand to share withLIM readers her journey as an artist so far and also her plans forthe immediate future... Let us find out...LIM Page55

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Emma: Hi Johanna, you have had a greatcareer as a musician so far. How do youfeel was your journey so far as amusician?Johanna: Hi Emma & Lazie IndieMagazine, you know I feel superprivileged because until now my only jobhas been to be a musician. And I hopeuntil the end even old on stage andstudio.Emma: Who/what were your musicalinfluences and how did you arrive at thisgenre you play?Johanna: The Pop music, Rock andmostly Soul music from the seventies andthe eighties. Especially American andEnglish music. In France we hadalternative pop groups that emergedespecially in the 80s. I started playingwhen I was a young teenager with highschool bands. I did covers and I wrotesongs in French and English with mypiano. I bought myself an old 4 track withaudiotapes, an Atari and a M1(an oldkeyboard/Korg)! I have been a pianistsince the age of 6. I signed with a big labelvery young with the Rock band Laplace.We opened for the Rolling Stones and wedid a tour with the Simple Minds.Emma: How do you go about writing yoursongs? How do you record and produceyour music?Johanna: I had before a home studio, butsince many years now I work with mypiano, my rhythm machine (Electribesampler/Korg) my iPhone, a paper and apen! I love to work with producers,musicians and engineers. I try to offerthem real songs. So my music can bemore organic and acoustic in studio.Sometimes musicians or producers offerme bits of groove. I choose what I like andI create a melody, lyrics, then we developthe song together.Emma: What do you look to convey toyour listeners when you create music, doyou look to set a theme first or do you letthe song take over your lyrics?Johanna: It depends of the groove! Youcan't sing sad lyrics on a funky song! Youput a lot of emotion in the words in aBallad. This inspires you to write fairlyLIM Page56

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deep texts. That's why I also like to writeJazz songs too in English or in French.Emma: Where do we find your music onthe internet? Which is your latest release?Johanna: If you want to help me and buymy music you find it on my Bandcamp will find me on my YouTube channel On all platforms likeSpotify my website where you can findeverything:http://johannasaintpierre.comMy new releases are two EP's, The NYCSummer Sessions and Sensuous Whisper,that I recorded in New York which isproduced by the so great Brian Bacchus(Gregory Porter, Norah Jones). There isgreat French and English musicians:Rémi Amblard, Louis Cato, SherrodBarnes, Chris Rime, Antoine Haley.Emma: What gives you the kick, writing,producing or playing live and why?Johanna: It's my passion, it obsesses me.I love to create and the more I create themore I feel that I am building myselfinside and out. I always have to composerecord a new song now. It's as if the musichelps me to personalize myself and to givethe best. And when I'm on stage I createthen my universe.Emma: The lockdown brought theindustry to a halt for some time but manyin music used it for creating new music.How did you spend this lockdown withrespect to your music?Johanna: I met a great producer,musician and sound engineer, NicolasBulostin/Bulkowstein thanks to a livestream that I posted on Facebook. And werecorded an album. Luckily he had justmoved from England, because of theBrexit, right next to my house in Paris.We are in the middle of a mix.Emma: What are your immediate futureplans?Johanna: I have my first real show withreal public in Paris with my band the 26of November. Our last show was one yearago. I did livestream between. I have twoTV French shows with the Paris GospelChoir next week. I'm a member of thischoir. I'm doing the promo of my new twoEP's and I have an interview in a bigFrench radio the 24 of November in thenorth of France. I'm preparing thereleased of the first single of my futurealbum with Nico.Emma: What is the best advice given toyou and what would you share with fellowyoung artists?Johanna: The best advice I had from myfirst producer Marc Ricci was « hey Jo,don't stay all the time on the same song.Make a new one. Then I add myself «release songs on platforms, create yourYouTube channel, make videos, workwith a community manager for yourSpotify, Twitter, Insta and Facebook, findlabels. Play on stage even on little bars,make videos and put it online.Emma: Thank you for your time and itwas great speaking to you.Johanna: Thanks to you. I love LazieIndie Magazine. I'm so proud because Iam an indie artist and it's the great to beon your magazine :)LIM Page57

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About the ColumnistEmma Goldberg is French Pop Singer,Composer, Video Producer, AuthorWritting in Italian, Spanish, English,French. She also is a radio host in Radio242 UK introducing independentmusicians to audiences across UK, Franceand the near by countries.Emma has herown radio show called Just like Emmawhich is maintained here for the columnshe contributes toLazie Indie Magazine.LIM Page58

