Exclusive Interview with David Duchovny! Talks Music, Touring, X-Files And More!

(PCM) David Duchovny, best known for portraying such iconic characters as Fox Mulder on The X Files and Hank Moody on Californication, will be embarking on his 2017 US Tour this February.

The two-time Golden Globe winner’s tour will include songs from his debut album, Hell or Highwater, as well as tracks from his next record, which is coming in in fall 2017. His music consists of self-penned tracks, firmly embedded in his uniquely lyrical, troubadour style.

“Making this record is a dream come true, but I never had this dream – it’s still a shock when I think about how all this music happened,” said Duchovny.  “What I do know is that I feel these songs represent the truest expression that I’ve ever been able to achieve and I look forward to sharing it with everyone.”

Tickets for the tour are available now– www.davidduchovnymusic.com

David took some time to chat with us about embarking on the 2017 tour, his upcoming new album, the possibility of more X-Files on the way and more!

Q: How happy are you to be back out on the road and testing out some of your new material?

David Duchovny: Yes, of course! We’ll be doing the “Hell or Highwater” album mostly, but there will be five or six songs from the new album that we already recorded, but we never really worked on as a live band. It’s going to be a lot of fun to put them up there and I think they are a little tougher and a little more musically produced than the first album. It’s been an interesting process to get them up on their feet live.

Q: How far along are you in the recording process for the next album?

DD: I’m done with the recording. We are really just rehearsing for live performance now.

Q: We were reading that the target release date for the upcoming album will be the fall of 2017, correct?

DD: Is it the fall? I was thinking the spring (laughs)  We’re done!

Q: What is the recording process like for you? Can you choose one or two songs in particular and tell me what the mindset was like when you were putting the album together?

DD: The second album differs quite a bit from the first album, as with the first album I probably had four songs that I left off of it. The second album is probably four songs from my first run at writing songs plus eight of the newer ones. I think there will be some similarities to the first one, but also a new direction and some new styles and some new lyrical obsessions as well which I hope will make it interesting. All of my songs start with a chord progression that I like and then hearing a melody over that, that I’ll hum and try to figure out some words for what I’m humming. With the second album I brought them earlier to my band rather than just finishing them alone. It was more of a collaborative effort with the new album.

I worked with Colin Lee and Pat McCusker and Pat will come up with whatever riff he thinks needs to be in there and Colin will work on the bridge or the harmonies and it will get away from me in a good way.

Q: Awesome. We felt the first album was very thought-provoking and it definitely brought out several different emotions. We don’t want to say it was all sadness because there were certainly some elements of joy in there. Have you gone in a different direction emotionally with the new album, because we feel all music invokes some kind of emotion.

DD: Yeah and I think most songs are sad and they can make you sad. The great thing about music is that somehow a sad song makes you happy. Some kind of magic happens. I will say that the unrelenting kind of bleakness that was in the first album is not there, as the second album has more light in it. Less rain, more light (laughs).

Q: How therapeutic is the creative process of writing music for you?

DD: It’s hard for me to gauge that. I think I rather view it as not therapeutic for me, but therapeutic for other people. I think what happens is, if my intentions are clear and pure and my talent is enough then a connection will be made and that’s therapeutic. The fact that I get to make a connection is therapeutic for me as well, especially in a live setting. What’s most therapeutic aside from the cathartic display of ones emotions or dealing with ones emotions for me is just the chance to be creative. You know, to lead a creative life and to keep creating stuff in different media. That to me is the only therapy I’ve ever really known.

If I get to be creative whether it’s as an actor, director, writer, or musician I feel better and hopefully other people feel better too when they consume it.

Q: Is it hard for you to switch hats? We know you’ve done some directing and you’ve written a book as well. Is creating music a different process?

DD: Yeah, it’s very different. Making TV or film is the most collaborative thing that I do because you have over 100 people who you are collaborating with easy, whereas, writing a novel is the least collaborative thing I’ve done. I mean I worked with an editor, but that’s when it’s done. Nobody has had one word to say about what I put down on my page, so between those two, the non-collaborative and the totally collaborative is music which is where I do spend time alone in my room writing songs, but then bring them to two or three trusted people and then collaborating it further and then turning it into something we can play in front of people professionally or even record.

