Interview: Pete Wentz on Fatherhood and More

Posted by Levi | 11.05.2008

Clinton Sparks from KarmaLoop TV talks with Pete Wentz about fatherhood, DJing, rock mixtapes, and battling Ludacris.

To see more Pete Wentz, watch part 2 of the interview.


Video Interview with Benji Madden

Posted by Levi | 07.21.2008

Click Play to see a video interview with Benji Madden of Good Charlottle and DCMA Collective clothing company. Benji co-owns the clothing company with his brother Joel, and in the interview he discusses a range of topics including their store, future collaborations, his band, and his high profile relationship with Paris Hilton.

(Thanks to KarmaLoop TV for doing the interview.)


Exclusive: A Clear Blurr Interview

Posted by Levi | 01.30.2008

I got a chance to talk with A Clear Blurr, an up-and-coming band from Edison, NJ, this week and the members answered some questions for us. They’re good kids in a good band, and they’re still in high school, so watch out!

a clear blurr band members

Can you give us a brief introduction to the band members and how you formed the band?

We are a pop/punk and rock band out of Edison, NJ. There are 4 members in the band. Tom Kenney is the lead vocalist and guitarist. He is 16 years old and a junior at Edison High School in Edison, NJ. Kevin Nicotera is a vocalist and guitarist in the band. He is 16 years old and a junior at St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen, NJ. Karl Pearson is the bass player in the band. He is 17 years old and a junior at Edison High School. Cole MacDonnell is the drummer. He is 17 years old and a junior at Edison High School.

The band was originally formed about 2-3 years ago. The original members were Tom, Karl and Cole. We all knew each other from school and were good friends and still are. Some of us went to elementary school and middle school together. We broke apart and then started back up again back in the spring of 2007. And we have been going strong ever since.

You have released a debut EP “In The Bedroom.” When was that released and how long did it take to put together?

Our debut EP “In the Bedroom” took us a couple of months to put together. Tom had been writing songs that we had been performing at local shows and we decided to take the next step and go to the studio to see how we would do. We had a lot of people asking us for a cd so we decided to make one. We went to Portrait Recording Studios in Lincoln Park NJ. We worked with Chris Badami – Owner/Chief Engineer/Producer/Mixer and Tom Suhey – Producer/Engineer on the EP. We were in the studio for about 40 hours and we released it in the summer of 2007.

Any current plans on another album release or upcoming tours?

a clear blurr band members

We are actually planning on heading back to Portrait Recording Studios in April to finish our cd. We have had such a good response to our EP and people have been asking when we will be coming out will a full length cd. We hope to release it early summer of 2008.

Right now we don’t have an out of state tour planned. We do play all over the NJ/NY/PA area. We were thinking that we may just expand that area this summer but things can change.

You’re using a lot of online services (Myspace, PureVolume, SonicBids, MyYearBook, NumberOneMusic, Snocap, etc.) Are you making any connections with these sites that you wouldn’t have if you used Myspace alone? And would you recommend them to other bands that are starting out?

We actually have an overwhelming response on all the websites we are signed up to. Myspace has to be our most viewed followed by MyYearBook.

All of the sites we are on give us exposure. That is really important. We really just want people to hear our music and to give us a chance. We just figured the more you see us the higher the chance we have of you clicking on us and listening. So our advice is put yourself every where and any where. The more people who see/hear you the higher the chance you will get discovered!

I read that you are all outstanding high school students… do you currently have plans for college, a career in music, or something else?

a clear blurr live

Right now our plan is this, we all decided that becoming the next big thing in music can be really hard. So we are going to put ourselves out there and give it 200% until the end of high school. That is another 1 1/2 years. Hopefully someone will see us and want to help us grasp our dream of becoming the next Blink 182 or Green Day. If not we all plan on still doing the music thing but attending college and planning another path for our future as well.

To be honest, we all know that eventually even if we do get discovered we have to have the education and tools to help better ourselves 2 years from now and 25 years from now. So no matter what we will be attending college. And that is why we all take school so seriously.

What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment so far?

a clear blurr live

Well in the past several weeks a lot has happened for us.

We were recently featured on G Rock radio 106.3/106.5 in the NJ area on their specialty show G Rock Rising. You can check out our interview and two acoustic songs we did by going to www.grockradio.com and clicking on G Rock Rising. We had such a good response from that webcast that they played our song “Make You Happy” which is on our EP, on the radio twice.

We just recently found out that the store Hot Topic will be carrying our finished CD in all of its stores this summer.

Direct TV approaches us and asked us if they could use our music in TV commercials for their show “The 101”.

And we were just asked to be on the TV show Fearless Music. It is on every Saturday night at 12:30 am on Fox 5 NY.

But even with all of that going on all of us think our biggest accomplishment is that we all manage to keep it together in school and in life outside of the band.

Any “final thoughts” you’d like to share with the world?

Well, no matter what you’re doing, music or anything else you can’t let other people talk you out of doing what you believe in. A lot of people doubted us and said we would never go anywhere. That there were thousands of kids just like us who wanted the same things. That may be true but it is not going to stop us from trying to reach our goals. So just don’t listen to what other people are saying if you think that you can make it in what ever it may be keep trying and it will happen for you.

