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4/24/18 - Special Guest: Hayley Fahey

Thanks to Hayley Fahey for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Fellowcraft - Stonehearted (Hard Rock, Grunge)

  2. Mine, by Hayley Fahey (Indie Rock, Alternative)

  3. Angeline, by The Sidleys (Blues, Funk)

  4. ***Emily, by Ara Casey (Indie, Folk)

  5. Welcome To My Day, by Eric Scott (Pop, Folk Acoustic)

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

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

STREAM BRIAN’S NEW SONG TWICE?!
Brian’s band, Fellowcraft, released their new single, Stonehearted, on all platforms.  Brian’s humble request...would you stream it twice? All the links to access it everywhere are at the link below.  It’s been 2 years in the making, the upcoming full album, “Three”, is due out later this summer.

http://www.fellowcraftband.com/stonehearted


NEW MUSIC RELEASES

  • Sub-Radio - Headfirst (5 Song Indie EP, RIYL Walk The Moon)

  • Flasher - Pressure (Rock Single, RIYL a-ha)

  • Nitemoves - Don’t Ask! (11 Song Album, RIYL EDM/Techno)

  • Names - Pink House (9 Song Rock Album, RIYL Radiohead)

  • Thievery Corporation - Treasures From The Temple (12 Song World Album, RIYL Boozoo Bajou)

  • Fellowcraft - Stonehearted (Hard Rock Single, RIYL Soundgarden)

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


NEW VIDEOS

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


THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

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

Fri Apr 27
--Sub-Radio (EP Release) & Throwing Plates @ Jammin Java (Indie Rock, RIYL Norah Jones, Walk The Moon)
--Queue @ Slash Run (Indie, RIYL The Cranberries)

Sat Apr 28
--Hayley Fahey (Album Release) @ Villian & Saint (Rock, RIYL Eva Cassidy, Zac Brown Band)
--G.U.M.P. @ Black Cat (Hip Hop, RIYL N.E.R.D.)
--Time Is Fire @ Rock and Roll Hotel (Rock, RIYL Public Image Ltd)

Wed May 2
--Jonny Grave @ Pearl Street Warehouse (Blues, RIYL Junior Kimbrough)

Thurs May 3
--Beanstalk Library @ Kennedy Center Millenium Stage (Rock, RIYL The Replacements
--Two Ton Twig @ State Theatre (Bluegrass, RIYL The Hackenshaw Boys)
--Den-Mate @ Black Cat (Electronic Indie, RIYL Portishead)


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Hayley Fahey

Video - Bio - Links - Transcript

Hayley's Bio:

Hayley Fahey Sings

Hayley Fahey is a singer-songwriter who captivates audiences with her sparkling range and originality. What sets her apart, in addition to her writing and voice, are her live stage performances and the presence she has, exuding energy, confidence and love for the music. When Hayley is on stage, she’s home.

Fahey draws from the many influences of her Washington, D.C. area home. The soulful sound of R&B translates into her passionate vocal performances. Her writing and sound are versatile and inspiring, from her indie-folk vibe to catchy pop hooks that get stuck in your head. She performs both solo and with her band of seasoned professionals on impressive stages like the 9:30 Club, State Theatre, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, Rams Head Live, and many more. She has recorded two full length albums, the second of which to be released April 28th, 2018. 

Web: http://hayleyfahey.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HayleyFaheyMusic /
Instagram: @HayleyNotes / https://www.instagram.com/HayleyNotes 
Twitter: @HeyHayleyMusic / https://twitter.com/HeyHayleyMusic 
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/hayley-fahey 

Hayley Fahey
Hayley Fahey guitar

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

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. Hayley Fahey is singer song writer from Washington DC and you said Rockville specifically, right?

