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12/21/18 - Great Holiday Songs You've Never Heard

This episode is intended to provide uninterrupted music which you haven’t already heard before to put you in the holiday spirit! From all of us in the DC Music Rocks family, we wish you and yours a very happy holiday!


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  1. Christmas Cookie Blues, by Broke Royals (Rock/Alt-Rock)

  2. Holiday Hangover, by Sub-Radio (Indie/Indie Rock)

  3. Happy Birthday Jesus, by Jason Masi (Rock/Acoustic)

  4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, by Tony Craddock, Jr. (Jazz/Gospel)

  5. Christmas With You (Live), by Abby Sevcik (Pop/ElectroPop)

  6. Merry Christmas Baby, by Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers (Funk/GoGo)

  7. Don’t Shop Just Love, by The North Country (Rock/Magical Realism)

  8. Christmas Time Is Here, by Archives, Christos DC (Reggae/R&B)

  9. Hey! Ho! Let It Snow!, by Derek Evry (Rock/Alternative)

  10. More Than Presents, by Luke James Shaffer (Indie/Folk)

  11. Winter Wonderland, by The Harry Bells (World/Calypso)

  12. Santa Tell Me, by Sub-Radio (Indie/Indie Rock)

  13. Christmas Time, by Jason Masi (Rock/Acoustic)

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DC Music Rocks All Music Episode Dec 25 2018

6/12/18 - Special Guest: The Split Seconds

Thanks to Drew, Steve, Alex, and Sean of The Split Seconds, for hanging out with us in the studio this week! 

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  1. ***Constellation, by Kevin Olson (Indie, Acoustic)

  2. Everybody's Wrong, by The Split Seconds (Punk, Pop Punk)

  3. Falling, by Derek Evry (Rock, Alternative)

  4. ***The Fall, NUEX (Pop, Dark Electro-Pop)

  5. Strange Shapes, by Curse Words (Punk, Punk Rock)

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

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Fri Jun 15
- Juxt @ Dupont Underground (Hard Rock, RIYL Lady Gaga/Nirvana)
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The Split Seconds

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The Split Seconds Bio:

The Split Seconds

Reclaiming the raw style of 70’s punk, with undertones of classic pop, rock and roll, and reggae, The Split Seconds have been lauded as a return to form for punk rock. Described by the Washington Post as “DC punk rock sound distilled,” The Split Seconds have maintained momentum following the release of their first LP, “Center of Attention.” Poised for their second full length release, there is no doubt that “Counterfeit Reality” doubles down and delivers yet another dose of bold, catchy, and pointed songwriting. Be sure to catch The Split Seconds on Warped Tour 2018.



The Split Seconds
The Split Seconds


Brian:                           On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. Reclaiming the raw style of 70's punk with undertones of classic pop, rock and roll and reggae, The Split Seconds have been lauded as a return to the form for p ... To form for, it ... Look at me. I'm so excited you're here. They have been lauded as, it's a ... Have been lauded as a return to form for punk rock. Described by the Washington Post as "DC punk rock sound distilled." The Split Seconds have maintained momentum following the release of their first LP Center of Attention and poised for their second full-length release. There is no doubt that Counterfeit Reality, which you just heard a track from, doubles down and delivers yet another dose of bold, catchy and pointed songwriting and that awesome classic pop. Guys.

Brian:                           I first came across these guys because I've known 'em since before and then I had the honor of having them, they played in the DC Music Rocks Festival last year. And just blew me away with that performance. And if you haven't seen these guys live, you gotta go check out their release show that's happening, tell 'em again, June 30th.

Drew Champion:          June 30th at the Black Cat.

Brian:                           At the Black Cat. Gotta come see these guys because seeing 'em live is ... It just doesn't do it justice if you don't see it live. So, guys, I've been a fan for a while and so it's freaking awesome that there's a new album and I get to share it and you're all here with me right now. Thanks for being here.

Drew Champion:          Thanks for having us, yeah.

Stephen Parsons:          Thanks for having us.

Brian:                           This is cool. All right, now what is it ... Talk about the name. Where does the name of Split Seconds come from?

Drew Champion:          The Split Seconds, it kind of started as a project where I had a lot of songs left over from an older project that I did called The Coastals. And I wasn't sure what was gonna come of the project, so I just ended up heading into the studio with my buddy Goo, who plays in Boardroom Heroes, he was on drums and I did the rest of it. But I didn't expect the project to really stick around that long.

Brian:                           Nice.

Drew Champion:          So yeah, and I thought just for kind of like a tight, kind of punchy, up-tempo, classic punk rock band, it just sounded like a cool name. So the sound of the name fit the sound of the band. And luckily, I ended up meeting Sean here and then bringing these guys on board. And we've been able to turn it into something that looks like it's going good places.

Brian:                           That's awesome.

Drew Champion:          There's a little bit of fatalism baked into the name, but hopefully it's not entirely correct.

Brian:                           Awesome. And so they're listening to you and they're maybe watching on the YouTube video or they're listening to you right now, introduce yourselves and what you play for the band. Who is everybody?

Drew Champion:          I'm Drew Champion, I'm lead vocals and guitar.

Stephen Parsons:          My name is Stephen Parsons, I play the bass guitar.

Sean Peterson:             My name is Sean Peterson, I play the drums.

Alex Massi:                   And I'm Alex Massi and I play guitar and vocals.

Brian:                           There it is. And wow, guys. So four pieces produce that sound. And what part of the DC region are you guys connected to?

Drew Champion:          I grew up in Gaithersburg. Lived in and around DC ever since. I've lived in PG County in DC proper and Virginia.

Brian:                           K, and that's Drew. And when you're talking, say your name so that the other guys know. What about you other guys?

Stephen Parsons:          I think that we're all from around the general DC, DMV area.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah.

Brian:                           Like born and raised, most of you guys? Or is anybody from [crosstalk 00:03:15]

Sean Peterson:             No, you talk to-

Stephen Parsons:          No, I'm actually from Florida, but I moved here, I don't know, eight years ago.

Brian:                           Okay. All right, so been here for a while.

Drew Champion:          Stephen's from Florida, but he moved here.

Brian:                           Yeah.

Drew Champion:          Sean's from ... What was it?

Sean Peterson:             Michigan.

Drew Champion:          Michigan.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Brian:                           Nice.

Drew Champion:          He moved here. And Alex is another Gaithersburger.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, I'm also a Gaithersburger.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Wow. Did you guys know each other in Gaithersburg back in the day?

Alex Massi:                   Not at all.

Drew Champion:          No. No.

Brian:                           No. That's amazing.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, so, actually we have some other friends in bands that are Gaithersburgers too, but we didn't know them either until we all started playing punk rock together in DC.

Brian:                           That's amazing. So now, talk about, so the funniest moment for The Split Seconds when you've been onstage? Tell, what's the funniest moment?

Drew Champion:          Onstage?

Sean Peterson:             Onstage or offstage?

Brian:                           Well now, when you say that, I now wanna hear both. So tell me both because I'm too curious.

Drew Champion:          Onstage might have been, there was a show we were playing, I won't say where, but we had a sound guy who ...

