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The TVD Interview

In a music industry that seems more cookie-cutter than cutting edge, few emerging artists flip my switch as potentially being the next big thing. Most seem to easily “talk the talk” but fall far short when they “walk the walk.” It sounds cliché, but it’s true in many cases.

Enter Diamante. From an early age, it was abundantly clear that her passion for music and confidence on stage set her apart from others chasing down the same elusive dream. Years later, Diamante is blazing her own trail and achieving her dreams as an incredibly talented singer, songwriter, and performer. And dare I say, she may very well be “the next big thing” that rock music so desperately needs.

In this interview, The Vinyl District sat down with Diamante to discuss all things rock and roll including early inspirations, her most recent release, American Dream, vinyl, and some of her favorite emerging bands heading into 2022. 

How did you get your start in music?

Ooh, that’s a loaded question. To be honest, I discovered my love for singing when I began singing along to Disney movies. When I was little, I’m talking like four or five years old, I would sing nonstop all day, every day. I’d drive my parents crazy, and I think they realized how much I loved to sing, so they got me started in musical theater back in elementary school. And that’s when I fell in love with performing initially. And then I didn’t really discover rock music until I was around 13, 14. I did a School of Rock Camp here in LA, and my whole world just opened, and my mind was blown and has been that way ever since.

Who were your greatest inspirations as a young musician?

Gosh, there were so many. Especially when I was really getting into music. I just gravitated so much toward female rock singers because I wanted to emulate their voices. I wanted to be as cool as them. I thought they were just so timeless and awesome. And one of them was Joan Jett. When I discovered Joan, I was like, “This woman is incredible.” Not only because she thrived, but she thrived in a climate where it wasn’t cool for women to thrive in rock music. So, I really, really respect her for that. And Blondie and Stevie Nicks and Pat Benatar and all these incredible voices that I still listen to all the time.

So how did you know that you wanted to pursue a career in music?

I think as funny as it sounds, I believe I’ve always known. Thinking back to when I was six years old and putting on pretend performances in my bedroom, I always knew that’s what I wanted to do with my life. I’m not sure if that’s normal for a child, but I’ve been dead set on it ever since I discovered my love for music. And I think that School of Rock performance, and then a couple of performances I did in LA, cemented that feeling. I loved performing so much that I couldn’t really picture myself doing anything else. And then, of course, the coffin was totally sealed when I went out on my first tour when I was 18. And I said, “Yep, this is awesome. This is what I want to do forever. And I don’t care if I’m on the road for 365 days of the year, let’s go!”

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TVD Live Shots: Shinedown with Ayron Jones at the Wiltern Theatre, 1/28

With Shinedown’s upcoming release Planet Zero right around the corner, fans from all over Southern California packed the Wiltern Theater for their first taste of live music in 2022. Teaming up with guitar legend Ayron Jones, Shinedown blew the proverbial roof off the joint with an 18-song setlist that was sheer perfection from start to finish. Catch their US tour when you can—it’s a must-see in my book.

Who doesn’t love live music? In an “on-again off-again” world, it’s sometimes hard to know if your favorite band or artist is actually taking the stage or might have to be rescheduled down the road due to a covid outbreak. This was not the case with Shinedown show at the Wiltern Theater, as this one went off without a hitch on a beautiful Friday evening in the City of Angels. Brent Smith and Company left it all on the table in front of a capacity crowd.

First up was guitarist virtuoso Ayron Jones, and man was he special. I’m not saying that he’s Jimi Hendrix reincarnated, but good lord this guy is a special talent. Only playing nine songs, I felt a bit cheated knowing how killer his full catalog actually is. However, of the nine he played, all were home runs and left little to the imagination when the dust settled. My favorites of the evening were obviously “Mercy” and “Take Me Away,” but couldn’t help but love the Nirvana of “Breed.” Wow. I’m looking to the iHeart Radio Awards on March 22nd where Ayron is up for the Best New Rock Artist award. Based on what I saw during this performance, I bet the farm he wins pulling away.

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TVD Live Shots: Thievery Corporation with Dessa at the Wiltern, 12/17

Rob Garza and Eric Hilton continue to up their game with what undoubtedly was one of their finest live performances of 2021. From start to finish, the Thievery Corporation’s gathering in Los Angeles was spectacular and a much-needed diversion from all the chaos most have experienced over the past few years. If this show is an indicator of things to come for Thievery, sign me up. 

