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A Dirty Dozen with BLACK ROCK CANDY – September 2023

| 7 September 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Black Rock Candy is a rock band from Southern California that boast an eclectic sound of rock, classic rock, blues, alternative and pop with their original music. Picture Halestorm meets Pat Benetar. Lead singer, Taylor Heart, will captivate you with her incredible vocal abilities, mirrored by Izzy’s colorful guitar riffs and solos. Aaron will have you on your feet with his high- energy drum ensembles. Jordi’s feel-good vibes and hypnotic upbeat bass sounds transcends her love for music. Their blend of rock is a throwback to the sounds of the 60s and 70s with a true flare of the 80s rock sound bringing it forward to the current era.” We get the band to discuss new music, influences, and more.

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

“Trouble” is a pop rock alternative song that was inspired by a relationship that fell apart. At the time, we were feeling a lot of rage and anger. Not much, we really put our feelings out there. I think the rage really hits you the first time you hear it.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Initially we got into music for just for fun. Eventually we wanted to write our own material and quickly realized we enjoyed the feeling and the feedback we received from our own music.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

We were all inspired by different artist and bands, some include, Heart, Stone Temple Pilots, Queen, My Chemical Romance, No Doubt and Green Day.  During their heyday, these bands were very innovative and wrote material that was in tune with their time.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Olivia Rodrigo who is a great songwriter with relatable lyrics. She is also very new and current. Scott Stevens who collaborates with Dorothy. We really dig his stuff. It would be great to one day work with either of these artist.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

We like to teach kids how to play music and how to be in a band. We like going camping, going to church, and going to Disneyland. Overall, hanging out with friends and family.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Because our music is inspired by so many different artist, our songs tend to have a blend of rock, pop, alternative with an 80’s flare. We have very catchy melodies. When people say our music is heavy, we always tend to turn our heads because our music is not heavy at all. We have more mainstream influences which is why we would never say our music is heavy.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

We would love to say we cook, but that is not true. We normally go eat sushi or In N Out. Our hangout sessions are very laid back for the most part and if music is ever part of it, we roll with whatever ideas flow out of it.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

When we went to the Dorothy show at the Troubadour, Slash from Guns N Roses made a special appearance for one song. We were front row going crazy and absolutely starstruck. Best night ever!

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

Live performances and connecting with other people. If we could no longer be musicians, Aaron (drummer) would be an electrician, Taylor (Singer) would be a teacher, Izzy (Guitarist) would be a criminal profiler and Jordi (Bassist) would be orthopedic surgeon.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering? How did the music video shoot go?

A question we get often is “Who is Black Rock Candy?” As an artist, it is difficult to put it in one word or one sentence alone. The music industry is a very creative and complicated space, and verbalizing that can be very difficult. It’s like putting us in a box. For the “Trouble” music video, we went to a rage room in LA. We got to break a bunch of stuff which was fun. The next day we were very sore, but it was so worth it and we can’t wait to share the final product.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Although we had so many ups and downs, we also learned a lot from it. Without them we would not be where we are at. Our first album was inspired by true events that happened with previous band members and without those situations, we would not have the album.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

We would definitely say the Beatles or Queen because how they recorded their music was so interesting and innovative. Specifically, we watched the Bohemian Rhapsody movie which inspired a Queen Medley that we perform live. From that movie, seeing the process was so interesting and that would’ve been amazing to be apart of.






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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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