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8/28/18 - Special Guest: Rorie

This week on DC Music Rocks, Rorie, a singer-songwriter, known for "crafting music that tells stories of both heartache and hope," stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Loi Loi, Throwing Plates, Emily Henry, and Hayley Fahey.

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Rorie

Rorie Bio/Links:

Rorie is a singer-songwriter, crafting music that tells stories of both heartache and hope. Known for poetic lyrics and ambient vocals, Rorie and her band create a captivating live music experience that is uplifting and emotional. Her newest EP, ‘Dawn’ is a lush combination of electro and cinematic pop, while still maintaining her signature, singer-songwriter sound.

 

'Dawn' charted in the iTunes singer-songwriter top 10, and her debut EP, ‘Singing & Silence,’ was featured in the iTunes Singer-Songwriter New Artist Spotlight. Prior to this, Rorie released a single, “Restore,” which was funded by 98 Kickstarter backers. The song was inspired by her time working for an anti-human trafficking non-profit, and has resulted in bi-annual donations to organizations that are doing this important work.

website: https://www.roriemusic.com/

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/roriemusic

instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roriemusic/

twitter: https://twitter.com/roriemusic

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/roriemusicofficial

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FROM THIS SHOW

MUSIC

  1. ***Responsabilidades, by Loi Loi (Indie, Synth Pop)

  2. Gold, by Rorie (Pop, Singer-Songwriter)

  3. For You (I'll Take the Rain), by Throwing Plates (Rock, Pop)

  4. Hands, by Emily Henry (Pop, Acoustic)

  5. Out There, by Hayley Fahey (Rock, Indie Rock)

***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

Locally Grown DC - Full season 4 complete!  If you like videos, check out this season of local artists.  Shout out to Chip Py for having bands in his “Yarden” to perform.
http://www.locallygrowndc.com/

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930 Club Festival Updates and Results:

  1. Check out instagram, some great photos on the hashtag specifically:  https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/dcmusicrocks930

  2. Thanks to Parklife DC for the festival writeup and photos, if you haven’t seen it already, it’s linked here:
    https://parklifedc.com/2018/08/24/snapshots-dc-music-rocks-festival-930-club-8-18-18/

  3. Tickets Sold In Advance Follow-up - We surveyed the 500 people who voted for the singer songwriters for this years festival on how far in advance do people generally buy their tickets to local shows.  Stephen Donoway asked if we’d share what actually happened with our festival, below are the numbers and here are our takeaways:

    1. To Artists/Show Organizers:

      1. If you’re expecting a crowd, make sure doors are at least 30 mins prior to show start to allow people to wait in line to purchase tickets and still get in in-time.  

    2. To Fans:

      1. If you know you’re going to go - buy your tickets in advance if possible, so you can avoid the line when you arrive and have to wait to purchase tickets.

      2. At many venues, you can avoid the online ticket fees by swinging by the ticket office/venue itself in person, if you’re ever in that area.

      3. If you’re buying tickets when you arrive, remember to plan extra time to stand in line to purchase tickets.

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DCMR Data Buy Tickets

Do you have any other takeaways on this?  What do you think?


NEW RELEASES

Music

  • Clutch - In Walks Barbarella
     (Hard Rock Single - with horns and a funky vibe - RIYL Led Zeppelin, Faith No More, Motorhead, Black Sabbath)

  • Marielle Kraft - Test Drive
     (Pop Single - RIYL Shawn Mendes, Colbie Caillat, Taylor Swift, Ben Rector)

  • Leo & Cygnus - Machina
     (Indie Single - RIYL Fleetwood Mac)

Videos

Playlists


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

Aug 31 - Fri
The Radiographers @ Gypsy Sally's in Washington, DC (rock)
Swampcandy @ The Loft at The Hamilton in Washington, DC (folk)
Sub-Radio @ JamBrew in Herndon, VA (Pop/rock)

Sep 3 - Mon (Labor Day)
29th Annual DC Free Blues Festival - 2pm-7pm
Wunder Garten - NOMA Metro - new Location!
Memphis Gold with Harmonica Legend Charlie Sayles, Patty Reese, Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes, Rogue Johnsen Trio

Sep 4 - Tue
Bottled up @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC

Sep 6 - Thu
Near Northeast @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC
The Meer & Tired All The Time @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD


Patreon

Do you like what we're doing?  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**    **Eli Lev**
**Sarah Byrne**   **M4TR**


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8/29/17 - Special Guest: Sean Russell, Recording Engineer of Cue Recording Studios

Thanks to Sean Russell - Recording Engineer at Cue Recording Studios in Falls Church, VA - for coming by the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Center of Attention, by The Split Seconds (Punk)
  2. Back There, by The Loving Paupers (Reggae, Roots Reggae)
  3. It's Alright, by Caz Gardiner (Pop/Rock)
  4. Life Is Like A Limousine, by Throwing Plates (Rock/Pop)
  5. Without The Rest, by HyeTension (Hard Rock/Rock)
  6. Stone Driver, by Stone Driver (Hard Rock/Rock)
  7. When We Get Home, by Derek Evry (Rock/Alternative Pop)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

----We’re hosting a show at the 9:30 Club on 9/2!  Ever since our humble beginnings, we’ve dreamed of sharing the incredible music from the DC local region in a venue that is fitting for the incredible talent these musicians have.  Please come!  If you know someone who would be interested in this, would you share it with them too?  Or share it with them in general?  If we draw a good crowd, the 9:30 Club has said they’ll let us make this a regular thing, and we’d love to get more great local artists on that caliber of stage.  We really appreciate your help!  We love supporting this DC local music scene!