When folks ask me about Thievery Corporation’s sound, I always answer the same way. “Thievery’s sound is like no other. It’s an eclectic mix of dub, electronic, rock, reggae, and lounge that is always evolving and never quite the same.” Since the band’s inception back in 1995, many have tried to imitate TC’s unique sound, yet few have even come close to the cosmic blueprint that Rob Garza and Eric Hilton laid out so many years ago. And 25+ years later, their indelible brand keeps getting stronger and their amazing fanbase continues to grow. Could all bands be so lucky?

Opening for Thievery Corporation on Friday night was Dessa. This multi-talented singer, songwriter, and of course, rapper, dazzled the thousands of fans in attendance with a killer set that highlighted why Thievery asked her to support their West Coast tour. Dessa’s unique brand of rap engaged the packed house from her very first note and didn’t let up until the lights flickered back on.

While not being surprised by her ridiculous talent as a performer or lyricist, what did catch me off guard was how engaged the crowd was (considering Dessa was the opener). Many in the general admission pit sang along with Dessa word for word throughout her entire set, and that’s rare in a world where many seem to blow off opening acts for photo moments, libations, or socializing with friends in the lobby. Check out Dessa live when you can, she’s awesome and well-worth the price of admission.

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TVD Live Shots:
Blue October with
Yam Haus at the
House of Blues, 12/5

After a year and a half of concert postponements due to Covid-19, Blue October finally made it back to southern California for a handful of rescheduled shows supporting their 2021 “This is What I Live For Tour.” Justin Furstenfeld and company delivered a “welcome-back” performance that challenged the mind and stirred the soul on a crisp winter’s night here in Orange County. 

To be completely transparent, I was never a huge Blue October fan growing up.  My brother Mark absolutely loved this band, but for some reason I just couldn’t get into them. He always told me, “You won’t get it until you see them in concert.” Lucky for me I took his advice, and immediately became a huge fan after witnessing my first live performance (and since have never looked back). Sunday’s show at the House of Blues was my first time seeing them in a few years and was excited to see if they were going to pickup up where they left off pre-Covid. Only time would tell.

Opening for Blue October was a Minneapolis based pop band called Yam Haus. I’d never heard of these guys before and the pessimistic devil on my shoulder kept chirping that I’d probably be underwhelmed (at best) by their performance. Boy, was I wrong.

This quartet, featuring Lars Pruitt (vocals/guitar), Jake Felstow (drums), Zach Beinlich (bass), and Seth Blum (guitar), hit the stage with fury and kept the energy high throughout an abbreviated set that I really wanted to continue. The chemistry between bandmates was palpable, and the crowd was digging every minute of their killer performance. I see great things over the horizon for Yam Haus and look forward to digging further into this up-and-coming band.

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TVD Live Shots:
Mount Westmore ft. Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube,
E-40, and Too Short at Toyota Arena, 11/13

In front of a sold-out Toyota Arena, rap icons Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, E-40, and Too Short joined forces on stage as newly-minted supergroup Mount Westmore and put on a clinic for the 10,000+ fans in attendance on Saturday night. This was no ordinary concert, but more of a raging house party (circa 1991) fueled by cool drinks, tasty buds, and banging music all-night long. I wouldn’t have missed this one for the world, and highly recommend catching these West Coast legends when they blaze into your town!

I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from Mount Westmore on Saturday night as my experience seeing supergroups over the years had been lukewarm at best. These collectives always seem to be billed as the “the next big thing” and then typically deliver lackluster performances that make me want to run for the door come mid show. Knowing that Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, E-40, and Too Short (four of my favorite rappers) were taking the stage together only added to my pre-show anxiety. That said, I enthusiastically entered the Toyota Arena (one of Southern California’s finest concert venues) with a smile on my face and high expectations for Saturday’s live performance.

For anyone who has not been to show like this, it’s important to know that the moment you enter the door, it’s a party. Beers are flowing, people are dancing, and music is pulsating from every corner of the arena. Now I’m not advocating for the “sticky-icky,” but clouds of smoke were thick and plentiful, and most partaking had smiles on their face from ear-to-ear throughout the show. It was just what the doctor ordered to get the house party raging—and rage it did all night long!

