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KING KARMA INTERVIEW
SHEILA SWIFT INTERVIEW
ANDY WALO INTERVIEW
SHARK ISLAND INTERVIEW
KAZ MURPHY INTERVIEW
|AND THE WINNER IS...|
KING KARMA, SHEILA SWIFT, SHARK ISLAND, ANDY WALO, & KAZ MURPHY EMERGE VICTORIOUS IN 2008 ROCKWIRED AWARDS
(ANAHEIM, CA) The winners of the 2008 ROCKWIRED AWARDS were announced on ROCKWIRED LIVE on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 5:00PM (PST) on KTSTFM.COM. In keeping with tradition, the proceedings were short and sweet given ROCKWIRED LIVE's 30-minute time slot. "I'm not exactly pressed for time here." says BRIAN LUSH, immediately following the broadcast. "I've been doing this thing (show) for three years now, and fitting five songs into a show is not even a challenge really."
This was the second annual ROCKWIRED AWARD webcast. The nominees for this award were selected based on the number of hits that their respective ROCKWIRED ON-LINE EXCLUSIVE interviews received on ROCKWIRED.COM. "The interviews are somewhat crucial to ROCKWIRED." observes LUSH. "Of course the weekly radio thing is important and all, but I think that it's the interviews that really sell ROCKWIRED. I'm giving these rock bands and artists the sort interviews that I loved reading as a kid in magazines like SMASH HITS, HIGH TIMES, and CREEM. In the year 2007, everything really came together. This year, the artists seemed to go hand in hand with each other almost. While the music didn't have the diversity that it did in 2006, 2007 still rocked! Literally!"
KING KARMA, a hard rock band based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, were the most enthusiastically received band to be featured on ROCKWIRED in the year 2007. That enthusiasm has lead to the band walking away with the ROCKWIRED AWARD for BEST ALBUM for their self-titled debut album. "As far as I'm concerned, KING KARMA really kicked things off back in 2007." says LUSH. "I also think that they really set the tone for what would be coming for the rest of that year, with things like THE APPEARANCE, SHARK ISLAND, and ZAK DANIELS. There were others too, but you get the idea. I hope!"
KING KARMA was also nominated for BEST BAND and BEST SONG 'DEVIL'S ROAD', but those categories were awarded to SHARK ISLAND and KAZ MURPHY respectively.
The other nominees for BEST ALBUM included DEAD ROCK WEST's 'HONEY AND SALT', OLAV LARSEN's 'LOVES COME TO TOWN', VANESSA VAN SPALL's 'COTTON-POLY BLEND', and THE APPEARANCE's 'LOST IN AURORA'.
Houston-based singer-songwriter SHEILA SWIFT walked away with the ROCKWIRED AWARD for BEST FEMALE ARTIST for her album 'THE SHAPE OF THINGS'. "Of all of the female nominees that we had this year, I think that SHEILA SWIFT really stood out. Where some of the other artists had this very soft sensibility, SHEILA came in with this very big voice and that punchy little record of hers." smiles BRIAN. "She was also a fun person to interview."
In the voting for BEST FEMALE ARTIST, Phoenix-based pop princess BRITTNEY ELIZABETH came in at a very close second. "They were practically head-to-head. It looked like the e-mail equivalent of a cat-fight, and I don't think these two ladies know each other."
According to LUSH, the category for BEST FEMALE ARTIST has traditionally brought in the most voter participation. Rounding out the nominees in this category were JULIA FREE, VANESSA VAN SPALL, and two-time ROCKWIRED AWARD nominee SHAUNA BURNS.
Where voter participation for the BEST FEMALE ARTIST is through the roof, the same cannot be said for the BEST MALE ARTIST category which has typically brought in the least amount of votes. However, the voting still came close; especially near the end of the polling. Swedish-born blues rocker ANDY WALO won the ROCKWIRED AWARD fro BEST MALE ARTIST edging out jazz crooner SACHAL VASANDANI by just a few votes. "This contingent for SACHAL came in about a week or two before the close of the polls. He was gaining on ANDY but before he could, the polls closed." says LUSH. "ANDY WALO came at a point in the year where I was really overwhelmed with everything, then he called me to be interviewed and it was like one of those great talks that you have with someone where stupid things don't matter. His interview is certainly one of my favorites. He's told me that its his as well."
MITCH EASTER, OLAV LARSEN, and SAM SPARRO rounded out the rest of the nominees for BEST MALE ARTIST with a vote here and a vote there, which LUSH found disappointing. "Personally, I thought the male artists 'had it' a little more than the female artists this year. MITCH EASTER produced the first R.E.M. recordings, OLAV LARSEN is this black roots rock artist from Norway, and SAM SPARRO's got this killer electronic-funk sound. The response tothese guys were great yet it didn't reflect inthe voting. Maybe I'm doing something wrong?"
The winners for BEST BAND were the 80's rock veterans SHARK ISLAND for the release of their reunion album 'GATHERING OF THE FAITHFUL'. "It was really exciting to be interviewing a band from the past that was on the verge of releasing a comeback here in the States. I knew them from the BILL AND TED's EXCELLENT ADVENTURE soundtrack." confesses LUSH. "However, on the day of the interview I was diagnosed with a kidney infection and was given all of these drugs that made me light sensitive and dizzy. I couldn't do the interview and told their publicist to cancel it. An hour later, RICHARD BLACK (of SHARK ISLAND) calls me up, not knowing I'm sick. I'm starting to ask him to reschedule, but we start talking. And talking. Then, I turn the recorder on and what you see is what you read. "
Other nominees for BEST BAND were KING KARMA, DEAD ROCK WEST, THE APPEARANCE, and ZAK DANIELS AND THE ONE-EYED SNAKES.This was SHARK ISLAND's only nomination.
Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter KAZ MURPHY walked away with the 2008 ROCKWIRED AWARD for BEST SONG. His song KILLIN' WHEEL (from his CD 'HOME FOR MISFITS') struck a chord with listeners dues to the timeliness of the lyrics (A schoolgirl going off to the Iraq War), and was a personal favorite of BRIAN's. "Actually, I had a lot of favorites this year." says LUSH 'KILLIN' WHEEL' is a great song and deserves the award completely. The BEST SONG category is always a tough one for me. I would've been just as happy with VANESSA VAN SPALL's "PALM OF YOUR HAND" or DEAD ROCK WEST's "HIGHWAY ONE".
The other nominees for BEST SONG included 'HIGHWAY ONE' by DEAD ROCK WEST, 'PALM OF YOUR HAND' by VANESSA VAN SPALL, 'BLACK AND GOLD' by SAM SPARRO, and 'DEVIL'S ROAD' by KING KARMA. This was MURPHY's sole nomination.
"All in all, I have to say that I'm happy with the way the voting turned out." says LUSH. "But things will be different next year. Voting will be done with a simple click rather than an e-mail. It'll be a lot easier looking at a graph instead counting all of these damed votes by myself."