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If you’re a first time listener, you’ll wonder why BigMotorGasoline isn’t being heardmore on modern Rock channels.BigMotorGasoline is a working man’s Rock andRoll band with music about topics that they know best – motorcycles, fast cars, lifeand drinking. Their songs are best described as cutting-edge Rock that is loadedwith guitar riffs, a bluesy swagger, and a Southern Rock flavor. They have featuredin the best of shows hosted by legends of music industry. Opening for some hugeacts like Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) and Bonds Of Mara and gets featured in Rock &Metal Magazine with Michael Schenker, Deep Purple, Night Ranger, Steve Hackettand Monster Truck.Jay from Lazie Indie Magazine quizzes Dave Brown the bassistfromBigMotorGasoline to check out their plans for immediate future...LIM Page60

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Jay: Hi BigMotorGasoline - you’ve had avery exciting career as a band. How doyou feel was your journey so far as amusician?Dave Brown: The band’s journey hastaken separate paths to meet in what wecall BigMotorGasoline. After countlesspubs, bars, patios, stages, biker ralliesand back yard barbecues, enough wasenough of playing cover tunes. Thesatisfaction just wasn’t there anymore. Alloriginal music written and played withpeople you get along with was the onlyway to go. It had to satisfy the soul!Jay: Who/what were your musicalinfluences and how did you arrive at thisgenre you play?Dave Brown: Of course, all our family andfriends and fans of the band whoencouraged us, supported us and came toour shows was a big influence to keepstriving for the dream. Classic Rock actslike Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC,Van Halen, Ted Nugent, Lynyrd Skynyrd,Metallica and Aerosmith have all shapedour sound. Transistor radios, scratchyrecords and worn out cassettes were themain vehicle to singe this genre of musicinto our brains.Jay: How do you go about writing yoursongs? How do you record and produceyour music?Dave Brown: Our music can take manypaths before it becomes the finishedproduct. We can’t ignore or deny thatinspiration can come in any form andfrom any person or place. Sometimes asong can come from a band jam sessionmusically and then lyrics can comeafterwards. Sometimes both lyrics andmusic can be brought to the table,deconstructed and put back together in aslightly different manner. Recording andproducing our music is left to our “fifthBeatle”, Andy Thompson atNorthumberland Music Studio/Studio 29.Jay: What do you look to convey to yourlisteners when you create music do youlook to set a theme first or do you let thesong take over your lyrics?Dave Brown: We like to convey a feelingof freedom and always having a goodLIM Page61

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time, whatever you are doing. No one isgoing to move their booty to depressinglyrics! The lyrics can surely shape a song’sdirection and feel but we generally like tohave big guitar riffs and monster drumspushing any song forward right into yourears through any listening device of yourchoice!Jay: Where do we find your music on theinternet? Which is your latest release?Dave Brown: The best place to find ourmusic would be straight from our website, You can getfull albums digitally or CD copies ordownload single song MP3’s for less thana dollar. Of course, you can findBigMotorGasoline on all the majorstreaming platforms or visit us on ourYouTube page for music and videos. Ourlatest release is titled The Way ThingsUsed To Be.Jay: What gives you the kick, writing,producing or playing live and why?Dave Brown: Opinions differ on thisquestion. The work of creating the musicis loved by all but the studio work and thelive stage are two different animals. Thestudio is more of a “long haul” of trial anderror, experiments and patience for thesatisfying result while the live stage is animmediate rush of adrenaline with noforgiveness for technical difficulties ormistakes. Two different highs ofsatisfaction but both well worth the effort.Jay: The lockdown brought the industryto a halt for some time but many in musicused it for creating new music. How didyou spend this lockdown with respect toyour music?Dave Brown: With live music venuescompletely shut down during thelockdown and beyond, there was only thechoice of songwriting or making videos inthe great outdoors, both of which we did!We also had the great luck in filming alive streamed performance from thehistoric Empire Theatre in Belleville,Ontario, Canada. Select tracks from thatperformance can be seen on our YouTubepage.Jay: What are your immediate futureplans?Dave Brown: With live venues recentlyopening back up and full capacityguidelines in the near future, we will beplaying live as much as possible to remindpeople that we did release an album offresh rockers during the Covid year of2020. Lol. And we will be entering thestudio soon to start work on our 3rd,untitled album of all new originalmaterial. Excited to unleash our latestsounds to the world.Jay: What is the best advice given to youand what would you share with fellowyoung artists?Dave Brown: Sometimes we didn’t listento the best advice when given to us. Weseemed to learn the hard way. I guess wewould say, follow your heart and make orplay the music that moves and inspiresyou. Whatever genre. Don’t close off yourmind to any type of influence that mayshape your attitude and sound. Materialthings come and go and never leave youwith a lasting satisfaction. Play the musicwith the people you care about andrespect, and everything will be just fine.-Thank youLIM Page62

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This edition of Tomiko Dixon Grand Blues Review presents Paul "Mojo" Stone. Paul"Mojo" Stone is a multi-instrumentalist; studio and band musician. He creates andplays Blues, Funk, Soul and Blues Rock and is currently working with his albumcollaborating with Grammy winning artist and veterans in the music industry.Tomiko Dixon speaks to Paul "Mojo" Stone to learn more about his career so far, hisinfluences and also his plans for the near future. Let us learn get to know moreaboutPaul "Mojo" Stone.Artist(s) or Band Name:Paul "Mojo" StoneAlbum Title: How Sweet It Is.Website or Social Media link: - -- GoFundMe page for donations for CD project. Page64