Hayley Fahey:    Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Brian:    And what sets her apart, in addition to her writing and voice, are her live stage performances and the presence she has. Exuding energy, confidence, and love for the music. When Hayley is on stage she's home. I've actually seen this in action several times including when she performed at last years DC Music Rocks festival at the nine thirty club, which was incredible and she was right at home, its really true, when she was up there. Her writing and sound are versatile and inspiring. From her indie folk vibe, to the catchy, pop hooks like “mine” that you just heard, that get stuck in your head. Which happened to me this week, definitely stuck in my head. She performs both solo and with her band and she's recorded two full length albums and this is the second one that's coming out Saturday, April 28th called “Out There”

 Hayley, thanks for being here.

Hayley Fahey:    Thanks for having me.

Brian:    Such a treat to have you here and get to share cause I, selfishly I know all about you because I've been a fan for a while and you performed at the festival but for those folks listening who don't know you, it's a treat to actually get to share you with them now, because this is such a treat. So, describe yourself. What would you say is, well what's special about this album coming out? What is it for you?

Hayley Fahey:    Its different because its, it shows a different side of my music. Shows me with the full band and the songs have a lot of variation in them and emotion. There's some songs like “Mine” that are super fun, super upbeat and really happy, and then there's other songs on the album like "Dry Ice" or "Your Name” or “From Dusk till Dawn” that are a little bit darker and it kinda shows a different side of the music.

Brian:    There it is. Where do you, where does it come from, these things? Are these personal experiences, do you read it in books and get inspired? Where do the songs come from on this album?

Hayley Fahey:    On this album I'd say a lot of it is personal experience and also just experiences of even people around me that are close to me that I've seen having life experiences and I write things about them.

Brian:    Wow. Its kind of cool to hear that to because that's, I feel like that where a lot of artists get their inspiration and at the same time its really fun to then hear that transformed into the songs like you've done this album. Its such a treat.

 Now talk about your earliest memory with music. What comes to mind?

Hayley Fahey:    Earliest memory with music. I remember I would sing and have little performances for my family at family gatherings. Whenever there was a chance I would be up there singing my heart away.

Brian:    And how old were you? How old are we talking when you say that?

Hayley Fahey:    I remember being four years old, gathering my cousins to listen.

Brian:    What were you singing? Was it certain songs that you knew the words to, or what was it?

Hayley Fahey:    Yeah, my dad was a big music lover. Both of my parents were big music lovers, but he taught me one of the songs that was one of my favorites he would sing to me was “My Girl.” I loved to sing that.

Brian:    Oh my god, that's so cliché and so good at the same time. Shout out to your dad, I love it.

Hayley Fahey:    Hey dad!

Brian:    I love it. I love it. And so, now what about your first memory performing? Is it that same thing, at family gatherings? Or what's actually performing for someone other than your family, what's the first memory that comes to mind?

Hayley Fahey:    I remember singing in church choir. I was always in choir growing up.

Brian:    Now this is also, its been Rockville the whole time?

Hayley Fahey:    Yeah. Rockville, Derwood, pretty much my whole life. I went to University of Maryland so I lived in College Park for a while.

Brian:    Oh wow, so it really has been Maryland pretty much the whole time.

Hayley Fahey:    Yeah its been Maryland. Maryland girl.

Brian:    Oh I love it. God, that's amazing. So outside of music then, what are your hobbies? Or on the personal side how do you also spend your time, besides music?

Hayley Fahey:    I love spending time with my friends.

Brian:    Which by the way if you follow her on Instagram, she generally has at least a couple of adorable photos with friends at some point, absolutely.

Hayley Fahey:    Generally yes, I do post them. We like to go for walks, go out to see other live DC music. I like to go to the gym, like to spend time with my boyfriend, shout out Daniel.

Brian:    Yup, alright got it. Friends and gym.

Hayley Fahey:    All that kind of good stuff.

Brian:    And as far as the arts go is music kind of your main thing? Sometimes other artists also like paint or write poetry, or some other things. Is music your main, or are there other arts for you?

Hayley Fahey:    That's a good question. Music is my main art, but I do have another side passion, artistic passion, and that's video.

Brian:    Really?

