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We played an amazing festival this weekend. It was a totally sick time. We met tons of crazy awesome people, although I almost fucked it all up. Our tour manager and I got in Wednesday night, before the other bands. We wanted to get there in time to get to know all of the panelists before anyone else…don’t want you to think it had anything to do with getting extra time to drink. DUH!THIS IS A SHAKEDOWN! PARTIES HARD! fashion

Anyway, the next day, everyone started showing up and that’s when everything started to pop off. After drinking and getting to know a bunch of important people, it was time to head back to the hotel. We ended up meeting and making friends with a band (that will remain nameless) and catching a ride with them. As soon as we got back we remembered that we had a half of jug of 90 proof vodka and a twelve pack of Colt 45. So, of course, everyone headed back to our room. For the next hour or so we all hung out, power drinking and laughing our asses off (so hard my face hurt the next day).THIS IS A SHAKEDOWN! PARTIES HARD! fashion
I then got bored and convinced a couple people from the other band to go for a walk with me around the hotel. About ten minutes later we stumbled across an indoor swimming pool. The door was closed and locked on the outside but I could see that if I jumped the fence, the door to go into the actual pool was propped open. Now, if there is one thing that I love, it’s a pool in the middle of the night. So I said “fuck it” and climbed the fence. I wasn’t paying attention to what everyone else was doing. I made it in, took my clothes off, and jumped in. I noticed that the others that I was with were gone, but I didn’t care. I just kept swimming by myself.
The next thing I knew, the manager from the hotel barges in screaming all sorts of crazy shit. Telling me she called the ambulance and the cops, and that I was getting kicked out. I got right out of the pool and put my clothes on. I wondered why she would call the ambulance and cops on me for swimming, but soon came to realize it wasn’t for me!
Turns out one of the dudes was so fucking drunk that he thought it would be a good idea to jump off the 3rd floor balcony onto the cement. Do you realize how far up that is? Dude broke his arm and apparently some ribs and had to get rushed to the hospital. I saw him being taken away on one of those crazy stretchers. All fucking strapped in and shit. Dude had to go directly into surgery…it was so bad.
Also, either before or after this, they also thought it was a good idea to trash the fuck out of their hotel room. You know like the shit Aerosmith and Led Zepplin used to do? Smashing in the TV, flipping up the mattresses. All that shit. Crazy, crazy stuff. The hotel manager screams at me to go my hotel room and to stay in my room until she tells me what what will happen next.
I then called the head of the festival, and of course there was no answer, as it was 5 ‘o clock in the morning. So I just went to sleep praying that I wouldn’t get lumped in with this craziness. But, of course, I did. I get a call that morning from the person I had called to explain myself. They weren’t happy. I had to apologize to 10 different people and beg for them to let me stay on the show. Thankfully they let us stay on (after everyone and their mom begged them to). I’ve never felt so small in my life. Turns out not only did the other band get kicked off the show but they also had some big shot drummer from LA on a flight already to come and fill in for their set, who of course, had to turn around and go back as soon as they landed. Whoops!
Moral of the story? Don’t get so fucked up that you do something stupid like jump of buildings and trash hotel rooms that are being payed for by someone else. Or at least if you do… Don’t get hurt or caught!

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THIS IS A SHAKEDOWN Live Video Shoot Teaser



Last night, we finally had the shoot for our live video stuff. We did 5 songs. We went all out on this one. We’re still figuring out what we’re going to do with it. The original idea was to just get some footage up on some of our sites and stuff, but it went so well that we’re probably going to put out a live e.p. of the footage/ audio of the show. The show was a huge success. Everyone went ape shit. Probably one of the best shows I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of. So, all I can do right now is to tease you with a couple stills of it and I guess you’ll have to wait for the rest. I got to check off one of my life goals off the list though: guitar solo while . It was fucking epic. Stay tuned for the footage. It’s going to be amazing! Yeah.




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So a couple of years ago I went to LA with the band I was in at that time, Dozen Dead Roses. We went out there for a music convention called NAMM. We had some shows booked out in LA, too. The first night we got there I went out with one of my friends I hadn’t seen in years. We went to this place in Venice Beach (I can’t remember what the place was called). I met a girl, she was a super tall Russian model/artist. We talked for a while and had a great time. I invited her to our show that we had the next night. I didn’t think she would show up but apparently I made some sort of impression and she showed up right before we went on. After the show the rest of the band and our manager were in some sort of hurry to leave. So after talking (and making out) with this girl I thought it was the end. After pouting to the guys about how I met the most rad chick ever, they let me leave with her. This was the start of a very interesting three days.

We immediately went out to every bar in LA. Drinking Jack by the bottle, and doing tons of drugs, we finally ended up at her and her sisters place. For the next few days we woke up to the bottle. Had sex more times then I can count and did more bad things than you can fathom, all while ignoring my band and our manager’s phone calls. Keep in mind that this girl could barely speak English. We didn’t really have anything in common besides the fact that we both had mohawks. Hey, whatever works right?? Anyway…

The morning of the day I was supposed to leave, I wanted to see Venice Beach and all the crazies that walk around. We were in the back seat of the car when the girl notices a sharpie rolling around on the floor. She picks it up and without thought, writes “I FUCKING LOVE YOU” on my arm. All the way up my arm. Sounds innocent enough right? WRONG. I was fucking shit faced. We get out of the car and as we were stumbling around, walking down the boardwalk, I see a tattoo shop. I look at my arm and get the bright idea to get it tattooed on me. The problem was that I was broke. Seems like a blessing in disguise right? Well, everyone that we were with was wasted as well. So, they were like, “If you get that, I’ll pay for it!” Then the girl says “If you’re going to get it then I am too!”

