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6/26/18 - Special Guest: Carolyn Malachi

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

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  1. ***Miss Mary Mack, by OnRaé LaTeal (Hip Hop)

  2. Beautiful Dreamer, by Carolyn Malachi (Jazz, R&B)

  3. Houston, by Black Alley (Hip Hop, Rock)

  4. ***Snow Day, by Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front (Jazz, Gospel)

  5. ***Living in a Dream, by Hungry on Monday (Rock, Indie)

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

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

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

  • Jennifer Battle

  • Joellen Welch

  • Griffin Hanes

  • Simon Raqeuelme

  • Emma G

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  • Lauren Hayes

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

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

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

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


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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!

Jun 29 - Fri

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

Jun 30 - Sat

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

Jul 1 - Sun

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

Jul 5 - Thu

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


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Carolyn Malachi

Video - Bio - Links - Transcript

Carolyn Malachi Bio:

Carolyn Malachi

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



Carolyn Malachi
Carolyn Malachi


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

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

Carolyn:            I said that?

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

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

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

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

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

Carolyn:            Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Brian:               Talk about it.

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

Brian:               Yeah? That's it.

Carolyn:            Woman.

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

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

Brian:               Nice.

Carolyn:            It's magical.

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

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

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

Carolyn:            This is true. This is true.

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

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

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

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

Brian:               Wow.

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

Brian:               Wow. That's wild.

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

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

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

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

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

Brian:               You need to get on Google.

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

Brian:               Wow.

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

Brian:               Wow.

Carolyn:            And so, my dad-

Brian:               Crying ... For why?

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

Brian:               Okay, I totally forgot.

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

Brian:               Oh yeah?

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

Brian:               There you go.

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

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

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

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

Carolyn:            Aww.

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

Carolyn:            Thank you.

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

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

Brian:               And wait a minute, trading cryptocurrencies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carolyn:            Yeah, for basic recordkeeping.

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

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

Brian:               Your boo?

Carolyn:            My boo.

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

Carolyn:            Yeah, shoutout to Io.

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

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

Brian:               Really?

Carolyn:            Yes. Until.

Brian:               Uh-oh.

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

Brian:               Oh, that's amazing.

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

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

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

Brian:               There it is.

Carolyn:            So, yeah. Yeah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brian:               Excellent.

Carolyn:            And-

Brian:               To the troops?

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

Brian:               Nice.

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

Brian:               Training, physical training.

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

Brian:               Wow. That's a lot.

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

Brian:               This is true. And that is-

Carolyn:            We made it out.

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

Carolyn:            "We climbed a pyramid."

Brian:               I love it.

Carolyn:            Yes.

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

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

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

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

Brian:               Okay.

Carolyn:            We pay people to hurt us.

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

Carolyn:            We do a lot of that, yeah.

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

Carolyn:            No eyebrow waxing.

Brian:               No eyebrow waxing.

Carolyn:            Tweeze 'em.

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

Carolyn:            Exactly.

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

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

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

Carolyn:            Yes it is.

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


1/30/18 - Special Guest: Eugene & Dion of the DC Music Video TV Show 'Display'

Thanks to Eugene & Dion, creators of the DC Artist Music Video TV Show 'Display' for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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  1. Vernacular(Blue), by Dior Ashley Brown (Hip Hop, Funk)

  2. Above It, by Tabi Bonney (Pop/Electronic)

  3. Money, by MICCA (Hip Hop)

  4. Blowing Smoke, by Carolyn Malachi ft Trey Eley (Jazz, R&B)

  5. Hate, by Eta Money Roe (Hip Hop)

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Check the calendar, linked below, for the full list!

Fri Feb 2
Honest Haloway @ U Street Music Hall on U St
Black Masala @ Pearl Street Warehouse at The Wharf
Adwela & The Uprising @ Jammin Java in Vienna

Sat Feb 3
Feelfree & Nappy Riddem @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown

Mon Feb 5
Backbeat Underground @ Kennedy Center Millenium Stage by Foggy Bottom

Tues Feb 6
Wanted Man @ Union Stage at The Wharf by Waterfront

Wed Feb 7
Kipyn Martin @ Pearl Street Warehouse at The Wharf by Waterfront


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Eugene Thorpe & Dion Dove of "Display"


Display's Bio:

Eugene & Dion

"Display" was created in the spring of 2016 by Eugene Thorpe and Dion Dove. The show serves as a vehicle for DC area artists to have their work showcased as part of the DC Office of Film, Television and Entertainment. Airing on DC cable channel 16, Display illuminates DC in a different light, away from the Capitol Building and the National Mall.

The show features a very eclectic array of performers celebrating the abundant diversity the DC region has to offer.

Now in its fourth season, Display has been able to expand its audience by way of the RCN cable network. The show now airs in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Boston as well as Washington D.C.


Link to Display S1 E1:

'Display' Youtube Playlist (Watch all the episodes here, great for parties too, just let it run):

DC OCTFME Facebook:

Eugene Thorpe & Dion Dove pic


Brian:     On DC Music Rocks we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC regions local music scene. Display was created in the spring of 2016 by Eugene and Dion of the DC office of music and entertainment. The TV show showcases the music videos of DC area artists. It airs on DC cable channel 16. Display illuminates DC's musical talent, leaving behind the politics and government and it celebrates the abundant diversity the DC region has to offer. So, now entering yet another season, the fourth season, Display's been able to expand its audience by way of the RCN cable network because it's now airing in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, those other cities that they were just talking about. So, display is great things.  I met Eugene when my band Fellowcraft was fortunate enough to play on the show, The Sound, that he was talking about. It's a TV show and I met him either and he was talking about this music video thing and it was like, "Well, gosh, I have a whole collection of music video's. I've got a youtube playlist of more than ... I think I'm approaching 200 or more music videos by local artists. Hey we should collaborate," and we've been collaborating ever since.

