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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Welcome to the Dream, a Documentary by Rat Skates

When I produced my debut issue of Retaliate digital magazine, I'd sat down with former Overkill drummer Rat Skates, one of my thrash metal heroes I've since become friends with. Rat has recently issued two critically-acclaimed documentaries related to his time spent in the music industry, Get Thrashed and Born in the Basement. Born in the Basement especially delves deep into the foundations of Overkill and how effective the DIY ethos was for Rat and the original lineup of the band. Watch it and learn, folks. This is a blueprint to marching your way up through the underground.

Rat is currently filming a new documentary about the music industry and since we've interviewed together, I've become involved in this project, plus a separate venture Rat and I will be undertaking in the immediate future.

Welcome to the Dream: The Rude Awakening of Stardom is an investigative analysis of truths and realities behind making it in the music industry, as conveyed by Rat's guests, which include members of Lynard Skynard, Twisted Sister, Megadeth, Anvil, Living Colour and former Dream Theater/current Avenged Sevenfold drummer, Mike Portnoy.

While a large portion of Rat's film has been completed, the bottom line to this independent enterprise is, of course, needing a new bottom line to finish the project. Rat's objective to Welcome to the Dream is to serve as a wake-up call and a warning to up-and-coming musicians and artists that the industry should be approached with certain caveats. Nobody who's ever come into music without the proper knowledge has ever not been taken for a ride.

Even with all the Behind the Music specials and deep probing backstage in other documentaries for new artists to consult, the youth of today starting a band still comes in blind. The music industry is seductive, everybody wants to become the next overnight sensation. The internet may serve as a key inside that has previously never been there, however, the unspoken rules are still there and still...well, unspoken. Until now.

Please have a look at my interview with Rat Skates to get deeper into his mindframe behind Welcome to the Dream and then visit his site with a mere click below. If you want to get involved or you know of a financier who would like to help back this project, please contact myself here or through Rat's site. Your support is genuinely appreciated...

Welcome to the Dream website

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Please Visit The Crash Pad of Ray Van Horn, Jr.

Greetings, everyone! I've been monitoring the traffic here at The Metal Minute, which continues to receive hundreds of hits each day. That's beyond humbling and I thank every single one of you for your tireless support. Now I invite you to tap an extra click on your mouse or laptop cursor and come by The Crash Pad of Ray Van Horn, Jr.

Topics about music, film, books, writing and other flotsam courtesy of yours truly are posted regularly, so drop in and get cozy. I also keep readers posted on what's new with me and my writing news. Bookmark me, trade links with me, let's boom the new page like you've all graciously done for The Metal Minute! I know you're all there, bless ya, and I want to see your smiling mugs.

If you're an editor and open to some pitching, please drop me a line. I'm still connected to the scene and would love to field some writing or live photo work for you.

In the meantime, click here to jet over to the Crash Pad and bring some Guinness or Smithwicks if you have it:
The Crash Pad of Ray Van Horn, Jr.