Interview With Bill Leverty Of FireHouse 2020

IN THE BEGINNING

I am from Richmond, Virginia and the son of a great set of parents who gave me my 1st guitar at the age of four. Big mistake! I fell in love with the guitar but we broke-up for a while when I found the sport of diving. By the age of ten I was Virginia State Diving Champion. I then left the diving board for ice hockey (the greatest sport of all time). GO RED WINGS! The guitar came back into my life at the age of 15 and won my heart over. I still love ice hockey and play a couple times a week but I don’t tell my guitar!

My first guitar lesson was in the 8th grade. I took a guitar course in school where the teacher taught us basic guitar chords. It was a one hour lesson, once a week for 6 weeks. I was hooked! I went on to take music theory in high school. That was the best course I ever took in school.

Some of my influences are Stevie Wonder, Simon & Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, Carlos Montoya, Rare Earth, Peter Frampton, Billy Gibbons, Jimmy Page, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Kiss, Michael Schenker, UFO, Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Outlaws, Allman Brothers, Steve Morse and the Dixie Dregs, Pat Travers, Eddie Van Halen, Al Dimeola, Allan Holdsworth, Scorpions, Randy Rhodes, Warren DeMartini and Ratt, George Lynch, Joe Satriani, Steve Lukather, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, and (my favorite guitarist of all time) Jeff Beck.

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THE EARLY YEARS

My history with FireHouse begins when my band White Heat needed a drummer. We auditioned at least twenty guys. Finally Michael Foster answered the ad in the paper and showed up at our rehearsal room. I remember he had a really ugly green drum set but he could sing REALLY well and he had a GREAT groove. His first song to audition was Say What You Will by Fastway which has a swing feel and he just SLAMMED it! What really impressed me was his ability to sing and play drums at the same time. He was given a song list of the 35 songs we were playing at the time, and when he came back the next night he knew them all perfectly with harmony parts nailed! He obviously got the gig. That was in 1984.

Michael and I used to go out to the rock clubs when we weren’t playing gigs. One night we saw this band called Maxx Warrior. Their singer, CJ Snare, and a bass player, Perry Richardson, both blew us away. CJ and Perry sang so well together I just remember thinking, “Wow! If Mike and I could work with those two guys we’d be a really strong four piece band.”

Over time Maxx Warrior broke-up. I sent CJ some songs that I had written and asked him to sing on our tape. He just tore it up. We did a show in Virginia with him as our singer a few weeks later and I’ll never forget him telling me that after performing live with us that he felt like this was the right band for him. I told him that I knew that he was the right singer for me and I thought we could make it in the music business together. I couldn’t believe what a great voice he had. I am still amazed to this day at his song writing ability and clever musicianship, and of course his pipes! CJ is also a great piano player.

After we had a tape with CJ’s voice on it we took it to Perry. He really liked it, but had promised the band that he was in at the time that he’d complete 6 months of gigs. We just said, “We’re coming to get you when that 6 months is up!” We sold our P.A. system, moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, and started recording demos in my bedroom. Our band house had a basement where we would mic the drums and guitar speakers, run the mic cables through the air conditioning ducts into my room, and record all day. We’d play hotel gigs at night to make money to pay the rent and bills.

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THE NEXT LEVEL

One night in December of 1989 a guy named Michael Caplan, Epic Records VP of A&R, flew down from New York to see our gig. He told me after the show, “You guys are ready for a record deal.” I said, “Well it’s about time!” Michael didn’t want to change us at all. He saw our vision, and I’m forever grateful to him for giving me my first chance in the big league. We went right into the studio with David Prater (Dream Theater) as our producer. I learned quite a bit from Prater and I think he did a great job on our CDs FireHouse and Hold Your Fire. He’s a genius with outstanding musical talent who used to play drums with Santana. When the CD was completed we finally signed the record deal with Sony.