Eugene:     And one of the reasons we came here was to personally say thank you.

Dion:     Much love. [inaudible 00:01:12] Much love.

Eugene:     That's funny because when we started this show I went to Dion and I said, "What if we put together a music video show?" He had shot some videos. He had made some videos. I knew a few guys who had made video's. So, I said, "What if we made a show out of the things that we had." So, we sort of counted them up and we had enough videos for one show. It was hilarious because we were like, "Okay, we're going to make this show but we're gonna make this show. We're gonna make the whole thing." So, we're actually sneaking into work early ...

Dion:     An hour early.

Eugene:     An hour early and shooting it while nobody's around.

Dion:     Right.

Brian:     Wow.

Eugene:     The thing I love about the first ... If you guys go on the website, you look at the first episode, there's a clock above Dion's head and as you can se us working through the show and it says, 8:02 and then it says 8:23, 8:47. So, as he's signing off it says, 8:53.

Dion:     We got to start work at 9:00am.

Eugene:     Right there. So, we would get right up to the end oof it ad so we did the whole thing. We put commercials in it. WE did the whole show as if it was already on the air.

Dion:     Right, the craziest part is we had to take it up to Miss Gates, to let her check it out. So, we would take it up there to her and Derrick, who's our chief of staff. We had to cut the lights off and try to set the mood. If we handed out popcorn that would have made it a little bit better. We had the lights off and we just put it on and just let the day face us more than anything and they was very appreciative of the show and man it's our full season now.

Eugene:     Yeah, and to Angie's credit, one of the first things she said when she came, was, "Look if there's something that we can put together, as long as it conforms to the rules and it doesn't get us in trouble, then let's go ahead and do it." So, I sort of looked at Dion and he looked at me like, "Okay, I got something for you," and we put the whole thing together and so we put it together. We kicked the names around. The name Display comes from Trouble Folk actually. When they used to come on they used to have a thing where they would say, "Who we gonna put on display," meaning, who are we gonna shine the light on. Who are we going to present to this audience? That's what Display means. That's where the name comes from.   So, once we explained that to here and she was like, "Okay. I like that. I like the way that goes."

Brian:     Who's idea was that? Was that you? Dion? Or was that Eugene? Who was that? Display?

Eugene:     That wasn't the first title. I forgot what the first one was but we sort of came around to Display because I think it was two words at first but then we sort of shortened it and everything but yeah that was the idea was to use that same thing that Trouble Folk did, where we gonna put these artists on display. We're gonna put these videos on display.

Brian:     That's awesome.

Eugene:     That's where the name came from.

Brian:     I get it now.

Eugene:     Yeah.

Dion:     Display.

Brian:     That's amazing. What is it that makes Display unique or different or ...

Dion:     The locals. The locals make it unique. The local music. The local clothing. The food that is in the videos, you know we like a lot of restaurants from the area and that's what make it unique rather than looking at a big video show and seeing all these spots you've already seen before. A lot of people haven't seen a lot of the shots that we have in DC. I feel that's a good look for us.

Brian:     I do have to say in some of the music videos, if you actually watch the videos you guys have and you watch, you'll see your neighborhood. You'll see places you've been. You were just there last night, it might have been a bar and alley. I used to walk down that alley on the way to get to somewhere. I'm mean there's so many places that come up in people lives in these videos too.

Eugene:     That's one of the things we wanted to key on was to look for videos that showed the city. That showed different parts of the city.

Brian:     Nice.

Eugene:     And amazingly, thanks to you, we were able to expand that and the thing that I lie about what we've been able to do over time is I think it's a real eclectic play list. You know what I mean?

Brian:     Oh, it is. You guys have a real collection.

Eugene:     It's a real range of things that are on there. There's a lot of different things on there and we don't ... It takes a lot for us to say no. Say, "Okay, we can't put this on." Almost anything else, we will try. We will try very hard to get it on and there's so many people that have messages and points. One of the ... Elena & Los Fulanos.

Brian:     Elana & Los Fulanos.

Eugene:     Los Fulanos, thank you. I love her videos. Her videos are so great because of the message. I watch the videos. I was like, "Okay, we got to put this on the show." This is important to put this on this show. You know what I mean?

Brian:     Yes. It's very current. I mean current events, stuff that's happening right now.

Eugene:     Right.

Brian:     It's true.

Eugene:     Right, and a lot of the videos are that and a lot of the videos have that. A lot of the videos are talking about current things and politics and we didn't want to shy away from that. We wanted to make sure that those videos had a place to be shown, a place for people to see them and for the points that they're making to get further out. That was a really important thing for us.

Brian:     That's amazing guys. Let switch the spotlight to you guys personally now. What are your DC connections? Have you guys always been DC? Did you come from somewhere? What part of the city are you in? You go first.

Dion:     I'm from here. My mother Robin [inaudible 00:07:17]. Hey mom. She from South East. My fathers from Uptown, fourth and [inaudible 00:07:22]. Hello. I grew up in Hillcrest Heights, right by [inaudible 00:07:26] avenue.

Brian:     Nice.

Eugene:     Which is ironic because that's where my wife grew up.

Brian:     Yeah, and now you've got this Display project together. You got a baby called Display together. There you go.

