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GTM: I guess we should start this off with the infamous question, where are you from? I am from Progress Village, a suburb of Tampa, Florida. I feel like I represent the whole Gunshine state. GTM: You started out a DJ, how long have you been an artist? Yes, I was a DJ; I was spinning for about 8 years. My love for the music, lead me to the music industry. I’ve been an artist for 12 years. GTM: In your opinion, how’s the unity in the Tampa music scene? There’s no unity or loyalty in Tampa, everybody wants to be the star, and no one wants to share the stage. As a whole, the city has no unity; you have a separate and divided city in Tampa. GTM: What is S. Gang Muzik? S. Gang Muzik is my record label. It stands for Southern Slang Muzik Group – our CEO is Tony Handz, I’m the Prez and Crim Joe is the VP. GTM: You’ve been grinding hard the past few years. What are some of the artists you’ve worked with and are there any projects we should look II
for? I’ve been collaborating with a lot of good artist like Tay Dizm, Prince Rick & Treal Lee, Durrow, Jeezy & Boo Rossini, Plies, Gucci, Yo Gotti, Zed Zillarvoria, Frank Lini, G-Mob, Chot, Famous Kid Brick, Black Nash, Lord Drak, DJ Big Tiny, DJ Winn, DJ E.Sudd, Bigga Rankin, The Whole Cool Runnings DJs Family, The Whole Hittmen DJs Family, The Whole Core DJS Family, Tae Bae Bae, 2 Chainz, Alley Boy, Waka Flocka, Trea Da Truth, T.Handz, Dino, Flem Blak, Heat Heater, Tom G, Fatty Duke, and Hip Hop Friends. I’m ready to drop my mix tape “Against the Grain”, just putting some finishing touches on it before I feed the world. The mixtape has some great production from StarrFoxx Productions, Grown Man Music Group, Depp Productions, Unk Tracs and Producer Keef. Look for it. GTM: You work closely with Team Bigga Rankin, how did that come about? I was introduced to Team Bigga Rankin by a good friend Kingpin. I joined Team Bigga Rankin about 2 years ago, fulfilling many roles like digital
branding, marketing and promotions. GTM: You had a few court dates last time we spoke how is that circumstance? GOD is good! I’ve been out of trouble and been staying out of trouble. I want to break the cycle and do what’s right. So my circumstances are real good right now. GTM: What would you suggest to any artists attempting to get into this industry? My suggestion to anyone wanting to enter in this industry is to educate yourself on the music business before you spend one dime with anyone. LEARN the Music Business, many of us forget or don’t realize that this industry is a business. You will not be successful in this industry, if you don’t know what you’re doing. GTM: What does the future hold for M.Jay? My future holds many blessings for me. I’m the NEW brand, I’m going to set the trend like Michael Jordon did and still does. I’m the DJ’S artist with
that being said I will be a part of history, touching and making trends in this industry. GTM: What does the GRIND mean to you? My grind means determination, hard work and not giving up; even if everybody else does. The grind is seeing everything thru. Hard work and no play is what it’s all about. GTM: Is there anything else you want to add? Any shout outs? I want to shout out all the hip hop fans around the globe; including Kingpin, Team Bigga Rankin, Cool Running DJ’s, Hip-Hop Friends, Hittmen DJ’s, Core DJ’s and every DJ coalitions I didn’t mention. I love all yall. Let’s get it For booking, interviews…etc I’m available for shows; please hit my management team at email@example.com , or on twitter @ mjay813promo @streetking, @biggarankin00 and @hiphopfriends
... We caught up with Deuce recently, to get his take see that kind of music live on. So I decided create my on his path to the Rap game as well as his feel on the own line of music. ChainGang Entertainment was born current state of Hip Hop... in the middle of the rec yard at Brevard Correctional institution. It kept me out of A LOT of riots. Nuff said. SO DEUCE, WHAT IS IT ABOUT YOU THAT SET YOU APART FROM OTHER RAP ARTISTS FROM AND SINCE YOUR RELEASE, WHAT ARE SOME THE SOUTH, BOTH PAST AND PRESENT? OF YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO I’m very original. I don’t have a certain style. I’m like a DATE? sponge. I have combined every piece of hip hop I have come across. Good and bad. I also come from a different I don’t feel I have accomplished anything thus far. I have an appetite to be very successful I can’t be happy background than most artists that enter this game. with morals victories. I have traveled to a few places SO, YOU ARE THE CEO OF CHAIN GANG and met some great people; even worked with some ENTERTAINMENT? DARE WE ASK HOW THAT well-knowns. However, I base “Accomplishments” on CAME ABOUT? goals being set and achieved. I have huge goals. This interview with GrindTIME Mag is an accomplishment. No prob. That’s something I never hide or run from I set out to do interviews with “REAL” publications. answering. I made mistakes in my past as a youth and Not them other magazines that cater to the big labels. paid a high price for it. I entered the Florida Dept of Corrections as a teen and didn’t leave until my 20’s. WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES IN THIS MUSIC Music became my way of getting away while away; I BUSINESS? seen 2pac, Pun, Biggie, Big L, Big Ace and many of my favorite artist past while away. I guess I just wanted to Every man and woman in front of me on the path I’m IV
headed. If they are in the field of play, I’m influenced by them. Good, bad and everything in between.
