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Our podcast talks about the stars before they were stars. We are the backstage pass to the music industry for our listeners.

Adam & Tera Lisicky


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    Interview with Universal Music Group's °1824 Division

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 62:07

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Wes Davenport and Todd Goodwin of °1824 over Zoom video!°1824 Division at Universal Music Group (UMG). °1824 is UMG's internal creative solutions network powered by young creatives and university students – focused on content, unique experiences, and the connection of artists and brands directly to fans. The talent pool of 85 reps in 50 markets provides a full range of artist services for UMG's record labels, not to mention serving as the direct source for the latest trends in culture, particularly for the Gen-Z demographic. °1824 is also a talent incubator for the industry and has placed 90 reps into full-time positions (and 60 at UMG alone) since 2015.ABOUT WES DAVENPORTWes has 10 years of experience in digital marketing, communications, strategy and public relations. As the Senior Culture Marketing Manager, °1824, he oversees the Division's Publicity Vertical. Additionally, notable partnerships Davenport has worked on at UMG include producing a livestreamed Animal Crossing concert with Island Records pop artist Tove Lo, launching a craft beer for Republic Records rock band The Struts, as well as booking music industry conversations with organizations like Belmont University, University of Southern California, GrammyU, She Is The Music, the Mental Health Coalition, YMCA International and more.ABOUT TODD GOODWINTodd Goodwin built and runs °1824, an internal creative solutions team at Universal Music Group focused on content creation, creator (influencer) partnerships, experiences, ideation and career development.Goodwin joined Universal Music Group in March 2015 as VP of College & Lifestyle Marketing, overseeing marketing strategy for the 18-24 demographic and created a national network of College Representatives charged with maximizing awareness of priority and developing artists. The team of 85 reps in 50 markets provide services that include content creation, live events, experiential activations, college media outreach, A&R scouting, tour marketing, digital marketing, and campus & lifestyle visibility. This team became UMG's go-to talent pool for the music industry placing over 90 reps into full time positions (and 60 at UMG alone!) since 2015. Under Goodwin's direction, UMG launched the UMUSIC Experience college events brand which brought some of Universal's top developing artists to college campuses. Promoted to SVP, College, Lifestyle & Experiential Marketing in 2018, Goodwin oversaw the production of over 100 on-campus events and expanded UMUSIC Experience's content offerings to include official music videos, episodic content series, lyric videos, and more.In 2019, UMUSIC Experience folded into °1824, a new Marketing, Content and Experiences team created under Goodwin's direction. °1824 is a first-of-its-kind network of young creatives focused on content, unique experiences, ideation, and the connection of artists and brands directly to fans. With 100 employees, °1824 serves as an in-house solution for UMG's creative needs while preserving UMG's mission to have a first-in-class youth marketing and career development platform.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod  #1824 #UniversalMusicGroup #UMG #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with The Zolas

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 44:35


    We had the pleasure of interviewing The Zolas over Zoom video! From of the far-flung shores of British Columbia and two decades late for the cover of Select Magazine, The Zolas prove with Come Back to Life that you can take a step back to move forward.“In our jam space we started fucking around with this nostalgic vibe: like a warped memory of the Britpop music we obsessed over as kids but never got to make. Eventually it seemed obvious we had to follow that feeling and make an album of it. I had just come off a long period of writing pop music for other people [including ‘L.A. Hallucinations' from Carly Rae Jepsen's critically acclaimed album Emotion] and a co-writing trip in Europe [with artists such as Starsailor's James Walsh] and it was a spiritual thing to be in a dank room playing loud with our band again.”Several years since the release of 2016's radio-smashing, Juno-nominated breakthrough Swooner, the group was ready to start a new cycle and a new direction. “We thought it was hilarious to make a Britpop record at a time when nobody but us is listening to that,” Gray muses. “but we have our little clique and that made us more excited to do what we want and say fuck it to how it might be received.”The frontman describes Come Back to Life as a collision between the soundtracks for Danny Boyle's culture-jamming Trainspotting and Baz Luhrmann's radical re-imagining of Romeo + Juliet. “This is the 21st century heir to those soundtracks,” he declares. But for all the swaggeringly self-confident vocals and soaring wonderwall guitars on epics like “Yung Dicaprio” and “Miles Away”, the Zolas aimed for more than carbon copying a classic sound.“There's so many sounds we love that came out of the mid-90s UK; britpop and acid-house and trip-hop all carrying on in parallel scenes.  If felt right to cross-pollinate this album with all of that,” Gray says. “So we'd write simple songs in our jam space and then steal sounds from the Prodigy or Primal Scream or the Happy Mondays or Tricky whenever it felt good.”While Come Back to Life is an unrepentantly joyful sonic love letter to a magical time, the Zolas aren't afraid to get serious on the lyrical side of things.“Honestly every album I've ever written is about nostalgia and the apocalypse and this one's no different” Gray laughs, “but looking at it now these songs feel really specific to our moment in time. It's a cross-section of conversations I've had  and overheard in these past few years. Conversations we've all been a part of whether we like it or not.”Come Back to Life touches on everything from waking up to Canada's appalling treatment of its First Nations (“Wreck Beach/Totem Park”) to global wealth disparity (“I Feel the Transition”) to artists being priced out of the cities they've helped make great (“Bombs Away”).Gray is at his most potently poignant on “PrEP”, which came out of a reddit thread asking users to share their first-hand accounts of the '80s AIDS epidemic. “I've cried at more than a few reddit threads, but never like this. Everybody should read this.”“My dad [playwright John MacLachlan Gray] was in theatre, so in lots of baby photos I'm being held by friends of his I don't recognize,” Gray reminisces. “One day I asked him about them, and it turns out every one of them are gone. They were probably gone within five years of the pictures being taken. Now by some miracle HIV is totally manageable and it pisses me off that we're not all out there celebrating the light at the end of such a long, dark tunnel.”Consider, then, Come Back to Life being inspired by the past on multiple levels, quite rightly making the Zolas thrilled about the band's future.“I'm dead happy just being in this band right now. We love making noise together, we're chasing the same vision, and lyrically I've never felt more on it,” Gray says with a brashness straight from the bucket-hatted heyday of Britpop. “It's nice to have a Kanye moment where you look at your output and go ‘This is the greatest shit that's coming out this year.' As cute Canadians we tend to shy away from feeling ourselves like that but it's the truth.”We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #TheZolas #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 


    Interview with SIX60

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 35:42

    We had the pleasure of interviewing SIX60 over Zoom video! New Zealand pop/rock icons SIX60 have been making headlines across the globe, thanks to the joyous, COVID-free concerts they have been performing to crowds of more than 20,000 people at a time. They are the biggest band in New Zealand history, and arguably the most dominant band in a single territory ever, representing more than 15% of all music listened to in their home country. Formed in 2008, the band has released four number one albums and 44 platinum singles, including their most recent single, “All She Wrote,” which shot to the top of the charts upon its release.Thanks to New Zealand's success with COVID, SIX60 was able to continue to tour throughout the pandemic, which made them "the planet's biggest touring band," according to NME, selling more tickets than the rest of the world combined. Complex, The Guardian, and CNN all highlighted their impressive touring accomplishments, with the BBC reporting that “the success of their shows will give hope to musicians around the world that concerts will resume one day.”Now, on the heels of a record shattering year, SIX60 have announced their arrival to the US with their first-ever performances in the country, stopping at two iconic halls: LA's The Fonda Theatre on Saturday, October 9th, and NYC's Webster Hall on Thursday, October 14th. The concerts will continue the band's streak of historic firsts, which included the first-ever musical performance at New Zealand's national stadium Eden Park – the biggest live show in the world at the time, performed in front of 50k fans - and an eleven-date European tour, which included their biggest show outside of their native New Zealand at the iconic London venue, Alexandra Palace.“It's really exciting to be playing our first headline shows in the states,” SIX60 said. “When the pandemic hit, it was hard to imagine it ever happening. We just played Bottle Rock and Berkley this weekend, and the crowd response has been incredible. It seems like the crowds are really happy to be back together and we can't wait to give them a night to remember.”SIX60's live shows have garnered the attention of media across the world. ITV's Piers Morgan dubbed them “the hottest band in the world right now” during his interview with lead singer Matiu Walters, and the BBC called the shows “just unimaginable right now.” The band's performance at Eden Park was highlighted by one-off special appearances by players of the All Blacks rugby team, New Zealand's National Naval band, a flyover of Royal New Zealand Air Force jets, as well as traditional Maori Kapa Haka performers, who joined the band on stage to see out the night with their hit ‘Don't Forget Your Roots' (Kia Mau Ki Tō Ūkaipō). The concert was streamed by millions of fans across 30 countries, thanks to a trailblazing partnership with the leading streaming platform Veeps, and it was also the first-ever concert to be streamed live via TikTok.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #SIX60 #660 #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Cody Fry

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 44:00

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Cody Fry over Zoom video! When his schedule of dates with fellow musician Ben Rector on the well named Old Friends Acoustic Tour, was canceled after just four shows due to the pandemic, Cody Fry retreated to his Nashville home, took the occasional work-for-hire production job, finished up his album Pictures of Mountains (which came out earlier this year) and monitored his Spotify streams. It was there he began noticing unusual activity on “I Hear a Symphony,” the 14th and final track on his 2017 album Flying, recorded with a full orchestra, its streams climbing incrementally, eventually hitting a peak of 400,000 streams per day on Spotify alone. Fry is a singer-songwriter-composer-arranger with five albums under his belt, starting with his 2012 debut, audio:cinema–a perfect description of the idiosyncratic, wide-screen, romantic movie-score approach he takes on “I Hear a Symphony” and “Photograph” (from Pictures of Mountains). Going down the internet rabbit hole, he discovered some comments on his YouTube videos that led him to Tik Tok, where “I Hear a Symphony” had been adopted, first by a K-Pop fan community, then by anime aficionados, who used the song in their video montages–more than 45,000 of them, representing millions of streams. Unfortunately, Fry only received a check from TikTok for a grand total of $150 so far for the video usage, but that activity spurred his four-year-old Flying album to garner upwards of 50 million streams and counting. That has earned Cody the luxury to choose his own creative path, and the result is The Symphony Sessions, a six-song album that includes his patented live orchestral touch, including fully arranged covers of The Beatles' “Eleanor Rigby” and Ben Rector's “Sailboat,” a song from his tour partner's 2013 album The Walking In-Between, which served as a joined encore on their tour dates, with Fry on piano, Rector on guitar. All the songs were recorded live in a single day, including several of the lead vocals, with a 60-piece orchestra, including strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion. “When a session is structured in this way, it doesn't leave much room for error, but luckily the musicians were incredible, and everything turned out better than I could have imagined,” says Cody. “It was a stressful, nerve-wracking, joyful, rewarding experience. I hope I get to continue making more music like this.” The album also features songs reimagined from Fry's back catalog like audio: cinema's “Underground” and “Stop Breathing” (a song he originally recorded as a duet with his now-wife Haley); a new song, “More Than the Day Before” and instrumental interlude, “Caves.” Cody is also posting two live videos of him performing both “I Hear a Symphony” and “Photograph” before a full 60-piece orchestra. The Symphony Sessions takes pop music to orchestral heights. You don't need to be a TikTok follower to hear that.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #CodyFry #IHearASymphony #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with John King

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 42:39


    We had the pleasure of interviewing John King over Zoom video! John King has spent years cultivating a successful career in country music — he has written No. 1 hits for artists like Randy Houser and anthemic radio jams like “Tonight Tonight,” which was heard on CBS Thursday Night Football broadcasts; he penned Hootie and The Blowfish's first new song after a 15 year hiatus; he's earned an ASCAP Award for his songwriting and much more.On his debut album ‘Always Gonna Be You,' King shines a light on the most important things in life: family and faith. ‘Always Gonna Be You' is available everywhere via Starstruck Records. Listen here: johnking.lnk.to/AGBYOn ‘Always Gonna Be You,' King worked with several producers including Paul DiGiovanni (Boys Like Girls), Jordan Schmidt (Keith Urban, Ingrid Andress), Jason Gantt (Faith Hill) and others who helped him hone-in his eclectic music tastes for an album that plays off of country, pop and rock influences. King lived every song on the album, co-writing each track with songwriters including Josh Miller (Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Bebe Rexha), Jamie Paulin (Jon Pardi, Justin Moore, Jack Ingram), Trannie Anderson (Gabby Barrett) and more.‘Always Gonna Be You' is King's personal journey of self-discovery told in chronological order. It kicks off with “Easy,” a laid back tune that speaks to the “anything is possible” feeling of a budding young love. “Try Saying Goodbye” takes an introspective turn and “strikes a universal chord” (Taste of Country) with a warning of what happens when pride stands in the way of a relationship, while the pop-infused “heartbreaking, but catchy breakup song” (The Boot) “Ain't Missing You” reflects back on the end of a relationship.The album takes a hopeful turn with the ever-romantic “For You,” in which King sings of the sacrifices he's willing to make for love. The relationship begins to mend with “'Til It Changes Your Mind,” a raw reflection of the wrong things he had prioritized in life and a promise to change. Listeners follow King to a milestone moment in his life, becoming a proud husband and then father, on “Prettiest Girl In The Room,” while the album closes with “Better Man,” a song that anchors the album as King finds a new purpose in life.Call it a soundtrack to self-discovery. Call it a coming-of-age story performed by a southern son whose country twang is matched by his pop hooks. Whatever the description, 'Always Gonna Be You' is proof there's a new King in town.For information on upcoming shows and more, visit johnkingcountry.com.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #JohnKing #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 


    Interview with Mike Skill

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 61:29

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Skill over Zoom video!  Detroit native and celebrated rock guitarist Mike Skill has been a working musician for more than four decades. Skill's roots lay in 60's Motown, Traditional-Garage Blues and New Wave Punk movement, spending his early days in New York City with one of his first bands, Motor City Rockers, playing clubs including historic CBGB with the New York Dolls, Syl Sylvain and friends in attendance. Best known as a founding member, guitarist and principal songwriter for The Romantics, Skill co-wrote the band's ever-popular song, “What I Like About You”. He also created the heart-thumping bass groove and co-wrote the global #1 hit “Talking in Your Sleep.” The Romantics were part of the early days of MTV with energetic videos featuring their infectious new wave pop hooks. In 2011, The Romantics were inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame. Today, Skill continues to write and record in Detroit at Pearl Sound Studios with Producer Chuck Alkazian and from his current home in Portland, OR, in addition to performing around the world. We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com. www.BringinitBackwards.com #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #MikeSkill #TheRomantics #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter!

