9/19/17 - Special Guest: The Duskwhales

Thanks to Seth, Brian, & Chris, The Duskwhales, for coming by the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Gotta Have Your Love, by Area-301 (Hip Hop, R&B)
  2. In the Year of Jubilee, by The Duskwhales (Indie, Pop Rock)
  3. Birds and Bees, by Milo in the Doldrums (Indie/Indie Rock)
  4. Coldest Summer Nights, by Alecia Renece (R&B, Soul)
  5. Bicycle Seat, by Daycare Swindlers (Hard Rock)
  6. Washing My Hands, by Rocknoceros (Pop/Kiddie Pop)

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NEW RELEASES

Music:
Staunton - Sunrise (Single)
Hayley Fahey - Fire (Single)

Video:
Hayley Fahey - Fire
https://youtu.be/iV8QTcdHkh4
Elena & Los Fulanos - PONLE FIN (with English subtitles hit the CC)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW7mbhrZUpc

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Fri Sep 22
Swampcandy @ The Hamilton near MetroCenter in NW DC
Rocknoceros @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

Fri-Sat Sep 23
Surprise Attack, Moogatu, Nappy Riddem @ Hometown Get Down in Clarksville, MD

Sat Sep 23
Matt Tarka, Tomato Dodgers, Leo & Cygnus @ Mainstreet Music Fest in Ellicott City, MD
A Shrewdness Of Apes @ Autumn Music Fest in Alexandria, VA
Hayley Fahey, Fellowcraft @ Clarendon Day in Clarendon in Arlington, VA
See-I @ Oyster Fest at The Salt Line in SE DC

Sun Sep 24
Rare Essence @ U Street Music Hall on U St, in NW DC

Tues Sep 26
Caz Gardiner @ Black Cat by 14th & U St in NW DC


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The Duskwhales

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

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The Duskwhales - The Duskwhales are a three-piece indie rock band formed in Manassas, Virginia in 2010.  Their sound is reminiscent of 60's groups such as The Beatles and The Doors through prominent use of keyboards and memorable vocal harmonies. While incorporating the best elements of their psychedelic roots, the young trio creates a sophisticated style of their own in both studio and live settings. They have shared the stage with national acts Car Seat Headrest, Diane Coffee, Little Green Cars, and Frankie Cosmos, as well as performed to packed audiences across the East Coast. The Duskwhales are currently touring in support of their latest album Sorrowful Mysteries. 

When The Duskwhales are not touring in support of their own music, they can be seen performing a variety of oldies and classic rock covers at local venues and events. Their cover repertoire includes hits songs from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Elvis, The Cure, Tears for Fears, MGMT, and many more! They have performed at a number of notable events such as The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Herndon Festival, World Police & Fire Games, Thomas Jefferson Poplar Wine Festival, and Arlington County Fair. The band has also provided live entertainment for private events including parties, dances, and weddings.

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian (DCMR):    On DC Music Rocks, we're shining the spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. The Duskwhales are a three-piece indie rock band formed in Manassas, Virginia in 2010. Through prominent use of keyboards and memorable vocal harmonies, and some sweet vocal harmonies by the way, their sound is reminiscent of the '60s groups, such as The Beatles and The Doors. While incorporating the best elements of their psychedelic roots, the young trio creates a sophisticated style of their own and are currently touring in support of their latest album, which you just heard a track off of, The Sorrowful Mysteries. These are the guys. Guys, thanks for being here.

Chris:     Thanks for having us.

Seth:     Thank you.

Brian (DCMR):    And now, since they're listening to you, introduce yourselves and what you play in the band.

Seth:     I'm Seth. I play guitar and I sing.

Brian:     Well, Brian, I am Brian, and I play keyboards.

Brian (DCMR):    Another Brian. I love it. All right.

Chris:     Too many Brians. I'm Chris. I play the drums.

Brian (DCMR):    And Chris on drums. So there's only three of you that made all that sound we just heard?

Seth:     Yes.

Chris:     Hard to know.

Seth:     There's ghosts in the machine.

Brian:     I think it was just us.

Brian (DCMR):    Excellent.

Seth:     Really good producer.

Brian (DCMR):    I was, yeah.

Brian:     Yeah.

Brian (DCMR):    You guys are awesome. So talk about ... First, I want to know the name. The Duskwhales. Where does that name come from?

Seth:     Our parents came up with it.

Chris:     That's not even true.

Brian (DCMR):    Oh stop it. For real.

Brian:     They definitely helped.

Brian (DCMR):    How did that happen?

Brian:     Well, we were-

Seth:     We just have good parents.

Brian:     Yeah, we got good parents. We were very, very young. We started the band in early high school. Seth wasn't even in high school.

Seth:     Yeah.

Chris:     Seth wasn't even born, actually.

Brian:     Yeah, it was kind of just a goofy name that we liked and our parents liked.

Seth:     They had to name me first because I wasn't born yet. Then we named the band. That's how it goes.

Chris:     Just put the words together and thought it sounded funny, and here we are.

Brian (DCMR):    Wow, so Dusk and Whales just came together, and then it became The Duskwhales.

Brian:     Yup.

Brian (DCMR):    And how long has that ... It's been ... You guys have been doing this for a few years, then.

Chris:     Yeah.

Brian (DCMR):    And it's always been The Duskwhales? That was it?

Seth:     Yeah.

Brian:     Almost eight years now.

Brian (DCMR):    That's amazing. And talk about ... Now, how did the band come together? Did you know each other? What was the ... How did it start?

Seth:     I knew Chris when I was really young, and then I met Brian when I was ...

Brian:     Pretty young as well.

Seth:     In, like, seventh grade.

Chris:     Seth and I played soccer together, so we'd been tripping over each other for many years.

Seth:     Yeah, now we just do it in music.

Chris:     Yeah. We were in high school and it was a very small high school, so everybody knew each other, so we kind of gravitated towards each other and then just started playing music together.

Brian (DCMR):    So in high school you started playing music together?

Chris:     Yeah, in high school.

Seth:     Well, I guess you were in high school. I wasn't.

Chris:     Junior high.

Brian (DCMR):    Fair.

Seth:     Junior high.

Chris:     The same building, though.

Brian (DCMR):    The baby. Yep, all right. And was it like talent shows or you were all in band or after, it was purely after school?

Chris:     [inaudible 00:02:42] music, so ...

Brian:     Our first show was a sweet 16 party.

Seth:     Yeah.

Brian:     For one of our classmates. One of your classmates.

Chris:     Yep.

Brian:     And then ...

Brian (DCMR):    You said "you" pointing to ...

Seth:     Chris.

Brian (DCMR):    Chris' classmate.

Brian:     Yeah, sorry. Yeah, because we were all in different grades. Chris was ...

Brian (DCMR):    I see.

Brian:     Yeah, Chris was in the grade above me and then Seth was in the grade below me.

Brian (DCMR):    Got it.

Brian:     Yeah, it's a little confusing there. But then we played ... We would do spiritual teen night. [crosstalk 00:03:12] That was an interesting experience. That was one of our early shows.

Chris:     Yeah. School events and then non-school events. We kind of gravitated away from those and then, yeah, just kind of started doing our own thing and learning a lot of cover songs and writing progressively less worse songs, I think is the important part.

Brian (DCMR):    It's evolved over time.

Chris:     Yeah.

Brian (DCMR):    Where did the harmonies come in. Did you all automatically know how to do that or did you learn over time?

Brian:     Well, we started doing a lot of cover shows, so we started covering a lot of The Beatles. Chris is a huge fan of The Beatles, and so he really likes to get it, dig into all the different harmonies so that we can authentically replicate the harmonies that are in The Beatles' songs. So we've kind of been learning from them.

Chris:     There's a really great YouTube series by this Italian ex-opera singer-producer.

Seth:     I didn't even know you liked The Beatles until now.

Chris:     There's this guy named [Gagliasso Fudu 00:04:01]. I'm probably butchering his name, but he's this crazy opera singer and he has a series where he analyzes all The Beatles' tracks, going through each of the individual harmonies. The stuff that he uncovers is pretty mind-boggling. You listen through She Loves You and all that.

Brian (DCMR):    Wow.

Chris:     Yeah, so we study that. It's like our Bible.

Seth:     Yeah.

Brian (DCMR):    So studying The Beatles and then incorporating some of that knowledge into your own music.

Brian:     Absolutely.

Chris:     Just copying it, basically.

Seth:     A lot of the harmonies, though, like before that, they would just come about naturally, just figuring out ideas.

Chris:     I was just copying Seth most of the time.

Seth:     That's true.

Brian (DCMR):    I guess the key is you're playing a lot of chords anyway, so you already kind of know what the notes would be.

Brian:     Oh yeah. We do, sometimes if we're stuck we'll go to the keyboard and we'll just figure out what's going to be the coolest little chord that we could come up with?

Seth:     That's what The Beach Boys would do, honestly.

Chris:     It works well because we have different ranges. I tend to gravitate towards the higher stuff, Brian goes lower, and Seth can kind of go wherever he wants, but he ends up somewhere in the middle.

Seth:     Sometimes I just stay there.

Chris:     To make it sound good, so ...

Brian (DCMR):    Wow. That's awesome. So now, what about you guys outside of music, then? Are you, like personal hobbies or what do you do other than the band? What is life like?

Seth:     I tend to go wherever I want. Chris goes for the high. Brian stays low. [inaudible 00:05:22] I have just recently got back into roller blading. We learned how to roller blade for a music video last year, and I put it away for a while, but I'm starting to roller blade again, so I'm having fun with that.

Chris:     All of the scabs are reopened.

Seth:     Yeah. On my knees already.

Brian (DCMR):    That tough learning curve. Roller blading.

Brian:     We started a Dungeons and Dragons group.

Brian (DCMR):    For real?

Seth:     Yeah.

Brian (DCMR):    That's awesome.

Chris:     It's not that awesome.

Brian:     It's a lot of fun, but ...

Brian (DCMR):    Who's the most Dungeons and Dragons of the three of you?

Brian:     Well, I'm the dungeon master.

Brian (DCMR):    Okay. So Brian is the one.

Brian:     Yeah, so guiding them along in the story. But we've got Hargrove Milk, Seth's character, and then Chris is Brody Brown.

Chris:     Oh my gosh. Brian killed off my character.

Brian:     It's a good time.

Seth:     Yeah, Brian killed his character.

Brian:     In the most recent session, yeah.

Chris:     He's a ghost now, as far as I'm concerned.

Brian (DCMR):    There it is. All right, so we're messing with dungeons, dragons, and ghosts now.

Brian:     Yeah, Dungeons and Dragons and Duskwhales.

Brian (DCMR):    What about you, Chris? Outside of music.

Chris:     Oh boy. Jeez, I eat a lot of salad. [crosstalk 00:06:23] Hanging out in the basement. Go for long walks. I don't know.

Seth:     You read.

Chris:     Yeah, I started reading It. The movie just came out, so I wanted to read that book. It's pretty spooky, so if you want a good scare, pick it up at your local library.

Brian (DCMR):    Like actually having nightmares from reading this?

Chris:     Yeah, if you enjoy having nightmares, this is the place to go.

Brian (DCMR):    This is the, okay.

Chris:     Stephen King.

Brian (DCMR):    Oh man, yeah, Stephen King, he delivers on that for sure.

Seth:     Oh yeah.

Brian (DCMR):    What about you guys? What's the ... Let's say the biggest success moment that comes to mind when you think about The Duskwhales?

Seth:     I'd say playing at the 9:30 Club.

Brian (DCMR):    Awesome. When was that? Tell me that story.

Seth:     We'd just, it was the last day of our, not the tour, but the tour before that. So it was end of our tour and we got to just play at the 9:30 Club, which was ridiculous because it's the best venue in DC, possibly that I've ever been to or have seen a show. I've seen every band that I love there, like Of Montreal and ... There's too many bands to even think of, but it was just, to be on that stage was humbling and empowering. It was really cool.

Brian (DCMR):    That's awesome. All right, 9:30 Club. That'd be it. Now, what about ... You were talking about those other bands, so let's have fun with this one. Each of you guys, what's one thing in your music collection that might surprise us?

Brian:     One thing in our music collection.

Brian (DCMR):    They're laughing, by the way, right now, so this is going to be good, if you can't see them.

Seth:     That's real extreme, though.

Brian:     Something that we listen to. Oh my goodness. Yeah, that's the crucial one.

Chris:     Maybe we should pick one for the other person.

Brian:     Yeah, I like that idea.

Brian (DCMR):    All right, so call them out.

Seth:     For Brian, it's Katy Perry Teenage Dream, which is probably one of our best pop albums.

Brian:     Oh my goodness, it's brilliant.

Seth:     It's really good.

Brian (DCMR):    Excellent.

Brian:     It's a geniusly crafted pop album.

Brian (DCMR):    Oh God, Brian, I'm so impressed right now.

Brian:     And everything she's done since then, it hasn't quite been Teenage Dream. That's, what an amazing album.

Brian (DCMR):    It hasn't quite been the same.

Seth:     She had a video where she burned the wig from that era, which was a huge mistake.

Brian:     Yeah.

Seth:     Can't go back. That's Brian's.

Brian (DCMR):    So that's Brian. What have we got?

Brian:     All right, let's see.

Chris:     Digging into Seth's roots, he had a big Emo era.

Seth:     Yeah

Brian:     That's true.

Chris:     So he hit hard on the My Chemical Romance.

Seth:     Still do.

Chris:     And all those ...

Brian:     Yeah, no shame.

Brian (DCMR):    Excellent. This is where if we pulled up next to him at the stoplight, you'd see him in the car, just absolutely singing his brains out.

Chris:     Yeah, just losing it.

Brian (DCMR):    Going for it.

Seth:     Yeah, my car's actually falling apart on the inside because of just hitting it, listening to music.

Chris:     It's a bit on the inside [inaudible 00:08:56]

Brian:     Seth, let's think though. Chris has such good taste in music.

Chris:     What have you got on me?

Brian:     Yeah, what?

Chris:     You got nothing.

Brian:     There's got to be something.

Seth:     What about if we just question what he listens to, like you don't like that he listens to that Australian band Pogo, like that really strange band that just takes Disney songs and-

Brian:     Oh yeah.

Chris:     Oh yeah, well that's ...

Brian:     He likes Disney music.

Chris:     No, okay, so this is-

Brian (DCMR):    Disney music. Oh, so good. [inaudible 00:09:20]

Chris:     Obviously Disney music is great.

Seth:     I'm just thinking of something you didn't like that he listens to.

Chris:     There's this Australian DJ named Pogo who takes little samples from Disney movies and he works them into these weird arrangements. So it's like the entire song is composed up of little bits of Pinocchio and there's a little bit of Snow White, and look, there it goes!

Brian:     It actually is really cool.

Chris:     It's super strange, yeah, and it's ...

Brian (DCMR):    Oh my God. That's amazing.

Chris:     It's kind of electronic stuff.

Brian (DCMR):    Now, one, so my favorite question that I love to ask is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Seth:     To anyone?

Chris:     Don't quit.

Brian (DCMR):    It's up to you. Answer it however you like.

Brian:     Yeah, don't quit.

Brian (DCMR):    Don't quit. Say more.

Chris:     Keep at it. Don't get discouraged, because you're probably going to play a lot of shows that don't make you feel the inside, but you might play something that you feel pretty good about yourself. Practice a lot.

Brian:     Yeah, practice.

Chris:     Practice with your full band and with yourself.

Seth:     Practice instrumentally and then practice only with the vocals.

Chris:     Yeah.

Brian:     Yeah, and know who you are and be true to yourself, which is very vague, but know what your dream really is. If your dream is to become famous, then that's ridiculous. That can't be your dream.

Brian (DCMR):    Right. That makes sense.

Brian:     Yeah, but to make music, to make music for other people, you've really got to get your priorities in check.

Brian (DCMR):    Know the direction you're headed in. I like that, guys. Now, if they want to find out more about you and the cool things that are happening with The Duskwhales, where do they go to follow you guys?

Chris:     TheDuskWhales.com, Facebook/TheDuskWhales, @TheDuskWhales on Twitter and Instagram are the main ones.

Brian (DCMR):    Excellent.

Seth:     Or come to a show and get to know us.

Chris:     Yep.

Brian (DCMR):    I was going to say, in person they're ... I'm sitting here with them and they're amazing guys. I hope you get to meet these guys someday.

9/12/17 - Special Guest: EXNATIONS

Thanks to Taylor of the pop group, Exnations, for coming by the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Never About The Money, by EXNATIONS (Pop, Alternative Pop)
  2. Balance it all, by Night Train 357 (Hip Hop)
  3. High Class Girl, by Spencer Joyce (Indie/Indie Rock)
  4. Daylight, by Color Palette (Pop/Rock)
  5. Burn Blue, by Flasher (Rock)
  6. Voodoo Dollhouse, by Catscan! (Indie/Electronic Rock)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parklife DC article about DC Music Rocks Festival:
http://parklifedc.com/2017/09/06/music-park-dc-music-rocks-festival-930-club-9217/

The DC Mayor’s 202Creates September celebration of the creative economy is here. All September, there’s going to be events all over the city!  Go attend an event!  Events are listed on the website, and if you know of an event that’s not listed, certainly contact them through the website.  
http://www.202creates.com/

NEW RELEASES

Music:
Edjacated Phools - Check Out The Vibes (13 Song Full Album)
Sub-Radio - Steady (Single)
Pleasure Train - Pleasure Train Vol II (4 Song EP)
The Electric Grandmother - Cancelled (17 Song Full Album)
Caustic Casanova - Pantheon, Vol. 2 (2 song Single)
Lionize - Nuclear Soul (11 Song Full Album)
Soldiers of Suburbia - Rollercoasters (Single)
More Am Than FM - Oh The Places I've Been (5 Song EP)
Surprise Attack - Live At Groove (4 Song Live EP)
The Woodshedders - Talisman (11 Song Full Album

Video:
Alex Vaughn - Gotta Have It
https://youtu.be/iiHR8BYKoqE

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

Fri Sep 15
Nelly’s Echo @ Rockville Town Square in Rockville MD

Sat Sep 16
Christos DC & Many More @ H Street NE Festival in H St in NE DC

Sun Sep 17
Drive TFC on Boomerang Pirate Ship in Georgetown in NW DC

Wed Sep 20
Human Country Jukebox @ Madam’s Organ in Adams Morgan in NW DC

Thurs Sep 21
Backbeat Underground @ Gypsy Sallys in Georgetown in NW DC
Vintage #18 @ Backyard BBQ at the National Building Museum in Chinatown in DC



Exnations

 

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

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It sounds exaggerated to say that EXNATIONS’ love of creating music knows no bounds, but that is quite literally case. Sal Mastrocola (vocals/guitar/synth) resides in Brooklyn, just a few state boundaries away from Dan Ciarrocchi (guitar) and Taylor Hughes (drums, synth) in the DMV . Through the miracles of file sharing, home-recording software and caffeine, they present “Never About the Money," their latest single that came to life from multiple East Coast cities. Drummer, Taylor Hughes says, “We were never all in the same room during this process, Sal recorded vocals in his bedroom, Dan recorded guitars with Chris Freeland(Future Islands, Wye Oak) and drums were done with JK Royston out of his studio in Richmond, VA. We’re literally all over the place”. The band plans to release an EP in the coming months in addition to playing shows throughout the East Coast to support its release. 

All your links/URLs:

Websiteexnations.com

Facebookfacebook.com/exnations

Twitter: @exnationsband

Instagram: @exnations

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Poodell, The Poodle, as discussed at the end of the interview with Taylor!

Poodell, The Poodle, as discussed at the end of the interview with Taylor!

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we are shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. EXNATIONS is a pop trio with connections to northwest DC. It sounds exaggerated to say that EXNATIONS' love of creating music knows no bounds, but that is quite literally the case.  While Sal resides in Brooklyn, Dan and Taylor are in the DMV region. And through the miracle of file-sharing, home recording software, and caffeine-

Taylor:     So much caffeine.

Brian:     So much caffeine, they present their latest single that you just heard, Never About the Money. I first stumbled across these guys back, last year, I just, I became an EXNATIONS fan, and I've been following them ever since. And it is such a treat to now have you hear live with me. Taylor, this is awesome, thanks for being here.

Taylor:     I feel like I've known you forever, but through the internet.

Brian:     Right? I was gonna ...

Taylor:     Internet is a weird place.

Brian:     It really is, but it's an amazing place, I love it, very cool. Alright so, right off the bat, talk about EXNATIONS. It's a three state deal, like how did EXNATIONS come together?

Taylor:     Okay, well, I had met Dan, the guitar player, long time ago on the internet of all places.

Brian:     Excellent.

Taylor:     We've been Facebook friends for forever, we've been kind of in the same circle. He was in a band called Parks Landing a while back, and I'd always liked the work he'd done. And when I was going through a line up change, Dan was one of the first people that came to mind.

     So I met up with Dan and we clicked right off the bat. And we're like, "We need to find a singer." And he hit up an old college friend, Sal, to see if he'd be interested, or know anybody who'd be interested in doing this project. And Sal was interested, so the next week probably, I went up to Brooklyn, I met him in a record shop in Brooklyn.

Brian:     Wow.

Taylor:     And about an hour of just chatting and looking at records together, I was like, "I want him in my band. I'm not gonna meet with anybody else while I'm here," because I was supposed to meet up with someone. I went over my time with Sal, and I was like, "This is the man, I want him," so that's kind of how it started.

Brian:     Wow, very cool. And now, the name EXNATIONS, where does that come from?

Taylor:     Well originally, we were going to be called Nations, and we realized that was a really hard name to pull off, because when you Google Nations ...

Brian:     So true, you would never win the SEO or the search engine optimization battle on Google to find your band in the keyword, Nations. This is so true.

Taylor:     Yeah. So we thought the EX was cool we had all come from different bands before, so it was kind of all these ex band members making one new thing, I.e., nation, so it just kind of rolled into the same name, and that's how it was born.

Brian:     Nice. So the exes were your influence on your name, that's really ... It's sort of, there are so many ways to take that, but I really dig it. That's fun.

     Alright, and now, you're DC, where are you from? You're local here.

Taylor:     I am local. I was actually born in Baltimore. I spent the shortest stint of time in Georgetown, I was working at Madewell in Georgetown. But I actually moved back to Baltimore, but I still frequent this area because I love it so much.

Brian:     And then more about the DC connection then ... Well okay, so a little bit of time in Georgetown, and then here quite often?

Taylor:     Yeah, and my previous members of EXNATIONS, who I originally met you with, they are actually from DC. So that was kind of like the big DC connection. I was here with them.

Brian:     Cool, so it's a whole generation of DC going on here, in a way.

Taylor:     Yes.

Brian:     Wow. Alright, and now, talk about you on the personal side now, outside of the music thing, what's life like for you outside of that?

Taylor:     I have a poodle who's named Poodle.

Brian:     No, no, you have a poodle named Poodle, for real?

Taylor:     Yes, yes I do.

 You guys can check him out on Instagram. His username is Poodell

Brian:     And that way you can never forget what type of dog he is.

Taylor:     Exactly.

Brian:     Because if you're wondering, Poodle is a poodle. Oh my god, that's funny.

Taylor:     In a bow tie.

Brian:     Oh no, alright, I'm gonna go stalk you on Instagram for that, that's really funny. Alright, and what else, so there's a poodle.

Taylor:     There is the Poodle.

Brian:     Okay.

Taylor:     I like to skateboard, I like to just generally goof off. I watch a lot of really really bad TV on purpose.

Brian:     Okay, like what? When you say really bad TV, what does that mean?

Taylor:     I just finished the new version of 90210 the other day.

Brian:     Really?

Taylor:     I put myself thought the trauma of terrible TV. One Tree Hill? Been watching it nonstop since 2004. And I love it, it's like something comforting about how horrible it is, I love it.

Brian:     Oh, man. And to every body out there who loves those shows, we show appreciate you too, but that's really funny.

Taylor:     We should talk about it, like I do love it.

Brian:     Reach out and talk to her about 90210 and One Tree Hill for sure. Oh, man, that's funny.

    Alright, so now back to you as a performer then, talk about the funniest moment that comes to mind when you think about performances and EXNATIONS.

Taylor:     Yes, okay. So this is a fairly new story, it happened over the weekend. I was at Shadow of the City in New Jersey, it's a festival that Jack Antonoff from Bleachers put together, and since we're super close in sound, I thought it'd be a good idea to promote the band there. So I grabbed a bunch of postcards and went in there, and we were right up front on the stage, and I was passing out some postcards or whatever. And this girl just came up to me after I gave her a postcard, right then and there, she came out to me, number one ...

Brian:     Came out to you meaning, so she's a lesbian? Came out to you.

Taylor:     She's a lesbian. I guess I just scream lesbian because ...

Brian:     That's something important that people want to tell you, okay, that's funny.

Taylor:     Yeah, so she came up to me, and she just came out to me, grabbed my face, and kissed me. Like tried to kiss me, and I backed away, I was like, "Ah!" I backed away really quickly. And when she could tell that I was visibly uncomfortable, she tried to give me $6. That's really weird.

Brian:     I don't know whether to take that as a complement because she even almost wanted to pay you for the kiss, or whether that's an insult because it's only freaking six bucks, what the heck.

Taylor:     Well the way that I took it, I was worth more than $5, and worth more than $1, so she combined them and gave me the most ultimate gift that she possibly could put together in her inebriated state.

Brian:     Oh, alcohol was involved, now I get it.

Taylor:     Oh yeah.

Brian:     Okay. Oh man, I love that. Alright, so now, so what's something in your music collection that might surprise us?

Taylor:     I am a huge, huge pop fan. Buried beneath all of the Sonic Youth and ...

Brian:     Wait a minute, but you are a pop artist?

Taylor:     But I mean like pop pop, like Taylor Swift, Spice Girls, yes.

Brian:     Yes, okay.

Taylor:     Yes, I love, love, love top 40s pop. And I'm so open about it. I used to have it as like a guilty pleasure kind of thing, but now I'm so open and honest about the pop that I hold dear to my heart.

Brian:     So favorite Spice Girl's song, it's time to admit it.

Taylor:     Am I gonna basic if I say, If You Wanna Be My Lover?

Brian:     You gotta be with my friends.

Taylor:     Yeah, I had all the Spice Girl Barbie dolls as a child. Still have them, still have them, guys.

Brian:     Oh, that is excellent, I love it.

     Alright, so now, go back to the beginning now. When you started performing then, what's your first memory with music? How did music enter your life?

Taylor:     I was five, and I actually asked for a drum kit. I always knew that I wanted to play drums, and my parents hated that. They're like, "We cannot give this rambunctious five year old a drum kit, like we cannot do it." So they took me to the music store and got me an electric guitar with no amplifier, and closed the door.

Brian:     And how old were you when this happened?

Taylor:     I was five.

Brian:     Wow, okay.

Taylor:     So I had this Fender Strat that I would take to elementary school with me, that was pretty much the same size of me, because we had show and tell at school.

Brian:     Right. Oh, excellent.

Taylor:     So I would always take my guitar that was bigger than me, and play them, I think Mary Had a Little Lamb was my strong suit at the time.

Brian:     Oh my goodness.

Taylor:     Yeah, it was pretty long.

Brian:     So it started with guitar. And now ... and you know I realized we didn't even mention, so what do you play in the band? And what does everybody else play in the band? Who are the members now?

Taylor:     I'm the drummer. I also play synth and dabble in bass in the studio, I don't play bass live or anything.

Brian:     Okay.

Taylor:     Dan is the guitarist, and he does vocals. And Sal is the singer, guitarist, and he also does some synth.

Brian:     Got it. And so it's three pieces going on?

Taylor:     Yep.

Brian:     That's it, and you're the drummer, nice. Along with synth and some other things.

     Well so then your earliest ... I'm gonna switch gears. If you could offer, and this is just my favorite question, and I just want to jump to it because I'm excited about it. If you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Taylor:     This is geared towards all the ladies that are playing music, and it's something that you'll experience time and time again, especially when you go to a music store, stand your ground. Don't let people try and school you on something you already know. Does that make sense? I feel like I get the ...

Brian:     Yeah, what's an example? It seems like you have experience with this. What comes to mind?

Taylor:     Oh yeah. I almost feel like I'm being tested sometimes with the guys in the industry. They don't really believe that you know what you're talking about, or that you can play, you always kind of have prove yourself time and time again. So when you're at the music shop, and you're going in there for something specific, and they try and explain to you what you're looking for ...

Brian:     Don't take that.

Taylor:     Don't take it.

Brian:     Tell them you already know. I love it. Alright, all the ladies out there, you heard it, stand your ground in the music store.

Taylor:     Do it.

Brian:     I love it. That is really cool. And for those folks who liked the song and want to follow you and the upcoming EP you said that's gonna be released, where do they go to follow EXNATIONS?

Taylor:     You can find everything at exnations.com. We're on Spotify, Apple Music, super easy to find.

Brian:     Fantastic. And exnations.com, and then are you social media as well?

Taylor:     Oh yeah, you can find all of that right on EXNATIONS. And more importantly, for social media, you have to go to instagram.com/poodell.

Brian:     Spell that, what is that, P ...

Taylor:     It's P-O-O-D-E-L-L, that's my poodle's Instagram.

Brian:     Oh my god, your poodle has an Instagram. Oh god, I don't know what to say, I don't know whether to be really excited or just laugh hysterically.

9/5/17 - Special Guest: Singer-Songwriter, Matt Tarka

Thanks to Matt Tarka, Singer-Songwriter from Montgomery County, for coming by the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Battle Scars, by Laura Farrell (Indie, Folk)
  2. Very Little, by Matt Tarka (Rock)
  3. You and I, by The Sidleys (Rock/Soul)
  4.  Afraid of the Rain, by Yellowtieguy (Rock)
  5. Woman in Black, by Tomato Dodgers (Funk/Interstellar Funk)
  6. Bruises, by Bells and Hunters (Rock/ Blues Rock)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

     Thank you so much for your love and support of the DC Music Rocks Festival, which happened on Saturday 9/2.  To see 100+ pictures and videos everyone took at the event, go on instagram and check out the hashtag #dcmusicrocks930.  Thank you so much to everyone for supporting and coming out to this event.  A BIG thank you to the bands, Christian Hunt of the Capital City Showcase for MCing the evening, Tara G of Logan Circle Events, Rachel Levitin, Taylor Thomas and her husband JD, the 9:30 Club team, and so many more, there’s just so many people that we’re grateful for which helped in the creation of this event!   

     DC Music Rocks was featured in the DCist’s Article “DC’s 9 Best Local Music Podcasts.  Also featured friends of ours such as Sean Russell who was last week’s featured guest and his podcast “The Circus Life”, another one of our favorites, “Hometown Sounds”, the guys from “chunky glasses” that we’re dying to meet, and so many others.  Hope you’ll check it out, and thank you so much to Julie Strupp and the DCist for the spotlight!  We’re grateful and honored!
http://dcist.com/2017/08/dcs_10_best_local_music_podcasts.php

NEW RELEASES

Music:
Allthebestkids - Confetti/Unafraid (2 Song Single)
Ms. Fridrich - Last Brick Laid (4 song EP)
Joshua Rich - Come On Over (14 Song Album)

Video:
Allthebestkids - Confetti
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRB3J-fEVLw

Paperhaus - Nanana
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUBai5Y8GIc

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

Fri Sep 8
Black Masala @ Songbyrd Music House in Adams Morgan in NW DC
Lauren Calve @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown in NW DC
Taylor Carson @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

Sat Sep 9
Nappy Riddem & Rare Essence @ 202 Arts & Music Festival on M St in SW DC

Sun Sep 10
Leo & Cygnus, Hayley Fahey Music @ Takoma Park Folk Festival near Silver Spring, MD
Den-Mate @ DC9 Nightclub by U St in NW DC

Mon Sep 11
FuzzQueen @ Black Cat near 14th & U in NW DC

Wed Sep 13
Lionize, Tomato Dodgers @ Black Cat near 14th & U in NW DC
Veronneau CD/Album Release Party @ Blues Alley in NW DC



Matt Tarka

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BIO:

Matt Tarka DC Music Rocks

Have you ever had a moment where you’ve realized that you were late to the party, that you’ve spent too much energy on trying to please the wrong people or you’ve been deceived by those closest to you? If the answer is yes then the rock-inflected folk music of DC-based artist Matt Tarka will speak directly to you. Weaving isolated moments of heartbreak and rejection into his songs he continues the traditions of artists such as Tom Petty, Wilco and Carole King.

These themes flow from his new EP, Vision Hazy - recorded at Low Watt Recording in Savannah, GA with Ted Comerford (Jukebox The Ghost, Jonas Sees in Color) at the production helm, and subsequently mixed by Mitch Easter (R.E.M, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr.) at The Fidelitorium in North Carolina. Taking his folk origins and unleashing them, with the help of the occasional guitar flourish or fluttering drumbeat, the record sees Tarka bolster his sound with a rockier element. Sonically it’s his most advanced creation to date.

