Venice Paparazzi: Come party this Sunday, Sept. 23 with Radio Venice as they celebrate 3 years of live broadcasting

Let’s celebrate 3 years of Radio Venice and our local musicians!
Radio Venice is a weekly webcast, streaming live from Breakwater Studios in Venice, California. Founded by Michael Jost, Rae Stanton and Roy Edwards in the summer of 2015, their mission is to showcase the unique blend of music that passes through Venice Beach and bring the magical sound of Breakwater Studios to a worldwide audience. This is like no other radio station … this is Radio Venice. For more info: www.RadioVenice.tv

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Los Pochos

What is a Pocho? One who lacks proficiency in Spanish but is of Mexican descent. So with that out of the way who are Los Pochos?

Los Pochos is a three Spanish guitar and vocal collaboration born in Venice Beach, CA. Band members Isaac Irvin (from El Paso, Texas), Michael Jost (from Frankfurt, Germany) and Rick Boston (from Alberta, Canada) started playing together at Surfside Venice for fun, but soon were being asked to play at parties and art shows.

Isaac Irvin sings in Spanish and English and this combination makes for a great blend of Tex Mex and south of the border vocals. Michael Jost is an accomplished flamenco and rock guitarist and is also a record producer with his own eclectic Radio Venice weekly internet broadcast. Rick Boston is a multi instrumentalist, musician, film composer and record producer, now enamored with his Spanish gut string guitar.

With Mexican rock songs such as Negra Tomasa and Cuban traditional El Quarta de Tula the three pochos dig into these Latin sounds with the fun of a Manu Chao but the instrumental skill of a Gypsy King. Well, almost!

Los Pochos on Radio Venice

Radio Venice 3 Year Anniversary Show – September 23, 2018
Radio Venice 100th Episode – May 6, 2018
Radio Venice S07.E10 – February 11, 2018
Radio Venice 2 Year Anniversary S06.E08 – September 24, 2017

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Mr. Motes

Taking his name from the main character of Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood, Mr. Motes creates musical landscapes that aim to challenge norms. Landscapes that are unquestionably Christ-haunted. He is Ohio-born, Nashville-raised, and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. His songs are about divorce, parenthood, corporate jobs, student debt, and just what-the-fuck this is all supposed to mean for someone who’s only 28 years old.

Mr. Motes is heavily influenced by Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, and Jeff Buckley. He weaves odd time signatures with Biblical and mythological imagery but does so with a certain amount of grace and sincerity that makes it all relatable. At the end of the day, if you’re dancing while also questioning your perceived reality, then Mr. Motes is happy.

Mr. Motes on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S09.E02 – September 16, 2018
Radio Venice S06.E05 – July 23, 2017
Radio Venice S05.E10 – May 14, 2017

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Cristina Vane

Based out of Venice Beach, Los Angeles, Cristina Vane is taking the town by storm with her unique blend of blues and folk. Originally from Europe, she draws from such a great host of influences that it is impossible to compare her music to any one artist. That being said, she draws decisively from country blues, delta blues, and folk, creating her own flavor of the blues. Whether on the Venice boardwalk busking by the beach or on a stage on the Sunset Strip, her signature silver resonator, slide guitar playing, and powerful vocals are unmistakable and unforgettable.

Before falling in love with the blues, Cristina spent her childhood and adolescence studying classical voice, music theory, piano and flute, ever consumed by music. This theme continues throughout her career today; while she predominantly plays slide guitar, she employs fingerpicking, acoustic, electric guitar techniques, as well as clawhammer banjo playing.

She has been performing in the Southern California area for two years, and spent summers gigging in both New York and London previous to her move to Venice. Her effervescent and edgy personality make for entrancing live performances, which she has honed with hours of practice playing in venues across the city as well as busking for the public on Venice Beach. It is safe to say Cristina lives through music, it saturates her life and is, for her, a necessary vehicle for expression.

Cristina Vane on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S09.E02 – September 16, 2018
Radio Venice S07.E13 – March 4, 2018
Radio Venice 2 Year Anniversary S06.E08 – September 24, 2017
Radio Venice S06.E07 – September 10, 2017
Radio Venice S05.E08 – April 30, 2017
Radio Venice S03.E05 – June 5, 2016
Radio Venice #25 – March 27, 2016
Radio Venice #23 – March 13, 2016
Radio Venice #22 – March 6, 2016
Radio Venice #21 – February 28, 2016
Radio Venice #18 – February 7, 2016
Radio Venice #9 – November 15, 2015
Radio Venice #3 – October 4, 2015

Click to enlarge / Photo Credits: Karen Criswell and Artem Barinov Photography

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Godwink

Los Angeles based artist Godwink (aka Horace Godwink) are an indie pop-folk group featuring married singer-songwriters Eric and Colette Fowler. Their music has been described as “smart funky folk-pop.”

Eric and Colette have been individually active as performers. Eric was guitarist and vocalist in the LA band, Boxing Gandhis, and has recorded and performed with artists such as Sting, UB40, Dave Matthews Band, Carole King, General Public, Taylor Dayne and Clint Black. Colette was founding member of LA pop group Charlotte’s Bionic Blimp who performed with Berlin, Bow Wow Wow, Howard Jones, Wondermints, Jason Faulkner, The Negro Problem, she co-wrote songs with Tiffany and as an actress appeared in several feature films and was a regular on the television show “Saved by the Bell”.

