"NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ROCKSTARS" Horror Music Video Released
The line-up also includes insanely perfect lead guitar by Jimmy Ryan of Flyin' Ryan Bros. fame, along with his brother John Ryan on rhythm guitar, Ron "Dusty Licks" Schneider of Eliminator fame on bass guitar (who also co-stars as the US Army truck driver in the opening scene), drummer Tommy Randazzo,and a cast of assorted zombies, vampires and just plain weirdos.
The song "Music Is A Dangerous Weapon" is the title track of one of the many yet-to-be released albums from Kramers' catalog from the Bizarro/Disgustos days, with material ranging from the 1970's to 2014. Guitarist Jimmy Ryan, who plays dead Jimi Hendrix in the video, has appeared on numerous Robert Kramer & also Bizarro/Disgustos tracks. Jimmys' tune "Grand Central" acts as a music bed for the opening scenes of the video, showcasing the incredible range of his trademark power rock solos. The original Bizarro/Disgustos band enjoyed a smattering of underground fame in the 1970's, performing for outdoor custom vanning events held by such van clubs as Midwest Vans Ltd. A sort of fan club known as "I.B.O.B. (or International Brotherhood Of Bizarros) evolved around the band that included all manner of Masonic-like secret handshakes, code words, art treasures, and merchandise such as t-shirts, buttons and poster art. The music video is Kramers' Halloween gift to all who enjoy good, scary fun and really bad horror movies.
The video Halloween "teaser" for the upcoming music vid. "Scared"
ROBERT KRAMER AT 2016 CDBABY DIY MUSICIANS CONFERENCE
"HALF SHADOW" 7 SONG TEASER TO BE RELEASED OCT. 17TH
The festivities of the 3 day conference, held
at the Congress Plaza Hotel in downtown Chicago, included seminars and breakout sessions giving advice and counselling on assorted subjects such as promoting your brand, monetizing your career, and utilizing every possible advantage of todays technology for the "DIY" musician to be a success.
The songs on the teaser will include "Just Another Piano Man", RK's "tip of the hat" to the iconic Billy Joel hit, the Police/Sting flavored "Clairvoyance", "The Place They Call New Orleans", and the new energetic, horn-driven single "The Rhythm Of The Thing".
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Q: When did you first start working with Robert Kramer?
I met Robert a couple of years ago and we dabbled on a few ideas here and there. We got along quite well and shared an appreciation for many of the same artists and styles of music. Those initial meetings didn't result in a recording, but Robert reached out to me a short while later to mix "Strange Times". It was a fantastic experience, and a ridiculously fun song to work on. Glad to say we've been working on many songs since!
Q: How is his music different from other artists you've engineered?
Well first off, Bob has a great ear and a strong working knowledge of the engineering process. That informs his arrangement, and the songs are stronger for it, I think. My other studio clients come from all levels of expertise, but the vision and passion that Robert brings with his songs is unmatched. Also, he has a unique knack for paying homage to his heroes and influences without copying them. He seems to effortlessly tap into the artistic DNA of anyone he chooses and write a song AS THEY WOULD. Its fascinating. I like to say some of my favorite Police and Bruce Springsteen songs are actually Robert Kramer songs.
Q: You're a musician/recording artist in your own right. Does he allow you to bring your own musical sensibilities into the mixing process?
Absolutely. Robert doesn't just appreciate music, I think he truly appreciates artistry in general, so he's open to input. It's easier with our working relationship since we are inspired by many of the same writers and performers, so there's never really a clash of ideas. In the event I suggest something that isn't vibing with his vision, there's always a mutual respect, so I can see what spaghetti ain't sticking to the wall and try something else.
Q: Have there been any technical challenges or limitations working with some of the tracks?
Not many! Though Robert's songs usually have the main tracks recorded on his Korg Workstation. The intricacy and feel he can accomplish with those demos is awe-inspiring, but we've had some challenges in the past with getting those sounds over into my computer for mixing the final project. Occasionally, we'll have the drum loop and piano on one track, without the ability to separate them, which can be a little challenging. Fortunately, Robert's ear and knowledge of engineering means those levels are set pretty well, so it isn't a deal-breaker. By the time it's all mixed, it blends seamlessly.
Q: Any future projects of your own you have lined up?
I'm currently working on The Bellevue Sessions, Vol. 02, which is a follow-up to the first in a series of concept EPs of my own original music. I'm hoping to have it completed Summer of 2016.