Award Winning Composer, Bear McCreary talks about new concept album “The Singularity”

The Singularity is an epic rock concept album, graphic novel, and concert experience from the mind of Grammy-nominated, and Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning composer Bear McCreary. The Singularity arrives on CD, vinyl, and digital formats via Shadows & Sparks Records and Mutant on Friday, May 10.

Two-time GRAMMY Award-nominated, Emmy, and BAFTA Award-winning composer Bear McCreary began his career working with legendary film composer Elmer Bernstein, before bursting onto the scene scoring the influential and revered series Battlestar Galactica in 2004. Since then, McCreary has been a four-time Emmy Award nominee and Emmy winner for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme for Da Vinci’s Demons.

Interview with Singer/Songwriter A.J. Croce

Thursday, September 20, 1973 found me in 8th grade at Chardon Middle School in Chardon, Ohio.  Walking home my group of friends would often sing the songs we heard on the radio at the top of our voices.  A favorite was “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.”  The next day the word was all over school.  The night before the man who wrote and sung the song, Jim Croce, had been killed in a plane crash.  18-months after he had burst onto the scene, he was gone.  But in that time he gave the world some of the most memorable songs of all time.  Jim Croce is gone, but thankfully another talented songwriter is keeping his work alive.  His son, A.J.


With ten albums of his own to his credit, A.J. Croce (Adrian James for the curious) didn’t need to sing his father’s songs to establish his long career.  Feeling the time is right, he has recently embarked on a tour called, simply, “Croce Sings Croce.”  In preparation for his upcoming appearance at the Kauffman Center in Kansas City on Saturday, April 13th, Mr. Croce took the time so speak with me about the tour, his career and the continued legacy of his fater.


MIKE SMITH:  I’m going to get weird here for a second and I apologize.  I’m aa63 years old.  I had two musical heroes growing up…people whose music not only inspired me but their passion for others.  One was Harry Chapin.  The other was your dad.  I interviewed Harry’s son, Jason, a couple of years ago and it is a true honor and privilege to speak with you.   


A.J. CROCE:  Wow.  Thank you.


MS:  You were reluctant to perform your father’s music early in your career.  Why are you highlighting it now?


AJC:  There were a lot of reasons.  One was that I had had success in my own right.  I had done well as a songwriter and sideman and musician.  I felt a sense of accomplishment.  The other part was that I didn’t feel there was any integrity in just jumping in and performing my father’s music.  I was a piano player, so I was playing the guitar parts on piano long before I picked up a guitar twenty years ago.  It was a challenge.  I played jazz and old blues and rock and roll New Orleans music so I was trying to find and conquer the most challenging music out there.  That’s what I was looking for.  That being said, I love my father’s music.  There was never a time when I didn’t respect what he had done.  I loved his song writing nd guitar playing.  I have always been working behind the scenes to try and preserve and promote his legacy of music.  I felt that the integrity of my music needed to be intact.  I felt it was a little cheap and a little cheesy just to make a few bucks off of playing my dad’s music when I was young.  As I got older and picked up the guitar, I found there were times and places in my show where I could throw in a song of his as a surprise.  As soon as no one expected me to perform my father’s music it became a lot easier and more fun to throw something in.  Having worked with Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin and James Brown…all those iconic R&B artists…I wanted to make a name for myself.  It was really important that there be integrity in it.


MS:  When you first started out, was the last name “Croce” a blessing or a hinderance?


AJC:  Both.  It was both.  The blessing was, in some ways, smaller then the hinderance at times.  It’s hard to have your own identity when you have a name that’s recognizable.  You don’t really have the privilege of being heard for yourself.  You are heard as the relative of someone who is well-known, maybe for something completely different from what you do.  Having the identity of someone else is a challenge.  Most people get to succeed and fail on their own merits.  I was only able to succeed from the outside perspective on the merits of my father and I was only able to fail on my own merit.  I was not concerned with fame and celebrity.  I was determined to be the best piano player and songwriter and entertainer that I could possibly be.  That was my goal.  I probably shot myself in the foot more than a few times because I was more interested in the music than I was in the fame that music brought.  I probably turned down many opportunities early in my career that would have been really helpful.  I think early on, in the first twenty, twenty-five years of my touring and recording career…of course I wanted people to hear my music.  I think I was a little uncompromising.  I was a little afraid of what fame might do.  I saw what it did to my father.  I saw the remnants of it because of his success.  There’s a certain part of life you no longer get to experience once you’re no longer anonymous.


