Successful bands forge their defining moments from a rare mix of electric audience response, killer songs, and memorable stage performance. While the result is enough to keep any band on stage all night, the ability to sustain that dynamic beyond its gig of origin is what sets an average band apart from an outstanding one.

DFiVE9 had its defining moment on a special night opening for a major metal act in Chico, California, in 2001. Taking the darkened stage in unfamiliar territory, the band captured a crowd anxious to move on to the headliner. As the last note died away above the heads of the cheering crowd, each member looked at one another through their sweat and exhaustion, and knew that the dominion they held over their new-found fans was the beginning of something special. The band has been hard at work recreating that defining moment ever since.

The story of DFiVE9 begins with Montana natives Michael Krum (guitar) and Will Casey (drums) relocating to Portland, Oregon in 1993, where they led a former band through countless weeknight club gigs and eventually clawed their way onto weekend bills while winning over rockers throughout the Rose City. Before the band had time to relish the view from it’s ledge near the top of Portland’s hard rock heap, however, personal and family issues prevented their bass player and vocalist from making the total commitment to artistic success that the band’s potential demanded.

Undaunted, Krum and Casey recruited a number of potential replacements from other Portland acts, eventually tabbing vocalist Nic Yannariello and bassist Michael ‘YMike’ Yatabe in June of 2000. Gifted and dedicated artists in their own right, both new members of what would become DFiVE9 welcomed the opportunity to join a band for whom anything less than national exposure was unacceptable.

Since their inception, DFiVE9’s music fueled an ongoing groundswell of interest at the grass-roots level and beyond. The band was sponsored by Jaegermeister and PMC Guitars.

We look back at a Pacific Northwest band full of fire and fury that took the region by storm before moving onward to new paths. Catch up with Nic, Will, Mike and YMike as we get deep inside DFive9!

You may not know it, but you’ve heard Mike’s work. For the last 20-plus years he’s been a regular on the Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon recording scene, bringing his special talents to hundreds of records, film, and television soundtracks. In addition to every Mel Brooks movie from Spaceballs to Robin Hood: Men in Tights, his playing may be heard on many popular, syndicated television shows, including Home Improvement, Dinosaurs, and The Little Mermaid. His recording work now focuses mainly on jingles, record projects, library music, music for industrial video, and lots of drum & percussion loops.

Look for his “Focus on Tech” column an feature articles in DRUM! Magazine.

When you think of extreme, wild, out of this world entertainers, The Enigma stands out as the leader of his art form. He is an historic legend in body modification, circus sideshow, and tattooing, and leads the pack in that “do it yourself” renassaince-style. As a refined talent of over 20 years in the business you can see that he continues to amaze and inspire. The Enigma’s cult status and huge following will grow organically over the years as he constantly gives to the art world.

Jim McGorman has been musical director for Avril Lavigne, Weezer, Michelle Branch, Paul Stanley (from KISS) and toured with Cher. With Cher on her Farewell Tour, McGorman played guitars, keyboards and sang a duet with Cher. He has also worked with Gwen Stefani, Shakira, The Corrs, Aaron Neville, New Radicals, Poison, Goo Goo Dolls and Marc Broussard. He has written songs for Kate Voegele, Bret Michaels (Poison), Marc Broussard and for TV shows such as One Tree Hill and Smallville.

Check out Jim’s site at https://www.jimmcgorman.com/.

Sponsored by Five Star Guitars.

Tony is the long time band member of Alt/Rock legends Dramarama and Cali-based punkpop band MonoDelux. Tony also plays frequently with Gene Loves Jezebel and has played with various artists such as Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls), Missing Persons & Dave Wakeling (English Beat/General Public). He’s recorded drum tracks with songstress Chrissy Lomax as well as hundreds of California bands.

We go WAY back in friendship, and share road stories of backstage hangs and celebrating our good fortune to play great music with great friends.

Check out Dramarama’s recent release Color TV and more at https://www.dramarama.us.

Check out Tony’s killer band MonoDelux here at https://www.monodelux.com.

Thanks to Five Star Guitars for their support!