    Interview with Wage War

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 40:34

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Cody Quistad of Wage War over Zoom video! Florida hard rock quintet WAGE WAR — Briton Bond [lead vocals], Cody Quistad [rhythm guitar, clean vocals], Seth Blake [lead guitar], Chris Gaylord [bass], and Stephen Kluesener [drums] — have released their fourth full-length Manic on Fearless Records. The band recently shared their new single "Circle the Drain," one of the most anthemic songs in the band's catalog to date."'Circle the Drain' is a song about learning from past mistakes and accepting responsibility in a world that needs change," the band shares. "It starts with us deciding to be a part of the solution."As for the album, Wage War offer, "After a long wait, and endless hours of work, we could not be more ecstatic to announce our new album Manic. We've spent the entire last year working so hard to bring you the best Wage War yet, and we've never been more sure that we've accomplished that."The band previously shared the video for "High Horse."On Manic, the band masterfully strikes a delicate and well-crafted balance of grooves, riffs, melodies, and electronic flourishes.After amassing nearly 300 million streams and receiving widespread acclaim from Billboard, Loudwire, Modern Drummer, American Songwriter, Alternative Press, and more, the group delivered 11 anthems meant to connect through turbulence."Manic encompasses everything we've gone through as musicians in the last year-and-a-half," says Kluesener. "The whole industry halted, and we technically lost our jobs. Our scene was among the first to leave and the last to come back. The album captures the whole period."Quistad pulls back the curtain even more, saying, "Mania is a wild emotion. The last year was all severe highs and lows. We had some victories, but we've also had so many low points. We've built this thing for the last 10 years and put all of our chips into it. We've missed birthdays and funerals, but we've done some extraordinary things. Last year, we found ourselves wondering if it would ever come back. That's really what the album is about."Ultimately, Manic is a triumph and a definitive artistic statement for Wage War. It represents the apex of an intense creative journey. They built a diehard audience with Blueprints [2015] and Deadweight [2017] and through incessant touring. 2019's Pressure exploded right out of the gate. "Low" piled on 24.9 million Spotify streams with "Who I Am" at 10.7 million Spotify streams and "Me Against Myself" at 8.4 million Spotify streams. Beyond bringing their total stream tally past ­a-quarter-of-a-billion, it landed on Loudwire's "50 Best Metal Albums of 2019," while Billboard praised the album's levity. American Songwriter called attention to the evolution of the band's songwriting and sound, while New Noise Magazine awarded it 4-out-of-5 stars. Elsewhere, Alternative Press raved, "Wage War are unapologetically changing the game on all fronts on Pressure."We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #WageWar #Manic #FearlessRecords #zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Ben Zaidi

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 50:38

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Ben Zaidi over Zoom video! BEN ZAIDI'S NEW SINGLE “GOING ON GONE” OUT NOW!DEBUT ALBUM PRODUCED BY TONY BERG DUE2022 ON NETTWERKEmerging Brooklyn-based artist Ben Zaidi unveils a new song from his forthcoming Tony Berg-produced debut album. Listen/share “Going on Gone” HERE and watch/share the official lyric video HERE.Zaidi explains the song was inspired by a drunken moment on the beach in Florida, which was “interrupted by a sudden vision of mortality and climate apocalypse. The desire to detach from reality and live with your headphones on is strong.”The track follows first single “Ben Zaidi's Blues;” Watch/share the video HERE.Zaidi's debut album is set for release in 2022 on Nettwerk, and was produced by Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Peter Gabriel, Beck) and recorded at Los Angeles' Sound City Studios along with backing band members Ethan Gruska, Sebastian Steinberg (Fiona Apple,) saxophonist Sam Gendel and Kane Ritchotte (Portugal. The Man.) More details to come.Watch Zaidi perform live at KEXP HERE.Born and raised in Seattle, Zaidi is a Harvard-educated poet whose debut album explores a variety of themes: death, racial identity, quarter-life changes and the loss of innocence that comes with a rapidly decaying planet. Growing up with a lot of Northwest music influences, ultimately lyric-heavy albums such as Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A-Changin' and The Freewheelin Bob Dylan, as well as Joni Mitchell's Blue, were in heavy rotation while writing his new album.Much of the record was influenced by a long drive down I-95 from Brooklyn to Florida to visit a friend who had been diagnosed with Stage IV non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and going through chemo. “And that obviously was the first smack in the face of, ‘Oh, we're not invincible anymore' It's not like, ‘Oh our whole life is ahead of us stretching out in front of us,' but instead there is a certain frailty that this is all precariously balanced on. And I think the album's grappling with that.” More details to come soon.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #BenZaidi #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Employed To Serve

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 38:33

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Employed To Serve over Zoom video! Employed To Serve have released their brand new record, Conquering, out via Spinefarm.   Drawing influence from the music of their youth and a new perspective on how to nurture the positive aspects of humanity and individual growth, Conquering is a celebration and acknowledgement of triumph in the face of a world that can be relentlessly adversarial.Employed to Serve began recording Conquering in the "unforgiving winter" of 2020. It was produced and mixed by Lewis Johns at The Ranch, Southampton and mastered by Grant Berry at Fader Mastering. ETS took the time thrown at them by a world stopped still to write their most visceral material to date.  ABOUT EMPLOYED TO SERVE: Employe to Serve's origins are essentially humble, with the core duo of Justine Jones (vocals) and Sammy Urwin (guitar/vocals) initially starting the band as a two-piece grindcore project backed by a drum machine. Early experiences on the UK festival scene expanded their horizons and perceptions of what weightier music could be. Seeing heavy-hitters such as Converge, Meshuggah, and Glassjaw alongside smaller but no less important acts like Rolo Tomassi, Veils, and The Chariot inspired the duo to develop their vision. 2014's Change Nothing Regret Everything EP operated as a stepping stone into full band territory, before 2015's critically acclaimed debut album, Greyer Than You Remember, became their calling card, followed up two years later by The Warmth of a Dying Sun, then their 2019 Spinefarm debut Eternal Forward Motion. Employed to Serve have already proved themselves as a searingly intense and honest live experience, sharing bills with the cream of the crop of modern heavy music, including Code Orange, Bury Tomorrow, Stick To Your Guns, Loathe, Counterparts, and Underoath. They've also decimated stages at some of the UK and Europe's leading music festivals, the likes of Download, Glastonbury, Graspop, and Hellfest. And the accolades are unstoppable; from their Kerrang! Album of the Year win back in 2017, achieving the assumed impossible with a KKKKKK (yes, that is 6 K's!) live review, landing in Metal Hamme''s reader and staff Top 10 Album polls, and a 2020 sold-out Underworld performance, to a plethora of cover features across Music Week, Metro Weekend, Upset, and Kerrang!, Employed to Serve are unflinching at the forefront of metal innovation. We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #ETS #EmployedToServe #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Nathan Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 38:49

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Nathan Day over Zoom video! In a seaside town known for its 125-year-old amusement park, a boy dreamed of launching a band with a group of imaginary friends. Years later the Blackpool, UK native Nathan Day turns this dream into a reality by crafting his vision into otherworldly alternative pop. Energized by punk spirit and blessed with adventurous experimental magic, he manifests a sonic world inhabited by vibrant characters: an alien, a skeleton, a rabbit, a ghost. He adopts each character in both personality and costume for the respective tracks, representing mental illnesses he's coped with. After racking up millions of streams, the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer invites everyone to join him on the colorful journey to his debut solo EP, We Come In Pieces, out now.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com. www.BringinitBackwards.com #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #NathanDay #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with morgxn

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 57:16

    We had the pleasure of interviewing morgxn over Zoom video! morgxn shares an animated lyric video for his recently released single “DON'T THINK ABOUT IT;”“DON'T THINK ABOUT IT” was released last month. morgxn explains “There is so much pressure and attention on gender as if it's something new. It's not… why [has] gender become such a heated debate when we are debating something that is, at its core, deeply personal.” The highly anticipated new EP from the Nashville-born and based artist, MERIDIAN: vol 2, will now be released on November 11ERIDIAN: vol 1 was heavily inspired by a rollercoaster 24-hour period in which morgxn experienced some of his highest highs and lowest lows. Just as the world was going into lockdown due to the pandemic in March 2020, morgxn saw a lifechanging day in which Billie Eilish included morgxn's single “home” in a list of inspirations behind her Grammy-award winning track “bad guy.”Nashville-born Morgan Isaac Karr, best known as morgxn, released his debut album vital in 2018 including the hit lead single “home” featuring Walk The Moon. The track was a Top 10 Alternative Radio hit, landing on the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart and Billboard Rock Airplay Chart. He has toured extensively with the likes of X Ambassadors, Phoebe Ryan, miike snow, Skylar Grey and more, and has played festivals worldwide including Lollapalooza, Firefly and Hangout. morgxn will hit the road with Smallpools for a U.S. tour kicking off in November in support of the forthcoming MERIDIAN: vol 2.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com. www.BringinitBackwards.com #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #morgxn #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Opus Orange

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 41:01

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Opus Orange over Zoom video! Santa Monica indie-rock collective Opus Orange recently released his new album Object Lessons,The recent single “Got it All Wrong” is accompanied by a mesmerizing music video shot by award-winning film & television director Ric Serena, which finds power in its simplicity. This is not the first time Serena and Opus Orange's Paul Bessenbacher worked together. Bessenbacher co-composed the soundtrack for Serena's hit feature-length documentary Mile...Mile & a Half while hiking 219 miles of the John Muir Trail in 25 days with the cast, and 2018's My Indiana Muse which took home awards from the NYC Independent Film Festival, Beverly Hills Film Festival, The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, The Florida Film Festival, and the Prescott Film Festival. Never one to make the same record twice, Bessenbacher drew inspiration for Object Lessons from 90's indie-rock and enlisted mixing engineer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Sufjan Stevens, Modest Mouse) and mastering engineer Doug Van Sloun (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit, Damien Jurado) to round out the LP. In addition, the classically trained musician's work as a producer and composer has been featured in films by Catherine Hardwicke and Brin Hill, TV shows Grey's Anatomy, Broad City, Younger, and The Detour, and in national ad campaigns with Google, Apple, and Samsung.For all up-to-date information on Opus Orange, stay tuned to:   https://www.instagram.com/opusorange.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #OpusOrange #zoom #aspn #americansongwriter #americansongwriterpodcastnetworkListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Alt Bloom

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 35:59

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Alt Bloom over Zoom video! There is something intrinsically unique about multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Alt Bloom. With his seamless blend of alternative and timeless singer/songwriter pop, Alt Bloom has made himself known for crafting songs that encourage his listeners to escape; tracks that infuse dreamlike introspection paired with atmospheric melodies and, of course, Thompson's signature tongue-in-cheek wordplay. His music has been described as “smooth indie pop” and his songwriting as introspective, confessional storytelling.  He's a lover of the outdoors and is becoming known for connecting his music with nature.  Last year, he released a series of videos, called the California Sessions – shot in some of the most beautiful places across California and recently released and collaborated with National Geographic for their “Planet Possible” initiative to preserve the planet by releasing their new theme song for the initiative  “I Believe”.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #AltBloom #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Friendzone

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 32:36

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Freindzone over Zoom video! Hayden Warzek & Jesse Woods, better known as Friendzone, have been creating quite a stir in the dance music scene as of late.Friendzone has set themselves apart from the herd by creating their own high energy, open format electronic sets. These two have let their fun-loving, care-free attitudes loose both on the stage and in their production.They share a passion for the finer things in life, such as: tequila, White Claw, beautiful people, and a good Henley. After making their mark in local clubs with well over 20 packed shows, the future appears bright for this young and thirsty duo as they build themselves in the dance music world... one White Claw at a time.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #Friendzone #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Tai Verdes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 31:18

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Tai Verdes over Zoom video! Billboard chart-topping singer-songwriter, Tai Verdes, teamed up with acclaimed rapper 24kGoldn to record a reimagined, RnB version of his current smash single “A-O-K,” from his debut album TV. The revamped track releases today via all digital and streaming platforms and comes on the heels of what has been a red-hot summer for the Los Angeles-based recording artist. To date, “A-O-K” has amassed 100M+ total streams since its May release, and is currently averaging 1M+ streams daily across all streaming platforms. The track also recently hit the 1M TikTok creations benchmark, and is currently charting top 20 at both Pop and Alternative radio, as well as top 40 at Hot AC.Following Verdes' debut broadcast performances on The Today Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live, “A-O-K” was recently added to Spotify's Top Hits Playlist, Good Vibes (#7), Morning Stroll and Top Songs - USA; and is currently bringing in a new peak of 1M daily Spotify steams, crossing the 10M monthly listeners mark and landing at #474 in the world on Spotify. The track is currently at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #168 on the Billboard Top 200, with TV album back to #1 Heatseekers Album. “A-O-K” has amassed 875K+ TikTok creations to-date. Verdes is currently on the road supporting Quinn XCII + Chelsea Cutler's tour; and later this fall, will perform at the All Things Go Festival in Columbia, MD, as well as, will continue supporting his debut album TV with a sold-out 14-date solo headline tour. The shows begin November 2nd in Houston, TX and will include stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C. and Toronto. For more info, please visit www.taiverdes.com/tour .We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod  #TaiVerdes #AOK #Sheesh! #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Sugarcult

