Today’s podcast is with the one, and the only, Thomas California; a HipHop artist residing not only in San Diego, but also all across the U.S. He recently completed a 10-stop tour which he booked and then performed himself. This process was chronicled in his Tour Vlogs which are available for streaming on Youtube. Search Thomas California, The Driven Tour. His latest Album, “Sanguine” is available at ThomasCalifornia.com and his brand new album entitled “A Gift For You” will drop this Thursday, February 16th everywhere music is sold or streamed. Check out Thomas California’s music and enjoy the podcast.
Our guest tonight is Astra Kelly, one of San Diego’s most prolific singer-songwriters. Astra Kelly has seemingly been involved in every facet of the music industry. She has been studio manager at four different studios across the country, and is getting ready to release a brand new studio album. She teaches people skills for songwriting and singing correctly. She recently returned from a tour up and down the west coast and is constantly updating her list of upcoming gigs. In fact, you can see her perform next Wednesday, February 15th at the Tipsy Crow in Downtown San Diego. Enjoy our conversation with Miss Astra Kelly.
Today’s podcast is with Bryan Prusiensky, guitarist of the surf-rock / reggae fusion group, Tape Heads, who you can find playing all around San Diego. In fact, they are playing this very Saturday, February 4th (2017) at Blonde Bar in Mission Hills! Go there! Bryan also works doing live sound all around San Diego and has even shown up behind the soundboard at one of our Headphone shows by sheer tyranny of happenstance. In this podcast, we talk with Bryan Prusiensky about traveling to land locked cities and bringing So Cal’s beach vibes inland. We get a sound man’s opinion on the best local groups in SD, and some advice to players performing in a live setting. We discuss his home drum recording set up and how to get a good sound even in a smaller space. We talk about gravity, mass, the law of attraction and how the universe is vast and indifferent.
If you are a musician in the San Diego area, there is a very good chance you have interacted with today’s guest. The following is a conversation we had with Mr. Chris Holloway. Chris is a man with many hats, a man who has countless jobs from the moment he wakes up until he lays his head on the pillow at night, and every one of these jobs is in the music industry. He does not sleep, but rather works scheduling tours at a national talent agency, engineering in several studios, overseeing rehearsal suites, and doing live sound all around the city. He has great advice for bands performing at live venues. He will slap your face and then read a book. Please enjoy this very lively podcast with Chris Holloway.
Today’s episode is with the one and only Mike Pinto, who has had extreme success with his self-composed music and shows no sign of slowing down. We joined him in his serene home on the outskirts of Eugene Oregon where he lives with his lady and his rather affectionate pit bull. Mike told us about getting a business degree and immediately pursuing a music career, and how he is examining the musical landscape in order to calculate his next chess moves. He has almost realized his goal of playing in all 50 states, and boasts some impressive stats on Spotify. Make sure to look up Mike Pinto as soon as possible. He made it clear that the most important thing an artist can do is enjoy the process of growth and seek happiness along the way, instead of always looking up to the next level. To all of us in Headphone, this was one of the most meaningful conversations we’ve had. It felt like we were getting advice from a true guru in the industry. Enjoy our conversation with Mike Pinto.
This week, we spoke with Gabby Lala in her Oakland home whilst on the road in San Francisco. This was recorded just before we shared the stage with her band, Snow Angel. We talk about her experiences recording and performing with Les Claypool, the work involved with creating new artist branding from scratch, and the formation of Snow Angel, her all-female psych-pop band. We discussed Gabby’s writing process, the development of her pristine audiovisual material, and the idea that being a musician is very hard work, but if done right, should come off as effortless. She has a unique position and view on the music industry, so please enjoy our conversation with Gabby Lala.