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10/30/18 - All Music Episode

We have so many artists and songs we've been wanting to share that we took a week without a guest or news so we could concentrate on playing more music!

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  1. We Won’t Last The Night, by Prinze George (Indie/Indie Electronic Pop)

  2. The Madness, by Pressing Strings (Folk/Rock)

  3. Imagination, by Dupont Brass (Hip Hip/R&B)

  4. Mr. Sanity, by Clones of Clones (Rock)

  5. Clapback, by RDGLDGRN (Pop/Hip Hop)

  6. Prior to Rain, by Teddy Chipouras (Folk/Americana)

  7. Sunburn, by Color Palette (Pop/Electro)

  8. Hot Bottom Feeder, by Clutch (Hard Rock)

  9. Hey Wait, by Blue Skies and Death (Pop/Synth Pop)

  10. Chasing Daylight, by Eli Lev (Indie/Singer-Songwriter)

  11. Home Team, by Melodime (Rock/Alt-Country)

  12. Heart of a Pessimist, by be steadwell (Pop/Soul)

  13. Bound to Be Something Good, by The Colonies (Rock/Indie Rock)

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DC Music Rocks All Music Episode Oct 30 2018

6/19/18 - Special Guest: DuPont Brass

Thanks to DuPont Brass for hanging out with us in the studio this week! 

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  1. ***Oh! Love, by Del Florida (Pop, Progressive Pop)

  2. ILM, by DuPont Brass (Hip Hop, R&B)

  3. ***One For Pops, by The JoGo Project (Jazz, Go-Go)

  4. ***In The City, Exoplanets (Rock, Experimental)

  5. Feel So Good, by Night Train 357 (Hip Hop)

***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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DC Music Rocks Festival at 9:30 Club on Aug 18 News:  2 more incredible sponsors!

  • Bias Studios is one of the premier recording facilities in the Washington DC area. Serving the music community for over 40 years. It’s hard to beat our track record: in business since 1973; dozens of Grammy-winning and nominated projects; Gold, Platinum, Multi-Platinum sellers. Our greatest pride is hearing musicians tell us how thrilled they are with their project, having them come back time and again to create with us.

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Hip Hop
Tabi Bonney - Le Bon Voyage
(4 song EP, RIYL Drake/Pharrell)

Nelly’s Echo - Run Run Away
(5 Song EP, he’s RIYL Jason Mraz)

Clones of Clones - Drugz
(Single, RIYL 80’s Rock Music)

Prinze George - Airborne
(Single, RIYL Metric)

Odetta Hartman - Sweet Teeth
(Single, RIYL Karen Dalton)

Amour Glamour - Ooch Ooch
(Single, RIYL MGMT)

Bottled Up - It Ain’t A Thing
(Single, Pop Punk, RIYL B-52s)

The Split Seconds - Counterfeit Reality
(10 Song LP, Classic Punk, RIYL Green Day)

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Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!

Jun 22 Fri
ShowPony & The Radiographers @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD
(Indie, RIYL Russian Circles/The Strokes)

Jun 23 Sat
Flasher @ Black Cat in Washington, DC
(Often touring, rarely play in town, Rock, RIYL Priests)

DuPont Brass @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD
(This week’s guest, Funk/Hip Hop, RIYL Funk/Brass Bands)

Jun 24 Sun
Eric Scott @ Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington, DC
(Excellent Singer Songwriter, Pop, RIYL John Mayer)

Rare Essence @ U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC
(Have you been to a Gogo show recently?  Gogo/Funk vibe, RIYL Chuck Brown)

Jun 28 Thu
Broke Royals, Eli Lev, Little League Champs @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC
(Lots of talent on this bill!  Rock/Indie/Pop, RIYL The Killers/Tom Petty/Blink 182)  


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

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

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DuPont Brass

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DuPont Brass Bio:

