Scorpions 50th Anniversary Tour feat. Queensryche presented by LiveNation
May 25 starts @ 7:30 pm
5601 University Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM United States
Tickets available HERE
5601 University Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM United States
His unmistakable head banging locks and fist in the air only amplify his arsenal of originally created anthems and his work hard play hard attitude. In a time desperate for rebels and outliers, Tommy has carved himself a unique position in the scene.Outside his party-hard stage presence, the Grammy and VMA nominated producer’s approach to mind-blowing music remains as heartfelt as they come. With Platinum records around the world, singles on labels ranging from Axtone to Fool’s Gold, from Refune to Mau5trap, and from Spinnin’ to Owsla and Boys Noize, every new installment of his diverse, floor-filling productions lay testament to the pride the Aussie takes in his blazing, musical legacy. It’s no wonder that the likes of Rolling Stone and MTV have marked him out as ‘One To Watch’.
From the most prestigious nightspots around the globe and the ever-expanding global festivals that he so seamlessly conquers, to the grimiest warehouse parties, there’s no stage too grand or miniscule for him to tailor his adrenaline-fueled sets to. We’re extremely excited to welcome him to Albuquerque on Saturday, May 7th at the El Rey Theater in downtown.
Top 3 MC’s?
Pac, Quik, Luda,
Most influential DJ’s?
Hands down, Kid Capri. Complete Entertainer with the music and the mic. Blown away first time I saw him. “So That’s how it’s done” I said to myself…
What do you consider success?
I live by this quote:
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. – Albert Schweitzer.
You may not be the most famous or highest paid at what you do but as long as you love it, happiness is richer than all that. Now If you can be happy, humble and throw in hard work, call success what ever the hell you want.
Would you rather headline Cochella or iheart radio festival?
Tough one. You know I am a radio guy at heart (no pun intended) and people appreciate the music at both. But, if you’re gonna make me choose, then Coachella all day (and night). IHeart is like any other concert in an arena and Coachella well is just that, Coachella. Just make it back in one piece is the key.
What did your parents think of you being a DJ?
You know, they were aways pretty supportive of it. The one thing they weren’t to supportive of was where I started getting into it a bit and that was in Tijuana, Mexico. Spent quite a bit of time down there….whew. Wanna go?
Three albums that influenced you?
You may laugh at these but these 3 hit me in ways I’ll never forget:
2 Live Crew – As Nasty As They Wanna Be Besides the Miami Booty Bass sound having me like Whoa, my Mom made me take it back and get the clean version. Walked me into store to do it too. Influenced me to always respect my elders. But also influenced me not grow up to quick(didn’t happen).
Love Ya Mom! Wink!
Vanilla Ice – To The Extreme
This album taught me that this half white boy half New Mexican could make it in music somehow! Motivation can come in the strangest forms. Vanilla Ice Posse for Life #VIP. Ha!
Bell Biv Devoe – Poison (Album)
“Mentally Hip Hop Smoothed Out On The R&B Tip With A Pop Feel Appeal To It.” That describes who I am and what you get from me musically when I play. That album I could listen to over and over. “When will I see you smile again?” Is one of the greatest R&B tracks to not get more love. Oh and last about this album, “You can’t trust a big butt and smile!” C’Mon greatest advice ever till you see a big butt, I mean smile…
Which decade influenced you the most?
Love me some Earth Wind and Fire but by far late 80’s early 90’s. It’s just when it was my time growing up with music. But I will admit, great time in music to grow up too.
How long have you had a radio show?
I’ve been on the air for almost 14 yrs now. In fact my first live on-air shift was at Kiss 97.3 back in 2002. Spent two of the best years of my life living in Burque. Been a blessing to come back almost every weekend for the last two years to see the familia, old friends and the chance make new ones.
What has been the biggest roadblock in your success?
Wanting to do it all.
In order…Tacos,Pizza or Bacon?