The considered nature of the tracks belies the slightly chaotic nature of his creative process. Ideas are roughly written down on index cards, notebooks, on scraps of paper left under the bed in case of night-time inspiration, or recorded into a dictation machine. Out of these assorted thoughts come the lyrics, which then shape the sound of his music. Demos are recorded onto an old cassette recorder, giving them a timeless feel from the very outset, and order is finally formed from his disorderly ruminations.

It’s a process that has evolved since his debut in 2008, as Tarka continues to follow his muse. As he says himself, ‘don’t let anyone tell you what kind of music you should be making, or how you should be making it. There are enough outside distractions in the world. Be true to yourself.’ You can hear this mantra ringing out in his honest lyrics and heartfelt delivery.

In an intimate live setting Tarka’s music takes on a different lease of life, careening and questing further from his tight recordings. Having already played in Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC and DC (anywhere with a barbeque joint nearby), with new shows coming up there’ll be plenty of chances to hear the songs of Vision Hazy performed live. You needn’t worry if you’re late in discovering the sounds of Matt Tarka …. Now’s the perfect chance to catch up! 

EPK: http://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/matttarka

Web: www.matttarkamusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MattTarkaMusic

Twitter: @MattTarka
Instagram: @MattTarka

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight the great songs, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. So Matt Tarka is an artist from Montgomery County. He describes his style as rock inflected folk, which we definitely heard in that track right there, for sure. He continues the tradition of artists such as Tom Petty, Wilco, and Carol King, by weaving isolated moments of heartbreak and rejection into his songs. And yet, he's a smiley, positive dude. He's sitting here with me. I first came across this guy because my Show coordinator, Daniel Hill, the yellow tie guy helps me put this together, and he and Matt know each other. He introduced me to Matt's music, and I've been a huge fan. So Matt, thanks for being here man.

Matt:     Yeah, thanks for talking to me.

Brian:     You're welcome. I'm glad we got that out of the way. So now tell us about you. When did music enter your life? How did that happen?

Matt:     Probably fourth grade. I started off playing alto sax in elementary school, and middle school band. Continued that track for about four or five years, just playing in elementary school and middle school band, and then later on I think ... What eventually happened was it was baseball season, and I was in early high school. A friend of mine to convince my mom and dad that I should join a band that he's starting right now, that it kind of looked like I could play bass. So without really any knowledge of what was going on, my friend Jeff decided to con my parents into buying four string Peavey Fury bass guitar. So I think that was really ... I always really enjoyed rock and roll music and stuff before that, but I think that really kind of solidified the deal.

Brian:     The four string bass sucked you in, huh?

Matt:     Sucked me in-

Brian:     That's amazing-

Matt:     [crosstalk 00:02:02] Peavey Basic 60 solid-state amp, that I just tormented my parents with for years [crosstalk 00:02:09]-

Brian:     It sounds like such fond memories that you and them both have, absolutely. Now Montgomery County, were you born and raised there? Or was that-

Matt:     No, I'm not originally from Montgomery County. I'm originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Brian:     No way, Hershey Park, Pennsylvania?

Matt:     Hershey Park, yeah-

Brian:     That's what you're talking about, okay.

Matt:     So I had an amusement park and a chocolate factory in my backyard. It was a charmed life.

Brian:     Every kid's dream.

Matt:     Yeah-

Brian:     Right there-

Matt:     Yeah, charmed life I led.

Brian:     And when did you get to DC?

Matt:     Late 2001.

Brian:     Got it.

Matt:     I came down here for work.

Brian:     Awesome, have you been here ever since?

Matt:     Yeah.

Brian:     That's awesome, and now what about, so obviously music is a big part of your life, outside of music, what do you do? Hobbies, interests, what do you got?

Matt:     I'm an avid swimmer.

Brian:     What does that mean?

Matt:     Well, I-

Brian:     Twice a week, three times a week? How far?

Matt:     About three times a week. I usually swim consistently for about an hour or so, just continuously swimming laps.  Focus on freestyle, and breaststroke, and all that good stuff. I think it's a good cardiovascular activity, and [crosstalk 00:03:22]-

Brian:     Were you on the swim team as a kid or something?

Matt:     Meditative as well.

Brian:     Yeah.

Matt:     Yeah, I was on a swim team growing up. I think beginning of first or second grade.

Brian:     Oh wow-

Matt:     And continued on through middle school. So about the time that the saxophone lessons ended was when I decided to end my time on the swim team.

Brian:     Wow, alright-

Matt:     And really focused on music.

Brian:     I gotcha, so lots of swimming. What else?

Matt:     Let's see, I'm a huge college basketball fan.

Brian:     Really? Which team?

Matt:     Go Tar Heels. UNC-

Brian:     There it is-

Matt:     I'm a diehard Tar Heels basketball fan. It originates back to ... In the late '80s I was a fan of a player named Jeff Lebo, who kind of grew up around my hometown in Carlisle. So I sort of followed his career when I was younger and-

Brian:     Yeah-

Matt:     Yeah, went to he and his dad's basketball camp that he had, growing up around my house. So getting that sort of encouragement from somebody that I idolized I thought, this seems like a good school, a good college basketball school to follow. So that was my indoctrination into the world of the Carolina Tar Heels basketball-

Brian:     There it is. Go Tar Heels-

Matt:     History-

Brian:     I love it. Alright, now what do you have in your music collection that might surprise us?

Matt:     Well, I'm a huge fan of Dinosaur Jr., even though a lot of the music that tends to fall out of my head is more folk rock. A band like Dinosaur is just extremely aggressive from a decibel point of view.

Brian:     For those folks who don't know Dinosaur, what kind of music is it? Are we talking hardcore heavy metal?

Matt:     I think it originated in hardcore, but it just gradually worked its way out of hardcore somehow, and it's just really loud, melodic metal, with a little bit of a classic rock, Black Sabbath bend towards it.

Brian:     Wow, alright-

Matt:     But the main vocalist has I think a lot of influences with Neil Young.

Brian:     Got it, and that name one more time, if people want to check that out.

Matt:     Dinosaur Jr.

Brian:     Dinosaur Jr.

Matt:     They're a band based in Amherst, Massachusetts-

Brian:     Oh, look at that-

Matt:     They've been around for I think a little over 30 years.

Brian:     Wow, okay-

Matt:     Yeah, so they've got some history.

Brian:     And what about ... So funniest moment that comes to mind when you think on your music career so far?

Matt:     The funniest moment that comes to mind? Well, I was playing an open mic at now a defunct music venue in Bethesda. I was playing an original song called Indigo Bunting. That's off my first EP called Motorcycle Breakfast. One of the owners of this particular establishment told me, "Hey, I really like that song, but it sounds like you are doing a really terrible job of impersonating Elvis Costello." I was just kind of like, "What the heck are you even saying right now?"

Brian:     I see-

Matt:     It sounds nothing like Elvis Costello, but if I was a sucky version of Elvis Costello at that point in time, there are worse compliments, or lack thereof, that could be shared with you after you performed.

Brian:     I was gonna say, that'd be a funny moment, but I think I'd try to find a way to look at that one positively, just because I got compared to Elvis Costello. So I guess if that's what he thinks of when he hears you, then there's a lot worse ways that could go. That's for sure.

Matt:     Yeah, I took it a little bit harsh at first, but afterwards I just thought, whatever.

Brian:     It's kind of funny.

Matt:     Yeah.

Brian:     Wow, that's wild. Now tell us a story about a time you tried and failed.

Matt:     Tried and failed? There were plenty to count, but to really just pinpoint one in particular, I was at an IOTA Open Mic trying out some new material. And for some reason, my body temperature was going all over the place. Some of it might've had to do with the fact that it was over 100 degrees outside. My instrument was all out of whack. I hadn't humidified, probably the way that I should have, leading up to this Wednesday night open mic. My pick hand just was really clamming up. I just couldn't get my act together. There were at least two or three instances where I just dropped my pick halfway through certain songs. It felt very, deeply pathetic at the time. You get people saying, "Yeah, keep going, keep going." But at that point, the songs are just kind of ... It's sort of a done deal. I wasn't going to make the impression with this material that I was really proud to share for the first time.

Brian:     Yeah, man-

Matt:     So that was a sincere failure.

Brian:     So how'd you pick yourself up off the ground from that one? Because I mean, you gotta move past these things. You're still here doing this, so that didn't kill it for you.

Matt:     Honestly, I just picked up the pick and said, "Well, let's give it another shot. Let's keep going."

Brian:     Yep.

Matt:     Let's just keep going.

Brian:     You know, sometimes you have to do that. So then, my favorite question to ask on this one is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Matt:     Play shows. Honestly, play shows. Don't be afraid to try new material. Connect with your local artist. Go out and support them. Utilize any open mics that are happening in your hometown to meet other musicians. It's a great opportunity to not just hear new music, but potentially show swap, or set up shows with one another. I think the more opportunities you give yourself to bounce your own ideas off of your fellow artists, you create that sort of support, and reciprocity. I think you grow as a person, you grow as an artist. People, they will be more inclined to come out to one of your shows, and follow what you're up to on a regular basis.

Brian:     Absolutely-

Matt:     For me, it's all about giving back to a scene that you're a part of in whatever way you feel is true to you.

Brian:     Yep, I mean, I created a radio show about it. So I feel you on that, pay it forward, absolutely. So if folks want to find out more about you, and follow what you got going on, where do they go?

Matt:     Well, they can go to MattTarkaMusic.com. The easiest way to remember my last name is that it rhymes with parka.

Brian:     You clever man you, look at you go, parka-

Matt:     With a T-

Brian:     Parka with a T, okay-

Matt:     [crosstalk 00:10:42] music, MattTarkaMusic.com. You can follow me on all kinds of different social media-

Brian:     Yep, which one is your favorite?

Matt:     [crosstalk 00:10:49]. My favorite right now is probably Instagram.

Brian:     Lot of Instagram?

Matt:     I haven't used it as much as I've wanted to, but I really enjoy the sort of instant gratification of it. I also like Twitter. Facebook is okay. I also put out a newsletter through ReverbNation that you can sign up for as well.

Brian:     Cool, and so all of these places, obviously if they tune into those, they'll also find out about that upcoming EP you've got coming out?

Matt:     Absolutely, yes.

Brian:     Fantastic, and what was that date again? September-

Matt:     It's September 29.

Brian:     Nice, and it's called?

Matt:     It's called Vision Hazy.

8/29/17 - Special Guest: Sean Russell, Recording Engineer of Cue Recording Studios

Thanks to Sean Russell - Recording Engineer at Cue Recording Studios in Falls Church, VA - for coming by the studio this week!

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MUSIC

  1. Center of Attention, by The Split Seconds (Punk)
  2. Back There, by The Loving Paupers (Reggae, Roots Reggae)
  3. It's Alright, by Caz Gardiner (Pop/Rock)
  4. Life Is Like A Limousine, by Throwing Plates (Rock/Pop)
  5. Without The Rest, by HyeTension (Hard Rock/Rock)
  6. Stone Driver, by Stone Driver (Hard Rock/Rock)
  7. When We Get Home, by Derek Evry (Rock/Alternative Pop)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

----We’re hosting a show at the 9:30 Club on 9/2!  Ever since our humble beginnings, we’ve dreamed of sharing the incredible music from the DC local region in a venue that is fitting for the incredible talent these musicians have.  Please come!  If you know someone who would be interested in this, would you share it with them too?  Or share it with them in general?  If we draw a good crowd, the 9:30 Club has said they’ll let us make this a regular thing, and we’d love to get more great local artists on that caliber of stage.  We really appreciate your help!  We love supporting this DC local music scene!

Facebook Event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/233306840525249/

9:30 Club Ticket Link:
http://www.930.com/event/1546598-dc-music-rocks-festival-washington/

Preview Playlist of These Great Artists:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/6NA7boFgtB5hUpDPDdD7BQ

----The DC Mayor’s 202Creates September celebration of the creative economy is here. All September, there’s going to be events all over the city!  Go attend an event!  Events are listed on the website, and if you know of an event that’s not listed, certainly contact them through the website.     http://www.202creates.com/

NEW RELEASES

Music:
Paperhaus - Nanana (Single)

Video:
Khadijah Moon - Pray/Believe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-97AXGKnws

Electric Grandmother - Feedback Lives
https://youtu.be/AVCxkr2F-ho

Electric Grandmother - Police Department Theme Song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZAlN70IJ7E

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

There's so many!  Visit our Local Music Calendar to see the full list!  These are just the few we discussed on the show to get you started.

Fri Sept 1
Flo Anito, Laura Tsaggaris @ The Lincoln Theatre on U St in NW, DC
Monday Mistress @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

Sat Sept 2
The Split Seconds, Throwing Plates, Stone Driver, Hayley Fahey, Thaylobleu @ The DC Music Rocks Festival @ The 9:30 Club on U St in NW DC

Sun Sept 3
Aztec Sun @ The Lincoln Theatre on U St in NW, DC
The Duskwhales @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

Mon Sept 4
Matt Tarka @ Atlas Brew Works in NE, DC

Wed Sept 6
A Shrewdness of Apes @ The Majestic Lounge in Alexandria, VA

Thurs Sept 7
Wylder @ Live! Summer Concert Series (Lunchtime) near Federal Triangle Metro in DC



Sean Russell of Cue Recording Studios

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

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Sean Russell is a multi-platinum engineer who’s worked with Damien Marley, Bruno Mars, India.Arie, KIX, ODESZA, among many others. Working out of Cue Recording in Falls Church, VA. 

Links
Website
: :  www.cuerecording.com
Facebook: seanrussellengineer
Instagram: @seanrussell
Podcastwww.thecircuslife.com 

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks we're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. And my man Sean Russell is a multi platinum engineer who has worked with Damien Marley, Bruno Mars, India Arie, Kicks, Odessa and many others and works out of cue recording studios in Falls Church, Virginia.

     I first came across Sean when I was attending a Battle of the Bands competition in Hanna, Indiana. I was at a Jammin Java ...

Sean:     Jammin Java.

Brian:     And they announced and it was like you know Sean I want to get you on the show, man. I want to get know you a little bit more and so now I'm honored that we get to do that now, thanks for meeting me, man.

Sean:     Sorry it took so long to set this up, this is fantastic.

Brian:     No, they don't know that, no worries. It was just last week, don't worry about it man! (laughs)

Sean:     I just wanted to give you some props man because you're doin' an amazing job of like highlighting local artist and like putting them on the show and you're extremely organized about it and I appreciate that, man, that's very cool, thank you.

Brian:     Well, thanks, man, I ...

Sean:     Absolutely.

Brian:     I'm blushing over here. But we gotta stop talking about me because this is about you, man, so let's get back to you. So talk about ... Now you're a recording engineer ... What does that mean, really?

Sean:     That means I try to facilitate the things that artists have in their heads and record them in such a way that hopefully makes everyone look good. That's kind of the idea.

Brian:     So does that mean, now ... Recording engineer technically means that you are the guy responsible for setting up the mics ...

Sean:     This is true.

Brian:     And doing the recording ...

Sean:     This is true.

Brian:     And adjusting the levels and editing things?

Sean:     And editing things, yeah. In some cases, editing more things than others, sure, sure.

Brian:     Depending on how it goes. Yup

Sean:     Sure.

Brian:     Now, recording engineer doesn't necessarily mean mixing and all of the electronic computer stuff as much.

Sean:     This is right. I do a fair amount of mixing but on an average day I will typically dress a studio for a producer so that different musicians coming in, be they session players or, you know, the regular type of human musician players that come in and be comfortable so they all have music stand lamps, they all have headphones hopefully that work, they all have a decent headphone box setup ... I'm picking microphones for sources so if you're an overly bright singer I'm not gonna use an overly bright microphone, that sort of thing.

Brian:     I see.

Sean:     I'll work with the producer, with what kind of microphones that they want because you know these different microphones we use pick up sounds in different ways and I try to make sure that everyone can hear everything and, I have a, you know, decent collection of witty one-liners that I try to throw at artists regularly to keep them on their toes.

Brian:     (laughs) Like what? I want an example, come on.

Sean:     There are some FCC regulations that are [inaudible 00:02:35].

Brian:     Oh, they're curse words! Oh! [crosstalk 00:02:38]

Sean:     Most of the time, you know, it's something like, "That was good, there was more good than bad in that," you know? Things like that

Brian:     (laughs)

Sean:     "Try not to suck as much on this one," you know what I mean? Things like that.

Brian:     Right, I got you. Positive reinforcement from Shawn. (laughs)

Sean:     Positive reinforcement. You gotta push the artist sometimes.

Brian:     How did you get into this? Is this always been your plan?

Sean:     Yeah it's funny, my uncle was a huge influence. My uncle Steve Creech ... I remember doing a demo tape at like 10, 11 years old when he had to like put a drum set together quickly with a couple of microphones but he recorded the talk back so when he pushed talk back, the talk to my headphones, pout it all on cassette tape it was just ... You know me just banging on a bunch of drums and him at the end, "Oh, that was pretty good, Shawn, let's try it again," and I kept that cassette for a thousand years, man, I gotta find that thing, it's somewhere in my house. But that kind of had the bug and then, you know, in high school, you know, you're in the band and you gotta get the demo, right? How else are you gonna get the gigs?

Brian:     Of course. Yeah, true.

Sean:     And I was always the guy in the band that was tryin' to record us and, you know, tryin' to task [inaudible 00:03:38] a studio 424 MK2, you know what I'm talking about, you guys ...

Brian:     If they don't know what you're talking about, what does that mean?

Sean:     Everyone knows the 4-track tape recorder ...

Brian:     Ah, yes, oh!

Sean:     Yes, still have mine and ...

Brian:     Straight up tape recorder ...

Sean:     Yeah, man, yeah just a little 4-track and tryin' to figure out how to get to vocal louder, you know what I mean?

Brian:     (laughs)

Sean:     I went down to the beach, moved out of this area here ... I was playing drums in a band called Porkchop and ... The Groovalistic Porkchop and I was down in Myrtle Beach doing that for a few years and that band kind of went south so I sort of went to school for a year down in Florida ... And back in 2002 I got a piece of paper saying I should know how signal flow goes and then I came back to this area

Brian:     Wait, wait, translate that ... That means you got a degree?

Sean:     I got a degree ...

Brian:     Okay.

Sean:     I got a degree at the ...

Brian:     Degree in what?

Sean:     I mean, a degree in audio engineering is not really, you know, like a degree in broadcasting or something like that ...

Brian:     Right.

Sean:     It's ... You know, it's a Bachelor's. I got hit with ... It doesn't really matter, you know, when the guy's making your record you're not going to be like, "Hey, do you have papers to do this or just like, man that snare drum sounds great!"

Brian:     Right. He's gonna listen to what you've done before and then if likes what you did you're hired.

Sean:     Yeah! I don't think a school really matters as much maybe in this field but I did pay a lot of money for that and thank goodness I paid it all off and I came back to this are and one way or another sort of found my way working out of different studios in the area. Now right now all of my gear pretty much lives at cue recording but there's some other fantastic rooms in the area that I'll visit, like Blue Room Studios in Herndon and Bias Recording in Springfield, Dave Mallon's got a great new spot in Anondale, so being a freelance is great I can kind of move around, but I mean, a lot of my microphones and microphone pre amps and fancy compressors and things you know ... the things with the knobs. All the stuff with the knobs you see in the photos, a lot of those live at cue recording at Red Room, so, cuerecording.com

Brian:     There we go, cue recording. Now what about you outside of all this recording and stuff ... Hobbies? What is life like for you outside of all that?

Sean:     Sure, well you know we're coming up on hockey season. I'm not a big sports guy but the Washington Capitals are sort of my thing. My wonderful, beautiful girlfriend, Patty the angle, she's very understanding about that but I enjoy some gardening and botany in general and she and I kick it a lot ... That's a lot of the off times with her going to different events. We were just at the Vegan Soulfest this last week ... We have VegFest coming up in DC this Saturday, it's gonna be fantastic, you know ...

Brian:     Nice.

Sean:     All of the best ...

Brian:     So you're a vegetarian guy, too?

Sean:     I'm a vegan actually, yeah, plant-based and it's a fantastic thing ... I thought it would be ... It's really great, you know, it's not just for the animals although, veganism is specifically a liberation for the animals but it's also for my health and the environment, man, it's incredible, especially with all the global warming and everything in the news. It's never been easier to make those changes. There's so many dairy-free options, it's incredible so I highly recommend that everybody, you know, check it out. Check out What the Health the documentary. There's a couple different great documentaries on Netflix right now, Cowspiracy ... I highly recommend you guys go to Youtube and check out Earthlings ... Yeah.

Brian:     Yeah, my man, and if you're looking at dieting I just stumbled across The Obesity Code, which is a book that I've been ... that's been tremendously helpful for me at least to understand the dieting thing, too. Along with those I definitely watch the ones on Netflix, there's a lot of good stuff out there on diet, make those choices.

Sean:     Definitely. Yeah, no, veganism is just an ethical position against the exploitation of animals, you know? And there's no other lifestyle you can live right now that's more beneficial for, like, not only the planet, obviously the planet and yourself but, also just animals, man, it's great.

Brian:     Now, go back to the music and the recording in your life. Now, you talked about drums, you talked about podcasting and you talked about, there's been a lot of difference ... So what came first? What order did they happen in?

Sean:     I guess it was, you know, playing drums and then trying to record those drums so that ...

Brian:     Got it.

Sean:     And then eventually ...

Brian:     How old were you when you started playing?

Sean:     I guess I was like nine or ten, yeah, and I had a friend drop off some drums and he, I guess, was a left-handed drummer. He left them set up left-handed and so I started toolin' around and I'm gonna confide in you right now here, I'm also ... I'm a left-handed drummer, like authentic.

Brian:     Whoa! Like for real?

Sean:     [crosstalk 00:07:55] hand or nothing, yeah

Brian:     Whoa, so that means you got the high hat on the other side of the [crosstalk 00:07:58]? Straight up flipped, wow!

Sean:     Yeah, it's like a mirror, yeah.

Brian:     I'm impressed.

Sean:     I got lots of people poking at me on Instagram about it, so it's ...

Brian:     (laughs) I love it, a lefty. So there was drums ...

Sean:     There was drums, yes.

Brian:     And then you tried to record the drums and that's where the recording came in.

Sean:     Well, you know one of my first memories, you know, growing up as a kid, I don't know if you remember, I'm sure some people out there ... Someone in their car is gonna remember this ... It was a Fisher-Price tan sort of ... It had a handle, it was a tape cassette that you could record. It was probably like ten inches wide, it was probably like you know this little hand held jobby and I would hold it up to the radio and I would try to record off of it and then I would try to record off that in the Speak & Spell or somethin', I was tryin' to get things happening so it's ... I've always been kind of tinkering with it. Not that I have an electrical degree or anything like that but I've always been trying to tinker with microphones and I still have some of these mics from when I was 17, 18 these EV microphones and things like that but ...

     I guess from there playing in different bands until, you know ... Porkchop and then moving to Myrtle Beach and then moving out to Asheville for a little while and, yeah ...

Brian:     So then after that, that's when the podcast happened once you were working in the studio?

Sean:     Yeah, I'd been back here for a while and Justin Trawick approached me about doing a podcast and kind of convinced me somehow ...

Brian:     And what's it for those folks that want to check it out? What's it called?

Sean:     "TheCircusLife.com", the Circus Life podcast ...

Brian:     Excellent.

Sean:     ... We focus on local artists based in the area and touring national artists of course but we always try to have musicians on to play music for us ...

Brian:     Yeah.

Sean:     Oftentimes I make them perform in front of just like one microphone, like one ribbon mic in the room kind of thing, very 1955...

Brian:     That's cool. Shawn, my favorite question that I always want to ask is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Sean:     If I could offer one piece of advice just to anyone?

Brian:     However you want to answer.

Sean:     Okay, that's a big question. So, if I could offer one piece of advice, let's see, that's a great one. I would have to say it would be listen. So I'm a recording engineer, part of my job is just to listen, and none of us do it enough, I don't do it enough. But I guess it would be just to listen.

Brian:     Got it. Listen, and meaning listen for what? Listen to what's happening? Listen for details? What are you ... Say a little more.

Sean:     If you're listening, you're not talking and hopefully you're taking in as opposed to putting out and hopefully that's something that I've been trying to do for the last half of my life and getting a little better each day, maybe, [crosstalk 00:10:20] but it makes it a little easier to communicate when you're listening ...

Brian:     I love it. You got two ears and one mouth and you should use them proportionally.

Sean:     I love that, that's great.

Brian:     There it is. Alright, and now, and for those folks that want to find out more about you, where do they go?

Sean:     You could find me on Instagram just at @Seanrussell and the Facebook page Sean Russell Engineering. My website right now is kind of in disrepair but TheCircusLife.com works just fine.

Brian:     That's right, check out the podcast.

8/22/17 - Special Guests: Joe & Alisha of Songbyrd Music House

Thanks Joe Lapan and Alisha Edmonson - co founders of Songbyrd Media House - for coming by the studio this week!

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MUSIC

  1. Tell Me Why, by Hayley Fahey (Rock/Indie Rock)
  2. War, by G.U.M.P (Hip Hop/Alternative Rock)
  3. Hannah, by Handsome Hound (Folk/Folk Rock)
  4. Climax: Moonshine, by Names (Rock/Psychedlic Rock)
  5. Locked, by Thaylobleu (Hard Rock/Punk Rock)
  6. Son of Larry, by Aaron Abernathy (R&B/Soul)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

We’re hosting a show at the 9:30 Club on Saturday 9/2!  Ever since our humble beginnings, we’ve dreamed of sharing the incredible music from the DC local region in a venue that is fitting for the incredible talent these musicians have.  Please come!  If you know someone who would be interested in this, would you share it with them too?  Or share it with them in general?  If we draw a good crowd, the 9:30 Club has said they’ll let us make this a regular thing, and we’d love to get more great local artists on that caliber of stage.  We really appreciate your help!  We love supporting this DC local music scene!

930club facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/233306840525249/

930club ticket website:
http://www.930.com/event/1546598-dc-music-rocks-festival-washington/

Playlist of the great artists which will be featured at the show!
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/6NA7boFgtB5hUpDPDdD7BQ

NEW RELEASES

Music:
FuzzQueen - Ribbons and Flowers (Single)
Lionize - Fire in Athena (Single)
Exnations - Never About The Money (Single)

Video:
Carolyn Malachi - Sky (official music video)
https://youtu.be/Luh3k75rCEM

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

There's so many!  Visit our Local Music Calendar to see the full list!  These are just the few we discussed on the show to get you started.

Fri Aug 25
Vintage#18 @ Blackwall Hitch in Alexandria, VA
The Woodshedders @ Hill Country BBQ in Chinatown in NW DC

Sat Aug 26
Christos DC @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA
The Cowards Choir @ Iota Club and Cafe in Clarendon in Arlington, VA
Handsome Hound @ Black Cat on 14th&U in NW DC

Sun Aug 27
Sol Roots @ JoJo Bar on U St in NW DC

Wed Aug 30
Ms Fridrich, Beanstalk Library, Rachel Levitin @ DC9 on U St in NW DC



Joe & Alisha, Songbyrd Music House Co-Founders

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

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DC Music Rocks Joe Lapan Songbyrd Media House Pic

Joe Lapan is a real estate attorney and professional by background, but always had a passion for music and its power to connect and unify people and to provide the perfect entry point for exploration of culture and history.  Joe had always been the guy who made mix tapes, camped out for new album releases and hosted informal "listening parties" with his friends.  Joe also has a passion for small business in the District of Columbia. Around 2010, Joe began writing a business plan for a place that might bring these experiences into the "commercial" world as a sort of music comparable to the sports bar, or a "re-imagined" record store. Joe primarily runs business affairs, marketing and what he likes to call "alternative events" for Songbyrd. Alternative events encompass all those things that aren't live music shows, such as label partnerships, listeningparties, in-store events etc. Joe is the Washington DC point man for Classic Album Sundays, a worldwide album celebration platform, and has appeared on numerous podcasts and other media outlets to discuss music.
 

DC Music Rocks Songbyrd Media House Pic

Alisha Edmonson is a trained architect, designer and bar/restaurant operations manager and has 10+ years of relevant experience. She has an interdisciplinary background in construction, finance and architecture/design, as well as years of experience as a bartender and manager. Alisha began her career in the field of design and construction but she was raised around small business, with her family owning and running a coffee
roaster in Oregon. While attending graduate school in DC she begin bartending at L Enfant Café in Adams Morgan and quickly become one of the
managers. She eventually moved on to bigger places including H Street Country Club and Right Proper Brewery. In each of these places she both
worked on the floor and managed. In addition to working in the bar/restaurant industry she has been doing contract work as a event designer and
manager for large events in both Arizona and Oregon, most notably, What The Festival in Duffer Oregon, an event consisting of roughly 5,000 people
and numerous DJs and other acts. Ms. Edmonson is the Managing Member of the Songbyrd ownership and also the General Manager and is backed
by an investment team with substantial business and creative experience

Links

Website: : www.songbyrddc.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SongbyrdDC

Twitter & Instagram: @songbyrddc

DC Music Rocks Songbyrd Media House promo pics
DC Music Rocks Songbyrd Media House pic

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, We're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people, like Joe and Alisha from Songbyrd, here in the DC regions' local music scene. Alisha is a trained architect, designer, and bar restaurant operations manager. She has an interdisciplinary background in construction, finance, and architecture design, as well as years of experience as a bartender and a manager. She is the managing member of Songbyrd on the ownership team and is also the general manager of the venue, so this is Alisha.

    I also have Joe, who is a real estate attorney by background but always has a passion for music and a power to connect and unify people. Joe's always been the guy who made mix tapes, camped out for new album releases, and hosted informal listening parties with his friends. Around 2010, he began to write a business plan for a place that might bring these kind of experiences into the commercial world. Songbyrd, which is like a sports bar for music or a re-imagined music store, is what he created. Joe primarily runs business affairs, marketing, and what he likes to call alternative or non-musical events for Songbyrd.

 I first ran into these folks at some of the conferences around town for local music, and I've been to the venue I can't even count on fingers and toes the number of times. It's such a great place. It is a treat to have you here. Thanks for being here, you guys.

Alisha:     Thanks for inviting us.

Joe:     Cheers.

Brian:     Tell us about ... We baited them earlier with it, but tell us about the name "Songbyrd." Where does that come from?

Alisha:     Well, we originally had some other names for this place, but when we found the space, it was a nightclub and it wasn't what we were looking for, but it had this really amazing music history. It was called The Showboat for years from the '50s to the '70s, and the house band was Charlie Byrd's band, and he and his manager owned and ran it. It just kind of spoke to us when we found out the history of it. Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz played there almost every night doing jazz samba that was just really special.

Brian:     That's cool. And so it became in honor of Byrd it was Songbyrd.

Alisha:     Yeah, a little homage to DC music history.

Joe:     Yeah, and for those who don't know, Charlie Byrd, not to be mistaken with Charlie Parker, who was nicknamed Bird. Charlie Byrd is the famous jazz guitarist originally from Maryland, spent his life and career in Maryland and DC, recorded Jazz Samba, one of the greatest selling and greatest jazz albums of all time, based on a fusion of American jazz and Brazilian samba. He did a lot of democracy work and State Department work with Brazil and recorded that album at the All Souls Church just up the street from us in Adams Morgan.

Brian:     So much history there. All right, so that's where Songbyrd ... I've always wondered. Man, that's awesome. Now, what about ... Now it's a lot of work to start a venue. How did you guys meet, and how did Songbyrd the venue come together?

Alisha:     Well, I moved here for grad school in 2009, and I started bartending for brunch just for some extra money and to meet people that didn't want to talk about policy, and I met Joe. That's where we met.

Brian:     Was he a customer or was he ...

Alisha:     He was a customer, yeah.

Brian:     And you started talking music?

Alisha:     Yeah, we started talking ... Well, eventually we started talking music. We started talking about the loss of listening to music, not listening to your radio or on an mp3, but really listening to an album start to finish with your friends and community.

Brian:     I don't think hardly anybody does that anymore, actually. They're not even putting albums out half the time. It's just singles. So that's true.

Joe:     Yeah, but I think more and more people are, and I see it, and we see it with some of the stuff we're doing. But yeah, that's definitely one of our focuses, to bring back that experience.

Brian:     I've seen ... Does that kind of go into the listening parties? I've seen something that you guys do listening parties, right?

Alisha:     We do several different types of listening parties, actually.

Brian:     Tell me more.

Joe:     So yeah, again, the basic idea being let's get together. You go to see a movie, but why don't you go listen to that album and enjoy it with people, maybe learn something, maybe focus on it in a different kind of way or just make a day out of it, make an experience, make an afternoon out of it. So we host a monthly event through Classic Album Sundays, which is kind of a worldwide listening party platform. In fact, going to those events in other cities kind of helped inspire me as well. But that is very focused. You're going to have presenters talking about the album. We bring in special audio file grade turntables and equipment for that event. We have that at our venue, so it's kind of more quiet and focused.

     Then we do other stuff, like you're referring to. On Fridays a lot of times we'll partner with labels based on their new music that's coming out and just throw kind of a fun something different from the regular Friday happy hour where you're going to hear the new music with your friends.

