Today I had the pleasure of interviewing a close friend and fellow media company owner, Dakota Horbaczek, about what his company does for unsigned artists and his success at bringing shows and bands to the public view….. There may also be some talk about chicken wings in there…… Listen in and find out more about the man behind the name!
You’ve started making waves not only in the Pittsburgh Music Scene, but nationally. What advice would you give to someone wanting to start a blues band today?
Just starting out takes time, energy, drive, the right chemistry, and faith in what you do! Stay true to your craft! Be loyal to yourself and your bandmates
I’m looking to add more Pittsburgh Blues Musicians to our site, who should we and our readers know about?
There are so many Pittsburgh blues musicians! I have my favs though. Eugene Morgan, for his down home delta groove, Jimmy Adler for his swing blues style, Tina Daniel’s for her blues rock style, and Dan Bubien for his soulful voice.
Can you pinpoint the moment in your life that you knew you were destined to sing the Blues?
I knew I was going to sing blues for the rest of my life a year after I started singing with my first band. My mentor, Big Al Leavitt and bandleader told me I needed to find a way to get over my stage fright cause people are going to love what I sing!
If there was a fire that destroyed all your music except for one song, which song would you want to survive history?
It is hard to say which song! But, If it was one song, it would be Lady Of the Blues. It was written by my dear friend Steve Nestor who passed away Dec 2017. It is a song describing me as this woman who is a lady, but can hold her own, who has been hurt, but who has picked herself up, dust herself off, and keeps going, no matter what.
What is one thing about you that would surprise your fans?
My fans would be surprised to know I love possums and had one as pet when I was nine! That is a story!
On episode 9 Lady Jaye brings in guest host Bill Domiano to talk with Superheores Believe In Miracles founder Amy Faltot and associate Steve Bechtold. Some topics covered are how to be a part of this amazing charity, how to sign up a child you know, the upcoming concert to help financially support this cause and more. Tune in to hear the details about this amazing charity helping children with illnesses to get birthday packages and feel like the superheroes they are!
Audio Gossip with Lady Jaye – MaxXout keeps it real with explosions, guitar riffs and… an all meat diet??
Talking with members of Maxxout I got to find out some interesting facts about them and have a TON of fun, talk about the near future, give you a taste of some of their music and yes, the Ketosis Diet and… wiffle ball… these guys are a riot!!
What band(s) are you currently in?
Have been in, in the past?
Growing up I never really played in any bands, I would just jam with friends at parties or in garages, but never anything serious. It wasn’t until I was 21 that I started hitting open stages and meeting local musicians. I was probably 22 when I joined my first “proper” band. It was a band called “The Tony Jones Band”. Lots of covers and some originals. We were bad, but it was fun and I met a lot of good friends from playing all over the city. After that band, I formed Mojo Filter and we’re still jamming a few times a year.
What is it about the Pittsburgh Scene that keeps you working at your craft?
The Pittsburgh Scene has changed so much since I started playing. Lots of great venues are gone now. It’s kind of depressing, but I do see some new places popping up every once in a while. I just try to keep playing wherever will have us.
How hard is it to juggle the schedules of your bands and life in general?
Surprisingly not as tough as you’d think!! I keep my calendar updated, and it helps that almost all of the bands I’m in share at least 1 member with another band I play in, so it’s rare that my schedule gets screwed up. I think I’ve only double booked myself once in the last 5 years. The hardest part is just getting the stars and calendars to align for rehearsals. Some of my bands don’t need to rehearse as much as others, but I’ve had the same rehearsal schedule for a couple years, and it’s been working out great. The other part that has been tough is remembering all the songs from all of the different bands. I played 4 full sets with 4 different bands in 5 weeks, so it’s definitely been a challenge, but one that I really enjoy. And luckily I have a wonderful family that supports my ridiculous schedule.
Can you name 5 unsigned bands from the scene that you absolutely love, and tell us why?
- Stoneslinger. They aren’t from Pittsburgh, they are from Canton, OH but they are hands down one of my all-time favorite bands period. We played a ton of shows with them over the years, and they are always fantastic. Check out their album Solar Outlaws on iTunes. I play some hot lixxx on a song called “Magnet”.
- Action Camp. Bengt Alexander is a badass mofo. Great guitar player and songwriter. I love all of their stuff. They don’t fit into any musical box. They play heavy stuff, they play electronic stuff, they play surf stuff, and it’s all great!
- SuperVoid – Unfortunately these guys are on an indefinite hiatus, but they are still one of my favorites. Killer riffs and grooves from these dudes. Top notch musicians! They are one of those bands that you hope you never have to play after them.
- Horehound – These guys and girl keep getting better every time I see them. Super doomy riffs and Shy Kennedy has some really interesting vocal melodies. I highly recommend checking them out if you haven’t already.
- Monolith Wielder – This is one of those bands that I wish would play out more often. They are absolutely crushing when they play live. Their album is insanely good too.
When did you know you were destined to be a musician?
My parents took me to see my brother’s band play at the Foggy Bottom Inn back in 1985. I was 12 years old at the time, and I’d never seen a live rock band before. The place was packed, it was loud, people were drunk and the bands had big hair….Well everyone had big hair… I vividly remember watching the band on stage and thinking. “I need to do that”. That Christmas I got my first guitar and here we are 33 years later… I never did get to play at the Foggy Bottom.
This is Lady Jaye bringing you the Build The Scene Concert Calendar for May 11-19, 2018 brought to you by Aproradio.com.
on May 11th Doppler Affect will be at the White Star in Freeport PA
on may 12th Homicide Black, Big Atlantic, Winter’s Descent and many more will be playing the Millvale Music Festival for a complete lineup visit milvalemusic.org
Also on May 12th After the Fall, skell, and East End will be at Peter B’s in Sarver for the Cabin Fever Bash.
Sourmash will be at Jergels opening for David Allan Coe on May 18th and at the Cool Water Saloon in Apollo on the 19th
also on the 19th Dragline will be at McGarvey’s in Altoona and Twisted Fate will be at the Shafton Fire Company in Irwin
For more info on these concerts and others www.buildthescene.com/concerts that’s Build the Scene . com Pittsburgh’s Music Destination.