Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
Emil 'DJ Ear Monster’ Bebla: Chicago, IL… "It all started in August of 1981... I did my first gig as a prank to prove to one of my friends that I could become a DJ, if I set my mind to it... Needless to say, I fell in love with it and the rest was history". "I DJ'ed in the hottest clubs in the Chicago Area, and met some really cool cats, including Frankie Knuckles, Farley ‘Jackmaster Funk’ Kieth, Kenny ‘Jamin’ Jason and Colonel Abrams". I was scouted by a radio station executive and was offered my first radio show at WCRX as a guest DJ. “In 2012, while continuing to make guest DJ appearances in various clubs in San Francisco Bay Area, Las Vegas and LA areas, I decided to hook up with my buddy Ninef ‘Musicman’ Arsanos and we established: 'Ear Monsterz'”. Emil describes Ear Monsterz as, "a group made up of a DJ and a Musician creating and producing dance music featuring various vocalists". We have also since added the talents of Singer/Songwriter/Musician/Producer, Chereen Melody Givargis...and just released our first album: "SOBER".
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Just keep making good music and sharing it... Keep working on your craft, because you're in it for the long haul.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Well, obviously... but, people understand that sometimes things happen, and the important thing is to try to minimize the mistakes and keep going. Don't get frazzled and let it bother you! $#it happens...
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
Well, since we have just introduced our first album, it will be good to get out of the studio... We are in the process of setting up a National and International tours... Stay tuned 🙂
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
Not yet, but as soon as we finish with our "Sober" tour, we will setup some new gear to make more great music.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
Of course, besides the normal social media presence with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. we've found that ReverbNation has been quite effective.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
De Peche Mode has been a great influence on me personally and I would love to tour with them and perform at a few of the Festivals together.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
We already have about 8 songs that have been written, but have decided to do the tour and record them in between. We just needed a break from the studio life.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Playing Golf. I'm a big Golfing fanatic...
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
A US Only Tour (*dates to be announced), Our next album, followed by another Worldwide tour.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
Shout out goes to all of the Indi Artists trying to make it... It's not easy, and nothing will happen over night... just keep making great music, stay true to your art, as well as keep perfecting and promoting your art.