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From the Desk of the Pres April marks a milestone in the life of the CV family - we are now under the guidance of CV WorldWide LLC, which will now oversee and publish CV NorthWest and CV SouthWest magazines, proof that we are growing and that the future looks bright for the CV organization. This issue is an exciting issue, as we finally get our opportunity to sit with Laura Wilde, international recording star, during a break in her schedule. She steamrolling through the US and the world, she is a star on the rise. We also get to highlight a Seattle band that is second to none, Agents of Chaos. Brien DeChristopher graciously allows to make order of the Chaos, sharing his thoughts in an insightful and cerebral conversation. The Reader Tattoo Gallery is back, our Master Mechanic, Rick McDonald, has been very ill but will return next month, our Rock Calendar is full of shows, we have advice and News you can Use back too. Finally, Marina Lopez, bodybuilder and trainer, model, and all around beauty, graces our pages again with a chopper. Lastly, we welcome Pure Sin Photography, Jamie Paullus, and the Spokane Concert scene, a feature we’ll have every month.
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NorthWest Band Spotlight Agents of Chaos, a hard rocking band from Seattle, is a powerful combination of 80's rock mixed with 90's rock with a new millennium edge on the vocals; no growling, no blast beats, just good hard rock that separates itself from the rest, but also eases the listener into a sense of familiarity to which they can relate. The Pres sits down with Brien DeChristopher for a little sake wisdom... CV NW: Who started the band and who are the members? Brien DeChristopher Jake McCoy Michael Keesal Scott Henderson
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The band was started in 2009 by Brien as an outlet to his creative flow, and because of his irritation at not being able to find a band in the Seattle market he was willing to sweat & bleed for. CV NW: What was the struggle finding a band in Seattle - was it musical style, dedication, passion, can we ask what you were looking for but were unable to find? This is a terrific question, actually. Mostly, it was lack of strength in the area of songwriting. I had never really considered myself a strong songwriter until I tried. But, I could always tell when someone else was a failure at it. Most of the time, the bands I would check out didn't realize an audition is two-way street. Additionally, I would always hear the words, "We're a pretty high-profile band!"... then I would learn that their idea of "high-profile" was that they play locally every weekend in the same five clubs in their city. THAT, my friend, is NOT "High Profile".
about the journey finding the right mix. You have a new bassist, how did that come about? AOC got started in 2009 and has had a few members fall by the wayside. The current line-up is one that we feel will stick around for a little while. Basically, as long as your main songwriters are consistent, you'll not have many worries. But, in this band, everyone contributes. We replaced our old bassist earlier this year due to our old one moving on to play in a cover band. We wish him all the best, and hope he finds happiness there.
CV NW: With the current lineup, you’re the end all and be all of the rhythm and lead guitar – does that change the way you play or feel like you have to play, which might be different from a band that has a separate rhythm and lead guitar? Excellent question…while I was growing up and playing in bands around Florida, I was always a rhythm guitarist supporting somebody else who handled the lead duties. So, being the sort of person I am, I naturally strived to be the BEST rhythm guitarist I CV NW: How has the lineup changed (if it could ever be. Over time, rhythm guitar just has) over the lifetime of AoC, and tell us took over and made me solid, resilient, and
predictable. Because the biggest thing I learned was that all those lead guitarists I was spending my time supporting couldn't carry a consistent rhythm to save their lives. So, in this band, being the only guitarist and the main songwriter, I write from a viewpoint of the rhythm guitar; and just tack the lead in where it goes. When I play lead, I approach it as an extension of the rhythm guitar and try to write a lead line that SUPPORTS the rhythm of the track instead of the other way around.
ing the heck out of each other…but do you think that a little "internal strife" can strengthen a band? Can you channel that into your collaborations, your song writing? Well, I can't speak for how Brett and C.C. ended up, and would never try... but I can tell you that when a band stays together simply because they have a currently successful product, then those days will shorten as the success dwindles. Strife and drama cannot keep a band going...eventually, they are going to have to continue writing great songs. I've always dug Poison, and I consider Rikki a friend... but Poison is not turning out Billboard material right now...
