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8/08/17 - Special Guest: Josh Brick - Concert Photographer

Thanks Josh Brick, DC Concert Photographer, for coming by the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Fine Line by Humble Fire (Indie/Dream Pop) 
  2. I Wish by Nappy Riddem (Funk) 
  3. Better Batter by Moogatu (Hard Rock/Funk)
  4. No Shackles and Chains by Ras Slick (Reggae) 
  5. Involved by Rent Party (Rock/Blues Rock)
  6. Basslove Pt II by Of Tomorrow (Rock/Funk)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Hip Hop Genre playlist is up!  Hope you’ll check out these incredible artists, and follow the playlist, we’ll keep adding great hip hop as we find more great tracks.

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NEW RELEASES

Sub-Radio - Was It Good For You (Single)
Surprise Attack - First (4 Song EP)
Christos DC - Tessera (12 Song album)
The Cowards Choir - I Took A Drive (Single)
Humble Fire - Builder (7 Song EP)

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

There's so many!  Visit our Local Music Calendar to see the full list!  These are just the few we discussed on the show to get you started.

Fri Aug 11
Humble Fire & Near Northeast @ Rock & Roll Hotel on H Street NE, DC
Oh He Dead, Two Ton Twig, Soldiers of Suburbia & Justin Trawick @ 9:30 Club on U Street, DC

Sat Aug 12
His Dream Of Lions @ Workhouse Brewfest in Lorton, VA

Sun Aug 13
Rare Essence @ MGM National Harbor in National Harbor, MD
Braddock Station Garrison @ Iota Club & Cafe in Arlington, VA

Tues Aug 15
Luke James Shaffer @ Songbyrd Music House in Adams Morgan, DC
Lisa Said & Olivia Mancini @ The Black Cat on 14th St NW, DC

Wed Aug 16
Human Country Jukebox @ Madam’s Organ in Adams Morgan, DC



JOSH BRICK GRAPHICS

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

Josh Brick DC Music Rocks

I am an experienced graphic designer and photographer. Thank you for visiting my online portfolio. I have been in the graphic design field for eight years professionally. I earned a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in 2006 with a focus on print journalism. My design focuses on page layout and typography. I aim for clean designs that provide easy readabillity and engagement. 

Photography has always been one of my interests and I continue to develop my skills in that field. I have been able to combine my love of music and photographs by building a collection of extensive concert captures. In addition to concert photography, I also have experience in weddings, engagement photos, landscapes and portraits.

Links

Website www.joshbrickgraphics.com

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

Twitter  https://twitter.com/brickjp

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/joshbrickgraphics/

Josh Brick

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. Josh Brick is a local DMV area photographer with a focus on live music. He's been active since early 2013 and has been building a reputation since then as a supporter of the DC music scene. He's an experienced graphic designer and photographer. He earned a degree in media arts and design from James Madison University in 2006, with a focus on print journalism. Photography has always been one of his interests and he has been able to combine his love of music and photographs by building a collection of extensive concert captures.

    In addition to concert photography, he also has experience with of course weddings, engagement photos, landscapes and portraits. The man is a photographer of all things. He loves the live music though. I've been following his work for several years now. It just, great. I appreciate all those good concert photos, especially from some of the other local bands. A lot of the bands know this guy. It's a treat to actually get to share him with you now, because he's the man behind the scene, that doesn't get the spotlight. I love we're giving you the spotlight now, man. Josh, thanks for being here.

Josh:     Thank you. I very much appreciate it and excited to be here.

Brian:     Absolutely. Now, talk about how did you get into photography? Where did that start?

Josh:     It was always an interest of mine back in high school and in college, but I just never, it was basically just a hobby. I never had real equipment or basically a DSLR camera. As I mentioned before, I was given one as a gift and then it just took off from there. I've been going to shows since I can remember, and then I just thought that well, when I see something that's incredible, I thought I have to document this. I have to show people. If you say to someone, "Hey. I went to a great show last night." They don't really think anything of that. If you share with them a photo and say, "Hey check this out. Look at this." In an instant they can get a much better appreciation for what the event was like.

