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Interview with Avrell

Avrell is a Latin-influenced rock band from Denver, Colorado. The trio have recently hit the ground running with their first stuido album in the works. With influences like Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, and Coldplay infused with their Spanish-language roots, extraordinary arrangements, and catchy vocals, we can be sure to expect something huge from Avrell in 2018!

Who are each of you and what are your roles in the band?

Geo is the lead singer and plays acoustic guitar. Edgar plays the keyboards and Ever plays the bass and sings backup vocals for live performances.  We write the music and make arrangements together.

What’s everyone’s musical history?

Ever has been playing music since high school. He started with the saxophone and quickly found a love for all instruments. He also plays piano, bass, a little acoustic guitar, and an assortment of wind instruments.

How did you all meet? When did Avrell form?

Avrell formed when Ever and Geo met. We both wanted to make music and decided to do so. At first, Ever would switch between piano and bass, but once Edgar arrived, Ever took to the bass and we’ve been making music together ever since.

Why did you guys choose the name Avrell, and what meaning does it have for you?

A lot of great things have happened in our lives so we wanted to keep the ball rolling on that.  We however didn’t like the name April so we searched for a variation in another language and found Avrel to be a great sounding word which meant the same.  We then added an extra “L” to make it ours.  

 

When writing a song, do you write the music or the lyrics first?

We have a large selection of songs, a large number of them written by Geo who writes the lyrics with the music at the same time. Sometimes we’ll all sit and finish the lyrics when he gets stuck.  Ever will usually write the music and then add the lyrics to them.

What other artists have influenced your musical style?

We have been influenced by many different artists from very different places around the world: Coldplay, Mana, Mark Anthony, Maroon 5, Camila. We take a little from every style and try to make new rhythms from what we have learned. We all grew up in different places around the world and listened to different styles, which we’ve all mixed into our songs.

Besides music, what other things have influenced your music?

Life in general has been a big influence.  We express ourselves through our songs.  Our life experiences are reflected in the lyrics and in the energy that we put in every arrangement.

What are your hobbies aside from music?

There are many hobbies we share and when one of us gets in to something new, the rest of the band tends to follow.  We snowboard, which in the summer turns into longboarding. We work on cars to relax sometimes. We also like to enjoy the great outdoors by hiking, off-roading, or perhaps just sightseeing.

In your experience, how does music from another language connect with the people who don’t speak it? Do you think music can bring people of different cultures and backgrounds together?

We have noticed that when we play our songs whether people understand the lyrics or not, they get the feeling that we are trying to convey. From our perspective, music in itself is a language which crosses barriers that everyone can understand.   It doesn’t matter where you are from – when you hear a good beat your body moves regardless of whether you understand the lyrics or not. This brings people together no matter what their background is.

 

If you could change an event in your past, would you? Which one and why?

There is nothing either of us would change of our past because all we have lived and learned is what is creating Avrell now. Our separate experiences have brought us together to create this band which will allow us to share our music with the world.

What has been the best thing about being in a band so far?

The best thing has been learning to understand another human being as they struggle through life to try to make the best of things.  We all have our personal lives but we have come together as a family and are learning to understand each other. This teaches us to also understand everyone around us because everyone has their struggles, as well as hopes and dreams, just as we do.

When can we expect your debut album to be released? Will there be a producer?  And will you be touring on that album?

We are now working on our album, spending what seems like countless hours in the studio and in rehearsals trying to make it the best possible.  We have a producer:  ( Guys please advice on what we should comment here )  We are hoping to tour on that album as soon as its released.

What else would you like people to know about Avrell?

We are friends and family people. We have put a lot of our time and love into these songs in order to give our listeners the best of us. Hopefully one day we will inspire other young artists and dreamers to follow what they dream to accomplish one day. The greatest and most priceless reward at the end will be the fulfillment of living this life -not just existing – by doing what we really love.

Thank you so much!

  – Avrell

 

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Interview with Public Display of Aggression

Denver’s Public Display of Aggression took a few minutes to answer our questions about their new drummer, working with Dennis Shinn on their new album To Live and Die in Your Suit and Tie, and of course, pizza. If you’re in the Denver area, check out their upcoming benefit show for Toys for Tots at the Marquis Theatre on December 9th.

