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TJ STAR
Vocals, Lead Guitar, Synths
DAN
Guitar, backup vocals
KARO
Bass Guitar
JOEY Drums
 
 

 
 
Montreal, Quebec
Canada
 
 


 
 
KISS, Billy Idol, Metallica, Public Enemy, C & C Music Factory
 
 
 
 
KISS, Billy Idol, Metallica, Public Enemy, C & C Music Factory
 
 

 
 
INJECTING THE SCENE WITH AN EDGY, STYLIN' BLEND OF HIGH INTENSITY ROCK, HOUSE AND TECHNO MUSIC SO SLAMMIN', IT CAN ONLY BE MEASURED ON THE RICHTER SCALE!

TOP JOHNNY! is an all original high intensity party band whose immense sound is forged from a wall of House beats, Techno-synths, catchy vocal hooks and searing guitar riffs.

Fusing a genre-busting blend of Rock, Dance and Techno with multimedia live performances, TOP JOHNNY! is a crossover pioneer in the rock, house and club scene, releasing songs in two formats; a "Rock" version and a “TJ’s ClubHouse” version for stylin’ dance music lovers and after-hours clubs.

TOP JOHNNY! 's goal is simple – Give the people what they want!: Music to make them move, words to make them feel and a live show that will leave them breathless. A TOP JOHNNY! show is not to be missed!

“Our collaborators come from different musical backgrounds and styles” says TJ Star, “Heavy Metal, R&B, Alt Rock, Musical Theatre, Punk and even World Music. I like to keep the chemistry fresh and alive! "

Not only is TOP JOHNNY! committed to, as TJ Star likes to say, “shake the foundation!” and “rock the nation!”, they are also committed to making a difference and initiating lasting changes for our planet's environmental and humanitarian challenges. As such, TOP JOHNNY! is a proud supporter of the PLANET ALERT! FOUNDATION, a non-profit organization set up to distribute 10 percent of TOP JOHNNY!’s concert ticket, CD and merchandize sales revenues to local and globally recognized projects having the best chance of achieving lasting solutions to our planet’s ecological and humanitarian problems.

TOP JOHNNY! is the brainchild of triple-threat (composer, performer and co-producer) TJ Star and his long time collaborator and co-producer Mr. Positive(+) and is produced by StarBrite Productions, Montreal, Canada.

EXCERPTS OF AN INTERVIEW WITH TJ STAR

“Tell us about your show and music related goals.”

“A few years ago my partner Mr. Positive(+) asked me to do an exercise to visualize my ideal show. When I did, I saw a sea of people goin’ crazy, heads bopping, fists pumping, dancing and generally going wild with the music. After describing this vision to him in detail he told me straight out ... “then you know what you gotta’ do!” "And the rest as they say, is history, or I should say, TOP JOHNNY!”

“I wanted to make super intense and exciting live music that would floor people, to put on a show that I wished I could have seen when I went to a concert hall. In fact that’s what I was thinking of when I wrote one of my songs called “We Are Live”, which is really the very first TOP JOHNNY! song. Before starting to write the song I asked myself if I were to walk into a concert hall right now, what would blow ME away? “

“My objective is to inspire people to move to the music, vocally and physically expressing the intensity of the experience. Besides, people these days spend a lot more passive entertainment time at home with their TV’s, DVD’s, video games and the Internet however when they go out to see a concert, they want to feel transformed, invigorated,alive and rejuvenated by the experience. So our objective was, and will always be, to have our audiences leave a TOP JOHNNY! show feeling thoroughly satisfied and somehow transformed…. kinda’ like that feeling you get when you leave a movie theater after a really good film and somehow it’s the outside world that appears surreal. To accomplish this, we set our standards high to make sure that a TOP JOHNNY! show is as much a ritual of sight and sound as well as being a high intensity, multimedia extravaganza!”

“My musical inspirations came from artists like Kiss, C&C Music Factory, Billy Idol, Public Enemy and Metallica to name a few. I was always blown away by the energyand detail that bands like Kiss put into their show and I guess TOP JOHNNY! became our way to doing more and giving more than most bands think is necessary. I also wanted to do this in the absolute biggest and best way I could because I am not in this business to show people what a clever boy I am but to connect with our audience, hopefully millions of people worldwide. And I also wanted to prove that TOP JOHNNY!’s music and concerts could be edgy and fresh without having to use profanity or crooked sexuality to get our point across.”

