Michael Gatto is a 11 year old guitar player and vocalist originally from Venice California. He is best known for his work as lead Guitarist of The Venice Demons, Phoenix the Cat and Orpheus. Michael’s big break came when he performed on Michael Jost’s Radio Venice.TV which has made him an instant global sensation. Other notable appearances were at Canyon Elementary’s Annual Talent Show, Time Warp Records, Venice Rising and The Grandview Market in Mar Vista.
Michael is currently studying at the Green Brooms Academy of Music in Santa Monica and inspired by such greats as Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Green Day, Metallica and Jimi Hendrix. If you miss any of his shows don’t worry you can often catch him at open mic night or busking on Venice Beach where his solo performances will leave you breathless. Continue reading Michael Gatto + Stellan Jones
DETOURE is a young Southern California power trio, founded in 2014 by childhood friends Sam Edelman (16, drums) Niko Nicholas (15, vocals, lead guitar), and Jersey Sullivan (14, bass). Nodding to their classic hard rock and 90s grunge ancestors, DETOURE loves to play live and has had the opportunity to do so in some of the most iconic clubs on both coasts. They’ve been honored to open for such legendary bands as Missing Persons and The Alarm, as well as Steven Adler from Guns N’ Roses. These guys play hard-hitting rock n’ roll with a fresh, 21st century sound, and is currently recording their first EP with producer Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Vince Neil, Chevy Metal).
Detoure on Radio Venice
Radio Venice S10.E07 – February 24, 2019
Over the course of his career, singer/songwriter and Americana artist Tom Freund has released more than a dozen records, collaborated with legends such as Elvis Costello and Jackson Browne, pulled a half-decade stint on bass for alt-country pioneers The Silos, and has shared bills with everyone from Matthew Sweet to Guided by Voices. Freund’s intimate, heartfelt new solo album, East of Lincoln, chronicles a personal journey along the path from self doubt to enlightenment. “Time to take the wheel and turn this thing around / Time to make a deal and see what’s going down,” he affirms on “Runaround.” Freund takes his time and lets these new songs simmer, and that—along with memorable guest spots from longtime friend and collaborator Ben Harper and an all-star cast of session players—is a big part of record’s charm.
Quietly reveling in its unhurried pace, East of Lincoln sticks in the mind long after listening. Within the record’s framework, Freund tackles progress, hope, and the corporatization of his beloved Venice Beach, which he captures as a bittersweet vortex of vanishing beauty and possibility. “I know I’m no saint, but I know when something is good and when it ain’t,” he sings on the title track, mourning Venice’s fading allure while basking in its once-electric atmosphere. The album dances on the edge of a stark duality: the sun-drenched SoCal beach town’s demise and Freund’s own eventual growth arc. “Better start swimming toward the shore,” he urges on “Abandoning the Ship.”
Tom Freund on Radio Venice
Indi and The Vegas are a British pop/rock band formed in 2009 by Indi Forde, Joe Cripps and Matt Singleton. The 3 met in high school as avid musicians with similar music tastes, citing Queen, Michael Jackson and the Chilli Peppers as major influences in their choice in pursuing music as a career.
Their first EP, titled ‘Fair Fight’ was self released in 2011, and a follow up, self titled album in 2014. Tracks from the album were picked up by BBC Introducing and played on air, securing the band sets at many shows and festivals throughout the UK, and gaining House Band status at The Hermitage, Hitchin.
In October 2015 the band embarked on a trip to the US, playing such prestigious LA venues as The Whisky A Go-Go, The Federal and The Viper Lounge to great reception.
On a later trip to LA, 2016, they met Zaro Vega, an up and coming producer/artist and an ideal partner to develop their sound and tracks to international level quality.
Their first official single ‘Didn’t Catch Your Name’ was released in January 2019. Produced by Zaro Vega.
Indi and The Vegas on Radio Venice
Mercury Sound Club is a confederation of some of Los Angeles’ most talented songwriters and performers. The artists have performed far and wide and are continually releasing new material. They are committed to pushing their own and each other’s music.
Mercury Sound Club on Radio Venice
Radio Venice S10.E05 – February 10, 2019
Mercy Sakes makes music inspired by fierce old folk tunes. He was born in Oklahoma but raised on the corners of the earth. An army kid, he lived in eight different houses by his tenth birthday. Being from nowhere was about the same as being from everywhere, which he translated into a deep and wide taste in music.
Ever since he first felt sound tug on his heart he has wanted to make noise that could do just that. He’s lived in the south, the north, the midwest, and the west, not to mention the years spent abroad as a kid. He currently lives in Southern California and plans on sticking around for a little while this time. He is also a member of the Mercury Sound Club.
Mercy Sakes on Radio Venice
Britton Sparkman hails from Birmingham, AL. Raised in the church, he was always singing and playing music when he was young. At the same time he learned piano and how to read music from his mom. In grade school he picked up the clarinet and played until high school, when theater/stage crew really grabbed him. Britton went on to study Acting at Elon University in North Carolina and he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
In 2004 he moved to LA to follow the Hollywood dream. But when his aspirations to be a movie star didn’t pan out he formed the band Red Circle Underground in 2006, which took him through to 2013. In 2014 he formed Righteous Heirs which was to keep him busy for the next four years.
Outside of these two bands, Britton always finds time to write his own music. Lately you can find him hosting a monthly Tuesday night at Sonny McLeans in Santa Monica and you can catch him around town playing brunches here and there. He is also working on a Premier Radiohead Tribute band, Lotus Flower and is a member of the Mercury Sound Club.