Q: A show like “Californication” did a wonderful job at using music to push forward the storyline and used alternative versions of classic track. How involved were you in all of that?

DD: I wasn’t, but I guess my involvement was educating myself about Warren Zevon at the time because I had just kind of stumbled across him at the time I was doing the pilot. Tom Kapinos, whose the creator of the show, also didn’t know Zevon, so it worked out that we found out about Zevon as we were making the show and used a lot of his music during the show. In terms of the covers. that was all Tom. Tom is a big music fan and is an actual guitar player himself and Marilyn Manson was on the show and of course Lemmy from Motorhead was on the show and again that was all Tom being a huge music fan. I think the only song or songs I might of pitched was “High-Flying Bird” the Elton John song and a Zevon song at some point.

Q: Is it ever surprising to you which songs of yours that fans tend to gravitate towards?

DD: Yeah, I mean it’s always surprising what people relate to musically. That’s kind of the beauty of lyric writing in a song is you leave enough of it unsaid so that people can make it their own.

Q: What other upcoming projects do you have in the works for this year. We know the tour is getting ready to kick-off with dates on the west coast and some on the east coast as well.

DD: We are talking about doing more “X-Files” soon and then I have a couple of projects that are really in the beginning stages that I don’t have anything really interesting to say about at this time, but I want to do in the next couple years.

Q: Just for fun! How likely are we to see an “X-Files” musical episode. You know Mulder dueting with some aliens!

DD: (laughs) I don’t know about that, but I’m definitely going to pitch my own music for the soundtrack. We’ll see how far I get!

Be sure to catch David Duchovny out on the road at the following dates:

2/12 – SAN DIEGO, CA – MUSIC BOX
2/14 – LOS ANGELES, CA – THE ROXY THEATRE
2/15 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SOCIAL HALL
2/17– PORTLAND, OR – ALADDIN THEATER
2/19 – SEATTLE, WA – THE CROCODILE
2/22 – BOSTON, MA – THE WILBUR THEATRE
2/23 – HUNTINGTON, NY – THE PARAMOUNT
2/24 – ASBURY PARY, NJ – THE STONE PONY
2/26 – ALEXANDRIA, VA – THE BIRCHMERE
2/27 – BALTIMORE, MD ¬– BALTIMORE SOUND STAGE
3/01 – NEW YORK, NY – GRAMERCY THEATRE

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Firefly Music Festival Reveals 2017 Line-Up Featuring The Weeknd, Muse, Twenty-One Pilots, Chance The Rapper And Bob Dylan!

(PCM) The line-up for the upcoming 2017 Firefly Music Festival has been revealed and it is without a doubt one of the most diverse festival line-ups we have witnessed in recent years. This is most likely due to the fact that Firefly Festival is the first-ever fan-curated music festival which we feel was an absolutely brilliant idea.

Firefly Music Festival will be celebrating it’s sixth year at The Woodlands in Dover, DE and will take place from June 15-18 2017. Along with headliners The Weeknd, Muse, Twenty One Pilots, Chance the Rapper, and Bob Dylan and His Band, the lineup also features Flume, Weezer, The Shins, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and more than 135 additional acts.  The entire amazing line-up can be found below:

“This year’s lineup boasts the most fan-driven acts we’ve ever had mixed with a variety of up and coming artists and chart-topping performers,” says Christiane Pheil, Director of Creative Programming at Firefly Music Festival. “With our dedication to our guest feedback and the new attractions we’ll be rolling out in June, the 2017 festival is drawing the highest level of excitement from our team.”

The 2017 festival will feature the return of staple Firefly attractions including The Market, The Thicket, The Coffee House presented by StubHub, and the Dogfish Head Brewery. Through Firefly’s recently introduced fan-curated approach, new attractions and experiential elements will be introduced as voting concludes in the upcoming weeks. Firefly is once again partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the sixth consecutive year and various initiatives will benefit their Music Gives to St. Jude Kids program. Returning Firefly partners include Bud Light, Toyota, Red Bull, and Delaware Tourism and additional partners will be announced leading into the festival.

