10/09/18 - Special Guest: Brent & Co.

This week on DC Music Rocks, Brent & Co., a band that combines rock, country, reggae and pop with improvisation to create memorable and refreshing music with heart and soul, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Anthony Alvarado, Dominic Fragman, Bad Influence, and Swampcandy.

^^ CLICK ABOVE TO LISTEN TO THE WHOLE EPISODE! ^^

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Brent & Co.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ5I49XYFGY

Brent & Co. Bio/Links:

Keeping it simple and soulful, Brent & Co. combines rock, country, reggae and pop with improvisation to create memorable and refreshing music with heart and soul. Performing over 250 shows a year, this is a sound crafted on the road and in front of audiences in Washington, DC & nationwide .

The strength of their live show, naturally, starts with the band members themselves. Theirs is a brotherhood forged on the road - in a station wagon - with over 250 acoustic & full band shows a year. Vocalist/guitarist Brent Peterson is joined on stage by drummer Dominic Fragman, saxophonist Derrick Michaels, and bassist Joe Martone. While the members of Brent & Co. come from varied musical backgrounds, their strong musicianship ties their sound together seamlessly.

brentandco.com/anacostia

@brentandco

Brent & Co.
Brent & Co.

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Susto, by Anthony Alvarado (Folk, Indie Folk)

  2. Dueling Creek, by Brent & Co. (Rock, Acoustic)

  3. ***Obsonatus, by Dominic Fragman (Hard Rock, Blues)

  4. ***Man Child, by Bad Influence (Blues, Blues Rock)

  5. Dean Man Walking, by Swampcandy (Folk, Americana)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

->’This Week’s Dose Of DC Music’ Spotify Playlist<-

->’DC Music Rocks Show’ MEGA Spotify Playlist<-


ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. NEW PLAYLIST - This Week’s Dose of DC Music!

    We realize some people want small doses and want playlists to be kept fresh.  Spotify does this, there’s no reason you can’t have this with your local music.  We can do that! It’s our latest playlist, and we’ll be refreshing it weekly. All-new-all-the-time!  You’ll love following this one!
    https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/3xXmI6wM2YzB0FMZMFEhav

  2. RELEVANT NEWS OF RECENT TIMES IN THE MUSIC BIZ

    How to do a successful release in a streaming music world is a real issue these days.  If that’s something you’re curious about, or someone you know might be interested in learning about, 2 interesting things came across my desk this week I wanted to share.  

    Spotify Playlist Pitching, Review Of Playlist Push
    https://aristake.com/post/playlist-push-review

    CD Baby DIY Musician Podcast - Successful Release Strategies in a Streaming World:
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/diy-musician-podcast/id253809240?mt=2&i=1000420713679


NEW RELEASES

There’s links to their profile which: 1) Have their iTunes/Spotify links so you can listen, and 2) have their Website/Facebook links for more info!

Music

  • Dupont Brass - Halftime
     (9 Song Hip Hop/Funk/RNB w Horns Album - RIYL The Roots)

  • Teddy Chipouras - Teddy Chipouras (Self Titled Album)
     (11 Song Folk Album - RIYL The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, Dawes, Mumford and Sons)

  • Beau Young Prince - Groovy Land
     (7 Song Hip Hop EP - RIYL Andre 3K, Outkast)

  • RDGLDGRN - Clapback
     (Pop Single - RIYL Gorillaz, NERD)

  • Clones of Clones - Mr. Sanity
     (Pop Rock Single - RIYL Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons)

  • Prinze George - We Won’t Last The Night
     (Electro Indie Pop Single - Metric, Purity Ring, MS MR, London Grammar)

  • Del Florida - Dream’n Again
     (Pop Single - RIYL hiatus kaiyote, vulfpeck, nao, ariel pink, her's

Videos

PLAYLISTS

This Week’s Dose of DC Music:
(8-15 songs, updated weekly)
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/3xXmI6wM2YzB0FMZMFEhav

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
(Mega playlist with a song from all the new albums, and singles which came out in 2018)
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
(Exclusively Official Music Videos, this playlist is over 200 videos long, go enjoy!)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows! Check details before you go in case something changed/canceled!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

NOTE:  We’re having technical issues with the calendar, and for some reason there’s shows we know of that are missing?!  Sadly, our developer is no longer around, and we have no $ left from our grant funding to hire someone new to fix it.  If you know someone who works with Javascript, JSON and API coding who could help us, please send them our way! In the mean time, we hope you also find your favorite artists in our DC Artist Database, follow them, and go see shows!  We’re still bringing you new artists each week and still adding to the database constantly!


SUPPORT US ON Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  There’s little give aways, but for us to evolve this online platform to cover even more we really need funds and support. We're giving away shirts, and more too!  We can do so much more with your support!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **M4TR**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

We're looking for local businesses to spread the word about with our more than 12,000 followers.  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?

10/02/18 - Special Guest: Milo in the Doldrums

This week on DC Music Rocks, Milo in the Doldrums, an indie rock band hailing from ‘the sandy beaches’ of northern VA, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Bobby Thompson, Kid Brother, Jay Diamondz, and Den-Mate.

^^ CLICK ABOVE TO LISTEN TO THE WHOLE EPISODE! ^^

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Milo in the Doldrums

Milo in the Doldrums Bio/Links:

Milo in the Doldrums is an indie rock band hailing from the sandy beaches of northern VA. Tinged with melancholia and uplifted by a love of life, Milo in the Doldrums harnesses the power of music to overcome the despondency of modern life… and, y’know, do stuff!

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/milointhedoldrumsmusic/

Instagram: @milointhedoldrumsmusic

Bandcamp: https://milointhedoldrums.bandcamp.com/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1xqvf9dO7m58DU28AF6AV5

Website: https://milointhedoldrums.com/

Youtube Video of our Release Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zlt0nx-OfrA&t=2s

Milo in the Doldrums

Email Signup Link
For those who don't already conveniently get all this via email!


FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Came to See You, by Bobby Thompson (Blues, Rock)

  2. No Sense in It All, by Milo in the Doldrums (Rock, Indie Rock)

  3. Ain’t That Cool, by Kid Brother (Rock, Folk)

  4. ***Not Tonight, by Jay Diamondz (Pop, Electronic)

  5. XOSO, by Den-Mate (Indie, Darkwave)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

->Follow The Show's Spotify Playlist<-


ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. MPAartfest 2018
    The 2018 Mclean Project For The Arts fest will take place all day Sunday October 7, 2018 out in Mclean, VA, with art, music, food and fun!  The Jogo Project, which we’ve covered, will take the stage at 1pm, and there’s fun for the whole family!
    Music:  https://mpaart.org/mpaartfest/featured-musicians/
    General Info: https://mpaart.org/mpaartfest/

  2. 2019 Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards- Call for Songwriters

    The Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District announces the fifth annual Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards and is seeking the best local songwriters! The competition will award a Grand Prize of $10,000 and 25 hours of recording studio time with Innovation Station Music. A Young Songwriter Prize of $2,500 will also be awarded. Full-time residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia are eligible to apply. Each song must have lyrics. All genres of music are accepted. The competition’s first round judges, who include professional artists, booking agents and music academia, will choose the semifinalists. A grand prize jury will then select the finalists who will each perform two of their original songs for a live audience on Friday, March 8, 2019, in Bethesda, MD. The award winners will be announced at the close of the show. Deadline to apply is Monday, November 5.
    https://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/bernard-ebb-songwriting-awards-application

  3. WHAT’S NEXT FOR DC MUSIC ROCKS?  WHAT DO YOU THINK?
    Brian here with personal request.  When I started this, I had a dream, to make local music accessible, and easier to find and follow.  I feel like I’ve accomplished quite a bit, and I have more ideas, but I also believe, “What got you here won’t get you there.”  My target audience is regular folks around the DC region. My goal is to connect them to DC’s incredible local music scene. What do YOU need?  What do YOU want? What should I do? I’m listening!
    https://goo.gl/forms/VFv95l2GD2JNX5ts2

    There’s 3 areas I’d like to hear your thoughts on:
    1) THE PODCAST - What’s one thing I could do to make you look forward to listening to it each week even more?  What can I improve?
    2) THE WEBSITE - What’s one thing I could do to improve the website, to make it an even better resource for you?
    3) WHAT’S NEXT - I have created a show, a website, and an annual festival at the 9:30 Club, and I’m up over 12,000 followers.  What do you think I should do next that would have the biggest impact on you personally, and your relationship with DC’s music scene?
    https://goo.gl/forms/VFv95l2GD2JNX5ts2


NEW RELEASES

There’s links to their profile which: 1) Have their iTunes/Spotify links so you can listen, and 2) have their Website/Facebook links for more info!

Music

  • DuPont Brass - Enjoy Yourself
     (Hip Hop with Horns single - RIYL The Roots

  • Beau Young Prince - Price
     (Hip Hop single - RIYL Andre 3K)

  • Den-Mate - Loceke
     (10 Song Full Indie Album - RIYL Portishead, Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

  • Del Florida - Fire (Live)
     (Pop Single - RIYL Christina Aguilera, Pink)

  • Pressing Strings - The Madness
     (Folk Single - RIYL the idea of Dave Matthews and Keith Urban having a baby)

  • Black Dog Prowl - Fine Lines (Far Cry)
     (Hard Rock/Metal Single - RIYL Nirvana, Metallica, Alice in Chains)

  • Classified Frequency - Black Eye EP
     (Classic Punk Style 4 Song EP - RIYL Jimmy Eat World, Oasis, Weezer)

  • Sugar John - God Steals My Thoughts
     (Rock Single - RIYL Pixies, The Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, Failure)

Videos

Playlists

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows! Check details before you go in case something changed/canceled!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Oct 6 - Sat
Black Masala @ Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington, DC
(Gypsy Funk, think Devil Went Down To Georgia with horns)

Oct 9 - Tue
Carolyn Malachi @ City Winery in Washington, DC (Jazz and R&B)

Oct 11 - Thu
Jumpin' Jupiter @ Hill Country DC in Washington, DC (high-energy throw-back bebop Rock)


SUPPORT US ON Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  There’s little give aways, but for us to evolve this online platform to cover even more we really need funds and support. We're giving away shirts, and more too!  We can do so much more with your support!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **M4TR**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

We're looking for local businesses to spread the word about with our more than 12,000 followers.  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?

9/25/18 - Special Guest: Cinema Hearts

This week on DC Music Rocks, Caroline, lead singer for Cinema Hearts, a band inspired by the music of doo wop singers and surf guitarists from long ago, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Fellowcraft ft Gordon Sterling, Flowerbomb, The Fuss, and Stripmall Ballads.

^^ CLICK ABOVE TO LISTEN TO THE WHOLE EPISODE! ^^

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Cinema Hearts

Cinema Hearts Bio/Links:

A pageant queen fronts a rock ‘n’ roll band; Caroline Weinroth is the lead guitarist and singer for Fairfax rock band Cinema Hearts and Miss Northern Virginia 2018 with the Miss America Organization. Inspired by the music of doo wop singers and surf guitarists from long ago, the sound of Cinema Hearts is wistful, yet feisty, with a pulsing passion for days gone by.  Cinema Hearts has performed at concert halls and rock clubs, including Kennedy Center, Hirshhorn Museum, Center for the Arts at GMU, AMP by Strathmore, Black Cat and other venues. Cinema Hearts' original songs and music videos have premiered on Brightest Young Things and Washington City Paper. Learn more at cinemahearts.com and carolineweinroth.com/missamerica.

Cinema Hearts' current line-up is singer-guitarist Caroline Weinroth and bassist Erich Weinroth. 

https://www.facebook.com/cinemahearts/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rEJq040RhQ

Cinema Hearts - Photo by Ethan Sahlin (5).jpg
Cinema Hearts

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Bartenders and Bourbon, by Fellowcraft (feat. Gordon Sterling) (Hard Rock, Blues Rock)

  2. Fender Factory, by Cinema Hearts (Indie, Rock and Roll)

  3. ***Marbles, by Flowerbomb (Indie, Indie Rock)

  4. ***Nothing You Need, by The Fuss (Reggae, Ska)

  5. She Lies in the Ground, by Stripmall Ballads (Folk, Lo-Fi)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

->Follow The Show's Spotify Playlist<-


ANNOUNCEMENTS

WHAT’S NEXT FOR DC MUSIC ROCKS?  WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Brian here with personal request.  When I started this, I had a dream, to make local music accessible, and easier to find and follow.  I feel like I’ve accomplished quite a bit, and I have more ideas, but it’s also true, “What got you here won’t get you there.”  Ultimately, I’m building all this for you. My target audience for this show is regular folks around DC, I call them “Joe Public and Jane Public” .  I want to connect them to DC’s incredible local music scene.

There’s 3 areas I hope you’ll share with me:

1) THE PODCAST - What’s one thing I could do to make you look forward to listening to it each week even more?  What can I improve?

2) THE WEBSITE - What’s one thing I could do to improve the website, to make it an even better resource for you?

3) WHAT’S NEXT - I have created a show, a website, and an annual festival at the 9:30 Club, and I’m up over 12,000 followers.  What do you think I should do next that would have the biggest impact on you personally, and your relationship with DC’s music scene?

Right now, please take a moment to reply/send an email to dcmusicrocks@gmail.com.  Or here’s a simple google form: https://goo.gl/forms/VFv95l2GD2JNX5ts2. These messages will come straight to me, and I really would love to hear from you. I’d love to engage with you. What do YOU need?  What do YOU want? What should I do? I’d love to hear your ideas! I’m listening!


NEW RELEASES

Music  (There’s links to their profile which will, both, take you to their iTunes/Spotify so you can listen, and also their Website/Facebook for more info)

  • Swampcandy - Mine
     (19 Song Folk Album - RIYL Black Keys, Reverend Gary Davis, Jack White)

  • Black Masala - Trains and Moonlight Destinies
     (Gypsy Funk Single - Best Description we’ve heard yet, “Devil Went Down To GA with Horns”

  • Fort Knox Five - Jinglin’ Janglin’
     (Electro Funk Single - RIYL Thievery Corporation, The Funk Hunters, DJ Shadow, Bonobo

  • Mark G Meadows - Superstition
     (Jazz/Funk Single - Very Unique cover of the classic Stevie Wonder Tune!)  

  • Footwerk - Gravity
     (Hip Hop Single - RIYL Chainsmokers/N.E.R.D)

Videos

Footwerk - Monsters (Hip Hop)
https://youtu.be/0Y4iTJQ_osc

Playlists


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows! Check details before you go in case something changed/canceled!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Sep 29 - Sat
Throwing Plates & Sub-Radio @ Manassas Steins, Wines & Spirits Festival in Manassas, VA (Folk/Indie/Pop)
Bumper Jacksons @ Hill Country DC in Washington, DC (Folk/Country)
Caz Gardiner @ Gypsy Sally's in Washington, DC (Reggae)

Sep 30 - Sun
Justin Trawick @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (Bluegrass)


SUPPORT US ON Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  There’s little give aways, but for us to evolve this online platform to cover even more we really need funds and support. We're giving away shirts, and more too!  We can do so much more with your support!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **M4TR**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

We're looking for local businesses to spread the word about with our more than 12,000 followers.  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?

9/18/18 - Special Guest: Marielle Kraft

This week on DC Music Rocks, Marielle Kraft, a singer-songwriter who laces honest stories together through clever lyrics with catchy melodies, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Fellowcraft ft Ardamus, Virginia Man, Mackenzie Fisher, and Heather Mae.

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Marielle Kraft

Marielle Kraft Bio/Links:

Marielle Kraft is a singer-songwriter who laces honest stories together through clever lyrics with catchy melodies, drawing influence from artists like Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, and John Mayer. Since 18, her songs have been known to bring together a room of strangers through laughter, reflection, and maybe a few welcome tears. Her latest powerful single, Test Drive, was just released in late August.
https://www.mariellekraft.com/
http://instagram.com/mariellekraft
https://www.facebook.com/mariellekraft

We found out this week on the show that Marielle gave a TedX Talk?!?! We went and found the link, check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRhwhKtLsD0

Brave Like Us
Marielle Kraft

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. That’s That, by Fellowcraft (feat. Ardamus) (Hard Rock, Blues Rock)

  2. Test Drive, by Marielle Kraft (Pop, Singer-Songwriter Pop)

  3. ***Desire, by Virginia Man (Rock, Pop Rock)

  4. ***Picture Man, by Mackenzie Fisher (Indie, Singer-Songwriter)

  5. I Am Enough, by Heather Mae (Pop, Singer-Songwriter)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

->Follow The Show's Spotify Playlist<-


ANNOUNCEMENTS

It's the fall fund drive at WERA 96.7 FM and Arlington Independent Media. This is the station which the live version of our show is broadcast on! You tax deductible donation goes to support community radio which in turn supports our community!

Could you skip a Starbucks this week and send that money to the station instead? Do a picnic date instead of a dinner out and share that amount? Has the station touched your life in a positive way? Click below or visit the station's website at wera.fm to send your support!

https://www.facebook.com/dcmusicrocks/posts/2224949371083256

https://www.wera.fm/


NEW RELEASES

Music  (There’s links to their profile which will take you to their iTunes/Spotify links so you can listen, and Website/Facebook for more info)

  • Fellowcraft - Three
     **Your host Brian’s band!**
     (9 Song Full Grunge/Blues Album - RIYL Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden

  • The Meer - Shed
     (15 Song Indie Album - RIYL amplified guitar, RIYL PJ Harvey, Queens of the Stone Age, The Cranberries)

  • Babbling April - Country House
     (Indie Single - RIYL Yo La Tengo, Built To Spill, Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

  • Color Palette - Sunburn
     (Indie Electro Pop Single - RIYL Depeche Mode, The Smiths, M83)

  • Den-Mate - XOSO
     (Indie Rock Single - RIYL Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Portishead)

  • Teddy Chipouras - Prior To Rain
     (Folk Single - RIYL The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, Dawes, Mumford and Sons)

  • AkinG Kalld Pedro - Zoe Saldana - Bonus Track
    (Hip Hop Single - Bonus Track I’ve been digging on a commentary Afro-brazil album just released, RIYL Esperanza Spalding, Janelle Monae)

Playlists


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows! Check details before you go in case something changed/canceled!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Sep 21 - Fri
Bumper Jacksons @ The Soundry in Columbia, MD (Country/Folk)

Sep 22 - Sat
MILO in the Doldrums @ Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington, DC (Rock)
Justin Trawick and The Common Good @ Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington, DC (Bluegrass)

Sep 25 - Tue
Lavender @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC (Rock)

Sep 27 - Thu
Lauren Calve @ Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington, DC


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  There’s little give aways, but for us to evolve this online platform to cover even more we really need funds and support. We're giving away shirts, and more too!  Please help if you can!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **M4TR**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

We're looking for local businesses to spread the word about with our more than 12,000 followers.  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?

