At one point in time, some song or band really impacted you and made you search out similar music. Not all of us take the stuff on the radio spoon-fed to us by the big bad corporate stiffs – some venture further to their local music venues and record stores where they found the stuff that truly made them individual and different from their peers. Fast forward 20 years later, and you’re taking a “meh” approach to all the new bands you hear, hoping to find that one special act that will hit you that same way you felt 20 years ago. Is that fair to you, or is it just that truly all new music sucks?
Clif & Eric explore this topic on this week’s podcast joined by long-time friend and high school teacher Hayley Tracy, who sees firsthand every day how kids think new music is the absolute best, while the feels are not in place for us borderline adults. Caution: although we do a lot of band name-dropping in this podcast, we really do wish the best to every musician out there trying to make it. You do you, bro.
This week on the Corecast we crammed into our little studio the most people it’s ever seen before – all the members of local AZ band Something Like December. Clifton first saw this band on their recent CD release show, which was completely sold out – however Clifton & Eric have rubbed shoulders with frontman Austin Jones in the past, as he has been playing music since the tender age of nine. The level of authenticity and honesty in these guys’ music and approach to their band was a great sight to see in the music scene. Their debut EP is already blowing up, and people are discovering their music and drawing on this honesty they bring to the stage and in their songwriting.
We got to talk to the band about how Guitar Hero really can teach you actual guitar; how certain members hated each other for years before finally burying the hatchet; and how music as a business shouldn’t be over-stressed and how fans can feel when things are contrived. Plus, Clif & Eric talk about how they almost met Jim Atkins from Jimmy Eat World, and how a music icon from their past gave one of them a personal call recently. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did making it! Make sure to pick up Something Like December’s EP Convalescent on iTunes or at one of their upcoming shows, and follow them on Facebook here, so you can keep up to date on their journey.
We gushed about this dude in podcast #8, so we knew that we had to have him on one of our future episodes. Hiram is a songwriter for Warner Music Group, producer, engineer, lead guitarist…the list goes on for this very talented and impressive individual. In the few short years he’s moved to AZ, Hiram has had several songs featured in major publications, TV shows, commercials, and internet productions, as well as produced and released dozens of albums for bands across the country. However, his back story is every bit as interesting as what he is doing now, and Clif & Eric had a good time getting to know this humble and thoughtful individual.
Listen as we talk to Hiram about his childhood and how it shaped who he is today; his recent endorsement with Ernie Ball guitars; and how an unfortunate turn of events led to him being in Hearts & Hands and shredding all along the way. You can find Hiram in many different ways, but the best way is to contact him on Facebook and ask him how he can help record your band! Also check out his band page Hearts & Hands, as they will be putting out new music soon as well as other announcements!
Think of your favorite band ever. Like, ever. What made you drawn to them? What kept you a fan after all these years? Do you still dance in your car listening to their songs? Do you still share them with all your friends, even though they call you “old school?” Now let me ask you….what if this band suddenly announced that they were coming back, and better than ever! Would you be completely blown away, or would you be very worried?
Clifton and Eric talk this week on the podcast about what seems to be the growing trend of 10-year anniversary tours, bands on “indefinite hiatus” coming back from the ashes, and bands that never seemed to leave still making it happen. What made some bands now what people call “nostalgia acts,” while other bands come and go so frequently they just tug at your heart strings? And why do some bands only seem to be in it for the money? Our hosts will talk about this phenomenon in our “hostful episode” this week.
In this episode of the corecast, Eric and Clif get to talk to two of the talented members of the 5-piece I Remember Burning. I Remember Burning is a AZ-based post hardcore act of all five members meeting through past bands and experiences, and eventually coming together to give meaning to the name “hardcore” in this scene. Although their music is firey (no pun intended), passionate, and very catchy, you don’t know this band until you get to meet them. We spoke with Rio (vocals) and Christian (drums), who were a joy to get to know and learn more about their back stories.