Brian:                           I feel like this is the beginning of every good joke: "So there once was this sound guy ..."

Drew Champion:          There once was a sound guy and he looked like he had maybe watched Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and picked up wardrobe tips and never looked back.

Brian:                           Oh, wow.

Drew Champion:          And a full-on bandana. And he was, I don't know what he was on, but it was something. And he kept like leaving the board and going outside. So didn't get very good sound for that show, but did get a couple of good stories out of that one.

Brian:                           For real. Absolutely.

Drew Champion:          He got in a massive fight with our bassist at the time, it was hilarious.

Sean Peterson:             Oh, those one-

Brian:                           I was gonna say, this is supposed to be a funny story and all he did was walk away and you didn't get good sound. I feel like there's something else you're leaving out there.

Drew Champion:          Well let me tell you that like being witness to both sides of the argument, everybody was wrong.

Brian:                           All right. So that's the onstage story. What about funniest moment offstage for you guys?

Sean Peterson:             Are you familiar with Murphy's Law? Everything that can go wrong will go wrong.

Brian:                           Oh, this is so good, tell me more.

Sean Peterson:             Well we had a show up in Poughkeepsie, New York about a year ago where we were opening up for a band called The Menzingers, which are a phenomenal band, I think out of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Okay.

Sean Peterson:             They're great and we were really, really excited. But everything wrong that could have gone wrong went wrong trying to get up there. So it took a long time for us to rent a van.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, it turns out you can't rent ... Pro tip: you can't rent a van with a debit card. Just that pro tip.

Brian:                           Oh, okay.

Sean Peterson:             So that took a long time. And then the van only had two seats.

Brian:                           Oh.

Sean Peterson:             So Drew finally considered: he's late and all of us are mad at Drew and then Drew comes up with this two-seater van and there's actually four in the band. Those are two completely different numbers.

Stephen Parsons:          And he's just, "Welp-"

Sean Peterson:             So, Alex and Steve-

Stephen Parsons:          Get in the back.

Sean Peterson:             Begrudgingly drive up in the Alex's Prius. And Drew and I basically are white-knuckling it up to New York. And we get a call from Travis, the guy who owns our label, and he's fuming 'cause we're not there and they want us to soundcheck. So we're at somewhere in New Jersey, somewhere in New York, and Drew really has to go to the bathroom. And there's just, we can't stop, there's no time, we're gonna miss this show. So as I'm driving, maybe doing like 90, 95, down the expressway in terrible traffic, Drew climbs over all of our gear, in the back of this van, goes all the way to the back and has to go to the bathroom in a Gatorade bottle.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Oh my goodness.

Sean Peterson:             It was-

Brian:                           Yeah, everything that could go wrong.

Sean Peterson:             Oh, wait, no, I got a picture of it.

Brian:                           Did you get a ticket too? 'Cause like ...

Sean Peterson:             No.

Brian:                           All right.

Sean Peterson:             But I've got a picture of it on my phone. I'll show you later.

Drew Champion:          It was great. More, more.

Sean Peterson:             I was taking this picture while I was driving, so, sorry, Mom.

Stephen Parsons:          And while he's peeing.

Drew Champion:          I didn't have a change of clothes either, so it was a real high wire act, you know?

Brian:                           I feel like, all right, so when you go to the Black Cat and see these guys on June 30th, make sure you catch up with Sean to get this picture.

Sean Peterson:             Yep.

Brian:                           Because this is oh-

Sean Peterson:             I mean, it's just, it's blackmail. You know, that's just what it is.

Drew Champion:          I was just looking out the back windows asking myself questions about what I was doing with my life.

Brian:                           Oh my god, guys. What about the biggest success moment that comes to mind when you think about The Split Seconds so far?

Drew Champion:          I'd say on paper, we're gonna be playing Warped Tour this July and that's real cool. For me personally, just growing up in Montgomery County and living in DC and the surroundings, you know, I always ... 9:30 Club is always like the top of the hill for me. And so just on a personal level, playing DC Music Rocks Festival last year was like a really big deal for me. So yeah.

Brian:                           Wow. Thanks guys.

Sean Peterson:             Thanks.

Brian:                           I love that I get to be a part of that. That's cool. All right. Well now, so, okay, my favorite question that I love to ask also is on a personal side, each of you guys, talk about what you do outside of The Split Seconds. Drew, you go first, man.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, this is-

Brian:                           Run down the line.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, I'm a mechanical engineer. I work in Bethesda and when I'm not mechanical engineering or playing music, I've been taking boxing lessons.

Brian:                           Really?

Drew Champion:          Yeah. I'm not good yet.

Brian:                           And just straight-up traditional boxing?

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Or kickboxing, or-

Drew Champion:          Nah, just straight-up.

Brian:                           Yeah.

Drew Champion:          I figure like when I get my hands down then maybe I can move to the other extremities.

Brian:                           Okay. Start with the hands?

Drew Champion:          Yeah, you gotta start with the hands.

Brian:                           I got it. There we go. And is that up at ... Are you still ... You said Gaithersburg, are you still up in Maryland? Or where were you originally?

Drew Champion:          Nah, I just actually moved to Bethesda to be close to where I was working.

Brian:                           Nice.

Drew Champion:          I was working in Tenleytown before that.

Brian:                           Okay. Got ya. All right. Talk to us next.

Stephen Parsons:          Well this is Stephen. And besides hanging out with my pit bull, who's adorable, I play-

Sean Peterson:             Can confirm, yeah.

Stephen Parsons:          I play a lot of chess.

Brian:                           Really?

Stephen Parsons:          Like an obscene amount. Just-

Brian:                           Is this like online tournaments or in person?

Stephen Parsons:          No, I play ... Well, I mean, both, but it's more fun to play against other people over the board. Yeah, totally.

Brian:                           Interesting. Okay.

Stephen Parsons:          It's exciting, I love it.

Brian:                           I mean, it's a slow-paced game. But it's kind of funny because I picture you playing bass, like I don't know why ... If you didn't see the picture on social media of this episode, you saw him right up against the camera like going crazy with his bass. And then I'm imagining that same guy like slow and poised, sitting behind a chess board.

Stephen Parsons:          Oh yeah. Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Brian:                           Not moving for minutes at a time.

Stephen Parsons:          It's a mental battle. It's great, I love it.

Brian:                           That's amazing. Wow, all right. What's new? Talk to us, Sean.

Sean Peterson:             Hey, this is Sean. So outside of this band, I play in another band. I'm a professional drummer in a cover band called The Jump-Off, we play all down the east coast. So that's pretty much all I get to do with my time is either Split Seconds or Jump-Off.

Stephen Parsons:          Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Sean Peterson:             Playing in bands.

Brian:                           Wow. And so does that mean on average, how many shows are you playing like a week, or a year, or a month?

Sean Peterson:             Right now, I'm playing about three to four per week, which is kinda cool. Being busy is good and being busy means I get paid more, which is always awesome.

Brian:                           Also very true.

Sean Peterson:             But this has been the first year of me not having like a day job, 'cause while I was playing with these guys in DC, I was working various kind of odd jobs here and there. So it's been interesting completely committing myself to music, both in terms of time and finances.

Brian:                           That's amazing, man.