CV NW: Who are your musical influences (or influences in general)? Each member of the band comes from a different set of influences from 70's hard rock to Nu-Metal. From the smoky bars of Florida to the most northwest part of the US. When you bring these four elements together with our varied tastes and flavorings, you get CV NW: Tell us how you feel the current a pretty tasty meal! lineup complements each other, what CV NW: Talk about AoC’s first show – strengths do each of you bring? what were you guys thinking, standing Well, the most important thing is that there on stage, looking out at the crowd? you all get along. So far, we do. Naturally, in Our first show with the current lineup any creative environment, you're going to was a blast. It was in Seattle, and we were have differences and strife now and again. told that the other bands we were opening But, as long as when all is said and done, you for were standing at the back saying to each can still call the other guy up and apologize other "Who the 'F' are THESE guys!" Needless or accept an apology... it's all good. When to say, we annihilated them. Not because we you can't do that anymore, then you have reare better, or anything more special... we just al issues. Currently, every member brings something special to the table with AOC. But we also have a lot of the same loves and hates. We are all accomplished musicians that hold our craft dear, and apply ourselves in a professional manner with drive, hard work, personal practice, and some accountability to the brand. Without any of that, you have nothing. CV NW: Not sure how well this worked for CC and Bret of Poison who ended up beat-
spent a lot of time writing strong material, and rehearsing until we were a tight and well-oiled machine. Sure, we were nervous, but, when you look down into the faces of the folks at the foot of the stage, and the cute girl swaying to the music; you know it's worth it.
take away lessons from big shows like that? Yes, I tend to believe that the day you stop learning something new is the day you should probably stop playing. The biggest thing I can say that we learned from playing Kanefest, is that no matter how drunk, tired, or worn out from being screamed at by nonsingers over the past two days an audience can be...when an accessible, hard-rocking band comes out...they'll still rush the stage. Oh, and the other thing we came away with was the other bandsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fans. Which is a delight CV NW: Ah to us. yes, cute girls sway- CV NW: Which of your songs speaks pering...any sonally to you as a band? skivvies Probably "Damage" off our EP. Bethrown on cause, every time we go out there, that is stage yet? what we want to convey. Haha, I think so. A CV NW: What about your music do you lot of one-night "Propositions" along with think appeals to people? Probably ACCESSIBILITY. Our music is them (laughs). written in such a way that people get the CV NW: What goes through your mind tunes stuck in their heads. We write catchy when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on stage? riffs and hooks. That really helps. We take Don't 'F' up! (Just kidding) No, we the path that if you play and nobody can respend so much of that time listening to each member what you played, they probably other, and entertaining the audience, we won't recall your name either. don't have a whole lot of time to think. Playing should become muscle memory before CV NW: Where do you think you fall in the you get on stage, if it doesn't, you might want to rehearse more. That's how we've always looked at it. CV NW: Tell us about one of your most memorable shows. Kanefest 2012 was probably one of the most memorable shows. We went on at 10pm and rocked the place! It was our third time playing Kanefest... but was probably the most fun we had playing there. And, we got to play with some damned good bands that night. CV NW: what, if anything, did you take away from Kanefest, with being around so many heavy hitters in the lineup, even though it was your 3rd time, do you still
“journey of AoC”, what stage are you at in the process? We feel it's just getting started. And we already have listeners/fans all over the world. That's pretty impressive. CV NW: It is impressive tell us some of the places you've played, the far reaches of the earth where you’ve rocked the house… Yes, on the airwaves, we have played Ireland, Italy, Romania, Turkey, England, Scotland, France, Greece, and a few others. Physically, only in the states so far but the future looks bright. CV NW: Volume One, your 5 song EP, came out a year ago in March 2012, tell us what sense of accomplishment that is – even though it was last year, AoC has been around since 2009, how many beers did you have to celebrate that? Saké... it was all Saké! It was a terrific milestone...and we were involved throughout the entire process. We did not settle for what someone else thought our EP should sound like. While we had some incredible talent helping us, we knew what we wanted and how to convey the message. We think it turned out pretty strong. And, we'll more than likely take the same approach on the next release. CV NW: You guys took the journey to put together
