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7/25/17 - Special Guest: In Your Memory

A big thank you to Casey, Omar, and JB from In Your Memory for coming and joining us this week!

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  1. Ripe by Dangerous Curves (Hard Rock/Classic Metal) 
  2. Layers of Lies by In Your Memory (Hard Rock/Punk Rock) 
  3. Our Youth by Better Homes (Rock/Pop Punk)
  4. Smithereens by The Buzz (Rock/Power Pop) 
  5. Now That We're Home by Technicians (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)
  6. Matches in the Wind by Wings Denied (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal)

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In Your Memory - F2L (Single)

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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 July 28
In Your Memory, Better Homes @ Rock And Roll Hotel in DC

Sat July 29
Black Alley @ Renaissance Hotel in DC

Sun July 30
Jason Masi @ Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard in MD
Justin Trawick (opening for The Haggis) at The Hamilton in DC

Wed Aug 2
The U-Liners @ Gypsy Sally’s in DC

Thu Aug 3
The Duskwhales @ DC9 in DC




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 In Your Memory is A 5 piece rock band out of Washington, D.C. that’s been putting down beats since 2013, and released their debut album, “Reflections,” in 2014. After Casey joined and the final lineup was develop, the band began touring more regularly, touring all over the east coast, honing in their live performance and sound. It was at this time that “sloppy vicious” was born, a term used to describe the haphazard stage presence and live energy of the band. Through the last couple year’s, the band has experienced many achievements, to include performing on Vans Warped Tour, landing in AP Magazine, and recording with Letlive’s guitarist, Jeff Sahyoun.” That record  will be released in July of 2017.

They don’t strive in being perfect but if you’re looking for personality and character with a passionate stage presence, you’ve met your match.




Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC regions music scene, and now we get to know one of the those sets of people which is In Your Memory whose here with me in the studio. In Your Memory is a 5 piece rock band out of Washington DC, that's been putting down beats since 2013. They released their debut album, Reflections, in 2014, and then after Casey joined the final ... After Casey joined and the final line-up was kinda developed, the band began touring more regularly all over the East Coast, and honing their live performance and sound to put together the great shows that you'll see like on Friday night. At, on August 28th, which is not August 28th, it's July 28th-

Omar:     There we go.

Brian:     ... at Rock n Roll Hotel. So, it was that, it was at this time that Sloppy Vicious was born, which is a term used to describe the haphazard stage presence and live energy of the band. So, through the last couple years, the bands experienced many achievements, including performing on the band's Warped Tour, landing in AP Magazine, and recording with Let Lives guitarist, Jeff Sahyoun, which was, now, is that F to L that we heard or is that on the upcoming album?

Omar:     No, so that includes F to L and all the, well in this case, 6 out of the 8 songs on this record coming out.

Brian:     Holy smokes. Well, guys it's such a treat to have you on here man. This is ...

Omar:     Thanks for having us.

Brian:     You're live.  This is cool. Talk to us now, you ... Well first, introduce yourselves again, and say what are the instruments you play and what part of, like, how long have you been with the band.

Omar:     Definitely. Well, out of the, I guess, since 2013 right? I joined right around that time. 2013, 2014. I'm Omar. I'm singing and jumping off some stuff. Hopefully I can learn how to climb off some stuff like John.

Casey:     Are we talking about John the Ninja from ...

Omar:     Yah.

Brian:     Yah, absolutely.

Casey:     I like his skills. My name's Casey. I play guitar or, yah, we'll just put it there. I play guitar. I do a little bit of singing, sometimes I throw in a little didgeridoo here and there. You know, just, you know switch it up a little bit. I like to call that our shenanigans in In Your Memory. I play ... I throw in the didge, you know what I'm saying?

Brian:     The didge.

Casey:     The didge.  If you don't have a didgeridoo in your band, then are you a band?

Brian:     There you go.

Casey:     If you don't have a kazoo, are you the Kazoo Kid? If you don't have a harmonica, are you the Blues Brothers? Like, c'mon.

Brian:     Wow. It's the little things. Maybe it's the little things.

Casey:     Mars.

Brian:     Holey smokes. Alright. So, and now, how did the band come together? What's that story?

Omar:     Definitely. Definitely. You know-

Brian:     And the name? Where'd the name come from too? I want to know.