Brian:     Wow. So many cool things happening. There's always ... It's a lot of fun to follow your social media, too, because there's always all kinds of, it's like, "Oh, that's different. Oh, okay." I mean, you definitely win the award for making it interesting and exciting. The music world is so interesting and exciting now. I think you guys do a great job with that.

Joe:     Thanks, man.

Brian:     So that's nice.

Joe:     Yeah, it's a whole world, for sure.

Brian:     And what is your connections to DC? You came for grad school, Alisha.

Alisha:     Mm-hmm (affirmative)

Brian:     And Joe, have you always been here, or when did you get here?

Joe:     Yeah, it's funny, you mentioned that artist from Derwood earlier. I'm from Rockville, Maryland.

Brian:     There you go.

Joe:     So I grew up in the area, kind of always been in the area.

Brian:     Are you actually like a "local" because you've been here your whole life?

Joe:     For sure, definitely.

Brian:     Wow.

Joe:     Red line, inside the Beltway, all that.

Brian:     There it is. That breed is almost ... Although I feel like it's getting more common now, but I feel like it used to be really rare to meet somebody who is actually from the area. I don't know, maybe that's just me.

Joe:     I mean, we're probably still the minority, but it's funny because I see a lot of people from DC and around DC doing really cool things in DC, I think because we already kind of knew the place. So we had a little bit of a leg-up on newcomers who still have to kind of map it out.

Brian:     What about you guys on the personal side, outside of Songbyrd. What are your ... Do you have hobbies? What else is there to life for you guys?

Alisha:     I mean, I wish I said I had a lot hobbies.

Brian:     I know that's a lot to ask, because you probably put a lot into Songbyrd.

Alisha:     I mean, we're just going on our two-year anniversary for the venue. Before the venue, I painted. I love building furniture and just kind of a designer. Anything that has to do with art.

Brian:     Wow, so a lot of work with your hands.

Alisha:     A lot of, yeah, I love ...

Brian:     And now you've totally switched gears. Do you do anymore of that sometimes?

Alisha:     Well, we're always redesigning the space just a little bit for other things.

Brian:     So you have a living canvas now in Songbyrd. I see.

Alisha:     I have a living canvas in Songbyrd. And then I guess we've got a puppy, so that's like kind of living and breathing for this little puppy called Fife dog.

Brian:     And what kind of puppy is he?

Alisha:     She is a ...

Brian:     She.

Alisha:     Fife's a girl. She is a border collie/miniature schnauzer. She's a rescue puppy.

Brian:     Got it. What fun. And what about you, Joe?

Joe:     I do have a whole lot of things that I do. I mean, we share our puppy, so Fife keeps us busy for sure. But yeah, man, I'm into music, of course. Go to shows, spend a lot of time keeping up with new music. But I'm into all types of things. I play a lot of different sports. Still play hardball. Still play baseball, hardball, at age 39. It's a local league.

Brian:     I'm impressed.

Joe:     So I come home with some bruises every once in a while. But yeah, man, just I'm a believer in trying to stay young in the mind, you know?

Brian:     Got it. And now one of my favorite questions that I always love to ask is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Joe:     Gosh, for the music scene specifically?

Brian:     I'll leave that up to you, actually. However you want to answer.

Joe:     Well, I'll start that off by saying be careful with giving advice, first of all.

Brian:     All right, you got that out of the way. Now give some. Go ahead.

Joe:     You know, just follow your passion. Follow your dreams. In DC music, if you're an artist, you're already doing that. But keep doing it and just write, stick to it, but failure to plan is planning to fail, so use that dream as your fuel to get into the details as well, so there's some advice.

Brian:     Excellent.

Alisha:     And my advice would be similar, but make choices and own them.

Brian:     Own them. All right. Follow them through. You did it. You made the choice. Now follow it through. Do it. I really like that too. That's a really good one. For those folks who want to know, want to follow what you're doing and find out more about Songbyrd, tell me again, where's the best place to go?

Joe:     The best place to go is, I would say, our website, www.songbyrddc.com, Byrd with a Y, because remember Charlie Byrd spelled it with a Y.

Brian:     Yes, we know that now. Yes.

Joe:     That's right. And yeah, @songbyrddc on socials. So yeah, like you said, we're out there on socials. We try to keep engaged and keep talking about ourselves and keeping people informed.

Alisha:     Our website's really comprehensive. All of our records are on there. If you want to know what we have in stock, you can click on a little link and it'll show you everything up to 24 hours in advance, and our menus, our listings, any kind of special event that we have going on, not just local music and stuff, but ...

Brian:     Thorough. Really thorough.

8/15/17 - Special Guest: Aztec Sun, DC's 'Funk w/ Soul' Band

Thanks Stephane and Ray of Aztec Sun for coming by the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Wine Slow, by Da Flame (Reggae/Pop)
  2. Miami is Nice by The Electric Grandmother (Pop/Indie Pop)
  3. You Make Me Smile by AZTEC SUN (Funk/Soul)
  4. Surreal by Venn (Indie/Shoegaze)
  5. Don't Worry by Coot Wilson (Country/Americana)
  6. Rain by Color Palette (Pop/Electro)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

--We're celebrating passing 600 followers on Instagram and twitter!  Thank you so much for all your tags, likes and follows!  

--Thanks to DC's Office of Cable Television (OCTFME) for having Brian on as a guest to talk about DC Music Rocks in filming an episode of The 202 this past Friday!  Stay tuned, we'll be sure to share the episode once the link is up!

NEW RELEASES

Music:
Roof Beams - Charon (11 song Album)

Videos:
Soundproof Genie - Don’t Panic (It’s Just a Color)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mctEON5Zp-w

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

There's so many!  Visit our Local Music Calendar to see the full list!  These are just the few we discussed on the show to get you started.

Fri Aug 18
Pebble To Pearl @ Capital Riverfront Concert Series at the Yards Park Boardwalk, SE DC
Aztec Sun @ Rock & Roll Hotel on H Street NE, DC

Sat Aug 19
Den-Mate @ DC9 on U Street, NW DC
Allthebestkids @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown, NW DC

Tue Aug 22
Annie Stokes @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown, NW DC

Wed Aug 23
Ras Slick @ The Hamilton in Metro Center, NW DC

Thu Aug 24
Black Dog Prowl @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD



Aztec Sun

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

Since it’s inception in late 2012, Washington DC-based band AZTEC SUN has hypnotized the ears and feet of the District’s live music aficionados. No matter the scale of the venue, this ensemble maintains an upbeat and retro groove steeped in 70's Funk and Soul, Jazz, Afro-funk and Motown-era pop. Their infectious songwriting and energetic live performances have yielded rewards for the group - such as being named Best Local Original Band by the Washington City Paper and sharing the stage with international and national touring acts such as two-time Grammy Award winning keyboardist Shaun Martin (from Snarky Puppy), Burning Spear, The Suffers, Pimps of Joytime, Naughty Professor, Alanna Royale, and Major and the Monbacks.

AZTEC SUN marked the end of a fantastic 2016 year with the release of their debut studio EP, Set You Free. The self-produced and live-tracked project is both a preview of a full-length album planned for 2018 and an example of the band’s incessant desire to challenge its own rhythmic and melodic versatility. With an EP under their belt, an ever-growing fan base and a passion for spreading feel-good music, AZTEC SUN will seek new audiences to entertain and opportunities to push their brand of “Funk with Soul” in the new year.

Links

Websitewww.AZTECSUNBAND.com

Facebookwww.facebook.com/AZTECSUNband

Twitter & Instagram: @aztecsunband

Spotifyhttp://bit.ly/setufree 

iTuneshttp://bit.ly/AZS_itunes

Bandcamphttp://bit.ly/AZS_bandcamp

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. And since it's inception in late 2012, the Washington, D.C., based band, Aztec Sun has hypnotized the ears and feet of D.C.'s live music aficionados. So, no matter the scale of the venue, this ensemble maintains an upbeat and retro groove steeped in '70s funk, soul, jazz, Afro-funk, and Motown era pop. It's like all my favorites. Those are five of the favorites, it's so good. Their infectious song writing and energetic live performances have yielded rewards for the group such as being name "Best Local Original Band" by the Washington City paper. I've got the group, they're here with me now. They're on the show. And with an EP under their belt and an ever-growing fan base, and a passion for spreading feel-good music, Aztec Sun will seek new audiences to entertain and opportunities to push their brand of funk with soul.

     I first came across these guys because I caught them at the Halloween show at Black Cat was the first time I ever saw you guys live. And you did a Michael Jackson cover. I'm a huge fan of your original music and I was loving all of your original music. And then you played Michael Jackson and that's when you ended up in my heart, guys. Oh my god, because then it's Michael, and Motown era, and it's like all my favorite words in one. I've been such a fan. So guys, thank you so much for being here.

Steph:     Thank you for having us.

Ray:     Thanks for having us Brian, yeah.

Steph:     I've been a fan of the show.

Brian:     This is wonderful. Now, talk about how the band came together.

Steph:     So the band came together through Craig's List. It was-

Brian:     No way! Craig's List?

Steph:     Craig's List.

Brian:     Wow! Okay.

Steph:     Yeah, you can find a lot of stuff on Craig's List. The old lead guitarist, Galen, put out on a post on Craig's List and was looking for a drummer, bass player, and a funk singer. So, three other people showed up and we started jamming together at the old One World Studios. Decided that we wanted to become a band and then just starting getting opportunities to gig. I think our first gig was in our friend's apartment living room, or something. And from there, house parties. Then started pitching ourselves to small bars, and here we are.

Brian:     Wow. Where was the first bar you ever played? What was the first venue?

Steph:     I think we were opening for ... The Bend at Eastside Shuffle. We were opening for them at Acre 121.

Brian:     Wow!

Steph:     That was our opening.

Brian:     Yeah. Old school.

Steph:     Old school.

Brian:     Yeah, back in the day. I love it. Now, what about the name Aztec Sun. Where does that come from?

Steph:     The name Aztec Sun. A lot of our band is collaborative. Now we are eight people and so you just have to be collaborative, otherwise, the whole thing falls apart. And so we just wanted to find a name that represented sort of the sense of community that we felt, 'cause we're all sort of in some way foreign to D.C. but have made D.C. our home. We wanted something that invoked just string colors, just light, and different cultures and things like that. So we came up through kind of throwing different nouns at a wall and actually a Google spreadsheet-

Brian:     Ha ha-

Steph:     Seriously. Google, Craig's List, Internet. Yeah, just trying to see what stuck and we ended up with Aztec Sun and that kind of made the most sense to us and five years later here we are, still a band.

Brian:     So, when you say Aztec Sun, is there an image that comes to mind, or what do you see when you see Aztec Sun? You picked those words, what did it mean? Why those? Was it something special? What was it?

Ray:     To me it means, it represents a good time, a party. You know, people are coming to see us, they're probably gonna see all eight of us or nine of us are on stage laughing at each other, smiling, doing synchronized dance routines. But it's just pretty much like a party atmosphere. That's kind of what it reminds me of. And then kind of community, you know, we're friends with people who come see our shows, and we're all friends outside of the band. So, it's a fun community.

Brian:     Yeah, I gotcha. Now, what's your D.C. area connection? Where do you live? What's your connection to the city?

Ray:     I live in Bloomingdale.

Steph:     I live in Meridian Hill, [inaudible 00:04:19] Hill/Adams Morgan.

Brian:     And how long have you been in the city?

Steph:     I've been in the city now for five years this time around, and then before that in middle school and high school I was here for about 10 years.

Brian:     Got it.

Ray:     I've been in D.C. for about 10 years.

Brian:     Wow, a little while. And I just realized they're on the radio, so they can't see you. Tell them with your voices, your name and what you play in the band. We forgot to do that.

Steph:     I'm Steph. I'm the lead singer and the rhythm guitarist, and spiritual guru.

Brian:     We'll come back to spiritual guru. All right. Gotcha. And Ray.

Ray:     I'm Ray Lem. I play lead guitar and some rhythm guitar. And I am the band's resident comedian.

Steph:     Yeah. Accurate.

Brian:     Got it. Yeah, if you saw the picture for this episode, if you haven't seen it go look at the picture because it's a perfect shot of Ray with the evil little grin-

Steph:     He does that all the time. It's a problem.

Brian:     I want to call him, I feel like we need to get him a shirt that says Mr. Smiles. Because, he just, whenever I've seen you guys play he's always up there and he's grinning like a ... it's wonderful.

Steph:     He's always looking for the camera that's pointed at him. It's great.

Ray:     And make a funny face.

Brian:     And Steph, you said spiritual guru. What do you mean?

Steph:     Yeah. I think I have the immense pleasure and honor to be surrounded by a bunch of friends that like my crazy ideas and will listen to them and decide that they'll follow them. So, in some way I just become sort of like a spiritual guidance for us. But, yeah, that's me.

Brian:     I mean, your ideas have been great so far now. Talk about you guys outside of the music then. On the personal side, hobbies, what to you do aside from music?

Ray:     Me, I spend a lot of time with my girlfriend Amy. Hi if you're listening.

Steph:     Shout out to Amy.

Brian:     Amy, we appreciate you too.

Steph:     Absolutely.

Ray:     Other than that I practice a lot. But I like drinking beer. I like watching Game of Thrones. I love learning new dad jokes.

Brian:     Dad jokes?

Steph:     Oh yeah.

Brian:     All right. Steph's gonna talk and then I want you to share a dad joke?

Steph:     Do you want a dad joke now, it's probably worth it.

Brian:     You ready?

Ray:     Yeah. Sure.

Brian:     Tell me a dad joke.

Ray:     Did you hear about the hungry clock?

Brian:     No.

Ray:     No? It went back for seconds.

Brian:     So, that's not dad jokes, that's bad jokes.

Ray:     Ohhhh! You know what's so funny, everyone says that and I don't believe them.

Steph:     But we laugh all the time. You know, it's start-

Brian:     It's the accent. He's speaking with an accent. It's ze bad jokes, it's the dad jokes. Yeah, yeah.

Steph:     Oh man. He hits us with those all the time and it feels like, ahhh, but now we're always either waiting for them or doubled over in laughter.

Brian:     There's another, hold on. Steph, tell us about you outside and then we'll come back to the second.

Steph:     I work in HR outside, which I guess it makes it easier to corral people, we hope, knock on wood. Yeah, so I work in HR. I spend a lot of time with my girlfriend Rachel.

Ray:     Hi Rachel. Shout out to Rachel.

Steph:     And I play soccer. I actually injured myself on Sunday, pulled my hamstring, which is a recurring injury. I like making music. I also watch Game of Thrones. We're often sharing conspiracy theories about that.

Brian:     About Game of Thrones.

Steph:     And just chilling. A thing I used to do in my high school French is go somewhere and do nothing.

Brian:     What position do you play in soccer?

Steph:     I've played every position except keeper, but right now I'm playing striker.

Brian:     And striker, for those who don't follow soccer is up front.

Steph:     It's the forward, the one who tries to score the goals.

Brian:     Got it. The guy who tries to score. Story of your life?

Steph:     Ohhh!

Ray:     That was a bad joke.

Steph:     That was a mean joke.

Brian:     All right. And one more while we're on this. Ray, give us another one.

Ray:     How do you find Will Smith in a snowstorm?

Brian:     Okay.

Ray:     Look for fresh prints. You're laughing, it has to be funny.

Brian:     It is. I really enjoy it.

Ray:     Yes, it worked.

Brian:     I love it. So, now, what do you guys have in your music collection that might surprise us?

Steph:     You know, I'm a huge fan, so, my girlfriend and I like to take long road trips and when we do we listen to a lot of music, cause that's a huge thing share. And I'm a huge fan of '90s pop music, because for some reason there's a very thin line between '90s pop music and R&B. And so there are a lot of tonalities that I really enjoy. So probably you'd be surprised that my first two CDs were two copies of "Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears.

Brian:     Two copies? Two! Britney Spears. Will you cover. Will you ever do a cover Britney Spears.

Ray:     We have covered her.

Steph:     We covered [crosstalk 00:09:09]

Brian:     Have you? Oh my god.

Steph:     We made it kind of like old-timey soul kind of thing. Yeah.

Brian:     Ah, that's amazing. I love it. All right. Ray, what about you.

Ray:     People who know me would know this, but I really like bluegrass a lot! A lot of bluegrass. I like Del McCoury, Sam Bush, and a lot of new guys like GreenSky, MilkDrive. Who else have I been listening to? Yeah, there are some more.

Brian:     While I'm thinking about it, shout out to Two Ton Twig, the bluegrass band in D.C., if you haven't checked them out.

Ray:     Whoa, good stuff.

Brian:     They were at the 930 club this past weekend. Whoa, so good. Love Two Ton Twig. So now, one of my favorite questions to ask everybody when they come on the show is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Steph:     No context?

Brian:     No context.

Steph:     Do it.

Brian:     Say more. What does that mean?

Steph:     It's just, I'll put it in the context of this band. I think we have a great opportunity and we realize this every so often, or will remember every so often that we can have fun with it and when we do have fun with it, that's what translates to our playing and it translates to the people who come and see us. So I think just doing it, just getting out there and playing, and getting on Craig's List and meeting up with other musicians, and just go do it.

Brian:     Go do it. Don't talk about it, do it!

Steph:     Exactly.

Brian:     I like it. All right, Ray, what about you?

Ray:     Mine is follow your passion. You know, if you really enjoy doing something, push for that. If you want to try to make that what you do for a living, do it, or if it's a supplemental thing. But music for me, I had kind of gotten into the game a little bit late, andnever-

Brian:     What does that mean? Got in a little bit late?

Ray:     I started playing guitar when I was 22.

Brian:     Stop it! Really?

Ray:     Yeah.

Brian:     Whoa!

Ray:     Yeah, about my junior year of college. God, I wasn't in high school at the age of 22.

Brian:     More bad jokes. We got more bad jokes.

Ray:     And it was so much fun, I just practiced and practiced. And one day I was like, I want to be in a band and try to do this, you know. So, just follow your passion and keep going.

Brian:     There you go. And for you, I mean, playing lead guitar and you got some killer, you're shredding the guitar on some of these solos. Was it, did you take lessons?

Ray:     A lot of it is both. I've taken lessons from this great D.C. guitar player named Max Raven. I've also taken lessons from one of the jazz greats in D.C., Steve Herberman. But the one thing about it is you can take lessons, but a lot of it is just like, you know, you just gotta shed, you gotta sit down and practice, with any instrument.

Brian:     Absolutely. God, that's amazing. All right. And for those folks who want to find out more about Aztec Sun and follow what you guys are doing, where do they go?

Steph:     Facebook.com/aztecsunband, basically @aztecsunband on most platforms, and then aztecsunband.com.

Brian:     Aztecsunband.com, got it. And do you have, is there one, sometimes people have a preference on one, they like one social media platform more than another. Do you favor one or do you use all three?

Ray:     As long as they come to the shows early ...

Brian:     So I guess that answer is they post a little bit everywhere.

Ray:     Yeah.

Steph:     Yeah.

Brian:     And they would love to see you.

Steph:     Outlook probably has the most tracks for us. Like Ray said, everything's a subterfuge to get you to the show.

8/08/17 - Special Guest: Josh Brick - Concert Photographer

Thanks Josh Brick, DC Concert Photographer, for coming by the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Fine Line by Humble Fire (Indie/Dream Pop) 
  2. I Wish by Nappy Riddem (Funk) 
  3. Better Batter by Moogatu (Hard Rock/Funk)
  4. No Shackles and Chains by Ras Slick (Reggae) 
  5. Involved by Rent Party (Rock/Blues Rock)
  6. Basslove Pt II by Of Tomorrow (Rock/Funk)

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NEW RELEASES

Sub-Radio - Was It Good For You (Single)
Surprise Attack - First (4 Song EP)
Christos DC - Tessera (12 Song album)
The Cowards Choir - I Took A Drive (Single)
Humble Fire - Builder (7 Song EP)

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

There's so many!  Visit our Local Music Calendar to see the full list!  These are just the few we discussed on the show to get you started.

Fri Aug 11
Humble Fire & Near Northeast @ Rock & Roll Hotel on H Street NE, DC
Oh He Dead, Two Ton Twig, Soldiers of Suburbia & Justin Trawick @ 9:30 Club on U Street, DC

Sat Aug 12
His Dream Of Lions @ Workhouse Brewfest in Lorton, VA

Sun Aug 13
Rare Essence @ MGM National Harbor in National Harbor, MD
Braddock Station Garrison @ Iota Club & Cafe in Arlington, VA

Tues Aug 15
Luke James Shaffer @ Songbyrd Music House in Adams Morgan, DC
Lisa Said & Olivia Mancini @ The Black Cat on 14th St NW, DC

Wed Aug 16
Human Country Jukebox @ Madam’s Organ in Adams Morgan, DC



JOSH BRICK GRAPHICS

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

Josh Brick DC Music Rocks

I am an experienced graphic designer and photographer. Thank you for visiting my online portfolio. I have been in the graphic design field for eight years professionally. I earned a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in 2006 with a focus on print journalism. My design focuses on page layout and typography. I aim for clean designs that provide easy readabillity and engagement. 

Photography has always been one of my interests and I continue to develop my skills in that field. I have been able to combine my love of music and photographs by building a collection of extensive concert captures. In addition to concert photography, I also have experience in weddings, engagement photos, landscapes and portraits.

Links

Website www.joshbrickgraphics.com

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

Twitter  https://twitter.com/brickjp

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/joshbrickgraphics/

Josh Brick

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. Josh Brick is a local DMV area photographer with a focus on live music. He's been active since early 2013 and has been building a reputation since then as a supporter of the DC music scene. He's an experienced graphic designer and photographer. He earned a degree in media arts and design from James Madison University in 2006, with a focus on print journalism. Photography has always been one of his interests and he has been able to combine his love of music and photographs by building a collection of extensive concert captures.

    In addition to concert photography, he also has experience with of course weddings, engagement photos, landscapes and portraits. The man is a photographer of all things. He loves the live music though. I've been following his work for several years now. It just, great. I appreciate all those good concert photos, especially from some of the other local bands. A lot of the bands know this guy. It's a treat to actually get to share him with you now, because he's the man behind the scene, that doesn't get the spotlight. I love we're giving you the spotlight now, man. Josh, thanks for being here.

Josh:     Thank you. I very much appreciate it and excited to be here.

Brian:     Absolutely. Now, talk about how did you get into photography? Where did that start?

Josh:     It was always an interest of mine back in high school and in college, but I just never, it was basically just a hobby. I never had real equipment or basically a DSLR camera. As I mentioned before, I was given one as a gift and then it just took off from there. I've been going to shows since I can remember, and then I just thought that well, when I see something that's incredible, I thought I have to document this. I have to show people. If you say to someone, "Hey. I went to a great show last night." They don't really think anything of that. If you share with them a photo and say, "Hey check this out. Look at this." In an instant they can get a much better appreciation for what the event was like.

Brian:     That's so true. At what point did you decide that you wanted to do, continue to do more and more with this. A lot of people have passions for photography but for you, you've kind of taken it to another level. There is a social media presence and a website.

Josh:     Yeah at first I didn't decide, okay I'm going to be a concert photographer. It just, I got the bug and I just was going to see shows and I just at that point my goal was just to keep shooting more shows and to see as much music as I could. Then, after I don't know six months to a year, it started building and I thought, okay this could actually be something. That was kind of the beginning of it I guess. It was really the love for music first, and then kind of joining the photography with it. It's been great.

Brian:     Oh man. Well, I love that you discovered it and I love that you stuck with it. It's if you go back in time and you look back in history at the shots you've done. I can also see the progression of you as a photographer, which has also been amazing to see how it's evolved man.

Josh:     Thank you.

Brian:     What's your DC region connection? It said James Madison University in the bio. You're from here? How did you get to DC?

Josh:     Grew up in Springfield, Virginia.

Brian:     Get out of here, yeah? Springfield, alright.

Josh:     Robert E. Lee High School and Springfield Mall back in the day. I'm still here.

Brian:     Yeah. Fantastic. Where are you now? What part of the city?

Josh:     I am right down the street from this studio actually in Arlington, so near Courthouse.

Brian:     Fantastic.

Josh:     It's a great place to be.

Brian:     Absolutely. Now, when you're going all over the city then. Do you tend to concentrate more on Arlington shows? Talk about the different venues and the different places you go.

Josh:     Sure. I definitely have an interest in local music and nationally touring acts.

Brian:     Sure.

Josh:     I just, if something strikes me, if I think a band is good and it's great music, then I'll follow that. Nothing else really comes in to play. It's always about the music first. Over the years, I've just been able to build relationships with local venues. As I've mentioned before, Gypsie Sally's is one of my favorite clubs, since that opened almost four years ago. It's kind of the same time I was starting, is when that club opened.

Brian:     Yeah.

Josh:     I'm there all the time. Also, I frequent The Hamilton downtown, which is, they have phenomenal acts there. That's just a great room for music, state of the art, stage projection and sound. Other places like Iota just down the street from here. It's a blessing to be able to essentially walk from my apartment over and catch a show whenever I want.

Brian:     Right.

Josh:     I can't complain about that.

Brian:     That's amazing man. It's been a treat. It really looks like you've kind of shot just about every club in the scene pretty much.

Josh:     Yeah, mostly. There's still some I need to get.

Brian:     Do you have like a bucket list of places you haven't been yet?

Josh:     Definitely, you mean in DC?

Brian:     Yeah. Venues you haven't shot yet?

Josh:     Probably. I mean, I've shot 930 Club a bunch and that is an experience that's kind of different than a smaller club.

Brian:     How so?

Josh:     Well, it's just everything is bigger, better, louder, pretty much.

Brian:     Sounds like a tag line for a venue, bigger, better, louder. Yep, that's a 930 Club t-shirt right there. You heard it here first guys. That's amazing.

Josh:     Bigger, better, louder. When you shoot artists there, they really look like rock stars. It just looks like just with the lights and the state and the fog and whatnot, when you take a shot there, it's like okay. I can really make this band look good.

Brian:     Wow. That's cool. Alright. What about you on the personal side? You do a lot of photography. When you get away from that, what else is there to Josh?

Josh:     Well, there's a lot of photography like you said. You know, I grew up doing graphic design, which is what a part of my profession, which I was able to basically combine those two things because at the end of the day, photos are graphics. I'm able to kind of play with that in terms of marketing and things like that, and pushing out music that I love. Other than that, I mean I'm just essentially a music fan at my core. That's what started it all is just I love music. I love finding other people that love music. If there's that bond, then we can really get along.

Brian:     That's cool. Now, you can't get away that easy. Are you a Netflix guy? Are you a gym rat? Are you, everybody seems to have little things. Are you a member of a book club?

Josh:     I am not. I am not a member of a book club. There are other things. I mean, I'm obsessed with basketball and tennis as well.

Brian:     Really?

Josh:     Those are sports I'm dedicated-

Brian:     You mean go watch them, go play them?

Josh:     Watch them, play them, just everything about those two sports gets me going every time. I played tennis in high school and my dad taught me how to play basketball as a kid. I just keep that going and so that's kind of a good escape from always being behind the lens.

Brian:     Yeah. Absolutely.

Josh:     I will say that one of my dreams is I love to shoot sports photography as well, whether it be the Washington Wizards for example.

Brian:     Oh Wizards? A Wizard photographer.

Josh:     I want to have that job.

Brian:     Being a Wizards fan is sometimes a thankless thing.

Josh:     We've suffered for years.

Brian:     Have you been a fan for years I take it?

Josh:     Since the Bullet days.

Brian:     No way. All the way back?

Josh:     All the way back.

Brian:     Oh man, we're going back. I love it. Cool. Alright, now, talk about memories you have in the scene. Are there moments that stick out in your photography time that are more memorable than others? What sticks out to you?

Josh:     Oh absolutely. For example, the first time that I was actually compensated for shooting[inaudible 00:08:36].

Brian:     That would be a success moment.

Josh:     That was, I got to give a shout out to Soul Rooots who's a great local guitar player and singer.

Brian:     Yeah, yes. We jam to him. Yeah.

Josh:     It literally was that first connection. I don't remember how it happened, but he reached out. He was playing the State Theater. It was a pretty big gig. He was opening for Shamika Copeland actually, I think. Anyway, I've had that. I've been friends with him ever since. I mean, I've supported him and his music and he still will call me up, any given day and say "Hey can you come shoot this gig?" That was definitely a memory that kind of boosted it all is that I got paid for work.

Brian:     Nice. You got paid for one. What ever memories come to mind?

Josh:     Well, one that was pretty recent was over, maybe about a month ago, the final Iota jam.

Brian:     Oh.

Josh:     Which was-

Brian:     For those people who don't know what you mean when you say final Iota jam, what is that mean?

Josh:     I guess a little over a year ago, Gordon Sterling and Sean Godfrey, Gordon being [inaudible 00:09:47], Sean has his own studio, Blue Hippo Recordings in Centerville. They decided that they were going to start a jam. It's been done before.

Brian:     Right.

Josh:     There was something different about the way they did it. They had exactly a one year run at Iota, every single Tuesday, and out of 52 weeks, they only missed one week. They did 51 out of 52 weeks straight basically. The final one occurred last month sometime and it was just a huge blowout. I mean, I think Sean said there was 300 people. It was a Tuesday night.

Brian:     A Tuesday night.

Josh:     Tuesday night.

Brian:     Wow.

Josh:     It was packed.

Brian:     What a crowd.

Josh:     That was definitely an unforgettable night for many people in many different ways. It was emotional. It was fun. Everybody was happy and it was fantastic.

Brian:     That's awesome. Now, what about, okay. The one question that I always love to ask in all my interviews is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Josh:     Oh that's a great question. I mean, I would say that you need to. The piece of advice that I would give is that to respect your craft and to respect your colleagues. If you do those things, you're probably have a good shot at success, because I mean the craft, whether, I'm a photographer but there's musicians. I can tell when they respect their craft, when they're true.

Brian:     What do you mean when you say respect their craft? What do you mean?

Josh:     Just basically become completely immersed in what you're doing. For me, I'm not playing instruments. I'm taking a photo. I didn't do it just to do it. I did it because I was drawn to it and it basically chose me at that point. I surrendered to the pull of needing to see live music and document it. When I see certain musicians and I watch them play and I watch them pour their hearts out. I can tell, this is a true musician. I think, it goes for everything. That's respect your craft. Respect your colleagues. I mean, to me, music isn't a competition. That's what gets lost a lot of times because bands want to make it. You want whatever that means. I don't even know. If you support your colleagues, then that's going to help you along the way. There's definitely other photographers that I love and respect and so I try to show that all the time.

Brian:     Wow. I appreciate that. That's some profound advice. I like that Josh. Alright. For those folks who want to find out more about you and follow what you're doing, where do they go?

Josh:     Facebook would be Josh Brick Graphics, three words, pretty simple. Instagram I'm Josh Brick Graphics, same thing. Also, www.joshbrickgraphics.com.

Brian:     Whoa.

Josh:     I'm also on Twitter @brickjp, B-R-I-C-K-J-P. There's plenty of ways to find me.

Brian:     There it is, plenty of ways. Is there one that some people prefer Instagram or Facebook or Twitter? Do you lean one way or the other?

Josh:     I mean, I'm pretty much Instagram and Facebook are probably my two favorite. Just reach out to me. I can provide any photo from the archive that you might be interested in.

Brian:     Nice. Archives. You've got access to the archives listeners. That's amazing.

8/01/17 - Special Guest: Steve Schillinger of Braddock Station Garrison

Thanks Steve Schillinger from Braddock Station Garrison for coming by the studio this week!

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MUSIC

  1. Spotlight by Bencoolen (Rock) 
  2. Go Home, Sally Mercy by Braddock Station Garrison (Rock/Power Pop) 
  3. Balance on the Wire by The Lantern Slides (Indie/Dream Pop)
  4. Me too, Flower Girls by Bells and Hunters (Acoustic/Rock) 
  5. Chase the Moon by Jahnel Daliya (Indie/Folk)
  6. Footprints by The Sometimes (Rock/Country)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

DC Music Rocks on CBS TV!  They did a feature story on DC Music Rocks on Monday evening on CBS!  We're sending a big thank you to the amazing team at WUSA9 and Bruce Johnson for having Brian on as a guest on #offscripton9!  The segment was an interview, but the best part?  They played clips of videos from: Aztec Sun, Brent & Co, allthebestkids, Fellowcraft, Aaron Tinjum & the Tangents, Kenny Sway, Mark G Meadows, & Karen Jonas!

Link to WUSA9 #offscripton9 website and post:  http://www.wusa9.com/mb/opinion/editorials/off-script/-dc-music-rocks-puts-spotlight-on-vibrant-music-scene/460869470

NEW RELEASES

Jen Miller - Hometown (Single)
The Buzz  - Summer of ‘17 (5 song EP)
In Your Memory - Failure To Launch (8 Song Album)

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

There's so many!  Visit our Local Music Calendar to see the full list!  These are just the few we discussed on the show to get you started.