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 90:18

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Marko DeSantis of Sugarcult over Zoom video! In August 2001, SoCal rockers Sugarcult burst onto the scene with their anthemic debut album Start Static. Combining high-energy punk riffs and irresistible power-pop melodies with a heavy dose of youthful angst, Start Static quickly earned the group a legion of fans, and spawned three hit singles, "Bouncing Off the Walls," "Pretty Girl (The Way)," and "Stuck in America." Now, two decades later, Craft Recordings commemorates this enduring favorite with a deluxe 20th anniversary vinyl and digital reissue. Set for an October 8 street date and available for pre-order, the vinyl edition of Start Static (20th-Anniversary Edition) will feature the original album — newly remastered by the GRAMMY®-winning engineer, Paul Blakemore — plus three special bonus tracks: an early demo of "Say I'm Sorry," a live version of "Bouncing Off the Walls," plus a spirited cover of Elvis Costello & The Attraction's "No Action." The album comes housed in a gatefold jacket, featuring sculpted emboss printing and updated liner notes from the band. Fans can also find a special variant of the LP — pressed on clear vinyl and limited to 500 units — exclusively on Sugarcult's website and at Craft Recordings' online store.  The digital edition, also available October 8, features an additional, previously unreleased live version of the band's hit single, "Stuck in America." and "Bouncing Off the Walls (Live)" Formed in Santa Barbara, CA, in 1998, Sugarcult — whose original lineup consisted of Tim Pagnotta (vocals/guitar), Airin Older (bass/vocals), Marko DeSantis (guitar), and Ben Davis (drums)— made their mark as one of the most dynamic and entertaining pop-punk bands to come out of the 2000s. After independently releasing two demos and two EPs, the quartet caught the ears of Ultimatum Music, who signed Sugarcult and connected them with producer Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Faith No More, The Replacements) to work on their debut full-length.  Start Static went on to sell more than 300,000 copies, while the band embarked on nearly three years of non-stop touring. In addition to playing the main stage of Warped Tour and appearing at festivals like Glastonbury (UK), Summer Sonic (Japan), and Soundwaves (Australia), the group joined Green Day's American Idiot tour in the U.S. and Japan, as well as Blink 182's European arena tour. They would go on to headline hundreds of shows across North America, Europe, and Japan. Multiple songs off Start Static, meanwhile, could be heard on popular shows like MTV's Laguna Beach and in films like Van Wilder (the stars of which, Ryan Reynolds and Tara Reid, appeared in the music video for "Bouncing Off the Walls.)" In the liner notes, guitarist DeSantis recalls that Start Static  "was our confrontation and/or handshake with the world; our chance to get people to pay attention, earn their respect, and then, hopefully, win their hearts. The album title fit the narrative of the songs—which are mostly vignettes of young adult anxiety over the trials of messy romance and post-adolescent dissatisfaction and uncertainty. [Start Static] was our album title and our mission statement." Following Start Static, Sugarcult went on to release two more acclaimed albums (2004's Palm Trees and Power Lines and 2006's Lights Out), and two DVDs before embarking on an extended hiatus in 2008. Since then, each band member has excelled in a variety of fields within the music industry.  Tim Pagnotta is an award-winning, multi-platinum-selling songwriter and producer who has collaborated with the likes of Weezer, Blink 182, Neon Trees, Walk the Moon, and Elle King. Airin Older went on to become a founding member of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and joined British alt-rock group thenewno2, featuring Dhani Harrison. Marko DeSantis is now a professor of music business, artist development and artist coaching at Los Angeles College of Music, Musicians Institute College of Music and Citrus College. He has also enjoyed several DJ residencies in the U.S. and Japan and has been featured as a guest speaker and panelist at SXSW, UCLA, and Sonos LEAD, among others. Ben Davis, meanwhile, enjoys a successful career writing and producing music for film, TV and commercials. We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #MarkoDeSantis #zoom #Sugarcult #StuckInAmerica #BouncingOffTheWalls #StartStatic #20Years #20thAnniversary #20YearAnniversary #TwentyYearAnniversaryListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with John R. Miller

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 28:15

    We had the pleasure of interviewing John R. Miller over Zoom video! Emerging singer-songwriter and guitarist John R. Miller released his debut solo album Depreciated, July 16 on historic record label, Rounder Records!Depreciated blends a vast array of classic sounds from countrypolitan and swamp rock to the Tulsa sound, which attracted multiple Grammy nominee Justin Francis (Leon Bridges, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price) and renowned guitarist Adam Meisterhans to produce the album. Miller was signed after a moment of industry serendipity: another producer walked past the studio where Francis was mixing the album, and was so impressed with what he heard that he passed the music on to an A&R person for Concord.Miller began playing music as a young teenager in a tight-knit DIY scene in West Virginia. Miller's first band was a punk quartet he and his friends formed at 14 years old. They would rent out church halls and Ruritan clubs to put on shows since they were not old enough to perform in bars. Before long, he gravitated toward folk and country music, which ignited a burning desire to travel as a touring musician and eventually drove him to quit school. He busked with a string band to earn a living and traveled to D.C., New York, and Knoxville, and would pen his own songs in his downtime. He spent the next 15 years as a touring musician, both leading bands and playing as a side man and bass player for a litany of other songwriters including the Hackensaw Boys, Sierra Ferrell, and J.P. Harris.  Depreciated takes us back to Miller's time growing up in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia and reflects on his relationship with his childhood home and the way things diminish over time, whether they be the car he drove off the lot, or the relationships he left behind. Depreciated was recorded at the legendary Studio A of Sound Emporium in Nashville. Miller was ably backed on the sessions by Meisterhans, who contributed guitar and production; co-producer Francis on congas and Wurlitzer, Chloe Edmonstone offering a plaintive fiddle, John Looney on mandolin, Jonathan Beam providing bass, Russ Pahl's shimmery pedal steel, John Clay on drums, and Robbie Crowell playing the Wurlie and Hammond B3.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #JohnRMiller #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with SZNS

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 38:29

    We had the pleasure of interviewing SZNS over Zoom video! Los Angeles based pop-quartet SZNS premiered the music video for new single “Build A Boy” recently with People Magazine. Now SZNS are following up with the TV debut of the music video for “Build A Boy” with MTV's Spankin' Brand New. SZNS give a fresh take on the classic 90's girl group music we all know and love with blending elements EDM, Latin-synth, and House inspired beats. The single was written by SZNS along with Stefan Litrownik (One Direction, Boyz II Men) and Jason Hahs, with production by K-Kov & Stefan Lit . Each member Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn bring their own unique vocals and styles that blend together to create the vibrant SZNS sound. Their conversational lyricism stems from the four's collaborative writing style - a late night kitchen heart-to-heart. Their relatable and empowering tracks call to not only girls and women, but anyone regardless of their gender, race or sexual origination that might be feeling pressured into submission to address and disrupt the status quo. Now following the successful release of “Build A Boy,” that included a billboard in Time Square, SZNS is ready to hit the road to bring their live performance to fans across the US. When asked about their new single “Build A Boy” SZNS's said, “When we came together to write Build a Boy, the energy in the studio was a bit different from our usual confident selves. We were all feeling very vulnerable and even a little lonely. Each of us has experienced a relationship that wasn't fulfilling us mentally, physically and/or spiritually. Build a Boy is our way of saying I deserve more than the bare minimum & I have to do what's best for me. We realized some people are only in your life for a reason or a season and if you want the perfect partner, you have to find that within yourself first, because you can't Build a Boy.” In order to better understand SZNS, one must first understand the unique personalities of each member Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn and how their names uniquely play into seasons they represent.  Winter for instance is your shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, and your biggest advocate, someone who is there for you during those tough times. All Spring wants in life is to connect and heal people through her music, using her talents to help others grow through her art similar to how the showers of April bring help to bring the beautiful flowers of May. Autumn on the other hand is troublemaker of the group, some might see her tough exterior but those closest to her in SZNS know she's a real softie, you may find her out on town on Friday night but you have just a good chance of finding her curled up on the couch watching NetFlix. While Summer is known for being the bubbliest of the group, and can be found dancing everywhere she goes bringing her energy that turns even your darkest times to a bright sunny day. Together these four personalities come together to create the fresh high energy sound of SZNS.  With this in mind SZNS are getting ready to release a series of four EP's each specifically crafted for each member/season, emanating power, vulnerability, wit, and reality ranging from bass dropping dance beats to sultry ballads! We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #SZNS #BuildABoy #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Breagh Isabel

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 27:21

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Breagh Isabel over Zoom video! Breagh Isabel – the Halifax-based and Cape Breton Island-born recording artist, songwriter and producer – has released her debut single, “Girlfriends,” (LISTEN HERE) along with the official video (WATCH HERE). The song helps usher in her new recording contract with Warner Music Canada. “Girlfriends” is a pop-leaning, coming-of-age story about a very specific type of heartbreak; the kind that comes from being a lovesick teenager in less welcoming times. The song emerged from a session with one of her Canadian songwriting crushes, Simon Wilcox (Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, Lennon Stella). Isabel offered up the lyrics, “maybe we were homophobic” and like an astute therapist, Wilcox instantly started peeling back the layers, unravelling a closely kept story that needed to be told, and thus “Girlfriends” was born. “I had no firm intention of delving into a solo artist project when I wrote ‘Girlfriends,' but the song easily became the most honest thing I had ever written. I started to feel like I had something to say that might resonate,” says Isabel. “The song is about little – and sometimes big – moments and thoughts I didn't know what to do with at the time, but now realize were just expressions of me figuring out who I am.” The theme of heartbreak is vivid in the accompanying music video, filmed in both Vancouver and Halifax. The video follows two high school students (played by Carolyn Yu and Cassidy Foley) as they explore burgeoning feelings, echoing the lyrics of Isabel's song. The video was funded in part by the MVP Project, produced by Shelby Manton of Boldly and directed by Tamara Black. Sonically, “Girlfriends” pairs thought-provoking, emotive storytelling with dynamic percussion and bouncy electric guitar that counterintuitively make the song feel catchy and calming all at once. Airy vocal swells and synths off the top of the track set the stage for the song's dream-like reflection. In her signature smoky timbre, Isabel sings, “I wanted to be girlfriends, but we were just girl friends,” revealing the painful standstill of confusion and loss that comes from love unrequited.  “It's a bit of a sad song wrapped up in a happy-sounding package. The lyrics don't really tell a hopeful story,” Isabel spills. “The resolution comes from the fact that I can own the experience and re-tell it from a place of happiness.”  Though Girlfriends signals the start of her own solo career, Breagh Isabel's creative handiwork will likely already be familiar to music audiences. Isabel has written for and been featured on the records of artists like Classified, Ria Mae, Donovan Woods and BANNERS. While the world was in lockdown, she cut her teeth in production and signed a publishing deal with Concord Music. Her tracks have already been featured on the megahit show Grey's Anatomy and the superhero series Batwoman. She also toured throughout Canada and Europe and gained international recognition during her time as a member of the band Port Cities. Mostly writing for others, she would often tuck little ideas away that seemed overly personal, but with “Girlfriends, Breagh Isabel is now ready to begin a new chapter all her own.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #BreaghIsabel #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with SOJA

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 31:59


    We had the pleasure of interviewing SOJA over Zoom video!SOJA's new album, Beauty In The Silence (their first in four years), was released on September 24th via ATO Records. Earlier this summer, the band released the album's first three singles, “Something To Believe In” ft. Stick Figure, “Press Rewind” ft. Collie Buddz + J Boog and “The Day You Came” ft. UB40 + Rebelution which have racked up millions of streams across DSPs in the weeks since their debut. Fueled by the sheer force of the band's connection and chemistry, Beauty in the Silence makes for a much-needed antidote to fractured times, infusing so much warmth and wisdom and unstoppable joy into each and every track. Like 2014's acclaimed Amid the Noise and Haste (a GRAMMY nominee for Best Reggae Album), the title to Beauty in the Silence references the opening lines of Max Ehrmann's beloved poem “Desiderata”: Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence. “My dad had that poem memorized, and before I'd go out on tour he'd sort of whisper it in my ear,” said Hemphill. “To me, it's a reminder of what we lose when we get caught up in the distractions all around us. You get so used to life being loud and fast and goal-oriented, but then you go out in nature and hear the silence and realize, ‘Damn, I got tricked.' Life doesn't have to be all go, go, go. The real key to life is in being still.” SOJA deliberately took their time in creating Beauty in the Silence as they explored new sonic terrain—recording in such iconic spots as Miami's Circle House Studios and Dave Matthews Band's Haunted Hollow, and teaming up with producers like Niko Marzouca (Pharrell, Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky, Damian Marley), Mariano Aponte, and Johnny Cosmic—the band eventually phased into working remotely as stay-at-home orders set in across the country. In that process, lead guitarist Trevor Young (formerly SOJA's guitar tech) took on a much greater role in the band's creative direction, co-producing alongside Hemphill and carefully shaping the album's hypnotic sound.“I really love that this record is a mix of all of us together in a room and all of us far apart,” said Hemphill. “It's something that I'd love to keep doing in the future: let's get together, let's get the vibe and the groove, and then let's go off into our own worlds and discover what's there.” SOJA deepens that communal spirit by collaborating with some of the biggest names from all corners of the reggae world including: UB40, Slightly Stoopid, Stick Figure, Dirty Heads, Rebelution, Common Kings, Mihali, Nanpa Básico, Eli Mac and more. And while each artist brings their own distinct sensibilities to the mix, all of the guest musicians are deeply aligned with the band's mission of uplifting the masses. For more than two decades, SOJA has elated audiences across the globe with their fresh yet timeless take on roots reggae, a sound born from their shared passion for making music that transports and inspires. The band was originally formed by a group of friends while still in middle school and has since built a massive, dedicated global fan base. In the years following, SOJA has headlined shows in over 30 countries around the world, generated 7 million social media fans and more than 1 billion streams.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #SOJA #Reggae #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 


    Interview with The Greeting Committee

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 46:10

    We had the pleasure of interviewing The Greeting Comittee over Zoom video! Kansas City-based alt-rock band The Greeting Committee just released their second studio album Dandelion. The record was produced by Jennifer Decilveo (MARINA, FLETCHER, Bat for Lashes) and mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala).  Anchored by a gorgeously airy vocal performance from frontwoman Addie Sartino, the recent single, “Float Away” opens on a candid piece of confession: “Glad it's raining so I don't have to go outside and pretend I'm happy just to be alive.” With production from Jennifer Decilveo (MARINA, FLETCHER, Bat for Lashes), the track unfolds in fuzzed-out riffs, frenetic rhythms, and incandescent textures as Sartino documents her inner turmoil with an intense level of detail. “There's a line in the chorus that says, ‘Stale rye, once an apple's eye,' which is a way of saying, ‘I used to have so much potential, and now I'm sitting here frozen, and I don't know what to do with myself,'” she notes. After slipping into a moment of anti-nostalgia (“Haven't felt this since/Listening to the 1975 while getting high/In somebody's basement party”), “Float Away” closes out with another bit of personal revelation: “Treading water's getting harder/Don't let me fall another martyr.” But despite its undeniable melancholy, “Float Away” embodies a strangely exhilarating energy thanks to the stormy urgency of The Greeting Committee's sound and the pure catharsis of its uncompromising honesty. Created by illustrator/animator Kezia Gabriella, the video for “Float Away” perfectly captures the track's whirlwind of feeling. The beautifully offbeat and brightly colorful visual follows Sartino's avatar through a series of gently articulated emotional states — isolation, disconnection, overwhelmed confusion — and ultimately finds her rediscovering a subtle yet powerful sense of hope. About The Greeting Committee:Comprised of Addie Sartino, Brandon Yangmi, Pierce Turcotte, and Austin Fraser, The Greeting Committee have fully embraced a spirit of purposeful sharing since their formation in 2014. Founded soon after Sartino and Yangmi got their start playing open-mic nights in Kansas City, the band self-released their debut EP It's Not All That Bad in fall 2015. The EP's lead single “Hands Down” quickly became a breakout hit, paving the way for The Greeting Committee's signing to Harvest Records when they were all still in high school. After making their Harvest debut with the Meeting People Is Easy EP in 2017 and releasing their debut album This Is It in 2018, the band spent much of the next few years on the road, with sold-out headline shows in major markets such as Chicago, Austin, New York, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis. To date, they've toured with the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, Tennis, Hippo Campus, and Rainbow Kitten Surprise and taken the stage at leading festivals like Lollapalooza and SXSW, in addition to delivering the I'm Afraid I'm Not Angry EP in late 2019 and appearing in Netflix's To All the Boys: Always and Forever. The band's second album Dandelion was released on September 24 via Harvest Records.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #TheGreetingCommittee #zoom #DandelionListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Hush Kids

