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Henrietta Post
  • J.J. Lang to rock Indie Music Channel Awards

  • Henrietta singer J.J. Lang has been in the music game since 1989. Over the past 24 years, he's played everything from acoustic rock to the blues, goth rock, and hair metal, but Lang said his favorite thing to play has always been his own original rock music.


    Now, that rock music is earning him award nominations.

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  • Henrietta singer J.J. Lang has been in the music game since 1989. Over the past 24 years, he's played everything from acoustic rock to the blues, goth rock, and hair metal, but Lang said his favorite thing to play has always been his own original rock music.
    "Writing my own music, I've always believed in my songs," Lang said. "I never felt I had to play cover songs to keep a crowd."
    After leaving Boneyard —the popular local band he founded in 2008, late last year, Lang, 41, proved himself right this year when his new band, The J.J. Lang Band, was nominated for four 2013 Indie Music Channel Awards: Best Rock Band, Best Rock Song ("American Honey"), Best Male Rock Artist, and Best Recording ("Train Wreck"). On April 27 and 28, the band will perform for the awards and VIP party at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA.
    "I think I am finally on the right path to making it in the music business," Lang said.
    Q: When and why did you first start playing music? Is there a story behind your first instrument?
    A: In kindergarten, at recess, we would use two-by-fours as guitars and play or lip-sync to records. I was always the singer and frontman. After that, in third grade, I saw a KISS Magazine. It was all over!
    Q: How is your personal musical history influencing your recent work? In what ways have you grown as a musician through your experience and as a person through your music?
    A: From the first band until now, I've taken all the experiences, good and bad, and learned from them, applying all that I have learned along the way to produce a better show or better product.
    I've always written music that makes me "feel" —whether it's a killer groove, heartbreak or something people can relate to — with a touch of tongue in cheek to keep people guessing.
    Q: When did you know you wanted to get serious about being a musician?
    A: I finally got serious and joined my first band in '89. I was tired of pretending in my living room. We played live at an "open jam" at Backstreets Bar the very first day!
    Q: What is your latest project and what about it excites you most?
    A: My latest project is called The J.J. Lang Band and I am blessed to play with such pro musicians. They take my mediocre songs with potential and make them pro-caliber songs. I am limited in my guitar playing, but these guys know their instruments.
    Q: What draws you to the guitar?
    Page 2 of 2 - A: Theres nothing like the sound of an A chord cranked up, and I love becoming my own blend of Gene Simmons/Paul Stanley on stage.
    Q: In which genre(s) would you classify your music?
    A: The JJ Lang Band is what I call an American rock band. Some Groove, Some Dirt & Grit, and Soulfulness. Not Hard Rock, Not Blues, Not Southern, just good ol' American rock 'n roll!
    Q: How did you get involved with the Indie Music Channel?
    A: I saw that they were putting on a show called Revolution Fest last year and I sent them my info hoping someone may like it. Indie Music Channel President and Founder, Chris Ewing got in touch with me letting me know he was impressed. Since then, he has been a fan and advisor to me.
    Q: How does it feel to be recognized by the Indie Music Channel Awards?
    A: Amazing. To have people in that position in this business actually pick me and my songs over hundreds of other submissions was humbling. Yes, I know I can sing and I write some decent songs, but this is worldwide. I must admit, I was a little weepy when I saw that I was nominated for not one but four awards.
     

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