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11/7/17 - Special Guest: DC Drummer, Ben Tufts

Thanks to DC's incredible drummer, Ben Tufts, for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. As Long As I Can See, by Broke Royals (Rock, Alt Rock)
  2. Ribbons & Flowers, by FuzzQueen (Rock, Indie Rock)
  3. Titanic, by Exit Vehicles (Indie, Rock)
  4. Anchor, by Crys Matthews (Folk, Americana)
  5. Get It While You Can, by By and By (Folk, Indie Rock)
  6. Irish Demon, by Virginia Creep (Hard Rock, Noise Rock)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

DANCING IN A CAR VIDEO CONTEST - We’re celebrating the release of our Car Dance Party playlist with a super simple & fun contest.  Yes, there’s prizes!  Tag and Share with friends/family you know with good car dancing skills!
https://www.facebook.com/dcmusicrocks/posts/1996864693891726

1) Take a 10+ second video of yourself dancing in a car while playing one of your favorite DC artist’s songs!
2) Artist must be DC region - that means not baltimore, not richmond, DC and surrounding region
3) Upload the video as a comment to this post, tagging the artist’s facebook page and giving the song title.
4) click “like” on this facebook post!
https://www.facebook.com/dcmusicrocks/posts/1996864693891726

--WINNERS decided by the DC Music Rocks team based on 1) number of “likes” on their video by others, 2) energy/enthusiasm/humor, 3) car dance skills!  Current Deadline for submissions 11/25/17

--PRIZES - One (1) Grand Prize winner will have the opportunity to co-host the live radio show with Brian on the air.  Two (2) runners up will receive DC Music Rocks shirts in the mail.

--Tech note: Some phones won’t let you record video and play music on them at the same time normally, but apps like snapchat WILL let you do this or you can use a friend’s phone (company is always fun)!  Be resourceful, you got this!

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

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SPONSORS - Our sponsorship program is live on our website, we're now looking for sponsors.  The link to the page is below, if you have ideas for businesses who would be a good sponsors or partners for DC Music Rocks, please do reach out, share them with us!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/sponsor

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SHIRTS - DC Music Rocks T-shirt’s are up on our website and available through Amazon, they make a great gift idea for your musician friends and family for the holidays!
http://www.dcmusicrocks.com/shirts

 

NEW RELEASES

********Music********
Timberbrooke - Train Of Thought (Single)
https://open.spotify.com/track/0bNRvvt1EpdFjDSWqo4n42

Oddisee - Like Really (Live) (Single)
https://open.spotify.com/track/5XPZ4gySuXwX1HTu5VSq3q

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

 

********Video********
Timberbrooke - Train of Thought (Official Music Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUWmhQxFNEw

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr

 

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Just the one's we talked about on the show, which is just a taste.  Don't forget to visit the full calendar to see all the upcoming shows!

Nov 10 Fri
-Swampcandy @ Songbyrd Music House in Adams Morgan DC
-Jonny Grave @ Pearl Street Warehouse at The Wharf in SW DC
-Come see Brian as a part of PerfectionCraft 2017 (Fellowcraft & The Perfectionists) @ The Ugly Mug in Eastern Market in SE DC

Nov 11 Sat
In DC - Cinema Hearts @ Catharsis on the Mall
In MD - Veronneau @ World-Jazz Summit! @ Amp By Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD
In VA - The Sidleys @ Clydes at Mark Center in Alexandria, VA

Nov 12 Sun
-Broke Royals @ U Street Music Hall on U St in NW DC

Nov 13 Mon
-Bottled up @ Comet Ping Pong in NW DC
-Hayley Fahey Music @ Pearl Street Warehouse at The Wharf in SW DC

Nov 16 Thu
-Skribe @ GYPSY SALLY'S supporting ZACH DEPUTY in Georgetown in NW DC


Patreon

Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
--Daniel Warren Hill  --David Mohl



Ben Tufts

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

Ben Tufts

I grew up in Sterling, VA and bought my own drumset in 8th grade from the money I earned delivering newspapers.  I spent a lot of my early youth listening to my parents' record collection--especially The Beatles and Led Zeppelin.  My first band in high school was called "J'aunt."  The apostrophe is silent.  We were an instrumental spazz core band of which there are no existing digital recordings.  We probably played less than a dozen shows ever.  I went to college at Longwood University, where I got a double music major--concentrating in both education and composition.  It was there that I discovered jazz, falling in love with the music of Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, especially.  I discovered during my student teaching that I didn't feel prepared to be a band director, so upon graduating I got a data entry job and started playing bass guitar in bands in the DC area.  I started teaching private lessons in 1999, something I still do and feel is an integral part of who I am as an artist.

I went back to school in 2003 to study jazz at University of Maryland with Steve Fidyk, then the drummer for the Army Blues.  Steve's teaching changed my playing AND my teaching.  In 2009 I got divorced and my dad died from cancer, and I threw myself into teaching and performing more than ever.  By 2012, I was touring five or six months out of the year, playing 200 shows a year, teaching dozens of students, etc.  At this point I've played with over 100 artists/bands in the DC region and beyond.  I love the recording process, and studio work is something that has really ramped up for me in recent years.

I do own bentufts.com but my website probably won't be back up by then, so urls:

https://www.facebook.com/bentuftspercussion

https://twitter.com/bentuftsdrums

 

Ben Tufts

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. Ben Tum ... Ben Tum? I'm so excited you're here, I just can't speak your name right, man. Gosh darn it!

Ben Tufts:     We'll fix that in post.

Brian:     Ben Tufts, one of the premier drummers in the DC region, grew up in Sterling, Virginia and bought his own drum set in 8th grade from the money he earned delivering newspapers. He spent a lot of his early youth listening to his parents' record collections, including and especially, the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. He's played with over 100 bands and artists in the DC region and beyond over the years. I met Ben through the scene. We're both drummers, but then, I also ... I took a lesson with this guy at 7DrumCity. I've looked up to you for ages, man, so it is a treat to actually have you here live so I get to share the news about Ben with everybody. Thanks for being here, man.

Ben Tufts:     I appreciate it. It's my pleasure to be here. May I say, I wanted to at some point say this. What you're doing with this show for the scene is really remarkable. It's one of the things that I think doesn't get said enough. So, thank you for that

Brian:     I appreciate it. Absolutely. Now, let's talk about you. Talk about you professionally. You're a musician. You're a drummer. How would you describe yourself [crosstalk 00:01:24] front?

Ben Tufts:     I would describe myself as a drummer. I do also play bass guitar and a bunch of different percussion instruments, and I'm dangerous enough on keyboard and guitar to sit down and plunk out some chords, but I wouldn't dare to perform on those instruments most of the time, because I'm in bands with people who are much better at it than I am.

Brian:     Got it.

Ben Tufts:     But I'm a drummer, and a teacher. Teaching is actually a huge piece of what I do and who I am.

Brian:     Yeah, talk about that. The teaching. We said earlier, 7DRumCity, and the place out in Chantilly. What was the name?

Ben Tufts:     Contemporary Music Center. I've been at Contemporary Music Center for over 10 years now. I've been teaching in the area for almost 20, actually. 7DrumCity, I was actually the first drum teacher that 7DrumCity hired. Miles Ryan, who runs that place, is a visionary. If you had told me four years ago that the DC area would embrace a lessons and rehearsal studio, but a lesson studio that was dedicated to just drums, I would have laughed you off the sidewalk. I've never been happier to be so wrong, because Miles identified a real need within the scene. It's a beautiful place, not just because I get to teach drums there. I really appreciate that, but there's just a sense of community there, which you've witnessed.

Brian:     Yes.

Ben Tufts:     It's really unlike any other place I've worked, and I've taught at a lot of places.

Brian:     Definitely, if you're a musician or you're looking to be involved in the music scene, 7DrumCity is a great place to go to at least find an entry point and find people like you, for sure.

Ben Tufts:     Yep.

Brian:     Absolutely. So, there's lessons, and then you play with a lot of different artists. How many currently? Can you even keep track? Does it get crazy?

Ben Tufts:     Well, it's kind of a boring answer, so I'll try to get through really quickly. Essentially, when you're a freelance drummer, there's a little bit of a gray area, but there's bands that you're invested in where you rehearse every week and everybody's on the hook for money stuff, and everybody gets to make decisions about the band. A show doesn't get booked without everybody being on board. That's a band.

Brian:     Yes.

Ben Tufts:     And then, I also play with a number of artists, and with some of these folks, I have an even longer musical relationship than the bands I've been in. But folks who ... Generally singer/songwriters. Folks who play many shows where they don't even need ... not only do they not need a drummer, but they don't need a band. They might play wineries. They might play coffee shops. They might play open mics. It's just them and a guitar. When they need to make a record with a full band, or when they need to play a bigger show, I might be on the list of drummers that they would call.

      If you include just bands, the projects that I'm invested in right now are FuzzQueen, who we just heard, a band called Uptown Boys Choir, which is a band formed around Kevin de Souza, who's the primary songwriter there, and a noise rock outfit called Virginia Creep.

Brian:     Nice.

Ben Tufts:     J.R. Hayes, who's also the vocalist for Pig Destroyer.

Brian:     Wow. Now you said ... I meant to ask you. So, FuzzQueen. Where does the name come from for that?

Ben Tufts:     FuzzQueen is a relatively new band. At least, that's what we tell people. Because people like to hear new. We'd been playing shows for about a year. Chris Stelloh and Erin Frisby, who are in the band, have a long association going back five years, because all three of us were in another band called Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray.

Brian:     Wow.

Ben Tufts:     Yeah, it's a mouthful, which is one of the reasons why we changed the name. Essentially what happened is we had some personnel changes a couple years ago, went through some kinda band soul-searching, and we had a record that we decided we needed to shelve and not put out. We came away from that ... We decided originally to rebrand. But we very quickly realized with the election and a couple of other influences ... I like to say that Erin's songwriting (she's the primary songwriter for FuzzQueen) kinda became weaponized. She was very inspired by the events surrounding the election. Everybody in the band has always been pretty socially conscious, but we realize that we were suddenly in a new band. The band's name, FuzzQueen, was actually the name of an ill-fated side project that Erin and Chris had when they used to live on the other side of the country from me and the old bassist in that old band.

Brian:     Oh.

Ben Tufts:     The already had all the social media, but they'd never really done anything with it. When we were talking about rebranding, I had serious band name envy. I was like, "I want to be in a band called FuzzQueen." They're like, "No, no, no. That was our other thing. We can't call it ... That was something else."

Brian:     That was something else.

Ben Tufts:     I advocated for it and advocated for it. We made lists, and anybody who's in a band knows how that goes. It's the least fun thing and the hardest thing about being in a band is picking a good name.

Brian:     Yeah.

Ben Tufts:     Finally, one day, I forget who said it, but Erin and/or Chris was just like, "Okay, you know what? It's FuzzQueen." Immediately, it made sense, because the band is a lot more aggressive than our older outfit. We hardly play any of the same songs. They use a lot pedals and some of those pedals are ...

Brian:     Fuzzy.

Ben Tufts:     Fuzz pedals. People joke when they meet us at clubs, they're like, "Oh, so you guys are the fuzz," because Chris and I both have quite long beards, "and you must be the queen." Pointing at Erin. Which is kind of goofy. So, that's our name and it couldn't have worked out better.

Brian:     That's awesome! So you do all this stuff with drumming. I do want to touch on what do you do outside of drumming, like hobbies. What else do you do?

Ben Tufts:     If you'd asked me a few years ago, I would have told you nothing, but being a workaholic, there's an end game to that that's not pretty, where you can really burn yourself out. Several years ago, after a couple life events, I started to think about what I wanted in my life besides music, was just something that since leaving college I never even considered for a moment, because every second, every minute, was about teaching or recording or performing. I started running. At this point, I'm a pretty avid runner. I run between 10 and 20 miles a week.

Brian:     Holy smokes!

Ben Tufts:     I haven't done a lot of racing this year, but I enjoy racing also. Officially, I've run a half-marathon. I've not run a full marathon yet. That's something that I aspire to do eventually.

Brian:     When you can find the time.

Ben Tufts:     Yeah. Also for a couple years, I've been a pretty avid kayaker, and I actually bought my own boat in July, and recently completed a three day, 45 mile kayaking trip with an old friend of mine. That's another thing I really enjoy. Being out on the water.

Brian:     That's amazing. Running and kayaking. I love it, man. Very cool. One of my favorite questions to ask is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Ben Tufts:     Don't stop. Say more. Do you mean to musicians in particular?

Brian:     It's up to you.

Ben Tufts:     I think one of my favorite things to say, and I don't actually remember where I heard this or if I read this somewhere is would you rather live with the answer or the question? That tends to be a motivator for me with a lot of my more important life decisions.

Brian:     Which way do you lean?

Ben Tufts:     Always ... Ten times out of ten, I always have to know the answer. I'd rather know the answer than live with the question. Sometimes it gets me in a lot of trouble.

Brian:     Yeah, but, you know what? My personal is I live life without regrets and it's almost the same idea, which is, I'd regret it if I didn't ask, so I ask, I get it. Now, if folks want to find out more about you and the cool things that are going on, where do they go to find you.

Ben Tufts:     As I mentioned earlier, I'm pretty active on social media, so my Instagram account is just my name, bentufts, B-E-N-T-U-F-T-S. I'm on Twitter at bentuftsdrums, and you can also find my Facebook fan page where I list a lot of my shows and I also post a lot of educational content from lessons, transcriptions, photos of my students, and that sort of thing. My Facebook fan page. You can find that pretty easily by searching my name.

Brian:     Quickly. I'd regret it if we didn't mention it. Talk about Ben Tufts and Friends real quick.

Ben Tufts:     For the past few years, seven or eight years now, I've been hosting yearly concerts that are fundraisers for the Craig Tufts Educational Scholarship Fund. My father, Craig Tufts, was the Chief Naturalist at the National Wildlife Federation for my entire life growing up. He passed away nine years ago, and it was one of his wishes that any funds would be put in a scholarship fund to send kids to study nature. I host a yearly concert of original music, which we actually skipped on this past summer, because I was needing to regroup, but there's generally been a Jammin' Job in Vienna where we, for an entire day, host original artists. In the past few years, in the late winter, I've been hosting tribute shows. Coming up this February, we don't have a location yet, but we're going to be doing a tribute to the Police. All of the proceeds from those shows go to the fund.

Brian:     That's amazing.

Ben Tufts:     That's the Ben Tufts and Friends concept, yeah.

Brian:     I love it.

10/31/17 - Special Guests: Daniel & Taylor of The DC Music Rocks Team

Thanks to, Daniel Hill, the show Coordinator for DC Music Rocks & Taylor Thomas, DCMR's PR/Social Media/web content rock star, for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Brood (Another Line), by Yellowtieguy (Rock, Indie Rock)
  2. Arrows, by Brave Like Us (Indie, Rock)
  3. Intellectual Property, by Staycation (Funk/Rock)
  4. Apocalapse, by Data Recovery Project (Techno)
  5. Best Part of My Day, by Slow Creek (Folk,Indie Rock)
  6. She Keep Me High, by Beau Young Prince (Hip-Hop, R&B)
  7. Red Head Walking, by Root Deco (Rock, Blues Rock)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Want to take a tour of NPR?  The tours are free and open to the public.  If you’re interested, here’s the link below!  
(FAQ: No, you can’t just attend a tiny desk concert, you’ll need to be the guest of someone who actually works there)
http://tours.npr.org/Home

Listeners we’re reaching out.  Have you heard about something DC Music Rocks could be involved in?  Interested in hosting a meetup to go see local musician’s shows?  Organizations that have similar missions to ours we could partner with?  We’d love to hear other ways you have that come to mind, send us a note, we’re looking for other ways to collaborate with the local music community.

