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Lazie Indie MagazineEdition 23March 27, 2022ICMAJon GeigerShadowTattered SonsYulian TaylorWe Are MilkKathy Bell& Bob McGilpinThrough CorridorsNew ReleasesCover StoryGary Stringer - REEFGary Stringer - REEF

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ContentEditor's CornerFeatured ArtistsJon GeigerShadowInter Continental Music AwardsKathy Bell& Bob McGilpinWe are MilkTattered SonsYulian TaylorThe FalconsNew ReleasesBrian Tarquin - Guitar Masters CollectionLyia Meta - You Think About MeCover StoryGary Stringer - REEFLIM Page4

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Editors CornerInformationThe magazine ispublished byLazie JPrint Edition 23The month ofpublishingMarch - 2022Editorial TeamEditor: Jay PillaiCoordination andpromotion: ManojVerified by:Inge ZimmermannProbstGuest Columns:Tomiko Dixon,Galaxy FMEmma GoldbergLyia MetaCover Photo:Gary StringerCover PhotoCourtesy:PAUL HARRIESLIM a unique experimentLazie Indie Magazine is unique because we have been consistentwith our standards and content quality without compromisedespite the fact that the features are done voluntarily by ourcontributors including myself who are musicians and not writers.The fact that we have been very strict on our release dates forcover and magazine itself shows how committed this team is tohelp fellow artists to get a few more followers. It is the 23rd editionplus, we have 6 special editions so far. Mind you, you don't knowhow much time goes into this and just imagine someone spendingtheir time and energy to support you as an artist without expectinganything in return. Something very rare these days and Lazie IndieMagazine has achieved that in style. Being an independentmusician myself, I find it amazing and satisfying that what we dohas resonated with a lot of artists, labels and others in the echosystem who are sending entries from all over the world on timewith full requisites and to help is deliver the best quality. My onlyhumble submission to all of you is that please do realize this is avery small but motivated team working towards delivering the bestwe can within our limitations to help indie musicians. So we maytake some time to feature you or your artist once you submit. Andwe are choosy so we seriously go through your profile before wedecide. We could have taken the easy route of including as manyartists and spending less space on each. Instead we chose to giveenough space to people whom we pick up for an edition and thishas a limitation that we cannot add more artists in one edition.Coming to this edition, we have some very accomplishedmusicians featured including Gary Stringer from REEF and wealso have added a feature reaching out to far east from our newcolumnist Lyia Meta from Malaysia. Now that makes it evenbroader in coverage. Do check it out and you will love it. So thankyou folks. Please do spread the world and share the magazine toyour friends, let us celebrate Indie artists - Jay PillaiLIM Page5

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Much acclaimed British Rockers - REEF is releasing its new single 'Shoot Me YourAce'. The band, known for super hits like Place your hand and Naked is consideredone of the top rock groups during the late 90s with some great music coming out oftheir stable.Jay from Lazie Indie Magazine spoke to the founder, singer-songwriterofREEF - Gary Stringer to know more about their fabulous journey so far and theirfuture plans. Also, Gary talks about their latest album, the current line up, whichincludes legendary guitaristAndy Taylor (of Duran Duran) and Jesse Wood (son ofRonnie Wood), about their mega hit 'Place your hands' and a lot more... We thankBarbara and Grant of Galaxy FM for introducing Gary Stringer to Lazie IndieMagazine. Let us check out the interview...LIM Page7

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Jay: Hi Gary, welcome to Lazie IndieMagazine. How is 2022 looking to you?Tell us about your upcoming album. Aftera couple of years of lockdowns and virtualshows, I am sure you will be impatient totake your music back to the Venues?Gary: 2022 is feeling good. There wereindicators at the tail end of the summerthat the UK would start to open up. It’sbeen a long couple of years for everybody,so it’s great that it looks like our April UKtour can go ahead without restrictionsand the summer is filling up with showsboth here in the UK and throughoutEurope. I can’t wait to share songs fromthe new REEF album ‘Shoot me your ace’as I think it’s one of the best recordswe’ve ever made. It’s exciting!Jay: You have had so many hits and had itall going for you till 2004 and then youtook a break all of a sudden for 6 years ...why did you do that... most artists ridefame and success as long as they can?Gary: We had 10 years of exhilaratingcrazy! It was time for a break. We didn’tsplit up as such but did want a change.We had just flown back from Los Angelesin the December of 2002 after startingour fifth studio album with GeorgeDrakoulias which would become‘Together’. When we landed at Londonairport and got to our cars to return homeour drummer Dominic announced he wasleaving. We went home for Christmas andfulfilled the year of touring in 2003 thatincluded a Japanese tour with NathanCurren on drums but Dominics departuretriggered a natural reaction to pause andreflect. Mind you, it wasn’t long beforeJack and I were writing music again. Inthe years between 2004 and the shows in2010 we made three albums. Them is me- Them is me (a knucklehead garage rockalbum) StringerBessant - Yard (whichwas picked up by Charlie Caplowe’s XTRAMILE recordings) & StringerBessant - theSB Band (a Neil Young styled band thatfunnily enough included Dom ondrums!)Jay: “Place your hands” is a song thatattracts the listener regardless of whichgeneration he/she is from. It is such aLIM Page8

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"Look, this is a seminar topic really but I will say this, the streaming platforms ordigital delivery systems need to look into compensating the songwriter and artistfairly. All the music in the world for a few pounds a month is great for the consumerbut could stamp out new talent early doors ….."feel-good song. The first thing anyonewould try to do on listening to the song isto figure out the starting riff. And wouldlove to play it or listen to it. How did thatcome through and were you sure that thisis going to be a timeless hit when youplayed it first?Gary: It’s amazing how popular that songis. It’s still selling over one thousandcopies a week 25 years later!!! Jack cameup with the bass line in Abbey Roadstudio and I originally had a much gentlervocal. When we showed the song to theband, Kenwyn came up with the fabulousriff and as we all jammed the song, Imade the vocal sound fuller to fit.Although I won’t claim to know it wasgoing to be a big hit (I was only 24 ish) wecould see how excited the recordcompany were…Jay: As a singer, you have a very uniquevoice and style. Who were your musicalinfluences?Gary: Firstly Bon Scott, then JamesBrown and Aretha Franklin. Paul Rogers,Howling Wolf, Fred Hibbert …Jay: Being from the 1990s, what wouldyou mark as the main difference you seein the music industry and the listenerbase as a whole. In your opinion does thedigital music and sounds that aremanaged through digital means lack thepersonal warmth or the human dynamicsthat used to be the main fibre of the ’70s80s and 90s music?Gary: Here’s no short answer to thisquestion, but I’ll have a go!!! We startedout recording on to two inch tape & if youwanted to edit a take you’d have to get therazor blade out and cut it on the bassdrum. Digital technological advanceshave made it much easier to record andedit music anywhere. At first you couldmake a case for the quality (or file size)LIM Page11

