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8/7/18 - Special Guest: allthebestkids

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

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Allthebestkids Bio/Links:

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

 

www.allthebestkids.com

www.facebook.com/allthebestkids

twitter @allthebestkids_

Insta @allthebestkids

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***So Selfish, by AkinG Kalld Pedro feat. Serenity Karima (Hip Hop, Jazz Fusion)

  2. Falling Out Of The Mind, by allthebestkids (Hip Hop, Alt-Hip Hop)

  3. ***Shamans of Sound, by Shamans of Sound feat. Navisa Hunter (Reggae, Dub)

  4. ***Never Wonna Fall, by Davy Fresh (Hip Hop, R&B)

  5. DC's Been Good To Me, by The JoGo Project (Jazz, Go-Go)

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

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Buy tickets in advance

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

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


NEW RELEASES

Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

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

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

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

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

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


Patreon

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

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


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

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

7/17/18 - Special Guest: Keith Berquist

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

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Keith Berquist Bio:

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

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Never Act Your Age, by M4TR (Rock, Hard Rock)

  2. Redlights, by allthebestkids (Hip Hop, Alt Hip Hop)

  3. Systematic Panic, by Ménage À Garage (Punk, Garage Rock)

  4. ***Right On, by Heartmeat (Indie, Folk)

  5. ***War, by Weird Babies (Punk, Punk Rock)

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

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


NEW RELEASES

Music

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

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

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

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

 

Videos

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

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


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

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

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

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

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

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

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


Patreon

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

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


We're Looking For Advertisers/Sponsors

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

3/6/18 - Some of Brian's All Time Favorite Jams - All Music Episode

We're on Spring Break here at DC Music Rocks.  Brian's put together an episode of some of his favorite tracks which he'll be jamming out to during this vacation, we wanted to share them with you too!  Turn it up for this one!  

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Be Your Baby, by Katie Hargrove (Pop)

  2. WDYG (Where Did You Go), by All The Best Kids (Hip Hop/Pop)

  3. Vapor, by Black Dog Prowl (Hard Rock)

  4. The Remedy, by Dr. Badlove & The Remedies (Hip Hop)

  5. Simple Reunion, by The Jones (Hard Rock)

  6. Pa Ra Ra, by Aztec Sun (Funk)

  7. Send Me, by Stone Driver (Hard Rock)

  8. Mrs. Piano, by Kenny Sway (R&B)

  9. The West Texas Blues, by Fellowcraft (Rock)

  10. Gotta Have Your Love, by Area 301 (Hip Hop)

  11. Annabelle, by Carter Lou & The Project (Rock)

  12. Red Flag, by Cassie Urbany (Rock)

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PATREON

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

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



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12/12/17 - Special Guest: Aaron Miller, of DC Sound Company 'Gold Pants Rentals'

Thanks to Aaron Miller, of Gold Pants Rentals & bassist for local cover band The Perfectionists, for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Chemical, by The CooLots (Rock, Soul)
  2. Confetti, by allthebestkids (Hip Hop, Alternative Hip Hop)
  3. Purple, by Black Dog Prowl (Hard Rock, Grunge)
  4. Magdela, by Prah Dukt (Hard Rock, Alternative)
  5. Revolution (The People Will Rise Again), by AZTEC SUN (Funk, Soul)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE LISTEN LOCAL FIRST HOLIDAY PLAYLIST!
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!  
www.dcmusicrocks.com/playlists

SHIRTS!
DC Music Rocks T-shirts and Long Sleeve Shirts are up on our website and available through Amazon, they make a great gift idea for your musician friends and family for the holidays!  Men’s, Women’s, and Youth sizes are even available in the T-shirts!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/shirts

SPONSOR PROGRAM LAUNCHED!
It’s a great opportunity for local businesses!  If you have ideas on who would make great sponsors, please do reach out to us!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/sponsor


