with Shane Alexander

Who or what inspires you?

Travel, meeting people and trying to look at the world through a poet’s eyes

Why do you love Radio Venice?

Because you’re fighting to keep the artist community alive and flourishing

Favorite song right now?

Deep in Love by Bonnie Light Horseman

Favorite album right now?

Bonnie Light Horseman

Latest hobby you picked up?

Zoom co-writing sessions

Last thing you read?

Hollywood Godfather by Gianni Russo

Best breakup song?

I can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt

Best makeout song?

More Than This by Roxy Music

Favorite quarantine activity?

Practice gratitude/family time/guitars and reefer

Favorite comfort food?

Tom Ka Gai soup

Favorite instrument …

My 1963 Guild F-50 formerly owned by an icon

… and does it have a name?

Bruce

Shane Alexander

Amberlin

Amberlin is a Long Beach-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who artfully composes spacious soundscapes that she builds musically layer by layer. She has a vision of hope and a desire to use music to bring change to the world.

Amberlin’s love of music started early; she took violin lessons in third grade, before quitting and moving on to keyboard before giving that up. When she was twelve, she worked in the strawberry fields outside Seattle, Washington, where she worked for half a season and used the money she made there to buy her first guitar. Amberlin took lessons for a couple of months before giving them up when she moved to Atlanta, where she attended a high school with an arts program and focused on theatre. Amberlin played guitar on and off, but met up with a classmate who did spoken word poetry; they did some gigs where Amberlin played guitar and her classmate did her poetry. She eventually moved back to California where she picked up drums. She formed a band, singing and playing guitar and picking up bass. Amberlin now plays with an Afro-Latin band, Tropi Corillo, and often sings in other people’s bands.

Amberlin started writing in middle school and was a big fan of pop music, especially Michael Jackson and the Backstreet Boys. “Listening to pop music like the Backstreet Boys really helped me learn about the structure of a song: verse, melody, chorus,” she says. She was writing lyrics in middle school, though sometimes she wrote melodies and sometimes not. Amberlin says she first started writing music in high school. “My theater teacher was very encouraging; he thought my song “Homelessness” was an old Negro spiritual. My bandmate and I were talking about social issues back then. ”

She uses her platform to help people and to give a voice to the voiceless. “I fight because I have hope,” Amberlin says. “I think we are evolving as a society. People are starting to wake up to the inequities of society. What I would like to see are people in power held accountable for their actions. Once we come to terms with our role in it, we can improve it.”

Virtual Tips for Amberlin
PayPal: Amberlinmorse@yahoo.com
Venmo: @amberlinmorse

Amberlin on Radio Venice

Radio Venice Season 17 Finale – August 8, 2021
Radio Venice Season 15 Finale – December 6, 2020
Radio Venice 100th Episode (as Bambi Feel Good) – May 6, 2018
Radio Venice S08.E02 (as Bambi Feel Good) – April 1, 2018

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Diego Garcia

Diego has been writing and singing for over 20 years and now performs in two bands. He is the lead singer of local indie band Stage 11, who have released “Moments Like These” their third studio record in July 2017. New music coming in 2020 as Stage 11 reaches their 11th year. You can keep up with the band at Stage11Music.com.

Diego is also part of a duo with the band High Noon Whiskey and are in the works to record their first album in the near future.

Diego, Best Male Vocal winner at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2016, can also be seen at his residency, every Thursday night at The Auld Fella, Culver City, and solo around the L.A. area performing original music and supporting the Indie Music scene.

Virtual Tips for Diego Garcia
Venmo: @DiegoGarcia1125

Diego Garcia on Radio Venice

Radio Venice Season 17 Finale – August 8, 2021
Radio Venice S14.E02 – May 17, 2020
Radio Venice S13.E02 – January 19, 2020
Radio Venice S10.E05 with Mercury Sound Club – February 10, 2019
Radio Venice S09.E08 – October 28, 2018
Radio Venice S07.E07 – January 21, 2018
Radio Venice S06.E06 – July 30, 2017
Radio Venice S04.E10 – November 20, 2016
Radio Venice 1 Year Anniversary Show – September 25, 2016
Radio Venice #20 – February 21, 2016
Radio Venice #11 – November 29, 2015 with Stage 11
Radio Venice #7 – November 1, 2015 with High Noon Whiskey
Radio Venice #2 – September 27, 2015

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Shane Alexander

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter/producer Shane Alexander has shaped a distinctive career for himself from his indie folk-rock debut The Middle Way in 2005, through his 7th solo album A Life Like Ours in 2019.

Touring the US, Europe and Canada both as a headliner, and supporting such disparate acts as Bon Iver, Seal, Jewel, John Hiatt, Suzanne Vega, Styx and Yes, the fiercely independent artist has developed a loyal international fanbase, had his work appear in dozens of television shows and films, and his solo acoustic track “Skyway Drive-In” recently passed 15 million streams on Spotify.

The song “Everything as One” from A Life Like Ours is currently featured in a national commercial for the iconic American car manufacturer, Chevrolet.

Virtual Tips for Shane Alexander
PayPal.me/shanealexandermusic
Venmo: @shanealexander12

Shane Alexander on Radio Venice

Radio Venice Season 17 Finale – August 8, 2021

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