TuneCore: An interview with Ray Manzarek and Bal!

The following is my very in depth interview with the legendary keyboardist from The Doors, Ray Manzarek. I talked with Ray about past, present and future, and I got some great stories and insights. There are even some stories about The Doors I've never heard before, and I've read a bunch of the books! I also talk with Bal, who made the album, Atonal Head, with Ray as a complete collaboration. Bal is a trumpet player/composer/producer extraordinaire working out of LA. He also does many clinics and seminars on recording and preforming. This was a life-long dream come true. I have been a Doors fan ever since falling in love with music, and I will remember this forever. *Also included for your listening pleasure is "Shinjuku Nights" from Atonal Head by Ray Manzarek and Bal. Hope you enjoy!


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  • http://www.myspace.com/oonniid OONNIID

    Good interview, well done. Shinjuku Nights is a great song!
    timeless music… brings back some good memories.
    Best wishes
    OONNIID

  • http://www.pbmrecords.com Bal

    Tai,
    You did really well. I am very proud…
    Ray is great story teller…. and I need to learn more English… LOL
    love
    Bal
    Thank you & TuneCore for being kind to us.

  • http://www.myspace.com/theambientsociety The Ambient Society

    Great interview! I enjoyed it a lot. The way Tunecore does business is indeed fair to everyone involved.
    This story is a striking example of how to live the American Dream.
    All the best,
    The Ambient Society

  • http://www.alternero.com Alter Nero

    very good interview!! very inspirational. the Tunecore system is fantastic… this is the best for independant artists. so i wish Tunecoe good luck in the future, as well as PBM Records of course.
    Alter Nero

  • Tai morita

    Hey Guys,
    you can check out these links to find out more about Bal and PBM here – PBM
    Also check out Ray’s websites for everything Ray plus Riders on the Storm tour dates – The official Ray Manzarek site
    Again, I’d like to thank Ray and Bal for their time and their excellent stories and answers. It was an honor to talk to both of them.
    Tai

  • http://www.myspace.com/desikraft Designkraft

    I really enjoyed the interview with Ray and Bal, it was very inspiring to me as an electronic artist myself just trying to get my feet off the ground. One should have a dream and push to realize it. Looking forward to checking out the album,the production quality on Shinjuku Nights is awesome and now I am really interested in Logic Pro. Have a wonderful time in Japan Bal. Blessings of peace, love and light.
    DSGNKRFT

  • http://www.hp-salentin.com Hans Peter Salentin

    Just great stuff !!!
    Very interessting to listen to !!
    I just find out about tunecorner…
    Piotr Bal invited me…workin in Germany as a Educater ( Prof. for Jazz) and Professional tp for Yamaha Artist..i.m very interessted to cooperate..maybe we have a chance…
    Hans Peter Salentin
    http://www.hp-salentin.com
    wwwmyspace.com/hanspetersalentin

  • http://www.myspace.com/marvinsgarden chuck Chrysler

    Great interview! Was interesting to hear us mentioned in such high company. Now more people can expierence the exquisite broken english of the man himself!!
    chuck C.
    marvin’s garden

  • http://lucascates.com Lucas Cates

    Great Interview! Wow Bal. Hanging out with the big boys. Not a bad way to be! Thanks for the link. Tunecore is great!

  • http://www.myspace.com/wojtekkrol Wojtek

    This is amazing to play with guy from The Doors :)congratulation mate!
    Good luck
    Wojtek

  • http://www.myspace.com/pison16 Kathie Nelson

    Unbelievably groovy…..

  • http://www.conn-selmer.com/content/artist.php?last_name=Bal&enc=cs01290034 Conn-Selmer/Masa

    That was fantastic!! I really enjoyed.
    We are proud that we can host your master class in Tokyo, Japan on the 24th of June (Sun.).
    Cheers!

  • http://www.vavvrecords.com V A V V RECORDS

    Bal-
    Great stuff !! Living the Dream. Can’t wait to have you back in the studio.
    Cheers-
    Sebastian
    V A V V RECORDS

  • klf

    Good interview. It’s always a pleasure to hear people who are passionate about their work talk about the process and more importantly the motivation and inspiration behind the creation.

  • http://www.wildchildinthecityoflight.fly.to Jochen Maassen

    Hallo Leute,
    ein sehr schönes Interview voller Leidenschaft! Es ist immer wieder schön, Ray in einem Interview zu hören!!!
    A great job, well done! Danke schön…
    Cheers,
    Jochen Maassen
    (www.wildchildinthecityoflight.fly.to.)

  • http://www.myspace.com/soundfactorymusic Julie – Sound Factory – Sacred Soul

    This is incredible good music. I invite all the fans both of Ray Manzarek and Bal to buy the album online!!!
    http://www.myspace.com/raymanzarekbal
    RESPECT AND LIGHT!
    Julie
    xx
    http://www.myspace.com/soundfactorymusic

  • Tricia

    Great interview and great music. It was a pleasure.
    Buy the album.
    Tricia

  • http://www.wildchildinthecityoflight.fly.to Jochen Maassen

    Hey Julie,
    you are right: Respect and Light (Big Times)
    Peace & Love,
    JM
    http://www.wildchildinthecityoflight.fly.to

  • http://www.earvolution.com Earvolution

    nice job! And, thanks for great service Tunecore!

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  • http://www.myspace.com/soundfactorymusic Julie – Sound Factory

    THIS DUO HAS TONS OF CLASS AND MUSICAL TALENT, THEY LIGHT UP THE MUSIC WORLD!

  • http://mcnamarick.com/index.html Rick

    Great interview! Ray’s an excellent story-teller. He and Bal are top-notch musicians and writers, and their record displays that beautifully. It is easy to hear that they had a good time making Atonal Head, because it is a really fun listen!
    This interview was a fun listen too! Thanks Tai!

    • http://www.anvilpanowcreations.com Stephen Richards

      By Tai, do you mean Tai Morita?