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Erk FM: Extra – Rock/Pop interviews

Rock/Pop interviews





Photo – Guitarist Leon from Sydney hard rock band Hard As Nails could fit into a variety of styles depending on how he is playing & with what band.


The Rock/Pop section of Erk FM: Extra is an interesting one and is a favourite genre of Erk. Like most forms of music today, there could be debates about which genre or sub-genre a band fits into. 


Some artists can fit into 2 or more categories depending on their methods & style. For instance, a band such as Hard As Nails could be classified as rock & hard rock. They do have a melodic metal sound to it so would not be out of place with other melodic metal bands. 


  • How Wikipedia defines pop?: Pop music (a term that originally derives from an abbreviation of “popular”) is a genre of popular music which originated in the 1950s, deriving from rock and roll. The terms popular music and pop music are often used interchangeably, even though the former is a description of any form of music which is popular (and can include any genre), whilst the latter is a specific genre of music which has qualities which would make it appealing to a large audience.Pop music, as a genre, is very eclectic, often borrowing elements from other styles throughout its course such as urban, dance, rock, Latin and country, yet there are core elements which define it. Such include generally short-to-medium length songs, written in a basic format which is often the verse-chorus structure, which generally make usage of repeated choruses, have a melodic sound, and have catchy hooks. Read more
  • How does Erk define pop? Harder than acoustic, not as hard as rock.
  • How Wikipedia defines rock?: Musically, rock has centred around the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with bass guitar and drums. Typically, rock is song-based music with a 4/4 beat utilizing a verse-chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse and common musical characteristics are difficult to define. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political in emphasis. The dominance of rock by white, male musicians has been seen as one of the key factors shaping the themes explored in rock music. Rock places a higher degree of emphasis on musicianship, live performance, and an ideology of authenticity than pop music. Read more
  • How does Erk define rock?: Harder than pop, not as hard as metal
  • Examples of pop/rock artists Erk has interviewed: Kristian Jackson, Hard As Nails, Dave Evans
  • What you can expect to hear in this section: Lots of great interviews & crunchy guitars & pounding drums
  • What you can expect to read in this section: Interview shownotes


Recent Episodes

Erk FM: Extra 010 – Alona Raevska interview

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Extra episode 10, an interview with Russian/Ukrainian singer/songwriter Alona Raevska. During the interview, Erk learns what it is like for Alona to travel to Los Angeles for a TV music competition & how this competition opened doors for her. Alternating between the US & the Ukraine, Alona is very talented & versatile. Not only is she a singer/songwriter, she is also an actor, a model & she also does all of her own publicity. During the episode, you will hear 3 songs including Conversations Of My Soul, Destroyed & Just A Little Longer.

Erk FM: Extra 09 – Natalie Brown interview

by Erk

Welcome to episode 9 of Erk FM: Extra. This episode is an interview with Canadian singer-songwriter Natalie Brown. Natalie's experience in music pre-dates the current era & she has some interesting advice learnt thanks to tough experience.

Erk FM: Extra 08 – Heathen Eyes interview

by Erk

Welcome to episode 8 of Erk FM: Extra. This week's interview is with hard rock/metal band Heathen Eyes who are based in Auckland, New Zealand. The band were in Sydney to compete in the Global Battle Of The Bands competition.

Erk FM: Extra 07 – Shadows At Play interview

by Erk

Welcome to Erk FM: Extra episode 7 with lower Blue Mountains folk-pop/alternative band Shadows At Play. The episode starts with an interview at the Lapstone Hotel with band members Liam, Ash & occasional band member Ryan.

Erk FM: Extra 06 – Terranovacain interview

by Erk

Welcome to episode 6 of Erk FM: Extra where Erk goes behind the scenes to give you an insight into the music industry. On this interview episode, Erk chats via Skype with Franco-Jamaican rock trio Terranovacain. There's lead vocalist Lisa (who also plays bass, keyboards & drums), Benoit (bass, guitar, lapsteel, backing vocals) & Simon (drums, keyboards, backing vocals).

Erk FM: Extra 005 – Phoebe (Heaven The Axe) interview

by Erk

Welcome to episode 5 of Erk FM: Extra. On this episode, Erk chats with Phoebe who is the vocalist from Melbourne hard rock/metal band Heaven The Axe. During this very frank interview, Phoebe shares various stories about growing up in the country and then moving to the mean streets of Sydney & Melbourne to follow her musical dream. The episode starts out with the best reason ever to be late for an Erk FM interview.

Erk FM: Extra 04 – Domino interview

by Erk

This week's Erk FM: Extra episode is an interview with Sydney rock band Domino. We talk with Erica (vocals), Simon (guitar), Dennis (bass) & Pete (drums) about the early days of Domino, cover versions, live shows, plans for 2012 & a lot more. During the interview, you will hear the cover song Toxic City which is a mashup of Toxicity by System of a Down & Toxic by Britney Spears.

Erk FM 188 – Interview with Isy V, Hard As Nails (Women Who Rock Movember Fundraiser)

by Erk

This week's interview episode of Erk FM features Isy, singer of Sydney hard rock band Hard As Nails. Erk first met Isy & her band during a Women in Rock & Metal night prior to his overseas trip..... or was it? During the interview, we talk about Isy's relatively short time in music, the difficulties in performing at a cold venue and a lot more. Find out more about the band including the guitarists who can change from guitar to bass & vice versa mid set.

Erk FM 186 – Leah Finkelstein interview

by Erk

Welcome to episode 186 of Erk FM, Erk's music podcast featuring a wide range of podsafe & independent music from across the world. This week's interview features American singer/songwriter Leah Finkelstein. This interview is a little different as you will not hear Erk's voice at all, partly due to a technical issue at Erk's end. During the interview, Leah talks about her career, temptations & distractions & joys & a lot more. Music supplied by AirPlay Direct.

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