Aaron, Andy and crew... Greg Tingle from the Maroubra
Beach - Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia connection
here... this will likely interest you as far as the
censorship debate and such in music and the arts goes...
I've also sent it to Alex Hilton who did the rockin
drums to Enemies With Benefits. Cheers. Greg Scanning
the Aussie newspapers today.. this article and contact
may interest you and your crew... enjoy the read.
for sharing Greg. Rocks in an interesting place right
now for sure. We cant even open an Instagram
store because our shirts have the word Violent on
them! Its harder and harder to reach people
if youre messaged isnt puppy dogs and
hear you loud and clear. I've been following the situation,
both in the U.S, Australia, China and elsewhere. I
can do powerful journalism, but even the local newspapers
in the Eastern Suburbs edit my stories, but sometimes
run my photoart! (of sports and nature, popart style).
I am also and online publisher, so my work makes it
to the web anyway. Loving Web
Is Jericho, which is also in the online publishing
Stone Australia is making a comeback soon, so
its going to be very interesting to see just how far
they can push things. The Australian arm is associated
with The Brag Media.
The music situation must almost be making some bands
think of going to the dark web! .. if they haven't
already. Art is anything you can get away with (Andy
Warhol) .. now Big Brother is trying to change laws
and involving the FAANGS! So, when did you start exp
censorship, and what's your main tactic to combat
it at present? (with permission I can used this in
an article or interview etc : ) I'm back online in
15 mins. Stay in touch and I look forward to as much
info as you can tell me about the band formation,
where its at now, and where its heading... especially
with the censorship debate from Big Brother and the
a potential tactic to produce a wider variety of tracks,
so some may be more rock, some metal, some for for
your MTV's of the world, so you get the reach, but
only one or two might get banned? In the 80s I noticed
that glam rockers KISS had a range of music and music
videos... some were mainstream and got TV time, whilst
others didn't, now were ever going to! Then these
was Alice Cooper with the chicken, bat or animal stuff
on stage, but that didn't make TV, but his songs still
sometimes made Australian radio. The AEW
connection is an awesome one. What's it doing for
both American and global exposure, as well as for
the bottom line, tours, merch and so on? (if you don't
mind telling us... and potentially our audience, if
you clear this for an interview)? What's your motto?
Thanks again mate.
thats kind of the idea. Try to take enough shots
at the system in different ways until one gets through.
Everything we do so far has been an experiment to
see how much we can push that boundary. So far though
not having access to mainstream media hasnt
stopped us from finding an audience. With the internet
and with opportunities like AEW weve managed
to go around the walls instead of letting the walls
stop us. Over a million people get to hear our song
every week on AEW Dynamite and weve never even
played a show. Its crazy!
been dying to ask heavy rockers about their thoughts
on Rammstein - 'Du Hast', including their official
music video .. so I might as well as you. Is their
any influence at all, is that just perhaps my music
and art imagination running wild, looking for a connection.
Did Rammstein use any self censorship that you can
see, or do you think they went in balls and all? .........
now, back to you, given the roots of rock n roll and
heavy metal, where do you see the future of metal
going in 1 year or a decade, if you don't mind playing
Nostradamus for a moment?! In AEW, did Tony Khan,
Chris Jericho or anyone else ever raise any concerns
about your powerful music, or did they basically just
say push it as hard as you can and want to? .....
Any chance AEW fans might get to see a live performance
of 'Unscripted Violence' and / or 'Enemies With Benefits'
at the proposed 'Blood and Guts' supercard, that wrestling
legend Cody Rhodes has trademarked? .... what's your
advise for young rock or metal bands starting out
in the current environment?
is only actually one full time member of Violent Idols
at the moment and thats me - V. Thats
part of the reason I invited some guests to collaborate
with me for certain songs such as Andy, Aaron and
K.A.Z - it allows us to reach new audiences while
also letting them explore different sides of their
creativity and point of view with us. I am working
on putting together a live line up but at the moment
have made no commitments. Just finished recording
the first EP and working on videos.
Moxley was referred to me by a mutual friend who knew
the music I was working on. My friend gave Jon my
number and we met to discuss the kind of song he would
want to come out to in AEW. Cody loved it and we had
no problems with TNT thankfully!
would love to be able to play the theme song at a
live PPV one day but probably wont be as soon
as Blood and Guts.
love Rammstien btw. They are definitely an influence
on us and our musical point of view.
It's been fucking awesome chatting with you mate.
Thanks for the hard hitting, real, gritty and truth
tellin story behind the music, as your story and journey
keeps unraveling. I get the feeling that what you,
the band, AEW, Mox and the crew is ground breaking
and of historically significance in the music, pop
culture, human rights, wrestling and beyond world.
I say keep doing what you are doing. The Aussie's
are digging it. We're also big Fozzy followers (and
fans), and I figured Jericho must be a fan and / or
appreciater of some sort, or perhaps things might
not got to mainstream AEW stage. He got a 3 million
dollar or so deal, and I hope the dollars really start
kicking in for you also. Your causing a stir, raising
some hell in a good way, and that's a bloody great
thing. Now, I think Rolling Stone magazine and the
likes need to really get with the program. Keep thrashing
legend : ) Thank you. Greg
think in a year I see us already having release a
couple of EPs and maybe an album as well. Weve
gained almost 30k monthly fans on Spotify
in the last couple months so we are growing fast.
I think we can get to a few hundred fans without ever
being supported at radio. I think a year from now
radio will be forced to play us because the demand
will be there.
Thank you Greg. Nice chatting with you. I appreciate
there you are folks. You read it here first. The mastermind
behind Violent Idols... V. V is front and center of
pushing the boundaries in music (and censorship and
freedom of expression, from what we can ascertain.
For more of Violent Idols on a weekly basis, keep
checking their website, Facebook, other social media
channels, and tune into All Elite Wrestling broadcasters
where wrestler Jon Moxley comes out to their 'Enemies
With Benefits' theme music on a frequent basis, and
when he does violent follows swiftly after.