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#42 Roe O'Brien

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Guests: Roe O'Brien

Episode Overview

Roe O'Brien, working under the project Roe Knows Best, is a New Jersey-based singer-songwriter. As a child, she immersed herself in music lessons and choir performances worldwide. Inspired by Good Charlotte and Green Day, she taught herself guitar at 14. In May 2020, she released the Muscle Memory EP, praised for its emotionally intelligent pop-punk. Her follow-up, the Northbound EP (July 2022), recorded by Ace Enders, was acclaimed for its heartfelt, catchy tunes. Her latest single, “Capture the Flag,” is a powerful anthem about reclaiming lost youth. Currently residing in Northern New Jersey, she is crafting new music that promises to captivate her audience.

In this episode, Rich has a conversation with Roe O'Brien about her music career, the process of creating her new song "Capture the Flag," and the importance of having an EPK. They discuss Roe's experiences recording with Ace Enders, the challenges of being a DIY artist, and the influence of her early musical inspirations. Roe also shares insights into her songwriting process and the significance of maintaining a sense of play and creativity.

Key Topics

  • Introduction and Greetings
  • Discussing Row O'Brien's New Song and Release Strategies
  • Creating and Using Electronic Press Kits
  • Row's Experience at The Orchard and The Journey of "Capture the Flag"
  • The Songwriting and Recording Process with Ace Enders
  • Inspiration Behind "Capture the Flag" and Songwriting Retreat
  • Influence of Childhood Creativity and Early Music Experiences
  • Balancing Introversion and Extroversion in Creative Work
  • Managing Expectations and Mental Health as an Artist
  • Final Thoughts, Reflections, and Importance of Community Support

#41 Jeffrey Lewis

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Episode Overview

In this episode of The Rich Soni Podcast, Rich Soni interviews Jeffrey Lewis, a comic book artist and songwriter based in New York City. Jeffrey discusses his dual career, his influences, and his DIY ethic. They delve into his comic book series "Statix," his low-budget videos, and his experiences with booking tours and manaping his music career. Jeffrey also shares insights into his creative process and the balance between art and commerce.

Jeffrey Lewis describes himself as a comic book artist who has a day job as a songwriter. Over the years, this persona has fused into a cohesive artistic identity, reflected across his multifaceted work. In his latest comic book release, Statix Vol. 1, distributed by the prestigious Fantagraphics Books, a segment titled "Why Would I Be So Stressed Out" showcases his eclectic influences and aspirations. He aims to:

  • "Make comics as good as Alan Moore and Eightball by Daniel Clowes"
  • "Write songs as good as Daniel Johnston"
  • "Draw as well as Robert Crumb"
  • "Rock as hard as The Velvet Underground"
  • "Play gigs as mind-blowing as Yo La Tengo"

All of this is approached with a DIY ethic inspired by bands like The Fall, The Minutemen, and Crass. His work is meticulous and prolific, transcending the boundaries of multiple artistic disciplines.

One of the most unique representations of this fusion is found in his 'Low-Budget' videos, of which there are at least 50. These videos are illustrated books presented in the form of songs sung by Lewis, featured on historychannel.com and mainstays in his live performances.

In this episode, Jeffrey discusses his dual career, the creation of his comic book series Statix, and the inspiration behind his low-budget music videos. He shares insights into his DIY ethic, the challenges of balancing art and commerce, and his continuous pursuit of creative excellence. Reflecting on his influences, he emphasizes the profound impact of comic artist Joe Matt and musician Donovan on his work.

Key Topics

  • Jeffrey Lewis's self-description as a comic book artist and songwriter
  • Overview of Jeffrey's comic book series "Statix"
  • Influences on Jeffrey's work: Alan Moore, Daniel Clowes, Daniel Johnston, Robert Crumb, Velvet Underground, Yo La Tengo, The Fall, The Minutemen, Crass
  • Jeffrey's DIY ethic and managing his own career
  • Collaborations with Mallory Feuer on booking tours
  • The balance between art and commerce in Jeffrey's career
  • Jeffrey's longevity in the music industry and his views on success
  • Creative process and songwriting techniques
  • Importance of live performances and setlist curation
  • Comparison of Jeffrey's approach to bands like Yo La Tengo and Grateful Dead
  • Experience with "Low-Budget" videos and their impact
  • Jeffrey's thoughts on cover bands and tribute nights
  • Discussion of the Alan Ginsberg "First Blues" record and its influence