Hayley Fahey:    Yes.

Brian:    Talk about that a little bit.

Hayley Fahey:    I shoot my own music videos, and edit my music videos usually. Or sometimes I get other people to shoot them cause its hard to take videos of myself.

Brian:    Obviously, selfie videos are just not quite as flattering somehow.

Hayley Fahey:    Yeah, I'll have my friends hold the camera or hire pretty good, a local videographer too. I also do videos for other artists, I have a company called DC music and video and I do video for different artists.

Brian:    That's cool. Now, music’s full time, and how long ago did that come along, with the video editing? Cause music’s been the whole time, so how long has the music video thing been happening?

Hayley Fahey:    I've been editing videos since middle school. I went to a middle school for media production at the same time that I was really finding out that I loved music so, so much, this is kind of what I wanted to do. I was also finding out wow I love video too, so kind of at the same time.

Brian:    Wow, okay. So its been video too. That said then you certainly should check out Hayley’s YouTube channel and checkout some of her music videos because they are, I remember sharing the news about, I think it was called “Fire”, did you have a single called “Fire?”

Hayley Fahey:    I did have a single called “Fire”, yes.

Brian:    There's a music video that came out with that one that was a lot of fun, sort of out in the woods, playing around with the wood friends.

Hayley Fahey:    And fire

Brian:    And fire, of course, lots of fire. Oh I love it. So what about, talk about your funniest moment that comes to mind on stage, performing?

Hayley Fahey:    Oh my gosh. Well there have been a lot of great moments with the band, I have to say.

Brian:    Oh do share. When you say a lot of great moments, that's like such a tease. Don't tease us now, come on.

Hayley Fahey:    Oh man. The one that I can think of was one time, there's always talk about you know, band drama, there's band relationships, this and that, but Isaac and I, Isaac is my bass player, have gotten teased so much. He's my good friend, I just remember one time we were playing a gig out in Fredrick at The Blue Side and this woman was like shouting from off the stage, like "Why don't you just make a move already" and all this stuff. We couldn't even get through the song, everyone on stage, we were all laughing so much.

Brian:    Oh my god. And there is nothing between you and the bass player then?

Hayley Fahey:    No, no I have another relationship, you know, he has other relationship and this and that but it was just..

Brian:    Wow. Actually while were talking about that, how did the band come together then? Has it always been this group, or how long has it been the group that it is now that recorded this?

Hayley Fahey:    This group was my first band.

Brian:    Awesome. So like ever since you started in I guess, high school, or college too?

Hayley Fahey:    Yeah. I started, I gathered the band two years ago at the end of college was when I started playing with the full band.

Brian:    Wow, and its been two years, still together?

Hayley Fahey:    Still together. And we came together, we actually all are from Derwood, or live in Derwood.

Brian:    No way! Now if they don't know where Derwood is, where is Derwood? And the proper pronunciation, is Derwood?

Hayley Fahey:    It is Derwood, it's a little town that people generally say is Rockville, but its actually Derwood.

Brian:    Got it, okay.

Hayley Fahey:    And its kind of near Gaithersburg, or Rockville in Maryland, but it is its own place.

Brian:    its own place that's in between Rockville

Hayley Fahey:    In between the better known cities, its agriculturally zoned, it is its own little place.

Brian:    Oh so like farming?

Hayley Fahey:    I guess so, and its known for the Out of the Way Café.

Brian:    Right. Oh I've seen you play shows there sometimes. Yeah, absolutely. Did I read somewhere, you might have shared that at some point that that was one of your first gigs, was at the Out of the Way Café?

Hayley Fahey:    It was, it absolutely was, yeah.

Brian:    Do you remember what you performed at that first gig?

Hayley Fahey:    Yes, I do. I remember my uncle Pat was here, he's actually gonna be a special guest at the c.d. release party. You heard it here first.

Brian:    Uncle Pat, shout out. There he is, alright.