NEW MUSIC


NEW VIDEOS

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


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Dec 15 Fri
Soldiers of Suburbia & His Dream Of Lions @ Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA
“Cool Yule W/ Mark G Meadows” @ Kentland’s Mansion in Gaithersburg, MD
Throwing Plates @ Mason Inn just north of Georgetown in NW DC

Dec 16 Sat
Killer Deluxe @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA
Two Ton Twig & The VA Southpaws at Rock N Roll Hotel on H St in NE DC

Dec 20 Wed
French Admirals @ Slash Run in Petworth (in NW DC)

Dec 21 Thu
The 9 Holiday Holiday Extravaganza @ The Kenndy Center Millenium Stage by Foggy Bottom (in NW DC)


Patreon

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

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
--Daniel Warren Hill  --David Mohl



Aaron Miller of Gold Pants Rentals

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

AARON MILLER'S BIO:

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Without music, life would not be fair. Born in CT, grew up in NJ, live in DC. I started and run a PA rental and sound services business called GoldPants Rentals. I'm the bassist in local cover band The Perfectionists. I'm the operations manager for a full service storage company called MakeSpace Storage.

I'm a self-taught live sound engineer, and have taken some studio recording/mixing classes with local engineer Howard Rabach. I'm also self-taught on bass, guitar and ukulele...but classically trained on the piano. I have a melodica that’s a ton of fun to play. I recommend any keyboardist picking one up; it’s like $40 and a sure-fire way to annoy a significant other.

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. Aaron Miller started and runs a PA rental and sounds services business called Gold Pants Rentals. He was born in Connecticut, grew up in New Jersey and now is living in DC. Aaron's the bassist for the local cover band The Perfectionists, so he knows what it's like to be a performer and that live, that performance side of things. He's also a self-taught live sound engineer, and has taken some studio, recording and mixing classes with local engineer Howard [Rivuck 00:00:36]. Also he's self-taught on bass, guitar and ukulele, but he does have classical training in the piano. Holy smokes, Aaron. That's a lot of stuff, man. And I've worked with this guy. I've played shows with The Perfectionists, with his band, I've also worked with him as a sound guy, and he's just overall a freaking amazing guy. So thank you for being here with me today, man.

Aaron Miller:     Well gee thanks. Thanks for having me.

Brian:     Absolutely. Not so talk about, we brought up some things here, so what is it ... talk about Gold Pants Rentals and what makes it special.

Aaron Miller:     Yeah, so I started the company because well for a few reasons. One I had recently been laid off from my day job and I really wanted to build a business, and build another stream of income so I wouldn't be caught with my pants down, so to speak.

Brian:     Not with your gold pants down?

Aaron Miller:     My gold pants down, yeah. If you dig deep enough into my Facebook profile, you will find the picture to which my business name refers.

Brian:     Oh my God, don't tease me like that. Okay, got it.

Aaron Miller:     Yeah, you're going to have to do-

Brian:     So you're going to have to share that.

Aaron Miller:     ... some serious, serious Facebook stalking.

Brian:     Okay.

Aaron Miller:     I started the business, I was looking for a niche, and my band we, as a cover band, we play venues that typically don't have any sort of PA or sound engineer, or if they do it's very minimal. Usually half the channels are broken, like it's tough to put on a good show if you don't have the right gear, and I was chatting with Miles, because he owns-

Brian:     Seven Drum City.

Aaron Miller:     ... Seven Drum City, and he said, "Yeah, I get requests for a PA all the time and I just can't take it off my walls and rent it out, but I think that that would be something that people would be interested in." So I did some more research. I put together a basic rig, and just sort of hit go, and people for whatever reason keep hiring me, which is great.

Brian:     Yeah, and what is forever ... you said for whatever reason, what makes Gold Pants special? What is it even?

Aaron Miller:     Well I've researched my competition and I think we occupy this sort of niche between the really, really high-end pro shops that will drop a stage in the middle of a field and Paul McCartney can play there, and then guys who will just put up an ad on Craigslist and just keeping renewing it. Hey, you know rent my rig, come visit me and I'll set you up with gear. I wanted something with a professional feel but also more of a home-y type of touch. So you can go to my website, you can rent all my gear through my website.