Shoutout to Stephanie Mathias, featured on last week’s program, she Facebook live streamed listening to herself on the radio for the first time ever last week, and it was so cool for us to get to see that moment.  We loved it and are happy to share the link so you can watch the moment too:
https://www.facebook.com/stephaniemathiasmusic/posts/935605416596016

NEW RELEASES

Video:
Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Fortunate Son" - (Cover By His Dream Of Lions) - They made it like a music video, good stuff!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpPm7iGiqd4

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Just the one's we talked about on the show, which is just a taste.  Don't forget to visit the full calendar to see all the upcoming shows!

Nov 3 Fri
DC - Justin Jones & The Cowards Choir @ Pearl Street Warehouse by The Wharf, at the SW Waterfront
VA - Ken Wenzel Music @ Tavern 64 in Reston, VA
MD - Rare Essence @ Fast Eddies in Camp Springs, MD

Nov 4 Sat
DC - Sub-Radio @ Pearl Street Warehouse in the SW Waterfront
VA - Chris Cassaday @ Crafthouse in Arlington, VA
MD - Round About @ 7 Locks Brewing in North Bethesda, MD

Nov 8 Wed
19th Street Band @ Lahinch Tavern & Grill in Glen Echo, MD

Nov 9 Thu
Venn @ Black Cat in Washington, DC
Owen Danoff @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA


https://www.patreon.com/dcmusicrocks
Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, cohost spots on the show, 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!



Daniel Hill & Taylor Thomas

BIO - LINKS

DC Music Rocks Selfie
Daniel Hill Taylor Thomas DC Music Rocks

BIOS:

Daniel Hill and Taylor Thomas

Daniel Warren Hill:

Band/Artist Name: YellowTieGuy

Each current band member: First&Last name, nickname (if any) and instrument: Daniel Hill - guitar & vocals, Jason McKinney -guitar, Steve Syzbowski -drums, Jamie Rasmussen -bass

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC? : Waldorf, MD

Atleast 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band that are related to persons/places/things/events that happened in the Washington DC area. Give us fun stuff, not normal bio stuff!: Daniel's primary car is a 1994 Toyota Camry with 325,000+ miles...bought from another area musician,Bill Holter, guitarist for Vintage #18.

Jamie is also a nude art photographer with 66.1k followers on Instagram @randompantsfoto

YellowTieGuy once performed a festival in Lexington Park MD, where a live tornado touched down 10-15 minutes after finishing our set.

Anything else we should know, or you want to share?: Gosh...where do we begin!? Please do read the long bio on our website. We are actively involved in trying to revolutionize the DC, MD, VA music community. We are so grateful for all the support we've received and, there are so many great people that have contributed to us in so many ways, other talented performers we've had the pleasure of working with...We are spoiled and loving it, and we don't take it for granted!

Band/Artist Website (not Facebook): Www.yellowtieguy.us

About Taylor Thomas: 

Taylor has been involved in the media since she was in high school back in the good ol' state of Indiana! From on screen TV hosting a regional sports show on Fox Sports, to sideline reporting for the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers & nearly years in the TV Commercial sales - she's seen and heard it all. Taylor has since taken all of her knowledge of marketing, sales, & dealing with people with her to her current career in DC as a Real Estate Agent on the #1 selling team at Compass Real Estate - The Mandy & David Team. 

Three interesting facts: 

1) I also have the self-proclaimed "coolest dog in the DMV." Our boxer-bullmastif, Murphy, has the biggest personality and I often refer to her as my "furbaby."

2) If anyone knows how big the Indianapolis 500 in Indiana is you might be able to appreciate this one: I was crowned the 2012 Indianapolis 500 Festival Queen & got to give winner Dario Franchitti a smooch on the cheek in the famous "Winners Circle"

3) I work on a show that promotes all types of amazing singers & I too sing - but only in my car or when I'm in the kitchen cooking by myself LOL 

Instagram: @curls.pearlsandclosings

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taylorjadams/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taylor.adams.39108

Murphy!

Murphy!

10/24/17 - Special Guest: Joshua Rich

Thanks to, Joshua Rich, the "Piano Virtuoso" for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Annabelle, by Cater Lou & The Project (Rock, Alternative Rock)
  2. Talking to Furniture, by Joshua Rich (Pop, Solo-Pianist)
  3. I'm Into You, by Eric Scott (Pop/Soul)
  4. Red Flag, by Cassie Urbany (Country, Alternative Folk)
  5. Run the Way, by Stephanie Mathias (Pop, Singer-Songwriter)
  6. When I Rise, by Michael R.J. Roth (Indie, Folk)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Cool Data about DC vs Baltimore Music Releases since 2009!
Kate and her husband are DC music fans, and they actually data-mined the music website, Bandcamp, to find how much music the two cities put out in the since 2009. I asked them what surprised them about the data, they said, “What stood out to us was how much alternative and rock was being released. We thought we wouldn't see quite as much on Bandcamp. We also thought the hip-hop releases wouldn't be as strong for DC as they were for Baltimore. Punk having as many releases as it did was surprising.”  Link to chart showing data:
https://hotelsneardcmetro.com/dc-vs-baltimore/

NEW RELEASES

Music:
Billy Winn - Crash (Single)
https://open.spotify.com/track/6tPHFqf86T6QduRA4PjadA
Aaron ‘AB’ Abernathy - Dialogue (9 Song Album)
https://open.spotify.com/album/3PwtNJgDIC89czOjqLt7id
Elena & Los Fulanos - Volcan (12 Song Album)
https://open.spotify.com/album/45IPhj9kClOxTJ12zElxSC
Oddisee - Hold It Back - Live (Single)
https://open.spotify.com/track/2aYpbCkHTUcNPpJS6giASq
Staunton - Inside Out (Single)
https://open.spotify.com/track/6jgyhHppwYptKL423TCbKk

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

Video:
Sara Curtin - Blame Time
https://youtu.be/Q6kDMy2qqsQ
Paperhaus - Told You What To Say
https://youtu.be/TvviFWFAKkM

Our ‘DC Artists Official Music Videos’ Youtube Playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtzE3kBQ_70kU0_uB-sdviWajkbzi2Akr

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Oct 27 Fri
-Paperhaus @ Black Cat on 14th St in NW DC
-LIONIZE @ Milkboy ArtHouse in College Park, MD
-Dangerous Curves @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD
-Chris Cassaday @ Ragtime in Arlington, VA

Oct 28 Sat
-Clutch @ Anthem at the SW Waterfront in DC
-Of Tomorrow & Tomato Dodgers @ Rock & Roll Hotel on H St in NE DC
-Rachel Levitin @ The Capital City Showcase's Screamin' Halloween at Mason Inn on Connecticut in NW DC
-Nappy Riddem @ Gypsy Sally's in Georgetown in NW DC
-Chris Timbers Music @ Bar Louie in Ashburn, VA
-Surprise Attack @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA
-Will Eastman @ U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC

Oct 29 Sun
-Jason Masi @ Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard in Dickerson, MD

Oct 30 Mon
-Better Homes, MILO in the Doldrums, Soldiers Of Suburbia @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

Nov 2 Thu
-Loud BoyZ @ Black Cat on 14th St in NW DC
-The Duskwhales @ The Hamilton by Metro Center in NW DC
-Black Dog Prowl & Stone Driver @ DC9 Nightclub by U St in NW DC
-19th Street Band @ Samuel Becketts in Arlington, VA


https://www.patreon.com/dcmusicrocks
Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, cohost spots on the show, 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!



Joshua Rich

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

Joshua Rich

Joshua Rich, a child prodigy who began playing the piano and composing when he was only eight years old, has become an internationally known performer, despite never having had a lesson in his life.  A truly transcendent and cross-generational artist, Joshua has been sharing his dazzling and magical piano style, beautiful, heartfelt original songs and fantastically creative renditions of well-known pieces with audiences of every age, gender and race, leaving them breathless, awestruck, and always completely entertained.

In addition to being a full-time touring musician, Joshua has released a multitude of original CDs, and several recordings of his masterful improvisations of both jazz and classical music.  His unique and versatile performing and composing style have been compared to such vast musical luminaries as Mozart, Billy Joel, Randy Newman and George Gershwin.

Joshua is also an accomplished actor, screenwriter, playwright, and producer.

Joshua Rich is a one-of-a-kind artist who truly must be seen to be believed.  Please visit www.joshuarich.com for more info!

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Joshua Rich
Joshua Rich

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. Joshua Rich describes himself as a child prodigy, who began playing piano and composing when he was only eight years old. He's become an internationally known performer, despite never having had a lesson in his life, which I can't wait to talk more about. In addition to being a full-time touring musician, Joshua has released a multitude of original CDs and several recordings of masterful improvisations of both jazz and classical music. He's also an actor, screenwriter, playwright, and a producer. He's a very busy man. When I started doing DC Music Rocks, I came across his music and I've been a fan of his skills on the keys for quite some time. It is a treat to have you here. Thanks for being here.

Joshua:     Thank you, Brian. I really appreciate the opportunity.

Brian:     Talk to us about, you said you started when you were eight years old and you've never had a lesson. Does that mean you just hear it? How does that work when you're creating what we just heard on the show?

Joshua:     Well, I'm definitely a unique artist in that I did teach myself all the theory that I needed to know because I started making a living at the piano at the age of 17. Every job, I got, I would teach myself the theory needed to be able to do that job. I've done every job you can imagine on the piano, music director, choir director, accompanyist, et cetera, as well as performer. Yes, I really do have great ears, and I can hear a song, and I can immediately play it. What I would do is I would hear a song, and then I would look at the music and figure out what it meant theory-wise, so I did learn how to read. It's been like remembering. It's never been like learning. I've always felt like I've been remembering. I believe in my past lives and things.  Very natural process. I've never really have had to work at it. I never practice. I just have always felt really connected to the piano. I can hear, but I can [inaudible 00:01:51] myself and I can read it too.

Brian:     You can read the music, and if they put a composition in front of you, you can certainly play it that way, but then you can also hear it and just play it?

Joshua:     Right. I'm just a very improvisational player. I guess it goes with my creative nature. I can't really ever play the same thing twice and whenever I play things live, I always open things up and I never play the same thing twice. When I record, I like to get it exactly a certain way, and a real specific form. I think it came from my studying the Beatles when I was growing up. I love things recorded really well. When I perform, I'm always. In my days when I was still accompanying and doing some piano playing for hire, I have to force myself to read the music and actually play what's written. I just have this natural innate ability to just, inclination to just open things up and be experimental with it and fool around with them.

Brian:     Now, rewind to the part where you said you started at eight years old. You didn't just start being a piano virtuoso at eight years old, and you've never had a lesson. How did it start then? Did you just hear things and keep hitting the keys until you found it? How did it evolve?

Joshua:     No, that's what's so, I really just started playing. My dad was an amateur piano player. I later found out that his brother, my uncle was a successful side man in the 50s and 60s. That was kind of cool. He played with some pretty big guys. He's on some recordings of Charlie Parker and some other notable people. It was cool. I was looking at his discography. My dad was playing the piano at a party. I came up and sat on his lap. He took my hand. He put it on the piano. He showed me a C chord. That was it. I literally the next day was just playing. Just like, I don't remember what I first started playing. I'm sure I was just noodling. I was adept. I was able to really play and then, I was just listening to music, and then whatever I would listen to, I would go to the piano and I would play it. I think between eight and 12 I would say were the formative years where I was really learning how to really play and really read and then at 12 I started writing. I actually wrote my first song, Trying Vegetables, which is on the same album. Everything comes full circle.

Brian:     Wow. One of the big things that I've seen in pop culture now is they've got dueling piano bars where the guy gets up there and hey just call out a song and they play it. This is the kind of thing that you do.

Joshua:     Yeah, I made my living for a long time. I still play at the DC, the Georgetown Piano Bar actually on Fridays. That's coming to a close soon as I get more in to performing and getting too busy to do it. I've been there for a little bit. That's a fun environment. That's actually been a fun way to make a living. That's when I discovered actually, when I got my first piano bar job, I was actually underage. I wasn't even legally able to be in the bar, but I discovered that my ear was so good, that people were calling out songs and I just knew them. I discovered that my gift could actually make me money. That was a nice realization.

Brian:     That is a great realization to make, yeah. The making the money part is often times the challenge.

Joshua:     Correct.

Brian:     It's good that you at least knew that that could happen.

Joshua:     Yeah.

Brian:     That doesn't make it any easier. You still got to find, get a gig.

Joshua:     I want to be a full time artist in the true sense of the word, but I've been able to make my living in the arts my whole life, so at least I'm blessed in that way. Yeah, that's sort of when I learned the piano can be a vehicle for making a living.

Brian:     That's incredible Joshua. I love it. Now, in your connection to the DC region, you live where? You work in the area. How long have you been here?

Joshua:     Right now I'm living in the Palisades, which is near Georgetown. I've been kind of in the Virginia, the Maryland, the DC area for a bunch of years, and probably about a good 10, 15 years now. I've kind of lived all over that area. I mostly resonate with DC. I'm originally from New England and I just came down here. It's sort of a second home. Yeah.

Brian:     When did you come down? How long ago was that?

Joshua:     Wow, it's got to be maybe 20 years ago now. Yeah.

Brian:     Been a while now, that's awesome. Okay. What about-

Joshua:     My daughter is 19, so it's about as long as she's been alive, so yeah.

Brian:     There you go. Now, what about talk about you on a personal side now. Outside of the music thing, do you have other hobbies? What else do you do?

Joshua:     Yeah. One of the things I'm most, that I most need in my life that's really vital is called Bikram Yoga. Some people call it hot yoga, but there is hot yoga, which is just sort of an add hot, bunch of postures with different varying kinds of heat. It's whatever. Bikram Yoga is a specific 26 postures, same ones every time, 105 111 degree heat. You're staring at a mirror. I never in a million years thought I would ever do yoga. I swear by this. It's amazing. It's very healing. You're sweating a lot. It's really hot. It's not easy at all.

Brian:     Do you do this at a studio? Is it in your closet?

Joshua:     Yeah. You could do it in your closet, if you got like a heater. No, I do it at, I can plug it. It's called Hot Spot DuPont in DuPont Circle, really, really great studio run by a woman named Carolyn Hoffman, who's a really wonderful person. I've been practicing that for about seven years. It's really changed my life.

Brian:     Wow.

Joshua:     The postures themselves are amazing, but then you're doing it with the heat, and so that's something that's actually now, it's not really working out. It's really part of my lifestyle. Yeah. That and I play chess.

Brian:     Oh.

Joshua:     I like chess a lot.

Brian:     Excellent. It's fun to think about the two mental exercise because composing and piano and making things up on the fly and improv and then there's chess, which are both very creative but using your brain in totally different ways.

Joshua:     Yeah, I'm really like I said, I'm kind of a unique artist because I don't have that typical. Some musicians it's hard for them to kind of look at the business side of things. The artistic tents to be not quite as grounded. I have a real grounded nature and I like rules and I'm good at thinking ahead. That's what is good about chess. It keeps that part of my brain. You have to think about what you're doing before yo udo it. Then, I also am very creative. There are those two parts. Chess is fun because there is a connection between a lot of the chess players and musicians I think. A lot of musicians like chess. There is the math to it and the patterns. Then there is like, you know I'm just going to try my pawn here and see where that brings you. There is a creativity involves.