DuPont Brass

DuPont Brass is a unique, soulful, brass ensemble hailing from the D.C. Metropolitan Area. Originally composed of five music majors from Howard University trying to raise money for tuition during the Christmas season, they have now grown to a 8-piece ensemble consisting of brass, a rhythm section, and vocalists. Gaining popularity from playing at local Metro stations, DuPont Brass started out professionally playing for weddings, banquets, and other private events in the surrounding area. Thanks to the foundation laid in their earlier years, DuPont Brass has had the opportunity to perform in conjunction with the D.C. Jazz Festival and on the prestigious Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Consistently touching the hearts of the community with their heartwarming testimony, DuPont Brass has been featured on WPFW's “Live at Five” three times and featured in the Washington Post Newspaper five times. Through their training in both classical and contemporary styles, the young group has developed a sound that mixes varied genres of music, including jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. Their latest release entitled Eclectic Soul is a testament to that sound. Overall, the mission of DuPont Brass is to uplift the spirits of people with their music, not just in the DMV area, but across the world. 

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Brian:               On DC Music Rocks we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC regions local music scene. DuPont Brass is a unique soulful brass ensemble hailing from the DC metropolitan area. The group began with five music majors from Howard University trying to raise money for tuition during the Christmas season.

Brian:               They now have grown to an eight piece ensemble consisting of brass, a rhythm section, and vocalists. They're gaining popularity from playing at local metro stations. DuPont Brass started out professionally playing for weddings, banquets, and other private events in the surrounding area and through their training in both classical and contemporary styles the young group has developed a sound that mixes varied genres of music including jazz, hip hop, and R and B.

Brian:               Their latest release entitled Eclectic Soul which you just heard ILM, that's off that, is a testament to that sound and overall the mission of DuPont Brass is to uplift the spirits of people with their music. Not just at the DMV but all over the world.

Brian:               So I've been a fan of these guys for awhile, I've been following since way before this latest EP came out and I've been such a fan. So for my fanboy moment, it's just, thanks for being here guys, this is really cool.

Brent:               Thanks for having us.

Anthony:          Thanks for having us man.

Brian:               This is awesome. Now, alright, so describe, first and foremost, you got to, since they're listening to you now, introduce yourselves and your role in the band.

Brent:               Well I'm Brent [Gosset 00:01:33], I'm the tuba player and then the behind the scenes man. So you'll see me playing on stage and then you won't see me again because I'll be running around.

Brian:               And you'll be the biz guy, I love it. Alright Brent, thanks for being here.

Anthony:          I like to call Brent Yonce though, because even though he says you won't see him then one minute you won't, people love Brent. People will flock to him. I mean you know for good reason. He's a great tuba player. So yeah.

Anthony:          My name's Anthony. I'm the music director for the band so I pretty much write all the music, or 90% of it. I choose what we play and like even other peoples songs, I kind of like executive produce it, kind of like tweak it here and there.

Brian:               Got it, because I was going to say you guys, if they haven't heard you, you play covers and stuff too. Other songs that people know. It's like your own twist on them which is also really cool.

Brent:               That's the guy with the magic touch.

Brian:               That's it. Now do you play during the shows too or you really-

Anthony:          Yeah I play trumpet during the show and you know I'm also kind of, field general for us playing and stuff.

Brian:               Gotcha. A field general and trumpet player and producer and I love it. That's really cool. Now, and the story behind your name? Tell me the story, why is it called DuPont Brass?

Anthony:          So we were, I mean as most college students are, we were super broke, had no money, you know and we wanted some so. They were playing without me, it was just four of them that were going to Georgetown and playing and weren't making very much money.

Anthony:          I was in one of my classes, I'll never forget this girl, her name was Jill, she was like hey I always see a lot of brass people playing outside of DuPont circle, maybe you might want to go there. I was like you know maybe. So we arranged some Christmas tunes, Brent bought this Canadian Brass Christmas book and I was just like kind of writing covers of other Christmas songs and I was like hey guys lets just go to DuPont instead.

