|Posted by Soda on October 28, 2019 at 11:45 AM|
Saturday, October 26th was the 9 year anniversary of my mighty Mother's passing. As if the day wasn't already historical enough for me I awoke to the shocking news that my friend, former Nox Cult bandmate and often Music-Survival-Guide co-host Ronnie "Monkey"...had left us. This news being even more earth-shaking as just Thursday night we went to his home with our Daughter and celebrated Halloween with his wife and kids, ate junkfood and watched The Nightmare Before Christmas. It was one of those perfect and simple moments we all take for granted. It is a moment I will now thank God for the rest of my life I was given as less than 40 hours later, he was gone. As a bandmate and professional partner he was not an easy man to work with, but, what I can tell you is that he could play everything effortlessly and was the best drummer I ever had. He knew his way around every piece of gear he touched and truly was masterful. When not doing music he worked for his Dad's company and maintained a ferocious work ethic we would all envy while providing for his wife and two children. Now, my heart aches for them. This is the fourth band member I have lost in my time making music, and I hate it. I lit a candle for them and my Mother. People...please understand that this life is a gift and nothing with it is certain. Make amends, make peace and try for happiness. I will do the same.
|Posted by Soda on July 30, 2019 at 12:40 AM|
This past weekend was a whirlwind of fun and privilege. It was such an honor to be a part of the end of Spookey Ruben's rare East Coast tour (NYC, NJ, & LI) first performing as O.T. Biggs in his experimental VHS show to playing and singing side by side with him at the amazing private house show we hosted, (which was also Piper's first show!) All this was also surrounded by the amazing art of Yori Hatakeyama and our friends/extended family. Special thanks to John for being a good sport and to Lemons and Gem for traveling with me and feeding me! And of course, endless thanks and gratitude to SPOOKEY for letting me be a part of all this greatness.
|Posted by Soda on May 31, 2019 at 8:05 PM|
Crazy to even say...this album is now celebrating it's 20 year anniversary. I always talk about other people's records that changed my life...but this one certainly has and I MADE THIS ONE. I'm so happy to have been a very young kid making music on as serious a level that I possibly could have. I was the only teenager in my town saying I was making records. People didn't get it. I'm going to celebrate this album as much as I can for the next few weeks and breathe some new/more life into it. This record did a lot for us...some really awesome experiences. I can go on and on...I'll do a big post for this over at MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE soon. I wanted to do much more for this album 20 years later but my budget is really not much of a "budget" these days. But how cool is it that I can tell you that today, 20 years later, "MEOW" is getting bit of a re-release digitally! It'll now be further and finally available on services like iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play and well beyond that as it continues to get distributed. You'll be able to STREAM this record now well outside of the Soda world. Music never dies, it continues to live and sometimes grow. So, go discover and never stop digging and maybe sometime this weekend find a new spot to listen to "MEOW" and let me know what you find! Special thanks to Mike for years of camaraderie.
|Posted by Soda on May 14, 2019 at 11:05 PM|
Only one rehearsal remains before the NOX CULT reunion show THIS SUNDAY. The support and excitement this week has been really rad. I'd like to thank Wadio and Ambush Radio for spinning the band this week:
*ALSO want to thank the Alternative Dudes Podcast for having me on their show. Super fun, super geeky. Give it a listen:
|Posted by Soda on April 24, 2019 at 10:55 AM|
Hey out there...wherever you are. I have almost everything ON SALE in my shop, whatever is not can't be made any cheaper than it already is. So, if you would like to grab something, now is a good time. I will keep this stuff on sale for the forseeable future. Thanks.
|Posted by Soda on April 1, 2019 at 10:05 PM|
Happy April Fools Day! The below transmission is no joke.
