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10/3/17 - Special Guest: Pleasure Train

Thanks to Valerie, Richard, and Will of Pleasure Train for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. What Happens Next I, by Mitchell Kenyon (Hard Rock, Punk Rock)
  2. Touch the Ground, by Pleasure Train (Rock, #SEXGROOVE)
  3. Farp, by NAH. (Indie/Psychedelic Rock)
  4. Flood, by Annie Stokes (Indie, Folk)
  5. Tread Lightly, by Drop Electric (Rock, Post-Rock)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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1st Annual Celebration of the Arts in Arlington. This fun evening will feature live music, performances from local arts groups, food from area restaurants, beer and wine, and more. Thursday Oct 4, 7-10pm, near Ballston
https://www.arlingtonmedia.org/1st-annual-celebration-arts-arlington

NEW RELEASES

Music:
Soldiers of Suburbia - Eating Cigarettes (6 Song EP)
Bencoolen - The Crown (Single)
Paperhaus - Told You What To Say (Single)
Matt Tarka - Vision Hazy (4 Song EP)
Higher Education - The Ballad of Alexander Henry (11 Song Full Album)
The Fringe Benefits - Step Out (7 Song EP)

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Fri Oct 6
Surprise Attack @ Westover Beer Garden in Arlington, VA

Sat Oct 7
Vintage#18 @ Art On The Avenue in Del Ray near Alexandria, VA
allthebestkids @ Black Cat Near 14th & U in NW DC
Venn @ Songbyrd Music Hall in Adams Morgan in NW DC
Black Masala & Tomato Dodgers @ Milkboy Arthouse in College Park, MD

Sun Oct 8
The Duskwhales @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA
Sub-Radio @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown in NW DC

Thu Oct 12
Oh He Dead @ DC Wharf Grand Opening by L’enfant Plaza in SW DC
Milo & The Doldrums @ DC9 by U St in NW DC


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Pleasure Train

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

Pleasure Train

 "Pleasure Train is a Washington DC area band that incorporates a fusion of styles rooted in groove, alternative, jam, jazz, pop, and house. The band formed after longtime friends and guitarists Ian Dandridge and Richard Fiegel had a conversation about the future of music and what genres would define their generation. After a long discussion of personal influences (ranging from 70’s giants such as Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead to modern acts including Tame Impala and Deadmau5), the two began envisioning the style of music they wanted to see develop in the future and began to search for like-minded musicians. Keyboardist Mike Paquette was initially recruited, bringing wide-ranging influences to the table including jazz and electronica. Vocalist Valerie Vega was connected with the band seemingly by chance after her rich, soulful voice caught the attention of Fiegel while he was browsing YouTube videos of local singers. The lineup was completed when drummer Andrew Gabor and bassist Will Berger were brought on board, rounding out the band with an upbeat funk and R&B-influenced rhythm section. Pleasure Train has been a staple in the local music scene since the summer of 2014, and the band has enjoyed making their own unique contribution to the soundscape of the greater Washington DC area."

Website: www.pleasuretrainmusic.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pleasur3train/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/pleasure-train

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0CeIg7L8sY1eFcskQy0jvO

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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. Pleasure Train is a Washing DC area band that incorporates a fusion of styles, rooted in groove, alternative, jam, jazz, pop, and house. Pleasure Train has been a staple in the local music scene since the summer of 2014 and the band has enjoyed making their own unique contribution to the soundscape of the greater DC area. I first came across these guys when they released their first single, Calabasas, and I used it in my exercise classes. I played it in the car. I jammed it as loud as I could. I sang in the shower with it. There's just so much Calabasas in my life. Now they released an EP and now they're here with me. God, this is exciting. Thank you guys for being here.

Valerie:     Thank you for having us.

Will:     Thank you. That's a high compliment because we wanted to be a party band first and foremost.

Valerie:     Yeah.

Will:     There's a lot of ways we ca define ourselves but that's number one.

Brian:     You know, being played in the shower is status.

Richard:     I was going to say, that's basically what I had in mind when writing it, was we want people to be able to dance in the shower.

Valerie:     After a hard day, I want you in your shower, blasting Calabasas.

Brian:     Calabasas, there it is. Alright. Now, talk about the band and how it came together.

Richard:     I can take that one.

Valerie:     Yeah, you take that one.