Anthony:          So we went to DuPont, set up in between that Krispy Kreme and Panera Bread and just you know took our best shot at it.

Brian:               That's awesome and that first one went so well that you decided not only is the band going to stick but we're going to call ourselves DuPont Brass? It was that good?

Anthony:          No. I mean well, we hadn't, we didn't have a name, like one of our, our trombone player was like hey we're the Christmas time band.

Anthony:          But we just, I remember, one of my friends who was in marching band with us, he was like hey bro are you going out with the DuPont crew today? I was like DuPont crew? That sounds kind of cool. So I was like I know I want DuPont int he name, I was like what about DuPont Brass? I just texted everyone and was like how do you all feel about that? They were like that's cool, and it just kind of just stuck.

Brian:               Nice. There it is DuPont Brass, came across it, and because you'd been playing at DuPont. That's cool. I like that. The DC region connections, are you guys like actually born and raised here? Or what's the story?

Brent:               Well I'm actually from Chicago and I came out here to go to Howard University. That's where I met all these guys.

Brian:               Nice. Alright. What about you Anthony?

Anthony:          I'm actually from outside of South East DC. So from a place called [inaudible 00:04:47] Maryland. It's closer to National Harbor now if you know about National Harbor.

Brian:               Sure.

Anthony:          Couple other guys, our guitar player's from South East, our main soloist and trumpet player is from [Forestville 00:04:59] area. So we have a lot of people from the area and if you listen to our music we kind of have like a little bit of a like go-go thing. Like bubbling under the surface. Not like an intention of ours but just kind of something that naturally happens.

Brian:               Sure. Absolutely. If they haven't seen you live then describe, so the pieces to the band, what are they going to see. Like if they come to, you said there's the show on June 23rd, what are they going to see on stage for that?

Brent:               Well it's going to be two trumpets, two trombones, sousaphone/tuba, for those that don't know what sousaphone is. Then we have drum set, keys, guitar and a vocalist and then one of our trumpet players also doubles as an MC.

Brent:               So he steps to the mic every once in a while as well.

Brian:               That's amazing. Talk about you guys on the personal side. So you two outside of DuPont Brass, what do you do outside of DuPont Brass?

Anthony:          I'm a huge fan of just, like other peoples music. I know that sounds so cliché but I literally just watch YouTube interviews or like of my favorite rappers or I'm always following my favorite rap beat or something like that and then if I'm not watching like hip hop moves then I'm watching basketball. Like I'm a huge basketball fan, I do the same thing with that. I know all the latest stuff that's going on with Lebron James and Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving. So I'm just kind of a basketball and music nerd for real.

Brian:               Nice and do you play them to or do you just watch them? Like play basketball too?

Anthony:          Yeah I mean you know I play basketball as well as anybody else in any pick up game but I'm not like you know, guys any good. I would never say that.

Brian:               Well you know, but I guess I'm wondering, do you actually, do you spend time playing or are you mostly watching?

Anthony:          Mostly watching, sometimes playing.

Brian:               Alright, so basketball and music. I love it.

Brian:               Alright Brent, talk to us man.

Brent:               So outside of DuPont Brass I also teach part time. I teach part time at [inaudible 00:06:54]School of Arts.

Brian:               What do you teach?

Brent:               I teach two [inaudible 00:06:57] and sight singing and ear training.

Brian:               Wow. Okay.

Brent:               Then I just started working at the community center last week.

Brian:               Congratulations man, that's a cool gig. Alright. Especially for somebody who's teaching music and all this stuff. Like boy you get to see it on another level which is awesome.

Brent:               Being behind the scenes on a macro level is pretty cool. Then outside of that, I love everything tuba. I like listening to a lot of new music. My favorite genres are probably like funk, soul, progressive metal and like, ... big band jazz. So I'm always like searching that circuit for new stuff.

Brent:               Then video games for real, for real.

Brian:               Yeah? What are we talking about? What system? What games?

Anthony:          Halo, X-box 360.

