Engelbert Humperdinck Interview with Charlie Brennan (1120 KMOX)

News Radio host Charlie Brennan from 1120 KMOX (St. Louis, MO) had Engelbert Humperdinck on the air yesterday to talk about his newly released duets album, Engelbert Calling. Brennan gave listeners a first-listen to several tracks off the album including “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” with Elton John, which received nothing but support from callers in a game of “Pump It, or Dump It” where listeners choose if a track should stay on the air.

In the interview Engelbert Humperdinck spoke with Brennan about buying his signature red handkerchiefs in bulk, what it was like to have Jimi Hendrix play guitar for him live, and how he ended up recording a song for the Beavis and Butt-head Do America soundtrack.

Check out the full 15 minute interview below:

Engelbert Calling is available now at music retailers nationwide and online on our webstore, iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, Bandcamp, and Spotify.

Engelbert Humperdinck Interviewed on The Allan Handelman Show

Engelbert Humperdinck recently appeared on The Allan Handelman Show (600 WSJS) to talk about his new duets album, Engelbert Calling available now on OK!Good Records. Throughout the over 20 minute interview Allan Handelman gave his listeners an exclusive first listen to several of his favorite tracks from the new double-album.

Listen to the full radio interview below:

Engelbert Calling is the first ever duets album from the legendary Engelbert Humperdinck and is currently available for order on our webstore, iTunes, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. You can find our Deluxe 2-CD Digipak edition of Engelbert Calling at all major retailers starting September 30th, 2014.

Engelbert Humperdinck Interview with Richard Dixon (1070 WAPI)

Radio Talk Show host, Richard Dixon from 1070 WAPI (Birmingham, AL) recently spoke with Engelbert Humperdinck about his new duets album, Engelbert Calling available now on OK!Good Records. In the interview with Dixon, Humperdinck touches on how Sir Elton John helped inspire the album’s title, what it was like to sing duets with his children, and how Willie Nelson is a fifth-degree black belt.

Listen to the full radio interview below:

Engelbert Calling is the first ever duets album from the legendary Engelbert Humperdinck and is currently available for order on our webstore, iTunes, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. You can find our Deluxe 2-CD Digipak edition of Engelbert Calling at all major retailers starting September 30th, 2014.

“Meet Dovetail – The Next Big Music Group” Eye Opener TV Interview

Dovetail is being hailed as “the next big music group,” by Eye Opener TV. The Dallas band recorded a special edition of “The Underground” with J-Kruz this week with their interview touching on their inspiration for debut album Mount Karma, their biggest influences as musicians, and their upcoming summer shows. A full list of Dovetail’s upcoming gigs can be found at dovetailband.com or on our website. Check out the full interview with J-Kruz below:

Dovetail’s Eye Opener Session also included a full performance video for their hit song “Hurricane” off Mount Karma. Check out the video below and pick up a copy of Mount Karma from our webstore:

Hafdis Huld Featured on Windsor Express UK

Hafdis Huld UK

Windsor Express has done a fantastic feature on Icelandic songstress Hafdis Huld! Praising her for her tranquil and honest sound, they also had the opportunity to speak with Hafdis about her home life, her inspirations, and more:

Her love of quiet family life and small pleasures such as baking certainly seem at odds with the somewhat erratic career of a musician, but in fact these opposites are endearing about Hafdis and her music.

With her UK-born husband Alisdair performing with her, it is easy to see what makes this work, and one wonders whether her daughter might have inherited the musical gene.

‘Arabella seems to be very musical already and comes running out of her room with a ukulele whenever she hears us playing guitar.’

Despite adopting the life of a domestic goddess to look after her new baby, she still managed to devote some time to her music and decided to record an album of lullabies while she was pregnant.

Though she currently lives in the idyllic mountains outside Reykjavik, Iceland has not always been home for Hafdis.
‘I love the UK and lived there for years, and of course I ended up bringing a lovely English gentleman back to Iceland with me.’

You can read the full feature here, and get your copy of Hafdis Huld’s “Home” here!

Dovetail Interviewed By Scene Point Blank

Dovetail Interview Scene Point Blank

Dovetail has been interviewed by Scene Point Blank in their new “One Question Interview” section! Here’s what they had to say:

SPB: Who is your favorite 1960s band or artist?

Philip: The Beatles reign supreme in my ‘60s catalog. For records like Rubber Soul, The Beatles, and for obvious reasons. I feel they were the best band, though I’d probably say Gram Parsons is equally my favorite artist from the ‘60s.

Andrew: The Beatles. Their belief and conviction in their music was strong enough to change generations with their music. Outside of the music influence, I feel this is one of the biggest influences in Dovetail. Every member truly believes in what we are doing, which is to create honest music.

Aaron: My favorite record of all time came out in 1959. Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. This record taught me the power of creating and using space in music and showed me that even the casual listener could enjoy being challenged. Though not stylistically similar, I write my parts in Dovetail based on what this record taught me.

