By Special to the Daily News
Want to know more about local and visiting music artists? We do, too, so we asked!
In today's Headliner feature, meet Toney Rocks. He will perform at 9 p.m. Friday at Green Door Music Hall, 158 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach.
Q: Describe your music's vibe in 5 words or less?
A: Soul-stirring solo acoustic Americana.
Q: Who are your top 3 influences?
A: Jackson Browne, Keb' Mo', Richie Havens.
Q: What are your pre-performance rituals?
A: Breathe and look at the stage all set up, and I'm ready to go. I will think about every obstacle I've fought through, the people who believed in me so much to help me get there, especially think about the people who push against me and everything that's depending on me to win. Be grateful for the moment and journey. Then, I look into the seats and say to myself, "Whoever walks through those doors is going to get everything I got. I'm leaving it all on the stage like it's my last opportunity."...
Q: What do you hope people will think when they hear your music?
A: My lyrics can be heavy at times, but I don't want them to be burdensome. I want people to enjoy letting me take them on an emotional journey through the stories I sing. I want them to either find themselves in the songs or have an empathetic connection with people in the stories. Then think, "I have to see him again and tell everyone about him."
Q: What music are you listening to right now?
A: Nothing really. Oddly enough, my car rides are silent unless I'm listening to business talks or interviews on YouTube. I don't just sit around and listen to music. I'm honestly not that big of a fan of much it that's out right now, so what I listen to is usually of the older artists.
I love James Taylor's CD from last year and, of course, Jackson Browne gets a healthy amount of plays. Here's the thing, if I listen to something too much, I'll start to adapt that into what I'm doing without even thinking about it.
I don't really sound like anyone that's out right now, and I like that. So, I listen to just enough to get some stimulation, inspiration or to sing along to favorite songs. But, I really admire what current guys, like Gary Clark Jr., and Benjamin Clementine, are doing.
Q: What music is your guilty pleasure?
A: House and trance, especially artists like Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond and The Crystal Method, though they aren't trance or house.
Q: What's in the works in your music career?
A: Tour, tour, tour and content, content, content! I really want to release a slew of videos this year. We have a handful of new singles with official videos and live videos releasing through out 2017-18. "Run to the Night" released about a month ago, and I'm looking to release another song in a couple months or so. My team and I are really working hard to reach as many new fans as possible 'cause while we like chairs, we'd much rather they have warm bodies in 'em!Read Full Article Here