Eugene:     My wife grew up in the same place but I moved down here from Jersey when I was a kid in the fifth grade. So, I've been here ever since, okay.

Brian:     Okay. [inaudible 00:07:49] And what part of the city are you in?

Eugene:     I'm in Silver Spring. I've been in Silver Spring the whole time. It's been an interesting to be that close to a major city and to be close to this city in particular, I think was a real tremendous thing to grow up, to be in this particular place too. You can drive down North Capitol Street and you see the Capitol Building. You go, "Wow," you know what I mean? I used to trip out about stuff like that and just being able to see the government, you know, the official Washington DC, and then the neighborhoods of Washington DC. The city where everybody lives in Washington DC. So, it's been a terrific experience to be here, to come back to work here, and now to work as part of the city government.

Brian:     City government, absolutely. What are you guys ... On the personal side now, talk about outside of work. So, we know you do Display, and you work down at that OCTFME, the Office of Music entertainment. What outside of that? Hobbies? What do you guys do?

Eugene:     We work on a lot of music. In fact, that's how we got started. That's how we got started working together. We worked at the agency, and we had a Christmas party one year, and I was very new to the agency at the time. I had only been there about a year, maybe two years or so. So, it was still very new. I didn't know a lot of people at the agency. So, one Christmas party, this guy gets up and he performs this rap song, and I said, "This song is corny."

Brian:     Please tell me that was Dion.

Eugene:     It was Dion.

Brian:     Oh. So good. All right, corny rap. Dion. Really?

Eugene:     I was like, "You know what though I want to hear him really run, not in front of the boss" ...

Dion:     I had the boss there. I was really just PG. PG 11. It wasn't even 13.

Eugene:     Right. So, I was like, "I want to hear this guy really rhyme." We linked up that day and maybe two weeks to a month later, we started making songs.

Dion:     I actually did the theme song for the show.

Brian:     For Display when you watch the show. That's Dion.

Dion:     That's my voice you hear when we're coming on.

Brian:     What about hobbies do you guys like? Are you into TV or around town?

Dion:     Hobbies. We're pretty much into a lot of the same things and right now we're into movies. That's our next venture. We actually just won a film festival in DC. Gene was the editor. I was the sound man and the clapper and everything else.

Brian:     Little bit of everything.

Dion:     I was the director.

Brian:     Good gracious. Well congratulations, which film festival was that?

Dion:     The DC Independent Go Film Festival.

Brian:     Nice.

Dion:     We went to the Black Home Festival in Miami, came in the top 20. In Atlanta, we had the Peace Tree Film Festival but I missed the email, so we missed going to the event.

Eugene:     It was a 30 minute short film called Stay Tuned and it was a comedy, which to me made it interesting because you go to film festivals and all these things and everybody wants to be deep, you know, [inaudible 00:11:20] staring out a window for 20 minutes. So, the fact that we made a comedy and made people laugh. We were like, "If we made one person laugh, then we did it."

Dion:     The first person we showed was Angie Gates and if she didn't green light it we wouldn't have showed nobody but she laughed when it first came on and that gave us a little confidence to keep on rolling.

Brian:     I love how supportive she is. She's so supportive, her and mayor [inaudible 00:11:49], both of them.

Eugene:     Yes indeed.

Brian:     So supportive of the arts and stuff and people don't know that necessarily because it's such a government town but yeah, DC definitely has 202 creates. If you go to you'll see some of that stuff that they're doing with that local music. I just gotta get a shout out to both of them. I love that she green lit your little project and all that stuff. Eugene I want to give you a shout out too because you shared with me you made music on the side too. So, let me just play ... This is you right? This is some of the stuff you made.

Dion:     Give em something. Give em something.

Eugene:     Yeah, this is a ...

Dion:     Let it go. Let it go.

Eugene:     Yeah.

Brian:     Nice.

Dion:     That's geno right there baby. Sound good.

Brian:     So, you do that stuff and that's the music for Display. You use it around work?

Eugene:     The version 23 project, it began as a file really. A file in my computer.

Brian:     There were 22 not good versions. Keep version 23.

Eugene:     Right. Right.

Brian:     It takes practice guys. It takes practice.

Dion:     [inaudible 00:12:58]

Brian:     You want to know how long it took us to make an album, 23 times, that's how.

Eugene:     Exactly. That became just the file name and it was sort of an outlet just do the music that was sort of in between the beats that I was doing for Dion or the beats that I was doing for somebody else. I had a bunch of other stuff that I kept and some of it I use for whatever we're working on, some of the shows, some of the TV shows, some of the other things but it's something that, to answer your question, that is my hobby. That is definitely my hobby right there.

Brian:     You guys, my favorite question to ask is if you could offer one piece of advice what would it be?

Dion:     Oh man.

Eugene:     Eat before the gig. That's the first piece of advice somebody told me and I'm passing it on.

Dion:     My would be treat other people how you want to be treated.

Eugene:     For sure.

Brian:     Say more on that. What does that mean?

Eugene:     I mean however you want to be treated. If you go into a building and you see somebody the janitor or the president in the building treat both of them the same. Don't treat one of them no different than the other. If you treat both of them the same I'm pretty sure they'll treat you the same as well.

Brian:     That's awesome. Be nice. It's like that common stuff but people forget sometimes and so remember to be nice and eat before the gig.

Eugene:     Eat before the gig.

Brian:     Oh my god, I love it. All right. Now, for those folks who want to follow the cool stuff you're doing and more about Display and the show, where do they go?

Eugene:     The links for Display are on our YouTube on the agency ...