Richard:     Actually, three of us actually went to high school together, Robinson High School in Fairfax and funny enough, we really didn't know each other at the time. I mean, through most of high school, but met our other guitar player [inaudible 00:01:35] towards end of senior year and started playing music together. He was a big, big [inaudible 00:01:42] from a guitar stand point.

Will:     Me too, he's a [inaudible 00:01:43].

Valerie:     He's amazing.

Richard:     I mean, we just kind of took it from there. We all went out separate ways, went to college and knew when we came back, we wanted to play together.

Brian:     That's amazing.

Valerie:     They found me off YouTube.

Will:     Yeah, with the wonders of the internet.

Valerie:     Yeah.

Brian:     Now, so it all came together, one of you met another one and then another band member came together and slowly we became six.

Will:     I was actually the last puzzle piece to fall into place. Shortly before me, our drummer Andrew David fell into place. Once the rhythm section fell into place, that's how our current sound came to be.

Brian:     Speaking of current sounds, I realize they can't see you and if they don't know you, introduce yourselves and say your name and your role in the band. Then, the other three guys too.

Will:     I'm Will Berger. I play the bass.

Valerie:     Valerie Vega, I'm the vocalist.

Richard:     Richard Fiegal, one of two guitars.

Valerie:     We have Ian Dandridge who is the other guitarist, and we have Andrew Gabor who is our drummer and we have Michael Paquette who is our keyboardist.

Brian:     Wow, so lots of sound from six instruments and some vocals. I love that. Now, talk about the name. What is Pleasure Train? Where does that come from?

Valerie:     Me, Ian and Mike, when we first started the band would have these nights where we would get really drunk and just jam in this barn. We were like, we're going to have a band. What is the name going to be? We were so torn between making it something serious, and emotional, and creative, and then when we were very drunk, Mike was like Pleasure Train. Richard and some others were not for it, but I was like, that's brilliant. It's different and it's fun. I wanted to be fun but make good music.

Richard:     It got to the point where we just started looking around and naming things in the room and wondering if that would be a good band name.

Will:     I came around to realize that it's like a brilliant band name because it's just, it's evocative and memorable. Yeah, it's very memorable. People don't forget it.

Brian:     That's a train you want to get on.

Valerie:     Exactly.

Will:     I mean really, like our band, evocative and memorable.

Brian:     There you go. If you take nothing away from this interview, I want you to remember that Pleasure Train is evocative and memorable. That is awesome.

Valerie:     Great word. That's our genre.

Brian:     Now, you guys are local DC. You're from DC?

Valerie:     Yeah, we're from DC pretty much.

Will:     Five out of the six band members are from the DC area, Virginia side of the DC area. I am originally from Pennsylvania, but I made my way down to the area a couple years ago. I came into contact with Ian first and knew I had to jam with him. I came into contact with him at the open jams.

Valerie:     Like Fats right?

Will:     Yeah, Fats. I was like, dude. We have to start a band. Then, low and behold, Pleasure Train needed a bassist and that's how I kind of fell in with everyone.

Brian:     That's amazing. Now, talk about you guys on the personal side. You've got this whole music thing that you do, and then outside of the music thing, what's life like for each of you?

Valerie:     We're busy people.

Will:     Yeah, we're very busy.

Valerie:     I'm a nurse, a DJ, and a realtor.

Brian:     Okay, wait a minute. One more time, you're a nurse at a hospital in town?

Valerie:     Yeah, I do home care to make this part of my life, it's flexible.

Brian:     Yeah, so home care. Then, a DJ?

Valerie:     I'm DJ Dilate and I played at Old Engine 12 in DC, U-Street, Back Bar. I'm part of the dance group, Dance Collective.

Brian:     Oh, and wait there were three. Nurse, DJ-

Valerie:     A realtor.

Brian:     A realtor.

Valerie:     Yeah. Capital Homes, yeah.

Brian:     Good gracious.

Will:     Valerie doesn't sleep much.

Brian:     Alright, fellas she set the bar high. What about you?

Will:     Well I can't quite get it that high. Well, in addition to playing bass in Pleasure Train, I also play bass with Andy Stokes and Apple Juice Jones, which is a Philly based band of my old buddies. Then I also am an environmental consulting engineer by day, to get a little money in my pocket.

Valerie:     Smart man.

Brian:     Holy smokes. Alright. What about you Richard?

Richard:     Myself, not as busy as these guys. I am a loan officer for a local mortgage company, Church Hill Mortgage and that's where I spend most of my day.