Sean Peterson:             So yeah.

Brian:                           Wow. Congrats. All right, cool.

Sean Peterson:             Thanks.

Brian:                           Props to you for going full-time, man. It's interesting, 'cause in DC, there's some that are full-time and then some that aren't and some that are trying to transition to that and then some people that aren't and-

Sean Peterson:             There's a huge gray area of part-time.

Brian:                           Yes.

Sean Peterson:             And what that means to be part-time. 'Cause it's like a spectrum: like there's some people where part-time is like oh, they're full-time but they kind of have the job for safety. And there's some people who are part-time 'cause they're barely part-time, you know?

Brian:                           Right, yep. True.

Sean Peterson:             So it's fun. It's a little bit scary at times, but it's fun.

Brian:                           Yeah. That's awesome. All right. You're next, man.

Alex Massi:                   Yep. This is Alex. And I'm computer science by trade, which means I get to sit at a desk for eight hours a day, at least, on a lucky day. And then outside of that, I mean I play a lot of video games, I throw down on N64.

Brian:                           Ni, okay.

Alex Massi:                   Yep.

Brian:                           Say more.

Stephen Parsons:          You can't handle me though.

Brian:                           What games? What are games?

Alex Massi:                   No, I destroy Steve at Smash.

Stephen Parsons:          Yeah, that's not true.

Sean Peterson:             He destroys everyone at Smash.

Stephen Parsons:          Untrue.

Brian:                           Smash Brothers Smash? What is that?

Stephen Parsons:          Yeah.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, Super Smash Brothers.

Brian:                           Okay.

Alex Massi:                   On N64.

Brian:                           Got it.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, I also recently got into Fortnight, which is like popular with the kids these days.

Brian:                           Nice. Is that also on N64?

Alex Massi:                   No.

Stephen Parsons:          No.

Alex Massi:                   No, no, that's like on the computer and like, I don't know, it's like on your smartphone, too. I don't know how that works.

Brian:                           Oh. I was gonna say, and if they don't know what Fortnight is, what is ... What is Smash Brothers and what is Fortnight if they don't know what those two are? What kind of game is that?

Alex Massi:                   Oh, word. All right, Smash Brothers is like a throwback fighting game, but not like Tekken or Streetfighter. I don't know how to describe this thing.

Brian:                           So it's one-on-one like Mortal Kombat or like what kind of-

Drew Champion:          It's like Mario gets in fights with Yoshi, right?

Brian:                           Okay.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, yeah.

Sean Peterson:             It's got all the Nintendo characters.

Stephen Parsons:          Yeah.

Sean Peterson:             So like Starfox and Samus.

Brian:                           Oh, I got you.

Drew Champion:          And the little mushroom guy.

Brian:                           And you're fighting each other?

Alex Massi:                   Yeah.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Brian:                           Okay. And then what and the other one?

Alex Massi:                   Yeah, Fortnight's expanding. That's like a new genre called battle royale. And it's just you drop a hundred people onto a big map, they shoot each other with guns. Someone wins.

Brian:                           Oh, nice.

Alex Massi:                   It's never me.

Stephen Parsons:          Hopefully not.

Brian:                           One day, we're training, we're working on it.

Alex Massi:                   Oh, I'm working on it. Yeah.

Brian:                           Oh gosh, that's amazing. So now, what about, switching gears then back to The Split Seconds then. So what's ... Tell us, well, tell us the story about a time you guys, as a band, tried and failed.

Drew Champion:          Ah geez. I feel like that's every time we try.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Alex Massi:                   We already talked about you peeing in a bottle.

Drew Champion:          Yeah. I think that, no, I mean, there's some seriousness when I say that it feels like all the time. I mean, we're always trying to write good songs and sometimes you come up short trying to play good gigs, sometimes you come up short. And just like keep working at it. But I'd say, like in the long term, I don't think there have been any like real big setbacks for us, we've been lucky that way.

Brian:                           So nice. Nice, guys. Well, what about ... All right, so now, for each of you then, this one's for each of you, what do you have in your music collection that might surprise us? Go down the line.

Drew Champion:          This is Drew. I mean, I listen to a lot of stuff, everything, I like a lot of classical music, a lot of jazz. I listen to a lot of metal. So I actually don't listen to all that much punk rock.

Brian:                           Interesting.

Drew Champion:          Yeah. I used to listen to a lot of punk rock and I do feel like that's kind of my core sound. But at the same time, if I'm just out listening to something, it's almost never punk rock. So yeah.

Brian:                           Interesting. And when you get in the car, which way do you go first? Metal, jazz, classical?

Drew Champion:          What kind of day did I have?

Brian:                           Oh. All right, I got you.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, no, it's been a lot of metal lately. I just picked up Refused's first record. I guess that's considered like hardcore. But yeah, some good dissonance. But if I'm trying to chill out, sure, it's some Brahms, some Tchaikovsky.

Brian:                           Nice.

Drew Champion:          And then, you know, if it's a Saturday afternoon and I'm hanging out, maybe some Stan Gets, maybe some Charlie Christian.

Brian:                           Cool. All right, Steve, what about you, man?

Stephen Parsons:          I think we all have kinda varied musical tastes. But I don't think anybody else has a Katy Perry record on vinyl.

Sean Peterson:             That's awesome.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           And you do?

Stephen Parsons:          Yeah.

Brian:                           Oh, that's great.

Stephen Parsons:          Sounds great. I've got Teenage Dream, which is a fantastic record.

Sean Peterson:             Oh, that's sweet.

Brian:                           Oh, that is a good one.

Sean Peterson:             That's awesome.

Stephen Parsons:          Friends up there. [crosstalk 00:13:49]

Brian:                           You know, I almost wanna hear you guys cover a Katy Perry song. I think that would be hysterical.

Stephen Parsons:          I feel like that's happened before.

Sean Peterson:             I'm down with that. Like which one would you choose?

Stephen Parsons:          No, all of them.

Brian:                           You heard it here first. Maybe that happens. Oh god, that'd be hysterical. Anyway, please take a video whenever that day comes and I will share it.

Stephen Parsons:          Deal.

Brian:                           That would be awesome. All right. What about you?

Sean Peterson:             Hey, this is Sean. Drew kind of already went down this route and I'm not gonna try and get too nerdy here, but I'm a classically trained musician before I'm a drummer. So, I don't-

Brian:                           Really?

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Brian:                           Classical trained in what?

Sean Peterson:             Euphonium.

Brian:                           Really?

Drew Champion:          It's like a little tuba.

Sean Peterson:             It's like a little tuba, yeah.

Brian:                           Oh, that's so good.

Sean Peterson:             I actually went to school for music, for better or for worse. So the punk rock thing kind of happened after I got out of school. I was kind of disillusioned with being a classical musician.

Brian:                           Well, when did you switch to drums?

Sean Peterson:             So I randomly met Drew's Mom when I was working at an autobody shop, this is kind of one of the first in this series of like odd jobs. And one day, I was driving this lady to get her car picked up and she goes, "Oh, my son's a guitarist and he's really, really good." And I was thinking to myself, like, "Yeah, right, lady. Yeah, no, you're not."

Brian:                           Every mom says that. Okay.

