September 20, 2022

Quick Update

I know it seems like I came straight out the gate with guns blazing and then...nothing. I assure you I've been busy.

I've sent out invites to interviews for the first round of artists, and I'm not just limiting it to musicians. You can also follow Black Alt Mag on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and feel free to tag Black alternative artists you wish to see interviewed (@blackaltmag).

My first interviewee in several years got back to me and promised an answer to the first draft of questions by this weekend. Another has agreed to an interview; I just need to get some questions out to them. It's a process, but it's going.

Thanks for your patience and support.

April 4, 2015

At the Bar with Chelsea Erin Jones (#MisSpelled @Tullywickett)

Fans of the YouTube cult hit MisSpelled will recognize Chelsea Erin Jones as the edgy, hardcore Quinn, the witch with the ability to manipulate time.  Fans will be happy to know filming resumed this month, and that we can expect new episodes this summer.

It was a great honor and pleasure to welcome this curly-haired goddess to our Bar.

Welcome to the Bar!!! What are you sippin’ on?

Thank you kindly! I'm sipping on some Jack on the rocks. Though, my favorite drink is a good shot of Kraken Rum. I love me my rum.

My kind of woman!  So you’re an actress, and a pretty damn good one if I dare say. How did you get into that? How did your family react to your decision?

Oh, geez, thank you. Well, as it turns out, it's kinda my family's fault. My dad is an actor and musician, and my mother is obsessed with theatre and the arts. My brother got bit by the acting bug early on, and I was pretty quick to follow. We used to put on tiny productions in our living room for the holidays. My dad taped them all, supposedly. Mad blackmail, right there. Then, I got into a few local theatres, my mom got me an agent, and I just never stopped. And, thanks to my dad, music kind of went hand-in-hand with it. It's like eating, or breathing. It's too much a part of my life. My parents are really supportive, real advocates of doing what makes you happy. I'm incredibly grateful for that.

October 16, 2014

At the Bar with Lindsey McDowell

Actress, singer, and writer Lindsey McDowell is the mastermind behind the cult web hit MisSpelled, whose flawless casting, quirky premise, and laugh-out-loud hilarious script garnered an army of fans overnight.

It was the utmost honor to complete this interview with her October 16, 2014.

Lindsey McDowell, it’s amazing to have you At the Bar. What are you sippin’ on?

Midori Sour!

In addition to being a writer, you’re a singer and an actress. How did your family respond to your desire to study and pursue that?

They had a very different reaction when I was fresh out of my freshman year at Howard VS. being 3-14. It was a lot of 'cute' and keep practicing at those ages. I don't think even I got super serious about acting until I was 18. When I was 18 they were supportive and I was in shock. My parents are so conventional when it comes to academics and 'the sure route' in life. My sister left the nest for LA too. She loves films and making films and I think they were comforted that I'd be living on her couch while I was in acting school.

Tell me about your writing. How did you get into that and what motivates your work?

I started at a young age. I must have heard my mom talking about Maya Angelou and how she expressed herself through poetry. Even today at my house (back home in NY) I could find probably 75 sheets of paper with really sad poems and haikus from a super sad and overweight 10-year-old. can probably find that today looking through my computer from the same. Just 23, haha! It's important to grow and express yourself. Even if no one sees it.

April 2, 2014

At the Bar with Trish Doan

Trish Doan was the bassist for Kittie, a band I adored as a teenager.  It was an immeasurable honor and privilege to complete this interview with her on April 1st, 2014, before her death on February 13, 2017.

So, Trish…HUGE honor having you at my bar!!! What are you sippin’ on?

I'm honoured to be here! Well, it's currently a Wednesday afternoon, so I could go for a drink! I'll take a vodka/orange juice please.

A long time ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kittie alumna Fallon Bowman (twice, in fact).  Now, for those who are unfamiliar, what can you tell them about Kittie?