This order is fine just as long as they all come with Green Chile.
ABQ-Live Intern Adrianna got the chance to interview the band to find out more about the band and what to expect this Tuesday night at the Launchpad.
Interview by Adrianna Vigil
· How did Seratones come to be?
We all grew up together putting on DIY punk shows in Shreveport and have played together in various configurations since. Said bands include The Noids! , Sunday Mass Murder, A.J. Haynes and the Monkey Business, Sweaty Cleopatra, Don’t Forget Your Dinosaur, and whatever random permutations materialized along the way. Seratones came to be after we won some recording time at Blade Studios and we wanted to take full advantage of the opportunity. Connor, Jesse, and I had already been working on a new sound and Adam joining made it all come together.
· Since starting, how has Seratones evolved?
Our songwriting process is collaborative, so we’re constantly learning how to communicate the sounds in our head to each other. It’s a tightrope sometimes, balancing our individual deliberations while leaving enough sonic-space for spontaneity. It also helps that we’ve been playing together for years, have many of the same influences, and we love what we do.
· When creating a song or album, where does the inspiration come from?
Like Tom Waits says, music is really just something interesting to be doing with the air. Some songs are inspired out of sheer boredom, some by bourbon, and some by having a good time, some by rage, some from a melodic whim. With Get Gone, our go-to mantra was first thought, best thought. We wanted to, of course, craft good songs—but not at the expense of losing fun and spontaneity.
· What influences does your hometown, Shreveport, LA, have on your music?
We are left to our own devices in Shreveport. Shreveport has a rich musical lineage, but also is removed enough from the industry, providing a great space for experimentation. Shreveport birthed both Leadbelly and The Residents—quite opposite ends of the spectrum—but there’s still that peculiar thread that is difficult to describe in words…Shreveport’s weird.
· What is your favorite and least favorite part of being on the road?
Being away from home—it’s my most favorite and least favorite part of being on the road.
· What does it mean to you to have fans in other countries and to be able to share your music live with these fans during this tour?
It’s so amazing! We hope to bring good music to folks around the world and to learn from other places we’re lucky enough to visit.
· What do your fans have to anticipate with the upcoming year?
Our debut record Get Gone is out May 6th. We’ll be touring the US extensively and also have a European tour lined up later this year.
· For Seratones, what is your number one goal and what would you ideally like to achieve with your music?
Keep making music we like to play. People can hear when you’re not having fun anymore—and there’s absolutely nothing sexy about that, is there?
THANKS so much for taking some time to talk! I can’t wait to hear you play Tuesday night at The Launchpad!
How would you define yourself, who is Andy Mineo?
What is your most memorable moment from when you were first getting started?
AM: I was at my best friend, Ryan’s house, and we tried to record ourselves. After we recorded, we couldn’t figure out how to combine the instrumental with the vocal. Later, I came home and Ryan called saying he had figured out how to mix my vocals with the beat! He played it for me over the phone and I lost my mind. I got the craziest feeling in the world after hearing myself. I was a real rapper.
Where do you find your musical/lyrical inspirations? AM: Everywhere really. The full time job of an artist is to find inspiration. The thing about inspiration is it’s like the wind – you don’t know where it’s coming from and you have to have your antennas up and grab what’s in the air to pull it down into your pen.
What is your most memorable performance in your career so far?
AM: Sold out NYC Irving Plaza show. It was my first headlining tour and first coming home show. It was a sold out show at this amazing venue. I remember looking out into the crowd and seeing my friends and family.
Where would you most like to perform in the future?
AM: Madison Square Garden— it’s legendary.
What accomplishments do you see as the most impactful in your life so far?
AM: Getting married.
Do you have goals beyond those accomplishments that you are working to achieve?
AM: Success is being faithful to what you set out to do. That’s what I’ve been able to do. I get to do exactly what I want to do, which is create what I want to create. It’s great knowing that I’m fully supported full time while doing that. I think that is success. Everything here on out is extending my vision for what I want to do in the arts. I’m very satisfied with what I’ve done and ambitious to inspire more people.