Brent:               X-box, X-box 1. [crosstalk 00:07:52].

Brent:               Okay, but yeah.

Brian:               He has arrived.

Brent:               When I had a lot of time, talking about back in high school days I used to play a lot of X-box but I mean it collects a lot of dust now but I still love to play.

Brian:               You still love to play.

Anthony:          Also I will let you guys know that Brent and myself are really good at spades.

Brent:               Oh yeah. Come see us!

Anthony:          We beat at least five people at every cook out we go to.

Brian:               Oh my God and now wait a minute if they don't know what you mean when you say spades, what is that?

Anthony:          It's a card game. A lot of people-

Brian:               Oh we're talking about a straight up card game spades. Nice.

Brent:               And dominoes, fives.

Brian:               Oh there it is.

Brent:               Fives.

Brian:               Dominoes and spades.

Anthony:          Cook out bullies.

Brian:               I love it, oh man. That's cool. Alright. Check that one out. Now my favorite question to ask, always have to ask, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be? This is for both Brent, start with you man.

Brent:               One piece of advice, what would it be?

Brent:               So, I pretty much just, what a lot of people don't see about me, I have a lot of successes that people are able to visually see. Or it seems like a lot of successes, but behind that image of a lot of successes is like multiple failures and falls and steps.

Brent:               So I would just tell most people, excuse me. I would tell people, most people, don't worry about your failures, don't publicize your life so much. Just learn from your mistakes. Gain from your stepping stones that you fall short of, and then turn everything into a positive spin that you can move forward off of. Everything has something to gain from it, whether you like the experience or not.

Brian:               Everything has something to gain from it, whether you like it or not. I dig that. Thanks Brent. Alright your turn.

Anthony:          So I mean, I'm going to do a two part thing, super quick though. Number one I just think, you know do the work. Especially while you can. I mean, like when you're young. When you're in college or high school, that's the time you don't have anything else to do but to just work on you. Then number two once you've done that work, just believe that you're worthy. You know what I mean? I mean we deal with that sometimes too, like oh I don't know should we charge these people that much? Do you think we're worth that much? Like you're worth that much, so just believe in yourself and believe in whatever thing you're selling. Believe that you deserve it.

Brian:               I love that. Yes. Believe you're worth it and you're worth that much, aw so good. I love it and now for those folks who want to find out more about you guys and the cool things happening with DuPont Brass, where do they go?

Brent:      and then you can follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, @dupontbrass-

2/27/18 - New Music Release Highlights From 2018 So Far - All Music Episode

We're on Spring Break here at DC Music Rocks.  During this vacation time for us, we're listening to the new releases just from 2018 so far, and we think they're SO GOOD!  Here's an episode full of some of the good ones we've found, we hope you enjoy!  

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  1. This Is Love, by Justin Trawick and the Common Good (Folk/Bluegrass)

  2. Blessings, by Alex Vaughn (Hip Hop/R&B)

  3. Flight 232, by Dan Wolff (Rock/Pop Rock)

  4. Be My Home, by Lauren Calve (Folk/Indie)

  5. Wide Eyed and Reckless, by Mystery Friends (Indie/Synth Pop)

  6. What Are We, by Sub-Radio (Pop/Synth Pop)

  7. The Lake, by Wylder (Indie)

  8. Dance With You, by Mista Fingaz (Electronic Pop/R&B)

  9. Pressure, by Luke James Shaffer (Rock/Pop Rock)

  10. Downtown, by Dupont Brass (Funk/Brass Band)

  11. Devastation, by Elizabeth II (Rock/Pop Rock)

  12. Boss's Dime, by Two Ton Twig (Bluegrass)

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

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

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7/11/17 - Special Guest: Etxe Records

A big thank you to the crew from Etxe Records for coming on the show!

