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10/02/18 - Special Guest: Milo in the Doldrums

This week on DC Music Rocks, Milo in the Doldrums, an indie rock band hailing from ‘the sandy beaches’ of northern VA, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Bobby Thompson, Kid Brother, Jay Diamondz, and Den-Mate.

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Milo in the Doldrums

Milo in the Doldrums Bio/Links:

Milo in the Doldrums is an indie rock band hailing from the sandy beaches of northern VA. Tinged with melancholia and uplifted by a love of life, Milo in the Doldrums harnesses the power of music to overcome the despondency of modern life… and, y’know, do stuff!

Links:

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

Instagram: @milointhedoldrumsmusic

Bandcamp: https://milointhedoldrums.bandcamp.com/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1xqvf9dO7m58DU28AF6AV5

Website: https://milointhedoldrums.com/

Youtube Video of our Release Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zlt0nx-OfrA&t=2s

Milo in the Doldrums

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Came to See You, by Bobby Thompson (Blues, Rock)

  2. No Sense in It All, by Milo in the Doldrums (Rock, Indie Rock)

  3. Ain’t That Cool, by Kid Brother (Rock, Folk)

  4. ***Not Tonight, by Jay Diamondz (Pop, Electronic)

  5. XOSO, by Den-Mate (Indie, Darkwave)

***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

  1. MPAartfest 2018
    The 2018 Mclean Project For The Arts fest will take place all day Sunday October 7, 2018 out in Mclean, VA, with art, music, food and fun!  The Jogo Project, which we’ve covered, will take the stage at 1pm, and there’s fun for the whole family!
    Music:  https://mpaart.org/mpaartfest/featured-musicians/
    General Info: https://mpaart.org/mpaartfest/

  2. 2019 Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards- Call for Songwriters

    The Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District announces the fifth annual Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards and is seeking the best local songwriters! The competition will award a Grand Prize of $10,000 and 25 hours of recording studio time with Innovation Station Music. A Young Songwriter Prize of $2,500 will also be awarded. Full-time residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia are eligible to apply. Each song must have lyrics. All genres of music are accepted. The competition’s first round judges, who include professional artists, booking agents and music academia, will choose the semifinalists. A grand prize jury will then select the finalists who will each perform two of their original songs for a live audience on Friday, March 8, 2019, in Bethesda, MD. The award winners will be announced at the close of the show. Deadline to apply is Monday, November 5.
    https://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/bernard-ebb-songwriting-awards-application

  3. WHAT’S NEXT FOR DC MUSIC ROCKS?  WHAT DO YOU THINK?
    Brian here with personal request.  When I started this, I had a dream, to make local music accessible, and easier to find and follow.  I feel like I’ve accomplished quite a bit, and I have more ideas, but I also believe, “What got you here won’t get you there.”  My target audience is regular folks around the DC region. My goal is to connect them to DC’s incredible local music scene. What do YOU need?  What do YOU want? What should I do? I’m listening!
    https://goo.gl/forms/VFv95l2GD2JNX5ts2

    There’s 3 areas I’d like to hear your thoughts on:
    1) THE PODCAST - What’s one thing I could do to make you look forward to listening to it each week even more?  What can I improve?
    2) THE WEBSITE - What’s one thing I could do to improve the website, to make it an even better resource for you?
    3) WHAT’S NEXT - I have created a show, a website, and an annual festival at the 9:30 Club, and I’m up over 12,000 followers.  What do you think I should do next that would have the biggest impact on you personally, and your relationship with DC’s music scene?
    https://goo.gl/forms/VFv95l2GD2JNX5ts2


NEW RELEASES

There’s links to their profile which: 1) Have their iTunes/Spotify links so you can listen, and 2) have their Website/Facebook links for more info!

Music

  • DuPont Brass - Enjoy Yourself
     (Hip Hop with Horns single - RIYL The Roots

  • Beau Young Prince - Price
     (Hip Hop single - RIYL Andre 3K)

  • Den-Mate - Loceke
     (10 Song Full Indie Album - RIYL Portishead, Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

  • Del Florida - Fire (Live)
     (Pop Single - RIYL Christina Aguilera, Pink)

  • Pressing Strings - The Madness
     (Folk Single - RIYL the idea of Dave Matthews and Keith Urban having a baby)

  • Black Dog Prowl - Fine Lines (Far Cry)
     (Hard Rock/Metal Single - RIYL Nirvana, Metallica, Alice in Chains)

  • Classified Frequency - Black Eye EP
     (Classic Punk Style 4 Song EP - RIYL Jimmy Eat World, Oasis, Weezer)

  • Sugar John - God Steals My Thoughts
     (Rock Single - RIYL Pixies, The Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, Failure)

Videos

Playlists

Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:
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Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
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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! Check details before you go in case something changed/canceled!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Oct 6 - Sat
Black Masala @ Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington, DC
(Gypsy Funk, think Devil Went Down To Georgia with horns)

Oct 9 - Tue
Carolyn Malachi @ City Winery in Washington, DC (Jazz and R&B)

Oct 11 - Thu
Jumpin' Jupiter @ Hill Country DC in Washington, DC (high-energy throw-back bebop Rock)


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HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
**Daniel Warren Hill**    **David Mohl**    **Eli Lev**
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7/24/18 - Special Guest: Kid Brother

This week on DC Music Rocks, Kid Brother, an independent band from Leesburg in Northern VA, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Rachel Levitin, Dr Robinson's Fiasco, Milo and the Doldrums, and The Duskwhales.