Brian:     Wow.

Richard:     Helping people get into homes.

Brian:     Doing loans and getting into homes. Nice one. I know right? That's amazing.

Richard:     You heard it first.

Brian:     You heard it here first, absolutely. What about funnies moment as the band? What comes to mind?

Valerie:     Alright. We talked about this. It would have to be two separate occasions. One at the Clifton Bar Jam and then one at our first not fade away where separate moments, members of our band had to flee off the state for bathroom issues.

Will:     Emergency.

Brian:     Wow.

Valerie:     Bathroom emergencies.

Brian:     Emergency issues.

Will:     Could not-

Brian:     It was a really long set.

Valerie:     No.

Will:     We have one song, Filthy Ladder. That's the last one on the EP. It has this really epic long jam out at the end, and it's usually a set closer. We like to really hit it and ride the wave.

Valerie:     We were riding the wave.

Will:     Andrew on drums is looking at me. I can't. After two seconds he just ran off. He was looking at me. I'm like, you can. You can. You can. Don't you leave.

Valerie:     Take one for the team. No, he couldn't. I was just like, what happened?

Richard:     I'm pretty sure there's video of it.

Brian:     Oh my god.

Valerie:     You held yours right?

Richard:     It was getting dangerous but, I made it.

Brian:     Where does music enter your lives? What's your background with music each of you?

Valerie:     I have been songwriting and singing sine like in third grade, choir. I mostly did like R&B stuff because I'm a vocalist. I unfortunately don't play instruments. I would just sing for producers in DC and Maryland. Wow, that's what I did until I found Pleasure Train.

Will:     For me, like a lot of kids around 12 or 13 fell in love with rock and roll music. I really liked the bass, so I picked up the bass around there and started playing in bands all through college and after. When I moved down here to take a job, I started attending open jams and just looking for people to play with. That's how I eventually crossed paths with Ian. Through that whole scene I've learned to find other people to play with, like the other and so for instance. That's what got me to where I am today.

Brian:     Wow. What about you Richard?

Richard:     For me, I was a pretty wild child. My parents wanted me to play some sort of instrument as an outlet. I played piano, violin. By the time I got to guitar, my parents were done with it. They were like we're not paying for any more lessons for this. I mean I took that as a challenge.

Brian:     Did you reject the other instruments?

Richard:     No, no.

Brian:     Just didn't like them? What was it?

Richard:     I played them for years. I mean, it got to the point where I wasn't practicing anymore and they kind of gave up on me.

Brian:     Got it.

Richard:     Guitar, I took that as a challenge. I was like, alright. You're not going to pay for it? Well, shoot I'll teach myself.

Brian:     There it is, self incentive is an amazing thing. It really is.

Richard:     They might have known that. They may have done it on purpose.

Brian:     That may be so. That really can be true. What's something in your music collection that might surprise us, each of you?

Will:     Oh man.

Valerie:     A lot of Spanish music.

Will:     Two ukulele and three mandolins and four cats.

Brian:     Wait, actual music that you listen to. [crosstalk 00:09:10] We're going to come back to how you play a cat, but-

Will:     Oh there it is.

Valerie:     Oh wow.

Will:     Yeah.

Brian:     Oh goodness. Okay.

Will:     You're talking about-

Valerie:     Yeah, like music.

Will:     Artists we listen to.

Valerie:     Do you have anything in your collection?

Will:     More of a Tupac kind of.

Valerie:     Oh okay.

Brian:     A Tupac guy.

Will:     Let's see, surprising. Yeah. You go first.

Valerie:     Oh, I don't know. I don't know, Marc Anthony? I'm from Puerto Rico so that's not surprising if you know that. If you don't know that, yes I have a lot of like Cheyenne and Marc Anthony and Spanish songs.

Brian:     Got it. You do more reggaeton or more traditional salsa.

Valerie:     No, traditional salsa merengue, yeah. I like reggaeton. It's good, but no.

Brian:     Right.

Valerie:     It's very redundant.

Brian:     What about you Richard?

Richard:     I'm kind of all over the place, but more recently the Lion King 2 soundtrack.

Valerie:     Oh.

Brian:     Yes.

Valerie:     We jammed very hard to that.

Richard:     [inaudible 00:10:23] very surprised yes.

Valerie:     Our piano player likes that one too.

Brian:     More Disney in your life.