9/11/18 - Special Guest: Brave Like Us

This week on DC Music Rocks, Laura and Jay from Brave Like Us, stop by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Black Masala, Louisa Hall, and Cat Janice.

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Podcast:  iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, TuneInPocket CastsPodBeanPlayerFM, or THIS URL in your other podcast app of choice.

Tell Siri, Alexa, or Google Home "Play the podcast DC Music Rocks"!

 
Brave Like Us

Brave Like Us Bio/Links:

Highly sought after bassist, Jay Brazao is a self taught musician and songwriter. He writes entrancing melodies on the bass as if it were an extension of himself. Former member of Rome In A Day, Jay is a Massachusetts native now residing in the DC area.

Singer/songwriter Laura Farrell has a unique and powerful voice. Her vocals have been compared to Sarah McLachlan and Joan Jett. She is also classically trained on the violin. Laura is a former member of The Yard Slippers, Big Honey, and Rave Parade.

Www.bravelikeusmusic.com

Facebook.com/bravelikeusmusic

Instagram-BraveLikeUs

Twitter-@bebravelikeus

Snapchat-brave Like Us 

YouTube- Brave Like Us

Brave Like Us
Brave Like Us

Email Signup Link
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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Trains and Moonlight Destinies, by Black Masala (Funk, Brass)

  2. Gravity, by Brave Like Us (Indie, Folk)

  3. Missed Connections (feat. Mark WIlliams), by Louisa Hall (Folk, Singer-Songwriter)

  4. ***Wild, by Cat Janice (Rock, Alternative)

 ***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

->Follow The Show's Spotify Playlist<-


ANNOUNCEMENTS

It's the fall fund drive at WERA 96.7 FM and Arlington Independent Media. This is the station which the live version of our show is broadcast on! You tax deductible donation goes to support community radio which in turn supports our community!

Could you skip a Starbucks this week and send that money to the station instead? Do a picnic date instead of a dinner out and share that amount? Has the station touched your life in a positive way? Click below or visit the station's website at wera.fm to send your support!

https://www.facebook.com/dcmusicrocks/posts/2224949371083256

https://www.wera.fm/


NEW RELEASES

Music  (Links to their profile with their iTunes/Spotify Links to listen and Website/Facebook for more info)

  • Clutch - Book of Bad Decisions
     (Full 15 Song Hard Rock Album - RIYL Led Zeppelin, Faith No More, Black Sabbath.  Album is finally hear, we’ve been sharing the singles that have come out from this album!)

  • Eli Lev - Chasing Daylight
     (Indie/Folk Single - RIYL Mumford and Sons, Ben Harper, The Lumineers

  • Blue Skies and Death - Hey Wait
     (Electro Pop Single - RIYL CHVRCHES, St. Lucia, Savior Adore, A Silent Film)

Videos

Playlists


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows! Check details before you go in case something changed/canceled!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Sep 14 - Fri
Allthebestkids @ Dupont Underground in Washington, DC
  (Hip Hop, EP Release Show, in a cool location! - POSTPONED?
Justin Jones @ Gypsy Sally's in Washington, DC
  (Rock, well known and established, tours extensively, so local shows like this are special)

Sep 15 - Sat
Wanted Man @ Black Cat in Washington, DC
  (Classic Rock/Blues Vibe, High Energy group, last time we saw them the bassist was our favorite to watch!)
Black Alley @ Amps & Ales in Hanover, MD
  (Hip Hop and Rock Fusion, we've never heard of this venue but the band is always a blast to watch, so if you're looking for an adventure to somewhere new, we'd give it a go!

Sep 16 - Sun
Laura Tsaggaris & Nardo Lilly @ Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington, DC
  (Folk/Pop Vibe, great acts at a great venue, betting this show will be fun!)
Owen Danoff @ The Soundry in Columbia, MD
  (Pop/Rock Vibe, If you're up for a field trip up to Md, it's a newish venue, betting this would be worthwhile!)

Sep 20 - Thu
The Radiographers @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD
  (Been a fan of these guys, and it's an intimate venue, worth a short drive/metro ride up we're betting)


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HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **M4TR**


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9/4/18 - Blues Day ft Special Guests: Jazs, Linwood, and Willie from Blues Festivals around DC

This week on DC Music Rocks, Jazs, Linwood Taylor, and Willie Leeble from various blues festivals and organizations around DC, stop by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Jonny Grave, Memphis Gold, Sol Roots, Lori Williams, and Patty Reese.

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Jazs, Linwood, and Willie Bio/Links:

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  • The DC Blues Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization Celebrating the Blues since 1987 in the Nation's Capital - MD, DC, VA through outreach and education.
    Become a DCBS Member at www.dcblues.org

  • Jazs, a member of the DC Blues Society (DCBS) and promoter of the Blues since 2004.  Co-Founder of the Silver Spring Blues Festival celebrating its 10th year. Representing the Greenbelt Free Blues Festival held September 22 and the November 10 College Park Free Blues Festival, an IBC Fundraiser to send the DCBS Battle of the Band winners to the ‘American Idol of the Blues’ in Memphis, TN.  Visit the DC Blues Society Booth at both events.

  • Washington, DC, Bluesman Linwood Lee Taylor has led his own band for more than a decade. Winner of 3 WAMMIES for “Best Blues Band”, the band appeals to a broad audience and has opened for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Diva Etta James, and the Legendary Johnny Winter.  Linwood has traveled around the world with Joe Louis Walker and can be seen jamming the Blues at Winchester Church Blues Mondays and around the DMV and at GBF on 9/22/18.
    http://linwoodtaylor.com/Home.html

  • Willie Leeble represents Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, oversees AEBF Weekly Jams and has produced and MCd the Silver Spring Blues Festival Acoustic Stage  and College Park Blues Festival 10th Anniversary events. AEBF is sponsoring the Greenbelt Blues Festival Ukelelee / Harmonica / Guitar Workshops and is getting ready to celebrate the 20th Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation Anniversary!  The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation was created to preserve Archie Edwards memory and to carry on the work he began at his barbershop in Northeast Washington, DC, to teach people about Piedmont blues and keep the tradition alive.
    http://www.acousticblues.com/

 

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NEW RELEASES

Music

  • Black Alley - Dirty Laundry
     (11 Song Full Hip Hop/Rock Album - RIYL Arctic Monkeys x Paramore x Erykah Badu)

  • Melodime - Roll-1
     (4 Song Rock/Country EP - RIYL Zac Brown Band, NEEDTOBREATHE, Tom Petty)

  • Den-Mate - Charlotte
     (Indie Single - RIYL Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Portishead

Videos

Black Alley - Be Me
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QapeXW08SFU

Playlists


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Sep 7 - Fri
Distant Creatures @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC
  (Indie - These guys don't play out too much, so cool opportunity, opening for a touring act)
Throwing PlatesHayley Fahey Music, & Rorie @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA
  (Indie/Folk/Pop - Show we're most excited about this week, all these guys are heavy hitters, Rorie was last week's guest)

Sep 8 - Sat
Black Alley @ City Winery in Washington, DC
  (Hood Rock - New Album out, these guys can jam!  New-ish and different venue too!)

Sep 9 - Sun
Owen Danoff @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA
  (Rock - Past Competitor on The Voice, Cool Vibe)

Sep 11 - Tue
Makeup Girl @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC
  (Psych/Pop Rock - Fun band, cool venue)

Sep 12 - Wed
Be Steadwell @ Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC
  (Pop - Great artist, well known in the LGBTQ community, we're big fans, this will be a fun venue and likely intimate show)

Sep 13 - Thu
Odetta Hartman @ U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC
  (Indie/Folk - She's been out touring hard after her new release, finally back for a local show!) 


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **M4TR**


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8/28/18 - Special Guest: Rorie

This week on DC Music Rocks, Rorie, a singer-songwriter, known for "crafting music that tells stories of both heartache and hope," stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Loi Loi, Throwing Plates, Emily Henry, and Hayley Fahey.

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Rorie Bio/Links:

Rorie is a singer-songwriter, crafting music that tells stories of both heartache and hope. Known for poetic lyrics and ambient vocals, Rorie and her band create a captivating live music experience that is uplifting and emotional. Her newest EP, ‘Dawn’ is a lush combination of electro and cinematic pop, while still maintaining her signature, singer-songwriter sound.

 

'Dawn' charted in the iTunes singer-songwriter top 10, and her debut EP, ‘Singing & Silence,’ was featured in the iTunes Singer-Songwriter New Artist Spotlight. Prior to this, Rorie released a single, “Restore,” which was funded by 98 Kickstarter backers. The song was inspired by her time working for an anti-human trafficking non-profit, and has resulted in bi-annual donations to organizations that are doing this important work.

website: https://www.roriemusic.com/

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/roriemusic

instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roriemusic/

twitter: https://twitter.com/roriemusic

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/roriemusicofficial

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Responsabilidades, by Loi Loi (Indie, Synth Pop)
  2. Gold, by Rorie (Pop, Singer-Songwriter)
  3. For You (I'll Take the Rain), by Throwing Plates (Rock, Pop)
  4. Hands, by Emily Henry (Pop, Acoustic)
  5. Out There, by Hayley Fahey (Rock, Indie Rock)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Locally Grown DC - Full season 4 complete!  If you like videos, check out this season of local artists.  Shout out to Chip Py for having bands in his “Yarden” to perform.
http://www.locallygrowndc.com/

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930 Club Festival Updates and Results:

  1. Check out instagram, some great photos on the hashtag specifically:  https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/dcmusicrocks930

  2. Thanks to Parklife DC for the festival writeup and photos, if you haven’t seen it already, it’s linked here:
    https://parklifedc.com/2018/08/24/snapshots-dc-music-rocks-festival-930-club-8-18-18/

  3. Tickets Sold In Advance Follow-up - We surveyed the 500 people who voted for the singer songwriters for this years festival on how far in advance do people generally buy their tickets to local shows.  Stephen Donoway asked if we’d share what actually happened with our festival, below are the numbers and here are our takeaways:

    1. To Artists/Show Organizers:

      1. If you’re expecting a crowd, make sure doors are at least 30 mins prior to show start to allow people to wait in line to purchase tickets and still get in in-time.  

    2. To Fans:

      1. If you know you’re going to go - buy your tickets in advance if possible, so you can avoid the line when you arrive and have to wait to purchase tickets.

      2. At many venues, you can avoid the online ticket fees by swinging by the ticket office/venue itself in person, if you’re ever in that area.

      3. If you’re buying tickets when you arrive, remember to plan extra time to stand in line to purchase tickets.

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DCMR Data Buy Tickets

Do you have any other takeaways on this?  What do you think?


NEW RELEASES

Music

  • Clutch - In Walks Barbarella
     (Hard Rock Single - with horns and a funky vibe - RIYL Led Zeppelin, Faith No More, Motorhead, Black Sabbath)

  • Marielle Kraft - Test Drive
     (Pop Single - RIYL Shawn Mendes, Colbie Caillat, Taylor Swift, Ben Rector)

  • Leo & Cygnus - Machina
     (Indie Single - RIYL Fleetwood Mac)

Videos

Playlists


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Aug 31 - Fri
The Radiographers @ Gypsy Sally's in Washington, DC (rock)
Swampcandy @ The Loft at The Hamilton in Washington, DC (folk)
Sub-Radio @ JamBrew in Herndon, VA (Pop/rock)

Sep 3 - Mon (Labor Day)
29th Annual DC Free Blues Festival - 2pm-7pm
Wunder Garten - NOMA Metro - new Location!
Memphis Gold with Harmonica Legend Charlie Sayles, Patty Reese, Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes, Rogue Johnsen Trio

Sep 4 - Tue
Bottled up @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC

Sep 6 - Thu
Near Northeast @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC
The Meer & Tired All The Time @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **M4TR**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

We're looking for local businesses to spread the word about with our more than 12,000 followers.  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?

8/21/18 - Special Guest: Bruno Nasta, Coordinator of Jazz in the Sculpture Garden

Have you ever been to Jazz In The Garden?  This week on DC Music Rocks, Bruno Nasta, coordinator of Jazz in the Sculpture Garden, at the National Gallery of Art in DC, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Liam B. Smith, Black Masala, David Chappell, Tony Craddock, Jr., and Frass Green.

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Bruno Nasta Bio/Links:

Bruno Nasta graduated from James Madison University with a Music Performance degree.  He was a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Richmond Chamber Players in residence at the Virginia Museum of fine Arts.

Celebrities that top the extensive list he has performed with and/or convened orchestras for; include The Three Tenors, Three Irish Tenors, 3 Mo Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, The Who, The Moody Blues, Yes, Gloria Estafan, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Lyle Lovett, Denyce Graves, Josh Groban, John Denver, Paul Potts and Liza Minnelli. 

Mr. Nasta has recorded for the Intersound Label as Concertmaster of The Taliesan Orchestra. These recordings received a #1 position on Billboard’s record ratings for three weeks in the summer of 1997 for the classical crossover category as well as several recordings that have been nominated for Grammy’s in 1998.

 He is a featured soloist on Eva Cassidy’s multi-platinum selling recordings “Imagine” and "American Tune".

His improvisatory violin solos are featured on Kathy Fink/Marcy Marxter’s Grammy winning recording “Bon Apetite” and in 2003, received a “wammie” award by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) for best classical artist.

Currently, Bruno maintains a vigorous freelancing schedule, active in the recording, Opera and Theater circuits of Greater Washington DC and Baltimore areas.

In 1998, he was appointed as Personnel Director of the National Gallery Orchestra and in 2002, Assistant to the National Gallery of Art’s music department.  Mr. Nasta’s personal recordings and the recordings of the NGO’s live Sunday night performances have been featured nationally on NPR’s Performance Today, NPR News and on various musical presentations of Washington’s local public radio broadcast station, WETA.

In the spring of 2008 he was appointed the program coordinator for the Friday evening “Jazz in the Garden” concert series at the National Gallery

WWW.BrunoNastaStudio.com

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Music Submissions (Electronic Press Kits) for Jazz in the Garden can be sent to b-nasta@nga.gov.

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Keep Your Head Up, by Liam B. Smith (Rock)
  2. Devil Sunset, by Black Masala (Funk, Brass)
  3. ***She's as Good as It Gets, by Dave Chappell (Blues, Blues Rock)
  4. Humidity, by Tony Craddock, Jr. (Jazz, Gospel)
  5. ***Miss You (Waaah), by Frass Green (Indie, Nasal Pop)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE DC MUSIC ROCKS FESTIVAL THIS PAST SATURDAY was...wow!  Thank you so much for all the love, tags, shares, from everyone!  We feel like it really was a magical night!  Thanks Current Newspapers for the the incredible coverage of the event.  Great photos too!  Read all about it here:
https://currentnewspapers.com/musicians-shine-dc-music-rocks-festival/

DID YOU KNOW...There’s free outdoor concerts at lunchtime downtown right outside the federal triangle metro stop in the massive courtyard at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (near metro center) every weekday, now through Sept 28!  
Many of the acts are cover bands, but shoutout to the local original artists performing this year which we follow and have covered on the show.
We hope you pick a day, bring your lunch, and go catch a free show!
https://itcdc.com/
7/31:  Adwela & The Uprising
8/6: Sub-Radio
8/9: FeelFree
9/13: Véronneau

ITCDC Free Show Schedule

NEW RELEASES

Music

  • Empresarios - Ten Cuidado
     (Latin-Hip Hop Single - RIYL Pitbull, Daddy Yankee)

  • Chuck Brown - By Special Request The Very Best Of Chuck Brown
     (Go-go 26 Song Full Album - RIYL Go-go or Funk)

  • Tired All The Time - Little Pieces
     (Pop-Rock Single - RIYL Alkaline Trio, The Sidekicks, Protomartyr)

  • Colourtheory - Selfish Mistakes
     (Pop Punk 3 Song EP - RIYL Alkaline Trio, Foo Fighters)

  • Bottled Up - BU2
     (7 Song Punk Album - RIYL Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Shannon and the Clams)

Videos

Playlists

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Aug 24 - Fri
Jonny Grave @ The Loft at The Hamilton in Washington, DC (Blues)

Aug 25 - Sat
Black Alley @ DIRTY MARTINI in Washington, DC (hip hop, R&B, and rock, called 'Hood Rock'
Handsome Hound @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (folk/indie)
Free Lobster Buffet @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD (ska/horn-band)

Aug 26 - Sun
Eli Lev & Marielle Kraft @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (singer-songwriter/indie/pop)
Sol Roots @ JoJo Bar in Washington, DC (Jazz/Blues/Funk)

Aug 30 - Thu
Jackie and the Treehorns @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **M4TR**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

We're looking for local businesses to spread the word about with our more than 12,000 followers.  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?

8/14/18 - Special Guest: Pebble To Pearl

This week on DC Music Rocks, Pebble To Pearl, a band with a unique blend of funk, rock, fierce and powerful blues, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Justin Shapiro, Feedel Band, Maryjo Mattea, and StereoRiots.