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being poorer when recording. But I’m notsure that’s the case now. The quality isstill probably lacking in the distributionof a tiny compressed digital file but youcan have your song in the ears of Indiansand Africans, Americans and Europeansinstantaneously, just seconds afterrelease! Look, this is a seminar topicreally, but I will say this, the streamingplatforms or digital delivery systems needto look into compensating the songwriterand artist fairly. All the music in theworld for a few pounds a month is greatfor the consumer, but could stamp outnew talent early doors …Jay: What is the musical direction Reef ismoving to with the inclusion ofLegendary Duran Duran Guitarist AndyTaylor with Ronnie wood’s son JesseWood as the other guitarist?Gary: We’ve made a rock n roll album forsure! We recorded 12 songs, but kickedthe acoustic ballad and the sound balladoff the album to keep it 10 straightrockers!!! Jesse and Andy worked greattogether. Andy Taylor produced thealbum and it sounds SICK !Jay: Personally, what gives you the realkick? Writing, producing or playing live?Gary: Writing, performing and playinglive for sure!Jay: Have you toured India before?Would you look to tour India anytimesoon? India has a huge fan base for RockN Roll and Blues.Gary: No. I’ve not even visited and Ishould very much like to. I have watchedprograms on the television regardingIndia’s history with Michael Wood andcuisine with Rick Stein.It looks like afabulous and varied country and one Ishould imagine I would enjoy exploring.That’s great that there is a fan base forrock and blues! I should love to come andplay shows there.Jay: You have worked with a lot oflegends of rock n roll. Who is yourfavorite among the bands or artistsLIM Page13

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you have collaborated or toured with? And why?Gary: Paul Weller. He heard our ‘Independant 7’ single of good feeling/choose tolive and put us on his wild wood tour. He watched us play every night both in soundcheck and at the show and made sure we were looked after by his crew. His supportencouraged us in our infancy.Jay: What was the best advice you got and what will be your advice to a talentedmusician who wants to make it big in the industry?Gary: Be yourself and listen to your gut instinct. It’s a long way to the top if youwant to rock n roll…Photo credits:Hipstamatic, Paul Harries, Wolfman- Right.LIM Page15

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Jon Geiger cuts a vein for his audience. Called one of the most soulful vocalists andguitarists in the music scene, he has garnered significant notice from some prettyspectacular people and industry trades. A veteran of the Austin, Texas music scene,Jon grew up in New York and became a brown belt in Jiu Jitsu just to make it homefrom school safely on the tough streets of Harlem. The deep soul of BB King's "Liveat the Regal" and the ferocious intensity of Eric Clapton's guitar work were lifechanging for Jon. Playing guitar became Jon's reason for living. The talent andpassion of teenage Jon were quickly recognized by jazz greats such as Emily Remlerand Hiram Bullock, both of whom took him on as a private student. Remler evenreferred to Jon as her protégé. His talent earned him a full scholarship to theBerklee College of Music. After completing his studies in Boston, Jon promptlymoved to Austin and began working alongside the Austin greats and playingLIM Page17

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Antone’s and the Texas blues haunts.After an auto accident, doctors told Jonhe would never walk again. Jon refused toaccept that, so he rehabilitated himselfand, five years later, he ran his firstmarathon. A subsequent auto accidentleft him with no feeling in his hand but,again, Jon resolved to do anythingnecessary to recover and play guitar.Now, Jon is turning heads on the LosAngeles music scene with his uniqueblend of captivating guitar work, soaringvocals and artful songwriting.Lazie Indie Magazine speaks to JonGeiger.LIM: What's the first thing you wantanyone new to you and your music, toknow about your sound and musicalphilosophy?JG: Everything I do starts and ends withreaching for the standard of being aLiveWire emotionally like my heroes B.B.King and Eric Clapton from the creamand Derek and the Dominos days as far asguitar, the vocals of Ray Charles and GregAllman filled and inspired me for all ofthose reasons … The idea to move peopleover impressing them… Not aboutchops… All about feeling and diggingdeep…LIM: How do you see the music industrydoing overall since the advent of Covid in2020, and now, in Spring of 2022, that itseems to be receding?JG: I believe that music and peoplereaching for music has returned as far aswhat people reached for originally back inthe 1930s and 40s 50s 60s etc. … Thatmusic is re-discovered, re-remembered ifyou will, as a healing agent and not as anextra… It is the medicine in your life, thepillow upon which you sleep and dreamand cry and those who provide it have anopportunity to return to such ashamanistic role. These days since theadvent of Covid and now that it seems tobe receding have allowed people to re-prioritize that which built the house oftheir life now starting from the soul andfrom the inside… To reassess and realizewhat may have seemed superfluousLIM Page18

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before has shifted with things that seemsuperfluous now having had thisexperience… And as a result, I believethat the music industry has a greatopportunity to reclaim its soul power…And as a result, it's power as an industryas there's actually a product that isessential to the human spirit and peoplehave really been forced to notice thatagainLIM: Who have you worked with orassociated with in the past that hasdefinitively helped advance your career orgiven you good music business advice?JG: I'm so blessed to have had mentorsand teachers who were themselvesincredible artists, and amongst themsome who truly took me under their wingand treated me or called me some versionof a protégé… Or at least a kid brother :-)and definitely at the top of that list isEmily Remler and Hiram Bullock… Andbesides the incredible advice that theyhad given me about where music needs tocome from and what it needs to be aboutas far as the heart and moving peoplerather than impressing throughtechnique… There's so much about thedigging deep that's required of an artist intraining and truly as an artist in life thatis constant, that is filled with self-assessment and self-doubt, with reachingfor more and trying to fight off thedemons that tell you that you are less…And so, I think now of something thatHiram Bullock said to me when he wasreally pushing me to trust in myself… AndI was scared of the unknown and perhapsnot being good enough or judged that byothers when I was putting myself outthere, and so I was actually delayingmaking an audition tape to get into musicschool because I thought that every daymaybe I'd be a little bit better than theday before and so I should wait because Ineed to be as good as possible for them tolet me in… And he turned to me, and hesaid "Jon, I know why you haven't madeLIM Page19