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 42:19

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Hush Kids over Zoom video! Nashville -based duo Hush Kids return with a new EP Weatherman.Comprised of renowned artists Jill Andrews and Peter Groenwald, this is Hush Kids' first new release since their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album in 2018. The lead single and title track "Weatherman" is out now and finds the duo reuniting with Grammy Award-winning producer Ian Fitchuk (Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, Leon Bridges)."During the spring of 2020, when we were in lockdown, it rained, poured really, for days, maybe even weeks," stated Jill. "My husband Jerred has lived most of his adult life in dry arid places and he wasn't used to it. He would look outside almost every day, saddened by the dark sky and soggy earth. He would say, 'This place just never stops. It's like a rain forest.' I always like to put a silver lining on things so my response was usually something like, 'I guess that's why it's so green and beautiful here.' But the sunless days can take their toll on the best of us, and I could tell that he was feeling down as the rainy days and tumultuous weather wore on. She continued, "All of this was on my mind that day last spring when I got together with Ian and Peter to write for the next Hush Kids record. We sat on Ian's back porch and caught up for a long time, enjoying being in each other's presence so much because it had been a while since we'd last seen each other. This one came easily to us and I think we all cried a little when we were writing it. I'm so happy that we can share it with you guys today! I hope that your days are sunny even when the rain is pouring down.” "This was the first song I had written in person for maybe eight months," added Peter. "We were on a porch, it felt kind of weird, but we trusted each other. Jill said she had an idea, and I believe she sang what is now the first line of the song. I tend to have a look on my face when I think something is amazing, and it actually looks like I'm disgusted...food, art, music...it's more of a look of disbelief that something can be that good. That's how I looked when Jill shared this idea with us.” Hush Kids is a friendship with music. It began long before it had a name when two beloved Nashville artists with impressive solo careers were put together by their publishers to write songs for other people; in time, they discovered they had been writing for themselves all along. Their earliest sessions revealed more than chemistry, they revealed kindredness, an innate understanding that allowed two very different people to write some of the most deeply personal music of their careers. Incredible, instinctive vocal symmetry, captivating melodies, and intimate, intelligent lyrics speak to the years of tireless craftsmanship and well-earned successes by both artists respectively. Garnering praise from Rolling Stone, Billboard, Paste, Relix, and Folk Alley, among others, Hush Kids' 2018 debut journeys across the unexpected, the strangeness of love rather than the sweetness, the beauty of the world rather than the bullshit. Guided by writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Ian Fitchuk, the record paired the effortless, addictive pop sensibility of The Carpenters with the dusty, atmospheric, desert landscape of Robert Plant and Allison'sKraus's Americana classic Raising Sand. Despite the name, Hush Kids is not about quiet, it's about stepping away from the wrong kind of noise to embrace the music. A gifted composer, producer, and musician, Peter has toured extensively and shared the stage with artists such as The Civil Wars, Andrew Belle, and Ruston Kelly. In 2020, he joined forces with Sean McConnell and Garrison Starr to release an EP as My Sister, My Brother. Never one to rest, Peter followed that up with an EP in early 2021 co-written and co-produced alongside production duo I WAS THE LIONtitledCome To Life. Jill, a founding member of the alt/countryfavoriteThe Everybodyfields, has performed alongside The Avett Brothers, The Secret Sisters, and DrewHolcomb & the Neighbors as well as secured television placements that includeGrey's Anatomy, This Is Us, and the theme song for SyFy'sbelovedWynona Earp. In2020, she released her critically acclaimed album and accompanying book Thirties, and followed that up with a dark EP of songs from her back catalog called Vultures.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #HushKids #zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with The Vegabonds

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 35:10

    We had the pleasure of interviewing The Vegabonds over Zoom video! The Nashville-based alternative southern rock band—THE VAGABONDS will celebrate the release of their new album, Sinners and Saints, this Friday, September 24th, 2021, with a showcase spot at this year's AmericanaFest in Nashville.Produced by Grammy-nominated Tom Tapley [Mastodon, Blackberry Smoke] – who did the honors on the last two Vegabonds releases – the determinedly upbeat Sinners and Saints expands the group's southern rock pallet and jam band pedigree to explore funky, keyboard-driven blues-pop in first single, “Can't Deal” before reaching new limits with the intersection of country, soul and rock in “Heartache and a Memory,” and even some Fleetwood Mac-style grooves in “Feels Right” — the latter a co-write from their close friend and songwriter and jack-of-all-trades Ross “Brother” Beasley. It was in May of last year that The Vegabonds recorded their last new music, a live EP, recorded during the first full-band live stream to take place during lockdown. After a two- month quarantine, this was the first time the quintet was able to play together, making it the longest span of time the band had gone in a decade, without playing a show or even being in the same room together. The result, The Vegabonds Live from West End Sound, was released this past March. Their last studio album, V, was released in early 2019 to much critical acclaim with Popmatters declaring, “…the album fires on all cylinders with a combustible combination of tub-thumpin alt-country, searing rock riffs and robust but heartfelt lyrics that will help ease the pain.” While The Deli Nashville said of the new music, “...Fans of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, the Allman Brothers, or Springsteen will rave about V…”The Alabama-born, Tennessee-bred Southern rock band, The Vegabonds got their start in Alabama, after meeting while attending Auburn University in 2009 and playing the college circuit across the Southeastern United States. Their popularity quickly burgeoned to the point where they found their fans singing along word-for-word to their first hits like “Georgia Fire” and “Shaky Hands.” From Ole Miss to South Carolina, students buzzed about The Vegabonds authentic sound and their seemingly effortless ability to bring the house down. Through word of mouth, the group's fan base rapidly grew, and the guys learned they had something distinctive with their eclectic mix of Southern Rock, Country, and earnest songwriting. Their DIY efforts delivered three full-length albums and an EP before partnering with Blue Élan Records.THE VEGABONDS are Daniel Allen (Lead vocals/songwriter), Richard Forehand (Lead guitars/vocals), Paul Bruen (bass), Beau Cooper (keyboards/vocals/songwriter) and Bryan Harris (drums)We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #TheVegabonds #zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with RYALS

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 38:43

    We had the pleasure of interviewing RYALS over Zoom video! From Kyiv, Ukraine to New York City and far-flung corners of the world along the way, pop singer-songwriter RYALS is living proof that a dream and a lot of hard work can take you out of an oppressive situation and bring you anywhere you want to go. RYALS' forthcoming EP Forward is the culmination of his years of hard work and struggles that have taken him to where he is now, ready to tell his story in music. The most important thing RYALS wants people to take away from this EP is that “we all only have one life to live and that we can't dwell on the hard times forever.” He wants his fans to walk away from the EP with hope for a better future, saying “It is your perception that makes life brighter, you can manifest your life and don't let anybody tell you otherwise. You just keep moving it Forward.” When asked about the motivation behind his upcoming Forward EP, RYALS said, “Forward is my life story: an oppressive society, battling homophobia, immigration, establishing my own identity, love and break ups, my mom's alcohol addiction and the pain of ultimately loosing her. There is so much happening in my life and the way I process it is to write about it. At the end of the day, it's my dream that got me through my adolescence and continues to get me through the hardest times of my life. The hard work that goes into sustaining a dream gives meaning to what I had to endure along the way.” RYALS grew up in Kyiv, capital city of Ukraine. He earned a scholarship to a Bachelor of Arts in Acting and Musical Theatre from the Kyiv Academy of the Arts. After which, he performed in musical theater where he continued crafting his singing, dancing and acting skills. In between touring Ukraine in musicals, RYALS was cast for a role in the movie Let's Dance, which premiered nationwide. He then began his own career path as a songwriter and a performer with his first album State Of Liberty. He signed a contract with the Holland American Cruise Line and embarked on his journey around the world performing onboard the ship. While working on the cruise ship, RYALS was struck with the realization that there were other countries that had already started accepting homosexuality and people were able to be themselves. RYALS made one of the hardest decisions in his life to immigrate to America and start his life in the United States in attempt to reach his full potential. After reestablishing his life and finding support in his husband, he was ready to get back to music, and this time with a strong established message. “No one ever deserves to be shamed, persecuted or killed because of their sexual orientation. I am grateful for all the people who fought and are continuing to fight for human rights. Thanks to them, a lot of people already are able to at least know how it feels to live a normal life. But there's still 72 countries on this planet where being part of LGBTQIA community is illegal and in 12 countries nowadays it's being punished by a death sentence,” says RYALS. Now that RYALS can live his authentic life, he focuses on joining the activists that paved the way for him to continue fighting homophobia and supporting people like him who are going through the same issues he recently faced. RYALS and his husband work with Rainbow Railroad that provide immediate assistance to vulnerable people across the globe, and other human rights organizations that assist LGBTQIA people around the world.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #RYALS #zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Jillian Rossi

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 30:34

    Together with Sean Ulbs of The Eiffels, we had the pleasure of interviewing Jillian Rossi over Zoom video! Singer-songwriter Jillian Rossi dropped her strikingly powerful new single “Give Me A Reason,” a song that emphasizes Jillian's vocal prowess and her hopes to continue to cement herself as the next power vocalist of the next rising generation of pop acts. The 21-year-old artist recently teased the song on her Tik Tok, receiving over 1 million views and attention from Shaquille O'Neal, Paris Hilton, Disney Channel Star Skai Jackson, Tik Tok star Nick Austin and other celebrities who commented on her profile in anticipation of the song – gaining over 100,000 pre-saves for her 2nd song in a row. This makes her the first independent pop artist in history to accomplish this feat on back to back songs. Give Me A Reason within 48 hours has been featured already on Spotify's New Music Friday & Chill Pop, Apple Music's New Music Daily, & Amazon Music's Breakthrough Pop & Brand New Music – fully independently.“Give Me A Reason” follows the release Rossi's hit single “Fever Dream,” which has independently become one of the most viral songs on the internet with over 13 million combined views on Tik Tok and over 10 million streams across all platforms since its release on April 28th.“Fever Dream” was quoted by Brooke Reese of “The Chart Show” (on Apple Music/Beats 1 and Lyrical Lemonade) as “one of the most successful pre-save campaigns from an independent artist of all time.” “Fever Dream” obtained 120,000 pre-saves prior to release, making it the most pre-added song on all of Apple Music during the week of April 15- April 23rd.The song also made Spotify's Viral 50 Charts (#22 in USA, #26 in Canada, #32 in Australia, #34 in the Philippines, #22 in Malaysia, #35 in South Africa,) was added to 8 editorial playlists on Spotify including “New Music Friday,” “Daily Lift,” “Fresh & Chill,” “Teen Beats,” “Songs To Scream In Your Car,” “Everyday Favorites,” “Chill Pop” “next gen singer/songwriters”, & “Tween Pop (Radio)” and became #1 On Snapchat's “Viral Songs.”Reflecting on the song, Jillian comments, “'Give Me A Reason' is a song about a broken relationship that you know is on its last leg but you're going in and out of denial about it. It's inspired by a true story about a guy who moved across the country as we were in a long-distance relationship, and I begged for him to give me a reason for me to stay. This song is definitely one of my favorites and I feel it embodies exactly what I want to do as an artist, with the hard hitting anthemic chorus with the more emotional, ballad-like verses. The love I have already gotten on this song from Tik Tok and social media is insane. I can't believe I was able to get 100k pre-saves on two songs in a row, and this one even getting recognition from famous people I've always looked up to like Skai Jackson, Paris Hilton and even Shaquille O'Neal (which SHOCKED me). I am so excited for what's to come!”Jillian is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston and is originally from Long Island, NY. As a student at Berklee, Jillian performed Alicia Keys' “Girl on Fire” in front of a sold out crowd of 37,000 people at a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park, and also had the amazing opportunity to perform an original song live for Long Island legend Billy Joel in front of a crowd with Joel comparing her to the likes of Taylor Swift.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #TheEiffels #JillianRossi #zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Dead Sara

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 30:56

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Dead Sara over Zoom video! Dead Sara recently released their highly anticipated new album AIN'T IT TRAGIC, via Warner Records. This marks the first new full-length album from the Los Angeles rock legends since 2018's Temporary Things Taking Up Space EP. The album's eleven tracks were coproduced by Dead Sara's drummer/programmer Sean Friday along with Noah Shain, who previously produced, mixed, and engineered the band's previous two albums, Dead Sara (2012) and Pleasure To Meet You (2015).To date, Dead Sara have released a pair of acclaimed tracks from AIN'T IT TRAGIC – “Hands Up” and “Heroes” – which have been critically praised as “explosive” by Loudwire and “raw and heavy” by Consequence of Sound. The current single “Heroes” has just impacted Rock Radio and is the #1 Most Added at the format this week. Written and recorded during lockdown in their hometown, AIN'T IT TRAGIC reveals a band at the apex of their songwriting prowess and highlights the bands dual guitar assault courtesy of Emily Armstrong (vocals/guitar/songwriter) and Siouxsie Medley (guitars/backing vocals) along with the masterful drumming by the album co-producer Sean Friday. Track for track, AIN'T IT TRAGIC bursts with intense yet melodic verses/choruses throughout and doused with copious amounts of the feral energy and attitude that define Dead Sara both on record and on-stage. Click here for a brief view behind the scenes. AIN'T IT TRAGIC Tracklisting: 1. Starry Eyed 2. Good Times 3. All I Know Is That You Left Me For Dead 4. Hypnotic 5. Heroes 6. Hands Up 7. Lover Stay Wild 8. Gimme Gimme 9. Lights Out! 10. Uninspired 11. Losing My Mind As previously announced, Dead Sara return to the road with a vengeance for their first tour in three years. Additional dates for 2021 to be announced later this year. Dead Sara will tour the world in 2022. TOUR DATES 2021: Sep 24 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Festival Sep 25 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen Sep 27 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern Sep 28 Columbus, OH The Basement Sep 30 Washington DC Black Cat Oct 01 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom Oct 02 Boston, MA SoniaOct 09 Los Angeles, CA Roxy – SOLD OUT Oct 09 Los Angeles, CA Roxy – (late show added) Nov 12 Daytona, FL Welcome To Rockville 2022: Jan 22-27 Galveston, Costa Maya, Cozumel ShipRocked About Dead Sara: Emily Armstrong (vocalist/guitars/songs), Siouxsie Medley (guitars/backing vocals), Sean Friday (drummer/programmer/co-producer) first broke through with their 2012 single "Weatherman"—a churning stew of punky riffs, with chugging hard rock grooves, and throat-shredding vocals that reached No. 30 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart and was followed by tour dates supporting Muse. "Hands Up" was the first new music from Dead Sara since September 2018, when the band released a stripped-down version of "Anybody," a single originally found on Temporary Things Taking Up Space. That EP built on the success of 2015's Pleasure to Meet You, which reached No. 2 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and No. 7 on the Hard Rock Albums chart. To date, Dead Sara has been featured on Rolling Stone, Interview, Guitar World, Loudwire, and more and performed at the GRAMMY Museum. Dead Sara is back in a big way. Look for Dead Sara to tour the world in 2021 & 2022We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #DeadSara #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Arthur Hanlon