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Pebble To Pearl Bio/Links:

Pebble to Pearl (P2P) creates a unique blend of funk, rock, fierce and powerful blues fused and delivered with soulful grooves and incomparable vocals. They display a tapestry of sound that will truly captivate, mesmerize, and send chills down your spine, while undeniably keeping you entertained and dancing. P2P is road bound, touring up and down the East Coast to venues like the House of Blues in Orlando to the Canal Room in NYC.

They have no boundaries with visible influences from legends like Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, and Chaka Khan, to the new generation powerhouses ranging from Beyonce and Rihanna, to Joss Stone and Lenny Kravitz. Their self-entitled EP, debuted in March 2018, holds no bounds in blending a combination of funky blues rock with hard hitting and flawless vocals. If you haven't seen them in action, you are missing a key note in the chromatic scale. They throw in everything but the kitchen sink into their show and leave a lasting impression and the need for wanting more.

www.pebbletopearl.com

https://www.facebook.com/PebbletoPearl/

https://twitter.com/PebbleToPearl

https://www.youtube.com/user/PebbleToPearl

https://soundcloud.com/pebbletopearl

https://www.instagram.com/pebbletopearl/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/pebble-to-pearl/640858231

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Lost In Time, by Justin Shapiro (Rock, Folk Rock)
  2. Better Than Nuthin', by Pebble To Pearl (R&B, Funk)
  3. ***Meskerem, by Feedel (Jazz, Ethio-Jazz)
  4. Meaning of Life, by Maryjo Mattea (Pop, Pop Funk)
  5. Ghost Machines, by StereoRiots (Indie, Hard Rock)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

2 BIG GROUPS OF THANK YOUS!

1)  Thanks to the amazing sponsors who have helps in so many ways to make the DC Music Rocks Festival grow to become the epic event it is!  Big thank you to:

2) Thanks to the below which had Brian on to talk about the festival.  The interviews were fun and some were quite extensive, going WAY beyond just the Festival!  


NEW RELEASES

Music

  • Odetta Hartman - Old Rockhounds Never Die
     (15 Song Folk/Indie Full Album - RIYL Beck, Patti Smith, Bjork)

  • HyeTension - Talk In Tongues
     (6 song Hard Rock EP - RIYL (Queens of the Stone Age, The Strokes)

  • Jae Alexander - I’m Gone
     (Hip Hop Single - RIYL T-Pain, Usher)

Videos

 

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Aug 17 - Fri
Lauren Calve & Stranger In The Alps @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (Folk/Indie)
Pressing Strings & The Duskwhales @ The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD (Folk and Classic Rock)
Dr Robinson's Fiasco & FuzzQueen @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA (Indie Rock)
The Internal Frontier @ Union Stage in Washington, DC (Pop Rock)

Aug 18 - Sat
THE DC MUSIC ROCKS FESTIVAL @ 9:30 Club in Washington DC (Indie, Folks, Rock, Blues, Funk, Hip Hop, Hard Rock, something for everyone from 7 different acts!)

Aug 19 - Sun
Crys MatthewsJonny Grave & Shamans of Sound @ Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington, DC
  (Folk, Blues, Funk, Indie)

Aug 22 - Wed
Hungry on Monday @ The Hamilton in Washington, DC  (Rock)

Aug 23 - Thu
Elizabeth II @ Black Cat in Washington, DC (Rock)


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **M4TR**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

We're looking for local businesses to spread the word about with our more than 12,000 followers.  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?

8/7/18 - Special Guest: allthebestkids

This week on DC Music Rocks, allthebestkids, a Hip-Pop Psych-Rock band from Washington, D.C., stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by AkinG Kalld Pedro, Shamans of Sound, Davy Fresh, and The JoGo Project.

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Allthebestkids Bio/Links:

Allthebestkids come from the future with one purpose: To spread the highest vibration of music to the world. Blending hip hop, pop, psych rock & soul, Allthebestkids speak directly to the heart, bypassing the mind, and reminding us of something forgotten long ago; We are All the Best Kids

 

www.allthebestkids.com

www.facebook.com/allthebestkids

twitter @allthebestkids_

Insta @allthebestkids

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***So Selfish, by AkinG Kalld Pedro feat. Serenity Karima (Hip Hop, Jazz Fusion)
  2. Falling Out Of The Mind, by allthebestkids (Hip Hop, Alt-Hip Hop)
  3. ***Shamans of Sound, by Shamans of Sound feat. Navisa Hunter (Reggae, Dub)
  4. ***Never Wonna Fall, by Davy Fresh (Hip Hop, R&B)
  5. DC's Been Good To Me, by The JoGo Project (Jazz, Go-Go)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

How far in advance of a local show do you normally buy your tickets?  That’s the question I required each of the 500 people who voted for the singer-songwriter to answer.  I was really intrigued by the results, and I’ll share them here. They were allowed to check more than one response, both of them will be on this episodes page on our website, simply click on the Allthebestkids episode and scroll down to the announcements section.  Couple of takeaways: roughly ⅓ said they would buy their tickets weeks in advance. About half said they would only buy their tickets days in advance. For a local show, this means presales aren’t really going to be high unless you make it really a special event of some kind, and if you do that, only half of those that attend will buy their tickets at the door.  FASCINATING! We intend to do more of this kind of surveying to get to know the scene as the opportunities present themselves, and we’ll continue to share!

Buy tickets in advance

THE FESTIVAL - Have you bought your tickets yet to our festival at the 9:30 Club on Aug 18th?  Hundreds of tickets have already been sold, they’re only $15, go ahead and buy your tickets right now.  We’re having a party and we want you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/


NEW RELEASES

Music

  • Lori Williams - Out Of The Box
      (Jazz 15 Song Full Album - RIYL Dianne Reeves, Anita Baker, Oleta Adams)

  • The Bottle Shop - Spring Shack
      (Rock 10 Song Full Album - RIYL CCR, The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Modest Mouse)

  • Melodime - Nights Out Here
      (Rock Single - RIYL Zac Brown Band, NEEDTOBREATHE, Tom Petty)

  • Odetta Hartman - You You
      (Indie Single - RIYL Beck, Karen Dalton, Sylvan Esso, Patti Smith, Bjork

  • Vice Years - Crowded Rooms.
      (Rock Single - RIYL Third Eye Blind, or Jimmy Eat World

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Aug 10 - Fri
Chris Cassaday @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (Funky Folk Singer/Songwriter opening for an out of town touring act)
Sol Roots @ Lubber Run Amphitheater in Arlington, VA (Funk/Soul/Blues at a fun outdoor venue)
FuzzQueen @ Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington, DC (Powerful Original Rock, with other great bands on the bill!)
Jumpin' Jupiter @ Hill Country DC in Washington, DC (Feel Good Classic Rock/Bebop)

Aug 11 - Sat
Black Alley @ Nationals Park in Washington, DC ("Hood Rock")
Juxt & Wanted Man & oh he dead @ Gypsy Sally's in Washington, DC (Holy smokes, ALL THESE BANDS sharing one stage?!  This is big!)

Aug 13 - Mon
Luke James Shaffer @ Union Stage in Washington, DC (His EP Release, awesome indie music at a cool venue)

Aug 16 - Thu
Mark G. Meadows @ Dupont Underground in Washington, DC (Phenomenal Jazz, in a unique underground venue)
Bottled up @ Black Cat in Washington, DC (Let's see what kind of rock they unbottle)
Two Ton Twig @ Gypsy Sally's in Washington, DC (Bluegrass in Georgetown!)


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **M4TR (Abu Jibran)**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

We're looking for local businesses to sponsor us!  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?

7/31/18 - Special Guest: Black Dog Prowl

This week on DC Music Rocks, Black Dog Prowl, one of Washington, D.C.'s hardest hitting rock bands, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Tired All The Time, Curse Words, Caustic Casanova, and FuzzQueen.

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Podcast:  iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, TuneInPocket CastsPodBeanPlayerFM, or THIS URL in your other podcast app of choice.

Black Dog Prowl Bio:

Black Dog Prowl

Black Dog Prowl is considered one of Washington, D.C.'s hardest hitting rock bands. The four-piece showcases original material ranging from the slow, down-tuned to a fast-paced kick in the teeth. If one insists on drawing a line to the familiar, BDP has drawn sonic comparisons to the likes of Soundgarden, Torche, and Nirvana.

The band has built their reputation on a powerful live show, playing and headlining notable DC area venues like Black Cat, Rock & Roll Hotel, Velvet Lounge, and The Fillmore Silver Spring, as well as touring internationally in Mexico and Chile; and sharing the stage with renowned acts like Steel Panther, Candlebox, The Answer, and The Parlor Mob. 

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Black Dog Prowl

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Bone Dry, by Tired All The Time (Punk, Post-Punk)
  2. Vapor, by Black Dog Prowl (Hard Rock, Grunge)
  3. Escape From Promixa-B, by Curse Words (Punk, Punk Rock)
  4. The Space Needle, by Caustic Casanova (Hard Rock, Psychedelic Metal)
  5. Angry Angry, by FuzzQueen (Rock, Indie Rock)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

->Follow The Show's Spotify Playlist<-


ANNOUNCEMENTS

RESULTS FOR SINGER SONGWRITER AT 9:30 ON AUG 18:
Congratulations to Justin Shapiro and Maryjo Mattea who will be joining us on stage at the festival!  Thanks to the more than 500 people who voted! All four of these finalists are so good! We’re such huge fans of Crys Matthews and Abby Sevcik, We hope you’ll add them to your playlists, like their pages, and check them out at one of their shows!  

930 Vote Winners Maryjo Mattea and Justin Shapiro.jpg
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Have you bought your tickets yet?  Hundreds of tickets have already been sold, they’re only $15, go ahead and buy your tickets right now.  We’re having a party and we want you there!
https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/


NEW RELEASES

Music

  • NAH. - Vitamin D
    (Indie Single - RIYL Courtney Barnett, Tame Impala, Pond, Hospitality)

  • Young Summer - Save The World
    (Indie Single - RIYL Beach House, Grace Slick, if Lana Del Rey and Adele had a baby)

  • Clutch - Hot Bottom Feeder
    (Hard Rock Single - RIYL Led Zeppelin, Faith No More, Motorhead, Black Sabbath)

  • Colourtheory - Missin’ Ur Face
    (Hard Rock Single - RIYL Alkaline Trio and Foo Fighters)

 

Videos

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Aug 4 - Sat
Emily Henry @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD (Pop/Singer-Songwriter)
DuPont Brass @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (Funk/Brass Band)

Aug 5 - Sun
Makeup Girl @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (Rock/Pop)
Lori Williams @ City Winery in Washington DC (Jazz)
Better Homes & Unsullied @ Union Stage in Washington, DC (Rock/Hard Rock)

Aug 6 - Mon
Annie Stokes @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC (Folk)

Aug 9 - Thu
Karen Jonas @ Union Stage in Washington, DC (Country/Folk)


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **Music 4 The Revolution (Abu Jibran)**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

We're looking for local businesses to sponsor us!  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?

7/24/18 - Special Guest: Kid Brother

This week on DC Music Rocks, Kid Brother, an independent band from Leesburg in Northern VA, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Rachel Levitin, Dr Robinson's Fiasco, Milo and the Doldrums, and The Duskwhales.

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Podcast:  iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, TuneInPocket CastsPodBeanPlayerFM, or THIS URL in your other podcast app of choice.

Kid Brother Bio:

Kid Brother

Kid Brother is an independent band from Northern Virginia, founded when the celestial space gods called upon Richard, Dylan, Lindsey, Sam, and Christian to go forth and create a band in the spring of the year of our lords, 2016. Focused on originality and genuine lyricism, Kid Brother fuses together elements of rock, indie, folk and blues to create a sound that truly is their own.

https://www.kidbrothermusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/kidbrother/

Kid Brother
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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Save Myself, by Rachel Levitin (Pop, Rock)
  2. Pastels, by Kid Brother (Indie Rock, Folk)
  3. ***Did You Find What You Want?, by Dr Robinson's Fiasco (Hard Rock, Alternative)
  4. Built For No One, by Milo in the Doldrums (Rock, Indie Rock)
  5. Fight Back by The Duskwhales (Indie, Gypsy)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

->Follow The Show's Spotify Playlist<-


ANNOUNCEMENTS

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SINGER-SONGWRITER TO PERFORM AT 9:30 CLUB WITH US ON AUG 18, NOW THROUGH SATURDAY 7/28!
Nominations came in, almost a thousand of them, we’ve tallied the results and have put up the ballot.  Votes accepted now through Saturday 7/28.
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/festival-vote

Have you bought your tickets yet?  Hundreds of tickets have already been sold, they’re only $15, go ahead and buy your tickets right now.  We’re having a party and we want you there!
https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/


NEW RELEASES

Music

  • Prinze George - Mind Over
     Smooth Indie-Electro Single - RIYL Metric, Purity Ring, London Grammar

  • The Colonies - Bound To Be Something Good
     Classic Rock Vibe Single - RIYL The Strokes, The Black Keys, Hippocampus

  • Billy Winn - Dreamland I
     Electro Pop 5 Song EP - RIYL Icona Pop, Pet Shop Boys

  • Menage A Garage - More Human Than You
    5 Song Pop-Punk EP - RIYL Pixies, Green Day, They Might Be Giants

 

Videos

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Jul 27 - Fri
The Duskwhales (Indie/Rock) @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD
Two Ton Twig (Bluegrass/Folk) @ Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington, DC
Chris Cassaday & The Cassaday Concoction (Funk/Blues) @ Solly's in Washington, DC

Jul 28 - Sat
Virginia Creep (Hard Rock) @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC
Pressing Strings  (Folk) @ Hill Country DC in Washington, DC

Jul 29 - Sun
Caz Gardiner (Pop/Reggae) @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

Jul 31 - Tue
Makeup Girl (Hard Rock) @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC
The Sea Life (Rock) @ Union Stage in Washington, DC

Aug 1 - Wed
Eli LevChris Cassaday & Justin Trawick (Folk/Bluegrass @ Jammin Java Presents: Former Best Friends in Vienna, VA


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **Music 4 The Revolution (Abu Jibran)**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

We're looking for local businesses to sponsor us!  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?

7/17/18 - Special Guest: Keith Berquist

This week on DC Music Rocks, Keith Berquist, marketer for dc music venues, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.

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Podcast:  iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, TuneInPocket CastsPodBeanPlayerFM, or THIS URL in your other podcast app of choice.

Keith Berquist Bio:

Keith Berquist

Keith originally hails from the San Francisco bay area, where he interned at local concert promoters Another Planet Entertainment and Goldenvoice, working in marketing and ticketing respectively. In college, he interned at the Paradigm Agency’s Nashville office and built Vanderbilt University’s first ever campus recording studio. After graduation, Keith accepted a job as the Marketing Assistant for AEG Live – The Messina Group in Nashville, where he spent the next two years. He has spent the last two and a half years in Washington, DC working as the marketing manager for The Hamilton Live, where he handles marketing, publicity, and promotions for the venue and its shows.

Keith Berquist
Keith Berquist

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Never Act Your Age, by M4TR (Rock, Hard Rock)
  2. Redlights, by allthebestkids (Hip Hop, Alt Hip Hop)
  3. Systematic Panic, by Ménage À Garage (Punk, Garage Rock)
  4. ***Right On, by Heartmeat (Indie, Folk)
  5. ***War, by Weird Babies (Punk, Punk Rock)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

->Follow The Show's Spotify Playlist<-


ANNOUNCEMENTS

--IT WAS OUR 2ND BIRTHDAY ON JULY 5TH!  In the last year we hit more than 9,000 followers, hosted our first 9:30 Club Festival, and had big name guests such as Ian MacKaye from Fugazi/Dischord Records.  None of this would have been possible without you guys listening! Thank you for following the show and allowing DC Music to be a part of your life! More to come, don’t go anywhere, we’re just getting started!

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LATEST 9:30 CLUB FESTIVAL (8/18) NEWS:

--THE SINGER-SONGWRITER NOMINATIONS ARE IN!
As of Mon evening that one facebook post had 937 comments, 122 shares and it reached more than 20,000 people!  WHOA! We’re tallying the results and should have the ballot out next week, so stay tuned! We love that you’re so involved in this!  
Nomination Post we’re referencing:  https://www.facebook.com/dcmusicrocks/photos/a.1765485153696349.1073741828.1758168324428032/2163360177242176/?type=3

--TWO MORE SPONSORS HAVE SIGNED ON!  Huge thanks to these guys for being involved in the local music scene and for helping spread the word about our festival!

  1. Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center - Celebrating its 60th Anniversary as DC’s only full line musical instrument and equipment store. Started in 1958 and still family owned and operated, “Chuck’s” strives to be more than a store, but a resource for the DC music community.  http://www.chucklevins.com/

  2. District Karaoke - DC's only social, team-based karaoke league! You can form a team, join a team, or register as a free agent. You can also check out any of our open karaoke nights to learn more.  http://www.districtkaraoke.com

Have you bought your tickets yet?  Hundreds of tickets have already been sold, they’re only $15, go ahead and buy your tickets right now.  We’re having a party and we want you there!
https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/


NEW RELEASES

Music

  • Feelfree - Define The Free
     (13 Song Reggae Album - RIYL SOJA, Citizen Cope, Slightly Stoopid)

  • Luke James Shaffer - Luke James Shaffer, Vol. 1
     (6 Song Indie EP - RIYL The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Zac Brown Band)

  • Milo in the Doldrums - Built For No One
     (4 Song Rock EP - RIYL Radiohead, Pavement, Nirvana)

  • The Duskwhales - Fight Back
     (Indie Single - RIYL The Beatles, The Doors, The Killers)

 

Videos

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Jul 20 - Fri
Den-Mate & Two Inch Astronaut @ Black Cat in Washington, DC
19th Street Band @ The Hamilton Loft in Washington, DC

Jul 21 - Sat
Sub-Radio @ Occoquan Music on the Mill in Occoquan, VA
Randy Thompson Band @ Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington, DC
Edjacated Phools @ Gypsy Sally's in Washington, DC

Jul 23 - Mon
Caustic Casanova @ Atlas Brewing Works in Washington, DC

Jul 25 - Wed
Juliet Lloyd @ Lakefront Concert Series in Columbia, MD
The Sidleys @ Willow Garden Summer Concert Series in Bethesda, MD
Odetta Hartman @ Black Cat in Washington, DC

Jul 26 - Thu
Better Homes & In Your Memory @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD
The Grey A & Justin Trawick @ Union Stage in Washington, DC
Sara Curtin @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **Music 4 The Revolution (Abu Jibran)**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

We're looking for local businesses to sponsor us!  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?