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  1. Crewsin by Dupont Brass (Hip-Hop/R&B)
  2. What to Say by Near Northeast (Indie/Folk)
  3. The Shovel Song by Andy Shea  (Indie/Folk)
  4. South Virginia by The Red Fetish (Indie/Post-Prog)
  5. Wonderful Gift by Silo Halo (Rock/Post-Punk)
  6. Dinner Date by Teething Veils (Folk/Chamber Pop)


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Aztec Sun - You Make Me Smile (single)
Sub-Radio - Drinking In Bed (single)
Lisa Said - Estranged (EP)

Carolyn Malachi - Andrew:


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-Sun, Jul 14-16
16th St House Farewell Bash featuring Throwing Plates, Justin Trawick, North Country, Coward’s Choir, Adrian Krygowski & More @ 16th Street House in DC

Audioteka Fest - 50+ bands, including Tempurcrush, DriveTFC, Two Dragons and a Cheetah, & so many more @ Club Heaven And Hell in DC

Wed Jul 19
Human Country Jukebox @ Madam’s Organ in DC

Thurs Jul 20
Wylder @ The Black Cat in DC
Moogatu @ Gypsy Sally’s in DC

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Etxe Records is an artist-run collective founded in 2008 by members of the DC-based post-punk band Girl Loves Distortion, Christopher Goett and Jenn Fox Thomas. Greg Svitil came on board in 2009, first as Etxe’s in-house recording engineer, co-founding Empress of Sound Studio with Goett in Petworth, DC; and later as part of general operations. Alejandro Castaño (The Red Fetish, Silo Halo, Teething Veils) came on board in 2014, first as an artist and then as part of general operations. The first two Etxe released were the first two Girl Loves Distortion albums. The label then branched out with the release of Toledo-based punk band Fangs Out’s debut LP Speech Shadowing. Releases followed from DC psych-shoegaze-post-punk band Silo Halo (Night and the City LP, Blackout Transmission LP), Florida-based darkwave band Ars Phoenix (Violent Rain LP), DC-based folk/rock/avant-classical band The Red Fetish (The Wind, as Now, is Silent CD, Non Sequitur CD), and DC’s chamber folk band Teething Veils (Velorio LPx2, Constellations LP, Dinner Date 7”). Empress of Sound Studio also serves as the DC home of Etxe Records. Etxe Records also has a home in Los Angeles.




Brian:     Etxe Records is an artist run collective founded in 2008 by Chris and Jenn of the D.C. band Girls Love Distortion. Greg came on board in 2009 as Etxe's in house recording engineer and Greg and Chris co-founded ... They formalized it and now they call the recording studio Empress of Sound Studio. It's up in Petworth, D.C. Alejandro came on board back in 2014, first as an artist and then now as part of the general operations and there have been many bands who have since released music with Etxe records and you can find the full list obviously, check out their website and the many in their ranks share a connection to D.C. and the D.C. region as well. Empress of Sound Studio up in Petworth serves as their D.C. home and they also have a location now in Los Angeles so the group is growing, but definitely hail from the D.C. region. Guys, thank you so much for being here, it's a treat to have you here.

Greg:     Thank you for having us.

Brian:     This is awesome. Now, kick it off now, where does the name Etxe Records come from?

Greg:     The name Etxe was a ... It is a Basque word meaning a shelter or home or domicile and it was an idea that Christopher had had as far as approaching music as a safe space to nurture communal connections and dialog and conversation and really, that's what all the bands have in common. Often you see things written about Etxe artists all being wildly different, which may or may not be true. I would neither agree nor disagree with that aesthetically because ultimately I believe that the tie that connects all the artists is this sort of thoughtful approach to writing and sharing ideas and treating it as a dialog.

Brian:     Yeah, wow. Now, we introduced you earlier, but there is one more here so why don't all of you introduce yourselves and share what instruments you play and what bands you're a part of as a part of Etxe. So let's go around. Greg first.

Greg:     I'm Greg Svitil, I play in Teething Veils and in Silo Halo. In Teething Veils I play the guitar as well as a little bit of piano and other instruments and in Silo Halo I mainly play guitar and organ.

