This week, Matt chats with indie pop and hip hop musician JOATA (aka Jose Oyola) and singer/songwriter Justine Grove. The duo share their respective origin stories, influences, and creative processes. They also dig into their love of genre fusion, their passion for playing live music, and their use of writing and performance to thrill audiences and fulfill themselves.
This week, Matt welcomes back the brilliant and bombastic musician and maker Kate Nyx for a chat. Their conversation spans the evolution of Kate’s music and online career, from finding her place on the internet to the burdens and bonuses of maintaining a social media presence, and why personal connection is the key to reaching a wider audience. They also love on her cat, the mighty hunter Winslow, and her incredible spouse (and previous guest), professional wrestler Ophidian the Cobra.
Today, Matt welcomes Jared Sochinsky, lead singer of the band Parade Grounds.
Fresh off an EP released last July called The Wait, hear Jared chat with Matt about how he got his start in music. Also hear him discuss his experiences performing in New York, how children have affected his music & writing, and the music video shoot for the title track of his new EP. Also addressing Jared’s major inspirations, and some plans for the future of the band, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Jared Sochinsky.
Today Matt is joined by Grace Kendall, a ukulele folk singer/songwriter hailing from Asheville, North Carolina. With an album still fresh from March 2015 called Can You Hear Me?, Grace chats with Matt about how she got her start in the wizard rock scene, having performed under the name Snidget before transitioning to her given muggle namesake. Grace also chats about her inspirations, the indie music scene, and some unique ways in which she’s gotten her music out into the universe — including live streamed concerts! They even find extra time to mutually extol the Broadway hit Hamilton, so strap in!
Prepare yourself for the music & antics of special guest Killy Dwyer, comic musician and singer-songwriter of Kill the Band. (You’ll be hearing some of their work throughout the episode, so ears open!) And after a hefty interview with Killy herself — covering themes in her songwriting, her background, her studio work, her live act, and the state of the arts in NYC — we finally “lighten” the load at 1:01:44 with a discussion on Killy’s album choice, a short and cheery EP called Songs for Your Future by The Dreamstalks. (And of course, by “lighten” we mean “weigh it down” again with subjects of a fancifully child-scarring nature.) Enjoy!
Today, Matt is joined by Carly Ritter, a country/folk singer-songwriter hailing from Los Angeles, California. With a self-titled debut now available on iTunes and Amazon, Carly Ritter chats with Matt about the time she’s currently spending in Nashville to hone her craft, and what she has come to learn from other songwriters. Hear her discuss the details of her songwriting process and where she pulls inspiration, all while stressing the importance of strong discipline when trying to learn anything with a creative mind. She also chats about the supportive nature of the independent creators community, and touches upon the works of bluegrass covers currently in the making.
Time for one of our favorite things: another cosmic ballet between traditional composition and pop songwriting. This week we find it in the band Arc Iris, fronted by the highly animated vocalist, Jocie Adams (formerly of the Low Anthem). With the help of her poetic flair, their self-titled debut packs a wallop. Let’s hope we do it justice. Also stick around for an interesting discussion on musical identity and personality, and whether they’re at all linked with staying power.
Prepare to ease yourself into the creamy lo-fi world of Beck. After a six-year hiatus, Beck has returned to making studio albums. This week, we’ll be reviewing his highly-praised Morning Phase. Then, on the topic frontier, we sidle back over to an old favorite: cinema — only this time in regards to its bite-size self-portrait, the trailer! Join us in uncovering just what variety of music makes a good trailer flow… or better yet, sell.
This week we review the latest album from The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter, and we criticize critics who don’t think critically.