Will:     I was singing the Pocahontas today, the Paint with the Colors of the Wind. It entered my head for some reason.

Valerie:     Oh my.

Brian:     That's amazing. What about you? You skipped away. Now, we're coming back to you.

Will:     For me, probably I don't know, afrobeat is one of the things that I've been listening to.

Brian:     Really?

Will:     Yeah.

Brian:     Okay.

Will:     I love the repetitive baseline. It's just like getting lost in a groove, repetition is underrated.

Brian:     Absolutely. Now, I've got to put you on the spot because you said you play a cat?

Will:     Not in the same sense as you play an instrument. More the cat is a muse and a tool for inspiration.

Brian:     You should see the face he's making right now. He's like, oh what am I going to say?

Valerie:     Make melodies to the meows.

Will:     Oh I know exactly.

Valerie:     Oh my.

Brian:     Oh this is going such good places fast. I love it. Alright, now so one of my favorite questions to ask is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be, for each of you?

Will:     Well, for me, you know I think the best advice is very simple advice. If you want to make music, then never stop making music. There's a lot of reasons to get discouraged. There's a lot of reasons to talk yourself out of doing it, but you like doing it, and you want to do it, do it.

Brian:     Has something in your life happened? Do you have a personal example of that?

Will:     Well, for me I guess the example is it's just kind of like something I have always made space for in my life because I feel the need to do it. It's similar to sleeping if I don't do it for long enough, I'd go crazy. I think it's just something you're compelled to do.

Brian:     Yeah. What about you Valerie?

Valerie:     I would tell people that are in the music scene just to try and not let the competitiveness of it all get in toxic or too overbearing in your creativity. We're all in the music scene together, and of course there's venues we all want to achieve and there's all festivals we all want to achieve. If you get too competitive with it, it can really get down on your creativity and the whole point of why you're making music in the first place. I would say, look at your fellow musicians as companions and inspiration and not competition.

Brian:     What's a personal example for you of something like that? Is there something that you've been gunning for that you wish could happen faster?

Valerie:     Yeah, I mean there's a ton of venues and music festivals that I believe we should be playing and that we are very capable. We make great music. I love this band. I and the number one fan and advocate for Pleasure Train. Yeah, there's definitely venues and stuff that-

Will:     I always feel like we could be doing more.

Valerie:     Yeah, I always feel like we could be doing more and that we're deserving of it, because we've worked so hard. I'm a female, so there's always going to be competition and jealousy. Did I just break a feminist?

Brian:     I was going to say, no wait a minute. That's not a female thing. That's a human being thing.

Valerie:     I'm a human too. I'm like the least feminist. I love females but I'm non passive aggressive.

Brian:     Oh my god.

Valerie:     I'm just saying, it's a human feeling to want to be competitive and be like we deserve that. Well, no. We are all in this together and we all deserve to make music. Just focus on making beautiful music and that's all that matters.

Brian:     That's what gets you places. That's what it comes down to. If you make that good music, that's what opens doors. Yep.

Valerie:     I like everyone, all females.

Brian:     What about you Richard? What have you got?

Richard:     Professionally man, what I would say is don't get caught up in the trends. Play what you know, what you love. Play from the heart. I mean, like I said, you can't go wrong with it if you're playing stuff that means something to you. With all the stuff that's going around now days, it can be tough to stick to your guns and what you really want to play, and not what you think people want to hear.

Brian:     Yeah. For real. That's the truth.

Will:     It's almost a paradox because we love inspiring people with our music, and after we play a show, you love it when people walk up to you and say, "Oh that was amazing. That inspired me." That's one of the reasons we do it obviously but also you can't get too caught up in playing what you think people want to hear. Sometimes if we're doing song writing and one of us is like, "Oh well I don't know if people would like that." We got to be like, wait a sec.

Valerie:     Doesn't matter.

Will:     Don't do that.

Valerie:     Yeah.

Will:     Whatever we want to do here.

Valerie:     What do we want to do?

Will:     What is our vision for this?

Brian:     Make the best songs you can do, but don't compromise. What makes you happy, right? You're doing this. What could you do that would make this the most fulfilling experience? If you just keep having the fulfilling experiences, it's going to end up being rewarding. There's always more that you can want, but it's true. You got to keep going.

      Now, for those folks who want to find you guys, follow on more aout the amazing. Man, my words today.

Valerie:     Oh my.

Brian:     Who want to follow you and find out more about you guys, where do they go?