Hold Your FireFireHouseWe won the American Music Award for Best New Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Band of 1991, Metal Edge Magazine’s Best New Band of 1991, Young Guitar Magazine’s Best Newcomer of 1991, and Music Life Magazine’s reader’s pop poll Best Newcomer of the Year 1992. Our first album, FireHouse, sold over 2 million copies, while our song Love of a Lifetime sold over 500,000 singles reaching #5 and Don’t Treat Me Bad went to #14. Our Second album, Hold Your Fire, sold almost 1 million copies to date with Reach For The Sky getting into the top 20 and When I Look Into Your Eyes reaching #7.

Good AcousticsFireHouse 3We changed producers for the next CD FireHouse 3. We used Ron Nevison, who is famous for producing and engineering Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne, Damn Yankees, UFO, Michael Schenker, Vince Neil, and others. He gave us more of a live feel. I learned quite a bit from Ron. He’s a world class producer. FireHouse 3 enjoyed more success overseas than we’d ever had. We went gold in several countries in Asia enabling us to take our music around the world. Our 4th CD was produced by me. It was the first FireHouse album that I got to produce. It’s called Good Acoustics and we used our favorite engineer in the world, Mark Severns. At the time, Mark was teaching advanced audio recording and mixing at The Full Sail College in Orlando, FL. He is extremely well respected in the industry and very musical as well. He is also a great guitar player so we instantly hit it off. We had some of our greatest success stories overseas with Good Acoustics going gold in 6 countries.

Bring 'em Out AliveCATEGORY 5I produced our 5th album, CATEGORY 5. We started recording it in the spring of 1998. It’s a very diverse album for us, and it shows us stretching our musical wings a bit. We went to Japan in 1999 for an amazing tour. Pony Canyon suggested that we record a show so that we could have a live album. We agreed and the result is Bring ’em Out Live, our first ever live album recorded one night in Osaka, Japan.

O2In 2000 I produced and engineered our 7th album O2. This album has been called our best album ever by fans and critics from all over the world. It’s a return to our melodic hard rock roots with a 21st century twist. As a result of musical and personal differences we decided to part company with Perry Richardson. We found an extremely accomplished bassist/vocalist named Bruce Waibel who fit our band perfectly. Bruce had previously played in The Gregg Allman Band for over 10 years, recording on the I’m No Angel and Just Before The Bullets Fly albums. He also toured with The Marshall Tucker Band for 5 years while Gregg was not on the road. I had a great time recording and touring with Bruce, but he departed FireHouse and about a year later, he tragically passed away.

Full CirclePrime TimeFireHouse released Prime Time in 2003. I engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered this album. We had a great time writing and recording it and you can hear that vibe in the music. Everyone went the extra mile to make this recording the best it could possibly be. Michael’s drumming is the best I’ve ever heard him play. He ever takes the vocal on one track for the first time ever and he did an awesome job. CJ’s voice is as amazing as ever. The press gave the album great reviews. We followed in 2011 with our next release Full Circle. For years we have been wanting to go back to rerecord many of our favorite FireHouse songs in an up-to-date style. Finally the timing was right and everything fell into place for us to do just that. There are eleven tracks on Full Circle and we hope you enjoy every single one of them as much as we did recording them.

O2 also featured my vocal debut on track #7 I’m In Love This Time. I got some good feedback on that song and since then I’ve written more songs that fit my voice. You can hear two of them on the FireHouse CD Prime Time which was released in September 2003. In 2004 I released my first side project Wanderlust. The album received wonderful reviews from both critics and fans. I am very grateful for the overwhelmingly positive reaction.

In December of 2007 I released my first instrumental album Southern Exposure. I played all of the instruments except drums, as I was able to bring in Michael Foster for his amazing drumming talent. The album has received many great reviews. I plan on going out and playing these songs in music stores around the world as I do clinics to demonstrate various gear that I play. Please join my Mailing List so I can send you the latest clinic tour dates.

In June of 2009 I released my first album of cover tunes. After finishing the album I realized that all of the songs had originated in the Southern United States, so I named the album Deep South after an amazing piece of artwork that my Grandfather, William G. Leverty, had created called Deep South. The music is very diverse and most of the songs were written in the late 1800s and early 1900s. I’m playing a lot of instruments on this album that I had never recorded before. You can hear some sound clips on the Deep South page. I hope you enjoy the music!

