Interview: Sam Stevens: “On the Positive Side” by Harry Wells


Having just released his debut single sensation “Don’t Cry”, which has created a thrilling, titanic, global reverberation, recording artist, singer/songwriter, Sam Stevens is the essence of playful imagination, and positive energy. With a video to accompany the song on the horizon, to be released shortly, Stevens, dubbed “The James Bond of the Music World”, is celebrating his auspicious inauguration to success. “Don’t Cry” can be downloaded on all Digital outlets worldwide.

Stevens’ lush and velvet vocals accentuates the flawless lyrics, sonically raising “Don’t Cry” into spotlight status. He attributes much of his triumph and opulence to the power of positive thinking, which he readily agreed to share with the world.

You have an electrifying, dynamically charged, voltaic personality that seems to place itself between the lines of your lyrics and the notes of your songs. What are you like when the music stops?

In business every now and then I get tough with people but in my social life it’s been a long time since I’ve had a disagreement with anybody. It’s a bit like “The Secret”. I was thinking about positive things and even when people are negative,…. let them do that, let them be a bad influence, but don’t let them be a bad influence on you. You have to have that air of sort of separation of any negative and any bad influence, and that keeps your positive thoughts. I’m really dedicated to keeping positive thoughts because it’s miraculous what you can do with positive thoughts. What I said about the universe and the frequencies and that sort of stuff…. it’s amazing what you can achieve.

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I get it.

I know you do because you read the book. Basically reading the book is an affirmation of how I’ve been probably all my life. I’ve had a great life purely because I’m a positive person. I’ve had some terrible things happen to me, gut wrenching, awful things….deaths in the family, people I’ve cared for more than I’ll ever care for anybody ever, like my grandma…..but I’ve been positive all the way through. Having gone through the mill, and having people try to be horrible to me, because people do, when you’re positive you get people who try and bring you down because they can’t handle anyone being lively and positive, or popular, or whatever it might be. They can’t handle it, so they try and bring you down. So I’ve had that all my life, and I just don’t give them fuel for the fire, really.

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The response for “Don’t Cry” has been sensationally phenomenal, from fans, followers and old friends….aside from the fact that the song is actually really good, do you feel that thinking positive has helped the buzz?

For example if someone were to write something bad about “Don’t Cry”… because if you turn into someone the public knows, there will be people giving you a hard time, it doesn’t really matter because you can’t change anybody’s minds. It’s not my job to change how other people think, it’s just to be me. I don’t try and impose my will or my thoughts on anybody else. I can show them by being me I’m happier than they are. Maybe they will get a bit of empathy or positivity…but it’s not my job to do that. My only job is to be me.

Well, that’s a good job, isn’t it?

I like it, I quite like it. It’s just as well I like it really because some people don’t like their job, being them. Music is so cathartic. It gets in you like a spiritual thing. When I was a kid I used to listen to Mozart, Strauss and The Carpenters. It was like a drug. It was like taking Ecstasy, and I was only ten years of age. It was like all of a sudden my cares just disappeared. Letting the music wash over you, it just made me feel better. My house was crazy when I was a kid. I was sort of tormented by many things when I was a kid, but music was my salvation, my escapism. Actually I physically still have those original albums….those very albums, with the same scratches, in the same places…I’ve still got them. They are like amazing friends that saved me. That’s how I think of them.

I understand you will soon be following up “Don’t Cry” with another single and then an EP?

I’ve got loads to share, and everyday I’ve got more to share…I want to share with people ..
Follow Sam Stevens On Twitter @SamStevensMusic


Glam Rocker Ricky Rebel To Perform At SXSW Colours Couture Alternative Class March 16th, 2018


Glam Rocker Ricky Rebel will be performing at SXSW’s Colours Couture Alternative Class (Tattoo|Music|Fashion|Technology) March 16th, 2018 at 7:30 PM. Performances are taking place at Dirty Dog Bar, 505 E 6th St, Austin, Texas, 78701.

Colours Couture Alternative Class is brought to you by 3Thirteen Entertainment Group and

South by Southwest (abbreviated as SXSW and colloquially referred to as South By) is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States.

SXSW Music is the largest music festival of its kind in the world.