Will:     You can check out our worldwide website at www.pleasuretrainmusic.net.

Valerie:     Yes.

Will:     Also our Facebook page obviously and we're on Spotify. We're on iTunes.

Valerie:     Instagram.

Will:     Instagram.

Valerie:     Yeah, we're very active on social media.

Will:     @pleasuretrainmusic

Brian:     Got it.

Will:     We like posting. Occasionally we post weird selfies. Occasionally we post animal pictures.

Valerie:     Yeah.

Brian:     Selfies and animal pictures, the cats that you play at home sometimes

Valerie:     We love our cats.

November 29, 2016 - Special Guest: Gordon Sterling

FROM TODAY'S SHOW

NEWS

  • The Riverbreaks - Wylder - Bearcat Wildcat @ Gypsy Sally's on Saturday December 3. https://www.facebook.com/events/189717471454014/

  • Menage a Garage released a new EP, “Throw my doubts on the Fire”.  Punk fans, hope you’ll see their profile linked here and check it out!

  • Stations in the DC area like 96.7FM have Specifically DC Music segments.  If you know about music by DC Artists on other stations in the DC area, reach out to me, I want to know about them!

    To get music added the station library at WERA 96.7FM:  
    Email your CLEAN LYRIC VERSION/RADIO EDIT song files as attachments to weramusic@arlingtonmedia.org.  

    Subject should be: "Local Music Submission by Local Artist: _____".  

    Email message body should include your top 3 track names and "Recommended if you like" reference to big name artists you sound similar to.

    Guidelines:
    1) Send the final released versions of the song files, like the ones people get when the purchase your music online with all ID3/MetaData filled in (artist, album, title, etc).  
    2) Files can be in MP3 or WAV format.
    3) No cursing, lyrics must be absolutely clean.  
    4) a good guideline is emails with less than about 10mb in attachments.  Break it up into multiple emails if necessary.
    5) Don’t send all your songs, they'll only pick a few to play, that's why your top 3 tracks are helpful to focus their listening efforts when they’re previewing your tracks.

MUSIC

  1. Bring Back Hippy Jesus - Abu Jibran (Indie/Alternative)
  2. Poison Ivy - Den-Mate (Indie/Darkwave)
  3. Honest Abe - Milo in the Doldrums (Rock/Indie Rock)
  4. Angle It - Nappy Riddem (Funk/Reggae)
  5. Tread Lightly - Drop Electric (Indie/Shoegaze)
  6. Sentimiento Latino - Empresarios (Latin/Rap)
  7. Boat Party - Ryan Lucas, Ardamus, Reel (Hip Hop/Rap
  8. Intro/Outro music by Fellowcraft (Hard Rock/Blues)

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Gordon Sterling - Guitarist/Singer - Nappy Riddem

VIDEO - BIO - PHOTOS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO

Gordon Sterling Nappy Riddem dc music rocks

Gordon Sterling is a DC based singer/guitarist. He started his career in 1996 as a founding member of the DC area jam band, The Ordinary Way. The Ordinary Way made a name for itself nationality playing many festivals, headlining clubs and theaters and opening for such acts as Blues Traveler, Derek Trucks, Warren Hanes, Rusted Root, and Ratdog among many others. After The Ordinary Way disbanded in 2006, he cofounded the progressive hip hop/rock band Future. That group quickly became a fan favorite in the DMV area and went on to influence many of the young and upcoming bands in the area at the time while touring the east coast. Gordon was, also, a cofounder of the short lived, but potent DC trip hop/rock band Crystal Youth. Gordon is currently in the DC reggae powerhouse, Nappy Riddem. Nappy Riddem is signed to Fort Know Recording and tours the nation sharing bills with such acts as Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Junior Marvin, De La Soul, The English Beat, and The Movement just to name a few. Nappy Riddem is releasing a brand new album in 2017. Sterling is, also, currently working on his first solo album. That album will be released in 2017, as well. Gordon hosts an open jam at IOTA Club and Cafe every Tuesday along with DMV are producer, Sean Gotkin. Providing a creative and down right fun atmosphere for musicians of all styles and stages of their respective careers to collaborate and bond. He has been a staple in the DC scene for many years. And, he strives to bring people of all walks of life together through music.

