Do not miss Here Come the Mummies this Friday at Lee's Palace!!!!
Here Come the Mummies is an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5000 year-old Egyptian Mummies with a one-track mind. Their "Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave" is sure to get you into them (and possibly vice versa).
We interviewed Mummy Casss and Midnight.
1. Music Overload This band has been around for almost 16 years now. How scary was the project at the beginning? Was this just an alternative project to have fun and then became big? If you could share with us a bit more about the creation and organic development of the group through time that would be great.
A) Mummy Cass: Our being cursed-by-the-pharaoh-to-wander-the-Earth-for-eternity seems to have backfired, right? Cause we are enjoying ourselves - a lot. We couldn't have predicted our success way back then, we were just having fun. We caught a couple lucky breaks in the US, and now we're comin' for ya Canada!
2. Music Overload I see that your lyrics are filled with spiciness, jokes, stories and partying. Can you share with us how you come up with your lyrics and/or what is the writing process that you follow, if any? Is the music talking to you or you try to set a direction for each song related with a specific memory or event in life?
A) Mummy Cass: Our lyrics are like a stew. You don't need a recipe, you just eyeball it. A lot of times we only have a title, then we have to flesh it out.
Midnight: Kinda like having a doorknob and asking, "what sort of house would go with this?".
3. Music Overload Does “I Spy” have as a unique or different characteristic that you did not have previously as a group?
A) Mummy Cass: We like to dangle our collective big toe in Latin-infused pop. This is the latest result. There’s “Horizontal Mambo” out there, too.
Midnight: Very refreshing.
4. Music Overload Can you share with us a happy moment you recently had as a group?
A) Mummy Cass: So many. We got to play gigs with some of our favorites recently including Mavis Staples, KC and the Sunshine Band, a private gig with The Jacksons, and we sat in with Umphree's McGee at the Summer Camp Music Fest '19.
Midnight: Sold out shows in Atlanta, and Indianapolis. Good times.
5. Music Overload What do you like about HCTM? What is it that keeps you all together and enjoying doing music together?
A) Mummy Cass: We're all curious musically, not one of us is normal, and we don't care about what we are supposed to be doing, we just do what we do.
6. Music Overload I am sure you have plenty of stories related with an unexpected songwriting process. Would you mind sharing the craziest inspiration for a song you have had throughout your career either with HCTM or with any other project you have ever worked with?
A) Mummy Cass: Well, sometimes songs just land on your shoulder like an eel. "Pants" is that way. "Single Entendre," too. I guess "Attack of the Wiener Man" is fairly unexpected. There was a hot dog vendor in Indianapolis that kinda looked like a serial killer. The words are pretty straightforwardly about a hot dog guy, but it still sounds naughty.
7. Music Overload We have seen that live music is using more and more the school of David Bowie, Kiss and Alice Cooper to have “personas” on stage rather than musicians being only musicians. (e.g. Ghost, Iron Maiden, Nekrogoblikon, Galactic Empire, etc). Do you think this is the future or something new musicians should consider as a good option to step up their game for on stage presentations?
A) Mummy Cass: It is a great way to up your game, and it is probably the future, but we are stuck with it whether it is good for us or not.
Midnight: If you pull these bandages off, our decrepit flesh comes along, right off the bone.
8. Music Overload We are always interested to know what the last five songs our interviewees have played on their Spotify/apple music/CD player are (or however you consume music). Are you listening to anything in particular for the last couple of months?
A) Mummy Cass: "Maybe your Baby," by Stevie Wonder; "Water" by Fulton Lee; "Serpentine Fire" by Earth, Wind, and Fire; "Hot Pants Road" by the JB's; Commodores, Ray Charles, Otis Shubert.
9. Music Overload Using only unexpected materials, colors, shapes, flavors, experiences, tell us how your music sounds to your own self?
A) Mummy Cass: It's like a nine-layer dip where the beans play guitar, the cheese is on bass, there's a hot-sauce synth, drumsticks made of chicken, and it's topped with guacamole vocals and creamy innuendos.
Midnight: You forgot the coconut.
10.Music Overload Last but not least, if there were no boundaries at all, what would be your craziest wish or dream if you could ask for it in this moment?
A) Mummy Cass: No boundaries? That's easy - apply moisturizing cream and get some sleep.
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World Tour 2019
Are they bringing something back? Are they proposing something new? Are they just filtering the classics with some unique young and fresh point of view? Who cares?