“When I was 10 years old, on the cusp of adolescence, Kiss really changed my life. I had no way to channel all of the tumultuous emotions that I was experiencing. Basically, I was on the path to becoming a real delinquent. But that band gave me something to hope for, something to look forward to. I learned the guitar by playing Kiss ALIVE! over and over and over until I could pick out the parts by ear . It kept me out of trouble and in the end gave me a tonne of self-confidence. I became a different person as a result of the inspiration Kiss gave me and I hope one day my music will also inspire a young person to pick up a guitar instead of a gun.”

“Why did you call the band “TOP JOHNNY!”?

“Quite simply because of the name’s excitement factor. It possesses pure kinetic energy! And in a way TOP JOHNNY! also represents the average person, who through hard work and perseverance can reach the top of their game. I also felt that it would be a great challenge billing yourself by that name 'cause if you’re going to call yourself TOP JOHNNY! you better not suck! You better be good!, REALLY GOOD!!! So if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing it all the way “to the top”.

“What’s with your TJ’s ClubHouse music style?"

“Although my music is predominantly Rock oriented, all the songs start with some kind of dance beat. Essentially I wrote the TJ’s ClubHouse songs because I want to be able to connect to a larger cross section of music lovers out there. Also, by making our music more accessible to Clubs and DJ’s, I hope to also fit into the Dance music category. I love that four-on-the-floor throbbing, tribal beat! I prefer to call it ClubHouse Music instead of TOP JOHNNY!’s live music because it can be thrown in anywhere during a party. I like to think of it as “Party Lube” music and I’m hoping DJs will get off on what we’re doing and eventually spin them in the clubs. I even indicated the beats-per-minute for each song to make it easier for them to sample and slip into their mixes. We are only releasing these songs on our web site although one of them was featured at the end of our debut album “Kick It!”. I put it there as the last song on the CD because if someone doesn’t like Dance music I’m hoping they’ll still find that one track interesting and let the CD loop around and play again. And finally, we only offer our fans TJ’s ClubHouse music on the Internet as a bonus for visiting our web site and for taking the time to take a closer look at what we’re doing.”

"What message do you want to get out to your listeners?”

“The message I want to get out is a positive message. TOP JOHNNY! doesn’t focus on negative things or put people down. The message is that there is always a way out, a way to come out on TOP, to persevere through your troubles, to be able to even overcome yourself. Although it’s not introspective music, there are a lot of subjective messages in TJ lyrics and I try to make it point back to the listener. The message is also to look within yourself for what you are looking for. Messages of self-empowerment are mixed with “let’s party!” messages because after all, we’re first and foremost a high intensity party band. But I don’t believe in victimizing anybody in order to make my music more impactful. It’s a cheap shot and I think that mindset is inherently negative and as I said earlier, I strive to always deliver a positive message.”

“What drives you personally?”

“TOP JOHNNY! represents a chance for me to live a life-long dream. A chance to reinvent myself as the man I always wanted to be when I was growing up. I want TOP JOHNNY! to stand for excellence, truth, respect and fairness. It's completely value driven. Our organization will always strive to be a model of responsible business practices in terms of human rights, environmental concerns and ethical codes of conduct.”

“My goal is also to always ensure that the members of the TOP JOHNNY! organization feel like they’re part of something bigger than themselves, to feel accountable to the other members of the band and crew. It is a band of brothers and sisters working together to realize a common dream.”

Ambitions (What do you really want?)
“We want to give musicians who haven’t had a chance for a fair shot at a real musical career get that shot. In that respect I see TOP JOHNNY! as a great vehicle for a musical collaboration infused with different musical styles and influences, as well as being a unique voice in it’s own right. It represents a chance for new talent to be discovered and to give the next generation of “top” musicians and artists a fighting chance at fulfilling their career aspirations while providing a fair deal for everyone concerned.”

“I would like TOP JOHNNY! to be a springboard to other projects for myself and any band members who see themselves in an evolving career. I also want to help discover the next “TOP JOHNNY!”. As for the longer term, I would love to pass this torch on to someone else one day and keep alive this dream of intense top quality entertainment coupled with ethically sound business practices.”

