Monday, 23 November 2015

Take this, Hollwood - Noisy Crumb's Girl Power Weeks

Not only as an answer to the obviously horribly disappointing Jem movie which is going to hit the cinemas soon, but even more as a reflection of how much amazing musical girl-power is just around the corner on local gigs, I am really happy to announce my next interview series: the Girl Power Weeks!

I got lovely interviews with three fantastic bands from this, all representing different musical styles with so much soul and passion, that makes everyone realise, where it comes from: from the heart and not from a recod company contract.

In the upcoming weeks, I shall be very proud to present you May Swan, a professional singer and songwriter from Augsburg, the Readhead Gang, a two piece happy-melancholic-accoustic band from Regensburg, and Jane Doe, ask-kicking indie rock trio from Würzburg.

So stay tuned and check back soon!

Musical Girl Power Weeks

PS: That also was, what the original 80s series "Jem and the Holograms" actually stood for: adoing the masses by a true musical heart (and some magic ;-)), but certainly not by becoming someone, a major label wants you to be. Not by wearing clothes your would never wear, writing songs, you would never write and abandoning your friends for fame. Sure, this is how music stars are often born or, better said, "made" and its important for all those Wannabe-Hannah-Montanas out there to be aware of, but why did you have to screw up a lovely animated cult series for it? Why?

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Audio Bullys' Only Man - with a thousands allusions ;-)

How many allusions can you put in a music video? I think when UK alternative-electro-duo Audio Bullys were working on their video for their 2010 hit "Only Man" they were surely thinking "MANY!"
I actually discovered this gem of a music video just recently - shame on me for being so late on this one! But better late then never and, if you also have not seen it, yet, I highly recommend you do check this out right now.
It's not just about this amazing-funky-punky tune itself nor just the unusual idea of filming a music video from below through a glass floor or some of the "disturbing" images (like the band members being beaten up just "above" you) this video is presenting us - no. The true speciality about this video is clearly the fun you have counting and admiring all the allusions they've put into it in a very decent - hm - rubber look! Movies, artists, video games and brands of all kinds are mixed into their performance.

Really guys, well done! Here are the ones I could count, but I am sure I am still missing some ;-)

Roy Lichtenstein - Batman - MTV - Fight Club - BurgerKing - Kaws - Heinz - 50s Commercials ;-) - Blur's Coffee & TV - Coca Cola - IBM - Intel - m&m's - Matrix - Hot Wheels - 21 Jump Street - - David Hasslehoff's Burger! (cum on, give me that one!) - I Love New York - Lego - Back to the Future - Jaws - Nintendo - Tetris - Parra

Feel free to double-check and most of all - enjoy the performace!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

"Sunset & Starlit Sky Music" - Interview with Shaky Foundation from Würzburg

Nuremberg's famous Bardentreffen Festival is already some weeks ago, some tunes from there still sound in my ear - bright, clear and inspiring!
I am especially talking about the tracks from Würzburg's indie trio Shaky Foundation here - their psychedelic, spheric attitude of their music really got me ;-) - perfect for these late summer evenings with their early sunsets and cool breezes.
By the way, although it's definitely hard to describe their style in all its facets, they somehow remind me on the former German band Palestar, which were once even claimed to be the "one of the best German bands without a record contract"....
Thus I am really, really happy they had some time to answer my questions.
Here we go, guys - meet the lads from Shaky Foundation and go exploring your mind!

Band Shaky Foundation from Würzburg
How did you originally get together as a band?

Typical story: We went to school together some years ago. You have this teenage idea of having a band and sometime later you have your first gigs and from time to time you put more and more effort in it.

You describe your style as “sunset and starlit sky music” and you also claim your goal is not to sound like any other band. Quite ambitious! I am wondering though, don’t you have any musical influences at all?

Of course we do. Actually we have lots of influences. Once we started out we liked Indie bands like Bombay Bicycle Club, Foals or Yamon Yamon, but since then we listened to a lot of really different
stuff that influenced us. But we think that music is not copying anything that was already there, but making something different. So in our understanding of what music is saying that you want to sound like no other band is just what every band should have as their goal.