Fri Aug 4
Jahnel Daliya @ Music On The Mill in Occoquan, VA
Sub-Radio, Fuzzqueen @ Rock N Roll Hotel in DC

Sat Aug 5
Skribe @ 7 Locks Brewing in North Bethesda, MD
Sol Roots @ Iota Club and Cafe in Arlington, VA

Sun Aug 6
Veronneau @ Villian & Saint in Bethesda, MD

Mon Aug 7
Bencoolen @ Bullpen at Nationals Park in DC
Vim & Vigor @ Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA

Wed Aug 9
Wylder @ Gypsy Sally’s in DC

Thu Aug 10
Bells & Hunters, Fellowcraft @ The Black Cat in DC



BRADDOCK STATION GARRISON

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

Steve Schillinger DC Music Rocks

Steve Schillinger is the singer and rhythm guitarist for DC-based band Braddock Station Garrison. The band's music can be described as power pop meets Americana with a healthy dose of classic rocknroll. The band has recently released their third album, Saint Stephanie and the Stones. While playing shows around the DC area in support the new album, they are already working on songs for their fourth record, which they plan to release in 2018

Links

http://www.braddockstationgarrison.com/

http://www.facebook.com/braddockstationgarrison

http://braddockstationgarrison.bandcamp.com

Twitter: @BSGRockNRoll

Instagram: braddockstationgarrison

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we are shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. Now let's get to know one of those folks, Steve's here with Braddock Station Garrison. Steve Schillinger is the singer and rhythm guitarist for Braddock Station Garrison. The band's music can be described as power pop meets Americana with a healthy dose of classic rock and roll. The band has recently released their third album, Saint Stephanie and the Stones. I've played a show with this guy. I've seen him live in action.

Steve:     Good times.

Brian:     I've seen their shows. Good stuff coming from these guys. It's such a treat to have you hear.

Steve:     That's a high compliment coming from you my friend. High compliment.

Brian:     Oh shucks. You're making me blush here. It is a treat to have you. Thanks for being here.

Steve:     Thank you for having me. It's an honor to be here.

Brian:     Now, talk about Braddock Station Garrison and talk about the band and how that happened, where it came from.

Steve:     We've been together for about five years now, started with me and my friend Tom, who plays the lead guitar in the band. We used to play softball together. He was always telling me we should get together and jam. I was always hesitant because I had only done like singer, songwriter kind of thing, and one day he sort of just finally wore me down. I went over with a song book and a guitar, and we started playing, and it just clicked. We found a rhythm section fairly quickly after that and the rest is history, as they say.

Brian:     That's wild. Where does the name come from?

Steve:     The name comes from, so Braddock Road, we kind of both live just off of Braddock Road. We liked the idea of Braddock. At the time, we were kind of thinking we would be sort of like a Virginia band, sort of like a Neil Young, Crazy Horse kind of thing and something sort of rustic and like that. If you drive enough around Virginia, you're going to find places like [inaudible 00:01:44] and I thought of, Braddock Station, that's kind of neat. Then the Garrison, is sort of like because I'm a Civil War buff. Garrisons are kind of the soldiers who were left behind to like guard the rail crossing or the town. We thought, Braddock Station Garrison. That sounds pretty good. That's a mouthful, but we like it. My wife will claim that I did BSG on purpose because to link us to Battlestar Galactica but that is a complete and total happy coincidence, no matter what she says.

Brian:     Battlestar Galactica. That was an accident that did not happen on purpose.

Steve:     A happy accident.

Brian:     Very cool.

Steve:     I have not received a cease and desist letter from the Sci-Fi Channel yet.

Brian:     We're in the clear. Don't stop man. Keep it going. Keep it going. You've been in DC for a while now.

Steve:     Yeah, I came here for college in the summer of 1991. Yeah. I went to American University. I was born in Chicago.

Brian:     Another AU grad.

Steve:     Another AU.

Brian:     Look at you, alright.

Steve:     I was born in Chicago, but grew up in Dallas and came here for college and just never left.

Brian:     Wow. I like that.

Steve:     26 years now.

Brian:     Where did guitar and music enter your life? How did that happen?

Steve:     Oh well I was always, since I was a little kid, a big music fan. My parents were both big music fans. My mom was a big Beatles fan. That's where that came from. My dad was a big fan of a band called America. Like Horse with No Name and Sister Golden Hair and songs like that.

Brian:     Oh yeah.

Steve:     I used to remember listening to them as a little kid and that kind of just sank in. Just been loving music ever since. Didn't really pick up the guitar until about 10 years ago. No, no longer than that. Maybe about 1999, so that's like 17. Time flies. Yeah, I just picked up the guitar. A buddy of mine, my friend Tom he showed me some chords on a guitar and I just kind of took to it. Started writing songs and here I am, on the air.

Brian:     I'm glad you took to the guitar and you started writing song.

Steve:     I wish I had done it earlier.

Brian:     All this great stuff, yeah. I mean, previous albums, I've been a fan of your music for a while.

Steve:     Thank you.

Brian:     This is cool. What about on the personal side now. Aside from being a musician, what's life like for you? What kind of hobbies do you have?

Steve:     I'm like a normal person. I read a lot. I collect vinyl records. That's the newest expensive hobby I have. I'm one of those nerds.

Brian:     Awesome.

Steve:     Like I said, I'm a Civil War buff, so some of that and yeah. I love going to Nationals games. I know one of the bands, I think Ben Coolin is going to be at the little bullpen outside Nats park, so I'm a big Washington Nationals baseball fan, but my heart is always with the Cubs.

Brian:     Uh-ho. Those Chicago roots come through.

Steve:     They come through. I figure I can root for the Nationals. It's okay because I was here before them. It's alright. It's not like I moved to like Los Angeles and become a Dodger fan. That would be cheating. I was here first, and they came to me, so it's okay. Yeah, we like to go to the games. It's a good time. They play the Cubs, I bleed Cubby blue.

Brian:     There it is.

Steve:     Sorry folks.

Brian:     Chicago roots.

Steve:     Don't hold it against me.

Brian:     You heard it here first. It's nothing to love because you're a DC musician, so I don't care about your baseball preferences when it comes to music. That's cool. Alright, now what do you have in your music collection that might surprise us?

Steve:     To surprise us? I kind of like everything. I'm a big metal fan, especially like a kind of Joni, stoner rock kind of stuff. I love that stuff. If I was actually adept at playing guitar, I would probably be in that kind of band. I'm just a strummer and a singer.

Brian:     Okay.

Steve:     It's where you get[inaudible 00:05:27]. I love metal. I love good pop songs. I was on Facebook and a friend of mine was lamenting about the best selling debut records of all time, and mentioned like Boston's first record and then like Guns and Roses. Then he mentioned the first Mariah Carey record in a derogatory way. I said, "Man, don't knock that first Mariah Carey record. That is a great pop record. Come on."

Brian:     Yeah it is.

Steve:     It's good. After that, it's down hill, but you know?

Brian:     That's right. I have a soft spot for him as well. It's really true.

Steve:     A good song is a good song, whether it's done loud and heavy or sweet and sugar.

Brian:     Wow, so for metal to Mariah Carey.

Steve:     All ports in between.

Brian:     I feel that's a T-shirt we should make for you, from metal to Mariah Carey. I don't know. That's got the makings of something.

Steve:     Like any song writer, I went through my Americana phase, my alt-country phase. Last night I was at the Birchman seeing a show. Saw Nikki Lane there. That was a great show.

Brian:     Wow.

Steve:     Great place.

Brian:     That's cool.

Steve:     I like a lot of different kinds of music.

Brian:     A good variety, cool. What about, funniest moment that comes to mind with Braddock Station Garrison.

Steve:     Funniest moment? Well, I would actually say the funniest moment was when I did a solo show a couple weeks ago down at O'Sullivan's right down the street here in Arlington.

Brian:     Yeah.

Steve:     I was playing Wednesday nights from 9:30 at night to 1:30 in the morning. Yeah.

Brian:     That's four hours but that's wow.

Steve:     That's exhausting. At the end of the night I'm packing up and these kids are kids. Everybody is a kid to me, like 20 year olds. The kid comes up to me. He's obviously has had a few and comes up to me and says, "Man, I want to say that I really, really like your music." I'm like, "Okay. Thanks. I appreciate that." He says, "I got a question." I said, "Okay." He says, "Do you know where we could maybe get some cocaine?"

Brian:     Stop it, really?

Steve:     He did. He did. I said, "No. I don't." I thought, that's what I have become now. I am now the guy who looks like he knows where to get cocaine, for whatever that's worth. Met all my [inaudible 00:07:34] in life.

Brian:     I don't know whether that's status or not man.

Steve:     I'm not sure I should be proud of that or not.

Brian:     Yeah, one look at you, and I'm going to ask you where to get coke. Holy crap.

Steve:     Get some blow. I don't know. For the record, I do not know.

Brian:     The things you learn. I love it. What about, first memory performing. Go back in time now. When you started with music, where were you? When did that happen?

Steve:     The first time, it was an open mic. I don't remember the name of the place but it was over near a Tyson's Corner. It was just a bar. I forget the name of it. I don't even think it's there anymore. I had just started to play. I maybe had been playing guitar for about a year. Some friends of mine, I said, "Let's go out. I want to try playing out in front of people." I did a couple covers. I think, I don't even remember what they were. I played with a couple other guys to sort of make it a little bit more easier, so it's not just me up there by myself.

Brian:     Sure, yeah, yeah.

Steve:     It's with friends. It's kind of solidarity. Then the place was empty, so there was nobody else for the open mic. He said, "Do a few more." They said, "Steve, you just do a couple on your own." Did them and had a great time, and they kind of sunk into me. Music bug drug me in.

Brian:     I was going to say, the music bug caught you in Tyson's Corner. What do you know.

Steve:     Who knew? Tyson's Corner.

Brian:     I was going to say, there's a lot of things I've heard about Tyson's Corner, and the music bug-

Steve:     It's not like Liverpool, but it'll do.

Brian:     Not quite Liverpool. Alright. Now, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Steve:     In terms of like performing or song writing, or playing?

Brian:     I kind of want to leave that up to you.

Steve:     I'll say it for the aspiring guitarist, people who are just like wanting to learn to play the guitar and are kind of intimidated by it. The first thing I would say, there's two things. When you're picking out a guitar, find one that feels good when you hold it. That's not just in your hand but when you're sitting down and the guitar is in your lap, and it's up against your chest, find a guitar that is comfortable, that isn't like awkward when you put your arm over it. If you're not comfortable when you're doing it, you're never going to play and you're never going to pick it up. It's going to just gather dust.

     The second thing I would say is learn your chords. Don't try just learning how to do the solo to Stairway to Heaven. That's nice. That's great. I've had people like, folks say, "Listen to this." They play like Eruption. I'm like great, can you play a song? They're like, "No." I was like, alright, well if you learn, DCG, you can play any Oasis song. You're on your way. Learn your chords.

Brian:     Alright. Learn the chords and make sure the guitar fits nice.

Steve:     Make sure it's comfy.

Brian:     Make sure it's comfy.

Steve:     Comfortable.

Brian:     I dig it. Alright.

Steve:     Rock is all about comfort.

Brian:     For those folks who want to find out about you and Braddock Station Garrison, where do they go?

Steve:     You can go on the interwebs and we have a website, braddockstationgarrison.com. We're on the Facebook, so find us there. We're on Instagram. I think it's just Braddock Station Garrison. Twitter is BSGrocknroll and our band camp page. That's a good place if you want to check us out. It's just braddockstationgarrison.bandcamp.com.

7/25/17 - Special Guest: In Your Memory

A big thank you to Casey, Omar, and JB from In Your Memory for coming and joining us this week!

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MUSIC

  1. Ripe by Dangerous Curves (Hard Rock/Classic Metal) 
  2. Layers of Lies by In Your Memory (Hard Rock/Punk Rock) 
  3. Our Youth by Better Homes (Rock/Pop Punk)
  4. Smithereens by The Buzz (Rock/Power Pop) 
  5. Now That We're Home by Technicians (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)
  6. Matches in the Wind by Wings Denied (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

--The DC Music Rocks Tiger Team - DC Music Rocks has grown at a faster rate than Brian imagined.  We are looking for folks who are big fans/members of, the DC Music Scene AND fans of DC Music Rocks.  Not just musicians, we’re looking for fans and normal folks too!  
     Members of the team are volunteer positions, and we would look to you for advice on the direction we’re headed (more brains are better than one, we love feedback), connections to the community to help find more of it’s music, help with special events like Festivals which we’re looking to put together, spread the word about DC Music Rocks, and continue to build/enhance the website.
     If this sounds interesting, please send us an email at DCMusicRocks@gmail.com.  Let us know how you’re connected to DC and DC’s Music.  We’d love to hear from you.

--DC’s OCTFME has a show that’s dedicated exclusively to official music videos by DC artists.  It’s also being aired in 12 other markets to show off our music to other cities as well!
Name: Display
Description: Display is a 30-minute music video show highlighting independent and established artists from the District. The show features music videos from artists in the local music community, offering regional performers a platform for showcasing their talent.  Display airs Fridays at 7pm on DCN Channel 19 and online.
Video Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z5fBsyu3bc&index=3&list=PL5Gt1jbf5xMz4nlynnBv9hiX9QOVJZk01

--The Mayor's 202Creates September celebration of the creative economy is just around the corner. All September, there’s going to be events all over the city!  Go attend an event!  Hosting a show or event about the arts?  Submit it on the site as well!
http://www.202creates.com/

NEW RELEASES

Music
Will Eastman - Evolution Supreme (Single)
Paperhaus - Go Cozy (Single)
In Your Memory - F2L (Single)

Videos:
Paperhaus - Go Cozy Official Music Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLSPHTTovhQ
Vintage #18 - Good Eye Official Music Video
https://youtu.be/EihL_JcF9Hc
In Your Memory - F2L Official Music Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4PaAS8lAY4

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

There's so many!  Visit our Local Music Calendar to see the full list!  These are just the few we discussed on the show to get you started.

Fri July 28
In Your Memory, Better Homes @ Rock And Roll Hotel in DC

Sat July 29
Black Alley @ Renaissance Hotel in DC

Sun July 30
Jason Masi @ Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard in MD
Justin Trawick (opening for The Haggis) at The Hamilton in DC

Wed Aug 2
The U-Liners @ Gypsy Sally’s in DC

Thu Aug 3
The Duskwhales @ DC9 in DC



IN YOUR MEMORY

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

IYM DC Music Rocks

 In Your Memory is A 5 piece rock band out of Washington, D.C. that’s been putting down beats since 2013, and released their debut album, “Reflections,” in 2014. After Casey joined and the final lineup was develop, the band began touring more regularly, touring all over the east coast, honing in their live performance and sound. It was at this time that “sloppy vicious” was born, a term used to describe the haphazard stage presence and live energy of the band. Through the last couple year’s, the band has experienced many achievements, to include performing on Vans Warped Tour, landing in AP Magazine, and recording with Letlive’s guitarist, Jeff Sahyoun.” That record  will be released in July of 2017.

They don’t strive in being perfect but if you’re looking for personality and character with a passionate stage presence, you’ve met your match.

Links

www.Facebook.com/IYM.official/
https://www.instagram.com/iym_official/
www.iymofficial.com
iymofficial.bandcamp.com

IYM3 DC MUSIC ROCKS
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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC regions music scene, and now we get to know one of the those sets of people which is In Your Memory whose here with me in the studio. In Your Memory is a 5 piece rock band out of Washington DC, that's been putting down beats since 2013. They released their debut album, Reflections, in 2014, and then after Casey joined the final ... After Casey joined and the final line-up was kinda developed, the band began touring more regularly all over the East Coast, and honing their live performance and sound to put together the great shows that you'll see like on Friday night. At, on August 28th, which is not August 28th, it's July 28th-

Omar:     There we go.

Brian:     ... at Rock n Roll Hotel. So, it was that, it was at this time that Sloppy Vicious was born, which is a term used to describe the haphazard stage presence and live energy of the band. So, through the last couple years, the bands experienced many achievements, including performing on the band's Warped Tour, landing in AP Magazine, and recording with Let Lives guitarist, Jeff Sahyoun, which was, now, is that F to L that we heard or is that on the upcoming album?

Omar:     No, so that includes F to L and all the, well in this case, 6 out of the 8 songs on this record coming out.

Brian:     Holy smokes. Well, guys it's such a treat to have you on here man. This is ...

Omar:     Thanks for having us.

Brian:     You're live.  This is cool. Talk to us now, you ... Well first, introduce yourselves again, and say what are the instruments you play and what part of, like, how long have you been with the band.

Omar:     Definitely. Well, out of the, I guess, since 2013 right? I joined right around that time. 2013, 2014. I'm Omar. I'm singing and jumping off some stuff. Hopefully I can learn how to climb off some stuff like John.

Casey:     Are we talking about John the Ninja from ...

Omar:     Yah.

Brian:     Yah, absolutely.

Casey:     I like his skills. My name's Casey. I play guitar or, yah, we'll just put it there. I play guitar. I do a little bit of singing, sometimes I throw in a little didgeridoo here and there. You know, just, you know switch it up a little bit. I like to call that our shenanigans in In Your Memory. I play ... I throw in the didge, you know what I'm saying?

Brian:     The didge.

Casey:     The didge.  If you don't have a didgeridoo in your band, then are you a band?

Brian:     There you go.

Casey:     If you don't have a kazoo, are you the Kazoo Kid? If you don't have a harmonica, are you the Blues Brothers? Like, c'mon.

Brian:     Wow. It's the little things. Maybe it's the little things.

Casey:     Mars.

Brian:     Holey smokes. Alright. So, and now, how did the band come together? What's that story?

Omar:     Definitely. Definitely. You know-

Brian:     And the name? Where'd the name come from too? I want to know.

Omar:     Alright. Right there on the spot. No, I got you. Listen, let's take it back to when the band first started, right? So, the funny story is that everybody always thinks that me and Casey had to do something with that. And the truth is that it actually started with John and Alex, our drummer and guitarist. Those were the guys that were dealing their services left and right, trying to find the right concoction to put together, right? So those were the gurus that got this show on the road, and eventually they stumbled upon Troy, you know through the lovely Craig's List. He was a Craig's List pickup.

Brian:     Excellent. And Troy plays, plays what?

Omar:     He plays a bass.

Brian:     Got it.

Casey:     I'd like to note the rarity of Craig's List pickups ever working. I just wanted to note that. It's a very rare ...

Brian:     You know. Actually, I want to say that on the show we've heard about a lot of the success stories, and what most of the people listening don't know is that there are 99 out of every 100 are failures.

Omar:     Exactly.

Brian:     But we happen to have a lot of really good Craig's List stories on the show. It's kind of amazing. So, you get this different perspective when you hear only success stories on this show. But yes, it is really rare.

Casey:     Well, you know what, we'll let you have hope then. We will let you have that hope.

Omar:     There you go.

Brian:     So you got a Craig's List, sorry.

Omar:     So, they ran as a 3 man band for a few months. Eventually they stumbled upon me, while I was doing some work with another band. After going back and forth, I decided to jump into the thing, which actually brings us to right around the time when we actually changed the name of the band. John B, J-B, our drummer, he actually took the mantle on that one. We went back and forth for a few days, and eventually he was just like "Hey dude. Why don't we just try this name, In Your Memory"? And it kind of stuck. The mind set behind it was really, hey, it's not only about ... It's not only about, like you know, that whole concept of In Your Memory and obviously someone passing. I remember a few times when we started taking photos with the band, we actually had a few people reach out, and be like "Are you guys okay? In Your Memory? What happened? Did someone pass?", and I was like "Jeez, no, no, no. That's not the case". So, eventually, we moved forward with that name just 'cause we want to be remembered, you know?

Brian:     Wow.

Omar:     I think no matter who you are, no matter what you're doing, whether it's music or anything else, you kind of always want to put your stamp on whatever you do, right? So that was kind of like where we stuck on that.

Brian:     And you want to be in their memory.

Omar:     Exactly. Exactly.

Brian:     I got it. Clever. Very clever. I dig it.

Omar:     You see what I'm saying?

Brian:     There it is.

Omar:     And it's funny, because it's like no matter ... whenever someone's asking or "Hey, what's the name of the band? What's the name ... Who's playing?", I'm like it's In Your Memory. I just keep pointing at my brain every single time.

Brian:     I see.  I got it. Alright, and now, and what about? So, you guys, how did you get, where did music come into your lives? How did music start for you guys?

Omar:     Well, well before we even jump there. I'd just say, 'cause we forgot about Casey McGee right over here on my left hand side, right?

Casey:     McGee.

Brian:     Oh yah.

Omar:     Yah, right? 'Cause this guy came all the way from where? From the lovely Ohio.

Casey:     Ohio.

Brian:     Really?

Omar:     Yah, right?

Casey:     I came straight from the cornfields I transpired, I just ... appeared. Have you ever seen the movie Signs?

Brian:     So it was not Craig's List for you then?

Omar:     No, for him it wasn't.

Brian:     Okay. So then how was it? You can't tease us like that. So, how did it happen?

Casey:     Yah, yah, yah. Alright.

Omar:     You want me to take this one?

Casey:     I'll give you more than the tip, alright? So, here's a-

Omar:     There we go. Hello.

Brian:     Oh it went there. It's getting steamy in this radio booth here right now. Okay. Not ready.

Casey:     I think I saw some fog on the windows right there.

Brian:     Yah, alright. So ...

Casey:     This is kind of how this came about. I actually was in the Navy for 5 years and they moved me here, so I was gift and packaged in a nice little blue uniform.

Brian:     Nice.

Casey:     Little sailor outfit.

Omar:     With a bow.

Brian:     Alright. So you came in as a sailor, and then you saw them perform, or how did you?

Casey:     Oh yah, I saw them perform all right, but that's not how it all started.

Omar:     That first show though ...

Casey:     There was another local band, Body Thieves, they have a bassist, Walt, he ... Yah, he just got me introduced and stuff and from there it's just all history.

Brian:     Nice. So he ... I love that man, holy smokes. You got linked up. That is cool. Now, what about, so you guys outside of this band thing then, are you ... What are the other hobbies? What other things keep you guys occupied? What's life like?

Omar:     Jeez.

Casey:     Oh God.

Omar:     Other than working and working. I feel like we kind of have a double edge sword, right?

Brian:     Oh, it's a day job thing?

Omar:     Well yah, definitely, definitely. Just like most bands that get into this whole shebang, right?

Brian:     Yah.

Casey:     [inaudible 00:06:52]

Omar:     Exactly. I mean, at the end of the day we're going to be putting music first, but we definitely gotta have that day job to support that lovely, lovely music.

Brian:     Got it. Alright.

Casey:     You don't ...

Brian:     So, aside from the day jobs then? You can't get away with that. Tell me the other stuff. Are you like Netflix binge watchers? Are you trading for [inaudible 00:07:09]? Are you yoga? What is it?

Omar:     Oh yah. Here we go. Finally. I will, sometimes I get, you know, all Zen. No, no, no. I'm definitely a binge watcher, so for those that know me or don't, I'll always be the first one in the basement watching whatever's going on. So, definitely Game of Thrones. All day, last night I almost cried, so I won't put any teasers out there, right? But at the same time if I'm not doing that, I'm stuck in front of a computer playing Counter Strike.

Brian:     Got- Counter Strike, alright.

Omar:     Bringing it back!

Brian:     Great guys. That's it.

Casey:     Bringing it back.

Brian:     Alright.  Casey, what about you man?

Casey:     I do a lot of traveling. Just got back from Europe about last month. So, I went out there for a month, but I do a lot of outdoor stuff. Backpacking, all that good fun stuff. Scuba diving, Skydiving.

Omar:     Isn't he so dreamy?

Brian:     I was going to say-

Casey:     I do a little farming.

Brian:     You're just always on these adventures then when you're not doing music then it sounds like.

Casey:     Oh man. I'm also a student and that in itself is an adventure.

Brian:     A student?

Casey:     Yahhh.

Brian:     I see. It's a school thing. Oh, I dig it. I dig it.

Omar:     It's a school thing.

Brian:     It's a school thing. So, now, if there was, one of my favorite questions to ask on the show is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Casey:     Oh, I guess advice on what?

Brian:     That parts up to you.

Casey:     Oh, oh.

Brian:     It's an open ended question on purpose. Just offer one piece of advice. What would it be?

Casey:     Oh man. You want me? I got this Omar.

Omar:     Ah, go ahead man.

Casey:     I could run [inaudible 00:08:28]

Omar:     Go right ahead.

Casey:     Let's get it on. So, my piece of advice. You gotta pursue what makes you happy.

Brian:     Oh man. Pursue what makes you happy.

Casey:     No, no, no ...

Brian:     Tell us more.

Casey:     No, here's what you got. So, me. You know, I've done a lot of jobs in my lifetime. I was a firefighter.  I was an EMT.  I was a surgical technologist.  I was a mortician. I've done a lot of jobs. I've done a lot of jobs.

Brian:     Yup.

Casey:     So what I'm saying is that through these jobs, it was hard to figure out which one was making me actually happy, 'cause there's always the grass is always greener on the other side effect. So, right now I'm doing all this music stuff. Just got finished up being on Warped Tour for a week doing a lot of work, doing the whole music thing and I'm just thinking to myself "Dang. I can't wait to go back to school and just chill and do school". But I remember during the semester I was like " Wow, I can't wait 'till the summer when I can be on the road again ". So, there's really a grass is greener on the other side effect. But you know. I think once you finally see that, you finally start to be really happy with who you are and what you are when you start to notice what you're ... Those things you do habitually like the grass is greener on the other side. Like, it really. It hit me like that. Like, the journey has always been the best part. The unresolved is cool and all, but the journey really makes me happy. You know what? That's my advice.

Brian:     So enjoy the journey.

Casey:     Oh, absolutely.

Omar:     All day.

Brian:     That's cool.

Casey:     'Cause it ... You spend way more time on the journey, don't you think?

Brian:     Often times yes.

Omar:     Yah, more than often.

Brian:     Yes, normally it does. What about you Omar? If you could offer one piece of advice ...

Omar:     I mean, this might be like a 1.5, but I mean, I'll always say don't be scared about being ambitious. And, at the end of the day, even if you fail, just keep treading on.

Brian:     Say more. Sounds like you have experience with that.

Omar:     Oh man.

Brian:     What does that mean?

Omar:     Definitely. I mean, put it this way. I mean, not to dish out the mix tape, right? But, when it comes to this record, I mean a lot of the lyricism in it really had to about failures, right? About struggles, about not being scared to kind of put yourself out there because at the end of the day no one's, really, not everyone's going to like you, right?

Brian:     Yah.

Casey:     It's true.

Omar:     And, the sooner you realize that, the sooner you can get to what actually matters.

Brian:     Yah. I got ya. Well, alright. And so now, one ... If folks want to find out more about you guys, where do the go?

Omar:     Oh yah. So, let's start off with the I-Y-M official dot com so you can go there specifically for us. It has everything from events to calendars, to lovely, gorgeous photos. And ...

Casey:     Gorgeous photos.

Omar:     Right, media's on us.

Casey:     Media's on us.

Omar:     But of course we're on all the socials from Instagram to the Facebooks. And then you can follow every single one of us at I-Y-M underscore our names on Instagram or on Snapchat, and we're on that thing all day every day baby.

Brian:     Snapchat. Alright. I like it. Okay, and your fave- So favorite social media. There's always- Bands seem to like one more than others. Is there one that you guys favor?

Omar:     Yah.

Casey:     Social media?

Omar:     I mean, I'm kind of the Snapchat guy.

Brian:     Got it. Alright. So Omar can speak to Snapchat. But, you're also active on Facebook-

Omar:     And on Twitter.

Brian:     ... On Twitter and Instagram.

Omar:     Instagrams, yah.

Brian:     So, check 'em out wherever you go.

Casey:     Yah, we try our best to be active everywhere to be honest. We just do.

Brian:     That's cool.

Casey:     But we're also a very in person band, so come be social with us.

7/18/17 - Special Guest: Alex Vidales

Thanks Alex Vidales, of Stagecraft and The Pilot Waves, for coming on the show this week!

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MUSIC

  1. In My Next Life by Memphis Gold (Blues) - DCMR DEBUT*
  2. Mine All Mine by Skribe (Folk/Garage) - DCMR DEBUT*
  3. Good Morning by Alex Vaughn  (R&B) - DCMR DEBUT*
  4. My Oh My by Chris Cassaday (Folk/Post-Prog) - DCMR DEBUT*
  5. Get Ready (For My Loving) by Julian Coles (Pop/R&B) - DCMR DEBUT*
  6. It's Gonna Be Alright by Caz Gardiner (Pop/Rock) - DCMR DEBUT*

*DCMR DEBUT - Denotes the first time we've played a Band/Artist on DC Music Rocks

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

The first of our Genre based playlists is now live!  Come see what the FUNK is up!  GET FUNKTIFIED!  We’ve added it to our playlists page, www.dcmusicrocks.com/playlists.  More genres will be added in the coming months!

NEW RELEASES

Videos:
Sub-Radio - Up (Clever use of American Sign Language)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4txGjAPYwM

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

There's so many!  Visit our Local Music Calendar to see the full list!  These are just the few we discussed on the show to get you started.

Fri Jul 21
Skribe @ Port City Brewing in Alexandria, VA
A Shrewdness Of Apes @ The Pinch in DC
Caustic Casanova @ Comet Ping Pong in DC

Sat Jul 22
Lionize & Of Tomorrow @ DC9 in DC
Nappy Riddem @ The State Theatre in Falls Church, VA
Aztec Sun @ Rock N Roll Hotel in DC

Sun Jul 23
Alex Vaughn @ The Big Chief in DC
Milo & The Doldrums @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

Wed Jul 26
Pressing Strings @ Gypsy Sally’s in DC

Thurs Jul 27
Vintage #18 @ Hill Country in DC



ALEX VIDALES

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

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Alex Vidales was born in Falls Church, Virginia, and has been raised in all three letters of the DMV at some point since 1976, having lived in DC, Maryland and Virginia inside and outside of the beltway; even dipping into West Virginia for the 1st grade. Alex spent the majority of his early adult life working at The Motley Fool, working alongside the leadership team to shape and build award winning workplaces with their shared passion for culture and people and how to align company goals with individuals dreams and aspirations.

In 2013 he decided that in order to understand the world and his place within it and support his own dreams and visions more truthfully, he had to leave his incredible success at the Fool and the comforts that came with it. He then started The Pilot Waves, a collective dedicated to finding artists and leaders in the community to support, celebrate and collaborate with; in order to strengthen existing ties within the artistic, technological, and commerce focused communities. He began a podcast series of the same name to interview the fascinating characters he came to meet on this journey and in 2016 began a new project with Don Zientara of Inner Ear Studio/Dischord fame; a community radio program on WERA 96.7 LP-FM titled StageCraft. When Alex is exploring his own art, he loves to make video collages, oil paintings and take photos of discarded handwritten notes on the sidewalk.

Links

https://soundcloud.com/pilotwavespodcast

https://www.mixcloud.com/alex-vidales/

https://www.facebook.com/pilotwaves/

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. Now, let's get to know one of those incredible people, which is Alex. Alex has lived in DC, Maryland and Virginia, inside and outside of the beltway for most of his life. He started The Pilot Waves, which is a collective dedicated to finding artists and leaders in the community to support, celebrate, and collaborate with. He is hoping to strengthen the existing ties within the artistic, technological, and commerce focused communities. Sounds really fancy, doesn't it?

Alex:     True, true, yeah.

Brian:     Absolutely. He began a podcast series of the same name, The Pilot Waves to, totally lost track. I'm so nervous having you here man, I'm just stumbling over my words. He's here. He's this other cohost here. He wanted to interview the fascinating characters he came to meet on this journey. In 2016, he began a new project with Don Zientara, who heads Inner Ear Studio of Dischord fame, and they've got a community radio program on WERA 96.7 FM in DC titled Stagecraft. Those two, that is Alex. I've known him because Stagecraft is on before my live show, which comes on at 5:00 so I see Alex every week. He's a freaking phenomenal dude. Thanks for being here man.

Alex:     I appreciate it. I'm totally fired up to be here. I love listening to your show, especially on the way home after doing my show. We see each other for that 30 seconds and then I check out your show for the 20 minutes that it takes me to get home. It's a great way to get the DC music, if I may use the horrible word, synergy, and keep it all pushing that boulder up the hill.

Brian:     Yeah.

Alex:     Use some [inaudible 00:01:49] imagery.

Brian:     Talk to us a little bit. We talked about The Pilot Waves and Stagecraft. Now, talk about where did Statecraft come from? How did you meet Don? How did that get started?

Alex:     Okay. Stagecraft, let me take you back to the beginning with The Pilot Waves, just because it's a little bit of a moderately amusing story. The Pilot Waves, some friends and I got together and we started making music. We were jamming in my basement and the name of the band was Pilot Waves. The Pilot Waves as a very, very quick summary, is about the forces that guide the universe. We were sort of declaring ourselves the forces that guided the universe. We wrote these songs about being disenfranchised with American culture, with the way we perceived time, the weird consumerism and stuff like that. Then I looked at my friends one day and I said, "We're like 30 some odd years old. I'm not sure this is going to resonate with the people the way we want it to. I don't think people are going to be digging our sound."