In 1997, recording artist Ricky G. burst on the music scene as the lead vocalist of No Authority who toured with 98 Degrees, Destiny’s Child, Aaron Carter, Ashlee and Jessica Simpson among others. Rodney Jerkins (Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears) produced their first album, “Keep On”, and Michael Jackson signed the band to his own MJJ Music custom-label at Sony. In 2000, they signed with Madonna’s Maverick label to release their namesake album. The album reached #18 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. Their signature hit, “Can I Get Your Number” peaked at #33 on the Billboard Top 40 chart while “I’m Telling You This” appeared on “The Rugrats in Paris” soundtrack. The band then embarked on tour with Britney Spears. Following the break-up of No Authority, Ricky became the lead vocalist of Harlow from 2004-2009 during which time he released “Unstoppable” (2005), mixed and engineered by Jay Baumgardner at NRG Studios and produced by Grammy-winning producer Randy Cantor (Ricky Martin).

Ricky also leant his voice to films including “Apollo 13” starring Tom Hanks, “Anywhere But Here” starring Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman and the “Anastasia” soundtrack. In addition, he appeared on episodes of “American Dreams”, “Boston Public”, “Audrina” (Vh1) and starred in Debbie Allen’s ballet, “Pepito’s Story”, which opened at the Kennedy Center in New York City.


Ricky G. became Ricky Rebel and embarked on a solo career after My Chemical Romance invited him to co-star in their “NA NA NA” and “Sing” videos. In 2012, he won the Artist of the Year award at the RAWards and released his “Manipulator” album featuring the hits “Geisha Dance”, “Get It On”, “You Need a Woman” and the title track. MTV’s “Good Vibes” also featured music from the album. In 2013, “Geisha Dance” spent ten weeks on the Mediabase Chart, the chart that powers “On Air with Ryan Seacrest”.

In 2014, Ricky released “The Blue Album” mixed by Claudio Cueni (JLo) with remixes by world-renowned DJs Hector Fonseca (Over 20 Billboard number-one hits for artists including Beyonce, Katy Perry, Rihanna), Casey Alva (Erika Jayne) and Tommy Love. His “Boys & Sometimes Girls” single from “The Blue Album” reached #28 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.

In 2017, Ricky released “The New Alpha”, his follow-up album to “The Blue Album” featuring his Billboard Top 40 single “If You Were My Baby (Remixes)”, released on Audio4Play Records. The track includes remixes from world-renowned DJs Tommie Sunshine (“Godfather of EDM”) and Hector Fonseca. Louder Than War, a leading UK music magazine, placed “The New Alpha” at #67 on their coveted Top 75 Albums of 2017 list and the Huff Post dubbed the album “explosive and compelling.”

Ricky took “The New Alpha” on the road with performances at the South By Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, as well as the Cannes Film Festival, Cinemoi Fashion Charity Concert in Cannes, France, to raise money for orphaned children. He also co-headlined “The Artist One Tour” with JAX (“American Idol”) and YouTube star Carl Chaze and performed with Alisan Porter, winner of “The Voice” (Season 10), at the American Influencer Awards.

Ricky ended 2017 with a UK concert series including an intimate performance at The Hope and Anchor in London where legends including U2 and The Police have graced the stage.

Between 2015 and 2017, Ricky has also played with GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning artists Kesha, Mya, Switchfoot, Patti Labelle, Colbie Caillat and Toby Keith as well as selected tour dates with O-Town, Blood On The Dance Floor and appearances at Matinee Las Vegas and Matinee San Diego.

In addition, he is a fashion contributor to Us Weekly, supported by MAC Cosmetics and signed to Revry TV the world’s first LGBTQ streaming platform. His Revry Original Documentary ‘”Rebels Only” was also nominated for Best Music Documentary at the Out Web Fest Awards.

Don’t miss Ricky Rebel at the Colours Couture Alternative Class during SXSW music festival on March 16th, 2018. Performances taking place 7:30 PM at Dirty Dog Bar, 505 E 6th Street, Austin, Texas, 78701.