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Tomiko: Who inspired your most recentproject and or music?PMS (Paul "Mojo" Stone): Several peoplethroughout the years have inspired me.To not become a better person but to alsobecome a better musician. And I find itfunny that as I became a better musician Ibecame what I think, in my mindanyways, somewhat of a better person. Byunderstanding music and the effect it hason me and the surrounding people Ibecame more insightful and aware of myactions and how they affect the worldaround me more. The first "Big Name"person in music who inspired mepersonally and musically is ArethaFranklin as an American singer,songwriter and pianist. She is oftenreferred to as the "Queen of Soul." Shetwice placed 9th in Rolling Stone's 100Greatest Artists of All Time. JamesettaHawkins, known professionally as EttaJames, an American singer whoperformed in various genres includingBlues, R & B, Soul, Rock and Roll, Jazzand Gospel. Riley B. King, knownprofessionally as B.B. King, an Americanblues singer-songwriter, guitarist andrecord producer. He introduced asophisticated style of soloing based onfluid string bending, shimmering vibratoand staccato picking that influencedmany later blues electric guitar players.Willie Dixon, an American Bluesmusician, vocalist, songwriter, arrangerand record producer. He was proficient inplaying both the upright bass and theguitar and sang with a distinctive voice.He is perhaps best known as one of themost prolific songwriters of his timehaving written several number one hitsfor people like Muddy Waters, McKinleyMorganfield, known professionally asMuddy Waters, an American Bluessinger-songwriter and musician who wasan important figure in the post-war Bluesscene and is often cited as the "father ofmodern Chicago Blues." His style ofplaying has been described as "rainingdown Delta beatitude." Joseph "Mojo"Morganfield, youngest son of MuddyWaters, my friend. At one time I wasLIM Page65

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honored to share the stage with him. Bornin Chicago, "Mojo" Morganfield began hiscareer at a young age, traveling andperforming with his father and growingup in the Blues. George "Buddy" Guy, anAmerican Blues guitarist and singer. He isknown as an exponent of Chicago Blueswho has influenced generations ofguitarists including Eric Clapton, JimiHendrix, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards,Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Gary ClarkJr. and John Mayer. Stephen RayVaughan was an American musician,singer, songwriter, and record producer,best known as the guitarist and front manof the Blues Rock Band Double Trouble.William Rory Gallagher was an IrishBlues and Rock guitarist, singer,songwriter and producer. Born inBallyshannon, County Done Gal andbrought up in Cork, Gallagher formed theband Taste in the late 1960s and recordedsolo albums throughout the 1970s and1980s. His albums have sold over 30million copies worldwide... I couldhonestly keep listing names on and on butthose really stand out for me, along withevery great Blues act that has ever comeand gone. As for those modern musicianartists that inspire me as well, I likeDevon Allman, for example, who keepsthe Blues alive and well. I could identifywith the soul in Blues music, from a veryearly age, and even though I come from adifferent background than most of theseartists, my story is one I am sure soundsvery similar to many. I also have a lot offriends who are musicians, who haveinspired my journey through music suchas Tod Pronto, Johnny House and "Mad"Mark Hornbacher, just to name a few. Igive credit to the Higher Power in my life,for giving me the skill, talent, grit,determination, and soulful guidance toallow me to be a good steward of my giftof Blues. My grandmother is also a veryimportant figure in my musical life whomade a difference in my musical journey.Without her insisting I take piano lessonsin the 3rd grade taught by sister Paulineof Sacred Heart School in Newport, VT, Idon't know if I would have made such aconscious effort in my pursuit of mypassion with Blues music. Music helpedme survive in many ways. I could talk fordays about my violent childhood, myabusive alcoholic father, my mother whodid her best to keep her kids safe, and mygrandparents who took us in when weneeded shelter from the storm. Andthrough it, music was there for me. I feellike mine is a story of starting in themailroom you could say and working myway up. At an early age I was given such aterrible self-image of myself by my father,one of, "Now you are only bragging," andhow wrong it was that I try to shine incomparison when so much in his own lifewas a bragging, as if I was being held backin life because he never really fulfilled hisdreams. I struggled for many years withPTSD and fought to regain my own voice.My mother and sister also received thebrunt of his abuse, and he drove a wedgein our family that can still be felt to thisday. I regret that I never really formedthat bond with a loving household andfamily like so many others. I love mymother and sister very much, and I hopethey always know that. Without mygrandparents or my mother, I honestlydon't know where I would be in life. MyLIM Page68

