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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

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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.

December 6, 2016 - Special Guest: Dave Mallen

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

NEWS

MUSIC

  1. Make Me - Black Dog Prowl (Hard Rock/Rock)
  2. Come On Over - Joshua Rich (Pop/Solo Piano)
  3. Leave the Light On - Ken Francis Wenzel (Rock/Roots Rock)
  4. Talk to Me - Dan Fisk (Pop/Acoustic)
  5. Silence Comes Easy - Hari Vasan (Indie/Alternative)
  6. Nearly Broken - Rachel Levitin (Pop/Rock)
  7. Dance Across the Sky - Kipyn Martin (Folk/Americana)
  8. Intro/Outro music by Fellowcraft (Hard Rock/Blues)

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DAVE MALLEN

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BIO

DAVE MALLEN DC MUSIC ROCKS

Dave Mallen is an award-winning Producer/Engineer, Multi-instrumentalist, and Music Business Consultant. In 2006, he founded Innovation Station Music, a "one-stop-shop" recording studio known for its highly collaborative and personalized approach to music production. Dave has also helped dozens of DC area artists forge a path to success in the music industry through customized strategic planning. In 2009, he co-founded the Metro Music Source, a series of meetups, panel discussions, and showcases that has provided local musicians and industry professionals with numerous opportunities to network, learn, and collaborate.

In recognition of his work with the local music community, Dave Mallen received a 2013 WAMMIE nomination for "Most Supportive of Washington DC Music”. He is a voting Member of the Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs), and holds a Masters Certificate from the Berklee College of Music in Music Business and Technology. He performs live with many of the artists he produces, and is the keyboardist for the band Ken Wenzel & Cross Kentucky. Dave is currently building a new, state-of-the-art recording studio in Northern VA -- set to open in March 2017. Info on this project can be found on Dave's Indiegogo page, www.supportdavesstudio.com.

Studio Website: www.innovationstationmusic.com

 New Studio Crowdfunding Site: www.supportdavesstudio.com

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InnovationStationMusic

DAVE MALLEN DC MUSIC ROCKS
DAVE MALLEN DC MUSIC ROCKS

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     Dave Mallen is an award-winning producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and music business consultant. In 2006, he founded Innovation Station Music. It's a one-stop shop recording studio known for its highly collaborative and personalized approach to music production. Dave's also helped dozens of D.C. area artists forge a path to success in the music industry through customized, strategic planning.

                  In 2009, he co-founded the Metro Music Source, which is a series of meet-ups, panel discussions, showcases, that provided local musicians and industry professionals with numerous opportunities to network, learn, and collaborate. In recognition of his work with the local music community, in 2013, he was actually nominated Most Supportive of Washington, D.C. music.

                  He's a voting member of the Recording Academy, the Grammys, and holds a Master's Certificate from the Berklee College of Music in Music Business and Technology. He performs live with many of the artists he produces and is the keyboardist for the band Ken Wenzel & Cross Kentucky. You'll hear them later. Excited to share them. Dave is currently building a new, state of the art recording studio in Northern Virginia. It's set to open in March of 2017.

                  Guys, I stumbled across Dave ... Shout out to Eric "Soup" Campbell, he's a phenomenal bartender over at Hamilton. Just an all around amazing guy. Introduced me to Dave and I'm so thankful, Eric, for that introduction. The stuff that Dave is doing is just absolutely phenomenal. Listen, it's with great pleasure that I introduce Dave Mallen. Thanks so much for being here, Dave.

Dave:     That's my pleasure. How are you doing? Here we are. Yeah, no I got to give a shout out to Soup, as well. He's a guy that really gave me a boost in the local music scene. I'm from Jersey, originally, a small town in Jersey. Came to D.C. in 1995 for college, and Soup was one of the first guys I met and was just a great friend. He worked at all the local haunts here, and just found a way to get me playing in the D.C. scene. I can't say enough about him.

Brian:     You know, I just realized...

Dave:     My mic was off?

Brian:     A little bit of a mistake with the mic there. What I do want to say is, thanks so much to Soup and thank you for being here. Tell us about you. Tell us about Dave.

Dave:     Well, you know, maybe you heard this, maybe you didn't, but I am from New Jersey, originally. I bring the small town feel to what I think is ... D.C. is a big city with a small town feel. It's one of the things I love about being here. I've planted my roots here, and I just feel that music, for me, is the way for me to connect with other people.