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WHAT HAS CHANGED MOST TO YOU ABOUT THE WAY MUSIC IS PLAYED AND VIEWED BY THE YOUNGER FANS OF HIP HOP? It used to be about individual expression. Everybody had a style, a niche all original. Now, it’s a copycat league controlled by the major labels. Then the young folks coming see the bling around the necks of their youthful counterparts and feel that it, got to be easy. But they get gassed and fall hard; hard to argue basics over royalties. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR CURRENT PROJECTS AND WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL? My first Mix CD “HELLO WORLD” did really well for coming out locally only. Over 5000 copies flowed through Orlando and surrounding areas. I have 2 cd’s in the works now. Actually, as this goes to print, I will have dropped my newest project. “I AM #22”. Set to release 2-22-12. SO WHAT’S NEXT FOR DEUCEDEUCE407? I’m headed back to Miami to perform at Calle Ocho again this year, got to Love Miami maaan. And even though I don’t speak Spanish, I still broke that language barrier. Not too many niggaz can say that, feel me? I plan to travel nonstop and push the projects. Spread the word about Deuce Deuce, Plain and simple. Old school door-to-door salesman style, shake hands and win votes. That’s it. DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR INFO FOR THE READERS OF GRINDTIME MAGAZINE? ANY SHOUTOUTS? Hells yea, follow my road, the bumps and the smooth path. My life is an open book. What I say is what I am. I appreciate GrindTIME Mag for the chance to get my Music out there; for all the readers and fans of Deuce Deuce. You can always get at me @ Www. DeuceDeuce407.com . Shoutout to my fam, Chain Gang Ent, Dgirl, UMP, SouthCoastRecords, My Dj , the One and Only DjNiecyDee (Star94.5, 102jamz, 95.3 orlando/daytonabeach)…My TruPublicity family.. Dixie, Fiend, Dj RhineStone (wild94.1 Tampabay)...Much Love to the “UNCONSCIOUS” V
GTM: Let’s first introduce who you are and where are you from for our readers that do not know you? Well, I’m Carol A. Dorsey, former CEO of Chopper City Records along with my nephew “BG” (Free BG) & the CEO of Madd Money Entertainment and I’m from New Orleans, Louisiana. GTM: You were CEO of Chopper City records tell us about that and how did that come about? I was the CEO of Chopper City Records for 10 years. My nephew came to me and asked if I would come in with him and run Chopper City Records alongside him and I said yes and history started from there with 5 BG albums & 2 Chopper City Boyz albums which I Executive produced and a total of 1.5 units sold independently & still counting. GTM: You are B.G.’s Aunt from the Hot Boys (Cash Money) he has a lot of respect in these streets; how is he holding up and when will he be home? FREE BG… Yes I am his aunt and he is doing well. We expect him to get short time. His background doesn’t carry that type of time that the media is stating. GTM: Tell us about Madd Money Ent. and some of the artists under your brand? Madd Money Entertainment is my new management firm,that represent artists, producers, DJs, models, etc. We also develop artist & label built independent labels to get them on the level of industry standard. My nephew & I decided to part ways because we both wanted to try something different. We have our R&B Bad Boy “Rashad Morgan, Young Gator which is our Hip Hop artist and we represent a lot of other artists, producers, djs, etc.; along with my partner “Red” of Wideopen Management. Also, The Vx my R&B/Pop group I represent from Houston; My platinum making producer “Tommy Scorch” from Philly. GTM: Being a female in this industry what are some of the obstacles/challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them? I have been blessed to not have too many obstacles due