Coming off of his debut concept album, “Firestorm”, via Allied Artists Music Group, the Norwegian/American super metal recording artist Rocky Kramer has just released his new Queen Cover “The Show Must Go On”…..and he nailed it. One of the best guitarists on the planet, Rocky was trained as a very young child as a violinist. His love for playing live performances guides his music and his life. I shared questions and answers with Rocky regarding his career currently with Allied Artists and his musical drive…
Louder Than War: How did music shape your life and become so important to you?
My parents not only loved music, but they made a living out of it. My mother taught piano and sang in a choir, and my dad was a first violinist in the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. When my mom passed away shortly after my fifth birthday, it wasn’t unusual that my dad would bring me and my older brother to concerts. He also encouraged us to play an instrument, so I ended up taking violin lessons, and my brother took piano lessons. My brother also took an interest in guitar around this time. I wanted to play drums so I made my own drum set out of ice cream boxes and played with pencils. That was my first band, and we would perform little concerts for our babysitter with songs my brother wrote. This ignited my interest in playing guitar and writing music.
When I saw smoke coming out of Ace Frehley’s guitar while he was playing an out-of-this-world guitar solo, I knew I wanted to be a lead guitarist in a rock band some day. When I started writing music regularly at the age of twelve, I wanted to start my own band. As a teenager, being a rock guitarist was my identity, which is why it was so important to me. I just couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. I still can’t!
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Thank you for all the birthday wishes! Amy's Pastries made a delicious iMac chocolate birthday cake with my Twitch show on the screen. I also had my first virtual birthday party on Zoom. What a time to be alive! Special thanks to Kim, Sandra and Yo. Thanks for the gifts!
What could be more appropriate than a podcast about bad gifts?
"Musician Rocky Kramer joins to discuss his musical beginnings growing up in Norway, his move to the United States and his latest record Firestorm. As always, he also lets me in on the worst gift he’s ever been given."
Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/episode-15-rocky-kramer/id1512655507?i=1000486934925
Rocky Kramer, Viking Guitar Virtuoso, interviewed on the Meet Me For Coffee podcast.
This year, we were faced with one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime. It forced us to stop what we were doing and give up on many things we take for granted. Our lives have changed, but no matter what, we have to find a way to carry on with the show. As an entertainer, “the show” has a more literal meaning. I’m naturally eager to get back onstage to perform again, but right now, we have something more important to deal with, so that we all, can go on with the show!
The Show Must Go On was originally performed by Queen on the Innuendo album in 1991. The song was written by Brian May, Freddie Mercury, John Deacon and Roger Taylor.
Click the link below to read the July issue of XS10 Magazine.
For the Rocky Kramer interview, go to page 44.
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.