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47 minutes | 3 years ago
Nick Anderson of The Wrecks
Nick Anderson is a young dude from Wellsville, NY. So young in fact that at one point in our interview he asked if I was mad at millennials (I am one)... I overlooked the slight because he's a superb conversationalist. In the last few years Nick's gone from the Costco stockroom guy to headlining tours around the country. Go Nick. I found the story so inspiring that I was able to forgive him for thinking I'm a Gen Xer.
41 minutes | 3 years ago
Well my friends since it's the end of the year I thought I'd make an episode about one of my favorite artists/albums of the year... Bedouine. Bedouine, also known as Azniv Korkejian is a Syrian born, Saudi Arabia raised, American aged, singer song writer based in Los Angeles. I know, it's a lot. Prior to conducting this interview I saw that basically every journalist is obsessed with the fact that she's from Syria. And at first I didn't even want to discuss it but the story is so interesting I had to dive in. Azniv's personal perspective and journey are what this show is all about. She had an entirely different career and started writing songs because it felt right. You'll notice throughout the interview that she has a healthy skepticism about pursuing music full time even though she's receiving so much attention. I found this skepticism refreshing and the sign of an incredibly intelligent person. But she didn't do it alone. After meeting Los Angeles based musician and producer Gus Seyffert, the two decided to simply make something they were happy with. Eventually the project got signed and now Bedouine is on like every best of 2017 list. I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with Gus and Azniv and I think you will too. And for the love of god go listen to her record.
39 minutes | 3 years ago
Megan Washington of Washington
If you listen to this show you know that I've a lot of Aussie friends. We see eye to eye on things like pies, beautiful beaches, and vegemite. Through this network I heard about Megan Washington and grew to appreciate her music. At the suggestion of one of these friends I watched her now famous Ted Talk about having a stutter and it blew my mind. My dad grew up with a terrible stutter and used to talk about how challenging it was as a kid. Eventually he got over his, Meg never did, except when she sang… You see where this is going. Although it reads like the script to an inspirational movie I assure you it’s all real. A few months ago we were finally introduced at a show in LA and I just said, "You've got to come on the show!" She did and we had a great time. In 2009 Meg won multiple ARIA's (Australian Grammy) and firmly cemented herself in the Australian musical lexicon. But it hasn't all been easy. Achieving her goals came at a price and getting exactly what she wanted threw her into a near hopeless depression. Like a boss she dealt with it and is still selling out venues and making music. This September she performed multiple shows at the Sydney Opera house and finished her new record.
34 minutes | 3 years ago
Trevor Hall is a spiritual man at peace with himself... I am not. After growing up in South Carolina Trevor moved out west and began a pretty insane musical journey. After getting signed to a deal by Geffen straight out of high school Trevor thought everything was going to be gravy. But when Geffen refused to release his two albums and dropped him from the label things got interesting. He toured his ass off, self released stuff, traveled to India, lived in an Ashram and never gave up. He's a cool guy and it's an inspiring story. He's also the only positive musician I've ever met... so that's weird. Enjoy!
18 minutes | 3 years ago
Neck Deep (Fil Thorpe-Evans)
Fil Thorpe-Evans is a bassist from the countryside in England. In 2012 he left school on a whim to join a pop punk band with his friends called Neck Deep. Five years later they're touring the world and selling thousands of tickets a night. In today's episode we dive into a trip to Florida. But not just any trip to Florida... a trip that changed helped blow their band up.
44 minutes | 3 years ago
Dalton is not my normal guest for this show. He's a former boy band member that placed 3rd on American Idol and writes pop songs. But I like him... I like him a lot. He's a kid from a small town in Texas that was flown out to LA by Perez Hilton. After that it's a crazy ride and a lot of fun. Dalton speaks quite openly about his struggles with bipolar disorder and he's a refreshing and insightful person. I loved this. Enjoy!