Founding Modern English bassist Mick Conroy joins All Access Live as we regale in stories of global travel, the manic world of 80s pop music and the benefits of a clear head. Modern English are an English rock band best remembered for their songs “I Melt with You”, “Hands Across the Sea”, and “Ink and Paper”. The group disbanded for a period in 1991, but later recorded in 1995 and 2002 with new members. The original 80’s line up have now reformed and are touring the US and UK and are writing new material, with new album “1234” to be released in 2024.

A professional attitude on everything Ric does has landed him some top gigs with some notable names. Pre-pandemic Ric had been touring the world with Engelbert Humperdinck since 2015 which had taken him to exotic places such as Egypt, New Zealand, Israel, Belgium, South Africa, Iceland, Singapore, Tailand, Malaysia and more. July 2021, Ric landed the gig with 80’s band BERLIN and has been fortunate to work alongside with some of his favorite bands like Living Colour, Culture Club, A Flock of Seagulls, Men Without Hats, and so many more. Berlin just wrapped a tour of the US/Canada and Australia, and has some fun memories to share with All Access Live!

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Mickey Thomas is the owner of the soaring voice that propelled Starship through the decade of the 80’s. With his soulful and compelling vocals, Mickey has established himself as one of rock music’s most recognizable stars.

Mickey made his mark in 1976 as lead vocalist on the mega-hit “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” with The Elvin Bishop Band. In 1979, Mickey joined Jefferson Starship as the lead vocalist, after the departure of Grace Slick and Marty Balin, and recorded a string of hits including “Jane”, “No Way Out”, “Find Your Way Back”, “Stranger”, and “Layin It On The Line”.

Sean and I get deep. This guy breathes authenticity, and grants us access into his heart and spirit as we talk about the pathway to his current zen. Relationship wins, overcoming chaos in familial discontent, sharing a smile and a focus on doing the next right thing. There’s something for everyone here.

Jaime St. James is the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the glam metal band Black ‘N Blue. He also served briefly in the mid-2000s as the lead singer of Warrant, but he left upon the return of the band’s original lead singer Jani Lane in 2008. He sang (and co-wrote several tracks) on Warrant’s 2006 album Born Again. Born James Pond, St. James started out playing drums, as he had fantasized about being a rock drummer during his youth.

He began his professional music career while a student at Cleveland High School, where he and classmates Dan Kurth, Barry Pendergrass, and Ray Malsom formed the Molly Hatchet-inspired combo Jet. Pond and Jet are featured prominently in the 1977 Legend, the yearbook of Cleveland High School. The band was briefly a favorite among Portland’s high school crowd, and his version of the ZZ Top song “La Grange” was an early hint of his future fame.

It was also during high school that Pond met his then-classmate and fellow musician, Tommy Thayer, creating a friendship that has lasted to the present. He and Thayer formed a band that ultimately evolved into Black ‘n Blue, which gave the two their first taste of mainstream success.Following Black N’ Blue, St. James performed with the bands Freight Train Jane, The Glorious Things (which also featured former Warrant guitarist Billy Morris), and his own band St. James, which Billy Morris guested with.

Jaime St. James also played drums for the Kiss tribute band called Cold Gin, playing the role of Peter Criss. Tommy Thayer, band mate of St. James in Black ‘N Blue (and current member of Kiss) was also in Cold Gin, playing the role of Ace Frehley. He co-wrote one Kiss song with Gene Simmons and Scott Van Zen: “In My Head”, which appeared on their album Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions.

Aside from Black ‘N Blue, St. James is currently a member of the Hard Rock All Stars with Juan Croucier of Ratt, Stacey Blades (formerly of L.A. Guns) and Pete Holmes of Black ‘N Blue / Michael Schenker. Their set list includes songs from their own respective bands Black ‘N Blue, Ratt & L.A. Guns.In late 2013, St. James joined the live show Let It Rawk with Stacey Blades, Oz Fox, Scot Coogan, Eric Brittingham and Sean McNabb. The band currently performs regularly in Las Vegas, Hollywood, and at various rock festivals.