Music

96. The Galaxy’s Most Animated Band – THE SHAKE UPS & their new album MEDDLING KIDS

The Shake UpsThe Shake Ups are an award-winning power-pop band that performs original songs inspired by cartoons! In addition to the band's renown projects based on Steven Universe, Voltron and My Little Pony, they perform themes from animated favorites such as The Powerpuff Girls, She-Ra, Teen Titans, Gravity Falls, and others. They’ve just released their brand new album, Meddling Kids, which draws its inspiration from a variety of series, both current and vintage, with a special dedication to Scooby Doo – celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! In this episode three of the band members, Patrick, Savannah & Luisanna, join us to discuss Meddling Kids & the galaxy’s most animated band!

Learn more about The Shake Ups at http://www.theshakeups.net

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95. THE AFTERS: Interview with Josh Haven about their new album FEAR NO MORE

Josh Haven is the guitarist and lead vocalist of The Afters, an award-winning Christian pop rock band. The Afters have won numerous GMA Dove awards, more than 135 million streams, and their music has been placed on shows like “Dancing with the Stars”, “American Ninja Warrior”, “American Idol” and more. The Afters have just released their sixth album, FEAR NO MORE. In this phone interview Josh joins us to discuss their new album and incredible music.

For more info visit: https://www.theafters.com

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94. Earth, Wind & Fire’s RALPH JOHNSON and Rapper FKM – Feel So Proud

Special 2-guest episode: Ralph Johnson, longstanding member of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, and FKM, upcoming rapper, join us in this interview to discuss their incredible music and the rising success of FKM’s new song Feel So Proud, featured in full later in this episode.

RALPH JOHNSON is an American singer, songwriter, musician and producer. Johnson is a longstanding member of the band Earth, Wind & Fire.  Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Earth, Wind, and Fire were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

FKM grew up without a father, was homeless as a teenager, and was incarcerated for 2 years when his son was 3 and his wife was pregnant with their daughter. FKM turned his life around at this point and has NEVER LOOKED BACK. He's now making his way as a rap artist, trying to make a difference in the lives of young people.

In this two part interview, we speak with both Ralph & FKM about the unique circumstances that brought them together.

For more information about Ralph Johnson, visit https://www.earthwindandfire.com

FKM's song FEEL SO PROUD –a very passionate and positive song about a father's love for his children — can be downloaded on the following digital platforms:

  • Spotify
  • Pandora
  • Google Play
  • Amazon Music
  • iTunes/Apple Music
  • iHeartRADIO
  • Tidal
  • Deezer
  • Kkbox
  • YouTube

OFFICIAL ‘FEEL SO PROUD' VIDEO FKM Ft J.O.K.E.S
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWpdwgIhsAo&feature=youtu.be
Filmed & Edited by: Trapp Montana
Samples Ralph Johnson and Douglas Gibbs’ “Sounds Like A Love Song”
Released April 29th, 2019

Earth, Wind & Fire song clips for ‘You Can't Hide Love' and ‘Belo Horizonte' used with permission.

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93. Interview with MARTHA DAVIS of The Motels – Music, Tour & Science!

Martha Davis is an American rock and new wave singer/songwriter from Berkeley California. She’s the lead singer of the band, THE MOTELS, who achieved Gold record status and generated two Top Ten singles, “Only the Lonely” and “Suddenly Last Summer”. Their most recent album, “Last Few Beautiful Days” has been nominated as Best Album for 2019 by the Independent Music Awards.

In this phone interview we discuss Martha's amazing career, her recent album and new record label Remarkable Records. We also talk about Martha's interest in science (from her meeting with Neil deGrasse Tyson, to her interests in blackholes & timespace!) and her character Fineas T Rabbit, an astrophysicist with his own theme song.

For more information about Martha & The Motels:

FaceBook: @themotels

Instagram: @themotels

Twitter: @themotels

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOmgOkeLdpzgDcS8zdcfc_w?view_as=subscriber

WebSite: www.themotels.com 

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92. Interview with Musician JORDAN GILLIS – including a LIVE performance!

https://youtu.be/W4PQpGhw2lY

 

Jordan Gillis
Jordan Gillis

Jordan Gillis is a multi-talented artist who can both sing and play the guitar. In addition to performing cover gigs, he also writes his own music and provides guitar lessons to children and youth. He is passionate about using his skills and talents to give back to his community and plays the guitar at his church every Sunday. Jordan recently released his newest album “1000 Miles Acoustic” and later in this episode performs his new song from the EP called “Don’t You Ever”.