to the fact that the streets respect my nephew so people gave me the same respect as well. We all go through the good and the bad in this music industry but you have to learn from your bad choices & mistakes you have made in it. GTM: You’re pretty busy with internet radio, live radio and now you are working on a T.V show too? Tell us about that…Well, I been offered in Ohio to do my own live TV show entitled “Talking Music Business with Carol Dorsey”…The show will air at the beginning of the summer and I will be interviewing top executives behind the scenes in the music business that make a difference, also major artists, djs, models, independent
artists that are on the come up, etc. The show will be very interesting to watch and very exciting. I got a lot of great ideas and I’m working with great producers. It will be playing in the state of Ohio but to expand to my viewers nationwide, you know that count on my ratings so I hope everybody tune in and support my movement. I will be putting each show for viewing on YouTube as well for everybody to see. GTM: What artist, promoters, etc. have you worked with majors and indy? I have worked with a lot of major artists & major promoters…It’s so many I can name but I have worked with the best in this business & have done business with the major artists of today in the hip hop industry. GTM: What artists would you like to work with? I will work with any artists that have the grind to make it in this business and have what it takes to make it in this business. GTM: What advice can you give any young females out here attempting to be successful in this industry? Stay focused, and work hard on completing your goals. Make a list of things you want to accomplish in this business and do them. Put your ground work in, nothing is better than experiencing it yourself. Don’t let any great opportunity pass you by. GTM: What does the GRIND mean to you? Keep it moving, put in your work. This music business don’t sleep so don’t waste time on something that you know won’t work. Time doesn’t wait on anyone. GTM: Anything else you would like to add? Shout outs? 1st and foremost I would like to Thank God for allowing me to live out my dreams. Shout out to Grind Time Magazine for taking time & giving me the opportunity to interview in their great magazine. Shout out to my partner & big brother “Red” from Wideopen Management. Shout out to my favorite assistant for 9 years & now doing her own thing & she still do her thang for me Dawn “Lady Dolla” Harrington. Shout out to Maal The Pimp. Shout out to all my artists, djs, models, business colleagues that I work with. Last but not least shout out to Alfredo of Blue Steel Management.
Follow me on twitter @caroldorseyceo @ maddmoneymgmt, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Facebook.com/Carol Dorseyceo, / caroladorsey, /maddmoneyentertainmentgroup VII
GTM: Good day sir and congrats on all the success of your new single “Keep it 100” ft. Jazze Pha; Tell our readers a lil about yourself. Where are you from and how did the single come about? RM: I was born and raised in Detroit... been singing since i was 8 back in my grandfather’s church. I got my first major record deal at 13 with Universal/Biv 10 records. I kept writing and producing thru out the yrs and finally decided to put out an independent album which landed in the hands of T.I and Grand Hustle... The song (keep it 100) was actually an idea from a slogan on a potato chip bag. It read (100% Natural). GTM: You were signed to T.I’s Grand Hustle label; Tell us a little about that and why the decision to leave? Is there any bad vibes because of that move? RM: Not at all... It’s just a business decision i had to make at the time. T.I/ GrandHustle have been nothing but supportive since day 1... Even when parting ways. GTM: How did the connection