NFU Interview

NFU is a hard rock band from New York that has been taking their scene by storm. The dynamic, four-piece act has played shows across the tri-state area, and successfully crafted a unique, hard rock sound. Don’t count on NFU playing your favorite 80’s jam because these guys are committed to being 100% original in their music and performances. Thenfu1 band has had songs featured on movie soundtracks and the Discovery ID television series “Dead on Arrival”.

Recently, Colette got a chance to sit with Dan and Jeremy, the band’s vocalist and guitarist, and discussed what they have been doing this year. The guys talk about their new music, upcoming summer shows and much more! If you missed the interview, you can hear it on our soundcloud or right below!

Catch the band live!

  •  Friday 5/22  – The Hub Billiard Club (Island Park, NY)
  •  Thursday 6/04   – Mulcahy’s (Wantagh, NY)
  •  Friday 6/05  – The Shillelagh Tavern (Astoria, NY)
  • Thursday 6/18 – 89 North (Patchogue, NY)
  • Friday 6/19  – Even Flow Bar and Grill (Bay Shore, NY)
  • Sunday 7/12  – Pennysaver Ampitheater (Farmingville, NY)

For more information on NFU, head over to their Facebook page.

Schoeffel Interview

Hailing from Long Island, Schoeffel is a three-piece, Alternative/Indie Rock band who have been on the rise. The band recently opened for the chart-topping band MAGIC! at The Paramount in Huntington, NY performing in front of over 1,000 concert goers. During Screen shot 2015-05-08 at 1.24.28 PMthe band’s down time, Schoeffel has been doctoring up cool covers from fans requests on instagram ranging from popular Top 40 hits like Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” to more comfortable songs like “Notion” by Kings of Leon. In addition to playing shows and interacting with fans via social media, the band has been working hard in the studio on their upcoming EP “Gimme Two Weeks”.

Recently, the band’s three members, Austin, Brandon and Mike, stopped by the Required Radio studio. Colette sat down with the guys to discuss the band’s history, recording their new EP and much more. If you missed the interview, you can hear it on our soundcloud or right below!

Catch the band live!

  •  Friday 5/08  – Speakeasy (Long Beach, NY)
  •  Friday 5/15   – Montauk Music Festival (Montauk, NY)
  •  Friday 6/12  –  Speakeasy (Long Beach, NY)

Older Than Oceans Interview

Older Than Oceans is a Alternative/Post Hardcore band hailing from Long Island, NY. The six-piece act draws influences from their local music scene, and have crafted a unique sound which can be heard on their debut release, “I, Undefined”. The band brings a tremendous energy to their performances and certainly knows how to worotopick a crowd.

Recently, Colette got a chance to talk with Tom and Josh, the band’s vocalists, and see what they have been working on this year. The guys talk about their formation, recording their album, playing live shows and more. Hear the full interview on our soundcloud or right below!

Catch the band live!

  •  Saturday 4/25  – Amityville Music Hall (Amityville, NY)
  •  Friday 5/01  – Amazura Concert Hall (Jamaica, NY)

For more information on Older Than Oceans, head over to their Facebook page.

MC C.B Returns to the Required Radio Studio

MC CB is an alternative rapper hailing from Harlem, NY who brings you “Raw.Unflinching.Soul”. Getting his musical start back in the “MySpace” days, MC C.B has been creating and performing music for quite some time. His energy both on and off the mc cbstage is captivating and easily persuades any audience to lose their self in his music. This year, MC C.B has been creating new music, performing shows and is ready to take on the world!

Recently, MC C.B decided to come back to Required Radio and talk with Colette for a second time.  He first joined us in December of 2014. Cut to April 2015 and he is doing better than ever! In this interview, they discuss his new album “L33T Life”, recent single L.O.V.E and much more! Hear it now on our soundcloud page or listen right below.

If you like what you hear, head over to MC C.B’s website for more info!



Duro Interview

Juan “DURO” Ortiz is a DJ/Producer originating from the Dominican Republic who made his move to Miami then NYC, and hasn’t been slowing down ever since! Duro mbhas heavily established himself in the Moombahton genre/community, but continues to branch out to new genres and sounds. He even created his own genre called “jerseyton”, which combines Moombahton and Jersey Club to create an all new, very sexy sound!

