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Everything Rad Podcast #6 – Josh Bandy of Elevator Union / Little Climbers

I’ve known Josh Bandy for nearly a decade. And I’ve been fortunate enough to play some really great music with him. And I can say that and feel no guilt because Josh himself has always been the songwriter and I’ve just thrown noise over it and called it a day.

When I first got a job in Orange County, my wife and I decided we wanted to live in Tustin. I love small towns, and the particular section of Tustin we live in (Old Town) has tons of cool stuff in walking distance. It’s extremely important to me that we can walk a couple of blocks and grab a beer.

I knew Josh lived in the area and having not seen or played in a band with him in about 5 years, i figured I would hit him up and see exactly where he lived in Orange County. Turns out he lived a few blocks away. This was about 3 years ago and the beginning of the latest project we worked on – Little Climbers.

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Now, I know it’s been some time since I’ve uploaded a podcast, but Josh was the perfect person to get back in the groove of doing this. I had an interesting summer. I lost a job. I gained a new job and spent about 3 months getting in the groove of that schedule. It’s been tough but I’m happy with where I’m at.

In this episode, Josh and I do some pretty heavy catching up – discussing about his move to become a high school teacher, chatting about the recording process for Little Climbers, and what it’s like to be an adult balancing a ton of things at one time.

To get a feel for how Josh and I have collaborated in recent years, here’s the music video we shot for Little Climber’s single “Heavy & Light.”

Everything Rad Podcast #5 – Michael Estrada of Be Still Kid

Michael Estrada (Be Still Kid, The Vice Versa) sits down to discuss growing up in Horsetown, USA, President Bush, and his new project Be Still Kid. We also discuss Thursday in length, his afro, and having a hard time not remembering his childhood. Take a listen.

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I’ve known Michael since I was 13 years old and desperately wanted to start a band with like-minded people. At a time when all of our friends were trying to get drunk every weekend, we wanted to write music and do something that felt important to us. Looking back, even with the lack of formal success the band had, it’s still a win in my mind.

Michael is doing a new project, Be Still Kid, and we discuss this project and what it means to him at this current stage of his life. We end up talking about one track that is essentially his suicide note. Heavy stuff. But super important stuff that needs to be said and discussed.

And then, in typical Michael-and-Ricky-hanging-out fashion, we go on a tangent about Thursday. Thursday was one of the reasons Michael and I saw eye to eye on so many musical ideas. They are the reason I wanted to be in a band and that age and still do at this age.

 

Everything Rad Podcast #4 – Zach Miller of Casual Friday

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Everything Rad Podcast Episode #4: Zach Miller of Casual Friday

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Zach Miller, lead singer and guitarist of Casual Friday, Skypes in a call with me to discuss what it was like growing up in Corona, CA. We also talk about the difficulties of trying to be a part of a specific music scene.

I’ve known Zach for quite a few years know and it’s been cool to see him get involved in the underground punk scene that’s developed over the last few years. I’ve seen him get super into bands like Touche Amore, Title Fight, and Balance and Composure and turn these influences into a unique sound for his bands Karoshi Boy and Casual Friday.

We discuss the punk rock taboo word of “networking” as well as our time playing Magic the Gathering and D&D on weekends.

We talk about the pop punk / power pop scene that seems to be taking over Southern California as a whole. To see how Casual Friday functions live, check out the following video of their performance at VHLS in Pomona, CA last Summer.

Check out the episode and let me know what you think of our conversation.

Everything Rad Podcast #3 – Nathan Ray

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For episode #3 of Everything Rad Podcast, I got to Skype in a conversation with one of my favorite musicians – Nathan Ray (Truth be told, I know him as Nate Penland, but I get it!).

We talked about his move to LA a few years back and what’s being happened since then. We discuss his experience performing on the streets of Santa Monica, meeting one of his favorite musicians – Mikey from Incubus, and getting spit on in the face while performing.

Take a listen to Episode #3 with Nathan Ray below:

Nathan Ray and I go back about a decade. We used to perform in a band called WestSideStory, based out of Corona, CA. It was some of the funnest years of my life and I’ll always think back to those years and smile. Smile at how determined we were and how little we knew of the industry.

To see how young and silly we were, you gotta watch this video below.

It was awesome to catch up with Nathan and see what he’s been up to since these wild days.

For more information on what Nathan Ray is up to, you can check him out at www.IAmNathanRay.com or follow him on Instagram @NathanRayMusic.

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