36 minutes | 3 years ago
Bears Den (Andrew Davie)
In 2012 I was introduced to Kev Jones, Andrew Davie, and Joey Refsdal AKA Bears Den. We'd spend the next year and a half on the road together traveling the world. When I met them they were opening for Mumford and Sons, and playing tiny venues around Europe and the U.S. Since then they've become a solid indie draw in both continents. With shows starting to exceed 5,000 cap rooms in Europe, I figured it was time to sit down with them and discuss the journey. I've already recorded an episode with multi instrumentalist Kev. It's fantastic and a lot of fun because he's both of those things. This time it is the principal song writer, Andrew Davie, or Davie for his friends. I wanted to learn about his back story but I also took this as an opportunity to dig into song writing. Writer's intent is fascinating to me and I wanted to know more about what he writes what he does, and why he prefers to leave interpretation to the listener. Enjoy!
46 minutes | 3 years ago
In 2009 Bethany Cosentino left college in NYC because she missed California. The move inspired her to contact an old friend named Bobb Brunno and together they started Best Coast. Within a year the band had essentially taken over the internet. You could not go to ANY blog without seeing something about Best Coast. Since then the duo have become a fixture in American indie music. They play large festivals, TV shows, and bought houses from the band alone. I've always found Best Coast's massive and completely unexpected success fascinating so I relished the opportunity to have Bethany on the show. She's a down to earth person with a great outlook on life. She also recommended that I go to therapy.
29 minutes | 4 years ago
Michelle Cable (Mac Demarco's Manager)
Hi friends. Every week on this show we talk to bands about what it's like to be a musician but now it's time to learn how those damn shows get booked! For the last 15 years Michelle Cable has managed, booked shows, and run a zine called Panache. She came up in the DIY / punk scene and built a tiny empire in independent music. Eventually she signed Mac Demarco and the rest is history. If you're interested in entrepreneurship, management, Mac Demarco, Ty Segall, or music in general, this one's for you.
39 minutes | 4 years ago
Lucy Rose Escapes
After two successful albums Lucy Rose found herself at a crossroads. She was feeling uninspired by music and did not feel that a major label made sense for her anymore. So she packed her bags and flew to South America. During this trip she played gigs and stayed with fans she only knew from Twitter. It changed her whole perspective on music and helped her remember why she made music in the first place. We learn about where she's from, how she started making records, and why she felt the need to leave it all.
26 minutes | 4 years ago
Frank Zummo (The Best Drummer in The World)
Frank Zummo is pretty damn good at the drums. For the last decade he's tirelessly pursued drumming. From his humble beginnings in Long Island, to being flown out by Motley Crue to fill in for Tommy Lee, Frank has somehow lived every drummers dream. But how? Why? How did a kid from New York join pop punk legends Sum 41 and win AP's drummer of the year? Frank is the best at something, and we can all learn from him. Enjoy.
54 minutes | 4 years ago
Dan Croll (Liverpool's Finest)
Hello everyone I’m back at it this week with my new Liverpudlian friend Dan Croll. Prior to interviewing Dan I was in poor shape. Days of drinking, smoking, and brutal jet lag in London had brought my fragile American body to a breaking point… but then Dan arrived. We met backstage at Citadel festival in East London. I was on the brink of death, and Dan was pissed his set hadn’t lived up to his very high expectations. But after sitting in his air conditioned trailer for a few minutes we woke up and had one of the best conversations I’ve ever had. I found Dan at a crossroads in his musical career. Although his first album was successful his label deemed it not successful enough and dropped him from the roster. This sent the former Rugby standout into a funk that’s only now receding. Forced to confront his mental health, insecurities, and financial obligations, Dan wrote a record about becoming an adult that helped him push through a difficult period. He’s also a funny dude and hates cider. Either way I think you’ll enjoy. Love, -Danny
3 minutes | 4 years ago
London (Summer Break)
Hey everyone! I'm on the hunt for interviews right now in the United Kingdom. I'll be back next week with updates. The week after that will be a special one... most likely with a little guest named Best Coast. I have to catch my flight! Talk soon!