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grandmother was the typical die hardRoman Catholic with a strong belief inGod, and she placed me in Sacred HeartSchool where, as a child, I admit tohaving so much anger going on. It reallyseemed beyond my years ofunderstanding. A particular time camewhen I was getting straight F's and intofights everyday that my grandmotherdecided to place me in a music programtaught by sister Pauline, the musicteacher at Sacred Heart School. The Nuntold my grandmother, "I never wouldhave taught Paul how to play because hehad such a bad attitude, but he took to itso well it would have been a crime againstGod not to teach him." Of course, this wasmy savoir speaking to me through music.A higher power that brought me to a placethat I could release so much emotion andpassion. My grades started going up andmy fights in school lessened. The positivefeedback helped me grow as a person andhelped me identify that I wasn'tworthless. I had a purpose and realized Ican make a positive self-image out of thisfor myself. My mother encouraged thisgrowth as did my grandparents and Iclung to them. I was not the best son, Iam sure, and I got into some troublegrowing up from old ways that were hardto let go, but with some help, love andsupport I found a way to be able to makemy way through this uncharted territoryknown simply as a life worth living. Whenyou hear that song "Mama Tried," yesindeed she did 100%. I grew up thinkingsentiment was foolish and not easilyaccessible, however, through my passionfor music, I developed a way that mighthelp others in life as well, sincerely andfrom the heart. So when asked whoinspired my most recent project and ormusic, I could talk about a book’s worthof material and life lessons and so manypeople along the way that all made itpossible. There is of course the big name-dropping a person could do and list ofsuper stars like I know I can, however Ifeel like this goes deeper than that and tothe center that really had to find hope inthings that seemed hopeless in an earlylife.Tomiko: Who would you most like tocollaborate with and why?PMS: That can be a really hard questionto answer. There really are so manywonderfully talented musicians out therethat I don't even know where I couldbegin on listing off who I would like tocollaborate with. I would say I am prettyopen to possibilities with folks should thesituation show promise. I wouldcollaborate with just about anyone.Thinking who could be fun to play with initself would take more time than thisarticle can accommodate so in very shortto pick someone I feel is relevant in themusic scene these days I think I wouldmost like to collaborate with DevonAllman. If you don't know him he is anAmerican guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist,songwriter and record producer. He is theson of musician Gregg Allman and hasappeared occasionally as a guest musicianfor Gregg Allman and The AllmanBrothers Band. The revolutionaries ofrecord were the Allman Brothers Band. IfI could somehow tap into that kind ofenergy under a banner of Blues added towhat Devon is doing now, I would bethrilled to be able to be a part of that.LIM Page67

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Though they are considered to be moreSouthern Rock, I do find someSouthern Gospel type sensation intheir more bluesy approach to somemusic, and I definitely have my ownBlues Rock side in my own music witha touch of Gospel Soul that I thinkwould fit well together. Devon's band,The Allman Betts Band, is veryheartfelt with their gospel-tingedvocals with stellar slide guitar work,and the sort of honest joy mostmodern Blues/Rock lacks. The AllmanBetts Band is one of the finest BluesRock/Southern Rock bands out thereright now. I would love to collaboratewith Devon and them.Tomiko: What is one message youwould like to give other artists that areinspired to get into the entertainmentindustry?PMS: I would have to say that withevery artist or musician type the bestthing to do is write something everyday or put together a drum loop andplay along, hum along or freelyvocalize along. Just do something,anything because by being creativeevery day you'll find that you will feelmore inspired to be more creative.Tomiko: Which entertainer do youadmire the most and why?PMS: Again, way too many to list offfor the sake of a short article, I canthink of so many musicians that haveinspired me and why. Some definitelydo stand out for me. Such as ArethaFranklin. She was an American singer,songwriter and pianist. Referred to asthe "Queen of Soul.” All you have to dois watch her movie called "Respect -the Aretha Franklin story," and youwill know why. If not, you had bettercheck your pulse. I watched Respectlast night, and all I can say is wow. Shesaid, "You do it as big and as loud andas long as you can. Find your voice.Don't let anything get in between youand the music." What an amazingmovie and what an inspiring woman.Making the most of it has always beena motto of my own, and I feel like Ishare that sentiment with her. As shesaid, "You better think about what yousayin’, you better think about theconsequences of your actions!"Tomiko: What is the best advice givento you?PMS: I would have to say that to thisday the best advice was from youTomiko. "The Blues is something thatcomes from the soul of the individualperformer. So as long as you're singingit from your heart, then you will alwaysget it right." These words aresomething I hold near and dear to meconsidering your experience and whatyou know about this genre. And this issomething I have always felt was trueand right all along as well. Sometimeswe need to hear what we are thinkingfrom others for them to have credenceand you certainly helped me feelvalidated in this experience.Tomiko: What’s next for you? Do youhave any upcoming gigs or events?LIM Page68