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#40 Mike Piacentini

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Episode Overview

Mike Piacentini is a staff mastering engineer at Battery Studios, Sony Music’s premier in-house mastering facility. Mike has mastered records for a wide variety of frontline and reissue projects with artists including Bob Dylan, Depeche Mode, Rage Against the Machine, and many others. Most recently, Mike has mastered projects such as the Grammy award-winning soundtrack - Miles Ahead - a Miles Davis biopic.

Mike is also a founding member of the band Northvale.

In this episode, Mike Piacentini joins Rich to discuss a variety of topics related to music production and the evolving landscape of the music industry. They delve into mastering techniques, including mixing immersive audio, and compare Mike’s home setup to his professional studio setup. Mike shares valuable mastering tips for laymen and provides insight into the differences between being in a band today versus previous decades, covering aspects such as recording, releasing, promoting, and touring music.

Key Topics

  • Mastering Techniques and Tips
  • Mixing Immersive Audio
  • Home Studio vs. Professional Studio Setup
  • Evolution of Band Dynamics and Industry Practices
  • Recording, Releasing, and Promoting Music Today
  • Touring in the Modern Music Landscape

Related Links

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#39 Rob Janos

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Guests: Rob Janos

Episode Overview

In this episode, topics discussed include the importance of music communities, hosting open mic nights, and the challenges and rewards involved. The conversation covers experiences with various bands, advice on active listening, collaboration, and maintaining professionalism in the music industry. Upcoming projects and personal reflections on creating authentic music are also highlighted.

Rob Janos Related Links

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#38 Christian Diana

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Episode Overview

Christian Diana is a indie/folk artist from New Jersey. He currently releases music under the name Mourning Coffee, but also has previously been the frontman/songwriter/guitarist of the indie folk band Foxfires and the pop punk band Passing Planets.

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#37 Ray Salerno

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Guests: Ray Salerno

Episode Overview

Ray Andrew Salerno is a transgender singer-songwriter in the Northeast New Jersey/New York area. He uses the stage name Jamie Fett and uses his music to talk about his experiences with his mental health, grief, and gender identity. His first album, "Headed For Somewhere" will be coming out later this year. He can be found playing his music at open mic nights and at shows for small local artists throughout the North Jersey area. In the fall, he will start a graduate program to begin pursuing a master's degree in Music Therapy.

Ray is also an Edgar Allan Poe super-fan, and the author of The Fall of the House of Edgar: A Tale of Poe, Wine, and Murder, a historical fiction novel which explores the premise of one Poe’s darkest works being based on a true story.

Timestamps

  • 00:00 - Introduction
  • 05:13 - Early Songwriting Experiences
  • 11:46 - Overcoming Self-Doubt
  • 17:56 - "Latuda" Origin Story
  • 26:55 - EP Recording Process
  • 32:46 - Ukuleles and Music Gear
  • 34:40 - Reflections on Creative Writing
  • 39:28 - Personal Identity Through Creativity
  • 44:27 - Upcoming Shows Announcement
  • 47:34 - Conclusion and Thank You
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    #36 Joshua Hatcher

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    Joshua Hatcher is a songwriter, keyboardist, and performing artist. He is also a professional software engineer that currently works at Spotify.


    On this episode, we explore Joshua’s musical journey, and his catalog of work. He talks about his early childhood roots and inspirations, and walks us through the various musical phases of his career from then through the present day.

    We discuss his album “Sweaty Poetry (2017)”, and his current “bedroom singles” approach in detail.

    Throughout the conversation, Joshua and Rich interplay ideas around inspiration, and the pros and cons of releasing an album in the traditional format as opposed to a string of singles.


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    #35 Harrison Bieth and Ziggy Grover

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    In this episode, Rich has a conversation with Harrison Bieth and Ziggy Grover. In addition to a few odds & ends, they mostly discuss the 2023 compilation Songs To Add Light To Dark" which was compiled by Harrison. Proceeds from this compilation are being donated to The Trevor Project. Rich & Ziggy both contributed songs to this compilation.