Of course, we can see the resemblance but isn’t this what we have been expecting for years already? It’s been a while since the last time I felt a new band was coming out of the box without feeling rough on the edges. Greta Van Fleet gives music fans exactly what we wanted. Sexy rock and roll to fly, to yell, to explore and to let our body scream one more time.
Two nights completely sold out, 30 thousand fans at Echo Beach, Best Rock Album Grammy Award 2019, a promising future career and a just confirmed South American tour with Metallica. Who are these kids?
Greta Van Fleet, formed in Frankenmuth (Little Bavaria), Michigan in 2012 by vocalist Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka, bassist Sam Kiszka; and drummer Danny Wagner had a normal childhood away from big cities and very close to the classic vinyl of their parents.
Often compared with Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant himself cited them, linking similarities with the album Led Zeppelin 1 and referring to Josh as a beautiful small singer. The band, on their side, have always accepted that they studied LZ and their great admiration for the legendary group, nevertheless, this was never their intention, "…. that is just how we sound”.
My recommendation is to listen to this impressive band who are destroying every stage around the world. These guys are slowly becoming a massive light of hope to be the ones in charge to start bringing the blues and classic rock n roll back to the front lines of our generation and the near future.
By the way, they are between the ages of 22 and 19.
Photos by Heng Kim Mam
Self-proclaimed as the "Twins of Evil", Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie team up for the third time after 2012 and 2018 successful tours. This time bringing their show to London, ON to present pure heavy and industrial metal with, as usual, a unique show.
By combining two American pop culture icons of the 1960's, in the case of the singer being those the singer Marilyn Monroe and the serial killer Charles Manson, the founding members of the band had similar combinations to state their dislike.
On the other side Rob Zombie began his solo career after leaving White Zombie in 1998 and since then it has been only a ramp up on stage as well as in the film industry
.Rob has been working for years as writer, producer and even as director in movies like "The Lords of Salem", "31" among others.
Will Bowes is an actor, director, singer and a songwriter who exhibits a staggering emotional range. Although best known for appearances in films like ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’ and ‘House at the End of the Street’ (with Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence), and television series including “Alias Grace”, “Degrassi” and “Murdoch Mysteries” this Toronto-based actor is also an award-winning singer-songwriter who just released his new single “Runaway Lights” that is now in heavy rotation all across the country.
Featuring vocals drawing inspiration from the likes of John Mayer and Jason Mraz, produced by Rob Wells (Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Backstreet Boys), the single is a lively infusion of modern pop/rock that is perfect branding our hot Torontonian summer.
Most recently, Bowes nabbed the 1st place prize at the 2018 International Songwriting Competition. His song “Mad At the World” (also featured on his upcoming album) won the 1st place position in the ‘Social Causes’ category and 3rd in the ‘Vocal Performance’ category.
Make sure to catch up a show and follow Will at www.willbowes.com and @wilsonbowes
"Indian truck art meets a happy version of Oasis around a campfire with a joint..."
Delhi 2 Dublin is throwing a crazy show this Wednesday, July 17th at the Drake and we had an interview with no one else than with Tarun Nayar. If you haven't got bitten by their music bug, it's time for you to hit that play button at the end of this page and let those beats get your summer vibes going.
Music Overload - The combination of cultures, languages, sounds and rhythms in your music creates so many colors and different emotions at the same time. How scary was this at the beginning? If it was not, how did you manage to be so sure that this combination would work for the long term?
Delhi 2 Dublin - We’ve never been sure about this stuff. Since the beginning, we’ve just been doing what we think is cool. Thankfully, enough people have agreed to keep this thing going! On this most recent record though, we did specifically set out to write a pop record.
MO - I see that the lyrics are also very personal. Can you share with us a little bit more on how you come up with your lyrics or what is the process that you follow, if any? Is the music talking to you or are you trying to set a direction for each song related with a specific memory or event in life?
D2D - On this album we were much more focused on lyrics than any of our previous work. It was very ‘songwritery’ in its origin - we even wrote a couple of the songs on songwriting camps. Sanjay and I write most of the lyrics - and we worked on a bunch of songs with Gavin Brown and Maia Davies. One thing which worked well this time was writing down the titles of all the songs we wanted to write before we actually wrote them. So, when we’d find a little chord combo that sounded good, we already had themes to go with.
