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Episode 102: Madball Frontman Freddy Cricien on the all things NYC Hardcore

Freddy Cricien is the lead singer of the legendary New York hardcore group, Madball. Freddy, the half-brother of legendary hardcore band. Agnostic Front’s lead vocalist Roger Miret, is also 1/2 of the hip hop duo, Freddy Madball & DJ Stress. Freddy joins us to discuss fronting a hardcore band at the age of 12, dealing with the “extra-curricular” activities of the music scene at an early age, his training regimen, balancing fatherhood while successfully running his business, as well as the following:

  • How did a 12 year old kid become a major part of the early New York hardcore music scene
  • Freddy shares how Madball moved past the shadow of Agnostic Front and defining their own presence in hardcore music
  •  How did hip hop play a part in Madball’s sound, as well as Freddy’s side project & how did Madball fans receive it
  • Freddy discusses the current state of the hardcore scene in the US vs. the rest of the world
  •  How has Freddy been able to utilize technology and the internet to help give his career longevity
  • How does Freddy navigate life outside of performing now that he runs his own record label, manage bands, as well as make it work while living life as a family man
  • How did Freddy get around the typical “extra-curricular” activities of the hardcore music scene at such an early age
  •  What is Freddy’s current training regimen & how is his 3 year the perfect training partner
  • Freddy shares if there are times he just seriously wants to walk away from the industry, and if so, why 
  • Mike’s favorite Madball songs include: Doc Martin Stomp, Born Strong, Heavenhell, The Beast, Rebellion, and Set it off

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