with Madd Money/ Wide Open occur? RM: The connection came via a mutual friend… GTM: The name of your new mixtape is “Where I Left Off”, why is that? RM: I wanted to pick up where i left off... so i thought it was the perfect title lol... GTM: You have a lot of hits on the mixtape alone; one of my personal favorites is “Dumb” what inspired you to write that? RM: A lot of personal experiences; dealing with crazy woman lol. GTM: You have been touring all over the U.S. for the past 6 months or so how is that going and what all cities have you gone too, and what’s the next city in sight? RM: Chicago, St Louis, Kansas City, New York, Jersey, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta ,New Orleans, Tampa, Miami, Orlando just to name a couple.. We plan on hitting more west coast this yr. GTM: The video has made it to MTV 1 and 2, congrats! Is B.E.T the next move? If so, when can we expect that? RM: Thanks... U can look for it around mid spring... early summer. GTM: Are there any collabs with any Major’s that we should be on the lookout for? RM: Yeah i have a pretty big list... don’t want to spoil it but there will be a lot of big names.. I’m going over board as much as my budget allows lol GTM: What artists inspired you and who would YOU like to work with? RM: I’m more an old school guy... I’m inspired by Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and Carl Thomas... and I’m
willing to work with any other artist... GTM: I’m certain our female readers want to know are you single if so are you looking? RM: Yeah I’m single... and always looking... GTM: You also have a signature drink called “Nymfo” tell us about that and its ingredients and where can we find it. RM: It’s not too major yet lol… but I teamed up with a new merging vodka company call Dragon Bleu Vodka... We served it at my Mixtape Release party back in Detroit and ppl took to it... It was inspired by a song I wrote on the mixtape… GTM: What’s next for Rashad Morgan? RM: Album... Im pretty excited about this project... I plan on making noise GTM: What does the GRIND mean to you? RM: The Grind means hard work and sweat... Up working when others are sleeping... preparing when others are hoping... GTM: Where can our readers find you via web, etc? RM: Check me out on Facebook at Rashad Morgan Music... Twitter @RashadMorgan... You Tube at The Rashad Morgan...Ustream The Real Rashad Morgan… Branding baby! Website coming soon…RashadMorgan.com GTM: Any lasts words or shout outs? RM: Thanks to you guys and my management... and all my fans and true followers.
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GTM: Where are you originally from? How long have you been DJing? WINN: NY…20 YEARS GTM: You have a mixtape series, tell us about it? WINN: I HAVE A FEW SERIES BUT WATCH ME WORK IS MY MAIN ONE GTM: Mr. Watch Me Work…where did the name come from? WINN: MY PARTNA SAID YOU BE GRINDIN XTRA HARD… WE NEED TO COME UP WIT YA TRADE MARK FOR WHAT U BE DOIN. I FELT LIKE I WAS GRINDIN HARDER THEN EVERYBODY ELSE AND THEY WERE BEING LAZY SITTING THERE WATCHIN ME…SO I WAS LIKE THAT’S WHAT IT IZ, TELL EM ALL WATCH ME WORK & THERE IT WAS MY TRADEMARK. GTM: In your opinion, what’s lackin in today’s music? WINN: LYCRIC CONTENT IN VERSES, WE NEED SOME REALITY MUSIC THESE DAYS, MUSIC IS LIKE A CYCLE OF LIFE IT REPEATS ITS SELF, SO IT’S COMMIN BACK. GTM: What’s the worst thing an artist can do for his/her career at this time? BEING LAZY NOT GON CUT IT. STOP MAKIN EXCUSES GET YALL LAZY AZZ UP & GRIND! GTM: Being a key player the St. Pete music scene how do you see the future of this area in the business of hip-hop? WINN: FUTURE IS GREAT OVA HERE & IN THE AREA ….MY WHOLE CITY MAKIN MOVES. ONE DAY I HAVE FAITH THAT WE CAN UNITE LIKE ATL, NYC, CALI AND TEXAS. GTM: Right now in your opinion who’s the hottest artist in Tampa Bay?
