One band I've been listening to a lot lately is Star Star. They are a band I discovered while looking through my dad's promo flats. I always loved the cover art because of how detailed and colorful it is!
After seeing the cover, I always wanted to hear what their music sounded like. I've discovered a lot of music from noticing an album cover, and from noticing an album if I've never heard of it before. It took me a long time to listen to The Love Drag Years because it wasn't on Spotify, but I knew my dad had it on CD and I wasn't sure what shelf he had it on. Whenever I'd look at The Love Drag Years promo flat I have in my room, I would be reminded that I still needed to check it out.
After I posted a photo of my promo flat, and received a like on my photo, I discovered Scream Idol! I went on the Star Star website and I downloaded a copy of The Love Drag Years and I listened to it and I loved it! Like many artists from that time, Star Star should've been promoted because they were doing something that no one else. No artist from that time sounds like Star Star...and the music industry needs to promote the artists who are different.
Two albums you need to hear are "Movie Mary" by Scream Idol and "The Love Drag Years" by Star Star. You can get a free download of The Love Drag Years with two bonus tracks from the Star Star website and you can listen to Movie Mary on Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music, and check out their YouTube channel!
We did an interview with Johnnie where we discuss his advices for aspiring creatives, what inspires him to create, the first band/artist that became his favorite and much more!!!
1: How did you decide on the name, “Scream Idol"?
A: It was a song we were playing, and, we didn't wanna' hassle going back and forth with name ideas. So we renamed the song "Teenage Doom Disciple" and bada bing bada boom, we used Scream Idol as the band name.
2: How did you decide on the name, “Star Star"?
A: It was one of our fave Rolling Stones songs. Simple as that.
3: What inspires you to create?
A: Usually the most intense things that happen to us. The more of an impact something has on you, the easier it is to write about....and, no one can tell our stories better than us :-)
4: What advice would you give to someone who wants to be in a creative profession?
A: Great artists are true to their own unique character... so, if your music sounds nothing like the artists you admire, and is uniquely your own....then, you resemble your favorite artists a lot more than someone who is mimicking their sound.
5: Do you feel open minded about what you listen to? Do you like going out of your comfort zone?
A: We were very lucky to have grown up in a very diverse music scene in NYC. So, anything outside my comfort zone is there 'cause it sucks.
6: What outlets do you find out about music from? (Record stores, magazines, samplers, etc.)
A: I think practically everyone gets turned on to new music online, and I'm no different.
7: What is your favorite format to listen to music on? (CD, Vinyl, etc.)
A: What matters to me is the sound system...y'know, the speakers, stereo amps etc. Everything runs through my club like sound set-up.
8: How do you feel the internet has impacted the music business?
A: Having come from an era where we would hand out cassettes or CD's hand to hand, the ability to reach thousands or millions without a record label seems heaven sent :-)
9: Who was the first band/artist that became your favorite band?
A: Rod Stewart and the Faces turned me on to Rock n Roll culture. There are more that followed, but, the Faces were the first to strike that magic chord in me man.
10: If you could open a show for any artist, who would it be?
A: The Stones of course. Who would say anybody else?
11: What was the inspiration for your song “Teenage Doom Disciple”?
A: We were feeling the pressure from "the system" when that song was written. As years go by, and many people outgrow who they were.... I found myself having to explain or justify why we haven't "matured".
12: What would you be doing right now, if you weren't doing music?
A: That's a trick question right? :-)
13: What is the best advice you’ve been given?
A: Don't grow up.