MO - After 4 years, We Got This came out with a new fresh sound. What would you say is different in the new album? What does We Got This have that is a unique or different characteristic?
D2D - Again, we set out to write a pop record. We’ve been a little electronic-jammmy in the past, and this time we wanted to make our message very clear and catchy!
MO - Can you share with us a happy moment that you’ve recently had as a group?
D2D - We just played Canada Day at home in Vancouver for 5,000 people. We all feel that the idea of ‘Canada Day’ is problematic - for many reasons but to see so many people come out, to hear them sing along with our new material, and to feel our message resonating was really special.
MO - What do you like about Delhi 2 Dublin? What is it that keeps you all together and enjoying music together?
D2D - Honestly probably just the comradery. We’re family at this point and getting to travel around the world and explore is the best part of this.
MO - I am sure you have plenty of stories related with unexpected song writing. Would you mind sharing the craziest inspiration for a song you’ve had throughout your career?D2D - We have a song on our recent album called “Weed, Samosas and Sriracha”. The inspiration is… well…
MO - If you could give a piece of advice to new Canadian musicians or young musicians trying to find their way in the industry, what would that be? Is there any advice of something they should force themselves to do or something that they should avoid during their journeys?
D2D - It’s a new world. Don’t listen to anyone over 30 when they start telling you ‘what the music industry is all about’. Make your own rules. I’m over 30, so stop listening to me now.
MO - We are always interested to know what the last 5 songs our interviewees have played on their Spotify/apple music/CD player are? How do you consume music? Are you listening to something in particular at this time?
D2D - Jai Paul - Str8 Outta Mumbai, Desi Sub Culture - Con Man, Nils Frahm - Talisman, Daphni - Sizzling, Khanvict - Desert Dream
MO - Using only unexpected materials, colors, shapes, flavors, experiences, tell us how does your music sound to yourself?
D2D - Indian truck art meets a happy version of Oasis around a campfire with a joint.
MO - Last but not least, can you share with us if there were no boundaries at all, what would be your craziest wish or dream if you could ask for it in this moment?
D2D - We’d work together as a global community to solve climate change.
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Not much to say after this amazing title, Beach Music is the best way to describe West Coast singer/songwriter’s ninth full-length album. Daniel Wesley fills this EP with relaxing vibes that pairs beautiful with sun, hammocks, margaritas, and (regular or potential) friends.
After playing at the Dakota Tavern, Daniel shared with us a little more of his personal background to understand better his work. Find out the interview that Music Overload has for you.
Daniel Wesley first made his mark on the West Coast music scene in the mid-2000s with his indie debut Outlaw.’ In 2007, he followed up with two full-length records, Driftin’ and Sing and Dance. The latter included hit single, ‘Ooo Ohh’ which raised Wesley’s profile substantially and led to a multi-record deal with Vancouver’s 604 Records. Since Wesley has released multiple records including 2015’s I Am Your Man and 2016’s Live at the Commodore – recorded during his 16th sold out headlining show at the historic venue.
Music Overload - Daniel, I can hear plenty of different genres, influences and sounds combined in your music. Every EP has its own unique vibe but at the same time I can listen to a personal brand in all the songs. Can you define your music genre, influences or sounds for us if you were forced to set a label to them?
Daniel Wesley - Yes, I can - Beach Music. Basically, the kind of music you would want to listen to chilling in the sun with some friends on a nice hot day.
MO - I see that the lyrics are also very personal. Can you share with us a little bit more on how you come up with your lyrics or what the writing process is that you follow, if any? Is the music talking to you or do you try to set a direction for each song related with a specific memory or event in your life?
DW - It is actually a very natural thing for me. Usually I blurt something out lyric-wise while I'm coming up with the melody and that gives me a pretty good idea of where I should go with it, but I just let it all happen. I’m not sure I’ve ever written a song with a total idea in mind beforehand. That’s what I love about songwriting, it’s a journey.
Music Overload - After so many years in the music industry I’m sure you’ve learned and added a lot of things to your material such as experience and professionalism, or have avoided mistakes that you made in the past, etc. What are the things that you feel you might be losing with time, if any? Do you feel that you sometimes miss the uncertainty/nervousness of the first time on stage? Can you tell us more about any professional push and pulls throughout your career?