Brian:     What is the website?

Aaron Miller:     Goldpantsllc.com

Brian:     Got it, okay.

Aaron Miller:     I don't know why Gold Pants was taken, but otherwise ...

Brian:     And while you're at it, check out what goldpants.com is, but then go to goldpantsllc. Got it, okay.

Aaron Miller:     All my prices are upfront. Service fees and rental fees, and I just try to be really upfront and you know what you're getting. Once you know that, I deliver. I'm going to be there early, I'm going to have everything you need. If something does break, I'll have a replacement there. I'll take care of you, I'll make sure your show goes on.

Brian:     So it's like a full service thing but it's not at a huge incredible price. It's a good deal.

Aaron Miller:     I think it's a very good value for what we provide, yeah.

Brian:     That's amazing, man. Alright, and so now gold pants, tell the story. We don't have the picture, but tell the story. Were you wearing gold pants? Why is it called Gold Pants?

Aaron Miller:     Alright, so I don't drink a lot, which ends up making me a very lightweight when I do drink, and I don't know maybe 10 years ago, I went to a New Year's Eve party. The New Year's Eve party was 70's themed, and my girlfriend now wife, at the time she married me, whatever reason, she married me.

Brian:     Because you're an amazing dude, and she's an amazing woman. I love it.

Aaron Miller:     She was wearing a set of gold tights. She looked spectacular in them. I thought I would look even more spectacular in them-

Brian:     Oh please tell me you put them on.

Aaron Miller:     I surely did, and-

Brian:     Stop it.

Aaron Miller:     Yes.

Brian:     Oh, that's awesome. Okay.

Aaron Miller:     So when I did something so dumb as to start my own business, I thought I would name it after that dumb thing I did in my twenties.

Brian:     Oh my God, that's amazing.

Aaron Miller:     Yeah.

Brian:     And now it's turning out that both of those ended up being smart things that you did.

Aaron Miller:     Yeah, like-

Brian:     You started a business and you put on some gold pants and came up with a name for your business.

Aaron Miller:     Yeah, I think so.

Brian:     I love it. Oh my God, that's amazing. What's your DC region connection? You said you was some from New Jersey. When did you get here?

Aaron Miller:     Well I went to GW. New Jersey's greatest export is college students, because we all want to leave.

Brian:     Okay, got it.

Aaron Miller:     So I went to GW. I got a job at the now defunct DC Snacks. We were such a stoner company. We would deliver ice cream and cigarettes to you at 2 in the morning. From there I went to another DC institution, Georgetown Cupcake. I handled their local deliveries, and then I ran their national shipping business.

Brian:     Holy smokes.

Aaron Miller:     Then I started delivering flowers for a company called H Bloom, and from there, yeah-

Brian:     So basically you've been at all these different businesses, but how long ago did you get to DC?

Aaron Miller:     I guess-

Brian:     What year would have that been?

Aaron Miller:     ... in 2005, fall of 2005.

Brian:     2005.

Aaron Miller:     Yeah.

Brian:     Wow. Amazing time, and now look at you. You got this wife that looks great in gold pants apparently, and-

Aaron Miller:     Not as good as me.

Brian:     ... this cool business. Not as good as you, though.

Aaron Miller:     No.

Brian:     Yes, we did establish this. My God, if we ever do an event, you're going to have to wear the gold pants one time, just I don't know, for old times' sake. That's amazing. Alright, now talk about you on the personal side. What do you do as hobbies or outside of all this work that you do?

Aaron Miller:     Well, you know it's when I'm done for the weekend, I really like to unwind with my wife Caroline. We binge watch Netflix a lot. I mean I know-

Brian:     Excellent.

Aaron Miller:     ... that's pretty-

Brian:     What are you watching?