 

PDA is known to be a very highly charged political band.  We are handing you a soapbox. Please go on an epic rant on what’s wrong with the world.  

The easiest way to think of us is as an anti-everything mindset. We are anti BOTH parties, anti-government, anti-religion, anti-corporate greed. The powers that be are the greed and lust that drive the worst parts of humankind. We are tired of seeing atrocities thrust onto us and considered the status quo. Our stage is our soapbox. We rant every time we don the mask and stand under the lights.

 

The new drummer, Frankie Four Fingers, obviously left an impression on you guys or he wouldn’t be the new drummer. What is it about his talent that you were drawn to the most? Have you known him for a while or did you guys only meet at the audition?

We have actually known him for a while, but it wasn’t until the interview and the following month of practices that we realized we actually knew him. We just figured he was small and easy to control. Plus, if our tour bus ever gets stranded during a snowstorm, we can make a blanket out of his body hair.

 

Tell us about yourself, Frankie Four Fingers. What drew you to PDA, what are your hobbies outside of music, and do you actually have four fingers? Have you all been getting along?

Of course I have four fingers, and a thumb on each hand even! One of the things that really drew me to these hairless monkeys was their approach to music: their professionalism, their no bullshit policy, and to how they go about making their business of metal.

Outside of the band I am quite partial to video games, reading, and studying the mind of a serial killer.  And we get along peachy.

 

With Frankie joining the band, what are you guys most excited about for future projects?  How do you feel the music will change from his input in the future?

Although our future remains FUZZY…we will not STRAY from the cause. We will continue to SHED light on both the PUBElic atrocities as well as those at the ROOT, even if the path gets HAIRY.

 

As pizza enthusiasts, what are your thoughts of pineapple on pizza? What is the worst pizza you’ve ever had and what’s the ultimate pizza topping combo.  Go per member if need be.

Universally, pineapple on pizza is worse than death.

Frankie Four Fingers= Pepperoni and jalapenos.

Dashing Kenny Daggers= White sauce, chicken, artichoke hearts, green peppers, garlic, onions, and moz.

James Aggression= Beer cheese and steak

Rage= Italian sausage, green peppers, white sauce.

Tommy Mayhem= Anything supreme, minus black olives.

 

Are you guys excited to have Dennis Shinn as a producer on your album To Live and Die in Your Suit and Tie? What will he bring to the album that wasn’t as prominent as before?

We are extremely excited for his wisdom and guidance on our album. We love how big and aggressive he has made our voice.

 

If Guy Fawkes was alive today do you think he would be a metalhead or something else? How do you think he would react to the world today?

We feel Guy Fawks would be into a hybrid of jazz fusion and gangsta j-pop. Although he’d bump To Live And Die In Your Suit And Tie while working out, and that’s still cool with us.

We know he’d STILL want to blow everything up, but even more now.

 

PDA will be performing at an upcoming charity show supporting Toys for Tots on December 9th at the Marquis Theatre in Denver. What made you guys want to get involved? Will the band be donating toys, too?

Wait… the toys aren’t for us?!

I guess we’ll have to get all these toys we’ve been accruing together to give to them. We truly feel all kids should have new toys for Christmas. It’s the one time everyone deserve some fun and joy, a reprieve from the cold.

 

What were your favorite toys growing up? What are your favorite toys now? How do you celebrate the holidays? Feel free to rant again if need be.  

We all loved, and honestly still do, Legos. Be it Bionicles, Star Wars, or just old fashioned imagination.

“Christmas” is one of those things that having grown up in a Christian nation has been engraved into our lives. The idea used to mean something, but has now become a corporate drive for greed. Even taking a look at it from a Christian perspective, Christmas is on December 25th solely to help pagans transition from their religion into Christianity, because of convenience. Family tradition of a honeyed ham? Pagan. Mistletoe? Pagan.

I digress…

 

Krampus vs Santa in a fight pit.  Please do a blow by blow of the fight and who wins. And yes, reindeer can help.  

Krampus. Easy. Santa is big and jolly. Krampus is known for literally carrying around chains and sticks to whip children. Even if Santa had his reindeer, Krampus still has his evil elves and Christmas traps and stuff.