                  What I've learned about myself is that I'm all about the community. I'm all about making people feel as good as they can. When they're playing music and we're all playing music together, there's a magical thing that happens. I experienced it last week, actually. We had some guys wiring the new studio. One of them was up from North Carolina. We just had this amazing connection. She had played D.C. in the past, actually in a band that I was a super fan of, called Cecilia, back in the day.

Brian:     That's amazing.

Dave:     Turns out, we had all these things in common and we just started jamming together and had this musical connection. It reminded me that that's what it's all about. It's not about money, it's just about people connecting and making their lives a little bit better through music.

Brian:     That's amazing. I introduced you with a lot of different things that you're doing. Just give us a brief rundown. Run us down on those things that I was talking about.

Dave:     Right, well, so, just breaking it down, what I do during the day is I'm a producer engineer. I run Innovation Station Music, which is, at the moment, a small recording studio, about to be a lot bigger. The idea behind that was really to create a place where musicians could come and feel comfortable to create, collaborate. It's a highly collaborative environment. I play on a lot of the records, I'm constantly composing, writing, and bringing in different elements of my background in music, but also others. We're just trying to create the best music we can.

                  The twist on that is I wanted everyone to understand their potential. I'm unrelenting in making sure that we make sure that the music is the best it can be. Then, what do we do with it? Let's work together to actually chart a course for your music. I started, after my program at the Berklee College of Music, I learned about the industry, and I took it from there. Keeping up with the very latest trends of how people are consuming music. What are we going to do together to actually find some success with this music? There's so much music out there, as you know, how do you get heard and connect with the people? That's been the vision, from the beginning.

Brian:     Tell us about Dave, outside of the studio. There's that part. Do you have any hobbies? What's the personal side of Dave like?

Dave:     It's a trick question because I don't really do anything outside of the studio anymore. No, I love, actually, going out to the wineries out in Virginia. That's my happy place. We go out there, my wife, Emily, and I, and just sit and listen ... Of course, there's music involved.

Brian:     Of course.

Dave:     I can't escape it entirely.

Brian:     I'm sensing a theme here, okay.

Dave:     There's a theme. Just sitting there. I love wine, I love sitting out in the country, in the mountains. I wish that were a little closer and I could do that every day. 

Brian:     Got it.

Dave:     You know?

Brian:     Wine country and the incredible wife. That's the outside. What's one thing you love about the D.C. music scene?

Dave:     I have to say, I've traveled around, I've talked to a lot of folks about this. Everyone I've talked to has confirmed this. D.C. has a very cool sense of community. Obviously, I'm trying to push that, with the work that I do through the studio, through Metro Music Source, which you mentioned earlier. It's native to D.C. and it's natural. There's a spirit of camaraderie and service to others. This is the kind of thing that doesn't necessarily come through, when you hear about what's happening in Washington, politically. This is the underground indie artist scene. Everyone helps each other out.

                  I love to see ... There are tribute shows that are formed, just organically. I'm actually playing Jammin Java on December 23rd. There's a Christmas show that a guy named Todd Wright, who's an amazing singer-songwriter. You might know Todd. He's a singer, songwriter, producer.

Brian:     Yeah.

Dave:     He puts them on ... This is 14 years running.

Brian:     Holy smokes.

Dave:     It's a cavalcade of great local musicians. A lot of them don't live in D.C. anymore, they've moved away, started families, whatever. They come back every year from L.A., or whatever, because they just love the community here. If I had to say what I love about it, this is a place where people can feel like it's not competitive. At least that's my take on it.

Brian:     Yeah.

Dave:     It's a great community.

Brian:     Yeah. That's amazing. Tell us about the best success story that comes to mind.

Dave:     Wow, best success ... Every day, I have many successes and failures. I don't feel like I've hit the big time yet, per se. I don't even know if there is a big time anymore. My successes are, right now, related to my studio. The fact that I'm going to build a world-class studio in this area, with one of the top designers in the world, I pinch myself that this came from an idea that I had 10+ years ago to even do recording. Now I'm expanding. It's been a ton of work, it's nearly killed me, but I'm still standing.

                  Now I'm in excitement mode, because things are happening. I think that's the success is the staying power. Now, to know that I've got this ... I've talked to my wife about this concept of escape velocity. I don't know if you're familiar with this. It's basically the amount of energy required for anything to escape Earth's gravity.

