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12/31/18 - The Best Songs Brian Obsessed About in 2018

In creating the shows in 2018 we shared more than 300 songs, and listened to hundreds more. So what were the best of the best? We’re happy to share! These are Brian’s top 13 which he listened to on repeat in 2018, and a playlist of the top 57 in case you like what you heard and want to dig deeper. We hope you find some new tunes you love! Just a brief intro and then it’s all music for you to enjoy!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Greens, by be steadwell (Pop/Soul)

  2. Stronger, by Juxt (Hard Rock)

  3. Cups to the Floor, by Rare Essence (GoGo/Hip Hop)

  4. Bartenders and Bourbon, by Fellowcraft (Rock/Blues)

  5. Petrified (Live), by Chris Cassaday (Folk/Folk Rock)

  6. Vapor, by Black Dog Prowl (Hard Rock/Grunge)

  7. The Imagineers, by Crys Matthews (Folk/Americana)

  8. Forgiveness, by Sol Roots (Blues/Funk)

  9. Long Way Back to Shonto, by Eli Lev (Indie/Indie Rock)

  10. Snow Day, by Tony Craddock, Jr. (Jazz/Gospel)

  11. Private Room (feat. JusPaul), by Footwerk (Hip Hop/Alternative Hip Hop)

  12. Crank It Up (Long Live Rock n’ Roll), by Lindsey Buckingham Palace (Hard Rock/Classic Rock)

  13. Come and Get It, by Pebble To Pearl (R&B/Funk)

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BRIAN’S TOP 57 FROM 2018


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DC Music Rocks All Music Episode Jan 01 2019
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7/10/18 - Special Guest: Eli Lev

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

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Popsicle Grrlz, by Coral Benders (Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock)

  2. Making Space, by Eli Lev (Indie, Singer-Songwriter)

  3. ***How Far You Feel, by Marielle Kraft (Pop, Singer-Songwriter Pop)

  4. Could've Been Me (Live), by Chris Cassaday (Folk, Folk Rock)

  5. Superhero, by Emma G (Pop, Pop Rock)

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

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

9:30 CLUB - YOU NOMINATE THE SOLO SINGER-SONGWRITERS WE’LL FEATURE AT OUR FESTIVAL on AUG 18!
Nomination Period through Saturday July 14.  See Facebook post here for details, you can nominate up to 3!
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DC IS TRYING TO LIMIT/STOP STREET PERFORMING and busking with speakers/amplifiers on the street.  Sharing the details if you haven’t already heard about this. If you’ve been around Chinatown and the Capital One Arena, this is a good example of what they’re targeting, but it will affect all street performers all over the city.  Please see below on how you can write to your council members to voice your disapproval of this proposed rule. This is courtesy of @listenlocalfirstdc see their page for more details!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your time,

YOUR NAME”


NEW RELEASES

MUSIC

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

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

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

VIDEO

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

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


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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


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Eli Lev

Interview Video - Bio - Links

Eli Lev Bio:

Eli Lev

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

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

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

Links:

linktr.ee/elilevmusic 

Eli Lev
Eli Lev

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

We're suspending these transcripts for right now.  These darn things are expensive to produce, and we just can't afford them!  You're welcome to support us on Patreon!  We'll be able to bring them back if we get enough support! 

We hope you still enjoy the audio and video of the interview!  See above for that!  Have we mentioned how much we love and appreciate you?!  Have a great week! 

3/20/18 - Special Guest: Surprise Attack

Thanks to Ian, Jay, and Tom, of Surprise Attack, for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***You and Me and Howard Cosell, by Quiet Life Motel (World, Jazz)

  2. M.D.M.A., by Surprise Attack (Funk, Jam)

  3. Petrified, by Chris Cassaday (Folk, Folk Rock)

  4. ***Come Up, by Jae Alexander (R&B)

  5. Dopener, by Of Tomorrow (Rock/Funk)

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

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

We need your help supporting WERA 96.7FM, the station where the live version of our show airs!  Arlington County is planning to cut funding for the station by 20%, which would gut the station staff, drive up costs to the station’s community considerably, and potentially even cause the loss of the station itself.
https://www.arlingtonmedia.org/about/proposed-fy-19-county-budget-catastrophic-aim