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your tape yet, you're scared of beingrejected but you don't know… here's thething about the unknown; the unknown islike a pitch black room and there could bea treasure chest in the corner filled withthe most amazing jewels and gems andtreasures you would ever have hoped forand dreamed of… But you'll never seethem until you work up the courage towalk into that dark room and look for thelight switch" Emily, Hiram, Joe Sublett…And a number of others whom I carry inmy heart have counseled me and confidedin me lessons that they learned to helpme… but I don't want to be nameddropping… As I just feel blessed andgrateful for them to have taken aninterest in me and given me the time ofday. I know that the question was aboutmusic business advice… But to me itstarts with being an authentic musicianand finding your own voice… You are thebusiness and so the counsel about livingand being and digging deep into who youare and who you want to be as a musicianis just as much a part of music businessadvice as a mission statement for aFortune 500 company in my view.LIM: Where are some of the most fun livemusic venues you've played in SouthernCalifornia to date, and what makes themso memorable?JG: Playing the legendary Lighthouse inHermosa (CA) for sure has been anespecially powerful and memorableexperience for a couple of reasons; somany legends and inspirational artistshave been historically associated with thisplace from Chet Baker and Miles Davis onto the present, so there’s that, but close tothe heart is the fact that when I was 17and studying at the knee of Emily Remleramongst others, and dreaming of a careerin music and hopefully living up to thatstandard… And being like my teachersone day… She went off on tour and cameback with a T-shirt for me of the placethat she played when she came to LA andit was the Lighthouse, so to fast forwardand then be on that stage myself was avery transcendent experience andemotional for me… So, thanks Jess Etterfor that opportunity - I love and valuethat place deeply on a personal andprofessional level. I'll never forget playingthe Coach House and Belly up - bothtimes opening for the great RobbenFord… They were so memorable becauseRobben wanted me there and that madethese shows incredible for me to be a partof because I have so much respect forhim, they also were beautiful venues…The Belly Up was big and boisterous andthe Coach House was so beautiful andamazing to look out and see balconiesabove the floor and the sound was greatat both and the energy of the people wasamazing… And I’d also be remiss if Ididn't mention Harvelle’s because of itslegendary place in Southern Californiablues and so, just like getting a chance toplay Antone’s in Austin, it was verymeaningful for me to me to be asked toplay Harvelle’s and the people who runthat spot, Cevin Damien and Jason areincredible; so dedicated, cool and haveworked their butts off to not be swayedfrom keeping the place alive so that onthe other side the doors would be openthrough and post Covid and stayingdedicated to live music when all else thatmakes a buck has been so hard to stayLIM Page20

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true to blues and live music in the face of,when you need to make a buck just tokeep the doors open. Also, Saint Rocke inHermosa Beach was the other one thatcomes to mind… A beautiful opportunityto open for the legendary Guitar Shortyseveral times and to play that room whichwas so beautiful in sound quality and soamazingly managed, booked and caringlyattended to by Adam Spriggs and JennTomich… just can't get away from howmuch it matters when people treat youkindly and that you feel valued… Andwhen you talk about what makessomething very memorable… Well, thereyou have it… It makes you want to playyour heart out every time.LIM: Would you rather be in a recordingstudio creating new music, or on a stagein a venue somewhere, performing live?JG: 100,000 times over I would rather beon stage in a venue somewhereperforming live… That's what my heroesdid and do… And that's where theexperience of the transcendence throughmusic of lifting people up or bringingthem together or just connectinghappens… I'm so proud of the fact thatI'm a live musician and I worked veryhard to reach for the standard of thosewho inspired me and to try to pay thatforward… And the reason that thosepeople were my inspirations was becauseof what they did live… it is the realm ofthe tightrope and walking the wire… tome it's a knight on a quest andconfronting the dragons for the cause ofgood… You dig down deep and offeryourself and all that you are and all thatyou're not in that moment… and that tome is courage… And hard work as aregular life practice to prepare for - in thebest possible, most dedicated way… It isan honorable path and pursuit and goal toreach for becoming a consistently in-the-moment passionate and chance-takinglive player…LIM: Most meaningful song you've everwritten, and why?JG: “My Little Girl” … it’s for my daughterand the impossibility of coming to termswith accepting as reality… andcomprehending the surreality… ofseparation from her due to personaldecisions made by her mother… and myenduring love for her.LIM: Your Social Media Links for peoplewho want to know more about upcomingJon Geiger gigs, etc. to keep in touch?JG: My gigs are posted on my Facebookpage which is under my name Jon Geigerin Los Angeles… In the event that peoplefind other Jon Geigers :) My website isbeing entirely redone but currently hassome good video - or I should sayaccurate - live video performance clips,and some other information there andthat is… MyInstagram is Geigerissimo. I also welcomepeople to reach out and can feel free tosend me a message through FacebookMessenger, as well as my Instagramaccounts above.- Thank youLIM Page21

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S.H.A.D.O.W. is an acronym for "Seven Hours After Day One World". S.H.A.D.O.Wtakes you on this unknown journey to the borders of reality, to the borders of yoursoul. "All time is in the present". For this reason, think, live, exist and clear yourmind, be formless like water, like a "Shadow" saysThierry Fornetti, a self-taughtauthor-composer-performer, composes on the piano or the guitar, during the year2020 he wrote and composed 1 song per day, that is 367 songs in 1 year. Beforebeing a singer and composer, Thierry was into fashion shows, then dance took over,a lot of modern dance, the music arrived by chance during a meeting in a modelagency. Since the 1990's it has become the driving force.Emma Goldberg speaks toThierry Fornetti about his musical career so far in the column Just Like Emma. Letus read...LIM Page23

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Emma: Hi, welcome to Lazie IndieMagazine, you have had a great career asa musician so far. When you look back,how do YOU feel about your musicaljourney so far?Thierry: I have played in different placesfor 25 years with musicians, hotel privateparties and many more, and now for 10years I write my own songs and try to findproducers and musical labels to promotemy music.Emma: Who or what were your musicalinfluences and who inspired you to playmusic?Thierry: Classical music and I'm a verybig fan of Depeche Mode, Muse, DivineComedy, Dead Can Dance and manymore.Emma: You wrote 367 songs in a year.What made you do it?Thierry: It was just a challenge to see if itwas possible, and I can tell you that'spossible, the more you write, the moreyou find ideas. And I've been writing nowsince the beginning of 2022, and I havecomposed one song per day. I will go tillthe end of 2022. At the end I will havequite 1000 songs in 3 years (2020-2021-2022). Through these 367songs (in 2020) I have chosen 50 songsthat could be interesting or good songs,and "Passing Through The Century" isone of them.Emma: How did you pick up this genreand how do you go about composingmusic recording and producing yourmusic?Thierry: I like good music, I mean to say,the music that gives you emotion, and assoon as I have emotion when I listen tothe song, I think it's a good sign, andsometimes it happens. I'm composing inmy small home studio; starting with somechords or notes, then I put on somedrums and small arrangements, then I tryto put a melody, but in one take, withoutthinking, I play the play back and I sing inone take and I listen to what happens.LIM Page24