You can check out the full section here to take a look at answers from other greats like The Stooges and The Copyrights here, and be sure to download your copy of Dovetail’s debut album, “Mount Karma,” on sale for $5, here!

Dovetail Interviewed By Indie Spirit Magazine

Dovetail Interviewed By Indie Spirit Magazine

Dovetail came down from the high of rocking SXSW with a stellar new interview by Indie Spirit Magazine! The band spoke with ISM about their influences, growing up rockin’, and more. Here’s a bit of what they had to say:

Who started doing music first as a child, and how did everyone get started?

Aaron: I remember as a little kid banging on pots and pans. I was always making noise. I had an uncle with a drum set that I would play on every now and then but I didn’t get serious until middle school.

How long have you all been at this music/band thing?

Aaron: Dovetail had been around with primarily the same people for 5 years now. As far as me personally, I’ve been playing for 15-16 years.

Who envisioned having a band named Dovetail?
Aaron: I actually came up with the name. We were trying to find one that would stick for a few months and it came out o a dream I had…

You can check out the full interview (and find out more about Aaron’s dream) here, and be sure to download your copy of Dovetail’s debut album, “Mount Karma” for the special sale price of $5 on BandCamp here!

Dovetail Featured On Dallas News

News publication, Dallas News did a really good feature about Dovetail this past weekend. With their debut album Mount Karma on the brink of re-release soon, Dallas News decided to publish an article about the band and their upcoming release Mount Karma. In the article, Lead singer Philip Creamer goes into details about winning the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, the release of their 7in vinyl, and the evolution of their sound on the bonus tracks included on the re-release of Mount Karma. You can find the original article here, or read the article below. Mount Karma will be release on OK! Good Records later this summer.

Philip Creamer knows John Lennon. Not personally, of course, but the Dovetail frontman certainly has a kinship with the late Beatles singer-songwriter.
He’s grateful for that connection. In January 2012 Creamer entered his Dallas band’s tune “Julie,” a cut from 2012’s debut full-length album Mount Karma, into the international John Lennon Songwriting Contest. By July “Julie” had snagged the grand prize in the rock category among the first batch of contestants. Six months later “Julie” took home the most fan votes when pitted against the winner of the second batch of rock-song entries.
That earned Dovetail’s “Julie” the coveted Lennon Award for rock song of the year. Creamer and his bandmates had already won $10,000 in gear and prizes. It also makes “Julie” a contender for song of the year, for which it will compete against 11 song winners in the other musical genres. The winner, to be announced in July, takes home $20,000 in cash.
“Entering the John Lennon Songwriting Contest is one of the many things we did as a band after the release of Mount Karma in an attempt to bring attention to the songs nontraditionally,” Creamer, 29, said in an email exchange. “I entered through Sonicbids.com. I only entered ‘Julie,’ though I struggled between different songs on the record.”
Creamer said he’s entered about six songs in various contests over the years. But this was the first victory.
“When I read the email and realized ‘Julie’ had won, I went upstairs, proceeded to find my brother and freak out just a little bit!”
Dovetail consists of Creamer and his brother Daniel, Aaron Haynes, Scott Lee, Tucker Cauble and Matthew McDonald. Record producer Beau Bedford occasionally performs in concert with the band.
The Lennon contest served as the catalyst for a slew of activity with Dovetail. The group signed a recording contract with New Jersey-based OK!Good Records. Mount Karma will be re-released by OK!Good, tentatively in August. It will give the record, which was independently put out by Dovetail, much-needed national distribution.
“I am very excited about the re-release of Mount Karma for many reasons,” said Creamer. “The first is that we get to release the album to a much greater audience this time around. It’s a definite milestone on our road. With so much out there, it takes a lot of help to cut through the noise. It’s nice knowing this record will be heard in many places across the world, and we feel it is a record people of all kinds can appreciate.”
Plus, the band’s show May 24 at the Foundry Bar in Dallas marks the limited-edition release of a 7-inch vinyl single featuring “Julie” backed with a new song, “Hey Hey Mama.” Both “Hey Hey Mama” and “Big City,” another fresh track, will be on the re-release of Mount Karma.
“Big City” and “Hey Hey Mama” capture a sharp evolution for Dovetail. The songs are still very much in keeping with the gauzy melodies, cascading keyboards and rhythm-intensive guitar riffs that characterize Dovetail, but there’s a slightly harder edge, a more pointedly precise sound.
“‘Big City’ and ‘Hey Hey Mama’ are certainly a continuation of our growth as a band,” said Creamer. “I think they reflect the place we are today, though we chose to record these two particular songs because they were written at the time of the bulk of Mount Karma and we wanted to continue the feeling of the time. I think the songs more accurately reflect our own musical preferences in the arrangement and sonic aspects, while allowing space for the increasingly lead role of piano and harmony.”
Lyrically speaking, the two songs evoke personal emotions for Creamer.
“‘Hey Hey Mama’ is a bit of an unintentional nod to our love of psychedelic rock and family-style harmony, maybe even some of the early ’70s country-rock we love so much. ‘Big City’ takes away the pain for me. It’s got a bit of that positive spirit I really believe in, you know, a bit of the belief that when we get away from all the business of life we can really experience beauty, and maybe even peace.”
Peace, now there’s a word connecting Creamer to John Lennon. That songwriting contest changed the course of Dovetail’s journey.
“After five years as a band, this is all definitely a welcomed shot in the arm. However, while we haven’t been performing locally as much lately, we have been traveling a lot, getting the record deal signed and revisiting the Mount Karma tracks for the re-release. We’ve been climbing the mountain, even if it’s often unseen.”
May 24 at 9 p.m. at the Foundry Bar, 2303 Pittman St., Dallas. Free admission. 214-749-1112.