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Kid Brother Bio:

Kid Brother

Kid Brother is an independent band from Northern Virginia, founded when the celestial space gods called upon Richard, Dylan, Lindsey, Sam, and Christian to go forth and create a band in the spring of the year of our lords, 2016. Focused on originality and genuine lyricism, Kid Brother fuses together elements of rock, indie, folk and blues to create a sound that truly is their own.

https://www.kidbrothermusic.com/

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Save Myself, by Rachel Levitin (Pop, Rock)

  2. Pastels, by Kid Brother (Indie Rock, Folk)

  3. ***Did You Find What You Want?, by Dr Robinson's Fiasco (Hard Rock, Alternative)

  4. Built For No One, by Milo in the Doldrums (Rock, Indie Rock)

  5. Fight Back by The Duskwhales (Indie, Gypsy)

***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

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SINGER-SONGWRITER TO PERFORM AT 9:30 CLUB WITH US ON AUG 18, NOW THROUGH SATURDAY 7/28!
Nominations came in, almost a thousand of them, we’ve tallied the results and have put up the ballot.  Votes accepted now through Saturday 7/28.
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/festival-vote

Have you bought your tickets yet?  Hundreds of tickets have already been sold, they’re only $15, go ahead and buy your tickets right now.  We’re having a party and we want you there!
https://www.facebook.com/events/197997380997173/


NEW RELEASES

Music

  • Prinze George - Mind Over
     Smooth Indie-Electro Single - RIYL Metric, Purity Ring, London Grammar

  • The Colonies - Bound To Be Something Good
     Classic Rock Vibe Single - RIYL The Strokes, The Black Keys, Hippocampus

  • Billy Winn - Dreamland I
     Electro Pop 5 Song EP - RIYL Icona Pop, Pet Shop Boys

  • Menage A Garage - More Human Than You
    5 Song Pop-Punk EP - RIYL Pixies, Green Day, They Might Be Giants

 

Videos

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

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

Jul 27 - Fri
The Duskwhales (Indie/Rock) @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD
Two Ton Twig (Bluegrass/Folk) @ Pearl Street Warehouse in Washington, DC
Chris Cassaday & The Cassaday Concoction (Funk/Blues) @ Solly's in Washington, DC

Jul 28 - Sat
Virginia Creep (Hard Rock) @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC
Pressing Strings  (Folk) @ Hill Country DC in Washington, DC

Jul 29 - Sun
Caz Gardiner (Pop/Reggae) @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

Jul 31 - Tue
Makeup Girl (Hard Rock) @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC
The Sea Life (Rock) @ Union Stage in Washington, DC

Aug 1 - Wed
Eli LevChris Cassaday & Justin Trawick (Folk/Bluegrass @ Jammin Java Presents: Former Best Friends in Vienna, VA


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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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11/14/17 - Special Guest: Data Recovery Project

Thanks to, Christopher and Daniel of Data Recovery Project, for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. November 8, 2016, by Two Dragons and a Cheetah (Rock, Alt Rock)
  2. We're Coming For You, by Data Recovery Project (Techno)
  3. Dawn, by Rorie (Pop, Singer-songwriter)
  4. The Record, by Doublemotorcycle (Hard Rock, Pop)
  5. Selfless and Undyed,by Milo in the Doldrums (Rock, Indie Rock)
  6. Good Day, by Yellowtieguy (Rock, Indie Rock)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

DANCING IN A CAR VIDEO CONTEST
https://www.facebook.com/dcmusicrocks/posts/1996864693891726

!!Submission Deadline 11/25!!
Shoutout to Chip Py for the video submitted dancing to Rare Essence in his car!  Love it!

Car Dance Party playlist link:  https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/4j84nMTEEXUB0tWIQu83Yn

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SHIRTS - Just released Long Sleeve Shirts as well!  DC Music Rocks T-shirt’s are up on our website and available through Amazon, they make a great gift idea for your musician friends and family for the holidays!  Men’s, Women’s, and Youth sizes available for short sleeves!

http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/shirts

NEW RELEASES

********Music:********
Two Dragons and A Cheetah - November 8, 2016 (Single)
Oddisee - Beneath The Surface (Album)

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

 

********Video:********
Two Dragons and A Cheetah - November 8, 2016
"November 8, 2016," a protest song inspired by band member Maryjo Mattea's emotions and experiences following the election, is a cathartic expression of anger as well as a call to action. It reflects the somber mood that blanketed the DC area in the days and weeks following election night and gives voice to the plights of the oppressed. The song is accompanied by a powerful video produced and directed by Stephanie Sapienza and shot by Casey McAdams.
https://youtube.com/watch?v=YGjAgRlZ9U8

The Duskwhales - Slow Down, Jerusalem
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru2G3eDtgHc