    Ziggy Grover is a singer-songwriter from Allendale, New Jersey. Beginning his career performing at local coffee houses, Ziggy spent time wandering around music and art spaces, combining eclectic influences with narratives containing reflections, hopes, and fears.

    Since making his way through the New Jersey Open Mic stages, Ziggy has been releasing music that takes from all walks of life and performing solo or with bands Dizaster Horse and the Midnight Fox Project. He also spent time documenting and making movies out of the local music scene.

    Harrison Bieth is a local New Jersey musician who has been active in the music scene since 2013. He as played in a variety of different projects over the years and recorded with a lot of talented NJ artists. He currently plays guitar and sax in Andrew & the Valentines, as well as creating solo material. His current release, entitled Through the Lens of the Mind, is available to stream on all music streaming platforms. His musical style borders on folk rock, with elements of shoegaze, progressive rock, and experimental. In addition, he created a compilation under the name The Creative Collective, entitled Songs To Add Light To Dark".

    Links:


    Support The Rich Soni Podcast

    This podcast is brought to you by Cerasonic LLC, a company founded by myself with the mission to build a content platform to converge ideas in music, technology and more.

    To support this podcast, go to shop.cerasonic.com, and purchase some merchandise. It goes a long way to support the production costs of this show since its available for free, but costs money to make.

    If you don't want merch?

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    #34 Eros Marcello

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    Episode Overview

    Eros Marcello is a Forbes-featured Techo-Dexterous Design Engineer specializing in human-interfacing, user-augmentative Artificial Intelligence - particularly conversational interfaces, LLMs and multimodal AI.
    His body of work in AI/ML includes positions @ Apple, Facebook (Meta), Samsung, Salesforce and more.
    Additionally, Eros is the founder black dream ai - and while still in stealth - is researching + developing AI-native neurotechnolgy. The firm recently announced their open-source initiatives: Ouija - “God View for your brain” and Converge - The worlds first human-machine created programming language for Neuromorphic Engineering.
    Eros Marcello is based @ NASA Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley, California, with a satellite office @ NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

    Support The Rich Soni Podcast

    This podcast is brought to you by Cerasonic LLC, a company founded by myself with the mission to build a content platform to converge ideas in music, technology and more.

    To support this podcast, go to shop.cerasonic.com, and purchase some merchandise. It goes a long way to support the production costs of this show since its available for free, but costs money to make.

    If you don't want merch?

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    #33 Erin Cadigan and Liz Jezorski

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    The Grateful Dead Tarot (@gratefuldeadtarot) is a powerful tarot deck and book set marrying the esoteric knowledge and symbolism of the original tarot cards with the archetypes and mythologies of Grateful Dead. Each card is an original illustration by artist, Erin Cadigan, printed in full color plus gold metallic ink. The guidebook is a loving written tome full of wisdom and esoteric secrets from author and astrologer, Elizabeth Jezorski. Both women are life long Dead Heads and tarot aficionados.

    Learn more at: https://www.gratefuldeadtarot.com/shop/p/first-edition-grateful-dead-tarot


    Elizabeth Jezorski (@wildembodiment) is the mastermind behind Grateful Dead Tarot and the author of the guidebook. She dances through life sharing wisdom she pulls from the ancient arts of astrology, ceremony, and energy work.

    As both a free soul inhabiting human form and a professional, Liz draws upon modalities of cosmos, movement, psychology and meditation to midwife the soul into wholeness and authenticity. She has a M.A. in Dance Movement Therapy and a B.A. in Transpersonal Psychology. She has spent much of her adulthood balancing between motherhood and a free wheeling existence on the road with various festivals and live music events. Being able to converge all aspects of herself into this magic moment is a dream come true.

    More on Liz can be found at www.wildembodiment.com


    Erin Cadigan (@threeerincadigan) is the illustrator and product designer of Grateful Dead Tarot. She is a life long deadhead, occultist and creative soul constantly redefining her path through this lifetime.

    After graduating university with a BFA she packed her art supplies into her van and hit the American highways, selling her art and following bands. She’s gone from selling art out of the back of her van to designing for some of the world’s largest fashion corporations to building a boutique hotel. She has engaged in projects in the fields of illustration & fine art, fashion & textile design, and academia & entrepreneurship. She is professionally and creatively diverse but it’s going to be awhile before she tops this one.