     I said, "We've got to do something else." I took some time off. I quit this long, long corporate gig that I had had. I was like, I want to get a group or like minded musicians and artists together, and we can talk about these community minded issues that are about artistry, technology, community, and commerce. These things are very different in our modern incarnations, much different than they ever have been. They're similar than they have been in the past, but they're very, very different. I think artists can speak to these things better than most people. The artists and musicians, they're the truth tellers if you will. When I started doing this collective, I started doing a podcast because I started interviewing like minded artists and like minded musicians who had sort of the same sort of dissatisfaction with the status quo, if you will.

     From that, I eventually started Stagecraft, because I found that there were these conversations I was having that weren't really deep dives into people's personal lives and it wasn't just about why you make the music. It was also in the, this is how I come up with my strumming pattern. These are the 10 songs that I remember and these are my go tos in case things are going bad. That stuff gets really specific, and that's Don's thing. Don loves talking about what it is that people put into, because he talks about all the time. I go see these bands and I just rip stuff off of them wholesale.

     That's what he says too. He's like, "I'm talking straight melodies. I just take them." That stuff, I love to talk about it to. It's kind of getting in there, if you remember that old show Cartalk. We're getting under the hood and we're talking to you about your gear and your music and why you put it together the way you do.

Brian:     Wow. Alright. How did you meet Don? How did that go?

Alex:     One of my very first guests on The Pilot Waves podcast. When I came to the conclusion that I was going to interview artists with a positive thing to say or artists that had been a positive force in the area, no pun intended, I of course went to Dischord and I started looking up stuff that I had already known because I had been in the area, of course. Fugazi and the teen idols and all the stuff from the DC music area. I was like, who do they all record with? They all recorded with Don. I was like, he would be a fascinating character to talk about this stuff with.

     Just send him an email out of the blue. I said, "The Argument is an awesome Fugazi album. Would you please be on my podcast? I record in my basement." You know? Of course, the great Don Zientara calls me up, not more than 10 minutes later. Hi Alex. I would love to be on your podcast. When can I come over?

Brian:     Awesome.

Alex:     This was like after he had been on HBO Sonic Highways and all that stuff. This was big deal. I had all these really big ideas on what I thought were the answers to the world and the DC music area and what I thought artists need to be doing, and how to be more community minded. I thought of all these answers. I brought Don into my basement. My radio partner and I at the time, we sat him down and we started having some conversations. He proceeded to set us completely straight and totally made us realize that we were totally wrong and had every idea.

Brian:     Brutally honest is one phrase that describes Don. That's for sure.

Alex:     Absolutely, but he's really kind about it. He was really kind about it from then on. I sent him an email a couple days later. You really set my ass straight and I really appreciate that, man. Would you kind of like help me figure out where to go from here? Then The Pilot Waves podcast went on for about a year. At the end of The Pilot Waves podcast first season, I had a best guest of the year award and Don won the best guest of the year award.

Brian:     There we go.

Alex:     From then on I've been-

Brian:     Then you started Stagecraft.

Alex:     Then we started Stagecraft together.

Brian:     Fantastic. We talked a lot about Don. For those listening who don't know who Don is, who is Don? How would they-

Alex:     Don Zientara is the owner of Inner Ear Studios, which is a very famous studio in Arlington, Virginia. Don, before he had that physical studio building, also recorded many famous Dischord bands including Minor Threat, and Fugazi, probably two of the more famous ones. Then he's also worked with John [Friskiani 00:06:53]. He's worked with Bad Brains and a lot of very famous artists. The Foo Fighters, there's some huge names that have recorded with Don.

Brian:     If you want to get to know him, I've had him on the show as a guest at DC Music Rocks so if you go on the website, dcmusicrocks.com and you scroll down in the show page, you can find Don's episode where you can get to know him a little bit more. He talks about some of that background. The other thing about him too is that we learned on that episode that you call him, he's not really an email guy. He's totally a pick up the phone. He will talk to anybody. He loves to talk on the phone. Call him. I love it. Alex, what about you outside of, you've got this whole movement that you're kind of working toward and you got the Stagecraft and you got The Pilot Waves. What about you outside of those things? Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your personal time?

Alex:     Oh, that's a great question. I mean, I do fancy myself a hobbyist artist. I'm not a professional in that I didn't receive the proper training. I didn't go to college. That stuff is important. I do believe in that. I do love to make silly video collages and I have this weird hobby if picking, I take pictures of handwritten notes that people leave on the ground. I find that to be fascinating.

Brian:     Where do you find handwritten notes?

Alex:     Just random places on the ground. You'll find someone's, like I have this one that I've really been, I'm so funny about this. It says, "After sleepover, everyone stay up. Okay?" It's just this handwritten note that someone lost. It's on the ground. I take a picture of it and that entertains me for some reason.

Brian:     That's amazing. Where do you post these?

Alex:     I don't do any of that. I don't actually put together any art shows or anything like that. I should because it would be alto of fun and get to meet a lot of people, but this is all just hobbyist stuff. For the most part, my main focus in terms of my creative endeavors is really putting together The Pilot Waves podcast and continuing to work with a lot of the artists because The Collective is no joke. Most of the people, I'd say 90% of the people that are on The Pilot Waves podcast, they were on that show because I believed in them. They continued to be in my Rolodex of people that I go to and check in how they're work's going, what it is they're working on. When I'm granted the opportunity, I'm humbled with an opportunity sometimes to guide their actions in whatever it is they're going to decide to do next.

Brian:     That's really cool, man. One of my favorite questions that I love to ask on the podcast is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Alex:     To musicians?

Brian:     However you choose to answer the question.

Alex:     I would say, get out of your house as much as humanly possible. That's advice that I would give everyone for anything.

Brian:     Tell us more. What does that mean?

Alex:     Well, there's sort of like this balance of life. You're always like, do I go out or do I stay in? The answer is, of course if you stay in you can have a great time.

Brian:     Yeah.

Alex:     You almost always, 99% of the time you know exactly what's going to happen when you stay in. If you go out, you almost never know what's going to happen. You might think you know, but if you leave your house, you don't actually know what's going to happen. You're going to meet interesting people. You're going to have great experiences. You might even have someone that you never thought you would meet, then come to your house later

Brian:     There you go. You'll never know unless you leave your house.

Alex:     You got to get out of the house.

Brian:     Get out of the house.

Alex:     When I say these things, this is a quick aside. When I say these things, I'm actually saying them to myself. I'm like one of the worst homebodies ever. I love staying home.

Brian:     This is personal coaching for you too, which is yes, remember to get out of the house.

Alex:     I thought that's what this show was. I thought this was all about coaching me.

Brian:     Absolutely. Now, for those folks who want to find out more about what you're doing with The Pilot Waves, and Stagecraft, where do they go to find you?

Alex:     Facebook is the best way to keep tabs on what's going on with The Pilot Waves. Stagecraft is sort of a co-production between Inner Ear Studio and The Pilot Waves. The Pilot Waves for the most part is a podcast interview series. If you go to Facebook, that's the best place to find everything, Pilot Waves, Stagecraft, Alex Vidales, Don Zientara, Facebook, Facebook, Facebook. We're not really on anything else.

7/11/17 - Special Guest: Etxe Records

A big thank you to the crew from Etxe Records for coming on the show!

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MUSIC

  1. Crewsin by Dupont Brass (Hip-Hop/R&B)
  2. What to Say by Near Northeast (Indie/Folk)
  3. The Shovel Song by Andy Shea  (Indie/Folk)
  4. South Virginia by The Red Fetish (Indie/Post-Prog)
  5. Wonderful Gift by Silo Halo (Rock/Post-Punk)
  6. Dinner Date by Teething Veils (Folk/Chamber Pop)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

We’re asking for a bday present!  Since we’ve turned 1 year old, we’d love some more good reviews of our podcast on iTunes and Google Play.  Could you go on there and share a good review?  More reviews means it will show up higher in search results, which will help us share the DC music scene with more people!

NEW RELEASES

Music:
Aztec Sun - You Make Me Smile (single)
Sub-Radio - Drinking In Bed (single)
Lisa Said - Estranged (EP)

Videos:
Carolyn Malachi - Andrew: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAAvLG33ULw

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

There's so many!  Visit our Local Music Calendar to see the full list!  These are just the few we discussed on the show to get you started.

Fri-Sun, Jul 14-16
16th St House Farewell Bash featuring Throwing Plates, Justin Trawick, North Country, Coward’s Choir, Adrian Krygowski & More @ 16th Street House in DC

Audioteka Fest - 50+ bands, including Tempurcrush, DriveTFC, Two Dragons and a Cheetah, & so many more @ Club Heaven And Hell in DC

Wed Jul 19
Human Country Jukebox @ Madam’s Organ in DC

Thurs Jul 20
Wylder @ The Black Cat in DC
Moogatu @ Gypsy Sally’s in DC

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ETXE RECORDS

(pronounced Eh-Chay)

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

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Etxe Records is an artist-run collective founded in 2008 by members of the DC-based post-punk band Girl Loves Distortion, Christopher Goett and Jenn Fox Thomas. Greg Svitil came on board in 2009, first as Etxe’s in-house recording engineer, co-founding Empress of Sound Studio with Goett in Petworth, DC; and later as part of general operations. Alejandro Castaño (The Red Fetish, Silo Halo, Teething Veils) came on board in 2014, first as an artist and then as part of general operations. The first two Etxe released were the first two Girl Loves Distortion albums. The label then branched out with the release of Toledo-based punk band Fangs Out’s debut LP Speech Shadowing. Releases followed from DC psych-shoegaze-post-punk band Silo Halo (Night and the City LP, Blackout Transmission LP), Florida-based darkwave band Ars Phoenix (Violent Rain LP), DC-based folk/rock/avant-classical band The Red Fetish (The Wind, as Now, is Silent CD, Non Sequitur CD), and DC’s chamber folk band Teething Veils (Velorio LPx2, Constellations LP, Dinner Date 7”). Empress of Sound Studio also serves as the DC home of Etxe Records. Etxe Records also has a home in Los Angeles.

Links

http://www.etxerecords.com/
https://etxe.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/EtxeRecords/
https://twitter.com/EtxeRecords

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     Etxe Records is an artist run collective founded in 2008 by Chris and Jenn of the D.C. band Girls Love Distortion. Greg came on board in 2009 as Etxe's in house recording engineer and Greg and Chris co-founded ... They formalized it and now they call the recording studio Empress of Sound Studio. It's up in Petworth, D.C. Alejandro came on board back in 2014, first as an artist and then now as part of the general operations and there have been many bands who have since released music with Etxe records and you can find the full list obviously, check out their website and the many in their ranks share a connection to D.C. and the D.C. region as well. Empress of Sound Studio up in Petworth serves as their D.C. home and they also have a location now in Los Angeles so the group is growing, but definitely hail from the D.C. region. Guys, thank you so much for being here, it's a treat to have you here.

Greg:     Thank you for having us.

Brian:     This is awesome. Now, kick it off now, where does the name Etxe Records come from?

Greg:     The name Etxe was a ... It is a Basque word meaning a shelter or home or domicile and it was an idea that Christopher had had as far as approaching music as a safe space to nurture communal connections and dialog and conversation and really, that's what all the bands have in common. Often you see things written about Etxe artists all being wildly different, which may or may not be true. I would neither agree nor disagree with that aesthetically because ultimately I believe that the tie that connects all the artists is this sort of thoughtful approach to writing and sharing ideas and treating it as a dialog.

Brian:     Yeah, wow. Now, we introduced you earlier, but there is one more here so why don't all of you introduce yourselves and share what instruments you play and what bands you're a part of as a part of Etxe. So let's go around. Greg first.

Greg:     I'm Greg Svitil, I play in Teething Veils and in Silo Halo. In Teething Veils I play the guitar as well as a little bit of piano and other instruments and in Silo Halo I mainly play guitar and organ.

Brian:     Wow, cool. All right, Hannah?

Hannah:     I play viola in Teething Veils and do some occasional backup vocals.

Brian:     Nice, all right. Alejandro? Talk to us.

Alejandro:     All right, thank you very much for having us first of all. Thanks again. I didn't get to introduce myself earlier. I play a couple of things. I started with Etxe playing bass for Silo Halo. Then started playing piano for Teething Veils and we brought my project on board, The Red Fetish, in which I play guitar and whatever else is called for.

Brian:     Wow, very cool. All right, and last one?

Austin:     Hi, I'm Austin from Near Northeast and I mostly play bass, standup and a little bit of electric, and do the production for the album and sing harmonies and a little bit of drum machine programming.

Brian:     Got it. Wow. So much talent in this room right now, it's kind of unbelievable. I love it. So now talk about you guys ... What I want to hear from each of you guys is where did music come from for you. How did it start in your lives? Start with you, Greg. Go ahead.

Greg:     Well, for me as a child I would hear melodies in my head and had no sense of putting them down to paper or a tape recorder until I was about eight or nine or so. There were two moments that really crystallized my want to create songs and the first was when I bought my first cassette, which was Raising Hell by Run-D.M.C. and listening to the-

Brian:     Excellent, yeah?

Greg:     The content and the depth and substance of the lyrics and as well as just the rhythms and the layers of sounds was really inspiring to me. Then the other moment was the first time I ever saw The Ronettes on TV in [crosstalk 00:04:29]

Brian:     Oh and for those who don't know and if they don't know who the Ronettes are, who is that?

Greg:     They are a girl group who were most prolific in the 1960s and one of their largest hits was a song called Be My Baby, which a lot of people know whether or not they associate it with the Ronettes, but to me hearing that wall of sound, incredible, celebratory, romantic music made me want to write songs and I never stopped.

Brian:     Very cool. Hannah, what about you?

Hannah:     Grew up in a pretty musical household. My father was a [inaudible 00:05:06] in the National Symphony, mother's a pianist. I started playing violin when I was about five and switched to viola in middle-school and then learned guitar and drums.

Brian:     Wow, so you play a little bit of everything and you've been at it most of your life here it seems like.

Hannah:     Yes.

Brian:     Wow, that's cool. And Alejandro, what about you man?

Alejandro:     I didn't actually have any moment that kind of convinced me that I should dedicate myself to music like that. At some point in high-school I started recording random sounds. I don't come from a particularly musical household so I just recorded them on my computer using a sound recording thing that was pre-installed, mixing them together, manipulating the sound, and eventually that just kind of grew into making music naturally. I got to college, started studying instruments, music theory, got into classical music and just kind of never stopped.

Brian:     Wow that's kind of amazing. Holy smokes. All right Austin, what about you man? Tell us.

Austin:     Well I feel like I kind of just stumbled into it. I just started playing the clarinet as like a thing to do and I just stumbled from one thing to the next and then started playing guitar and I don't know, it's just always been a part of my life. I haven't really thought about it in depth, it's just always been there, but an incredibly meaningful part of my life.

Brian:     Wow so and all you guys had started real young and it's just always been a part of the lives, I love that. Absolutely. Me, too. It was definitely from a very young age. Absolutely.

     All right, so now what about you guys on the personal side? So we've got this whole musician sides that we've heard about. Outside of being a musician, do you have hobbies? What else do you do? What's life like for you guys? Share with us. We'll start with you again, Greg.

Greg:     I spend my days doing museum work. I install exhibitions. I write texts and I edit things so I'm around art during the days, which I'm very thankful for.

Brian:     Yeah.

Greg:     And then my life is otherwise is quite quiet. I spend a lot of time at home with my roommate's cat and with records and books and movies and going to other museums and kind of absorbing as much art and music and life as I can.

Brian:     Yeah and is there a certain museum that you're tied to? You said you work with it during the day or is it just in general?

Greg:     Yeah I've spent 17 years working with a modern contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art museum and I've also in that work collaborated with other places around town, galleries and other exhibition spaces.

Brian:     Yep, gotcha. All right Hannah, what about you?

Hannah:     My day job is at a restaurant. Other than that I like to go see shows and I live in the Trinidad neighborhood in D.C. with my husband and our dogs.

Brian:     Nice, so play with the puppies, too.

Hannah:     Yeah.

Brian:     All right, got it. Wow, sounds fun. What about you Alejandro?

Alejandro:     It's hard to find the time for everything you want to do, right? All of the music that you want to do, all of the different projects that take you in different directions.

Brian:     True. Yep.

Alejandro:     I try to spend as much time doing whatever crazy project I can. Other than that, I work in a performance rights organization. We pay royalties to recording artists and that's about it.

Brian:     Wow so you're kind of surrounded with the scene in your day job as well.

Alejandro:     A little bit. A different aspect of it, I guess.

Brian:     Yeah. I got it. All right, and what about you Austin?

Austin:     I by trade am a computer programmer. I actually quit my job to work on this last record so I hope it was worth it.

Brian:     I hope so, too. We're going to share it, absolutely. And so just computer programming or now what do you do if you don't have the day job in the way?

Austin:     Yeah, now I work on music, I read books, write things. Also, I have a cat. I like to hang out with my cat. But I'm now looking for a new job because petting the cat doesn't pay the bills.

Brian:     I feel like that's some kind of t-shirt that should be in productions somewhere. Petting the cat doesn't pay the bills.

Austin:     Yeah.

Brian:     I don't know, I love it. All right. Very cool guys. So one of the questions I love to ask on this one is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be? Greg, start with you.

Greg:     Well I don't know if I'm in a position to give any advice to anybody but I do think that it's important to maintain personal boundaries as a musician or as any kind of artist who just is out in the world in general in life. To maintain a sense of taking on things that are within one's ... That are comfortable or pushing the comfort zone in a way that's constructive and not in a way that's putting one in harm's way.

Brian:     Yeah. Okay, good personal boundaries. Hannah, what about you?

Hannah:     I am not sure. Pass.

Brian:     Okay, no advice coming there. Alejandro, you got any thoughts? You and Austin if you have any, please do share. I always think it's interesting and it doesn't have to do with ... I'm not considering you an expert in any way, but collective intelligence is one of those amazing things where society betters itself and so we share cool concepts and ideas. So I always love to hear from all the guests what's one piece of advice you'd offer and I've gotten so much over the years. So I appreciate any thoughts are fine.

Alejandro:     Yeah so for me something that I took a little bit of time to get acclimated with or to learn a lesson that has served me valuable in recent years has been that if you'll want to reap the benefits of collaboration, you also have to give up a sense of ownership over a particular project. And that is a decision that you have to make and that you have to make wholeheartedly and one that is ultimately very, very rewarding. If you're willing to collaborate, be willing to collaborate fully and accept the results.

Brian:     That's a great piece of advice, absolutely. Collaborate fully, it's the teamwork but you've got to ... I like that, nicely done. All right Austin, any thoughts from you there?

Austin:     I was just talking to my friend and he was like, "I think I've spent a lot of time playing shows or getting into the music scene and not knowing how it's done and then like, just floundering." I think you just go out and you do it is the answer.

Brian:     Absolutely. Got out and you do it and you educate yourself. I gotta shout out to the ... There's a book by, I can't remember his name, it's the How to Make it in the New Music Business. It's a book that came out back in like, December of this past year and it was also ... I read that when it was kind of good ... Shining that spotlight on what this whole music thing is and how this works.

      Now, if folks are interested in finding out more about Etxe Records, where do they go? Is there a website? What is it?

Greg:     We do have a website, which is Etxe Records. E-T-X-E records.com and from there, there's links to all the various artists and their pages and the band camp and so going to that website will take you mostly anywhere.

Brian:     Etxe Records. E-T-X-E records.com

6/27/17 - Special Guest: Soldiers of Surburbia

Thanks to Soldiers of Suburbia for coming and joining us on this week's episode!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Day by Day by Easy Thrill (Hard Rock/Indie)
  2. Thought I Meant More by Soldiers of Surburbia (Punk/Pop Punk)
  3. Airwaves by Vice Years  (Rock/Pop)
  4. Show Some Shame by Caustic Casanova (Hard Rock/Space Punk)
  5. Without you by Derek Evry (Rock/Alternative)
  6. I'll Find Out by Classified Frequency (Rock/Hard Rock)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Happy 1 year bday to DC Music Rocks!  July 5, 2016 was our first episode.  52 episodes later, no plans to stop!  In that year, we:
--created a radio show,
--started it as a podcast,
--created a DC artist database,
--received a grant from the city of dc in order to create our automated, customizable local ---music calendar with seemless connectivity to our artist database,
--Started a collection of playlists, no featuring over 60 hours of local music, with more to come!
Thank you for listening, and for your support!

The Breakup Songs playlist is now live on dcmusicrocks.com/playlists.  Sometimes incredible music comes from heartbreak and lost love.  In discovering music for the show, we’ve started collecting it.  As we find it, we share it on this playlist, hoping perspective helps!

Next Week - We're taking off for 4th of July & to celebrate our bday!  We're back July 11th with Exte Records!

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

There's so many!  Visit our Local Music Calendar to see the full list!  These are just the few we discussed on the show to get you started.

Fri Jun 30
Teddy Chipouras @ Wolf Trap Farragut Fridays in DC
Human Country Jukebox @ Battle Street Live in Manassas, VA
Fort Knox Five @ Tropicalia in DC

Sat July 1
ProjectHERA Festival (Female Musician Celebration) - Hayley Fahey, FuzzQueen, Lauren Calve & more @ State Theater in Falls Church, VA
Heather Mae @ 930 Club in DC

Mon Jul 3
Rare Essence @ Howard Theatre in DC

Wed Jul 5
Backbeat Underground @ Gypsy Sally’s in DC

Thu Jul 6
Sub-Radio @ Fairfax Corner in Fairfax, VA

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SOLDIERS OF SUBURBIA

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, were shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. So, now lets get to know one of those great bands here. Soldiers of Suburbia is a three-piece alternative/pop-punk band. They can be described as high energy, loud, abrasive, and in yo face! They love the title given to them by their photographer and videographer, Rouge Crayon, who described them as a three-headed, destructive, pop-punk storm. So, that sets the stage for these great guys. I first came across them when they were- Derek Evry was on the show and introduced me to these guys and the music speaks for itself and just cool people. So, that said, I finally get to, listeners it's with great pleasure that I formally introduce Soldiers of Suburbia.  Say hi, guys.

Tyler:     Hey, how's it goin

Collin:     What an introduction.

Izzy:     Hello!

Brian:     [crosstalk 00:00:55] Yeah, so most folks can only hear you, so tell them who you are, your names and what you play in the band.

Tyler:     Hi, I'm Tyler, I sing and play guitar.

Izzy:     My name's Izzy, I play the drums.

Collin:     Hey, I'm Collin and I play the bass.

Brian:     Fantastic, and now Soldiers of Suburbia, so, fill us in real quick on where the name comes from, what happened with that?

Tyler:     So, the name is not as exciting of a story as I wish that it was. So, I think that the idea that I've come up with is that every time that we get asked about our name we should just come up with something that isn't how we came up with the name so that it sounds more interesting. So I'm gonna go with ... One time-

Brian:     Oh, tell the truth, sir!

Tyler:     Really it's just that I'm a really big Green Day fan and Green Day has a song called Jesus of Suburbia and so the original name of the band was just gonna be Suburbia, which is actually a different cool band in the scene, but I decided that I should try to make it a little more interesting. I don't know, Soldiers of Suburbia just happened.

Brian:     Soldiers of Suburbia, that's amazing, and how did you guys find each other? How did the band start?

Tyler:     Well, I was the one who I guess started the band technically and then I sort of put out some, for those of you listening in your cars, Collin just made fun of me and I did not appreciate it. But I basically just put out an ad on Facebook and said that I was looking for some other musicians to play with and Izzy responded, said that she would like to come play drums, which is funny because in middle school Izzy and I actually hated each other. And then I-

Brian:     Really?

Tyler:     Yeah

Izzy:     I have never not liked someone as much as I didn't like Tyler in middle school, I don't know what it was.

Tyler:     Yeah we just, we didn't mesh but then for some reason two years later I was looking for a drummer and she was like, "You know what, I'll give it a shot." And then we started playing together and it just, it worked out, you know? It went well.

Brian:     That's what I'm saying and now you're okay people you don't actually hate each other all of the time, at least.

Tyler:     Yeah. Most of the time.

Izzy:     No, I still hate them.

Tyler:     Yeah, we actually don't like each other at all, but and then, Collin would you like to tell the story of how we met and how I ignored you?

Brian:     Yes Collin, tell us.

Collin:     It was a clear night, romantic dinners, no we actually used to play at the same place years ago at the 4410 over in Haymarket and it was just one of those things where I was playing open mic and he was just there and I saw him and it was just like, oh, I need to-

Tyler:     We had an emotional connection.

Collin:     We saw eye to eye, no-

Brian:     Unlike the hate between these other two, there was love with you guys? Is that what you're saying?

Tyler:     Yeah, Collin and I fell in love.

Collin:     Love at first sight. No, it was one of those things where it was just, you know, right time at the right place, and I, you know, reached out to him and that's pretty much just how it started. Because it was originally Tyler and Izzy trying their thing just the two of them.

Tyler:     Which was okay but it was not, we really needed a bass.

Brian:     Man, that bass frequency, I'll tell you, the bassists don't always get a lot of love, but when you don't have the bass you miss it so much, it's a thing.

Tyler:     Yeah, I know, they're important, you do miss it.

Izzy:     It was painful.

Tyler:     Yeah, so we auditioned a couple bass players and then Collin showed up and we played with him and it was pretty much a situation whereas soon as we started playing we knew that we wanted him to join the band but we had to, you know, play it cool. So as he walked away we were like, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, we'll call you man, like it's fine." And then he left and I turned to Izzy and I was like, "Yeah, it's good, he's gonna play." And then we've been playing together for a year now."

Collin:     The rest is history.

Brian:     Wow, that's awesome.

Collin:     It's nice though that we're just, you know, it's not just like a band to us. It not like, "Okay, time to go to work, we gotta play some songs, play some shows." You know, as you see we're just having a good time, it's fun.

Tyler:     Yeah, it's fun, we're hanging out.

Izzy:     Three happy kids

Brian:     You all like each other now, this is good. Now, what about, so where did music come from for you guys, I mean were you band kids. What was the- how did music enter- I want to hear from each of you, how did music enter your lives?

Tyler:     Izzy go ahead.

Izzy:     I am a band kid. Loud and proud. Drum line, middle school band, you know, everything, very out there, very happy about it.

Brian:     All the drums, alright and does that mean you also played like all the other symphonic drums like marimba and like xylophone and tympany and that stuff too, or-

Izzy:     Everything, and I snare on the drum line, so a little bit of everything.

Brian:     Got it. Alright, and Collin, what about you, man?

Collin:     It was one of those things where it just started off as being a kid, where if I really get specific, I was a child and for Christmas I got a PlayStation and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 on the PS2 and the opening song for the intro of the game, and like Tony Hawk, his silhouette is like going down like a half pipe or something and TNT by ACDC is playing. And I was like, I don't even know how old I was, this was like 2003. And I was just sitting there in my pajamas like, "What?" And that was kind of the rest and, you know-

Brian:     Wait, but you play bass, you played guitar? What did you start playing first?

Collin:     I started off on guitar and just switched over to bass and you know, eventually you know just growing up you just, all the new bands and all the new music just comes at you at once so it was kind of a, you know.

Brian:     So do you ever, like are you happy about the transition to bass, then?

Collin:     Yeah, it's definitely one of those things where it's not like I never play guitar, when I'm not doing anything. But when we do acoustic stuff I still play guitar and Tyler and I always go back and forth on, "Oh, I'm better at guitar," "No, I'm better," "I'm the song writer."

Tyler:     The joke I like to make, which is a very mean joke, but I think it's on the website, is that Collin wanted to be in our band so bad that he switched to bass.

Collin:     Yeah, I was desperate.

Tyler:     That he was so desperate to be in our band, which is not exactly true, but it's a funny joke to me. So, that's the joke that I always make.

Brian:     So tell us the truth.

Tyler:     I mean, it was one of those situations where he messaged me and was like, "Hey, if you ever needed a guitar player that I would love to come play with you." And I was sort of like, "Well, actually we need a bass player." And he was like, "I'll do it, like it's cool, you know." And so that was sort of how it was. It was a lot more casual than I like to make it out to be.

Brian:     Got it. Collin, you're the man. That's cool, alright. Tyler, what about you, man?

Tyler:     Well, I mean, man. I have a very similar story to Collin that we like to talk about which is I mean, I've always been around music, my aunt is a classical pianist and all this stuff. And I was learning, I took guitar lessons starting when I was four, but the one thing that really sort of grabbed me and made me want to start playing rock music is I got Guitar Hero 3 on the PlayStation.

Brian:     Excellent.

Tyler:     So these are very similar stories and if you've ever played Guitar Hero 3, which I recommend it's a very good game, first you start up the game and it's Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N' Roses and that was one of those things where I heard that and my world was turned inside out. And so here we are.

Brian:     I love it, I love how you guys are influenced by all of these classic awesome rock songs too, it wasn't some kind of pop song, it wasn't a Justin Timberlake song, it was like classic freaking rock. Yes, guitar.

Tyler:     Oh, yeah, Collin and I jammed to some ACDC, and its good times.

Brian:     That is fantastic, alright, now what about you guys outside of music then, what other hobbies, what do you do outside of the band?

Izzy:     I like to bake. I bake Tyler and Collin cupcakes sometimes.

Tyler:     They're very good cupcakes.

Izzy:     I am like the best drummer that they could possibly have just because of the cupcakes. Not even based off of talent, just the cupcakes.

Tyler:     They're good cupcakes man, I don't know what else to say about it.

Brian:     One of these days, the next show, if the listeners show up, there should be some cupcakes. Don't hold out on us.

Izzy:     Yeah!

Tyler:     Well we used to do a thing to entice people to buy tickets, we used to say, "If you buy a ticket from us, we'll give you a cupcake." And we would put SOS on the top of it and stuff.

Izzy:     I would go to school, like the weekend after a show, with a big plastic bucket of cupcakes and just give them to everyone in my school who bought tickets. And it was awesome.

Brian:     That's funny, alright so Izzy's the baker, Collin, what do you got?

Collin:     I'm just your run of the mill 20 year old kid, just playing in a band, I mean that's pretty much it. Soldiers of Suburbia for the last year has been my lifestyle. It's a job, it's my [crosstalk 00:10:21]

Brian:     And school, I take it, too?

Collin:     Not currently.

Brian:     Not currently, okay.

Tyler:     He works at a pretty dope mini golf place

Izzy:     Putt putt!

Brian:     Nice!

Collin:     Working some jobs here and there. And like I said just trying to get by. As soon as I graduated high school in 2015 and the reality of the "real world" has slowly but surely crept into my life.

Brian:     Well I love that you still got the music going on dude.

Collin:     Yeah, it's definitely fun.

Brian:     Keep it going, and Tyler, what about you, man?

Tyler:     Yeah, I mean, music is pretty much the only thing that I'm good at. So I pretty much just sit around and play music or listen to music. I don't really know what else to say to be honest. I got a pretty cool bike the other day, so that's exciting, I don't know.

Brian:     Excellent, I love it, guys. Alright well, I've got one more. There's one question that I love to ask and that's if you as a band could offer one piece of advice what would it be?

Collin:     Don't do it, no I'm joking.

Tyler:     A band's a trap. Let's see, personally I would say that the biggest thing that I think the three of us have learned is that no matter what you go through as a band, it's good, like what Collin said earlier, it's good to actually be friends outside of being in a band as opposed to just being in a band because it can get stressful and it can get difficult. And it's nice that when you're in a stressful time, if you're trying to figure out how to book a show or something, it's nice that you can be like, "You know what, we should just go get some pizza and just hang out for a minute." And it's still fun and you're still in a good environment.

Collin:     Yeah, that's the main thing, just having fun with it, 'cause it's not like, every time we hang out, it's not where we rehearse some songs for about an hour and then we all go home and don't talk to each other ever again, and then the next time we see each other we're playing music. It's definitely not like that. I stay at Izzy's house until like 3 am sometimes hanging out.

Tyler:     Yeah, it's more like these are my only friends, so ...

Brian:     Yeah, got it.

Izzy:     Yeah, even if I used to hate Tyler, now he's my best friend. So [crosstalk 00:12:34]

Collin:     We go to the mall.

Collin:     Izzy and Tyler's birthday are coming up, you know, they're back to back this weekend.

Tyler:     Yeah, very true.

Brian:     Now tell my what the website is for you guys if they want to find out more about you?

Tyler:     Soldiersofsuburbiaband.com

Brian:     Soldiers of Suburbia Band, check it out, and they also have information about an indie go-go campaign on there.

Tyler:     That is true and the link is all of our social media, which again, you can find if you go to our website.

Brian:     And they would love support for, this is for the upcoming album?

Tyler:     This is our EP, our debut EP.

Brian:     Fantastic.

6/20/17 - Special Guest: Angie Gates, Director of DC Office of Music & Entertainment

Thanks, Director Angie Gates, of DC Office of "All Thing Entertainment" for joining us on this week's episode!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Barryism by Three Man Soul Machine (Jazz/Soul)
  2. Good Ass Love by Pebble to Pearl (R&B/Funk)
  3. Overnight Scenario by Rare Essence (Hip-Hop/Go-go)
  4. Summer Cool by Carolyn Malachi (Jazz/R&B)
  5. Bags Packed by Aaron Myers (Jazz/NeoSoul)
  6. Complicated by Black Alley (Hip-Hop/Hood Rock)

NEW RELEASES

Wylder - Save A Way (single)
Will Eastman ft Furniteur - Detroit Disco (single)

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

There's so many!  Visit our Local Music Calendar to see the full list!  These are just the few we discussed on the show to get you started.

