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Amp’d is your weekly music show delving into the world of Rock, Punk, Metal and everything in between. We caught up with host, Johnny Doom to find out abit more about the show, broadcasting Wednesday’s at 10pm.

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Johnny, great reaction to the show so far. What can we expect from the rest of the series?

Each week I’ll be giving you the freshest news, videos, gigs and gossip from the world of rock, punk and metal. If you like your music loud then Amp’d will keep you up to date with everything you need to know, such as new releases, festival updates, the biggest rock gigs across the country and interviews with bands from all over the UK and beyond. I will also keep focus on local events and support smaller venues and upcoming artists, working hard to promote their work. As a Kerrang Radio presenter, I have access to things as they happen, so there is a never ending supply of exciting music and bands. Also, in the coming months we’ll be giving away tickets, albums and prizes. Anything we can get our hands on!

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The series will showcase lots of up and coming talent, is there anyone in particular we should look out for?

Over the last year or so, we’ve had a diverse and eclectic range of bands in the studio. From rock legends such as Diamond Head, to upcoming artists such as Altered Sky, Conjurer, Skarlett Riot, Dorje, Hands Off Gretel, Of Kings & Captains etc. The list is endless. There’s so many bands out there working hard, travelling around the country and doing anything they can to promote their music, it’s only fair that I try and give them some extra support and keep the scene alive in any way that I can. As a musician myself, I have a close relationship with both mainstream and underground music. It’s very important to me and been a huge part of my life

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The West Midlands has long been home to a real mix of amazing musical talents. Who’s your favourite act to come out of the region?

Definitely Black Sabbath! They practically invented the loud dark heavy rock sound and I’m proud to come from the place that invented Heavy Metal. In fact I’ve worked closely with the Home Of Metal which is an ongoing project to build awareness of the impact the Midlands has had on rock and metal music with bands such as Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Naplm Death, Godflesh, Bolt Thrower etc. We had an exhibition in the City Centre which was attended by thousands of people from around the UK as well as Noddy Holder, Tony Iommi and Rob Halford. Our city has a rich musical heritage and some amazing venues, as well as a constant stream of gigs and events.

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If you could hang out with three musicians of your choice, who would it be and why?

Probably Lemmy (RIP) because he knew how to party, but also would have lots of entertaining stories of rock debauchery to keep me entertained! Also a guy called Tim Smith from a band called Cardiacs, who is essentially a musical genius and amazing producer. He unfortunately suffered a stroke so is unable to play anymore, but I’d love to spend time chatting to him about where he gets his ideas from. Finally, I’d say Kate Bush. She’s not really a heavy rock musician but someone I’ve admired and enjoyed the music of for decades. She’s also quite mysterious, which I think is something missing from the modern world, where we know everything about anyone at the push of a button.

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