Your debut album is called “Psychonaut”? What can your fans expect from this – something  like a psycodelic  astronaut ;-) ?

We really liked the term because we thought it perfectly described ourselves and the process of writing the album. It just means that sometimes you don’t have to travel far for a new experience but you can easily travel anywhere in your mind instantly.

Shaky Foundation on Noisy Crumb
On the “first glimpse” you music  does not seem mainstream at all – however seeing you perform on stage and keeping in mind the recognition you earned in contests and radio shows so far, I think you are quite successfully reaching for a broader crowd. What would you say is your “secret of success” in terms of “shaking the crowds”?

It has never been our goal to reach the so called mainstream with our music, though we would like to reach everybody who could possibly like our music. And in our opinion there are quite a few people out there with an alternative taste of music. We think there is a difference between being mainstream and being ambitious. Participating at contests was just a thing, which you do as a really young musician if you don’t already know it better, but we’ve realized soon that this is not our cup of tea.

Would you be happy if you became successful in the “music mainstream” business one day?

We would enjoy playing in front of big crowds and everything as long  as we don’t have to change ourselves for anybody else.

A number of bands have a strong connection to their hometown – do you  have a special connection to Würzburg?

It’s rather a city that slows you down than speeds you up, which we enjoy. [Gosh guys, I sooo know what you mean!!]

Thanks a lot for these insights, guys! My dear readers, please make sure to check out Shaky Foundation live:
  • 15/09/15 Musterzimmer Duisburg
  • 10/10/15 JuZe Bad Neustadt a.d. Saale
  • 23/10/15 Jugendempfang Würzburg
  • 31/10/15 Kellerperle Würzburg
  • 6/11/15 Aloft Hotel München and more dates coming soon!
and find more info on their Website and Facebook! And here is one of my favourite tracks for you

Friday, 14 August 2015

Rock 'n' Roll with a modern feel - Interview with The Whereabouts

Today I'd like tp introduce you to an Irish band I recently came across on good ol' YouTube: The Whereabouts, BBC-called "Jump Beat" four piece from Kingscourt in Co. Cavan (yep, that's where The Strypes are from as well!), Ireland.

The Whereabouts from Co Cavan, Ireland
I am so happy these lads decided to found a band back in 2013, at the young age of 15-16, and are rocking the place ever since!
"We were friends in school and thought it would a good idea to jam, we felt something special and grew as a band and it took off from there." - they were telling me in a short interview.

However their musical style can't really be described as "young". It's a mix of rhythm ‘n’ blues and rock ‘n’ roll – so actually quite “retro” ;-) I was asking what made them go for this style and found out, they were taught by the real allstars:  
"We listened to bands such a early Stones, Kinks, Feel Good and really loved what they did. We wanted to carry on the music with a modern feel to it. Also, you could say all of us look up to different people. Couple people we ourselves and also performances are inspired by are, Jack White, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Jon Fratelli."

This attitude worked amazingly well! With their great performances (which in my opinion are in no way inferior to their musical idols') they won two band contests within in a week in 2013. At the end of the year their EP "TwentyThirtyThree" were being played on the radio in Ireland, the US and the UK. Furthermore they earned fantastic reactions to their music videos, like "TwentyThirtyThree",
"Emmalene" and "Don't bring me Down". I asked them how they feel about such a skyrocking career in just a couple of years and if fame had already gotten to their heads. They said: 
"Yeah it's great seeing things happening after the hard work. But, no, we don't let fame go to our heads. Most bands we like don't let fame take over and we look up to them for that."

Live on stage - Irish band The Whereabouts

On their first EP we find original songs written by the band as well as cover versions of classic rock ‘n’roll tunes, "Don't Bring Me Down" probably being the most famous (and my most favourite) one. I asked the lads: Will there be a focus on one of the two in your next releases and gigs? They told me:  
"Yes indeed, we loved covering songs when we first started off, but we have really gotten into writing songs this year, anything released from here on out will more than likely be just originals."

