Thursday, April 30, 2015

Interview with Sandra N. owner and D.J for Castle Blakk Radio done by Patrick on 4-30-15

Metal  Hails!!
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.   -Rock Against Child Pornography & Abuse UK -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
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:
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