The county board will vote on the proposed budget on April 21st. Here’s how we need your help before the vote:

1) If you live in Arlington, or know someone who does, forward them this link and sign our petition - Urging the County Board to restore AIM's funding. https://www.change.org/p/arlington-county-board-urge-the-arlington-county-board-to-act-to-restore-arlington-independent-media-s-funding

2) Share Your Feedback on Arlington's FY 2019 Proposed Budget - This county survey asks Arlington residents to give feedback on the proposed budget. Must be completed by April 9, 2018
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3) Write your County Board members - countyboard@arlingtonva.us - Tell them you want AIM's funding restored!!  Sample letter here - https://www.arlingtonmedia.org/about/proposed-fy-19-county-budget-catastrophic-aim/sample-letter-county-board-stop-aim-budget-cuts

4) Speak with a County Board member at an Open Door Monday. Open to all Arlington residents.  No appointment is necessary to talk one-on-one with a County Board member on any topic. Mondays, 7 - 9PM, at locations around the Arlington. See schedule below:

Open Door Monday at Aurora Hills Library - Monday March 26th
Open Door Monday at Langston Brown Community Center - Monday, April 2nd
https://countyboard.arlingtonva.us/open-door-mondays/


NEW MUSIC RELEASES

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


NEW VIDEOS

Thievery Corporation - Voyage Libre
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAOEo_sVRo0

Handsome Hounds Tiny Desk Video 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBngpY9RwV4

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

Check the calendar, linked below, for the full list!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Fri Mar 23
Human Country Jukebox @ Hill Country in Downtown DC

Sat Mar 24
Womxn Screw Stuff Up (Clean Words) Festival @ Songbyrd Music House in Admo
Split Seconds & Curse Words @ Milkboy Arthouse in MD

Sun Mar 25
Two Ton Twig @ Solly’s on U St

Wed Mar 28
Ardamus @ Milkboy Arthouse in College Park, MD


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)**



Surprise Attack

Video - Bio - Links - Transcript

Surprise Attack's Bio:

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Drawing inspiration from across the musical spectrum to create their unique "Mountain Funk" sound, Surprise Attack thrives on collaboration and improvisation. The group’s five members share a deep connection and a passion for uncompromising, progressive music that keeps listeners guessing and always lands somewhere unexpectedly familiar.

Links:
Website
Facebook
Bandcamp
Instagram

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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. And Surprise Attack pushes the envelope when it comes to seamlessly blending genres and improvisation. Their unexpectedly eclectic blend of funk, jazz, rock, roots music, and hip-hop, is something they often call Mountain Funk. Multi part harmonies, searing instrumental leads, dynamic rhythmic breaks, and nostalgic covers are only a few of the tools Surprise Attack uses to entertain and delight you when you come and see them.  This five piece group demonstrates a keen ability to reflect the energy of an audience back at them, and creating unique and unforgettable experiences. They're also great dudes. I came across these guys way back when I started the show, and I've been following them for two years ... two plus years, at this point, and I love all these releases. It is such a treat to now get to share you guys with everybody listening. Thanks for being here, guys.

Tom:     [crosstalk 00:00:57]. Thanks, Brian, yeah, it's great to be here.

Brian:     This is awesome. What is it that makes Surprise Attack special? I talked about the blend of the different genres of the Mountain Funk, and then there's also that ... I talked about the ... sending the energy back to the audience. What else? What makes you special?

Tom:     It's the friendship at the core. Really, we've been extremely close friends for a really long time. We're all odd. We're quirky. And I really think when we get together, we just ... we really click in a way that is special, and I think the music that we put out is a direct reflection of that.

Brian:     Absolutely. And if they haven't been to a Surprise Attack show, what's it like?

Jay:     We try to project fun. Fun is what we've got from a lot of people, so we try to read the crowd and sort of the venue, and try to cater the musical experience to that, because you don't want to just come up there with the same couple songs that you always do.

Brian:     Right.

Jay:     People might get bored of that really quickly, so we like to really ... Our name is Surprise Attack. We like to really [crosstalk 00:02:12].

Brian:     Surprise attack them?

Jay:     ... any idea of what's coming, so when you hear, it's supposed to give that feeling.

Brian:     That's awesome. So now, right along those lines then, when it comes to memorable moments where you surprise attacked someone, what comes to mind for the most successful moment for surprise attacking people?