“Our aspirations are global and we’re ready to take the show to the four corners of the earth so everyone can experience TOP JOHNNY!’s high intensity party. We want to get this planetary party started!!!”

 
 

 
 
“We want to give musicians who haven’t had a chance for a fair shot at a real musical career get that shot. In that respect I see TOP JOHNNY! as a great vehicle for a musical collaboration infused with different musical styles and influences, as well as being a unique voice in it’s own right. It represents a chance for new talent to be discovered and to give the next generation of “top” musicians and artists a fighting chance at fulfilling their career aspirations while providing a fair deal for everyone concerned.”

“I would like TOP JOHNNY! to be a springboard to other projects for myself and any band members who see themselves in an evolving career. I also want to help discover the next “TOP JOHNNY!”. As for the longer term, I would love to pass this torch on to someone else one day and keep alive this dream of intense top quality entertainment coupled with ethically sound business practices.”

“Our aspirations are global and we’re ready to take the show to the four corners of the earth so everyone can experience TOP JOHNNY!’s high intensity party. We want to get this planetary party started!!!”

 
 


 
 
TOP JOHNNY! MUSIC NOW PLAYING ON EXTREMEINDIEMUSIC.COM

February 21, 2006. It's official! TOP JOHNNY!'s songs have been added to eXtremeIndieMusic.com radio station's playlist. Show your support by logging on to http://www.extremeindieradio.com and making a request for your favourite TOP JOHNNY! tune. eXtremeIndieRadio - Unsigned music without limits.

TOP JOHNNY! CHOSEN AS FEATURED ARTIST ON UBL.COM

February 6th 2006. The UBL.com editorial team picked TOP JOHNNY! as one of the best and brightest artists on their web site and showcased the band in their Rock genre category for a week. UBL.com (the Ultimate Band List) is the ultimate online destination for independent and unsigned bands, their fans, and the music lovers and industry insiders who want to discover them. Check ‘em out at http://www.ubl.com/genres/rock


TOP JOHNNY! LIVE AT MONTREAL’S HARD ROCK CAFE!

January 25, 2006. TOP JOHHNY! is pleased to announce that it’s been selected to perform along with 2 other up-and-coming bands at Montreal’s HARD ROCK CAFE on Crescent street Friday March 10th . "I'm really psyched that the Hard Rock Cafe supports original local bands by giving them the stage on Friday nights", says TJ STAR adding, “so we promise to do our part by delivering a pile-driving set of intense hi-energy rock 'n roll - BIG TJ STYLE”.

MORE RADIO STATIONS PLAYING TOP JOHNNY!

January 24, 2006. Top Johnny!'s lead song "Kick It! is now playing on the following local radio stations:

CHGA - Maniwaki
CIMS - Radio Restigouche
CHME 94.9 - Les Escoumins
CJSO - Sorel
CFJO - Victoriaville
CKVM - Abitibi-Temiscamingue
CINN 91.1 - Hearst
CIHO 96.3 - St-Hilarion
CKRO – Pokemouche
CKGN – Kapuskasing
CKYK – Alma
CFMF 103.1 – Fermont
CFVD - Degelis
CHOY 99.9 - Moncton
CILE - Havre Saint Pierre
CFLM - La Tuque
CIGR - Estrie
CIPC - Port Cartier
CHOE-CHRM - Matane

A big thank you to all these great radio stations for letting their audiences listen in on TOP JOHNNY!'s pile-driving Rock/Dance music. These stations really know how to "Kick It!"


TOP JOHNNY!'S Kick It! CLIMBING RADIOINDIE'S TOP 40 !!!

January 22, 2005. RadioIndie.com listeners are lovin' it! TOP JOHNNY!'s "Kick It!" is quickly climbing RadioIndie's Januray 2006 TOP 40 Charts The station also named TOP JOHNNY! a RadioIndy.com Gold Artist! Log on and show your support by playing one (better yet BOTH) TOP JOHNNY! songs at http://www.radioindy.com/chartlist.php

TOP JOHNNY! WELCOMES JOEY CATALAN !

Montreal. January 18, 2006: StarBrite Productions is pleased to announce that Joey Catalan has officially joined TOP JOHNNY! as its new drummer. Having played with Colin Hayes (Men At Work) and toured Canada and the US with Rated R, an opening act for bands like Kim Mitchel and Lee Arron, Joey brings a wealth of talent and experience to the band. Coupled with "Jungle Joey"’s infectious "Rocker-to-the-Core" playing style, TOP JOHNNY! is ready to take its special brand of high intensity in-your-face Rock to even higher grounds.