MS:  Talking about fame, a lot of people can tell you that Jim Croce died in a plane crash but they don’t know why he was on that plane.  He was keeping a promise that he really didn’t have to.  He didn’t have to go and do that show, but he did.  And that is one of the things I’ve always admired about him.


AJC:  Yes.  I mean, every artist has that happen.  When you sign a deal to do a concert and miss it, you do your best to make it up.  I got snowed out of a concert in Connecticut in February and will go back and play at the end of April.  That’s the nature of this business.  There are circumstances sometimes that keep you from being where you want to be.  Or play where you want to play.


MS:  Certainly.  My comparison is that between the time he missed the concert and when he went down to do it he became JIM CROCE.


(QUICK NOTE:  Before he became a household name, Jim Croce had to cancel a concert he had scheduled at Northwestern State University in Louisiana due to illness.  He promised the promoters that he would make up the show as soon as possible.  A year later, now a big star, he had an open date on his current tour, called the school and said he’d be there.  Even with two successful albums and a fistful of hit songs, Croce did the show for his originally agreed on fee, $750.  Remember when I talked about having passion for others?  Jim Croce is a true example. )


AJC:  Absolutely.  Absolutely.  His career was so brief.  His career was eighteen months.  I mean he had played semi-professionally for a period of time but his professional career was eighteen months.  All of the songs you know were written, finished and recorded and toured in that eighteen-month period of time.  It’s kind of an astounding thing that so much was accomplished in such a short amount of time. 

A.J. Croce (Photo credit: Jim Shea)

MS:  You’ve endured a lot of tragedy in your life. (NOTE:  Jim Croce died when A.J. was two.  When he was four, his mother’s boyfriend beat him so badly he lost sight in both eyes.  He regained the sight in his left eye at age 10).  Have you ever drawn on that, even subconsciously, for your own music? 


AJC:  Oh, of course.  If I don’t draw on life experience, I’m not doing my job.  If I’m not using it in my music then I’m not paying attention or growing.  It can’t be a superficial exploration when it comes to writing.  There needs to be depth and you need to draw from those things and hopefully gain wisdom and a sense of humor.  If you can’t gain a sense of humor from the tragedies of life then you’re missing out on half of what a tragedy can give you. 


MS:   Do you have a favorite song of your fathers?


AJC:  No.  I love a lot of his songs.   Just like all music I have no favorite artist…no favorite song.  Music is dso much about mood and emotion.  One morning you wake up and you want to hear Edith Piaf.  The next morning you wake up and you want to hear Zepplin.  Or you want to hear Ray Charles or Fats Waller or Little Richard.  Music is about emotion and mood and that’s such a beautiful thing. 


MS:  That’s a great answer.


AJC: (laughing) Thanks! 


A.J. Croce is currently on tour.  For more information, please visit his WEBSITE.

A Chat with Brit Floyd’s Harry Waters & Eva Avila discussing Pink Floyd at the Hershey Theatre in PA

Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Harry Waters, son of Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and vocalist Eva Avila during their 2024 P-U-L-S-E Word Tour at the Hershey Theatre, Hershey, PA discussing all things Pink Floyd.

In a monumental celebration of musical history, Brit Floyd will embark on the “2024 P-U-L-S-E Word Tour,” commemorating the 30th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s iconic album, “The Division Bell.” Known for their unwavering dedication to recreating the magic of Pink Floyd’s music, Brit Floyd is the perfect ensemble to honor “The Division Bell.” Audiences can expect a breathtaking audiovisual experience that pays homage to the original band’s unique blend of music and visual effects.

Bo Bice chats about his new single “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” and his upcoming album & tour plans

Singer, Actor, Producers & Performer Bo Bice was 2005 runner-up season of America Idol. He has performed around the World as a solo artist and spent 5 years fronting Blood, Sweat & Tears since his then. Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Bo again to discuss his new song “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man”, his upcoming writing plans and new album details!

Kontrust members Manuel Haglmüller & Julia Ivanova talks about latest album Madworld

Austrian crossover legends KONTRUST are one of the most extravagant and exciting acts on the scene. On their first album in nine years, KONTRUST present new vocalist Julia Ivanova and new drummer Joey Sebald, who already won over live audiences in the summer of 2022 at huge festivals such as Graspop Metal Meeting, Hellfest Open Air, Barcelona Rockfest and Resurrection Fest.

Throughout their two decade-spanning career, the Austrian based outfit has gained millions and millions of YouTube views with their exciting music videos, with over 15 million views on the electrifying hits “Hey DJ!” and “Bomba” alone. With their new album, madworld, KONTRUST prove their standing as an unpredictable force in the scene – ready to exceed everything they have achieved so far!

Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Kontrust members Manuel Haglmüller & Julia Ivanova about the new album and what fans can expect next from the band.

Bo Bice discusses his latest tour stop at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, Florida

Alumni of American Idol, Bo Bice is hitting the road with his next upcoming stop being at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, Florida. “Bo Bice: In Concert” hits the stage on October 13-14, 2023!! Bo takes out sometime to chat with Media Mikes to discuss the plans and what to expect for the concerts.

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Fabio Frizzi chats about his new Composer Cut of the score to 1979’s Zombie aka Zombi 2 and his tour

Fabio Frizzi is an Italian musician and composer. He is best known for his film scores like “Zombie” and “The Beyond” and was a frequent collaborator with horror director Lucio Fulci. Recently Fabio has been re-recording the scores to his films like “The Beyond” and most recently “Zombie” and taking them on the road to tour with his band. Media Mikes had a chance to chat about the new changes in the Composer Cut of “Zombie” and plans for his upcoming tour!

Brit Floyd’s Damian Darlington talks about 50th Anniversary of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon

Damian Darlington is the founder of Brit Floyd, as well as the musical director of the band. Prior to Brit Floyd, Damian was also the musical director and lead of The Australian Pink Floyd for 17 years. This year Brit Floyd is touring celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon. Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Damian about all things Pink Floyd and discuss their upcoming tour plans!

Baroness Guitarist Gina Gleason Discusses the Bands New Album “Stone”

Guitarist Gina Gleason joined the heavy metal band Baroness in 2017 and since that time has performed all over the world with the group which hails originally from Savannah, GA. The band is set to release their 6th studio album in September and Media Mikes had the chance to speak with Gina recently about the albums creation, it’s title and the bands upcoming fall tour.

Ollie Rosenblatt talks about producing the film in concert of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Live

Founded by Ollie Rosenblatt in 2011, Senbla is a London-based concert promoting and production company that operates both nationally and internationally. Ollie has worked on projects like the ‘films in concert’ shows, like Harry Potter and Star Wars film with live orchestra franchises as well as Beauty and The Beast, La La Land, Love Actually, A Muppet Christmas Carol, The Godfather. MediaMikes had a chance to chat with Ollie about the film in concert of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Live and it’s upcoming world tour!

Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small chats about Dethalbum IV and the new movie Army of the Doomstar

Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small (despite some technical connection issues) chats with us about the new Dethalbum IV, the new movie Army of the Doomstar and Dethklok’s upcoming tour!

Jason Michael Paul talks about video game music concert “Heroes: A Video Game Symphony”

Jason Michael Paul is a concert producer, promoter, and entrepreneur. His production company, JMP Entertainment, produced Dear Friends – Music from FINAL FANTASY, PLAY! A Video Game Symphony, and Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. His latest video game music concert is called “Heroes: A Video Game Symphony” and it kicks off this August!

Robin Taylor Zander Discusses his work with Cheap Trick and his Debut Solo album “The Distance”

Robin Taylor Zander is the son of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Robin Zander. Not only do the two share a familial bond but they are also bandmates as RTZ has been performing in a variety of roles with legendary rock group Cheap Trick since 2014. When he is not playing guitar, bass or drums with the Rockford, Illinois natives RTZ is writing and recording his own material. “The Distance” showcases not only RTZ’s talents as a solo artist (he wrote and performed very part of the album himself) but helps sets the foundation for the multi-instrumentalist to step out of the shadows of his famous father while forging his own path into the rock history books.

Click Here to head over to our YouTube channel Media Mikes Presents for our exclusive interview with Robin Taylor Zander 

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Roddy Bogawa talks about co-directing Have You Got it Yet?: The Story of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd

Roddy Bogawa is known for his work with Storm Thorgerson on, Taken Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis, back in 2011. This new project, Have You Got it Yet?: The Story of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd, with Storm was shot before his death in 2013 and they Roddy finished it. Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Roddy and discuss his love for Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett and his stories about Storm Thorgerson.

Timecop1983 talks about 2023 US Tour and new song “Love Game” (feat. Josh Dally)

Jordy Leenaerts, better known by the stage name Timecop1983, is a Dutch electronic musician from Eindhoven, producing music in the synthwave genre. He has released albums like “Faded Touch”, “Night Drive” and his most recent “Multiverse”.

Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Timecop1983 about his upcoming US tour and his new song “Love Game”, which is also the title song for his 2023 tour.

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