Ian:     Well actually, recently we played ... What was the name of that bar we played?

Tom:     The Midlands?

Ian:     Yeah, the Midlands. And we went into ... Oh, sorry. And we went into Cali Love ... California Love, but Tupac.

Brian:     Stop it. Really?

Ian:     Yeah. That surprise attacked the hell out of everybody.

Brian:     I can only imagine. Wow. And knew all the words? Rapped to it?

Ian:     Yeah, the bartenders were all taking videos and everything. They loved it.

Brian:     That's awesome. What a cool thing. I love it.  And now, the story behind the name. Surprise Attack, where did that come from?

Tom:     Believe it or not, Surprise Attack formed a little over 10 years ago, the first time. We were a pop/punk sort of outfit.

Brian:     Really?

Tom:     Yeah, we were a pop/punk sort of outfit, so Surprise Attack was a great name for us then, and then we came back, we all loved jam music, and yeah, just the [segging 00:03:29] from one song to the other, the unexpected songs that come in and out of the sets. Surprise Attack just worked, and we've kept it ever since.

Brian:     Got it. The name was actually ... That was the name of the pop/punk group too?

Tom:     Yes.

Brian:     So, it's been Surprise Attack since the beginning.

Tom:     Yes.

Brian:     Wow. And how long of a break was it between when you stopped and came back?

Tom:     It was like eight, nine years after our pretty much permanent hiatus, that we all decided to move back to DC and then start playing music again.

Brian:     And when you say, "We all", describe all the members and the pieces of the band. What makes up Surprise Attack?

Ian:     Well, at first was me and Tom, the guitar ... Sorry, this is Ian on the drums and Tom the guitar player, and then we had [Gerry 00:04:13] on the keys and Danny on the base, originally. That was when we were in high school. Then once we split up, got back together, and [Jayro 00:04:23], the percussion player joined the band, and that's been over a year now.

Jay:     Yeah, it was kind of ... I knew all these guys back then too, as well, but we all ended up going to different colleges, and so we were spread out.

Brian:     Oh, of course.

Ian:     Except for Tom and I. We both went to Virginia Tech, and that's where ... I had my electronic drum kit there that I could make work in the townhouse that I had. Then Tom would come over and jam, so that's kind of how me and him started musically collaborating. Once we all sort of moved back to this area, after the college period kind of, then got back into it.

Brian:     You described ... I hear six people. Yeah? There's six?

Tom:     There's five of us.

Brian:     Five of us. Got it. And the instrumentation is two drums ... What is it? Tell me the rest.

Tom:     We've got the standard traditional drum kit. We got Jayro who plays percussion, like [tongos 00:05:25], bongos, all sorts of random fun loud-making stuff.

Brian:     Okay.

Tom:     Guitar. We got keyboards, and we've got base.

Brian:     And base. What a great ... And that means you can play any cover too, because you've got all the instruments you need to do that. Oh man, guys, that's fun.  What about ... Outside of the music thing in your personal time, I want you guys to each share. What do you do for fun? Outside of that.

Ian:     Well actually, coincidentally, I started doing music lessons. I know this is music related, but that's actually what I do for my job now.

Brian:     Really? What kind of ... so you teach lessons?

Ian:     I teach drums, guitar and piano.

Brian:     Where is that? Where do you do that?

Ian:     It's at a place called Bach to Rock.

Brian:     Nice.

Ian:     Yeah. Teaching kind of from six to 13 or so. Younger kids.

Brian:     Very cool.

Ian:     Yeah. It's a lot of fun.

Brian:     Teaching music lessons.

Ian:     Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Jay:     This guy can play everything, man.

Brian:     Everything drums, or everything ...

Jay:     Like everything.

Brian:     [crosstalk 00:06:29], like whatever you want. Wow, man. That's amazing.

Ian:     All the rock instruments.

Brian:     Awesome. And what else? About the rest of you?

Tom:     This is Tom, and I'm a huge yoga advocate. That's probably-

Brian:     Really?

Tom:     ... the thing that eats up the most of my time outside of the band.

Brian:     Now, when you say, "Huge", does that mean daily, twice daily?

Tom:     Not twice daily. It's definitely a daily thing for me. Sometimes more than others, but it's just been a huge part of my life for the past four or five years. It really keeps me grounded.

