Radio DJ Ronald Zilberbrand Talks on the Influence of Rock Music

Radio DJ Ronald Zilberbrand responds to an article addressing why rock music is alive and well in the age of connectivity.

A current article in Death and Taxes Magazine highlights the rock music views of Joel Freimark, a music enthusiast and kindred spirit to Radio DJ Ronald Zilberbrand. The article begins by acknowledging the “regrettable group who find some sort of satisfaction in slamming the current music scene,” noting that while some may believe that “rock is dead,” Freimark responds with, “you’re just lazy.”

He dives into the rich history of rock music to show that anyone who appreciates music will find “dozens of mind blowingly fantastic rock and roll records appearing all across the globe,” from any year since 1970. He also mentions that the growth of rock and roll does not just come from big name artists and legendary albums.

“Whether it’s the 1971 self-titled debut from Third World War, Mission Of Burma’s groundbreaking 1981 EP, The Lemonheads’ brilliant 1992 record ‘It’s A Shame About Ray,’ or even 2012’s ‘Blues Funeral’ from Mark Lanegan Band, not only is rock and roll alive and well, it never even had a hiccup or a cold. Even in the past few months, the world of rock and roll has seen solid new releases from Iggy & The Stooges, The Thermals and Queens Of The Stone Age, among a long list of other exceptional examples.”

Ronald Zilberbrand enthusiastically concurs with Freimark’s statement. “Rock is exponentially producing new styles, from 1990s onward,” he said. “There’s grunge, pop rock, new metal, rapcore, emo and more. Each new style adds something more to rock’s colorful history, but old styles rarely fade. Rock never dies.”

Freimark also declares that self-described “rock aficionados” will occasionally protest his remarks, suggesting that there are no new rock bands that are noteworthy. “This could not be further from the truth,” he said. “Bands like Savages, Prince Rupert’s Drops and so many others have all gifted music fans with magnificent rock majesty in the past year, and those who follow music are no doubt anxiously awaiting the full-length debut from Deep Valley later this month.”

The article sheds light on how music lovers cannot honestly announce that rock is dead due to the various outlets that exist to pursue rock music. “They are something beyond lazy,” Freimark asserts. “In our modern age of connectivity and access, there is no longer any excuse for such obvious complacency. With services like Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and even something as simple as Google search, finding truckloads of whatever style of rock music [or any genre] that you prefer is only a few clicks away.” Ronald Zilberbrand adds, “People who preach that rock is dead are so sure that there’s nothing of substance created in music anymore, but it’s a tragedy – new avenues for music exploration are
right at our fingertips.”


Ronald Zilberbrand is known throughout the state of Washington for his devotion to music and his work as a DJ and radio personality for one of Seattle’s leading rock stations. He is a zealous music lover who strives to educate people on the benefits of excellent music – new and old. He is also passionate about protecting the environment, providing listeners with on-air tips for how to conserve energy. He is a proud supporter of environmental organizations like Greenpeace