In 2013, I released an album of classic cover tunes that influenced and inspired me in my youth. The album is called DRIVE. I thought it would be a great learning experience for me to go back to the songs that made me want to become a musician. I learned from not only the greatest artists and songwriters of all time, but also from the producers and engineers who made these timeless recordings. Some of these songs were number one hits, and some were songs that were so important to me in my formative years that I HAD to put them on this album. The result is an album that will show you how I started. I hope you enjoy the DRIVE.

After the release of DRIVE, I’ve been very busy working with other artists as an engineer, mix engineer, producer and vocalist on their songs. I’ve also been working on my fifth solo album. I’ve decided to release each song as soon as it’s finished. After I finish enough songs to make an album, I’ll release the album; but, in the meantime, you can keep up with my progress by getting the singles.I hope you’ll check them out on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.-

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FAMILY

I found my soul mate on a hot summer’s night in 1995. When I first saw her I got weak in the knees and my heart started beating like it never had before. We fell madly in love and got married in April 1996. Her name is Kris. She’s my best friend in the world and I can’t believe I was able to get her phone number that night. We had our first child, Dabney, in November of 2001. She’s a gift from God. Every time I look at her, I see God. Kris and I are truly blessed to have such a wonderful daughter. My wife, daughter, and all of my family truly are my love of a lifetime.

Interview With Jimi Taft Of KINGS OF DUST 2020

 

 

With “retro rock” being a hot commodity at the moment, it seems that young bands are oozing out of the woodwork to jump on the trend.  Phoenix, AZ musical veterans however, aren’t another young bandwagon jumping band of the moment.  It’s a lifelong passion with this quartet that was formed a few years ago, just to “jam around for fun,” but ultimately, turned into a serious project about a year ago.  ““There are some really great bands out there right now with that 70s style sound. But KINGS OF DUST is first generation stuff. We were all there when it was a “sound” the first time around, so I think it’s very authentic, seeing as this is what we grew up listening to,” says bassist and co-founder, Greg Chaisson. The band boasts a pedigree of musicians from two Jake. E. Lee bands (Badlands and Red Dragon Cartel) as well as 2000’s glam rock heroes Crash Street Kids and late 80s / early 90s heavy hitters Surgical Steel (mentored by the one and only Rob Halford). 

But the band aren’t about resting on their laurels, they’re here to give the public a relevant album for 2020.  “The album isn’t your run of the mill collection of three chord based love songs and “standing up to ‘the man’” type anthems,” says frontman Michael Thomas Beck, “The song subjects vary from parents teaching their kids the rules of life to not letting your emotions get the best of you. Positive messages brought to life by a veteran group of musicians who don’t abide by the three chord rock theory.”

Recorded throughout the spring and summer of 2019 and mixed throughout the fall at SoundVision Recording in Mesa in Mesa, AZ, the self titled release was produced by Greg Chaisson, mixed by Michael Thomas Beck and mastered by Brad Vance (Rainbow, Graham Bonnet, Ritchie Blackmore, Warrant, etc) at Red Mastering in Newbury Park, CA. Kicking off with the album’s lead single, “Like an Ocean” – a song that speaks of your own relevance and control of emotion, “What’s the Other” is a tale of self motivation (‘or lack thereof!” laughs Beck), “Ugly,” in contrast, refers to times when the need of the dark side can be an asset to one’s well being.

 

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Interview With George Becker Of Jaded Past 2020

 

Jaded Past is the creation of lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter George Becker,
who has been a Long time veteran of the East Coast Music Scene and has shared the stage with numerous national acts.

George Becker teamed up in the studio with producer Steve Brown of Trixter for 2 records to date…
The debut Jaded Past CD was released back in 2012 independently, and the 2016 sophomore Jaded Past release entitled “Believe” released on Melodic Rock Records.