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 39:52

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Arthur Hanlon over Zoom video! Chart topping pianist/composer/arranger and Billboard and Emmy-nominee Arthur Hanlon is the single most recognizable name in Latin instrumental music today. Born in Detroit to Irish American parents, Hanlon found his calling in Latin music, becoming the only pianist to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Latin charts and the only pianist to achieve multiple hits on Billboard's Latin charts. A virtuoso with a master's degree in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music, Hanlon plays a distinctive blend of Detroit street, classical virtuosity and Latin beats and he has recorded singles with superstars like Luis Fonsi, Laura Pausini, Marc Anthony, Juanes, and many more. Arthur's most recent release is Piano Y Mujer, an exquisite album and HBOMax special where he joins his distinctive piano with the voices of five renown female singers: Kany García, Natalia Jiménez, Goyo, Nella and Evaluna Montaner.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #ArthurHanlon #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Jude Cole

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 63:15


     We had the pleasure of interviewing Jude Cole over Zoom video! JUDE COLE is a simple but driven man. Throughout his long and storied career, he's worn many a creative hat, whether it be as a singer, songwriter, guitarist/sideman, film composer, producer, manager or even a stint as music critic and interviewer to acts like The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger and dozens of other superstars. His first love, songwriting, remains steadfast and true, which is why he's releasing his first new music in 21 years. “I never wanted to bookmark myself,” he explains. “I really do enjoy creating new music, and I don't care to look back all that much. I have the Gold and Platinum records in my tank, but I don't hang them on the walls. I don't always like to look at past achievements — I prefer right now and a little of what's next. I spent the last 22 years managing artists like Jason Wade and Lifehouse and being a very behind-the-scenes writer, producer and manager. For me, these two new solo projects allow me to do what I've always done creatively, but with a new ability to actually stand back and appreciate it.” To that end, he's most definitively moved the artistic needle forward with the contents of his two most recent solo releases. COUP DE MAIN shines the spotlight on COLE originals that showcase his multi-genre mastery, while COOLERATOR brings a modern-day retro-cool vibe to a score of doo-wop favorites both classic and under-served. COUP DE MAIN encompasses a variety of styles, from the opening mid-tempo gambit of “Taking Away My Home” to the acoustic and ethereal lament of “Only Far Away” to the progressive swing of “Wax Wings.” COLE displays some formidable forward-leaning, atomically inspired chops on “The Dark,” which soars into the heart of the stratosphere with a generous cosmic assist from acclaimed fellow producer/artist, Patrick Leonard. “We've been friends and very close neighbors for a long time, and he would literally walk his small synth down to my studio and plug in,” details COLE. “He did all the synth work on this song, and I think it's one of the reasons it sounds the way it does. Patrick knew that's what I was going for — and since he even produced Pink Floyd, he nailed it. He's a wonderful, wonderful musician. I can't say enough about him.” Not only that, but Lifehouse drummer Ricky Woolstenhulme, Jr. gave COLE and Leonard all the space they needed on “The Dark” to really stretch things out. “I asked Ricky to listen to some specific Pink Floyd records,” he reveals. “I mean, Nick Mason plays everything so painfully simple. He allows all the moving parts to do their job because he's not in the way. Rick took all that to heart. He gave us a consistent bed of ride cymbal, kick and snare, topped with a few timeless drum fills. It really was fun to emulate that '70s sound.” “They furnished off an apartment with a two room Roebuck saleThe Coolerator was crammed with TV dinners and ginger aleBut when Pierre found work the little money comin' worked out wellC'est La Vie say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell”-Chuck Berry Meanwhile, over on another sonic fulcrum, COLE gets to celebrate his pure doo-wop jones on the aforementioned COOLERATOR. Bear witness to his loving take on The Charts' rare gem “Deserie” (“one of the most beautiful doo-wop songs ever”), the twangy Chuck Berry/Rockpile vibes of “Dear Dad,” and the horn-supported rock & stroll of Guitar Slim's “It Hurts to Love Someone (When They Don't Love You).” This collection has been a long time coming. “COOLERATOR is a piece of work that's been over ten years in the making — and it's not any sort of epic work you would think would take me ten years,” he says with a hearty laugh. “It was really just a pet project in between a lot of other hats, inspired by the true heart and soul of '50s and '60s doo-wop music.” The overall intention for COOLERATOR was to keep it simple and look for the right performance, “I always wondered how they made those records and why are they so soulful… why they're so moving. When you hear about '50s music, it's often bobby socks and malt shops. I know that's part of the Americana culture, but it doesn't really reflect the groups that were singing on the street corners.” The fact is, JUDE COLE is a career artist who's always looking at the next creative signpost up ahead, with nary a glance back in his rearview mirror. And with Chuck Berry as his COOLERATOR guide and inspiration, C'est la vie —it goes to show you never can tell how blues, rock, rhythm, and jazz will all come together to join him on whatever artistic roads he plans to travel down next.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #JudeCole #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 


    Interview with Waiting for Smith

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021 50:37

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Waiting For Smith over Zoom video! Waiting For Smith is singer/songwriter Harry Lloyd. Formerly a ski instructor in the French Alps, Lloyd broke his back in two places during avalanche training. Wondering whether he'd survive in the helicopter on the way to the hospital, he had an epiphany that if he was ok, he should dedicate his life to music. After spending a year in bed recuperating and learning to play guitar, he formed Waiting For Smith, named after endlessly waiting for his original drummer Smith to show up. Following the release of the effervescent “Long Life”, Waiting For Smith unveils “Lines of Love”, emphasising that in times of doubt, often all we need is a compassionate ear. "It's often difficult to over speculate, one minute you're up and then you're down and that's your day." LINES OF LOVE "For me, that's life – or my life for sure – in a tiny lyrical nutshell. It sways back and forth between unbridled joy and moments of great despair. But I guess I'd be a lousy songwriter if I didn't feel anything…" 
WFS has seen success garnering over 413K streams on Spotify and landing radio play on over 180 stations around the world, including Huw Stephens on Radio 1, Jo Whiley on Radio 2, 6 Music and Flux Fm. With features in British GQ and Holland's JFK Magazine. "With music, I'm always trying to cheer myself up first - It's like free therapy for me. And then ultimately others, I really enjoy making people feel better. That's the ultimate aim."We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #waitingforsmith #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Gavin Turek

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 39:41

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Gavin Turek over Zoom video! Gavin Turek has been a celebrated musician for years both for her “endlessly groovy and gripping” (NME) recorded work and spirited live performances (often featuring choreography she learned from her time spent in Ghana), and today finds the much anticipated release of her debut full-length album, ‘Madame Gold' on her own Madame Gold Records.‘Madame Gold', is a stunning debut album that represents Gavin's personal alter-ego who she sought strength in to overcome her inner saboteur. After bouts of self-doubt, discouragement from the music industry, and feelings of helplessness amidst the numerous global crises of the last year, Gavin entered the studio to complete the much-anticipated project and ended up creating a true powerhouse tour de force of modern R&B.Sonically the album trades the starlit disco vibes of her earlier work for an irresistible groove-heavy, R&B foundation. Tapping into the power that comes from vulnerability and taking inspiration from badass divas like Grace Jones and Diana Ross, 70s soul icons like Curtis Mayfield and the Isley Brothers, and modern day pioneers like Tame Impala and Raphael Saadiq, Gavin's sound is an honorable throwback to the past while also undeniably fresh and current in the modern music world. The more contemplative moments on the album capture a completely different side of the songwriter. "We took a more experimental route while creating the hybrid of soul and pop I'm known for, in order capture the inner transformation that was happening in me. I didn't want to repeat what I did before,” said Gavin about the sonic direction of the album.NY Magazine's The Cut said the LP (produced and co-written by Childish Gambino collaborator Chris Hartz) is “sure to be a summer staple”, while BUST called Turek “not only magical but a woman with integrity and heart.” Early singles “Illusions” and “Slide” (feat. bLAck pARty) garnered praise from Stereogum who praised the former as a "blissed-out love song”, and KCRW who called the latter “a perfect fit for your weekend on the boardwalk, or late-nite cruising down the boulevard.” Also out today is the music film accompaniment for “Hero”, which Gavin says “tells the origin story of my alter ego Madame Gold, through a cinematic lens. At the height of the pandemic, I found myself depleted and discouraged, unsure how to move forward. One fateful day, I tuned in for an "artist talk" given by one of my favorite visual artists, Renee Cox. Her work and encouraging words were exactly what I needed to be reminded of who I was: a hero. Conceptually and creatively directed by myself and brilliantly directed by Josh Sondock, the HERO music film is meant to inspire people, especially women who feel lost and out of touch with their personal strength, to become their own heroes and save themselves instead of waiting for someone else.”Through the writing sessions for the album, Gavin exorcised deep feelings of personal pain, confusion, loss, love, moments of magic, and pressure. The result is an eclectic, pristine, and cathartic unveiling of an artist truly coming into her own -- be it on “Whisper” (a futuristic take on personal faith that includes a heartwarming interview snippet with Gavin's mother), “Hero” (a certifiable bop about leaning into your own personal strength), or “Elevator” (which Refinery29 called the “perfect soundtrack for a fresh start”).According to NPR, “one way or another, Gavin Turek is going to entertain you”, whether through her live performances or her music. You may have heard of Gavin in the past through her entrancing solo work, acclaimed collaborations with TOKiMONSTA, her performance on CONAN, or performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with Tuxedo, Mayer Hawthorne, and Cee Lo respectively. From growing up with a father who played piano and tagging alongside her mother who toured coffeeshops singing gospel, to studying dance in Ghana, to cutting her teeth as a working musician in Los Angeles, performing has been in the forefront of Gavin's mind for her entire life, and with ‘Madame Gold' the future is looking nothing but bright.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #GavinTurek #zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with P.O.D

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 37:01

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Marcos Curiel of P.O.D. over Zoom video! P.O.D. — Sonny Sandoval [vocals], Marcos Curiel [guitar], Traa Daniels [bass], and Wuv Bernardo [drums] — have announced their upcoming summer and fall tour plans. The band will embark on a headline tour of the U.S., celebrating the 20th anniversary of their landmark, multi-platinum album Satellite.The tour kicks off August 14 and runs through October 7 in their native San Diego. From Ashes to New, All Good Things, and Sleep Signals will also appear. All dates are below. Tickets are available here."We've been touring and working hard for almost 30 years now," Sandoval says. "It's all we know. This past year has really made me realize how much I love what I do and how much I appreciate that I am still able to make music and play live for all of those who are still listening. Thank you to all of you who still love live music and can't wait to be a part of the P.O.D. experience. We can't wait to see all of your beautiful faces out on the road."Curiel shares the sentiment, saying, "It's been way too long. We are beyond excited to get back to the stage — where we provide the rock and you provide the roll. From familiar faces to new ones, let's get back to what we've all been waiting for. We are ready as a band to create new memories with you all. Let's do this! Peace, love, light, and rock 'n' roll."From Ashes to New's Matt Brandyberry weighed in about the tour, saying, "In 2001, we were literally 'The Youth of the Nation' and P.O.D.'s hit was an anthem to so many of us. Satellite was an album that helped shape a genre and will go down as one of the greatest records of that era. We are honored to join them on this U.S. tour to help celebrate 20 years of an absolute masterpiece." Additionally, P.O.D. will drop the SATELLITE: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION as a double-CD and digitally on September 3 for $24.98 through Rhino. It is available for pre-order now. Releasing a few days before the album's official anniversary on September 11, the 27-song collection introduces a newly remastered version of the original album, plus a selection of rarities, remixes, and four previously unreleased demos, including "Alive (Semi-Acoustic Version)," available today. A few weeks later, on October 8, SATELLITE: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION will be released on vinyl as a double-LP as a part of Rhino's Rocktober campaign.  After debuting at #6 on the Billboard 200, SATELLITE went on to sell more than seven million copies worldwide, including three million in the U.S. The record generated four singles: the title track, "Alive," "Youth of the Nation," and "Boom." In addition to its commercial success, Satellite also earned P.O.D. three Grammy nominations for: "Alive" (Best Hard Rock Performance, 2002), "Portrait" (Best Metal Performance, 2003), and "Youth of the Nation" (Best Hard Rock Performance, 2003).  SATELLITE: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION has a bonus disc that includes b-sides like "Critic" and "Sabbath" that were initially released in Europe, plus remixes for "Boom" by The Crystal Method and "Youth of the Nation" by Mike$ki.  P.O.D. ON TOUR:WITH FROM ASHES TO NEW, ALL GOOD THINGS, + SLEEP SIGNALS:8/14 — Sturgis, SD – Buffalo Chip*8/16 — Denver, CO — Gothic Theatre8/17 — Omaha, NE — The Waiting Room8/19 — Sioux Falls, SD — The District8/20 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly's8/21 — Glen Flora, WI – Northwoods Rock Rally^8/22 — Minneapolis, MN — First Ave8/25 — Louisville, KY – KY State Fair#8/26 — Fort Wayne, IN — Piere's8/27 — Belvidere, IL — The Apollo Theater8/28 — Joliet, IL — The Forge8/29 — Detroit, MI — St. Andrew's Hall8/31 — Pittsburgh, PA — Roxian Theater9/4 —   Houston, TX – BuzzFest (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – KBTZ Show)~9/5 —   Dallas, TX – BFD21 (Dos Equis Pavilion – KEGL Show)~9/9 —   Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival^9/10 — New Haven, CT — Toad's Place9/11 — Laconia, NH — Granite State Music Hall9/12 — Worcester, MA — The Palladium9/14 — New York, NY — The Gramercy Theatre9/15 — Huntington, NY — The Paramount9/16 — Baltimore, MD — Ram's Head Live9/18 — Atlanta, GA — Center Stage9/19 — Mobile, AL — Soul Kitchen9/21 — Birmingham, AL — Zydeco9/22 — Savannah, GA — Victory North9/23 — Orlando, FL – Rebel Rock Fest (Pre—Party)~9/25 — Columbia, SC — The Senate9/28 — Cleveland, OH — House of Blues9/29 — St. Louis, MO — Pop's10/1 — Tulsa, OK — Tulsa State Fair10/2 — San Antonio, TX — The Rock Box10/3 — Lubbock, TX — Jake's Backroom10/6 — Santa Ana, CA — The Observatory10/7 — San Diego, CA — House of Blues *With From Ashes to New^With From Ashes to New & All Good Things#With All Good Things~P.O.D. OnlyWe want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #POD #PayableOnDeath #SanDiego #20Years #Satellite #zoom #TwentyYears Listen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Indi Star