    More on Erin can be found at www.erincadigan.com


    The Rich Soni Podcast is presented by Cerasonic, LLC. Whose mission is to: lay the bedrock for a creator revolution.

    Forming bonds and fostering creative projects like this is the business of Cerasonic.

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    #32 - Eddie Kamenitzer

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    Episode Overview

    Eddie Kamenitzer is singer, songwriter, guitarist, and live audio engineer from Boonton NJ. He has been called “A cornucopia of Appalachia, Americana, and Alt-Folk”. Stuck at Home (May 2023) is his solo debut album. In addition to his work as a performer, Eddie is also a passionate member of his local music community. He is the sound engineer for Boonton Coffee Presents, an intimate live music experience.

    Follow and find more about Eddie here: https://linktr.ee/eddiekamenitzer

    The Rich Soni Podcast is presented by Cerasonic, LLC. A single member company founded and operated by the host of this podcast. To support this podcast by purchasing merch at https://shop.cerasonic.com/

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    #31 - Lupe Dragon

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    Guests: Lupe Dragon

    Episode Overview

    Lupe Dragon is an alternative singer/songwriter from Northern New Jersey. She has performed in various parts of New Jersey. With the writing style of Ed Sheeran, the swagger of Billie Eilish and a voice similar to the likes of Hayley Williams (Paramore) and Alanis Morisette, she is a female powerhouse. In 2018 she recorded her EP "Can't Even Stand It" and released it in February of the following year (2019). She later went on to release a remix of her hit song "Not The Same (Out of Spite)" with fellow rap artist Aarvee, in 2020 released her single "Happiness", "Butterflies" and in 2021 her acoustic EP "Bedroom Files Vol. 1". "She gets more people riled up than half the rappers on stage"--Ryan Sullivan (BopCast 2021- Speaking on Lupe performing at Madminds Events at Boontunes).

    More recently she has released a slew of singles: Distance (2021), I Know What You Did (2022), Your Charming Head (2022), Unsaid (2023), Attached (2023).

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    #30 - Jim Blass

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    Guests: Jim Blass

    Episode Overview

    Jim Blass is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and DIY record producer. On this episode we discuss the debut album of his band Meadow Wood Lane track by track.

    Follow Meadow Wood Lane on Instagram @meadowwoodlane.

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    #29 - Mike Elfenbein

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    Episode Overview

    Mike Elfenbein is a music producer, musician, songwriter, and designer at Splice, the digital ecosystem for music creation. His design work has reached all ends of the music creation process, and includes Native Instruments and Izotope.

    He has released a variety of music projects including My Ivory, Door Number Two, and Since June.

    Follow him on Instagram @myivorymike

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    #28 - Harrison Bieth

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    Episode Overview

    Harrison Bieth is a singer/songwriter from Northern New Jersey. He has been playing music since he was a teenager, and has contributed to a multitude of projects over the years.

    On this episode Harrison shares the stories behind his newest songs "The Sad Breakfast", and those from "Roast Beef: Dark Roast".

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    #27 - Gavin Guidry and Desmond Dickerson

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    Episode Overview

    Gavin Guidry and Desmond Dickerson are the co-creators of the Tools For Time Traveling Podcast. Gavin Guidry is a creative director of content and advertising. Desmond Dickerson is a futurist and a marketing director.

    Selected Links

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    #26 - Evan Miklosey & Andrew T. Miles

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    Episode Overview

    In this episode, Andrew T. Miles, a master pianist and composer, returns with his friend and fellow musician, Evan Miklosey. Together, they have formed the collaboration known as EMATM (Evan Miklosey / Andrew T. Miles), building on the foundation of their individual experiences, as discussed in Rich Soni Podcast #21 and Rich Soni Podcast #24 - Andrew T. Miles.

    The conversation in this episode explores the origins of their partnership and examines Evan's music, which draws inspiration from technical prog rock and the works of Michael Hedges and Don Ross.

    Evan shares his experiences in mastering his technique and the nuances of performing as a solo artist in small, intimate venues. He emphasizes the importance of selecting attentive environments over loud coffee shops or bars for his performances.The episode also touches upon the impact of their collaboration on Andrew's and Evan's respective musical journeys.