Brian:     That's amazing.

Joshua:     Yeah.

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

Joshua:     You mean in terms of like songs?

Brian:     No, in your personal music collection that you might listen to in the car or something like that.

Joshua:     I don't know. That's a good question. I really love all different kinds of music. I love classical. I love Jazz. I love pop. I don't know, something that is from like the 1920s because when I was growing up, my dad had this fake book. I learned all these really great old songs, like Bicycle Built for Two, from 1890 something. I can listen to songs like that. That might be surprising I guess, but yeah, I gravitate towards, I love the old fashioned nature of those songs. That might be something.

Brian:     Is this, you're listening to these on an actual, like vinyl record?

Joshua:     No I don't have those anymore.

Brian:     Recordings.

Joshua:     It's Spotify or where ever I can find them now.

Brian:     Where you can get them. I get them.

Joshua:     I've moved a lot and lost a lot of those records. It's funny how they're coming back now. It's like, oh I should have kept them all. Vinyl is making its comeback.

Brian:     Now, biggest success moment that comes to mind from your music career.

Joshua:     I did a show at a church in Orlando probably two or three years ago, whenever it was. For a while, I was trying. You know what it's like. You're trying to find your genre, trying to find your audience. For a while I was looking at the new age or some kind of movement as far as non-denominational churches. They're open air.

Brian:     Sure, yeah, yeah.

Joshua:     Really open hearted people and I've always gone over well in those kinds of environments. This is a specific one of those down in Orlando. I think it's called The Orlando Unity. It was just like three or 400 people, standing ovation. People were coming up and touching my arms afterwards and just really, really affected by the music. Any of those kinds of moments are definitely most memorable for me, when I really feel like I've connected.

Brian:     That's really cool. Now, my favorite question to ask on the show is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Joshua:     I would say check out whatever kind of deserving issues you have, because that has been the thing I've had to really work through the most, to get to where I'm starting to get to know.

Brian:     Check out deserving issues, kind of like entitlement? What do you mean by deserving issues?

Joshua:     Figure out what you might think you don't deserve. What subconscious decisions have you made about what you don't think you deserve, because those are what is holding you back. Your subconscious is in charge, even though we don't think it is.

Brian:     Right.

Joshua:     You just look at your life, look at what's happening.

Brian:     You don't think you're worth it, but you are.

Joshua:     Right. Really just look at what you're not getting and then think about why you might think you don't deserve it, and kind of do some head work. It doesn't take long. Just being aware of it I think is the first step. That would be, I think people that are in their own way a lot, unknowingly. I've done a lot of work lately about that. You know what? I do deserve it. Kind of like looking at the reasons why I might have decided I didn't and work through those. Yeah. I'd say that.

Brian:     It's one of my favorites. I always love hearing what the artists say on that one, or the guest in general, not always artists. I mean, bookers and photographers and everyone else that's been on the show. Now, if folks want to find out more about you and follow what you're doing, where do they go?

Joshua:     They just have to go to joshuarich.com. It's very easy. I'm also on Facebook but my website has all my links. If you Google my name, Joshua Rich, you'll find out all that stuff. Yeah, I'm all over the place, Spotify, Instagram, and Facebook, et cetera.

10/17/17 - Special Guest: Chris Cassaday

Thanks to Chris Cassaday for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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Chris Cassaday @ Songbyrd Music House in Adams Morgan in NW DC
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Rare Essence @ Warner Theatre by Metro Center in NW DC

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Chris Cassaday

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BIO:

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Chris Cassaday is a folk-funk singer/songwriter from Arlington, Virginia. Chris's unique blend of blues, folk and funk, his crafty songwriting style, his unpredictable set lists, and his thunderous, distinctive voice have captivated audiences in the DMV, up and down the east coast, and around the country. With two albums released, a song being played on SiriusXM radio's the Coffeehouse, and a resume of hundreds of amazing performances under his belt, Chris has proven himself as a must-see act in the Washington D.C. music scene. 

WEBSITE: http://chriscassadaymusic.wixsite.com/chriscassaday

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/chriscassadaymusic

TWITTER: @ccassadaymusic

INSTAGRAM: @chriscassadaymusic

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     Here on DC Music Rocks we are shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. Chris Cassaday is a singer-songwriter from Arlington, Virginia, with a unique blend of blues, folk, and funk. His crafty songwriting style, his unpredictable set lists, and his thunderous, distinctive voice have captivated audience in the DMV for a while. With two albums released, a song being played on Sirius XM Radio's The Coffeehouse, and a resume of hundreds of amazing performances under his belt, Chris is an awesome act, and I hope you get to see him live at some point.  I first came across him doing this show, and I've been such a fan of his music, and now I actually get to have him here in the studio with me and this is such a treat, man. Thanks for being here.

Chris Cassaday:     Thanks for having me.

Brian:     Now talk about, so you're born and raised in Virginia ...

Chris Cassaday:     Yes sir.

Brian:     Wow. So, Great Falls and then into Arlington. Now did you go away for school, or have you really been Virginia the whole time?

Chris Cassaday:     I don't know if I would call it going away. I went to JMU in Harrisonburg. It's a couple hours away. It's far enough where your parents can't bother you, but close enough where it's not a hike to get home.

Brian:     So you've really been in the area for your whole life pretty much.

Chris Cassaday:     Yeah pretty much. Always been around Virginia in some way, shape, or form.

Brian:     And where and when, how did music start?

Chris Cassaday:     Well my dad got me my first guitar when I was 14 years old. And I had always been singing, when I was a little kid, singing in the backseat. I had a really deep voice as a kid and everyone used to make fun of me for it.

Brian:     Oh yeah?

Chris Cassaday:     My dad was like, "You sounded like Rod Stewart when you were like six years old." But I was always singing. So he was finally like, he got me a guitar, and I took lessons for a brief period. And it always just stuck with me; I loved it. And it kind of developed as I got older; I was in bands in high school. And when I went to college at JMU I kind of got into the whole solo acoustic thing, just sitting in my dorm strumming and writing down lyrics. And really fell in love with it.

Brian:     And it's always been guitar, or other instruments too?

Chris Cassaday:     You know, I actually started on bass. I was a bass player first.

Brian:     Really?

Chris Cassaday:     Yeah. But was taking guitar lessons while I was playing bass in the band, you know, and then we kind of did a whole switcheroo thing in my high school band where we got to play different instruments, so ... I was kind of learning two instruments at the same time.

Brian:     Nice. So guitar and bass.

Chris Cassaday:     Yeah.

Brian:     Wow. And what age was this again? When did that start?

Chris Cassaday:     That was like age 14 probably, yeah.

Brian:     Got it. So high school is really when ...

Chris Cassaday:     High school, exactly.

Brian:     The music education kicked in. Got it. Wow. So then what's your earliest memory with music? What comes to mind?

Chris Cassaday:     Oh man. My earliest memory with music is ... Oh boy. This is tough. Probably singing, I can't believe I'm saying this on the air. So, I sang a Nickleback song in the sixth grade talent show, when I went to the [inaudible 00:02:48].

Brian:     Don't judge him! Don't judge him! He did.

Chris Cassaday:     No judgment here, folks. I sang "How You Remind Me."

Brian:     Oh, excellent.

Chris Cassaday:     Which was a good song at the time. I mean, you know ...

Brian:     Yeah. Oh, that was huge back then.

Chris Cassaday:     But, we played the karaoke track of that and I sang it and, needless to say I was a stud at my elementary school for the next few weeks.

Brian:     Did you win? Did you win that talent- [crosstalk 00:03:09]

Chris Cassaday:     It was just like everyone performs; there wasn't an actual winner, yeah.

Brian:     Oh a showcase, I gotcha. Wow.

Chris Cassaday:     But, I think I won.

Brian:     Oh that's funny. So you are secretly a Nickelback fan. We'll keep that a secret between us.

Chris Cassaday:     Uh, yeah.

Brian:     And whoever's listening. No. And that was your first memory I guess performing too.

Chris Cassaday:     Yes sir.

Brian:     It would have been that one. Wow. Alright now, so outside of music then, you've got to have some hobbies and stuff. What do you do outside of music?

Chris Cassaday:     Well me and my girlfriend Haley live up the street in Rosalind, and we go to a lot of concerts, whoever's in town.

Brian:     Do you?

Chris Cassaday:     Yeah, we went to a ton of concerts this summer. I mean, I love music, local and big shows. Also, I love hockey, a big hockey guy. I play adult league hockey.

Brian:     Nice. Do you?

Chris Cassaday:     In fact I have to meet up tonight at Kettler.

Brian:     Wow.

Chris Cassaday:     At like, 11 p.m. tonight; it's late.

Brian:     Wow.

Chris Cassaday:     Late till ... but I love hockey.

Brian:     And this isn't roller hockey; we're talking ice hockey.

Chris Cassaday:     This is ice hockey. Yeah, I played when I was growing up, played at JMU and still trying to keep it going. Needless to say I'm horribly out of shape now, so it's getting tougher, but ...

Brian:     Oh, you seem pretty trim to me man. You don't look terrible.

Chris Cassaday:     It's like riding a bike, except way more humiliating if you mess up.

Brian:     When you mess up, I got it. And like shows, or other, there's a little bit of ice hockey and some going to see concerts. And anything else? What else is his life like?

Chris Cassaday:     Um, I'm trying to think here. Traveling. Love to travel. I like getting out of town whenever I can. In fact we were talking, Haley and I just got back from Ireland; I was there for nine days.

Brian:     Get out of here!

Chris Cassaday:     Yeah, I loved it.

Brian:     Where in Ireland did you go?

Chris Cassaday:     We started in Dublin and rented a car and drove around the country. Which is terrifying by the way, driving on the other side of the road.

Brian:     Really?

Chris Cassaday:     It was terrifying.

Brian:     Oh, because they drive on the opposite side.

Chris Cassaday:     And the roads are so narrow there ...

Brian:     Ah, man!

Chris Cassaday:     I'm like, how can this be okay? Where we stayed in Cork ...

Brian:     Wait, who drive, did you or Haley drive?

Chris Cassaday:     We switched off, but you felt safer in the driver's seat because, you know, everything's backwards so you're just like ...

Brian:     You want to be in control.

Chris Cassaday:     But it was fantastic, my first time in Europe. I had a blast.

Brian:     Wow. First time. Congratulations on making it to the Euro Theater for the first time, man.

Chris Cassaday:     Thanks man.

Brian:     Holy smokes. Alright now, so funniest moment that comes to mind in performing now?

Chris Cassaday:     Like a funny incident, or ...

Brian:     Sure! That's good. Yeah.

Chris Cassaday:     Okay. There's a few, but the one that always comes to mind when people ask me like, about embarrassing moments was, I was playing with this high school band I was mentioning. In front of the whole school; we had this place called The Commons, which was like the middle of the school, and we were playing, and the whole school was watching, and I was jumping around, you know, playing bass, and my strap broke and my bass just fell to the floor.

Brian:     Oh my god!

Chris Cassaday:     In the middle of a song. And I was just like, "Uhhhh ..."

Brian:     Did it break too?

Chris Cassaday:     No it didn't break, thank god. But I just had to like scoop it up and strap it back on, and ...

Brian:     Hoping nobody saw that.

Chris Cassaday:     No, but it broke.

Brian:     But everybody did.

Chris Cassaday:     Since then I got the locks you know, so the strap won't go anywhere.

Brian:     Right, yeah, the strap locks. By the way, a public service announcement for any guitar players, make sure you have strap locks.

Chris Cassaday:     Good advice.

Brian:     A best practice. Nice. Courtesy of Chris Cassaday's amazing moment from performing.   Alright, so tell us a story about a time you tried and failed.

Chris Cassaday:     Tried and failed? Oh boy. One time I tried to cover a Bruno Mars song and just absolutely failed.

Brian:     Oh! Which one? Do you remember?

Chris Cassaday:     It was ... (singing).

Brian:     Oh, nice.

Chris Cassaday:     That was a while ago though ...

Brian:     Okay wait a minute. Just for the record, how does it go, one more time?

Chris Cassaday:     (Singing.) Yeah, see that's exactly why I tried right there.

Brian:     Oh, trying.

Chris Cassaday:     That was a long time ago. A lot of people, I don't even think Haley knows about that, but it was at an open mic and I was like, "You know I'm going to go for it," and it didn't go well.

Brian:     Didn't go well. Oh my gosh, that's amazing. Now, and what do you have in your musical, aside from Bruno Mars now, what do you have in your music collection that might surprise us?

Chris Cassaday:     I love doing like mashups of songs. I've got a lot of Dave Matthews in there; I do this Dave Matthews song "Jimi Thing" and I mash it up with "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield.

Brian:     Wow.

Chris Cassaday:     In addition to old songs like Buffalo Springfield, I'll do newer, like rap songs. "Hold On We're Going Home" by Drake. And I've got a lot of reggae in my repertoire. Love reggae music.

Brian:     Nice.

Chris Cassaday:     A lot of Sublime in there, stuff of that nature. And I also do a mean "Lose Yourself" by Eminem.

Brian:     Oh yeah?

Chris Cassaday:     Like at the end of a show. Like, if the crowd's kind of dying down, I'll just do like the (singing) and [inaudible 00:07:43].

Brian:     Wow. Oh man.

Chris Cassaday:     Yeah, that's one of the biggest surprises in the set.

Brian:     That's so funny. And so these are when you're playing two and three hour sets, just you and your guitar, you're tossing these covers into it?

Chris Cassaday:     Yeah.

Brian:     You have anything that you don't cover, that's in your music collection that you're a fan of, but you don't necessarily cover? Or do you really play it all?

Chris Cassaday:     I try to play it all. My setlist is always super diverse. I try to like, surprise you with the next song, you know? It could be anything, you never know.

Brian:     God, that's amazing. I can't wait to catch another one of these shows, man. Now, do you have any rules that you always end up breaking? That you've set for yourself?

Chris Cassaday:     Not drinking the night before a big show.

Brian:     And is that because of peer pressure, or just because, you know, a beer sounds good, or ...

Chris Cassaday:     A little bit of both, yeah. Also, going to bed on time. "I've got to go to bed on time!" No, it's-

Brian:     Alright, so it's "I'm not going to drink" and "I'm going to go to bed on time," and "I'm not going to be hungover before the show." Except, that might happen.

Chris Cassaday:     Yeah, you never know. But, it can affect you big time, you know. I've learned the hard way, and I'm always like, "Now you know! Don't do it." And then I just ...

Brian:     Right, and then it happens again. Oh, that's really funny. So now, one of my favorite questions to ask, actually I've got, I'm going to do this one in two parts. What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten from someone? And this can be in general, it doesn't have to be music.

Chris Cassaday:     Best piece of advice I've ever gotten from someone was, Dave Matthews, who said, in an interview he said, "Play for anyone you can, anywhere you can, at any time. You never know who's going to hear you."

Brian:     That's amazing. And is there like a story that comes to mind as to like, someone you've ended up playing for that, that was a surprise?

Chris Cassaday:     Well, I mean, the way I started getting all of these gigs was, I went to an open mic on like a Monday night out in Sterling and a promoter guy by the name of Dave [Mastell 00:09:40] heard me and started booking me at pubs and restaurants, and that's how I started booking these big gigs, was through him. And I just happened to be at that open mic at that night and he heard me, and now I'm, paid gigs on the way. You never know what's going to happen or who's going to be there.

Brian:     Wow. That's amazing. And, are you entirely a musician? Do you have other jobs, like part-time jobs as well?