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 25:11

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Indi Star over Zoom video! Best known for her role as "Kimmie" in Nickelodeon's Henry Danger, Indi Star is a multifaceted actress, singer, dancer, model, and content creator. Now, she recently released her newest single and music video for “Afterglow”. Indi is also currently a series regular in the new Brat TV's series, Charmers.  Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Indi began dancing at age three and is trained in tap, ballet, hip hop, and jazz funk. With a passion to perform at an early age, Indi was determined to chase her dreams in the entertainment industry. At just eight years old, Indi relocated to Los Angeles and began training at Gray Studios drama school. A few years later, Indi booked her first guest appearance role on the popular web series Teens Wanna Know (2017). At just 14 years old, Indi is quickly rising to the top with her impressive range of creative endeavors.  Best known for playing "Kimmie" in Nickelodeon's Henry Danger, "Brandy" in Betrayed, "Chloe" in My Haunted House, and herself in Q Wonder, she is now a series regular playing mean girl “Paris” in the new Brat TV's series Charmers (premiered on May 27th). Charmers is about a coven of teen witches attempting to defeat an evil demon with their powers that is haunting their camp, Whispering Sky. Indi can also be seen as a recurring dancer in Netflix's popular Dramedy Dead To Me (2020).  Formally a member of Kidz Bop USA/Canada where she has toured and performed around the Country, Indi broke out as a solo artist in 2019 and has released 5 original singles to date and has amassed over 2.5M Followers on her social media channels. In 2020, Indi joined popular social media collective Vibe Crew and has also been recognized as part of the popular social media influencer group The Squad collaborating on content with her friends. Indi is extremely active on her Youtube Channel where she posts weekly videos showcasing her bubbly and upbeat personality with videos surrounding fun challenges, funny reactions, and fan favorite pranks!  Along with her many artistic projects, Indi used her voice for change as one of the singers for the theme song of the commercial campaign for Creatable World, Mattel's new all-inclusive doll line. Additionally, Indi has been a lead in national commercials and campaigns with big brands including, Samsung, Marvel, Hasbro, among other national toy companies appearing on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel. Indi aims to inspire Gen-Z and beyond by promoting self-confidence and passion for her crafts. She is also interested in philanthropic endeavors, such as Autism Awareness, Racial/Sexual Equality, and Save The Earth.  Indi has previously partnered with brands such as Nickelodeon, Casetify, Starburst, and One A Day Vitamins. In her free time, Indi loves to spend time doing yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, boxing, weightlifting, cycling, hiking, skateboarding, swimming, surfing, shopping, gaming, dancing. We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #IndiStar #nickelodeon #Charmers ##zoom #aspn #americansongwriter #americansongwriterpodcastnetworkListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Troy

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 56:14

    We had the pleasure of interviewing TROY over Zoom video! It's time to discover TROY, located at the intersection of Pop and Rock.American Artist & Songwriter TROY (aka Troy Doherty) releases Calvin Court, a masterful six-song EP destined for your playlist as TROY soon becomes your newly discovered favorite artist.Calvin Court, named in honor of his neighbors and neighborhood (where TROY drew inspiration while hosting 25 free live shows during the pandemic and making of the EP), showcases TROY'S emotionally energized songwriting skills, amazingly powerful and flawless vocals, and wonderfully catchy music melodies.  Calvin Court is a utopic musical destination of captivating TROY anthems, power ballads, pop, and love songs you are guaranteed to revisit over and over. Entering with Unbreakable, the perfect introduction, providing a great reminder to break free of comfort zones and keep pushing past obstacles. From the first whistle tones to the final driving beats, Unbreakable creates a feeling of hope and invincibility. Flowing smoothly into Mistake, an easy-listening acoustic pop song (reminiscent of early John Mayer), TROY takes you round and round until you fall back into the arms of someone for another Mistake.TROY spices things up showing his saucier side with his second single, Undercover. This groovy fan-favorite embodies TROY's soulfulness as he celebrates those thrilling first few weeks of a secret love affair. Undercover is sure to have you singing and bopping around the house. The third single from Calvin Court, Foolish, is a piano-laden power ballad that lures you in with TROY's velvety multi-dimensional vocals and heartfelt lyrics. Supported by a proficiently produced sound arrangement, Foolish will bring you to tears. After you've dried your eyes, get ready for Five (Minute Friend). This upbeat feel-good song captures what it feels like to fall in love with someone you're never going to see again. With the electricity of NY and the sunshine of LA, Five (Minute Friend) brings out the Huey Lewis in all of us.  Calvin Court EP comes full circle with its final song, Guilty. This epic pop-rock song brings what it means to be human to life. From the lowest lows to the highest highs, Guilty hits you right in the feels.Produced by Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry) at Sienna Studios in Nashville, TN. All songs were written by TROY with Evan Frederiksen as co-writer on Unbreakable and Guilty.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #TROY #CalvinCourt #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with The Difference Between

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 23:53

    We had the pleasure of interviewing The Difference Between over Zoom video!  THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN is a new project featuring ex-Emarosa (Corsets Are Cages) vocalist Chris Roberts alongside guitarists Chris Wethington & Garrett Harper (Softspoken), and drummer Cody Frain (A Scent Like Wolves).Classifying themselves as “new old-posthardcore” THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN masterfully blend elements of classic post-hardcore with modern metalcore to create a truly unique listening experience that is both familiar and refreshing.Joined by members of Softspoken and A Scent Like Wolves, The Difference Between have released their debut EP, 'Detach: Envenom', out July 30th, on Theoria Records.The Difference Between's debut EP is heavy and captivating; an ambitious and thought-provoking expression of post-hardcore, drawing on a wealth of both talent and experience and honing a collection that sounds like the band have been writing music together for years.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #Softspoken #Emarosa #AScentLikeWolves #zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Damon Sharpe

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 44:30

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Damon Sharpe over Zoom video! After a string of successful hits, the Armada Records signed artist is gearing up to release his latest track 15 Minutes with Disco Fries on July 16thfollowed by its music video on July 27thwhich will feature notable names such as Mario Lopez & the The Martinez Twins.Not ready to get out of the recording studio just yet, fans can also expect multiple new singles and remixes for the remainder of 2021, including his long-awaited track “Paint the Sky”, which was just released September 6th.Damon recently released his debut record as an Armada Records signed artist titled “Lost Years” featuring Josh Cumbee. The record was just remixed by fellow artists Disco Fries, Cubicore, and Jeonghyeon which is out now. Building upon the broad appeal of Damon Sharpe & Josh Cumbee's ‘Lost Years', Disco Fries, Cubicore and Jeonghyeon each showcase their exceptional production capabilities on remix duty. Between the original track, the deep and eruptive Cubicore version, the groovy Disco Fries edit and the chunky, bass-heavy reimagination of Jeonghyeon, this remix package allows dance music aficionados from all over the world to dive wholeheartedly into ‘Lost Years' knowing there's a take for every flavor. You can listen to snippets of each remix here.You can follow for more updates on Damon's music here:@damonsharpe (Instagram)@damonsharpe (Spotify) – 5M Streams to DateDamon Sharpe's upcoming tracks follow his top charting singles like “Fire & Gold” “When In Rome” and most recently “Under Your Control” to name a few, out via Armada Records.Aside from producing music, Damon's kept busy on the virtual performance side, recently teaming up with DJ/Producer DVRKO on a 1-hour “Back To The Future” special DJ set that featured booming beats and nostalgic treats, which followed close after his last live set from the Brainjack Arcade. Damon has once again collaborated with DVRKO and Bijou on their latest track “Sushi”, the collaboration brings a G-House flavor to the table and a new sound Damon is interested in showing his fans.Damon also has his hand in his monthly podcast show, “Damon Sharpe presents Brainjack”, available via Insomniac Radio and all other streaming platforms. He produces and curates each episode while hosting many different artists in different genres. You can listen here.Recently, Damon has been climbing the ranks and gaining recognition from notable industry trades such as Billboard Dance, EDM Tunes, Dancing Astronaut, just to name a few.Grammy and ASCAP award-winning producer, songwriter, DJ and recording artist Damon Sharpe is best known for his creativity behind the scenes as a producer working alongside artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Pitbull, and Alesso. But what people may not know yet, is that Damon's skills span further than just making hits for others, and in the upcoming year, the world will learn who Damon Sharpe really is, and finally see the limitless potential of his skill that has been in the making for years.Currently, Damon has five songs out via Armada Records; highly acclaimed “Fire & Gold” with Morgan Page & VIVID, which peaked at #8 on US Dance Radio last week but is still in heavy rotation, “When In Rome” with GATTÜSO, currently at #9 on US Dance Radio and gained over 5M Spotify streams, “Ghost Ship” featuring Orjan Nilsen, and “Lifetime” with Zonderling and Josh Cumbee and most recently “Lost Years” with Josh Cumbee. The tracks are making a dent in the Sirius BPM, Sirius Chill, iHeart Evolution, Music Choice rotations and more! Although all four current tracks are proving to be a huge success, “Lifetime” serves as the transition from Damon being behind the scenes, into the forefront of his audience. The track was just added to iHeart Evolution, Music Choice, Dance Rising, Future House Top 50, Kaskade Connect, and has received support from Lucas & Steve, Afrojack, Sam Feldt, Morgan Page, and Martin Garrix, and has received over a million streams to date.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #DamonSharpe #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Pasha

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 28:46

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Pasha over Zoom video! Pasha is truly one of the most exciting hip-hop acts emerging from Norway's rap-scene. Becoming an established artist on the Scandinavian hip hop scene, Pasha spent the past year selling out shows while charting on national radio and gaining solid attention from some of Norway's most prominent media. However, the artist is now gaining exposure far outside of his home country, adding official soundtracks to Netflix movies, getting highlighted by Ebro on Beats 1 Radio and live performances in Los Angeles and Austin to his resume.Blending nostalgic 90's vibes with quirky, playful and funky hip-hop, the young artist stood out from his peers and was asked to support international acts such as Onyx and Dj Premiere as a teenager. Jumping on every live opportunity he got, the iconic rapper quickly became notorious for his explosive live shows and his unique talent as an entertainer. While building a hype through notorious live performances, Pasha released singles such as Around The Area, Colorblind and Tie-Dye, gaining traction on YouTube channels such as such as Rap City, The Ride Channel and Funky Panda, as well as securing a spots at X GAMES in Oslo's line up.Being featured in NME's list of the world's most promising talents in 2017 became a turning point:“As Scandinavia leads the pop assault on the charts worldwide–Pasha is spearheading the growing rapscene coming form Northern Europe”–NMEPasha continued releasing bangers such as “I Don't Speake French”, “Prettyboi Bounce” and “Purple Pudding”, gaining attention from Highsnobiety, Clash Magazine and Rap Nation while charting on national radio.Passionate about performing, Pasha spent the past years spreading his love through about 40 shows a year across Northern Europe, including SPOT festival in Denmark and the prominent Apple Tree Garden Festival in Germany. Simultaneously, Pasha's track “Throw A Party” was handpicked by the director of the Netflix movie “Battle” to feature as the official soundtrack, and has now reached millions around the globe.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #Pasha #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Olivia Reid

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021 39:31

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Olivia Reid over Zoom video! NYC based Olivia Reid is one of the most versatile up and coming personalities in music. As a performing artist, songwriter, producer, sound engineer and podcast host, Reid has her fingerprint on every facet of the industry. Reid blends organic, acoustic sounds with electronic pop. Her warm and welcoming vocals give life to songs that push the boundaries of folk stories, and sound design that transports listeners to another world. Olivia Reid debut project “Earth Water” recently hit streaming platforms. Reid explains the title, “This EP was so rooted in nature. Especially living in cities like New York, LA and Berlin for long periods of time - I found myself telling stories through these natural metaphors. It's a way I find understanding, and inspires my production – to be able to create a feeling, an environment to get lost in.”Olivia is a self managed, swiss army knife of music talent with technical expertise as a writer, performer, producer and engineer. Traditionally “trailblazer”, “dynamic” and “relentless” are not the personality traits that come to mind when discussing artists in the folk/indie space, but Olivia Reid isn't your typical artist. Olivia's music transports listeners to their own serene natural environment where the complex yet understated music and production paint contrast between the themes of her music.She is among the less than 5% of women producers, one of the less than 3% of women sound engineers and a success story of what the future of a decentralized music industry looks like. She is proof that now more than ever, there are more opportunities for artists and creatives at gatekeeping institutions.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #Olivia Reid #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Andy Grammer

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 35:10

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Andy Grammer over Zoom video! Andy just released a new single, “Damn It Feels Good To Be Me”, which will be featured on his new album coming out in early 2022. Of the track, Andy said, “I'm just at a point in life where I don't care what I'm not and I'm happy being me. I want this song to be for those who have come to that point in their life where they're just FINALLY enjoying the freedom of self-acceptance.“ A bit about Andy: he's not your typical optimist. Andy's ability to always look for the good stems from the pain of losing his mother at the age of 25. It broke him into a million pieces but gave him empathy that he wouldn't have had otherwise. He channels optimism in his music and spreads good energy to everyone around him. While on tour (before the pandemic), he had open discussions with his fans during meet-and-greets and on stage where they shared experiences that hurt them the most, how they grew from them and what they learned from them. It led to incredibly powerful moments, some of which he documented in his “Wish You Pain” video.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #AndyGrammer #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Bert Keely

