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Meet our panel of judges for Season 3 of The Big Break! We were welcomed into the NEPA SCENE office for this interview where Johnnie introduces our judges: Mike Thorwart, Rich Howells, Kevin Neary, and Tony Caz. Find out how this crew became part of Season 3, what ventures they represent, and what their backgrounds are when it comes to music. They discuss the perspectives they’ll be judging from as well as some criteria they’ll be using to score the live performances. The four give us an exciting take on who stood out so far, what they’re looking forward to in Round 2, and some honest words of wisdom and encouragement for our contestants. Don’t miss our judges at the live Round 2 festival on September 24th at The VSPOT in Scranton!   This season is brought to you by:  Encore Studios  Lynderella's Deli  NEPA Scene  Axelrad Screen Printing  Eyal Filkovsky - Visual Artist   --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/support
We  filled the studio with Tainted Faith for The Big Break’s final season 3  meet-the-bands interview! Hear about how the original Wilkes-Barre band  formed and how they got involved with The Big Break in season 2. They  update us about what has been happening for the band since last season,  their submission music video progress, and what success looks like to  them going forward. The band gets personal about how and why they create  their music, and share what some of their influences are. Johnnie asks  one last question: who the members of Tainted Faith would choose to duke  it out in this round of imaginary Celebrity Deathmatch! This season is brought to you by: Encore Studios Lynderella's Deli NEPA Scene Eyal Filkovsky - Visual Artist Shot on-location at Encore Studios Follow/Subscribe to us below: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3b1p2Nj Apple: https://apple.co/39u9MZb Anchor FM: https://bit.ly/3HEWxl2 Amazon: https://amzn.to/3b8kLrJ Castbox: https://bit.ly/3O4nUaz YouTube: https://bit.ly/3zInySq Instagram: https://bit.ly/39vjBGj TikTok: https://bit.ly/39yvpHH Facebook: https://bit.ly/3N9Rquk --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/support
Meet contestant Just Mark of season 3 of The Big Break! Get to know the artist as he and Johnnie cover topics like how he feels about tackling the submission music video, and how he chooses the songs he performs. The two also discuss how today’s music distribution and style of listening by his audience influenced how he composed his album, “Hoping For The Best.” Imaginary Celebrity Deathmatch takes the spotlight for a moment when Just Mark gives his picks, but he steals it back with his song,  “Mallory” in an acoustic performance.  This season is brought to you by: Encore Studios Lynderella's Deli NEPA Scene Eyal Filkovsky - Visual Artist  Shot on-location at Encore Studios  Follow/Subscribe to us below: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3b1p2NjApple: https://apple.co/39u9MZbAnchor FM: https://bit.ly/3HEWxl2Amazon: https://amzn.to/3b8kLrJCastbox: https://bit.ly/3O4nUazYouTube: https://bit.ly/3zInySqInstagram: https://bit.ly/39vjBGjTikTok: https://bit.ly/39yvpHHFacebook: https://bit.ly/3N9Rquk --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/support
Innocent Bystander from Sunbury, PA joins season 3 of The Big Break! Find out how the guys’ paths crossed for the first time when Johnnie interviews Brandon, Pat, and (third guy’s name? Not actually in the interview). They touch on what has helped them grow as a band, and how they plan to succeed with their submission music video and beyond. This episode’s imaginary round of Celebrity Deathmatch throws some truly unexpected choices in the ring together, and the trio performs an acoustic version of their original track, “Not Another Love Song.”   This season is brought to you by:  Encore Studios Lynderella's Deli  NEPA Scene  Eyal Filkovsky - Visual Artist   Shot on-location at Encore Studios   Follow/Subscribe to us below:  Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3b1p2Nj Apple: https://apple.co/39u9MZb Anchor FM: https://bit.ly/3HEWxl2 Amazon: https://amzn.to/3b8kLrJ Castbox: https://bit.ly/3O4nUaz YouTube: https://bit.ly/3zInySq Instagram: https://bit.ly/39vjBGj TikTok: https://bit.ly/39yvpHH Facebook: https://bit.ly/3N9Rquk --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/support
This episode, we meet The Crates: Cameron, Caullen, Mason, and Chris! Johnnie welcomes the guys in for an interview during season 3 of The Big Break to talk about their origins, development, sound, writing style, and how their submission video is progressing. They highlight their need for a reliable bass player, and explain what other tools they would need to succeed before deciding how their picks would stack up against each other in this round of imaginary Celebrity Deathmatch. The Crates perform their song, “Too Much to Handle,” bringing listeners the acoustic side of the energetic band. This season is brought to you by: Encore Studios Lynderella's Deli NEPA Scene Eyal Filkovsky - Visual Artist Shot on-location at Encore Studios Follow/Subscribe to us below: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3b1p2Nj Apple: https://apple.co/39u9MZb Anchor FM: https://bit.ly/3HEWxl2 Amazon: https://amzn.to/3b8kLrJ Castbox: https://bit.ly/3O4nUaz YouTube: https://bit.ly/3zInySq Instagram: https://bit.ly/39vjBGj TikTok: https://bit.ly/39yvpHH Facebook: https://bit.ly/3N9Rquk --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/support
