CD Reviews

Audioslave: The Phoenix Rises

There were four bands to listen to in the nineties. These four bands were Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, and Soundgarden. These were the bands with THE front men for the times. These guys had the voices and knew how to put on a show. –I remember when Pearl Jam and Soundgarden teamed up for Temple of the Dog. Was I the only one that Temple of the Dog made cry? That cd was fucking beautiful.

Interview

Annie Minogue

MusicIncider loves music. All GOOD music. Annie Minogue makes good music straight
from the heart. This rising star gave me a great interview. She was real, just
like her music, and she was a lot of fun to talk to. Read on

CD Reviews

doubleDrive

In 1996, the hottest new ticket was Atlanta was MK Ultra. MK Ultra went EVERYWHERE
and almost everyone you talked to in every shitty little bar in town could say
that they had heard the name. That’s pretty fucking good when you think
about how many baby bands are in this town. Did you every wonder what became
of them? They became doubleDrive

Interview

Jeff Pilson

I got the chance to speak with Jeff Pilson (formerly of Dokken) recently. I
found him to be perfect for MusicIncider. He is not afraid to speak the truth
as he sees it.

CD Reviews

Systematic

PLEASURE TO BURN lets you imagine burning away that pain and starting over fresh. Fuck with SYSTEMATIC, and you will be a PLEASURE TO BURN. Tim Narducci delivers strong, clear vocals with a motherfucking fist in the air. His cd performance shows the strong influence of Metallica’s James Hetfield on the band. If you love Metallica, you will love Systematic.

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The Doors

was innocently watching television. The scene keeps playing over and over

in my mind. Jay Leno says that his musical guest will be The Doors. The
Doors, I say to myself. The Doors. I had not been drinking.
I had not been inhaling. Surely, Jay Leno must have been inhaling. My
curiosity got the best of me, and I watched on.

Imagine my surprise when I saw Ray Manzarek and company on the stage of The

Interview

Billy Talent

I got the chance to speak with the lead singer of Billy Talent, Ben. In case
you have been living with your head in a hole, Billy Talent is the next big
thing coming out of Canada. Avril Lavigne was cute trying to cover James Hetfield’s
vocals on the MTV Metallica Icon show, but I am thinking that Ben would have
been the Canadian that would have nailed it.

Interview

Katapolt

MusicIncider: When is your birth date?

Skape: 08/02/1977
Casper: 02/21/1979

MusicIncider: What made you become a musician?

Casper: I just sorta found myself doing it.
Skape: I always listened to other people’s music and thought about what I would have done differently.

MusicIncider: Who are your musical influences and why?

Casper: That’s a tough question, because I am awful with names. I have this huge mental databank of music, but no names to match. If I had to throw some names out there, it would be Dark Agenda, Roni Size, Vinyl Syndicate…
Skape: The whole Katapolt sound is influenced by Ronnie Size, Photek, DJ Hype, DJ Spooky… Goldie influenced the sound a lot, Grooverider, and UK Drum and Bass along with a lot of American Hip-Hop.

MusicIncider: What is your favorite instrument to play and why?

Casper: That would be the drums if I had I drum set… Digital drums.
Skape: It would be a toss up. I know that a lot of people don’t consider laptops instruments. It is definitely more complex than any sampler or sequencer. You can really do pretty much anything on that. I also really like playing keys a lot. It is really a toss up between those two.

MusicIncider: What is your stance on gun control?

Casper: The only real gun control is the control of the person holding the gun.
Skape: I would have to back him up on that.

MusicIncider: Have you ever inhaled?

Casper: One too many times, but not anymore…
Skape: I used to back in the day, but we’re certified Boy Scouts now.

MusicIncider: Do you believe in psychics or the paranormal? Why or why not?

Casper: YES.
Skape: I don’t really feel too deeply about it. I do believe that there are psychics. I do believe in the paranormal. I feel like I have been in a couple of paranormal situations in the past.

MusicIncider: Tell us the story about how your band was born.