DW - Being a musician is a difficult occupation. It really comes down to the relationships I’ve been lucky to have made over a long period of time. There is always someone there that I can call to get advice, or just hear me out. As for being on stage, I’ve never really been that nervous about it. But I do find that sometimes moments come and go with confidence in general, as this industry is such a “what have you done lately” kind of thing. It’s about trying to look at the long haul of having a career, that short term gains for me.
MO - “Fire” just came out - what is your approach for this song? Is it coming back to basics for you? Is it the next logical songwriting step in your career or what emotions you were going through when you wrote it?
DW - I came up with the chorus while sitting on a beach in Tofino. It just kind of happened. And I was able to write the verses when I got home which was lucky. Usually if I don't sit and write the whole thing in one sitting I find it difficult to get back to the same headspace to match my mood. It’s like most of these songs off the new record I just had to make myself available for them to happen, both physically and mentally, which I had had a hard time doing over the last few years. But this last year everything clicked and I was able to be open for these songs.
MO - I am sure you have plenty of stories related with gigs and jams. Would you mind sharing the craziest experience or memory you’ve had throughout your career?
DW - I’m not really good at answering these types of questions. I’m not sure if anything that crazy has ever happened to me…. LOL.
MO - If you could give a piece of advice to new young Canadian musicians trying to find their way in the industry what would that be? Is there any advice on things they should force themselves to do or something that they should avoid during their journeys?
DW - Don’t look at what everyone else is doing. Be yourself and build on lasting relationships in this industry. If you’re in it for the long haul, you'll need everyone you can on your side helping you along the way.
MO - We are always interested to know what the last 5 songs our interviewees have played on their Spotify/Apple Music/CD player are (or however you consume music)? Are you listening to something in particular these days?
DW - I actually don't listen to a lot of music, or current music for that matter. But my cousin sent me a playlist for a band called The Electric Peanut Butter Company and I’m really digging what they do.
MO - Using only unexpected materials (colors, shapes, flavors, experiences) tell us how does your music sound to your own self?
DW - A sea-foam wave hitting the light coloured sand in Tahiti.
MO - Last but not least, if there were no boundaries at all, what would be your craziest wish or dream if you could ask for it in this moment?
DW - To live in Maui. That is my optimal goal.
Don't forget to follow Daniel and listen to Beach Music
Snoop Dogg and Friends performed at the Peterborough Memorial Centre on Thursday night. The 15,000 seat venue was ready for a party. DJ Young Legend, a star from Toronto, kicked the evening off by blasting east and west coast hip hop classics. Peter Jackson, currently riding the top of the Canadian hip hop charts, ripped into his set with the subtlety of a shotgun.
When it was time for the main event a single spotlight revealed Snoop Dogg at centre stage wearing a black "Peterborough Petes" jersey. The capacity crowd erupted with applause and remained on its feet for the entire show. Like a master showman, Snoop Dogg delivered hit after hit from his extensive catalogue. He took the reins and proved why he has sold over 35 million albums worldwide. Audience members as young as five and into their sixties danced and sang along and became part of the Snoop Dogg experience. The platinum artist sent a charge through this crowd that continued as they spilled out into the night. This is a concert tour not to be missed.
Here is the full interview with MusicOverlaod !
MO - Lets start from the beginning - How did you get into singing and who are your biggest influences so far?
RIA - I started singing when I was 7 years old mainly through singing competitions. I also had a vocal coach to help me out. My father always told me about new contests and where I would need to audition. I would always get involved with competition, events and audition and kind of continued from there to where I am today.
MO - Were you focusing on any particular genre when you started?
RIA - When I was younger the focus was mainly on the "Pop" genre. As I got older my style evolved into a mix of pop and R n B. I understood myself more as an artist as I got older. I started at a very young age and didn’t really understand myself right away and as I got older in the last couple of years, I started understanding what genre speaks to me the most and who I am as an artist.
MO - Who are your favorite R n B artists and inspirations currently?
RIA - There are so many - Daniel Caesar (he is also from Toronto!), Ella mai, SZA, Chris Brown the list goes on !!
MO - Tell us about the new single “I am Good”?
RIA - When we (Ria along with writer and producer a.n.g.e.l) used to have conversations about what was going on in our lives including bad experiences with friends and other circumstances that don't always work out the way we want to - I realized how passionate I am about friendships and thought it would be great if we wrote a song about it. We worked together, he wrote the song and we recorded the song together. This song is very powerful to me as it talks about specific relationships with my friends, how some of them are not always genuine, some are always competing. We can all learn from these experiences. Anyone who is going through relationships or friendships that are not always 100% genuine will understand.