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The official website for Ricky Rebel may be found at

Follow Ricky Rebel on Twitter and Instagram @RickyRebelRocks

Review: Sam Stevens: “Don’t Cry” by Addison Coleman


Agent provocateur, Sam Stevens, dubbed ‘The James Bond of the Music World’ is set to unleash his newest single, “Dont Cry” to the unsuspecting world on March 9, 2018. The vibrant and captivating, soft pop-Romantic track is sparked by the apriorism and theme of “unrequited love”…

“The Sun’s gone dim, and the Moon’s turned black; for I loved him, and he didn’t love back”-Dorothy Parker

“Love may have longest arms, but it can still fall short of an embrace”-Megan McCafferty, Charmed Thirds

“Living with someone you love can be lonelier than living entirely alone, if the one that you love doesn’t love you”-Tennessee Williams, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”

“You’ve been caught up in the game, you’ve been played by him.But at the end of the day it’s just you crying’-Sam Stevens, “Don’t Cry”

“I think you made a mistake, I’m not amazed by it. Don’t wanna see your heart break, I’m like a caged lion…Because I’m head over heels, I’m so madly in love”-Sam Stevens, “Don’t Cry”

“Why don’t you take my last name and make a life of it, and forget all the pain and strife of him….wish you were head over heels and so madly in love”-Sam Stevens, “Don’t Cry”….

Who can resist falling in love with him? Stevens has just come off of an East Coast/New York tour where his irresistible romance and staggering U.K. vitality imprisoned the hearts of new fanatics wherever he performed.

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“Don’t Cry” is a sonic quaquaversal, moving and happening in every direction instantaneously, with fragrant, well thought out and addictive lyrics, contagiously consuming those listening. It’s the kind of melody that one instantly celebrates despite the haunting theme that most can relevantly identify with. The visuals in video form will be released shortly as well as a vice ting follow-up single and a premier EP to be issued before the year’s end.

The artists rich, tantalizing vocals have been compared to that of David Bowie, Duran Duran and Brian Ferry. Commanding a natural vibrato and intense emotionally provocative and alluring sound, Steven!s artistry is a seductive, and overpowering delight.

Sam Stevens is a Nottingham musical romantic revolutionary who has been creating the most positive essence of passion relentlessly. His songs and presence has been creating a buzz as of late in the states as well as internationally. Having played on stage with Prince, and mingling with artists such as Spandau Ballet, Boy George and Steve Strange, Stevens is no stranger to the music world. His audacious and dauntlessly salacious appearance, intriguing attitude and eloquent charm has won him recognition via Huffington Post, Louder Than War and Buzz Feed Magazine as ‘The James Bond of The Music World”.

“Don’t Cry” is now available on all digital platforms worldwide, and is an essential purchase, especially for those who like Bowie, Duran Duran, Brian Ferry, and true romance….

Download your copy of “Don’t Cry” by Sam Stevens here:

The Stoles: “Age of Deception” by Eileen Shapiro


Dublin based alt-rock band The Stoles have just released their new album “Age of Deception” via Spectra Music Group. The Irish band includes Ciaran on drums and vocals, and the only genuine Irish born member, and Andrea on guitar and vocals, as well as Antonio on lead vocals and bass, both originating from Italy.

Their single “Get Way” was also released in the US and throughout Europe receiving sublime reviews, followed by their single “Evelyn”, all a prelude to their debut album. They will be gigging all over Ireland in support of the album and eventually expand their tour to the U.K. and Europe.

I found the group fascinatingly funny and intriguing, but after seeing their video “Age of Deception”, I realized that they had the ability to make more than a statement.

So, Ciaran, how’d you get mixed up with these Italian boys?

Ciaran: It just sort of happened. I was looking for a band. I looked in the paper and Antonio replied, and we started a band together. Then Andrea joined.

Andrea: But we never met each before.

So, it’s just a weird coincidence that you both came from Italy and found yourselves in an Irish band?

Andrea: Yeah

Who thought of the name of the group?

Ciaran: That was Antonio who thought of the name.

Antonio: We were looking for something strong and rock n’ roll and I thought of a couple of names, and we got The Stoles. There were no other bands with that name, so we said “yeah, let’s go”.

Who writes the songs?

Antonio: Well, I write all the lyrics. The music is the three of us.

Your lyrics are really good. I feel like they are very Irish.

Antonio: Dark, and Irish….

Andrea: Is there some very strong influences that you hear from other bands in our music, in your opinion?

I hear a little U2 in there…. let me turn that question around, what influences from other bands do you hear in your own music?

Antonio: There’s a bit of everybody because we all like different bands. We can hear a bit of Stone Age, a bit of INXS, The Beatles…Oasis.
Where are you hoping to go with your music?

Antonio: Hopefully to become millionaires…

What do you enjoy most about playing live?

