How Mean

Lead singer/guitarist Nick Foy and drummer Sam Cook recently teamed up to form How Mean after a late night, half-baked idea came to fruition. Originally from Mass, Foy and Cook strive to offer audiences more of a show than a concert, packing a greater punch than anyone would expect from a two man act.

Drawing influence from bands like Led Zeppelin and Brand New, How Mean’s way of reimagining familiar classics makes every song sound new again, combined with an equal dose of clever, crowd-pleasing originals which, according to Cook, fall under the genre of “gentle pressure.” As they continue to play more local shows, they look forward to expanding their act across the Los Angeles music scene. “We’re not here to make a living,” Foy says. “We’re here to make a killing.”

How Mean on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E12 – March 31, 2019

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Mercy Jones

Mercy Jones brings funky bluesy rock originals to Los Angeles.

Chris Nash has a signature blues style only he can play, with complex finger-picking and slide guitar. Nash’s vocal resonation is far reaching, emphasized by fine-tuned, melodic tones. Nash was originally discovered by John Hammond Sr., at the age of fourteen. He hitchhiked across country one year later, busking on Venice beach and Westwood Village, being discovered by Barry Josephson and represented by Gallin Morey Associates, as well as CAA. Chris has had several publishing deals, was in popular film and TV, and his band was featured in Rolling Stone magazines, as well as other national publications.

Jenny Zepp (vocals and harmonica): Adding another layer to Mercy Jones is the raw energy of Jenny Zepp, magnetizing their live shows. She lights up the stage,yet writing is her main passion. Working with Chris Nash for several years, they have been able to create the lyrical messaging together, which centers on the angel of mercy, Mercy Jones, who is meant to raise the vibration of humanity through the sounds and words of the collective group.

Carol McArthur (vocals & guitar): This singer/songwriter has â The Voice of an Angel, and we agree with reviewer Joe Stats referring to her solo album “How Good it Feels” featuring Dan Weinstein and Brad Kay. She has been performing in front of an audience since age six and has performed with the likes of Gerry Goffin, Barry Goldberg, The Bonedaddys, and many more. Her influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Kate Bush, The Beatles, Elton John, and Nina Simone, to name a few.

Dave Tops (guitar): He studied at New York University and then cut his chops in New York City playing blues, hard rock, heavy metal, and pretty much every other genre available to him. He’ s known mostly for session work, playing live, as well as being a member of the band, Sez Who, out of New York. He has over twenty-five years of experience teaching children and adults song writing and guitar, and he also plays the mandolin.

Mercy Jones on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E12 – March 31, 2019

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Lucy Gallant

Lucy Gallant is hailed as one of the most talented indie artists on the scene. The British-born virtuoso plays an array of instruments, skillfully producing intricate, high-energy rhythms on the Cajón, while simultaneously singing and playing guitar, drums, ukulele or melodica. Gallant’s unique voice soars with rhapsodic range, conveying a full spectrum of emotion in her songs. From light-hearted and ethereal to intense and edgy, her vocals propel passion as visceral and versatile as her lyrics.

She writes her own original songs, fusing sounds of rock, reggae, soul, latin and folk-pop. Having toured the USA, South and Central America, Japan, Australia and much of Europe, the bohemian powerhouse dazzled audiences at both intimate venues and major festivals such as Glastonbury Festival, Beautiful Days Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Caloundra Music Festival, Art Basel, Falls Festival and Australia’s largest music festivals, Woodford Folk Festival and Byron Bay Bluesfest.

Gallant’s multicultural heritage is eclectically reflected in her craft. Her Burmese, Russian, Irish and Australian roots inspire genre-blended tunes and thought provoking verses. Her colorful repertoire of medicinal, empowering, uplifting music which unites those who imbibe its aural magic. Fans throughout the world are vitalized by her live shows, which at times include mesmerizing fire dancing and an invitation for audiences to join her on stage in an extraordinary co-creative experience.

While no set is ever the same, the effect of Gallant’s music remains a pure and undeniable enthralment. Her artistry is a movement of love and liberation, with a mission to stimulate joy. It is the reason she awakens with a smile each day … and precisely why her fans follow suit.