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Then I have to ask for mixing andmastering in another studio, but it'sexpensive, which is the reason why I onlyhave 8 songs produced, the rest is only ademo to be produced.Emma: Where do we find your music onthe internet? Which is your latest release?Thierry: The only song I have produced inLondon “Passing Through The Century"could be listen on YouTube with a videoclip. What excites you most writing,recording or playing live?Thierry: Three of them, writing is magic,find a melody, find an idea, you start fromnothing and 1 hour later you have a song;that's fantastic for me. Recording is themoment you are quite sure your idea isinteresting, so you put on the computer tokeep and playing live is the top. I haveplayed more than 3000 times in 25 years,so I really know this kind of job.Emma: Being a model for long time. Howdid cope with the lockdowns?Thierry: For 25 years I have been playingin different hotel private parties inFrance, India, USA, England etc. Duringthe lockdown I have written all thesesongs. Find the best way to live. In a badmoment there's a good moment, you justhave to find it.Emma: What are your immediate futureplans?Thierry: To find a distribution for mymusic and especially the hit "PassingThrough The Century" to launch myproject, with albums and many songsaround the world.Emma: What is the best advice given toyou and what would you share with fellowyoung artists?Thierry: Believe in your dreams, neverlisten to the other who will say, "no it'snot possible". All is possible, always, and Iwill never lose my faith, my passion, myhappiness, my madness for my music.Love is stronger than anything else onearth, don't forget it. Do what you do withLOVE. I don't have any special advice foryoung artists. Be yourself, never sell yoursoul, NEVER. - Thank youLIM Page25

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About the ColumnistEmma Goldberg is French Pop Singer,Composer, Video Producer, Authorwriting in Italian, Spanish, English,French. She also is a radio host inRadio 242 UK introducingindependent musicians to audiencesacross UK, France and the nearbycountries. Emma has her own radioshow called Just like Emma which ismaintained here for the column shecontributes toLazie Indie Magazine.LIM Page26

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For more than a decade, InterContinental Music Awards (ICMA) has recognizedmusic talents from every continent and regions worldwide. Each year, winners getexquisite prizes, from producing high-quality music, taking them to the big stages infront of thousands of audiences, to educating and mentoring them on how to taketheir careers to the next level. ICMA evaluates music entries from a global andethnical perspective by a panel of judges who are active industry professionals andHollywood music executives.Jay from Lazie Indie Magazine spoke to ShahedMohsini Zonoozithe founder of ICMA to learn more about their spectacular journeyso far and to know their future plans. Let us read ...LIM Page28

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Jay: How and when was the ICMA awardsintroduced? Who forms the core team?Shahed: I lived in the multiculturalenvironment in Mediterranean for severalyears and I met musicians from differentnationalities with different cultures andskills. This unique opportunity inspiredme to create a media program toaccommodate diverse skills and talents inthe arts. This culminated in theestablishment of InterContinentalConcerts Series in 2011 which evolvedinto InterContinental Music Awardscompetition.Jay: What made you decide to set up anaward for indie musicians world-wide?Shahed: I worked with many artists fromaround the world in studio and on stage.Many were really talented, but they oftenstruggled to be recognized and findopportunities to advance their musiccareers. So, I decided to find a way tosupport these artists as well as bringingthe cultures together to communicatemessages of Peace and Unity.Implementing ICMA online platform hasalso enabled me to take the musicbusiness education to the countries andregions that are far from the musicindustry.Jay: How can one apply to the Awards?Shahed: Entering to ICMA is very easy!ICMA accepts both original songs as wellas cover songs from performing artists(vocalists, instrumentalists andproducers). Entrants just need to grabtheir mp3 file or a digital link to theirsong or performance and decide the bestcontinent, category and genre to competein. Musicians can enter their submissionthrough at 11:59 PM on April 15, 2022PST on:Submit.InterContinentalMusicAwards.comJay: What makes the ICMA unique?Shahed: ICMA provides a greatopportunity for musicians to be heard bya global audience and a panel of judgeswho are music industry veterans andexecutives. Winners also have a veryunique opportunity to network with peersand receive music business trainingLIM Page29

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which is necessary for every musician togrow their career.Jay: As you get many entries of musicdifferent genres, how do you ensure theaward decisions are totally free ofprejudices and biases?Shahed: Entries are categorized bygeographical continent or region, as wellas musical genre, and are evaluated by anindependent panel of judges fromdifferent backgrounds with years ofexperience working in the music,entertainment, film and media industriesacross the world. They are chosen basedon being appropriate to the genre, orspecialty area of expertise. They use astandardized rating system to evaluatethe entries.Jay: Apart from the award andrecognition, does ICMA support the artistin any other way? If so, please do let usknow?Shahed: Yes, of course. Being winner isjust the beginning of a long termrelationship between ICMA and theartists. Finalists and Winners receivecareer-boosting prizes, including a fullscholarship into the DIY Music School,which is our online training program thathelps musicians to enhance their careers.Our winners also receive One-on-Oneprivate coaching session with members ofthe judging panel which is their chance toget authentic guidance from experts toachieve their goals and enhance theirmusic career.Jay: As an industry expert, what do youthink the Post-Covid indie music scenewill be?Shahed: We have witnessed the growth ofmany independent artists duringCovid-19 and the challenges of these timemade musicians from differentnationality to unite, collaborate with eachother on online platforms, create andperform beautiful songs. Since interactingwith fans was possible online, it led tomore online performance and new waysofLIM Page30

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interacting with the audience. In myopinion the virtual reality concerts areexpanding and soon performances will bea common way since give the audience anexciting and incredible experiencewithout the necessity of moving from oneplace to another.Jay: What is the best advice you got?What would your advice be to anupcoming artist?Shahed: I keep the answer to thisquestion very short but effective. The bestadvice I ever received is “Never Give up!Result is achieved little by little”. And myadvice to upcoming artists is; learn as yougo. Research, discover and learn what youneed to know as you go, while developingyour ideas. Don’t wait for that one perfectday and start afterward. Start now!Jay: What next for ICMA?Shahed: We are now celebrating ten yearsof concerts and competitions by addingthe "ICON" Award, with a $1000 CashPrize to go to the recipient. Essentially,this new, highest award level is akin to"Best in Show" on a global music level,and will be chosen from the pool ofOfficial Winners from every continent.- Thank youLIM Page32