7/10/18 - Special Guest: Eli Lev

Thanks to Eli Lev, the talented singer-songwriter from Silver Spring, for hanging out with us in the studio this week! 

^^Episode Audio/Post Is Live - Click Above (might need to buffer/load, refresh page if you have any issues)^^

Podcast:  iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, TuneInPocket CastsPodBeanPlayerFM, or THIS URL in your other podcast app of choice.

 

FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Popsicle Grrlz, by Coral Benders (Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock)
  2. Making Space, by Eli Lev (Indie, Singer-Songwriter)
  3. ***How Far You Feel, by Marielle Kraft (Pop, Singer-Songwriter Pop)
  4. Could've Been Me (Live), by Chris Cassaday (Folk, Folk Rock)
  5. Superhero, by Emma G (Pop, Pop Rock)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

->Follow The Show's Spotify Playlist<-

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

9:30 CLUB - YOU NOMINATE THE SOLO SINGER-SONGWRITERS WE’LL FEATURE AT OUR FESTIVAL on AUG 18!
Nomination Period through Saturday July 14.  See Facebook post here for details, you can nominate up to 3!
https://www.facebook.com/dcmusicrocks/photos/a.1765485153696349.1073741828.1758168324428032/2163360177242176/?type=3

P.S.  Have you bought your tickets yet?  Hundreds of tickets have already been sold, they’re only $15, go ahead and buy your tickets right now.  We’re having a party and we want you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/

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DC IS TRYING TO LIMIT/STOP STREET PERFORMING and busking with speakers/amplifiers on the street.  Sharing the details if you haven’t already heard about this. If you’ve been around Chinatown and the Capital One Arena, this is a good example of what they’re targeting, but it will affect all street performers all over the city.  Please see below on how you can write to your council members to voice your disapproval of this proposed rule. This is courtesy of @listenlocalfirstdc see their page for more details!

“A MORE CONCISE VERSION OF THE TEXT. PLEASE SHARE - and ask folks to copy and paste all of the text and email and email their own testimony.

COPY & PASTE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESSES
cow@dccouncil.us, muriel.bowser@dc.gov, pmendelson@dccouncil.us, kmcduffie@dccouncil.us, abonds@dccouncil.us, MCheh@dccouncil.us, jevans@dccouncil.us, Bnadeau@dccouncil.us, btodd@dccouncil.us, callen@dccouncil.us, esilverman@dccouncil.us, rcaruthers@dccouncil.us, vgray@dccouncil.us, twhite@dccouncil.us , dgrosso@dccouncil.us, shawthorne@dccouncil.us, ikang@dccouncil.us, dmeadows@dccouncil.us, bmitchell@dccouncil.us, dbassett@dccouncil.us, rwerner@dccouncil.us, jwillingham@dccouncil.us, pjohnson@dccouncil.us, tjackson@dccouncil.us, mshaffer@dccouncil.us, mngwenya@dccouncil.us, mblackwell@dccouncil.us, mgeraldo@dccouncil.us, dturner@dccouncil.us, nopkins@dccouncil.us, CLaskowski@dccouncil.us, jmattison@dccouncil.us, TNorflis@dccouncil.us, lmartinez@dccouncil.us, tprice@dccouncil.us, karl.racine@dc.gov, james.pittman@dc.gov,

COPY & PASTE SUBJECT - OPPOSITION to Proposed Amplified Noise Amendment Act of 2018

COPY & PASTE IN THE BODY OF THE TEXT
Dear Committee of the Whole,

I , YOUR NAME , Member of Band or Org X or Resident or Ward Y , submit this testimony in OPPOSITION of B22 - 0839 - Proposed Amplified Noise Amendment Act of 2018. I oppose this proposed legislation because:

It will harm the overall cultural fabric of the city that includes a long history of street performance, much of which has regularly used amplified instruments or other electronic equipment.

It is overly punitive. Especially given the racial, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity of DC street performers, the threat of a $300 fine and 10 days in jail is absurd on its face.

It does not include any mechanisms to ensure fair enforcement and, therefore, presents the very real probability of discriminatory enforcement.

It is over-broad and can be used to prevent not only amplified sound but also non-amplified sound, again making the issue of discretionary enforcement particularly problematic.
It is not based on any available data or testing showing any material impact of street performances on the quality of life of DC residents and businesses, subjecting it to the criticism that it is arbitrary and capricious.

There is a current objective standard for measuring sound disturbances that requires a decibel reader and the council should focus on better implementing that standard. The city should adopt the Agent of Change Principle which would require new residential development in music and entertainment districts to absorb all of the added cost of extra sound insulation to preserve the cultural sustainability of these outdoor entertainment zones.

I urge all members of the council to VOTE NO on the Emergency Legislation and schedule an additional series of hearings and meetings where stakeholders, including residents, business, and the music community, are properly notified and represented. It is your obligation as representatives to ensure that the District's laws achieve the goal of balancing the needs of these stakeholders, and I encourage you to abandon the current effort which fails to do so.

Thank you for your time,

YOUR NAME”


NEW RELEASES

MUSIC

  • Odetta Hartman - Widow’s Peak
     (Folk/Indie Single, RIYL Beck, Karen Dalton, Sylvan Esso, Patti Smith, Bjork)

  • Rachel Levitin - Save Myself
     (Pop Single, RIYL Shania Twain, Meredith Brooks, Alanis Morissette)

  • The Bottle Shop - It Hurts
     (Rock Single, RIYL CCR, The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Modest Mouse)

VIDEO

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Jul 13 - Friday
Kid BrotherMILO in the Doldrums, & The Duskwhales @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA  (Indie, Rock)
Skribe & Swampcandy @ The Nextival 2018 @ Anne Arundal County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, MD   (Folk, Indie)

Jul 14 - Sat
Bumper JacksonsEli Lev & Justin Trawick and The Common Good @ 9:30 Club in Washington, DC  (Folk, Country, Bluegrass)
Emily Henry @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC  (Pop, Folk Pop, Singer-songwriter)

Jul 15 - Sun
Tony Craddock, Jr. @ Jazz at Meade Concert Series in Alexandria, VA (Jazz, Upbeat Sax Jazz)

Jul 16 - Mon
Nuex @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA (Pop, Electro, Hip Hop)

Jul 18 - Wed
Spirit Plots & The Beanstalk Library @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC (Rock)

 


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **Music 4 The Revolution (Abu Jibran)**


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

We're looking for local businesses to sponsor us!  Know One?  Would you introduce us to them?


Eli Lev

Interview Video - Bio - Links

Eli Lev Bio:

Eli Lev

At the center of the most potent folk music is a shamanistic vessel that’s traveled miles in the outside world and miles within his or her emotional interior to emerge with music that instantly breaks down walls and opens hearts. Folk singer-songwriter Eli Lev beholds the gifts of such journeys. He’s a searcher, a sage, and a storyteller with a message of unity in song. He pens hymns for everyday enlightenment—songs that resonate because they’re heartfelt, earthy, and they offer wisdom culled from self-discovery. 

Eli performs as a solo artist and with his new band, The Fortunes Found. Their infectious musicality, commitment to deep grooves, and soulful charisma foster an immersive experience for the audience that moves bodies and hearts. With the full-band-sound of Fortunes Found, his live shows are becoming one of the hottest ticket on the local DMV music scene.

“When I’ve been on the road, and I can’t speak the language, I’ve always been able to play a song and suddenly everyone’s singing and dancing. There’s a connection there, and, in that instant, there is a community,” marvels the Washington, D.C.-based artist.

Links:

linktr.ee/elilevmusic 

Eli Lev
Eli Lev

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

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7/3/18 - All Music Episode

We have so many artists we've never shared with you before that we took a week without a guest so we could play more music!  We hope you enjoy and Happy 4th of July DC!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***No Pressure by The Bottle Shop (Rock/Americana)
  2. ***Crank It Up (Long Live Rock n' Roll) by Lindsey Buckingham Palace (Hard Rock/Classic Rock)
  3. Last First Kiss by Luke James Shaffer (Indie/Folk)
  4. ***Fade by The Colonies (Rock/Indie Rock)
  5. ***Spit by Color School (Pop/Power Pop)
  6. ***Rewind by StereoRiots (Rock/Hard Rock)
  7. ***Shutdown by Wolves of the Dry Ravine (Rock/Punk Rock)
  8. ***If You Should by The Rememberables (Indie/Fuzz Pop)
  9. ***Small, Blue, and Deceased by Sugar John (Hard Rock/Psychedelic Rock)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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FUN OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Looking for outdoor activities?  Date ideas? Family outings? Have you checked out some of the summer concert series around which feature quite a few local musicians from the DC area?  These take place in parks outdoors:
-the Fort Reno summer concert series in DC http://www.fortreno.com/, or
-The Lubber Run Amphitheater summer concert series in Arlington, hosted by Arlington Arts - https://arts.arlingtonva.us/lubber-run/

STORY THAT WARMS OUR HEART
Last week we received the following tweet from Eric Falquero:
“First show I've gone to specifically because of what I heard on @dcmusicrocks: @TheSplitSeconds at @BlackCatDC. So worth it, so good! 🤘Give 'em a listen.”
We love hearing stuff like this, glad you enjoyed it Eric!

LATEST NEWS - DC Music Rocks Festival at 9:30 Club on Aug 18:
Just 1 question this week, have you bought your tickets yet?  What most people often do is wait until closer to the show or on the day of, but in this case, hundreds or tickets have already been sold, so I hope you’ll go ahead and buy your tickets today!  They’re only $15! We’re having a party and we want you there!
https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/


NEW RELEASES

MUSIC

  • Dumi Right - Doing It The Right Way
     (14 Song HipHop LP - RIYL Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Outkast, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar)

  • Beau Young Prince - Kill Moe
     (Hip Hop Single - RIYL Andre 3000)

  • Color Palette - Since U Been Gone
     (Indie Single - RIYL Cover Song interpretations of Female Pop Stars)

  • Clones of Clones - All the Things We Dreamed
     (11 Song Rock Album - RIYL Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons)

  • Melodime - Song of the Summer
     (Rock Single - RIYL Zac Brown Band, NEEDTOBREATHE, Tom Petty)

  • Edjacated Phools - Alive and Well
     (Reggae Single - Sublime, Dirty Heads, Rebelution, O.A.R., SOJA)

 

VIDEO


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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the details on the below shows AND the full list of your options!  We hope you go see a show!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Jul 6 - Fri
Annie Stokes @ Songbyrd Music House in DC
  (Indie - RIYL Alison Krauss, Jewel, Miranda Lambert)
Babbling April & Distant Creatures @ DC9 Nightclub in DC
  (Indie - RIYL Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Pale Saints)

Jul 7 - Sat
FeelFree "Define the Free" Album Release Show @ Gypsy Sally's near Georgetown in DC
  (Reggae - RIYL SOJA, Citizen Cope, Slightly Stoopid, Steely Dan)
Lauren Calve @ Pearl Street Warehouse in DC
  (Folk - RIYL Bonnie Raitt, Patty Griffin, Ben Harper)

Jul 10 - Tue
Memphis Gold @ Blues Alley in DC
  (Blues - RIYL Howlin Wolf , B.B. King, Albert King, Fieldstones Memphis)

Jul 12 - Thu
Elizabeth II @ Black Cat in DC
  (Hard Rock - RIYL Halestorm, Hole, Foo Fighters)


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DC Music Rocks All Music Episode July 3 2018
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6/26/18 - Special Guest: Carolyn Malachi

Thanks to Carolyn Malachi for hanging out with us in the studio this week! 

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MUSIC

  1. ***Miss Mary Mack, by OnRaé LaTeal (Hip Hop)
  2. Beautiful Dreamer, by Carolyn Malachi (Jazz, R&B)
  3. Houston, by Black Alley (Hip Hop, Rock)
  4. ***Snow Day, by Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front (Jazz, Gospel)
  5. ***Living in a Dream, by Hungry on Monday (Rock, Indie)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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LATEST NEWS - DC Music Rocks Festival at 9:30 Club on Aug 18:

WINNERS OF THE TICKET GIVEAWAY - Each Band and DC Music Rocks all conducted a combined giveaway contest of 5 Free Pairs of Tickets Giveaway.  The Following are the winners of the drawing at random from everyone who entered. If you’re friends with any of these people and can tag them, please do, they need to send us a DM on facebook so we can confirm with them and let them know how they’ll pick up their tickets:

  • Jennifer Battle

  • Joellen Welch

  • Griffin Hanes

  • Simon Raqeuelme

  • Emma G

GIRLS ROCK! DC also did their own giveaway of one pair of tickets, congrats to the winner, please send us a message:

  • Lauren Hayes

Have you bought your tickets yet?  What most people often do is wait until closer to the show or on the day of, but in this case, several hundred tickets have already been sold, so I hope you’ll go ahead and buy your tickets now.  They’re only $15!

Festival facebook event link with details:  https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/


NEW RELEASES

MUSIC

  • The Jogo Project - Dear Draylen
    (Single, Jazz/Gogo, RIYL Funk or a smooth Chuck Brown)

  • Clutch - How To Shake Hands
    (Single, Hard Rock, RIYL Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath)

  • Mystery Friends - Can’t Say
    (Single, Indie, RIYL LCD Soundsystem, Phoenix)

  • Luke James Shaffer - Last First Kiss
    (Single, Indie, The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Zac Brown Band)

VIDEO

*********Exclusive Music Video World Premier On DC Music Rocks*******
Eli Lev - Making Space
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VOGPsCeIfY
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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Jun 29 - Fri

By and By @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD
(Bluegrass, RIYL Nickel Creek, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Shovels & Rope)
Emma G @ District Wharf in DC
(Pop, RIYL Adele, Pink, Tracy Chapman, Alanis Morrissette)
The Duskwhales @ The Loft at The Hamilton in DC
(Indie, RIYL The Beatles, The Doors, Vampire Weekend, The Killers)

Jun 30 - Sat

Black Masala @ The Soundry in Columbia, MD
(Funk, RIYL High energy brass band with eclectic world influences ranging from balkan, funk, soul, gypsy and punk)
Paperhaus @ Rock & Roll Hotel in NE DC
(Indie, RIYL Radiohead, Deerhunter, Kraftwerk)
The Split Seconds @ Black Cat in DC
(Punk, RIYL good classic punk music, Green Day, The Buzzcocks, Deadboys)

Jul 1 - Sun

Jelly Roll Mortals @ Pearl Street Warehouse in DC
(RIYL Classic 20th Century Rock, Country)

Jul 5 - Thu

Jason Masi @ Northside Social in Arlington, VA
(Pop, RIYL Amos Lee, John Mayer, Ben Harper)
Thaylobleu @ Union Stage in DC
(Hard Rock, RIYL Bad Brains, MC5, The Dirtbombs


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HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
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Carolyn Malachi

Video - Bio - Links - Transcript

Carolyn Malachi Bio:

Carolyn Malachi

For Carolyn Malachi, tethering Soul, Blues and Jazz music to Trap, Afrobeat and House music is just one method of elevating the good vibes. She says, "On the path to understanding, music is the intersection where we pause for conversation." The Grammy nominated artist, Fulbright awardee and cryptocurrency enthusiast is also the creator of the GRITS & GARRI podcast. Pulsing through each beat of Carolyn Malachi's electroacoustic sound is this mantra: onward and upward. 

Links:

www.Instagram.com/CarolynMalachi

www.Twitter.com/Carolyn_Malachi

www.CarolynMalachi.com

 

Carolyn Malachi
Carolyn Malachi

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:               On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene.

                        For Carolyn Malachi, tethering soul, blues, and jazz music to trap, Afrobeat, and house music is just one method of elevating the good vibes. She says, "On the path to understanding music is the intersection where we pause for conversation."

Carolyn:            I said that?

Brian:               You did, and it's such a good quote. This Grammy-nominated artist, Fulbright Awardee, and cryptocurrency enthusiast is also the creator of Grits and Garri podcast, and pulsing through each beat of Carolyn Malachi's electro-acoustic sound is the mantra, "Onward and upward." I came across Carolyn when I started, gosh, many years ... I think I saw you at the Funk Parade, like two years ago-

Carolyn:            Hey, yeah. You were wearing a blue jacket.

Brian:               And you were wearing a very ... Man, it was a shirt and I can't remember what it said but I Instagrammed it because it was so good and I'll have to find it. But anyway, I've been a Carolyn Malachi fan for a long time, so I just have a little personal fanboy moment when I get to say thank you for being here, this is so cool to have you.

Carolyn:            Thanks for having me, this is a pleasure.

Brian:               And so now, talk about you and the story, your connection to DC.

Carolyn:            Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Brian:               Talk about it.

Carolyn:            Brooklyn born. Northeast, I'm a northeast girl.

Brian:               Yeah? That's it.

Carolyn:            Woman.

Brian:               And every since always been, have you ever like gone and come back, or-

Carolyn:            Yeah, you know, I went to school in West Virginia, I lived in Baltimore after that, and I am enjoying being back home now.

Brian:               Nice.

Carolyn:            It's magical.

Brian:               And when you say enjoy being back home, how long have you been back home?

Carolyn:            I've been back home for a few years. A few years, yeah, so it's definitely, when I came back in there were noticeable differences, but I think Washington has always been a city of diversity, it's been a city of change, and the culture here is just beautiful.

Brian:               Definitely. There's so much culture going on, I mean, God there's so many ... Whatever you want, like in the music, for example, on this show we play all different kinds of music and whatever kinda music you want, we have it here in DC for you, it's kind of amazing.

