So while conversing with a friend who has always been a metal head such as myself, we started talking about the effects of heavy metal in particular and what we thought it does to a person. This kinda came up because of a lot of the stereotypical ideas that it will only drive people insane or that it’s a terrible thing. I for one don’t buy into that for a second. In my opinion, heavy music is actually quite enjoyable and to an extent, therapeutic. Granted, not all will agree, which is fine, but upon further research, I did come across a particularly interesting video in regards to that.
Now of course, everyone has their own preference of music which is totally fine. Not everyone cares for that heavy sound or intense vocal style. But check out this video about the studies on the effects of heavy metal and the human brain. Kinda helps to open up a whole new light on the stereotype about metal.
Until next time Radiophiles, keep rockin! \m/ \m/
Hello all you Radiophiles!.. It’s been a while! Today I came across a great article online and really got my ears perked. Now, I myself am a huge As I Lay Dying fan, so when I heard the news their singer Tim was going to jail for the alleged hire to kill plot against his estranged wife, I have to say I was pretty bummed. Not just because of why he was being locked up, but because it made me wonder what would happen to As I Lay Dying.
Since his arrest his former bandmates went on to form the band WovenWar, which is amazing by the way, but the article states that Tim has been released from prison this week on the fact that he won a powerlifting contest in the wreck yard. Apparently California prisons are so overpopulated that competitions like that can grant inmates early release. Do you think that is insane or would it just depend on the infraction of the inmate? Either way, I am on pins and needles to see what new music endeavors he starts on next!
Until next time Radiophiles…. keep on rockin! \m/ \m/
That’s right, you can now pre-order our upcoming album. In fact, it would be hugely helpful if you did. With Kickstarter we have to raise all the money we put down as our goal or we don’t get any of the money. All or nuttin’!
Some people have asked, “Why didn’t you go with a crowd-funding platform that allows you to take whatever money you do happen to raise?” And that’s a great question. If we were to only raise $2000 of our $7000 goal (which I hope won’t happen!) we would still be stuck having to send out the rewards we promised, but with way less money to do it. This way, if we don’t reach our goal all money is refunded and we start all over (which I also hope won’t happen).
So please take a moment to check out our campaign.
We’ve got some pretty awesome RaDIUM swag to give out as rewards (t-shirts and cds and stickers, oh my!) and even private concerts if you feel so inclined.
It would also be greatly appreciated if you could share this campaign with your friends and family. The more views and pledges we get, the higher we rank on the Kickstarter page itself.
Thanks so much for all the awesome support!
Keep on rockin’!
It’s finally time. RaDIUM is ready to record its first full-length album. After years of gigging and gaining (and losing) band members, we finally have the lineup and tunes we want to undergo this exciting and daunting project.
We’re figuring the entire project start to finish should run us around $7000. That’s a lot of money to raise. But with our awesome base of radiophiles, we’re thinking we’ll be able to pre-sell enough albums to make this happen.
Here’s a quick taste of what you can expect to hear on our album:
- Benjamin Queen
- Left Behind
- No Rules
- Waltz With Me
- Shades of Grey
- 1 2 3 &
- Blown Away
- Separate Ways
We’re all super stoked to get our discs in your hands. We’ll be launching on Sept. 25th. We’ll see you then!
Never before seen footage of RaDIUM in the studio!
What it’s like for my bandmates whenever they ask me a simple yes or no question. Hahaha.. Enjoy!
Hello all you beautiful patrons of rock n roll!…Mr. Mike here, and for the longest time, a question has been buzzin’ around my head and I’d like your thoughts on it. So if you’re not shy, feel free to leave your response. If not, then ponder this in your heads…. It doesn’t take rocket science to know that every artist whether a musician, actor, painter, singer, etc, draws inspiration from another artist – but sometimes that inspiration can be used for evil.