How have your goals and perspective on your goals changed over the last year?
AM: I have learned more who I am and what mark I want to leave on the world through my creativity. It is humbling. When people think of goals, they think of Beyonce –a world star or Michael Jackson shutting down the mall. I don’t have the desire to be that. I just have a desire to continue to create things I think are beautiful and amazing. I want to enrich and inspire people’s lives and I do that using style and substance. I want to continue that for as long as I can.
Do you have any inspirational figures in your life that have influenced your music?
AM: It’s funny. Lecrae and I were just talking about this recently. There are certain people and certain artists that model their careers after other inspirations but I feel inspired by so many different genres. So much so, that it’s hard for me to pinpoint a specific figure. I will say that one of the things I appreciate most in music is early Kanye’s fearlessness in his creativity and his willingness to cross a genre and pull influence from obscure places –unique and interesting places that advance culture in hip hop.
What advice do you have for those who share your passion in music?
AM: Make dope stuff and build a team around you that can help see your vision.
What are some of your favorite bands or singers to listen to?
AM: That changes from week to week but right now it would Jack Garrett.
What changes in your musical style have you noticed throughout the years?
AM: I have evolved as a person and my taste buds for all kinds of things have evolved and refined. I know what I like more now than I did when I was younger and that has influenced my sound selection. I guess I’m more of a snob because I’m always looking for what’s interesting and not for what works.
What challenges do you currently face in your music?
AM: My creativity. It is my strength and weakness cause I can get so creative and out the box and have so many different things that sometimes I lose consistency and cohesiveness. I am finding a better way to focus consistency and energy.
What can we expect to see in the future from your music?
AM: Up to this point, a lot of my music has been experimenting and trying different things. Next album will be more of a focused energy on a particular sound I want to explore and enhance. I have created all kinds of different songs and textures. Now, it’s finding the best of what I do uniquely and enhancing that to be the best it can be.
LISTEN TO ANDY on his Soundcloud
Photography by Mike Pace | Questions by Madison Baggett | Answers by Mike Gerdes
There are six members of the band, who is who?
Kenny Cernius : Guitar/Vocals
Rick Gonzales : Keys/Vocals
Shea Longi : Bass
James Sanchez : Percussion/Vocals
Kevin Sanchez : Drums
Mike Gerdes : Guitar/Synth/Effects
How did you come together to form Mondo Vibrations?
A long time ago…Kenny and Kevin played in a band(When May Ends) in high school in Belen. After high school, they started feeling irie enough to start a reggae band and began Mondo Vibrations. James joined in ’09 and they played around town with the original lineup for over a year before I joined in 2010 following seeing them perform at a festival I was also playing with another band. I had played with Shea in a few other projects and brought him on board in 2013, and Rick was the final addition in 2014, rounding out the Mondo sound as we know it today.
A list of your shared influences include Stoic Frame, Crazy Fool, Sublime, Bob Marley, and many more; could you each identify any single artist who you believe truly inspired you to pursue playing music professionally?
I grew up listening to a whole lot of Pink Floyd. I would say that watching videos of concerts over and over again when I was very young made me find a passion for the theatrics of a live show. Kevin, being a Belen’er takes a lot of inspiration from local legends Stoic Frame, who he grew up watching. Kenny originally picked music up from his sister and his mom, and became addicted to it after his first live performance. Shea has been playing in bands for years, and takes inspiration from Aston “Family Man” Barrett from The Wailers. James was very influenced by his cousin, Ricardo Sanchez(another local legend on the drums). Rick gets his influence from his grandpas, Arturo Gonzales and Sisto Griego.
Seeing as Albuquerque is you guys’ hometown, how has Albuquerque influenced you as individuals and musicians?