 

Back in the studio again and just released 4 New Digital singles “Mission”, “Much Too Young”, Mother May I” and “Move Along” and a new full length CD scheduled for Summer of 2020 Release! Jaded Past is also slated for a number of live performances through out the U.S.and Europe in 2020

Jaded Past Is:
George Becker on Lead Vocals
Pete Fry on Guitar and Vocals
Leo Sabatino on Bass and Vocals
Pete Giordano on Drums

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Interview With Vocalist Patrick Rivers Of 3 Days Under 2020

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3 Days Under represents the 3 days Jesus was dead. Though each of us in the band have a different background, story, and history our end goal is the same. We intend to use our hard hitting sound to deliver those in the same bondage we once found ourselves. We have taken the 90’s sound and infused the love of Christ so He can be the focal point and not us. Take the time and check the page. If you like what you see, send us a message and we will schedule our performance with your event!!! God bless!!!

 

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Interview With Kathy Hughes Of CROSSOVER 2020

 

Each member is talented and brings a unique sound to the band. Kieth (bass) has worked hard to bring lyrics that challenge the listener to think by pulling most of his words from scriptures. Kathy (vocals) sings with an amazing vocal range that can absolutely blend with the rest of the band in a unique way. David, a versatile guitar player balances by playing tight rhythms and sailing in the upper range during solo sections, Finally, ‘Rod’ lays down smooth grooves to keep the group grounded. Each member has been performing since childhood and brings their own sound giving Crossover a versatile and unique sound.

 

 

Interview With Ronnie Robson Of Hollywood Monsters 2020

 

Hollywood Monsters are a prodigious music collective that currently includes; Steph Honde, Vinny Appice, and Ronnie Robson as the core, who bring with them an amazing collaborative of Internationally known musicians, all that come with huge resumes, performing on the various albums and in the live spectrum.

The band was founded in 2014 by Steph Honde while living and recording in Los Angeles, California.

The Monsters are currently working on the third Album entitled: “Thriving On Chaos”, once again having invited various Internationally recognized musicians to perform on its eleven song platform – with two bonus albums included in the collection.

Not only do the Hollywood Monsters have an amazing original soundtrack – they also celebrate some of the greatest rock songs of all time, fulfilled masterfully with a live energy that is second to none – turning the music dial to reflect the subconscious of our own life’s soundtrack.

Currently planning a tour for 2020 and beyond, the Hollywood Monsters exciting live performances transcend both era and genre; captivating their audiences with a masterfully curated set list and tour of selected talent from both the classic rock, heavy rock and metal genres.

The certain mind set when they step on stage – as if it was “the last show they will ever perform”, with raw and emotional energy.

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Interview With Jim Crean 2020

 

 

 

 

Award Winning Vocalist/Songwriter Jim Crean is a recording/touring musician for well over 39 years.He has fronted many Regional and National Recording artist’s .He has won numerous awards 2013,2014 & 2015 Best Original Male Vocalist.In 2016 he was inducted in the Night-Life Hall Of Fame Lifetime Achievement award’s.Jim Crean was inducted in the Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame in 2019!

 

Crean released seven Solo album’s on Major Label’s.Most Recently He released The highly anticipated new album titled “Insatiable” on Carmine Appice’s label Rocker Records .
Jim Crean “Insatiable” features a who’s who of Iconic Legendary All-Star musicians such as Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart/Ozzy Osbourne/Vanilla Fudge/Cactus/Pink Floyd/Blue Murder) Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio/Heaven & Hell/Derringer/John Lennon) Mike Tramp (White Lion/Freak Of Nature) Phil Lewis (LA Guns/Girl) Frank Dimino (Angel) Martin Slott (Push) Jimmy Bain (Rainbow/Dio) Tony Franklin (The Firm/Blue Murder/Whitesnake) Robby Lochner (Jack Russell’s Great White/Rob Halford’s Fight) Rowan Robertson (Dio/Bang Tango) Phil Naro (Talas/Peter Criss) Dave Constantino (Talas) Stan Miczek ( Honeymoon Suite/The Guess Who/Sass Jordan/Killer Dwarfs/Harem Scarem/Tom Cochrane) Glenn Nash (Kim Mitchell/Lee Aaron) Colleen Mastrocovo (Hair Nation) Alberto Campuzano (Annihilator ) Steve Major (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) Roger Banks (Sarasin/24k) Don Jamieson (That Metal Show).

