Rock Candy is produced and hosted
by Troy Correia. Troy got interested in music and entertainment
when he was about seven years old. His first musical interest
was "The Partridge Family". Troy says "I was the oldest of three
kids so I had no one to influence what I listened to. The Partridge
Family was right there on TV and had kids my age playing in
a famous band. I guess it was easy to relate to for me. Back
then, I wanted to be like David Cassidy. He was cool, had long
hair and the girls were interested in him."
A couple years later came the
DeFranco Family, again with kids close to Troy's age that were
famous and making records. As a teenager he discovered Alice
Cooper and by fourteen was introduced to the music of KISS by
his good friend Steve Acquistapace. "I had seen pictures of
KISS in my Columbia House Record Club catalog and thought they
looked pretty wild. I always liked things that were different.
When Steve lent me his Destroyer album, that changed my life
forever. Since 1976 KISS has been my favorite band and Hard
Rock & Heavy Metal my favorite type of music. I'll admit that
I had to make myself listen to Destroyer a few times before
I took to it" says Troy.
Although he favors Heavy Metal,
Troy likes many different types of music. You could find everything
from his favorites in Metal (KISS, Poison, Motley Crue, Alice
Cooper) to Rock (The Babys, Boston, Rod Stewart), Big Band &
Jazz (Glen Miller, Billie Holiday), Top 40 & Pop (Olivia Newton
John, Belinda Carlisle, Abba, Neil Diamond), Disco (Saturday
Night Fever, Disco Hits) on his iPod. "The only things that
I don't listen to is Alternative / Grunge, Country, and Rap.
They just don't appeal to me" states Troy.
Troy has always aspired to be
involved in the entertainment field. Troy's background in television
and entertainment started when he was very young. Starting out
musically playing drums, he later turned to guitar briefly and
finally settled on playing bass. In elementary school Troy wrote
and performed in two plays, "A Christmas Before Christ" and
"The Last of the Daredevils". Both performed in sixth grade
with the later performed to four sixth grade classes. In High
School Troy took a year of Drama, three years of Film Making,
and a semester of Tech Theater (where they built the sets for
the school plays). Troy spent a lot of time during high school
working on short movie projects.
From the time he was fourteen
until he was twenty-one, Troy headed up a group known as the
KISS Impersonators. During their nine year run, the group dressed
up like KISS and made appearances all around their hometown
of Fremont, California each Halloween from 1976 to 1983 and
again in 1986. Troy created most of the costumes from scratch
using newspaper patterns he would make himself, then turning
them in to elaborate finished full costumes. They looked very
much like the real thing once completed.
During their run, The KISS Impersonators
put on two lip-synch concerts with KISS replica stage sets,
visited elementary schools all over their home town of Fremont
California each Halloween, and made a visit to the local hospital
in 1983 to see sick kids that could not get out to Trick-or-Treat.
They also made a nineteen minute movie (produced, directed,
and written by Troy) titled "KISS and the Mad Scientist" which
in the past few years has began circulating across the U.S.
amongst KISS fans. To top this all off, they made the local
Fremont paper, the Argus, twice. Making the front page in 1980
and making the Community section in 1983. Troy also made it
in to 16 Magazine in 1981 and in 1984 the group made it in to
Star Hits Magazine. On Halloween of 2013 a KISS Impersonators
website was launched that tells the full history of the group.
The website features over 500 photos and some old movie footage
of the group. You can visit the site at www.KissImpersonators.com
The KISS Impersonators 1980
Troy as Gene Simmons, Joey
Capelli as Ace Frehley,
Bin Avery as Eric Carr, & Tim Branson as Paul Stanley
After high school, Troy went on to junior College where he
studied film for three semesters, took one year of sound recording,
and also gained a certificate in photography.
In the late 80's Troy put
together the Kiss Tribute Band "Black Diamond", that never
got off the ground due to lack of dedication from some members.
From there he began working on material for a solo demo to
draw interest from other musicians in order to form an original
band under the same name. Over a six month period Troy wrote
several songs with his friend Dave Hoeflin. Dave liked Troy's
ideas and asked about working together in a band situation.
That is when Troy felt things were starting to take off in
the right direction. After a year-and-a-half of writing and
demoing songs, the two hooked up with Drummer Chuck Palansky
and spent the next year rehearsing and auditioning singers.
"We had no luck finding a singer, but we all improved as musicians
and came up with a good amount of original material" said
Troy. In June of 1992 things fell apart. Chuck moved back
to Arizona, Dave hit the road with a Top 40 Band, and Troy
was just getting out of a long relationship and decided to
take some time out.
A year later Troy tried to
put things back together with Dave and his friend Jerry Ramirez
on drums. "No one was dedicated to investing what it takes
to make things happen so I gave up on working with other people
in a situation where you have to count on them" said Troy.
In 1993 Troy discovered Public
Access Television through his old music theory teacher Ralph
Martin. Troy says "In 1994 I came up with the idea for Rock
Candy. In February 1995, I took a class to become certified
as an Access Producer". Once certified, Troy began to contact
record companies in order to get things rolling. He spent
six months trying to get the show off the ground, but unfortunately
most record companies were not responding. Troy took a break
through the holidays and then started working at making Rock
Candy a reality. It was not until a year later in March 1996,
that things started to come together for Troy and Rock Candy.