www.nappyriddem.com

https://www.facebook.com/NappyRiddem/

https://twitter.com/nappyriddem

https://www.facebook.com/gordon.sterling.39

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:   Gordon Sterling. He is a DC-based singer and guitarist. He started his career in 1996, as a founding member of DC .... The DC area jam band, The Ordinary Way. Which made a name for itself nationally, playing many festivals. Headlining clubs and theater and opening for such acts as Blues Traveler, Derek Trucks, Ron Haynes, Rusted Root and RatDog, among many others. After The Ordinary Way disbanded in 2006, he co-founded the progressive hip-hop rock band, Future. Gordon was also the co-founder of a short-lived but potent DC trip-hop rock band, called Crystal Youth, which we had here on the show as well. We featured their music. He is currently in the DC reggae powerhouse band, Nappy Riddem, which you just heard. Which is signed to Fort Knox Recording and tours the nation, sharing bills with such acts as Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Junior Marvin, De La Soul, The English Beat, and The Movement, just to name a few.

 Nappy Riddem is releasing a brand new album in 2017. Gordon is also currently working on his first solo album, which he's planning to release in 2017 as well. Gordon also hosts an open jam at Iota Club and Café in Arlington, Virginia every Tuesday. After the live taping of this show, he's over there. If you like live jam sessions, this is it. He co-hosts with DMV area producer Sean Gotkin, who also was a guest on this show a few weeks ago. It's providing a creative and fun atmosphere for musicians of all styles and stages of their respective careers, to collaborate and bond. He's been a staple in the DC music scene for years. I am honored to have him here with me today and with us today. I heard about Gordon. He's been on my screen for a while. It is such a treat to have the man here with me. With that, listeners, it's with great pleasure that I introduce Gordon Sterling. Thank you so much for being here, man.

Gordon:   You’re welcome. You're welcome. Very, very welcome.

Brian:   One more time. Say it in the microphone. I have to turn on your microphone now. There we go. Hey you guys. So now ... So tell us about the first track was Angle It, and that's by the group Nappy Riddem. Tell up about Nappy Riddem and what's going on there.

Gordon:   Well Nappy Riddem, that song, is off of the first EP, One World Sovereignty. It actually was done in a different format back then. The two leaders of our group were Mustafa Akbar and Rex Riddem. At the time, it was them with different members, like Hash, the bass player from Thievery Corporation, is on that track, and a lot of different people. Now, we for the last couple of years, have been a full on live act. We're in the middle of recording our first full band album right now. It's going well. It's going well.

Brian:   That's amazing.

Gordon:   I can't wait to get it out, actually. I'm really excited about it .. 

Brian:   Yeah. I mean, that ...

Gordon:   We're really heavily behind it.

Brian:   When you say touring, are there places you love to tour? Is that a national tour? What do you have in mind when you say touring?

Gordon:   We'll be touring nationally.

Brian:   Okay.

Gordon:   We'll probably do the country in stages. You know? I love going to the West Coast.

Brian:   Got it, Okay.

Gordon:   I love going to the West Coast because, let's just say things are freer there. You know what I mean?

Brian:   Got it.

Gordon:   It's nice. It's a lot of fun. The crowds are really great. I love DC too. Don't get me wrong. I love my East Coast. I'm from New York, originally.

Brian:   Got it.

Gordon:   I'm looking forward to going out West. We will be definitely hitting both coasts for sure. As far as what we're doing in the middle of the country, we're going to figure that out as we go along. As it gets closer to the release.

Brian:   How many pieces does Nappy Riddem ... That you're recording with now? What does the band consist of?

Gordon:   Six.

Brian:   Okay.

Gordon:   There's Mustafa Akbar, who is our lead singer. Rex Rex Riddem, who also plays a baritone uke.

Brian:   Really?

Gordon:   It's an interesting thing. You got to check it out.

Brian:   Yeah.

Gordon:   It's pretty cool, yeah. He also sings. I sing a bit, and play guitar. Then we have Patrick Cheng, our bass player. Charles Flye, or my brother in stage right, doing keys. Right now, we've gone through a bunch of different drummers. Right now, our most steady one has been Paul Dudley.

Brian:   Got it.

Gordon:   He's recording on a record with another guy named [inaudible 00:04:32], who currently plays with CI. Also plays with Junior Marvin. He did a couple songs on our record, too. There will be other guests, but I can't say it because [crosstalk 00:04:42] 

Brian:   Okay. Fair enough. Keep those under wraps. What about the name? Where does Nappy Riddem the name come from?