Facebook Event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/233306840525249/

9:30 Club Ticket Link:
http://www.930.com/event/1546598-dc-music-rocks-festival-washington/

Preview Playlist of These Great Artists:
https://open.spotify.com/user/dcmusicrocks/playlist/6NA7boFgtB5hUpDPDdD7BQ

----The DC Mayor’s 202Creates September celebration of the creative economy is here. All September, there’s going to be events all over the city!  Go attend an event!  Events are listed on the website, and if you know of an event that’s not listed, certainly contact them through the website.     http://www.202creates.com/

NEW RELEASES

Music:
Paperhaus - Nanana (Single)

Video:
Khadijah Moon - Pray/Believe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-97AXGKnws

Electric Grandmother - Feedback Lives
https://youtu.be/AVCxkr2F-ho

Electric Grandmother - Police Department Theme Song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZAlN70IJ7E

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 Sept 1
Flo Anito, Laura Tsaggaris @ The Lincoln Theatre on U St in NW, DC
Monday Mistress @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

Sat Sept 2
The Split Seconds, Throwing Plates, Stone Driver, Hayley Fahey, Thaylobleu @ The DC Music Rocks Festival @ The 9:30 Club on U St in NW DC

Sun Sept 3
Aztec Sun @ The Lincoln Theatre on U St in NW, DC
The Duskwhales @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

Mon Sept 4
Matt Tarka @ Atlas Brew Works in NE, DC

Wed Sept 6
A Shrewdness of Apes @ The Majestic Lounge in Alexandria, VA

Thurs Sept 7
Wylder @ Live! Summer Concert Series (Lunchtime) near Federal Triangle Metro in DC



Sean Russell of Cue Recording Studios

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

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Sean Russell is a multi-platinum engineer who’s worked with Damien Marley, Bruno Mars, India.Arie, KIX, ODESZA, among many others. Working out of Cue Recording in Falls Church, VA. 

Links
Website
: :  www.cuerecording.com
Facebook: seanrussellengineer
Instagram: @seanrussell
Podcastwww.thecircuslife.com 

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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. And my man Sean Russell is a multi platinum engineer who has worked with Damien Marley, Bruno Mars, India Arie, Kicks, Odessa and many others and works out of cue recording studios in Falls Church, Virginia.

     I first came across Sean when I was attending a Battle of the Bands competition in Hanna, Indiana. I was at a Jammin Java ...

Sean:     Jammin Java.

Brian:     And they announced and it was like you know Sean I want to get you on the show, man. I want to get know you a little bit more and so now I'm honored that we get to do that now, thanks for meeting me, man.

Sean:     Sorry it took so long to set this up, this is fantastic.

Brian:     No, they don't know that, no worries. It was just last week, don't worry about it man! (laughs)

Sean:     I just wanted to give you some props man because you're doin' an amazing job of like highlighting local artist and like putting them on the show and you're extremely organized about it and I appreciate that, man, that's very cool, thank you.

Brian:     Well, thanks, man, I ...

Sean:     Absolutely.

Brian:     I'm blushing over here. But we gotta stop talking about me because this is about you, man, so let's get back to you. So talk about ... Now you're a recording engineer ... What does that mean, really?

Sean:     That means I try to facilitate the things that artists have in their heads and record them in such a way that hopefully makes everyone look good. That's kind of the idea.

Brian:     So does that mean, now ... Recording engineer technically means that you are the guy responsible for setting up the mics ...

Sean:     This is true.

Brian:     And doing the recording ...

Sean:     This is true.

Brian:     And adjusting the levels and editing things?

Sean:     And editing things, yeah. In some cases, editing more things than others, sure, sure.

Brian:     Depending on how it goes. Yup

Sean:     Sure.

Brian:     Now, recording engineer doesn't necessarily mean mixing and all of the electronic computer stuff as much.

Sean:     This is right. I do a fair amount of mixing but on an average day I will typically dress a studio for a producer so that different musicians coming in, be they session players or, you know, the regular type of human musician players that come in and be comfortable so they all have music stand lamps, they all have headphones hopefully that work, they all have a decent headphone box setup ... I'm picking microphones for sources so if you're an overly bright singer I'm not gonna use an overly bright microphone, that sort of thing.

Brian:     I see.

Sean:     I'll work with the producer, with what kind of microphones that they want because you know these different microphones we use pick up sounds in different ways and I try to make sure that everyone can hear everything and, I have a, you know, decent collection of witty one-liners that I try to throw at artists regularly to keep them on their toes.

Brian:     (laughs) Like what? I want an example, come on.

Sean:     There are some FCC regulations that are [inaudible 00:02:35].

Brian:     Oh, they're curse words! Oh! [crosstalk 00:02:38]

Sean:     Most of the time, you know, it's something like, "That was good, there was more good than bad in that," you know? Things like that

Brian:     (laughs)

Sean:     "Try not to suck as much on this one," you know what I mean? Things like that.

Brian:     Right, I got you. Positive reinforcement from Shawn. (laughs)

Sean:     Positive reinforcement. You gotta push the artist sometimes.

Brian:     How did you get into this? Is this always been your plan?

Sean:     Yeah it's funny, my uncle was a huge influence. My uncle Steve Creech ... I remember doing a demo tape at like 10, 11 years old when he had to like put a drum set together quickly with a couple of microphones but he recorded the talk back so when he pushed talk back, the talk to my headphones, pout it all on cassette tape it was just ... You know me just banging on a bunch of drums and him at the end, "Oh, that was pretty good, Shawn, let's try it again," and I kept that cassette for a thousand years, man, I gotta find that thing, it's somewhere in my house. But that kind of had the bug and then, you know, in high school, you know, you're in the band and you gotta get the demo, right? How else are you gonna get the gigs?

Brian:     Of course. Yeah, true.

Sean:     And I was always the guy in the band that was tryin' to record us and, you know, tryin' to task [inaudible 00:03:38] a studio 424 MK2, you know what I'm talking about, you guys ...

Brian:     If they don't know what you're talking about, what does that mean?

Sean:     Everyone knows the 4-track tape recorder ...

Brian:     Ah, yes, oh!

Sean:     Yes, still have mine and ...

Brian:     Straight up tape recorder ...

Sean:     Yeah, man, yeah just a little 4-track and tryin' to figure out how to get to vocal louder, you know what I mean?

Brian:     (laughs)

Sean:     I went down to the beach, moved out of this area here ... I was playing drums in a band called Porkchop and ... The Groovalistic Porkchop and I was down in Myrtle Beach doing that for a few years and that band kind of went south so I sort of went to school for a year down in Florida ... And back in 2002 I got a piece of paper saying I should know how signal flow goes and then I came back to this area

Brian:     Wait, wait, translate that ... That means you got a degree?

Sean:     I got a degree ...

Brian:     Okay.

Sean:     I got a degree at the ...

Brian:     Degree in what?

Sean:     I mean, a degree in audio engineering is not really, you know, like a degree in broadcasting or something like that ...

Brian:     Right.

Sean:     It's ... You know, it's a Bachelor's. I got hit with ... It doesn't really matter, you know, when the guy's making your record you're not going to be like, "Hey, do you have papers to do this or just like, man that snare drum sounds great!"

Brian:     Right. He's gonna listen to what you've done before and then if likes what you did you're hired.