Omar:     Alright. Right there on the spot. No, I got you. Listen, let's take it back to when the band first started, right? So, the funny story is that everybody always thinks that me and Casey had to do something with that. And the truth is that it actually started with John and Alex, our drummer and guitarist. Those were the guys that were dealing their services left and right, trying to find the right concoction to put together, right? So those were the gurus that got this show on the road, and eventually they stumbled upon Troy, you know through the lovely Craig's List. He was a Craig's List pickup.

Brian:     Excellent. And Troy plays, plays what?

Omar:     He plays a bass.

Brian:     Got it.

Casey:     I'd like to note the rarity of Craig's List pickups ever working. I just wanted to note that. It's a very rare ...

Brian:     You know. Actually, I want to say that on the show we've heard about a lot of the success stories, and what most of the people listening don't know is that there are 99 out of every 100 are failures.

Omar:     Exactly.

Brian:     But we happen to have a lot of really good Craig's List stories on the show. It's kind of amazing. So, you get this different perspective when you hear only success stories on this show. But yes, it is really rare.

Casey:     Well, you know what, we'll let you have hope then. We will let you have that hope.

Omar:     There you go.

Brian:     So you got a Craig's List, sorry.

Omar:     So, they ran as a 3 man band for a few months. Eventually they stumbled upon me, while I was doing some work with another band. After going back and forth, I decided to jump into the thing, which actually brings us to right around the time when we actually changed the name of the band. John B, J-B, our drummer, he actually took the mantle on that one. We went back and forth for a few days, and eventually he was just like "Hey dude. Why don't we just try this name, In Your Memory"? And it kind of stuck. The mind set behind it was really, hey, it's not only about ... It's not only about, like you know, that whole concept of In Your Memory and obviously someone passing. I remember a few times when we started taking photos with the band, we actually had a few people reach out, and be like "Are you guys okay? In Your Memory? What happened? Did someone pass?", and I was like "Jeez, no, no, no. That's not the case". So, eventually, we moved forward with that name just 'cause we want to be remembered, you know?

Brian:     Wow.

Omar:     I think no matter who you are, no matter what you're doing, whether it's music or anything else, you kind of always want to put your stamp on whatever you do, right? So that was kind of like where we stuck on that.

Brian:     And you want to be in their memory.

Omar:     Exactly. Exactly.

Brian:     I got it. Clever. Very clever. I dig it.

Omar:     You see what I'm saying?

Brian:     There it is.

Omar:     And it's funny, because it's like no matter ... whenever someone's asking or "Hey, what's the name of the band? What's the name ... Who's playing?", I'm like it's In Your Memory. I just keep pointing at my brain every single time.

Brian:     I see.  I got it. Alright, and now, and what about? So, you guys, how did you get, where did music come into your lives? How did music start for you guys?

Omar:     Well, well before we even jump there. I'd just say, 'cause we forgot about Casey McGee right over here on my left hand side, right?

Casey:     McGee.

Brian:     Oh yah.

Omar:     Yah, right? 'Cause this guy came all the way from where? From the lovely Ohio.

Casey:     Ohio.

Brian:     Really?

Omar:     Yah, right?

Casey:     I came straight from the cornfields I transpired, I just ... appeared. Have you ever seen the movie Signs?

Brian:     So it was not Craig's List for you then?

Omar:     No, for him it wasn't.

Brian:     Okay. So then how was it? You can't tease us like that. So, how did it happen?

Casey:     Yah, yah, yah. Alright.

Omar:     You want me to take this one?

Casey:     I'll give you more than the tip, alright? So, here's a-

Omar:     There we go. Hello.

Brian:     Oh it went there. It's getting steamy in this radio booth here right now. Okay. Not ready.

Casey:     I think I saw some fog on the windows right there.

Brian:     Yah, alright. So ...

Casey:     This is kind of how this came about. I actually was in the Navy for 5 years and they moved me here, so I was gift and packaged in a nice little blue uniform.

Brian:     Nice.

Casey:     Little sailor outfit.

Omar:     With a bow.

Brian:     Alright. So you came in as a sailor, and then you saw them perform, or how did you?

Casey:     Oh yah, I saw them perform all right, but that's not how it all started.

Omar:     That first show though ...

Casey:     There was another local band, Body Thieves, they have a bassist, Walt, he ... Yah, he just got me introduced and stuff and from there it's just all history.

Brian:     Nice. So he ... I love that man, holy smokes. You got linked up. That is cool. Now, what about, so you guys outside of this band thing then, are you ... What are the other hobbies? What other things keep you guys occupied? What's life like?