Carolyn:            This is true. This is true.

Brian:               And so now your vibe, have you always been kind of like that smooth jazz and Afrobeat, and has your sound evolved over time? Has it always kinda ... Or did you find your niche in the beginning?

Carolyn:            I think that the music that I've released is sort of indicative of like what my parents used to play for me on the car rides home from school, which is basically the Quiet Storm.

Brian:               The Quiet Storm, keeping you soft and warm, oh yeah.

Carolyn:            Ladies, ladies, ladies, like that vibe, right? But also I mean, I grew up with Pac in my ears, also Alanis Morissette, you know, Creed, just a bunch of different artists. Chuck Brown, you name it, Pat Metheney, Jaco Pastorious, like, Bob Marley. My great grandfather was John Malachi, who was a pianist that played for Sarah Vaughn, so. And Radiohead, I think one of my biggest musical influences is Thom Yorke.

Brian:               Wow.

Carolyn:            So, now I'm in school and I'm working with a lot of like, music tech, so my production style is even evolving to include more of the sounds that I would like to incorporate.

Brian:               Wow. That's wild.

Carolyn:            So I'm really excited about what is being created.

Brian:               And while we're talking about the past, tell us what's your earliest memory with music?

Carolyn:            I'll tell you about my best memory with music. So I saw Pat Metheney at the Strathmore a few years ago.

Brian:               And if they don't know who Pat Metheney is, how would you describe him?

Carolyn:            If you don't know who Pat Metheney is ...

Brian:               You need to get on Google.

Carolyn:            Trippin'! So Pat is like a legendary jazz guitarist. So, I went to hear him at the Strathmore, my first time hearing him live, he had just released his album Orchestrion.

Brian:               Wow.

Carolyn:            And he walked onstage, he played one note, and I was just crying. Just bawling, crying.

Brian:               Wow.

Carolyn:            And so, my dad-

Brian:               Crying ... For why?

Carolyn:            I don't ... Well, this is what I'm getting to.

Brian:               Okay, I totally forgot.

Carolyn:            Before we had walked into the theater, I saw my dad in the audience. I was like, "What are you doing here?" He's like, "I'm coming to see Pat Metheney!" So I was like, "Okay." So there's intermission and we walk into the hallway and I was like, "Dad, I could not stop crying." And he was like, "Oh, that's because I used to play Pat Metheney's music when you were in your mother's womb. Used to put headphones on."

Brian:               Oh yeah?

Carolyn:            Yeah, so I guess that was me having ... Something was triggered.

Brian:               There you go.

Carolyn:            And I guess technically that is my first musical experience.

Brian:               So to all those moms to be out there, you can put headphones on your stomach and play good music for your-

Carolyn:            Yeah, play Carolyn Malachi for your baby to be.

Brian:               You definitely should do that. If I had one on the way, I would do that.

Carolyn:            Aww.

Brian:               For sure, because man it's just such smooth sound. 'Cause you heard one of the songs on this episode, but she's got such an amazing collection, so you've gotta check out more of Carolyn's discography because it's so good.

Carolyn:            Thank you.

Brian:               Now, take a break from that and tell us about you on the personal side. So outside of Carolyn Malachi the musician and the producer, what's life like for you?

Carolyn:            You know, I love trading cryptocurrencies, it is such a fun, invigorating, depressing hobby.

Brian:               And wait a minute, trading cryptocurrencies.

Carolyn:            Yeah, like I'm super into that.

Brian:               Pretend like I don't know what that means, what is that?

Carolyn:            So, if you've heard of Bitcoin or if you've heard of blockchain technology, I'm like super into that. I don't think blockchain's gonna save the world, but I'm pretty sure it's gonna change the world, so I'm considered an early adopter I mean, on the record like I'm one of the first artists to have accepted Bitcoin for music. But now I spend a lot of time trying to get other musicians involved. Yeah.

Brian:               Interesting. And what is the incentive to get another musician involved in Bitcoin?

Carolyn:            Well I think the longterm view here is we could potentially use blockchain technology to speed up royalty payments to musicians, and to provide more accurate royalty payments to musicians. Like there are so many people who are left out because they're not properly credited or maybe they don't have access to PROs, which are performance rights organizations, and so part of getting people into that blockchain space is I think getting them to at least touch or have some experience with the most popular application of blockchain technology, which is Bitcoin.

Brian:               Wow. There it is, ways to transform the world of musicians and transform the world as a whole with blockchain technology. And if you're not familiar with the stuff we're talking about, at least Google it so you kinda know what's going on, 'cause that's ... This is, if it hasn't already touched your life, it will be touching your life in some way, shape or form very quickly here, 'cause it's an amazing technology. Even if you don't apply it to currency, I do have to say it's a very, it's a wonderful concept.

Carolyn:            Yeah, for basic recordkeeping.

Brian:               Yup, all those databases where somebody deleted something, that goes away with blockchain. So, anyway. But back to you, so now ... We were talking about you outside of music and we got Bitcoin. Share something else. What else you got?

Carolyn:            And which [inaudible 00:07:40] back to music right? I love my boo, he's amazing.

Brian:               Your boo?

Carolyn:            My boo.

Brian:               Aw, there he is. Are we gonna shout out to him specifically?

Carolyn:            Yeah, shoutout to Io.

Brian:               Oh, Io, there it is. And now what about you, so, funniest moment that comes to mind performing?

Carolyn:            Performing, so, man, I used to perform barefoot.

Brian:               Really?

Carolyn:            Yes. Until.

Brian:               Uh-oh.

Carolyn:            Well, and I don't wanna say until, this kind of was the thing that made me reconsider my choices, but I was playing, there was a show on the campus of Saint Elizabeth's and I think it was produced by public works, I think. So, somebody was really feeling the spirit, and we know we like that as musicians. Well they walked to the front of the stage, and they reached up and then they touched my feet, and it just felt really weird. And so I kinda ... I left it alone, I was like, "Okay." You know, they didn't just like tap my toes, they like, rested their hand on my feet.

Brian:               Oh, that's amazing.

Carolyn:            And so I had ... No, it's really not. So then I ...

Brian:               You're right, it's not, you're right.

Carolyn:            I like, I squatted a little bit but like in rhythm so it was like a rhythmic squat, and I like dusted their hand off of my toes, so then you know I'm kinda working the stage, going from side to side, and so I remember going to like the right side of the stage, and I turned around and this guy, the same toe toucher, had walked up the opposite side of the stage, and he was making a beeline toward me, and then security like, bum rushed him and got him off the stage. I was like, "I don't want anybody touching my feet onstage again, because apparently my feet are magical."

Brian:               There it is.

Carolyn:            So, yeah. Yeah.

Brian:               Oh, that's so funny. You got a toe toucher and it changed your life, Carolyn.

Carolyn:            That was, yeah. Yeah. But I still kick off my shoes from time to time. You gotta get in there.

Brian:               I was gonna say, if that's your tendency you can't just let it go because somebody touched 'em, so yeah, you're right. They still come off at some point. I will go on record and say that she is currently wearing shoes, just for the record, right now, there are shoes on, so.

Carolyn:            The toes are out, but the shoes are on.

Brian:               You're right, they're open-toed sandals, so it's good. Now what about biggest success moment that comes to mind for you and your musical career so far?

Carolyn:            I had a tour last year, it was with the Department of Defense.

Brian:               Excellent.

Carolyn:            And-

Brian:               To the troops?

Carolyn:            Yup. All-women band, Middle East, five countries. Middle East and North Africa, and our last city on the tour was Cairo.

Brian:               Nice.

Carolyn:            And we actually, when we landed we drove about a hour to see the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx, and so my band and I, we arrive, our host is with us, and she's like, "Would you all wanna climb the Great Pyramid?" And of course, I mean Cairo, of course! And it was, at that moment it was just really beautiful, I know two of the members of the band had never been on the continent of Africa before, so just seeing their tears and just watching them beam, that was amazing. But then we climbed this doggone pyramid, and let me tell you, if you have not climbed the Great Pyramid, and you think you want to do it, you need to like, do boot camp or something ...

Brian:               Training, physical training.

Carolyn:            ... Before, you need to train. Yes, 'cause it's not like when they built the pyramids they had central air, right? So, or stairs. So you're literally like, crawling up a slope that never ends, and when we go there, we got to the top, there was an empty tomb. That's it. And maybe like a couple hieroglyphics. We were so bummed.

Brian:               Wow. That's a lot.

Carolyn:            You know, I think I'm really proud of that moment because it sucked, but as a team we made it up there together and we made it out there together, and now whenever either of us has like a conflict in our lives we say, "You know, whatever happens, we climbed a Great Pyramid."

Brian:               This is true. And that is-

Carolyn:            We made it out.

Brian:               ... That is a, man, biggest success moment. "We climbed a pyramid."

Carolyn:            "We climbed a pyramid."

Brian:               I love it.

Carolyn:            Yes.

Brian:               And my favorite question, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Carolyn:            Never get your eyebrows waxed. Never. Never, don't do it. Don't do it.

Brian:               Do you have a bad experience with this that you learned the hard way? Where is this coming from?

Carolyn:            I think it's less about the eyebrow waxing and more about what it represents, right?

Brian:               Okay.

Carolyn:            We pay people to hurt us.

Brian:               Fair. I guess, man when you think about it in that context we do a lot of that as humans.

Carolyn:            We do a lot of that, yeah.

Brian:               That's true. Okay, so don't get your eyebrows waxed.

Carolyn:            No eyebrow waxing.

Brian:               No eyebrow waxing.

Carolyn:            Tweeze 'em.

Brian:               Oh. Which is still hurting, but it's yourself-

Carolyn:            Exactly.

Brian:               ... So that's okay. I love it. Oh my God. For those folks who wanna find out more about you and the amazing stuff you're doing, where do they go?

Carolyn:            You know, there's always carolynmalachi.com, I am more often on the Twitter and the Instagram, so if you Tweet, you can Tweet me @carolyn_malachi, or Instagram it's just Carolyn Malachi.

Brian:               There it is. And Malachi's M-A-L-A-C-H-I.

Carolyn:            Yes it is.

Brian:               That's Carolyn Malachi. And Carolyn with a Y.

 

6/19/18 - Special Guest: DuPont Brass

Thanks to DuPont Brass for hanging out with us in the studio this week! 

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Oh! Love, by Del Florida (Pop, Progressive Pop)
  2. ILM, by DuPont Brass (Hip Hop, R&B)
  3. ***One For Pops, by The JoGo Project (Jazz, Go-Go)
  4. ***In The City, Exoplanets (Rock, Experimental)
  5. Feel So Good, by Night Train 357 (Hip Hop)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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NEW MUSIC RELEASES

Hip Hop
Tabi Bonney - Le Bon Voyage
(4 song EP, RIYL Drake/Pharrell)

Pop
Nelly’s Echo - Run Run Away
(5 Song EP, he’s RIYL Jason Mraz)

Rock
Clones of Clones - Drugz
(Single, RIYL 80’s Rock Music)

Indie
Prinze George - Airborne
(Single, RIYL Metric)

Odetta Hartman - Sweet Teeth
(Single, RIYL Karen Dalton)

Amour Glamour - Ooch Ooch
(Single, RIYL MGMT)

Punk
Bottled Up - It Ain’t A Thing
(Single, Pop Punk, RIYL B-52s)

The Split Seconds - Counterfeit Reality
(10 Song LP, Classic Punk, RIYL Green Day)

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Jun 22 Fri
ShowPony & The Radiographers @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD
(Indie, RIYL Russian Circles/The Strokes)

Jun 23 Sat
Flasher @ Black Cat in Washington, DC
(Often touring, rarely play in town, Rock, RIYL Priests)

DuPont Brass @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD
(This week’s guest, Funk/Hip Hop, RIYL Funk/Brass Bands)

Jun 24 Sun
Eric Scott @ Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington, DC
(Excellent Singer Songwriter, Pop, RIYL John Mayer)

Rare Essence @ U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC
(Have you been to a Gogo show recently?  Gogo/Funk vibe, RIYL Chuck Brown)

Jun 28 Thu
Broke Royals, Eli Lev, Little League Champs @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC
(Lots of talent on this bill!  Rock/Indie/Pop, RIYL The Killers/Tom Petty/Blink 182)  


Patreon

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HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **Music 4 The Revolution (Abu Jibran)**


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DuPont Brass

Video - Bio - Links - Transcript

DuPont Brass Bio:

DuPont Brass
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DuPont Brass is a unique, soulful, brass ensemble hailing from the D.C. Metropolitan Area. Originally composed of five music majors from Howard University trying to raise money for tuition during the Christmas season, they have now grown to a 8-piece ensemble consisting of brass, a rhythm section, and vocalists. Gaining popularity from playing at local Metro stations, DuPont Brass started out professionally playing for weddings, banquets, and other private events in the surrounding area. Thanks to the foundation laid in their earlier years, DuPont Brass has had the opportunity to perform in conjunction with the D.C. Jazz Festival and on the prestigious Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Consistently touching the hearts of the community with their heartwarming testimony, DuPont Brass has been featured on WPFW's “Live at Five” three times and featured in the Washington Post Newspaper five times. Through their training in both classical and contemporary styles, the young group has developed a sound that mixes varied genres of music, including jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. Their latest release entitled Eclectic Soul is a testament to that sound. Overall, the mission of DuPont Brass is to uplift the spirits of people with their music, not just in the DMV area, but across the world. 

DuPont Brass:

Web: www.dupontbrass.com

IG: dupontbrass / https://www.instagram.com/dupontbrass/

Twitter: DuPontBrass  / https://twitter.com/DuPontBrass

Facebook: dupontbrass / https://www.facebook.com/dupontbrass/

Smartlink for Album & Streaming Sites: http://smarturl.it/eclecticsoul

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DuPontBrass

DuPont Brass
DuPont Brass

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:               On DC Music Rocks we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC regions local music scene. DuPont Brass is a unique soulful brass ensemble hailing from the DC metropolitan area. The group began with five music majors from Howard University trying to raise money for tuition during the Christmas season.

Brian:               They now have grown to an eight piece ensemble consisting of brass, a rhythm section, and vocalists. They're gaining popularity from playing at local metro stations. DuPont Brass started out professionally playing for weddings, banquets, and other private events in the surrounding area and through their training in both classical and contemporary styles the young group has developed a sound that mixes varied genres of music including jazz, hip hop, and R and B.

Brian:               Their latest release entitled Eclectic Soul which you just heard ILM, that's off that, is a testament to that sound and overall the mission of DuPont Brass is to uplift the spirits of people with their music. Not just at the DMV but all over the world.

Brian:               So I've been a fan of these guys for awhile, I've been following since way before this latest EP came out and I've been such a fan. So for my fanboy moment, it's just, thanks for being here guys, this is really cool.

Brent:               Thanks for having us.

Anthony:          Thanks for having us man.

Brian:               This is awesome. Now, alright, so describe, first and foremost, you got to, since they're listening to you now, introduce yourselves and your role in the band.

Brent:               Well I'm Brent [Gosset 00:01:33], I'm the tuba player and then the behind the scenes man. So you'll see me playing on stage and then you won't see me again because I'll be running around.

Brian:               And you'll be the biz guy, I love it. Alright Brent, thanks for being here.

Anthony:          I like to call Brent Yonce though, because even though he says you won't see him then one minute you won't, people love Brent. People will flock to him. I mean you know for good reason. He's a great tuba player. So yeah.

Anthony:          My name's Anthony. I'm the music director for the band so I pretty much write all the music, or 90% of it. I choose what we play and like even other peoples songs, I kind of like executive produce it, kind of like tweak it here and there.

Brian:               Got it, because I was going to say you guys, if they haven't heard you, you play covers and stuff too. Other songs that people know. It's like your own twist on them which is also really cool.

Brent:               That's the guy with the magic touch.

Brian:               That's it. Now do you play during the shows too or you really-

Anthony:          Yeah I play trumpet during the show and you know I'm also kind of, field general for us playing and stuff.

Brian:               Gotcha. A field general and trumpet player and producer and I love it. That's really cool. Now, and the story behind your name? Tell me the story, why is it called DuPont Brass?

Anthony:          So we were, I mean as most college students are, we were super broke, had no money, you know and we wanted some so. They were playing without me, it was just four of them that were going to Georgetown and playing and weren't making very much money.

Anthony:          I was in one of my classes, I'll never forget this girl, her name was Jill, she was like hey I always see a lot of brass people playing outside of DuPont circle, maybe you might want to go there. I was like you know maybe. So we arranged some Christmas tunes, Brent bought this Canadian Brass Christmas book and I was just like kind of writing covers of other Christmas songs and I was like hey guys lets just go to DuPont instead.

Anthony:          So we went to DuPont, set up in between that Krispy Kreme and Panera Bread and just you know took our best shot at it.

Brian:               That's awesome and that first one went so well that you decided not only is the band going to stick but we're going to call ourselves DuPont Brass? It was that good?

Anthony:          No. I mean well, we hadn't, we didn't have a name, like one of our, our trombone player was like hey we're the Christmas time band.

Anthony:          But we just, I remember, one of my friends who was in marching band with us, he was like hey bro are you going out with the DuPont crew today? I was like DuPont crew? That sounds kind of cool. So I was like I know I want DuPont int he name, I was like what about DuPont Brass? I just texted everyone and was like how do you all feel about that? They were like that's cool, and it just kind of just stuck.

Brian:               Nice. There it is DuPont Brass, came across it, and because you'd been playing at DuPont. That's cool. I like that. The DC region connections, are you guys like actually born and raised here? Or what's the story?

Brent:               Well I'm actually from Chicago and I came out here to go to Howard University. That's where I met all these guys.

Brian:               Nice. Alright. What about you Anthony?

Anthony:          I'm actually from outside of South East DC. So from a place called [inaudible 00:04:47] Maryland. It's closer to National Harbor now if you know about National Harbor.

Brian:               Sure.

