Thanks to Mark Reiter, of Bias Studios, Furnace Record Pressing, and Daycare Swindler's drummer, for hanging out with us in the studio this week!
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FROM TODAY'S SHOW
- Beloved, by Touch the Buffalo (Rock, Grunge)
- Darkness, by Daycare Swindlers (Hard Rock)
- The Same, by Cabin Creek (Folk, Bluegrass)
- Plenty of Blues, by The Roustabouts (Blues, Blues-Rock)
- Appalachian Witch, by Gallows Bound (Bluegrass, Punk)
- Slow Down, Jerusalem, by The Duskwhales (Indie, Retro Rock)
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THE LISTEN LOCAL FIRST HOLIDAY PLAYLIST IS OUT!
We collaborated with the team over at Listen Local First and put together a holiday playlist of exclusively DC region artist’s holiday music. It’s about 4 hours long! Finally, a way to celebrate the holidays without those same old tired Holiday Tunes! It will play at local businesses as well as events around town for the holidays. We hope you’ll use it at your get togethers as well!
WERA 96.7FM WINTER FUND DRIVE
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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE
Dec 8 Fri
Black Dog Prowl @ Villian & Saint in Bethesda, MD
Bencoolen @ Lost Rhino in Ashburn, VA
Soldiers of Suburbia & A Shrewdness of Apes @ O’Shaughnessy’s Pub in Alexandria, VA
Dec 9 Sat
Vim & Vigor @ Upshur St Art & Craft Fair in Petworth (in NW DC)
Chris Timbers @ Biergarten in Mclean, VA
Rare Essence @ AQUA near Brentwood/Ivy City (in NE DC)
Dec 10 Sun
Uptown Boys Choir @ Songbyrd Music House in Admo (in NW DC)
Dec 12 Tues
Cinema Hearts @ Black Cat on 14th St (in NW DC)
Dec 13 Wed
Maryjo Mattea @ Ugly Sweater Holiday Party @ Roofers Union in Admo (in NW DC)
Would you support us? We'd love to grow and do more! We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more! We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc. We want to continue to pay it forward!
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Mark Reiter, of Daycare Swindlers, Bias Studios, & Furnace MFG
VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT
MARK REITER'S BIO:
Mark Reiter is a mixer, record producer and audio engineer. He is also a drummer and plays in the rock group Daycare Swindlers. His ADHD prevents him from enjoying fishing but he can tap his foot in time for prolonged periods. After two or three cups of strong black coffee he has been called “irritating” and “intolerable.” He enjoys recording analog and has worked with many local and national acts which do not include Rush, Genesis, Peter Frampton or anyone related to Frank Zappa. His mixes frequently invoke the feeling of a feudal lord surveying his lands atop a hill during a misty summer dawn. His production style is highly collaborative but he is woefully illiterate across a wide spectrum of Asian tone languages and dialects. While he is harshly criticized for his inability to perform on-the-spot conversions rates of pre-Hellenic currencies into modern legal tender, he can “use the hell” out of a compressor and has had many experiences involving microphones. He was drawn to engineering by “all the lights and buttons” and secretly enjoys a Teutonic feeling of power and dominion when recording. He understands ProTools but established a near-legendary ability for being able to fatten snare drum tones at the DOS prompt. His interests include werewolves, Vikings, dinosaurs, comic books and a wide spectrum of sundry passions that adults with fully-formed central nervous systems eschewed long ago in pursuit of economic security and furthering their respective bloodlines. He will/will not accept tattoos, Star Wars figures and/or heartfelt platitudes as payment for recording services. He is anecdotally credited as being the first audio engineer to say “What the hell is wrong with this thing?” and “I know someone who can fix this.” He works at Bias Studios just outside Washington, DC, is one-third of the Castathetic Podcast team and is the steely-eyed, handsome creator of the BitCoin.