Chris Cassaday:     By day I am a financial planning administrator at a wealth management firm. And then by night I'm a singer-songwriter.

Brian:     Fantastic. See, and I love it; and you know, sometimes we, I don't want to say "joke" about it, but sometimes I feel like there is this conception that, "Oh, well no I do have a day job." But what's amazing is that so many folks in the DC region that, very, a lot of folks have that same story, they work during the day and then they play shows at night, and they really are incredible at both of them, which is kind of, it's amazing to see, so that's awesome, man.

Chris Cassaday:     Thanks man.

Brian:     Alright, so now what's one piece of advice you would offer?

Chris Cassaday:     "Practice makes perfect," is what I always say. My bandmates hate me because I'm all about practicing, I'm like-

Brian:     So say more on that; what does that mean?

Chris Cassaday:     I mean, just practice as much as you can. There's no, you can never practice too much, in my mind. There's nothing wrong with being overly prepared for your shows.

Brian:     So what does that look like in, does that mean you play with the band but then you go home and play for two more hours?

Chris Cassaday:     You've got to, in a band particularly, you've got to practice on your own, not just band practice.

Brian:     Yeah.

Chris Cassaday:     You know, working on your own so when you get together with the group, everybody's done their part, you know?

Brian:     And when you practice, is there a certain like, do you break down the parts? Like do you play one segment at a time over and over again until you nail that one perfectly? Do you break it up, or ...

Chris Cassaday:     It's usually like, I'll listen to the whole song, if it's a cover. And then I'll just try to play the whole song. And if I get stuck at a part I'll fast forward to that part, learn it, et cetera et cetera.

Brian:     And then rewind that one part until you can play that, and then you play it all the way through.

Chris Cassaday:     Exactly.

Brian:     Wow. That's amazing. Alright. Now, for those folks who are interested in learning more about you and the cool things happening, where do they go?

Chris Cassaday:     Well, you can check me out on Facebook, Facebook.com/ChrisCassadayMusic; it's got all my info on my shows. All social media, for that matter, Instagram @ChrisCassadayMusic, Twitter.

10/10/17 - Special Guest: Black Masala

Thanks to Mike Ounallah and Andy Cerutti of Black Masala for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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MUSIC

  1. Jump in the Water, by The 19th Street Band (Folk, Americana)
  2. Bhangra Ramo, by Black Masala (Funk)
  3. Let Me Be the One, by Juliet Lloyd (Pop/Pop Rock)
  4. Turn the World Around, by The Harry Bells (World, Calypso)
  5. The Less I Know The Better, by Backbeat Underground (Funk)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Oct 10th is National Hug A Drummer Day. If you know one, like James Brown said…”Give the Drummer Some!”  If you make it out to Rock And Roll Hotel on Saturday Oct 14th, our host, Brian, is a drummer and would love all the hugs he can get!

Do you know any singer-songwriters around DC?  Send this to them!  The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District announces the fourth annual Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards. They will award one talented songwriter a Grand Prize of $10,000 and 25 hours of recording studio time with Innovation Station Music which is run by Dave Mallen, a past guest with us on the DC Music Rocks.  Entries must be received by Monday, November 6, 2017.
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Local Music/Arts Conference Alert!
Event Name:  DC Talks Music/FilmDocs/Media: A Cross-Sector Dialogue at Georgetown University
SATURDAY OCTOBER 28TH
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NEW RELEASES

Music:
Sara Curtin - Or So It Seemed (9 Song Album)
Rent Party - New (Single)   

Reminder:  If you ever want to catch up on 2017 New Releases by DC Artists, we’re collecting them for you, check out our playlist!
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THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Fri-Sat Weekend Oct 13
Pebble To Pearl, Justin Trawick @ The DC Wharf Grand Opening Weekend by the SW Waterfront, DC

Fri Oct 13
Venn @ DC9 by U St in NW DC

Sat Oct 14
Nah. & Fellowcraft @ Rock N Roll Hotel by H St NE in DC

Sun Oct 15
Taylor Carson @ Pearl St Warehouse by The SW Waterfront in DC
Cinema Hearts @ Slash Run by Petworth in NW DC

Mon Oct 16
Electric Grandmother & Catscan! @ Uptown Art House on Connecticut Ave in NW DC

Tues Oct 17
19th St Band @ Ireland Four Provinces in Falls Church, VA

Thurs Oct 19
Hayley Fahey Music @ Westover Beer Garden in Arlington, VA
The Sidleys @ Bethesda Blues & Jazz in Bethesda, MD
Jackie & The Treehorns @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD


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Black Masala

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BIO:

Black Masala

Can you hear that? Can you feel it? It’s the sound of Washington, DC’s eclectic high energy brass band Black Masala. Ranging from Gypsy music, Balkan brass and New Orleans funk, to Bhangra and Dance music., the band creates an irresistible dance groove packed with funk, gypsy punk, and soul. Black Masala has made a big impact as one of the most exciting live acts in the region and is the winner of four Washington, DC Area Music Awards (“WAMMIES”), including ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Best World Music Album.’

In just a few short years, Black Masala has released its debut album, multiple remixes, live recordings, and its follow up second album, “I Love You Madly”. The new album showcases the band’s variety of influences and moods, ranging from Bhangra and bounce to New Orleans funk and Balkan brass. This sound was forged on the road, playing countless shows up and down the East Coast to enthusiastic crowds. Black Masala is part of a new generation of go anywhere brass bands, and when they take the stage, their infectious grooves result in dance party that leaves smiling concert goers eager for the next song. 

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

     Black Masala is Washington DC's eclectic, high energy, brass band. Ranging from gypsy music, Balkan brass and New Orleans funk to Bong-Ra and dance music. The band creates an irresistible dance grove pact with funk, gypsy punk and soul. Did you get all of that? Because that was a lot of influences there.

     Black Masala has made a big impact on one of the most exciting live acts and as ... Well, they are one of the most exciting live acts in the region, they're part of new generation of go anywhere brass bands. And when they take the stage, their infectious groves result in dance ... In a dance party that leave smiling, concert goers eager for the next song.

     I first came across these guys when I first started doing the show. I've been a Black Masala fan. The bassist in my band, Brandon Williams, he was like, "Hey. Listen. You're doing local music. You got to check out Black Masala." And that was about two weeks into doing this show. And I've been a fan ever since. So now I have you here. This is a treat. Thanks for being here guys.

Mike:     That's so cool. Thanks for having us.

Brian:     Absolutely.  Now so talk about Black Masala and how did the band come together.

Mike:     So, basically it happened about, we're going on five, six years now. I met a trombone player. He used to live in DC and he wanted to do just gypsy brass music. So it started off just me and him in my basement in DC just working on this music and trying to learn about it a little more and then do our own sort of spin with it.

     And then the word spread. We went through about 15 bass players and 100 horn players and eventually we had a band of stable people. But it was great because all the people -

Brian:     Those stable people. Mentally stable and emotionally stable and no maybe not, but they were ... They came religiously.

Mike:     Yeah. I mean, everyone who was involved in with the band had such a huge impact on the group. And I'm talking about before the band was even, even had a band name. We went through like a ton of different people.

     And so we just developed from there. We were playing locally like once a month in some now de-funked venues like The Getaway. There was another venue above there. I can't remember the name. Then we slowly built. I remember our first big show was at Rock and Roll Hotel, actually, with Congo Sanchez, who's the drummer from Thievery Corporation and then it just expanded. Then I started trying to get us out of town and things like that.

     And so now, we pretty much have the same group. It's always the same people. Before we had to kind of mix and match quite a bit. You know? When you have a band of seven or eight people, it's kind of like that.

     And the music's expanded, obviously from like just being Balkan influenced to like everything else we do, everything else we listen to. And yeah. So now we're doing about 120 shows a year. On the road a lot.

Brian:     Holy smokes. Now does that mean you're doing it full time? Is this your job or is this ...

Mike:     It's like ... It's not a full time job. I also teach music lessons throughout the week. Like private lessons and stuff like that.

Brian:     I see.

Mike:     Yeah.

Brian:     So it's the band and then more music. It's lots of music.

Mike:     Yeah. Pretty much. All music. But yeah. I mean, when you're handling a band of this size and then at the time booking and managing, it's like its own full time gig.

Brian:     Oh. Absolutely.

Mike:     You know? And there's many days where you're doing like ... Or many weeks where you're doing like 40 hours on the band then like 40 hours at your job. And then you're on the road all weekend. And you're just like ... And it was like for years.

Brian:     Wow. Yeah.

Mike:     We've been fortunate to start to build a team around us over the last couple years. So it's taken the pressure off like the one person, but ...

Brian:     That's ... And you ... What kind of lessons are you teaching? You said you teach lessons on the side, too.

Mike:     Yeah. I teach drums and I teach piano.

Brian:     Wow. Look at that.

Mike:     Yeah. Private lessons.

Brian:     And Andy, you're here with us too. Talk about you and your role with the band.

Andy:     Yeah. Absolutely. I'm part of that team Mike was just talking about. And you know, right after these guys started, maybe a year or so into the project, I checked them out. Went to a couple of shows. And I became a fan. And that's really how it started.

      I went to see these guys live and, you know, like you were saying earlier, they have something special. You know, that unique mix of genres, that high energy that they bring to the show and it's just a lot of fun. And then, you know, if you go to enough shows, eventually you've seen it all, so to speak. But then when I would go out to see Black Masala, that was something totally new, something different, something exciting that got me out of the house. So, after going to enough shows, I just started talking to these guys. I was like, "Hey, guys. You have so much potential. I would love to work with you and take things to the next level, help out any way I can."   And now, I don't even know, three or four years later, this is where we are. So it's pretty cool.

Brian:     That's amazing. And talk about the name. Where did ... Black Masala.

Mike:     So, it was kind of ... It was kind of tricky to [crosstalk 00:04:48] name. I just like the word masala. I remember going over it and then we wanted a color to go with it and black was like kind of like the vibe that people were kind of going for. So it was really that simple. Just take this word masala and put black in front of it. And it's kind of the signifies sort of like masala is like a spice that's comprised of a bunch of different spices, so it's like a mixture. So it kind of works in that way, too, if you wanna take some of the meaning.

Brian:     By the way, is not to be confused with Marsala.

Mike:     No.

Brian:     Which is ... Does that ever happen?

Mike:     That happens all the time. Happens all time.

Brian:     Oh, man.

Mike:     Yeah.   We rage in the background and try not to show it, but we're secretly very upset about that.

Brian:     Oops. When they say, "This is Black Marsala." That is so wrong?

Mike:     Well, I mean, I gotta tell you. We drove all the way to Pittsburgh one time for a show, which was like about seven hours that day. We got to the venue and it said, "Black Marsala" and then underneath it "Pasta Night." I lost it. I just lost it. I mean, we just like fell over. True story.

Brian:     Oh no.

Mike:     Yeah. Yeah. It was that awesome.

Brian:     Oh man, Mike. That's crazy.

Mike:     Yeah.

Brian:     Alright so, now what about ... So you, outside of the music family ... Obviously this is a lot of your life then, but you must have some other hobbies. Talk about that.

Mike:     We like to drive. A lot of driving. And when we're not driving, we like to sleep.  No. Some other hobbies. We just try to stay ... And I'm gonna speak for the rest of the band, too, because they're not here, but try to stay healthy. Just enjoy like going out hiking. Doing things like that. Especially when we're on the road because we get to hit a bunch of beautiful places like West Virginia. So we'll spend the day going out hiking and go swimming, you know, whatever.

     So, but it's so much ... So much of this group is working. So it's a lot of time spent writing. A lot of time spent organizing. Things like that. So ...

Brian:     Wow. And is it mostly, do you a lot of the heavy lifting. Or does all the band pitch in for the writing and the organizing and all that?

Mike:     Well, I think it's just kind of fallen on me. I never really wanted to be just the sole person, but people kind of like look at me that way. I do a lot of the writing, it's just 'cause I like writing music and try to get better at it.

     But I definitely have help when it comes to like when we're on the road, all the guys chip in and gals chip in and, you know, help with like the daily whatever.

Brian:     Got it. Do you guys car pool or does everybody get there on their own? Is it like everybody in a van or something?

Mike:     Well, we almost got a van, but we decided against it. So it's two cars, usually, and put 7 people and the gear [crosstalk 00:07:14]

Brian:     Holy smokes. In two cars. That's impressive.

Mike:     Yeah.

Brian:     I hope there's some pictures on social media somewhere of that because that must be an amazing ... It must be packed to the brim. Unless there are huge vans or something. Two cars and seven people and all the gear for the band. Come on, man.

Mike:     Yeah. Yeah. No we do it. Of course, I have a big car. So ...

Brian:     Okay. That works.

Mike:     I got a drummer's car.

Brian:     Yep. A drummer's car. I'm like, "Gotta have at least a hatchback and room in the back."

Mike:     Yeah.

Brian:     Alright. So, now what about ... Something in your music collection that might surprise us.

Mike:     That might surprise you? That's a good question. Well ... Well, I have a lot of 90s rock and roll. That's a huge part of my music collection. So people listening to the band probably wouldn't think like, "Oh. That guys like Dinosaur Junior or like stuff like that." And I have this huge collection of like 90s rock and roll, you know. Fishbone, Rage Against the Machine, all that stuff I'm really heavy into 'cause I was like Lalapalooza kid when I was younger.

Brian:     Nice.

Mike:     Yeah.

Brian:     Oh. That's fun. Alright.

Mike:     And more bands than that, but yeah.

Brian:     Oh, god. That's funny. Now what about ... Talk about a biggest success moment for Black Masala. What comes to mind?

Mike:     Well, it was pretty amazing 'cause ... Right? We were a band for six months and then we got booked at the Kennedy Center and so we kind of thought we were doing something right at that point. If you watch the video, it's really funny. We're just so like kind of nervous and kind of new. We wanted to be perfect. And people's, people using music stands and stuff like that. And there's music flying on the stage. That was like a huge moment for us as a band.

     But I think anytime you book like your first tour, even if it's not successful, you're just excited because you took something that was nothing, wrote music and then someone in like North Carolina wants to book you. And so that was great.

     And DC government been very supportive to our band, you know. We've gotten some nice grants from them over the years that's helped with recording and things like that. Those all nice moments for us.

Brian:     Those are great moments. Holy smokes. And the DC government, I give them credit. They are very supportive. They supported me and DC Music Rocks, too. And the arts. If you're ... For the artists in town, they do good things for the artists, for sure.

Mike:     Absolutely.

Brian:     Alright. Now this one's for both of you guys. This is my favorite question to ask. If you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Mike:     Andy?

Andy:     Oh. Honestly, Black Masala, I think, is a great example of the advice that I always give to people. And that's just how much hard work it takes, how much dedication. I feel like ... I've even had this conversation with you before, Brian.

Brian:     If you go back and listen when Andy was on the show with Fort Knox Recording a little while ago. And still remember the advice.

Andy:     It just came back to me. But honestly, like I said, I've been working with Mike here now for a few years and it's great working with him because of what he brings, like his work ethic and then the whole band. They're professionals. And that just really makes a huge difference. Even just ... So a specific advice, return your phone calls and your emails promptly when you're booking gigs and when you're making arrangements. It might seem like a small thing to do and you're busy, but just making that time to return those emails or phone calls like promptly shows people how serious you are, professional. And it really just sets the tone for everything going forward. And that kind of advice, I think, is what really makes a difference.  And if you wanna know what it'll get you, it'll get you all the great success that Black Masala's had 'cause these guys just work so hard. It's incredible.