Noisy Crumb Interview

They also told me there will be a couple big gigs to be announced and that they will be releasing more songs soon! I am super curious about these and I just can recommend all my dear readers to check them out as soon as you can:

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Off to Nürnberg - Bardentreffen Festival 2015

For the 40th time this year Nuremberg was hosting Germany's (and probably Europe's) most famous world music and street musician festival over the last weekend - The Bardentreffen 2015! And it was a thorough success with over 200,000 people visiting and hundresd of bands and solo artists from all over the world performing in the streets of Nuremberg and turning the city into a huge dancefloor for four days.

I myself had the pleasure to be there last Saturday and to catch some impressions for you :-)

The violin group from the Musikschule Mühldorf really rocked the place (just at the main entrance of the famous St Lawrence Church). They performed square dance songs as well as traditional Irish pieces so that , not just me, but also the crowd were absolutely amazed!

Musikschule Mühldorf

The lads from Master Mint were totally rocking one of the city's roofed shopping passages with their own minty fresh songs as well as some cover pieces - I think they were playing Lenny Kravitz' "Fly away" for over 10 mins and everyone was joining the singalong - yeah yeah yeah!

Master MintMaster Mint Band

Crosswind are a four German lovers of Irish music and their performance of the trad reels and jigs as well as the smooth ballads was just perfect. They were playing on one of the major stages of the festival and I can just highly recommend you give them a listen at the link above!

Nuremberg Bardentreffen FestivalCrosswind playing

Then there was Pfatze from Austia - a talented solo artist with a musical style which needs getting used to ;-) Well, yes, look at his "instrument" and I guess you get the picture! Anyhow, it was just funny seeing him perform! Definitely the funniest and rarest act I've seen that day and a pity I could not find him online.

Solo artist Pfatze
Another great band are Feel Free from Nuremberg - there arrangements of and passion for melodic rock were reflected you every tune they played - groovin'!

Feel Free rockNürnberg Bardentreffen
Feel Free performing
And for everyone who was in for some "blues and rolling rock" - as they call it ;-) - Ted's Roadhouse Gang was there to itch your dancing feet.

Ted's Roadhouse GangTed's Roadhouse Gang
The Italian solo singer-songwriter Giovanni Bassano could win the crowd with his lovely tunes.

Bardentreffen 2015Giovanni Bassano

And of course: the hen party (no, not a band!) - Bardentreffen is definitely a terrific place for hen and stag parties, but these girls were just THE coolest hen party on that day and were rocking the place all over :-)

Lovely girlsParty hens

Another accoustic blues, rock and folk band performing were enDANGERed Species from Nuremberg/New York.

Bardentreffen 2015

Followed by another act on one of the main stages: Shaky Foundation from Würzburg. Wow, what a great synthie band! Their style can be described as indie dream pop with a lot of synths and a lot of soul. I was impressed by their talent which made them easily spark the masses - not with loads of funky colours and blingbling, but with their prowess! Highly recommended!

Live performance - Shaky FoundationShaky Foundation on stage

Guitar solo Shaky FoundationBardentreffenShaky Foundation from WürzburgShaky Foundation
In Kaiserstraße two more lovely accoustic acts were waiting for everone interested in quality music from truly musical souls :-) Leinwand were just brilliant and pure fun with their German thoughtful, sometimes even philosophic songs.

Leinwand band on Bardentreffen

Bardentreffen 2015 live acts

Lastly some of my good friends from My Perfect Mistake (you also know them from here) performed some of their own songs as well as cover songs as an accoustic trio on the festival. Punk rock songs in accoustic form?? Yes, it is possible! And you know what? This sounds surprisingly awesome!

MPM on Bardentreffen NürnbergMy Perfect Mistake - punk rock band

Accoustic tunes from My Perfect Mistake

Thanks for reading guys! Make sure to support the bands above with your likes, shares and comments and mostly with buying and listenig to their music :-)

Monday, 27 July 2015

Life's Soundtracks - 12 Songs To Bath In

Whether you’re lying in the summer grass, watching the clouds racking and dreaming yourself away or sitting in front of a camp fire with nothing else to do but forgetting about all your troubles, whether you’re coming home day full of stress and need to settle down your senses or you’re lovelorn and need to find yourself again – you can’t do without some certain songs: songs to “bath in”, as I call it.

