The NEW Bardots
The NEW Bardots are a newly formed group of seasoned musicians who are on a mission to revive, and keep alive, great Rock and Roll music. The group reformed to write, record and tour; their early roots were in the vibrant NYC music scene (CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City, China Club and more). Lifelong friends and former band mates, Gar Francis and Wayne Olivieri (Rockids), along with former band mate Dan Skye (Olivier’s Twist) and new drummer Johnny Rago….are 4 New Jersey veterans out to save Rock and Roll from extinction! Taking one of Rock and Rolls most classic tunes and making it their own, The New Bardots have released the single, “Great Balls of Fire” from their forth coming LP ‘The NEW Bardots.’ The group looks forward to bringing their high energy, pure Rock and Roll shows to a venue near you.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Yes, when I was young like 5 years old I heard ”The Beatles” for the first time and I knew right then I wanted to be a Beatle or just like them.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I was in London, The UK, with the Howard Stern show, after the broadcast we went to dinner and I got invited on stage with Dee Snyder from Twisted Sister. Howard and I were singing with Dee when some punk rockers threw a bottle at us. Dee jumped off the stage and punched the guy; then a huge bar fight started. we both ducked and hid behind one of the huge guitar amps till it was over. Howard spoke all about it on the air the next day how I and he were cowards…lol
What has been the high point of your music path?
The high point is this album “French Kisses” and band The NEW Bardots. I’m very proud of it and the band is great.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I usually write the music first or if I’m co-writing the music always seems to come before my lyrics. I always try to write from my heart and not just do it for commercial success. Let's take a minute to check out Great Balls of Fire!
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Younger / new kids don’t have the venues to play live, which I think is essential for honing your craft. The music industry has gotten stagnant and only pushes the top 40 style music of the day, which forces all others to go indie. This is a bad thing; all the big music companies care about is the money, not the art.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I really don’t have any want or need to share the stage with anyone in particular.I ‘ve been lucky to be on stage with many of the world’s biggest rock stars including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Huey Lewis, Dee Snyder and many others.Well......actually I would love to sing with Queen.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Rehearsals are usually once a week………and it is where we come up with all of our material. Gar Francis usually starts playing something and we all join in and it becomes a song. I will sing a melody with whatever words come to mind for the moment. I record it and write the real lyric before the next rehearsal.To prepare for a live show we really don’t do much except run through the songs, but even then, we still threw in a new idea if it comes up.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it! Honestly, I never had a song that was a challenge to write….yet. What's coming up in the future? Hopefully a tour…….and some TV appearances. Maybe for me a solo album also
Tell us where fans can access your music? You can get us on ANY of the major download sites iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby etcAnd at our record label Bongo Boy Records