Exclusive interview with Paddock


Where are you from and could you tell us a little bit of your upbringing?

I was born in Detroit, and grew up in and around the city. I am from a typical Midwestern suburban family. Two hard working parents, 3 siblings, and a great neighborhood group of friends that I still maintain many friendships with to this day. I was always active in different types of athletics, but music was always my first passion. Especially when it came to singing. I started in choir as a young kid, and continued all the way through high school. 

What genre of music do you make and when did you first decide to be a musician? 

I make alternative rock music. I knew I wanted to be a musician the first time I heard Rock and Roll all night by KISS when I was 5 years years old.

Who are some of the notable artists and people that influenced your career thus far?

I have been influenced by so many different artists, and types of music my whole life. Early influences were KISS, Foreigner, Elton John, and Billy Joel (and of course Motown...especially Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder...I'm from Detroit, so this one is a no brainer). Some of biggest influences to this day came out of 80s groups like U2, Billy Idol, Depeche Mode, Icehouse, and the biggest was INXS. Michael Hutchence inspires me to this day. 90s alternative grunge scene is still my biggest influence which started with Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, and Foo Fighters. Mid 90s brought about my other biggest influence which was J.R. Richards and his band at the time Dishwalla. If I were to name a top 5 of influences it would be Michael Hutchence, J.R. Richards, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Bono (Lou Gramm of Foreigner and Iva Davies of Icehouse would be next up).

Could you tell us about your latest projects?

I recently returned from Oxfordshire England where I recorded my latest EP-Love Me Forever which was produced and co-written by J.R. Richards. We recorded it as his studio in Oxfordshire.

What should we expect from you in the near future?

As I am an unsigned indie artist, I'll be promoting my new EP as well as a lot of upcoming performances this spring and summer throughout Michigan and Northern Ohio doing both full band and acoustic performances. Everything I do goes back in to making more music.

Could you give us some advice that you can offer to someone who is just getting started in making music?

Absolutely....do it for your love and passion of music. Be prepared to work hard, and never be afraid to promote yourself, and your music.

Are there any important achievements you have gained since beginning to do music?

Well, I think my biggest one would be getting to work with my biggest influence since the mid-90s J.R. Richards. I had the honor of doing backing vocals on two of his solo albums, and then having him produce my original music. It was also a great honor to be nominated as 2021 Male Artist of the Year by Radio Wigwam in the UK, and we also won the Rocking the D Banger Music Award for Best Song by a Detroit artist for our song Sunshine Smile in 2021.

Besides music, what are some of the things that you are into?

Photography and travel. They go hand in hand to me. I love to go explore, and I'm always snapping photos everywhere I go. I love to share my experiences with everyone, and let them see the world through my eyes.

Are you currently on tour or planning to be?

I'll be working hard all spring and summer doing acoustic and full band performances throughout Michigan and Northern Ohio. If any other opportunities arise...I'll take them !

Any last remarks?

I have a great love of everyone who supports indie artists like myself, and all the outlets that support us in living our dream.

I am very thankful to everyone who has supported my musical journey, and I look forward to what the future brings.

CHECK OUT HIS MUSIC http://paddockmusic.com/music.html

Flyah Interview: Evergreen, "Delicious Vignettes Of Recent American Kind"


Could you tell us a little about your upbringing?

I am a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and cello teacher. I grew up in the vibrant Austin music scene, raised classical, and attended a rigorous conservatory for cello performance. After several months, I recognized that the scope of music available for my study had deepened in technical diculty but had not broadened in cultural representation, and the school was unable to teach me more about the genres of music I was actually interested in. After I left the conservatory, I spent the following years studying every type of music I could access: from Afro-Indigenous Brazilian percussion to rock to jazz to bluegrass to Celtic folk music and improvisation with cello goblin Rushad Eggleston... By the time I was 25 I had performed on stage with musicians such as Sarah Chang, Father John Misty (opening for Paul McCartney), Chris Brubeck, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Eagles. I also maintained a cello teaching career, focusing on teaching cello to students who may or may not necessarily have much interest in learning specically classical music but rather would like a truly general music education including folk and traditional music from all around the world, composing and improvising, the science of sound waves, rhythm, grooves, 20th and 21st century music, music production, sound engineering, and more.