32 minutes | 4 years ago
Alex and Sierra (X Factor Winners)
Alex and Sierra are singer song writers from Florida that won the last season of X Factor America. While they were known on that show for their covers, the duo took a deep dive into song writing and have become a legitimate touring act. I know nothing about the world of singing competitions. I know that Simon Cowell yells at people but that's about it. Turns out it's a fascinating world and one I'm glad I learned about.
32 minutes | 4 years ago
The Producer: Tony Hoffer
For the last 20 years Tony Hoffer has been producing and mixing many of my favorite records. He's worked with Beck, The Kooks, Phoenix, Fitz and the Tantrums, Air, and many more. But what is a producer? What does it take to become one and how did a kid from Los Angeles go from cleaning toilets at a studio in San Francisco to producing 6 grammy nominated records? Tony reveals all and tells some damn good Phoenix stories in the process.
21 minutes | 4 years ago
Dreamers are everywhere right now. I mean literally, they are everywhere because they are driving there in a van. They're on their way to being dubbed the hardest working band in 2017. We live in the same neighborhood and have a ton of mutual friends but scheduling an interview with them is nearly impossible because they're simply never home. But that's what they should be doing. Since releasing their debut record "This Album Doesn't Exist", Dreamers have toured relentlessly. But that's what you have to do. Due to their recent success and non stop touring they've found themselves at the precipice of much larger success and that's interesting to me. So I cruised over to lead singer Nick Wold's house in Silverlake to hang out and discuss what it's like to finally get a band off the ground, his Jazz training and where he goes from here.
35 minutes | 4 years ago
Testicles, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll
Normally this show consists of in depth dissections of a musicians career, but today is a bit different. Over the years I've accrued some pretty epic tour stories. None more epic than the one you are about to hear. It involves a bassist in a famous band, the city of Tampa, and a desperate attempt to save a body part. This is a true story and one that I thought needed to be told. Thanks to Tim John of Australia's the Vines for sharing.
40 minutes | 4 years ago
Since dropping out of high school in 2003 Jennifer Clavin has been involved with one cool buzzy punk project after another. Beginning as the singer for underground heroes Mika Miko, followed by a stint drumming for Best Coast, she eventually went off the grid and started her current and most successful project Bleached. Since starting this podcast I’ve become interested in why there aren’t more bands comprised of women. Obviously Jennifer doesn’t have the the whole answer but she articulated some interesting thoughts on the matter and I'm glad I brought it up. But it still makes me wonder. Why do people bring it up so much? Why did I? A few weeks ago I cruised over to her house outside Pasadena to drink La Croix, talk about the seducing world of punk rock, and figure out why the members of Mika Miko, a band with so much promise decided to call it quits.
35 minutes | 4 years ago
Since 2007 Tim Heidecker has been a cult comedy hero. His show Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job created a legion of dedicated fans and launched his acting, directing, comedy, producing, and music career. But long before all the comedy success Tim wanted to be a musician. He even had a band called The Tim Heidecker Masterpiece that performed around Philly and NYC. Music took a backseat when Bob Odenkirk helped Tim and Eric land their first development deal but in recent years he's been writing and releasing some fantastic tunes. From his piss drinking Yellow River Boys to the more serious singer songwriter album, In Glendale, Tim has made music a priority and I wanted to know more. So I stopped by his studio... In Glendale to learn more. Thanks to Chris Swanson for making this happen.
19 minutes | 4 years ago
Mallrat is an 18 year old wunderkind. During her senior year of highschool Grace Shaw kept her musical ambitions a secret. Instead of announcing that she was planning something she just started making music and released it online. Overnight she'd received numerous label offers and began climbing the charts on Australia's national radio station Triple J. These days she's playing festivals around the country, moving to America, and has half a million Spotify listeners per month. But how did that happen? This week we sit down with young Grace to figure out what exactly bubble gum wrap is, and why you don't need an expensive studio set up.
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