Brian:     Website.

Eugene:     Website. And the YouTube page ...

Brian:     What's the website?

Dion:     Entertain_@DC.

Eugene:     Entertain_@DC

Brian:     I think it's I think was the one.

Eugene: and then on our YouTube page under entertain_DC we have a YouTube page and all of the shows have their own tab so that you'll see a separate tab for Display and all of the shows, all three seasons are there.

Brian:     So, if you're listening I hope you go to YouTube. Type in entertain_DC and then go check out episodes of Display and watch all these amazing music videos that these guys have.

Dion:     Check us out.

Eugene:     And it's interesting because a lot of people have said that they just put he show on and just leave it like it's a regular show and they'll binge watch two or three of them.

Brian:     I feel like it's old school MTV when you used to have it on and that was your music and there's a video to go with it, you've got that.

Eugene:     And that was the idea. That was what we wanted to do and I also have a big shout out to our number one viewer and it's Dion's mom. That's Dion's mom.

Brian:     Hi mom. I love it.

Eugene:     Mr. and Mrs. [inaudible 00:15:51].

Brian:     I love it.

Eugene:     They sit in the house each Friday.

Dion:     A popcorn.

Eugene:     A thing of popcorn and they watch their son on the show.

Brian:     That's amazing. I love it.

1/16/18 - Special Guest: Maxx Myrick, of DC Radio HD

Thanks to Maxx Myrick, Director of Programming for 96.3 HD4, DC Radio HD, for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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  1. The Towns, by Honest Haloway (Indie, Indie-Rock)

  2. The State of the Union, by Thievery Corporation (World)

  3. Fall Winter Spring Fall, by Carolyn Malachi (Jazz, R&B)

  4. Possibilities, by Bronsen and the Expedition (Pop, Funk)

  5. The Island (Comecar De Novo), by Lori Williams (Jazz, NeoSoul)

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Backbeat Underground ft Aaron Abernathy - She Don’t Love Me (Like I Do)

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Jan 19 Fri
Carter Lou & The Project and Elizabeth ii @ DC9 by U St
Jonny Grave & Nah. @ Pearl Street Warehouse in The Wharf area by the SW Waterfront

Jan 20 Sat
AM - Rocknoceros Free show @ National Theatre by Metro Center
Wanted Man & Bottled Up @ Rock & Roll Hotel on H St NE
Sub-Radio @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown

Jan 21 Sun
Kypin Martin @ Milkboy Arthouse in College Park

Jan 23 Tue
Maryjo Mattea @ DC9 by U St in NW
The North Country @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown

Jan 24 Thu
Near Northeast @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown


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Maxx Myrick


Maxx Myrick's Bio:

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Winfred “Maxx” Myrick was raised in Toledo, Ohio where he first went on the air at age 14 as a teen reporter at WKLR.  After High School and the Marine Corps, he enrolled at the University of Toledo where he began his career on college radio.  From there he worked his way up in radio markets including Cincinnati, Greenville, SC, Shreveport, Richmond, Cleveland, Pensacola, Washington, DC and New York.  In 1988 he was the first voice on the air doing midday’s at the launch of WVAZ in Chicago.  In 1990 Maxx and consultant Tony Gray signed on UAC WALR-Atlanta where he was the Operations Manager and Program Director and in 1993 he returned to WVAZ-Chicago as Operations Manager and Program Director until 2000 when he left to help launch XM Satellite Radio where he created the Real Jazz channel, programmed the Neo Soul channel “The Flow”, the Latin Jazz channel “Luna” and worked with and produced Wynton Marsalis at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.  In 2008 he left radio for four years, finally returning to his true love in 2011 as Operations Manager and Program Director of Heritage UAC WHUR, the flagship station of the Howard University Radio Network.  Maxx is a divorced father of four wonderful adults Tondalaya, Khalfani, Akili and Nyasha Myrick.

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Maxx Myrick


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. Maxx Myrick is an award-winning air personality, radio programmer, and content expert with over 40 years of experience, providing content on local and national levels. He's currently the talent buyer for Bethesda, Jazz and Blues Supper Club, and programming director for DC Radio, which is 96.3FMHD4 or His past experience includes work for XM Satellite Radio, like he just mentioned in New York City. He created the Real Jazz Channel and then he also was operations manager, and programming director at Clear Channel Chicago's WVAC and 106 Jams. Maxx is the recipient of every major radio award including Music Association's Icon Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Black Broadcasters. After saying all that, it's just exciting that I met him, because through doing DC Music Rocks, my show airs also on 96.3HD4 on DC Radio and I was honored when I first got connected with him back when we were talking about doing that connection and having the episodes air. I've been working with him ever since and he's truly an incredible dude. I'm just honored that you'd be here and you'd do this with me, Maxx. This is exciting to have you on the show.

Maxx Myrick:     It's an honor to be here with you after listening to your show. It's an honor to be here in the studio with you.

Brian:     My goodness. Now, can you talk a little bit about we talked about Bethesda Jazz and Blues and we talked about DC Radio. Can you expand on those just a little? What's your involvement?

Maxx Myrick:     DC Radio, I've spent my career building radio stations around the country, Chicago, Atlanta, New York, DC. I was also at WHUR here in DC for four years prior to coming to the DC office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment, which is what DC Radio is a part of.

Brian:     Oh fantastic.

Maxx Myrick:     Extent of that wonderful brand, which also had the DC and television DK and television and DCC television.

Brian:     Wow. There's three channels. There's radio now. DC has really got a lot going on with the entertainment.

