Articles by David Hopper

Stockman of Boyz II Men Pt II: Chasing Hits

August 26, 2020 by

This is Part 2 of 360°Sound’s exclusive two-part interview with Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman. In the first part, Stockman talked about his new debut solo album, Foreword. In this part, Stockman reflects on BIIM’s biggest album, II, on its 26th anniversary. He talks about the music industry and how much it has changed since […]

Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman talks new solo album – Part 1

August 25, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with singer/songwriter/producer Shawn Stockman, best known as one third of the massively successful R&B vocal group Boyz II Men. BIIM topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart five times in the ‘90s with classic slow jams like “End of the Road” and “I’ll Make Love to You.” The group’s second album, II, released 26 years […]

Cover song expert Ray Padgett on new book ‘I’m Your Fan’

August 24, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with Ray Padgett, an expert on cover songs and founder of the widely read blog Cover Me. Padgett has written about music for many publications, including The New Yorker, SPIN and Vice. He is the author of the book Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs Of All Time. This exclusive interview focuses […]

The Powell Brothers show how it’s done

August 20, 2020 by

360°Sound caught up with Taylor and Blake Powell of the Texas country trio The Powell Brothers. In pre-pandemic times, The Powell Brothers were playing an average of 160 shows a year across 25 states. Some of their notable gigs of the recent past include performances at a World Series game at Minute Maid Park in […]

A Celebration of XTC’s Colin Moulding

August 17, 2020 by

Colin Moulding, ladies and gentleman! The extraordinary bassist and founding member of the inimitable English rock band XTC, of course. While Andy Partridge was XTC’s lead singer and primary songwriter, Moulding penned and sang his fair share of classic tunes, including some of the group’s biggest hits. Moulding, who wrote roughly a quarter of the […]

Q&A: Dominic Solis of garage-folk band Madisons

August 16, 2020 by

360°Sound conducted a socially distanced sit-down interview with Dominic Solis, lead singer and songwriter of the Austin-based eight-piece garage-folk band Madisons. In March, Madisons digitally released their fifth full-length studio album, Better Than I Deserve. Solis said a vinyl release is expected for this winter and a CD will come later. In this interview, Solis, […]

BrownMark Part 2 – The Revolution reunion, music industry & new music

August 13, 2020 by

This is part two of 360°Sound’s exclusive interview with Mark Brown (aka BrownMark), bassist in Prince’s backing band The Revolution from 1981 to 1986. Brown joined The Revolution when he was just 19 years old. In one of his very first gigs, he opened for the Rolling Stones in front of 90,000 people. While the […]

Bassist BrownMark talks new book, Prince – Part 1

August 12, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with Mark Brown (aka BrownMark), bassist in Prince’s band, The Revolution, from 1981 to 1986, about his new memoir My Life In The Purple Kingdom (out Sept. 22). Brown played on several classic Prince albums, including Purple Rain. Speaking to us from his home in Atlanta, the 58-year-old Minneapolis native made clear that […]

Q&A: singer-songwriter Fader Lima

August 10, 2020 by

360°Sound caught up with singer-songwriter Fader Lima. Born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Haiti, the 37-year-old has lived in Miami since 2005. An Army veteran, Fader has been writing and recording dance music professionally for over for a decade. In 2012, her cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie” was featured in VIBE magazine’s 5 […]

12 Pack of Beer Songs

August 7, 2020 by

Happy International Beer Day! Since its founding in 2008, beer has been honored on the first Friday in August in more than 200 cities around the world. The IBD founders declared the day a time “for beer lovers everywhere to raise a toast to our brewers and bartenders and rejoice in the greatness of beer!” […]