"Record companies were starting to respond and I was able
to get my first real interview lined up" remembers Troy.
In May he was contacted by
Anne Leighton who was the publicist for Great White. By chance
an interviewed with the band was offered to Troy during the
same time he was to be in Southern California on vacation.
Perfect timing and some luck lined up his first interview
with a top name band. " I feel this really opened the
door to get Rock Candy off the ground" says Troy.
Taping for Rock Candy began
in April 1996 and by June three episodes were in the can and
ready to air. The show kicked off on June 27, 1996. "The
feedback was slow but by early 1997, the viewers were letting
me know that they really liked what I was doing and the positive
response just continued to grow" states Troy. "I always enjoy
hearing from people that state they really enjoy the show.
Since I don't make any money doing this, it actually costs
me quite a bit at times, their response is my pay back".
Troy says "I really enjoy
doing the shows. Since I handle about 98% of all production,
I don't have to worry about anyone else not being as dedicated
to the cause. At times though, it does become very demanding.
Especially since it is all volunteer time and work. I do get
to meet a lot of nice people (the viewers) and get to associate
with and interview really cool bands. With any luck, these
shows will lead me into a real TV host or acting job. I can't
express enough how much I appreciate everyone that watches,
writes, or talks to me out on the street. Thanks"!
Rock Candy had been on the
air for over 11 years before it went on hiatus. Troy's reaction
to that is "I am kind of surprised at how popular the
show became. I knew it was a good idea and hoped people would
watch. Once they did and the response was coming in, I was
pretty amazed." There have been several times over the
years that Troy almost gave up doing the show due to problems
at the Public Access station, a very busy personal life, as
well as wanting to pursue an actual career in the entertainment
field. Troy had continued to keep the show going when time
permitted, "It gets tough at times and I have almost
called it quits on a few occasions. But it's too hard to do
when I love doing it so much and the show has a dedicated
following. It's too hard to just walk away." Unfortunately
Troy's work schedule became too great to keep the show up
and it was put aside until he can dedicate time to it again.
In February 2014 Troy finally secured the Rock Candy name
as a Registered Trademark. Troy explains "It took years
to secure the name. Back in the early 2000's VH1 actually
took the name for a music show that only lasted one episode.
Before the VH1 show hit the air I was contacted by a lawyer
in San Francisco that informed me of their using the name.
Somehow he was aware of my show. There was no way I could
have afforded to fight a big company like VH1 for the name
even though I had been using if for more then five years and
would have easily won. Their trademark rights ran out five
years later and I eventually went after the name again only
to have it held up for a few more years. Now that I have the
name secured you can be sure I will eventually get Rock Candy
back up and running."
Troy has produced a few other
shows for Public Access since 1995. His first side project
was "Trivia Quest" which first aired with the first
episode of Rock Candy.
Another of Troy's productions,
and a very popular one at that, was "Rock Talk".
"Rock Talk was the result of eliminating the "Hot
Wire" Music News segment from Rock Candy. Those segments
took an hour or more to produce for a two minute piece. By
developing Rock Talk as a live call in show, "It allowed
me to give the viewers music news, take their calls, answer
their questions, and give me a better idea of how much of
a following Rock Candy actually had" said Troy. The show
ran from January 1997 to June 1999. "The reason I gave
up Rock Talk was because we were having a lot of problems
at the Public Access station with producers coming in an rewiring
the whole place when they were not supposed to be touching
any of that. It got to the point where you could not count
on going in and flipping a few switches and being live on
the air, so I called it quits. I was not the only producer
having these problems. Eventually several producers lost interest
and gave up producing shows all together."
Troy also produced several
episodes of "Music Vision" and "Rock Candy
Sound Bytes". Music Vision had a short run and featured
a half hour of back to back music videos that the record companies
sent Troy that did not fit the Rock Candy format. Rock Candy
Sound Bytes was an occasional show that is basically radio
on TV. It was hosted by Troy who played cuts off of new albums
from hard rock and heavy metal artists. "It's was a way
to let people hear new music from bands that are not making
videos or getting radio air play" said Troy.
In 2002, Troy produced and
hosted three episodes of a live free form talk show called
"Free For All". Unfortunately a change in his work
schedule caused "Free For All" to be put on hold
indefinitely, then eventually shelved since he no longer had
time to try and focus on two shows.
Troy says his other interests
include "Comedy - either watching it on TV or going out to
a comedy club. In 2007 Troy began doing stand-up comedy at
open mics and has continued to do that as he has time and
is having a lot of fun with it. He is also interested in Art,
"I'm always drawing or creating something. I love animation
art and old cartoons. Reading when ever I have a chance. I
never have enough time to read near as much as I would like
to. I have several other interests, but not enough time to
keep up with them." Troy said.
In 2005 he got his first gig
as an extra in the E! Channel TV show "My Crazy Life".
Troy hopes to move on and pursue an actual job in the entertainment
field in the near future.
On July 24, 2018, Troy launched a Rock Candy Podcast that
is a sort of radio version of the TV show. Within a month,
the show was in the Top 5 on the Podomatic Metal Charts and
has remained mostly in the Top 3 since shortly after that
before becoming a regular in the #1 position and securing
a spot in the Top 3.
Did You Know? Troy's
first appearance on television was in December 1982
on the game show Starcade. Click on this link Starcade
and go to Episode #98 to see the entire episode. Also check
out Troy in the Contestants