General Admission and VIP pass options go on sale today, Jan. 27, at 1pm ET through FireflyFestival.com. General Admission passes start at $289. Camping packages will also be available for purchase.

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The 1975 announce North American spring tour

The 1975 [© Matt Bishop Photo]

by Matt Bishop | January 23, 2017 [TRR]

Pop rock phenoms The 1975 have announced a spring North American tour. The trek kicks off on April 9 at the Pepsi Center in Mexico City, MX and wraps up on June 4 with a performance at the Bunnbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, OH. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 27 at 10am via The1975.com/Live. Citi Cardmember, Live Nation, Spotify and select venue presales begin Wednesday, January 25 and Thursday, January 26. The tour is in continued support of their sophomore album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. The record hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and UK Albums Chart nearly a year ago via Interscope Records.

April 9

Mexico City, MX

Pepsi Center

April 11 

Guadalajara, MX

Patio 2 Auditorio Telmex

April 12 

Monterey, MX

Auditorio Banamex

April 15

Allen, TX 

Allen Event Center

April 17 

Austin, TX 

ACL Live at Moody Theater

April 18 

Austin, TX 

ACL Live at Moody Theater

April 19

Tulsa, OK 

Brady Theater

April 21 

El Paso, TX 

Abraham Chavez Theatre

April 22 

Mesa, AZ 

Mesa Amphitheatre

April 23 

Tucson, AZ 

Tucson Music Hall

April 25 

San Diego, CA 

Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

April 27 

Los Angeles, CA 

Greek Theatre

April 28 

San Francisco, CA 

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

April 30 

Seattle, WA 

WaMu Theater

May 1 

Vancouver, BC

PNE Forum

May 3 

Boise, ID 

CenturyLink Arena

May 5 

Salt Lake City, UT 

The Great Saltair

May 6 

Denver, CO 

Fillmore Auditorium

May 9

Kansas City, MO 

Starlight Theatre

May 11 

Pittsburgh, PA

Stage AE

May 12 

Bethlehem, PA 

Sands Bethlehem Event Center

May 16 

Milwaukee, WI 

The Eagles Ballroom

May 17 

St Paul, MN 

Roy Wilkins Auditorium

May 19 

Lancaster, NE 

Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater

May 22 

Detroit, MI 

The Fillmore

May 23 

Rochester, NY 

Main Street  Armory

May 25 

Ottawa, ON 

Richcraft Live at Canadian Tire Centre

May 26 

Montreal, QC 

Plaine des Jeux (Parc Jean Drapeau)

May 26-28 

Boston, MA 

Boston Calling Festival

May 28 

Glens Falls, NY 

Glens Falls Civic Center

May 30 

Niagara Falls, NY 

Rapids Theatre

May 31 

Niagara Falls, NY 

Rapids Theatre

June 1 

New York, NY 

Madison Square Garden

June 3 

Columbus, OH 

Express Live!

June 2-4 

Cincinnati, OH 

Bunbury Music Festival

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Godsmack Begin Writing The New Studia Album For 2018 Release

Sully Erna of Godsmack [© Matt Bishop Photo]

by Matt Bishop | January 21, 2017 [TRR]

Godsmack have officially begun work on their upcoming seventh studio LP. Frontman Sully Erna posted a photo of a flametop Gibson Les Paul on his official Instagram account with the caption “Let the writing begin…” The picture and post can be seen below. The album is apparently set for a 2018 release.

The untitled new album will be the follow-up to 2014’s 1000HP. The disc peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, #2 on Billboard Rock Albums, and #1 on Billboard Hard Rock Albums. Erna also noted in his social media post that Godsmack will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band’s seminal self-titled debut album. This year, Godsmack will hit the U.S. festival circuit with performances at Chicago Open Air, 93.3 WMMR’s MMR*B*Q, Northern Invasion, and River City Rockfest.