Maxx Myrick:     The office of film is in there as well, film, television, DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment.

Brian:     It's the longest acronym.

Maxx Myrick:     It really is right.

Brian:     I know they must catch some heat for that. It's OCTFME.

Maxx Myrick:     OCTFME.

Brian:     All together. I met somebody and they're like, "No, it's music and entertainment. It's the office of music and entertainment."

Maxx Myrick:     That's what it is. I mean, we're trying to. Our goal is to give the people of DC a reason to stay here.

Brian:     Yeah.

Maxx Myrick:     We have the tools. We have a mayor and a director who are devoted to giving the citizens of DC an opportunity and that's what they're there for.

Brian:     Wow. The result is pretty amazing. If you check out some of the content you guys have, it truly it really is targeted for the local scene. Actually, talk about that. Talk about the station and what's on there.

Maxx Myrick:     Well, one of the shows that we cover of course is DC Music Rocks.

Brian:     Oh, you flatter me sir. You flatter me.

Maxx Myrick:     No seriously, when we were first trying to figure out, the station has governmental programming of course. We have a show with the Congresswoman Eleanore Holmes Norton. We have a show with the Metro Police Department. We have a show with the Mayor's Office, and Latoya Foster. We have shows with the business, different agencies. We also wanted to have an outlet for the local creative community. We've also created 202 Creates. That's part of our wheelhouse as well.

Brian:     Yeah, we've talked about that tagline on the show. Absolutely.

Maxx Myrick:     We wanted to also give the talent and the creatives in DC a place to get exposure. One of the first people that we reached out to was Brian Nelson Palmer, and DC Music Rocks because you play.

Brian:     I'm blushing over here. I'm blushing.

Maxx Myrick:     We have to service all eight wards and we have to provide programming for the entire city.

Brian:     Yeah.

Maxx Myrick:     Your program addresses that.

Brian:     It's true.

Maxx Myrick:     We were pleased that you said you would allow us to put your program on DC Radio.

Brian:     I am honored to be a part of the family Maxx. It really is a treat. Talk briefly about, you've got experience as a talent buyer now too. Is that like a side thing that you do, or how does that fit into the career?

Maxx Myrick:     It's a part-time thing I do? I've been in this business for 40 years.

Brian:     Yeah.

Maxx Myrick:     I've done all kinds of things. I've done small events, big events. When I was in Chicago, we used to do something called Unity Day, which was an annual free concert that was in Washington Park on the south side of Chicago. We had a million people show up every year.

Brian:     Holy smokes.

Maxx Myrick:     It was so big we had to film it from a helicopter. It was just crazy.

Brian:     That's a pretty big event. Oh wow.

Maxx Myrick:     We did other events and I'm used to doing big scale things.

Brian:     Yeah.

Maxx Myrick:     The same thing with the radio stations. All the radio stations that I've built have gone on to become big radio stations and that's the plan, to make this radio station, a station that the other cities want to have.

Brian:     Yeah.

Maxx Myrick:     We want to be the model for that. We have a very diverse array of programming for the artists, local artists and creatives and also we provide. Our goal is to be as transparent as we possibly can for the local government to give the local government a voice, to keep people informed.

Brian:     Yeah.

Maxx Myrick:     It's a combination of those things.

Brian:     Now, that kid of ties right into one of my next questions or the thing I love to ask too is so what makes DC Radio special do you think?

Maxx Myrick:     Well, first of all it's a local radio station. It's in DC, for DC.

Brian:     Yeah.

Maxx Myrick:     By DC.

Brian:     Yeah.

Maxx Myrick:     I mean, that right there makes it pretty special.

Brian:     In today's day and age of top 40 radio of national broadcast, that's definitely special.

Maxx Myrick:     I mean, radio has changed. It's very difficult for content to get on commercial radio. We're a non-commercial radio station. We don't have any constraints of commercials. We're commercial free all the time.

Brian:     Yeah.

Maxx Myrick:     We run long form programming. Our programs have depth. I mean, it's not just a little short interview. Our shows are hour and a half, hour and they're very diverse. We have as I mentioned earlier, world music programs. We got [inaudible 00:07:02] World Music Hour.

Brian:     Yeah.

Maxx Myrick:     We have a show called The Brazilian Hour that we do in conjunction with the Brazilian Embassy. We've got a few more surprises coming down the pike.

Brian:     Absolutely. I feel like this is something definitely to stay tuned because there's exciting things coming from you and what you got planned for DC Radio.

Maxx Myrick:     Oh yeah. We want to make it really big.

Brian:     Talk about your connection with DC. You've been in the scene for, you've been back and forth. You've lived here multiple times. What's your history with DC?

Maxx Myrick:     I was in Chicago. V103 in Chicago for about a decade.

Brian:     Okay.

Maxx Myrick:     Then, I had been studying technology. I've been in radio since I was 14, since I was in high school.

Brian:     Since you're like 21 now.

Maxx Myrick:     Yeah, so just a couple of years. The way I got started was back whenever that was, I would always be the DJ at my family's parties. I would go to the store and get, and so I was very fascinated by radio. I grew up in Toledo, Ohio, which is right next to Detroit, and also next to the Canadian border. We listened to Canadian radio, a station called CKLW, which was bigger than life, everything about it was just bigger. I was fascinated with that.

     Then, I high school I got an opportunity to go on the local radio station, the local FM because AM was still king at that time and do the high school update. Here's what's happening at all the high schools.

Brian:     Wow.

Maxx Myrick:     That was where I got bitten by the radio bug and then I went in the Marine Corp.

