We're happy to announce G4R Music will have its own website in a few weeks. The genre is 80s/ early 90s glam rock/ heavy metal. The link will be G4RMusic.com when up and running. Check link periodically, you never know we may finish early. We'll remove this page afterwards.
What can we say about a guy who envision himself playing suspended upside-down!? Well 'insane' comes to mind among other names. Serious, who has the mind set to imagine this crazy stunt let alone the balls to pull it off. Mr Lee... we salute you, kudos!!!
Duran Duran was without a doubt the 80's premiere boy band. As I reminisce and listen to my shuffle tracks I find myself replaying Duran Duran's more popular songs like The Reflex & Rio. Quick fact: Did you know their name was directly taken from a character in the 1968 Barbarella movie, Duran Duran? Yep go ahead and google it.
Back to the band though; they had the look, the hair (the hair was spectacular), the rags and most importantly the timing! They exploded on the scene when MTV was booming and big hair was 'in'. They were the pin-ups on every teen girl's wall. When once asked about their fans, bassist John Taylor said it was like "A wall of noise" that greeted them in concerts. Anyway they're my pick for throwback boy band of the day, enjoy!
I saw a biography of Motley Crue's 'The Dirt' about a week ago and was pleasantly surprised. They came up in the 80's during the hair revolution and honestly I thought it would be a half-baked glam shoot with random backstage footage of the group. Instead what I got was a full length biopic with actors and portrayals. I was a musician during that era and certainly no stranger to them. Heck I even had the Circus mags with all the glam pic centerfolds.
Anyway back to the movie. The first thing that caught my attention was Mick Mars comment about a debilitating disease he had, very powerful. He's always looked a little ghostly but I figured that was his gimmick. Then there was the much publicized car wreck with Vince and Razzle, Nikki's overdose and the passing of Vince's daughter. All equally moving. Getting back to the actors it speaks volumes that they remained constant. Tommy Lee comes off as a star struck kid, Vince an overzealous singer in a popular cover band and of course Nikki... the visionary. Because these actors stay throughout the movie you tend to form a bond and overlook their real-life counterparts. Yes there were a few cameos with the managers and agents but all in all, job well done. I won't give away the ending or details and the movie is currently on NetFlix. Do yourself a favor and give it a spin. Even if you aren't a Crue fan you're sure to find its an entertaining flick.
The stadium tour where to begin... Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett!? Well barring any mishaps, they are getting old, these hair gods should pull it off without a hitch. Sure Joan Jett has that sweet Monday Night Football deal and to be honest it sparked my interest. I googled her and found these guys were putting together a major tour. I grew up in this era of hair aficionados and have a place for them in my heart. Some may have come and gone, rest their sole, but all in all I cant wait to hear these guys again.
Ed Note: I saw 'The Dirt' on Netflix the other night, awesome movie!
Took a stroll down memory lane and came across this gem '80s breakdancing'. It was nothing out of the ordinary, just something that caught my attention. Well that and the fact I'm still recovering from Guillain-barre syndrom. One of the side effects is the inability to straighten my fingers, very frustrating when typing. Anyway enjoy!
Recently I got a chance to chat with one of my high school idols Joyce Irby, the bass player for Klymaxx. You millennials probably have no clue who she is but her band put out hit after hit in the '80s. Songs like Meeting in the Ladies Room, I Miss You, The men all pause and more. To say she was my idol is being modest, I flat out had a serious crush. Every time one of their songs came on MTV, yes back when they played music videos, I dropped everything to watch. I had all their cassettes and memorized the bass licks to every song and played along. I think you get the gist of my infatuation haha. To be honest I've always had an admiration for female musicians especially bass players. But alas when the 90's came around I was travelling with my own group performing 6 nights a week. My attraction for the all girl band went dormant. Fast forward some 20 years later while on Facebook I came across her name. The nostalgia came rushing back and I took a chance by sending Joyce a PM message. You can only imagine my excitement when she responded back. It was nothing fancy, more of an acknowledgement and thank you for being a fan. Welp that was enough for me, the flame has been rekindled. I hope to catch their show next time they're on the east coast and possibly an interview. Here's to long shots and reliving fond memories... cheers!
