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“Why I’d Rather be Infamous than Famous”

“Why I’d Rather be Infamous than Famous”

During an interview with Gerry Gittelson in 2016, he asked, “Are you tired of being almost famous?” In all honesty, I’m not. It’s not a thought that ever crosses my mind. I’ve been on the “cusp of fame” for years, I suppose. For some musicians, I understand that that...
Authentic Frontmen Who Influenced My Style

Authentic Frontmen Who Influenced My Style

My style has stemmed from a variety of influences over the years. My music and lyrics are often influenced by my personal life, but I‘ve found that my actual style as a frontman draws from a handful of familiar names. Steven Tyler Aerosmith wouldn’t have been the same...
Los Angeles Music Scene through the Eyes of Tony West

Los Angeles Music Scene through the Eyes of Tony West

The music scene in L.A. right now is sad. In 1989, I ran away to Los Angeles at the young age of thirteen, and it was exactly what I was looking for. Part of the reason I survived was the community and camaraderie. People took care of each other. They took care of me....
Tony West: How Music Saved My Life

Tony West: How Music Saved My Life

Everyone’s got some kind of baggage, and some way of coping with the negative aspects of their lives. Music—groups like the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, David Bowie—helped me survive through traumatic experiences. As a kid, I was hurt a lot, held underwater by my...
Finding Song Inspiration in Daily Life

Finding Song Inspiration in Daily Life

There’s a trend in the music industry toward artists recording songs they didn’t write. Being an authentic singer/songwriter is a beautiful talent that true artists should be proud of. Anyone with a good voice can sing a song that was created by someone else, but it’s...