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Oni Logan Interview

Postby Gutterflower » Tue Apr 04, 2006 6:41 pm

ONI LOGAN INTERVIEW:
March 27, 2006

Oni Logan is best remembered as being the lead singer in George Lynch's post-Dokken band Lynch Mob. After departing that group he formed Violets Demise with Dio's Rowan Robertson, but record company politics killed any momentum they may have had. After stepping away from the spotlight, Oni has returned this year to appear on the star studded Liberty N'Justice CD and is awaiting the release of his new solo album.

SR: You recently recorded a song for the new Liberty N'Justice album, how did you get involved with that project?

OL: Mike Lane, the producer of "Soundtrack of a Soul" brought up my name to Justin Murr from Liberty N'Justice. My name was on their wish list for their new CD. So Justin reached out and found me on the other side of the planet and asked me if I would be interested in singing a song for a Christian rock album.

SR: What was it like recording Show Me The Way (which happens to be my favorite track)?

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Oni Logan OL: Thanks very much for your compliment regarding "Show Me the Way". I'm looking forward to hearing the other tracks on the album. As far as the recording, to be honest I was a bit jet lagged from the trip over, so it took me a little while to get into singing mode. But they made me feel very comfortable and within a few hours it was done.

SR: Liberty N'Justice seems to be touted as a Christian rock record, do you feel you fit into that category?

OL: I think a lot of artists and musicians can fit into this "category" that you are talking about. Whether they consciously know it when there creating a song is another matter.
I myself feel, that if it has a positive influence on our existence in some small way, then it has done its job. Therefore I don't categorize religion or beliefs. Everyone has their own right to choose who they will or want to follow. My main duty as a singer/songwriter is to answer to the silent voice that whispers in my ears.

SR: Do you have any other projects in the works right now?

OL: There is an idea for a project in my mind, but I will keep it to myself until it develops into a reality, if you don't mind.

SR: Did your solo album Stranger In A Foreign Land ever get released?

OL: "Stranger In A Foreign Land" will be released, though there hasn't been an actual date slated, for the moment we ask all that are interested to hang in there.

SR: Did you recruit a backup band for this project or is it you and a bunch of your friends? What musicians appear on it?

OL: All the musicians that participated on the recording of "Stranger In A Foreign Land" were chosen for there originality and talent. The Gypsies from Mars are, Bekka Bramlett on backups and 2nd lead vocals, Don Airey on the Hammond and piano, Bertram Engel on drums, Michael Voss on electric guitars, Martin Huch on pedal steel, lap steel, mandolin and dobro, Steffi Stephan, Eda Miles and Matthias Rethmann providing the bass duties, Nippy Noya on percussion, Max Teschner on Fender Rhoads and Hammond keyboards and last but not least Steve Lukather appears on one track.
They all did a wonderful job and it was a great pleasure to have worked with them all.

SR: I've never heard it myself, what does it compare to your other releases?

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Oni Logan OL: This album doesn't compare to any of the other albums that I've done in the past. This was a conscious decision to use my voice in a different manner. To discover another tonality and delivery for a vocal rather then to sing on ten the whole way through.

SR: Who were your biggest influences and when did you decide to pursue music full-time?

OL: Lets see, there are really quite a few in the classic soulful rock category, but I'll mention one of many: Paul Rogers, a wonderful pure voice on those BAD CO records. When I decided to be a musician goes way back to when I was around 5 years of age.

SR: There are all sorts of rumors about how George Lynch snatched you away from Marc Ferrari, but how did it really go down?

OL: To be honest it's been many years so I'm a little foggy on that whole matter, but I will tell you this much it had the makings for a Spinal Tap script.

SR: Did you as if you were letting your Ferrari bandmates down by leaving so close to recording the debut?

OL: Yeah, it was a horrible thing to do. I made a lot of people angry in the industry over that, but I've managed over the years to make an honest effort to apologize to a few of the Ferrari fellas.

SR: What are you best memories of recording Wicked Sensation?

OL: Listening back to the recording of it in the studio on the big monitors when it was finished.

SR: What bands did you tour with, and how did they treat you?

OL: Queensryche in Europe, were very nice people to tour with, Cinderella in the states as well, and one of my favorite people Ronnie James Dio.

SR: What finally led to you and George Lynch parting ways?

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Lynch Mob OL: I think anyone who was or is a Mob fan has heard the story enough times to have grown tired of that messy ending. That time period and chapter is closed for me I do not care to relive it.