Go backstage for a couple of laughs with Johnnie in this interview with Dan Dearborn & Bob McCann of Encore Studios, sponsors of The Big Break season 3. Get to know the duo who passionately supports the area’s local talent as well as artists around the world who use their services. The masterminds behind the rehearsal, recording, and video space talk about the variety of services they offer to the public, plus they share some details on the meet & greets they host for area musicians. We also hear about the how they’re supporting this season of The Big Break through the sponsorship and services they are providing. Thank you, Encore Studios!   This season is brought to you by:  Encore Studios  Lynderella's Deli  NEPA Scene  Eyal Filkovsky - Visual Artist    Shot on-location at Encore Studios --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/support
Thanatos gives us the inside scoop during season 3 of The Big Break! He joins Johnnie for a conversation about his road so far as a musician, including strengths and setbacks, and how he hopes to see himself progress. He highlights how his life, family, and surroundings have expanded his lens and increased his creativity. Hear his genre-defying sound with a clip from the music video for his song, “Hello,” and of course find out who he drops into this round of imaginary Celebrity Deathmatch.   This season is brought to you by:  Encore Studios  Lynderella's Deli  NEPA Scene  Eyal Filkovsky - Visual Artist   Shot on-location at Encore Studios --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/support
Hailing from the same central-Pennsylvania area as season 2 winners Old Kentucky Shark, The BOOG  travel east for an interview during season 3 of The Big Break! Wesley, Eliora, and Daniel sit down to discuss their roles in the band as well as introduce us to some personal interests. They talk about their engagement in the local music scene, their take on the submission video process, and Wesley offers details on a passion project he completed to help others develop their music. This episode’s imaginary round of Celebrity Deathmatch calls for clones, before the BOOG brings the boogie as they perform their song, “Familiarity” for us.   This season is brought to you by:  Encore Studios  Lynderella's Deli  NEPA Scene  Eyal Filkovsky - Visual Artist   Shot on-location at Sanctuary Studio Co. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/support
The Big Break season 3 meets the band Fiendstar when Josh and Chloe sit down for a behind-the-scenes interview with Johnnie. They share with us their journey so far, their thoughts on the contest and video submissions, and what they hope to see for the future of their music. They fantasize about different avenues of musical stylings for the band, and their picks are heard for this episode’s imaginary round of Celebrity Deathmatch. Fiendstar ends with a captivating acoustic version of their song, “Family”.   This season is brought to you by:  Encore Studios  Lynderella's Deli  NEPA Scene  Eyal Filkovsky - Visual Artist   Shot on-location at Sanctuary Studio Co. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/support
Host Johnnie Occhippinti goes virtual with The Jids from Pittsburgh, PA in season 3 of The Big Break. Shawn, Dino, and Patton answer questions about the experience of reaching their current lineup, how they’d like to see the music industry change, and how their style and skill have been forced to evolve. The three musicians detail what makes them so compatible, then have some fun with their picks for an imaginary round of Celebrity Deathmatch! The band also highlights an exciting recent show with clips from a few live performance videos.   This season is brought to you by:  Encore Studios  Lynderella's Deli  NEPA Scene  Eyal Filkovsky - Visual Artist   Shot on-location at Sanctuary Studio Co. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/support
Season 3 of The Big Break contest brings melodic rapper JB to the Electric City for a Q&A session. Jeremiah tells the story of how he first found his passion for rap music, and which artists he looks up to that set him apart. He opens up about how his upbringing with his twin influenced the themes on his EP “Streets Cold,” and what future he sees for himself in the entertainment industry. JB gets us ready for his music this season with a live performance of his track, “Remember Them Dayz.”   This season is brought to you by:  Encore Studios  Lynderella's Deli  NEPA Scene  Eyal Filkovsky - Visual Artist   Shot on-location at Sanctuary Studio Co. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/support