WINN: IT’S A LOT OF HOT ARTIST IN THE AREA, BUT TRUTH BE TOLD THE ARTIST WHO WORKS THE HARDEST IS WINNING…BOTTOM LINE. THE WAY THE MUSIC BIZ IS RIGHT NOW LYCRICS AINT WHAT COUNTS. YOU GOTTA HAVE THE LOOK, THE MUSIC, AND THE SWAGG. SELLIN YA SELF AS AN ENTERTAINER IS THE KEY. YOUTUBE ON LINE PROMO EVERYDAY… I CAN GO ON AND ON ALL DAY…ARTIST FWM. GTM: You have been nominated and awarded different accolades which is your most memorable and why? WINN: I WON A COUPLE AWARDS HERE N THERE, IM THANKFUL FOR ALL OF THEM & THANKFUL I GOT THE LORD IN MY LIFE. GTM: You are a member of Filthy Flo-Rida DJ’s and Bigga Rankins Cool Runnings DJ’s. Tell us about FFD and how long have you been a part of Team Bigga Rankin and how did that come about? WINN: FFD WAS ORIG A RAP GROUP STARTED BY D BRYANT THERE WERE 4 OF US IN ALL. MY DAWGS GOT LOCKED UP SO I KEEPT THE NAME GOING & MADE IT A DJ GROUP & JUST BEEN BRANDING THE NAME EVER SINCE. TEAM BIGGA RANKIN CAME FROM MY HARD WORK…WATCH ME WORK! STAYING ON THE ROAD GRINDIN …S/O KINGPIN …S/O GrindTIME MAG. GTM: What’s your biggest inspiration and where do you see yourself in 5 years? WORKIN FOR THE LORD AND TRYIN TO MAKE A DIFFRENCE IN THIS FUCKED UP MUSIC GAME. I DO THIS BECAUSE I HAVE A PASSION FOR MUSIC. GTM: What does the GRIND mean to you? WINN: 20 HRS A DAY WORKIN TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR WAY TO THE TOP; TO ALL MY ARTSTS, ASK YA SELF DO U REALLY GOT WHATT IT TAKES TO MAKE IT? SACRIFICE YA FAMLY, YOUR TIME, RELATIONSHIPS; HEALTH & PLENTY MORE IF YOU AINT GOT A GRIND LIKE DAT; LET SOMEONE ELSE COME THRU WHO DO. SUPPORT THE NEXT ARTIST WHOS HUNGRY. GTM: Is there anything else that you would like to add? Shout outs? WINN: NOTHING IS GONNA COME TO YA YOU GOT TO GO OUT & GET IT; THIS IS A CONTACT SPORT...FWM S/O #TEAM WATCH ME WORK! I FUCK WIT ERRYBODY... ESPECIALLY IF YA GOT GOOD MUSIC HUMBLE & YA GO HARD! For booking, drops, features and general information contact… BOOKDJWINN@GMAIL.COM 727-753-8160
a n d formed the band “Clenchfist”. Over the years the bands success grew as their fan base grew from just a I’m very excited to have the opportunity of introducing our new section in GrindTIME Magazine; Our “Rock and Alternative” section. I hope everyone enjoys the read and will stay open to exploring more genres of music as we open up and welcome them to our magazine. Having had helped with their earlier promotions for shows etc. I person-
ally know this group of guys and would have to say they are some of the most humbled group of guys I have got to work with. That being said, why not start this new chapter of the Magazine with a local favorite. Clenchfist! Clenchfist was formed summer of 1998 based out of Spring Hill Florida. The history of the band started when a group of school mates got together local home town fan base, to a national fan base. Clenchfist has open for many national acts such as, Bobflex,
Bruno Lead singer. GTM: Who is Clenchfist and how did the band form? Steve Bruno: “It all started in high school, I was invited to a punk rock show local in spring hill Florida and seen all these high school kids rock out and watching one of the popular punk rock bands in the neighborhood perform. Once I seen how the kids reacted towards the music, I was like; I know I can do this. Then I tried out for some local groups but nothing clicked. I remembered being younger and my cousin here Mike playing drums with his friend in his basement when we lived in New York and I called him up and said I’m having a bunch of friends from school jam out you should come. He totally was down. I remember having all these instruments at my house that all the people I tried to form a band with left behind, drums, bass, guitars, my father would always question where I got all the equipment lol. But too make a long story short, I got some really good friends of mine XX
Rehab, Drowning Pool and many more. Known for their passed Album “2012” and hit singles such as “Rise of the Mourning Star”, “Promise” and “A Better Place”. Clenchfist will be releasing a new Album soon called “Our Reason” so make sure to stay up to date by checking in at www. clenchfist.net. You can also find them on facebook, Twitter and Reverbnation. Band memebers: Steve Bruno: Lead Vocals Mike Fiumara: Drummer Jerry Bruno: Bass Dee Blume: Guitars GTM: Please introduce yourself...Mike Fiumara, Drummer of Clenchfist and Steve
even to this day to jam from school and we had some great ideas and music and entered a local high school battle of the bands. Well in that process we had to come up with a name and logo, so my buddy (Steve Lamantia) came up with the name Clenchfist. He seen the name on a song title from a hard rock group named “Sepultara” called “clenched fist” so he took the clenched and changed it too Clenchfist and we used that ever since. We won first place in front of all of our friends and other bands and from that day on from the reaction of the people we knew we had something which we still see today. GTM: Does the band write their music? Mike: Yes, all of it. We are actually thinking about remaking some songs from 80’s bands. We just haven’t nailed it down to the 2 yet. We’re also thinking of covering a tool song for live shows. GTM: What does Clenchfist stand for?