Brian:     Okay.

Maxx Myrick:     We were out overseas and on a ship, for like a year, in the Mediterranean. They had a ship's entertainment system.

Brian:     You were the DJ of that.

Maxx Myrick:     I of course was the DJ.

Brian:     I'm sensing a theme here. There's a lot of DJ. Bring it back then to the DC part.

Maxx Myrick:     What happened was I was in Chicago and I had been studying the technology.

Brian:     Sure.

Maxx Myrick:     I've seen the technology go from 45 to eight track, and then just all the way through.

Brian:     Yeah.

Maxx Myrick:     I had been studying satellite radio because I put the country's first satellite radio station on in Richmond, Virginia back in 1989.

Brian:     Wow.

Maxx Myrick:     It was what we did was we had a signal in Petersburg and then their station in Spotsylvania came on and interfered with our signal in Richmond. We bought the station in Spotsylvania. Now, then we took the signal, unlinked it in Richmond, and then we set it back down via satellite and then we increased our signal.

Brian:     That's right, okay.

Maxx Myrick:     That was the first satellite radio.

Brian:     First satellite radio.

Maxx Myrick:     You know, having been familiar with the technology when XM Satellite Radio was about to launch, a friend of mind contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in going. At a certain point in your career, you want new challenges.

Brian:     Sure.

Maxx Myrick:     I could see where that was going. I came to Washington DC and built The Real Jazz Channel. There's another channel called The Flow, which was the new soul channel.

Brian:     Wow.

Maxx Myrick:     Luna, which was the Latin Jazz channel.

Brian:     Good gracious.

Maxx Myrick:     I produced, Wynton Marcalis, Quincy Jones.

Brian:     Some of the jazz greats.

Maxx Myrick:     Yeah, and the whole station was done from a jazz fan's point of view.

Brian:     Sure.

Maxx Myrick:     Which is what they wanted. Then I stayed there for eight years, and then I took four years off.

Brian:     You took a break?

Maxx Myrick:     I took a break and moved to Nashville, Tennessee.

Brian:     I love it. That's a music fan's dream.

Maxx Myrick:     It was a music town, yeah. It's a music town.

Brian:     Good gracious.

Maxx Myrick:     Then, it was time to come back. I came back. Went to WHUR for about four years, and took another little break and then I got asked to come over and help build this radio station, so now we're blowing up here.

Brian:     I was going to say, I'm excited that you're here at the helm of this one now too. It's awesome that you came back. Now, talk to us outside of this work thing, what kind of hobbies do you got, your personal life and what kind of things do you do outside of work?

Maxx Myrick:     Besides music? I see a lot of live music. Of course, I book talent as well too and I play music on the radio, but I really like going to see live music. I'm a real music fan.

Brian:     What kind? I'm guessing jazz.

Maxx Myrick:     I like everything. I like jazz. I like EDM. I like world music. I like everything. I just heard, I went to see an artist from some island off of Finland. It was the most interesting music. I go to a lot of those embassy events.

Brian:     Sure.

Maxx Myrick:     They always showcase their countryman. I like that. I like traveling.

Brian:     Absolutely. Where have you been to lately?

Maxx Myrick:     I used to go to Brazil a lot.

Brian:     Nice.

Maxx Myrick:     It's been a while, but I think I'm going to reengage.

Brian:     Make a trip back there.

Maxx Myrick:     That country soon. Yeah.

Brian:     I like reengage with that country. Some people make a trip. Maxx chooses to reengage with that country. I love it.

Maxx Myrick:     I love the culture.

Brian:     That sounds like a much better trip, than just taking a trip, is to reengage with Brazil. It sounds so much better.

Maxx Myrick:     It's a wonderful culture.

Brian:     Now, one of my favorite questions to ask when folks are on the show, is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Maxx Myrick:     Well, this is a tough business. It's gotten tougher over time because of various reasons. One thing somebody told me at the beginning was to keep your integrity. There's lots of temptations along the way.

Brian:     Like what's an example of that, when you say a temptation?

Maxx Myrick:     Well, I never succumb to the things that some people succumb to, sex, drugs and rock and roll.

Brian:     I see.

Maxx Myrick:     There are people who did and I saw people go down. I saw people's whole careers get ruined and then you have to be a stand up person. You have to be honest. You have to keep your integrity. The reason that I'm still in the game 40 years later is because I kept my integrity. I never sacrificed that. I never would do it.

Brian:     Don't sacrifice your integrity. Keep that.

Maxx Myrick:     That's a big that.

Brian:     Keep morals.

Maxx Myrick:     Then, stick with it. Right now, there's a wonderful opportunity for those who want to get into the business because we're at a paradigm shift with the internet.

Brian:     It's true. Tell a little bit about that.

Maxx Myrick:     Well, the technology keeps moving on but right now, the next superstars of radio are going to come online.

Brian:     It's true. Podcasts and some of that other stuff.

Maxx Myrick:     If you think about Apple Radio for example. They pay this guy from England all this money to be a curator. It's all online.

Brian:     It's all there.

Maxx Myrick:     If you can create something, as an individual, and generate enough interest, they'll come looking for you.

Brian:     That's pretty incredible. Maxx I like it. Now, one more time, for those folks who want to get in touch with you, or find out the cool things that you're doing with DC Radio and stuff, where do they go?

Maxx Myrick:     Just go to

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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  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)


Wylder - Save A Way (single)
Will Eastman ft Furniteur - Detroit Disco (single)


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
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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).




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 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, And you can also find out more information about our agency and what our agency is doing at, 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 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.