What is the concept behind your project and the message that it conveys?

How often have we heard the adage, “music is a universal language”? Growing up in the classical world, the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák was one of my heroes. He composed his String Quartet Op. 96 No. 12 (nicknamed the “American” String Quartet) in 1893 while living in America and was deeply inuenced by singularly American sounds such as native birds, trains, First Nations rituals, and especially African American spirituals. The piece subsequently entered the canon of classical standards, and as a result of nearly a century and a half of trend developments in classical music, a stylistic distance has grown between performances of the piece and its American roots. The project of the LP is to reinterpret the American String Quartet in genres that derived from the music and sounds that originally inspired Dvořák’s composition.

When the people I was running with in the classical circles used to say “music is a universal language” and simultaneously frown at other (especially more percussive) genres such as hip-hop and rap, I realized that the implication was that classical music is a universal language, and that simply can’t be true. I remember a visit to my grandmother, a Chinese woman who had never heard western music until China opened its borders in 1980. She was a lover of the great Chinese songs, but she didn’t remotely understand or enjoy western classical music. I realized that music is a universal form of language, in that every culture and community has a way to express emotionally through sound. However, similar to language, each culture also develops music in amazing ways to express what they need. Cultures have dierent emotional messages to convey based on their histories, their internal community structures, and their relationships with other cultures and the Earth. I needed to learn more about this in order to properly feel I was learning the language form of music, and therefore I

 needed to learn as much as I could about all sorts of musical cultures. Defeating the implied elitism in the statement that western classical music is for everyone is central to the work, and reimagining the leitmotifs composed by Dvořák as if he had been raised with a dierent musical background was simultaneously a wonderful brain puzzle for my own musical learning and fundamentally important to delegitimizing classical elitism.

Do you find yourself growing as a recording artist/band?

Yes, of course! For as long as I have musical ideas, at least!

Suppose there's another occupation for you besides music, what would it be?

Organic and sustainable farming and gardening. I have lived on and planted food forests across the world and continue to study traditional and indigenous practices of land stewardship deeply, and it really is the other mission in my life other than equity in education.

Would you like to have a dream collaboration, if so who would it be with and why’s?

I want to learn how to use recording software from Jacob Collier, and I want to learn the English language from Joni Mitchell.

Do you feel that your genre of music has a step of evolution to reach?

Well, I can’t say that I subscribe to any single genre of music; also, any musical evolution that comes would be inextricably tied with the experience of the artist, which is informed by the surrounding environment and events. As I can’t tell the direction of the world, I can’t say that I can tell what the next step for any genre of music is! What I do look forward to is that there will both continue to be people upholding traditional music all around the world, and also that people will continue to genre-bend and genre-blend. I want to learn more niche genres and read more poetry, and make more visual art, and make a smoothie out of everything I learn.

Are there any important achievements you have gained since beginning to do music?

Everyone does music from birth. As a species, back when we were Neanderthals, we sang before we developed language. So, yes, in a way I’ve had many important achievements I’ve gained since beginning to do music: learning to walk, learning to play hopscotch, learning to ride a bike, graduating high school! I’m authoring a music curriculum that uncovers a person’s innate ability and desire to authentically express themselves, from that basic and beginning place, in a judgment-free and culturally inclusive way. More on that to come... In my professional work as a musician, I got hired for a couple cool gigs with The Eagles, Chris Brubeck, Father John Misty and some other folks, and I really enjoy

playing my favorite folk songs with my partner Sol Chase in our duo The Love Bards (readers can follow our journey making music and traveling the world at thelovebards.com!)

Who are some of the notable artists and people that inuenced your career thus far?

