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!
Allied Artists Music Group’s Rocky Kramer to Begin Principal Photography on Ground-Breaking Music Video
Kramer’s music video to serve as premise for “Saturday Morning Style” children’s rock n’ roll television program
Glendale, CA Allied Artists Music Group’s Norwegian guitar sensation, Rocky Kramer, has been granted a virtual trip back to the future, less Doc Brown’s Delorean time machine. In support of “Firestorm,” Kramer’s freshman offering, the first single “Rock Star,” will be accompanied by an “animation in live action” music video that takes the audience back to Kramer’s youth, with the aid of his animated alter-ego “Little Rocky.”
The Firestorm album, produced by Kim Richards (Pink Floyd, Queen), is concept in nature, presented in the vein of rock n’ roll metal theater. The first single, and its accompanying music video, express the dream of a young rock n’ roller pining to be a “Rock Star.” Kramer’s music label executives tapped sister motion picture company Allied Artists Pictures and its veteran feature film director, Del Harvey, to direct and co-produce, along with Patrick Veeder.
Harvey commissioned a character study designed to capture the essence of a 13 year old Rocky Kramer, scoring a homerun with a “Little Rocky” character that caught the eye of film group executives. Indeed, the Little Rocky character was so engaging that Allied Artists Film Group commissioned an animated pilot for “The Adventures of Little Rocky,” using the same animation in live action techniques being employed in the music video. The Little Rocky character will feature established guest rock stars in each episode, while following the lovable 13 year old animated rocker as he traverses his path toward arena stages!
Kramer’s live band, consisting of Kramer on lead vocals and guitars, Alejandro Mercado on drums and vocals, Michael Dwyer on bass and vocals and Alessandro Bertoni on Keyboards and vocals, are featured in the music video, together with Brandon Shepard, known to Kramer’s fans as the Mean Teacher and various other characters from his live shows.
Allied Artists Music Group began life as the music soundtrack division of Allied Artists Pictures. Throughout the years, the Allied Artists’ name has not only been associated with legendary motion pictures, but truly memorable soundtracks, such as “Cabaret,” by Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey. Today, the company strives to produce, market and distribute quality music across all genres that is both timeless and cutting edge.
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Check out the hour long interview with Julie B. on the Band Babe show on Renagade Radio, recorded on January 11th, 2018. Rocky discusses moving to the U.S. from Norway, meeting people in the industry, getting endorsements, getting a deal with Allied Artists and recording his upcoming Firestorm album, which is coming out soon! He also talks about the upcoming tour with The Rocky Kramer Band and an exciting music video for the first single Rock Star, which you'll get a sneak peak of in this interview! They're joined by photographer Justice Howard at the end, before she hosts her own show.
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