Last night, I received this plaque, which celebrates Rock Star reaching #1 on the DRT Global Top 150 Independent Airplay chart in October 2019. Huge thanks to everyone that made this possible, and I gotta say, it looks pretty damn good on my wall!
Check out this phone interview I did this morning for the Smoked Meat podcast, hosted by Brad Pittman. We had a great time, talking about my music, my influences, guitars and delicious smoked meat. Enjoy!
Rocky Kramer guests on The Leo Affects. The host, Ray Rumsey, says that Rocky is as iconic of a rocker as they come. His music is absolutely amazing and we talk about his musical history, inspirations and the industry in general. We have a few laughs along the way and good times were had.
Visionary superstar Rocky Kramer celebrates the very essence of the term “Rock Star.” The fiery musician, singer and songwriter has played for sold out audiences both abroad and here in the states. His recent concept album, “Firestorm” via Allied Artists Music Group has spawned some of the most creative and orgasmic tracks…including: “Rock Star”, “Go To Hell”, “Attitude”, and his newest single, “Alcohol.”
Like a raging tsunami or fireworks lighting up the darkness, bursting through the night sky with brilliant sparks of color flaming on a canvas of stars, Rocky hits the stage with his effervescent brand of rock ‘n’ roll. I spoke to the Norwegian born, LA-based rocker regarding his music, his intentions, and his destiny…..
Click on the link for the full interview: http://thehollywooddigest.com/rocky-kramer-alcohol/
I continue showing my appreciation for Scottish music with this metal cover of Keep You On My Side by CHVRCHES. Imagine that, a Norwegian man covering a Glaswegian band! I discovered their music while playing Forza Horizon 4, and after hearing their song Never Say Die dozens of times, I was craving more. After listening to all three of their albums, I became an instant fan, and Keep You On My Side became one of my favorite songs, thanks to Lauren’s expressive voice, mixed with vintage synths and pulsating samples. As a guitar player, I started imagining how those elements could translate to guitar. The result is a heavier version with detuned riffs, Wah-Wah moans and Metallica-esque harmonies. Perfect for those who like metal covers of CHVRCHES songs.
Rocky Kramer returns to The Dark Mark Show (with Dark Mark and Hannah Bakk) to talk about metal, touring with Buckcherry, performing at Sturgis and Norwegian pizza.
Rocky Kramer being interviewed by Jesse Lewis on The Jesse Lewis Show, touching on many subjects including his musical journey beginning on the violin, the 80s vs now and his thoughts on ghosts.
If I had to describe the Edwyn Collins hit “A Girl Like You” with one word, it would be “mysterious.“ I’ve loved this song since the first time I heard it on Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, and I enjoy every aspect of it, including the music, the words and the haunting performance by Edwyn. I wanted to make a cover with a “darker” feel and a modern 80s vibe, replacing the original instruments, including the vibraphone played by Paul Cook, with synths, while keeping the fuzzy guitar intact. I can confidently say that you have never heard this song like this before. Never. Never. Never. Never. Never heard this song like this before.
Breaking The Habit features one of Chester Bennington's most powerful and emotional vocal performances, and is a song that I've loved since the first time I saw the anime music video as a teenager. The song also has many catchy melodies and riffs that can be interpreted and performed in various ways. My goal with this cover was to strip it down to Chester's voice, and rebuild it with a heavier sound, bringing in inspiration from several genres within metal and rock.
When we were mixing my debut album Firestorm at Sphere Studios, Linkin Park were on the other side of the hallway, recording their last album with Chester, which I thought was really cool at the time. It was immensely sad to read the news about his passing, less than a year later. This cover is my tribute to Chester Bennington. Rest in peace.
Breaking The Habit was written by Mike Shinoda and was first released on the album Meteora in 2003.
Guitar and bass recorded with a Fractal Audio Axe-Fx III. Recorded and mixed in Logic Pro X.
What happens when you combine your love for Foo Fighters and your love for 80s rock? This! “The Pretender” was originally released in 2007, and it quickly became one of my favorite songs. One night a few months ago, I was writing music with a Roland synth sound a la “Separate Ways,” and this idea came out. It made me wonder what the full song would sound like with an 80s synth rock mentality. After recording all the synths, I added guitars to beef it up more. I hope you enjoy it!
“The Pretender” was written by Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel and Chris Shiflett. It was the first single from the Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace album in 2007.