Brian:     That's so true. At what point did you decide that you wanted to do, continue to do more and more with this. A lot of people have passions for photography but for you, you've kind of taken it to another level. There is a social media presence and a website.

Josh:     Yeah at first I didn't decide, okay I'm going to be a concert photographer. It just, I got the bug and I just was going to see shows and I just at that point my goal was just to keep shooting more shows and to see as much music as I could. Then, after I don't know six months to a year, it started building and I thought, okay this could actually be something. That was kind of the beginning of it I guess. It was really the love for music first, and then kind of joining the photography with it. It's been great.

Brian:     Oh man. Well, I love that you discovered it and I love that you stuck with it. It's if you go back in time and you look back in history at the shots you've done. I can also see the progression of you as a photographer, which has also been amazing to see how it's evolved man.

Josh:     Thank you.

Brian:     What's your DC region connection? It said James Madison University in the bio. You're from here? How did you get to DC?

Josh:     Grew up in Springfield, Virginia.

Brian:     Get out of here, yeah? Springfield, alright.

Josh:     Robert E. Lee High School and Springfield Mall back in the day. I'm still here.

Brian:     Yeah. Fantastic. Where are you now? What part of the city?

Josh:     I am right down the street from this studio actually in Arlington, so near Courthouse.

Brian:     Fantastic.

Josh:     It's a great place to be.

Brian:     Absolutely. Now, when you're going all over the city then. Do you tend to concentrate more on Arlington shows? Talk about the different venues and the different places you go.

Josh:     Sure. I definitely have an interest in local music and nationally touring acts.

Brian:     Sure.

Josh:     I just, if something strikes me, if I think a band is good and it's great music, then I'll follow that. Nothing else really comes in to play. It's always about the music first. Over the years, I've just been able to build relationships with local venues. As I've mentioned before, Gypsie Sally's is one of my favorite clubs, since that opened almost four years ago. It's kind of the same time I was starting, is when that club opened.

Brian:     Yeah.

Josh:     I'm there all the time. Also, I frequent The Hamilton downtown, which is, they have phenomenal acts there. That's just a great room for music, state of the art, stage projection and sound. Other places like Iota just down the street from here. It's a blessing to be able to essentially walk from my apartment over and catch a show whenever I want.

Brian:     Right.

Josh:     I can't complain about that.

Brian:     That's amazing man. It's been a treat. It really looks like you've kind of shot just about every club in the scene pretty much.

Josh:     Yeah, mostly. There's still some I need to get.

Brian:     Do you have like a bucket list of places you haven't been yet?

Josh:     Definitely, you mean in DC?

Brian:     Yeah. Venues you haven't shot yet?

Josh:     Probably. I mean, I've shot 930 Club a bunch and that is an experience that's kind of different than a smaller club.

Brian:     How so?

Josh:     Well, it's just everything is bigger, better, louder, pretty much.

Brian:     Sounds like a tag line for a venue, bigger, better, louder. Yep, that's a 930 Club t-shirt right there. You heard it here first guys. That's amazing.

Josh:     Bigger, better, louder. When you shoot artists there, they really look like rock stars. It just looks like just with the lights and the state and the fog and whatnot, when you take a shot there, it's like okay. I can really make this band look good.

Brian:     Wow. That's cool. Alright. What about you on the personal side? You do a lot of photography. When you get away from that, what else is there to Josh?

Josh:     Well, there's a lot of photography like you said. You know, I grew up doing graphic design, which is what a part of my profession, which I was able to basically combine those two things because at the end of the day, photos are graphics. I'm able to kind of play with that in terms of marketing and things like that, and pushing out music that I love. Other than that, I mean I'm just essentially a music fan at my core. That's what started it all is just I love music. I love finding other people that love music. If there's that bond, then we can really get along.

Brian:     That's cool. Now, you can't get away that easy. Are you a Netflix guy? Are you a gym rat? Are you, everybody seems to have little things. Are you a member of a book club?

Josh:     I am not. I am not a member of a book club. There are other things. I mean, I'm obsessed with basketball and tennis as well.

Brian:     Really?