Omar:     Jeez.

Casey:     Oh God.

Omar:     Other than working and working. I feel like we kind of have a double edge sword, right?

Brian:     Oh, it's a day job thing?

Omar:     Well yah, definitely, definitely. Just like most bands that get into this whole shebang, right?

Brian:     Yah.

Casey:     [inaudible 00:06:52]

Omar:     Exactly. I mean, at the end of the day we're going to be putting music first, but we definitely gotta have that day job to support that lovely, lovely music.

Brian:     Got it. Alright.

Casey:     You don't ...

Brian:     So, aside from the day jobs then? You can't get away with that. Tell me the other stuff. Are you like Netflix binge watchers? Are you trading for [inaudible 00:07:09]? Are you yoga? What is it?

Omar:     Oh yah. Here we go. Finally. I will, sometimes I get, you know, all Zen. No, no, no. I'm definitely a binge watcher, so for those that know me or don't, I'll always be the first one in the basement watching whatever's going on. So, definitely Game of Thrones. All day, last night I almost cried, so I won't put any teasers out there, right? But at the same time if I'm not doing that, I'm stuck in front of a computer playing Counter Strike.

Brian:     Got- Counter Strike, alright.

Omar:     Bringing it back!

Brian:     Great guys. That's it.

Casey:     Bringing it back.

Brian:     Alright.  Casey, what about you man?

Casey:     I do a lot of traveling. Just got back from Europe about last month. So, I went out there for a month, but I do a lot of outdoor stuff. Backpacking, all that good fun stuff. Scuba diving, Skydiving.

Omar:     Isn't he so dreamy?

Brian:     I was going to say-

Casey:     I do a little farming.

Brian:     You're just always on these adventures then when you're not doing music then it sounds like.

Casey:     Oh man. I'm also a student and that in itself is an adventure.

Brian:     A student?

Casey:     Yahhh.

Brian:     I see. It's a school thing. Oh, I dig it. I dig it.

Omar:     It's a school thing.

Brian:     It's a school thing. So, now, if there was, one of my favorite questions to ask on the show is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Casey:     Oh, I guess advice on what?

Brian:     That parts up to you.

Casey:     Oh, oh.

Brian:     It's an open ended question on purpose. Just offer one piece of advice. What would it be?

Casey:     Oh man. You want me? I got this Omar.

Omar:     Ah, go ahead man.

Casey:     I could run [inaudible 00:08:28]

Omar:     Go right ahead.

Casey:     Let's get it on. So, my piece of advice. You gotta pursue what makes you happy.

Brian:     Oh man. Pursue what makes you happy.

Casey:     No, no, no ...

Brian:     Tell us more.

Casey:     No, here's what you got. So, me. You know, I've done a lot of jobs in my lifetime. I was a firefighter.  I was an EMT.  I was a surgical technologist.  I was a mortician. I've done a lot of jobs. I've done a lot of jobs.

Brian:     Yup.

Casey:     So what I'm saying is that through these jobs, it was hard to figure out which one was making me actually happy, 'cause there's always the grass is always greener on the other side effect. So, right now I'm doing all this music stuff. Just got finished up being on Warped Tour for a week doing a lot of work, doing the whole music thing and I'm just thinking to myself "Dang. I can't wait to go back to school and just chill and do school". But I remember during the semester I was like " Wow, I can't wait 'till the summer when I can be on the road again ". So, there's really a grass is greener on the other side effect. But you know. I think once you finally see that, you finally start to be really happy with who you are and what you are when you start to notice what you're ... Those things you do habitually like the grass is greener on the other side. Like, it really. It hit me like that. Like, the journey has always been the best part. The unresolved is cool and all, but the journey really makes me happy. You know what? That's my advice.

Brian:     So enjoy the journey.

Casey:     Oh, absolutely.

Omar:     All day.

Brian:     That's cool.

Casey:     'Cause it ... You spend way more time on the journey, don't you think?

Brian:     Often times yes.

Omar:     Yah, more than often.

Brian:     Yes, normally it does. What about you Omar? If you could offer one piece of advice ...

Omar:     I mean, this might be like a 1.5, but I mean, I'll always say don't be scared about being ambitious. And, at the end of the day, even if you fail, just keep treading on.

Brian:     Say more. Sounds like you have experience with that.

Omar:     Oh man.

Brian:     What does that mean?