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

http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/local-music-calendar

Nov 17 Fri
The Sidleys @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda MD
Vim & Vigor @ World of Beer in Ashburn, VA
Turtle Recall @ The Ugly Mug in Eastern Market in SE DC

Nov 18 Sat
By & By and Jonny Grave at Solly’s Tavern on U St in DC
Pebble To Pearl at The Hamilton by Metro Center in NW DC

Nov 19 Sun
Humble Fire at The Blact Cat on 14th St in NW DC

Nov 22 Wed
Hayley Fahey & Higher Education at Looney’s in College Park MD


Patreon

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



Data Recovery Project

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

data recovery project

Data Recovery Project is a Synth/Pop Electronic band that explores dark subject matter in a way that incorporates dance beats. Data Recovery Project pays homage to a variety of genres included in electronic music and its sub-genres, but also plays on the inner explorations of the subject matter.

Data Recovery Project consists of C.P. Kush, a DC songwriter and electronic music producer, and Daniel Warren Hill, producer and backing vocalist, and front man for Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy.

Official Website URL: www.datarecoveryproject.com

Facebook URL:  https://www.facebook.com/datarecovprojct/

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/apocalapse-ep/id1273903140

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/27aC4AOTOGtXS2zZ1SHndU

Other Links: Twitter: @DataRecovProjct

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene.

     Now, Data Recovery Project is a synth-pop-electronic band that explores dark subject matter in a way that incorporates dance beats. Data Recovery Project pays homage to a variety of genres, including the electronic music and its sub-genres, but also plays on the inner explorations of the subject matter. It's music and topic together and you get Data Recovery Project.  Thanks for being here, guys.

Christopher:     Thank you. It's good to be here.

Brian:     This is a treat.   Now, talk about ... For those, how did the band come together and where did Data Recovery Project come from?

Christopher:     Well-

Daniel:     Christopher-

Christopher:     How to start it? Well, anyone who's familiar with the KLF ... Anyone who's familiar with the KLF, they had this great song called "Justified Mansion" in the '90s.

Brian:     Oh, okay.

Christopher:     They wrote a book that you can pay a lot of money for, that I paid a lot of money for. They wrote this book called "How to Have a Number One Single." I bought it-

Brian:     Nice.

Christopher:     Because I love that song so much. I thought, "God, I wonder if this really works."

 One of the first things about having a number one single, you have to rent studio time and get somebody in there who will give you a bassline. This is literally how it all starts. I actually-

Brian:     Really?

Christopher:     I did that, kind of.

Brian:     Okay.

Christopher:     Here, in DC. I started working with somebody else until I ran into Daniel. Then I had my beats and I had my machines. I asked Daniel to come along and help with not just the songwriting and the vocals but also the production.

Brian:     Sure.

Christopher:     So that DRP could get going.

Daniel:     Christopher is just an excellent storyteller, songwriter. If you're following along with it, he really weaves the dark subject matter into really upbeat, dance-y grooves. One of the things that I really loved about working with it is, coming from a background where there's more traditional song structures, like verse, and chorus, and bridge, he incorporates all of those elements.

      You're not just listening to the same kick, snare, kick, snare, like, "Here's some spacey effects to make you follow a simple note," you know? The song actually does evolve and progress and want to take you somewhere, lyrically, in addition to all of these really cool space effects, you know?

Brian:     Wow.

Daniel:     That's one of the things I like the most.

Brian:     I love the way that it comes together.

Christopher:     We are heavily invested in special effects because, if we're being honest ... A lot of songwriters will have that core ... You know, they'll have that guitar and they'll have that core song.

Brian:     Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Christopher:     For me, the produce music and all those special treat ear candy things are, for a music fan, that's as much a part of the show.

Brian:     Yeah.

Christopher:     To the point that when I see a band live and they don't take care of their little production sound effects, that drives me crazy.

      Data Recovery Project sounds big and it has a lot of that going on, a lot of those sounds. We try to make it a maximalist kind of music, rather than a thin, electronic music.

Daniel:     It's definitely very produced and there is a lot of stuff going on. It's the kind of song where, if you think of your favorite artist and you've heard the song a million times, and this time you're using a new pair of headphones, and you hear something in the background that you've never heard before, and you've heard the song 100, 1,000 times.

Brian:     Wow.

Daniel:     That's definitely what will happen, the longer that you listen to Data Recovery Project stuff. You'll just hear this little trill somewhere or a different sound effect that came out of nowhere. It'll just surprise you.

Brian:     Where does the name come from?

Christopher:     The name came from

Daniel:     It was meant to troll companies, right? True story.

Christopher:     Yeah, we thought it would be a great search engine. We thought those were the people who would like us.   You know, it comes from-

Brian:     How's that doing? Is that working for you?

Christopher:     We don't know, but you certainly get a lot of things when you type it in the internet.

Brian:     Absolutely.

Christopher:     Some of the stuff that it's built around ... You know, in electronic music, there was this time of high-energy music, which really had these basslines that were ... They used to be done with octaves. Anyway, they were these basslines that were awesome, and they were loud, and they were electronic.