20 Questions With The Donots Part 3

Our ongoing series “20 Questions With The Donots” continues on with part 3! In part 3, we have up JD Donot the bass player in the band. Keep checking back every week for a new installment of “20 Questions With The Donots.” Check out part 2, if you missed it, here.

1. Describe yourself in three words:
I play bass :-)

2. What is your favorite food?

Anything that’s vegetarian and really good

3. What is your favorite movie?
“Garden State” or any Muppets movie

4.Who was your childhood musical hero?
Jason Newsted (first Metallica bassist after Cliff Burton died)


5. What is your favorite song off “Wake The Dogs?”

“You got it”

6. Who is the one person that you would be completely starstruck if you met?
James Hetfield…Ingo met him once and took some pics. I guess I wouldn’t be able to speak properly

7. If this were a confessional, what would you confess?
Nope, nothing to confess


8. Who is your celebrity crush?

I’m watching “New Girl” right now so it has to be Zooey Deschanel


9. What is the most embarrassing song that I would find on your iPod?

Maybe some old demos of mine….which are really bad but I didn’t erase so far

10. Do you have any hidden talents?

I’m good in making “on the fly poetry”

11. What would you want to be doing if you weren’t a musician?
Having a really small but unbelievably good diner/bar


12. What is the most insane reaction someone has had to meeting you?

Years ago some fan wanted me to piss on his shoe and give it back to him…craaazyyyy

13. What was the first song you ever learned?
“hang on sloopy”

14. What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?
“Stray Cats” in Cologne

15. Do you have a favorite quote or lyric that particularly inspires you?
One of our older records is called “amplify the good times”, I like that one, got it tattooed on my right leg.


16. What are your guilty pleasures?

beer


17. What are your pet peeves?

beer


18. What is your favorite tattoo of yours?

my clef/bass clef/initials tattoo on my left arm

19. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
being the only alive beer tap

20. If you were only allowed to listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
“the colour and the shape” by “foo fighters”…it’s just perfect

20 Questions With The Donots Part 2

In the newest installment of “20 Questions With The Donots” we got up Alex, the guitar player in the Donots. Check back next week for another installment of “20 Questions With The Donots.” Check out part one here if you missed it.

1. Describe yourself in three words:
Curiosity. Appreciation. Driven.

2. What is your favorite food?
Fresh salad. Nothing’s better.

3. What is your favorite movie?

Robocop is the first movie that comes to my mind.

4. Who was your childhood musical hero?

Duran Duran. And also Vanilla Ice. Go figure!

5. What is your favorite song off “Wake The Dogs”?
You’re So Yesterday. Perfection.

6. Who is the one person that you would be completely starstruck if you met?
Eddie Vedder. Pearl Jam are my all time heroes.

7. If this were a confessional, what would you confess?
I eat way too much candy.

8. Who is your celebrity crush?
Big Bird.

9. What is the most embarrassing song that I would find on your iPod?
Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby and C&C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat.

10. Do you have any hidden talents?

Does “turning a hotel room into a mess in 5 minutes” count as a talent?

11. What would you want to be doing if you weren’t a musician?
I’d be selling Ice Cream on some tropical island.

12. What is the most insane reaction someone has had to meeting you?
Gotta love the insane “Hello”-dancing moves of the japanese fans.

13. What was the first song you ever learned?
Wouldn’t it be good – Nik Kershaw.

14. What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?

Most memorable: Seeing Rage Against The Machine for the first time in 1993.

15. Do you have a favorite quote or lyric that particularly inspires you?
I’d have to make one up, so no, not really.

16. What are your guilty pleasures?

Video games and candy.

17. What are your pet peeves?
Slow internet connection.

18. What is your favorite tattoo of yours?
Don’t have any.

19. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I’d like to still know what’s going on in the world after I’m dead.

20. If you were only allowed to listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Pearl Jam, No Code.