Omar:     Definitely. I mean, put it this way. I mean, not to dish out the mix tape, right? But, when it comes to this record, I mean a lot of the lyricism in it really had to about failures, right? About struggles, about not being scared to kind of put yourself out there because at the end of the day no one's, really, not everyone's going to like you, right?

Brian:     Yah.

Casey:     It's true.

Omar:     And, the sooner you realize that, the sooner you can get to what actually matters.

Brian:     Yah. I got ya. Well, alright. And so now, one ... If folks want to find out more about you guys, where do the go?

Omar:     Oh yah. So, let's start off with the I-Y-M official dot com so you can go there specifically for us. It has everything from events to calendars, to lovely, gorgeous photos. And ...

Casey:     Gorgeous photos.

Omar:     Right, media's on us.

Casey:     Media's on us.

Omar:     But of course we're on all the socials from Instagram to the Facebooks. And then you can follow every single one of us at I-Y-M underscore our names on Instagram or on Snapchat, and we're on that thing all day every day baby.

Brian:     Snapchat. Alright. I like it. Okay, and your fave- So favorite social media. There's always- Bands seem to like one more than others. Is there one that you guys favor?

Omar:     Yah.

Casey:     Social media?

Omar:     I mean, I'm kind of the Snapchat guy.

Brian:     Got it. Alright. So Omar can speak to Snapchat. But, you're also active on Facebook-

Omar:     And on Twitter.

Brian:     ... On Twitter and Instagram.

Omar:     Instagrams, yah.

Brian:     So, check 'em out wherever you go.

Casey:     Yah, we try our best to be active everywhere to be honest. We just do.

Brian:     That's cool.

Casey:     But we're also a very in person band, so come be social with us.

April 11, 2017 - Special Guest: Pablo Anton, Guitarist of Black Dog Prowl

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Pablo Anton is a Mexican rock guitarist based in DC, with over 15 years of experience playing live and recording with different musical projects. He was part of the rock music community in Mexico City for 10 years before relocating to DC in 2013, playing recurrently in different venues and rock bars across the city with different bands. After arriving in DC, he founded and released an EP with the short-lived band Hundredth Nomad, and is now currently the lead guitar player for Black Dog Prowl.   


Black Dog Prowl is a four-piece band that showcases original material ranging from the slow, down-tuned to a fast-paced kick in the teeth. If one insists on drawing a line to the familiar, BDP has drawn sonic comparisons to the likes of Soundgarden, Torche, and Nirvana. The band has built their reputation on a powerful live show, playing and headlining notable DC area venues like Black Cat, Rock&Roll Hotel, Velvet Lounge, and The Fillmore Silver Spring, sharing the stage with renowned acts such as Steel Panther, The Parlor Mob, The Answer, and A Thousand Horses. Aside from frequently playing shows around the DMV area, they have also toured internationally in Chile and Mexico, as well as different cities across the East Coast such as Hoboken, NYC, Philadelphia, Richmond and Baltimore.


Brian:     Pablo Anton is a Mexican rock guitarist based in DC with over 15 years of experience playing live and recording with different musical projects. He was part of the rock music community in Mexico City for 10 years before relocating to DC in 2013. He is now the lead guitar player for Black Dog Prowl, and Black Dog Prowl is a four-piece band that draws sonic comparisons to the likes of Soundgarden, Torch, Nirvana. It's just a powerful sound that you heard there. The band has built a reputation on powerful live shows. Aside from frequently playing shows around the DMV area, they also have toured internationally in Chile and Mexico, as well as cities throughout the East Coast. I've shared the stage with Pablo a couple of times, and this man is a prodigy on guitar. Listeners, it is [crosstalk 00:00:53] with great pleasure that I introduce Pablo Anton. Here he is.

Pablo:     Thank you.

Brian:     Now you were just going to talk about it. You were just touring in Mexico. Talk about that a little bit.

Pablo:     We were. Yes. We did a two-week tour in Mexico. We flew there on March 21st and then we played a show at Caradura, which is sort of like the Rock & Roll Hotel equivalent of Mexico City. We were there. We were supposed to tour with ... Well, we were there touring with two other bands, one from Costa Rica named Akasha and another one from Mexico City as well named Driven. This all happened the weekend after the Vive Latino Festival, which is like the Lollapalooza down there.

Brian:     Oh.

Pablo:     These two bands had just played there and then were going on a two-week tour of the country, and so we joined them. The show in Caradura in Mexico City was just amazing. We had the opportunity of having my very dear friend and one of the best musicians I've ever played with, Tonio Ruiz, join us on stage for a song. That was definitely [crosstalk 00:01:59].

