Iggy & The German Kids are young and talented. A great combination in the music industry, Iggy, otherwise known as Ignacio Uriarte is a 25 year old singer and songwriter who has been musically inclined since he was a young boy. He became a member of the Metropolitan's children's chorus at the age of ten and is a self-taught guitarist, bassist, and pianist. In college, he forged friendships with some German kids, Hubertus D and Frederic T and together they worked on music. Thus, began Iggy & The German Kids. They are set to debut their new EP this summer and recently had their latest single played on ABC's "Don't Trust the B in Apt 23." Their music is a clash of Brit-pop, electronica and classic rock and we had the opportunity to ask Ignacio all about the upcoming album and more. How many tracks will be on your EP? Over the past 18 months we have recorded about 25 plus tracks we are happy with so we have spent some time narrowing it down to find a collection that we feel really shows what we're capable of. As of now, the EP will probably have around 6 songs on it but that changes every day!
Describe your sound. Where can you picture your songs playing? I'd say its somewhere between the beatles and modern electro pop....we try to strike a balance between modern sounds and some of our more traditional influences. As far as where I can picture our songs playing it's really anywhere. It's good for your car, your iphone, your laptop and some songs definitely make sense for when you're out as well. It's important to have a universally appealing sound while still staying true to yourself artistically and we worked hard to strike that balance.
How was it to have your latest single in hit TV show 'Don't Trust the B'? Well, they just got cancelled. I dont think it had anything to do with our song though [laughs]. But of course we were very surprised and excited when we found out that our song had been chosen. It is always great to see a validation of your music.
Do you play any instruments on the tracks? Beside the occasional guitar the Germans took care of the instrumentation of the tracks but I do play several instruments in general.
If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be? I'd probably say Noel Gallagher who has always been a huge influence on me or in a dream world Lennon/Mccartney.
Who are your biggest musical influences? In general anyone who is making or has made good music influences me but if I had to pick one I'd say Fat Elvis.
Aside from your upcoming EP, do you have anything else exciting on the horizon you can tell us about? We're working on how the live show will shape out and are going to be doing some shows in the next six months. I love performing so I'm excited to get back out there! Check out the latest single, "So Hard"
The thing about classic rock is that it is inherently 'classic'. Julius C takes the classic parts, rocking hard, sweet guitar licks and belting vocals and adds nuevo indie spin with pop keys, gorilla suits and extra volume. Jay Stolar spoke with Joonbug to discuss how the band has built an adoring local following and what his band’s music means to him. They are scheduled to rock the Rockwood stage 2 on Friday December 10th at 11:00 p.m. In the mean time you can get to know the band by checking out their video or visiting their website.
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The Dirty Pearls
“Leave your heart at the door; you’ll never get it back.” – Tommy London (lead vocals)
Hailing from the streets of New York City, the five-piece power house known as The Dirty Pearls are quite possibly one of the greatest sounds of rock n’ roll to induce the East Village since The Ramones. Formed by lead singer Tommy London in 2007, the group consists of unparalleled talents Johnny B. and Richie White on guitars, Dougie Wright on bass, and the infamous Marty E. on drums. These guys may have only been together for a little over a year, but their fan base is beyond impressive – and it doesn’t end there. To say that they put on a great live show is an understatement, as they play shows throughout Manhattan frequently they seem to only get better with each and every one. They are known to pack in a large crowd; in fact their crowds are so large they’ve sold out every one of their live shows, one would think they’ve been around for years. They epitomize the ultimate rock n’ roll band, with telling lyrics about sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll, they’ll have you yearning for more. Their combination of classic rock riffs, high energy performances, and a sense of style that has sex written all over it; The Dirty Pearls appeal to all of the human senses. If you have not yet experienced these guys live, you really are missing out. So get to know The Dirty Pearls and find out what New York City and Rock n’ Roll music are really all about.
The Dirty Pearls Volume 1 (2007)
The Dirty Pearls Volume 2 (2008)