Rock and roll died at some indeterminate point brought during the aughts of the new millennium. No one saw the body or heard a shot; but it had been in bad health for quite some time. Once the talk centered around the medium and not the material. The moneymaking suits moved in on the creative process. The hand of rock and roll dropped its plectrum and went flaccid. What we are experiencing right now is a prolonged wake. Our world is big enough for all kinds of music, whether its grunge or rap or dance or pop or rock and roll. In America, they don’t promote music on merit, it’s more based on selling a brand, something that they’ve branded. They might as well be selling toothpaste. It’s just a product to the record labels. It’s the new improved Crest! Now whiter. We no longer sell that other Crest. That other Crest sucks. Now we’re selling this Crest. They just don’t have any soul!

No matter how much rife there is in the world it’s music that exorcises those demons. Local L.A. singer/songwriter, M. Rivers (Mark Kasprzyk).. through his evocative wordplay and mangled syncopation has a tremendous unbridled power that transcends pain and turns it into a pure cathartic experience.  His music has that power. M. Rivers knows too well about pain. His stories are part mythology and part romance. There’s subversion and individualism. But most important it’s his  unbridled ability to save.

M. Rivers has morphed many times through his body of work. Born in Canada, he went under the name of Redlight King or referred to by his friends, Kazzer or even Kaz…released a track that sampled Neil Young’s classic, “Old Man”. He actually “stole” the song and made it his own. Rather, it is a reinterpretation — through exemplification.  It was a one listen and Kazzer’s version became a hit at alternative radio… Even the omnipotent, Neil Young was pleased on its new take… It was magical! Redlight King continued on a different musical path and released the song “Bullet In My Hand” which again was a big hit at radio and metaphorically reveals his life story…

There’s someone lookin’ out for me
I came out of the darkness
With a bullet in my hand
I got one more shot at livin’
I’m lucky that I can
Cause I got a little roughed up
Yeah I really got fucked up

If the music was a church, we would’ve all been excommunicated! Lucky for us M.Rivers gives us a fresh welcome to bow at the altar. Not that long ago he was branded as harlot but it’s his new song,  “Champion” that tells his greatest tale….In spite of the shaitans that led to to a life of addiction  and disconnect he exonerates himself with emotional relief..

We had the opportunity to talk with M.Rivers and we believe you’re going to like what he had to say.

Rock Bands of L.A.com:

You were hugely successful in your world with Redlight King.. Lots of radio play. Plus, the press was generally lukewarm with its reviews. Shit, what do they know? What is different with M.Rivers.. musically and image… Why not use your given name, Mark Kasprzyk or Kaz or Kazzer for short?

M.Rivers:

Using my real name has never been an option for me, ever since I was kid not one person could pronounce that name correctly so I was always Kaz or Kazzer, and to use either of those names, I feel like I would be repeating myself or even in some ways going backwards.  With the launch of a new project and a constant change that happens as an artist the conclusion I came to was to change the name.

M.Rivers

Rock Bands of L.A.com:

Rock and Roll has lost many of its greatest talents in the last two years… Scott Weiland, Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington… there’s more I’m sure.. but you probably knew these guys? Did you ever feel that by intervention they’d still be with us? You’ve had your bouts with addictions and depression. Your greatest song, “Bullet In My Hand” is so metaphorically perfect in describing the life of an addict (your never really cured.. you just know the demons exist). Has your new project been spiritually uplifting? Songs like, “Something To Die For” and “Until Your Dead”.

M.Rivers:

Music has always been spiritually uplifting for me.  At least the creative part, and the live performance aspect, the business side has a heavy rollercoaster effect.  I believe as artists we sometimes struggle with creating daylight between who we are as people and who we are as performers.  That is to say if our songs are about struggle and we are proficient performers, then it is our job to be emotionally available to deliver that perfomance everytime.  If you play 150 shows a year, for example, you could see how that internal switch may become difficult to manage.  I mourned for all three wonderful artists.

Rock Bands of L.A.com:

The song, “Champion” in its own way is a protest song. It’s pretty funky… almost a 70’s soul vibe. There have been so many yet none have really stuck. You are a Canadian… What makes you fully understand the American trauma? Global Warming, Political Discourse, the war in the Mid-East..Black Lives Matter.. Does the song reflect your anger for not making the Canadian Judo team??? Do you still do Judo??

M.Rivers:

I’m a proud Canadian.  I have been in the US for 9 years now and consider it home, so I’m very familiar with our political climate and the challenges Americans face.  I love the States. The song Champion was inspired by my time spent on the National Judo Team, I did not however make the Olympic Team to clarify, but regardless had a solid career and this song is really about the voice inside your head as you are preparing to face a difficult challenge.  It’s about manifesting greatness, and it’s in these moments of greatness as a fighter we try to duplicate until we overcome our adversity.  At the same time, I wanted it to be fun and make people dance.

Rock Bands of L.A.com:

Is there a band? Is there a tour?

M.Rivers:

There is a live band, they are called the Night Club.  The show is very much a reflection of the album which is a five piece piece rock band accompanied by horns and back up vocals.  Tour to be announced.

We want to thank M.Rivers for his honesty and of course Ms. Lynn McDonnell of MARS Music

M.Rivers’ Official Site:  https://www.mriversofficial.com/