Josh:     Those are sports I'm dedicated-

Brian:     You mean go watch them, go play them?

Josh:     Watch them, play them, just everything about those two sports gets me going every time. I played tennis in high school and my dad taught me how to play basketball as a kid. I just keep that going and so that's kind of a good escape from always being behind the lens.

Brian:     Yeah. Absolutely.

Josh:     I will say that one of my dreams is I love to shoot sports photography as well, whether it be the Washington Wizards for example.

Brian:     Oh Wizards? A Wizard photographer.

Josh:     I want to have that job.

Brian:     Being a Wizards fan is sometimes a thankless thing.

Josh:     We've suffered for years.

Brian:     Have you been a fan for years I take it?

Josh:     Since the Bullet days.

Brian:     No way. All the way back?

Josh:     All the way back.

Brian:     Oh man, we're going back. I love it. Cool. Alright, now, talk about memories you have in the scene. Are there moments that stick out in your photography time that are more memorable than others? What sticks out to you?

Josh:     Oh absolutely. For example, the first time that I was actually compensated for shooting[inaudible 00:08:36].

Brian:     That would be a success moment.

Josh:     That was, I got to give a shout out to Soul Rooots who's a great local guitar player and singer.

Brian:     Yeah, yes. We jam to him. Yeah.

Josh:     It literally was that first connection. I don't remember how it happened, but he reached out. He was playing the State Theater. It was a pretty big gig. He was opening for Shamika Copeland actually, I think. Anyway, I've had that. I've been friends with him ever since. I mean, I've supported him and his music and he still will call me up, any given day and say "Hey can you come shoot this gig?" That was definitely a memory that kind of boosted it all is that I got paid for work.

Brian:     Nice. You got paid for one. What ever memories come to mind?

Josh:     Well, one that was pretty recent was over, maybe about a month ago, the final Iota jam.

Brian:     Oh.

Josh:     Which was-

Brian:     For those people who don't know what you mean when you say final Iota jam, what is that mean?

Josh:     I guess a little over a year ago, Gordon Sterling and Sean Godfrey, Gordon being [inaudible 00:09:47], Sean has his own studio, Blue Hippo Recordings in Centerville. They decided that they were going to start a jam. It's been done before.

Brian:     Right.

Josh:     There was something different about the way they did it. They had exactly a one year run at Iota, every single Tuesday, and out of 52 weeks, they only missed one week. They did 51 out of 52 weeks straight basically. The final one occurred last month sometime and it was just a huge blowout. I mean, I think Sean said there was 300 people. It was a Tuesday night.

Brian:     A Tuesday night.

Josh:     Tuesday night.

Brian:     Wow.

Josh:     It was packed.

Brian:     What a crowd.

Josh:     That was definitely an unforgettable night for many people in many different ways. It was emotional. It was fun. Everybody was happy and it was fantastic.

Brian:     That's awesome. Now, what about, okay. The one question that I always love to ask in all my interviews is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Josh:     Oh that's a great question. I mean, I would say that you need to. The piece of advice that I would give is that to respect your craft and to respect your colleagues. If you do those things, you're probably have a good shot at success, because I mean the craft, whether, I'm a photographer but there's musicians. I can tell when they respect their craft, when they're true.

Brian:     What do you mean when you say respect their craft? What do you mean?

Josh:     Just basically become completely immersed in what you're doing. For me, I'm not playing instruments. I'm taking a photo. I didn't do it just to do it. I did it because I was drawn to it and it basically chose me at that point. I surrendered to the pull of needing to see live music and document it. When I see certain musicians and I watch them play and I watch them pour their hearts out. I can tell, this is a true musician. I think, it goes for everything. That's respect your craft. Respect your colleagues. I mean, to me, music isn't a competition. That's what gets lost a lot of times because bands want to make it. You want whatever that means. I don't even know. If you support your colleagues, then that's going to help you along the way. There's definitely other photographers that I love and respect and so I try to show that all the time.

Brian:     Wow. I appreciate that. That's some profound advice. I like that Josh. Alright. For those folks who want to find out more about you and follow what you're doing, where do they go?