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PMS: I have a CD coming up called "HowSweet It Is." As COVID has really changedthe landscape for music, many musicianshave adapted by returning to the studio.So that's where I have been finding myselflately, working on a CD with my drummerand co/producer Robert Boccaccio. It isour hope, as with so many I am sure, thatthe CD will help promote our music and,along with exposure in this magazine andother media outlets, the music will gainthe attention of Record Labels andBooking agents around the country. Iwant to locate and establish connections,open doors to venues, and regain thestage once more for some more fun-filledtimes doing what I love, which is makingmemories with the audience and leavingthem with an experience they can holdonto for a lifetime & I have also started aGoFundMe fundraiser to help raisemoney for my next project.The direct link to that is right here, am asking people to please help supportmy Blues Music, through Go Fund Me. Iwill be hiring a professional studio alongwith Grammy nominated and awardwinning musicians that will cometogether to create this one of a kindmasterpiece of Blues Music. This hasbeen a dream of mine for a long time andwith some help will soon become areality.Tomiko's Final Review: I have beenfollowing Paul " Mojo" Stone for a whilenow & I highly recommend listening tothis artist especially if you enjoy avariety of tunes ranging from straight inyour face Blues Rock to Old SchoolAcoustic Picking Blues. His music is arare pairing of guitar, voices andpercussion. I find that he keeps itincredibly sincere, with a melody that ispretty infectious. There is an obviousconviction and edginess one mightassociate with this artist. I adore his vibeLIM Page69

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& right now - I hear some talent andgood ideas at work in his songs. On ascale of 1 to 5 (5 being the highest) I'mgoing to rate Paul " Mojo" Stone a 5. BBKing once said, "The great thing aboutlearning is that no one can ever take thataway from you." And ZZ Top alwayssaid, "Shoot for the top."About the ReviewerThis column is contributed by TomikoDixonwho is the granddaughter of theGreat Willie Dixon and also theyoungest inductee to the Blues Hall ofFame and an Ambassador of Blues.LazieIndie Magazineis glad and honored tojoin her cause to keep the spirit of Bluesalive.LIM Page70

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Googling John Blangero we tripped on to a world renowned scientist in genetics andalmost thought of doing a recheck but then the photograph told us that this ismusician we were looking for. One thing for sure, he knows to do things really it research or his Southern Soul music. His bandSun King Rising should beheard and shared across music lovers as they have some brilliant stuff there.Johnstarted taking piano lessons when he was five years old but stopped at around tenyears of age. His first paid gig was when he was 15 when he fronted a band namedAnxiety’s Moment with band members at least 4 years older and experienced. Hegave up on music to Ph.D. and become an active biomedical research scientist. Aftera twenty-year hiatus,John started playing in Blues bands in San Antonio andrediscovered his piano skills, songwriting. Let us know more about this amazingmusician...LIM Page72

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LIM: You have had a rising career inmusic so far creating a substantial fanbase worldwide with our music. Whenyou look back, how do you feel was yourjourney so far?JB (John Blangero): It has been anexciting time to launch Sun King Rising tosay the least. I was lucky enough to getsigned by my record label, PeacockSunrise Records in 2019. The president,Nick Katona, of PSR was a tremendousadvocate for me doing the Delta Talesalbum and doing it right. We decided tohire an experienced producer, Steve (Ace)Acker, who completely saw my vision forthe album and brought it to life.LIM: Who/what were your musicalinfluences and how did you arrive at thisgenre you play?JB: My main influences have been artistslike Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Dan Penn,Van Morrison, Bobby Blue Bland andmany others. I love the Muscle Shoals andMemphis sounds of Rock and Soul. I likeorganic music that dances between thosetwo genres with maybe even a bit ofCountry thrown in to the mix.LIM: How do you go about selecting yoursongs?JB: It was a combination of me, Ace, andthe record label going through a lot ofsong demos that I had done and pickingthe best ones. All of the chosen ones wereheavily reimagined and re-recorded forthe album to fit the theme that we werelooking for. However, I also ended upwriting some new songs after therecording had already started. Thesenewer songs, like Beneath the SouthernSun and Milkweed and Thistle, reallyhelped drive the energy level up of therecord. My song, Free Will In China Blue,was actually written after we thought therecord was completed when Nick Katonaasked me for a bonus digital downloadtrack and has ended up being our mostpopular songs. These newer songs are farmore sophisticated lyrically than theearlier material. Finally, we also decidedto do a cover of the old soul song, TheSnake, because it fit so well.LIM: How do you record and produceLIM Page73