MO - Are your parents a big influence in your life?
RIA - YES !! My dad drives me everywhere – to shows, singing lessons, piano lessons – basically he drives me everywhere. They are super involved in my music.
MO- I understand your first stage appearance was when you were 7 years old? What was that like?
RIA - That was the scariest thing in the world! I was so scared. It was a song called "Fly to your heart" by Selena Gomez. When I first performed that song I couldn’t move and I was completely still. I asked my parents to sit all the way at the back so they wouldn't look me while I was performing and freak me out because there would be a lot of people watching me perform. It took me a long time to get comfortable to be on stage.
MO- What are your plans going forward?
RIA - Making music and writing as much music as I can. My biggest thing is sharing with the world what I have to say and write music that people can relate to. I am very honest about who I am and what I have been through so far and sharing that with people.
MO- Album coming up?
RIA - There is an album coming out in the summer. So far it has been going very well. I cannot talk too much about it but it has 90’s R n B vibe and I am very excited!
Photos and article by: Harrison Boyd (www.harrisonboyd.ca)
As snow continued to fall in Ottawa Wednesday night, fans packed tightly into the Canadian Tire Centre for Mumford & Sons’ Delta Tour. The evening opened with a set by Atlanta native Charlyn Marshall, better known by her stage name Cat Power. A circular center stage and harsh backlighting made it nearly impossible to see Marshall and her band, but her voice was unmistakable across the arena. While providing a more relaxed start to the evening, the crowd provided her performance their upmost attention.
Despite arriving on stage a little late, fans were more than ready for Marcus Mumford and his proverbial Sons’ high-energy set. Between juggling a microphone, guitar, and playing a riff on drums, Mumford wanted the same energy back from his audience. Constant call outs were made to stand, and the crowd more than willingly complied. A sudden uptick in tempo had fans on their feet and singing along to Little Lion Man.
Staying true to previous concerts, the show relied on masterful lighting effects and no special apparatuses typically seen with similar stage layouts. While the band’s new album strays away from the group’s folk-like beginnings, the evening’s show was careful to balance both styles with favourites new and old.
Canadian singer/songwriter Cassidy Mackenzie just released her debut EP, One Look, last week and took some time to share her experience with us in a full interview for MusicOverload. The EP, which is produced and co-written by Ryan Stewart, showcases two talented musicians collaborating to produce some wonderful music.
1) MusicOverload - Tell us about the journey and the long process that people typically don’t know about EP recording and releasing means.
Cassidy Mackenzie – You know, you are right. It is a long process; indeed, I have been surrounded by music since I was 4 years old. I have been taking music lessons and improving my skills for practically my whole life. I moved to Nashville to study even more, and our lessons are related to songwriting, performing, and music business. When I met Ryan, everything was very natural, I told him I had some material that wanted to share with him, and after a couple of days, we decided to work together in the lyrics, music and of course in the recording of this EP. I visited him in Vancouver then to record and mix everything, and the result is there.
2) MO - Now that you mention Ryan, I see that he is an essential part of the process. What is the most important thing you learned from him?
CM – He has been an enormous influence. Working with him is fantastic. I learned from his attention to detail and how he already had the whole idea in his mind before sitting down to work on it. After recording the first take of the song, he began working immediately on the other tracks, he added de bass line. His influence is all over the place in these songs.
3) MO – Tell us more about your own influence, what are you listening to in your Spotify account?
CM – So many different things but mainly The 1975, L Devine, Lauv, Charlotte Lawrence.
4) MO – Why would you tell our readers they really need to listen to your work and go to your show?
CM – I can tell you that I love the songs because of the passion that they contain, all the soul that we poured into them, I think that the music is very authentic but mainly because they are fun and wild to listen.
5) MO - Can you share with us a down-to-earth goal and a crazy out-of-this-world goal?
CM- (laughs and thinks) mmmm first. I want to keep collaborating with people, continue recording and come up with a tour. As a crazy goal, I want to come up with an immersive concert show experience. Something no one has ever done before lol. That would be great!
Thank you, Cassidy, for sharing this time with us.
Don’t forget to follow Cassidy Mackenzie and listen to her brand new song called Wish!
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