Philly Music Lab co-founder/Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra member Alexandra Cutler-Fetkewicz sits down in the studio. We talk about her time at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY (Dan's hometown), working outside the orchestral world, and the near-fatal car crash that changed everything. Plus, the advantages of teaching young players not only how to play, but how to survive the grind of being a working musician.
There are a lot of firsts this week. It's the first time Dan has had two guests at once, and those guests are Edward Everett and Becca Todd, the two voices of Pilkington. Enjoy a frank conversation about what it's really like to be in a band, the fear of asking for things, and how Pilkington arose out of the ashes of the very ambitious Panic Years. Also, it's the first live performance in the new studio!
Philadelphia stand-up comic Randi Lawson sits down with Dan and talks about her Twitter fame, the instant gratification of telling jokes onstage, and why Philly is as good a place to make your name as anywhere.
The best thing to do when talking about Joe Reinhart is to simply list his current to-do list: member of bands Hop Along and Dogs On Acid, owner/engineer/producer at The Headroom. Dan and Joe talk about growing up figuring out how to record bands, touring life, getting your stolen guitar back after two years, and the amazing ride that Joe has been on lately since Hop Along's been blowing up. Happy 20th Episode to all!!!
One of Dan's favorite Philly bands was The Gang Age. Sadly, they are no more. But ex-Gang Age leader Gina Cardillo sits down to talk about her new band, Dear Forbidden, so all is right with the world now. Also discussed: Kim Gordon, stage anxiety, the pressure cooker that is art school, hating yet also constantly using Facebook, and how dads are great because they give up their dreams of rock stardom to raise you. New music from Ben Tinsley at the end of the show, he's soulful and awesome!
You might remember Jay from Episode 6, where he checked off his list of favorite music of 2014. We had to get him back at the table for a one-on-one about fronting the band Venice Sunlight. They've got an upcoming record, produced by Joe Reinhart (Hop Along). Also, music by Pilkington from their new split EP, so stay to the end!
Dan talks to cellist/song-writer/painter Daniel De Jesus about the balance between classical structure and unbridled creativity, his time with chamber rock band Rasputina, and his desire to return to his Spanish-speaking roots on his upcoming album. Also, Dan (host Dan, that is) reflects on moving out of his apartment that he's lived in for a decade.
Dan talks to Baris about growing up in Istanbul, moving to America in his 20s, embracing his musical roots far from home, and his love of metal and classic rock at a young age. This episode features a brand new track from The Naked Sun's new EP, "Pickled Hearts", so stick around for that.
What do you get when you haven't been in the same room as your guest in 13 years? Find out as Dan interviews Baltimore front man Joseph Mulhollen (Joseph and the Beasts). They go deep, talking about college, songwriting, their love of the ladies of 90s indie rock and much more.
Since they go back years, and found themselves playing together again after a long time, it's only fitting that Dan have Katie Barbato on the show, right? Learn where she came from, about her Edna St. Vincent Millay concept record, how to make her special "green drink" and more!
Josh T. Landow has been a part of the Philly alternative rock radio world for more than a decade, and he's got the stories and scars to prove it. Dan and Josh chat about the ups and (way) downs of Josh's journey to being the guru and keeper of YNotRadio.net.
From Philly to Brooklyn, Dani never stops working and making music. Her solid and beautiful voice anchors all of her many projects (Owl and Wolf, Lover's League, to name a couple). Dan and Dani chat on the eve of a snowstorm about growing up with musical talent all around her, what makes a good tribute show, and how to be in what seems like a dozen projects at once. Also: this week's featured Philly artist is Alec Stewart, so stay around to hear one of his songs at the end.
Benjamin Hughes (Nightwindows, A Little Affair) has vowed to put out a solo release every month for all of 2015. 12 records. 12 months. Wow. Dan and Ben delve into how Ben has written so many songs, dealing with the unfulfilled expectations of adulthood, and growing up in a religious household. Don't miss a great performance by Ben at the end!
Dan talks to Dan (I know, right?) about his two odd instrumental choices: the tuba and the accordion. Also touched on: the COUNTLESS AWESOME PEOPLE that Dan has played with. Violent Femmes. West Philadelphia Orchestra. Laurie Anderson. Triumph The Insult Comic Dog. What a guy!
Mitch is an always-working musician. From his start jamming at UPenn to working with the likes of Digable Planets, David Ivory and many more, he is a cat very worth catching up with. Also, Dan plays a track from brand new Philly band Buster!, whom he recently produced an EP for.
Dan talks theatre, improv, being in your 30s and more to Jennifer MacMillan, Artistic Director of Bright Invention. The episode also features a song from Philly's own James Hearne in the closing, so stick around for it!
Drew Mercadante is a young electronic music artist from Philly better known at Jack Deezl. Dan is fascinated with electronic music, and is therefore fascinated with Jack Deezl. Their conversation sheds light on how the music is made, how it's performed live, and the upsides of having a crew of your fellow DJs.
With 2014 at a close, we thought we'd take a moment (or an hour of moments) to talk about some of the awesome music that has come out this year. Dan gathers some discerning music fans to discuss their favorite releases of 2014. Featuring James Hearne, Jay Verdibello and Bill Rose.
Dan talks with Jon about songwriting, performance anxiety, being a sometime children's musician, and growing up in a house the youngest of four very talented brothers. Jon also holds the title of "First Musician To Play On 25 O'Clock"! And it is awesome.
DC area guitarist and podcaster Tony Porreco sits down at the kitchen table to talk about DIT (Do It Together), his Hometown Sounds podcast, and being a true DC music supporter and cheerleader. Also, Dan reveals his Seasonal Grumpiness Disorder and how he's trying to deal with it.
Bill offers up his perspective on a key role in the music world: tour merch. Dan and Bill talk the logistics of running a store in different place every night, the joys of travel, working with some big names (Jackson Browne, Two Door Cinema Club, Local Natives, to name a few), and why guys don't want to buy band-logoed underwear.
Steve owns Bridgeset Sound, a great music store in Philadelphia. Dan spends a significant amount of his money at Bridgeset Sound. Maybe they can work out a deal? Steve and Dan chat about hard work, the grueling uncertainty of being a business owner, and how the key to all of life might very well be soup.
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Dennis Hurley is a Boston comedian/actor/writer/filmmaker/albino whose journey has taken him all over the place. Dan and Dennis talk about roots, the call to acting, touring, working in NYC, and Dennis' countless projects around Boston and beyond.