     Part of what we were doing was looking back. When we started, I thought we might do a whole lot of covers. It turns out we had stuff to say about what's going on now.

Brian:     Yeah, mm-hmm (affirmative).

Christopher:     I don't know what to say. We're sort of looking backwards but then we're sort of futuristic. We're just happy that we're finding a place where we can do this. We don't quite fit into a pre-cut genre.

Brian:     In the name, you just were inspired by?

Christopher:     It was sort of talking about the electronic nature, and that we were going to be reaching back.

Brian:     Okay, I see.

Christopher:     Then the subject matter, which Daniel said, we wanted to signal that we weren't going to do all of our songs about, you know, getting lucky on the dance floor. All those times, we're going to be on the dance floor, but we wanted to go wider.

Brian:     Right.

Christopher:     We just wanted to have something that evoked the subject matter would go all over the place, you know?

Brian:     That's cool. I love it. Fantastic.   What part of the region are you guys? The DC region?

Christopher:     I am from DC, northwest DC.

Brian:     Oh, I just realized, you said, "I." Introduce yourself too.

Christopher:     Oh.

Brian:     Who are you? They can only hear you if they're listening.

Christopher:     I am Christopher with Data Recovery Project.

Brian:     Yeah.

Christopher:     Daniel to my left.

Daniel:     Hi, Christopher to my right.

Christopher:     Daniel's from?

Daniel:     I'm in Waldorf, Maryland.

Brian:     Fantastic.

Daniel:     Which is part of our live tremors joke bit, actually.

Christopher:     Yes.

Brian:     You're from? Say it again. You're from which part?

Christopher:     I'm from northwest Washington DC.

Brian:     From the northwest DC. Fantastic.   Now, you brought up the live tremors, so let's talk about that too.

Christopher:     Okay.

Brian:     What is that?

Christopher:     Well, music videos ... You know, three minutes of video sounds easy, but when DRP was starting, we did a couple music videos, but they were long, they were expensive, and there's great, great videos out there. We decided Daniel and I would do something faster and simpler. We released these live tremors videos. They're about 30 second comedy videos and they're little shorts of us breaking in, playing our first gigs, fighting in the studio. They're all based on true things.

Brian:     Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Daniel:     Not necessarily things that have actually occurred to us negatively, or anything. We're just taking some of those moments that everybody seems to have when they're a performer and they're out and about, trying to be performers.

Brian:     Nice.

Daniel:     You run into these similar kinds of scenarios over [crsstalk 00:07:06]

Brian:     It's a YouTube series? What is it?

Daniel:     Yeah.

Christopher:     It's a YouTube series.

Brian:     Awesome.

Christopher:     We just sent away our musical DNA and got it back from 23andMe.

Daniel:     The swab [crosstalk 00:07:17] your results.

Christopher:     We were able to see what our musical DNA was.

Brian:     Oh, fantastic.

Christopher:     Daniel, we discovered, had some Red Hot Chili Peppers, and he had some Oasis, and he had a lot of Good Charlotte.

Daniel:     Because I'm from Waldorf.

Christopher:     I had Erasure and Nine Inch Nails, of course, if you listen to the songs.

Brian:     Got it.

Christopher:     That was it, right?

Daniel:     Oh no, what was the other one?

Christopher:     I don't want to say it. You have to watch live tremors. It was too humiliating.

Brian:     You've got to check out live tremors to hear what that other piece of DNA is. I love it.

Daniel:     It's just a segment that goes on the Data Recovery Project YouTube channel. If you find the Data Recovery Project YouTube channel, you'll find the live tremors.

Brian:     See the live tremors videos, all right. In for a good laugh, I love it.

     Talk about you guys outside of music now. Hobbies on the side? What do you do in your personal time?

Christopher:     Well, in my personal time, I'm making music.

Brian:     Ah, fair. Yeah.

Christopher:     In the rest of my life, I divide my time between Washington, DC and Florida.

Brian:     Okay.

Christopher:     I kind of am traveling around. In a previous life, I owned a bookstore.

Brian:     Really?

Christopher:     I've done work in Washington, DC in government relations kind of stuff. Yeah, so-

Daniel:     Creative writing.

Christopher:     Oh, that's right. I've written some books. Yeah. All that's in the misty past. Now, I'm full on music. Actually, I came to music as a fan.

Brian:     Okay.

Christopher:     It was the most surprising thing when I discovered that we could write songs. I mean, that was such a shock.

Brian:     How long ago was that?

Christopher:     That was three years ago.

Brian:     Wow! All this came in the last three years?

Christopher:     Yeah. I couldn't play an instrument. Some people did ... Daniel ... Some people say I still can't, since it's all electronic.

Brian:     True.

Christopher:     Yeah, that was just loving the music and then hearing it slip away and wanting to hold on to some pieces of things that I liked. It's really been the last three years that I've learned how to do it. Now, I'm obsessed and wondering why I-

Daniel:     He's sold. He's in.

Christopher:     Didn't do this when I was like 12.

Brian:     That's amazing. I love that you found it.   Really cool.