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your music? Do you have any specialgear/recording system which you feel isimportant to bring out the kind of voiceyou want? If so, why?JB: As much as possible, we like to recordorganically with as many people in thesame room as possible. We utilize realrecording studios and try hard to get thefeel of those great records from the late60s and early 70s. However, since werecorded Delta Tales during thepandemic, we often had to fly in partsfrom other studios. My own vocals wereall done in my studio, Reborn PelicanStudio, with my gold signal chain that Ihave optimized for my particular styleand voice. I use a Lauten Oceanus mic formy voice, because I have a big baritonefor which that mic really works. We putthe mic through an analog PendulumAudio Quartet preamplifier and a SummitAudio TLA-100A tube leveling amplifierfor compression. All of that analog signalgets processed to digital via a Crane SongHedd 192 digital signal processor. Thechain is as pure as we can get it. Also, wedon’t use autotune. We keep doing takesuntil we get it right. The other critical partis my grand piano sound which is alwaysa Yamaha, either a CFX, C5, or C7 model.LIM: Where do we find your music on theinternet?JB: The best place to start where you can findlinks to all the important selling andstreaming sites. The album is available onPeacockSunrise Records in digital, CDand vinyl formats.LIM: What gives you the kick, writing,producing or playing live and why?JB: At this point, I get the biggest thrillout of the songwriting process. There issomething very gratifying about havingall the essentials of a song depending onyour imagination and creativity.However, I also like the entertainingaspect and am looking forward to touringthe band after the next album comes out.LIM Page74

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LIM: Tell us about the success of youralbum "Delta Tales" and its hit singles!JB: The album has done extremely wellcritically. I have been absolutely delightedwith the many reviews that we havereceived. The album has been fairlystrong in the UK and Europe and we arenow making a major push in the US. Theprimary single, Free Will In China Blue, isdoing very well. So well, in fact, that wehave had to reissue the album with thesingle now included on both the CD andthe vinyl forms, since that song wasoriginally a digital only bonus track!LIM: How are you coping with the newrealities post the Covid scare especiallywhen the live music scene is hit hard?JB: I’m hoping that the worst is now over.Things are definitely starting tonormalize. I’m completely vaccinated, soI’m ready!LIM: What are your immediate futureplans, say, for 2021/2022?JB: We are currently finishing the secondSun King Rising album titled Signs &Wonders. The recording should be doneby the end of the year. We anticipate anearly summer release. With combinedmaterial from Delta Tales and Signs &Wonders, Sun King Rising will bewell placed to do some live work. We willlikely focus on festivals since this band isphysically large! We need 10 people onstage to do these songs including a hornsection and our incredible backingvocalists.LIM: Being a very successful musicianyourself what would you tell an upcomingmusician to keep in mind when a) he/sheis struggling to get recognized and b) oncehe/she has just made a mark in the sceneand needs to sustain here?JB: First, remember that ultimately youplay/write music to satisfy your owninternal need to be creative. Being true toyourself is therefore key for your personalsatisfaction. Do the music that you wantto do and that you enjoy and believe in.Also, music is a very hard business. It canliterally take years to get a breakespecially in the current climate. Makesure that you have other skills that willallow you to live a decent life. If you’relucky enough to sustain a musical career,even if it is part-time, you should feelfortunate that you have the gifts to bringpeople such joy.- Thank youLIM Page75

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Paul Marshall is a songwriter and musician who has had a passion for music hisentire life. He is known as both the leader of the band Hangar 18 and as a solosongwriter.Paul who began performing as a teenager is originally from London, UKand after performing in many acts (including auditioning for The Cure in 1994) hismusic career ended up taking him to New Zealand where he has been based formany years. He has used his love for music alongside his life experiences andmusical versatility, which is reflected in his songwriting. He works with a very broadrange of musical styles and has written songs in different musical genres includingPop, Rock, Ballad, Singer/Songwriter, Alt and Experimental.Lazie Indie Magazinespeaks to Paul to learn more about his musical journey and about his plans for theimmediate future. Thanks to Galaxy FM NZL for introducing Paul Marshall toLazieIndie Magazine... Let us read ...LIM Page77

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LIM: For the benefit of our readers canyou kindly introduce yourself?Paul: My name is Paul Marshall and I'm asongwriter and musician originally fromLondon/ England but now based inAuckland/New Zealand. Before leavingEngland I auditioned as the drummer forThe Cure, out of over 900 applicants Imade it down to the final 6, so I got toplay in The Cure briefly. Shortly after Imoved to New Zealand and started myband Hangar 18. Hangar 18 went ontoachieve international success and touredwith bands such as, ‘Silverchair’,‘Collective Soul’, ‘No Doubt’ (GwenStefani), ‘Ocean Colour Scene’, ‘GraceJones’, ‘Everclear’ and more. In 1997‘Hangar 18’ performed live at the historicUnity Hand Over Festival in Hong Kong,performing live to a stadium audience of10,000 people whilst the show wassimulcast live on TV to over 900 millionpeople around the globe.LIM: Since when have you been intomusic?Paul: I started playing drums at age 12and was offered my first record deal at 14after my band came 3rd in a nationaltalent competition in the UK. My firstever band was called Shallow Orangewhich was a “mickey”-take of DeepPurple.LIM: Who were your musical influencesand how does it reflect in the genre ofmusic do you create?Paul: There are so many influences I havean eclectic taste in music but it all startedearly on as I grew up listening to Punkrecords in the UK, so bands like the SexPistols and The Stranglers were the onesthat got me into music. After Punk I wasinto everything, so bands like The Cure,Adam and The Ants, P.I.L., The Police,Del Amitri, Thomas Dolby, Fugazi, TheHuman League, Kraftwerk, U2, GaryNuman, Tears For Fears, The SugarCubes, Nirvana, Athlete, Snow Patrol,Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Phantogram,Tessa Violet, Kongos, Husky Loops,Furious Monkey House, BILK, Dodie andmany more. So all these acts and moreinfluence how I create songs and write, inLIM Page78

