Here is a new interview with Sandra who own's/run the radio-station "Castle Blakk Radio" Any metal,rock etc.. bands,fans etc.. should check it out today.
Interview with Sandra N. owner and D.J for Castle Blakk Radio done by Patrick
1. Hello Sandra how is life treating you these days? When did you first get into rock and metal?
Life is great! Enjoying myself :) I've always loved music, but I'd have to say early seventies. (showing my age lol)
First major concert was Goose Lake International Music Festival, attendance was 200,000 ppl! held August 7–9, 1970 right here
in Jackson, Michigan.
2. Who are your all-time favorite bands? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
All time fav's would have to be Classic's, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Saxon, & Trouble.
As for now, so many great bands, hard to name just a few. Bands to watch for me are In-Defilade (US), Patrias (Serbia), A Sound of Thunder (US), Orcus (US), Threatpoint (US).
3. When did you become interested in becoming a d.j?
About 6 yrs ago, a friend of mine asked me to come into a chatroom to say hello, ended up having fun and was asked to dj. Was pretty scared my first show. Stage fright for sure lol
4. I believe you started Castle Blakk Radio in the beginning of 2015. What gave you the idea to start your own station? How did you come up with the name Castle Blakk?
Actually Castle Blakk Radio was started in 2011, but put on hold after a few months, as I traveled to, and lived in Jordan, (yes, Middle East) for a year. We decided in January, it was time to ressurect, restructure and bring experience to airwaves. I've never bragged about being a top Dj, but I do have experience in promotion and concerts via Michigan Deathfest and International Metalfest. (Aug 11th marks the 25th anniversary of Michigan Deathfest).
As for name, my friend started a recording studio named Castle Blak (1983), did some recordings for Lucifers Hammer and others. Then we decided to take our concert promotion a step further. We had been doing shows with my former company name Double M Productions, well known for Michigan Deathfest. At this time we added the extra K, as to not interfere with band called Castle Blak, and continued doing shows as both companys.
Also we decided to keep the station non-profit, and only accept donations that go directly to our favorite charities, which are on main page of our site. Check them out, great ppl, that do great things.
http://www.racpauk.org/ -Rock Against Child Pornography & Abuse UK
http://www.fuckcancer.org/ -Fuck Cancer
5. What shows do you currently have on Castle Blakk radio?
At this time, Jay B Metal (Station Mgr) does 2 shows a week. He likes to play rare B-sides, and a good mix of underground and unsigned.
Jay also just did a live in store broadcast, from Danophonics in Downington, PA.
He will also be broadcasting live from the Wrecking Ball Festival in October, and is proudly sponsored by Castle Blakk Radio.
Myself, I do 4, all different. Sundays show is more progressive, Wednesday is a mix of World Metal, Friday is band submissions and requests, and Saturday is Black Metal & Doom (my fav show)
We have a couple of new DJ's starting in the coming weeks ahead.
6. Are you currently looking for new d.j's to join the station? What are some things you look for when hiring a new d.j?
Yes we are, being new to most people, getting the word out is crucial. Eric Wilcox our PR guy has been very busy spreading metal chaos.
We are not only looking for Dj's, we are also looking for more street team members.
Things I look at first is experience, and that meaning, actually knowing the music. Next would be personality, likeablity. We are pretty laid back, but professional and like to have fun at what we do.
I am always willing to train a new person, that are truely in it for the music. If interested just send email to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to join a winning team, you came to the right place.
7.What styles of metal and rock do you play? Where can bands and labels send you their material to be played? Besides metal and rock do you play any other styles of music?
We play hard rock, heavy metal, and metal. Each DJ's brings their own style shows. All different....
Our "Sir Otto" plays whatever he feels like. Never know what he's going to play. Could be folk, could be classic metal, could be black, never know. (NO HIP HOP or RAP.)
8.Sandra you live in the great state of Michigan what is the scene like in your city and state?
The city I live in is fairly small, but have some very good bands. Elude Ferra and Hibernal are a couple. (Too many hip hop bands lol.)
I'd say the best scene is in Lansing.
bands can send submissions to: email@example.com
clearly tagged Mp3's, with band name and song name.
Band submissions stay in rotation after airplay.
9.Who are your all-time favorite bands from Michigan ? Are there any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
If I don't say Lucifers Hammer, I'm in trouble lol, also Summon, Genocya, Exploding Zombies, Nocturnal Fear are just a few. As far as new ones, they need to send in music.
10.In your opinion what is the best and worst thing about the underground scene today? And what does the term Underground metal mean to you?
Best thing is there are still bands around that have endured the bullshit, like Broken Hope.
Worst thing is the lack of respect from promoters, not all, but a lot of them , don't know how to treat ppl in general.
The underground today is nothing like in the old days, when word of mouth brought 1000's. Everyone was looking for a gathering of friends with same thing in mind, METAL!
Now it seems like a battle of who has the biggest heads and the least amount of talent.
11.Besides working on the stations and your shows what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Reading and checking out conspiracy theories. Do my own research.
Seriously, I love gardening. Relaxing..
12.Thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview do you have any final words for the readers?
You are very welcome. Take time to enjoy life, right a wrong, keep it real and keep it METAL \,,/
Castle Blakk Radio