Aaron Miller:     ... standard. Right now we're watching Mindhunters which is-

Brian:     I've heard such good things.

Aaron Miller:     ... amazingly creepy. It'll give you bad dreams, so yeah-

Brian:     Oh man, alright. Got it. So Mindhunters for nightmares, got it. Okay.

Aaron Miller:     So then on a lighter side we're watching Maron, which is Marc Maron's, I guess it's sitcom, or his show about his, you know, sort of a great comedian, not a great guy really. Just you know show the-

Brian:     I got it, yeah. Oh man, amazing. So a little bit of Netflix. Any other stuff that you do to kind of wind down as you're ... is it just a lot of relaxing?

Aaron Miller:     A lot of relaxing. Can I mention that I do Crossfit now? I totally do Crossfit.

Brian:     You do Crossfit now? I love it.

Aaron Miller:     Yeah.

Brian:     Yeah, there's a lot of ... I feel like there's people that love Crossfit and hate Crossfit. Which one are you?

Aaron Miller:     Oh I hate it. It is the worst.

Brian:     But it's so good for you.

Aaron Miller:     I am so sore all the time. It just hurts.

Brian:     I love it. Well you're looking trim, dude. So I love that-

Aaron Miller:     Oh, well thanks.

Brian:     ... you're doing it, man. This is good stuff.

Aaron Miller:     But one of the rules is that I have to mention it in every conversation, so-

Brian:     Yes, one of the first rules of Crossfit is that you talk about Crossfit.

Aaron Miller:     Exactly.

Brian:     Yes. I love it. Alright, now if you could offer ... one of my favorite questions to ask. If you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Aaron Miller:     Just do it.

Brian:     Just do it.

Aaron Miller:     Just like Nike, you know, but actually just do it. I was always talking about starting a business. When I finally just pushed myself to spend some money and do it, it all tumbled forward.

Brian:     There it is. So just do it, and that's where Gold Pants came from. Has other things come from that too? Is that where The Perfectionists came from? You've been playing music too. Yeah, the music. You've been playing classically trained piano. Talk a little bit about the music.

Aaron Miller:     Sure. So I started playing piano when I was six, did the classical, all the scales and all that. You know, I can play For Elise with the best of them. I got bored with that. I started taking some jazz lessons. I don't know if you know this, but you can actually play piano in a marching band. I did that.

Brian:     How do you do that?

Aaron Miller:     Well they have a pit, so I'm not being dragged around.

Brian:     Oh okay. I was going to say-

Aaron Miller:     Yeah.

Brian:     ... the pit orchestra. Yes, I did know that.

Aaron Miller:     Yeah, so I was technically a part of the percussion section and that was in high school-

Brian:     Sure, excellent.

Aaron Miller:     ... so I got to wear a wonderful uniform.

Brian:     Oh man, but then you play bass now.

Aaron Miller:     I do.

Brian:     When did that happen?

Aaron Miller:     So I took ... GW has a music program, and you can take lessons for non-majors. So I wanted to take more piano lessons, and I guess I wasn't very good at it, because my teacher said, "Hey, one of my other students, he's starting a band. Why don't you play bass for him? You said you had a bass, right?"

Brian:     Wow, so you got kind of bumped into doing some bass.

Aaron Miller:     But I love the instrument. I started listening to Victor Wooten, and he's just incredible.

Brian:     Phenomenal bassist.

Aaron Miller:     And it's like, "Oh, the bass can do that." And then you start listening to bass lines in all the Beatles songs, and it just ... it's just a wonderful instrument. I love playing it.

Brian:     [inaudible 00:10:31] there's a lot of bass. I love that, man. Now last thing, folks if they want to find out more about the stuff that you're doing, we talked about Gold Pants, and where are the places they go online to find that stuff?

Aaron Miller:     Facebook. Yeah, all Facebook. I am on it way too much, so you should go there.

Brian:     Facebook. So it's facebook.com/ ...

