Interviews

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Percy Jones Interview: On The Scene

New interview with Percy Jones! Percy talks about his career and his work with Eno and his latest project MJ12. Continue reading

Breaking Blues- John Mayall Interview

We spoke with original Blues Breaker John Mayall during his most recent tour to discuss his induction into the Blues Hall of Fame and to grab some unique view points on the blues and a passion driven career. Continue reading

A Conversation With Narada Michael Walden

Narada Michael Walden has one of the most impressive songwriting and production resumes in the business. From the early performances with iconic acts like: Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck, Tommy Bolin and Weather Report to blockbuster productions with some of the most influential artists in the business, Walden has been an unstoppable river of energy traveling in many directions. Continue reading

Steve Hackett Interview – Back In The Pack

Steve Hackett once again takes to the road for his 2015 world tour dubbed,  From Acolyte to Wolflight with Genesis Revisited—the Total Experience.  After several years of touring Genesis Revisited, Hackett now celebrates his own solo career and the 40 year anniversary of the landmark album that launched it, Voyage Of The Acolyte.   Wolflight is an album very close to the … Continue reading

Patrick Moraz Interview – The Story Of “P”

Historically remembered for his iconic work on the Yes Relayer album from 1974, keyboardist Patrick Moraz has built a remarkable solo career that has made him one of the most celebrated keyboardists of his age. Playing to audiences around the world, Moraz still reigns supreme as both performer and artist. His technical ability is legendary, yet it is the scope … Continue reading

Paris Combo Interview

Interview by Thomas Mangano Blending elements from the traditional French chanson, American swing jazz, Roma & North African music, Paris Combo is a beautiful and exciting example of how eclecticism in music can not only find a market, but popularity as well. Though this fascinating ensemble flies mostly under the radar in America, their popularity … Continue reading

Alex De Grassi Interview – Music Of The Soul

Guitarist Alex De Grassi has documented an extraordinary life in music with an impressive body of work spanning more than 40 years and over 18 album credits.  In this intimate and enlightening interview,  Alex talks about the early influences that helped to develop his legendary musical abilities and describes the pursuit of a remarkable career that has continued to  influence and inspire generations … Continue reading

Carl Verheyen Interview – Putting It All Out There

We spoke with guitar virtuoso and Supertramp legend Carl Verheyen about his newest  release titled, “Alone”, which is  a beautiful and complicated collection of Jazz, Rock and Classical standards delivered in masterful style. In this interview, Carl  discusses his mega successful career as a  “first call” studio musician and his most recent touring plans and promotions for his newest worldwide solo … Continue reading

10,000 Maniacs Mary Ramsey Interview – Revisiting Traditions

Mary Ramsey lead singer, composer and string player for 10,000 Maniacs spoke to us in a recent phone interview about their new album, Twice Told Tales. This album is a beautiful and fearless exploration of traditional folk songs with arrangements that move playfully between strict traditional musical forms and modern folk-pop interpretations. Continue reading

Carmine Appice Interview

Rock drummer legend Carmine Appice talked to Local Band about his latest tour and to share his insights on the music business, both past and present. Carmine’s legacy runs deep having played with and produced some of rock’s most iconic bands. Actively working on the professional scene since 1969, Appice has had his hand in … Continue reading

Phil Kenzie Interview: It’s A Saxy World!

Phil Kenzie fondly recalls his monumental work with David Bowie Continue reading

Larry Fast Interview: A World Of Synergy

We spoke with Synergy creator and composer Larry Fast by telephone to make this insightful and informative interview.  Larry’s music and sound creations have been behind some of the most powerful and influential artists over the past 3 decades and has been  heard in countless film, radio, video and digital media productions.   From the early days … Continue reading

Steve Hackett Interview: Setting The Record Straight

Interview by Thomas Mangano 10/13/2014 We spoke to Steve Hackett by telephone to discuss the recent BBC documentary and companion CD set that has caused some controversy among Genesis and Hackett fans. Steve talks about his current tour and his new album in this revealing and entertaining interview. And what does any of this have to … Continue reading

Steve Hillage Interview: From Planet Gong To System 7

We spoke with producer/guitarist Steve Hillage from England by telephone to discuss his past and  latest musical adventures.  Currently touring  with the (very cool), System 7 ensemble,  which features Steve Hillage and electronic sound designer  Miquette Giraudy.  For over 30 years this remarkable artist has been at the forefront of musical revolutions spanning from the psychedelic … Continue reading

David Arkenstone Interview: Beautiful Music From Magical Places

We had a very unique opportunity to interview 3 time Grammy nominee David Arkenstone and to learn a little bit about his music and his creative process.  David’s remarkable career includes the release of over 40 studio albums recorded on some of the most prestigious New Age labels like Narada and Windham Hill. As a … Continue reading