Albuquerque is an amazing town with a rare blend of art, culture, landscape, and just the right amount (sometimes) of crazy. There is a tight knit community of musicians and artists that I am lucky enough to be a part of, with everyone realizing that a rising tide lifts all boats.
Since coming together in 2009, do you feel your sound has changed at all in the last 6 years?
Our sound has definitely matured. We started out as a party till you drop garage reggae band with raw energy that has since been honed in to a more developed, thought out sound that incorporates an added voice(Ricky G) and plenty of new musical gadgets in the mix.
You’ve classified your genre as “Burque Reggae/Rock/Soul”, how do you musically accomplish such a unique sound?
I think that the Mondo sound comes from the wide array of musical backgrounds of the band. We come from musical backgrounds that range from classical to punk, and from hip hop to rock. There is a passion and intensity in the people and landscape of New Mexico that is unlike any other, allowing for a unique sound to breathe through our music.
There is a creative process to both recording in studio as well as performing live, would you say you prefer one experience over the other?
I spend a lot of time in the studio at Central Root, and enjoy every second of it, but I love being on stage, where all you have is the moment you’re in. There are no overdubs onstage, so there is a rush that cannot be touched by many other experiences.
Speaking of performing live, where is your favorite venue to play here in Albuquerque?
There are a lot of fun venues to play in Albuquerque. The Launchpad, Low Spirits, and Sister Bar are always great shows, but my favorite venue would have to be Marble Brewery. The beer, the atmosphere, the beer, the fact that it is an outdoor stage, the beer, and the people makes it a great place to play. And, they have killer beer there.
What is the craziest thing that has ever happened at one of your gigs?
In October of 2012, we were playing a show at Launchpad with a local lineup. We all showed up ready to play as usual, and after the first few bands finished, we began to set up on stage. As soon as we finished setting up and were about to start the sound checking, we noticed our singer, Kenny, was not on stage. Two seconds later, Kenny came running in and let us know that he couldn’t play the show because his wife had just gone into labor in the parking lot behind the Launchpad. He left to the hospital and we played a show without our lead singer and guitarist. Definitely a show we will all remember.
Are the writing and arrangement of your original songs a collaborative effort?
Being in a band with 6 guys allows a lot of influences and ideas come to the table. Kenny, Rick, and Shea are the main writers in the group, but we all get to add our own flavor to it. The fact that we have multiple writers allows our sound to be diverse and keeps us on our toes musically.
Making the official music videos for “Slow Moving” and “Into The Sun” must have been exciting, have you decided which song there will be a music video for next?
The next music video is up in the air right now with a few possibilities on the horizon. We are excited about the video for the live in studio session that ABQ-LIVE did of us at Central Root for our song “Stay Here” which has not been previously released.
Molotov – Philly is an amazing city full of artistic people. Ground up was founded here in Philly at Temple University. If it wasn’t for this city we wouldn’t exist.
BIJ – When I was in highschool , the first hip hop show I went to was reef the lost cause in philly. 4 years later I was making songs with him and freeway. Little did I know that would ever happen. Life is surreal!
Azar – Philly is everything to us. It’s where we grew into men and musicians. This city helped facilitate our creative needs and everything else apart from that. We take great pride in repping a city as soulful and gritty as Philadelphia. Hopefully, when it’s all said and done, people will take great pride in the fact that we started this whole thing in this magical city.
I (Azar) started writing and recording music when I was about 14. Bij comes from a family of musicians so he’s been surrounded by it forever. And when I met Malcolm 7 years ago, he already had published a book of poetry. Once we all met, our talents came together and we started taking this very seriously.
Molotov – We’ve all spent nearly half our lives at this point. It’s a commitment.
BIJ– I see us traveling the world with our friends. The way it’s always been just on a much bigger scale. My goal is to make sure none of my friends need to work a job because they’re so devoted to this, that would be an accomplishment.