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so many different genres. I have writtenPop, Punk, Ballad/Love Songs, Rock,Alternative and some really experimentalsongs, pretty much everything.LIM: How do you go about writing yoursongs?Paul: There is no real process as such, Ido find however that I write most of mysongs when I'm relaxing, so when I'mwalking or in the shower or in bed. I getideas and hook lines which come to me tothen form the basis of my songs. Somesongs I write fully in one go and othersare ideas I have put down and can comeback to them weeks later. Usually when Istart to write songs, I then place myselfinto a situation where I can write more,so if it's during the day then I’ll stop workand I will go for a walk on the beach.Some mornings when I'm walking I mightwrite 5 or 6 songs in one go.LIM: What do you look to convey to yourlisteners when you create music, do youlook to set a lyrical theme first or you letthe music dictate the lyrics?Paul: My songs usually come from a hookline, the chorus line or hook usuallyrepresents the main focus of the song somy lyrics and additional melodies arewritten around that. I tend to write whatfirst comes to me, even if its rubbish ordoesn’t necessarily make sense, I get itdown. I always over write lyrics, so I willhave enough lyrics to fill the song twice ormore. So after everything is down I thengo through and see what makes sense andwhat lyrics work best in the song.LIM: How do you record and produce thesongs?Paul: Most of my songs start with melodyhook lines and lyrics, so I will voicerecord the idea onto my phone.Sometimes this is just a 30 secondsnippet sometimes it's the entire songwith lyrics. I then use my iMac with LogicPro X. I start with the drums and then laymy vocal melody down. After that I thengrab my keyboard and select a sound thatLIM Page79

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I want in the track, this might be bass orguitar or keys or other, it just depends onwhat I think fits the song. After recordingall the music down I will then go and redo my vocals, I'm no professional singerby any means, but I record the vocals sothat my singers can hear what I want. Ithen send my demo tracks along with abacking track for my singers to sing on.As I have several projects on the go atonce I tend to send the same song to 2 or3 different singers to see which one fitsbest. Once I receive the vocals back then Icomplete a rough mix and then send themix and all the individual tracks to myproducer Steve James. Steve thenproduces the track, he is a genius with mysongs, we both feed well off each otherand he really likes my material so its agreat fit. I first worked with Steve on myHangar 18 sophomore album and thensince we met he now produces all of mytracks for all my acts. Steve is a Grammynominated, Aria winning, UK musicproducer now based In BrisbaneAustralia, Steve has worked with the likesof George Harrison, The Sex Pistols, TheJam, Shirley Bassey, Vera Lynne, MontyPython, Eric Idle, The Rutles, Mental asAnything, The Rumjacks, The ScreamingJets, Toyah Wilcox, Bowser, Airbourne,The Whitlams, Harry Secombe, ColdChisel, Shihad, Weta, Paul Young, KikiDee, The Angels, Ginger Baker, NeilInnes, Alan Price, Thin Lizzy, Hangar 18and many more.LIM: What are your plans for theimmediate future? Tell us more aboutyour latest release?Paul: My main band Hangar 18 iscurrently on hold due to the pandemic. Ihave the entire new album completed andready to go, with all the music videoscompleted, everything, but Hangar 18 is alive band and our best asset is our liveperformance. So I am hoping to starttouring and releasing next year 2022 withHangar 18. In the mean time I started 3new recording projects, ones a singer/songwriter John Paul, ones a pop acte=mc3 and the other is Yourego, whichhas a bit of secrecy surrounding it as I'mworking with a well known US femalesinger. I have just released the debutsingle for all 3 acts, which I believe is aglobal first as I released 3 differentversions of the same song. I always like tobe different and push the boundaries andit just so happened that both me and myproducer Steve loved all 3 versions of thesong and we couldn’t decide which wasbest so I said I would release them allunder 3 different entities, which is what Idid. I figured then it would be up to thelistener to judge which version they likethe best?LIM: What gives you the kick, writing,recording or playing live, and why?Paul: I love everything about the musicindustry and I'm involved in every aspect.My main point of difference is as well asbeing a recording artist I also run a recordlabel, touring company, publishingcompany, artist management companyand more. So everything gives me a kickand I enjoy it all but if I had to choosethen I would choose performing live. Ilove travelling and entertaining a livecrowd plus I love meeting new people andembracing their cultures. I have been solucky to play all over the world with manygreat acts.LIM Page80