Shannon Larkin of Godsmack [© Matt Bishop Photo]

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Megadeth’s David Ellefson Talks Coffee And Rock n’ Roll With PCM’s Kristyn Clarke

(PCM) As the bassist for metal giant Megadeth, David Ellefson has certainly reached rock god status, however did you know that he happens to be quite the coffee connoisseur as well?  He has created his very own coffee company, Ellefson Coffee Co and they have just recently opened their very first brick and mortar location in Ellefson’s hometown of Jackson, Minnesota.

It is truly amazing just how well coffee and rock n’ roll go hand in hand, especially when it comes to some of the Ellefson Coffee Co brews. I had a chance to sample Ellefson’s “She Wolf”, “Kenya Thrash” and “Roast In Peace” blend and they are excellent. Nothing like starting my day with rocking brew and being a dark roast coffee fan, the “Roast In Peace” blend was phenomenal. I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on some more!

I recently caught up with David Ellefson to chat about the launch of Ellefson Coffee Co, the opening of their first retail location, and his plans for the brand in the future. Being a huge rock festival junkie, we joked about the severe lack of coffee at many of these large summer events. Ellefson revealed that he would love to branch out at some of the rock festivals, and while people may not want a steaming hot cup of coffee on a sweltering summer day, a good brew over ice would work perfectly and I couldn’t agree more!

Also be sure to keep an ear out for some audio clips from this interview on an upcoming episode of the Coffee & Conspiracy podcast hosted by PCM’s Kristyn and Stephen!

Q: Two of my major passions are coffee and rock n’ roll, so we were super excited to hear that you were opening a brick and mortar location for Ellefson Coffee Co.!

David Ellefson: Yeah! First of all it’s really something that just fell into my lap. My label partner Tom, who also does my business strategy for coffee, and when we did a coffee brand with Susan Reiter back in my little town of Jackson, Minnesota. A discussion came up back in November about flipping the store over to Ellefson Coffee Company. It was the right thing at the right time and Susan, she knows how to run retail and I know how to market and brand coffee, so we just have a nice little synergy going between us.

Q: Would you like to see Ellefson Coffee Company expand to additional brick and mortar locations or is it special to have it there in Jackson?

DE: No, I am definitely open to the expansion. Our company started as a simple little mail-order based company and it was wonderful because it was profitable from the first bag we sold because we had the roasters do the roasting and the shipping and we created some nice labels with a nice little story around it. We came up with some nice names for our roasts and kind of preached to the choir right into my heavy metal fan base, so it was originally this fun little boutique project. Sometimes you start things and they get wings and they go to new levels which is exactly what the coffee has done.  I think in a lot of ways having a retail location gives some validity to what we’re doing and I think it also provides for the local economy and it brings the brand back home to where I was born and raised.  I think on every level this one just feels really good all the way around.

Q: What was amazing to me as I was doing research was just how many rockers have gone into the coffee business such as Charlie Benante from Anthrax, Green Day, Styx and even Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde. It works on such a great level.

DE: It does. In this day and age, that which doesn’t kill you only helps you live longer. (laughs) Those of us who have survived the treacherous roads of rock n’ roll, now at this point, we have other lifestyle interests and it’s fun to bring those in and have them be part of our overall brand, like who we are and what we do. I also think it is fun to bring the fans along on that journey, so we can all enjoy it together. For those of us that like coffee there’s kind of a head space around it all where we are probably of sober judgement which is good and it’s a nice feeling. There is a good synergy of our lifestyles, how we interact and we’re family guys despite the fact that we play some of the most menacing rock n’ roll out there.

Q: When did you first develop a love for coffee. It seems travelling around the globe with Megadeth would lead you to quite a few interesting locations to try some interesting brews.

DE: It really started when I first moved out to L.A. in 1983 in Hollywood. Our first drummer in Megadeth, Dijon Carruthers, he was a coffee drinker so he and I would sit together over at his apartment and drink a lot of coffee and try different things. We used different sweeteners and honey and all kinds of different stuff and that’s what really kind of prodded the inkling into my taste for coffee. I went on to travel the world through Europe and visited various cafes and even down into Latin America and into the area near the Sumatra Islands. Coffee really grows around the equator belt region of the Earth, so I started to become much more interested in it ironically from a farming point of view.