Hayley Fahey:    He's a mandolin player and he's coming in from California to be a little surprise guest, but I remember playing "Georgia"

Brian:    Oh my goodness, going to the classics, love it. Alright now, what's one thing in your music collection that might surprise us?

Hayley Fahey:    I have several Stevie Wonder albums.

Brian:    Really?

Hayley Fahey:    Yes, I also loved the Dixie Chicks growing up. Listened to a lot of Dixie Chicks, and a lot of Otis Redding.

Brian:    Really?

Hayley Fahey:    I remember singing a lot of Otis Redding and a lot of Stevie Wonder. At musical theater camp everyone would do a talent and they would usually all sing Broadway songs and I would go up there and sing an Otis Redding or a Stevie Wonder song,

Brian:    Oh my god, that's amazing. What song are you thinking of when you say that? Was there one that was like, if I'm gonna do it, this is my default?

Hayley Fahey:    I definitely remember “try a little tenderness”

Brian:    Alright, so if you're listening and you don't know what that is, go on YouTube or whatever your music setting is and check out "try a little tenderness" and see what she's talking about. That's funny, and if there's video somewhere and I ever find it I promise to share it with you. But there isn't that I'm aware of so we won't call her out on that just yet. Now tell a story about one time you tried and failed.

Hayley Fahey:    Okay, I will.

Brian:    Okay, tell us. I'm sitting, I'm ready. Sock it to me.

Hayley Fahey:    There's been many times that I auditioned for things, didn't get in kind of thing. Tried and failed. I assume you're talking about music, tried and failed thing.

Brian:    In general, I mean obviously that would be the one that seems relevant to you, so yeah talk about that.

Hayley Fahey:    This is true. So several times I have auditioned for American Idol, or the Voice a couple of times and I just remember one time specially I went in, I got a call back, like one of those executive producer call backs. They found me somewhere and they said “can you come in for a private audition?” And I came in for the audition and I sang twenty seconds of my song and they were like "thank you sweetie, but it's a no from us.” And then I left, and I drove back home. I was out in, I think I was in Philadelphia for that.

Brian:    Wow, and what were you saying to yourself when you were on the way home after that?

Hayley Fahey:    I was so upset. I was like “there's nothing more for me in music.”

Brian:    Oh it was one of those questioning your whole life stories

Hayley Fahey:    Nineteen year old me

Brian:    "What am I doing? Why am I doing this?” Oh god, and then what happened? You picked yourself up or you, what happened after that? Cause you're still here, and you're still singing.

Hayley Fahey:    I'm trying, I'm still going

Brian:    Well there's a lot of people that think that you're doing a lot more than trying, they think you're succeeding.

Hayley Fahey:    Well thank you

Brian:    For sure, and if that song that just played is any indication, I think you're succeeding too. So I'm glad that the American Idol judges didn't knock you off your track here. So now my favorite question to ask is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Hayley Fahey:    Biggest piece of advice is, follow your heart. I know that's so cliché, but..

Brian:    Yeah, say more about what that means.

Hayley Fahey:    I'm a music teacher, and I teach all sorts of kids

Brian:    What kind of music teacher, when you say that?

Hayley Fahey:    I teach piano, guitar, voice lessons

Brian:    So like, private lessons and stuff?

Hayley Fahey:    Private lessons generally, private lessons and I'll go to peoples houses. I've taught at studios before and one of the biggest things I try to teach my students is confidence in yourself, and I think that's something we all work on and that were all constantly learning and were all constantly evolving. But just confidence in yourself and following your dreams to the best of your ability. That's what I would say.

Brian:    Absolutely, great advice. Especially with music and with your passions outside of work. I feel like a lot of people listening might have those nine to five, Monday to Friday jobs, I mean gosh knows I do too, but at the same time you kind of gotta follow your heart and do the things that make you feel alive. I love that advice. Now and one last thing for those people who wanna find out more, follow you, find out what you're doing, where do they go?

Hayley Fahey:    They can go to hayleyfahey.com. Hayley with two y's. H-a-y-l-e-y.

