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Upward Spiral 14: Interview With Joey Flores Of Earbits, Internet Radio Royalties, Startups & More

This episode has the guys talking with Joey Flores, founder of streaming service Earbits, for a lively discussion about internet radio royalties and what it takes to be a start-up founder in today's music business. Plus, Hisham Dahud reports back on his experience as part of the CNTRL: Beyond EDM tour.  The Upward Spiral is a podcast about the new music industry featuring Kyle Bylin (Live Nation Labs), musi ...

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INTERVIEW: Evoken’s Vince Verkay on bringing the doom-death live

On January 19th, Decibel will celebrate a century of extremely extreme issues at Philadelphia Union Transfer in exalted company: four-time cover stars Converge; swine-ablating grindhogs Pig Destroyer; crossover champs Municipal Waste; Repulsion (be still, beating heart); 2011′s AOTY artists Tombs; and funerealy epic doom titans Evoken. It’s the perfect Decibel storm, a line-up of bands whose oue ...

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The Most Honest Interview About the Music Industry Ever, Featuring Jacke Conte of Pomplamoose

The following interview is a lightly edited and condensed trascript of an episode of The Upward Spiral, Hypebot's music and tech podcast. Jason Spitz: Welcome Jack Conte. Jack Conte: Hello there. Thank you for having me. Jason Spitz: Hey, Jack. It's a pleasure to have you... Jack is one half of Pomplamoose, a band you that you may know from their illustrious YouTube videos and ad soundtracks, but he's also ...

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Interview: Kirk Hammett Discusses Metallica’s ‘Death Magnetic’

Kirk Hammett is wired and tired. It’s evening in Los Angeles, and in approximately one hour, Metallica will hit the stage of the Wiltern Theater to raise money for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a nonprofit music school for low-income students. While Hammett is psyched to be playing for this great cause, there is no denying that, at the moment, he’s draggin’ ass. “I tried to sleep in this morning, bu ...

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Interview: James Hetfield Discusses Metallica’s ‘Death Magnetic’

With his black work shirt, black jeans and big, black motorcycle boots, James Hetfield looks a little like a garage mechanic working the graveyard shift at a funeral home. His thoughts, like his outfit, are dark. “The theme of our new album is that we’re all gonna die sometime,” he says with a cruel little chuckle. “Just like the poles of a magnet, some people are drawn to death and others are repulsed by i ...

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Great Moments in T-Shirt History: When Pig Met Pug

A couple weeks back ANIMAL New York posted a brilliant video entitled PUG DESTROYER featuring pugs taking lead vox on a death metal track. That alone would have been awesome enough, but then along came the actual Pig Destroyer and, as is their wont, the band took things to the next level. The result? A crazy limited edition T-shirt to benefit the good people at Pug Rescue of Florida — a move that will ...

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Interview: Bison B.C. Frontman James Farwell Talks New Album, ‘Lovelessness,’ Gear and More

Canadian heavy metal quartet Bison B.C. released their fourth studio album, Lovelessness, October 22 via Metal Blade Records. Musically as well as lyrically, the six-track effort is more intense than the band's previous efforts and presents yet another facet of their creativity. A couple of weeks ago, I caught up with guitarist/vocalist James Farwell to discuss the making of the album, gear setup and lots m ...

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Interview: Megadeth’s Chris Broderick Talks Technique

"My musical tastes don’t belong to any particular genre," says Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick. "The only requirement is that the musicians are proficient and the music meets the intent of the composer." With his monolithic chops and die-hard work ethic, Broderick has emerged as the scariest monster shredder on the planet. As he makes clear in the above quote, Broderick has a deep respect for both music ...

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