Mike: To me it stands for power to rise against. To not be controlled. Steve: Clenchfist to me stands for bringing people together, and living without pain. Music is so incredible and everyone enjoys some kind of music, so when you look at a fist you can see the power behind it. GTM: The past couple years we haven’t heard much from Clenchfist. Why is this? Mike: It’s been a crazy few years for us personally. Things change as we get older as we all know. Many promises to the band that was un-kept. We decided that no one else is going to make this successful but us. We have gained allot of knowledge through all this turmoil the past few years. We owe it to our fans that have been waiting for this new album to drop. When it does, we will bring something that rock music needs right now. Some Balls with a little swagger, being men and not little boys, the right influence and not some cheap marketing gimmick. It’s continuing our message we brought in our “2012” album but on a new level. The next chapter and we are ready. It’s Time. Steve: I Agree with Mike, we always have to experience something in life to create great music. That’s why people always relate to us because we are real people in a real different world these days. We want to bring RESPECT back to the youth and too society, there is too many sell outs these days trying to be something they’re not and kids idolize these beings. So when they hear our music and listen to our new record called: Our Reason, they will understand why Television, Music, Internet has Destroyed some of the morals that keep the world spinning. GTM: Will we be seeing Clenchfist out and about again anytime soon? Steve: I’m Going Crazy waiting to be in front of my people, I miss it so much. But there is allot of work to do and to make the science of what Clenchfist does work. We will be done soon. GTM: Tell us a little bit more about the new upcoming Album “Our Reason” Mike: It’s something that’s been a few years in the making lol. We are sharing our experiences in life the past few years and giving our opinions on what is going on with this world through this new album. It’s a new sound for us. Steve: Well we made some changes in sound and experience and the idea of what the record will stand for. We had so much success with twenty twelve that this next chapter will catch allot of attention because I believe it is different then what we hear in rock today... It’s all about
the message to me to the fans in the world that will understand why we do what we do.... GTM: Mike, how long have you been playing the drums? Mike: I really didn’t start playing drums seriously till I was 20. When I was young, my friend Seth played drums so I used to go over his house and switch his drum set Left handed and that used to piss him off lol. He’s a great drummer but played bass when I played drums. GTM: Mike, did you always want to be in a band? MIke: Being a musician was always my second dream. I’ve always loved music but, I was a hockey player growing up. Hockey was my number 1 passion. I was scouted by Tampa Bay in 94. I got the call from Hartford that Esposito was thinking about drafting me within the last 2 rounds but never got picked. I played a year of pro roller hockey but that was it. Steve called me and said he was forming a band and wanted me to play drums. So thanks to Steve’s call, I got to live my second dream. We are not multi platinum super stars and that’s fine with me. We have made great memories and accomplished things that not many bands have ever experienced. And were not finished yet by a long shot! GTM: Steve, what has been your inspiration? Steve: Honestly, God and my family and friends and ans. I also see how the world is going and how the music industry is up and down. I want to change something in this world to make it better for the future. I have so many things I can get into but the main thing is Children. They see and hear so much these days and look up to some Artist that don’t mean to put out whatever it takes to make it, but I want kids to have Clenchfist in all their ipads, ipods, cell phones, computers and television. To be inspired them on what I accomplish. I also want people and the public to know that there is a reason why we are alive and we should enjoy every day that we get. GTM: Is there anything you would like to add? Mike: I want to thank our fans who stuck with us; those that have been there for the big shows and the small ones, the ups and the downs. I can’t wait to see them all again; to come to our shows and get away from life for a while. Steve: I want to also thank the fans and support we get from anyone who has and is a fan of Clenchfist, we will never fail we will always learn and give a solid show and products. Thank you for the interview and keep your eyes on www.clenchfist.net for it is the home of everything this band will do…Thank you GrindTIME Magazine. XXI
Published on May 27, 2012