Imaginary MusicDec 31, 2021
ADAM ZAFFARESE (Mortification)
Adam discusses his early childhood, with a father in a popular Christian band, from Australia. How he would get in with Mortification, at the age of 15. His time with the band and what else he's been up to.
Steve Rowe (Mortification)
It's been a while since Steve has been heard from and hear why. I catch up with him and he gives updates on several things. The audio is a bit different, so I apologize.
Tony Lopez (Crystavox)
Crystavox guitarist, Tony Lopez, joins the podcast. Tony discusses growing up in the L.A. scene and his first concert. This show he went to featured a legendary guitarist. Tony also talks about being in jail and what he traded another inmate, to get a Bible. Turning his life around and attending Sanctuary Church. Then his move to San Diego and finally joining Crystavox. He discusses his time in the band and what he's been up to since then. Which band member does he stay in touch with the most and what they're up to.
Wings Of Steel
Vocalist Leo Unnermark and guitarist Parker Halub, join the podcast. This is a newer band that is elite at playing rock and metal. We discuss their journey of coming together. I believe this band has a bright future in rock music. Check out their story.
Chaz Bond (Biogenesis/Jacobs Dream/Vultures Gathering)
Don't miss this episode if you are a Biogenesis fan, because Chaz makes a big announcement. Chaz discusses his musical history and it's quite a journey to hear.
John Berry (Jacobs Dream)
John discusses his start in music. The band, Jacobs Dream, forming and eventually getting signed to Metal Blade Records. Going through different singers and also label changes. He discusses his eventual departure from the band.
Ryan Roebuck (Motivik/Ritual Servant/Vultures Gathering)
Ryan is one of the best guitarist out there, you might not be aware of. He's been busy the past few years. He sings and plays guitar in his band, Motivik. He also plays lead in Ritual Servant and Vultures Gathering. All 3 bands are great metal bands, that you will learn about. Ryan goes deep into being part of the ministry, leaving the ministry and coming back. This includes his Christianity. He also was in an animated movie, doing the voice for a character. Check out Ryan and his music. Closing song is Motivik, Harbinger of Demise.
Tambri Hunt (Imagine This)
Tambri talks about a lot of interesting things. Forming the band, with her then boyfriend, Daryl. A relationship that would eventually have them engaged. But what was said about this, while the band was out in the public eye, from their management. The band getting signed and already recording the first album. Going on tour with Michael Sweet and how things from the outside might've not been what was really going on within the mind of Tambri. Listen to her musical story and coming from the perspective of a women, surrounded by men. She then leaves music and something else. See where she is today and enjoy this fascinating story.
James Wilcox (Actor)
I have a great conversation with actor, James Wilcox. We discuss his youth years and how he went to 5 Cornerstones and was fan of Christian metal music. He attended a lot of concerts. He discusses how his view on religion has changed during his adult years. We of course discuss his acting career. He's worked with Denzel Washington and Robin Wright. He discusses a lot of interesting behind the scene stuff, that no one realizes goes into filming. This was a fascinating conversation, you will enjoy.
Troy Stone (Whitecross)
Freddy Tierra (The Brave)
Freddy joins me to discuss his time with The Brave. He was so young when the band singed with the Elefante's that his mom had to sign his part of the contract. His upbringing, moving to California and meeting future bandmate Stayce Roberts, who also joins for bits and pieces of the podcast. The Brave will be playing the upcoming Immortal Fest and is working on another album.
Simon Karnes (Host of Athiest Having Cocktails With Christians)
Something new and different for the show. Simon grew up in a Christian family and also a fan of Christian metal. He later became an atheist and we discuss his thoughts on where he stands now in life. This show is one that was done for this podcast platform and his Youtube channel. This was a very interesting conversation.
Glenn Black Jr. (Luxury)
Glen has been the drummer for Luxury, for years. The band has been featured in an amazing documentary, you can watch for free on Tubi, called Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury. This is a must watch. I learned a lot and even shed some tears. Glen has dealt with a tough child hood. Then he deals with a near fatal vehicle accident, after leaving a great show in 1995, at Cornerstone. Listen to his story and his musical history and enjoy what a life he's lead.
Checkout the band Luxury on bandcamp.com
Gary Olson (Undercover/Moral DK)
We talk drums for a few, to open the show. Gary discusses how he didn't want to join Undercover, but why he changed his mind. The difference of playing overseas, compared to having shows shut down in America, before they even could play. He talks about the late Gene Eugene. The band going through it's struggles, breaking up and getting back together. He talks about his newer band, Moral DK. It sounds like you can expect new albums from both his bands, sometime.