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LIM: Where can we find your music on the internet?Paul: Hangar 18-,Yourego - - Paul- on major digital platforms like Spotify, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram etc.LIM: What would you suggest to an aspiring independent artist?Paul: Write great songs, find great people to work with, learn the business, worksmart and hard, collaborate, utilise social media, be kind be nice.- Thank you.LIM Page81

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New ReleasesInge Zimmermann-Probst aka Serious Music GermanyJust released her album: "When I Am In The Mood". Jayfrom Lazie Indie Magazine checks up with Inge on thealbum and what one can expect to hear in the album andalso about her future plans.Jay: What made you decide to bring out this album?Serious-Music (Inge): Since over 20 years it is normal for me. Always when I haveproduced 12 or 14 songs, I bring out an album. Over the years I have 16 albumsonline on all platforms like iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and so on. I also love it to holda physical CD in my hands. So I made all ready on, that interestedpeople can order a CD, if they want. Music is my life and every free minute I amworking on it.Jay: Why did you choose this genre of music which is very distinct yet veryimpressive?Inge: I love it to work in different genres. Most in Rock, Rock-Ballad with muchguitars, but also I love it to work in genres like Orchestral and Electronica. It alwaysdepends on what topic the lyrics are about.Jay: Who writes lyrics for you and how did you produce the album?Inge: I have worked with some lyricists from the USA: Ed Millican, Daniel BlaineYoung and Paul Dempsey. Paul Dempsey from California is “my” lyricist, withwhom I have worked for over 11 years and we have until now 9 albums public. Buthere and there I also write lyrics by myself. Composition, production all I make bymyself in my studio. I have all equipment what I need like keyboards, guitars,Cubase as DAW. The album-mastering I make with Samplitude.Jay: What are the songs listed?Inge: Songs listed are:1. Chaos On The Edge – describes the current state of misinformation and the effectof it on the masses. It calls for everyone to be aware of it and fight it.2. Heart And Mind – describes the struggle trying to see through the emotion of arelationship and listen to the facts. Trying to avoid heartache.3. When I Am In The Mood – defines solitude as a place for peace and reflection asone is aging.4. Sunlight And Early Dawn – missing someone after they are gone and strugglingto move on.5. You Were Born Too Late – an older person seeing someone they wish they metwhen they were younger. Now understanding the situation is content in admiringthem from the distance.6. Even The Darkest Night Gives Way To The Dawn – encouraging lyric for thosethat think they have no future.LIM Page83

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Links: You Are In My Way – describessomeone who has risen above life’sproblems caused by other people and ismoving on.8. Midnight Came Too Soon – a light lyricabout a young woman’s first princecharming.9. Borrow Tomorrows – someone withvery little wanting to get a taste of a betterlife.10. If This Is A Dream Please Don’t WakeMe – celebrating a true love that is hardto believe.11. The Message – advice for a child asthey are getting ready to entire the realadult world.12. When I Was Young – reviewingyounger experiences that don’t always gowell.13. Somewhere in Time – actually takenfrom a movie title of the same name. Twopeople separated now but hoping to meetagain someday, somewhere.14. Back To Life This song is dedicated tomy husband, he died in the year 2018. Onevery album since 2018 is the last songfor him.Jay: You being a prolific music creator,what are your future plans in music?Inge: My future plans are the same as inthe past. Whenever I have time, I love itto work in music. I think as long I live I’llmake music until my last breath. Music isbalm for my soul and a challenge for thebrain. I cannot live without.Jay: Thank you for talking to us!Inge: Thank you.LIM Page84

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Skreen 6, a Rock/Metal act from Kochi, India has released its first single. Influencedby the 80's Hard Rock and Glam Metal bands like Motley Crue, Def Leppard, WhiteSnake etc. The boys are currently working on their first album (Rockin' Head)and the first single from the album "Rockin' Head" is out now on YouTube and allstreaming platforms. The band hasAmal Dev Nambiar doing the front man duties,M Krishnan on lead guitars, Salas Stewart playing the rhythm guitars and backingvocals,Dibin Savio Jude doing the keys, Jayakrishnan P S playing the bass andAdithya K M on the drums. The song "Rockin Head" packs a punch and comes as awhiff of fresh air of clean Rock'n'Roll amidst the overdue of Prog-Rock you get tohear now. The song is about their love for Rock. Here is the link for the officialmusic video of Rockin' Head: Check out folks! If youlove unadulterated Rock'n'Roll or Hard Rock you will like it...LIM Page86

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