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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Interview with Mike Judge

Mike Judge at This is Hardcore
Photo by Anne Spina
Getting to see Judge at This is Hardcore was really awesome, but a few days later when my dad and I were walking on the Capitol Mall in Washington, DC, I learned what a really nice guy Mike Judge was when I saw him post a comment on my instagram. Thank you for doing this interview Mr. Judge!!!

PMAKid: I have gotten to know a lot of people in the hardcore music scene since I started PMAKid.com three years ago.  I have met a lot of newer and younger bands and a lot of the older hardcore kids like you. People like SOIA have been playing constantly for years, friends of mine like 7 Seconds and other bands like YOT come in and out of the scene.  Judge was one of the bands that everybody wanted to come back and play.  A lot of people I know thought it would never happen. Why did you finally come back and decide to play shows again?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Victor Ha of Korean band Things We Say

Victor Ha of Things We Say
Photo by Anne Spina
Last summer, my dad and I went to This is Hardcore for the first time. Joe Hardcore gets a lot of different cool bands from all over the place to play there.  I got to see a lot of cool bands I had never heard before. One of the most cool was a band from Korea called Things We Say. Their vocalist was cool and let me interview them. These guys are AWESOME!

PMAKid: One of the things that is really cool about hardcore is that I get to meet people from all over the world.  You guys are from South Korea.  Can you tell me a little bit about the scene in South Korea?  How long have you guys been a band?

Victor: Yeah that is one of the coolest things about hardcore music. I totally agree with you. We have a decent scene here in Korea. There are many hard working bands playing shows constantly. We’ve been around since 2004. So it looks like it will turn 10 years this summer. 

PMAKid: All the crazy things happening in North Korea would make me a little scared if I lived in South Korea.  What is it like growing up in a country that has been basically at war since the 1950s? 

Victor: We feel pretty secure living in Korea. It has been so long, so people seem to forget that the war is technically not over yet. So it is not crazy as people would think about my country. If you have a chance, you should visit Korea. I know many of my friends from North America fell in love with Korea. You would love Korean food and hardcore scene here, too.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Jim Berres of React! Records and Growing Stronger

I got to meet Jim Berres at the last React! Records showcase at Gilman a couple years ago. I was helping to put together records for the show and was having fun stamping the records. Mr. Berres was running the setup. I talked to him a little bit, and I thought he was really smart. It was cool because he and my friend J25 were playing in their new band Growing Stronger. They are a really awesome band, and you should go get their record at React! Records.

PMAKid: I know that you know I am a big fan of all the React Records bands. It is really cool how there are so many different kinds of bands. Can you tell me how you first got involved with React? I think you were there near the start when Aram first started React, right?

Mr. Berres: I was living in Colorado when the Get the Most – Core Values demo came out, so I had pre-ordered that record (glad I did, since I think it sold out during pre-orders!). I moved back to Seattle when Aram was putting out the Right Idea record, which is when I started helping out. When the label started it was being run from a friend’s house in Seattle and it was not much more than some of us sitting around, talking about hardcore, putting records together, and sending out orders. I was in grad school at the time, which provided me with some free time during the day and automatically nominated me to be the lucky person to take all of the orders to the post office. As time went on, I became more involved with the label and things grew from there. REACT! is about to put out the 40th release and I am still involved at one level or another.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Andy Norton, Singer of Praise

Andy Norton of Praise at TIHC
Photo from InEffectHardcore
React! Records is one of the most epic labels in hardcore.  Everybody knows THAT! Coming soon on React! is the first full LP by Praise.  Andy Norton (the singer) let me interview him.  (Anybody that gets the chance to see Praise should DO IT! They have awesome music and they are all really really nice guys.)

PMAKid: I am so excited for the new Praise album coming out on React! This is your first full length album, right? Can you tell me about this album?

Andy Norton: The record is called “Lights Went Out” and should be out this winter. Its nine new songs and a rerecorded version of “Afraid To Ask”. It’s the first Praise full length and actually the first full length that I’ve been a part of in terms of writing and recording. We recorded the record with Will Yip at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA this past August. I think the it picks up right where “Two Songs” left off.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings

Me and Isaiah Thomas
I had tried to get in touch with Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings to do an interview, but I was not having any luck. I asked my friend Michelle Rhee if she could help (her husband is the Mayor of Sacramento).  Mayor Johnson helped me to have one of the best days EVER! I was able to sit down with Isaiah Thomas for a few minutes and then the really cool people from the Kings let me rebound with the Kings players while they were warming up. Thank you so much Mayor Johnson, Ms Rhee, Katie Peterson from the Kings and ESPECIALLY Isaiah Thomas!

PMAKid: Okay, so…my first question: "Did you always want to play in the NBA

Isaiah Thomas: Ever since I was a little boy, I just always had a basketball in my hands, my parents told me. It was just something that I loved to do. Once I got older, that was my dream, to play in the NBA. And even though everybody always told me that I couldn't because I was so small, that just made me want to prove them wrong.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

This is Hardcore - Cool photos!

I had a lot of fun at This is Hardcore, and I just wanted to share some of my favorite pictures!

(Thank you Joe Hardcore for making this one of the best weekends EVER!!!)
Here I am singing with Toby during H2O
Picture by Ken Penn
Me and Toby Morse (my first interview ever!)
My dad's friend Chris Carnahan took this picture.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Sunny Singh of Hate5Six.com

Joe Hardcore and Sunny Singh
at This is Hardcore 2013
Sunny Singh is one of the nicest and smartest people I have ever met! Back when I was in 6th grade, he did this really cool video for me to show the kids at my school when I did an assembly on choosing to be drug and alcohol free.  I had traded a few emails with him, but did not meet him in person until he and my dad went to a coffee shop for an hour in Sacramento. (Sunny was filming a wedding video the next day.) Because of Sunny, people all over the world get to see great shows even if they can't go to the show.  He is probably one of the nicest guys I know.  I am really REALLY happy that he is my friend. 

PMAKid: You are kinda famous in the hardcore scene because of your website Hate5Six.com.  You record hardcore shows and post them online for free so people all over the world can see these shows when they cannot go themselves.  Why did you start this site in the first place?

Sunny Singh: There were a couple reasons I started this project. In 2001/2002 when I was in high school I was really into collecting VHS tapes of live show footage. I was also starting to go to shows in southern New Jersey and Philly and wanted to find a way to get involved in my local hardcore/punk community. Having never used a camera before I realized the benefits would be threefold: I could teach myself something new, help my friends who were in bands, and start documenting my favorite bands much like the people who filmed the shows I had collected on VHS. The entire project has taught me probably the single most valuable lesson in my life: DIY. If I see a void that I want filled (even if it’s just for myself and that no one else would enjoy), I fill it.