North Jersey Notes: Natasha Komis, Sekond Skyn And More!


My boy Smitty from Zenergy Entertainment recently told me about a rocking female singer that looked like Nikki Sixx. Wait! Hold the phone! There’s a chick that looks like Nikki Sixx, who can sing? I needed to see this! Her name is Natasha Komis, and she’s from North Bergen, NJ. I logged onto her band’s MySpace page, to hear a few tracks that weren’t bad at all. Her songs “Party of the Year,” “Shooting Star,” “Liar,” and “Come This Far” were anthemic, commercial-friendly and very reminiscent of early Joan Jett, which is kind of refreshing to hear a female singer not just trying to be another Amy Lee imitation.

Natasha Komis, who also goes by the name “Nikki Slik,” has been a model for the American Apparel catalogs since 2005, but her face as also graced magazines like Vogue, Complex and Vice, just to name a few. Natasha was also featured on the MTV reality show My New BFF, which also featured Paris Hilton. She was so memorable on this show that even VH1 called to have Natasha as a special guest on their show, Daisy Of Love. Natasha is quickly becoming a household name gaining fans through her controversial style. As a rocker, Natasha and her band recently played the renowned Rocklohoma Festival.

Joining Natasha in the Natasha Komis Band is guitarist Hunter Jambor, L.D. Catastrophe on bass and Jonny Tuscadero on drums. With her full band intact, Natasha plans on conquering the world with her own music—though I did hear that she is also singing in a Ratt tribute band, but that might just be hearsay. Find out more about Natasha Komis at


The search is finally over for Sekond Skyn. After months of auditioning singers, they settled on former Divine Heresy and The Bereaved vocalist Travis Neal. Divine Heresy is the L.A. Metal band that features former Fear Factory guitarist, Dino Cazares. Back in 2009, after a successful tour with JD Deservio’s Cycle of Pain and Living Colour, Sekond Skyn’s singer left the band abruptly citing personal issues. The immediate plan for Travis and Sekond Skyn is to write and record new material together and then hit the road to promote as soon as humanly possible. To keep up to date with Sekond Skyn, log onto

Singer Christine Martucci is finally releasing her new CD, Sin And Redemption. To celebrate, Christine Martucci will be throwing a CD release party at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on March 19. Fans of Christine Martucci can purchase tickets on For more info on her new CD, log onto

And finally, coming off the heels of an amazing show opening for former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno at the Stone Pony, the boys from Circle Of Insanity (I wrote about them in March 2010) are heading back into the studio to record CD number two. The guys seemed pretty eager to get back into the studio to record, so they must have some good stuff to record. For more info on the new Circle Of Insanity, log onto

That’s all for now! If your band is from North Jersey, and you want some exposure, send your press kits to Arts Weekly, c/o Tim Louie P.O. Box 1140 Little Falls, NJ 07424, or you can email me at, where you can also let me know where you’re performing next!

Just remember: we are all in the same boat, so every little bit of exposure counts!

Tim Louie is the Author of S**t Happens.

NJN Concert Calendar:

1/19—Diablo Royale/ZO2/Sweet Cyanide—Canal Room, NYC

1/19—Steve Brown—The Copper Bottom, Florida, NY

1/20—Killcode—Highline Ballroom, NYC

1/22—Passing Planets—Vibe Lounge, Rockville Centre, NY

1/22—Incognito Theory/Diecast—Championship Bar and Grill, Trenton, NJ

1/23—Endall—School of Rock, Hackensack, NJ

1/26—Steve Brown—The Copper Bottom, Florida, NY

1/28—Negative Sky/Anaka/Life of Agony/V.O.D.—Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ

1/28—ZO2—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

1/29—Steve Brown and The Fallout—The Elm Street Grill, Oakland, NJ

1/29—Passing Planets—School of Rock East, South Hackensack, NJ

2/5—Pharoah—Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

2/5—Passing Planets—Lodi Boys and Girls Club, Lodi, NJ

2/5—Piston Driven—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ

2/7—Cascadence—Angels and Kings, NYC

2/9—Knollwood—Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