Sarah Rice Interview: The Evolving Expression Of Art

Sarah Rice is well known on the Broadway scene with over 40 years of performances and accomplishments behind her.  She is perhaps best known for her roles in the Steven Sondheim productions, A Little Night Music and the original cast of Sweeney Todd, but her extensive repertoire has won her many honors and distinctions over … Continue reading

Richard Barone Interview: An Artist At Large In The World

Richard Barone remembers David Bowie Diamond Dogs & Tony Visconti, Bowie’s famed producer. Continue reading

Sibylle Meder Interview: Filmmaking, Music & Passion

Interested in composing music for film?  Indie film maker Sibylle Meder shares some valuable advise!  Sibylle is a filmmaker of fiction and non-fiction projects. 2014 will see the premiere of her feature documentary The Island Bus.  Sibylle talked with Local band on all things film in this revealing interview. Tell us a little bit about your yourself and how you … Continue reading

Steve Hackett Interview: From Genesis To Other Revelations

Interview by Thomas Mangano We talked with Guitarist /Composer Steve Hackett by telephone in Clearwater Florida where he is currently on his world tour entitled, “Genesis Extended”.  Steve is  well known for his groundbreaking guitar work with the band Genesis, but he is also a veteran solo artist and composer.  His style has influenced decades of … Continue reading

Chuck Wild Interview : Liquid Mind, A Beautiful World Of Music

Interview by Thomas Mangano We had the pleasure of interviewing award winning musician and producer Chuck Wild,  who spoke candidly with about his music and his career path.  Chuck has brought some of the most beautiful and relaxing music to audiences with a message of love, peace & togetherness.  We were honored to present this interview … Continue reading

Klaus Schulze Interview : Music With Principles

Interview by Thomas Mangano This exclusive  interview with Klaus Schulze gave us a  unique opportunity to discuss the music and career of  electronic music’s most notable figure.  A pioneer of early analog electronics, Klaus Schulze remains as independent and authentic as ever.  His music continues to transcend through the digital age of music and into … Continue reading

George Winston Interview: Taking It All In Stride

In our recent interview with George, we learned much about this unassuming artist.  Among them, we discovered that he has an intense passion for the New Orleans Jazz pianist, Professor Longhair.  We thought it would be appropriate to open our article with a quote from Allen Toussaint.  We thought George might approve of this. “Black … Continue reading

Christian McBride Interview: Growing The Seeds Of Excellence

We caught up with Grammy winning bassist, Christian McBride for a very enlightening  discussion on success, determination & the pursuit of excellence.   At 41 years old, Christian McBride has firmly established himself as one of the world’s premier Bassists easily working across genres while  performing with some of the most notable names in the industry.  … Continue reading

Dave Lambert Interview: A Long Respected Career

We spoke to Dave Lambert, guitarist for The Strawbs about his career and  long time association with the iconic 70′s band.   Lambert is frequently associated with the “Pop” success that found the Strawbs in 1972 when their classic album, “Bursting At The Seams”  was released featuring Dave and his hit song ,  “Lay Down.” Dave … Continue reading

David Lanz Interview: Giants Of A New Age

This phone interview was conducted while parked at nature preserve near my home on Long Island.  It’s a favorite place of mine where I often go to close my eyes and just melt for a while into the sun speckled shade and chirping of resident finches.  What a perfect setting to speak to David Lanz … Continue reading

Tim Story Interview: Electronic Chamber Music

Producer, composer and performer Tim Story got up close and personal about his music, the creative process and his most recent collaborations.   This unassuming artist manages to fly under the radar while working with some of the most influential musicians in electronic music.  We were very pleased to catch a rare glimpse into the … Continue reading

Mia Theodoratus Interview : Avant Garde Is The New Celtic

You can search long and hard amongst the Harpists of the world and not find any quite as diverse as Mia Theodoratus. The best description we can find for Mia’s music is beautiful and bold. As an artist there is a true sense of exploration and adventure in her music. As a pioneer, there is … Continue reading

Roland Orzabal Interview: Man Of Music, Man Of Words.

Interview by Thomas Mangano For over 3 decades, Roland Orzabal has been a central  driving figure in popular music.   With versatile talents such as composer, producer, performer and even author, this artist’s unique inovations can be found  in virtually every aspect of pop music today.   As a co-founder of the 80′s  “synth”  sensation  Tears … Continue reading

Terry Bozzio Interview: Rhythm & Sketch

Iconic drummer Terry Bozzio took time during his hugely successful world tour to talk to Local Band about his new music and his new art. Bozzio incorporates  his new interpretive art which is appropriately named: [RHYTHM] + [SKETCH] into the visuals of his world” tour de force”  to create electrifying and highly personalized impressions of … Continue reading

Joey DeFrancesco Interview: Moved By The Spirit

Joey DeFrancesco, is a remarkable American success story. Signing his first record deal at 16 years old, he has continuously played with some of the most notable names in modern Jazz history. He has placed his indelible mark on Jazz organ playing changing the very way the instrument is being viewed. We had an opportunity … Continue reading

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