Recently, Duro stopped by the Required Radio studios to talk with Colette, our Music Director. While she loves his music, as more of a rock fan, Colette felt she needed to bring in an additional voice to help conduct this interview. She made the obvious decision to invite her close friend, Liz Tillman. Liz is a contributor for EDM NYC, and a huge fan of anything Electronica/DJ related.

Colette and Liz sit down with Duro to talk about all his latest endeavors. We discuss his headlining gig at Moombah Mansion, how he crafts his sets and the business of modern music festivals. If you missed our interview with Duro, have no fear! Check it out right below or on our soundcloud.

Want to hear more? Head over to to hear all of Duro’s music! For bookings, you can email


Dean Catroppa Interview

Dean Catroppa is a Long Island musician who comes from the town of Massapequa and currently resides in Amityville. He is a talented and passionate songwriter, who can play some killer tunes!

This year, Dean has been working with Colette, our Music Director, to promote sbom3ome talented local musicians. In their recent interview, Colette sat down with Dean to talk about his music, his musical friends/colleagues, and to help showcase some great tunes. Dean put together a compilation album titled “The Local Boys: A Massapequa Compilation” that features him and a bunch of his musical buddies.

If you missed the interview on-air, don’t worry! You can hear it all on our soundcloud page, or by clicking the player right below.


If you would like to get an idea of the talented musicians Dean refers to, you can watch this video that previews all 18 songs from “The Local Boys”!

Liked anything off the album? Then head over to to hear more from producer, Tom Petrone, who was also featured on “The Local Boys”.

Bad Mary Interview

Bad Mary is a punk band created in the New York area. This four-piece act consisting of friends and family is guaranteed to always put on a killer performance whether hanging in studio or rocking out on stage. Since the 2014 release of their debut album “Better Days”, they have been continuously booking gigs and blowing crowds away.

Last week, Colette got a chance to catch up with the band, and see what they have been up to this past year. The band talks about their origins, playing live shows, recording “Better Days” and much more! Hear the full interview on our soundcloud or right below.

Screen shot 2015-03-11 at 11.31.47 AMCatch the band live!

  •  Tuesday 3/17  – Hofstra University Spiegel Theater (Hempstead, NY)
  •  Sunday 4/12  – Revolution Music Hall (Amityville, NY)

For more info on Bad Mary, head over to their website

“Doc Martens and fishnets, ninjas and zombies, crunchy guitar and funky drums, what more could you want? Bad Mary plays high-energy, danceable punk that’s fast, loud, and fun.”

Exercitum Interview

exmExercitum (EXM) is a hard rock/metal band hailing from Queens, NY. The band is a four-piece act consisting of guys who know how to rock out in studio and on the stage. In addition, they can also get the party started anywhere they go. The band got their start in early 2014, and has been working vigorously over the past year to put EXM on the map.

Last week, Colette got a chance to sit down with Exercitum (EXM). Two of the band members, James Ryder (Vocals/Guitar) and Oli Sucio (Lead Guitar), discussed their experiences with touring, recording their debut album and much more. If you missed the interview on air, check it out on our soundcloud or right below!

For more info on Exercitum, head over to their Facebook or listen to their music on ReverbNation!

The Craft Interview

The Craft is a Bronx based rock band/duo who provides feel-good, jam type music. They can play a little something for The Craft in Studiojust about anyone’s musical taste with their wide repertoire of original songs and great covers. Recently, The Craft founders, Luigi and Mal, stopped by the Required Radio studios to sit and talk with Colette. They discussed what the guys have been doing as a group, what to expect for the remainder of 2014 & more!

Like what you hear? Be sure to visit their website, to find all their music and additional info!

Missed our interview with The Craft? No worries, just give it a listen on our soundcloud!

Alice Tan Ridley Interview

RR’s Mel is back at it! Mel recently sat down with Alice Tan Ridley, season 5 semi-finalist of America’s Got Talent. What else makes Alice so special? She is the mother of Actress Gabourey Sidibe, best know for her lead role in ‘Precious’. Hear how she took her act from the NYC subway to the New York stage!


Listen to the entire interview on our SoundCloud page

For more info on Alice, check out her website