Fri Jun 23
Black Dog Prowl, Tempercrush, FuzzQueen, Lisa Said @ Black Cat in DC
The Jones @ Kalypsos in Reston, VA

Sat Jun 24
Will Eastman @ U Street Music Hall in DC
Black Alley @ Howard Theatre in DC

Sun Jun 25
Justin Trawick and The 9 Songwriter Series @ The Black Squirrel in DC

Tues Jun 27
The Cowards Choir @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

Wed Jun 28
A Shrewdness of Apes @ Iota Club in Arlington, VA

Thu Jun 29
Yellowtieguy @ Sauf Haus in DC
Annie Stokes @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

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ANGIE GATES

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

Angie M. Gates has been appointed to serve as the Director of the newly formed Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment.  Director Gates most recently served as the Director of the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development before that office merged (on October 1, 2015) with the District's Office of Cable Television. Before that, Gates served as the Director of Inauguration and was the former Director of Operations for Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Transition Team. During Mayor Bowser’s campaign, Gates was the Traveling Chief of Staff.

Gates made history as the first African American General Manager of the Historic Warner Theatre, located in the heart of the nation’s capital. Her extensive experience includes work with President of the United States Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Gates began her career as a film specialist for the New Orleans Film Commission and her film projects include Interview with a Vampire and Pelican Brief. She is the former Associate General Manager of the Historic Saenger Theatre, located in New Orleans and she previously served as the Director of Engagement Relations and Marketing for the Theatrical Division of Clear Channel Entertainment.

Gates received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and a Master of Arts Administration Degree with a Special Concentration in Sports Management, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Orleans. Gates serves as a Board Member of the New Orleans Theatre Association and Negro League Hall of Fame. She is also a member of the DC Chapter of the Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences (The Grammy’s).

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Links

https://entertainment.dc.gov

https://www.facebook.com/pg/entertaindc

https://twitter.com/entertain_DC       

https://www.instagram.com/entertain_dc/

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks we're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. And so let's get to know one of those incredible people which is Director Angie Gates, who serves as the Director of Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment. And I know people must ... That's a mouthful, I know they must give you a hard time about the long name.

Angie G:     Yes. Just the Entertainment Office, all things entertainment.

Brian:     Entertainment, I love it. And she began her career as a film specialist for the New Orleans Film Commission, and her film projects included Interview With A Vampire and Pelican Brief, which you might have heard of before. I recognize those names, that's exciting. She is a former Associate General Manager of the historic Saenger Theatre located in New Orleans, and she previously served as Director of Engagement Relations and Marketing for the theatrical division of Clear Channel Entertainment. But Gates made history as the first African-American General Manager of the historic Warner Theatre located right here in the heart of the nation's capital. So amazing things going on in this incredible woman's background here. She's an alumni of the University of New Orleans, and serves as a board member of the New Orleans Theatre Association and the Negro Hall of Fame. And she's also, as she mentioned, a member of the Recording Academy here in DC.

    So, I first came across Angie and the Office when I was putting together the local music calendar on the website for DC Music Rocks. And they were kind enough to help me with the funding to help get the coders to create this amazing resource that I've been able to build so it is, first and foremost, I finally get to say to you, thank you so much for helping me with that and that opportunity. And listeners, it is with great pleasure that I introduce Director Angie Gates.

Angie G:     Well, I'm delighted to be here. That's an impressive background. I did those things?

Brian:     You sound pretty incredible, right? And here you are.

Angie G:     But I'm glad we were able to support on the calendar, DC is musical icon city. Coming from a background with my father being a musician, it's just amazing to be able to be here and be in this role and be able to play a part to move the dial forward for the musicians here locally.

Brian:     Yeah. Now, so talk about ... The first and most important thing I want you to share is talk about the amazing things you guys are doing to support the music community here in DC. Because I don't think people realize just what that ... How much you support. So share with that.

Angie G:     We're doing a lot. We're doing a lot. What was important was to first listen to the music community and find out what the community felt was missing, ways that we could help, ways we could bridge the gap to help push the musicians forward. Not only locally, but to create a presence for them regionally and nationally.

     So at our office we do a few things. Not only through our networks, DCN, we have the Sound where we highlight local artists. We also have the 202, which is a new original programming. We also have Display, where we showcase videos. So I would love for any of the musicians who have videos to send them to us so we can air those. But we have dedicated ... And I have to give a shout out to our wonderful mayor, Mayor Muriel Bowser, she has the month of September dedicated to 202Creates, so we have a website, 202Creates.com, #202Creates has done 58.6 million impressions, but that's our way to dedicate an entire month to the creative community and highlight musicians.

Brian:     And what kinds of things do people possibly can they look forward to to that September 202Creates? What does that mean?

Angie G:     Well, it's all about the creatives. It's all about the artists that we have. We make sure that we highlight the musicians and the creatives in all eight wards. We showcase and provide sponsorships. We highlight marketing opportunities and interviews, provide marketing opportunities where they can promote their craft via the electronic media kit, things of that nature. But we actually go out to the community, so we're ... The community and the musicians in DC have a seat at the table. As the Director, I'm not making the decisions, I'm responsible for executing them.

Brian:     Got it. And if folks want to ... You said there's a website? Or if they want to find out more about this 202Creates thing, where do they go?

Angie G:     So, we have a website, 202Creates.com. And you can also find out more information about our agency and what our agency is doing at entertainment.dc.gov, and follow us on Twitter at entertain_dc. And we also have our Facebook page, Entertain DC.

Brian:     Got it. And Instagram. You guys are pretty active on the social media, I've been following for awhile and that's exciting. Now talk about where music came into your life. Because when we went through your impressive resume that we shared, and we only shared a part of that, by the way, check out more ... We're going to have her full bio on the write up for this episode and also on entertainment.dc.gov you can find out more about Director Gates. Talk about where music came into your life or how music has influenced your life.

Angie G:     So, music is just part of who I am. It's part of my DNA. So my dad was a jazz saxophonist, he played the keyboards, he played the clarinet, he went to a historic black college, Jackson State, known as the Sonic Boom, so I think I was listening to music before I actually was birthed. When my mom would be on the road with my dad at different gigs, I think-

Brian:     You were in the womb, you were rocking [crosstalk 00:05:40].

Angie G:     In the womb I was rocking it out.

Brian:     I love it.

Angie G:     So, from the time I can remember, as far back, my dad would do his rehearsals and his gigs. He would do rehearsals at our house, so I would be in the living room rocking out, hitting my little keyboard as he was performing. So it's been a part of who I am. I also think that music is the universal language, so it's allowed me culturally to be able to identify with my various walks in life. I mean, when I was in New Orleans I was with Cash Money, I did the very first Cash Money concert. So, you switch over here and now I'm rocking out to Go-Go, and had an opportunity to work with the legendary Chuck Brown, recently Rare Essence. So it's a part of who I am. Without music, I'm non-existent.

Brian:     Did you ever play instruments or ... ? Or was it like the influence- ?

Angie G:     Oh, I'm a great air guitarist. And I play a mean tambourine, if you want.

Brian:     There it is. Oh my God, the tambourine. And you said a mean air guitarist. I almost want to ask you what song? What song comes to mind for playing air guitar? Somehow I think there's a picture in your mind when you said that, of you playing, was it to a song or something? That's a memory, I mean ...

Angie G:     So, Nirvana and Pearl Jam, I would always rock out to. And a little hidden secret with me, when I wake up in the morning I'll turn on the radio or play something on Pandora, and I'm just dancing. It's a constant concert going on in my head.

Brian:     I feel like it's like a T-shirt we should put out, like, "It's a constant concert going on in my head." Oh, it's so good. I think the musicians would love that for sure.

 So what about you outside ... So, you've got this whole ... You're Director of this incredible organization, you're doing great things around DC, when it comes to outside of work and like your hobbies and your personal life, who's Angie outside of work?

Angie G:     So, I would say this. I've learned to do a little bit better with my work life balance. I enjoy cooking. I really have an appreciation for quiet time. So I think I, for years, would have never-ending days, so in the world of entertainment you would start ten, eleven o'clock, your night might not end until one or two o'clock in the morning. So I would have never-ending days all the time. But for now I really take time and I sit back and reflect. I love being with my family and friends, that's very, very important to me. But cooking, I exercise, so I wake up every morning and I'm on Capital Bikeshare. I ride about-

Brian:     Is that how you get to work? Or are you exercising?

Angie G:     No, that's my exercise. I take the train, I had a Camry for 23 years, it finally died on me, and I said, "We have great transportation here in the District of Columbia," so I hop on the train, I hop on the bus. And Capital Bikeshare, I ride it every day. I do about seven miles a day.

Brian:     Oh my goodness, and you're exercising ... You ain't kidding about the exercise because those Bikeshare bikes are heavy bikes, so you get some workout.

Angie G:     They are very ... They are heavy, they are heavy. And our rec centers in DC have great aquatic centers, and so I'll do that as well. But, you know, just talking walks throughout the Capital Hill area, that's where I live. And just being with my neighbors, family and friends. I have a true appreciation for that.

Brian:     Wow, that's ... And I appreciate that you use the public transit system that we all use, I say, because it just is ... Well, that's encouraging to hear. So I appreciate that.

Angie G:     And I listen to my music along the way.

Brian:     That's right, you got the headphones in and there's something ... I don't know, I'm on the fence, because I feel like on Bikeshare you can use one earphone and that's still okay because you still hear the traffic but then you can still hear the music? I don't know what the law says about that.

Angie G:     And always wear a helmet. Always wear a helmet.

Brian:     Yes. Wear a helmet. Absolutely. All right, so now what about ... Biggest success moment that comes to mind when you think about the amazing things you've been doing with the DC government. What comes to mind?

Angie G:     A few things. Being able to be on the journey with Mayor Bowser, prior to my position I was her traveling Chief of Staff, and I was also the Operations Director when the government transitioned, so that was a big success because it was like almost reading a novel every day. And then all of a sudden it's inauguration and you're in the moment of the hard work and everything that you experienced. It's also very beneficial to me being here in DC. When I was in New Orleans, I left one entertainment venue and came here, and Katrina happened maybe about a year after I was in this area, but I was heading back to New Orleans. And the way that the DC community embraced me during that time, like ... Even though I lost what I thought was home, well DC really is home. And the welcoming that I got, not only from the musicians and the creative community, but just the people here collectively as a whole. To me that's success. To me that's success, to build those type of lifelong relationships as well. So it's twofold.

Brian:     So, I take it from what you're saying then you're not going to be going back to New Orleans, you're going to stick around DC for a little while?

Angie G:     I'm going to stick around DC for awhile longer.

Brian:     All right. I dig it.

Angie G:     I like this city.

Brian:     We get to keep her, guys. This is exciting. For at least a little while. Now, one of the things I want to make sure that ... Well, I've got two questions that I want to ask. The first question is the same question that I always ask every ... It's one of my favorite ones to ask, and that is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Angie G:     Don't give up. So I think, especially in the entertainment industry, there's a lot of competition. There's going to be always someone that tells you you're not good enough. You didn't make this group. You're not going to get this opportunity to perform. And it's very, very important not to give up because it can become very discouraging. Sometimes you even have to change the people around you. That's another piece of advice I want to give you. If you're in a circle of negativity or people are not trying to lift you up to say, "Look, you can do this, you just have to work hard," but more importantly, it's that moment when you're like, "This is it. I'm throwing in the towel. I'm not going to do this anymore. I've heard no for the final time. There's no opportunities for me." Just think back to this moment and hear my voice saying, "Don't give up," because it's going to be that pivotal time where things will change. So you just can't give up.

Brian:     And you're talking like that's from some personal experience, too.

Angie G:     Oh, absolutely.

Brian:     What comes to mind when you think about that when a time when you didn't give up?

Angie G:     So, I can think of several. But I think a few things have been ... And I'll just tell you a quick, quick funny story. I was on tour at one point, and you're only as good as your next tour, that applies to musicians, that applies to the promoter, you're only as good as your next tour. So when the tour ends, that's a wrap. So I was in a situation where the tour had ended and-

Brian:     And you were on tour in what capacity?

Angie G:     So, Clear Channel at that time focused on the Broadway Theatre Series, but also there was an Urban Theatre Series. So a lot of the Urban Theatre, like your David Talberts who's actually from this area, Tyler Perry, a lot of musicians also perform as actors ad actresses in those type of productions. So I was the producer and the promoter for those events.

      So when the tour ended, I didn't have a job. And I remember finally thinking I was going to get this great job down in Mississippi as the Entertainment Director for a casino. I could do that with my eyes closed. I was like, "Oh, I'm winning. I got the gig." They basically had said I had the job. And then I had to take this test. And I've always been horrible at standardized tests, even in elementary school, like the CAT exam. I took the ACT, made a 14, then took a prep course for the ACT and got a 12. That's how bad it was. But I took the standardized test and out of a rating of 100% I scored a 20%. It was based on this trust factor, or this honesty component, something crazy. And I remember just feeling so shattered, and just, I'm like, "I can't ..." So not only could I not get that job, but I couldn't even work at the casino. I couldn't even be a bartender or a cocktail waitress or work at any of the restaurants. So, to have a Master's degree at that time, to have graduated summa cum laude, to have run these various venues and then have the reality that you can't even go work at the pastry shop, that was devastating. And I really thought it was the worst, but I came back with a vengeance.

Brian:     Yeah, and God, look at you now.

Angie G:     I didn't give up.

Brian:     I'm glad you didn't give up. I'm glad you ended up here.

Angie G:     And that's just one story. There's many more.

Brian:     And many more ... So next time you see Director Gates make sure you ask her for another one of those stories. I'm going to the next time I see her, that's for sure.

     All right, so now I want to ... The important thing that I think I want you to share with folks is if you are a musician, and you are interested in ... What are the opportunities to interact with the DC government or what types of things are you doing for musicians, and then for music fans? Share about that.

Angie G:     So, one of the things that's key, we have an open invitation. So it's just as simple as contacting our office and scheduling a meeting, and telling us what is it that you need that we can help with. So, there are times when we offer small sponsorships that can provide resources from a financial component, but we also are a production house. So we have studios, we have audio opportunities, videography opportunities, we have actual tangible resources that can help musicians, and we have our television shows that give you the platform ... Anyone that's a cable subscriber, and we're talking about 300,000 plus subscribers, we can put you on any of our musical platforms and have your talent showcased.

     For 202Creates, not only are we focusing on that during the month of September, but that's a year round initiative. So, we welcome any of those opportunities. I would also encourage individuals to get involved with the Recording Academy. That's a great resource, and you're surrounded by musicians that can provide opportunities there as well. But come be a part of the 202Creates family. We're here to help, we're here to serve.

6/13/17 - Special Guest: Vim & Vigor

Thanks Gabi from DC's Vim & Vigor for coming by this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Ashling by Motion Lines (Indie/Post-Punk)
  2. Going Going Gone by Vim & Vigor (Pop/Folk)
  3. Yellow Lines by Throwing Plates (Rock/Pop)***
  4. Vitamin by Hello Dharma (Rock/Indie)
  5. The Remedy by Dr. Badlove and the Remedies (Hip Hop/Funk)
  6. Pa Ra Ra by Aztec Sun (Funk/Soul)

    ***On the show Brian mentioned their song Weddings and Funerals, which was a mistake, he actually meant to refer to the Throwing Plates song Dirty Lies and Whiskey, which is awesome!  You should check that one out too!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

It’s Festival Season, we’re looking to have a booker from one of these DC festivals on the show as a guest.  If you’re connected with any of them, please connect us with them! 

Jason Mendelson finished his project, a song for every Metro Station, all 91 of them!  We had him on the show Nov 1!
The Washington Post picked up the story this week.  Here's the link!
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/this-guy-wrote-a-song-for-every-metro-station-all-91-of-them/2017/06/12/6cbf345a-4acb-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html

NEW RELEASES

Blue Skies and Death - Sometimes (Single)
Lionize - Blindness to Danger (Single)
The Sea Life - The Sea Life (Self Titled, Full Album)
Vintage #18 - Poor Me - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HfiO8xwZpg (official music video)

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

There's so many!  Visit our Local Music Calendar to see the full list!  These are just the few we discussed on the show to get you started.

Fri June 16
Hayley Fahey @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD
Vim & Vigor @ Tortoise & Hare in Arlington, VA
Jackie & The Treehorns@ Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA

Sat June 17
Ken Wenzel & Jason Masi @ Taste of Reston in Reston, VA
Sol Roots @ Columbia Pike Blues Festival in Arlington, VA
Vintage #18 @ Silver Spring Blues Festival in Silver Spring, MD
Wylder @ The Hamilton in DC

Sun June 18
Patty Reese @ The Hamilton in DC

Tues June 20
Aztec Sun @ The Hamilton in DC

Thurs June 22
Katie Hargrove @ Vinyl Lounge @ Gypsy Sally’s in DC

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VIM & VIGOR

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

Vim & Vigor is an ensemble indie pop band from Washington, DC. With influences ranging from Amy Winehouse to Jamie Cullum to The Head and The Heart, Vim & Vigor produces a sound that is unique and earnest with rich harmonies and layers of instrumentation. Vim & Vigor is a band full of team players, often switching leads on vocals and instruments. Gabi Schulte is a rhythm guitarist and vocalist; Sarah Moore is a vocalist, guitarist, banjoist and percussionist; PJ Tabit is a vocalist and keyboardist; Alex Porteous is the bassist; and Adam Schilpp provides the rhythm on drums. In addition, we have the ever-talented Tiffany Shanta joining us on violin.

Quickly gaining traction in the DC music scene, Vim & Vigor has performed shows at popular venues such as Jammin Java, the Black Cat, IOTA Club & Cafe, and DC9. They have also played at Rockwood Music Hall and Pianos in New York City and The Grape Room in Philadelphia. Vim & Vigor released its debut self-titled EP in 2016.

Links

http://vimandvigormusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/vimandvigormusic
https://www.instagram.com/vimandvigormusic/

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. So now we get to know Gabi from Vim & Vigor. So Vim & Vigor is an ensemble indie pop band, turning folk apparently, from Washington, DC. They produce a sound that is unique and earnest, with rich harmonies and layers of instrumentation, all bundled together. Vim & Vigor is a band full of team players, so they're often switching leads on vocals and instruments. I was talking with Gabi, she said that that was ... On Going Going Gone, she sings on that one, but not all of the tracks ... they're different vocalists on all their songs, and I love that about the band. Gabi is a rhythm guitarist and vocalist, Sarah is the vocalist, guitarist, banjoist, and percussionist. We've got PJ who's a vocalist and a keyboardist, Alex is the bassist, and Adam is on drums. And in addition, Tiffany joins in on violin from occasion, on some occasions. Vim & Vigor released their self-titled EP in 2016, which is that song Going Going Gone you just heard.

     I first came across these guys because I'd seen them around the scene and I played in the same Battle of the Bands with them back in January, and loved their sound. And now it's just such a treat to actually have you here on the show with me, Gabi, so thanks so much for being here.

Gabi:     Thank you for having me.

Brian:     This is such a treat. So, now, talk about the band. How did it come together? Where did Vim & Vigor come from?

Gabi:     I think we came about, it's a story of how everything is just such a small world, because, turns out the keyboardist, PJ, started a music project with his fellow classmates. He was in grad school at GW. And so he just started a band and he knew that I sang and played guitar, so he asked me, and we knew each other from Scranton, Pennsylvania. We're both originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Brian:     Nice. Okay.

Gabi:     Yeah. Yeah, so when I go down the stairs -- because it was in a basement -- for the first practice, I not only see PJ and his two classmates, the drummer and bassist at the time, but I also see the guitarist who's also from Scranton, and somebody I grew up with, the same neighborhood. So it was just really funny, there was three of us from Scranton in DC.

Brian:     And you didn't know that the third guy was gonna be there?

Gabi:     I didn't know that he was gonna be there.

Brian:     Wow.

Gabi:     I was just like, "What are you doing here?"

Brian:     And who was, who was the third guy?

Gabi:     His name's Brendan. He left the band a little while ago, just to pursue other opportunities, but he's very much still a part of our family.

Brian:     Nice. He's part of the Scranton family, so that's a thing.

Gabi:     Part of the Scranton family. Yeah.

Brian:     I love it.

Gabi:     Yeah. And so at the same time that they were kind of starting their project, I had been playing with a friend of mine, Sarah Moore, here in Arlington area. So we started at Four Chords [inaudible 00:02:59] on Wilson Boulevard.

Brian:     Yeah, in Chord House, that place.

Gabi:     Yeah.

Brian:     Cool.

Gabi:     Yeah, so that's pretty much how it got started.

Brian:     Wow.

Gabi:     Yeah.

Brian:     And it all came together. I love it. And the name, where does Vim & Vigor the name come from?

Gabi:     Right. So the drummer and his wife, Tyson, came out to see Sarah and I play a show at Four Chords, and it was kind of, I think, kind of like a tryout to see if we were actually good enough to be a part of [crosstalk 00:03:30]

Brian:     A tryout?

Gabi:     I think so.

Brian:     Oh my god. And Tyson, you were a part of that too, if you're listening. That's amazing. Okay.

Gabi:     So, I think we made it, and ...

Brian:     Well you're here, so that's a good sign.

Gabi:     And so his wife was basically just describing us and she was like, "Oh my gosh, they're so energetic and enthusiastic when playing." So she kind of dubbed us Vim & Vigor, and it kind of just stuck. We've kind of taken that meaning just to be super energetic and ... Not every song that we play is positive, because Going Going Gone has some sad moments, but I think we've turned it into meaning something hopeful. So I think that's what Vim & Vigor is.

Brian:     Nice.

Gabi:     Yeah.

Brian:     Well if you haven't seen them live, I've seen them live and there is definitely vim and vigor happening on stage when these guys are playing live, that's for sure. Now what about you on the personal side? So when you're not doing music, who's Gabi?

Gabi:     Who is Gabi? Well I work for PBS, so I am a project manager, and I love movies, and going to watch movies of all ... any time I can. And that's pretty much it. I mean, the band is definitely a second job, for sure.

Brian:     Oh definitely, yeah.

Gabi:     So it takes up a lot of time.

Brian:     Got it.

Gabi:     Yeah.

Brian:     Now are you like, an also like a yoga person, or do you ... are you a member of a book club, or what's other hobbies or things besides movies?

Gabi:     I like to run.

Brian:     Okay.

Gabi:     Can't say that I'm a good runner, but I definitely run.

Brian:     Okay.

Gabi:     Often. I recently signed up for a half marathon with my sisters. My sisters are very good runners.

Brian:     Got it.

Gabi:     So I think that's gonna be a challenge, but I committed to it and I paid for it.

Brian:     How long do you have until the half marathon?

Gabi:     It's in September, so I have some time.

Brian:     Okay.

Gabi:     But yeah, gotta kick it into gear, so we'll see.

Brian:     There it is. 13 point something.

Gabi:     Point one.

Brian:     Point one miles. Wow look at you go. All right, running. And hopefully you're not running from anything and you're running for fun.

Gabi:     I'm running to better my life. Let's just say that.

Brian:     I love it. I love it. All right, so now talk about -- there's six, possibly seven of you, on stage -- talk about like a funny moment. What's the funniest moment that comes to mind when you think about the band?

Gabi:     I think Sarah, Sarah is awesome, because she can feed off the energy of the crowd and the song, and she will do ... she'll just start kind of jamming on a moment and kind of just go with the bassist and dance with him a little bit. She just keeps everyone on her toes. So I think Sarah just really keeps things lively and every show is kind of a new experience because she just kind of like ... I don't know what she's gonna do. Who knows? I don't know.

Brian:     And has she ever done anything absolutely wild in these?

Gabi:     I think a couple times she's tried to go into the crowd, but she was limited by the cord.

Brian:     So she had a leash, it had to keep her on stage.

Gabi:     Yeah.

Brian:     All right. Sarah, you were leashed, I'm sorry. They strategically keep the length of the cord, the appropriate length so you can't run away.

Gabi:     It's purposeful. Correct.

Brian:     I got it. So I think you should just go get a wireless set and really mess with them one day.

Gabi:     Oh man.

Brian:     That would be wild. I'd love to see Sarah on a wireless, on a wireless setup, that'd be awesome.

Gabi:     Yeah.

Brian:     All right, now what about biggest success moments for the band so far? What comes to mind?

Gabi:     I think ... We love it when -- not to say that this happens all the time, but it's happened a few times -- where there'll be people that we don't really know, close friends of ours, singing our songs or singing lyrics from our songs, or really just jamming out and being like, "Oh, I saw you guys last week," or something like that, and coming up to us and just really paying attention to our original music. Because we play covers and originals as well, so when people that we don't know, say something about us with our original music, it's awesome.

Brian:     That's cool.

Gabi:     Yeah.

Brian:     All right. Now what about ... Talk about a time that you tried and failed. What comes to mind?

Gabi:     Well, I mean, I think every show.

Brian:     Oh stop it. You do not fail at your shows.

Gabi:     Well I will say this, one time we had a show at Iota, which is down the street I believe.

Brian:     Yeah.

Gabi:     It's a great venue. We had a new song. We had a cover of Come Together by The Beatles.

Brian:     Oh nice.

Gabi:     And we didn't have that much time to practice it, and we just kind of made a last minute decision to just go for it, and I think we bombed it. It was, yeah. We just kind of, we couldn't just ... there was no communication.

Brian:     What does that mean? The wrong notes? You didn't ... You just missed cued?

Gabi:     Just the timing, yeah. The timing and cues, and there's some chord changes. Because we wanted to do ... we always try to switch up our covers and make them our own.

Brian:     Yeah.

Gabi:     And we wanted to do an interesting jam in the middle, but we just, we kind of forgot what each of us were supposed to do, and it was just bad. So we failed. But you know what? We still play that cover out, and I think it's getting better.

Brian:     And now you rock it. So next time you go to a Vim & Vigor show, make sure you request Come Together by The Beatles.

Gabi:     Yes, exactly.

Brian:     Because that's gonna be a good one. And I heard them do Michael Jackson once, that was awesome too. Ask for that one too. All right. Now what about ... What's something in your music collection that might surprise us?

Gabi:     So, I feel like we have such a mix of influences, and one thing that I am pulling for is to do a musical night. We have ...

Brian:     Like, musicals like singing, like Broadway musicals, musicals?

Gabi:     Yes. Yeah.

Brian:     Oh nice.

Gabi:     So we, I mean, like I said, we do a lot of covers. I think that's a part of any local band, is doing cover shows, and we love them. It's really fun to play stuff that people know. But, PJ and I are pretty enthusiastic about musicals, so I think just it's a matter of time before we get the rest of the guys on board, and I think it's gonna happen. I think you should watch out for it.

Brian:     Okay. And what's the first song that comes to mind when you think about, "Ooo, I want to do a musical song"?

Gabi:     It'd be amazing if we could do Elephant Love Medley from Moulin Rouge.

Brian:     Oh my.

Gabi:     Yeah.

Brian:     All right.

Gabi:     I don't know if you're familiar.

Brian:     So if you're listening ... Oh I do, I remember the Elephant Love Medley vaguely. I'm not gonna lie, I'm gonna go YouTube this, or Google it, afterwards, so I can check that out.

Gabi:     It's pretty epic.

Brian:     And then the next time I come to a Vim & Vigor show, I'm gonna make requests and put the band on notice.

Gabi:     Sounds good.

Brian:     I love it. Now, what's ... So what about you, Gabi? Where does music enter your life? How did you become a musician?

Gabi:     So I ... My brother, when I was younger, he started playing music way be- ... when I was really young. He's about five years older than I am. I was a huge copycat and just thought he was the coolest guy ever -- and he is -- and so I just copied him. So I was like, "I need to learn guitar," and stuff like that. So I started playing when I was in freshman year of high school, and he taught me my first song, which was a Dave Matthews song.

Brian:     Which one?

Gabi:     Lover Lay Down.

Brian:     Nice.

Gabi:     Because you essentially just play two strings at a time.

Brian:     Yeah. Okay.

Gabi:     So it was pretty easy. So yeah, that was the first song I learned, and ever since then I started playing with a high school band. Like we had a folk group in high school.

Brian:     Yeah.

Gabi:     So ever since then it just happened, and I just love to write and play out, and it kind of just evolved from there.

Brian:     And it all went back to Dave Matthews and your brother.

Gabi:     It did, yeah.

Brian:     That's amazing.

Gabi:     Yeah.

Brian:     I love it. All right. Well shout out to bro, thanks for doing what you did because now we got Gabi here in Vim & Vigor as a result. What a cool story. One of my favorite questions to ask is: if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Gabi:     I think an issue or a challenge that the band comes across a lot, is finding time to keep this going. Because we're all full time, or we all have full time jobs, and it's a lot of time, a lot of effort going to practices and all that stuff. So I say, just find the time, because it's worth it. I mean, if it's something that you really love ... We have such a blast doing it , and even though it's exhausting sometimes, it's awesome.

Brian:     Find the time. Don't give up, keep working on it.

Gabi:     Yeah. Keep going.

Brian:     I dig it. Keep going. And if people want to find out more about Vim & Vigor and follow you guys, where do they go?

Gabi:     You can go to our Facebook, /vimandvigormusic. You can go to our website, vimandvigormusic.com. And we have an Instagram, vimandvigormusic, and a Twitter. But mainly all of our info is on the Facebook and website, and you can find all of our upcoming shows, media, any videos that we'll have, it'll be there.

6/6/17 - Special Guest: Katie Hargrove

Thanks Katie Hargrove for joining us on this week's epic episode!  Lots of laughs and a great time!

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MUSIC

  1. Flood by Annie Stokes (Indie/Folk)
  2. Save Me by Katie Hargrove (Pop/R&B)
  3. Good Kind of Crazy by Haley Fahey (Rock/Indie Rock)
  4. New Regent by Hyetension (Hard Rock/Rock)
  5. Devastation by Elizabeth II (Hard Rock)
  6. Hearts Intact by Ms. Fridrich (Rock/Indie Pop)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Brian used the "Upbeat Play It Loud" playlist from DCMusicRocks.com to clean and pack his house while moving last week.  Definitely recommended next time you’ve got around the house work to do!

Donations are requested for the Fort Reno Summer Concert Series.  http://www.fortreno.com/

2017 New Releases Playlist added to the website, so you can more easily find the new ones we're referring to each week!

NEW RELEASES

Jackie & the Treehorns - Writer (single)
Annie Stokes - Flood (single)
Sub-Radio - Up (single)

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

These are just a few we mentioned on the show, there's some every night, visit our Local Music Calendar to browse them all! 

Fri-Sun, June 9-11
VA Southpaws, Sub-Radio, Wylder, Jason Masi & MORE @ Celebrate Fairfax Festival in Fairfax, VA

Fri June 9
Vintage#18 @ Hamilton Loft in DC

Sat June 10
Hayley Fahey Band @ Piney Orchard Street Festival in Odenton, MD
Aaron Myers @ Sixth & I Synagogue in DC

Sun June 11
Heather Mae, Billy Winn @ Capital Pride Festival in DC
Teddy Chipouras @ Jammin Java in Fairfax, VA

Tues June 13
Turtle Recall @ The BullPen in DC

Thurs June 15
Color Palette @ U Street Music Hall in DC
Ken Wenzel @ Blackwall Hitch in Alexandria, VA

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KATIE HARGROVE

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BIO:

This young, blue-eyed-soul singer is a sultrier kind of pop star. Katie Hargrove’s new self-titled debut EP, released on Transoceanic Records, is “everything I have--rolled into a few bars: it’s real, it’s painful, it’s empowering and it’s true.” Music was always an important part of Katie’s youth. The native of Knoxville, TN, began performing at age 10. She was classically trained and competed nationally in piano, but began to favor the guitar once she hit her teens. Her early influences were Carole King, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Dixie Chicks, and Tupac. She continued to sing and write songs through high school and college, especially when things got rocky in her life. “Music is my outlet…during the ups and downs…I knew no matter how silenced I felt, my music would always give me a voice.” After graduating from the University of Florida, she moved to Washington, DC, where she now calls home. After briefly touring and playing at national charitable and community events, she was chosen by the US Dept of the Interior to perform in the Christmas Music Program at the White House this past December.