Brian:     That's good advice, too. I mean, we reach out to artists for DC Music Rocks, "Hey. I wanna play you on the show." And we never hear back from them. So, I mean, it really is return those emails. I love it, Andy. What about you, Mike? What do you got?

Mike:     Yeah. I mean, I think that's great. I think when you're in a band, especially if you have someone in the structure of like kind of being responsible for a lot of things, you have to learn how to be a people person with your band because you're dealing with artists. And artists, I've learned this over the years, are a little bit different. They're more ... They're gonna be sensitive about things and people are gonna be moody. You just have to kind of like work around all these issues.  So, you know, you just wanna like be patient and try your best and try to keep it going forward. I guess.

Brian:     Be patient. Try to be nice.

Mike:     Try to be nice.

Brian:     Especially via email.

Mike:     I recommend ...

Brian:     Mike is nodding. That's a huge nod that just happened.

Mike:     Yeah. Yeah. Absolutely.

Brian:     It is true. I ... Absolutely.  And for those who wanna find out more about Black Masala and following you guys, where do they go?

Mike:     So we have a website, www.blackmasala.com. Super easy. You can just type the band's name in Google and you can find just about everything. Facebook, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Spotify, we're everywhere.

Brian:     All that stuff. Is there one social media you guys like just a little more than the others?

Mike:     I've been really enjoying Instagram, recently. But our go-to has always been Facebook.

10/3/17 - Special Guest: Pleasure Train

Thanks to Valerie, Richard, and Will of Pleasure Train for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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MUSIC

  1. What Happens Next I, by Mitchell Kenyon (Hard Rock, Punk Rock)
  2. Touch the Ground, by Pleasure Train (Rock, #SEXGROOVE)
  3. Farp, by NAH. (Indie/Psychedelic Rock)
  4. Flood, by Annie Stokes (Indie, Folk)
  5. Tread Lightly, by Drop Electric (Rock, Post-Rock)

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1st Annual Celebration of the Arts in Arlington. This fun evening will feature live music, performances from local arts groups, food from area restaurants, beer and wine, and more. Thursday Oct 4, 7-10pm, near Ballston
https://www.arlingtonmedia.org/1st-annual-celebration-arts-arlington

NEW RELEASES

Music:
Soldiers of Suburbia - Eating Cigarettes (6 Song EP)
Bencoolen - The Crown (Single)
Paperhaus - Told You What To Say (Single)
Matt Tarka - Vision Hazy (4 Song EP)
Higher Education - The Ballad of Alexander Henry (11 Song Full Album)
The Fringe Benefits - Step Out (7 Song EP)

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

Fri Oct 6
Surprise Attack @ Westover Beer Garden in Arlington, VA

Sat Oct 7
Vintage#18 @ Art On The Avenue in Del Ray near Alexandria, VA
allthebestkids @ Black Cat Near 14th & U in NW DC
Venn @ Songbyrd Music Hall in Adams Morgan in NW DC
Black Masala & Tomato Dodgers @ Milkboy Arthouse in College Park, MD

Sun Oct 8
The Duskwhales @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA
Sub-Radio @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown in NW DC

Thu Oct 12
Oh He Dead @ DC Wharf Grand Opening by L’enfant Plaza in SW DC
Milo & The Doldrums @ DC9 by U St in NW DC


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Pleasure Train

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BIO:

Pleasure Train

 "Pleasure Train is a Washington DC area band that incorporates a fusion of styles rooted in groove, alternative, jam, jazz, pop, and house. The band formed after longtime friends and guitarists Ian Dandridge and Richard Fiegel had a conversation about the future of music and what genres would define their generation. After a long discussion of personal influences (ranging from 70’s giants such as Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead to modern acts including Tame Impala and Deadmau5), the two began envisioning the style of music they wanted to see develop in the future and began to search for like-minded musicians. Keyboardist Mike Paquette was initially recruited, bringing wide-ranging influences to the table including jazz and electronica. Vocalist Valerie Vega was connected with the band seemingly by chance after her rich, soulful voice caught the attention of Fiegel while he was browsing YouTube videos of local singers. The lineup was completed when drummer Andrew Gabor and bassist Will Berger were brought on board, rounding out the band with an upbeat funk and R&B-influenced rhythm section. Pleasure Train has been a staple in the local music scene since the summer of 2014, and the band has enjoyed making their own unique contribution to the soundscape of the greater Washington DC area."

Website: www.pleasuretrainmusic.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pleasur3train/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/pleasure-train

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0CeIg7L8sY1eFcskQy0jvO

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. Pleasure Train is a Washing DC area band that incorporates a fusion of styles, rooted in groove, alternative, jam, jazz, pop, and house. Pleasure Train has been a staple in the local music scene since the summer of 2014 and the band has enjoyed making their own unique contribution to the soundscape of the greater DC area. I first came across these guys when they released their first single, Calabasas, and I used it in my exercise classes. I played it in the car. I jammed it as loud as I could. I sang in the shower with it. There's just so much Calabasas in my life. Now they released an EP and now they're here with me. God, this is exciting. Thank you guys for being here.

Valerie:     Thank you for having us.

Will:     Thank you. That's a high compliment because we wanted to be a party band first and foremost.

Valerie:     Yeah.

Will:     There's a lot of ways we ca define ourselves but that's number one.

Brian:     You know, being played in the shower is status.

Richard:     I was going to say, that's basically what I had in mind when writing it, was we want people to be able to dance in the shower.

Valerie:     After a hard day, I want you in your shower, blasting Calabasas.

Brian:     Calabasas, there it is. Alright. Now, talk about the band and how it came together.

Richard:     I can take that one.

Valerie:     Yeah, you take that one.

Richard:     Actually, three of us actually went to high school together, Robinson High School in Fairfax and funny enough, we really didn't know each other at the time. I mean, through most of high school, but met our other guitar player [inaudible 00:01:35] towards end of senior year and started playing music together. He was a big, big [inaudible 00:01:42] from a guitar stand point.

Will:     Me too, he's a [inaudible 00:01:43].

Valerie:     He's amazing.

Richard:     I mean, we just kind of took it from there. We all went out separate ways, went to college and knew when we came back, we wanted to play together.

Brian:     That's amazing.

Valerie:     They found me off YouTube.

Will:     Yeah, with the wonders of the internet.

Valerie:     Yeah.

Brian:     Now, so it all came together, one of you met another one and then another band member came together and slowly we became six.

Will:     I was actually the last puzzle piece to fall into place. Shortly before me, our drummer Andrew David fell into place. Once the rhythm section fell into place, that's how our current sound came to be.

Brian:     Speaking of current sounds, I realize they can't see you and if they don't know you, introduce yourselves and say your name and your role in the band. Then, the other three guys too.

Will:     I'm Will Berger. I play the bass.

Valerie:     Valerie Vega, I'm the vocalist.

Richard:     Richard Fiegal, one of two guitars.

Valerie:     We have Ian Dandridge who is the other guitarist, and we have Andrew Gabor who is our drummer and we have Michael Paquette who is our keyboardist.

Brian:     Wow, so lots of sound from six instruments and some vocals. I love that. Now, talk about the name. What is Pleasure Train? Where does that come from?

Valerie:     Me, Ian and Mike, when we first started the band would have these nights where we would get really drunk and just jam in this barn. We were like, we're going to have a band. What is the name going to be? We were so torn between making it something serious, and emotional, and creative, and then when we were very drunk, Mike was like Pleasure Train. Richard and some others were not for it, but I was like, that's brilliant. It's different and it's fun. I wanted to be fun but make good music.

Richard:     It got to the point where we just started looking around and naming things in the room and wondering if that would be a good band name.

Will:     I came around to realize that it's like a brilliant band name because it's just, it's evocative and memorable. Yeah, it's very memorable. People don't forget it.

Brian:     That's a train you want to get on.

Valerie:     Exactly.

Will:     I mean really, like our band, evocative and memorable.

Brian:     There you go. If you take nothing away from this interview, I want you to remember that Pleasure Train is evocative and memorable. That is awesome.

Valerie:     Great word. That's our genre.

Brian:     Now, you guys are local DC. You're from DC?

Valerie:     Yeah, we're from DC pretty much.

Will:     Five out of the six band members are from the DC area, Virginia side of the DC area. I am originally from Pennsylvania, but I made my way down to the area a couple years ago. I came into contact with Ian first and knew I had to jam with him. I came into contact with him at the open jams.

Valerie:     Like Fats right?

Will:     Yeah, Fats. I was like, dude. We have to start a band. Then, low and behold, Pleasure Train needed a bassist and that's how I kind of fell in with everyone.

Brian:     That's amazing. Now, talk about you guys on the personal side. You've got this whole music thing that you do, and then outside of the music thing, what's life like for each of you?

Valerie:     We're busy people.

Will:     Yeah, we're very busy.

Valerie:     I'm a nurse, a DJ, and a realtor.

Brian:     Okay, wait a minute. One more time, you're a nurse at a hospital in town?

Valerie:     Yeah, I do home care to make this part of my life, it's flexible.

Brian:     Yeah, so home care. Then, a DJ?

Valerie:     I'm DJ Dilate and I played at Old Engine 12 in DC, U-Street, Back Bar. I'm part of the dance group, Dance Collective.

Brian:     Oh, and wait there were three. Nurse, DJ-

Valerie:     A realtor.

Brian:     A realtor.

Valerie:     Yeah. Capital Homes, yeah.

Brian:     Good gracious.

Will:     Valerie doesn't sleep much.

Brian:     Alright, fellas she set the bar high. What about you?

Will:     Well I can't quite get it that high. Well, in addition to playing bass in Pleasure Train, I also play bass with Andy Stokes and Apple Juice Jones, which is a Philly based band of my old buddies. Then I also am an environmental consulting engineer by day, to get a little money in my pocket.

Valerie:     Smart man.

Brian:     Holy smokes. Alright. What about you Richard?

Richard:     Myself, not as busy as these guys. I am a loan officer for a local mortgage company, Church Hill Mortgage and that's where I spend most of my day.

Brian:     Wow.

Richard:     Helping people get into homes.

Brian:     Doing loans and getting into homes. Nice one. I know right? That's amazing.

Richard:     You heard it first.

Brian:     You heard it here first, absolutely. What about funnies moment as the band? What comes to mind?

Valerie:     Alright. We talked about this. It would have to be two separate occasions. One at the Clifton Bar Jam and then one at our first not fade away where separate moments, members of our band had to flee off the state for bathroom issues.

Will:     Emergency.

Brian:     Wow.

Valerie:     Bathroom emergencies.

Brian:     Emergency issues.

Will:     Could not-

Brian:     It was a really long set.

Valerie:     No.

Will:     We have one song, Filthy Ladder. That's the last one on the EP. It has this really epic long jam out at the end, and it's usually a set closer. We like to really hit it and ride the wave.

Valerie:     We were riding the wave.

Will:     Andrew on drums is looking at me. I can't. After two seconds he just ran off. He was looking at me. I'm like, you can. You can. You can. Don't you leave.

Valerie:     Take one for the team. No, he couldn't. I was just like, what happened?

Richard:     I'm pretty sure there's video of it.

Brian:     Oh my god.

Valerie:     You held yours right?

Richard:     It was getting dangerous but, I made it.

Brian:     Where does music enter your lives? What's your background with music each of you?

Valerie:     I have been songwriting and singing sine like in third grade, choir. I mostly did like R&B stuff because I'm a vocalist. I unfortunately don't play instruments. I would just sing for producers in DC and Maryland. Wow, that's what I did until I found Pleasure Train.

Will:     For me, like a lot of kids around 12 or 13 fell in love with rock and roll music. I really liked the bass, so I picked up the bass around there and started playing in bands all through college and after. When I moved down here to take a job, I started attending open jams and just looking for people to play with. That's how I eventually crossed paths with Ian. Through that whole scene I've learned to find other people to play with, like the other and so for instance. That's what got me to where I am today.

Brian:     Wow. What about you Richard?

Richard:     For me, I was a pretty wild child. My parents wanted me to play some sort of instrument as an outlet. I played piano, violin. By the time I got to guitar, my parents were done with it. They were like we're not paying for any more lessons for this. I mean I took that as a challenge.

Brian:     Did you reject the other instruments?

Richard:     No, no.

Brian:     Just didn't like them? What was it?

Richard:     I played them for years. I mean, it got to the point where I wasn't practicing anymore and they kind of gave up on me.

Brian:     Got it.

Richard:     Guitar, I took that as a challenge. I was like, alright. You're not going to pay for it? Well, shoot I'll teach myself.

Brian:     There it is, self incentive is an amazing thing. It really is.

Richard:     They might have known that. They may have done it on purpose.

Brian:     That may be so. That really can be true. What's something in your music collection that might surprise us, each of you?

Will:     Oh man.

Valerie:     A lot of Spanish music.

Will:     Two ukulele and three mandolins and four cats.

Brian:     Wait, actual music that you listen to. [crosstalk 00:09:10] We're going to come back to how you play a cat, but-

Will:     Oh there it is.

Valerie:     Oh wow.

Will:     Yeah.

Brian:     Oh goodness. Okay.

Will:     You're talking about-

Valerie:     Yeah, like music.

Will:     Artists we listen to.

Valerie:     Do you have anything in your collection?

Will:     More of a Tupac kind of.

Valerie:     Oh okay.

Brian:     A Tupac guy.

Will:     Let's see, surprising. Yeah. You go first.

Valerie:     Oh, I don't know. I don't know, Marc Anthony? I'm from Puerto Rico so that's not surprising if you know that. If you don't know that, yes I have a lot of like Cheyenne and Marc Anthony and Spanish songs.

Brian:     Got it. You do more reggaeton or more traditional salsa.

Valerie:     No, traditional salsa merengue, yeah. I like reggaeton. It's good, but no.

Brian:     Right.

Valerie:     It's very redundant.

Brian:     What about you Richard?

Richard:     I'm kind of all over the place, but more recently the Lion King 2 soundtrack.

Valerie:     Oh.

Brian:     Yes.

Valerie:     We jammed very hard to that.

Richard:     [inaudible 00:10:23] very surprised yes.

Valerie:     Our piano player likes that one too.

Brian:     More Disney in your life.

Will:     I was singing the Pocahontas today, the Paint with the Colors of the Wind. It entered my head for some reason.

Valerie:     Oh my.

Brian:     That's amazing. What about you? You skipped away. Now, we're coming back to you.

Will:     For me, probably I don't know, afrobeat is one of the things that I've been listening to.

Brian:     Really?

Will:     Yeah.

Brian:     Okay.

Will:     I love the repetitive baseline. It's just like getting lost in a groove, repetition is underrated.

Brian:     Absolutely. Now, I've got to put you on the spot because you said you play a cat?

Will:     Not in the same sense as you play an instrument. More the cat is a muse and a tool for inspiration.

Brian:     You should see the face he's making right now. He's like, oh what am I going to say?

Valerie:     Make melodies to the meows.

Will:     Oh I know exactly.

Valerie:     Oh my.

Brian:     Oh this is going such good places fast. I love it. Alright, now so one of my favorite questions to ask is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be, for each of you?

Will:     Well, for me, you know I think the best advice is very simple advice. If you want to make music, then never stop making music. There's a lot of reasons to get discouraged. There's a lot of reasons to talk yourself out of doing it, but you like doing it, and you want to do it, do it.

Brian:     Has something in your life happened? Do you have a personal example of that?