SR: After Lynch Mob you started working with Rowan Robertson, how did that project come together?

OL: It was Wendy DIO who had suggested that we get together for writing a session, from that point on we were VIOLETS DEMISE.

SR: Violets Demise managed to get a major label deal, but the album never came out, what happened?

OL: We were considered a big risk and not a commercially viable product that's what led them to consider us a tax write off.

SR: Did the music industry leave a bad taste in your mouth when the Violets Demise album with Robertson was shelved?

OL: Yeah it did, it took me years to get over that one, especially because I believe it to be a great album, it was and is. I don't think that I'll make another one quite like that one again, "really special", not only for Rowan and I but for our close friends that have it and remind us of how ahead of it's time Violets was.

SR: In 1998 you were back in Lynch Mob for the Syzygy EP, looking back how do you feel about that release?

OL: The Syzygy EP was recorded with the idea of it being used solely for a demo purpose for a few record company's to have a listen and decide weather or not they wanted to sign it, but in the end it ended up on Lynch's website for purchase, ultimately I thought that the recording didn't hold up to the legacy of our debut album and never should have been made available.

SR: The hard rock scene always seems to revolve around sex and drugs, did you get caught up in that philosophy?

OL: There was a time, but as time passes on, you grow up.

SR: What is the strangest thing you've ever seen happen on the road?

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Violets Demise OL: I don't think it would be appropriate to mention the story I have in mind.

SR: Anthony Esposito recently said that the two of you were interested in a Lynch Mob reunion, but George turned it down. What transpired there?

OL: Ant and I got together for dinner when I was in California for the holidays. Obviously when two fellas from a band get together, these ideas will always come to the surface, either on a serious level or just out of curiosity. I did bring it up to Ant solely for the purpose of giving the fans the follow up to the "Wicked Sensation" album. I think ultimately we may have learned a few lessons on our journey through life so here's the story.
You see here in Europe I was surprised to see how many people dug the Lynch Mob, and I'm not excluding the States cause I know you're out there, but I think the promoters especially here in Europe genuinely still believe in Rock 'n' Roll. That's why these festivals have such a great turn out. I've been to a few and there were always people I ran into with one question. Why don't you get the Lynch Mob over here for some dates? So I thought why not bring up the idea. So Anthony had the task of putting it out there, but the reply that we got from George's camp was that he was putting together some super-group and that he was not interested. End of story.

SR: Do you have any regrets about the way your career has unfolded?

OL: No, 'cause I'm alive.

SR: Any last words?

OL: "FREE YOURSELF" from all mental slavery.
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Re: Oni Logan Interview

Postby Rock » Wed Apr 05, 2006 1:46 am

Owwww damn everyone in HELL!!!!! There is a few christian rock bands that arent bad : one comes to mind, STRYPER, actually even seen them when they came here in the 80's sometime, but nothing can be more contradictory, than fkn these metal bands singing their BS christian lyrics. I dont give a fuk, if I offend any bible bashing yankees here, coz i think u all suk ass if u take rock/metal music, and put your sukass GOD lyrics to it. To me, u are fkn hypocrits. In the 50's when Elvis was shakin his THANG, all the church groups were on his case, and also on the whole rock'n'roll thing with every other artist. Sooooo now they all do a backflip, and u have all these christian metal bands, I find that to be all a CROC of shit.

So these christian bands can all go shake their ass, but is all cool if u speak the word of GOD. How fkn typical and b.s is that. Whatever keeps the money rolling in, we will allow. You will all fry in HELL...with the rest of us....hahahahahahahahaha

Dont get me wrong, I believe each to their own in religion, but fuk, do u religious wankers change like the wind when money is involved, one thing I despise in life, and u will get me fired up is, religious mofo's that want the best of both worlds. E.G: I am a fkn Minister, so I can fuk woman, unlike a priest in tha catholic church who cant. Grrrrr I am fired allready, u know the religions I am talking about, who use Rock/Metal and any means to make their money, that were once against all this so called "SATANIC" music, now use it to their advantage to drag more suckers in, and make money....... I HATE these "so called" christian metal bands, not for their music as such, but for the principle of using Rock/Metal to promote their fuked up cause, when only afew years ago, it was TABOO to even listen to rock'n'roll. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