Anthony:          Couple other guys, our guitar player's from South East, our main soloist and trumpet player is from [Forestville 00:04:59] area. So we have a lot of people from the area and if you listen to our music we kind of have like a little bit of a like go-go thing. Like bubbling under the surface. Not like an intention of ours but just kind of something that naturally happens.

Brian:               Sure. Absolutely. If they haven't seen you live then describe, so the pieces to the band, what are they going to see. Like if they come to, you said there's the show on June 23rd, what are they going to see on stage for that?

Brent:               Well it's going to be two trumpets, two trombones, sousaphone/tuba, for those that don't know what sousaphone is. Then we have drum set, keys, guitar and a vocalist and then one of our trumpet players also doubles as an MC.

Brent:               So he steps to the mic every once in a while as well.

Brian:               That's amazing. Talk about you guys on the personal side. So you two outside of DuPont Brass, what do you do outside of DuPont Brass?

Anthony:          I'm a huge fan of just, like other peoples music. I know that sounds so cliché but I literally just watch YouTube interviews or like of my favorite rappers or I'm always following my favorite rap beat or something like that and then if I'm not watching like hip hop moves then I'm watching basketball. Like I'm a huge basketball fan, I do the same thing with that. I know all the latest stuff that's going on with Lebron James and Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving. So I'm just kind of a basketball and music nerd for real.

Brian:               Nice and do you play them to or do you just watch them? Like play basketball too?

Anthony:          Yeah I mean you know I play basketball as well as anybody else in any pick up game but I'm not like you know, guys any good. I would never say that.

Brian:               Well you know, but I guess I'm wondering, do you actually, do you spend time playing or are you mostly watching?

Anthony:          Mostly watching, sometimes playing.

Brian:               Alright, so basketball and music. I love it.

Brian:               Alright Brent, talk to us man.

Brent:               So outside of DuPont Brass I also teach part time. I teach part time at [inaudible 00:06:54]School of Arts.

Brian:               What do you teach?

Brent:               I teach two [inaudible 00:06:57] and sight singing and ear training.

Brian:               Wow. Okay.

Brent:               Then I just started working at the community center last week.

Brian:               Congratulations man, that's a cool gig. Alright. Especially for somebody who's teaching music and all this stuff. Like boy you get to see it on another level which is awesome.

Brent:               Being behind the scenes on a macro level is pretty cool. Then outside of that, I love everything tuba. I like listening to a lot of new music. My favorite genres are probably like funk, soul, progressive metal and like, ... big band jazz. So I'm always like searching that circuit for new stuff.

Brent:               Then video games for real, for real.

Brian:               Yeah? What are we talking about? What system? What games?

Anthony:          Halo, X-box 360.

Brent:               X-box, X-box 1. [crosstalk 00:07:52].

Brent:               Okay, but yeah.

Brian:               He has arrived.

Brent:               When I had a lot of time, talking about back in high school days I used to play a lot of X-box but I mean it collects a lot of dust now but I still love to play.

Brian:               You still love to play.

Anthony:          Also I will let you guys know that Brent and myself are really good at spades.

Brent:               Oh yeah. Come see us!

Anthony:          We beat at least five people at every cook out we go to.

Brian:               Oh my God and now wait a minute if they don't know what you mean when you say spades, what is that?

Anthony:          It's a card game. A lot of people-

Brian:               Oh we're talking about a straight up card game spades. Nice.

Brent:               And dominoes, fives.

Brian:               Oh there it is.

Brent:               Fives.

Brian:               Dominoes and spades.

Anthony:          Cook out bullies.

Brian:               I love it, oh man. That's cool. Alright. Check that one out. Now my favorite question to ask, always have to ask, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be? This is for both Brent, start with you man.

Brent:               One piece of advice, what would it be?

Brent:               So, I pretty much just, what a lot of people don't see about me, I have a lot of successes that people are able to visually see. Or it seems like a lot of successes, but behind that image of a lot of successes is like multiple failures and falls and steps.

Brent:               So I would just tell most people, excuse me. I would tell people, most people, don't worry about your failures, don't publicize your life so much. Just learn from your mistakes. Gain from your stepping stones that you fall short of, and then turn everything into a positive spin that you can move forward off of. Everything has something to gain from it, whether you like the experience or not.

Brian:               Everything has something to gain from it, whether you like it or not. I dig that. Thanks Brent. Alright your turn.

Anthony:          So I mean, I'm going to do a two part thing, super quick though. Number one I just think, you know do the work. Especially while you can. I mean, like when you're young. When you're in college or high school, that's the time you don't have anything else to do but to just work on you. Then number two once you've done that work, just believe that you're worthy. You know what I mean? I mean we deal with that sometimes too, like oh I don't know should we charge these people that much? Do you think we're worth that much? Like you're worth that much, so just believe in yourself and believe in whatever thing you're selling. Believe that you deserve it.

Brian:               I love that. Yes. Believe you're worth it and you're worth that much, aw so good. I love it and now for those folks who want to find out more about you guys and the cool things happening with DuPont Brass, where do they go?

Brent:               Dupontbrass.com and then you can follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, @dupontbrass-

6/12/18 - Special Guest: The Split Seconds

Thanks to Drew, Steve, Alex, and Sean of The Split Seconds, for hanging out with us in the studio this week! 

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Constellation, by Kevin Olson (Indie, Acoustic)
  2. Everybody's Wrong, by The Split Seconds (Punk, Pop Punk)
  3. Falling, by Derek Evry (Rock, Alternative)
  4. ***The Fall, NUEX (Pop, Dark Electro-Pop)
  5. Strange Shapes, by Curse Words (Punk, Punk Rock)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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NEW MUSIC RELEASES

  • Clones of Clones - Neighborhoods (4 Song Rock EP, RIYL Maroon 5)

  • Flasher - Constant Image (10 Song Rock LP, RIYL Sneaks)

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k



THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Fri Jun 15
- Juxt @ Dupont Underground (Hard Rock, RIYL Lady Gaga/Nirvana)
- Black Masala @ Yards Park Summer Concert Series (Funk, RIYL Brass Bands/Gypsy Balkan Punk)

Sat Jun 16
Yellow Dubmarine @ The Soundry (Reggae, RIYL The Beatles/Bob Marley

Sun Jun 17
Near Northeast @ Union Stage (Indie, RIYL Timber Timbre)

Thu Jun 21
Sol Roots & Three Man Soul Machine @ Pearl Street Warehouse (Funk/Blues, RIYL Soulive/Jon Cleary)


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The Split Seconds

Video - Bio - Links - Transcript

The Split Seconds Bio:

The Split Seconds

Reclaiming the raw style of 70’s punk, with undertones of classic pop, rock and roll, and reggae, The Split Seconds have been lauded as a return to form for punk rock. Described by the Washington Post as “DC punk rock sound distilled,” The Split Seconds have maintained momentum following the release of their first LP, “Center of Attention.” Poised for their second full length release, there is no doubt that “Counterfeit Reality” doubles down and delivers yet another dose of bold, catchy, and pointed songwriting. Be sure to catch The Split Seconds on Warped Tour 2018.

Links:

Website: www.thesplitseconds.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thesplitsecondsband
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/thesplitsecondsband
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thesplitseconds/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/41xPhkSjM2gOZXZIkNaU5p?si=0dScMptsQJy7Xr0yk7c2tg

The Split Seconds
The Split Seconds

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:                           On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. Reclaiming the raw style of 70's punk with undertones of classic pop, rock and roll and reggae, The Split Seconds have been lauded as a return to the form for p ... To form for, it ... Look at me. I'm so excited you're here. They have been lauded as, it's a ... Have been lauded as a return to form for punk rock. Described by the Washington Post as "DC punk rock sound distilled." The Split Seconds have maintained momentum following the release of their first LP Center of Attention and poised for their second full-length release. There is no doubt that Counterfeit Reality, which you just heard a track from, doubles down and delivers yet another dose of bold, catchy and pointed songwriting and that awesome classic pop. Guys.

Brian:                           I first came across these guys because I've known 'em since before and then I had the honor of having them, they played in the DC Music Rocks Festival last year. And just blew me away with that performance. And if you haven't seen these guys live, you gotta go check out their release show that's happening, tell 'em again, June 30th.

Drew Champion:          June 30th at the Black Cat.

Brian:                           At the Black Cat. Gotta come see these guys because seeing 'em live is ... It just doesn't do it justice if you don't see it live. So, guys, I've been a fan for a while and so it's freaking awesome that there's a new album and I get to share it and you're all here with me right now. Thanks for being here.

Drew Champion:          Thanks for having us, yeah.

Stephen Parsons:          Thanks for having us.

Brian:                           This is cool. All right, now what is it ... Talk about the name. Where does the name of Split Seconds come from?

Drew Champion:          The Split Seconds, it kind of started as a project where I had a lot of songs left over from an older project that I did called The Coastals. And I wasn't sure what was gonna come of the project, so I just ended up heading into the studio with my buddy Goo, who plays in Boardroom Heroes, he was on drums and I did the rest of it. But I didn't expect the project to really stick around that long.

Brian:                           Nice.

Drew Champion:          So yeah, and I thought just for kind of like a tight, kind of punchy, up-tempo, classic punk rock band, it just sounded like a cool name. So the sound of the name fit the sound of the band. And luckily, I ended up meeting Sean here and then bringing these guys on board. And we've been able to turn it into something that looks like it's going good places.

Brian:                           That's awesome.

Drew Champion:          There's a little bit of fatalism baked into the name, but hopefully it's not entirely correct.

Brian:                           Awesome. And so they're listening to you and they're maybe watching on the YouTube video or they're listening to you right now, introduce yourselves and what you play for the band. Who is everybody?

Drew Champion:          I'm Drew Champion, I'm lead vocals and guitar.

Stephen Parsons:          My name is Stephen Parsons, I play the bass guitar.

Sean Peterson:             My name is Sean Peterson, I play the drums.

Alex Massi:                   And I'm Alex Massi and I play guitar and vocals.

Brian:                           There it is. And wow, guys. So four pieces produce that sound. And what part of the DC region are you guys connected to?

Drew Champion:          I grew up in Gaithersburg. Lived in and around DC ever since. I've lived in PG County in DC proper and Virginia.

Brian:                           K, and that's Drew. And when you're talking, say your name so that the other guys know. What about you other guys?

Stephen Parsons:          I think that we're all from around the general DC, DMV area.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah.

Brian:                           Like born and raised, most of you guys? Or is anybody from [crosstalk 00:03:15]

Sean Peterson:             No, you talk to-

Stephen Parsons:          No, I'm actually from Florida, but I moved here, I don't know, eight years ago.

Brian:                           Okay. All right, so been here for a while.

Drew Champion:          Stephen's from Florida, but he moved here.

Brian:                           Yeah.

Drew Champion:          Sean's from ... What was it?

Sean Peterson:             Michigan.

Drew Champion:          Michigan.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Brian:                           Nice.

Drew Champion:          He moved here. And Alex is another Gaithersburger.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, I'm also a Gaithersburger.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Wow. Did you guys know each other in Gaithersburg back in the day?

Alex Massi:                   Not at all.

Drew Champion:          No. No.

Brian:                           No. That's amazing.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, so, actually we have some other friends in bands that are Gaithersburgers too, but we didn't know them either until we all started playing punk rock together in DC.

Brian:                           That's amazing. So now, talk about, so the funniest moment for The Split Seconds when you've been onstage? Tell, what's the funniest moment?

Drew Champion:          Onstage?

Sean Peterson:             Onstage or offstage?

Brian:                           Well now, when you say that, I now wanna hear both. So tell me both because I'm too curious.

Drew Champion:          Onstage might have been, there was a show we were playing, I won't say where, but we had a sound guy who ...

Brian:                           I feel like this is the beginning of every good joke: "So there once was this sound guy ..."

Drew Champion:          There once was a sound guy and he looked like he had maybe watched Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and picked up wardrobe tips and never looked back.

Brian:                           Oh, wow.

Drew Champion:          And a full-on bandana. And he was, I don't know what he was on, but it was something. And he kept like leaving the board and going outside. So didn't get very good sound for that show, but did get a couple of good stories out of that one.

Brian:                           For real. Absolutely.

Drew Champion:          He got in a massive fight with our bassist at the time, it was hilarious.

Sean Peterson:             Oh, those one-

Brian:                           I was gonna say, this is supposed to be a funny story and all he did was walk away and you didn't get good sound. I feel like there's something else you're leaving out there.

Drew Champion:          Well let me tell you that like being witness to both sides of the argument, everybody was wrong.

Brian:                           All right. So that's the onstage story. What about funniest moment offstage for you guys?

Sean Peterson:             Are you familiar with Murphy's Law? Everything that can go wrong will go wrong.

Brian:                           Oh, this is so good, tell me more.

Sean Peterson:             Well we had a show up in Poughkeepsie, New York about a year ago where we were opening up for a band called The Menzingers, which are a phenomenal band, I think out of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Okay.

Sean Peterson:             They're great and we were really, really excited. But everything wrong that could have gone wrong went wrong trying to get up there. So it took a long time for us to rent a van.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, it turns out you can't rent ... Pro tip: you can't rent a van with a debit card. Just that pro tip.

Brian:                           Oh, okay.

Sean Peterson:             So that took a long time. And then the van only had two seats.

Brian:                           Oh.

Sean Peterson:             So Drew finally considered: he's late and all of us are mad at Drew and then Drew comes up with this two-seater van and there's actually four in the band. Those are two completely different numbers.

Stephen Parsons:          And he's just, "Welp-"

Sean Peterson:             So, Alex and Steve-

Stephen Parsons:          Get in the back.

Sean Peterson:             Begrudgingly drive up in the Alex's Prius. And Drew and I basically are white-knuckling it up to New York. And we get a call from Travis, the guy who owns our label, and he's fuming 'cause we're not there and they want us to soundcheck. So we're at somewhere in New Jersey, somewhere in New York, and Drew really has to go to the bathroom. And there's just, we can't stop, there's no time, we're gonna miss this show. So as I'm driving, maybe doing like 90, 95, down the expressway in terrible traffic, Drew climbs over all of our gear, in the back of this van, goes all the way to the back and has to go to the bathroom in a Gatorade bottle.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Oh my goodness.

Sean Peterson:             It was-

Brian:                           Yeah, everything that could go wrong.

Sean Peterson:             Oh, wait, no, I got a picture of it.

Brian:                           Did you get a ticket too? 'Cause like ...

Sean Peterson:             No.

Brian:                           All right.

Sean Peterson:             But I've got a picture of it on my phone. I'll show you later.

Drew Champion:          It was great. More, more.

Sean Peterson:             I was taking this picture while I was driving, so, sorry, Mom.

Stephen Parsons:          And while he's peeing.

Drew Champion:          I didn't have a change of clothes either, so it was a real high wire act, you know?

Brian:                           I feel like, all right, so when you go to the Black Cat and see these guys on June 30th, make sure you catch up with Sean to get this picture.

Sean Peterson:             Yep.

Brian:                           Because this is oh-

Sean Peterson:             I mean, it's just, it's blackmail. You know, that's just what it is.

Drew Champion:          I was just looking out the back windows asking myself questions about what I was doing with my life.

Brian:                           Oh my god, guys. What about the biggest success moment that comes to mind when you think about The Split Seconds so far?

Drew Champion:          I'd say on paper, we're gonna be playing Warped Tour this July and that's real cool. For me personally, just growing up in Montgomery County and living in DC and the surroundings, you know, I always ... 9:30 Club is always like the top of the hill for me. And so just on a personal level, playing DC Music Rocks Festival last year was like a really big deal for me. So yeah.

Brian:                           Wow. Thanks guys.

Sean Peterson:             Thanks.

Brian:                           I love that I get to be a part of that. That's cool. All right. Well now, so, okay, my favorite question that I love to ask also is on a personal side, each of you guys, talk about what you do outside of The Split Seconds. Drew, you go first, man.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, this is-

Brian:                           Run down the line.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, I'm a mechanical engineer. I work in Bethesda and when I'm not mechanical engineering or playing music, I've been taking boxing lessons.

Brian:                           Really?

Drew Champion:          Yeah. I'm not good yet.

Brian:                           And just straight-up traditional boxing?

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Or kickboxing, or-

Drew Champion:          Nah, just straight-up.

Brian:                           Yeah.

Drew Champion:          I figure like when I get my hands down then maybe I can move to the other extremities.

Brian:                           Okay. Start with the hands?

Drew Champion:          Yeah, you gotta start with the hands.

Brian:                           I got it. There we go. And is that up at ... Are you still ... You said Gaithersburg, are you still up in Maryland? Or where were you originally?

Drew Champion:          Nah, I just actually moved to Bethesda to be close to where I was working.

Brian:                           Nice.

Drew Champion:          I was working in Tenleytown before that.

Brian:                           Okay. Got ya. All right. Talk to us next.

Stephen Parsons:          Well this is Stephen. And besides hanging out with my pit bull, who's adorable, I play-

Sean Peterson:             Can confirm, yeah.

Stephen Parsons:          I play a lot of chess.

Brian:                           Really?

Stephen Parsons:          Like an obscene amount. Just-

Brian:                           Is this like online tournaments or in person?

Stephen Parsons:          No, I play ... Well, I mean, both, but it's more fun to play against other people over the board. Yeah, totally.

Brian:                           Interesting. Okay.

Stephen Parsons:          It's exciting, I love it.

Brian:                           I mean, it's a slow-paced game. But it's kind of funny because I picture you playing bass, like I don't know why ... If you didn't see the picture on social media of this episode, you saw him right up against the camera like going crazy with his bass. And then I'm imagining that same guy like slow and poised, sitting behind a chess board.

Stephen Parsons:          Oh yeah. Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Brian:                           Not moving for minutes at a time.

Stephen Parsons:          It's a mental battle. It's great, I love it.

Brian:                           That's amazing. Wow, all right. What's new? Talk to us, Sean.