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MA BELL is an example of never losing sight of your dreams. This elderly fun-lovingsoul performs. Ma Bell has performed at live radio shows, fundraisers and othervenues. Just a few songs that Kathy Bell has written or sang are: Oh What A FriendFishing Blues (Ma Bell’s theme song), Break the Ice I don’t Know and I Don’t Care(co-written with Danny Hardin), Talking to the Wind (written by Amy Bell) andmany more. Ma Bell in 2018 won her first medal at the Frankfort Hot Dog Festivalin a singing contest. Ma Bell’s latest accomplishment is singing “America She’s ’sCryin“, written byKathy Bell and Bob McGilpin, who is much respected across theworld as a top Star during the Disco days and for his achievements as a producer sofar. Their collaborative projectFreedom Truckers is a #1 hit on Airplay Expressreceiving both Gold and Platinum Single. We interview bothKathy and Bob to knowmore about their project and plans ... Ma Bell says "you are never too old"....LIM Page34

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Interview with Kathy BellJay: Hi Kathy, what made you come upwith your new single?Kathy: We had the idea to dedicateAmerica She’s Cryin, co-written with BobMcGilpin, to our truckers standing forfreedom… then decided this is beyondAmerica fighting for her rights andFreedoms… its worldwide... so Bob cameup with idea of Freedom Truckers newrelease and I absolutely loved itimmediately!Jay: How is the response from listeners?Kathy: It’s been more than we dreamed injust a week has had a lot of listeners andinterests.Jay: You have had a great career as amusician and a DJ... How do you feelabout this journey so far?Kathy: I had a dream as a young child ofNashville Tennessee and the Grand OleOpry as my dad took me there as a child…I remember saying dad I want to be onthat stage. I remember my dads answer…maybe one day… musically I am doingmore than I ever dreamed possible. Inever ever saw me as a DJ and especiallynot an entertainer. I learned a withcostumes I am brave but even withoutthem now. My motto for that reason isnever too old to dream, I know God haspaired me with the right people.Jay: Who were your musical influencesand how did you choose this genre of yourmusic?Kathy: A family friend and fiddler BettyLindenmayer, she believed in me butmany others. My grandfather was apastor and he had me playing and singingin the church…Jay: What are your immediate futureplans?Kathy: I absolutely want to book moreshows for Ma Bell, I want to write more,and definitely want to continuously workon having a better show than last one,always adding something new, somethingfor everyone. But always keeping it cleanLIM Page35

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and unique… different. Where canlisteners find your music? What is the best advise you receivedso far and what would be your advice toupcoming artists?Kathy: Best advice I would take as well asreceive: Always work hard… Dreamsaren’t easy. Reach for the stars… successdoesn’t come overnight. Lastly… bewilling to sometimes accept things aren’texactly the way you want right now…probably because there is somethingbetter ahead.- Thank YouInterview withBob McGilpinJay: Hi Bob, welcome to Lazie IndieMagazine. It is an honor to speak to you.You have had a great career so far as apopular artist from Disco days, how doyou see your journey so far?Bob: I have been truly blessed. I wasalways a writer from the day I picked upguitar. I liked making up my own songs.When I moved to LA I met a producerand presented a bunch of my songs. Heliked them but we shopped around for adeal and got passed on by every label 3times. Disco was huge and we remixedthe songs for the clubs and I was pickedup by Butterfly/MCA records. I had a nicerun but Disco died and I had beenbranded a disco artist. But during thattime I became a great engineer bought myown studio and that led me to producinga lot of songwriter demos and Indieartists.Jay: How did you get into music? Whowere your musical influences?Bob: Well, my parents wouldn’t buy me awere talking about the Canadian to doand how our own truckers have beentaken for granted. It popped out as a joke,well if they don’t like what they do, TruckYou. The joke turned in to a song. Webounced it back and forth and it ended upFreedom Truckers. It’s supposed to befunny and serious at the same time.Jay: Post lockdowns how is the musicindustry moving ahead according to you?What are your immediate future plans?Bob: It’s moving slow. The venues arebeginning to open back up but I still thinkit will take a while before we are back tofull speed. Me, I am always writing andproducing. Fortunately writers havecontinued to write and they need thosesongs recorded.Jay: What is the best advice given to youand what would you tell an upcomingmusician?Bob: Make music because you love it andnot because you think it will make yourich. Find YOUR voice and that whichmakes you unique and follow that path.And put yourself out there, no one getsdiscovered playing songs in theirbedroom. It’s persistence and luck but themore you out there the luckier you canget.- Thank youLIM Page37

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If you love Psychedelia and Alternative Rock, here is a band you would want tofollow. Hailing from Los Angeles and now based in Paris, this four-piece AlternativePsychedelia Rock band took their album all over the world, first recording parts inLiverpool as well as promoting the album in mainland Europe.We Are Milk latestrelease 'Hey" was helmed by recording engineer Fran Ashcroft who had previouslyworked with Gorillaz and The Dandy Warhols. The result is dead on.We Are Milk'ssound is a mix of American psychedelic rock and grunge with a touch of AvantGarde.Jay from Lazie Indie Magazine speaks to Members of We are Milk.LIM Page39

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Jay: How do you feel was your journey sofar as a band so far?Eric: We are really excited about our newvideo HEY (Alt Mix) on YouTube. It’s akiller. Apart from this new single and EPavailable on all platforms like Spotify orApple Music, we are in the process ofreleasing new songs right now. They willbe ready for downloading and streamingpretty soon. The great thing aboutinternet is that you don’t need to have thefull album ready all at once. I like theflexibility of showcasing songs when theyare ready one or two at a time ifnecessary. I think it is more in tune withnowadays creative process as acontinuous flow versus everything at thesame time.Jay: Who/what were your musicalinfluences and how did you arrive at thisgenre you play? Did all of you havesimilar musical influences?Eric: I have always “made” music; when Iwas a little kid I remember “playing therain” on the family piano. We all did startvery young. We were all involved indifferent projects before We Are MILK,mostly Indie rock and Grunge, both in theU.S. and E.U. We believe a guitar riff willalways carry us to a better place. Withthis project, we wanted to bring togethermy love for grunge rock and 70'sPsychedelia and we are really excited withthe result. Maeva is more of an indieexperimental rock person. She digspsychedelic too, 70's and nowadays.Jay: How do you go about writing yoursongs? How do you record and produceyour music?Maeva: Our goal in writing has alwaysbeen to satisfy and make ourselves happyfirst: We believe this to be an essentialstep since we get to be our own guineapigs, and when in turn, people enjoy whatwe’ve written, that’s a bonus. I think asongwriter has to enjoy and believe inwhat he does first and others will beattracted to that confidence. If one tries towrite a song to be famous or to makemoney, it will be transparent. It mightmake some money, but I don’t think itwill have any staying power. It willLIM Page40