Gordon:   Okay. It's Riddem of that Wicked Wickedness. Rid-dem of that wickedness, that's why it's spelled that way. Right? R-I-D-D-E-M

Brian:   Got it. Okay.

Gordon:   Rex Riddem, that was his DJ name.

Brian:   Sure. 

Gordon:   He along with Mu, like I said, are the leaders of the group. Rex basically made it his namesake.

Brian:   So Nappy Riddem was his DJ name also?

Gordon:   No. No. Well ... Rex Riddem was the DJ name.

Brian:   Right. Rex Riddem. Okay. Got it.

Gordon:   Nappy Riddem is Nappy Head's Rhythm of that wickedness.

Brian:   I get it now.

Gordon:   It's a lot to ... Yeah.

Brian:   I see. This is why we have you on this show. To find out these amazing things.

Gordon:   [inaudible 00:05:25] information you want to hear.

Brian:   Yes. Absolutely. Speaking about information, tell us about ... Information about you. When you're not playing amazing guitar and doing these musical things, what else is there? What else is there to you, Gordon?

Gordon:   Not much more, dude. That's really simple. I love playing guitar. I love playing guitar. It's my favorite thing. My daughter [inaudible 00:05:46], also ... She's 13. She'll be 14 actually, in January. She has taken up music as well, and theater. She's been playing bass for like 6 years. Now, she's moving more into musical theater and [inaudible 00:05:59].

Brian:   Yeah.

Gordon:   Honestly, my existence, as for the last year, I've lived in the studio. I went from record to record to record. All of them have been with Sean, which is funny.

Gordon:   Sean Gotkin.

Brian:   Sean Gotkin. I say, we heard about the Blue Hippo recording. He does some great work out there.

Gordon:   He does. He does.

Gordon:   He's recording the Nappy Riddem record and my solo record too.

Brian:   Wow. A lot of recording.

Gordon:   Lots. Music has been my entire life for a while.

Brian:   Just ... That means daily just going out to the studio and coming back. Also, spending time with your daughter when you can.

Gordon:   Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Absolutely. And writing. It's funny, she is better than me, man. She's like ... She can play ... I don't read music, right? I just can play it. She like, can sight read Mozart and play it and have a conversation with me.

Brian:   Holy smokes.

Gordon:   She's like, "Dad, can you do this?" I'm like, "Dude?!" So yeah.

Brian:   Tell us about the best show you've ever had. What comes to mind?

Gordon:   Off the top of my head, I've ... There's been a few. Joshua Tree. Going up there ... I've played Joshua Tree a couple times. My favorite time playing it was with Nappy Riddem. It was with Nappy Riddem and it was while we were on tour with Junior Marvin. We toured with him for the better part of a year. We went out there ... His band toured with us on the East Coast. Out West, we did a little differently for, you know, cutting costs and all that. We went up there as the opener and we also played as his backing band, when it was time for him to play.

Brian:   Wow. Okay.

Gordon:   We did two sets out there. We did our Nappy Riddem set. We did his set. My parents are Jamaican, so we did Redemption Song. There was about 7,000 people. I want to say about 7,000 people. Something like that. I was on stage with him. We were playing Redemption Song and the whole crowd was singing it back. I'm not going to lie, I teared up. It was crazy. It was really a beautiful moment.

Brian:   7,000 people. Holy smokes.

Gordon:   Yeah. I don't know if that's my favorite show, but it's probably my favorite moment.

Brian:   That's amazing.

Gordon:   I got a few.

Brian:   All right. What about ... Tell us a time that you tried and failed.

Gordon:   Other than that?

Brian:   There's a lot of laughter there. That means this is going to be good. Okay.

Gordon:   Wow. A time I've tried and failed. That happens a lot actually. I think, in the writing process, I try and fail a lot, before something gets out. I don't mind failing. It doesn't bother me. I don't ... Some people are afraid to fail. I think you learn a lot from failing.

Brian:   Absolutely. Would you say ...

Gordon:   I just remembered one time I was playing football, I was coming to sack a quarterback, and I wasn't watching myself, and got crushed.

Gordon:   That sucked. I know, you're talking about music though. As far as music, I would say ... Actually I got a good story with that. With Nappy Riddem, I've never actually talked about this in public before. This is ... I'm going out on a limb with this one. With Nappy Riddem, when I first joined, I was really used to kind of getting by on my talent. I know that's really obnoxious for me to say, but I'm just being honest. It was ... I had always been a front man. I had always been a band leader.