TOP JOHNNY! ON THE BUZZ!!

January 15, 2006. Top Johnny!'s song Kick it! was featured today on the Home Brew Show at radio station WBTZ 99.9FM The BUZZ' . Big thanks to Gadouas at the station for giving our band such a big exposure. The BUZZ Rocks! Check them out at http://www.999thebuzz.com

IT'S OFFICIAL! TOP JOHNNY!'s "Kick It!" VIDEO TO AIR SHORTLY ON SWEPT AWAY TV

January 12, 2006. Top Johnny!'s "Kick It!" music video will begin airing shortly on SWEPT AWAY TV a nationally distributed teen music/pop culture TV show, national winners of a 2004 AEGIS AWARD and finalists in the Billboard Music Video Awards for Regional Programs. Swept Away Television is seen in 42 markets including NYC, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta and Phoenix and is estimated to be available in 19 million households. Swept Away TV is also seen on the internet on Varsity Television (myvtv.com) and through Comcast On Demand service. http://www.sweptawaytv.com

TOP JOHNNY!'s "Kick It!" VIDEO TO AIR ON ADRENALINE NATION TV

January 6, 2006. Top Johnny!'s "Kick It!" music video will begin airing shortly on soon-to-be-launched Adrenaline Nation TV with a potential audience of 100 million people! Stay tuned! http://www.adrenalinenationtv.com

"KICK IT!" NOW PLAYING ON BandRadioLive.com

January 5,2006. TOP JOHNNY!'s Kick It!" has been selected for radio airplay on BandRadioLive.com Check them out at http://www.bandradiolive.com

"KICK IT!" NOW ON ROTATION ON Indie104.7 FM iRADIO LA

December 15, 2005. TOP JOHNNY!'s Kick It!" has been selected for radio airplay on America's #1 Independent Radio Station. Rock on at http://www.iradiola.com !!!

"KICK IT!" NOW ON ROTATION ON The Indie Rock Show

December 15, 2005. TOP JOHNNY!'s Kick It!" has been selected for radio airplay on The Indie Rock Show Xtreme radio playlist! Check them out at http://www.theindierockshow.com

"KICK IT!" NOW ON ROTATION ON INDIEARTISTRADIO.COM

December 14, 2005. TOP JOHNNY!'s Kick It!" has been selected for radio airplay on http://www.indieartistradio.com 's INDIE LIMELIGHT RADIO SHOW

"KICK IT!" NOW ON ROTATION ON RADIOINDY.COM

December 14, 2005. TOP JOHNNY!'s Kick It!" has been selected for radio airplay on http://www.radioindy.com

TOP JOHNNY!'s Kick It! MUSIC VIDEO SELECTED FOR AIRING ON ABSOLUTE INDIE TV SHOW

December 13, 2005. Produced by Access Central Media Absolute Indie is a new TV show now airing in Germany, Australia and the United States (Time Warner Cable in Manhattan and Cablevision Long Island). The show airs on TV-38 in Wolfsburg, Germany, TV 31 in Adelaide, Australia and channel125.com as well as nationwide in the US on Fridays, at 11pm Pacific (2am Eastern) on free to air satellite: Intelsat Americas 5 satellite Transponder 27 (12177V MHz, 23.000 Symbol Rate, 2/3 FEC). They also stream music videos on the Internet through their website. http://www.absoluteindie.com

"KICK IT!" NOW ON ROTATION ON MOHAWK-RADIO.com

November 25, 2005. TOP JOHNNY!'s lead song "Kick It!" can now be heard on Montreal's newest and baddest Internet Rock radio station HTTP://WWW.MOHAWK-RADIO.COM. Hiio, their daytime DJ confirmed that TOP JOHNNY!'s lead single has been added to their rotation list. With a unique and powerfull 24 hour "Rock-In-Your-Face" format, Mohawk-Radio.com is quickly gaining Rock listeners tired of current mainstream radio formats. They are recognized as true supporters of up-and-coming local Indie bands. Mohawk-Radio can be reached at 450-632-5050 or toll free at 1-877-842-5050.