 I've got time for one more question, and it's my favorite question to ask, which is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Christopher:     To aspiring musicians?

Brian:     You get to answer however you'd like.

Christopher:     My piece of advice is ... My big thing is to have flavor. When I hear bands, there's bands that are trying to hear something that they think will be commercial and then do it, and do it correctly, and do it perfectly. That's not my thing. I love point of view and I love flavor. When I say flavor, I love an artist that has their own voice, that has their own way to sing, their own use of words. I think that really shows up. It's harder to get people on the dance floor when they don't know your songs, but it's much more lasting. My advice is to try your hardest to find out what your unique sound is. It's going to feel, in a way, like maybe that's not the commercially thing you could be doing but-

Brian:     Got it. Good stuff, guys.   One more time, for those folks who want to find out more about Data Recovery Project, where do they go?

Christopher:     They can go to DataRecoveryProject.com, they can like us on Facebook, they can follow us on Twitter and on Instagram.

Brian:     Do you have a favorite of those? Which one are you more active on?

Daniel:     Christopher's on Facebook.

Christopher:     I sort of do the Facebook thing, but you can find us on Spotify and iTunes.

Brian:     Of course.

Christopher:     We're releasing an EP every month.

Brian:     Yeah. That's right! Once a month.

Christopher:     Yeah, with our own remixes every month. We've got a new song to jam to.

Brian:     Nice.

Daniel:     Four or five tracks. There's an acoustic version, an instrumental version for "We Are Coming For You." We did a radio-friendly version and a sitting in your car, yelling out the window version.

Brian:     Hell yeah! I love it. A yelling out your window ... Yelling out your car window version. I feel like that was almost like a really funny DJ name is like, "This is the remix by the Yelling Out Your Car."

Daniel:     Right.

9/19/17 - Special Guest: The Duskwhales

Thanks to Seth, Brian, & Chris, The Duskwhales, for coming by the studio this week!

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MUSIC

  1. Gotta Have Your Love, by Area-301 (Hip Hop, R&B)
  2. In the Year of Jubilee, by The Duskwhales (Indie, Pop Rock)
  3. Birds and Bees, by Milo in the Doldrums (Indie/Indie Rock)
  4. Coldest Summer Nights, by Alecia Renece (R&B, Soul)
  5. Bicycle Seat, by Daycare Swindlers (Hard Rock)
  6. Washing My Hands, by Rocknoceros (Pop/Kiddie Pop)

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Music:
Staunton - Sunrise (Single)
Hayley Fahey - Fire (Single)

Video:
Hayley Fahey - Fire
https://youtu.be/iV8QTcdHkh4
Elena & Los Fulanos - PONLE FIN (with English subtitles hit the CC)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW7mbhrZUpc

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Fri Sep 22
Swampcandy @ The Hamilton near MetroCenter in NW DC
Rocknoceros @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

Fri-Sat Sep 23
Surprise Attack, Moogatu, Nappy Riddem @ Hometown Get Down in Clarksville, MD

Sat Sep 23
Matt Tarka, Tomato Dodgers, Leo & Cygnus @ Mainstreet Music Fest in Ellicott City, MD
A Shrewdness Of Apes @ Autumn Music Fest in Alexandria, VA
Hayley Fahey, Fellowcraft @ Clarendon Day in Clarendon in Arlington, VA
See-I @ Oyster Fest at The Salt Line in SE DC

Sun Sep 24
Rare Essence @ U Street Music Hall on U St, in NW DC

Tues Sep 26
Caz Gardiner @ Black Cat by 14th & U St in NW DC


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The Duskwhales

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BIO:

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The Duskwhales - The Duskwhales are a three-piece indie rock band formed in Manassas, Virginia in 2010.  Their sound is reminiscent of 60's groups such as The Beatles and The Doors through prominent use of keyboards and memorable vocal harmonies. While incorporating the best elements of their psychedelic roots, the young trio creates a sophisticated style of their own in both studio and live settings. They have shared the stage with national acts Car Seat Headrest, Diane Coffee, Little Green Cars, and Frankie Cosmos, as well as performed to packed audiences across the East Coast. The Duskwhales are currently touring in support of their latest album Sorrowful Mysteries. 

When The Duskwhales are not touring in support of their own music, they can be seen performing a variety of oldies and classic rock covers at local venues and events. Their cover repertoire includes hits songs from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Elvis, The Cure, Tears for Fears, MGMT, and many more! They have performed at a number of notable events such as The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Herndon Festival, World Police & Fire Games, Thomas Jefferson Poplar Wine Festival, and Arlington County Fair. The band has also provided live entertainment for private events including parties, dances, and weddings.

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian (DCMR):    On DC Music Rocks, we're shining the spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. The Duskwhales are a three-piece indie rock band formed in Manassas, Virginia in 2010. Through prominent use of keyboards and memorable vocal harmonies, and some sweet vocal harmonies by the way, their sound is reminiscent of the '60s groups, such as The Beatles and The Doors. While incorporating the best elements of their psychedelic roots, the young trio creates a sophisticated style of their own and are currently touring in support of their latest album, which you just heard a track off of, The Sorrowful Mysteries. These are the guys. Guys, thanks for being here.