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TVD Live Shots: Evanescence, Halestorm, and Plush at YouTube Theater, 11/10

Wednesday’s triple-header at YouTube Theater featuring Evanescence, Halestorm, and Plush was pure rock and roll bliss. It was as if, for one brief moment, the live music stars aligned simultaneously allowing fans to let loose and rock out after two long years in solitary confinement. Make no mistake, Evanescence and Halestorm are two of the hottest bands on the planet and Plush is destined for greatness in the not-so-distant future. 

I don’t know about you, but I’ve missed concerts. With shows starting to spring back to life, I’ve really been looking for that one breakthrough performance that might signal live music is alive and well in conditions many consider to be our “new normal.” I’ve been fortunate to be front and center for many shows over the past couple of months, and only a few top-to-bottom knocked my socks off. That changed on Wednesday night courtesy of Evanescence, Halestorm, and Plush.

Kicking off the festivities at the amazing YouTube Theater in Inglewood was an up-and-coming, all-female rock band known simply as Plush. I’d never seen or heard of the band prior to them taking the stage, however I can honestly say these incredible musicians (all under 21, I may add) blew me away with their sound, swagger, and stage presence during a killer 30-minute opening set. If you don’t know who Moriah Formica, Brooke Colucci, Bella Perron, or Ashley Suppa are today, you will shortly.

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TVD Live Shots:
Volbeat with Municipal Waste at the Hollywood Palladium, 10/6

Wednesday’s highly anticipated Volbeat / Municipal Waste show at the Hollywood Palladium was one hell of a rock and roll party. Fans drove in from all parts Southern California (and beyond) to enjoy their favorite bands at one of the southland’s most legendary venues. Both Volbeat and Municipal Waste electrified a near-capacity crowd with killer sets that satisfied even the pickiest of fans in attendance. Ladies and Gentlemen, live music is back in the City of Angels!

I’m not sure who paired Municipal Waste with Volbeat on their 2021 Fall Tour as these two bands (and fan bases) could not be more different. My initial thoughts were that this tour would be fraught with peril based on what I knew about the bands, coupled with dramatic social media reactions I had been monitoring for weeks leading up to the show. However, I was pleasantly surprised after the dust had settled on Wednesday evening that this strange combination of bedfellows actually worked. Here are some of my impressions.

First up at the Palladium were thrash metal legends, Municipal Waste. I’m honestly not a huge fan of the genre, but their show gave me something to consider as they literally crushed an abbreviated set in front of a tightly packed GA floor. Circle pits started early and continued often through rippers like “Mind Eraser,” “Headbanger Face Rip,” and “The Art of Partying.” These songs flipped a switch in their fans, and sheer madness ensued. Much respect to Municipal Waste on their amazing performance Wednesday night—I’m your newest fan.

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TVD Live Shots: Devo at YouTube Theater, 9/25

“Saturday night’s rare live performance at YouTube Theater in Los Angeles was truly one for the ages. It had everything fans would want in a Devo show (and more) including a killer setlist, multiple costume changes, and even a pre-show sighting of Fred Armisen (a true Devo-tee).  Fans from around the world donned their Red Energy Domes and Yellow Radiation Suits, coming together for one night to celebrate the music of a band that, 40+ years later, stayed true to its roots and lifelong fans. 

Devo is arguably one of the greatest rock and roll bands of our time (or any other).  Founded back in Akron, Ohio in 1973, they have evolved (or devolved, based on one’s point of view) over a storied career that changed music as we know it forever. Devo’s amazing musicianship, targeted satire, and love for one another has withstood the test of time. And four-decades later, these Spudboys are still doing what they love—on their terms.

On Saturday night at the newly minted YouTube Theater, Devo put on a musical clinic for the thousands in attendance under the sloping roof canopy of SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. Founding members Mark Mothersbaugh (vocals/keyboards/guitar), Gerald Casale (bass/keyboards), and Bob Mothersbaugh (guitar), along with Josh Freese (drums) and Josh Hager (keyboards/guitar) electrified the Devo faithful with a 16-song setlist comprised of covers, classics, and a few surprises—including a Booji Boy sighting!

