I spoke with BUGGY, the thirteen year old rapper fronting the band
ALARM FOR WAR, it was the 16th anniversary of 9/11. I have gotten used
to feeling old when I speak with some of these bands and artists that
have been profiled on ROCKWIRED throughout the years, but there was
something that unsettled me about this young subject. BUGGY, a kid from
Crystal, Minnesota, never lived in a world before 9/11 so the chaos and
the dysfunction that he addresses on his rambunctious debut EP ENEMIES
OF THE STATE is coming from a very real place. What better
for a young man to vent his frustrations and deliver a
"hope and truth" than the blistering sound of rapcore metal? Is this
beyond his years? Could be, but in an age when many believe that the
youth of American grow up too damn fast, maybe an EP like ENEMIES OF
THE STATE has dropped at just the right time. Engineered by BRIAN BART
(LOGIC RECORDINGS), edited and mixed by GRAMMY winner JR. McNEELY and
mastered by BRAD BLACKWOOD, ENEMIES OF THE STATE showcases the band's
potent musical chops and BUGGY's lethal sense of rhyme and vocal
prowess. With a starting point like this, BUGGY's career could go
anywhere. Let's just hop that the young man's idealism stays intact.
had a chance to speak with BUGGY over the phone regarding the music of
ALARM FOR WAR and their new EP. Here is how the interview went.
FOR WAR is on the verge of releasing it's debut EP ENEMIES OF THE
Now that all of the work that has gone into it is behind you, how do
you feel about the finished work? I
was twelve years old when I recorded the first half of the EP
thirteen when I recorded the other half of it. Being in a recording
studio, I wasn't exactly super-nervous but I didn't know what to
expect. With all of the work behind me now, I feel it's a great
Nothing on it is done second rate. It's all top notch. When we were
in the studio, I remember working on one part of it and it wasn't
out right so we went over for about forty-five extra minutes just to
make sure that everything was perfect. If you like RAGE AGAINST THE
MACHINE or ALICE IN CHAINS, you are really going to like this EP. In
fact, it's kind of like RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE on steroids. There is
nothing second rate here. Anyone who likes rap metal is really going ot
like this one.
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who all helped you guys behind the recording console for this album? The
album is pretty much made up by the band.
It all came about from all of us deciding that we wanted to add this
and add that. As far as the lyrics go, that was me collaborating with
the whole band. We all came together and said, let's put some singing
here and put some rapping there. Let's take that out and put
in. That was how that all came together.
talk about this band and what it is you think everyone brings to the
table that makes this thing work. Well
the first thing,
obviously, is that this is a very youthful band. I'm thirteen years old
and the rest of the band is either fourteen or fifteen. We've got a
great team around us. We've got a great bass player and the guitar
player and the drummer are both really good. Despite their ages, they
are really seasoned musicians. I'm the new guy. We all make a great
team. Working with these guys is awesome.
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talk about how a band like ALARM FOR WAR got off the ground. When
I was 12 years
old, I was in the studio working on a separate project when this
seasoned singer noticed that I was singing right on cue with what he
was doing . I was just sitting there on the couch and this
was like "We should get this kid to come in here and do back ups with
me." So I got in and did the backup vocals and I thought it was cool.
After that, I was asked to do a test run in the studio not knowing what
to expect. So I went in there and I had all of these people
asking who my influences were. The truth is, I don't have an
influence. It was just how it came out. I wasn't trying to
like anybody. After the EP was done, people told me that I
like ALICE IN CHAINS and PANTERA and stuff like that. I didn't know
what any of this was. I actually had to look these people up. I didn't
know who they were. After that, we laid down the rapping for the
tracks. It all went well and as they say the rest is history.
what inspired the songs on this EP. Where do they come from? The
songwriting happens in all kinds of ways. There is one song on the EP
that I'll tell you about. It's called DAY TURNED TO NIGHT and there is
a story behind that song. The song is about this kid named ZACH who was
hooked on drugs and was told by everyone that he knew to stop
one day it was going to cost him his life. And then one day after
having huffed some paint in the bathroom of a drug rehabilitation
center, he died. ZACH had been warned not to do it. When people ha
gathered around his body, someone shouted "Where's your God at now?"
The band is focused on the youth of America today. These days it seems
like the youth are subjected to everything and protected from nothing.
They are thrown a lot of stuff. With our music we are giving people the
other side of the spectrum. We're giving them light and spreading
message of hope and truth. As musicians we feel it's our job, unlike
some other people, to spread a good positive message.
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there been any responses to the band and it's music that have surprised
you or that you didn't see coming? It's
kind of cool because I wasn't trying to sound like anybody. When people
hear the music and have a look at me they're like "Wow! He's thirteen
years old! This is impressive! I really like the band!" As a band we
have both singing and rapping, so on a daily basis through FACEBOOK, we
get comments saying 'I don't like the rapping but I love the singing.'
or 'I don't like the singing but I love the rapping.' We are winning
people on both sides. If they don't like one thing, they like another.
The responses have been great and recently we've turned a lot of heads
doing our first show in Illinois. That was a blast.
there any plans in the works to take this music on the road? Our
are working on a setting up a tour and hopefully we'll be on one very
soon. We're just going through deciding what would be the best band to
songs off of ENEMIES OF THE STATE stand out for you the most and why? One
of the songs that stands out for me is CONTROL
OF MY MIND. I just really like the aggressive rap. You can find the
video for it on YOUTUBE. I like the aggressive rap in the beginning and
then the ALICE IN CHAINS approach of it in the center of the song. So
I would have to say that CONTROL OF MY MIND and DAY TURNED TO NIGHT are
my favorites out of the whole EP.
this EP behind you, what is next for ALARM FOR WAR, musically? The
next thing for us is to keep building ourselves upp. Every band starts
out in small places. e re just going to keep winning peole over
until we're doingthe bigger shows and really start reaching
masses with the ALARM FOR WAR message.
Brian Lush is a music industry
professional and entrepreneur. In 2005 he launched the online music
site Rockwired.com to help promote new music artists in conjunction
with the weekly radio show Rockwired Live which aired on KTSTFM.COM
from 2005 - 2009. In 2010 He launched the daily podcast series
Rockwired Radio Profiles which features exclusive interviews and music.
He has also developed and produced the online radio shows Jazzed and
Blue - Profiles in Blues and Jazz, Aboriginal Sounds - A Celebration of
American Indian and First Nations Music, The Rockwired Rock N Roll
Mixtape Show and The Rockwired Artist of the Month Showcase. In 2012,
Brian Lush and his company Rockwired Media LLC launched the monthly
digital online publication Rockwired Magazine. The magazine attracts
over 75,000 readers a month and shows
no signs of stopping. Rockwired Magazine also bares the distinction
of being the first American Indian-owned rock magazine. Brian Lush is
an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe. Brian Lush's background
in music journalism, radio and podcast hosting, podcast production, web
design, publicity, advertising sales, social media and online
marketing, strategic editorial planning and branding have all made
Rockwired a name that is trusted and respected throughout the
independent music industry.