Sean Peterson:             But I had kind of ... I did drum line in college and I was like, "Hey, drums was always fun." I hate like what I was doing before, but if I wanted to pick back music up again, like maybe I'd consider being a drummer.

Brian:                           Nice.

Sean Peterson:             And so she mentioned that her son Drew needed a drummer and I was like, "Oh, I play drums." Kind of like stretching the truth a little bit. So I waited a couple weeks, bought a drum set and called Drew up and now we're in a band. Now we're on a podcast.

Drew Champion:          So I went to-

Brian:                           And now you're on a podcast. Love it.

Drew Champion:          I went to his house and we jammed like the first record and he played it basically flawlessly. I had no idea that he had just learned drums in like two weeks.

Brian:                           Wow.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Sean Peterson:             The moral of the story is sometimes lying is good.

Brian:                           Kids, don't listen too close to that. But, okay, yes.

Sean Peterson:             You should. You should listen very close.

Brian:                           There you go. I love it. Oh, man. All right. One more. Talk to us.

Alex Massi:                   Wow. This is Alex. Yeah, music collection, I mean, I'm really into Brad Paisley, he's got that country-

Stephen Parsons:          Wow, I didn't see that coming.

Alex Massi:                   He's got that crazy guitar work, he's phenomenal.

Sean Peterson:             That's true.

Brian:                           Brad Paisley.

Alex Massi:                   But then, I guess, I'm also eclectic, I throw down with all types of EDM, whether we're talking like dubstep, trap-

Sean Peterson:             Trash can noises.

Alex Massi:                   Yeah.

Sean Peterson:             Everything.

Brian:                           Wow. EDM, oh god.

Alex Massi:                   Transformer, transformer sounds, you know?

Sean Peterson:             Yep, that's right.

Brian:                           It's so good. All right. And then my last question that I, it's my favorite one that I love to ask and this is for all of you guys: if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Drew Champion:          This is Drew. I think staying humble is important, especially if you're a musician, just if you're ever thinking that you're something special and you lose that determination, just keep your head down and keep doing what you gotta do. And if you ever think that something's owed to you, you're probably wrong. So yeah.

Brian:                           Fair enough.

Stephen Parsons:          Kind of going off what Drew said, I think don't stop, don't stop playing music because success is definitely not going to come if you don't try, if you're not diligent.

Brian:                           Good point.

Sean Peterson:             So in addition to lying, that's a good call back. Going off of what Drew and Steve said, I think work hard, be really, really nice to people because knowing the right people and having great relationships with them one, opens the most doors for you and two, makes the experience better for everyone involved. It kind of creates communities of people who support each other and that's awesome.

Drew Champion:          I'm still working on that one.

Brian:                           Yeah.

Drew Champion:          Yeah, excellent.

Brian:                           Although, I mean, you guys are all nice guys. Even though in your photos you look like tough guys, I can say that you're all nice guys. I dig it.

Alex Massi:                   All right. Hey, this is Alex. And, I mean, this is a lot of persistence coming from the rest of the group. And while it's great to keep your head down and really grind at it, it's always good to take a minute, take a breather and look around 'cause there's a lot you can miss, life is short.

Drew Champion:          Yeah.

Brian:                           So like what comes to ... When you're saying that, is there something specific that comes to mind when you're ... Like an example or what do you mean?

Alex Massi:                   I mean, honestly, just it doesn't even have to be music related, just going outside and just taking a look up at the sky.

Drew Champion:          This is why Alex is engaged and the rest of us aren't.

Brian:                           That's so deep, man.

Sean Peterson:             Yeah.

Alex Massi:                   [crosstalk 00:17:58]

Brian:                           It's so good. All right. I could see what she sees in you.

Alex Massi:                   Oh, stop.

Brian:                           I love it. All right. Well and then when ... And for those folks who wanna find out more about you guys and the stuff going on with The Split Seconds, where do they go?

Drew Champion: is gonna your first place to stop. If you wanna hear the new record, it should be up on all the outlets within the next couple of days. But if you just can't wait, is where you wanna head. And definitely give us a like on Facebook,



11/21/17 - 2017 New Releases All Music Episode

Next week we have Lisa W. and Clare Z. from Pearl Street Warehouse for coming on the show!

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  1. Daily Prayer, by Aaron Abernathy (Hip Hop/R&B)
  2. Inside Out, by Staunton (Rock/Hard Rock)
  3. Product Of Hip Hop, by Area 301 (Hip Hop/R&B)
  4. Crash, by Billy Winn (Pop/Dance)
  5. New, by Rent Party (Rock/Alternative Rock)
  6. Armageddon, by Derek Evry (Rock/Alternative Rock)
  7. The Crown, by Bencoolen (Rock/Pop)
  8. Ponle Fin, by Elena & Los Fulanos (Latin/World)
  9. Fine (feat Eros), by Jen Miller (Indie/Pop)
  10. Train Of Thought, by Timberbrooke (Rock, Hard Rock)
  11. Fire, by Hayley Fahey (Rock/Indie Rock)
  12. Or So It Seemed, by Sara Curtin (Indie/Folk)
  13. Cow, by Caustic Casanova (Hard Rock/Psychedelic Metal)

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

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

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

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

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


Paperhaus - Nanana (Single)

Khadijah Moon - Pray/Believe

Electric Grandmother - Feedback Lives

Electric Grandmother - Police Department Theme Song


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sean Russell of Cue Recording Studios



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

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Instagram: @seanrussell 

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

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

Sean:     Jammin Java.

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

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

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

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

Brian:     Well, thanks, man, I ...

Sean:     Absolutely.

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

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

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

Sean:     This is true.

Brian:     And doing the recording ...

Sean:     This is true.

Brian:     And adjusting the levels and editing things?

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

Brian:     Depending on how it goes. Yup

Sean:     Sure.

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

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

Brian:     I see.

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

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

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

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

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

Brian:     (laughs)

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

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

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

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

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

Brian:     Of course. Yeah, true.

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

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

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

Brian:     Ah, yes, oh!

Sean:     Yes, still have mine and ...

Brian:     Straight up tape recorder ...

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

Brian:     (laughs)

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

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

Sean:     I got a degree ...

Brian:     Okay.

Sean:     I got a degree at the ...

Brian:     Degree in what?

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

Brian:     Right.

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

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

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

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

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

Brian:     Nice.

Sean:     All of the best ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brian:     Got it.

Sean:     And then eventually ...

Brian:     How old were you when you started playing?

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

Brian:     Whoa! Like for real?

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

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

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

Brian:     I'm impressed.

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

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

Sean:     There was drums, yes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brian:     Excellent.

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

Brian:     Yeah.

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

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

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

Brian:     However you want to answer.

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

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

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

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

Sean:     I love that, that's great.

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

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

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

6/27/17 - Special Guest: Soldiers of Surburbia

Thanks to Soldiers of Suburbia for coming and joining us on this week's episode!