Brandon and Mahmoud of Cadilac Sound meet up with Johnnie during season 3 of the Big Break. Find out how they crossed paths, which genres have impacted their style, and how the local scene has helped them during their growth. The duo locks in their picks for this episode’s imaginary round of Celebrity Deathmatch before talking about their songwriting process. Mahmoud gets real about what inspires his lyrics, and opens up about the story behind their song, “Stars Have Aligned.” Catch a one-of-a-kind performance of the song at the end of the interview!    This season is brought to you by:  Encore Studios  Lynderella's Deli  NEPA Scene  Eyal Filkovsky - Visual Artist --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/support
UPDATE: Isolation Band has broken up since this interview aired.  In this interview we welcome Ethan Isolation and Dalton Decay of the band Isolation, contestants of season 3 of The Big Break. The multi-talented duo lets us in on their endeavors in and out of the band, the long-awaited release of their recent album, “Introspection,” and how they’re hoping to collaborate with other local forces in support of their growth. They give us an idea of how season 3 squares up against the video submission requirements of season 2, and who they’d like to see square up for an imaginary round of Celebrity Deathmatch! A special low-key performance of their single, “I2U” brings us to a close.   This season is brought to you by:  Encore Studios   Lynderella's Deli   NEPA Scene   Eyal Filkovsky - Visual Artist --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/support
Hear all about the eclectic stylings of the band Running in Flip-Flops when we sit down with Dane, Tyler, and Dakota, contestants of The Big Break season 3. Get a closer look at the inner workings of their artistry while they talk about which musical talents have had an influence on their work. They share their thoughts on the three items that must be included in this season’s video submission, get nostalgic about technology, and give us their candid fantasy pairings for an imaginary Celebrity Deathmatch round! The band wraps up their visit with a performance, putting a stripped-back twist on their original single, “Pickles.”   This season is brought to you by:  Encore Studios   Lynderella's Deli   NEPA Scene   Eyal Filkovsky - Visual Artist --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/support
In this interview meet Chris Cashmere of Stay Loud, contestants of The Big Break Season 3. Chris talks about the origins of the band, some of their favorite influences, and how the band’s sound has evolved over time. The present success of the band with their production teams is highlighted while also giving some outlook on what the band hopes to see next. He dives into details about the song, “Perennial” and performs a track titled, “Overboard” from the band’s first album Losing Sleep. This season is brought to you by: Encore Studios Lynderella's Deli NEPA Scene Eyal Filkovsky - Visual Artist --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/support
In this episode, The Big Break welcomes back Gus Thè Savàge for season 3! Gus and Johnnie sit down to talk about what his experience was like during season 2, including shooting his submission video for “Party With You.” The artist tells us which musicians and loved ones inspire his music, what versatility he’s exploring in his music as he progresses, and how he locally finds support for his growth. Gus Thè Savàge turns the tables on Johnnie with a question of his own, and ends his visit with an intimate performance of his song, “Forever Love” featured on his self-titled album.   This season is brought to you by:  Encore Studios  Lynderella's Deli  NEPA Scene  Eyal Filkovsky - Visual Artis --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/support
It’s season 3 of The Big Break! In our first interview to meet the contestants Johnnie Occhipinti brings us the band COAL. Dal, Josh, Dalton, and Ben talk about the evolution of the group over the last 14 years, what key components keep them growing together, and some personal passions outside of their musical pursuits. They discuss their production of the music video for their original track, “Battlecry” and how it has influenced the way they approach their video submission. The chat closes up with a fun round of “Imaginary Celebrity Deathmatch,” giving us their picks for the greatest matchups of all time!   This season is brought to you by:  Encore Studios  Lynderella's Deli  NEPA Scene  Eyal Filkovsky - Visual Artist --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebigbreakcontest/support