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probably be forgotten. As a recordingprocess, we mainly track and record onLogic. The final touch is brought by FranAshcroft in England. He’s a greatproducer and a great guy. He hasproduced acts like Gorillaz or the DandyWarhols. Writing songs is really creatingart and it is like a parenthesis in time, awalk in a parallel world. It’s like steppinginto a parallel world and time, a feeling ofwholeness, eternity. Well, very strong andpriceless. Mixing our idea of Grunge andPsychedelic rock into new numbers iswhat We Are MILK is really about. Andhopefully these tracks will become agelesssongs. That’s our goal.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?Eric: When we play music we want toshare our passion, intensity, our world ofsounds and feelings and of course greatsongs. It really depends...While Maevaand I write most of the songs from lyrics/acoustic guitars or piano lines, a few comefrom excerpts from a jam played live withthe band. This way is the easiest becauseideas just seem to pop up spontaneously.Everything is somewhat written whilejamming vocals, guitar, bass and drums.We finalize lyrics afterwards. These arelittle “miracles”. Music works inmysterious ways.Jay: Where do we find your music on theinternet? Which is your latest release?Maeva: HEY (Alt Mix) is our new single.It’s pretty much available everywhere inthe internet, I mean streaming anddownloading wise. So nowadays it’s therealm of Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon,Shazam, Deezer, Pandora and so on andso on. Same as our last EP. Also we willrelease this year a vinyl with all our songs,hard cover, photos and all. We are reallylooking forward to it.Jay: What gives you the kick, writing,producing or playing live and why?LIM Page41

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Check out HEY (Alt Mix) : Facebook: Instagram : @we_are_m_i_l_k Twitter : @MILK_L_A Making music, creating, recording isreally the one thing that totally captivatesus. The beauty of writing comes fromeverything we see and touch. And we do itbecause we love it. Simple as that. WithWe Are MILK, we wanted to bringtogether our grunge rock and 70'sPsychedelia sides and so far, we are reallyexcited with the result.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?Maeva: We were focusing on recordingand tracking songs. It was actually theperfect time: My direct neighbors had fledto the country side and we had the placeall for ourselves Lol Obviously we missedplaying live a lot. That was the bigdownside! But the making of our newvideo HEY (Alt Mix) was also really timeconsuming. The result is dead onthough...Jay: What are your immediate futureplans?Eric: Playing and touring live as soon aspossible. I know this is still complicatedright now for everybody. Our gigs in LosAngeles or in Europe were a major part ofthe band's life. We actually love to shareour world and sounds with our public andon stage, nothing separates you from thepublic anymore: It really is like ... magic!Jay: What is the best advice given to youand what would you share with fellowyoung artists?Eric: Well. Do your thing with your guts,heart and soul. Never settle for what youthink is so. Do your best, always. The restis irrelevant. A famous guy said once.-Thank YouLIM Page42

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Tattered Sons is a rock band from Southern Kentucky consisting of seasoned playerswho decided it was time to come together and start writing and recording the musicthey wanted to do. Their music is kick-ass rock n roll that lays down a solid grooveand allows the guys to show off their talent which they have in plenty. Tattered Sonsis sure to get the crowd going and you'll love to see them them on stage. The bandhas shared the stage with Saving Abel, LA Guns, Tom Keifer (Cinderella), MollyHatchet, Starship, Damon Johnson and many more! Their song "Rebel Son" wonbest Hard Rock ballad in 2015 at the Academia Awards.Barbara Harkins and DJGrantof Galaxy FM presents Tattered Sons through the column Around the Galaxy.Let us read…LIM Page44

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Jay: Hi Derek you have had a veryexciting career as a musician and as aband. How do you feel was your journeyso far?Derek: I’ve had a great ride. I get to playmusic with my friends and family. Musichas afforded me the opportunity to meetsome great people that I wouldn’t havemet, probably, under any othercircumstances.Jay: Who/what were your musicalinfluences and how did you arrive at thisgenre you play? Do you share similarmusical influences as a band?Derek: I grew up on rock and roll.Through the music of the 70’s and 80’s iswhere I shaped my music and that’swhere my heart lies. We all have differentbut similar influences to draw from andthat keeps the music fresh and exciting.Jay: How do you go about writing yoursongs? How do you record and produceyour music?Derek: Generally, someone has an ideaand we go from there. We all have inputand that makes it a Tattered Sons song.We’re all seasoned so we all get it.Recording and producing is fairly easybecause the songs are written when we gointo the studio. We all know the songs soit’s just a matter of getting the best takeswe can.Jay: Where do we find your music on theinternet? Which is your latest release?Derek: Our music is on all platforms andcan be found anywhere you prefer to getyour music from. We have Facebook,YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat,Twitter and all the social media sites aswell as a website. ComingUndone is our first release and anothertune will be coming soon.Jay: What gives you the kick, writing,producing or playing live and why?Derek: All of it! Original music is whatTattered Sons is all about so to write,arrange, record, produce, and thenperform the songs for folks is just anamazing trip to take and it never gets old.Jay: The lockdown brought the industryto a halt for some time but many in musicLIM Page45

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"Play all you can. Remain humble. Carry yourself with grace and humility. And mostimportantly, be kind to people".used it for creating new music. How didyou spend this lockdown with respect toyour music?Derek: The lockdown was tough! We justkept on doing what we do. We wrotemusic and recorded some demo stuff. Weplayed live as much as we could. Wenever let the craziness stop us from livingand doing what we do.Jay: What are your immediate futureplans?Derek: Tattered Sons is looking forwardto just doing the damn thing! We areready to write, record and perform all wecan. We have added Tim Dial and MarkAllee to the lineup and these guys areawesome players and people. Good thingsare coming!!!Jay: What is the best advice given to youand what would you share with fellowyoung artists?Derek: Play all you can. Remain humble.Carry yourself with grace and humility.And most importantly, be kind to people.Do not believe your own hype. Don’t everthink that you’re more special than thefolks that are supporting you and are yourfans. They are the special ones.- Thank youLIM Page46

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About the columnist(Around the Galaxy is a columncontributed byGalaxy FM 107, NewZealand, introducing artists from acrossthe world especially from New Zealandand Australia. Galaxy FM is one of the topradio stations in New Zealand and isquickly expanding its listener base acrossthe world. The authors of the column,Barbara Harkins and DJ Grant are wellknown radio hosts at Galaxy FM hostingthe popular Breakfast Show.LIM thanksteamGalaxy for their support. Page47