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Re: Oni Logan Interview

Postby Deansolo » Wed Apr 05, 2006 2:58 am

8O gulp!......easy now.....calm down. I know where you're comin' from. One of my best friends used to do sound for my band and also for a non-denominational "rock n roll" church, which he attended. When they were a small congregation and just starting out he'd regularly borrow my smaller P.A. whenever the church needed it. I was reluctant to lend it to them, but I was confident that my friend would take care of it (they knew it was my P.A. but never even offered any compensation for wear and tear). Basically he was doing the sound for free and using his (my) own equipment. He'd be there every Sunday morning for the 2 "shows" and sometimes Saturday nights for the youth group dances. well, long story short... The church grew in membership very fast. Within 2 years they had enough funds to build a HUGE new facility with Brand New, built in sound re-inforcement...the whole 9 yards! It wasn't long before the church "management" (Pastor and friends) HIRED a professional sound team, and my buddy was cast aside like a worn out Boss pedal! Over night he became just another member of the congregation. I never even got so much as a thank you, and he never even got to go up into the mezzanine where the console was located just to check it out during a "show"! The dude was f**ckin' heartbroken! And I was pissed 'cuz a couple months later my P.A needed an overhaul! :evil:

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Re: Oni Logan Interview

Postby Gutterflower » Wed Apr 05, 2006 5:02 am

Rock and religion DO NOT MIX! :twisted:
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Postby Rock » Wed Apr 05, 2006 5:13 am

Sorry guys, there are just some religions out there, and "Hardline" ones at that, that seem to bend what they are about, to suit the "Modern" thing. How can a religion adjust to suit modern trends, when the so called word was written and not meant to be changed, yet something that was written thousands of years ago, or some of these religions that were created not long ago, adjust to what is acceptable to suit current feelings, just to attract parishoners. You either follow what was written or u fukoff, no compromise, no change. Just think too many ppl are in to religion for the money, rather than the true feeling of humanity and goodwill, and what was, or is regarded to what the bible or in some cases what their God truly intended. Using rock/metal to spread the word was considered to be the work of the devil, now it all seems to be ok...and why is that??? Coz the fkn Devil put his hand up, and said "It wasnt my doing" LOL...rather, the mainstream accepted it, so the beloved had to find another way to get to the ppl. Now tell me, who is the real Devil here.... Hehehehehehehehehe

I dont have a personal probl;em with any religious ppl, be it catholics, which is what I am meant to be, lol, mormons, 7th day adventists, methodists etc etc etc, and even muslims, if u are a good person, i have time for u, but to use music to your advantage when u once thought it was a sin, suks ass. :twisted:

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Re: Oni Logan Interview

Postby Rock » Wed Apr 05, 2006 5:27 am

Oooops...so sorry Linda, didnt mean to crash your thread and go off topic so much. :(

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Re: Oni Logan Interview

Postby Gutterflower » Wed Apr 05, 2006 6:05 am

Rock wrote:Oooops...so sorry Linda, didnt mean to crash your thread and go off topic so much. :(


It's all good...I was agreeing with what YOU said! :D
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Postby PoetsandMadmen » Wed Apr 05, 2006 6:22 am

Yeah, Rock I was wondering where all this was coming from, because I really enjoyed the interview I read from a very underated vocalist, Oni Logan. He pretty much solidifies my point about rock n roll being alive in Europe too!

Since you brought up religion, I'll make a comment or two. I personally grew up listening to a few Christain hard rock/metal groups. I listened to Stryper and Deliverance mainly. Basically, I'm one of those Bible thumping yankee wankers that you are referring to above. :-) I've been called many things dude, but never that! :-)

I apologize in behalf of any wrong doings or bad experiences that you've had over the years with Christianity. I don't like hearing people get done wrong in the name of religion, because that is hypocritical.

Please keep in mind though, that there are those of us out here that do take our religious convictions seriously and try to live by the teachings of Jesus. By any means, Christians aren't perfect, but we simply accept Jesus Christ as our saviour. Anyone can be a Christian that simply chooses to do so. It's my belief that Christ can save anyone, and I mean ANYONE that chooses to accept him (Christ) as saviour.

As for rock/metal mixing with Christian beliefs, I don't have a problem with it, as long as the band seems to be legit. Nobody can be 100% sure about someone else's beliefs, because only the individual knows how he/she truly believes. Christian hard rock/metal is a subject that is highly debated for sure. I do have a problem with people/bands using religion as a selling or marketing point though. Personally, I do feel that there are musicians out there that are making Christian music simply for the glory of their saviour, and not to make money. On the other side of the token, I agree with you, there are fakes out there simply doing it for the money.