Aaron Miller:     Goldpantsrentals.

Brian:     Goldpantsrentals.

Aaron Miller:     Or perfectionistdc.

Brian:     Or perfectionistdc, that's the band.

Aaron Miller:     Yeah.

Brian:     Very cool, and Seven Drum City.

Aaron Miller:     Of course.

Brian:     And the other, the business partner there. Great, great things happening there.

December 13, 2016 - Special Guest: Daniel Schwartz

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MUSIC

  1. LanternFish - LanternFish (Folk/Americana)
  2. Stripmall Ballads - What Would You Say To The Woman With The Black Eye (Folk/Lo-Fi)
  3. Little Fox - Justin Jones (Rock/Folk)
  4. Remember Me - Robbie Schaefer (Folk/Indie)
  5. A Better Lie - The Cowards Choir (Rock/Folk)
  6. Unsung Hero - allthebestkids (Hip Hop/Rock)
  7. Intro/Outro music by Fellowcraft (Hard Rock/Blues)

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DANIEL (Danny) SCHWARTZ

VIDEO - BIO - PHOTOS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO

DANNY SCHWARTZ DC MUSIC ROCKS

Danny Schwartz is a DC native. He works as Production Manager at The Hamilton Live a block from the White House. He is also a professional musician playing around town with a number of artists and as a children’s performer. 

He is also a producer with BandHouse Gigs a local production company presenting shows over the last twelve years featuring hundreds of area musicians at the best venues throughout the area. 

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DANNY SCHWARTZ DC MUSIC ROCKS
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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     Daniel Schwartz is a D.C. native. He works as the production manager at The Hamilton Live which is one block from the White House. He's also a professional musician. He's played around town with a number of the artists in town and also as a children's performer. He's also a producer with Band House Gigs which is a local promotion production company presenting shows over the last twelve years featuring hundreds of area musicians at some of the best venues in town and throughout the D.C. area. Listen as a I first ran into this guy when I was seeing a show at The Hamilton and the artist was like, "Hey. You got to come meet Daniel, or Danny as he goes by. Got to come meet Danny." I got to meet him and just, he's one of those you meet him and he's just one cool dude. It is with great pleasure that I introduce Daniel Schwartz, known as Danny from The Hamilton. Say hi to everybody and tell us a little bit about yourself.

Danny:  Hey. How's it going?

Brian:     Hey there. Tell us about Hamilton and your role at The Hamilton and what that is.

Danny:  I'm very fortunate to be working for the Clyde's Restaurant Group. I love these guys. I have some of the coolest bosses in the world. I, as a senior in high school, when I went to school, I grew up in Bethesda. I opened Clyde's restaurant in 2002 called Tower Oaks Lodge out in Rockville up in the woods.

Brian:     Wow.

Danny:  I was a server and the GM there when I got the job with Clyde's as the production manager, ten years later, said, "Danny is one of the greatest guys I've ever met, one of the worst servers I've ever worked with."

Brian:     I appreciate your honesty. This is good. All right. Okay. Not a good server.

Danny:  Not a great server. I was very quick to change into nice clothes and start being a host so I could walk older people to their table. I really enjoyed schmoozing with the customers and making sure they were happy. When it would be down time I would jump in and be sort of a manager and bus tables and make sure everybody was having a good time and really get to the heart of what Clyde's customer service is all about.

Brian:     Right. I've heard amazing things.

Danny:  This year I'm celebrating my eleventh year on the corner of 14th and F. For the five years prior to Hamilton opening, I worked for The National Press Club as a freelance audio engineer up on the thirteenth floor of the press building caddy corner from us.

Brian:     Sure.

Danny:  I was watching. I used to go into the Boarders that used to occupy our 37,000 square foot space and as I saw it coming together and there was a great article in the Washington Post interviewing our owner, our president Tom Meyer and he was talking about what he saw as the vision of this music venue and who he saw being down there I was like, man, I have to be involved. I have to do this. These are my heroes. I've taken so many of the lessons they taught me and invested in me as a server and a host, and all the jobs I've had between I've been like this is how in the best possible scenario how Clyde's would do it.