Beyond The Break brings in a bit of the rhythm section from metal band Suicide Puppets ahead of their performance December 2nd at the Keystone Stage in Olyphant, PA. We have some laughs and hear some stories from Jonny and Veritas Suicide, two of the three of the band’s founding members. The two explain the origins and evolution of the band over 15 years of writing music, studio recording, live performances, and touring. They discuss the exciting visual aspect of their performance artistry, and what it means to them to be professional entertainers. They get real about both the dreamy and less glamorous aspects of making a tour successful, and what they’ve learned during that journey. The pair shares what has kept the core of their musical unit cohesive and motivated to carry on for as long as they have, and what any artist can keep in mind to help them do the same.  _________________________________________________________________________________    Suicide Puppets is national-touring six piece metal band hailing from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and have been touring regionally since the band's beginning in 2007. Blasting their audience to bloody bits of sonic shrapnel, the Suicide Puppets feature Twisty Suicide on vocals, Jonny Suicide on bass and backup vocals, Steven Suicide and Tattuicide sharing lead guitar duties, Donnie Von Gailinger on rhythm guitar, and Veritas Suicide on drums.  They have shared the stage with Wednesday 13, The 69 Eyes, Sumo Psycho, Napalm Death, Dope, Combiechrist, OTEP, Mushroomhead, Soulfly and many more.  Suicide Puppets have now won two consecutive awards for "Best Metal Band" at the Central Pennsylvania Music Awards.   --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beyondthebreakpodcast/support
Episode 4 of Beyond the Break features Prime8, an eclectic metal band from Pittsburgh, ahead of their performance at the Keystone Stage in December during the Metal For Morris Benefit. Band members Dave Magnus, Josh Boies, Mikey Staab, and Sean Schemel join us on Thanksgiving to talk about band life, the business aspect of their craft, and the “c” word- cancer. As a group of 22 years, the four detail their roles in the band and how they deal with inevitable member changes. With their 6th album in the works, they discuss their songwriting styles, what drives them as entertainers, and how they keep things fresh on stage. Sean explains unique avenues of small-business partnership the band has used that can help artists increase sales and the public’s participation with their brand. With an emphasis on evolution, Prime8 shares how they stepped outside their comfort zone through the rewarding process of creating their song “Empty on the Inside.” They open up about the challenges while writing the song, recording the audio tracks, and filming their homemade music video. The band gets real about their strong support for the Metal For Morris Benefit, which is a fundraising effort and metal show for a local PA woman battling breast cancer. As cancer is a sad, rampant force that affects so many, the band is not only donating their time to travel & perform, but $5 from every shirt sold on the day of the show will also be donated directly to the family. Prime 8 were finalists during Season 2 of The Big Break Contest! They hail from Pittsburgh bringing a unique, distinctive sound as well as lively stage performances. Metal For Morris is a benefit show for Beverly Anne Morris where all proceeds will go to the Morris family to help them make ends meet during these troubling and difficult times. Everyone involved including the promoter, venue, and bands have agreed to donate all their earnings to the family. 6:00 PM Doors Open 7:30 PM Thanatos 8:00 PM Royal Hell 9:00 PM Prime 8 10:00 PM Brotality 11:00 PM Suicide Puppets 12:00 AM LB Entertainment (Karaoke) Ages 16+, BYOB 21+ to Drink $10 pre-sale or $12 at the door. Tickets available online at thekeystonestage.com/events/metal-for-morrisget --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beyondthebreakpodcast/support
Get the need-to-know from vocal coach and entrepreneur, Ben Dugas of LB Entertainment.   Ben Dugas of LB Entertainment joins Johnnie and Eyal to explore how to sound better on stage and preserve the longevity of the only voice we get in our lifetime! Reaching back to the age of 13, Ben has over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He is a classically-trained vocalist with additional training in rock vocals who has spent his years performing short- and long-term with bands including FOF, and has performed in, coordinated, and directed numerous theater productions. He has lent his talent to productions such as Rocky Horror Picture Show, Beauty & The Beast, and Mama Mia! Outside of performing, Ben offers individual vocal lessons and runs LB Entertainment, an event planning and DJ/karaoke business. He discusses the event planning aspect of his business a bit, explaining the demands he faces that guests would rarely see. He also gets into how his regular karaoke nights have expanded, growing in popularity, and shares stories of rewarding experiences he’s had. Most notably, Ben talks to current and aspiring vocalists and offers tips for putting on the best show possible. He details what warm ups, practice techniques, and after-performance remedies are best to build and maintain the vocal instrument for all genres. He shares how to recover best when the voice is overworked, and demystifies the technique of the “straw method.” --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beyondthebreakpodcast/support
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