Archive for The Dummy Interviews

About that Interstellar Soundtrack

About that Interstellar Soundtrack

I had the great good fortune to interview three of the members of the “Interstellar” sound team, Gregg Landaker, Gary Rizzo and Richard King. Each was incredibly generous with their time – especially since all were right in the middle of working on huge new…

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The Best Known Asshole in the World

The Best Known Asshole in the World

Yep. I said it. And, if you asked Gene Simmons about it, dollars to donuts he’d say: “What do you expect from an idiot asshole rock critic?” My answer? “Exactly.” I was never a KISS kid. Not once. I was an AC/DC kid. Truth be…

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The Dummy’s Best Question: Kevin Lyman

The Dummy’s Best Question: Kevin Lyman

Okay, this is two questions, but whatever. Kevin Lyman is the dude who brings punk rock madness from town to town every summer under the Vans Warped Tour banner. He’s been doing it for 20 years, entertained something around nine million kids (and random parents who…

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Nothing Cold About This

Nothing Cold About This

Here’s the thing — I cherish honesty in music. Mind you, I’ll bop my head a bit to a little Auto-Tune and programmed drums and sometimes I don’t even mind a little synthesizer thrown in for kicks and grins, but when it comes right down…

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The Dummy’s Best Question: Pasquale Rotella

The Dummy’s Best Question: Pasquale Rotella

You EDM fans should know who Pasquale Rotella is… I mean, he damn near created your movement with the Electric Daisy Carnival shows and the collection of happenings Insomniac (the company he founded years ago) produces throughout the year. The Dummy had a chance to interview…

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The Dummy’s Best Question: Michael B. Jordan

The Dummy’s Best Question: Michael B. Jordan

One of the best corporate gigs I EVER had was writing the Production Notes for the film “Red Tails.” The film was a bit meh, but the people involved were amazing. Really. In no particular order, the ones I remember best: Andre Royo, David Oyelowo…

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A Dummy Interviews Ringo Starr

A Dummy Interviews Ringo Starr

All this Beatle hoopla inspired me to find an interview that I had the opportunity to do with Ringo Starr a handful of weeks before his 1998 release “Vertical Man” hit the shelves. I wrote the bio that went out with the album and spun…

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