Sean:     Yeah! I don't think a school really matters as much maybe in this field but I did pay a lot of money for that and thank goodness I paid it all off and I came back to this are and one way or another sort of found my way working out of different studios in the area. Now right now all of my gear pretty much lives at cue recording but there's some other fantastic rooms in the area that I'll visit, like Blue Room Studios in Herndon and Bias Recording in Springfield, Dave Mallon's got a great new spot in Anondale, so being a freelance is great I can kind of move around, but I mean, a lot of my microphones and microphone pre amps and fancy compressors and things you know ... the things with the knobs. All the stuff with the knobs you see in the photos, a lot of those live at cue recording at Red Room, so, cuerecording.com

Brian:     There we go, cue recording. Now what about you outside of all this recording and stuff ... Hobbies? What is life like for you outside of all that?

Sean:     Sure, well you know we're coming up on hockey season. I'm not a big sports guy but the Washington Capitals are sort of my thing. My wonderful, beautiful girlfriend, Patty the angle, she's very understanding about that but I enjoy some gardening and botany in general and she and I kick it a lot ... That's a lot of the off times with her going to different events. We were just at the Vegan Soulfest this last week ... We have VegFest coming up in DC this Saturday, it's gonna be fantastic, you know ...

Brian:     Nice.

Sean:     All of the best ...

Brian:     So you're a vegetarian guy, too?

Sean:     I'm a vegan actually, yeah, plant-based and it's a fantastic thing ... I thought it would be ... It's really great, you know, it's not just for the animals although, veganism is specifically a liberation for the animals but it's also for my health and the environment, man, it's incredible, especially with all the global warming and everything in the news. It's never been easier to make those changes. There's so many dairy-free options, it's incredible so I highly recommend that everybody, you know, check it out. Check out What the Health the documentary. There's a couple different great documentaries on Netflix right now, Cowspiracy ... I highly recommend you guys go to Youtube and check out Earthlings ... Yeah.

Brian:     Yeah, my man, and if you're looking at dieting I just stumbled across The Obesity Code, which is a book that I've been ... that's been tremendously helpful for me at least to understand the dieting thing, too. Along with those I definitely watch the ones on Netflix, there's a lot of good stuff out there on diet, make those choices.

Sean:     Definitely. Yeah, no, veganism is just an ethical position against the exploitation of animals, you know? And there's no other lifestyle you can live right now that's more beneficial for, like, not only the planet, obviously the planet and yourself but, also just animals, man, it's great.

Brian:     Now, go back to the music and the recording in your life. Now, you talked about drums, you talked about podcasting and you talked about, there's been a lot of difference ... So what came first? What order did they happen in?

Sean:     I guess it was, you know, playing drums and then trying to record those drums so that ...

Brian:     Got it.

Sean:     And then eventually ...

Brian:     How old were you when you started playing?

Sean:     I guess I was like nine or ten, yeah, and I had a friend drop off some drums and he, I guess, was a left-handed drummer. He left them set up left-handed and so I started toolin' around and I'm gonna confide in you right now here, I'm also ... I'm a left-handed drummer, like authentic.

Brian:     Whoa! Like for real?

Sean:     [crosstalk 00:07:55] hand or nothing, yeah

Brian:     Whoa, so that means you got the high hat on the other side of the [crosstalk 00:07:58]? Straight up flipped, wow!

Sean:     Yeah, it's like a mirror, yeah.

Brian:     I'm impressed.

Sean:     I got lots of people poking at me on Instagram about it, so it's ...

Brian:     (laughs) I love it, a lefty. So there was drums ...

Sean:     There was drums, yes.

Brian:     And then you tried to record the drums and that's where the recording came in.

Sean:     Well, you know one of my first memories, you know, growing up as a kid, I don't know if you remember, I'm sure some people out there ... Someone in their car is gonna remember this ... It was a Fisher-Price tan sort of ... It had a handle, it was a tape cassette that you could record. It was probably like ten inches wide, it was probably like you know this little hand held jobby and I would hold it up to the radio and I would try to record off of it and then I would try to record off that in the Speak & Spell or somethin', I was tryin' to get things happening so it's ... I've always been kind of tinkering with it. Not that I have an electrical degree or anything like that but I've always been trying to tinker with microphones and I still have some of these mics from when I was 17, 18 these EV microphones and things like that but ...

     I guess from there playing in different bands until, you know ... Porkchop and then moving to Myrtle Beach and then moving out to Asheville for a little while and, yeah ...

Brian:     So then after that, that's when the podcast happened once you were working in the studio?

Sean:     Yeah, I'd been back here for a while and Justin Trawick approached me about doing a podcast and kind of convinced me somehow ...

Brian:     And what's it for those folks that want to check it out? What's it called?

Sean:     "TheCircusLife.com", the Circus Life podcast ...

Brian:     Excellent.

Sean:     ... We focus on local artists based in the area and touring national artists of course but we always try to have musicians on to play music for us ...

Brian:     Yeah.

Sean:     Oftentimes I make them perform in front of just like one microphone, like one ribbon mic in the room kind of thing, very 1955...

Brian:     That's cool. Shawn, my favorite question that I always want to ask is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Sean:     If I could offer one piece of advice just to anyone?

Brian:     However you want to answer.

Sean:     Okay, that's a big question. So, if I could offer one piece of advice, let's see, that's a great one. I would have to say it would be listen. So I'm a recording engineer, part of my job is just to listen, and none of us do it enough, I don't do it enough. But I guess it would be just to listen.

Brian:     Got it. Listen, and meaning listen for what? Listen to what's happening? Listen for details? What are you ... Say a little more.

Sean:     If you're listening, you're not talking and hopefully you're taking in as opposed to putting out and hopefully that's something that I've been trying to do for the last half of my life and getting a little better each day, maybe, [crosstalk 00:10:20] but it makes it a little easier to communicate when you're listening ...

Brian:     I love it. You got two ears and one mouth and you should use them proportionally.

Sean:     I love that, that's great.

Brian:     There it is. Alright, and now, and for those folks that want to find out more about you, where do they go?

Sean:     You could find me on Instagram just at @Seanrussell and the Facebook page Sean Russell Engineering. My website right now is kind of in disrepair but TheCircusLife.com works just fine.

Brian:     That's right, check out the podcast.

6/13/17 - Special Guest: Vim & Vigor

Thanks Gabi from DC's Vim & Vigor for coming by this week!