Brothers and Sisters of the NOX, the CULT has been resurrected! Yes, NOX CULT is back together. One more time. We have been brought back for a benefit show to honor and empower our Cult Member, Friend, Brother and Father, Gio "Silver Fox" as he fights for his health. This is an official announcement about the engagement which will take place on May 19th. The line-up is absolutely incredible. This is our first time performing together in over 3 years and my return to the stage in 2 and a half! This will be a night to remember. Ink the date and get to this. Let's shake the world. Wherever you are make your plans now and get there early. We want to see ALL. OF. YOU.
|Posted by Soda on January 1, 2019 at 10:10 PM|
Well...Happy New Year. It's 2019...hard to imagine. Also amazing that my website has now been up for 10 years. Thats' when I really started the "Official" Soda thing...I figured I needed a way to seperate myself from any soft drinks, haha.
I was thinking, what can I do this year for my little anniversary? I have a bunch of stuff in mind from Crafty Chaos events, MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Podcasts, possible shows(!), sales on merch, giveaways...a bunch of stuff. I've got a whole year to do whatever I like And, I will. SO, thanks for stopping by and being around. For the first day of 2019 I will release a new Episode of the Podcast tomorrow, BUT, below is an advance link:
|Posted by Soda on December 3, 2018 at 7:55 PM|
EXCITED to be a part of this. Run up!
|Posted by Soda on November 13, 2018 at 8:25 PM|
Just a quick post, VERY newsworthy in the Soda world. I just wanted to take a moment to welcome my Daughter to the world! PIPER was born on 11.06.18 in Oswego NY. Our adoption journey has come to an end. Mission accomplished! What an experience. We are all home and doing awesome, learning and loving more and more everyday. Thanks for welcoming her in with us everybody!
|Posted by Soda on October 22, 2018 at 8:55 PM|
BRAND SPANKING NEW ENAMEL PINS JUST IN!
They are going up in the store momentarily.
LiVE WEiRD DiE WEiRD
24 on Pink and 31 on Black! - Size 2 x 2 1/2
Head over to the BUY STUFF section and ROCK IT!
|Posted by Soda on October 20, 2018 at 12:30 AM|
Guys! I'm so psyched to be in the new issue of Vellum Mag that just came out! "Vellum 21", just released, and I was kindly sent a digital copy to drool over. It looks amazing. This shot of me is from ArtNY some months back AND they even dropped a full page MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE ad. Geez, what a surprise! Please check out Vellum Mag over at: www.VellumArtzine.com
What an honor, Vellum Mag has been an advocate for me for so long and I'm just so grateful for these beautiful things.
|Posted by Soda on October 18, 2018 at 9:20 AM|
In all of my years of running around on the maddening path I have followed for so long I have never been presented with such a gift. I'm always so flattered when people I have met along the way surprise me with any sort of something of any kind. But this...this goes beyond anything I have ever received. And to be given this gift because I have, quote/unquote, inspired someone, is the sweetest center to this whole thing. I'm so honored and just blown away by this. I'm finally a goddamn action figure! Really a dream come true to be immortalized in plastic form...especially for such a geek and hardcore toy guy like myself. I may not be some famous-type "artist" like I thought I may have been when I was a kid with those kinda daydreams (Lord knows I've tried) but, it's things like this that make me realize that I am truly successful because I HAVE influenced someone in a positive way. For any of you that have ever given a shit, past, present or future. You have made it all worth it and I thank you. - Soda figure by Guy Bernice-
|Posted by Soda on September 23, 2018 at 9:15 PM|
Soda's Crafty Chaos featured on Svengoolie last night! YEAH! Sven loved the candle and bumped it on his show on METV during his showing of Revenge of the Creature.
|Posted by Soda on August 12, 2018 at 10:15 PM|
Whoa...hey guys. SO, 11 unopened copies of the long out of print and highly sought after album, MEOW by my old band Violet Daydream have been found. Our bass player, Mike, recently cleaned out old boxes in a closet and found a handful of copies of the record that got us a production deal when we were very young kids. It has been hailed as a classic and I am so very happy to have been a part of that magic. I now have put the copies up for sale in the BUY STUFF section. Get it while you can!
|Posted by Soda on June 25, 2018 at 6:35 AM|
Good morning! Let's start the week right and share something cool. I'll go first. Check out this interview I just gave to the Going Boom podcast. I myself haven't even listened to it yet. So let's check it out! Thanks! And thank you Jay Radioj