the EP, tell us about that process? Was it what you expected when you started? We were all pretty experienced before taking on this venture, so going into the studio was just another step that we've taken before. Probably the first thing you learn, however, is how much you can do in the studio. So, you have to reign yourself in and realize, that while you can do a lot, maybe some of the time, you shouldn't. And if you don't, it's so much easier to represent the material on stage with a more complete sound and feel. CV NW: When you say "do too much", you think there's a point where you are over producing, trying to get it "too right" and it becomes almost subtraction by addition? Exactly. I can sit and imagine stacking 600 lines of guitars, one on top of the other, and it would sound MASSIVE! But I have no desire to sound like Def Leppard (just kidding, I love that band). But what I AM saying is that as you build a song, frequencies and tones will eventually start canceling each other out. When we tracked the EP we found that, tonally, the drums, guitars, and bass were already creating their own pockets to reside in. And doing so without stepping on the tones of the others. So, when Jake laid his vocals down, they had a nest to sit in. This is very important, and you can tell when a band or producer
does not understand this simple rule. You will hear AND feel it in the music. CV NW: People think of the “coolness and glory” of recording a record, but I’ll bet it’s pretty hard work. It's VERY hard work. The licensing, the writing, the legalities, the mixing, engineering, capture, mastering... I could go on. But, the important thing is how people respond to the final product. And, THAT is what we try to focus on. CV NW: Talk about the journey of the band after the EP, what have you guys been doing and where have you been doing it? We've been shopping the hell out of it all over the world. And, with spectacular results! knowing that. Unfortunately, as the old saying goes, "A prophet is nothing in their home CV NW: The EP got major reviews, solid all town". For some reason, Seattle has just not around, and you mentioned to me that it been receptive to us, because we don't slam got the band a ton of international supthe same five clubs every month like so port, but not as much local as you hoped, many bands do. But that’s good...we don't did I hear that right? want to! Correct. In a nutshell, we did a gig for a management group in 2011...the agency we CV NW: Gary Stockton called AoC “quite performed for put us on stage with four of possibly one of the best bands I've heard their signed bands. We played and after the out of the Seattle market since ALICE IN show, the man in the suit said, "You guys are CHAINS and SOUNDGARDEN”; when you not club material... I don't think we can help wake up to that sort of endorsement, does you." It was not an insult. Basically, he was that intimidate you? telling us that we were beyond their capabiliNot at all. We are honored to be menties. That's not ego or arrogance, that’s simp- tioned in the same breath as such terrific ly understanding yourself and where your bands. The thing that we are learning is that strengths are. There is nothing wrong with you should never take another person's words too seriously. If you do, watch out, you're over-inflated egos can kill you. But, we see there is some really good talent out there alongside us on both the local AND international levels...we can only aspire to be who we are, and keep rocking. And if other bands fall behind, we can't be held responsible (laughs). CV NW: You also said you wanted to “come back to seattle and support the NW music scene”, talk about that goal, coming home to your roots.
Our intention is to play around the Seattle/Portland/Spokane markets and garner more of a NW support structure. But we will continue to pick and choose our events with a strategy...not over-saturation. CV NW: What do you hope to accomplish as a band, and with your music, how do you want people to react to your music? We want them to love it. To buy it, to listen to it...to hear it speak to them. We want the band to be more than just Seattle. There are enough bands here that seem happy with that. We are not. CV NW: Where do you go from here, what’s the big news and your plans for 2013; I heard there’s a new album in the works, what can you tell us about that? Yes, we have written tons of new material, and are beginning tracking for the new album. It is going to be heavy. But with a solid groove, and SINGING! Not growls. We've been blessed with a singer who can sing... and we're going to exploit that to its fullest. We're hoping to get back out into the scene and hit hard, then leave it behind (we’ll obviously return), but you get the gist. LIKE us @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/ Agents-of-Chaos/113739255322543 Website: http://www.chaosagents.com
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Wilde Laura Wilde has become a musical tour de force, armed with killer guitar riffs and a kick-ass attitude, and she is taking the world by storm. On stage she boils with raw, passionate energy; playing her blazing, mirror-fronted flying V guitar, she is a hard charging, take-no-prisoners, balls to the wall artist. From the clubs of Melbourne, Australia to a national tour with the Motor City Madman himself, Laura is poised for world wide fame, ready to create a fresh interpretation of traditional rock n roll for a younger generation of fans. CV WorldWide had a chance to chat with Laura during some downtime... CV WW: Let’s talk about the road to becoming…Laura Wilde…growing up, did you always want to play music? Did anything else catch your fancy beforehand? <Laura Wilde> Always! I've been obsessed with musical instruments for as long as I can remember. When I was little the sight of anything to do with guitars or drums would make my heart flutter and absolutely nothing has changed.