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MUSIC

  1. Ashling by Motion Lines (Indie/Post-Punk)
  2. Going Going Gone by Vim & Vigor (Pop/Folk)
  3. Yellow Lines by Throwing Plates (Rock/Pop)***
  4. Vitamin by Hello Dharma (Rock/Indie)
  5. The Remedy by Dr. Badlove and the Remedies (Hip Hop/Funk)
  6. Pa Ra Ra by Aztec Sun (Funk/Soul)

    ***On the show Brian mentioned their song Weddings and Funerals, which was a mistake, he actually meant to refer to the Throwing Plates song Dirty Lies and Whiskey, which is awesome!  You should check that one out too!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

It’s Festival Season, we’re looking to have a booker from one of these DC festivals on the show as a guest.  If you’re connected with any of them, please connect us with them! 

Jason Mendelson finished his project, a song for every Metro Station, all 91 of them!  We had him on the show Nov 1!
The Washington Post picked up the story this week.  Here's the link!
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/this-guy-wrote-a-song-for-every-metro-station-all-91-of-them/2017/06/12/6cbf345a-4acb-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html

NEW RELEASES

Blue Skies and Death - Sometimes (Single)
Lionize - Blindness to Danger (Single)
The Sea Life - The Sea Life (Self Titled, Full Album)
Vintage #18 - Poor Me - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HfiO8xwZpg (official music video)

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 June 16
Hayley Fahey @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD
Vim & Vigor @ Tortoise & Hare in Arlington, VA
Jackie & The Treehorns@ Rhodeside Grill in Arlington, VA

Sat June 17
Ken Wenzel & Jason Masi @ Taste of Reston in Reston, VA
Sol Roots @ Columbia Pike Blues Festival in Arlington, VA
Vintage #18 @ Silver Spring Blues Festival in Silver Spring, MD
Wylder @ The Hamilton in DC

Sun June 18
Patty Reese @ The Hamilton in DC

Tues June 20
Aztec Sun @ The Hamilton in DC

Thurs June 22
Katie Hargrove @ Vinyl Lounge @ Gypsy Sally’s in DC

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VIM & VIGOR

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

Vim & Vigor is an ensemble indie pop band from Washington, DC. With influences ranging from Amy Winehouse to Jamie Cullum to The Head and The Heart, Vim & Vigor produces a sound that is unique and earnest with rich harmonies and layers of instrumentation. Vim & Vigor is a band full of team players, often switching leads on vocals and instruments. Gabi Schulte is a rhythm guitarist and vocalist; Sarah Moore is a vocalist, guitarist, banjoist and percussionist; PJ Tabit is a vocalist and keyboardist; Alex Porteous is the bassist; and Adam Schilpp provides the rhythm on drums. In addition, we have the ever-talented Tiffany Shanta joining us on violin.

Quickly gaining traction in the DC music scene, Vim & Vigor has performed shows at popular venues such as Jammin Java, the Black Cat, IOTA Club & Cafe, and DC9. They have also played at Rockwood Music Hall and Pianos in New York City and The Grape Room in Philadelphia. Vim & Vigor released its debut self-titled EP in 2016.

Links

http://vimandvigormusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/vimandvigormusic
https://www.instagram.com/vimandvigormusic/

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. So now we get to know Gabi from Vim & Vigor. So Vim & Vigor is an ensemble indie pop band, turning folk apparently, from Washington, DC. They produce a sound that is unique and earnest, with rich harmonies and layers of instrumentation, all bundled together. Vim & Vigor is a band full of team players, so they're often switching leads on vocals and instruments. I was talking with Gabi, she said that that was ... On Going Going Gone, she sings on that one, but not all of the tracks ... they're different vocalists on all their songs, and I love that about the band. Gabi is a rhythm guitarist and vocalist, Sarah is the vocalist, guitarist, banjoist, and percussionist. We've got PJ who's a vocalist and a keyboardist, Alex is the bassist, and Adam is on drums. And in addition, Tiffany joins in on violin from occasion, on some occasions. Vim & Vigor released their self-titled EP in 2016, which is that song Going Going Gone you just heard.

     I first came across these guys because I'd seen them around the scene and I played in the same Battle of the Bands with them back in January, and loved their sound. And now it's just such a treat to actually have you here on the show with me, Gabi, so thanks so much for being here.

Gabi:     Thank you for having me.

Brian:     This is such a treat. So, now, talk about the band. How did it come together? Where did Vim & Vigor come from?

Gabi:     I think we came about, it's a story of how everything is just such a small world, because, turns out the keyboardist, PJ, started a music project with his fellow classmates. He was in grad school at GW. And so he just started a band and he knew that I sang and played guitar, so he asked me, and we knew each other from Scranton, Pennsylvania. We're both originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Brian:     Nice. Okay.

Gabi:     Yeah. Yeah, so when I go down the stairs -- because it was in a basement -- for the first practice, I not only see PJ and his two classmates, the drummer and bassist at the time, but I also see the guitarist who's also from Scranton, and somebody I grew up with, the same neighborhood. So it was just really funny, there was three of us from Scranton in DC.

Brian:     And you didn't know that the third guy was gonna be there?

Gabi:     I didn't know that he was gonna be there.

Brian:     Wow.

Gabi:     I was just like, "What are you doing here?"

Brian:     And who was, who was the third guy?

Gabi:     His name's Brendan. He left the band a little while ago, just to pursue other opportunities, but he's very much still a part of our family.

Brian:     Nice. He's part of the Scranton family, so that's a thing.

Gabi:     Part of the Scranton family. Yeah.

Brian:     I love it.

Gabi:     Yeah. And so at the same time that they were kind of starting their project, I had been playing with a friend of mine, Sarah Moore, here in Arlington area. So we started at Four Chords [inaudible 00:02:59] on Wilson Boulevard.

Brian:     Yeah, in Chord House, that place.

Gabi:     Yeah.

Brian:     Cool.

Gabi:     Yeah, so that's pretty much how it got started.

Brian:     Wow.

Gabi:     Yeah.

Brian:     And it all came together. I love it. And the name, where does Vim & Vigor the name come from?

Gabi:     Right. So the drummer and his wife, Tyson, came out to see Sarah and I play a show at Four Chords, and it was kind of, I think, kind of like a tryout to see if we were actually good enough to be a part of [crosstalk 00:03:30]

Brian:     A tryout?

Gabi:     I think so.

Brian:     Oh my god. And Tyson, you were a part of that too, if you're listening. That's amazing. Okay.

Gabi:     So, I think we made it, and ...

Brian:     Well you're here, so that's a good sign.

Gabi:     And so his wife was basically just describing us and she was like, "Oh my gosh, they're so energetic and enthusiastic when playing." So she kind of dubbed us Vim & Vigor, and it kind of just stuck. We've kind of taken that meaning just to be super energetic and ... Not every song that we play is positive, because Going Going Gone has some sad moments, but I think we've turned it into meaning something hopeful. So I think that's what Vim & Vigor is.