For this project, the rst person who comes to mind as far as inuencers go is the music teacher I had who laughed at me when I proposed the idea for this album a dozen years ago. Perhaps if she hadn’t laughed I might have innocently forgotten about the idea, but as it went, the idea cooked at the back of my mind ever since as I developed my understanding of the supercilious and problematic attitudes prevalent in the classical and academic music industry while the project waited for its moment to come out. That teacher taught me a lot about how to be a great classical musician and got me to a great place in the classical world, don’t get me wrong. But that’s just not necessarily the only world I want to inhabit.

Another person who deeply inuences me is my partner, Sol Chase. He is rst of all an incredible songwriter and bluegrass mandolin player with ngers of re, and you should check his work out on Spotify as well (his upcoming album is called “The Eclectic Life of an Only Child”). Second of all, he is the most positive person I’ve ever known and over the course of our less than 2-year relationship it has rubbed o on me. We spend our time complimenting each other and manifesting our dreams, which so far has included a 7 month backpacking tour of Europe, two album releases, and acceptance to universities in dream programs that we will be attending in Ireland in fall 2023. We lift each other up and learn how to lift ourselves up from each other. Healthy love is the best thing ever.

What would you like to be known for in this music industry?

I’d like to be known for breaking down barriers that are constructed to uphold elitism and racism in the classical music industry and that often psychologically aect “recovering classical musicians”. I’d like to be known as a person who empowers the inner artist that we all have inside of us through my music, teaching, social activism, and other artistic pursuits.

How do you manage to keep a creative mind in making music?

I do what I want! With this particular project, I had an injustice to address; the additional tracks beyond the Dvořák reimaginations are just for my pure fun. I gure, if I’m going to be spending so much time and money on the studio experience, I might as well go for it as hard as I can! I basically keep a creative mind by remembering that the universe has endless possibilities and I can learn anything I want to make any creative project happen. In my free time I paint and journal and read books about incredible legends and history changers and travel the world with my partner, and in those internal and external journeys I learn more about what is inside me that needs to be expressed.


Exclusive Interview with Sicily’s own Hip Culture

 Where are you from and could you tell us a little bit of your upbringing?

I was born in Sicily, immigrated to Canada when I was a little boy and my parents settled first in Kitimat B.C. Then for a brief stint in Montreal. We finally ended up in Oshawa Ontario where I grew up. I now live in Stouffville Ontario.

Being Sicilian it was always about family get togethers and playing having fun outdoors with my friends.

What genre of music do you make and when did you first decide to be a musician?

I work in different genres as I am interested in different styles of music. Mostly POP but pretty much all my songs have dance rhythms.

I was seventeen when I finally decided writing music and composing songs is what I enjoyed the most

Who are some of the notable artists and people that influenced your career thus far?

Starting from the Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Eagles,The Gypsy kings and other writers such as Cat Stevens, Carol King, Jim Croce, lyricist Bernie Tuapin to name a few. Not to many artists or writers from today's music scene, although I like Japanese Breakfast and The weeknd right off the top of my head

Could you tell us about your latest projects?

Right now I am just writing and recording songs. Although I am planning to do live venues sometime in the next year

What should we expect from you in the near future?

I think I answered that with my previous answer

Could you give us some advice that you can offer to someone who is just getting started in making music?

Yes first and foremost BE ORIGINAL! Secondly get the best musicians or singers you can find and use a first rate producer

Are there any important achievements you have gained since beginning to do music?

yes I finally broke the 50,000 stream barrier with two of my songs getting over 80,000 streams and also hitting almost 20,000 followers.

My music has been on a number of radio stations mostly local ones but I did get one of my music aired on BBC Radio

The important thing is that my music is starting to be noticed

Besides music, what are some of the things that you are into?

Yes, I like the Ballet and theatre. I like to play sports, ( Tennis, Golf).

Are you currently on tour or planning to be?

No not yet on tour but planning to be doing live shows within a year

 last remarks

I really focus on writing songs that give people a lift to their day and not write " Hard done by " songs.