Well! Kittie is a four-woman metal band hailing from London, Ontario. We've put out six great records and done many tours around the world. Kittie consists of sisters Morgan and Mercedes Lander (singer-guitarist and drummer), Tara McLeod (lead guitarist) and myself (the bassist). Not only are we bandmates but also really great friends. I joined the band in 2005, departed in late 2007 but then rejoined in 2012.

July 28, 2013

At the Bar with Davina Robinson

I first was introduced to "powerhouse" blues rocker Davina Robinson on through the AMBW crowd.  To be honest, I was simply blinded by her beauty and managed to sweet talk my way into an interview.  It was a great opportunity to complete this with her.

So how are you doing? Tell us a few things about yourself, including your favorite drink.

Doing well in the heat - working hard and thanking the inventor of air conditioning.

I'm a night owl. One of my friends calls me "Vamp", as in vampire.

Of current TV shows, I love Breaking Bad, Dexter, Homeland and anything Gordon Ramsay does.

I was a lurker on the Vote For the Worst website. RIP.

I have a black pug named Bruce and a black cat named Bella.

I LOVE super flare jeans. Superfly, like the 70s.

September 4, 2012

At the Bar with Diamond Rowe

After months of trying, the Bar is excited to welcome singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Diamond Rowe of rock band Tetrarch.

For those just joining us, tell us a bit about yourself.

Well, my name is Diamond Rowe, I'm 22 and I was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. I play lead guitar for the band Tetrarch which basically my life. Since I am always doing something Tetrarch related, I dont do much outside of music, but when I do, I like to hang with friends, eat (haha), watch sports (ROLL TIDE!) and just have a good time!

So is Diamond Rowe your real name?

Yes, Diamond Rowe is my real name haha. I think I get asked that question at least once a day haha. The real kicker is when people find out my middle name is Rose. They're like "OMG!! DIAMOND ROSE ROWE!!". Not to toot my own horn, but I think I have a pretty cool name. Haha. :)

May 19, 2012

At the Bar with Alexis Brown

Fans will recognize metal chanteuse Alexis Brown as the lead singer of Straight Line Stitch. It was a great honor to complete this interview with her today, while she's currently on tour.

Alexis, welcome to the bar; pull up a stool and order whatever you want on the house. While you’re at it, tell us about yourself.

Thanks for having me. As for a drink...I'm always good with an ice cold Bud of some sort. Now about me... I love Walt Disney's Goofy, old scary movies, love to read old school Harlequin Romance books, love sushi, I have a orange tabby named Waffles (named after Goofy's cat on the Goof Troop Series), I have a Chorkie (Chihuahua & Yorkie mix), & I'm also in a band that I've pretty much lived out on the road with for about the last 10 or so years.

How’s the tour going so far?

Tour is going well, just busy everyday.

I noticed how you mention not intentionally going into heavy metal. How’d that happen?

Basically my older brother Moses was the one that influenced me in getting into metal with bands such as Pantera, White Zombie, Metallica, & Korn. I felt much more comfortable with the genre because I could relate.

January 14, 2011

Fallon Bowman Returns to the Bar

Finally...singer, writer, composer, and guitarist Fallon Bowman returns to our Bar.  Going solo once more, her third album, Human, Conditional drops January 25, 2011.

Now...when last we looked, you were heading Fallon and the Grace Dynasty.

There has been a shift from 'band' to solo artist. I know it's a little confusing, but it was an internal decision.

The people that played on my record were all extremely talented American musicians from all walks of life. I had written all of the songs and brought it for them to bring to life. The producer, Justin Johnson, did a great job taking my varied songs and really bringing out the rock edge on 'tape'.

How would you describe the sound you created together?

The sound that was subsequently created is a soulful rock with a hard edge at times.

At the moment I don't work with a co-writer, so it's just me messing around on a guitar figuring out melodies. Sometimes I start with a synth part and build from there. Sometimes I will hear the cadence of environmental sound and think of the syncopation of a melody. I listen to the sounds of the world - it sounds reeeeally cheesy but it's true - I get most of my ideas out of nowhere.

