Podcast #3: Life in an up-and-coming rockband: BLISTER
“Ramone” from the Malaysian hard-rock band “BLISTER” sits down and talks about music & what life is like in a band that plays big shows.
About this episode Welcome to the third episode.
A week before recording this episode, I saw Guns ‘n Roses live on their “Not in this lifetime Tour” in Perth, Australia. Before the show, I was hanging out in a bar and I saw this dude who had a serious, full-on rock ‘n roll look. Big hair, beard, sunglasses, leather jacket.
Of course I had to go and talk to him.
It turned out that he was in “Blister”, one of the biggest rock bands from from Malaysia. These guys opened for none other Slash himself, twice.
We had a great conversation about music, and I figured we might as well continue talking with the mic present. And talking we did, for three hours straight. Ramone, the guitar player in Blister, shared many cool stories about the rock ‘n roll life, what it’s like to be in an up and coming band, what it was like to be the opening act for Slash, how his band got fucked over their record label, how they hung out with the queen of Cambodia, how they created their own fraternity, and how they trashed a fancy wine and dine event with 20 members of said fraternity.
You can find them on the internet and social media by searching for #weareblister, because just searching for “blister” doesn’t yield the search results that you want.
Ramone is a fascinating guy with good stories.
If you’re a fan of rock music, you’ll like this one.
Contents 00:05:01 – Led Zeppelin 00:07:03 – The origin of Blister 00:09:00 – Backyard Pub in Malaysia 00:13:00 – Being on a reality TV show (Blast Off Battle of the Bands) 00:16:00 – World heritage 00:18:25 – The opening act for Slash 00:24:20 – Showtime 00:31:00 – The VIMA awards 00:36:40 – Record label issues 00:44:30 – Playing a gig for FHM 00:49:29 – Opening for Slash again 00:53:19 – Random travel banter 01:09:35 – Prince 01:14:50 – It ain’t easy 01:18:00 – Playing the big opening act 01:37:54 – Guitar gods 01:42:25 – The band 01:56:49 – #WeareBlister 02:02:00 – Hanging out with the Princess of Cambodia 02:11:40 – Advice for aspiring musicians 02:24:40 – Wild Rock ‘n Roll stories 02:31:30 – Crashing a party 02:46:50 – What’s next & some track samples
Recording details Recorded on Febuary 23, 2017; in the backyard of my place at the time in Perth, WA, Australia.
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