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TVD Live Shots: BeachLife Festival, Redondo Beach,

Simply put, 2021’s BeachLife Festival was quite possibly one of the finest multi-day musical events I have ever been to. Allen Sanford and his amazing partners put on a clinic on HOW to run a festival: an amazing lineup, incredible culinary options, and most importantly a noticeable care and concern for all festival attendees. This three-day event didn’t disappoint and will go down as one of the most incredible live music festivals in the US this year, bar-none.

It’s been a while since I’ve attended a multi-day music festival and wasn’t sure walking in that I was ready for such an event. I’d already hit a few small shows (both indoor and out) since many of the Covid restrictions were lifted, but this one was obviously different—3 days, 4 stages, and over 50 bands performing in front of sellout crowds each day. As I grabbed my media credentials on day one, it was instantly obvious that BeachLife was going to be special. I knew it because everyone I encountered on the their staff was friendly, smiling, and eager to make my stay a special one. And it wasn’t because I was a media representative, they were like that with EVERY guest that walked through the turnstile.

The next thing I noticed was that the BeachLife grounds were laid out in a way that made it EASY for concert-goers to bounce between stages. There were no mile long hikes, but simple walks that allowed everyone to take in any or all of the musical acts slated for the day. In addition, there was plenty of room for guests to spread out, feel safe, and enjoy their family and friends while jamming to the incredible lineup across four stages: Hightide, Lowtide, Speakeasy, and the Riptide. And if breaks from the warm Redondo Beach sun were warranted, guests could easily find a wide range of tasty food and beverages along with shaded areas to cool off before the next set.

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TVD Live Shots: Megadeth, Lamb of
God, Trivium, and Hatebreed at FivePoint Amphitheater, 9/1

The Metal Tour of the Year featuring Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium, and Hatebreed was one of the most incredible shows I have been to in the past five years (and I’ve been to plenty). The lineup was a ferocious blend of new and old metal that left nothing to the imagination at a sold out FivePoint Amphitheater in Irvine, CA.  Based on the way each band played, you never would have guessed that most were on a Covid induced hiatus for the better part of two years.  Each left it all on stage for the thousands in attendance and ultimately scorched the earth beneath them when the dust finally settled on Wednesday evening.

I don’t know about you, but I had The Metal Tour of the Year circled on my calendar for quite some time.  As the date approached, I started see other bands cancelling tours and hoped that would not be the case for Five Point’s first true metal show of the year.

Although huge fans of Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium, and Hatebreed, I’d never had the chance to catch any of them live and knew this might be my only chance to catch them together on one killer bill. Luckily for me (and the thousands of rabid fans just like me), the Metal Gods ultimately came through and Wednesday’s metal extravaganza went off without a hitch on a spectacular night under the stars.

Taking the 6PM slot and first up on stage was Bridgeport, Connecticut’s very own, Hatebreed. Jamey Jasta and Company immediately launched into an 11-song set that was pure adrenaline and then some. For me, the highlight of their set was a killer rendition of Slayer’s “Ghosts of War” along with two of my favorites, “Last Breath” and “I Will Be Heard.” Such a good band and one worthy of major metal respect.

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TVD Live Shots: Rise Against, Descendents, and The Menzingers at Five Point Amphitheater, 8/21

An open-air triple header featuring Rise Against, the Descendents, and The Menzingers took Southern California by storm under a star filled night in Irvine, CA. This trio of punk rock heavyweights brought their A-game to a nearly sold-out show at Five Point Amphitheatre for what was for many their first night of live music in nearly two years. Fans were on their feet and screaming for more throughout a three hour show that left little to be desired for all ages in attendance.

If you are a fan of punk rock, there was no better place to be on Saturday night than Five Point Amphitheater for what would end up being a one incredible mosh-pit under the stars. Although I’m not a huge punk rock fan, I walked away mesmerized by three uniquely different bands, each bringing something special to a near packed house deep in the heart of Orange County.

Opening up for Rise Against were two incredible bands, The Menzingers and the Descendents.  I’d never heard The Menzingers before and was literally blown away by their on-stage presence coupled with a killer sound that captured me from the very first note. Their energy was off the charts, and they definitely loved being on stage in front of the ever-growing crowd. Next up were OG punk legends—and Southern California natives—Descendents. This band has been flying the punk rock flag for almost 45 years and their killer set was everything I could have dreamed of (and more). They slayed 24 of their classics in ways that most bands half their age could only dream of doing.