Josh:     Facebook would be Josh Brick Graphics, three words, pretty simple. Instagram I'm Josh Brick Graphics, same thing. Also, www.joshbrickgraphics.com.

Brian:     Whoa.

Josh:     I'm also on Twitter @brickjp, B-R-I-C-K-J-P. There's plenty of ways to find me.

Brian:     There it is, plenty of ways. Is there one that some people prefer Instagram or Facebook or Twitter? Do you lean one way or the other?

Josh:     I mean, I'm pretty much Instagram and Facebook are probably my two favorite. Just reach out to me. I can provide any photo from the archive that you might be interested in.

Brian:     Nice. Archives. You've got access to the archives listeners. That's amazing.

November 29, 2016 - Special Guest: Gordon Sterling

FROM TODAY'S SHOW

NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MUSIC

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

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Gordon Sterling - Guitarist/Singer - Nappy Riddem

VIDEO - BIO - PHOTOS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO

Gordon Sterling Nappy Riddem dc music rocks

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

www.nappyriddem.com

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

https://twitter.com/nappyriddem

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

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

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

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

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

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

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

Brian:   That's amazing.

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

Brian:   Yeah. I mean, that ...

Gordon:   We're really heavily behind it.

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

Gordon:   We'll be touring nationally.

Brian:   Okay.

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

Brian:   Got it, Okay.

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

Brian:   Got it.

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

Brian:   Got it.

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

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

Gordon:   Six.

Brian:   Okay.

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

Brian:   Really?

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

Brian:   Yeah.

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

Brian:   Got it.

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

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

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

Brian:   Got it. Okay.

Gordon:   Rex Riddem, that was his DJ name.

Brian:   Sure. 

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

Brian:   So Nappy Riddem was his DJ name also?

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

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

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

Brian:   I get it now.

Gordon:   It's a lot to ... Yeah.

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

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

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

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

Brian:   Yeah.

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

Gordon:   Sean Gotkin.

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

Gordon:   He does. He does.

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

Brian:   Wow. A lot of recording.

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

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

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

Brian:   Holy smokes.

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

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

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

Brian:   Wow. Okay.

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

Brian:   7,000 people. Holy smokes.

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

Brian:   That's amazing.

Gordon:   I got a few.

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

Gordon:   Other than that?

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

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

Brian:   Absolutely. Would you say ...

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

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

Brian:   Okay.

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

Brian:   Right.

Gordon:   That never happened to me.

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

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

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

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

Gordon:   Stay persistent.

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

Brian:   What does that mean? Say more.

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

Brian:   Yeah, it is. Yeah.

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

Brian:   That's right.

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

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

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

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

Gordon:   Yes. Yes. Yes. 

Brian:   That's Nappyriddem.com

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

Brian:   Got it. Okay. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 4, 2016 - Special Guest: Ardamus

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

NEWS

  1. DC Artists can submit their projects for consideration for the Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards).  
    http://www.wamadc.com/wama/wammies/w-productregistry.html

MUSIC

  1. Outstanding - II D'Extreme (Hip Hop)
  2. How Sexy Can You Get (feat. Jas Funk) Rare Essence (R&B/GoGo)
  3. Devil Needs a Bodyguard - Nappy Riddem (Funk/Reggae)
  4. Live Your Life (feat. Kokayi) - Ardamus (Hip Hop/Trip Hop)
  5. I'm Not The One - Ardamus & C Royal (Hip Hop/Trip Hop)
  6. Quite Fresh (feat. Chaquis Maliq, RNL, and Fleetwood DeVille - Ardamus & C Royal(Hip Hop/Trip Hop)
  7. Fire Saved The Day - Drive TFC (Rock/Alt-Rock)
  8. Intro/Outro music by Fellowcraft (Hard Rock/Blues)