Brian:    Yes, the spelling. Let's reiterate that. Its H-a-y-l-e-y. And Fahey is..

Hayley Fahey:    F as in frank, a-h-e-y.com

Brian:    So there's a lot of a's and y's, but its hayleyfahey. And its F-a-h-e-y. HayleyFahey.com.

 And is there a social media you tend to gravitate toward more than the others? Or you use them all, I'm assuming?

Hayley Fahey:    I use them all. I love Instagram, @hayleynotes

Brian:    Got it.

10/24/17 - Special Guest: Joshua Rich

Thanks to, Joshua Rich, the "Piano Virtuoso" for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Annabelle, by Cater Lou & The Project (Rock, Alternative Rock)
  2. Talking to Furniture, by Joshua Rich (Pop, Solo-Pianist)
  3. I'm Into You, by Eric Scott (Pop/Soul)
  4. Red Flag, by Cassie Urbany (Country, Alternative Folk)
  5. Run the Way, by Stephanie Mathias (Pop, Singer-Songwriter)
  6. When I Rise, by Michael R.J. Roth (Indie, Folk)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Cool Data about DC vs Baltimore Music Releases since 2009!
Kate and her husband are DC music fans, and they actually data-mined the music website, Bandcamp, to find how much music the two cities put out in the since 2009. I asked them what surprised them about the data, they said, “What stood out to us was how much alternative and rock was being released. We thought we wouldn't see quite as much on Bandcamp. We also thought the hip-hop releases wouldn't be as strong for DC as they were for Baltimore. Punk having as many releases as it did was surprising.”  Link to chart showing data:
https://hotelsneardcmetro.com/dc-vs-baltimore/

NEW RELEASES

Music:
Billy Winn - Crash (Single)
https://open.spotify.com/track/6tPHFqf86T6QduRA4PjadA
Aaron ‘AB’ Abernathy - Dialogue (9 Song Album)
https://open.spotify.com/album/3PwtNJgDIC89czOjqLt7id
Elena & Los Fulanos - Volcan (12 Song Album)
https://open.spotify.com/album/45IPhj9kClOxTJ12zElxSC
Oddisee - Hold It Back - Live (Single)
https://open.spotify.com/track/2aYpbCkHTUcNPpJS6giASq
Staunton - Inside Out (Single)
https://open.spotify.com/track/6jgyhHppwYptKL423TCbKk

Our ‘2017 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/24KrZD9KlUE2yC3eT2oBUI

Video:
Sara Curtin - Blame Time
https://youtu.be/Q6kDMy2qqsQ
Paperhaus - Told You What To Say
https://youtu.be/TvviFWFAKkM

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

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Oct 27 Fri
-Paperhaus @ Black Cat on 14th St in NW DC
-LIONIZE @ Milkboy ArtHouse in College Park, MD
-Dangerous Curves @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD
-Chris Cassaday @ Ragtime in Arlington, VA

Oct 28 Sat
-Clutch @ Anthem at the SW Waterfront in DC
-Of Tomorrow & Tomato Dodgers @ Rock & Roll Hotel on H St in NE DC
-Rachel Levitin @ The Capital City Showcase's Screamin' Halloween at Mason Inn on Connecticut in NW DC
-Nappy Riddem @ Gypsy Sally's in Georgetown in NW DC
-Chris Timbers Music @ Bar Louie in Ashburn, VA
-Surprise Attack @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA
-Will Eastman @ U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC

Oct 29 Sun
-Jason Masi @ Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard in Dickerson, MD

Oct 30 Mon
-Better Homes, MILO in the Doldrums, Soldiers Of Suburbia @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

Nov 2 Thu
-Loud BoyZ @ Black Cat on 14th St in NW DC
-The Duskwhales @ The Hamilton by Metro Center in NW DC
-Black Dog Prowl & Stone Driver @ DC9 Nightclub by U St in NW DC
-19th Street Band @ Samuel Becketts in Arlington, VA


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Joshua Rich

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

Joshua Rich

Joshua Rich, a child prodigy who began playing the piano and composing when he was only eight years old, has become an internationally known performer, despite never having had a lesson in his life.  A truly transcendent and cross-generational artist, Joshua has been sharing his dazzling and magical piano style, beautiful, heartfelt original songs and fantastically creative renditions of well-known pieces with audiences of every age, gender and race, leaving them breathless, awestruck, and always completely entertained.