Brian:   Okay.

Gordon:   I never had to live up to the expectations of a band leader. When I joined Nappy Riddem, I kind of was just coasting. It's a longer story than I have time to tell now, but there was a point ... Literally, it lasted an hour, no joke. They were like, "Man, I think we're going to go in a different direction." I was like, "Oh. Okay." It was a weird thing to deal with. I never had to deal with not making the cut before.

Brian:   Right.

Gordon:   That never happened to me.

Gordon:   When it happened, I ... I really had kind of like a come to Jesus moment with myself. I was just like, "Yo. Do you" ... I was like, no. I really want this. I actually love this group of guys. I love playing this music. I want to do this. It made me, for the first time in my career, have to fight hard for my position. You know?

Gordon:   I wanted to fight hard for my band, but not for my position in a band.

Gordon:   It absolutely brought out the best in me. That was years ago. Now, we're killing it. It's ... 

Brian:   I was going to say, and you guys are killing it. Good gracious. The music's just amazing. One other thing I'd love to ask to kind of bring it to a ... One of the last questions that I'd like to ask is: what's one piece of advice you would offer? 

Gordon:   Stay persistent.

Gordon:   Don't get kicked down. If you do, don't stay down. 

Brian:   What does that mean? Say more.

Gordon:   Keep fighting in this industry. This industry is designed to use your talent, and suck you dry, and throw you away. You know what I mean? It really is.

Brian:   Yeah, it is. Yeah.

Gordon:   It's not even ... It's not made in such a way that musicians can really make money, unless you're at a certain level. It's not designed where you can, necessarily express what you want to say. You have some A&R telling you what to do, or somebody ... If somebody is financing you, then they get a say. You know. Sometimes it's hard to ... If you believe in yourself and believe in an idea, sometimes it's really easy to get deterred from that idea or that notion.

Brian:   That's right.

Gordon:   That's true for anything in life. I would say my best advice in the music industry, and also in life, is to just keep going. If you believe in something, and you believe in yourself, don't settle. You know what I mean? Don't let anyone tell you you can't do it. Stay true to yourself, and learn. Keep an open mind and learn. Don't think you always know everything, but learn as much as you can every day and keep pushing, every day.

Brian:   Wow. If folks want to find out ... Follow you and find out more about you. I think you mentioned there's a ... Something you're excited ... Something coming up that you're excited about that you wanted to share. Tell us that part. Where do we find you and what's coming up for you?

Gordon:   You can find us at Nappyriddem.com. If you just type in Nappyriddem.com, it'll go to our site, which is connected to our record label, which is Fort Knox Recordings. Shoutout, what's up guys!

Brian:   Got it. If your checking it out, it's Nappy Riddem. N-A-P-P-Y R-I-D-D-E-M. 

Gordon:   Yes. Yes. Yes. 

Brian:   That's Nappyriddem.com

Gordon:   On that ... Nappy Riddem is also on Facebook and also on twitter. You can find me through Facebook. Just Gordon Sterling. G-O-R-D-O-N S-T-E-R-L-I-N-G.

Brian:   Got it. Okay. 

Gordon:   It is me that will talk back to you.

Gordon:   I had to deal with fans and stuff, and artists that I think I'm talking to them. I really did. Then to find out, "Oh, that was my manager." I was like, "Oh. Wow."

Brian:   Amazing. What's at Baltimore Sound Stage?

Gordon:   That's right. I was going to say. Baltimore Sound Stage on December 8th. We will be there with The Movement and The Holdup. It is going to be explosive. That show is going to be awesome. If you like reggae music and American reggae music specifically, please come check it out. Baltimore Sound Stage, December 8th. I'll point the camera. Baltimore Sound Stage.

Brian:   Yeah. I got it on video too. If you want to check out Gordon on video later, I got this whole thing on video. Check him out, because he's a good-looking man, I got to say.

Gordon:   Wow. Thank you. Thank you very, very much.

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  2. Drive TFC - 80 Days (Rock/Alt-Rock)
  3. Color Palette - Seventeen (Rock/Indie)
  4. Drop Electric - Flee The Circus (Rock/Shoegaze)
  5. Cruzie Beaux - Girlfriend (Rock/Electro-Rock)
  6. Pleasure Curses - Burn (Indie/Electro)
  7. Drive TFC - Surf's Dead (Rock/Alt-Rock)
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