Lucy Gallant on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E12 – March 31, 2019

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The Morning Yells

The Morning Yells is a Los Angeles band made up of siblings Phil and Laura Stancil, who have played music together their entire lives. Also in the band are multi-instrumentalists Trevor Smith and Jacob Boll. The band will release their debut LP “On the Lash” this Summer, recorded at Boulevard Recording. All four members write songs and play multiple instruments, and when they’re not playing music they can be found playing a game of pool at Hinano’s or Crawfords in their downtime.

The Morning Yells on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E11 – March 24, 2019
Radio Venice S08.E03 – April 8, 2018

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The Trouble Notes

The Berlin based trio, The Trouble Notes, is composed of violinist Bennet Cerven, guitarist Florian Eisenschmidt and percussionist Oliver Maguire.

Their story begins when Bennet moved from Indiana to New York City and finally began taking ownership of his prodigious musical gifts. At the age of four, he began playing violin, and by 15 he was classically trained performing with orchestras and wowing audiences in competitions. The problem was that classical music bored him. Instead of drilling musical exercises, he began to devote his practice time to playing along to the television and the radio. Applying schooled technique with imagination in a contemporary music or cultural setting would wonderfully prefigure the spirit imbuing The Trouble Notes. In New York, he found himself longing for a creative outlet to medicate his soul while it felt numbed by Wall Street. He found himself often alone on the band of the East River, filling his spirit, improvising from his heart. He also found solace in the demand for violin in the bustling and diverse music scene. Stripping away the flash and distraction of a career in finance, Bennet began to heed an inner call to pursue a form of international diplomacy. He began to realize that call was coming from his violin—his music was meant to spread healing and joy worldwide.

“It all happened gradually, there are little whispers, and then one day you wake up and say ‘screw it. Something emotional happens, and what you’ve been thinking about for months becomes a reality.”

By the time Bennet decided to cut ties and move to London, he already earned his bones on the streets of New York.

“If you can work on the streets of New York, you can work anywhere. There, you’re lucky to get five seconds of anyone’s time. That’s where I learned about showmanship, dynamics, energetic performance, and how to speak to audiences.”

Soon the adventure began: London, Ireland, Prague, and, finally, Berlin where The Trouble Notes have a home, friends and girlfriends, and a dedicated fanbase.

„Music from everywhere for everyone“.

The Trouble Notes on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E11 – March 24, 2019

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Courtland Zelle

Courtland Zelle is an alternative rock guitarist and singer songwriter from St. Louis, Missouri. His influences include 90’s rock bands Sound Garden, Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains and Guns n’ Roses, all of whom influence his sound today. He composed music for his first band Good Question and was provided the opportunity to cover for Slash of Guns n’ Roses with his second band Exit 714. He now resides in Los Angeles, CA where he relocated in order to focus full time on his music. His debut solo album/EP “Right on Time”, recorded at Breakwater Studios, is available now via Bandcamp.

Courtland Zelle on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E11 with Quartz & the Derbz – March 24, 2019
Radio Venice S09.E07 – October 21, 2018
Radio Venice S08.E08 – May 13, 2018

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Witucky Derby

Witucky Derby is an American singer-songwriter with influences from folk, funk, soul, rhythm & blues with a bit of reggae and rock & roll. Lead singer and multi-instrumentalist, Kevin J Witucki, is currently writing, recording and performing in Los Angeles, California.

His music crosses many genres and musical findings, with influences such as Led Zeppelin and the Beatles, Witucky Derby uses harmonies and sometimes simple structures to conform his tunes into the little gems they are. With songs written about freedom and gun control, relationship problems and solutions, be sure to keep an eye out for new music from this powerful singer-songwriter.

Witucky Derby on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E11 with Quartz & the Derbz – March 24, 2019
Radio Venice S09.E08 – October 28, 2018
Radio Venice S08.E03 – April 8, 2018
Radio Venice S07.E04 – December 3, 2017
Radio Venice #26 – April 3, 2016

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