In addition to being a full-time touring musician, Joshua has released a multitude of original CDs, and several recordings of his masterful improvisations of both jazz and classical music.  His unique and versatile performing and composing style have been compared to such vast musical luminaries as Mozart, Billy Joel, Randy Newman and George Gershwin.

Joshua is also an accomplished actor, screenwriter, playwright, and producer.

Joshua Rich is a one-of-a-kind artist who truly must be seen to be believed.  Please visit www.joshuarich.com for more info!

Website: www.joshuarich.com
Music: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/JoshuaRich1
Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/jjrjrjrjjrjrjr/videos
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joshuarichpianoman/
Pandora: https://www.pandora.com/artist/joshua-rich/AR6Z2j6c3PPtnfk
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/joshua-3-1/tracks
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1nZIjFDz9cnGal6DQeefD6?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/joshua-rich/id148247859

 

Joshua Rich
Joshua Rich

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. Joshua Rich describes himself as a child prodigy, who began playing piano and composing when he was only eight years old. He's become an internationally known performer, despite never having had a lesson in his life, which I can't wait to talk more about. In addition to being a full-time touring musician, Joshua has released a multitude of original CDs and several recordings of masterful improvisations of both jazz and classical music. He's also an actor, screenwriter, playwright, and a producer. He's a very busy man. When I started doing DC Music Rocks, I came across his music and I've been a fan of his skills on the keys for quite some time. It is a treat to have you here. Thanks for being here.

Joshua:     Thank you, Brian. I really appreciate the opportunity.

Brian:     Talk to us about, you said you started when you were eight years old and you've never had a lesson. Does that mean you just hear it? How does that work when you're creating what we just heard on the show?

Joshua:     Well, I'm definitely a unique artist in that I did teach myself all the theory that I needed to know because I started making a living at the piano at the age of 17. Every job, I got, I would teach myself the theory needed to be able to do that job. I've done every job you can imagine on the piano, music director, choir director, accompanyist, et cetera, as well as performer. Yes, I really do have great ears, and I can hear a song, and I can immediately play it. What I would do is I would hear a song, and then I would look at the music and figure out what it meant theory-wise, so I did learn how to read. It's been like remembering. It's never been like learning. I've always felt like I've been remembering. I believe in my past lives and things.  Very natural process. I've never really have had to work at it. I never practice. I just have always felt really connected to the piano. I can hear, but I can [inaudible 00:01:51] myself and I can read it too.

Brian:     You can read the music, and if they put a composition in front of you, you can certainly play it that way, but then you can also hear it and just play it?

Joshua:     Right. I'm just a very improvisational player. I guess it goes with my creative nature. I can't really ever play the same thing twice and whenever I play things live, I always open things up and I never play the same thing twice. When I record, I like to get it exactly a certain way, and a real specific form. I think it came from my studying the Beatles when I was growing up. I love things recorded really well. When I perform, I'm always. In my days when I was still accompanying and doing some piano playing for hire, I have to force myself to read the music and actually play what's written. I just have this natural innate ability to just, inclination to just open things up and be experimental with it and fool around with them.

Brian:     Now, rewind to the part where you said you started at eight years old. You didn't just start being a piano virtuoso at eight years old, and you've never had a lesson. How did it start then? Did you just hear things and keep hitting the keys until you found it? How did it evolve?