Some of Mark's credits:
- Craig Enger
- Weird Wolf
- Risk Ray
- Ruin By Design
- Fire Street
- Charles Barrett/Direct Connection
- Rodent Popsicle Records
- XK Scenario
- The Good Fight
- Japan in the 80's
- The Walkabouts
- Lions in the Grass
- Supreme Commander
- Two Man Advantage
- Gallows Bound
- Walk the Plank
- Daycare Swindlers
- The Pietasters
- The Idle Gossip
- Max Levine Ensemble
- Save the Arcadian
- Charlie Bear Quartet
- Say-10 Records
- No Less Records
- Becca Levy - Drums
- The House, The Old - Drums
- Bob Kelley - Drums
- The Overprivileged
- VMS Records
- Brother Bill
- Castathetic Podcast
- Michelle McTierney
- Beatville/VileBeat Records
- Hudson Falcons
- Go-Kart Records
- Mark Linskey
- The AKs
- Senores Jovenes
- Lucky So Far
- Iron Lung Remedy
- Oasis CD Duplication
- No Cash
- Jose Maria
- The Twats
- Rocket City Riot
- Nice Guy Records
- The Duskwhales
- Last Armistice
- Static Scene
- Cabin Creek
- Karla and the Brotherhood
- Alex Rhodes - Drums
- Julianna McDowell - Drums
- Aerial Escape
- Sam Sade and Alpha Krav Maga
- Vim and Vigor - Mastering
Brian: On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. Mark Reiter is a mixer, record producer and audio engineer along with an operations manager and a drummer. He works at Bias Studios just outside Washington DC, and is one third of the Castathetic podcast team. He's also the drummer in the rock group Daycare Swindlers, and he enjoys recording analog and has worked with many local and national acts. I first came across Mark's name when I was talking with the ... not the Daycare Swindlers, the Duskwhales when they were they were on the show. They spoke so highly of you, man. Then, I started looking into all the cool things you're doing and was just was blown away. Thank you for now coming and being here with me. This is awesome.
Mark Reiter: Thank you for having me.
Brian: Now, talk about ... Quickly go over the things that you said you're involved in, because I just brought up a few of them there. List them out for us so that they know.
Mark Reiter: Yeah, the engineering and producing stuff that I'm doing out of Bias.
Brian: Where is Bias located?
Mark Reiter: Bias is in Springfield. Did you know that?
Mark Reiter: I'm technically a freelancer, but they let me in the door and you know.
Brian: Got it.
Mark Reiter: They give me some assignments from time to time. Just the audio and production work. Then, the operations management stuff at Furnace and helping ... Basically what I do is I run the production side of it and oversee a bunch of really hard working people who put records and press records and get records out the door in time and learn the art and craft of record pressing. Then, I also get to be in the Daycare Swindlers, which is ... we're in the our 20th year.
Brian: Holy smokes. 20 years.
Mark Reiter: Yeah, a lot of smokes. Yeah, it's crazy.
Brian: A lot of smokes. Oh, man. There's a great Daycare Swindlers history if they want to look into that. That's for sure.
Mark Reiter: Yeah. Don't look too closely.
Brian: That's there. Then, I brought up Castathetic podcast. That is something you do or ...
Mark Reiter: That is the thing that Ken Barnum who also works at Bias and a crazy guy named Keaton Beus, we do this together, and every few weeks we do something kind of similar to this. We have bands come to Bias, they play live. Keaton will interview them. Then, we do a mix and put it out, and it's a good way for bands to accomplish. Kind of the same thing that you're doing.
Brian: That's amazing.
Mark Reiter: Get the word out there.
Brian: If they want to check out the Castathetic podcast, if they're listening, where would they go to find that?
Mark Reiter: The best way to get it, you can go to castathetic.com. It's there. I think we're ... I'm embarrassed to say that I don't really handle any of the technical side of it. [crosstalk 00:02:57] recording.
Brian: No. There's no worries.
Mark Reiter: Yeah, castathetic.com is the best way to do it. You can also find it on my website. There's a link to it, which is markreitermusic.com. Shameless plug.
Brian: Shameless plug Mark Reiter music. That's Reiter, is R-E-I-T-E-R.
Mark Reiter: Yup.
Brian: Got it. Now, what ... Tell me the story behind the Daycare Swindlers name.
Mark Reiter: No one ever asks this question.
Brian: No? Well, I'm glad that I could be the first.
Mark Reiter: All right.
Brian: Tell us.
Mark Reiter: I'll try to do it really quickly. We started in the late '90s. There was another wave of ska revolution going on, and DC was a hotbed for that stuff. We sort of did our own version of ska music, which is a poor version of it with electric guitars and no horns and sort Operation Ivy thing. Right? There's a band called Dance Hall Crashers, and we really liked the way that that name sounded. It's got a lot of syllables and it's kind of rhymey. We did that horrible thing that all bands do, which is to sit around in the basement and drink a lot of beer and come up with a name. I'm looking at the Dungeons and Dragons monster manual. We could be Gelatinous Cube. No, we can't be Gelatinous Cube. Our guitar player Mark O'Connor came up with Daycare Swindlers and it stuck, and we get asked about the name a lot.
I think it's a great name, but it does come ... People sort of raise their eyebrows sometimes. We got asked in an interview once if we had named ourselves after the Ronald Reagan speech about the daycare swindlers from Chicago who were hustling the government for funding to run daycare centers out of their homes.
Brian: That's not a good association.
Mark Reiter: That's where we got the name from.
Brian: There it is. Can you confirm that is in fact where that came from or no-
Mark Reiter: It didn't come from the monster manual.
Brian: ... that came from the dictionary and the monster manual and all of that stuff.
Mark Reiter: Yeah.