 

What are PDA’s plans and goals for 2018? Is there anything else you would like to share?

Tour. Our main goal at this point, having our album done by Dennis “The Menace” Shinn, is to leave our mark and have our phrase running through everyone’s minds: We don’t fuck around.

 

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Azreal Tearing Up The Bound By The Road Tour

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Australian metal band Azreal have landed on US soil and are ready to tear it up on the Bound by the Road Tour with DevilDriver.  Singer Luke Hosking took a minute to let us in on tour details and the differences between Australia and America.

Breaking Music Magazine – What are you most excited about on the Bound by the Road tour?

Azreal – Getting some international miles under our belt is exciting and touring with such great bands our first time out is also a big deal for us. We have been a local Australian band for a while now and this tour is really the next step in our evolution. We are all beyond pumped to have the opportunity to live it.

BMM – What is the biggest difference you’ve experienced this far between Australia and America?

Azreal – Mainly the accessibility of everything; Wal-Mart, for example, is about 10 times the size of anything of its kind in Australia. Another big difference is the temperature. In Queensland it’s about 100+ degrees with 90% humidity, so flying into Colorado to pick up our bus and crew was a bit of a shock. Although we are very happy to be sitting in a Wal-Mart parking lot next to Death Angel and Devildriver’s tour buses in beautiful California as I type, so no one’s complaining.

BMM – Is it more challenging to tour in another country or do you face the same challenges?

Azreal – America certainly is a bigger country as far as the amount of cities and venues to play goes. Getting in a bus with 20 plus shows along the way and lots of people to watch at each of those stops isn’t always an option where we come from so that’s a big difference. Having crew who know what they are doing and can keep us alive across the country and find what we need to survive is really essential in another country too.

BMM – Do you think you would survive being in a horror film? What would your weapon of choice be?

Azreal – I like to think I would survive. I’m a massive fan of the survival horror genre in both movies and video games. I basically live my life in a zombie apocalypse fantasy world. My weapon of choice would be shotgun or machete.

BMM – If the world were ending, how would you spend your last few days?

Azreal – Honestly I think I’d spend it at home with my girl, my dog and some beers. I absolutely love being out on the road and chilling with mates but nothing beats a few brews and good company in your own domain.

BMM – Have you ever written a song about someone and then have that person confront you about it?

Azreal – Not a song as such, but I have had someone read a poem that loosely related to them. They were a friend-of-a-friend at the time and they got a little upset about it. I guess the part that burns with songs or poems is you can’t really respond as such. Unless you have some sort of rap battle that is…

BMM – How has the band changed from the first show you ever played together to now?

Azreal – Well the first show only consisted of 2 members of the current line-up so it was very different. It’s always been heavy and in the metal spectrum but originally our music had a more prog style to it, as opposed to our thrashy groove style now. It’s always evolving so who knows what the next phase of the band will incorporate.

BMM – What was the first concert you ever experienced? Are you embarrassed by that fact now?

Azreal – The first show I remember experiencing was a Christian band in Australia called Die Smiling. They were metal and people were stage diving and moshing. I must have been about 12 and in my favorite Sepultura shirt. The fact that Die Smiling was a Christian band could be seen as embarrassing for a very non-religious person such as myself, I guess.

BMM – Outside of basic necessities, is there something you can’t live a day without?

Azreal – Yeah, that’s an easy one – music.

BMM – Tell everyone why they need to come out to one of your shows this spring?

Azreal – First, they need to come out and pick up some of our merchandise so we can survive on the road! Secondly you might really like our music and we happen to be traveling the country with some of the best of the best! If that isn’t reason enough for you then I would say you need to re-evaluate your priorities.

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The Breaking Music Radio Show!

Breaking Music Magazine has teamed up with Abydos Records Radio and The Heart Riot Agency to bring you The Breaking Music Radio Show, hosted by Lance Waste ( Lead Singer of Darling Waste, founder of The Heart Riot Agency), the show is a weekly look at indie rock bands that are featured here on Breaking Music Magazine. Tune in every wednesday night at 8pm to discover your new favorite band!