Tunes you can wrap up your mind with, yes you could even say, music you become one with. That fill your ears with striking melodies, which encourage your dreams and good moods so smoothly, that you might not even realize it in the first place.

Noisy Crumb playlist - songs to bath in

I personally always have my special songs “on hand”, ready to kiss my ear whenever there is the need for it ;) And if you are not sure what I am blabbering about so enthusiastically, I made my top 12 list of these songs for you so you can give it a listen and feel, what I mean right now…

So first of all there is Alt-J. At least since last year, these guys have become an international household name and for me, most of their songs are made for getting lost in them. An exception is “Left Hand Free” of course, their exceptional radio-friendly cliché song ;-) “Tessellate” however must be on top of the list, simply as it was so hard for me just to decide which Alt-J song to go for here.

It’s followed by DCFC - I Will Possess Your Heart is like a 08:30 mins journey and their piano takes you through it. Back in 2008 when I lived in Ireland and the song came out it gave me real heart ache missing my sweetie at home but with same time also gave me the right medicine for it – actually this still works today ;-)

Further below you will find “Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Part II” performed by My Morning Jacket. Actually for me this is a very similar song to DCFC – released in the same time, I was wondering if the two bands had a brainstorming together about how to write the next big hit ;-) But, to name the – for me – most striking difference, My Morning Jacket has a great instrumental “Mininova” olo in this song, which always reminded me of Jean Michelle Jarre’s pieces.
Speaking of which, of course we have the grand master of electronic, psychedelic music on the playlist as well – "Oxygene Part II" is just my all-time favourite, but his music in general has the power to “take you away” on psychedelic wings.

And speaking of French electro guys, we can’t forget Air, also with a rather psychedelic and totally instrumental song: "Talisman" (to be found on this Life's Soundtrack as well).

Another great piano-filled song is "Wire to Wire" from Razorlight – great for drifting away but sometimes it also seems a bit short – maybe put it in your playlist twice!

Then, we have three tunes from movie soundtracks in the list: they created the right atmosphere in great movies and thus will also bring this atmosphere to your mind. "Grassman" is taken from the German inflammatory movie “Free Rainer”, for “Little Light of Love” the name says it all and it is the perfectly suiting theme song from the master piece The 5th Element and finally Fields of the Nephilim’s “Wail of Sumer” brings us to a rather downcast scene from the German “Schule”, a film where high-school graduates experience the last summer of their school live with all the corresponding ups and downs…

Finally we have Franz Ferdinand, Gorillaz and Jack White in there with three amazing songs. All perfect for relieving a lovelorn heart ache in good and bad times if you ask me! Any of them, I have to listen to completely and just can't tune them out when I hear these tunes. I hope you guys feel the same about them and I've put all of these songs in a lovely order here for you - enjoy :-)

What are your songs to bath in? Let me know your favourite ones!

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Funk, Ska, Latin and a bit of German rap - sounds weird? No, it actually sounds fantastic! Well, at least if you refer to what Colektivo are making out of this colourful mixture. This ten (ten!) piece combo from Düsseldorf brings so much energy and fresh musical ideas to every live gigs and releases, you can't just stop your feet from dancing and grooving. Simply great fun to enjoy their live performances, just one example from a recent gig: in the middle of a song they suddenly stopped playing and screamed "Tetris!" and the crowd instantly began singing the Tetris Music A tune and dancing a Russian polka - hillariouis!

I am really happy they found some time to answer my questions - enjoy!

Noisy Crumb - Colektivo Interview

10 people on one stage – Colektivo, how did you originally get together as a band?
We formed the band out of something undefinable ..
It was kind of the basement-rehearsal-room-rap-and-some-friends-who-know-how-to-play-an-instrument-thing.  First, there were just two of us - Vino and Philip - and we managed to land a real  radio hit back in 2009: our song "Die schönste Stadt am Rhein" was on number one for the local radio charts several weeks :-) By the time some other musicians joined the band, during the years the quantity of members changed, but we definitely improved the quality!  