I grew up on a corn and soy bean farm in Minnesota so farming is something I know, as it was in my blood growing up. It’s funny because now I am getting hit up by growers down in Colombia and other areas of Central America as a lot of them are fans and they are also growers and they are sending me beans to roast. Guatemala sent me some stuff and it’s kind of fun that once I put it out there just this last year with my coffee company that it has really now gone to a whole other level of having the trading and export mindset with the whole thing too.

Q: You have four different brews right now. Are there any plans to expand the offering?

DE: Yeah. I think with the retail shop now I’m looking to get much more into iced coffee and the different iced beverages especially as we get into the summer. Back in Jackson, it’s a cool time of the year out there where summertime requires some cold drinks as well as hot drinks. I think we can also get into some other things that we can sell there. I’m going to have a lot of memorabilia there, I’ve got a line of clothing with the Puck Hockey brand and of course hockey in Minnesota is right there at home. So, a lot of the things … rock n’ roll, coffee, summertime, hockey … all of those things that I already have my name associated with are going to work really well out of that retail location.

We can also have it as a destination where fans can go and also a destination for shipping and ordering all kinds of different things. There is a lot we can do there!

Q: I have been thrilled to watch EMP Label Group grow with its roster. Doll Skin are amazing! Can you compare running the label with running a coffee company, even though they are kind of under the same umbrella?

DE: (laughing) My life is kind of like a big mutual fund. Everything that I’m into are sort of high risk ventures, as certainly forming Megadeth and playing rock n’ roll is as crazy as it gets, so I’m certainly used to that. It’s funny that I can see a parallel between Megadeth and my Minnesota farming upbringing being very similar. It’s very much feast or famine. You always have the stuff stored away from the cold, dark and rainy years and it’s always nice to enjoy the bumper crop years too. When you are in it as a life long profession, you tend to treat it a little differently than just sort of a one-hit wonder. I’ve been very lucky with that in Megadeth and also getting to be involved in a lot of other musical ventures as a result of that too.

With the label, it’s interesting, because there was a season when Megadeth was not operating and I think in a lot of ways that was an era … I was in my mid-thirties, I was married, my kids were real young … and it was a season for me to go to college, get educated and I started doing artist relations for Peavey and I really enjoyed being part of the business community. I think it’s kind of a thread that runs in the blood of the Ellefson’s. The Ellefson men were always astute businessmen, they were educated, so I feel business is in my bloodline and it was kind of a fun season to kind of put the bass in the background for a little bit and get involved in some other business ventures.  So, here I am and we’ve done all this great stuff over the last six or seven years with Megadeth and especially “Dystopia” has been an incredible year musically for us with all the successes that we’ve had and it’s fun now to also have a hand back over into creating the record label, creating the coffee company, managing and producing the things I’m doing with Doll Skin and its super fun to widen the horizons.

I remember on one of my report cards as a kid, my high school jazz band teacher said ‘David needs to broaden his horizons’. (laughs)  Don’t just be a rock n’ roll bass player! Broaden your horizons! I feel like now in my fifties I’ve finally kind of been able to parlay that sage wisdom into practical reality.

Q: Major congrats on the Grammy nomination for “Dystopia” by the way! I’m sure you guys are super excited about that!

DE: Yeah! For sure! We’ve been nominated for a lot of them over the years and I say every year when you get nominated again it’s that pinch me moment. The Grammy’s are the biggest music recognition in the world and you really feel that you are just a small part of a much greater community, so it’s always a thrill and very humbling to be invited back and be honored by them.

Q: Definitely. I’m always thrilled to see that they still have a rock and metal category and they have not just let that fall by the wayside.

DE: Yeah, Yeah, definitely!

Q: Can you share with me what is your ideal cup of coffee?