                  I happened to be working one day at The Press Club in a small conference room, maybe this size or double this size, fit 75 people comfortably, and a 125, 150 people showed up. The audio end of it, putting up a couple table mics and making sure they were on was pretty simple so I was running around turning down the AC, getting water, getting extra chairs, doing everything I could to be hospitable, and the young woman who was running it said, "You know really you were incredible today. You went above and beyond. It was so impressive. Where did you get that from?" I said, you know, I was an actor when I was a child. I feel like it makes me personable. It makes me unafraid to approach people and all that but that really I spend a lot of time in the hospitality industry mostly working for Clyde's for a number of years.

                  I'd come back from college every year and go back to work as a host. They'd give me shifts and I really appreciated them for that. I really got a lot from them. She said, "Yeah my husband works for Clyde's." I sort of said, well that's interesting but it's big corporation. Everybody's husband works for Clyde's in some round about way. She said, "but my husband Dave Moran is the GM of the Old Ebbitt Grill and he's going to be running The Hamilton." I was like, oh my god. Hi. It's nice to meet you. I gave her my card and all I wanted to do was be a sound engineer there, be another feather in my cap and a place that I could call a freelance home as an engineer. It took eight months but finally I got a call to be interviewed as the production manager. It turned out I knew a lot of people.

Brian:     What does it mean to be a production manager for those who don't know?

Danny:  As long as you don't want to have any relationships or too much. For the first five years, plan on not seeing a significant other and it's a commitment. It's 100 hours plus a week really just wrapping your head around all these details, keeping a cool head about when they change.

Brian:     So you're dealing with the logistics when a band's coming in?

Danny:  Right. We book a show. I luckily don't have to do too much in that regard. First we were booked out of Austin by a group called C3 Presents. That was a big organization that gave us a lot of clout and let us totally get big acts that shouldn't have been coming to our room as a new room, but they said if C3's repping you, then we'll give you the benefit of the doubt and they loved it. The crowd loved it. We really got a really auspicious start for five years in as a restaurant and a music venue.

                  I would get the advance. I would get the contract. I'd reach out to their advance person. I'd tell them all about what we do and how it was going to be an amazing experience, that they were going to get world class food. They were going to get a world class sound system and lighting system and really positive can do attitude from my staff. That was important to me was to build a staff that was Clyde's customer service. I'm really proud of the staff I put together and it's a small, tight knit one, and we work really hard. I keep the gear running. I keep the staff scheduled. I get them paid. I make sure that we-

Brian:     You're basically running the venue and the logistics with the bands and the staff from the time the band knows they're coming in, to the time that they're there and they do their show and then wrapping up at the end of the night, that's Danny.

Danny:  That's me.

Brian:     And the team.

Danny:  Unlike a lot of production managers I came from an audio background so I wanted to be hands on. I wanted to be running the show. If they didn't have an engineer, I wanted to be the engineer. I wanted to mix them so that meant that every day at a certain time I had to drop my office work and jump into the show, push their gear in, set it up, work with them to make the show as good as possible, and see them through all the way until they're pulling away from the dock at the end of the night.

Brian:     Now with 100 hours a week, so what's life like for you outside of The Hamilton?

Danny:  I sleep.

Brian:     Okay.

Danny:  I watch some television and I keep only snacks in the house. I get fed there twice a day and it's unbelievable food and it's delicious but it's also restaurant food that comes with all the fixings of a delicious and not necessarily nutritious diet. It's all over the map. I try to have different things just to keep me interested in the menu.

Brian:     Sure.

Danny:  I put on weight that first couple years and I couldn't find enough time in my 14 hours on my feet every day to want to go to the gym and work it off. It was a lot of work. I'd come home and just collapse. For a little while I was dating somebody and living with them and they'd be asleep when I got home. I'd try to get myself out of bed just to spend a few minutes with them before they'd leave in the morning. It was tough. It was very challenging.