Brian:     Sure, okay.

Dave:     I look at my life that way. I'm always trying to escape my own gravity. This studio, I've put the energy in, and I'm about to hit that escape velocity.

Brian:     Escape velocity.

Dave:     Yeah.

Brian:     That's cool. You've mentioned it now. Say more about this studio then. Where is it at in the stage? Is it coming? What's going on with that?

Dave:     Right now, it was over a year of design, painstaking design. Working with one of the top designers, Wes Lachot. He's built studios ... The Jimi Hendrix studio up in New York, Electric Lady. He's one rooms there. Chris Daughtry just did a room with him. REM's producer, Mitch Easter. I'm really excited to work with him and his team. Right now, we're halfway through the construction phase. We're looking at about another three months. Then a little bit of finalization and we should be up and running in March.

     Yeah. We're doing a crowd-funding campaign, just for a tiny piece of it. Costs have gone up and I'm just an indie musician trying to do this, just like everybody else. We did an Indiegogo and if you want to check that out, just to see what's going on, or support, that would be great. That's www.supportdavesstudio.com

Brian:     Supportdavesstudio. Got it. We'll make sure we put that in the notes for this episode, as well, so you can get back to that later.

Dave:     Yeah.

Brian:     Check out the amazing things that are going on with the Innovation Station Music, and the cool things that you're doing.

Dave:     Yes. It's going to be a multi-room studio, fully soundproof. All the rooms will be connected with audio and video screens, so everybody can see one another, with great line of sight. Totally state of the art. I'm psyched.

Brian:     Wow. Sounds like a kid at Christmas, man. You've got this new thing that's coming along. I absolutely love it.

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

Dave:     Oh goodness. Well, I don't know if it would surprise people who know me, necessarily, but I basically grew up in the 1950s. When I was a kid-

Brian:     You look so young, Dave. I find that so hard to believe, man.

Dave:     I know. Well, I use a special Korean skin cream.

Dave:     Anyway, I grew up listening to the records that my parents listen to. I would sit there and every morning, instead of watching cartoons, I would watch Ed Sullivan broadcasts that I had recorded on PBS.

Dave:     I would study what they were doing. I love '50s rock and roll. Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis, all that stuff.

Dave:     You know, of course, people love that. I literally felt like I was living in that decade.

Brian:     Wow.

Dave:     It influenced me so heavily.

Brian:     1950s rock. I love it.

Brian:     All right. The crazy thing about that is there's no new 1950s rock that's going to come out. That classic stuff is so good.

Dave:     Yeah.

Brian:     It almost never seems to get old. I love it.

Dave:     I think there are a lot of groups that are trying to throw back to that. You look at like a Nathaniel Rateliff, Ray LaMontagne is definitely throwing back to the '60s.

Dave:     There's some stuff. No one's going to ... Even you talk to the Beatles, the Stones were all influenced by these guys. That's where I get my inspiration.

Brian:     Do you have any rules, as a studio professional, that you follow? Are there any that you always break? 

Dave:     Well, I'll tell you, I run my studio very democratically. The one rule that I have, above all else, is to treat everyone with respect and as if they are ... They are, truly, the most important people to me, when they're in the studio or out of the studio. I don't ever want to think, "Well, this guy doesn't have quite as much talent as the other guy, so I'm going to give him less." No. For me, everyone gets my absolute best because you never know. It's a matter of disrespect, and you get that back too. I just feel like everyone's got such potential. I am the guy that wants to see everyone reach their potential.

Dave:     You treat everyone fairly and democratically, in that way. That's my big rule.

Brian:     Got it. Now, if folks want to find out more about you and the things that you have going on, where can they find you?

Dave:     My main studio website is InnovationStationMusic.com. 

Dave:     The crowd-funding site which, actually, has some great video stuff that I put together, and a lot of content about what we're doing, going forward. That is supportdavesstudio.com. Between the two of those, you can get a lot of information. On the Innovation Station Music website, you'll be able to hear tracks that I've produced. I don't know if there's any repeats of what we're going to hear here today, but you can hear a lot more on that site.

Brian:     Are you a social media guy too? Is there anywhere they'd find you there?

Dave:     Yep, I'm on Facebook. Just go to Innovation Station Music, you'll find me. Twitter, I'm @MallenMusic on Twitter.