vana, but as I got older I started to dig deeper and listen to the bands that influenced them. There's a whole bunch from every decade dating back from Guns 'n' Roses in the 80's to Elvis in the 50's and Robert Johnson in the 30's. It's a mixture of influences from a whole range of rock bands, such as Black Sabbath, ACDC, Led Zeppelin and ZZ Top, glam bands like Sweet, Slade and T.Rex, punk bands like The Clash, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols and The Stooges. The list goes on and CV WW: Tell us about that moment when on! My main lead guitar influences would you said “yeah, I wanna rock, I wanna get have to be Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and up there and kick ass with a guitar”. Slash. <LW> The big moment occurred at the tender age of 3 when I saw the 'Are You Gon- CV WW: What went into the decision to go na Go My Way' video by Lenny Kravitz. solo versus playing in a band? Watching him, his band and the audience all <LW> Flying solo just happened organrocking out and going nuts made me want to ically because I had so many different get up there and do the exact same thing. friends that I was jamming with growing up and I never really fell into a definitive band. CV WW: Who are your musical influences When I first started recording songs it was (or influences in general)? just the producer and I working on tunes that <LW> I grew up listening to 90's rock I had written and our own collaborations. bands like Green Day, Foo Fighters and Nir-
CV WW: Tell us about the music scene in Melbourne versus America – how are they different and how are they the same? <LW> The Australian pub culture brings along a certain element of rough and tumble camaraderie which is very conducive to writing rock music. Australia has given birth to rock 'n' roll greats such as AC/DC, Jet, Wolfmother and INXS. America has a different history and different influences entirely. There is a more vast population and therefore a greater mix of different genres. CV WW: When you were a teenager, you played for the Saudi Royal Family? Tell us about that experience – what did you play, how did you get the honor, how did the Royal Family react and what did they say to you? <LW> Playing for the Saudi Royal Family was such an amazing and unexpected experience. We were all staying at the same hotel before I made the move to Los Angeles. They found out I was a musician, listened to the demo and before I knew it they had requested a private acoustic show. They were thrilled with the performance which was just such an unbelievable honor. CV WW: You first got on stage when you were 16, were you nervous at all? <LW> I was way too excited to be nervous. Everyone in the audience was going crazy and cheering when I was walking up to go on stage which was such a great feeling. From then on I was officially hooked! CV WW: Forward a bit, and you’re a studio & session player for some of the biggest Australian artists, what were you able to take away from that time period. <LW> Being selected to play for top tier artists is such an honor, but the pressure is on! It makes you really step up and work a lot harder to deliver a high standard. These opportunities are always such a great experience as you are able stretch yourself by playing a different styles and experimenting with different sounds. CV WW: You spent some time at University – it ultimately didn’t work out, as you said, but what did you learn about Laura Wilde from that experience? <LW> I found it extremely hard to concen-
trate on something that I wasn't interested in. I was very easily distracted. However, when I was finally had the opportunity to pursue my passion, it didn't feel like work at all and I was able to focus to the exclusion of everything else and didn't feel like I was missing out. CV WW: You moved to LA to “take it to the next level” – tell us about that decision…how you came to it, how was it to leave Australia behind. Did you feel as though you’d “outgrown” the local music scene there? <LW> It was so freaky leaving for the airport and pondering the fact that I had a one way ticket and would be over there indefinitely. I had been back and forth a few times before I officially moved over; however nothing can ever really prepare you to leave behind your family and friends. There is a larger market for everything in the USA. Playing rock music wasn't something that I was encouraged to do in Australia. I constantly met resistance and was steered to play other genres instead. It made sense at the time to make the move.
CV WW: You made Revolver Magazine’s 25 Hottest Chicks in Rock – but being both beautiful and talented, did you feel as though had a little extra to prove to make it as a woman in rock? <LW> Well, thank you! I think women in the rock scene generally do have to work a lot harder in order to prove themselves. However, if you have really taken the time to practice, hone your craft and put in the extra effort that will ultimately shine through and garner the respect you deserve as a serious artist. CV WW: Talk about your views on the state of women in rock, where do you think that evolution is in terms of progress? Is it still an uphill climb, or do you think we’ve finally figured out that gender is not an issue? <LW> It's certainly not a walk in the park, but it would be a lot easier nowadays than it was for someone like Suzi Quattro. I have so much respect for artists like her who broke down the barriers and blazed the trail for the rest of us. CV WW: Talk about “Sold My Soul”, is there a message in there we need to know? <LW> "Sold My Soul" is mostly an expression of the thoughts and feelings I experienced in my late teens. This album is almost an emotional journal touching on my dreams, wishes, lost loves and the adventure of growing up. This record is an introduction to the body of work that I am really excited to share with my fans over time, a taste of things to come.
work. I really enjoyed every step of the process from writing the songs to recording demos and working with producers. Most of the record was done in Australia and some was done in the USA so it was great to see the different studios and different ways of working in both places. CV WW: The record gets recorded, released, and you’re standing there holding YOUR CD… what are you thinking? <LW> I keep thinking back to the 3 year old Laura, wildly inspired by the Lenny Kravitz video and how she would react if she knew that she would make her own CD. It's just so rewarding being able to listen from start to finish and remember the journey of how it all came about. CV WW: What inspires you when your write music, from where does the muse descend? <LW> The muse generally descends from when I have a strong emotional reaction towards something. Sometimes a song can come into my head when I'm half asleep, so I'll have to wake myself up and hum it into my phone before I forget the idea. I usually come up with a lot of guitar riffs when I'm just messing around and doing some practice at home.