Brian:     Grounded is such a good yoga word, that they use. [crosstalk 00:07:02] associated with it. Do you go to a studio to do this, or do you teach it, or do you just do it at home, or what?

Tom:     There's a ton of great studios around Arlington, Virginia. Everywhere in northern Virginia and DC has them. I'll do stuff at home. I'll do stuff at studios. I like experimenting. Doing with a community is nice, and then practicing on my own can be nice too sometimes.

Brian:     Very cool.

Jay:     And this is Jay, and I started skateboarding at six years old and used to do it competitively. I don't do it as much anymore. I'm kind of a big guy to be skating. It hurts when I fall.

Brian:     Now, when you say a big guy, if they don't know how big you are ...

Jay:     Well, I'm 6'4" and weigh about 200 pounds.

Brian:     Got it. Yeah, that is pretty tall for skateboarding. You're right.

Ian:     Everybody in this band is really tall, except for me. Everybody is six feet and above, and I'm standing here over here, 5'9".

Brian:     So Ian, the 5'9" under the giants.

Ian:     Yeah, exactly.

Brian:     Oh god, that's amazing.

Jay:     But yeah. I don't do it as much anymore, but I still get out there a lot, and still try to do some crazy stuff from time to time.

Brian:     Nice. I like it, guys. One of my favorite questions to ask, and I want each of you to answer it is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Ian:     To other bands, or ...

Brian:     I'm going to leave it entirely up to you.

Ian:     Oh, okay.

Brian:     It's just your piece of advice to whoever.

Jay:     Listen to Surprise Attack.

Tom:     This is why we put Jay [crosstalk 00:08:28].

Brian:     That was Jay, and Jay, you still got to come up with something else. But we do love that advice. I do. I do.

Ian:     That's just good advice for life, in general. Listen to Surprise Attack.

Brian:     Absolutely. I would say, "And then go to a show and be surprised and attacked." There's that too. Go ahead, Ian, what do you got?

Ian:     Well, I guess for bands in the area starting up and stuff, just going to a bunch of different shows and supporting local music and stuff is definitely ... definitely was a big help for us, as far as just making friends and also seeing different styles and stuff like that. Listen to as many people as you can, I would say.

Brian:     Awesome. That's cool. What about you, Tom?

Tom:     I got to say, just in general, do your do.

Brian:     Do your do. It sounds like a Mountain Dew commercial.

Tom:     It's not a Mountain Dew commercial. There's a lot of things that we're told that we can't do, we shouldn't do, things that are just a bad idea for us to go down. In particular, as a musician, that one really strikes home for me. Really, just if you've got the passion to do something, absolutely go for it, and give it everything you've got.

Brian:     Absolutely.

Ian:     I like that.

Brian:     I like that one. Absolutely. All right, Jay. Your second shot. More advice. I was only asking for one, but you're allowed two.

Jay:     Drink a lot coffee, so that it can support you to ... As a musician and everything, it's ... As you're coming up and trying to really make it work, you still got other things in your life you try to balance and get everything together, but just every time that I'm ... just kind of notice I'm sitting around and doing nothing, I just kind of have the realization, and just try to stay energetic, and stay on the path towards achieving whatever I've set out to achieve. I just try to have a lot of energy when it comes to that, just so that I can achieve kind of a good balance with my goals and living life.

Brian:     Absolutely. When you have those moments, take advantage of them and do the stuff that's important, not just [inaudible 00:10:44]. I like that. I like that.  Cool. And for those folks who want to find out more about Surprise Attack, where do they go?

Tom:     SurpriseAttackDC.com is the definite place to get any and all Surprise Attack information. Looking us up on Facebook also. There's a ton of information, and all of our music is available for free for download; Band Camp, SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes.

Brian:     That's amazing. All right. And is there one social media that you guys do more on than the others?

Ian:     Probably Facebook, at this point, but we're getting more involved with Instagram and stuff. We've been thinking about getting a Twitter, but ...