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ARDAMUS

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BIO

Hailing from Nashville, TN. to reside in Washington, DC to obtain an undergrad degree at Howard University, Ardamus was honing his skills as a rapper as well. Over the yrars of developing a style of his own from being a part of various open mic movements and battles, Ardamus soon earned a rep for being one the most premiere hip hop artists in the DM area. Known for being part of such groups as FAR EXP, Ingelside Collective, ARDAPLUS, The Lucky So And So’s, DropLockers, and the music-collective/label, Delegation Music, Ardamus has become a DC hip hop visionary and legend. Fresh off of delivering his Philin D. Blanks remix series, Ardamus now delivers his newest solo effort in an album series entitled “I Can’t Replace Me” divided into an EP (Before I Replace You) and a 2-part album (Part 1: Improve and Part 2: Develop) via Delegation Music. The project consists of production from Ardamus himself as well production from Kev Brown, Hezekiah, Oddisee, Vherbal of Anno Domini, Tom Delay, Slimkat78, Chase Moore, and many others. The album features appearances by labelmates RNL and Prowess as well as Open Mike Eagle, Kokayi, Seez Mics, Chee Malabar, Poem-cees, and a hosts of other guests.

LINKS:  ARDAMUS / FACEBOOK TWITTER YOUTUBE

Brian mentioned remembering a show where Ardamus comes up and freestyles at a Fellowcraft show.  Toward the end of the video, you can watch it here.

Interview Transcript

Note: Transcription is not 100% accurate with artist names referred to.  Please reference video for actual pronunciation, and reference artists connected with Ardamus to find those who are referred to.

Brian:  Let's meet you. Introduce yourself personally. Who's Ardamus the person and then tell us about Ardamus the artist.

Ardamus:  Ardamus the person is very complicated. Yeah, me as a person, I'm very laid back, chill. I try to help out as many people as I can and [crosstalk 00:00:23].

Brian:  When did you get up to DC? You said you came up to DC from Tennessee, right?

Ardamus:  Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I'm from the South, from Nashville, Tennessee. I was born and raised there and I decided to move here for college. Just had a lot of energy to get out. Down South at the time I felt like I couldn't, so I came to DC just for a challenge, man. I loved it here and decided to stay.

Brian:  Where did Ardamus the artist, the musician, the rapper, where did he come from? When did that happen?

Ardamus: That happened actually when I was back in Nashville. When I was around eight, I actually wrote this ... I was in church and I wrote this battle rap for some reason. I can't remember what it was for. It was for a talent show thing and I wrote this rap for me and these other two kids. We were just battling. By then, I was introduced to a lot of the rap's greatest hits that were out, like Roxanne Shanté, UTFO, and Run DMC. From then, I think I want to say around when I was thirteen, I got serious about it because I would listen to Cypress Hill's first album. I got really into that. I got into Masta Ace's second album SlaughtaHouse, Ice Cube's Death Certificate. A lot of those albums kind of just started influencing me.

Brian:  It started as a rap battle in church and then it turned into, "I'm going to keep doing this" and then it never stopped?

Ardamus:  Yeah, pretty much. It kept me out of trouble, to be honest with you. Out of everything. That's funny. Out of everything that could keep you out of trouble, doing hip-hop. 

Brian:  Hip-hop and rap keeps you out of trouble. I dig it.

Ardamus:  Yeah. It got me into some other trouble, but it wasn't like that. It was good trouble, it was good trouble.

Brian:  In the songs, they always talk about how it seems to get you into trouble, so it's great to hear that it also kept you out of trouble. I like that, man.

Ardamus:  It's crazy.

Brian:  One of the fun questions I like to ask is what do you love and/or appreciate about the DC music scene?

Ardamus:  Oh, the DC music scene is actually always bubbling with a lot of talent. There's always people creating, always trying to make their maneuvers. Whether it's in a solo effort or a group effort, a lot of people just are driven here to do that. I think it gets slept on wholeheartedly because there are not a ton of commercial outlets. I think that feeds the hunger for a lot of people to want to do more.

Ardamus:  I think that's one of the main things I like about it. It made me focus on doing that myself along with other people within my circle or even outside of that.

Brian:  Was there somebody, was it one person or a few people in particular that kind of pushed you to keep going and record and more albums and this latest series?