Chris:     Thanks for having us.

Seth:     Thank you.

Brian (DCMR):    And now, since they're listening to you, introduce yourselves and what you play in the band.

Seth:     I'm Seth. I play guitar and I sing.

Brian:     Well, Brian, I am Brian, and I play keyboards.

Brian (DCMR):    Another Brian. I love it. All right.

Chris:     Too many Brians. I'm Chris. I play the drums.

Brian (DCMR):    And Chris on drums. So there's only three of you that made all that sound we just heard?

Seth:     Yes.

Chris:     Hard to know.

Seth:     There's ghosts in the machine.

Brian:     I think it was just us.

Brian (DCMR):    Excellent.

Seth:     Really good producer.

Brian (DCMR):    I was, yeah.

Brian:     Yeah.

Brian (DCMR):    You guys are awesome. So talk about ... First, I want to know the name. The Duskwhales. Where does that name come from?

Seth:     Our parents came up with it.

Chris:     That's not even true.

Brian (DCMR):    Oh stop it. For real.

Brian:     They definitely helped.

Brian (DCMR):    How did that happen?

Brian:     Well, we were-

Seth:     We just have good parents.

Brian:     Yeah, we got good parents. We were very, very young. We started the band in early high school. Seth wasn't even in high school.

Seth:     Yeah.

Chris:     Seth wasn't even born, actually.

Brian:     Yeah, it was kind of just a goofy name that we liked and our parents liked.

Seth:     They had to name me first because I wasn't born yet. Then we named the band. That's how it goes.

Chris:     Just put the words together and thought it sounded funny, and here we are.

Brian (DCMR):    Wow, so Dusk and Whales just came together, and then it became The Duskwhales.

Brian:     Yup.

Brian (DCMR):    And how long has that ... It's been ... You guys have been doing this for a few years, then.

Chris:     Yeah.

Brian (DCMR):    And it's always been The Duskwhales? That was it?

Seth:     Yeah.

Brian:     Almost eight years now.

Brian (DCMR):    That's amazing. And talk about ... Now, how did the band come together? Did you know each other? What was the ... How did it start?

Seth:     I knew Chris when I was really young, and then I met Brian when I was ...

Brian:     Pretty young as well.

Seth:     In, like, seventh grade.

Chris:     Seth and I played soccer together, so we'd been tripping over each other for many years.

Seth:     Yeah, now we just do it in music.

Chris:     Yeah. We were in high school and it was a very small high school, so everybody knew each other, so we kind of gravitated towards each other and then just started playing music together.

Brian (DCMR):    So in high school you started playing music together?

Chris:     Yeah, in high school.

Seth:     Well, I guess you were in high school. I wasn't.

Chris:     Junior high.

Brian (DCMR):    Fair.

Seth:     Junior high.

Chris:     The same building, though.

Brian (DCMR):    The baby. Yep, all right. And was it like talent shows or you were all in band or after, it was purely after school?

Chris:     [inaudible 00:02:42] music, so ...

Brian:     Our first show was a sweet 16 party.

Seth:     Yeah.

Brian:     For one of our classmates. One of your classmates.

Chris:     Yep.

Brian:     And then ...

Brian (DCMR):    You said "you" pointing to ...

Seth:     Chris.

Brian (DCMR):    Chris' classmate.

Brian:     Yeah, sorry. Yeah, because we were all in different grades. Chris was ...

Brian (DCMR):    I see.

Brian:     Yeah, Chris was in the grade above me and then Seth was in the grade below me.

Brian (DCMR):    Got it.

Brian:     Yeah, it's a little confusing there. But then we played ... We would do spiritual teen night. [crosstalk 00:03:12] That was an interesting experience. That was one of our early shows.

Chris:     Yeah. School events and then non-school events. We kind of gravitated away from those and then, yeah, just kind of started doing our own thing and learning a lot of cover songs and writing progressively less worse songs, I think is the important part.

Brian (DCMR):    It's evolved over time.

Chris:     Yeah.

Brian (DCMR):    Where did the harmonies come in. Did you all automatically know how to do that or did you learn over time?

Brian:     Well, we started doing a lot of cover shows, so we started covering a lot of The Beatles. Chris is a huge fan of The Beatles, and so he really likes to get it, dig into all the different harmonies so that we can authentically replicate the harmonies that are in The Beatles' songs. So we've kind of been learning from them.

Chris:     There's a really great YouTube series by this Italian ex-opera singer-producer.

Seth:     I didn't even know you liked The Beatles until now.

Chris:     There's this guy named [Gagliasso Fudu 00:04:01]. I'm probably butchering his name, but he's this crazy opera singer and he has a series where he analyzes all The Beatles' tracks, going through each of the individual harmonies. The stuff that he uncovers is pretty mind-boggling. You listen through She Loves You and all that.

Brian (DCMR):    Wow.

Chris:     Yeah, so we study that. It's like our Bible.

Seth:     Yeah.

Brian (DCMR):    So studying The Beatles and then incorporating some of that knowledge into your own music.

Brian:     Absolutely.

Chris:     Just copying it, basically.