Stay tuned to the Imaginary Music Facebook group page, for further information about the Nashville show and album news.
K.C. Smothers (Nouveaux/Whitecross)
KC talks about being a part of Nouveaux, from it's start and when he left the band after the second album. He mentions who helped lend gear to the band as they recorded for the first album and guest artists that are on the album. He talks about why there was a change in music, from first to second album and about working with the Elefante brothers on that album. After leaving the band, he starts playing live shows with Whitecross, but it's not exactly how you'd think. He is probably the only person to do what he did as a musician, with Whitecross. Catch up with what else has been going on with him.
Scott Waters (Ultimatum)
Scott has a vast history with music. From singing for Ultimatum, Vengeance and providing artwork for album covers, he has some great stories. This was a great chat and I learned a lot of interesting stories. He even discusses working with Steve Rowe and gives an update on his situation. What happened at the Stryper Expo, where Ultimatum played.
Dale Thompson (Bride)
John Warren (Killed By Cain/Moonshine Zombies)
Pat and Klank, from Klank, join the show. They discuss their history in music and how they joined up in Klank. We discuss a lot of interesting topics during this conversation.
Amy Wolter (Fighter)
Amy discusses her early years of music, which includes writing jingles. Meeting her husband and forming the band Fighter. The band gets signed and working with their producer. Recording two albums and how her solo album came to be. What she does now, working with musical artists.
Les and Joyce Carlsen
We discuss the passings of Michael Bloodgood and Ted Kirkpatrick. We discuss the new album, He's Coming, which is on of the best album's from 2022. They also share some of their marriage wisdom. Great conversation, with two amazing people.
Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion/Gilby Clarke/Tantric)
Troy has played drums for some incredible bands and artist. He talks about his musical journey and getting connected with these bands. I ask him more about the White Lion gig. How he goes into an audition and how he plays someone else's parts. He also has a cool radio show, This That and The Other Radio Show. He also talks about his endorsements. This is a fun, laid back chat.
Eric Clayton (Saviour Machine)
This is a very open and honest conversation. Eric discusses going through a drug addiction, at an early age and later coming out of it and forming Saviour Machine. We discuss the band and what happened with the legend Trilogy, involving the FBI. Being addicted to prescription medication and how he finally was able to overcome that and something that has really helped him. We discuss the future of his music and his upcoming plans for his website. This episode is not for younger listeners, or those easily offended by real topics.
Steve Blaze (Lillian Axe)
Steve joins the show and discusses his musical career. It started with working on an album with Jim Dandy, but his passion was with Lillian Axe. Getting signed to MCA Records, by himself and finding the other members. Having Robin Crosby, from RATT, make his debut role as a producer, on the self titled Lillian Axe album. What wasn't happening for the band, that should've. We also discuss the member changes in the band and how it impacts him. We discuss something different for him and that is his faith and Christianity. It's a good chat to hear about and how it impacts his music. We also discuss the new band line up and new album, From Womb To Tomb. Lot's to hear on the is episode with Steve.
Anne Erickson (Upon Wings/Host of Audio Ink Radio podcast)
Get to know radio dj, podcast host and lead singer, Anne Erickson. I recently discovered her podcast, Audio Ink Radio. She chats with some popular musical artists and is a great host. She is also a wonderful lead singer, with a great, powerful voice, for the band Upon Wings.
Learn more about Anne, with this episode and make sure to check her out on social media.
Tim Melby (Liaison)
Tim discusses his musical career. Larry moves to California, from North Dakota and Tim joins him later. Forming the band Liaison with his brother, Larry. Getting signed by Frontline records. The first album is recorded by producer, Bill Baumgart and his connections for the musicians that played on this album. I was blown away when I found out who played drums on this album and also the later album. He discusses his Christianity and the importance that played in his life. The band's 4th album will finally be available to stream on platforms, in January. He also mentions an exciting update about a new Liaison album.
Don Waite (Guardian Angel)
Don discusses his days as the lead vocalist for the Chicago based band, Guardian Angel. Meeting Pastor Bob and how they lead him to Sanctuary California. His time there, which includes originally living with a popular band and what he got to hear something I'd love to hear. He discusses having Guardian Angel's material put out by Roxx Records and the future for the band.
Check out So What on Youtube.
Daniel Ysais and Byron Molina (Broken Silence Hawaii)
Richard Lynch (Saint)
I have a great conversation with the only original member of Saint, Richard Lynch. We discuss the band's history, member changes. From their first half, to the second half. We discuss the line up changes, having Josh Kramer in and out of the band on a couple occasions. The current lineup and how it's the strongest. Future plans with the band and we discuss so much more. Any Saint fan should love the is episode.
