Category Archives: Interviews

Under Cover with Steve Horvath

Under Cover with Steve Horvath

Blast Toronto wants its readers to know there is a healthy and wealthy community of tribute and cover bands circulating around the GTA. I got the opportunity to sit down with a keyboardist named Steve Horvath and chew the fat about what is going on with today’s underappreciated but hard working musicians that let their audience reminisce about the music we grew up loving. What I learned was pretty damn interesting, because you would never think this society had its own special set of rules and commitments.

To celebrate the great music of the past and to get people up and dancing and honouring the music they love as well, Steve told me about the importance about a cover band.

Steve went on about doing original songs at a bar, but does that what the crowd really want. It’s probably the weekend and people want to cut loose and have a great time, so playing what the people want to hear…great old tunes. There are not a lot of bands that are going to top Led Zeppelin or The Beatles.

BT – “As a keyboardist, who would be your heroes”?

S.H. – Lennon, McCartney, Imagine what a great song. Let it be… I have heard this song played in church. I had friends pass on and they would play,”Let it be”. I love Rick Wakeman, John Lord, Keith Emerson who loved beating up his keyboards.

BT – Creatively, where would you like to challenge yourself”?

S.H. – I am over 50 now and I still like to practice. I know it sounds crazy, but I still want to put on a fun show where people just want to get up and dance and I can put a smile on their face.

BT –  “Why do you still do what you do?

S.H. – “I love the energy from the crowd, it’s pretty cool and people appreciate it.  Other guys in bands don’t appreciate what they have; it’s a God given talent.

Steve finished with the thought that he is very happy to give onto himself that he gets to give great past songs to an audience that wants to relive their past. He has the enthusiasm and energy to truly treat you to a wonderful night of fun songs.

The Toronto Tribute scene is a tough scene to make a living and doing just tribute tune can be even more difficult. These are the guys you want to see if you have a hankering for a memorable night. Please keep this kind of music alive and well in our great city.

Here are some more pics of Steve Horvath: Photos courtesy of Richards Photography

Terry Draper – Part 2

Terry Draper – Part 2

Part 2 The Fall from grace and the endurance of a true artist, Terry Draper. Sir Army Suite did very little to push them forward and the record company had little faith in this band, but they had a contract to fulfill and this is how the company handled the situation. They were losing their… Continue Reading

Terry Draper

Terry Draper

Part 1 I had the chance to sit down with Terry Draper from Klaatu and have an intimate conversation with him. He was very generous with his stories and recollection of his history. It was a very long conversation, so I will break up this interview in two parts. The first part is his early… Continue Reading

Rocking the Boat

Rocking the Boat

So I am sitting at Yonge/Dundas square, waiting to do an interview with the promoter of Neurotic Entertainment. Across the square I spy a lovely young woman wearing a pink leather jacket waving at me. Her name is Karina Davy and Metal is her game. She sits down and says, “I bet you were not… Continue Reading

Harmonizing with Jay Harmony

Harmonizing with Jay Harmony

Jay Harmony started her singing career like any great soul and R&B singer, in the church.  She grew up learning all the tricks to become the singer she is today. She acknowledges that her Mother had a hand in her growth as a singer. Jay is from Jamaica and has studied different styles of singing, like… Continue Reading

Simply: Kill Sid

Simply: Kill Sid

I got to sit down with Kill Sid at one of their favourite places, Sneaky Dees, and got to know this punk rock outfit a little more. Kill Sid consists of Mike Miller on Guitar/Vocals, Doug MacKinnon on Lead Guitar/Vocals and George Lopes on Drums/Vocals. Mike and George met in college back in 2003 and… Continue Reading

Nanochrist

Nanochrist

I was lucky to sit down with half of Nanochrist a few days ago, and chat about the past present and future. Nanochrist is an Industrial Metal band that formed back in 1998. It has been an uphill struggle with Mike Bryant and Sqworm. Since their formation there has been a revolving door of musicians… Continue Reading

Blast Spotlight on Mike Milan Dedic

Blast Spotlight on Mike Milan Dedic

Mike Milan Dedic grew up in the west end of Toronto and started his guitar playing at the age of 12. He is completely self- taught. I think like any self-taught musician there will be a ton of different influences. So Mike put some of his favourites down on paper. People like, Uli Roth Rand… Continue Reading