G4R is branching out and doing a 1st here. We will be overlaying one of our featured artist tracks to one of our gaming vids. Why? Well the gaming industry is a billion dollar industry and G4R has roots in gaming. Ozzie Osborne, The Weekend and various artists has lent their music talents to soundtracks for games and it has paid off in spades. Not to mention a great way of getting their name out there. In fact I've found myself humming songs from artists I never heard of before simply by playing a game of Madden and listening to the soundtrack.
No way to determine if this will have same effect but artists I have listened to over past few wks still have me tapping my feet and humming their chorus. Ryan Mackin is on his way to the other side and has sent us a new vid, though not scheduled to be a soundtrack soon I have to give it props, enjoy!
Ryan Mackin is on deck and his latest 'The City' is one of the best we've heard in a long time. Sooo much about this artist we want to feature but for now will settle with his latest soundtrack and road that got him to where he's at. G4R is on the lookout for new talent and occasionally come across a diamond in the rough.
No we're not a production company nor talent agency but rather a media Co that features people many organizations dropped the ball on. More times than not it comes back to bite them and we are proud to showcase these members that have went on to greatness. G4R has ties in the music industry but will save that for another day..
Our company follows a handful of artists and as of today Ryan is our latest. We do our part in spreading the word in hopes of nothing more than getting them recognition. G4R has done numerous interviews but has yet to come across one that opened up in this fashion. He delves into the process of creating music (reminds me of a Prince interview a read years ago... the creative process for a song is never truly done), childhood obstacles, being somewhat of a loner growing up and so on. A lot of issues he brought up related to the masses more than we realized. We caught up to Ryan for a quick interview and here's the scoop!
G4R: Really like song 'The City' what was the inspiration behind it?
Ryan Mackin: Well honestly nothing really hit me until I listened to the beat a few times. I was sitting in my room looking for new instrumentals, when I came across “The City”. It just had such a different sound to me and I loved it. It was defiantly more of a serious beat so I started thinking deeper. Thats when I found myself thinking about it all way too hard. So I literally stopped myself closed my computer and tried to forget the ideas I originally had. I pulled the instrumental back up the next day and tried writing to it again. I couldn't figure out where I wanted to go with this track. I was completely stuck. So the following day comes around and Im at work when I think of the first line. I pull out my phone and write it down in my notes. Of course I was at work so I didnt know for sure If it was gonna flow how I wanted it to. So I get home that evening and pull up the beat again and lay down that first line I thought of. It flowed perfectly. So from there I continued writing and I was just trying to think of the bigger picture of all that I was going through and everything that was going on in the world around me. I wanted it to be relatable but to have my side of the story in it. So thats where I took it.
G4R: When compared to Eminem (Inevitably it happens) what is your response?
Ryan: The first thing that comes to my mind is how similar I think we are. Of course we've all had our ups and downs but I feel that, like Eminem most of our childhood was negative. His mother had addiction problems and never really knew his dad while my mom had a problem with drinking and my dad wasn't there when I was born. He's a humble dude when it comes to his music and I defiantly feel the same way about myself. He's creative with his words and isn't afraid to express his real feelings. And I know thats what real music is supposed to be about but a lot of rappers today put on a front when it comes to where they came from and what they've gone through. In my opinion Eminem has always been the best in the rap game hands down so really when people compare me to him I take as a compliment and keep doing me.
G4R: You obviously have talent what led you in the direction of music at such an early age?