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Yulian Taylor is a guitarist, singer, author, composer and producer from the USA.He has recently released his latest album Blues Friends working with world-classartists such as Carlos Johnson, Lorenzo Thompson, Leilani Kilgore, Dexter Allen,Tia Carroll and more.Yulian's songs are for lovers of Blues, Rock and good music.He has toured extensively in USA and in South America. Granddaughter of BluesTomiko Dixon presents this fabulous artist through the column Tomiko DixonGrand Blues Review. She quizzes on Yulian Taylor's career so far, about his newalbum, whom he would love to collaborate with and his immediate plans in musicand a lot more. Let us check it out...LIM Page49

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Tomiko: Who inspired your project andor music?Yulian: In this new album I was inspiredto compose the lyrics, in love, in lifesituations, anecdotes, experiences,people, giving a positive concept, ofbrotherhood, friendship, in addition toartistic collaborations, hence the name ofthe album.Tomiko: Who would you most like tocollaborate with and why?Yulian: I have a deep admiration for JoeBonamassa, Eric Gales, Buddy Guy,Kingfish, to name a few guitarists. Theyare amazing, with an impressive story andunimaginable virtuosity. It would be anhonor to collaborate or play with them.Tomiko: What is one message you wouldlike to give other artists that are inspiredto get into the entertainment industry?Yulian: If you love music, allow yourselfto dream, working hard, withperseverance, perseverance, withoutgiving up. The opportunities will come.Tomiko: Which entertainer(s) do youadmire the most and why?Yulian: There are really many artists thatI admire for their musical style, theircomposition, their virtuosity, such as: BBKing, Budy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, EricClapton, Eric Gales, Joe Bonamassa,Samantha Fish, Kingfish, Mr. Sipp,among others.Tomiko: What is the best advice beengiven to you?Yulian: And there are many, but one ofthe most important things I can tell you isthat you have to work hard, go and lookfor yourself, what you want to achievewith music, it doesn't matter if the dreamyou want is crazy, go and do it, it can gowrong or right, the main thing is that youtry and work hard for it.Tomiko: What’s next for you? Do youhave any upcoming gigs or events?Yulian: This year for now I plan topromote the new album, do shows,recording sessions, collaborations andorganize a tour of the United States andEurope.Tomiko: How would you best describeyour music or project?LIM Page50

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Yulian: This new album has an orchestral sound, sometimes sweet, sometimesoverwhelming, sharp, raw, fiery. It is an album that despite my young age, ismusically very mature, elegant and makes you feel different emotions.Tomiko: On a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the highest): What rating would you giveyourself on this music or project?Yulian: Qualifying me would be very self-centered, haha, but I think that for all thework it took, and independently, without any kind of support, I give it a 4. Greatartists participated like Carlos Johnson, Lorenzo Thompson, Dexter Allen, TiaCarroll, Leilani Kilgore, among others and was recorded in Chicago, Mississippi,California and Nashville.LIM Page51

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About the ColumnistThis column is contributed by TomikoDixonwho is the granddaughter of theGreat Willie Dixon and also the youngestinductee to the Blues Hall of Fame and anAmbassador of Blues.Lazie IndieMagazineis glad and honored to join hercause to keep the spirit of Blues alive.LIM Page52

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THE WOODSHED RAINBOWWhen I look back at the music that influenced my personal musical growth, I thinkof the icons of the 60's that set the stage for the many more greats that came. Bandsthat broke convention, with varied genres and styles, giving birth to forms of rockmusic, jazz, folk revival and many more. They shaped the landscape of music thatwe've come to know today. The music industry is ever-changing, evolving and mostcertainly will continue to do so but for many, the legends that were a part of thefabric of their growing years still remain with them to this day. They will alwaysremember the beginning of the Golden Age of music. Freedom and music alwayswalked hand in hand and the 60’s was about change, freedom and revolution. Themusic of the 60's served as the voice of a generation where audible gratificationencompassed all and helped define the era. My search for the legends of the 60's inLIM Page54

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Malaysia led me to a talent pool thatwowed the audiences in the live musiccircuit back in the heyday when the rockscene bloomed and where style becameassociated with rebellious youth thatchallenged the social norms. Whatspurred them on were the Beatles and theRolling Stones, but more so the Beatlesbecause they were releasing hit after hit.Rock and Roll soon was the theme of thisyouthful generation. There was notelevision yet in Malaysia as MalayaTelevision broadcasting (now RadioTelevisyen Malaysia) was introduced onthe 28th of December of 1963. MTV wasnot to arrive for another 19 years. It wasonly through radio and sales of vinyl thatthe youths could identify with music oftheir generation. So when The Beatlesfollowed by The Stones burst onto themusic scene, teenagers started picking upguitars, learning the drums andemulating their idols. Beatlemaniaarrived on our shores, giving birth to beatgroups and rock bands. Bands like TheTeenage Hunters, later to be known asThe Hunters with guitar virtuoso TerryThaddeus (known as the Jimi Hendrix ofMalaysia), The Little Falcons, later knownas The Falcons, The Strollers, The YellowJackets, The Saints to name a few madetheir way onto the scene. There was noturning back. I have had the opportunityto watch some of these bands perform inthe later part of their career and had thegreat pleasure of meeting them as myown career as a performer in the KualaLumpur live circuit sometimes allowedme the privilege to do so. Legends in theirtime, today many of the members of thesebands are either scattered and settledacross the globe or passed on. A few arestill playing music or teaching their craftto new budding musicians who arewanting to make it in the live musicscene. I recently caught up with JerryVentura, known to many as Jet, one of thefounding members of The Little Falcons.Founded in 1964, these 12 year olds burstonto the scene with their debut release.‘"Baby Barefoot Walk". Signed by theprivate label LIFE Records, they wereLIM Page55

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"Not many understand the enormity of what these 12 year old kids started in 1964 andachieved over the years. As Ventura simply put, "it was more about the 'faces' in theband and not the band”.later signed by the international labelEMI. Comprised of Brian Felix (lead),Francis Samuel(rhythm), JerryVentura(bass) and Jerry Felix(drums),the extremely talented chart-toppingyoung musicians can lay claim to beingthe first of many things – first to record atthe national TV station, TV Malaysia,when television was first introduced in1964, first to play at the Tin Minediscotheque at the Kuala Lumpur Hiltonand first to get hauled up for having longhair by the police in Singapore when theyplayed at the Pink Pussycat. "At that time,we had only enough songs for one set. Wewere under the Quill Organisation andwere playing in Pink Pussycat for sixmonths. We played three venues in onenight. Pink Pussycat, Tropicana andOcean Club. All we needed to do wascarry our own hand held gear! We playedin many clubs in Singapore that the localbands never played. We opened TheShindiq, Barbarella, Tropicana. We evenplayed in Stadium Negara (Malaysia 'snational stadium) before we were 12 yearsof age. We have opened for internationalacts like The Hollies and The Dave Clark5." says Ventura. 1n 1971 The Falcons dida 5 month stint in Vietnam during thewar. Upon their return to Malaysia, theyformed a new line up but with three of theoriginal core members still intact.Together they went on to play at some ofthe most memorable and hottest venuesin Kuala Lumpur, some of which includeTomorrow Disco (Merlin Hotel), TheGlass Bubble (Jayapuri Hotel), Tin Mine(The Hilton) including the MalaysianWoodstock held at Camp Semangat in1972. Lasting three days, the festivalshowcased bands from Malaysia,Singapore and Indonesia, and has sincebecome an urban legend. "It was a totalLIM Page56