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Track by Track With Eily Orcko

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Rapper Eily Orcko recently released an amazing mixtape. We’ve been listening to it all week. We asked Eily to give us a track by track breakdown of what each song is about. 
Grab the freemixtape at DAT PIFF and read along as you listen to each track!
Smile: Smile was a song I kind of had in my head before it was written. The song consist of bits of my personal life and views bringing you in with “Let me see a crowd of angels laughing from they angle” kind of setting the tone of frustration. I really wanted the listener to get a glimpse into parts of my life I don’t really speak on with this song like I do with all of them but with alittle more depth. At the end of this song I had a message to someone very dear to me that continuously let me down but they no longer matter so I guess they really couldn’t make me smile at the end of the day huh?
Bogus: Bogus is abit of introspective on my whole career to a degree. The song starts off with “I crash landed abandoning my brand new rocket ship” which is really a reference to me feeling like I’m stranded in Cleveland leaving behind allot of the things I had recently obtained back home…I lost allot. the song really goes indepth with feeling out of my element with all of this, Being a rapper, all these new people I’m meeting, The hip-hop scene, the hate and channels we have to swim through to even take the smallest step in what we hope is the right direction all of it. Bogus really is suppose to let people know “hey I’m out here doing me, yeah its awkward and hard but this is what I love and I’m here to make the change I wanna see in the community no matter what.” I’m always trying to stay true to my message of positivity but not be so direct with it and bogus captures the whole essence of that concept.
Enough: “Bro pass me a bottle, Losing these days screaming out fuck tomorrow, Spend all my evenings with niggas and bitches, so I spend my riches and drown in my sorrows.” Off rip Enough’s message is put out there. I grow tired, I hit my lows, I drink and spend money I don’t have on things I don’t need so I don’t feel ect. Enough from my perspective comes from that point where you just simply have enough of your negative ways and the negativity around you. Fox came in with this painting the picture from his perspective, him being the responsible and better put together person on this track he raps from his perspective of being the sober guy around that negativity and not really fully understanding but at least being there cause he knows his friends need help. you get two sides of one scenario the drunk with allot on his plate and trying to get by and his friend whose always a reliable ride from the party they really didn’t wanna attend in the first place.
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Chuthlu Shalt Not Be Disturbed: Alright lets get this out the way I love H.P Lovecraft’s work and the ocean is like my life I love water so I’m drawn to there being some alien squid dragon guy under the water taking a nap who if you look at him he’ll drive you insane…I can relate man people look at me and then they look crazy all the time. Now that the title is out the way, this song has a lazy vibe. I wrote this with the whole “I feel like an outcast” mind set I reference back to my drinking and how it helps me coast through life “floating down a lake of whiskey” I like whiskey drink of preference just a little fun fact for you. To wrap this up, the song is really just a relaxed tune saying yeah I hear you but I’m just gonna figure everything out my way.
Nudes From A Vampire: “Nudes From A Vampire” Lets see if you can tie this all together. If you know anything about vampires (I like spelling it with a Y ((Vampyre)) but I feel like I gotta sacrifice things like that sometimes) you can’t get nudes from a vampire cause they cant be photographed so your not getting anything out of the message. the nudes part come on now we all appreciate nudes and wanna see the goods right? I wrote this about my highschool girlfriend that sucked the life out of me…well tried to. the song holds content from being in a one sided relationship where you feel like you have to chase someone your already with and your getting nothing out of it. at the end I close off with “one day well both see the same thing and well see who comes back” which is really referencing when you break that relationship off seriously that person will attempt to come back at some point…my advice though, just move on there’s better people in this world to surround yourself with and you deserve to be happy and if your that life sucking vampire all I have to say is, Stop it your making all the awesome people in this world lame and sad.
Wild Things: A tropical adventure through my old partying days with the wild things. This is one of my favorite tracks it really is just fun for me. The song holds my famous drinking content (get use to it) with a little view into my old life of being out in the streets, drinking, fighting, yelling, dealing with self Proclaimed “O.G’s” and telling my listener who may try to be one of the “monsters” come on and see what its really like. the hook in the track is suppose to show the positive fun side yet the verses are suppose to reflect the negatives. All and all I tried to set the fun relaxed wavy tone with this song.