She has performed alongside Aaron Carter, “American Idol’ Kris Allen, Jason Lancaster, and Death of Paris. But when 21-year old Katie Hargrove stepped into the studio for the first time in Philadelphia, at Morningstar Studios, she almost cried she was so nervous. “I think singer-songwriters wait their whole lives hoping and dreaming of a day when their music will be more that a project,” Katie says. Together with multi-Grammy award winning producer Glenn Barratt (Elton John, Diana Ross, Shirley Caesar, Melody Gardot), producer and industry veteran Jock Wanamaker, and Morningstar engineer Dave Schonauer, Katie sought to “create something bigger than just ‘a song’ or ‘an album’ ” and to let the work resonate on its own merit.  From the hundreds Katie had written, the final songs chosen for the EP were the ones that “kept her up at night”, whose deep, forthright lyrics spoke to the subjects of love, seduction and bargaining with loss. Arranger John Conahan (The Crossing, National Cathedral Choir, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center) and the producers employed a team of luminary musicians to play on the record: strings from the Philly Pops; Grammy-winning trumpet player for Michael Jackson, Matt Cappy; guitarist for R&B legends (the Sound of Philadelphia, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Gladys Knight, Regina Bell) Ron Jennings, and touring guitarist for Elvis Costello and Amos Lee, Ross Bellenoit. The collaboration generated just the right balance of soul and punch, vulnerability and swagger. And now, with this debut album, Katie delights in her greatest passion: sharing her music with the world. Her music embodies the new generation of strong outspoken female pop singers, and has earned her comparisons to both Adele and to Alanis Morissette.



Links

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. Let's get to know our star here, Katie. This young, blue eyed, soul singer is a sultry our kind of pop star. She describes her latest EP as, "Everything I have rolled into a few bars." It's real, it's painful, it's empowering, and it's true. Music was always an important part of Katie's youth. Growing up in Knoxville, TN, she began performing at age 10. She was classically trained and competed nationally in piano. Really, piano?

Katie:     I did.

Brian:     I'm impressed. She's a piano player, but began to favor the guitar once she hit her teens. Her early influences were Carol King, Jimmy Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Dixie Chicks, and Tupac, which is an amazing collection of influences there. She continued to sing and write songs through high school and college, and after graduating from the University of Florida, which by the way I went to Florida State.

Katie:     Rivals.

Brian:     We'll talk about that off the air later. She moved to Washington DC where she now calls home, and her music embodies the new generation of strong, outspoken female pop singers, and there is an amazing generation of those. I first came across her music when I was listening to that track, Be My Baby on the Metro, and it connected with me. Now, listeners, it is such a treat to now have her here in the studio to share her with you. It's with great pleasure that I formally introduce Katie Hargrove.

Katie:     Hi.

Brian:     It is such a treat to have you here. Tell folks, the evolution of music in your life now. I brought up piano, I brought up guitar, go back for us, kind of run us through the progression of how you go to being the recording artist you are today.

Katie:     Wow, I mean, how much time do we have?

Brian:     The shorter version is good.

Katie:     Yeah, my dad played guitar, and he was a singer-songwriter growing up. I think I always heard music. I started picking it up and it was never a quiet day at our house, because someone was always playing music. Whether it was my dad and I playing music together, or us going to a show, or listening to a new album, we always picked albums and we would listen to them at dinner. If it was your night, you would play music. I think a little by little it just started to become my life. Around 10, 12, is when I switched to guitar and I started writing my own music. It just blossomed into a thing that I kept up with. Then I started performing in little talent shows, and things at school, and doing drama, and things like that. I think little by little I was like, "I like this. This is good," so I just kind of stuck with it.

Brian:     Wow, and now you moved up to DC, and you recorded this album now. The name of the album is ...

Katie:     It's self-titled, Katie Hargrove.

Brian:     Self-titled, Katie Hargrove. At what point did you decide, okay, I'm going to record this album? How did that happen?

Katie:     That's kind of a long story. Short Cliff Notes version.

Brian:     I've been asking the long story questions, I love it, it's like hitting home runs. Okay, talk to us.

Katie:     I performed for a family friend of mine, who I was introduced to on a back porch. I played Lost Our War, and Save Me, and she cried. She loved the songs, she loved them acoustic, and she has a friend, and he has a studio, and she introduced me to him, and she told me off the bat, "He a tough cookie, and if he doesn't like your music he's not going to be afraid to say that." I was terrified, and I met with him, and of course I was sick, and my voice sounded terrible, and I played, I think I played Lost Our War and The Last, which are both on the album. I remember him just shaking his head, and Jock, he's one of the producers on the album, he was like, "Yeah, okay. Well, send me all of your music and we'll start talking about this." I was like, "Nothing is ever going to happen. He hated it." At the time I was working at ...

Brian:     This is how he lets you down easy.

Katie:     Yeah I was like ...

Brian:     He's just like, "Oh yeah, yeah it's good. Yeah, we can go out on it."

Katie:     I was working at Vans, the shoe store, at the time. I was like, "I have to get to my shift, I don't know what I'm doing here." Little by little we started cultivating through email, and he was like, "I have this studio up in Philly, and you should come up," and blah, blah, blah. It just became a thing. Then it was like, "Okay, I should probably accept this is happening, that we're going to go to a studio and record this." The best part is I had never been in a studio, ever, I had never toured a studio.

Brian:     Wow.

Katie:     I had never done any of that. To walk in and be surrounded by these incredible musicians, I mean, one of the other producers, Glenn Barratt, he worked with Diana Ross, and Melody Gardot, and I mean it was just intense. You know? I'm sitting here, like little girl who wrote all of these songs in her bedroom, and then, "Oh there's Matt Cappy, Michael Jackson's trumpet player, it was just ... It was insane.

Brian:     Wow.

Katie:     Yeah.

Brian:     Now so you worked with all of them then. Well let me back up, so when I went and saw you, I caught you at the Ellipse Rooftop Bar, one of the gigs you had. Now it's just you and your guitar sometimes, you're doing the singer-songwriter thing.

Katie:     Yep.

Brian:     On the album there's a lot, all kinds of strings, and amazing sounds. Talk about how did your guitar singing turn into all of that.

Katie:     I sent them hundreds of songs and they chose a select handful of songs.

Brian:     Wait, wait, hundreds?

Katie:     I sent them a lot of songs.

Brian:     Okay.

Katie:     All recorded on my phone.

Brian:     On your iPhone. Okay.

Katie:     Yeah. They picked out the ones that they thought were the punchiest, most ear catching tunes that they could make into something that would be radio worthy, you know, I had never been on the radio, I had never really promoted myself in that way. I sent them all to them and I guess John Conahan, he was the arranger on the album, and he wrote out everybody's music, and everything. I think Jock, John, and Glenn, all kind of got together and created this musical piece. Before we would sit to record every song, they would kind of give me what they thought was going to happen. Like, "This is kind of what we've arranged. What do you think about it?" We'd kind of bounce ideas around, and come up with something we were all comfortable with. I was very comfortable in the studio, and I think they really made it a place where it wasn't just like, "Well, this is what we've figured out is going to be your song, and that's it, and here you go." It was beautiful. It was the chance to really cultivate something as a group, and it was all in like four days.

Brian:     Wow.

Katie:     Yeah.

Brian:     What an epic weekend and what a great result. My compliments to John, and Jock, and ...

Katie:     Glenn.

Brian:     ... and Glenn, for the amazing arranging.

Katie:     Yeah.

Brian:     Just amazing, I love the result that came from that. Now talk about you on the personal side. Outside of the music thing, what is life like for you? Hobbies, what's outside of music?

Katie:     I love working out. I do solid core, which is like a Pilates class. I like to think it's like a much harder version of a class I've ever done before. It's on like a reformer, and it kicks your butt hard, and I love it.

Brian:     Okay.

Katie:     Let's think, what else? Sadly, I'm really into reality TV.

Brian:     Stop, really?

Katie:     If we're being honest.

Brian:     Okay, all right.

Katie:     If we're being honest and this is the honest me, then yes.

Brian:     Okay. Now tell me more. What does that mean? What do you watch? What is that?

Katie:     I'm just intrigued by people's lives. I feel like there's no need to even watch fiction shows, because people are crazy, and they're so interesting. I don't know.

Brian:     It seems like fiction when you're watching reality TV.

Katie:     Yeah, like Real Housewives, and all these new shows, it's just ... No hate, I love it. Keep it up, you know?

Brian:     What's the latest one that you've been watching?

Katie:     Probably just some version of Real Housewives, or who knows? Yeah, probably Real Housewives.

Brian:     Real Housewives?

Katie:     Or Below Deck, the one about the deck crew.

Brian:     Yeah.

Katie:     I'm into it, yeah.

Brian:     That's awesome.

Katie:     So lame.

Brian:     Okay.

Katie:     It's so lame.

Brian:     All right, now what about ... What's something in your music collection that might surprise us?

Katie:     Like album wise?

Brian:     Yeah, or like song, or artists, or ...

Katie:     I don't know, I've always been into 80s music, I'm a big 80s person. I'm always ...

Brian:     Okay, what does that mean?

Katie:     I love Foreigner, and Been Waiting for a Girl Like You, that's like one of my favorite songs ever. Play it at gigs, and I don't think people realize how much I'm putting in to it. You know what I mean? I'm like, "Okay, you all have to clap, I'm clapping on the inside." I don't know.

Brian:     I think every musician has been through them clapping on the inside too, actually, that's a ... You're there, and you're playing music, and everybody is paying attention to what they're doing, and you are ... Yes.

Katie:     Yeah, you're giving it your all. That's all you can give it, right?

Brian:     That is wonderful.

Katie:     Yeah.

Brian:     I love it. Now you had mentioned your earliest memory with music, you had mentioned your parents, and playing music for the dinner table? Go back to that. Early memories of music.

Katie:     Early memories, we always listened to music at dinner. If it was your night, like if it was your turn, you would play a recent album, or recent song you'd heard. It was your chance to kind of be like, "Oh do you like it? Here it is," like a little indie band you found, my parents kind of just let me have free reign of the computer, which probably could have been a bad thing, but I just searched songs, and I just found all of these different musicians, and I just feel in love with music and kind of cultivated my own style from that.

Brian:     Is there a song that comes to mind that you played for them that was a home run, or something, that comes to mind?

Katie:     I don't know. I think often times I would play them songs thinking I was like the finder, like I would play Carol King, or something, and they would be like, "Yeah, sweetie. Mm-hmm (affirmative), yep, we've heard of her."

Brian:     We've been listening to that for years, yeah.

Katie:     Yeah, so I think I tried really hard to be cool, and my parents were like, "You're great."

Brian:     Excellent, excellent. Now, one of the last questions that I always love to ask on this show is if you could offer one piece of advice what would it be?

Katie:     I would say if music, and being an artist, is really what you want to do, just give it your all. Give it everything you have and even during the days when you think, "This is never going to be anything, and I'm never going to amount to anything as a musician," those are the days you really need to be your number one fan. If I hadn't been that, then I never would have had the chance to even step into a studio and create the masterpiece that I consider my album. No matter what comes of it, I'm proud of it, and that's ... You have to be proud of your work and kind of give it your all.

Brian:     That's hard, how do you get through those days where you just, "God, why am I doing this?" How do you do it? How do you deal with it?

Katie:     I write music, I write songs, I mean Save Me definitely didn't come from a place when I was having a great day. You know what I mean?

Brian:     True, okay.

Katie:     I think those are the times where you have to harness that energy, and that feeling, and emotion, and realize that you're probably not alone in feeling that. There's probably a ton of people who would really love to feel that with you, and be supported in the process.

Brian:     All right cool, and if folks want to find out more about you, and follow you, where do they go?

Katie:     I would say best site would be my website, KatieHargrove.com.

Brian:     Got it, KatieHargove.com. Social media?

Katie:     I'm on Instagram.

Brian:     I always like to ask, what's your favorite one? Because everybody has a favorite one that they always stick to.

Katie:     I mean, for the longest time it's been Instagram. I love Instagram, but recently it's been Twitter. I tweet a lot.

Brian:     A lot of tweeting.

Katie:     Yeah, a lot of tweeting.

Brian:     All right, she's a tweeter guys, look out.

5/30/17 - Special Guest: Billy Winn

Thanks Billy Winn for joining us on this week's episode!  #Winn #BillyWinn #allidoiswinnwinnwinn

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. I've Never Met a Stranger by The Bumper Jacksons (Country/Americana)
  2. Crossfire by Billy Winn (Pop/EDM)
  3. Real One by Jus Paul & Kid Cannibal (Funk/R&B)
  4. Never Been by Mista Fingaz (R&B)
  5. You're On My Time Now by The Fringe Benefits (Pop/Hard Rock)
  6. Wanna Be With You by Jus Paul & Kid Cannibal (Funk/R&B)

LATEST NEW RELEASES

Fort Knox Five - Give it a minute (2 song EP)
Jen Miller - Fire (single)
Carolyn Malachi - Summertime (single)
Black Alley - Complicated (single)
The Bumper Jacksons - I've Never Met a Stranger (full album)
Monday Mistress - Rocket (video) -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZBasn7-jWQ

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

These are just the few we mentioned on the show, there's some every night, visit our Local Music Calendar to browse them all! 

Fri June 2
Aaron Tinjum & The Tangents @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA
Vim & Vigor @ The Midlands in DC

Sat-Sun June 3-4
Andrew Tufano, Sub-Radio, His Dream of Lions @ Summerfest in DC
Throwing Plates, Jason Masi, Nelly’s Echo, The VA Southpaws @ Herndon Festival in Herndon, VA

Sun June 4
Mark G. Meadows @ The Hamilton in DC

Thurs June 8
My French Roommate @ DC9 in DC
SwampCandy @ The Hamilton in DC

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BILLY WINN

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BIO:

Billy Winn is a Billboard-charting singer, songwriter, recording artist, and performer who has captivated audiences with his energetic dance shows and powerhouse talent. Since 2013, Billy has released a number of acclaimed singles, including the song “Future X Boyfriend”—which reached the top 20 on the Billboard Dance chart—and has shared the stage with the likes of Emeli Sande’, Cher Lloyd, Blake Lewis, and Icona Pop. His music ranges from high energy dance records, to slick and sexy urban pop and emotionally charged EDM. After releasing the critically acclaimed single “Crossfire” in 2016, Billy has returned with a new sound and all new style—ready to expand his reach even further. He describes himself as “a pop artist making electro/pop music with a sexy urban edge,” noting artists such as Prince, Aaliyah, and Michael and Janet Jackson as some of his biggest influences.

Links

Website: www.BillyWinn.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/billywinnmusic
Youtube: www.YouTube.com/billywinn1
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/billywinn
Instagram: www.Instagram.com/billywinnmusic
Snapchat: IamBillyWin

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. So, now, let's get to know this incredible guy right here. My guest today, Billy Winn, is a Billboard-charting singer, song writer, recording artist, and performer, which captivates on stage and brings energetic dance shows to the stage. Since 2013, Billy has released a number of acclaim singles including the song Future X Boyfriend, which reached the top 20 on the Billboard Dance Chart. His music ranges from high-energy dance records to slick and sexy urban pop and emotionally-charged EDM. He describes himself as a pop artist making electro-pop music with a sexy ... And if you've seen the photos, it's a very sexy urban edge to this guy.

     So, I came across Billy ... Actually, it was last year. We both played the Taste of DC, I believe. That's where I saw your name in there and I was going through checking out all the artists. We were both on stage and different stages or whatever and I saw you on there and it was like, "Wow. This Billy Winn guy is awesome." So, I reached out to him and he's got me back to me, and now it is such a treat to actually have you here to do this.

Billy Winn:     Thank you so much for having me, and it's my pleasure.

Brian:     Thanks for being here, dude.

Billy Winn:     Trust me.

Brian:     This is awesome. So, anyway, let's get to know you here. So, now, you talked a little bit earlier, but share it again. You got started in school. How did music come into your life?

Billy Winn:     It kind of happened sort of by accident. I was a theater kid. I started performing when I was around six years old. At the time I was more interested in just being a performer, acting and dancing, and singing kind of was a prerequisite for that. It wasn't until I was probably 10 where I started to take music seriously and I wanted to be a recording artist. It was from my love of music videos.

Brian:     Music videos?

Billy Winn:     Yeah.

Brian:     So, we're talking, like MTV music videos?

Billy Winn:     MTV videos, like TRL and stuff like that. It made me want to ... I was like, "I can do this."

Brian:     It turns out you can. Look at you go.

Billy Winn:     I was already like on the trajectory. I just didn't realize it, but once I made the decision to focus more so on music, I just incorporated everything else, the acting and the dancing and all that good stuff.

Brian:     Got it. Now, there's a lot ... I mean, you talked about high-energy dance shows and stuff. When people see you live, describe what a live Billy Winn show is like. Is there dancers, is it dancing, is it singing, is it ... ?

Billy Winn:     When I think about performing for me, I want to give a full show, like you would see at a circus, like Circus Olay, something like that. So, it's always like performance art to a certain degree. It's going to be dancing, flipping. If you make it to the Capital Pride show, there's going to be some smoke machines and some confetti and lot of fun stuff.

Brian:     Oh hell yeah.

Billy Winn:     It's going to be [crosstalk 00:03:00] show.

Brian:     All right. So, it's a heck of a show. What about you? So, there's this ... Before I jump to that, I also want to touch on ... So, singer and song writer. Talk about your music, because sometimes in the world of pop music and the music today, sometimes you just sing or you song write or little bit of both. How does music come together for you when we hear your stuff on the radio?

Billy Winn:     Singing is just a natural gift just like every other facet of performing that I have dancing and acting. I can sing. I just focused on singing to become better at it and to make it the focal point because I really, really love music. But like I said, I was 10 when I decided I want to be a recording artist. I have a weird process when I think and I was like, "Okay, well, what does a singer need? A singer needs songs." I didn't know any song writers at the time so I decided that, "Okay, well, I can write my own songs," like Immediately following [inaudible 00:03:58] I didn't want to be a recording artist, I started writing my own songs.

Brian:     Got it. Now is it, do you use a keyboard or is it you and a guitar?

Billy Winn:     It's so many different ways at this point. When I was ... The one thing that I never really did starting out was play instruments.

Brian:     Got it. Okay.

Billy Winn:     So, I would always write a cappella, but what I didn't realize I was doing was actually still writing chords and writing melodies and things like that. Nowadays, I'd use a keyboard and I really want to start using a guitar more. I don't know why I'm afraid to, but there's something about it that intimidates me, but I really want to start using the guitar more.

Brian:     I hope you do. That will be a wild addition to your set when all of a sudden you pull out a guitar and sit down.

Billy Winn:     I really will like to do that.

Brian:     [crosstalk 00:04:41].

Billy Winn:     I want that shock.

Brian:     You told us all here. So, we hope that ... I hope I get to see that.

Billy Winn:     I know. I said it live on the air.

Brian:     I want a YouTube video. You said it live on the air. Once you say it, it's a thing. Now, so, on the personal side, then outside of the music thing, what do you do in your free time? What's life like for you?

Billy Winn:     I am probably the most boring person you could ever meet outside of music.

Brian:     Oh stop it.

Billy Winn:     I travel a lot, like I have a really extensive social life and that part of me is fun, but if I'm home, like before I got here. I was watching cartoons on Hulu like all day.

Brian:     Nice.

Billy Winn:     That's what I'd do. Me and my dogs, we just chill out and we watch TV.

Brian:     What kind of dogs?

Billy Winn:     I have a pug. He's all black.

Brian:     Got it.

Billy Winn:     I have a Maltese Shih Tzu mix. He kind of looks like [carladeville 00:05:35].

Brian:     Wow. Okay. Those two together, all right. "So, I got the dogs, do some marathon, TV watching."

Billy Winn:     Mostly cartoons.

Brian:     Nice.

Billy Winn:     I'm a comic book geek, so I watch Justice League and X-Men and all that stuff.

Brian:     Oh excellent.

Billy Winn:     If you didn't know, they're on Hulu and Netflix, so I binge all the time.

Brian:     Nice. Okay. So, we got that. This is a fun question that I love to ask, but that's ... Talk about your ... Tell me a story about a time you tried and failed.

Billy Winn:     Ooh, that's a good one. So, one of the reasons why I'm so happy to do this interview is to talk about a situation that sort of happened not too long ago. A lot of people ask me ... I get a lot of fan questions about where my album is, if I've ever done an album. The answer to that question is I did actually record an album. Back in 2013, I recorded an album at the time I was signed to an indie label that was signed to Universal.

Brian:     Oh okay.

Billy Winn:     My producer and I at the time, [rainer 00:06:50] hot net of 180 Music, we sat down and we did like 25 tracks. We were spending like ...

Brian:     25?

Billy Winn:     Yeah.

Brian:     Wow.

Billy Winn:     It was like 18-hour days in the studio, mixing and mastering and recording. I actually did an album. It ended up being like 13 tracks.

Brian:     Okay.

Billy Winn:     At the time that the album was being finished, the indie label lost their funding and everything just sort of fell apart. So, I did an album. Since that time, parts of it have sort of been ... It's been picked apart for various reasons, other record deals and singles that I've put out. The biggest failure for me was not getting to present that collection of music the way that it was supposed to be presented. I think I've been sort of on a journey to sort of reconcile that ever since.

Brian:     Wow. That must've been so frustrating, man.

Billy Winn:     Frustrating is the best way to put it. It was devastating to a degree, but it was more frustrating than anything, because you ... I felt like I was onto something that was really special and I didn't get to share it with the world the way that I intended to.

Brian:     Got it. It just occurred to me, earlier you talked about when the name came together or something, I meant to ask you. So, Billy Winn is your ... That is your real name or that is the stage name?

Billy Winn:     Technically, I mean, it's sort of my real name, but it's a stage name. I can't sign checks as Billy Winn.

Brian:     Got it. Do you hear it? You heard it here first, he can't sign checks as Billy Winn. There you go.

Billy Winn:     If they come looking for me, they're not going to look for Billy Winn.

Brian:     Where did the artist name came from then?

Billy Winn:     I wanted a name that sounded like, "Oh Hollywood," but I also didn't want a name that was so unfamiliar that I felt like people were calling to someone else. So, my first real name is William.

Brian:     Okay.

Billy Winn:     You get that much, just the first name.

Brian:     Okay, yeah, we're with you.

Billy Winn:     But my whole life, everybody just call me Billy, "Billy, Billy, Billy." Even when I went to elementary school, I freaked out on a teacher because she started calling me William and I had no idea who she was talking to.

Brian:     Wow.

Billy Winn:     Nobody had ever explained to me that Billy's a nickname. So, Winn is my mother's maiden name.

Brian:     Got it.

Billy Winn:     And so I said, "You know, Billy Winn sounds like, "Oh Hollywood, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Billy Winn."

Brian:     That's cool. Now, when you hear it ... When I hear your name, sometimes that good rap song (singing). I feel like all of a sudden that's like an anthem or something, is it?

Billy Winn:     I never actually ...

Brian:     I'm teasing you.

Billy Winn:     I know. I never thought about it that way, but now the next time I hear that song ...

Brian:     I changed it for you forever?

Billy Winn:     Yeah.

Brian:     I'm honored to have done that for you, sir, because you changed it for me forever. It's like, "Yeah, he's got it."

Billy Winn:     Well, I appreciate it.

Brian:     "It's like his life story in a song." I love it. That's cool. All right. Now, what's something in your music collection that might surprise us?

Billy Winn:     I listen to like everything. I know some people ... I know a lot of people probably hear my songs ... And it happens. They get their impression of a person from their music. But me, I listen to everything. My music taste is very broad. So, I think if I were to just choose something, the thing that probably would surprise most people is I listen to a lot of opera.

Brian:     Really?

Billy Winn:     Yeah.

Brian:     Okay.

Billy Winn:     I have a favorite opera.

Brian:     Which is?

Billy Winn:     The Magic Flute.

Brian:     Wow, okay. Well, you listening out there, check out The Magic Flute. Next time you see Billy, have him sing some for you. You're going to sing a little bit, huh?

Billy Winn:     Well, I don't know about that, but ...

Brian:     Oh okay.

Billy Winn:     ... I'll play my favorite [inaudible 00:10:48] but I don't think I'm going to ... I don't think I'm that good.

Brian:     I got one more question for you. It's my favorite one ask every episode and that's, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Billy Winn:     Stay true to your artistry, whatever that is. I think that, especially being an indie artist and meeting a lot of artists in the DC metro area, the one thing that I can say for sure is that everyone that I've met here, they're very true to what it is that they do as artists. It isn't necessarily about trying to fit into a particular market, which I think is one of the beauties of the DC music scene. It can sort of be a double-edged sword depending on where you come from in terms of music and your goals, but I think just staying true to yourself as an artist and what it is that you want to do and present to the world is the most important thing.

Brian:     I like that and that's challenging in today's day and age, man. People tell you all kinds of things that contradict it. So, be true. That's so true.

Billy Winn:     Trust what you have. I still hear some strange things as to why people won't play records or book shows. I'm always like, "What are you talking about?" It happens.

Brian:     All right. Stay true. I dig it. Now I have folks who want to find out more about you or follow you, where do they go?

Billy Winn:     I'm all over social media, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, SoundCloud. If you search Billy Winn Music, it's B-I-L-L-Y W-I-N-N Music. That would be my Facebook and my Instagram.

Brian:     Got it.

Billy Winn:     Twitter is just Billy Winn ... @billywinn on Twitter.

Brian:     Got it.

Billy Winn:     You can search Billy Winn Music pretty much on YouTube and SoundCloud and have my stuff.

5/23/17 - All Music Episode

Today it was an all music episode, since we have so many new artists to share, we dedicated this episode just to sharing some with you!

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MUSIC

  1. Cliff Dive by Luke James Shaffer (Indie/Folk)
  2. High-Voltage Touch by Dave Ihmels (Rock/Experimental Folk)
  3. Heartbreak Afternoon by Cravin' Dogs (Indie/Root's Rock)
  4. Blanche by The Side Dish (Rock/Hard Rock)
  5. Vortex by Virginia Creep (Hard Rock/Noise Rock)
  6. Laboratium by Melanie Edwards (Folk/ Goth Piano)
  7. Manic Ride by Khadijah Moon (Pop/Soul)
  8. Yesaq by Tha Raw (Hard Rock/Rock)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

We have updated our spotify profile now and the playlists links have been changed/updatedIf you followed them before, check the playlist page on our site for the new links to follow.  If you haven’t checked them out yet, you’re invited too!  www.dcmusicrocks.com/playlists

NEW RELEASES

Bells and Hunters - Sense of Time (Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmr8ATseVO8

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

This is just a taste to get you started, there's so many, visit the full list here: http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Fri May 26

Throwing Plates @ Iota in Arlington, VA
Black Alley @ The Filmore in Silver Spring, MD
Vintage#18 @ The Hamilton Loft in DC

Sat May 27

Internal Frontier @ Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA

Wed May 31

Melanie Edwards @ Gypsy Sally’s in DC

Thu June 1

His Dream Of Lions @ VFW Post 8241 in Mclean, VA



5/16/17 - Special Guest: Stone Driver

Thanks to Stone Driver members Tim, Chad, Dan, and John for joining us this week!

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MUSIC

  1. Aberdeen by Swampcandy (Folk/Americana)
  2. Send Me by Stone Driver (Hard Rock/Rock)
  3. Over you by Classified Frequency (Rock/Fusion Rock)
  4. Loud Boyz in Love by Loud Boyz (Punk)
  5. Black Cat by Lionize (Rock)
  6. Know the Score by Borracho (Hard Rock/Stoner Rock)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Artists who are DC Residents! the DC Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program is accepting applications.  You can receive up to $10,000.  It’s not hard to apply and you don’t need to show a final product at the end.  Go check it out!  
    https://dcarts.dc.gov/node/1237331

NEW RELEASES

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Fri May 19
Pleasure Train & Surprise Attack @ Mason Inn in DC
L.A.T.O. @ The Hamilton - Loft in DC

Sat May 20
Black Masala @ Celebrate Takoma Festival in Takoma, MD
Soundproof Genie  @ Hard Rock Cafe in DC
Throwing Plates @ Barnhouse Brewery in Leesburg, VA

Sun May 21
The North Country @ Dew Drop Inn in DC

Mon May 22
Ken Wenzel @ Open Road in Fairfax, VA

Tues May 23
Sol Roots @ The BullPen Nationals Park in DC

Wed May 24
The Duskwhales @ Gypsy Sally’s in DC

Thu May 25
Classified Frequency, Derek Evry & Stone Driver, Charity Event for Joe Strummer Foundation (@strummerville) @ Black Cat in DC

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STONE DRIVER

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

Stone Driver

Bio:

Stone Driver is a critically acclaimed rock band based in Washington, DC with Chad Lesch, Tim Boyer, John Gossart, and Dan Epley.  Stone Driver pulls from a wide diversity of musical influences, from Pink Floyd to Alice in Chains, blues rock to progressive, to create meaningful, relevant, and real music.

Stone Driver completed their second album "Rocks" with London, UK based producer Sefi Carmel, who has produced music for other notable artists David Bowie, Phil Collins, Bruno Mars, and BB King.

Stone Driver has been featured on both national & international media outlets, and has generated a diverse fan base of modern rock, blues, grunge, and classic rock aficionados.  Stone Driver and its members have shared venue billings with Living Colour, the B-52s, Radiohead, The Whirlees, Bush, Everclear, Hole, and Soundgarden.

Links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/StoneDriverBand

Instagram: www.instagram.com/stone_driver

Twitter: www.twitter.com/StoneDriverBand

Official: www.StoneDriver.com

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     Stone Driver is a critically acclaimed rock band based in Washington, DC. We got Chad, Tim, John, and Dan. Together the pull from a wide diversity of musical influences to create meaningful, relevant, and real music. Stone Driver's been featured on both national and international media outlets, and it has generated diverse fan base of modern rock, blues, grunge, and classic aficionados.

     I first came across these guys when I was checking out the scene, and since I'm in a rock band, I totally loved the rock, and I heard these guys and I was just hooked. And ever since then we've kept in touch. It's with great pleasure that I get to formally introduce Stone Driver. Thanks for being here guys.

Chad:     Thanks for having us.

Brian:     This is amazing. Now, right off the bat I want you to tell us about ... So the name Stone Driver; where did that come from?

Chad:     Oh boy ... That was ...

Tim:     That's a good story, right?

Chad:     It involved, I think a dictionary ... It involved a little bit of bourbon. It involved a little bit of pointing at different names ... And we kind of liked it. I mean, the silly stuff aside ... You know, we think about a lot of the modern rock bands and classic rock bands ... We like Stone Temple Pilots, Rolling Stones, et cetera. So kind of that Stone Theme in Rock music.

Tim:     And then the driving music, the driving beat. That goes along with it to.

John:         It wasn't taken.

Chad:     Yeah, that too.

Tim:     After a Google search ...

Chad:     After multiple Google searches worldwide we found one band name that was still available, so we embraced it.

Brian:     You found it, you found the one. And I love it. Tell me the story about how you guys came together. How did Stone Driver come to be?

Chad:     So it ... Really, in this form it was a mix of all of us kind of reaching out, being independent musicians and using some of the different tools that are out there to find other players. Everybody who's been in a band has been down the deep scary pit that is Craigslist. You can get some unique matches there that ... some are appropriate for radio, some are not. And there's other websites like BandMix where you can find profiles of individuals that kinda list what they're looking for, music influences et cetera. So, we were really kind of lucky to form all together using those tools and just jelling.

Tim:     When I hooked up ... Chad and I were ... We've been in the band the longest at this point, but when I joined up I heard these guys, what they were doing, and thought it was just a great sound and I wanted to be a part of that. I thought it had a lot of potential. So, that's what attracted me to it.

Brian:     While I have you here, I realize that they're listening to you and they don't know your voices. So, introduce yourselves real quick.

Tim:     I'm Tim.

Chad:     I'm Chad.

Dan:     I'm Dan

John:         And I'm John.

Brian:     And tell them the instruments too. What do you play?

Tim:     I play bass.

Chad:     I play guitar, which has also been called the bass piccolo by other people.

Dan:     Dan: I'm the drummer.

John:         And I sing.

Brian:     Got it. And together that's the crew. Cool. All right, so now ... Now talk about where music came from for both of you. How did you end up playing music? How did that start?

John:         I think we've all been in bands for a long time. I mean, unlike some of the guys that we see around DC we're a little bit older. Not much, but a little bit older.

     When I playing music in Boston at Boston College, and was part of that scene in the '90s ... And everybody to my left's got more impressive stories than that.

Dan:     So I'm a recent transplant to DC area ... About three years. I'm originally from the Pacific Northwest, so I kind of grew up in that '90s grunge movement that started happening there. So I played a lot of bands around the West Coast. And over here I got to hook up with these guys.

John:         He's doing the like, "Aww, shucks," thing. This guy has shared the stage with the biggest grunge names of that era: Nirvana and Soundgarden ... And he was in a band called The Whirlies that was like setting the stage for what happened in the '90s. So Dan, as usual is being more humble than necessary.

Dan:     Aww shucks ...

Chad:     It's humble drummers ...

Brian:     Thank you for pointing that out, and I want to know those details. So, please call the other guys out to if they do that as well. We want to know these details. Share them with us.

Chad:     This is Chad, and any interesting details I have are completely fabricated. I grew up in a household that was a really big fan of classic rock and blues. At the same time I was growing up ... You know, similar story ... Grunge was coming out and getting really into Nirvana and Soundgarden, and some of the other heavier acts, like Tool ... So those two kind of influences really weighed heavy on me, but definitely a strong blues-rock base . And, you know, some of the classic influences there.