For more information about the Jordan Gillis Band, visit https://www.jordangillismusic.com/

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83. Interview with Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White – The Most Electrifying Bass Player in the World!

https://youtu.be/S-Wx2yLGLlk

 

Verdine White is a founding member and bassist for the legendary band, Earth, Wind & Fire, earning more than 50 Gold & Platinum albums and selling over 90 million albums worldwide. In addition, the band won six Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Verdine has been voted one of the top 100 greatest bass players of all time and has collaborated as a musician, composer and producer with several artists including Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, and Kelly Clarkson.

In this phone interview, Verdine describes the passion that got him started (and keeps him going) for his phenomenal work as a musician, and how he gives back to the community. We also discuss Earth, Wind & Fire's upcoming 2019 performances.

Cover photo by Daniel Gray

Video clips of Verdine's bass solo courtesy Cal Vid https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNs3h98aSb69ETXL3b4E8tQ

For more information:

https://www.verdinewhite.com

https://www.earthwindandfire.com

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79. BEACH PARTY with The Surf Dawgs – interview with Bernie “Bombers” Bomberg

https://youtu.be/fkEGuCqsV-Y
Bernie Bomberg - The Surf Dawgs
Bernie Bomberg

Bernie “Bombers” Bomberg Plays rhythm guitar & keyboards for The Surf Dawgs, a rock instrumental band. Despite the word “Surf” in the band’s name, they’re from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band has been performing in the upper Mid-West area since 2001 and recently released their 8th album, Beach Party. Bernie, who was inducted into the Mid America Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 with a Lifetime Achievement Award, joins us today to talk about the band’s incredible music journey.

For more information, visit thesurfdawgs.com

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77. ALAN PARSONS – Musician, Songwriter, Audio Engineer & Record Producer

https://youtu.be/mG9sd_3fcAs
Alan Parsons
Alan Parsons

Alan Parsons is an English audio engineer, songwriter, musician and record producer best known for his work on The Alan Parsons Project. He began his career at the age of 19, where he worked at Abbey Road, assisting in the production of the last two Beatles albums. In 1974 he received his first (of more than a dozen) Grammy nominations for his work on Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon. Through his work on The Alan Parsons Project, which was formed in 1975, Alan has had several top 40 hits including Eye in the Sky, Games People Play and Don’t Answer Me.

Alan joins us today to talk about his incredible career, including his recent Grammy nomination, his new album “The Secret” releasing April 26, 2019 (his first album in 15 years), as well as his upcoming tour. We also discuss his experience watching the Great American Total Solar Eclipse in 2017 and his upcoming free concert on July 13, 2019, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11.

For more information, visit alanparsons.com

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71. Ultima Thule Part 2 – BRIAN MAY, Queen Lead Guitarist & Astrophysicist

https://youtu.be/-ZPC_OeWoSg
Brian May, PhD

Brian May is a founding member of Queen, a world-renowned guitarist, songwriter, producer and performer, also a Doctor of Astrophysics, 3-D stereoscopic photographic authority and a passionate advocate and campaigner for animal rights.

It's been an exciting year for Brian and 2019 is going to get a great start. Brian is the executive music producer for the new Bohemian Rhapsody movie, which has been nominated for the Golden Globes. He also released his book MISSION MOON 3D, offering the first 3D images of the Apollo missions to the Moon. He's also getting ready to release his first new single as a solo artist in over two decades, titled “New Horizons,” inspired in part by Dr. Alan Stern, the principal investigator for the New Horizons spacecraft mission.

In our latest episode Brian discusses his passions in music, space & photography, and announces how he plans to kick off 2019 by giving “New Horizons” a world premiere directly from NASA Control center in Maryland at 12:02 a.m. EST on January 1st, 2019, as the spacecraft zooms past the Kuiper Belt's Ultima Thule, which is located a billion miles beyond Pluto.

For more information, visit BrianMay.com

60. Mr. Speed – The World’s Best KISS Tribute Band

Mr. Speed was voted “the Best KISS Tribute Band in the World” in the 2012 KISS OFF competition by guitarist Tommy Thayer himself. Rich Kosak, “The Starchild” member for Mr. Speed, joins us to discuss how the rock band KISS inspired them and how they've risen to an amazing success of their own since their start 24 years ago. Rich, along with band members Joe, Jim and Quinton,  are currently on a North American tour.

For more information, visit http://www.mrspeedonline.com

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