Will:     Well, for me I guess the example is it's just kind of like something I have always made space for in my life because I feel the need to do it. It's similar to sleeping if I don't do it for long enough, I'd go crazy. I think it's just something you're compelled to do.

Brian:     Yeah. What about you Valerie?

Valerie:     I would tell people that are in the music scene just to try and not let the competitiveness of it all get in toxic or too overbearing in your creativity. We're all in the music scene together, and of course there's venues we all want to achieve and there's all festivals we all want to achieve. If you get too competitive with it, it can really get down on your creativity and the whole point of why you're making music in the first place. I would say, look at your fellow musicians as companions and inspiration and not competition.

Brian:     What's a personal example for you of something like that? Is there something that you've been gunning for that you wish could happen faster?

Valerie:     Yeah, I mean there's a ton of venues and music festivals that I believe we should be playing and that we are very capable. We make great music. I love this band. I and the number one fan and advocate for Pleasure Train. Yeah, there's definitely venues and stuff that-

Will:     I always feel like we could be doing more.

Valerie:     Yeah, I always feel like we could be doing more and that we're deserving of it, because we've worked so hard. I'm a female, so there's always going to be competition and jealousy. Did I just break a feminist?

Brian:     I was going to say, no wait a minute. That's not a female thing. That's a human being thing.

Valerie:     I'm a human too. I'm like the least feminist. I love females but I'm non passive aggressive.

Brian:     Oh my god.

Valerie:     I'm just saying, it's a human feeling to want to be competitive and be like we deserve that. Well, no. We are all in this together and we all deserve to make music. Just focus on making beautiful music and that's all that matters.

Brian:     That's what gets you places. That's what it comes down to. If you make that good music, that's what opens doors. Yep.

Valerie:     I like everyone, all females.

Brian:     What about you Richard? What have you got?

Richard:     Professionally man, what I would say is don't get caught up in the trends. Play what you know, what you love. Play from the heart. I mean, like I said, you can't go wrong with it if you're playing stuff that means something to you. With all the stuff that's going around now days, it can be tough to stick to your guns and what you really want to play, and not what you think people want to hear.

Brian:     Yeah. For real. That's the truth.

Will:     It's almost a paradox because we love inspiring people with our music, and after we play a show, you love it when people walk up to you and say, "Oh that was amazing. That inspired me." That's one of the reasons we do it obviously but also you can't get too caught up in playing what you think people want to hear. Sometimes if we're doing song writing and one of us is like, "Oh well I don't know if people would like that." We got to be like, wait a sec.

Valerie:     Doesn't matter.

Will:     Don't do that.

Valerie:     Yeah.

Will:     Whatever we want to do here.

Valerie:     What do we want to do?

Will:     What is our vision for this?

Brian:     Make the best songs you can do, but don't compromise. What makes you happy, right? You're doing this. What could you do that would make this the most fulfilling experience? If you just keep having the fulfilling experiences, it's going to end up being rewarding. There's always more that you can want, but it's true. You got to keep going.

      Now, for those folks who want to find you guys, follow on more aout the amazing. Man, my words today.

Valerie:     Oh my.

Brian:     Who want to follow you and find out more about you guys, where do they go?

Will:     You can check out our worldwide website at www.pleasuretrainmusic.net.

Valerie:     Yes.

Will:     Also our Facebook page obviously and we're on Spotify. We're on iTunes.

Valerie:     Instagram.

Will:     Instagram.

Valerie:     Yeah, we're very active on social media.

Will:     @pleasuretrainmusic

Brian:     Got it.

Will:     We like posting. Occasionally we post weird selfies. Occasionally we post animal pictures.

Valerie:     Yeah.

Brian:     Selfies and animal pictures, the cats that you play at home sometimes

Valerie:     We love our cats.

9/26/17 - Special Guest: Dan Wolff of The Muddy Crows

Thanks Dan Wolff of The Muddy Crows for coming by the studio this week!

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MUSIC

  1. The Lost Ones, by Mystery Friends (Indie, Dance Rock)
  2. Jezebel, by Dan Wolff & The Muddy Crows (Rock, Americana)
  3. Oceanside (Rooftop in Kingston), by The Pocket (Reggae/Rock)
  4. Royalty (feat. Goldface Richy), by Milk$ (Hip Hop, Indie)
  5. Honestly, by Caleb Hacker (Indie, Pop Soul)
  6. When I Get Low I Get High, by The Bumper Jacksons (Country, Americana)

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Alex The Red Robert Parez Album Release Show with Two Ton Twig @ Iota Club & Cafe in Arlington VA
Memphis Gold @ Holy Trinity Church in Mclean, VA
Bencoolen @ Tropicalia on U St in NW DC
Throwing Plates @ JamBrew OktoBrewFest in Herndon, VA
Turtle Recall @ Fado in Chinatown in NW DC

Sun Oct 1
Wylder @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

Tues Oct 3
Rachel Levitin @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

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Matt Tarka @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown in NW DC

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Dan Wolff & The Muddy Crows

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BIO:

The Muddy Crows

Hailing from Washington DC, Dan Wolff & The Muddy Crows are an exciting up-and-coming Americana/Roots-Rock group. Specializing in original music they also maintain an extensive repertoire of covers in a variety of genres. Twice, The Washington City Paper Readers Poll declared TMC the ‘Best Original Local Band’ for the Washington, DC area!

Official Website: www.DanWolffMusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DanWolffMusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DanWolffMusic
iTuneshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-muddy-crows/id907162390

 

 

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs artists and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. And hailing from Washington DC, Dan Wolff and the Muddy Crows are an exciting up and coming Americana roots rock group specializing in original music, they also maintain an extensive repertoire of covers in a variety of genres and twice the Washington City Paper reader's poll has declared the Muddy Crows as the best original local band for the Washington DC area.

     So, it is such an honor to have the winner right here. I mean my God, I first heard about them because of last year's win of the, of course I'm doing the show, and I'm going, "The best original local band? Who are these guys?" Dan's awesome and got back to me and now he's here on the show. So, Dan, thanks for being here, man.

Dan Wolff:     Thank you for having me. Yeah, we've been emailing a while.

Brian:     Yeah, this is true.

Dan Wolff:     Glad the schedules have finally aligned.

Brian:     Now, so talk to us about the Muddy Crows and how did all of it come about?

Dan Wolff:     I moved down here in 2009, I guess and I started recording some solo stuff with Ambience Recording Studios, Josh in Sail out of Germantown, which is actually how I came to know a lot of the artists. Your show is like a "Who's Who?" Of the DC music scene, which is what you're going for so that makes sense.

     I met a number of them through him and I started recording a solo album. As part of doing that solo album I had needed that played instruments that I didn't play or didn't play well enough. I started looking around, the truth is Craigslist was a life saver-

Brian:     Get out of here. It's a Craigslist thing, too? I love it. There are so many horror stories that come from that but it's amazing that we get to hear the success stories on the show. If you're listening, there's so many that talk about Craigslist but we should clarify that there's so many bad stories. I love the fact that we share the good stories, they do happen.

Dan Wolff:     They do. We had to replace a few people throughout the years DC's an interview train, it's a city and people move and take different career opportunities elsewhere. I think Craigslist has usually come through and got us replacements on short notice. We've had great success. I would agree, it used to be fairy tales and horror stories started with, "Once upon a time," now they start with, "I was on Craigslist,"

Brian:     Now, talk about the difference. You've got Dan Wolff and you've got the Muddy Crows. What's the relationship there? How does that work?

Dan Wolff:     Sure, the Muddy Crows is sort of formed out of trying to get the people together to record the solo album. Obviously, when we started performing live we needed a name so we can maybe go back to how we named the band. But over time the Muddy Crows became popular and often times there was need to build myself as a solo artist or as a trio and people seemed to think I didn't exist as a musician outside of the band-

Brian:     Also, the Muddy Crows are nothing so we had to clarify Dan Wolff is his own artist on occasion-

Dan Wolff:     Yeah, so for a while I referred to it as the Muddy Trio to kind of separate what the trio was. We had a few opportunities for duets and I thought that the Muddy Deuce no longer served its purpose as a good name for a band.

Brian:     That is really not, that is really not a good name for a band. I'm glad you didn't do that.

Dan Wolff:     Duo sounded better at the end.

Brian:     Speaking of names, how did the Muddy Crows come around? You teased us with that, what's that story?

Dan Wolff:     I think it would have been easier, as some of your other guests said that a name generator would have been its, it's tough to find a band name. Something that everyone can agree on, something that represents what you think you are as artists and something that when you Google brings up your name. That's-

Brian:     That's an important thing, absolutely.

Dan Wolff:     We went through a lot of iterations of different names and I would say, that we decided that we liked the idea of having a distinctive "the" so we thought about "The Dirty Birds" which is obviously already taken so we thought we'd make it dirtier and a bit birdier, we went to Muddy Crows.

Brian:     It's the dirtier, birdier version of the Dirty Birds is the Muddy Crows. Oh my God, it's amazing. It's another tshirt, that's two tshirt ideas on today's show, man. You are on fire, I love it. The dirtier, birdier band.

Dan Wolff:     I think on Twitter or some social media does say, "Dirtier than dirt, birdier than birds were the Muddy Crows." I don't know. The true story is we actually, that's an interesting story it's maybe not wholly true. There's a road out in Virginia, I guess people can Google it just to see where it is. I used to drive through a lot of some wealthy looking houses on the way to some training courses I was taking and I saw this, I think it's called Crooked Crow Lane.

     I like the idea of Crooked Crow and while we were trying to come up with a band I was trying to write a song called a Crooked Crow, which it never got finished because instead it went to a band name. We like the idea of the Crooked Crows, the distinctive "the" and the adjective, noun. The Crooked Crows, but there was already a Crooked Crow band that does, I think they're heavy metal or something, in DC. So CCB was out, the Crooked Crow Band was out so we tried some other options. I don't know, crooked things and rusty things and we ended up stumbling onto the Muddy Crows and when we Googled it we got zero results from Google and we said, "Great. That's our name."

Brian:     Success, there it is. Oh my God, I love it. Talk about you on the personal side, what do you outside of the music stuff?

Dan Wolff:     There's life outside of music?

Brian:     Yes. You are required to give me at least one. There's more than sleep and music, talk to me man. What's life like?

Dan Wolff:     I work a lot, I have a cyber security job in the DC area. I would say that's a high stress day job and then to relieve stress I play and sing music to people.

Brian:     Fantastic. How long has the music thing been going on?

Dan Wolff:     In the DC area I'd say since 2009 I really started taking it seriously. I think the band, despite the lack of name for a while, probably around 2012, 2013 is when we really started playing a lot more serious. It used to be we'd play short shows here and there and now in the last two years we've probably been doing over, in different configurations, about 100 shows a year.  When I say there's not much life outside of music; it's work, music and sleep.

Brian:     So wait a minute, are there TV shows? Do you go to the gym at all? There has to be something?

Dan Wolff:     I don't go to the gym but I do watch TV if I have to confess to things. It's what everyone would think; it's Game of Thrones, it's-

Brian:     Don't say that with shame, there's a lot of people who are listening who would love that.

Dan Wolff:     I feel like I should have an answer that everyone's like, "Whoa, that's a show? I never heard of that." No, it's the stuff that you have to keep up with otherwise people spoil it for you the next day in the office.

Brian:     Right. It's something that when you're talking to fans it shows. This is something other people are watching. It makes sense to me, I got it. How did music start for you? Were you a childhood prodigy in the music department? Did it start in school? Where did it go?

Dan Wolff:     Prodigy is a strong word, I think.

Brian:     I won't hold you to that one.

Dan Wolff:     My mom has cassette tapes, they used to make in the boom boxes and you'd press record and your kid would sing into them for all sorts of hours as you made them do embarrassing things. Those exist, they haven't seen the light of day in a long time and if that streak continues I think everyone's the better for it. My parents were very big into pushing all four of us into music. We had to take a band instrument in junior high, high school. I played trombone.

Brian:     Really?

Dan Wolff:     Yeah, people probably don't expect that and I have not found a way to work it into our act yet.

Brian:     There's a lot of awesome brass bands around so if you ever want to pull that out. There might be an opportunity. It's a trend right now.

Dan Wolff:     I played trombone for a number of years and it wasn't that I got into college that I really started playing guitar.

Brian:     Wow, man. You just knew it was going to be guitar or did you dabble and try out some other ones too? Some people go back and forth; bass, guitar, not sure or was it definitely guitar?

Dan Wolff:     I remember as a kid my dad always played banjo. There's be cookouts and things and everyone always thought it was awesome, he was kind of like the showman. I think I was a freshman in high school when he tried to teach me banjo and I realized pretty quickly at the time, 3 Doors Down was big, those kind of things, right? If, you wanted to play songs that people knew-

Brian:     You needed to play guitar-

Dan Wolff:     Not that I really wanted to play 3 Doors Down necessarily but just the songs you heard on the radio did not feature banjo. If only Mumford & Sons had come out sooner maybe I would have stuck with it but it seemed at the time that there wasn't a big market for a banjo player. I gave it up and didn't play anything again for another four years until I really picked up guitar in college.

Brian:     Wow. All right, that's cool. My favorite question to ask on this show is; if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Dan Wolff:     I would say, Google your band name and make sure it doesn't bring up anything embarrassing.

Brian:     Yes, search engine optimization results. That is a reality for the bands out there.

Dan Wolff:     Also, right off the bat, I've seen this with other bands and it always bothers me. We got lucky, you want to get on every social media you want to have the same band name. For me, go to Dan Wolff music Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or go to the Muddy Crows on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram social media flavor of the week and not to have different URLs for everything because it makes it hard for people to find you. I think that marketing sometimes hurts bands because even I'm trying to find them online at a show and I can't find them. Sometimes it makes it easier.

Brian:     When my team does this every week and we're tagging everybody. It's really easy if you get on the roll and you do the Facebook post and you know what it is and then you get the Instagram and it's like, "Oh, now what is it?" And then you got to open another window and you got to Google. Oh man, truly appreciate that. Good idea, same name, which by the way, DC Music Rocks. Same one in all the platforms, I truly appreciate it. It's one of those things.

     Now, one more time for those folks who are interested in finding more about following you and finding out more about what you and the Muddy Crows are doing, where do they go?

Dan Wolff:     Sure, you can go to Danwolffmusic.com that's Dan with two "Fs", W-O-L-F-F. Danwollfmusic.com or Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, all your social media flavors of the month, week, day, whatever. At danwolffmusic.

Brian:     Got it, and the Muddy Crows are same thing?

Dan Wolff:     Muddy Crows are all the same URLs, all the same usernames; @TheMuddyCrows.

Brian:     There it is. And the difference between the two really is the Muddy Crows is going to be more of the full band music and Dan Wolff means it's going to be more about you, personally? We connect with you personally?

Dan Wolff:     Yeah, circling back to that. Yes, I would say DanWolffmusic will have all the full band shows listed as well but will also include trios and solo shows. If you're looking for a really wild party and you want to make sure who you're going to see when you show up, you should go to themuddycrows.com, look at the schedule, it's on the front page.

Brian:     Go to the Muddy Crows for the wild party. I like it. The dirtier, birdier party. Oh my God, I'm telling you man. Please make a shirt, I would totally wear that shirt. That's amazing.

9/19/17 - Special Guest: The Duskwhales

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

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MUSIC

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

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NEW RELEASES

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

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

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE

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

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

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

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

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


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The Duskwhales

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BIO:

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

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

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

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

Chris:     Thanks for having us.

Seth:     Thank you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seth:     Yes.

