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 Stockhausen & The Amplified Riot’s Top 5

STOCKHAUSEN & THE AMPLIFIED RIOT have released their new EP Era of the Inauthentic via Artificial Head Records. Evoking a great sense of curiosity through genre-crossing to produce something memorable, Era of the Inauthentic was released on August 19, 2022.

Initially forming in early 2020 as a three-piece garage rock blues band, the pandemic put the brakes on the project and it’s now continuing as a solo project by Paul Chavez. Drawing inspiration from styles including 70s krautrock, psych rock and post-punk, along with artists such as DAVID BOWIE, KRAFTWERK, and STEREOLAB to name a few, STOCKHAUSEN & THE AMPLIFIED RIOT thrives in the realms of experimentation. 

This is their Top 5

Top 5 pieces of equipment that every musician must own.

A basic drum machine, synth and sound editing software.  These top three items are for capturing ideas and making demos.  These things do not have to be expensive and fancy – just something you can quickly turn on and capture an idea.  Even the sound editing software can be a free download.  The less complicated, the better so you don’t have any barriers to creativity.  Otherwise, get yourself a reliable and sturdy tuner (again, nothing fancy) and always carry a good quality power strip to gigs.  You’ll absolutely need it.

Top 5 pieces of advice NOT to follow, to make it in the music industry.

“Your fans will endlessly promote you.”  Only you can consistently promote your band / brand on a regular basis.

“One email to the venue should be enough.”  I agree that bombarding venues with emails is a terrible idea – but don’t be afraid to follow up after a few days if you don’t hear back from a venue.  Their booking person gets 100s of emails a day – just like yours.  Be polite with each follow up.

“Totally hook up with groupies.”  Yeah, no and never do this. 

“Use all the drink tickets BEFORE your set.”  Nobody wants to pay money to see your drunk ass fuck up a set.

“It’s okay to disassemble your gear on stage before the next act goes on.”  Unless you are the final band performing, get your shit off the stage to make way for the next band.  This is especially true for drummers.

Top 5 clicks on your playlist.  What are you currently listening to, on repeat?

Literature and History podcast

WTF with Marc Maron podcast

The Dollop podcast

Grateful Dead – any live show between 1969 and 1978

Steely Dan

Top 5 adventures you’ve been on with the band.

Unknowingly booked a show at a meth lab house.

Touring in southern Mexico – that’s an adventure on several levels.

Sleeping in the van on the side of the highway in Wyoming and hearing coyotes howling around the van.

Some random drunk guy lighting napkins on fire and throwing them at me while I’m performing.

Having to stop a gig so these two guys could finish fighting each other.  Once they were done, I finished my set.

Top 5 ways in which your band is awesome.

It’s one person in the band, but the show is good enough that most people forget it’s just me up there.

The styles of music covered gives people something to either head-bang or dance to.

I can travel anywhere at any time because… well… it’s just me.

Our drip and music videos are legit badass.

If I moved next door to you, your lawn would be great because I like gardening.

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