Brian:     You're looking trim so have you figured out the gym thing?

Danny:  Trying to-

Brian:     The eating thing.

Danny:  Yeah it's just about managing your time and your diet and sticking to the healthy items on the menu and stuff like that.

Brian:     What about the funniest moment that comes to mind when you think about The Hamilton since you started there?

Danny:  Man, some of them have been just rolling around with my bosses who are great, great guys who love music, who take me to concerts, who hang with me. They really are buddies and they love. I get texts and calls at all hours of the day and night, being like hey man did you hear about this? This is so exciting. I really love those moments. I don't know funny maybe. I don't have time to stop and laugh at things because when I do stop I'm just sort of blown away by what I'm getting a chance to do.

                  I feel very, very privileged and we've had unbelievable artists through and we've unfortunately, not to go on a complete other direction, but in this year, this awful 2016 of losing artists, we've lost this year and last some great, great artists who came through my doors and played my stage and made me feel like I was the coolest guy in the world for getting to have them and interact with them. Leon Russel, Alan Toussaint, Michael Burks. There's some really, really great musicians who played the stage and came multiple times and are no longer with us and I cherish the experience.

Brian:     You've talked about these big names so then what about a biggest success moment that comes to mind?

Danny:  Biggest success moment in the last two months I feel truly privileged and I'm getting away from D.C. musicians here but in the last two months we've had private events and public events come through the room and surprisingly not have those artists carry a front of house engineer, meaning they were leaving it up to us to put whoever we thought best on the board. I've mixed Emmylou Harris, The English Beat, Hot Tuna which is Jorma and Jack from Jefferson Airplane. Those are D.C. cats. They grew up, born and raised here. This past week was Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. the couple that fronted The Fifth Dimension, sang Age of Aquarius and all those songs. Who's the last one? Dave Matthews, I should mention.

Brian:     Wow. Okay. Definitely a name that most of the folks listening definitely know. You've gotten to mix them and be the handler of their show.

Danny:  In fact with Dave, his guy came in, brought their own board, mixed Dave's guitar and vocal and then fed me his main outs into my board so I could mix it in with a band when Dave jammed with this large, five piece Cuban band that he had brought up. It was really, really cool.

Brian:     What a cool thing. Good god.

Danny:  Every day I feel very privileged to be the type of person who stops and steps back from the rush of a day and says, this is really cool. I hope that in 60 years I can remember doing this. This is really cool.

Brian:     With what you're doing, do you have any rules that you always break?

Danny:  Rules I always break? Well, I think there's not just one, but I always come at it from a production standpoint of the show must go on. Where a lot of people want to stand on their principles or on the rules that you've set out as a company, or as a venue, when that's getting in the way of doing good work or keeping an artist happy, I'm like forget it. Just get out of the way. I'll do it myself. Don't worry. I'm an advocate for the artists and I think that's often misunderstood as not caring about the people who I work with or my coworkers. That's not really it. I just-

Brian:     Is this like if the artist wants something, you give it to them?

Danny:  What ever it takes. If we don't have it in house, I'll send my guys out for it. I want the artist to leave with a smile on their face being like, already this is the nicest room with the nicest staff and the nicest gear and the nicest dinner, but they still went out of their way and do us a favor to make it happen for me and I'm going to tell everybody about it. Even the artists who don't draw very well and I'm not sure that we'll be able to have back, I worry I'll never see them again in my room, I treat them extra nicely. I'm like, whatever you guys want, let's do it.

Brian:     Make it an amazing experience. What about you as a musician? I know you also play tunes. Talk a little bit about that.

Danny:  As a musician, unfortunately the beginning of The Hamilton spelled the end of my playing career for the moment. Fridays and Saturdays are not my own, a hundred hours a week, all that stuff. You probably appreciate it as a drummer, I don't know how much franchise your band has let you buy into, but if you're a side man, which a lot of drummers and rhythm players are, you're just a hired gun. Once you're not available, they have to find somebody.