And even if we are not the next Blink 182 or Green Day we had the best experience in the world and it has taught us a lot about life in general.

Thanks for asking us to be a part of insidepunk.com,

Tom Kenney
Kevin Nicotera
Karl Pearson
Cole MacDonnell

a clear blurr

You can also catch A Clear Blurr on PureVolume, Myspace, and AClearBlurr.com.

Photo credits go to A Clear Blurr and Mike Maroney Photography


InsidePunk Exclusive: Malese Jow Interview

Posted by Corey | 11.28.2007

malese jow

We recently spoke with Malese Jow. You may recognize her as Geena from the hit Nickelodeon TV show, Unfabulous. Malese is not only busy with an acting career, she’s now starting up a music career as well!

If you haven’t added her to myspace or heard any of her songs, you should head on over to www.myspace.com/malesemusic. She’s got a lot of talent and a great voice! She was nice enough to take the time to answer the questions below.

How have you been Malese, and what have you been up to as of late?

I’ve been great! I’m actually in the final few girls being considered for a new Nickelodeon pilot, and we had a producer’s session today. I’m also planning to go back to New Jersey to work with my producer on writing and recording more demos… hopefully soon.

Do you have any future tour plans scheduled?

That will have to come after I get signed with a label – hopefully soon! I can’t wait, though!

Approximately how many demos do you have recorded, and are you working on a CD yet?

I have several demo songs that we recorded in the past with other producers, but I must say that the two newest ones actually capture my “sound” the way I want it to come across. I co-wrote “No Better” and want to continue having creative input into the songs that I perform in the future – not just singing someone else’s material.

What artist or band influences you the most?

I’m inspired by new bands that try new sounds – it’s amazing to see what’s out there! All-around I would have to say that Paramore has the whole package of what inspires me the most.

Who personally inspires you the most?

Personally I would have to say my family (my mom and siblings) inspires me the most. We’ve been through everything together (good and bad) and they always keep me grounded. I go to them for everything.

malese jow

As a kid, did you dream of being a vocalist or did you want to pursue an acting career?

Singing was always something I did for fun – and it came so naturally to me, but I found that acting was such a challenge – it keeps me on my toes and I never get bored with new scripts. Now as I’ve gotten older, I’m realizing that singing is much more complex than I ever imagined before. I think the writing & recording process is just as intense as acting and I can’t wait to actually do an entire CD.

What’s it like being only 16 years old and already accomplishing so much?

I don’t really see myself as an accomplished person. I just worked hard and got opportunities to do what I love. I’ve been blessed.

You’ve just filmed the 3rd season of Unfabulous, correct? Is this the last season? Do you have any other upcoming tv show or film appearances?

The third and final season of Unfabulous wrapped last year. As for other projects, I’ll be guest starring on Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” as Ruby Donohue – it’s episode 13, but I’m not sure when it will be airing. I’m also a supporting lead in Bratz – the Movie, which just came out on DVD November 27.

Now I know that your music appeals to all audiences but you have somewhat of a younger fan base due to your acting career. Do you have any advice that you would like to share with them?

I always like to encourage kids to pursue what they’re passionate about. If it’s acting, get involved in your school’s plays, etc and if it’s singing, do what I did back in Oklahoma and start offering to sing the National Anthem at charity events, etc. I entered talent competitions and showcases just to get experience on stage – if you love to perform you can find opportunities everywhere! It really helped a lot!

Thank you very much for taking time to answer these questions! Is there anything else that you would like to share with us before we say goodbye?

The messages and comments from my fans are really encouraging and I appreciate all of them! Word of mouth is the only way my music is getting heard right now, so I’m thankful for myspace and the internet in jump-starting my music career.

Thanks Corey!

See more of Malese here:

On Myspace | IMDB | ReverbNation | Youtube


If you’ve been waiting for Part 2 of our interview with Us Against The Archers, here it is!


Our Interview with Us Against The Archers

Posted by Levi | 06.27.2007

Check this out, we have a sweet video of our interview with Us Against The Archers. Part 1 is below, Part 2 will be posted tomorrow.


Interview with Seth from Topshelf Records

Posted by Levi | 06.22.2007

We got a chance to sit down with Seth Decoteau, who co-founded Topshelf Records, in their Western Mass headquarters.

Here’s the interview:



There ya go!


Letter Kills (Video) Interview 8/10/2004

Posted by Levi | 02.03.2007

Another classic interview from the archives, this is Tim from Letter Kills. (From Warped Tour 2004)

Part I:

Part II:

(Transcript coming soon.)


Boys Night Out (Video) Interview 8/10/2004

Posted by Levi | 01.18.2007

Here’s another classic we pulled out of the archives for your viewing pleasure. It’s an interview with Jeff and Connor of Boys Night Out, from Warped Tour 2004.

Part I:

Part II:


Tiger Army (Video) Interview 8/10/2004

Posted by Levi | 01.07.2007

Yesterday we just posted the completed Tiger Army interview. This is all classic footage from Warped Tour 2004, so be sure to check it out for old times’ sake.

http://www.insidepunk.com/interviews/tigerarmy/


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