Godwink on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S09.E02 – September 16, 2018

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Prince Diabaté

Prince Diabaté hails from a prominent, Malinké family from Guinea, West Africa. He learned his art from his father, Djéli Sori Diabaté. Breaking with tradition, his father also taught Prince’s mother, Hadja Djeli Sira Cissoko, to play kora. The young boy became an exceptionally early starter by accompanying his parents to their concerts throughout West Africa. Despite his father’s disapproval, he decided to make music his life. When he was eight years old, form Guinean President, Sekou Toure, came to his home town, Kindia, for a celebration in Independence Square. Braving the outraged soldiers and his own fear, the young musician grasped his kora, threw himself at the President s feet and played a special song for him. Greatly touched by his skill and audacity, Sekou Toure became his benefactor, enrolling him in the National Children’s Theater in Conakry. At 16 years of age, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, he stumbled upon a videocassette of Jimi Hendrix, and entered the international kora competition. Taking first prize that day’Prince Diabaté, Prince of the Kora.’

In 1986 he put the singer, Amara Sanoh, and the two started to perform together. In 1990 he won the “Discoveries” Award, sponsored by Radio France Internationale. After 12 successful years on the international festival circuit, touring Africa, Europe, Canada and the USA, the duo disbanded and Prince Diabaté settled in Los Angeles, USA. Prince Diabaté has released three CDs: Lamaranaa (Buda Music / Allegro) in 1993, New Life (Sunrise Records / Orchard) in 2001, which features guest artists Michael Brook and Hassan Hakmoun. His next album, Djerelon (Kora Company Collection) was recorded in Guinea, Conakry in 2006. It is arranged and produced by Kante Manfila, longtime collaborator of Salif Keita.The album won the People’s Choice Awards (Vox Populi) in the Independent Music Awards for 2007: World Music (Traditional) category. Lamarana and New Life are available as digital downloads with Virgin Islands and Djerelon is available through Itunes.

Considered to be one of the leading kora players of his generation, Prince Diabaté does not have a total mastery over his ancestral tradition, but a commitment to renew it through fresh ideas and exchanges with musicians from many cultures. His New York Symphony Orchestra, Adam del Monte (Flamenco) Hassan Hakmoun (Gnawa) and Grammy winners Michael Brook (guitarist-producer-composer) and Ozomatli (Hip-Hop fusion .) The musically adventurous griot has incorporated reggae, rap and blues into his work, and further developing his “Jimi Hendrix” technical, also punctuates his work by the occasional, funky use of the wah-wah pedal. Recently, he has adapted the music of the Wassolou to his repertoire, which he plays, self-taught and kora-style, on the kamelen n’goni. The result is entirely his own creation: a fresh, powerful brand of twenty-first century Manden music, which remains firmly rooted in traditional codes and references.

In 2001, he recorded with Ozomatli on “Embrace The Chaos,” their Grammy-winning CD. In 2002, he was nominated for the LA Weekly Music Awards and the New Times Music Awards. He was also a finalist in the International Acoustic Music Awards for 2004; the Unisong Contest for 2005-2006; the International Songwriting Contest for 2004 & 2005; and took first prize in the 2005 and 2006 Pacific Songwriting Competition.His work has attracted grants from Arts International; Alliance for California Traditional Arts; Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and the Durfee Foundation. Prince Diabaté also maintains an active schedule as a lecturer on aspects of Mandinka music. His clients to date include colleges and universities in California, Washington State and New York. He is also sought after for film and television projects in Hollywood.

These days Prince Diabaté divides his time between France, the USA and Guinea and is often on the move, performing with his group.At the end of 2013 the Prince Diabaté Academy of Music was officially launched in Guinea. This new academy, the first privately-funded establishment in Guinea, is the result of Prince Diabaté’s desire to create an international music school specializing in stringed instruments and traditional flute. Thanks to the encouragement of government ministers, construction is underway and the foundation stone was laid in December 2013.

Prince Diabaté on Radio Venice

Radio Venice Season 9 Premiere – September 9, 2018

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Balam Garcia

Balam Garcia is a Los Angeles based guitarist and composer who combines groove based styles such as Blues, Funk and Soul music with his Jazz and Classical music training and influences. Born in the state of Veracruz, Mexico and raised in Los Angeles, California, it is no wonder that this culturally mixed musician manages to incorporate such an eclectic variety of sounds into his playing and compositions. His sounds are reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Fender Strat-fueled blues guitar playing, combined with Herbie Hancock’s harmonically and rhythmically driven styles of improvisation, all the while, paying homage to the west coast Hip-Hop sounds of his hometown of Los Angeles and the many world music styles he grew up listening to at home, including music from West Africa, India, Brazil, Cuba and his native country of Mexico. Balam Garcia aims to bring peace to his community and the rest of the world by spreading positive vibrations through conscious music.

Balam Garcia on Radio Venice

Radio Venice Season 9 Premiere – September 9, 2018

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