 

Jim Crean The London Fog” & “Gotcha Covered” The highly anticipated new album by Jim Crean titled “The London Fog” released on Visionary Noise Records on CD,Digital Download & Vinyl format and is Distributed Worldwide.

 

“The London Fog” Album features a who’s who of Iconic Legendary All Star musicians such as Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart/Ozzy Osbourne/Vanilla Fudge/Cactus/Pink Floyd/Blue Murder) Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio/Heaven & Hell/Derringer/John Lennon) Mike Tramp Official (White Lion/Freak Of Nature) Frank DiMino (Angel) Tony Franklin The Fretless Monster (The Firm/Blue Murder/Whitesnake) Robby Lochnerr (Jack Russell’s Great White/Rob Halford’s Fight) Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot/ Ozzy Osbourne /Whitesnake/Blue Oyster Cult/ Dio / The Guess Who) Rik Fox ( W.A.S.P / Steeler / Sin) Steph Honde(Paul Dianno Iron Maiden / Hollywood Monsters) Chris Holmes Official (W.A.S.P ) Raymond Tabano (Aerosmith) Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian / Zakk Wylde ) Colleen Mastrocovo (Hair Nation) Ronnie Robson (Hollywood Monsters / Dover) A.D. Zimmer (Lou Gramm Band / Hair Nation) Eric Lebailly ( Stu Hamm / Adagio) Chris Tristram (Jack Russell’s Great White / House Of Lords / Joe Lynn Turner / Slash ) Christopher Konys (Tango Down ) Dave Pontrello (Session ) Freddy Villano ( Dee Snider’s Widowmaker / Quiet Riot / American Mafia ) Artie Dillon (Appice / Carmine Appice Slamm ) Carl Canedy (The Rods / Manowar ) Mitch Perry (Talas / MSG / Cher / Lita Ford / Edgar Winter / The Sweet).

 

Produced By Steve Major & Jim Crean. Executive producer Steve Susman III & Micah Jackson.ARTWORK BY Jeffrey Alan Dbury
As an added bonus the label is putting out Jim Crean “Gotcha Covered” Album that has a vast array of cover songs! The album features Jim Crean,Dave Pontrello Art Art Kalenda , Eric Lebailly.Steph Honde,Ronnie Robson,Produced By Steve Major & Jim Crean. Executive producer Steve Susman III & Micah Jackson ARTWORK BY Jeffrey Alan Dbur.

 

Crean is the Vocalist for the Award winning 2014,2015, 2016 & 2017 Buffalo Night-Life Music awards Lifetime Achievement awards, Popular Tribute Band Hair Nation.He is Also the Lead Vocalist for the National Band The Appice Brother’s.

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Interview With Thomas Hood And Alan Zaring Of Enemy Of Promise 2019

 

 

                                                                                                                          

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Kentucky-bred Alt-Folk band. 4 members. A fusion of Folk, Alternative Rock & Americana.

 

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Interview With Giancarlo Floridia And Timothy Gaines Of FAITHSEDGE 2019

 

 

Faithsedge was started in 2011 in Southern California by singer / songwriter Giancarlo Floridia. Giancarlo has worked with multi platinum artist / producers as Juan Croucier (Ratt), Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai /Alice Cooper), Jeff Pogan (Suicidal Tendencies) , Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline) and now has released multiple Faithsedge albums with praise among the melodic rock /metal fanbase.

 

Giancarlo has been featured in multiple online interviews around the world and magazines promoting the past few years for the Faithsedge debut (2011) and follow up to that The Answer of Insanity (2014) and Restoration (2016). With the return of the band and new album Bleed for Passion Giancarlo once again has recruited some serious hard rock powerhouses to take his vision of melodic rock / metal music / progressive to the next level.