Chris:     Hard to know.

Seth:     There's ghosts in the machine.

Brian:     I think it was just us.

Brian (DCMR):    Excellent.

Seth:     Really good producer.

Brian (DCMR):    I was, yeah.

Brian:     Yeah.

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

Seth:     Our parents came up with it.

Chris:     That's not even true.

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

Brian:     They definitely helped.

Brian (DCMR):    How did that happen?

Brian:     Well, we were-

Seth:     We just have good parents.

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

Seth:     Yeah.

Chris:     Seth wasn't even born, actually.

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

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

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

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

Brian:     Yup.

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

Chris:     Yeah.

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

Seth:     Yeah.

Brian:     Almost eight years now.

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

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

Brian:     Pretty young as well.

Seth:     In, like, seventh grade.

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

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

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

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

Chris:     Yeah, in high school.

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

Chris:     Junior high.

Brian (DCMR):    Fair.

Seth:     Junior high.

Chris:     The same building, though.

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

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

Brian:     Our first show was a sweet 16 party.

Seth:     Yeah.

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

Chris:     Yep.

Brian:     And then ...

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

Seth:     Chris.

Brian (DCMR):    Chris' classmate.

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

Brian (DCMR):    I see.

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

Brian (DCMR):    Got it.

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

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

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

Chris:     Yeah.

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

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

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

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

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

Brian (DCMR):    Wow.

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

Seth:     Yeah.

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

Brian:     Absolutely.

Chris:     Just copying it, basically.

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

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

Seth:     That's true.

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

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

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

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

Seth:     Sometimes I just stay there.

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

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

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

Chris:     All of the scabs are reopened.

Seth:     Yeah. On my knees already.

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

Brian:     We started a Dungeons and Dragons group.

Brian (DCMR):    For real?

Seth:     Yeah.

Brian (DCMR):    That's awesome.

Chris:     It's not that awesome.

Brian:     It's a lot of fun, but ...

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

Brian:     Well, I'm the dungeon master.

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

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

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

Brian:     It's a good time.

Seth:     Yeah, Brian killed his character.

Brian:     In the most recent session, yeah.

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

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

Brian:     Yeah, Dungeons and Dragons and Duskwhales.

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

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

Seth:     You read.

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

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

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

Brian (DCMR):    This is the, okay.

Chris:     Stephen King.

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

Seth:     Oh yeah.

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

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

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

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

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

Brian:     One thing in our music collection.

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

Seth:     That's real extreme, though.

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

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

Brian:     Yeah, I like that idea.

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

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

Brian:     Oh my goodness, it's brilliant.

Seth:     It's really good.

Brian (DCMR):    Excellent.

Brian:     It's a geniusly crafted pop album.

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

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

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

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

Brian:     Yeah.

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

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

Brian:     All right, let's see.

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

Seth:     Yeah

Brian:     That's true.

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

Seth:     Still do.

Chris:     And all those ...

Brian:     Yeah, no shame.

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

Chris:     Yeah, just losing it.

Brian (DCMR):    Going for it.

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

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

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

Chris:     What have you got on me?

Brian:     Yeah, what?

Chris:     You got nothing.

Brian:     There's got to be something.

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

Brian:     Oh yeah.

Chris:     Oh yeah, well that's ...

Brian:     He likes Disney music.

Chris:     No, okay, so this is-

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

Chris:     Obviously Disney music is great.

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

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

Brian:     It actually is really cool.

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

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

Chris:     It's kind of electronic stuff.

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

Seth:     To anyone?

Chris:     Don't quit.

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

Brian:     Yeah, don't quit.

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

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

Brian:     Yeah, practice.

Chris:     Practice with your full band and with yourself.

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

Chris:     Yeah.

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

Brian (DCMR):    Right. That makes sense.

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

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

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

Brian (DCMR):    Excellent.

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

Chris:     Yep.

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

9/12/17 - Special Guest: EXNATIONS

Thanks to Taylor of the pop group, Exnations, for coming by the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Never About The Money, by EXNATIONS (Pop, Alternative Pop)
  2. Balance it all, by Night Train 357 (Hip Hop)
  3. High Class Girl, by Spencer Joyce (Indie/Indie Rock)
  4. Daylight, by Color Palette (Pop/Rock)
  5. Burn Blue, by Flasher (Rock)
  6. Voodoo Dollhouse, by Catscan! (Indie/Electronic Rock)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parklife DC article about DC Music Rocks Festival:
http://parklifedc.com/2017/09/06/music-park-dc-music-rocks-festival-930-club-9217/

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.  
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NEW RELEASES

Music:
Edjacated Phools - Check Out The Vibes (13 Song Full Album)
Sub-Radio - Steady (Single)
Pleasure Train - Pleasure Train Vol II (4 Song EP)
The Electric Grandmother - Cancelled (17 Song Full Album)
Caustic Casanova - Pantheon, Vol. 2 (2 song Single)
Lionize - Nuclear Soul (11 Song Full Album)
Soldiers of Suburbia - Rollercoasters (Single)
More Am Than FM - Oh The Places I've Been (5 Song EP)
Surprise Attack - Live At Groove (4 Song Live EP)
The Woodshedders - Talisman (11 Song Full Album

Video:
Alex Vaughn - Gotta Have It
https://youtu.be/iiHR8BYKoqE

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

Fri Sep 15
Nelly’s Echo @ Rockville Town Square in Rockville MD

Sat Sep 16
Christos DC & Many More @ H Street NE Festival in H St in NE DC

Sun Sep 17
Drive TFC on Boomerang Pirate Ship in Georgetown in NW DC

Wed Sep 20
Human Country Jukebox @ Madam’s Organ in Adams Morgan in NW DC

Thurs Sep 21
Backbeat Underground @ Gypsy Sallys in Georgetown in NW DC
Vintage #18 @ Backyard BBQ at the National Building Museum in Chinatown in DC



Exnations

 

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BIO:

Exnations DC Music Rocks

It sounds exaggerated to say that EXNATIONS’ love of creating music knows no bounds, but that is quite literally case. Sal Mastrocola (vocals/guitar/synth) resides in Brooklyn, just a few state boundaries away from Dan Ciarrocchi (guitar) and Taylor Hughes (drums, synth) in the DMV . Through the miracles of file sharing, home-recording software and caffeine, they present “Never About the Money," their latest single that came to life from multiple East Coast cities. Drummer, Taylor Hughes says, “We were never all in the same room during this process, Sal recorded vocals in his bedroom, Dan recorded guitars with Chris Freeland(Future Islands, Wye Oak) and drums were done with JK Royston out of his studio in Richmond, VA. We’re literally all over the place”. The band plans to release an EP in the coming months in addition to playing shows throughout the East Coast to support its release. 

All your links/URLs:

Websiteexnations.com

Facebookfacebook.com/exnations

Twitter: @exnationsband

Instagram: @exnations

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Poodell, The Poodle, as discussed at the end of the interview with Taylor!

Poodell, The Poodle, as discussed at the end of the interview with Taylor!

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we are shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. EXNATIONS is a pop trio with connections to northwest DC. It sounds exaggerated to say that EXNATIONS' love of creating music knows no bounds, but that is quite literally the case.  While Sal resides in Brooklyn, Dan and Taylor are in the DMV region. And through the miracle of file-sharing, home recording software, and caffeine-

Taylor:     So much caffeine.

Brian:     So much caffeine, they present their latest single that you just heard, Never About the Money. I first stumbled across these guys back, last year, I just, I became an EXNATIONS fan, and I've been following them ever since. And it is such a treat to now have you hear live with me. Taylor, this is awesome, thanks for being here.

Taylor:     I feel like I've known you forever, but through the internet.

Brian:     Right? I was gonna ...

Taylor:     Internet is a weird place.

Brian:     It really is, but it's an amazing place, I love it, very cool. Alright so, right off the bat, talk about EXNATIONS. It's a three state deal, like how did EXNATIONS come together?

Taylor:     Okay, well, I had met Dan, the guitar player, long time ago on the internet of all places.

Brian:     Excellent.

Taylor:     We've been Facebook friends for forever, we've been kind of in the same circle. He was in a band called Parks Landing a while back, and I'd always liked the work he'd done. And when I was going through a line up change, Dan was one of the first people that came to mind.

     So I met up with Dan and we clicked right off the bat. And we're like, "We need to find a singer." And he hit up an old college friend, Sal, to see if he'd be interested, or know anybody who'd be interested in doing this project. And Sal was interested, so the next week probably, I went up to Brooklyn, I met him in a record shop in Brooklyn.

Brian:     Wow.

Taylor:     And about an hour of just chatting and looking at records together, I was like, "I want him in my band. I'm not gonna meet with anybody else while I'm here," because I was supposed to meet up with someone. I went over my time with Sal, and I was like, "This is the man, I want him," so that's kind of how it started.

Brian:     Wow, very cool. And now, the name EXNATIONS, where does that come from?

Taylor:     Well originally, we were going to be called Nations, and we realized that was a really hard name to pull off, because when you Google Nations ...

Brian:     So true, you would never win the SEO or the search engine optimization battle on Google to find your band in the keyword, Nations. This is so true.

Taylor:     Yeah. So we thought the EX was cool we had all come from different bands before, so it was kind of all these ex band members making one new thing, I.e., nation, so it just kind of rolled into the same name, and that's how it was born.

Brian:     Nice. So the exes were your influence on your name, that's really ... It's sort of, there are so many ways to take that, but I really dig it. That's fun.

     Alright, and now, you're DC, where are you from? You're local here.

Taylor:     I am local. I was actually born in Baltimore. I spent the shortest stint of time in Georgetown, I was working at Madewell in Georgetown. But I actually moved back to Baltimore, but I still frequent this area because I love it so much.

Brian:     And then more about the DC connection then ... Well okay, so a little bit of time in Georgetown, and then here quite often?

Taylor:     Yeah, and my previous members of EXNATIONS, who I originally met you with, they are actually from DC. So that was kind of like the big DC connection. I was here with them.

Brian:     Cool, so it's a whole generation of DC going on here, in a way.

Taylor:     Yes.

Brian:     Wow. Alright, and now, talk about you on the personal side now, outside of the music thing, what's life like for you outside of that?

Taylor:     I have a poodle who's named Poodle.

Brian:     No, no, you have a poodle named Poodle, for real?

Taylor:     Yes, yes I do.

 You guys can check him out on Instagram. His username is Poodell

Brian:     And that way you can never forget what type of dog he is.

Taylor:     Exactly.

Brian:     Because if you're wondering, Poodle is a poodle. Oh my god, that's funny.

Taylor:     In a bow tie.

Brian:     Oh no, alright, I'm gonna go stalk you on Instagram for that, that's really funny. Alright, and what else, so there's a poodle.

Taylor:     There is the Poodle.

Brian:     Okay.

Taylor:     I like to skateboard, I like to just generally goof off. I watch a lot of really really bad TV on purpose.

Brian:     Okay, like what? When you say really bad TV, what does that mean?

Taylor:     I just finished the new version of 90210 the other day.

Brian:     Really?

Taylor:     I put myself thought the trauma of terrible TV. One Tree Hill? Been watching it nonstop since 2004. And I love it, it's like something comforting about how horrible it is, I love it.

Brian:     Oh, man. And to every body out there who loves those shows, we show appreciate you too, but that's really funny.

Taylor:     We should talk about it, like I do love it.

Brian:     Reach out and talk to her about 90210 and One Tree Hill for sure. Oh, man, that's funny.

    Alright, so now back to you as a performer then, talk about the funniest moment that comes to mind when you think about performances and EXNATIONS.

Taylor:     Yes, okay. So this is a fairly new story, it happened over the weekend. I was at Shadow of the City in New Jersey, it's a festival that Jack Antonoff from Bleachers put together, and since we're super close in sound, I thought it'd be a good idea to promote the band there. So I grabbed a bunch of postcards and went in there, and we were right up front on the stage, and I was passing out some postcards or whatever. And this girl just came up to me after I gave her a postcard, right then and there, she came out to me, number one ...

Brian:     Came out to you meaning, so she's a lesbian? Came out to you.

Taylor:     She's a lesbian. I guess I just scream lesbian because ...

Brian:     That's something important that people want to tell you, okay, that's funny.

Taylor:     Yeah, so she came up to me, and she just came out to me, grabbed my face, and kissed me. Like tried to kiss me, and I backed away, I was like, "Ah!" I backed away really quickly. And when she could tell that I was visibly uncomfortable, she tried to give me $6. That's really weird.

Brian:     I don't know whether to take that as a complement because she even almost wanted to pay you for the kiss, or whether that's an insult because it's only freaking six bucks, what the heck.

Taylor:     Well the way that I took it, I was worth more than $5, and worth more than $1, so she combined them and gave me the most ultimate gift that she possibly could put together in her inebriated state.

Brian:     Oh, alcohol was involved, now I get it.

Taylor:     Oh yeah.

Brian:     Okay. Oh man, I love that. Alright, so now, so what's something in your music collection that might surprise us?

Taylor:     I am a huge, huge pop fan. Buried beneath all of the Sonic Youth and ...

Brian:     Wait a minute, but you are a pop artist?

Taylor:     But I mean like pop pop, like Taylor Swift, Spice Girls, yes.

Brian:     Yes, okay.

Taylor:     Yes, I love, love, love top 40s pop. And I'm so open about it. I used to have it as like a guilty pleasure kind of thing, but now I'm so open and honest about the pop that I hold dear to my heart.

Brian:     So favorite Spice Girl's song, it's time to admit it.

Taylor:     Am I gonna basic if I say, If You Wanna Be My Lover?

Brian:     You gotta be with my friends.

Taylor:     Yeah, I had all the Spice Girl Barbie dolls as a child. Still have them, still have them, guys.

Brian:     Oh, that is excellent, I love it.

     Alright, so now, go back to the beginning now. When you started performing then, what's your first memory with music? How did music enter your life?

Taylor:     I was five, and I actually asked for a drum kit. I always knew that I wanted to play drums, and my parents hated that. They're like, "We cannot give this rambunctious five year old a drum kit, like we cannot do it." So they took me to the music store and got me an electric guitar with no amplifier, and closed the door.

Brian:     And how old were you when this happened?

Taylor:     I was five.

Brian:     Wow, okay.

Taylor:     So I had this Fender Strat that I would take to elementary school with me, that was pretty much the same size of me, because we had show and tell at school.

Brian:     Right. Oh, excellent.

Taylor:     So I would always take my guitar that was bigger than me, and play them, I think Mary Had a Little Lamb was my strong suit at the time.

Brian:     Oh my goodness.

Taylor:     Yeah, it was pretty long.

Brian:     So it started with guitar. And now ... and you know I realized we didn't even mention, so what do you play in the band? And what does everybody else play in the band? Who are the members now?

Taylor:     I'm the drummer. I also play synth and dabble in bass in the studio, I don't play bass live or anything.

Brian:     Okay.

Taylor:     Dan is the guitarist, and he does vocals. And Sal is the singer, guitarist, and he also does some synth.

Brian:     Got it. And so it's three pieces going on?

Taylor:     Yep.

Brian:     That's it, and you're the drummer, nice. Along with synth and some other things.

     Well so then your earliest ... I'm gonna switch gears. If you could offer, and this is just my favorite question, and I just want to jump to it because I'm excited about it. If you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Taylor:     This is geared towards all the ladies that are playing music, and it's something that you'll experience time and time again, especially when you go to a music store, stand your ground. Don't let people try and school you on something you already know. Does that make sense? I feel like I get the ...

