I think we are lacking love and respect for people and other musicians in our industry. It sickens me how musicians used to be honored and adored and now with social media we are usually raked over the coals and hated on. There’s so much crap going on in the world I think we really need to pull together as human beings and respect one another as individuals.
As part of my series featuring the rising stars in the music industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Stacey Blades of the Electric Radio Kings. Electric Radio Kings are an exciting new active rock band that hails from Las Vegas, Nevada but its branches stretch out farther than that. The band was formed in 2017, with deep roots in New Orleans, Los Angeles and Toronto. This amazing new quintet is part of the quickly rising resurgence of new rock n’ roll that is taking back popular and mainstream music. ERK gained quick momentum with the release of their 2017 EP “Lights Fantastic” which featured the single and video “Sympathy for Me” which charted on active rock radio at #152 and smashed through the top 5 on classic rock radio mediabase charts at #4 behind Greta Von Fleet, Guns ‘N Roses and Cheap Trick! The band was featured by the King of shock rock himself, rock icon and legend Alice Cooper. Coop featured the boys on his worldwide syndicated radio show “Nights with Alice Cooper” with his “Deja New” segment stating “The Kings are the real deal with their no frills, in your face, back to basic blues with a 90’sish feel”. The band features Paul Christiana on vocals whose style is often compared to Scott Weiland and Jim Morrison. On Lead guitar is National recording and songwriting artist Stacey David Blades, also on lead and rhythm guitar is Keith Horne and rounding out the rhythm section is former A&M recording artist Johnny Rude on drums and former Sex Slaves bassist Del Cheetah. What makes Electric Radio Kings gain popularity and fans quickly is their combination of many great mixtures of music. With the echoes of past and present ala Cheap Trick, Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots and Guns N’ Roses: Electric Radio Kings reaches a huge demographic. ERK have unleashed their much-anticipated new single “Back to Black” via Landshark Promotion in March of 2019. The track is a remake of the amazing Amy Winehouse hit. The Kings also have their upcoming full- length album “Purrr” which is produced by long time Metallica Engineer extraordinaire Mike Gillies. The band has already charted at #28 on billboard Mainstream Rock charts and broken the top100 at #89 on Active Rock Mediabase charts.
Thank you so much for joining us Stacey! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Stacey: I came from a musical family full of piano players. I stated playing piano at the age of 9 to 11 with heavy lessons. When I was 11 my parents bought me an acoustic guitar and once I picked it up it never left my body.
Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?
Stacey: I’ve been blessed with an amazing music career. Touring around the world many times and a lot of fantastic shows. One major highlight was hanging out with Jimmy page Led Zeppelin’s legendary guitarist at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood back in 2009. Me and my friends were hanging at the pool at the hotel and in walked an older gentleman with white hair in a ponytail and sat next to us. I kept saying that guy looks really familiar and then it dawned on me … I was like “Holy Shit that’s Jimmy Page!!!” I went over to say hi and introduced myself and Jimmy sort of knew who I was. Definitely an amazing moment.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
Stacey: My new active rock band Electric Radio Kings. We are really making some noise and we charted #28 on billboard mainstream rock charts last May with our single Back to Black. The band just also signed with RL Recordings/MI5/ Universal Music Group.
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
See above story lol.
Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?
Stacey: I’d say anybody who makes an impact in your life. Whether that’s a teacher, a colleague, musician or actor. My motto is always be a sponge and absorb as much as you can in life. It makes us who we are!
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Stacey: I’d like to think that my hard work over the years shows anybody that success is possible with the right amount of work and talent. I’m proud of the music I have created and it’s always amazing to hear that from the fans. If something you do puts a smile on someone’s face it’s all positive and music is unity!
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
Stacey: I think we are lacking love and respect for people and other musicians in our industry. It sickens me how musicians used to be honored and adored and now with social media we are usually raked over the coals and hated on. There’s so much crap going on in the world I think we really need to pull together as human beings and respect one another as individuals.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Stacey: It’s so important to not abuse yourself especially while we are getting older. Health and a sound mind and inner happiness are the key!
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
Stacey: Well I can’t think of 5 things but nobody teaches you the “business side” of being a musician when you are very young. Signing bad deals or bad management deals is usually the one that burns us all. They don’t teach that stuff and because of our burn to make it most musicians at some point early on get burned. It’s par for the course and still happens to this day to stars big and small. Oh don’t fall in love with a stripper! Lol
We are blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she just might see this, especially if we tag them 🙂
Stacey: I’ve been pretty blessed meeting a lot of my musical idols. I’d love to meet Neal Schon Journey’s guitarist and came close outside of Pink Berry yogurt in Hollywood years ago, lol. He’s one of my biggest influences still to this day.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Twitter @ERKRadio2017 @Stacey_Blades
Official Website https://www.electricradiokings.com
Thank you for these great insights. This was very inspiring!