Ciaran: Just the energy of playing live. I think when you play live you put a lot of energy into it. The crowds feed off that and the energy comes back at you.
That brings it to a whole new level altogether. Just the excitement of it does it for me and also seeing the way the crowd reacts to our songs that we’ve worked on and written together…it’s all very exciting….

What’s your ultimate stage fantasy?

Antonio: I’d like to have Donald Trump on stage for two minutes. That’s what I
think about.

Ciaran: As a drummer I’d like to have a drum-off. A big drum battle with Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, John Bono and Ringo Starr in there as well. A drum battle would be great.

Andrea: I’m very down to Earth, so I don’t really have these big fantasies. I’m happy when we play small clubs. The fantasy itself what I really, really enjoy is when we have good communication with the audience. So, when we really exchange our feelings with the audience it’s alive exchange, and it’s not a fantasy. It’s a regular thing that happens in certain situations. That’s my best pleasure when I play on stage so…also because their fantasies are so great I can’t compete.

Antonio: Also, to play on the moon….

How long is the band together?

Ciaran: Around three years ago we started, the three of us just over 2 1/2 years.

The video, “Age of Deception”, that’s a really powerful message. Can you explain
what is going on there?

Andrea: The story is this: we wanted to do something contemporary in that somehow shocked the viewers. We didn’t want to do anything funny, so we wanted to get a reaction from the audience about some contemporary issue…. so, in this case the deception came from the media. We think that deception can come from different sources but for the video we opted for the media. So, in this specific case the media ruined or possibly destroying the lives of this family, killing the father because they decided to show something sensitive even though the story wasn’t exactly like that. They decided to condemn this person and you can imagine how easily that happens today on social networks. Somehow people need someone to condemn, almost like there was a pleasure in this. So, we pictured a crowd of people, the breaking into the house, the father of the family outside in the garden and they kill him. It’s the pleasure of the media and the crowd that they felt when they had the chance to get someone. The victim was the little girl who’s looking up at the ceiling from her bedroom and she sees what happens, but nobody looks at the truth. So, she runs away, and the mother runs after her, but she can’t catch her. Nobody can catch the truth…. So, we tried to do something with a meaning. We wanted to leave an impact in your heart that could push you to thinking about what the situation is today…That’s what we do through our songs. We try to communicate about war, about the society.

If there was anything that you could tell your fans or followers, what would it be?

Andrea: I would say to start listening to rock music.

Check out the new album available now and follow The Stoles at all their links below.

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Sluka: “An Accidental Revolutionary” by Eileen Shapiro

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A fluorescent ray of white light and a rapturous, incandescent energy bedazzles the spirit of Chris Sluka, a relevant orgasmic profit and accidental revolutionary in both script and music. Often referred to as a modern day Renaissance Man, his talents and artistry exceeds almost everyone on the planet.

Having recorded eleven studio albums, the multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter designs his own vibrant musical journey that seems to draw listeners in like an experimental contagion, similar to the Pied Piper himself. His sonic endeavors, have been described as Bowiesque, and have been considered anywhere from alternative, to pop, to goth and beyond. His most recent album, “Colorful Radiation”, has reached number 13 on the Global Rock Chart, due to his single “Number One”. Although never a political portrait, the album quietly screams revolution and dances close to a delicate anarchy that the world needs to embrace. “Colorful Radiation” has also been released as a spectacular visual album.


It was in the 1980s that Chris Sluka unveiled his musical talents in New York next to bands like “Tears For Fears” and “Simple Minds”. The US born army brat’s musical career also thrived in Japan and Italy, where his success was most notable.

Aside from music, Sluka is a celebrated, internationally acclaimed artist, having his paintings displayed in galleries all over the world. He is also an accomplished long distant runner as well as an actor who’s appeared in several independent films, including “Vampire’s Kiss” alongside Nicolas Cage.

As a sky pilot Christopher Sluka owns and operates a prestigious flight school, and is the chief flight instructor. Usually in the air, more so than on land, he enjoys a jet plane flying status. His San Diego home, set as a decadent recording studio as well, overlooks the valley in which the airport housing his numerous airplanes resides.

Check out the music video for hit single “Number One” here:

Download “Colorful Radiation” on iTunes in the United States here:

Stream “Colorful Radiation” on Reverbnation:

Follow Sluka on Twitter @SlukaMusic

Review: Sharon Lia Band: “Anomie” by Eileen Shapiro

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Today The Sharon Lia Band celebrates the release of their new single “Anomie”, a hauntingly enchanting track with a message. Sharon Lia’s angelic vocals freely design the journey of an anthemic alternative pop song sure to become a classic.