Brian:     Nice.

Gabi:     Yeah.

Brian:     Well if you haven't seen them live, I've seen them live and there is definitely vim and vigor happening on stage when these guys are playing live, that's for sure. Now what about you on the personal side? So when you're not doing music, who's Gabi?

Gabi:     Who is Gabi? Well I work for PBS, so I am a project manager, and I love movies, and going to watch movies of all ... any time I can. And that's pretty much it. I mean, the band is definitely a second job, for sure.

Brian:     Oh definitely, yeah.

Gabi:     So it takes up a lot of time.

Brian:     Got it.

Gabi:     Yeah.

Brian:     Now are you like, an also like a yoga person, or do you ... are you a member of a book club, or what's other hobbies or things besides movies?

Gabi:     I like to run.

Brian:     Okay.

Gabi:     Can't say that I'm a good runner, but I definitely run.

Brian:     Okay.

Gabi:     Often. I recently signed up for a half marathon with my sisters. My sisters are very good runners.

Brian:     Got it.

Gabi:     So I think that's gonna be a challenge, but I committed to it and I paid for it.

Brian:     How long do you have until the half marathon?

Gabi:     It's in September, so I have some time.

Brian:     Okay.

Gabi:     But yeah, gotta kick it into gear, so we'll see.

Brian:     There it is. 13 point something.

Gabi:     Point one.

Brian:     Point one miles. Wow look at you go. All right, running. And hopefully you're not running from anything and you're running for fun.

Gabi:     I'm running to better my life. Let's just say that.

Brian:     I love it. I love it. All right, so now talk about -- there's six, possibly seven of you, on stage -- talk about like a funny moment. What's the funniest moment that comes to mind when you think about the band?

Gabi:     I think Sarah, Sarah is awesome, because she can feed off the energy of the crowd and the song, and she will do ... she'll just start kind of jamming on a moment and kind of just go with the bassist and dance with him a little bit. She just keeps everyone on her toes. So I think Sarah just really keeps things lively and every show is kind of a new experience because she just kind of like ... I don't know what she's gonna do. Who knows? I don't know.

Brian:     And has she ever done anything absolutely wild in these?

Gabi:     I think a couple times she's tried to go into the crowd, but she was limited by the cord.

Brian:     So she had a leash, it had to keep her on stage.

Gabi:     Yeah.

Brian:     All right. Sarah, you were leashed, I'm sorry. They strategically keep the length of the cord, the appropriate length so you can't run away.

Gabi:     It's purposeful. Correct.

Brian:     I got it. So I think you should just go get a wireless set and really mess with them one day.

Gabi:     Oh man.

Brian:     That would be wild. I'd love to see Sarah on a wireless, on a wireless setup, that'd be awesome.

Gabi:     Yeah.

Brian:     All right, now what about biggest success moments for the band so far? What comes to mind?

Gabi:     I think ... We love it when -- not to say that this happens all the time, but it's happened a few times -- where there'll be people that we don't really know, close friends of ours, singing our songs or singing lyrics from our songs, or really just jamming out and being like, "Oh, I saw you guys last week," or something like that, and coming up to us and just really paying attention to our original music. Because we play covers and originals as well, so when people that we don't know, say something about us with our original music, it's awesome.

Brian:     That's cool.

Gabi:     Yeah.

Brian:     All right. Now what about ... Talk about a time that you tried and failed. What comes to mind?

Gabi:     Well, I mean, I think every show.

Brian:     Oh stop it. You do not fail at your shows.

Gabi:     Well I will say this, one time we had a show at Iota, which is down the street I believe.

Brian:     Yeah.

Gabi:     It's a great venue. We had a new song. We had a cover of Come Together by The Beatles.

Brian:     Oh nice.

Gabi:     And we didn't have that much time to practice it, and we just kind of made a last minute decision to just go for it, and I think we bombed it. It was, yeah. We just kind of, we couldn't just ... there was no communication.

Brian:     What does that mean? The wrong notes? You didn't ... You just missed cued?

Gabi:     Just the timing, yeah. The timing and cues, and there's some chord changes. Because we wanted to do ... we always try to switch up our covers and make them our own.

Brian:     Yeah.

Gabi:     And we wanted to do an interesting jam in the middle, but we just, we kind of forgot what each of us were supposed to do, and it was just bad. So we failed. But you know what? We still play that cover out, and I think it's getting better.

Brian:     And now you rock it. So next time you go to a Vim & Vigor show, make sure you request Come Together by The Beatles.

Gabi:     Yes, exactly.

Brian:     Because that's gonna be a good one. And I heard them do Michael Jackson once, that was awesome too. Ask for that one too. All right. Now what about ... What's something in your music collection that might surprise us?

Gabi:     So, I feel like we have such a mix of influences, and one thing that I am pulling for is to do a musical night. We have ...

Brian:     Like, musicals like singing, like Broadway musicals, musicals?

Gabi:     Yes. Yeah.

Brian:     Oh nice.

Gabi:     So we, I mean, like I said, we do a lot of covers. I think that's a part of any local band, is doing cover shows, and we love them. It's really fun to play stuff that people know. But, PJ and I are pretty enthusiastic about musicals, so I think just it's a matter of time before we get the rest of the guys on board, and I think it's gonna happen. I think you should watch out for it.

Brian:     Okay. And what's the first song that comes to mind when you think about, "Ooo, I want to do a musical song"?

Gabi:     It'd be amazing if we could do Elephant Love Medley from Moulin Rouge.

Brian:     Oh my.

Gabi:     Yeah.

Brian:     All right.

Gabi:     I don't know if you're familiar.

Brian:     So if you're listening ... Oh I do, I remember the Elephant Love Medley vaguely. I'm not gonna lie, I'm gonna go YouTube this, or Google it, afterwards, so I can check that out.

Gabi:     It's pretty epic.

Brian:     And then the next time I come to a Vim & Vigor show, I'm gonna make requests and put the band on notice.

Gabi:     Sounds good.

Brian:     I love it. Now, what's ... So what about you, Gabi? Where does music enter your life? How did you become a musician?

Gabi:     So I ... My brother, when I was younger, he started playing music way be- ... when I was really young. He's about five years older than I am. I was a huge copycat and just thought he was the coolest guy ever -- and he is -- and so I just copied him. So I was like, "I need to learn guitar," and stuff like that. So I started playing when I was in freshman year of high school, and he taught me my first song, which was a Dave Matthews song.