    Other Episodes Featuring Andrew T. Miles

    1. Rich Soni Podcast #24 - Andrew T. Miles
    2. Rich Soni Podcast #21 - Andrew T. Miles

    Selected Links

    1. youtube/@atmiles88 - Andrew's Youtube channel, where he regularly posts
    2. instagram/mikloseye - Evan Miklosey's Instagram
    3. EMATM on Youtube

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    #25 - Mallory Feuer

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    Episode Overview

    Mallory Feuer is a talented hypercreative who is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, artist, and software developer.

    On this episode we discuss her musical origins, her tenure as a member of the now defunct Sidewalk Cafe Open Mic scene, her development as a songwriter, and founding The Grasping Straws.

    We discuss The Grasping Straws' music at length, and this episode will present their music in between the discussion.One topic we dive deep into the recording process, and the songwriting process.  We discuss the growth of the group, and why their upcoming album "Patterns" is the culmination of that growth.

    Mallory also is a member of Jeffrey Lewis and The Voltage, and has been on tour, and recorded with them recently.  We discuss how being in this group has influenced her work with The Grasping Straws, and we discuss her experience in that group in general.

    We also spend a decent amount of time talking about touring, and the intricacies of what is involved to pull one off successfully.  We hope you enjoy listening to this discussion as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you.

    Selected Links

    1. https://www.thegraspingstraws.com/
    2. The Grasping Straws on Youtube
    3. The Grasping Straws on Spotify
    4. Jeffrey Lewis on Spotify
    5. https://thejeffreylewissite.com/
    6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SideWalk_Cafe

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    #24 - Andrew T. Miles

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    Episode Overview

    Andrew T. Miles is a master pianist, prolific composer and veteran performer within the New Jersey open mic scene.  As an artist, Andrew encodes himself within his compositions.  As he says himself, "to know my music is to know me."

    On this episode, Andrew relates the meaning of a selection of his compositions through conversation and performance.  Like much of his music, the selections in this episode have a philosophical bent, which focus on Andrew's firm commitment to authenticity and individuality.

    Selected Links

    1. Rich Soni Podcast #21 - Andrew T. Miles - last episode with Andrew
    2. youtube/@atmiles88 - Andrew's Youtube channel, where he regularly posts
    3. Shatter The Glass by Andrew T. Miles
    4. Departure by Andrew T. Miles
    5. Keys To My Inner Sanctum by Andrew T. Miles
    6. 3:02 by Andrew T. Miles

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    #23 - Harrison Bieth

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    Episode Overview

    This episode features excerpts of a conversation between Rich Soni and Harrison Bieth.

    In this conversation, Harrison shares the background of his newly released EP: Roast Beef: Light Roast.

    Harrison Bieth is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from northern New Jersey, USA.

    This is the fourth episode of The Rich Soni Podcast featuring Harrison.

    Others include:

    1. Episode 20 - which covers parts of his 2020 album Splash of the Oceanic Sky, as well as the concept of 'unlocking' artists with a higher appreciation curve, as well as much more
    2. Episode 17 - which covers other parts of Splash of the Oceanic Sky, and much more
    3. Episode 11 - where we explore some of Harrison's earlier work, and contributions to other projects

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    #22 - Carlos Granados (Neutral Spanish)

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    Episode Overview

    This episode features an interview with Software Engineer & Songwriter Carlos Granados.  Carlos recently released a new song titled "Therapy", under his pseudonym, "Neutral Spanish".  In this episode, Rich and Carlos discuss the background of the song, the composition, the Carlos' journey to Germany to record it, and he performs the song live.  Carlos also gives us a preview of another Untitled song that he is currently working on.

    Carlos was also interviewed on Episode 5 of this podcast: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3NaBKyEjZ8GI4S5dN7DNtk?si=adf918f3b8bb451a

    On that episode, Carlos speaks about his app 'Cuely'.