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TVD Live Shots: Beartooth, Wage War, and Dragged Under
at the House of Blues, Anaheim 8/16

If you haven’t seen Beartooth live, you are missing out on one of the most killer bands to grace the stage over the past decade. Caleb Shomo and company blew the roof of the Anaheim House of Blues on opening night (post Covid lockdowns) and left nothing on the table in front of a raucous Southern California crowd. It was truly a magical experience for the thousands in attendance on Monday evening and definitely a show not soon to be forgotten.

I don’t know about you, but I have missed live music.  February 2020 was my last indoor rock and roll show, and I’ve been dreaming about its return ever since. When I finally started to see shows being scheduled here in Southern California, I crossed my fingers that Beartooth might be an option for my personal return to live music. On Monday August 16, that dream became a reality in front of a sold-out crowd on what ended up being an unusually steamy Southern California evening.

As I made my way through the crowd to take my familiar spot in the photo pit, I couldn’t help but enjoy the thousands of smiling faces (a majority wearing masks) ready for their first taste of live music post Covid.  Beers were flowing, high-fives were given, and mosh-pits were in full effect as opening acts Wage War and Dragged Under fired up the now packed venue. Although both bands performed short sets, each gave it their all and rewarded the growing crowd with amazing performances that had everybody smiling ear to ear. Plain and simple, both acts were bad ass and perfect choices to kick the show into overdrive.

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Paul Robb of
Information Society,
The TVD Interview

The early 1980s was a magical time for electronic music. Artists like Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, and OMD were coming on strong and opened doors for other artists looking for the freedom to express themselves in new and untraditional ways.

Born in a dorm room in 1982 in St. Paul, Minnesota, three friends—Kurt Larson, James Cassidy, and Paul Robb—came together to form a band known simply as Information Society. Their 1985 classic “Running” became an instant classic in NYC and helped catapult the band from obscurity to stardom. Future singles such as “Walking Away” and “Peace and Love, Inc.,” cemented their place as one of the quintessential synth-pop bands of all time. 

We recently spoke with Information Society founding member Paul Robb to discuss all-things INSOC including their challenging start in the music industry, a storied 40-year career, as well as their upcoming release, ODDfellows.

Share with our readers how you got your start in the music industry?

Well, that’s a pretty long story. In the early days of the band, we really didn’t understand much about the music industry. As a matter of fact, for the first year or two, we kept having discussions about why we weren’t being discovered and were very frustrated. Finally, someone pulled us aside and said, “If you want to be discovered, you’ll need to make some recordings in order to put out records.”  Sounded fairly easy (laughs), so we eventually scraped up some money—I believe the whole recording budget was $600—went into a studio, and recorded our first self-released EP.

Funny thing about that EP, it just wouldn’t sell and most of the vinyl ended up being thrown away. About a year later, we regrouped and tried again with the support of a local DJ along with a small indie label in Minneapolis called Wide Angle Records. And like a lot of fledgling record labels, they started out by owning a record shop. Ultimately, they gave us some money and helped us distribute our next album. It was on that album that our song “Running” first appeared. Fast forward a year and a half later, and that single ended up causing a major stir in New York, ultimately inspiring Tommy Boy Records to license that song and eventually sign us to a first major record deal.

What artists inspired you along the way?

It is so hard to get across the idea to the younger generation how open it felt in the early ’80s. New wave was so important to us, yet we all came at it from different musical points of view. My focus at the time was jazz and funk. Kurt Larson was listening to Styx, The Beatles, and all things progressive. James Cassidy was in a band playing Black Sabbath covers. We were all influenced by what was around us, but when new wave music started to trickle into Minneapolis, which is where we grew up, it really opened our eyes to what was truly possible.

Bands like Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, and a German band called D.A.F., were incredibly influential on us in the early days even though we didn’t really end up sounding much like that kind of proto-industrial music.  And then the whole new romantic thing kicked in with a lot of British and German bands. After that, we started hearing “electro” bands in NYC and that really turned us on. Ultimately, we combined the song craft and the romantic overtones that we were picking up from the British bands along with the beats coming out of New York, and that was the two-cent formula that we ended up eventually co-opting as the Information Society sound.