Brian:     Which one?

Gabi:     Lover Lay Down.

Brian:     Nice.

Gabi:     Because you essentially just play two strings at a time.

Brian:     Yeah. Okay.

Gabi:     So it was pretty easy. So yeah, that was the first song I learned, and ever since then I started playing with a high school band. Like we had a folk group in high school.

Brian:     Yeah.

Gabi:     So ever since then it just happened, and I just love to write and play out, and it kind of just evolved from there.

Brian:     And it all went back to Dave Matthews and your brother.

Gabi:     It did, yeah.

Brian:     That's amazing.

Gabi:     Yeah.

Brian:     I love it. All right. Well shout out to bro, thanks for doing what you did because now we got Gabi here in Vim & Vigor as a result. What a cool story. One of my favorite questions to ask is: if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Gabi:     I think an issue or a challenge that the band comes across a lot, is finding time to keep this going. Because we're all full time, or we all have full time jobs, and it's a lot of time, a lot of effort going to practices and all that stuff. So I say, just find the time, because it's worth it. I mean, if it's something that you really love ... We have such a blast doing it , and even though it's exhausting sometimes, it's awesome.

Brian:     Find the time. Don't give up, keep working on it.

Gabi:     Yeah. Keep going.

Brian:     I dig it. Keep going. And if people want to find out more about Vim & Vigor and follow you guys, where do they go?

Gabi:     You can go to our Facebook, /vimandvigormusic. You can go to our website, vimandvigormusic.com. And we have an Instagram, vimandvigormusic, and a Twitter. But mainly all of our info is on the Facebook and website, and you can find all of our upcoming shows, media, any videos that we'll have, it'll be there.

November 8, 2016 - Special Guest: Jason Masi

FROM TODAY'S SHOW

NEWS

  • Election Day!  Happy Voting!

MUSIC

  1. Neon Rays - The Internal Frontier (Rock/Acoustic)
  2. Uh Oh! - Flo Anito (Pop/Jazz)
  3. Love's Lips - Jason Masi - (Rock/Acoustic)
  4. Dirty Lies and Whiskey - Throwing Plates (Rock/Pop)
  5. Hey Baby - Taylor Carson (Indie/Pop)
  6. Oh, Legs! - Cynthia Marie (Pop/Jazz)
  7. Rolling Hills - Teddy Chipouras (Folk/Americana)
  8. Intro/Outro music by Fellowcraft (Hard Rock/Blues)

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BIO

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Jason Masi is an American/DC based singer-songwriter.  He got his start with Richmond, VA based group, Jubeus, opening for acts like Blind Melon, Everclear, and SOJA and releasing two well received albums, "Two Tone Circles" 2004 and "Natural Mood" 2007, respectively.  The latter was named as a top DIY (Do-It-Yourself) release by Performing Songwriter Magazine (Issue 107 - January/February 2008).  

He stepped out as a solo artist in 2010, trading in the band's roots-jam driven rock for a more acoustic soul/r&b songwriter approach.  He has since released three solo albums, "Balance & Pull", 2010, "Life Is Wonderful", 2012 and "Power of a Woman", 2014. His transition has led him to supporting slots for hit songwriters like Bleu and Darryl Worley, and has kept him busy on the road performing over 250 shows per year.  

Masi's freshman solo record was released to noteworthy reviews, as well as significant radio airplay, charting in the top 200 college radio charts and being included on radio host, George Graham's, Best Albums of the Year list.  His follow up solo effort, "Life Is Wonderful", gained additional support and was licensed for use on a number of TV networks (Discovery, MTV, Oxygen) and placed in online commercials, tutorials, E-books and game apps.  

Influences in Masi's sound can be drawn between soul artists like Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers, folk and blues icons like Van Morrison and James Taylor as well as modern songwriters in the vein of Mat Kearney, Damien Rice and James Morrison. His songs are often reflective and thought provoking, yet maintain a free spirited and light hearted tone. Masi’s songwriting explores the complexity of love and compromise from a unique, but relatable perspective. 

He approaches his music in much the same way he does life. His laid back and easy going personality translates into the lyrics and tone of his music yet his performances are energetic and portray him as the hardworking musician he is.   It's a contrast that suits Masi well, as he goes from hobnobbing with his new fans like they are old pals, and catching up with longtime fans before he takes the stage for an energetic and passionate set. 

Masi's newest record, "Power Of A Woman", released in October 2014, is smart, sexy, charming and reflective.  The approach revisits much of the soulful pop sensibility of prior releases, but brings a fresh clarity and edginess to his next collection of heartfelt tunes.  The tone and style of the album explores various genres, but maintains the honesty and focus that defines Masi's sound.   

Masi is currently in the studio working with producer, Mark Williams, for a released slated for 2017.

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:    Jason Masi is a DC based singer-songwriter. He got his start in with the Richmond, Virginia based group Jubeus. He stepped out as a solo artist in 2010, trading in the band's root jam driven rock for a more acoustic soul, R&B, songwriter approach. He has since released three solo albums, Balance and Pull in 2010, Life is Wonderful in 2012, and Power of a Woman in 2014. If you've been listening to the show, we've had Power of a Woman on here and if you check his profile on line on Dcmusicrocks.com you can see the music video for that track. It's awesome. His transition has kept him busy on the road performing for two hundred and fifty shows a year, which his schedule is also on the site and man, there's so many awesome shows. He's a very busy man but I love it. I love it.

The influences in Masi’s sound can be drawn between solo artists like Marvin Gay and Bill Withers, folk and blues icons like Van Morrison and James Taylor, as well as modern songwriters in the vein of Matt Keirney, Damien Rice, and James Morrison. His songs are often reflective and thought provoking, yet maintain our free spirited and lighthearted tone. His approach and he approaches his music in much the same way he does life, which is laid back and easy going personality which translates into the lyric and tone of his music, yet his performances are energetic and portray him as a hardworking musician that he is. With that, guys I was first introduced by a coworker to Jason's music, and ever since then I've been a fan. It is truly a privilege and an honor and I'm just excited to actually have him sitting with me in the studio. With that I'm excited to introduce to you Jason Massey. Say hi.

Jason:    Hi. Brian thanks so much for having me. It's a real honor to be here. Thank you.

Brian:    Thank you for being here. 

Jason:    You have such a wonderful speaking voice on the radio. You just told my whole story man. I don't even have to say anything else. 

Brian:    Oh you're making me blush. You're making me blush. Tell us about Love’s Lips. I'm sorry about the mispronunciation there.