I like to think that after hearing one of my tunes it makes you feel good.

Check out her music on Spotify!🔥


Flyah Magazine catches up with Eileen Carey


For people just discovering you Eileen, could you tell us a little about your background? 

EC: Sure. I grew up in middle class family in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Sang in school musicals, church and theater productions and banged on the drums for a time. I was always into music but went to school for management and began working for a national hotel chain, which transferred me to Los Angeles at my request.

 I came to Los Angeles to work in the film industry, even ended up in a couple films, but I couldn't ignore my love of music over all things. I was booking entertainment as part of my management chores when I realized I could sing and write songs myself. Never looked back.

 What’s a typical day of creation like for you?

EC: I am constantly writing little notes to myself. Little things that I see. Or some melody might catch my whim. I spend every day thinking of song ideas, and put aside time for my writing. I then take those ideas in a rough outline and I look for a collaborator to complete those ideas. When I think I have a song that I want to sing I send it off to my longtime producer Travis Allen in Nashville. If he likes it, we begin to create rhythm tracks. 

 How did the Joe Blasco Cosmetics come about?

EC: I have often had sponsorships in my singing career such as Supercuts, FixNation and now Joe Blasco. Cosmetics. I have been using Joe’s cosmetics for years, so when my current brand agent Laura Mckinney of Strata Brand asked for a wish list of brands to partnerships with, I mentioned Joe, and so she reached out to him, and he was impressed by my story and jumped at the chance to partner with me.

“Eileen Carey uses Joe Blasco products on and off the stage, showing that a woman is powerful and filled with purpose at any age. She has done it all and continues to evolve with spirit. Her essence inspires all she comes in contact with, and her music is a sheer force for positivity, truth, and empowerment.”. - joeblascocosmetics

How was your experience opening up at Motels at Canyon Montclair?

 EC: This was the third time I have shared a stage with Martha Davis and The Motels. First time was at the Rose in Pasadena, CAI was very excited. I had covered her song “Only the Lonely” on my Let it Go” release in 2014.When I met her backstage the first time it was as if I was looking at my big sister. The second co-bill was at Canyon Montclair, as was this past show. It is always a pleasure to share a stage with them. Their performances are inspiring! Martha is an amazing performer.  It was a great opportunity and an honor to have shared the stage with her three times.

What was your first reaction when you won entertainer of the year at the Independent Music Network?  

EC: Grateful! My team thought it was perfect award for me. I have shared the stage with so many classic acts last year, and in my Indie career. Acts like The Starship, Ambrosia, Don Mclean, Rita Coolidge, Little River Band, and even the Spinners, lol. I am a regular at the fairs and festivals in California and even play the Honky Tonks of Nashville. Simply said the stage is what I do it all for. Where I am most comfortable.

I have also put together one of the finest bands in the Country, with John “Groover’ McDuffie Music Director and lead guitar, Carl Byron on keyboards, Devitt Feeley on acoustic guitar, Alex Skjlarevski on bass, Lynn Coulter on drums, and Gia Ciambodi backing vocals.

Could you tell us about your latest project? 

EC: I am working on the music video for “Land with You”. I collaborate with a filmmaker in Berlin, Germany, named Taner Tumkaya, who I have creating my music videos with for years. Planning a release late next month or early May.  June 16 I will be back at the Canyon Montclair with Pure Prairie League.

I do a lot of Fairs in the summer and currently booking them as I do each year. Also, I am in discussion with a new club out in Venice Beach for a couple slots this summer and will return to Nashville shortly to finish a number of new tracks for me to put final vocals on and sweeten.

Any last remarks? 

EC: I try to give people a different way of thinking, a view that offers alternatives, support, and encouragement. We all have our trials, but I’m 100% convinced we can overcome them by maintaining the right attitude in life. I want people to see the positives in life. Music is magic because it is the closest thing to our hearts and souls. My music is all about making lemonade out of lemons.