Ryan: Theres a lot of things that really pushed me toward the whole music thing. I mean I started writing when I was 17 after moving to Florida from Rhode Island. That was really what sparked it all though. I was a junior in high school and didn't know a single soul. I started completely fresh which really turned out to be a good thing at the end of the day. So not knowing anyone left me with a lot on my mind cause I literally had no friends to talk to. During my computer class is when I wrote the most, mainly because my teacher didn't care if I did my work or not. It was my grade she would always say. From there I continued writing and eventually found myself digging into my childhood and writing about that. It was really a way for me to vent. It was just something I could always turn to so I just have never really stopped writing.
G4R: Not everyone will make it but what advice can you give guys following in your footsteps looking to make it the music bizz?
Ryan: I was actually just talking to another artist the other day about this stuff. To be 100% honest its something you have to live for. You cant just do it on the weekends or at night when you feel like it, you have to work at it everyday. Weather its writing, recording, looking for a beat, or even looking for another show to do. You have to be consistent. Think about it, everyone and their mom is trying the same thing your doing. You have to be different, have a different sound and stand out to really even get noticed at all. Another thing is grow your fan base. Most artist don't understand your nothing without fans. They're the ones buying your music, requesting you on the radio, buying your T-shirts, tickets to your shows. I mean seriously without a good fan base you wont do anything in this business. Take chances, get out of your comfort zone as much as you can and you will grow more and more as an artist. Its all about learning and exploring as much as you can and then turning around and making relatable music that other people feel and can sympathize with. Lastly be you. Im telling you there is nothing more important then being yourself and being true to who you are. This business destroys people and there personal lives, you have to be ready for the commitment and stay strong through the whole journey because like I said it can make or brake you.
G4R: Final question... even the great ones have hobbies to get away from it all, what's yours? Madden, C.O.D., outdoors, weekend getaways, online gaming, etc.
Ryan: Really any sport. But mostly basketball. I can shoot around for hours just to shoot. I mean I'm good at it, Its fun and its a good exercise. So if I'm not making music or gfx or watching tv and eating. Im probably outside playing basketball by myself.
There ya have it people, head on over and check out Ryan's Facebook page for links to more of his work. We will have a follow up interview down the road. He has a really nice track from a while back we really like that will be posted on our media outlets soon. Keep up the good work Ryan!
G4R has been following this talented artist for awhile and like to keep tabs on his achievements. His latest hit sent to us was 'Black Phantom' feat Kevin Gates and Young Knight. Last year he was featured in Hip Hop Weekly Magazine and we are thrilled to highlight article. Unfortunately there is a slight problem and we are working around the clock to rectify it.
We received messages from Gwapboy Dreadz with what seems like an Instagram link from article with favorable responses. As a media company G4R likes to verify at least a couple of sources before running a story and at the moment still waiting to hear back from Hip Hop mag. I will be brutally honest.... I clicked on site a few times and a 'Dangerous Website Blocked' msg appeared more than once. It could be something as simple as our browser or virus protection program but at any rate we are still waiting to hear back from them. Not a knock on site nor throwing salt in the game but have to say with over tens of thousands of followers it takes only a few bucks a month to clear this up and run a block free site.
This artist is 'clutch' in our opinion and we continue to stand behind him in his success. Hip Hop Weekly Magazine get it together.... we are holding ya accountable on story written for this young phenoms rise to the top. He's put in work and done his part, need ya to do yours. Jeremiah I will get at ya with an updated article when they hit us back. You deserve better keep doing ya thang fam! -James (G4R)
Gwapboy Dreadz featured article! Stay tuned to this story as we do a follow up soon. He's the real deal people believe us! His hit song Drugz is featured on this page and is being courted by TV/ Movie producers. Click to view full story!
Amanda Cook aka Sippi Barbi (Redneck Barbi). She hails from Northeast Mississippi with her special brand of Hick-hop. Really don't want to say much more until we get an interview with her.
She's been through a lot and we encourage all to wait for the story before passing judgment. Hell she has a nice Soundcloud library compiled and our fave to date is 'Mudhole Zone'.
Former Bass player and lifetime musician my heart will forever be in music. -James Hollins