Bill Clements is a phenomenal bass player by any standard. Throw in the fact that he lost his right hand years ago in an unfortunate industrial accident and you quickly realize just how remarkable he is.

We had the opportunity to sit with Bill and not only learn the history of his craft and the accident that shaped his style of play, but also got a glimpse of his character. Wacky at times and serious at others, Bill Clements is not only a great bass player but a great man, taking what life throws at him in stride, letting nothing get in his way of expressing the art within his head, heart and soul.

Born and raised in the Battle Creek, Michigan area, Bill was turned on to music at the age of 13 by the Progressive Rock stylings of such bands as The Who, Yes, Rush, Supertramp and more. This new found interest was a calling of sorts and he new he had to explore the possibilities of expression through this art form. Since everybody and their brother already played guitar, he chose the bass to hone his craft, and that he did.

At the age of 21, his world was changed forever. An unfortunate industrial accident took his right hand. A career ending event for most, Bill had determined, pretty much right away at the hospital, that this minor set back was going to be just that... a minor setback. This is a true testament to the character that has guided him through life ever since. He adapted his style of play and carried on, a decision that has inspired many along the way.

Bill, it's an honor to know ya.




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Hugo Ferreira, front man and founder of Tantric, has an interesting story to be told. Born of Portuguese descent when his military father was stationed  in Africa, he moved to the States when very young. Playing piano for as long as he can remember, he has always been musically driven. It was this drive that compelled him to move to the Motor City fresh out of high school to pursue his passion. And that he did.

One project led to another and he found himself in a band called Merge, who happened to be managed by the same company that managed another band called Days Of The New (DOTN). Playing shows together, Hugo met the boys that would one day be available when it was time for DOTN to restructure. When that time came, Tantric was born.

Fast forward 15 years and 5 albums later, Leon had a chance to sit with Hugo and his latest line up consisting of Derek Isaacs, TJ Taylor and Scott Wilson, a couple of real stand up guys form the South, to talk about some history and the latest release, 37 Channels.

Helping give life to 37 Channels are an impressive list of players and friends, including Shooter Jennings, Leif Garrett, bluesy rhythm guitarist Kenny Olson (Kid Rock); Hinder singer Austin Winkler, Saving Abel guitarist Scott Bartlett, Uncle Kracker axeman Kevin McCreery, and drummer Greg Upchurch (3 Doors Down). But make no mistake. If Ferreira is the only original member, 37 Channels is still very much a Tantric record. “It’s always been my baby. I’m still the guy who co-founded the band back in Louisville,” Hugo explains. “I've had different incarnations throughout the years, and the sounds have changed with the different players, but this is the most “Tantric” Tantric record so far." 





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Welcome to MotorCityMusicians.Com, South East Michigan's premiere music industry community. It is a site designed to be a centralized place for all people involved in the music industry to find and exchange information. Whether you are an instrumentalist, a vocalist, a producer, an engineer, a club owner, event planner or just someone interested in being part of the scene. you've come to the right place.

This site is currently comprised of 3 valuable main areas:

  • A blog where we will feature artists, bands, clubs, recording studios, events and more.
  • A forum will allow you to connect with other people in the area to find and discuss the info you need in an array of topics.
  • A calendar of events will be available to post what is going on in the area.

We hope that you will become an involved member to help strengthen the music industry here the Motor City and the rest of South East Michigan!
"Flip the Script!" The interviewer becomes the interviewee...

Leon Carpenter, founder of MotorCityMusicians.Com and host of MCM-TV was contacted recently by Sam McClain, founder of SamShowNation.Com and host of the "Just Talking With Sam" podcast. Sam had discovered MotorCityMusicians.Com and became interested in the story behind it.

He had the opportunity to sit with Leon and have a casual chat about who he is and what this new company is all about. They discussed the origins of the idea, where it currently stands, and what is planned for the future of this new and well received site. They even touched on Leon's "other" project...

Sam is a podcaster who speaks his mind on anything. With more than 200 of them under his belt, and a new one dropping every Sunday, he has had a myriad of guests on his show. Check out this podcast and more by visiting his site SamShowNation.Com and clicking on the podcast link at the top. Or, check them out on iTunes and Stitcher.


Go Directly To This Podcast




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A nice blend of Paramore meets No Doubt... heavy on the Gwen. At least, that is my take on Kaleido, a newer but seemingly veteran band. At just 2.5 years old, this band has already racked up a list of credentials that any band would envy.

Kaleido surfaced in Detroit in October 2011 as a powerhouse female fronted rock/pop band. The group fuses heavy hitting rock with fresh, melodically driven pop. Possessing enough torque to change the game and rescue rock & roll, Kaleido is familiar, yet rare. A Molotov cocktail of larger than life personality, passion, real life lyrics, tight musicianship, and an earth shaking live show, Kaleido is turning heads across the country.

Kaleido has had dates on the 2012 & 2013 Van's Warped Tour, CMJ Music Marathon, dates on the 2013 Rockstar Uproar Festival, lead singer Christina Chriss singing the National Anthem for the Detroit Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings, opening for Kid Rock, Evanescence, The Offspring, Chevelle, Skid Row, Tesla, Twenty One Pilots, and more. Kaleido was named the 2013 & 2014 BEST ROCK BAND in DETROIT by Real Detroit Weekly, and also won the 'People's Choice' on 89x for 11 consecutive nights, beating big name artists Muse, Jack White, Blink 182, & Billy Talent to name a few. Kaleido has gained a very strong and loyal fanbase called the "KaleidoFam".


Hear samples of 4 of their tracks off of the new album in this feature during the MCM-Minute breaks and be sure to check out the extended version on our YouTube channel for longer answers and additional questions.

 



Kaleido's new sophomore release 'UNBREAKABLE' (produced and recorded by Chuck Alkazian at Pearl Sound) is available on iTunes : https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/unbreakable/id844970259






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We have launched our Kickstarter campaign to raise the capital to complete our merch page. This campaign is intended to raise the funds needed to start offering branded merchandise to the Motor City Musicians supporters. Each reward offered will reflect a few of the items intended for the merch page but with a special twist. This initial inventory will include a special, limited edition "Founding Member" stamp that will indicate that the bearer of the item has been a supporter since the beginning.

We've limited this offering to just a handful of items so that we can keep the goal low and more achievable but up'd the anti with the limited edition logo. We have some cool ideas for upcoming items once the page is completed but it all starts here. We hope you become a part of it now.

Please check out the campaign to see what is offered and consider a pledge. We can sure use your support to start our journey towards our goals, which are explained in the video on the campaign page. Once you have become a part of this campaign or even if you don't right away, please spread the word and share. You may know someone that believes in what we are doing or that might just like some of the swag.

Please pledge now...

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1140313004/motor-city-musicians-merchandise-start-up


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Keep the music alive,
Leon Carpenter
founder
MotorCityMusicians.Com