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 54:49


    We had the pleasure of interviewing Bert Keely over Zoom video! Echoing the '60s psychedelic happenings around Stanford University, Bert Keely has woven two remarkable careers - as a pioneering Silicon Valley computer engineer and a wonderfully versatile guitarist. During the dotcom boom, the band he co-created - the Flying Other Brothers - made some phenomenal music, worth a new listen and now collected in the new limited-edition box set Circle Back!A 20-year retrospective featuring the Flying Other Brothers, Circle Back! includes three full-length albums Skywriting, Bert's Brew, and Alive and Grateful with special guests on select tracks, including Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead, guitarist G.E. Smith, and producer T Bone Burnett.At the start of the dotcom boom in the late '90s, Keely and his bandmates were at the epicenter of tech innovations that dramatically changed the world. While Bert worked closely with Bill Gates at Microsoft (1998 - 2008) and led the company's team to engineer the first Tablet PC prototype (LINK: Gates' 2000 keynote with Keely), Keely is also known by insiders as the engineer who convinced Steve Jobs to develop the iPad. His Silicon Valley tech community was swept up in the vast potential good of the Internet. Now more than a decade after their last flights, on tour and especially on San Francisco's live music scene, this band of techies virtually reunites on Circle Back! to celebrate the best of the Flying Other Brothers.Founding Flying Other Brothers band members Roger McNamee (venture capitalist), Giles McNamee (investment banker), Bill Bennett (marketing/PR strategist), Tony Bove (technology author), Larry Marcus (venture capitalist), and Keely were techies to the core, fond of the Grateful Dead who had also formed in the neighborhoods around Stanford.Keely's only time seeing Garcia live was at the Keystone in '78 with the Jerry Garcia Band; it was in the same room (previously known as The Big Beat) that the Grateful Dead played their first Acid Test under that name. In '78, Keely was a junior at Stanford studying engineering under professor Bob McKim who had conducted what became known as "engineering acid tests" to understand the creative potential of psychedelics. The next year Keely came to release his solo debut album of psychedelic folk, Take Me Home, in '79. For Keely and the Flying Other Brothers, music and technology were always a weave. The scene at Stanford proved to be fertile ground for Bert's burgeoning careers in both engineering and music.Circle Back! Box Set -- Featuring The Flying Other Brothers:Circle Back! gives an inside look into the songwriting that made the Flying Other Brothers an extraordinary collective who recorded four albums of high energy music with producers such as Jack Casady (52-Week High), Stacy Parrish (Secondary), and Shauna Hall of 4 Non Blondes (IPO). Circle Back! carries their music/tech wave into 2021 with three new albums: Skywriting, Bert's Brew, and Alive and Grateful. Across the box set, Bert Keely's riveting guitar shares the spotlight with pedal steel solos by Barry Sless and electric solos by G.E. Smith, as well as standout rhythm guitar work by Bob Weir and Roger & Giles McNamee.The Flying Other Brothers lived for the moment. Listening to Circle Back! is an invitation to ponder how things have changed in twenty years, and to try to imagine changes that lie ahead.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #bertkeely #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 


    Interview with Kyla Carter

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 30:15

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Kyla Carter over Zoom video! Rising star Kyla Carter's talent runs deep whether she is acting, singing, dancing, or performing on Broadway. Kyla is currently starring as ‘CJ Suki' in the newDreamWorks animated series “TrollsTopia” streaming on Hulu and Peacock. She can also be seen starring as the same character in the Netflix series “Trolls The Beat Goes On”. Kyla's single “Because You're You” from Season 4 of the Netflix series soundtrack has become a hit with Trolls fans and beyond, garnering over 28K-streams on YouTube alone. As a singer/songwriter herself, Kyla recently released an original song “Average Puzzle Piece”. True to Kyla's nature, the sweet song has messages encouraging self-love and building self-confidence. While Kyla's latest single “Half Full Half Empty” takes a deeper dive into her uncanny lyrical ability, relaying a feeling many can relate to over the course of this pandemic. Kyla will next be releasing the emotional, pop power ballad “3AM” on June 18th (similar to the likings of Olivia Rodrigo). Kyla was born and raised in Long Island, New York – where she took inspiration to become a performer from her icon Shirley Temple. She began her acting career at 5-years old when she was cast as ‘Hattie the Witch' in the Nickelodeon animated series “Wallykazam!” and ‘Young Nora Durst' in the HBO drama series “The Leftovers.” With her passion for theatre arts, she began her Broadway career at 8-years old playing ‘Gretl von Trapp' in “The Sound of Music” (2015-2017), under three-time Tony Winner Jack O'Brien. She then went on to play ‘Susan Waverly' in the Broadway production of “White Christmas” (2018-2019). Overall, Kyla spent 18-months touring the U.S. and Canada, performed over 500 shows, visited 50 cities and 26 states, and never missed a day of work or school on the road. Outside of Broadway, Kyla's professional acting credits thus far include work for ABC, HBO, Nickelodeon, PBS, Netflix, Hulu, Peacock and NBCUniversal.  Kyla can next be seen singing and acting in the video/book series “Junga the Dancing Yeti Meets Heidi,” in which she voices the lovable leading role of ‘Heidi'. The character is a bright 6-year-old girl who values her family, friends, always likes to do the right thing, and along the way shares anti-bullying messages. Kyla co-wrote and provided the music for two songs in the upcoming YouTube/audiobook series – expected to release on May 25th. When Kyla is not acting, she spends time writing her own original music, performing popular cover songs on her YouTube Channel, dancing, and modeling. During the pandemic, Kyla began her own podcast ‘Kyla's Korner' The podcast is featured weekly on ‘The Mark White Show' airing on Radio Alabama's KIX 96.3 FM/100.3 FM, and can be streamed on most podcast platforms. Kyla's mission is to spread positivity and kindness to her community. She shares encouraging and motivational messages to her listeners with her motto being: ‘Live life sunny side up!' She is an advocate for spreading sunshine and positivity wherever she goes. Kyla is truly an inspiration and positive role model for other young girls and boys during these unprecedented times. We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #KaylaCarter #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Adrian Marcel

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 47:51

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Adrian Marcel over Zoom video! Platinum r&b recording artist Adrian Marcel released his first single of the year, “I Gotchu”. Produced by 2Tall and Hightone and written by Adrian Marcel, Sonny B and Ryn Nicole, the track keeps Adrian's signature sound with elements of both modern and classic r&b, and all of the makings of a Summer lover's anthem. The lyric video is also out today. An official video for the track will debut later this month."From a man's perspective, ‘I Gotchu' is a very masculine take on vulnerability, assuring his woman that he will ride for her, protect her, and stay by her side, through the good, bad, and ugly,” says Adrian about the single. “This song's for everyone that has experienced love at any and every level. It speaks on the sides of love that not everyone on the outside looking in sees. This song describes these experiences using unconventional & edgy metaphors. Love doesn't always mean romance, yet if it's real, it's worth dying for in most cases," he continues. Adrian is gearing up for more music coming out later this Fall and has been keeping his calendar busy. He recently performed the national anthem at the San Francisco Giants game and headlined a sold out show at The New Parish in Oakland, CA.With almost 10 years in the music business and known for his buttery vocals and authentic r&b sound combined with a charming yet rugged appeal, Adrian has created a lane in the genre that differentiates him from his peers. His musical role models include Ginuwine, Al Green, D'Angelo, Maxwell and more.Adrian has had a string of success with his 7 Days of Weak mixtape presented by Raphael Saadiq in 2013 and his first RIAA-certified platinum hit single, "2AM" (81 million + views on YouTube) featuring Sage the Gemini in 2014.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #AdrianMarcel #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Charles Spearin

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 33:49

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Charles Spearin over Zoom video! Can you think of a more perfect lyric that captures the pandemic experience? Multi-instrumentalist and composer Charles Spearin, known for his work in Broken Social Scene, Do Make Say Think, and so much more music that has soundtracked the past two decades, insists he's not much of a lyricist. In fact, his new solo album, My City of Starlings, is a largely instrumental collection of beautifully textured songs that glide between avant-garde, art rock and electronic soundscapes.But it's no surprise that Spearin's virtuosity extends to every detail of his songwriting, from the burnished brass of “Vireos in Bellwoods” to the celestial “Three Voices (Braided Carefully)” to the words and ambient melodies of the title track, which captures both the haziness but also the glimmers of hope of the time we've just lived through.My City of Starlings isn't a “pandemic record,” exactly – while Spearin found himself with extra time once touring came to a standstill, some of the compositions that found their way onto the album had been taking shape since 2017, while others were born from a more recent song-a-day writing and recording club of fellow musicians from around the world.Like so many of us, Spearin came to see his city in a whole new light during the endless walks taken through its streets over the past year and a half, partly thanks to an increased interest in birding but also a whole new appreciation for the wonders of the natural world – an inspiration that comes through clearly in the album's expansive sonic palette.Some of those strolls with fellow musicians, not to mention Spearin's wide artistic social scene, led to the many collaborations on My City of Starlings, which features a long list of Toronto's best jazz, pop, rock and experimental-music performers (including BSS bandmates Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew). Describing the recording process as akin to painting a picture with many layers, Spearin recalls how each guest brought their own unique brushstrokes to the compositions.From the first track to be released from the album, the percussion-driven “Portrait of The Artist As A Thursday” (accompanied by a video from animator Jared Sales that runs as a 12-hour loop) to the catchy shuffle riff of “Rutting Season” through to the spoken-sung Arabic poetry on “When Tigers Used to Smoke,” My City of Starlings is as eclectic and accomplished as Spearin himself.When he's not busy with BSS or DMST, the multiple Juno Award winner has toured with Feist and the late Gord Downie and is also known for his production and soundtrack work. During the pandemic, he has been working on a musical about Canada's private sponsorship program for refugees with co-writers Robin Dann from the band Bernice (who appears on Starlings' track “Three Voices”), actor and playwright Mariel Marshall, and Esmaeel Abufaker, a Syrian musician who came to Canada as a refugee in 2016.In 2009, Spearin released The Happiness Project, a solo album which used snippets of his neighbours' musings on contentment set to music, which won a Juno for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.Unexpected and indelible – much like the way the birds his album is named for are known to mimic sounds from their surroundings in their own distinct calls, My City of Starlings reveals yet another facet of Charles Spearin's uniquely observant artistry.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #CharlesSpearin #BrokenSocialScene #DoMakeSayThink #zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Big Mother Gig

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 50:05


    We had the pleasure of interviewing Big Mother Gig over Zoom video! Milwaukee-bred/LA-based indie rock band Big Mother Gig are pleased to present the brand new music video for “That Day,” the latest single to be lifted from the band's recently released full-length album, Gusto (order). For this particular song, home videos and photographs taken from three generations of frontman Richard Jankovich's family seemed to be only way to tell this story about a specific life event, trauma and how it can be passed down over several generations.“The song details real childhood events that deeply affected my Dad and which I believe impacted me,” he says. “It makes me wonder: ‘will those events also, in turn, maybe in a watered down way, also affect my daughter?' There have been studies that show that trauma gets encoded in DNA and can be passed down. That idea fascinates and terrifies me. The video ends with my daughter and my Dad who have their own bond. Not a dry eye in the house...” Watch the music video for “That Day” via Glide Magazine HERE and on YouTube HERE.A celebration of sobriety, Gusto is first and foremost a recovery record. “I celebrated my first year of sobriety alone over a stormy Spring weekend in a desert cabin with some recording gear,” Jankovich recalls. “The album just flowed out of me–13 songs over three days. I wrote from morning until night and it was cathartic.” Addressing family, marriage, addiction, anger, serotonin, despair and, ultimately, hope, Gusto is a wide-ranging, emotional journey that focuses on second chances. Stream the album in full on Spotify HERE.Previous Gusto singles “The Underdog feat Leah Wellbaum (Slothrust)” and “The Doctor Will See You Now” were premiered by Stereogum and American Songwriter, respectively, and have received support at commercial and non-commercial radio including SiriusXM and NPR stations. Gusto's singles have received editorial/official playlisting from Spotify, Apple and Amazon (as well as NPR “New Music Friday”) and have already amassed 250K views/streams. The band just signed with Madison House booking (Stone Foxes, String Cheese Incident, SSION, The Beths), and expect to announce tour dates soon. Written by music vet Richard Jankovich and performed by Michael Datz, Albert Kurniawan, Micah Lopez as well as Jankovich, Gusto, the forthcoming album from LA's Big Mother Gig, was originally going to be titled For Those About To Rock Bottom, a sarcastic reference to a rock band learning to sober up. Continuing with this creative thread, Big Mother Gig recorded the album that would go on to be mixed by Dan Long (Local Natives, Spiral Stairs) and mastered by the legendary Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Spoon, The White Stripes).While the focus is on Gusto, the Milwaukee-bred/LA-based band's legacy has come into view with two of its Nineties songs trending. “Beckers Note” is featured in hundreds of TikTok videos with over 4M views, while “This Picture” is featured in the critically acclaimed movie Pink Skies Ahead (Jessica Barden, Marcia Gay Harden, dir. Kelly Oxford), which premiered on MTV on May 8 alongside songs by Dinosaur Jr, Smashing Pumpkins and more.Previously, the band released their 2018 LP, No More Questions, while wrapping a West Coast tour opening for Gin Blossoms. The LP featured Dicky Barrett (Mighty Mighty Bosstones) and Britta Phillips (Luna) on vocals. It was praised by Brooklyn Vegan, NPR/The Current, Paste, The Big Takeover, Alternative Press, Under The Radar, No Depression and more. The band also hosted a six-episode web-series and their music video for “Obliterate” starred Sons Of Anarchy/Mayans actor Michael Ornstein. Since reforming in 2016, Big Mother Gig has performed with Gin Blossoms, Soccer Mommy, The Posies, Luna, Peelander-Z, Alvarez Kings, The Yawpers and more.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #BigMotherGig #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 