Seth:     A lot of the harmonies, though, like before that, they would just come about naturally, just figuring out ideas.

Chris:     I was just copying Seth most of the time.

Seth:     That's true.

Brian (DCMR):    I guess the key is you're playing a lot of chords anyway, so you already kind of know what the notes would be.

Brian:     Oh yeah. We do, sometimes if we're stuck we'll go to the keyboard and we'll just figure out what's going to be the coolest little chord that we could come up with?

Seth:     That's what The Beach Boys would do, honestly.

Chris:     It works well because we have different ranges. I tend to gravitate towards the higher stuff, Brian goes lower, and Seth can kind of go wherever he wants, but he ends up somewhere in the middle.

Seth:     Sometimes I just stay there.

Chris:     To make it sound good, so ...

Brian (DCMR):    Wow. That's awesome. So now, what about you guys outside of music, then? Are you, like personal hobbies or what do you do other than the band? What is life like?

Seth:     I tend to go wherever I want. Chris goes for the high. Brian stays low. [inaudible 00:05:22] I have just recently got back into roller blading. We learned how to roller blade for a music video last year, and I put it away for a while, but I'm starting to roller blade again, so I'm having fun with that.

Chris:     All of the scabs are reopened.

Seth:     Yeah. On my knees already.

Brian (DCMR):    That tough learning curve. Roller blading.

Brian:     We started a Dungeons and Dragons group.

Brian (DCMR):    For real?

Seth:     Yeah.

Brian (DCMR):    That's awesome.

Chris:     It's not that awesome.

Brian:     It's a lot of fun, but ...

Brian (DCMR):    Who's the most Dungeons and Dragons of the three of you?

Brian:     Well, I'm the dungeon master.

Brian (DCMR):    Okay. So Brian is the one.

Brian:     Yeah, so guiding them along in the story. But we've got Hargrove Milk, Seth's character, and then Chris is Brody Brown.

Chris:     Oh my gosh. Brian killed off my character.

Brian:     It's a good time.

Seth:     Yeah, Brian killed his character.

Brian:     In the most recent session, yeah.

Chris:     He's a ghost now, as far as I'm concerned.

Brian (DCMR):    There it is. All right, so we're messing with dungeons, dragons, and ghosts now.

Brian:     Yeah, Dungeons and Dragons and Duskwhales.

Brian (DCMR):    What about you, Chris? Outside of music.

Chris:     Oh boy. Jeez, I eat a lot of salad. [crosstalk 00:06:23] Hanging out in the basement. Go for long walks. I don't know.

Seth:     You read.

Chris:     Yeah, I started reading It. The movie just came out, so I wanted to read that book. It's pretty spooky, so if you want a good scare, pick it up at your local library.

Brian (DCMR):    Like actually having nightmares from reading this?

Chris:     Yeah, if you enjoy having nightmares, this is the place to go.

Brian (DCMR):    This is the, okay.

Chris:     Stephen King.

Brian (DCMR):    Oh man, yeah, Stephen King, he delivers on that for sure.

Seth:     Oh yeah.

Brian (DCMR):    What about you guys? What's the ... Let's say the biggest success moment that comes to mind when you think about The Duskwhales?

Seth:     I'd say playing at the 9:30 Club.

Brian (DCMR):    Awesome. When was that? Tell me that story.

Seth:     We'd just, it was the last day of our, not the tour, but the tour before that. So it was end of our tour and we got to just play at the 9:30 Club, which was ridiculous because it's the best venue in DC, possibly that I've ever been to or have seen a show. I've seen every band that I love there, like Of Montreal and ... There's too many bands to even think of, but it was just, to be on that stage was humbling and empowering. It was really cool.

Brian (DCMR):    That's awesome. All right, 9:30 Club. That'd be it. Now, what about ... You were talking about those other bands, so let's have fun with this one. Each of you guys, what's one thing in your music collection that might surprise us?

Brian:     One thing in our music collection.

Brian (DCMR):    They're laughing, by the way, right now, so this is going to be good, if you can't see them.

Seth:     That's real extreme, though.

Brian:     Something that we listen to. Oh my goodness. Yeah, that's the crucial one.

Chris:     Maybe we should pick one for the other person.

Brian:     Yeah, I like that idea.

Brian (DCMR):    All right, so call them out.

Seth:     For Brian, it's Katy Perry Teenage Dream, which is probably one of our best pop albums.

Brian:     Oh my goodness, it's brilliant.

Seth:     It's really good.

Brian (DCMR):    Excellent.

Brian:     It's a geniusly crafted pop album.

Brian (DCMR):    Oh God, Brian, I'm so impressed right now.

Brian:     And everything she's done since then, it hasn't quite been Teenage Dream. That's, what an amazing album.

Brian (DCMR):    It hasn't quite been the same.

Seth:     She had a video where she burned the wig from that era, which was a huge mistake.

Brian:     Yeah.

Seth:     Can't go back. That's Brian's.

Brian (DCMR):    So that's Brian. What have we got?

Brian:     All right, let's see.

Chris:     Digging into Seth's roots, he had a big Emo era.