Brian:     Wow, cool. All right, Hannah?

Hannah:     I play viola in Teething Veils and do some occasional backup vocals.

Brian:     Nice, all right. Alejandro? Talk to us.

Alejandro:     All right, thank you very much for having us first of all. Thanks again. I didn't get to introduce myself earlier. I play a couple of things. I started with Etxe playing bass for Silo Halo. Then started playing piano for Teething Veils and we brought my project on board, The Red Fetish, in which I play guitar and whatever else is called for.

Brian:     Wow, very cool. All right, and last one?

Austin:     Hi, I'm Austin from Near Northeast and I mostly play bass, standup and a little bit of electric, and do the production for the album and sing harmonies and a little bit of drum machine programming.

Brian:     Got it. Wow. So much talent in this room right now, it's kind of unbelievable. I love it. So now talk about you guys ... What I want to hear from each of you guys is where did music come from for you. How did it start in your lives? Start with you, Greg. Go ahead.

Greg:     Well, for me as a child I would hear melodies in my head and had no sense of putting them down to paper or a tape recorder until I was about eight or nine or so. There were two moments that really crystallized my want to create songs and the first was when I bought my first cassette, which was Raising Hell by Run-D.M.C. and listening to the-

Brian:     Excellent, yeah?

Greg:     The content and the depth and substance of the lyrics and as well as just the rhythms and the layers of sounds was really inspiring to me. Then the other moment was the first time I ever saw The Ronettes on TV in [crosstalk 00:04:29]

Brian:     Oh and for those who don't know and if they don't know who the Ronettes are, who is that?

Greg:     They are a girl group who were most prolific in the 1960s and one of their largest hits was a song called Be My Baby, which a lot of people know whether or not they associate it with the Ronettes, but to me hearing that wall of sound, incredible, celebratory, romantic music made me want to write songs and I never stopped.

Brian:     Very cool. Hannah, what about you?

Hannah:     Grew up in a pretty musical household. My father was a [inaudible 00:05:06] in the National Symphony, mother's a pianist. I started playing violin when I was about five and switched to viola in middle-school and then learned guitar and drums.

Brian:     Wow, so you play a little bit of everything and you've been at it most of your life here it seems like.

Hannah:     Yes.

Brian:     Wow, that's cool. And Alejandro, what about you man?

Alejandro:     I didn't actually have any moment that kind of convinced me that I should dedicate myself to music like that. At some point in high-school I started recording random sounds. I don't come from a particularly musical household so I just recorded them on my computer using a sound recording thing that was pre-installed, mixing them together, manipulating the sound, and eventually that just kind of grew into making music naturally. I got to college, started studying instruments, music theory, got into classical music and just kind of never stopped.

Brian:     Wow that's kind of amazing. Holy smokes. All right Austin, what about you man? Tell us.

Austin:     Well I feel like I kind of just stumbled into it. I just started playing the clarinet as like a thing to do and I just stumbled from one thing to the next and then started playing guitar and I don't know, it's just always been a part of my life. I haven't really thought about it in depth, it's just always been there, but an incredibly meaningful part of my life.

Brian:     Wow so and all you guys had started real young and it's just always been a part of the lives, I love that. Absolutely. Me, too. It was definitely from a very young age. Absolutely.

     All right, so now what about you guys on the personal side? So we've got this whole musician sides that we've heard about. Outside of being a musician, do you have hobbies? What else do you do? What's life like for you guys? Share with us. We'll start with you again, Greg.

Greg:     I spend my days doing museum work. I install exhibitions. I write texts and I edit things so I'm around art during the days, which I'm very thankful for.

Brian:     Yeah.

Greg:     And then my life is otherwise is quite quiet. I spend a lot of time at home with my roommate's cat and with records and books and movies and going to other museums and kind of absorbing as much art and music and life as I can.

Brian:     Yeah and is there a certain museum that you're tied to? You said you work with it during the day or is it just in general?