You describe your band philosophy as “the more the merrier” and you are actually activbely living this mantra. And despite a lot of people would say that too many cooks would spoil the broth, your songs and gigs all prove great musical harmony. What is your “secret”?
Sure, "the more the merrier" is our "mantra", still it would be too much to say say it is all about that. We develop our arrangements usually in a small group, everybody can contribute either when developing ideas or as soon as the idea gets on stage. As you say - it's a secret, so it'll stay a secret...  But seriously? It is Chocomel.

Colektivo Interview on Noisy Crumb

All of your members come from different backgrounds and contribute different musical styles to the band – Do you sometimes have to deal with “cat fights”?

No, usually we get along quite well, our diversity is a benefit for our musical input. In the past there have been some conflicts but during the time we learned how to make use out of them.

What can people expect from your live gigs?
Our live gigs are really live, so you never know what will actually happen. It may be that the rehearsals were perfect but the show is totally different in terms of playing. Every show is a surprise...

What was the best thing ever happening to you as a band so far?
The best thing ever happened to us were the really delicious hot dogs in the backstage at the last gig. Thanks to you guys ;-)

Hehe, ok, so what would you say was the biggest letdown then?
The worst thing that happened to us took place in Berlin. After our great gig, our brass section was asked to play the "Schneewalzer" for a family who celebrated a birthday at the venue. They offered an amount, so Jonas and the others quickly watched youtube vids to find out how to play the piece. They played it perfectly but when they were done, the family did not seem to remember what they offered.. Two of the sons even got aggressive and threatened us....

Any new releases, tours or projects coming up in 2015?
We recorded our new EP last March and hope to release it in August this year. Also we are on the line-up for some nice German festivals in August. For some further news make sure to check our facebook- or homepage!

Yes folks, this is what you definitely should do - get their tour dates and catch Colektivo at one of their live shows. Find more info on or Also check out their music video for their song "Reise im Kopf" (Travel in your mind):

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Test your musical knowledge - Rock the Quiz in June

Noisy Crumb - Rock the Quiz Part IV

Howdy everyone! Welcome back to my Musical Quiz Part 4 - the first post after my personal spring break ;-) Once again it's full with (fun) facts to know and great stories from the music industry.
Test, how well you know your bands from your bands ;-) This time you will find questions about most up-to-date stories as well as stories from the rock-star classics.

Sounds good? Good!! Then have fun with the quiz and don't forget challenging your friends!

Musical Quiz - test your knowledge!

  1. What do the Irish band "The Whereabouts" have in common with German band "AnnenMayKantereit"?

  2. Both bands are actually Dutch
    You wouldn't believe their (quite young) lead singers have such an impressive voice.
    Their drummers are actually twin brothers, who got seperated right after they were born.
    They used to play together as a rock'n'roll ensemble in a Berlin nightclub, where they both were discovered by indie music managers.

  3. Which of these bands cancelled their tour this year due to a broken leg?

  4. Foo Fighters
    Royal Blood
    Le Galaxie

  5. Which of these songs has never been on in a movie soundtrack?

  6. Fields of the Nephilim - Wail of Summer
    Marilyon Manson - Rock is Dead
    Dave & Sam - Hold on I'm Coming
    Donots - We're not gonna take it

  7. "I Wanna Be Your Man", the second single published by the Rolling Stones (and their first big hit) was written by whom?

  8. Norman Petty and Buddy Holly
    Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
    John Lennon and Paul McCartney
    Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel

  9. Which of these songs is a dialogue which the writer originally overheard in a record store?

  10. Monty Python - Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
    Dire Straits - Money for Nothing
    Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
    White Stripes - Fell in Love with a Girl

The right answers will be published here in the next couple of days so make sure to check back here soon ;-)

UPDATE! Please find the right answeres of the quiz in my comment below :-)

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

"My life has been a gig" - Interview with Johnny Rayge Part 2

Welcome everyone to part 2 of my lovely interview with Johnny Rayge, singer songwriter from Dublin and former singer of ITO and other Irish bands. His life is full of amazing musical stories and I am just so lucky that he's sharing them with me (and you!). Enjoy reading :-)

Singer songwriter Johnny Rayge from Dublin
 Johnny, Would you say that being a solo artist is better than being in a band? Why?