Molotov – It has always been our goal to be able support a family life with only our music. If we aren’t there in five years we better be close.
Azar – Bij Lincs does almost all of our productions. He’s our best friend and it’s just easy to work with someone like that. Not to mention, it’s a huge advantage having an in-house producer. He’s the most creative guy in the world and we feed off each others ideas and knowledge. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
BIJ – my friends are my biggest influence in the creation of hip hop music. I listened to hip hop my whole life however they were the ones who schooled me in that genre. I did not know much about the industry until I met them. I think that many people can tell that I love jazz through my production.
BIJ – like most modern day bands, we are all over the internet. We promote our group on Instagram and facebook however, you can find us on blogs and google searches. Instagram & Twitter: @TheRealGroundUp Facebook.com/SkillOverSwag
BIJ – early influences are my brothers and parents. Before I met the group of friends that I have now, I was still playing music, such as guitar and piano but it wasn’t until 12th grade of highschool that I started producing/recording what I played. My parents never pushed sports and my brothers are musicians as well so my house was loaded with all types of instruments.
We have been on tour for 5 days now, so far I love it as much as any other tour we’ve been on. Rest stop food, bizzare green room art, late night drinking, little stages … I love it all. Tour is great because it brings us together and allows us to really work on the dream we all share.
See GROUND UP live at SISTER BAR in Downtown Albuquerque this Saturday, October 24th! Brought to you by 808 and ABQ-Live! Grab your tickets online at http://www.holdmyticket.com/event/220797
They say you never forget your first and Abq-Live won’t soon forget our first country music feature, Kyle Martin. Dust off your cowboy boots and let Kyle tell you about his musical influences, songwriting and love life.
What does it mean to be ABQ-Live the Magazine’s first country music feature?
I am truly honored. The fact that ABQ-Live would consider me, it means a lot both as an artist and a fan of the magazine. There are a lot of very worthy candidates in the country music field living and playing in New Mexico today. I couldn’t be more excited that you picked me!
I know that you have spent some time in other places, what keeps bringing you back to New Mexico?
That’s simple, New Mexico is ‘home’ to me. I’ve traveled around the U.S quite a bit. I’ve gotten to do some very cool things and see a lot of amazing places. However, I’ve never been anywhere that I wanted to live more than New Mexico. I grew up on a big ranch in Socorro, NM. My father’s family has been in New Mexico for well over 100 years. It just feels right. I love the land, the weather, the people, the culture…it’s truly ‘Enchanting’.
You mentioned some of the people who have influenced you, and I thought they were very diverse. Can you list them again, and maybe mention some things about a few of them?
This is always tough because I was moved by so many artists. My earliest influences, I’m talkin’ 4 or 5 years old, were Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Marty Robbins. Jerry Lee especially, his energy was so intense…it jumped out of the speakers. Just a couple years later, my mom introduced me to some of my biggest influences of all time. I remember riding in her white single cab GMC pickup truck with her and my sister, headed to school (1st grade…maybe 2nd) listening to ‘Diver Down’ by Van Halen. WOW! I’ve never gotten over the raw, unbridled power that those guys cranked out with their music. She also had ‘Fandango’ by ZZ Top, ‘Physical Graffiti ‘by Led Zeppelin. That stuff made me feel alive! Then, when I was about 10 or so, I began playing the guitar. My dad realized I was taking a real interest in it and I started sitting in with his band when I was about 12. I started playing with him full time when I was 13 years old, and that’s when the Country music lesson really started. Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Faron Young, Wynn Stewart, Willie…Waylon! We also did a lot of newer stuff (at that time); George Strait, Brooks & Dunn. Somewhere in there…I found Dwight Yoakam. Everything he did, I loved. I could’ve been in a Dwight Yoakam cover band and be just fine. His ‘Honky-tonk/Bakersfield’ sound was and is my definition of “Country & Western” music. Some other big ones through the years include; Queen, Marty Stuart, AC/DC, Prince, The Kentucky Headhunters…and too many more to mention!