Jason:    tough word. Lots of syllables.

Brian:    Love, man. Everybody gets nervous about that word love.

Jason:    That's true.

Brian:    Tell us about that track.

Jason:    I was writing a lot of bittersweet songs at the time. I spent a lot of time at the wineries as you may know from looking at my show schedule.

Brian:    Okay.

Jason:    I was observing couples especially during the day that were enjoying a glass of wine together. They were just having a good time. They were casting their worries aside. I started with a line, loves lips like wine. That observation. Then I built this song about of it. It turns out it's just a simple love song about being present with the woman you're with and enjoying the moment. Sometimes that's actually really difficult especially living in this DC area with so many distractions of politics. A lot of people use that get away out to the wine circuit to kind of get away from the whole DC hustle and bustle.

Brian:    It seems like it.

Jason:    I was very lucky to get out that way and be able to perform for people and make that my niche.

Brian:    I was going to say, say more about that niche because you mentioned that your schedule that indicates that a lot, but for folks that haven't seen the schedule, how does it work with you're a full time professional musician?

Jason:    I'm a full time, professional musician. Believe it or not, sometimes I pinch myself. I actually convince myself that it's true. The wine circuit is something I kind of fell into. I was playing with the band Jubious for a long time. I had a day job for much of my twenties. The band came out with a couple records but the band was kind of fizzling because we had some personnel issues.

Brian:    Got it.

Jason:    Okay. Then I moved to this area and had my one connection which was Amber Trees Foster and she helped me get some gigs around this area and then I met a couple winery owners and they let me out to play. That's where it kind of spiraled out of control. I didn't realize there was such a growing scene out there, not just for wineries but also the music at the wineries. That's kind of the start of it and now I spend a lot of time out there.

Brian:    When you say a lot of time, what does that actually translate into?

Jason:    Probably more than I should. There's generally free wine at the shows.

Brian:    Oh that's a plus.

Jason:    As a form of payment. My wife always says, stop bringing bottles of wine home. Bring us more money. 

Brian:    I could see that being a thing okay.

Jason:    I spend a lot of time out there. I'd say out of the two hundred fifty plus, I play maybe sixty percent at wineries and then I do a lot of private events too for people. I meet a lot of those people through the wineries. I do clubs. Clubs are less and less these days.

Brian:    Right.

Jason:    It's more about a niche man.

Brian:    Well you found this new little niche man.

Jason:    I don't know.

Brian:    Four or five days a week? How often?

Jason:    I play shows. Yeah it can be that. I'd say the busy season is March through October. 

Brian:    Okay.

Jason:    I don't think I should even admit this but sometimes I'll play eight shows in a week. I'll get a double Saturday. I'll do like a Saturday at a winery and then I'll do a private party in the evening. I'll host a mic every Monday night. I'll play sometimes, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. The cool thing about being a full time musician and playing around this area in DC Metro is I can come home, spend time with my wife and actually sometimes get home early enough to even watch a Netflix show with her or something, and have some dinner.

Brian:    That's cool. Yeah. I guess wineries aren't a late night club kind of thing either. They got to have a benefit too.

Jason:    Their bedtimes are like nine pm so, they want to get out of there.

Brian:    Depending on how much wine they drank.

Jason:    Yes, that's right.

Brian:    Oh man. When you're not being a musician, tell us more about you. What do you do?

Jason:    Sure. I'm actually kind of an introvert when it comes to not being on all the time. I have to spend a lot of time with people, so when I'm on my own, I like to just cocoon and have some time to myself. I started yoga. I like to read books and just relax and have my own time, quiet time. Sometimes my wife is wanting to talk to me a lot and I'll start to daze off. It's not because I don't want to listen to her, it's just I need that time.

Brian:    Is it like recovering or recuperating?

Jason:    Yeah.

Brian:    You put it all out there when you're performing and so time to.

Jason:    To reboot.

Brian:    Okay I got it. I totally understand it. It's kind of wild to hear that too because you do spend so much time out there performing and stuff I guess you might automatically assume people are extroverts when actually maybe that might be kind of taxing and you come back, when you come home the recharge is not.

Jason:    Not to take any [inaudible 00:06:57], I love meeting everyone at my shows. I love talking to everybody and I love performing but the reboot process is something that, especially lately, since my schedule has been so busy, started to take seriously. My wife has started to take my cell phone away from me.

Brian:    You've got quiet hours.

Jason:    Quiet hours.

Brian:    What's one thing about the DC music scene that you love?

Jason:    There's so many things actually. When I moved here I had no idea what it was all about but one of the cool connections I've had is Justin Trawick. I knew him in college. We went to Lawland together.

Brian:    Oh wow.

Jason:    He has been a help in a sense of connecting a lot of musicians together. I did the non-songwriter series. I started that with him. I started playing that with him when he first got it off the ground.

Brian:    Okay.

Jason:    2009 and now I've met so many DC and touring artists from that and just the well of talent that I find in DC, constantly amazes me. Every time I do a show with somebody else, or do a songwriter showcase with somebody else, other musicians. I'm just kind of overwhelming. It a little humbling too. Dang, I need to go home and practice. These guys are good. I thought I was pretty good, but man.

Brian:    For folks who don't know what the songwriter series you were just talking about, say more.

Jason:    Justin Trawick puts on this songwriters series. It's kind of like a stories in the round but you have more singer songwriters so each artist will get two songs upfront and they can talk a little bit about each song. Then they do another round of one song. Then, lately he's been allowing the artists to collaborate with each other. You have somebody that plays saxophone, or somebody that plays banjo, or does backing vocals they can jump in with each other and it's all on the spot too.

Brian:    This is a live show.

Jason:    It's a live show. Yeah.

Brian:    Wow that's cool.

Jason:    He also does a podcast. The circus life. Its a really cool thing and getting some [inaudible 00:09:03] on it as well.

Brian:    Yeah definitely. We know Justin. We're fans of Justin on DC Music Rocks, that's for sure. 

Jason:    Cool.

Brian:    Play good stuff too. He's wonderful. So Justin shout out. Thanks for doing what you do and supporting the scene like we do here. Truly appreciate you man. Tell us the story about your best show. What comes to mind?

Jason:    I don't have any ah-ha moments where after the show I was just like, man that was it. That was my best show. That never happened to me.

Brian:    Okay.