Seth:     Yeah

Brian:     That's true.

Chris:     So he hit hard on the My Chemical Romance.

Seth:     Still do.

Chris:     And all those ...

Brian:     Yeah, no shame.

Brian (DCMR):    Excellent. This is where if we pulled up next to him at the stoplight, you'd see him in the car, just absolutely singing his brains out.

Chris:     Yeah, just losing it.

Brian (DCMR):    Going for it.

Seth:     Yeah, my car's actually falling apart on the inside because of just hitting it, listening to music.

Chris:     It's a bit on the inside [inaudible 00:08:56]

Brian:     Seth, let's think though. Chris has such good taste in music.

Chris:     What have you got on me?

Brian:     Yeah, what?

Chris:     You got nothing.

Brian:     There's got to be something.

Seth:     What about if we just question what he listens to, like you don't like that he listens to that Australian band Pogo, like that really strange band that just takes Disney songs and-

Brian:     Oh yeah.

Chris:     Oh yeah, well that's ...

Brian:     He likes Disney music.

Chris:     No, okay, so this is-

Brian (DCMR):    Disney music. Oh, so good. [inaudible 00:09:20]

Chris:     Obviously Disney music is great.

Seth:     I'm just thinking of something you didn't like that he listens to.

Chris:     There's this Australian DJ named Pogo who takes little samples from Disney movies and he works them into these weird arrangements. So it's like the entire song is composed up of little bits of Pinocchio and there's a little bit of Snow White, and look, there it goes!

Brian:     It actually is really cool.

Chris:     It's super strange, yeah, and it's ...

Brian (DCMR):    Oh my God. That's amazing.

Chris:     It's kind of electronic stuff.

Brian (DCMR):    Now, one, so my favorite question that I love to ask is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Seth:     To anyone?

Chris:     Don't quit.

Brian (DCMR):    It's up to you. Answer it however you like.

Brian:     Yeah, don't quit.

Brian (DCMR):    Don't quit. Say more.

Chris:     Keep at it. Don't get discouraged, because you're probably going to play a lot of shows that don't make you feel the inside, but you might play something that you feel pretty good about yourself. Practice a lot.

Brian:     Yeah, practice.

Chris:     Practice with your full band and with yourself.

Seth:     Practice instrumentally and then practice only with the vocals.

Chris:     Yeah.

Brian:     Yeah, and know who you are and be true to yourself, which is very vague, but know what your dream really is. If your dream is to become famous, then that's ridiculous. That can't be your dream.

Brian (DCMR):    Right. That makes sense.

Brian:     Yeah, but to make music, to make music for other people, you've really got to get your priorities in check.

Brian (DCMR):    Know the direction you're headed in. I like that, guys. Now, if they want to find out more about you and the cool things that are happening with The Duskwhales, where do they go to follow you guys?

Chris:     TheDuskWhales.com, Facebook/TheDuskWhales, @TheDuskWhales on Twitter and Instagram are the main ones.

Brian (DCMR):    Excellent.

Seth:     Or come to a show and get to know us.

Chris:     Yep.

Brian (DCMR):    I was going to say, in person they're ... I'm sitting here with them and they're amazing guys. I hope you get to meet these guys someday.

November 29, 2016 - Special Guest: Gordon Sterling

FROM TODAY'S SHOW

NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MUSIC

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

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Gordon Sterling - Guitarist/Singer - Nappy Riddem

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BIO

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

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

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

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

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

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

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

Brian:   That's amazing.

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

Brian:   Yeah. I mean, that ...

Gordon:   We're really heavily behind it.

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

Gordon:   We'll be touring nationally.

Brian:   Okay.

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

Brian:   Got it, Okay.

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

Brian:   Got it.

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

Brian:   Got it.

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

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

Gordon:   Six.

Brian:   Okay.

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

Brian:   Really?

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

Brian:   Yeah.

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

Brian:   Got it.

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

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

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

Brian:   Got it. Okay.

Gordon:   Rex Riddem, that was his DJ name.

Brian:   Sure. 

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

Brian:   So Nappy Riddem was his DJ name also?

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

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

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

Brian:   I get it now.

Gordon:   It's a lot to ... Yeah.

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

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

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

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

Brian:   Yeah.

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

Gordon:   Sean Gotkin.

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

Gordon:   He does. He does.

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

Brian:   Wow. A lot of recording.

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

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

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

Brian:   Holy smokes.

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

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

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

Brian:   Wow. Okay.

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

Brian:   7,000 people. Holy smokes.

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

Brian:   That's amazing.

Gordon:   I got a few.

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

Gordon:   Other than that?

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

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

Brian:   Absolutely. Would you say ...

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

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

Brian:   Okay.

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

Brian:   Right.

Gordon:   That never happened to me.

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

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

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

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

Gordon:   Stay persistent.

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

Brian:   What does that mean? Say more.

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

Brian:   Yeah, it is. Yeah.

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

Brian:   That's right.

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

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

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

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

Gordon:   Yes. Yes. Yes. 

Brian:   That's Nappyriddem.com

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

Brian:   Got it. Okay. 

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

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

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

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

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

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