Music of epic proportions Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, Apocalyptica consists of three cellists, Eicca Toppinen, Perttu Kivilaakso and Paavo Lötjönen, and Mikko Sirén on drums. They began their music career as a band in 1993, and their current singer Franky Perez, a former guitarist for Scars on Broadway, joined the band in 2014. Apocalyptica … [Read more...]

Ryan “Tater” Johnson | More Than 10 Years Later

by Jeni Blue Ryan “Tater” Johnson, guitarist, song writer and background screamer for the band 10 Years teaches us a thing or two about life from his experience in the music industry. I met up with Tater backstage at Vinyl at the Hard Rock Café Las Vegas while on his tour for “From Birth to Burial,” and we talked about his musical influences, the … [Read more...]

Nick Quijano | Powerman 5000

by editors, Music Insider MagazineSince 2012, Nick Quijano has been playing rhythm guitar with Powerman 5000, the industrial metal band that reached no. 29 on Billboard’s 2000 album chart with “Tonight the Stars Revolt!” Known for its bone-crunching riffs and vocals that quickly morph from chants to screams, in 2014 the band released … [Read more...]


Changing the laws of alternative music The conception of the Italian alternative rock/metal band KLOGR (pronounced kay - log - are) began when vocalist Gabrielle (Rusty) Rusticelli and guitarist Nicola Briganti, were in Los Angeles to attend the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show. There, they tossed around the idea to start a new … [Read more...]

TROY – The Reality Of Yourself

TROY is no Greek tragedy – they’re on a musical odyssey of their own. TROY is a Midwestern rock band that formed in the small town of Pleasant Hope, Missouri in 2004, and has played with some of today’s top hard rock and metal artists, such as KORN, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd, Smile Empty Soul, Trapt, 12 Stones, … [Read more...]

Leon & The Peoples

‘Love Is A Beautiful Thing’ by Teri Doty, Music Insider MagazineMany people know Leon Robinson simply as “Leon,” the actor starring with Tom Cruise in “All the Right Moves,” a star in Madonna’s controversial “Like a Prayer” video and the lead actor in “Cool Runnings.” He also gave memorable performances as three legendary singers: David Ruffin … [Read more...]

Eric Johnson

Setting the ToneEric Johnson has been called everything from a prodigy and perfectionist to the “King of Tone.” He’s played and recorded with some of the biggest names in popular music — Cat Stevens, Carole King, Steve Miller, Dweezil Zappa and Sonny Landreth, to name just a few.Coming from humble, middle-class beginnings in Austin, Texas, … [Read more...]

Joe Bonsall

The long road from Philly to Nashville It all starts with a conversation. As a music journalist, it’s hard not to be star-struck over some of the people whom I’ve had conversations with — Toby Wright immediately comes to mind, because I admire his prolific and prodigious work in the field of rock-and-roll music production and engineering. Another … [Read more...]

POP EVIL’S Leigh Kakaty

Evil has never been so kind On a brisk, late winter evening in the middle of February, I am driving along the winding Ozark mountain roads on my way to Springfield, Mo. to interview the singer of one of the hottest active rock bands around, Pop Evil. As I’m driving along these roads in a sort of Zen-like state of mind that long drives on pleasant … [Read more...]