Brian:     Facebook and Instagram

 

10/17/17 - Special Guest: Chris Cassaday

Thanks to Chris Cassaday for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Blood Moon, by Chris Timbers (Rock, Americana)
  2. The Bad Man, by Chris Cassaday (Folk, Folk-Rock)
  3. Red Herring (Alternate), by Surprise Attack (Funk/Jam)
  4. Lion's Den, by Bottled Up (Punk, Surf)
  5. Hold, by Wally Worsley (Hard Rock, Rock)
  6. After All Is Said and Done, by Justin Trawick (Bluegrass, Rock)

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Ddespair - Next To Me (Single)
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Edjacated Phools - Life Is What You Make Of It
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Higher Education - Wait
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The Fringe Benefits Band - Step Out
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Bumper Jacksons - Old Birds
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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Fri Oct 20
Edjacated Fools & Higher Education @ U Maryland in College Park
Juliet Lloyd @ Rocklands Farm Winery in Poolesville, MD
Chris Cassaday @ Songbyrd Music House in Adams Morgan in NW DC
Den-Mate @ Black Cat on 14th St in NW DC
Black Masala @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown in NW DC
Oh He Dead & Soldier’s of Suburbia @ Rock and Roll Hotel on H St in NE DC

Sat Oct 21
Sub-Radio @ Sauf Haus Bier Garden by Dupont in NW DC
Vim & Vigor @ World Of Beer in Ashburn, VA

Sun Oct 22
Rare Essence @ Warner Theatre by Metro Center in NW DC

Thu Oct 26
Sara Curtin & The North Country @ Black Cat on 14th St in NW DC
Alex Vaughn @ Songbyrd Music House in Adams Morgan in NW DC
Flasher @ Rock N Roll Hotel on H St in NE DC


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Chris Cassaday

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BIO:

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Chris Cassaday is a folk-funk singer/songwriter from Arlington, Virginia. Chris's unique blend of blues, folk and funk, his crafty songwriting style, his unpredictable set lists, and his thunderous, distinctive voice have captivated audiences in the DMV, up and down the east coast, and around the country. With two albums released, a song being played on SiriusXM radio's the Coffeehouse, and a resume of hundreds of amazing performances under his belt, Chris has proven himself as a must-see act in the Washington D.C. music scene. 

WEBSITE: http://chriscassadaymusic.wixsite.com/chriscassaday

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/chriscassadaymusic

TWITTER: @ccassadaymusic

INSTAGRAM: @chriscassadaymusic

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     Here on DC Music Rocks we are shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. Chris Cassaday is a singer-songwriter from Arlington, Virginia, with a unique blend of blues, folk, and funk. His crafty songwriting style, his unpredictable set lists, and his thunderous, distinctive voice have captivated audience in the DMV for a while. With two albums released, a song being played on Sirius XM Radio's The Coffeehouse, and a resume of hundreds of amazing performances under his belt, Chris is an awesome act, and I hope you get to see him live at some point.  I first came across him doing this show, and I've been such a fan of his music, and now I actually get to have him here in the studio with me and this is such a treat, man. Thanks for being here.

Chris Cassaday:     Thanks for having me.

Brian:     Now talk about, so you're born and raised in Virginia ...

Chris Cassaday:     Yes sir.

Brian:     Wow. So, Great Falls and then into Arlington. Now did you go away for school, or have you really been Virginia the whole time?

Chris Cassaday:     I don't know if I would call it going away. I went to JMU in Harrisonburg. It's a couple hours away. It's far enough where your parents can't bother you, but close enough where it's not a hike to get home.

Brian:     So you've really been in the area for your whole life pretty much.

Chris Cassaday:     Yeah pretty much. Always been around Virginia in some way, shape, or form.

Brian:     And where and when, how did music start?

Chris Cassaday:     Well my dad got me my first guitar when I was 14 years old. And I had always been singing, when I was a little kid, singing in the backseat. I had a really deep voice as a kid and everyone used to make fun of me for it.

Brian:     Oh yeah?

Chris Cassaday:     My dad was like, "You sounded like Rod Stewart when you were like six years old." But I was always singing. So he was finally like, he got me a guitar, and I took lessons for a brief period. And it always just stuck with me; I loved it. And it kind of developed as I got older; I was in bands in high school. And when I went to college at JMU I kind of got into the whole solo acoustic thing, just sitting in my dorm strumming and writing down lyrics. And really fell in love with it.

Brian:     And it's always been guitar, or other instruments too?