If you could put together an all-star band to perform with, with members from any era, who would they be?
Drums, bass, lead guitar, etc. Oh man! Ok, on Guitar, Mr. Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top ‘cause he’s got all the styles covered (I met him once in Vegas..I almost cried!). On Bass, Mr. Berry Oakley, The Allman Brothers original Bass player…Friggin’ phenomenal! On Drums…Mr. John Bonham from Led Zeppelin because…IT’S JOHN BONHAM! Maybe we could get Prince in there too cause he can play & sing anything and is just a total badass!
I have watched you perform as a solo acoustic act and with a full band. What do you like about each?
The solo act is fun because you can turn on a dime and do anything you want in a heartbeat. There’s no one to turn to and say, “Hey, let’s do whatever…”. It’s also usually in very intimate settings, so sometimes you can make a connection with people that you may not make in a bigger venue. That said, playing with a full band is where it’s at. Having a bass & drums behind you is like the difference between riding a bicycle and popping a wheelie on a Harley…there’s no, comparison.
What has been your most memorable performance?
I’ve played in New York, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Memphis, Nashville…and all those were AMAZING, but…one night I stopped by the Range Café in Bernalillo, New Mexico to drop off a poster and the owner’s band was playing. He asked me if I’d get up and do a couple songs. I said “sure.”. We did a few old R & B classics and it was really groovin’. I closed with an old Willie Dixon blues number called ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ and the people went, TOTALLY CRAZY! I’ve never seen a crowd go that nuts in a small venue like that before or since…it was really cool!
Have you ventured into songwriting?
Oh absolutely, since I was in high school. I write all the time. As a matter of fact, every song on my upcoming LP was written by me completely. A few of the songs are tunes I wrote years ago, a few are brand new. Songwriting is a strange process. No two songwriters do it the same way. I tend to write lyrics to music that I can already hear in my head. I’ll crank out rough drafts pretty quick, but I may tweak them for years . . .
I saw you have written a few different love songs, does that mean you are off the market?
No, I’m single. My love tunes aren’t generally ‘oh baby, I love you’. I’m more of a ‘night time is the right time’ kind of songwriter when it comes to “love” songs.
Was your song “I wanna be your man” written about anyone in particular? Did you ever get a chance with her?
I wrote ‘I wanna be your man’ over the course of a few days. The lyrics came fast and were just fun to me. The groove really facilitated my guitar playing too. I just envisioned some stacked fine broad cruisin’ through the bar and every guy just blows a fuse. No one in particular, I know some girls who’d fit the part nicely though!
What advice would you give to women waiting for “the right man”?
Take up painting…maybe origami!
You have a new album coming out very soon, what can you tell us about it? How was the process, is it being produced locally, and when can we get our hands on it?
Finally! What an undertaking. If you have never recorded, it’s hard to tell someone all that goes into it. We started recording this album a little over a year ago at Elephonic Studios right here in Albuquerque. Mr. Jesse Korman is phenomenal and his insight has been invaluable on this project. One of the reasons it has taken so long is that I wrote, produced and performed every song on the album. I played every instrument other than the drums (thank you Mr. Eddie Garcia). I wanted this to be a vehicle that would enable me to truly showcase my music in every capacity. I also just wanted to be able to bring to life something that was almost completely my artistic vision (thank you Mr. Wes Naman). We’ve completely wrapped all recording and the release date for ‘The Atomic West’ by Kyle Martin is set, tentatively, for early May.
Where is the best place for fans to find your music?
It will be available from all the major online music retailers (i.e iTunes, Amazon, etc). You can also go to my website, www.kylemartinmusic.com, (thank you 11 Online for creating my website) which will have links to all of them, as well as everything you could ever want to know about me…well, almost everything.
Interview by Josh VanLandingham, Photography by Theresa Joan Mahoney