Pastor Ronnie James
Tim Bushong (LoveWar/The Channel Surfers)
Rey Parra (Sacred Warrior/WorldView/Deny the Fallen)
I first catch up with Rey and he tells me about his recent health issue, he's currently overcoming and the delay it's caused with life and music. We then get into his history musically, discussing each of his bands. He tells a funny story about messing with some fans, before and during a Sacred Warrior show. His current and future plans with music.
I'm joined by the 4 members from the band, Telestai. The band recently had a release of their old demos, from Roxx Records. The guys discuss their beginnings, forming the band and some of the interesting shows they played. Working with some of the other major Christian rock artists during that time and what's currently going on with them. Disclaimer, Eric's comforter isn't that bad.
Ken Pike (Absolon album release)
Ken joins the show again and talks about the new Absolon album A Portrait Of Madness. Here the introduction and learn about the concept of this story/album.
Syke Mochek (Slamcat)
Get to know Syke and learn about the band Slamcat. Syke discusses how he became a Christian, after a terrible car accident. Forming Slamcat and some of the shows, bad and good, they were apart of. How his lifestyle went away from Christ and then coming back to his faith and relationship. He talks about his friendship with Fear Not and taking over lead vocals for a recent show.
Lori Peters (Skillet)
Lori discusses how she became a drummer and her early influences were. We talk about her life leading up to Skillet, joining Skillet and the big decision to leave the band. She went through breast cancer around 4 years ago and she discusses that. She is also part of a cool group that are combining drums and raising money for the fight against breast cancer. Another great chat with my guest.
Joyce Macek Carlsen
It's fun to get a different perspective of someone involved in the music industry. She was up on the stage with her husband, but took a step back, to support her husband and the band Bloodgood.
She discusses her early life, theater and meeting Les. How things evolved from being in an all female group, joining Les , to running lights for Bloodgood and singing from the side stage.
What she did for a career and recently retired from.
She discusses the loss of many of their close friends and it gets emotional.
Michael Drive (Barren Cross/HumanCode)
Mike Lee goes to Michael Drive, discussing his name and name change. He tells a story about his name and the original pronunciation and the problems it caused him during school. His funny talent show moment. The formation of Barren Cross. Working with the Elefante brothers for their albums. Being on Enigma Records and being able to have a better production. He also discusses traveling around Europe and randomly recording with different people. Working on the project, Human Code and what to expect from that. Could there be more from Barren Cross?
Closing song is Socially Incorrect, by HumanCode
Steven Patrick (Holy Soldier/solo)
Go to FnArecords.net and get your pre orders in. This is really cool. I chat with Steven Patrick about a lot of fun, entertaining things, that are happening. Catch up with Steven and enjoy the conversation. Lot's of good chat.
Michael Cutting (Holy Soldier)
Michael talks about his upbringing with music and his faith. What brought him to the L.A. area and how would eventually join Holy Soldier. The difficult journey of losing their singer and finally getting Steven in the band. Recording their demo and getting signed. How they had a choice of Michael Sweet and David Zaffiro, to produce their debut album. He goes in detail of the creation of the first album and I ask a question I've always wanted to know about the song See No Evil. The tour where Steven briefly left and Eric took over. Leaving the band after the first album and then coming back for Promise Man. He also discusses what he's been up to and his solo album.
Andy Denton (Ruscha/Legend Seven/Identical Strangers)
Andy discusses his musical journey and how he became the singer for the group Ruscha and working with the Pankratz brothers. Leaving the group and forming the group Legend and how they became Legend Seven. Working with Randy Thomas, who co-wrote the hit song Butterfly Kisses and was in the group Allies. Leaving the music scene after his solo album, over 20 years ago and any future plans musically
Nick Layton (Reign of Glory, Firewolfe)
Nick has a fantastic new album, with a supergroup of fellow musicians. We discuss the new Reign Of Glory album and he also discusses the unique way he hooked up with Roger Dale Martin. They also previously worked on the Roxology project and we discuss that. We discuss his musical history and life. Check out his really cool guitar learning packages and his Youtube channel.
Scott Wenzel (Whitecross)
David Pearson (Blissed)
Robert Sweet (Stryper)
Legendary drummer, Robert Sweet, joins the show. He discusses some fun drum talk, about his sets. What does he want to bring back and what happened to some of the old sets. The treatment Stryper has received for simply being a group of Christians. The pain that comes along of being an aggressive drummer and the nerves before every show. He tells a story about saving his son from death. He also discusses his time on the show Pawn Stars, that was very interesting. Check out the upcoming Stryper shows, the live feed show coming up and the new album.
David Priest (Metal Onslaught Radio and promoter)