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    #21 - Andrew T. Miles

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    Episode Overview

    Composer/pianist Andrew T. Miles is one whose musical style can be described in a number of ways, such as thought-provoking, introspective, head-scratching, somewhat avant-garde, and even funky at times. Since the age of 13, he has composed 70 of his own tunes, and he has no plans of stopping anytime soon. He has a long history of performing at multiple North Jersey open mic nights, but he’s also played at open mics in upstate New York and northeastern Pennsylvania, and co-headlined two concerts.

    Being an oft-misunderstood soul since early youth, Andrew’s firm commitment to authenticity and individuality shows up in multiple aspects of his life, including his music. To know his music is to know him, and his music tends to have a philosophical bent, especially with titles like “Blinded by Eyesight”, “The Internal Pendulum of Misalignment”, “The Stentorian Silence of the Privileged”, among others.

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    #20 - Harrison Bieth

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    Episode Overview

    Harrison Bieth is a singer songwriter from Northern New Jersey. He has been playing music since he was a teenager and has played in many projects over the years.

    https://open.spotify.com/artist/3bZRcklgTpQmHO7lrEMs22?si=xHyEEy6TSoGKfB0stKrKcA


    Highlights

    • The second half of Harrison's 2021 album "Splash of the Oceanic Sky"
    • The idea of "Unlocking" as a metaphor for the sudden deepening of appreciation for a specific artist or their work  

    Parts

    • Part 1: Episode Introduction
    • Part 2: Talking 'Thrilling Exhaustion'
    • Part 3: Talking Nick Drake's 'Pink Moon'
    • Part 4: The relationship between recording and songwriting
    • Part 5: More "Thrilling Exhaustion" Talk
    • Part 6: Talking Black Country New Road
    • Part 7: Guessing Artist Monthly Listeners
    • Part 8: Talking Bright Eyes
    • Part 9: Talking More Bright Eyes
    • Part 10: Parallels between Bob Dylan and Conor Oberst
    • Part 11: Talking Punk & Machine Gun Kelly
    • Part 12: Talking Travis Barker, Avril Lavigne, The Matrix, Liz Phair
    • Part 13: Parallels between Liz Phair and Bob Dylan
    • Part 14: Talking the Mooney Suzuki
    • Part 15: Talking Garage Rock
    • Part 16: Talking Arctic Monkeys
    • Part 17: 2000's Indie
    • Part 18: idk
    • Part 19: Talking 'Hot Fuss'
    • Part 20: Talking 'Good News for People Who Love Bad News'
    • Part 21: Talking Modest Mouse
    • Part 22: Unlocking Bands
    • Part 23: Unlocking Radiohead
    • Part 24: Talking Rush
    • Part 25: Parallels between Rush and Radiohead
    • Part 26: Unlocking Rush
    • Part 27: American Football's Influence on Acid Cloud
    • Part 28: 'Acid Cloud' Backstory
    • Part 29: Production Effecting Sound
    • Part 30: Tracking 'Acid Cloud'
    • Part 31: Talking 'Billy Breathes'
    • Part 32: Talking 'Floored For the Board'
    • Part 33: The 'Floored For the Board' Keyboard Solo
    • Part 34: Talking Taco Song
    • Part 35: Talking Taco Song Still
    • Part 36: Talking Taco Song Again
    • Part 37: Talking Breakfast Song

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    #19 - Mike Piacentini

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    Episode Overview

    Mike Piacentini is a staff mastering engineer at Battery Studios, Sony Music’s premier in house mastering facility.  Mike has mastered records for a wide variety of frontline and reissue projects with artists including Bob Dylan, Depeche Mode, Rage Against the Machine, and many others.  Most recently Mike has mastered projects such as the Grammy award winning soundtrack - Miles Ahead - A Miles Davis biopic.

    Mike is also a founding member of the band Northvale.

    In this episode, Mike and Rich discuss a variety of topics including mastering (mixing immersive audio, his home setup and studio setup, mastering tips of laymen etc.), and the differences in what it means to be a band today vs. the previous decades (recording, release and promotion, touring, etc.)

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    #18 - Andrew Nieporent

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    Episode Overview

    This episode features excerpts from an interview with Andrew Nieporent. Andrew is a music therapist, musician, and singer/songwriter. Andrew talks about his album "W/ You in Rockland", and the background behind the first few tracks.

