Barry Conley is a professional recording engineer, producer and musician. In his formative years, Barry studied electronic and experimental music composition with Earle Brown (cohort of John Cage) and Morton Subotnick.
Barry’s professional career started with an engineering position at Baby’O Recorders in Hollywood where he worked with George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Barry went on to work at Sunset Sound and Paramount Recording Studios with such artists as Miles Davis, B.B. King, Ike Turner, and The Stray Cats.
Barry Conley’s band “The Aliens That Ate Hollywood” was featured on The Desert Sessions volume 6 “Black Anvil Ego” record put out by Josh Homme (Queens of The Stone Age).
While waiting for the members of Cypress Hill to arrive at a recording session for their “Stoned Raiders” record, Barry invented and devised a portable joystick/photo optically controlled analog synthesizer/effects processor named the “OutofControl-atron”. Seven years in the making and played on many records including Black Label Society’s “Mafia”.
Barry currently plays in several combos including Liquid Owsley, Splotch, Spiel, and The Aliens. Barry has been known to do solo “abductions”, sometimes known as “sonic colonics”, with his various Buchla synthesizers and the OutofControl-atron.
Barry currently owns Outer Space, a recording studio in Venice, California where he has recently worked with Luicidal and Robert Trujillo (Metallica).
Born in Dreieich, just outside of Frankfurt Germany, guitarist Michael Jost (pronounced ‘yoast’), found his way to the bohemian Venice Beach boardwalk, in Los Angeles California, where he now lives and makes music.
Owing to Michael’s unique European heritage, his rigorous classical training, and his 21st Century American experience, you can hear something very different in his passionate, Spanish-style guitar. Michael’s travel companion is Miss Lucy, a Flamenca guitar built by Tomas Delgado of Candelas Guitars. She has a strong character, with a warm and beautiful sound.
Michael has a unique sound. His music is a journey in time and space fueled by his passion for music and his instrument. His influences are very multicoloured and involve different styles, continents and time periods from Paco De Lucia and Stravinsky to Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd.
No two of Michael’s live performances are ever the same, drawing from his recent albums, Zeitlos and California Burning, as well as unreleased songs from his upcoming album, Concierto.
Zeitlos is a timeless and unique blend of acoustic, classical and flamenco styles, entwined with the sounds and soul of Venice, California. His earlier album, California Burning, is a psychedelic fusion of electric and acoustic guitar.
Kim Jade is a funky bassist, a vocalist, songwriter and a guitarist. She is also the leader of her funk band, “Kim Jade and The Good Thing”. Kim Jade has lived and worked as a musician in NYC, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington D.C. She is now living in Key West, FL and working full time playing solo gigs on the guitar and also playing several gigs a month with her band. Before coming to L.A. in 2005, Kim was playing band gigs in NY and recording her first solo album with guitarist/producer Nunzio Signore. When living here in Los Angeles, she was the bassist for Michael Jost’s band, Sugar Bitch. They would often play right here on the beach in Venice. She was also working a lot as a sideman bassist here in L.A. After her time in Los Angeles, she was living in D.C. for 8 years where she first formed the Good Thing band and nurtured her love of funk and soul music. While in D.C., Kim recorded an EP of all original funk music that features a full horn section; she was very inspired by P-Funk, and James Brown as well as Betty Davis and Mothers Finest. That band performed in a lot of big venues in D.C. and opened up for a lot of great funk bands. Kim Jade and The Good Thing Band traveled to Key West in 2016 for a month long gig, and Kim never went home. Since her move to Key West in 2016, Kim Jade brought the funk to the Keys with her new Good Thing band and has developed and honed her skills as a guitarist and a looper; creating her sound as a solo artist. She started writing tunes that feature her guitar and vocal layering techniques. Her solo music is less funky (but still soulful) and more melodic, often melancholy in comparison to her bass-driven funk writing. Kim is loving life down in the Keys, but loves to travel and gig all over the country in the summer; and of course, she loves to come visit Venice whenever she can.
George Karpasitis is a composer, producer and guitarist based in Los Angeles, California. He blends cinematic sonorities, ambient guitars and Mediterranean influences to create his own style of musical storytelling.
He received his Master’s Degree in Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games from Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain. During this time he had the opportunity to record his orchestral piece ‘What These Ithakas Mean’ at Abbey Road Studios in London, UK.
He recently released the EP ‘Sounds of Mar Vista’, a collection of original pieces for solo classical guitar, influenced by his Mediterranean roots as well as his love for blues, jazz and folk.
Tom Licon’s special connection to his daughter Tomi, began at infancy. He could see in her eyes she was gifted, dynamic and a child with a sharp sense of humor. Tomi represents the third family collaboration and they perform every Saturday and every other Sunday at the coveted corner of Forest Ave and Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach.
At the ripe ol’ age of 14 Tomi has been playing over half her life. Tom is an artist to his core. He schooled her on scales before chords and they’ve fine-tuned original songs like “Peanut Butter and Classical Jam”, “Simple Song” and “Broken String on PCH” as well as covers like “Low Budget” by The Kinks, “The Weight” by The Band and Johnny Horton’s spirited “Battle of New Orleans”. As the soloist, Tomi’s Spanish Requinto guitar strums a higher pitch than a traditional guitar and the small size instrument fits her to a T.
Tom compares their duo to a Mariachi Instrumentation of Classic Rock. Working so closely with your father isn’t always harmonious. Tomi’s main complaint is that her dad often repeats stuff, however his straightforward manner of speaking is always met with a laugh. For Tom, nothing brings more joy than harmonizing with someone that you love.
Brother Smoke was born of the great mountains and plains of Montana. Originally hailing from California, his sound was refined at his family home during snowy northern winters and lakeside summers. His sound is a mix of Blues, Folk, Americana, and Country Ballads. You can find him on instagram at @iambrothersmoke for upcoming shows and releases. He would love to thank Radio Venice for the opportunity to perform for the community.