Brian: Okay. All this stuff. Wow. Cool history. I love that. All right. Now, you've been in DC for ... what's your connection to the DC region? For a while, immigrated here, moved here.
Mark Reiter: Yeah. I was born in central New York in Binghamton, and lived in Buffalo for my childhood. My dad is a government guy, was a government guy. He got an opportunity and came down here. I did high school down here and ...
Brian: When you say down here, what part of are you talking about?
Mark Reiter: The beautiful Dumfries triangle Quantico area.
Brian: Excellent. Okay.
Mark Reiter: Home to your [inaudible 00:05:33] Mills. It was in high school, I was always sort of a music nerd. I apologize. I'm going to say you know. It's a verbal crutch. I can't get rid of it today.
Brian: We're not listening. Just tell us. It's okay, man.
Mark Reiter: I sort of fell in love with the storied musical past of DC, especially the discord, the hard core, punk rock thing. That was really my point of entry into music, and it's still not totally even though the Daycare Swindlers were originally a punk band. Being part of that scene is super exciting to me.
Brian: Wow. Now, what about ... You on the personal side. Now, outside of all this, this music stuff, and you told us all the jobs and the things you're involved in. In your free time, what do you do, Mark?
Mark Reiter: I got married last year.
Mark Reiter: Thanks, man. Thank you.
Mark Reiter: My wife and I, we have no human children, but we have two furry children.
Brian: Oh, furry children.
Mark Reiter: Two Siberian Huskies. [crosstalk 00:06:40].
Mark Reiter: We're both big Star Wars nerds. My wife is training to be an MMA fighter.
Mark Reiter: Yeah. Which is awesome and also-
Brian: Are you training with her? Have you [crosstalk 00:06:51].
Mark Reiter: I am a test dummy for Jujutsu moves. Every few days I get to find out what she learned.
Brian: She kicks your butt.
Mark Reiter: Yeah. I can't breathe, and the room goes gray, and she's proud and I'm terrified.
Brian: That's fantastic. Your home life just sound so fantastic, man. Two fur babies and some MMA fights when you're home.
Mark Reiter: Yeah. I'm a very grateful dude.
Brian: That's awesome, man. I love it. Do you guys ... are you into ... She does that. What do you do with some of your free time, the little that you have? It's not just Star Wars.
Mark Reiter: Well, I don't know. I'm also an avid reader. Yeah, it's weird. The past couple of years, I've not had a lot of free time. The time that we do get to spend not working and not doing the music is kind of veg out time. My wife and I are very protective of those handful of moments when, you know.
Mark Reiter: Because I really am working two gigs and sometimes three. Again, I'm grateful for that work. I would rather be that busy than have none of these things coming across the plate.
Brian: Yeah. Got it, man.
Mark Reiter: It seems mundane, but it's actually kind of magical to just be able to spend a night with my wife and a [sahee ball 00:08:27] and eight episodes of Stranger Things.
Brian: Nice. Oh god, so good. Absolutely. I totally get it, man. One of my favorite questions to ask on the show is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?
Mark Reiter: I think in this gig, in the music world, being aware of your motives and trying to figure why you're doing something. Why is this important to you? Is it important to you because it's placating some kind of deep need that your ego has presented to you? I find in my own life that when I've operated that way, I've caused problems for myself and for other people. I think that part of this especially being in a band, and the Daycare Swindlers were fairly successful for a good number of years, and you can lose yourself a little bit in that and the tension that comes along with it. You can tend to feed that inner self and in a kind of negative and dangerous way.
I've come to a place in my life where I realize that everything that I'm a part of that's cool is because I'm part of a bigger whole. You know, sort of the notion that together we are what we can't be alone. When I find myself operating from that standpoint, whether it's at Furnace or at Bias, in the band, then really cool things begin to happen not to me, but to us. That's the kind of energy that I want to be a part of. It takes some discipline to keep the ego and the things that it wants at bay. I find when that's happening, that's when the really cool stuff begins to flow.
Brian: That's amazing, man. Such good words. A part of something bigger. I love it. Now, you brought up a lot of things. If people want to find out more about what you brought up, so there's Furnace, and there's Daycare Swindlers, and there's ...
Mark Reiter: Bias.
Brian: Bias Studios. Where do they go to find those things?
Mark Reiter: The internet.
Brian: They all have websites.
Mark Reiter: Yeah. Biasstudios.com, the S's are together.
Brian: That's B-I-A-S Studios.
Mark Reiter: Exactly.
Mark Reiter: You can find Furnace at furnacemfg, that's Mary, Frank, George, dot com.
Brian: Got it.
Mark Reiter: Then, you can find me at markreitermusic.com, and the Daycare Swindlers are Daycare-Swindlers.
Mark Reiter: Dot com.
Brian: Got it.
Mark Reiter: We're on Bandcamp at Facebook and Instagram and Twitter.
Brian: All those places.