Sean Peterson:             Hey, this is Sean. So outside of this band, I play in another band. I'm a professional drummer in a cover band called The Jump-Off, we play all down the east coast. So that's pretty much all I get to do with my time is either Split Seconds or Jump-Off.

Stephen Parsons:          Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Sean Peterson:             Playing in bands.

Brian:                           Wow. And so does that mean on average, how many shows are you playing like a week, or a year, or a month?

Sean Peterson:             Right now, I'm playing about three to four per week, which is kinda cool. Being busy is good and being busy means I get paid more, which is always awesome.

Brian:                           Also very true.

Sean Peterson:             But this has been the first year of me not having like a day job, 'cause while I was playing with these guys in DC, I was working various kind of odd jobs here and there. So it's been interesting completely committing myself to music, both in terms of time and finances.

Brian:                           That's amazing, man.

Sean Peterson:             So yeah.

Brian:                           Wow. Congrats. All right, cool.

Sean Peterson:             Thanks.

Brian:                           Props to you for going full-time, man. It's interesting, 'cause in DC, there's some that are full-time and then some that aren't and some that are trying to transition to that and then some people that aren't and-

Sean Peterson:             There's a huge gray area of part-time.

Brian:                           Yes.

Sean Peterson:             And what that means to be part-time. 'Cause it's like a spectrum: like there's some people where part-time is like oh, they're full-time but they kind of have the job for safety. And there's some people who are part-time 'cause they're barely part-time, you know?

Brian:                           Right, yep. True.

Sean Peterson:             So it's fun. It's a little bit scary at times, but it's fun.

Brian:                           Yeah. That's awesome. All right. You're next, man.

Alex Massi:                   Yep. This is Alex. And I'm computer science by trade, which means I get to sit at a desk for eight hours a day, at least, on a lucky day. And then outside of that, I mean I play a lot of video games, I throw down on N64.

Brian:                           Ni, okay.

Alex Massi:                   Yep.

Brian:                           Say more.

Stephen Parsons:          You can't handle me though.

Brian:                           What games? What are games?

Alex Massi:                   No, I destroy Steve at Smash.

Stephen Parsons:          Yeah, that's not true.

Sean Peterson:             He destroys everyone at Smash.

Stephen Parsons:          Untrue.

Brian:                           Smash Brothers Smash? What is that?

Stephen Parsons:          Yeah.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, Super Smash Brothers.

Brian:                           Okay.

Alex Massi:                   On N64.

Brian:                           Got it.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, I also recently got into Fortnight, which is like popular with the kids these days.

Brian:                           Nice. Is that also on N64?

Alex Massi:                   No.

Stephen Parsons:          No.

Alex Massi:                   No, no, that's like on the computer and like, I don't know, it's like on your smartphone, too. I don't know how that works.

Brian:                           Oh. I was gonna say, and if they don't know what Fortnight is, what is ... What is Smash Brothers and what is Fortnight if they don't know what those two are? What kind of game is that?

Alex Massi:                   Oh, word. All right, Smash Brothers is like a throwback fighting game, but not like Tekken or Streetfighter. I don't know how to describe this thing.

Brian:                           So it's one-on-one like Mortal Kombat or like what kind of-

Drew Champion:          It's like Mario gets in fights with Yoshi, right?

Brian:                           Okay.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, yeah.

Sean Peterson:             It's got all the Nintendo characters.

Stephen Parsons:          Yeah.

Sean Peterson:             So like Starfox and Samus.

Brian:                           Oh, I got you.

Drew Champion:          And the little mushroom guy.

Brian:                           And you're fighting each other?

Alex Massi:                   Yeah.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Brian:                           Okay. And then what and the other one?

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, Fortnight's expanding. That's like a new genre called battle royale. And it's just you drop a hundred people onto a big map, they shoot each other with guns. Someone wins.

Brian:                           Oh, nice.

Alex Massi:                   It's never me.

Stephen Parsons:          Hopefully not.

Brian:                           One day, we're training, we're working on it.

Alex Massi:                   Oh, I'm working on it. Yeah.

Brian:                           Oh gosh, that's amazing. So now, what about, switching gears then back to The Split Seconds then. So what's ... Tell us, well, tell us the story about a time you guys, as a band, tried and failed.

Drew Champion:          Ah geez. I feel like that's every time we try.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Alex Massi:                   We already talked about you peeing in a bottle.

Drew Champion:          Yeah. I think that, no, I mean, there's some seriousness when I say that it feels like all the time. I mean, we're always trying to write good songs and sometimes you come up short trying to play good gigs, sometimes you come up short. And just like keep working at it. But I'd say, like in the long term, I don't think there have been any like real big setbacks for us, we've been lucky that way.

Brian:                           So nice. Nice, guys. Well, what about ... All right, so now, for each of you then, this one's for each of you, what do you have in your music collection that might surprise us? Go down the line.

Drew Champion:          This is Drew. I mean, I listen to a lot of stuff, everything, I like a lot of classical music, a lot of jazz. I listen to a lot of metal. So I actually don't listen to all that much punk rock.

Brian:                           Interesting.

Drew Champion:          Yeah. I used to listen to a lot of punk rock and I do feel like that's kind of my core sound. But at the same time, if I'm just out listening to something, it's almost never punk rock. So yeah.

Brian:                           Interesting. And when you get in the car, which way do you go first? Metal, jazz, classical?

Drew Champion:          What kind of day did I have?

Brian:                           Oh. All right, I got you.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, no, it's been a lot of metal lately. I just picked up Refused's first record. I guess that's considered like hardcore. But yeah, some good dissonance. But if I'm trying to chill out, sure, it's some Brahms, some Tchaikovsky.

Brian:                           Nice.

Drew Champion:          And then, you know, if it's a Saturday afternoon and I'm hanging out, maybe some Stan Gets, maybe some Charlie Christian.

Brian:                           Cool. All right, Steve, what about you, man?

Stephen Parsons:          I think we all have kinda varied musical tastes. But I don't think anybody else has a Katy Perry record on vinyl.

Sean Peterson:             That's awesome.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           And you do?

Stephen Parsons:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Oh, that's great.

Stephen Parsons:          Sounds great. I've got Teenage Dream, which is a fantastic record.

Sean Peterson:             Oh, that's sweet.

Brian:                           Oh, that is a good one.

Sean Peterson:             That's awesome.

Stephen Parsons:          Friends up there. [crosstalk 00:13:49]

Brian:                           You know, I almost wanna hear you guys cover a Katy Perry song. I think that would be hysterical.

Stephen Parsons:          I feel like that's happened before.

Sean Peterson:             I'm down with that. Like which one would you choose?

Stephen Parsons:          No, all of them.

Brian:                           You heard it here first. Maybe that happens. Oh god, that'd be hysterical. Anyway, please take a video whenever that day comes and I will share it.

Stephen Parsons:          Deal.

Brian:                           That would be awesome. All right. What about you?

Sean Peterson:             Hey, this is Sean. Drew kind of already went down this route and I'm not gonna try and get too nerdy here, but I'm a classically trained musician before I'm a drummer. So, I don't-

Brian:                           Really?

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Brian:                           Classical trained in what?

Sean Peterson:             Euphonium.

Brian:                           Really?

Drew Champion:          It's like a little tuba.

Sean Peterson:             It's like a little tuba, yeah.

Brian:                           Oh, that's so good.

Sean Peterson:             I actually went to school for music, for better or for worse. So the punk rock thing kind of happened after I got out of school. I was kind of disillusioned with being a classical musician.

Brian:                           Well, when did you switch to drums?

Sean Peterson:             So I randomly met Drew's Mom when I was working at an autobody shop, this is kind of one of the first in this series of like odd jobs. And one day, I was driving this lady to get her car picked up and she goes, "Oh, my son's a guitarist and he's really, really good." And I was thinking to myself, like, "Yeah, right, lady. Yeah, no, you're not."

Brian:                           Every mom says that. Okay.

Sean Peterson:             But I had kind of ... I did drum line in college and I was like, "Hey, drums was always fun." I hate like what I was doing before, but if I wanted to pick back music up again, like maybe I'd consider being a drummer.

Brian:                           Nice.

Sean Peterson:             And so she mentioned that her son Drew needed a drummer and I was like, "Oh, I play drums." Kind of like stretching the truth a little bit. So I waited a couple weeks, bought a drum set and called Drew up and now we're in a band. Now we're on a podcast.

Drew Champion:          So I went to-

Brian:                           And now you're on a podcast. Love it.

Drew Champion:          I went to his house and we jammed like the first record and he played it basically flawlessly. I had no idea that he had just learned drums in like two weeks.

Brian:                           Wow.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Sean Peterson:             The moral of the story is sometimes lying is good.

Brian:                           Kids, don't listen too close to that. But, okay, yes.

Sean Peterson:             You should. You should listen very close.

Brian:                           There you go. I love it. Oh, man. All right. One more. Talk to us.

Alex Massi:                   Wow. This is Alex. Yeah, music collection, I mean, I'm really into Brad Paisley, he's got that country-

Stephen Parsons:          Wow, I didn't see that coming.

Alex Massi:                   He's got that crazy guitar work, he's phenomenal.

Sean Peterson:             That's true.

Brian:                           Brad Paisley.

Alex Massi:                   But then, I guess, I'm also eclectic, I throw down with all types of EDM, whether we're talking like dubstep, trap-

Sean Peterson:             Trash can noises.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah.

Sean Peterson:             Everything.

Brian:                           Wow. EDM, oh god.

Alex Massi:                   Transformer, transformer sounds, you know?

Sean Peterson:             Yep, that's right.

Brian:                           It's so good. All right. And then my last question that I, it's my favorite one that I love to ask and this is for all of you guys: if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Drew Champion:          This is Drew. I think staying humble is important, especially if you're a musician, just if you're ever thinking that you're something special and you lose that determination, just keep your head down and keep doing what you gotta do. And if you ever think that something's owed to you, you're probably wrong. So yeah.

Brian:                           Fair enough.

Stephen Parsons:          Kind of going off what Drew said, I think don't stop, don't stop playing music because success is definitely not going to come if you don't try, if you're not diligent.

Brian:                           Good point.

Sean Peterson:             So in addition to lying, that's a good call back. Going off of what Drew and Steve said, I think work hard, be really, really nice to people because knowing the right people and having great relationships with them one, opens the most doors for you and two, makes the experience better for everyone involved. It kind of creates communities of people who support each other and that's awesome.

Drew Champion:          I'm still working on that one.

Brian:                           Yeah.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, excellent.

Brian:                           Although, I mean, you guys are all nice guys. Even though in your photos you look like tough guys, I can say that you're all nice guys. I dig it.

Alex Massi:                   All right. Hey, this is Alex. And, I mean, this is a lot of persistence coming from the rest of the group. And while it's great to keep your head down and really grind at it, it's always good to take a minute, take a breather and look around 'cause there's a lot you can miss, life is short.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           So like what comes to ... When you're saying that, is there something specific that comes to mind when you're ... Like an example or what do you mean?

Alex Massi:                   I mean, honestly, just it doesn't even have to be music related, just going outside and just taking a look up at the sky.

Drew Champion:          This is why Alex is engaged and the rest of us aren't.

Brian:                           That's so deep, man.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Alex Massi:                   [crosstalk 00:17:58]

Brian:                           It's so good. All right. I could see what she sees in you.

Alex Massi:                   Oh, stop.

Brian:                           I love it. All right. Well and then when ... And for those folks who wanna find out more about you guys and the stuff going on with The Split Seconds, where do they go?

Drew Champion:          Thesplitseconds.com is gonna your first place to stop. If you wanna hear the new record, it should be up on all the outlets within the next couple of days. But if you just can't wait, soundcloud.com/thesplitsecondsband is where you wanna head. And definitely give us a like on Facebook, Facebook.com/thesplitsecondsband

 

 

6/5/18 - All-Music Episode

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MUSIC

  1. ***Let's Toast by Konshens (The MC) and His State of Mind (Hip Hop/Classical)
  2. ***Living Safe by Makeup Girl (Hard Rock/R&B)
  3. ***Nancy by Little League Champs (Pop/Indie)
  4. ***Escape Plan by Abby Sevcik (Pop/Electropop)
  5. ***Chromatic by Woodgrove (Hard Rock/Indie)
  6. ***The Minute I'm Gone by Julia Kasdorf (Country/Alt-Country)
  7. ***Scuzzy by Amour Glamour (Hard Rock/Blues Rock)
  8. ***Sou Seu Sabia by Trio Coraggioso (Jazz/World)
  9. ***Do You Like To Party? by Bijllionaire (Pop/EDM)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

We’re at 9,906 Followers!
A personal note from Brian:
I’ve never shared this with you, when I started DC Music Rocks, I set a goal, 10,000 followers across all the platforms.  It seemed huge at the time. I really didn’t know if it was possible. I didn’t know whether that many people even care about local music.  Each month I check all the numbers, and each month we’ve grown. As of June 1, we’re at 9,906. That’s more than 4700 subscribers to the podcast itself, and thousands who follow the social medias, the website, and the email list.  If things continue, this month, June of 2018, 23 months after the humble beginnings, we’ll hit 10,000 followers. My god guys, thank you. Thank you for your interest in local original music. Thanks for sharing DC Music Rocks with your friends and families and helping them to find this local music scene.  Thank you for all the support, the likes, the shares, attending the DC Music Rocks festival, and thanks for having DC Music Rocks as a part of your life, in whatever way it is. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!  -Brian-

DC Music Rocks Festival at 9:30 Club on Aug 18:
Details: http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/festival/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/


NEW MUSIC RELEASES

Karen Jonas - Butter (10 Song Country Album, RIYL Brandy Clark)

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/7kbMQzbrQPisoJq5A76V3k


NEW VIDEOS

Karen Jonas - Butter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKmxflmUPOA

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the details on the below shows AND the full list of your options!  We hope you go see a show!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Fri Jun 8 - Sun Jun 10
Celebrate Fairfax --  BIG Music Festival out in Fairfax, touring acts and great local talent including Sub-Radio, Caroline Ferrante, Chris Cassaday, Cinema Hearts (RIYL Pop, Rock, Country, and big outdoor festivals)

Sat Jun 9
-Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival  --  Jahnel Daliya, Elena & Los Fulanos, Bumper Jacksons (RIYL Bluegrass and Folk Music)
-Nappy Riddem & Higher Education at Gypsy Sally’s (Reggae, RIYL Bob Marley)

Sun Jun 10
-Olivia Mancini, Crys Matthews, Heather Mae @ Black Cat for Pride Week (Pop/Folk, RIYL Tom Petty/Tracy Chapman/Adele)

Thu Jun 14
Eli Lev, Luke James Shaffer doing a sofar sounds show in DC (Indie/Pop, RIYL small-intimate-house-shows/Mumford & Sons/The Lumineers)


PATREON

Do you like what we're doing?  Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
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5/29/18 - Special Guest: JDVBBS, The Live-Looping Producer/Rapper/Singer/Songwriter

Thanks to JDVBBS, the talented live-looping producer/rapper/singer/songwriter, who grew up in Reston VA, for hanging out with us in the studio this week! 

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MUSIC

  1. ***Viva la Noche, by Q the Turn Up (Techno, Electric)
  2. Wait & See, by JDVBBS (Pop, R&B)
  3. ***Karnival - Remix, by RDGLDGRN, JDVBBS (Pop, Hip Hop)
  4. ***Private Room (feat. JusPaul), by Footwerk (Hip Hop, Alternative Hip Hop)
  5. ***Alien Funk, by Cosmic Romp (Hip Hop, Funk)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

DC Music Rocks Festival at 9:30 Club on Aug 18 News:
Our first 2 sponsors for the festival are on board!
1) Arlington Independent Media - is a non-profit and huge supporter of the DC music scene by airing DC region artists on their radio and TV stations, and educating the community on all types of Digital Media
2) Roxplosion - One of DC's premier music photographers.  We hope you know him, if not, we hope you start following his work.  It's incredible!  
Details: http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/festival/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/


NEW MUSIC RELEASES

  • Queue - Float Away (Indie Single, RIYL The Cranberries)

  • Flasher - Who’s Got Time? (Rock Single, RIYL Duran Duran)

  • Karen Jonas - The Circus (Country Single, RIYL Brandy Clark)

  • The North Country - Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Rock Single, RIYL OK Go

  • Virginia Creep - Dark Corners EP (3 Song Metal EP, RIYL Jesus Lizard)

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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Fri Jun 1
Justin Jones @ The Soundry, new venue out in Columbia MD by the same people who did The Hamilton (RIYL Rock)

Sat Jun 2
Karen Jonas Music @ Pearl Street Warehouse (New Album, Country, RIYL Gillian Welch)

Sun Jun 3
Surprise Attack @ The Boomerang Pirate Ship (Funk/Jam Band, RIYL Phish
North Country @ Union Stage (RIYL Rock)


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HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **Music 4 The Revolution (Abu Jibran)**


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JDVBBS

Video - Bio - Links - Transcript

JDVBBS's Bio:

JDVBBS

I make Pop/R&B music with hip-hop sensibilities. Imagine Pharrell Williams and Missy Elliot had a baby, Justin Timberlake was his godfather and Kanye West his high school bully.  On stage, I'm a one man band. I recreate my tracks on the fly, live looping bass lines, guitar riffs, beats, grooves and vocal harmonies. It’s production meets performance in a way that’s interactive, improvisational, and impressive AF. Read More

Links:
EPK: http://www.jdvbbs.net/epk
Press: http://www.jdvbbs.net/press
Music: http://smarturl.it/JDVBBS
Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6_cTYvUoPA 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrcWANxWK8I

JDVBBS
JDVBBS

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:               On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. J Dubs makes pop R&B music with hip-hop sensibilities. He describes it by saying, "Imagine Nick Jonas and Kehlani had a baby, Drake was his godfather, and Kanye was his high school bully." It's funny how high school bullies can be so influential.

JDVBBS:            You know?