    Interview with Saint PHNX

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 36:41


    We had the pleasure of interviewing SAINT PHNX over Zoom video! Siblings share harmony in its purest form. Their connection runs as deep as blood—and maybe even deeper. A brotherly bond drives the music of SAINT PHNX. The Glasgow duo of Stevie and Alan Jukes feel everything twice as hard together. Those mutual feelings inform the pair's skyscraping alternative pop uplifted by towering hooks, eloquent songcraft, and energetic instrumentation. After gathering tens of millions of streams, touring with some of the biggest bands in the world, and receiving acclaim from Clash, Alternative Press, and more, the group welcomes everyone into their family on a series of 2021 singles for Atlantic Records.Stevie and Alan discovered music together. Their late father introduced them to Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, and U2. Among countless found memories, they recall camping trips where pops grabbed an acoustic guitar and sang with friends. Throughout high school, Stevie and Alan played in separate bands before finally joining forces…They developed a local following under the name Vigo Thieves and even realized an ambition to play Scotland's biggest festival, T In The Park, not one, but three times. Along the way, they hustled hard, performed countless gigs, and even touched down on U.S. soil to write in Las Vegas. Reborn as SAINT PHNX in 2016, the duo served up their single “KING” and eventually garnered over 19 million Spotify streams and counting. In between touring with Yungblud and opening for everyone from Lewis Capaldi to Imagine Dragons, they unveiled their independent full-length debut, DDMN, in 2020.In the middle of their international rise, their dad was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, which is a terminal lung condition. The boys had initially encouraged him to move to a warmer client, but he chose to stay in Glasgow, bought land in the Tinto Hills, and built a house. He turned the room above the garage into a studio where Stevie and Alan wrote, recorded, and remained close to him. During this time, they recorded “Happy Place” as dad cheered them on.When their father was sent to intensive care, they were called in to say goodbye and played him the song.Now, “Happy Place” tells this story on the grandest scale possible. Over delicately plucked acoustic guitar, the first lyric resounds, “Over the hills and far away, looking out for a better day. When it seems like there's no escape, take me to my happy place.” As the beat kicks in, the song builds towards a nostalgic stadium-size chant. “One day, I came into the house, and my dad was sitting on the couch,” says Stevie. “He was looking out of the window at the beautiful hills. He had peace of mind in the house he created. It was his happy place. Our happy place is making music in the studio he built for us. After this Pandemic, everybody needs that. We want you to find yours.”Ultimately, SAINT PHNX might just bring you there.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #SaintPhnx #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 


    Interview with Alexander Nate

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2021 32:48

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Alexander Nate over Zoom video!Virginia-based singer, songwriter and music video director, Alexander Nate, is turning the pages of his own story into a cinematic visual, with the release of “Save This Dance For Me.” When it comes to Alexander's music, he's always digging deeper, focusing on writing in an autobiographical style about personal, but relatable, moments in life. Alexander's main focus has always been to create a catalogue of in-depth music, as a visual and emotional experience, that introduces fans to a world they can immerse themselves in.Coming fresh off the release of “bluejay,” which began telling the story of his current relationship and how they found each other, we're now moving on to the next chapter with “Save This Dance For Me.” An inspiring, romantic number about nostalgia and love, Alexander states; “It's about the time I met her, asking her to save this dance for me before the end of the night. Hold on to every moment.” He elaborates; “Moving into the second verse I'm expressing to her, if things become hard, if you remember anything from the time we have together, could you save THIS dance for me?” With his powerful vocals piercing through your ears in the best way possible, Alexander sings “Put both your hands on my shoulder. If it all fades away in the morning, and you save one memory. Could you save this dance for me?Born and raised in Virginia, Alexander Nate's signature sound combines Motown influences with modern pop elements to create a smooth sound that dances between Soul and R&B. “My mom would always play old-school legends around the house when I was young. Sam Cooke. Nina Simone... My mom is from Ethiopia, so when I grew up—a lot of Ethiopians were [listening to the same music]. Songs from Al Green, all those. So when she came to America, those songs were what she was listening to and played for me growing up” he tells DJBooth. With over 2M streams across all platforms, Alexander's vocals are the center. of attention on all of his tracks, simultaneously smooth and raspy, fitting perfectly over powerful 808s and light instrumentals. Alexander's releases have been highly anticipated by his growing base of dedicated fans following the success of his EP RedCanaryin 2018; which RESPECTMagazinereferred to as an EP “... that paints a vivid picture about love lost, family, and hopes for a lost soul."Alexander states “While my previous project reflected the stories of my past, “bluejay” and “Save This Dance For Me” have both allowed me to depict what's been going on with me in the present. The ups and the downs, learning who to trust, and navigating through love. It's been therapeutic.. like catching up with a friend you haven't spoken to in a while”We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #AlexanderNate #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with FOGHAT

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 55:39

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Foghat over Zoom video! Foghat celebrates their 50th anniversary this year, and their live performances show why the band is still around and why they will be able to keep on rockin' as long as they want to play! Their music is timeless, and touring is part of their DNA. Foghat's live show is as intense as ever with the incredible energy and musicianship that one would expect and hope for from a seasoned band with such a long musical history and they are bringing their fans along for the ride. These guys just love to play! And now, after 1-1/2 years off due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, they are more than ready to get out there and rock again, with many shows booked for the second half of 2021!Foghat fans are everywhere and their audience consists of all ages. From the young who play Guitar Hero III and know all the lyrics to “Slow Ride,” to the Dazed & Confused generation of 30-40 somethings and the “boomers” who bought Foghat's first vinyl or 8-track! Looking out at the audience and seeing all generations rockin' to Foghat is very gratifying to the band. According to lead singer Charlie Huhn, “The band just wants to make sure that after every show, they are all convinced that they just got rocked, from the second we start the first song to the end of the show.”Formed in 1971 when Lonesome Dave Peverett & Roger Earl left the British blues-rock band, Savoy Brown, Foghat has earned eight Gold records, one Platinum record and one Double-Platinum record. They continue to release new music every few years and have never stopped touring and recording although there have been several ups and downs and changes over the years. They sadly lost Lonesome Dave Peverett in 2000 and Rod Price in 2005, but Roger Earl keeps banging and kicking to keep Foghat's musical legacy going.If Foghat had only given us “Slow Ride,” the band's place in rock history would be secure. But the band is so much more than that. As stated by Roger Earl, “we are still a ‘work in progress,' writing and recording and plan to be until the day we depart this earth.”The band has started work on yet another Blues/Rock Studio Album to be released in 2022)! So, stay tuned, you cannot keep these boys down!We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #FOGHAT #SlowRide #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with The Murlocs

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 38:17

    We had the pleasure of interviewing The Murlocs over Zoom audio! With their lineup including two members of the globally beloved King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (Kenny-Smith and bassist Cook Craig), The Murlocs recorded at Button Pushers Studio in Melbourne with producer Tim Dunn, dreaming up a prismatic sound that pinballs from sunshine-pop to blues-punk to wide-eyed psychedelia. Naming John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Harry Nilsson's Lennon-produced Pussy Cats among their key reference points, the band adorned their songs with many unexpected details: woozy Wurlitzer melodies, Brian May-esque guitar harmonies, playful atmospheric elements like the whoosh of summer rain, caught by a microphone dragged into the street mid-storm. The result is an album both exuberant and heavy-hearted, a dynamic that wholly fulfills Kenny-Smith's mission of “always aspiring to write songs that have a bit of twisted positivity to them.”We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #zoom #TheMurlocs #KingGizzardandthelizardWizards #kinggizardListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Alex Orange Drink

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 35:54

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Alex Orange Drink over Zoom video! Brooklyn-based songwriter Alex Orange Drink, the solo moniker for Alex Zarou Levine of The So So Glos, is excited to present “Oxytocin (Luv Buzz),” the second track to be lifted from the Friday, September 17 release of his sophomore album titled Everything Is Broken, Maybe That's O.K. (pre-order). On the upcoming album, Alex explores personal subjects, including grappling with a rare and life-threatening disorder, heartbreak, never-ending teenage angst, and broken political systems. Half of the album was recorded before the pandemic in a party-like atmosphere – with basic tracking captured live among friends, family and lovers – while the other half was completed by a heartbroken protagonist reflecting in isolation.Alex Zarou Levine has been writing music and lyrics since youth in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Most notably with his brothers in D.I.Y. punk outfit The So So Glos. There's dark subtext to his lyrics, which are often laced into bright, hooky outsider anthems. During a period in which his band went on hiatus and local DIY venue (and home base) Shea Stadium shuttered, Alex Orange Drink was born. The new solo project took its name “orange drink” as a nod to the medication Alex depends on to treat a rare metabolic disease, Homocystinuria. As with his work in The So So Glos, by flipping a slang term from the ordinary to a new identity, Alex once again exhibited a gift for spinning a negative force into something positive.On his sophomore record, Everything Is Broken, Maybe That's O.K., a permanent state of teenage angst manifests itself through even more hushed tones and sugar-coated sweetness than his debut, resulting in a more complex, vivid soundscape.There is something eerily medical about this collection of songs – two contrasting songs about grappling with a life-threatening disorder (“Homocystinuria Pt. 1” & “Pt. 2”), three songs about chemical addictions triggered by love (“Oxytocin,” “It's Only Drugz,” “I L.U.V. I.O.U.”), plenty of references to the intersection of technology and mental health (“Clickbait, Click Me”), and a closing track that implies that a cure may be found in a return to the natural world (“The Sun Is Only Shining”). Lyrically, Alex delves even further into brave personal territory, continuing to explore his own individual crises and life story in a world that's even more disjointed and damaged than before.Collaborating again with producer Adam Reich (who was behind the board for an impressive list of classics from Brooklyn's D.I.Y. scene), dark subject matter is transformed into positive energy, enriching the music more than any of Alex's previous recordings. If the most cohesive and fulfilling music of Alex's career is the outcome of everything being broken, then maybe that's O.K. .We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #AlexOrangeDrink #TheSoSoGlos #zoomListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Robert Randolph

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 37:57


    We had the pleasure of interviewing Robert Randolph over Zoom video! Robert Randolph is a four-time Grammy nominated pedal steel guitarist and one of Rolling Stone's “100 greatest guitarists of all time.” A virtuoso on the pedal steel, Robert jumped from spiritual to secular music and found an audience among blues fans, roots rock aficionados, and jam band followers with his fiery, passionate instrumentals and heartfelt music, earning fans like John Medeski, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews and T-Bone Burnett. Robert is also the founder of the Robert Randolph Foundation, a skill development platform for youth from all walks of life to gain knowledge that can transform their lives regardless of their cultural, social, or racial backgrounds. As a man with a long history of community involvement, Robert has remained passionately committed to programs and initiatives focused on family support and development.This passion inspired him to create this foundation as a skill development platform for youth from all walks of life to gain knowledge that can transform their lives regardless of their cultural, social, or racial backgrounds. Through the power of community, education, music, and arts, the Robert Randolph Foundation is creating better possibilities for brighter futures. www.robertrandolphfoundation.orgOn Saturday, June 19th, Robert brought together some of the world's biggest musical artists to celebrate Juneteenth and pay tribute to the history, struggles, and accomplishments of Black culture in America. Hosted by JB Smoove and Amanda Seales and featuring performances by Earth Wind & Fire, Nile Rogers, Dave Matthews, and many others, the event brought together people of all backgrounds in a day of unity to commemorate and celebrate Juneteenth and Black culture with musical performances, appearances by civic leaders and influencers, inspiring remarks, films, comedy, and storytelling. The event also served as a launching pad for a coalition of grassroots organizations that are working to make a difference in the Black community, including Robert's Create Your Future Program. This new initiative (launching in Newark, NJ this summer/fall) will support underprivileged youth in exploring high-demand, high-salary career paths through simulated work environments with local professionals, equipping them with practical, hands-on skills and introducing them to local business owners.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #RobertRandolph #zoom #aspn #americansongwriter #americansongwriterpodcastnetworkListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 


    Interview with Steve Caballero of Urethane

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 48:15

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Urethane over Zoom video! Pop-punk outfit URETHANE featuring legendary Hall of Fame professional skateboarder and guitarist Steve Caballero has signed to Cyber Tracks. Their debut album Chasing Horizons was produced, engineered, and mixed by Cameron Webb (Motörhead, Megadeth, Alkaline Trio, NOFX, Pennywise) and is due out on September 24, 2021. The band will be touring as well including some festival appearances.The album title was derived from the song “Wyoming” – a song about giving up, running away, and starting over. “There is a line where the character is on an open road chasing the horizon and it just made sense,” explains bassist Chad Ruiz. “During the short life of this band we have been chasing horizons non-stop. It's that kind of fun feeling you get when you're just out on the road going for it. We are very blessed to be chasing horizons.”Chasing Horizons is jam-packed with catchy choruses and melodic hooks that range from mid-tempo sing-a-longs to aggressive fist-pumping screamers. Also, it was written during quarantine so the lyrical theme leans a bit dark. From depression (“Gravity”) to narcissism (“Avalanches” feat. Toby Morse of H2O) to the bad traits and genetics we inherit and are forced to live with (“Inheritance” feat. Jim Lindberg of Pennywise) to being your own worst enemy (“Love Letter Bombs”) to contentious relationships (“What You Get”) to love conquering even the darkest times (“What Becomes Of Us”) – lead vocalist and guitarist Tim Fennelly examines the challenges of everyday life.URETHANE formed during the infectious pandemic in 2020. The lineup consists of vocalist/guitarist Tim Fennelly (War Fever), guitarist Steve Caballero (The Faction, Odd Man Out, Soda), bassist Chad Ruiz (Skipjack), and drummer Dylan Wade (The Bombpops). Their musical roots are undeniably influenced by punk rock, pop-punk, and melodic hardcore. Chasing Horizons is set for a September 24, 2021 release via Cyber Tracks.URETHANETim Fennelly – Vocals/GuitarSteve Caballero – GuitarChad Ruiz – BassDylan Wade – DrumsWe want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod  #foryou #foryoupage #stayhome #togetherathome #zoom #aspn #americansongwriter #americansongwriterpodcastnetworkListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

    Interview with Elliot Lee

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 28:49

    We had the pleasure of interviewing Elliot Lee over Zoom video! Elliot Lee is best known for her viral hits which are characterized by a mix of dark pop melodies, fiery vocals, and bold thrash rock meets electronic sounds.Elliot's new EP Queen of Nothing, explores the concept of Queendom and vividly recounts Elliot's struggles to fit in and feelings of being “othered.” Anger, greed, loneliness, and bloodlust are all prevalent in this storyline layered with wild electronic melodies and vocals that command attention. Elliot Lee has a fervent fanbase and has amassed millions of streams and her music has been added to such high profile playlists as Bedroom Pop among others.Brooklyn based artist Elliot Lee fuses dark pop melodies with edgy vocals and innovative Electronicrock soundscapes to create an unpredictable sound, acting as a voice for the voiceless. Elliot Lee holds an awareness of what music that is unhindered by norms can do for the underrepresented. This bravado oozes through the cracks of her homemade music, with tracks that are laced with late night slumber party confessions and existential cognizance. Inspired by the feeling of loneliness, Elliot's music acts as a reminder that you are never alone.We want to hear from you! Please email Tera@BringinitBackwards.com.www.BringinitBackwards.com#podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #ElliotLee #zoom #aspn #americansongwriter #americansongwriterpodcastnetworkListen & Subscribe to BiBFollow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! 

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