Brian:     You're a drummer and other instruments too? Drummer is your main?

Danny:  Drum is my main. Guitar and bass and piano and ukulele and a little bit of everything else, you know. I love picking up an instrument but I wouldn't call myself anything but a drummer and maybe a little bit of a guitar player.

Brian:     How far back does that go? Where did that start?

Danny:  I started playing piano when I was five, taking music lessons pretty shortly after my dad put some. I think one of your questions was about the first music I ever heard, or my earliest memory.

Brian:     First memory? Yeah tell us.

Danny:  Tie that in. My dad put a mix tape of doo-wop and 50's and that kind of stuff in front of me and when I wore that cassette tape out he gave me one of 60's and rock and roll. When I wore that out he gave me Please Please Me, the very first Beatles record that was released in the states. I used to go to the library at school and look it up in a book. This is for people who are old enough to remember, not using the internet, and I'd come home and I'd be like, "Dad. The next record they made was called The Hard Day's Night." He'd be like all right. He'd go to Circuit City on his way home from teaching at Montgomery College and pick it up and bring it home and by the time I was six I had every Beatles record. That's my musical bed.

Brian:     That's amazing.

Danny:  I think everybody deserves to have the Beatles as their foundation. I know there's a lot of argument of whether the Beatles are as significant as they claim to be, but I believe they are. I really think so.

Brian:     Now the last question that I love to ask is, if you have one piece of advice that you would offer.

Danny:  That I would offer to other people out there?

Brian:     However you want to answer it. That's good. What's one piece of advice that you would offer to the listeners?

Danny:  To the listeners, never close yourself off to new music. Don't think that you live in one genre or that your musical tastes are limited. Let other stuff in. Let it wash over you. Maybe you won't connect with it but like, the fact that lyrically and musically there is so much to be offered in the music scene in D.C. specifically and all over. What I love about D.C. is very few people I know move here to become a musician. You're either from here or you happened here after school or something, but the music scene is very supportive of each other and very inclusive. I played with a ton of artists in D.C. and everybody would show up at each other's gigs at the small clubs, at IOTA, which we're sitting just across the street from that I used to work at. That's where I met a lot of these artists for the first time and where a lot of them said, "Really? You're a drummer?" They hadn't even heard me but they had me out to rehearse and slowly we became friends and band mates.

Brian:     That's cool.

Danny:  It was great.

November 22, 2016 - Incredible Music Show

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MUSIC

  1. Tomorrow is Yesterday - Killer Deluxe (R&B)
  2. Mine, Mine, Mine - Backbeat Underground (Funk)
  3. Parallel Lines - Blue Skies and Death (Pop/Synth Pop)
  4. Enough is Enough - Rhestored (Rock)
  5. Humpty Dumpty - Katharine Key (Indie/Jazz)
  6. What Do You Say - Vim & Vigor (Pop/Indie)
  7. You and I Will Change The World - Shumaun (Heavy Metal/Hard Rock)
  8. Mountain Man - The Virginia Southpaws (Rock/Americana)
  9. I Want You (But I Don't Need You) - Cinema Hearts (Rock/Doo Wop)
  10. Last Time - L.A.T.O. (Pop/Rock)
  11. Neko - allthebestkids (Hip Hop/Alt Hip Hop)
  12. Against the Rhythm - Billy Winn (Pop/EDM)
  13. Never Been Kissed - Owen Danoff (Rock/Folk Rock)
  14. Intro/Outro music by Fellowcraft (Hard Rock/Blues)

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The Premier Episode!

July 5th 2016

The world premier episode, and it was a blast!  There isn't an audio recording of this first show, it was only a live radio broadcast and will be fondly remembered by those that were there listening live!  Here's the songs and links to the bands that were featured, definitely a delight to highlight the huge talents featured in that very first show!