Chris Cassaday:     You know, I actually started on bass. I was a bass player first.

Brian:     Really?

Chris Cassaday:     Yeah. But was taking guitar lessons while I was playing bass in the band, you know, and then we kind of did a whole switcheroo thing in my high school band where we got to play different instruments, so ... I was kind of learning two instruments at the same time.

Brian:     Nice. So guitar and bass.

Chris Cassaday:     Yeah.

Brian:     Wow. And what age was this again? When did that start?

Chris Cassaday:     That was like age 14 probably, yeah.

Brian:     Got it. So high school is really when ...

Chris Cassaday:     High school, exactly.

Brian:     The music education kicked in. Got it. Wow. So then what's your earliest memory with music? What comes to mind?

Chris Cassaday:     Oh man. My earliest memory with music is ... Oh boy. This is tough. Probably singing, I can't believe I'm saying this on the air. So, I sang a Nickleback song in the sixth grade talent show, when I went to the [inaudible 00:02:48].

Brian:     Don't judge him! Don't judge him! He did.

Chris Cassaday:     No judgment here, folks. I sang "How You Remind Me."

Brian:     Oh, excellent.

Chris Cassaday:     Which was a good song at the time. I mean, you know ...

Brian:     Yeah. Oh, that was huge back then.

Chris Cassaday:     But, we played the karaoke track of that and I sang it and, needless to say I was a stud at my elementary school for the next few weeks.

Brian:     Did you win? Did you win that talent- [crosstalk 00:03:09]

Chris Cassaday:     It was just like everyone performs; there wasn't an actual winner, yeah.

Brian:     Oh a showcase, I gotcha. Wow.

Chris Cassaday:     But, I think I won.

Brian:     Oh that's funny. So you are secretly a Nickelback fan. We'll keep that a secret between us.

Chris Cassaday:     Uh, yeah.

Brian:     And whoever's listening. No. And that was your first memory I guess performing too.

Chris Cassaday:     Yes sir.

Brian:     It would have been that one. Wow. Alright now, so outside of music then, you've got to have some hobbies and stuff. What do you do outside of music?

Chris Cassaday:     Well me and my girlfriend Haley live up the street in Rosalind, and we go to a lot of concerts, whoever's in town.

Brian:     Do you?

Chris Cassaday:     Yeah, we went to a ton of concerts this summer. I mean, I love music, local and big shows. Also, I love hockey, a big hockey guy. I play adult league hockey.

Brian:     Nice. Do you?

Chris Cassaday:     In fact I have to meet up tonight at Kettler.

Brian:     Wow.

Chris Cassaday:     At like, 11 p.m. tonight; it's late.

Brian:     Wow.

Chris Cassaday:     Late till ... but I love hockey.

Brian:     And this isn't roller hockey; we're talking ice hockey.

Chris Cassaday:     This is ice hockey. Yeah, I played when I was growing up, played at JMU and still trying to keep it going. Needless to say I'm horribly out of shape now, so it's getting tougher, but ...

Brian:     Oh, you seem pretty trim to me man. You don't look terrible.

Chris Cassaday:     It's like riding a bike, except way more humiliating if you mess up.

Brian:     When you mess up, I got it. And like shows, or other, there's a little bit of ice hockey and some going to see concerts. And anything else? What else is his life like?

Chris Cassaday:     Um, I'm trying to think here. Traveling. Love to travel. I like getting out of town whenever I can. In fact we were talking, Haley and I just got back from Ireland; I was there for nine days.

Brian:     Get out of here!

Chris Cassaday:     Yeah, I loved it.

Brian:     Where in Ireland did you go?

Chris Cassaday:     We started in Dublin and rented a car and drove around the country. Which is terrifying by the way, driving on the other side of the road.

Brian:     Really?

Chris Cassaday:     It was terrifying.

Brian:     Oh, because they drive on the opposite side.

Chris Cassaday:     And the roads are so narrow there ...

Brian:     Ah, man!

Chris Cassaday:     I'm like, how can this be okay? Where we stayed in Cork ...

Brian:     Wait, who drive, did you or Haley drive?

Chris Cassaday:     We switched off, but you felt safer in the driver's seat because, you know, everything's backwards so you're just like ...

Brian:     You want to be in control.

Chris Cassaday:     But it was fantastic, my first time in Europe. I had a blast.

