DJ Rob Chaoz – Who is this guy? I think its time for a little explanation of who I am, what I do and what it is that I am doing in the local music scene. I am starting a huge #supportsystem for musicians in my area by covering shows, spreading awareness, advertising dates and providing an outlet where there was once none for the local scene. I am an ambassador to the unheard musicians of Virginia who need a voice.
A little about me: I grew up in California, playing in and out of bands from Los Angeles down to San Diego California. I have played my fair share of small to mid level stages and spent a lot of the other time skateboarding. I got married, had two kids and moved to the country where I had planned on chilling out and slowing down a bit but what I have discovered has left me far from relaxed. In fact I am more motivated and excited about the music scene than ever. I have stumbled across what I believe to be one of the hottest recently untapped areas for local music that has been discovered in awhile. The hills of Virginia ROCK!
Check out a local video with my guest appearance with local legends Mourn the Illusion. CLICK HERE to see me sit in on a guest spot for a song while they played their second set at Toppers Feb 28th. (Keep an eye out a full show review will be coming out from my Feb. 28th two-show appearance) To my understanding and prying of the locals such as Mr. Steve Lott from Loud n Clear Productions who has done sound for the areas largest festivals for many many years, this area used to be a huge hot spot for local music and their were more places to play out than there were bands. Due to a LOT of changes made in the area , an era of local music just petered out and died. Since it’s rekindling several years back many bands have formed, and now it seems there is an over abundance of bands, and not as many fans attending the shows. The local radio stations seem to be slightly receptive, but nothing on a scale worth noting for the local bands. I have been here for 8 years and have only seen about 2 radio appearances worthy of mention. But I could not recall a single band in the area getting airplay. Why is that?
For the most part they play what they are supposed too.
So who is helping these bands get exposure?
When I first had heard of the Liberty Mountain Snowboard and Skatepark in Lynchburg, Virginia I got very excited. My new home town has a skatepark, a year-round snowboarding park, and a fair amount of clubs to play local music. Why is this place not booming off the map? oh yea. I am not on the California beach anymore. But there seems to be a fair amount of people in the area because national acts such as: HELL YEA and AVATAR frequent a couple of nearby clubs like as Phase 2 in Lynchburg and Aweful Arthurs in Roanoke. There seems to be a lack of outlet for these musicians other than a local newspaper and a few online Facebookers who take the time to announce the weekly shows and locations. Really most of the ads and flyers are shared on Facebook pages and people are wondering why they are not packing shows. Facebook is limiting content because they want you to PAY to reach people. Its time to move away from it unless you have an advertising budget.
I have made it a personal goal to bring you the incredibly under-rated awesomeness that is the Lynchburg music sceneand share with you a piece of our world because I feel like everybody is looking around like what do we do next, and really I could not stand idle. So we are taking things off the Facebook grid and have a legit radio station that works with the bands and plays local music along with the signed artists they are influenced by. The station helps by pumping out show info, sharing and supporting music across the globe as well as local to each DJ. Each DJ is unique in their show and they have so much passion for their craft it shows. It really does. Check out Big D and the House of Pain by clicking the link here: https://www.facebook.com/BigDadrenaline101 Not only is the station pumping the internet waves full of great music to the world, but it is also a huge online resource in the form of The Heavy Metal ICU. A Global Heavy Metal blog that has representatives across the globe covering shows, doing interviews and bringing you the very best in all things heavy metal.
The little town of Lynchburg, Virginia has an underground music scene like no other. To this I am sure of. Home to one of the largest up and coming Universities in the country, Liberty University, this small town has an abundance of very talented musicians and together we can show this region who runs this joint by supporting each others shows, sharing the pages of your fellow band mates and showing mutual respect across the genres by booking with bands you may not normally consider. By doing this you are tapping into unknown territory and sharing your music with crowds that may not normally have come out to see you. Step outside your realm of normalcy and book a show with a band you have never played with before. Keep the roation productive and constant. #supportyourscene Playing the same bands in the same locations will over saturate a market and people will be burnt out on your seemingly routine events.
Growing up in California myself I didn’t really know what to expect moving out to a small town in the hills. But as several years have passed and I am still discovering more and more bands that are putting in some really notable amounts of work into their sets, I feel more and more at home with a group of people who put their all into their bands. So when one of the bands catches a break and gets an opening spot for a regional or national touring act, I cant help but wonder if this was all they had to look forward too. Was this it really it? Something has to be done.
It seems as if the local radio stations are very exclusive, and not really recognizing the volume of musicians in the area. I met up with Trauma almost a year ago when he asked me if I was ready to start a radio show. I asked him to give me some time to get my band project fully functional and thriving GravelDrag, Bedford, Virginia) and almost 6 or so months later I had put enough time into all of my priorities to take on another project.
This project is the weekly show “The Screamers Lounge” on Adrenaline 101 Radio.
I have assembled most of the bands I know who are mutual supporters and I am adding more each month to the show. We are a growing army of support who will show their love and help by putting a like on your post and helping to keep the music scene alive by showing a genuine interest in the music that is entertaining our community every weekend. As this entity continues to gain momentum and more and more bands are coming together to see how we are working together I am finding a lot more opportunities in the form of exposure to share with the community and tools such as music reviews (which is the press you need to prove your bands worth to these clubs who aren’t calling you back silly!) to take with you and continue your fight along the avenue of an aspiring musician.
I am excited to bring to you the VERY best the community of Lynchburg has to offer and sharing with you the aspiring musicians of the world who come knocking on my door during this journey.
Keep it real my friends, its a pleasure to meet you. Thanks for reading.
-DJ Rob Chaoz –
Rock DJ / Dir. Social Media / Adrenaline 101 Radio