Joshua:     No, that's what's so, I really just started playing. My dad was an amateur piano player. I later found out that his brother, my uncle was a successful side man in the 50s and 60s. That was kind of cool. He played with some pretty big guys. He's on some recordings of Charlie Parker and some other notable people. It was cool. I was looking at his discography. My dad was playing the piano at a party. I came up and sat on his lap. He took my hand. He put it on the piano. He showed me a C chord. That was it. I literally the next day was just playing. Just like, I don't remember what I first started playing. I'm sure I was just noodling. I was adept. I was able to really play and then, I was just listening to music, and then whatever I would listen to, I would go to the piano and I would play it. I think between eight and 12 I would say were the formative years where I was really learning how to really play and really read and then at 12 I started writing. I actually wrote my first song, Trying Vegetables, which is on the same album. Everything comes full circle.

Brian:     Wow. One of the big things that I've seen in pop culture now is they've got dueling piano bars where the guy gets up there and hey just call out a song and they play it. This is the kind of thing that you do.

Joshua:     Yeah, I made my living for a long time. I still play at the DC, the Georgetown Piano Bar actually on Fridays. That's coming to a close soon as I get more in to performing and getting too busy to do it. I've been there for a little bit. That's a fun environment. That's actually been a fun way to make a living. That's when I discovered actually, when I got my first piano bar job, I was actually underage. I wasn't even legally able to be in the bar, but I discovered that my ear was so good, that people were calling out songs and I just knew them. I discovered that my gift could actually make me money. That was a nice realization.

Brian:     That is a great realization to make, yeah. The making the money part is often times the challenge.

Joshua:     Correct.

Brian:     It's good that you at least knew that that could happen.

Joshua:     Yeah.

Brian:     That doesn't make it any easier. You still got to find, get a gig.

Joshua:     I want to be a full time artist in the true sense of the word, but I've been able to make my living in the arts my whole life, so at least I'm blessed in that way. Yeah, that's sort of when I learned the piano can be a vehicle for making a living.

Brian:     That's incredible Joshua. I love it. Now, in your connection to the DC region, you live where? You work in the area. How long have you been here?

Joshua:     Right now I'm living in the Palisades, which is near Georgetown. I've been kind of in the Virginia, the Maryland, the DC area for a bunch of years, and probably about a good 10, 15 years now. I've kind of lived all over that area. I mostly resonate with DC. I'm originally from New England and I just came down here. It's sort of a second home. Yeah.

Brian:     When did you come down? How long ago was that?

Joshua:     Wow, it's got to be maybe 20 years ago now. Yeah.

Brian:     Been a while now, that's awesome. Okay. What about-

Joshua:     My daughter is 19, so it's about as long as she's been alive, so yeah.

Brian:     There you go. Now, what about talk about you on a personal side now. Outside of the music thing, do you have other hobbies? What else do you do?

Joshua:     Yeah. One of the things I'm most, that I most need in my life that's really vital is called Bikram Yoga. Some people call it hot yoga, but there is hot yoga, which is just sort of an add hot, bunch of postures with different varying kinds of heat. It's whatever. Bikram Yoga is a specific 26 postures, same ones every time, 105 111 degree heat. You're staring at a mirror. I never in a million years thought I would ever do yoga. I swear by this. It's amazing. It's very healing. You're sweating a lot. It's really hot. It's not easy at all.

Brian:     Do you do this at a studio? Is it in your closet?

Joshua:     Yeah. You could do it in your closet, if you got like a heater. No, I do it at, I can plug it. It's called Hot Spot DuPont in DuPont Circle, really, really great studio run by a woman named Carolyn Hoffman, who's a really wonderful person. I've been practicing that for about seven years. It's really changed my life.

Brian:     Wow.

Joshua:     The postures themselves are amazing, but then you're doing it with the heat, and so that's something that's actually now, it's not really working out. It's really part of my lifestyle. Yeah. That and I play chess.

Brian:     Oh.

Joshua:     I like chess a lot.

Brian:     Excellent. It's fun to think about the two mental exercise because composing and piano and making things up on the fly and improv and then there's chess, which are both very creative but using your brain in totally different ways.