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Racquel Jones,
The TVD Interview

Who is Racquel Jones?  To some, she’s an amazing musician and vocalist.  For others, she’s an inspired artist and painter. However, after peeling back the onion a bit, I found Racquel Jones to be quite simply extraordinary. 

Born and raised in Jamaica, Jones has broken molds and shattered ceilings as a rising star. She is fearless, focused, and unapologetic in her desire to crush pre-existing stereotypes with a quest to be treated equally as a woman in the arts—and to create on her own terms. 

What were your first impressions of music as a child?

I could not make sense of music as a kid, and it is still hard to articulate it now.  I just know that it did something inside of me, it moved me. I liked it and wanted more of that feeling. I also wanted to create that feeling for others incorporating into it the sounds I love.

Do you recall the first time you performed on a stage?

My introduction to performing was in church, but I don’t remember the first time because I was so young.  Outside of that, I do recall performing at about eight or nine at school. My teacher discovered that I knew how to play the recorder—nerd alert—that I taught myself to play. She decided to enter me into the JCDC Music Competition in Jamaica. I made it through three rounds—and got a bronze medal—but apparently was too young at the time to advance in the categories that would allow me to compete nationally. I remember that feeling. I remember the audience. I remember the judges. It was incredible.

Who would you consider your greatest overall influence on the person you are today?

I find that question to be very strange for us as human beings because it leads to compartmentalizing and prioritizing one influence over another. I feel as if everything that I have encountered in life, every person and every experience, has influenced me. I cannot pick them apart to compare and definitively say which had influenced me more. Like I said, everything I hear, everything I see, everything I think of—good or bad—has impacted me in some way. I just know that I’m open to everything and the learning that I encounter along the way.

What are some the challenges that women in the arts currently face?

I don’t know if this is me downplaying myself or not, but my fight is literally to occupy my own space along with being free to be myself. I don’t know if that equates to me being strong or revolutionary. I just know that’s my fight and it’s probably relatable to a lot of women. The challenges for men are the same challenges we have as women in everyday society, except that they are more heightened for women.

At the end of the day, we’re literally just screaming, “Give me the space to fucking create. To be paid like guys are paid and to be me without these imposed misogynistic unrealistic standards brought up by men. Why can’t I have freedom to be me?” That’s literally the fight.

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Frank Meyer of The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, The TVD Interview

If you’re into punk rock at any level, you probably know of Frank Meyer. Frontman for The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, his name is synonymous with the LA punk scene and has been so for over 20 years. He’s a legend in punk circles and continues to get better as time moves on. 

The Vinyl District recently sat down with Meyer to discuss all things rawk ‘n’ roll including his early beginnings in music, his greatest influences as a guitarist, and the Cheetahs’ latest release, One More Drink.  So, fill your glass and drop the needle.

What are your earliest memories of music as a child?

My earliest memories of music are probably The Muppet Show and subsequently The Muppet Movie. That soundtrack was one of the first records I can remember asking my parents to buy for me.  I loved “Can You Picture That?” by Dr. Teeth & Electric Mayhem, the hard rock group of the Muppets. So dope!

So, The Muppets we’re kind of a gateway drug to your affinity for rock and roll?

Yes!  As a result, I began listening to rock and roll radio here in Los Angeles in the early ’80s.  I loved The Knack’s “My Sharona,” Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and that whole first Go-Go’s album. Those were the big ones on the radio at the time and that stuff really, really, really hit me hard. These bands really sparked my interest in music, and as you can tell became my lifelong obsession.

As a child of the ’80s here in LA, were you a Van Halen fan?

The very first time I heard Van Halen on the radio I was blown away.  I couldn’t even understand the sound I was hearing but knew at that point I wanted to start playing guitar. Then I saw pictures of Van Halen and was floored.  They just looked like rock gods. I was like, “Whatever that is, that’s what I want to do as a career.”

As a youngster, did you grow up on vinyl or cassettes?

Vinyl and cassettes were all the rage when I was a teenager. I was a little too young for 8-tracks, but as a kid I’d buy stuff on vinyl. It was a blast to open the albums, read the liner notes, and marvel at the killer artwork and photos.  I also had TONS of cassettes too!

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