Ardamus:  There were a lot of people. I actually got to shout out quite a few people. The homies [Poe MCs 00:03:19], actually. If you know about [Poe MCs 00:03:22], they were on Def Poetry Jam, two of the dopest brothers I had seen on the mic. They actually inspired me because they were just so different from a lot of people I had heard. I actually ended up doing some production for them later on on their last project that came out, but they inspired me. Asheru, who is part of Unspoken Heard. Shout out to Asheru and Blue Black. They was doing their thing. Amphibians, Infinite Loop.

Brian:  There's a lot of great ... It came from a group. It wasn't one person, it was a lot of people that have pulled you and pushed you along and helped you?

Ardamus: Yeah, I mean, Miscellaneous Flux. I could keep going.

Ardamus:  All of them influence me.

Brian:  Yeah. Tell me the story about the best show you've played. What was it? Where was it? 

Ardamus:  There are a lot of shows that have stuck out to me. I could say in particular one of the best shows, I actually got two. They're tied. They're both and Rock and Roll Hotel.

Ardamus:  One show was when I opened up with the homie DJ Metaphysical, shout outs to him actually, for this group called Das Racist. 

Ardamus:  For those who don't know who Das Racist is, it's D-A-S R-A-C-I-S-T. They are actually a three person group. They broke up now but they were very big a couple years ago and they have solo careers now. From what I remember they sold out the venue and that was the first time I got to play a sold out show.

Ardamus:  It was a crazy show.

Ardamus:  They sparked a lot of controversy too with a lot of the topics they covered with racism and everything.

Ardamus:  That was a dope show. Then actually Souls of Mischief, they were on their tour for the 93 'til Infinity celebration of just having that classic album out for years. Shout outs to my [farks-p 05:31] homies. We opened up for that show and it was an amazing show. Those are two of the most ...

Brian:  When you say amazing shows, is it because the fans are really into it or is it because you nailed the performance or all of the above? What makes it an amazing show?

Ardamus:  Just everything. The experience, the atmosphere, the people. I'm seeing people that I haven't seen in years up there.

Ardamus:  People who don't even come out to the shows that I do on the rag. They're coming out now, "Hey, didn't know you were doing a show." It's like, "I told you I was doing a show."

Brian:  "I told you I was going to be here." Wow, okay.

Ardamus:  I got to say, making new fans too. That's another thing that trips me out because for a while doing music I never thought about it. I was just like, "Yeah, I'm just going to do this. I'm going to put it out there, I'll just see what happens."

Ardamus:  I out here like I don't know what it is, it wasn't like I was tripping on just gaining new fans. I just thought, "Well, I'm going to put this as an ethereal, what I'm feeling, and put this on a beat and see what happens." People come to me like, "Hey man, what you did, that one song, da da da, it was good." I cherish that each time whether it's a group effort or a solo effort.

Brian:  Shout out to the fans who do that, too. Us as artists, I can't say we've talked about it before on the show but it's truly appreciated whether it's a comment on a video or you reach out on Facebook or you see us after the show, come up and shake Ardamus' hand and say, "Dude, I really loved that one thing you did." Hearing that stuff is such a cool thing. Thank you to you fans who do that. Thank you guys so much for doing that.

Ardamus:  Yes.

Brian:  Ardamus, what's the future look like for you? Where you headed?

Ardamus:  Okay, shout outs to my man Arnelle and Edward As Is, we just dropped out project droplockers. Beat Breaking Volume 1. For more information check it out at our website Droplockers

Ardamus:  We're actually doing a show with Henri Osborne and Rob Sonic, Upgrade and Kid Raphael, Vigilantics, I hope I got his name right, and DJ Zone. They're on a tour right now, we're going to be doing a show with them on October 14th at Velvet Lounge.

Ardamus:  Some of y'all in the indy hip-hop game, if you'll all know about Henri Osborne, you already know he's on his tour for his Duo album along with Rob Sonic. He's down with the Rhymesayers Crew. He's down with the Rhymesayers Crew, he's in Hail Mary Mallon with Aesop Rock. Check that out. October 15th I am dropping the last series of my Can't Replace Me album series, After I Replace You. I dropped a teaser single "Almost There" produced by the Homie Hezekiah who's worked with The Roots and Mohamed Dia. That's going to come out October 15th.  In December, actually, this is how much stuff I'm doing I guess I can say. I'm putting out a Freecember project with this label called Fake Four. Fake Four is out of Connecticut if you know about [chess-kee 09:06], Ronald, shout outs to him. He runs the label. I've been good friends with him for a while and he's creating a buzz. I'm actually going to be working on that for the next two months.