Casper: This good friend of ours, a drum and bass DJ named Jagarundi, was going to do a live set at The Church and he asked Skape if he wanted to link up. Skape then asked me if I wanted to as well…
Skape: I was excited, I wanted Casper to come back me up with some beats, or maybe even some video projections. We had been friends for a while and had really jammed out once or twice. Jagurundi didn’t actually wind up spinning at the party… Casper had already invited some of his friends down from New York to see us live for the first time. So we just decided we were going to play at this girl’s birthday party. At that party was our soon-to-be upright bass player – My Cousin Troy. The rest of our band consists of dj Quiz, who’s our scratch dj… Kimani (Slim Buddah) & Derek (Zen) who are the lyricists also known as Keys2Kurrents, and Aaron – who goes by Soldata, (another one of our lyricists).

MusicIncider: How did you come up with the name Katapolt?

Skape: I came up with the name. It sounded really German and cool sounding. It seemed really futuristic to me and reflected the music that we want to put out there.
Casper: We like to throw a lot at our listeners… an audible “katapolt” of sorts.

MusicIncider: How do you feel about the music industry and the way it treats you?

Casper: We are underground – so we aren’t really a part of the “industry”.
Skape: We’re pretty underground. I have to agree with Casper on that. You have to create a name for yourself before some big guy is going to swoop down and pick you up. You really have to start something grassroots. No one is going to put you on unless you put yourself on.

MusicIncider: Describe yourself as a person.

Casper: I’m pretty easy-going, and very artistic. I’m also probably the craziest guy behind the wheel that you’ve ever met.
Skape: What kind of question is that? Pass.

MusicIncider: What is your greatest achievement?

Casper: Graduation from the Atlanta College of Art with a Digital Multimedia degree. I had 18 credits plus an internship my last semester, and I still made it out on time.
Skape: Receiving “Best of Show” in my class at the Art Institute.

MusicIncider: When is your next album coming out?

Skape: Well, we’re working on a couple of 12″s. We’ll have some vinyl out with the Brand New Natives within the next month. We’re shooting to have the album completed by Summer ’03.

MusicIncider: Tell me your feelings and opinions about 9-11. Has it changed your life? If so, how?

Casper: Well, I used to live a couple hours north of the city, and my best friend lives in Manhattan… so it kinda hit close to home. As far as how it changed my life personally… it inspired me artistically to step it up a notch, because you never know… everything might be over tomorrow.
Skape: I was dumbstruck when it all went down. I couldn’t beleive what was happening. I will say that it definitely affected Atlanta hard as far as economy goes. A lot of my friends who are in art-related fields are out of jobs, and can’t find anyone hiring.

More to be transcribed from this interview soon… stay tuned.

Interview

Carol Calloway

I like nice gospel singers that like to hang out with metal heads. So, in the interest of being open minded, I spoke with gospel recording artist Carol Calloway. I am a regular music ambassador! Read on kiddies, it’s time to do the churchie thing.


MusicIncider: What is the message you are trying to get across with Send The Comforter?

Carol: I am just trying to give a message of soothing hope; a message that the holy spirit, which is the comforter, can comfort us in any situation we are going through-whether that situation be sorrow, sickness or disappointment.

MusicIncider: Who are your musical influences?

Carol: Mahaliah Jackson, Albertina Jackson, and Dorothy Norwood. It would especially be those three.

MusicIncider: Who is the greatest gospel singer of all time and why?

Carol: That would be Mahaliah Jackson, because she has a voice of power and authority. The reason why she was singing was to bring a message of hope, and to esteem her brother and her sister higher than herself.

MusicIncider: What is your greatest achievement of all time?

Carol: The greatest achievement is getting this album done. This is my first personal album. I have recorded with the Tri State Mass Choir. I have recorded three albums with them.

MusicIncider: Tell me about being a recording artist with six kids.