Okay, so you’re going solo again.  How do you feel about being back in the driver’s seat?

Being fully in the driver's seat is so sweet. I go where I want to go, and do it on my time. Obviously, this isn't without its mass responsibility. I have to make sure everything is in the right place.

August 4, 2010

At the Bar with Skye

Skye Edwards is the lead vocalist of recently reunited Morcheeba, a British band which fuses electronica, trip-hop, and alternative rock. I completed this mini-interview with her on July 28th, 2010.  It's brief, as she answered the questions while still on tour.


How are you enjoying being back with Morcheeba, and what made you decide to reunite?

It was a tough decision to return to the band but after meeting with Paul and Ross and then hearing some of the ideas they were working on I decided to give it a go. It's been great to play Morcheeba shows.

What was it like spending all those years apart from your band mates?

It is cool being a solo artist. I learnt a lot about song writing and enjoyed collaborating with other songwriters and music producers. I will continue with my solo career.

What's it like being part of a band again? How does it work (for you)?

It's okay, it's working out fine.

May 24, 2010

At the Bar with Fallon Bowman

South African-born, Canada-based Fallon Bowman is the former guitarist for and founding member of Kittie.  She has since helmed Amphibious Assault and now Fallon & The Grace Dynasty.  I completed this interview with her on May 24, 2010.

At the risk of making us both sound old, I first fell in awe of you when I was in the 11th grade. A friend showed me the "Spit" album and my eyes immediately went to you. I remember gasping over and over again, "There's a brown girl in Kittie? Really?"  We both thought you were black, at first; later, of course, I learned you're of Indonesian descent. 

Among others! My heritage is closely tied to my birth country's dubious relationship with colonialist aspirations - and clearly - desires as well.

Now, to be very, VERY honest with you, you were the reason I KEPT listening to Kittie. I bought your album, watched your videos, bought your VHS - you name it. I was waiting for more "you time", I guess - more Fallon interviews, more Fallon singing lead - all of that. It didn't come, so naturally, when you left Kittie...I did too.

I don't think I was ready to take on that kind of responsibility in that band. Morgan wasn't at first either - but was truly at her core a band leader for us at that time. I believe now I have grown to be that person too.  

May 20, 2010

At the Bar with Stux Daemon of WRUST

Stux Daemon is the incredibly sexy lead singer and guitarist for Botswana-based metal band WRUST.  I completed this interview with him on May 20, 2010.

What drew you to metal, and what’s the metal scene like in Gaborone?  Do you have many shows and a decent following?

Well I started listening to rock music when I was about 13 or 14, but even then songs from black Sabbath, Hendrix sounded familiar, so my guess someone was playing rock/heavy metal in the hood before I was 13. At one point in my life I lived in the army barracks so I suppose most of the rock/metal came from there. By the time I was 18 I was listening to more heavy stuff - Metallica, Megadeth, Iron maiden, the progressed to Slayer, Machine head, Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse and so on. I have always been looking for faster heavier riffs, blast beats, double bass drumming and so for forth.

To answer the next question I think I need to point out a few things, Botswana has a population of less than 2 million, and Gaborone is about 350,000, which is really small. Half of those people don't care about music in general, and 95% of the music lovers listen to other genres here.  I am talking about traditional African music, house music, kwaito ( a variation of hip-hop), African Jazz, rap and hip-hop music. So the scene is pretty small; just a few hundreds only. Our gigs usually have about 200 people.  But those gigs don't happen so frequently (maybe like every 2 months or so).

In Maun there is pretty much a good audience; one can get between 300-2000 people, depending on the advertising. Maun is like a tourist attraction and the local people really love coming out for gigs. We also travel a lot to South Africa where there is usually a bigger audience. But then again this is Africa and a lot of things are very expensive therefore you make anything out the gigs.