DE: Well, I like drip coffee. As I’ve traveled the world I’ve realized that drip coffee is predominantly a North American fancy. It’s not something throughout Europe and definitely not Latin America. Japan has embraced it, of course England has some of it. I love drip coffee probably because I grew up with it and I like that we invented a machine … I don’t really like percolated coffee … and it’s funny that something as simple as the Mr. Coffee is pretty much in everyone’s kitchen and even hotel rooms is really a marvelous machine. It’s simple to create the coffee and it’s pretty much an exact replication from pot to pot and I’m pretty good an eyeballing my own coffee. I like to do two tablespoons for every cup. In the morning I like kind of a medium roast, which for us is our “Kenya Thrash” and in the evening, I have a second cup around 4:00pm everyday, I like that coffee to be a darker roast, such as French, Italian or Sumatra and for me that would be our “Roast In Peace” that we have with Ellefson Coffee.

I like the dark a little later because it is a little less caffeinated generally and it has a darker smokier flavor. If you get a sweet tooth later in the day, which I do sometimes because I go the gym in the mornings, so when I crave something to take the edge off in the afternoon a cup of dark roast and a little sweet treat tides me over well.

Q: Are you a cream and sugar kind of guy or black when it comes to coffee condiment preference?

DE: I’m a cream guy. I don’t like sweeteners generally. I try to stay away from them because what I find with sweeteners is that it’s one of those evils that once you start putting it in your diet you begin to crave it more and more, so I try to keep it out. Usually if I do have it, I actually try to do it with honey. That is one of the things me and Dijon back in ’83 in Hollywood tried putting honey in black coffee and I really enjoyed it. So, if I do ever have a sweetener, I definitely like to stay away from high fructose corn syrup and I also try to stay away from all of the other artificial sweeteners such as stevia and all that stuff. I tend to go no sweetener or a touch of honey.

Q: I’ve never tried it with honey before, so I definitely want to give that a go now! 

DE: It gives kind of a nice thick smoothness to it! I like half and half, as cream to me, is a little too much and milk is a little too thin so I like half and half which is another very arrogant thing. In fact when I travel the world I always carry a french press with me just because life is too short for bad coffee! ::Author’s note: We totally want to print that on a t-shirt by the way::

So, I always have to protect myself. Often times when I’m away from home, like in the dressing room for Megadeth, we always make sure we have a drip coffee maker, you know some of the comforts of home. (laughs) But, I’ll get back home to America and I’ll be like I can’t wait to just use my own coffee maker, go in and get my own half and half, use my own grinder because I know how well it grinds the beans to a certain consistency I like, you know what I mean? So, as much as I have a place I record and make music and my bass is my axe, my coffee maker is also my axe. I’ve got my little coffee studio of things that make the perfect cup for me.

For more information please visit:

Ellefson Coffee Co Official Site

David Ellefson Official Site

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Here’s What A $100,000 Music Video Looks Like When The Artist Doesn’t Show Up

(PCM) Rap artist Young Thug had some pretty big ideas in mind when he hired director Ryan Staake to create the music video for his song “Wyclef Jean”, however the end results ended up becoming a hilarious folly of errors when Young Thug failed to show up for his own $100,000 video shoot.

In fact, Young Thug is only featured in the video for a few seconds munching on some Cheetos in front of what appears to be a private jet. Those scenes were apparently filmed by Young Thug himself and only add to the hilarity of the overall project.

Young Thug’s label and management team kept telling the directors that he was on his way to the video shoot all day long, however once he finally did make an appearance on the set he refused to get out of his vehicle because … are you ready for this … his Instagram account got hacked! Oh no!  We’re sure that warrants missing an entire day of shooting and costing the label a whopping $100,000 … glad Young Thug has his priorities in check!

Rather than just canceling the whole project director Staake decided to have some fun with the budget and put together a video the explains in great detail just how the original video shoot fell apart. The result is amazing and it is definitely one of the more creative disaster stories we have seen. The artist and label must have agreed because they still allowed the video be released and are probably now cashing in on some of that good ol’ viral fame!

Either way Staake made the best of a bad situation and the video below is brilliant. Check it out:

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