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  1. Day by Day by Easy Thrill (Hard Rock/Indie)
  2. Thought I Meant More by Soldiers of Surburbia (Punk/Pop Punk)
  3. Airwaves by Vice Years  (Rock/Pop)
  4. Show Some Shame by Caustic Casanova (Hard Rock/Space Punk)
  5. Without you by Derek Evry (Rock/Alternative)
  6. I'll Find Out by Classified Frequency (Rock/Hard Rock)


Happy 1 year bday to DC Music Rocks!  July 5, 2016 was our first episode.  52 episodes later, no plans to stop!  In that year, we:
--created a radio show,
--started it as a podcast,
--created a DC artist database,
--received a grant from the city of dc in order to create our automated, customizable local ---music calendar with seemless connectivity to our artist database,
--Started a collection of playlists, no featuring over 60 hours of local music, with more to come!
Thank you for listening, and for your support!

The Breakup Songs playlist is now live on  Sometimes incredible music comes from heartbreak and lost love.  In discovering music for the show, we’ve started collecting it.  As we find it, we share it on this playlist, hoping perspective helps!

Next Week - We're taking off for 4th of July & to celebrate our bday!  We're back July 11th with Exte Records!


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

Fri Jun 30
Teddy Chipouras @ Wolf Trap Farragut Fridays in DC
Human Country Jukebox @ Battle Street Live in Manassas, VA
Fort Knox Five @ Tropicalia in DC

Sat July 1
ProjectHERA Festival (Female Musician Celebration) - Hayley Fahey, FuzzQueen, Lauren Calve & more @ State Theater in Falls Church, VA
Heather Mae @ 930 Club in DC

Mon Jul 3
Rare Essence @ Howard Theatre in DC

Wed Jul 5
Backbeat Underground @ Gypsy Sally’s in DC

Thu Jul 6
Sub-Radio @ Fairfax Corner in Fairfax, VA

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Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, were shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. So, now lets get to know one of those great bands here. Soldiers of Suburbia is a three-piece alternative/pop-punk band. They can be described as high energy, loud, abrasive, and in yo face! They love the title given to them by their photographer and videographer, Rouge Crayon, who described them as a three-headed, destructive, pop-punk storm. So, that sets the stage for these great guys. I first came across them when they were- Derek Evry was on the show and introduced me to these guys and the music speaks for itself and just cool people. So, that said, I finally get to, listeners it's with great pleasure that I formally introduce Soldiers of Suburbia.  Say hi, guys.

Tyler:     Hey, how's it goin

Collin:     What an introduction.

Izzy:     Hello!

Brian:     [crosstalk 00:00:55] Yeah, so most folks can only hear you, so tell them who you are, your names and what you play in the band.

Tyler:     Hi, I'm Tyler, I sing and play guitar.

Izzy:     My name's Izzy, I play the drums.

Collin:     Hey, I'm Collin and I play the bass.

Brian:     Fantastic, and now Soldiers of Suburbia, so, fill us in real quick on where the name comes from, what happened with that?

Tyler:     So, the name is not as exciting of a story as I wish that it was. So, I think that the idea that I've come up with is that every time that we get asked about our name we should just come up with something that isn't how we came up with the name so that it sounds more interesting. So I'm gonna go with ... One time-

Brian:     Oh, tell the truth, sir!

Tyler:     Really it's just that I'm a really big Green Day fan and Green Day has a song called Jesus of Suburbia and so the original name of the band was just gonna be Suburbia, which is actually a different cool band in the scene, but I decided that I should try to make it a little more interesting. I don't know, Soldiers of Suburbia just happened.

Brian:     Soldiers of Suburbia, that's amazing, and how did you guys find each other? How did the band start?

Tyler:     Well, I was the one who I guess started the band technically and then I sort of put out some, for those of you listening in your cars, Collin just made fun of me and I did not appreciate it. But I basically just put out an ad on Facebook and said that I was looking for some other musicians to play with and Izzy responded, said that she would like to come play drums, which is funny because in middle school Izzy and I actually hated each other. And then I-

Brian:     Really?

Tyler:     Yeah

Izzy:     I have never not liked someone as much as I didn't like Tyler in middle school, I don't know what it was.

Tyler:     Yeah we just, we didn't mesh but then for some reason two years later I was looking for a drummer and she was like, "You know what, I'll give it a shot." And then we started playing together and it just, it worked out, you know? It went well.

Brian:     That's what I'm saying and now you're okay people you don't actually hate each other all of the time, at least.

Tyler:     Yeah. Most of the time.

Izzy:     No, I still hate them.

Tyler:     Yeah, we actually don't like each other at all, but and then, Collin would you like to tell the story of how we met and how I ignored you?

Brian:     Yes Collin, tell us.

Collin:     It was a clear night, romantic dinners, no we actually used to play at the same place years ago at the 4410 over in Haymarket and it was just one of those things where I was playing open mic and he was just there and I saw him and it was just like, oh, I need to-

Tyler:     We had an emotional connection.

Collin:     We saw eye to eye, no-

Brian:     Unlike the hate between these other two, there was love with you guys? Is that what you're saying?

Tyler:     Yeah, Collin and I fell in love.

Collin:     Love at first sight. No, it was one of those things where it was just, you know, right time at the right place, and I, you know, reached out to him and that's pretty much just how it started. Because it was originally Tyler and Izzy trying their thing just the two of them.

Tyler:     Which was okay but it was not, we really needed a bass.

Brian:     Man, that bass frequency, I'll tell you, the bassists don't always get a lot of love, but when you don't have the bass you miss it so much, it's a thing.

Tyler:     Yeah, I know, they're important, you do miss it.

Izzy:     It was painful.

Tyler:     Yeah, so we auditioned a couple bass players and then Collin showed up and we played with him and it was pretty much a situation whereas soon as we started playing we knew that we wanted him to join the band but we had to, you know, play it cool. So as he walked away we were like, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, we'll call you man, like it's fine." And then he left and I turned to Izzy and I was like, "Yeah, it's good, he's gonna play." And then we've been playing together for a year now."

Collin:     The rest is history.

Brian:     Wow, that's awesome.

Collin:     It's nice though that we're just, you know, it's not just like a band to us. It not like, "Okay, time to go to work, we gotta play some songs, play some shows." You know, as you see we're just having a good time, it's fun.

Tyler:     Yeah, it's fun, we're hanging out.

Izzy:     Three happy kids

Brian:     You all like each other now, this is good. Now, what about, so where did music come from for you guys, I mean were you band kids. What was the- how did music enter- I want to hear from each of you, how did music enter your lives?

Tyler:     Izzy go ahead.

Izzy:     I am a band kid. Loud and proud. Drum line, middle school band, you know, everything, very out there, very happy about it.

Brian:     All the drums, alright and does that mean you also played like all the other symphonic drums like marimba and like xylophone and tympany and that stuff too, or-

Izzy:     Everything, and I snare on the drum line, so a little bit of everything.

Brian:     Got it. Alright, and Collin, what about you, man?

Collin:     It was one of those things where it just started off as being a kid, where if I really get specific, I was a child and for Christmas I got a PlayStation and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 on the PS2 and the opening song for the intro of the game, and like Tony Hawk, his silhouette is like going down like a half pipe or something and TNT by ACDC is playing. And I was like, I don't even know how old I was, this was like 2003. And I was just sitting there in my pajamas like, "What?" And that was kind of the rest and, you know-

Brian:     Wait, but you play bass, you played guitar? What did you start playing first?