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knockout! By the time The Falconsfinished the show, everybody was on theirfeet, clapping and dancing and singing,”one reveler said. Over the span of theircareer, The Falcons changed a fewmembers in their band as some chose tomove on to other pursuits. Some newmembers introduced over time were,Ronnie Felix, Grenville Pereira, DesmondGomis, Charles Felix, Charles Fong andAziz Romeno. But always, the three coremembers remained. By the late 70's TheFalcons were performing all over Europedoing residencies in Austria, Netherlands,Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, twice inLuxembourg, Spain and Majorca(Mallorca). When I asked Ventura howmany venues he played in while he was inEurope, he was quick to reply "We playedall year around from 1978 to 1991 andeach place we would perform for twoweeks. You think how many? I lostcount." A truly remarkable feat. Beingyears on the road away from home musthave been difficult but Ventura is allsmiles when I ask if it was. "We met theBee Gees and played side by side withManhattan Transfer, The Floaters,Johnny Tillotson. In Germany, we metTom Jones twice. One was on theoccasion when he was there to accept hisBambi Award in 1990. We had a drinkwith him and Tom Jones asked me, whatI liked about his records. I started tickingof a few from my list off his albums andhe quipped, You know more about myalbums than I do! Me and the band hadtaken photos with him but later when wechecked we discovered that the camerahad no batteries!" laughs Ventura. There'sa touch of wistfulness in his eyes as herecollects a time past and memories comeflooding in. My eyes catch a photo of himwith his band seated with Morris Gibb. Imarvel and tell him what a colorful life hehas led but Ventura is quick to shrug it offand continues where he left off. "Nothing,we met a lot of people, it's just normal.There is so many stories I can tell you butwe will be sitting here for days!” InGermany, for five consecutive years wewere the standard band for Percy Sledgeand we were La Toya Jackson's backingband when she did her 2 week tour eachin Germany and Holland. When we didtours, we would travel 37,000km in onemonth. Today Ventura is a music mentorand teacher, giving lessons to manybudding musicians who are incrediblylucky to have the privilege of learningfrom him. As our interview came to anend, I asked Ventura what instruments heplayed, "oh nothing much, just the bass,double bass, flute, guitar, saxophone andconga, and I sing of course, that's all."And that to me is the sum of what TheFalcons and many of the local bands fromthat era in Malaysia were. Self-effacing,simply out to make good music and havea ball of a time doing so. There were noegos to sort out and no rivalry that isoften the root of many a band disbanding.The camaraderie found amongst all bandsback in the heyday was heartwarming asthey had profound respect for each otherscraft and skill. For The Falcons, musicbrought them together and they blazedtheir own trails across continents,creating music, memories and history.Not many have the privilege to do so. TheFalcons were set to perform at a sell outreunion concert, showcasing some of theLIM Page57

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finest bands from the 70’s to the 80’s inMalaysia when the pandemic hit andMalaysia’s Health Ministry advisedagainst it. It would have been a blast asfans from some parts of the world flew into catch what would have been ahistorical event. Not many understandthe enormity of what these 12 year oldkids started in 1964 and achieved over theyears. As Ventura simply put, "it wasmore about the 'faces' in the band and notthe band.”About the Columnist“Musings, observations, music relatedarticles and interviews from South EastAsia. Anything that resonates with me.”Lyia Meta is an international multiaward-winning singer and songwriter,and an exhibited visual artist. She's a fulltime live performer in the Kuala Lumpurclub circuit, holding residencies all overthe Peninsula of Malaysia. She finds hergreatest influences in rock and blues, yetshe fearlessly defies genre barriers inevery project she creates."LIM Page58

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LYIA META- YOU THINK ABOUT MEMalaysian multi-genre artistLyia Meta is now back with a new five track EPYOU THINK ABOUT ME which is co-written with Nashville basedBob McGilpin.Lyia is a true mutli genre singer songwriter who can handle any genre with ease andstyle. She’s been nominated for, and won, numerous awards, including Best OverallFemale Act at the Voice Independent Music Awards (VIMA) in May 2016, the 2018Josie World Music Artist Award and 2019 Artist of the Year (multi Genre). WithLyia and Bob McGilpin coming together the EP is a collection of some masterlycarfted songs which will sure hit the right chords with the listeners all over theworld. -LIM Page60

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Guitar Masters Collection An extraordinary collection of hard-to-find raritysongs, including a track from the late great Allan Holdsworth, plus a rare recordingby the “Godfather of Fusion” Larry Coryell. The album contains shredders Ron‘Bumblefoot’ Thal from Guns N’ Roses and Frank Gambale of Chick Corea’s ElectricBand. Also included are incredible performances by Steve Vai, Steve Morse (DeepPurple), Chuck Loeb (Foreplay), bass extraordinaries Randy Coven & Billy Sheehan,Leslie West and Hal Lindes of Dire Straits.Brian Tarquin composed and producedmany of these tracks and displays his own guitar prowess alongside such world-class players.Tarquin is an established top rate jazz artist and a TV/Film composer/recording artist. He has won 3 Emmy awards for “Outstanding Achievement inMusic Direction and Composition for a Drama Series” and has been nominated foran Emmy 6 times. In 2006 SESAC honored him with the NetworkLIM Page61

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Television Performance Award. Tarquin has graced the Top 20 Billboard Chartswith such commercial releases as: 'This is Acid Jazz, Vol. 2' on Instinct Records,followed by several solo jazz albums, which charted Top 10 at Contemporary JazzRadio. In 2016 the Independent Music Awards nominatedBrian Tarquin & HeavyFriends “Guitars for Wounded Warriors” for Best Album. Tarquin has appeared on40 releases, selling over 140,000 records in his career with over 32 million streamson Spotify, Pandora & Apple.LIM Page62

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