They're both wonderful and tough in their way. Yet they're both really very similar. My advice though to people who write prolifically and constantly, as I did myself, would be to play with everyone always, to have a vast network of friends to play with but not to get tied to a band, it is a different beast, and if you have the singularity to play alone, do it. For myself my music, or the music I wanted to make and play, with ITO for example, needed a band. VIGIL though was written to be playable on a guitar, piano, with a one piece or two or like my launch a 39 piece band :-)..... It was written and designed with that in mind. ITO's music relied upon all the instrumentation and complex arrangements. Solo some of the songs were unplayable.

What was the greatest thing happening to you in your musical career?

That's still to happen :-) but so far the launch of Vigil Friday 13th 2014 on a strawberry full moon in front of a sold out audience with a 9 piece band and 30 piece choir in one of Dublin's best venues was the highlight. And you will be happy to hear it was filmed with some of Ireland's best movie makers and will be released this year on DVD, in fact I just saw the finished DVD for the first time last night, and if I do say so myself, I was blown away....I love it.... Huge thanks to Aidan Mc Carthy and Tris Dalton.

And what was the biggest letdown?

Maybe playing for the head of Sony BMG having been supported on sax by Clarence from the e-street band, when I got so drunk that instead of playing Fall as my manager had expected I just made up a total joke song.... in fairness I was young and naive and let a huge career chance slip for my ideals, I am and was no man's monkey.... I have learned since then, doing what you love, the best you can, is never being a clown.... it is Being. It was the first and last time I ever stood in front of people to perform and didn't honour my songs. I had simply never experienced the reality of soulless corporate before.
So I can safely say it was the worst yet best thing that ever happened to my music.

Wow, what a story! So from then on, what was the weirdest or most remarkable place you ever played a gig?

I have played so so so many gigs it's really hard to imagine, my life has been a gig. The stories I could tell are wild, crazy, amazing and total rock and roll, and I jest you not. But one would be with the
Bedouin in Sinai when I travelled the middle east for two years alone after Uni, sitting, the only White English speaker amongst a tribe, hours and hours from civilisation.... with them clapping to the
glorious stars by a raging fire and singing my song Fall between roars of Allah Allah....

Noisy Crumb interview

Do you have any upcoming gigs, releases etc your fans should look out for in 2015?

Stay tuned to Johnny Rayge on facebook link.. like my page :-)

As I said the live DVD is coming and probably a fundit campaign to pay for it... one universal truth is all artists desperately need support and I'm no exception.

Ok, and most important: any tour dates planned in Europe?

A few plans in the pipeline, I had a great tour last year in Italy with Blindur and would hope to get out again, the day job which feeds keeps me pinned, but there'll be plenty of festivals and gigs.... stay
tuned to my page.... and lot's of love. x

Thanks so much, Johnny for your time and dedication! Very happy to see and hear more about you in the future ;-)

And for you, my dear readers, please check out Johnny's Facebook page and his videos on YouTube, like this lovely piece:

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Purposeful sleeplessness filled with great music - Interview with Johnny Rayge Part 1

I've been telling you about Johnny Rayge, one of my favourite singer-songwriters of all time, before in this blog. As for today's post, Johnny himself gave me an awesome, quite emotional interview with so many details and cool stories in it, I decided to make two parts out of it.

Thanks a million for this, Johnny! And for my dear readers: enjoy!

Johnny Rayge Interview with Noisy Crumb

Johnny, you released your debut album a just a few months back - What is your album inspired by? What can fans expect from it?