Brian:  Wow, so there's a lot of exciting things coming forward for Ardamus. No brakes, all gas. We're hitting the gas on this thing, keep it going.

Ardamus:  There's more stuff, I don't want to take up to much time.

Brian:  Wow, I appreciate it. I want to get to the tracks you brought.

Ardamus:  Yes, yes, exactly.

Brian:  Also, I got two last things that I want to ask.

Ardamus:  Go.

Brian:  One is, if you have a piece of advice that you would offer musicians what would that be?

Ardamus:  Not everybody is an A & R. Always consider this. Trust people ...

Brian:  When you say A & R, what's A & R?

Ardamus:  Artists and what is it? Artists and representation? I can't remember what it is. I just remember that it's A & R, people try to mold artists all the time.

Brian:  Oh, I see.

Ardamus:  You know what I'm saying? Yeah, right.

Ardamus:  I always forget, it's been so long since I've heard that term. I just think about this to my old days. Basically trust yourself as an artist but always know that what you say can have its rewards or it can have its consequences, but the thing is you take the risk, you take the risk. You got to stand up for what you say.

Brian:  Oh, yes. Don't let other people dictate what you're doing? Be you and at by the same token follow through on what you do and stand up for what you did.

Ardamus:  Yeah, take advice as constructive.

Ardamus:  That's kind of what I mean.

Brian:  Okay.

Ardamus:  I think that's the most important thing for any artist. Anything that's good that can build you up you take that, if it builds it down don't even bother with it.

Brian:  Yeah, okay. Last one. Special message you have for the fans, talk to them. 

Ardamus:  Shoot. Just be ready for more to come. That's all I could say. I wish I could say more but there's a lot of collaborations that are coming up aside just from the stuff that I'm doing. Just be ready for that. That's all I can say. Yeah.

Brian:  Just lots of love. He's got lots of love. Man, I'm looking forward to these things. Next up, what this next track you've got for us, it looks like "I'm Not the One."

Ardamus:  Yeah.

Brian:  Run this one through real quick.

Ardamus:  Actually this is a song off a project called The Glass is Half Full album that I did with my homeboy Scottie Royal, used to be known as C Royal, shout outs to him. The single is called "I'm Not the One" featuring Andrew Bucket. Let's just get into it. 

Brian:  Video, you guys rock. Ardamus. Yeah. Thanks guys.

August 9, 2016 - Special Guest: Christian of Capital City Showcase

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MUSIC FROM TODAY'S SHOW

  1. Native Deen - M-U-S-L-I-M (Hip-Hop/R&B)
  2. Nappy Riddem - Rastar (Funk/Hip-Hop)
  3. Bells and Hunters - Weddings and Funerals (Rock)
  4. Rachel Levitin - Secret's Safe (Pop/Rock/Indie Rock)
  5. Yellowtieguy - War (Should I Be So Surprised) (Rock)
  6. Adrian Krygowski - Elbow Grease (Country/Bluegrass/Folk)
  7. Justin Trawick & The Common Good - Goodbye (Bluegrass/Rock/Americana)

Live Music Venue Spotlight (as discussed on the show, site of this week's Capital City Showcase): Atlas Brew Works


Christian of The Capital City Showcase

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Christian Hunt DC Music Rocks

The Capital City Showcase is the variety show that features the best performing artists in the DC area.  Hosted by comedian and life-long Washingtonian Christian Hunt, the Showcase has featured some of the best stand-up comedians, improv comedians, storytellers, rock and funk bands, acoustic singer-songwriters, and hip-hop artists in the scene.  For over five years, we have put the spotlight on DC's vibrant arts scene and shown the DMV is a premiere place for top-level talent.  Showcase performers have toured across the country and been featured on national television programs such as The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Last Comic Standing, and The Voice

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