TOP JOHNNY!’s WORLD DEBUT & CD LAUNCH

November 11, 2005. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. TOP JOHNNY! an all original high intensity party band made its world debut yesterday with the launch of its “Kick It!” CD at the upstairs Café Campus in Montreal. In living up to its objective of “Giving the people what they want”, TOP JOHNNY!’s show included an elaborate light show, eye-popping real-time video projections by VJ Russell Vasquez, dancers from the Funk Sexy Crew dance troupe, laser beams, disco balls and even smoke machines. And of course TJ STAR and the rest of the TOP JOHNNY! crew who delivered their pile-drivin’ in-your-face, high energy music to a Rock-lovin’ audience. “On behalf of the whole Top Johnny! team I'd like to thank everyone who attended our world premier show.” says TJ STAR. “Your enthusiasm touched us all. But from where we were on stage, it was you guys who were the stars!!! We hope to see you all again at our next Hi-Intensity Party!”


TOP JOHNNY! RELEASES "Kick It!" A GENRE-BUSTING CD FUSING ROCK AND CLUB MUSIC IN A HIGH INTENSITY PARTY MUSIC MELTDOWN!

CLASSIC ROCK, RAP, DANCE, BLUES, METAL AND THRASH ARE ALL REPRESENTED IN THIS ROCK/DANCE ERUPTION!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MONTREAL, Quebec Canada. October 3, 2005. - TOP JOHNNY! a Montreal-based all-original high intensity show band is proud to announce the release of its debut album “Kick It!”. Produced by StarBrite Productions of Montreal, distributed by Indie Pool and available at HMV and HMV.com, the seven scorching cuts on this genre-busting CD blending Rock, Dance & House music represent the creative talents of TJ Star, the project’s principle songwriter, lead singer, guitarist, co-producer and band leader. “This is the project I’ve always wanted to create and this album represents a new beginning for me, bringing together many of my early influences as a musician.” says TJ Star, “If you took KISS, C&C Music Factory, Metallica and Public Enemy and put them all in a blender, TOP JOHNNY! is what you’d get!”

TOP JOHNNY!‘s immense sound is forged from a wall of Dance beats, techno-style synthesizers, catchy vocal hooks and searing Rock guitar riffs. Fusing a unique blend of Rock, Dance and Techno music with multimedia and stylishly costumed live performers, TOP JOHNNY! is also positioning itself as a crossover pioneer in the Club/Dance music market, releasing many of its songs in two formats; a “Rock” and a “TJ!’s ClubHouse” version aimed at the DJ, dance and after-hours club markets.

The band also released a music performance video of their album title song “Kick It!’ and constructed a custom multimedia web site where additional TJ’s ClubHouse remixes can be heard the site is best viewed at 1024 X 768 screen resolution)

The band will be launching in November with a series of Montreal area shows starting November 10th at Café Campus. “We’ll be playing club dates, but with four major universities in Montreal, we’d be crazy not to canvas the campuses too!” jokes TJ Star. “We promise a non-stop hi-intensity dance/rock explosion!”

“I love to rock out!”, says TJ Star “ but I also need a great beat! For me, the beat drives everything and if you’ve got an irresistible groove, you’re more than halfway there. On the other hand the guitars in my music are all about rebellion and excitement! I’ll never grow tired of a good riff or catchy hook that latches on and pulls you in. But the bottom line,” says TJ Star, “is really about the show! If people are going to shell out their hard-earned coin for a concert ticket you’d better deliver ‘cause nothin’ spreads faster than word of a boring show……except maybe a mind-blowing one! I know which end of the spectrum I want to be on.”

"We also believe in giving something back to the world." says TJ Star. "That's why early on, my partner Mr. Positive(+) and I made the decision to contribute 10% of our CD, concert ticket and merchandizing sales revenues to the Planet Alert! Foundation, a non-profit organization set up to distribute those funds to local and globally recognized projects having the best chance of achieving lasting solutions to our planet's ecological and humanitarian challenges." "I guess in a way, we can say we're saving the planet......one show at a time!" adds Mr. Positive(+).

TOP JOHNNY! welcomes all inquiries. Please write to info@starbriteproductions.com .

 
 

 
Album title
Format
No. Tracks Release Date
Kick It! CD 7 October 2005
 
 
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