Brian:     Wow. First time. Congratulations on making it to the Euro Theater for the first time, man.

Chris Cassaday:     Thanks man.

Brian:     Holy smokes. Alright now, so funniest moment that comes to mind in performing now?

Chris Cassaday:     Like a funny incident, or ...

Brian:     Sure! That's good. Yeah.

Chris Cassaday:     Okay. There's a few, but the one that always comes to mind when people ask me like, about embarrassing moments was, I was playing with this high school band I was mentioning. In front of the whole school; we had this place called The Commons, which was like the middle of the school, and we were playing, and the whole school was watching, and I was jumping around, you know, playing bass, and my strap broke and my bass just fell to the floor.

Brian:     Oh my god!

Chris Cassaday:     In the middle of a song. And I was just like, "Uhhhh ..."

Brian:     Did it break too?

Chris Cassaday:     No it didn't break, thank god. But I just had to like scoop it up and strap it back on, and ...

Brian:     Hoping nobody saw that.

Chris Cassaday:     No, but it broke.

Brian:     But everybody did.

Chris Cassaday:     Since then I got the locks you know, so the strap won't go anywhere.

Brian:     Right, yeah, the strap locks. By the way, a public service announcement for any guitar players, make sure you have strap locks.

Chris Cassaday:     Good advice.

Brian:     A best practice. Nice. Courtesy of Chris Cassaday's amazing moment from performing.   Alright, so tell us a story about a time you tried and failed.

Chris Cassaday:     Tried and failed? Oh boy. One time I tried to cover a Bruno Mars song and just absolutely failed.

Brian:     Oh! Which one? Do you remember?

Chris Cassaday:     It was ... (singing).

Brian:     Oh, nice.

Chris Cassaday:     That was a while ago though ...

Brian:     Okay wait a minute. Just for the record, how does it go, one more time?

Chris Cassaday:     (Singing.) Yeah, see that's exactly why I tried right there.

Brian:     Oh, trying.

Chris Cassaday:     That was a long time ago. A lot of people, I don't even think Haley knows about that, but it was at an open mic and I was like, "You know I'm going to go for it," and it didn't go well.

Brian:     Didn't go well. Oh my gosh, that's amazing. Now, and what do you have in your musical, aside from Bruno Mars now, what do you have in your music collection that might surprise us?

Chris Cassaday:     I love doing like mashups of songs. I've got a lot of Dave Matthews in there; I do this Dave Matthews song "Jimi Thing" and I mash it up with "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield.

Brian:     Wow.

Chris Cassaday:     In addition to old songs like Buffalo Springfield, I'll do newer, like rap songs. "Hold On We're Going Home" by Drake. And I've got a lot of reggae in my repertoire. Love reggae music.

Brian:     Nice.

Chris Cassaday:     A lot of Sublime in there, stuff of that nature. And I also do a mean "Lose Yourself" by Eminem.

Brian:     Oh yeah?

Chris Cassaday:     Like at the end of a show. Like, if the crowd's kind of dying down, I'll just do like the (singing) and [inaudible 00:07:43].

Brian:     Wow. Oh man.

Chris Cassaday:     Yeah, that's one of the biggest surprises in the set.

Brian:     That's so funny. And so these are when you're playing two and three hour sets, just you and your guitar, you're tossing these covers into it?

Chris Cassaday:     Yeah.

Brian:     You have anything that you don't cover, that's in your music collection that you're a fan of, but you don't necessarily cover? Or do you really play it all?

Chris Cassaday:     I try to play it all. My setlist is always super diverse. I try to like, surprise you with the next song, you know? It could be anything, you never know.

Brian:     God, that's amazing. I can't wait to catch another one of these shows, man. Now, do you have any rules that you always end up breaking? That you've set for yourself?

Chris Cassaday:     Not drinking the night before a big show.

Brian:     And is that because of peer pressure, or just because, you know, a beer sounds good, or ...

Chris Cassaday:     A little bit of both, yeah. Also, going to bed on time. "I've got to go to bed on time!" No, it's-

Brian:     Alright, so it's "I'm not going to drink" and "I'm going to go to bed on time," and "I'm not going to be hungover before the show." Except, that might happen.