Carol: Well, I would say (laughs.) People ask me how I do it, and I say I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). People say to me, you seem to have more than twenty-four hours in a day. It is like teamwork here. They all know and accept the calling on my life. They are very receptive to that, and they also help. They are all about the traveling and singing that I do for God. They all say, “That’s my mom.” We do what we have to do to make sure I get where I need to go. In spite of all that traveling and being away from home a lot, I think I got the world’s greatest kids. I am very proud of being their mother.

MusicIncider: If you had one million dollars to donate to any charity, what would that charity be and why?

Carol: That would be the United Negro College Fund. That’s because there are a lot of African Americans that are unable to pay for a college education. We are losing a lot of our African American young people. It is because of low self esteem, and us not supporting them and lending a helping hand. It seems like it has been so much easier through the years to say a lot of negative things about them rather than lending a helping hand. I think that we could give them our time as well as money, our listening ear.

MusicIncider: Do you think the music of today (non-gospel music) is affecting the kids in any way?

Carol: Yes I do. I think it would be rap music, depending on what they are saying. I do like some rap music, but if it is promoting violence it has been too far powerful of an influence on our young people today. There has been so much put on them, regardless of race, that they are already mentally beat down and angry. They listen to these words and lyrics, and to me, it promotes non hope.

MusicIncider: Who would be your ideal act to open for and why?

Carol: As far as rock and roll, it would be Elton John. I like his style and his whole spirit about him. Stevie Wonder. Gospel wise, I would love to open up for Albertina Walker. She is known as the queen of gospel.

MusicIncider: Tell me what you think about America going to war.

Carol: I totally disagree with it. I believe a lot of unnecessary government money is being spent. There is so much that needs to be done right here. People are suffering right here in America. Soldiers are being taken away from their families right here in America. We don’t have the backing of other countries standing with us on this. We would be losing our men, the fathers of our children. They are going off to fight a battle. There are going to be a lot of casualties. Meanwhile, we have a big deficit here in the United States. Somehow, there is money to fight an unnecessary war. People don’t have health care, and our senior citizens are constantly being pushed to the back burner.

MusicIncider: Tell me where you think spirituality is needed the most in everyday life.

Carol: I think that it is needed most in our daily devotions to God, first thing in the morning. We need to be giving thanks and praise to God for waking us up in the morning. That day is not promised to us. Thanking him for what we have, and thanking him for putting us where we can be a blessing to other people.

MusicIncider: Where is the one dream place you would like to sing the most in the entire world and why?

Carol: Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. It would bring back history. Mahaliah Jackson was the first African American to sing there. To me, it would be a great achievement. I have actually sung at Constitution Hall with the Tri State Mass choir. As we were standing there having our sound check, I felt like I was back at that time. I was imagining how Mahaliah Jackson must have felt. It was a turning point in history for African Americans.

MusicIncider: Tell me about the tour you are going on with the production company.

Carol: It is Wayne DeShields Productions. It consists of two gospel plays. One is entitled, Sho’ Do Need ‘Im Now. The next one is entitled, There is a Friend. They are both comedy gospel plays. We are calling it a national tour, but it is more regional. We will be in Goldsboro NC, and Raleigh-Durham NC during Mothers Day weekend.

MusicIncider: At what age did you start singing? Did you feel a calling to sing?

Carol: It just felt natural. I belonged to two churches growing up. My stepfather belonged to one, and my mother to another. My mother worked rotating shifts, so I sang at both churches. I was always being passed around, sitting on somebody’s lap. Somebody gave me the microphone when I was three, and it just started. Those two churches were The Union Baptist Temple in NJ, and the other church was St. Philip’s Missionary Baptist Church.

MusicIncider: Who is your favorite non gospel singer and why?

Carol: Stevie Wonder, Elton, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Donna Summer. Earth, Wind, and Fire. My manager, Jessie Williams, used to play for Earth, Wind, and Fire.

MusicIncider: If you could take a month away from your six kids, where would you go and what would you do?

Carol: My husband is my oldest child (laughs). I would go to some beautiful island, with some nice beautiful water. I would walk along the shore with no sandals on my feet.

MusicIncider: Do any of your children sing? Do you feel they have a calling?