Brian:     Yeah, what's an example? It seems like you have experience with this. What comes to mind?

Taylor:     Oh yeah. I almost feel like I'm being tested sometimes with the guys in the industry. They don't really believe that you know what you're talking about, or that you can play, you always kind of have prove yourself time and time again. So when you're at the music shop, and you're going in there for something specific, and they try and explain to you what you're looking for ...

Brian:     Don't take that.

Taylor:     Don't take it.

Brian:     Tell them you already know. I love it. Alright, all the ladies out there, you heard it, stand your ground in the music store.

Taylor:     Do it.

Brian:     I love it. That is really cool. And for those folks who liked the song and want to follow you and the upcoming EP you said that's gonna be released, where do they go to follow EXNATIONS?

Taylor:     You can find everything at exnations.com. We're on Spotify, Apple Music, super easy to find.

Brian:     Fantastic. And exnations.com, and then are you social media as well?

Taylor:     Oh yeah, you can find all of that right on EXNATIONS. And more importantly, for social media, you have to go to instagram.com/poodell.

Brian:     Spell that, what is that, P ...

Taylor:     It's P-O-O-D-E-L-L, that's my poodle's Instagram.

Brian:     Oh my god, your poodle has an Instagram. Oh god, I don't know what to say, I don't know whether to be really excited or just laugh hysterically.

9/5/17 - Special Guest: Singer-Songwriter, Matt Tarka

Thanks to Matt Tarka, Singer-Songwriter from Montgomery County, for coming by the studio this week!

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FROM TODAY'S SHOW

MUSIC

  1. Battle Scars, by Laura Farrell (Indie, Folk)
  2. Very Little, by Matt Tarka (Rock)
  3. You and I, by The Sidleys (Rock/Soul)
  4.  Afraid of the Rain, by Yellowtieguy (Rock)
  5. Woman in Black, by Tomato Dodgers (Funk/Interstellar Funk)
  6. Bruises, by Bells and Hunters (Rock/ Blues Rock)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

     Thank you so much for your love and support of the DC Music Rocks Festival, which happened on Saturday 9/2.  To see 100+ pictures and videos everyone took at the event, go on instagram and check out the hashtag #dcmusicrocks930.  Thank you so much to everyone for supporting and coming out to this event.  A BIG thank you to the bands, Christian Hunt of the Capital City Showcase for MCing the evening, Tara G of Logan Circle Events, Rachel Levitin, Taylor Thomas and her husband JD, the 9:30 Club team, and so many more, there’s just so many people that we’re grateful for which helped in the creation of this event!   

     DC Music Rocks was featured in the DCist’s Article “DC’s 9 Best Local Music Podcasts.  Also featured friends of ours such as Sean Russell who was last week’s featured guest and his podcast “The Circus Life”, another one of our favorites, “Hometown Sounds”, the guys from “chunky glasses” that we’re dying to meet, and so many others.  Hope you’ll check it out, and thank you so much to Julie Strupp and the DCist for the spotlight!  We’re grateful and honored!
http://dcist.com/2017/08/dcs_10_best_local_music_podcasts.php

NEW RELEASES

Music:
Allthebestkids - Confetti/Unafraid (2 Song Single)
Ms. Fridrich - Last Brick Laid (4 song EP)
Joshua Rich - Come On Over (14 Song Album)

Video:
Allthebestkids - Confetti
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRB3J-fEVLw

Paperhaus - Nanana
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUBai5Y8GIc

THIS WEEK'S LOCAL DC SHOWS TO SEE 

Fri Sep 8
Black Masala @ Songbyrd Music House in Adams Morgan in NW DC
Lauren Calve @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown in NW DC
Taylor Carson @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA

Sat Sep 9
Nappy Riddem & Rare Essence @ 202 Arts & Music Festival on M St in SW DC

Sun Sep 10
Leo & Cygnus, Hayley Fahey Music @ Takoma Park Folk Festival near Silver Spring, MD
Den-Mate @ DC9 Nightclub by U St in NW DC

Mon Sep 11
FuzzQueen @ Black Cat near 14th & U in NW DC

Wed Sep 13
Lionize, Tomato Dodgers @ Black Cat near 14th & U in NW DC
Veronneau CD/Album Release Party @ Blues Alley in NW DC



Matt Tarka

VIDEO - BIO - LINKS - TRANSCRIPT

BIO:

Matt Tarka DC Music Rocks

Have you ever had a moment where you’ve realized that you were late to the party, that you’ve spent too much energy on trying to please the wrong people or you’ve been deceived by those closest to you? If the answer is yes then the rock-inflected folk music of DC-based artist Matt Tarka will speak directly to you. Weaving isolated moments of heartbreak and rejection into his songs he continues the traditions of artists such as Tom Petty, Wilco and Carole King.

These themes flow from his new EP, Vision Hazy - recorded at Low Watt Recording in Savannah, GA with Ted Comerford (Jukebox The Ghost, Jonas Sees in Color) at the production helm, and subsequently mixed by Mitch Easter (R.E.M, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr.) at The Fidelitorium in North Carolina. Taking his folk origins and unleashing them, with the help of the occasional guitar flourish or fluttering drumbeat, the record sees Tarka bolster his sound with a rockier element. Sonically it’s his most advanced creation to date.

The considered nature of the tracks belies the slightly chaotic nature of his creative process. Ideas are roughly written down on index cards, notebooks, on scraps of paper left under the bed in case of night-time inspiration, or recorded into a dictation machine. Out of these assorted thoughts come the lyrics, which then shape the sound of his music. Demos are recorded onto an old cassette recorder, giving them a timeless feel from the very outset, and order is finally formed from his disorderly ruminations.

It’s a process that has evolved since his debut in 2008, as Tarka continues to follow his muse. As he says himself, ‘don’t let anyone tell you what kind of music you should be making, or how you should be making it. There are enough outside distractions in the world. Be true to yourself.’ You can hear this mantra ringing out in his honest lyrics and heartfelt delivery.

In an intimate live setting Tarka’s music takes on a different lease of life, careening and questing further from his tight recordings. Having already played in Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC and DC (anywhere with a barbeque joint nearby), with new shows coming up there’ll be plenty of chances to hear the songs of Vision Hazy performed live. You needn’t worry if you’re late in discovering the sounds of Matt Tarka …. Now’s the perfect chance to catch up! 

EPK: http://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/matttarka

Web: www.matttarkamusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MattTarkaMusic

Twitter: @MattTarka
Instagram: @MattTarka

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INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight the great songs, and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. So Matt Tarka is an artist from Montgomery County. He describes his style as rock inflected folk, which we definitely heard in that track right there, for sure. He continues the tradition of artists such as Tom Petty, Wilco, and Carol King, by weaving isolated moments of heartbreak and rejection into his songs. And yet, he's a smiley, positive dude. He's sitting here with me. I first came across this guy because my Show coordinator, Daniel Hill, the yellow tie guy helps me put this together, and he and Matt know each other. He introduced me to Matt's music, and I've been a huge fan. So Matt, thanks for being here man.

Matt:     Yeah, thanks for talking to me.

Brian:     You're welcome. I'm glad we got that out of the way. So now tell us about you. When did music enter your life? How did that happen?

Matt:     Probably fourth grade. I started off playing alto sax in elementary school, and middle school band. Continued that track for about four or five years, just playing in elementary school and middle school band, and then later on I think ... What eventually happened was it was baseball season, and I was in early high school. A friend of mine to convince my mom and dad that I should join a band that he's starting right now, that it kind of looked like I could play bass. So without really any knowledge of what was going on, my friend Jeff decided to con my parents into buying four string Peavey Fury bass guitar. So I think that was really ... I always really enjoyed rock and roll music and stuff before that, but I think that really kind of solidified the deal.

Brian:     The four string bass sucked you in, huh?

Matt:     Sucked me in-

Brian:     That's amazing-

Matt:     [crosstalk 00:02:02] Peavey Basic 60 solid-state amp, that I just tormented my parents with for years [crosstalk 00:02:09]-

Brian:     It sounds like such fond memories that you and them both have, absolutely. Now Montgomery County, were you born and raised there? Or was that-

Matt:     No, I'm not originally from Montgomery County. I'm originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Brian:     No way, Hershey Park, Pennsylvania?

Matt:     Hershey Park, yeah-

Brian:     That's what you're talking about, okay.

Matt:     So I had an amusement park and a chocolate factory in my backyard. It was a charmed life.

Brian:     Every kid's dream.

Matt:     Yeah-

Brian:     Right there-

Matt:     Yeah, charmed life I led.

Brian:     And when did you get to DC?

Matt:     Late 2001.

Brian:     Got it.

Matt:     I came down here for work.

Brian:     Awesome, have you been here ever since?

Matt:     Yeah.

Brian:     That's awesome, and now what about, so obviously music is a big part of your life, outside of music, what do you do? Hobbies, interests, what do you got?

Matt:     I'm an avid swimmer.

Brian:     What does that mean?

Matt:     Well, I-

Brian:     Twice a week, three times a week? How far?

Matt:     About three times a week. I usually swim consistently for about an hour or so, just continuously swimming laps.  Focus on freestyle, and breaststroke, and all that good stuff. I think it's a good cardiovascular activity, and [crosstalk 00:03:22]-

Brian:     Were you on the swim team as a kid or something?

Matt:     Meditative as well.

Brian:     Yeah.

Matt:     Yeah, I was on a swim team growing up. I think beginning of first or second grade.

Brian:     Oh wow-

Matt:     And continued on through middle school. So about the time that the saxophone lessons ended was when I decided to end my time on the swim team.

Brian:     Wow, alright-

Matt:     And really focused on music.

Brian:     I gotcha, so lots of swimming. What else?

Matt:     Let's see, I'm a huge college basketball fan.

Brian:     Really? Which team?

Matt:     Go Tar Heels. UNC-

Brian:     There it is-

Matt:     I'm a diehard Tar Heels basketball fan. It originates back to ... In the late '80s I was a fan of a player named Jeff Lebo, who kind of grew up around my hometown in Carlisle. So I sort of followed his career when I was younger and-

Brian:     Yeah-

Matt:     Yeah, went to he and his dad's basketball camp that he had, growing up around my house. So getting that sort of encouragement from somebody that I idolized I thought, this seems like a good school, a good college basketball school to follow. So that was my indoctrination into the world of the Carolina Tar Heels basketball-

Brian:     There it is. Go Tar Heels-

Matt:     History-

Brian:     I love it. Alright, now what do you have in your music collection that might surprise us?

Matt:     Well, I'm a huge fan of Dinosaur Jr., even though a lot of the music that tends to fall out of my head is more folk rock. A band like Dinosaur is just extremely aggressive from a decibel point of view.

Brian:     For those folks who don't know Dinosaur, what kind of music is it? Are we talking hardcore heavy metal?

Matt:     I think it originated in hardcore, but it just gradually worked its way out of hardcore somehow, and it's just really loud, melodic metal, with a little bit of a classic rock, Black Sabbath bend towards it.

Brian:     Wow, alright-

Matt:     But the main vocalist has I think a lot of influences with Neil Young.

Brian:     Got it, and that name one more time, if people want to check that out.

Matt:     Dinosaur Jr.

Brian:     Dinosaur Jr.

Matt:     They're a band based in Amherst, Massachusetts-

Brian:     Oh, look at that-

Matt:     They've been around for I think a little over 30 years.

Brian:     Wow, okay-

Matt:     Yeah, so they've got some history.

Brian:     And what about ... So funniest moment that comes to mind when you think on your music career so far?

Matt:     The funniest moment that comes to mind? Well, I was playing an open mic at now a defunct music venue in Bethesda. I was playing an original song called Indigo Bunting. That's off my first EP called Motorcycle Breakfast. One of the owners of this particular establishment told me, "Hey, I really like that song, but it sounds like you are doing a really terrible job of impersonating Elvis Costello." I was just kind of like, "What the heck are you even saying right now?"

Brian:     I see-

Matt:     It sounds nothing like Elvis Costello, but if I was a sucky version of Elvis Costello at that point in time, there are worse compliments, or lack thereof, that could be shared with you after you performed.

Brian:     I was gonna say, that'd be a funny moment, but I think I'd try to find a way to look at that one positively, just because I got compared to Elvis Costello. So I guess if that's what he thinks of when he hears you, then there's a lot worse ways that could go. That's for sure.

Matt:     Yeah, I took it a little bit harsh at first, but afterwards I just thought, whatever.

Brian:     It's kind of funny.

Matt:     Yeah.

Brian:     Wow, that's wild. Now tell us a story about a time you tried and failed.

Matt:     Tried and failed? There were plenty to count, but to really just pinpoint one in particular, I was at an IOTA Open Mic trying out some new material. And for some reason, my body temperature was going all over the place. Some of it might've had to do with the fact that it was over 100 degrees outside. My instrument was all out of whack. I hadn't humidified, probably the way that I should have, leading up to this Wednesday night open mic. My pick hand just was really clamming up. I just couldn't get my act together. There were at least two or three instances where I just dropped my pick halfway through certain songs. It felt very, deeply pathetic at the time. You get people saying, "Yeah, keep going, keep going." But at that point, the songs are just kind of ... It's sort of a done deal. I wasn't going to make the impression with this material that I was really proud to share for the first time.

Brian:     Yeah, man-

Matt:     So that was a sincere failure.

Brian:     So how'd you pick yourself up off the ground from that one? Because I mean, you gotta move past these things. You're still here doing this, so that didn't kill it for you.

Matt:     Honestly, I just picked up the pick and said, "Well, let's give it another shot. Let's keep going."

Brian:     Yep.

Matt:     Let's just keep going.

Brian:     You know, sometimes you have to do that. So then, my favorite question to ask on this one is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?

Matt:     Play shows. Honestly, play shows. Don't be afraid to try new material. Connect with your local artist. Go out and support them. Utilize any open mics that are happening in your hometown to meet other musicians. It's a great opportunity to not just hear new music, but potentially show swap, or set up shows with one another. I think the more opportunities you give yourself to bounce your own ideas off of your fellow artists, you create that sort of support, and reciprocity. I think you grow as a person, you grow as an artist. People, they will be more inclined to come out to one of your shows, and follow what you're up to on a regular basis.

Brian:     Absolutely-

Matt:     For me, it's all about giving back to a scene that you're a part of in whatever way you feel is true to you.

Brian:     Yep, I mean, I created a radio show about it. So I feel you on that, pay it forward, absolutely. So if folks want to find out more about you, and follow what you got going on, where do they go?

Matt:     Well, they can go to MattTarkaMusic.com. The easiest way to remember my last name is that it rhymes with parka.

Brian:     You clever man you, look at you go, parka-

Matt:     With a T-

Brian:     Parka with a T, okay-

Matt:     [crosstalk 00:10:42] music, MattTarkaMusic.com. You can follow me on all kinds of different social media-

Brian:     Yep, which one is your favorite?

Matt:     [crosstalk 00:10:49]. My favorite right now is probably Instagram.

Brian:     Lot of Instagram?

Matt:     I haven't used it as much as I've wanted to, but I really enjoy the sort of instant gratification of it. I also like Twitter. Facebook is okay. I also put out a newsletter through ReverbNation that you can sign up for as well.

Brian:     Cool, and so all of these places, obviously if they tune into those, they'll also find out about that upcoming EP you've got coming out?

Matt:     Absolutely, yes.

Brian:     Fantastic, and what was that date again? September-

Matt:     It's September 29.

Brian:     Nice, and it's called?

Matt:     It's called Vision Hazy.