Joshua:     Yeah, I'm really like I said, I'm kind of a unique artist because I don't have that typical. Some musicians it's hard for them to kind of look at the business side of things. The artistic tents to be not quite as grounded. I have a real grounded nature and I like rules and I'm good at thinking ahead. That's what is good about chess. It keeps that part of my brain. You have to think about what you're doing before yo udo it. Then, I also am very creative. There are those two parts. Chess is fun because there is a connection between a lot of the chess players and musicians I think. A lot of musicians like chess. There is the math to it and the patterns. Then there is like, you know I'm just going to try my pawn here and see where that brings you. There is a creativity involves.

Brian:     That's amazing.

Joshua:     Yeah.

Brian:     What's one thing in your music collection that might surprise us?

Joshua:     You mean in terms of like songs?

Brian:     No, in your personal music collection that you might listen to in the car or something like that.

Joshua:     I don't know. That's a good question. I really love all different kinds of music. I love classical. I love Jazz. I love pop. I don't know, something that is from like the 1920s because when I was growing up, my dad had this fake book. I learned all these really great old songs, like Bicycle Built for Two, from 1890 something. I can listen to songs like that. That might be surprising I guess, but yeah, I gravitate towards, I love the old fashioned nature of those songs. That might be something.

Brian:     Is this, you're listening to these on an actual, like vinyl record?

Joshua:     No I don't have those anymore.

Brian:     Recordings.

Joshua:     It's Spotify or where ever I can find them now.

Brian:     Where you can get them. I get them.

Joshua:     I've moved a lot and lost a lot of those records. It's funny how they're coming back now. It's like, oh I should have kept them all. Vinyl is making its comeback.

Brian:     Now, biggest success moment that comes to mind from your music career.

Joshua:     I did a show at a church in Orlando probably two or three years ago, whenever it was. For a while, I was trying. You know what it's like. You're trying to find your genre, trying to find your audience. For a while I was looking at the new age or some kind of movement as far as non-denominational churches. They're open air.

Brian:     Sure, yeah, yeah.

Joshua:     Really open hearted people and I've always gone over well in those kinds of environments. This is a specific one of those down in Orlando. I think it's called The Orlando Unity. It was just like three or 400 people, standing ovation. People were coming up and touching my arms afterwards and just really, really affected by the music. Any of those kinds of moments are definitely most memorable for me, when I really feel like I've connected.

Brian:     That's really cool. Now, my favorite question to ask on the show is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Joshua:     I would say check out whatever kind of deserving issues you have, because that has been the thing I've had to really work through the most, to get to where I'm starting to get to know.

Brian:     Check out deserving issues, kind of like entitlement? What do you mean by deserving issues?

Joshua:     Figure out what you might think you don't deserve. What subconscious decisions have you made about what you don't think you deserve, because those are what is holding you back. Your subconscious is in charge, even though we don't think it is.

Brian:     Right.

Joshua:     You just look at your life, look at what's happening.

Brian:     You don't think you're worth it, but you are.

Joshua:     Right. Really just look at what you're not getting and then think about why you might think you don't deserve it, and kind of do some head work. It doesn't take long. Just being aware of it I think is the first step. That would be, I think people that are in their own way a lot, unknowingly. I've done a lot of work lately about that. You know what? I do deserve it. Kind of like looking at the reasons why I might have decided I didn't and work through those. Yeah. I'd say that.

Brian:     It's one of my favorites. I always love hearing what the artists say on that one, or the guest in general, not always artists. I mean, bookers and photographers and everyone else that's been on the show. Now, if folks want to find out more about you and follow what you're doing, where do they go?

Joshua:     They just have to go to joshuarich.com. It's very easy. I'm also on Facebook but my website has all my links. If you Google my name, Joshua Rich, you'll find out all that stuff. Yeah, I'm all over the place, Spotify, Instagram, and Facebook, et cetera.