Interview with ​Dale Lytle – Guitarist of ANGELES (USA)!

All-original rock band ANGELES first started playing Hollywood, CA in the early 80’s and has shared the stage with legends such as Ronnie James Dio, Motley Crue, Quiet Riot, Gun’s N’ Roses, Ratt, Bon Jovi, Michael Schenker, Dokken, Foghat, LA Gun’s, Jack Russell’s Great White, Jefferson Starship. The band has played live extensively and hit quite a few milestones.

The band released their ”No Limits” CD in 2013, and “Seriously Fun” CD in 2014 the song “My Girl” from the CD went to #47th on the Hot AC Charts.

The highlight of 2014 came when Angeles Band received their first Platinum Album for having sold over 1 million copies of “We’re No Angels”.

In 2015, Angeles released its CD “Wild Ride”. In 2016 they signed with Rock Avenue Records (USA) and released their CD “Crazy” featuring “God, Country & King” that has over 1 million view’s and climbing on Vevo.

Angeles have released their new album “Killers of the Game”, via Rock Avenue Records (USA). The album is available now on all Media markets and also a pressing of physical CD’s will be available through the label and the band while on tour.

Today we’d like to bring to your attention this interview with ​Mr. Dale Lytle – guitarist of Angeles! The following interview is taken exclusively for Rock Arena. Enjoy it!

– INTERVIEW –

Hello, Dale and welcome to Rick Arena! You have been together for almost four decades now. That’s quite an achievement… What happened during all those years and what’s changed for Angeles?

♦DALE LYTLE: Back in the 80’s ANGELES was going strong played back yard parties played every place in Hollywood great run. In the 90’s took a hiatus, then in 2011 came back with a vengeance started back playing and writing music and recording.

In the last 6 years, we have played with Michael Schenker, Don Dokken, Robby Krieger of The Doors, Jefferson Starship, Jack Russell’s Great White 3 times, and The Tubes Y&T. Did a benefit show for Paraquat Kelley from KMET and also did make a wish benefit shows with a rare appearance from Gary Richrath from REO Speedwagon.

Did you start with a different idea about the band’s sound, and how did your idea evolve through the years? How do you keep challenging yourself as a band after all this time?

♦DALE LYTLE: Angeles got together in 1978 and our first album was “Were No Angels”, featured in the documentary Inside Metal – The LA Metal Scene Explodes. The Challenge is to keep your music out there to keep your fans and to gain new ones because the fans are everything and continue to make great music.

Clare, Rock & Metal have always been dominated by male vocalists, how does it feel for you as a woman to see so many female fronted rock and metal bands today?

♦CLARE DIANE: I am glad to be a part of the female movement.We have had some great woman that has paved the way for us like Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Lita Ford just to name a few.

Let’s talk about new album “Killers of the Game”… How’s your work ethic in the studio, and what was the story behind the songs of the album? What are subjects that you write about?

♦DALE LYTLE: When I was writing for “Killers of the Game”, I wanted to depict the chaos of the world and how we don’t know who the enemy is anymore. The band plays about things that happen every day to good people because of bad people “Living for the Future”, wanting more not satisfied with what you have right now. Our song “Fallen” is about losing someone you love as well as “Long Gone”. But we threw in some fun songs as well like “Keep on Dancin” that is our party song, and “Holly Fenton” about growing up in Flint Michigan. We hope that “Killers of the Game” has something for everyone to enjoy.

What is the main difference between “Killers of the Game” and the previous Angeles albums?

♦DALE LYTLE: We do things a little different than most bands, we get the music done go in and record, then send the tracks to our singer Clare, and she then puts the lyrics and vocal melodies to the music. It works out great for us. Our Previous CD ”Crazy” was just a fun and Crazy CD.

What are your strongest musical influences from the past and from today? What is the most important thing for you as musician and performer?

♦DALE LYTLE: Musical Influences I would have to say Grand Funk Railroad and Led Zeppelin. I don’t listen to other musicians very often. When I write music I want it to come from within. I don’t want to be influenced by other musicians. I want it to be my own creation and as for performing we go out Rock the Hell out of it and have a good time if we’re having a good time so will the audience.

You have now found yourself on Rock Avenue Records (USA), what was the reason to join them, and how have they treated you so far?

♦DALE LYTLE: We were looking for a record label and found Rock Avenue Records (USA), they have a lot to offer like My Jam TV Network that is growing every day worldwide. We are very happy with them, they work hard for their bands.

“We’re no Angles” is the first Platinum record of the band (1 million worldwide sales)… What does it mean to you?

♦DALE LYTLE:  Our first album “We’re no Angles” was sold worldwide it took 30 years but in 2014 it was declared Platinum. It means that Fans all over the world enjoy our music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What motivated and inspired the band when you started and is that the same thing that inspires you now? Do you guys still go out much around Hollywood, and get involved with the scene? 

♦DALE LYTLE: I was inspired when in 1969 I went to a Grand Funk Railroad concert at the Anaheim Convention Center, came out of the concert and told my mom that this is what I wanted to do. And asked for a guitar. What inspires me now is our Fans and the love of creating and making music. We have done our share of shows in Hollywood but mainly at the Whiskey a Go Go and had our CD release party for “Killers of the Game” at the Famous Rainbow Bar and Grill.

What has been your most memorable touring experience so far, and who’s the best band you’ve been playing with?

♦DALE LYTLE: Our tour last year in November we hit four states five shows in 6 days – two shows in Arizona, California, Utah, and Idaho. Best bands we’ve played with there have been a lot but here are a few Ronnie James Dio, Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, Bon Jovi.

What do you think about the state of rock music and the music business… What’s the difference between the time of the 80’s and now?

♦DALE LYTLE: The state of Rock has been on the downfall here in the United States, it is all Pop divas now…  As far as the music business in the 80’s Record Companies had something to sell tangible now it’s digital downloads and pirating your lucky if you sell 10,000 CD’s these days.

What more should we expect from the band in the nearest future – recording videos, festivals…? Where can everyone get your music?

♦DALE LYTLE: We are getting ready to go in and do a video for the song “Fallen” off our new CD “Killers of The Game” next month. We going to start working on a new CD very soon and also have a show coming up August 26th with Jack Russell’s Great White at the Rose in Pasadena, CA. You can get our music through digital downloads and through our website: www.angelesband.com & www.rockaverecords.com.

Thanks for taking the time out to do this interview! What would you like to tell your fans right now?

♦DALE LYTLE: Thank you for all your support then and now!!

More information at:
http://www.angelesband.com
www.facebook.com/TheAngelesBand

Interviewed by Toni Rock