Chris Cassaday:     Yeah, you never know. But, it can affect you big time, you know. I've learned the hard way, and I'm always like, "Now you know! Don't do it." And then I just ...

Brian:     Right, and then it happens again. Oh, that's really funny. So now, one of my favorite questions to ask, actually I've got, I'm going to do this one in two parts. What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten from someone? And this can be in general, it doesn't have to be music.

Chris Cassaday:     Best piece of advice I've ever gotten from someone was, Dave Matthews, who said, in an interview he said, "Play for anyone you can, anywhere you can, at any time. You never know who's going to hear you."

Brian:     That's amazing. And is there like a story that comes to mind as to like, someone you've ended up playing for that, that was a surprise?

Chris Cassaday:     Well, I mean, the way I started getting all of these gigs was, I went to an open mic on like a Monday night out in Sterling and a promoter guy by the name of Dave [Mastell 00:09:40] heard me and started booking me at pubs and restaurants, and that's how I started booking these big gigs, was through him. And I just happened to be at that open mic at that night and he heard me, and now I'm, paid gigs on the way. You never know what's going to happen or who's going to be there.

Brian:     Wow. That's amazing. And, are you entirely a musician? Do you have other jobs, like part-time jobs as well?

Chris Cassaday:     By day I am a financial planning administrator at a wealth management firm. And then by night I'm a singer-songwriter.

Brian:     Fantastic. See, and I love it; and you know, sometimes we, I don't want to say "joke" about it, but sometimes I feel like there is this conception that, "Oh, well no I do have a day job." But what's amazing is that so many folks in the DC region that, very, a lot of folks have that same story, they work during the day and then they play shows at night, and they really are incredible at both of them, which is kind of, it's amazing to see, so that's awesome, man.

Chris Cassaday:     Thanks man.

Brian:     Alright, so now what's one piece of advice you would offer?

Chris Cassaday:     "Practice makes perfect," is what I always say. My bandmates hate me because I'm all about practicing, I'm like-

Brian:     So say more on that; what does that mean?

Chris Cassaday:     I mean, just practice as much as you can. There's no, you can never practice too much, in my mind. There's nothing wrong with being overly prepared for your shows.

Brian:     So what does that look like in, does that mean you play with the band but then you go home and play for two more hours?

Chris Cassaday:     You've got to, in a band particularly, you've got to practice on your own, not just band practice.

Brian:     Yeah.

Chris Cassaday:     You know, working on your own so when you get together with the group, everybody's done their part, you know?

Brian:     And when you practice, is there a certain like, do you break down the parts? Like do you play one segment at a time over and over again until you nail that one perfectly? Do you break it up, or ...

Chris Cassaday:     It's usually like, I'll listen to the whole song, if it's a cover. And then I'll just try to play the whole song. And if I get stuck at a part I'll fast forward to that part, learn it, et cetera et cetera.

Brian:     And then rewind that one part until you can play that, and then you play it all the way through.

Chris Cassaday:     Exactly.

Brian:     Wow. That's amazing. Alright. Now, for those folks who are interested in learning more about you and the cool things happening, where do they go?

Chris Cassaday:     Well, you can check me out on Facebook, Facebook.com/ChrisCassadayMusic; it's got all my info on my shows. All social media, for that matter, Instagram @ChrisCassadayMusic, Twitter.

7/18/17 - Special Guest: Alex Vidales

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

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

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

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

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NEW RELEASES

Videos:
Sub-Radio - Up (Clever use of American Sign Language)
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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

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

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

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

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

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

Thurs Jul 27
Vintage #18 @ Hill Country in DC



ALEX VIDALES

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BIO:

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

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

Links

https://soundcloud.com/pilotwavespodcast

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

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

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

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

Alex:     True, true, yeah.

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

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

Brian:     Yeah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brian:     Awesome.

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

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

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

Brian:     There we go.

Alex:     From then on I've been-

Brian:     Then you started Stagecraft.

Alex:     Then we started Stagecraft together.

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

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

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

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

Brian:     Where do you find handwritten notes?

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

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

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

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

Alex:     To musicians?

Brian:     However you choose to answer the question.

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

Brian:     Tell us more. What does that mean?

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

Brian:     Yeah.

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

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

Alex:     You got to get out of the house.

Brian:     Get out of the house.

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

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

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

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

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