Collin:     I started off on guitar and just switched over to bass and you know, eventually you know just growing up you just, all the new bands and all the new music just comes at you at once so it was kind of a, you know.

Brian:     So do you ever, like are you happy about the transition to bass, then?

Collin:     Yeah, it's definitely one of those things where it's not like I never play guitar, when I'm not doing anything. But when we do acoustic stuff I still play guitar and Tyler and I always go back and forth on, "Oh, I'm better at guitar," "No, I'm better," "I'm the song writer."

Tyler:     The joke I like to make, which is a very mean joke, but I think it's on the website, is that Collin wanted to be in our band so bad that he switched to bass.

Collin:     Yeah, I was desperate.

Tyler:     That he was so desperate to be in our band, which is not exactly true, but it's a funny joke to me. So, that's the joke that I always make.

Brian:     So tell us the truth.

Tyler:     I mean, it was one of those situations where he messaged me and was like, "Hey, if you ever needed a guitar player that I would love to come play with you." And I was sort of like, "Well, actually we need a bass player." And he was like, "I'll do it, like it's cool, you know." And so that was sort of how it was. It was a lot more casual than I like to make it out to be.

Brian:     Got it. Collin, you're the man. That's cool, alright. Tyler, what about you, man?

Tyler:     Well, I mean, man. I have a very similar story to Collin that we like to talk about which is I mean, I've always been around music, my aunt is a classical pianist and all this stuff. And I was learning, I took guitar lessons starting when I was four, but the one thing that really sort of grabbed me and made me want to start playing rock music is I got Guitar Hero 3 on the PlayStation.

Brian:     Excellent.

Tyler:     So these are very similar stories and if you've ever played Guitar Hero 3, which I recommend it's a very good game, first you start up the game and it's Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N' Roses and that was one of those things where I heard that and my world was turned inside out. And so here we are.

Brian:     I love it, I love how you guys are influenced by all of these classic awesome rock songs too, it wasn't some kind of pop song, it wasn't a Justin Timberlake song, it was like classic freaking rock. Yes, guitar.

Tyler:     Oh, yeah, Collin and I jammed to some ACDC, and its good times.

Brian:     That is fantastic, alright, now what about you guys outside of music then, what other hobbies, what do you do outside of the band?

Izzy:     I like to bake. I bake Tyler and Collin cupcakes sometimes.

Tyler:     They're very good cupcakes.

Izzy:     I am like the best drummer that they could possibly have just because of the cupcakes. Not even based off of talent, just the cupcakes.

Tyler:     They're good cupcakes man, I don't know what else to say about it.

Brian:     One of these days, the next show, if the listeners show up, there should be some cupcakes. Don't hold out on us.

Izzy:     Yeah!

Tyler:     Well we used to do a thing to entice people to buy tickets, we used to say, "If you buy a ticket from us, we'll give you a cupcake." And we would put SOS on the top of it and stuff.

Izzy:     I would go to school, like the weekend after a show, with a big plastic bucket of cupcakes and just give them to everyone in my school who bought tickets. And it was awesome.

Brian:     That's funny, alright so Izzy's the baker, Collin, what do you got?

Collin:     I'm just your run of the mill 20 year old kid, just playing in a band, I mean that's pretty much it. Soldiers of Suburbia for the last year has been my lifestyle. It's a job, it's my [crosstalk 00:10:21]

Brian:     And school, I take it, too?

Collin:     Not currently.

Brian:     Not currently, okay.

Tyler:     He works at a pretty dope mini golf place

Izzy:     Putt putt!

Brian:     Nice!

Collin:     Working some jobs here and there. And like I said just trying to get by. As soon as I graduated high school in 2015 and the reality of the "real world" has slowly but surely crept into my life.

Brian:     Well I love that you still got the music going on dude.

Collin:     Yeah, it's definitely fun.

Brian:     Keep it going, and Tyler, what about you, man?

Tyler:     Yeah, I mean, music is pretty much the only thing that I'm good at. So I pretty much just sit around and play music or listen to music. I don't really know what else to say to be honest. I got a pretty cool bike the other day, so that's exciting, I don't know.

Brian:     Excellent, I love it, guys. Alright well, I've got one more. There's one question that I love to ask and that's if you as a band could offer one piece of advice what would it be?

Collin:     Don't do it, no I'm joking.

Tyler:     A band's a trap. Let's see, personally I would say that the biggest thing that I think the three of us have learned is that no matter what you go through as a band, it's good, like what Collin said earlier, it's good to actually be friends outside of being in a band as opposed to just being in a band because it can get stressful and it can get difficult. And it's nice that when you're in a stressful time, if you're trying to figure out how to book a show or something, it's nice that you can be like, "You know what, we should just go get some pizza and just hang out for a minute." And it's still fun and you're still in a good environment.

Collin:     Yeah, that's the main thing, just having fun with it, 'cause it's not like, every time we hang out, it's not where we rehearse some songs for about an hour and then we all go home and don't talk to each other ever again, and then the next time we see each other we're playing music. It's definitely not like that. I stay at Izzy's house until like 3 am sometimes hanging out.

Tyler:     Yeah, it's more like these are my only friends, so ...

Brian:     Yeah, got it.

Izzy:     Yeah, even if I used to hate Tyler, now he's my best friend. So [crosstalk 00:12:34]

Collin:     We go to the mall.

Collin:     Izzy and Tyler's birthday are coming up, you know, they're back to back this weekend.

Tyler:     Yeah, very true.

Brian:     Now tell my what the website is for you guys if they want to find out more about you?


Brian:     Soldiers of Suburbia Band, check it out, and they also have information about an indie go-go campaign on there.

Tyler:     That is true and the link is all of our social media, which again, you can find if you go to our website.

Brian:     And they would love support for, this is for the upcoming album?

Tyler:     This is our EP, our debut EP.

Brian:     Fantastic.

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"Rachel Levitin embodies passion," or so its been said of her. 

Levitin's performance career started in middle school with chorus and expanded with school plays, school music festivals, and talent shows before picking up guitar and trumpet at the age of nine. 

A few years later, while home alone on a Saturday with her just her dog by her side, Rachel took her first stab at a original songwriting after finding inspiration while watching a Backstreet Boys special on ABC Family Channel at age twelve.

Solo performances of her original music started at age fourteen and she hasn't looked back since.

Known for her high-energy performances, thoughtful lyrics, and positive storytelling, Levitin released her debut EP "Nearly Broken" with great support. The five-song EP even reached number one on Amazon Music's Adult Alternative New Releases Charts in October 2015.

Levitin's most recent release -- "Get Back Up" -- made its world premiere on WERA 96.7 FM's DC Music Rocks and is the song that kicks off her next chain of events. Her hope is to have a new EP of motivational, feel-good songs ready for a release around this time next year.


Brian:     Rachel Levitin's performance career started in middle school with chorus. Solo performances of her original music started at age 14, and she hasn't looked back since. She's known for her high-energy performances, her thoughtful lyrics, and positive storytelling, which I can vouch for personally because I have seen her on stage many times. She released her debut EP Nearly Broken, which reached number one on Amazon's music adult alternative new releases chart in October of 2015. Then her most recent release, "Get Back Up," we actually did the world premiere here on DC Music Rocks. My favorite memory about that is that Rachel was, you were in an Uber-

Rachel:   I was.