February 14, 2017 - Special Guest: Miles Ryan of 7DrumCity

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7DrumCity is a music studio on North Capitol Street NW that offers drum lessons band practice space, and community events. The synergy of these things has created a hub and community space for musicians to meet, hang, learn, and even perform in a cozy environment. Our 100 drum students and several dozen core bands that practice here have created a thriving place to grow! 

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We just opened our new studio at 1506 North Capitol Street NW featuring 3 floors and a 2-story carriage house in the back. 3800 square feet, 9 rooms, and enough space to host a music festival. We grew from just 2 students in the owner Miles’ living room in 2011 to our beloved music studio on U street for 3 years, and as of January 31st, our new North Cap studio! Come see what it’s all about at our Grand Opening Festival on February 25th from 2-10pm, featuring 22 bands, art display, short films, giveaways, food, and beer. 




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Brian:     Miles Ryan is the creator and owner 7DrumCity. 7DrumCity, which opened in 2011, is a music studio on North Capitol Street Northwest that offers drum lessons, band practice space, and community events. It's become a hub for musicians to meet, hang, learn, and even perform in a cozy environment. Hosting more than a hundred drum students and several dozen core bands that practice at 7DrumCity regularly. They just opened their new studio at 1506 North Capitol Street, featuring three floors and a two story carriage house in the back. So it's 3,800 square feet total. Nine rooms in total and enough space to host a music festival.

                  So with that, listeners, I first met Miles through the Flash Band program and 7Drum, his studio ... I went and took lessons there, and I've gotten to know the guy. And I am so excited that I get to introduce him to you because he is such a cool member of the scene that it's a treat to have him on the show. So it's with great pleasure that I introduce Miles Ryan. Say hi man. Thanks for being here.

Miles:    It a treat to be here too. I [crosstalk 00:01:11] love you, just to get that out of the way.

Brian:     (Laughter) It is that special Valentines time of [crosstalk 00:01:15] the year so I love you too, man. Let's keep it going with the love. I love it. And speaking of love, you love drums. So how did 7DrumCity, or 7Drum Lessons ... It's had different names over the time, but how did this whole idea come about? How did it start?

Miles:    Well the idea ... Man, I thought this would be an easy question, but ... I originally just wanted to make some money on the side teaching drum lessons. I used to be in the solar energy industry and I was living in Boston. And I got laid off. And that was in May 2010. Around then I was hanging out with some entrepreneur friends and-

Brian:     Good friends, by the way. Entrepreneur friends are great friends to have.

Miles:    Yeah, good to hang out with those kind of people.

Brian:     Absolutely.

Miles:    But they were pretty influential for me. Also I was dating a woman who lived down here and she's a jazz singer. Another music entrepreneur herself.

Brian:     Awesome.

Miles:    Lena Seikaly(sp?), actually. But you should check out some of her music sometime.

Brian:     Okay.

Miles:    I came down to D.C. and then I basically started a website. Wanted to teach drum lessons. My friend Chris Williams, who went to Babson College, was sort of begging me for lessons. [crosstalk 00:02:43] And I was like, "All right, fine. I'll teach you a lesson." And I was like, "This is actually kind of awesome." I like teaching. I forgot I used to tutor Spanish and Italian in high school and college and that kind of thing.

Brian:     Now where did the name "7Drum" come from?

Miles:    Well, Seven ... It was originally called "7DrumLessons" because I wanted to show up more in the search engines because it was a clear name, drum lessons. [crosstalk 00:03:18] But something identity, maybe, of something ... I've thought a lot about it, but seven is about the chakras, the seven chakras of the human body.

Brian:     Really? No way. It comes from the chakras? [crosstalk 00:03:31] I love it. Miles, I had no idea, man. There you go. It's all about the chakras on Valentine's. But it's also all about the drums. There it is.

Miles:    So for those of you who don't know, there's seven ... The chakra system, which is basically an eastern based thing ... But it's now sort of just different energy centers of the body. They represent different emotions or energy that you can experience. And I though that it was kind of a cool way of categorizing the experience of being human and all that.

Brian:     Seven chakras. Love it. And is that a personal ... Are you big into the chakras or you familiar with it and you-

Miles:    I'm familiar with it. My mom talked to me about it. She's a reiki master which is where you ... I don't know. I don't really get it necessarily. [crosstalk 00:04:29] But you lie down and they clear your chakras of blockages or something. It's really cool. I don't know. Have you ever done that?

Brian:     I haven't tried before, but I've heard a lot of good things about it. So I'm a pretty open minded guy. I'd give it a shot. It sounds awesome. And I love the fact that that somehow stemmed into the name of this great thing. And so now tell us about this new location now. When did you move in? When did it open?

Miles:    Well let me just explain ... Maybe just get to that point first, I guess. I just started off ... Again I was just gonna do it on the side as I was looking for another job. And then people kept signing up. I realized that there wasn't anything else. So basically I brought my drum kit from high school into my living room. Somebody signed up. That was so amazing. It was like, I got an e-mail that someone signed up. I was like a stranger [crosstalk 00:05:25]

Brian:     That you didn't know. [inaudible 00:05:25] no longer was your friends. It was somebody else.

Miles:    Oh yeah.

Brian:     What a cool thing.