All in all, Christian music is a gray area, so that's why I still choose to listen to "secular" music as well. I feel like as individuals we all are entitled to our opinions, and if a musician's lyrics offend me, I simply choose not to listen. At the same time, I don't expect everyone else in the world to believe exactly like me either. We're all unique, which I think is a good thing.

There's my two cents, even though you didn't ask for it! :-)

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Re: Oni Logan Interview

Postby Fretman » Thu Apr 06, 2006 6:49 am

Gutterflower wrote:Rock and religion DO NOT MIX! :twisted:


Haha! Don't tell that to Slayer!

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Postby Fretman » Thu Apr 06, 2006 6:58 am

PoetsandMadmen wrote:Yeah, Rock I was wondering where all this was coming from, because I really enjoyed the interview I read from a very underated vocalist, Oni Logan. He pretty much solidifies my point about rock n roll being alive in Europe too!

Since you brought up religion, I'll make a comment or two. I personally grew up listening to a few Christain hard rock/metal groups. I listened to Stryper and Deliverance mainly. Basically, I'm one of those Bible thumping yankee wankers that you are referring to above. :-) I've been called many things dude, but never that! :-)

I apologize in behalf of any wrong doings or bad experiences that you've had over the years with Christianity. I don't like hearing people get done wrong in the name of religion, because that is hypocritical.

Please keep in mind though, that there are those of us out here that do take our religious convictions seriously and try to live by the teachings of Jesus. By any means, Christians aren't perfect, but we simply accept Jesus Christ as our saviour. Anyone can be a Christian that simply chooses to do so. It's my belief that Christ can save anyone, and I mean ANYONE that chooses to accept him (Christ) as saviour.

As for rock/metal mixing with Christian beliefs, I don't have a problem with it, as long as the band seems to be legit. Nobody can be 100% sure about someone else's beliefs, because only the individual knows how he/she truly believes. Christian hard rock/metal is a subject that is highly debated for sure. I do have a problem with people/bands using religion as a selling or marketing point though. Personally, I do feel that there are musicians out there that are making Christian music simply for the glory of their saviour, and not to make money. On the other side of the token, I agree with you, there are fakes out there simply doing it for the money.

All in all, Christian music is a gray area, so that's why I still choose to listen to "secular" music as well. I feel like as individuals we all are entitled to our opinions, and if a musician's lyrics offend me, I simply choose not to listen. At the same time, I don't expect everyone else in the world to believe exactly like me either. We're all unique, which I think is a good thing.

There's my two cents, even though you didn't ask for it! :-)


Well said.

Religion will always be in music in one way or another. Some people (not referring to anyone on this board) quick to denounce religion in music are the same people who go out and buy music with songs about cornholing a rooster in the name of Satan. But, let another band sing about Christian beliefs and those same people bash it for it's religious message. A lot of times it's not religion they hate...just Christianity.

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Re: Oni Logan Interview

Postby Fretman » Thu Apr 06, 2006 7:03 am

Rock wrote:but to use music to your advantage when u once thought it was a sin, suks ass. :twisted:


True.

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Postby stratattack » Thu Apr 06, 2006 9:27 am

I think Oni should work with Jake He kickes ass with Lynch Mob ! I think they would make a great team!!!
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Re: Oni Logan Interview

Postby PoetsandMadmen » Thu Apr 06, 2006 12:33 pm

Fretman wrote:
PoetsandMadmen wrote:Yeah, Rock I was wondering where all this was coming from, because I really enjoyed the interview I read from a very underated vocalist, Oni Logan. He pretty much solidifies my point about rock n roll being alive in Europe too!

Since you brought up religion, I'll make a comment or two. I personally grew up listening to a few Christain hard rock/metal groups. I listened to Stryper and Deliverance mainly. Basically, I'm one of those Bible thumping yankee wankers that you are referring to above. :-) I've been called many things dude, but never that! :-)

I apologize in behalf of any wrong doings or bad experiences that you've had over the years with Christianity. I don't like hearing people get done wrong in the name of religion, because that is hypocritical.

Please keep in mind though, that there are those of us out here that do take our religious convictions seriously and try to live by the teachings of Jesus. By any means, Christians aren't perfect, but we simply accept Jesus Christ as our saviour. Anyone can be a Christian that simply chooses to do so. It's my belief that Christ can save anyone, and I mean ANYONE that chooses to accept him (Christ) as saviour.