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    #17 - Harrison Bieth

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    Episode Overview

    This is the second episode featuring Harrison.  In this conversation, we discuss songwriting, influences, and recording.  We explore the first half of Harrison's 2021 album: "Splash of the Oceanic Sky". Harrison Bieth is a singer songwriter from Northern New Jersey.  He has been playing music since he was a teenager and has played in many projects over the years.  He currently performs with the group Quality Living, playing sax and percussion.  He recently released his new record: Splash Of The Oceanic Sky.

    Timestamps

    1. 00:00:00 - Introduction and Recap of Last Appearance
    2. 00:03:18 - Recording 'Splash of the Oceanic Sky'
    3. 00:08:38 - Album sequencing
    4. 00:15:29 - Talking 'Crazy Glue'
    5. 00:19:57 - Talking 'Crazy Glue' (continued)
    6. 00:28:55 - Talking Duncan Shiek's "On Her Mind"
    7. 00:34:51 - Talking 'Crazy Glue' & 'On Her Mind'
    8. 00:41:59 - Bar-raising in songwriting
    9. 00:42:43 - Rich's songwriting beginnings
    10. 00:44:55 - Harrison's songwriting beginnings
    11. 00:59:24 - Talking Queens of the Stone Age
    12. 01:15:50 - Talking Elliott Smith
    13. 01:22:10 - Talking 'Fatal Knockout'
    14. 01:23:05 - Talking "One Way Ticket To Collapse"
    15. 01:27:42 - Artwork
    16. 01:35:35 - Talking "Sideways"
    17. 01:47:57 - Talking various bands
    18. 02:02:39 - Talking The Beatles
    19. 02:16:02 - Talking "The White Album" by The Beatles
    20. 02:21:22 - Talking "The White Album" (continued)
    21. 02:23:53 - Goodbye

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    #16 - Final Call

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    Episode Overview

    Final Call is a pop punk/alternative rock band based on Long Island, New York. This episode features a conversation with Pat Carroll (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Greg Diem (lead guitar), and Evan Brandow (drums).


    In 2016, Final Call released their debut EP entitled “What Lies Ahead”, which received several positive reviews and has reached fans in places as far as Indonesia and Ireland. The band's follow up effort, "Suburban Summer", was released in October, 2018 with the song "Farewell" being featured on Spotify's "Pop Punk Not Dead" and "New Punk Tracks" playlists. In August 2019, the band released "Roller Coaster Love", a single that was met with critical acclaim. Love It To Death UK claimed "A catchy verse leads to one of the most memorable and creative choruses I've heard in a hell of a long time, and there's even a tasty guitar solo that spices up the oftentimes stagnant genre. With these guys around, pop punk might just not be dead, after all". New single “Jersey Girls” was released in February, 2022 as the lead single for an upcoming debut LP coming this year!

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    #15 - Scott Jung

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    Guests: Scott Jung

    Episode Overview

    Scott Jung is not just a singer-songwriter, but a storyteller, blending the unique styles of the Jersey Shore, Nashville, and Ireland. You can find him on social media (@scottnj1129 on Twitter or Instagram) and his original music can be found on Bandcamp.

    Timestamps

    1. 00:00:00-Introduction
    2. 00:08:49-Wild Rover
    3. 00:12:59-Talking About "I'm On Fire"
    4. 00:18:20-"I'm On Fire"
    5. 00:20:56-Talking About "If I Was A Priest"

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    #14 - Andrew Nieporent

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    Episode Overview

    Andrew is a music therapist, musician, and singer/songwriter.  The conversation on this episode revolves roughly around the second half of Andrew's 2021 release: "The Second Renaissance".


    On a previous episode (Episode 4), Rich & Andrew explored the first half of the album. 

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    #13 - Noah Ruede (Music & Talk)

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    Guests: Noah Ruede

    Episode Overview

    Noah Ruede is a Product Manager at Booking.com. He is also a musician and songwriter, and has released two EP's with his New York band, Talking Dog, before moving to Amsterdam in 2018.

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    #12 - Eros Marcello

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    Eros Marcello designs and architects multimodal HCI, ambient UX/UI and cognitive personification for human-interfacing Artificial Intelligence. He’s been featured in Forbes for his work in AI, particularly @ Samsung, Royal Caribbean, GlaxoSmithKline, Cigna, University of Phoenix and many more. He’s also a former SpaceX Hyperloop Competition contestant.