John:         Again, he's playing it down. So this guy's got connections to rock royalty. The Lush name I think most people know out there. And I think there's an Iron Butterfly connection that he might want to talk about.

Chad:     I am declining any 13 minute drum solos. Although I'm sure with the two drummers we have in this studio, they could do it.

Dan:     We need that.

Chad:     No. My uncle got offered the job to play bass for Iron Butterfly back in the day, and respectfully declined to be a teacher. So, you know, he figured,  "Those long bass solos ... that was just to much man. Let's deal with some kindergartners."

     But also a really big influence on me, musically and wanting to play music.

Tim:     Well, as a bass player, a lot of people will sympathize with my origins. My brother was in a band, he was a guitarist, and there was an upcoming battle of the bands, and the bass player in the band left. So I got drafted to be the bass player. This is quite a long time ago. We won the battle of the bands so I stuck with it. I moved out to Colorado. I played in Boulder for several years out there with several bands. About 15-20 years ago I moved back east and have been playing with a variety of different bands here in the DC area. It's been my dream just to play out, get a really tight band and play good original music. I think I found it with these guys. Just a great connection between all of us, musically.

Brian:     Now that's amazing. Now, what's ... One of my favorite questions to ask, and I'd love to ask you guys ... I want to hear from each of your actually. If you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Chad:     Geez ... Just keep at it. I think that's what I'd throw out there. We were talking a little bit before the show and we were talking about how it can be hard to be a local band, although the internet is exploding, sometimes it seems it's that much harder to pull in a draw or let people know it's local. So I would encourage people, and this isn't a shameless plug, to go to websites like DC Music Rocks and get invested in the community. It's out there, and the more that you network with other groups and other people who appreciate the local music ... The sooner you do that, the sooner you're gonna get some more opportunities. But other than that, you gotta keep plugging, keep plugging, keep plugging, and keep trying to be original with how you can get it out there.

Dan:     I think some of it to, at least for me, you have to have fun doing it. I mean ... There's times where we get done practicing and are playing and we kind of look at each other and are like, "That was fun." I think that's a big part of it too. You have to enjoy it.

John:         You gotta get used to playing for the bartender ... I mean, you're gonna have some of those shows. We've outnumbered the people that we're looking at early on, and you gotta do it. I think Dan's absolutely right. You gotta love it; you gotta have fun. You gotta be able to play that show as hard as you would play the Black Cat. And we've had those shows, and we have fun. We've had some tough nights where it's us up there, but we're doing it 'cuz we love doing it and we have fun. We've had some great shows. I would just wish somebody was around to hear it.

Tim:     I'd say my advice would be, as a musician, is just to keep an open mind and listen to all kinds of different music, because you never know what sort of influence you might get from it. And it's always been my goal to try and draw from all kinds of different music. So that would be my musical advice.

Brian:     And you know, that is a perfect segway into my next question, which is; now what do you guys have in your music collection that might surprise us? You're this hard driving rock band, but what do you have in there that might surprise us?

Chad:     I have the greatest Menudo hits in my car right now, and it's great. It spans the entire 17 to 18 year collection with a full cast of rotating members. I probably should try and recover from that one . Miles Davis; been really into that as of late. So, been trying to get a lot smarter on the jazz front and try to expand a bit, musically. So, trying to push myself there.

John:         I'm wearing a special shirt ... I was ... I could never play it. I started out on the bass; never got as good as Tim, anywhere near Tim. But I started out on the bass and I was hooked on the Ska scene. In Boston Bim Skala Bim was breaking out back then, and I aspired to that, and I still listen to that stuff; Chucklehead and Bim everyday.

Dan:     I gotta pretty surprising one, probably. I have the sound track to the Phantom of the Opera.

Tim:     Really?

Dan:     It's good.

John:         He wears the mask a lot of times at shows, and it's kinda creepy.[crosstalk 00:10:49]

Chad:     I get asked to wear the mask a lot, but that's for other reasons.

Tim:     What kind of drum kit do they use on that?

Dan:     A very special drum kit.

Tim:     Mine is no surprise with being a bass player; old school funk. Anything with a hard driving funk beat ... I'm into that.

Brian:     That's awesome. There's Silkman; that hard driving funk beat is a key to a lot people's hearts too. So that makes a lot of sense.

     Now, just to wrap here. Make sure if those who are listening want to find out more about you guys, where do they go to find out?

Chad:     So Facebook is usually the most up to date. We're @StoneDriverBand on Facebook so you can find us pretty easily there. We've also recently taken to Instagram, which is Stone_Driver on Instagram. And finally, after some years of counseling the band has convinced me to delete our MySpace page, so any aficionados out there ... I apologize. It's no longer an option

Brian:     Excellent.

John:         And Stone Driver.com

5/9/17 - Conrad Osipowicz, Founder and Owner of Blue Room Recording Studio

Big thanks to Conrad for joining us on the show this week!

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MUSIC

  1. Brighter Day by Caroline Ferrante (Indie/Americana)
  2. Danger Close by His Dream of Lions (Pop/Rock)
  3. Down by Jen Miller (Indie/Indie Pop)
  4. Carolina by Hello Dharma (Pop/R&B)
  5. Back Where I Started by Pressing Strings (Folk/Rock)
  6. I'm Okay by Nelly's Echo (Pop/Soul)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW RELEASES

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

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Fri May 12

Lesson Zero @ Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA
Olivia Mancini & Run Come See @ Rock & Roll Hotel in DC

Sat May 13

Kingman Island Bluegrass Fest
The Split Seconds, Derek Evry, 9 to 5, and Fellowcraft @ VFW Post 9274 in Falls Church, VA

Sun May 14

Veronneau @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD

Mon May 15

Thievery Corporation w/ Orchestra @ Kennedy Center in DC

Tues May 16

Lanternfish, Technicians @ Black Cat in DC

Wed May 17

Ken Wenzel @ Ireland’s 4 Courts in Arlington, VA

Thurs May 18

Backbeat Underground @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD

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CONRAD OSIPOWICZ

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

The Blue Room Live Video Link Brian and Conrad discussed: https://www.facebook.com/blueroommusicstudio/videos/1453223031355708/

Bio:

Conrad founded Blue Room Productions in 2009 after graduating Magna cum Laude from Emerson College in Boston, MA with achievements in audio/radio production and entrepreneurial studies. While living in Boston, Conrad acted as the Live Mix Director for WERS 88.9 FM, one of the largest stations broadcasting to the New England area and online around the world.

As a producer and engineer, Conrad has continued to push his boundaries by attending workshops, master classes and industry conferences which have taken him as far as Avignon, France, attending the Mix With the Masters seminar with legendary grammy-award winning engineer Chris Lord-Alge. As an experienced producer with over 13 years of experience and a veteran drummer, Conrad is one of the most versatile and respected producers in the DC area, as well as being a voting member for the Grammy’s. He’s also a member of the Audio Engineering Society, a society comprised of leading audio engineers and scientists as well as the Washington D.C. chapter of the Grammy Foundation.

 

Conrad playing drums for his Tool Tribute Band which he discussed on this episode.

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. Now, let's get to know one of those incredible people. We have Conrad, who founded Blue Room Productions in 2009 after graduating from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, in audio and radio production and entrepreneurial studies. While living in Boston, Conrad acted as the live mix director for WERS 88.9, which is what you mentioned earlier with Thievery Corporation, that's where you came across them, so the Boston connection. It's one of the largest stations broadcasting to the New England area, and online around the world, so as an experienced producer with over 13 years of experience, and a veteran drummer, Conrad is one of the most versatile and respected producers in the DC area as well as being a voting member of the Grammys. That's what everyone wants to know, right? Are you a voting member of the Grammys? This man is one of those people. He is also a member of the Audio Engineering Society and overall great guy.

      I first came across Conrad when my band, we had entered into the competition for a Whammy, for the Washington Area Music Awards, and my album got picked up as a possibility for that. Conrad heard the album, and he reached out, and wanted to do ... He has something awesome called Blue Room Live, which we'll talk about here in the interview, but I got to participate in it. I'll be sure to share that video with you, because that was a cool experiece. It's awesome he's sharing those videos. It turns out, by the way, he's an awesome guy, so afterwards it was like, "All right, Conrad, I want you to come on the show man, let's talk to you." Listeners it's with great pleasure that I get to formally introduce Conrad.

Conrad:     Thanks very much, thanks for having me and thanks for your kind words.

Brian:     Thanks for being here. Now, one of the things I want to know, first, I want to know why is it called Blue Room?

Conrad:     The first studio, I have one location in Maryland and one in Virginia, the original Blue Room Studio, the walls were blue before I arrived. It was a empty room with a carpet and these funky red lips couches, no recording equipment, no vocal booth, and the walls were blue, so the name kind of stuck for the last seven, eight years.

Brian:     Became the Blue Room.

Conrad:     It sure did.

Brian:     There you go. That's really funny. At what point did you ... It wasn't when you first moved in you called it the Blue Room, then it became, ultimately, a business name.

Conrad:     Yeah.

Brian:     When did it go from the nickname to the real name?

Conrad:     I never knew even the name would last or stick around and it would be as notable as it is now, but even the second studio in Virginia, all the walls are painted blue in all of the rooms, the isolation room, control room, everything is blue. It fit.

Brian:     It became for real then. That's amazing, all right. Now talk about, for those listeners who don't know, I was talking about Blue Room Live. Tell them what that is and where that came from.

Conrad:     Absolutely.

Brian:     Talk about that.

Conrad:     Well were trying to follow similar to your footsteps, we want to support local music, and be a hub for local DC musicians to meet at our studio, to connect with each other, to perform their original songs, and to get out there into the environment. It's difficult now, in 2017, it's a completely different landscape as far as promoting your live music, so we're trying to give local talent an opportunity to perform and stream live in our studio to Facebook, or YouTube, to have a great avenue to get out to their fans and friends.

Brian:     That is really cool. Where did the idea come from for that? Was that ...

Conrad:     I'm very much into technology, I'm a nerd, and a geek at heart. Hybrid musician and nerd, so recording engineer worked out.

Brian:     I appreciate your honesty sir.

Conrad:     [inaudible 00:03:29]

Brian:     It's that nerd thing.

Conrad:     I'm very much into emerging technology, things which are right over the horizon. I'm just now getting heavy into 3D and VR, being able to broadcast a live concert from our studio in VR and to the goggles people wear around the country, around the world.

Brian:     Wow.

Conrad:     Maybe six, nine months ago, I knew that Facebook and YouTube, they're investing into infrastructure for live streaming, but up until a certain point you could only stream with your phone. Trying to find a way to do it with multiple camera angles, a very high quality audio mix from ProTools, everything done live on the fly like a radio show, like today. There's a lot of added pressure, it's a much different mentality verses just booking the studio for a session and recording, recording as many takes as you want. There's really a lot more added pressure when you're trying to hit that live broadcast, as you know.

Brian:     Yeah, absolutely. I mean, we do it live on here and then we also share the recording, but same thing with Blue Room Live too. If you got to the Blue Room ... The Facebook tag is ...

Conrad:     BlueRoomLive.com will take you right to our Facebook site where those streams occur, BlueRoomMusicStudio.com tells you all about our studio, and Blue Room Live takes you right to the archive of all of our previous live streams.

Brian:     Awesome, so definitely, they've had some amazing groups that have been on there. By all means check out fellow crafter, Black Alley was the one right after us, I thought that was amazing. They do incredible sound because it's a recording studio.

Conrad:     You got it.

Brian:     You guys really do justice to how awesome the sound is of these bands.

Conrad:     We care about that too, I'm not satisfied with someone streaming off the internal mic on their iPhone, I want to have a high quality stream to listen to. Band like Black Alley, last month, we had 6,500 simultaneous viewers tuning in from our tiny study in Herdon, Virginia. It was a blessing and we're hoping to do that all summer long.

Brian:     Now the musicians, I've had a couple musicians ask me, because they thought it was incredible, which it did, if they were interested in signing up for that ...

Conrad:     Sure.

Brian:     ... or getting to know. What's the best way for them to reach you for that?

Conrad:     I encourage any local groups to contact us to do a live stream, or just to chat, and to talk about a potential project, or any way we can collaborate, and support, and be a hub for musicians in the area. The best thing is just give us a call or send us an email, it's info@BlueRoomMusicStudio.com. Feel free to send samples of your work, any information you can share about the group, your experience recording and performing in the DC area, and we'd be happy to host you.

Brian:     Yeah that's awesome, very cool. Kind of right now, what about ... Now I know you're also a musician too, so talk about that. What are you into with music around here?

Conrad:     I've been a drummer for about 17 years so far.

Brian:     [inaudible 00:06:11] high five on the drummer thing.

Conrad:     High five on drums.

Brian:     That's it, all right.

Conrad:     Team drummer here.

Brian:     Yeah.

Conrad:     That's really my primary instrument, I can hang on guitar and bass as well, but I'd say at least more recently over the last few years, my primary passion, my primary instrument seems to be the mixer in the recording studio. That's where I live most of the time.

Brian:     that's a very powerful instrument. It should not be overlooked, that's for sure.

Conrad:     Agreed.

Brian:     Now, so you play around town now. How did the Tool tribute band, how did that start?

Conrad:     I play in a band called Wild Eyes, we're a Tool tribute group. We've been performing for over four years already in New York, Virginia, Baltimore area. I'm into not just loud, aggressive, screaming metal, but something that's a bit more powerful, something with something interesting to listen to, especially in the rhythm department as you can imagine. I'm into music with a lot of polyrhythms, a lot of double bass, a lot of kind of unique blue notes, and odd type signatures, and strange maybe non-typical western music you might hear on the radio. Tool is right up my alley. We play these epic songs from maybe seven to maybe 15 minutes long. There are these long twisted epic songs that we idolize these guys, I'm actually going to see them perform three times in 10 days in DC, New York, and Boston, in two weeks.

Brian:     Wow.

Conrad:     It will be really cool. I will be loaded on Tool.

Brian:     That's cool. All right, so you go see some shows. Now what else with what you're doing ... Talk about outside of music now, and outside of the studio, who is Conrad outside of that? Hobbies, what do you do outside of that?

Conrad:     Not much. I'm so heavy, I'm so passionate into audio engineering, into high fidelity, high quality, high resolution audio and video, that's a really a passion of mine. All my friends are musicians, whenever I have free time I'm always going to shows at any venue in the DC area. I've been to the Fillmore twice already this month. I've there all the time, seeing shows downtown, Velvet Lounge, Black Cat, DC 9, trying to not only meet other musicians, but trying to support my friends, and their shows, and they support me and my endeavor, and my studio, so I try to pay it back, as you're doing also.

Brian:     Now I can't let you get away with just saying more music, so tell us something else man. What else is outside? Is there a certain TV show you like, are you a hardcore workout guy, is there any ... Do you have pets at home, or any kind ... What's outside of it.

Conrad:     I have a beautiful German Shepherd, Silver, that I adore. I try to get to the gym when I can every now and then. I don't have cable TV, so I don't even watch that much TV, just a little Apple TV now and then. The majority of my time and love, which gets me out of bed every day is running my business, running the studios, mixing, mastering, meeting new clients, traveling when I can. I'm very involved and very active in the DC chapter of the Grammys, and go to all of their events, and panel discussions. I'm quite active in the AES, Audio Engineering Society, a group of professional engineers and producers. I travel to all of their affairs and expos in LA and New York. I've been to the Grammys five times already, so I travel to LA every year and vote on the ballot and try to stay very active in my community.

Brian:     I think you succeed in that, so it's not just trying, I definitely think you succeed. Now talk about what's something in your music collection that might surprise us?

Conrad:     I try to be extremely open when people, you ask people, "What kind of music do you listen to?" They say, "I listen to everything." I really try to listen to everything. I try to be well versed and try to listen to top charting songs on Spotify, even styles I may not typically reach for, it doesn't have to be rock, it doesn't have to be metal, I listen to pop songs, jazz, folk, country, gospel, blues, reggae, because I have to be familiar with those genres. My clients expect that kind of contemporary sound, or maybe they're looking for a older vintage sound, who knows?

Brian:     Got it.

Conrad:     I try to be extremely well versed, like a chef who might cook all different types of cuisine around the world. I want to be the same capacity as a recording engineer, very well versed.

Brian:     You're well versed, is there one that surprises you that's in your music collection?

Conrad:     You know, I'd say while I enjoy working with pop singers, and individual singer song writers who maybe play guitar and sing, or play piano and sing, I always gravitate towards working with bands, and recording live instruments. I much always ... I prefer to set up a live drum set, and mic it up, and track live drums instead of resorting to drum loops, or sequencing, or using some midi synthesizer or something like that to ... As far as strange genres, I really don't have any. I'm extremely neutral. Even country music, and hip hop, and jazz, and every perspective, I try to do it all. A bunch of my friends invited me to see deadmau5 at Merriweather Post in Columbia. I don't go to too many EDM shows, or electronic shows, so that was something different for me.

Brian:     You were there?

Conrad:     I was there.

Brian:     Awesome.

Conrad:     I was there seeing with the animations, and the subs, and the lasers, and fog, and everything, and it was pretty wild. I was the guy in the back with the custom earplugs in my ear, protecting my ears. I'm usually that guy.

Brian:     Yep, absolutely. Hey listen, custom earplugs, if you like live music, or you work with live music, custom earplugs, or at least hi-fi earplugs are definitely a great investment.

Conrad:     Agreed.

Brian:     I'm glad you're doing that.

Conrad:     Critical.

Brian:     Now, earliest memory with music.

Conrad:     Well I started playing drums at age 12, I certainly remember growing listening to whatever my parents, my family, was playing, driving in my dad's blue Nissan ZX300, listening to Deep Purple. Of course he's a big fan of the Beatles too, so those were heavy influences in me too. I started playing piano for about a year or two, and took a lot of lessons, but at age 10 or 11 it's difficult to really stick with it. As soon as I tried drums, and even sitting at the kitchen table, and my dad was trying to demo, and grill me, and see if I can play simple rhythms on the table. I did, and I passed, so he said, "All right, let's sign you up for drum lessons." From age 12 on I've been very deep into percussion and drums. That really carries over even into my career as an audio engineer, because I'm a stickler for timing, and making sure the groove feels correct, and feels proper. Things have to be in tune, and in time, and if the drums aren't feeling right, I sit and analyze, and nudge, the drums around, and force them to get into time. Because nothing bothers me more than a strange, a funky feeling groove. I don't mean funky in a good way, in the bad way.

Brian:     It's funky in the kind of smells way, right? I get you.

Conrad:     There you go.

Brian:     All right now, one of my favorite questions to ask is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Conrad:     Networking and connections, especially in smaller markets, not in Nashville, or New York, or LA for example, but in a city like DC, being friendly, being outgoing, and collaborating with other musicians is everything. My business and my career as an engineer, as a musician, as a band mate, wouldn't survive without other people, and without connections and assistance from them too. Going and being active in your community, going to events, whether it's Grammys, or AES, or something else you're interested and passionate about, you got to get up, you got to get out of bed, you got to get dressed and go to these events. A lot of them are Saturday, Sundays, some of them are in different cities, but to go and smile, and pass out business cards, and meet people, you never know who calls you six months, or six years later, and says, "I met you a while ago. You had this metal business card. I need an album to be mixed," or, "I have a song to master," or something like that. You never know who is going to knock on your door.

Brian:     You sound like you have experience with that, is there a story that comes to mind with that one that [inaudible 00:14:29]

Conrad:     I recall the first time I went to the Grammys, which was about five or six years ago, I sat one row in front at the Staples Center in LA with ... There was a reggae artist behind me who we just started talking, and had some time to kill. I gave him my card, and months later he called me and booked me to mix his entire album. That alone, that project alone paid for my whole trip to LA, and all my meetings, and travel, et cetera.

Brian:     That's amazing.

Conrad:     I never knew, I never guessed he would call. I even forgot about him, and he call and said, "I remember, I was sitting behind you at the Grammys at the Staple Center. Let's do some work together." You never know who's going to give you a call.

Brian:     That's amazing. That networking thing, I love it. Now, if folks want to find out more about you and the cool things happening at Blue Room, where do they go?

Conrad:     I encourage you to check out BlueRoomMusicStudio.com, that's the domain for my two studios. One is in Bethesda, Maryland, one in Herndon, Virginia, we're about half an hour from the White House, from downtown Washington. I'd love anyone and everyone to reach out, and if you'd ever like to come by for a studio tour, or need a consultation for your project, I engineer, and I have a few other very talented engineers I'd be happy to introduce you.

May 02, 2017 - Special Guest: Vintage#18

Big thank you to Bill and Robbin of Vintage#18 for stopping by!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Fuss by Monday Mistress (Hard Rock/Alternative Rock)
  2. Love Hangover by Vintage#18 (Blues/Soul)
  3. Spirit Down by Sol Roots (Rock/Funk)
  4. Be Your Baby by Katie Hargrove (Pop/R&B)
  5. Better Not Get Me Started by Randy Thompson Band (Country)
  6. Open A Window, Let In The Sun by Patty Reese (Blues/Indie)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW RELEASES

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

SEE THE FULL CALENDAR

Fri May 5

Near Northeast @ St Stephen & the Incarnation in DC
Katie Hargrove @ Ellipse Rooftop Bar in DC
Edjacated Phools @ Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD

Sat May 6

FUNK PARADE on U St in DC, from 12noon to 10pm, SO MANY GOOD SHOWS!  GO!

Sun May 7

Surprise Attack @ Courthaus Social in Arlington, VA

Mon May 8

Heather Mae @ Mansion on O St in DC

Tues May 9

Wylder @ Rock and Roll Hotel in DC

Wed May 10

AZTEC SUN @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD

Thurs May 11

Jason Masi @ Sonoma Cellar in Alexandria, VA

 

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VINTAGE#18

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

Bio:

D.C.-based Soul-Blues band Vintage#18 debuts with their album titled GRIT

The album reflects the band’s love of classic 60’s Soul and Blues, featuring a mix of originals as well as two covers (ZZ Top and Bob Dylan) and a whole lot of elbow grease. Grit, you might say. 

Vintage#18 chose to self-produce GRIT, and a framework was in place before most of the album was written. One of the goals when they first started rehearsing was to make sure that the sound didn’t fit solely into a single genre. Blues, Soul and other familiar elements appear but should mix in a way that brings unexpected experiences for listeners and dancers too. This idea worked well in live settings, so the album was approached the same way. If you do it, stay true to it—but you can always do “it” in new ways.

Vintage

Performing together since 2013, the band started in the clubs near their home in Northern Virginia. Residencies in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia are the backbone of a circuit that extends across the Eastern Seaboard. In 2016, they represented the Central Virginia Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee and continue to appear in the city. They have been fortunate to share stages with several great performers, among them The Nighthawks, Billy Price, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials and Albert Cummings.

They’ve always shared the same thoughts about music and in particular their live shows, “we’re here to move you, one way or another.” The sound reflects their love of traditional blues and soul but also the desire to bring it current for new audiences. Vintage #18 brings a high-energy show with hard-driving blues rhythms and soul grooves that will move you. Built on a framework of uniquely talented and dedicated musicians, the album features the unique sound of Bill Holter on guitar (a.k.a. #18), while the groove is laid down by Alex Kuldell on drums and Mark Chandler on bass. Soulful vocals are delivered by newcomer and bandleader Robbin Kapsalis, and the collective Good-Mojo-Getdown is provided by all.

There’s a lot to say about making music in general but sometimes words don’t cover it. When you write, rehearse, play and record music then you’ve said a lot already. So really the only thing left to do is hear it. Vintage #18 hopes that you do, but you might want to move some furniture first. No sense getting hurt when you’re movin’ and groovin’, y’all.

Links: 

Official Website URL: https://www.vintage18.net/

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/VintageEighteen/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/vintage-18/id1216379233

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Msq0clt6RlQd8umRkW2Ys

Other Links: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/vintage18

URL for one Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQeUfTGv0hv70FmDp1TiJdQ?feature=watch

BandsInTown Link: http://www.bandsintown.com/Vintage#18

Soundcloud link: https://soundcloud.com/vintageeighteen

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks we're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC regions music scene. Let's get to know some of those incredible people here. Performing together since 2013, Vintage#18 started in the clubs near their home in Northern Virginia. Residencies at clubs in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia are the back bone of a circuit that the band continues to build. There sounds reflect their love of traditional blues and soul, but also the desire to bring a current for new audiences. Vintage#18 brings a high energy show with hard driving blues, rhythms, and soul grooves that will move you as you've heard from that right there. They hope when you listen, you move some furniture aside first because there's no sense in getting hurt while you're moving and grooving to their tracks. I first stumbled across these guys a couple weeks ago when their release came out and it sounded awesome, so listeners it's with great pleasure that I introduce formally Bill and Robbin from Vintage#18.

Robbin:     Well hey there, thanks for having us.

Bill:     Indeed.

Brian:     Now, can we start out ... Can you tell us the story behind the name? Where does vintage number 18 come from?

Robbin:     I'm going to let ... That's Bill's story.

Bill:     I'm a vintage guitar dealer and I got a chance to demo a pedal from a company from Nashville and they sent me number 18.

Brian:     Excellent.

Bill:     Whenever I communicated with the company I just said, "Tell them it's number 18."

Brian:     When was this? How long ago was this?

Bill:     This was 2012 probably.

Robbin:     Yeah.

Brian:     Got it.

Robbin:     Well he shared that story with me and when we first started we were the Robbin Kapsalis band. I wanted something different. I wanted something to stand out. Our base player, Mark Chandler, he's extremely picky about band names and so-

Bill:     He doesn't like any band name.

Robbin:     No.

Brian:     Mark, that's okay, we love you anyway man. That's great.

Robbin:     I came to rehearsal one evening and after thinking about it awhile and I said, "Hey guys, what do you think of Vintage number 18?" Everybody looked at Mark and we all looked at one another and we said, okay. The guys said they liked it and I was so shocked. I said okay wow. It stuck, so we-

Brian:     When was that? This is 2013?

Robbin:     Yes. Yes.

Brian:     Awesome.

Robbin:     Later in 2013.

Brian:     How did you guys come together? How do you know each other?

Bill:     Well it all started when, for me at least, when I went up to the Sully's jam after another band fell apart and I said, let's see who's hanging out, out here. What kind of trouble can I get into? I walked in and Robbin was singing Million Miles which is on our debut CD. It's a Bob Dylan song.

Brian:     Oh cool.

Bill:     I went, wait a minute. I should be playing guitar for her.

Brian:     The band started out of jealousy?

Bill:     No.

Robbin:     No.

Brian:     I'm just teasing.

Bill:     [inaudible 00:03:28] a typical guitar player thing.

Brian:     Right.

Robbin:     That's what that was.

Bill:     [inaudible 00:03:33].

Robbin:     It was really interesting. I mean Bill and I sit in on multiple sets throughout the blues jams, I would say for several months and we got to know one another and we just started talking about a band, putting a band together. I know it's something that I wanted to do. I'd been on the scene basically bouncing from one open mic, one blues jam to another, two or three a week for over a year, just shining it up, getting ready to do what ... This is what I wanted to do. I know sometimes I would meet up with Bill on a Sunday and we would be at Sully's blues jam and it was so loud we'd have to duck into the supply closet to get our thoughts out. Let's do this.

Bill:     It was the only place where you could talk.

Robbin:     We're not getting any younger, so let's do this. This is what Bill said.

Brian:     Yes, okay. I love it. Now, where did the ... Oh man I just had it. It's one of those lost my frame of thought moments. You guys, the band formed and then you came together and when did it become a, okay we're going to record and album and we're going to put this out now.

Robbin:     This wasn't until, I would say two years after we had gotten together and started making our rounds, you know our rounds within the DMV. We had already traveled out to Nashville for an ... We performed at an amp show which was very exciting.

Bill:     We did that twice.

Robbin:     Yes and we ... I've been writing for years, however I was really shy to share my lyrics and I don't play an instrument but I know music I know what I like and what I wanted for the songs and so I took that leap of faith and brought in some lyrics. The first lyrics I brought in were for circles and love hangover. Between the guys, they came up, they basically built on what I had, that the lyrics, and the little melody that I brought it. Let's do this oh no no no. I'm just counting it out.

Brian:     Yeah, I gotcha.

Robbin:     That's the way I write my songs. It worked, it worked.

Brian:     Where did music come in to ... How did music enter your lives? Where did it start for you guys?

Bill:     Probably the ventures in the early surf stuff growing up and then the British invasion, of course Jimmy Hendrix, Crane, bands that I saw. My first concert was-

Brian:     Got it. When did you start playing?

Bill:     I started playing probably ‘63.

Brian:     Got it. You've been at this for a lot of years then?

Bill:     Yeah, but I'm still a young man.

Brian:     This is your first album that's been released though?

Bill:     I've been on a lot of other peoples' projects, but this is the first time I've put an album out. It's something that had a long time coming.

Brian:     That's right high five right there.  Yeah.

Bill:     I kept looking for the right group of people and by golly I think I've found them.

Brian:     You found them!  Now Robbin what is your story with music? How did that start for you?

Robbin:     Oh goodness. I've been listening to music since I was a child. My family, we love music. We are yeah. My Aunt Annabelle, she used to play all the old soul and blues, the Muddy Waters, the Ada James, the soul music, Clean Up Woman with Betty Wright. I'm dancing around in my socks in the living room with her. I've always wanted to perform, I just didn't have opportunity growing up and I was also very shy believe it or not.

Brian:     Were you singing growing up in out places?

Robbin:     Church choir.

Brian:     Church okay.

Robbin:     Church choir.

Brian:     Okay I got it, it's a church thing right, gotcha.

Robbin:     Fast forward, young adult, still wanting to perform not able to, life happens, you get married you have children, those become the priority. I did not make music a priority. Now I'm an empty nester. My kids are grown.

Brian:     Oh man.

Robbin:     Yes.

Brian:     All right you're a free woman now. You got a little bit of time to do some stuff like this.

Robbin:     I relocated from Atlanta about six years ago with the company I'm currently working with and I found all this extra time I had on my hands and I said, okay I need to get out and get some music under my belt. That's what I started doing.

Brian:     That's cool. Now what about-

Robbin:     From one thing to another.

Brian:     What about outside, now outside of the music then, in your personal time, do you have any hobbies? What do you guys do outside of the music?

Bill:     Well I have the constant task of looking around for old guitars and musical instruments because that's what I've been doing-

Brian:     Collector.

Bill:     -since 1989, professionally.

Brian:     Oh. Say more about that, what do you mean?

Bill:     Well, I started out with just amplifiers, would refurbish them and I did my first guitar show in 1990 in Dallas, Texas. These guys came around and looked at me booth full of amps and went, this is a guitar show what are you doing with all these amps? I said, look you guys are going to need to have amplifiers for those guitars that you're selling, so here I am.

Brian:     That's cool.

Bill:     I look for old guitars and musical instruments of all stripes.

Brian:     Do you sell them?

Bill:     Yes.

Brian:     Or coll ... I got it. What's the name of ... Is it a business?

Bill:     Yes it's called vintage sound.

Brian:     Vintage sound, so if they google vintage sound they will find what you're doing.

Bill:     Yes.

Brian:     Got it, that's cool and Robbin what about you? Outside of the music thing.

Robbin:     More music.

Brian:     What does that mean? Listening to music?

Robbin:     Listening.

Brian:     Or go to live shows? say more.

Robbin:     Yes, I attend live shows. I listen. One of my favorite groups are the Gypsy Kings. One of my favorite groups outside of the soul blue genres I enjoy other genres as well, to include the likes of Bette Middler, Barbara Streisand. I listen to it all, jazz and that's what I enjoy. I enjoy spending time with family and friends but believe it or not this past year I've been all consumed with the album, with the band, with, yeah.

Brian:     I feel you. All right now last question I love to ask in these interviews is, if you could offer one piece of advice what would it be?

Robbin:     As a band?

Brian:     However you want to answer that, that one's open ended.

Robbin:     I would say because we are a newly formed band together now, for a little over four years, I think that even though it's captain obvious to say communication is key, I can't stress that enough and I think it's easy to say oh no we're good, we're buds, we communicate. No. You need to have a point person within the band to make things run smoothly and I think that's, as far as having a band, that's what I would offer, and please don't give up. I am-

Brian:     Don't give up, I love it.

Robbin:     Don't give up because it's ... Here I am. I'm a grandmother. I'm a new grandmother.

Brian:     Congratulations.

Robbin:     Thank you.

Brian:     [inaudible 00:11:37]

Robbin:     I wanted to do this. My son, he told me, he says, "It's like you just woke up one day and decided oh I think I'll have a band."

Brian:     Fantastic.

Robbin:     I said, "No, sweetie it wasn't like that."

Brian:     It's been a lot of years in the running, you just didn't know. For those listeners, now for listeners who want to find out more about you guys, where do they go to find out more about Vintage number 18?

Robbin:     Vintage18.net.

Brian:     Vintage18.net, so that's the website. Now you guys, is there a certain social media that you love more than the others?

Robbin:     Facebook, yes.

Brian:     Facebook.

Robbin:     Instagram, yes. Hit us up. Twitter absolutely.

Brian:     Reach out.