Brian:     And she took video or Instagram Live or whatever it was.

Rachel:   Whatever it was.

Brian:     She did video. I got to see video of her sitting in the car with her Uber driver listening to her world premiere on the show, which was, as a host, that was one of my favorite memories that I have so far is seeing that. That was amazing. Thank you for sharing that and for letting me do the world premiere because that song, check out "Get Back Up" by Rachel Levitin because it's awesome. Now I've talked too much. Listeners, it's with great pleasure that I introduce Rachel Levitin.

Rachel:   Yes.

Brian:     Thank you for being here.

Rachel:   My pleasure.

Brian:     Tell us about now, the music started, there's trumpet and guitar, we talked about that. But I just said that it started with chorus.

Rachel:   Yes.

Brian:     How did the revolution happen to where you are now from then.

Rachel:   Basically, I was lucky I went to a bunch of good schools growing up. When I was in middle school, I went to the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in Chicago, Illinois. It wasn't the biggest school, but they had a really good supportive community of teachers. I was into the arts, and in fourth grade, that was the year that you could sign up and start doing chorus or band, so I decided to join both, although band was my preferred choice just because I really enjoyed playing trumpet. What happened was, you know how when you're in school, you get to pick your instruments?

Brian:     Yeah.

Rachel:   I was trying out things. I tried the flute, couldn't get a peep out of it. Then I was trying to decide "Do I want to play drums or trumpet?" Looking back on it now, either one was going to be equally loud. Either one.

Brian:     It's so true. In different ways, yes.

Rachel:   In my mind, I decided "Oh, no, trumpet would be the better choice." So I tried that one, and I could play it right away. That, plus the other afterschool activities was the guitar class, and I just started within a few weeks of each other, and I've just been playing them ever since. I was nine then.

Brian:     Now do you still play trumpet often?

Rachel:   I do.

Brian:     Or guitar more frequently now?

Rachel:   Yes, guitar much more frequently. But from ages nine to eighteen, trumpet was really more my primary ... I started songwriting at 12, so high school was kind of like peak songwriting time, I guess. But trumpet was my big thing for middle school, high school, and did some in college at AU, American University, but really, my trumpeting days were more of a high school thing. I loved it, and now I get to ... You'll hear some trumpeting on a track we'll play later on in the show.

Brian:     Yeah, we got a sneak peek coming. You get to hear Rachel play trumpet on another artist's song, which is really cool. Tell us about you outside of the music then. Are you a homebody? Do you hang out a lot? What's life like for you out there?

Rachel:   I'm a definite extrovert, but I need time to sleep and recharge those batteries. I think it was a couple weeks ago I was either playing a show, going to a show, or helping with a show every single day in one week. I've learned that I can't do that. I got very tired, but I made it out okay. Extroverted definitely. Outside of music, I would say I'm a music fan, so I go to a lot of shows. You can find me at Jammin Java, or IOTA, or 9:30 Club, or DC9, or wherever more often than not.

Brian:     Which is, I can say, I have seen ... One of the great things about the DC music community is you start going to shows, and then you start seeing people you know. There's so many times where I've gone to shows, and I didn't know Rachel was going to be there, and there she is, and now I got another friend who's at the show. I love it. She is definitely a music connoisseur and an awesome support artist. By the way, she kills it on the trambo ... Tramboline, that's a trampoline and a tambourine together if you didn't know, it's called a tramboline.

Rachel:   Very fun.

Brian:     She actually played the tambourine, although you know we should have you play the tramboline.

Rachel:   Tramboline.

Brian:     Bring a trampoline on stage, that would be-

Rachel:   Let's do it.

Brian:     Anyway, I've spent enough time on that. All right. Tell us about a funniest moment that comes to mind from your performing memories that you've got.

Rachel:   Funniest moment. Well, this is pretty funny. In April a few years back, I forget what year, it's kind of irrelevant to the story, I saw a post on Facebook. One of my friends posted that her friend was organizing a pop-up chorus to sing with Damien Rice at the Lincoln Theatre as part of his sold out show.

Brian:     Whoa.

Rachel:   And we were the surprise to end the concert, to do his, what's it called, the encore. He surprised everyone with this chorus at the end of that specific tour. So me and my friend Jason Mendelson of the MetroSongs-

Brian:     Yes, he's been a guest on here, too. He's awesome, yup.

Rachel:   Yes, yes, yes. We ended up in that chorus together, but a day before I was supposed to do that, I was transported to the ER because I had a kidney stone.

Brian:     Oh my gosh.

Rachel:   I'm pretty young, so-

Brian:     Right.

Rachel:   Stress, it happens, folks. Hydrate. It's the most important thing you can do for yourself. When you're stressed and drink coffee like I do. Drink water. Don't Gilmore Girls it. Drink water.

Brian:     Public service announcement by Rachel Levitin.

Rachel:   Yes.

Brian:     Drink water. Okay, got it.

Rachel:   I drank a lot of water after that, but I did sing on stage with Damien Rice with a kidney stone in my body at a sold out show on a Friday night at D.C.'s historic Lincoln Theatre.

Brian:     That is amazing and hysterical at the same time. Wow.

Rachel:   And painful.

Brian:     There you go. Yeah, I can only imagine. I drink a lot of water, so I'm hoping-

Rachel:   Good man.

Brian:     I can't ever relate to that story actually, but we'll see what happens. All right. Tell us about what's something in your music collection that might surprise us.

Rachel:   Oh, I'm a big dixieland and big band jazz fan.

Brian:     Really?

Rachel:   Yes.

Brian:     Like what?

Rachel:   Benny Goodman, all that old school, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, anything that you would hear on the street in New Orleans with those marching bands for the weddings, that kind of stuff. The first reason I fell in love with trumpet was Louis Armstrong.

Brian:     Well, there we go. Yeah, and boy, he's got ... That's, wow, cool stuff. All right. So she's kind of a pop indie amazing performer herself, and yet, there's big band, dixieland jazz. I love it. All right. Your earliest memory with music, what comes to mind?

Rachel:   Oh, that's easy. My dad was a singer-songwriter and guitar player, although I don't think I ever heard any of his songs, so I don't know if he actually did that when we was an adult, but when he was younger. When I was a little kid, we had this tiny, mini red guitar that my grandma got me. I thought it was a real guitar. I thought I was playing it when I really wasn't. My dad would play guitar, and then we would write songs about like farm animals or something. I remember one was called Pink Flamingo. I don't remember how it went, but I remember that it happened. So I have that memory. So it goes back as far as my memory actually takes me.

Brian:     Wow. The Pink Flamingo memory with your dad. That is cool. I love it. All right. What about the first memory performing? What comes to mind?

Rachel:   Oh boy. Well, the first time I performed an original song, I don't remember where it was because there's a few different examples I can think of, but I know that my legs ... I'm pretty confident. Now, you would never know that I would ever be nervous. Every once in a while, I get a little stage excitement, I wouldn't call it stage fright, but excitement like-

Brian:     Stage excitement. I love it.