 

 

Returning on lead guitar is former Dokken guitarist Alex De Rosso who has toured the world with Dokken sharing the stage and touring with The Scorpions, Whitesnake, Ratt, and many others. Alex De Rosso also has multiple studio works recording guitars for artist like Joseph Williams (Toto), Kelly Hansen (Foreigner) and Pamela Moore also known as Sister Mary from Queensryche’s opus concept album Operation: Mindcrime. Alex continues to write and perform in Italy and also does production and songwriting at his studio “The Cube”.

 

Also returning to the Faithsedge line up is ex-Stryper bass player Tim Gaines. Tim has multiple gold and platinum credits under his belt and the success of Stryper continuing for over 30 years. The Stryper fan base is strong as ever, releasing recent Billboard charting albums as “No More Hell To Pay” and the newly released “Fallen”. Tim’s punch and arena rock style fits in perfectly to the Faithsedge style as can be heard on the record. Tim has played bass live for artists such as Richard Marx, Bryan Duncan’s Nehosoul , Aldo Nova and his own band with Stryper guitarist Oz Fox called Sin Dizzy.

 

 

Handling the drum work is Matt Starr. Matt has done numerous tours and recordings for KISS guitar legend Ace Frehley and performed on Ace Frehley’s billboard charting at # 9 album “Space Invader” and “Spaceman” album which Matt also contributed to the vocal work alongside his drumming skills. Matt plays with the melodic rock giants Mr.Big which he has toured the world with over the past few years and released “Defying Gravity” album .

 

 

Matt’s thunderous drumming aligned with Tim Gaines bass playing is taking the Faithsedge sound to the next level.
The new album Bleed for Passion is all about bringing back the sounds from the 80’s and early 90’s with big guitars and in your face production but keeping an up to date spin on the lyrics to whats going on in the world today .

 

Line Up:

 

Giancarlo Floridia – Vocals /Guitar
Alex De Rosso – Lead Guitar
Tim Gaines – Bass
Matt Starr – Drums

 

 

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Interview With Mark Allen Lanoue Of Fiction Syxx 2019

FICTION SYXX has completed work on their sophomore release, ‘The Alternate Me’!

The album follows the acclaimed debut ‘Tall Dark Secrets’, released in 2017.

 

FICTION SYXX mixes progressive hard rock with a nuance of melodic rock. The first release from this project was a way to bring a talented core of seasoned musicians together and to bring several guest artists and what came out of the effort is a solid 11 songs of progressive rock.

 

The line-up had one change for the new album – Larry Hart (King Kobra/Montrose) on bass guitar takes over for Tony “The Fretless Monster” Franklin. This release is focused more on the core than their debut release ‘Tall Dark Secrets’. There are no guest artists on this one and JK Northrup & Mark Lanoue share the lead guitar duties. Prepare for a mix of melody, harmony, soaring slide, and at times SHRED! 

 

Fiction Syxx is: Mark Allen Lanoue – Lead Vocals & Guitar JK Northrup – Guitar, B. Vocals & Production Rory Faciane – Drums Larry Hart – Bass Eric Ragno – Keyboards 

 

 

The new album picks up where the debut left off, but at the same time, dials everything up 3 notches. The musicianship, the complexities of the songs, the production and the hooks. All maximized for fan enjoyment.

 

FICTION SYXX, is the brain child of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist, Mark Allen Lanoue. But like all ideas, including musical ones, it is not just about the writing; it is about the delivery. So, after writing the first song called “Welcome to my Nightmare” for this new musical journey, Mark started talking with friend and multi-talented musician/songwriter/producer, JK Northrup (KING KOBRA, XYZ) about starting a project that would be framed around a core of members.
The album was Produced, Mixed and Mastered by JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio, Carmichael CA, USA.

 

The album was Produced, Mixed and Mastered by JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio, Carmichael CA, USA

 

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