The album is called 'Vigil' which is derived from the latin 'Vigilia' meaning wakefulness; which is a period of purposeful sleeplessness, an occasion for devotional watching, or an observance.....
Life is the inspiration, both unseen and seen. It represents a journey, an emotional, spiritual transient journey. I tried to encapsulate the years from 2000 to 2014 when the album was released. In between I have played so much music, in many band, from The Marionettes to ITO, folk to funk, and it all meant something.... this is the essence of the album, that movement, that nostalgic melancholy, and these are the private songs I sang to myself alone until I was brave enough to leave self criticism behind and share them, play them, give them breath and let them live, beyond me.
Similarly the album mirrors relationships, and crucially was finished after my longest and deepest relationship ended: 7 years of love. That died, and I say died as the mourning was palpable and agony, in the year 2011, many many disturbed nights followed. Although as these things go maybe it was before, the seeds of end were sown when I left Ireland for my second Californian tour in 2010, where I wrote 'Uncharted Sea' overlooking Corona Del Mar while playing a baby grand; the album is a beginning and an end of things.
All these metaphoric interpretations are not exclusive but on the contrary wholly simultaneous. Light to light, the period of darkness between, call it 'life' to observe and recount, objectively, from a distance, yet deeply in tune, aware and connected to it.
Expect honesty, love, experience, melody and simple acoustic tunes side by side with mega epic alernative full band choruses.

Back in 2008 / 2009 I met you as singer (and songwriter) in Dublin’s five-piece band ITO. Why did the band break up and how come you did not start a new band afterwards but decided to “travel solo”?

Well not quite ;-) that's one of the reasons a band breaks up, ITO started as a three piece project for my songs in an attic in North Dublin on a rainy December night. Initially it was just myself and Jebediah Funkfield, a good friend from University, where we'd studied Philosophy and an amazing drummer called Steve Case from San Diego.
I have been writing songs and poetry all my life, and can still play my first song I wrote in Gaelic class (of course in English as any rebel child) from when I was thirteen. I have started several bands around my songs over the years: The Marionettes, The Fauves, The Wild Beasts and ITO, as well as newer ones like Red Velvit; ironically other bands since have had those names and become household  famous names, but I was there first :-)
ITO was a name that sprang up from a special place which I'd rather keep to myself, the band ended in 2010 on our Californian tour, how and why I'm not really sure, I guess it was providence, but someone in the band was too high to work with, that's the simple truth, others wanted to follow love; one for music, one for a woman and one for a place..... In the end of course ITO was a four piece anyway and had changed significantly, Steve Case still on drums but Conrado Pesinato,
from Brazil, on lead and Tak attack, from japan, on bass.... it was incredibly international and an incredible band. All are still creating waves in L.A.
About new bands, I actually have a few, but Johnny Rayge has always been there, that was always the one consistent thing with all, my projects. As an artist it has been tough to write thousands of songs and then each time a new project starts they are scraped and you move on. That killed me, because if you look at artists like Neil Young etc. they can play with all the musicians in the world but you still know their work. It had become really important for me to put all my music under one name, and now I will go back through my catalogue and begin to re-release all of my songs under the one name....
The confusion and dichotomy still continues though as my name Jonathan Armas Maximilian Mc Glinn is the name that has been consumed by J Rayge.... though I will always release my poetry and prose under Jonathan Armas Mc Glinn.

Where did the name Johnny Rayge come from then?

Well as a young boy playing rock and roll and loving poetry I was naturally enamoured with all my inspirations from Lennon to Young and Baudelaire through Yeats to Dylan..... Dylan Thomas that is..... and it is from Mr. Thomas that I derived my pen name, though as with all great tales it is not myself who may take credit..... a young pal of mine, B.K., when I was drinking and ranting and hopping on car bonnets, would always roar " Johnny bleeding rage!!!" so it kinda stuck, I added a 'y'..... why? you may ask..... and that is exactly why :-) I find it fun that the question and answer reflect one another. Rage is not an anger it is an expression of being, a passion, a desire to be, to play, to sing, to live: Do not go gently into that good night, old age should burn and rave at close of day.... Rage rage against the dying of the light......

Thanks again and stay tuned everyone for PART 2 of my interview with Johnny Rayge! In the meantime check out his music on and his video for the single "Not Without You"  :-)