Sunset Motel: This is an actual undisclosed location, if you know what it is AYEEEE. A small personal story from a time way before I was an adult making questionable decisions as a young teenager in South Florida. The song contains abit of a day I had with a girl I was interested in for a week or so we use to talk about saving up money and getting out of Florida to see the world and just have fun with no more drama but it also holds the reality of that situation where I have to be around and be apart of things I don’t agree with in my head. the whole ordeal ended up with me drinking allot of vodka, skating all over the place, partying, rarely sleeping, making money and spending it all then loosing what even got me into all of that to begin with.  at the end of all that I end up alone working on music…
Journey Of The Destroyer: So if you paid attention to the bits of detail in the last song at this point I’m alone “Journey of the Destroyer”  is introspective of everything I did previously before and where I’m headed. I tackle things like relationships, feeling and being alone as a kid, hiding from problems, and growing up in general then kinda landing where I am after taking a loss. I reference retreating again and falling back into my old loner ways and if I do that will the person I lost find me or are we just gonna meet awkwardly on the other side. do our Losses take away from who we are, make us stronger or do they make us all monsters (little bit of foreshadowing there).
If Dogs Were Wizards: so the title is just a title has nothing to do with anything really…just so you know. “if dogs were wizards” is like Bogus Pt.2. As I make my way as an artist people throw shade at me and with my growth I have more confidence in my craft. the whole track I’m really doing my least favorite thing and that’s rapping about rapping. All in all there’s some bars and flow switches I can appreciate but at the end of the day its just about my career so far and how unhappy I am with certain things. this whole tape is really just a series of bogus events in my life.
KIDS: Kids Is a freestyle…..I was just rapping about whatever came to mind really, the beat is chill and keeps up with the whole wavy them. I mention things that we do that take away from us being us and losing ourselves. Mentioning my career again I also reference being called crazy at points in my life and replied to that saying “I’m not insane, Just switched up and made my own lane, gathered experience making good vibes from bad pain” which can be taken all types of ways. still Kids is a freestyle I stepped to the mic, hit record spit then edited an threw it on the tape.
Rain: I often feel like things that went wrong in my relationship are my fault. I focused so heavily on music I didn’t give the girl I loved the attention I use to. My passion for her and the passion I found doing this drove me to be a better artist honestly. Once again loss is the topic a song of mine. I’m starting to think I’m a depressing artist the deeper I get into this stuff.
That Sinking Feeling You When…: Through out my life I’ve been in and out of others and some people just look for trouble. This song was about a friend of mine I use to see allot of good in but she always ended up hurting herself with her bad choices. a smooth relaxed oceanic tune intros you into me describing a moment with her, from there I sing about the events that take place day to day and how we met. the tone is set to be wavy like everything else but also have a more lost feel than the rest. With less power and control in this situation I wanted my listener to get lost in the vibe so I let the beat ride out for awhile after I sing the outro.
Night: Closing this mixtape you find yourself with “Night” which is the same subject matter as Bogus but in present context. Where I’m at right now I feel like I’m in ruins with nothing music in my heart and fire in my soul. No more home, no more friends, nothing is the same anymore for me I have set my path as “Eliy Orcko” the Former Punk Skater from Coral Springs, Florida. The song reflects on everything all the previous songs talked about and I think it’s one of my best, it has that wavy song with an up beat groove to it along with my vocal melodies its definitely in my top 5 on this whole project.
Like Me: “Like Me” is a song Sav from Authentic Language gave me as a feature and wanted me to kind of take over for so I used it on the tape. It ended up fitting well but I didn’t know where it should go so I consider It a bonus track if you shuffle the whole project you’ll find it fits in perfectly though. the track is just about loving someone intensely and enjoying just who they are and what you have together. content touches on more than physical relations, always being there, taking a chance with someone different, and sticking by their side cause you’ll never have another connection like the one you have with a person who actually cares and vibes with you.

PREMIERE and INTERVIEW w/ DM and JEREMIAH CHILD

This Labor Day, we bring you a song all about the struggle of the working man, DM – “9to5” featuring Jeremiah Child.

Lance Waste got a chance to chat with DM and Jeremiah Child about the album. Listen to the interview below and then check out the song at the bottom of the post!

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CHECK OUT THE SONG!