Brian:               It really is. Onstage, he's a one-man band. He's recreating his tracks on the fly, live-looping basslines, guitar riffs, beats, grooves, and vocal harmonies altogether. It's production meets performance in a way that's interactive, it's improvisational, and, of course, it's freaking impressive. I first came across J Dubs when I started the show. God, it's been at least a year and a half or more since I first stumbled across your music. Ever since ... It was ... "Cinderella" was the track that I ...

JDVBBS:            Oh, yeah. Probably.

Brian:               I'm not going to lie, I totally had that one on repeat for at least a couple weeks. I've been a fanboy for a while so it's a treat for me to now have you here with me on the show. Thanks for being here, man.

JDVBBS:            It's good to be here, man. It's good to be here.

Brian:               This is cool. Now, talk about ... If you're a one-man band, then what's it like when you perform? Talk about that.

JDVBBS:            All right, so here's ... I think it's misleading because I have my laptop on stage and a bunch of gear underneath my laptop, so it looks like I'm a DJ. What I'm doing is all the songs or everything that you hear in the song, that you hear of mine, I'm just reproducing on the fly. With a song like "Wait and See," I'll hit a button and that starts the clock, if you will, so you hear the ticking in the background. I'll play the keys and I'll loop them, and then the keys will loop. Then, I'll sing the background harmonies and then those will loop. Then, I'll play the bassline and all the little ... Like the kick and the snare and all that stuff, and get them programmed where I want them, but I play them all live on stage. You're watching me do that. Then, I start the song and then I'll turn certain things on and off.

Brian:               Oh, I see. That's ... I think many people have seen either guitarists or other people with the looping pedals.

JDVBBS:            Yeah, like Ed Sheeran.

Brian:               They ... It's like the looping pedals kind of look they might have seen before but, for you, it's a laptop and more of a DJ look and set-up, but same concept. You're looping and stuff.

JDVBBS:            Yeah.

Brian:               That's cool, man. How did you come ... How did you start doing that?

JDVBBS:            Well, I have been ... I put out my first single probably four years ago. I've been playing and I've been playing with DJs and it's just ... I think it's difficult to organize things with people. I can just leave it at that. It's difficult to organize things [inaudible 00:02:27].

Brian:               Organize things with people. If I do it all myself, I don't have to organize with people. That's fair. Yeah.

JDVBBS:            If I do it all myself, then I don't ... I was paying for recording space and people weren't showing up. I was paying for rehearsal space and people weren't showing up. I was buying pizza for rehearsal ... That's extra pizza for me so I guess it's a win-win, but ... Or ...

Brian:               That was the one you weren't bitter about. You were bitter about all the other ones.

JDVBBS:            That's the one I wasn't bitter about, but the other stuff ... I'd show up to shows and people were like, "Oh, we have a show today?" I'm like, "Yeah. I'm here. You were supposed to be here an hour ago." That was ... That was straw number one. Straw number two was I had a few exec meetings, A&R meetings with a few mid-tier recording labels and they were like, "You sing good and you rap good but everyone sings good and they rap good, but you also wrote these songs? If you can get this musicianship across in your performances, I think they would really, really, really hit." I was like, "Huh. How would I do that?" I started watching a few videos online of people doing them.

JDVBBS:            A buddy of mine from New York, his name is Mike, he also goes by the band Tall Tall Trees. He's a banjo looper.

Brian:               Oh, man.

JDVBBS:            He does all these things I've never seen anybody do on a banjo. He'll take a violin bow and bow on it and put the effects pedals. It just sounds awesome. He'll take a drum stick and he'll beat on it and it sounds dope. I was like ... I hit him up and asked him a few questions, and I watched a few videos and started buying up some gear. Then, last February was my first looping performance. It was a little rough but we've since ... It was in the beta testing and now I think we're in version one, 1.0, at the moment. I bought up some new stuff. Hopefully, version 2.0 will be coming soon.

Brian:               Got it. There it is. Most of that is contingent ... Do you find it's more contingent on the gear or is it more on ... Is it really you and the amount you've practiced or is it the gear or all of the above or ...

JDVBBS:            I think it's probably ... The tools are only as good as the person who is using the tools, so I think there are a few things here and there that make things a little easier but there isn't anything I think I could buy, gear-wise, that would make ... There's still ... It still takes hours and hours of practice because there's so much stuff going on. It's almost like you're playing for four people, five people, six people sometimes, depending on the song.

Brian:               Right.

JDVBBS:            It's a lot going on, but the learning curve is not as steep because all the sounds that I already made in the song itself already exist, so it's not like I have to ... It's not like ... I'm not covering my own song, per se.

Brian:               I see.

JDVBBS:            All the stuff is already there, I just have to play it correctly.

Brian:               Just have to get it timed right and launched right and all that stuff.

JDVBBS:            Yeah. Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Brian:               Now, where does the name come from?

JDVBBS:            J Dubbs is probably 50% what my friends called me in high school, or J Dubb, JK Dubb. I was ... I went to high school in the early 2000s and that was when the J.Lo phase was rampant. You would take the first letter of someone's name and then however you decided to pronounce their last name. It's what you would run with.

Brian:               Got it.

JDVBBS:            In college, people called me Juicy J, which is a rapper in a group called Three 6 Mafia so I couldn't ...

Brian:               Okay, I was going to say. Juicy J, I know that name. All right. Got you.

JDVBBS:            It wasn't something I could by and so that's what I ended up defaulting to, J Dubbs. It was just with a U before I started really taking it seriously, that my mom calls me one day, trying to boot up Netflix on our Xbox, and my Xbox gamer tag had it spelled with a V. It's been that way for as long as I've had an Xbox gamer tag and I was like, "Oh." She heard me gasp on the phone. I was like ... She was like, "What even?" I was like, "I ... It's just a little bit of an epiphany that I had." That's kind of what it's been since 2014, 2013 maybe.

Brian:               Oh. It was your mom booting up Netflix on the game ...

JDVBBS:            On the Xbox, yeah.

Brian:               On the Xbox that gave you your artist name.

JDVBBS:            Yeah.

Brian:               Oh, my God. That's an amazing artist story. I hear so many great ... I love the story behind artist names because sometimes they're so funny, and that one is hilarious. Thanks, mom, for the artist.

JDVBBS:            Yeah. It's a little ridiculous.

Brian:               That's how ... That's ... Oh, god. That's amazing.

JDVBBS:            The girl did the logo and made it ... It seemed like we put so much more thought into it. She sent me maybe three different mock-ups and I was like, "That one. This one works." It looks nice and clean and professional, fits in a lot of places.

Brian:               Now ... If you don't know, when you spell it, It's J-D-V instead of the U, so if you're [crosstalk 00:06:44] J-D-V-B-B-S. That's JDVBBS.

JDVBBS:            Yes. Yes. Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Brian:               There we go. What ... Describe your connection to the DC's ... You're in Arlington now, you mentioned earlier. You moved to Arlington. You've lived all over the place. What's your DC ... What parts of DC are you connected to?

JDVBBS:            I probably connect myself best to Fairfax County because that's where I grew up, that's where I can drive around without my GPS.

Brian:               Got it. I guess that's really a status nowadays, is where can you drive where you know the roads so well that you don't need GPS.

JDVBBS:            That you don't need GPS. Reston, Virginia, for sure.

Brian:               Okay.

JDVBBS:            It's probably what I connect to best. I lived in DC for a little bit. I lived in ...

Brian:               What schools did you go to out there?

JDVBBS:            I went to South Lakes High School and I went to Herndon High School, which is kind of a ...

Brian:               Oh, the rivalry. Okay.

JDVBBS:            Yeah, they're rivals, so I went to ... My older brother went to South Lakes for all four years and my younger brother went to Herndon for all four years. We moved in the middle of my high school tenure and my mom was like, "I'm not driving you to South Lakes every day. We live right down the street from Herndon High School. You're going to finish your senior year."

Brian:               Oh, man, so you moved in your senior year.

JDVBBS:            It was just one year, it was my senior year. We campaigned real heavy for me to keep going to South Lakes. It did not go down that way.

Brian:               Oh, wow. There we go. I love it. Now, what's your earliest memory with music?

JDVBBS:            My earliest memory that is tangible ... My mom used to record these cassette tapes of us just hanging around the house, listening to tunes. Not necessarily recording the tapes off the radio, but it's us listening to the radio. My earliest, I think, most tangible memory is listening to Onyx "Slam," like "[hums 00:08:20] Let the boys be boys." There's a tape somewhere at my house of me, four years old, singing along with that. That song and ... My little brother's name is Chris. I would sing to Kris Kross a lot and the little call and response, so I'd try to get him to say the lyrics with me.

Brian:               Warm it up, Kris. I'm about to do. Warm it up, Kris, just was I was born to do.

JDVBBS:            Yeah, exactly. Warm it up, Kris.

Brian:               Yeah. Oh, I remember.

JDVBBS:            Those are probably the two most tangible, my first, first musical memories.

Brian:               Oh, that's fun. Oh, I love it, man. Now, what about you on the personal side? Outside of music, what kind of hobbies are you in your personal time? What do you do?

JDVBBS:            I am a big NBA fan. I am not ...

Brian:               Well, there's a lot going on with that right now. Or you don't have a stake in it.

JDVBBS:            There's a lot ... I don't have a ... I'm a Chicago Bulls fan, so, no, not really.

Brian:               Oh, I see.

JDVBBS:            We're probably going to be ... I wouldn't say bottom-feeders, but we're going to be looking through the windowpane of the glass to the playoffs. We're not going to be in the back where we can't see it but it's going to be a while until it works out in our favor.

Brian:               Yeah.

JDVBBS:            I think it ... As a product, there's a lot of good players and a lot of people say that a lot of teams are stacked, this, that, and the third, but it's a lot of good talent in the NBA. I think the NBA playoffs were fantastic to watch this year. It sucks that they're going to end in a little bit.

JDVBBS:            I'm also a big tennis fan, and the French Open just started so I spend most of my day doing that.

Brian:               Wow. Do you play these sports, too, or do you just watch them?

JDVBBS:            I ... In high school, I had to make a decision, and I was never really good enough at basketball for me to even ... I probably wouldn't have played Varsity basketball in high school. I got out of football really, really early. I played on the same team, on the same Little League football team, as Eddie Royal, who is a receiver in the NFL, and so nobody else ever got to touch the ball ever. I was like, "Nah, I'm good. I don't need to play that sport anymore." I played one organized season of it and that's ... Both my brothers played in high school and I was like, "Nah, I'm good. I'm straight. If I'm going to have to compete against that guy, it's not going down."

Brian:               Oh, [crosstalk 00:10:07]. Yeah. Okay. Yeah, yeah. It's not ... I'm good, but I'm not that good. Okay.

JDVBBS:            I'm not that good.

Brian:               Yeah.

JDVBBS:            Also, I take my Mario Karting very seriously.

Brian:               Oh, stop it. For real?

JDVBBS:            If you're listening and you want smoke, it doesn't matter what ...

Brian:               Can I get in on this?

JDVBBS:            I'm ... GameCube, the double dash, I'm not as good at, but N64, I'm the king. Ask the kids in my dorm, James Madison University. I used to run it.

Brian:               Is it GameCube or is it N64? Oh, my God. I take this challenge. Jeremy, I take this challenge, man, because I used to run it when I was younger, as well, man.

JDVBBS:            All right. Cool. [inaudible 00:10:41] N64 at my house. I know we have a Super Nintendo at my house. I'm not as good at the one in Super Nintendo.

Brian:               This is ... Okay. Let's make it happen. All right. I was going to say, Super Nintendo ...

JDVBBS:            The latest one on the Nintendo Switch, I am very, very good at it.

Brian:               That's amazing. All right, so Mario Kart. Listen. Bring it. Bring it when you see JDVBBS next time.

JDVBBS:            Yes. When you see me in the streets, let's do it.

Brian:               He's game. A good friendly rivalry will be happening, and I'm going to fuel this rivalry because, oh, yeah, it's on. That one and GoldenEye. Those are the two that I can ... I can talk some smack.

JDVBBS:            GoldenEye, I wasn't as ... GoldenEye, I was [neh 00:11:07].

Brian:               Yeah.

JDVBBS:            I could hold my own.

Brian:               Right. Yeah. I got you.

JDVBBS:            I wasn't going to be the first one to die but I wasn't going to be the last one, for sure.

Brian:               There we go. Oh, my God. It's so good. All right, so a little bit of gaming and a little bit of sports going on.

JDVBBS:            Yeah.

Brian:               I love it, man. Now, what about ... What's ... Biggest success moment that comes to mind?

JDVBBS:            Biggest success ... I just finished a tour. I got home in April. It was one of ... I've only been on tour maybe twice, maybe twice, because I don't know if the first one really counts. It was a little bit of a struggle. The biggest success that comes to mind, performance-wise, is probably ... I did a show at Washington University in St. Louis. It was the first time I'd ever been to St. Louis. I didn't get to see enough of it but that's kind of what happens when you're on the road.

Brian:               [crosstalk 00:11:51] on tour.

JDVBBS:            I started playing my first single ever, it's called "War Paint," and I started the ... I started all my sets on tour with that. Right from when the claps started going, all these college kids came and rushed the stage and they're singing the words. I'm like ... It's the first time ... I'd probably done maybe five or six college shows by that point on the tour and it hadn't quite happened yet. It was definitely a win over crowd and, from when the beat dropped, I was like, "Oh, my gosh." I took some time from the loop station and filmed the kids because I was like, "People won't believe me, that this is actually happening. I need to have this memory in my pocket at all times."

Brian:               Yes.

JDVBBS:            That's probably the biggest ... That's the most rockstar I think I've ever felt on stage.

Brian:               That's amazing.

JDVBBS:            There were like ... It was probably 1,000 people at the show. It was crazy.

Brian:               That was in Missouri, [inaudible 00:12:34]?

JDVBBS:            Yeah.

Brian:               God, so a bunch of people you've never seen. You've never been out there.

JDVBBS:            Never seen. Never been out ...

Brian:               They all know your music and they know the words.

JDVBBS:            Yeah. Invited a bunch of them on stage to come perform with me. It was a blast.

Brian:               That's awesome, man. I love that. Now, by the flip moment, then, what's the funniest moment that comes to mind from performing?

JDVBBS:            What's the funniest moment?

Brian:               Yeah, funniest moment.

JDVBBS:            Huh. I was doing a show, and this will probably lead in great with what we're going to play next.

Brian:               Okay.

JDVBBS:            I was doing a show in Richmond with some friends and this band called Red Gold Green. It was the first ... I'd played some shows with them way back in the day but it was the first show as JDVBBS. I did my own original stuff. The show ... It was maybe a Wednesday or a Thursday and it was an earlier show. My DJ, I just ... It was a kid that I knew from Richmond but I had never really, really performed with him, so I gave him a JDVBBS shirt so he could rep the brand.

JDVBBS:            He was DJing before the show starts and the booker for the show ... I went to ... I was supposed to go on at 7:20. 7:35 comes around and people are just really starting to come in. I was like, "Hey, what time am I supposed to be on stage?" He was like, "Oh, no, that's your set. Aren't you on stage right now? That guy has a shirt that says JDVBBS so I figured ..." I didn't even let him finish ... Didn't even let him finish his words. Ran on stage. I was supposed to have 20 minute set. I probably did eight or nine minutes.

Brian:               Ran on stage. Oh, my God.

JDVBBS:            Ran on stage and I was like, "Hey, I'm going to do half of four songs. Please hang out and have a blast." I ripped through my set in eight minutes and I was super-worried, super-frantic. I could see that the guy was going to be mad and he made it seem like he was going to cut the mic but everyone was enjoying themselves and so it was like ... I took it out on a risk. He's like ... After the ... After I got off stage, he's yelling at me in one ear but my merch table was mobbed and I'm like, "This was the right choice, man. This is crazy." It's always funny that ... Normally, those things are just a mess and it's always a cluster F, if you will. I would rather ... It normally doesn't work out where it's something you can laugh about later, but it was really, really funny, I think, at the moment.

Brian:               Yeah. Now, my favorite question to ask, and I always ask it, is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

JDVBBS:            If I could offer one piece of advice, it would be to write something hilarious on your tech rider.

Brian:               What does that mean?

JDVBBS:            Like, super detailed and specific. A tech rider is if you go and play a venue, they're like, "Hey, what are your sound needs?"

Brian:               Okay.

JDVBBS:            I always give them a stage plot. I'm like, "Hey, I need these two chords to go into my system and that's it," and I have ... I [crosstalk 00:15:06] my own mics and everything.

Brian:               You have the simplest plot, yeah, yeah, yeah.

JDVBBS:            I always am like ... I always want to know what wireless stuff they have, what kind of speakers they have, and what I write on mine is, "I want to ... Also, if you happen to have a green room," and most people don't do this. One ... The Howard Theater has done it for me. No one else has does this. I write, "I need strawberry cheesecake Ben & Jerry's ice cream in my green room," because, if it happens, then you know they read your whole tech rider and everything is going to sound the way that you think it's going to be sound.

Brian:               Yeah.

JDVBBS:            But, if it doesn't happen, then you never know what you're going to get into.

Brian:               Yeah, this is true. [crosstalk 00:15:40].

JDVBBS:            For real. That's the ... It seems like a little bit of a snooty advice but stay true to it because that's how you know ...

Brian:               That's how you know whether they read it or not.

JDVBBS:            That's how you know if the promoter is going to give you the cash on the spot or a check or if they're doing to duck you. Every single thing that's going to go wrong, you can tell by how in depth they read your tech rider before you got there.

Brian:               There you go. How prepared they are. Now, one more time for those folks who want to find and follow you and what you're doing, where do they go?

JDVBBS:            Instagram, I think, is probably where I'm most active right now. I've been doing ... I've been trying to get the angles right on my selfies and things like that. Yeah, @JDVBBS everywhere. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. I just deleted SnapChat because I think I waste my time on it.

Brian:               Fair. Yeah.

JDVBBS:            www.jdvbbs.net, jdvbbs@gmail.com. If you just type in J-D-V-B-B-S, you will probably find me.

Brian:               It's all JDVBBS.