As for rock/metal mixing with Christian beliefs, I don't have a problem with it, as long as the band seems to be legit. Nobody can be 100% sure about someone else's beliefs, because only the individual knows how he/she truly believes. Christian hard rock/metal is a subject that is highly debated for sure. I do have a problem with people/bands using religion as a selling or marketing point though. Personally, I do feel that there are musicians out there that are making Christian music simply for the glory of their saviour, and not to make money. On the other side of the token, I agree with you, there are fakes out there simply doing it for the money.

All in all, Christian music is a gray area, so that's why I still choose to listen to "secular" music as well. I feel like as individuals we all are entitled to our opinions, and if a musician's lyrics offend me, I simply choose not to listen. At the same time, I don't expect everyone else in the world to believe exactly like me either. We're all unique, which I think is a good thing.

There's my two cents, even though you didn't ask for it! :-)


Well said.

Religion will always be in music in one way or another. Some people (not referring to anyone on this board) quick to denounce religion in music are the same people who go out and buy music with songs about cornholing a rooster in the name of Satan. But, let another band sing about Christian beliefs and those same people bash it for it's religious message. A lot of times it's not religion they hate...just Christianity.


:lol: Fretman, you've got me rollin' on this one! I've never thought of that way, but you make a strong point.

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Re: Oni Logan Interview

Postby excitable87 » Thu Apr 06, 2006 12:48 pm

Fretman wrote:
PoetsandMadmen wrote:Yeah, Rock I was wondering where all this was coming from, because I really enjoyed the interview I read from a very underated vocalist, Oni Logan. He pretty much solidifies my point about rock n roll being alive in Europe too!

Since you brought up religion, I'll make a comment or two. I personally grew up listening to a few Christain hard rock/metal groups. I listened to Stryper and Deliverance mainly. Basically, I'm one of those Bible thumping yankee wankers that you are referring to above. :-) I've been called many things dude, but never that! :-)

I apologize in behalf of any wrong doings or bad experiences that you've had over the years with Christianity. I don't like hearing people get done wrong in the name of religion, because that is hypocritical.

Please keep in mind though, that there are those of us out here that do take our religious convictions seriously and try to live by the teachings of Jesus. By any means, Christians aren't perfect, but we simply accept Jesus Christ as our saviour. Anyone can be a Christian that simply chooses to do so. It's my belief that Christ can save anyone, and I mean ANYONE that chooses to accept him (Christ) as saviour.

As for rock/metal mixing with Christian beliefs, I don't have a problem with it, as long as the band seems to be legit. Nobody can be 100% sure about someone else's beliefs, because only the individual knows how he/she truly believes. Christian hard rock/metal is a subject that is highly debated for sure. I do have a problem with people/bands using religion as a selling or marketing point though. Personally, I do feel that there are musicians out there that are making Christian music simply for the glory of their saviour, and not to make money. On the other side of the token, I agree with you, there are fakes out there simply doing it for the money.

All in all, Christian music is a gray area, so that's why I still choose to listen to "secular" music as well. I feel like as individuals we all are entitled to our opinions, and if a musician's lyrics offend me, I simply choose not to listen. At the same time, I don't expect everyone else in the world to believe exactly like me either. We're all unique, which I think is a good thing.

There's my two cents, even though you didn't ask for it! :-)


Well said.

Religion will always be in music in one way or another. Some people (not referring to anyone on this board) quick to denounce religion in music are the same people who go out and buy music with songs about cornholing a rooster in the name of Satan. But, let another band sing about Christian beliefs and those same people bash it for it's religious message. A lot of times it's not religion they hate...just Christianity.


That's true for a lot of things, not just music. Had to throw my 2 cents in there!

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Re: Oni Logan Interview

Postby stratattack » Fri Apr 07, 2006 9:07 am

if you remember Dan huff of Giant was in a band before that called Petra that did that they were a Christian band and did very well as well as stryper. and lets not forget The Crucified who had A great guitar shredd by the name of gregMinier and there was Tourniquet and Mortification (a Christian Death Metal Band) thats seems wierd putting those 3 words but they were a great band none the less!!! I myself are not a christian but that does not mean I dont think that christian rock do not belong because all of the mentioned bands above have shown us all that they maybe christian but they can still get the job done as well as get their points across too.
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