Rachel:   You're a little bit buzzed, all naturally and everything. But my legs used to shake underneath me. Mentally, I was good to go, but my body was saying "no, no, no." They would start tremble beneath me, and I had to learn how to push through that. The first few times, I definitely almost like fell to the ground because my legs were not going to hold out underneath me.

Brian:     Wow. Do you have like a tactic or something that you use to work through it? Or you just learned over time to work through it?

Rachel:   I just learned that I have nothing to worry about.

Brian:     Got it. That is pretty cool. Wow. What about a funniest moment on stage? What comes to mind?

Rachel:   Oh boy. I should've thought about it. I should've done my homework on this one. Funniest moment on stage? That's tough. I think recently, well, I don't know if it was funny, but my band and I have a good time. We only just formed this July, and every time we end up taking on-the-stage selfies or things like that. It's not exactly funny, so that's kind of not an A-game story, but we have a good time. We're a bunch of jokesters.

Brian:     Taking selfies on stage.

Rachel:   It's fun.

Brian:     I love it. Yeah.

Rachel:   I don't have a selfie stick or anything like that, but you know what, we like to goof off.

Brian:     There's still a chance. You can still make that happen, you know.

Rachel:   Well, I called them a bunch of goofs because you should see the Facebook message group that we have. It's basically just a bunch of emojis that we keep sending back and forth to each other. Shout out to Graham, Kendall, and Alex. You guys are hilarious.

Brian:     Oh my god. Have you stepped into the GIF game yet?

Rachel:   I feel like I need to, but we haven't gone that far. We've added some bitmoji to our game.

Brian:     I'm going to tell you a secret. If it's a Facebook group, there's a button that says GIF.

Rachel:   Oh, there is?

Brian:     Go in there. Try it.

Rachel:   I've just never pressed it. Oh boy.

Brian:     Your group will just one-up on the GIF situation.

Rachel:   Oh, they're going to love it.

Brian:     It's going to be amazing.

Rachel:   Get ready, fellas.

Brian:     Tell us about a time you tried and failed?

Rachel:   Tried and failed. Well, let's see. Good question. I feel like I'm using dead air. Tried and failed. I remember I really wanted to be a first chair trumpet at the jazz band. I went to Interlochen for two summers in Traverse City, Michigan to study jazz. Looking back on it now, yeah, did I want to want first chair or whatever? Yeah, I did, but I wasn't like the rest of the kids there. I was, but I wasn't. Whereas they all planned on being professional instrumentalists when they grew up, which I'm not opposed to it, I just at that point in my life wasn't so sure about my route in life. And being there as a trumpet major instead of a songwriting major, it kind of changed the game for me. But I love jazz. I auditioned, and I ended up, I think, getting fourth chair. At first, I was disappointed, but then I realized "You're not practicing. That's your fault. If you want to be a higher chair, you should probably practice."

Brian:     Yes, this is good.

Rachel:   So here I am at a world-renowned camp for instrumentalists, and I wasn't practicing. So, yeah, of course I would get fourth chair. Then I started practicing. That was just the ... I went back for two summers, so that was just the start of the first summer. Then I practiced it, and I think I got up to third chair, and maybe even sat in on some second at that point. But you have to remember, these are kids from all over the country, all over the world who-

Brian:     Right, in a really competitive thing.

Rachel:   This is what they want to do.

Brian:     [crosstalk 00:11:37] you're a fairly gifted trumpet player, too. We hear you on guitar on stage a lot, but you with a trumpet is also a really good thing it sounds like.

Rachel:   Yeah, I got to get my chops back, but I have a few concertos in my bedroom that I can probably still play if I practiced.

Brian:     I feel like that's a "That's what she said" thing. I don't know.

Rachel:   Right, work it in.

Brian:     Anyway. Concertos in the bedroom. I love it. Anyway.

Rachel:   Ba-dum-bum.

Brian:     All right. One of my favorite last questions to ask is what's one piece of advice that you would offer?

Rachel:   Just don't compromise yourself, and don't be afraid.

Brian:     Say more on that. Don't compromise yourself.

Rachel:   Know what you're capable of, and don't sell yourself short. Confidence is hard to come by. I know a lot of people who struggle with it, but I know a lot of people who don't, and I really just comes down to knowing that ... When I sing, I know that I'm supposed to be doing that, and it feels good to me. So if you're doing something that feels good to you, do it, and don't let anyone inside your head and make you think that you shouldn't be doing it or you're not good at it. Just do it.

Brian:     If folks want to follow or find out more about you or follow you, where are the best places for them to go?

Rachel:   Best place to go is I love Instagram the most just because I'm a, I would like to say, a novice photographer or something of that nature.

Brian:     Nice.

Rachel:   I do like to take photos of animals and concerts. So if you like cute animals or music, follow my Instagram. It's R-H-L-E-V-I-T-I-N. I'm also on Twitter, and I have a Facebook page for my music, and then just

Brian:, that's the magic spot. You had mentioned earlier, and I want you to share with the listeners about Tony Lucca and the story that you were saying.

Rachel:   Oh, Tony Lucca. Yes.

Brian:     Yeah, talk about that real quick.

Rachel:   Tony Lucca. We go way back now. I became a fan of Tony Lucca in 1999 when the Disney Channel was airing a Mickey Mouse Club marathon because that was peak NSYNC years. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Keri Russell, Ryan Gosling, they were all on the show, but so was Tony Lucca, who was also on The Voice season two. I've been a big fan of his music for a long time. I first saw him open for NSYNC back in, I think it was 2001. We met back then. I have an autograph and picture from then. Fast forward to 2010, got to interview him for a website I was writing for at the time called We Love DC. Fast forward a few years, there was a chunk of time I think I saw him more throughout a year than I saw my own family just because he would come here for concerts, and I wouldn't go home that much. We just go way back, and he became a good influence on me.

                  This past weekend, I flew home to Chicago to celebrate my birthday, a milestone birthday, with my immediate family. We had Tony come, and we played a little house concert for everyone, then went out to dinner. For the first time, I got to play two original songs with someone who had a really big influence on me. I'll never forget it, and I'm really grateful. Tony's back here on April 9th, I believe, yes.

Brian:     Well, Tony, shout out to you. I love that story. That's amazing.

September 6, 2016 - Special Guest: Derek Evry

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  3. Derek Evry - Up To You (Rock/Alternative)
  4. Classified Frequency - Reach Out (Rock/Fusion Rock)
  5. Emily Henry - Bringing It To You (Pop/Folk Pop)
  6. Bicycle Thieves - Monuments (Indie/Pop Rock)
  7. More AM Than FM - Kitchen (Punk/Rock)
  8. Soldiers of Suburbia - Charm and Charisma (Punk/Pop Punk)
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Derek Evry

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Derek Evry is a musician/songwriter from Northern Virginia. Derek has been writing and performing original music since 1999. Derek has had several songs featured on ABC's hit crime drama "Castle", including his song "Without You". Derek is currently working on the follow up to his 2014 release "Down to the Wire".




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The Premier Episode!

July 5th 2016

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