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    #11 - Harrison Bieth

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    Harrison Bieth is a singer songwriter from Northern New Jersey.  He has been playing music since he was a teenager and has played in many projects over the years.  He currently performs with the group Quality Living, playing sax and percussion.  He recently released his new record: Splash Of The Oceanic Sky.

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    #10 - Darryl Campbell

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    Episode Overview

    In this episode Rich has a conversation with Darryl about music and more.  Darryl is a young man living in Blacksburg, VA, Darryl's striving to find his place in the world. A lover of the mountains, with a passion for skating, movies, nature, and photography, he'll find a way to mix them all together. Weirdly able to talk to anyone who's got a thought in their head, and maybe with some graffiti walls too. Ask him anything and a cascade of thoughts will roll out. Coming soon: Darryl's Youtube Channel (whatever he decides to call it).

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    #9 - Adam Zucker (Music & Talk)

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    Guests: Adam Zucker

    Episode Overview

    This episode features a conversation between Rich Soni and Adam Zucker.  They mostly discuss rock music from the 90s. Adam Zucker is a Software Developer, Musician and Music Enthusiast.

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    #8 - Jim Boy Star (Music & Talk)

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    Guests: Jim Boy Star

    Episode Overview

    In this episode Rich has a conversation with Jim Boy Star.  Jim Boy Star is a podcast personality and creator.  His most notable projects are 'Now Thats What I Call A Podcasting' and 'Bill Learns Kingdom Hearts'

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    #7 - Chris Brause (Music & Talk)

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    Guests: Chris Brause

    Episode Overview

    Chris Brause is a product designer, musician, and nature-nerd currently working on the Tech Incubation team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. After a few years working at music venues and record labels he shifted into the world of UX, designing with companies like IBM, AWS, and Mercedes Benz.

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    #6 - Darryl Campbell (Music & Talk)

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    Episode Overview

    Rich has a conversation with Darryl Campbell.  Darryl has a background in psychology and management consulting.  Darryl & Rich were childhood friends, and shared an affinity for Skateboarding, video games, and music.  All of which are discussed in this episode as they share music with each other.

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    #5 - Carlos Granados

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    Episode Overview

    This episode features a conversation between Rich Soni and Carlos Granados.  They discuss a variety of topics including Carlos' experience when moving from Peru to America as a child, whiskey appreciation, and music.  They also reminisce some shared experiences while working at WeWork.

    Carlos Granados is an entrepreneur and technologist.  He is currently a tech lead and software engineer at WeWork.  He is also the co-founder of Cuely, a platform that empowers businesses and customers alike to act safely and efficiently by eliminating physical lines. 

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    #4 - Andrew Nieporent (Music + Talk)

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    Episode Overview

    Andrew is a music therapist, musician, and singer/songwriter.  He hosts the open mic night at the Ridgewood Coffee Company in Ridgewood NJ, and is, as I say: "The Dave Van Ronk of the Northern NJ open mic scene.

    Andrew is in the process of releasing tracks from his upcoming album.  In this episode, Andrew and I discuss each of the first four tracks, he plays them acoustically for us, and we showcase the studio versions.

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    #3 - Adam Zucker (Music + Talk)

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    Guests: Adam Zucker

    Episode Overview

    Adam Zucker is a Software Developer, Musician, and Music Enthusiast.  On this episode we discuss the music of Tom Waits.

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    #2 - Ian Grabill

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    Guests: Ian Grabill

    Episode Overview

    Ian Grabill is an entrepreneur, developer and creator.  He is the head of engineering at Bl3ndlabs, and his latest side hustle is HostedHooks.  In this episode we discuss side hustles, the software development process, and the stages of incubating a company.

    Timestamps

    1. 00:00:00 - Introduction
    2. 00:10:00 - Middle
    3. 00:56:35 - Conclusion

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    #1 - Adam Zucker (Music + Talk Cowboy Songs)

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    Guests: Adam Zucker

    Episode Overview

    Adam Zucker is a Software Developer, Musician, and Music Enthusiast.

    On this episode we showcase some of our favorite cowboy songs as well amongst other things.

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