Carol: My two daughters, Iyesha and Felicia. Felicia sounds and looks like Ashanti, and Iyesha has a beautiful soft voice. Iyesha sounds like Mary J. Blige.

MusicIncider: Tell me about what it feels like when you sing.

Carol: I feel free. I feel like I am right in the spot where I should be, like a part of the missing puzzle. I feel like there is a big puzzle, and I am that missing piece.

MusicIncider: Do you write your own music? Do you play any instruments?

Carol: I co wrote the songs on the album. The lyrics are real. I can play a little keyboard.

MusicIncider: Describe yourself as a person.

Carol: I am caring, soothing. I am loyal, and one that somebody can depend on. I have a great sense of humor. I like people to be happy.

MusicIncider: Tell me what success means to you.

Carol: Fulfillment. Happiness.

MusicIncider: Tell me what you feel about what happened on September 11th. Has it changed your life at all?

Carol: September 11th was an extremely sad time for us. I saw it on television. I could not believe my eyes. I think about it often. I don’t like to see people hurting and crying. It was a day of serious morning and of us coming together as one. God wants us to care for our brother and our sister. It was a sad event. The good that cam out of it was the prayer and unity.

MusicIncider: Do you think the towers should be rebuilt, or some kind of memorial should be put up?

Carol: Yes. It was an event that we should never ever forget. Maybe a small scale twin towers, with water around it. A unity day, where we can go pray would be good.

MusicIncider: Where is your favorite place to perform live?

Carol: In Church.

MusicIncider: What is your favorite song off of Send the Comforter and why?

Carol: You are being hindered. It gives a message of hope. It talks about different things that I have experienced. I was going left, when I should have been going right. I know there are a lot of other people that share that experience.

MusicIncider: Do you believe in psychics?

Carol: In a way. I have had readings done. There are things that come true. Some people are doing it for the wrong reasons. I believe some do have a gift from god. You know it comes from God when it comes to pass.

MusicIncider: How does it feel to be in a metal rock magazine with all those bad boys?

Carol: It is a prayer answered. I know it is funny. I have talked to my family about this. When I decided to answer the call, I had asked god to put me in places that were out of the ordinary. It is hard to minister to people in church. I like to go places were people won’t dare to go. I am a rose in a bunch of harmless thorns. All music belongs to God. I want to show a message of love, not repentance. You can catch more flies with honey. I can just be myself. Jesus even sat at the table with republicans. I can hang out with metal groups. I don’t have to drink, but I don’t have to be stand offish either. What makes me any better than anybody? We all have common ground.

MusicIncider: Who is your favorite metal band?

Carol: I have heard of Ozzy Osbourne. I like him. How about Anthrax? Carol: That’s a band? I thought that was that stuff going around in the mail! I have heard some Incubus and Creed. I love Creed.

MusicIncider: I am going to throw up another one to you. How about OVER KILL?

Carol: I have heard the name. I have teenagers. They listen to everything that doesn’t promote violence or downgrade women. I love Bruce Springsteen. I just like his style he reminds me of Prince. I like Garth Brooks, and his whole style. I like Kenny Rogers and Tim McGraw. I like country music. I grew up hearing Johnny Cash in our home. Johnny was just deep down home country. His tribute album is wonderful.—You know who I like too? Rod Stewart. I like his whole mannerism and how he carries himself on stage. I actually met Rod Stewart. I met him at Bally’s Grand when I was working there in the accounting department. He was up on the roof sunbathing. I said hello to him, and he said hello to me. I just like his style. I had always wanted to meet him.

MusicIncider: If you were to cover anybody’s music (non gospel) who would it be?

Carol: Kenny G. I like his soothing sounds. It is just soothing music. Stevie Wonder, definitely.


Carol and I had a great conversation. In ten years, she would like six or seven recordings out there. She would like to act and -GET THIS- play the bad girl in the movies. It was hard to believe, that she could act like a bad person. The one thing she wants to help improve is the welfare of our senior citizens. So, you must understand the title of the article!

She is a nice Cancer girl. I like her. Listen to her album.

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