Hailing from Norway, Rocky Kramer is about to set the world on fire!
This twenty-something has an old soul in the world of rock and I was very excited to sit down with him for an interview during his recent visit to Seattle as the headliner at Seattle Hempfest.
Meeting at Zadart Exotic Car Club & Rentals (I seriously need to come back here and actually check out more of the cars – Sallye and Jackson were so incredibly friendly!) in Bellevue for a promo shoot a couple of days before his performance at Hempfest, I met with Rocky and the CEO of Allied Artists, Kim Richards, who signed Rocky to their record label a few years ago.
I'm excited to share that I'm now exclusively represented by Mavrick Artists Agency for commercials, television and film. Here with their remarkable agent Ted Maier. This is actually a dream come true for me, so I'm super stoked about it!
Photos of the Rocky Kramer Band performing at Seattle Hempfest on August 18th, 2018. All photos by Sandra Hahn.
Listen to Rocky Kramer’s music, and you’re treated to an edgy metal sound with classical undertones that belie his traditional upbringing (his father was First Violinist in the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra). Chat with Rocky, and you’re treated to a young man on a mission to make the world more environmentally sustainable.
Rocky moved from Norway to Los Angeles to advance his musical career and is making his second trip to Seattle. He visited last year to see one of his favorite bands, Metallica, headline an epic concert at CenturyLink Field. This year, he’s back for a headlining gig of his own – tonight at HempFest.
Rocky chatted with Northwest Music Scene about his musical upbringing and his love of 80’s heavy metal. He also shared why he supports hemp as a key weapon in the future of our planet’s sustainability, even though he does not use cannabis recreationally.
NWMS: You have a classical music upbringing. How and when did you first hear a metal band?
RK: My first experience seeing a live band was a sound check. My father was the First Violinist in the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. They were doing a New Year’s Eve special that was going to be televised nationally and he took us with him to the sound check. TNT were performing one of their new singles and they had the smoke machines! It was my first experience seeing a rock band live and it was very influential. It went from that to KISS. There was a neighbor who had a few KISS cassettes. KISS was my first metal band, if you want to call them metal. Some people call them heavy metal. I think they’re on the “nicer” end of the spectrum – more on the commercial side. So, it went from KISS to Iron Maiden to Metallica to all kinds of bands. It was a slow progression. You start out with one band and people say, “if you like that then you might like this.”
Rocky Kramer is the featured act on the July 14th OCF Quiet Camp concerts! Opening acts at 8 PM, with NORMAL BEAN & THE LOVE FAMILY at midnight! Come on out and join the party after the Orange Country Fair!
I'm proud to announce that I'll be a featured artist at the 27th annual Seattle Hempfest on August 18, 2018 at 7 PM! Please come out and join us as we celebrate and encourage personal freedoms.
Pictures of the reshoot of two scenes in the upcoming "Rock Star" music video, featuring Brandon Shepard, as the mean teacher. Directed by Justin Floyd. Big thanks to all of the actors and the whole crew!
Just so you can get a taste of what's to come, here's a little gallery of the Rocky Kramer music video shoot at the Fox Theater in Pomona, CA, featuring the Rocky Kramer Band performing Rock Star.
Here's me with the young actress Sage Tousey, after shooting the scenes featuring Little Rocky, played by her, wearing a green screen suit. She's awesome!
Renagade Radio's Channal Waters interviews Rocky Kramer at the NAMM Convention in January 2018 at the Anaheim Convention Center. They stop by the companies that Rocky proudly uses and endorses, including Fender guitars, DigiTech and DOD pedals, ENGL amps and Cleartone strings. She also interviews Rocky Kramer band member Alessandro Bertoni, Allied Artists CEO Kim Richards and Renegade guitarist Kenny Marquez.
Big thanks to Charlie Renagade, Channal Waters, Gene Greenwood and Julie Barnett at Renagade Radio for making this happen!