Greg:     Yeah I've spent 17 years working with a modern contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art museum and I've also in that work collaborated with other places around town, galleries and other exhibition spaces.

Brian:     Yep, gotcha. All right Hannah, what about you?

Hannah:     My day job is at a restaurant. Other than that I like to go see shows and I live in the Trinidad neighborhood in D.C. with my husband and our dogs.

Brian:     Nice, so play with the puppies, too.

Hannah:     Yeah.

Brian:     All right, got it. Wow, sounds fun. What about you Alejandro?

Alejandro:     It's hard to find the time for everything you want to do, right? All of the music that you want to do, all of the different projects that take you in different directions.

Brian:     True. Yep.

Alejandro:     I try to spend as much time doing whatever crazy project I can. Other than that, I work in a performance rights organization. We pay royalties to recording artists and that's about it.

Brian:     Wow so you're kind of surrounded with the scene in your day job as well.

Alejandro:     A little bit. A different aspect of it, I guess.

Brian:     Yeah. I got it. All right, and what about you Austin?

Austin:     I by trade am a computer programmer. I actually quit my job to work on this last record so I hope it was worth it.

Brian:     I hope so, too. We're going to share it, absolutely. And so just computer programming or now what do you do if you don't have the day job in the way?

Austin:     Yeah, now I work on music, I read books, write things. Also, I have a cat. I like to hang out with my cat. But I'm now looking for a new job because petting the cat doesn't pay the bills.

Brian:     I feel like that's some kind of t-shirt that should be in productions somewhere. Petting the cat doesn't pay the bills.

Austin:     Yeah.

Brian:     I don't know, I love it. All right. Very cool guys. So one of the questions I love to ask on this one is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be? Greg, start with you.

Greg:     Well I don't know if I'm in a position to give any advice to anybody but I do think that it's important to maintain personal boundaries as a musician or as any kind of artist who just is out in the world in general in life. To maintain a sense of taking on things that are within one's ... That are comfortable or pushing the comfort zone in a way that's constructive and not in a way that's putting one in harm's way.

Brian:     Yeah. Okay, good personal boundaries. Hannah, what about you?

Hannah:     I am not sure. Pass.

Brian:     Okay, no advice coming there. Alejandro, you got any thoughts? You and Austin if you have any, please do share. I always think it's interesting and it doesn't have to do with ... I'm not considering you an expert in any way, but collective intelligence is one of those amazing things where society betters itself and so we share cool concepts and ideas. So I always love to hear from all the guests what's one piece of advice you'd offer and I've gotten so much over the years. So I appreciate any thoughts are fine.

Alejandro:     Yeah so for me something that I took a little bit of time to get acclimated with or to learn a lesson that has served me valuable in recent years has been that if you'll want to reap the benefits of collaboration, you also have to give up a sense of ownership over a particular project. And that is a decision that you have to make and that you have to make wholeheartedly and one that is ultimately very, very rewarding. If you're willing to collaborate, be willing to collaborate fully and accept the results.

Brian:     That's a great piece of advice, absolutely. Collaborate fully, it's the teamwork but you've got to ... I like that, nicely done. All right Austin, any thoughts from you there?

Austin:     I was just talking to my friend and he was like, "I think I've spent a lot of time playing shows or getting into the music scene and not knowing how it's done and then like, just floundering." I think you just go out and you do it is the answer.

Brian:     Absolutely. Got out and you do it and you educate yourself. I gotta shout out to the ... There's a book by, I can't remember his name, it's the How to Make it in the New Music Business. It's a book that came out back in like, December of this past year and it was also ... I read that when it was kind of good ... Shining that spotlight on what this whole music thing is and how this works.

      Now, if folks are interested in finding out more about Etxe Records, where do they go? Is there a website? What is it?

Greg:     We do have a website, which is Etxe Records. E-T-X-E and from there, there's links to all the various artists and their pages and the band camp and so going to that website will take you mostly anywhere.

Brian:     Etxe Records. E-T-X-E