Jason:    I play a lot of shows and you get this euphoria sometimes after it and it's awesome because music is therapeutic but I will say I was playing for the Walter Reid Society this whole last year from February up until a month ago. I'm on a break right now. The reason I do it is because sometimes you play music for people that actually need the music more than you do. That was definitely the case at Walter Reid. I would say the last time I played a show, just because this is a recent memory, I had somebody come up to me. It was an older woman. She said, "I'm going through chemo treatments right now. Just being able to sit here and listen to your music in the lobby, really made my day." I don't really need much, but I mean when somebody says that to you, you're like okay. I'm doing something that I should be doing. That to me is the ultimate reward.

Brian:    For the listeners that don't. You're playing music at Walter Reid?

Jason:    Yeah Walter Reid.

Brian:    You just show up and play? How does that work?

Jason:    It's the Walter Reid society. He's been actually bringing musicians in for the last couple years. I just started this last year. You go and they have this carpeted area in the lobby. You get a lot of foot traffic there but it's people that are being treated that were in the military and their families. You're performing for a couple hours and they have performers throughout the week. People waiting for their appointments or what have you and they get to sit down on a couches there while they're waiting in the lobby and just listen.

Brian:    It's you and your guitar for those?

Jason:    Just me and my guitar.

Brian:    Wow. That's awesome.

Jason:    A lot of times people come up and sing songs with me and sometimes that's good. Sometimes it's bad. It's always good to have a true professional and I see that Sarah Murphy, she came up and sang Hallelujah with me at a friend's birthday party. That was a very special moment.

Brian:    That is awesome. Very cool Jason. What about, so tell us a story about a time that you tried and failed.

Jason:    Okay. Well, I try and fail just about every day.

Brian:    Just one.

Jason:    Let me count the times. One I can laugh about, I guess this is kind of a funny story. A few years ago, when I was playing with Jubious, we continue to play up until, we haven't played in like a year together, but we kind of do little get together and so. We played Sine. We were kind of like the house band at that place for a while in Richmond.

Jason:    We had a packed house and one of the things that I always have to figure out the balance of is like how much I get into the music that I'm pulling because I'm not a good dancer.

Brian:    Oh?

Jason:    I wish I were. I put the guitar down and sometimes do this, and we were doing a cove of the song Brickhouse.

Brian:    Oh nice okay.

Jason:    You know the song?

Brian:    I know the song. 

Jason:    Okay. Shake it down, shake it down, shake it down now section. I was like getting my audience to like shake it down, get lower to the ground. 

Jason:    On the way down something ripped in my inner thigh and it was like this excruciating pain. I fell to the ground. In the middle of the song.

Brian:    Wow.

Jason:    That was embarrassing. You can fit three hundred people in there. It was capacity so.

Jason:    It was in front of everybody and I got back up, and I continued the song. I took a break. That was just one of those moments, I think it was just had the right amount of humility and just a reminder of not to do things that are beyond my capabilities. I'm not Chris Brown man.

Brian:    You can't get low?

Jason:    In my defense I wasn't doing many stretches at the time I was running a lot and not to carry my body around. Maybe if I tried again.

Brian:    That yoga man. If you had been doing yoga back then.

Jason:    If I had been, yeah. I probably would have bounced right back up.

Brian:    That's wild. What a story. Good gracious. 

Jason:    Take care of yourself. Lesson learned.

Jason:    Know your limitations.

Brian:    Don't get down unless you can in fact get down. 

Jason:    Get down.

Brian:    What about, what's in your music collection that might surprise us?

Jason:    Let's see. I'm not sure if it'll surprise you. It surprised me how much I listen to this artist on Pandora radio, but [inaudible 00:13:55]. Pandora send you reports of how much you listen to stuff. It was like eighty percent [inaudible 00:14:01] radio on the Pandora station.

Brian:    Really that's impressive. Which is soothing and you talked about your bringing it down.

Jason:    Soothing, sensual.

Brian:    Okay.

Jason:    Maybe that reveals too much about me right there but that's the kind of mood that I'm in. 

Brian:    All right. I see. Note to self guys, bring [inaudible 00:14:21] with you if you want to get Jason in the mood. Got it. Okay. What about do you have any rules as a performer? Are there any rules that you have and are there any that you always break?

Jason:    I do have rules. I try to make the rule not to play certain cliché songs.

Brian:    Like what? 

Jason:    Like Wagon Wheel, Brown Eyed Girl. I feel bad saying that because I have actually some things that really, really like those songs. I try to avoid it but I am so eager to please people. This is the truth man. Put a smile on somebody's face by playing a song. I'm sure you know this as a band member.

Brian:    Absolutely.

Jason:    You see the way people ...

Brian:    The joy they get from the music.

Jason:    The joy they get from these songs that maybe you've heard a gazillion times, maybe a gazillion times too many. They just eat it up. I'm just going to go and say it. I break that rule sometimes.

Brian:    Break that rule. Okay so Brown Eyed Girl might happen and inside as an artist you die a little bit.

Jason:    It's the same on the radio.

Brian:    We appreciate you sharing. Okay. Come up with a more creative request next time you see Jason, other than Brown Eyed Girl.

Jason:    No it's okay. It's alright.

Brian:    If you love that one, ask him for it anyway. The last question I love to ask is what's one piece of advice that you would offer?

Jason:    I would say it's easy to go through the motions sometimes, especially if you have a lot of shows, like I have a lot of shows. I think always bring one hundred and ten percent and always try to bring a good vibe to your performances.

Brian:    To say more, how do you bring a good vibe? What does that mean? 

Jason:    It does seem like a simple thing but say you're in a bad mood. You show up at the venue and you kind of go through the motions of your show. I've seen people do this. It's a human nature, you can do this. It's really contagious to your audience and then your audience to your venue. Sometimes I think just kind of escaping into the music is maybe the answer to that. Allow yourself to kind of get lost in it.

Brian:    One hundred and ten percent.

Jason:    Bring it, show up every time if you can. I'm guilty of not doing it every single time too. I try.

Brian:    You notice I. If you learn to recognize it, you can also fix it half way through too. You could realize, oh god I'm not doing it. I got to bring it. After that break, you can come back and bring some more.

Jason:    Bring it.

Brian:    That's awesome. Now, folks want to find out more about you. Where's the best place for them to find you?

Jason:    Say visit the website, if you can. Www.jasonmasi.com. Last name spelled M-A-S-I. That's kind of the hub where you can get the links to everything else, the Facebook, the Twitter, the Instagram. That's where I would say to start if you're just a Facebook person, and you want to skip the website, I try to stay up to date with my friend page. You can friend me.

Jason:    I put my regular shows, weekly on there where I'll be. Then I do my special events, I'll put it on my fan page. I'll invite people from the fan page.