CV WW: You were handpicked by Ted Nugent himself for his Great White Buffalo tour in 2012, how did that come about, did the Motor City Madman call you or go through channels? Did you think it was a prank from the band? <LW> At the time I was working with a CV WW: Tell us about the process of making publicist who coincidentally was Ted's first pubthe album – I know a lot of us believe it’s all licist and she put in a good word because she cool and fun, but it’s hard work isn’t it? thought we would be a great match for a tour. <LW> Making the album is fun, hard From the next room I remember hearing “they
want Laura to open for Ted” and I nearly hit the energy. roof with excitement. CV WW: Tell us about one of your most memoCV WW: What was touring with Ted Nugent rable shows. like? What did you learn from touring with a <LW> Definitely in Tama, Iowa. We arlegend like him? rived at the venue and it was pouring with rain. <LW> Touring with Ted Nugent was such I had to sound check in a yellow plastic poncho. an amazing experience. We got to travel across The entire stage was flooded to the point where the whole country and play virtually every night the crew was which was like a dream. We made so many new pushing off all friends. of the water Ted was such a great artist to learn with brooms. from. Everything from his showmanship, per- All of the gear formance and playing ability were just flawless was sitting in and energetic. puddles and covered with CV WW: Talk about your first “official” show plastic sheets. – you’re walking to the stage, ready to rock, I was scared what is going through your mind? of slipping <LW> I can remember it like it was yester- over or getting day. My guitarist was riding a bike in the rain electrocuted the night before the show and slipped off and by the soaked broke his arm. He ended up playing the show in wires! Luckily excruciating pain. After such a horrific and the rain stressful scramble on the day, I was morbidly cu- cleared up rious to see how the whole thing was going to and it turned pan out. out to be one of the best CV WW: What are you thinking when you are shows of the on stage, and the fans are screaming and whole tour. cheering, do you ever get caught up in the moment, get distracted? CV WW: What’s the craziest thing one of your <LW> On tour, most of the time is spent fans has done during a show? cooped up traveling so when you finally get on <LW> In one of my earlier shows in Melstage to play, you want to make the most of evebourne I was standing near the front of the stage ry moment up there. When the fans in the audiand an audience member jumped up on stage ence are screaming and cheering, it's such a treat and ripped my raccoon tail right off! I guess he because you connect and feed off each other's really wanted a souvenir. CV WW: Rock Over America voted you “Best New Female Artist” for 2012 – you beat out some heavy talent, how does that make you feel, looking back at all you went through to get to this point? <LW> I really feel so honored to have been given the award. It was such a fantastic close to a wonderful year. CV WW: 2012 WAS an incredible breakout year, how do you top that? Is the future daunting based on such an incredible run? <LW> Not at all. I am so thankful for the success that we had last year and the progress
made it' feeling comes when people have been inspired by the live show or songs on the record. To be able to influence people and touch their hearts though music is just amazing. CV WW: What do you hope to accomplish with your music, how do you want people to react to your music? <LW> I hope to provide people with an emotional connection to the message in the different songs. I would like to take listeners on the same journey that I was on when the songs were written. CV WW: What are the big plans for 2013 for Laura Wilde? <LW> A new record is in the works and we are at present looking at some different touring options. Keep an eye on my webpage for all of the updates! CV WW: And to show our support, tell us who has got your back onstage, let’s give props to the band too! made so far. The ultimate goal is always there <LW> I'm happy to say that we've got Brad but it's just a matter of taking things one baby Bailey on the guitar, Chris Price on the bass and step at a time and moving forward. RJ Shankle on the drums. They are such a great bunch of guys. I can't wait to head out on the CV WW: What about your music do you think road with them this summer. appeals to people? <LW> Many people have mentioned that CV WW: Laura, thank you for taking the time they love the powerful energy of the music and out of your busy schedule to speak with us! live show and that it's unusual to see someone of <LW> Thank you, Chris. It has been a my age playing that style of rock 'n' roll. pleasure. CV WW: Where do you think you fall in the evolution of Laura Wilde, the stage of growth as an artist? <LW> I still feel like I'm a sprouting seed, with a little sunshine and water hopefully this thing will blossom into something that I can look back on with pride. CV WW: Have you ever stood on stage and said to yourself “yeah, I’ve made it”, do you have that feeling yet? <LW> Seeing people in the audience smiling, head banging, throwing horns and just having a good time makes me so happy, I feel like I could float off the stage. Sometimes the 'I've
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