Artist Spotlight: BECK BLACK
Name: Beck Black
Projects/Side Projects: JYNX with artist Kii Arens. I perform under the pseudonym Harlow.
Years Performing: Since 2012 when Rodney Bingenheimer aired our first single, “Life’s a Circus” on KROQ. First performance was in Ocho Rios, Jamaica with a Reggae Band doing Bob Marley Covers before I started my own band.
How have you been coping with the current Covid-19 crisis and how has it changed you as an artist? As a female writer and producer in the industry, it’s been a rollercoaster really. I’m still working on all creative endeavors with the mindset of “business as usual”. I encompass both ends of the creative and business spectrum by writing, copywriting, negotiating terms, promoting, and nurturing my creative relationships; basically all my tasks haven’t changed; everything except performing on stage.
Who are some of your non-musical influences? Nikola Tesla invented free electricity and the first wireless telegram which is now popularly known in the lexicon of pop culture as a “text” message. Spike Lee’s films, Maya Angelou’s writings, Shelley and John Keat’s poetry, Eugene O’Neil and Tennessee Williams screenplays. Also I adore impressionistic painting, especially Claude Monet’s and abstract artist, Salvador Dali.
Tell us about your new single "Who's Going To Save Rock and Roll" and how the legendary Ringo Star got involved with the project: Two years ago Bruce Sugar (Ringo’s engineer since 2003) and I decided to do a co write. I went over to Bruce’s studio in Hollywood, he started writing a song entitled “Who’s Gonna Save Rock n Roll”. I went in, changed the key, doubled the melodic rhythm, doubled the verses, and expounded upon the rock n roll theme, lyrically. Since rock and roll has been on a teeter-totter for decades, our goal was to bring everyone together via rock n roll since the word on the street was “rock is dead”. So when Bruce came to me, I thought it was kismet. We worked on the song together but he was also working on Ringos’ new album at the time. Bruce played the song for Ringo one day, whom loved it immediately. After two years, Bruce was at Ringo’s in January, they were talking about the song, so they went and did 4 takes with his Beatles cymbals! Even Ringo says “Beck Black sang the shit out of that one!” We’ve never met but sent each other peace and love and spoken via Bruce. It’s about worldwide unity. We’re all homosapiens, we all need love, we all need peace.
What does the future have in store for Beck Black? Writing scripts throughout this period. “Train Jumper” the feature film and “Terlingua” an episodic show for tv. Writing and editing to pitch soon for pre-production. Just finished the master of “Hollywood Blvd” my second Rock album as Beck Black and drummer Adam Alt. Working as a featured recording artist with Warm Audio Microphones. Just finished a Dark Country EP entitled “Electric Cowgirl” coming out this fall.
Famous Last Words: Live life to the fullest and don’t let anyone step on your dreams!
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Welcome to Musical Osmosis
Over the past 6 and a half years I have been involved in several different podcasting projects. We've done a political show that lasted from 2013 until just before the 2016 election and then ended very badly (can you say hate-filled chaos parade?). We had a trivia podcast that fizzled out after 77 episodes with a whimper, and our Kettle Of Fish podcast that lasted 104 episodes and then sadly came to an end when my best friend and cohost lost both of her parents within a couple of months of each other and had to move back home to Maine. But throughout it all (my short-lived Tin Can Media Podcast Network, My children's book "Edward" that never got off the ground, my time spent as a political writer for such sites as "If You Only News" and "Daily Discourse" that went down in flames) the one constant has been the music.
I started the Musical Osmosis podcast back in 2013 when I realized I could actually talk to some of my musical heroes from the comfort of my bathrobe. The podcast ran for about 6 months as I chatted with everyone from Steve Moriarty from the riveting Seattle punk band the Gits to the great Chicago working-class punk pioneer Joey Vindictive. But something was missing. I had no zig to my zag no McMahon to my Carson no cohost to keep me in check and keep the show interesting with more than one viewpoint at the helm, so I abandoned ship.
Then in the summer of 2015 something serendipitous happened. I became Facebook friends with both Al Pist from The Pist and Larry Damore from Pegboy. Both of these gentlemen were personal heroes of mine, Al Pist because he is my all-time favorite lyricist and Larry Damore because Pegboy's "Strong Reaction" was the first punk album I had ever heard and it dragged me out of the stale depths of the metal world and into the vibrant and politically conscious punk world where I so belonged. Oddly enough I had tried to reach out to both Al and Larry in 2013 to no avail but it seemed the starts had realigned and now was the time to bring back Musical Osmosis.
But did I want to bring it back alone....?
The answer was a quantitative-NO! So the search began for a cohost. I say search but in reality, it was a shortlist of longtime friends I had talked with, listened to, and played music with over the years and at the top of my "mad respect for your musical knowledge" list was a man named Odell Norman. And as they say, the rest is musical history.
Over the past 4 years, Musical Osmosis has allowed us to chat with some of the greats from the punk world and beyond. But it has also given me the motivation to start searching out new music again after a 10-year funk of listening to the same NOFX and Screeching Weasel albums over and over again. And just like the name suggest we have gone through our own Osmosis as we have grown as podcast hosts and evolved our format to bring the fans what we consider some damn good conversations with old school punk legends like Dave Dictor and Jughead to artists who are redefining rock music like Bonnie Bloomgarden and Crow Jane.
This new website which will not only showcase our long-running Musical Osmosis podcast but will also expand into the world of video interviews and music reviews is just the next step in our journey. A journey we are happy you have chosen to come along on, but it will also serve as a fulcrum for my mission statement that I call "Weaponized Creativity"- the process of combating fascism and hate with music and creative expression. In my opinion, art is the last bastion against fascism and has never been as sorely need as today.
In closing, I want to thank you for reading the long stream of conscious ramblings of an almost 50-year-old punk dude and to remind myself that our podcast is only as good as our guests and only as successful as YOU the fans allow us to be. -Saucey