Sharon’s smooth and subtle brilliance clearly paves the way for a unique blend of music, both refreshing and thought provoking, and “Anomie” is the first single in a mesmerizing build up to an eventual album featuring songs of the same special caliber. Her fans see her as being, ” fierce in life, in music, and in her fight for the challenges women face in the music business.

Aside from being a singer/songwriter, Sharon is also an accomplished pianist, as well as a multi-faceted and inspiring journalist. She is also a voting member of The Grammy’s and promotes causes and concerts well worth keeping an eye out for. She is an explosion of inspiration and talent as evidenced in the new single. She has a loyal fan base all over the world that hopes for a chance to see her tour in support of her newest endeavor.

From the artist: “In this time in history where there are more people feeling a sense of disconnection, and wanting answers, I feel this song really speaks to a lot of those people”. The song is now available on iTunes, Spotify, and all of the major digital venues.

Fire Bug: “A Super Talent” by Eileen Shapiro


Jules and Juliette are the center of the pop rock duo/ band called “Firebug”. Having just released a new single called “Follower” via Spectra Music Group, they will be unleashing a full record in April entitled: “Wondering Soul”.

Having traveled from place to place, the group’s influences are vast and reflect in their music. The Chicago born couple have a lot to give to an audience and often play live. I spoke with them about their music, and they proved to be a lot of fun and quite prolific.

You are a really cool talent; how did you guys originate?

Juliette: We were both looking to form a band, and that’s how we met. We’re both from Chicago. After a brief time of being together in Chicago we moved out to Los Angeles. While we were there we booked up a storm and then moved to New Orleans for a few years. After we stayed in New Orleans for a little while we decided to come back to LA. Now we are east of Los Angeles in the Joshua Tree area.

Jules: We met in Chicago and that’s when we formed our band. We are both from Chicago originally.

Is it just the two of you?

Jules: Yeah, we are pretty much the core of the band. Like the Eurythmics.

So, you have a new release?

Jules: We just released a single on Spectra called, “Follower”. It’s been out about two weeks, on iTunes, and we are actually making a video for that right now out here in the desert. Our full release which is going to be called, “Wondering Soul”, will be out on April 6.


Who writes the songs?

Juliette: We both do, but mainly me. I write all the lyrics and a lot of times I come up with song ideas. I’ll have the lyrics, melody, and music and then Jules will add to it. Sometimes he’ll come up with the music. We both play guitars, but Jules is mainly the guitar player.

Do you perform live often?

Jules: Yes, we do. Right now, we’re trying to piece the players around us to go out there with a full band, but her and I perform as a duet as well. That’s what we have been doing since we’ve arrived here. We have a few shows coming up, about 15 shows.

Juliette: Which is a lot. We arrived here only a few months ago. We’ve been very fortunate, we’ve met a lot of really cool people here. So, we’re feeling pretty good about our decision to move here. There were some really creative and awesome people that live in this area.

Jules: So, getting back to the ” Following” release and our connection with Joshua Tree, about four years ago we recorded half of our record here. We did the rest in New Orleans. The record is kind of a combination between two places.

Where would you like to go with your music? Where do you want to be say in a year’s time?

Jules: We’d like to be on the road playing music festivals, touring Europe and just getting our music out there to a wide variety of people. Our sound crosses over to different genres.

Juliette: We are a rock band, but we have different influences. I think that’s what Jules is trying to say. We hit all people that listens to different kinds of popular music. Not everyone of course but a lot of people do pick up on it. Sometimes we have the ability to cross over. Hopefully within a year will have a larger audience who will get to hear our music. Hopefully will play in more places and for more people.

Are you two a couple?

Jules: Yes. It’s a balancing act but we love what we do, we love each other and we’re just trying to keep the wheels turning and keep on moving because with these times and such, it’s good to navigate because everything is constantly changing. You don’t have to reinvent yourself all the time, but you have to definitely keep on top of all the different changes and stay focused.

Make sure everyone picks up the new single “Follower” which is out now at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more and be on the lookout for their new album out in April called “Wandering Soul”.

Visit their website at
Follow Firebug on Twitter @firebugmusic