Let’s take music for example, because that’s the one that I often wonder about the most on this. You’ve undoubtedly heard of a band that has a very unique sound, and grown to like them a lot. Over time, you’ve probably heard of a newer band that has a very similar sound to that first band and let’s say you like them as well. How close would you draw the line before you say that 2nd band is just completely ripping off the sound of the first band? Its interesting because while there’s always some way to make yourself (as a band) stand out from the rest, yet still, so many artists draw their inspiration from another artist/group and it’s inevitable that you may start hearing some very similar characteristics within the music. Don’t get me wrong, I know I draw my inspiration from various artists because I know I’d love to be like them. But at the same time, I also try to morph it into a unique sound all my own.
One of the other factors that I think plays into this is to consider how much of a following one band has from another? If a band is a super well-known and established act, it’s almost like even if they produce something that sounds identical to another band, they will still be given the seal of approval because that’s how much their fans are die hard fans for their music. Anywho, that’s just something that I’ve always pondered and still have yet to find an exact answer……maybe there isn’t one. So what would you say? Where is the line drawn on artists trying to be similar to another artist before it’s just too close. Side note: cover bands don’t count in this debate. 😉
Rock on all you Radiophiles! \m/
Ah yes, the age old question asked by psychiatrists for decades. But on that note, have you ever put any thought into it and noticed how music makes you feel? Maybe it’s a particular genre that does it for you? Or maybe something else?…
Music is one of those things that has the natural ability to take you from one mood to another with a single song. Some songs make you wanna dance, others make you bummed out and start thinking about dark times in your life. Some make you wanna rock out and play air guitar, and some just make you wanna sit back, smoke & have a drink! (The last two are my favorites, haha). Come to think of it, depending on who I’m listening to, I can hit each one of those stages within a whole album.
Crap…I’m getting sidetracked again. Focus Mike, focus! If you’re like most, you probably have a preferred genre of music.. but just for something to try, next time you’re in a less than preferable mood, throw on some music you wouldn’t normally listen to and see what it does for you. The results may be surprising. And if you like all music genres, then this probably won’t do anything for you. But good for you! Being multi-cultural in music is a great thing. But yeah, just something to ponder.
Rock on Radiophiles! \m/
To anyone that can sit down, relax and just listen to music, this is for you because I will open you up to a world you think you may already know.
To start off, let’s think of our top five tunes. I’ll wait… Got it? I bet you can sing, or play those songs without hearing them through your speakers. Most people would grasp on to the vocals and others may pay attention to a particular instrument, especially if you happen to be a musician.
So for those five songs, listen closely to what’s supporting the focus at the time. For example, listen to the rhythm guitar during a shredding solo. Listen to how the drums set up the rest of the band with a rhythmic transition into a catchy chorus or bridge. Listen to how the back up vocals compliment the lead. If you dig a little bit, you’ll learn to peel the layers off the surface and begin to have a much deeper appreciation of an already badass song.
As a songwriter and arranger, I listen deep to ALL the instruments and vocals to produce a unique and well grounded piece of music. Structures don’t stand tall for long without the support it asks for, correct?
So the next time you’re listening to any sort of tune, focus on what’s holding it up rather than the parts you’re already familiar with and let me know what you dig up!
This one is aimed a little more towards our fellow musicians, but the ideas apply to any creative venture. It boils down to this – there is no one right way to do things and just because something is different doesn’t mean it’s wrong. I would actually argue that the opposite is true, in order to be original and innovative you need to be different in some way.
Here’s the backstory: Anyone who has seen us play live probably noticed that Mike and myself (Trevor) switch guitars pretty often. This isn’t just to show off all of our cool gear (our gear is pretty bad ass though…), each guitar is tuned differently to allow us to play different songs. This is where things get a little different, Mike and I are often playing on guitars in different tunings, for example Mike’s guitar is in dropped C and I’m in your standard EADGBE. We do this for a few reasons that I’ll explain another time, and we understand that it is out of the ordinary, but we have been told that this is wrong and we are wrong and we cannot sound good like this… Well I don’t buy it and if someone says something like this to you, you shouldn’t either!
We can’t just copy what those before us did, everything would be pretty boring if we did. Take what you like and make it your own, and don’t be afraid to try new and different things in the process.