Miles:    Yeah, and he ended up taking lessons like four years, [crosstalk 00:05:32] which is awesome. Anyway, I was in my living room for three years, and then found a space on U Street. Got a three year lease there and that's where everything kind of blossomed. You made it sound like, the way you're describing it, that this is a new studio starting from zero. But we've actually already had about a hundred drum students and all these bands and stuff that preexisted. So our lease was up at the other spot so we moved to this new place. It was kind of tough to leave our beloved, yellow building. [crosstalk 00:06:09] But I--

Brian:     Where about in D.C. is this one located. You said on North Capitol Street.

Miles:    Yeah, North Capitol Street. So if you stand in the middle of North Capitol there is a ... Just watch for the cars, but-

Brian:     Don't stand in the middle of Capitol, for reference.

Miles:    Anyway, if you peak out you can see the Capitol Building It's kind of cool. It's like up on hill and then it's like right where North Capitol hits Florida Ave which goes straight over to U Street.

Brian:     Got it. Which is near ... What metro stop is that near?

Miles:    It's near the NoMa metro stop. So it's one block up from NoMa, basically.

Brian:     That's cool. So what about you outside of drums? We know that you ... We're pretty clear you've drums and you got a drum lesson place that's turned into a drum studio. What about you outside of those things?

Miles:    Well, it is Valentine's Day.

Brian:     Excellent.

Miles:    I'll start with what I should start with which is my amazing girlfriend [inaudible 00:07:08][crosstalk 00:07:09] Just gotta shout it out.

Brian:     Shout out to the love. The lady in his life. Yup, I love it. Okay.

Miles:    Amazing woman.

Brian:     Awesome. Happy Valentine's Day.

Miles:    Spend time with her. That's number one thing.

Brian:     Got it. Okay. Time with her.

Miles:    Check that off the list.

Brian:     Oh no. There's no checking. That one's in there automatically 'cause she's that awesome. So props to the woman in you life, man. Awesome.

Miles:    Thanks to ... I'm just gonna shout out to Bumble. Bumble's awesome.

Brian:     (Laughter) Yes, shout out to Bumble. I love it.

Miles:    It's been-

Brian:     Yes.

Miles:    Five months since that story. So you know, Valentine's Day theme.

Brian:     Okay, I dig it. Absolutely.

Miles:    Miles' personal life.

Brian:     All right, so out side of your life now, is there there more? What else? There's a dog, right?

Miles:    Yeah, there is a dog. You must know me or something.

Brian:     Yeah, I do. It's like I've seen you before. I've been buggin' you. Whatever. So, then, who's the dog? Tell us about the dog.

Miles:    Well my dog, his name is Remo, which is also a brand of drum head.

Brian:     Ah, so that's where the name comes from. A dog named Remo. Remo drum heads. Very good heads, by the way.

Miles:    He's a black lab/pointer mix. And so he's really cute in my biased opinion. He usually can be found at the studio. Very chill, relaxed dog for a three year old.

Brian:     Cool man.

Miles:    Oh no, go ahead.

Brian:     I was just gonna ask, what about the personal life? And I'm just curious. And I'm gonna ask you another question which is biggest success moment that comes to mind when you think about 7Drum. What comes to mind?

Miles:    Well, I mean that first student, was honestly still like a very emotional moment. His name was Mitch. He's awesome.[inaudible 00:09:03]

Brian:     And you got ... This was when you were still in your living room or hadn't even got the drum set yet?

Miles:    Hadn't even moved to D.C. yet. That was in December.

Brian:     Wow.

Miles:    Made the website and everything.

Brian:     Awesome.

Miles:    But anyway, that was cool. And then I guess another big thing was hitting a hundred students. Active enrolled students, which was like I think last fall.

Miles:    I just sort of had that number. It's a nice number. But of course that number is always sort of going up and down if someone's away for the summer. Then you're like, "Well do you count that?"

Brian:     No, we're counting it. A hundred students, [crosstalk 00:09:48] that amazing. That's amazing. I love it. Now, one of my favorite questions to ask is, "If you had one piece of advice to offer, what would it be?"

Miles:    Well, I prepared for this question but it was hard to pick one.

Brian:     All right, we'll start with one. What d'you got?

Miles:    I mean, I'd say visualize what you want.

Brian:     Say more.

Miles:    Spend time-

Brian:     In your head? Is it a vision board?

Miles:    Yeah, in your head. Thinking about what it is that you want to see happen. And it will happen. You have to ... And this is what big thing that helped me get to where we're at is just trying to set goals, you know. Working backwards from where you decide you want to get to.

Brian:     Sure. So are you at your vision? This place on North Capitol? What's your vision like in your head?

Miles:    Well right now I just want to take over the world. But-

Brian:     Got it. Okay.

Miles:    No, no, no. That's exaggeration. But honestly, well right now, you're asking my goals right now?

Brian:     Well you said you have a vision. So what was your vision before you got to here? Were you envisioning where you're at now? Did it look different in your head?

Miles:    No, when I started I didn't start this studio, or community, or business because I was trying to have a big 4,000 square foot studio. I just wanted to ... My vision was I thought people were working too hard in general and too stressed out and not having balanced enough lives. So I wanted to try to help people live more balanced, fulfilling lives.

Brian:     Got it.

Miles:    And I think that music should be like sports. Everyone has some sort of exercise that they like. Everyone should have some kind of music or artistic thing that they like, which I think most people do. But I don't know if it's already unacceptable, or something to be like, "No, I don't do any exercise."

Brian:     Got it.

Miles:    But what about ... We gotta get everyone going on music and feeling those vibes and-

Brian:     I agree. Well all right. So we'll get people going. And now I want to get to the amazing tracks that you brought us, but I do want you to share with folks what's the website. If they want to find out more about 7DrumCity, where do they go?