A Q&A with Micky James of the Karma Killers

The Karma Killers are part of a long tradition of glammed-up, New York post-punk. After a few dragged-out years as a DIY act, they found a home for their refined pop hooks and new wave sensibilities at Island Records. Tastemakers caught up with frontman Micky James at the Sinclair in Cambridge to talk chipped teeth, classic guitars, and the undeniable impact of the Strokes. Tastemakers Magazine (TMM): A Rickenbacker is an… continue reading


A Q&A with Nick Wold of DREAMERS

  Meet DREAMERS. They’re a cosmic rock group from Brooklyn who released their latest EP You Are Here just last month, solidifying their own brand of “’70s punk meets power pop” in the process. On March 28, the band will play Cambridge’s Sinclair as headliners of a US tour. Tastemakers caught up with guitarist and lead vocalist Nick Wold to talk jazz roots, space, and the intersection of New Order and… continue reading


A Q&A with Lee Fields of Lee Fields and the Expressions

Lee Fields is the epitome of a career musician. In 1969, he left North Carolina for New York with $20 dollars in his pocket and the rest is history. Over the past four decades he has collaborated across many genres and persisted in the category of soul music. In 2009, he hooked up with The Expressions and Brooklyn-based Truth and Soul Records released their debut, My World. Today, as the… continue reading

Alex Rivas Q&A

Q&A with Tour Manager Alex Rivas

Santana. Alanis Morissette. Ms. Lauryn Hill. In the span of her still-young career, Los Angeles-based tour manager Alex Rivas has already worked with a smattering of renowned artists. In an interview with Tastemakers Magazine, Rivas offered career advice for aspiring music industry professionals, described the challenges of her own position and explained the value of “road family.” Tastemakers Magazine (TMM): What are your day-to-day responsibilities? Alex Rivas (AR): Day to… continue reading


Brynn Elliott: A Balanced Life in Tension

On Sept. 13, singer/songwriter Brynn Elliott performed for her largest audience yet. Thousands of people watched the unassuming blonde guitarist with a powerful stage presence open for O.A.R. at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. It was the last stop on her summer tour, after which Elliott flew across the country to Cambridge, Massachusetts—her classes at Harvard University had begun a week and a half earlier. Despite the whirlwind… continue reading

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A Q&A with Tom Bates: Live Nation New England’s “Executive Gofer”

After 35 years as director of production for Don Law and later Live Nation New England, Tom Bates retired last July. Bates sat down with Tastemakers to reflect on the 3,500 shows he oversaw, from prepping the venues at 6 a.m. to loading the trucks up at 3 the next morning. For acts like Joni Mitchell, the Rolling Stones and Madonna, he was the force behind the phrase “the show… continue reading

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An Interview with Dylan Rockoff

We talked to Boston-based singer-songwriter Dylan Rockoff and went to his show with The Heydaze at the Middle East to talk about his interest in music, his single “Feeling Fine”, and what he wants to achieve with his music. Check Dylan out here:  


Q&A: Okkervil River’s Will Sheff talks nostalgia and new projects

Will Sheff found himself taking nostalgia to a new extreme as he searched through his childhood home for his old Atari and Magic Markers. Last year, the lead singer of the indie-rock band Okkervil River returned to his small hometown of Meriden, New Hampshire, to write, direct and score his first feature-film, “Down Down the Deep River.” The artist would find himself using his old stomping ground as the backdrop,… continue reading

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Madame Gandhi: “The time is now, the time is right”

  After touring internationally as a drummer for Grammy Award nominated rapper M.I.A. while earning her MBA from Harvard Business School, self-proclaimed “liberated boss madame” Kiran Gandhi is now setting her ambitions on her new musical concept, Madame Gandhi. The 26-year-old New Yorker introduced Boston to the solo project at her concert at the ONCE nightclub in Somerville on Oct. 2. Following her graduation from Georgetown University in 2011 with bachelor’s… continue reading

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A Q&A with Max Schneider

Max Schneider, known more widely by his stage name MAX, commands attention – after touring alongside Fall Out Boy, Wiz Khalifa and Hoodie Allen, the pop-soul singer signed a deal with Pete Wentz’s DCD2 Records and released a new EP, Ms. Anonymous. His single “Gibberish” was featured at the 2015 YouTube Music Awards alongside songs by Ed Sheeran and Charli XCX. With some spare time on tour, Tastemakers spoke with MAX about his… continue reading


A Q&A with Carlotta Cosials of Hinds

  Hinds is gaggle of girls, giggles, grease, and garage rock. Formerly known as Deers, the Madrid band developed a rabid following with just a handful of tunes and the mantra, “Our shit, our rules.” The girls of Hinds have an enormous year behind them: dropping singles, being named one of NME’s “Ones to Watch,” hitting SXSW and Burgerama, and blazing off on a first big US tour. Now, they’re… continue reading