Brian:     Wow. For those who don't know who Tonio Ruiz is, how would they recognize him?

Pablo:     Tonio Ruiz is the lead singer and guitar player from a nu-metal band in Mexico called Qbo. If you haven't checked it out, you definitely should.

Brian:     [crosstalk 00:02:14]. Powerful stuff. You were down in Mexico for a total of ... How long was the tour?

Pablo:     It was a total of two weeks. We had four shows, and in between ... We had two shows one weekend and then two the other, and in between we rented a hangar at an old airport field where we shot our new video for our latest single, Shame, which I am hoping will be ready soon.

Brian:     So there's a new music video coming.

Pablo:     There's a new music video coming soon.

Brian:     Actually, you can say it was filmed in Mexico too.

Pablo:     Yes, and it features me.

Brian:     And it features Pablo.

Pablo:     Yes.

Brian:     There it is. Yes. I love it. Now we touched on it earlier, but let's talk about being an immigrant, an immigrant musician, and being an immigrant in DC. Talk about that a little bit.

Pablo:     Yeah, for sure. As I was saying, I've been in this city for four years. I moved here for a job, for an office job, four years ago. I'm also an economist, and so I got an offer to work here for sort of like a multilateral and working in financial inclusion issues. When I moved here, I was actually kind of disappointed. I used to live in New York before moving here. I have to say, my perception of DC was very narrow and colorblind.

      I thought that everybody was just like ... With all due respect, just like a bunch of bureaucrats that worked either for the federal government or for public institutions or multilaterals, and there was no culture. There was no artist community or something that made the city interesting. At first, I was kind of hesitant of moving here, but then when I finally moved here, I discovered, out of chance really, out of a friend of a friend who told me about Flashband, my life changed completely and so did my perception of DC.

Brian:     Well, first, I got to say that, yes, I don't think you're way off in that people's perceptions about DC, that I don't think you're the only one who has that perception, because there is this, it's only a government town and all the people here are either working for the government in some way, shape, or form, and that maybe culture isn't a thing. That's one of the things that we talk about on this show is that actually that's so wrong, because the music community here is incredible.

Pablo:     I know.

Brian:     All these great minds do it, and so Flashband, you said? You heard about it through Flashband. For those who don't know what Flashband is, talk about that.

Pablo:     The founder of Flashband, Neal, hates when I call it this, but it's basically like speed dating for musicians. It's like [crosstalk 00:04:49].

Brian:     So it's speed dating for musicians. What's that like? Talk to me.

Pablo:     Well, they basically jam you in a rehearse space with five other musicians for 15 minutes, and then you have to switch to a different rehearse space. Then you just have to jam and meet as many musicians as you can. Then at the end of the event, they make you select your bandmates, like your temporary bandmates, out of all of those small jam sessions that you have. Then after that, you have to come up with a three-song set list with two covers and one original song. Then you have to go on stage and present it at a Flashband showcase. I did it only once, but it was-

Brian:     The whole process takes like ... It's a month, right? Or it's something like that? [crosstalk 00:05:32].

Pablo:     Yeah, I think it's like three weeks only, and then-

Brian:     Awesome. Speed dating for musicians. Okay. Being an immigrant then, you came from Mexico, from Mexico City?

Pablo:     Yes.

Brian:     You came up.

Pablo:     Well, I came to the US to study my master's degree at Columbia University in New York. Then from Columbia, that's when I got the job offer to move to DC and came down here. I didn't know what to expect, but I was really ... After I was introduced to the DC music community through Flashband and I found it, and I started my own band, and I started having shows, and I started meeting more musicians in the community, I was just blown away by just the massive support that this organic movement in the city has. It's sort of like a grassroots movement where all of the different bands that are involved are open to sharing and to promoting and to supporting one another to ... Yeah, for the benefit of everybody. That's just something that I found that's so amazing and so impressive compared to what the music community's like in Mexico City, which is where I come from.

Brian:     That's because Mexico City's community is different?

Pablo:     Yeah, well, the situation down there is pretty different, because basically the media in general is basically controlled by two large, massive media corporations that are down there. The type of music that they promote and the type of events that they promote is basically more attuned to like pop music in general, so there's not a lot of promotion of local artists that want to venture into different subgenres like rock or metal. That's definitely an issue when you're trying to be like up-and-coming artist in Mexico City.