We walk in to the tattoo shop and explain what we want. Immediately the whole shop goes up in “aww”s. They give us a discount as when they asked us how long we knew each other we said “3 days”. So we sit down in 2 chairs next to each other, and they get to it. Of course they are videotaping and “interviewing” the whole time. I guess they don’t care at tattoo shops in Venice if you’re on another fucking planet.

Afterwards they dropped me off at the airport where I met up with the rest of my pissed the fuck off band members. They wouldn’t even look at me, although they did seem to be amused at my new arm piece. Were they laughing at me or with me I wonder? I saw our producer that night in the airport, too.  He told me recently that I was such an asshole back then. Ha-ha. That hit makes me laugh. Anyway, I had to deal with all of my friends in Cleveland making fun of me for MONTHS. I must have told this story 2000 times. This is the last time. I am in the middle of a cover up so hopefully soon I won’t have to deal with this shit anymore.

Moral of the story? Don’t get tattoo’d all drunk as hell. Fuck.

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Give Me a Break, I’m New to This Shit!


So recently, I have been talking a lot with Rebecca and Daniel from this retardedly awesome blog. I was introduced to them through an intern that works at our label, Reversed Image Unlimited. This company just so happens to be the same record company that my band, THIS IS A SHAKEDOWN! is signed to.

How this all happened is super rad. It started out with Rebecca seeing our video for a song on our album called “Circles”. The video was shot for free using 21 borrowed Mac laptops using the “photobooth” application. This idea came to me one late night as we were recording, probably wasted on who knows what: actually, most likely whiskey and really good bud. I like to smoke weed, it definitely helps with the creative process. So anyway, our producer liked the idea so we did it.

One thing led to another and we came up with the idea to do a show with coinciding with fashion week, which is now set to be on Sept 18th at Le Royal. We are super excited to do this event. Actually, we have been talking so much that we are trying to work together as much as possible. They also booked Justin (our keyboardist) and I for a DJ gig at the Inc lounge for the “For the Love of Kate” event. We will be rocking all the sickest electro shit out there. This is just the start of an amazing relationship between THIS IS A SHAKEDOWN! and FashionIndie. Get used to seeing our name cause we’re about to be everywhere. No joke.

Now, apparently, I will be writing blog posts as well. I have been checking out different blogs as of late. I have a few favorites. I want to start with saying this about what I will be writing. Most likely it wont be fashion. I consider myself to be into and “up to date” with it, but not enough to write about it. I may write about music, but not as much as you think. I am the biggest fan, but I’m just not pretentious enough to think that anyone cares about what the fuck I have to say about it. This isn’t fucking “Pitchfork” or “Gorilla vs. Bear”.  So, I’m just going to write about whatever the fuck I want. I can’t even tell you what it’s going to be. I lead a pretty interesting life and there is a lot of great things that are happening to me right now, so maybe it will just be interesting to follow that.

So, make sure you keep coming back. I have a feeling things are going to be getting very interesting, very soon. I look forward to being able to share whatever the hell I want to with everyone. This is going to be a great way to get shit off my chest. Fuck yeah.




‘THIS IS A SHAKEDOWN’ To Perform at Fashion Indie’s Fashion Week Closing Party

THIS IS A SHAKEDOWN To Perform at Fashion Indies Fashion Week Closing Party fashion

The Fashion Indie Team is getting ready for fashion week, only this time we have something special up our sleeves…Our Fashion Week Closing Party will include a performance by an amazing up and coming band from Cleveland, Ohio, my hometown. Don’t judge till you hear them, they are awesome, and we are lucky to host an event with them during fashion week.

Also, Brandon Zano, the lead singer, has been officially recruited as a feature blogger, giving y’all insight into his “insane f***ing life” that apparently includes “tons of women, 3somes, drugs, booze, touring, fights, homelessness, growing up in the record industry, and countless other dumb fucking shit.”

Not sure about you, but I’m excited! Look for his bio and first article later tonight…and join Cult to be invited to the event.

Check out their music here.



ROCK AND RUNWAY: 1st MacBook Photo Booth Created Music Video, by THIS IS A SHAKEDOWN!


On March 20th, 2009 This Is A Shakedown! recorded their music video for “Circles” at Ante Up Audio in Cleveland, Ohio using 21 borrowed Apple Mac Books, creating the first music video using Photo Booth.

Leading a new generation of artists is a group that appropriately calls itself THIS IS A SHAKEDOWN! Fusing together influences drawn from playing in mostly punk, heavy rock acts and listening to an eclectic range of music from gospel to R&B to hip-hop and underground dance music, THIS IS A SHAKEDOWN! has created its own intoxicating blend of rock instruments and electronics. Its goal above all: to get your blood pumping and your body moving.

“It’s music you can bang to,” says vocalist/guitarist Brandon Zano. “It’s very sexually driven.” Adds bassist Daniel Lee, “There’s definitely a lot of adrenaline.”

The band launched in early 2008 and quickly started looking for opportunities to get heard. They approached multi-platinum producer, engineer of Cleveland’s Ante Up Audio, whom Zano knew from working with in past projects. He caught the group live and immediately signed them as the first act on his new label Reversed Image Unlimited LLC. Their first full-length disc, “LOVE KILLS” was released on May 5th 2009.

While the band’s currently focused on the CD that will introduce them to the world, they’re continuing to play out as much as possible. A national coast to coast tour is planned for this summer

“Our emphasis is to prove that our live show is just as good as or better than the album,” says Zano. “We come from bands with punk and rock influences. We don’t just stand there. We’re ravenous about it. We want the live experience to be so intense that for the next week, after seeing THIS IS A SHAKEDOWN! your heart is still pounding and your body is still shaking.”

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