Listen as we talk about what ignited their flame for music (seriously, last fire pun), how making friends in your local scene will help everyone to succeed, and listen as Rio gives Clif a little lesson in screaming! We were very impressed by these two and wish them all the best in their years to come as a band. If you haven’t already checked them out, visit their Facebook page and also check out their merch. Also make sure to be on the lookout for their upcoming album Loved Ones.
Sometimes you’re just the kid at the party playing guitar in the corner, wishing that someone would notice you and your budding talent. Other times the guitar gets brought to you and you receive requests before you can even tune the instrument. The latter would be the truth for Rick Hale, singer/songwriter and AZ native who has put out 2 CD’s, successful music videos, and even got on a little hit show we like to call American Idol.
Rick talks about how he was just a young lad when he saw people jumping over the barriers at a Weezer concert; how being called out in junior high became a blessing and helped to hone his voice; and gave insight into his songwriting and where his songs and lyrics come from. Rick is a great personality if you meet him in person, so hopefully some of that energy and integrity comes through in this podcast. Check out his website Rick Hale Music to listen to his current CD (which you can also pick up on iTunes), watch his music videos including Descending, and get a feel for this amazing talent from our very own AZ.
This week’s Corecast is about a special man in the Arizona music industry – Steve Chilton of Psyko Steve Presents. Steve has seen it all, from concert promotion to tour managing to venue ownership, and has a lot of good advice to give on our current music scene. We talk to Steve about how he basically fell into concert promotion and had to learn the ropes after selling out his shows, how venue ownership isn’t always about location, and how bands can really get themselves noticed by just covering the basics. We recorded this podcast at his venue The Rebel Lounge, so you will hear some noises in the background of machines and phones – just take it as the full podcast immersion experience!
You can, and should follow Steve on Twitter; tweet at him to let him know how the podcast went! Also follow his websites www.psykosteve.com and www.therebellounge.com for all of his upcoming concert dates, and to get tickets to upcoming shows. See you there!
Eric went and met a new person on this podcast – Derek Hackman of The Breaking Pattern! Derek was a really nice guy who was really fun interviewing – Derek told us his stories of moving a lot as a child and finding guitar to pass the time; how college nearly drove him insane but resulted in forming his band Ezer; and how you may think you’ve had a “hell gig”, but his takes the cake. Derek’s band is alive and thriving, and you should follow them on their social media to get updates on their upcoming concerts. Follow them on Facebook here, and follow them on Instagram (as Derek directs) here.
Also, we’d like to give a big shout out to anyone who’s shared this podcast, downloaded it, subscribed to it, or continued to listen here on the website. We appreciate your follow, and hope to give you good media in the future! If you’re a band, artist, or anyone in the music scene and have a story to tell, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here at the Corecast we never wanted to only talk to musicians or songwriters; there are a LOT of people that make our favorite bands sound the way they do, and Clif and Eric have been in the studio with a number of sound engineers here in the Valley. Today we talk to Justin Tyler, recording engineer/producer of AZ local acts, as well as national touring acts (Lindsey Stirling, anyone?).
Justin goes in depth about how he never intended to be the center of attention (but likes to be just beside it), how old video game soundtracks helped him learn self-taught music theory, and how Tidal is not going to revolutionize the streaming industry (and who may have it right). Justin is a humble man, but a beast of an engineer, and it was fun hearing his back story.
It’s #3 of the corecast! We’ve made it this far; why not keep going?
This week we talk to the multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bass player of Murrieta, Randy Day. Randy talks about his secret homeschooled childhood; how he turned to music as a way to fit in, which eventually lead to a passion burning in him; and how he turns to writing full-length albums when he has some spare time. Randy is a good friend and was a great host to this week’s podcast, and we couldn’t be happier to share his story. You can catch his current band Murrieta (that’s two R’s, one T) at http://www.facebook.com/murrietamusic