      There are [crosstalk 00:07:20] some outlets that are sort of like similar to this radio station, for example. We also have like a state-owned radio station that has other shows, like alternative music shows where you can find an outlet for the type of music that you do and you want to promote, but those, because there's only a few of them, those also become basically controlled by just a small group of people. If you're not a part of that small group of people, if you're not in connection with somebody that's part of that small group of people, there's really no way for you to promote yourself and promote your art. A lot of the venues down there also don't ... They don't give preference to original acts. Most of the bars down there basically prefer to have cover bands at their shows, [crosstalk 00:08:11] because it gets more people in and it's more money for them.

Brian:     That's probably true. That's true of many cities, and DC is evolving in that way, because there's more and more great original music played around town, but there's still a cover scene here. Cover bands are still ... They're coming into town. Now you're playing guitar for Black Dog Prowl. You said there were other bands, and now you're playing for Black Dog Prowl? How did that transition happen?

Pablo:     Well, after I did Flashband with my Flashband buddies, Jen and Zach, we started an original band called Hundredth Nomad that we had for around a year and a half. With that band, we started growing, and we started having more local shows. We started getting to be a little bit known and spread the word around. Then unfortunately, that band broke up about a week ago. No, sorry, about a year ago.

Brian:     A week ago.

Pablo:     No, no, not a week ago, not a week ago. It broke up in June.

Brian:     Okay.

Pablo:     Last June. Then when we broke up, a couple of months later, Josh from Black Dog Prowl approached me and told me that they had a show lined up in Hoboken, New Jersey, and that they needed a guitar player to fill for them. I said, "Yes, I'm not doing anything, so that'd be a great idea. I'll do it. I'll learn the songs." I was already a Black Dog Prowl fan. I met them two years before then at a show at DC9. I went to see a show by one of my favorite bands that's called The Answer, which is a rock band from Northern Ireland. They were playing with DC9 on a Tuesday night.

Brian:     Wow.

Pablo:     The place, it didn't have a lot of people there. I think we were like maybe 15 or 20 people in the audience, but then ... So Black Dog Prowl opened for The Answer at that show, and they really ...

Brian:     Wow.

Pablo:     They blew my socks off, like after that ... I really didn't even enjoy The Answer after that. After seeing them, I was like, "Okay, I'm done. I'm going to go have a beer. This is too much." I became a fan ever since. I approached the guys at the end, and I became friends with them. Things just naturally evolved from there.

Brian:     Wow. That's really cool. It's always fun to hear the stories about how this music community is so ... It's so vibrant, and there's a lot of movement that happens, like you have been in multiple bands. The more you get connected with the scene, the more you start to see the different musicians and how they jump, and they have different generations of bands and stuff come through. It's pretty incredible. Now, one of the things I always like to ask on these interviews is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Pablo:     To who?

Brian:     The question is open-ended, and it's up to you, sir.

Pablo:     Say no to drugs.

Brian:     Say no to drugs.

Pablo:     I don't know, like [crosstalk 00:10:56].

Brian:     Okay, [crosstalk 00:10:56] have experience with that?

Pablo:     No, no, no, that's not what I meant. Nevermind. I was trying to tell a joke.

Brian:     Okay. Say no to drugs. That's a positive public service announcement from Pablo. Excellent.

Pablo:     Oh, if you mean advice as a musician in DC, I've actually given this advice to people. All of the time, I'm just meeting people that are here for bureaucratic jobs. Then when I tell them that I'm in a band, they're like, "Oh, dude, I used to have a band when I was back in high school or back in college. Those were the days. I haven't played in a while though. I really miss it." My advice is just get out there and do it. If you were ever a musician, or if you are a musician, then you have the same illness that I have, which is that if I'm not playing music, I'm not complete. I don't feel completely happy and fulfilled.

      If you have that same craving that musicians like me have, then you should definitely do something about it. The great thing about a city like DC is that there's multiple options for you to explore. If you want something that is low commitment or high commitment, and be in a band and tour, there's a wide spectrum of things that you can do. The lowest one, which would be Flashband, you should reach out and open a profile on Flashband. That's the way to get started.

Brian:     Awesome. If folks want to find out more about you and Black Dog Prowl, where is the best place to ... Where do they find you? Where do they go?

Pablo:     We have all of the typical social media accounts, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. They're all @blackdogprowl. We also have a website where you can go to see all of our videos and stuff, which is