ABOUT PEACE OF BLUES:
Ever since Kepha attended his first rock concert at the age of 13, Dr. John and the Night Trippers with Paper Steamboat and Vince Vance and the Valiants, rock music became a vital part of his life! Listening to bands such as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Free, Cream, Robin Trower, Lyrnyrd, Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band and a host of other great bands on his mom's record player, cemented his love of rock n roll music! The rock guitarist creativity and sound was embedded into his soul!
By Mick Michaels
COSMICK VIEW: Hello, Kepha! Welcome to The Cosmick View. Thank you for taking some time out of your day to chat with me, it’s greatly appreciated.
CV: Put it simply, all musicians are a product of their listening environment, especially of the artists whose music resonates deep within. Peace of Blues is a complex melding of just that kind of resonance. How do you feel your influences have taken part in creating and shaping your diverse writing style for the band’s music?
KA: Yes, it is a complex melting pot for sure. I feel that all the music I've listened to, (many different genres) plays a part of every original song I write. In my mind, there is really nothing new under the sun, so I'm taking my musical experiences of listening to so many great songs and musicians and try to write songs that compliment the influences I have had in my life. Since I am a guitar player, guitarists such as Hendrix, Kossoff, Page, Duane Allman, Frehley, Beck, Clapton, Gary Moore, etc., have defined much of my musical writing style, for what I am contributing to Peace of Blues style of music.
CV: Kepha, with you being the primary songwriter, is there a division as to how you write for you and how you write for the band? Or are they one in the same?
KA: I would say there is a division. I am capable of writing various types and styles of music, and I write primarily, Blues infused Rock songs for Peace of Blues. I have written other songs, for other projects, that express me individually as a songwriter. I really don't want to confine myself to only one style of music writing. There is too much, to express musically, to allow myself to be confined to one genre or one group of musicians.
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Kepha Keeps It Real: Interview with Kepha Arcemont from Peace Of Blues
Written by Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen
Kepha Arcemont grew up in New Orleans, LA and has been playing guitar since
he was 15 years old. Kepha formed Peace of Blues in 2014, and the band have
played throughout Texas, including Abilene, San Angelo, Amarillo, and
Austin. Recently they made their debut at SXSW and are in the process of
working on new material for an EP that should be released later this year. It was
great to have a chance to sit down with Kepha and learn more about him and the
Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen: It’s so great to have a chance to do this interview
with you Kepha, and learn more about you and your background. Right after we
started working together you played several shows at SXSW. How did the shows
go? Had you played SXSW before?
Kepha Arcemont: Thanks Alison, it's great to be here! The shows in Austin were
great! It was our first time playing Austin and it was during SXSW week, so the
experience and the atmosphere during that week, and at the gig, was on another
Metal Babe: You seem like such a free spirit. Can you tell me a little bit about
Kepha: Well, my mother was a hippie, and growing up in New Orleans helped to
develop a certain personality. Growing up in a city like New Orleans is an
experience in itself that I cherish and appreciate. The scene in New Orleans is
very loose. The people are carefree and the music is so diverse. It helped me
appreciate all styles of music and I got to experience so many different genres of
music from jazz to punk and everything in between!
Metal Babe: That’s so awesome. When did you first start playing guitar? What
was the first thing you learned to play?
Kepha: I started playing when I was 15 and it was a challenge because I'm a
lefty and my first guitar teacher, Emily Remler told me to switch to play right-
handed. Back then it was hard to find a left-handed guitar. She advised me it
would be easier for her to teach me right-handed and I would have a better
selection of guitars to purchase. Emily was a fantastic teacher and she was a
jazz guitarist who went on to play and record with Larry Coryell, as well as putting
out some great solo albums. At that time, I was into rock n’ roll and she showed
me songs by The Stones, and Zeppelin. I still have the tabs that I used for
practicing at the time. Some of the songs were D’yer Maker, Jumpin’ Jack Flash,
etc... The negative side of switching from left to right-handed playing, was it went
against my natural ability and I had to work extra hard to be a right-handed
READ FULL INTERVIEW ON SIN CITY PRESENTS HERE!
PEACE OF BLUES BAND MEMBERS:
Kepha Arcemont: Guitarist/Vocals/Songwriter
Greg Copher: Bass/backing vocals
Rocky Glover: Drummer/backing vocals